Happy Eid 2017!

Eid Mubarak to our friends in the Muslim community! We hope you spent a lovely weekend and continue to celebrate throughout the day with family, neighbours and friends. We hope this was an enlightening and cheerful Ramadan. Make sure to enjoy the lovely weather and some much deserved food during the day. Happy Eid 2017!

 

Eid 2017

Name the Famous Foursomes

If you know the four seasons of the year, the four sections of an orchestra, or even the four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, well then this quiz is for you. You have 10 minutes to name all 80 of the famous foursomes. Want to raise the stakes? Challenge a friend, family member or co-worker to see who can get all of the correct answers in the least amount of time. Click here to play. Good luck!

 

Foursomes

What is Cupping Therapy?

Cupping therapy is a form of alternative medicine where suction is used to promote blood circulation, reduce inflammation and increase relaxation. Think of it as a ‘reverse massage’, where the skin is being ‘pulled’ rather than ‘pushed’. Although cupping has been trending lately, the technique goes back to the ancient Egyptians, Chinese and other Middle Eastern cultures. However, just because something has been around for a while, doesn’t mean it’s safe or beneficial. Click here to read more about cupping therapy, what side effects are associated with the technique, what questions you should ask prior to treatment, and if it’s all really worth it.

 

Cupping Therapy

How we Conquered Smallpox

For thousands of years, humans had been exposed to smallpox, a highly infectious disease that ravaged cities and civilizations all over the world. Despite it’s infamy and high mortality rate, the last naturally occurring case of smallpox was in 1977. So how did we eradicate this disease? Watch the video below to learn more about smallpox, vaccinations and a cow named Blossom (seriously). Enjoy!

 

The 5 Major World Religions

Have you ever wondered what a Hindu believes in? How about a Jew, a Muslim, a Christian or a Buddhist? Here are the five major world religions and all the facts you were too afraid to ask. Along with a brief synopsis of where they come from, you’ll learn what their practitioners believe in, how old these mantras are, and how many people around the world follow their creeds. The more you know!

 

20 Beet Recipes

Looking to add a bit more colour to your menu? Try adding some beets in your next dish for superfood benefits and a crimson or golden pop. Feel energized with a sesame ginger beet quinoa bowl; be adventurous with beet latkes; be bold with beet brownies. Whatever you’re in the mood for, here are 20 beet recipes that can’t be beat (pardon the pun). Click here for your food inspiration. Bon appétit!

 

20 Beet Recipes

Happy Father’s Day!

In anticipation for this weekend, the Thumper team would like to wish a Happy Father’s Day to all dads out there. Thank you for your love, your support, your encyclopedic knowledge of all things, and for reminding us about that one embarrassing thing we did ages ago. Thank you for the little tips along the way and the milestone advice when we reach a crossroads. Thank you for your hard work, your taste in music and for your unfailing humor. As an homage to our dear fathers, the Thumper team would like to dedicate these ‘dad jokes’ to the special dad(s) in your life. Click here for 29 dad jokes that will leave you punned-out. Enjoy!

 

Happy Father's Day

Tendonitis Stretches: Peroneal Edition

Tendonitis is a medical condition that refers to when a person’s tendon (tissue that attaches a person’s muscle to a bone) is inflamed. It is a common condition that affects people who overuse certain areas of their body, particularly those who complete repetitive motions over a long period of time. Peroneal Tendonitis refers to micro-tears that occur in the tendons that attach a person’s calf muscles to their foot. If left untreated for a long time, Peroneal Tendonitis may be dealt with surgically, but luckily for those with this issue, there are stretches that can help alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with this condition. Click here for a list of four tendonitis stretches that will have you good as new in no time.

 

Peroneal Tendonitis

Food Waste: The World’s Dumbest Problem

Did you know that approximately one football stadium of food is thrown out every day in the United States? Did you also know that the majority of this food is untouched, unspoiled and perfectly edible? It’s crazy to think that pristine loaves of bread, pre-packed salads, and deli meats are tossed out every day, particularly when around 1 in 8 Americans cannot readily get food on their table. Watch the video below to learn more about food waste, and what you can do to stop it.

 

Push Yourself

Comfort. To some, it is inner peace, a state free of pain and suffering, an assurance that keeps us safe. To others, it is the moment we stop growing, the moment we turn down opportunities, the moment we stop living our lives. Comfort is a luxury many people hope for, but it is also a sign of stagnation if we let it take over our lives entirely. In the experience of Yubing Zhang, “life begins at the edge of your comfort zone”. So push yourself, because you never know what heights you will achieve.