How Good is Your Lifestyle Hygiene?

Updated: Nov 30, 2020

When you think of the word hygiene, you may think of acts of being clean like washing your hands with soap and water, or brushing your teeth.

  • Definition of hygiene: conditions or practices conducive to maintaining health and preventing disease, especially through cleanliness.

These are things we do every day, maybe multiple times a day, right? They are habits; we just do them without thinking much about it. And sometimes we go a little extra further, like going to the dentist once or twice a year for a more in depth cleaning, or to the doctor for a yearly check-up.

Proper hygiene is taught to us at a young age…”wash your hands after you go to the bathroom!”, “shower regularly and wear clean clothes!” If we don’t do these things, we may get sick, get others sick, smell bad, lose teeth (or just be looked at strangely).

In our day and age, we don’t have to worry as much about dying from infection or nutrient deficiencies. Nowadays, we have to watch out for overeating, undersleeping, overworking and being too sedentary. For all of which, we have evidenced-based studies linking to chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and autoimmune disease.

Times have changed, and so must we, so I propose a NEW updated definition of hygiene….