BODY PARTS YOU SHOULD WASH MORE OFTEN & THE SCIENCE BEHIND?
REFRESHES YOUR BODY ;
The hands, elbow, neck, feet, special spots that have the power to cool your whole body & even refresh your mind.
You might have heard or perhaps already experienced, having your hands and feet warm will make your whole body will feel warm. Or if you are freezing you can put socks on and it warms you up immediately. It also goes the other way round, that is if your hands and feet are cold, your whole body feels the chill. What is it about the hands and feet. How are they able to affect our body temperature more than any other body parts? Understanding the science behind require some knowledge about the Pulse Point all over our body.
Pulse refers to a pressure wave that expands and recoils the artery when the heart contracts.
The pulse may be palpated in any place that allows an artery to be compressed near the surface of the body, such as at the neck, wrist, at the groin, behind the knee, near the ankle joint , and on foot.
Pulse point are places on the body where The pulse is readily felt over an artery that lies near the surface of the skin.
Here are 7 main pulse point of the body
Carotid Artery. (Neck)
Brachial Artery. (Inside the elbow)
Femoral Artery. (Groin)
Radial Artery. (Wrist)
Popliteal Artery. (Behind the knee)
Posterior Tibial Artery. (Near the Ankle)
Dorsalis Pedis Artery. (Feet)
Note that those are not the only pulse points on your body There are a few more, of course, but these are the most convenient for the purpose of cooling yourself.
You might have read from survival courses tips, one of the key points to keep yourself warm while in the cold water is to cross your arms and put your hands under your arm pits, and to cross your legs or to apply cold pack to the cheeks, hands and feet to ease symptoms of heat stroke.
Well the reason behind lies in the fact that the cheeks, palms, and soles of the feet are special areas with main blood vessels in those locations. You can also cool off your blood and body temperature by getting those areas in contact with cool water.
According to reflexologists the feet are intimately connected to the rest of your body. There are 72,000 nerve endings in the feet each corresponding to different areas. Explaining why soaking your feet in hot water gives such an all-round feeling of warmth, not just a good feeling in your feet. It can even help to relieve pain in other parts of the body, and generally reduce stress.
Apparently to rinse those parts often is not just about hygiene, It is also the quickest way to cool off and refresh your whole body and mental. In many cultures such as Hinduism according to ancient traditions, the elders tell you to wash your face with cold water when you are angry or other cultures do ablution before any meditation. In Ayurveda, washing your feet is one of the staples of keeping your body temperature down, because the feet are associated with the elements of fire. Perhaps they already experienced and reaped the benefits. The pulse point all over those specific spots. That’s where it all comes from. Not to forget that obviously, you’ll reap hygienic benefits.
Attacking your pulse points should cool you off slightly and refresh your whole body and mind. However don't expect it to be a 100 percent cure for the heat. Also, your feet are a cooling hotspot because they’re home to key circulation points in your body.
Any idea how many bacteria are present on your hands right now? Our hands constantly come in contacts with bacteria and germs. Your hands touch hundreds of surfaces a day, Every time your hands touch something you are definitely getting germs on your hand. Bacteria and germs that are going to be transferred to your food and drink, or part of your body you are likely to touch such as the eyes. Some of which (such as salmonella, E coli, Listeria) can cause serious illness if it make it’s way in the body.
Some Quick Facts :
There are between 2 to 10 million bacteria on your fingertips and elbows.
The number of germs on your fingertips doubles after you use the toilet.
Your hands spread 1,000 times more germs when they are damp than when they are dry.
One germ can multiply into more than 8 million germs in one day.
Nearly 80 percent of illness-causing germs are spread by your hands.
Your remote control is a top carrier of bacteria.
There are more germs on your phone, keyboard and cutting board than on a toilet seat.
One in five people don’t wash their hands, and of those that do, only 30 percent use soap.
When you flush the toilet, germs can spray up to 6 feet.
Let us consider a quick review of report excerpt from the CDC and UNICEF to help us grasp the importance of washing our hands as often as possible. How the simple act of washing hand saved us from disastrous epidemic and disease.
DIARRHEA/ FLU/ COLD
A review of more than 40 studies found that handwashing with soap can prevent approximately 4 of every 10 cases of diarrhea. Here's the full report from UNICEF.
Washing your hands prevent the spread of cold and flu by removing viruses that get onto hands from coughs and sneezes.
THE KEY TO PREVENTING COVID-19
We all know that, Washing your hands is one of the major steps being used to prevent spread of COVID-19. Those virus spread when mucus or droplets containing the virus get into your body through your eyes, nose or throat. Most often, this happens through your hands. Hands are also one of the most common ways that the virus spreads from one person to the next. Not only COVID-19 but many other respiratory viruses contamination can be restricted using the simple habit of Washing Hands often.
RESPIRATORY INFECTION REDUCED BY 25%
Pneumonia. A respiratory infection that is considered one of the leading cause of death in children under age of five, responsible for 13% of child death around the world. Surprisingly the solution again was “washing your hands”. Not only for pneumonia but for many respiratory infection and diseases. It was found that washing hands with soap after defecation and before eating reduce respiratory infection rate by up to 25%. [Effect of hand hygiene on infectious disease risk in the community setting: a meta-analysis.]
THE KEY TO PREVENTING CHOLERA & HCAI
Healthcare-associated infections (HCAI), also known as nosocomial infections, affect 15.5% of patients in developing countries and contribute to antimicrobial resistance, which causes 700,000 deaths each year. HCAIs impact hundreds of millions of patients every year, and often lead to other infections, long-term disability, and death.(view full report here). Again handwashing with soap was the solution against HCAIs.
We all heard of Cholera, caused by ingesting contaminated water or food, is estimated to kill up to 143,000 people every year. Handwashing with soap have been used to prevent cholera and other highly contagious enteric bacterial infections. (view full report of WHO on how handwashing with soap was the key to halt spread of cholera)
PREVENT PINWORM INFECTION, TRACHOMA, INTESTINAL WORM
Studies have shown that handwashing with soap reduces the incidence of skin diseases and eye infections like trachoma. [Effect of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene on the Prevention of Trachoma: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis - PubMed]
Research also shows that handwashing with soap reduces the incidence of intestinal worms, particularly ascariasis and trichuriasis. [The Impact of a School-Based Hygiene, Water Quality and Sanitation Intervention on Soil-Transmitted Helminth Reinfection: A Cluster-Randomized Trial - PubMed]
Handwashing with soap is the most effective way to prevent pinworm infections. [Hygiene-related Diseases | Hygiene-related Diseases | Hygiene | Healthy Water | CDC]
HYGIENE OF THE EARS
Why to pay attention to the ears?
Sweat Glands present behind the Ears
Sweat glands secreting perspiration are found all over the body including behind the ears. When this perspiration secreted comes in contact with bacteria and Oxygen, they begins to smell bad.
Sebaceous glands are also found wherever there’s skin. They secrete sebum (oil), a mix of wax and fats that can smell bad. The overlay of the ear, along with the folds and grooves behind it, makes it easy for all these substances and their smells to hide and build up.
Substances & Pollutants our ears come in contact with, which cause bad smell and may even lead to infections.
Substances that we are exposed to, build up along the hairline and behind the ears, leading to unpleasant smells. These substances can include:
smoke of any type
other forms of pollution and debris
hair product residues
There are many sweat glands inside the ear that help form earwax. Tiny bits of this wax might also make their way out of the ear and onto the skin behind it.
We often miss the ears, thinking it don’t deserve too much attention which is wrong. However take in consideration the fact that it’s normal for your body to produce Cerumen(earwax). The earwax serve the purpose of protecting and lubricating the ears. To note that if you didn’t have earwax, your ears would probably be itchy and dry. It even has antibacterial properties. Earwax is like a filter for your ears, keeping out harmful things like dirt and dust, and trapping them so they don’t go deep inside.
So trying to remove all the earwax, digging your ear with a cotton-bud like some do is really a bad idea. Cleaning your ears should be kept simple. Simply rinse with water and remove the excess wax, sebum and all pollutants deposited along your ears. The ears are exposed and is prone to accumulating bacteria and debris as we saw above, bad smell are often the result of the three point mentioned. This make the ears one of the spot you should pay attention too and probably give it a quick wash while you are washing your face.
This article mainly focus on these four points ; Hands, Elbow, Neck & Feet being the cooling spots of the body. We found this pretty amazing how these spots have the ability to cool down your whole body temperature and refresh your mind. To note the fact that this practice of washing those cooling spots before any meditation which have been practiced thousands of years ago actually have a scientific reasoning behind.
Hygienic properties of course there would be numerous. However washing your hands as often as possible is something we all should consider. Above we tried to state how the simple act of handwashing play a major part in stopping so many epidemic and even reduced mortality rate in children.
As for the ears, it's not as if we are telling people to wash their ears thoroughly all the time, No. however it is not a body part to be ignored for the various reasons mentioned above. We often wash our face throughout the day right, well you may simply pass your wet hand over your ears, just a quick wash while you are already in the act of washing your face.
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