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Published on August 22, 2017

10 Beach Items for a Carefree and Cool Summer

10 Beach Items for a Carefree and Cool Summer

The beach is an enticing place. The cool breeze, the lapping waves, and the glorious sunshine. It’s the perfect escape from our hectic and busy day-to-day lives.

It’s no wonder that so many of us choose to visit beach resorts for our vacations.

However, there are some issues with spending time beside the sea. These include, how to keep your valuables safe when you decide to paddle or swim – and how to stop your expensive electronic equipment from getting damaged by water or sand.

To make your beach vacations as enjoyable and stress-free as possible, we’ve put together a list of 10 must-have beach items.

Enjoy ice-cool wine while relaxing at the beach

    This neat winecoat bag allows you to safely and easily carry wine to the beach. And if you want the wine to be served chilled, there is room for an ice pack. You can also fill it with any beverage you like, by using the disposable beverage bag.

    Amazon customer rating: 4 out of 5 stars (184 reviews)

    Menu Baggy Winecoat, $26.95

    Protect yourself and family from the sun and rain

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      This easily portable, large canopy unbreakable could be just what you need to protect yourself from rain, spray or sunlight. The umbrella features an impressive UPF 50+ protection, as part of its rugged, water-repellent cover.

      Amazon customer rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars (1506 reviews)

      Sport-Brella Portable All-Weather and Sun Umbrella. 8-Foot Canopy, $39.98

      Two bags in one – a mesh beach bag and a soft cooler bag

        This handy, lightweight item offers two bags for the price of one. The main compartment is a decent-sized mesh bag, while the lower compartment is a 12-can capacity insulated cooler bag. Two outside pockets with zipper and waterproof lining keep your car keys, cash, and smartphone within easy reach – and secure on the beach.

        Amazon customer rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (139 reviews)

        MALIBU Beach Bag – 2 in 1 Mesh Beach Tote Bag with Cooler, $24.95

        This unique ground sheet will stay free from dirt, dust and sand

          Dirt, dust and sand will disappear before your eyes due to this mat’s unique weave. The ‘one-way sift’ ensures dirt or sand particles simply fall through to the ground – and don’t come back up. The mat is UV stabilized to prevent fading, and is easily cleaned (and dries instantly) – should drinks or food be spilt on it.

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          Amazon customer rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars (379 reviews)

          Sand, Dirt & Dust disappear – CGEAR SAND-FREE MAT, $45+

          Keep your valuables safe with this water-resistant beach vault

                Worried about your valuables when spending time at the beach? Well, the Beach Vault could be just what you need for peace of mind. Using an ingenious design, it allows you to lock your valuables into its large storage compartment, and then the whole thing can be buried in the sand and covered by a towel or rug. As you’d expect, the Beach Vault is water and sand-resistant.

                Amazon customer rating: 3.3 out of 5 stars (7 reviews)

                The Beach Vault, $59.99

                The easy way to keep your smartphone safe from sand or water

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                  If you’ve ever experienced water damage to your smartphone, then you’ll definitely be interested in this item. It allows you to insert your smartphone into its water-resistant pouch, which once sealed, will protect your phone from the elements. The pouch is made with a high-quality material that allows you to make use of your phone’s touchscreen. And perhaps the best feature of all… with your phone safe within the pouch, you can use it to take underwater pictures and videos.

                  Amazon customer rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (893 reviews)

                  Mpow Waterproof Case, $9.99

                  Enjoy the most comfortable seat on the beach

                    Want to feel like a VIP on your next trip to the beach? Then give the KAISR Boss self-inflating sofa a try. Not only does it look cool and comfortable, but the neat self-inflating technology means you won’t have to break a sweat to get the sofa inflated.

                    KAISR BOSS Self-Inflated Sofa, $43

                    Keep your beach essentials safe, dry and clean with this floating bag

                      This lightweight, compact and durable storage bag won’t let you down! That’s because it’s built to float on water. This means that you can keep your beach gear dry – even if your bag is caught by the incoming tide. The bag features an easy open/close mechanism, and is simple to dry, due to its smooth exterior surface.

                      Amazon customer rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (67 reviews)

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                      MARCHWAY Floating Waterproof Dry Bag 10L, $12.98

                      Store your diapers, swimwear and much more in this stylish bag

                        With 15 patterns to choose from, this machine-washable, leak-free bag could be your perfect beach companion. Diapers, sunscreens and first-aid items are just some of the things that this bag will hold. The exterior of the bag is 100% cotton, while the remainder of the bag is made from BPA-free, lead-free and PVC-free materials.

                        Amazon customer rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (247 reviews)

                        Itzy Ritzy Travel Happens Sealed Wet Bag, Avocado Damask, $13.95

                        Rust-resistant, impact-resistant, and water-resistant portable safe

                          If security of your valuables is a priority for you – then consider this portable safe. Not only is it impact and water-resistant, but it also features a heavy-duty flexible steel cable to securely lock around almost any fixed object. And if that’s not enough for you, then you might take a fancy to the earphone/charger access port, which allows you to listen to music or charge your devices while they are securely locked within the safe.

                          Amazon customer rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (567 reviews)

                          SAFEGO Portable Indoor/Outdoor Lock Box Safe with Key and Combination Access, $40+

                          We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of must-have beach items, and it just remains to say…

                          Stay safe, stay cool – and have fun on your next beach vacation!

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                          12 Best Brain Foods that Improve Memory

                          12 Best Brain Foods that Improve Memory

                          Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

                          But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

                          I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

                          Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory:

                          1. Nuts

                          The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

                          Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

                          Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

                          Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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                          2. Blueberries

                          Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

                          When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

                          3. Tomatoes

                          Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

                          4. Broccoli

                          While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

                          Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

                          Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

                          5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

                          Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

                          The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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                          Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

                          6. Soy

                          Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

                          Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

                          Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

                          7. Dark chocolate

                          When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

                          Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate:

                          15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

                          8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

                          Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

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                          B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

                          Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

                          Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

                          To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

                          9. Foods Rich in Zinc

                          Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

                          Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

                          Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

                          10. Gingko biloba

                          This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

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                          It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

                          However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

                          11. Green and black tea

                          Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

                          Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

                          Find out more about green tea here:

                          11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

                          12. Sage and Rosemary

                          Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

                          Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

                          When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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