Wellness Wednesday – 8/26/20
WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
Is Showering Actually Good for You?
For many, the daily shower is more about habit than health. It can be a great way to wake the body up and start the day feeling fresh and clean, but what kind of effect can daily showers have on the skin?
Normal, healthy skin maintains a layer of oil and a balance of “good” bacteria and other microorganisms. Washing and scrubbing removes these, especially if the water is hot. As a result, skin may become dry, irritated, or itchy.
This dry, cracked skin often allows bacteria and allergens to breach the barrier skin is supposed to provide, allowing skin infections and allergic reactions to occur. Additionally, the human immune system needs a certain amount of stimulation by normal microorganisms, dirt and other environmental exposures in order to create protective antibodies and “immune memory.”
Over-cleaning your body is probably not a cpmmon concern for most, however, it is still important to understand that daily showers do not improve your health. In fact, they could cause skin problems and other health issues, and they waste a lot of water.
While there is no ideal frequency, experts suggest that showering several times per week is plenty for most people (unless you are grimy, sweaty, or have other reasons to shower more often). Short showers — lasting three or four minutes — with a focus on the armpits and groin will suffice.
COVID Has Caused a Bicycle Boom, Cities Across the Globe Adjust
Coronavirus has affected everyone in the world, but it may come as a surprise of how it has impacted the cycling industry. Bike shops are currently seeing a boom in sales, with some shops reportedly doubling sales over the last few months.
The biggest sellers are entry-level bikes that are mainly used for commuting and fitness. Whether it’s for transportation or recreation, people seem to be turning to cycling as a socially distanced way of exercising and getting around.
As tides shift towards cycling, city infrastructure has adjusted to accommodate. Paris is adding 400 miles of bike lanes; Austin, Texas, is voting on bond issues to spend $120 million dollars on new trails and bike lanes; and D.C. has designated 22 miles of slow streets for walking, biking and play, open to local vehicle traffic only.
Hopefully, these changes will continue to help citizens withstand the crisis in good health and financial stability, and perhaps the transition provides a brief glimpse at a more health conscious and eco friendly future.