Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Diet, Nutrition and Exercise for Healthy Living

Today’s fast-paced lifestyle has caused many to become lax about the food they eat and their physical activities. You see young people getting inflicted with lifestyle diseases such as hypertension, obesity and diabetes which could have been prevented with healthy living habits. That's why a lot of people are shifting to the vegan diet nowadays. By eating a balanced vegan diet, you can regain your optimum health status. Moreover, nutritional testing will ensure you acquire an adequate supply of essential mineral, vitamins and minerals that your body needs. Diet and nutrition plus proper amount of exercise is needed by the body to keep it in shape and help you fight off diseases associated with unhealthy eating habits and living the sedentary life. 

Working in the office means you’re sitting down and staying immobile for most of the time. Burn more energy and keep your body active by taking short breaks to walk around your work area. Stretch your muscles so they won’t be stiff after long hours of working. It is advisable for even the busiest people to allot some time for regular exercises. Sweating it out for even an hour three to four times a week will not only give you stronger body with an enhanced immune system, it will also make you feel good to be looking good. 

Proper diet, the right nutrition and exercise are believed to help avoid heart diseases, some cancers and slow down the aging process. Get 15% off if you need to do a test to thoroughly check your possible nutritional deficienciesThere are no proven short cuts that can lead you to a healthier, trimmer body that you will feel good about. Some people think that going for weight-loss supplements and diet fad will bring them great results, however, these will only make you lose body mass and endanger your immune system. Pay attention to what your body really needs so that you can have more energy to face everyday challenges that put your health at risk.
Trying out nutritional snacks and taking vitamin supplements is a better option than relying on weight-loss supplements. Fill nutritional gaps by increasing fruit and vegetable intake and avoiding too much snacking on fast foods and sugary sodas. When you really look into what constitutes healthy eating, it all boils down to what you’ve been studying in primary school – your daily diet should be consists of “grow, glow and go foods.” You simply learn to adjust your food intake according to your nutritional needs and physical activities. 

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Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Frugal Tips during the Pandemic Enhanced Home Quarantine

The outbreak of Corona Virus Disease 2019 has created a huge effect not only on the global health crisis but has had a deep impact in the country’s social and economic aspects. The Enhanced Community Quarantine has been implemented to flatten the curve and help limit the spread of the disease. This measure is the best option as of the moment since there is still no proven cure for this illness. However, community isolation directly affects our everyday lives, causing financial struggles due to less or no income for most families.

To make both ends meet, I am sharing frugal tips that I personally do during this Pandemic Home Quarantine.

Assess your current finances.

During this time of crisis, it is very important to create a tight budget. Set aside a particular amount for your utility bills and other monthly expenses like house rental or mortgage and loans. Create a list so you will know where to best make cuts to extend your current funds.

Buy only what you need.

This is the time to buy only the things you and your family needs and not what you want, malls are closed anyway. Make a list before you go to the supermarket, prioritize on staple food like rice, bread and meat, condiments you will use for cooking, because it will be wise to cook rather than to have food delivery and other basic necessities you will be needing like laundry soap, disinfectants, alcohol and toiletries. Make sure to stick on to your budget as we do not know for how long we will still be in a lockdown.

Use your alcohol and disinfectants economically

Since it is very important to keep your home and your family virus-free. Knowing the proper use of these two will save you money. Aside from the fact that these two essentials are always out of stock in the market.

Dilute household bleach solutions properly to make it more effective in disinfecting. According to CDC, the proper bleach dilution is:

5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

With regards to using alcohol, instead of pouring it straight from the bottle, use a sprayer. Use old cologne bottles with spray function or an unused dispenser. By doing this, it will make your alcohol stock last for a longer time. By the way, don’t forget buy only alcohol with 70% solution.

Do the laundry once a week.

Since, everyone only stays at home, there is no need to frequently do the laundry. Once a week can do to save water and electricity. I would best recommend an anti-bacterial laundry soap during this crisis so you will no longer have  to use a disinfectant which will only add up to your expenses. There are cheaper anti-bacterial laundry soap brands, all you have to do is to compare prices the next time you go grocery shopping.

Monitor electric consumption.

Unplug appliances like electric fans, microwave oven, and coffee maker when not in use. Keep those lights off during daytime. Now you have the time to clean and declutter your fridge. Take out and throw away leftover foods which were inside your refrigerator for ages. Keeping it tidy and allowing some space inside will keep it running efficiently without consuming much electricity.

Not only during this crisis can we be frugal but we can also continue doing it once the situation gets better and gets back to normal. Stay safe everyone!

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

4 Top Tips for First-time Car Owners

owning a car

For new drivers, owning a car can feel like the most fulfilling yet challenging task. Cars are convenient, and let us travel to wherever we like. We can even decorate and customize it to make it represent our personality. However, maintenance can be difficult. There are so many things to talk about, and new drivers are usually not quite sure where to start. It can be very daunting, even for older drivers.

Be friends with your car.

Whatever car you choose to buy, new or second-hand, you need to know all the ins-and-outs of it! It is kind of like bonding with a friend. You need to know what things you can do with the car, and things that you shouldn’t do with it. Visit car showrooms or make a research in the internet to help you choose and decide for the right one that best fits you. It is also best to read the manual that comes along with it. If there is no manual in case of buying a second-hand model, then it is recommended to seek help from someone who owns a similar model!

Do regular check-ups and maintenance.

Regular check-ups and maintenance may sound exhausting, but they are very simple to do! It might be a little difficult at first. Nevertheless, as you build up the routine, it will become easier to perform eventually. By doing daily maintenance, you are able to preemptively fix problems that can cause an accident in the future. It will also help you to save some money from having to spend for monthly maintenance.

Invest for a car lift.

Investing for a car lift can be one of the greatest things you can invest in if you own a car. By having your own personal lift, you can perform your own maintenance, restoration, or repair! Unfortunately, finding the best car lift can be difficult. After all, there are a variety of car lifts, and you might choose the wrong one by accident. Best Buy Auto Equipment has a great in-depth comparison of car lifts in their website that can help you choose the right one!

Know your limits.

Owning a car can be very exciting, but you must budget your finances. Additional features can be very expensive, and the installation can take a long time. Do not add new features into your car immediately. It is best to drive your car for a few months to check for any problems before you do so. This way, you will be able to save precious resources without having regrets.

Friday, January 10, 2020

New Homeowners Guide: Get Your Heating Right First Time

Starting the journey to buying a new home is one of a kind yet stressful experience. From finding your dream place to securing a mortgage, it’s a relief once it’s over and you can finally move in. But the battle doesn’t cease there, as getting your home in tip-top shape is a whole other type of stress. Between choosing your favourite wallpaper and what colour sofa to have, you might forget about the more critical factors in your new home. One thing that new homeowners forget about is your new boiler- it may not seem like a big deal, but making an informed decision could slash the prices you’ll pay in the future. However, before you can buy, you need to know the facts and figures to make the best choice for your home.

Why is your heating system so important?

The boiler that’s in your home will have a more significant impact than you may think. It will affect small, everyday comfort and money issues in your home, so getting it right the first time will eliminate small problems such as: 
  • The long-term and short-term costs. Boilers can be expensive, but it is an investment into your home that makes a difference. The better the boiler, the more efficient it is. Efficiency means your boiler has to do less work and therefore cutting a chunk from your heating bills- which is a long term money saver. 
  • The overall quality of heating in your home. You may experience more breakdowns and a shortened boiler lifespan if you opt for a cheaper heating system, as well as a noticeable drop in the power your boiler supplies. 
  • The immediate costs. When buying a boiler upfront (yes, you can pay on finance), it’s best to shop around. Different heating suppliers will offer discounts that you may miss by just opting for the first one you find. 
Whatever you choose has to be right, as your boiler has a ten year+ life span so that you won’t be selecting a new one any time soon. 

What are the options?

When choosing a boiler, the possibilities are endless. The only thing you have to bear in mind is that it’s the law to have a condensing system, which covers most boilers anyway. This is because they are better for the environment and more efficient (over 90%) so you will save money in the long run by default. There are several different types of condensing boiler you can choose for your new boiler, such as: 

Conventional Boiler

If you are moving into an older home, you will most like find one of these boilers already in the same, hence the nickname ‘traditional boilers’. They are made up from a cylinder and water storage tank that will stay in your attic or loft so that the water can come down through the pipes. It’s out of the way, but also means it takes up a lot of space up there. Because of how dated conventional boilers seem, many people don’t consider them. But they work well in older homes, so don’t count them out completely. 

  • Works well in larger, older homes with large attics. 
  • Compatible with solar to save on energy bills and reduce your eco-footprint
  • Can supply water to more than one tap at a time
  • Very heavy and large, will take up a considerable amount of space. 
  • Long waiting times for hot water to heat up before you can use it. 
  • Upfront cost and installation can be more expensive
  • It can be costly to buy and install.

System Boiler

System boilers are perfect for smaller homes that have more than one bathroom because they don’t require a tank, but you can still get the power you need. They can provide large quantities of water at a reasonable speed, as well as the ability to use alongside solar panels for eco-friendly heating. 

  • It might be more expensive in the beginning but works out cheaper than other boilers in the long run. 
  • Requires less space but still has a high production rate
  • Energy-efficient when used alongside solar
  • Hot water is constant
  • Water may take time to reheat, like a conventional boiler.
  • Will take up space in a cupboard or airing cupboard for the cylinder. 

Combi Boiler

This type of boiler is the most popular, and we can see why. If you’re moving into a new home, they work well because of their compactness (they don’t need a water tank or cylinder). Especially in smaller places, you don’t have to worry about this boiler taking up too much space. You can directly heat water from the mains, and therefore you can immediately get unlimited hot water whenever you need in a highly efficient, cost-effective way. The combi boiler allows you to heat hot water and your home without the need for two different storages. 

  • Instant access to heating
  • Cost-effective, long term and short term. 
  • Compact
  • Easy to access for boiler maintenance and servicing
  • More likely to lose water pressure over time.
  • Can’t provide all the power you need in a large home
  • You cannot use the water and home heating simultaneously

Boilers can be confusing, especially if you are a new homeowner. 

Don’t struggle on your own. Research what boiler is best for you and keep hold of this guide for extra help!

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