Washing your feet helps to remove their smell.
Regularly and properly washing your feet helps to remove the dirt, dead skin cells and sweat that accumulated there during the day. Just rinsing them off with water won’t do the trick as most of these things will just stay there. In the end, they will cause your feet to smell rather unpleasant and can even make it easier for infections to grow.
Additional scrubbing helps to prevent infections.
Our feet are as vulnerable to infection as other parts of our bodies, and bacteria that cover them can cause different kinds of inflammation. Scrubbing your feet helps to exfoliate all the unnecessary skin layers together with its microbes and prevents the development of things such as fungus, warts, bunions, corns, and calluses. And if nothing else, this simple procedure is super refreshing.
It reduces your chance of getting joint problems.
It turns out that there might be a connection between hard skin on our feet and problems with the knees, hips, and back. As unnecessary dead skin doesn’t get removed from the feet, it stacks up and gets thicker. This can lead to changes in your gait and can later affect your joints, legs, back bones and muscles. As a result, you might feel some discomfort while moving.
It improves blood circulation.
While washing and exfoliating your feet, give them a nice massage that promotes blood flow. Poor blood circulation causes a lack of oxygen and limits your muscles from growing and developing. In addition, it can cause problems such as muscle pain, stiffness, weakness, and can even make your legs feel numb. That’s why it’s always a good idea to rub and knead your feet under some warm water.
It can stop toenails from growing into the skin.
There are several reasons why ingrown toenails happen, like wearing tight-fitting shoes or badly cut toenails. But sweaty and dirty feet can also promote this unpleasant process. When toes are constantly sweaty, the skin on the edges becomes soft which makes it easier for the toenail to grow into. Also, if there’s any inflammation on the skin, this can make the ingrown toenail really painful.
The best time for trying asparagus is spring, its natural season. In winter, asparagus gets shipped over long distances from Peru or China. During this period not only does the taste and texture start fading away, but the vitamins disappear as well. A lot of useful elements disappear during the time of shipment, making it less nutritious to us.
Bagged greens are pre-washed and pre-chopped for us to make it easy and quick to consume. However, such pre-washing can damage greens’ fiber and lead to the loss of vitamins in them. In the end, we’re left with a good looking, less-healthy product. It’s better to wait for the warmer seasons to buy them freshly grown and unpacked.
Strawberries and blueberries
Summer is the best time for growing berries. Strawberries are rich in vitamin C which firms collagen, and blueberries can help to prevent skin cancer and boost brain activity. But it’s best to consume only locally grown berries. Those that are getting shipped from many kilometers away won’t have much flavor or nutrients. If you still want to enjoy them, then you can opt for frozen variants.
Corn on the cob
Corn grows only in the summer and in no other seasons. So the corn on the cob that you find in your local supermarket may not be as fresh as you think. Instead, they may be either frozen or left over from the previous summer. The region that can be an exception here is Florida — there, corn usually starts to mature in late January.
Some dairy products like curd and milk should be consumed with care in winter. Curd can increase the mucus secretion from the glands and can impact the overall state of the body. People who already have coughs or colds or who suffer from asthma can worsen the problem by consuming it. That’s because milk can cause phlegm.
It turns out, sugar can promote depressive moods, especially in winter. Sugar intake triggers the inflammation processes in your body and reduces the release of dopamine, an element that plays a role in how we feel pleasure. Winter is already a rather gloomy season for many and extra consumption of added sugars can make it even worse.
Red meat is a great source of protein that is necessary for strengthening muscles and metabolism. However, frequent consumption of it can cause a concentration of mucus in your throat. It’s better to choose to eat chicken or fish during this season.
It’s okay to fear spiders — they move fast and have way too many legs. But they’re an important part of our ecosystem — cellar spiders sometimes make webs to catch other spiders and pests and even disease-carrying insects like mosquitoes.
2. Stink bugs
Stink bugs are not the most pleasant bugs you can meet in the garden or at home but they’re just trying to find a warm place to survive during cold weather. But it’s in your best interest not to spray or kill them even though they release a funny smell as a defense. They also prey on caterpillars, plant-eating beetles, and aphids, so it’s better to try to relocate them outdoors.
3. Praying mantises
Praying mantises are big helpers against pests in the garden. A single species can eat dozens of insects — it helps to keep your plants from getting damaged. These insects are so useful that some people will even purchase praying mantises to release in their gardens themselves to prevent other insects from ruining things.
Ladybugs usually live outdoors and suffer the least amount of human violence due to their attractive shell. Not only are they pretty but they’re also extremely helpful — ladybugs eat garden pests like aphids, mites, fruit flies, and thrips. A single species can eat more than 50 aphids a day which makes up to 5,000 aphids in their lifetime.
5. Honey bees
Honeybees are an extremely valuable part of our ecosystem. They collect nectar and pollinate flowers and crops. A single bee visits up to 100 flowers in just one trip and they typically make several of them a day, not to mention the fact that they make delicious honey. However, this doesn’t mean you should start inviting the neighborhood bees over to your house.
6. Green lacewings
Green Lacewings are tiny but very valuable insects. Sometimes they’re called “stink flies” due to the foul smell they release when touched. Another name they’ve earned is “aphid lions” as they can consume up to 200 species a week. Lacewings also eat whiteflies, spider mites, leafhoppers, thrips, and mealybugs. There are even companies that offer their eggs for natural pest control.
Earwigs look intimidating since they have frightening pincers but they’re pretty handy to have around. Earwigs are relatively harmless and as long as you don’t touch them, they won’t use their pincers. They feed on dead insects and decomposing plant matter which is beneficial to your garden’s ecosystem.
8. Aphid midge
Aphid midges are the tiniest of flies. Feeding on approximately 60 different types of aphids, these bugs are priceless in the garden. As a matter of fact, they can exterminate aphids faster than ladybugs or lacewings. If you have a garden, consider this insect an eco-friendly and efficient method of pest control.
9. Braconid wasp
If you grow tomatoes in your garden, you should never kill the Braconid wasp. It feeds on the dreaded tomato hornworm and can save a whole crop of tomatoes. It kills other damaging pests as well.
10. Daddy long-legs
Many people call daddy long-legs spiders even though that’s not what they are. This arachnid is non-venomous, unlike spiders. The daddy long-legs’ diet includes a wide range of pests and spiders, making them incredibly advantageous to have in the garden or even around house plants.
They rarely fail.
As paradoxical as it might sound, the one who has the fewest mistakes stops striving for success at some point. Scientists from the University of Arizona determined that the ideal ratio for failures is 15%. An experiment with mathematical models helped them with this. They tried to teach artificial intelligence to sort materials. If the task was performed 85% correct, the process went faster. When the machine gave the correct answers more often than 85% of the time, the task was assessed to be too easy and it seemed meaningless to search for new information and alternative ways to a solution.
The same thing applies to people: frequent successes make them feel more relaxed. Therefore, you can easily let yourself fail 15% of the time in what you are doing.
They always try to be a good person.
Always being nice or trying to please everyone is not the way to success. While some people try to convey their opinion in a polite manner and make concessions, others continue strongly defending their positions. And it’s actually the latter who reach success more often. Therefore, don’t be afraid of harsh critics and don’t give up after hearing negative comments.
Being a rebel and being stubborn is a guarantee of good luck. That’s what scientists from Luxembourg, who came to conclusions after 40 years of observations, say. Moreover, those who started to show these features in childhood managed to attain the best results and become more successful. Naughty children grow up into adults who are ready to speak directly and frankly about their interests. They are not shy about calling someone they like first or talking about deserving a raise with their bosses.
They believe in universal injustice, but only for themselves.
A downer can endlessly talk about their troubles. If someone else talks to them about their life in a conversation, they will instantly learn that their problems don’t mean anything. This kind of reverse egocentrism, a desire to redraw attention to themselves and the depreciation of other people’s difficulties, pushes other people away. The lame-duck themselves makes their bad luck worse by wasting time on being offended by life.
They skip breakfast and have the wrong drinks.
Experts have found out that the most productive day is spent by those who manage to do important things in the morning and who can maintain their concentration for a long time. It’s not difficult to do. For example, don’t refuse to eat breakfast. The first meal will provide you with energy and improve your short-term memory.
Here is another piece of advice from scientists: drink a glass of water with lemon juice, instead of your morning coffee, 30 minutes before you eat breakfast. Just squeeze a small piece of lemon into water. Citrus gives a boost of vitamins that will help you stay focused on results during the day.
They underestimate the value of emotions.
Low emotional intelligence can cause failure — both at work and in your personal life. Those who don’t know how to read the feelings of others, deprive themselves of the opportunity to compromise and quickly respond to changes. It is believed that emotional intelligence can be developed by reading books, studying painting, and watching good movies.
Pay special attention to loving yourself. A recent study has shown that a “healthy” dose of narcissism helps people to succeed. People who possess these features sincerely want to be the best and believe they deserve recognition — this prompts those in their surroundings to start to share this opinion too.
They only want to develop in one direction.
We all have skills and features that we feel proud of. But focusing on just one thing is wrong. American scientists studied the relationship between the qualities of a person and their achievements, using 10,000 cadets of the military academy as an example. They came to the following conclusion: being successful requires a strong character, the desire to gain knowledge, and an effort toward physical development.
British psychologists created their own list of traits that can help you succeed and have big achievements. It has 6 points: conscientiousness, adjustment, ambiguity acceptance, curiosity, risk approach, and competitiveness.
They introduce themselves with their full name.
Statistics show that there is a direct connection between the length of a person’s name and their salary. Therefore, if you have a chance to use a shorter name, do it. A not-too-official name makes you look more open to other people and makes them trust you more. Researchers calculated that one extra letter in your name could reduce your wages by $3,600 per year.
For example, one of the richest people on the planet is known as Bill Gates. Who knows whether he would have been able to earn his billions if he kept introducing himself with his full name — William Henry Gates III.
They don’t put emphasis on the advantages of their body’s shape.
At first glance, there is a subconscious connection between success and your waistline. Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Surrey, Jane Ogden, claims that women with a thin waist literally convey the following thought to their surroundings, “I know what self-control is all about.” People looking at her automatically think that if she is able to control herself around sweets, she definitely has will power.
They agree to things that are outside of their interests.
To refuse or object to someone means to take responsibility for the consequences of their decisions. It’s much easier to smile and nod in response to others’ suggestions. That’s how you get the reputation of being a nice person who doesn’t rock the boat, and... that’s it. Friendliness is actually a ruse: people are not driven by the fact that they care about others, but by the desire to not take responsibility and by the fear of being criticized. That’s not a quality that is necessary to succeed.
They rarely kiss.
Kissing is very useful. Not only do kisses increase immunity and reduce stress, but they also strengthen long-term relationships. Moreover, showing your affection and attention to your partner in this way is not that important at the beginning of your relationship, as it is one or 2 years after. Scientists also found a connection between kissing and your level of income. It seems that a person who feels loved, works with more enthusiasm.
We gather germs on our everyday walks.
Think about your regular day. You walk to work, get your daily cappuccino at your regular café, then use the office bathroom, make a stop at the supermarket, and go back home again. That’s a lot of places your shoes step on. And all those floors contaminate their soles with more than just dust and mud, as a study from the University of Arizona proved.
Poop, poop everywhere
When microbiologist Dr. Charles Gerba analyzed a set of shoes, he and his team found an average of 421,000 types of bacteria, not only stuck to the soles, but growing on them. They also discovered that almost 3,000 types of bacteria lived inside the shoes. And the most shocking part: 96% were housing fecal matter, in other words, poop. They could be dirtier than a toilet seat.
Almost 3 out of 10 shoes had E.coli, a bacteria that flourishes inside your intestines and that, although it’s usually harmless, is known for causing stomach issues that are in some cases deadly. Some types of E.coli are even getting stronger against antibiotics. Additionally, 7 out of 10 shoes presented microorganisms that cause infections in the urinary tract and lungs.
Public restrooms may be one of the primary sources of contamination where millions of bacteria reproduce. Some of them can survive the power of your most reliable cleaning products and antibiotics, like the bacteria C. Difficile, identified on 39.7% of shoe soles and guilty for producing strong stomach aches, diarrhea episodes, and life-threatening bowel inflammation, all of which are especially hard on children.
Germs are just one of our concerns: Watch out for hazardous materials
And if all of those disgusting microorganisms weren’t enough, we still have one more thing to worry about: chemicals. On an average day, you not only step on dirt, but also on harmful toxins and dangerous chemicals that come from your stop at the gas station, a leak from a car, or a cigarette on the floor. Some of them, like those found on asphalt roads sealed with coal, can even increase your risk of developing cancer, as researchers from Baylor University in Texas found.
Home, nasty home
On your everyday wanderings, you step on dog and bird waste, rotten food scraps, public bathrooms, strong chemicals, and who knows what else. That’s a nasty chemical and bacteria cocktail for you.
So, if you don’t take off your shoes before entering your home sweet home, then you will be inviting between 90% and 99% of these gross living creatures and hazardous substances onto your floors, couch, and if you’re not careful, your bed.
It’s not about being paranoid since we still need to be able to create antibodies, just be careful of what you let inside your house.
Amber Heard is only 32 years old in the photo on the left. But a thick layer of foundation highlighted all the wrinkles on her face, even the smallest ones, making her look 10 years older. In the right picture, Amber went for a more natural look that made her appear younger.
We don’t know what effect Sienna Miller was going for when she applied this orange bronzer to her porcelain skin. She has a well-defined face that doesn’t require contouring. But we can see the results of such an approach: for 13 years, this photo has been a perfect example of how you shouldn’t apply your makeup.
It looks like Lea Michele’s makeup artist wanted to bring on the shine! And in this case, a 30-year-old actress turned into an elderly woman who sunbathed too much. In the second photo, Lea looks younger and more fresh without any intensive contouring and strobing (the 2 pictures were taken the same year).
Actress Eva Longoria decided to change her typical hot-summer look and went for more aristocratic pallor. But she made a mistake choosing cool shades for this purpose and applied dramatic smokey eyes to match. As a result, this combination made her look unhealthy. Compare these photos yourself: warm colors and a lack of intensive contouring works best for Eva as you can see in the right picture.
Glitter deserves our special attention. Just have a look at how its shine made Katherine Zeta-Jones look older. Of course, we have some questions about the skin tone and the lipstick shade she chose. But if her lips and eyes didn’t shine that much, her look would benefit from it. And if she stuck to her correct shade, she’d look even more gorgeous.
Glitter not only makes a person look older but it can totally ruin a photo. It reflects light from flashing bulbs and visually hides some parts of the face. You can notice this effect in Rose McGowan’s “foil” look. We hope she did it on purpose because she looks way better when she doesn’t distract us from her beauty with harsh flashes of glitter.
We’ll never know what happened to Rashida Jones’ brows and why they look so different from each other. And her whole makeup job can look bad because of this annoying asymmetry. But a year earlier, the actress was wearing quite chic eyebrows. Be sure to pay attention to how a shade of lipstick can affect our perception — the wrong shade can cause the makeup to look very cheap.
The most famous blonde with dark eyebrows literary walks on the edge wearing this look. The dark roots of her hair usually save her from taking a fashion tumble. But even Emilia Clarke can make mistakes. Let’s blame it on the fact that her whole makeup look is pretty dramatic (just look at that blush!). But in everyday life, if you don’t fly on dragons, it’s better to find a balance between the color of your eyebrows and your hair.
Claire Danes decided not to apply any makeup to her eyebrows and as a result, they disappeared from her face. Of course, people with blonde hair should be very careful with their eyebrows and Claire probably was afraid to apply too much product. But in this case, it would’ve been better not to do such bright eye makeup. Luckily, this actress doesn’t make fashion mistakes very often.
Mascara and eyeliner
Do you think that the photo on the left was taken after a long, noisy party in a hot room? Or during a difficult period in Britney Spears’ life when she was going through her divorce? Nope, it was taken when she attended a daytime basketball game with her handsome boyfriend. But she looks messy because of the smudgy eyeliner. Britney looks much better in the right picture.
Andrea Riseborough decided to go without any eyeliner at all. But she applied a lot of mascara. As a result, there’s a clear imbalance in her makeup and her red eyes became more visible. Just compare this first picture with the second photo where she made no such mistakes.
Paloma Faith is an extravagant woman but smeared lipstick isn’t a part of her look as she usually wears very neat makeup. And not even an eccentric hat can fix this makeup fail.
One-shade eyeshadows and all the shades of turquoise are trending now. But it’s quite a task to apply such makeup and not overdo it. Even Sarah Jessica Parker didn’t do this correctly. As you can see in the first photo, she chose this makeup look for the Met Gala in 2018 and it was almost an art piece. In real life, the actress only implements fashion trends and colors that look good on her.
Everyone makes mistakes! They can give you a powerful impulse for self-development if you don’t spend too much time on self-reflection. Instead, analyze your mistakes and make changes for the better. Hopefully, our article will help people learn from others’ mistakes so that they don’t repeat them.
This is the best trick for when you’re feeling very hot and sweaty during the summer months. You can store your pillowcases inside plastic bags in your fridge and take one out when you go sleep. You will feel very refreshed.
By keeping your cosmetics, like nail polish, foundation, or lipstick in the fridge, you will keep them cool and prevent them from breaking down. When stored in a fridge, it will extend their life drastically, as it will keep their oils intact.
This trick will prevent you from constantly breaking the point of your eyeliner pencil when you sharpen it. Keeping it in the fridge will make it stronger and sharper.
4. Eye cream
Keeping our eye cream cool will enhance its proprieties. A cool eye cream will not only reduce your dark circles, but it’ll also reduce puffiness and redness around your eyes.
5. Metal bowls and whisks
For the perfect whipped cream, you can leave the necessary equipment in the fridge before using it. The temperature influences whipped cream a lot and chilled equipment will help you get stiff peaks easier.
6. Photography film
If exposed to warm temperatures, photography film can speed up its degradation process. It’s recommended to store it in the fridge to extend its life.
7. Sealed envelopes
If you leave a sealed envelope inside your fridge for a few hours, it will be much easier to open without damaging the paper.
8. Cut flowers
You should put cut flowers in your fridge if you want them to last longer. They will have a fresher look, making it look like you just bought them.
Garlic is very good for fighting the flu and the common cold. It can reduce blood pressure and lower the risk of heart disease. Garlic also contains antioxidants which are believed to help prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Garlic can be used for cooking or as a nutritional supplement. Crushed and chopped garlic has the best health benefits.
Rosemary’s aroma can improve people’s memory, concentration, performance, and their mood. It can also prevent the brain from aging.
To get its beneficial properties, leaves can be used as a culinary condiment. Rosemary can also be turned into a perfume and oil. They can be used daily.
3. Chili Pepper
The ingredients that make chili peppers hot have an anti-aging effect on us. They can work as a pain reliever for problems like heartburn and are good to eat if we want to lose weight, as they can increase fat burning.
This pepper can be chopped or sliced and added to pretty much any food. They can be eaten raw, grilled, and roasted. You should remove the seeds. It’s also important to note that chili peppers may not be for everyone, as it they can trigger burning sensations. They should also never be used regularly.
Ginger improves digestion and reduces gas. It reduces inflammation, relieves pain, and can ease a cold. Ginger alleviates morning sickness and relieves nausea.
Ginger can be made into a hot tea and a soup and be eaten daily. Fresh ginger can be added to a lot of sweet things as well.
Parsley is perfect for helping treat high blood pressure. Also, thanks to its vitamin K, parsley also helps with bone health by making them stronger.
Dried parsley can be used to enhance the flavor of soups, stews, and tomato sauces. Fresh parsley can be added to salad dressings, marinades, and seafood recipes.
Peppermint helps relieve headaches and migraines. The steam from peppermint tea may also help with breathing problems, as it can relieve clogged noses.
Peppermint leaves can be used dried or fresh in teas or added to add flavor to foods. It can also be used as an oil.
Cinnamon can help fight body infections and repair tissue damage. It is also anti-inflammatory and can reduce the risk of heart disease. To add to this, cinnamon may also help fight bacterial infections and even protect you from cancer.
Its stick can be added to tea and coffee and its powder can put into desserts, oatmeal, smoothies, and pancakes. It can be eaten daily.
Chamomile tea can reduce menstrual pain and can also make women feel less anxious about it. This tea also lowers the blood sugar in the body, helping to treat diabetes.
Apart from chamomile tea, this herb can also be added to everyday oatmeal or cereal. Fresh chamomile blossoms and leaves can also be added to salads.
Chives contain choline which is a nutrient that helps with sleep. It also contains folate and interferes with the production of serotonin, that can help relieve depression and boost people’s moods.
Chives need to be chopped with a sharp knife so that it doesn’t damage the herb. They can be used with vegetable dips, egg, and cheese dishes and as a topping for soups or salads.
Lavender oil can help heal wounds and bug bites. Lavender helps with anxiety, insomnia, and depression. The oil made with this herb can also fight antifungal-resistant infections.
Lavender is most used in oils and you can use it as a moisturizer once or twice a day. You can also mix it with coconut oil, tamanu oil, or peppermint oil.
The first reason why you should choose a high-quality floor covering is that replacing the cheaper options will be really hard. Before you buy the covering, make sure you understand where exactly you want this surface.
If it is going in the kitchen or the bathroom, it is better to buy tile, because if water leaks onto laminate, you will have to replace it. As for other rooms, regular laminate and high-quality linoleum are equally good.
Wallpaper or any other wall surface
Even when it comes to the cheapest projects, designers recommend buying premium-segment wallpapers or wall paint. The thing is, good paint is easier to put on the wall and you’ll need less of it, compared to cheaper options. And expensive wallpapers are harder to damage.
Also, good paint is more durable. It doesn’t get bleached by the sun as much, so the walls will remain bright for a longer time and it also doesn’t cause allergic reactions.
If you are doing a renovation in the winter, it is much easier: you can check to see if the current radiators are doing the job right. If the renovation is happening in the summer, it is better to buy good radiators right away, because changing them later will require new pipes, which are a lot of work (and a huge mess) to install.
Good radiators have a regulator to help you set the proper temperature and make you feel comfortable.
In bad toilets, the paint on the button disappears in a few years, it will start to not work as well, and the cheap insides of the water box might stop working. If you are planning to put the water box behind the wall, make sure you are buying very good equipment, so you don’t have to change it several years later. By the way, in more expensive models, toilets are covered with special anti-bacterial layers.
Waterproofing and ventilation
The danger of skimping on pipes and similar equipment is that you can’t understand right away that something is wrong. Buy premium materials and hire the most qualified workers. This way, you will decrease the chances of flooding your neighbor’s apartment or ruining your own. Unfortunately, waterproofing is something you have to do very well and be careful with because modern apartment buildings don’t have any of these systems built-in.
Also, make sure you have a good ventilation system in the bathroom to prevent the formation of mold in such a humid atmosphere.
Wood and wooden constructions
Aside from the fact that low-quality wood constructions (like doors or furniture) crack very fast, they can also be pretty dangerous for your health because of the formaldehyde they contain.
It is better to choose furniture made of pine: it has a soft texture and a limited color variety, but it is more soundproof, and not as expensive as it looks.
If you want your drawers to move smoothly or if you don’t like your cabinet doors to make sounds, choose high-quality accessories. You don’t have to spend a whole lot of money to find a good manufacturer. We think that you should buy parts in advance, in case something breaks down several years later. Then you can easily replace it without changing all the accessories, to make them all look the same.
It’s not about the quality of the sockets (obviously, it should be very high to avoid fire hazards) but about the number.
It is better to have more sockets that fewer than you need. Otherwise, there will be miles of cords all around your house. Also, make sure you hire the best professionals that know how to properly and professionally install outlets.
1. Use a towel
2. Raise and scrunch
3. Roll the ball
4. Strengthen your arch muscles
6. Do calf stretches
7. Do toe yoga
Bonus: Check to see if you have flat feet.
There is a simple technique of how you can check your arch height.
In case if you have this problem, consult with your doctor before trying to fix it by yourself.