Health

4 wonderful benefits of eating home grown & organic

We’re all told that we should eat more fruit and vegetables. We’re constantly reminded that we need to cut back on processed and prepackaged foods (and for the sake of budgeting it’s probably a good idea to cut down on the takeaways too). Yet while this is ostensibly good advice, it overlooks a fundamental truth. A lot of the veggies and fruits we see on the supermarket shelves are not as nutritious as they could be. Thankfully under EU regulations genetically modified (GMO) crops are largely kept off British plates although meat eaters may eat animals that have been raised on GMO crops like corn or soybeans. What’s more, this regulation may change after Brexit and result in an influx of genetically modified veggies.

home grown carrots

Nonetheless, the fact remains that many of the fruits and vegetables we see on supermarket shelves are grown for their marketable appearance rather than their nutritional content. They can be treated with harmful pesticides or grown with harsh chemical fertilisers and all these things can have a range of implications for your health. When you switch to home grown and organic veggies, you benefit in a number of big ways…

It can save you money in the long term

Growing your own veggies and fruits may require some initial outlay but even if you don’t have a garden you can still self grow. A window box is enough to grow herbs and some vegetables and if you feel like trying your hand at hydroponic vegetable growing visit Essex Hydro Gardens. A modest setup can see you grow all kinds of veggies for years, thereby saving you money in the long term.

It’s potentially more nutritious

Home grown and organic veggies have the potential to be way more nutritious than their counterparts which are bred for appearance over nutrition. Grown in contaminant free soil and without harmful pesticides, your home grown and organic food will provide much more nutritional content than supermarket produce, saving you money on vitamin supplements which simply aren’t necessary when you eat organic.

What’s more, the longer produce sits on the supermarket shelf, the more its nutritional content starts to dwindle. Growing your own produce allows you to pick it and serve it straight away for maximum freshness and nutritional value.

It’s way better for the environment

Growing your own produce or buying produce from organic farms that use sustainable methods is a more sustainable and responsible consumer choice. It’s a choice that takes money out of the coffers of industrialised farming and votes with your wallet for a more sustainable future. What’s more, growing your own produce is one of the most eco-friendly ways of feeding yourself there is.

It just tastes better

Finally, organic and home grown produce just tastes better. It’s the sensory equivalent of watching a film in 4K UHD as opposed to an old VHS with wonky tracking. Organic foods taste fresher and more vivid whether you eat them raw or use them in recipes. It’s the difference between eating your food and enjoying your food!

Country walks and comfy boots from Simply Hike

We love a country walk with the dogs on a Sunday afternoon, we don’t really do the hill walks like we have in previous years now we have the children. Plus we don’t always have the time to head over to the Peak District so much anymore. This year however is have spoken about getting out there a bit more. The UK is such a beautiful place and there are so many fabulous walks and trails we can do as a family with the dogs.

Country walks and comfy boots from Simply Hike

We have lots of financial commitments this year, so finding places to go and enjoy that isn’t heavy on the bank balance, is priority. So picnics and nice long walks with the dogs it is, the children will be able to take their bikes sometimes depending on where we go. It will be great to increase our activity, get out and enjoy the beautiful UK.

Comfy walking boots from Simply Hike

I have therefore been looking at walking boots for us all. It’s a bit of a minefield as there are lots of great outdoor brands out there. However, I found a company called Simply Hike online, and they have an amazing collection of outdoor brands. I was drawn to them not just for their collection of walking books but also their collection of ski wear is brilliant. We went to Finland last year and have big plans for another trip next year.

Looking through Simply Hike’s collection I was drawn to the Meindl range. I have friends who have recommended Meindl so I thought I would give them a try. They has a history of producing high quality walking and hiking boots. Meindl pride themselves on being one of only a few footwear brands that hand make their boots. Which ensures the attention to detail is in all of their boots. Each of their styles are specially designed for walking and hiking enthusiasts in mind.

Meindl have a memory foam system for all of their boots to make sure they are the perfect fit just for you. As the boot is worn and the memory foam arms up it changes shape to match the shape of your foot. Say good bye to pinching, rubbing or pressure. It also ensures a high level of comfort for every step you take!

Country walks and comfy boots from Simply Hike

Simply Hike also stock Meindl laces and wet proof spray, so should you ever need to replace your laces you can easily get them replaced.

I really like Meindk Womens Bhutan Lady MFS hiking boot, I really like the traditional style of these. I also really like The Meindl Mens Bhutan MFS hiking boot for my Hubby. The more traditional brown style is very us, they will be great to get us started out on our healthier and more active 2019.

 

*This is a collaborative post.*

4 Common Work Ailments and Can You Claim For Them?

The workplace can be dangerous no matter what industry you work in. It is the responsibility of the business and your employer to create a safe working environment, but when this is not done at the required level, it can result in injuries, accidents and illness. If you currently suffer from or you sustained an injury or an ailment that is down to the negligence of your employer, then you could be entitled to compensation. There are many common ailments that people can claim for, and it is important to be aware of these in case it ever happens to you. Here are four of the common work ailments.

Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD)

MSD is the most common occupational illness and can be very serious because it can impact your ability to work and live well. MSD refers to any strain or sprain which can include back problems, slipped discs and work-related upper limb disorders. It usually occurs from lifting heavy loads, repetitive activities or sitting in awkward positions for a long period of time. Whether or not you can make a claim will depend on your individual case as sometimes it can be the fault of the employer and other times it will not be. If it is due to the employer not allowing enough breaks, making employees carry too much or not giving them the proper training or equipment, then you could make a claim.

Stress & Mental Health

Many employees suffer from stress and mental health issues but do not take any action as they are unaware of their rights or may be afraid of doing so. Work-related stress claims are complex as damage is harder to prove than an injury, but you could make a successful claim if your employer has not supported a pre-existing condition or you are suffering from too much work, unfair level of scrutiny, bullying, and so on.

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

RSI is one of the more common ailments, particularly in the industrial sector or any role where repetitive tasks are carried out. RSI can cause pain in the neck, shoulders, arms, wrists and fingers with carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and burritos all being examples of RSI. If it can be proved that it is the employer’s fault, then it is possible to win industrial injuries compensation.

Occupational Dermatitis

Another very common ailment is occupational dermatitis which is damage to the skin caused by exposure to harmful chemicals. It is particularly common amongst those that work as cleaners, in hospitals, hairdressers and anywhere else where you are regularly exposed to chemicals. You may be able to make a claim if the condition is not easily treated or cured.

The workplace can be dangerous with these being just a few of the more common ailments that people suffer from. In many cases, these ailments will be because of the employer not creating a safe working environment which will entitle you to compensation. If you are unsure whether or not you have a case, you need to simply contact a personal injury specialist who will be able to help.