Preventing dehydration in the winter is important. Indoor heating sources and drinking beverages like coffee, sodas and alcohol can have a dehydrating effect on the body when consumed in excess.
Dehydration affects your Spine
Did you know that the discs in your spine are 70% water? Throughout the day, you lose water from your discs. When you're dehydrated, the discs become harder to heal and more prone to damage. Drink water throughout the day to help your body heal naturally, to stay healthy and to get the most out of your chiropractic adjustments. Keep your spine aligned with regular chiropractic care.
Drink water between cups of coffee and other dehydrating beverages. When traveling, drink water throughout the trip, to stay hydrated.
If you’ll be toasting the New Year with a glass of bubbly, limit alcohol to one drink (per day) for women and no more than two drinks (a day) for men. A standard drink is: one 12-ounce bottle of beer or wine cooler; one 8-9 ounce malt liquor; one 5-ounce glass of wine; 2-3 oz. cordial or liqueur; 3-4 oz. fortified wine - sherry or port; 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits or brandy.
One drink relaxes the circulation and dilates the brachial artery. Consuming more than one alcoholic beverage has a negative impact: increasing heart rate, nerve activity and causes stress on the circulatory system. Exceeding this amount on a regular basis, not only dehydrates the body, but damages nearly all organ systems.
Sodas not only dehydrate the body, but have zero nutritional value, leach calcium from your bones, have many adverse effects on your health and should not be consumed, in any amount. We'll share more about drinking soda in the future.
Wishing you a safe, healthy and happy New Year!!!
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‘Tis the season to enjoy fresh, juicy citrus fruits.
Oranges, grapefruits, lemons and tangerines are in season at present and ever so pretty on our tables, buffets, and ever so good for us to enjoy.
Citrus keeps fresh longer when refrigerated. Do you know which citrus fruits should be refrigerated in a plastic bag and which ones need to breathe?
If not, we’ve compiled some tips to help you keep fresh fruit, fresh longer.
These are general storage guidelines. Length of storage may vary slightly based on temperature and other variables.
Keeps up to 1 week at room temperature. Refrigerate 28 to 42 days.
Allow to ripen at room temperature, until fruit is turns orange. Best eaten fresh. Refrigerate up to 1 week in a plastic bag.
Keeps up to 1 week at room temperature. Refrigerate in a plastic bag for 3 to 4 weeks.
Lime –Best used fresh. Keep out of direct sunlight. Refrigerate in a plastic bag, up to 1 week.
Keeps up to 5 days at room temperature. Refrigerate 3 to 4 weeks. Do not store in plastic bag. Oranges need to breathe.
Best eaten fresh. Refrigerate up to 7 days in a plastic bag.
Keeps up to 1 week at room temperature. Refrigerate in plastic bag up to 3 weeks.
Best used within 2 weeks. Refrigerate up to 28 days. Do not store in plastic bags, Tangerines need ventilation.
Citrus on Display
We love taking the time to appreciate and admire the goodness in each season. Decorating with citrus adds exciting bursts of color and energy to any room. Attractively display fresh citrus fruit on your sideboard or table; fill baskets, bowls, tall, glass cylinders or add fruit to a set of tiered, footed cake plates. (See our kumquat display photograph, above.) To keep the fruit from spoiling, alternate the fruit on display every few days, placing in the refrigerator.
© Citrus Storage tips by Deborah Tukua, from her book: Citrus Morning, Noon & Night: A Citrus Cookbook. To order a copy, browse our online shop, http://journeytonatliv.com/shop-our-market.html
A Quick Way to Update Your Address Book
The flurry of holiday greeting cards is upon us. Check the return addresses on each envelope received. If it’s a new address, cut out the return address label and glue it into your address book.
Save the postage stamps on the envelopes received in the mail too and give the children on your gift list a stamp-collecting album.
5 Ways to Repurpose & Get Crafty with Greeting Cards
Some greeting cards are just too beautiful to discard. Remove and save the front of the greeting cards received, and the printed text within the card.
1. Use greeting card covers as postcards.
2. Embellish gift packages with greeting card art. Cut desired art, place double stick tape on the back and tape on tins, and gift packages. (The red and gold tins pictured above are decorated with card art.)
3. Use as tree ornaments. Punch a hole at the top of the card, add a loop of ribbon, tie a knot at the top and hang on your Christmas tree.
4. Frame the lovely photographs or art from cards that compliment your décor.
5. Card art works great in scrapbooking and other creative craft projects. To use artwork from cards, cut around the shapes or designs you’d like to incorporate into future album pages. Cut out the words you want to keep too, and use in scrapbooking, collages and other craft projects!
Deborah Tukua, author and editor, Journey to Natural Living, http://journeytonatliv.com
Do you have a creative idea for repurposing greeting cards? Share with us, please.
Make your own naturally, moisturizing lotion bars. Only 3 ingredients needed to soothe dry winter skin.
In our last blog article, James Devine, DC advised us how to use cold packs properly for acute injuries.
Making your own cold pack to treat sprains and other acute injuries is simple. Here's how.
1. Add 3 cups water and 1 cup rubbing alcohol to a ziplock freezer storage bag.
2. Add a few drops of blue food coloring, if desired.
3. Double bag to prevent leakage.
4. With a marker, write, "Do not eat" on the bag and place in freezer.
The alcohol will keep the water a soft, cold slush, instead of freezing solid. Perfect for cold therapy.
Note: A bag of frozen peas works well, when you need an ice pack in a hurry and there isn't one on hand.
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As a doctor of chiropractic, I have seen lots of injuries from raking and putting up Christmas lights the past three weeks.
NEVER put a hot pack, hot creams, heat lamp, (did I mention hot pack) on an acute injury. ALWAYS put an ICEPACK on it….ALWAYS!
What is an acute injury? “Acute Injury,” means anything that has happened within the last 3 days, even if it is an exacerbation of an otherwise chronic problem.
The way to apply ice: 10 minutes on and then take it off for 10 minutes, allowing the
area to return to a reasonable skin temperature. Repeat 2 or 3 times every few hours.
Leaving ice on for more than 15-20 minutes can chill the area too deeply and cause your brain to increase the blood flow rather than decrease it. SO the rule is ON and OFF alternately every 10 minutes or so. This will get you through the night (or weekend) until you can get in for a chiropractic adjustment.
James Devine is a Seattle Chiropractor. Visit his website at http://www.seattlechiropractor.com
Editor's Note: To prevent raking injuries, read the article, “Pain Free Weekend Yard Warrior,” on page 28 of the Nov/Dec 2012 digital issue of Journey to Natural Living. Register to read all our issues online at http://journeytonatliv.com
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