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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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Healthy Lifestyle
March 1, 2017

9 ways to beat flu and prevent cancer

We don’t always appreciate what we have until we lose it – and this also applies to our health. These are the things you can do today, so you don’t lose your health tomorrow. #1 Have a cold shower Studies have shown that people who took daily cold showers had an increase in the number of virus fighting white blood cells. Why does this happen? It is probably due to your body’s increased metabolic rate, from the shock of the cold temperature water. #2 Wash your hands Germs can live for up to 3 hours outside of your body, and…
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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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Allergies
November 12, 2016

Can cleaning make allergies WORSE?

If you or your children battle with allergies, you probably keep your home sparkling clean to get rid of any triggers. But what if your cleaning materials are part of the problem? (more…)
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Healthy Lifestyle
October 17, 2016

7 toxic everyday habits

We do so many things each day that are dangerous to our well-being – some we aren’t even aware of. Are you guilty of one or more of these health-sabotaging habits? (more…)
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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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