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Like to order a large soda to go with your Value Meal? Well how about a side order of fecal matter?

I hate to spoil your appetite, but you might want to think twice about drinking sodas from soda fountains. Yep, the same soda fountains you usually find at your favorite fast food restaurant.

Research indicates that the plastic tubing inside the soda machines may be a breeding ground for fecal bacteria.

So just how does fecal bacterial end up in the soft drink machines? Employees who do not wash their hands properly and then touch the machine, or if the water lines are not thoroughly cleaned, allowing bacteria to spread throughout the water lines and into the drinks.

Hand washing is still the simplest and cheapest way to avoid getting sick, helping to prevent the common cold, diarrhea and of course, the swine flu (H1N1), among other things.

Makes you wonder huh: Like how often are these water lines are drained out and sterilize? You might be surprise to know how long.

Although there have been no reports of illness caused by the bacteria, contaminated drinks could pose a threat to people who are already weakened by sickness. If you’re one of those people who have a weakened immune system, you just might want to skip the self-serve soda fountain.

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Planning an adventure vacation in the mountains? Dreaming about blazing new trails in the rainforest? Then Dominica might just be the perfect island for that next adventure vacation.

Every year during the month of May the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association organizes a series of hikes around Dominica as apart of the annual Hikefest. As avid hiker, I’ve been able to trek many of these trails – most of which involves hiking up to the summit of mountains.

I have heard a lot about Altitude Sickness, but I’ve never seen anyone suffer from the illness until recent.

Many people tend to overlook altitude sickness as the reason for the ailments, as the symptoms are similar to those of the flu or the common cold. The low oxygen levels in the higher altitudes force your body to work harder to maintain the level of oxygen it needs.

Some of the symptoms to watch for when you first arrive at summit are shortness of breath, headaches, nausea, appetites loss and insomnia.

To avoid these ill feelings altogether, take a few simple precautions before you hit the trails:

Don’t try the difficult hikes on the first day of your vacation – cutting you activities to just a half day on the first day will allow your body to adjust to the new altitude.

Drink more liquids that usual – Mountains air does not contain as much moisture as the air at sea level, so you lose moisture when you breathe. Drink enough extra water and juices so that you urine say clear.

Don’t let yourself get too hungry – You want to make sure you get enough calories. A well-nourished body adjust to changes better.

Don’t Smoke – Smoking decreases the amount of oxygen getting to your body and could harm you more the higher above sea level you go.

If you do start feeling sick, don’t put off seeing a doctor. If you can’t get to a doctor, it wish to descend several thousand feet, if possible, to see if the symptoms go away. Continue to drink plenty of liquids and get lots of rest.

So the next time you’re planning a vacation that involves you climbing to high altitudes above sea level, you may want to keep some of simple precautions in mind.

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By now you should notice the skyrocketing prices for groceries at the supermarket – it’s hard not to notice these chances in prices, because they going up by the days, weeks, months and years. You may have also noticed that even locally produced food items like eggs and bread, have risen by nearly 25%; while many of the imported (processed foods) stays the same or drop in price. Even worse, the price of fruits and vegetable has all gone up at the local market, making it even more difficult for a family to eat healthy.

What could be causing these prices to up? There are many possible reasons: fuel cost, export restrictions, global shortages,and the list go on. But the true of the matter, you as a consumer these high prices are hunting you bottom line. Economists are predicting further price increases ahead, now, it’s becoming mandatory to save some extra money for the future. By the outlook on how things are going-no knows when these prices with come back down.

Here are some tips on how you can eat healthy and still save some money in these high times.

Stock up (now) on Basic Non-perishables Food Items

Over the past months, flour (white) has gone up by almost 30%. Rice 10% I strongly believe that now is a time to start stocking up on the important non-perishable. I’m not saying that you go and stock up a five year supply of everything, a half bag of rice will last a long time for any regular size family, it will not spoil and it will act as a cushion against the constant increase in prices over time. The same goes for other products like pasta, flour, beans, and vegetable oil, each of these are going up at mad rates so it would be worth it to buy this in large portions.

Eat What’s in Season

Fruits and vegetables has also seen an increase in price over the past two years, making harder than ever to eat healthy, ever for middle income families. Buying fruit and vegetables that are in season either at your grocery store or local farmers’ market is the best way to make sure you get a good deal, and can make a big difference in the price you pay.

Another way to save money is to freeze them. Pineapples, tomatoes, cherries, and mangoes all freeze very well, although freezing them may leave them a little soggy. Rather than simply eating them raw, there are still many uses for fruits in cooking. Same goes for vegetables, they freeze very well – they’ll be ready for use without any more prep work once you’ve clean and chop them before.

Buy Meat on Sale

Over the past several years, the price of meats have had a pretty flat average. Trick is to get it when it’s low or on sale. Then you freeze this too.

Plan Meals and Shopping Ahead of Time

Probably the most important thing you can do is to plan you meals and shopping ahead, this will help with in spoilage – which lots of time a result of poor planning. Writing it all down on a list and see what you’re going to need to make all your meals for the next two weeks. Bring that list with you whenever go the store/supermarket, try not to buy anything that’s not on the list unless you realize you honestly forgot something.

Take along a Calculator

Knowing how much you are buying as you go along shopping will help you stay within your budget, so that there will be no surprises at the check out counter. Luckily, a lot supermarkets put the price (per ounce, pound,etc), which makes it a lot easier for the consumer to decide what the better deals are.

Stop Buying Bottled Water

one of the biggest rip-offs in the world would be bottled water, especially in Dominica. You pay more for a bottle of purified tap water than you do for a soft drink. Aren’t there fewer ingredients in bottled water, so why are you paying more? That needs to be stopped right now. It’s cheaper to get an inexpensive reusable bottle and a water filter, if you must have a bottle of H2O with you.

Hope these tips can help you save some money on your next visit to the grocery store. What about you? What tips do you use to save some money at the grocery store? Share them in the comments.

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