March 20, 2018

Some Practical Tips

How to revive a loaf of stale bread in just MINUTES

The secret to rejuvenating your stale loaf is to douse it in water, according to Cher Loh, head tutor at the Good Housekeeping Institute Cookery School.  Cher reveals that running a loaf under the tap for a few seconds, or immersing it completely can bizarrely help to revive your stale bread. 'This re-hydrates the bread,' he said. After dousing the loaf, he reveals that you then need to bake it in the oven at 200C (about 400 degrees F)  for a few minutes.

To avoid the flu while flying, Try a window seat

Some experts believed that sitting in a window seat would keep a passenger away from infectious people who may be on the aisle or moving around.  “Get in that window seat and don’t move,” the study’s lead researcher, Vicki Stover Hertzberg of Emory University in Atlanta said.

The ultimate cure for jet lag? A 16-HOUR FAST is the only way to avoid exhaustion after a long-haul flight say experts.

Jet lag can have a number of negative effects on the body, including headaches, grouchiness and of course, an inability to sleep properly at night.  To help avoid all of these symptoms, doctors suggest holding off on food until hours after landing, which allows the body to 'resynchronize'.  Some experts go as far as to suggest a 24-hour fast rather than a 16-hour one.  Dr Clifford B. Saper and his colleagues at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston thinks that a lack of it food may 'resynchronize' body rhythms faster than light and dark.

Busy hands alter the brain's chemistry in the same way as medication and could boost mental health, claims neuroscientist

Knitting or needlepoint may not seem the most obvious treatment for mental health woes but a neuroscientist has revealed it could do just that by altering the chemistry of the brain in the same way that drugs do.  During the nineteenth century, doctors prescribed knitting to women who were overcome by anxiety. Now, research on rodents has found that this treatment could have been effective as the repetitive movement could increase certain neurochemicals in the brain like dopamine and serotonin that are crucial for mood stabilization. Keeping your hands busy can help you to feel more in control of the world around you and can improve your mood.

Makeup wipes are pointless for washing your face - and could even do more harm than good,

Makeup wipes are great for removing lipstick and eye shadow, but experts warn you should think twice before using them as a substitute for face washing as they often cause irritation, breakouts and premature aging. Although these pre-moistened cloths are quick and convenient, they barely dent the layer of make-up and bacteria which build up during the day. These cloths can leave behind residue, dehydrate skin, and cause allergic reactions. They said makeup wipe removers shouldn't be a substitute for facial cleansing with lots of water.

Why wearing socks to bed makes a lot of sense

Wearing socks in bed could give your health a substantial boost for a number of reasons.  A host of studies suggest that the simple act of donning socks before bed could help you get to sleep faster, sleep better and even make you a better lover. Other advantages mentioned in these studies include reducing the symptoms of Raynaud's disease and easing the menopause.

An open window will help you sleep:

Circulating air can stop carbon dioxide build up leading to a better night's rest.  Scientists believe that poor ventilation leads to a build-up of carbon dioxide in the bedroom as a result of respiration.  ‘Lower CO2 levels implied better sleep depth, sleep efficiency, and lesser number of awakenings.’
Posted by Jill Fallon at March 20, 2018 4:16 PM | Permalink