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Embarrassed By Your Smelly Feet? Try These Natural Ways To Fix It

Embarrassed By Your Smelly Feet? Try These Natural Ways To Fix It

Dare not to take off your shoes as your feet would smell? Don’t worry! There are some quick fixes that you can do at home.

Why Do Our Feet Smell? Is It My Problem?

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Out of the 2-3 million sweat glands on our bodies, ½ million are located on are feet. Scientists think this is when we walked everywhere in the past, before we had shoes, our feet would get hot from walking on sun-baked earth. The multitude of sweat glands allowed them to cool themselves off more effectively. But now when we wear shoes, sweat can build up leading to smelly feet.

Fortunately there are three remedies that can be found right in your kitchen.

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1. Baking Soda

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    Baking soda acts as both a deodorant and a neutralizer. It doesn’t just cover up odors, but destroys them. Baking soda deodorizes by bringing both acidic and basic molecules into a neutral state. When used on your feet, baking soda neutralizes the pH of sweat and reduces the bacteria that causes the odor.

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    • Add one tablespoon for every quart of water and soak your feet in it for 15-20 minutes every night for one week.
    • Avoid oversoaking your feet. If you notice your feet are extra wrinkly and sensitive, decrease the length of your soak
    • Sprinkle baking soda in your shoes and socks before putting them on.

    2. Epsom Salt

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      Epsom Salt is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. Studies have shown that magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin, pulling moisture out of your skin, making it less inviting for bacteria to survive.[1]

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      A relaxing foot soak in an epsom salt bath also soothes aching feet.

      • Mix two teaspoons of Epsom salt in half a bucket of warm water.
      • Soak your feet for 10-15 minutes before bed and leave your socks off.
      • Be sure your feet are completely dry before putting our socks back on to prevent trapping moisture.

      3. Black Tea

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        Black tea has tannic acid that helps kill odor-causing bacteria. It also helps close the pores on your feet, reducing the amount of sweat that feeds the bacteria.

        • Boil two black tea bags in three cups of hot water. Add half a bucket of normal water to lower the temperature.
        • Thoroughly wash and dry your feet while the tea cools.
        • Soak your feet in it for 15-20 minutes, daily or one week.

        Once you’ve got a good remedy to get rid of your foot odor, you can maintain your fresh feet, and prevent the odor from coming back as well.

        1. Wash your feet in the shower
          •  Scrub your feet with soap or a good exfoliator. You can also make one using sugar and water.
          • Wash the area between your toes. The toes hold moisture and heat, creating the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive.
          • Dry your feet, including the area between your toes well. If possible avoid putting on socks and shoes while you finish your after shower routine to ensure they dry all the way.
        2. Buy good socks and shoes. Find socks and shoes made of breathable materials.
          • Socks: Avoid nylon and polyester socks as they can increase the amount of sweat in your feet. Natural materials such as cotton and wool provide more ventilation and limit the growth of odor causing bacteria.
          • Shoes: Wear shoes that are made of breathable material like leather or canvas. This helps sweat evaporate. You can opt for odor neutralizing insoles as well. Look for insoles with activated charcoal to absorb the foot odor.
        3. Antibacterial foot spray and/or powders.
          • Apply a liberal amount of spray or powder directly to your feet to reduce odor causing bacteria and let dry before wearing socks and shoes.
        4. Antiperspirant and Hand sanitizers
          • Hand sanitizer applied to your feet can also help kill bacteria.
          • On dry feet, apply your regular deodorant to your feet before bed. This will help keep them fresh and dry while you sleep.

        Reference

        [1] http://www.epsomsaltcouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/report_on_absorption_of_magnesium_sulfate.pdf

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        Last Updated on December 9, 2019

        5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

        5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

        Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

        Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

        Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

        1. Get Rationally Optimistic

        Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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        This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

        In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

        The result: no more mental stress.

        2. Unplug

        Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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        How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

        It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

        Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

        3. Easy on the Caffeine

        Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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        Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

        4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

        That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

        How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

        • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
        • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
        • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

        While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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        5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

        This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

        The result: mental stress will be gone!

        So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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