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  2. Hardscaping refers to the hard landscaping materials around your yard. These can include your patio, walkways, retaining walls, or any other structure made of wood, stone, or concrete. If you live in a desert environment, maximizing your hardscaping can significantly decrease your water usage. This will not only save you money, but it will also be beneficial to the environment. Save Water and Increase Usability Maximizing your hardscaping will not only reduce your water usage, but it will also increase the usable space you have to enjoy your backyard. For example, an attractive and stylish flagstone patio with a matching stone outdoor kitchen will quickly become one of your family’s favorite places. Best of all, hardscape can create a place for outdoor entertaining, and it serves as an extension of your home’s interior living space. Raised Beds for Better Gardening You can also build raised beds from brick, wood, or concrete. Raised beds are great if you have a bad back or mobility issues, and they’re also great if your yard has poor soil. Many gardeners swear by raised beds, estimating you can double your yield of vegetables. You can also reduce your water use by embedding a drip watering system into the raised beds. Imitation Materials There are a lot of different materials you can use to hardscape, and natural stone and brick are among the most attractive and enduring. However, while concrete may seem boring next to them, you can hire a creative concrete company to add some pizzazz to your backyard. The fact is, concrete can be tinted to nearly any color you like, and it can be stamped with a multitude of patterns. Tinted and stamped concrete can imitate brick, slate, flagstone, and even wood. Boulders and Gravel A Japanese zen garden is a stylized landscape carefully composed of rocks, water features, and gravel along with precisely pruned bushes, moss, and small trees. If you like a modern, minimalist, and sophisticated style, a Japanese-style rock garden could be the hardscape for you. If you’ve ever been to the Southwest, you may have noticed a different style of rock garden. Rock and cactus gardens have long been a staple in places like Arizona, and this idea is adaptable to many regions of the country. Simply arrange boulders and rocks in a natural style, and plant with cactus, succulents and native wildflowers. Fill in between the rocks with gravel. Creative and stylish hardscaping will not only save water, but it will also make your yard a more beautiful and comfortable place for both you and your family.
  3. There are three main methods for protein structure prediction: homology modeling, folding recognition and de novo calculation. All those methods are used to predict unknown protein structures. Since the amino acid changes generally occur in the inflection region on the surface of the protein, the main chain structure of the protein, especially the hydrophobic core, is not susceptible to sequence changes. Therefore, the homology modeling method is the most widely used. Homology modeling uses the protein crystal structure homologous to the target sequence as a template to predict the three-dimensional structure of the target sequence. The conservation of the tertiary structure of a protein is far greater than that of its primary structure. Theoretically, secondary or tertiary structure can be obtained from the primary structure, that is, the amino acid sequence can determine the structure of a protein. Therefore, homology modeling is a practical method for predicting structure from sequences. This method has two prerequisites: First, there are one or several resolved structures in the homologous protein of the target sequence. Second, the homology between the target sequence and the protein is high. The definition of homology modeling Homology modeling is also called comparative modeling. Its principle is that similar sequences have similar structures, that is, two sequences with homologous relationships have similar structures. When the homology of the two sequences is greater than 30%, the homology of the sequences can imply that the two are structurally similar. The higher the homology of the sequences, the higher the accuracy of the structural model. The basic principles of homology modeling 1. The structure of a protein is uniquely determined by its amino acid sequence, by the primary structure. In theory, it is enough to obtain its secondary and tertiary structure. 2. The conservative type of tertiary structure is much larger than that of primary structure. And the sequence identity of template protein and target protein needs to be greater than 30% The main steps of homology modeling It generally includes the following seven steps: 1. Select template and alignment sequence: search for template protein with known crystal structure from protein database and use BLAST and other tools to align the sequence; 2. Determine whether there is a template available: template sequence and target sequence similarity "30%; 3. Construct the main chain structure: apply the atomic coordinates of the template structure to the target to generate a basic main chain skeleton and then adjust the main chain atom position to make the bone structure conform to the stereo-chemical principles; 4. Construction of ring chain: One method is to model based on the known ring zone structure. Another method is to predict from scratch based on the principles of quantum chemistry; 5. Modeling and optimization of the side chain: use the target sequence fragments to search the rotamer database to obtain similar fragments, and then construct the side chain structure of this fragment according to its spatial orientation. Finally, the energy is minimized to find the lowest energy point, that is, the stable conformation; 6. The overall structure is optimized: there is usually unreasonable contact between atoms in the three-dimensional model obtained through the above process, which needs to be eliminated by methods such as simulated annealing and molecular dynamics. 7. Structural evaluation: The most common evaluation criterion is RMSD, which represents the root mean square deviation of the corresponding atoms between the target protein and the template protein. It can also be submitted to the SAVES server for verification. With the improvement of prediction methods, homology modeling has been widely used in drug design and protein design. It can interpret the relationship between protein structure, function and sequence. In the post-genomic era, homology modeling will surely become a bridge between genetic engineering and protein engineering. With comprehensive modeling services, designing and engineering novel antibodies with desired therapeutic properties, Creative Biolabs offers a variety of antibody structure modeling services for researchers: l Homology antibody modeling l Loop structure refinement l Modeling of the framework regions l Side chain modeling l Antibody modeling assessment
  4. A computer doesn’t last forever. Even if your computer still technically works many years later, you may want to get rid of it anyways. Newer computers are faster, store far more data and are more capable of better running programs, games, and videos. However, after you have decided to upgrade, what should you do with your old computer parts? Instead of just chucking them in the trash, you can recycle them. Here are some tips that can show you how. Selling Your Old Parts One option you have for recycling is to actually sell your old parts on an aftermarket. eBay, for example, is an excellent choice. Craig’s List is another. There may also be some online and local independent electronics dealers you can investigate. You shouldn’t expect to receive much in exchange if the part in question has been used a good deal, but it is a form of recycling that involves some amount of compensation. Self-Recycling Alternatively, you could choose to self-recycle. This involves repurposing an old part for a different use for you or your family. For example, you could repurpose an old personal computer as a home server with a little work. With a few extra components, you could also transform an old monitor into an extra television. Using an Electronics Recycling Service You may simply want to dispose of your old computer parts entirely. Don’t just put them in the garbage or in a regular recycling container. Instead, bring them to a professional electronics recycling service that will actually break down the materials so they can be reused. Things that can be recycled by such a service include motherboards, processors, hard drives, disc drives, RAM, power supplies, monitors and more. Removing Your Personal Data However, before you hand over a computer, hard drive or other component that can store personal data, you should make sure to first wipe that data, so it does not get into the wrong hands. It could be used to steal your identity. Certain recyclers will offer to wipe the data for you. However, you can also wipe it yourself with downloadable programs that can overwrite data multiple times so it can never be accessed again. Overall, recycling is the responsible thing to do. This is especially true for computer components and electronics that can harm the environment if not recycled properly. Consider your different options for unloading your computer parts in a responsible manner.
  5. Garbage littering the world's oceans is a serious problem. Some trash, such as plastic, will never decompose, posing a grave risk to all types of marine wildlife. The best solution to this problem is to collect as much marine trash as possible and then put it to good use. To give better insight into the possibilities for solving this issue, here are four clever uses for recycled marine trash. Eco-Friendly Packaging One of the most versatile uses for marine trash is to recycle it into packaging for various types of products. Plastic is an ideal material to use in packaging for dish detergent, nail polish remover, shampoo, and hundreds of other substances that are used every day. This versatility helps to sustain demand for marine plastic, meaning that there will be continued incentive to remove the trash from the world's waterways. Yarn Turning yesterday's discarded soda rings into tomorrow's clothing might not seem like the most obvious use of recycled marine trash. Creating thread that has a recycled plastic core helps to lower the costs for clothing manufacturers while helping to keep the environment clean. The yarn or thread can be bound by any number of materials, creating beautiful fabrics that are indistinguishable from fabrics made with more traditional thread. You can learn more about products like this at bionicyarn.com and other websites. Shoes You may not know it, but there are many parts of the average shoe that require plastic in some form or another. Fortunately for the world's waterways, the source of this plastic can be recycled plastic that was previously causing an environmental hazard. Plastics in shoes help to keep weight down and help to keep them more durable, both of which are qualities that consumers are seeking. Sunglasses Plastic is an ideal material for sunglasses because it is lightweight and flexible. Rather than using virgin plastic for their eyewear, some companies have begun using recycled marine plastic to form their frames. Since sunglasses are often discarded before the end of their useful life due to changing tastes, this is a great way to clean up the environment and help make users more mindful about their consumption. Plus, consumers get bragging rights that their glasses are truly one-of-a-kind. Just as important as using recycled marine trash is working hard to ensure that the trash doesn't return to the ocean after it finishes its second life. That's why careful attention needs to be given to creating a closed cycle that will encourage consumers to dispose of waste properly. If these suggestions are adhered to, the amount of trash in the world's oceans will finally decrease, once and for all
  6. What is a phosphorylated antibody? Antibodies produced against a phosphorylation site in the state of phosphorylation and dephosphorylation of a substrate, so that the phosphorylation and dephosphorylation of the substrate and the change in antibody binding type are used to investigate whether the substrate is phosphorylated, thereby studying changes in protein activity. After the immunogen is phosphorylated, the antibody prepared with it is called phosphorylated antibody. The significance of phosphorylated antibody Post-translational modifications are essential for protein biological functions and play an important role in many key regulatory mechanisms of life phenomena. Among them, protein phosphorylation is one of the most common important post-translational modifications. It participates in almost all cellular activities in the body, it is closely related to many biological problems such as signal transduction, cell cycle, proliferation and metabolism, growth and development, and cancer mechanisms. Phosphorylation is usually the addition of phosphate (PO4) groups to proteins under the action of kinases, most commonly on serine (S), threonine (T) or tyrosine (Y) residues. Since phosphorylated proteins can play a complex role, accurate and precise quantification of phosphorylated proteins at the cellular level is essential for deciphering and understanding cellular functions. The difference between phosphor specific antibodies and ordinary antibodies The detection of phosphorylated antibody is based on the protein in an active state (phosphorylation). Phospho-antibodies are only designed for phosphorylation sites. It is a site-specific polyclonal antibody, which has some characteristics of monoclonal antibodies. Synthesis of common antibody (polyclonal antibody): prokaryotic expression protein-> purification-> immunize animal-> harvest antibody. Synthesis of Phosphorylated antibody (phosphor specific antibodies): artificial synthesis of peptides containing phosphorylation sites-> artificial phosphorylation in vitro -> link haptens-> immunize animals-> harvest antibodies. A large part of phosphorylated proteins are transcription-related factors. Therefore, phosphorylated antibodies and common antibodies are used to detect the same protein, in situ detection may have different cell localizations. Phosphorylated transcription factor moves from the cytoplasm into the nucleus. In general, the experimental results of phosphorylated proteins are more directly related to molecular functions. Ordinary antibodies measure the content of the protein and cannot know its active state. Phosphorylated antibodies measure the level of phosphorylation of the protein, focusing on understanding an active state of the protein. Phosphorylated antibodies are mainly prepared for phosphorylation sites, and detect the protein's changes when the cells are stimulated (whether the phosphorylation level is increased or decreased). Ordinary antibodies (mainly prepared for peptides at non-phosphorylated sites) mainly detect the expression of the protein in tissues, cells, tissue distribution, or localization in cells, and can be used as an internal reference for changes in phosphorylation levels. The application of phosphorylated antibodies The level of protein phosphorylation is often related to protein activity: many signaling pathway proteins are caused by a series of cellular responses by changing their phosphorylation level after certain stimulation, but their protein content may not change much. Phosphorylated antibody: Prepared for specific phosphorylation sites, and detect changes in the protein's functional state (enhanced or weakened) when the cell is stimulated. Non-phosphorylated antibody: It mainly detects the expression of the protein, tissue distribution or cell localization in tissues or cells, and can be used as an internal reference for changes in phosphorylation level.
  7. Laminated products are composed of two or more layers of resin-impregnated fibers or fabrics that are laminated and combined with heat and pressure. Introduction Laminated products are composed of two or more layers of resin-impregnated fibers or fabrics that are laminated and combined with heat and pressure. It can be a plate, tube, rod or other shapes. Laminated products can be processed into various insulation and structural parts, which are widely used in motors, transformers, high and low voltage electrical appliances, electrical instruments and electronic equipment. Laminated products are made of fiber paper and cloth as substrates, impregnated or coated with different adhesives, and are hot-pressed and rolled into a layered electrical insulation material. Organic fiber-based substrates include wood fiber paper, cotton fiber paper, cotton cloth, and polyester and aromatic polyamide synthetic fibers. Inorganic fiber substrates include non-alkali glass cloth and asbestos. Commonly used adhesives are phenolic resin, epoxy resin, melamine resin, silicone resin, diphenyl ether and polyimide. classification The performance of the laminate depends on the substrate and adhesive and the molding process. According to its composition, characteristics and heat resistance, laminated products can be divided into the following two. (1) Organic substrate laminates-with wood pulp insulation paper, cotton fiber paper, cotton cloth, etc. as reinforcement materials. Long-term use temperature can reach 120 ℃, and synthetic fiber products have also been developed as reinforcement materials. (2) Inorganic substrate laminates-with inorganic glass fiber cloth, alkali-free glass fiber felt, etc. as reinforcement materials. The long-term use temperature is 130 ~ 180 ℃, even higher temperature, which varies with the adhesive resin. Laminated plastic products are divided into laminates, laminated tubes, laminated rods and molded laminates according to shape and use. Copper-clad laminates for printed circuits and adhesive paper capacitor sleeve cores used as capacitor sleeves for high-voltage electrical appliances are two special types of laminated plastic products. Laminate: including laminated paperboard, cloth board, glass cloth board and copper-clad laminate. ①Laminated paperboard: It is made of insulating paper impregnated with synthetic resin glue and hot pressed. It has good dielectric properties, mechanical properties and mechanical processing properties, and is suitable for various insulating structural parts in electrical equipment. ②Laminated cloth: It is made of cotton cloth impregnated with synthetic resin glue and hot pressed. It has good mechanical processing performance, its hardness, cleavage resistance and impact strength are better than cardboard, but its electrical performance is not as good as laminated cardboard, and its use is the same as laminated cardboard. ③Laminated glass cloth: It is made of alkali-free glass cloth impregnated with different synthetic resins and then hot pressed. Its mechanical properties, heat resistance, and water resistance are higher than laminated paperboards and cloth boards, but the bonding strength is slightly worse. Uses are the same as laminated cardboard. ④Copper-clad laminate: made of alkali-free glass cloth or cotton fiber paper impregnated with phenolic resin or epoxy phenolic resin as the substrate, and coated with electrolytic copper foil on one or both sides of the substrate, and then hot pressed. It has good mechanical properties and dielectric properties and high peel strength. Mainly used as a printed circuit board for electronic equipment. Rolled laminated products: including paper, cloth roll products and capacitive tape cores. ① Paper and cloth roll products: It is made of insulated winding paper, cotton cloth, glass cloth impregnated or coated with synthetic resin, and then rolled, impregnated and dried. Commonly used resins are phenolic resin, epoxy phenolic resin, modified silicone resin, etc. Paper and cloth roll products can be made into rod, tube or tube. Its dielectric properties and mechanical strength are higher than those of general plastic-pressed products, but lower than those of laminates and cloth sheets. Mainly used as insulating structural parts. ②Capacitive tape core: It is made of winding paper coated with synthetic resin, then dried, hot rolled and heat treated. During rolling, every certain thickness, a layer of aluminum foil is inserted as an electrode. It is a series capacitor with adhesive tape as the medium. It can be used as an insulating core at the leading end of high-voltage transformers and switches. ③Molded laminated products: It is made of insulating paper, cotton cloth, glass cloth, etc. impregnated with synthetic resin, and hot-pressed by forming mold. It has rod-shaped molded products, V-rings and other special shaped molded products. Has high mechanical properties, dielectric properties and moisture resistance. Mainly used as insulating structural parts of motors, electrical appliances and other equipment. About us Matexcel is a leading service provider in materials science, with years of commitment to supply better polymers, nanoparticles and other materials for worldwide customers from both academia and industry. We offer a full range of materials covering polymers, metals, ceramics and natural materials, in addition to professional consultation service in manufacturing and characterization. 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  8. In a new study, researchers from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Diseases, the National Cancer Institute, the Shake Institute for Biology, and the Scripps Research Institute have discovered a key part of how a powerful class of HIV drugs bind the HIV intasome. By solving for the first time the three-dimensional structure of this intasome when combined with different drugs, they discovered what makes this class of drugs so effective. This study provides important insights that may help to design or improve new therapies for HIV. The relevant findings were recently published in the journal Science, and the paper was entitled “Structural basis for strand transfer inhibitor binding to HIV intasomes”. Dmitry Lyumkis, corresponding author of the paper and assistant professor of genetics laboratory at the Shake Institute for Biological Research, said, "The drugs we studied are the latest compounds available in clinical practice today, with several important preclinical molecules. Until then, no one knows exactly how they bind to this HIV intasome. A better understanding of the effects of these drugs will help us to improve them and design new therapeutic compounds." HIV intasome are a key structure of this viral infection, which consists of HIV protein integrase and viral DNA strands, and are formed when this virus invades human cells. This intasome enters human cells and subsequently undergoes the necessary chemical reaction, thereby integrating the genetic material of this virus into human DNA. Some drugs called integrase strand transfer inhibitor (INSTI) successfully block this intasome; when it cannot integrate viral DNA into the human genome, HIV is not able to infect human cells. Currently, four INSTI drugs are approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and some are under development. Despite the success of these molecules, efforts are still being made to investigate how to inhibit HIV intasome, mainly due to the difficulty in isolating such intasome for structural studies. In the past, most studies on HIV intasome and INSTIs were performed on another retrovirus called prototype foamy virus (PFV). In 2017, Lyumkis and colleagues first solved the structure of purified HIV intasome (Science, 2017, doi: 10.1126/science. Aah5163). In this new study, Lyumkis's team went further: they obtained the structure of the HIV intasome when blocked by one of four INSTIs—the commercially available drug bictegravir; and three experimental compounds called 4f, 4d, and 4c. They used single-particle cryo-electron microscopy (an imaging technique they helped optimize) to reveal the structure of each HIV intasome-drug complex. The first observation of Lyumkis is that these drugs are different when combined with HIV intasome than when they are combined with PFV intasome. For example, compound 4f loops back to itself when bound to PFV intasome, but remains relatively flat when bound to HIV intasome, and these details can help improve the binding properties of potential future molecules. Dario Oliveira Passos, co-first author of the paper and a researcher in the Lyumkis laboratory, said, “So far, everyone is still using PFV intasome structures to rationally think and understand the mechanism of action of these drugs. But we found that if we want to make further progress, this field does need to move forward and study HIV intasome structure.” Min Li, co-first author of the paper and a researcher at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Diseases, said, “We and many others have worked for decades to achieve the goal. Excitingly, we can finally understand the detailed working principles of such HIV inhibitors and help develop new drugs.” These structures also reveal why these drugs are so effective and what makes them so outstanding in avoiding drug resistance. Lyumkis and colleagues found that these INSTIs fill the entire space usually occupied by DNA. This means that if HIV intasome undergo mutations that prevent INSTI drug binding, it will also make this intasome unable to invade human cells. Finally, these very high-resolution structures obtained by these researchers allowed them to observe detailed information about how these drugs interact chemically with this binding pocket and how these INSTIs displace water molecules to do this, which provided them with more information to let them know what makes INSTIs clinically successful. Lyumkis says, “In previous structures, we understood the biological properties of HIV intasome. But in this paper, we really begin to gain insight into how INSTI drugs target these important viral intasome from a therapeutic perspective.” These researchers are planning to carry out more studies on these experimental drugs, especially compound 4d. Based on preclinical testing and new structural insights, this compound is more expected to be resistant to HIV than other compounds. They also want to better understand what changes occur in the structure of HIV intasome in the event of resistance to INSTI drugs. Lyumkis says this may help them design more effective drugs in the future.
  9. Since the discovery of carbon nanotubes by Japanese physicist Sumio Iijima in 1991, the atomic structure and properties of carbon nanotubes have attracted great interest from scientists. Carbon nanotubes have extremely high specific surface area, excellent mechanical properties (the theoretical axial elastic modulus and tensile strength of carbon nanotubes are 1~2TPa and 200Gpa, respectively), and thermal properties (heat-resistance temperature of carbon nanotubes under vacuum is up to 2800 °C) and the electrical properties (the electron carrying capacity of carbon nanotubes is 1000 times that of copper wires). These properties of carbon nanotubes make them an ideal filler in the field of composites. The carbon nanotube composite material can be easily processed and fabricated into a structurally complicated member, and does not damage the structure of the carbon nanotube during processing, thereby reducing production costs. Therefore, carbon nanotube composite materials have been extensively studied. There are three main preparation methods for carbon nanotube composite materials: liquid phase blending, melt blending and in-situ polymerization. Among them, the liquid phase blending method is the most commonly used preparation method. Liquid phase blending The solution method refers to the use of mechanical or magnetic stirring, or high-energy ultrasonic to separate the agglomerated carbon nanotubes and uniformly disperse in the polymer solution, and remove the excess solvent to obtain the carbon nanotube composite material. The advantage of this method is that it is simple to operate, and it is mainly used to prepare membrane materials. Xu et al and Lau et al. used this method to prepare CNT/epoxy composites and reported the properties of the composites. In addition to epoxy resins, other polymers such as polystyrene, polyvinyl alcohol, polyvinyl chloride, etc. can also be used to prepare composite materials by this method. Melt blending The melt blending method is to disperse carbon nanotubes in a polymer melt by shear force applied by a rotor. This method is especially useful for preparing thermoplastic polymer/carbon nanotube composites. The advantage of this method is mainly to avoid contamination of the composite by solvent or surfactant, but this method is only suitable for polymers that are resistant to high temperatures and are not easily decomposed. Jin et al. used this method to prepare PMMA/MWNT composites and studied their properties. The results have shown that the carbon nanotubes are uniformly dispersed in the polymer matrix without significant damage and the storage modulus of the composite material is improved. In-situ polymerization The in-situ composite method refers to dispersing carbon nanotubes in a polymer monomer, adding an initiator, and initiating in-situ polymerization of the monomers to form polymer/carbon nanotube composites. This method is considered to be an effective method for increasing the dispersion of carbon nanotubes and enhancing their interaction with the polymer matrix. Jia et al. prepared PMMA/SWNT composites by in-situ polymerization. The results have shown that the main reason for the strong bonding between the carbon nanotubes and the polymer matrix is that AIBN opens the π bond of the carbon nanotubes during the initiation process, thereby allowing the carbon nanotubes to participate in the polymerization of PMMA. The use of surface-modified carbon nanotubes to prepare PMMA/carbon nanotube composites not only increases the dispersion ratio of carbon nanotubes in the polymer matrix, but also greatly enhances the mechanical properties of the composite.
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  11. Americans spend $130 billion each year on wasted energy. Energy wastage not only takes a bite of out of your wallet but also harms the environment by producing unnecessary greenhouse gasses and pollution. If you're concerned that your home is an energy pit, here are four telltale signs that you're using too much. Your Bills Are Too High The first and most obvious sign that your home is wasting energy is that your monthly utility bills are higher than they should be. Many power companies include a chart on your bill or through their website that shows how your home's energy usage stacks up against the average and against homes similar to yours. If your utility provider doesn't offer this service, give them a call or compare your bill to neighbors with similarly sized homes. You Wait for Hot Water If you're like most homeowners, you turn on your shower or sink faucet and wait for ice-cold water to warm up. All those gallons of water going down the drain add up over time, but there are two effective solutions. One option is to hire a plumber with water heater installation experience to swap out your old tank for a new tankless model, which is the most efficient type of water heater on the market. An easier and less expensive solution is to install a recirculating pump in your existing unit. Your HVAC Runs Constantly The hum of your HVAC unit means your home is staying comfortably warm or cool, but it shouldn't be running all the time. If you almost never hear silence from your heating or cooling system, that means the unit is having trouble keeping up and constantly using energy. You may need to replace the unit with a larger one or improve your home's insulation. You can also consider a more efficient type of unit like a heat pump system. You Have Energy Vampires What's scarier than a blood-sucking monster? An energy-sucking appliance. You may not realize that your coffee maker, television or toaster is sucking power even when the off switch is flipped. Slay these energy vampires by unplugging them when not in use or use power strips that you can switch off to cut the electricity supply. Remember, your home isn't the only source of wasted energy in your life. Consumer products are also a large contributor, so choose low-waste materials like recycled products, paper and cardboard over those that use more energy to produce.
  12. Recently, sustainable shopping has become more popular. Consumers are now looking for businesses that care about the environment and their impact on the planet more than ever. Consumers are currently looking for ways to become more eco-conscious in their own lives, which includes the way they purchase products. Here are ways to make sure you are buying the most sustainable products possible. High Quality Investing in high-quality products means you will be less likely to need to replace that item in the near future. This leads to higher sustainability. Through this, you will be using less materials and be requiring less energy to manufacture the product. Thrifting high-quality pieces of clothing or furniture can be a great move toward sustainability as well. However, if thrifting isn’t your thing or you are having trouble finding the right products, making new high-quality purchases is the next best thing. Sustainable Materials Today, more businesses are becoming mindful of the materials they use for their products. A great way to ensure you are consuming products made from sustainable materials is to look for ones made with recycled materials. This is becoming a more popular option. There are many options available for clothing and accessories made with recycled bottles or even recovered plastic from the ocean. Companies, like BionicYarn.com, are making this possible. Locally Made The less a product needs to travel to get to your home, the more sustainable it will be. Less travel cuts down on carbon emissions and leads to a better impact on the environment. Now is a great time to start supporting small, local businesses. A great way to do this is to visit farmer’s markets in your area for local food and handmade goods. Ethical Manufacturing Green manufacturing processes are more important than ever right now. It shows how responsible a business is when it comes to doing their part for the environment. Treatment of factory workers also plays a role in flourishing the economy and leading toward general sustainability. Look for businesses that offer transparency about their production practices. Only support those that act responsibly and are doing what they can to minimize their environmental and economic impact. Transitioning to a sustainable lifestyle can seem overwhelming in a world full of consumerism. However, each individual doing their part can make large strides in improving climate change and the environment.
  13. Selecting an indoor LED Grow Light set up is not as straightforward as you might imagine. To begin with, you might think that you would simply invest in a light, dangle it up above the plant, plug it in and watch the magic happen. This could not be farther from the truth, which can be both a good and a bad thing. This is a positive thing because being forced to spend some time and understand how to do something new is rewarding. There's unquestionably a learning curve when attempting to understand the best way to grow plants indoor with LED Lights; but it can definitely be rewarding and fun to understand. The bad thing about all of this learning is that it might be slightly overwhelming when your first getting started. Here are a few of the things you'll need to be familiar with when getting started as a hydroponic gardener. First of all, why don't we just ask the question on everyone's mind, "Do Led Grow Lights actually work?" There are more an more testimonials and independent studies sprouting up all over the Internet that demonstrate "YES" LED Grow Lights really do work, and they work pretty good. While many studies will show, at current technology levels, HID Lights may generate slightly better yields when compared with LED's. The advantage of LED's is that they will last as much as 8 times longer, run cooler and function more efficiently which will end up helping you save a ton of money over the long haul. These new kind of Indoor LED's operate at a very low voltage which means that they consume up to 90% less power than other kinds of common grow lights such as Metal Halide or High Pressure Sodium lights. Even though utilization of these new grow lights has only recently been useful for growing plants, it is quickly gaining traction as a result of many benefits provided by this kind of indoor gardening. Several people stated that LED's are excellent for vegetative growth but they were missing the power to actually fruit a plant. This is because most other grow lights use 120 degree lenses. This is considered a wide-angle lens, as it disperses the light over a broad area (even to the walls!). Penetration is the key to good results with any LED, as it directly influences the rate of light absorption. For any plant to absorb light effectively, light must pass through or "penetrate" the leaf. With inadequate light intensity, a plant will use just a small percentage of the light they're given, as that is not being "delivered" to them. The best thing about using LED's is that they make it possible for people to grow plants or pretty much any kind of plant species for that matter, almost anyplace they desire. As long as you have soil, water and something to hold everything together, then you can have your own private piece of jungle in your home. These new LED style lights can even make it easier to grow the plants in your home without having to expose them to direct sunlight. These new LED's have been adjusted to reproduce the specific spectrum's of the suns light that plants need to start photosynthesis. Using this type of focused light, there is far less wasted light and energy. These lights may not be the most popular choice being used by hydroponic plant growers today, but starting off small with one of these Energy Efficient Grow Lights will certainly be a great help to the environment as well as your pocketbook. Everybody has to start somewhere in regards to saving the environment, and full spectrum LED Grow Lights are a good place to begin.
  14. How fast does CBD oil work? It’s a question that many people have once they decide that they’d like to try CBD for the first time. Of course, understanding how quickly you’ll experience potential benefits is only part of the story. You’re also probably curious to learn about things like how long CBD stays in your system or which form of CBD offers the quickest results. Let’s unlock the answers! How long for CBD oil to take effect after a dose? First, it’s important to know that your experience will vary based on your own biology and the product you’re using. CBD generally “kicks in” between 15 minutes and three hours after consumption. We’ll cover the fastest ways to get CBD results in just a bit. Next, let’s explore some of the factors that contribute to each person’s unique experience with CBD. What Affects How Long CBD Stays in Your System? How long does CBD last in your system? This is a case where the answer is going to vary by person. A number of factors actually affect how long CBD stays in a person’s system. The general consensus based on research is that CBD stays in a person’s system for between two and five days. Some people could have CBD in their systems for weeks. That may be important to know if you’re interested in taking a full-spectrum CBD oil from CBDfx that contains traces of THC. Here’s a look at some of the key factors that will reduce or lengthen CBD’s lifespan in your system: Frequency of use. CBD builds in your body over time. The amount that you use. A higher dose of CBD will stay in your system for a longer time. Your personal body chemistry and metabolism. Bodymassindex (BMI). Methodofconsumption. Food intake can also impact how long CBD stays in your system. For instance, taking CBD on an empty stomach will cause the CBD to be metabolized and eliminated by your body in a faster cycle. Taking CBD on a full stomach slows the way it cycles through your system. Next, we’ll discuss how your method of consumption impacts your CBD experience. How You Take CBD Oil Matters Yes, the method you use to consume CBD is going to impact your experience. CBD vape products tend to offer the quickest results because the CBD is entering your lungs directly. This method also causes the CBD to leave your body quicker than other intake methods. How long for CBD vape to work? You can typically expect to feel the effects within a few minutes. CBD oils and tinctures also offer quick results. That’s because CBD oil that is applied under the tongue enters your bloodstream quickly. Unlike vape CBD products, CBD oil lingers in your system. How long does CBD tincture take to work? It typically takes between 30 minutes and three hours for a tincture to kick in. The potency of the oil you’re using will play a role in how quickly things get moving. High-potency CBD tinctures from Lazarus Naturals that are mixed into food can take longer to kick in than CBD oil that is applied directly under your tongue. The same goes for CBD edibles. You’ll have to wait for your digestive system to metabolize the CBD oil if you opt for the edible route. Lastly, you can opt for what is widely considered to be the “slowest” delivery method for CBD. That would be creams or lotions. CBD salves and roll on from Pure Ratios absorb slowly into the skin after being applied topically. Many people enjoy these products for long-term use. However, you generally won’t feel a huge impact upon the first application. CBD Duration Chart To summarize, let’s view CBD duration in the form of the table: CBD ProductType OnsetTime DurationoftheEffects CBD vapeoils 2 minutes 30 minutes – anhour CBD oils 30 minutes – 3 hours Upto 4 hours CBD edibles 60 minutes Upto 6 hours CBD topicals Hourstoshoweffect Upto 5 hours Do Quality, Manufacturer and Type of CBD Matter? A higher quality of CBD is likely going to produce sharper, more potent results. What’s more, effectiveness and potency can vary by manufacturer. Potency can play a role in how quickly you’ll feel results with something like a tincture. That’s why it’s important to measure strength in milligrams against product volume instead of simply assuming that a higher volume means higher potency. CBD type can also impact your experience. Generally, a full-spectrum CBD product is going to stay in your system longer than a broad-spectrum product. There is also the concern that the trace amount of THC contained in full-spectrum CBD could say in your system long enough to be detected in a blood test. Broad-spectrum CBD undergoes a process that eliminates THC. Conclusion How quickly does CBD oil work? The bottom line is that you can feel an impact within minutes using a direct method like vaping or sublingual oil. Edibles or tincture oils mixed with food create more of a “trickle” effect. Nobody can say for certain how long any form of CBD will stay in a person’s system. Most data points to a window of two to five days. However, it’s not impossible for CBD to be present in your system for weeks. Originally appeared on CBD.market blog. Alex Malkin is CBD-enthusiast, researcher, and co-founder of CBD.market, a trading platform for CBD products and educating. Alex is the author of the book "CBD: A Door to Better Health" and certified Nutrition and Wellness specialist.
  15. Starting your own garden is an excellent pastime that can provide you with an abundance of fresh produce, but this type of project is easier said than done. If you want to make sure that your first crop is successful, then you will need to put in a little bit of work before you plant your first seedlings. Choosing the Best Location Many new gardeners don’t realize just how important it is to spend some time figuring out exactly where they are going to be putting their new plants. Moving your garden from one side of the yard to the other could have a huge impact on which plants are going to survive and what type of yield you are going to get. As a general rule, a garden needs to get plenty of early morning sunlight so that newer plants thrive. You should also have easy access to a hose or some other source of water. Demo Another step that you need to take well before you start your garden is demoing the area where you will be planting. Demoing for a garden is going to involve removing any existing foliage, pulling up the grass, and getting all of the larger rocks out of the soil. If you aren’t interested in pulling up grass and sifting the soil, then you might want to consider building or buying a few raised beds. Collect Your Supplies Larger gardens require quite a few landscaping supplies, and you should collect all of the equipment and products that you are going to need at least a few weeks prior to planting. The type of supplies that you get will depend on a few different factors, and that includes how much demo work needs to be carried out, what the local climate is like, and which types of plants you are going to grow. At the very least, you are probably going to want a garden hose, a drip hose, a trowel, some pots in various sizes, and a good pair of gloves. Get Rid of Pests Pests could wreak havoc on your garden if you don’t come up with a plan for eradicating them. Scheduling preventative pest control services is a great start, but you might also want to install some type of netting or fencing to keep out birds, gophers, and squirrels. You can also contact a pest control expert and ask what types of insects you should be prepared for. After you have planted your first batch of seeds and seedlings, you should check up on your garden at least once or twice a day. A single pest or broken sprinkler could eradicate your crop and waste all of your hard work.
  16. From reducing your carbon footprint to eliminating toxins, running an environmentally sound household is within easy reach. Just as recycling and other day-to-day actions impact us all, home improvements offer advantages to both your family and the earth. If your goal is to go green, the following tips will help you cut heating and cooling costs while lessening negative environmental effects. Inspect Your Home for Leaks Don’t let heated or cooled air escape. Inspect your home for areas where leaks can occur. The most effective form of inspection is a blower door test, usually performed as part of an energy audit. For this test, a technician attaches a heavy-duty fan to an exterior door. The fan pulls air from your home to lower indoor air pressure. Higher outdoor air pressure forces air into holes, crevices, or other unwanted openings. If you’d rather do the inspecting yourself, visually check outside for gaps at corners, around the mail slot, at the line where your foundation touches the brick or siding, or in any place where two types of materials meet. Decrease Drafts Replace weather stripping to prevent leaks at exterior doorways. Caulk is perfect for preventing air loss around windows, but it also serves a purpose in other areas of your home. Caulking is also ideal for stopping air leaks around plumbing and wiring. Draft snakes reduce outside air entry, making your heating and cooling efforts more effective. For a longer-term solution, consider installing draft-stopping double-paned windows. New siding can also boost HVAC efficiency, especially when combined with new insulation. Durable siding backed by high-quality insulation protects your home from extreme temperatures and other harsh weather conditions. Research the best type of siding for your climate for keeping your home well insulated. In addition to resisting weather damage and preventing air loss, these two products work together to ensure your family’s comfort. Prevent Leaks via Unused Appliances Just as unplugging unused devices reduces power usage, covering or closing certain appliances while not in use is an easy way to reduce air loss. Exhaust fans, fireplace flue dampers and range hoods are just some examples of places where air can escape. Whether you purchase a cover for your exhaust fan or install an inflatable chimney balloon, take control of energy usage and costs by reducing opportunities for air to escape. In the hot summer months, you might want to reduce use of your oven as well. If you must use it, don’t leave it on for any amount of time after. Don’t let it heat up for too long either. This will prevent unnecessary heat from circulating around your home. Your home is your castle, but it doesn’t have to be drafty or low-functioning. Cut the effects of air loss by inspecting your home and making necessary adjustments. Even the most simple changes can make a huge difference. You’ll experience lower power bills and increased comfort while lessening your negative impact on the environment.
  17. Living a more eco-friendly lifestyle not only helps you do your part when it comes to sustainability but it can also save you money. Everyone wins when we take care of our local and global ecosystems. Let’s look at seven ways to remodel your home as more eco-friendly. Water Use While the term eco-friendly usually brings to mind your home’s energy consumption, it also means saving water. First of all, fix any plumbing leaks. Don’t let the faucet run while you brush your teeth or shave. Also, install low-flow faucets, toilets, and shower-heads; these can save tens of thousands gallons of water every year for a family of four. Tankless water heaters also can conserve a great deal of energy, as it heats water as needed rather than maintaining a heated tankful of water. Switch to LED Light Bulbs Not only are LED bulbs energy-efficient, but they also last longer. This means that on top of protecting nature, you’re saving money from the energy bill and the cost of frequently replacing bulbs. They’re also less likely to cause a headache or eye strain compared to fluorescent bulbs, which makes your home more enjoyable to be in. This is one of the easiest things you can do around the house. If you’ve been using fluorescents in the kitchen, get rid of those first thing and consider hanging pendant lights instead for more even lighting and a better overall aesthetic. Install a Solar System A solar roof installation, while expensive upfront, can save you a lot of money in the long run. However, many states and local energy companies have rebate programs to defray the cost. On top of that, once enough people in your neighborhood go solar, you can generate so much energy that you’ll be selling it back to the energy companies. Furthermore, a solar system with a home battery bank can keep your home up and running even when the grid goes down. Solar systems are also used by many who want to make their homes self sustainable and therefore emergency-ready at all times. Consider Wind Power If you live in a very windy area, a wind generator could be a good back-up for your solar system. It can supply your home with the power you need at night or when the skies are overcast. This can be especially effective for those living in areas with high winds, such as those near a coast, in high elevation, or areas with few forests to break up the wind. Wind power is yet another useful energy source for those seeking to get their home off the grid in a sustainable way, creating great energy independence. Implement Organic Gardening Practices Your landscaping is the main feature of your home’s curb appeal. Plant your yard with native plants, adapted to the local environment. They’ll need less water and soil amendments. Use natural and organic products to keep your landscaping vibrant and healthy. Not only is this healthier for the local ecosystems, but it also will allow your plants to grow mor vibrantly and easily than foreign plant types. Use Recycled Products for Remodeling You can use recycled metal, stone, brick, plastic, glass, and wood to remodel your home, inside and out. You can even find insulation made from recycled material, such as old cotton clothing. Recycled materials are not only eco-friendly, but they also add tons of character to your home. Other benefits include sturdier material, as recycled material goes through a compacting system that makes it naturally moisture resistant and strong. Using recycled material can be a serious money-saver as well, especially on big projects. If your roof is in need of replacement, or you’re having a home built house, then using recycled materials for your roof installation can seriously bring down the overall costs. Talk to your local contractors about recycled materials that they might have available or if they’d be willing to order out for them. Look to Hemp and Bamboo Hemp and bamboo products are the latest things for an eco-friendly home. These are organic and sustainably produced, and can be transformed into flooring, wall coverings, fabrics, and a lot more. For example, one of the hottest building materials right now is “hempcrete”. It’s good for non-weight bearing walls, it’s easier to work with compared to traditional concrete and it also has insulating properties. There are a variety of materials that nature provides for us to make our homes beautiful without being a danger to the ecosystem. Aim for more natural themes in your home and do some research to find what materials work best for your home projects. With a little effort and some creative thinking, you can find ways to make every part of your home more eco-friendly and sustainable for the environment
  18. The 5.11 tactical store is the one roof where all tactical gear needed by the law enforcement officers can be located. The store sees to the clothing needs of both law enforcement and firefighting units. Tactical Shirts Tactical shirts are best suited for off-duty as well as on-duty wear. With these shirts, you don't need to go through the hassle of changing clothes frequently since you can also use the shirts at home attending to other home matters. These shirts are ultra lightweight and are designed of cotton and polyester, making them comfortable for use and also durable. You may choose 5.11 tactical shirts that are ideal for everyday tasks as well as climatic conditions. The pouches or pockets featured in the shirts are capable of holding maps, tickets, phones and other petite objects. Tactical Pants For better match, you can choose the 5.11 tactical pants for the 5.11 tactical shirts; this provides both professional and casual look. The pockets featured in the pants can take in flashlights, utility knife or baton. If you need the best suited clothing for adventures such as hiking and hunting, the 5.11 tactical pants will meet this need. You can find these pants in wide range of colors such as gray, black, sage, khaki etc. Recently; these special pants have become very popular among the military, law enforcement and fire fighting experts. You can also find these pants for women, featuring self-adjusting tunnel waistband. The tactical clothing provides professional and neat appearance. Tactical Boots You also need a pair of tactical boots to complete your tactical clothing outfit; these boots feature excellent comfort and superb elements. For instance, they have moisture wick lining that keeps the wearer's feet dry and convenient. This implies no itchy or sticky feeling on your feet. Indeed, these boots feature cutting edge elements that offer nothing but excellence all the way. The boots have been designed to be light weight so that you can maintain good speed while on motion. The tactical boots also feature insole foam which provides cushioning and ultimate comfort to the user. A number of these boots also feature side zipper to facilitate swift removal when necessary. You will also find oil and slip resistant technology in these shoes, making protection of the feet from slippery and oily surfaces possible. Tactical bags Another essential accessory to fit the 5.11 tactical items is the tactical backpack and bags; they are used to keep the accessories, as well as other emergency weapons needful in the course of special operations. These bags provide sufficient room as they have compartments. You can find them in wide range of sizes based on the kind of accessories you desire to store. The thrilling thing is that the bags have dividers that will help the user achieve easy identification of accessories and to help keep the items in place. You will not suffer from broken handles or straps since the carrying handles as well as the shoulder straps are made of heavy-duty nylon, so that the bag can carry heavy items without the straps and handles weighed down. These and more are the 5.11 tactical clothing items and accessories that are available.
  19. As you plan your off-grid homestead, recycling wastewater into usable reclaimed water is something to consider. Doing so will save thousands of gallons of well or rainwater, and reclaimed water can easily be used to irrigate your garden. Steps to reclaim wastewater could include filtering, primary settling, biological treatment, and finally, tertiary treatment. Let’s look at how recycling your wastewater can be accomplished. Primary Settling Your gray water that goes down the drain in the kitchen sink and shower has small particles of food, hair soap, and other contaminants. A primary settling tank is the first place the wastewater goes. Here, those solid contaminants will settle to the bottom. Once settled, the water can be gently siphoned off the top into the next phase of reclamation, a biological treatment tank. Biological Treatment Biological wastewater treatments rely on bacteria and other microorganisms to break down organic waste, such as food particles, hair, and soap. The goal is to create a system in which these microorganisms eat up the pollutants. Biological treatment is divided into aerobic and anaerobic; aerobic is a process using oxygen loving bacteria, while anaerobic uses bacteria that do not need oxygen. Aerobic wastewater treatment is the preferred option, as it works quickly and produces better water quality. However, this method requires a wastewater aerator to make sure there is enough oxygen for the bacteria to thrive. A diffused aeration system, like those offered by VaraCorp, can be used to maximize oxygen while minimizing odors during the treatment process. Tertiary Treatment This is the final step in reclaiming your wastewater for use in your garden, or even as drinking water. Tertiary treatment is done to ensure the water is hygienically safe and free from viruses and bacteria. Ozonation uses ozone (03) to disinfect the water. Then reverse osmosis pushes the water through a semi-permeable membrane, which traps any contaminants and chemicals. Dual media filtration uses two different types of filters, usually sand and very fine granules of anthracite. Finally, advanced oxidation uses hydrogen peroxide and ultraviolet light to create an oxidant that not only disinfects the water, but also breaks down any remaining microorganisms and chemicals. Often, the cost and time required to reclaim wastewater are prohibitive. There are alternatives; for example, if you use biodegradable soaps, gray water from the kitchen and shower can be drained directly into the garden. However, if your homestead is in a very dry area, reclaiming your wastewater is something you should look into.
  20. Increasing operational efficiency and lowering the output of emissions are goals that companies across all industries have in common. Developing optimal strategies for controlling costs and limiting environmental impact is both a challenge and opportunity, so it’s something companies need to embrace rather than avoid. Not all of these strategies are appropriate for every business, but most companies can find numerous simple and surefire ways to improve their operations. Make the Most of Materials Reducing resource consumption and learning how to reuse or recycle materials whenever possible is essential for streamlining operations and ensuring environmentally responsible operations. Business leaders need to consider every aspect of their production process when looking for opportunities for efficiency, including onsite resource management, supply chains and product packaging. Rethink Policies and Procedures Just as companies examine and redesign the way they use materials, they also need to think about the workplace and operational policies that they have in place. Enshrining safe and efficient practices as workplace policy is a step in the right direction. However, educating employees about the importance of lowering emissions and how they can help the company reach this goal is also necessary for achieving meaningful results. Optimize Industrial Boilers Manufacturing, extraction and other industrial environments often rely on boilers for part of their production process. Whether these machines are permanent fixtures in a workplace or just a temporary augmentation, learning how to optimize and use them responsibly can make a big difference in long-term emission generation. Installing a rectifier or SCRS for water tube boilers can give companies more control over their boiler’s performance and can significantly reduce emissions associated with combustion. Stay Ahead of the Curve While many companies have taken their own initiative to minimize their environmental impact, all commercial operators also have to think about mandatory requirements enforced by national and local laws. Staying ahead of the curve means reading new research, exploring fresh ideas and preparing for possible legislation even before it has passed. Looking at potential future requirements as a milestone for internal efficiency can help companies avoid racing against a deadline in the future. Efficiency and emissions reduction don’t always go hand-in-hand, but most business can take advantage of various opportunities to improve both of these areas simultaneously. Cutting down on waste should always be a priority, as this strategy often yields sheer benefits across the board. Business owners should always consider all the optional available and think about the impact of industry rules or regulations before coming to their decision.
  21. One of the first expenses that new homeowners incur is their energy bills. Unless the house has just been built, there are usually several ways to reduce energy costs. And, even if owners do live in a new residence, there are measures that they can take to minimize their energy bills, some of which are quite simple. The solution is not just turning out lights in rooms that are not in use. Idle Electronics For one thing, there is a great amount of electricity used by idle electronics. Many people leave their computers, phones, and other devices on when they could shut them off and conserve much energy. For, the electricity consumed by idle electronics in the United States is equivalent to the electricity generated by as many as 50 power plants. This idle time costs households from $165-400 per year. Using power strips for the electronics can save money when owners turn off the strips that end idle time. Repairs to the Home Often the benefits of heating and air conditioning systems are minimalized by several areas of the home. Doors and windows can allow drafts if not sealed well as together windows and doors account for 20-25% of energy loss. The addition of storm windows is helpful in reducing energy costs. Repairing ceilings, wall vents and floors, too, can eliminate nearly 30% of energy loss. Closing off wall outlets not in use also helps reduce about 10% of air leaks. In addition, replacing old heating and air conditioning systems with a heat pump reduces the energy usage and expense in a home because heat pumps transfer heat from one site to another. For instance, it uses the outside air to produce cool temperatures inside and vice versa. Thus, a heat pump is capable of both heating and cooling the interior of a home. Ductwork and Roof Repair Another important repair that can be made to conserve energy is on the ductwork of the home. This ductwork should be well-insulated as should other areas such as exterior and interior walls, floors above crawl spaces, attics, cathedral ceilings and the roof. Windows need to be caulked and sealed as do doors. Of course, roof repair is essential to containing heat in cold weather since heat rises. A well-constructed roof also prevents water damage and mold from invading the home. Roofing companies provide many types of asphalt composition shingles, stone-coated steel and metal roofs.
  22. Proper nutrition is essential, especially in times when our immune system should be the highest priority. However, while many things might seem to be way beyond our control right now, the way we eat really is not. Indeed, comfort food is all we crave in times like, but a well-balanced meal should also be an integral part of your equation. While in lockdown, you might be tempted to rely on an abundance of food delivery services and even skip important meals, thus, ignoring how you eat, what, and when you eat can be easy. Moreover, since quarantines are associated with the interruption of work routine, this could result in boredom. Boredom, in turn, comes with greater energy intake, as well as the consumption of higher quantities of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Additionally, not only does boredom trigger your food cravings, but continuously hearing or reading about COVID 19 without giving yourself a break can be stressful. This, in turn, pushes you towards overeating, particularly looking for “comfort foods.” How do these food cravings manifest? This longing comes along with a strong desire to eat, seek, and think about food. Proper nutrition is crucial in uncertain times, particularly when our immune system needs all the necessary tools to fight back. And, because for some, the options are endless, here are some helpful suggestions regarding your lockdown nutrition. Strategize the use of ingredients and make sure you prioritize fresh products While nothing works well without a steady plan, you should start by strategizing and planning your food and try to avoid as much as possible a panic buying behaviour. It is, therefore, highly important to consider your needs, as well as those of others, regardless of how difficult a situation may appear to be. You can start by calmly evaluating your home food inventory and planning your intake. Indeed, you might feel like buying or experimenting with all sorts of recipes, now that you have got plenty of time, but a better idea would be to consider and utilize what you already have in your pantry. Doing so, you can allow other access to food they truly need and even avoid food waste. Strategizing your food intake is not an impossible task. First, consider your fresh ingredient and those that have a shorter shelf life. If fresh products, especially vegetables and fruits, continue to be available, make sure you prioritize them over durable products such as canned goods and dried fruits. Limit Salt Intake Because the amount of fresh foods is likely to decrease during this period, you might be tempted to rely more on frozen, processed, and canned foods. Many of these products contain high amounts of salt. And, while the World Health Organization advises us to consume less than 5 g of salt per day, you should prioritize foods with less or no added salt. Moreover, given that you might already consume enough salt, make sure you avoid extra salt intake when cooking. If you are avid to experience a more intense taste in your foods, we highly recommend you experiment with a variety of fresh or dried herbs and spices. Do not overlook supplements While many people are staying indoor to help slow the spread of COVID 19, as a result, they have less access to sunlight, which is a natural source of vitamin D. Not only that but neglecting your old eating routine due to boredom and stress, might drain your body of essential nutrients you might need to fight back prompt mood changes, anxiety, depression, and fatigue. Vitamin D Numerous studies have found that the” sunshine vitamin” helps protect against heart disease, diabetes, colds, flu, and cancer. Increasing your vitamin D intake while in isolation is optimal for your overall health and well-being. Omega-3 fatty acids Omega-3s are crucial for many conditions such as heart disease, depression, anxiety, arthritis, and asthma. If you need omega-3s, you should consider eating more fatty fish, like tuna, sardines, and salmon, but if you do not have fish a few times a week, you should consider supplements. Full-spectrum CBD oil, for instance, is an ideal source of both Omega 3 and Omega 6. Omega 3 acids play a crucial role in producing the hormones that regulate contraction, inflammation and relaxation of your arteries. They also reduce triglycerides levels in your blood, which lower your risk of suffering from stroker and heart disease. B vitamins There are three key B vitamins that should not miss from your diet. Vitamin B6, for example, is helpful for women suffering from depression that is linked to the PMSs and can easily be taken by eating more steady breakfast cereals, peanut butter, bananas, fish, and chicken. B12, in turn, can help you when you are struggling with memory loss and mood changes and can be found as supplements or in foods such as milk, eggs, meat, seafood and cereals. However, before taking any vitamins and supplements, make sure to tell your doctor so you can avoid unintended interaction with medications. Limit Sugar Intake The World Health Organization recommends us to not to exceed a 5% sugar intake. In case you crave something sweet, try not to forget healthier alternatives to sweets. Frozen fruits, fresh fruits, dried fruits are a great option. It is easy to fall into sugar cravings while indoors, a reason why paying attention to your portions is necessary. Practice mindful eating In uncertain times like these, it is normal to feel sad, anxious, stressed, and scared. However, being diligent in your daily routine can help you kick out some of that stress. One great way we can do that is by sticking to a certain mealtime and plan our meal in advance. Practicing mindful eating is a great way to maintain a healthy relationship with food. Stay still while you eat. Do not eat on the go; make sure you have a seat. Remove all sorts of distractions and ensure there is nothing like phones, laptops, TVs around you. Resist the urge to eat straight from the package. Prepare your meal like you would for someone else. Take yourself on a date. Chew your food because your stomach does not have teeth. Take small bites, taste, and enjoy the texture of your food. Avoid finishing the whole plate. If you feel full, then you surely are full. Spending more time at home will inevitably make you crave more food. But, following basic healthy living advice such as staying hydrated, being physically active, and eating a balanced diet are the best recommendations for staying healthy and sane during self-isolation.
  23. Whether you are renovating your home or building a new commercial office from the ground up, you will probably have to deal with at least a few hazardous materials. Instead of tossing those materials in the garbage bins, you might want to come up with a comprehensive disposal plan so that you don’t have to deal with any fines or fees. Conduct Some Research Well before your next major project, you should spend a little bit of time researching your local laws and codes regarding hazardous and environmentally unfriendly materials. It is important to realize that there are many different household items that are extremely bad for the environment if they get placed in a landfill. You will also need to be particularly careful if you are renovating an older building that might be filled with asbestos or some other toxic materials. Start Separating Materials Once you have done a little bit of research, you can then begin the process of separating all of the materials that you will be getting rid of. Creating multiple piles is going to make your life much easier when it comes time to figure out exactly how you are going to get rid of all the junk. You might also want to invest in a short-term storage unit for any possessions that you need to protect. Contact Your Local Waste Disposal Company For some of the environmentally unfriendly materials that are in your home, you might want to work with your local waste disposal company. Many of those organizations schedule regular hazardous material disposal days where they will take some of your items for free. They might even allow you to schedule a bulk drop-off for a small fee. Call in the Professionals After you have gotten rid of as much of the junk as possible, you should then consider waste management for hire. One of those companies should be able to drop off one or more bins near your project so that you can fill it up at your own speed. As soon as the bin is full, they can pick up all of the materials and take them to the proper disposal site. When working with any type of hazardous or toxic materials, you must always wear high-quality safety equipment. Wearing a good respirator, a pair of goggles, and a protective suit will greatly reduce your risk of developing serious health problems down the line.
  24. This article tries to narrow the definition, but not to exclude shoes, but to purify the discussion and how I think they should be described. I believe minimalist shoes can be described in three words; closest to barefoot. So I would describe true minimalist shoes with a different term; "barefoot-style shoes." If you listen to some manufacturers their definition is much broader. I don't believe that the manufactures can define this category in this case. I think it needs to be defined by healthcare professionals. Interestingly they probably wouldn't define it as a category at all. They would say that whatever shoes you buy should be comfortable, non-restrictive, as close to bare feet as possible while still maintaining some level of protection. If it were possible, they would probably recommend going barefoot as much as possible, particularly for your kids. It's all about maintaining the health of your feet as you age. In our younger years our feet are growing and need to be free and unrestricted so that they can grow properly. In those years we probably go barefoot much more than we do as we get older. Once you're grown it's just as important to go barefoot as much as possible, but life interferes and it isn't always convenient or desirable. What is the theory behind barefoot-style shoes? It is that our body provides all the cushioning and stability we need for walking and running barefoot without the added weight of shoes. So, barefoot-style shoes try to approximate that condition by being very flexible and basically flat with zero incline from front to back. They also allow your toes to spread out like they do when you're walking or running barefoot, while providing some protection from life's intrusions like stones and sticks. Even though they do provide a layer of protection, they also give you a feel for the ground that you cannot get with other shoes and are typically very lightweight. If you are not already, you should be aware that there is a whole movement around running in bare feet that is also very popular though adding a little extra "skin" for the rest of us is probably reasonable. That's not to say that immediately switching to barefoot-style shoes is the best approach, particularly for runners. If you're not used to going barefoot, then barefoot-style shoes will take a cautious and pragmatic approach to adapt your walking or running style. Barefoot-style shoes force walkers and runners to go back to basics and adapt to allow their feet and legs to provide primary cushioning and stability. Many say though that once they've gone barefoot-style it's hard to go back! This article is not designed to advocate barefoot-style shoes, but just to put it forward a brief opinion about how to describe them as part of minimalist shoes. I do suggest going barefoot as much as possible and to keep your feet unrestricted and healthy. You should also consider trying, with your healthcare professional's advice, a brand of barefoot-style shoes. Five Finger shoes are one of the best Barefoot Minimalist Shoes that can effectively exercise the muscles of the feet and calves, thereby improving running posture and better preventing injuries.
  25. Installing solar panels is one of the best ways homeowners can live more sustainably. While there are several upfront costs with switching to solar energy, the ROI for solar panels makes this investment well worth it. Read on to learn how installing solar panels can save money as you help to take down big oil companies. Cut Down on Electrical Bills One of the most significant ways you'll benefit from installing solar powers is by reducing your electric bill. These panels make it possible for homeowners to stop relying on utility companies as this switch to solar power will ultimately save 50% a month on electricity. With solar panels on your home, you’ll be able to harness the sun’s energy to power your house, as long as the sun is out. In the event that the sun isn’t present, you’ll be able to use electricity from your utility company. While this backup electricity comes at a cost, using the sun to power your home is free. Save on Maintenance Many homeowners are frequently charged by their utility company for maintenance fees or costly repairs. Relying on the sun as a power source makes it easy to skip out on these expenses. Once your panels are installed, you’re much less likely to encounter maintenance issues. With this in mind, you can easily consider the cost of installing your panels as a one-time fee for free power. Enjoy Steady Electric Costs It isn’t uncommon for homeowners to pay more during peak seasons like summer and winter. Whenever you’re using more electricity to heat or cool your home, relying on a utility company will cause your electric bill to skyrocket. Similarly, the utility companies themselves are vulnerable to the fluctuating natural gas, oil, and coal markets, leading to even more unpredictable pricing. If you’d prefer to deal with steady electric costs, consider investing in panels. By using the sun as your power source, you'll protect yourself from being susceptible to fluctuating electricity costs. Take Advantage of Tax Credits Tax credits are another way many homeowners benefit from using solar energy. Many states offer individuals that rely on sustainable energy sources clean energy grants and SRECs or Solar Renewable Energy Credits. These credits are an incentive for homeowners to install panels as they will cover up to 30% of the installation costs. Solar energy is a great way for homeowners to live sustainably as they avoid contributing to the wasteful practices of big oil companies. As you learn more about solar panels, keep these four benefits in mind.
  26. Installing solar panels is one of the best ways homeowners can live more sustainably. While there are several upfront costs with switching to solar energy, the ROI for solar panels makes this investment well worth it. Read on to learn how installing solar panels can save money as you help to take down big oil companies. Cut Down on Electrical Bills One of the most significant ways you'll benefit from installing solar powers is by reducing your electric bill. These panels make it possible for homeowners to stop relying on utility companies as this switch to solar power will ultimately save 50% a month on electricity. With solar panels on your home, you’ll be able to harness the sun’s energy to power your house, as long as the sun is out. In the event that the sun isn’t present, you’ll be able to use electricity from your utility company. While this backup electricity comes at a cost, using the sun to power your home is free. Save on Maintenance Many homeowners are frequently charged by their utility company for maintenance fees or costly repairs. Relying on the sun as a power source makes it easy to skip out on these expenses. Once your panels are installed, you’re much less likely to encounter maintenance issues. With this in mind, you can easily consider the cost of installing your panels as a one-time fee for free power. Enjoy Steady Electric Costs It isn’t uncommon for homeowners to pay more during peak seasons like summer and winter. Whenever you’re using more electricity to heat or cool your home, relying on a utility company will cause your electric bill to skyrocket. Similarly, the utility companies themselves are vulnerable to the fluctuating natural gas, oil, and coal markets, leading to even more unpredictable pricing. If you’d prefer to deal with steady electric costs, consider investing in panels. By using the sun as your power source, you'll protect yourself from being susceptible to fluctuating electricity costs. Take Advantage of Tax Credits Tax credits are another way many homeowners benefit from using solar energy. Many states offer individuals that rely on sustainable energy sources clean energy grants and SRECs or Solar Renewable Energy Credits. These credits are an incentive for homeowners to install panels as they will cover up to 30% of the installation costs. Solar energy is a great way for homeowners to live sustainably as they avoid contributing to the wasteful practices of big oil companies. As you learn more about solar panels, keep these four benefits in mind.
  27. Overfishing has become a major concern among environmentalists. All fisheries are aware of illegal, wasteful fishing practices that are putting the local fish populations at the risk of being depleted. Alaska is one of many regions that has strict fishing regulations. People who consume fish should do their part to eat more sustainably. Don’t Eat Endangered Fish Do not eat fish species that are on the endangered list. It’s easy to find this list by doing a simple search online or visiting the Marine Conservation Society’s website. Environmental organizations provide lists of fish to avoid and to eat on a regular basis. Eat More Sustainable Fish Eat more fish that are sustainable, meaning they are in abundant supply. Sardines are a plentiful, fast-growing species that are found in many locations in Europe and North America. Alaskan salmon, clams, oysters, tuna, mussels and mackerel are caught responsibly by modern fishermen. Prepare meals that are more sustainable like a salmon or tuna recipe, and save the rare, exotic fish for special occasions. Buy Local or Seasonal Fish Buy fish that is caught and sold by local fishermen. They are more likely to use smaller nets and use less destructive fishing techniques. Buy less of the kind that is overfished in the oceans, caught in large nets and shipped over long distances. Also, buy fish that are available only during certain times of the year. Buy Organic Fish Organic fish is grown, caught and sold in its natural state without pesticides or harmful chemicals. Organic fish products have a long list of stringent requirements that they must pass before being labeled as organic. Organic fishing is not as common as traditional fishing that includes the use of longline nets. Buying organic fish is another conscious method of preserving different fish species. Read the Label Know the origins of your fish by reading the label. Some fish have sustainable labels. The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has blue labels that indicate which wild fish and seafood products are certified to meet their standards of sustainability. Everyone enjoys seafood from tuna to Alaskan salmon. However, not everyone practices safe, environmentally conservative fishing techniques. When they go out into the ocean, they take out more than they can put back into the water. Many fishermen and fisheries are taking up the practice of eco-fishing. People who love seafood are encouraged to eat sustainably to protect the wildlife in the oceans, rivers and lakes.
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