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Physical fitness is a general state of health and well-being and, more specifically, the ability to perform aspects of sports or occupations. Physical fitness is generally achieved through correct nutrition, moderate-vigorous physical activity, exercise and rest. It is a set of attributes or characteristics seen in people and which relate to the ability to perform a given set of physical activities.
Psoriasis is a common skin condition that rears its un-fun head with inflammation and thick red, purple, or silver scaly patches.
Whether you or your pal has psoriasis, you may be wondering whether it can spread from one person to another.
Psoriasis has a genetic component — if you have relatives who have psoriasis, you’re more likely to develop it. But just ’cause you have the genes doesn’t mean you’ll get it.
According to the International Federation of Psoriasis Associations, almost 3 percent of the world pop has psoriasis. Let’s break down how you actually get psoriasis and why you can’t give it to someone else.
Basically, the T cells go overboard, attacking healthy skin cells and triggering other immune responses. This causes skin cells to build up, creating inflamed, scaly patches often found on the face, scalp, knees, and elbows.
It typically takes a couple weeks for new skin cells to form, but if you have psoriasis, it can happen within days.
If you already have an autoimmune condition, you’re more likely to develop another one, such as psoriasis.
But having the genes doesn’t always equal psoriasis. So, if no one in your family has symptoms, it might appear that you have no family history of the disease.
Both genetic *and* environmental factors can trigger psoriasis. That might explain why psoriasis tends to show up unannounced and then completely ghost you 🙄.
Some things that might trigger a psoriasis flare-up:
Just like your triggers, your type of psoriasis can be different from those of other people. Here are the types of psoriasis:
Say it louder for the people in the back: Whether it shows up on the scalp, face, hands, feet, or genitals, psoriasis 👏 is 👏 never 👏 contagious 👏. If your boo has psoriasis, don’t sweat it — you can smooch or bang it out without stress.
But is that rash really psoriasis, though? Psoriasis can often be confused with contagious conditions like these:
If you think you may have psoriasis or another skin condition, visit a doctor for a complete diagnosis.
If you have any type of skin rash, it’s a good idea to have a dermatologist check it out. During your visit, the doc will inspect your scalp, nails, and skin and ask you a few questions about your symptoms, family history, and lifestyle.
They might also take a closer look at a small skin sample under a microscope to confirm your diagnosis.
Even though psoriasis isn’t contagious, it *can* spread on your body if you already have it.
Stress, skin injuries, illness, and weather are among the most common psoriasis triggers that make the rash spread. Some people also think allergies, certain foods, alcohol, and other environmental factors make psoriasis worse.
The best way to figure out what worsens and spreads your symptoms is to track them in a journal.
These psoriasis treatments may help stop the spread:
Psoriasis is never contagious. Since it’s an autoimmune disorder and has a genetic component, it can’t spread from one person to the next.
There’s currently no known cure for psoriasis, but there are steps you can take to manage it. Doctors recommend using psoriasis-friendly skin care products, understanding your triggers, and treating the condition as recommended by your derm.
If you’re not 10/10 sure where you fall on the sexual spectrum, here are 16 signs that you might be bi. We also have some great resources and coming out tips.
Bisexual (aka bi) peeps are romantically or sexually interested in more than one gender. But NGL, that definition is a bit basic. The sexual spectrum is a vast, beautiful, and sometimes confusing thing.
“Our culture is so oriented to binaries, it can be easy to feel pressured to ‘pick a side’ when it comes to sexual orientation,” says Dove Pressnall, MA, LMFT. “The reality is that, across cultures, human sexual experience and identity fall along a spectrum.”
Bi folks might be interested in one gender more than the other. Or they like all genders equally. It’s also totally normal for your feelings to change over time.
Here are 16 signs that you might be a bi babe.
Can a person be attracted to someone regardless of the junk they’re rocking down under? Heck yes! For bi peeps, it’s more about how you feel about a person. Their gender doesn’t always matter as much.
PSA: This doesn’t mean you’re going to be romantically or sexually interested in everyone.
If you’re into Ross and Rachel… or Jim and Pam… etc. you might be attracted to multiple genders. Maybe you even noticed this when you were a kid.
Obviously, this isn’t a definitive test. But it could help you start an internal chat about what you want, what you really really want.
These feelings are 100 percent normal. The confusion should get better over time once you explore your feelings and desires a bit more.
Sexuality isn’t one-size-fits-all. Everyone has their own romantic preferences and sex styles. Bi peeps are no different.
You don’t have to evenly divide your interest between all genders. You can go through periods where you’re more interested in one than another. Or you can prefer one gender romantically and another gender sexually. There’s no exact science here.
You can analyze your dreams all day long but sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. Your dreams don’t have to mean much or anything at all. But if you can’t stop thinking about a bi-tastic dream, there might be a reason.
Sometimes the label “bi” just fits. If you feel comfortable with this label it’s a good indicator that you’re bi.
Keep in mind, you DO NOT have to label yourself as bi. You could also relate to labels like bicurious, biromantic, cupiosexual, fluid, queer, omnisexual, pansexual, panromantic, olysexual, or something else. You can also just say “no” to all labels which is totally cool too.
When a celeb comes out as bi or queer, do you feel a sense of pride? Or maybe there’s a new bi character on your fave show and you think, “IT ME!”
While this doesn’t mean you’re bi (you could just be stoked someone is coming out as their authentic self) it could be an indicator.
TBH porn may not count for much. You can find a genre of porn super hot but also might not be into it IRL. But if you’re super drawn to porn actors of any gender it might be a sign you’re down for a bi experience.
If you’re daydreaming about a beautiful bi love affair on the reg, it might be a sign you’re into any gender.
Fantasizing about sex can be the bomb. But until you do the deed for realz, you might not know if you actually like it. Plus, everyone is different. Maybe you just didn’t vibe with the person you hooked up with.
Taking an online “AM I BI?” quiz prob isn’t the best way to see if you’re a card-carrying LGBTQA+ member 🏳️🌈. But sometimes these quizzes can help you understand how you really feel which is a good thing.
A crush can hit you like a ton of bricks. But it can be even more “WHAT IS HAPPENING?” vibes if you have romantic or sexual feelings for someone of a different gender than you’re used to.
Even if your crush doesn’t turn out to be “the one” it could still be a sign you’re interested in that gender in general.
Bi folks have to deal with A LOT of smack from all sides of the sexuality spectrum. Plenty of people assume that bi people are extremely sexually charged and that is why the whole “gender doesn’t matter” thing exists. There’s also the stigma of “you’re not gay enough” or “you’re not straight enough.”
If you’re bi you might take these unfair stigmas personally or feel hurt or attacked by them:
And the biggie: “Bisexuality isn’t real.”
Well, let’s end the debate right now:
Bisexuality 👏 is 👏 real 👏. You do you.
A good way to tell if you’re bi is to visualize a long-term partnership with someone from any gender. You might feel more comfortable with one gender than another. Or, it all sounds great.
FYI: Bisexuality doesn’t vanish when you’re with a new person. When a bi person is in a gay or straight relationship, they’re still bi.
When pink, purple, and blue are combined it’s a glorious thing 💖💜💙. (Yet there’s still no bi flag emoji UGH!)
When you start to accept and love your bi-mazing self, it’s pretty clear that you know who you are. And you should be proud!
At the end of the day, the most important thing is doing what makes you happy. If a bi lifestyle is what works for you, then go for it!
If you’re questioning your bisexuality, here are some things you can ask yourself:
In 2013, the Pew Research Center asked 1,197 LGBT adults which orientation they most identified with. They found that 40 percent of participants identified as bi. Meanwhile, 36 percent identified as gay men, 19 percent identified as lesbians, and 5 percent identified as trans.
Granted, this is just one study. But it does shed a light on how many bi folks are out there!
“While some people will certainly strongly identify as either gay or straight, far more people fall somewhere in the middle,” says Pressnall.
Coming out is a super personal event. You don’t have to tell everyone (or anyone!) you know that you’re bi. But if you do want to come out, here are some tips to make it easier.
Come up with a plan. There’s really no right or wrong way to come out. It’s all about what you think is best. You might want to tell people face-to-face, in a letter, or via text.
Ease into it. You might want to tell a few trusted folks first. This might be easier than telling everyone all at once.
Figure out what you want to say. You can totes just go with the, “hey I’m bi, bye” text. But a lot of bi folks want to fully explain their feelings and emotions when they come out. Again, it’s about what feels right for you.
Decide if you want to give them a heads up. If you go with the in-person route, you can send them a text first. Here’s an example:
“Hey. I have something very important to tell you. But I would prefer to do it face-to-face or on the phone. Please let me know when you have a moment to talk. And don’t worry… it’s great news!”
Be prepared for their reaction. In a perfect world, your friends and family will all be super supportive and happy for you. But this doesn’t always happen. Just know that you’re valid, wanted, and loved no matter what anyone says.
Not everyone has a bisexual sherpa in their life. But you can find solace in other bi peeps on platforms like Reddit, Instagram, or YouTube.
Talk to a mental health care provider if your sexuality — or life in general — is making you feel stressed or sad. A queer-inclusive therapist might be best since they may have a deeper understanding of what you’re going through.
You can also look for local support groups or try a therapy app.
And remember… you’re far from alone ❤️.
The only person who gets to decide you’re bi is YOU! Don’t let anyone else tell you how you should feel about your sexuality. But if you are bi… CONGRATS, WOO!
Keep in mind, you don’t have to tell anyone if you don’t want to. Just remember that you’re perfect exactly as you are.
Reach out to a mental health specialist if you feel sad or confused about your sexuality. You can also find TONS of amazing, supportive bi communities online or in your local area.
P.S. There’s a thriving bisexual community on Reddit.
Vinegar is a fermented condiment that packs a flavorful punch. But some peeps say it can cause some not-so-rad reactions.
Here are the deets on vinegar intolerances.
With a true allergy, your body will produce immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies. These are meant to protect you from an allergen, but can also cause severe symptoms.
Vinegar can cause some symptoms that are similar to a real allergic reaction (e.g., swelling of your tongue, throat, or lips). But it won’t be caused by an antigen-specific immune response.
Generally, peeps aren’t intolerant to vinegar as a whole. You might just have a sensitivity to one or more of its ingredients. These include:
When you’re intolerant to food, your body can’t digest it properly. But when you’re allergic to food, your immune system sees it as a threat and reacts.
Here’s a deep dive into what might behind your vinegar sensitivity.
Salicylate is a type of salicylic acid that’s found naturally in foods. Synthetic versions can also be found in medications and skin care products. Salicylate levels in vinegar vary from brand-to-brand.
Your chances of having a salicylate sensitivity are higher if you have:
Histamine is a naturally occurring compound that helps your immune system respond to potential threats. Vinegar can contain high amounts of histamine and can even make your body produce more of it.
Histamine intolerance still isn’t 10/10 understood. But a research review showed there are some factors that might play a part. This includes:
P.S. A small study found that unbalanced levels of gut bacteria could contribute to histamine intolerance as well.
Sulfites are common in:
Generally, small intakes of sulfite won’t lead to any issues. But consuming concentrated amounts could cause a reaction.
Acetic acid intolerance isn’t very common. But you might experience it if you down beaucoup vinegar in one sitting.
Vinegar reactions can totes vary from person-to-person. It all depends on what specific compound(s) you don’t tolerate well.
Here’s a breakdown of what symptoms could be linked to each ingredient.
|Salicylate sensitivity||Histamine intolerance||Sulfite sensitivity||Acetic acid intolerance|
|nasal polyps||stomach discomfort||stomach pain|
|swollen mouth, tongue, or lips||congestion||itchy skin|
|rapid heard rate||shortness of breath|
Alas, there’s currently no cure for vinegar intolerances. But they can be managed!
The first step is making sure vinegar is behind your symptoms. Your doctor or an allergist will work with you to analyze your symptoms. You can also do a DIY food intolerance test at home (but these might not be as reliable).
Keep in mind, vinegar contains a lot of different compounds. Pinpointing which one(s) you’re sensitive to can be tricky.
Sometimes limiting your vinegar intake can reduce your risk of a flare-up. But you may have to cut it out of your diet altogether.
There’s also a chance you’ll need to ditch other foods that contain sulfites, salicylates, histamine, or acetic acid.
Kicking vinegar to the curb may sound easy. But it’s in many foods you wouldn’t suspect. Here are the fermented facts.
Vinegar pops up in a ton of foods and drinks. Common culprits include:
You don’t have to say goodbye to vinegar’s forceful flavor. Some great substitutes are:
Your doctor or a registered dietician can help you come up with more subs that work with your specific sensitivities.
PSA: A simple switcheroo won’t always stave off your symptoms. Popular condiments like soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce contain some of the same compounds as vinegar. Always check the product label before chowing down.
Vinegar can trigger symptoms similar to an allergic reaction. This includes a swollen tongue, asthma, stomach probs, or itchy skin. Folks with asthma or gastrointestinal conditions might be at a higher risk of developing an allergic reaction.
Your doc or an allergist can help analyze if vinegar might be to blame. If you are sensitive to it, there’s a chance you can still enjoy it in small doses. But you may have to ditch it from your diet for good.
If decluttering sounds daunting or even downright scary, you’re not alone. It takes some serious energy to organize your physical belongings and most of us are already spread pretty thin. But that overflowing closet and cluttered countertop might be affecting you more than you know: A 2009 study showed people with cluttered homes actually had higher levels of cortisol, aka the stress hormone.
But don’t worry, you don’t have to do it all at once! Achievable goals are the name of the game. So, an easy way to get started (aka to avoid becoming overwhelmed) is to take it one space at a time. That’s why we created this room-by-room guide to paring down.
As you go through this debate cluttering process, you’ll notice there will be various categories of things. We recommend making these distinct piles:
Once your plasticware has gotten stained or cracked, it’s time to get rid of it. In fact, now might be the time to upgrade to glass containers for leftovers.
Look for takeout menus for restaurants that are no longer open and toss those. If your stash includes places you no longer frequent, those can go, too. Most of the menus can be recycled, so you can look the menu up online instead.
When is the last time you cracked open that vegan cookbook? (You’re not even a vegan anymore, anyway, right?) If there’s a recipe you can’t live without, snap a photo of the instructions and save it. You can find other recipes online.
Comb through your pantry and check expiration dates on everything from canned food to spices and oils. If there are items you haven’t used in a long time, like that celery salt or sesame oil, don’t let them take up unnecessary space. Look in the fridge for empty and expired condiments. Move items to the front that need to be used so you don’t forget about them.
Once pans start becoming scratched, that material can end up in your food. Go through the pans and get rid of any with significant damage.
You know that pineapple corer you never use? Don’t let it clog your drawers. Same goes for the unused slow cooker, hand-mixer, or whatever seemed useful but collects dust now.
To really commit to good closet cleaning, you have to take everything out to truly see what’s inside. Maybe there’s a shirt you forgot about or a shirt you want to forget about. Removing what you don’t need from clothes to shoes and more will make the items you do wear regularly more accessible. This’ll make it easier to get dressed every day.
It’s time for a fashion show. Don’t just guess, try on clothes to confirm the fit. If the clothes aren’t in good condition, you can cut them up and use them as rags.
You know that pantsuit you bought on a whim and have literally never worn outside your bedroom? It’s time to make peace with that questionable decision, and say goodbye.
Your laundry is done and all put away, but some socks have no matches. It’s inevitable. You can reuse those socks as rags, too or even DIY a craft out of them. Whatever you do, get them out of your sock drawer.
Take all your underwear out of the drawer and keep only what you wear. Toss the pair that lost its elastic stretch or that pair with the period stain.
Go by category and make keep and donate piles. If you haven’t worn it in more than a year, it’s probably time to let it go.
Remember that time your toe was caught in that hole in your sheet? Find that sheet and either cut it up for rags or drop it off at a pet shelter. The same goes for worn sheets, blankets, and pillowcases.
Clear out this space and leave the essentials. You’ll sleep better and feel less stressed if you wake to a clean surface.
If you use this area for storage, open every bin and box. Chances are if it’s under the bed, you’ll find something you don’t often use or forgot about. Worse case, you’re likely to find a sock gone astray or a herd of dust bunnies.
Whether it’s an over-the-counter medicine (OTC) or a prescription, check your medicine cabinet for expiration dates. Be sure to properly dispose of all medications per these guidelines from the FDA.
There comes a time when bath towels and washcloths becomes faded and tatty. If there are some hiding in your cupboard in this condition, let them go. They’ll make great rags, or you can donate them to an animal shelter.
Be aware of how long makeup and personal care products last because they have expiration dates. Using them past those dates can increase your chance of developing skin conditions.
On the flip side, if you have an overstock of shampoo or hand soap (we know how couponing can be), maybe it’s time to donate it to someone who can use it immediately. Shelters, a nearby church or maybe someone in your neighborhood group would probably be happy to take it.
There are always more cords than you know what to do with, for some reason or another. If you have cords that aren’t plugged into anything and just taking up space, dump them. Old cords, chargers and electronics can be donated or recycled, but don’t just throw them in the trash. Following these guidelines from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
This may be a controversial one, but hear us out. Unless you plan to re-read a book often (and even then, you can use the library), there’s no need to keep it around. If it’s signed or holds significant value to you, then by all means, keep it.
We all have something lying around that has bad memories tied to it. Maybe it’s a gift from a friend who wronged you or the outfit you wore for your grandma’s funeral. If it doesn’t bring you joy, channel Marie Kondo and get it out.
They’re just taking up space. If there are stories or images you love, tear those pages out or see if you can find and save them online.
There are a couple of ways to reconsider your furniture. Is there too much? If furniture is blocking entry or access points, windows or bookshelves, you want to remove or reshuffle those pieces. If there are damaged pieces, or chairs or tables that go unused, you can free up space and create more flow by removing them. If you aren’t sure what should go, play around with the space by removing one piece at a time to see how your space is most comfortable and functional.
Just hear us out on this. If you have fancy dishes that you never use, consider donating them. At this point, they’re just decor and collecting dust. Even if they were passed down or they’re a wedding gift, if they’re not serving a purpose, they’re just taking up space.
If those candles you pull out for fancy dinners are starting to get to the end, melt them down completely in a double boiler and put the wax in an ice cube tray. Now you have wax melts for a wax warmer. This works for any spent candles lying around.
How annoying is it to try a pen with dried ink? Spend a moment going through all the pens in your office to test them out.
This will vary based on what your papers are, but most papers don’t need to be kept for too long. Keep official documents that you might need forever (keep any tax documents that are from the last 3 years) but receipts, old bank statements, and old mail can head to the shredder. If you don’t have one, you can use a shredding service.
If you’re unsure whether you should toss a document, take a photo of it as record and email it to yourself.
Even if your calendar has pictures in it or you really like it, once the year has passed, it’s time to let it go. And maybe, if you’re still using a print calendar, it’s time to switch to a digital version.
Yes, your flip phone from 2005 is a relic at this point, but it’s also useless. Old laptops, iPads, the list goes on and on. Take all these old gadgets somewhere to recycle properly.
Your diploma can stay on the wall if you feel strongly about it, but that “Most Improved Athlete” award from ninth grade can probably go.
If you’re a crafter (or maybe you used to be) comb through your supplies and toss dried out paints, empty tubes of glitter or dried out pens. If you have crumpled up wrapping paper, throw it out.
If it’s rusty, it probably isn’t doing you any good. Whether it’s an old bike, some old tools, or whatever else. If your rusty tools are also antiques, consider taking them to a collector — it’s a win, win for both of you.
If you have any of the above items that are candidates to go, make sure they are disposed of properly. The EPA outlines how to recycle these items safely.
There’s probably a cupboard in your garage with instruction manuals dating back years. If there are manuals for appliances you no longer have, you know what to do. And even for manuals you still want to keep around, check online to see if you can find a virtual copy to save instead.
Sports balls that are beyond repair, cleats for a sport you don’t play anymore, and everything in between can either be donated or thrown away if they’re not serving any purpose.
A rose by any other name would… have more health benefits? Say hello to rose of Jericho, also known as:
That last one comes from the plant’s sneaky ability to unfold and perk up after looking dead for days. This magical little herb has been used across cultures and religions to treat health ailments and induce labor.
Rose of Jericho is a flowering herb that symbolizes life and resurrection in many cultures. Traditional medicine practitioners also claim it can help with:
Like many other plants, rose of Jericho *is* full of healthy plant compounds:
That’s all great, but containing healthy compounds isn’t the same as providing truly healing benefits. Still, fans use it for three primary health purposes.
Here’s how to give rose of Jericho a whirl, as a natural remedy, or on your skin.
Rose of Jericho is an uncommon ingredient, and only anecdotal evidence suggests using it in these forms.
Pro tip: It’s important to note that many products that claim to contain rose of Jericho actually contain false rose of Jericho (Selaginella lepidophylla). For the real version, look for Anastatica hierochuntica or A. hierochuntica on the label.
TBH, the most common use for rose of Jericho is pretty basic: decoration. In some cultures and religions, it’s used to rid your space of negative energy. Think of its presence as smoke-free “smudging.”
Some common beliefs about rose of Jericho:
When used medicinally, rose of Jericho is prepared as a tea or tonic.
There aren’t many pre-made resurrection plant teas on the market, so most peeps make their own by steeping tiny bundles of dried rose of Jericho.
Prep rose of Jericho tonic just like most herbal teas.
If you’re concerned about an allergic reaction or adverse side effects, start with a smaller amount.
Like many herbal teas, there just isn’t much research on the perks and side effects of rose of Jericho tea. So proceed with caution.
Experts warn pregnant people against drinking rose of Jericho tea because it may overstimulate the uterus and lead to low blood sugar levels in pregnant people, which could lead to dangerous complications.
Want to smooth your wrinkles with a rose of Jericho mask? That’s easier said than done.
Not many skin companies have latched on to rose of Jericho as an anti-aging agent, and there’s no evidence-backed recipe for a DIY application. So if you want to give it a whirl, start small and proceed with caution.
Heads up: Some products labeled as rose of Jericho use a similar but different plant. Authentic products will contain Anastatica hierochuntica or A. hierochuntica.
Counterfeit rose of Jericho is labeled as Selaginella lepidophylla.
Anecdotally, rose of Jericho seems safe when applied to unbroken skin. You should be fine as long as you’re not rubbing it into open wounds.
Ingesting rose of Jericho is another story. Talk with your doc before sipping it for:
If you’re on prescription meds, talk to your doctor before experimenting with any herbal remedies. There’s not enough research to identify all possible interactions, and you don’t want to cancel out the effects of your ‘scripts.
Interested in consuming rose of Jericho? Run it past your doctor first. If you’re pregnant, avoid it altogether.
If you already drank a cuppa to trigger childbirth, call your doctor. Tell them about the tea (and any other herbal remedies) because it could interfere with the meds they’ll give you during labor.
For years, rose of Jericho has symbolized resurrection for folks who practice religions like Christianity, Santeria, and Hoodoo. Sometimes its oils are even added to holy water.
Here’s why: When the resurrection fern doesn’t get enough water, this little flowering herb dries and closes up so that it looks like a tumbleweed. There are rumors that it can survive in anything from a desert to a drawer for years. But when the plant is watered again, it reopens and revives within hours.
Despite the obvious resurrection symbolism, there’s no evidence that the plant can heal or bring anyone back from the dead.
You can find dried rose of Jericho plants online or at your local health food or herb store. Some individual Etsy or eBay sellers also offer dried rose of Jericho.
Just be wary of any sellers who claim their plants cure medical conditions.
It’s called a resurrection plant, but that doesn’t mean you *can’t* kill it! Rose of Jericho thrives in a dry environment, so avoid overwatering (hello, root rot).
Some tips from plant parents around the interwebz:
Rose of Jericho is also known as the resurrection plant because it can bloom after being completely dried up and brittle. Because of this neat feature, some people relate its presence to:
Traditional medicine practitioners claim that rose of Jericho can treat diabetes, arthritis, cramps, and other inflammatory conditions. It’s also used to induce labor, though medical experts do *not* recommend this for safety reasons.
There’s not much evidence to support all the health claims about rose of Jericho. To be safe, talk to your doctor if you’re interested in sipping it for general wellness. Avoid it altogether if you’re pregnant.