Bamboo chopping board - Kitchentine

No matter where you go in the world from japan to the US and everywhere in-between, you’ll find chopping boards in all shapes and sizes, and made from all sorts of differing materials. The universality of this tool speaks to its importance, though it must be said, that not all chopping boards are made equal.

Bamboo - durable, safe, environmentally friendly and more...

The materials that these boards are constructed from need to adhere to certain criteria, such as how safe the materials are around food, the durability of these materials, how appealing they look etc. The most popular materials that tick all the criteria are usually made from plastics, epoxies and wood, but which stands out as the best for you and your family?

Anti microbial properties - no cross contamination

The simple answer is bamboo. Bamboo boards have vast advantages over other materials in various differing forms, such as being completely food safe, having wholly natural anti-microbial properties and being easy to clean. Plastics and other composites often have the disadvantage of having bacterial ruts cut into them by sharp knives. These ruts filled with bacteria can often lead to cases of cross contamination which can pose adverse health risks.

So why bamboo over other forms of wooden products? Because of the environment. Bamboo grows almost faster than any other type of wood, allowing the farming process to be speedy and harmless. Other wood species may take dozens of years to grow to a point where harvesting is even viable. Bamboo also has the advantage of preventing blade damage, as the wood is softer than many others, saving you time on sharpening and giving you more for cooking.

 

Bamboo, being a natural product, unfortunately isn’t indestructible. So taking care of your investment is very important. The use of food grade mineral oil to treat your boards is highly advisable, since it keeps the board from splitting, drying and losing its anti-microbial nature. Applying the oil to the board via a soft dry cloth is easy and painless, and should be done around once a month, depending on the use.

 

With all the advantages that a bamboo chopping board has over competitors and the ease with which to take care of it should be a treat to any individual who loves to cook and spend time in the kitchen. With great care and attentive use, these boards should last you well into the future.

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If you enjoy endurance sports like running, cycling or athletics, you are probably painfully aware of how important it is to stay adequately hydrated throughout your training and competitions. We’ve all made the mistake of under estimating our fluid intake whilst exercising and paying the price with weakness, dizziness, confusion and headaches - which is never fun.

Hydration made easy

As far as I am concerned there are two options, you either exercise where there is adequate water available to drink (which becomes slightly inconvenient as you have to stop every time), the other, is to carry the water with you. Unless you bring a caddy along with you to transport the water bottles, you are going to have to make a plan. Although some runners consider this to be very practical, and if you find yourself amongst them, have2buy has some great bottles available.

 Ultimately this leaves you with a few options. You can either carry water bottles by hand for the short runs, or get a camelback type system. Alternatively there is also a hydration product that has the best of both worlds and Orange Mud offers just that.

Handheld or Hydraquiver Hydration Packs

Handheld Hydration Packs might work well for shorter activities and have the ease of cleaning the bottle but become a burden to carry on the long runs. Yet water bottles are beneficial as they can be refilled easily when required and they are easy to wash when when dirty. The camelback type option also has its benefits. It is very practical to carry, but when refilling and cleaning its just not as serviceable as the simple water bottle.

 In my opinion the best hydration pack for runners, which offers the best of both worlds, is very likely the Hydraquiver from have2buy. You can carry it over your shoulder like a camelback but have the practicality and versatility of water bottles. The system sits comfortably like a sturdy backpack, where you can simply reach behind your head and access the water. If you find yourself out of fluid, you can quickly wash the bottles out and refill them whilst on the fly.

 The Hydraquiver, both single and double barrel have some great features as well, especially for runners. They are a low profile design, making them easy to wear. It comes with food/accessory pockets and a BPA free bottle. It’s also quite durable, which is great because when it gets sweaty you can just throw it in the wash. With all of these features and practicality, the Hydraquiver will undoubtedly be your favourite running partner.

 

 

We all know you need water, right? No, not beer or coffee, they don't count. We're talking, straight up just plain old clear water. But just how important is it really?

 Well, to put things into perspective, the human body comprises around 60% water and the human brain up to 85% water; even your bones contain around 15% water. With some leniency on the statistics, these are scientific facts.

 These are interesting numbers, but they are no more advanced than what you'd learn in a grade 5-science classroom. Yet, the question still remains, why do some people struggle to meet the daily water intake? 

 That question is quite easily answered, we forget. 

 We forget to drink fluids and loose track of our lives throughout the hustle and bustle of the daily grind. Now, we're all guilty of this, especially me, but is that really an excuse to compromise health and well being? I'm sure we'd all answer unanimously to that one. 

 Let’s just do a quick overview of the positive changes that can be made to your day-to-day routine with adequate water consumption. It can change your life in the long and short term. The right amount of water can have positive effects on your weight, mood, performance and skin-tone, amongst many other things. These are all well documented facts that relate directly to putting enough water through your body. Don't believe me? Google it. 

 So we can all agree that we should drink water right? Now if only there was a water bottle that could take the guessing out of consuming enough water, whilst also allowing you to keep track of how much you've had over the course of a day... Check out have2buy.com.au we might just have something for you. 

 

Especially during the summer heat, many runners begin to wonder how running with water would impact their performance. The answer? Positively. There are many benefits to hydrating while running and doing so with a running water bottle.
 
For starters, a lack of hydration forces your heart to work harder. Blood volume decreases, less blood returns to your heart, your heart pumps less blood, less oxygen-rich blood reaches your muscles, and you start to move at a slower pace.
 
If you’re in a race, it’s much more convenient to take casual swigs from your water bottle rather than try to stop amongst the crowds at a water station. It’s also more environmentally friendly than grabbing a paper cup and tossing it to the side.
 
Having water on you isn’t only good for drinking, but also for splashing on yourself as a refresher. Sometimes it’s the heat and sweat on your skin that causes you to feel lethargic.
 
While it might feel awkward to run with a water bottle at first, it will actually help your form in the long run. If you pay attention to how much the water moves in the bottle, you can learn to adjust your form accordingly so that you’re standing more upright and keeping your movements small and swift. You also might notice a little extra soreness in your arms or shoulders at first, but as you build upper-body strength, this will disappear.
 
Once you finish your run, you’ll feel much more refreshed than if you hadn’t been hydrating along the way. You’ll also feel more prepared for your next run, because you’ll recover more quickly if you haven’t suffered from dehydration.
 
Making it Happen
For a shorter run, you should be fine using a handheld waterbottle, and 21 oz. will be plenty of water. If you’re worried about your grip or exerting too much energy to hold the bottle, you can get a Hand Held Pack to hold the bottle. You’ll want a water bottle that is flexible with high flow caps and requires little pressure to squeeze the bottle.
 
You can go a step further and get a purist running water bottle, which makes the water as pure as drinking from a glass. The plastic is still flexible, there’s low surface tension shielding inside your bottle to protect it from odor staining and mold build-up, and it can be easily rinsed.
 
If you’re going on a longer run and might need more water, gear, and storage, we recommend trying a pack instead like the HydraQuiver. 
 
No matter the distance of your run, keep in mind that you don’t want to end up over-hydrated or bloated from drinking too much or too quickly. Take sips frequently rather than large chugs sporadically.

Putting running shoes to the road when the night falls has a fair share of benefits, and it’s a reason why many professionals train either early in the morning or at night when it’s dark. For one, the air is generally cooler at night when the sun is out of view. This means a more comfortable run once your body heat begins to reach critical mass.
 
Body temperature is also higher at later points in the day, which can increase strength and reaction time. Not to mention, cortisol and thyrotropin—two hormones crucial to energy metabolism—hit their highest levels in the evening.
 
While having fewer cars on the road is a benefit, the limited visibility does make night running a bit riskier if proper attire isn’t worn. However, taking risks (albeit calculated ones) makes life fun. But with less people out and about, the meditative qualities of a night run are apparent as every sound becomes more vivid and present. In fact, running at night has been proven to improve sensory abilities.
 
By running with diminished visibility, the body has to rely more on instinct and feel. There are less visual stimuli clouding up the mind, meaning a person will likely run in a more natural manner at night. Studies have shown that people also tend to run quicker as a result. Night running is an excellent way to boost proprioceptive skills, which is the technical term for those enhanced sensory abilities and a better synced mind and body.
 
Perhaps the best quality of running at night is the fact that you’re done with most of your daily obligations. You’re free and without time constraint. The lack of urgency will not just be great for decompression, but will lead to a more consistent pace and stride. When it comes down to it, running at night might be the best way to run.

 

For centuries, mankind has both succeeded and failed in his conquest of nature, scaling brutally steep summits and sailing the world’s most treacherous seas. Modern transportation has made travel significantly safer, and at the same time, has forced the most adventurous of us to look far and wide to satisfy our indigenous desire for extreme outdoor experiences.

And let’s face it- there’s a whole lot of world to explore, and finding the most epic hikes, rock climbing sites, or rushing rapids can be a quest in itself. So to help you get started, we’ve created a bucket list of 6 of the world’s most challenging outdoor adventures.

Huayna Picchu, Peru.

Towering in the background of Machu Picchu is the majestic mountain known as Huayna Picchu. The hike itself isn’t very long, but with the highest point at an elevation of 8,924, this jagged mountain is incredibly steep.

No more than ten feet into the hike your vigor will be immediately put to the test as you burrow beneath boulders on your hands and knees. From there you’ll climb up ancient stone steps that were carved out of the mountainside by the Inca, and enjoy breathtaking views of the ruins of Machu Picchu below.

Bright Angel Trail, Arizona.

Beginning at the south rim of the Grand Canyon you’ll descend over 4000 feet to the sapphire Colorado River. The good news is that this trail is all downhill, but the bad news is that temps go up to over 110°F almost daily in the summer months.

Many have died from dehydration while trying to go back up the 9 mile trail in scorching, mid-day heat, so be sure to save the hike back up for the wee hours when temps aren’t quite so blistering.

Whether you’re going down or back up Bright Angel Trail, stay hydrated between rest houses with the Orange Mud Hydra Quiver Double Barrel.  This handy hydration pack is worn between your shoulder blades and features two giant 24oz water bottles for maximum hydration. The Hydra Quiver is made with a lightweight mesh material, and even comes with two convenient shoulder pockets for storing your phone, keys, or other small valuables.

Salmon River, Idaho.

This self-proclaimed whitewater capital sure can talk the talk, but it undoubtedly has the rapids to back it up. Between Snowhole and Bodacious Bounce, Salmon River is chock full of Class III and IV whitewater rapids, perfect for all skill levels with ample spaces of calm water for respite. The surrounding landscape is super diverse, from age old volcanic gorges to gorgeous white beaches.  

Devil’s Path, New York.

Many consider Devil’s Path to be the most dangerous trail in the Eastern U.S., as it features four summits and over 24 miles of rock chutes, brutally steep ascents, and winding plateaus. To conquer this bear of a trail you’ll often find yourself climbing narrow gaps and sloshing through slippery creeks. But when you’re standing tall at the peak of the Twin summit, the stunning view of the emerald Catskills will make the hike well worth the torture.

Mount Hua Shan, China.

Strap on your safety harness and get ready to walk foot-wide wooden planks along the staggering sandstone mountainside of one of the Sacred Mountains of China. Once the planks end, you’ll have to clutch onto divots just big enough for your feet to make it around this precipitous wonder of the world.  Be warned- experts estimate that nearly 100 people die each year trying to trek Mount Hua.

Mount Pinatubo, Philippines.

Though this stratovolcano erupted nearly 23 years ago for the first time in centuries, the pearlescent crater lake at the top is as beautiful as any sight you’ll ever lay your eyes on. Hiking to the top of Mount Pinatubo you’ll delve into picturesque, sylvan scenes you thought only existed in role-playing video games, as you scale silver boulders and journey through lush greenery. Though many will tell you that the hike itself is simple, the sheer fear of eruption is enough to keep you on your toes.

 

When you consider that water makes up a whopping 70% of our bodyweight, the need to stay hydrated should never be taken lightly. From runners and weightlifters to landscapers and hikers, anyone with any sort of outdoor or active lifestyle needs to stay hydrated in order to perform. Even for the desk jockey, staying perky and alert at work means staying hydrated.

What is Dehydration?

In a nutshell, dehydration occurs when the body loses more water than it takes in. We lose water in a variety of ways, from perspiring when exercising to urination and digestive illnesses, such as vomiting and diarrhea. When we lose water, we also lose the electrolytes that are essential to proper brain, muscle, and organ function. 

Dehydration occurs in three stages based on severity. Most cases of dehydration are mild, and can be reversed with a slow intake of a fluid rich in electrolytes. Unfortunately, more common cases of dehydration can be tough to notice when you’re in the throes of action. So to help you know when to take a gulp of water, we’ve listed the most common symptoms of dehydration to look out for.

  • Sticky or dry mouth

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle cramps

  • Rapid heartbeats

  • Lightheadedness

When Is Medical Attention Needed?

More severe cases of dehydration can occur when dehydration is left untreated. In rare instances, severe dehydration can even lead to death. The good news is that severe dehydration is easier to notice than mild and moderate dehydration, but unfortunately, can easily be confused with other illnesses. If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should seek immediate medical attention:

  • Fever

  • Sunken eyes

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Consistent diarrhea or vomiting

  • Headache

  • Seizures

  • Several hours since last urination

Does Alcohol Cause Dehydration? 

Absolutely. Ever wake up after a night of drinking with a Charlie horse in your calf? The reason is because you’re dehydrated.
 
Alcohol is known as a diuretic, defined by  as a “substance that results in the body producing an increased amount of urine.” In essence, our bodies have a system that regulates how much urine we produce, in order to keep us sufficiently hydrated.

When we consume alcohol, the system is deceived into producing nearly twice the amount of urine that we normally produce when sober. As a result, the body expels more water than it takes in, resulting in dehydration.
 
Even if you chase your drinks with a glass of water, your body will still expel that extra water. The best way to rehydrate on a night of drinking is to stop drinking alcohol.  

Strategies for Staying Hydrated

The general rule of thumb for water intake is 6-8 8oz. cups of water a day. However, those who perform activities that result in excessive perspiration should always increase their water intake. Be sure to avoid sugary drinks, like soda and iced tea, and stick with good old H2O.
 
You can also stay hydrated with a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, like oranges, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, and spinach. Before an intense workout or run, eat a salad with the above ingredients. When you get in, scarf down a little bit of watermelon, strawberries, or cantaloupe. Remember, fruits are loaded with sugar, so be sure to consume them in moderation.
 
While you’re out and about, be sure to keep a readily available supply of water on hand. Even if you’re on your way to the office, it never hurts to keep a bottle of water in your purse or shoulder bag. If you’re exercising or working outside, the need for a readily available supply of water is ever more important, as the body is constantly flushing out water as a means of cooling down.
 
Staying hydrated can be a tricky affair if you’re the outdoors type, but with the HydraQuiver Double Barrel hydration pack from Orange Mud, staying hydrated is a breeze. Like a backpack for water bottles, this handy hydration pack is worn between your shoulder blades, designed to give you easy access to water on the fly.

 

Featuring two big 24oz. water bottles and padded arm sleeves, the HydraQuiver keeps you hydrated and comfortable even on the longest hauls. It even has a slew of zippered pockets for all of your small valuables.
 
To learn more about the HydraQuiver, check out this video. For more awesome hydration products, please visit www.have2buy.com.au

If you have any questions or comments about the HydraQuiver or staying hydrated, feel free to post in the provided space below. Stay hydrated!

 

Why Do You Run?

December 11, 2014

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Sure, we all know the health benefits of running, but as any other runner will tell you, there’s so much more to the sport than burning calories and keeping a healthy weight. In fact, many people argue that humans are specially designed to run. Between having far less hair than mammals to the shape of our feet, it can be said that humans are physically endowed with features that are favorable for running.

Over time, running has developed from the necessity of having to chase down our meals by foot to a voluntary activity that gives us fulfillment in other areas of life. So this brings us to the big question: Why do you run?

From losing weight to relishing the glory of completing a marathon, everyone has their own unique reasons for running. To get the conversation started, we’ve listed a few of the biggest reasons why runners are so passionate about their sport. After you’ve read through these reasons, tell us why you run in the provided space at the bottom of the article.

1. Weight loss.

Shedding pounds is often the “gateway” reason why many people get into running in the first place. Running is generally known as one of the fastest and most efficient means of torching calories and developing a lean, athletic physique.

2. To experience the great outdoors. 

The great thing about running is that you can do it anywhere, from the blacktop of Broad Street to the rugged dirt trails of Appalachia. When you plunge yourself into the great outdoors and navigate your world by foot, you become one with Earth as nature intended, rather than isolating yourself from its breathtaking sights and splendor as you do when you drive.

3. Explore new terrain. 

Boredom is serious stuff, and running gives us a chance to stimulate our hearts and minds by exploring new blocks in our neighborhood, parks, or famous trails we’ve never been to before.

4. To be fulfilled with a sense of achievement.

From completing the first 5K to finishing an ultra-marathon, running gives people a chance to surpass huge milestones and enjoy the glory of achievement—a feeling that isn’t always available in one’s profession.

5. Runner’s high.

Yeah, we’re for real. After long periods of strenuous activity, such as running, your body releases pleasure-inducing endorphins that can block out pain. The result is a euphoric state, helping you push your body beyond its limits. Ah, that 20th mile sure feels great, doesn’t it?

6. Supplement to other sports.

Simply put, running is one of the best, if not THE best aerobic exercise there is. Running is a part of training for just about every type of athlete, from distance runners to boxers. Even powerlifters sprinkle a bit of running in their training routine to help increase their endurance.

No matter what your reason is for running, be sure to stay hydrated with the HydraQuiver hydration pack from Orange Mud. Made with smooth webbing and an antimicrobial back pad, the HydraQuiver is a cozy and lightweight backpack for your water bottle, giving you super easy access to hydration. 

Featuring a slew of zippered pockets, the HydraQuiver provides plenty of space for you to store all of your small valuables, so you can keep your hands free throughout your runs. It even comes with a big 24oz water bottle that’s made entirely with BPA-free materials, so you can stay hydrated even on the longest runs.

Now that we’ve told you some of our reasons for running, tell us yours in the provided space below- we’d love to hear from you.

Live your dreams. Run.

 

You see them out there day and night, rain or shine, running along misty shores at the break of dawn or bustling city streets at sunset. With each pounding stride against the trail, their faces become more fraught with perseverance and determination.

Across the globe, runners are becoming a common breed as more and more discover the great joys that the sport can bring. So, what motivates them? What makes them rise at dawn to get seven miles under their belts when there’s always something else to do? A few amazing motivational factors include:

Great causes.

Big city marathons, such as the Chicago Marathon and the Boston Marathon, help raise thousands of dollars for charities every year. Raising money for a great cause that holds a special place in the runner’s heart is a big reasons athletes pound the pavement.    

The outdoors.

From the rugged trails throughout the breadth of U.S. National Parks to the prairies of South Africa, runners use their sport to discover the great outdoors and experience the breathtaking sights and splendor of Mother Earth. As any runner will tell you, one is overcome with an indefinable sense of harmony with the world when traversing the outdoors by foot.   

History.

A run through a historical spot has a great way of showing us just how small we are compared to the immensity of human history. Whether it’s a jog along the Great Wall of China or through the cobblestoned streets of Philly, running can be humbling.  

Self-expression. 

Self-expression is at the very core of the human condition. In light of both our trials and tribulations, running as an outlet for our emotions is about as organic a form of self-expression as it gets.  

To celebrate life. 

Runners understand that each day is a gift, and nothing makes one feel more alive than a long run first thing in the morning. Running is a metaphor for one’s tenacious approach to living, the tip of the iceberg of her resolve and persistence to succeed in all things. Simply put, life is the motivation for runners, and in turn, running is a natural motivation of life.

No matter what drives you to run, make the most of it with the Orange Mud HydraQuiver. This lightweight hydration pack goes on like a backpack, providing super convenient access to hydration without the bouncing you get with those flimsy water bottle holders.

The HydraQuiver is made with smooth nylon webbing and a cushy antimicrobial back pad for super sanitary comfort, and comes with a slew of zippered pockets for your keys, phone, or any other small valuables. It even includes a huge 24oz water bottle, made entirely with BPA-free materials.
 
Here at Orange Mud, your passion for the sport and motivation to run is what drives us to innovate. Tell us what motivates you by posting in the space below, and while you’re here, grab another sip of motivation by checking out the video below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCkyPwyyV_I

Live your dreams. Run. 

 

As Jen Edwards’s feet pounded the trail weaving through the meadows and mountains that make up the Fat Dog 120-mile trail run in British Columbia, her mind wasn’t on the tendonitis that had plagued her the entire time. Nor did she focus on the fact that the trail was the equivalent of running from sea level to the summit of Mount Everest.

Instead, the sight of snow-capped mountains and crystal clear lakes reminded her of one, indisputable fact.

She loved to run.

When the finish line appeared, Jen crossed with a smile on her face.

Oh—and a second-place finish to boot.

“I just love long distances, I love pushing myself, and I love the challenge. I think I’m a pretty tough chick. I like to prove it!” she said. We agree—the Fat Dog was named by Outside Magazine as one of the world’s toughest trail runs.

Jen, who lives in Olympia, Washington, started running when she joined the track team as a sprinter in the 6th grade. She later wound up joining the cross-country team to get in shape to play basketball. When basketball season rolled around, however, Jen made a realization. “I just wanted to run,” she said with a laugh. She opted for indoor track instead.

Jen continued running through high school and college, with the help of a host of supportive coaches. Later on, she began doing marathons and ultraruns.

“I’m always challenging myself,” she said. “I have two little boys, and I like to show them that even though you think you have limitations, you can beat them.” Jen is also quick to point out that she takes care of her body—eating well, sleeping well, stretching and seeing a physical therapist.
Jen, a self-described “gear hound,” quickly grew frustrated with hydration packs that caused chafing. “When you’re running the distances I am, you wind up wet with sweat, and that can make chafing worse. And it’s painful!” she said. She also wanted to be hands-free and liked bottles, but hated the plastic-y taste of most.

Enter Orange Mud’s hydration packs. Jen loves the fact that they sit high enough that they don’t cause chafing, they’re lightweight, and don’t bounce. She’s run with the HydraQuiver, HydraQuiver Double Barrel, and the HydraQuiver vest pack (her current fave). All of Orange Mud’s products keep this runner happy and energized. “They do everything you want and need them to do. I just can’t say enough good things about this company,” she said.

We’re looking forward to following Jen and seeing where her goals next take her. One thing we’re sure of? She’ll approach her future races as she’s done in the past—with a great attitude. “People say, ‘I can’t believe you’re smiling, after running 120 miles,’” Jen said of her latest feat. “But to me, that’s what running is all about!”