Archive for June, 2012

More Melon Please! Summertime’s Tasty Treat

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Summer is the season when that tasty fruit, the watermelon, once again makes an appearance around the dinner table and the picnic area.

Besides being made up of nearly 90% water, watermelons are also a great source of significant vitamins and minerals.

So, what is watermelon made of? It is chock full of a considerable amount of vitamins A and C. It contains thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B6, folate and niacin in small amounts.

It is a great source of potassium, and also contains magnesium, calcium, phosphorous and iron in trace amounts.

It is also very low in calories, free of fats and cholesterol and is rich in carotenoids.

Because of these nutritional facts and their amazing taste, we should enjoy watermelons while they last!

Sun Exposure: Naturally Heal Your Sunburn

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

We have all been there before – a long day at the beach or outdoors turns our skin into a pretty bad case of sunburn! Instead of dealing with the affects for a few days or even a week after the burn, we offer these natural ways to help your skin heal and to help you feel better in no time.

Of course, there are plenty of sunburn treatment lotions out on the market, but anything that contains a high amount of vitamin E or contains aloe vera will help to alleviate the pain of sunburn. The vitamin E and aloe vera add nutrients to the skin that UV rays have unbalanced. The aloe vera also cools your skin, helping to reduce the pain.

You may also find some good sunburn treatments right in your kitchen cabinet. Vinegar, mustard, yogurt, tomatoes and avocado all contain that extra vitamin E that will help to cool your skin.

It doesn’t matter how you decide to treat your sunburn, what’s important is treating it the day that it occurs. Waiting to treat your sunburn will only prolong the agony and pain that you are dealing with, so treat your burn as soon as you can after getting out of the sun.

Eat Your Way to a Good Night’s Sleep

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

According to Men’s Health Magazine, good old mom may have had it all wrong when she offered us a glass of warm milk to help aide our sleeping. The protein in milk could actually boost alertness rather than calm it.

Instead the magazine’s experts offer the following snacks to induce “feel-good relaxation chemicals” thereby calming your nerves and slowing your brain down towards relaxation: nonfat popcorn, oatmeal with sliced bananas, one cup of plain yogurt with two tablespoons mixed nuts, sesame seeds, pretzels, 4-oz. glass of unsweetened cherry juice, and red bell peppers.

Not only is a good night’s rest good for your overall well-being, but it is also helpful to keep a youthful appearance and will it will also help you to feel younger, too.

So, pass on the glass of warm milk tonight and opt for any of the above snacks for that peaceful night’s sleep. Good night!

Avoid the Sting This Summer: Dealing With Insect Bites and Stings

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Just like we have been cooped up all winter, so have been a number of those creatures that we’ve come to despise: insects.

With summer in full bloom, insects are also in full swing and are ready to attack when necessary. So, what do you do to avoid these nasty creatures biting you? Environmentalists suggest that the best way to deal with insect bites and stings is to prevent them before they happen.

Preventing bug bites includes:

• Applying repellents to exposed skin. Do not apply repellents directly to your face, instead spray the repellent into your hands and apply to your face that way.

• Wearing shoes when walking around outdoors. Avoid going barefoot whenever possible.

• Do not swat or attempt to hit a flying insect. This will only make them mad and attack you more frequently.

• Covering food when it is outdoors. Insects flock to food and the less chance you give them to get to the food, the greater your chance of avoiding them all together is.

• Avoiding bright colored clothes when you are outdoors for extended periods of time as insects are attracted to bright colors.

• Trying not to wear heavy smelling perfumes outdoors as insects are also attracted to the smells.

Keep these tips in mind before you head outdoors and you won’t be dealing with insects biting or stinging you this summer.