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Did You Know – 11/13/2017

 

 

1. The walkways in Holland, Michigan have 168 miles of tubing underneath them and in the winter they heat up. This causes clearing of the entire cities walkways in a matter of Hours. Saves a lot of shoveling.

“It was a huge gamble to go ahead with it because there was no template,” McGeehan said. “There was no previous numbers we could look at it. It was unique, it was novel and was it untested and untried.”

McGeehan, who was a Fifth Ward councilman at the time, remembers being among those asking lots of questions about how much the system would cost to install, and then to operate.

Industrialist Ed Prince, who proposed the plan, stepped up with $250,000 in funding. His investment made the decision easier for city officials.

Prince believed snowmelt would make Holland’s main street competitive with the amenities of the then-new mall going up along nearby U.S. 31.

Prince, who died in 1995, was right. The downtown flourished and grew, earning recognition from The National Trust for Historic Preservation as a “Great American Mainstreet.”

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2. There is an HIV plan B pill that you can take if you are ever exposed to someone with HIV. The pill can be obtained from any doctor or ER and will severely reduce your chances of contracting the disease.

 

3. We apparently get goose bumps because our ancestors were once veered in thick body hair.

When tiny muscles in each follicle contracted, the hair would stand on end to insulate their skin or make them look larger when threatened. These muscles may seem useless now that we are not fully covered with hair, but recent discoveries show that they also protect the stem cells our skin needs to heal itself when injured. The bumps  may involuntarily develop when a person is cold or experiences strong emotions such as fear, euphoria or sexual arousal. The medical term for the effect is cutis anserina or horripilation.

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4. A Report in the JAMA Neurology found that Dementia was 28% higher  among people born in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, South Carolina and West Virginia. They found that the place of birth to be a robust risk factor according to Paola Gilsanz the lead author of the study.

5. 65% less insecticide you stand to have in your urine if you eat organic produce often. That is an incentive to reach for cleaner apples, peaches and strawberries which top the environmental Working Groups dirty dozen list of pesticide heavy produce

Source: Environmental Health Perspectives

 

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30 Ways To Sleep Better Tonight

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I know I have written on this subject many times but have not come up with 30 ideas to get a good nights sleep. Even if just one of them works then I have done my job.

I will tell you which ones I have used that do or do not work. As we have been told lack of sleep can contribute to obesity, diabetes, and a chronic bad attitude, and losing a job because of it.

These ideas come from a website call the ‘Greatest‘ it has some really good articles.

27 Ways to Get A Good Nights sleep.

  1. Have a bedtime routine – This one does work if you stick to it. Try to get to bed at around the same time every night when you can.
  2. Journal  – Write out stressful thoughts that are not allowing you to have a restful sleep before you go to bed. Then when in bed spend 5 minutes writing 5 things that have made you feel good that day. Now this works. It allows you to put your mind in better place before the head hits the pillow
  3. Tapping – Otherwise known as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).  Now this is my idea. I do it often when I am particularly bothered with something. This only takes a few minutes.EFT-Tapping-Points-c000d4a64

This is a diagram of the points to tap and if you click on the picture you can go to the website that will tell you more about it. This is worth it.

4. Chew some magnesium – I take a magnesium tablet but pumpkin seeds are good. Consume either 30 minutes before you go to bed.

5. Chamomile tea – Try it if you like it. I don’t.

6. Exercise – If you do this regularly it can reduce anxiety and improve sleep for those who suffer from insomnia. It has been proven another benefit from physical activity is that exercise is a form of meditation and can relax the mind while you are doing exercise and  you are not concentrating on the things that stress you out. Especially if you are exercising to music which I believe you cannot be stressed and listen to your favorite songs.

7. Work out early in the day – Yep I do this 5 days a week. I believe that it is better not to do too much exercise late in the after noon. Maybe a small walk but for me if I do rigorous exercise late in the afternoon gives me an adrenaline boost  and  peps me up for hours and I find it hard to go to sleep.

8. Power nap during the day – Works for me.

9. Bedroom for bedroom activities – Sleeping and sex nothing else. No TV, no computers, no phones, no business talk.

10. Snuggly environment – Spend a little extra on 800 thread sheets for summer, fluffy warm sheets for winter. Get that perfect mattress. Find the perfect pillows. Works for me.

11. Keep the bedroom cool – They say the best temperature is about 60 to 75 degrees. Not too cold. If it’s too cold I need a woolly hat on as my head gets cold. Not a sexy look I might add.

12. Try to get at least 7 hours sleep a night – 8 is better – Research shows that not sleeping enough can be linked to insulin resistance and of course diabetes.

13. Take a hot shower or bath – This helps the mind and body to relax. The rise and fall of  body temperature induces sleepiness.

14. Try to have a wake up time – This for me depends on what time I go to the gym. I always wake up early even in the weekends when I have no reason to get up. Always wake up with the sun.

15. Make up for lost sleep – This I have heard makes no difference but in my case if I have had a late night the night before I find I am in bed a little earlier the next night or I have a nanny nap during the day

16. Keep the caffeine drinks to the morning – Not a good idea before bed.

17. Dont Toss and Turn – They say get up for 10 minutes, go to the loo or go have a cup of warm milk or glass of water and go back to bed. Another idea is pick up your favorite magazine and look at some nice homes or fashion something to take you mind off what is making you toss and turn.

18. Medication check – Check you medication it may be making you sleepless. If so go see the doctor and get it changed. I don’t take medication so that is not my problem.

19. Pets on the floor – Don’t have your pet on the bed sleeping with you as the chances it is what could  be disturbing you. Make sure your pet has a nice comfortable bed on the floor and make sure he or she understands they are not welcome on the bed. I know its hard to do but once they are in the habit you will both be happy and you will not get grouchy with it.

20. Sleeping tracker – If you do have to have your smartphone in the bedroom or you could get one of those fitbit watches you are able to track your sleeping patterns. This can show you what may be disturbing your snooze time. I believe they are very good.

21. Listen to soothing music – You are able to get sound tracks of things like rivers, oceans, wind any thing that may make you feel peaceful and nod off to sleep. You can get that sort of gadget on Amazon

22. Sniff of Lavender – works well. I put a few drops on my pillow of pure lavender oil or spray what ever I have at the time,  every night.

23. Muscle relaxation – Now this works but takes a bit of concentration – You need to start with the feet and work your way up your body. Often by then you fall asleep. The idea is to tighten your muscle then relax. Like tighten your muscles in the feet for a few seconds then relax. Tighten the muscles in the calf of your leg then relax etc etc till you get to the head. By that time the chances are you are snoring.

24. Breath – Now this does work – well most of the time – I find by the time I focus on 4 deep slow breaths if am ready for sleep. I do this often with success. Actually if there is any for of anxiety you are facing even if you are not in bed a deep breath really helps to calm the nerves

25. Dim the lights – Any bright lights will disturb your sleep. If you have any electronics in the room turn them off at the wall. Especially if they are a ‘blue light’ they will cause disturbance in your sleep.

26. Sunlight your best friend – Make sure you get some sunlight during the day.  sunlight  keeps daytime fatigue at bay, leading to more sleepiness at bedtime. That good old Vitamin D the natural way is a must and good for you in moderation.

27. Shut that Computer down –  Artificial lights from computers, TVs, and cell phones might make it more difficult for the body to understand when it’s time to wind down. Try reading.

28. Drink something warm – Before you go to bed have some warm milk or milk and chocolate. Or just dark chocolate that sometimes helps.

29. Dream a little – This also works for me – I have a place that I go to when I am having trouble going to sleep. I visualize the sand and the track and the bushes on the way to my favorite beach. I visualize the waves the fish in the waves etc etc and off to La La land I go.

30. Wine – Glass of red before bed works for me

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Why coffee makes you poop

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If you’re like a lot of guys, your morning cup of Joe leaves you bright-eyed and ready to take on the day—just as soon as you’re done pooping

But what is it about the brew that blasts your bowels?
At the surface, it’s pretty simple: Coffee increases contractions in your gut, which activate that gotta-go urge as stool travels to your rectum, said Dr. Satish Rao, Ph.D., the director of the digestive health center at Georgia Regents University.

Two decades ago, Rao and his teams recruited 12 lucky people to wear anal probes with sensors that measured pressure activity throughout different parts of their colons and rectums. Over the course of 10 hours, the subjects drank the same amounts of caffeinated coffee, decaf coffee, and hot water, and ate a 1,000-calorie burger meal.

The food triggered the greatest activity in the participants’ guts, but the researchers were surprised to discover that caffeinated java prompted contractions of a near-similar magnitude—60 percent stronger than that of hot water, and 23 percent more intense than decaf.

This shows caffeine—a known stimulant—does play a role in jumpstarting your colon, but it’s not the only player involved. There’s likely something in coffee itself that’s responsible for your need to go number 2, says Dr. Rao.

 Experts have a theory: Just minutes after you ingest java, it reaches your stomach. One or more of its hundreds of compounds triggers the production of certain hormones in your body, such as motilin—which stimulates gut contractions—or gastrin, which causes the secretion of acid in your stomach. That’s when the pooping kicks in.  

But scientists say it’s also possible that a combination of everything involved in your A.M. routine sends you scurrying to the toilet.

Your colon is about twice as active in the morning thanks to your body’s circadian rhythms, Rao said. Add in breakfast, wash it down with coffee—both of which independently spark colonic contractions—and you can see why you’re clamoring for a crap afterward.  

To avoid spending overtime in the office restroom, hold off on making your Starbucks run until about 2 hours after you wake up. This will give your colon enough time to calm down from its morning rev, Rao said.

And when you drink your first cup, try not to pair it with food or exercise, since they’ll both get your gut going, too.

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Sitting At Work For Hours Can Be As Unhealthy As Smoking

This subject I found quite interesting

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Take a stand for your health — literally.

Doctors are urging the millions of people who work at a desk all day to stand up or walk around the office.

As CBS 2′s Dr. Max Gomez reported, our couch-potato lifestyle is killing us at about the same rate as smoking.
And it’s not just sitting around at home; it’s also our sit-for-hours workdays that are part of an unhealthy sedentary lifestyle.
“Sitting is probably killing me,” said Linda Caufield, of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

Caufiled is right. A number of studies have shown that prolonged sitting is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer and even early death.
“Smoking certainly is a major cardiovascular risk factor, and sitting can be equivalent in many cases,” said Dr. David Coven, a cardiologist at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center. “The fact of being sedentary causes factors to happen in the body that are very detrimental.”

A recent study shows levels of physical activity and lower levels of sitting time were positively associated with excellent health and quality of life.
The obvious solution is to exercise more, but busy lifestyles and a common aversion to exercise make it hard to compensate for hours of sitting at a desk.

The good news, said Dr. Dermont Phelan, of the Cleveland Clinic, is “that doesn’t mean that we have to go to the gym for 30 minutes in the day. Just a brisk walk, and we don’t have to do it continuously. Even doing 10 minutes three times a day will work.”
While not an equal substitute for exercise, some doctors recommend getting up once an hour from your desk, even if it’s just to walk around briefly or go to the bathroom. Some people have even started using combination treadmill desks at work — anything that contracts our muscles and gets blood flowing.

“It dampens down inflammation,” Phelan explained. “It dampens down the risk of depositing plaque in the coronary arteries.”

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The Survival Rule Of 3

I assume that they mean 3 hours without shelter in the very cold or the very hot weather. I say that because I am on the beach and in the water more than three hours without shelter.

Do you know the Survival Rules of Three?

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Jumpy the Dog – Very Clever

Many hours of training I suspect and fabulous rewards.

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Calorie Light – Tummy Tight

I think that is why you have to eat every 2 hours as 3oz amounts would not leave me very satisfied.

Feeling hungry? 10 most filling calorie-light foods

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