Give Your Feet the Pampering They Deserve

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By Monica Mendoza

feetFeet can take a lot of abuse. They bear your entire body weight and take you from place to place, so they should be given their own time to be pampered and cared for. Below are some of our top tips for keeping your toes in tip-top shape:

Keep them clean and dry

This seems like it should go without saying, but we’ll say it anyway. You wash your hands and keep them clean on a regular basis, so it should follow that the same should be done for your feet, especially since you only get to them maybe twice a day at most. Give them a thorough soaping and scrubbing the next time you’re in the shower and don’t get out without drying them properly. Moisture can attract bacteria that can wreak all sorts of havoc, so definitely consider using a separate towel just for your feet after your shower or bath.

Use an exfoliate

Exfoliating doesn’t have to be limited to just your face. If you want baby-soft, smooth skin all over, you shouldn’t leave the rest of your body out of it. Dead skin cells and dirt can also accumulate on the surface of your feet, so it’s a good idea to scrub them away periodically. Exfoliating also helps reduce calluses and control peeling.

To bring out revitalized skin, we like to use Innisfree’s Perfect Fresh Foot Scrub Wash for sloughing off. This product contains lemon balm, mint extracts, and lemon mint scent, which will not only relax your feet but also leave you feeling refreshed.

Give them a break

One of the best ways to relieve sore feet after a long day is something as simple as putting them up. This is because elevating your feet helps improve blood circulation and provides instant soothing. You can further reduce your stress levels by going for a foot massage session or doing it yourself. Use a hydrating moisturizer to moisturize and soften your feet while getting your pampering on. When you can help it, go barefoot — it’s actually healthy for feet to not be constrained by shoes sometimes. Your feet will also thank you immensely if you keep off the high heels for a while. If you can’t live without them, at least alternate them with flat shoes that are just as sophisticated and pretty.

Give yourself a pedicure

An at-home pedicure is one of the best ways to pamper your feet and keep them flip-flop ready. Start with a relaxing foot soak by dipping your feet into a washbasin full of warm water. You can add your choice of bath salts, your favorite foot soak mix, or add a few drops of pure essential oil for the scent and softening effect. Pat dry, then cut your nails with a clipper, taking care not to go too deep into the corners. Buff the nails with a soft brush to remove dirt and grime, then follow up with a couple of coats of your favorite nail polish. Don’t forget to moisturize when you’re done!

Just by taking a few minutes out every day to take care of your feet, you can do them a world of good. What’s relaxing for your feet can also be relaxing for you, so go ahead and give your tootsies some love!

How To Cope After A Traumatic Experience

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By Veselina Dzhingarova

womanAt one stage of your life or another, something serious may happen that leaves a mark on your mental health. It’s an inevitable part of life and traumatic events happen to everyone. Whether it be the death of a family member, an accident or a robbery, traumatic events could have serious consequences on the functioning of our brains if not properly addressed.

These mental, physical and emotional effects often last for a long time and can lead to PTSD, depression and a variety of other problems. But with adequate support systems, methods and time, you can learn to alleviate these issues and put them in the past where they belong, allowing you to continue living a happy and healthy life.

Group Therapy

Support groups are popular for a reason; they’re effective and allow you to confide within those who have shared a similar experience to yours. Find one in your local area and ask if you can join. These types of groups are usually freely open to anyone and can greatly benefit your mental health if you participate. Local groups are a great choice if you don’t have any close family or friends that you’re comfortable speaking to or if they don’t understand how you feel.

If your family or friends were involved in the traumatic incident, speaking to them would prove highly beneficial for both parties. Not only do you get to discuss the issue and find ways to move past it yourself, but you also give your family/friends a chance to share their thoughts.

If you’re not convinced that this is one of the best options available, it’s worth finding out the benefits of group therapy.

Relax and Focus on Yourself

If the event happened recently, take a moment to inhale a few deep breaths and calm your body. This will relieve muscle tension and ease your mind. Be sure to take deep breaths through your nose and hold them in your belly before exhaling through your mouth.

After you’ve calmed down, focus on being mindful and aware of the present. Assess how you feel, what you’re doing, who you’re with and where you are. Focusing on the now will help your mind move away from the past. From here, it’s advisable to try some meditation to further relax your body and mind on a daily basis.

Get Active

What if you could cope with trauma and improve your body at the same time? This is surprisingly easy to do. Simply join a local running, exercise, yoga or sports group and give it your all. Physical movement does a great job at relieving built-up tension and stress derived from trauma.

This is much healthier and beneficial to you in the long term than lying in bed and you’ll see the benefits as time progresses.

It should be clear by now that coping after a traumatic event is a fairly simple and straightforward process that anyone can follow. How did you cope? Let us know in the comments down below.

Weight Loss: Leading A Healthy Life

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By Matt Bailey


There are thousands of techniques and recipes available to lose and maintain weight. One must maintain a persistent approach along with being up-to-date on contemporary weight loss research.

If the goal is to lose those extra pounds, an overall routine is needed, not just a diet plan only. The proposed routine should cover the following areas:

  • A balanced diet
  • A regular workout routine
  • A minimized amount of stress

While many deal with stress, it is important to try to adopt as many positive routines as possible. Getting adjusted to a new routine can be difficult but the results are worth the transition. Consulting a nutritionists to create a diet plan and the right application of proposed schedule provides the knowledge necessary to succeed.

Turn the TV Off

A new study revealed that eating dinner while watching TV can add up to 40% extra calories than normal dinner, as does snacking while driving or texting. These are all distractions that can lead to mindless eating.

Step on the Scale!

In order to track progress, checking weight is important but not crucial. It will help to better manage ideal weight. It’s an indicator of how to alter diet and exercise habits.


As nutritionists have now concluded, it is better to have healthy snacks throughout the day rather than lots of junk food later. The best choice will be filling, protein-enriched snacks such as a piece of fruit, or a medium-size bowl of cucumber and cauliflower with 1 T peanut butter.

Drink Water Before Meal

It is widely acclaimed that drinking excessive water regularly and drinking water before eating meals helps to lose weight. It augments metabolism up to 30% in one to 1.5 hours, and triggers the calorie burning process rather effectively.

A recent study revealed that drinking 500ml of water a half an hour before eating will work to eat fewer calories and likely to lose 44% more weight.

applescaleDrink Black Coffee

  • Excellent quality coffee is full of antioxidants, and offers many health benefits, particularly if taken black.
  • Research revealed that the caffeine help enhances metabolism up to 11%, and add fat flaming up to 29%.
  • Sugar can make coffee unhealthy. Avoid sugar or calorie rich creamers.

Drink Green Tea

  • It is widely accepted that Green Tea offers numerous health benefits including antioxidants among others.
  • Green tea contains small sums of caffeine, but also includes an antioxidant called Catechins, which works synergistically with the caffeine to enhance fat burning.

Cook with Coconut Oil

  • Coconut oil is protein-enriched and a healthy cooking oil. It is high in fats called Medium Chain Triglycerides that metabolize differently compared to other fats.
  • Coconut oil fat helps boost metabolism by 120 calories a day in addition to diminishing hunger.
  • However, it is not suggested to add coconut oil on top of what is already being consumed.

Aerobics and Other Workouts

  • Doing Aerobics, cycling, swimming or weightlifting workouts, is something extra to burn calories and perk up bodily and mental health.
  • Workouts help get rid of belly fat, along with dissolving extra fat that is likely to build up around organs and cause some health issues later on.

Sleep Better

Though 8 hours of sleep is considered ideal, if required, extended it a little bit. Studies revealed that a well-rested individual is less prone to snacking due to exhaustion or stress. However, too much rest could have the opposite effect.


There are many ways to bring change to physical well-being. Being educated about fitness and nutrition is the most important factor in weight loss and maintenance.

– Matt Bailey is a noted writer, content marketer and Social Strategist at Find a best Local Doctor by Specialty and Insurance.

Project ACES Day Announced

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kidsjumpingJoin the world’s largest exercise class this May…..The 30th annual Project ACES global event will occur at 10 AM local time, Wednesday, May 2, 2018. It will be celebrated during May which is National Physical Fitness & Sports month.

On May 2nd, 2018 at 10 AM, all the children will either exercise, walk, jog, bike, dance, do aerobics, or a combination or all the above. Each school organizes its own participation assembly for the 15-45 minutes the program runs. There is no specific routine to follow, just have the children do some form of exercise at 10 AM. Feel free to be as creative as you would like. Many schools choose to invite local celebrities to the event and play music to accompany the activities. Organizers of local events can choose to get the whole school involved, or just selected classes. The majority of schools will get the entire school population outside on to a play field, put on music, and have everyone in the school have some fun by moving and exercising together.

If it rains, have a backup plan. Some schools have the student body go to the gym and do aerobics and calisthenics. Another option if it rains is to pump music over the PA system, and have the classes exercise in their classrooms. Invite the local media to cover the event. The children will love to see themselves in the newspapers or on TV. Proclamations from the Mayor’s and/or Governor’s office may also be read.

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Common Disabilities That Qualify For SSDI And SSI Benefits

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By Katherine Smith

doctorImproving quality of life is a huge component of our overall health. That can be difficult to do if you have a disability. In addition to overcoming the day-to-day limitations of a disability, it can be difficult to find work. Being unable to earn a living only adds to the stress, which negatively impacts health on many levels.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are federal programs that provide assistance to people in need. Only ailments listed on the Social Security Disability list of impairments (also called the blue book) are eligible. In some cases, conditions that are not listed may also qualify for SSDI or SSI benefits.

It should be noted that qualifying for disability benefits is often a complicated process. Simply having a disability often isn’t enough to qualify. It may be beneficial to get help from an SSD specialist. Organizations like Myler Disability can provide assistance during the application process to minimize the chance of being denied.

Data from the Social Security Administration (SSA) has shown roughly 50% of SSD applications are denied. However, you have the right to appeal the decision. If the wellbeing of your family hinges on the ability to get benefits, it’s a good idea to exercise this right.

Conditions That Qualify for SSDI and SSI Benefits

Generally speaking, you must have a medical condition that prevents you from being able to find and secure a job. Even after receiving benefits, recipients are encouraged to continue looking for employment and earning an independent income.

Musculoskeletal Problems

This is a fairly broad category that includes conditions affecting the joints, bones and back. Given that back pain is one of the most common medical problems in the U.S., it’s no surprise that musculoskeletal problems are the most common condition among benefit recipients.

Injuries to the spine that affect the ability to move are also included in this category. Amputation is another eligible condition, but typically only if it’s a double amputation.

Mental Disorders

In 2016, mental disorders were the second most common condition covered by disability benefits. In total, 26.3% of disabled workers receive benefits due to a mental disorder. Some of the most common eligible mental disorders include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Schizophrenia

Substance abuse disorders are another qualifying condition that has become more common. The effects of the opioid epidemic can clearly be seen in reports from the SSA. Many states with the highest percentage of workers who receive disability benefits also have the highest rates of drug overdose deaths.

Circulatory System Conditions

Circulatory system problems are also eligible for the disability programs. Conditions that affect the heart often come with a number of debilitating side effects. Cardiovascular impairment can also make physical activity difficult or even dangerous.

Chronic heart failure is a common circulatory system condition. Benefits are also awarded to those who have myocardial ischemia, syncope, central cyanosis, vein disorders and artery disorders.

Sense Organ Disability

A sense organ disability is a condition that impairs one or more senses. The most common conditions are:

  • Vision Loss
  • Hearing Loss
  • Loss of Speech

While those are three of the conditions covered, there are many more that may qualify and total loss is not always necessary.

Nervous System Conditions

A number of nervous system conditions are eligible for SSDI and SSI benefits. Some ailments make it difficult for people to concentrate and carry out cognitive tasks. Others like multiple sclerosis (MS) cause severe pain and fatigue.

Often these types of condition only qualify when they are advanced and producing significant side effects.


Some types of cancer also qualify for disability benefits. All cancers that are considered malignant neoplastic diseases fall into this category. When a person with cancer applies for benefits four things are considered:

  • The origin of the cancer
  • How widespread the cancer is
  • How aggressive the cancer is and response to anticancer therapy
  • Side effects of cancer treatment

Cancer patients need a lot of medical documentation to file an application. The analysts reviewing the application will want detailed information from the pathology report and documents on all treatments received to date.