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Cocktails for first Time Drinkers

When it is your first time drinking out on the town, you will want to make sure the experience is an enjoyable one. The last thing you want is to waste your money on a cocktail you find repulsive or overdo it and spend half the night being sick! If you are a first-time drinker looking for some suggestions on what to sample, here are a few ideas for our health to get you started!

-Gin/Vodka and Tonic-
Tonic water goes well with several types of liquor, but usually is paired with gin or vodka. It adds a nice fizz and a slight citrus-y touch to the liquor and helps tone down the bite. Try a simple gin or vodka and tonic, and if you need just a little extra sweetness, ask for a splash of cranberry juice.

-Cosmopolitan-
Cosmos are popular for a reason. They are a simple blend of flavors, mostly featuring cranberry juice, and are made with vodka, a good choice for a new drinker. Any bartender should know how to make one of these!

-Lemon Drops-
Lemon Drops must be handled with caution, since they are shots! However, for those who just want to have a light buzz, a Lemon Drop or two is a great choice for a party night. They are made from vodka and have a good deal of lemon flavor, plus the rim of the glass is frosted with sugar for a sweet kick. Some bartenders may be able to make these in martini form, using the same ingredients and filling the rest with soda or sparkling water to make it a safer, longer drink.

-Hard cider-
If you don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but think beer isn’t for you either, hard cider is the way to go. Its flavor is like apple juice for grown-ups, and can be ordered in bottles or pints like a beer. So guys out there, don’t worry – no one will judge!

-Mojito-
Mojitos are nice, refreshing long drinks – you will probably only need one. They consist of rum, sugar syrup, fresh mint, lime juice, and soda, so they have a great flavor without being syrupy-sweet. Perfect for a hot night!

-Margaritas-
This is another drink to use with caution – not necessarily because of its potency, but because of how tempting it is! A good margarita is one of the best drinks out there, for just about anyone. Whether you order it on the rocks or frozen, classic lime or with another flavor, it is hard to go wrong with this tequila-laden treat.

-Sweetie Pie-
It might have a dumb name, but it is a really refreshing, orange-y drink that just about any drinker will enjoy. Some bartenders may not be familiar with it since its popularity is still rising, so if they ask, the recipe is as follows: 1 ½ measures gin, ½ measure triple sec, squeeze of lime juice, 1 measure orange juice. Shake over ice and serve in a lowball glass.

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Healthy and delicious coleslaw


Coleslaw is not only a popular prepare-ahead salad for summer barbecues. It is also a nutritious and economical dinner salad for fall and winter, when lettuce is expensive and second rate but cabbage is still bursting with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Basic ingredients

1/2 a small head of green cabbage – shredded. grated or chopped
1/4 cup red cabbage – shredded, grated or chopped (optional)
1 carrot – peeled and grated
I tablespoon raisins
1 tablespoon raw unsalted sunflower seeds
1/2 cup of commercial coleslaw dressing (or to taste)

Preparation

1. Shred, grate or chop cabbage.

This can be done using a very sharp knife, a cheese grater or a food processor.

If using a food processor, cover the cabbage with water, and run the “chop” setting for 1 minute. When using this method, it is important to drain the chopped cabbage thoroughly squeezing out as much water as possible to prevent ending up with a watery-tasting salad. Also, while this method is easier, it reduces the nutritional value of the cabbage, because valuable vitamins and minerals leach into the water.

2. Mix chopped cabbage and grated carrot into a bowl.

3. Add raisins, sunflower seeds, and commercial coleslaw dressing.

4. Mix thoroughly, cover, and put in the refrigerator to chill for a couple of hours.

Variations on ingredients

For extra crunch, add chopped celery, chopped green or yellow pepper, daikon (Japanese white radish), or finely chopped cauliflower.

For extra color, add a little grated red cabbage, chopped red or purple pepper, sliced red radishes, or chopped fresh parsley.

Replace the sunflower seeds with whole or chopped nuts such as peanuts, walnuts. hazelnuts or almonds.

For added sweetness, add grated apple or chopped dried apricots.

To add bite to the sweetness of the fruit, add 1 teaspoon horseradish relish or ½ teaspoon powdered wasabi.

For a tangier salad with less sweetness, replace the fruit and seeds or nuts with chopped white or green onion, then add a quarter teaspoon of garlic powder, a pinch of black pepper and a tablespoon of dill pickle juice.

Thanksgiving or Christmas slaw

Dried cranberries can replace the raisins to add a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner flair.

Dressing variations

Mayonnaise dressing

Mix:

1/2  cup mayonnaise or whipped dressing (regular or low-fat),
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
1/2 to 1 tablespoon sugar, depending on taste
1 tablespoon white vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

Low fat oil and vinegar dressing

Mix:

1/2 cup olive, sunflower, or Canola oil
1/4 cup of white, rice, or white wine vinegar
Sugar to taste
Salt and pepper to taste.

Substitute citrus juice, such as lemon, lime or grapefruit juice for vinegar to give a fruitier kick.

Coleslaw is easy to prepare and always popular for casual potlucks, barbecues. and even more formal festive dinners. The variations on the basic recipe suggested above are only a few possibilities for changing up the basic cabbage and carrot theme. Creative cooks will enjoy experimenting with different fruit and vegetable ingredients and different commercial or home made dressings to create their own favorite recipes.

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Dry cough causes & Treatments


Dry cough is a kind of cough, which usually does not produce any phlegm or mucus. Before you begin to cough, you may often feel some uncomfortable tickling. Actually, the cough is a very annoying problem, because your daily activities often get disturbed by them. The cough occurs due to many causes, but quick changing of air temperature is the most common cause. It occurs due to numerous causes from initial to serious. While detecting the cause for occurrence of dry cough, other symptoms are also considered by the physician. Various symptoms such as allergies, respiratory tract infection, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, asthma, lung cancer, gastro esophageal reflux disease, or cigarette smoke exposure are responsible for causing dry cough. Any cough occurring for more than 10 days, are accompanied by sore neck, fever, difficulty breathing, bloody, wheezing, or green discharge, which are immediately evaluated by doctor.

One of the most common causes is a respiratory tract infection. Pneumonia, bronchitis, colds, influenza are included as respiratory tract infections. Other symptoms such as body aches, itchy or sore throat, a fever, runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, and watering eyes are also included. Symptoms of sinusitis also results in the complication of common cold, including pain in face, concentrated around cheeks, forehead, or eyes, congestion, trouble smelling, tooth pain, and tasting. Dry cough also occurs due to allergies. Allergies due to indoor or outdoor substances, like pollen, mold, pet dander, or dust, results in causing dry cough, itching, sneezing, sore throat and watery eyes. Usually, depending on level of exposure and weather condition, allergies symptoms often determined. Most of the dry coughs are caused due to allergy.

Another most important cause of dry cough is asthma. Its additional symptoms include wheezing or whistling while breathing, shortness of breath, as well as chest tightness or pain. People suffer from COPD also consist of symptoms of dry cough in addition to tightness in chest, frequent respiratory infections and also shortness of breath. Lung cancer is one of the most serious causes. Lung cancer includes additional symptoms of coughing up blood, wheezing, weight loss, bone pain, chest pain, headaches, and also shortness of breath. But seriously, dry cough are rarely occur due to lung cancer.

In most cases, mild irritations at the respiratory tract lead to occurrence of dry cough like as inhaled dust, common cold, or allergies. These kinds of dry cough can be treated with the help of hard candy or cough drops that help to soothe your throat or you can also treat the condition by drinking lots of water as well as other fluids. You can also get rid of dry cough by increasing the level of moisture in your home. There are numerous ways available for reducing this dry cough. You can treat the dry cough by using herbal products or by using medicine. If you have dry cough for more number of days, it is better to consult a doctor as soon as possible.

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Strong Smelling Urine


Urine is a kind of liquid bi products that are secreted by the kidneys. The process by which urine is secreted by the kidneys is known as urination. Urines are excreted out through the urethra. In case of human beings the urinary system consists of kidneys which form the main part of the urinary system, ureters, urinary bladder and the urethra. All the soluble waste products from the blood stream are extracted by the kidneys.

The urine after coming out from the kidney flows through the urinary bladder and finally passes through the urethra before it comes out from the body. Urine contains high concentration of urea and other toxins. About 95% of urine consists of water and the other 5% consists of other chemical substances like urea, chloride, sodium, potassium, creatinine. Some amount of dissolved ions and even organic and inorganic compounds are also found in urine. The amount of urea present in urine is 9.3 g/l, amount of chloride is about 1.87 g/l, amount of sodium is about 1.17 g/l, amount of potassium is about 0.750 g/l and finally the amount of creatinine is about 0.670 g/l.

The color of urine is basically dark amber, pale yellow or colorless and varies from person to person depending on various factors like the hydration level present in a person’s body. The color of urine is generally used by the medical stuff to determine the level of hydration in the person’s body. If the color of the urine is dark yellow it generally indicates dehydration in the body. Colorless urine is the sign of good health as it indicates the normal level of hydration in the body.

Urine has a strong smell. Strong smelling urine is secreted depending upon the type of food a person consumes. Different kinds of diet for different person’s leads to different odor in urine. This type of smelling urine occurs in those people who consume asparagus as their food. Asparagus are kind of plants whose succulent young shoots are cooked and eaten as vegetables. Strong smelling urine occurs due to the consumption of an asparagus food is due to the fact that the body converts this kind of foods into asparagusic acid. Other factors which are responsible for the strong smell in the urine are due to consumption of food like saffron onion, turkey. Drinking of high amount of beverages like alcohol and even coffee leads to a strong smell in urine. Consumption of spicy food also affects the odor of the urine.

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Symptoms, Causes and Treatment for Pain in Lower Right Abdomen


Abdominal pain are caused by many factors, however, the area of the pain plays major role in determining the type of pain. Pain in lower right abdomen could be a symptom of a serious condition as some of the very important organs are present in the right side of the stomach. These organs include Liver, Gall bladder right kidney, right ureter and right ovary.

Some of the significant symptoms include abdominal swelling, vomiting, loss of appetite, constipation, excessive creation of gas, bloody diarrhea, fever and some very serious symptoms. These serious additional symptoms comprises of pain during urination, back pain, blood in urine, blood in the stool, vaginal bleeding and vaginal discharge. All these symptoms could be a sign of some very serious conditions like kidney disorders, kidney stones, etc.

There can be various causes of the abdominal pain in lower right side and some of the common causes are:

  • 1. The disruption of bowel movements commonly referred as constipation can be the cause of such pain. However, it is a curable disorder. The person suffering from constipation should take in high fiber food, drink lot of water or other fluids and can also take laxatives in case of severe conditions.
  • 2. When the protrusion occurs due to hernia in the right stomach, the person experiences pain in that area. There are various symptoms to detect hernia such as swellings in abdomen, obstruction in bowel movement, vomiting and bloating of stomach.
  • 3. The bowel cancer which is mostly found in aged people can also be the reason of pain in the abdomen. The patient may experience severe pain on the lower right abdomen side due to bowel cancer.  The person suffering from this disease may suddenly show signs of loss of weight, loss of appetite and change in bowel habits, which are recognized as symptoms of this disease.
  • 4. Kidney stone is also one of the causes of very intense pain in lower right side of the abdomen, mainly due to presence of the stones or cysts in kidney or urethra. The person having this problem will experience pain that would expand to the loin areas as and when the person feels like urinating.
  • 5. The person experiences minor pain around the umbilicus mainly due to appendicitis, which again is a cause of abdominal pain. In this disease, the pain gradually moves from the belly button to the lower right abdomen. The symptoms that are experienced during the appendicitis include high fever, reduction in appetite and vomiting.
    The abnormality wherein the embryo gets embedded in tubes and not the womb medically known as ectopic pregnancy can also cause lower right abdominal pain. This abnormality can cause severe pain and finally lead to vaginal bleeding.
  • 6. When the womb tissue grows outside the womb, the women face problems like abdominal pain. This abnormality is called as Endometriosis. The womb tissue can grow anywhere in the left or right tube, the large bowel or even in ovary.  In such conditions, the women may feel severe pain in lower right area of abdomen during menses. Apart from this, slight swelling in the abdomen can also be felt.

Some more causes of this type of abdominal pain include Pelvic inflammatory disease, salpingitis, ulcerative colitis and Mesenteric Lympadenitis.

However, all these causes or disorders can be treated to give relief to the patient experiencing pain in lower part of the right abdomen. The only thing required to treat this pain is to diagnose the exact cause of the pain. This will be possible when the intensity, duration and the pattern of the pain is observed and reported to the physician. In case of serious conditions, the surgery could be a solution or even the removal of certain infected body part can cure the pain completely. Hence, it is advisable to consult the doctor if you experience prolonged pain in lower right abdomen.

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Effects of sore throat

Sore throat is soreness or irritation in the gullet that eventually worsens especially when you try to eat something. It is the major indication of pharyngitis; another medical term used for sore throat. Viral infection such as cold or flu is the most usual reason of the condition. Bacterial infection requires treatment with antibiotics. Complex treatments apart from home remedies are required for less common reasons of the soreness in the throat. A sore throat may occur due to various causes and the symptoms and signs include:

  • Denial to eat
  • Heavy or hoarse voice
  • Dry or parched throat
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Worst pain while talking or eating
  • Swollen or red tonsils

These symptoms may accompany flu, headache, fever, sneezing, cough, body aches etc. If a child’s sore throat does not disappear with a glass of water during the morning than you need to have an immediate check on the symptoms like difficulty in breathing, swallowing and unusual drooling. If these signs are appearing then you should get him to either a health care provider or make use of natural remedies. For an adult, consultation from the doctor is required when the following symptoms start appearing:

1. The sore throat that is harsh or that lasts longer than a week

2. Difficulty in swallowing

3. Difficulty in breathing

4. Facing a lot of problem when opening ones mouth

5. Joint pain

6. Fever over 101 F (38.3 C)

7. Rash

8. Ear ache

9. Blood in phlegm or saliva

10. Repeatedly chronic sore throat

11. A swelling in the neck

12. Harshness which lasts more than two weeks

Mostly some viruses are the main reason and they lead to not only sore throat but also cause flu and cold. Sore throats caused due to the bacterial infections are rare as compared to other types. Bacterial infections can cause the soreness, whooping cough and diphtheria. A few other main causes are allergies, dryness, irritation, muscle strain, HIV infection and tumors. The condition is a common disease but there are a few factors that can make it more susceptible. These factors include:

-Age

-Tobacco

-Allergies

-Exposure to chemical irritants

Chronic or frequent sinus infections

-Living or working in close quarters

-Lowered immunity

A consultation with your family doctor can easily cure sore throat but in case of ear, nose and throat disorders you will need to consult some specialist. Before meeting the doctor you need to be prepared with each and every detail starting from your illness to the medication that you have taken so far. Apart from taking medicines recommended by the doctors the home remedies can also be very useful.

One of the most effective home remedies include gargling with warm salt water. It helps to reduce swelling and helps relieve discomfort and pain in your throat. In order to prevent dehydration, fluids are the best recommended home remedy as they think the secretion and soothe the irritated itchy throat. Using a vaporizer and humidifier can also be very fruitful if used for the sore throat.

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The cultural diversity of Rhode Island restaurants

One of the things that Rhode Island is known for is its old country Italian food as well as a ton of other cuisines that are as diverse as the people living in Rhode Island. From the Upscale Trattoria Simpatico in Jamestown to the quick meal you would find at Barney’s in Cranston, Rhode Island offers visitors and residents a wide selection of culinary delights that would please even the pickiest critic.

Italian cuisine

Because of the high concentration of Italians in the area, Rhode Island features some of the best authentically Italian flavors available. This tour of Italian eateries in Rhode Island begins with Bella Vista in Downtown Providence, where nothing tastes better and more authentic than the delicious fettucini with veal. Zooma is also a highlight of Providence with it’s artistic feel, its delicious food and it’s Italian wines from the best vineyards. You may also want to top by Pinelli’s Cucina in Providence which is a low cost way to get high quality Italian foods.

No Italian food tour would be complete without a visit to Venice restaurant in South County, my favorite meal here is the Filet Mignon. While it tends to be a little noisy it has really great food. On my search for great Italian restaurants, I also found the Fra’s Italian Gourmet also deserved a special mention for its Calabria grinder and gourmet pizza. The east side of South County in beautiful Kingstown picky eaters will find the best Italian food at Pinelli’s Cucina and Twist.

The Newport and Jamestown area deliver high quality Italian cuisine with the best being Trattoria Simpatico in Jamestown with its delicious authentic Italian flavors mixed with a Southwest, Latin, and Asian flair. Other great Italian food venues includes Puerini’s in Newport, Sardellas in Newport and Portabella in Newport.

American restaurants

Rhode Island also provide people great food that is as “American as Apple Pie,”, here in Rhode Island restaurants focus on classic American flavors. While in Rhode Island the best restaurants with American food is Capitol Grille in Providence,  Dylan’s Restaurant in Westerly, Caylily’s Bistro in East South County, Glass Onion in Newport, and Hotel Manisses on Block Island.

Culturally diverse restaurants

Another thing you will find in Rhode Island is that there are many culturally diverse restaurants. if you love visiting restaurants that specialize in the food of other countries, there are many to be found in Rhode Island. You can start with intermezzo on Weybosset in Providence to try food with a Mediterranean flavor mixed with a taste of Southeast Asia. Kebob and Curry, and India are both in Providence, and they are also places you can find delicious authentic Indian Food (note: Kebob and Curry is so very delicious, I would go there everyday if I could get away with it). Ching Tao in Newport is another favorite that is located in Newport for delicious Chinese cuisine.

Wherever you go in Rhode Island you will find delicious food, these are my own personal favorites, however there are many that I have yet to try, so if I missed your favorite, I am sorry. Visit Rhode Island if for no other reason but the authentic food that the Rhode Islanders make.

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13 gold medal motivating quotes from Olympic champs

If you’re looking for a kick in the pants to jump-start change, look no further than prime-time. With the hours of hard work, sweat, sacrifice, tears, and eventual triumph, the Winter Games are as juicy as daytime soaps and far more edifying. Because when you’re looking to change something in your life, to be the best version of yourself, and to take things to the next level, who better than a world-class athlete to shine a light on the way?

  • “The potential for greatness lives within each of us.” –Wilma Rudolph, former Olympic track and field
  • “Ingenuity plus courage plus work equals miracles.” –Bob Richards, former Olympic pole vaulting champion
  • “The only way to overcome is to hang in.” –Dan O’Brien , former Olympic Decathlon athlete
  • “Focus, discipline, hard work, goal setting and, of course, the thrill of finally achieving your goals. These are all lessons in life.” –Kristi Yamaguchi, former Olympic figure skating champion
  • “A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever.” –Mary Lou Retton, former Olympic gymnast
  • “Everything that I’ve ever been able to accomplish in skating and in life has come out of adversity and perseverance.” –Scott Hamilton, former Olympic figure skating champion
  • “Never put an age limit on your dreams” –Dara Torres, Olympic swimming champion
  • “Nobody needs to prove to anybody what they’re worthy of, just the person that they look at in the mirror. That’s the only person you need to answer to. ” –Picabo Street, former Olympic alpine skiing champion
  • “Part of being a champ is acting like a champ. You have to learn how to win and not run away when you lose.” –Nancy Kerrigan, former Olympic ice skating champion
  • “There is no mat space for malcontents or dissenters.” –Dan Gable, former Olympic wrestling champion
  • “You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.” –Michael Jordan, former Olympic basketball champion
  • “If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail.” –Mark Spitz, former Olympic swimming champion
  • “When anyone tells me I can’t do anything, I’m just not listening anymore.” –Florence Griffith Joyner, Olympic track and field champion
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Sinus Headache


Sinuses are hollow spaces in bones. Paranasal sinuses are located in the facial bones. They are the most commonly affected ones. There are four pairs of paranasal sinuses in the facial region. They are frontal, maxillary sinus, ethmoid, and sphenoid. Pain in the sinuses occurs mostly due to sinusitis which is inflammation of the sinuses. Sinusitis can be acute or chronic depending on the symptoms.

There are two types of sinusitis. They are acute sinusitis and chronic sinusitis. Acute sinusitis is a condition that develops as a result of upper respiratory tract infections mostly caused by viruses such as Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, and Moraxella catarrhalis. The other bacterial pathogens include Staphylococcus aureus, streptococci species, anaerobic bacteria, and gram-negative bacteria. Chronic sinusitis is caused due to chronic inflammation of the sinuses.

The causes of chronic sinusitis includes allergy, environmental factors such as dust, pollution, bacterial infection, or fungus. Narrow sinus passages due to deviated septum defects may obstruct drainage from the sinus cavities. Symptoms of sinusitis include nasal congestion, facial pain, headache, nighttime coughing, and facial fullness.

Treatments for sinus pain:

Analgesic medications such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen help relieve symptoms associated with sinusitis such as headache, pressure, pain, and fatigue.

If symptoms persist, antibiotics such as amoxicillin or combinations such as amoxicillin/clavulanate (Augmentin) mostly help relieve the symptoms. Antibiotics such as clarithromycin and doxycycline are prescribed for patients allergic to penicillin medications. A short course of antibiotics for about 3-7 days is found to be effective to treat mild symptoms of sinusitis.

Inhaling hot steam from a bowel of steaming hot water helps to ease congestion and helps in relieving or getting rid of sinus headaches. The vapor from oils that clear sinus congestion such as eucalyptus can be inhaled along with the steam to get immediate relief. You can drape a towel over your head and the bowel to inhale steam. This can be very effective in relieving headaches and nasal congestion associated with sinusitis. Tea tree oil can be used for steam inhalation. Sinus symptoms usually clear within few days.

You can use massage therapy to get relief from sinus pain and headache. Using your index finger, gently and firmly press the region above your eyebrows and between eyebrows. Massage for 15 seconds and continue the same till you feel relief from pain.

You can rinse your sinuses with saltwater. This can drain the mucus from your sinuses and has been found to be helpful in relieving sinus pain and inflammation.

Good nutrition and a good sleep can boost your immune system. A healthy immune system protects you from bacteria and fungi and helps you drive away acute sinus infections.

 

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5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Get Pregnant Fast


Life’s mostly positive, and that is good. But it isn’t all roses. Trying to conceive fast can put a lot of demand on you. Really, to let ourselves to live positive lives, we have to dedicate time to eliminate problems or prepare in advance to avoid the greatest number of negatives as is possible. In those adverse times, we need advice on what to refrain from, what not to do, as well as what to avoid…

This blurb can help you achieve what you wish most: conceiving your baby rapidly. It will help not by telling you “do the following”. It helps by explaining you five things you will need to avoid if you want to conceive your baby fast.

Here’s the 5 items you should avoid:

1. Getting too mentally caught up with conception. The reason you shouldn’t do this is: you’ll turn sex into a boring, unpleasant activity, and fearfulness may shorten your chances of conceiving. Alternatively, it will probably work out much better if you should be positive and learn that conception -even in entirely normal couples- may take a few months. Relaxation techniques like yoga or acupuncture may help you keep fearfulness levels well in hand.

2. Drinking coffee. The reason why you will want to do this is because caffeine shortens the current of blood to your womb, thus preventing your body from building the right lineup that would later support the implantation of fertilized egg. Alternatively, it could be better if you simply ended taking it, or switched to decaf.

3. Listening to the incorrect, uninformed advice about ovulation. Incontestably that is one of the worst enemies of your chances to conceive. And what you want to do instead is reading scientific, proved information about your ovulation cycle, and rely on accurate ovulation predictors (OPKs) or Fertility Monitors.

4. Smoking. The main reason why this is a mistake is backed up by scientific studies that have proven that tobacco affects fertility, decreasing estrogen production, and blood flow, not to mention plausible genetic problems in your eggs. Alternatively you indeed ought to quit smoking and, if possible, ask others not to smoke in your vicinity.

5. Self medicating. Never do this because most medications have adverse secondary effects that can decrease your fertility, or even alter your baby in the immediate days after conception. Alternatively, it is best to remember that if you are trying to get pregnant, you should always ask your specialist about any medicaments you are taking, in order to prevent probable unwelcome effects, or substitute them by another product that is compatible with your desire to have a baby.

If you want to conceive your baby rapidly and succeed at it, by all means avoid the misbeliefs mentioned. Utilize the alternatives suggested if you would like, but simply avoiding the mistakes will enhance your results…

Further Reading:

How to Get Pregnant Fast

Things You Should and Should Not Do During Pregnancy

Your essential pregnancy to-do list: first trimester – BabyCentre

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Product Reviews Cerinate Lumineers Porcelain Veneers

How much would you spend for a movie-star smile? Would you spend a grand per tooth for a grand toothy grin?

Cerinate Lumineers are porcelain veneers that promise a whiter, brighter smile. They cover chipped or discolored teeth, fix gaps and uneven edges, and can even reshape or lengthen irregular teeth.

Lumineers can even cover crowns or bridgework that may be discolored, scratched, dull, or somehow cosmetically defective.

Applied by professional dentists over teeth, these ultra-thin (.33 mm.) covers require little tooth preparation. Unlike traditional veneer procedures, which included substantial grinding and shaving of teeth for fitting, Lumineers may be directly applied. No tooth structure removal is needed.

For most patients, Lumineers may be applied in two or three dental visits. Dentists claim the entire process is painless. No anesthetics are needed.

Although porcelain veneers like Lumineers used to be available only in extremely affluent areas, now more than 5,000 American dentists offer this service.

The manufacturer, Den-Mat Corporation (of Santa Maria, California) claims Lumineers will last from 10 to 20 years.

Most dentists will charge from $800 to $1,500 per tooth for Lumineers. The process generally begins with an examination and consultation, at which time the patient may request a cost estimate.

The average human mouth contains 32 teeth, although many individuals have had extractions for orthodontia or other purposes. Assuming you have all your original teeth, a full mouth of Lumineers could cost you at least $30,000. In a decade or two, you might have to repeat the process.

Are whiter teeth worth $30 grand? You be the judge! Want to put your money where your mouth is?

Reference:

The Lumineers

How Much Do Lumineers Cost

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Smoking Weed

Another effect of marijuana that can be very dangerous for a child who finds and uses it is the way that the marijuana affects the immune system.

Children often have a weaker immune system than adults do naturally. This is because the child does not have all the antibodies that the adult has from exposure to different conditions. When a child engages in the use of marijuana, he risks the dangers of lowing his or her immune system too much. This can open the child up to a variety of diseases or conditions that can cause the child to get deathly ill. The long term affect of this can vary based on how sick, how long, and with what conditions the child developed due to the exposure of marijuana.

Other concerns regarding the effect of marijuana which has other nicknames of marijuana there on the growing body stem from the way that marijuana is consumed. Marijuana is generally consumed by inhaling the drug in the form of smoke. This smoke can hinder the child’s growth significantly much like cigarette smoke hinders growth. In addition, since the smoke enters the lungs of the child and is held there for several seconds before expelling it, the child is at an increased risk for lung cancer. There is also concern that the drying of the throat and mouth can cause throat or mouth cancer in a child as he or she grows up. There have even been concerns that the marijuana smoke can cause such cancers early in the child’s life, affecting him for the rest of his life.

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