Boost Your Body’s Good Bac­te­ria

Men's Health (South Africa) - - HEALTH + WELLNESS -

Un­clean liv­ing can be a smart idea for ev­ery­one, not just kids. Th­ese un­usual strate­gies may strengthen your mi­cro­biome

Don’t shower ev­ery day if you can get away with it.

This may help pro­tect your skin biome, which acts as a pro­tec­tive coat­ing against pathogens.

Forgo an­tiper­spi­rants on week­ends or on days you can go with­out them.

Be­lieve it or not, your armpits har­bour their own spe­cial mi­cro­bial colonies.

Dry-brush in­stead of us­ing tooth­paste.

The chem­i­cals in most pastes dis­turb your oral biome, and re­search sug­gests that dry-brush­ing ac­tu­ally fights plaque more ef­fec­tively.

Skip the mouth­wash, too, for the same rea­sons. Walk bare­foot through the grass.

It not only feels great and re­lieves stress but also helps your foot mi­crobes flour­ish. Keep­ing your dogs in shoes and socks all the time kills the good bugs and brings on the stinky ones.

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