Give the Gift of Relaxation to your Husband

Give the Gift of Relaxation to your Husband

Sometimes it isn’t easy choosing the right gift for a husband. There are so many things that you could give him, the possibilities are mind-boggling. But have you ever stopped to think that some of the greatest gifts of all don’t have to cost a lot of money and involve relaxation?

That’s right. Your husband deserves to be pampered.

Here are some ideas to help you give your husband the attention he needs:

–A gift certificate for a massage may be the thing to help your husband unwind. It’s probably a gift he would never think of getting for himself, and the results are not only relaxing, but beneficial to his overall health.

–Oriental therapy. Things like Chinese stress balls that date back to the Ming Dynasty are perfect for helping your husband to relieve some of the pressures of work and life. They help calm the body and the mind, and even help with carpal tunnel syndrome.

–Get with his flow. This means give him something that he’s passionate about, even if you aren’t, like a CD of jazz or tickets to a play. If he’s the outdoorsy type and thinks lawn care is a good way to unwind (and it is for some people), check out this page for information on mowers.

–Take him to a golf course. It can be a relaxing form of therapy for your husband, and a lot of fun. If he’s really busy, he probably puts this off, so make sure you take him so you can spend some time with him.

–Buy him a nice comfortable Tempur-Pedic Comfort Pillow or a nice mattress if he has back problems, or even if he doesn’t. Everyone needs quality sleep. What makes this kind of pillow and mattress different is that it conforms to the shape of one’s body, providing support wherever needed. This is a gift you’ll get to enjoy too.

–Another good idea for helping your husband relax is a gift membership to the local Y or other gym. There, he can take advantage of the pool, weights, aerobics, walking, hot tub, or any of the other ways to tone the body and take a load off of one’s mind. Everyone knows that exercise is a good stress reducer.

–Take him to a concert. Even if you don’t care for his kind of music, or even if you do, it’s a good way to relax and spend time together.

–Take him fishing or boating. If he loves the water but hasn’t been in it for a while, now is the perfect time for him to catch up.

6 Shocking Facts About Food

6 Shocking Facts About Food

Know the rules of healthy foods? Can you pick the best fruit for you in your local grocery store? Well, the following facts might shock you.

More than 50 percent of Americans say they carefully consider the foods and drinks they consume. However, much of what you read or hear from distinct perspectives about nutrition—from the dangers of fat to the positives of fruit juice—can steer you to make decisions that are less healthy than you think. How many of these food facts shock you?

Decaffeinated coffee has some caffeine

Most decaffeinated coffee contains some coffee. For instance, a decaf espresso can contain as much as 16 milligrams. In a decaffeinated latte, which has two espresso shots, that is almost the same quantity of caffeine present in a Coke can.

Multigrain foods are not necessarily whole grain

Although multigrain may sound like another name for whole wheat or whole grain—which is linked to a decreased risk of diabetes, digestive issues, and heart disease—it is not. It just means the food contains various grains which might be refined or whole. To ensure the food is full of whole grains, take a look at the ingredients. The first ingredient should have the word ‘whole’.

Fruit juice may contain more sugar and calories than soda

An 8 oz apple juice glass has about 115 calories, compared to around 95 calories in Coke. And a cup full of grape juice has 36 grams of sugar—roughly 9 grams more than in a similar amount of Pepsi. Although juice contains natural sugar, it’s still sugar.

All fibers are not the same

To increase their amount of fiber, many packaged foods have additional fiber with names like inulin, polydextrose, and maltodextrin. While these add towards the fiber total of a food, they have not been shown to provide the same benefits as the natural fiber found in whole grains, vegetables, and fruits.

Cooked vegetables may have more nutrients than raw ones

Whether a veggie is more nutritious raw or cooked depends on the kind, the cooking, and the nutrient. For instance, you get more lycopene antioxidant from cooked tomatoes compared with raw ones. Similarly, boiling carrots boosts the level of antioxidants known as carotenoids. However, cooking carrots also reduces the amount of other substances.

Adding fat to salad may make it healthier

Eating vegetables together with a fat can assist your body to absorb their nutrients better. Thus, eating a salad of carrots and tomatoes along with a fat-filled dressing is healthier than eating vegetables with a fat-free dressing or avoiding the dressing altogether.