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Hygiene

Healthy LifestyleHygiene
March 7, 2018

How to stay healthy during the water crisis

Water restrictions are in full effect in Cape Town thanks to the ongoing drought. Here’s a survival guide for you: In the bathroom A two-minute shower is all you need to get a clean a wash. Turn off the shower when soaping and turn it back on to rinse. Keep a bucket in your shower to collect the water. When you’re finished bathing, keep the water to flush the toilet. When it’s time to flush, fill the tank with water and use the handle on the toilet to flush. This uses less water than dumping water into the bowl. Instead of…
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Healthy LifestyleHygiene
March 7, 2018

Natural deodorants that work

Let’s face it - no one likes B.O. Especially when it’s emanating from the stranger next to you on the taxi. Although you may not feel particularly positive about it, you would be wise to remind yourself how sophisticated the sweat-response is. It doesn’t just make you feel cool on a warm day, it actually protects your body from overheating - which could actually kill you! In the bigger scheme of things, body-odour is a very small side-effect, and the good news is that you can combat the smell, naturally. Antiperspirant or deodorant? It’s important to know that not everything…
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Healthy LifestyleHygiene
November 13, 2017

The woman’s guide to public toilets

It’s Saturday night and you’re out with friends when those last three drinks take their toll. A public bathroom is your only option – and so you do what needs to be done – suspending yourself in mid-air, you try to do your business as carefully as possible. After all, that’s as hygienic as you can get in a public bathroom, right? As long as your skin doesn’t touch the bowl! Not quite. It turns out that squatting might be the major contributor to dirty toilets in the first place. The problem with bladder pressure Squatting means employing exceptional control to…
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Hygiene
July 20, 2017

Shower less. Save water. Stay healthy

How often should you shower? Daily showers have become a norm for many, but aren’t always necessary. In fact, your everyday scrubbing ritual may be doing you more harm than good. With parts of the country experiencing a drought, where water is more essential than ever: do we really need to shower? Showering regularly, particularly in scorching hot water, can dry out and irritate your skin, and disrupt your microbiome – the collection of bacteria, viruses, and other microbes that live in and on your body. A healthy microbiome is essential to your health. Without it, your immune system, digestion,…
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Hygiene
April 10, 2017

Greeting your boss could be making you sick

You walk into a meeting and shake hands with your client. At a social event, you introduce yourself by shaking hands. When, how and why did this quirky little greeting originate? We can’t pinpoint the exact time when humans first shook hands to introduce themselves, but historical findings date back to as far as the 5th century BC. British historian Dr Robert Hume writes that by shaking hands, kings proved they were comfortable enough in each other’s presence not to bring weapons. Today, weapons aside, research suggests that our customary greeting may be instinct rather than etiquette since humans, like…
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Hygiene
February 28, 2017

Is your home making you sick?

You think of your home as a sanctuary from the grind and grime of city living. Unfortunately, this sanctuary can become tainted with cigarette smoke, cleaning chemicals, and even air fresheners. The toxicity builds up further when doors and windows are closed. Indoor pollution is often more harmful than outdoor. It’s easy to forget that indoors is also part of the environment, but keeping it clean is one of the best favours you can do for your health. Where gremlins lurk The lounge. Leisure zones like your lounge are often filled with toxins, germs, dust and dander, as this is one…
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HygieneInfections
January 8, 2017

Typhoid outbreak – what you need to know

There has been a recent warning that South Africans could face a Typhoid outbreak after the summer holidays. Hospitals and healthcare centers have been notified to be on high alert, since the Typhoid infections that started in Zimbabwe, could spread here when holiday-goers come back after their holidays. via GIPHY What is Typhoid fever? Typhoid fever is an infection caused by a bacteria (Salmonella Typhi). It spreads easily through food and water contaminated by sewerage. You can also get it from someone who has the infection. It's quite common in overcrowded areas with overcrowding & poor sanitation. How do you…
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Hygiene
October 8, 2016

Throw away your earbuds today!

Doctors often need to dig out  old, dirty ear buds from someone's ear in the emergency room. Apart from getting stuck, they ear buds can cause skin irritation, infection and even hearing loss! They may have been a constant fixture in most bathroom cabinets for years, but it's best for you - and your health - to throw them out today. (more…)
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Healthy LifestyleHygiene
October 6, 2016

Why you should throw away your dish sponge, today!

Your dish sponge is dirtier than your toilet seat! It’s true – the tool that you use to “clean” up spills, dishes or messes is claimed to be the most germ-infested thing in your home. It’s time to dish out the dirt on your trusty scrubber. (more…)
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