Use This Foot Soak For Dry Skin, Fungus or Foot Odor

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is truly liquid gold! It has so many amazing health benefits, both topically and internally. One of my favorite ways to use ACV is as a foot soak. It’s powerful natural compounds have the ability to moisturize dry, cracked skin, kill fungus and eliminate food odor.

Heal dry, cracked heels: ACV can help penetrate the skin and add back in moisture. After soaking, be sure to use a pumice stone to remove excess dead skin and make your feet shiny and new!

Eliminate foot odor: ACV helps to balance PH levels by killing off bacteria and eliminating odor naturally. Soaking regularly can help to reduce the odor causing bacteria present on your feet.

Kill fungus: The two most common types of foot fungus include athlete’s foot and toenail fungus. ACV can help to manage both types of fungus if you catch it in the early stages. It is harder to treat naturally with ACV if you have an advanced condition. Athlete’s foot is characterized by dry, red, itchy and peeling skin in the toe area. Soaking with ACV can help to kill the fungus and restore skin. Toenail fungus is characterized by thickening, yellow, distorted nails that may have an unpleasant odor. The natural anti-fungal properties of ACV can help to eliminate toenail fungus with regular soaking.

Making Your ACV Foot Bath:

  1. Fill a basin about 2/3 full of filtered warm water
  2. Add unfiltered ACV (with the mother) in the ratio of 2 parts water to 1 part vinegar (EX: 4 Cups water, 2 Cups ACV)
  3. Completely submerge your feet in the solution and soak for 15-30 minutes
  4. Do this daily for about 3 weeks

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.

Signs of Disease Your Feet May Be Telling You

Often, we don’t give our feet enough credit! They can be a great indicator of potential health issues. Keep a close eye on your feet and be sure to consult with a medical professional if you observe any of the following changes:

Bald toes: If you notice that you suddenly lose all the hair on your toes, this could be an indication of poor circulation caused by arterial disease. It’s possible you could be suffering from a buildup of plaque in the leg arteries, which happens to approximately 8 million Americans, according to Dr. Suzanne Fuchs of North Shore University Hospital in New York.

Foot ulcers: If you notice you are developing foot ulcers that have difficulty healing, this could be a sign of diabetes. Uncontrolled glucose levels can damage nerves and cause poor circulation, making it difficult for blood to reach the feet. As a result, skin has a hard time healing properly. Foot ulcers are often a first indicator of diabetes, so be sure to get your blood sugar checked if you are experiencing foot ulcers.

Red streaks under toenails: You could have broken blood vessels known as splinter hemorrhages which happen when small blood clots damage the tiny capillaries under the nails. They can be a sign of endocarditis, which is an infection of the heart’s inner lining. This infection can result in heart failure if left untreated, so please seek medical treatment if you notice red streaks or lines under your toenails.

Dry or cracked skin: Dry, cracked or flaky skin can be a sign of a thyroid condition. If moisturizer doesn’t work to heal your dry skin, it could be a result of the thyroid not producing proper thyroid hormones, which control metabolic rate, blood pressure, tissue growth, and skeletal and nervous system development.

If you are experiencing any of these foot health issues, be sure to seek medical attention to ensure your symptoms are not indicative of a more serious disease.

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.

Preparing Your Feet For Winter

The weather is officially cooling down and it’s time to put away our flip-flops and sandals, and take out our boots! I absolutely LOVE a good pair of boots. However, as we transition into cooler weather, it is important to ensure that we properly prepare our feet for the change in climate and footwear. Winter snow, ice, salt, and cold temperatures can take a toll on your tootsies, so now is the time to prepare them and avoid the cracking and drying associated with the cold winter months.

Proper footcare can keep your feet soft, smooth and crack-free during the winter months. It can help you avoid dry, brittle toenails and hardened, dry heels that often come with dry air, colder weather and indoor heat. Start the seasonal transition off with a good pedicure. Be sure to buff off calluses, exfoliate and moisturize with a nice thick moisturizer to give your feet a fresh start for the season.

It’s important to remember that socks are an important part of winter foot health. Damp and dark conditions, such as those found in shoes, promote the growth of fungi, bacteria and odor – eew! You can protect your feet by wearing socks made with copper fibers that have been clinically proven to help eliminate these common problems and improve your skin’s appearance and texture. Copper ions, embedded in the yarn and guaranteed to last for the life of the sock, provide superior protection and eliminate 99.9% of bacteria, fungi and odors commonly found in feet.

In addition to eliminating the bacteria, germs etc in your shoes, it’s important to choose socks that also offer the proper support and help to keep your feet dry and healthy. I don’t know about you, but my feet totally know the difference between cheap socks and good quality socks. I feel like my athletic performance improves when my feet feel their most comfortable. Below are a few key attributes to look for when choosing socks.

  • Added heel to toe cushioning for superior shock absorption
  • Elasticized arch support for added performance
  • Reduces friction to help prevent blistering
  • Technologically advanced Moisture-Guard wicking system
  • Helps controls odor and rejuvenates your skin

Taking time now to prepare your feet before the winter comes is essential, and doing so will help you avoid all sorts of potential foot issues, and keep your feet looking and feeling their best.

Learn more about copper socks and where to purchase them HERE.

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.

Could It Be Adrenal Fatigue?

Daily living causes much stress, which is not easy on the adrenal glands. Because of the high-stress society we live in, many of us are unknowingly suffering from adrenal fatigue. As we approach the holiday season, stress increases significantly for many of us.

The adrenal glands (also known as suprarenal glands) are the triangle-shaped endocrine glands that sit atop the kidneys. They are chiefly responsible for regulating the stress response through the synthesis of corticosteroids and catecholamine, including cortisol and adrenaline.

When the adrenals are tired, the body may experience a number of different symptoms.

The most common symptoms caused by tired or worn-out adrenal glands are:

  • Excessive sweating or perspiration from little activity
  • Excessive sweating or perspiration from little activity
  • Lower back pain and/or knee weakness or pain, especially on the side
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle twitches
  • Low blood sugar
  • Heart palpitations
  • Sensitivity to light, or difficulty seeing at night
  • Cravings for salt
  • Low stamina for stress, and easily irritated
  • Excessive mood responses after eating carbohydrates such as pasta, breads and sugar
  • Chronic infections (bacterial, viral, fungal, yeast)
  • Low blood pressure
  • Light-headedness upon standing up
  • Tired but wired feeling, poor sleep
  • Cravings for sweets and carbs, intolerance to alcohol
  • Premature aging
  • Dry, unhealthy skin with excess pigmentation
  • Lack of libido
  • Cystic breasts
  • Tendency to startle easily
  • Negative response to thyroid hormone

If you suspect you might have tired adrenals, address it right away. Adrenal glands are extremely important to a healthy immune system. They are necessary for proper thyroid function.

Natural Ways to Support Your Adrenals

  • Get some sleep. You must rest if you are going to help your adrenals get stronger. That means going to bed every night by 10 p.m. Make this a priority and stick with it. Your adrenals need their beauty sleep!
  • Eliminate sugar and processed carbs. Sugar and simple carbs (junk!) put stress on the adrenals. Adrenal glands help to regulate blood sugar levels.
  • Eat clean animal protein foods, organic vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, beans and grains.
  • Quit the coffee habit and drink plenty of fresh filtered water every day.

“What is Adrenal Fatigue?” www.adrenalfatigue.org

“Are You Tired and Wired?: Your Proven 30 Day Plan for Overcoming Adrenal Fatigue and Feeling Fantastic Again.” Marcelle Pick. 2011

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.

Scrub Your Body For Better Health

Dry skin needs to be regularly exfoliated to stay smooth and flake-free. Body scrubbing can be done before or after your bath or shower, or anytime during the day. All you need is a sink with hot water and a medium-sized cotton washcloth.

For the maximum effect, scrub your body twice a day: once in the morning and once again in the evening. Scrub for two minutes to 20 minutes, depending on the amount of time you have. The process of the hot towel scrub has a deeper physical, mental and emotional effect when done at the sink as opposed to in the shower.

Directions:

  • Turn on the hot water and fill the sink
  • Hold the towel at both ends and place in the hot water
  • Wring out the towel
  • While the towel is still hot and steamy, begin to scrub the skin gently.
  • Do one section of the body at a time: for example, begin with the hands and fingers and work your way up the arms to the shoulders, neck and face, then down to the chest, upper back, abdomen, lower back, buttocks, legs, feet and toes
  • Scrub until the skin becomes slightly pink or until each part becomes warm
  • Reheat the towel often by dipping it in the sink of hot water after scrubbing each section, or as soon as the towel starts to cool

Benefits:

  • Reduces muscle tension
  • Reenergizes in the morning and deeply relaxes at night
  • Opens the pores to release stored toxins
  • Softens deposits of hard fat below the skin and prepares them for discharge
  • Allows excess fat, mucus, cellulite and toxins to actively discharge to the surface rather than to accumulate around deeper vital organs
  • Relieves stress through meditative action of rubbing the skin
  • Calms the mind
  • Promotes circulation
  • Activates the lymphatic system, especially when scrubbing underarms and groin
  • Easy massage and deep self-care
  • Can be a sacred moment in your day, especially if done with candlelight and a drop or two of essential oil, such as lavender
  • Creates a profound and loving relationship with the body, especially parts not often shown care, and especially for a person with body image problems
  • Spreads energy through the chakras