Getting a HEALTHY Tan

Most of us love that healthy, sun-kissed glow that comes with summer. The question is, how do you get that glow while avoiding some of the risks of skin cancer? As a teenager I used to go to the tanning salon quite a bit (cringe) to maintain my tan. Now, we are bombarded with commercials, articles and other media that preach the dangers of excessive sun exposure. So how do we find a healthy balance? How do we get that glow without putting ourselves at risk? Here are a few tips to help you get that healthy sun-kissed look….

Repair The Damage

  • If you have been guilty of hitting the tanning salon, stop ASAP.
  • Repair your skin with natural treatments containing vitamin A and vitamin E to help regenerate skin.
  • Regularly exfoliate your skin to remove damaged cells.

Manage Your Unprotected Sun Exposure

  • You can spend 20 minutes a day in the sun, unprotected and without sunscreen. This will help you get some vitamin D naturally rather than having to supplement. After 20 minutes, apply sunscreen to be sure you are protected.
  • Be sure to reapply after swimming and/or excessive sweating.
  • Take breaks in the shade. Don’t bake yourself on the beach for hours straight. Stay active, enjoy the outdoors, but be sure to give your skin a break from the sun every hour our two.

Choose Natural Sunscreens and/or Protective Clothing

  • Opt for sunscreens that have natural ingredients to avoid lathering yourself in dangerous chemicals.
  • Mineral based sunscreens that contain zinc oxide or titanium oxide are the best options.
  • Some of my favorite brands include: Babyganics, Badger and ThinkSport or ThinkBaby.
  • Opt for long sleeve beachwear that contains SPF. This will help you protect yourself without having to bother with applying sunscreen in those areas.

Organic Self Tanners

  • Organic self tanners are a great alternative to give you that glow without needing any sun exposure at all.
  • Be sure to wash hands thoroughly after applying to avoid getting “orange” hands.
  • Be sure to exfoliate before applying self tanner.
  • Choose a daily face lotion that contains SPF30 as well as natural tint to give you a bit of a glow.

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

Natural Remedies for Menopause Actually Work: Study

By Mandy Oaklander

Currently, there’s no surefire way to ease the symptoms of menopause: the hot flashes, night sweats and vaginal dryness that herald the end of a reproductive era. Hormone replacement therapy once seemed like a good idea for many women, until the medical treatment was linked to an increased risk of breast cancer and cardiovascular disease.

That’s one reason why, despite a lack of conclusive evidence, 40-50% of women in Western countries use complementary and plant-based therapies to help ease the symptoms of menopause. Now, a new review published in JAMA shows that some of these therapies may actually help.

Researchers from Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands and the University of Cambridge in the U.K. analyzed a ream of randomized clinical trials—62 in all—that involved a total of 6,653 women. The studies looked at how certain plant-based therapies, including eating soy-rich foods, taking soy supplements, using herbal remedies and Chinese medicinal herbs, affected symptoms of menopause. (The analysis was funded by the supplement company Metagenics Inc.; the authors say it had no role in the design of the study or how it was conducted.)

Approaches using phytoestrogens—chemical compounds in plants that exert a similar action to the female sex hormone estrogen—were linked to a modest drop in daily hot flashes and vaginal dryness. These include whole-food sources of soy, soy extracts and red clover herbal supplements. The benefits didn’t extend to night sweats.

The researchers didn’t find any beneficial effect of Chinese medicinal herbs or black cohosh.

During menopause the sex hormone estrogen declines, which may be the reason why therapies using phytoestrogens appear to be effective against menopausal symptoms. Phytoestrogens connect with the receptors of estrogen, and therefore exert similar functions throughout the body, says the study’s leading scientist Dr. Taulant Muka, postdoctoral researcher at Erasmus University Medical Center.

Plant-based foods made from soybeans, like tofu, miso, tempeh and edamame, are rich in these soy isoflavones. “But when it comes to Western countries, the dietary intake of isoflavones is very small, around 2 mg per day,” Muka says, while women in Asian countries eat 25-50 mg per day. “What we found is most of the studies that have looked at isoflavones and menopausal symptoms had a dosage of 10-100 mg per day.”

More research is needed, especially the kind with a longer follow-up. Many of the studies kept track of women only for about 12-16 weeks, Muka says, and “we don’t know the long-term efficacy and safety.” Before adding these supplements, Muka recommends that women speak with their doctor and report any other medications they’re taking, since plant-based therapies used in combination with other treatments may have adverse effects.

“A healthy lifestyle is the backbone for easing menopausal symptoms and keeping you healthy in the long run,” Muka says.

Source: Yahoo Health | not affiliated with Aetrex Worldwide

Could Your Gut Bacteria Be Making You Tired?

By Charlotte Hilton Andersen

Exhausted all the time? You’re not alone. According to the latest data from the CDC, more than one million people in the U.S. currently suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and the vast majority of these are women. Many patients say that the debilitating illness is excruciating, not just because of the characteristic pain and exhaustion but also because it’s so hard to get doctors to believe they have it in the first place! But a new study published in Microbiome, not only shows that CFS isn’t “all in your head” but rather that it might actually be all in your gut.

When people first start experiencing signs of CFS—depression, joint pain, excess sleepiness, forgetfulness, weakness, and of course life-altering fatigue—most often doctors will start looking for the source of the problem from the top down, starting with their mental state. But researchers from Cornell took a new approach, starting from the bottom up—literally. They looked at a bunch of stool samples.

They found that they could identify more than 80 percent of people with CFS based on their stool samples alone all because of bacteria. Results found that people with CFS have a different gut bacteria profile than people who don’t suffer from the illness. Researchers were also interested in inflammatory markers in the participants’ stool and blood.

“Our work demonstrates that the gut bacterial microbiome in chronic fatigue syndrome patients isn’t normal, perhaps leading to gastrointestinal and inflammatory symptoms in victims of the disease,” said Maureen Hanson, Ph.D., a professor of molecular biology and genetics at Cornell and the paper’s senior author. Hanson went on to say that this basically proves that CFS is a very real, biological illness, and certainly not just a case of someone who needs another excuse to stay in bed. (Read: 6 Ways Your Microbiome Affects Your Health.)

The fact that gut bacteria can make you tired may sound far-fetched, but the researchers say it actually adds up when you look at the results. First, people with CFS had a higher amount of bad bacteria and fewer “anti-inflammatory” species, leading to inflammation, pain, and poor digestion in the gut. All of this creates systemic inflammation and lowers immunity. Second, when researchers examined blood samples, they found certain inflammatory markers that would lead them to believe those with CFS were experiencing “leaky gut,” a condition where the gut is more permeable, allowing bacteria to seep into the blood stream. This forms a dangerous cycle with bad bacteria crowding out the good guys, pushing more and more icky stuff into your blood, which triggers your immune system to try to fight this off leading to exhaustion and other CFS symptoms. It’s no wonder you’d feel sick and tired all the time!

Researchers say that improving your gut microbiome by adding healthy bacteria to your diet through foods or probioticsupplements could help boost your energy, whether you have CFS or just feel like all the coffee in the world won’t save you. So pick up some extra kefir or kimchi the next time you’re at the market.

Source: Shape Magazine | not affiliated with Aetrex Worldwide

Covering The Toilet Seat With Tissue Paper: Is It Safer For Health Or A Hygiene No-Go?

By Natasha Hinde

For years, people have covered toilet seats in paper in a bid to prevent unwanted germs from getting on their bottoms.

But is it actually more hygienic? And, more importantly, is it safer from a health perspective?

Recent headlines suggest that you should “never” cover the toilet seat in a public bathroom with toilet roll, as the tissue actually harbours more germs that can cause illness.

However hygiene experts have said this is not actually something to worry about.

In fact, the chances of you getting sick from sitting on toilet paper or a toilet seat are very, very rare.

Recent articles suggest that by placing toilet paper on the seat, you are actually exposing yourself to more bacteria.

This is because toilet seats have a smooth, plastic surface which is specially-designed to prevent bacteria from surviving.

Experts said this much is true, however regardless of whether you use toilet paper on the seat or not, it’s very unlikely that you’re going to get sick from it.

Professor Val Curtis from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine told The Huffington Post UK that any bacteria living on a toilet seat will be “dead” within an hour.

“Some pathogens and viruses last a bit longer than that,” she explained. “But this is really an aesthetics issue because people feel disgusted by the idea of having their nether regions coming into contact with places that stranger’s nether regions have come into contact with.

“It’s much more of a psychological revulsion than a real public health risk.”

Professor Curtis added: “The world is full of bacteria. When you flush a toilet it spreads an aerosol of bacteria around the room and yes, there will be more bacteria lurking on the walls and toilet paper.

“But bacteria is still not going to live very long on toilet paper and the number of bacteria that are there is insignificant to public health.”

Curtis’ colleague Professor Sandy Cairncross, who is also from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, added: “Bacteria are like citizens, most of them are harmless.”

He explained that pathogenic (or disease-causing) bacteria are often different in their environmental characteristics from indicator bacteria, which scientists use to indicate the presence of faeces.

“The presence of bacteria, even pathogenic bacteria, doesn’t automatically mean you’ll get sick if you have them on your skin, such as the skin of your backside,” he said.

“You’re more likely to get infected if they get on your hands and you put your hands in your mouth.

“Even then, most pathogenic bacteria will be killed by the acid in your stomach if you swallow them. Others are likely to be knocked out by your immune system, and so on.”

Professor Val Curtis said: “There’s a very tiny theoretical possibility that if somebody has a festering wound on their bottom and they sit on the toilet with broken skin, then they could pick up any number of bloodborne diseases or viruses.

“But I think it’s more likely that an airplane will fall on your head. It’s a very, very low level risk that we just don’t need to be worried about.”

Both experts said that the single, most important thing to do to keep you safe from undesirable bacteria is to wash your hands after going to the toilet.

Professor Curtis continued: “Otherwise anything you’ve contacted while you were in the toilet is going to get out of the toilet and into food and other people’s food, or transferred through handshakes on to other people’s hands.”

Source: Huffington Post | not affiliated with Aetrex Worldwide

Cleaning & Comfort Hacks for your Shoes

By Chaitu

A really great pair of shoes can make even the most boring outfit look amazing. But, those fashionable heels can be a real pain, quite literally. Thankfully, there are clever ways to take care of your shoes and to say goodbye to discomfort. If you love shoes then you’ll love these helpful hacks we’ve found! Take a look at the several methods for cleaning your shoes with ordinary household products. Keep your feet happy with these simple tips and tricks that will make your shoes feel more comfortable.

CLEANING HACKS:

HACK 1: Restore Whiteness With Toothpaste

Toothpaste acts particularly well as a cleaning agent for dirty sneakers. Apply a bit of toothpaste to an old toothbrush, and work it into the fabric of the shoes. Leave it for a few minutes, and then wipe it off with a damp towel.

HACK 2: Treat Leather With ‘Rubbing Alcohol’ To Remove Stains

Isopropyl, more commonly known as “rubbing alcohol,” can be used to safely remove stains from finished leather. While cleaning, use a Q-tip, or a cotton call, and soak it up gently with some rubbing alcohol. Rub the alcohol into the stain on the shoes, and leave it for about 30 minutes.

You can find rubbing alcohol at almost all drugstores and pharmacies.

HACK 3: Clean Smelly Sneakers With Baking Soda

Removing smelly odours is a crucial part of cleaning shoes. Put a bit of baking soda into the sneakers to freshen them up. Let them sit overnight. When you wake up, the smell will be gone!

Baking soda has special properties that enable it to effectively remove odours from many objects and appliances around the house.

HACK 4: Remove Scratches And Stains With A Nail File

Nail files come super-handy in removing both wet and dry stains, and even scratches from suede surfaces. For the best effect, first use a soft cloth to gently rub the area with the stain, to try and remove as much of the spot as possible. If it’s a really stubborn stain, gently rub the spot with a nail file or sandpaper, until the stain has disappeared.

HACK 5: Soak Your Sneakers In A Vinegar Solution

To remove nasty smells from your sneakers, try soaking them in a vinegar solution. Use around two cups of vinegar mixed in with two gallons (8 litres) of water. Dunk the shoes in, and make sure to put something heavy on sneakers so that they stay submerged. Stuffing the toes with paper towel or newspaper can help maintain their shape while they dry.

Vinegar is great for removing odours because they have great acidic properties. When coming in contact with odours, vinegar will neutralise the reaction, and banish the odours.

HACK 6: Shine Patent Shoes With Petroleum Jelly

Patent leather shoes are incredibly easy to care for, and usually, can easily be given a shine with store-bought patent leather cleaners. But if you don’t happen to have cleaners on hand, try applying some mineral oil or petroleum jelly on a clean cloth, and rub off the scuff marks on the shoes. Then, use more of the stuff to buff the shoes to a shine!

HACK 7: Use Cornmeal To Absorb Stains On Suede Shoes

According to various sources, cornmeal can be rubbed into areas on suede shoes with greasy stains. Rub it onto the shoe, and leave it to soak up the grease or oil from the stain. Afterwards, brush it off with a cloth.

COMFORT HACKS:

It’s just as important to have comfortable shoes as it is to have perfectly clean shoes.

HACK 1: Use a Hairdryer To Stretch New Shoes

If you’re trying to break in new shoes (whether they’re heels, flats, boots, or any kind of new shoes you’ve bought), one trick is to apply heat to them with a blowdryer, to loosen them up. Make sure to wear some thick socks on as you break the shoes in. Keep the shoes on while they cool.

HACK 2: Simply Stretch Your Shoes In The Freezer

A genius trick for un-cramping the toe boxes of your new shoes is to place them straight in the freezer. Fill two Ziploc bags up with water just under half way, and seal them tightly. Place the baggies inside the shoes, and let them sit overnight in the freezer until the water in the bags freezes. As the water freezes, it will slowly expand the bag to gently stretch the walls of your shoes. Remove from the freezer, and let the ice thaw for about 20 minutes before removing the bags.

HACK 3: Rub Sandpaper On The Soles Of New Shoes

Slippery shoes can cost you your nose. Rub the bottom soles of new shoes with sandpaper to make it less slippery or for an improved grip and better traction.

By rubbing the abrasive sandpaper on the smoothest part of the sole, you’re creating a rougher, more textured surface for the bottom of the shoes. Note that this may not work on certain soles, especially those with a “natural,” cardboard-like texture.

HACK 4: Put An End To Blisters With Gel Deodorant

Blisters on your feet, while wearing new shoes, are very annoying and painful. Put an end to them by applying clear gel deodorant to the areas inside the shoe that are most likely to cause friction with your skin. The gel in the deodorant acts as a lubricant!

HACK 5: Tape Your Toes Together While Wearing Heels

Can’t seem to walk in the pointed high heels? Try applying tape to your toes to avoid pain.

When you cramp your toes together in heels, it places great strain on the nerves that run through your toes. Tape either your second and third (or third and fourth) toes together with medical tape or Scotch tape to lessen the pressure on the ball of your foot.

HACK 6: Waterproof Your Shoes With Beeswax

Need to waterproof your canvas shoes/cloth shoes o keep your feet dry in rainy or snowy weather? Rub beeswax on them. Cover the entire surface of your shoes with beeswax, and then use the heat from a blow-dryer to press the substance into the shoes.

HACK 7: Soak Feet In A Tea To Soothe Blisters

Though there are plenty of measures you can take to prevent foot and heel pain, it’s always best to know how to soothe those poor blisters on your feet. Try rubbing aloe vera gel on your feet to relieve the inflammation and redness, or dab apple cider vinegar on your feet. You can also unwind with a nice foot bath. Soak your feet in black or green tea, which both have amazing anti-inflammatory properties.

Have comfy and healthy feet!

Source: AllIndiaRoundUp | not affiliated with Aetrex Worldwide

4 Weight Loss Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making

By Taryn Brooke

Dieting or delving into any kind of weight loss program comes with many preconceived notions of how it’s supposed to be done — whether it’s having overzealous nutritional goals, or all-or-nothing gym requirements for yourself, all of which can be a set up for failure. In addition to being honest with yourself and your capabilities, losing weight requires being in the right mindset, as well as having some level of physical dedication. If you find yourself falling into any of the following traps, realize that you may be sabotaging your weight loss goals. At the end of the day though, remember that the best way to lose weight is to eat a well balanced diet of real unprocessed food, get in any and all physical activity that you can, and make sure that you’re not eating more calories than you’re burning off. Here are four of the most common weight loss mistakes you’re probably making.

1. Going overboard with one particular type of food or ingredient (like protein)

Even the smartest and most savvy dieters are prone to making this mistake: Too much of any sort of healthy food is not a good thing. One of the biggest dieting pitfalls is not being aware of how much “healthy food” you’re consuming. For example, while avocados are considered a superfood, you could be losing the calorie war if you consume too much avocado — and it’s very easy to go avocado crazy because it’s so healthy and delicious. For example, that avocado toast you love in the morning could clock in at a whopping 150 to 200 calories if you’re eating just half of the avocado on a slice of whole wheat toast. If you choose to also add some avocado to your lunch, the calories will start to add up quickly.

 Take another example of a common low-carb diet staple: Poultry and meat, which are known for their high protein content.  “Protein is important, but if you have too much, the excess gets stored as fat,” says Felicia Stoler, RD to Health. “And high-protein shakes and bars tend to be sugary and fatty,” she adds. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends women consume 46 grams of protein per day.
Be mindful of food that is considered pretty healthy, as you could end up consuming more “healthy” food calories than if you just reached for that frosted donut. Bonnie Taub-Dix, RD, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, suggests to Prevention, that in order to outsmart this common weight loss mistake, write down how much you’re eating throughout the day, “[e]ven if you note it on a napkin and then throw it away, that’s okay. Just the act of writing makes you more aware.” Become familiar with portion sizes and you’ll be on your way to weight loss gold in no time.

2. Making extreme requests of yourself

“All or nothing” is a bad dieting mindset to have. Setting a goal that’s too big, such as cutting out all meat and working out for an hour a day, can be difficult for even the most diligent and perfectionist of us all to achieve — life and other cravings will inevitably get in your way and sabotage your plan. The “all or nothing” goal may end up making you feel like a failure if you can’t achieve it — it may even make you want to give up. Instead, Eat This suggests that you set small, achievable dieting and exercise goals, and once you’ve achieved them, you can then build upon them incrementally with more achievable ones. For example, start with a small one or two day hit-the-gym goal, and if you can achieve it, add an extra day, achieve it, and so on. This, Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD tells Eat This, is the best way to slowly build up a healthy habit “that will eventually feel natural, just a part of life, not a struggle you’re making in the name of losing weight.”

3. You’re consistent with the same steady exercise routine

Whether it’s cardio, strength training, isometric, plyometrics, and every other metric you can possibly think of, exercising boosts your metabolism, as well as your mental and physical health.  If you’re a consistent exerciser, you’re in for a real shocker here: According to recent research published in the journal Current Biology, your consistent workout may be causing you to burn less calories each time you workout. If you’re already used to a routine, then you may not even burn more calories if you workout more. Sadly, after the researchers of the study examined 300 men and women’s levels of physical activity, as well as the number of calories each burned per day, they found that those people with moderate activity levels burned 200 calories per day more than those who were sedentary. But here’s the shocker — the participants whose activity was above those with “moderate activity levels saw no effect of their extra work in terms of energy expenditure.” One of the researchers, Herman Pontzer of City University of New York, explained that, “[t]he most physically active people expended the same amount of calories each day as people who were only moderately active.”
Here’s what happens, explains trainer Mike Donavanik, C.S.C.S to Women’s Health: As you get more used to your workouts, you may not burn more calories, even if you’re consistent with them. “Think about your job. When you first started, there were some learning curves, it took more energy and more time, but you became more efficient,” he says. “Exercise works the same way. Your body adapts to a specific demand. So you naturally become more efficient, and use less energy [a.k.a. calories] to meet that demand,” he explains. So what’s the fix? Not only should you eat healthy, but you need to HIIT it.
“High-intensity interval training is the way to go,” says Donavanik. According to a 2013 study cited in Women’s Health from the Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, subjects who performed a 20-minute high intensity interval (HIIT) workout burned 15 calories more per minute, which was about two times as many as during a long, steady run. Additionally, with HIIT workouts, you’ll also experience a metabolic increase, and you’ll continue to burn calories long after you’ve stopped working out. Kick your steady run to the curb and try one of these high interval training workouts.

4. Not educating yourself beforehand

Sabotaging your weight loss plan can be as simple as walking into a restaurant and ordering the “healthiest” item on the menu — and you have no idea what’s in it or how many calories it contains. As it turns out, some of the healthier items may have more calories than you’ve bargained for. For example, think about the “healthy” whole-wheat lunch wrap you order — it may have the same amount of calories as two slices of pepperoni pizza, Tara Gidus, RD, a former spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics tells Prevention. “My clients think they get more nutrients and save on calories with ‘healthy bread,’ but often that’s not the case,” she says. The fix: If you’re planning on dining out, do your research on the dish beforehand. Many restaurants now list the calorie counts for many of their dishes, but it’s easy to do a quick check online or simply do your research; find out what the ingredients are in the dishes you want, and you can figure out a rough calorie estimate for yourself. Here are some great tips to help when you’re dining out.

Source: Cheatsheet | not affiliated with Aetrex Worldwide

Home Remedies For Dry, Cracked Heels

Isn’t summer the best? I just love the warm weather, throwing on sandals, heading to the beach and relaxing with friends. However, one of my least favorite parts about sandal season is the dry, cracked heels that often come with frequently wearing sandals or flip-flops. When you look down at your feet and see those white, dry heels full of callouses and cracks, it really decreases the sexy factor of that favorite pair of sexy heels. Luckily, there are some great, easy home remedies you can use to help keep your heels moisturized and smooth this summer.

Cause

So why do our feet get so crusty and dry during the summer? When you are walking barefoot in sandals where your feet is experiencing friction, your foot naturally builds up a thick, callous like layer to protect itself from the friction and the hard surfaces. If you find you are constantly in sandals or barefoot in the summer months, consider switching it up a bit. Try wearing soft, cushioned slippers when you’re in the house, or at least some soft, cushioned socks. Wear sneakers with socks if you plan to go somewhere like an amusement park and do a lot of walking.

Water

Be sure to keep yourself properly hydrated so your skin doesn’t dehydrate. As a rule of thumb, I usually suggest AT LEAST half your body weight in ounces a day, and even more in the summer. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, you should be drinking at least 100 oz. of water every day. If you drink coffee or soda, which are dehydrating, then you need to drink more water to make up for it.

Healthy Fats

Healthy fats are essential to good skin health. I’m not talking about the kind you find in cheese, chips or burgers. You want to choose HEALTHY fats! Some of my favorites healthy fats that can help improve skin elasticity and moisture are avocado, grass fed butter, grass fed ghee, coconut oil and olive oil. Moisturizing your body from the inside out will help make a difference in avoiding overly dry heels.

Treating Your Heels

So if you already have dry heels, what’s a girl to do? Here is my regimen that I find helpful for getting rid of those nasty white, dry heels when they creep in!

  1. Deep clean/soak your feet: Soaking your feet using the foot soak recipe below. Be sure to clean all the spaces on your feet with a washcloth, including the areas in between your toes.
  2. Exfoliate: Using a bristle brush, exfoliate your feet and ankles. Start at the ankle area and brush in a circular motion to the tips of your toes, working your way around the top and the bottom of the feet. Yo can also use a pumice stone. Be sure not to be aggressive when exfoliating, or you can do more harm than good.
  3. Moisturize: Using a thick, creamy lotion or mask, coat the feet and let the moisturizer sit for 10-15 minutes before wiping off with a warm washcloth. If possible do all of this before bed, then put on soft, cotton socks immediately after applying moisturizer.

Foot Soak Recipe

  • 1 cup of Dead Sea salts or Epsom salts
  • 2 drops lavender oil (Lavendula angustifolia)
  • 2 drops tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
  • 2 drops eucalyptus oil (Eucalyptus globulus)
  • 2 drops camomile oil (Matricaria recutita)
  • Mix oils and store in a dark glass jar

To create the soak: pour boiling water into a large bowl, and let it cool down to a comfortable temperature. Stir in 1 tablespoon of the cleansing foot soak mixture, and soak feet for up to 15 minutes.

As with any condition, prevention is always easier than treatment, so be sure to regularly care for your feet to avoid any extreme issues that come from neglect over time.

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

Foods For Clear Skin

Of course, genetics and lifestyle play an important role in the health of your skin. However, eating properly can also help support your skin from the inside out. The skin is a major indicator as to whether you have been eating properly. Below are some “skin superfoods” you should try adding into your diet.

Water

Water is so important when it comes to skin health!!! It maintains proper organ function, delivers vital nutrients to your body’s cells and help the body eliminate toxins. Keeping your body hydrated from the inside also makes your skin look firmer and clearer. You should be drinking at least half your body weight in ounces a day. For example, if you weigh 200 lbs. you should be drinking at least 100 oz. of water a day.

Broccoli

This tasty veggie is high in important antioxidants – vitamins C and E. The vitamin C aids in collagen production to keep your skin supple, while vitamin E protects your skin against UV damage. Frozen broccoli is one of my favorite quick and easy side dishes. It’s so easy to steam on the stovetop and there’s no chopping or prep required.

Strawberries

High in Vitamin C, these sweet and delicious berries help to fight wrinkles and dry skin from the inside out by fighting free radicals. They’re easy to throw into a smoothie, on top of oatmeal or salad, or just munch on by themselves for a snack.

Almonds

The vitamin E in almonds helps protect skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays. However, be sure not to overdo it on the nuts – as they are high in calories and fat – which will surely show up on your waistline. Try to limit yourself to a handful (about 8-10 almonds) at a time.

Carrots

Carrots are high in beta carotene, an antioxidant that is converted to vitamin A inside the body – which helps repair the skin as well as protect against UV rays. I like to blend carrots into my soups, finely grate them into muffins, waffles or pancakes and of course, they’re great in salads.

Pumpkin Seeds

A perfect fall snack! The zinc in pumpkin seeds protects your cell membranes, helps maintain collagen, and promotes skin renewal. These are great sprinkled on top of a salad or even a handful as part of a healthy snack.

Fish

High in healthy omega–3 fats – fish can help strengthen skin cell membranes, protect against sun damage, and may also reduce the risk of certain forms of skin cancer. Omega 3 fats help fight inflammation in the skin while allowing water and nutrients into the skin and protecting it from toxins.

Of course, protecting your skin from the outside with toxin-free sunscreen daily is also very important. Keeping hydrated, eating right, exfoliating 1-2 times a week and taking good care of your skin will go a long way in avoiding the dreaded crow’s feet – preventing skin problems is much easier than treating them!

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

Anti-Inflammatory Iced Cooler

Here’s a great recipe to help you cool down as the weather heats up. It can be served warm or over ice, but when it’s hot out, I prefer it ice cold. Turmeric is a great natural anti-inflammatory and this is absolutely delicious! I found this recipe on thefullhelping.com. I just let it cool and serve over ice during the hot summer months. Enjoy!

Ingredients
    • 2 cups almond milk (rice milk, soy milk, coconut milk, and any other non-dairy milks are a fine substitute)
    • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
    • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger, or 1 teaspoon ginger powder
    • ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
    • ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder (optional)
    • 2 pitted medjool dates or 1 tablespoon maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients together in a blender. Transfer the mixture to a small pot and heat gently, stirring often. Serve warm.

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4 Ways To Get Rid Of Pesky Insomnia

By Jack Choros

Just over two years ago I was diagnosed with a health problem that causes me to feel an uncomfortable tingling sensation in my kidneys at night. It’s enough to wake me up from my slumber. Before getting a good night’s sleep was ever a problem for me, I took for granted how much losing an hour here or an hour there could impact my day-to-day life. As trying as it has been to manage my health over the last two years, I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks that have allowed me to manage my symptoms and get a better night’s sleep overall. If you have trouble sleeping, feel free to implement the tips. There is no replacement for talking to a doctor if you’re having issues, but if it’s the middle of the night and you just happened to stumble upon this blog post, then you’ve got nothing to lose.

Avoid Consuming Caffeine and Cigarettes Before Bed

Caffeine is a stimulant found in coffee, pop, chocolate, energy drinks and many other food items. Cigarettes on the other hand contain nicotine, the primary stimulant that causes smokers to become addicted to lighting up. Stimulants increase your heart rate and speed up your brain other bodily functions. It goes without saying then that if you’re trying to rest, you should avoid anything that makes your mind or body want to race.

Exercise More

Exercising regularly not only improves physical fitness, it also releases endorphins in the brain that help to relieve stress. That’s why engaging in regular physical activity can help you sleep better. The key word there is regular physical activity. Studies show that consistently exercising will have a more definitive impact on your ability to sleep rather than just trying to push yourself through a hard workout for a day or two as a way to remedy tossing and turning for a night. Make a committed effort to improving your health and wellness by living an active lifestyle and your body will reward you with a more restful night counting sheep.

Monitor Your Snoring and Limit It

If someone in your household complains of loud snoring noises coming from your bedroom, it means that your airway is blocked in some form or fashion. That may be happening for a variety of reasons, including: alcohol consumption, obstructive sleep apnea, the position you’re sleeping in, nasal problems or the anatomy of your mouth. Obviously limiting your alcohol consumption is in your control and a chronic problem was sleep apnea may require help from a doctor. One thing you can do on your own however is test out nasal strips or mouth guards. Good Morning Snore Solution is a very good mouth piece produced in Canada that I found which pushes your tongue slightly forward, thus making it difficult if not impossible for your snoring to continue while you’re sleeping.

Develop A Regular Sleeping Routine

Developing a sleeping routine is about more than just going to bed at the same time every night. It’s about making the environment in your bedroom conducive to sleeping by doing simple things like limiting light or noise. Make sure that you go to sleep when you’re actually tired. Getting frustrated at night when you’re tossing and turning doesn’t help. If you can’t sleep for more than 20 minutes, try getting up and doing something that will calm you down. Don’t nap too late into the evening and don’t drink too much fluid before bedtime. Also avoid foods that bother your stomach or create any sort of an uncomfortable vibe in your body.

Follow these four tips and you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that you’re doing everything possible to be able to sleep tight. If problems persist, you may need experts or professionals to intervene, but before you get to that point, treat your body right and try your best to get some rest!

Source: Huffington Post | not affiliated with Aetrex Worldwide