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It’s Time We Talked About Hygiene

It’s Time We Talked About Hygiene

There are around two million people who die each year from hygiene-related problems. What makes this even more unacceptable is that 9 out of 10 of them are children. There are too many people who don’t have access to basic hygiene options.

Everyone suffers when people don’t have the clean water they need to wash their hands, or some cultural taboo or stereotype says that they aren’t able to properly take part in society. It causes problems and people end up further apart rather than coming together. Society as a whole is being prevented from reaching its potential.

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Don’t think that this issue only affects the developing world either. The SCA and the UN Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) recently published a global study that shows over a third of women in the U.S. feel uncomfortable being a part of social situations when on their period. This percentage was one of the highest in the world. Flint, Michigan is a place where the water has been contaminated for a few years now, and it’s also a place where CNN is reporting that some residents no longer bathe or wash their hands. Instead they use baby wipes to clean themselves rather than soap, which is better for cleaning the body.

These issues have been the focus of the SCA for decades now. The SCA teamed up with the WSSCC a few years ago to spread awareness about the link between health, hygiene, and overall well-being. They also wanted to break the taboos surrounding menstruation. They are working together again this year to improve hygiene practices over the world as part of the Hygiene Matters initiative SCA is running. This initiative is designed to get people all over the world talking about hygiene standards, educating people about hygiene, and giving policymakers recommendations on how to address the systemic hygiene problems around the world. They are also looking to inspire other organisations to join in and help in the fight against poor hygiene around the world.

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Improving hygiene solutions and practices also comes with a reduction in business and healthcare costs. The UN is still collecting and analyzing data that will help them offer opportunities to create customized care systems, as well as customize products and services to handle specific hygiene problems. Simple solutions and products like Myrrh oil, which can be used for its cleansing properties for mouth and throat, have been on the agenda. One part of this is helping revolutionize the way that hundreds of nursing homes handle incontinence, which led to an improved quality of life for these patients while also reducing the costs for the managers of these facilities. They are continuing to develop away-from-home products and other smart solutions for washrooms to ensure that public restrooms have plenty of hygiene products, making sanitation workers more efficient.

As strange as it sounds, there are some parts of the world where women and young girls are forbidden to go to school or work while on their period. By educating these people about menstruation and helping men and women handle their incontinence, my hope is to improve workplace productivity. Female factory workers in Pakistan can end up missing out on three days of work a month due to being on their period. There are programs out there that are used to educate people on hygiene and provide women with menstruation products. These programs have proven effective and have reduced work absenteeism by up to 46%.

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Of course, it’s impossible to solve every problem in the world, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t raise our voice to make a difference and create new ideas and solutions. We need to invest in hygiene education and share our knowledge and data to transform the attitudes people have towards hygiene along with their practices.

The SCA is calling on everyone, everywhere, to come together and ask what they could do to advocate and advance proper hygiene and sanitation. If we work together then we really can improve the lives of millions of people around the world. We can promote better health and well-being. If we all come together we really could create a significant change in the world. How does that old saying go? “Become the change you wish to see in the world.”

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Last Updated on September 17, 2018

10 Reasons Why You Should Get Naked More Often

10 Reasons Why You Should Get Naked More Often

Getting naked is often thought of as an act that should only be reserved for intimacy—and even then some get squirmy! Many people are more comfortable believing that the more clothes you are wearing the better. However, getting naked more often can have great benefits for you. Here are 10 great reasons to get naked more often:

1. It burns more fat.

Your body’s main supply of brown adipose tissue (BAT), or good fat cells, are located around your shoulder blades and neck. When your body is exposed to the elements and is cooler, the BAT proliferates and essentially kills the white adipose tissue, aka bad fat cells. So, not wearing any clothes helps promote this and makes you healthier.

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2. You’ll become comfortable with who you are.

Self-acceptance is hard to come by today. Ask anyone you know and see if they are happy with themselves. Chances are they will say they are too fat, not pretty, and find all of the flaws that they can. In reality, others do not see this. They see that you are beautiful. When you begin to get naked, you learn to appreciate your body and realize how beautiful you really are.

3. It saves you money.

Being naked more often saves on buying new clothing since you are wearing nothing a lot of the time. Be careful when you are in public, though—you may have to put on some clothes!

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4. It increases your immune system.

Being naked and getting exposure to the sun’s rays actually increases your body’s vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is directly related to your immune system. When you have optimal levels of vitamin D, your body’s immune system is impeccable, and you will be better equipped to ward off viruses, including the common cold and flu. So go lay outside naked on your private balcony or in your yard.

5. It makes you face your fears head on.

People cringe today when you mention the words “get naked.” They are so afraid of it—and today’s children are so ingrained with this—that they must wear layer upon layer to deal with their body image. However, when you are naked, you face your fears of body image and self-acceptance, experiencing some of the best moments of your life.

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6. You will feel better in your clothes.

When you do wear clothes (because not everyone has yet accepted being naked in public), you will start to choose clothing that accentuates the parts of your body that you love. You will begin to notice that maybe that muumuu does not flatter your beautiful curves and start wearing clothes that you love.

7. You will embrace vulnerability.

When you put yourself out there, it is a natural reaction to have fear and worry. However, this is an opportunity to embrace being vulnerable. It allows you to think and get down to the core of what really matters and what is of importance to you. When you strip away all of the excess, you are 100% you and willing to take on anything that comes your way.

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8. You will show the world the real you.

Today, we have many ways of altering our appearance from our true body image when we wear clothing. Some people alter their image so much that they fear getting naked with the person they love. It seems crazy that this could even happen; however, the rise in use of breast-enhancing bras and Spanx products has put this idea into people’s minds. This all goes back to being comfortable with your true body image. If a person really does love you, then they should not love you based upon your image. If they do, then you may even decide that the ever-so-uncomfortable leggings that go up above your waist to hold in all of the imperfections may not be worth it after all.

9. You will have fun.

Well, this could go in all sorts of directions. But when you are comfortable with your naked body and see it as being flattering, then life is more fun. You start realizing that you are beautiful and are willing to do more things that you probably would not have done otherwise—with and without your clothes on.

10. You can have intercourse with the lights on.

Many people are self-conscious about the way they look and decide that the less lighting the better when they are intimate with their partner. It’s nothing new. If you survey your best friends, you will probably come to this conclusion too. They may say that it even gets awkward, because they are more concerned with what their partner thinks of their body than just having and enjoying amazing intercourse. When you love the way you look naked, you will also want to have your partner see you at your best.

What are you waiting for? Start spending more time in the buff today and begin to change the way you think about your body.

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