SENSITIVITY TO GLUTEN OR WHEAT? by Vickie Kline

A little over one month ago, I decided to do some research on gluten intolerance. It seems to be the new up-and-coming health issue these days and I was curious about it. I thought it would make good information for my blog… that possibly I could post something currently of interest to all.

What I found was surprising. I found a description of myself in the symptoms listed for gluten intolerance or wheat allergies. I don’t believe in self-diagnosis, but it’s difficult to ignore all the similarities. So, I kept reading and researching the topic to find many different views and perspectives. Very interesting info…

I won’t bore you with all the details, but I have a weakened immune system, which causes annoying allergy problems of all kinds – from nasal, to respiratory, to skin rashes, etc. (I won’t give you the complete list because you’d quit reading right here). But, these issues are what keeps me on the constant search for healthy ways to live that can possibly decrease my health challenges. I’m always willing to try new things and investigate ways to improve my health. When I read about gluten intolerance or wheat allergies… I thought, what have I got to lose? I’ll try going gluten-free and see what happens. So, here I go! I’m going to take the next month and share my experiences here and how eliminating gluten/wheat from my diet impacts my health. It will be an interesting journey…

These are some interesting facts I discovered while reading up on the topic: 1) A person can be gluten intolerant, gluten sensitive, have wheat allergies, or wheat sensitivity. These are four different problems that have similar symptoms, but vary in severity and treatment. (More on this in the weeks to follow). 2) Either gluten intolerance or wheat sensitivity affects 15% of the U.S. population. 3) Top symptoms listed for gluten/wheat intolerance or sensitivity: abdominal pain and cramping, anemiaarthritis, bloating, bone density loss, fatigue, headaches, hypoglycemia, joint pain, and dermatitis or skin rashes. 4) All of these symptoms can be exacerbated by stress.

Check back over the next month if you’re interested in learning more about gluten/wheat intolerance and sensivities. It may be of help to you or someone you know.

Strive to be healthy!

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CLEANING EYE GLASSES by Vickie Kline

I don’t know what made my husband try this in the first place… it’s one of those questions I’ll never know the answer to. And, maybe it’s better that way… just sayin’.

He cleans his eye glasses with effervescent denture tablets, the kind that fizz and make all kinds of bubbles. Use a glass large enough to hold the eyeglasses. Fill the glass with water, place eye glasses in, and then drop in a couple of tablets. The fizz and bubbles will clean your glasses until they sparkle. My husband has used this on metal and plastic frames. (The only time it is not recommended is if you have special coatings, such as, anti-reflective treatments or prescription sunglasses).

After considering this, I was curious and did more research on denture tablets. Here are additional recommendations from Reader’s Digest:

1. Has your diamond ring lost its sparkle? Drop a denture tablet into a glass containing a cup of water. Follow that with your ring or diamond earrings. Let it sit for a few minutes. Remove your jewelry and rinse to reveal the original sparkle and shine.

2. Fresh flowers often leave a ring on your glass vases that seems impossible to remove no matter how hard you scrub. Here’s the answer. Fill the vase with water and drop in a denture tablet. When the fizzing has stopped, all of the mineral deposits will be gone. Use the same method to clean thermos bottles, cruets, glasses, and coffee decanters. (Maybe this concept is why it works on eye glasses…)

3. Hard water leaves mineral deposits in the tank of your electric drip coffeemaker that not only slows the perking but also affects the taste of your brew. Denture tablets will fizz away these deposits and give the tank a bacterial clean-out too. The tablets were designed to clean and disinfect dentures, and they’ll do the same job on your coffeemaker. Drop two denture tablets in the tank and fill it with water. Run the coffeemaker. Discard that potful of water and follow-up with one or two rinse cycles with clean water.

4. Looking for a way to make the toilet sparkle again? Porcelain fixtures respond to the cleaning agent in denture tablets. Here’s a solution that does the job in the twinkling of an eye. Drop a denture tablet in the bowl. Wait about 20 minutes and flush.

5. Stains on enamel cookware are a natural for the denture tablet cleaning solution. Fill the pot or pan with warm water and drop in a tablet or two, depending on its size. Wait a bit — once the fizzing has stopped, your cookware will be clean.

6. A slow drain got you down? Reach for the denture tablets. Drop a couple of tablets into the drain and run water until the problem clears. For a more stubborn clog, drop 3 tablets down the sink, follow that with 1 cup white vinegar, and wait a few minutes. Now run hot water in the drain until the clog is gone.

Pretty interesting, huh? I’m always amazed at the many ways a product can be used. I love the idea of using denture tablets in many areas of my life and hope I never really need them for dentures!

Strive to be healthy!

WATER AEROBICS by Vickie Kline

If you’re interested in a form of exercise that’s enjoyable and easy on the muscles and joints, you should consider water aerobics. This form of exercise is especially good if you have arthritis or knee problems. When no other form of exercise works, this is an option for almost everyone.

Water aerobics is described as a traditional workout in a swimming pool. The water adds resistance and makes the workout feel more intense, while at the same time, cushioning you from the impact. This form of exercise is great for developing or maintaining muscle tone because water is 12 to 14 times thicker than air and offers resistance in every direction.

If you wear out easily during normal exercise, know water aerobics has a low exhaustion factor. The water creates a gentler medium, but is still harder to pull through than air. Water aerobics is especially effective if you’ve been injured or are in physical rehabilitation. A person weighing approximately 160 pounds will burn almost 300 calories during one hour of water aerobics. A person weighing 180 pounds will burn about 350 calories. To burn even more calories and use your time better, you can experiment using water weights and noodles, giving you even more resistance and a stronger workout. And water aerobics is a peaceful form of exercise that makes you feel wonderful.

Most likely there are classes available in your area in an indoor or outdoor pool. So, what are you waiting for? Have some fun in the water and burn off those calories. You’ll be glad you did!

Strive to be healthy!