The following foods are thought to help healthy circulation
Cayenne is available as a fresh pepper or dried spice and has been associated with increasing metabolic rate and strengthening arteries and blood vessels. Cayenne pepper is best eaten raw in salads or juiced
Oranges and other citrus fruits high vitamin C are natural blood thinners and are said to strengthen capillary walls and prevent plaque build-up which leads to poor circulation.
Cocoa contains flavonoids which is naturally found in plants and fruits and has been linked to improving blood circulation. A study published in the Circulation Journal showed that dark chocolate rich in natural flavonoids improved blood circulation when compared with white chocolate with no flavonoids.
Sunflower seeds are rich in vitamin E which is shown to help keep blood clots from forming. They are great at helping improve circulation. Likewise so are foods such as olives, nuts and pumpkin seeds,
Ginger is known for helping nausea and digestion problems as well as increasing blood circulation. Ginger can be eaten raw or added to foods or why not try ginger tea.
Garlic has many uses and one of them is it cleanses the blood and helps prevent plaque build-up. Other foods in the bulb group such as radishes, onions and leeks are also good at stimulating blood flow.
One of the world’s oldest surviving tree species, Ginkgo biloba dilates blood vessels and in doing so increases blood flow. It is also thought to increase blood flow to the brain.
Goji berries can be found in natural health stores and look similar to raisins. They are high in fibre to help boost the immune system as well as increasing blood circulation.
Watermelons are rich in lycopene which is a natural antioxidant linked to improving circulation. Lycopene is a natural pigment which gives certain foods their reddish colour. Tomatoes, pink grapefruit and apricots also contain lycopene.
Salmon and avocados
Both salmon and avocados contain heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acids which research has shown to support the cardiovascular system and increase blood circulation.
The 6 simple steps to help flu-proof your home
1. Get everybody a flu shot.
The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each year. This year authorities are warning of particularly nasty strains of influenza including the pandemic H1N1 and urging all Australians – not just the sick or elderly – to get vaccinated.
If you fall into certain categories you can get a flu shot for free, otherwise you can pay to get the yearly flu vaccine from larger pharmacies, doctors and health services. For more info on this year’s flu vaccine visit www.immunise.health.gov.au (Note: the 2014 flu vaccine is not suitable for children under 5).
2. Make a ‘Binning is winning’ rule.
… or ‘Not binning is sinning’! Make it a firm rule that used tissues go immediately in the bin. Not on the floor. Not in your sleeve. Not on the arm of the couch. To make it a bit more fun (and easy) for kids buy some little novelty bins or baskets – officeworks is great for these – and place them in every room of the house, including bedrooms and study. Freshen up and kill germs in tissue bins with a quick spray of eucalyptus spray (see tip 6).
3. Sing Happy Birthday while you wash your hands.
Although most people think that germs are spread through the air, the fact is germs are most easily spread by hand contact. Washing your hands regularly is very important and can help you avoid getting sick.
However, flicking your fingers under a running tap is not enough. Hands need a decent amount of time being washed thoroughly with soap and running water – about 15-20 seconds, or the time it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice in your head.
Adults and children should wash their hands:
•When hands are visibly dirty
•Before you eat
•Before you prepare food items
•After touching raw meats like chicken or beef
•After contact with any body fluids like blood, urine or vomit
•After changing infant or adult nappies
•After touching animals or pets
•After blowing your nose or sneezing
•After going to the toilet
Hand sanitisers are useful for when soap and water is unavailable, or for rooms in the house without easy access to a sink.
For more info on how to wash hands correctly, click here: http://www.hha.org.au/UserFiles/file/Posters/How_To_HandWash_Poster_100102.pdf
4. Practice the Vampire Sneeze.
We’ve all been told to ‘cover your mouth’ when we cough or sneeze, but if you’re using your hand it’s probably doing more harm than good. To prevent covering our hands (and the next surface they touch) with germs, try the Vampire sneeze instead. You simply sneeze or cough into the crook of your elbow – as if lifting your Count Dracula cloak. Kids will love this imagery, which makes it easier to remember.
5. Create sippy cup central
Sharing is not caring when it comes to swapping germs. Teach kids to keep utensils, sippy cups, drinks with straws, drink bottles and food to themselves. Get one special drink bottle for each child and name it. If you have toddlers in the house it’s a good idea to keep a lock on the fridge, and have a high(ish) benchtop in a central spot where older children put their drinks – keeping them away from curious little fingers and mouths. The same goes with the family’s toothbrushes – one for each member and no sharing, no exceptions.
6. Get germs before they get you.
Cold viruses can survive up to 48 hours on some surfaces, and other nasty bacteria even longer. So that random sneeze near a kettle or over the computer keyboard could definitely infect the next person to make a cuppa or browse the internet. According to research, germs remain active for longer on stainless steel, plastic and other hard materials than soft ones such as carpet and upholstery, so regularly cleaning these surfaces is especially important.
Adding a splash of a germ-killing natural essential oil, such as tea tree or eucalyptus oil to your mop bucket will help keep floors fresh and hygienic. Or try a water-soluble essential oil formula like Bosisto’s Solutions, which can be used neat on a cleaning cloth, or decanted into a spray bottle as a natural multi-purpose cleaner.
For an allergy-friendly alternative to chemical surface sprays, try Bosisto’s Eucalyptus Spray. It kills 99.99 percent of household germs including E.Coli and salmonella. Spray doorknobs, telephone handsets, remotes, children’s toys or anywhere germy fingers touch. Plus, the whole family will enjoy the crisp, head-clearing scent of eucalyptus throughout the house!
How you can tell if an egg is spoiled
If you have some eggs that you think may be expired but want to know for sure, here is a little trick that can help figure it out. First, get a bowl that is big enough to fit a couple eggs in and fill it with cold water. Gently drop the eggs in. If the eggs sink to the bottom, it means they are completely fresh and good to use. If the egg stands on its edge on the bottom of the bowl, they are safe to use but nearing expiration. If the egg floats, the egg is spoiled.