Brushing our teeth in the morning, washing our hands before eating and after going to the toilet, washing our underwear and other clothes regularly are taught in early childhood and these habits become part of our lives. However, some consciously or not make hygienic mistakes that are harmful to their health.

The habit of showering several times a day

Of course, it is nice to feel constant freshness, radiate purity and feel a pleasant aroma emanating from the body, but doctors warn against the dangers of such a habit. Of particular danger are water procedures with the obligatory use of soap. It washes away the protective layer on the surface of the skin, created by the activity of the sebaceous glands. It mainly consists of fat, which protects the epidermis from the negative effects of the external environment, prevents moisture loss and acts as a barrier to pathogens. By washing it off, we leave ourselves without natural protection, which means we are at risk of getting any skin diseases and other ailments.

Unhealthy Habit: Apply Antibacterial Skin Soap Regularly

Unhealthy Habit: Apply Antibacterial Skin Soap Regularly

It seems to us that by regularly using an antibacterial cleanser for hands, face and other parts of the body, we carry out the prevention of diseases transmitted by airborne droplets and household contact, but in reality everything turns out the other way around. Olga Verbovaya, an infectious disease doctor with 20 years of experience, says that the body needs constant contact with pathogenic microorganisms, because this trains the immune system and hardens the body, increases its resistance to microbes. “Constant contact of the surface of the body with dirt “teaches” the colonies of microorganisms present there to differentiate harmless dirt from pathogens, and antibacterial soap interferes with this training,” says Robinn Chutkan, a gastroenterologist and microbiome expert.

In addition, this health habit has other pitfalls. In particular, it is suggested that triclosan itself, through which soap acquires antibacterial properties, causes resistance to antibacterial drugs and provokes endocrine disorders. Therefore, you should not experiment with your health, but it is better to use the most ordinary soap, but only dosed.

The bad habit of frequently brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste

Once upon a time we were told that to maintain oral health it is enough to brush your teeth twice a day — in the morning and in the evening, but today the number of these hygiene procedures per day has increased significantly: now this procedure should be carried out after each meal. Not everyone follows this advice and, perhaps, they do it right, because repeated cleaning of the oral cavity with fluoride paste can be considered a bad habit and be harmful to health. I must say that doctors are still arguing about the benefits and harms of fluoride for our teeth, and there is still no consensus on this issue.

But the fact that an excess or lack of fluorine intake provokes a violation of the mineral metabolism of bone tissue and teeth is a proven fact. If you have a habit of brushing your teeth with the same fluoride paste, without changing it, and at the same time get enough of this trace element with food and water, then the risk of tooth decay due to excess fluoride in the body increases significantly. Therefore, it makes sense to contact the city sanitation station and get information about the concentration of fluoride in drinking water. Knowing how much fluorine enters the body with water and food, it will not be difficult to calculate what concentration of this element in the paste will be harmless. Another simpler option is to regularly change the different types of pastes used.

The habit of not changing your toothbrush and washcloth

The habit of not changing your toothbrush and washcloth

A wet toothbrush, like a washcloth, is simply a paradise for bacteria that settle on these personal hygiene items, getting there from the oral cavity and from the surface of the body. “A warm, humid environment is ideal for pathogens to multiply and grow,” says dermatologist Sam Banting. Doctors recommend getting into a good health habit and changing your toothbrush and washcloth once a month. In this case, it is recommended to lather the toothbrush after use and leave it in this form until the next time. It is recommended to wash off the soap before use and repeat the procedure after brushing your teeth.

The washcloth must be dried after each use, and it will not be superfluous to make a habit of periodically washing it in the washing machine. Products made from natural fabrics and fibers can even be held a little in an vinegar solution and then dried.

The habit of cleaning the ears with cotton swabs

Bad personal hygiene habits include this method is far from accidental. The thing is that a cotton swab is a rather unsafe device that can easily damage a thin eardrum. In addition, it does not so much clean out the sulfur that accumulates in the ear canal, but pushes it even deeper into the ear canal. Doctors warn that it makes no sense to regularly remove earwax, because one of its main functions is a barrier function. It prevents dust, dirt, small particles, germs and bacteria and even insects from getting deep into the ear. It is enough to get into the habit of regularly washing your ears with soap and this will be enough to keep them healthy.

The habit of not letting go of the phone

Various health habits play a huge role in maintaining normal health and preventing the development of a huge number of diseases, but the tendency to not let go of the mobile phone is not one of them. We do not interrupt the conversation, even sitting down at the table, but if we do not communicate, then we watch videos or work with applications while eating. And at this time, a huge number of pathogenic bacteria that have accumulated on the screen and body of a mobile device enter our body along with food. And this is not surprising, because it regularly touches the face and hands, collects dirt from the desktop, etc.

Such bad habits associated with the presence of all kinds of gadgets on the dining table need to be eradicated. After washing your hands before eating, exclude their contact with anything other than cutlery and food. Well, if you just need to look at something on your phone, it is recommended to wipe it with a special antibacterial agent and only then put it on the dining table.