Saturday, January 2, 2016

Top 10 Foods to Improve Your Vaginal Health

Vaginal health is an important aspect of any woman’s life. Many women struggle with some kind of vaginal issue at some point in their lives.

Yeast and bacterial infections, urinary tract infections (UTIs), vaginitis, thrush, excessive discharge or vaginal dryness can make any woman miserable.

Several factors that affect vaginal health include unprotected sex; conditions like pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, psychological issues; and hormonal changes in the body. Side effects of birth control and use of feminine-hygiene products also impact your vaginal health.

A healthy vagina has a naturally acidic pH level and plenty of healthy bacteria to help ward off infections. Good hygiene and several foods can help keep your vagina healthy and your pH levels balanced.

Here are the top 10 foods to improve your vaginal health.

1. Greek Yogurt

Eating Greek yogurt daily is great for maintaining vaginal health. It contains live and active cultures (Lactobacillus bacteria) that prevent disease-causing organisms from attaching to the vagina and produce chemicals like lactic acid that inactivate or kill other infection-causing organisms. It also helps maintain healthy pH levels in the body.

According to a 2014 study published in the Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics journal, lactobacilli help maintain normal urogenital health and play a key role in preventing bacterial vaginosis, yeast vaginitis, UTIs and sexually transmitted diseases.

Eat 1 to 2 cups of probiotic yogurt daily. Other good probiotic foods that you can include in your diet are miso, kimchi, sauerkraut and kefir.

2. Lemon

Lemons also support vaginal health as their acidic nature helps maintain the vagina’s healthy pH level. Antioxidants in it also help protect the cells from free-radical damage.

In addition, it works as an immune booster to help your body prevent and fight any kind of infection.

Drink lemon water once or twice daily to help restore the pH balance in your body. To make lemon water, mix the juice of ½ lemon to a glass of warm water and add a little raw honey for taste.

3. Cranberry Juice

Cranberry juice is great for improving your vaginal health. It helps balance the vagina’s pH level and its acidic property helps fight bacteria that cause UTIs, vaginal infections and other problems.

To reap the benefits, drink a glass of unsweetened, organic cranberry juice daily. Those who like the tart flavor can even eat a handful of cranberries daily. You can opt to take cranberry tablets, but consult your doctor first.

4. Garlic

Garlic contains antimicrobial and antifungal properties that help prevent vaginal problems, such as itching, burning, odor, vaginal discharge and even UTIs.

It also boosts the immune system, so that your body is ready to fight off any infection.

Eat 2 to 3 raw garlic cloves on a daily basis. You can also add garlic or its paste to your dishes and salads. If you prefer to take garlic capsules, consult your doctor first.

5. Kale

To combat vaginal dryness as well as itching and burning, include kale and other low-oxalate green vegetables in your diet.

Kale is a rich source of vitamins A and C and helps improve blood circulation. In addition, it gives a boost to your immunity to help keep infections at bay.

Add kale to your salad, vegetable juice or green smoothie. You can also cook it lightly and eat it as a side dish. Other green vegetables that are good for vaginal health include cabbage, celery and collard green.

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25 Home Decor Ideas That Will Make Every Room POP!

After some sorting, I’ve compiled (25) home decor / home improvement projects ALL of us can do. These improvements will add POP to any room and look like you spent WAY more than you actually did!! And, isn’t that 1/2 the fun? For example, does your garage look like THIS? Uh, mine doesn’t but I would love for it to! Keep reading, and I’ll show ya’ how!

Project #1) Did you know that you can paint those old, ugly vinyl / linoleum floors? I didn’t, but I do now! Check out this tutorial on how you, too, can upgrade your old floors into something bright and trendy! WOW – this looks amazing! Click here for the tutorial!
Project #2) Add inexpensive hanging mirrors to the back of your closet doors. This will immediately make the room look larger! Paint to match and they’ll look like they were built-in.
Project #3) Bring LIFE to your garage. With just a few ideas, you can transform this normally hum-drum “guy” space into a true reflection of what’s going on inside! Super cute ideas and super fun! Click here for more on creating this space for yourself!
Project #4) Add this ‘basket-weave’ design to your drapes. They are stunning and look like a million bucks! What a beautiful way to enhance a simple drape.  Click here to learn more!
Project #5) Hide those pesky (yet necessary) TV wires in a shower curtain rod. WHAT? I know. But check it out – this really works and looks great.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

30 Inspiring Rustic Bathroom Ideas for Cozy Home

There are plenty of different styles to decorate the bathroom, but the current trend in bathroom decor is the rustic interior ideas and they are becoming more and more popular. A bathroom with rustic interior can create a warm and relaxing atmosphere, and lets you feel closer to nature. Create a rustic bathroom decor is easy, you just need to focus on using natural stone and wood, wooden beams, rough wood furniture and infusing some industrial elements.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

A Maintenance-Free Deck: Is This for Real?

What do you do when your wood deck is faded, rotted and splintering? Why, roll out a new one, of course.

Maintaining a wood deck is a pain. On a visit to my brother's home in Virginia a few years ago we spent our "quality time" together sanding and staining the shoddily-constructed and poorly maintained deck that came with his house. The sand paper was routinely shredded by overlooked nail heads and our staining job was undone by a freak and sudden rainstorm that passed through.

If only ProFekt had been around then.

The looks-like-real-wood product was created to "say goodbye to deck maintenance," which was a similar goal of the composite and plastic decking manufacturers. "Say goodbye" turned into "see you in a little while" with some of them.

ProFekt is a little different. You're not replacing your real wood deck. You're just covering it up. The ProFekt rolls out over the faded, rotted and splintering deck to present a "Real Wood Look Surface" that extends the life and look of the deck and basically eliminates the need to ever again rent a sander from Home Depot.

The 3 mm. thick, 5.5-inch wide material comes in 40 ft. long rolls, each retailing for $69.99. Available colors include Cedar, Redwood, Sea Coast Gray and Natural Tobacco Barn. A handy online chart helps you determine how many rolls you will need for your deck size. The ProFekt website also has some videos that demonstrate installation.

The product is allegedly available online at Home Depot, ProBuild and ArchaDeck, but I couldn't find it.

My feeling is that ProFekt will have its share of proponents and willing buyers, particularly as it is an alternative to actually maintaining that wood deck. There's part of me that compares this to throwing a coat of paint over an old, rusty car, but even in that case the painting sure beats working the rust out.

Got a wood deck? Would you consider ProFekt?

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