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DIY HCG Reviews

Health and Fitness - Josephine - August 5, 2020

DIY HCG is, by far, one of the best products in the entire market. Whether you are looking for a product to get started with the HCG Diet Protocol or you are looking for more drops to extend another diet, DIY has got you covered. The best part is that you can get a whole bunch of HCG information at absolutely no cost by signing up for their “”Loser’s Lounge.” This company really believes in giving you all of the information before you commit to the plan – and that’s a good sign!

 Product description / Kit content

 You can purchase the DIY drops or Mediral HCG drops from its websites.Both drops are priced at $39.77 per 1 fl oz.

There are two kits to pay attention to. The first is the “Money-Back Guarantee Pack” – this product is for all of the doubters out there (or those who are just nervous about the effectiveness of the plan). It includes:

  • Loser’s Manual (to make sure you get it right the first time)

The second package to consider is the “Movin’ on Up HCG Diet Double Kit.” This kit really blows customers away with all it provides:

  • Enough HCG Drops for 2 people for 30 days

It’s hard to believe everything they pack into this plan. You can really get a lot of value out of it if you are looking to make a complete change to the HCG lifestyle. If you really want to get to know more about this plan and see if this is really effective, it is advisable to also see some proven reviews online. This will give you more insights and ideas from the perspective of other people who have tried the plan. 

Pros 

 Whether you are considering dipping your toe in the water or taking the plunge, the DIY Kits have you covered. You can order a small amount of the product and you can order in bulk. The product also caters to those looking for a complete, simplified solution.

DIY HCG is ideal for newbie HCG dieter since the website offers a lot of help and advice for taking on the HCG diet. You can purchase all the necessary supplementing HCG diet products from DIY HCG too, such as sweeteners, seasonings, HCG diet approved foods, personal care products, tools and books.

Cons

 All of that simplicity comes with a price. The full package costs over $300.00 and rarely goes on special. If you contact customer service, you may be able to get a discount, but we have also found their response times somewhat lacking.

Retail Price / Special Offer

 DIY drops and Mediral HCG drops cost $39.77 per 1 fl oz; both are 15-day-supply Packs. Or you can purchase DIY HCG kits, which range in price from $75 to over $300.00. Getting a special discount can be tough without contacting customer support, and they don’t reply very quickly. The price is fair for everything that is included, but some budget conscious dieters may want to look elsewhere.

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Xara WebStyle 3

Guide - Josephine - August 4, 2020

Xara WebStyle 3 is the latest version of Xara’s entry level product for quickly creating graphics elements for your website. Xara is most famous for it’s vector graphics software XaraX and 3D software Xara3D. WebStyle 3 takes code from both these packages and offers a wide selection of 1000+ customizable templates for creating anything from buttons and banners to fully-functional drop-down DHTML menus. The interface itself feels like a webpage and is essentially a step-by-step wizard. It opens up on a sort of “homepage” that lets you select the type of graphic to create. Alternatively you can select from the menu of “links” on the left side menu.

The Tutorial button starts one of 7 high-quality Tutorials that guide you through performing 7 different tasks including loading previously saved work and making buttons. As you can see from the shot above WebStyle happily creates NavBars & Menus, ThemeSets (these are complete sets of consistent looking buttons, headings, navbars etc.), Buttons, Photos (you can apply very basic blur/sharpen, tint, contrast, saturation, brightness, crop your image and place your image on a background texture), Backgrounds, Bullets, Headings, 3D Headings, Dividers, Logos and BannerAds. Clicking on any of the graphics types takes you to a list of templates in that category for customization. Aside from the Photos and Backgrounds sections, the other options are based on templates built using XaraX or Xara3D and this means they are vector and can be scaled, colored and customized without loosing quality. You can also apply Xara X professional-quality drop shadows/glows with feathering and perspective settings (for making the element look like it is standing up on a floor).

For example to create a button it’s as easy as clicking on the Buttons category on the “homepage”… …Then selecting the desired template. You can easily filter the templates based on the types of designs desired… …then select the text button (from the left menu), enter the text for your button and select the font, text size and other standard settings… …then select the color button and set colors for your button. You can change the color of each part of the button. In the template I have selected you can customize the color of the text, gradient, page background and the little red light… …then select the texture button and choose a background texture for your button if desired. …as this button has a bevel you can select the bevel button and set the bevel. You can choose from a wide range of bevels (including round, flat, chiseled, Ridge, Frame, Point and Ruffle) and other bevel options such as contrast, depth and light source direction. …then select the shadow button and use the powerful shadow features to add an optional drop shadow… …then select the size button and scale the button to the exact size desired.

As the template remains vector, it is fully scalable without loss of quality. The text automatically scales with the button… …then select the NavBars button to create navigational bars (more than one button of the same type) and optionally add DHTML popup menus to each button. You can go back to the Color section to change the colors for each button state (i.e. Off, Over, Selected). Disappointingly, you can only set color settings for the DHTML popup menus and not change other attributes such as the padding or outline for each menu item… …finally select the Save button to save your graphic and optionally export the images and script to disk. You can choose JPEG, GIF or PNG for the final image and Xara WebStyle 3 offers a live preview of the compression settings selected. Then it’s just a matter of clicking “Save Graphic…” and selecting where to save to. There is a similar process for creating other types of graphics.

As you can see WebStyle 3 is very easy to use and delivers a variety of graphic types. Xara Webstyle 3 offers some compelling new features for owners of previous versions of WebStyle. Specifically you can now insert graphics directly from Dreamweaver or FrontPage. This works well and you can even re-edit the original graphic—Webstyle is launched and loads your graphic project. Xara WebStyle 3 also offers easy tools for inserting a thumbnail with popup. Simply select Photo from the main menu, load your photo or other image and go to the Thumbnail section. This is very useful for quickly inserting photo thumbnails and adding larger versions in a popup window. Xara WebStyle 3 even makes the popup window the correct size for the larger version of the photo. DHTML menus and NavBars are also new features of WebStyle 3. I would like to see more customization in future releases including spacing, padding and even using buttons as the actual menu items instead of just text.

Of course there are also hundreds of new templates so there is more chances of finding just the right element for the job. Xara WebStyle 3 is a fast, high-quality piece of software for entry level users to efficiently create all sorts of elements for their websites. Keeping everything in original vector format means templates have high quality output even after scaling and customization. Users should have a lot of fun customizing the 3D headings and various other template designs. The online help and Tutorial videos are excellent and even without these resources the interface is intuitive and easy to follow.

Professionals however may not be as impressed. There are a few tools that may be useful such as the thumbnail with larger popup feature and DHTML navigation bars. Successfully integration with FrontPage and Dreamweaver makes these tools readily accessible. However, generally the other design templates are a little too specific for larger websites and even with extensive customization the resulting images can still look like they are based on canned templates. A free trial version and more information is available at Xara’s website: For Windows

All in all, Xara WebStyle 3 is an excellent venture to try out especially since Windows is a readily available option for such ventures and with adobe photoshop for mac taking a backseat thereby providing opportunities for new brands, this is going to become a successful option in the times to come while following tutorial videos would help you in enhancing your knowledge in a big time way.

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5 Things To Consider Before Using Weight Loss Pills

Fitness, Guide, Health and Fitness, Pills, Weight Loss - Josephine - July 30, 2020

People are constantly skeptical of something that is just so good. This is especially true for weight loss pills. One of the hardest things to do is lose weight in this day and age. With all the pressures and responsibilities of everyday life people have no time to exercise. And yet, something as good as weight loss pills makes people look at it with a mistrustful eye.

Admittedly there are a lot of pills out there claiming to make you lose weight in a jiffy but instead they have done more damage than good. Some of them are inauthentic or fake pills that can cause severe illnesses like hypertension, allergies, even headaches and fevers. Others can cause frequent urination or bowel movement and other side effects that can be a great risk to your health. However, though these kinds of pills are out in the market, there are those that are the real deal alongside them. Some things should be considered through the people while buying the weight loss supplements after visiting nutrisystem review. The reviews should offer a clear and clean picture of the benefits of the pills in the elimination of calories. The risks to the health should be less with the purchase of the right supplements.

It now becomes imperative to distinguish the fake ones from the genuine ones which can promise greater health, successful and safe loss of weight. Here are some points to consider:

1.Do a background check. There are a lot of reviews that can be found in the internet regarding weight loss pills. Some have praised certain brands while others have been totally rejected. These reviews of the products will give you an idea as to whether the weight reduction pill can deliver its great claim to weight loss.

2.Read the fine print. Most medications have contraindications that may be harmful to your health in the long run. Knowing the side effects of the weight loss pills will either prepare you for the worst or better yet make you consider not using that particular brand in the first place.

3.Appraise its efficacy. There are some pills that are safe but not effective because of the different physiological make-up of each individual. So what may work with one person may not necessarily work with the next. Therefore, it is important to know your own body before using any weight loss medication. Buying a product that will not work for you is like throwing your money and your precious time down the drain.

4.Complimentary activities. It is also important to find out if it is necessary to go into weight loss management programs to maximize the effectiveness of the weight loss pill. There are certain brands that do not work unless physical activity is engaged in. This is important to consider before purchasing weight loss medication as things like time and physical health need to be factored in.

5.Consult your doctor. This maybe a cliché but it is a very important element of having a healthy life and a safe weight loss program. As mentioned earlier, everyone’s physiology differs from another. Some pills, although generally safe, may prove to be harmful to people who smoke or are taking another form of medication. Exercise which is healthy may be too much of a strain for others who have hypertension. In which case, it is always best to get the advice of a professional who may know more about your body than you do before entering weight loss program that involves taking pills.

All in all, Weight Loss Pills are not too good to be true. It is real and it is within your grasp. All that is needed is the exact information, full knowledge and proper advice and you will be on your way to a healthier life.

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Free Spirit — LaTresa’s Nice Fusion of Bluegrass, Country, Pop, and the Blues

Music - Josephine - July 25, 2020

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I’ve never been much of a country or bluegrass fan–my tastes run to the rock ‘n roll area, and anything from pop to the metal usually catches my attention on gudang lagu. I’ve always thought that singers and musicians in the country and bluegrass field were some of the best around, and I always sort of liked the traditionalist philosophy that they had. Amplification is an anathema to most of these folks, and they generally eschew electronics in favor of traditional musical instruments, which is in truth how music is probably supposed to be made. When I received a copy of Free Spirit by an artist named LaTresa Orndoff, I gave it a listen and decided to see just how an aging rock ‘n roller like myself could review an album of a musical style that I hadn’t really related to much before.

Here’s what I learned.

Free Spirit–LaTresa was recorded in 2003 at Direct Image in Nashville, Tennessee. The CD was produced by Kenny Royster and LaTresa, and all songs were written by LaTresa. Ever true to her bluegrass and country roots, traditional instruments are used on every track. Banjo, acoustic guitar, harmonica, upright bass, dobro, mandolin, and fiddle appear on almost every song, and the only electric instrument I could detect was lap steel on a track or two. The players are excellent, and all vocals and most harmonies are performed by LaTresa. The production is almost seamless, and the overall sound of this CD is impeccable.

As I said earlier, I suspect that LaTresa’s musical roots are firmly grounded in bluegrass and country, but there are enough pop, blues and modern country influences that made me feel like I was listening to somewhat of a fusion of all these musical styles. It certainly made the listening experience enjoyable and gave me an idea of what musicians might have influenced this artist.

Track List

  • Gone To Memphis
  • This Turn Is Mine
  • Whenever My Eyes Cry
  • Something Blue
  • Free Spirit
  • Really Hurtin’Over You
  • From Her Memory
  • I’ve Gotta Go
  • Love Curse This Hold
  • Before I Go Too Far
  • Holy Moly
  • Where Time Flies

My Thoughts

Gone To Memphis kicks things off with a rather tame, dolorous intro that resolves quickly into a rollicking dose of bluegrass featuring all those traditional instruments and some interesting pop stylings. This Turn Is Mine falls squarely in the pop genre and exploits the use of acoustic instruments in that pop setting. Whenever My Eyes Cry is written in waltz time and brings some of the classics of Patsy Cline to mind, while Free Spirit is an upbeat tune featuring a great fiddle line and vocals that sound a lot like Juice Newton. Really Hurtin’ Over You has bluesy inflections, and neat harmonica line, and a tip of the hat to Hank Williams with the “walkin’ the floor over you” line.

Something Blue turns a cliche’ into a solid country song featuring some incredible vocal acrobatics by LaTresa, while the gorgeous Where Time Flies takes a restrained, introspective look at a failing relationship, with acoustic treatment and seamless harmonies. From Her Memory puts LaTresa’s delicate vocal delivery up front, along with a beautiful acoustic guitar line and some fine dobro work, and Before I Go Too Far features a banjo, fiddle and nice harmonies, which further compliment LaTresa’s delicate vocal delivery. Her strength as a songwriter is emphasized by the very clever hook line “I think  better go before I go too far.”

I’ve Gotta Go is an upbeat tune with some interesting time signatures and some very competent mandolin and dobro work, while Holy Moly, with its blues inflections, and Love Curse This Hold, with good lap steel playing, prove that LaTresa can belt one out with the best of them in the bluesy country style of Loretta Lynn and some of the other country greats.

Free Spirit is a fine collection of songs. Not only is Latresa an excellent vocalist, but she’s also a great songwriter with a knack for fusing pop themes and blues inflections with the bluegrass and country styles that she was probably raised on. Catchy hooks and this unique fusion makes this album work for me, and you should give it a listen too.

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Five Ways to Wear the ’40s Fashion and Glamour Look

Fashion - Josephine - July 23, 2020

Wearing vintage-inspired clothing is incredibly fun. The ’40s in particular were an interesting era for fashion, as those years contained elements of drama, and an air of sophistication-all while remaining incredibly demure. Many designers are leaning toward this specific era in their clothing lines for fall and spring. These pieces can really refresh your wardrobe and take you out of a fashion rut. But take care in selecting the pieces you wear, lest you appear like an extra from an old Turner Broadcasting film (no offense to old Turner Broadcasting films…)

High Heeled Spectator Shoe

A relatively safe way to begin incorporating 40’s pieces is with the feet. Start by trying out a high-heeled spectator oxford. These shoes have a classic charm. But their high-heels (of varying heights and “girths”) are what provide them that modern appeal. Beware; there are several different “mod” versions of this shoe. By sticking with a more conservative version you will get much more wear out of them-even after the fad passes. Don them with a pencil skirt and a sexy ruffled blouse. It will help greatly if said blouse is in a bright color, so as not to look too sedate. Or give the style some “funk” and wear them with a classic tweed mini and a pair of slinky leg warmers in a neutral color.

When it comes to funk, then you have various options to choose from as cheap wholesale clothing & discount fashion are the new norms of the society because fashion statements truly define your personality while the color pattern is an added bonus

Cropped Mock Cape

This ultra glam look is terrific for the fall and winter-especially with a slim turtleneck underneath. Weekend wear calls for a trim pair of dark-washed jeans. Dress the mock cape with a few strands of chunky necklaces in rustic hues. These will keep the cape from looking too dowdy.

And depending upon the texture and embellishment on the mock cape, you could also toss one over a slinky mini-dress. The mock effect is terrific for adding a touch of glamour to an otherwise simple dress. To keep the outfit from looking too dated, be certain to pop on a really sexy shoe.

Jackets with “Strong” Shoulders

Watch any of Turner’s classic films, and you’ll notice that many of the damsels wore jackets with very defined shoulders. Don’t get this confused with the monster shoulder pads of the 80’s. The 40’s shoulder contained sharp lines, but were very tailored, with the rest of the jacket cutting fairly close to the woman’s shape. The modern twist on these jackets reveals cropped lengths worn with belts. There are lots of ways to play up this particular style. The narrow mini works well with tights and an exaggerated shoe bootie. Remember to keep hair soft and wavy with these structured styles, as this is also a relevant throwback to the fabulous 40’s.

A-Line Skirts

Another thing to note is the popularity of the A-line skirt. These skirts were traditionally worn longer during the 1940’s-often with a matching blouse of the same color. The contemporary version of this style dictates a slightly shorter hemline. You’ll find that dresses with this kind of hem will have cinched waists (some with belts) and muted, sophisticated tones. These kinds of skirts and dresses look fabulous with T-strap pumps.

Accessories

If you really want to affect that vintage charm, get yourself a pair of sophisticated gloves. To pull off the look without appearing too kitschy, make sure to wear them in weather conducive to “warming the fingers.” Belts and mini-tote bags are essential to exacting the conservative chic of 40’s fashion. Fashionistas will also be unafraid to experiment with hats. Most hats were generally on the small side, so as to reveal a woman’s supple wavy hair. Fedoras with a delicate brim also showcase this era quite well, especially with a few well-placed embellishments.

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Pokemon Go Premier Cup And Master League Rollout In Latest Pvp Update

Gaming - Josephine - July 22, 2020

Pokemon Go is the favorite game available on mobile devices for most of the mobile gamers out there. This happened due to the unique and special experience that pokemon go provided its players. Using the fairly new AR Technology, they created a game that makes the people believe they are in a completely new world where the pokemon are the real deal! You are a pokemon master trainer who is on an adventurous and realistic journey that involves catching new pokemon that could be found in real-life places. If you are a fellow Pokemon Go fan then you must be aware of the latest PVP update of the same. To enjoy the game experience to its highest potential, you can check out pokemon go accounts ebay as well.

Pokemon Go Master League Return and Premiere Cup

With the new PVP update, the developers of Pokemon Go have also confirmed that the Premiere Cup of Pokemon Go will start now and it will run for the next few weeks as well. Along with this, you can also expect a return of the Master League in the game. 

Where the Pokemon Go Premiere Cup will not allow you to use legendary pokemon, i.e, there is no involvement of legendary pokemon in this particular event. As you participate in these events, you will be able to earn huge rewards and perks of winning as well as participating. By doing this, you will enhance your overall experience of playing the game by earning some of the best prizes, pokemon, and more. With the help of all these perks, you can enjoy the best experience ever. To enjoy your experience without having to participate in many events and working hard to level up, you can simply purchase pokemon go accounts at cheap prices and enjoy the perks without having to work hard and put in a lot of effort.

Why should you purchase Pokemon Go Accounts?

The first reason why you can think about purchasing pokemon go accounts is that you can easily enhance the entire gaming experience instantly without having to wait for long days and working hard every day, completing various tasks, participating in events, gaining rewards for leveling up, etc. All these things could take up a lot of time and the results may still be very far. In such a scenario, it would better to just purchase the master-trainer pokemon go accounts ebay that will let you enjoy all the benefits that a master trainer can in a short time. Waiting for so long could be a difficult thing and you might eventually get bored if you keep trying without seeing positive results.

How can you purchase these accounts?

If you want to purchase Pokemon go accounts then you can easily search online for various websites that will sell these accounts at an extremely cheap price. After verifying the details of the accounts, you can choose the one you wish to buy, make the payment, and enjoy endless benefits instantly!

Purchase Pokemon go accounts now!

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Tips To Protect Your Online Identity

Guide, Internet, Online, Social Media - Josephine - July 22, 2020

  • Make a strong password. Stronger passwords are much harder to crack, and will eventually make the hacker give up. A strong password should contain at least one capital letter, one lower case letter and one number. One way to create very strong password is to base it off of a phrase. For example, the phrase “I went to Cal Poly and majored in Computer Science” would translate into “iwtCP2003amiCS.” This makes passwords very strong and memorable.
  • Use different passwords on different websites. This is one of the most important tips in this article. If your password on one of the sites you belong to is compromised, that person has access to every other website you have signed up for. One possible way to combat this is to break up web sites into priority groups. For example, any site that in any way involves money or contains personal information gets a unique password. Less important web sites get the same password.

  • Make sure you know your friends on social networking websites. If a person with malicious intents was able to view private information on your Myspace or Facebook profile, they could possibly use it to reset your password using most web site’s password recovery system. This brings up another important point. When deciding on a security question for a site, make sure the answer is extremely obscure, and not something publicly posted anywhere.
  • Check for hardware keyloggers. They can log everything that is typed on a computer, including passwords and emails. These will look like small usb drives between the port on the end of your keyboard and where it plugs into your computer. It is a good idea to check for these before using a computer from anywhere you don’t trust. Proper protection is provided for the purchase of followers from massgress.com. The hardware of the website will suit with the needs of the purchasers for the account. The allotment of the time and efforts should be correct to get an increased followers advantage.

  • Protect yourself from trojan viruses and software keyloggers. These generally do the same thing as hardware keyloggers, but are instead a software. They are much more dangerous, being able to send logs to anywhere on the internet, and therefore not requiring physical access. You can check for trojans and software keyloggers by running an antivirus. I recommend Avira’s AntiVir Personal for its high detection rates and low system resource usage. If this is not an option, you can type your password with Window’s built in On-Screen Keyboard, located at Start  gt; All Programs  gt; Accessories  gt; Ease of Access  gt; On-Screen Keyboard. Keyloggers will not be able to detect anything typed on this.
  • Don’t fall for phishing scams. These will often appear as disguised links to popular websites that require your login credentials. The easiest way to combat phishing is by checking the websites URL, located near the top of your web browser. Make sure it matches the website that it appears to be.
  • Don’t use public wireless internet (often called wifi). It is all too easy to intercept an unsuspecting person’s username and password. If it must be used, make sure the site you are signing into has “https://” and not “http://.” The “s” at the end means that all information being submitted is encrypted, so it appears as jumble to the hacker.
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Quitting Your Weight Loss Plan!

Health and Fitness - Josephine - July 21, 2020

Many people all across the world on a daily basis make a decision that they want to lose weight. Now, how many of them do you think actually see it through to the end and reach their goal? Not that much right? This is because it is all too easy to give up on losing weight. This is not always due to people just giving up because they can no longer be bothered or they are finding it too difficult, another reason is down to people putting everything they have into it and not seeing any results. I’m sure you will all agree this can be very disheartening, making it very easy to quit as they just do not believe they have what it takes to lose weight.

What you will find is that many of these people have lost weight initially, but then gained the weight again in time. Others will have had to deal with issues surrounding their weight all of their lives and have never found any success in a weight loss program. Trying to shift a lot of weight over a long period of time, sometimes years or decades will make any person feel they can’t achieve their goal and they come to the conclusion they are going to be overweight for the rest of their lives so they quit!

This is a very sad thing to hear but how wrong that person is. Even if they have 50 or 60 pounds to shift, it can be done, and in a lot less time than they think. No one has to give up on losing weight as we ALL have what it takes to lose the weight we want. Some will take longer than others as we are all different but we can all achieve our target no matter how hard it may be. All we need is the will to succeed.

People who have lost weight successfully and kept that weight off have done so by eating a healthy balanced diet, which goes without saying I’m sure you’ll agree. You can also read about their experience with leptoconnect reviews as well. However, in addition to healthy eating, they also adopt 2 very important lifestyle choices to their day to day lives.

Lifestyle Choice 1 – Cardiovascular Exercise!

Cardiovascular exercising is critical for anyone wishing to lose weight. You should do at least 30 minutes of cardio 7 days per week, however for more effective results, 60-90 minutes 5 days a week should do the trick. This increases your metabolism and in turn, burns more calories leading to weight loss. If you want to lose weight, then put on your runners and go out for a jog. It costs nothing to do and will benefit you greatly. If running is a little too difficult for you to take on at the beginning then go out for a walk or a power walk if possible, slowing building up to a jog. Every little help!

Lifestyle Choice 2 – Weight Training!

Applying weight training 3 days a week to your life will also benefit you. This has a fantastic effect on your metabolic rate and allows you to gain lean muscle at the same time. Muscle tone is what gives your body the ‘look’ we all desire, therefore weight training is a key ingredient. People who have used weights while working out during their weight loss plan find it easier to keep the weight off than those who didn’t.

Now, as I mentioned before, a healthy balanced diet coupled with healthy eating habits is also of great importance to achieving your weight loss goal. However, many people will say that while exercising daily, they find their eating habits changing for the better without too much effort. When exercising, you’re eating habits just fall into place and become consistent with your training regime, meaning a healthy diet will become part of your everyday life as you want to achieve the most out of your training. Training can put you in the right frame of mind to apply healthy eating to your lifestyle, resulting in you choosing the right foods, losing the weight you want to lose, looking great, and generally feeling a lot better about yourself.

For those of us that do find ourselves quitting our weight loss plan, it is more often than not down to the fact that the importance of exercising has not been put across properly. Doing a 20-minute walk 2 or 3 times a week is not going to do much, if anything, for your weight loss goal. If you really want to lose all the weight that burdens you in life, then you MUST adopt a truly serious attitude towards exercising.

We are looking to increase our metabolism, we are looking to view exercising as part of our everyday lives, we are looking to be a healthy person all while looking and feeling great and if we apply these thoughts to how we look at exercising, the weight will fall off in no time at all.

Enjoy and good luck guys!!

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The Healthy Wonders of the Dandelion

Health and Fitness - Josephine - July 21, 2020

Dandelions, a plant known by most as a horrible and destructive menace to good lawns everywhere. However, few likely realize that the dandelion can be a very beneficial plant, although its strengths are far and removed from gardening applications. In fact, although it may seem very surprising, the dandelion, or more specifically the root, has an astounding number of health benefits that can be gained from consuming it. Eating dandelions? Yes, the concept may sound a bit strange, but this is fact, not fiction, and the roots of the dandelion plant can indeed be very beneficial for a variety of reasons.

Of course, the benefits of dandelion roots are not a new discovery, and many estimate that the roots were used for medicinal purposes as far back as 900 AD. One does not even need to delve to the dandelion roots to get health benefits, as the leaves themselves are notoriously high in vitamins. Although eating the leaves raw is not recommended, substantial amounts of vitamins A, B, C and D can all be found in the leaves. Of course, for a plant to be considered a true health supplement, it must have a few more benefits than just high vitamin content, and indeed, dandelions also contain a good variety of different nutrients. For example, the leaves contain iron, calcium, boron, magnesium and silicone. Dandelion leaves also have the potential to reduce cholesterol, and are sometimes recommended as a supplement for women going through pregnancy, or anyone suffering nutrient deficiency, the primary reason being that the plants leaves are so high in such a variety of different nutrients. As mentioned before, eating the leaves raw is not recommended, however, a quick trip to any larger drug or nutritional store should yield dandelion leaf and root supplements in large supply.

While we now know that the leaves are healthy, it is also worth mentioning that even the roots of the plant can be incredibly beneficial for health. Dandelion roots belong to the class of supplements known as “diuretics”, meaning that they have the potential to flush water from a person’s system. As a direct result of this, dandelion roots have been shown to have a very positive effect on the digestive system, and have been used for a long time as laxatives and appetite stimulants. Although it has not been proven, some doctors even make the claim that dandelion roots have the potential to remove toxins from the liver and bladder. Of course, considering the other benefits of dandelion roots, the fact that they may also be beneficial for the liver should really come as no surprise. Leptitox Real Reviews will deliver effective results to the patient that should be beneficial. The reviews are available at online website to offer the right results to the customers. The label should be read carefully to get the desired results. Some surprises should be made available to the people to have the weight loss benefit. 

Become of the positive effect that dandelions are shown to have on the stomach and digestive system as a whole, they are also recommended to treat indigestion, heart burn, infections occurring in the urinary tract and a host of other digestive problems. Still though, it is worth mentioning that not everyone will reap positive effects from taking dandelion supplements, and, in some cases, they can cause some minor issues in the digestive system, but nothing more serious than an upset stomach is possible. In another positive note, dandelions have been shown to have no interactions what so ever with any kind of additional drug or stimulate, meaning that the health benefits can be absorbed at all times, regardless of what else a person may be taking or any required medicine.

So, the next time that you happen to see a dandelion taking root in your yard, resist the urge to rip it violently out of the ground. The dandelion can be a very helpful plant, and it is definitely something worth checking out the next time you visit any kind of health food or drug store. However, if your not sure if dandelion supplements are right or you, make sure to check with your doctor, which is always a smart move before beginning any kind of vitamin or nutritional supplement. For those who may be searching for a simple cure for stomach and digestive system problems, dandelion supplements may be just the thing.

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Surviving a Heat Wave Without Air Conditioning

Health and Fitness - Josephine - July 20, 2020

Old people are dropping like flies throughout Southern Europe from the extreme heat wave that has been buffeting this part of the world. From Romania, Macedonia and Greece come daily the reports of people completely unprepared for the heat passing out and some of them dying. It reminds me of the summer back in the late 90’s when I was in college and the temperatures throughout France and England were topping 100 on a daily basis and people were succumbing to heat stroke. It’s hot here in Istanbul. The temperature for the past three days has risen into the mid 90’s and as high as 100. Making it far worse, however, is that it has also been quite hazy and the haze traps the heavy air pollution from a city of 12,000,000 that really doesn’t care all that much about the environment. Istanbul exists in a sort of bubble immune from the corrosive action of PC campaigns. Istanbullus, for instance, never take a holiday from smoking, no matter how hot it gets. They buy small bottles of water for a half lira a piece and then throw them out on the street when they are done. I buy these bottles sometimes, though a I die a little bit inside every time I do, thinking of the neverending pile of plastic rubbish growing in the world’s landfills. I also try to expiate my sin by refilling the bottle from water cooler at work rather than just buying another one.

Its not as hot here in Istanbul, though, because the city is so thoroughly surrounded by water. John Freely, on the first page of his masterly, “Strolling Through Istanbul” quotes a Byzantine poet who described the city as “surrounded by a garland of waters.” The currents and breezes created by Istanbul keep the city from absolutely baking. As does the fact that unlike New York, there is far less asphalt to trap the heat. It’s a good thing too because it hardly ever rains here in the summer time and almost no one has air conditioning.

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The lobby of English Time, the language school where I work, is really the only thoroughly air conditioned place that I experience throughout my day. Not the whole office, mind you, but only the lobby is air conditioned where prospective students come in and sit down to find out why they should learn English with English Time. The office is very impressive, actually. The buildings on Istiklal Cadessi (Independence Street), of which English Time is one, are mostly stately mansions. They are relics from the bygone days when Istanbul was the capital of the Ottoman Empire and these gorgeous piles with the high, gilded ceilings and frescoes were the embassies of the richest nations on Earth lining the boulevard then called la Rue De La Pera. Now, of course, the capital is in Ankara, as are all of the embassies and the current inhabitants of these buildings are middling English Academies, restaurants, music shops and night clubs. Regardless of the current occupant, the office is impressive and each day, after slogging my way through the streets I sit quietly in the air conditioning until my body temperature returns to double digits.

I have browned considerably in the month that I have been in Istanbul and along with my manner of dress and my beard I am beginning to look like a Turk. I am actually flattered when Turkish people ask me questions in their language, not realizing that I am an American. They have one sure-fire way of telling that I am from the west, however; I sweat like a pig. I hate disgusting; I find it positively revolting. Yet everyday as I push my way through meandering crowds of people, trying to stay in the stripe of shade on the margins of Istiklal, I am pouring buckets of perspiration from my forehead. The Turks never sweat. I don’t know how they do it. They are just as heavily dressed as I am and yet they walk around looking cool and composed when the sun is blaring down on them like a malevolent finger of God.

I appreciate air conditioning in a completely new way, living here in Istanbul. My mother always keeps her house frigid with central air conditioning from mid-May through October. I used to hate it because I would walk around with a constant chill around my ribs but now I yearn for the blessed Freon cool of her house. Still, I’m here for the summer and I have to deal with the heat so I have approached staying cool in a number of ways.

For one thing I choose my routes through the city based on the angle of the sun. I avoid long walks through open spaces where the sun strikes my forehead full force until I beg for mercy. I choose narrow streets with tall buildings and walk on the shady side of the street. I also take frequent breaks when climbing up hills or walking longer distances.

I wear light colored shirts and when possible, light colored pants. I can’t wear shorts to work but I find that even if I could, light pants tend to reflect and diffuse heat better than my own bare legs. I do wear sandals to work, which is a necessity in a city as roughly cobbled as Istanbul. My footwear allows me to diffuse more heat from my body though after three weeks of not wearing socks and shoes, my feet are beginning to look like Frodo’s.

I drink a few gallons of water per day. That’s obvious but what is not so obvious is that I also drink a good amount of salt per day. Salt helps your body retain water and you lose lots of it when you sweat. A great source of salt is from drinking Ayran. Ayran is a Turkish drink made from yogurt that is like salty sour milk. It sounds disgusting and it is the first few times you drink it but it grows on you and it goes down very well with many local dishes. Ayran gives me my salt and keeps the benevolent bacteria in my gut happy,

I don’t get too close to people or stand in crowds. There are many benefits from avoiding proximity to other humans in hot weather. You are less likely to be robbed, for one thing. For another deodorant hasn’t exactly taken Istanbul by storm. The most relevant reason, however, is that crowds of people generate heat in a big way. It can actually be quite disgusting standing by the door at the ferry dock waiting for them to open up so we can board ship and get to the European side.

I also use every possible human convenience at my disposal. I have always prided myself on stair climbing and walking the streets of cities but when the temperature starts topping 90, I have to admit that I find myself lingering on escalators, elevators, trams, buses and funiculars. I like exercise but climbing Galata Hill in dress clothes on a 90 degree morning is an exercise in masochism.

I know that New York had a heat wave a few weeks back. I actually read an article on Yahoo the other day about buildings using ice blocks for cooling rather than AC because they are more efficient. I know that not every heat wave is necessarily a symptom of global warming but they do make you think about it. It seems ironic that what can be such a blessed comfort, air conditioning, is one of the contributors to climate change through Freon emissions and the use of energy. Still, living in Istanbul through a heat wave without air conditioning, I find the prospect of a world without AC eminently doable.

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