Give Your Recycling Plan a Boost

Give Your Recycling Plan a Boost

While many people today are familiar with the bins seen at the end of driveways on recycling day, there are many more ways to get involved with recycling. Although small steps are great for beginning recyclers, some are looking for tips on how they can step up their efforts.

These five options offer solutions that can be utilized by the entire family:

Reduce Consumption

Part of recycling is learning how to reduce the waste that is brought into the home. Families should try to purchase products that are not packaged in large swaths of cardboard and plastic.

Research Local Recycling Guidelines

Most families know that local recycling centers take plastic, cardboard, glass and aluminum cans. However, many recycling centers also take other pieces of common household waste, such as aerosol cans, plastic bags, household hazardous waste and even clothing.

Recycle Electronics

Some cities offer programs in which old televisions, computers and printers can be brought into a city office for recycling, while others offer one or two days each year when electronics can be recycled free or for a nominal fee. Many technology and electronics companies offer free recycling for their old equipment.

Reuse

Another recycling tip is to reuse what a family already has. This can be done by re-purposing and painting old furniture, passing down clothing, purchasing clothing from a thrift store and/or finding new uses for things that would normally be considered waste, such as cardboard boxes and plastic bottles for storage.

Recycle at the Office

If you work outside the home, try to encourage the principles of recycling in the office. One way is by starting a recycling bin for copier paper as well as a bin for plastics and aluminum cans in the break area.

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References

Commit to Recycle More with 10 Tips for America Recycles Day; Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; accessed September 15, 2014

Verchot, Manon; 10 Ways to Improve Your Recycling; Treehugger; accessed September 15, 2014

Recycling Tips; All Recycling Facts; accessed September 15, 2014

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What to Eat During Menopause

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As women go through menopause, they face a variety of mental and physical changes. They may find that although mood swings from PMS are gone, they have bouts of mild depression or anxiety. They may also struggle with slowed metabolism, decreased libido, hot flashes, insomnia and bone loss. Following a few nutritional tips can decrease these problems or, at times, eliminate them altogether.

Prevent Weight Gain

During perimenopause, the period just before menopause when menstruation becomes irregular, metabolism begins to slow, and women find that they cannot eat as much as they used to without weight gain. Therefore, these women should be sure to eat nutritionally dense foods rather than those high in sugars or fats.

Get Enough Fiber

A great way to eat smaller portions and yet be full at the end of the meal is to choose foods high in fiber. Fiber creates the feeling of fullness, helps create a regular bowel movements and can lower bad cholesterol. The best sources of fiber are fresh fruits and vegetables as well as whole grains, such as oats, barley and brown rice.

Eat Adequate Amounts of Protein

Enough protein is essential for maintaining health and recovering from illness, infection and stress. Eggs, meat, dairy products, beans and lentils are excellent sources of protein.

Increase Calcium-Rich Foods

Calcium is vital for strong bones and is essential for menopausal women who are at heightened risk for osteoporosis. Calcium comes as a supplement but can also be consumed in the diet, because it is found in dairy products, such as yogurt and cheese, as well as in dark green leafy vegetables and nuts.

Avoid Trigger Foods

Although not everyone is the same, sometimes “trigger” foods can lead to hot flashes. Caffeine, alcohol and hot spices, are a few of these items. Menopausal women should consider decreasing their intake of these foods or eliminating them altogether to see if their condition improves.

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References

Johnson, Traci C., MD, FACOG; Menopause and Good Nutrition; WebMD; accessed August 27, 2014

Eating Right during Menopause; Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; accessed August 27, 2014

Focus on… Diet, Nutrition and the Menopause; Women’s Health Concern; accessed August 27, 2014

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New Product Introductions to Any iHerb Customer

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iHerb wants to reward you! Check back each Monday for the next few weeks to learn how you can rev up your iHerb Rewards experience to new heights!

In recent articles, we covered how you can earn a 6% credit for first year referrals and then 2% thereafter; however, iHerb isn’t done rewarding you just yet. Instead, we want to introduce you to a new and exciting innovation which brings our referral program to a brand new level.

We call it New Product Referrals or Introductions.  Basically, you can earn Rewards Credits for introducing any iHerb Customer to any new product: 6% for the first year and 2% thereafter.

Here’s one scenario:

  1. Mary is interested in learning more about and possibly purchasing coconut oil.
  2. While doing some research, she comes upon a blog article written by Rewards customer, Lisa, who is raving about a specific Coconut Oil product (ex:  Now Foods Coconut Oil).
  3. In that blog article, Lisa provides a Custom Rewards Link that includes her Rewards Code to the iHerb Product Page for that Now Foods Coconut Oil.
  4. Mary clicks that Custom Rewards Link and purchases that Now Foods Coconut Oil.
  5. The credit for that purchase goes to Lisa and Lisa will receive 6% of that sales.
  6. During the first year, Lisa will continue to get 6% every time Mary purchases that same Now Foods Coconut Oil. After a year, 6% goes down to 2% for as long as Mary continues to purchase that item.

A second scenario is:

  1. Mary and Lisa are friends. Lisa tells Mary about a product that she thinks that Mary should try. (ex:  Now Foods Coconut Oil).
  2. Lisa sends Mary her Custom Rewards Link via email for that specific product
  3. Mary clicks that Custom Rewards Link and purchases that Now Foods Coconut Oil
  4. The credit for that purchase goes to Lisa and Lisa will receive 6% of that sales.
  5. During the first year, Lisa will continue to get 6% every time Mary purchases that same Now Foods Coconut Oil. After a year, 6% goes down to 2% for as long as Mary continues to purchase that item.
  6. Mary could also send Lisa her Custom Rewards Link to a specific product and if Lisa makes a purchase based on that link, Mary will also earn credit off that item.

It’s more important than ever to keep promoting your Rewards Code. One way is to post your Custom Rewards Link to your social media accounts (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Blog and Google Plus) for anyone to click. Another way is to send your Custom Rewards Link directly to people you know via email or through direct messaging via Facebook or Twitter.

In fact, by exchanging Custom Rewards Links, it’s a way for Rewards Customers to help other Rewards Customers.  Not only is iHerb rewarding you for promoting your Rewards Code, you, in turn, are doing the same for others. Now how rewarding is that?

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Five Delicious Whole Grains Options

Five Delicious Whole Grains Options

Many people know that eating whole grains daily can keep them healthy by reducing the risk of diabetes, heart disease and obesity, yet are unsure how to get enough of these grains in their diets. Many whole grains are actually quite tasty and can be easily incorporated into a variety of meals.

Those who want to reap the benefits of the many vitamins, minerals and healthy fiber from grains can start with these five delicious options:

Quinoa

An increasingly popular grain that is somewhat similar to couscous, this originally South American grain comes from an herbaceous plant. It is a complete protein and creates a filling meal when paired with vegetables. It is delicious in soups and can be put into breads.

Brown Rice

An unrefined cousin to white rice, brown rice may take longer to cook but is just as tasty. Although it does not have as much fiber as some other whole grains, it is one of the easiest options to digest, making it perfect for people who cannot eat gluten.

Bulgar

A form of cracked wheat, bulgar has a deep, nutty flavor that is delicious in salads and soups. Sometimes known as “Middle Eastern pasta,” it also makes a good substitute for noodles in many types of casseroles.

Oats

Most often seen as old fashioned, quick-cooking or instant rolled oats, oats can also be steel-cut for a different texture. Steel oats take around 20 minutes to cook but are perfect for a filling, hot breakfast.

Rye

Rye is one of the best whole grains for diabetics because it is packed with fiber; it is also an excellent option for those wanting to lose weight. Known mainly for its use in breads, it creates a hearty, textured loaf.

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References

Whole Grains A to Z; Whole Grains Council; accessed August 27, 2014

Common Types of Grains; Real Simple; accessed August 27, 2014

Datini, Melinda, DO, MS; Tips for Reaping the Benefits of Whole Grains; WebMD; accessed August 27, 2014

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Can SKY Breathing Boost Your Mood?

Can SKY Breathing Boost Your Mood?

Many have found that yoga is a great way to alleviate anxiety and depression because yoga tends to “center” an individual, allowing them to concentrate more on their breathing patterns and sense of balance rather than on their personal stress.

However, the part of yoga that focuses on breathing, without the classic positions, can be just as helpful for those dealing with depression according to a 2009 Harvard Medical study. The name for this type of yogic breathing is Sudarshan Kriya, also known as SKYbreathing.

Proponents believe that because the breath, also called the prana,” is life,” practicing Sudarshan Kriya breathing patterns every day may cleanse the body and reduce stress. The four main parts of SKY are easy to learn but require daily commitment to be completely effective. Individuals should commit to at least 20 minutes per day. Some prefer to be taught by a personal yoga trainer, while others find that trying these methods at home is effective for them.

Ujjayi

The first stage involves slowing the breathing to approximately two to four breaths per minute, by controlling the larynx and the glottis. This slow breathing pattern, done for about three to four minutes, can rein in worrisome thoughts and center the mind.

Bhastrika

This is a faster pattern requiring 30 breaths per minute in short, powerful spurts. It increases oxygen levels throughout the body.

Kriya

Kriya involves slower breathing once again, making SKY breathing a cyclical pattern. With 10 to 15 breaths each minute, individuals try to focus their breaths into the center, or heart, of the body. The breath’s energy should flow from the base of the brain, through the medulla and into the heart. On the exhalation, the breath can flow out, following the opposite course.

Om

Upon completing SKY breathing, individuals chant an “Om,” feeling the vibrations throughout the torso.

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References

Gerfen, Elissa; Breathe In, Breathe Out: The Antidepressant Effects of Sudarshan Kriya Yogic Breathing; Vanderbilt University Health Psychology; accessed August 28, 2014

What Is Sudarshan Kriya?; The Art of Living; accessed August 28, 2014

Blank, Chris; Kriya Breathing Technique; Livestrong; accessed August 28, 2014

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Sweeten Your Life with Eight Varieties of Honey

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Honey has long been valued for its sweet taste, making it a pleasing addition to tea and biscuits. In addition, many people use honey in place of sugar for baking as a natural alternative. However, honey can be used for more than simply food.

For centuries, it has been valued as a natural wound healer, holding some antibacterial qualities as well as the ability to reduce wound pain and swelling. With so many varieties of honey from around the world, individuals can choose among their favorites.

1. Alfalfa honey is produced extensively throughout the western United States and Canada from the alfalfa flower. This honey is a favorite choice for foods because of its mild flavor and floral scent.

2. Blueberry honey has a flavor similar to the plant from which it is taken. This honey is mild with a fruity aftertaste.

3. Buckwheat honey comes mainly from the Midwestern states as well as from Canada. This honey is strongly flavored and dark in color.

4. Clover honey is perhaps the most familiar type of honey because it is commonly found in grocery stores. Made from the flower of the clover plant, it is a favorite table food because of its mild taste.

5. Manuka, produced in New Zealand, is the type of honey most often used medicinally although its robust flavor does appeal to some eaters. It has strong antibacterial qualities and can be used to treat sore throats, acne and minor burns.

6. Orange blossom honey has a delicious fruity scent and flavor. This type was originally produced in warm countries such as Spain. Today, it also comes from the southern United States.

7. Sage honey typically comes from California and is well liked for how slowly it granulates. In fact, it is sometimes added to other varieties of honey to slow granulation in them.

8. Tupelo honey is also prized in the southeastern United States for its slowness to granulate as well as for its extreme sweetness.

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References

Honey Varietals; National Honey Board; accessed August 29, 2014

Nazario, Brunilda, MD; Manuka Honey; WebMD; accessed August 29, 2014

Exploring Honey Varieties!; Benefits of Honey; accessed August 29, 2014

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Can Medicinal Mushrooms Benefit Your Health?

Can Medicinal Mushrooms Benefit Your Health?

Mushrooms are valued for their delightful, delicate flavor and amazing texture in many foods. Not only can they be found at any local grocery store, but they are also featured in many dishes at five-star restaurants.

However, long before they became widely loved as a food, they were used primarily as a medicine. Today, people are beginning to return to this knowledge base and use some of these types of medicinal mushrooms in their quest for better health.

Button Mushrooms

These mushrooms are perhaps the most common ones available at most supermarkets. Not only are button mushrooms high in iron and copper, necessary for red blood cell formation, but they are also known for their potential cancer-fighting properties. One Chinese study showed that women who ate a moderate portion of these mushrooms daily had a low risk of developing breast cancer.

Cordyceps

This type of mushroom may improve physical endurance and energy, and is known for potentially fighting cancers — particularly lymphomas. In addition, cordyceps mushrooms may stimulate the immune system to help fight off infection.

Chaga Mushrooms

Chaga, found growing mainly on trees such as birch, also may fight cancer, including breast, liver, uterine and gastric cancer. Other medicinal uses include potentially fighting hypertension, stomach pain and diabetes.

Shitake Mushrooms

Shitake mushrooms are increasingly found at grocery stores, but are native to Japan. Their medicinal uses include potentially decreasing allergy symptoms, fighting stomach cancers and enhancing the immune system.

Reishi

An ancient Chinese mushroom, reishi is thought to fight against cancer, decrease blood sugar levels in diabetics and aid the immune system — but these mushrooms are also well-reputed for their strengthening the heart. They may decrease high blood pressure and reduce cholesterol levels.

A note on supplements:  One way to get the benefits of mushrooms is to take them in supplement form. Make sure the mushrooms used in these supplements were grown in controlled environments free of harmful contaminants. Consult a health practitioner prior to taking new supplements.

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References

Pennington, Tess; To Your Health Series: Types of Medicinal Mushrooms; Ready Nutrition; accessed September 10, 2014

George, Heidi L.; Medicinal Mushrooms: The Ancient Superfood; Breaking Muscle; accessed September 10, 2014

De la Foret, Rosalee; Medicinal Mushrooms – Highlights on a Few Favorites; Methow Valley Herbs; accessed September 10, 2014

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Low-Impact Exercises for Senior Health

Low-Impact Exercises for Senior Health

Working out does not have to be hard on the joints and shouldn’t leave you in pain. Although some exercises, such as running and basketball, can put strain on the hips, knees and ankles, there are a variety of excellent calorie-burning exercises that protect these joints while working a variety of muscles. Many of these are excellent choices for seniors who wish to guard the health of their bones and joints.

Swimming

This full-body option puts very little pressure on any of the joints because the effects of gravity are lessened when in the water. Swimming burns a great amount of calories, and, if your community has an indoor pool, it can be enjoyed year-round.

Water Aerobics

Those who prefer a more social activity than swimming laps can try a water aerobics class. This option is low-impact and helps with balance and toning. It is especially recommended for seniors with arthritis.

Walking

This workout is simple and can be done anywhere with very little or no expense. Many seniors take walks each morning when it is cool or head to a local mall to walk a few laps. A community park is another place to create a walking routine.

Rowing

For seniors looking for a more strenuous but still low-impact workout, the rowing machine is an oft-overlooked option. It works the whole body, from the biceps and thighs to the abdominals. It is also an excellent option for those wanting to improve posture and create a stronger back.

Weights

Weight lifting is not just for bodybuilders. Many seniors enjoy this exercise, which can be done at home with a pair of hand weights or at a gym with weight machines. You can also pair walking with hand weights.

Yoga

More than just a great way to stretch, yoga burns a surprising number of calories. Whether done in a class, at home in front of a DVD player or with a computer app., yoga is relaxing and improves balance along with posture.

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References

10 Low-Impact Exercise for Seniors; Complete Health Screenings; accessed September 8, 2014

Barr, Kathryn Rateliff; Low Impact Exercises for Seniors; AZ Central; accessed September 8, 2014

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Credits Earned after the First Year from iHerb Rewards

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iHerb wants to reward you! Check back each Monday for the next few weeks to learn how you can rev up your iHerb Rewards experience to new heights!

Do you know what’s great about iHerb Rewards? It’s the gift that keeps on giving!

With each referral, you get 6% credit from all the orders that are made for the first year, but it doesn’t end there.

With other referral programs, you may only earn a one-time credit from your referral and you’re done!

iHerb has more to offer! After that first year, any subsequent orders will earn you 2% in credit year after year.

Given that we offer over 35,000 quality natural products and low shipping costs, it  means a lifetime of earnings for you.

See what I mean? iHerb Rewards truly is a gift that keeps on giving.

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How to Stay Fit with Your Furry Friend

How to Stay Fit with Your Furry Friend

Your four-legged canine friend is a great companion around the house, but, like you, he or she needs exercise to stay healthy. Luckily, taking care of “Fido’s” exercise needs shouldn’t be too difficult, and exercising with your pet can help keep you in shape too. If you want to get out and get fit with your dog, use these ideas for exercises to do with your pet.

Try new exercises on a regular basis to see which one works best.

Hiking

If you live in an area with hiking trails or paths, you and your dog can get some exercise while enjoying the great outdoors. Best of all, your pet will feel like it’s a great adventure every single time you go out on the path.

Start by choosing short hikes you know you can complete, and then go longer distances the more experienced you and your pet become. Ideally, pick hiking loops that end in the same place where they start to make travel easier. Some dog parks include perfect walking paths and trails to explore with your dog.

Swimming

Some dogs enjoy swimming in the ocean, lake or pool. It’s low-impact, so it doesn’t stress the joints of older dogs. It also works many muscles at the same time. While not all dogs are natural swimmers, many can learn to enjoy it.

Fetching

The retrieving (or fetching) game is not for every dog; but those who enjoy it will let you know. Drag the toy around excitedly and the dog will probably chase it. The two-toy method helps many dogs learn to interact instead of just taking a toy and leaving. The dog also learns to trade the toy in his mouth for the toy you have in your hand, which is more fun because you can keep moving to entice him to continue to play with you.

Running

Running is one of the easiest ways to exercise with a dog. While your pet may not be able to run long distances with you right away, they can gain endurance the more you run just like humans do.

The trick when it comes to running (or walking briskly) with your pet is teaching them to stay with you. To do that, you need to make sure that you set the pace and stop when your pet gets too far ahead or behind. Over time, you’ll find the ideal pace to get your exercise and keep your pet happy.

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References

Narins, Elizabeth; 6 Best Exercises to Do with Your Dog; PawNation; accessed September 8, 2014

Gelman, Lauren; 10 Ways to Exercise with Your Pet; Prevention; accessed September 8, 2014

Girdwain, Jessica; Work Out with Your Dog; Women’s Health Magazine; accessed September 8, 2014

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