Monthly Archives: April 2014

Healthy Wonders of Water, Part 2 + video!

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Healthy Wonders of Water, Part 2

I’ve included a really great informative video for you, “Nutrition Health Secret – The Power of Water” ~ please see below…

Water and Your Diet: Staying Slim and Regular With H2O
WATER TUMMY Stay Slimmer With Water
Trying to lose weight? Water revs up metabolism and helps you feel full.
Replace calorie-filled beverages with water, and drink a glass before meals to help you feel fuller. Drinking more water helps amp up metabolism – especially if your glass is icy cold. Your body must work to warm the water up, burning a few extra calories in the process.
Water Boosts Your EnergyWOMAN DRINKING WATER
If you’re feeling drained and depleted, get a pick-me-up with water. Dehydration makes you feel tired. The right amount of water will help your heart pump your blood more effectively. And water can help your blood transport oxygen and other essential nutrients to your cells.

WOMAN SWIMMINGLower Stress With Water
About 70% to 80% of your brain tissue is water. If you’re dehydrated, your body and your mind are stressed. If you’re feeling thirsty, you’re already a little dehydrated. To keep stress levels down, keep a glass of water at your desk or carry a sports bottle and sip regularly.

Nutrition Health Secret – The Powers of Water Uploaded on 23 Oct 2007 Water is the super nutrient which allow all of the processes of nutrition to work.

MAN MUSCLEBuild Muscle Tone With Water
Drinking water helps prevent muscle cramping and lubricates joints in the body. When you’re well hydrated, you can exercise longer and stronger without “hitting the wall.”

WOMAN WASHING FACENourish Your Skin
Fine lines and wrinkles are deeper when you’re dehydrated. Water is nature’s own beauty cream. Drinking water hydrates skin cells and plumps them up, making your face look younger. It also flushes out impurities and improves circulation and blood flow, helping your skin glow.

FEET IN WATER2Stay Regular With Water
Along with fiber, water is important for good digestion. Water helps dissolve waste particles and passes them smoothly through your digestive tract. If you’re dehydrated, your body absorbs all the water, leaving your colon dry and making it more difficult to pass waste.

KIDNEY STONESWater Reduces Kidney Stones
The rate of painful kidney stones is rising. One of the reasons could be because people — including children — aren’t drinking enough water. Water dilutes the salts and minerals in your urine that form the solid crystals known as kidney stones. Kidney stones can’t form in diluted urine, so reduce your risk with plenty of water!

Are You Drinking Enough Water?

GLASS WATER ON SANDMost healthy adults get enough to drink by letting their thirst guide them. But the exact amount you need depends on your size, level of activity, the weather, and your general health. You may need more water if you exercise or sweat heavily.
http://www.webmd.com/diet/healthy-water-9/slideshow-water-health

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New Octopus Behavior ~ Unbelievable!!!

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DR. JULIAN FINNVeined Octopus, Amphioctopus marginatus, showing sophisticated tool use behaviour. Footage shot by Dr Julian Finn of Museum Victoria.  Uploaded on 14 Dec 2009

Link to Dr. Finn’s background and current activities with Museum Victoria ~
http://museumvictoria.com.au/collections-research/sciences/marine-sciences/people/julian-finn/

Octopus Uses Tools
The veined octopus gathers and stcks discarded cocnut shells, then transports them across the sea floor to use as shelter.

The Crafty Coconut Octopus, published on 27 Jan 2013 by reefIDFifer.  The Coconut octopus has learned to use a coconut shell as a true mobile home.

The subject of animal intelligence has been touched on in a previous list by Andrew Handley—and it’s a subject which is often uncomfortable for those who like to think of humans as a separate, special kind of creature. Unfortunately for these people, it is impossible to deny that animals are intelligent—and often much more so than we have generally given them credit for.

One of the most startling cognitive abilities demonstrated by animals is their ingenious use of tools. Here is an example of animals who have found that nature did not equip them as well as it might have—and who have thus made up the shortfall themselves.

 Octopus Opens Jar: Promo – uploaded on 16 Sep 2010 – A clever octopus opens a screw-top jar to get at dinner inside. “Aliens of The Sea” airs September 23 2010 on CBC-TV
http://www.cbc.ca/documentaries/natur…

Octopuses Build Mobile Homes

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Humans are very vertebrate-centric in their conception of the animal hierarchy. But there are many surprisingly intelligent animals to be found among those species lacking backbones; the minds of octopuses, in particular, are being studied rather rigorously at present, because these animals are such good problem solvers.

IMAGE10They’re so clever, in fact, that under UK law, octopuses are considered honorary vertebrates in terms of their legal protections. Octopuses use their supple bodies to slide into tight places in pursuit of food, but a soft body is little protection from predators. The veined octopus has been observed actively solving this vulnerability problem, by digging up coconut shells and using them as shelter. They have been seen squeezing into the empty shells and carrying them as they “walk” along the seabed, safe from attack.

The Wonders of Water To Our Health Part 1

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BRUNHILDA NAZARIOThe Healthy Wonders of Water Part 1 by Gina Shaw of webmd – reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD


Find out if you’re getting enough water to keep your
metabolism cranking at peak efficiency and your digestive system LOSE WEIGHTfunctioning well.
If you’ve ever tried to lose weight, you’ve probably heard a lot about water and weight loss. Can drinking more water really help you lose weight? The short answer is yes – and no.

If you’re already well hydrated and getting plenty of water, getting more water into your diet probably won’t make a lot of difference. But if you’re going through your days a little – or a lot – dehydrated, as many people are, getting enough water could help.
“In my experience, most people are not aware of how much they’re AMANDA CARLSENdrinking and are not drinking enough – many, as little as half of what they need,” says Amanda Carlson, RD, director of performance nutrition at Athletes’ Performance, which trains many world-class athletes.
How Water Boosts Metabolism
ANatomy of human digestive system“Water’s involved in every type of cellular process in your body, and when you’re dehydrated, they all run less efficiently – and that includes your metabolism. Think of it like your car: if you have enough oil and gas, it will run more efficiently. It’s the same with your body.”
“Your metabolism is basically a series of chemical reactions thatTRENT NESSLER take place in your body,” says Trent Nessler, PT, DPT, MPT, managing director of Baptist Sports Medicine in Nashville. “Staying hydrated keeps those chemical reactions moving smoothly.” Being even 1% dehydrated can cause a significant drop in metabolism.
Hungry or Thirsty? How Water Helps a Diet
It’s also very difficult for the body to tell the difference between hunger and thirst. So if you’re walking around feeling a gnawing sense of hunger, you might just be dehydrated. Try drinking a glass of water instead of grabbing a snack.
WOMAN DRINKING WATERResearch has also shown that drinking a glass of water right before a meal helps you to feel more full and eat less. “Many people do find that if they have water before a meal, it’s easier to eat more carefully,” says Renee Melton, MS, RD, LD, director of nutrition for Sensei, a developer of online and mobile weight loss and nutrition programs.
One study, for example, found that people who drank water before meals ate an average of 75 fewer calories at each meal. That doesn’t sound like a lot – but multiply 75 calories by 365 days a year. Even if you only drink water before dinner every day, you’d consume 27,000 fewer calories over the course of the year. That’s almost an eight-pound weight loss.

COLLAGE IMAGE4Here’s a great youtube video that is related to this topic 10 Benefits To Drinking Water, by gerekallen, published on 26 Aug 2012

The Digestive Health Benefits of Water
ANatomy of human digestive systemBut getting enough water doesn’t just help you regulate how much you eat – it helps you digest it properly, as well.
“Water allows your kidneys to function properly and filter everything they need to, and allows us to eliminate effectively and not be constipated,” Melton says. “People who don’t get enough fluids in their diet tend to be constipated.”
And that’s not all. The single biggest cause of painful kidney stones is chronic dehydration. When you don’t get enough water, calcium and other minerals build up in your urine and are harder for your body to filter out. They can form the crystals that make up kidney and urinary stones.
KIDNEYDoctors who specialize in paediatric kidney problems report seeing more kidney stones in children in recent years, and they believe it’s because of a combination of factors. Many kids aren’t drinking enough water. Also, many kids are overweight and eat a poor diet.
“I’ve been in this field for over 30 years, and I’d say that until about the last 10 to 15 years, you almost never saw stones in kids,” says Robert Weiss, MD, chief of paediatric nephrology at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital of the Westchester Medical Center in New York. “Lately, the frequency is increasing dramatically.”

How Much Water Do You Need?
METABOLISMHow can you know if you’re getting enough water to keep your metabolism cranking at peak efficiency and your digestive system functioning? The formula used to be “one size fits all” – eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. But that’s changed, experts say.
“It depends on your size and weight, and also on your activity level and where you live,” Nessler says. “In general, you should try to drink between half an ounce and an ounce of water for each COLLAGE IMAGE8pound you weigh, every day.” For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, that would be 75 to 150 ounces of water a day. If you’re living in a hot climate and exercising a lot, you’d be on the higher end of that range; if you’re in a cooler climate and mostly sedentary, you’d need less.
WELL HYDRATEDAnother quick way to check: look in the bowl after you’ve gone to the bathroom. If your urine is clear or very light yellow and has little odour, you’re well hydrated. The darker and more aromatic your urine, the more dehydrated you are.

How can you build more water consumption into your day? Try these tips:

  • Carry an insulated sports bottle with you and fill it up periodically.
  •  Keep a glass of water on your desk at work.
  •  Keep another glass next to your bed. Many of us wake up dehydrated first thing in the morning.
  •  Switch one glass of soda or cup of coffee for a glass of water.
  • Drink small amounts of water throughout the day. Six glasses all at once isn’t good for you!

Please see The Wonders of Water To Our Health, part 2 – which will be our blog next Tuesday, April 28th, for you to read or watch the webmd slide show.

http://www.webmd.com/diet/healthy-water-9/weight-loss-diets

 

 

Estrogen in drinking water – dangerous!

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The following excerpt from “Removing Estrogen From Drinking Water” appeared on June 25, 2012 on Water Online’s web site.

UNIVERSITY TEAMBielefeld University students participating in iGEM competition
A biological filter to remove estrogens from waste water and drinking water. The 15 Bielefeld students submitting this project to the ‘international Genetically Engineered Machine
IGEMcompetition’ (iGEM) at the MIT LOGOMassachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, USA are setting their sights high. They are persuading internationally active companies and associations in the biotechnology and chemistry sector to contribute several ten thousands of Euros to cover the costs of entering this rapidly expanding global competition in synthetic biology. Since May, they have been spending their free time in the laboratory making new DNA building blocks, reproducing them, and producing enzymes. First results give reason for optimism.

BIRTH CONTROL PILLSThe birth control pill is a widespread contraception method. However, large amounts of these modified estrogens leave the body again in urine. The conventional methods inSEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT sewage treatment plants are unable to treat this waste water sufficiently because the most frequently used estrogen ETHINYL ESTRADIOLethinylestradiol is very difficult to break down. As a result, the hormone finds its way into rivers and lakes and also accumulates in drinking water with serious consequences for fish and other aquatic life. These range from reproductive and severe developmental disorders to the formation of female sexual characteristics in males. TheWATER GLASS long-term consequences of increasing estrogen pollution for human beings are still largely unknown. Nonetheless, declining sperm counts and thereby increasing infertility in men living in industrial nations may well relate to this hormonal pollution. In addition, testicular and prostate cancers as well as osteoporosis (a reduction in bone density) could be a consequence of overly high concentrations of estrogen in the human body.

Bio filters from tree fungi
The goal of the Bielefeld iGEM team is to develop a biological filter in which certain enzymes (so-called laccases) break down the estrogen. Laccases are to be found in many organisms, and one of their properties is an ability to break down aromatic compounds – to which the estrogens belong. One source of particularly efficient laccases for this process is the turkey tail, a type of fungus that likes to grow on trees. The Bielefeld students are aiming to manufacture this enzyme economically and safely with the help of methods from synthetic biology. It should also be possible to extend the concept to other, in part poisonous DRUGS IN WATERand carcinogenic pollutants in drinking and waste water. The students already have one first success to announce: they have managed to isolate the genes of several laccases from various bacteria and have placed them in a standard, allowing further PESTICIDES IN WATERdevelopment. By the time of the European Jamboree in October, they want to have confirmed how the enzymes break down
various substrates such as estrogens, pesticides, and pharmaceuticals and to be starting to immobilize them to filter materials.

Doing research in their own time
The Bielefeld team is composed of 15 students in the Genome-Based Systems Biology, Molecular Cell Biology, and Molecular Biotechnology degree programmes. Participating in the international competition means sacrificing many hours of their own free time, because the Bielefeld students have to carry out the research on top of their regular studies. Moritz Müller, a Master student of Molecular Biotechnology, explains why participating is nonetheless attractive: ‘Taking part in the competition gives you a chance to build up your own laboratory work while you are still studying, to pursue your own ideas, and even carry out your own project. These are the sort of challenges you will be facing in your professional career’. The students are being supported by Professor Dr. Alfred Pühler, Professor Dr. Erwin Flaschel, Dr. Jörn Kalinowski, and Dr. Christian Rückert from Bielefeld University’s CeBiTec (Center for Biotechnology)…

After reading paragraphs 2 and 3, you should be concerned.  Our drinking water – municipal or well is not as healthy for you as you are led to believe.  Also, if  your family is not enjoying the taste of your tap water, you would be wise to consider installing a Rainsoft Reverse Osmosis system (watch video below).  Not only will you enjoy the benefit of pure natural tasting water, but you will stop worrying about the harmful chemicals, pharmaceuticals, including modified estrogens, pesticides and herbicides that are present in your water.

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Relaxing Friday – pool flashmob Gran Canaria

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Here’s a lovely way to start your weekend by watching as more than 30 musicians from the Municipal School of Dance and Music play “Bolero” by Ravel poolside.

Youtube video,”Splashmob Hotel Cordial Mogán Playa”, Published on May 3, 2013
A flashmob straight from the wonderful pools of Hotel Cordial Mogan Playa, in Puerto de Mogan, Gran Canaria. More than 30 musicians from the Band of the Local Municipal School of Dance and Music of Mogan, surprise our guests playing “Bolero” (Ravel). Music splashes in Hotel Cordial Mogan Playa. Thank you for sharing it, we hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Un flashmob desde las maravillosas piscinas del Hotel Cordial Mogán Playa, en Puerto de Mogán, Gran Canaria. Más de 30 músicos de la Banda Escuela Municipal de Música y Danza de Mogán sorprenden a nuestros huéspedes con una original interpretación de El Bolero de Ravel. La música se moja en el Hotel Cordial Mogán Playa. Gracias por compartirlo, que lo disfrute tanto como nosotros.

Have a great weekend and we look forward to having you visit with us a while next week.

http://www.cordialcanarias.com

Plastic pipe lining to “protect” drinking water from contamination

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INPIPE FLEXLINERPipe lining is quickly becoming a cheaper alternative for protecting drinking water from corrosive material and contamination—so what are the benefits? written for Water Canada magazine by Rachel Phan

Who are the major players?
While this trenchless pipe lining technology is relatively new to North America, a number of Canadian companies are offering similar technologies and services to municipalities dealing with rapidly aging infrastructure. These companies include:
FER-PAL  • FER-PAL Infrastructure
INSTITUFORM• Insituform
LIQUIFORCE• LiquiForce Services

ROTHESAY LIGHTHOUSEWhen the town of Rothesay, New Brunswick began to receive complaints about dirty water, it was discovered that the source of the problem was a section of cast iron watermains constructed in the 1960s. Rather than digging up and replacing the pipes, the Town opted to explore other cheaper and less disruptive options. Pipe lining—a relatively new technology in North America—was chosen as the most convenient solution.
Liners are primarily used to solve the problem of municipal water pipe deterioration. When pipes are corroded over time, pipe liners are applied to the inside of unlined cast iron or cement mortar-lined pipes. While older structural spray lining, often called Cured-In-Place- Pipe, is slow setting and requires a minimum 16 hour cure period and an additional 36 hours of service shutdowns, the new generation polyurea pipe linings are rapid-setting and quick cure.
RENEWABLE PIPE LINER“Generally speaking, pipe liners have been specifically developed for the rehabilitation of potable water pipe infrastructure to help extend service life, reduce leaks, and improve water quality by preventing tuberculation—the build-up of corrosive material on the inside of iron piping—that can lead to colour, taste, and odour 3Missues,” says Sylvain Masse, the business development manager of the 3M Infrastructure Protection Division.
“Essentially, liners reduce the contact water has with piping, which in turn reduces the likelihood of water discolouration and poor pressure,” he adds.
Aside from acting as a thin layer of protection, liners can also be applied as a structural addition to the pipe, which means the layer of liner can act as a pipe in the event that the actual pipe fails due to age or corrosion.

PIPE CONTAMINATIONAs a result, pipe liners can prevent contaminants from reaching water in cases where the earth surrounding a corroding pipe is contaminated.
The Town of Rothesay came across the new lining technology after receiving complaints about poor pressure and water becoming yellowish or rusty during high flow events. While these issues are not generally health hazards, the discoloured water is often unsettling for customers. In 2011, Rothesay started a trial run project where 1,000 metres of cast iron pipe were relined in about three to four weeks.
“Initially, it was very attractive to do the relining versus digging up pipes and replacing them because there was minimal disruption to the customer and it was cost saving for the municipality,” says Bruce King, Rothesay’s utilities coordinator. “The benefit of relining outweighed the process of replacing the pipe.”
In Rothesay, approximately 100 metres of pipes were relined in a day, and for the most part, the water was back in service by night on sections that were relined that day (albeit on a boil water advisory while the process was ongoing). This made the process relatively pain-free for residents.
The original trial run was so successful that the Town of Rothesay applied the liner to an additional 1,600 metres of iron pipe in 2012, which took approximately four to five weeks to complete. An engineer estimates that the 2012 project was about 36 per cent of the cost to replace the pipe.
DIRTY WATER“There was a dramatic drop in dirty water complaints and the process was fairly easy,” King says. “We received a lot of immediate positive feedback, especially about the water quality improvement.”
He says Rothesay has plans to reline its last remaining cast iron mains in 2014. In the meantime, the technology continues to gain popularity with municipalities looking for a cost-effective alternative to replacing aging infrastructure. WC

RACHELRachel Phan is Water Canada’s managing editor

http://watercanada.net/2014/line-of-defence/

 

Cats steal dogs’ beds – funny and adorable!

Time for another fun Friday.
Enjoy and share.
Have a great weekend.

CATS STEAL DOGS' BEDS
Cats do what they want to do and sleep where they want to sleep regardless of who the bed belongs to.
 
Watch what these dogs when they discover the cat has stolen their bed.

The following youtube video “Cats Stealing Dog Beds” was published on 19 Oct 2013by ailaikvis.

Cats love cozying up in small spaces. Cats can also be furry little jerks. So, it’s safe to assume that when a cat decides to sleep in the (much larger) bed of a dog sibling, it’s done purely to screw with the dog.

Sadly, dogs are too polite for confrontation and resort to halfhearted pleas with their feline occupier. On the other hand, it appears as if the cats couldn’t care less.