Scientific Reasons why you should Drink More Water [Infographic]

Good water is the purest, most wonderful thing you can do for your body! (Well, top three at least…)

Our bodies are around 60% water in total, more so in specific parts such as the blood (90% water) and cartilage (80%). So it’s very easy to dehydrate yourself – and very harmful when you do so.

Spin it around though, and if you hit the 3-4 liters per day that your body requires, you will instantly feel better. Drinking a decent amount of water each day can help your digestion, your skin, and your anxiety. And it can help you to focus, which makes those meditation sessions even more rewarding.

The tricky thing is figuring how to get more water into your life. But it’s just about good habits. This visual guide provides eight easy ways to drink more water. Get it down, and you can start enjoying a purer, more lubricated lifestyle!

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Breathing Techniques for Anxiety [Guide]

You have a built-in stress reliever, always free and always available: your breath. Fortunately most of the time you don’t need to think about breathing. With no conscious effort, your body keeps the oxygen, carbon dioxide, and pH levels of your blood in balance by varying your breathing rate. However, you have the power to consciously control your breath when you want to, and learning to do so can be an incredible tool for health and wellbeing.

For thousands of years, people have learned to control breathing for health and spiritual reasons. In the Indian yogic tradition, breath control is called pranayama, and it’s practiced to facilitate meditation, enhance physical yoga practices, and change mood. Scientific research affirms pranayama can help people feel better. The practice of Sudarshan Kriya yoga, a series of breathing exercises, has been shown to reduce anxiety, relieve insomnia, and dramatically reduce the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans and disaster survivors. Keep reading to learn why breathing can be so powerful, and discover how to harness the power of your breath to feel calmer and more alert.

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Natural Dyes from your Flower Garden [Infographic]

We plant gardens for food, health, and beauty. But did you know that many plants yield natural dyes for yarn, fiber, and fabric as well? The truth is that humans have been borrowing nature’s colors for thousands of years. This concept is back in vogue as it opens up a whole new world for many – especially those who value organic practices.

Botanical dyes are earth-friendly, biodegradable renewable resources. Crafters are also drawn to them because natural plant dyes produce hues that are much more complex than their synthetic counterparts. Color doesn’t stop at flower petals. Depending on the species, it can also be found in other parts of the plant, such as leaves, stems, roots, and fruits.

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Classic Pasta Sauces and how to make them [Infographic]

Pasta is the kind of meal that is easy to make but rarely done right. Microwaving a chilled ready meal of spaghetti carbonara can never taste like you would eat in an authentic Italian restaurant. The only way to make a truly delicious classic pasta sauce is to do it yourself, which might seem intimidating but can often be deceptively easy with the right ingredients and instructions.

To help you try out some of these, this infographic rounds up easy-to-follow recipes for 14 of the best-loved pasta sauce recipes. From Ragu Alla Bolognese to Pesto Alla Genovese, these sauces come from all over Italy and have been handed down from generation to generation, bringing families together around the dinner table.

As well as the ones you might be familiar with, there’s also some you might not have tried eating before, let alone cooking, including Puttanesca, which may translate as ‘whore’s pasta’ but tastes much better than that might make it sound. If you’re a seafood fan, there’s also Allo Scoglio or Alle Vongole, which require shellfish, which Quattro Formaggi speaks for itself if you just can’t get enough cheese.

With all of these delicious and deceptively simple recipes at your fingertips, the only question is which one will you try first?

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How we can Power the Earth by Solar alone [Infographic]

Did you know that more power from the sun hits earth in a single hour than humanity uses in an entire year? Roof Stores wanted to find out how mankind would go about harnessing this energy to produce an earth powered entirely by solar.

It turns out an area equivalent to 1.2% of the Sahara desert is all that would be needed! Realistically, this would cost around $5 Trillion. Which does sound like a lot. But, to put it into perspective, that is the same amount as:

  • What the US spent on wars in the Middle East and Asian since 2001
    OR
  • What the world spend on the military and it’s weapons in just 3 years
    OR
  • The amount of money Americans spend on fast food over 3 Years

Find out where these global ‘solar farms’ should be located, and the challenges that would face this project by reading the full article.

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