The Drs: Do We Bathe Too Often?
The Doctors shared that current research in dermatology suggests that daily showers could actually do more harm than good. Hot water can dry out and irritate the skin, and you could also be washing away all the good bacteria on your dermis that helps fight infections. Daily baths for babies and toddlers can make already sensitive skin, prone to allergies or conditions like eczema.
Dr Jennifer Ashton joked that she “sweat[s] like a farm animal” and needs to shower at the end of every day. She said she’ll probably be aging like a prune, but at least she’ll smell nice. Dr Drew Ordon said there’s a difference between a rinse and a full scrubbing session. Dr Rachael Ross said Dr Travis Stork must have DNA where he doesn’t stink. Dr Stork said there’s maybe a day once a month where he doesn’t shower and admits that his skin seems to feel a little better then.
The Drs: Going Without A Shower
If you’re going without a shower, you still need to change your clothes or “vent the oven,” as Dr Ashton said. Dr Ashton also said you can use baby wipes or cleansing cloths to wipe yourself off or clean certain areas if you can’t get to a shower.
Dr Stork said when it comes to turn-offs between men and women, bad breath seems to be a bigger issue than body odor. You should never take a day off from oral hygiene.
The Drs: Health Effects Of Inactivity
Dr Stork then moved on, switching topics by sharing that one in five American deaths are linked to excess weight. But what’s worse than being overweight is not being active. A recent 12-year study found that lack of activity claims twice as many lives as obesity. Just recently another study came out that shows it’s just getting up period, not necessarily exercising.
Dr Ashton said there’s a term called “fat fit,” showing that it’s not always about the number on the scale, but rather how active you are. She said you can be overweight and still be active and fit, but it’s obviously ideal to not be overweight.
Dr Ordon said just 20 minutes of activity each day can be a big difference. Like Dr Ross said, it’s as simple as walking around your house while talking on the phone.