Friday, June 21, 2013
I am cleaning out stacks of paper and old magazines..but I often reread things before moving them out. This afternoon I found this article in a Good Housekeeping magazine page 42 March 2008.
"4 Minutes to Stronger Muscles"
"Stretching not only makes you more limber, it also makes your muscles stronger, reports a new study from Brazil. When a group of young adults were guided through stretches designed to lengthen tight muscles in the backs of their thighs (the hamstrings), both their back and front thigh muscles became up to 12 percent stronger. "Stretch the muscle groups that you use in your workout,' advises Luci F. Teixeira-Salmela, Ph.D., of the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil, who adds that limbering up is even more important as people get older and lose flexibility. To do the hamstring stretch that researchers used in the study, stand up and - keepin gyour legs straight- place one food on a table or bench high enough that you feel a stretch in the back of your thigh. Hold 30 seconds; do four times on each side."
Monday, May 27, 2013
This thinking fits in well, in my opinion, with living a Sparker's life! A friend posted it on Facebook. I LIKE it.
Dust If You Must
"Dust if you must.
But wouldn’t it be better,
To paint a picture, or write a letter,
Bake a cake, or plant a seed?
Ponder the difference between want and need.
Dust if you must.
But there is not much time
With rivers to swim and mountains to climb!
Music to hear, and books to read,
Friends to cherish and life to lead.
Dust if you must.
But the world’s out there
With the sun in your eyes,
the wind in your hair,
A flutter of snow, a shower of rain.
This day will not come round again.
Dust if you must.
But bear in mind,
Old age will come and it’s not kind.
And when you go, and go you must,
You, yourself, will make more dust.
- – - written by Mrs. Rose Milligan"
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Another post from March 2005 Better Homes & Gardens magazine, page 232.
"Better Homes and Gardens reader Edith V. Williamson of Lehigh Acres, Florida, wrote to tell us about her secret food for preventing cramps: apricots. She says she used to wake up at night suffering from severe leg and foot cramps, but after eating sun-dried apricots every few days, the cramps didn't come back.
"Apricots are rich in magnesium, which along with sodium, potassium, and calcium are vital electrolytes that keep your muscles working correctly and prevent cramping.
"The water she drank while snacking also gets cramp-busting credit, says Ed Ryan, director of sports medicine for the U.S. Olympic Committee. Without enough fluids, muscles can contract and seize, creating painful cramps. When properly hydrated, muscles contract only as much as needed.
"To ensure you're properly hydrated, on your next bathroom break, check to see if your urine is clear to straw-color. The darker the color, the more dehydrated you are and more likely your muscles will be to cramp. -Doug Donaldson"
Saturday, May 25, 2013
I am trying to clear out my huge collection of saved stuff..which includes many older issues of magazines. I reread them and then pass them on...but often find stuff of interest now. Sometimes I have no idea what prompted me to save them in the first place.
This info is from March 2005 Better Homes and Gardens page 230.
Ease cold symptoms, fix hot flashes, and prevent food poisoning and other ailments by reaching into your kitchen spice rack. These common spices are more than mere flavor enhancers, they're also effective home remedies.
~Cayenne Got a toothache: Capsaicin, an ingredient in cayenne, interferes with pain transmission. Make a paste with a few drops of water and a spoonful of cayenne, dip a cotton swab into the paste, and dab on the tooth (NOT the gum).
~ Cinnamon A bit of this aromatic spice can help ease diarrhea, dry up the sniffles, and control heay menstrual bleeding. And for people with type-2 diabetees, just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon a day, added to food or drinks, can lower blood glucose levels up to 29 percent, studies show. For sniffles and diarrhea, make a tea by adding 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to 1 cup of boiling water. Let it steep for 15 minuts, strain out the cinnamon through a coffee filter, and drink.
~Ginger This powdered root relieves morning sickness and is as effective as over-the-counter drugs for motion sickness. It also kills some of the bacteria that causes food poisoning. In fact, it's good for most any form of upset stomach. Make a tea by adding 1 teaspoon of pwoder to a cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes, strain, and drink.
~Sage Reduce menopausal hot flashes and night sweats by drinking a cup of sage tea three times a day: Add 1/2 teaspoon sage to 1 cup boiling water, steep 10 minutes, then strain and drink.
~Thyme Rich in germ killing compounds, thyme has a long history as an expectorant and antiseptic. Gargle several times a day with a strong thyme tea to heal a sore throat; drink it to ease coughs from colds or bronchitis. For an effective cough remedy, use 1 teaspoon dried thyme to 1 cup boiling water, steep for 10 minutes, strain, and drink. Sweeten to taste with honey or sugar. For sore throats: Brew 2 teaspoons thyme in 1 cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Gargle, then spit.
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