How Often Should You Shower?

We tend to believe the more we shower, the cleaner we are. We vigorously lather up our bodies with soap to kill any germs lingering on our skin, but rinsing off every day could lead to more bacteria than we started with. So, how often should we actually shower?

The answer: It depends. Those of us who work strenuous labor-intensive jobs, live in hot, humid areas, or exercise should shower daily. It’s not about body odor, but the perspiration left behind on our skin that provides the breeding ground for bacteria to grow. Excess oil can clog the pores, leading to facial and body acne, or acne-like red bumps and pustules.

However, regular bathing can be harmful to the body if we don’t perspire much. It dries the skin, which can open gaps for infection-causing germs to slip through. Frequent bathing while our skin is already dry may increase the odds of developing a weaker immune system because it strips the skin of natural oils while disrupting the skin’s immune system-supporting bacteria.

There’s no clear-cut difference between a shower or bath, though baths are more gentle for people who have skin conditions like dermatitis and eczema.

“People think they’re showering for hygiene or to be cleaner, but bacteriologically, that’s not the case.” Dr. Elaine Larson, an infectious disease expert and associate dean for research at Columbia University School of Nursing told TIME.

Larson has found antibacterial soaps and cleaning products we use in our homes aren’t any better than plain old soap at lowering the risk for infectious diseases. Moreover, scrubbing and exfoliating doesn’t do much to our skin.

So, what’s the ideal shower frequency?

Doctors say when it comes to our health, once or twice a week is recommended. However, we can shower daily and not lather our whole bodies. Focusing on areas that produce pungent smells, like our pitts, butt, and genitals is a better alternative for those who like to shower more frequently.

Washing our hands and clothes will help remove the dead skin cells and grime our bodies accumulate without us suffering an ill health effects. However, the chemistry of each person’s skin is different, including our scalp, so showering everyday may not be as dangerous to some as it is to others. Relatively speaking, if you’re in good health, skipping a shower every once in a while won’t do any harm.

via MSN.com

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HEALTH TIP: Ketchup

20140127-pantyessentials-ketchupWhen you grab a bottle of Heinz ketchup, the list of ingredients starts off harmlessly enough:
1. Tomato concentrate from red ripe tomatoes
2. Distilled vinegar
3. High-fructose corn syrup (that’s another way of saying sugar)
4. Corn syrup (more sugar)
5. Salt
6. Spices
7. Onion powder
8. Natural flavoring

Both high-fructose corn syrup and corn syrup are both elaborate names for sugar. If you combine the two together, the label might actually show that sugar is number two on the ingredient list.

Mr. Eastcoastman conducted an experiment by filling up a typical 1.3 liter bottle of Heinz ketchup with the actual amount of sugar that it contains.

It has 33 tablespoons of sugar. That’s a little over 2 cups of sugar. A two-tablespoon serving of ketchup, which is typical squirt onto a hamburger patty, has 2 teaspoons of sugar. According to the American Heart Association you should not consume more than 6 teaspoons of sugar on a daily basis.

But here is ketchup taking up 1/3 of your sugar quota for the day. You may want to think twice about reaching for that ketchup.

Coping with Asthma?

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Inhaling and exhaling is something we do without even thinking about it. But for those with asthma, a chronic lung condition, breathing can be frustrating and at times frightening. When you breathe in air through your mouth or nose, it travels to the lungs through your bronchial tubes. When asthma flares up, those narrow tubes swell and constrict, causing wheezing, coughing and a feeling of chest tightness.

Asthma attacks can be triggered by allergens such as dust, pollen, animals, mold, cigarette smoke, perfume or infections, including the common cold or flu. Occupational hazards such as dust, fumes, gases or other dangerous chemicals can also cause asthma.

Doctors may prescribe a rescue inhaler when sudden triggers lead to shortness of breath or wheezing. Here, at NaturalyPure, we have an alternative called Lungs Harmony. This is a formula based on a Chinese remedy formulated by Chinese master herbalists. For more information on our product, please click here.

Is Your Water Being Polluted by Big Pharma Chemicals?

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There’s a good chance it is, but the government remains silent.

A recent study by the US Geological Survey (USGS) has found that a startling number of American streams carry traces of drugs. The researchers sampled 59 small streams in the Southeast for 108 different pharmaceutical compounds, and one or more chemicals were detected in every sampled stream. Steams tested positive for six chemicals on average.

Among the most common drugs found in the streams were acetaminophen (Tylenol), lidocaine (a pain reliever), tramadol (an opioid pain reliever), fexofenadine (an antihistamine found in Mucinex and Allegra, among others), and metformin (a type 2 diabetes drug).

The contamination of our environment with pharmaceuticals is increasingly problematic. Not only are they in our drinking water, they’re in our food supply as well.

For more info, continue reading this article on ANH USA here.

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Stressful jobs tied to small increase in stroke risk

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Up to one in four jobs are “high strain,” and people in these lines of work may be at increased risk of stroke, according to a new analysis of past research.

Based on studies that included nearly 140,000 participants, researchers found an overall 22 percent higher stroke risk among those in high-strain jobs versus low-strain occupations. In some cases, the risk was elevated by up to 58 percent.

Plenty of research has linked job strain to heart disease in general and high blood pressure in particular, he and his coauthors note in Neurology. Using a well-established formula, these kinds of studies usually define high-strain jobs as those with high demands and little control over decision-making.

Xu’s team considered the data from six studies involving a total of 138,782 participants who were followed for three to 17 years. They used an existing system to classify job stress based on demands, such as time pressure, mental load or coordination, and control, such as the worker’s ability to decide when or how they complete tasks.

According to these categories, passive jobs, like janitors or manual laborers, have low demands and low control. Low stress jobs, like architects or scientists, have low demand and high control. Active jobs, like doctors, teachers and engineers, have high demand and high control.

None of those types of jobs were tied to an increase in stroke risk in the new study, but people with high stress jobs involving high demand and low control, like waitresses and nurses, were 22 percent more likely to suffer a stroke than people with low stress jobs.

 

But other factors like smoking, high blood pressure and diabetes are still “off the chart more important,” she told Reuters Health.

 

“Things like telecommuting, flexible work hours, allowing decision making to not be as top heavy, allowing people to make decisions about their own jobs,” would be an amazing public health intervention, she said.

SOURCE: Kathryn Doyle, Neurology, (October 14, 2015) bit.ly/NwhhyY.

HEALTH TIP: Water

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Drinking water is one of the best things you can do to keep your skin in shape. It keeps your skin moist, which then makes fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable. It also helps your cells take in nutrients and get rid of toxins. Plus, it helps with blood flow and keeps your skin glowing.

The common advice is to drink 8 glasses of water a day, but you may not need exactly that many. The water in fruits, veggies, juice and milk counts toward your total.