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How to Survive Long Trips with the Family

Family trips in the car should be exciting and memorable. Don’t forget to stop every now and then to stretch the legs or maybe see some of the sights along the way. I know when Dad gets behind the wheel he just wants to get going and get there as fast as he can. Ok Dad or Mom it’s not about you all the time and if you want happy kids consider some of their comforts as well. Nothing worse than grumpy moaning kids trust me. Anyway here are some suggestions for entertainment along the way in between stops.

  1. When it comes to food and drink, if you’re heading from home then packing a picnic lunch and finding a park to spread the blanket is a great way to allow the children let off some steam. Make up some favorites to eat and try to keep away from Junk food that could make them a little Hypo.
  2. If the kids are older than they’ll want to help manage a playlist of songs. Give everyone in the car an option to choose – no child wants to listen to their parent’s soundtrack no matter how cool the parents think they are (note to self: Billy Idol’s “Rebel Yell” has not aged well).
  3. For younger children the audiobook is a blessing. Currently in the Top 10 audio books on Booktopia there are plenty of choices for the young ‘uns such as The 91 Story Treehouse to The World’s Worst Children 2; as well as evergreens such as Enid Blyton’s The Faraway Tree (read by Kate Winslet) and The Chronicles of Narnia.
  4. Games such “The Animal Name Game” (where one person names an animal. Then each person in order has to name another animal that starts with the last letter of the previous animal named. “Lynx” has in the past, brought the game to a quick conclusion); “The Alphabet Game” (where one person chooses the right-hand side of the road, and someone else the left and each player looks for letters of the alphabet that appear on their side. The first to point out all the letters of the alphabet in order wins); and the old chestnut that is “I Spy” will always help wile away the hours.
  5.  There is technology.  Whip out this option when the going gets rough. Some of the best game apps include Drawing Pad (age 2-4); Lightbot Jr (age 5-8) and Dragon Box Elements (age 9-12). But they’ll no doubt have their favorites. Now this one for me Is not a good option as I believe the kids should be more aware of where they are going and the surroundings plus scenery.

As comedian Eddie Cantor once said, “Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why”.

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Did You Know – 11/07/2017

 

  1. The French population yearly consumption of butter is around 18lbs per person. Amazing isn’t it considering it has one of the lowest numbers of heart problems.

 

2. Even before we are born we yawn. Studies have shown that even 11 week old Fetus yawns. The activity of yawning is said to be rejuvenating the brain.

 

3.  Most pilots and copilots on major airlines are not allowed to eat the same food –  to avoid the possibility of food poisoning sickening the entire flight crew. Also the risk of being killed in a plane crash for the average American is 1 in 11 million. The risk of being killed in a car accident is 1 in 5,000.

4. Some trees emit chemicals that attract enemies of their enemies. – Trees may look passive and helpless, but they’re savvier than they seem. Not only can they produce chemicals to combat leaf-eating insects, for instance, but some also send airborne chemical signals to each other, apparently warning nearby trees to prepare for an insect attack. Research has shown that a wide range of trees and other plants become more resistant to insects after receiving these signals.
Trees’ airborne signals can even convey information outside the plant kingdom. Some have been shown to attract predators and parasites that kill the insects, essentially letting an embattled tree call for backup. Research has mainly focused on chemicals that attract other arthropods, but as a 2013 study found, apple trees under attack by caterpillars release chemicals that attract caterpillar-eating birds.
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5. Our feet are the home to about a quarter of all the bones in our bodies – There are 26 bones in each foot—one less than in each hand. When we’re born, those bones are mostly cartilage. The bones in our feet only completely harden around age 21.

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Unusual Signs of Dehydration

As you know dehydration occurs when you body is lacking in water and other fluids to function in a healthy way. Dehydration can lead to blood clots, seizures and other complications also effects mood and of course energy. That is why it is essential that you keep your body hydrated.

Here are six surprising indicators that you might be dehydrated.

  1. Bad breath. Saliva has antibacterial properties in it, but dehydration can prevent your body from making enough saliva.“If you’re not producing enough saliva in the mouth, you can get bacteria overgrowth and one of the side reactions of that is bad breath from chronic dehydration,” says John Higgins, MD, associate professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Texas in Houston, and chief of cardiology at Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital.
  2. Dry skin – Dehydration can cause dizziness not allowing enough blood volume so you are inclined to get dry skin. Flushing of the skin is usually because dry skin is not evaporating as well as it should. Dehydration can also exist even if the climate is cooler, it is milder but proper hydration is necessary .
  3. Muscle cramps – When you overheat it can cause muscle cramps if you are dehydrated as the muscles work harder and they seize up for the heat.
  4. Fever and chills – Dehydration can also cause symptoms of fever or chills. Fever can be dangerous so if the fever rises over 101 F be sure to seek medical advise.
  5. Food cravings, especially for sweets – This can also be a sign of dehydration. Mistaking a craving that you are hungry but in fact you are dehydrated.  The liver which use water to release some glycogens and other components of your energy stores, so you can actually get cravings for food especially something sweet or salty snacks as your body is experiencing difficulty with glycogen production.Instead of  those sorts of snacks go for high water content food such as fruit, and vegetables, that will help you stay hydrated. Watermelon is a good example.
  6. Headaches – Hydration is very important to keep the fluid sack that keeps your brain from injuring itself on the skull. As depletion of fluid can cause the brain to push up against parts of the skull and causing headaches. This can be quite debilitating so you need to be assured that Hydration is essential to complete healthy conditions.
  7. Yellow Urine – Urine is low volume and more yellowish than normal.

Ionized water is one of the best ways to keep your body hydrated and alkaline. This is where I will introduce you to that complete water system of Kangen Water.

If you go to LIFECHANGING-WATER.COM. You will be able to find out all the information on this ionizing machine plus a free eBook on the subject.

“If you don’t do different nothing will change”

 

 

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Ways to Make Your Dog Smarter

  1. Hide the Food – Now this I believe would need to be started right from the beginning of ownership. Could be fun could be frustrating but rewarding. Put away dogs bowl . Hide food around the yard for your dog to seek out. This encourages natural exploratory behavours and allowing them to use their senses.
  2. A New Scent – Package up something like say Lavender or your sock. When they go to smell it give them a treat and a tug of war game which they usually love. When your dog makes the association with the smell hide it and cue them to search for it. When they find it reward them with a game of tug of war. They love it. Later try hiding it in a box amongst other boxes. They will indicate when they have found it and also looking for that game.
  3. Game of Fetch – That simple game is great to keep the dogs mentally active. Reward them for returning the object.
  4. Hide and Seek – This is a great training tool for recall in the back yard or park.  It helps govern their ability to come when called. Two people needed one with the dog and the other hiding. When hidden from sight cue your dog to search and allow them to hunt.
  5. The challenge Engage in a mental memory game by hiding a treat under a cup. When your dog nuzzles the cup lift it and give them a treat. The challenge will be as your dog improves introduce more  cups to the game 

Source Dog Behaviourist – Laura Vissaritis

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Bad Moods? – Take A Look At The Foods You Eat

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January 13, 2017 · 6:58 AM

Place These Leaves Around the House and Never See A Cockroach Again

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This time of year there are cockroaches everywhere.
You may discover them anywhere in the world as their adaptability is extremely established. They are among the most resistant types in the world as they support high levels of radiation and can even live without food for more than a month at a time. These insects are omnivores, eating both plant-based and animal-based foods. For these reasons we can find cockroaches everywhere, feeding upon almost anything they find.

Cockroaches leave chemical trace markers in their droppings. With this method, others can easily find sources of water or food. This is a leading method of communication between them which one main reason why they can quickly infest an area. Remarkable, I know… However, we will help you to get rid of these nasty bugs at last!

If you want to get rid of cockroaches that are in your home, we advise that you try this trick which is very efficient. This is a good option if you have kids or family pets, because you will avoid commercial and dangerous toxins.

The Surprisingly Powerful and Natural Cockroach Repellent

Bay leaves are the very best natural cockroach repellent. This herb can’t eliminate them, however it does drives them away quickly since the smell is unbearable for the cockroach. Place laurel branches in every corner of the house.

Place 10 bay leaves in the garden or in the kitchen area and you will never ever see cockroaches strolling around. They are perfect for areas where food is stored such as the kitchen or pantry since they are safe and non-toxic. Likewise, we recommend putting bay leaves in your garden especially if you have a pet. This way you will eliminate cockroaches without worrying about your kids or animals security.
You can use fresh bay leaves or dry. But the best way to use these leaves is to crush dry leaves and make a powder. They create a much stronger smell used by doing this.

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Alkaline For Health – Part One

I written many times on this subject.

I cannot emphasize enough how important it is that your body is in an Alkaline condition. It is essential to good health and prevent cancer, as cancer cells do not grow in an Alkaline environment.
When your body is Alkaline you will not have a weight problem, you will have more energy and you will be more alert as your brain function will be sharper, you will be stronger and an Alkaline diet is very anti – aging.
It is not always easy to keep it this way  the temptations of fast food and dining out on rich type food is all around us but to make a habit of it can be hard on your health.

 We all fall off the wagon from time to time, but as long as it is not part of your permanent lifestyle I think it would be safe to say you can jump back into a healthy diet the next day without too much damage.

I believe we can get a bit boring when we become eccentric about our eating habits and we end up not enjoying our food and no one enjoys having you over for dinner because you have become so picky. Just relax and don’t stress over it. Stress is another thing that can destroy an Alkaline body, but that’s for another day.   I believe that once you have changed your diet and spend time cooking healthy food you will notice the difference and not get the same pleasures out of tasteless  (sometimes tasty)  fast food.

 

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The list of food below will contribute to a healthy alkaline body and a good start to great health

Top Five Alkaline Foods

1. Swiss Chard: Swiss chard is a great alkaline food and also has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties

2. Melon: Any kind of melon is great at cleansing the colon, and at a pH level of 8.5, they are super alkaline. Watermelon is especially good for you due to its high fiber and 92% water content.

3. Buckwheat: It will kick-start your day by improving energy and can even help prevent cardiovascular disease.

4. Olive Oil: This tasty oil is rich in vitamin E and monounsaturated fatty acids.

5. Flax Seed: Not only are they alkaline, but flax seeds are also high in fiber and vitamin E. They can reduce inflammation and hot flashes in menopausal women.

OTHER CRAZY GOOD ALKALINE FOODS ARE:

6.Avocado – Has healthy monounsaturated fats for a healthy heart.

7. Bananas – When ripe, bananas can an excellent superfood!

8. Berries – High in antioxidants.

9. Carrots – Contain beta-carotene and will improve eyesight.

10. Garlic – Has the power to regulate blood pressure.

11. Broccoli – Steam it for cholesterol lowering benefits.

12. Grapes – High in multivitamins and antioxidants, grapes will lower blood pressure.
13. Pineapple – Will help with weight loss.

14. Alfalfa Sprouts – Easy to digest and rich in enzymes to keep your hormones balanced.

15. Lemons– One of the most alkalizing  food, lemons also aid in cold, cough and flu relief.

16. Brussels Sprouts – May prevent cancer. 

17. Sauerkraut – Fermented foods add probiotics to your diet.

18. Cauliflower – A healthy substitute for bread!

19. Grapefruit – Good source of vitamin A and C.

20. Seaweeds – Contain iron and are powerful acid reducer.

21. Quinoa – Will maintain healthy blood sugars.

22. Cucumber – Its 90% water content will keep your skin healthy and youthful.

23. Parsley – Will clean the intestines.

24. Mango – Great for cleansing the colon.

25. Spinach – The ultimate, vitamin-packed vegetable.

26. Oranges – Great for clearing a cold.

27. Papaya – A natural laxative to keep your colon clean.

This list is from Healthy Holistic Living

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