How often should you change bed sheets or clear the fridge?

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Keep germs off these objects of daily use by following this guide

From your toilet to the contents of your make-up bag, you’ll be shocked by how often these should be given a once-over to avoid nasty germs wreaking havoc on our health. While there are hundreds of tips out there on how often you should be cleaning these everyday household objects, we’ve asked experts for their top tips on how regularly you should change your sheets, clear out fridge and even wash your bra. Here’s what they recommend:

The Toilet

Toilets come with dirty reputations – but the average loo seat only has around 50 bacteria per square inch, which is less than most chopping boards. Aim to clean around the toilet bowl every day, and give your bathroom a proper clean once a week.

Bed Sheets

It’s a good idea to wash them every one to two weeks. “We shed a million skin cells (accompanied by oil and sweat) each night, and this attracts dust miles.”

The Fridge

The average fridge has around 750 times the level of safe bacteria that it should have. Cover all uncooked food, and throw out anything past its expiry date. As for cleaning it, wipe down the inside of your fridge every three to six months, or your food could become contaminated with nasty salmonella bacteria.

Mattresses

Mattresses are great breeding grounds for dust mites and bacteria because they hold so many dead skin cells. No matter how good the quality of your mattress, you shouldn’t keep it for longer than nine years.

Kitchen clothes and Sponges

These cleaning tools hoard between one million and 10 million bacteria per square inch. The Hygiene Council says they should be cleaned frequently. Pop them in a 60 degree C wash weekly and replace them often.

Mobile Phones

Studies have shown that your phone carries 10 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. Regularly clean it with an antibacterial wet wipe to avoid picking up bugs.

Bras

We all know we should be changing our knickers every day, but what about our bras? As a general rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to wash your bras after three to four wears.

Make-up

Make-up has a shelf life, and it might be shorter than you think.

Foundation: Liquids and cream foundations only last between six and 12 months, because bacteria can grow more easily in the water and oils that these contain. Powders can last up to two years.

Lipstick: These should be okay to keep for up to two years. But occasionally, clean the top layer of lipstick with a wipe to remove any bacteria.

Mascara: You should chuck your mascara three months after opening it to prevent bacteria from causing eye irritations or infections.

Sponges: Replace these every month and wash them with cleanser routinely.

 

8 Ways To Beat A Headache Without Painkillers !

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You may suffer a ‘rebound’ headache when you take too many tablets.
Here are some natural ways to ease pain

One in 50 of us suffer ‘rebound headache’ because we pop too many painkillers over a long time.
Medical advice is to take painkillers no more than two days a week.
Here are ways to ease the pain without tablets.

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1) Take your thumb for a walk over your big too
In reflexology, your big toe relates to your head and applying pressure on it is said to help ease headache and migraines.
Denise Whichello Brown, author of the Reflexology Healing Bible, says: “Thumb-walk from the outer edge of the base of the
big toe up the outside, over the top and down the inside. Then thumb-walk up the back of the big toe from the base to the tip.”

2) Tennis balls advantage
Take two tennis balls and place them side by side in a sock so they’re in a ‘peanut shape’.
Now lie on your back and place the balls where your head meets your neck.
Slowly, tuck your chin down towards your chest as if nodding and repeat for one minute as the balls massage the neck.
Then, move your head from side to side as if saying no.
This helps soothe the suboccipital muscles that are a major cause of tension headaches.

3) Gulp down a glass of water
A headache may be a sign that your body needs more water.
Some experts say that when you’re mildly to moderately dehydrated, the blood vessels in the brain narrow
in an attempt to regulate body fluid levels, causing a headache.
So, if you think you haven’t drunk enough water during the day, glug a glass.

4) Eat something
Going too long without eating can trigger a headache.
Alexis Poole, registered nutritionist at Spoon Guru says:
“In your body, your brain requires the most energy to function.
If glucose levels drop too low, it’s one of the first areas affected, and a headache can be a symtom.”
You should aim to eat healthy, balanced meals at regular times, buit you’re out of routine, keep healthy snacks handy.
Try wholegrain oatcakes, a banana or natural yogurt with fruit.

5) Have a cup of cayenne
Capsaicin is the active ingredient in cayenne pepper and it’s been shown to bring pain relief to migraine sufferers.
It works by desensiting nerve endings.
“A quick and easy way to consume cayenne pepper? Mix one teaspoon with lemon juice in a cup of warm water and drink.”

6) Nod your head
Lots of headache are cause by tension in the neck muscles (often the results of sleeping awkwardly or
hunching at your desk all day). Gentle neck streches can ease muscles tightness and help ease the pain.
Try the Head Nod: “Drop your head down, tucking the chin in towards the upper chest.”
“Lift your head and look slightly up.
Continue to nod your head slowly and smoothly.”

7) Turn off your computer
Too much screen time can lead to ‘computer vision syndrome’ with symptoms including dry, burning eyes and headaches.
“Some people also have an underlying difficulty where the eyes have reduce stamina for focusing or working together.
Others may simply need glasses – so, see your optician.

8) Slip on your sunglasses
“Bright sunlight and glare from reflected sunlight can trigger migraines and headache in some people.”
“Opt for polarises sunglasses that have special filters which block glare.”

When Choosing Your Life Partner Is Most Important Decision Of Your Life !

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Choosing your life partner — the person you want to spend the rest of your days with — is one of the most important decisions you’ll make in your life.

Living most of your life with the person you love can be a joyous, mutually-fulfilling experience, but finding and choosing the right person can be a monumental task.

Luckily, it’s something that most people go through, so you’re not alone people who have never been married and never want to be married amount to only 5% of the total population.

By having a realistic idea of the kind of person that is right for you, making a strong effort to find this person, and committing to your relationship, you too can share the rest of your life with someone you love.

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When choosing your life partner, remember that this is the most important decision of your lifetime.

The marriage relationship offers 90% of all your support, happiness and fulfillment so choose it wisely.

Consider qualities such as affection, sense of humor, intelligence, integrity, maturity, temperament, compatibility and that indescribable characteristic of chemistry.

If these are present, your relationship stands an excellent chance of great success.

Move slowly and let no one press you into an uncomfortable decision.

Clean Up Your Mind and Body !

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Give Your Health A Makeover With These Expert Strategies

Overhaul your gut health

The friendly gut bacteria which aid digestion can be depleted by stodgy processed food,
too much alcohol and a course of antibiotics.
Replenishing these bugs with a daily probiotic will see you step into spring with more energy and stronger immunity.
Registered nutritionist Rob Hobson advises taking a supplement containing both Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium bacteria starins.
” Add a few servings of foods, such as onions, agrlic, leeks and bananas.”

Go Off the Sugar

If you want to beat fatigue, you should cut back on the sweet stuff.
Rob suggests swapping sugar for more protein in the form of lean meat, fish, nuts and dairy, and filling up on the fibre found in fruit, veg and wholegrain carbs.
” This helps balance out blood sugar levels and avoid energy slumps and the urge to snak,” he explains.
” Vitamins and minerals found in these foods will also top up your iron, magnesium and B vitamin levels.”

Boost Your Vitamin D Intake

The nutrient which supports healthy teeth and bones, and boosts immunity: ” As it’s made by the action of sun on our skin, our vitamin D levels b are lowest after the winter months, so it’s important to give them a boost.
” Keep your levels topped up with a supplement and, once the sun is strong enough, enjoy 15 minutes sun exposure without sunscreen to boost your levels.”

Care for your ears

Dr.Hilary Jones warns: “While many of us see the optician and dentist regularly, few think about getting out hearing checked, yet hearing loss affects one in six people – particularly as we enter our fifties and sixties.”

Sort out your sleep pattern

Going to bed half-an-hour earlier can help redress the shortfall.
Dr.Hudson advises: “To get you in the mood for sleep, have a snack an hour before bed containing tryptophan,
which the body turns into the sleep hormone melatonin that makes you drowsy.”
Good sources include a handful of nuts, blended pumpkin seed, oats and chocolate balls.

Spring-start your fitness

“The warm whether makes it perfect to head outdoors for your workout,”
Indeed, a recent US study found that people who exercise outside felt more energise and were more likely to repeat the experience.
So whether it’s cycling or just walking with the family, get out and get moving.

Tackle troublesome teeth

“Pastel lip colors may be a trend right now, but they are particularly unforgiving if teeth look yellow.
So give your smile a boost by ditching brush heads or old toothbrushes, which should be changed every three months.
” And remember to use a straw for drinks other than water – as even ‘healthy’ smoothies and juices can destroy the enamel on our teeth and stain them.”

Sniff yourself happier

” Whether you want to lose weight or just adopt a healthier lifestyle, try this simple mindfulness trick to help motivate yourself.”
“Stand outside and focus on how warm the air feels, the smell of fresh grass and flowers, the sound of birdsong and how much more
energise you feel.
” Actively engaging all the senses in this way will make you feel more present and positive about whatever you’re trying to achieve.”

Declutter your mind

” It’s the season to spring clean and declutter our homes, and the same principle can be applied to our minds.”
“Even small things like streamlining your email and unsubscribing from irrelevant subscription can make your life
feels a lot easier.”
” Similarly, keeping a calendar of reminders and an effective to-do list at hand will stop you feeling overwhelmed.
” The more information you keep outside of the mind (in apps or calendars), the more decluttered and calm your mind will be.”

Six Ways to Manage Your Stress !

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Stop worrying and start living: here are some practical tips on how to stay calm and in control.

Your bound to feel overwhelmed by stress at some point in your life.

It could be brought on by a promotion, a family problem or even good news like a
wedding in the family or the birth of a child (just the thought of the expenses could make those worry lines more pronounced). And, stress can impact every aspect of your life unless you learn how to control it.

Experts tell you how to stay on top of things.

>1. Recognize the Root Cause

” When we are stressed, our body breaks down, and the immune system takes a hit.”

” Consequently, one may fall sick often. That’s the body’s way of signalling that something is not right.”

The first signs of stress may include irritability.

When you recognize the signs, it’s crucial to take some alone time to address what you’re feeling and what may be causing this.

2) Don’t fixate on what you cannot control

” While you cannot control when your clients get mad or the timing of a crash in the stock market, you can control how you react to situations like these.”

” It’s important to remember that there’s no point in worrying about situations that are completely out of your control.

A wise person once said, if you can fix a problem, fix it, but if you can’t, it serves no one to worry about it.”

” Identify when a situation is beyond your control and surrender to it.

Try to see the humour in situations and maintain a positive perspective.”

3) Manage time better

” Time management is life management.”

A lot of our time gets wasted because we are not focused on what really matters.

Often, our focus is on worrying about the future or regretting mistakes made in the past.

This starts a vicious cycle because when you waste precious time, you will likely to have to race against the clock later, and this will cause more stress.

The opposite is also true: When you live in the present and are mindful of time,
you become more productive, and that eases stress.”

” People also tend to worry about things that lie in the future: will my daughter get into that university?;
will my son find a wife? Your mind goes over the worst case scenario.

What you need to do is to remind yourself that these are just stories.”

” Instead of going into a panic spiral and wasting your present for the future,
stay calm and wait for a problem to emerge before you start worrying.”

” Don’t overload yourself with work.”

4) There is a difference between worrying and caring

Differentiate between worrying and caring ” You may care about your child, but is worrying about him or her all the time going to resolve all of his or her problems or will it ensure that he or she stays injury-free?

Worrying about things is tantamount to worshipping the problem – finding a solution requires a more pro-active approach.”

5) Take some time off to relax

” It’s incredibly important to take daily, weekly, and monthly breaks to unwind and rejuvenate.”

Every morning you could take some time to meditate, go for a walk, or just read the newspaper in silence.”

” Meditation and breathing exercise can also help control stress as they help one to focus on the present moment and this keeps the mind calm.”

Also recommends using the ‘ Mindful Minute’ technique.

” Take a single minute after every couple of hours of work to engage in mindfulness.
Use this time to focus your attention inwards and on yourself and remind yourself to take it easy.”

6) Embrace your mistakes

” Years in the Indian education system which penalise students for making mistakes,
have conditioned us to panic when we make one, mull over it and regret it long after the issue has passed.”

He points out that, in reality, mistakes are great because they help one to grow.

” You learn more from mistakes than you do from successes, and a single mistake, no matter how serious, is rarely the end of the world.

Learn from yours, that’s all.”

Take a Speed Reading Course !

Take a speed reading course.

Reading is a powerfull way to gain many years of experience from a few hours of study.

For example, most biographies reflect the strategies and philosophies of great leaders or courageous individuals.

Read them and Model them.

Speed reading will allow you to digest large quantities of material in relativaly
small periods of time.