With warmer weather slowly settling in, it’s time to say goodbye to those grimy windows and mud-stained floors. But before you grab the rubber gloves and cleaning spray to tackle spring cleaning duties, check out these tips from the experts.
That cloth that comes with a new pair of glasses isn’t just great for eyewear, but can be used to clean smudges from your cell phone’s screen, suggests Luis Brea, a mobile electronics repair specialist at the mobile phone shop 1800fix.com. For extra cleaning power, apply a puff of LCD screen-cleaning spray to the cloth and wipe it along the screen, making sure to avoid the phone speaker. “A tiny drop of hand sanitizer on the cloth also works,” Brea adds.
To tackle extra-stubborn messes on laminate flooring, wipe surfaces with a mixture of one cup of white vinegar and one gallon of warm water, said Meg Roberts, president of Molly Maid. Make sure to change the water as it gets dirty. For best results, dry with a clean, dry microfiber mop, though you can let a barely damp floor
To condition or not to condition, to oil or not to oil – when it comes to your hair you’ll find all kinds of advice. Mothers’ will tell you to “oil your hair” while your hair dresser will recommend the new IT thing “hair spa, Moroccan oil, strengthening not rebonding and all.” Before you pick your choice of treatment, here are a few things you must know.
The first step in hair-care is your diet and the two most important things in your diet are iron and protein. The hair cells are the fastest growing cells in the body but they are also the first ones to be affected you don’t eat right or suffer with deficiencies because they are not required for survival.
Try and include iron-rich foods like leafy vegetables, fish, pumpkin seeds, beans, chickpea, soybeans and cereals in your diet. Doctors suggest that you consume around 12 mg of iron daily. You also need protein because that’s what strengthens your hair. Include complete proteins which are also rich in amino acids: like cheese, milk, soy, lentils, peas, quinoa and yogurt.
How to Maintain Healthy Hair: A Few Basic Tips
- It’s normal to lose 100 to 150 strands of hair a day
The world would have us believe that there are no simple and inexpensive natural beauty tips and tricks. What makes me say that? Well, did you know that the beauty industry is a nearly $300 BILLION dollar empire? And that the average woman spends about $15,00 on just makeup in her lifetime! (source) And according to a UK survey, women will spend well over a year of their life applying that makeup. (source) Ouch. That, of course, says nothing of the toxic chemicals so commonly found (with almost zero regulation) in beauty products. Yep. Seems like the world is telling us that we need to spend lots of time, lots of money, and risk our health to be beautiful. Don’t believe it. For starters, let’s get real about the idea of beauty. To me it’s about unmasking the real person, not covering it up. And there are lots of simple ways to thank your body, feel more beautiful, and not have to pay an arm and a leg for it. Here are just 10. They are easy. They are all
When is the last time you thought about your skin beyond worrying over a wrinkle or praying that a pimple would be gone before an important event? The reality is that your skin is far more than just a top layer to be washed, creamed and made up. Your skin is your body’s primary defense system against disease. As such, it might be time you treated it with more respect.
Skin: the basics
Your skin is your body’s largest organ. It provides a thin, yet very effective, barrier to billions of health threats (called pathogens) found in the world that would love nothing more than to sneak past your skin’s defenses and make you sick. But if you don’t take care of your skin on a daily basis, it may become dry, rough and chapped, providing an opening for pathogens that could harm your health.
Skin plays other roles in your overall health, as well. It helps keep you cool or warm, insulates you, stores energy and provides sensation through touch so you can interact with the outside world beyond what you see and hear.
Maintaining skin health
Numerous things in the environment are harmful to your skin. Environmental pollution, ultraviolent light (sunshine), extreme temperatures,
Making soup is almost as comforting as eating it—and having a pot of it simmering on the stove is one of my favourite parts of cooking during fall and winter. Here are thirteen simple tips to help make your already delicious homemade soup even better!
- Double your recipe: Soup recipes are easy to make in large batches, and are one of the most freezer-friendly dishes around. So, double up on ingredients, grab a larger pot and make two meals instead of one. (See tips on freezing below.)
- Sweat the vegetables: To make a good soup, you have to build flavours as you go. Vegetables like onion, garlic, celery and carrots—referred to as ‘aromatics’—are part of most soup recipes for this very reason, sautéed in oil or butter as a first step of flavour-making. Be sure they’re cooked long enough to be softened (and release their flavour) before moving on to the next step.
- Consider the cook time of each ingredient: A wee pea will cook much faster than a cube of carrot. Consider this and stagger the addition of vegetables so that they’re all finished cooking as close together as possible.
- Think spoon size: When chopping vegetables, think about how big you
You snack on fruit, count calories, and get some form of exercise most days. So when you step on that scale and the needle stays put, you wonder what the heck you’re doing wrong. Even with clean eating and good fitness habits, you may be making a few small mistakes that can lead to a plateau and derail your results. Here’s how to upgrade your already-healthy habits to finally reach your get-slim goal. (Snack AND lose weight with this box of Prevention-approved treats from Bestowed.)
- If you count calories… Determine the right intake for you.
Only 11% of Americans correctly estimate their ideal daily calorie requirements, according to one survey. The rest of us tend to overestimate, says Bonnie Taub-Dix, RD, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Let’s say you assume that consuming 2,000 calories per day will allow you to reach your target weight, but it really takes 1,800: Those extra 200 are enough to keep an additional 20 pounds on your frame.
Do it better: If 1,800 calories is your max, split it into three 500-calorie meals and one 300-calorie snack.
- If you’re consistently active… Rev your routine.
When you spend a few hours running errands,
Of course you want to cook a fresh, hot dinner for your family, but at the end of a long day, it’s a tough task to take on. Not only do you have to prep the food and cook the meal, you have to clean up afterwards! Don’t stress about how long cleaning up might take. Instead, check out these ten tips on keeping your kitchen clean when you cook. If you get it all done while you’re making the meal, you can relax after!
1. Start Fresh and Clean
Starting with a clean kitchen is a time saver. If you already have spills on the counter and dishes piled up in the sink, you won’t really be in the mood to cook a fresh meal. Make time to deep clean your kitchen one day, so you won’t have to clean as much every time you use it.
2. Pick the Right Spot
Where is the best place to cook? Do you have an island in your kitchen, so you have unobstructed counter space to prepare everything before turning around and dumping it in a pan? Or it might make sense to slice and dice right next to the sink, so you can clean the
You have a new tile floor, and it’s gleaming and gorgeous. Or maybe you have a 70-year-old checkerboard floor that could use some TLC. Either way, this list of tips can help you maintain your floor for years to come.
- This may be common sense, but dirt can easily scratch tile surfaces so it’s important to keep your floor clean by regularly sweeping or vacuuming it. A little preventative manintenance goes a long way.
- Mop once a week. For most floors, a solution of 1/4 cup of Castile soap (Like Dr. Bronner’s) and 2 gallons warm water will work. For marble floors, which can dull with the regular use of detergent, try a very diluted, mild solution of dishwashing soap and water.
- Another great cleaning solution, especially for greasy floors, is a mix of distilled white vinegar and warm water. Don’t use this solution on marble floors, however, since the vinegar will erode them.
- Make the grout look shiny and new. After mopping, make a paste of baking soda and water. Rub the paste into the grout using an old toothbrush (electric ones work great) and rinse off. If the stains are really bad, you can apply plain baking soda, add a bit of
Flossing your teeth every day can add a year to your life. Splitting your multivitamin in half boosts its benefits. These are just two of the super-easy—and incredibly effective—tips Mehmet Oz, M.D., recommends to his patients.
“I believe you should make healthy living a habit,” says Dr. Oz, director of the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and host of TV’s Dr. Oz Show. “That way you do what’s good for you automatically.” He walks the walk, with an energizing seven-minute yoga routine every morning and a belief that if he’s going to watch TV, he should exercise at the same time. Here, some of Dr. Oz’s favorite stay-well secrets, guaranteed to help you live a healthier life.
- Stretch! Morning is best for an energizing yoga-based workout that includes forward bends, reaching for the ceiling and push-ups, says Dr. Oz, who devotes seven minutes to yoga every morning. It helps focus the mind and provides an adrenaline boost.
- Take 10,000 steps. Walking elevates your mood, challenges your heart (the best way to keep it fit) and can even help reduce food cravings. Wear a pedometer and strive to take at least 10,000 steps a day, including one
When it comes to arthritis and diet, I’ve done my fair share of myth busting.
In truth, no magic diet is going to make your arthritis — whether it’s osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or another form — disappear. But as long as you’re realistic about your goals, paying attention to your diet can help ease your symptoms.
Here are a few examples.
Add the power of omega-3
When most people hear “omega-3,” they think of heart health. But these fatty acids have health benefits beyond the heart, including benefits for people with arthritis.
For example, past research has shown an anti-inflammatory effect from omega-3 fatty acids. And reducing inflammation can help you cut down on arthritis flare-ups.
If you want to add more omega-3s to your diet, good sources include wild salmon and other freshwater fish, flaxseed and olive oil. Speaking of olive oil, the high amount of omega-3s in the Mediterranean diet may be part of the reason experts tout it as a good option for people with arthritis.
On the other hand, you should limit your intake of omega-6 fatty acids. These fats are common in red meat and vegetable oils such as corn and sunflower oil. Unlike omega-3, omega-6 seems to actually boost inflammation rather