Tai Chi 24-Posture Simplified Form

 

  1. Commencing (Qǐshì, 起势), Preparation, Beginning
  2. Part the Wild Horse’s Mane (Zuoyou Yémǎ Fēnzōng, 左右野马分鬃), LEFT and RIGHT
  3. White Crane Spreads Its Wings (Báihè Lìangchì, 白鹤亮翅), Stork/Crane Cools Its Wings
  4. Brush Knee and Step Forward (Zuoyou Lōuxī Àobù, 左右搂膝拗步), Brush Knee and Twist Step, LEFT and RIGHT
  5. Playing the Lute (Shǒuhūi Pípā, 手挥琵琶), Strum the Lute, Play Guitar
  6. Reverse Reeling Forearm (Zuoyou Dào juǎn gōng, 左右倒卷肱), Step Back and Repulse Monkey (Dǎo niǎn hóu 倒攆猴), LEFT and RIGHT
  7. Left Grasp Sparrow’s Tail (Zuo Lǎn Què Wěi, 左揽雀尾), Grasp the Bird’s Tail
    1. Ward Off (Peng, 掤)
    2. Rollback (Lǚ, 捋)
    3. Press (Jǐ, 擠)
    4. Push (Àn, 按)
  8. Right Grasp Sparrow’s Tail (You Lǎn què wěi, 右揽雀尾)
  9. Single Whip (Dān biān, 单鞭)
  10. Wave Hands Like Clouds (Yúnshǒu, 云手), Cloud Hands, Cloud Built Hands, Wave Hands in Clouds
  11. Single Whip (Dan bian, 单鞭)
  12. High Pat on Horse (Gāo tàn mǎ, 高探马), Step Up to Examine Horse
  13. Right Heel Kick (Yòu dēng jiǎo, 右蹬脚), Separate Right Foot, Kick with Right Foot
  14. Strike to Ears with Both Fists (Shuāng fēng guàn ěr, 双峰贯耳)
  15. Turn Body and Left Heel Kick (Zhuǎnshēn zuǒ dēngjiǎo, 转身左蹬脚)
  16. Left Lower Body and Stand on One Leg (Zuo Xià shì dúlì, 左下势独立)
    1. Single Whip Squatting Down, Snake Creeps Down,
    2. Golden Rooster Stands on One Leg, Golden Bird Standing Alone
  17. Right Lower Body and Stand on One Leg (You Xià shì dúlì, 右下势独立)
  18. Shuttle Back and Forth (Yòuzuǒ yùnǚ chuānsuō, 右左玉女穿梭), Fair Lady Works with Shuttles, (Walking Wood), Four Corners, RIGHT and LEFT
  19. Needle at Sea Bottom (Hǎidǐ zhēn, 海底针)
  20. Fan Through Back (Shǎn tōng bì, 闪通臂), Fan Penetrates Back
  21. Turn Body, Deflect, Parry, and Punch (Zhuǎnshēn Bānlánchuí, 转身搬拦捶)
  22. Appears Closed (Rúfēng shìbì, 如封似闭), Withdraw and Push, as if Closing a Door
  23. Cross Hands (Shízìshǒu, 十字手)
  24. Closing (Shōushì, 收势)

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How to Use Hand Acupressure Massage to Cure Cold, Headache, Pain and Sore Throat

This article shows you some useful tips on how to apply some pressure on a particular area of ​​the hand to alleviate sore throat, cough, runny nose and pain.

Unlike acupuncture, where you have to get needles inserted into a certain point of your body, acupressure covers the entire surface, and has a stimulating effect on the entire body.  Best of all, you can do it all by yourself!

What are the benefits of Acupressure?

Acupressure has several effects on the body:

Prevention

  • Applying regular pressure on the main acupuncture points helps in maintain good health and it can aid in the prevention and development of certain diseases

Diagnostic effect

  • Great discomfort or pain while pressuring certain points may indicate another problem, related to the function of a particular organ

Therapeutic effect

  • Systematic and regular stimulation can improve overall health

Getting Started

Before you start, make yourself comfortable in a chair.

  1. Do not cross your legs.
  2. Breathe evenly.
  3. Warm up your hands well, rubbing them together for about a minute, to increase the energy and make them more sensitive.
  4. Grasp the opposite hand and place your hands on your thighs.
  5. Start stimulating the desired acupuncture point.
  6. If you feel any pain during the massage, do not forget to inhale and exhale slowly and deeply.

What area of ​​your fingers to massage?

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Cold

  • Massage the first section of the tip of your thumb, to stimulate the nose and throat.
  • This type of massage relieves respiratory problems and difficulties swallowing, nasal congestion, cough.

Sore throat (pharyngitis and laryngitis)

  • Stimulate the lower part of the thumb, to relieve sore throat, difficulty swallowing, hoarseness and other symptoms.

Pain in the sinuses and sinusitis

  • The points that correspond to sinus cavities are located at the tips of all four fingers except the thumb.
  • Massage these points as close as you can to the tips of the nails.
  • This relieves pain in the sinuses, headache, dizziness, feeling of pressure in the head, stuffy nose and difficulty breathing and it also stimulates the secretion of mucus.

Influenza

  • Apply some pressure on the pads of all fingers.
  • This relieves pain in muscles and the entire body, and provides a relaxing and soothing effect.
  • For a better effect, gently massage the delicate skin between the toes, as this stimulates the lymphatic system.
  • You will also stimulate the elimination of excess fluids and toxins from the body.

The most important benefit of acupressure is its ability to relieve tension, because the pressure on certain points directly affects relaxation and restores body balance.

The general state of the organism improves greatly, because the massage stimulates circulation and oxygen flow.

This stimulates the creation of lymph which regulates the elimination of harmful substances from the body and affects the creation of immune cells.

The application of acupressure stimulates the excretion of substances in the body that trigger pain.

It can also eliminate any blockages in the flow of life energy, and thus helps the body start its self-healing process.

Pamper yourself with this ancient gift. It is simple and inexpensive, and your body will appreciate it.

Published in: on October 8, 2017 at 6:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

9 Natural Techniques to Relieve Coughing Fit

Coughing is a problem that often affects your body. Your phlegm-filled lungs obstruct not just your wind pipe but also cause tremendous irritation in your throat.  When you are having a coughing fit, many of the muscles in your upper back can go into a spasm.

This article shows you some natural techniques (along with proper cough medication as prescribed by your doctor) which can provide effective relief for your coughing.  Try out these techniques and repeat the ones that work best for your situation whenever you have a coughing fit.

Heaven Rushing Out

This effective pressure point is a large hollow which can be found right under the Adam’s apple.

  • Place your index finger on the pressure point and apply pressure for 3 minutes
  • Do this 3 times every day, whenever you feel congestion in your throat

It will relieve you from dry cough, sore throat, chest congestion, heart burn and bronchitis. By just using a finger, you can relieve yourself from these irritating conditions.

Heavenly Pillar

This pressure point is used to relieve stress, burnout, heaviness in the head and overexertion. It has also been used extensively for curing sore throats. It is found 1.5 inch below the base of the skull, 1.5 inch away from the spine, on both the sides.

  • Place your index and middle fingers on these pressure points and massage them in circular motion for 8 minutes
  • Repeat this technique 3 times a day for best results

Ding Chua Pressure Point

This pressure point is located on the vertebra that protrudes on the top when you bend the neck.

  • Massage this point in circular motions for 3 minutes every day to get the best results

This technique will help reduce coughing, thyroid imbalances, throat problems, neck and shoulder aches.

Elegant Mansion Pressure Points

This excellent pressure point is on the hollow under the collar bone beside the breastbone.

  • Place 2 fingers on this point and press it for 5 minutes

Access this point whenever you have a free hand and do this regularly. It relieves throat problems, shoulder and neck pain, thyroid imbalances and coughing.

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Heaven Rushing Out (Tennis Balls)

  • Place 2 tennis balls on a carpet and lie down with the balls between your shoulders blades at your heart level
  • Close your eyes and breathe deeply
  • While breathing press the elegant mansion pressure points

This will give a quicker effective to relieve cough.

Base of Neck Pressure Point

Stay in the same position and slowly roll the tennis balls a few inches toward the base of your neck.

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Alternatively, you can place both middle fingers to press this acupressure point found at the base of the neck.

Self Massage Technique

  • Sit down or stand in a relaxed position
  • Place 1 finger on the protrusion in the vertebrae
  • Place another finger on the hollow under the Adam’s apple
  • Press these 2 points gently and breathe deeply with closed eyes

This will soothe your throat and heal it completely, if practiced regularly.

Ginger Relief

A small piece of fresh ginger can be the best and most natural treatment to go with your acupressure techniques.

  • Take a piece of ginger and wash it properly
  • Peel of the outer skin and cut out a very thin slice
  • Place this fresh ginger slice on the back of your tongue
  • If your throat is sensitive to the taste, you can use a much smaller and slimmer slice
  • Keep the ginger in the back of your tongue for 10 minutes
  • Repeat with a fresh piece of ginger several times every day as needed

Soothing Ginger Water Recipe

You can even make a soothing ginger water to relief your phlegm:

  • Add 1/4 cup of chopped ginger
  • Add 2 cups of water
  • Bring it to a simmer
  • Filter the ginger bits from the water
  • Drink and enjoy

Hope these techniques will provide you with some relief.

If you experience long-term uncontrolled repeated coughing, please consult your family doctor as soon as possible. If left untreated, this kind of cough will lead to severe illnesses (such as chronic bronchitis, influenza, and pneumonia).

 

Published in: on October 8, 2017 at 1:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

How to Restart Your Fitbit

If your Fitbit Charge HR has one of the following problems, it may be fixed by a restart:

  • Not tracking your steps or other stats
  • Not responding to button presses, taps, or swipes
  • Not syncing
  • Charged but doesn’t turn on

NOTE:  This tip works for both Fitbit Charge and Charge HR.

How to restart your Fitbit Charge or Charge HR

  1. Plug your charging cable into the USB port on your computer or any UL-certified USB wall charger.
  2. Insert the other end into the port on the back of your Fitbit Charge or Fitbit Charge HR.
  3. Your tracker will begin charging…
  4. Press and hold the button for about 10 seconds until you see the Fitbit icon and a version number.
  5. Release the button.
  6. Unplug your tracker from the charging cable.
  7. The aforementioned problems should now be resolved.

For all other Fitbit models, please refer to this website for instructions.

Published in: on October 6, 2017 at 7:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

20 Jobs Which Pay More Than $100K

For many of us, a six-figure job might seem out of reach. After all, the average annual pay across all occupations is $47,230, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  However, that doesn’t mean you have to settle for average.

Here are 20 jobs that pay six-figure salaries, and what it takes to get them.

1. Air Traffic Controller

If you can handle the stress of directing airline flights and traffic at airports, you can make good money as an air traffic controller.

The average pay is $118,870, but the top 25% of earners make more than $150,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

You need a bachelor’s degree or work experience to become an air traffic controller, and you must be a U.S. citizen. You also have to pass background and medical checks, and take a course at the Federal Aviation Administration academy.

2. Airline Pilot

The average pay for airline pilots is $131,760, but the top 25% of earners make more than $160,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number of jobs for airline pilots is expected to grow 5% by 2024.

To become an airline pilot, you typically need a bachelor’s degree. You also need to complete coursework in physics, aeronautical engineering, mathematics and English as well as obtain a license from the Federal Aviation Administration.

3. Anesthesiologist

Doctors who administer anesthesia earn a whopping $246,320, on average — the highest wage listed in the Bureau of Labor Statistics database. However, salaries for anesthesiologists can top $400,000, according to a compensation survey by the Medical Group Management Association.

Becoming an anesthesiologist requires years of school: 4 years at the undergraduate level, then 4 more years of medical school. Then, you have to complete 4 years of residency, possibly followed by a fellowship for another year, according to the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

4. Architectural and Engineering Manager

This job involves planning and coordinating activities or research and development in architectural or engineering fields. These managers are paid $138,720, on average, but the top 25% of earners make more than $162,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Competition for these jobs is strong, but employment in this field is expected to grow slightly over the next several years. You need at least a bachelor’s degree and 5 years of experience to be an architectural or engineering manager.

5. Chief Executive

A six-figure salary often comes with that corner office chief executives get. CEOs earn $180,700, on average, but that big paycheck comes with the big responsibility of overseeing the operations of an entire organization.

An MBA often is seen as the ticket to a CEO position, but plenty of chief executives got to their top spots without an advanced degree or even a college degree — the most famous of which is former Microsoft CEO, Bill Gates.

6. Computer and Information Systems Manager

There’s a growing demand for computer and information systems managers, who are paid an average of $136,280, but can make more than $187,000 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment of these managers, who coordinate computer-related activities for organizations, is expected to grow 15% from 2014 to 2024.

This high-paying job typically does not required an advanced degree — just a bachelor’s degree in computer or information science and related work experience.

7. Dentist

Dentist ranks as the second-best job — after orthodontist — because of its high salary, low unemployment rate and job satisfaction level, according to U.S. News & World Report. The average annual pay for dentists is $166,810, and employment in this field is expected to grow 18% by 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

It takes time to become a dentist, though. After college, you have to attend dental school and a residency program. Then you have to pass state licensing exams.

8. Financial Manager

Financial managers plan and direct accounting, investing and other financial activities for companies and organizations — and they make good money doing so. The average annual pay is $130,230, but the top 25% of earners make more than $159,000.

It’s also a relatively fast-growing job, with employment expected to increase 7% from 2014 to 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Typically, you can get this job with just a bachelor’s degree and several years of related experience.

9. Lawyer

The average wage for a lawyer is $133,470, but the top 25% of earners bring home more than $172,000 a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The job outlook also is good, with employment expected to grow 6% from 2014 to 2024.

However, the stress level among lawyers is high, according to U.S News & World Report’s best jobs rankings. But, you don’t have to spend as many years in school as doctors do. After college, you have to complete three years of law school and pass a state’s bar exam and, in most states, pass an ethics exam.

10. Marketing Manager

Marketing managers make $137,400, on average, but the top 25% earners take home more than $171,000 a year. The job involves planning and coordinating marketing programs for organizations, identifying customers and overseeing product development. Most marketing managers have a bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, business or a similar field.

U.S. News & World Report ranked marketing manager as the best sales and marketing job because of its high salary, number of positions available in the field and potential for growth.

11. Nurse Anesthetist

You can still pull in the big bucks without spending so many years in medical school if you choose to be a nurse anesthetist, who assists anesthesiologists and oversees patient recovery from anesthesia. The average annual wage is $158,900, but top-earners bring in more than $187,000 a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

This job requires a bachelor’s degree in nursing, registered nurse licensure, at least one year of acute-care experience in an emergency room or intensive care unit, completing an accredited nurse anesthesia program and passing the national certification exam, according to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

12. Pediatrician

Pediatrician is one of the top 10 best jobs in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings because of its high compensation, low unemployment rate and employment growth. On average, pediatricians earn $175,400 per year.

Although pediatricians earn less on average than what surgeons and some other doctors make, they have to go through much of the same training: four years in medical school and three years in a residency program. Those who specialize have to spend another two to six years in a fellowship.

13. Personal Financial Advisor

If you love personal finance, you can earn a comfortable wage helping others manage their money better. The average wage for personal financial advisors is $108,090, but the top 10% of earners make more than $187,000 a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The job entails providing advice on investments, insurance, taxes and retirement, as well as estate planning. It’s one of the fastest-growing careers — with the number of jobs in this field expected to grow 30% from 2014 to 2024. To be a personal financial advisor, you need a bachelor’s degree, or higher, and additional coursework for a certified financial planner or similar certification.

14. Pharmacist

The average annual pay for pharmacists is $118,470, but the top 10% of earners make more than $150,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment in this field is expected to grow slightly over the next several years.

To become a pharmacist and dispense prescription medication to patients, you must complete college and a 4-year doctor of pharmacy degree. You must also pass 2 licensing exams.

15. Psychiatrist

Psychiatrists earn, on average, $182,700 annually, which is one of the reasons it is one of the top jobs in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings. Plus, jobs in this field are expected to grow by 15% over the next several years, according to U.S. News.

To become a psychiatrist, though, you have to complete medical school and a residency program, then complete a licensing exam and board certification.

16. Obstetrician and Gynecologist

You can make a lot of money delivering babies and treating diseases affecting the reproductive system of women. Obstetricians and gynecologists earn $214,750, on average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Like other medical careers, becoming an OB-GYN takes 4 years in college, 4 in medical school, then another 4 years of residency training.

17. Optometrist

This is one of the top 20 fastest-growing occupations because eye problems are common among older adults, who are a growing percentage of the nation’s population. The average annual wage for optometrists is $113,010, but the top 10 percent of earners make more than $187,000 per year. To become an optometrist, you have to complete a bachelor’s degree and a 4-year doctor of optometry program.

18. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

In the field of dentistry, this is the top-paying job. Oral surgeons earn $219,600 a year, on average, performing surgery and other procedures to treat dental and medical conditions.

To become an oral surgeon, you must complete college, four years of dental school and an oral residency program that can range from 4 to 6 years. The 6-year route involves a medical degree, according to the American Student Dental Association.

19. Orthodontist

Orthodontist ranks No. 1 in the U.S. News & World Report best jobs list. You can make good money fixing crooked teeth — more than $200,000, on average. Plus, it’s a fast-growing occupation, according to U.S. News.

You’ll have to spend years in school, though, to become an orthodontist. In addition to an undergraduate degree, you’ll need to go to dental school and get 2 to 3 years of additional education in an orthodontic residency program, according to the American Association of Orthodontists.

20. Surgeon

Employment for surgeons is expected to grow 14 percent from 2014 to 2024 — a much faster rate than the average for all jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It’s also one of the highest-paying occupations, with an average annual wage of $240,440.

However, you’ll spend years in school and training before pulling in the big bucks. Surgeons must complete 4 years of college, four years of medical school, then 3 to 7 years in internship and residency programs.

Source: Internet

Published in: on September 13, 2017 at 10:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

7 Tips on How to Stay Healthy and Look Younger Than Your Age

To stay healthy and look younger than your age, try and adapt the following habits in your daily routine:

  1. Keep stress under control by maintaining a positive attitude 🙂
  2. Practice Proper Skin Care Routine
  3. Get plenty of sleep (at least 7 hours each night)
  4. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, fish and nuts
  5. Exercise regularly
  6. Protect your skin from the sun
  7. Maintain an active social life
Published in: on September 11, 2017 at 1:23 am  Leave a Comment  

10 Bad Things in Body Building

1. Not Drinking Enough Water

Dehydration of just 3% can cause a 10% loss of strength, hindering your training. Drinking enough water before, during, and after exercise can increase performance up to 25%. Drink ½ oz to 1 oz of water per pound of bodyweight per day to maintain hydration.

2. Not Getting Enough Sleep

It’s difficult to build muscle and burn fat without adequate sleep—seven hours a night, preferably eight. Sleep is when most of your hormones, such as growth hormone and testosterone, are released. Without adequate sleep, you’re sabotaging your efforts to build muscle and burn fat.

3. Not Warming Up

Generations of gym teachers and track coaches gave stretching a bad name by having us push against walls or pull one heal to our butt. So-called static stretching is most effective after a workout. Instead, activate your muscles by taking 5 or 10 minutes before training to perform an active warm-up consisting of movements such as walking lunges, planks, glute bridges, and marching in place. You’ll be better prepared for a great strength workout—and less likely to hurt yourself.

4. Doing The Same Routines

The body adapts quickly to even the most brutal workouts. That’s why it’s important to keep challenging it with different movements. It’s easy to fall into familiar routines in the gym. After all, you’ve no doubt mastered the movements and added more weight to the bar. But your body has been lulled into autopilot. Workouts should be like snowflakes, no two should be alike.

5. Focusing On Size And Weight

When it comes to muscle, people tend to focus on size and weight; the bigger, the better. But if a 200-lb athlete drops to 180lbs but maintains the same power and strength, his relative power has jumped through the roof. Cars, planes, and motorcycles have elite power-to-weight ratios. So do athletes. Train with the goal of having more lean body mass and less body fat, not more muscle and more weight.

6. Misjudging Protein Intake

Those who get the protein they need throughout the day maintain muscle mass and are leaner than those who don’t. Those who train don’t need more than 1g of protein per pound of bodyweight a day—less active people need less—and that should be spread out over five or six small meals. It’s a misnomer that you can’t eat too much protein. That’s because excess protein, especially from animal sources, has been linked to kidney stones.

7. Ignoring Stabilizer Muscles

If you’re focused on building a huge chest, arms, and legs, you could be ignoring your body’s foundation. Be sure to work in three planes of motion and strengthen the stabilizer muscles around your shoulders, hips, and midsection to build a powerful core, and provide protection against injury. Make medicine balls, physioballs, mini-bands, and rotational movements (lifting, chopping) part of your arsenal.

8. Not Maximizing Your Gym Time

Do you perform a set of 10 reps and wait two minutes before doing another? Make better use of your time and get better results with super sets. If you do a pushing exercise, like a bench press, follow it immediately with a pulling exercise, like a dumbbell row. While one set of muscles is working, the opposite set is resting. You’ll save time and perform better since the non-working muscles recover faster while their opposing muscles work. See how many sets you can do while the people around you are playing with their phones.

9. Forgetting Post-Workout

Your body is screaming for nutrients right after a workout, and the sooner you refuel the tank the quicker your body will recover and your muscles will grow. Your gym bag should include a post-workout recovery mix and a shaker bottle that you can mix immediately following the workout. If that’s too heavy a burden, pack a ready-to-drink protein drink. The sooner you refuel the better.

10. Not Incorporating Recovery

If you lift three or four days a week, you probably do little or nothing on the other days. Rest is a good strategy, but active rest promotes recovery. Rolling on a foam roller provides deep compression to roll out muscle spasms that develop over time. This allows the muscles to relax and loosen, gets the blood flowing, and helps the body recover more quickly.

Published in: on September 1, 2017 at 7:30 am  Leave a Comment  

Foods for Beautiful Healthy Hair

Blueberries, Strawberries, Kiwi, Tomatoes

  • Rich in Vitamin C
  • Helps Blood Circulation
  • Nourishes Small Vessels that feed the hair follicles

Exotic fruits may have lots of qualities, but when it comes to vitamin C, it is difficult to top this nutritional fruit.  Vitamin C is very important for blood circulation to the scalp and supports the small blood vessels that feed your hair. Too little C in your diet can eventually cause your hair to break.

Lentils, Kidney Beans, Soy Beans

  • Rich in Protein
  • Iron, Zinc and Biotin (protects from DNA damage)
  • Great nutritional element

Lentils are really full of protein, iron, zinc, and even biotin, and this makes them a great nutritional element for both vegetarians and those who eat meat and every thing else.

Salmon, Mackerel, Sardines, Trout, Avocado, Pumpkin Seeds

  • Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Vitamin D and Proteins

The flesh of this pink delicious fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D and different proteins: all key elements to have vibrant hair.  Our body can’t make these fatty acids by itself, but these are really needed to grow hair.  A tiny percentage of the hair shaft is made up of these fatty acids, which are also located in the cell membranes in the skin of our scalp.  Introducing salmon in your diet can help integrating these beneficial acids in our body, helping our hair to grow healthier.

Spinach, Kale, Broccoli, Swiss Chard, Dark Leafy Vegetables

  • Contains folate, beta carotene
  • Rich in Iron and Vitamin C
  • Keep hair follicles healthy
  • Promote blood circulation

Spinach, among the other minerals and elements, contains folate, beta carotene, a good source of iron, and lots of vitamin C that I have just mentioned: these factors contribute to keep the hair follicles healthy and promote blood flow.

Walnuts, Walnut Oil in Salad

  • Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Vitamin E and Biotin (protects from DNA damage)
  • Contains copper to keep hair shining

Walnuts are the only type of nut that have a decent amount of omega-3 fatty acids, but also the other nuts they have of course.  They’re also rich in vitamin E and biotin, which helps protect our cells from DNA damage.  Biotin is extremely important for our hair, shafts and too little of it can lead to hair thinning.  These nuts contain also the mineral copper, which helps maintain the natural color of our hair.

Published in: on August 14, 2017 at 3:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

15 Places in the World Where You Get Paid to Live There

1.     ALASKA

Considering Alaska’s reputation of very cold and dark winters, periods during which the sun doesn’t set and lots of barren land, it’s no surprise that local officials have resorted to paying people to move there. Newcomers can take advantage of the Alaska Permanent Fund, which takes money earned from the state’s oil reserves to give back to the community. Alaskans get almost $2,000.

2.     BALTIMORE, MARYLAND

Baltimore has been losing local residents to more prosperous cities for decades. It’s trying to win people back with the Buying into Baltimore program. People get $5,000 toward the purchase of a home in the city. Every year, there are two events: A spring/summer event and a fall/winter event. Another incentive is the Vacants to Value. It gives people up to $10,000 to purchase a formerly vacant, renovated house.

3.     CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE

Chattanooga, one of the most underrated cities in the country, is the first city in the Western Hemisphere to offer 10-gigabit-per-second fiber internet service to all residents and businesses. Called “GigCity,” it lures young entrepreneurs who want to create their own startups. GeekMove was a 2011 incentive program designed to financially assist computer developers interested in relocating there. It no longer exists, but it did its job. The city continues to grow and has many up and coming startups looking for geek talent.

4.     CHILE

The government launched a program, Start-up Chile, which provides up to CL$60 million ($90,000) in equity free funding across their programs and over $100,000 of perks as a participant. The country is looking to become the business hub of South America.

5.     CURTIS, NEBRASKA

This is where you should move if you are a golfer. There is a possibility for a free lot at the Arrowhead Meadows, a 9-hole golf course. It is nestled in the Medicine Creek Valley, with the Medicine Creek meandering throughout the course. The trick is that you have to build the home.

6.     DETROIT, MICHIGAN

Detroit has been in a lot of trouble over the last several years. The city even filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy in 2013. Many residents have moved away; some neighborhoods have been abandoned. But, as you know, when one door closes another one opens. Local official created an opportunity with the Challenge Detroit program. It encourages new career seekers and entrepreneurs to move to Detroit by paying them to live, work, play, give, and lead in and around the greater Detroit area for one year.

7.     HARMONY, MINNESOTA

The money people are paid comes in the form of cash rebate for new home construction. This small town has a population or just about 1,000 people. The Harmony Economic Development Authority (EDA) offers a cash rebate between $5,000 and $12,000 to people who build a home. Rebate amounts will be based on the final estimated market value of the new house.

8.     KAITANGATA, NEW ZEALAND

A town, no matter how small, with a population of about 750 will definitely want to attract more newcomers permanently. People won’t get cash but will get other financial benefits. They comes in the form of a home and land that are together worth no more than NZ$230,000. Jobs are also readily available, guaranteed. More than 1,000 need to be filled.

9.     KANSAS

Lincoln, for example, is investing in the future offering free home sites in a completely new subdivision. This is great especially for people who like the rural kind of life. Marquette, a small town of about 630 people, offers free building lots to families who want to live in “the heart of America.” Also, Rural Opportunity Zones are 77 counties that offer financial incentives to new full-time residents such as income tax waivers for up to five years and student loan repayments up to $15,000.

10. MAATSUYKER ISLAND, TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA

Work and housing are offered to people willing to move so far away—off the coast of Tasmania. The job is to take care of and live in the lighthouse and maintain the land and housing on the 460-acre isle. Observing the sea and swell conditions are also part of the responsibilities. The weather on the island is windy all the time and it’s cold for the most part.

11. MISHIMA VILLAGE, JAPAN

The village has come up with a very intriguing way of luring people there. Locals are targeting single people, who will get paid to go on dates. Japanese citizens will get 100,000 yen as moving expenses, as well as some money every month for the first three years of residence. If you have a child while there, you won’t have to worry about giving birth and education expenses. Everyone also gets a free cow.

12. NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT

As is the case with most cities who try to lure people there, New Haven is experimenting with home ownership incentives. People will get an interest-free, $10,000 assistantship to help cover closing costs or a down-payment on a home. It’s also 100 percent forgivable if the owners live there for five or more years. Make it eco-friendly and you’ll get up to $30,000. The city will cover up to full tuition to a Connecticut public college for any resident that graduates from a New Haven public school.

13. NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK

This is a popular place with tourists but not so much with people who are looking for a permanent home. One way the city is trying to make folks reconsider is by giving those with student loans about $7,000 to pay it off if they live in Niagara Falls for two years. You’ll have to live in a specific neighborhood though.

14. PITCAIRN ISLAND, SOUTH PACIFIC

The island is one of the most remote on Earth. About 60 people live there and they want more company. Newcomers will get land, totally free. You show up and you get the land. In 2015 only one person made the most of the opportunity. Probably because living there will be like being cast away. There is only one store and you’ll have to order anything you need from the mainland, which is 3,000 miles away, every three months.

15. SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA

It’s good to be a graduate student in Saskatchewan. They are reimbursed up to C$20,000. The goal is to encourage more people to go to school there, which should result in boosting the local economy. The rebate is paid out over seven years, provided you file your taxes in Saskatchewan. It is applied to reduce the amount of income tax residents owe.

Published in: on July 27, 2017 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

How To Reset Your Windows 10 Laptop

This article shows you how to reset your laptop running Windows 10:

On the Windows 10 Start menu, click the Gear icon and select “Settings”.

Select “Update & security”.

Click “Recovery” in the left pane.

Pick one of three options:

  1. Reset this PC
    This is the best option for starting fresh.
  2. Go back to an earlier build
    This option is made for Windows Insiders who want to roll back to a previous version of the OS.
  3. Advanced startup
    This option lets you boot off a recovery USB drive or disc.

Click “Get started” under “Reset this PC”.

Click either “Keep my files” or “Remove everything,” depending on whether you want to keep your data files intact. Either way, all of your settings will return to their defaults and apps will be uninstalled.

If you chose to “Remove everything” in the prior step, you can now select “Just remove my files” or “Remove files and clean the drive”.

“Remove files and clean the drive” will take a lot longer.  However, if you are giving your computer away, this will ensure the next person will have a hard time recovering your erased files.  If you are keeping the computer, you can choose “Just remove my files.”

In the “Warning!” screen, click “Next” to confirm that you won’t be able to roll back to a prior version of Windows.

Click “Reset” when prompted.  Windows will restart and reset itself.

Click “Continue” to exit and continue to Windows 10.

Enjoy your fresh Windows 10!

 

Published in: on July 23, 2017 at 3:12 pm  Leave a Comment