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Vitamin B1 For Repelling Mosquitoes

Vitamin B1 For Repelling Mosquitoes

Here it is in the 90’s already in Central Florida and the mosquitoes are already getting out of control and summer has not begun yet. Since I do a lot of work outside my body is full of mosquito bites and open sores from scratching the bites in my sleep.

I just recently read some articles about taking vitamin B1 during mosquito season to ward off the female mosquito’s that are the biters in the mosquito family. Many of you readers I am sure are going to say that taking vitamin B1 is not going to work to keep mosquitoes away, that is fine but I don’t have anything to lose if it does not work for me.

I have been in the pest control industry for twenty plus years and I know that there are thousands different kind of chemicals on the market for this industry but if I can keep from having to spray chemicals like DEET or some other kind of synthetic man-made chemical that is not safe for the human body. With vitamin B1 at least you will not be applying unnatural chemicals to your body. If vitamin B1 does not keep mosquito’s away then your body will just excrete the vitamin when you go to the bathroom. Unfortunately there is a considerable amount of skin cancer in my family but fortunately for me I have not had any skin cancer show up on my body and I want to keep it that way, this is one the reason’s that I do not want put apply DEET to my body and would rather try something like vitamin B1.

What is in B1 that helps?

Thiamine is a vitamin, also called vitamin B1. Vitamin B1 is found in many foods including yeast, cereal grains, beans, nuts, and meat. A study back in the 1960s indicated that taking vitamin B1 (thiamine) may be effective in discouraging mosquitoes from biting. However, studies since then have been inconclusive. The theory is, taking more vitamin B1 than your body requires causes the excess to be excreted through your urine, skin, and sweat. Vitamin B1 produces a skin odor that female mosquitoes seem to find offensive.

I have read articles around the web that state ” The authors of a June 2005 review article published in the “Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association” reported that of the scientific studies performed testing B vitamins as repellents, none found them to have significant repellent ability against mosquitoes. In addition, the American Mosquito Control Association asserts that systemic vitamin repellents, in general, do not work. Vitamin B1 delivered as a skin patch has also been tested and did not repel mosquitoes, according an February 2013 study report published in “Acta Tropica.” .”

Then there are us common people that do not believe everything they read on the internet. I am going to play Ginny pig and try the vitamin B1 experiment and I will report back later on whether it worked for me or I wasted $3.59 on a bottle of vitamins.

I would love to hear from you if vitamin B1 has worked for you or not.

 

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How Exercise Can Help With Your Depression

How Exercise Can Help With Your Depression

Positive Effects of Exercise on Depression

When a person is depressed the last thing they want to do is exercise, but exercise is one of the best things that people can do to naturally defeat depression. It does not matter what kind of exercise you do, you can take walks or jog or any other form of exercise to help lower depression and change the mood you are in. Exercising has been proven to help with many health related issues, exercising will help with hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, sleeping disorders, cholesterol nd so on but the psychological benefit is reduced anxiety.

Depression and anxiety

When it comes to anxiety and depression never stop a medication that you are on without consulting with your doctor. Many people will start feeling better and stop taking the medication which is very dangerous, this could actually cause you to feel worse than before. Always stay in consultation with your doctor, do not self medicate.

When listening to music make sure that you are listening to positive uplifting music. Try to re-frame from music that will feed negative thoughts and cause you to be down. Think and concentrate on positive thoughts and images. Work on keeping a constructive attitude and making positive statements to your friends, family and co-workers.

Exercise

Getting back to exercising. A depressed person needs to get outside, enjoy the fresh air and take walks or jogs. Another good thing is to get involved with people like joining a gym and forcing yourself to meet people and build relationships. Another good thing is to try and find someone that can hold you accountable, not only to get out and exercise but also to help keep you positive.

 

Start off slow, don’t push yourself to fast. Just being out in the sunshine and taking a simple walk around the block or in the neighborhood will help get the blood flowing, raise your body temperature and help get the endorphin’s working which helps with symptoms of depression. As you start off each listen to some positive music as you walk, after a week or so increase the amount that you are walking by a block or two. You should start noticing a difference in a couple weeks.

Conclusion
Even though exercise is a great way to combat depression it is not a substitute for any medication or therapy you may be on. Any untreated depression can cause many health related issues such as high blood pressure, heart issues, sleeping disorders. Recognize the symptoms and be proactive and start exercising and get the help you may need.

 

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Tips For Handling Stress

Tips For Handling Stress

Manage Stress With These Easy Tips And Tricks

Stress can be a good thing as well as a bad one. When you’re stressed in a good way, you stay focused and on track. When you’re stressed in a bad way, negative health consequences can arise. There is a direct correlation to how you handle stress and how you handle your life. This article will provide you with some helpful information and advice to make sure you control your stress without letting your stress control you.

One thing that you can do at work or school to relieve your stress is smile whenever you get the chance. When you smile, you automatically alter your mood from the inside out and make people around you happier. This will create a pleasant aura and help to reduce your stress level.

Sometimes when we are feeling stressed, it is easy to dwell on our situation. But, if you will stop and ask yourself how bad the situation really is,based on a scale of one-to-ten, it will help you put it into perspective. You will see that what is bothering you right now really isn’t such a big deal.

In order to keep your stress level under control, try screaming into a pillow. This will do wonders for stress relief, as long as you do not do it enough to hurt your vocal chords. Screaming has a calming effect that can almost be euphoric for some people.

Make plans to take a long walk or go jogging with people you enjoy being with. You need to reduce your body’s toxins through sweat or other ways. Run or jog the stress out from your life.

Put worry time into your schedule. Some things do need immediate attention, but some stressors can wait until the time is more convienient. If something is bothering you, and it can wait, write it down, and when it becomes your time to worry, sit and worry about it and figure out how to fix it.

One way to ensure that you are able to deal with stress in your life is to make sure that you get enough sleep. Without the proper amount of sleep, your body and mind are not fully able to recover and you will not be in the best shape for making decisions and dealing with possible stress causing situations.

Remember that a modest level of brief stress has its good points, like increased focus, determination, and adrenaline production. Over the long term, stress can cause high blood pressure, obesity and depression. Follow these tips to reduce your stress as much as you can and deal with what you cannot avoid.If you wish to discover more about coping with nervous disorders, I think you’ll value the many other posts that I wrote. I’ve undertaken a great deal of researching. –

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Mukluks Boots Are Ideal For Homesteaders

Mukluks Boots Are Ideal For Homesteaders

What are Mukluks

 

Mukluks sometimes called kamik are warm and soft footwear originally created by the Inuit and Yupik tribes of the Arctic areas of Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Russia. They look very much like traditional moccasins with high boot tops. Mukluks were traditionally made from the skin of reindeer, seals, moose or bear. Today they are made of suede and other natural and man-made materials. Mukluk Boots are becoming a popular commodity online. With their unique style and special fit they have become the ideal item for this winter season.

Mukluks

You’re out in the woods and hiking the snow covered trails what feels better than a pair of warm dry feet. When your feet are wet and cold your whole body gets cold. Nothing beats a pair of warm boots to keep your feet nice and toasty. I have tried several different types of boots but either they leaked or they made my feet sweat until I tried a pair of Mukluks.

Many people have never heard of the word Mukluk and then there are some that never venture out in the cold and snow without putting on a pair of these wonderful boots.

So to those that have never heard of these boots we will now introduce you to this winter footwear that came from the Arctic areas of Canada, Alaska, Greenland and Russia.

What Wikipedia Says About Mukluks

The History of Mukluks

The mukluks are soft, warm and dry foot apparel that has been used in the northern part of the United States since the seventeenth century. The word “mukluk” originated from the word “maklak” which was a Yupik word.

There were two groups of people that wore the mukluks before the Western explorers found out about them; this was the Inuit and Yupik groups from the Arctic. When the Western explorers arrived and were scouting out the territories in the north and Canada they too adopted the mukluk footwear to keep their feet dry and warm.

The mukluks back in those days were made of deer, seal, moose, or caribou hide and the boots were lined with fur from beavers, squirrel, bear, rabbit, or some other form of wildlife. The boots came up to the top of the ankle or up to the mid-calf range. Mukluks back in the day of the explorers were good footwear for the harsh environments but they did wear out fast. And with using all natural material it was not an easy task and took several hours to make a pair to replace the worn out ones.

Today with modern machines and new versions of leather goods and the addition of rubber soles mukluks are easier to make and last much longer than the traditional mukluk. Also today you can purchase mukluks in a variety of colors and styles. You can also add decorative items like beading, tassels and pom-poms. Traditional mukluks and moccasins are still made today and people from all walks of life and people and from all over the world are wearing this awesome footwear.

With traditional boots like snow mobile boots or other winter boots the material does not breathe. When the boots don’t breathe or allow air to circulate around the feet the feet will perspire and this can become a factor of frostbite of ones feet. With mukluks the material does breathe and this allows for good ventilation in order to keep the feet dry of perspiration. This has been a huge factor to make mukluks a huge success.

This wonderful footwear not only keeps your feet dry and comfortable these boots allow your legs and calves to receive a great workout while at the same time improve your posture and reduce back pain. Nothing more could be better than having comfortable footwear and at the same time help your health and look stylish all at the same time.

Today many boot manufactures often use the style and design of mukluks in making their own modern footwear Uggs are being designed and manufactured to resemble the warmth and strength of today’s mukluk. But nothing beats the original design and comfort of the traditional mukluk.

Have you ever worn a pair of these wonderful boots, if so let us know what you think of them.

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The Wonderful Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

The Wonderful Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar

All over the world people are looking for inexpensive cures for their ailments and for ways to possible lose weight. There are no such miracle drugs that can do everything but there is an alternative that people are using that is helping to fight and relive issues on a daily basis. This home remedy is available at the grocery store or health food store and it is providing all the natural vitamins that a healthy body needs.

This little home remedy is called apple cider vinegar supplement. Many nutritionists have been recommending this remedy for years and there is plenty of recorded benefits of taking a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar on a daily basis.

Apple cider vinegar results from the fermentation of apple juice made from whole apples. This hard apple cider. is then fermented a second time to produce apple cider vinegar. This double fermentation results in the results retaining all the natural nutrition’s from the apples and is fortified with extra acids and enzymes.

Apple cider vinegar and red apples over white wooden background. Selective focus

I remember my mother back years ago taking this home remedy and both my wife and I take a tablespoon every day to help fight off bacterial agents attacking our body. One of the benefits that attacked me to start taking this vinegar was when I read that there is recorded evidence of helping liver functions and bladder and kidney issues.

Besides these recorded benefits it has been noted that supplement of apple cider vinegar will help with diabetes, high cholesterol, blood pressure, and the added benefit of weight loss.
       

Apple cider vinegar is full of nutrients and organic acid that causes weight loss and works great as a appetite suppressant. The vinegar also has natural healing factors that are great for the body because the vinegar contains large amounts of potassium which aids in helping with allergy relief.

Most people including myself don’t like the taste or smell of vinegar. Don’t worry there are new capsule forms of apple cider vinegar that is easy to take and it has all the added benefits of pure apple cider vinegar.

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Life Back During The Old Day’s

Life Back During The Old Day’s

How our grandparents survived the old day’s

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Today’s lifestyle is so much different than from when I was a child. I am 54 and in the past forty years our life has gone crazy. Today people are walking around with a phone stuck in their ear, pedestrians are getting hit by cars because they are too busy to check for traffic because they are texting on their cell phones, then we have the people that sit around in their free time playing video games. We live in an age of high stress and RUSH, RUSH, RUSH…..

Let’s take a look back in time to the days of our grandparents and great grandparents and see what they did on a daily basis.

  1. They had family picnics. I remember after church on Sunday morning all the family members gathered at the grand-parents’ home and had a potluck picnic. This was a great time to spend with family.
  2. They had sewing groups. Women from back in that day would meet together and have afternoons of sewing clothes and quilts for the family. Most people did not have money to just go out and purchase new clothes. When clothes were torn or holes wore into the knees or back side the wives would mend and repair the clothes.
  3. They had card parties. I remember my parents on Friday night’s gathering with friends for potluck dinner and then they sat around and played cards. The kids would sit and play board games together.
  4. Take walks together. Automobiles were a luxury back then, even if you owned a car or truck many people would still walk to the store or to a friend’s house. Even when I was young I would ride my bike everywhere, my parents would say God gave you two feet use them.
  5. Gardening People grew their own vegetables in the back yard. Shipping of fresh fruit and vegetables was not possible back then because of spoilage. Today we ship produce all around the world.
  6. Canning In the fall when the harvest would come in families would spend weekends canning fruit, meat, and vegetables so they would have food for the winter and until the next summer came around to grow a new garden.
  7. Raised their own livestock. I remember stories from my parents how they would raise their own rabbits, chickens, pigs and beef in order to have food on the table. If they did not raise their own they did not have meat for the table. Back then you did not run to the store to pick up a package of meat.
  8. People sent post cards in the mail. I still remember the days of being on vacation with my parents and going to the corner drugstore to purchase postcards to mail to family and friends. There were no computers and cell phones, so there were no email or text messages.
  9. Cooked homemade meals. Back then there was no such thing as microwaves. I remember the first time I saw a microwave I was about 6 years old. The microwave was huge back then and took a lot of counter space. But nothing can replace a good homemade meal. I dream of my grandmother’s homemade casseroles and deserts.
  10. Hung clothes to dry. One thing you never see anymore is people hanging their clothes out to dry. Back in our grandparents day everyone had clothes lines for hanging out their laundry. The amount of energy we waste these days just by drying clothes in a gas or electric dryer is ridiculous.
  11. Drinking water. The days of drinking water from a faucet or from the garden hose are far behind us. Today we have to make sure that the water is filtered, or bottled before we drink the water. I can still remember the old hand pump in the backyard that we use to get water from. My sister that lives off the grid has been pumping their water from a shallow well with a hand pump for over thirty years and they are still good and healthy. Back when I was growing up you never heard of or saw bottled water.
  12. Television It wasn’t till I was 16 before we heard of cable television. Back when my parents were growing up there was no television just radio. Today we have flat panel televisions and many endless ways to watch television shows and movies. Families would sit and talk together and read books or did hobbies in the evenings.
  13. Tanning salons The days of laying on a chase lounger in the sun to get a sun tan. Better yet how about laying on the beach in sunny Florida to soak up the rays and get a perfect tan. Not today, first it is unhealthy and why spend hours outside relaxing when you can go and lay in a tanning bed at a tanning salon.

Conclusion

Don’t get me wrong many of these conveniences I have and live with today but I still dream about the days when we did not have cell phones, could drink water from a hand pump, watch kids outside playing, having card games with friends, gardening, and taking walks and enjoying the outdoors.

If you remember stories from your grandparents or remember things from the past that we don’t see today drop us a comment.

 

 

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How To Become A Positive Optimistic Person

How To Become A Positive Optimistic Person

I have been fascinated over the years with how the brain works and what causes the brain to make a person be positive or negative. So many people that I am around on a daily basis at work are extremely negative, I can go to work in a great mood and after being there for an hour or so I find myself turning negative also. I do believe that who we associate with daily does play a major role of how our personality will become. So what is it in our brain that turns us from positive to negative?

Prefrontal Cortex (PFC)

There is a section of the brain that is called the prefrontal cortex (PFC), this serves as the integration center for all our brain functions. The PFC is located at the frontal lobe of the brain and it regulates the signals that our neurons transmit to the other area of the brain. Science believes that there is a link between a person’s will to live or die and the functions of the prefrontal cortex. The PFC allows you to control your emotional responses and behaviors and this region of the brain is what controls our thoughts and actions with the internal goals that we have set or elect to pursue. This is why it is important to have short and long term goals for our life.

The power of positive thinking

The brain is a powerful muscle that is also full of chemicals and neuron transmitters. Positive thoughts and happy attitudes decrease cortisol and produces serotonin which carries signals between the nerves. Serotonin is a chemical that researchers say is responsible for a person’s mood, when a body is low in serotonin this leads to depression and anxiety. Serotonin transmits impulses between nerve cells and contributes to the wellbeing of the human body. Serotonin impacts every part of your body, from your emotions to your motor skills. Serotonin is considered a natural mood stabilizer and the chemical that helps sleeping, eating, and digesting. Serotonin also helps reduce depression, regulate anxiety, heal wounds, stimulate nausea, and maintain bone health.

How to regulate your serotonin

In my research I found that reducing stress and anxiety is one of the major keys in increasing your serotonin levels. Since we live from day to day with stress in our lives we are constantly doing things in our lives that have a negative effect on our serotonin levels in our body. If you find yourself craving sweet things like candy and other foods that are high in sugar your body is probably telling you that your serotonin levels are low. When your serotonin levels are low your body will tell you to eat sugary items in order to produce more insulin. Eating to many sugary items will play a negative effect on your body which will cause your body to be addicted to sugar and turn your body into a type 2 diabetic.

Negative Cortisol

When we are under stress our body excretes a steroid hormone called cortisol also known as glucocorticoid. This chemical is produced in the adrenal glands in our body and then released to travel in our blood all around the body. Cortisol can have many different reactions in our body depending on which cells it is working with. The effects of cortisol can control a bodies blood sugar, metabolism, blood pressure, memory formation and many other items. If the body has way to much cortisol you may see a rapid weight gain, high blood pressure, muscle weakness, and anxiety and depression.

The power of happiness

The old adage of what you see on the outside of a person is what is happening on the inside of the same person. This is so true, your thoughts form your character, your inner thoughts will reflect your character. Every thought that comes from the brain release a brain chemical, so when you are focused on negative thoughts the brain slows down and can dim the brain ability to function correctly which will cause depression. But if you focus on positive thinking, happy thoughts, joyful actions and thoughts this will decrease the cortisol and produce serotonin which helps the brain function at peak capacity.

Getting back to the prefrontal cortex of the brain

The PFC is the only part of the brain that can control your thoughts and emotions. The PFC allows you to control your emotional responses and it helps you to focus on goals and dreams that you elect to go after, the PFC helps you to grow as a human being and if need change your life to the way you decide to live.

Let’s look at 4 ways to improve your PFC so you can be happy.

  1. Your environment and who you hang with

The people you associate with on a daily basis is one of the main focuses of the environment that we are in. If we are taking in negative thoughts and feelings daily this will cause us to become negative and our brain will produce cortisol which zaps our joy and our strength. I find myself going to work happy and joyful then after an hour of negative talk and depressed associates I find myself falling right back into the trap of being negative myself. We must find a way to disassociate with negative co-workers and find ways to stay happy when being around negative forces.

  1. Journal positive thoughts and positive activities in your life

When you journal you are not just writing down things on a piece of paper you are actually etching these times and thoughts into your subconscious. Plus this is a tool that you can go back and review when times have you down or depressed. Journal is a great exercise to log a positive thought, emotion, activity that took place for you that day. Everyone should journal something positive each and every day. At the end of the week or month go back and review your journal.

  1. Meditation

Take time out of the day to meditate. This is a great practice to do every day, one should spend 15 – 30 minutes a day to give your brain and body a break. By closing off the world around you and resting the brain it will improve positive thinking and positive emotions. Again being positive has been proven to decrease illness and give us purpose in life.

  1. Be Optimistic

An optimistic person tend to be in better moods throughout the day, be more self-sufficient, are more successful in life, these people are also in much better health usually with lower blood pressure and diabetes. People who are optimistic are more committed to their goals, are more successful in achieving their goals, are more satisfied with their lives, and have better mental and physical health when compared to more pessimistic people. Gratitude is also associated with optimism and has been determined that grateful people are happier, receive more social support, are less stressed, and are less depressed.

Conclusion

What does all this mean to us? In order for us to have a much healthier and more rewarding life we need to change from having a negative outlook on life to being more positive and  grateful. Some of us need to change some of our friendships and find positive people to associate with. Some of us also need to change the way our brain thinks and acts, we need to take time to give our brain a rest everyday through meditation and reflect on positive events and affirmation that come our way.

Think happy thoughts throughout the day, when hit with negative forces stop and refocus on positive thoughts. You are the one in control of your mind and you have the ability to change the things your brain thinks about. Start using this power of the brain to change from a negative pessimistic person to a positive optimistic leader.

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Live And Surround Yourself With Positive People

Live And Surround Yourself With Positive People

People with positive attitude

I just came back from a four day convention and it was fantastic to be around people with a positive attitude. People that are positive and think positive thoughts seem to have a happier life and seem to have a great outlook at life. Even look at how much healthier people that are positive seem to be, they are more relaxed, they do not get stressed out over little things, and most don’t have to take high blood pressure medication or any sort of anti-depressants.

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The line of work I am in tends to put a large number of negative people in my life. When sitting back and watching these people I find that they are short tempered, they have a poor outlook on life, they are most likely on some sort of ant-depressant medication, and are terrible people to be around.

After spending these past four days with people that are positive I could actually feel my body take on a whole new feel to it. I was not stressed all the time, my muscles did not ache, my headaches were minimal, and I could feel my breathing was a lot smoother. It is amazing what stress can do to your health, and it is amazing how you feel when you are surrounded by positive thoughts and happy people.

In our day to day walk we are surrounded by negative people, they tend to prey on positive people trying to convert them to their way of being negative. We have to learn to stay positive and keep a positive outlook on life. A person’s attitude is just a frame of mind that you have to keep control of and manage what you listen to and manage what you allow to go into your sub-consequence. The old adage, garbage in garbage out.

A good example of this would be, watching the 24 hour news and weather stations. One out of every one hundred news reports are always negative. Negative media sells! People thrive on watching these stations, you very rarely ever  hear a positive news article, all the breaking news is about shootings, death and murder, never about something positive that has happened. If a person was to sit and watch these news channels, that person would eventually live in a sense of fear.

Change your life and change your attitude.

Living in a positive environment can lead to a much healthier outlook on life. Positive energy attracts positive people. This being the “Law of attraction”. Studies have proven that goals in life are much easier achieved by having a positive outlook on life.

Positive exercises to help you keep a positive and healthy life style.

 

Meditation – Setting some time daily even if it is just 15 minutes a day and focus on positive thoughts can change your life and make you a healthier person.

Calming music – The music that you listen to can affect your life and your thinking. Look at country music for an example, most of the songs focus on death, drinking, sex, and negative messages. Get to Rap music focuses on death, killing, sex and drugs. The Blues music focuses on being depressed and blue. Music can play a major role in your feelings, and your attitude on life. To think and a positive outlook you need to listen to music that calming and or energizing and promotes positive messages.

Exercise – Exercise is a great way to uplift your body, a great time to meditate. Exercise is a great time to spend time alone and think about positive thoughts.

Sleep – Sleep is getting harder and harder to come by in this materialistic world. Studies have shown that a body needs to have at least 8 good hours of quality sleep in order for the body to run at peak performance.

These are just a few of many ways for the body and mind to run at a positive rate. It is hard to be positive all the time, when you feel negativity coming into your thoughts, stop and take action to curb these negative influences out of your existence. Do some meditation, or listen to some positive uplifting music, do something, take some action and don’t allow negative energy back into your life.

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