HEALTH AND HYGIENE
It is well known that health and hygiene are closely related. Personal hygiene is essential for several reasons like personal well-being, social health, psychological health and simply as a way of life. Keeping good hygiene, not only safeguards those around you from suffering illnesses, but also helps to prevent the spread of infections, illnesses, and bad odors.
Did you know you can protect yourself from all the microbes which cause diseases by simply practicing a good personal hygiene?
To begin with, all you need to do is to incorporate certain personal hygiene habits in your everyday routine. In this post, we will discuss some important health tips that are important in maintaining good personal hygiene. Why Is Personal Or Everyday Hygiene Important?
Do you know that the human body offers places for various disease-causing microorganisms to multiply themselves? In order to avoid the growth of these microbes, it is of utmost importance to maintain personal hygiene.
Personal Hygiene: Healthy Habits
Considering the above reasons, if you want to reduce the chances of infections you should boost your overall health. And to improve your overall health, you must practice the following personal hygiene habits:
(a) Bathe regularly: The foremost step to keep yourself clean and healthy is bathing every-day. Regular bathing helps remove all the germs, dirt and sweat from your body. It also refreshes your body and mind.
(b) Wash your hands: Needless to say, your hands carry a maximum number of germs. Therefore, it is essential for you to keep your hands clean. You should make it a habit of always cleaning your hands with soap or hand wash. You can also wash your hands by using alcohol-based sanitizing gel. It is recommended to wash your hands after visiting toilets, after coughing, sneezing, before preparing food and after consuming it.
(c) Trimming your nails: Appropriate hand hygiene includes meticulous cleaning and trimming of fingernails and toenails. Your nails may harbor dirt and germs contributing to the spread of infections. Finger-nails should be kept short and should be cleaned frequently with soap and water.
(d) Practicing good oral hygiene: Brushing your teeth regularly is an important personal hygiene tip. It minimizes the bacterial formation in your mouth which is responsible for tooth decay and gum diseases. Ideally, you should brush your teeth twice a day. You should also floss daily before going to bed. You should also use mouthwash for good oral hygiene.
(e) Practicing sleep hygiene: Getting a full night’s sleep (approximately 8 hours a night) is extremely important to achieve overall health and happiness. This is can be done by following a good sleeping pattern. Sleep hygiene is a set of rituals that you implement each day to get great sleep at night and to feel refreshed during the day.
While you sleep, your mind and body are busy restoring cells, energy and rebuilding tissue. Lack of sleep can leave you feeling lethargic. It can further compromise your body’s natural defenses- your immune system. You can practice good sleep hygiene by:
- Establishing a regular bedtime routine
- Exercising regularly
- Eating healthy
- Avoiding eating immediately before bedtime
- Avoiding the intake of caffeine and nicotine close to bedtime
Avoiding drinking alcohol before sleeping