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Jan 31

Bread Tag Color Code

What is the Bread Tag Color Code?

Bread tags

The Bread Tag Color Code of the tags show what day the bread was delivered to the store, since it is delivered fresh, it’s usually also the day it was baked.
The  code is easy to remember, it’s in alphabetical order,
blue-green-red-white-yellow for
Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday.

Some companies might have their own coloring system, just ask in the store!

Jan 19

Your Inner Clock and Biorhythm

Your Inner Clock and BiorhythmSnoreless Pillow

 

Waking up early on a weekend when you were planning on sleeping in? It’s because of your inner clock, which is set by the day and night cycle, and it does not know you want to sleep longer!
Your rhythm determines when you get tired, heart rate, breathing, body temperature and hormone levels.
When you are aware of this, you do better if you tackle activities at certain times of the day.

6:00am – 11:00 am

Help your body to be awake by exposing it to light and sunshine.
Eat and drink something.
Vaccinations are best tolerated at this time
The risk for heart attacks or stroke is highest at this time interval.

11:00am – 1:00pm

The best time for difficult tasks! Body and mind are in top shape!
There is an increase in Adrenalin production.
Your stomach is getting ready for lunch by producing more stomach acid, carbohydrates and fats are digested well!

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

After lunch our digestive system kicks in, you are getting tired, a good time to take, a nap if you can.
A visit to the dentist, for example, is best scheduled at this time since your pain tolerance level is higher.

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This is a good time for physical activity.
Your longtime memory is optimal now, a good time to work on projects.
Stomach and intestinal tract  have the highest blood circulation  and medications are absorbed the best this time of day.
Your bladder works best also, so drink a lot of fluids to help your body get rid of toxins.

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

This is the time to have a beer or a glass of wine, liver and pancreas are active.
Don’t eat too late, it’s better for stomach and spleen so they get rest  and regenerate over night.
The early evening is a good time for Yoga or Meditation.

7:00pm – 11:00 pm

No food, chips and soda, they interfere with the rest phase of your digestive track.
Unwind, turn the TV off, no computer and no playing on smart phones or tablets, it messes with your inner clock!
About 9:00 pm, the hormone levels that help you sleep, increase , around 11:00 pm pulse and blood pressure decrease.
Go to bed soon!

11:00 pm – 7:00 am

Sleep time!
Your body rests and regenerates for the next day!
Try to get enough and restful sleep!

Jan 14

Vicks Vapo Rub against Nail Fungus

Get rid of  Nail Fungus with Vicks Vapo Rub Vicks VapoRub

Spring and Summer will be here again soon, and for some lucky people, it’s always sandals and flip flops time. You want your feet to look nice, without ugly, yellow toenails, Vicks VapoRub can help with achieving that goal.
You can catch a toe nail fungus in many different ways, in gyms, locker-rooms, hot-tubs, saunas, steam-rooms, swimming pools and showers, just walking barefoot in those places can cause you to get a fungal infection.

Sweating in your shoes and socks, is also the perfect breeding ground for fungal infections. You are more vulnerable to a  fungal infection if you  have tiny cuts between the nail and nail bed, as this opens the area up for the fungus to thrive.  Hands have better circulation , so the fingernails aren’t as vulnerable to infections as the  toe nails are. Older people are more prone to get a nail fungus because their blood circulation isn’t as good anymore and they are less active.
As we age, our nails begin to thicken, making us more susceptible to fungal invasion. Men are more at risk than women, and the tendency can be passed on genetically.

Risk factors that increase the likelihood for nail fungus may also include diabetes, trauma to the nail, poor personal hygiene, athlete’s foot, hyperhydrosis, peripheral vascular disease, continual exposure to water and conditions involving immunodeficiency.

The best thing of course, is to prevent getting a nail fungus, so follow these tips:

  • Change your socks and shoes immediately after exercising and make sure your shoes are dry before using them again.

  • Wear flip-flops in public locker-rooms,  saunas , by the shower and around swimming pools.

  • Buy organic cotton or hemp socks,  they absorb sweat the best.

  • Treat athlete’s foot immediately to avoid infecting your toes.

  • Exercise to increase blood circulation to the toes

  • Keep your feet and toes clean and dry.

  • Avoid shoes that prevent ventilation of the feet.

If you did get a Nail Fungus on your nails, try Vicks VapoRub. Rub it in your nails 2 times a day. Use a cotton swap to do this, be sure you do not dip it into your tub of Vicks VapoRub after you touched your nail, you do not want to contaminate the Rub.
The infected part of your nail will peel off or becomes “unattatched” to the matrix (the layer of cells underneath the nail), so cut off as much as possible to prevent it getting snagged on something and ripping off. If the whole nail has fungus on it already,it may all come off. Be sure you sanitize the clippers  with rubbing alcohol to prevent reinfection. A fresh new nail will grow back , be aware, that this process may take several months.
I covered up my toe with a band-aid since it happened to me during the summer, (of course!) nobody could see it and it protected the nail from getting caught on something.
I applied the Vicks VapoRub to my whole toe nail, the infected part peeled and fell off, but the uninfected part became really nice and pink and healthy looking!
I am currently testing, if using it as a preventive measure  keeps nails from thickening, as nails tend to do as we get older. I will keep you posted!

If you use Vicks for a couple of weeks and see no difference, see a doctor.


 

 

Sep 20

Natural Earache Remedy : Onion Wrap

Natural Earache Remedy

Onion

Earaches can be very painful and come on very suddenly.
The reason for the pain is quite simple.
Through the accumulation of fluid and the clogged Eustachian tube, the pressure equalization in the middle ear can no longer take place. The Eustachian tube is normally filled with air, but when the air is replaced by the body through the liquid, the resulting pressure on the eardrum causes the pain.
The underlying disease is simple, most of the time. In principle, the ear has a cold and is plugged up. The cause is usually a virus. Therefore, antibiotics are not useful since they work on bacterial infections only.They eliminate neither the pain faster nor reduce the risk of complications.
If you are also running a fever and the wrap does not bring relief in a couple of days, do see your doctor though to rule out an bacterial infection.

How does an Onion Compress (Wrap) work

The objective of the compress is to get the onion fumes in the ear.
The essential oils of the onion have a strong expectorant, the build up of secretion is thus eliminated and the pressure and the pain subside.

What you need for an Onion Wrap

Of course onions. One or two are sufficient, the kind that make you cry, are the best! You also need a cotton sock or a cotton handkerchief or towel.
Peel the onion and cut it into small pieces. Fill the pieces into the (clean) sock or fold them into the handkerchief or towel.

Warm Wrap

The preferred application is a warm wrap. Place the onion pieces into a microwave until warm (times vary by Microwave and how many onions you have, start with 30 seconds or so). Make sure they are not too hot before placing on ear, you should only have one layer of cotton fabric between the onions and the ear, so the oils and fumes can reach the ear. Do not try to stick onion pieces into the ear canal.
Place the onions (in sock or cotton material) on the ear, wrap something around to keep in place, like a bandana, hat or scarf or another towel. It’s easiest if you lay down so the wrap will stay in place.
If you do not have a microwave, heat the onions with steam, do not place them in water or they will loose their oil.
Leave on ear for up to an hour!

Cold Wrap

Use a rolling pin or something similar, like a bottle for example, to crush the onions just a little to release the oils. Place them on the ear and secure with a headband, hoodie or lay on them.
Sore Throat
The onion wrap also works wonderfully for a sore throat, you will need more onions and a larger piece of cotton of course, the rest of it is the same as with the wrap for the ear.

Aug 31

Spaghetti Ice Cream Dessert

Spaghetti Ice Cream

Spaghetti Ice Cream

Looking for something different for a yummy dessert?
Try Spaghetti Ice Cream! It is made with Vanilla Ice Cream, homemade Whipping Cream, Strawberry Sauce and White Chocolate! Check out the Website, it  has all the resources you need, instructions, recipes and an “How to Video”!
Visit the website at www.spaghettiicecream.org

 Watch the Video  How to make Spaghetti Ice Cream

In order to make this delicious dessert, you need a ricer.
SpaghettiIcecream.org offers a variety of ricers, but this particular one is top of the line!
Durable, dishwasher safe and made in Italy!

Ricer

Ricer




Jun 04

Sunburn and SPF, UPF, UVA and UVB

Protect Your Skin from a Sunburn

SunhatDid you ever hear people say: ” I can’t tan, I have to burn first ?”  Well, I have seen plenty of lobsters out there, and you really don’t need to look like one, to tan.

A friend of mine, a red head, notorious for sunburns, goes on a cruise once a year. She usually burns, and figured, why even bother with sunscreen? I explained the whole SPF thing to her, and she decided to try it. On her next cruise, she slapped on the sunscreen, tried to stay out of the sun during peak sunburn hours (10 am – 4pm) and got a nice surprise!  For the first time, she did not get a sunburn and she had a nice little tan ! She did, however, burn her lips, she did not think to put a lipstick or lip balm with a sunscreen in it, on. So it is possible to tan without getting burnt, even for red heads.

Of course, having a tan means you have sun damage, unfortunately.

Sunscreens  are products combining several ingredients that help prevent the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation from reaching the skin. Two types of ultraviolet radiation,UVA and UVB, damage the skin and increase your risk of skin cancer. Sunscreens vary in their ability to protect against UVA and UVB. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is part of the electromagnetic (light) spectrum that reaches the earth from the sun. It has wavelengths shorter than visible light, making it invisible to the naked eye. Ultraviolet A (UVA) is the longer wave UV ray that causes lasting skin damage, skin aging, and can cause skin cancer. Ultraviolet B (UVB) is the shorter wave UV ray that causes sunburns, skin damage, and can cause skin cancer.

We all need to put on sunscreen every day.Infants need to be kept out of direct sunlight until they are 6 months old. Keep them in the shade and cover up their skin. After that, they may be able to use sunscreen (check with your pediatrician). They should always wear a sunhat when they are outside.

For women it’s easier, since a lot of day creams and make up have sunscreen in it already. I guess there are even after shave lotions now, that have sunscreen in them.That’s only good enough for every day use though, if you are going to be outdoors for longer periods of time, you need to cover your whole body with sunscreen! Use about a shot glass full of lotion at a time. You need to reapply every 2 hours, especially after swimming and toweling off, or sweating a great deal.

In Hawaii, I have observed a lot of (mostly Japanese) women, who are covered from head to toe and also carry an umbrella with them, they don’t want to take any chances. That is, of course, the best protection, clothing ! Not all clothing is created equal though.UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor and indicates how much of the sun’s UV radiation is absorbed. A fabric with a rating of 50 will allow only 1/50th of the sun’s UV rays to pass through. This means the fabric will reduce your skin’s UV radiation exposure significantly, because only 2 percent of the UV rays will get through.  The easiest way to test if a fabric can protect your skin is to hold it up to the light. If you can see through it, then UV radiation can penetrate it – and your skin.The color of the fabric also plays a role. Darker-colored fabrics are more effective than lighter at blocking out the sun. For instance, the UPF of a green cotton T-shirt is 10 versus 7 for white cotton, and a thicker fabric such as velvet in black, blue or dark green has an approximate UPF of 50.

Always wear a hat, and of course sunglasses !!

SPF means sun protection factor.Most sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or higher do an excellent job of protecting against UVB. SPF  is a measure of a sunscreen’s ability to prevent UVB from damaging the skin. Here’s how it works: If it takes 20 minutes for your unprotected skin to start turning red, using an SPF 15 sunscreen theoretically prevents reddening 15 times longer — about five hours.

SPF 15 filters out approximately 93 percent of all incoming UVB rays. SPF 30 keeps out 97 percent and SPF 50 keeps out 98 percent. They may seem like negligible differences, but if you are light-sensitive, or have a history of skin cancer, those extra percentages will make a difference, and as you can see, no sunscreen can block all UV rays. Sunscreen, regardless of strength, needs to be reapplied every 2 hours.  “Reddening” of the skin is a reaction to UVB rays alone and tells you little about what UVA damage you may be getting. Plenty of damage can be done without the red flag of sunburn being raised. Don’t think that you are OK on a cloudy day,up to 40 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation reaches the earth on a completely cloudy day. This misperception often leads to the most serious sunburns, because people spend all day outdoors with no protection from the sun. You can also get the UV rays in the winter, snow reflects the rays, just like water does, and makes them even more potent.So don’t forget sunblock in the winter.

That’s why it is so important to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen,offering protection against both UVA and UVB rays.

Mar 22

Passionflower

Passionflower

PassionflowerThe Passionflower is a natural remedy for anxiety and insomnia.
This plant is native to southeast America, but is also grown in Europe now.
It is available in various forms, Infusions, Teas, Liquid Extracts, Tinctures and Capsules.
Studies of people with generalized anxiety disorder show that passionflower was as effective as some chemical drugs in treating symptoms.
According to folklore, passionflower got its name because its corona resembles the crown of thorns worn by Jesus during the crucifixion.
Herbs are a natural approach to treat ailments and strengthen the body. They  can interact with other herbs or medications  you take though, so check with a doctor before taking  herbs if you are on prescription medication or are taking other natural substances.
I have personally tried Passionflower and it helped me to relax and be able to sleep at night.

 

 

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