Your pee could help the earth flourish
Let’s face it, the Earth is dying – the ozone layer is depleting, oceans are filled with plastic, and people are almost ready to pack up and move to Mars.
In hindsight, we haven’t been taking great care of it.
Not everyone’s given up, though. French startup, Toopi, has found a revolutionary way to turn our pee into fertilizer. Imagine the number of times you’ve tinkled in your lifetime, how billions are funneled into treating urine, and how we could’ve helped so many trees.
Apparently, this magical amber liquid is packed with useful chemical elements, like nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium – all the good stuff that plants need to grow.
No, this does not give you reason to pee into the bushes
Toopi has their own unique process in this, self-proclaimed, “peevolution”: Think of it like wine, and how wine-makers add bacteria to grape juice to transform it into something else. They do the same thing, except with urine.
According to tests, Toopi’s super-charged urine may function even better than fertilizers, helping corn plants grow 60 – 110% more than mineral fertilizers.
How you’d feel about eating that corn, is another story
Having issues with your pee? Check out this guide on Urinary Tract Infections and what you can do to treat and prevent it.
5 Singaporean stories to catch up on
1️⃣ Gen Z’s aren’t comfortable talking about mental health issues, despite 80% facing overwhelming stress.
2️⃣ Your job prospects could be influenced by your dental health — people who don’t smile may be perceived as distant or nervous.
3️⃣ Eating Durian may be good for your health, giving you that extra serotonin boost, helping regulate your sleep and more.
4️⃣ Singaporeans with the Apple Watch could earn some moolah by completing activities in the new HPB & Apple programme.
5️⃣ If you’re really unlucky (or just not careful), you might get Covid-19 twice.
And 5 facts to spice up your life:
1️⃣ Going on Keto might help with your asthma allergy by helping manage chronic inflammation.
2️⃣ You should’ve listened to your mum! Here’s why you shouldn’t eat pineapples on your period.
3️⃣ Nutrition experts say Kombucha hasn’t been tested enough to back up its health claims.
4️⃣ Men are more forgetful than women because we differ in brain structure.
5️⃣ Starving at night but still looking the same? Here’s why intermittent fasting might not work for you.
Not all hand-sanitizers work against Coronavirus
The Covid-19 pandemic has gotten people scrambling for masks and hand sanitizers. In the name of moisturizing and caring for your skin, people have started creating their own DIY hand sanitizers, with alcohol and other elements like aloe vera or eucalyptus.
The caveat, however, is that you might actually be harming more than helping, cause you can’t account for chemical reactions when these ingredients come together and whether they’ll be effective.
Of course, washing your hands thoroughly would still be most ideal, but there will be sitches where you want french fries and there’s no sink in sight.
When it comes to hand sanitizers, they need to have at least an alcohol content of 60% for it to be effective against the Coronavirus, otherwise, it may only help reduce the growth of germs instead of killing them outright.
If you’d like to stay on the safe side
If you want to learn more about hand sanitizers and Covid-19, General Practitioner, Dr Paul Ang, tells us more about what we can do to stay safe and clean.
HIPS DO LIE, BUT YOUR TEETH DON’T
The teeth are the window to their soul
With puncture-proof gloves and a lot of determination, scientists can gauge a sea otter’s age by examining their teeth.
At birth, baby otters are almost toothless creatures – with just four canines and two incisors. As they age, more teeth appear, and so does plaque-like buildup and wear and tear from years of chewing on hard-shelled food.
Apparently, it can get pretty gross.
Other than that, the sea puppies are adorable. As they age, they may get slightly fuzzier, have patchier fur, and scars on their nose, otters still look pretty much the same as they age.
The upside is that the gnarliness of their teeth help researchers determine the otters’ age, which in turn, helps them learn more about the species.
It’s also a good way for them to examine these sea puppies without stressing them out too much.
Hips do lie, but your teeth don’t
We humans have no excuse. We’ve got toothpaste, mouthwash, and a dentist to help keep our oral hygiene in check.
Sometimes we wonder if our dentist can tell if we lied about flossing daily, just by looking at our choppers. They can probably tell.
If you’re looking to fix your not-so-pearly whites, here’s our Complete Guide to Dental Veneers in Singapore.
Weird & Wonderful
- People would take care of themselves better if they had health bars.
- Given you shouldn’t ‘keep your eggs in one basket’, the scrotum seems like a real design oversight.
- Nobody cares if their deodorant is 24 hour or 48 hour, they are still going to apply it once a day.
- That 6pm cup of get shit done coffee seems like a good idea until it’s 4am and no sleeping gets done.
- More people have seen your neck than you have.
GRAPEFRUIT: A FOE OF MODERN MEDICINE
Grapefruits have always weirded us out
Why are they always recommended in diets? How could such bitter things call themselves citrus fruits? Why are they even called grapefruit when they taste nothing like grapes?
Grapefruits are the estranged uncles of the citrus family; the hipster ones who don’t conform to societal norms.
In fact, we can’t even be certain of where they come from, or how they came to be.
They’ve also always been associated with the idea of health and this was especially true when the Grapefruit Diet was in trend during the 1930s. Even back in the ’80s, they were described as the fruit that was good for you, and this perception holds true ‘till today.
A foe of modern medicine
As it turns out, there’s something more sinister about grapefruits – they are notorious for producing intense drug interactions and hence, a foe of modern medicine.
Studies show that less than a single cup is enough to mess up the dosage of medicine that enters your bloodstream, and if you’re curious – here’s a brief but incomplete list of said drugs:
- Benzodiazepines (Xanax, Klonopin, and Valium)
- Amphetamines (Adderall and Ritalin)
- Anti-anxiety SSRIs (Zoloft and Paxil)
- Cholesterol-lowering statins (Lipitor and Crestor)
- Erectile-dysfunction drugs (Cialis and Viagra)
- Various over-the-counter meds (Tylenol, Allegra, and Prilosec)
- About a hundred others
That’s crazy, because we’ve all taken one of these drugs at some point of time in our life. Luckily, in most of these instances, having several times the normal dosage of these isn’t that dangerous.
However, in some cases, they are and have the potential to cause serious side effects like kidney failure or cardiac arrhythmia.
To our friends who are trying to manage their cholesterol, we gotchu! Here’s our take on why you can’t mix statins with grapefruit.