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How to Include More Calcium in Your Diet

Calcium is one of the most important nutrients for your health. Actually, it is the most represented mineral in the human body. Most of the calcium in our bodies can be found in our teeth and bones while the rest is contained in body tissues, nerve cells, blood, and other bodily fluids. It is clear that it plays a major role in maintaining your bones, keeping your teeth strong, and preventing osteoporosis. Because of that, it is crucial for you to intake the proper levels of this mineral. The first sources of calcium that cross your mind are probably dairy products, but there are several food sources that contain this precious mineral. Now, let us see just how much calcium you actually need and where to get it from.

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Recommended Calcium Intake

Now, the key is not excessive intake of calcium, but to consume it in moderation. Some studies are suggesting that too much calcium can lead to a stroke or heart attack. The condition of too much calcium in the blood is called hypercalcemia. This is a rare condition that can lead to kidney issues. To avoid these possible complications, you should consume the proper amount of calcium according to your age. Children should (depending on their age) consume less than 1,300 mg of calcium per day. The recommended amount for adults younger than 50 is 1,200 mg. Men older than 50 and younger than 70 should consume 1,000 mg. Women of the same age should consume 1,200 mg. For people older than 70 that amount should be 1,200 mg.

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Multiple Sources of Calcium

It is widely known that dairy products are very rich in calcium. There are, however, many other food sources of this important mineral.

  • Dairy products- When consuming any dairy product, you should have the percentages of fat on your mind. Whole milk (4%) is advised for children ages 1 to 2 while older kids and adults should consume low-fat (1% or 2%) and other dairy products. Milk is also a great source of vitamin D, magnesium, and phosphorus, which are essential for your overall health. Excellent dairy sources of calcium for adults are yogurt, buttermilk, and most cheeses. The best thing about them is that they come in low-fat or fat-free versions as well.
  • Other natural sources of calcium- If you do not consume a lot of dairy products or simply are on a vegan diet, you should compensate that lack of calcium with green leafy vegetables (collards, kale, broccoli, turnip greens, mustard greens, Chinese cabbage, and bok choy), sardines, salmon, nuts (brazil nuts, almonds), tahini, dried beans, blackstrap molasses, etc.
  • Food products with calcium- Calcium is added to some food products, such as certain types of bread, orange juice, tofu, soy milk, and cereals.
  • Dietary supplements- Sometimes it is hard to get a sufficient amount of calcium, especially if you are lactose intolerant, follow a vegan diet, have osteoporosis, or any digestive issues which are decreasing your ability to absorb calcium. In those cases, it is recommended to take osteoporosis supplements that are rich in calcium. Dietary supplements do not have to contain only calcium, but they can also be rich in other nutrients too, such as vitamin D.

Simple Ways to Increase Your Calcium Consumption

If you are not planning to drink a glass of milk every day, you should find alternative ways to consume calcium. Adding milk to your morning coffee or tea is one of them. You can make yogurt smoothies or add beans to pasta, chili, and soup dishes. Another option is to use plain yogurt as a vegetable dip or stir some nuts into it. You could also grate low-fat cheese over salads and soups, or swap unhealthy potato chips with healthy and calcium packed broccoli. Finding other interesting ways to use calcium sources in your everyday diet isn’t as hard as you think.

You must not ignore the importance that calcium has on your teeth, bones, and overall health. Since our bodies do not produce calcium, it has to rely on our diets to meet its needs. Do not let your body down.

How Your Newborn Can Enjoy Country Life Too

There are lots of hazards for small children and babies when you live in the country. You might have an open fire. A fire guard can prevent small children from reaching into the fire, but it won’t stop the smoke from wafting into the room. Smokey rooms can make it difficult for newborns to breathe well, especially if they are more sensitive to it. Country living is often colder too. And there tend to be more animals around. So how can your newborn be safe enough to enjoy country life?

Just a few precautions can reduce any risks substantially. Start with the fire. As your baby starts to drift off to sleep, simply lay him down in a room that is not as smokey. Some extra air circulating in the room could be enough from an open window. Usually, the smoke will only bother a child if he already has a cough or sensitivity.

In colder climates or at cooler times of the year, add an extra blanket and a newborn bonnet to keep your baby warm enough. As he starts to move more, he will be able to keep warm in his own way. We all tend to get used to temperatures fairly quickly. Avoid scarves and other clothing that could get too tight.

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If you handle pets or other animals, be sure to wash and cleanse your hands thoroughly afterwards. This should be repeated if you have changed your baby’s diaper. To avoid nosy pets disturbing or harming the baby, keep them away from the room your baby is in. It’s important to introduce the baby to your pets, but this isn’t necessary for outdoor animals.

Now you have taken some precautions, it’s time for your baby to make the most of his environment. Country life gives you plenty of opportunities to explore landscapes that city-born children don’t have. Go for long walks together. If you have a harness, this may be easier to carry your baby. It’s also a really great way to bond and spend quality time together.

You can also enjoy park walks if you have a good pushchair. And with pushchair raincovers, you can enjoy the great outdoors whatever the weather. It’s good for your baby to experience the sights and smells of the environment. Watching the animals can be quite intriguing for your little one too. Don’t encourage animals to come over to you while you have your baby with you, though.

While you are out and about, talk to your little one about the things you can see and the sounds you hear. It helps build up your baby’s vocabulary and understanding of the world around her. Pack a change bag, some boiled water for you both, and plenty of baby wipes for when you are out. You may also want some travel hand cleanser. Tissues are handy for a runny nose too!

Life can be so different in the country for a new baby. Of course, the experience of lots of different environments and noises is good for a developing child. Enjoy yours with your new baby.

How to Start Saving for a New House

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One of the most common New Year’s resolutions of many people this 2016, especially those who have been careless about money in 2015, is to save up. It is indeed an eye-opener to see your bank account almost empty even though you have been working very hard for the entire year. So it is time to change plans or create one because it is most likely the case for people who are careless with money.

One of the first things that you have to do to help you accomplish this resolution is to set a specific goal. A goal will inspire you to keep moving and strive harder. So what’s a good goal to set for yourself? How about buying a house?

In this article, we will give you some tips on how to start saving so you could finally buy a house for yourself and for the family.

Here are some simple tips that will make a big difference:

  1. Set a budget –most people tend to overspend because they do not set budget. They feel like it’s okay to spend all their money in their wallet without thinking about tomorrow or the days to come which leads to overspending. It is practical to set a weekly or monthly budget to help you control your spending. And the most important part is to stick to that budget.
  2. Pay your bills on time –it is almost always a heartbreaking scenario to see your credit card bills, utility bills and all other bills you have to pay. However, there is no other way but to pay it. And it is important that you pay on time. Late payments incur late payment charges, which you can easily avoid when you pay your bills on time. Those amounts to something when you add everything up. So be responsible and know your due dates and you should make sure to settle everything on time.
  3. Prepare your own foods –eating out is not healthy both for your weight and for your pocket. Not only you are paying ridiculous amount of money for ridiculous foods that contain high calories but you’re also risking your health. It is best that you prepare your own food – healthy foods including your lunch for work.
  4. Limit your splurges –buying new luxury bags every month? Keeping up with this habit will bring you nowhere near your goal of buying a new house. It is advisable that you limit your splurges. Your once a month purchase of luxury bag can be once every 6 months or once a year. It’s not so bad considering that you will have a new house instead. Buy luxury items after you bought a house.
  5. Cut out your vices –lastly, you should cut down your vices like smoking, drinking, and gambling. Those things are just waste of money. Money that you can use for better things.

Following those tips will help you achieve your resolution for 2016 and will help you get closer to your goal of buying a house. If you are planning to settle down in Australia, Lend Lease has land for sale in Sydney, located in a great community with nearby parks and other establishments that you can check out. Looking at it will inspire you to work harder and save money so that by the end of the year, you will be able to move there with your family.

Great Reasons For Choosing Vinyl Flooring

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There has recently been a resurgence in the popularity of vinyl flooring.  This synthetic counterpart to linoleum is durable, versatile; as well as being stain and water resistant.  Because of these reasons and many others, vinyl has become one of the go-to choices for flooring in the home, especially in rooms that get wet.  If you are considering on purchasing vinyl flooring, in it’s plank form from a site such as GoHaus, but need further motivation; please look at some of the great reasons we have gathered together for doing so that we have gathered below.

Resistant To Moisture

As vinyl flooring is completely waterproof it can be installed anywhere in your house.  In fact, it is actually especially well suited to wetter areas where there is more moisture in the air and on the floor.  Laundry and utility rooms, kitchens and bathrooms all can have vinyl flooring.

Aesthetically Versatile

Nowadays, vinyl flooring is available in a variety of different patterns and colours so you will never have a hard time finding something to match your colour scheme and décor.  As many are designed to mimic the look and to an extent the feel of real wood.

Easy And Fast To Install

Vinyl flooring comes in three main forms – planks, tiles and sheets.  Each of them are easy and fast to install in their own way.  Vinyl planks are laid and fitted in a similar way to laminate flooring using tongue and grooves; vinyl tiles usually come with a peel and stick bad, while vinyl sheeting just needs to be glued down.

Robustness And Durability

If it has been installed correctly and maintained well, vinyl flooring can Vinyl flooring is generally considered to be an incredibly durable flooring option, which, if properly installed and well-maintained, can last between 10 and 20 years.

How to Remove Stains from a Hardwood Floor


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Hardwood floors are highly valued for their beautiful appearance and exceptional durability, but they can still take a stain. Luckily enough, you should be able to remove most of them without even disturbing the finish. Just follow this guide to find out how.

Act Fast

Hardwood floor finishes are actually impermeable to most liquids, but they can begin to seep through if you happen to leave them for some time. That’s why the first step towards stain removal is moving fast to remove the fluid as quickly as you possibly can.

Take a roll of paper towels, unroll a generous supply, and then start to gently mop up the spill. Avoid any twisting or rubbing motions – these will just serve to push the liquid through the finish. Instead, dab at the liquid, pressing down firmly to absorb as much of it as possible.

Use the Right Cleaner

Of course, some fluids, such as wine, will leave a stain no matter how quickly you mop them up. However, it isn’t time to start despairing yet. Just use the right cleaning agent.

The best thing to start with is actually water, since water will remove stains from ink, fruit, or even blood. For other trickier culprits, use the following methods:

  • White vinegar for wine
  • Ammonia for stubborn stains
  • Chlorine for dyes

Remember to never use chlorine and ammonia together – they create toxic fumes when combined.

Go Deeper

Stains that have penetrated right into the wood might not be instantly removable. If you try the agents above but are still left with a mark, wet a towel with that particular cleaner, lay it over the area, and then leave it for a day or two. Remember to keep any pets or children away from it.

Your hardwood flooring is sure to be one of the most stunning parts of your home, so you’ll naturally want to keep it in the best condition possible. Make sure you keep this information in mind if any dropped liquids threaten your flooring with a stain.

Top entertainment for 2016

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It’s hard to believe that 2015 is nearly over, but already it looks like 2016 is going to be an incredibly exciting year. With some thrilling blockbuster movies, fab sporting events and even some world-changing political elections, you can bet that 2016 will keep us all on the edge of our seats!

Comic book fans will definitely be treated in 2016 as two of the most iconic superheroes go head-to-head with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. This should go down as one of the biggest cinema releases in history, although other films in 2016 such as X-Men: Apocalypse, Independence Day: Resurgence and Star Trek: Beyond should all guarantee some spectacular box office revenues.

But it’s not all sci-fi and comic books at the cinema, as the recent Golden Globe awards nominations have revealed that Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Revenant could provide him with his first Academy Award. Already sports betting sites such as Betway have started speculating the odds on the Titanic star winning an Oscar which definitely poses the question; what’s the most obscure betting market you’ve seen?

One such market would definitely be political affairs, and it’s the turn of America to face the next big political shake-up when the American presidential elections take place on 8 November. The race for the White House has already provided a great deal of entertainment with Donald Trump’s endless series of gaffes showing just how interesting it could get as the pressure increases.

If the news television channels all get a little too much, then sci-fi fans should be relieved to know that the next series of Doctor Who will be filmed in spring, whilst the replacement of Jeremy Clarkson with Chris Evans should mean that the return of Top Gear will be an unmissable TV event, although many are betting that the famous redhead won’t last too long in this prestigious series.

However, for those who like betting on highly unfavourable odds, then England try their luck at the hugely-anticipated Euro 16 football championships that begin in France on 10 June. The month-long competition promises to deliver the best in football entertainment and should once again transform the country into a nation of face-painted football experts for one month only.

And with many other top events and attractions to speculate on ranging from who will be the winner of the Grand National on 9 April, to who provide be the latest gory death in the next series of Game of Thrones, it looks like you can bet that 2016 will be a thrilling year for all!

3 Things to Consider If You’re Buying A New Bed

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Having the right bed for your comfort and support is a great way to help you get a good night’s sleep. If you toss and turn at night trying to get comfortable, it’s a clear sign your bed might not be right for you. Or perhaps your bed is getting old and you need to upgrade to a newer model.

Buying a new bed can be an important investment, and you can make the right choice for you budget and your sleeping needs by keeping in mind these 3 important tips.

The 3 important things to consider when you’re buying a new bed are as follows; the material the mattress is made from and how it is constructed, the room the bed is going in to, and if you share your bed, the preferences and needs of the person you will be sharing the new bed with.

The mattress material

Firstly, looking at the mattress material is a highly important factor, and one that is too often overlooked, and later regretted. There are many options for mattress material choice. By far the most common and popular mattress composition choice is innerspring coil, with 80% of sales being for this type of mattress. However this mattress type has also been reported to have the highest dissatisfaction rates among users, with 37% of users being dissatisfied with their innerspring coil mattresses.

Other mattress material options include latex, which 80% of users report being satisfied with, however it’s important to be mindful if you, or anyone else in the house has a latex allergy. Memory foam is another mattress material garnering more popularity each year along with latex, with 80% of users reporting being satisfied with their memory foam mattress, customers were particularly complimentary about Dynasty and Brentwood mattresses. Waterbeds, although not as popular these days still provide a good bed to a satisfied 79% of users. When choosing a mattress material it’s important to take into account your sleeping position and how firm or soft you need you mattress to be, because this will all depend on the mattress material.

The room the bed is going in to

When buying a new bed it’s important to consider the room the bed will be going in to, after all, this is where the bed will be spending all it’s time and where you will use it. Important factors to be aware of are the size and shape of the room, the decor and where the bed will go in the room to allow you to move around easily and safely. Of course a smaller room will only fit a smaller bed, but depending on your height and size, and your partners height and size if you share the bed, you might not be able to settle for a smaller bed. If space is limited, look for what other items in the room you can condense or remove, for example, stacking shelves on top of dressers for extra storage space and less floor space usage, or putting hanging storage in your closet to get more items off the floor and into existing storage space.

The bed also needs to be put in a good position where it’s easily accessible. For example, if two people are using the bed, it might not be the best idea to push one side of the bed up against a wall. Positioning the headboard end against the wall, and leaving both sides accessible is generally the best way to position a bed. And don’t forget your decor! The mattress doesn’t matter so much because it will be covered by sheets, but perhaps you want to go for a different styled base to match your room’s decor? Check out all the options available before you make your decision.

Who you share your bed with

If you share your bed with a partner, it’s a good idea to consider their need and preferences when buying a new bed or you may risk arguments later! It’s good to assess their sleeping position, the best type of mattress material for them, and find out how firm or soft they prefer a mattress before you buy a new bed.

Ideally, if you can both go shopping together when choosing a mattress and base for a new bed, that’s the best option. You are then both able to try out the mattresses in store, even together if you like, to see what they feel like with two people on them, and find a fit that seems comfortable for both of you.

Mother’s Guide to the Ideal Bedroom

The bedroom is one of the most essential rooms in the home, and that’s because it’s so personal. It’s important to derive comfort and joy from the bedroom. It’s far more than just somewhere to sleep. So it’s important to make sure you do what you can to make the bedroom is perfect. As a mother, you probably look forward to rest and relaxation in your bedroom. It’s probably your one private room in the whole home.

But, you also need to think about how your kids are affected by their bedrooms. The bedroom is crucial in the developmental phase for kids. So you’ve got to make sure you get their rooms spot on as well. Here are some of my suggestions to help you achieve the ideal bedroom.

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Keep it Clean

The biggest problem mother’s face with bedrooms is keeping them clean. Think about how much mess and dust can gather around the room. This can be hazardous to health, and it’s never pleasant living in mess. So, the solution is to try to create a dust free bedroom that is tidy and spotless. To do this, you should work on encouraging the kids to tidy their own rooms. As for your room, try to keep it sparse, and make sure you keep things stored away – more on this later.

Comfort

I think that the major focus of any bedroom needs to be on the comfort aspect. After all, the room is a place of rest and relaxation. And that means you need to be comfy and at ease when you’re in there. This all starts with the bed. You have to go shopping and make sure you have wonderful, soft sheets. Get a hybrid foam mattress, and make sure your pillows are fluffy and soft. You might even want to use earplugs and an eye mask to block out sound and noise so you can get the best sleep ever.

The Right Curtains

Curtains are a fundamental necessity in any room, but, particularly the bedroom. They block out the light, and keep the place dark for when you’re sleeping. A lot of people like to go with blinds these days because they look a bit more modern. But, I love the retro aesthetic of curtains, so I always make sure I use them. Getting the right curtains for the bedroom is a bit of an art form. You need to pick something that looks nice, but won’t be too colourful that the daylight comes pouring through.

Storage

As I mentioned earlier, storage is very important in a bedroom. You need to be able to keep the clothes and bedding somewhere organised. If it’s the kid’s room they will need somewhere to store their toys and possessions. So make sure that the rooms have plenty of storage facilities. If they don’t then you’re going to need to create more storage space. You can do this by getting a new bed, rearranging the room, or making extra closet space.

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As a mother and family-oriented person, I think the home is a wonderful place. And the bedroom, in particular, deserves a lot of love and attention. These are the tips that I think will help you to produce the ideal bedroom. Whether it’s for you parents or the kids, you can’t go far wrong with my advice.

 

Handy Tips For Renovating Your Bathroom

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When you are renovating your bathroom there are some crucial things you need to keep in mind to update the look in the most effective way.  To get the best from your bathroom, it should address all your psychological/internal needs as well as your physical needs.  In the following article you will find what we consider to be the most important tips for getting your bathroom looking just right.

Choose Classy Fixtures

Carefully choose the fixtures for your bathroom, when looking at what’s available from PlumbTile.  Remember, pedestal sinks with smooth and contoured lines are more attractive than very square and blocky varieties.  A claw-foot tub, even when it is enclosed in a deck will always add a touch of class to any bathroom.

Always Sit In Tubs Before Choosing One

Although you may have in your mind that you want the biggest of the bathroom tubs available, you need to remember that bigger is not always better.  60 cm is often comfortable and roomy enough, as this size will enable you to stretch out without being overwhelmed.   Always check out the the angle of the back of tubs as well as the lip for neck support and overall comfort.  If you do not have enough space for a very long tub, choose one that holds a higher volume of water.

Choose Long Lasting Flooring

Consider stone, marble and ceramic tiles as these are all ideal for water-resistant and durable bathroom flooring.  If you want to ensure that these kinds of flooring are warm, it is recommended you look at sub floor heating options.

Find A Stylish Mirror

when you are looking at mirror options for your bathroom, the old adage of quality over quantity is appropriate.  Your bathroom will look more aesthetically pleasing with one well-chosen, beautiful eye-catching mirror installed above your sink, than having various mirrors covering the walls.

Use Space For Multiple Purposes

As you do not often have unlimited amount of space in bathrooms, you need to try and make best use of the space you actually have.  This can be done by using available space for more than one purpose.

Invest In A Decent Toilet

While it is not necessary for you to spend silly amounts of money on a toilet; you should still see it as a long-term investment.  If you are especially interested in comfort, elongated seats and bowls using will make your nature calls more manageable.

Incorporate Luxury Wherever You Can

As already mentioned above, bathrooms are often not the biggest rooms in your house  If you are struggling for space to work with, you need to add luxury items and accessories where you can.  You could make your own spa-esque place to relax by adding a make-up vanity, exercise equipment, fireplace and television.

6 Tested Ways to Lose the Belly Fat

One of the hardest parts of the body to slim down is the stomach. No matter how hard you try, sometimes it seems like getting rid of that belly bulge is an impossible task.  Well believe it or not, it’s not impossible. As a matter of fact, it is actually a lot easier than you think. With a little determination and self-discipline, you can achieve those rock hard wash board abs in no time just by making a few small changes.

Fibre

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Make sure that you are getting enough fibre in your diet.  Fibre is a great way to feel full, but it also keeps your digestive system in order.  Not only that, but it has been proven that for those who intake the recommended daily amount, produce less visceral fat, which is the hardest kind of fat to get rid of.

Get your heart rate up

No matter what the activity, getting your heart rate up is guaranteed to help battle your bulge.  Everything from fast paced walking, to jogging, skating, cycling, even doing yard work will help.  Get out and get some fresh air for at least 30 mins a day while breaking a small sweat and you will start to notice changes in your mid-section that you didn’t even think were possible.

Water

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A major part of any weight loss success story is water. Never leave the house without it. In fact, never leave the room without it.  Water is great for detoxifying the body, it helps flush out all that nasty stuff building up inside and leaves you feeling refreshed and glowing.  It’s great for your skin and even more so your waistline.  As you head out for your 30 mins sweat session, grab yourself a big bottle of ice cold water. The colder the better, as your body will end up burning even more calories trying to warm it up. So not only are you staying hydrated, but you are burning calories while doing it.

Yoga

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A great way to get rid of fat, is yoga. As there are plenty of exercises and positions within Yoga that are core focused, it is one of the most effective ways to win the belly fat battle while at the same time working your entire body and relaxing.  Sounds like an all-around win!

Sleep

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One of the most important factors in staying healthy is getting a solid night’s sleep.  There is no worse feeling than dragging yourself out of bed after a terrible sleep and trying to function for the rest of the day.  Forget about making healthy choices and going to Yoga class, who has the energy for that when they aren’t sleeping properly? Take a look around your room and see what can interfere with your beloved zzz’s. Try to minimize distractions, be it your TV, cell phone or tablet and you will fall into a blissful slumber like none other.  Not only will you feel refreshed and ready to take on the world, but those who sleep 5 hours or more on a regular basis tend to produce less visceral fat than those who don’t.

  1. Work those abs

You can eat, sleep and drink like the healthiest person in the world, but without a little hard work and some sore abs, you may have a little difficulty banishing that belly fat.  Start with something simple, like bicycle crunches and then as they become easier, move up to something a little more challenging like burpees or mountain climbers.  Even small things like keeping your abs tight as you walk around, jog, ride your bike, will make huge changes.

Of course it’s easier said than done when it comes to getting rid of the most stubborn fat on the planter.  But once you commit, you will be astonished at how fast making these small changes will show you results. Once you incorporate even the smallest of changes in to your daily routine, it’s all smooth sailing from there.