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10 Personal Hygiene Hacks You Should Know

10 Personal Hygiene Hacks You Should Know

The Bible says “Cleanliness is next to godliness.” Now, you may or may not believe in the Bible, but you can’t deny the importance of proper sanitation.

Your hygiene matters a lot. It not just keeps you presentable, but also keeps you healthy and makes you feel good about yourself.

Marinating proper personal hygiene does not have to be expensive and difficult. Here are 10 hacks that will help you maintain your cleanliness.

1. Wash your hair thrice a week

Washing your hair with good shampoo and conditioner is absolutely necessary. It helps you get rid of dandruff and dirt in your hair. But be careful not to wash your hair daily!

Your body produces some of the best oils and nutrients that are necessary for having strong, long hair, and taking regular breaks between washing your head helps to restore them. Treat your hair to some oil. It is necessary to keep your hair hydrated.

2. Use coconut oil for your hair

If you have serious dandruff problems, you may be well off using coconut oil. Coconut oil helps to control secretion of oil from your scalp and thereby reduces dandruff. Simply massage your hair with coconut oil for an hour or two before you wash your hair.

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There may be plenty of anti-dandruff shampoos in the market, but the chemical irritants in those can make your problem worse. Add to that the irritation and itching they cause to your scalp and they are no longer such a good idea.

Thanks to the moisturizing properties of coconut oil, it also reduces itching and flaking of scalp as well as gives your hair a shiny, smooth look. Men could also try hair pomade, which helps them style their hair as they desire with ease.

3. Clean your teeth

You definitely want to be able to give a confident radiant smile to people you meet, and that is not possible without having clean, white, healthy teeth. While brushing your teeth twice daily is a must for having healthy teeth and gums, it is not enough. Flossing should be a part of your daily dental hygiene routine. It freshens your breath, cleans your gums and can prevent tooth decay.

You do not need to spend a lot of money to get your teeth whitened professionally. Brushing your teeth with a paste made up of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide can work magic. In addition, rinse your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide every week to get rid of germs.

4. Get rid of ear wax

Your body produces as a protective measure against bacteria, bugs and dirt. But avoid cleaning them regularly–you will produce so much of it that it becomes a real pain. Apart from affecting you hearing due to clogging of your ear, too much ear wax can actually cause ear infection.

Cotton swabs  are one of the most widely used ear cleaning options–but be careful NOT to put them directly in your ear canal. Hydrogen Peroxide helps to soften and loosen ear wax, so that it can be easily removed from the folds of your ear.

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5. Get rid of bad breath

I am sure I do not need to stress the demerits of having a bad breath. Few things are a greater turn off than the stink that your mouth exhales. So it is no wonder getting rid of it must be high in your priority list.

Scrubbing your tongue can be an effective way to reduce smelly breath. After brushing your teeth, make a habit of cleaning your tongue as well. You can get a tongue scraper or use the back-face of your brush to get rid of the waste and germs in your tongue.

Another way of ensuring fresh breath is to gargle with baking soda or hydrogen peroxide. Mouthwash made of these compounds can also help you whiten your teeth.

6. Keep your body cool

Hot summer days bring, with them, all sorts of problems for your body- from excessive sweating to rashes, itchy red skin, smelly body and what not. It is therefore essential to keep your body cool.

You can start by eating proper food. Fruits rich in water such as water melons, grapes, cucumbers, coconuts, strawberries among others keep your body cool and hydrated during hot summer days. In addition drink a lot of water preferably with fresh fruits and herbs. These provide you with necessary vitamins and minerals to fight the heat.

You should definitely get an air conditioner if you can afford it. They help maintain the right temperature inside your house even when temperature goes soaring outside.

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7. Use natural deodorants

A daily shower is necessary but is usually not enough to prevent you from reeking for a whole day. In order to fight the sour odor, your body decimates especially from your armpits, deodorants are a must.

Choose those deodorants that are free of aluminum (which are usually associated with breast cancer). Better make your own deodorants. There are many DIY guides on making homemade deodorants using coconut oils and arrowroots.

You can even replace deodorants with coconut oil. The natural antibacterial and antifungal properties of coconut oil kill fungi, yeast and bacteria. You can simply rub a little coconut oil in the armpits and feel better.

8. Shower the Bond way

There is no better way to get rid of all accumulated dirt and stink in your body than taking a good old shower. But you can make the whole experience more fulfilling by employing the much famed James Bond shower.

For a James Bond shower, start showering with warm water, but before you get out, turn the water cold for a few minutes. The benefits of a cold shower are many. It makes your hair smoother and your skin looks healthy and hydrated. In addition, it makes you feel invigorated and energized immediately.

9. Take care of your skin

Smooth, clean and healthy skin is an essential element of a hygienic body. Proper skin care is necessary to keep it healthy and glowing for years to come.

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Protecting your skin from sun is one of the most important steps in your skin care routine. Excessive sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and sun burns that take the charm out of your skin. Apply sun screen whenever you walk out in the sun, especially when you are out in a beach.

You need to keep your skin hydrated. Use moisturizing creams and lotions after showers to prevent it from dryness. In addition, replace strong soaps that strip your skin of oil with mild cleansers.

10. Clean your feet

There are many reasons to clean your feet. That they smell -really, really bad- is unarguably on top of the list. The sweat produced by your feet when trapped in your socks and shoes cannot evaporate resulting in a disgusting stink.

The solution to your smelly feet is quite simple and inexpensive: wash your feet properly. Get a wash cloth and scrub your toes and base properly. Further, soak your feet in a baking soda and lemon mixture.

Alternatively you can use Epsom salts or vinegar to prepare a mixture to soak your feet in. Using clean socks and shoes is also equally important to prevent foul odor reeking from your feet.

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8 Things to Watch for If You’re Considering Being Vegetarian

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Vegetarianism has been around for a long time, finding favor with many people, including Pythagoras clear back around 580 B.C. It’s been presented as one of the most healthy diets around, including being touted by the Egyptians to the point of abstaining from meat and animal clothing due to karmic beliefs. The vegetarian society (vegsoc.org) defines vegetarianism as:

“Someone who lives on a diet of grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruits with, or without, the use of dairy products and eggs. A vegetarian does not eat any meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish* or by-products of slaughter.”

While it’s pretty obvious that there are multiple benefits to following a vegetarian diet, it’s always good to be informed about the cons of this dietary choice as well.

Outlined below are several things you might want to be aware of before you say good-bye to meat forever. Whether you are a current vegetarian, or contemplating making a shift, keep in mind these 8 things to keep yourself healthy.

1. You could suffer from B12 vitamin deficiency

The B vitamins are especially important for stress management, adrenal health, and brain function. Vegetarians in particularly are at risk for B12 deficiency. Vitamin B12 is attached to the protein in animal products and without enough B12 you can suffer from depression, fatigue, and an inability to concentrate.

Due to its attachment to animal proteins, B12 is the hardest for vegetarians to obtain when they don’t eat dairy or eggs in their diet. This essential little vitamin can be found in some algae and has been added to some yeast, but research doesn’t currently provide enough information to say whether or not these forms of B12 are of good quality and can provide adequate supplementation.

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The body is unable to make this vitamin, meaning it has to be taken in through food or supplementation. Essential for making red blood cells, DNA, nerves and various other function in the body, a Harvard Health Medical report in January of 2013 found symptoms of a B12 deficiency can present in sneaky ways including depression, paranoia, delusion, and loss of taste and smell.

2.  You could suffer from higher states of anxiety/depression, lower sense of well-being

According to a CBS Atlanta report, vegetarians suffered from a higher rate of anxiety and depression than their counterparts. Read the full report here. Depression and/or anxiety can be a result of many possible deficiencies including essential vitamins and amino acids you can find only in meat products, including Omega-3s from wild caught salmon.

Without the correct supplementation and proper understanding of diet, including the importance of micro and macro nutrients, depression and anxiety can become a serious problem, bringing down the overall health and well-being of vegetarians.

Even though reports on health and lifestyle show vegetarians have a lower BMI and lower consumption of alcohol and drugs, it also shows they suffer from more chronic illnesses and more visits to the doctor than their meat eating counterparts.

3. You could suffer from excess weight

When you go vegetarian it opens up a lot of food, but just because there isn’t any meat in front of you, it doesn’t mean it’s necessary healthy. Though pizza and beer technically fall under the vegetarian diet, it’s not a healthy choice for your waist line.

Just because being a vegetarian is associated with a healthier lifestyle in many cases, doesn’t mean it’s always true. Making bread and pasta your staples and not understanding where your protein sources should be coming from, can pack on body fat, which increases your chances of health issues such as diabetes and chronic inflammation.

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If the choice to go vegetarian happens on a whim without the proper understanding of food control, portion, and nutritionally dense alternatives you can find yourself reaching for vegetarian foods, which could cause serious problems down the road. Nuts are a good example, but just because something is touted as healthy, it doesn’t mean, your should eat it in excess.

Eating too many calories in fat will still cause you to gain weight. Eating too many calories in carbs will cause you to gain weight. Eating too many calories in protein will cause you to gain weight. See a pattern here? Not to mention you’ll miss out on important nutrients the body needs by over-eating in one area and under-eating in another. Re-read number 2.

4. You could have a higher risk of heart disease

Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables should be a goal we all strive for, but when you cut out meat, you also cut out what is known as complete protein, which you find in animal by-products. Complete means more than just the essential amino acids, it means those amino acids contain dietary sulfur. Without enough dietary sulfur, which is found almost exclusively in fish and pasture feed grass beef, the body will struggle with the biological activities of both protein and enzymes.

The effects cascade downward, effecting bones, joints, tissues, and even metabolic issues. In short, a low intake of sulfur associated with a vegetarian diet can result in high blood levels of homocysteine, which may lead to blood clots in your arteries, blood clots raise your risk of stroke and heart attack. To read the full report click here.

5. You could suffer from low cholesterol

I know, at first you’re thinking, wait, low cholesterol is a good thing. Yes, it is, when it’s LDL cholesterol, which you get from eating an unhealthy diet, but low HDL (good cholesterol) can cause serious health issues. HDL, according to the mayo clinic, is in every cell in our body and can help fend off heart disease, not enough of it though, and too much LDL can go the other way, will be building up plaque in the arteries and leading to heart disease.

Cholesterol, the good kind, is actually vitally important to the making of every steroid hormone in the body! There are six, and without cholesterol the body is unable to convert hormones, and it can cause damage in the endocrine system.

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A vegetarian without a balanced diet, meaning enough protein, enough veggies, and enough good fats, could disrupt his or her adrenals, which are directly connected to the endocrine system and the body’s ability to make and synthesize the hormones your body needs. The six major hormones in the body help do everything from metabolizing carbohydrates, to the electrolyte balance, to making sure if you’re a woman you can carry a healthy baby through pregnancy.

6. You could suffer from lower bone density and osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis, the disease where the bones get thinner, weaker, and fractures become a high risk with day to day movements. It’s often associated with the older generation, but your risk for osteoporosis increases with a lower bone density. Bone density can be directly related to diet and lifestyle, along with many other factors.

When it comes to eating a vegetarian diet it’s possible to miss getting enough of the right nutrients, causing the bones to begin to break down. If your vegetarian diet isn’t balanced and providing you with the correct nutrients and the means to absorb the correct nutrients, your body could begin to break down.

Recently, Professor Tuan Nguyen of Sydney’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research led a review of both Australian and Vietnamese research around the bone density of vegetarian versus their meat eating counterparts. Helping Professor Nguyen was Dr. Ho-Pham Thuc Lan from Pham Ngoc Thac University of Medicine in Vietnam. The review was designed to sort though years of research surrounded by discrepancies and inadequate clinical data.

At the end of the review, with vegetarianism rising to around 5% of the populace in the western continents, and with wide spread osteoporosis reports – 2 million in Australia and closer to 54 million in America – the decrease in bone density of vegetarians is a serious issue which needs to be addressed, if you’ve cut meat and animal by-products out of your life.

7. You could be at a higher risk for colorectal cancer

Cancer seems to be running rampant through America, and it’s within everyone’s best interest to do all they can to keep their body healthy and happy to prevent cancer from finding a place to grow. In most studies it’s been found vegetarians are at lower risk for cancer, but a European Oxford study with over 63 thousand men and women in the United Kingdom found the risk for colorectal cancer higher in vegetarians than in meat-eaters.

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Extra care needs to be taken when establishing a diet to ensure the body is receiving and able to up take all the important nutritional benefits and requirements from food.

8. You could end up eating more processed food

Depending on how deep you choose to go as a vegetarian, it could create the need to substitute a lot of food and recipe ingredients in your diet, but what happens when you cut out meat, eggs, and dairy and your recipe calls for meat, eggs, and/or dairy? You have to end up using a “healthy” vegetarian alternative which include stabilizers, thickeners, and various other ingredients you can’t pronounce.

Lauren from Empowered Substance puts it into a great perspective with her comparison of Earth Balance, a vegetarian approved butter replacement compared to butter. She points out the ingredients in Earth Balance consist of: Palm fruit oil, canola oil, safflower oil, flax oil, olive oil, salt, natural flavor, pea protein, sunflower lecithin, lactic acid, annatto color. Meanwhile, the ingredient list in butter, is much shorter. It’s butter.

That’s only one example. To appeal to the vegetarian lifestyle food manufacturers have found alternatives which fall under vegetarian, but aren’t necessarily healthy for you. Consider baked goods, which though vegetarian can be filled with more sugars and binders than regular baked goods with diary products. It’s the same with vegetarian items like mac and cheese, without using real cheese you may just be getting oil and thickeners, without even the smallest amount of nutritional value.

The reality is, most vegetarian substitutes contain the same junky alternatives which even meat eaters should be avoiding to remain happy and healthy.

On one final note, whichever lifestyle you choose to work with, remember anything in excess – including protein and animal by products – isn’t healthy for the body. It takes a wide spectrum of food and nutrients to keep the beautiful body you travel around in all day running in prime condition.

 

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