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Importance of Maintaining Personal Body Hygiene

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Published: 2015-05-08 - (Updated: 2020-03-21)


Information and tips on the importance of good body hygiene, the principle of maintaining cleanliness, as well as grooming of the external body.

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The way to a beautifully maintained body is to give your body plenty of care and love. Hygiene is more than simply being clean. Practicing personal hygiene helps you to live a healthy lifestyle. Personal hygiene helps to prevent people from catching or spreading forms of disease or illness. From a simple perspective, hygiene means to be clean. Your health depends on your personal hygiene.

Hygiene is defined as a set of practices performed for the preservation of health. Hygiene is an old concept related to medicine, as well as to personal and professional care practices related to most aspects of living. Regular hygienic practices may be considered good habits by a society while the neglect of hygiene can be considered disgusting, disrespectful or even threatening. Medical hygiene pertains to the hygiene practices related to the administration of medicine, and medical care, that prevents or minimizes disease and the spreading of disease.

Self Esteem

Caring for your appearance and body smells is important to a person's self-esteem. Body hygiene is the principle of maintaining cleanliness, as well as grooming of the external body. People have been aware of hygiene for thousands of years. People in history have spent hours in the bath taking care of their bodies and making themselves presentable to others.

Maintaining a high level of personal hygiene helps to increase a person's confidence and self-esteem. If your body is clean and taken care of externally, it automatically helps you to feel good internally too. Personal hygiene depends upon the culture in which a person lives. 'Culture,' in this context does not mean just the country or city a person lives in, it also means the group in which you spend most of your time with.

Body hygiene is important for everyone; it does not cost much to be clean, yet to be clean it is expected that your body should be washed at least once each day. If possible; besides washing, use a deodorant to stop body odor.

At times, regular bathing in conjunction with anti-antiperspirants and deodorants do not help and are not useful in ridding yourself of body odor. The reason may be due to another medical condition. Even the intake of onions and garlic give a person a bad body odor. Body odor might also be a sign of liver dysfunction, diabetes, thyroid issues, or another medical condition.

A person needs to maintain body hygiene not just for the sake of their own health. You may judge a person by their personal hygiene, it gives you a picture of the person's personality. Someone who adheres to body hygiene will be better equipped to fight any sort of disease or illness. Every day a person is exposed to:

Just to name a few things. A person's clothing becomes unpleasant and dirty at the end of the day as they are worn the entire day. Sweat begins to make a person's body sticky, resulting in dust and dirt sticking to their body. At the end of the day, the person ends up carrying germs back to their own home. The bacteria on a person's skin makes their body stale and their body begins to give out a bad odor. The person's hair starts to get dirty as well.


For the majority of people, cleanliness is an important issue; poor hygiene is unhealthy and unacceptable. Good hygiene includes regularly and thorough washing of the person's body, hair, hands, as well as brushing and flossing teeth, caring for gums and keeping the feet clean. A buildup of bacteria can harm a person's health, although you can keep your body clean by caring for your hair, skin, eyes, nails and so forth. What follows are suggestions for pursuing personal hygiene.

Menstrual Hygiene

All human rights stem from the fundamental right to human dignity.

When women and girls are forced into seclusion, have to use soiled and damp materials, or fear leaking or smelling because of inadequate menstrual hygiene - dignity is hard to maintain.

A lack of adequate menstrual hygiene denies women and girls their right to health, education, as well as the right to work in favorable conditions.

A number of girls drop out of school when they begin menstruating due to reasons at times related to inadequate water, hygiene and sanitation at school, or harsh menstrual taboos. It signifies discrimination, hampers gender equality, as well as infringing on their right to education.

While the United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners demand that men be able to shave, there is currently no provision to make sure that women have the ability to manage their menstruation adequately.

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