Wellness Wednesday – 8/26/20
WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
Is Showering Actually Good for You?
For many, the daily shower is more about habit than health. It can be a great way to wake the body up and start the day feeling fresh and clean, but what kind of effect can daily showers have on the skin?
Normal, healthy skin maintains a layer of oil and a balance of “good” bacteria and other microorganisms. Washing and scrubbing removes these, especially if the water is hot. As a result, skin may become dry, irritated, or itchy.
This dry, cracked skin often allows bacteria and allergens to breach the barrier skin is supposed to provide, allowing skin infections and allergic reactions to occur. Additionally, the human immune system needs a certain amount of stimulation by normal microorganisms, dirt and other environmental exposures in order to create protective antibodies and “immune memory.”
Over-cleaning your body is probably not a cpmmon concern for most, however, it is still important to understand that daily showers do not improve your health. In fact, they could cause skin problems and other health issues, and they waste a lot of water.
While there is no ideal frequency, experts suggest that showering several times per week is plenty for most people (unless you are grimy, sweaty, or have other reasons to shower more often). Short showers — lasting three or four minutes — with a focus on the armpits and groin will suffice.
COVID Has Caused a Bicycle Boom, Cities Across the Globe Adjust
Coronavirus has affected everyone in the world, but it may come as a surprise of how it has impacted the cycling industry. Bike shops are currently seeing a boom in sales, with some shops reportedly doubling sales over the last few months.
The biggest sellers are entry-level bikes that are mainly used for commuting and fitness. Whether it’s for transportation or recreation, people seem to be turning to cycling as a socially distanced way of exercising and getting around.
As tides shift towards cycling, city infrastructure has adjusted to accommodate. Paris is adding 400 miles of bike lanes; Austin, Texas, is voting on bond issues to spend $120 million dollars on new trails and bike lanes; and D.C. has designated 22 miles of slow streets for walking, biking and play, open to local vehicle traffic only.
Hopefully, these changes will continue to help citizens withstand the crisis in good health and financial stability, and perhaps the transition provides a brief glimpse at a more health conscious and eco friendly future.
FARMERS MARKETS IN THE VALLEY
Local farmers and vendors are doing everything they can to continue providing fresh produce and products to the people. Whether it’s virtual or in-person, here’s a list of local farmers markets that are going above and beyond to serve the community.
The Haverhill Farmers Market returns for its 42nd season. Open each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the market runs through October 31, selling an expanded selection of farm-fresh fruits, herbs, eggs, vegetables, delicious baked goods, hummus, local wine, honey, fresh breads, handmade soaps, doggie treats, ice cream and more.
(978) 872-7535 | TeamHaverhill.org/projects/community/haverhill-farmers-market
This year, the Groundwork Farmers Market will be happening virtually. Order online or by phone, choose from four prepackaged choices, and pick up your delicious goods at their station.
(978) 701-5573 | GroundWorkLawrence.org
The North Andover Farmers Market happens every year, and this year is no different. Also, you can browse through a plentiful selection of fruits, veggies, breads and more at their virtual market.
The Salem Farmers Market boasts a family-friendly atmosphere featuring live music, children’s entertainment and seasonal special events. In the midst of COVID-19, the market is taking precautions to create a safe and enjoyable space for all patrons. For the time being, the market will be open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Although the outdoor summer market is postponed, you can visit here to find vendor products.
Mill City Grows Mobile Market
Pick up fresh produce and more with this mobile market. Visit Lowell’s Mill No. 5 parking lot every Tuesday between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Lowell Senior Center any Thursday between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m; and Lucy Larcom Park on Fridays between 12 to 3 p.m.
Mill No. 5 The Farm Market
Mill No. 5 is not collecting any table fees and is not profiting from this market. The market facilitates healthy food options from local farmers and food producers. Stop by Mill No. 5 at 225 Middlesex Street for fresh fruit, veggies, meat and more.