Not washing hands after going to the bathroom can spearhead the spread of various illnesses like shigellosis, hepatitis A, salmonellosis, etc. Washing the hands gets rid of germs present on the hands and prevents a person from contracting unnecessary illness.
Since childhood, we’ve all heard about the importance of washing hands after using the bathroom. However, as the years passed by and we entered adulthood, we seem to have forgotten its importance. Several people don’t bother to wash their hands after a visit to the bathroom, which definitely is a habit that needs correction.
In a ‘Hand Washing Survey’ carried out by the American Society for Microbiology and the Soap and Detergent Association, it was found that only 66% men and 88% women actually wash their hands after using a public restroom. If we were all taught in school how deleterious not washing the hands can be, then how come several adults forget to do so? If we’ve forgotten then it’s high time we refresh our memories. Let’s find out why exactly we need to perform this hand cleansing ritual every single time we visit the restroom.
Importance of Washing Hands After a Bathroom Break
People who don’t wash their hands after using the restroom are more susceptible to colds and other infections. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), skipping hand washing after visiting the bathroom can lead to picking up of germs which can conduce to different infectious diseases. The person is at risk of contracting an illness every time he or she touches his nose, mouth, eyes, etc.
Grounding (or earthing) is the means to remove excess charge from an object. Let’s check out how the grounding principle can be used to neutralize the charge from our body, and the amazing benefits offered thus.
It is Good to Be Grounded
Well, literally too, as it stabilizes the energy levels in the body, normalizes the body’s rhythms, and offers several other health benefits. Let’s revise the concept of grounding in electrical engineering. Grounding an electrical equipment (connecting it to the ground) offers voltage stabilization and over voltage protection, thus ensuring electrical safety. In simpler terms, it reduces the risk of electric shocks, as excess charge is drained off to the Earth. Similarly, when our body is grounded, which is to say, it is connected to the ground, the excess charge in the body can be removed.
Our ‘Lost Connection’ with the Earth
There was a time when people walked barefoot, slept on the ground, and came in physical contact with the soil through activities like gardening, farming, etc. Today, we wear synthetic soled footwear, hardly walk barefoot, very rarely sleep on the ground, and seldom touch the Earth with bare hands or feet. The use of carpets and raised floors further disconnects us from the Earth. Then again, many of us stay hundreds of feet above the ground, further weakening our connection with the Earth. According to a research, for every meter above the ground, 300 volts of charge builds up in our body.
Theodor Herzl has rightly said, “The body is a marvelous machine…a chemical laboratory, a power house. Every movement, voluntary or involuntary, full of secrets and marvels”. True, all the