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Shadowboxing for Beginners

There are many different ways to shadowbox, and in this article I'd like to share some of the most effective ways to use this aspect of your training. At the amateur levels, shadowboxing is often overlooked, which is surprising because next to sparring and good padwork shadowboxing is the closest thing to simulating a fight.

When considering how you want to train any aspect of your boxing you must take into account what stage you are at in your boxing program, and in this article I mean that on a mini-scale. For example, are you months out from a fight, are you weeks or days out from a fight, or are you just coming off a fight etc … this is going to affect how you focus your efforts and what part of your game you Need to work on. But before we get into these aspects, I recommend that you wear very light hand weights during your shadowboxing, nothing too heavy, something around the weight of a boxing glove (which is 1lb. For sparring gloves, 12 oz for bag and 8-10 Oz for fight gloves). You do not have to wear them all the time, but at least half the time to get a feel for carrying the weight of a glove during shadowboxing.

Having said that, there are five major ways to utilize shadowboxing:

1) Repetitive Drilling – This is the simplest form of shadowboxing. Basically, you pick a single technique and you repeat it over and over to improve this technique. A lot of amateur boxers have a left hook that is not up to par with their right hand, so you may want to take a round or two each workout and just work on left hooks until it becomes a 'money' punch. As well, you can always add a second component to drilling, you may want to work on your jab and add a step back by pushing back off your front foot after throwing the jab, sort of popping in and out. The main component with drilling is to keep it simple and focus on your technique

2) Freestyle (single aspect) – With this type of shadowboxing you are moving freestyle (moving around and going by what you feel and whatever comes to your head), even you are only working on one aspect of your game. For example, you can take a round and just work on head movement, or blocking and parrying, or footwork, or straight punches. With this type of training you can add in other components, but the focus is on what you are working on. If you take a round and focus on head movement, you can still add the odd punch and you can still add footwork, but make sure that 80% of your effort is focused on head movement.

3) Sequencing – This is when you work on a specific sequence of moves that you have set up between you and your imaginary opponent. For example:

You – throw the jab

Opponent – slips jab and throws jab

You – catch jab and counter with left hook, duck after the hook and throw another left hook

Opponent – blocks both left hooks in sequence and quarter turns out to your right to get away

Etc …

You can make this sequences as long or as short as you want. The key is to treat it like a chess match so you can deal with different scenarios. Try to imagine problems an opponent has given you and create solutions for these problems. Play them out in shadowboxing and then test them out in sparring.

4) Scenario – This is similar to sequencing, but the specifics are taken out. In scenario based training you adopt a certain mindset and you shadowbox based on this. One of my favorites in the last 30 seconds of a training round is to imagine that I have my opponent hurt and I'm going after him. I'm laying on the heat, but still cautious of any wild counter punches from my opponent. I'm trying to put him away but he just will not go down, I'm landing but he's fighting to stay alive.

You can also imagine yourself as the counter puncher, or that you are down on the scorecards and you need the round to win. Imagine you are the against the ropes and picking your shots. The key is to create a mindset based on the situation you've created, and shadowbox to win.

5) Freestyle – This is where you work your complete game, from offense to defense to head movement to footwork. When you do this you want to simulate the fight as much as possible. Imagine your toughest sparring or a recent fight. At the end of each shadowboxing round you should feel as though you just emerged from one of these rounds. Shadowbox fast, at fight pace. Anything slower just will not do.

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Data Backup for Beginners

It's 10pm. Do you know where your data is?

Data. Small bits of information clustered together to make Word files, documents, pictures, MP3s, HTML etc. We work on our computers every single day never sparing a thought for all those millions of chunks of data spread all over our hard disks. The data is there and it does it's job.

Until of course the data is not there anymore.

72 hours ago I suffered from massive data loss. There were no hackers involved. No power surges or lighting strikes. Just wear and tear on my hard disk. 20 Gigabytes of business and personal information gone forever. Passwords, HTML files, ebooks all gone. I did not lose any sleep though. Why? Simply because this was my secondary hard disk that was only used as a backup drive. All my critical important data is safely stored elsewhere.

Picture this scenario. You sit at your computer, turn it on and nothing. Dead. You've just lost everything you've worked on for the last 12 months. All your AdWords campaigns, website templates, ebooks, Excel files. Everything. How do you feel? How do you go about recovering?

70% of companies who suffer serious data loss go out of business within 12 months.

The truth is that most people never recover from losing all their data.

What can you do to prevent this happening to you? Backup.Backup. Backup. Use a backup system.

How do I backup my data?

You could use a zip drive, a CDR / DVD writer, a USB drive or an secure online storage service. Using any of the above is far better than using nothing at all and hoping for the best.

Data loss cost US businesses in excess of 18 billion dollars in 2003.

How often should I backup my data?

You should backup all important data on your PC at least once a week. An easy way to do this is to use a rotating backup system. Get 4 blank disks. Label these disks Week 1, Week 2, Week 3 and Week 4. At the start of the month make a fresh copy of all your critical data on the Week 1 disk and continue this process on Week 2, 3 and 4. Following this procedure Ensures that no matter what happens your stored data will never be more than 1 week old and you'll also have 3 other copies of your data stored away that are less than a month old. Simple. Effective.

What software do I need?

Microsoft Windows has its own backup software included. Apple Mac users can take advantage of Apples Backup software and iDisk backup service.

How soon should I do this?

Now. Even using floppy disks start the process of backing up your data today. The sooner you start the safer your data is.

Human error and hardware failure account for 76% of all data loss.

The cost of recovering from a major hardware failure such as a hard disk crash can be massively reduced by keeping a backup of your data.

You're working hard to build up your business. Do not throw all that hard work away by not taking the proper steps to safeguard your critical information.

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Configuring a New Laptop

There are a lot of things to consider when you are shopping for that laptop, the two most important specifications but are going to be your processor and your RAM. Here I am going to explain some of the fundamental features of both so you can make a better choice when buying a laptop for yourself.

PROCESSOR (CPU)

Intel the world's largest semi conductor maker has initiated the process of transitioning into a quad core line of processors. Their range is branded as Core i3, i5 and i7. If you are hunting for a bargain then you could choose its older Core 2 models, but you would be better off sticking to its latest range.

You could also consider a processor from Intel rival AMD which has a qualifying range of products branded as Turion II and Athlon II. If you are a budget shopper then these processes are well worth considering and will serve the purpose for most tasks. The big difference between processors made by AMD is they are simply not as fast as those made by Intel and they tend to act as a drain on battery life.

The most important task is working out exactly how much processing power you need. In general the Core i3 or i5 are suitable for most people. If however you do a lot of video editing then you are going to need a more powerful processor. Gamers in particular believe they need a powerful processor but in practice can actually get away with a slower chip.

Quad core chips still cost a lot and also tend to drain battery life quite quickly. You can identify a quad core chip by the Q denoted next to the machine's model number. If you use your laptop as your main machine, and not taking it out on the road, or you are a gamer or video editor, the quad chip case becomes more compelling.

The decision over processor gets trickier when you are ordering a custom laptop from a manufacturer. You should as a rule avoid the most expensive chipsets on offer and go for the second or third third least costliest chips. The increase in price is usually proportional to performance. You should not spend more than $ 150 upgrading a processor. If you are simply surfing the internet or word processing, even a dual core processor is more than adequate.

MEMORY (RAM)

4GB RAM is the standard memory offered by most manufacturers even on low end laptops and that is really all you need. Starting prices for a laptop with 4GB RAM are just under $ 500. In the past manufacturers used to make consumers pay through the nose when they upgraded the memory whilst custom ordering. More recently, this practice seems to have changed, and only Apple really still does this.

If upgrading your memory to 4GB costs you less than $ 90, which is what it costs separately, then you should definitely upgrade. Upgrading beyond 4GB is going to be expensive, and the only real reason to do it is if you are video editing, and even then it's still not absolutely necessary when you compare it against the expense. For a desktop, spending an additional $ 100 is no big deal, but for a laptop where it is going to cost you an additional $ 300 for 8GB, it's simply not worth it unless your laptop is your primary video editing device.

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Beginners Golf Tips From A Beginner

If you are reading this article, I assume that you are a beginning golfer and are looking for tips in order to approach the game and really enjoy the experience. Well I applaud the fact that you are choosing this direction because so many people begin playing the game and experience a high degree of frustration. In this article I, a perpetual beginning golfer, will share some important perspectives for you to think about as you approach the game. Some will strike a cord and some will not, just take it for what it's worth and hopefully you will gain the knowledge to help enjoy the game as you increase your skill.

LESSONS When I first started playing the game my wife provided lessons for me along with a set of beginner clubs. This was very helpful on one hand, but ended up being a waste on the other hand. Why? Not because she did anything wrong, she did everything right. What happened was that I took the lessons, did not practice outside of the lessons, and was too intimidated to venture onto a real golf course. At the time I did not have any friends that played golf and there was no one to help me with the etiquette (do's and don'ts of golf) and I did not want to make a fool of myself. In terms of lessons, I got the most out of lessons by applying a combination of elements; One – read a few books, looked at a few videos, began to understand the lingo, and tried swings on my own. At this time I had been playing for a few years so I had also gained lots of experience on the golf course itself. In the end, when I took the lesson, I understood much better what he was trying to convey and with practice on and off the course, I was able to apply it and see a real difference in my game.

EQUIPMENT I started out with beginner clubs in my bag and played with these clubs for some time. For a beginner I think this is fine because typically you have not acquired enough skill and knowledge to make detailed club selections like the pros. I would suggest starting out with some beginner clubs and over time to add the set as you find you need the additional selection. Do not spend a ton of money on your newly added clubs, just go to the local second store or discount chain and buy something from the bargain bin. At this point your swing has more effect on the game than your clubs, so save your money for now. As your game improves, you may upgrade your driver and 3 wood first. This is because of the ego boost it gives you while you're playing. You get to hit the ball off the tee and potentially enjoy the thrill along with your friends. Sometimes get yourself another set, but remember, you're not a pro so second hand is fine without spending the money is not a problem for you.

ADVICE FROM FRIENDS

All of my friends have seen the golf channel, read books and magazines and been advised by other friends. When you play golf on the course, you will be will a group of friends or a group of strangers that the course paired you up with. Either way, because your skill level will be very obvious as you slice, miss the ball, pick the wrong club, your companions will not be able to provide you with more advice than you can absorb. Handling this is a case by case situation. Advice on etiquette is valuable because you now learn how to proceed with confidence on the course. Advice about technique should be listened to and taken based on the skill of the person giving and the length of time they're taking to give it, you can not turn a golf round into a lesson (without that's the purpose). Try to listen politely but try to stay consistent, especially if you've been taking lessons and are trying to reinforce newly learned techniques. Sometimes you have to pretend to do what the friend says to get them to leave you alone so that you can get back to what you really want to do. Follow your own judgment and have fun along the way.

PRACTICE

The golf swing has a very unnatural feel to it and there before must be practiced in order to allow it to begin to feel natural. As you learn more aspects of the swing, practice is important to create muscle memory around the swing. The challenge with practice is that as a beginner it is very likely you will practice incorrectly and actually reinforce the wrong movements. Because of this danger, I think it's very important to take lessons and practice the swing in small steps versus trying to master the entire swing at once. Also training aids can help with this if you get the right ones. They provide feedback that helps you to know you are swinging or practicing correctly. Video is also very useful if you are a technology kind of person. I have done this before and found it very useful. By reviewing the video I learned that I was doing some pretty ugly things that I corrected early before reinforcing it.

OTHER IMPORTANT ASPECTS TO ENJOY

Not a lot say here, I just learned over time that although I enjoy the game of golf and the challenge of figuring the game out from a technique and strategy standpoint, I have found over time that I love the setting of the game and the social Aspect. The setting is usually absolutely beautiful because your out in nature among trees, manicured lawns, and hopefully blue skies. As a beginner, I would literally make sure I had snakes and pops (or beer if allowed) with me as I played. This made the game into a picnic because my ball was all over the place at that time. The social side is obvious. Being with friends or meeting new friends. Remember its more than just hitting a ball around.

MONEY

Golf can become very expensive because of the lessons, equipment and greens feeds at the course. For this reason, as a beginner you must not let it get out of hand otherwise you'll find yourself spending lots of money for not a lot of enjoyment. And spending the money can actually diminish the enjoyment you could have had. Try not to buy expensive equipment as a beginner. Try to avoid high dollar courses as a beginner. This may require passing on invitations from more experienced or more affluent friends. Try to avoid playing many times per week or limit it to 9 holes. Use the driving range to practice, not the golf course. Do not be afraid to pass on golf outings that usually twice the price of playing without the purpose of the outing has meant for you personally.

PRIORITY

Keep your priorities in line. Do not rob your family of your valuable time playing golf. In my personal experience, golf became a bad word around the house and looking back on it; I made some bad priority calls. Make sure your family always feels valuable above your golf game and try to play during times when it does not conflict with family time.

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9 Important Badminton Basics Beginners Should Learn

Basic badminton skills are important for you to master badminton. If you’re a beginner, you might be asking: “What are the most basic skills should I learn?”

The following are a few important basics a beginner should learn in order to play a decent and casual badminton game (It is arranged according to what you should learn first )

There are many different skills in badminton. However, learn the few skills listed below first, before you master more complex skills such as net plays, smashes, and jump smashes.

1. Gripping

Before stepping into the badminton court, you must know the correct way of holding a racket. If you are not gripping your racket correctly, you are not able to insert maximum power into your badminton strokes. Besides that, you will not be able to perform quality shots.

Basically there are 2 different ways of gripping your racket: Generally known as the forehand grip and backhand grip. Forehand grips are used for forehand strokes whereas backhand grips are for backhand strokes.

You must be able to switch quickly from a forehand grip to a backhand grip and vice-versa, when a game is in play.

2. Footwork

Badminton footwork is important for you to move faster around the badminton court.

Think of this as ‘traveling further with lesser steps’.

Do you think you’ll enjoy your game if you don’t get to hit any shuttles? Well, that’s why organized footwork allows you to move around the court efficiently to retrieve shots. It allows you to reach your opponents shots before it hits the ground.

3. Forehand Stroke

This is a forehand swing motion. If you can hit a good forehand stroke, you will be able to do a badminton clear, drop, and smash.

4. Badminton Clear

Clearing is the most defensive shot in badminton. Badminton clear is a shot where you hit the shuttle high up into the air and lands at the back of your opponent’s court (the baseline). This is defensive because when the shuttle lands around the baseline, your opponent will realize that there is nothing much that he can do to attack.

5. Badminton Drop

Apart from a good defensive shot, learn a semi defensive/offensive shot to win rallies.

A drop shot is done from the back of your court by hitting the shuttle to the front of your opponent’s court. A good badminton drop can be a good killer shot to win a rally. On the other hand, a drop shot can be considered defensive as well, because your opponent can’t do any offensive shots if you hit a good drop.

6. Underarm Strokes

When you get a low shot at the front area of the court, you need to perform an underarm stroke. Underarm strokes are important so that you can return your opponents’ low shots.

7. Backhand Stroke

What if your opponent hits the shuttle to your backhand area? You can choose to position yourself nicely so that you can return the shuttle with a forehand stroke. Alternatively, you can perform a backhand to save yourself. For backhand strokes, adopt the backhand grip.

8. Backhand drop

Many people are not able to perform good backhands. I think a common reason might be because many people cannot switch quickly from a forehand grip to a backhand grip.

Sometimes even when most people are already using a backhand grip, they still can’t perform strong backhands.

As a start, learn the backhand drop. This skill does not involve a lot of strength. If you can perform a correct backhand stroke, this shot should not be a problem at all with a little practice.

9. Backhand Clear

Most people find it difficult to execute this shot. Smart badminton players often love to attack their opponent’s backhand area.

Make sure you know how to perform a backhand stroke.

If your backhand stroke is weak, it does not necessarily mean that you lack strength. The correct backhand grip technique and a backhand swing motion is good enough to do the magic. If you fail to hit strong backhand clears, revise your swing motion. You might also want to consider your timing. Try taking the shuttle as high as possible.

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Fertility: Enjoying a Healthy Diet

Many people don’t associate fertility and healthy diet with each other, but they go hand-in-hand. Your reproductive system is affected by what you eat. Everything you eat eventually enters your blood stream and travels throughout your body. If you put processed foods or unhealthy foods into your body, it affects your digestive system, nervous system, immune system and reproductive system. For increased fertility and reproductive health, you’ll need to make a few lifestyle changes that involve eating a healthy diet.

Incorporate the following foods in your diet that are good for your reproductive system.

  • Green leafy vegetables are high in folic acid. Include Brussel sprouts and asparagus as part of your daily intake. Folic acid reduces the risk of ovulation issues.
  • Fruit are high in vitamins and have numerous nutritional benefits. Oranges and strawberries contain vitamin C which strengthens the immune system and improve sperm quality. Bananas contain vitamin B6 which regulates the hormones for egg and sperm development. Apples are high fibre and low in calories.
  • Cereals that are high in fibre are also good for your reproductive system. It helps to control sugar levels and protect heart health.
  • Almonds contain vitamin E which is an antioxidant and helps to protect the DNA in the sperm and eggs.
  • Chicken is an important source of protein that is great for egg production.
  • Dark chocolate contains amino acid which can double the sperm volume.
  • Garlic improves the blood flow to the man’s sexual organs and it protects the sperm from damage.
  • Tomatoes boost the sperm count by up to 70% and can increase their swimming speed.
  • Sunflower seeds and oysters each contain zinc. Zinc is crucial for conception and is an important mineral for male and female fertility.
  • Carrots also increase your chances of conception because it is filled with carotenoids.

It is important to note that you’ll need to make a lot of changes to your diet if you are one who usually eats junk food or take-away meals. Smoking, alcohol and medication can all have a negative impact on your fertility. So you will need to cut down on these too. Good nutrition which is largely based on natural foods is essential for a healthy body and a productive reproductive system. A fertility doctor will advise you that a fertility treatment can be a challenging phase and it is always best to have a healthy lifestyle. Always consult a doctor when making lifestyle changes to your health.

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How to Build Your Own Writer's Blog

These are ideas you can use to make your site an asset to yourself, as a writer, and a resource to bring others to your site.

Set up a blog on Blogger / BlogSpot or WordPress. Pick a theme you can add a background and / or header graphic to. Your blog should look like something you have done, not a clone from another site. Getting your own domain is a huge asset, if you can afford the cost. This will also give you an email address which will use your domain name.

The best thing about a blog on your website is keeping your site freshly updated and making it interactive without too much fuss on your part. You can update daily, or once a week. Quickly add an inspirational quote, a writing tip, jot down a new publisher / market, load an image you found or scanned or photographed yourself.

However, a blog does not have to be the focus of your site. If you already have a main HTML based web site, make it sidebar blog, a secondary page or a secondary site. Turn a subdomain into the blog if you like. It really does help to keep traffic to your site if they can expect to have something to read when they get there. Avoid link rot, stagnating pages and a bland site in general by adding a blog. Be creative, that's what we do!

If you are not a great graphic artist a few simple text graphics are really all you need. Look for a font you like and make a banner to head your blog. Add some smaller text graphics as navigation links. You do not have to be a great artist to add a little color and graphics to your blog.

Monitor your traffic, read and respond to comments, keep a guest book, a contact form or some form of message boards available. People are more likely to leave a quick note than send an email. Comments are preferred because they are quick (if you do not go overboard on CAPTCHA and word verification) and people can leave you their links and contact information too.

If you go with the blog plan and turn your site into a resource of some kind (for writers, hobbyists, or a niche topic) you will find it easier to get linkbacks if you are offering original content. If you have a voice of your own and something to say, they will come.

Consider ways of going out to your readers. Post your RSS feed link where it can be easily found. Add your URL to your email signature and your signature links on any forums you join too. Leave comments on other blogs too. Start a newsletter with your best content of the month / week, depending on how much work you can put into it.

Set yourself up as an expert on your topic / genre by reaching out to network sites like HubPages, Squidoo, About.com, Suite101 and EzineArticles. Do not copy and paste content right from your blog to the networks. Make some edits, add some new or different information and try a different slant on the topic. Shift things around.

Add surveys, quizzes and personality test type things to your blog now and then. It does not have to be rocket science. Keep them fun. Give freebies of some sort. Site awards were popular once. You can update that idea by offering gamification rewards for people who visit your site and comment regularly. If you write books offer desktop wallpaper of the cover art from your latest book. Offer a free eBook with tips you've posted in the past.

If you make appearances or attend events keep a schedule available on your site. Of course, keep it updated. You can also keep readers up to date with what you are working on. Let them know you are writing a fresh chapter, proofreading copy, mailing out an article, hearing back from that promoting editor, etc. Also, write about professional organizations you are a part of, as they refer to your work. Turn your blog into an information hub for your niche topic or yourself as a writer.

Make sure you also include all your essentials for any freelance business that comes your way: contact information, clips, your writing experience, the services you offer, and so on. Writing is a business, not just an art.

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Solve Your Major Hair Worries

Hair fall, dandruff, brittle hair, greying hair or thinning hair are problems that have become absolutely common these days. In today’s age we barely come across anyone from the fairer sex having a long, thick and lustrous mane as our older generations (mothers and grandmothers) had.

Even men suffer from disorders like a receding hairline and bald patches in their adolescent years, itself. Surprisingly, our elders had those lovely locks in spite of using absolutely simple hair products; sometimes even normal soap to wash their hair. But in spite of using scores of branded hair products we nonetheless have dull, scanty and thinning hair.

Yet, do we bother to get to the root of the problem? No. Instead, we look for simple solutions like maintaining a short crop, adding hair extensions, wearing wigs or furthermore opt for surgeries like hair transplantation.

There are loads of articles in magazines and on the internet speaking about hair care, hair products and solutions to hair issues. But instead of solving any disorder they leave us even more confused. You have to understand that once your hair is badly ruined, the damage cannot be undone. It is advisable that you take care of it now so that it could be saved from further harm.

Some pointers to undo the damage done to your hair:

1. Hair Oils: No matter how fast the new generation is, always oil your hair at least once a week. If possible leave it overnight. Else, apply oil and steam hair before shampooing using the hot towel technique.

Use an oil that suits your hair and not if it suits your friend (certain hair oils have ingredients that aggravate dandruff) or if it is widely advertised. You could even make herbal infused hair oil at home instead of purchasing it from stores. An oil massage increases blood circulation thus nourishing your scalp and hair.

2. Be Natural: Do not experiment with chemicals and gadgets to alter the texture or the colour of hair. They make your hair dry and brittle, leading to scanty and thinning hair and cause premature greying.

Send the dyes, straighteners, curlers, blow driers etc. on a small vacation at least till the damage is undone. Love your hair the way it is by accepting it in its natural form (unless you want to cover greys). You could still opt for organic colours!

3. Avoid stress and irritation: Be in control of your life. If possible, steer clear of people with whom your vibes do not match. Else, limit your relation with that person. Anger and irritation cause stress which aggravates hair problems like dandruff, hair fall and greying.

Any form of meditation and pleasant gatherings with close pals helps you to relax. Learn to wisely balance your work and personal life. Always develop hobbies since it diverts your mind from your worries and has a calming effect on you.

4. Incorporate good eating habits: Consume a wholesome diet, i.e. include all types of foods in your meals. Thus you’ll get your protein, zinc, calcium etc. through your food and will not have to depend on supplements for them.

Dark green vegetables give iron and calcium, nuts are a good source of zinc, and dairy products of calcium. Beans, lentil, chicken and eggs give you protein. Also consume lesser junk foods and processed foods and say no-no to crash diets.

5. Hormonal problems: They can also cause hair disorders like severe hair fall. They need to be treated from the root.

6. Hair Conditioning: Natural oils present in the hair are lost due to shampooing. This disturbs the outer layer of the hair (the cuticle), makes it messy and turns your hair rough and unmanageable.

Conditioning replaces those natural oils of the hair with artificial oils (present in the conditioner) making the cuticle smooth and neat. This makes hair manageable and even repairs damage caused due to pollution and chemical exposure.

Therefore, conditioning is important for healthy hair. But preferably use natural, organic or herbal conditioners. It would be even better to prepare conditioners at home. A commercially purchased conditioner is bound to cause damage to your hair in the long run.

7. Hairstyles: Tight bands and hair pins cause breakage and thinning of hair. Also avoid trying too many hairstyles and always tying your hair in a tight bun.

8. Haircut: A regular haircut, about every two months is essential to get rid of split ends. Lesser split ends cause lesser hair fall.

9. Herbal water: Prepare herbal water if you can. It is a mixture of herbs boiled in water which is mixed with the shampoo. It tries to counteract the ill effects of the chemicals in the shampoo and the herbs also benefit your hair.

10. Make your own shampoo:

Usually when we notice hair products like shampoos, conditioners or oils from stores we get fascinated if their labels mention Aloe Vera (or any such herb) as an ingredient and we get hooked on to purchasing it. But the fact is that normally there is hardly any Aloe Vera in it.

The supposed herbal shampoos are generally made up of 90 % chemicals. There is a huge market out there churning out practically the same product with the difference being in colour, aroma and packaging. Thinking up a new USP and variations in advertising lead us to falsely believe that what we are using for our hair is something extraordinary.

It is doubtful that those popular models and pageants endorsing various hair products in commercials actually use the same brands for their hair. They are paid a large sum to speak a few appreciative words and sway their lustrous hair (set by expert hair dressers) in front of the camera. In reality, they too depend on organic and home-made products.

Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) which is a strong foaming agent (chemically known as a surfactant) is responsible for giving lather to products like shampoos, face washes, detergents etc. It is not only harmful to the environment but studies have proven that it can cause skin problems, male infertility and is also carcinogenic. There is a misconception that products that give lather are high-quality. The fact is you can clean with little lather too. Foam or bubbles are visually very appealing, but in actuality too much lather is not required to clean either your hair or your clothes.

“Attractive packaging and marketing gimmicks are misleading, since people are not aware of the technical language written on the packs. If your raw material is ready in front of you can prepare a shampoo in 10 minutes, flat. Also there is lesser investment for pure ingredients”, says Ms. Hasan who teaches shampoo making since the past 15 yrs. She opines that you are paying a high amount for such trash. When you make your shampoos and conditioners yourself you know what has gone into the product. You can add aroma oils and natural ingredients which will give you an absolutely pure product.

If you expose your hair to fewer chemicals they will be healthy and beautiful. That is the foremost reason to why our elders had such good hair. Ms. Hasan also provides with raw material in small quantities for making hair products and other cosmetics.

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Bacterial Vaginosis & Thrush Differences – 2 Serious Conditions That Can Happen Due To BV

Bacterial vaginosis and thrush, how much alike are these two vaginal infections. Most infections are alike in many ways bringing similar symptoms, however they’re named differently for a reason this being due to symptoms that are not similar therefore treatments will differ. In answer to the question about bacterial vaginosis and thrush being alike, well they do both affect the vagina, but having said that their symptoms differ due to one being a yeast infection and the other bacterial.

You are not to ignore either of these vaginal infections or expect further issues. To avoid any unnecessary problems you must seek help from your doctor. Infection not treated right away will prolong the healing period where medication has to work harder. You can stop complications simply by acting fast.

Your first experience of having bacterial vaginosis (BV) or thrush, you are not to panic as both infections is common and treatable. These are not conditions where you have to worry about making your will out. Yeast fungus Candida Albicans causes thrush. It is not harmful and lives on the skin. It is vital it stays under control, otherwise the slightest upset can give rise for it to act up and bring infection.

Things that can cause thrush to develop:

1. Pregnancy, don’t let this become a worry it is not harmful to the baby. A doctor would always monitor the pregnant woman who has thrush, and likely prescribe pessaries or cream.

2. Another cause for thrush is down to clothing. Tight garments especially underwear is not good. Loose cool airy fabrics around the genital area helps protect against infection. Ignore synthetics such as nylon it hampers ventilation

3. Antibiotics, sadly you find yourself in a dilemma, so no way of avoiding infection happening. Not every woman taking antibiotics will get thrush. This is just a pointer to say it can happen as a result of antibiotics.

4. Chemotherapy can bring an episode of thrush as well as uncontrolled diabetes, stress and Illness that affects the immune system.

5. Particular products purposely designed for the vagina can cause irritation which in return the outcome is thrush.

Thrush symptoms:

  • Primary sign of thrush is vaginal or vulva itch
  • Anus vagina or vulva redness
  • Odourless vaginal discharge (white and thick)
  • Burning feeling and soreness during sexual intercourse or urination

BV Symptoms:

  • Watery white or greyish discharge
  • Smelly discharge (often described as fishy)
  • Discomfort when urinating
  • Bleeding (not all the time)
  • Painful sex

BV differs to the thrush infections commonest symptom that being it does not cause itchiness.

A course of antibiotic tablets usually a 7 day amount (metronidazole), is the typical medication and dosage for treating bacterial vaginosis. It is an antibiotic that does not agree with alcohol. Mixing the two it reacts causing the patient to feel ill. Metronidazole fights bacteria in the body and is a very effective treatment for bacterial infections of the vagina, respiratory tract skin, joints, and stomach. However, not a medicine for clearing vaginal yeast infections and neither viral infections. The good news is BV can disappear by itself without having to see a doctor, but are you willing to take that chance and allow the infection to get worse. Why risk other conditions developing.

Research findings showed that pelvic inflammatory disease as well as HIV could likely be got by women diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis. Not like BV or thrush conditions PID and HIV are very serious problems indeed..

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Beginners Guide to Selecting the Right Antivirus for Business

Why, what and How of the Antivirus World

Millions of dollars are spent every year to keep your computer clean from viruses and protect it from external threats. However, it may not be enough since virus creators are always finding new ways to breach your defense system. So how do you ensure safety and security in times of crisis? Well, selecting the best antivirus software is your first bet and if you are wondering how you are supposed to do that then you may consider following these guidelines:

Cost – This is obviously one of the parameters on the basis of which you will decide whether to go for particular software or not. Please understand that costly software’s doesn’t always mean efficient software’s.

User interface – software which is hard to navigate ask more questions than it answers. Always select software which is easy to operate and understand.

Reviews – What others, who have already used the product, say about the product is extremely important. Their opinions can shape your decision or sway it in favor of one particular brand.

Technical Support- you need to ensure your software manufacturer provides you the antivirus technical support number, which you can call in case you run into trouble.

The latest data suggest that virus creators are finding better ways to skip past the defense mechanism and attack networks. What do you do in case you are told that your computer already has a virus and you don’t even know about it? Surprised, aren’t you? But this is the harsh reality. So what do you do after you identify that your computer is infected? Well, first things first, call the antivirus tech support number and tell them about the issues you are facing. They will perform the following actions:

They will first guide you towards the first precautionary measures that need to be taken to safeguard your data against the external threat.

Then they can either take remote access of your computer or scan your computer for you or you can do it yourself under their guidance.

Once the virus is identified, they will quarantine it.

They can also help you in configuration of the software and updating your database.

Thinking and Rethinking

The antivirus support number is one of the most vital parts of the entire software package, since it is this number that will ensure that you enjoy seamless computer and network usage. Most antivirus software’s, use up a lot of your computer’s hardware resulting in slow computer. The technical support team can optimize your computer’s performance by re configuring the software according to your computer’s configuration. What we need to remember is that the bad guys are getting worse and the internet world is increasingly being filled with malicious content. A computer without an antivirus is like an open invitation to the world to come in and set up base. It is the antivirus software which filters the good content from the bad one and decides what should go in and what should be stopped.

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