Healthcare

Bar Soap Vs. Liquid Soap – Which Is The Better Choice?

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Some people prefer the one, while others prefer the other—where do you stand?

There’s been a lot of argument on both sides of the fence, so let’s take a look at the facts and put this argument to bed once and for all!

Suitability For Multiple Skin Types

For one, liquid soap is generally milder than its bar counterpart. Its usually milder surfactants do not irritate sensitive skin. There is good news for people with dry skin too—liquid soap does not disrupt protective layers, letting you retain 30% of the moisture.

Bar soaps, for the most part, do the opposite. Except for soaps with glycerin and added moisture content—those keep skin dehydrated even as they remove dirt off its surface.

The clear winner here is liquid soap.

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Foamy Matters

When it comes to producing lather—the bubbly white stuff that cleanses dirt off the skin, liquid soap is rather faster.

However, both are equally effective at cleansing, which is the important part.

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“How Convenient Is It?”

Given that liquid soap comes in a dispenser with a mess-free nozzle, it scores high on convenience. Bar soaps are often slippery. But you end up wasting more liquid soap.

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Safety

Germs can’t make their way into your liquid soap dispenser, but are present in large numbers or every used bar of soap—however ‘clean’ it may look.

There’s a clear winner here, and it’s liquid soap.

The Question Of Price

Both types are quite inexpensive, but liquid soap is generally the costlier of the two.

You’ve got all the information you need to make a good choice now!

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References:

http://www.beautifulwithbrains.com/liquid-soap-vs-bar-soap/

6 Things You Didn’t Know Honey Was Good For

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Everybody knows that honey in warm water can help you lose weight and soothe a sore throat, but there’s much more this natural product can do. We’ve picked 6 that we think you might not know!

Use #1: Gives You An Energy Boost

Mix two teaspoons of honey in warm water. Stir and drink up for a blast of energy that’ll take you off your seat and keep you on your toes.

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Use #2: Makes Hair Look Great

After a shower, coat the ends of your hair with some honey. Then wash it off—this will get rid of nasty frizz.

Another honey-based hair tip: massage a bit of warm water with honey into your hair, and let it dry off. This will give it a great-looking shine.

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Use #3: Exfoliates Skin

Add a bit of honey to ground almonds and some lemon juice: this makes for a refreshing, rejuvenating facial scrub.

Use #4: Acts As An Antiseptic

Honey makes a good antiseptic for minor cuts, scrapes and bruises: its microbial properties can help treat these, as well as burns.

Use #5: Is A Moisturizer

Warm 250 ml of honey in a bowl till it becomes more liquid, and pour it over aromatic herbs like lavender. Close this, and after a week, mix with 250ml of unscented lotion. This gives you a homemade moisturizer!

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Use #6: Honey Lip Balm!

If you can find some beeswax, then you can make your own lip balm—by adding some honey and almond oil! Your homemade lip balm will be pretty effective at battling moisture and keep keeping your lips looking glossy and beautiful.

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Honey may be a super-healthy supplement, but it’s also more than that. Much more, as these uses prove!

Reference:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/anna-brones/20-unusual-uses-for-honey_b_949475.html

4 Tips to reduce body odour

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Have you ever had that moment where you wonder if you smell, well, not so great? Here are 4 tips to become more hygienic and make body odour go away.

1. Keep Yourself Squeaky Clean

Shower at least once a day and you’ll wash away all the sweat and keep your skin bacteria free.

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2. Use Antibacterial Bathing Soap

You need to shower at least twice a day, preferably with  antibacterial bathing soap to reduce the bacteria count, in turn reducing the odour.

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3.Cut Out or Cut Down “Offensive” Foods or Drinks

What you eat could also have an impact on your body odour.

There are foods that make you sweat, such as hot peppers or other spicy foods. Drinks containing caffeine or alcohol may also cause you to sweat a lot.

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4. Apply Deodorants or Antiperspirants

Once you are clean and dry, use an effective deodorant or antiperspirant on your body, especially your underarms. Apply the deodorant twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening.

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Now that you are aware of how to get rid of body odour, try these remedies and let us know how they worked for you!

http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/effective-home-remedies-for-reducing-body-odour/#gref

https://www.wikihow.com/Eliminate-Body-Odor

 

3 Surprising Uses For Aspirin

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Everybody knows that aspirin is a great quick fix for a headache.

But did you know that there’s more to these pills than headache-relieving abilities? They can do a number of things, like even making your garden grow!

Use #1: Helps With Bug Bites

Specifically, aspirin can take care of the swelling caused by insect bites, given its anti-inflammatory properties. Simply crush a couple of pills with water to make a paste, then smear it on a stinging bite to take away the pain.

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Use #2: Takes Care Of Dandruff

Salicylic acid, a common ingredient in face wash products, is also present in aspirin. When mixed with shampoo, an aspirin paste can reduce dandruff and exfoliate your skin.

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Use #3: Removes Stains

The same salicylic acid can help fight sweat stains in your favorite T-shirt. Mix crushed aspirins with water in a bowl, and soak the stained portion of your T shirt in this bowl to remove stains.

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Interesting, and quite handy too! Who knew aspirin could be so useful!

References:

https://www.everydayhealth.com/news/surprising-uses-for-aspirin/

4 Foods To Avoid When You’re Pregnant

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Your body goes through a host of changes when you’re pregnant—there’s an entire other human being living inside you, for one! This does mean that you’ll have to adjust your diet accordingly. If you’re with child, you’re better off avoiding these 4 items in your daily diet.

Fish With High Mercury Content

A highly toxic element, mercury can be especially dangerous to a pregnant woman and her child. Not all fish have high mercury contents, though. Just some: shark, swordfish, tuna and mackerel.

Do eat low-mercury fish, though. This will give you a healthy supply of Omega-3 fatty acids, essential for your baby.

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Raw Eggs

A major no-no. Give all these items a rest: lightly scrambled eggs, poached eggs, Hollandaise sauce, cake icing and salad dressing. Symptoms usually affect the mother alone, but salmonella in raw eggs can affect childbirth too.

Eat eggs that are thoroughly done, or check the labels of egg-containing products to ensure that Pasteurized eggs have been used.

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Organ Meat

Here, it’s a question of quantity.

Organ meat in the right quantity is good, even recommended, for expecting mothers. Iron, vitamin B12, vitamin A and copper are all good for you and the baby.

Too much, though, can cause vitamin A and/or copper toxicity.

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Caffeine

Every mother has probably heard that coffee is bad, but it’s not just your morning cup of steaming coffee you need to avoid. Caffeine is found in soft drinks, cocoa, and even tea. There isn’t a blanket ban on coffee, though—just limit your intake to less than 200mg per day.

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If you’re pregnant, you’ll want to do your best to keep yourself and your baby healthy. For this reason alone, it’s important that you avoid these foods.

References:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-foods-to-avoid-during-pregnancy#section6

http://www.activebeat.com/sexual-health/10-dangerous-foods-all-pregnant-women-should-avoid/

Suffering From Major Anxiety? Learn How To Get Through A Panic Attack

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Sadly, our changing lifestyles have made stress and anxiety statistically much more common. And panic attacks are something a lot of us need to deal with. Sudden anxiety, couple with fear, dread, and sweat—that’s a panic attack.

They key to dealing with this disorder—which affects 3% of the general population—is that they often give you a bit of warning before they ‘hit’ you.

Get A Good Distraction

This can be as simple as calling a trusted friend. This distracts you from building things up in your mind, rapidly losing control—which is how a panic attack occurs. If you don’t have this option, try mental exercises—consciously filling your mind with other thoughts can help you avoid the mental onslaught of a panic attack.

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Watch Your Breathing

With the onset of a panic attack, you often start hyperventilating—breathing much faster than you normally would. Learn to control breathing through a slow mental counting. This serves a double purpose; the counting controls your mind, and helps you breathe evenly.

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Learn To Conquer Your Fears

Sometimes, you have to get through obstacles, and not around them. This is especially true of facing your fear. Get professional help with your deepest fears, as this is what often causes a panic attack.

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Know That It Will End

However bad a panic attack is, there’s no denying that it will end—knowing this is powerful. When you are constantly aware that the end of the attack is definitely coming, this soothes your anxiety a little.

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Armed with this knowledge, you can learn to ‘ride the wave’ of an unavoidable panic attack.

All these methods are great ways of getting through an anxiety-triggered panic attack.

References:

http://www.anxietycentre.com/anxiety-tips/stop-anxiety-attacks.shtml

https://www.calmclinic.com/anxiety/attacks/how-to-prevent-them

The 5 Do’s And Don’ts When Helping Someone Through Depression

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Depression can easily rob us of hope, energy and passion for life, stealing our peace of mind and happiness.

Getting out of it isn’t a quick fix, but it can definitely be done. Here are 5 tips to follow when you’re helping a loved one out of this mental challenge. Remember, they key to helping them lies in love and a lot of patience.

Do: Know That Depression Isn’t Sadness

 

Fatigue, confusion and sleep deprivation—these are all symptoms, and not the actual problem. If your loved one is going through depression, they can’t simply ‘snap out of it’ at your request.

It can be hard to be nice to someone who keeps snapping at you, but that’s the only way you can help them get better.

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Do: Help Them Eat Right

 

Someone going through depression needs a diet to combat it—this means minimal skipped meals, low sugar and refined carbs, and a boost in vitamin B12 and Omega-3 Fatty acids.

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Don’t: Say You’ve Given Up

 

Taking care of a depressed loved one who often lashes out at you is no joke. But don’t let the frustration get to you. A single “I can’t deal with this anymore” from you can send them spiraling back to where they started, negating all the progress made since then.

Your words carry quite some power; use them to build up, not break down. Speaking of which…

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Do: Validate Irrational Thought When Necessary

 

Someone going through a state of depression may live in their own version of reality. Instead of arguing rationality, show that you’re there to listen and provide unconditional support.

Logic comes later.

Do: Encourage Them To The Things They Love

 

Even though you can’t force someone to actually have fun, you can encourage them to get out and do things they used to love, before depression hit. You’d be surprised at how much this simple change of environment can help.

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Follow these simple do’s and don’ts when helping a loved one make it out of depression. Do not lose your patience or belittle the horrible experience they’re going through, and you’ll help them deal with it better.

References:

https://everydayfeminism.com/2015/03/supporting-people-with-depression/

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/coping-with-depression.htm

Step-By-Step: How To Make A Cold Compress

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A cold compress is handy with minor injuries like swelling and cuts that bleed. It is handy in first aid, as it can both numb the skin to reduce pain, and constrict blood vessels to reduce bleeding.

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With this step-by-step guide, you can make yours right at home. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Some ice cubes
  • A bowl
  • A clean piece of cloth
  • A plastic bag

Step 1

Put some ice cubes in a bowl, and add some water. The ice will slowly start melting. Set this bowl aside—you will need it later, at step 3.

Step 2

Take some more ice cubes, and fill a plastic bag with them. Tie this bag shut.

Step 3

Dip a clean cloth in the bowl with melted ice, and after a few minutes, wrap the plastic bag within the cloth to make your own ice pack.

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Step 4

Use the ice pack to provide relief, by holding it against the area of injury for about 15 minutes.woman-icing-knee_0

 

That’s it. 3 steps are all it takes for some instant relief from a bleeding wound or a swelling!

References:

https://www.livestrong.com/article/25628-make-cold-compress/

https://www.wikihow.com/Apply-a-Cold-Compress

The 5 Essential Items Your Medicine Cabinet Needs To Have

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This isn’t an exhaustive list of items a medicine cabinet needs. Instead, you’ll find the basic medical supplies you simply shouldn’t live without. With these in stock, you won’t have to run to a pharmacy for the small but frequent mishaps!

A Proper First-Aid Kit

 

This should contain everything you’ll need to take care of minor cuts and bruises. Make sure it contains good antiseptic, cotton, and band-aids to cover small cuts, bruises and blisters.

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Antacids

 

Antacid pills or syrups can help with a common medical problem we face all too often: heartburn. Whether you overate at a party or are simply reacting to something you ate, antacids can offer some much-need relief.

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Cough Syrup And Topical Relief Ointments

 

These are your best friends when you have a cold. Cough syrups give you relief from the constant coughing, while a topical ointment like Vicks Vaporub can offer help with nasal congested breathing and cough suppression.

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Pain Relief Medication

 

A number of medical problems can cause pain. If you’re in no position to see a doctor, you’ll need an ITC pain relief pill. If the pain persists, though, see your doctor.

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Heating Pads, Ice Packs

 

When you have a swelling or inflammation, alternating between the two of these items will give you immediate relief and speed up recovery.

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With these items in your closet, you can deal with most domestic injuries and minor medical issues on your own.

References:

https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/10-medicine-cabinet-essentials-175441

https://www.realsimple.com/health/first-aid-health-basics/medicine-cabinet/medicine-cabinet-checkilst

4 Health Supplements You Don’t Really Need

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A number of us take supplements either in addition to our healthy diet and lifestyle, or to counter an unhealthy lifestyle. But we might not really need all of them—here’s a list of 4 popular health supplements you might not really need.

Supplement #1: Multivitamin Tablets

Women who are pregnant, senior citizens and breastfeeding mothers may all need vitamins. For the rest of us, a healthy diet is all we need.

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Supplement #2: Omega-3 Fatty Acids

In 2018, a study of 77.9 people in 10 clinical trials failed to prove a direct connection between Omega-3 fatty acids and a reduction in heart disease risk.

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Supplement #3: Vitamin C

Aside from the usual suspects—citrus fruits like lemons and oranges—vitamin C is also found in fruits and vegetables like bell peppers. If you can get the recommended 7 servings per day of fruits and vegetables, you won’t need the Vit-C pills.

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Supplement #4: Magnesium

Even though it has been touted as a miracle cure-all mineral, you don’t really need magnesium supplements. It’s advisable to get this nutrient naturally through foods like whole grains or green leafy vegetables. The human body absorbs 30-40% of the magnesium you eat making it easy to increase your consumption naturally.

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References:

https://www.sharecare.com/health/vitamins-supplements/slideshow/supplements-you-probably-dont-need#slide-2

https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/12-supplements-you-dont-need-and-8-you-do/ss-BByqRRW#image=3

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