You may think that your toilet is the grossest thing in your home, but that’s actually something in your kitchen. According to a new study, kitchen towels hold dangerous amounts of bacteria and germs, making them one of the germiest household items. The bacteria on them can cause food poisoning and skin and soft tissue infections and factors like the size of your family, diet, and what the towels are used to wipe can affect how much bacteria is on a kitchen towel. And these are some of the other disgusting things in your home.
- Coffee maker - According to a National Sanitation Foundation germ study, coffee reservoirs are the fifth germiest place in your home. They advise washing removable parts after each use, wiping outer surfaces every day, and cleaning inside parts every 40 to 60 brew cycles or once a month.
- Plastic water bottles - Plastic can crack, get scratched and harbor bacteria, but stainless steel water bottles are naturally anti-bacterial.
- Handbags - A 2015 study found that purses commonly have bacteria like Staph on them from setting them on the floor in restaurants, public restrooms, and trains. And when was the last time you cleaned the outside of your purse? Exactly, so the study advises regularly wiping them down inside and out.
- Shoes - If you don’t take your shoes off inside your house, you’re probably contaminating your floors with all kinds of nasties you pick up walking around. According to a 2017 University of Houston study, more than a quarter of shoes carry C.diff, a dangerous bacterial strain that can cause everything from diarrhea to deadly infections.
- Toothbrushes - Toothbrushes can harbor bacteria, especially if you put your damp one in a closed container or store it near a toilet. The American Dental Association recommends rinsing the toothbrush after each use and letting it air dry, plus you should change it every three to four months.
There’s nothing like sliding into your bed at the end of a long, exhausting day. But if your mattress isn’t right for you, it could be keeping you from getting the proper sleep you need. Here are a few ways your mattress could be bad for your health.
- Your mattress could house dust mites, which might trigger allergies - Dust mites love warm, humid spots like your bedding, mattress, and upholstered furniture. And folks who are allergic to them may have symptoms like coughing, sneezing, and itchy eyes when they come into contact with them. It’s hard to get rid of them entirely, but you can get an allergy-proof cover to protect your mattress and wash your bedding once a week.
- If your mattress isn’t supportive enough, it could contribute to back pain - If you wake up and you’re sore, that’s a sign your mattress could be leading to your lower back pain. Having a mattress that’s firm and supportive or at least a mattress topper that offers added support is key.
- A super-firm mattress could play into joint pain - Your mattress needs to have just the right amount of give and if it’s too firm, it can put excess pressure on your shoulders, hips, knees, and back (causing aches and pains). But a plush mattress topper can save a super-firm mattress.
- Your mattress could contribute to night sweats - There are a few reasons you wake up in a pool of your sweat at night, including medications like antidepressants and conditions like anxiety or menopause, but it could be your mattress. If yours is made of a material that hugs your body, like dense foam, your body heat could be getting trapped, making you hot and sweaty.
- Any of these issues can lead to trouble sleeping - Having a really uncomfortable mattress means you won’t sleep as well and constantly being tired can mess with your mood, concentration levels, appetite and immune system. And not getting good sleep is linked to chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Life’s too short to sleep poorly on a bad mattress.
It’s no shock that lots of people believe pets make our lives better. In some studies, we pick them over our partners. So, why not take them to work, right?
Well, a new study for the Better Cities For Pets initiative shows that more than half of us would take our pets to work if we could. One of the reasons is to make sure they aren’t lonely. Interestingly, employers, according to the research, are starting to listen too.
Here’s what else the study uncovered:
- Two thirds of employees wish they could take their pet to work.
- Nearly 50% would take them once a week at least.
- About the same are worried their pets are lonely.
- The majority of pet owners worry about their best buddy’s basic needs.
- 87% of employers say being dog friendly helps attract top workers.
- 59% of employees would pick a workplace because of the ability to bring Spot.
If you can take your pet to work, or want to know more on how to do it, Better Cities For Pets has a Pets At Work toolkit you can check out.
Source: Better Cities For Pets
If you notice your brush has more hair in it than usual, your could have too much stress in your life. We normally lose 50 to 100 strands a day, which isn’t really noticeable. Any more than that and stress could be the culprit.
Hair has a life cycle: growth, transition, resting, and falling out. When stress happens it pushed the follicles out early.
If you’re “shedding” a lot in the shower or when brushing your hair, chances are you had a big stress issue three months earlier. The body goes into survival mode when trying times occur and all non-essential functions get neglected. You may notice thinning areas, but the good news is, it should grow back in around three to six month. If it happens, you’ll be in good company, since Jada Pinkett Smith recently revealed she has a severe form of the condition called alopecia.
If shedding is excessive, there may be other culprits. New moms usually have hair loss from postpartum alopecia because of decreased estrogen. They get their flowing locks back in a year, though.
There are ways you can keep your hair strong, healthy and on it’s clock. Get plenty of sleep, reduce your stress, and make sure you get all the nutrients you need by eating a balanced diet. If you get concerned about the amount of hair falling out, talk to a dermatologist just to be safe.
Source: Huffington Post
Peas, those green vegetables you were forced to eat as a kid, are having a moment. They’re packed with protein and fiber and people are catching on to all the good stuff they provide.
Research has shown that peas help you stay full longer, too. A study found that a meal with peas and fava beans kept people just as satiated as a dish with meat and eggs with the same amount of protein and fiber. And a French study found that folks who drank pea protein after resistance training had the same strength gains as those who drank whey shakes after a sweat sesh.
“Pea protein, like whey, is a great source of branched chain amino acids, which help build muscle,” explains study author Nicolas Babault.
Since peas are so trendy right now, there are all kinds of new pea protein-enriched products from shakes to snacks. Here are a few to try:
- Ripple Greek Yogurt Alternative has 12 grams of protein and comes in a tart original flavor as well as maple and fruit options.
- Harvest Snaps Green Pea Snack Crisps have about 5 grams of protein per serving and come in fun flavors like black pepper and white cheddar.
- Bolthouse Farms Plant Protein Milk has 10 grams of protein and more calcium than cow’s milk.
- Praeger’s new All American Veggie Burgers have 25 grams of protein and a “meaty” flavor.