Americans are obsessed with being clean and smelling good.
Americans shower a lot. Every day or more. We don’t want to smell bad. But we don’t mind to smell like perfume. In the gym locker room guys take a shower and than put stuff on themselves that emits such a strong odor that my head hurts and my nose is getting numb. But in their opinion it’s great because it does not smell like sweat. Should we ask ourselves why? Why is a strong artificial smell better than some natural (faint) odors or no smell at all? Let’s try to analyse it a bit more.
Frequent showers may be harmful to your health and to the environment.
The personal care industry wants you to shower frequently. The more the better. I mean better for their bottom line.
“WHATEVER the motivation, personal cleanliness in the United States has long been big business. Widespread advertisements address (and arguably generate) anxiety about body odor, from the classic spots ordering consumers to “Raise your hand if you’re Sure!” to recent popular commercials with the actor Isaiah Mustafa hawking Old Spice body wash.” http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/31/fashion/31Unwashed.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
As for us showering every day and even several time a day – is not beneficial.
It is bad for our skin, our hair, our health in general and it is bad for our wallets.
And for the environment.
Chlorine in tap water. “Showering and bathing in chlorinated water may expose us to even more chlorine and its byproducts than drinking this disinfected water. “
“it’s reasonable to assume that chlorinated water adversely affects beneficial intestinal flora. Chlorine is a powerful antimicrobial agent, and is an effective pesticide against many different strains of bacteria. (10) The compounds in disinfected water may be able to reach the gut not only through our drinking water, but also through daily showers and baths.” http://chriskresser.com/is-your-daily-shower-making-you-sick
“Some people have long complained that showering too much makes their skin drier or more prone to flare-ups of, say, eczema, and Dr. Gallo said that scientists are just beginning to understand why. “It’s not just removing the lipidsand oils on your skin that’s drying it out,” he said. It could be “removing some of the good bacteria that help maintain a healthy balance of skin.” http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/31/fashion/31Unwashed.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
“What about the odor? The real cause of armpit odor is the intentional excretion of horrible toxins that your body is trying to get rid of. And by using deodorant products, you block the exit door and force those toxins to stay in your system!” http://www.naturalnews.com/004417_body_odor_nutrition.html#ixzz313q6kUWn
One of the ways to reduce body odor is to clean oneself from the inside.
Foods that make you stink. “Red meat is the number one cause of body odor. Red meat causes stagnation in the body; it putrefies in the digestive tract and releases all sorts of toxins into the bloodstream through the large intestine.” http://www.naturalnews.com/004417_body_odor_nutrition.html#ixzz313s1dYWWre:
“For multiple reason avoid processed foods. — those lacking fiber and made with refined white flour, added sugars, hydrogenated oils and other processed ingredients”
Environmental concerns. With water use in the United States increasing every year, many regions are starting to feel the pressure. In the last five years, nearly every region of the country has experienced water shortages. At least 36 states are anticipating local, regional, or statewide water shortages by 2013, even under non-drought conditions. http://www.epa.gov/WaterSense/pubs/supply.html
Every two minutes you save on your shower can conserve more than ten gallons of water. If everyone in the country saved just one gallon from their daily shower, over the course of the year it would equal twice the amount of freshwater withdrawn from the Great Lakes every day.http://www.wireandtwine.com/green/50/
So my friends it is a win – win proposition. By eating healthy and skipping a shower once a week you get health benefits and you help the environment. Just wash daily your armpits and another area below the belt to be safe. And wash your hands frequently.
As for the personal care industry – in my opinion my health is more important to me than theirs.