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@DavidThomasTao Thanks. Sometimes it's tough researching health and fitness things because it seems there are so many dissenting and often totally opposite opinions on everything. I love Greatist because you guys cite and give more references, plus your articles are more even toned.
1 year ago on 14 Health Risks You Might Be Wearing
So when you say to opt for cotton underwear and avoid synthetics you are just talking about everyday run of the mill cheapo underwear and not performance underwear? I find this topic confusing because I've been doing a lot of research on gear for a hiking trip to Yellowstone and of all the hiking/backpacking guides I've looked at thus far tell you to avoid cotton and look for synthetics (or wool, but that's for socks) because the sythetics do a better job of wicking sweat away and are much fster drying and cotton socks and underwear will equal misery, chafing and blisters because they hold all the moisture against the skin.
We've been considereing a Reverse Osmosis system for our house (my boyfriend's parents have one because their town frequently had water boil warnings) and I ran across this site that provides tested levels of contaminents and whether your city's water was above or below legal limits on them. http://www.ewg.org/tap-water/home You just put in your zip code, or find your city from the lists (I unfortunately live in one of the lowest rated cities.) I don't know how often all cities get updated, a lot of the testing info seems to have been for 2009, so in theory contaniments above the legal limit issues have probably been addressed to lower them by now, but it definitely is pushing me towards spending the money for the RO filter at least for drinking water,
1 year, 1 month ago on What's Actually in Your Tap Water?
on the eating foods to reduce allergies, I've read sereveral items lately mentioning pollen-food allergy syndrom, which they mention as some fruits and vegatables can actually make your allergy symptoms worse (depending on what pollens you're allergic to) but which from web research seems more truthfully to be more that having certain pollen allergies particularly to trees and grasses can cause some fruits and vegetables to cause an allergic reaction felt in your mouth and throat during hayfever season, even if you aren't allergic to those fruits or veggies normally. So if you're allergic to birch pollen, you may want to skip trying the apples.
1 year, 2 months ago on The Best Ways to Beat Spring Allergies
I learned this lethod a few years ago and it's never failed me. Turn on the radio to something equivilant to BBC Radio 4. News, Talk (but not crackpot call in talk radio) but turn the volume down very low so you can only just make out what's being said. Now listen for a word that starts with A, then B and so on. I don't think I've ever made it past O and I have troubles with insomnia and racing mind at bedtime. This would work with the TV, too, but there's always the light to distract you, so i've found the radio works best. As book on tape as someone else suggested is probably another good bet, but the key is listening for the word because it occupies your brain so you're not thinking aboiut all the other things you otherwise would, and it helps keep you from actually paying attention to the content and getting interested in the story..
1 year, 4 months ago on 27 Scientifically-Backed Ways to Get Better Sleep