Some fundamental elementary school teachings include body hygiene. It is therefore understood by many to be common knowledge, though it may not be so. Sometimes when we neglect our personal hygiene we may cause problems that we may not even be aware of, for example, smelling heavily of sweat to the point of nauseating those around you, or extreme bad breath.
Menstrual hygiene: washing must be done and cleanliness is very important during this period. Pads or tampons depending on the preference of the woman must be changed at least once in 6 hours to prevent odor, infection and prevent the lady form going into septic shock in case of a tampon (this is normally marked with fever, vomiting and diarrhea). Pads can cause soreness in the thighs. Dusting powders are not recommended in the genital areas.
There are conditions that can be improved by personal hygiene include:
- Head lice
- Hair dandruff
- Bad breath
- Ear wax
- Body odor
- Urinary infection
- Intestinal worms
A healthy sex life is known to promote good health benefits such as ensuring better sleep, reducing tension headaches, improving immunity, reduces stress, promotes longevity, increases blood circulation, increases the levels of estrogen of women which protects them against heart disease and testosterone in men.
Good sexual hygiene involves staying faithful to one partner or otherwise using condoms in order to avoid contracting sexually transmitted diseases e.g. genital herpes, gonorrhea, HIV and many others.
One should ensure to eat a balanced diet that includes food from the main food groups. This includes carbohydrates, vitamins, proteins, adequate fruits and vegetables and plenty of water that helps to flush out toxins from the body and also prevent UTI’s. A good diet prevents malnutrition and prevents diseases caused by a certain food group deficiency. Excessive consumption of alcohol is also destructive to one’s personal health and predisposes one to diseases such as liver cirrhosis in long term. Also long term it causes vitamin deficiency depression, loss of sexual drive and loss of memory in addition to others. Over a short period of time it can actually cause headaches, nausea, vomiting, deep unconsciousness and death.
It is also important for one to drink clean water. One should ensure that water is boiled or treated in order to avoid water borne diseases such as cholera or dysentery. If not certain of the source, one should endeavor to get a clean proven source of water for consumption.
Physical exercise is also important when it comes to promoting good health. One should have a good work out at least 3 times a week averaging at least 30- 45 minutes. There should be a degree of exertion, which one should increase with time. Walking, jogging, swimming is all good activities to engage in order to promote good circulation of blood in the body and prevent cardiovascular diseases.
This is the best ways to boost your mental health. Daily sleep should be enough at about 6 to 9 hours. Children should definitely sleep more at 9 to 12 hours including their mid-day naps. Lack of enough sleep leads to irritability, lack of concentration, memory loss, lack of vibrancy in addition to other undesirable states.
In also promoting good personal health one should avoid habits such as cigarette smoking and substance abuse. These lead to a myriad of health problems such as addiction, dependency and abuse, as well as lowered immunity with various infections and cancers.
Positive mental health also involves having positive energy, positive thoughts and having good coping mechanisms and emotional management in order to avoid depression and stress. It is known that stress and pressure can causes weight loss, lack of appetite or the habit of over eating. Positive mental health should also thus be nurtured just as much as other forms of health.
Good personal hygiene gets you looking good and feeling good and confident. It is just that simple.