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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.

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

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        Last Updated on September 28, 2020

        The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

        The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

        At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

        Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

        One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

        When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

        So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

        Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

        This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

        Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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        When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

        Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

        One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

        Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

        An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

        When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

        Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

        Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

        We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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        By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

        Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

        While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

        I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

        You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

        Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

        When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

        Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

        Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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        Con #2: Less Human Interaction

        One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

        Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

        Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

        This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

        While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

        Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

        Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

        This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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        For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

        Con #4: Unique Distractions

        Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

        For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

        To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

        Final Thoughts

        Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

        We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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