Things We Need to Get Right about our Bodies

The human body is a little complicated and authors have tried to put forward theories on how the human body works. Scientists seem to have more sensible explanation on how the body functions through their works of research about the human body. It is said that what makes us human is not our physical body but the brain plays a great role in determining who we really are. Our physical complexity which includes the nine body systems among them being the respiratory system, digestive, muscle, nervous, skeletal, circulatory, lymphatic, and endocrine as well as the reproductive system also has a connection to who we are. It is true that we can never understand every bit of our nature especially now that we have people who believe in the works of science especially on evolution to be the gospel truth while others believe about the divine origin of man. Continue reading

The relationship between proteins and the Human skin

In this article, we shall be trying to find out the importance of taking proteins to our skin. The skin is a very important organ of the body because it covers the inner parts from external injury. It also helps in temperature regulation when we sweat during hot weather in order to cool down and the hairs stand during the cold seasons in order to trap more air around the skin so as to insulate against heat loss. The skin has other temperature regulating mechanisms. The skin also prevents the entry of microorganisms into the body and contains melanin which is the pigmentation that protects us from the wrath of the sun’s radiation. This is why the albinos are really suffering because they lack this pigmentation and therefore cannot stand the sun. It is as well a sensory organ not to forget that the skin is what we use to introduce ourselves to other people. There is much more we could say about the functions of the skin but let us leave that for another day. We are more interested on how we benefit our skin from the proteins we take. Continue reading

The Science of Plants: Why are plants important?

The Science of Plants: Why are plants important?Did you know that plants are living things? This is because plants feed by making foods from their leaves through the photosynthesis process. They also grow just like any other living things. Plants also carry out gaseous exchange through their roots and leaves and so forth. Plants include trees, shrubs, grass, ferns as well as mosses. Now that we know that plants are living organisms and therefore require care just like any other living organisms, we proceed to look at how man can benefit from these plants. There are as many benefits as you may think of and so we may not exhaust all of them. We can therefore say that plants are the backbone for all living organisms to survive.

Plants as food sources: The most immediate benefit that man gets from plants if food. Not only are plants sources of food for man but also other living organisms which feed on plants such as livestock which feeds on grass, giraffes that feed on twigs of trees among others. We therefore rely on food sources directly or indirectly from plants. Research shows that over 7000 plant species are used as food sources by man. How many have you used? Plants help us complete a balanced diet because they provide carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, fats as well as proteins and therefore a vegetarian has nothing to lose since he or she can get all the nutrients from plants.

Medicine sources: The practice of herbal medicine is such an old practice and still continues to deepen its roots in most societies today. This is due to the fact that herbal medicines are safe to a greater extent by the fact that they are provided by nature though the manufacturing process may make them unsafe in some cases.

Plants and climate: Plants are very good when it comes to the control of global warming. We know that plants need carbon dioxide for their food making process and in return give us the oxygen, a by-product of photosynthesis, which we need to survive by carrying out metabolism for energy release. This therefore helps balance the amount of gaseous composition in the air by absorbing excess carbon dioxide. Too much carbon dioxide can be a threat to our environment since it destroys the O zone layer leading to global warming effects.

Sustaining life: Plants act as habitats for various organisms. Trees give man timber for house construction thus enable them get descent shelters unlike in the old days where man lived in caves before evolution. Moreover, they provide man with fire sources to cook and keep warm. Moreover, plants play a great role in the water cycle. They absorb water from the soil and release it to the atmosphere by transpiration process and this contributes to rain formation cycle.

Plants and beauty: Plants are also used to enhance the environmental beauty. It is common to find flowers and shrubs planted around most homes as fences and hedges to act as landmark as well as increase the beauty of the compound. If you want to see how beautiful your home can be, you can try the English Laurel.

How do plants survive?

It is possible that you wonder how some plants grow in areas even where there is no water yet they need this for photosynthesis. Others grow in too much water without getting poisoned by it. Well, plants have unique features that adapt them to whatever environment they grow in. This means that they can only grow in that environment and may never grow if taken to other conditions. For example, have you ever wondered why pants in the desert have small leaves? The cactus for example has small leaves to adapt it to the desert conditions where there is little or no water and this will therefore reduce the rate of transpiration. On the other side, those growing on the areas with plenty of water will tend to have larger leaves in order to increase the surface area for transpiration so as to lose excess water and avoid the poisoning effects. There are other features in the roots and stems that adapt plants to their living conditions.

Understanding your Dog’s Behavior

Understanding your Dog’s BehaviorIn the recent world, dogs have become a great companion for man. Initially, dogs were just known best for guarding around homes by barking when they sense a stranger in the home as well as hunting. This is due to their ability to run, having a high sense of smell that can identify people and objects from a far away distance, having good eyesight as well as a great hearing ability. As time goes, man still continues to discover that the dog can be more than this and can do just about anything that man can do. This is after domestication and Agrarian revolution reduced the need for hunting since man became self sustaining with enough food from the farms. Dogs have seen more use therefore as pets at home providing companion for man. However, there seems to be misunderstanding between them and man because the dogs too have feelings and tend to express themselves in different ways which if man does not understand makes them feel ignored.

Facts on dog behavior

Understanding the dog behavior can sometimes be a hard task which will require continuous interaction and sometimes may necessitate training. An irritated dog will try to behave in a certain manner to communicate its feelings and the same case will a happy dog. Discerning what each behavior means is of great importance. If your dog becomes stubborn, there is no need to take it for training as some people do. This is never the solution because the training will only teach the dog on how to be disciplined but as long as its instincts are ignored, then it will continue behaving as it has been. For example, it is a common thought that when the dog stares at you dead in the yes, then this is a sign of danger and you should feel threatened. However, the truth is that the dog just wants you to notice its beauty and give it more attention. Isn’t this a confusing reality? Some also say that when a dog gets its tail between its legs it is a sign of worry as well as stress but this could mean that the dog had no time to groom its tail and therefore is not ready to show it out. It is therefore good to be able to tell what the dog means at what time to ensure that you have peace with them and is happy in your relationship.

Training your dog for more

Training the dogs has become a common practice among people to improve on their behavior and at the same time make the dogs more useful to man. For example, dogs have now been trained in forensic science to help in crime investigations. They have also learnt how to guide the disabled especially the blind. Dogs too can be used as messengers among others. If you are contemplating on Training your Alsatian, then this is the best decision you have made. These breeds are easy to train, obedient and very intelligent and so you will have some easy time in training.

The Science of Animals Kept by Man

The Science of Animals Kept by ManLet us focus on animals that man keeps as pets and see how they affect each other. There are a number of animals kept as pets by man most popular among them being cats and dogs. Some of the other animals include birds, salty and fresh water fish, reptiles and other small animals. But do animals have feelings? Do they think? These are some of the questions we shall try put some sense on. Animals are delicate just like man. They have feelings and so they do get depressed at one point or the other especially if not well treated.

What research shows about the benefits man can reap from animals

Pets are kept by man mainly for companion. Beside this, man also benefit from these animals even when they are not aware of these benefits. Research has proven that being around pets reduces stress as well as depression. How did they come up with this conclusion? This was observed as a result of the decrease of stress hormone once people watched movies on pets or directly interacted with them. Did you know that there is a hormone responsible for your stress? If you have had to deal with a hectic day trying to make ends meet, your glands are likely to produce more cortisol which is a hormone associated with stress. A high level of the hormone is a health hazard because it increases your stress levels and could lead to depression. It is also clear that pets can help us improve on our moods. This is because there was observed increase in oxytocin hormone from the brain for people who stayed around with pets. This is the hormone responsible for good moods and makes one to feel good.

Another amazing discovery is that fish are responsible for appetite gain as well as weight gain. The cats too are not left behind. They are the most beneficial animals that man could keep. Cats are usually playful and therefore have a good way of keeping man happy. They also love playing alone with anything around them and watch them play brings fun. From research, people who owned cats were found to be at less risk of heart attack than those without.

Similarly, dogs are of great importance not only for security purpose but also to enable man keep fit. These are the animals man uses in most cases when going out for a walk and other exercises. This is why it might be important for you to Adopt a puppy today and join others in reaping these benefits.

Having pets around is also a good way of teaching children on how to grow up responsibly. This is by involving them in taking care of the animals. This will also improve their social skills because they will learn how to socialize with the animals and translate this on people. I do not think I could be any wrong if I claimed that pets are the best medicine since they have no side effects as we have seen from above discoveries.

How to ensure a healthy pet

To get the maximum benefits from these pets, you must take good care of them. You must ensure that they are clean and live in a healthy friendly environment. There is also need to vaccinate them against diseases since their infection could cause infection to your whole family as well. Feed them well at all times and this will keep them happy. Take them out for a walk for those who are capable of this to strengthen your relationship as you have fun together.

Adapting to Life in Salty Environment

Scientists are the most interesting people on other. They always want to come up with theories to explain everything. Some of their current research has shown that it is possible to explain how life first emerged on earth over 4 billion years ago. The discovery of the 10 amino acids that existed on earth formed fordable proteins that could provide for metabolic activities of the first organisms. You can read on this theory and you can be sure to find fun in it: How life first emerged on earth. Whether to believe scientists or not is still debatable. But in most cases we do believe them because we have no explanation of our own.

While salt or what is chemically referred to as sodium chloride is important for our health, too much of it is not necessary. Lack of it could cause goiter while too much of it could lead to high blood pressure. People living in ice frozen areas find salt a very important element to de-ice their roads especially during the winter season. While this is a benefit on one side, it becomes a negative impact into their lives on the other hand. This salt is a health hazard since it still gets to man through the food web and food chain processes. This salt is also washed to water bodies which man use thereafter compounding the problems. It is therefore important to be cautious about the water we drink to keep off from diseases. The salt is not only a nuisance to man but also to other living organisms in the environment. For, example, birds presume that these crystals are seeds and therefore proceed feeding on them and eventually they poison their body cells and the effect is death. The chloride also impacts negatively on the aquatic life as well as wildlife which need water for their survival and may also lick this salt from the environment. Too much o these salt in water prevent the oxygen dissolved from reaching the bottom of the water thus cannot support aquatic life. Only those adapted to living in such conditions will survive.

How salt affects vegetation

Vegetation along the roads is very important because it acts as a buffer between the pollutants and water sources. However, this vegetation is not safe from splashes by vehicles and runoff of water to the soil. Most of the shrubs, grass and foliage found along the roads are not tolerant to salt. The nosmotic effects of the salt which includes dehydration and poor uptake of nutrients causes foliage damage as well as the ability of the vegetation to grow. It also destroys the roots. Since we are not in control of the ice on the roads, it is good to plant salt tolerant vegetation along these roads as we look for alternative means of de-icing the roads.

How this salt affects our living environment

The salt from the roads will be carried by the moving air around. This means that our homes are not safe especially the rails around our homes and on our stair systems. If these rails are not tolerant to salty air, then we reap nothing better from the beauty around us because eventually it becomes a site not worth having around you. Salt is capable of eroding non-protected rails. In such a situation, you will need to look for those which have a layer of protection.

Sodium chloride is a necessary evil because despite the impact it has to aquatic, water, human health, vegetation, wildlife, soil, infrastructure and ground water, we still need it for our health as well as other industrial use.

Do herbal remedies really work?

A lot of people wonder if herbal remedies really work. I could tell you that they do, but the answer is purely subjective. What works for one person may not work for another, but this isn’t just the case for Herbal Remedies from China, the same applies to regular prescribed medication too.

For example, I was once in a lot of pain and I was prescribed 20 mg of a specific pain killer. This dosage would have been enough to kill most of my pain, or so it was thought. Unfortunately the tablet didn’t work so my doctor upped my dose, yet that still didn’t do the trick. The same goes for some herbal remedies, what might work for you may not work for me. It all depends on how our bodies react to the medication we take, but it also depends on something else too.

Believe it’s going to work

If we think a medication is going to work, chances are it’s more likely to. If you believe the herbal remedy you’re taking is going to make you feel better, it’s likely that it’s going to. Sometimes it’s more of a case of mind over matter than whether the remedy you’re taking has been prescribed or you’ve bought it from a herbal remedy shop.

The good news is that a lot of herbal remedies genuinely do work, it’s just the skepticism of a lot of westerners that stops it from catching on over here. If we were to travel back just a few hundred years, we would see that normal everyday people use what we would not consider to be ‘Normal’ forms of medication. This is because we no longer use those home remedies that worked very well. We have been taught that the chemicals we take in the form of tablets and capsules will make us better, and we’re told this by some highly trained professionals. We’re told to listen to our doctors and to shun old remedies that have worked for thousands of years but they haven’t been scientifically tested.

They do work

You’ll probably find that a lot of herbal remedies do work, and they work well, you just have to be willing to try them. Once you’ve tried some remedies and you’ve discovered that they work well, you may be inclined to try a few more as your faith in Chinese traditional herbal remedies grows.

The Magic Equation

The Magic EquationPhotosynthesis, the process by which plants are able to turn light into food is a truly remarkable one, and is the equation which all life is based and depends on. Plants form the basis for all food chains, and are the origins then of all energy that travels up the food chain, although a more obvious benefit of photosynthesis is the provision of all oxygen, 90% of which is created by marine based algae. However, this was not always such a great benefit and caused cataclysmic changes on the planet.

Origins of photosynthesis

Before photosynthesis there was no oxygen in the earth’s atmosphere, and therefore no life which needed it. Energy was taken from other sources by the microorganisms which lived at that time. However, when this equation was stumbled upon, the huge benefits of obtaining energy from the sun were obvious; the only problem was what to do with the poisonous and harmful waste product, oxygen. Although this led to life today, at the time when oxygen was abundant, the extinction of many anaerobic life forms was caused by the levels of oxygen, one of the most significant mass extinctions on this planet.

Effects on life

The presence of oxygen has been attributed by some to be the main reason for leading to more complex life forms, as aerobic metabolism is far more efficient than anaerobic metabolism. The creation of an atmosphere has been hugely influential for creating diverse biomes which have given way to an abundance of life.

The incredible partnership between oxygen based life forms and plants is the solution to the problem of the excess gas, and one which ensures the continual production of carbon dioxide; both of which are highly beneficial to plant life, which raises the question of who is running the game. With this, plant life has flourished too, with trees reaching new heights and complexities.

How we are here

Without photosynthesis life as we know it would not exist, and it shows the impressive capacity for life to evolve and improve, and find a solution to problems raised by a worthwhile venture. It does raise questions concerning the relationship between humans and plants, which make us realise how we are more dependent on plant life, and likely a product of the original need for a place to put the waste oxygen and for carbon dioxide, and leads on to other questions regarding issues such as the increasing level of hay fever amongst adolescents, which is 1 third in Britain.

However, despite this, we still have to manage trees around our will, and a Southampton Tree Surgeon will be able to provide this service.

Is an Electric Toothbrush Better than a Regular one?

Is an Electric Toothbrush Better than a Regular one?If you’ve been using a manual toothbrush, you may not know how much better an electric one can be. Some people swear by their electric toothbrush, whereas others aren’t so sure. But is an electric toothbrush really so much better than a regular one, or are we being duped into buying something we don’t really need?

The facts

Studies show that electric toothbrushes reduce on average 10% more plaque than regular toothbrushes do. What’s more is they can also help to reduce gun issues. In just under a month, you will be less susceptible to gingivitis and even gum disease. What’s more is the more you use an electric toothbrush, the better the benefits will be.

I use an electric toothbrush every day, my favorite electric toothbrush is basically any that cleans my teeth for me. The trick is to make sure you buy one that doesn’t only clean the front of your teeth, but every part of your tooth. You should also think about looking for a toothbrush that comes with a timer so you know when to stop brushing.

If you’re thinking about getting an electric toothbrush, I would recommend going to Jack’s Best Electric Guideas they do a nice bit of reviewing there. Plus you can tell the review is an independent one and not written by the manufacturer of the product.

Use it properly

The best way for you to get maximum benefit out of an electric toothbrush is to use it properly. Don’t do what I did and start using it like a regular toothbrush. Remember to charge your toothbrush and make sure that when you use it, you place the brush against your tooth and let it work its magic. Your teeth will feel smoother and cleaner, and you’ll be glad you paid that little bit extra to have cleaner, healthier teeth.