Are you TOO clean? Only shower ONCE a week

posted by Karla Cantrell -

I had to go 4 days without showering when I went on Outward Bound but after a couple of days you really have no idea how bad you smell.  You just brush off the dirt and move on with your life.  Still, when you DO get to hit the shower, it's the BEST feeling EVER...and you won't believe what your old clothes smell like.  Gross.~Karla 

There are plenty of people out there who can’t start their day without a good shower, but it turns out you may want to rethink your daily scrub because it may not be healthy for you. A new report reveals that bathing every day could increase a person’s chances of getting infections.

According to Columbia University infections-disease expert, Dr. Elaine Larson, showering too much could dry out your skin, which will cause it to crack, making it susceptible to germs. Other experts add that excessive washing can strip the skin of its natural oils, which affects “good” bacteria, which helps people’s immune systems.  

While some feel that bathing actually reduces the risk of illness, Larson notes that all it really does is remove body odor. So, how often should we be showering? Mitchell says just once or twice a week is sufficient, adding that those who want to shower daily should only do so if their skin feels healthy and hydrated.

  • And one other thing. Larson says we shouldn’t lather up our whole body, and instead use soap just on smelly areas. He notes that instead, folks should concentrate on washing their hands more frequently, and keeping their clothes clean in order to reduce the risk of getting sick. 

Source: Daily Mail 

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