I’m sure some of you are already rolling your eyes at the thought of not taking a shower every day. Of course, if you are like me, then you are hopeful that your current pattern might be justified by some authority on health and medicine. Well, if you are in that second group, you are right.
Dr. Joseph Mercola makes the claim that daily showers are actually not good for our health. He explains that we all have beneficial bacteria living on our skin. It works to fight off bad bacteria we are exposed to. But every time we lather up our favorite shower soap, gel, or shampoo, we rid our skin of that good bacteria and the protection it provides. He also suggests that limiting showers would be one major way to conserve water for the sake of the environment.
The natural question arises, of course, about how often to shower. Dr. Mercola suggests that if there’s need, because of body odor, to shower more than once per week (which used to be the standard before the advertising industry got a hold of the bathing and showering market), then it’s important to limit the amount of soap used.
Here are a few tips for healthy showering according to the doctor.
1. When showering, make sure you use warm, rather than hot, water. That’s a tough one because I do love a hot shower at this time of the year. Hot water is harder on the skin than warm water is.
2. When you shower, limit your use of soap to the areas that most need it. He suggests arm pits, groin, and the soles of your feet.
3. As soon as you get out of the shower, moisturize! He suggests getting a generous scoop of coconut oil to seal the moisture all over your body.
Do you shower every day? What do you think of the concept of limiting showers for the sake of our health and our environment?
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