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Five Products to Help You Live Adventurously and Still Be Home for Dinner

Five Products to Help You Live Adventurously and Still Be Home for Dinner

Not everyone has time to take three weeks off of work and live somewhere deep in the wilderness. The hustle and bustle of a 9-5 job with only a few days off a year leaves many of us bored and looking for ways to spice up the days. But many of us don’t want to dive with sharks or jump out of a plane, and many of us need to be home for dinner!

So how can you add some spice to your life without canoeing down the Amazon or climbing Mt. Everest? Check out these five products that will help add some serious adventure into your life, while still letting you be home by dinner time.

Metolius Wood Grips Training Board

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Metolius Wood Grips Training Board

    Rock climbing is by far one of the most awesome ways you can add some adventure into your life, but all rock climbers need to start somewhere, and chances are there’s a rock climbing gym located somewhere near you. Rock climbing lessons can be damned expensive, though, so adding something to your living room that can help you train is key.

    Check out the Metolius Wood Grips Training Board. The board is crafted with a bunch of rock climbing holds to help you target your weak spots and improve as a climber. You can easily hang the training board over a doorway in your house so you can work on a variety of climbing techniques. The smooth wood feels good on your hands, and it’s a great workout too. Adding one to your living room will help you prepare for when you can finally hit the backcountry for some serious rock climbing.

    Lifeproof Case

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    Lifeproof Case

      Not all smartphone cases are created equally. That’s definitely the case for an iPhone case from Lifeproof: these smartphone cases are shock-proof, snow-proof, dirt-proof, and water-proof, meaning they can survive everything from an overturned canoe to being dropped on a city sidewalk.

      Additionally, you can actually take underwater pictures with your smartphone with a Lifeproof case. Hit the river after work, go for a dip, and bring your phone in case you see any sweet fish. Lifeproof backs up their cases with a warranty, so you don’t have to sweat should anything happen to your valuable electronic.

      BioLite CampStove

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      BioLite CampStove

        The BioLite CampStove is arguably one of the coolest camping products on the market today. Funded from a successful Kickstarter campaign a few years ago, the BioLite CampStove cooks food using just sticks and twigs you find outdoors. Whether you’re cooking something in your backyard or in the backcountry, there’s no need to lug around fuel.

        The BioLite CampStove takes it a step further than just acting as a stove, however: the stove actually converts the heat from the fire into electricity that you can use to power USB devices, like cell phones, lights, or anything else. The technology is now being implemented on a bigger scale to help combat climate change in many countries around the world.

        Sony Digital Recording Binoculars

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        Sony Digital Recording Binoculars

          A good set of binoculars is something that can make adventures 10 times more awesome, and a great set of binoculars can make adventures even more awesome than that. A set of binoculars that records things? Yeah, it exists.

          The Sony Digital Recording Binoculars have the capability to zoom up to 25x while still recording full HD and 3D video. Whether you use them for backcountry animal viewing, bird watching, sports watching, or anything else, the fact that you can record what you’re seeing through the lens is simply awesome. It reduces the need for multiple products if you’re into bird watching, sports photography, or anything similar.

          Poler Napsack

          Poler Napsack

            While at first it might look a little ridiculous, the Poler Napsack might end up being the most practical, comfortable, and all around convenient piece of “clothing” you own. It’s sort of like a sweatshirt/sleeping bag hybrid, with no sleeves and a hood. While it might seem a little bit unnecessary at first, you’ll quickly realize how much  easier life is when wearing it.

            Whether you use it as a post-surfing way to heat back up or a puffy jacket to keep you warm around a campfire, the Poler Napsack will likely become your second home. You can zip up the shoulders so your arms stay warm down by your side, and you can cinch it open and closed at the bottom for your legs.

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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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