Magazine article Black Enterprise

Clean Up Your Act! Personal Hygiene Can Hamper or Help Your Success

Magazine article Black Enterprise

Clean Up Your Act! Personal Hygiene Can Hamper or Help Your Success

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After completing a lecture on business social skills, Hadiyah Dansby Davis graciously stepped down from the podium and approached the chair of the next presenter, an impeccably dressed woman. As the woman rose from her seat, a horrendous body odor engulfed the room with a vengeance! Dansby Davis, a senior residential adviser and social skills trainer with a Kansas employment-training institute, was stunned. She quickly moved to the next seat, knowing that she couldn't tolerate the fumes of her colleague.

Poor personal hygiene is obvious. However, few are comfortable discussing it. It might sound like a silly topic of discussion, but landing your dream job or even gaining new friends can be influenced by good personal hygiene--or lack thereof.

An offensive odor emanating from your person is the result of what's inside your body as well as how you care for it on the outside. Even some prescription drugs may cause a change in your body's natural odor. Check with your doctor if you think that's the case. "It's hard to recognize your own smells because you're used to them," says Dr. Stanley Bass, a natural hygiene doctor who has been researching the topic for more than 40 years. "But if the foods you eat are dead [such as processed and sugar-based foods and drinks], then it's going to be bad for your body." One thing you can do is try new habits like eating foods from nature such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. It might take some getting used to, so start slow. Also, try sites like www.mothernature.com and www.healthy.net for more tips and hygiene habits. …

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