My articles and blog posts

I have written a number of different articles and blog posts for businesses, here are some samples of my work 

Causes of Cold Feet

Potential causes of cold feet

There are many things that can cause you to suffer from cold feet, some more serious than others.

Diabetes: it can cause nerve damage if you have very high blood sugar levels for long periods of time.

Raynaud’s disease: affects blood supply, and is usually triggered by cold weather, stress and anxiety.

Anorexia Nervosa: the determination to limit their food intake which drives those suffering from Anorexia Nervosa means that they commonly develop poor circulation and hypothermia amongst other things.

Sedentary lifestyle: if your job requires sitting for long periods, such as being in an office then it can mean that your circulation isn’t performing to an optimal level

Lack of exercise can cause poor circulation 

Long-term smokers

As the causes behind feeling cold in your feet, can vary so much and can potentially be something life threatening it is best to consult a medical professional. They can diagnose what is the underlying reason for your cold extremities, and give you a clear plan to take care of it.

If the underlying reason is something that you can take care of yourself, then there are things that other people have found effective, to help themselves deal with cold feet.

If it is lack of exercise for example, then you might want to try these:

Stand on your tiptoes for one minute

Come down onto your heels slowly

Repeat for ten minutes

 

When sitting

Rotate your foot from the ankle clockwise

Rotate your foot back the other way

Repeat this between ten and twenty times

 

Walk alternately on your toes and your heels for ten minutes

Use your toes to pick up an item such as a cloth from the floor, as many times as you are able.

 

Other Remedies

Warm oil massage

Warm a little olive/coconut or sesame oil in the microwave for a few seconds. The oil depends on your personal preference.

Apply the oil to one of your cold feet

Gently but firmly massage the foot from toe to ankle for ten minutes

Do the same on the other foot

After completing the massage put on cotton socks

Do this daily before bed for as long as you need

Hydrotherapy: cold and warm water soaks

These provide different benefits as the cold water reduces symptoms and the warm improves the circulation.

Fill two basins or tubs one with cold water and the other with warm

Make sure that you're sitting comfortably

Soak your feet in the cold water for two minutes

Switch to the warm water for one minute

Alternate the times for fifteen minutes

Pat dry and put on warm socks

Repeat as many times as you want each day

 

Green Tea

It improves blood vessels’ function and so you might want to drink two or three cups a day.

Ginger promotes healthy blood circulation

Simmer one tablespoon of sliced ginger in a cup of water for ten minutes.

Strain the liquid

Add raw honey

Drink two or three times a day

UN Certified Containers suitable for food

What is a UN Certified Container?

The UN keeps strict regulations over items passing across European borders, both in terms of the containers surrounding the item and what type of product is inside. They are determined to make sure that everyone within the European community, are safe.

Food containers

Anyone who is involved in the preparation and transportation of food and drink, such as caterers or even those that just brew beer at home need to feel confident that the containers are safe. They would not like the idea of their carefully produced food might be adversely affected by the plastic of the container.

The fact that the containers are intended for such important use, the plastic is created to a very high standard. Regardless of their intended use, whether the container is a bucket, a tub or other sizing, there is going to be far less recycled plastics involved in the construction. Harmful dyes, and any plasticiser chemicals will also be guaranteed to be kept out of the construction process of UN Certified containers, to avoid the risk that the foodstuffs inside might be infected.

There will never be any leakage when using the UN Certified Containers, and also there will be none of the unpleasant smell that can occur when using brand new plastic containers.

How can you tell if your container is UN certified?

It can be as simple as looking for a small triangle with a code number identifying what kind of plastic your container is made from. You will also see a fork symbol and that of a wine glass, which lets you know that the container is truly UN Certified as being safe for food and drink preparation and storage.

Warning about reusing containers

If you decide to use a food grade plastic container to store something that is non-edible, then you are strongly advised to continue storing items of a similar type. Don’t store paint, and then expect to be able to safely store food in the same container. 

Catalytic Converters

What is a catalytic converter?

A catalytic converter is used within cars and motorcycles’ exhaust systems and converts emissions that could pollute the environment into something less harmful to the world around us. It does this by converting carbon monoxide into carbon dioxide, altering hydrocarbons into carbon dioxide and water, and helping to change nitrogen oxide back to nitrogen and oxygen.

Why recycle a catalytic converter?

It’s become more and more common for people to recycle scrap catalytic converters over the last few years, and there are a number of different reasons for this.

  1. Some scrap catalytic converter buyers and sellers choose to enter the recycling business because they are driven to make sure that there is less pollution so that future generations are able to enjoy the planet’s natural resources. Using recycled metals is known to cut air pollution by 80%, and means that there is 76% less water pollution.
  2. Some want to make money as well, and if you find a business that offers you a fair price on your catalytic converter then you might well be able to get a regular income from it.
  3. If you do become a regular recycler of scrap metal including catalytic converters, then there is a possibility that the firm you deal with most often might be able to reduce some of your costs. They might be able to get you in touch with people to offer you a discounted waste disposal fee.

There is a demand for the materials used in catalytic converters, such as rhodium, and platinum which can earn you a good deal of money.