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2 Items You Are Keeping In Your Fridge That Don’t Need To Be There

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Is your fridge overflowing with bottles, containers, and packages of food?

Fridges have a way of becoming a second pantry, which can mean there is a lot of food in there that doesn’t actually need to be there.

This goes beyond expired items in the back that have become permanent fixtures.

The truth is, we’ve been using refrigerators for so long, that we can tend to forget their technical purpose.

According to How Stuff Works, the idea is that colder temperatures slow down the activity of bacteria, and make food last longer.

As it turns out, there are plenty of food items that aren’t prone to this kind of rapid bacteria growth and don’t need to be refrigerated at all. Or at least, not for as long or quickly as we might think.

If you’re looking for an excuse to free up from real estate in your fridge, learn about all the items that don’t need to necessarily be there.

1. Hot Sauce

Even if you don’t like spicy food, you probably have a bottle of hot sauce crowding up the door space in your fridge.

While keeping your hot sauce in the fridge could just be a matter of personal choice, you definitely don’t have to keep it in there for food safety reasons.

Most hot sauce’s main ingredient is vinegar — a natural preservative. That said, you’re still going to want to store your bottle in a cool dark place.

2. Potatoes

You may think they need to be stored in the fridge because potatoes are produce.

The truth is, refrigerating potatoes will do them and your dinner a lot more harm than good.

Food Republic explains that potato starch turns into sugar when cold, which causes them to go bad more quickly. Therefore, you’re going to want to keep them as far away from the fridge as possible.

2 Winter Foods That Are Especially Beneficial To Your Health When It’s Cold Out

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When the weather outside is frightful, it can be tough not to pack on some pounds. The general gloominess always seems to get the best of us.

Between a lack of activity and the ability to cover ourselves up in deceptive layers, we’re all guilty of adding a little winter weight.

Of course, feeling good is even more important than looking good. Unfortunately, our moods more often than not end up reflecting the weather.

It can be easy to shut yourself inside in the winter and not pay very much attention to what you put in your mouth.

However, certain foods you can find at your grocery store have been proven to help beat the many symptoms of winter blues.

So, instead of letting the weather get the best of you, learn about the ways you can improve your health and well being by strategically eating these winter foods that will not disappoint.

1. Clementines

Clementines are a staple during Christmastime.

According to Food Network, these little orange balls of goodness are in their peak season from October to January.

Not only are they some of the freshest fruit you can get, they are also packed with vitamin C, which we all know is essential for boosting your immune system when it’s cold outside.

2. Yogurt

Exposure to the elements in the winter often results in dry skin that’s hard to soothe

Other than moisturizing regularly, the food you eat can also has positive skin benefits.

Yogurt contains fermented milk, which can help make your skin supple and healthy.

A study reported by World Health found that groups of women who ate yogurt for four weeks showed much higher levels of skin hydration than those who didn’t. This means adding yogurt to your diet might help fight dryness and tightness.

 

4 Tell-Tale Signs That You’re Actually Perfectly Healthy

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The internet is chock-full of articles telling you that there’s something wrong with your health.

Being concerned about your health is completely normal. That’s why many of us seek answers when something seems wrong, though we often end up jumping to the worst-case scenario.

The list below is completely different. Instead of going through what might be wrong with you, we’ve identified some signs that highlight the fact that you are in fact perfectly healthy!

While every person is different, there are some things commonly associated with good health. The condition of our lips, skin, and even how often we go to the bathroom are all signs that indicate our level of health.

So sit back, relax, and learn about all the ways your amazing body is working to tell you that you’re doing well!

1. You Have A Good Resting Heart Rate

Most of us don’t take notice of our heart rates unless we’re at the doctor, or those times your chest is pounding.

Your resting heart rate depends on your age and fitness level. The American Heart Association provides a general rule of thumb: children and adults over the age of 10 should  have a resting heart rate of 60 to 100 beats per minute.

A well-trained athlete may range from 40 to 60 beats per minute.

2. Your Lips Aren’t Cracked Or Dry

Cracked or chapped lips are always uncomfortable.

Luckily, dry lips are rarely the sign of a more serious underlying problem.

According to NIVEA, dehydration and vitamin deficiency are the two main health-related causes of chapped lips.

Therefore, hydrated and full lips are a sign that you’re getting enough water and vitamins.

3. Your Pee Is The Right Color

We’ve all noticed how our urine can range in color, especially if we’re not feeling well or haven’t been drinking enough water.

According to the Mayo Clinic, normal and healthy urine color can range from a pale yellow to a deep amber.

4. Your Wounds Heal Quickly

Even the most graceful among us can get cuts and scrapes once in a while.

While they hurt at first, we’re usually rewarded by how quickly they heal. So, how quickly are they supposed to do so?

According to the American Diabetes Association, wounds heal in a three-step process.

First there’s inflammation, which helps prevent infection. Second is the formation of new cells or a scab. Lastly, scar tissue forms to heal the wound completely.

The process shouldn’t take longer than around three weeks. The more quickly it heals, the healthier you are.

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