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Nature Is Calling!, Issue #012 --In The Heat of Summer
July 01, 2012

In the Heat of Summer

This month's issue of Nature is Calling! gives you tips on enjoying all that summer has to offer. From avoiding heat stroke, to grilling tips, natural product info and a bonus for all subscribers, there is something for everyone.

How to Avoid Heat Stroke

Summer sizzles, but keep in mind how to safely enjoy it. Here are some signs that you may be experiencing heat exhaustion.

  • Weakness/dizziness or fainting
  • Rapid heat beat
  • Muscle cramping
  • Excessive sweating
  • Clammy skin
  • Amber colored urine
  • Nausea

Elderly, young children and the chronically ill are most at risk, but heat stroke can happen to anyone. If you are having these symptoms, get out of the heat, drink liquids and get medical attention. Symptoms can progess into heat stroke and can even be deadly if left untreated.

So stay out of the heat during the hottest times of the day, wear loose fitting cotton clothes when out in the heat, avoid heavy exercise in extreme heat and always drink plenty of liquids.

Grocery Bag Scare!!

When someone mentioned to me that there are high amounts of bacterial growth on cloth grocery bags, I had to check it out for myself. There are actually a couple scares out there about grocery bags.

The first being that since 97% of shoppers don't wash their re-usable grocery bags, a study showed E-Coli growth on over half of tested bags. A couple ways to combat E-Coli problems is to keep raw food packed separately from other foods and to regularly wash your cloth bags. Another thing to remember is that storing your bags in the hot trunk of your car is a breeding ground for bacterial growth. Instead store bags in the garage or by the door so you remember them before your shopping trip.(Consumer Affairs, 2010)

The other study showed that many re-usable grocery bags have dangerous amounts of lead in them. Not really something to be too concerned about though. Since you are most likely not ingesting your grocery bag! it is not likely to cause health problems. A couple things to be mindful is that lead can be in the paint on the bags, so once they start flaking off, dispose of them. Throwing bags out in the trash can end up putting lead in the landfill; instead recycle them.(AP News, 2010)

How to Cook the Perfect Steak

Now that summer is here, everyone is firing up the BBQ and having parties in the backyard. Impress your next backyard guests with cooking the perfect steak just to their liking! The key to cooking to order is all in the "feel" of the steak. Even Gordon Ramsey follows this rule. You measure it by touching the "meaty" part of your hand, just below your thumb. With your pointer finger touching your thumb, the "firmness" of that meaty part is rare. With your middle finger and thumb touching is medium and ring finger is well done. If your steak feels like when you touch your pinky and thumb together, chances are you have totally overdone your meat.

Another tip?? Don't keep flipping the steak to get those perfect grill marks, you will lose juice from the meat. Instead to get the perfect grill marks only flip the meat once, but shift it 90 degrees during cooking to get those grill marks without losing juice.

Happy BBQing!!

The Summer Accessory You Must Have!!

The perfect pair to that cute little summer dress?? Okay, besides the shoes are smooth and hair free legs. Check out a video my husband did when I asked him to demo an all natural shaving cream. We both use this cream and it lasts longer than any other tube or bottle of shaving cream I have ever used!! You definitely get your money's worth with this one.

Check out more info on Weleda.

BONUS!!

A bonus for all my subscribers is for the whole month of July you can get 15% off any Triology product from Beautorium. Triology offers tons of hair, body and face products that I have reveiwed on my website. My fav products being the anti-aging serum!! Click on the banner below to start shopping.

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Check out my website, Your Body Loves Natural Products. for lots of info and reveiws on natural products.

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