If you’re trying to be healthier this year, here are five small changes that don’t require much effort. But they can actually make a difference . . .
- Start calling yourself a “runner.” Or if you like tennis, start referring to yourself as a “tennis player.” A study at Winona University in Minnesota found that giving yourself a label like that encourages you to do the activity more, regardless of what it is.
- Make sure you get a good night’s sleep on Tuesdays. A recent study found it’s the night we’re most LIKELY to get a good night’s sleep, because we’re less likely to drink or stay out late. So try not to waste it.
- Put a plant on your desk at work. It makes you more productive, and it can increase job satisfaction by 20%. So it’s an easy way to boost your MENTAL health.
- Record yourself brushing your teeth. If you do it every other day for about two weeks, your technique should get better.
- Wash your reusable water bottle every day. It seems like you shouldn’t have to since you’re only putting water in there. But it can actually get pretty disgusting if you don’t. Bacteria from your hands and mouth can get in there and then multiply.
So either toss it in the dishwasher every night, or let it soak in water that’s mixed with a little bit of vinegar or bleach.
(Daily Mail / PopSugar)
The website CafeMom.com came up with a bunch of ‘lifehacks’ to try this summer. And most of them are things you’d probably never do. But here are four that are pretty decent . . .
- Make ice cubes using aloe vera. Then your kids can rub them on their skin after they’ve been in the sun . . . or eat them depending on how high their I.Q. is? You can also just put a whole bottle of aloe in the fridge if you like it cold.
- Freeze a bunch of water balloons, and use them in your beer cooler instead of ice. Then you can have a water balloon fight after they melt. Just make sure they’re completely melted before you start whipping them at your kid’s head.
- Make a frozen necklace to keep your kids cool. Just cut up a sponge . . . thread some string through all the pieces . . . get them wet . . . and put it in the freezer. Or if you’re not that crafty, just toss a wet dishtowel in there and use that.
- When you’re at the pool or the beach, hide your money in an empty tube of chap stick. Because the chances of someone stealing chap stick off your towel are a lot lower than someone taking your wallet. We actually tried it, and . . . it works.
Screw the chapstick all the way out . . . remove the delicious-smelling cylinder of wax . . . and just leave the rod in there. The bills fit around it. Just clean it out really well first, or you’ll have some waxy Benjamins.
We’re basically required by law to be within shouting distance of our kids at all times now. So it’s amazing they get hurt at all. But here’s some stuff to keep in mind while they’re not in school.
It’s the ten things they are most likely to hurt themselves with over the summer . . .
1. B.B. guns. The number of injuries jumped 500% between 2010 and 2012. Apparently those are the most recent stats on it. And it’s partly because they’re more powerful than they used to be.
2. Toys that fly, including drones. You especially have to worry about head injuries.
3. Hoverboards. A doctor at Boston Children’s Hospital helped make the list. And he says on Christmas Day last year, he saw four hoverboard injuries in four hours, including two kids with broken arms, one with a broken leg, and one with a concussion.
4. Baby pools. Small kids can drown in as little as two inches of water, so you really have to pay attention.
5. Flotation devices and water wings. It’s because they give you a false sense of security. So you have to watch kids while they’re swimming, no matter what.
6. Pool covers, because kids can get trapped in them. And not just little kids. Sometimes teenagers jump in pools at night without realizing there’s a cover. So it might be a good idea to keep a light on if you have a pool.
7. Trampolines. A ton of kids hurt themselves on them every summer. And between 2003 and 2013, there were also over 100,000 injuries related to bounce houses.
8. Non-motorized scooters. It might be partly because we’re less likely to make kids wear a helmet when they ride one than when they ride bikes.
9. Cords on clothing, and straps on helmets. Mostly for little kids, because they can get wrapped around their neck. Yes . . . apparently HELMETS are dangerous now too.
10. Toys with small parts. Because they can be a choking hazard.
And this should go without saying, buy you also have to be careful about the SUN. A recent survey found only 25% of kids regularly wear sunblock. And 50% said they’d had at least one sunburn in the past year, which puts them at higher risk of developing skin cancer later in life.
A ten-year-old girl named Kaley Szarmack was at the beach with her family near Jacksonville, Florida last Wednesday. And she was standing in about four feet of water when she got attacked by a SHARK.
Luckily it was only about three feet long. But it still managed to open up a five-inch gash on her leg, so there was a lot of blood . . . pretty terrifying, especially for a ten-year-old. But check out how she handled it . . .
After she got out of the water, she realized that a six-year-old girl she was playing with was still in danger. So she went back IN . . . grabbed the little girl . . . and made sure she didn’t get bitten.
It took 90 stitches to close the cut on Kaley’s leg, but her doctors say she should make a full recovery.
(News4Jax / MyFox8 / Fox News)
Ten-Year-Old Got Bitten by a Shark
Just stop. Seriously. Just stop.
Dave Asprey is a, quote, “bio-hacker” who made the news a few years ago when he started promoting his weight loss plan: Drink coffee with BUTTER in it. Of course, he suggested you buy HIS extremely expensive coffee made of special, “toxin-free” beans.
He’s built an entire empire around his “Bulletproof Diet” plan . . . but it feels like NO ONE is a big enough SUCKER to fall for his latest product.
He’s now selling fat-infused BOTTLED WATER . . . that costs about $5 for a 16-ounce bottle. It’s gluten free . . . you know, just like regular, fat-free water!
Asprey’s big belief is that good fats, like coconut oil, are the absolute key to losing weight and feeling healthy. His “FATWater” has about two grams of coconut oil in it, and he says that makes your cells more receptive to water so you’ll rehydrate quicker.
FATWater is only available right now in Los Angeles but Asprey is planning to take it nationwide soon.
Fat Infused Water