If there is one body part that is the most used yet the least taken care of, it is our feet. Don’t you agree? This statement applies to everyone, but I think this is most especially true with those people who travel the entire day and athletes who spend hours honing their skills.
If you are one of these people that I have mentioned, you would surely want to go the extra mile in ensuring that your feet will remain healthy and well taken care of.
But how do we keep our feet healthy? Well, here are some fantastic tips:
1. Always keep your feet dry and clean.
Proper hygiene is the first step to healthy feet. Just like the other parts of the body, the feet must be washed with soap and water when you bathe too. But more than that, it must also be scrubbed and properly dried too.
When you do not scrub your feet, dead cells will accumulate and will make it look dark and dirty. On the other hand, drying your feet is a must because if you won’t, a fungal infection may occur.
With this in mind, it is crucial that you take the time to dry your toes individually. You should also wipe down the well in between your toes since moisture tends to build there.
2. Moisturize and file your feet.
You may not notice it, but the skin in your feet tends to get dry too, and its dryness should also be addressed right away. You can resolve this simple issue by applying moisturizing cream or all over your feet (and petroleum jelly in your ankles) at night before you go to sleep.
Callouses and hard skin are also the most common feet problems that you may encounter, but you can easily prevent this by gently filing it with a pumice stone or a foot file. Just make sure that you will not overdo it because if you do, your skin will become harder than ever.
3. Put on sunscreen.
If you love wearing open shoes, slippers, and sandals, your feet will be exposed to the sun and may get burned. If you plan to wear these types of footwear, it is recommended that you apply a mineral-based sunscreen with high SPF at the tops of your feet to protect it from the sun.
4. Invest in the right pair of shoes.
We wear our shoes almost the entire day, and the fit, type, and shape of our shoes can have a significant impact on the health of our feet. With that in mind, you should consider a few factors when choosing your shoes.
– The ball of your feet should fit comfortably in the widest part of the shoe.
– The toes of your feet should not rub the tops of the shoe.
– The space between your longest toe and the front of the shoe must at least be half-inch when you are standing up.
– The shoes must not rub or slip from your feet while you are walking.
In addition to shoe fit, you also need to consider the material of the shoe. The shoe must have a sturdy and durable insole and outsole but more than that, it must be made of breathable fabric. In this way, you can avoid sweaty feet and minimize the risk of fungal infection.
Lastly, take into consideration the shoe heel and shape. As much as possible, shy away from pointed shoes that have high heels.
5. Buy shoes in the afternoon.
As mentioned, you need to make sure that the shoes you buy fit you properly. If that’s the case, the best thing that you can do is to find the best fit is to shop for shoes in the afternoon.
When you did a bit (or lot) of walking throughout the day, your fit will swell in the afternoon (which would be the largest possible size that your feet can get). So if you will buy shoes in the afternoon, you will get to choose the shoes that will fit you comfortable, even in the afternoon.
We always want to put our best foot forward (pun intended!), but we can only do that if our feet are in its tip-top shape. Sadly though, a lot of people have no idea on how they can maintain the health of their feet. As a result, their feet have become prone to infection, weakness, injuries and many others.
Put the tips that I have mentioned above into practice and you are assured that your feet will be free from all these issues and will stay strong and healthy for long.
I know a lot of people who swear by the gym and their lovely treadmill but I’m not one of them. I prefer outdoor exercise as nature is a perfect buff-body training ground. But if you`re still doubting, please, stop ignoring your instincts! I want to draw your attention to working out outdoors because outdoor exercise could be much better for your physical health, mental health and bottom line. Here are 5 huge benefits to blow off the dark, dreary gym and step outside.
1. Outdoor workouts are awesome for your mood
Outdoor workouts can help manage stress. The study conducted in 2010 by the BBC found that even five-minute exercise in the fresh air can improve mood and self-esteem. In addition, fresh air and increased oxygen help release the feel-good brain chemical – serotonin. So the outdoor training session not only helps you keep fit and healthy, but it also can put you in a splendid mood.
2. Exercising outside provides motivating scenery
The beauty of exercising outdoors is the best part of the workout in the fresh air. The scenery makes any exercise much more enjoyable and productive. I think you agree that it`s really so boring to stare at the screen of the treadmill counting down the minutes or miles until your workout is over! Running through different scenery outside means you have a lot to look at, thus, you’re less likely to get bored and, of course, end up exercising for longer.
3. Outdoor exercise helps you soak up the sunshine benefits
Let’s not forget the benefits of sunlight. When the sun hits your skin during the outdoor training sessions, it creates vitamin D which is so important to bone health and metabolic function. By the way, sun exposure increases endorphin production, improves your immune system and helps you sleep better at night.
4. Wind resistance and other outside factors can help you burn more calories
Of course, it may seem easier to hit the gym when your body exactly knows what to expect from your gym machines like the treadmill or stationary bike. The varied landscape of the park might be what your body needs to challenge itself to move in a bit different, more difficult ways.
For example, wind can offer natural resistance. A strong headwind can help you burn more calories because, in this case, you must work harder to overcome the resistance and in turn tailwind can help you move a little faster, it also gives you the chance to burn more calories.
By the way, working out in the cold is considered as one of the most efficient workouts as the body works much harder to regulate its core temperature among the elements. So during such wintry workout session, you`ll burn a few more calories compared to one conducted indoors.
And I`d like to remind you the benefits of running in the cold. Except the opportunity to kill more calories, running in the cold is also good for your cardio health and slows down the aging process. But don’t forget that a cool winter workout plan should include both resistance training and cardio.
5. Going outdoors give you the chance to save money
Outdoor workouts are free! You can use your neighborhood or community parks to exercise. You may not notice it at first glance, but parks have great equipment that will help you tone muscles. For example, you can simply use a bench to do triceps-dips or a set of monkey bars to add some pull-ups to your workout routine.
Would you like to try exercising outside? Now you realize why I like outdoor workouts so much and see how many benefits you can get if you change the place where you work out and have much better contact with nature!
This is a guest post by Helen Rogers.
Helen Rogers is an editor of http://thecrossfitshoes.com/ She helps people get stronger. She shares running and sports questions, beauty tips. All her stories are result-oriented and make her readers become healthy, wealthy and wise.
Recently my husband ended up in the emergency room with severe lower abdominal pain. After several hours and multiple tests and scans it was determined he had a 3 mm kidney stone.
Thankfully it was nothing more serious, he was given a couple of different types of medications, one painkiller and something to help pass the stone. He was instructed to drink plenty of water and told that he would eventually pass the stone but that it would be very, very painful.
I searched the internet for a natural remedy that would hopefully ease his discomfort and help him pass the stone.
I found several different remedies most of them involving Apple Cider Vinegar and lemons. Others involved parsley root, celery, and other natural diuretics. Still others called for honey and maple syrup.
After reading up on the ingredients and what they are supposed to do we decided to try combining them to see if it would work. We figured since the ingredients were foods he ate anyway and weren’t on the list of kidney stone causing foods it couldn’t hurt to try it. Apple Cider Vinegar, lemons, and celery are all diuretics, meaning they will help the body remove excess fluids by making you pee. Honey and maple syrup just make it more palatable.
My husband started taking it and the pain has literally gone away even tho he hasn’t passed the stone yet. He has a doctor’s appointment in 2 weeks, we’ll see what happens then. I’m not really sure if the remedy is the reason he is pain free, but we’re just happy the pain has gone away at least for now.
Here’s the recipe, you should always consult with your doctor or other health care provider before taking anything, even if it’s all natural ingredients. This remedy is taken in the morning and you must drink plenty of water during the day.
Kidney Stone Home Remedy
3 stalks organic celery
1 organic lemon
1/2 cup organic honey
1/2 cup organic maple syrup
1/4 cup Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
1. Place all ingredients in a blender. Include the whole lemon, just remove any seeds, but use the rinds.
2. Blend until smooth.
3. Pour in a covered container in the fridge.
4. Take one tablespoon of the mixture in the morning and drink plenty of water during the day.
These days every time you turn on the news or log on to the internet the first thing you see or hear about is the Ebola virus which has claimed many lives in West Africa and has been diagnosed in a couple of people in Dallas.
You also hear about Entrovirus D68 which has killed a couple of children in the United States. I don’t have to tell anyone how serious both viruses are.
With everyone focused on those 2 viruses it’s easy to forget that there are many other viruses out there, most not as deadly, but can be serious none the less. Last August my 11 month old grandson was hospitalized for a viral infection caused by one of the Adeno viruses, thankfully he made a quick recovery and is fine now. It did leave us wondering how this baby who is cared for at home by his mom could have caught this virus.
Flu and cold season is just around the corner. Like most folks we are concerned about our kids and are talking about ways to reduce the risk of getting sick. There’s no sure way to guarantee that you or your kids won’t catch any viruses but there are ways to hopefully reduce the chances of getting sick.
Most important is prevention! I’m sure most parents constantly remind their kids to wash their hands but do parents practice good hygiene themselves? In this instant leading by example is really the best way to go.
I’m not a healthcare professional nor do I know much about the above mentioned viruses, but in our family we are all “germphobes”. I think when it comes to prevention good personal hygiene and everyday common sense goes a long way. Here are a few tips we use to reduce our risk of getting sick. They don’t always work, but we feel that we at least did everything we could towards prevention short of putting the kids in an isolation bubble.
1. WASH YOUR HANDS! I can not stress the importance of proper hand washing with plain old soap and water. Here is the CDC’s recommendation about when and how to wash hands:
When should you wash your hands?
Before, during, and after preparing food
Before eating food
Before and after caring for someone who is sick
Before and after treating a cut or wound
After using the toilet
After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
After handling pet food or pet treats
After touching garbage
How should you wash your hands?
Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
2. Using anti-bacterial products kills bacteria but will NOT kill viruses! You can use them after you wash your hands with soap and water. When my twin grandbabies were in the NICU we had to wash our hands with soap and water and then use hand sanitizer before we could visit them.
3. Do not sneeze or cough in anyone’s face. Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing. If you don’t have a tissue handy cough or sneeze into your sleeve.
4. Avoid dense crowds and crowded places. You don’t know if others practice the same hygiene as you do, assume that they don’t and stay out of sneezing and coughing range. If you must be in an enclosed or crowded area such as an elevator try to keep as much distance as possible. I know it sounds rude, but in crowded elevators I try to move to the back so front facing passengers can’t sneeze or cough directly into my space.
5. When opening doors in public places such as public restrooms use a paper towel or tissue to grasp door handles, don’t touch them with your bare hands.
6. If you are sick stay home. If your child is sick keep him home. Stay away from anyone who is sick.
7. Keep hands and fingers from touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
8. Get a flu shot for your entire family. Flu shots only protect against some viruses, but at least you’re protected from those it does cover.
9. If you do get cold and flu symptoms call your doctor and follow her directions. Try not to rush to over crowded ER’s, you could potentially catch viruses there.
10. If someone in the household gets sick toss out toothbrushes and get new ones.
11. Disinfect toys, TV remotes, phones, and other things in your home that everyone handles.
12. Clean and disinfect bathroom and kitchen surfaces, germs and bacteria love moist areas.
There are no guarantees that you won’t catch a bug this winter, or any other time. Practicing good hygiene year round and disinfecting things around the house will help prevent you and your kids from getting sick.
To learn more about viruses click here for the CDC website.