Bottled Water Or Tap Water, Is One Better Than The Other?

One question which has puzzled individuals for decades is. “How much water should I drink every day?” The Institute of Medicine, suggests adult men consume approximately 3.0 litres of water. They suggest adult women drink approximately 2.2 litres of water daily. These figures coincide with the popular myth that individuals consume eight glasses of water, per day. This translates to 1.9 litres of water.

Now that there is a guideline for water consumption, the bigger question looming is, “Should I drink bottled water or get it straight from the tap?” “Is one better than the other?” With water industry reports indicating over $100 billion spent on bottled water worldwide, there’s no denying the public thirst for bottled water. In the United States alone, consumers shelled out nearly $12 billion dollars for bottled water.

While a matter of convenience for most, bottled water is the prime delivery source in third world nations, where potable water is not readily available. Propaganda from bottled water producers makes the consumer believe their products are better than tap water. They contend it passes through several filtration processes that eradicate foul taste, smell, appearance and removes contaminants. But, the Food and Drug Administration does not require bottled water to be 100% free of contaminants.

Mayo Clinic dietitian Katherine Zeratsky commented, “Tap water and bottled water are generally comparable in terms of safety.” “So the choice of tap or bottled is mostly a matter of personal preference.” While the FDA oversees bottled water, the EPA oversees municipal tap water supplies. They require water utilities to give consumers, upon request, an annual report of the levels of contaminants in their drinking water.

Positive thoughts for Insomniacs

Long nights sleep is what everyone would love, especially from long hard days’ of work. It’s so easy for some to just lay down either on the sofa, floor mat or bed and just close their eyes to go to sleep. But, for others it’s not as easy as it seems. It’s hard for most to just close their eyes without the motion of their minds racing through the past or even the future. If the promise of sleep does happen, their eyes continue to race until they once again wake up, not able to get into their first dream, staying in Stages 1 & 2.
Insomnia is a big problem and it is affecting a lot of people today. We live in a high stressed world in which being on social media is a huge part of our lives. When we see the term TNS (Team No Sleep) on our social network, we wonder what can be the cause of it and is there a way to finally get a good six hours of sleep? Insomnia happens when the person either takes a long time to fall asleep, and if so once they fall asleep to stay asleep. Or they get no sleep passing over 4 weeks.
There are lots of therapies for insomniacs, which all costs a pretty penny depending on which therapy they are looking for. http://www.nytimes.com/section/well . Negativity will make anyone lose sleep, and not sleeping for weeks will make negativity and depression kick in. There is a positive feedback with this new therapy, it works with a consultant to understand the sleep patterns and then scheduling a bedtime routine, thinking positive thoughts until the insomniac finally is relaxed enough to go to sleep.

Re-purposing Tips To Make Senior Citizens’ Lives Better

People live much longer and happier lives than they did in previous generations. When these same people stay active and engaged, they can remain in good health as well. It’s tough to get old, but it can be done gracefully. There are tools and tricks that are guaranteed to make life a bit easier.

Barbara Beskind, a former Army Occupational Therapist, has come up with some ingenious ideas to cope better in the physical world. For people with vision problems, she recommends that a Lazy Susan is used in the refrigerator in cases where it is difficult to see what’s in the back. Also, Beskind put small bumps on her phone to distinguish the answer button.

NewYorkTimes.com reports that Beskind has worked at Ideo as a designer since 2014. She is 92 years old and she knows first-hand what works and what doesn’t. Younger designers don’t have that advantage.

Instead of buying fancy expensive gadgets, creativity is encouraged in inventing the best re-purpose. The goal is to keep the costs down by using simple everyday objects found in the home. These items are re-purposed. For example, seniors can put a bar of soap inside a nylon stocking. This can be hung in the shower. The soap doesn’t have to be picked up from the floor, it won’t be stepped on, and it provides exfoliation for the skin.

Rubber bands can be put around cups to make them easier to grip. Medications can be easily organized in a shoebox. Drugs and dosages can be tracked in a small notebook that fits into the shoebox. The whole shebang can be transported to a doctor’s appointment. Many of these tricks are simply common sense.

Research Concludes That Anger Can Triple The Risk Of Suffering A Heart Attack

A recent worldwide study suggested that doing vigorous exercise when you are upset or angry could triple the risk of suffering a heart attack within an hour. Combining the two situations and doing extreme exercises to calm down increases the risk even further. Experts of the study said that the findings provide a crucial link between the body and the mind.

 

The research was published by the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation. The study suggested that an individual who performed rigorous exercise and was upset was likely to get heart attack symptoms within an hour. Andrew Smyth from the Population of Heart Research Institute at McMaster University was the lead author of the study. He said that extreme physical and emotional triggers have the same effects on the human body.

 

Smyth stated that both triggers could increase the heart rate, raise blood pressure, change the flow of blood in the veins, and reduce blood supply to the heart. He continued by saying that in such situations, blood vessels would narrow leading to a heart attack. Smyth explained that regular exercises help prevent cardiovascular diseases. However, he recommended that people who were emotionally unsettled not to go beyond the usual extremes while working out at the gym.

 

The research was carried out in 52 countries. The results showed that 13 percent of the total number of patients analyzed had engaged in physical activity. 14 percent of the patients were emotionally upset. The researchers considered other factors into the study such as smoking, age, obesity, high blood pressure, and other health conditions. Barry Jacobs urged every person to engage in activities that promote mental wellness and avoid getting angry to extremes. He continued by saying that patients who were at risks of suffering heart attacks should avoid extreme emotional situations.

 

Maureen Talbot of the British Heart Foundation said that emotional upset and excessive physical exertions are not the underlying causes of heart attacks. She explained that atherosclerosis mainly causes heart attacks. Talbot stated that when plaques in the arteries break off, a blood clot forms leading to a heart attack.