Tips on Removing Orange Stains from your Shower Curtains

If you’ve always worried about how to deal with stubborn yellow stains on your bathroom curtains, it’s normal—and it’s a shared problem—because the shower is one of the few places we can never avoid for so long. No matter how much you hate germs, sickness and diseases, taking a break for that soothing dip in your bathtub, sometimes, looks like the only solution to body pain and problems from your daily life challenges.

Nonetheless, medical experts tell us that some we need some kind and number of bacteria to stay safe. Contradictory as some health tips from doctors may be, I personally find orange stains a turnoff when I sight them anywhere in my bathroom. True. I hate sharing my personal space with bacteria. Not that I suffer from some kind of phobia or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), but you wouldn’t like to experience the home cleaning pains I suffered shortly after my wedding and relocation to our new home in Oregon.

It was barely two months in the apartment when we kicked off our tour of the states and, exactly one month later, our return marked the beginning of my sorrows. My husband wanted us to call in a home cleaning company but I declined—to prove myself a “real woman” with good knowledge of how to clean orange stains from shower curtains. I was totally wrong about it.

‘Sweetheart, I can be a city girl but I grew up doing almost everything your grandma believes modern day American women hate so much…Doing laundry is one of them.’

‘Oh, wow!’ He replied, admiring me in appreciation. I never knew what he had on his mind but, obviously, it was positive and inspiring.

I picked up the shower curtains, dumped them in the machines and washed for some minutes. When it was dry and ready for pick-up, all I wanted was to stir in the washing machine, grab our sparkling shower curtains, and brag about my homely nature, cleanliness and washing skills—at least, in my head. I expected to hear my husband showering praise on his beloved wife after seeing the clothing but, alas, the disappointment was more than I could contain.

‘Don’t worry about that, my love,’ he said, ‘I’ve always known such orange stains to be stubborn…My grandma actually has a trick with them.’

‘Really. You know how to clean off these taunting microbes?’

He appreciated my efforts and eventually taught me the secrets of removing orange stains from shower curtains. I love to learn, especially from those with better knowledge than myself. There’s no shame in it at all. Now cleaning stubborn bathroom stains with common household items is a chore I enjoy so much. You too can share in my wealth of experience, particularly if you understand that your hygiene level tells a lot about your personality.

The personal hygiene concepts

I am one of those people who dislike dirty environments—not just because they are appalling—but for the fact that I get goose bumps staring at them. It’s simply gross and nauseating, don’t you agree? Good personal hygiene can extend your lifespan. Likewise, living in unkempt places and taking your bath in mouldy and stuffy bathrooms pose huge threats to your survivability. Orange stains on your shower curtains aren’t good for your health.

Tips on removing orange stains

Orange stains are found in many places around the bathroom. The number of microorganisms multiply in large numbers on daily basis. However, your diligence and cleaning experience will help reduce or completely eliminate more growth—at least, for a longer period. These are some of the easiest ways to eradicate bacteria growth on your shower curtains:

Go get your lemon juice, bleach, salt and vinegar because you need one or all of them to kill as many germs as are available in your bathroom. The liquid chemical is effective as a home cleaning agent and is specifically made for removing stubborn stains. Professionals in the field thus suggest the following:

  1. Get a little quantity of lemon juice and splash or sprinkle it around the stained area. Some people prefer adding it to their cold, warm or hot water to be used for handwashing the shower curtains.
  2. You may use vinegar, instead. It also acts as a strong and effective cleaning agent. Douse it around the stained area, wait for few minutes, and soak it in water (cold, warm or hot).
  3. Add salt to the wet areas and watch how it absorbs the stains.
  4. Take more salt and brush up the stains. It acts as a safe abrasive.
  5. Use brush for a thorough scrub and rinse in hot, soapy water for a perfect wash.
  6. Your clean shower curtains are clean and ready to be spread indoors or outside.
  7. Alternatively, you can skip the previous steps and use a chlorine-based cleaner. Start with wearing rubber gloves, which is necessary for swishing your fabric in water, especially for those with sensitive skin.
  8. Soak the curtains in, preferably, hot water. Make sure that you drop the bottom first because that part is always the worst stained.
  9. Immerse the materials in water and soak for about 20 or 30 minutes.
  10. Wash it off.
  11. Repeat this process.
  12. Proceed to your washing machine. Add some towels to reduce the hard pressure from your fabric-cleaning technology. The soft, thick materials help preserve and rejuvenate your bathroom curtains.
  13. Viola! Take out your clothing to experience the unbelievable magic of chlorine bleach.

Washing off the orange stains on your shower curtains with household items is one of the best, safest, cheap and non-toxic ways. It is simple as well as easy to learn. You just need to give it a try.

Importantly, you must carefully check the fabric tags to know they are machine-washables.

Whether you are handwashing the bathroom curtains or using a washing machine, it is advisable that you apply caution because washing gently preserves your clothing quality.

Cause of orange stains on shower curtains

Most microbes thrive in water and those orange stains contain lots of disease-causing germs than you can ever imagine. For example, a mixture of water and soap suds on the shower curtains dries up after some time, but not without forming mould, which eventually expands in strength, size and colour if left uncleaned for a longer period. This makes it harder to remove except with effective cleaning methods discussed above. And when the rot comes in contact with your delicate skin, it causes infectious diseases.

Protection

To protect your shower curtains from orange stains and safeguard your health as well as those of your loved ones, you should try the washing methods once every mont

The truth about HIV rate in Nigeria

The preliminary results of one of the largest HIV surveys ever undertaken suggest the disease could be just half as prevalent in Nigeria as previously thought.

Africa’s most populous country had already been marked as successful in reducing its rate from 3.7 percent in 2002 to 2.8 percent in 2017, according to estimates from the United Nations’ dedicated agency UNAIDS.

“The results … still indicate that Nigeria has one of the largest HIV epidemics in the world but the data provides a much better understanding of the epidemic that will permit a more effective and efficient provision of services.”

— UNAIDS spokesperson

But the recently released preliminary results of the Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey, or NAIIS — which cost about $100 million, involved 185 survey teams, and covered more than 200,000 people — show the national HIV prevalence as 1.4 percent among adults aged 15–49 years.

The survey was led by the government of Nigeria, and funded by the United States and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

It suggests there are 1.9 million people under the age of 64 living with HIV in Nigeria — a 40 percent reduction from the country’s official national HIV prevalence estimates for 2017.

Those involved in the project say it is more accurate than previous surveys, since it is based on an expanded surveillance system and a revised and enhanced methodology.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari said in a statement that the result reflected the progress Nigeria has made in scaling up HIV treatment and prevention services in recent years, claiming that “the end of AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 is truly in sight for our country.”

Advocates also say the new data will allow Nigeria to better target its HIV interventions in pursuit of the 90–90–90 goals set by UNAIDS and its partners. The goals are: to diagnose 90 percent of all HIV-positive people; to provide antiretroviral therapy for 90 percent of those diagnosed; and to achieve viral suppression for 90 percent of those treated by 2020.

The new results show that among adults living with HIV who have access to treatment, 42.3 percent have achieved viral suppression — when the HIV load is lowered to undetectable levels.

But they also show that women are more at risk than men. In particular, women in their early 20s are four times more likely to have HIV than men of the same age.

Why the numbers are improving

UNAIDS attributed the developments to a constellation of actions that have had a cumulative effect.

“The number of sites providing treatment has more than tripled, the number of sites providing services to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV has increased eightfold, and the number of HIV counselling and testing sites has increased fourfold. A total of 11.3 million adults were counselled and tested for HIV in 2016, four times as many as in 2012,” the agency said in a statement.

The U.S. government, which is actively involved in the country’s various HIV programs, also lauded the progress suggested by the results. “The encouraging results … will help Nigeria to intensify efforts in the fight against HIV/AIDS to achieve epidemic control,” said Mahesh Swaminathan, Nigeria country director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But several experts added that the results should be interpreted with caution. Alfred Dede, a team lead manager at NAIIS, said the figures are estimates based on sample populations used to extrapolate for the entire country. While this is a scientifically acceptable method, it has limits. For example, he said, “in one state, due to the fact that mapping and listing were done by the National Population Commission, which already has its enumeration area and map, the survey may have been carried out in areas where prevalence and incidence [are] next to zero. Cluster sampling has its flaws.”

One major concern is the survey’s apparent silence on Nigeria’s key populations — those most at risk of HIV infection, including men who have sex with men, sex workers, and people who inject drugs.

For example, about 25 percent of gay men in Nigeria are HIV positive but due to laws against same-sex relationships and frequent discrimination, they often struggle to access treatment. Onyekachi Onumara, senior officer at the Rural Health Foundation, told Devex.com that experience in the field suggested the HIV infection rate among this group has not slowed. “We are still recording high numbers of new cases,” he said.

NAIIS field workers said that although some members of key populations were likely covered by the survey, they were not specifically targeted. Advocates argued that some groups in particular — such as brothel-based sex workers — are unlikely to have been reached and that others from vulnerable groups may have held back from revealing their HIV status to field researchers.

UNAIDS, however, told Devex that further analysis of the data would provide a clearer picture.

“These are only preliminary results of the survey — once there has been more analysis of the data, there will be a better understanding of how the epidemic is affecting different segments of the population, including key populations who were included in the survey,” a spokesperson told Devex.

And the director-general of Nigeria’s National Agency for the Control of AIDS, Dr. Sani Aliyu, said the agency has a separate key population size estimate survey that will complement the NAIIS and triangulate the data available “to give us more robust estimates of key population prevalence.”

What’s next?

Some HIV care providers worry the results could give donors the impression that the situation in Nigeria is under control and accelerate a gradual reduction in funds, which had already been a concern.

UNAIDS said this would not be the case. “The results of this survey still indicate that Nigeria has one of the largest HIV epidemics in the world but the data provides a much better understanding of the epidemic that will permit a more effective and efficient provision of services to people and places in greatest need,” the spokesperson said.

Aliyu added that — now success is in sight — stakeholders need to come together and identify funding streams that will increase the number of people on treatment.

“The NAIIS survey showed that our country’s epidemic is half the size we previously expected. Therefore the resources required to reach the 90-90-90 are far less than we estimated,” he told Devex, adding that local authorities should study the results to inform new strategies.

For President Buhari, the NAIIS result should spur players not to relent but to increase momentum.

“Let us work collectively and push for the last mile,” he said.

Simple ways to improve your health

Lifestyle choices affect cardiovascular, psychological, nutritional, skeletal and neurological health, notes the National Health Service.

For example, smoking and drinking alcohol in excess both lead to stroke, heart disease and cancer. Eating a poor diet that is overly-processed and lacks nutritive quality leads to obesity, malnutrition, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Living a sedentary lifestyle leads to many of the same dangerous outcomes and increases the risk of death substantially.

Making healthy lifestyle choices can prolong a person’s lifespan and helps to avoid many serious forms of illness. Eating several servings of fresh fruits and vegetables each day along with fibrous legumes bolsters the immune system so that it is able to fight off diseases more efficiently. Probiotics found in living cultures, such as yogurt and unfermented sauerkraut, strengthen the digestive system and ward off several forms of disease known to affect the gut.

Avoiding foods that are high in saturated fats, sodium, processed chemicals, trans fats and added sugars is recommended to keep the body clear of harmful substances so that it can function efficiently. Remaining physically active and engaging in several hours of exercise each week is key for both improving cardiovascular health and maintaining a balanced emotional and psychological vitality.

Long work hours and risk of depression in women

Working for over 55 hours a week is linked to heightened depression in women, suggests an observational study published online in the Journal of Epidemiology Community Health.

Furthermore, the study found that working during weekends is associated with an increased risk in both sexes.

Recent times have seen the need to work outside standard ‘office’ hours–a factor that has been associated with poorer physical health. However, the potential impact on mental health is less well known.

To elucidate further on this point, the researchers drew on data from Understanding Society, the UK Household Longitudinal Study (UKHLS).

Depressive symptoms were measured using a validated general health questionnaire (GHQ-12). Using the standard working week of 35 to 40 hours as a reference, working weeks were categorized as fewer than 35 to include part-time employees; 41-55 (long working hours); and 55 and above (extra long working hours).

The researchers factored in several potentially influential contributors: age; marital status; parenthood; earnings and satisfaction with them; long term health conditions; job type and satisfaction with it; degree of control; and qualifications.

Generally, older workers, smokers, and those who earned the least and who had the least job control were more depressed. And this applied to both sexes.

However, gender differences in working patterns were evident. Men tended to work longer hours than women, with almost half clocking up more than the standard quota compared with fewer than one in four women. And nearly half of the women worked part time compared with just one in seven (15 per cent) men.

Married women who were also parents tended not to work longer hours, but the opposite was true of married fathers and over two thirds of men worked weekends compared with around half the women.

There was no difference in the number of depressive symptoms between men who put in fewer or more hours than the standard working week, or who worked weekends.

However, weekend working was associated with significantly more depressive symptoms among men when work conditions were accounted for; among women, depressive symptoms were associated with the number of weekends worked.

Furthermore, women who worked 55 or more hours a week and/or who worked most/every weekend had the worst mental health of all, with significantly more depressive symptoms than women working standard hours.

“Such jobs, when combined with frequent or complex interactions with the public or clients, have been linked to higher levels of depression,” they wrote, suggesting,

“Our findings of more depressive symptoms among women working extra long hours might also be explained by the potential double burden experienced by women when their long hours in paid work are added on their time in domestic labour.”

“Previous studies have found that once unpaid housework and caring is accounted for, women work longer than men, on average, and that this has been linked to poorer physical health,” they added.

The researchers concluded, “Our findings should encourage employers and policy makers to consider interventions aimed at reducing women’s burdens without restricting their full participation in the workforce, and at improving psychosocial work conditions.”

65-year-old billionaire dies during penis enlargement operation

A billionaire diamond trader has died during a penis enlargement operation at a posh Parisian clinic, it was reported.

Ehud Arye Laniado died at the age of 65 in the clinic of an unnamed plastic surgeon on the Avenue des Champs-Elysees in the French capital. Doctor’s report confirmed he died of a heart attack.

According to local media, complications during surgery proved fatal for the Belgian-Israeli dual national and he suffered a heart attack when a substance was injected into his penis.

His company — Omega Diamonds — confirmed his death.

They said: “Farewell to a visionary businessman. It is with great sadness that we confirm that our founder Ehud Arye Laniado has passed away.

“After living an exceptional life Ehud will be brought back home to Israel as his final resting place. He will be dearly missed by us all.”

The company added: “The Argentinean: That is what we used to call him at Omega Diamonds because he looked like a Tango dancer.”

Ehud began his career as a masseuse in Tel Aviv and then found his fortune in Africa where he developed a keen eye for priceless gems.

The billionaire, whose exact fortune is not publicly known, got in trouble with the authorities in 2013.

He faced claim for 4 billion British pounds (approx. $5.2 billion) from the Belgian authorities for tax evasion on diamonds illegally imported from Congo and Angola, Belgian’s GVA reported.

Laniado reportedly prevented a tax evasion trial by agreeing to pay 137.7 pounds.

However, the Belgian customs office suspected him of lying or giving incomplete information about some of the diamonds imported from Angola and Congo and still claimed 4 billion pounds as well as a 1.7 million pounds (approx. $2.2 billion) fine.

Even though two courts dismissed the Belgian customs office’s claim, an appeals court ordered a new trial with Laniado due to appear in court on March 14.

According to media reports, Laniado suffered from a so-called Napoleon complex due his short stature.

An old friend of Laniado said that he [the deceased] “always focused on his appearance and how others perceived him.”

According to Laniado’s friends, the only time he forgot about his short height was when he asked his accountant to read out his bank statement, something which he did multiple times a day, it was reported.

Laniado owned the most expensive penthouse in Monaco worth over 30 million pounds (approx. $39.4 million) as well as a house in the plush L.A. suburb of Bel Air, where he loved to drink bottles of Chateau Margaux with models and celebrities.

According to local media, Laniado did not go to university and he started off his career as a masseuse at the Hilton hotel in Tel Aviv.

How to stop being an unfaithful Christian

Grumpiness characterizes some personality types more than it does others.

Some people are born with sunny dispositions and always see the glass half full. Others seem to be grumpy from birth, seeing every glass nearly empty—and who drank it anyway? Unfortunately, even after some grumpy people become Christians, they bring their grumpiness with them. Since they have always been this way, they often believe grumpiness is an integral part of who they are rather than a flaw that needs to be changed.

Other Christians may have been happy earlier in life but find themselves being grumpier as they get older. Reasons for grumpiness vary, but life does take its toll. For those who recognize that perpetual grumpiness is at odds with the joy of the Lord (Acts 13:52Galatians 5:22Romans 14:17), there are some practical steps to change their attitude:

1. Recognize that continual grumpiness is sin. Consider negative personality traits to be like barnacles on the hull of a boat. Barnacles are the bane of boat owners because the little crustaceans cluster by the thousands, increasing drag and decreasing a boat’s fuel efficiency. Barnacles are also notoriously difficult to remove. Sins of the personality, such as grumpiness, are like that. They attach themselves to our lives, weighing us down and keeping us from experiencing all that it means to “walk by the Spirit” (Galatians 5:1625). The grumpy Christian needs to resist shrugging off the problem by saying things like, “That’s how I’ve always been” or “It’s too difficult to change.” Jesus paid too high a price to free us from our old ways for us to choose to remain enslaved (Romans 6:1–4).

2. Confess grumpiness as sin every time it manifests itself (1 John 1:9). Grumpiness becomes a habit that others see more readily than we do; many grumpy Christians don’t even realize when they’re being grumpy. In order to overcome a grumpy mood, we must agree with God about it. Jesus was never grumpy or cross, despite all that He faced and the cross that He bore (see Luke 10:21). Neither does grumpiness belong in the life of His followers (Romans 8:29). When we begin taking note of the way we respond to certain situations, we can become aware of how we come across to others. If we develop the habit of confessing grumpiness as sin every time we notice it, we become even more sensitive to it, and we can ask God for help in changing our old ways.

3. Thank the Lord for every good gift He has given (James 1:17). A grateful heart is a happy heart. Grumpiness and thanksgiving cannot co-exist. Choose to “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

Perpetually grumpy people are so focused on what is not right that they overlook what is right.

A grumpy Christian may be helped by starting a thankfulness journal. In the journal, record one thing each day that you can be grateful for. Then, when grumpiness sets in, change your focus by reading the journal and reminding yourself of God’s unending goodness.

4. Take a breather. When you find yourself getting grumpy, take a break. Even if it’s just for a few seconds, giving yourself time to step back and reevaluate things is helpful. If you have the time, spend your break praying, reading the Bible, or listening to worshipful music that uplifts Christ. Eat a healthy snack. Find a mirror and check your facial expression. Smile.

5. Identify the areas that contribute to grumpiness. Find the source of the grumpiness, and you can more directly deal with it. Often, grumpy people are attracted to information and people who encourage their grumpiness. They feast on negative news, seek the company of negative people, and listen to discouraging music. Overcoming an attitude of negativity requires that we stop feeding it. We have the responsibility to guard our hearts (Proverbs 4:23). It helps to filter all entertainment and outside information through this sentence: “Does this lift up my heart in praise to God or pull it down into anger and depression?”

A Christian prone to grumpiness can handle it in the same way we overcome any negative trait. We recognize it as sin, ask God’s help in changing, and take action to create a new normal. The reward is a happier outlook, a closer relationship with God, and spiritual growth that will benefit everyone around us.

How to attract love from people, even your sworn enemies

2019 is a year of self-motivation, personal development and prosperity. The focus is still on New Year’s resolutions and understanding how to continually leverage your own drives by adopting new habits that aid attainment of your goals.

This makes February the ideal time to consider how a better understanding of the motivations of others is both a more positive and empathetic way of navigating life. It also significantly increases your own ability to achieve desired outcomes.

That’s because when we appreciate the motivations of others, we can more effectively navigate potentially difficult conversations and propose solutions that can more easily be agreed upon, all with a greater sense of mutual satisfaction.

Objectively, motivation is an amazing and almost spiritual concept. It’s the force that keeps us going and the drive behind why we do what we do, when and how we do it.

Researchers and business experts offer numerous theories, including those grounded in biological, social, emotional, or cognitive foundations to explain the source, maintenance, and channeling of motivation.

Since understanding the source of our own motivations is so difficult, considering its application in the choices of someone else can seem daunting. Ideally, there would be lots of time and information to inform your “motivation audit.” Here’s how–even at a moment’s notice–you can be more deliberate, intentional, and effective when considering the motivation of others.

PRIORITIZE DOING IT

Whether it’s a critical team discussion or an awkward conversation with a roommate, much of our emotional and mental preparation is focused on our own agenda. We define what we want from the encounter, and then justify why our outcome is warranted.

“In order to find the win-win sweet spot that is at the crux of abundant thinking,” says Katia Verresen, “we need to bend our mind to truly understand the motivations of those around the table.” Equally important, adds the CEO and founder of KVA Leadership, are those who may not be around the table but impact the decision.

“I typically have clients draw a power map of all those involved, write down their needs and motivation, the ‘why’ for each one,” explains Verresen. “This encourages a better understanding of each person’s perspective and enables them to track the flow of discussion, and deliberately influence for a greater win-win result.”

CHECK YOURSELF

The authors of the book Blind Spot: The Hidden Biases of Good People argue that between 80% to 90% of our mind works unconsciously. In just the past decade, there have been over 1,000 studies that conclusively show that despite our best intentions, our perceptions are all impacted by our bias.

That’s why, in order to effectively and objectively consider the motivations of others, we have to do our best to mitigate the impact of our biases.

“When it comes to checking your own bias in or before an exchange, ask yourself, why you are asking these questions, and would you ask these questions universally?” suggests Lisa Mattam, who prior to founding Sahajan, an Ayurvedic skin care brand, led a global consulting firm focused on diversity, inclusion, and unconscious bias. And if not, she posits, then consider what is informing the line of conversation or curiosity.

REALLY LISTEN

“Listening is hard because we’re often consumed with ourselves,” says Hal Gregersen, executive director of the MIT Leadership Center. “Unfortunately with the hectic, chaotic, complicated pace of work life today, people are even more committed to getting their own agenda accomplished,” he observes. However, understanding starts with really listening.

I cultivated my own listening superpowers while researching two nonfiction books that collectively involved over 800 interviews, said Reva of Fast Company. I wrote down everything that was said so I could go back over my notes, which included observations on body language and tone, along with their verbatim remarks to make sure I was getting what people were actually saying, not just my perception of the conversation.

TAKE A BIG-PICTURE LOOK

Understanding another person’s motivations includes considering what they are deliberately not sharing, as well as what may be unconsciously influencing them.

To really engage individuals with philanthropy, for example, it’s important to understand their motivations for giving. Colin Hennigar, vice president of Major Gifts at the SickKids Foundation, says, “Those could include recognition, leaving a legacy, donating in honor of someone, or being part of something that is bigger than they could do alone.”

“I personally like to know a bit about the donor I’m meeting for the first time,” explains Hennigar, “but I also have a list of questions, the answers of which I use to understand their motivations and curate the donor’s experience with the hospital. The most important skills are observing and listening, which ultimately lead to building a trusting and meaningful relationship with a donor.”

LOOK FOR A WIN-WIN

“The cliché Hollywood portrayal of combative negotiations often leads to bad outcomes,” says Seth Rosenberg, an investor at Greylock Partners. “Be transparent if you want to increase your ability to arrive at a win-win,” he says.

Rosenberg cites a classic business-school case study in which two teams need to negotiate over the distribution of oranges. “If you start with bartering over oranges,” he says, “neither team wins.” By sharing information instead, Rosenberg points out, “you realize that one team only needs the peel and the other one the juice–and you have a deal.”

FIND WHAT YOU HAVE IN COMMON

Finding common ground is a great way to establish the kind of connection that will help you achieve what you set out to do.

“You’d be hard pressed to find a person that I’ve negotiated with in this city who hasn’t heard about one of my travel stories or my favorite places to dive,” says Jennifer Stojkovic, executive director at sf.citi, a San Francisco initiative for technology and social responsibility.

Stojkovic believes that contrary to much of the business-focused advice you often hear, showing a more personal, emotional side of yourself helps you build a deeper connection with the other person. “They may not agree with you or even remember the details of your negotiation,” she says, “but they won’t forget how you made them feel when you told them a great story or gave them a big laugh.”

Elle Macpherson reveals her beauty secret

 

Elle Macpherson has to get a “solid seven hours” of sleep a night.

The 54-year-old model believes getting a good night’s rest improves her complexion as it increases the body’s metabolic rate which encourages skin cells to repair themselves and insisted that any sun damage or “toxic overload” from late nights can be helped by getting enough sleep.

Image: Elle Macpherson

In an interview with Get The Gloss, she said: “A good night’s sleep is a must! I have learned to be a better sleeper in recent years and am a solid seven-hours-a-night girl now.

“We need our beauty sleep, it’s a scientific fact. I learned from my nutritional doctor Dr Simone Laubscher PhD, that the outer or top layer of our skin comprises tightly-packed dead skin cells which are constantly shed throughout the day.

“During deep sleep, the skin’s metabolic rate speeds up, which helps with repair. Whether it’s damage from factors such as ultraviolet rays or internal toxic overload from too many late nights, we really do need our ‘beauty sleep’.”

The blonde beauty is the owner of plant-based health and beauty brand, Welleco, and suggested her line’s Calming Mist if you have trouble falling asleep at night.

She said: “For quality beauty sleep, I brew a pot of Welleco Sleep Well Calming tea and spritz my pillows with Sleep Welle Calming Mist.

“The lavender scent really adds to the sense of calm I try to create before bed. If I still have trouble calming my mind, I lie on my back, place my feet up the wall, and stretch my arms (like the yoga pose viparita karani – ‘legs up the wall’ pose.)

“It has an immediate meditative effect on me. All I need is five minutes like that and I’m calm and ready for sleep.”

Do you really need an electric scooter?

RENTED ELECTRIC scooters provide people with a new convenient way to get around cities but findings of a new study, however, show that use of these vehicles are taking a toll on public health.

The findings show scooter use is linked to numerous types of injuries, which include dislocated joints, fractures, and head trauma.

In a study published in the journal JAMA Network Open on Jan. 25, Joann Elmore, from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)’s David Geffen School of Medicine, and colleagues examined injuries at two emergency rooms in Los Angeles area, where rental electric scooters first became available.

They found that in just one year, nearly 250 people were sent to the ER for injuries tied to use of electric scooters. The number of injuries is almost the same as those tied to bicycle use seen at the two ER’s over the same time period.

Elmore and colleagues also found that 40 percent of those who were sent to the ER suffered from head trauma, 32 percent had bone bone fractures, and 28 percent suffered from cuts, sprains, and bruises.

Only 4 percent of those injured were documented to be wearing a helmet and nearly 11 percent were below 18 years old.

“In this study, helmet use was low and a significant subset of injuries occurred in patients younger than 18 years, the minimum age permitted by private scooter company regulations. These findings may inform public policy regarding standing electric scooter use,” the researchers reported.

The researchers said riders could be underestimating the hazards of these vehicles. Elmore said scooters provide a fun and inexpensive way to get around, but riders need to be careful, follow traffic laws, and wear helmet.

Frederick Rivara, from the University of Washington in Seattle, who wrote an editorial accompanying the study, also stressed the importance of scooter riders wearing a helmet.

“In addition, cities that allow these things ought to partner with the companies to try to solve the problem of how to provide helmets for the riders — with these things being motorized, there’s a real need to address this problem,” Rivara said.

My first meeting with Madonna was awkward – Shania Twain

 

Shania Twain has revealed that she still gets starstruck around other celebrities.

Image shows Madonna and Shania Twain

The 53-year-old singer is among the best-selling artists of all time, but Shania still feels nervous around big stars, admitting she can be “very shy”.

She shared: “I’m not very good with stars. I get really uncomfortable, I don’t know what to say. I am very shy actually. I just feel like I’m invading their space by being with them.”

Shania admitted to being particularly nervous when she first met Madonna.

She can therefore understand why some fans are overcome by nerves when they meet their own heroes.

Shania told the ‘Today’ show: “I was awkward with Madonna when I first met Madonna. I understand why it happens (when people get starstruck around me). I’m sympathetic and empathetic about how they’re feeling in that moment because I do the same thing.”

Meanwhile, Shania previously claimed she is embracing her 50s and said that she feels happier than ever before.

The ‘Man! I Feel Like a Woman!’ hitmaker revealed that age has been no barrier to her enjoying her career.

Shania, who retired from performing in 2004 after being diagnosed with Lyme disease but later returned to the stage, added that she’s 53 and very happy to be her age. “…Real is good. My career is more fun now than ever, and I’m enjoying life.”

How to improve your personal health

 

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Indira Levine, who has become a famous activist for exercising and healthy living since presenting her pitiable life story to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is advising everyone to avoid sedentary behavior and live longer.

Levine’s health problems started ten years ago. Her weight was 336 pounds and she never exercised for a minute in her life. Her sedentary lifestyle turned out a huge threat when she had to depend on her inhaler to survive.

‘I couldn’t do anything without my inhaler…I went everywhere with it because going up a flight of steps was a very big challenge,’ she told HHS.

‘I was often out of breath after walking a few steps…My life revolved around relaxing at home, cooking and watching TV—nothing else.’

She continued, ‘I was clueless on what to do or how to save myself from imminent death…I have to blame it on the environment I grew up in—none of the people around me ever worked out or ran 5 kilometers. I simply didn’t know how to stay active.’

Levine said those around her, especially her mom, showed concern for the bad habits.

‘Just before my mother died, we had a hearty talk…She advised me lose some weight and stay active. “You’re still very young to be this heavy,” she said.’

Levine revealed her mother’s encouragement really helped. ‘She asked me to do whatever it takes to stay active.’

According to HHS, Levine hopes more people in the U.S. and all over the world can learn from her life story and improve on physical activities which she described as a life-saving decision.

In November 2018, the U.S. agency released its second edition of the “Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans,” noting that the stakes for personal health are high. However, it appears most people are yet to heed Levine’s advice.

Interestingly, Levine braced up for a positive impact after her mother’s passing. She moved to Florida with a passion to make significant changes in her life.

‘I drew inspiration from the Florida’s warm weather and active, outdoor lifestyle,’ she said, remarking that her major challenge was how to start. Her best option was to work with a personal trainer.

Her words: ‘What I learned from this is that, sometimes, you really need to ask for help because when you’re determined and there’s no positive outcome after a couple of tries, it becomes human to lose interest.’

Levine, who currently works as a TV news photographer, said the help from a personal trainer was inspiring although results took time. Nine years after her mother’s death, she lost 140 pounds and amassed a lot of muscle.

‘It’s unimaginable how I eventually fell in love with exercising…It transformed my life.’

She continued, ‘It’s hard and should be seen as a process of learning how to stay active…Don’t give up if results aren’t achieved immediately. If I can do it, you can certainly do even more.’

9 unhealthy beauty mistakes you should avoid

 

Carefulness and self-control are part of the healthy living routines we need, especially for these common beauty mistakes we tend to ignore as “bad habits.”

Skipping water while on cocktail: Red wine should be taken with caution, partly because it contains tannin and acid which make your teeth easier to stain, and for the fact that these additives are capable of damaging your enamel. Alcoholic red wines also dry the mouth and reduce production of saliva that helps clean up bacteria and acid.

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Health experts advice drinkers to always rinse properly with water.

Brushing after taking coffee: Cleaning up your mouth after taking black, brown or white coffee seems right, and it’s true that these beverage drinks—including fruit juice and soda—contain sugar and acid which destroy the outer shell of your teeth (enamel). However, health experts advise against scrubbing them off immediately after consuming such drinks because doing so removes the weak enamel.

Instead of brushing immediately, swish well with water and wait for about an hour before cleaning up. Some smart consumers also choose to brush before sipping their coffee.

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Swimming with dry hair: Because pool water contains some hair-damaging chemicals that can also change the color of blonde locks to green, swimmers are advised to:

  • wash their hair with tap water before soaking up in pool water to reduce the impact and
  • wash with an after-swim shampoo immediately after taking a dip.

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Using too little or too much shampoo: It is true that shampoo washes off natural oils from your hair. However, depending on one’s hair type, too much of the chemical formula can turn your locks dull and dry. On the other hand, those who have fine, straight hair may need to wash off dirt and oil every day but experts say doing so every 2 or 3 days would be better. And those with textured hair may even need to wash once or twice every month.

Ask your hair stylist about what hair maintenance products or routines are suitable for your hair type.

Swabbing out your ears: Either as a feel-good habit or cleanliness routine, swabbing out your ears is one of the beauty mistakes you should avoid because the swabs, in fact, push earwax deeper and are capable of damaging your eardrum. So, the best way to avoid damaging those little bones that aid hearing is to let your self-cleaning body do it on its own.

If you have trouble hearing or notice something strange in your ear, a visit to the doctor would be necessary. Medical professionals are skilled on safe removal of wax from the ear.

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Using deodorant to dry up sweat: Deodorant is best for masking odor. However, those with sweaty armpits are advised to use antiperspirants instead—because it quickly plugs sweat glands to stop moisture.

Users should carefully read the instructions to understand which products are better used at night or morning and those that are strictly for dry skin, sticky armpits and sweaty palms—of course, you can use antiperspirant there, too.

Shaving with a dull razor: You will most likely pass through the same spot few times to smoothen it, especially while shaving with a dull blade, and this might create small cuts in your skin that are capable of forming rashes, bumps, irritation and, in some cases, cause infections.

Health experts advise that blades should be swapped after every shave or, at most, a maximum of five shaves.

Scrubbing your face: It is not advisable to use a sponge or washcloth on your face. Instead, to clear dirt off your face, all you need is a light massage with the fingertips—probably with some mild cleansers. Wash your skin with cool or warm water once or twice each day.

Health experts advise that you carefully check the contents to avoid products with abrasive ingredients, including alcohol, and rinse properly after each use.

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Washing your “private parts” with soap: You are permitted to soap up your super-sensitive areas such as the vulva and vagina. However, use of antiseptic or scented soaps should be avoided because they change the balance of “healthy bacteria” in those areas.

Douching makes you feel clean on the inside but some of the diseases and conditions associated with regular vaginal douching include: bacterial vaginosis, sexually transmitted diseases, pelvic inflammatory diseases, ectopic pregnancy and vaginal dryness or irritation etc.

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Health experts advise against use of harsh soaps, vaginal deodorants, scented swipes and douches. Instead, you are encouraged to use under-perfumed, plain soap for gentle baths every day.

DEXA Scan: Your most effective, reliable and affordable solution to a healthy life

As a global health problem, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis are some of the most common bone disorders which every health-conscious mind should not ignore, especially for the fact that bones and joints—like all other parts of the human body—are interlinked with tissues and constantly remodeled throughout a lifetime. During this physiological change process, bone diseases may impede normal structural development in both children and adults, leading to permanent or temporal deformity. Some of the identified causes are inadequate nutrition, hormonal imbalance, genetic disorders, infections etc.

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According to 2014 findings from the Journal of Bone & Mineral Research, humans attain maximum bone mass between the age of 25 and 30. After this period, gradual loss of density or deterioration of the bone structure is noticed and some of the major risks are bone fragility and subsequent fractures. About 10.5% of Americans aged 50 and above have high risks of osteoporosis whereas more than 44% are diagnosed of low bone density every year.

Unfortunately, osteoporosis in individuals are often discovered only after sufferers (male or female) sustain “mostly avoidable” accidents like bone fractures.

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During my recent visit to Divine Medical Center, a Lagos-based specialist hospital renowned for its patient-oriented diagnosis and treatment plans, including high-rated healthcare services in urology, cardiac, gynaecology and a variety of acute medicine offered with top-notch technology, I found that, apart from these unrivaled attractions, professionalism, empathy and integrity of the multi-disciplinary medical staff on ground, their level of technological advancement and use of ICT is a standout feature. Moreover, their DEXA Scan services—a sophisticated, accurate and easy-to-use machine which calculates bone mass, body fat and muscles in a human body—changed my guest status and understanding of bone health within few minutes.

DEXA is an acronym for Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry. DEXA Scans are therefore most useful as a precautionary measure against adults who have high risks of suffering bone fractures. In other words, the health service offers preventive solutions which may include exercises and proper dieting in line with valid results obtained by specialists in the field.

Although medicines like bisphosphonates have proven efficacy for preserving bone mass in osteoporosis patients, a 5-minute scan at the Ikoyi-based hospital provided immediately accessible results which were not only encouraging but worth recommending for adults and anyone above 30 years old.

A DEXA Scan at the hospital examined my obesity level and body composition for sport, including hypertension and insulin resistance, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes (Type I & II), metabolic syndrome and cancer. It is also useful in Intestinal Bypass Surgery; Muscle loss during or after surgeries; Muscular Dystrophy; Liver disease caused by non-alcoholic factors; Eating disorder and low body weight etc.

Interestingly, I learned that there are some do’s and don’ts with DEXA Scans—they are totally unsafe for pregnant women but breastfeeding mothers have no risks at all. Those below 18 are not fit for the screening. To avoid negative side effects, only a maximum of 8 check-ups within 8 months or a total of 4 DEXA Scans in a year is allowed. Potential users with concerns for radiation need to know that the machines produce minimal level of wave which is comparable to a day’s exposure to Ultraviolet (UV) Rays or nearly one-tenth of waves from a normal chest x-ray. Anyone who cannot stay completely still within 7 minutes, specifically during scanning, is not fit for the health service which also identifies “Post-menopausal,” a kind of bone disease caused by lack of estrogen, which is essential for bone formation in women.

Health professionals recommend once-a-year check-ups but individuals with focus on maintaining proper bone mass or undergoing high-impact changes in their body makeup through adequate exercise or diet plans may need DEXA Scans every 3 months (minimum) or 6 months (maximum). Women aged 65 and above need regular screenings, according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

DEXA Scans are affordable and readily available in many hospitals around the world.

Jennifer Lopez reveals her ‘ageless’ beauty secrets

 

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At 49, Jennifer Lopez appears ageless with her fitness level, well-toned skin, body curves and jaw-dropping abs, but there’s only one secret to achieving these incredible beauty standards–consistency.

Gunner Peterson, a personal trainer to the Second Act star who has managed her health and beauty routines for years, told Hollywood Life that J-Lo isn’t interested in dieting or taking magic pills. ‘These don’t sound terribly sexy,’ he said.

‘She (J-Lo) is just conscious of her health and makes it a priority–that’s why she keeps looking like a 20-year-old,’ Peterson added. He also works with Kim Kardashian, Sofia Vergara, Sylvester Stallone, and many other celebrities.

In an effort to share some useful beauty secrets from experience gathered over the years, Jennifer Lopez is about to launch her own skincare line.

Speaking to Refinery 24 on the business idea, J-Lo said the range of beauty products will, most likely, take a long time before hitting global markets but assured fans that they’re sure to enjoy a glowing skin just like hers.

‘I’m not in a hurry to put just anything out,’ the NY City-born actress said.

She continued, ‘I’ve been working on this entrepreneurial idea for a long time; I’m glad to announce that the skincare line is going to be something perfect–something that works for everyone…You can count on me for maximum satisfaction anytime my name is on something.’

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J-Lo’s preventative range of beauty products will launch in 2019. The skincare line promises to stave off signs of ageing and the Anaconda star says the beauty secrets will be her own little way of appreciating fans.

‘You should expect a touch of all the secrets I’ve learned over the years,’ she noted, ‘…It’d contain everything that has kept me radiating as the years pass bye. It has nothing to do with needles.’

Although Peterson and J-Lo have previously attributed her ageless beauty to a healthy lifestyle and drinking lots of water, the Boy Next Door actress said: ‘One thing that destroys your health, especially as you get older, is smoking and living on caffeine.

‘Additionally, I always avoid the sun and must use my sunscreen whenever I have to stay outdoors in the rays…My commitment to UV protection is another reason I’ve got a youthful skin complexion.’