Cleanliness - Your Visa To Longer Life
Ever Desired Longer Life?
Some few decades ago, people all over the world including Europe had this superstitious belief system about the causes of diseases. Some African natives felt that diseases were caused by demons or evil spirits, or even by foul air or the anger of the gods. Among those Africans who have not studied science, such idea still holds in their hearts. However, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, scientists carried out investigations that led to an overwhelming understanding and conclusions of the causes of diseases.
Louise Pasteur discovered that food spoilage was caused by microbes. Robert Koch, a German physician discovered that each disease was caused by a specific type of micro-organism. These findings raised a question in peoples heart: Where do these micro-organisms that caused disease come from?
It is no more news that micro-organisms – both the harmless and those that cause diseases are everywhere such as in the air, water, soil, and all exposed surfaces. Oh! They are even on the surface of our bodies. So keeping ourselves and our environment clean is therefore one of the many ways of keeping away micro-organisms that cause us illnesses. In this article you will learn what personal cleanliness means to you and your family. I will also describe methods of keeping your body, home, business premise and office clean with the list of advantages of personal cleanliness and consequences of poor hygiene.
Methods of keeping your body clean
Your whole body
You should wash your body with soft sponge, soap and water first and last thing every day. After washing, your body should be rinsed with clean water. This tip may not always apply to you if you are living in the part of the world which is always cold and snowy. But if you live in the area where you sweat always, I will advise you to take this tip seriously. There are many toilet soaps out there in the online and offline stores. If the body is not washed daily, the sweat dries on the skin and produces an odour. Beside harmful opportunistic micro-organisms grow on the dry sweat on the skin. The body should also be washed after games or serious manual activities that cause discharge of sweat or body fluid. An alternative to taking one’s bath is to rub the body with a wet small hand towel. This method is often used to keep patients in hospitals clean.
Care of your fingers and nails
Our fingers and toe nails grow all the time. When they grow, they collect dirt in-between, and so harmful micro-organisms grow in this dirt, and can there by easily contaminate the food we eat. Finger and toe nails should be kept clean by cutting them short with nail clippers or visit a professional pedicure. We can also keep our finger and toes clean along as we wash our bodies at bathing times.
Care of the Ear
The ear should be washed along also with other body parts. We should keep the ear passage clean with cotton wool and never with any sharp object. Sharp objects can damage the ear drum without a chance of recovery or remedy. Some people make use of cotton buds – a specially made plastic tiny tube with cotton at the tip.
Care of our teeth
The teeth should be brushed with a soft toothbrush and a tooth paste. Some Africans prefer the use of chop sticks – being a small stem of a special plant know scientifically to possess antiseptic quality. The teeth should be treated first and last thing every day before going to bed. The correct way to use a toothbrush is to brush the teeth in an up and down movement, and not a side ways movement. It is also a good habit to wash the mouth after each meal to remove particles of food which get stuck to our teeth and attracts bacteria that cause toothache and tooth decay.
The Good Hair Care Tips
Our hair should be washed daily while washing the body, or whenever it is dirty. The hair should be cut short so as to gain access to the dept and core of the head when washing. Dirty hair has odour and also attracts parasites such as lice, and skin disease such as ringworm and dandruff.
The hands need to be washed with soap and clean water after every
- manual labour
- attending a party where lots of handshaking took place
- each visit to the toilet
- every each meal and before it
- time we are dirty
The feet should be washed with soap and water whenever they are dirty, in addition to regular washing along with the rest of the body. We should also wear only shoes and sandals that fits the environment, work nature and climatic conditions of the area we are.
Clothes should be washed, dried in the open air or in the drier then ironed to vanquish any unforeseen microbe that may have attached itself to them. Dirty clothes should never be packed in the wardrobe or boxed. The odour given out by the stench may attract cockroaches and rodents which may eat and damage those clothes.
Shoe should be washed and cleaned with moist or dry piece of clothes or a manufactured shoe cleaning agent which can be purchased on or offline. Shoes should also be polished to look smarter and even ward off potential dirt and make it inhabitable for any microbes around.
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