Archive for 2018

Urban Garden Tips For The Beginner

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

The Urban Farm movement has spread globally. In this day of processed food, chemically altered foods, and foods that have been stripped of their natural nutrients, growing our own food is essential.

Urban farms are not large farms, so high-yield crops are in high demand. The urban farmer grows only plants that are edible. Before you break ground spend some time researching. Determine how much space you will dedicate to vegetables and your Seed Needs.

Below you will find some tips on how to begin. By offering these suggestions, we hope you will utilize your property and reap a bountiful harvest.

Survey the area
You do not have to have a huge space for your garden. Take measurements of the area you have. Before you jump in, find out which plants you can lead to growing upwards. If you have limited space horizontally, vertical gardening is a great idea.

Grow fresh herbs to season your fresh veggies with. Punch a hole on either side of an empty coffee can, and use a nail to punch a few holes in the bottom of the can for drainage. Thread rope inside the can and knot them off. Hang the pots on the fence by looping the rope over a fence board. You can cut the rope longer so the can will be lower and shorter to raise it on the fence. Place soil in the coffee cans and plant your herbs.

If frost threatens, you can simply slide the rope off the board and move your herb plants indoors until it is safe to return them.

Do your homework
You need to do some research on plants and your area. There are vegetables that thrive well in winter. Others must be harvested before the first frost. Hit the library or surf the web and make a list of the vegetables that you want to plant and when they need to be planted. Remember the climate. You may live in an area that gets alot of rain. You will plant different plants than someone who lives in a dry climate.

Everyone who has an urban garden needs to create a compost bin in their yard. A compost pile is made up of editable products and items that can be naturally broken down. Your leftovers, dead leaves, and other green material make a great all natural fertilizer. You can buy a compost bin at any gardening store or you can make your own.

Designate an area at the far end of the garden, away from the house so you will not have to experience the smell and insects that are drawn to it. Be sure you assemble a compost bin with a tight-fitting lid and easy access to use the finished product.

Harvest the rain
Set up a drain system that will capture falling rain and store the rain in a barrel and use it to water your garden. Water is a precious commodity and a good gardener conserves and uses it wisely.

Make it a group effort
Gardening is alot of work. Make it a neighborhood or family affair. There will be veggies and fruits enough for everyone. Share the work and share the bounty.

Use technology – there’s an app for that
There are plenty of free apps you can download to help you. They will give you tips on what to plant and when to plant. They will help you identify bugs or illnesses and give you hints on how to handle them. Set up reminders on your app and never forget important tasks.

You can do this. You can grow your own food and experience, maybe for the first time, the way foods are supposed to taste. It takes some effort, but there are plenty of resources out there to help you. The sooner you begin the sooner you will truly be on the road healthy and delicious food.

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What Can Forskolin Do?

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

A forskolin supplement may help you with asthma, urinary tract infections, and even weight loss. This supplement comes from the roots of a plant grown in India called the Indian Coleus. In this article, we explore what forskolin can treat and if it is really effective. Learn more about this unique supplement below.

Buying a Supplement
Websites like Consumer Advisors provide reviews and information about different supplement brands, so you can read about the best brand worth your money. Forskolin is quite expensive, and should not have any unusual binders or fillers. One dose should have 500 mg of forskolin, which is enough to produce positive effects. Consult your doctor to see if forskolin can help you; some doctors recommend taking this supplement for certain health conditions. Keep in mind if you are pregnant, nursing, or have high blood pressure, forskolin is not the right supplement for you.

Benefits of Forskolin
Forskolin’s capabilities come from its ability to raise the levels of cyclic AMP (or cAMP) in your brain. cAMP helps signal hormones like glucagon and adrenaline, alerting your heart to pump faster and raises the glucose count in your bloodstream. This supplement helps treat many disorders and diseases, such as:
heart disease
urinary tract infections
psoriasis (itchy skin)

How exactly does forskolin help? High cAMP levels relaxes throat muscles, making it easier for someone to breathe if they are suffering from an asthma attack. For glaucoma, some research has shown that this supplement can relieve pressure on the eye. There was also a study done that showed improved heart function after taking forskolin supplements. Although it cannot treat a UTI on its own, forskolin has shown to improve the antibiotics effects. It flushes out an increased amount of bacteria in order to get rid of the infection. In the past, it has been used in ancient Indian medicine, or Ayurvedic medicine, to treat painful urination. Another Ayurvedic use for forskolin is to treat the itchy, dry skin caused by psoriasis. However, there is no modern research to prove its effectiveness.

Can Forskolin Help You Lose Weight?
Recently, forskolin has entered Western medicine to be used as a weight loss pill. As it raises the cAMP levels in your bloodstream, it releases glucagon, a hormone that raises your glucose count. It is basically the opposite of insulin, which is then triggered by high glucose levels. Both glucagon and insulin balance the glucose level in your blood. Due to its increase of glucagon, forskolin helps metabolize glucose while also burning extra fat cells. This was proven in a study where obese men lost weight and increased their overall body mass index after taking forskolin supplements. However, there need to be more studies that show similar results to prove that this supplement really is effective.

Side Effects
Unfortunately, forskolin has severe side effects. Some of these are
thinning of your blood
low blood pressure
blood clots
enlarged blood vessels in the eye
This is why it is important to consult your doctor when taking forskolin to treat any medical conditions.

Forskolin: Is It Worth It?
This herb has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine, treating UTIs and itchy skin. It has been proven to help with various health conditions, and some studies even show that it can help you lose weight. However, the long list of side effects seems daunting and may not be worth enduring more unpleasant symptoms on top of what you’re already suffering from. Treatment depends on the person, so forskolin may be helpful to you but can cause many adverse side effects in someone else.

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Sterilizers and How They Make Our Life Better

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Sterilizers have come a long way in recent years. Most of the models sold nowadays are user-friendly, bigger compared to their dated counterparts, and a lot more convenient, too. When we talk about home sterilizers, we mostly refer to baby bottle ones. But the fact is that some other gadgets and appliances can also come in handy.

In science and other fields, sterilizers have been used for many years. Medical science is the domain where an autoclave sterilizer usually proves its worth on a regular basis. There are other types of equipment employed for this purpose, too, such as vacuum ovens.

But all in all, autoclave sterilizers are particularly useful when it comes to getting rid of germs that might have contaminated surgical instruments or any other type of instruments used for processing biological samples. If you would like to learn more about autoclave sterilizers, we suggest reading a full review written by

While lab sterilizers tend to cost a pretty penny, have excellent performance, and are often heavy and large enough to accommodate a variety of instruments and glassware, those made for regular users are far more budget-friendly and can be used in a variety of situations.

Just take the Philips 3-in-1 Avent, for instance, which by the way, is one of the most popular bottle sterilizers currently on the market. It’s packed with heaps of user-friendly features and is remarkably easy to clean. If you don’t open the lid, it can even keep those bottles free from any germs for as many as twenty-four hours following one of its cycles.

Most of the other models we have come across, including the Philips one we have mentioned above, come with several adjustable characteristics that enable owners to customize their design to adapt the unit to the bottles they use. For instance, we couldn’t help noticing that many options out there are suitable for use with wide and standard neck baby bottles.

How does a baby bottle sterilizer work?

There are two ways of going about things if you want to sterilize your baby bottles conveniently and efficiently. And that’s because there are two types of sterilizers out there. One of them is the electric alternative that works all on its own. In most cases, these devices rely on high-temperature steam to ensure that they kill all of the germs that can be found on the nipples and baby bottles.

Most electric sterilizers are capable of killing germs, deodorizing, and drying the bottles. Watch out for BPA if you’re in the market for such a product.

You can also use the microwave to sterilize baby bottles, but in this respect, you need to make sure that it is absolutely clean and free of any food splatters. You should look into getting a microwave steam sterilizer which is basically a big container where you can fit the baby bottles.

With the help of this type of unit, you can steam bottles, nipples, as well as caps. Best of all, it’s cheaper compared to its electric counterpart. Despite whatever some people might say about it, the microwave is safe to use and poses no threat to human health.

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