Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I Didn't Know That - Champagne



It’s no secret that some of the best inventions happened by accident. Scottish scientist Alexander Fleming was working with bacteria and mold when he discovered penicillin. Before the age of microwaves ovens, American engineer Percy Spencer noticed the chocolate in his pocket melted every time he walked in front of a vacuum tube generating small electromagnetic waves. Serendipitous discoveries aren't confined to technology; they also happen in the kitchen! A tablespoon of genius mixed with a pinch of luck cooked up these accidental food creations ...

Champagne

The creation of the celebratory bubbly isn't credited to any one person, but to poor winemaking practices in the 15th century. During the late 1400s, Europe experienced an extreme temperature drop that froze both the Thames River and the Venice canals. The cold also stopped the fermentation process of grapes in Champagne, France, where the monks in the Abbey of Hautvillers created red and white wines. As spring brought warmer weather, the grape juice resumed fermenting and released carbon dioxide inside the bottle, which produced a new, throat-tickling quality. 
The Catholic church called in monk Dom Pierre Pérignon to curb the fizz from the remaining fermented wine. However, Pérignon's attempts only succeeded in refining champagne blending techniques. Thanks to increased consumption from French nobility, sparkling wine increased in popularity and became a symbol of expensive taste.

Fun fact: According to trade laws, only sparkling wine made in the Champagne region is called champagne. 

Pop, fizz, and clink to that!

Info from Grandparents.com 

Monday, July 20, 2015

6 Foods That Actually Relieve Gas - Food #6



Chamomile


Another carminative herb known to prevent and eliminate gas is chamomile, according to research published in Molecular Medicine Reports. Branin recommends drinking chamomile as a strong tea (2 bags steeped for 15 to 20 minutes) or a liquid extract taken before meals. “I recommend this to many of my patients who suffer from gas with great results,” she said.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

6 Foods That Actually Relieve Gas - Food #5



Spices


The best way to prevent gas, according to Branin, is to add spices to your diet. In particular, she recommends black pepper, fennel seeds, caraway seeds, anise, rosemary, cardamom, coriander, basil and cloves. Considered carminative, which literally means an herb that prevents gas, these spices can go a long way in keeping the tummy taut and gas-free.

Friday, July 17, 2015

6 Foods That Actually Relieve Gas - Food #4



Kefir


Although it has only recently become popular in America, fermented cow, goat or sheep milk—also known as kefir—has been keeping bellies happy and bloat-free in Eastern Europe for centuries. Like its cousin yogurt, kefir is chock full of good bacteria—it actually has up to three times more beneficial bacteria than yogurt—which helps the body break down food and prevent build-up of gas, according to research from The Ohio State University. Even better, this probiotic powerhouse doesn’t require a spoon! As long as you don’t mind its carbonation and slightly sour taste, you can drink it from a glass, with a straw or even straight from the container.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

6 Foods That Actually Relieve Gas - Food #3



Kimchi


Considered a staple in any Korean kitchen, kimchi is a spicy mix of fermented vegetables that includes cabbage as its main ingredient. Cabbage has gotten a bad rap over the years as one of the top culprits for gas and bloating, but this fiber-rich food actually aids in digestion by populating the GI tract with beneficial bacteria. The more good bacteria you have in your gut, the better equipped your body will be at breaking down foods properly so gas doesn’t build up, said Branin.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

6 Foods That Actually Relieve Gas - Food #2



Pineapple and Papaya


Their ability to break down proteins in meat not only make pineapple and papaya natural meat tenderizers (try Taste of Home's Marinated Pork Medallions recipe), but these enzyme-rich foods can also ease digestion by helping to break down proteins during digestion, according to Branin. The longer it takes to break down these proteins, the more likely it is that you will experience the feeling of fullness and bloating, said Branin. What’s more, if the undigested proteins enter the small intestine, they’ll begin to putrefy and cause gas.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

6 Foods That Actually Relieve Gas - Food #1

There is no way I could not pass this one on and yes it's from the Grandparents.com
site!

Say goodbye to post-meal bloating, pain, and embarrassment when you add these gas-busting foods to your diet.

Whether it’s physical discomfort, like sharp, jabbing pains and a swelling or tightness in the stomach, or the embarrassment of belching or flatulating uncontrollably, we’ve all experienced that distressing moment (or series of moments) when your body is overrun with gas.

The good news is that we’re all in this together. I have yet to meet someone who has not burped, farted or clutched their bloated stomach and cursed their respective gastrointestinal gods for undue discomfort. The great news is that there are foods that can actually help your body combat gas, and we’ve rounded them up just for you.



Dandelion Greens
A bitter herb like dandelion seems like it would churn your stomach into a gassy knot, but this backyard nuisance is actually a bloat and gas-fighting all-star. Dandelion greens pack a bloat-free punch by acting as a diuretic and ridding the body of excess water, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dandelion greens also prevent gas by increasing stomach acid production and stimulating digestion, according to naturopathic doctor Dr. Ivy Branin from Simplicity Health Associates in New York City. “Stomach acid is crucial in proper digestion,” said Branin. “If foods are properly digested, gas and bloating are prevented.”


Whole Foods Market says the greens also offer a trio of vitamins—A, C and K—and recommends adding them to salads and stir-fries.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Test Your Brain



Test Your Brain
This is really cool.

ALZHEIMER'S EYE TEST
(I love this part.. It's absolutely amazing!)

 Count every "F" in the following text:

 

FINISHED FILES ARE THE RESULT OF YEARS OF SCIENTIFIC STUDY COMBINED WITH THE EXPERIENCE OF YEARS.....
(SEE BELOW)

HOW MANY 'F's?

 Count them again.

  Don't go any lower until you come up with your number.

 

 

 




WRONG, THERE ARE 6 -- no joke..

READ IT AGAIN !

Really, go back and try to find the 6 'F's before you scroll down.

The reasoning behind this is further down.

The brain cannot process "OF".

 

F INISHED F ILES ARE THE RE
SULT O F   YEARS O F   SCIENTI
F IC STUDY COMBINED WITH
THE EXPERIENCE O F   YEARS.....

Incredible or what?

Anyone who counts all 6 'F's on the first go is a genius.


Three is normalfour is quite rare.



Sunday, July 5, 2015

5 Ways Caffeine Can Make Your Life Better - part 5



I found this on Grandparent.com and thought we might all enjoy seeing why we SHOULD enjoy that must have morning drink - coffee.

Coffee is much more than a daily pick-me-up — the right amount can protect you from serious health problems. 


Reduces risk of kidney stones

The promise: Increase your caffeine intake and you’ll decrease your chances of getting painful kidney stones.


The proof: A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2014 revealed that people who drink caffeine-containing beverages have a lower risk of incident kidney stones. “Caffeine does make you pee more!” says Kirkpatrick. “It’s the build-up of [deposits] that are not being released that leads to stones. Having urine and waste move through the body decreases the potential for stones to form.”

Friday, July 3, 2015

5 Ways Caffeine Can Make Your Life Better - part 4



I found this on Grandparent.com and thought we might all enjoy seeing why we SHOULD enjoy that must have morning drink - coffee.

Coffee is much more than a daily pick-me-up — the right amount can protect you from serious health problems. 


Helps men with sexual problems

The promise: Decrease your risk of erectile dysfunction by drinking coffee daily.

The proof: A 2015 study of 3,724 men found that participants who drank 2 to 3 cups (170-375mg) per day had the lowest incidence of erectile dysfunction, a problem that affects 22% of men at age 40 and 49% by age 70, according to the Boston University School of Medicine, Sexual Medicine.

This effect is similar to why coffee reduces your risk of heart disease, says Kirkpatrick. “If you think about heart disease, it occurs because you have a blockage somewhere,” she says. “ED is like a heart attack in your penis—you’re not getting enough blood flow to be able to do what you need to do. A lot of studies show that coffee improves function of blood vessels.”

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

5 Ways Caffeine Can Make Your Life Better - part 3



I found this on Grandparent.com and thought we might all enjoy seeing why we SHOULD enjoy that must have morning drink - coffee.

Coffee is much more than a daily pick-me-up — the right amount can protect you from serious health problems. 


Lowers heart disease risk

The promise: Healthy men and women who drink 3 to 5 cups of coffee are less likely to develop heart attack-inducing clogged arteries over time.

The proof: In 2015, the journal Heart published an article that reported on the dietary habits and corresponding coronary artery calcium in 25,000 men and women (average age 41) who had no evidence of cardiovascular disease. Participants who self-reported drinking 3-5 cups of coffee a day had the lowest amount of calcium build-up in their hearts.

“A recent large, meta-analysis found that moderate coffee consumption (3 to 5 cups per day) was associated with lower risk of coronary heart disease and heavy coffee consumption was not associated with risk of heart disease,” says AHA spokesperson Rachel Johnson, PhD., M.P.H, R.D. In this case, caffeine may not be the only compound helping your heart stay healthy. “In addition to caffeine, coffee contains antioxidant phenols, which improve endothelial function and thus may prevent atherosclerosis.”

Sunday, June 28, 2015

5 Ways Caffeine Can Make Your Life Better - Part 2



I found this on Grandparent.com and thought we might all enjoy seeing why we SHOULD enjoy that must have morning drink - coffee.

Coffee is much more than a daily pick-me-up — the right amount can protect you from serious health problems. 


Enhances your exercise

The promise: Work out harder and rev your metabolism for longer when you caffeinate pre-workout.

The proof: Good news for coffee lovers who want to get in shape. Studies show that caffeine not only helps you work out stronger and longer, but also boosts your metabolism by 15 percent for as long as three hours after you stop exercising.
“Caffeine is good for exercise because it increases energy and alertness,” says Kirkpatrick. Plus, if you tend to metabolize substances slowly, caffeine might help you work harder during exercise session, she adds. “The harder you workout, the more your metabolism is increased afterwards.”

To reap the exercise benefits, ingest 3-9 mg of caffeine per kilogram (kg) of body weight (which translates to 1-2 cups on the lower end and 5 to 6 cups on the higher end) one hour before working out, according to the American College of Sports Medicine.

Friday, June 26, 2015

5 Ways Caffeine Can Make Your Life Better - Part 1



I found this on Grandparent.com and thought we might all enjoy seeing why we SHOULD enjoy that must have morning drink - coffee.

Coffee is much more than a daily pick-me-up — the right amount can protect you from serious health problems.  

The verdict is in: If you take your coffee daily and often, and abstain from smoking, you’re likely to live longer than the average adult, says a study of 500,000 men and women that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2012. “Moderate coffee drinkers live longer than non coffee-drinkers,” says Kristin Kirkpatrick, M.S., R.D., Manager of Wellness Nutrition Services at Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. “In general studies of coffee, the benefits are clearly documented.”
Part of coffee's health-sustaining power is derived from its caffeine content. Long life isn't the only proven benefit of this natural, get-up-and-go energy source—read on for six other ways caffeine improves your health 


Protects you from Parkinson’s Disease

The promise: Drinking two or three cups of caffeinated coffee per day may protect you from Parkinson’s Disease, an incurable, debilitating disorder that attacks your nervous system and is marked by tremors, stiffness, and difficulty of movement.

The proof: Higher coffee and caffeine intake is associated with “significantly lower incidence” of Parkinson’s Disease, says a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2000, which followed 8,000 men aged 45-68 over a 30-year period. Participants who drank at least 28 ounces or more of coffee per day were less likely to get Parkinson’s than people who drank less.

“When you take out the other additives [in coffee], it still works—it’s really the caffeine that’s helpful,” says Miran Salgado, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Neurosciences at New York Methodist Hospital and Medical Director for the American Parkinson Disease Association Information and Referral Center at New York Methodist Hospital. Caffeine crosses the blood-brain barrier and speeds up brain activity, which can protect brain health, slow the progression of Parkinson’s, and as some studies have shown, help improve compromised motor skills and involuntary movements brought on by Parkinson’s. So should you start drinking coffee if you don’t already? “I would do it,” says Dr. Salgado. “Do whatever can protect you. If coffee is one of them, you might as well drink a few cups a day. It’s probably a good idea.”

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Many Uses of Baking Soda Part 3


This information is from Grandparents.com and too good to keep to myself.  This will be listed in 3 parts.  Enjoy.


Women spend about $426 billion on beauty products each year. You can forgo the expensive products and still look and feel fabulous with just one do-it-all tool - and it only costs about a dollar. Find out how to use plain old baking soda to get great hair, skin, nails, and more.


Smell Better
You can even use baking soda in place of your deodorant. A pinch of baking soda mixed with water provides a paste that doubles as a natural deodorant. If you’re having trouble making it stick, try applying a little cornstarch first. But if you aren’t ready to part with your antiperspirant, just sprinkle some baking soda in your shoes for an easy, cheap deodorizer

Get Cleaner Nails
Yellowing, stained nails can make your hands look older. Nail experts recommend making a paste with equal parts hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, and using a nail scrub brush to scrub underneath and on top of your nails. Let it sit for a few minutes and rinse off. Persistently yellow nails, however, could be a sign of a fungal infection. See a doctor if your nails don’t lighten up. 

Exfoliate Rough Skin

Baking soda is also great as an exfoliator. Use three parts baking soda to one part water and rub onto rough elbows, feet, hands, or other spots to exfoliate dry, scaly skin. Do not use on cracked or broken skin, however.

Friday, June 19, 2015

The Many Uses of Baking Soda Part 2




This information is from Grandparents.com and too good to keep to myself.  This will be listed in 3 parts.  Enjoy.


Women spend about $426 billion on beauty products each year. You can forgo the expensive products and still look and feel fabulous with just one do-it-all tool - and it only costs about a dollar. Find out how to use plain old baking soda to get great hair, skin, nails, and more.


Polish Jewelry
If your silver jewelry looks old and tarnished, try cleaning it with this simple trick. You just need some baking soda, very hot (almost boiling) water, and aluminum foil. Pour the water into a small bowl and submerge your jewelry. Then add about a tablespoon of baking soda and a sheet of aluminum foil. The combination of the water and baking soda helps lift the tarnish from your jewelry and sticks it to the aluminum. Move the pieces around, making sure that all of your jewelry touches the aluminum. Afterwards, just rinse and polish with a soft cloth. Avoid using this method on jewelry with gemstones or organic material like pearls (which are easily damaged), says the Gemological Institute of America.

Remove Splinters
There’s an easier way to remove those tiny, pesky splinters than trying to dig around with a tweezer. The baking soda helps swell the skin and draw the splinter to the surface. Simply make a paste of baking soda and water, apply to the area, and cover with a bandage. After about 24 hours, the splinter should be sticking out enough that you can pull it out with tweezers. If not, repeat the process.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Many Uses of Baking Soda Part 1





This information is from Grandparents.com and too good to keep to myself.  This will be listed in 3 parts.  Enjoy.


Women spend about $426 billion on beauty products each year. You can forgo the expensive products and still look and feel fabulous with just one do-it-all tool - and it only costs about a dollar. Find out how to use plain old baking soda to get great hair, skin, nails, and more.

Help Your Hair
Drugstores and beauty supply stores sell expensive shampoos, serums, and dry shampoo formulas to combat product buildup, chlorine damage, and oily hair. All you need to solve all three hair woes is a cheap box of baking soda. Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to your usual handful of shampoo to remove buildup, rinse hair with about half a teaspoon dissolved in water to fight chlorine discoloration, or sprinkle a small amount on your scalp and brush for a quick and easy dry shampoo. Baking soda is a great cleaning agent, and easily lifts oils, discolorations, and buildup on your scalp from hairsprays, conditioners, and other products.

Whiten Teeth
Several studies published in the Journal of Clinical Dentistry found that not only were toothpastes with baking soda more effective at removing plaque, but baking soda also is more effective at whitening teeth than other products. Want a make-at-home whitener? To banish coffee and wine stains from your smile, many dentists recommend brushing with a powerhouse combination of baking soda and strawberries, which contain malic acid, another natural stain-fighter. Mash a ripe strawberry and combine with baking soda to form a paste. Brush onto teeth for a few minutes, rinse, and then brush with regular toothpaste to remove residue. A word of caution: Don’t use this treatment more than two or three times a month, since too much malic acid could damage your tooth enamel.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Many Uses of Beer



If you, like me, thought beer was only good for drinking, then you, like me, are about to find a few more uses for this popular brew. (This information is from Today.com) 

Remove coffee/tea stains from rugs


Dribbled your morning latte onto the floor? Beer can actually remove coffee and tea stains from rugs, says Erinn Valencich, an Los Angeles-based interior designer. "Pour a bit of beer on the stain. Rub the beer lightly into the rug and the stain should come out." If the stain is being stubborn, repeat the process a few times until it's gone. 

Clean wood furniture


From interior designers to old barmen who use it religiously, beer (especially stale beer) is surprisingly great for polishing wood. "Wipe on the beer with a soft cloth, then wipe off with another dry cloth," suggests Valencich. 

Loosen rusted hardware


Over time, oxidization can cause fasteners to be fixed permanently — or so it would seem when it's you, exhausted, wrench in hand. Don't work quite so hard. Instead, splash a bit of beer on the bolt and wait a few minutes. The carbonation will break down the rust to you can turn the screw. 

Treat your tresses


Using beer to coax shine out of dull hair is a classic beauty trick. The alcohol acts as a clarifying agent, the proteins and vitamins imbue strands with nutrients and the acidic nature tightens and flattens the cuticle for extra shine. (Don't forget to rinse with cool water). 

Make good bread great


Whenever entertaining expert and blogger Julie Blanner needs an elegant, no-fuss snack to serve guests, she whips up beer bread made extra moist and delicious by the addition of a 12oz of brewski. She prefers to use IPAs, wheats and Belgian-type beers, but her recipe  will work with your favorite brew too. "Think of beer as an extract. It's what gives the bread its flavor." 

Marinade away toxins


The ultimate summer bummer — grilling meat over charcoal may result in harmful hydrocarbons. Fortunately, beer is here to rescue your backyard BBQ. According to the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, a beer marinade reduces the formation of potentially harmful substances. So eat, drink and be merry. 

Keep bugs at bay


Is your patio a pest fest? According to Cantone, the owner of a popular New York City bar puts a small amount of beer in a bucket in the far corners of his backyard  to attract small flies and mosquitoes. However, he insists beer must be stale and it must be an amber or darker because bugs seem to prefer the stronger stuff. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Locking up your info. - 25 Worst Passwords Online



This list came from my friend at Book Town and since it benefits everyone I thought I would pass it on and hope you'll do the same.

1. 123456

2. password

3. 12345678

4. qwerty

5. abc123

6. 123456789

7. 111111

8. 1234567

9. iloveyou

10. adobe123

11. 123123

12. admin

13. 1234567890

14. letmein

15. photoshop

16. 1234

17. monkey

18. shadow

19. sunshine

20. 12345

21. password1

22. princess

23. azerty

24. trustno1

25. 000000

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Laundry Myths #7


This was a bit lengthy so I decided to do it in 5 posts.
(I found this on Today.com and found it worth sharing.)


7. Myth: You wear your jeans, you wash your jeans.
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Reality: CEO and president of Levi Straus and Co., Chip Bergh, announced last year that he rarely washes his jeans. And if that's good enough for the head of a denim company, well, that's good enough for us. "It's time to rethink autopilot behaviors like washing your jeans after every wear because in many cases, it's simply not necessary," Bergh says in a news release announcing that the company's efforts have saved 1 billion liters of water to date. According to Levi's release, U.S. consumers typically wear their jeans twice before washing them. In the United Kingdom and France, they wear them 2.5 times, and in China, it takes a typical four wears before washing. So, Americans, it's time to let your denim get a bit dirty. 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Laundry Myths #5 and #6


http://images.intellitxt.com/ast/adTypes/icon1.pngThis was a bit lengthy so I decided to do it in 5 posts.
(I found this on Today.com and found it worth sharing.)


5. The myth: Yellow pit stains are just gonna happen. And it's the detergent's fault!
The reality: Kerr says one way to prevent the ugly underarm stains is to change your deodorant. "Those stains are caused more by the aluminum in commercial antiperspirants than by the actual sweat," she says. "One way to keep them from happening is to switch to an aluminum-free product. In terms of treating the stains when they happen, OxiClean — or any similarly oxygenated bleach or enzymatic-based stain remover — is great." Pre-soak serious stains in solution before you wash them to maximize effectiveness.
6. Myth: There is no hope for those stinky gym clothes. Deal.
Reality: "Odor-causing microbes, like bacteria or mildew, build up on damp clothes and feed on soils like oil from sweat," Ooka says. To try to tamper the bad smell, air-dry the clothes before packing them away if they can't be washed immediately. Otherwise, an odor-sealing plastic bag can be your best friend.