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Five Super-Easy Ways to Germ-Free Your Kitchen

Five Super-Easy Ways to Germ-Free Your Kitchen

Having a germ-free kitchen is important for healthy living. Because we eat or prepare food in our kitchen, we should keep it clean at all times. Food prepared in an unsanitary kitchen can lead to food poisoning, spread of infectious disease, and even death. Here I will discuss some super-simple, easy tips on how to keep your kitchen germ-free.

Regular cleaning

Regular cleaning is the first step towards a germ-free kitchen. One great way is to use commercial products that can effectively clean and disinfect surfaces. Before using any cleaning product, make sure to read the instructions on the packaging. You should also consider the after-effects of using these products. Check out MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) which you can find on the manufacturer’s website. Make sure to thoroughly wipe up disinfectants, and don’t place food on cleaned surfaces immediately after using disinfectants because they might be absorbed by these foods. Aside from the counter tops, also clean and disinfect the floor, cabinets, dining table, etc.

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Consider organic disinfectants.

One might consider using lemon juice as a disinfectant. Lemon juice is a natural germ killer and a preferable choice for those who would like the strength of a germ-killing agent while having the advantage of a natural one. Lemon juice has an acidic germ-killing action while leaving a fresh scent.  It can be directly applied to any kitchen surface or you can squeeze the juice from three medium-sized lemons into a bowl. You can also wash some selected kitchen appliances or surfaces with soap and water, rinse, and sanitize with the lemon juice. If you have an outdoor kitchen you may consider using a ryobi electric pressure washer for deck combined with detergent or disinfectant. It will ensure deep cleaning and effective removal of disinfectant residues and germs.

Replace sponges regularly.

There is a “germ magnet” in the kitchen: the sponge. It absorbs germs during regular use, and provides “room and board” for germ colonies. For this reason it should be sanitized after use and replaced regularly.

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Steam cleaning

Steam cleaning is another way to clean and sanitize your kitchen. Whereas many cleaning products may not be safe to use in food preparation areas due to harmful chemicals, steam cleaning (where pure water is heated to steam) is an easy way to kill germs in places you might not usually be able to clean. Hot steam delivers a lot of energy to disinfect germs, penetrate bacterial bio film, and dislodge dirt from tiny crevices in the grout between the tiles on the floor. There are many ways to clean grout like a pro but the steam option is the best one for ceramic or stone tiled floors. Consider this option if your kitchen has a tiled floor, counters, or backsplashes.

Clean the inside of your microwave and refrigerator

Clean your appliances such as microwave and refrigerator at least once a week, as well as those in your outdoor kitchen like the best portable grill you recently bought. These appliances may come into direct contact with your food, hence it is necessary to maintain cleanliness.

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Storing raw foods

Storing uncooked foods correctly is another way to diminish germs in your kitchen. All raw foods are the most susceptible to harmful germs that can cause food-related sickness, so handling them with care is important. Keep raw meats wrapped tightly and stored away from fruits and vegetables. Thaw frozen meats in containers that will not leak. Do not refreeze meat once it has been thawed.

These are just a few tips on how to have a germ-free kitchen. It will be worthwhile following these tips for a much cleaner, safer kitchen and for much healthier living.

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Last Updated on May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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