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NATURAL CLEANING SECRETS

1. Chopping boards

Use a sponge soaked in a mixture of lemon juice and salt to make an old chopping board look as good as new.

2. Copper pots

For copper pots to look as good as new again, sprinkle the surface with salt, then pour a little bit of vinegar over it, rubbing it with a hard sponge.

3. Plates

Got scratches on your plates? Use a polish designed specifically for use on porcelain.

4. Baking trays

Remove burnt stains from baking trays easily by applying a paste made of hydrogen peroxide and ordinary soda. Spread the paste on the baking tray and leave it for 30 minutes before rinsing.

5. Carpets

Prepare a solution made of one part vinegar and two parts water. Mix the water and vinegar together in a spray bottle and spray on the stain, covering with a damp cloth. Then, set your iron onto steam mode and place it over the cloth for 30 seconds.

6. Cast-iron pans

For cast-iron pans you will need a disinfectant, some gloves, garbage bags and white vinegar and follow these instructions:

• Spread a thick layer of the disinfectant on the old cast-iron pan..

• Put the pan in a garbage bag and tie it up tightly.

• Leave the pan in the bag for 1-2 days then rinse off the disinfectant.

• Apply a new layer of the same liquid and put it in a tightly knotted bag for one day.

• Wash off the dirt with hot water.

• Soak the pan in a mixture of warm water and vinegar (1:1) for an hour and scrub the surface with a scouring pad.

• Let the pan dry.

• Preheat the oven to 250C, putting the pan in it for an hour.

• Carefully remove the hot frying pan and apply a layer of olive oil all over it.

• The hot metal will absorb the required amount of oil – wipe off the residue with a clean, dry cloth and once again, put the pan in the oven, this time upside down.

• Take it out after 15 minutes, wipe with a cloth and place it in the oven again for an extra 15 minutes. Repeat for another two times.

7. Tiles

Use bleach to clean the areas between the tiles. Mix with water in a ratio of 1:1. While doing so, be sure to ventilate the room.

8. White sneakers

It is possible to make your sneakers bright white once again using a solution of one teaspoon of dishwasher cleaning liquid, three tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide, and two tablespoons of baking soda.

9. Leather furniture

Wipe scratches from your sofa using olive oil or baby oil, using a cotton swab. Let the oil dry for an hour. If the scratch is visible, repeat the procedure.

10. Furniture, with microfiber upholstery

This kind of furniture requires special care. Use a white sponge and alcohol to get rid of any stains that may appear on the furniture over time. Dampen the stain with a sponge soaked in alcohol, let it dry, then clean the area thoroughly with a brush.

11. Leather bags

Clean the stains on a leather bag easily by simply using wet wipes.

12. Fabric Softener

Mix 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water together. Add 1/4 to 1/3 cup to the final rinse cycle.

13. Toilet Cleaner

Use undiluted white vinegar, pour around the top of the toilet bowl, scrub until clean.

14. Cookware

Use sea salt or coarse salt mixed with a little lemon juice and scrub. Also, try baking soda and water made into a paste. This also works well on stained tea cups or coffee mugs, and even the cutting board.

15. Tile Grout Cleaner

Mix 1 part water and 3 parts baking soda mixed into a paste. Apply to grout and let sit, scrub with toothbrush, remove with sponge.

16. Glass Cleaner

Vinegar + water cuts through dirt and leaves glass streak-free.

17. Oven Cleaning

A paste of baking soda and water cleans ovens without the chemicals or the hassle of the self-cleaning cycle. Just make a paste on the bottom of the oven, leave for a few hours and wipe off for a shiny, chemical free oven.

18. Natural Air Freshener

In a medium saucepan, simmer a quart of water with:

  • 1 sliced lemon, 2 tablespoons rosemary and a dash of vanilla, or
  • 1 sliced lime and 1 piece chopped ginger root, or
  • 1 sliced orange, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and a dash of nutmeg and cloves (smells like pumpkin pie!), or
  • 2 tablespoons thyme and 1 sliced lime

19. Shower Heads

Clean a shower head by filling a plastic bag with white vinegar and then tie the bag around the shower head so that the shower head is immersed in the vinegar. Leave on for up to 12 hours and remove carefully. Pour it down the drain and your shower head should be clean and free of hard water residue.

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LATEST NEWS ON SUGAR

We’ve long known that processed sugar is bad for kids. And yet new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data presented this week (June 10) at the American Society for Nutrition’s annual meeting show that American infants are consuming excessive amounts of added sugar in their diets, much more than the amounts currently recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA) and other medical organizations. The study found that toddlers 12 to 18 months consumed 5.5 teaspoons per day, and that toddlers 19 to 23 months consumed 7.1 teaspoons. This is close to, or more than, the amount of sugar recommended by AHA for adult women (six teaspoons) and men (nine teaspoons).

Names for Sugar

Sugar comes in different forms and a variety of names. All of the following sweeteners provide you with calories and all have little or no nutritional value (known as ‘empty calories’).

  • Sugar
  • Dextrose
  • Maltose
  • Glucose
  • Fructose, High Fructose Corn syrup
  • Corn sweetener
  • Honey
  • Agave
  • Sucrose
  • Sorghum syrup
  • Sorbitol
  • Brown sugar
  • Lactose
  • Molasses
  • Syrup
  • Fruit juice concentrate

Learn more about it: https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/nhp/documents/sugar.pdf


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HOME REMEDIES TO FIGHT FOOD POISIONING

Food poisoning is caused by eating contaminated food. Infectious organisms (bacteria, viruses and parasites) and their toxins are the most common causes of food poisoning.

Food poisoning symptoms, which can start within hours of eating contaminated food, often include nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Most often, food poisoning is mild and resolves without treatment. But some people need to go to the hospital. The most common serious complication of food poisoning is dehydration — a severe loss of water and essential salts and minerals. If you’re a healthy adult and drink enough to replace fluids you lose from vomiting and diarrhea, dehydration shouldn’t be a problem. Infants, older adults and people with suppressed immune systems or chronic illnesses may become severely dehydrated when they lose more fluids than they can replace. In that case, they may need to be hospitalized and receive intravenous fluids.

With symptoms ranging from mild to severe abdominal cramps, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness and dehydration, food poisoning is a condition not to be ignored.

When to see a doctor

If you experience any of the following signs or symptoms, seek medical attention.

  • Frequent episodes of vomiting and inability to keep liquids down
  • Bloody vomit or stools
  • Diarrhea for more than three days
  • Extreme pain or severe abdominal cramping
  • An oral temperature higher than 100.4 F (38 C)
  • Signs or symptoms of dehydration — excessive thirst, dry mouth, little or no urination, severe weakness, dizziness, or lightheadedness
  • Neurological symptoms such as blurry vision, muscle weakness and tingling in the arms

How to treat mild food poisoning at home

1. Ginger

It adds flavor to your dishes, but it is also an excellent home remedy for curing almost all types of digestive problems. Take a tablespoon of honey with a few drops of ginger juice to reduce inflammation and pain.

2. Cumin:

Cumin or jeera seeds are a good way to soothe the inflammation in your stomach, reduce the tenderness and aid healing. Crush a tablespoon of cumin seeds and add it to your clear soup.

3. Basil

Basil is another excellent home remedy, curing infections of both the stomach and the throat. Strain the juice of a few basil leaves and add it to a tablespoon of honey. It’s bound to show positive results within a couple of hours.

4. Bananas

Bananas are a rich source of potassium. They aid recovery and reduce the effects of food poisoning to an impressive level. Mash a couple of bananas and an apple, or whip up a quick banana shake.

5. Apples

Apples are one of nature’s best natural remedies, and they are very effective against food poisoning as they reduce heartburn and acid reflux. Apples are known to have enzymes that inhibit the growth of the bacteria that cause diarrhea and stomachache.

6. Lemon

The acidity of lemon juice kills most of the bacteria that cause food poisoning. Squeeze the juice of a lemon and add a pinch of sugar to it. Drink it as you would any medicine, or add lemon to your tea.

7. Activated charcoal

Activated charcoal absorbs all the unwanted gasses and substances that may be harmful to the delicate lining of the stomach, thereby aiding a speedy recovery.

8. Water

It is very important to keep yourself fully hydrated during the period of food poisoning, as your body tends to lose more water through diarrhea. Also, keeping your water content high, rapidly flushes out the toxins and bacteria, which enhances your recovery.

9. Apple cider vinegar

Being acidic in nature, vinegar, specifically apple cider vinegar, soothes the gastrointestinal lining. It also makes the environment in the stomach inhospitable for the bacteria to breed in, which helps speed up the recovery.

10. Peppermint tea

It’s not just aromatherapy. Peppermint oil is known to have a soothing effect, which is extremely beneficial for people suffering from stomach spasms due to food poisoning. Add a few drops to your tea; your cramps will vanish in a couple of hours.

How to prevent food poisoning

  • Wash your hands, utensils and food surfaces often. Wash your hands well with warm, soapy water before and after handling or preparing food. Use hot, soapy water to wash utensils, cutting boards and other surfaces you use.
  • Keep raw foods separate from ready-to-eat foods. When shopping, preparing food or storing food, keep raw meat, poultry, fish and shellfish away from other foods. This prevents cross-contamination.
  • Cook foods to a safe temperature. The best way to tell if foods are cooked to a safe temperature is to use a food thermometer. You can kill harmful organisms in most foods by cooking them to the right temperature. Cook ground beef to 160 F (71.1 C); steaks, roasts and chops, such as lamb, pork and veal, to at least 145 F (62.8 C). Cook chicken and turkey to 165 F (73.9 C). Make sure fish and shellfish are cooked thoroughly.
  • Refrigerate or freeze perishable foods promptly — within two hours of purchasing or preparing them. If the room temperature is above 90 F (32.2 C), refrigerate perishable foods within one hour.
  • Defrost food safely. Don’t thaw food at room temperature. The safest way to thaw food is to defrost it in the refrigerator. If you microwave frozen food using the "defrost" or "50 percent power" setting, be sure to cook it immediately.
  • Throw it out when in doubt. If you aren’t sure if a food has been prepared, served or stored safely, discard it. Food left at room temperature too long may contain bacteria or toxins that can’t be destroyed by cooking. Don’t taste food that you’re unsure about — just throw it out. Even if it looks and smells fine, it may not be safe to eat.


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Avoid these on empty stomach

Avoid these things on an empty stomach:

1. Take Anti-Inflammatories

Aspirins and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) cannot be taken on an empty stomach. Not only will this reduce their effectiveness, but it can also cause serious heh conditions such as gastric bleeding.

Something to Remember: Milk decreases the negative effects of NSAIDs. If you don’t have milk, you can wash the drug down with plenty of water.

2. Drink Coffee

Coffee stimulates the production of acid that might cause heartburn and other digestive issues when drank on an empty stomach.

Something to Remember: If you’re unable to give up drinking coffee first thing in the morning, consume it with cream or milk – the fat in the milk will reduce any negative effects.

3. Drink Alcohol

With an empty stomach, alcohol absorption rate increases by a factor of 2. In addition, the removal of alcohol breakdown products slows down, which causes a hangover. It will also have negative consequences on your liver, heart, and kidneys.

Something to Remember: If the situation doesn’t allow you to refuse a drink, take a cold non-carbonated drink instead as they are absorbed more slowly. Better yet, eat something small first.

4. Go to Bed

Hunger and low glucose levels prevent us from falling asleep and cause superficial sleep and early awakening.

Something to Remember: Gorging yourself before going to bed is also a bad idea. The best solution is to consume dairy products as they contain calcium and magnesium. This will ensure a sound sleep.

5. Intense Training

Some people like to believe that exercising on an empty stomach burns more calories, but the reality is that it has no influence on fat loss. However, it will contribute to muscle loss, which you definitely don’t want.

Something to Remember: Replace intense training with aerobic exercise. If you suffer from digestive issues, it’s best if you have a snack before any type of exercise as physical activity increases the production of gastric juice, which is harmful to an empty stomach.

6. Shop

Hunger will make you buy more food than necessary. In fact, if we have an empty stomach, we’ll be more acquisitive even in non-food stores.

Something to Remember: Besides making a shopping list in advance, paying with cash can also help you save money. This is because people tend to spend less when they pay with cash instead of a credit card.

7. Drink Citrus Juice

The acid and tough fibers found in citrus fruits will irritate an empty stomach, which is dangerous for those who have gastritis or those at risk of developing it.

Something to Remember: Freshly squeezed citrus juice will bring a load of benefits if you dilute it with water in a 1:1 ratio.

8. Argue

Research has shown that hunger makes us less composed. This happens because self-control requires energy, which is in short supply when you have an empty stomach.

Something to Remember: If you don’t have the time to eat before a discussion, drink something warm, and offer some to the other person. This will make the conversation a lot more amicable.


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FOODS TO AVOID WHEN SICK

Food is the last thing that is on our mind when we are battling an illness such as the flu or stomach bug. However, they provide the nourishment to fight off the bugs. Avoid foods and beverages when sick.

1. Coffee

When you should avoid it: You have any type of illness, but especially if you have a stomach bug.

Why it makes you feel worse: The caffeine present in coffee is a diuretic, so it can make you urinate a lot, leaving you dehydrated. That is bad news when you’re battling some sort of virus or other infection, since being hydrated helps your immune system fight more effectively. Caffeine is even worse if you’re vomiting or have diarrhea, since both will cause you to lose further fluids and, therefore, taking caffeine on top of that will only make your dehydration worse. Furthermore, caffeine can stimulate the muscles in your digestive tract and intensify your diarrhea.

2. Orange Juice

When you should avoid it: If you have a cough or a sore throat.

Why it makes you feel worse: Orange juice’s tart acidity is usually very refreshing, but when you have a cough or a cold, it can cause more damage than good. This is because the citric acid irritates further the lining of your already-inflamed throat. This means your throat will take longer to heal.

3. Sweets

When you should avoid it: You have any sort of illness, but especially a stomach bug.

Why it makes you feel worse: Eating refined sugar can temporarily hinder your white blood cells’ ability to fend off bacteria. Therefore, for a few hours after snacking on sugary treats such as cookies, candy or cereal, your immune system is weaker. As a result, it will be less efficient at fighting off the germs that are making you ill. Refined sugar poses more of a problem when you have a stomach bug as the sugar pulls fluid out of the GI tract, leading to diarrhea.

4. Soda

When to avoid it: You are suffering from any type of illness, but especially a stomach bug.

Why it makes you feel worse: Caffeinated sodas, just like coffee, will dehydrate you and they are full of sugars that will suppress your immune system and mess with your GI tract. If water doesn’t appeal to you, try a low-energy drink with rehydrating electrolytes – like a sports drink or coconut water.

5. Crunchy Snacks

When to avoid it: You have a cough or a sore throat.

Why they make you feel worse: The abrasiveness of snacks such as potato chips, granola, or even crispy toast will feel like sandpaper on your raw throat. The more you irritate your throat, the longer it will take to heal.

6. Alcohol

When to avoid it: You have any sort of illness, but especially a stomach bug.

Why it makes you feel worse: Alcohol, just like coffee, is a diuretic that can worsen illness-related dehydration, and since you’re probably already dehydrated to begin with, your blood alcohol content will rise faster – thus, you will get drunk faster. Alcohol may also speed up digestion, which can lead to watery stools or diarrhea.

7. Milk

When to avoid it: You have stuffiness and congestion.

Why it makes you feel worse: You have probably heard that you should avoid dairy when you’re ill because it makes you produce more phlegm and mucus. However, there is no clear evidence of this. Although, some people find that dairy makes their phlegm thicker and more unpleasant.

8. Fried or Fatty Foods

When to avoid it: You have a stomach bug.

Why it makes you feel worse: Fatty foods take a lot longer to move through your digestive system, which can make nausea worse and trigger acid reflux.. Furthermore, as they can trigger muscle spasms in your gut, they can make diarrhea a lot worse. So, save the fatty foods for when you’re better.

9. Spicy Foods

When to avoid it: You have a runny nose.

Why it makes you feel worse: Chili peppers and hot sauce get their heat from capsaicin, a compound which will irritate your nasal passages and make your nose run. Therefore, if you already have a runny nose, the heat will only make it worse.


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FOR A HEALTHY LIFE, ELIMINATE THESE FROM YOUR HOME

  1. Plastic containers:

Check all of your plastic containers and throw away any hard, translucent plastic containers that have “PC” (Polycarbonate) printed on them, as well as containers with scratches on them. These containers may be made from Bisphenol A, which is a substance that emits toxic fumes when heated. Experts recommend using metal, glass or porcelain containers to store and heat up any foodstuffs.

2. Air fresheners

The chemical that causes the air freshener’s scent to last longer is called “Phthalate”. In recent years, air freshener manufacturers have been reducing their usage of this chemical, which was shown to be harmful to the development of the reproductive system in humans and other mammals.

3. Antibacterial soap

Antibacterial soap doesn’t kill more bacteria than regular soap, and a 2014 FDA report warns that it may be unsafe for use. The active chemical in the soap, called “Triclosan”, was found to change the normal hormone levels in mammals, and may facilitate the development of antibiotics resistant bacteria. Go back to using regular soap – it’s just as effective, but without the dangerous side effects.

4. Soft drinks

If you’re trying to lose weight, drinking “diet” sodas may be the worst thing for you. Nature Magazine published research findings that show that artificial sweeteners sucralose, aspartame and saccharin cause changes in the beneficial bacteria that lives in our guts and aid in regulating our metabolism. They also reduce our body’s ability to process glucose. These side effects play a significant factor in raising the risk of developing diabetes.

5. Old sneakers

Experts maintain that running shoes should be replaced after 300-400 miles (500-650Km). For people who run an average of 30 miles a week, that means replacing your shoes every three months. Worn shoes lose their shock absorbing qualities and can damage to your knees and spine. If you don’t regularly run, replace your shoes as soon as you notice the soles are worn out.

6. Worn out toothbrushes

If you brush your teeth twice a day as your dentist recommends, your toothbrushes wear out pretty quickly. On average, it takes two months of use to wear out a toothbrush, and experts agree that they should be replaced every three months. Worn out brushes lose their efficacy in the fight against tooth decay.

7. Old liquid makeup

Any liquid makeup (and mascara in particular) may become a habitat for bacteria. It is highly advised that you throw away any liquid makeup items after three months from the moment you opened them. By using old products, you actually apply new bacteria to your skin, which can lead to zits and infections.

8. Dirty contact-lens cases

The #1 cause of eye infections is using a dirty contact lens case. Replace the case every three months and change the solution on a daily basis. Not following these rules can lead to eye ulcers and various other infections that can damage your eyes.

9. Old sunscreen

Even sunscreen has an expiration date and it signifies the time period after which the active chemicals that prevent harmful rays from damaging your skin to become inactive. After that time, no matter how much sunscreen you apply, it won’t protect your skin. Without adequate protection, you’re left exposed to premature aging, sun damages, and skin cancer.

10. Margarine or any item with high Trans Fat

Margarine contains Trans Fats, which raise your LDL levels. At the same time, moderate use of butter/ghee or coconut oil has been shown to be beneficial for your health. In 2013, the US National Health Institute found that people who eat butter generally live longer than those who eat margarine.

11. Plastic cutting boards

Regular use of plastic cutting boards leaves nicks and grooves in the material. These grooves in the material become a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and fungi, all of which are hard to remove. It’s recommended that you use a wooden board since they often have sap inside, which is a natural antimicrobial substance that kills bacteria in the wood.


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LATEST RESEARCH NOTE: TEETHING MEDS

The US Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to consumers Wednesday to stop using over-the-counter teething products that contain benzocaine. Benzocaine products are sold as gels, sprays, ointments, solutions and lozenges under brand names Anbesol, Baby Orajel, Cepacol, Chloraseptic, Hurricaine, Orabase, Orajel and Topex and as store brands and generics.

Methemoglobinemia, a fatal condition in which the oxygen level in blood dips dangerously low, may result from these anesthetics. Babies who experience these problems need to get medical attention immediately.

Takeaway: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends parents to use alternatives such as hard rubber teething products and to avoid frozen teething toys, as they can injure a baby’s mouth and cause more pain. It suggests that parents can rub their babies’ gums to give them temporary relief.