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Five ways to increase the humidity in your home without a humidifier

It’s very dry where I live and especially during the winter season! Through discussions with my coworkers I’m not the only one who’s suffering from sinus congestion, hangnails, dry skin, dry mouth, chapped lips and bloody noses. Every winter I notice more people with static cling, and an increased need for lip balm and thick moisturizer. Skin gets itchy when it’s dry and lips crack up.

 

Moisturize well so that skin remains soft, especially in the winter. Photography by Serena Alibhai
Why does this happen?

Well, it’s winter where I live and that means that the air around my environment is stripped from moisture. The cold has frozen any puddles, rain turns to snow and leaves on trees are gone. Also, there is no transpiration at night. Usually green grass, leaves, vegetation in general gives off moisture at night, we see this during the summer with morning dew and higher humidity levels.

During the winter, the grass dies and lies under, dormant, a thick layer of ice or snow. So this is why our poor nasal passages, fingers, skin and hair suffers.

I’m actually going to invest in a humidifier this week, but in the meantime, here are my top tips for increasing humidity in your home without a humidifier:

1. Add a houseplant

Plants breathe at night and purify the air by releasing oxygen and using the carbon dioxide we exhale. They also create moisture and release it into the air. When the plant is watered, it releases moisture through its roots to the leaves pores, which will consequently release moisture to the room.

   

Photography by Serena Alibhai
   
Photography by Serena Alibhai
   
2. Dry clothes indoors

As your clothes evaporate, the moisture will release into the surroundings. Also, drying your clothes on a hanger, clothes line or door knob in your laundry room will reduce wear and tear on your delicates, making them last longer.

 

Photography by Rizwan Alvi
3. Use the shower

When you take a shower, if you allow your door to open immediately after, the steam will escape the bathroom and moisture levels in nearby areas will increase considerably.

 

Photography by Rizwan Alvi

4. Boil water

Boil a couple of liters of water with eucalyptus essential oil or tea tree for a pleasant humidifying moisture boost. The oils will also help to guard against colds and is helpful in killing airborne germs.


5. Place water near heat source

A radiator heat in your room can also be used to improve the moisture content in your room. Place a pot or water container near the source of your radiator heat for the water to evaporate; this becomes humidity and effectively moistens the air. Alternatively, try placing a pan containing water on the radiator. Note that you do not have to place the dish of water directly on the heat for the evaporation to occur.

 

Water near a radiator can help to increase humidity. Photography by Rizwan Alvi
Do you have problems with a dry environment where you live?

xxSerena

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21 ways to eat your water

Foods such as fruits and vegetables contain fibre, minerals, vitamins and water.

Getting water from a variety of sources keep your body healthy.

Vegetables. Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto
Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto
Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto
Eat your water. Eat fruit. Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto

Eat yourself into hydration!

Do you feel better after eating foods with a high water content? What are your favorite foods on the chart? How do you eat them?

xxSerena

Top five foods to lower cholesterol

The experts at the Mayo Clinic suggested these foods if you wish to lower your harmful cholesterol: 

  
The fats found in whole grains and nuts often counteract harmful cholesterol by increasing the HDL cholesterol count. This helps lower the “bad” cholesterol in your body, helping your heart function optimally. 

Have you had problems with high cholesterol?

xxSerena 

Why eating different colored Phytonutrients is so important and how to eat the rainbow!

Different colored phytonutrients are so important to your overall health. This means different colored fruits and vegetables.ย Eat the rainbow! I can’t stress this enough.

Today we have choices about what we eat. We also have more education than ever. For those of you who aren’t eating different colored fruits and vegetables every day, here is some education and a polite reminder to add more into your diet, and why.

This is important information not only for you. Pass this information along to your children, friends, parents and loved ones. Think about this before you decide on which side dish to cook with dinner, what to snack on and what to buy at the market.


Does that box of energy or protein bars have colourful phytonutrients? What about that protein shake after you work out? What about the creamy pasta with exotic cheese? It’s fine to eat whatever you’d like, but remember get your colorful vegetables and fruits in first! Remember to eat fresh fruits and vegetables. These are better for you than things you will find in a package or in a box or a fancy wrapper or in a bag!

When it comes to eating the rainbow, think color! Here are some great examples. Eat some of this every single day:

Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto
Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto

 

Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto
Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto
Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto
Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto
Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto
Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto
Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto
Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto
Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto
Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto
Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto
Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto
Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto
Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto
Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto
Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto

 

Healthy food tips for type two diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. It affects 90% to 95% of North Americans with diabetes. It’s also possible to regulate with the correct diet and exercise plan.

Maintaining a healthy diet is important for all of us but especially important for people with type 2 diabetes.

Exercise, diet and medicine, when prescribed, can help control your weight and blood sugar level if you have this type of diabetes.

Let’s specifically talk about diet in this blog post.

Carbs

Carbohydrates turn into sugar where is fats or protein do not. Some carbs are simple, like white bread, cakes and pastries. If you have diabetes, don’t eat those things anymore. As your taste buds adjust, you won’t miss them.

Get your carbs from leafy green vegetables, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower, sweet potatoes, beans, rice, yogurt and lots of fruit. More details on specific foods will come from your medical professionals or nutritionist.

So eat this:

Not this:

 

Fiber

You get fiber from plant foods like vegetables, complex grains, nuts, beans, fruits and legumes. Fiber helps with digestion and controls blood sugar.

If you don’t get enough fiber, which you should with a healthy diet, take some psyllium husk dissolved in the liquid of your choice. And then drink lots of water! The psyllium husk will soak in the water, move through your intestines, scrubbing sticky particles along your intestines and clean you out.

Fats

If you are overweight you want to limit saturated fat and trans fat. Go for healthy fats like avocado, olives, coconut oil, almonds, sardines, salmon, mackerel  and tuna.

 

raw spinach topped with tuna, olives and olive oil

Salt

If you have diabetes that increases your risk of getting high blood pressure. Too much salt can add to that risk. Avoid foods in a box, cans, packaged soups, or processed foods. Your meats should not be canned cured or salted.

Choose grass fed meat, local fresh organic produce and fresh fruit instead.


Please take care! Be careful what you put into your body.

xxSerena