5 Reasons to Avoid Using Plastic Cups

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There’s a number of reasons why you should avoid plastic cups. One major reason is BPA or bisphenol-A – an estrogen-like chemical added to post polycarbonate plastics, such as plastic cups, plastic bottles, plastic containers, lining of tin cans, and many more. According to research, BPA is associated with feminizing of boys, early puberty in girls, and reduced fertility in both sexes. As a matter of fact, in utero exposure is connected to the abnormal development of sex organs in fetus.

Here are the other reasons why you should avoid using plastic cups.

 1.It Can Make You Feel Really Sick 

Although it’s common to suffer from a wide range of health issues as you age, you have to ask yourself if what’s happening to you, still a part of getting older or something else. Chances are, it can also be the result of toxic overload in your body. Most of us are probably aware that illnesses and disorders, such as arthritis, cancer, Alzheimer’s, vision impairment, heart disease, and many other health problems continue to arise. Can this be the cause of using too much plastic? Plastic food and beverage containers are becoming more and more popular, because they’re cheap, disposable, and convenient. However, research shows that these plastic materials are also packed with toxic compounds that could trigger a number of health problems, such as cancer and impotence.

2.Safe Plastic Doesn’t Exist

Recently, plastics that contain the super toxic compound called BPA has been in the news a lot. For this, a lot of consumers have been in search of ways on how to avoid BPA, and manufacturers have taken advantage of this by creating products that are “BPA-free.” The truth is, this is nothing, but a lie. Even when the products are BPA-free, this doesn’t mean that they’re completely safe. Some use BPS instead– a close cousin of BPA that’s also toxic.

Also the problem with BPA is the fact that it can easily transfer from the container into neighboring substances, such as water, saliva, and food. Furthermore, contact with acidic, alkaline, heat, and other substances can also accelerate the process. BPA has the ability of leaching into groundwater from plastics piled in landfills.

8 Tricks Against Nausea

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Nausea is the worst kind of feeling you’ll ever have. Everything sounds off, nothing feels right, your body is shaky, the smell of food is horrible, and the list goes one. Nausea can be caused by a number of reasons, ranging from food poisoning, motion sickness, morning sickness, and the list goes on. Furthermore, most of the time, an occasional nausea doesn’t imply that you should visit the doctor, because it can be solved even when you’re at home. There’s a number of ways on how you can get rid of this problem.

1. Ginger

The most popular and oldest home remedy for nausea is no other than ginger– it can be in a form of tea, ale, or even raw. It doesn’t matter how you’d like to take it, and there’s always a guarantee that it could stop nausea right away. Due to the fact that ginger encourages the secretion of different digestive juices, it’s capable of neutralizing stomach acid. Aside from that, it’s also packed with phenols that are capable of relaxing the stomach muscles, and it acts like a sedative that can calm down an irritated stomach tissue. Furthermore, the presence of phenols also help the intestine in moving not only the digested food, but the toxins through the system as well, and because the bad stuff are being taken away, you’ll notice that the feeling of nausea would be gone just after taking ginger.

Ginger can be taken in capsule form, in a soothing soup, but you can also nibble it raw. A lot prefers fresh ginger ale or tea as a way to calm down an upset tummy. Best of all, aside from taking your nausea away, a warm cup of ginger tea can also help you relax.

How to Make Ginger Tea
Things You’ll Need:
– 1 Ginger Root
– Honey
– 3 cups of water

Directions:
Wash the ginger, and peel them carefully. This should be sliced into tiny pieces and place a piece of paper over it– preferably wax paper. Jam the ginger in order to make the pieces extra small. Then, boil 2-3 cups of water and add put the ginger. Allow it boil for 2-3 minutes. Add honey if desired. Drink while it’s still warm.

2. Make Milk Toast

For those who are not aware, bland foods are great in taming one’s stomach, and some of the great examples of this include bread and milk. Bread is capable of absorbing the excess acid, while milk coats the stomach– this is also recommended for those who take aspirin, because it can hurt an empty stomach. Though, milk shouldn’t be drank straight either, because dairy alone can also result to an upset stomach. So, the best way to use these remedies is by combining bread and milk together by creating milk toast.

8 Tricks That Restaurants Use to Fool You

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Gone are the days when restaurants and fast food chains try to win the hearts of their customers through their stomachs– now, it’s all about the unconscious mind. Based on studies, consumer psychology is now one of the biggest marketing tools being utilized by most restaurants. In fact, they have become better with this that they can easily manipulate their customers through menu engineering, as well as behavioral tricks.

For instance, the menu isn’t merely presenting the dining options to customers, it’s also a subliminal method to manipulate them. Menu designs are thought-out carefully by the restaurateur and his aim is to gain profit and be able to easily market everything that appears on the menu– he wants to lure the customers to try them all.

Without further ado, here are some of the tricks that restaurants use to fool you.

1. Colors

Don’t be naive, you know that going to a restaurant is like a sensory experience. There will be colors presented to the customer, and so, being at the restaurant can also affect a person’s mind when he has to decide on what food to eat.

For instance, if you’re surrounded by the color red, you’ll easily get hungry– the color orange has the same effect. Likewise, the color yellow has been known to trigger the serotonin, which is the “happy hormone” of the body. This is very important, because a lot of people have the tendency of eating more whenever they feel happy. What does happiness mean? Happiness is feeling optimistic about something, and it’s increasing the chances of splurging on a very good meal no matter how expensive it costs.

2. Music

Music is one of the best ways to set the perfect ambiance and mood, but that’s not all it does at a restaurant. Based on research, restaurants have enjoyed longer wait times at tables, and were able to charge higher bills when slow music was playing. Likewise, another study has revealed that classic music triggers consumers to buy the most expensive items on the menu.

8 Ways To Wake Up Early With Ease

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Waking up early has a number of benefits, and it’s also the perfect time to write, meditate, exercise, and do some quiet reading. Likewise, being an early bird can also give you an hour of extra time to focus on other important things and be a little more creative– although you can do these things later in the day, most people end up not doing them because of a number of reasons.

If you’re interested in waking up early, keep on reading as we give you some of the best practical tips that you can try.

1.The Use of an Alarm

We’d all agree that the most difficult part of the morning routine is trying to get out of bed. One of the oldest tricks that you can use is place the alarm clock across the room. However, if you’re sleeping with someone else and you don’t want to disturb that person, you can consider having a phone next to you and just set it with a soft alarm that you can easily turn off.

In order to keep yourself from falling back to sleep, you can also consider placing another alarm clock and set it a few minutes later.

2.Develop a Mental Environment

Here are some ways on how to wake up your brain and stay alert all day long.
– Listen to podcasts that talk about waking up early.
– Read entries about early risers who became successful.
– Keep reminding yourself that waking up early has a lot of benefits.

The key is, you should fill in the cracks of your day with a dose of inspiration and motivation about why and how to wake up early.

9 Foods You Never Thought Could Be Stored Outside the Fridge

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We’ve all had similar experiences– a lot of us think that we should store almost everything inside the fridge to prevent it from rotting and spoiling, while keeping it fresh longer. Although it’s somewhat true, believe it or not, there are some foods that you shouldn’t refrigerate at all, because refrigeration will just shorten their shelf life. Here are some of them.

1. Bread

Most of us are aware that freezing bread is a great way to lengthen its shelf life. Thus, it’s easy to conclude that if we’ll keep it cool inside the fridge, we can also prolong its shelf life even for a short term. Unfortunately, doing that will have an opposite effect. For one, putting bread inside the refrigerator can make it lose its freshness more quickly as compared to leaving it out in warm temperature.

Some food experts suggest that freshly made baked goods, especially bread, must be moist inside, while completely dry on other parts. The most common reason why bread goes stale is when water enters the bread, making it uniformly moist. So, keeping bread in cool temperature, actually contributes to this process. On the other hand, freezing bread will just keep prevent the water from spreading, as it stays in one place.

2. Tomatoes

Keeping the tomatoes inside the fridge won’t do any good at all. Refrigerating them will just cause the tomatoes to lose their flavor. The cold air in the fridge blocks the ripening process, and for those who doesn’t know, it’s what gives the tomato the flavor it has. Also, refrigerating them would alter the texture, as the cold temperature breaks down the membranes inside the fruit.

Tomatoes are best kept in a basket or bowl on the counter top.

3. Onions

Onions contain water and putting them inside the fridge will just make them soft and moldy. Thus, it’s better to store them in a cool, dry place instead. Although chives and scallions should be stored in the fridge, because of their high water content, onions are different. Likewise, keep the onions away from potatoes when storing them in a basket on your kitchen counter.