Five Safety Tips to Avoid Food Poisoning & Foodborne Illness

Food Safety MonthSeptember is Food Education Safety Month, a month long initiative to encourage foodservice operators and restaurants to renew their commitment to food safety. One of the first things to remember is to always utilize filtered water to prevent waterborne contaminates from latching to your food.

The Everpure 7CB5-S Water Filter Cartridge reduces chlorine and other waterborne contaminants. This replacement water cartridge filters contaminants for beverage and foodservice applications which can have an unfavorable affect on taste.

You can also consider the Polaris UV-12C which is an ultraviolet sterilization system that is ideal for food preparation purposes. This UV system deactivates micro-organisms while producing little change in water temperature.

The kitchen is the mainline of defense between foodborne illness and your family. Let’s look at 5 safety tips for avoiding foodborne illness in your home.

1.)    Wash your hands often. Do not neglect to wash your hands front and back, in between fingers and under fingernails for at least 20 seconds with warm water before and after each step in food preparation.

2.)    Clean all food surfaces. Do this regularly to remove food particles and spills. Use hot, soapy water when cleaning. Wash the counter carefully before and after preparing food.

3.)    Do the dishes. Wash cookware and dishes in the dishwasher or in hot, soapy water. Always keep in mind that chipped plates and china can collect harmful bacteria.

4.)    Change dishcloths and towels regularly. Wash on the hot cycle in the washing machine and always allow them to dry in between each use. Damp towels and dishcloths are perfect breeding grounds for bacteria. Throw out dirty sponges or sterilize them by microwaving them for two minutes while wet.

5.)    Pay close attention to the refrigerator and freezer. This includes the shelves, sides and doors where food is stored. Consider using the Whirlpool Refrigerator Deodorizer for fresher, longer lasting food. Also consider using any one of our refrigerator air filters for other cost effective options.

It is important to incorporate proper home food safety habits into our daily routines to reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses and food poisoning. In honor of National Foodservice Employees Day on September 26th, be mindful to thank all of the food service employees from around the world, who provide us with excellent service whenever we go out for a meal.

5 Tips for a Better Nap | Health Benefits

National Napping MonthNapping is a great way to live healthier and longer. Over the years, health scientists recorded the beneficial health effects of the afternoon nap. These studies found that a nap can reduce stress and chances of a heart attack. The University of California recently conducted a study and discovered that after a 90-minute nap, volunteers performed better in complicated written tests than those who did not nap. In honor of National Napping month, here are 5 tips for a better nap.

1.)    Limit the sound. Find a quiet place so noises will not disturb you. It is preferred that you do not have the TV on, as that could interfere with your sleep cycle.

2.)   Get comfortable. An effective nap will always come easier when you are comfortable. Jump in the bed when you take a nap.

3.)    Nap in darkness. Use a face pillow or a face mask to provide darkness to make your nap more effective.

4.)   Set the alarm. Taking a long nap can throw off your natural rhythm, so keep it around 30 minutes. Also, do not take a nap close to your bed time as it could affect your nighttime sleep.

5.)   Watch what you eat. Avoid sugars and caffeine before you nap, as this could prevent you from falling asleep. It is also a good idea to avoid food that is hard to digest which could also keep you from falling asleep.

Napping is a great way to catch up on sleep and puts the body in a relaxed state, which counteracts the effects of daily stress. Don’t feel lazy and take the afternoon nap you crave. Give your mind and body the rest it needs so you can wake up refreshed.

Healthier Teeth and a Better Smile in 5 Easy Steps

Who doesn’t want a beautiful smile? A smile can tell a lot about a person, it can also tell a lot about the health of their teeth. Follow these 5 easy steps for healthier teeth:

1.)   Brush frequently. Preferably, you should brush after every meal. If that is not possible, be sure to brush every morning and night to prevent tooth decay.

2.)    Floss daily. Your toothbrush can’t get all of the nooks and crannies in between your teeth, but dental floss can. You should floss at least once a day to eliminate food particles and any plaque that has formed.

3.)    Regular dental checkups. See your dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning. Your dentist may also take X-rays to look for early signs of tooth decay.

4.)    Limit the sugar. Limit the amount of sugary foods and drinks you consume. Sugars stick to your teeth and lead to decay when bacteria feed on them. If you’re going to enjoy a sugary snack, be sure to brush right after.

5.)    Drink tap water. Bottled water may seem convenient, but it lacks a key ingredient for dental health: Fluoride. Tap water from most municipal systems contains fluoride, but bottled water does not contain enough to protect teeth.

Drinking tap water is best when it comes to healthier and stronger teeth. However, it is recommended that your water is filtered to protect you from other harmful contaminants that find its way through.

The Brita Riviera Smart Pitcher will reduce chlorine, taste, odor and sediment while leaving a healthy amount of Fluoride to promote stronger teeth. This water pitcher has a space-saving design, flip-top lid and an electronic filter change indicator for your convenience.

The Brita UltraMax Dispenser Water Filter holds up to 18 eight ounce glasses and comes with one Brita OB03 replacement filter. This Brita dispenser eliminates contaminants while leaving fluoride to promote healthier teeth. Each filter will filter 40 gallons of water and needs to be replaced an average of every two months.

Healthy teeth are the first step to a better smile. In honor of National Smile Month, remember to smile every day and make the world a better place.