A Week of Water

first_imgI don’t drink enough water.I know that. If you’re like me, you likely start your day off with a cup (or three) of coffee, maybe down a liter of water around noon, and then finish off the day with a couple of cold Devils Backbone brews.That’s not good.IMG_0034Granted, I don’t pump my body full of Gatorade or soda or any of that garbage. But at the end of the day, I’m dehydrating my body more than I’m hydrating it.So what gives? I’m pretty active too, so I know I’m only doing more harm than good. I think part of the reason stems from the longstanding “8×8” rule that everyone has preached for years. Eight 8-oz glasses per day? First off, when do I ever have an 8-oz glass around me? If I’m not drinking out of my CamelBak Chute then I’m drinking straight from the source à la LifeStraw. That’s hard to keep track of. Secondly, I’m not one to casually sip all day. I’m a chugger. I wait until I am SO UNGODLY THIRSTY that I could probably drink an entire kiddie pool full of water, and then usually, I do.Recently though, I’ve been feeling downright tired. Maybe it’s the “change in weather,” maybe I haven’t been eating enough veggies (though I’m a pretty responsible vegetarian). I know it’s not lack of sleep, because if there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s sleeping and sleeping enough. After a little research, I found that a lack of hydration could be contributing to my sleepy syndrome along with a horde of other side effects that, the more I thought about it, the more I realized I had.Irritability. Fatigue. Joint pain. Lack of concentration. Headaches.In a nutshell, not drinking enough water is, for me, a recipe for disaster. Especially for active people who like to go outside and play, drinking enough water is essential. So how much do you actually need? Does the 8×8 rule still hold true?While eight 8-oz glasses of water is a great start, it’s not enough.Some sources say to start out drinking half of your body weight in ounces (so, for the 120lb girl who doesn’t exercise, 60-some ounces may be enough). But according to the Institute of Medicine, women should be consuming 91 ounces per day and men 125. On average, over 40% of Americans do not consume even close to that. As age increases in a person, so too does the likelihood that they are not properly hydrating (95% of men aged 50-70 did not drink enough water in 2013).This is bad, people!Considering we live in a country where finding free, clean water is (relatively) easy to come by, we have no excuse.IMG_9985Aside from creating a really cool product, LifeStraw’s mission is not just to help outdoor enthusiasts find safe drinking water; their goal is to also provide educational institutions around the world with safe drinking water. For every LifeStraw purchase you make, one child in Africa receives clean drinking water for an entire school year. Next month, the company will provide purifiers to over 300 schools in Kenya, reaching over 125,000 children in the area.When you consider that 50% of schools around the world don’t have fresh water or adequate sanitation, it makes you feel pretty damn lucky to be in a country where that basic necessity is (generally) met. Why not take advantage of that freedom and get your daily dose of H20?Starting today, I will be drinking the recommended minimum (91 ounces) every day for seven days. Join me in the #weekofwater, and while you’re at it, get yourself a few LifeStraw products. Their signature straw is a must-have on any trip, from kayaking to biking and trail running. Lightweight, simple, and effective, this straw is small enough to fit anywhere and doesn’t require the use of harsh chemicals to kill bacteria. Buy one here and you’ll help a child in Africa get clean drinking water for one entire school year. What’s not to love about that?DCIM101GOPROlast_img read more

Seed treatment may make sprouts safer

first_img The experiment also showed that to consistently remove the pathogens, it took between 8 and 19 hours of soaking in the sanitizer and that the minimum ratio of mung beans to sanitizer (weight to volume) was 1:4. He said one possible drawback of the sanitizer is that seeds have to be soaked in it longer than what some sprouts producers are used to. “Some people just soak them for 2 or 3 hours. So some people would have to soak the seed a bit longer than they do,” he said. “It appears to be useful within all its limitations,” he said. He said the researchers “really loaded up the seeds” with pathogens, making decontamination a tough challenge. Although SOC is commercially available, it has not been approved for use on seeds in the United States or Canada, according to Warriner. Outbreaks of Salmonella infection linked with sprouts—normally eaten raw—are reported periodically. One outbreak in Ontario last year involved 600 people who had eaten mung bean sprouts. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that seeds used for sprouts be soaked in a 2% calcium hypochlorite (bleach) solution, but that measure is not completely effective, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In trying the treatment on other kinds of seeds, the researchers found that it worked well on alfalfa, soybean, flax, and cress seeds, but results with clover, mustard, and radish seeds were mixed. With several other kinds of seeds—chick pea, sunflower, buckwheat, sesame, and onion—the treatment failed to prevent contamination. Batches of contaminated seeds then were soaked for varying intervals in varying concentrations of the sanitizer, and a control batch of mung beans was soaked in the calcium hypochlorite solution for 20 minutes. Afterward the seeds were rinsed with water and allowed to germinate for 4 days. The sprouts then were tested for Salmonella and E coli O157:H7. Jul 13, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A chemical sanitizer now used in contact lens solutions and toothpaste may help solve the problem of keeping pathogens like Salmonella and Escherichia coli out of edible sprouts, according to a study published in the July issue of the Journal of Food Protection. See also: A team led by Keith Warriner, assistant professor of food microbiology at the University of Guelph in Ontario, decided to find out if an existing sanitizer containing chlorite could be used to safely decontaminate seeds used for sprouts. The chemical is a “stabilized oxychloro (SOC)–based sanitizer” that is sold commercially as Germin-8-or, according to their report. Warriner’s group tested the sanitizer on mung bean, alfalfa, and a number of other kinds of seeds, comparing it with the FDA-recommended calcium hypochlorite treatment. Seeds were soaked in a solution containing five different strains of either Salmonella or E coli O157:H7 for 20 minutes and allowed to dry at room temperature. Why the substance worked on some seeds but not on others is unclear, the report says. But seeds on which the treatment worked germinated faster than the others, suggesting that “protective sites” within the slower-germinating seeds might have protected microbes from the sanitizer, the authors write. They also speculate that natural antimicrobials released by seeds may play a role. While the treatment eliminated the pathogens, tests showed that treated and untreated batches of seed contained about the same overall levels of bacteria, as indicated by aerobic plate counts. The authors say this suggests that the sanitizer did not affect bacteria naturally associated with the seeds (endogenous microflora). Francis Busta, PhD, director of the National Center for Food Protection and Defense and professor emeritus of food microbiology and emeritus head of the Department of Food Science & Nutrition, University of Minnesota, said the sanitizer looks promising as a treatment at least for some kinds of seeds used for sprouts. When several types of seeds heavily contaminated with Salmonella and E coli O157:H7 were soaked in the sanitizer for several hours, sprouts subsequently produced from them were free of the pathogens, according to the report by a team of Canadian and British scientists. The treatment was not toxic to the seeds. The researchers also tested the sprouts for residual sanitizer and found that none of the samples contained more than 1 ppm, according to the article. Warriner said ingesting significant amounts of the substance would be harmful, but trace amounts are not. The investigators found that a solution of 100 parts per million (ppm) was enough to eliminate E coli from mung bean sprouts, while a 200-ppm solution eliminated Salmonella from the sprouts. In contrast, sprouts from seeds treated with the calcium hypochlorite solution remained heavily contaminated with both pathogens. SOC solutions up to 200 ppm did not significantly reduce seed germination or the yield of sprouts, according to the report. “I think it would have to be individually assessed on the kinds of seeds and sprouts,” Busta said. “If I was doing alfalfa sprouts I would strongly consider seeing if I could get this into my protocol. It would also depend on what it costs. A lot of these places [that produce sprouts] are pretty marginal; they don’t have a lot of cash flow.” Kumar M, Hora R., Kostrzynska W, et al. Inactivation of Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella on mung beans, alfalfa, and other seed types destined for sprout production by using an oxychloro-based sanitizer. J Food Protect 2006 Jul; 69(7):1571-78 “We saw this oxychloro compound that was very detrimental to bacteria and kind to plant cells and our cells,” Warriner told CIDRAP News. He said it has been used as a chemotherapy drug as well as in contact lens solutions and toothpastes, “so we knew its properties before we started.” Dec 1, 2005, CIDRAP News story about sprouts-linked outbreak in Ontariohttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/fs/food-disease/news/dec0105salmo.htmllast_img read more

10 Things That Make a Woman Undateable

first_img Share LifestyleRelationships 10 Things That Make a Woman Undateable by: – August 8, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! 49 Views   no discussionscenter_img The one time we find Twitter TMI to be totally acceptable? When it’s guys tweeting about their dating dealbreakers. (Hey, we love the unfiltered peek inside their minds.)his week thousands of men used the hashtag #undateable to share the characteristics that separate the girlfriend material from the chicks they’d cross a crowded room…to get away from.“You got a bunch of luggage from previous relationships you want me to help you unpack.” —@JealousCloud“If you’re more interested in being involved w/other ppls lives instead of living your own.” —@Bklynz_Poet“If you don’t like when I’m hanging with my friends” —@REECeTooSuave“The Pale skin and really red lipstick combination.” —@djklutch“If you want to find ‘your own Edward Cullen.’” —@Lord_Voldemort7“A girl that farts in her sleep.” —@Zay_InkdUp“My mom’s the sweetest woman in the world & loves everybody. So if she doesn’t like somebody I’m talking to, chances are they’re #undateable.” —AMrPaulEvans“If you cant kiss.” —@Matty_Millz“Those girls that have tweeted about 1,000 reasons someone is #undateable and then wonder why they don’t have a guy are #undateable.” —@Z_Show“If there is a drastic difference of how look between day and night with or without make up.” —@DlynkAnd here are a few from women who tweeted what makes a guy #undateable:“THE SKULLET. Even worse than the mullet, is the skullet: bald head with long hair in the back. There are NO words.” —@tylersorrells“If you wont get rid of insects for me especially spiders.” —@xox_Ashleey_xox“If you don’t know the difference between ‘your’ and ‘you’re.’” —@collie_noni“boys who correct my bad spelling.” —@lilymorris93 [Clearly the issue of spelling is a polarizing topic.]“if your nails are longer than mine.” —@sarahhhhjeanBy Zoe RudermanCosmopolitan.com Share Tweetlast_img read more