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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Supercharge Your Immune System

Sharing is just part of the nature of families. But when chilly weather drives everyone indoors, sharing includes whatever sneezes and sniffles they may have. And with the school season in full swing, children are bringing home more than just popsicle art projects and homework; they’re also bringing home a host of germs.

You can’t escape every germ, but you can prepare your body to fight cold and flu viruses and potentially lessen the duration of sickness. One of your most valuable weapons is often overlooked: Vitamin C.

How Powerful Is It?

Besides providing essential structural support to blood vessels, gums and bones, Vitamin C’s antioxidant properties find and destroy potentially harmful molecules known as free radicals. Studies have also shown that higher levels may help the heart function properly, help to lower bad cholesterol and help to increase alertness.

 

Did You Know:

  • Abraham Lincoln, who invented a hydraulic device for lifting ships over shoals, was the only U.S. president ever granted a patent.
  • Baskin-Robbins once made ketchup ice cream. This was the only vegetable flavored ice cream produced.
  • A pineapple is a berry.
  • Ten percent of the salt mined in the world each year is used to de-ice the roads in America.
  • A "Blue Moon" is the second full moon in a calendar month (it is rarely blue).
  • An albatross can sleep while it flies. It apparently dozes while cruising at 25 mph.
     

Keep Your Family Safe This Winter

It stands to reason. Over-the-counter medications that you select on your own don’t tend to do the job nearly as well as prescriptions you get from your doctor that are based on his or her diagnosis.

By the same token, off-the-shelf carbon monoxide (CO) detection isn’t nearly as effective as the professional diagnosis you get from a home comfort expert. And just as the wrong medicine at the wrong time can yield really wrong results… so can inferior and inadequate CO detection.

Hospital emergency rooms see about 50,000 visits a year just due to CO poisoning. So there’s no question this is a problem. But what’s the solution?

The “retail” grade detectors aren’t always able to give “early warning” signs – but typically kick in with alarm bells when the air situation reaches distress level.

That’s why your home needs the attention of a professional grade CO detector that can warn you immediately when CO poisoning starts to seep into your home’s air.

A model that many home comfort specialists are recommending is the CO-Experts Low Level CO “Health” Monitor. These monitors give warnings at various levels as the detection of carbon monoxide increases in severity. Homeowners have the option to silence the warnings if the levels are not deemed serious enough for action, but you’d also become sensitive to the potential for problems.

Models like these are fully self-monitored. They know when their sensor accuracy is off or life span is capping, and they’ll let you know too. They also provide data recall, even so much as a timeline of CO exposure, when the incidents peaked, the time that elapsed since the last occurrence and the duration of exposure.

Basically, a professional grade CO monitor gives you a professional way to help keep your family breathing safely. We’ll be glad to tell you more. Just give us a call.
 

The Best Hot Chocolate I’ve Ever Tasted

Seriously, I know it’s a bold claim, but give it a try. This is the perfect drink to warm up your family during the cold seasons.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups whole milk*
  • Enriched Chocolate Sauce, recipe follows
  • Rum to taste, optional
  • Whipped cream, optional
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate shavings or small pieces
 
 
Directions:
 
  1. Heat the milk (or a mixture of cream and milk for a richer result) until it simmers and whisk it into the chocolate.
  2. Pour into individual cups and serve with rum or whipped cream, if using.
  3. Top with chocolate shavings.

*Note: This recipe can be made even more "evil" by substituting 2 cups of cream and mixing it with 4 cups of milk.
 

Enriched Chocolate Sauce:

Ingredients:
 
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 2 teaspoons dark rum
  • 1/8 teaspoon grated orange zest

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan over low heat, bring the cream, sugar, cinnamon and butter to a rolling boil.
  2. Remove from the heat, add the chocolate and stir until the chocolate melts.
  3. Add the rum and stir in the orange zest before serving.

Source: MyRecipes.com

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