Monthly Archives: September 2014

Sun Protection Throughout the Year

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Protecting your skin should be a priority throughout the year. One of the first lines of defense for protecting your precious skin is sun protection. This type of protection can come from covering up with clothing, lotions, makeup or what most people use–sunscreen. There are dozens of choices when it comes to sunscreen, so it is important to know what to look for before you shop.

– SPF Numbers
The sun protection factor (SPF) number will tell you how much protection a sunscreen product provides. In general, if you are not planning to be out in the sun for long periods of time, you can use an SPF of around 15 and get the protection you need. However, if you plan to be in the sun for more than two hours consecutively, you should choose an SPF 30 or higher. For thin-skinned areas on your body, you can also go up as high as an SPF of 50 for maximum protection.

– UVA, UVB and Broad Spectrum
Another element of an sunscreen that you should look for is what it actually protects your skin from. A decade ago, most sunscreen products only protected the skin from UVA rays, though UVB rays are also just a dangerous to human skin. Now you have many more choices to find products that cover all of these sun dangers. These products should say on the label that it provides broad spectrum coverage for both UVA and UVB rays.

– Additional Features
Many lines of sunscreen also boast additional features that you may be interested in trying. Many well-known brands offer features such as water resistance, sweat proof and gentle on skin. If you have sensitivities to certain skincare products, you may also want to look for a brand that provides an all natural sunscreen that does not contain any harsh active or inactive ingredients.

Protecting you skin is essential to not only keeping your skin looking young and healthy, but it can also help you avoid the instances of dangerous medical conditions in the future, such as skin cancer. If you start a healthy sunscreen skincare routine, you can help protect your skin throughout the year.

Food for Healthy Chakras

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The Chakras are energy centres in the body. Chakra literally means wheel in Sanskrit. It is also alludes to physical pressure points in the body where kundalini (potential) energy rests in a dormant state. When activated, the circular flow of energy across the body (and spinal cord) is enhanced. Depending on the state of being, the Chakras can move clockwise (positive) or counter clockwise (negative). Here is a short introduction to the seven primary Chakras, its corresponding colours, what its rules and the food that helps facilitate balanced Chakras.

Crown Chakra – Connection with the Divine or Higher Self. Purple foods can assists, but it is also calls for an occasional detox or fast. The other option is eating light meals, drinking juices of fresh fruits and vegetables plus plenty of water.

Third Eye Chakra – Associated with intuition and perception. Recommended foods include bluish or purple foods that facilitate clarity and focus like blackberries, blackcurrants, blueberries, red or purple grapes, prunes and raisins.

Throat Charka – Responsible for communication. Recommended foods include fruits such as apples, apricots, peaches, blueberries, pears and plums. Lemon and lime are also excellent.

Heart Chakra – Centre of love and compassion. Recommended foods are greens including broccoli, kale, kelp, lettuce, spinach or sprouts and green beverages like green tea.

Solar Plexus – centre of willpower and self-esteem. Recommended foods include grains like whole grain bread, cereals, flax seed, buckwheat or quinoa, plus dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt.

Sacral Chakra – Associated with sexually, reproduction and creativity. Recommended foods include fruits with seeds including mangoes, oranges, carrots as well as nuts and honey.

Root Chakra – Responsible for grounding and survival. Root vegetable like beets, carrots, garlic, onions, potatoes or radishes, plus eggs and lean meat are recommended.

Let’s Light Up the House

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People often said that a bright home will be safer than the dark one and it seems to be explainable as thieves tend to be easier to enter the dark one than the bright one. So lighting up your house can bring you safety and at the same time, you can create an attractive decoration with these lights. Let’s create enchantment with outdoor lighting!

Before every decoration is made, planning is the starting point. Plan the design that you want the lights to be. You could light up the tree, or just install a lamppost to brighten up the driveway and even you may create a beautiful lighting cover all over your porch. Simply make a draft and estimate how much light you need.

After the planning, purchasing the suitable light will be your second challenge. You should be considering what colour do you want the light to be? The type of light whether is a bulb or LED? Of course, you want to make sure that these lightings stuff won’t cost you too much, so low voltage outdoor lightings are strongly encouraged as it is economical and easy to install.

Finally, installing these lights could be a tough one. Some prefer to request assistance from the professional while others prefer DIY. If you want to save up some penny, hands-on is your best option. Hang or fixed these lightings according to your design and it always require some creativity and imagination. For example, you can hang the lights on the tree and create a rainfall design or spread it evenly around the ground and make it looks like stars on the land. Anyway it goes; it will definitely bring your house a new life.

Renting Books From Campus Book Rentals and Helping Children

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It’s only natural to go to college after graduating from high school but they’re young people who decide not to go and instead work. Others would save money first and would enroll later when they’ve saved enough money for their tuition fee. Going to college indeed is difficult when you don’t have money. You can probably attend a less reputable school but of course it’s better if you get your education from an established college/university. Aside from the tuition fee, you’ll have to pay for books and other school fees. There’s one way to save on books and this is to rent them instead of buying them. Campus Book Rentals is a website where students can do just that. Hailed as one of America’s most promising companies by Forbes Magazine, they pioneered this business and anyone can rent books even non-students.

Head on over to their website and sign up for a free account. Doing so has a lot of perks, not only will you save a lot of money (save 40-90% off of bookstore prices), you’ll be able to have the chance to own the books by simply paying the difference. Campus Book Rentals has a variety of flexible rental periods to choose from (130/85/55 days) with a grace period of 15 days. Renters can also highlight in their rented textbooks. Furthermore, shipping is free when you receive and return the books.

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Renting books in Campus Book Rentals also enable you to help other people. They donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented. This is an organization that performs reconstructive cleft lip surgeries on children from poor families. Operation Smile really does make a big difference in children’s lives. Aside from the charity work, they likewise have the RentBack program where students can rent out their textbooks to other students and make as much as 2-4x more money compared to what they’d make through buyback options. Every time your books get rented, you’ll get paid. All you have to do is to ship your books for free to Campus Book Rentals.

5 Reasons to Buy Local Fruit and Produce

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Organic and local fruit and produce might be a bit more expensive that what you’re used to paying for your fruit and produce, but you are sure to not only taste the difference while you’re eating them, but feel the difference in your overall sense of well-being. If you think that buying local and organic fruit and produce is simply a trend, there are five reasons in particular that you should be aware of.

  1. It Helps the Environment

One of the absolute best things about buying local organic fruit is that it’s much better for the environment. Regular fruit and produce is usually grown with pesticides, which can have detrimental effects on the soil and water as well as the wildlife. The soil can be ruined for years, which means that anything that grows in that soil may not necessarily be as healthy and safe to eat as it can possibly be.

  1. Support Local and Small Farmers

Rather than buy your produce and fruit from a factory farmer, your money will undoubtedly be more appreciated by a small or local farmer. You can also buy from online retailers like FruitGuys who work directly with small and local farmers to bring you the freshest produce. Also smaller farms tend to care more about what they grow, how they grow it, and how they sell it. Something else to think about is that small farmers usually earn a fairer price for their produce, which means that you’re helping them to grow more fruit and produce that they can sell to more people looking for something that are healthier and safer to eat.

  1. Organic Farming Is Good for Biodiversity

Research has shown that organic farming is more beneficial to biodiversity for every level on the food chain, including bees, birds, bacteria, mammals, and beetles. The reason for this benefit is that organic farming is done without the use of pesticides or harmful fertilizers.

  1. More Options

Through the use of genetically-modified fruit and produce, factory farming has lowered our options for produce and fruit. When you buy fruit online from organic and local farmers, you might be surprised to see a few selections that you’ve never heard of. If you’re someone who loves produce or fruit, you may find a new favorite fruit to sink your teeth into. We’ve managed to learn more and more about the true nutritional value of the foods that we eat, so imagine what new and beneficial nutrients and vitamins we might find in heirloom varieties of produce and fruit.

  1. Organic Is Healthier for You

After switching from “regular” foods to organic and locally grown foods, you might feel better and healthier. Even though the studies on whether or not eating organic food is more beneficial to your health are inconclusive, something to keep in mind is that non-organic foods often contain traces of pesticides even after you wash the food off. If pesticides pose such a danger to the soil, water, and wildlife, you can only imagine what it does to the human body.

The next time you’re in the mood for some fresh fruit and produce, consider buying organic rather than non-organic. Your health is sure to thank you, and so are the environment and the farmer you buy from.

Recycle and Reuse to Save Resources

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Saving resources in the home go beyond not wasting electricity and water. You can also recycle or reuse items such as old clothes, newspapers, glass containers, certain plastics and electronics to help conserve the Earth’s resources.
First, try to gather items that you don’t want, but which someone else might use. Hold a garage sale of household things that are useable and in good condition or gives items away to friends and relatives who want them. If items are really worn out or no longer safe to use because parts have broken off, put them into the recycling bin. Look at things you discard in terms of their separate components. For instance, instead of trashing an entire used or old make-up item, examine it to see if it has parts like a glass mirror that can be recycled.
Second, recycle plastic bags. Don’t just take a bag from the supermarket to carry your purchases home and then discard it. Reuse it in other ways, such as bagging food trash and don’t throw it out until it is full or for picking up dog poo if you have a pet.
If you bring home takeaways in plastic containers, try to reuse those containers too. Although scientists warn that certain plastics are not safe for microwaving food in, storing heated food or as a long-term drink bottle, you can still reuse them safely in other ways. Once they are washed and cleaned, use them to hold dry items, keep things in your refrigerator tidy or as container to give away home-cooked food to friends and family.

Natural Ways to Keep You Energetic All Day

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We always hear complains about our friends getting tired just when they were going through only half a day. Is it really true that getting natural, free flowing energy that’s constantly there all day really difficult? People are relying more and more on energy drinks and chocolate bars without thinking twice about the dangers they can bring. Perhaps now, with these natural tips on keeping your body energetic all day, you can get rid of those energy bars.

Soak in some sun

The benefits of sunlight are often times not being given enough attention; too many of us feel that the hot sun can only bring dangers to us. Sunlight increases the oxygen content in human blood and also enhances the body’s capacity to deliver oxygen to the tissues, which is what your body does when you’re exercising! The sun has a good effect on your stamina and fitness.

Get up right away when your alarm clock goes off

This is usually the first struggle of the day- and quite possibly, the hardest. Resist the urge to stay in bed to continue your sleep and immediately get up when you’ve opened your eyes. The longer you stay in bed, the more tired and sleepy you will feel.

Move around

Before you even get out of bed, flex and point your foot to activate your feet muscles, this can immediately wake your body and get you ready to spring out of bed. After getting out bed, do some stretches and walk a few steps before continuing your daily ritual and you would feel fresh to start your day.

Coconut oil

Add coconut oil to your meals. The triglycerides in coconut oil are a source of energy that can supply energy to your body even faster than caffeine. If you cannot afford the time to add coconut oil to your cooking, simply replace your favourite snack with something that contains coconut ingredients in them.

Proteins for breakfast

Eating food that is rich in protein can help you go a long way for a day. This kind of food is best eaten during breakfast as the protein can help to rev up your body and provide the energy needed to start your day.

Sleep in early

Sleep 45 minutes earlier than your usual bedtime on Monday to Friday. During weekends, you can add a few more hours to your bedtime. This is to ensure you get plenty of rest from day to day.

Keep yourself dehydrated

Drink plenty of fresh water. Drink water until you feel like you cannot drink any more, water is a major part of our body and any activity that requires physical stamina feels better when you’re hydrated. Besides, water doesn’t only make you feel better physically; it can increase your concentration and even improve short-term memories.

With these seven tips, you can now enjoy your day with the best performance! Let’s go!

Fitness for Elderly

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A healthy lifestyle is a valuable resource for reducing the incidence and impact of health problem, for recovering, for coping with life challenges, and for promoting the quality of life. No matter young or old, keeping yourself fit is the essential toward a healthy lifestyle.

Some thought that the elderly should not practice fitness; in fact, consistent exercise is beneficial for them. Many older adults don’t want to be a waste of space. In such case, regular exercise can keep and improve their strength and enable them to stay independent. Furthermore, these activities help to improve their body’s balance and provide more energy to enjoy whatever activities they want to carry out. With a strong body, now they can travel anywhere as long as it is affordable even for those past seventy or eighty.

Human’s antibody start to weaken when turn into the stage of elderly. In this stage, health is getting fragile and easy to get infected with contagious diseases. Keeping their body fit to fight against these diseases and prevent or delay cardio related diseases, diabetes, stroke, arthritis, urinary incontinence, and more.

Keeping yourself fit doesn’t mean to practice gym or weightlifting. Simple physical activities are good enough, as long as it keeps you moving and extra point for activities that make you sweat and involve cardiovascular activities. Dance, jogging, swim, or riding bicycle is some of the great exercises for the elderly. If these are too extreme, try to take a walk every morning at the park, gardening or involve in community activities. Remember, the key is to keep moving.

The right amount of physical activities is helpful for the elderly, but it is not always the best idea. In some cases, they are not allowed to carry out the exercise. For those suffering from breathing problem, chest pain blood clot foot or ankle sores that won’t heal, joint swelling, or anyone that in a recovering period after a surgery should not carry out extreme activities. Refer to the doctor or physician for more advice and guidance. Once you have the permission to carry out physical activities from the professional, you can now feel free to enjoy the exercise.

Moreover, safety always comes first for the seniors who practice exercise. As mentioned above, their body are fragile especially the frame itself. A tiny crack or simple facture will take a long period to complete recover. So, keep the words “Safety First” in their mind while doing physical training. Start the exercise slowly is strongly recommended, especially for those who have on the stage of inactive for some time. Proper warm up should be carried out before every exercise to decrease the chance of injury. Besides that, control the breathing well and never hold the breath during the physical activities as it cause changes in the blood pressure, which may lead to the blood pressure problem or feel dizzy. Breathe out when the muscle contract (lift up the weight object) and breathe in when relax.

Finally, using safety equipment is even fitting. Use the suitable or proper running shoes for jogging, which able to reduce the shock of the impact from the ground to the leg. Running shoes have built-in features that enable you to run day after day more comfortably and with less chance of over-use injury. The elderly have a very sensitive knee, which required extra care.

 

learn more about the royer

A lot of you might not that aware on what this royer all about. I think only 10% of the population who ones knew the existence of this musical instrument, royer. Because my music teachers, when I was in my school days, doesn’t even mentioned any of this kind but I managed to learn about it by checking some books that is related to learn more about the royer in the easiest ways and yes! It does easy and I must say, this royer is enjoyable to play than to the other usual instruments available today in the market.

Make Your Bedroom A Better Place to Rest

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Some people have the envious capability to be able to sleep almost anywhere, even in a room where there’s a loud music playing in the next door or directly exposed to the light. While not all of us do have this ability, so we have to make sure our bedroom is in a complete silence and darkness in order to shut off our mind enough during the rest hours. Here are some tips on how you can make your bedroom a comfortable and enjoyable to experience a real refreshing rest.

Human tend to rest better in a darker environment than a bright one, so you do want to make sure no direct light on your window or inside of your room when you rest. To keep you room dark is as simple as switching off the light. What you should worry about are those from the outside. This issue should be concerned by those who stay in the urban as street lamps are all along the road and some might just right in front of your window. Make no woe; a tinted UV window film does help. Although tinted window film is originally designed to prevent UV ray and cut down the penetrating of the sunlight, but it still works on reducing the light with the same principle. On the plus side, you enjoy a cool room during the steamy summer. Furthermore, you may use a fabric certain as it has the capability to absorb and reduce the penetration of light.

Now you have a dark environment and now you will need to work on the sound pollution. Some might work on sound proofing their room with specially – made wallpaper, door and curtain and it seem to be a huge project for an old house with a bunch of accumulated gear around. This could be the best way of all but not the convenience most. Instead of spending much effort on applying sound proof material in your room, try to build a natural fence. Plant a line of bushes around your property or grow them on your fence and as they grow, they’ll begin to block sound from your neighbours and the streets. Even this is still a big deal for you try just planting a few smaller bushes right in front of your windows. They’ll help to block sound from entering at these points. With this, you don’t only benefit from a quieter surrounding but also a greener one.