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Personal Hygiene: the Secret to a Healthy Lifestyle

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Gearing up to head to the nearest supermarket? Ever given a thought on which section of the store should you spend most of your quality time in?

Personal hygiene products?

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Yes, you read it right! And if not, then you might not have heard the popular quote – ‘Hygiene is two-thirds of health’.

Our human body is home to around 1,000 species of bacteria. If we don’t insist on personal hygiene in our day-to-day lives, it could prove deadly. And that being said, dirty hands have killed a popular US President! Evidence state that 80% of communicable diseases are transferred by touch alone and most of them could be prevented by regular usage of hand sanitizer dispensers.

In this article, we will take a look at the various facets of personal hygiene, and how adopting them as a lifestyle could prove beneficial.

Feminine hygiene:

Women tend to spend most of their time doing household chores, in addition to their professional responsibilities. Hence, they should ensure that they maintain an optimal level of feminine hygiene. This holds especially true during their menstrual cycles. Women should make it a point to use suitable hygiene products as per their needs, instead of relying on ‘traditional’ means.

The feminine hygiene products market is expected to garner $42.7 billion by 2022, registering a CAGR of 6.1% during the forecast period 2016-2022 (Source: Allied Market Research). This can be attributed to the rising awareness of the subject among working women and product innovations.

Baby care:

Holding a newborn in your hand and watching him/her smile is one of the heavenly feelings on this planet!

So if you are a parent, then you might understand this topic better than me. The tiny tots don’t have a developed immune system, as we do. So, ensuring their hygiene becomes crucial. They are easy victims of diarrhea, jaundice, skin infections, etc. As a parent, it should be ensured that the baby care products are chosen wisely. Traditionally, people have a tendency to clean the baby with a cotton wool or something. Instead, parents should opt for hygienic, bulk baby wipes. It ensures proper genital hygiene.

Some other basic tips could include trimming the baby’s nails, cleaning ears, changing diapers regularly, keeping the toys clean, house sanitation, etc.

Oral hygiene:

Each one of us likes to show off sparkling white teeth, don’t we?
Before we dig further into this topic, let’s take a look at the following stats:

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  • Percent of children aged 2-17 years with a dental visit: 84.7% (2015)
  • Percent of adults aged 18-64 with a dental visit: 64.0% (2015)
  • Percent of adults aged 65 and over with a dental visit: 62.7% (2015)

(Source: National Center for Health Statistics)
Mouth is the door from which we let food enter into our body. So, oral health should be our top priority. Neglecting dental health gives rise to many health problems like teeth deterioration, bad breath, mouth inflammation, oral ulcers, etc. And this may lead to other serious health complications. Also, most of the dental problems occur in the childhood.

As an individual, the habit of brushing and flossing should be inculcated at an early age. A regular visit to a dentist is also a must. People tend to neglect dentist visits so as to avoid expenditure. But what they don’t realize is that this adamant behavior will cost them much more in the years to come.

Proper sanitation

NASA recently spent $23.4 million designing a toilet for the Space Shuttle that would defy zero gravity with suction technology at 850 liters of airflow per minute.
Sounds strange? But that is the price, and importance of sanitation!

Majority of the population don’t consider sanitation as a part of personal hygiene. But that is far from the truth. All your efforts to maintain hygienic conditions would go in vain if you don’t stress upon proper sanitation. Our toilets are a storehouse of microbes (mostly harmful).

You might be well aware of the fact that under-developed countries lack basic sanitation facilities. Citizens of these countries become victims of dreaded communicable diseases, and subsequently, put the blame on their governments. Children are the worst affected.
In 1840, the “global sanitary revolution” transformed life in Europe and other parts of the developed world. In fact, it actually furthered the economic transformation, by making those societies cleaner and healthier (Source: WSSCC)

Well, that was on part of the community. But this article is about personal hygiene, right?
So, sanitation can be personally ensured on a daily basis by making sure that fecal matter is disposed of in an eco-friendly manner, and away from your household. This also involves the use of effective bathroom cleaning products, which lower the presence of harmful microbes in your vicinity. When out of the home, one must make use of the designated public toilets.

Scientifically speaking, personal hygiene is a broad topic to talk about. Following the basic guidelines of personal hygiene would make a great deal of difference. You could be a source of inspiration for people around you. Healthy individuals together build a healthy nation!
E-commerce has touched all spheres of our lives. Gone are the days of visiting the nearby store to shop for the essentials. Nowadays, branded personal hygiene products can be delivered to your doorstep at the click of a button, at discounted prices. So, don’t react but act. Because your goal of living a healthier lifestyle is just a click away!

Author Bio:

Gene Moore is a Marketer and passionate writer. He is very adventurous and ambitious person having interest in traveling, writing and reading blogs. His artistic background nurtures him in developing a creative writing skill.

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