Monthly Archives: May 2013

Why Just Rinsing Fruits & Vegetables Is Not Enough

Unfortunately, most of the fruits and vegetables in the supermarket are covered in wax, germs, pesticides, soil, herbicides and a whole host of other chemical contaminants. If not washed properly, you may ingest these harmful chemicals.

A quick rinse under sink water is not sufficient to properly clean our fruits and veggies before we eat them, due to the fact that the agricultural industry makes their pesticides, herbicides and most other agricultural chemicals waterproof. The use of wax to make sure fruits and veggies look nice is another way all of these harmful chemicals are sealed onto the food product surface.

The pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides, road dirt, supermarket dirt, molds, fungi, waxes and more, are usually on the beautiful apples, pears, cucumbers and other fruits and vegetables before you eat them. Besides the dirt and other chemicals just mentioned, numerous strangers in the field and in the supermarket have handled your fruit or vegetables before you bought them!

Plain water, alone, just doesn’t get all those chemicals and dirt off before you eat it.

The Natural Solution to Washing Fruits and Vegetables

Many folks in the US and around the world are now finding a solution with vegetable washes and food sanitization systems. Here are a few options:

  1. Vermont Soap Organics Produce Magic – It’s made with organic oils and makes food taste better! Natural soaps have been safely used by humans for thousands of years and harmful detergents for less than a hundred. Doesn’t it make sense that a natural, organic soap safer for you and your family?
  2. Lotus Sanitizing System LSR100 – The lotus® Home Cleaning System infuses water with ozone, in the Multi-Purpose Bowl included with the system, to reduce bacteria and pesticides on foods. You can also use lotus to infuse water in the Multi-Purpose Spray Bottle attachment and sanitize surfaces with one of the lotus® Microfiber Cleaning Cloths, also included with the system.

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Product Review: Halsa Acupressure Mat

Acupressure has proven to be a popular natural health remedy and has gained a strong reputation amongst natural treatments and alternative medicine throughout the world. The first use of the acupressure mat as we know it todayHalsa Acupressure Mata was in Soviet Union in the 1980s, but by the 1990s, with the spread of liberation following the demise of the Soviet Union Acupressure Mats began to be popular in a wide range of former Soviet Block countries and beyond. Today we are seeing the popularity of Acupressure Mats spreading worldwide with their use sweeping across Western Europe and the Americas.

Current estimates have over 75% of the US population suffering from lower back pain, resulting in and estimated $50 billion on back pain relief ranging from medication to surgery.  A new treatment that has great results and is cost effective, the Halsa mat, is attracting attention amongst the back pain sufferers. This mat, based on the acupressure theory, made up of thousands of plastic nails stimulating pressure points which release pain relieving hormones.  Many of the product benefits of the Halsa Mat include relief from back pain, insomnia, migraine headaches, or simply want to relax after a long or stressful day.”

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How to Select Portable Solar Chargers

Tips and Recommendations on Selecting Solar Chargers

Portable solar battery chargers have been a great benefit to individuals that spend time outdoors or city dwellers that are  constantly on the move and disconnected. Portable solar chargers are used to charge cell phones, MP3 players, GPS devices, goal zero solar chargertablet computers and laptop computers. The chargers today utilize various types of solar panels, ranging from thin film to monocrystalline panels. With the myriad of choices and applications, there are several things that should be considered when evaluating a solar charger purchase:

  • Built-in Charge Controller – The charge controller monitors the amount of charge supplied to the batteries. Once the batteries reach full charge, the controller will halt charging to prevent overcharging.
  • Device Tip Compatibility – Confirm that the charger is compatible with your electronic devices. There is limited standardization among electronic manufacturers and there are a large variety of tip options.
  • Charge Time Requirements – The more solar cells on the device, thee more watts that can be generated. Most solar chargers have only one or two solar cells and so put out a relatively small amount of power in a short period of time. It is going to take some time in the sun to charge your device. The more solar cells the charger has the more watts of power it can generate and the faster it can charge your devices. When comparing chargers look for the charger with the most output in watts for its physical dimensions and price.
  • LED Charge Indicator – Many solar battery chargers offer a LED indicator that will enable you view the see how near the unit is to a complete charge. if the unit is still charging or full. There are also units that will automatically block sunlight whenever the battery is full. A typical solar charger has adaptors and charging clamps for the batteries.
  • Panel Dimensions & Charger Voltage – The larger the solar panel is typically translates to more solar cells. As the number of solar cells increase, the the more charge that can be transferred to the charger’s battery. For comparative purposes, a solar charger with a 2 watt solar panel has twice the current generating capabilities of a 1 watt panel and a battery rating of a 4 amp hours (Ah) has the capability of holding twice the charge of a 2 Ah battery.

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Ways to Reuse Cereal Box Liners

Here are a few ways to repurpose plastic cereal box liners:

  • As a sandwich baggie. Place your sandwich in the liner, wrap and go.Image
  • Use as a dog waste bag. Take them along of walks with your dog to handle their dog waste.
  • Carry them with you to use them as a small trash bag.
  • Use as shipping packing material. You can bunch to use as padding or fill with air and close  to make an air pillow.
  • Use as a wet/soiled clothes divider in your suit case or gym bag.
  • Bags can be used as a portable food container, such as packing trail mix or snacks on outdoor excursions.

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