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CORONAVIRUS: See The (5) Types Of Food You Should Eat During This Period

The Coronavirus epidemic is currently ravaging the continents of the world as there are a lot of changes globally.

As this virus spreads, we are getting fully informed on a lot of things like; how to practice social distancing, wash our hands, properly sanitize and use face masks, but we are not hearing much about how we can boost our immunity to act as a defense against this virus and fight off infections if we ever get exposed to it.

We all need to be aware that no matter what happens, our immune system is the only weapon we have to stay strong during this period, as there is no known cure and vaccine for this virus.

So what that means is that we have to eat as healthily as possible.

Just as expected in times like this, there’s already an high increase in the sales of supplement.

But rather than taking those tablets that claim to “boost your immune system” with no good supporting evidence, the real food you eat has a big impact on your defense and response to this wide spreading epidemic.

Now that you know, it’s important to have loads of healthy foods on hand, now that there’s a shutdown in most countries.

You basically need Food that are rich in fibre, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other immune supporting compounds.

For the helping you out, We have compiled a list of food that you should eat during this period.

1: FRUITS AND VEGETABLES:

if you don’t normally take fruits, or cook with the abundant vegetables that we have all around, you are not doing your body any good. The essential micro nutrients needed to fight infections include vitamin A, B, C D, and E and a lot of these vitamins can be gotten from fruits and vegetables.

We need vitamin A to help make antibodies which neutralizes the pathogens that cause infection.

Some vegetables contain beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A. A good example is your carrot and other leafy green vegetables.

Of course you need Vitamin C which is really crucial for keeping your immune system strong. Examples are oranges, lemons, limes, berries, kiwifruit and others.

Also, when shopping for fruits, think long lasting fruits like Banana, Apples, and Oranges etc.

2:WHOLE GRAINS:

These classes of food are an essential part of a healthy diet.

Whole grains are edible seeds of a plant e.g, Rice, Oat, Corn, wheat.

They abound with heart healthy soluble fiber that regulates blood pressure and cholesterol level.

They can also be refined into food products for wheat flour, wheat bread, pasta and others.

Examples include: Rice, Wheat, Oatmeal, Corn etc.

You need to incorporate them into your diet if you haven’t and a good way to do this is through making homemade Granola Bars.

I’ll show you all about it later.

So ask yourself! Are you eating them enough?

3: FIBRE RICH FOODS:

A lot of those whole grain foods we talked about above are very rich in Fiber.

Take more cereals, make the Oat Meals, and use the Corn Kernel for Popcorn.

The vegetables we eat too are also fiber fortified.

Now is the best time to fill up your system with these powerful food.

4:PROTEIN RICH FOOD:

Your body needs protein now more than ever before.

You need to invest in those classes of food rich in essential protein like your Beans, Fish, Milk, Egg, Chicken, and Meat.

This type of food can last you longer.

Egg for instance can stay fresh for weeks when you store them properly.

Milk has a good shelf life, you can store up your Chicken and meat in the freezer.

5 :NUTS:

Yes! Healthy Nuts! You need a high dose of them in this season.

Although according to health experts, the highest nut rich in calcium, Vitamins and other vital Minerals is the Almond Nut.

Others too are nutrient packed and fully loaded with a lot of antioxidants and fibre, and the good thing is they come dry.

Examples include your Dates, Cashew, Tiger Nuts Hazel Nut, Walnut etc…

You can use them in almost anything you choose to. For smoothies, baking and so on.

Please, eat & snack on those food items as much as you can don’t miss any item..

A Blind Man’s Love

A man married a beautiful girl. He loved her very much. One day she developed a skin disease. Slowly she started to lose her beauty. It so happened that one day her husband left for a tour. While returning he met with an accident and lost his eyesight. However, their married life continued as usual. But as days passed she lost her beauty gradually. Blind husband did not know this and there was not any difference in their married life. He continued to love her and she also loved him very much. One day she died. Her death brought him a great sorrow. He finished all her last rites and wanted to leave that town.

A man from behind called and said, “Now how will you be able to walk all alone? All these days your wife used to help you”. He replied, “I am not blind. I was acting because if she knew l could see her skin condition due to a disease, it would have pained her more than her disease. I didn’t love her for her beauty alone, but I fell in love with her caring and loving nature. So I pretended to be blind. I only wanted to keep her happy”.

Moral:

When you truly love someone, you will go to any extent to keep your loved one happy and sometimes it is good for us to act blind and ignore one another’s short comings in order to be happy. The Beauty will fade with time, but heart and soul will always be the same. Love the person for what he/she is from inside, not from outside.

Having a Best Friend

A story tells that two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face.

The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand “Today my best friend slapped me in the face”.

They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him. After he recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone “Today my best friend saved my life”.

The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him, “After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone, why?”

The other friend replied “When someone hurts us we should write it down in sand where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it.”

Lesson

Do not value the things you have in your life. But value who you have in your life.

Read also: The Kind Saint (A must read)

This Too Shall Pass (A lesson to all)

Once a king called upon all of his wise men and asked them, “Is there a mantra or suggestion which works in every situation, in every circumstances, in every place and in every time. In every joy, every sorrow, every defeat and every victory? One answer for all questions? Something which can help me when none of you is available to advise me? Tell me is there any mantra?”

All the wise men were puzzled by the King’s question. They thought and thought. After a lengthy discussion, an old man suggested something which appealed to all of them. They went to the king and gave him something written on paper, with a condition that the king was not to see it out of curiosity. Only in extreme danger, when the King finds himself alone and there seems to be no way, only then he can see it. The King put the papers under his Diamond ring.

Some time later, the neighbours attacked the Kingdom. King and his army fought bravely but lost the battle. The King had to flee on his horse. The enemies were following him. getting closer and closer. Suddenly the King found himself standing at the end of the road – that road was not going anywhere. Underneath there was a rocky valley thousand feet deep. If he jumped into it, he would be finished…and he could not return because it was a small road… the sound of enemy’s horses was approaching fast. The King became restless. There seemed to be no way.

Then suddenly he saw the Diamond in his ring shining in the sun, and he remembered the message hidden in the ring. He opened the diamond and read the message. The message was- “THIS TOO SHALL PASS”

The King read it . Again read it. Suddenly something struck him – Yes ! This too will pass. Only a few days ago, I was enjoying my kingdom. I was the mightiest of all the Kings. Yet today, the Kingdom and all his pleasure have gone. I am here trying to escape from enemies. Like those days of luxuries have gone, this day of danger too will pass. A calm came on his face. He kept standing there. The place where he was standing was full of natural beauty. He had never known that such a beautiful place was also a part of his Kingdom.

The revelation of the message had a great effect on him. He relaxed and forgot about those following him. After a few minutes he realized that the noise of the horses and the enemy coming was receding. They moved into some other part of the mountains and were near him.

Read also: The Kind Saint (A must read)

The King was very brave. He reorganized his army and fought again. He defeated the enemy and regained his empire. When he returned to his empire after victory, he was received with much fanfare. The whole capital was rejoicing in the victory. Everyone was in a festive mood. Flowers were being showered on King from every house, from every corner. People were dancing and singing. For a moment King said to himself,” I am one of the bravest and greatest King. It is not easy to defeat me. With all the reception and celebration he saw an ego emerging in him.

Suddenly the Diamond of his ring flashed in the sunlight and reminded him of the message. He open it and read it again: “THIS TOO SHALL PASS”.

He became silent. His face went through a total change- from the egoist he moved to a state of utter humbleness. If this too is going to pass, it is not yours.

The defeat was not yours, the victory is not yours. You are just a watcher. Everything passes by. We are witnesses of all this. We are the perceivers. Life comes and goes. Happiness comes and goes. Sorrow comes and goes.

Now as you have read this story, just sit silently and evaluate your own life. This too will pass. Think of the moments of joy and victory in your life. Think of the moment of Sorrow and defeat. Are they permanent ? They all come and pass away.

Life just passes away. There is nothing permanent in this world. Every thing changes except the law of change. Think over it from your own perspective. You have seen all the changes. You have survived all setbacks, all defeats and all sorrows. All have passed away. The problems in the present, they too will pass away. Because nothing remains forever. Joy and sorrow are the two faces of the same coin. They both will pass away.

You are just a witness of change. Experience it, understand it, and enjoy the present moment – this too shall pass

Making Your scale of Preference (A lesson to all)

Read this

A philosophy professor stood before his class with some items on the table in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, about 2 inches in diameter.

He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks.
He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up the remaining open areas of the jar.
He then asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “Yes.”

“Now,” said the professor, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The rocks are the important things – your family, your partner, your health, your children – things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter – like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else, the small stuff.”

“If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take your partner out dancing. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party, or fix the disposal.”

“Take care of the rocks first – the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”

Read also: The Kind Saint (A must read)

The Kind Saint (A Lesson To All).

One day a saint was taking a bath in a river. His disciple sat on the bank guarding the Saint’s clothes. The saint noticed a scorpion struggling in the current. Feeling pity, he took the bedraggled scorpion in his palm and began wading toward the shore.

No sooner had the scorpion recovered then it stung the saint on the palm. Though he felt an unbearable pain shoot up his arm, the saint did not drop the scorpion. Instead, he gently shook his hand to encourage the scorpion to move away from the wound.

Watching from the shore, the disciple grew alarmed but didn’t say anything.

The saint had only taken a few steps when the scorpion stung him again. The pain this time was even worse and the saint staggered, nearly pitching forward into the river.

This time, the disciple cried out, “Drop the scorpion Holy One! Leave him to his fate. He will only sting you again. Your kindness means nothing to such a creature. He will learn nothing from it.”

The saint ignored him and continued wading toward the shore with the scorpion on his throbbing palm. He had nearly reached the riverbank when the scorpion stung him for the third time. The searing pain of the third bite exploded into his lungs and his heart. Nevertheless, his face bore a blissful smile even as his knees buckled and he collapsed into the river.

The disciple jumped into the river to rescue the saint. As he dragged the unconscious saint to the shore, the disciple saw that the smiling saint still cradled the scorpion in his palm. As soon as the he reached the shore the scorpion scurried away.

“Sir,” said the disciple once the saint had recovered consciousness, “How can you smile? That wretched creature nearly killed you.”

“You are right my son,” said the saint, “but he was only acting according to his nature. It is the nature of the scorpion to sting and it is the nature of the saint to save lives. He is acting according to his nature and I according to mine. All is as it should be. That is why I am so happy.”

Lesson

Don’t give up loving. Don’t give up your goodness. Even if people around you sting.

Tips For Creating A Spray For Running Nose👃

Do you have a running nose. Here’s a spray that could help you or your child get over it. Ensure you follow the instructions to prevent a sore nose

Find a small spray bottle. Find a spray bottle that measures around one to two ounces.

Choose a salt for your saline solution. Saline spray can be made with either sea salt or table salt. In case you have an iodine allergy, or if you don’t know if you have an iodine allergy, use a non-iodized salt such as pickling salt or kosher salt.

Boil eight ounces of water.

After boiling, allow it to cool until it is only very warm.

Add the salt to the water.

Add ¼ teaspoon of salt to the eight ounces of water. The ¼ teaspoon of salt will make a saline solution that matches the amount of salt in your body.


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You may want to try a salt spray that has a greater concentration of salt than your body. To do this, add ½ teaspoon of salt instead. This may be useful if you have a lot of mucus, and you’re having trouble breathing or clearing your nose.

Don’t use a concentrated salt solution for infants or small children younger than five years old.

Stir the saline solution and add it to the spray bottle. Once you add the warm salt, mix it well. Make sure to mix until salt is dissolved. Next, pour the mixture into the spray bottle.


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Use the spray in each nostril.

To use the spray, put the top of the squirt bottle into your nose. Then, spray one or two squirts of the saline solution into each nostril as needed.
For infants and small children, spray one or two squirts and wait two to three minutes. Then, slightly tilt the baby’s head back and use a soft, rubber-bulb syringe to gently remove nasal secretions.

Refrigerate the leftover spray.

Place the leftover saline solution in a covered container and refrigerate. Always warm up the refrigerated solution before using it. After two days, throw out any unused solution.

Note:

If you find that it hurts your nose, add ½ teaspoon of baking soda. This will help make it less likely to sting a sore nose.

Her divorce Agreement (A must read)

When I got home that night as my wife served dinner, I held her hand and said, I’ve got something to tell you. She sat down and ate quietly. Again I observed the hurt in her eyes.

Suddenly I didn’t know how to open my mouth. But I had to let her know what I was thinking. I want a divorce. I raised the topic calmly. She didn’t seem to be annoyed by my words, instead she asked me softly, why?

I avoided her question. This made her angry. She threw away the chopsticks and shouted at me, “you are not a man!” .That night, we didn’t talk to each other. She was weeping. I knew she wanted to find out what had happened to our marriage. But I could hardly give her a satisfactory answer; she had lost my heart to Jane. I didn’t love her anymore. I just pitied her!

With a deep sense of guilt, I drafted a divorce agreement which stated that she could own our house, our car, and 30% stake of my company. She glanced at it and then tore it into pieces. The woman who had spent ten years of her life with me had become a stranger. I felt sorry for her wasted time, resources and energy but I could not take back what I had said for I loved Jane so dearly. Finally she cried loudly in front of me, which was what I had expected to see. To me her cry was actually a kind of release. The idea of divorce which had obsessed me for several weeks seemed to be firmer and clearer now.

The next day, I came back home very late and found her writing something at the table. I didn’t have supper but went straight to sleep and fell asleep very fast because I was tired after an eventful day with Jane. When I woke up, she was still there at the table writing. I just did not care so I turned over and was asleep again.

In the morning she presented her divorce conditions: she didn’t want anything from me, but needed a month’s notice before the divorce. She requested that in that one month we both struggle to live as normal a life as possible. Her reasons were simple: our son had his exams in a month’s time and she didn’t want to disrupt him with our broken marriage.

This was agreeable to me. But she had something more, she asked me to recall how I had carried her into out bridal room on our wedding day. She requested that every day for the month’s duration I carry her out of our bedroom to the front door ever morning. I thought she was going crazy. Just to make our last days together bearable I accepted her odd request.

I told Jane about my wife’s divorce conditions. She laughed loudly and thought it was absurd. “No matter what tricks she applies, she has to face the divorce”, she said scornfully.

My wife and I hadn’t had any body contact since my divorce intention was explicitly expressed. So when I carried her out on the first day, we both appeared clumsy. Our son clapped behind us, “daddy is holding mommy in his arms”. His words brought me a sense of pain. From the bedroom to the sitting room, then to the door, I walked over ten meters with her in my arms. She closed her eyes and said softly, “don’t tell our son about the divorce”. I nodded, feeling somewhat upset. I put her down outside the door. She went to wait for the bus to work. I drove alone to the office.

On the second day, both of us acted much more easily. She leaned on my chest. I could smell the fragrance of her blouse. I realized that I hadn’t looked at this woman carefully for a long time. I realized she was not young any more. There were fine wrinkles on her face, her hair was graying! Our marriage had taken its toll on her. For a minute I wondered what I had done to her.

On the fourth day, when I lifted her up, I felt a sense of intimacy returning. This was the woman who had given ten years of her life to me. On the fifth and sixth day, I realized that our sense of intimacy was growing again. I didn’t tell Jane about this. It became easier to carry her as the month slipped by. Perhaps the everyday workout made me stronger.

She was choosing what to wear one morning. She tried on quite a few dresses but could not find a suitable one. Then she sighed, all my dresses have grown bigger. I suddenly realized that she had grown so thin, that was the reason why I could carry her more easily.

Suddenly it hit me… she had buried so much pain and bitterness in her heart. Subconsciously I reached out and touched her head.

Our son came in at the moment and said, Dad, it’s time to carry mom out. To him, seeing his father carrying his mother out had become an essential part of his life. My wife gestured to our son to come closer and hugged him tightly. I turned my face away because I was afraid I might change my mind at this last minute. I then held her in my arms, walking from the bedroom, through the sitting room, to the hallway. Her hand surrounded my neck softly and naturally. I held her body tightly; it was just like our wedding day.

But her much lighter weight made me sad. On the last day, when I held her in my arms I could hardly move a step. Our son had gone to school. I held her tightly and said, I hadn’t noticed that our life lacked intimacy. I drove to office…. jumped out of the car swiftly without locking the door. I was afraid any delay would make me change my mind…I walked upstairs. Jane opened the door and I said to her, Sorry, Jane, I do not want the divorce anymore.

She looked at me, astonished, and then touched my forehead. Do you have a fever? She said. I moved her hand off my head. Sorry, Jane, I said, I won’t divorce. My marriage life was boring probably because she and I didn’t value the details of our lives, not because we didn’t love each other anymore. Now I realize that since I carried her into my home on our wedding day I am supposed to hold her until death do us apart. Jane seemed to suddenly wake up. She gave me a loud slap and then slammed the door and burst into tears. I walked downstairs and drove away. At the floral shop on the way, I ordered a bouquet of flowers for my wife. The salesgirl asked me what to write on the card. I smiled and wrote, I’ll carry you out every morning until death do us apart.

That evening I arrived home, flowers in my hands, a smile on my face, running up stairs, only to find my wife in the bed dead. My wife had been fighting CANCER for months and I was so busy with Jane to even notice. She knew that she would die soon and she wanted to save me from the whatever negative reaction from our son, in case we push through with the divorce. At least, in the eyes of our son, I’m a loving husband….

The small details of your lives are what really matter in a relationship. It is not the mansion, the car, property, the money in the bank. These create an environment conducive for happiness but cannot give happiness in themselves.

So find time to be your spouse’s friend and do those little things for each other that build intimacy. If you are not in a relationship now, remember this for the second (or third) time around. It’s never too late.

If you don’t share this, nothing will happen to you.

If you do, you just might save a marriage. Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

3 Great Ways To Recognize Symptoms Of Low Potassium

According to science, Your potassium level affects your nerves and communication with muscle cells in the digestive system, heart and all other muscles. Most of the body’s potassium is inside cells and the potassium level in the bloodstream is normally maintained within a specific range by the endocrine system. Hypokalemia is a medical condition in which your potassium levels are low and decreases insulin sensitivity. People with hypokalemia will experience a variety of physical difficulties.

Potassium – Credit: Lazsio Seily (Getty Images)

1. Watch for early warning signs. The first signs of moderately low potassium can be muscle aches, cramps and abnormal weakness ((including respiratory and gastrointestinal muscle weakness if severe).

Low potassium levels won’t allow neuromuscular cells to recharge quickly, which prevents them from firing repeatedly, meaning that muscles have difficulty in contracting.
Faintness, muscle spasms, and muscle tingling or numbness can indicate worsening potassium deficiency and should be checked by a physician right away.

Potassium dichromate crystallization under polarized light ( Credit: Xvision| Getty Images)

2. Get a diagnosis early.

Extended or severe low potassium can affect the heart. Low potassium levels can cause change in its proper function. This can include irregular heartbeats, such as dangerous arrhythmia in severe cases.

Prolonged low potassium can cause structural and functional changes in the kidney.
There is also excessive blood potassium, which is more dangerous: The symptoms of too much potassium when serious are heart palpitations, muscle pain, muscle weakness, or numbness, abnormal heart rate, possibly cardiac arrest and death.

3. Be aware of circumstances that can lead to low potassium.

If you are experiencing diarrhea, dehydration, vomiting, constipation, or weakness, then you may need to have your potassium levels tested. This test involves having blood drawn and getting a basic metabolic panel of tests (BMP)including ones for electrolytes (which include sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, chloride, hydrogen phosphate, and hydrogen carbonate).
Depending upon your situation, your doctor may alternatively want you to have a comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP), which adds liver function tests to the basic panel.

Winter Vomiting Bug (Norovirus)

Norovirus, sometimes referred to as the winter vomiting bug, is the most common cause of gastroenteritis.

Symptoms

Diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, headache

Usual onset

12 to 48 hours after exposure

Duration

1 to 3 days

Causes

Norovirus

Diagnostic method

Based on symptoms

Sypmtoms

Norovirus infection is characterized by nausea, vomiting, watery diarrhea, abdominal pain, and in some cases, loss of taste. A person usually develops symptoms of gastroenteritis 12 to 48 hours after being exposed to norovirus.

General lethargy, weakness, muscle aches, headaches, and low-grade fevers may occur. The disease is usually self-limiting, and severe illness is rare. Although having norovirus can be unpleasant, it is not usually dangerous and most who contract it make a full recovery within two to three days.

Transmission

Noroviruses are transmitted directly from person to person (62–84% of all reported outbreaks) and indirectly via contaminated water and food.

Shellfish and salad ingredients are the foods most often implicated in norovirus outbreaks. Ingestion of shellfish that have not been sufficiently heated under 75 °C (167 °F) poses a high risk for norovirus infection. Foods other than shellfish may be contaminated by infected food handlers. Many norovirus outbreaks have been traced to food that was handled by one infected person.

Preventiom

1.) Wash your hands thoroughly. If you think you may have come into contact with the virus, you must wash your hands thoroughly to avoid the spread of infection.

2.) Use bleach to clean surfaces. Chlorine bleach is an effective cleaning agent that kills norovirus. Increase the concentration or buy a new bottle of chlorine bleach if the bleach you have has been open for more than a month.

3.) Wash your food before eating or cooking it. Wash all food items such as meats, fruits and vegetables thoroughly before consumption or for use in cooking. This is important as norovirus has the tendency to survive even at temperatures well above 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

4.) For areas exposed to feces or vomit contamination there are special cleaning procedures that you should try to follow. This is because the vomit or feces of a person contaminated with norovirus can easily cause you to become infected.

5.) Cook your food thoroughly before eating it. Seafood and shellfish should be cooked thoroughly before eating it. Quick steaming your food will generally not kill the virus, as it can survive the steaming process. Instead, bake or boil your food at temperatures higher than 140 F (60 C) if you are concerned about its origins.

See the first ‘long-range’ solar car (12,400 Miles A Year)- Photos

See The Solar Car That Can Go 12,400 Miles A Year Using Energy From The Sun

Lightyear solar car
Dutch car maker Lightyear has unveiled the first ‘long-range’ solar car that’s claimed to provide customers with around 12,400 miles of motoring a year using free energy captured from the sun, according to Dailymail.
The Lightyear One was unveiled on Tuesday priced at €149,000 – around £134,000.

Customers who want to secure one of the first 500 ‘pioneer’ examples with need to pay a reservation fee of €119,000 (£106,166).

The car, which has five square metres of solar panels on the roof and bonnet, is claimed to have a range of 725 kilometres (450 miles) from a full charge of the relatively small battery powering the vehicle.

With Department for Transport calculating that the average motorist covers 7,134 miles annually, it means Britons could drive all-year-round for free – granted the sun comes out for long enough to charge the One’s battery.

At the launch event in Katwijk, Holland, bosses revealed key pieces of information about the solar car that’s due to be delivered to owners in 2021.
They said it can be charged directly from the sun, which can generate a maximum of 20,000km worth of free energy per year.
But it can also be charged from existing electric vehicle plug-in points while it’s also boosting the batteries using its solar panels, effectively charging much faster than traditional EVs already on the market.

An overnight charge from a 230-volt socket will provide customers with 400km of range, around 250 miles.
Lex Hoefsloot, ceo and co-founder of Lightyear said the car ‘represents a new era of driving’.

‘Two years of dreaming, thinking and working hard have led to this milestone, which is a giant leap towards achieving our mission of making clean mobility available to everyone.’

Lightyear was founded in 2016 by the Solar Team Eindhoven, which won the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in 2013, 2015 and 2017.

Development of the long-range solar One has received several awards, grants and support from key investors.

Just 500 first-run ‘pioneer’ models will be made, though 100 of them have already been claimed by customers.

Each one will cost €149,000 – so around £134,000 – or motorists can lease one for €1,879 (£1,677) a month.
‘This allowed us to develop a working prototype for the first long-range solar car in just two years,’ Hoefsloot added.

‘We have already sold over a hundred vehicles. With Lightyear One, we want to show that our technology enabled us to build one of the most sustainable cars on the market that also offers great convenience.'” – See The Solar Car That Can Go 12,400 Miles A Year Using Energy From The Sun

How to avoid mosquitoes

Here a list of ways you can avoid mosquitoes and not get bitten:

Avoid stagnant water.

Mosquitoes like still water, so if you are in a mosquito-infested area, try to avoid lakes, swamps, stagnant creeks, marshes, and bogs. mosquitoes typically lay their eggs in these locations, and many species then stay in the vicinity.

Mosquitoes can also lay eggs in smaller containers, like flowerpots, bird baths, and drainage ditches, as long as there is sufficient water. The eggs of the Aedes aegypti mosquito can even stay in dry places for months, waiting for water; then, when water appears, they hatch. Therefore, be cautious of any man-made sources of standing water as well: whenever possible, keep pools, ditches, tires, containers, storm drains, and any low places on a piece of property covered.

Keep cool.

Mosquitoes are attracted to warm-blooded creatures. Avoid wearing dark clothes in the sunlight, as they absorb more heat, and don’t exercise too strenuously, as you will get warmer and breathe more heavily, attracting mosquitoes with the carbon dioxide you exhale.

Cover your skin.

Wear long sleeves, long pants, and loose clothing, and look for fabric that’s not too thin – mosquitoes can bite you through very thin material.
Consider purchasing special camping clothes, which are made from lightweight but sturdy fabric.

Use mosquito repellant.

There are a variety of products on the market to repel mosquitoes, and they come in creams, lotions, sprays, and sticks. Apply directly to your skin when outdoors, and, if you will also be using sunscreen, be sure to put the sunscreen on first, then the mosquito repellant. Avoid applying repellant around your eyes, mouth, and hands, and do not apply to irritated or broken areas of skin.
Make sure to help small children; do not allow them to handle mosquito repellants themselves.

Avoid peak hours of mosquito activity.

The Aedes aegypti mosquito is a daytime insect, most active from two hours after sunrise to a few hours before sunset. Research local species of mosquitoes, and try to adjust your activities accordingly.

Read Also: Signs that you are infected with malaria

Stay in well-screened or air-conditioned rooms or houses.

Fine-mesh aluminum or wire screens should cover windows and doorways. To be safest, keep doors and windows closed as well.

Sleep under a mosquito net.

Mosquito nets have very small holes that allow air to pass through but keep insects out. Secure the net to one or more surfaces, and hang it in such a way that it does not touch you – mosquitoes can bite you through it.
Consider looking for mosquito nets that are pretreated with insect repellants. These are typically used for malaria control, but they may work to prevent yellow fever as well.
Remember to check your mosquito net periodically for holes, and fix them immediately if you see any.

Consider spraying insecticides.

Malathion, permethrin, and other insecticides will kill many mosquitoes, as will other commercial preparations made for inside spaces, but they are also very poisonous and should not be used by just anyone you need to be properly trained and equipped with protective clothing.

How to make mango Juice

If you want the natural flavor of the fruit to really shine, blend mango chunks with water. For truly unique mango juice, blend in other fruits, spices, or juices. Try several and discover your favorite mango juice combinations!

Ingredients

6 large mangos or 5 cups (525 g) of mango chunks
4 cups (950 ml) of water or milk
3 tablespoons (36 g) of sugar, optional
1/2 cup (70 g) of ice cubes, optional
Makes 4 to 5 servings

Steps

Chop the mangoes into 1 in (2.5 cm) chunks. To cut a mango, slice the flesh away from the seed in the center of the fruit. Score the 2 pieces with the most mango flesh into a grid and scoop the fruit out with a spoon. Then, carefully use a small knife to trim off the fruit surrounding the seed. You should get around 5 cups (525 g) of mango chunks.
Ensure that there’s no peel on any of the chunks.
You may need a different number of mangoes depending on the size and variety of mangoes. For example, alphonso mangoes are smaller, so you might need a few more of them.

Put the chunks into a blender with water or milk and the optional sugar. If you’d like the flavor of the mango to really shine, pour 4 cups (950 ml) of water into the blender. If you prefer a creamier drink, you could use milk instead. You can also add 3 tablespoons (36 g) of sugar if you want the mango juice to be even sweeter.
Try substituting coconut milk for the water or milk if you’d like another non-dairy option.
You can use your favorite sweetener, such as honey or agave, or leave out sweetener altogether if the mangoes are very sweet.

Blend the juice for 30 seconds or until it’s smooth. Put the lid on the blender and combine the ingredients until the mango is completely pureed. Keep blending until the mango incorporates with the water or milk.
Tip: If you want the juice to have a frosty and frothy texture, add 1/2 cup (70 g) of ice cubes before you blend the juice.

Pour the juice through a strainer if you want thin mango juice. If you used mangoes that had noticeable fiber strands, you may want to strain the juice. Set a fine-mesh strainer over a pitcher or measuring jug and pour the mango juice into it. The juice will drip into the pitcher, leaving the pulpy fibers in the strainer.
Discard the pulp once you’ve finished straining the juice.
If your mangoes were smooth or you don’t mind thicker juice, you can skip straining it.

Pour the mango juice into serving glasses. If you’d like your juice to be cold, place a few ice cubes in each glass before you pour the mango juice into them. Consider sticking an extra sliver of mango on the side of the glass before serving the drinks and enjoy!

You can cover the pitcher of mango juice and refrigerate it for up to 2 days. Unfortunately, there’s nothing you can add to the juice to extend its storage time. For longer-term storage, consider freezing the juice for up to 4 months

Home remedy for ringworm

1. Use a topical antifungal lotion or cream. Mild cases of ringworm often respond to the application of an antifungal lotion. These preparations can relieve symptoms such as itching and kill the infection.

Get a topical antifungal treatment such as clotrimazole or terbinafine at a local pharmacy or medical supply store. Follow the packaging instructions or any by your doctor to treat the infection.

These treatments work by making the cell wall of the fungus unstable and causes membrane leakage. This essentially “kills” the infection.

2. Kill ringworm with honey. Rubbing honey on to ringworm may get rid of ringworm or prevent it from recurring on your skin. It also can help relieve any inflammation associated with ringworm.

Apply some warmed honey directly to your ringworm or spread a layer on a bandage and put it over the infection.

Change the bandage or reapply honey twice a day until the infection goes away.

3. Bandage ringworm with garlic. Place a few slices of garlic directly on your ringworm and then cover the area with a bandage. Garlic has antifungal properties that may kill the infection.
Peel garlic and slice the clove into thin sections. Put the slices directly on the infection and then cover it with a bandage. Wear the garlic overnight and repeat application every night until the infection disappears.

4. Apply apple cider vinegar. Like garlic, apple cider vinegar has medicinal properties. Applying apple cider vinegar directly on ringworm for a few days can kill the infection.
Wet a cotton pad with apple cider vinegar and rub it onto the ringworm.
Repeat this treatment three to five times per day for one to three days.

5. Dry out the infection with a paste. A salt and vinegar paste may kill ringworm. Apply the mixture for a week and see if it eases your infection.

Mix salt and vinegar into a paste and put it directly on the infection. Leave the mixture on your skin for five minutes and then rinse it off with warm water. It may take up to a week for salt and vinegar to kill ringworm.

6. Try essential oils. Tea tree and lavender essential oils have strong antifungal properties. Use either oil to halt the development of ringworm and kill it.

Mix a solution of tea tree oil and water, using equal parts water and oil. Use this mixture for up to a week on the infection.
Put a dab of lavender oil on the infection every day. Lavender oil treatments can take a bit longer up to a month to kill ringworm

How to stay healthy during pregnancy

1. Eat well. Try to eat some fruits and vegetables every day. . Eat energy giving foods like rice, yam, and potatoes, and body building foods like meat, chicken, fish and beans regularly. Add cashew nuts and peanuts to your food to make it even healthier. Fruits like oranges, watermelon and pineapples are good. Get lots of them. Try to have 1 extra handful of food with every meal. Do not go without food for too long. Carry some food with you if you have to go somewhere.

2. Get check-ups as early as possible. Ask your healthcare provider how often you need to go. Get your blood and urine tests and blood pressure checks done regularly. These tests help to find problems early. Then you can get treatment and keep yourself and your baby safe.

3. Get tested for HIV. If you are living with HIV, there are medicines to help keep you well and prevent your baby from being born HIV+. If you find out you are not HIV+, you can make sure you stay that way.

4. Take your pregnancy tablets. These tablets help your baby grow well. Ask your healthcare provider if you can get them free.

5. Keep clean. Wash your hands with soap before cooking and eating and after using the toilet

How to make Simple Scotch Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 225g (2 cups) plain flour
  • 5ml (1 teaspoon) cream of tartar
  • 2.5ml (1/2 a teaspoon) Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 2.5ml (1/2 a teaspoon) Salt
  • 25g butter
  • 1 medium-sized egg
  • 1/2 pint (1 cup) buttermilk

Gather your ingredients.

Sift the dry ingredients into a bowl.

Add the egg.

Make a hole in the middle of the dry ingredients with a wooden spoon and then add the egg. Break the yolk.

Pour in the buttermilk, mixing quickly to make a thick batter.

Do not overbeat, as this would develop the gluten in the flour and prevent the pancakes from rising.

Cook.

Drop large dollops on a lightly-greased, hot griddle or heavy frying-pan. Be sure to flip over and cook a few minutes on each side. If you’re making a large batch, place the pancakes on an oven-safe plate, and put it in the oven. Add the pancakes to the plate as they finish cooking.

Serve.

Butter, syrup, fresh strawberries or blueberries, whipped cream etc

How to have a long lasting relationship

Everyone wants a 50-years-later kind of love. But, based on the research of failed relationships and marriages, not many are willing to put in the work to accomplish this kind of love.

Relationships are hard work. Even the most successful couples admit that keeping their love alive isn’t easy. However, if you’re willing to put in the effort, you can build a long-lasting relationship.

Communicating Effectively

Practice active listening.

This means preparing to listen to hear the message of your partner and not to prepare your defense. Find a time and place where you can be without distractions and focus only on what your partner is saying. Try to set aside your negative perceptions about his or her actions or motives so you can focus on the conversation in real time.

Orient towards your partner. Make eye contact.

Nod your head when you agree and show you are attentive. After he or she finishes speaking, paraphrase what was said like “What I heard you say was that…” and ask any questions to clarify whether you got the right message “Am I right in thinking you feel like…?”

Be aware of the nonverbal signs as well as what is said out loud.

Does the message your partner is sharing with you line up with the nonverbal cues? Also, look for signs of tension or frustration. Balled fists, crossed arms, or frowns may demonstrate that the other person needs a break or is to upset to resolve any issues right now.

Use “I” statements.

Communication is not about blame, it is about responsibility. “I” statements start with how you are feeling about the behavior or action of your partner. It means you take ownership of your feelings and also suggest a way to improve the behavior. The focus is not to tell your partner the action is bad, just to share your own experience of it.

“You” statements frequently blame the other person. Avoid making these kinds of statements. They may sound like “You are always making big purchases without asking me first!”

An example of an “I” statement may be “I feel confused when you make big purchases without me because I thought we agreed to go together. From now on, I would like to be included in these purchases.”

Use a soft, warm tone when speaking.

Your relationship should be based on mutual respect and love, not fear. A soft voice reflects the love, compassion and understanding that is missing from yelling. Meet your partner’s eyes and speak from a place of love and understanding. Disagreements don’t require anger and yelling to resolve.

If affectionate names are commonly used in your relationship, you can use such names to show that you still care for your partner even during a disagreement. Saying things like “What do you think, dear?” or “I’m sorry I disappointed you, baby. How can I make things right?” may help to ease the tension.

Be respectful to your partner always.

Save harsh words, even during arguments. You can’t take back what’s been said. When you say something hurtful to your partner you send the message that a disagreement is equivalent to a war. You are on the same side. Remember that.
To prevent saying nasty things and getting caught up in anger, many couples use a “24 hour” rule. In this scenario, if things get too heated, they table the discussion for 24 hours so both parties calm down and are able to talk. It is pretty rare to find a discussion that can’t wait for a cooling down period if need be.

Resolving Conflict and Crisis

Discuss issues upfront instead of letting them grow in size.

It is a relationship myth that a solid relationship does not require work. Be prepared to put the work in. You can accomplish this by addressing any problems with your partner before they rear to their ugly heads.

For example, you notice your partner withdrawing more money out of a shared account than usual. Instead of building a case over time, you might address the issue right off by saying “I noticed you have been needing more money lately. Do we need to adjust our budget to account for this?”

You will never be perfect nor can you expect this from a partner. There will always be issues that come up and you can either learn to treat them as you would any other obstacle or you can hide them until they balloon into a huge problem.
Make a commitment to hold a weekly check-in in which either of you can bring up any issues you have on your chest. Communicating problems with the idea of tackling them as soon as they come up helps you establish a strong foundation.

Be willing to compromise.

Pick your battles wisely. Not every issue needs to turn into a battle. There will be some that need to be talked out, others that go unsaid and finally some that just end up not being important compared to what you gain from the relationship.

Compromising may include writing out a pros and cons list to points of disagreement and talking through the list objectively. Talking aloud may clearly point out which choice is mutually beneficial. It also means finding a way that both of you can have your needs met without jeopardizing the needs of the other.
Another way you can compromise is doing things one person’s way one time and then favoring the other person’s opinion the next time. For example, you may watch one person’s favorite movie one night and the other person’s top pick the next night.
Before you find yourself waging war against your partner about a small issue, assess how important the matter truly is to the happiness and growth of your relationship. If it’s truly not a big deal, move on.

Work through problems as a team.

Relationships are about the “we” and not the “I” or “you”. Focus on honest communication to work through problems together with room for each of you to give and take. Learn from one another instead of working against one another.

For example, if you need a sum of money to pay for a big purchase, you can sit down and find ways for both of you to contribute. Each of you can put money into savings for a span of time, or cut back on non-essential expenses.
Using terms like “we” as in “We will get through this” or “us” as in “Let us figure out a solution together” help foster a teamwork approach.
Every relationship comes with ups and downs. When you encounter an issue, go through it logically and objectively and make a decision based on a the mutual well-being of both partners.

Make your values and needs known to your partner.

Be sure to clearly define what you need from a partner and what you intend to give to your partner. Follow through on your obligations to your partner and speak up when he or she isn’t doing the same in a constructive manner.

It is a myth that you do not need to tell your partner what you value and need. You are mistaken to think that simply because your partner loves you, he or she should know what you need. Mind reading is impossible and the expectation of it merely hinders your growth.

Communicate your desires simply by saying something to the effect of “Charity is really important to me. What can we do to honor that moving forward?”

Get on the same page about finances.

This is one area that can be very dangerous if you ignore it until it becomes a bigger issue. Make sure you share financial values early on in the relationship. If you want to save for the future while your partner lives for the moment, this may not end up lasting long term.

Sit down and discuss where each of you stand financially. Create a budget if you live under the same roof. Talk to a financial counselor if you have trouble seeing eye-to-eye.

Maintaining a Strong Foundation

Date each other no matter how long you’ve been together.

This includes giving your partner the same level of respect and attention you did from the start. Many relationships end as one partner just stops respecting the value or feelings of the partner and fall into old habits they never would have done early on

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For example, texting an old flame after you are married shouldn’t happen. If you wouldn’t expect a new date to be OK with that, why should your spouse ignore it simply because you are married?

Treat your partner with the utmost respect. Strive to make him or her smile. Make an effort to schedule quality time shared between the two of you.

Continue to demonstrate honesty and build trust.

Never lose sight of how important trust is to keep your relationship healthy. When one or the other partner is not trustworthy, doubt creeps into the relationship. You can build or repair loss trust by:

  • Being there for your partner, both physically and emotionally
  • Being consistent in your actions
  • Showing up when you say you will
  • Keeping confidences
  • Respecting your partner’s personal boundaries
  • Doing what you say you will do

Have mutual and separate interests.

You cannot expect another person to complete you or to be everything that you are. It is healthy to share interests and to also maintain some activities you do apart. When you enter into a partnership you become a team but each part of the team will gain something from also taking time to be an individual.

A relationship should allow you to be your core self, while giving you someone to love and cherish. It will not be good for you or your partner if one of you become codependent and requires the other to take an interest in anything.

Understand one another’s passions and dreams.

Support these dreams and also recognize you cannot make all of them come true. You are there to love and encourage their dreams, not to take responsibility for achieving them.

While the two of you should have separate dreams, it can also be unifying to have shared goals that you work towards as a team. Have a talk with your partner and brainstorm some dreams you’d like to accomplish together. It can be brought simply by stating “I think it’d be great if we set some shared goals. What are some things we can work towards together

Ways to melt jolly ranchers

Jolly Rancher is an American brand of sweet, somewhat tangy or sour/sweet hard candy, gummies, fruit chews, jelly beans, lollipops, gelatin desserts, gum, and sodas. It is currently owned by The Hershey Company

Using a Microwave

Place 4 Jolly Ranchers in a microwave-safe dish.

A bowl will work, but depending on where you will be pouring the melted candy, a coffee cup will pour a little cleaner.

If you are microwaving more than 4 candies at a time, you will need to increase the cooking time.

4 candies will produce about 1 tablespoon (15 mL) of liquid.Be sure whatever it is has a handle because the candy will be quite hot once melted.
A glass Pyrex measuring cup works quite well. If heating multiple batches, though, give the glass time to slowly cool between heating.

Microwave the Jolly Ranchers at 80% power.

Initially cook them for approximately 1 minute. Microwaves will vary, so you will need to adjust based on your specific model. This should get all four pieces to melt in one go.[2]
If the candies do not melt entirely on the first heat, cook them again in 15-second intervals. Then in the second batch, heat for the combined time.

Remove the candies from the microwave carefully.

Once the candies are melted, they will be very hot, so handle with care. Using an oven mitt or dish towel can help you handle the dish if it is hot as well.
The liquid will begin to harden again within a few minutes, so you will need to work quickly. If it hardens again, simply reheat the candy in 15-second intervals to liquify them again.

Melting in the Oven

Preheat your oven to 350 °F (177 °C).

Some recipes call for different heats, which you can follow, but this temperature will allow the candies to be melted in a shorter time.

Place your unwrapped candies in an oven safe pot while the oven heats.

Use a little more candy than your recipe or idea calls for so you have extra to work with. Make sure the candies are level with or lower than the lid of the pot so that the liquid will not overflow when it is done cooking.
Put the candies in evenly stacked layers to ensure they melt evenly in the pot, depending on how much liquid you need to make.
You can expect the liquid to be about half the height of the candies themselves depending on how well they are packed into the pot.

Heat your candies in the oven for 10-12 minutes.

You do not need to stir the liquid. The less agitation while heating, the fewer air bubbles you will have. If working towards a thin candy-coating, air bubbles will cause cracking.

Remove from the oven when the candy has melted.

Keep an eye on the liquid as you get near the 10 minute mark. You will want to remove the candy once all the pieces have melted fully. If you heat for too long, it will begin to bubble from the heat. Don’t forget to use oven mitts!

Use the liquid immediately after removing it from the heat. Keep the oven on in case the mixture begins to harden again, but you should have a few minutes to work with the liquid before it does.
If the liquid re-hardens before you are done, pop it back in the oven for about 2-3 minutes.

Using Your Melted Jolly Ranchers

Use a mold to reshape the candy.

By using a decorative mold, you can reshape the Jolly Ranchers into a themed candy. Allow the candy liquid to cool and re-harden for about 10-15 minutes at room temperature.

Make sure your mold is approved for high heat. Some plastic or chocolate molds will not hold up to the melted liquid.

Coat apples with your Jolly Ranchers.

Dip each apple in the liquid and hold above the pot for about 30 seconds to allow the liquid to stop dripping. Then place the apple onto a non-stick sheet or plate to cool. In 10-15 minutes, you’ve got a new take on caramel apples.

If the liquid isn’t deep enough to dip anymore, you may need to transfer them to a smaller, deeper bowl or pot. Otherwise, you can pour the liquid over the apples, although this can be more messy!
Use a stick or skewer to pierce and handle the apples. This makes dipping and eating cleaner and safer.
Each apple will need about 12 candies to coat it.

Make lollipops using molds and candy sticks.

You can find specific lollipop molds in stores that just require pouring the liquid over the candy stick into the mold!
Using either of the melting methods above, you will simply pour the liquid over the molds that have a lollipop stick in them.
Once the candy hardens completely, it will have formed around the stick into a lollipop.

Mix the liquid into your favorite drinks.

The melted candy will dissolve well into other liquids, such as alcohol. Approximately 12 candies to 8 fluid ounces (227 mL) of liquid will make a fairly sweet drink.

Try mixing them into a brewed tea while it is hot. Then once it cools, you will have a fruity iced tea!
Cooled drinks will take a little longer for the candies to mix with. Consider heating the drink before mixing in the candy liquid if you are in a hurry

Exercises you can do for bigger Biceps

Do dumbbell curls.

Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Hold dumbbells in either hand at your sides, with your arms fully extended and your palms turned in. Curl the dumbbells to your chest.
Do between 6 and 8 reps and 2 sets. Increase to 3 sets after a week or two. After that, you can increase the weight of the dumbbells.
If you don’t have dumbbells, you can also use kettlebells or barbells.

Do incline dumbbell curls.

Sit on a workout chair at a 45-degree incline. Place your feet on the floor and hold the dumbbells at your sides with your arms fully extended. Alternate your hands and curl one dumbbell at a time. Curl until the dumbbell is level with your shoulder and your elbow is totally bent, then slowly lower the dumbbell back to the starting position.

Do between 6 and 8 reps and 2 sets. Increase to 3 sets after a week or two, then add more weight as you get stronger.

You may find that you’ll have to use a lower weight for this exercise than you use for regular dumbbell curls. That’s not an issue; the inclined position makes it more difficult to lift, so your biceps are still getting a great workout.

Do concentration curls.

Sit on an exercise seat with your feet flat on the ground shoulder-width apart. Lean forward so that your right elbow is touching the inside of your right knee, and your arm is fully extended. Curl the dumbbell toward your chest, keeping your elbow in the same spot.
You can place your opposite hand on your opposite knee for stability.
Do between 6 and 8 reps and 2 sets, then repeat with your left arm.

Do chin-ups.

This exercise may be difficult at first, but it’s an excellent way to increase the size of your biceps. Grip a bar with your hands placed shoulder-width apart and your palms facing you. Cross your feet and lift your body until your chin is higher than your hands. Slowly lower your body back to the starting position.

Do between 6 and 8 reps and 2 sets. Increase to 8 – 12 reps and 3 sets once you have gained strength.
To increase the intensity of this exercise, wear a weighted belt. Add more weight as you get stronger over time.

How to Burn fat through the foods you eat

Adjusting Your feeding Habit

Reduce your calories gradually.
Jumping straight into a low-calorie diet is a shock to your system. When you go cold turkey, your body has no idea what’s going on so as a protective measure it clings onto your fat stores. Instead, ease your body into the diet by cutting your calories gradually.

Set a reasonable daily calorie goal that you can reduce to gradually. It might be 1,200 or 2,200 depending on your individual factors. Seek advice from your doctor, nutritionist, or dietician for guidance tailored to your needs.

Ear light meals more often
In simple terms, eating spurs your metabolism; the process by which your body turns food into energy. Eating more often, then, may kick your metabolism into a higher gear more times per day (e.g., if you eat six times a day, you get six “spikes”). But, you must make sure that eating more often does not also mean eating more; it’s essential that you reduce your overall average daily calories.

Eat breakfast.
Burning fat is all about keeping your metabolism churning. And when you’ve been snoozing all night, it’s safe to guess that your metabolism has been snoozing too. So get up, brush your teeth, and eat breakfast. The more protein-packed and substantial, the better.

Drink plenty of water.
Not only is adequate water consumption great for your skin, hair, and internal organs, it may also help you lose weight. Drinking water may, according to some research, on its own cause your metabolism to spike. And, at the very least, drinking water before a meal can help fill you up (and cause you to eat less).

Choosing the Right Foods

Cut out bad carbs.

Fat is just stored food; in other words, it’s fuel for your body. Carbohydrates are your primary outside source of fuel, and your body can burn either carbs or fat just the same. So as long as you feed your body carbohydrates, it will not burn fat.

However, cutting carbs alone may not help you shed fat, unless you are also cutting your overall calories as part of the process.
Remember that all carbs are not created equal.

Don’t drink alcohol.

Alcohol is full of empty calories (that is, bad carbs), and when you consume some, it’s hard not to consume more. So while it’s tempting to join in socially, refrain or at least severely restrict yourself. After all, excessive drinking can make fat burning the least of your worries

If you absolutely must drink alcohol, keep it to one drink if you’re a woman or two if you’re a man. But that should only be a once-in-a-while thing, for the sake of your fat burning goals.

Eat more lean proteins.

Protein and carbs contain roughly the same amount of calories per gram, but protein is not a preferred fuel like carbs. The protein is used as building blocks for muscle in your body and won’t turn to fat. So make lean meats, fish, and soy a regular part of your diet.

When you’re packing on protein and saying no to carbs, your brain will send signals, which you interpret as hunger, before switching to ketosis (i.e., fat burning). After that, your hunger pangs should subside.
Eating a lot of protein is hard on the liver and kidneys, and there are other considerations for “keto dieting.” It is not advised to consume zero carbs; just limit them, and stick to the good ones.

Drink green tea and coffee instead.

Some studies have shown that 25 ounces of green tea or 16 ounces of coffee can spur an increase in your metabolism. Just make sure you don’t load up your cup with spoonfuls of sugar.

Green tea and coffee seem to offer a wide range of possible health benefits, perhaps most notably the former’s antioxidant properties.

Go for fat-burning foods.

Don’t focus only on the foods you can’t eat or should avoid whenever possible; there are many delicious foods that you can and should eat to keep your metabolism on the upswing. So stock up on foods like:

  • Oatmeal
  • Lowfat or nonfat dairy (a little counterintuitive, but studies say that those who consume suggested amounts of dairy burn fat more easily than those who don’t)
  • Healthy fats like nuts, avocados, olive oil, and fatty fish
  • Eggs
  • Spicy foods
  • Grapefruit

How to start a business in a small town.

Starting a business in a small town can be a great way to test the waters for your product or service. Your competition is limited in a small town and advertising costs can be lower than in major cities. Oftentimes, word of mouth is the fastest and best advertising. Here’s what you need to know to start a business in a small town.

Look around the community to see what need is not being met.

If your idea is to start a printing business, scour the region to see who your competition is and what services they don’t offer. Remember that you must have a passion for that type of work, since entrepreneurs work long hours.

Research how much money, education and help you’ll need for your small business.

Look around your community to ensure that there is adequate infrastructure for your idea. For example, if your business will be entirely dependent on worldwide, overnight delivery services, you’ll want to make sure your town has at least two freight carriers to meet this need.

Draft your business plan, then share it with a business expert from your nearest educationalist institute or government agency to determine the feasibility of your idea.

A local chamber of commerce or small business support group can assist you in finding the right person to talk to.

Pick a suitable location for your business and check with local zoning experts to ensure you obtain the correct permits for the location.

Almost all small town governments require permits to start a new business, even if the business will be home-based. If your operation will be located in a commercial district, you’ll probably need many more permits for zoning, parking, employees and more.

Join your town’s chamber of commerce.

Business chambers are located around the world and they offer great benefits to new businesses by providing low cost advertising opportunities within the local community. In rural areas, oftentimes business chambers in neighboring cities will allow members to promote their services there too. In a small town, joining a chamber of commerce is also a great way to know what’s going on in the community.

Promote your new small town business by joining local merchant associations and sponsoring events and sports teams.

Introduce yourself to your community by attending these events and remember to hand out business cards so people remember you helped with the event.

Get to know local businesses in your industry to see if there is a way you can support each other by reselling each other’s services, otherwise known as “co-operation.”

For example, if you make fresh bagels, meet with local coffee shops and ask if they would like to carry your bagels. In return, you can give your customers promotional coupons for that merchant with every order.

Diabetes

Symptoms
Frequent urination, increased thirst, increased hunger

Complications
Diabetic ketoacidosis, nonketotic hyperosmolar coma, heart disease, stroke, chronic kidney failure, foot ulcers

Risk factors
Type 1: Family history

Type 2: Obesity, lack of exercise, genetics.

Diagnostic method
High blood sugar

Treatment
Healthy diet, physical exercise

Medication
Insulin, anti-diabetic medication like metformin

Frequency
425 million (8.8%)

Deaths
3.2–5.0 million per year

Diabetes mellitus (DM), commonly known as diabetes, is a group of metabolic disorders characterized by high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period.

Symptoms of high blood sugar include frequent urination, increased thirst, and increased hunger. If left untreated, diabetes can cause many complications. Acute complications can include diabetic ketoacidosis, hyperosmolar hyperglycemic state, or death.

Serious long-term complications include cardiovascular disease, stroke, chronic kidney disease, foot ulcers, and damage to the eyes.

Diabetes is due to either the pancreas not producing enough insulin, or the cells of the body not responding properly to the insulin produced. There are three main types of diabetes mellitus:

Type 1 DM results from the pancreas’s failure to produce enough insulin due to loss of beta cells. This form was previously referred to as “insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus” (IDDM) or “juvenile diabetes”. The cause is unknown.

Type 2 DM begins with insulin resistance, a condition in which cells fail to respond to insulin properly. As the disease progresses, a lack of insulin may also develop. This form was previously referred to as “non insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus” (NIDDM) or “adult-onset diabetes”.

The most common cause is a combination of excessive body weight and insufficient exercise.

Gestational diabetes is the third main form, and occurs when pregnant women without a previous history of diabetes develop high blood sugar levels.

Prevention and treatment involve maintaining a healthy diet, regular physical exercise, a normal body weight, and avoiding use of tobacco.

Control of blood pressure and maintaining proper foot care are important for people with the disease.

Type 1 DM must be managed with insulin injections.

Type 2 DM may be treated with medications with or without insulin. Insulin and some oral medications can cause low blood sugar. Weight loss surgery in those with obesity is sometimes an effective measure in those with type 2 DM.

Gestational diabetes usually resolves after the birth of the baby.

As of 2017, an estimated 425 million people had diabetes worldwide, with type 2 DM making up about 90% of the cases.

This represents 8.8% of the adult population, with equal rates in both women and men. Trend suggests that rates will continue to rise. Diabetes at least doubles a person’s risk of early death.

In 2017, diabetes resulted in approximately 3.2 to 5.0 million deaths. The global economic cost of diabetes related health expenditure in 2017 was estimated at US$727 billion. In the United States, diabetes cost nearly US$245 billion in 2012.

Recgonizing you have diabetes

Be aware of the following signs and symptoms

If you have two or more on the list below, it is best to see your doctor for further evaluation. Common signs and symptoms of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes include:

  • Excessive thirst
  • Excessive hunger
  • Blurry vision
  • Frequent urination (you wake 3 or more times in the night to urinate)
  • Fatigue (particularly after eating)
  • Feeling irritable
  • Wounds that don’t heal or heal slowly

Take note of your lifestyle choices.

People who live a sedentary life (with little to no exercise) are at a heightened risk of Type 2 diabetes. People who are overweight or obese, or who eat more sweets and refined carbohydrates than is ideal are also at significantly higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Note that Type 2 diabetes is acquired in one’s life, most often related to poor lifestyle choices, versus Type 1 diabetes which is a condition that most often presents in childhood in which the pancreas simply cannot make use of insulin due to lack of beta cells.

See your doctor.

The only way to truly confirm whether or not you have diabetes is to see your doctor for diagnostic testing (in the form of blood tests). The numbers that come back on your blood tests will help to classify you as “normal“, “pre-diabetic (meaning you are at very high risk of soon developing diabetes if you do not make some dramatic lifestyle changes), or “diabetic.”

  • Normal blood glucose levels are between 70 and 100.
  • If you’re borderline diabetic (“pre-diabetic”), your levels will be between 100 and 125.
  • If your levels are above 126, you’re considered diabetic.

It is best to know sooner rather than later whether or not you have the disease, because if you do, prompt treatment is key.
The damage that results to your body as a result of diabetes is mostly long-term damage resulting from “uncontrolled blood sugars.”

What this means is that, if you receive treatment that helps to control your blood sugars, you can avert or at least “push off” (delay) many of the long-term health consequences of diabetes. It is for this reason that prompt diagnosis and treatment are key.