Happy 148th Birthday, Canada!

July 01, 2015
Happy Birthday, Canada!

Make it a great day! There are tons of festivities in and around the city. I know the weather is going to be absolutely beautiful (as it has been this year so far) so be safe in this summer heat wave.  I can't say enough about staying hydrated for everyone and your pets too.

Have a fantastic Happy Canada Day!

Just Drink Your Water

June 15, 2015
Drinking enough water a day is hard for me.
Have you ever had a UTI without symptoms? I have. I would have never known I had one if I never made a doctor's appointment to get a referral for a colonoscopy.

My blood work and FIT came back fine, but my urine analysis came back positive. I had A LOT of bacteria. 20 times as much as what would be considered in a normal range. I was definitely NOT in a normal range!

Because I didn't have symptoms such as:

*Burning sensation when urinating
*Frequency or urgency to urinate, but only little comes out
*Sweet or foul odour
*Lower abdomen pain

I had cloudy urine, but it was hard to tell when it's in the toilet. Based on my non-symptoms, my doctor told me to drink more water to flush out the abnormal amount of bacteria and sent me away with a requisition form to do another urine test in a week's time.

Now back to drinking water. How much water should you drink daily?

*8-8oz cups a day
*Until your urine is a pale yellow
*Drink in ounces half of your body weight

My doctor said minimum 1.5 L (6 - 8oz cups) a day. With that in mind, that's what I tried to do, but it was really difficult.

One week later, I did a urine analysis again and it came back positive again. This time, it was slightly better at 10 times as much, but still a whole lot of bacteria. Obviously, I didn't drink as much water as I intended to. Unfortunately, my doctor decided to put me on an antibiotic. Ugh! I dreaded it big time. Antibiotics and probiotics here I come.

Seven days later of big ass horse pills and having to drink A LOT of water because those antibiotics required it, I went and got another urine analysis.

POSITIVE. Double the bacteria. What. The. Hell?!?

My doctor and I are baffled. He said it could be dead bacteria. He asked how much water I was drinking.

7 cups a day. He said, "That's plenty."

He told me to forget about it.

Go home. Don't worry about it.

Come back in 4 weeks and we'll do a retest. He can order a culture to see if there is live bacteria.

My goal has been to drink 7 cups a day. Most days I'm successful. When I fill my water bottle to the brim, I find it daunting. It's easier for me to drink 2 cups in my water bottle in the morning and then refill it. That way I know I already have 2 cups under my belt.

I'm not out there sweating buckets, working out etc.

What tips do you have to drink enough water daily?

Ho Yan Hor Herbal Tea

October 06, 2014

Ho Yan Hor herbal tea brings back many childhood memories. Over the weekend, I was feeling under the weather. I have been taking Vitamin C way before this, but it hasn't done anything. Friday night, I was feeling congested and I remembered I still had a box of Ho Yan Hor tea in my pantry. It was past midnight and I wasn't about to get out of bed to brew this tea. This isn't the first thing I would reach for when I have a cold because it doesn't taste good, let alone smell good.


It works! 

Ho Yan Hor herbal tea contains a whopping 24 natural herbs extract with tea leaves. Actually, the "new" one has 22 natural herbs, but hey, it's still loaded with natural good stuff. It's a large tea bag than can be brewed in hot water for 2 minutes or longer for a stronger brew. You can sweeten it with sugar or honey or add lemon or lime to taste. You can drink it cold as well. Use a large mug or small pot. I prefer to use a small pot because I like it really hot. 

You can drink this herbal tea any time and some people drink it daily, but it's really effective for colds, flu, stomach upset, headaches, indigestion, nausea, poor appetite, body aches, stress, fatigue, and heatiness. I can't explain heatiness, but this website will help What are Heaty and Cooling Foods?

As a recall from my childhood, my mom would brew this tea in a small pot with several slices of fresh ginger. She must have brewed it extra strong because it was almost black. I can't describe the taste or aroma, but it has that Chinese herbal smell. The important thing is this works! It's much more effective than say Neo Citran, plus that has a lot of crap in it. 

You won't find this in your local pharmacy. You're better off looking into the Asian stores or online at Amazon or something like that. 

I was feeling horrible last night and I brewed a tea bag of Ho Yan Hor and before I had finished my mug of tea I felt instantly better. Yeah, it does work that quickly.

What is your go-to cold remedy?

7 DIY Home Remedies To Relieve Itchy Mosquito/Insect Bites

September 10, 2014
I almost went through the whole summer without any mosquito bites. Mosquitoes love me and when one bites, it loves to devour my blood. Maybe it's just me that its bite really doesn't agree with me. I can get huge swellings and massive itchiness. Years ago, I had to go on antibiotics because it was just that bad. I'm not fond of antibiotics for good reason, but I won't get into that.

Off to Google I went to find some DIY home remedies. Perfect! I found several things that may help and (bonus!) I have at home.

First off, I read fresh basil can stop the itching. Awesome! I have two pots of basil outside. I went and pulled several leaves and used one leaf and rubbed it directly to the mosquito bite on my leg. Prior to this, I was scratching like crazy and yes, I know, not a smart thing to do because it would aggravate it even more. So I rubbed it on my leg for about five minutes and voila! It works! The slight swelling and redness was still there, but the itchiness stopped...for now.

Other things I have in my home already and you may have too are:

Apple cider vinegar has so many helpful benefits. I use it as a facial toner. It does smell like a stinky sock even after it dries because I can smell it on myself. I dilute it with water. Usually I use one part apple cider vinegar and three parts filtered water. To use on mosquito or insect bites, you can use it directly. Put some on a cotton ball or use a Q-Tip and apply to the bite. This I will say works better than the basil.

I didn't try these...

Milk mixed with water and apply to the bite can also relieve the itchiness.

Make a paste with baking soda and water

Crush an aspirin, mix with water to make a paste

If you have an aloe vera plant, open one leaf and use the gel directly on the bite. To soothe and get a cooling effect, put a leaf in the fridge.

Choose an essential oil such as lavender oil, tea tree oil, cedar oil, or witch hazel. All of these have anti-inflammatory properties to help reduce swelling and pain. A bit goes a long way, so just a dab will do.

Tell me what DIY home remedy has worked for you when you have an insect bite?

Just Peachy

August 20, 2014
Th first part of August was a bit chaotic. My backup desktop computer finally went south. It didin't completely die because it was able to get on the Internet when I plugged in the modem directly to the computer. But...it was uber slow and 97% of the time, the pages wouldn't even load.

Off we went to buy a much needed new computer and now, I'm just peachy. Speaking of peaches, I'm suddenly allergic to them. I get a fat lip after eating them, but only if my lips come in contact with it. Other than that, I can cut them up and pop them in my mouth with no allergic reactions.

I wonder what would happen if I rub the fuzzy exterior on my face now. I used to do that as a kid and my Mom would tell me I'd grow facial hair. lol

Here are some cool facts:

Peaches are fat free, sodium free, cholesterol free, is an excellent source of vitamins A, C and E, good source of fibre and rich in in phytochemicals which act as antioxidants. A medium peach has about 35 calories.

Peaches either have white or yellow flesh. The white flesh is more sweet and the yellow flesh is more acidic and has more flavour. Select peaches without blemishes, have a fragrant smell and are soft to touch. Peaches can be ripened at room temperature by placing them in a brown bag for 2 or 3 days, but they also perish quickly.

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