September 13, 2017

More useful tips

Why you should use natural products for cleaning.

Using bleach and household cleaning products can increase your chances of fatal lung disease by a third. A study led by Dr Orianne Dumas from the French National Institute of Health found that cleaning chemicals increase the risk of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)  which includes bronchitis and emphysema.  Breathing in bleach ups the chances of smoking-related conditions by a third.

Some years ago after a friend complained about the harsh smell of a counter cleaner I was using, I happened upon a product review of cleaners in Cook's Illustrated.  The best and the one they highly recommended was a natural product called Method.  I immediately switched and couldn't be more pleased.  All the Method Cleaning products work very well and smell delicious.

Stay in shape simply by doing your own housework

Why two hours of cleaning is better than a 5km run  The Good Housekeeping Institute tested how many calories are burned doing chores.  Participants burned roughly 600 calories by doing just two hours of housework which is nearly twice as much as the 374 lost during a 5km run.  Research reveals that the most intense activity was window cleaning with 115 calories burned in 20 minutes

Trouble sleeping?

Listen to a story 'Insomnia is a modern epidemic and tens of millions of prescriptions for sleeping pills are written every year,' said Michael Acton Smith, co-founder of Calm. 'Mixing scent with storytelling is a powerful and natural new way to help racing minds drift off to sleep.' Calm.com is a popular meditation app that has launched a bedtime story read by Stephen Fry they say it will have you sleeping soundly in minutes.  They also sell a lavender spritz.

I've found that listening to an audiobook in a dark room with eyes closed is the very best way to fall asleep or fall back asleep if you wake in the middle of the night.  I just have to be careful not to choose a thriller with cliff hangers at the every chapter end or I'll be up all night to find out what's happened next.

Feeling stuck on a problem? 

Having a beer might help get your creative juices flowing. This study suggests that having a drink might help! Here, scientists gave one group of volunteers beer, and another group non-alcoholic beer. They then tested the creative thinking ability of each group. Turns out that very light drinking (about one beer) improved creative thinking, but made other cognitive abilities worse or unchanged. So the next time you find yourself really stuck, consider having a small drink.

If you're considering getting a tattoo,

Investigate the chemicals in the ink  Toxins in inkings stay in your bloodstream for LIFE and accumulate in lymph nodes which may become swollen and therefore less able to fight off infections.  Titanium dioxide is added to ink to create colors but also dyes lymph nodes and the controversial chemical is linked to cancer, itching and delayed healing.

Grow a beard if you are a man with a high risk of skin cancer.

Facial hair blocks up to 95% of harmful UV rays that cause skin cancer, Australian researchers found.

Stop smoking marijuana to avoid fertility problems

Canadian scientists reveal that cannabis leaves sperm 'mellow' causing it to 'lazily swim in circles' . Regular use of the drug cuts sperm counts.
Posted by Jill Fallon at September 13, 2017 1:03 PM | Permalink