I don’t know how many Punditeers we have in London but I’ll be speaking at Parliament tonight on Chinese FDI In Africa – Collaboration Or Colonisation?
Also what’s been on my thoughts this weekend, Seven daily sins: Shower every day? Rinse after brushing teeth? These ‘healthy’ habits could be devilishly bad for you
I personally think it really depends on your skin type. For instance I have fairly dry skin and I love starting the day with a hot shower, which may not be so optimal in a cold winter. However I have begun to realize that excessive hygiene isn’t a necessarily good thing and I’m evolving the idea of showering when I sweat or smell.
Since there are so many “science-types” on BP; I was wondering what should be the scientific basis for proceeding. I’ve started to tailor the “Western” lifestyle I lead to suit me and I’ve seen some very strong benefits (I’m 11kg lighter since September; dropping my BMI from 25 to 22, which is now just the South Asian male normal to avoid heart disease and diabetes; the best app is Fitness Pal, I’m hoping to go to BMI 19/20, low 60s kg and body fat 10%).
Also I turn 28 on December 15 and alot of people tell me Zach you look like a teen when clean-shaven (I tend to shave only when I have to these days since why put a blade to skin unnecessarily); my thoughts are why not? Will it be so bad if when I’m 50 I look 30?
Also I’ve begun to realize that food advertising is the absolute worst; it’s a really disgusting industry. We need to break from the homogenized consumer life-style that is constantly influencing us and actually start making it work for the individual. One of my favorite arguments I like to have with my partner is about intellectual property and how it’s responsible for so much of the problems of the world; but she thinks I’m crazy whereas I like to think of myself counter-cultural.
DAILY SIN: SHOWERING EVERY DAY
Using piping-hot water combined with harsh soaps can strip the skin of its oils, resulting in dryness, cracking and even infection
The modern preoccupation with personal hygiene could be to the detriment of our skin, according to Dr Nick Lowe, consultant dermatologist at the Cranley Clinic in London.
‘Most people wash far too much,’ he says. ‘Using piping-hot water combined with harsh soaps can strip the skin of its oils, resulting in dryness, cracking and even infection.
‘For the majority of us, there is no need to have a thorough wash every day.’
If the prospect of skipping a daily shower horrifies you, at least make sure you wash with cooler water, he says.
If you have a tendency towards dry skin, use a soap-free shower gel or aqueous cream — an emulsifying ointment containing paraffin oils, water and preservative that can be used in place of soap.
DAILY SIN: SITTING ON THE LOO
Squatting instead of sitting on the toilet is a more natural position, and requires less straining
Modern toilets are bad for us, suggests research.
A study published by Israeli scientists in the journal Digestive Diseases and Sciences revealed that squatting instead of sitting is a more natural position, and requires less straining. This in turn reduces the risk of bowel problems such as haemorrhoids and diverticular disease.
Both cause painful swellings in the gut.
Dr Charles Murray, Secretary of the British Society of Gastroenterology and consultant gastroenterologist at the Royal Free Hospital, says that for the majority of us, opening our bowels is one of those things we don’t often think about, but it is ‘actually a complicated physiological process’.
He advises patients who are having trouble with bowel movements to place something under their feet while seated on the toilet, as this helps to simulate the squatting position.
He explains: ‘Placing a six-inch footrest under your feet and leaning forward on a regular sitting toilet may help, and this effect could be achieved to a lesser extent with toilet rolls placed under the feet.
‘Raising the feet in this way on a regular basis may well result in shorter visits to the loo and less straining.’