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Thread: Has anyone else reaped the benefits of no showering as part of paleo?

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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2012

    Has anyone else reaped the benefits of no showering as part of paleo?

    I only got into paleo and primal recently, but its really changed my life. I feel so much more energetic and excited day to day. I frequently find myself asking "What would Grok do?" to help me keep to the ancestral tenants. Grok wouldn't eat poison grains or put toxic chemicals on his skin. So recently I asked, would our ancestors wash every single day with copious amounts of water? The answer is no. Since we evolved over millions of years to not frequently wash, it only made sense for me to restrict showering to once a week, if not even less frequently.

    I think its made a big difference. People have pheromones because we are animals and pheramones act like sex signals to the opposite sex. Not only do I have more time to enjoy myself in the morning since no shower, but I've also noticed I've been getting a lot more looks from women.

    Is anyone else discovering the benefits of no shower?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Why no wash? What are You basing this on?
    Starting Date: Dec 18, 2010
    Starting Weight: 294 pounds
    Current Weight: 235 pounds
    Goal Weight: 195 pounds

  3. #3
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    Mar 2012
    God's country, W.VA
    Um, those looks you're getting may not be positive.

  4. #4
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    Jul 2012
    Quote Originally Posted by KV8R View Post
    Um, those looks you're getting may not be positive.
    That's what I was thinking!

    In our society we're not generally used to smelling bad BO, and while some people never smell terrible, my husband, for example has almost made me nauseous if he's had a day of hard work and hasn't washed afterwards. I've literally woken in the night thinking "OMG what is that SMELL???" Only to realise it's stale BO (and not a week's worth either... just a day's!)

    That being said, I don't think we need to use soap and stuff all over all the time. I don't always feel the need to wash with soap, and I also don't use scented deodorants or perfumes or anything like that, and I like to think I don't smell BAD... I just smell like a human should.

    I also do crossfit most days (and sweat) and I do roller derby training a couple of times a week (and sweat) so I can't imagine going without a shower! Definitely before work!!

    I don't think it really mattered what our distant ancestors did... back then, I guess there were times when nobody washed, so everyone was used to the smell... which is very different from today, when people generally wash frequently, and you really notice it if one person stinks!

    Also I have to add, I'm not obsessive about making my kids bath/shower daily, and I don't get wafts of bad smell off them... I think when one gets to puberty it's a little tougher, though. My daughter likes to wash pretty regularly, but my boys have to be told! I don't promote the use of soaps and other cleansers with them, and would rather they start using mineral deodorant than that godawful stinky spray stuff (my husband uses it and I almost choke when I go near him... I HATE chemical smells!!)
    Last edited by Iron Fireling; 11-03-2012 at 09:15 PM.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Isle of Lewis
    Showering daily is a very recent thing. When I was a child (I'm 53) we bathed once a week on a sunday night and washed our face and hands each morning and evening (and when dirty obviously).
    I don't think I saw or used a shower until I was 12 yers old! I still only shower twice a week and no-one complains about the smell, and my wife would tell me, believe me!
    It has a lot to do with the need to get us to consume things. I still remember the TV ads in the 70's and 80's which advertised products to use for your "daily" shower, as if we should all know you need to shower daily.
    I have several female friends who swear that their hair is much better for being washed once a week in cold water.
    Bottom line, if you don't have an odour problem, wash when you feel the need.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Birkenstocks & hairy arm pits.
    I skip a shower every so often, but not days on end. One thing I have noticed, especially since cutting out that last "two slices of bread per week" thing that I was allowing myself, is that my armpits almost never smell anymore.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    I think this would greatly depend on whether Grok lived close to a stream, river, pond, or ocean (highly likely). A daily dip with family would fall squarely in the 'play' and 'relaxation' categories.

    Also, see this: Encyclopedia Virginia: Hygiene Among Early Virginia Indians, Personal

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    I shower on gym days. Nobody needs to smell my stale post-workout sweat the next day.

    I take baths as a way to relax and get warm on winter days (plus it's nice quiet time to read a book and maybe listen to some good music), or I use our sauna and then rinse after because again, sweaty.

    Normal body smell doesn't bother me, but stale sweat is not an attractive scent.

    What you do for work is definitely going to affect it too. Someone who works in an office is likely going to need fewer showers than someone who works on a construction site.
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  9. #9
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    Jun 2012
    Appalachian Ohio
    In general, I agree.

    I have been a "wash when necessary" (and sometimes for the sheer emotional pleasure of it, like a romantic or calming bath) devotee for decades, ever since 18 (am now in my 40's), and I absolutely believe that reflexive daily showering (often with harsh chemical products) is harmful. I have raised my kids the same way so far, and we do. not. stink. Collectively, our noses are now very sensitive to stuff like the soap/laundry aisles at grocery stores, the perfume sections of drug stores, gawdawful places like Bath & Body Works or Yankee Candle and the like. In general, I think you are onto something - as a woman, I know that I get steamy fast when a good-smelling male crosses my path (and I don't mean a highly-perfumed male).

    As for water itself being a culprit, I am not so sure - I think it is more our modern soaps/cleansers/stuff. Grok would have gotten wet in the rain a lot, not to mention dealing with rivers, shores of oceans, lakes, snow...

    I think the balanced approach is not to restrict yourself to a time frame (like once per week or less), but just to do what you need to do when you need to do it, and with the gentlest (natural) product available that gets the job done.

    I'm glad you are getting such a health and lifestyle boost from Primal/paleo - I am too!

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Santa Barbara
    I shower daily. I poop, I pee, I sometimes pee when I'm running or sneezing. Good hygiene is a plus for a person with orifices with smelly things coming out. Newsflash: those smelly things aren't pheromones.

    I don't wash my hair as often, though.
    Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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