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Sweet Apple Smoothie for digestive health maintenance…

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The last smoothie I made (using greens) didn’t go well, but this one tastes great! For anyone looking to add more probioitics into their diet, natural yogurt can be helpful. The yogurt that most people buy from a grocery store is full of harmful ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, artificial dyes and flavoring, etc. Kellogg’s yogurt contains BHT & High Fructose Corn Syrup, Chobani contains added flavors and concentrates, many of Dannon’s yogurts contain artificial flavors, potassium sorbate, & other harmful additives.

I personally cannot stand the flavor of natural yogurt – it’s too sour/bitter/blah for me…so I prefer to mix it in with other foods like a meat dish, or in this case – a smoothie. Do NOT cook the yogurt – it will kill the good probiotics – add it in afterward. The ingredients I used:

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  1. 1/2 cup prune juice (just natural pune juice, no concentrate, no added sugar, etc)
  2. 1 banana
  3. 1 medium apple
  4. 1/4 cup yogurt (use the most natural/organic yogurt you can get)
  5. 1 serving cup of natural, unsweetened/unflavored applesauce
  6. 1/4 cup of coconut water
  7. 3-5 ice cubes

Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. This recipe almost filled 2 red solo cups – makes plenty for you to have one now and put the other one in the fridge for later or share with a friend. You could easily add other ingredients such as ginger, coconut, parsley, cinnamon, etc.

Specific brands I used:

Yogurt: White Mountain Bulgarian Yogurt (I think it’s made in Austin, I bought it at HEB – it’s the best I can find near me)

Coconut juice: VitaCoco 100% Pure Coconut Water

Unsweetened applesauce: HEB Unsweetened Applesauce 6pk

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Do you live in a toxic Superfund area?

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Superfund areas have contaminated water, air, soil, and/or living organisms. Some areas are being monitored, some have been cleaned up to the best of our abilities, some have no intervention due to lack of funds/etc. Some of these areas aren’t well contained and still leach into surrounding air/soil/water for miles.

http://www.epa.gov/superfund/sites/

http://www.epa.gov/superfund/sites/query/queryhtm/nplfin.htm (entire list)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superfund

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Superfund_sites_in_the_United_States

Alabama: 14 sites — Highest score area: 61.42 Triana/Tennessee River. An estimated 475 tons of DDT residues accumulated in sediment. Fish tested, exceeded the FDA guidelines for DDT ppm.

Alaska: 6 sites

Arizona: 9 sites

Arkansas: 9 sites — Highest score area: 65.46 92 acres in Jacksonville, belonging to Vertac. Soil, surface water, and ground water have been contaminated by insecticides, herbicides, chlorinated phenols, and dioxin.

California: 98 sites  — Highest score area: 74.86 in Stockton. MCCORMICK & BAXTER CREOSOTING CO. Soils throughout the site were contaminated with arsenic, chromium, copper, PCP, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Soil contamination extends to depths of 40 feet below ground surface (bgs) in some areas. The aquifer beneath the site is contaminated with many of the same substances to a depth of 175 feet bgs. The aquifer is interconnected with a deep aquifer. The deep aquifer within 4 miles of the site provides drinking water to approximately 97,000 people.

Colorado: 18 sites   — Highest score area: 64.32 Rocky Flats Plant (USDOE). Releases of solvents, pesticides, plutonium, and tritium have contaminated soils, surface water sediments, and ground water at various locations on the facility. Plutonium contamination of soils and sediments has also been documented beyond the boundaries of the Federally owned land. Additionally, three evaporation ponds have contributed to nitrate contamination of ground water.  A USDOE report identified Hillside 881 as the most significant potential risk to populations. Hillside 881 is near the Woman Creek drainage, which eventually discharges into Standly Lake, a major drinking water supply reservoir for several Denver suburbs. 

Connecticut: 14 sites    — Highest score area: 69.92  New Castle County. The Army Creek Landfill. Contaminants include lead, chromium, arsenic, and a variety of organic compounds, that migrate to an aquifer that supplies water to over 100,000 people. The site holds 1.9 million cubic yards of trash. 

Delaware: 13 sites — Highest score area: 69.92 New Castle County, Delaware

District of Columbia: 1 site (Washington Navy Yard listed 1998)

Florida: 55 sites    — Highest score area: 70.71 Old Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp in Jacksonville.  Contaminants: volatile organic compounds, semi-volatile organic compounds, pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls, and metals at concentrations exceeding EPA cleanup target levels in the soils, ground water, and sediments. Offsite migration of contaminants has adversely impacted St. Johns River water quality.

Georgia: 16 sites

Guam: 2 sites

Hawaii: 3 sites   — Highest score area: 70.82 6,300 acres in Pearl Harbor on the Island of Oahu, Honolulu County at the Pearl Harbor Naval Complex.  Contaminant sources include landfills, pesticide disposal pits, chromic acid disposal areas, PCB disposal areas, mercury-contaminated harbor sediments, leaking underground solvent tanks, waste oil facilities, and numerous other types of sources resulting from industrial activities at the complex.  Hazardous substances found include mercury, chromium, PCBs, pesticides, trichloroethene, trans-1,2-dichloroethene, and other volatile organic compounds.

Idaho: 6 sites 

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Illinois: 44 sites   — Highest score area: 70.71 DePue/New Jersey Zinc/Mobil Chemical Corp.  in the Village of DePue, Bureau County, Illinois.  Contaminant souces include  a residue pile, a waste pile, lithopone waste material ridges, a cinder fill area, contaminated soils, lagoons/cooling ponds, and gypsum stack ponds. All of the sources were found to contain elevated levels of metals, including zinc, lead, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, and copper. Elevated levels of cadmium were found in residential soil samples. In addition, contamination of a fishery, state wildlife refuge, and wetlands have been documented in Lake DePue.

Indiana: 34 sites

Iowa: 11 sites

Kansas: 12 sites

Kentucky: 14 sites

Louisiana:  9 sites

Maine: 13 sites   — Highest score area: 70.71 EASTLAND WOOLEN MILL Corinna, Maine area and area/wells to over 1,900 feet down stream contaminated with chlorobenzene.

Maryland: 20 sites

Massachusetts: 32 sites   — Highest score area: 72.42 250 acres in North Woburn, Massachusetts has over 170 years’ accumulation of industrial by-products and wastes. Many of the pits, piles, and lagoons are continuously leaching toxic metals into the environment.

Michigan: 65 sites

Minnesota: 25 sites

Mississippi: 8 sites

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Missouri: 33 sites   — Highest score area: 84.91 BIG RIVER MINE TAILINGS/ST. JOE MINERALS CORP. Desloge, Missouri approx 110 square miles. St. Joe Minerals Corp. who operated at the site, disposed of lead, cadmium, and zinc-rich mine tailings over approximately 600 acres in a rural area bordered on three sides by Big River. The air, water, soil, and living organisms have been contaminated. Missouri has numerous sites that score 70 or higher. They appear to be along an area called the “lead belt” which produced over 80% of all lead for the US. The EPA provides bottled water to many residences in this area. Sampling data has indicated elevated levels of lead, cadmium, barium, and arsenic in soil, surface water, and ground water. Hundreds of wells are contaminated.

Montana: 16 sites

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Nebraska: 13 sites

Nevada: 1 site

New Hampshire: 20 sites   — Highest score area:70.71  An inactive waste oil recycling and virgin fuel oil storage and distribution facility located on Kelley Road in Plaistow, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. Chlorinated VOCs, PCBs, copper, and zinc have been detected in Kelley Brook and associated wetlands. Ground water is contaminated with chlorinated VOCs and metals, and concentrations of vinyl chloride and arsenic in a nearby drinking water well exceed maximum contaminant levels

New Jersey: 113 sites — Highest score area:  75.60 LIPARI LANDFILL Pitman, New Jersey. Domestic and industrial wastes, including various toxic organic compounds and heavy metals, were dumped at the site. They percolated into the ground water under the landfill and leached into Chestnut Branch, Rabbit Run, and Alcyon Lake.

New Mexico: 14 sites

New York: 87 sites

North Carolina: 37 sites   — Highest score area: 70.71 The Barber Orchard located along U.S. Highway 74 in Waynesville, Haywood County, North Carolina. Various pesticide mixtures containing DDT, hexachlorocyclohexane (BHC), endrin, and/or dieldrin, as well as arsenic, lead, and other hazardous substances, were applied to the orchard to control insects and rodents. Pesticides and related metals from spills, leaks, and improper disposal of pesticide-contaminated containers, as well as from product application, have been detected in soils and ground water throughout the site. The site is being proposed to the NPL because pesticide-related contamination is present in residential soils and in private drinking water wells. NC has a few sites that score over 70.

Ohio: 37 sites

Oklahoma: 8 sites

Oregon: 14 sites   — Highest score area: 71.78 TAYLOR LUMBER AND TREATING Sheridan, Oregon.  Contamination sources include volatile organic compounds (VOCs), SVOCs, pentachlorophenol (PCP), metals, and dibenzo-p-dioxins/dibenzofuans (dioxins/furans). Further, many of these hazardous substances were documented to have migrated to surface water, soil, and air targets. Air contamination is documented up to 1 mile from the site. Actual contamination has also been documented in residential surface soils for up to a 1/2 mile of the site. Contaminants include barium, lead, mercury, zinc, cadmium, pyrene, bis(2-ethylexyl)phthalate, and several dioxins.

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Pennsylvania: 96 sites — Highest score area: 70.71 Safety Light Corporation (SLC)  located in South Centre Township near Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, in Columbia County. SLC activities have resulted in contamination of surface and subsurface soil, surface water (lagoons and the Susquehanna River), sediment, and ground water. Waste generated at SLC includes solid and liquid wastestreams contaminated with radioactive materials, including radium, strontium, cesium, and tritium. Ground water contamination as a result of activities at SLC have impacted drinking water wells located within 4 miles of the facility, including private drinking water wells .

Puerto Rico: 16 sites

Rhode Island: 12 sites 

South Carolina: 16 sites

South Dakota: 2 sites 

Tennessee: 16 sites

Texas: 50 sites

Utah: 16 sites

Vermont: 11 sites 

Virgin Island: 1 site

Virginia: 31 sites

Washington: 49 sites

West Virginia: 9 sites

Wisconsin: 38 sites

Wyoming: 2 sites


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DIY Homemade Swimming Pool Gallery

Looking for an interesting, creative, or economical way to make your own swimming pool? Here are some ideas:

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livestock water trough: 629_059

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trash dumpster: recycled-urban-swimming-pool  2003bleu-2006-5 dawson_louisa_dumpster-pool-2

sea containers (things 18 wheelers and trains haul): 3022110_500x276 images (35)

cardboard pool: 

plywood & 4×4 lumber + tarp pool: 


Bill Murray swimming in a dumpster pool: 

Whatever object you use, you may want to coat it a time or two with a water-proof epoxy, and/or put a tarp in it.

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200329975_200329975

http://www.lowes.com/pd_187740-89425-M14142030_0__?productId=3115381&Ntt=tarp&Ns=p_product_price|1

You may also want to buy a pump/filter from Walmart, Academy Sports, etc.

These options may not be more practical or less expensive than traditional pools from the store…but if you or someone you know already has one of these items and some free time on your hands, you could be swimming in no time! 🙂


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Refreshing Cucumber Limeade

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4 cups water (or however much fills desired pitcher)

1 cucumber, thinly sliced

3 limes

4 tsp agave syrup (or any sugar syrup)

Ice (as much as desired)

Sprig of cilantro

Sprig of mint (optional)

Directions

Add 1 thinly sliced cucumber, a large sprig of mint and a sprig of cilantro to a large pitcher of water. Allow the flavors to infuse for at least an hour. This will become the base for the drink.

Heat 3 limes, sliced in half, in the microwave for 30 seconds. Squeeze the juice from the limes into a cocktail shaker. Add 4 teaspoons agave syrup or a sugar syrup to the lime juice, ice cubes and 1 cup of the cucumber infused water. Shake vigorously and pour into glass. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

Bonus tip: Freeze the cucumber-infused water in an ice cube tray and use this ice in place of regular ice when making the drink.