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25 Unexpected Uses For Sugar

25 Unexpected Uses For Sugar

Sugar has a bad rap, which it rightly deserves. In a 58-week study by University of Utah, the mice fed a diet containing 25% sugar were twice as likely to die than the mice fed a similar diet without sugar. A diet high in sugar has been linked to health problems, such as high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, heart attack, and more. Since sugar is in almost everything, especially processed foods, it’s easy to indulge to excess.
If we shouldn’t be ingesting it, what are some of the uses for sugar?
Here are 25 ways for sugar to be a part of your day without endangering your life:

Sugar for the body (external)

1. Tongue Burns

Burn your tongue from sipping hot coffee or tea? Sprinkle a few granules on your tongue and the pain should dissipate.

2. Hair Gel

A teaspoon of sugar dissolved in a cup of warm water makes great hair gel. Dissolve the sugar, then dip your fingers in the mixture and style your hair. It works swell for spiky-hair looks.

3. Lipstick Extender

Apply your lipstick as usual, then sprinkle a bit of sugar on your lips, let it sit, and then dip your finger in a little water and dab off the remaining sugar. This should extend the wear of your lipstick.

4. Body Exfoliant

Put a teaspoon of sugar in a shot glass and add your favorite shower gel. Mix together and scrub away. The coarseness of the sugar will exfoliate your dead skin, helping to reveal newer skin.

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5. Face Exfoliant

It’s also important to exfoliate your face, but not with shower gel. Shower gel is too strong for the delicate skin on your face. Instead, take a pinch of sugar and a few drops of olive oil and gently scrub your face. Daily exfoliation will aid in your skin’s renewal cycle, remove dead skin cells that may clog your pores, and prevent breakouts.

6. Pedicure

If you want to remove the hard skin on your heels and feet, there is nothing better than adding a pinch of sugar to any gel soap, and using a pumice stone to work it in.

7. Self-Tanner Fixer-Upper

To repair self-tanner mistakes,  mix 1 tablespoon sugar with ¼ cup coconut oil, and then scrub your hands, elbows, knees, and other areas where the self-tanning lotion accumulated strangely. The sugar will exfoliate the excess self-tanner while the coconut oil nourishes, moisturizes, and makes your skin smell like you just came from the tropics!

8. Remove Unwanted Hair

To remove unwanted hair, mix 2 cups of sugar, ¼ cup of lemon, and ¼ cup of water in a stainless steel pot. Cook until it’s a dark amber color, and has taffy-like consistency. This substance can be used with waxing strips or without to naturally remove unwanted hair. Cool before using.

9. Heal Cuts

Sprinkle sugar over minor cuts. The antiseptic qualities of sugar act as a mild disinfectant and help prevent infection while aiding the blood clotting process. This use was documented in the early 80s when Dr. Richard Knutson, MD, created a formula mixing 4 pounds of table sugar, 1 pound of Betadine (iodine) antiseptic ointment, and 6.50 ounces of Betadine solution in a double boiler over low heat which he used to heal “hard-to-treat” wounds. (Southern Medical Journal, Nov. 1981)

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Sugar Uses in the Home and Garden

10. Fresh flower food

Mix 3 teaspoons of sugar with 2 tablespoons of vinegar for each ¼ cup of water. This mixture helps to keep flowers fresh and restricts bacteria growth.

11. Grass stain remover

Make a paste-like solution, combining warm water with sugar, and then apply on the stain. Let it soak for at least an hour, and then wash normally.

12. Ant Killer

Combine equal amounts of sugar, water, and borax. Soak cotton balls in the mixture and place in areas where ants enter the home.  The sugar attracts them and the borax kills them.

13. Wasp trapper

Make syrup combining water and sugar, pour into a tempered jar and set outside to attract wasps.

14. Worm slayer

Sprinkle 2.25 kilograms of sugar for every 250 square feet of garden patch to prevent nematodes from invading your garden.

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    15. Cockroach exterminator

    Combine equal parts sugar and baking powder and pour over infested areas. Sugar attracts the roaches and the baking powder kills them.

    16. Fly strip

    Create syrup by mixing equal parts sugar, honey, and water. Let cool. Cut strips of brown packing tape, punch holes, and tie a string on one end. Dip strip in the syrup mixture, let excess syrup drip away, and then hang where the flies like to collect. Make sure you hang the strips in places where people will not walk into them.

    17. Melt ice & snow

    Everyone knows about using salt to melt ice, but sugar works just as well.

    18. Clean coffee & nut grinders

    Pour ¼ cup of sugar into the grinder to eliminate excess oils and odor.

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    Sugar uses for the artist

    19. Make fake blood

    Create syrup with coffee water, sugar, and corn starch. Cool in the fridge and then add red and green food coloring to find the right blood-red color you desire.

    20. Make breakable glass

    Create syrup with 3 ½ cups of sugar, 1 cup corn syrup, 2 cups water, and ¼ cup of cream of tartar. Bring to boil slowly. Chill a cookie sheet and spray heavily with cooking spray. Pour syrup into sheet and let it cool. Remember, even if its fake glass you might still cut yourself.

    21. Make sugar skulls

    Sugar skulls are traditional folk art from Southern Mexico used to celebrate the Day of the Dead.  The skull molds are made of sugar, meringue powder, and water. They are dried overnight and decorated.

    22. Make art

    Sugar cubes can be dyed, stacked, glued, and formed into different objects like igloos, buildings, bridges, and more.

    Sugar uses for the adventurous

    23. Make charcoal

    Mix equal parts sugar and concentrated sulfuric acid in a beaker to make charcoal.

    24. Create a sugar snake

    Use more of the mixture and make a sugar snake.

    25. Make a chemical fire

    In a fireproof container mix a small amount of sodium chlorate and sugar. Initiate the reaction by adding a few drops of sulfuric acid.

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    How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

    How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

    Keeping yourself awake at work can be a real challenge when you’re bored, exhausted or sleep-deprived.

    But before you reach for that can of Red Bull, bottle of Mountain Dew, or pot of coffee, try these healthy remedies to stimulate your 5 different senses and help you stay awake at work:

    Sight – Visual Stimulation

    The first thing you do when you wake up is opening your eyes, so your visual stimulation is very important to keeping your energy level high.

    1. Maximize your exposure to light.

    Your body’s internal rhythm is regulated by the amount of light you receive. The greater your exposure, the more alert you will feel.

    Open the shades and let in the sunlight. Step outside or look out the window. Turn on all the artificial lights in your office or around your work space.

    2. Exercise your eyes (or give them a break).

    Roll your eyes up and down, side to side and diagonally. Rotate them clockwise and then counterclockwise. Squeeze them shut and then open them wide. Do this several times.

    Reading and sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods can lead to eye fatigue.

    Take regular breaks with deliberate blinking and looking out into the distance.

    3. Take note of your environment.

    Learn to enjoy people-watching. Observe their activities, speech, body language and interactions with others. Notice the details of building, trees and other objects around you, including their color, shape and size.

    By doing this, you’re not only relaxing your eye muscles but also calming your mind.

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    Hearing – Auditory Stimulation

    What you hear or listen to have direct effect on your brain. This is why we feel so annoyed and sometimes angry when we hear construction noise when we’re working.

    4. Engage in conversation.

    Talk to a friend or colleague. Trade funny stories. Discuss your business venture, a creative idea, the latest political scandal, or any other topic that interests you.

    Practice mindful listening to what you and the other person are saying. Tune into the tone, volume and content of the conversation.

    Learn how to practice better listening from this guide:

    Why Listen to Reply Instead of Understand Is the Key to Failure

    5. Listen to upbeat music.

    Try hip hop, rock or jazz to keep you alert. Instrumental, non-distracting music works best.

    Sing, whistle, and hum along if you can. Plug in the earphones if you must.

    Smell – Olfactory Stimulation

    If you’re feeling sleepy and suddenly smell the coffee, you’ll probably feel more energetic. This is why smell is an influential stimulation.

    6. Work your nose.

    Aroma therapists recommend essential oils of peppermint (to boost energy), rosemary (to build awareness), eucalyptus (to increase oxygen), cedarwood  (to activate your mind), and cinnamon (to improve your reaction time).

    If you don’t have essential oils on hand, you can use lotions or burning candles that provide the same scents.

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    Citrus like lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges are also natural olfactory stimulants. Get a whiff of these citrus scents to stay awake.

    Taste – Gustatory Stimulation

    If you want an energetic day at work, you can’t let your tongue feeling plain and flavorless.

    7. Have a good breakfast.

    Start off with the most important meal of the day.

    Think fresh, light and healthy: bran cereals, wholegrain breads, fruits, and yogurt.

    Nix the heavy stuff like sausages, greasy eggs or pancakes.

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    8. Drink lots of water.

    Keep a glass or bottle of H2O near you and sip from it throughout the day. Dehydration can leave you feeling tired, sluggish and sleepy.

    So make sure you drink enough water throughout the day. Not sure how much to drink? This can help you:

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    9. Eat energy-boosting snacks.

    Nuts and fruits (like bananas, apples and strawberries) are sure bets. Pairings with staying power include baby carrots with a low-fat cream cheese dip; celery sticks with peanut butter; red peppers with hummus; and plain yogurt with granola.

    Avoid carb-filled, sugary snacks that make you crash and leave you feeling tired.

    Here you can find some healthy snack ideas:

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    Touch – Tactile Stimulation

    Last but not least, your sense of touch will make you physically feel more energetic and less stressful.

    10. Splash cold water on your face.

    Do this in the morning, during bathroom breaks and in the afternoon. Being exposed to cold water pushes your body to adjust and regulate its internal temperature, which in turn keeps you alert.

    This works the same as you take a cold shower to increase mood and alertness. Take a look at this article to learn more about it:

    5 Surprising Benefits of Cold Showers

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    11. Use acupressure.

    Apply pressure to, massage, or tap on the stimulation points of your body. These include the top of your head, the back of your neck, the back of your hand (between the thumb and index finger), just below the knee and your earlobes.

    Watch this video to learn about the acupressure points you can try:

    12. Get moving.

    Move away from your chair and stand, walk, run or climb the stairs. Feel the earth under your feet. Stretch and twist. Do jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups and back bends.

    And if you need to move more discreetly, wiggle your feet, bounce your knee up and down, scrunch your toes, or cross your legs.

    You can also try some simple stretches and exercises at your desk:

    Unlike addictive caffeine fixes, these remedies activate your senses, engage your attention, amp up your energy and prevent morning grogginess and afternoon slumps without the side effects or health risks.

    Pick a few ways from this list of suggestions and practice them consistently. And when you do this consistently, you’ll soon see the positive results — a more energetic and productive you at work.

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