How to prevent tick bites?

prevent tick bites

Tick bites are not good, just as tick bites are not good for dogs. It is not good for your health because there is a chance that you will get a serious infection from it. That infection is a disease called LYME, which is most common in spring and summer. But the disease can also be contracted at any time.

Protecting your health

It is very important to safeguard your health. But how do you protect yourself from those tick bites? We will give you some tips, each of which is very important against tick bites. Ticks are very small and can be anywhere, so it is very difficult to protect yourself.

Hiking

When you go hiking, you really have to be careful, especially in the mountains and forests. Ticks are most common there, so keep to the middle of the path. If you want to go deeper into the woods, I would really recommend wearing tick-resistant clothing.

Wear tick repellent socks, but of course also other tick-resistant clothing. These will help you get through the woods without getting a tick bite. So my tip is: don’t go into the forest without tick-resistant clothing, in no time you will get a tick bite and that’s not nice. Especially with a view to an infection.

At home 

Ticks can also be around your house and often in your backyard, without bothering you, but they are there. What can you do about it? There are a few things you can do:

  • Keep your garden in a good state
  • Keep the woods and sitting areas secluded from each other
  • Make sure you don’t have any mice
  • Keep materials such as stone and wood neat and tidy

Ticks get Lyme disease from mice, so if you keep materials like wood and stones neat and tidy, you won’t get mice. Also nearby your home, it is really important to wear anti tick clothing in the forest.

Tips for buying your first motorcycle, part 2

Last week, we started you off with the first steps towards buying a motorcycle. We talked about safety and the most important things to consider before buying a bike. This week, we’re diving deeper into the subject of buying a motorcycle.

4: Buy new or used

Just like with cars, you have the choice between buying a new motorcycle or a used one. For a beginner, we strongly recommend buying a used bike. Not only is it more affordable, there is a lot of other benefits to it as well. It will hurt less when you drop and scratch your bike. Because, trust us: you will drop your bike. Let’s just say it’s a rite of passage every new motorcycle rider has to go through. Also, used bikes are cheaper and easier to sell. So no worries if you find out that riding motorcycle isn’t for you after all, you can just sell your bike again.

5: Where to buy your used bike?

When you want to buy a used bike, you have a lot of options. Of course, there is the internet: there’s eBay, Craigslist, Marktplaats and many other websites. But what you probably don’t know is that there are also many Facebook groups. Especially if you already figured out what brand you want, Facebook is a real option. There are a lot of groups about certain brands, and people often offer their used motorcycles for sale. But there is also a downside to buying online. You have to make sure the bike is not stolen, and there is the part of going to a stranger’s house, with all the safety concerns. Also, you have to make sure that you’re not getting scammed. Luckily, there are motorcycle traders and motorcycle importers. A lot of them offer used bikes, and some of them can even import every model you want. Also, official traders and importers know their stuff and they will make sure that your motorcycle is in perfect shape. And if not, you can hold them accountable (something that is harder to do with a random person you’ve met online).

6: Get your new used bike checked

Congratulations! You just bought your first bike. If you bought a used bike, the first thing you want to do is to take it to a mechanic for a full check and tune-up. This is to make sure that your bike is in the perfect condition before you hit the road.

7: Get out on the highway!

You have done it! You have got your license, and you have got your bike. You have everything you need to hit the road. Enjoy it!

Are pre cut vegetables less healthy?

You may have noticed: pre cut vegetables are not only cut, but also packaged, unlike most fresh vegetables. There is a good reason for this: as soon as vegetable is cut it begins to lose nutrients. Moreover, it is much less resistant to germs.

That loss of nutrients is not in itself such a point: that happens in your kitchen also if you cut your bell pepper for example. The difference, however, is that you usually eat it immediately, while when it is cut in the factory it often takes a while before it ends up on your plate.

In order to avoid a significant loss, food manufacturers take all sorts of measures: from special packaging materials to preservatives. That is not a single objection to health: there are strict legal frameworks for this. And to give you an idea: it is often limited to vitamin C as a preservative and an inert gas (carbon dioxide or nitrogen) instead of air in the pouch. And usually those measures work excellently. In short, in terms of nutrients, pre cut vegetables are very similar to fresh vegetables.

So, pre cut vegetables are just as healthy as fresh vegetables. It contains about the same amount of nutrients and is just as safe to eat.

In practice, there will be other things in play. There is one consideration, which may be much more important than all the stories about vitamins and the like: the convenience factor in relation to the cost picture. Pre cut vegetables are almost always (much) more expensive than uncut fresh vegetables!  However, it is much easier and quicker to prepare.