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Why did Clover in Lawns Go out of Fashion?

Added April 30, 2020, Under: Environment, How To

There are not many gardeners around who would remember what it was like to garden in the 1930s but the important fact to know is that lawns before World War 2 were usually a mix of grass and clover. It was only in the 1950s that herbicide companies mounted a major advertising campaign.  This was to convince homeowners and keen gardeners that the clover in their grass lawns was a weed! This was done purely to sell their new herbicides which of ...

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Reach for a Rainbow in What You Eat for Optimum Health Benefits

Added , Under: Children's Health, Health, How To, Nutrition

You may find it hard to imagine but leading nutritionists recommend that we eat at least thirty - yes 30 - different types of fruits and vegetables in a week, selecting a rainbow of different colors for all types of phytochemicals as a feast for our gut health. And each color contains a range of those phytocemicals. Phytochemicals are chemicals in plants that provide health benefits, appearing not only in fruits and vegetables but also in grains, seeds, nuts and legumes. Purple and ...

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Why Increasing Your Vitamin D Levels at This Time is More Vital than Ever!

Added April 26, 2020, Under: Vitamin D

When the mainstream media comes out and advocates taking vitamin D supplements, you have to know that vitamin D deficiency is at last being taken seriously. People are being urged to take vitamin D supplements as they spend more time indoors during lockdown. The media is saying that during the summer months, most people get all the vitamin D they need from sunlight. Unfortunately, this is inaccurate Historically, yes they did because they were out on the land and not slathering on sunscreen at ...

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It’s Time for Fresh, Locally-Produced Asparagus Again!

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If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, you could well be in for a spring time treat - fresh locally-produced asparagus. Asparagus does not store well so to make the most of its fresh and nutritional value, eat it as quickly as possible after harvesting and cook the stems lightly by steaming. The health benefits of including fresh asparagus in your diet It is very nutritious and an excellent source of vitamins - especially gut health and folate. Asparagus is one of ...

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The Increasing Trend for Growing Your Own Vegetables

Added April 20, 2020, Under: Environment, Exercise, Health, How To, Nutrition

It is the start of the growing season for fruit and vegetables in the Northern hemisphere which has coincided with the lockdown affecting so many - worldwide. And many of us who have a garden, back yard, balcony or some small area outdoors to call our own, will have decided to start planting! Just as during WW2, people were urged to Dig for Victory, now it could be Plant for Virus! Many are taking matters into their own hands.  Sales of fruit and ...

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The Village That Went Into Quarantine Over 350 Years Ago

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We have all heard of the Great Plague. The Great Plague, lasting from 1665 to 1666, was the last major epidemic of the bubonic plague to occur in England. It happened within the centuries-long Second Pandemic, a period of intermittent bubonic plague epidemics which originated in China in 1331, the first year of the Black Death, an outbreak which included other forms such as pneumonic plague - and lasted until 1750. More about the village that went into quarantine The village of Eyam which ...

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Do You Have the Habit of Talking to Yourself?

Added April 12, 2020, Under: Health, How To

If you do find that you have habit of talking to yourself, this is not a bad thing. It can actually be very beneficial. But you do have to say the right things when you are thinking aloud! Psychologist Honey Langcaster-James has said: "We know that people who are lonely or isolated in life do tend to talk aloud, because when we hear our own voice, we do feel slightly less alone." She goes on to add: "It's a bit like putting the television ...

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Benefits versus the Calories When Consuming Avocados

Added April 10, 2020, Under: Health, Inflammation, Nutrition

We all know that avocados are a healthy food - but there is one drawback. And that is the amount of calories they contain. If you are watching your weight, then including avocados in your diet could be a problem. The secret of course is eating them in moderation. How high are the calories? One medium sized (7 ounce) avo will come with approximately 322 calories.  It will also come with carbohydrates, protein, fat and dietary fiber. And did you know that vitamin K, folate, vitamin ...

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How To Get Rid of Those Unwanted Blackheads

Added April 6, 2020, Under: Diseases

Blackheads are a type of acne known as a comedo, a clogged hair follicle or pore in the skin.  If oil, dead skin cells or even bacteria end up blocking our pores, blackheads or whiteheads can result. And if that blocked pore fails to close up, the oxygen in the air oxidizes the oils, turning them dark brown or black. Blackheads are the result. If that blocked pore does close up, then the top of the bump appears as white - and is called a ...

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How To Look After Your Hair & Your Beard When You Cannot Get to the Hair Salon or Barber

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There may be a number of reasons why you have to resort to looking after your hair and/or your beard yourself - so we thought we would share a few tips to help you out... Dos and don'ts when trimming your hair Look for the thinnest pair of scissors you can find so that you can control the amount of hair being cut at all times. Sectioning is very important.  After you have washed and towel dried your hair, section your hair first ...

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