Queries Around Expiry Dates On Food

Expiry Dates On Food

Food product dates can be a useful guide in assessing the peak quality of an item, however, one should avoid viewing expiration dates as a deadline for product safety. In the U.S., expiration dates are unregulated, with the exception of infant formula, which is regulated on a federal level. When labeling packaged food, “Use By” dates refer to the safety of an item, as determined by the manufacturer, whilst “Best By” dates are concerned with a product’s quality. Additionally, some items may have shelf dates, printed as “Sell By“, which are for retail purposes only, meant to keep displays aesthetically appealing…. read more

It’s True, Nature Does Nurture Us

Nature Nurtures Us

Researchers are perpetually interested in how our environment influences us. Studies have shown that continual lack of exposure to natural surroundings can negatively impact one’s mood as well as health. The science behind the significance of ecological presence points to the fact that some modern settings humans spend their time in are far from natural, and that this disconnect from nature can greatly affect us. Dr. Frances Kuo has investigated how experiences in nature influence children. After administering assessments to groups of children, some living by patches of green and some who lived in areas surrounded only by concrete, it was… read more

Top Ten Essential Oils and Their Health Benefits

Top Ten Essential Oils

Instead of spraying the air with pollutants found in air-fresheners, try burning some essential oils instead. Not only do they smell beautiful, they can have physical and emotional health benefits. Lavender Relaxing, and also useful in treating wounds, burns, and skin care. Helps to balance hormones. Can be an antidepressant. Peppermint Useful in treating headaches and muscle aches. Great for indigestion and flatulence.This is antispasmodic. This also aids in dissolving kidney and gallbladder stones. Can be used as inhalation for people with colds. Eucalyptus This is also helpful in nervous system functions and respiratory problems, such as coughs, colds, and asthma. Boosts… read more

We’re Right To Be Crazy For Coconuts

coconut

The coconut is one of the world’s most nutritious and health-promoting foods. Rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber, it has traditionally been used as both a food and a medicine to treat a broad array of illnesses. According to the Coconut Research Center (2004), recent research suggests that coconuts do indeed have many health promoting benefits, including: Helping to protect against disease-causing organisms (viruses, bacteria, and fungi); improving digestion and nutrient absorption; reducing the risk of osteoporosis, certain cancers, bladder and kidney problems, liver disease, and dental disease; reducing seizures among epileptics; supporting thyroid function; reducing skin problems associated with… read more

Nurturing Ecological Awareness in Children

Nurturing Ecological Awareness in Children

If you have the opportunity to be around children, or are a parent yourself, then you probably know that they are like little sponges, soaking in absolutely everything. Kids see things we as adults sometimes don’t notice, and they are also very mindful about things that are going on around them. They are even aware of environmental issues. Early child development is a time of continuous physical, mental and social growth. Children love to learn new things and often are not afraid to be excited about their accomplishments. As adults, we pride ourselves as being the teachers and role models,… read more

Ways to Naturally Season Foods

Ways to Naturally Season Foods

If you want to cut down on preservatives and salt but still prefer seasoned foods there are simple ways to incorporate natural flavorings. Making your own spices at home is cheaper than buying them and uses what would normally be tossed out from groceries that you already have. Taking this concept and turning it into a functional device, Rianne Koens has created a system for making food enhancers at home. A product designer with an environmental eye, she saw the opportunity for naturally flavoring foods often being thrown in the trash after dinner. She uses the example of a fruit… read more

The $6 Million Dollar Toilet

Reinvent the Toilet

Sanitation is still a major problem in many parts of the world, especially in developing countries. The World Health Organization and UNICEF have released a report stating that about 2.3 billion people, which is approximately 40% of the world’s population, lack access to safe sanitation. UNICEF estimates that 1.5 million children die every year because of poor sanitation which causes diarrohea and other deadly diseases. A contest titled “Reinvent the Toilet” funded by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation granted more than $6 million dollar to design self-sufficient toilets that could be used in developing countries. Many leading universities designed models… read more

Pillowcases: The Newest In Skincare?

Pillowcases: The Newest In Skincare?

Some may not think much about what covers their pillows, other than whether or not they are comfortable. However, a tool for fighting wrinkles that doesn’t come in a jar may actually be your pillowcase. Dermatological research has shown that the type of pillowcase that is slept on over time can affect the appearance of facial skin. One study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology concluded that a reduction in facial wrinkles can occur when sleeping on cases that contain copper oxide fibers. Many satin pillowcases are comprised of these. Participants enrolled in the tightly controlled clinical study were… read more

Want To Be More Creative? Get Outdoors

Want To Be More Creative? Get Outdoors.

If you haven’t been getting outside enough lately, consider that carving time out in the day for doing so may enhance your creativity, among other things. Researchers from the University of Kansas looked at the effect that being immersed in nature can have on creativity. Interested in finding if being outdoors could elicit measureable brain fluctuations, they performed studies on groups of backpackers ranging in age from 18 to those in their 60’s. The research team took groups of participants on a backpacking excursion in Utah. After being given the Remote Associates Test (RAT), which is a word association assessment… read more

The Harming Effects of Pesticide Exposure

Pesticides Cause Harm

Research has shown that pesticide exposure increases the risk for a variety of serious health problems. According to Dr. Cathy Vakil (2010) a larg number of studies have found a link between cancer rates and pesticide exposure. Many studies have shown that pesticides may trigger neurological problems ranging from cognitive dysfunction to neurobehavioural issues to depression. Indications from around the world show that pesticide exposure can increase the risk of birth defects and may affect fertility as well. Some studies suggest that the babies of women who are exposed to pesticides while pregnant or even before conception are at increased risk for… read more