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Females: That Time of the Month.

FEMALES: THAT TIME OF THE MONTH.

The friend that never lets you down, Aunt Flo, The Curse… There are dozens of nicknames for a women’s monthly period. Some would say, ‘On the Rag’ is the crudest one of them all. However, the phrase comes from what was used before disposable pads were invented.  Thanks to some nurses in France who were inspired by the original, war-time invention from Benjamin Franklin, started using wood pulp bandages for that specific time of the month. This then, encouraged manufacturers created the first disposable pad for purchase in 1888. Still, rags, also called, Sanitary Napkins, were still commonly used in household throughout the 1950s.

Period Poverty

In today’s society, a majority of women have at least experienced one period overload or ran out of pads just went they needed one the most. But can you imagine not having a pad or even rags during that time of the month? That is exactly the case for some females in some parts of the world. The belief in some cultures is that a woman is impure during that time of the month and must be banished until she has finished her cycle.

The largest problem with not having a pad or rag to discreetly hide a female’s monthly ‘friend’ is the lack of sanitation during that time. We know that the body sheds a lot of stuff during that time, so it is a major health risk to oneself and others to not have it confined into one area. Plus, the inability to wash their hands in some locations can cause a snowball of health complications.

Disposable Pads: The Convenience is Great, but so is the Harm?

Disposable pads are a blessing, for sure. Yet, pads and diapers have taken a large toll on the environment. It is believed that biodegradability for a single diaper is 500 years. However, these disposables can now be recycled! In Canada and other places in the world, they can toss pads into the regular, curbside recycling bins. Other locations in the world must put in a little more effort. There are several companies out there that have specific pick-up collection companies for pads and diapers.

Going Old School with a Twist

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For those that don’t have the time to find a local pickup service for their used feminine products, but still want to go with an old-school way of handling their monthly flow, in a way more sanitary method than back in the day, there is a product from Tradetoaid.org. Reusable pads.

Reusable pads are included for every kind of flow day needed. The reasonably priced kit that is available includes 2 light-flow, 2 medium-flow and 2 heavy-flow pads. Each dark-gray, microfiber pad is infused with bamboo charcoal to prevent odor while encased in a recycled waterproof lining to prevent leakage. The soft material is non-irritating, and the snap closure keeps the pad in place on underwear. Washing is also easy. Rinse (or soak with tea tree oil to help remove stains) and toss into the washer. Line-dry is the best option, so the pad doesn’t lose shape. Using them might feel different, at first, but you will soon find that you can confidently replace disposable pads with reusable ones to get the same protection.

Helping Out Others

Being a woman has its challenges, for sure. Yet, could you imagine missing work or school because it’s that time of the month? Sadly, it happens in places all over the world. A lot of great companies understand the seriousness of period poverty and are choosing to do something about it. Tradetoaid.org and other manufacturers of feminine products have decided to make a solid guarantee to us, the consumers. When you purchase one of their products, they will donate a supply to a female in need to help in the fight against period poverty. Tradetoaid.org donates to women and girls around the globe, along with educating menstrual health in West Africa.

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As females, we all have our own menstrual stories and nightmares, but at least most have those experiences with some form of protection. Pads and tampons reduce exposure to many diseases and viruses during a monthly flow passing though the vagina. Just think, some women don’t have that luxury. But remember there is something you can do to help our fellow sisters in the world. When shopping for sanitary pads, whether it be cloth or disposable pads, be sure to look for a product that is allowing you to help out others just by buying something you already need.

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How To Appreciate The People In Your Life

How To Appreciate The People In Your Life

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In a poll involving over 2000 Americans, 60% admitted to showing gratitude towards people who go out of their way to do something nice for them. Undoubtedly, there are people in your life who do much for you, and it makes sense to want to do something good in return to preserve memories. Whether family, friends, or a loved one, appreciating them is the way to go. Therefore, if you don’t know how to make them feel recognized, below are a few ideas. In the long run, it’s the thought that counts. 

1. Be there for them

Sometimes, making people feel appreciated is not entirely about buying a physical gift. Instead, it is about the deliberate efforts taken to spend time with them. It is also about the physical closeness, the frequent phone calls to check on them, and any other deliberate action that displays how often you have them in mind. Again, show up at their special events, remember their birthdays, or offer to perform a chore for them. Action, they say, speaks louder than words, and that is what you should be aiming for. Moreover, in many cases, people appreciate efforts that cannot be quantified.

2. Design a handwritten “Thank You” card

If you thought this was just something kids do, you thought wrong. A self-designed ‘thank you’ card can be done by anyone, regardless of age. It also means that you value them enough to spend time out of your busy schedule to create a card purposely for them. Indeed, the handwritten card should not necessarily be for a special occasion. It can be delivered at any time, mainly because the primary purpose is to express gratitude for something they did. Moreover, in the era of the internet and typing, it would be nice to put pen to paper, in a literal sense. Let them know the specifics of what you value about them and how much of a difference they make in your life.

Again, it is the thoughtfulness that makes all the difference. Your loved one is not expecting you to be a grand artist (you’re probably not) with this handwritten card. Your job is to put into words how much you love them and to acknowledge their positive actions towards you. How do you go about it then? Fortunately, there are several blank ‘Thank You’ cards in gift shops around the country. You will also find others on online shops that you can order. Another option you may want to consider is to create a love book

3. Pay the kindness forward

One good turn deserves another. In this case, however, that ‘good turn’ can be paid forward. In other words, someone else could benefit from the kindness. You can do this through volunteerism or giving to charity. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to let your ‘benefactor’ know that you’re taking these actions as a way to pay the kindness forward. They couldn’t be prouder to know that their actions impacted you so positively.

Indeed, there are several ways to value the people in your life without necessarily making it seem like spending huge sums is the only form of appreciation. Kindness and appreciation are signs of humanity, and you can never give or receive too much of them.

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Can IV Therapy Treat Stress?

Can IV Therapy Treat Stress?

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Living with stress is not easy at all, and people that aren’t stressed will never know how lucky they have it. Stress comes from different sources, and it can weigh down your mind and cause physical health problems as well. Finding stress relief treatments is essential, but what can you do to treat stress?

One idea that’s doing the rounds is IV therapy. It’s not necessarily a new concept, but it has only started coming into the public eye lately. If you are suffering from stress, can this treat it?

What is IV therapy?

First of all, what is IV therapy? 

Most of your direct involvement with IVs will be within a hospital setting. The process is when a bag of fluid is hooked up to your body via your veins – hence its real name: intravenous therapy. The fluid contains various things that will enter your bloodstream directly. 

In hospitals or clinical settings, IVs are most commonly used for extreme pain relief. They are combined with morphine or ketamine therapy to help patients feel less pain and drift off into a healing sleep. Other IV’s contain good stuff in restoring fluids.

How can IV therapy help stress?

Taking the above into account, how on earth can IV therapy help people suffering from stress? Well, it all boils down to the IV concoction you are given. 

Typically, IVs that treat stress will include some of the following nutrients and minerals:

  • Vitamins B and C
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc
  • Water

The idea behind this is that all of these things can improve your internal system and handle chemical imbalances in your body. After all, stress is a response to chemical imbalances that mean your body releases high amounts of cortisol. This is the main stress hormone that makes you feel panicked, raises your heartbeat, and leads to the typical stressed feelings you have every day. 

It is believed that by giving your body the right blend of vitamins and minerals, you can reduce cortisol production and increase your production of serotonin. For those that don’t know, this is basically a happiness hormone that improves your mood. 

How does this differ from taking vitamins and mineral supplements?

A very good question and the answer is that, well, it doesn’t. The only main difference is that these things enter your bloodstream directly, so you might absorb more of them into your body and see faster effects. You could still see similar results if you kept taking a blend of supplements every day, though it would take longer to feel stress relief. 

So, does IV therapy work for stress?

Yes and no.

It can help if your problem is primarily a chemical one. It’s particularly good if you naturally have hormonal imbalances, helping to restore balance to your body. However, you still need to address the main causes of stress. It’s all well and good trying to improve your hormonal balance, but will it do anything if you’re still feeling stressed because of external factors – like work or your relationships? Overall, you can say that it is a possible stress relief method to add to the others out there.

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How To Take Better Care Of Your Oral Hygiene

How To Take Better Care Of Your Oral Hygiene

Your oral hygiene matters just as much as your personal hygiene. Taking good care of your teeth and gums can prevent an array of issues and diseases. If you struggle to take good care of your teeth or want to improve your routine, here are the best tips. 

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Attend routine checkups

Your routine checkups are an essential part of your oral hygiene. They are there for a reason and are there to assist with the health maintenance of your teeth. Should your routine checkup result in no work needing to be done, that’s a bonus. Even if you have no issues as a result of every appointment, it is still important to attend then regularly. You will not want to miss them and avoid discovering an underlying health condition. A place like Infinity Dental will help you stay on top of your oral health and keep your oral health in good check.

Regular treatments and expert cleaning

Using your time wisely at home could mean that you spend an hour wisely deep cleaning your teeth. You could create spa experience at home and pamper yourself whilst whitening and cleaning your teeth. Or, you could ask an expert to professionally clean your teeth. A deep clean and treatment will free your gums and teeth of a buildup of bacteria and plaque. 

Brush your teeth twice a day (or more)

When a dentist tells you to brush twice a day, make sure to take their advice. They aren’t just saying it for no good reason. It is so important to brush your teeth when you wake up and when you go to bed. Cleaning your teeth will free your gums and teeth from dirt and plaque, which if not removed, can cause infections or poor tooth health. Brushing twice a day is advised. Yet, if you can remember to brush more (after each meal, snack, or drink) then you will be able to achieve optimal oral hygiene. 

Brush your tongue

As well as brushing your teeth, it is important to brush your tongue too. Lots of bacteria and plaque can build up there, which can deteriorate the health of your gums and teeth. It is useful to get a separate tongue brush or toothbrush so that you don’t can maximize the hygiene of your brushing. 

Don’t forget to floss

Aside from brushing both your teeth and tongue, it is important to get in between your teeth with floss. It is easy for food or bacteria to get stuck between your teeth and the best way to get rid of it is with floss. Make sure to floss twice a day if you can so that nothing gets stuck between your teeth for too long. If you forget to floss, the food or germs could lead to an infection in your gums and cause pain and inflammation. 

Following these tips, you can attain optimal oral health and hygiene at home and be on your way to optimal teeth health. 

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Moving House? Take A Moment To Read This

Moving House? Take A Moment To Read This

Has the time come for you to sell up and move to a different house? If so, then there will be many things to do and sort out before you can list your current home on the market. You will need to find a top-rated realtor to help you sell your home. Remember, prospective buyers don’t often want to move into a fixer-upper so be sure that your home is move-in ready for the new owners. 

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Declutter

You should take some time to declutter your property. This includes all rooms and places such as the garage. Wherever people will be looking when they want to buy your home needs to be clear of your belongings. The reason to declutter is that when people look around they need to be able to envision their own items filling the space in your home. They won’t be able to do this if your stuff is filling every space and gap. Another reason is that if your home is filled with junk then it will make the rooms look small and cramped. If you open up these spaces by putting your items away then the rooms will look roomier. You don’t want to lose a sale due to your personal items being around the place. 

Cleaning

Once you have decluttered it is important to spend some time cleaning your property. Dust, dirt, and other debris can gather over the years and can be missed in general cleans. This is okay and can be sorted with a simple deep clean. Areas to focus on are extractor fans and oven hoods, these can get especially dusty. Rooms to focus your attention on are the kitchen and the bathroom, when these are dirty it can be extremely noticeable. You need to ensure they both sparkle ready for pictures to be taken and buyers looking around. Take extra care to ensure that there is no black mold around the bath. 

Floors will need to be cleaned as well as the rest of the house. This takes care of any dust or pet hair leftover from cleaning. As well as hoovering, carpets should be shampooed. This ensures all ground in dirt is taken away and the place is left smelling amazing. If you don’t want to do this yourself then you can call in a professional carpet cleaning service and they will do it for you. 

Repairs

Finally, one last thing to check your home for is anything that needs repairing. As mentioned above buyers will not want to move into a property that needs repairs. Now is the perfect time to make your way through that repair to-do list. One particular area to double-check is the roof, this can be sneaky and there may be a leak that you have missed. Unfortunately, if you leave this it can cause bigger problems for the new owners. 

You could lose a sale due to repairs not being carried out. When someone wants to buy your home they will send out a building surveyor to make sure everything is okay with the structure of your home. If anything major crops up on this then you could lose yourself a home sale. 

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How To Adopt A Positive And Optimistic Way Of Living

How To Adopt A Positive And Optimistic Way Of Living

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If you want to live a good, happy life, then your mindset has to be geared in a specific way. You simply will not get what you want out of this life if you actively look for faults and think about what can go wrong. If you are accepting of yourself and know that you’re special, then you’re going to enjoy the life in front of you. If you feel as though you’re full of flaws and there are problems around every corner, life is going to be a struggle. 

Becoming a positive person might seem a little alien if you’ve never really been that way inclined before. It’s a habit that you can get into, however. It’s just a case of training the brain and doing a few of the same things over and over again. Here are some things you can do to get everything moving: 

Surround Yourself With People Who Are Good For You

In this life, there will be people who bring you down and people who lift you up – you’re going to want to hang around with people who do the latter. It’s amazing how our brains are seriously influenced by what others think and how others behave. If you’re around miserable people with no ambition, then the likelihood is that you’ll also be that way inclined. 

Surround Yourself With Positive Content

The same goes for the kinds of content you surround yourself with. We’re talking about TV shows, films, podcasts, and even pictures on your wall. If you take in things that suggest life is miserable and that everything is against you, then you’re going to lose in this world. A positive mind comes from positive surroundings – even when you lose, you feel as though you won at something if you have positive, happy content. Your mind is, again, supremely impressionable. You have to keep telling yourself you’re great.

Take Negatives And Flip Them Around 

You will be handed some pretty bad hands in life. Things aren’t going to go amazingly all of the time and you will be crushed at some point because that’s how life goes. You can either sit around and be miserable or you can try to find the good things that came from it. Even if you have issues with, say, your eyes – you can ignore it and pretend like the world is against you, or you could look for the likes of chronic uveitis treatments and find a genuine solution. Life is all about dealing with what you’re given.

Understand That You Probably Won’t Get Another Shot

Life is not forever and you’re not going to get another go at this. Do what you can to have fun and make sure you don’t waste what you have. 

Keep Yourself Active

If you keep yourself active and fit, you’re going to give yourself a physical AND mental boost. Your mental boost comes from the chemicals that your brain lets out. In terms of motivation to even get this going, we all know it can be quite difficult. The good thing is that it’s all about habits – once you start, you’ll likely keep it up.

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The Importance Of Accepting Yourself Exactly As You Are

The Importance Of Accepting Yourself Exactly As You Are

You are you. Nothing is going to change that. No matter how hard you try, no matter what you do, you are always going to be yourself. You can hide it, and you can pretend that you’re not, but that still doesn’t really change anything. The best thing that you can do for yourself is to simply accept yourself exactly as you are. In this article, we’re going to be looking at some advice that might help, so keep reading if you would like to find out more.

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If You Don’t, Nobody Else Will

The first thing that we want to say is that if you do not accept yourself as you are, why would anyone else? Of course, there are people who are extremely tolerant out there and will accept anyone no matter what. But what we mean is that nobody is ever going to fully accept you as someone special until you do it yourself. We understand that it can be extremely difficult to do, especially if you feel as though you are someone who is not going to be widely accepted by society because of who you are. Try not to worry about anyone else at this point, and just focus on accepting yourself fully and wholly.

Loving Yourself Will Make You Happy

Loving yourself is going to make you happier than the love of any other person. You might think that this is just a load of words that mean nothing and we have no idea what we’re talking about, but you’re wrong. Loving yourself is extremely hard to do in a society that benefits from the fact that you don’t, but you need to do it anyway. If your sexuality is what you are finding hard to accept, then deal with it slowly. We’re not saying that you have to wear the bisexual flag with you wherever you go to announce it to everyone, but you also shouldn’t hide it. When you feel shame about something, people will know. Learn to love yourself, it’s the kindest thing that you could do for yourself. 

It Doesn’t Matter About Anyone But You

Finally, it doesn’t matter what anyone thinks about anything other than what you think. If you are happy with who you are, then this is what matters. Don’t worry about people with small minds not accepting you, because the right people will. The people that you need in your life will, the people who belong in your life will. Everyone has something about them that there are people in the world who won’t accept, but it does not matter and the sooner that you understand this, the better off you are going to be.

We hope that you have found this article helpful, and now see some of the reasons that accepting yourself exactly as you are is extremely important. You are who you are, and who you are is absolutely wonderful. You should never dull your sparkle or pretend to be anything less than yourself because that is a huge waste of your time. We wish you the very best of luck, and hope that you can start on the road to acceptance sooner rather than later. 

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Take A Look At This If You Are Looking For A New Car

Take A Look At This If You Are Looking For A New Car

If you are looking for a new car then there are several factors that you need to take into consideration before purchasing one. Which car you need will depend on how you use the car most, for example, it could be used for business purposes or as a family car. If you are using it as a business car will everything you need for work fit in it. If it will be a family car then you need to make sure that everyone fits comfortably if you need car seats will they fit securely using the Isofix anchor points or seat belt. 

Let’s take a look at three essential factors to consider when buying a new car. 

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New/Used

When it comes to new and used cars there are pros and cons to both options. The biggest one being that used cars won’t cost as much as new ones thus saving you money. However, bear in mind that with used cars you won’t get as much of a warranty if things start to go wrong. You can also get a much nicer car at a fraction of the usual price if you buy second-hand. You may have always dreamed of having an Audi or Lexus but never been able to afford the cost brand new, these second-hand are an absolute bargain. Take a look at used car dealers to see if they have anything that takes your fancy. 

Thinking of payment options, you could always opt for paying with finance. This applies to both used and new cars. You pay a deposit, however much you can afford and then a monthly payback cost is calculated. At the end of the payment schedule, the car will be all yours. 

Size

Think about the size of the car that you will need, most cars claim to have three full-sized back seats this is quite often not the case. You will be able to fit two older people and a child in the back but it is very rare to be able to utilize the three back seats fully. You may need to buy a car with extra seats in the boot, depending on how many family members will need to use the car. 

Another thing to consider when looking at the size of vehicles is how big the boot is. Will it be filled with work gear or will it need to hold a buggy and numerous shopping bags. Boot space is measured in liters, so be sure to look at this when shopping around. 

Running Costs 

Finally, something that people usually forget to think about is the running and maintenance costs involved with the vehicle they own. It will need annual checks and fuel can push the monthly costs through the roof. Be sure to get a car that has a half-decent MPG that way your fuel will go a bit further and last longer between filling up. 

Make sure you check how much insurance and any tax will cost you before you purchase the car, different factors can push your insurance costs up. One way to keep costs low is to get black box insurance. This monitors the way you drive and if you have a good enough score your monthly insurance costs go down. 

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