Hygiene

What is it ?

Conditions or practices conducive to good health. (Merriam - Webster)

  • Includes lifestyle choices such sleeping habits, smoking, drugs or alcohol
  • Includes medical, oral and personal cleanliness practices
  • Includes Environment such as clean air and clean water.

Why does it matter ?

Cleansing our body of dirt and germs prevents disease and illnesses.

  • Washing hands often reduces the risk of contracting or spreading cold and flu viruses. 
  • Brushing Teeth reduces the risk of oral diseases can permanently damage teeth and impact quality of life. 
  • Exposing ourselves to toxins, whether it be as a smoker, second hand smoke or drugs and alcohol, increases our risk of avoidable diseases.

Where can I learn more ?

The public library of science (PLOS) has a wealth of information on personal and environmental hygiene @ http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0081460