What is hygiene?
According to the WHO, Hygiene refers to conditions and practices that helps to maintain health and prevent the spread of diseases.
Good personal hygiene is important for both health and social reasons. It entails keeping your hands, head and body clean so as to stop the spread of germs and illness. Your personal hygiene benefits your own health and impacts the lives of those around you, too.
The social benefits associated with personal habits is that it reduces the chances of body odour and thus, any chances of embarrassment at work or at school. Also you’re somehow helping others stay safe.
Types of hygiene
-Home and everyday hygiene
Many people equate hygiene with ‘cleanliness,’ but hygiene is a broad term. It includes habits such as how frequently one takes a shower or bath, washes their hands, trim their fingernails, washes clothes etc. It also includes keeping surfaces in the home and workplace, including bathroom facilities, clean and pathogen-free.
Some regular hygiene practices may be considered good habits by a society, while the neglect of hygiene can be considered unsafe and threatening.
Advantages of good hygiene
-One personal benefit of good hygiene is having better health
-Maintaining good hygiene also helps you have better self esteem. By being clean and well-groomed, people can feel more confident in any social environment.
-Washing hands thoroughly for about a minute, especially before eating, can limit the transmission of harmful bacteria that cause infectious diseases
-Maintaining high personal hygiene standards builds a positive baseline for your success in any aspect of your life like relationships, work, health etc.
-poor hygiene spreads diseases and infections
-Poor hygiene deters people from getting to know you. If people find your body odor or unkempt, unclean appearance offensive, they’re likely to pass judgments on your personality and your ability to care for yourself on a basic level.
-Poor cleaning can cause bacteria to breed, eventually leading to the contamination of the food and the water.
-if you don’t clean your mouth regularly, it increases your chances to develop tooth decay, teeth yellowing, carries developing, gums bleeding or bad breath.
Being clean is the first step towards sustaining good health. Clean living conditions are important to control and prevent illnesses. An unhealthy environment will not only disrupts one’s health, but it will also spread illnesses amongst other people.
A healthy body comes from knowing the importance of personal hygiene and following healthy practices religiously and fervently.