Wool Socks for Winter Months

Sheep - WoolWhile spring may seem within reaching distance, we still have a few more months of cold, snow, slush and bad weather until we reach those May flowers. So – I thought I’d remind everyone that if you’re suffering from cold feet and toes (or maybe even damp, stinky feet), think about switching your cotton and nylon socks out for wool socks. I know – wool sounds itchy and scratchy like the sweaters you got over the holiday season, but if you get the right kind of wool – Merino Wool – you’ll be surprised how soft and comfortable it can be. So, why is wool so great? Let me explain:

  • Wool insulates: Wool fibers trap body heat against your skin to keep you toasty in cold weather.
  • Wool wicks away moisture: Whether you have an issue with sweaty feet or a leaking boot, wool socks have got you covered. Wool can absorb up to 1/3 of its weight in moisture without feeling wet. Plus, they’ll continue to keep your feet warm.
  • Wool is odor resistant: Who doesn’t want to prevent stinky feet? Right. Wool is naturally anti-bacterial, which means it can kill odor causing bacteria around your feet. This also means you can wear them a few times before washing (no judgement).
  • Wool is durable: Wool fibers can bend back and forth 20,000 times without breaking – cotton breaks after 3,200 bends. Think less holes!

Why does this matter? Well, cottons socks can absorb moisture too, but they take a lot longer to dry and have no insulation properties at all, which means damp, cold, stinky feet all day long.

We’ve got some really great Merino Wool (i.e. soft) options for your consideration:

Professional Athletes Love Compression Arm Sleeves

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Whether you’ve seen compression arm sleeves worn by professional athletes or by someone working out at the gym, it’s hard not to notice the amount of attention arm sleeves have been getting. We have been surrounded with sports stars like LeBron James, Robert Griffin III, Ray Allen, Kobe Bryant, Johnny Manziel, Allen Iverson, Dwyane Wade and many more who all famously wear compression garments. Although compression sleeves are usually used to treat medical problems or to help heal after an injury, arm sleeves can be worn regularly to help keep you energized by reducing muscle fatigue, improving circulation, increasing performance, providing protection from injury and can even reduce soreness as well.

With tons of pro athletes such as Robert Griffin III regularly using compression arm sleeves, they are starting to make a fashion statement. When asked why he wears an arm sleeve on his left hand (when he throws with his right), the quarterback claims that it’s not about functionality, it’s about feeling good. As more and more people demand to know why he always wears it, RGIII explains the rituals that him and other players have; “You see we [NFL players] do these things because they make us comfortable. Not to be different. Been wearing a sleeve and glove for 10 years.”

Like RGIII, Allen Iverson was introduced to compression arm sleeves because of an injury, but came to like them so much that he continued to wear them! And conveniently enough, it helped to cover up tattoos that are not allowed in the NBA. Clever right? Thanks to LympheDIVAs and LympheDudes, there are now tons of fun, eye-catching and unique patterns of compression arm sleeves and gloves to choose from. Now you can boost your confidence with fresh compression arm sleeves just like the pros.

Yes, arm sleeves can also keep you warm, but did you know that the Core-Sport Gradient Compression Arm Sleeve, along with a lot of other products sold on BrightLife Direct are antimicrobial to protect your body against bacteria and also helps to eliminate odors. The material the sleeves are made out of actually works to kill bacteria. If you have open wounds, recently had surgery or are more prone to infection, choose items that are antimicrobial or that contain silver in them. Silver is known to have medicinal properties that help speed up the healing process. BrightLife offers products with silver-coated fibers for both men and women.

So there you have it! Arm sleeves can help you recover and improve your performance, while making you look great at the same time. So what are you waiting for? Get shopping!

 

Foot Care Not a Priority for Most Americans

The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) just released a fascinating new national opinion survey on American foot health. The most interesting factoid? Americans have a lot of foot problems, and yet they don’t do much to improve their foot health.

APMA reports:

  • 8 in 10 Americans have experienced a foot problem, and half report that it has impacted their quality of life.
  • Despite pain and problems, only 25% of Americans say they care for their feet all of the time (foot care includes clipping toe nails, applying foot lotions, wearing foot insoles, purchasing foot friendly shoes, etc.)

Foot problems that Americans admitted to having included:

  • Sweaty, smelly feet
  • Toe nail problems
  • Heel pain/plantar fasciitis
  • Pain in the ball of foot
  • Pain from high heels
  • Bunions
  • Bone spurs
  • Tendinitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Hammertoes
  • Pinched nerve

And, researchers have also found that those that have foot problems are more likely to have health issues with other parts of their body, including back pain, knee pain, weight issues and more. These side effects make sense. Foot pain will keep people off of their feet, which limits exercise and activity.

Even though using our feet is SO important to our daily activities and movement – caring for them seems to be the last thing on our minds. We’re going to add “better foot care” to our mid-year resolutions and here are a few things we’ll be trying:

  • Wear socks infused with silver or copper to kill odor causing bacteria. Not sure what I’m talking about? See our post on smelly feet!
  • Take care of your toe nails: Eat food rich in protein, vitamin B7 and calcium for healthy nails. Make sure you trim hangnails immediately and keep nails at a short length. Avoid using nail polish remover with Acetone – it dries nails out.
  • Wear shoe inserts to prevent and ease foot pain. Plantar Fascitis is a common and incredibly painful foot condition that occurs in the heel of the foot. Wearing over the counter shoe supports are an easy and inexpensive way to improve the way your foot feels.
  • Wear shoes that fit. I know personally how tempting it is to buy clearance shoes that are half a size, or sometimes an entire size off. For me, this usually ends in blisters and heel/arch pain after one wearing. Think of buying the correct shoe size as an investment in your feet!
  • Compression socks! If you’re on your feet all day, wearing a light compression sock can make a world of difference. They improve circulation, prevent swelling and can even provide arch support. If you’ve never worn compression before, try a 15-20 mmHg sock and see what I’m talking about.

Do you have any other foot health tips?

Best Socks for Stinky, Sweaty Feet

Allegro Athletic Copper Support Socks 15-20mmHgHave an issue with stinky, sweaty feet? We’ve got the sock for you! The Allegro Athletic Copper Support Socks in 15-20 mmHg of compression will wick away sweat and kill bacteria.  How will this sock stop the smell and the stink you ask? We’ll answer a few frequently asked questions about socks, copper and stinky feet here:

Why do my feet smell bad? Feet smell particularly bad because the bacteria that lives on your feet feeds off your sweat and then excretes waste that stinks! It’s perfectly natural to have bacteria on your feet – don’t worry, most people do – but when you wear socks all day, sweat collects in your socks or shoes, and the bacteria have the perfect dark home to feed, breed and excrete all day. By the time you take your socks off at the end of the day, a ton of stinky excretion has built up and everyone in the room can smell it!

So, why buy a sock with copper in the fabric? Copper won’t stop your feet from sweating, but it will stop your feet from stinking! Copper is naturally anti-microbial and anti-fungal – it kills 99.9% of the bacteria in the socks and on your foot. With bacteria dead and gone, there will be no stench at the end of the day. You’ll also be protected from athlete’s foot and other harmful foot bacteria and fungus. In fact, copper socks are standard issue for the military.

What about the sweat? The Allegro Athletic Copper Support Socks are made of CoolMax Polyester which will wick away moisture and keep your feet dry.

Why wear compression socks? Compression socks have a ton of great medical benefits, including increasing circulation, preventing and controlling varicose veins, decreasing swelling and more. Check out our Learning Center to find out more.

By Brita @ BrightLife Direct
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Gee Your Feet Smell Horrific!

Have you ever found yourself in the same room with a pair of unpleasantly smelly feet?  Yuck.  Were the feet yours? Double yuck.  Make note, BrightLife Direct has socks that will tame even the most odoriferous feet.

Foot odor is created by bacterial toxins that thrive in warm, moist, confined conditions, like sweaty socks.  Did you know there are 250,000 sweat glands in your feet?  More than any other part of your body!  Socks obviously come in direct contact with your feet and the fiber composition of a sock can have a direct effect on foot odor.  Synthetic fibers like nylon and spandex can restrict ventilation making the foot warmer and wetter.  Natural fibers like cotton and wool provide greater air flow, but all compression stockings must have some synthetic fibers to provide the needed compression.

Two great solutions for your little stinkers are our Juzo Silver Sole socks and our new Aetrex Copper Sole socks.  Silver and copper have natural anti-microbial properties that kill off the bacteria at the root of the problem.  Aetrex copper socks are relatively new to BrightLife Direct.  In addition to Aetrex compression, we sell their non-binding cushioned diabetic socks, and their athletic socks with cushioned feet and arch support.

As of this writing we have not received any Aetrex customer reviews, but our staff loves them!

Pete@BrightLife Direct
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