Summer Activities for Individuals of All Abilities

summer activities for all abilities

Summer is the season for taking advantage of the great outdoors and to get moving after a long winter. Whether you enjoy water sports, taking in the sights and sounds of a nature hike, or even like to spend the weekend camping, there are many fun summer activities that individuals of all abilities can enjoy. Put on your sunscreen, grab a water bottle, a pair of sunglasses, and try some of these quintessential summer activities:

Gardening and Grilling

 

Nothing says “summer” like getting a little dirty or gathering with friends in the backyard for some food and fun. Traditionally, gardening can be labor intensive, but there are so many ways to garden that one does not need to get down on his or her knees or use heavy garden tools to be a successful gardener. Gardening is activity that can be done as a group or as a solo project, all one needs is soil, seeds, water, and a sunny spot. Container gardening is an easy way to garden for individuals with disabilities who have limited space or have limited mobility. For example, if someone is bound to a wheelchair, he or she can tend to a container gardening if pots (or other containers) are at level within reach. Another great way to garden is by joining or helping out at a community garden. Not only can you reap the benefits of fresh food, but meet other individuals of all abilities in your community.

 

Another summer activity that is suitable for individuals of all abilities is a backyard grilling party. Who doesn’t love to gather around a campfire or grill, share delicious foods with good friends, and even enjoy a few backyard games?

Water Fun

 

Cooling off in water during a warm afternoon is one of the best ways to enjoy summer. While some individuals like to take the plunge at the waterpark or pool, there are several other water activities that all abilities can enjoy. If you enjoy boating and swimming, check with your local community education and recreation department to see if they offer adaptive water sports such as kayaking, canoeing, and sailing. Want to hit the pool? Check to see if your local pool has an accessible pool.

Summer Camps

 

Attending a summer camp seems to be a rite of passage for many individuals. These days, there’s a summer camp for almost every interest and ability. Summer camps can be an invaluable experience for young and old, alike, and can be beneficial in many ways including: meeting others with similar interests, enjoying a nice getaway from everyday life, learn new skills, discover certain talents, gain self-confidence, and enjoy some independence.

 

If attending a summer camp isn’t your thing, camping in a campground can be a fun way to get away for a night or two. Many campgrounds have accessible camping cabins if pitching a tent isn’t an option and during the day, you can enjoy a nice nature hike on accessible trails or partake in other activities in the area.

 

The Truth About Weight Loss Supplements

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In today’s society there is so much emphasis placed on the weight loss industry and all these diet fads. Commercials are constantly recommending the newest product available or the next big secret. There is one thing that these big diet companies hide from you and I’m here to tell you what it is. They are hiding the truth.

There are very limited amounts of actual supplements that make a difference in our bodies. There have been studies done that the most beneficial supplements for our bodies are simply just whey protein and creatine.

Whey protein is the most beneficial to our body because it is just food in a powered form. We are all supposed to hit a certain amount of macro nutrients (fats, proteins, and carbohydrates) each day. All protein does is help us to reach that certain amount to build muscle.

There is another type of protein called Casein protein. Casein protein is different because it is not digested as fast as whey protein. What a lot of people will do is take it right before bed so that they will have an adequate supply of protein throughout the night.

I’m not saying that casein protein does not work, because it does. I would not recommend it though because it is harder on your kidneys than regular whey protein.

If you are wondering if all whey protein powders are the same, they are not. Different protein powders have different amounts of protein per serving ratio. You want to aim for a protein that has at least 25g of protein per serving.

Also, to go along with just protein. You should also consider the actual ingredients of protein itself. This is important because not all proteins are as absorbed by your body. What some of these diet companies do is fill their proteins will fillers that is not absorbed at all by our bodies. However, whenever they do the testing on it, it appears as more. In all honesty, the more you pay for protein the better it will be.

Creatine  is just a supplement to help you get stronger. This is the number one tested supplement that there is. The reason for this is because it has received so much hype in the fitness industry in the last twenty years. Create promises to make you stronger like steroids, without the negative side effects. However, the difference between steroids and creatine is huge. All it does it take the water that you drink and put it in your muscles.

Even though scientists have done rigorous amounts of testing on creatine, they cannot prove two things. First, they cannot disprove that creatine cannot deliver what it says it will. Secondly, they cannot find any negative side effects to it.  There are different types of creatine available. Almost all studies have been done on creatine monohydrate. However, most fitness buffs will recommend that you take a creatine blend. That way, you can get all the different sources of creatine in a single serving.

Don’t let these big diet companies fool you. These are the most beneficial products that our body can handle.  There are different forms of each, so it is really important to just stick to the basics that I have mentioned. If you just follow what I have told you then you will make a huge difference in your fitness journey.

Is A Water Filter A Good Option For Your Home?

Are you sure your tap water is pure and healthy? Are you sure your children drink water which is best for their health? If to all of these question the answer is no, you have to make some changes. For example, you should buy a water filter. In addition, a water filter is an eco-friendly solution to your home and we will tell you why.


Benefits of a water filter

Water filters remove bacteria and chlorine. Because of that, water from a water filter has better taste and smell. Another good thing about water filters is that they remove lead from water. Lead is dangerous for your health. If you are exposed to lead in your drinking water, there is a strong possibility you develop high blood pressure or kidney problems. Apart from these problems, if your children drink this water for a long time, they can develop problems with attention span and problems with learning abilities. So, water filters remove all dangerous contaminants from your drinking water. And lead is only one of them. Other dangerous contaminants are hormonally active chemicals, fluoride and rocket fuel. In other words, a water filter is what you need. By removing chlorine, you have less risk to develop rectal cancer, colon cancer and bladder cancer. If you have children, unclean water can have bad influence on their immune system. Furthermore, water filters can lower the risk of gastrointestinal disease. If you drink impure tap water, you drink toxins present in this water. Pregnant women should pay special attention to what type of water they drink.

Eco-friendly solution for your home
Now, we will tell you why a water filter is the perfect solution for your eco-friendly home. First of all, a water filter will reduce home energy consumption. Second of all, by using a water filter you will reduce use of cleaning products such as soaps and detergents. Have you considered huge negative impact of plastic bottles on the environment? Plastic bottles are made from petroleum. In order to produce a plastic bottle, it requires huge amount of fossil fuels. Even though some plastic bottles are recyclable, plastic tops are not. Because of that, plastic tops end up at the bottom of the ocean taking its toll to animal life. Did you know that every square mile of the ocean has over 46,000 pieces of floating plastic in it? Additionally, it is not true that all plastic bottles are recyclable. Only PET bottles get recycled. And what about these bottles which are not recycled? Eighty percent of the water bottles end up in landfills. In order to manufacture bottled water, it takes over 1.5 million barrels of oil to do that. Also, the delivery of bottled water to our homes has a negative impact on the environment.

Types of eco-friendly water filters
When we talk about leading an eco-friendly life, we should mention water filters that do not use electricity.

Water filters using coconut shells
This may come as a surprise, but a coconut shell is the natural source of carbon. In addition, coconuts are valuable for water filtration because coconuts can remove contaminants and odours from drinking water. Coconut is a very sustainable plant because it produces fruit three times per year.

Reverse osmosis
Reverse osmosis water filter is a type of filter which removes contaminants by water pressure pushing the tap water through a membrane. The membrane is semi-permeable which means that it allows only water to pass through, not contaminants. Reverse osmosis water filter can remove iron, zinc, mercury, lead, fluoride and many other elements.

A water filter that uses the Sun’s rays
This eco-friendly water filters alters the Sun’s rays into UV frequency. UV rays then kill all bacteria.

A water filter which uses sedimentation
This water filter is made of porcelain, glass and metal. This eco-friendly water filter uses gravity to remove contaminants instead of electricity.

A water filter that uses wave energy
This device floats on water and uses wave energy in order to remove contaminants. This water filter converts seawater into potable water.

To sum up, using water filters is an eco-friendly option. Also, by using a water filter you are sure that you and your family drink clean water, free from any contaminants, bacteria and metals.

Why You Shouldn’t Trust The Internet More Than Your Doctor

What is your initial reaction when you start feeling ill? Do you rush to your GP? Do you call your friend at med school for advice? There seems to be an ever growing number of people who impulsively turn to the biggest source of information for medical assistance – the Internet. Googling your symptoms and browsing for the most obvious cause is a common self-treatment technique used by people of all ages, but mostly teenagers and adolescents. The question is: is this the best and most efficient way of addressing such a serious issue?

Familiarize the risks

The most important thing we need to keep in mind when seeking answers online is where does the information come from. The web is a dangerous place to be looking for facts since only one click can determine if you end up reading a scientific research paper or some blogger’s very personal opinion on a hot topic. Bear in mind that there is always going to be a study to support any kind of agenda. There is a high likelihood that the person who published the so-called study is actually funded by an organization that has certain benefits from such results.

Unfortunately, health and proper nutrition are the core industries of many large international companies who need to control the flow of information and manage the ‘trends in lifestyle choices’. That’s one of the reasons today you may find that the best cure for a cold is homemade chicken soup, while the next day it’s going to be the latest flu-drug just released in local pharmacies.
Explore alternatives

So, what is the alternative? Waiting for the hospital to schedule your appointment and the first vacant slot is in 6 days? Or going to a private clinic to do all the expensive lab analysis? These may be the reasons why more and more people turn to the web for answers. FrontlineER reports a survey conducted by the British Medical Journal which identified more than 20 different applications that served as symptom checkers. Their overall success rate at pointing out the correct diagnosis and treatment was under 50%. This goes to show that smart phones are, in fact, not smart enough to be able to replace the human factor when it comes to resolving illnesses.

The human factor may be found on the internet, however, it should not be taken for granted. If you are confused by the symptoms your body is giving away, you could search for similar cases on public forums and chat rooms. It is a good way to get in touch with people who have had experience in solving their health problems, but keep in mind that everyone is a unique organism and your metabolism may not react the same way to a treatment someone else has gone through.

Always think twice

To sum up, although it is plausible to get useful advice online, you should do proper research in order to get as much information as possible before you make a decision on how to treat your current condition. Make sure you are able to decipher what your body is trying to tell you and take other people’s advice only if you are sure they know what they are talking about. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true – it probably is. A licensed doctor is your best choice, anyhow, even for a second opinion.

What Causes Eye Infections and How to Avoid It

Eye Infections

Some of the harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi which can attack human body can also invade the surface or the interior of the eye. There are many different types of infections, depending on the part of the eye which is affected and the very cause of the infection. One thing they have in common is the need to consult a doctor when you notice some of the symptoms (red eyes, itching, discomfort, watery eyes, blurred vision, eye pain, eye discharge, swollen eyelids and the surface around the eye). Some of them will require minimal or no treatment, while others, such as trachoma, if left completely untreated can even lead to blindness. Because it is better to be safe than sorry, you should know common causes of infection and learn how to avoid getting it in the first place.

Common Causes of Eye Infection

Majority of eye infections is caused because of the bacteria that are usually present on the skin surface come in touch with the eyes where there is some injury or irritation in the area. Still, viruses and bacteria which are not normally present on the skin surface. The infection can also spread through direct contact with the person who is already affected by the condition. The disease can be transmitted by touching contaminated objects and then rubbing the eyes without washing the hands previously. Infection can also be caused by a foreign body which enters the eye and scratches the cornea. If an eye comes in contact with some harmful chemical that can lead to infection – this includes synthetic eye makeup that can irritate your eyes. An injury or trauma to the eye and surgery can make the eye more sensitive to microorganisms’ attacks. People wearing contact lenses are more prone to an eye infection.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Causes of Serious Eye Infections

Some, not so common, causes can lead to a serious eye infection. Ocular histoplasmosis syndrome (fungal infection of the lungs) can damage the retina and harm, and even destroy the central part of the field of vision. Some of the common sexually transmitted infections (gonorrhea and Chlamydia) can lead to conjunctivitis. Herpes viruses can affect the eye similarly.

How to Prevent Eye Infections

Though there are some causes of eye infections you cannot avoid, there are others that are within your power. By taking (or not taking) some small actions and making some changes you can have a major influence on your eyes’ health. Here are the things you can do:

  • Wash your hands: This might seem obvious, but it is important to mention that before every contact between your hands and eyes. When outside use anti-infective sprays and cleansers.
  • Do not touch your eyes: Try to touch your eyes as less as you can.
  • Avoid chemicals: Avoid contact with chemicals and use organic eye makeup.
  • Avoid close contact with the person infected: If a close person has an eye infection avoid sharing some private items such as pillow, bedding, etc.
  • Eat a healthy diet and get enough sleep: Because poor diet and insufficient sleep can weaken the immune system, this makes you more vulnerable and exposed to potential eye infection.
  • Avoid dirt and dust: If you are, for some reason, exposed to dust and dirt try to wear sunglasses or some other kind of protection.
  • Care for your contact lenses: If you are wearing contact lenses you should follow the safety and hygiene tips, such as hand-washing before you handle them, removing them before sleeping and throwing them away according to manual.
  • Avoid excessive sun exposure: Too much sun exposure can weaken the protective layer of your eye.

Do your best to prevent eye infection from ever occurring. Still, if you, besides your best effort, notice some alarming signs, make sure you visit a doctor.