Hifz Academy Health Corner

Maintaining Healthy Habits

Islam is a complete way of life, which deals extensively on both the spiritual, as well as the physical well-being. Cleanliness is one of the great privileges in Islam. Cleanliness and purification is an essential part of Islamic life. In the Quran, Allah says:  

“…Indeed Allah loves the penitent, and He loves those who keep clean.” (2:222)

Staying healthy and clean is a basic human need; humans are responsible for their own health and well-being. It’s up to us to listen to our bodies and to take care of ourselves. By teaching our students about health and hygiene, we are empowering them to remain healthy children and keep from spreading germs. When we practice good hygiene, we are not only keeping healthy, but it also makes us feel good about ourselves. Here are a few activities to help demonstrate how important health and hygiene is.

Health and hygiene topics should be a foundation taught at home by the parents. We can all agree that good habits mean good health. By asking students to follow good hygiene habits at home, you can keep your home free of infectious diseases and germs.

Types of personal hygiene

These main categories are a useful place to start for building good hygiene habits:

Toilet hygiene

Wash your hands after you use the restroom. Scrub with soap for 20 to 30 seconds, and be sure to clean between your fingers, on the back of your hands, and under your nails. Rinse with warm water, and dry with a clean towel.

If you don’t have running water or soap, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer will also work. Use one that’s at least 60 percent alcohol.

Shower hygiene

Personal preference may dictate how often you wish to shower, but most people will benefit from a rinse at least every other day. Showering with soap helps rinse away dead skin cells, bacteria, and oils.

You should also wash your hair at least twice a week. Shampooing your hair and scalp helps remove skin buildup and protects against oily residues that can irritate your skin.

Nail hygiene

Trim your nails regularly to keep them short and clean. Brush under them with a nail brush or washcloth to rinse away buildup, dirt, and germs. Tidying your nails helps you prevent spreading germs into your mouth and other body openings.

Teeth hygiene

Good dental hygiene is about more than just pearly white teeth. Caring for your teeth and gums is a smart way to prevent gum disease and cavities. Brush at least twice a day for 2 minutes. Aim to brush after you wake up and before bed. If you can, brush after every meal, too. Floss between your teeth daily and ask your dentist about using an antibacterial mouthwash.

These two steps can help prevent tooth decay and eliminate pockets where bacteria and germs can build up.

Sickness hygiene

If you’re not feeling well, you should take steps to keep from spreading germs to others. This includes covering your mouth and nose when sneezing, wiping down shared surfaces with an antibacterial wipe, and not sharing any utensils or electronics. Also, immediately throw away any soiled tissues.

Hands hygiene

Germs on your hands can easily enter your body through your mouth, nose, eyes, or ears. Wash your hands:

  • when you arrive to class
  • before you eat
  • when you sneeze
  • after using the restroom

Any time you touch an animal and etc.

Side effects of poor personal hygiene

Good personal hygiene habits are directly related to less illnesses and better health. Poor personal hygiene habits, however, can lead to some minor side effects, like body odor. Additionally, if you don’t wash your hands frequently, you can easily transfer germs and bacteria to your mouth or eyes. This can lead to any number of issues.

Also, not brushing your teeth can lead to teeth issues and plaque buildup.

Poor hygiene habits can also affect your self-esteem. Looking and feeling presentable can give you a confidence boost and a sense of pride in your appearance.


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