Saturday, 11 April 2020

Water Intoxication: How Drinking Too Much Water Can Actually Kill You.

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Water intoxication, also known as water poisoning or hyperhydration, is perhaps not something you would normally consider to be a serious problem. Like how could something as innocent-looking as water, with so much health benefits intoxicate? Well, actually it does. Water intoxication is a potentially fatal disturbance in brain functions that results when the normal balance of electrolytes in the body is pushed outside safe limits by overhydration.

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You must have heard people say that too much of everything isn't good, and that includes water. Under normal circumstances, accidentally consuming too much water is exceptionally rare. But In a hydration-obsessed culture, people can, and do drink themselves to death as a result of Water intoxication. It may sound funny but nearly all deaths related to water intoxication in normal individuals have resulted either from water-drinking contests, in which individuals attempt to consume large amounts of water (thanks to the friends they keep), or from long bouts of exercise during which excessive amounts of fluid were consumed. In addition, I heard drinking a lot of water when suffering from Urinary Tract Infection helps the 'healing process', but this also could lead to Water Intoxication.

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In my previous blog post, Let's Talk Hyperhidrosis: Excessive sweating, Types, Causes, Treatment, I explained how taking a lot of water can help manage the condition. However, taking way too much can...err... Kill you.

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Water is essential for Life Making up about 66 percent of the human body and it runs through the blood, inhabits the cells, and lurks in the spaces between the cells. But this water doesn't just remain stagnant. At every moment water escapes the body through sweat, urination, defecation or exhaled breath, among other routes. Replacing these lost stores is essential for maintaining balance but re-hydration can be overdone.

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Hyponatremia is a condition that occurs when the level of sodium in your blood is abnormally low. Sodium is an electrolyte, and it helps regulate the amount of water that's in and around your cells." Quantitatively speaking, it means having a blood sodium concentration below 135 millimoles per litre the normal concentration lying somewhere between 135 and 145 millimoles per litre. Severe cases of hyponatremia can lead to water intoxication, an illness whose symptoms include a headache, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, frequent urination and mental disorientation.

 Water Intoxication Causes

According to Scientificamerican, the kidneys control the amount of water, salts and other solutes leaving the body by sieving blood through their millions of twisted tubules. When a person drinks too much water in a short period of time, the kidneys cannot flush it out fast enough and the blood becomes waterlogged. Excess water leaves the blood and is drawn to regions where the concentration of salt and other dissolved substances is higher, and ultimately enters the cells, which swell like balloons to accommodate it. Most cells have room to stretch because they are embedded in flexible tissues such as fat and muscle, but this is not the case for neurones. Brain cells are tightly packaged inside a rigid bony cage, the skull, and they have to share this space with blood and cerebrospinal fluid. The issue boils down to sodium levels. One of sodium’s jobs is to balance the fluids in and around your cells. Drinking too much water causes an imbalance, and the liquid moves from your blood to inside your cells, making them swell. Swelling inside the brain is serious and requires immediate treatment.

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Sometimes babies can have issues. Their bodies are so tiny that they can't handle lots of water. That's why doctors say infants should drink only milk or formula.
Water Intoxication is more likely to occur in: Infants because of their low body mass, Marathon runners are susceptible to water intoxication if they drink too much while running and in people who perform activities that promote heavy sweating which can also lead to water intoxication when water is consumed to replace lost fluids.

 Water Intoxication Symptoms

According to Wikipedia, the onset of Water Intoxication, fluid outside the cells has an excessively low amount of solutes, such as sodium and other electrolytes, in comparison to fluid inside the cells, causing the fluid to move into the cells to balance its concentration. This causes the cells to swell. In the brain, this swelling increases intracranial pressure (ICP), which leads to the first observable symptoms of water intoxication: headache, personality changes, changes in behavior, confusion, irritability, and drowsiness.  These are sometimes followed by difficulty breathing during exertion, muscle weakness and pain, twitching, or cramping, nausea, vomiting, thirst, and a dulled ability to perceive and interpret sensory information.

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As the condition persists, papillary and vital signs may result including bradycardia (abnormally slow heart action.) and widened pulse pressure. The cells in the brain may swell to the point where blood flow is interrupted resulting in cerebral oedema. Swollen brain cells may also apply pressure to the brain stem causing central nervous system dysfunction. Both cerebral oedema and interference with the central nervous system are dangerous and could result in seizures, brain damage, coma or death.
If you notice the first set of symptoms and you're sure you overdosed on Water, get help right away because the condition can quickly lead to swelling in the brain, seizures, and coma. Get to an emergency room as soon as you can. Doctors there can inject concentrated salt water to ease swelling and reverse problems.

Water Intoxication Prevention

As dreadful as those symptoms may seem, water intoxication can actually be prevented if a person's intake of water does not grossly exceed their losses. The primary aim is to achieve Balance. Healthy kidneys are able to excrete approximately 800 millilitres to 1 litre of fluid water (0.21 - 0.26 gallons) per hour. However, stress (from prolonged physical exertion), as well as disease states, can greatly reduce this amount.

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Just drink as much water as required and don't let your friends challenge you into drinking more sachets of water than you can normally take, no matter the amount of money they dare  you with. Sometimes, it helps to have sports drinks instead of plain water if you know you'll be working hard. Sports drinks have sodium and other electrolytes. But too much liquid of any kind too fast can cause issues. We’ve always been told to stay hydrated while exercising, Bergquist says. But there's a fine line. It's important to listen to your body. If you're pushing fluids beyond the point it's comfortable, it's a sign it's time to stop drinking."

 Water Intoxication Cure or Treatment

Mild Water intoxication may require only fluid restriction. In more severe cases, treatment consists of:

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  • Diuretics to increase urination: which are most effective for excess blood volume. A diuretic is any substance that promotes diuresis, that is, the increased production of urine. This includes forced diuresis.
  • Vasopressin receptor antagonists: A vasopressin receptor antagonist (VRA) is an agent that interferes with action at the vasopressin receptors. Most commonly VRAs are used in the treatment of hyponatremia.
Like they say, "Too much of everything is not good". There is also a practice we're familiar with called Water Therapy. One form of Water therapy is the consumption of a gutful of water first thing in the morning in order to "cleanse the bowel". A litre to a litre-and-a-half is the common amount ingested. Hold on a second,  just because every T.v commercial and health book claim that Water Therapy works wonders doesn't mean you should take it to extreme levels. Water Intoxication is real. Thanks for reading,

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Health: Find Out What The Colour Of Your Urine Says About your Well-being

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What is the normal colour of urine? Did you know that you can easily detect when something's wrong with your health from the colour of your urine? Yeah, It may not be the best health indicator available, but the human body has been engineered in such a way that certain diseases cause easily identifiable changes in the normal body processes, appearance and function, and your body tries everything in its power to alert you somehow before a major breakdown occurs.

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Saturday, 28 March 2020


If you’re a big horror movie fan, you probably know that the best way to keep yourself and your family safe from mindless flesh-eating zombies is to stop them from biting or scratching you. Piece of cake, right? But unlike the fictional virus, Solanum in The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z novel, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) doesn’t require zombies as a vector. The virus doesn’t turn people into mindless zombies either, but it’s spreading across the major continents in the world at astonishing rates. What is the primary transmission agent? No, the question is not what; the question is who. We humans are the carriers of this mysterious virus. 

The internet, the newspapers, and all other forms of mass media are all talking about it. COVID-19, a Coronavirus-caused illness whose origin was traced back to the Wuhan South China Seafood Wholesale Market. The virus has since spread to most parts of the world and has become a global pandemic spreading far wider than Ebola did in 2014. While the number of new cases in China has dropped, the virus is spreading rapidly in places like Europe and the United States. According to Worldometer, the total number of Coronavirus Cases worldwide is at 631,779, and the number of Deaths stands at 28,990. At this point, all we can do is try to stay safe by keeping the virus at bay and preventing its transmission. 


Just like every zombie virus in the fictional world, there is currently no vaccine to keep you safe from the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). So what’s the best way to keep the COVID-19 at bay? Because we care about your health and well-being, we’ve put together a comprehensive safety guide to help you and your loved ones stay safe. 
  1. It turns out that the Coronavirus is not a big fan of alcohol. So, it is advised that everyone cleans their hands frequently with alcohol-based hand sanitizers or soap and water. Apart from curbing the spread of COVID-19, the hand-washing practice is generally a good hygiene exercise that can help keep your hands clean. 
  2. Cover nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or flexed elbow. It’s about time people stopped sneezing freely into the open air. The average sneeze or cough can send around 100,000 contagious germs into the air at speeds up to 100 miles per hour
  3. It’s also important to avoid close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms. That includes avoiding handshakes, hugs, kisses, using face masks, and avoiding large crowds. 


Most of you probably already knew about the above safety guidelines. But we’ve saved the best for last. Well, it’s time for the big reveal. Here’s the sure-fire way to stay safe during this public health crisis— STAY INDOORS. Your mind isn’t blown yet? Yeah, I understand. But as simple as it sounds, staying at home and getting enough rest is probably the most underrated solution to the Coronavirus pandemic. Aside from the fact that it keeps you away from any potential carrier of the virus, the benefits of good quality sleep in fortifying your body’s immune system has been talked about extensively in numerous scientific literature. 

There’s so much data on the internet to support this theory. Sleep plays a significant housekeeping role that helps your body to get rid of toxins in your brain. Without sufficient sleep, your body makes fewer cytokines. Cytokines are a type of protein that targets infection and inflammation, and these Cytokines are both produced and released during sleep. To stay healthy especially during this Coronavirus pandemic, it’s necessary to get the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep a night. The big problem is that millions of people can’t get this required amount of sleep, not because they don’t want to, but because of the inferior quality of their mattresses. Time to get this sorted out once and for all, “mattress is not just mattress” and “not all mattresses are made equally.” A good mattress will gently support every inch of your body, keeping your spine in a neutral position. This is precisely why Emma Memory Foam Mattress was created. 

Made from high-quality memory foam, this bed-in-the-box mattress was made just with your sleep and comfort in mind. If you struggle with your sleep every night, Emma memory foam mattress offers you an affordable solution. Emma provides you with a 100-night trial to see if you’re happy with the product, or you can request a full refund. So what are you waiting for? Let’s fight the spread of the Coronavirus together by ordering the best mattress in India today.

Friday, 27 March 2020

Insomnia: Here's Why You're Having Trouble Falling Asleep At Night.

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Ever wondered why you can't fall asleep at night or sleep through the night without constantly waking up every half hour? For many, falling asleep seems to happen with little or no effort. Falling asleep should probably be the easiest thing to do on the planet whether you're on the bus, train or classroom, nothing beats the feeling of drifting off to dreamland. The problem is that not everybody that hopes for a good night rest achieves it when they hit their beds.

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Sleep is good for the body and it's nature's way of giving our bodies time to do what it couldn't possibly do when you run around during the day. Sleep plays an important role in our physical health. Experts say sleep is involved in healing and repair of the heart and blood vessels. During the day when we carry out vigorous exercise and do all sorts of running around, we expend energy, a lot of cells wear-out and die-off, we may get injured, muscles tire out and our body sources for more energy from the body reserves constantly converting stored biomolecules such as fats and glycogen to act as fuel.  All these and much more happens to you during the day so your body needs time to make much-needed repairs and that happens while you sleep. While chronic inability to sleep (also known as Insomnia) can contribute to health problems such as weight gain, high blood pressure, and a decrease in the immune system’s power. Researchers say sleep improves the memory and can even determine whether or not one lives to good old age. I could go on forever about the benefits of sleep but let's save that for another blog post.

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Despite the innumerable benefits that come with good rest, though, not everybody can really sleep through the night without waking up long before daybreak, and subsequently finding it difficult to go back to steady sleep. Many of us are familiar with this trend, hence the need to know the cause and how to deal with it. Below are possible reasons why you have trouble falling asleep.

Causes of Insomnia

1. Bright light

The lighting in your room is a very important factor that affects how much you sleep or if you'll sleep at all. According to Family Physician, Dr Morenike Orelaja, many people are so taken up with living in a well-lit environment that they carry this craze right into the bedroom. She says bright lights in the bedroom are a sure path to sleeplessness as the night wears on and is sure to cause you problems falling asleep. While I blame Horror movies for making me sleep with my lights switched on, however, many people would turn their bedrooms into a light show, with the television still on and as they drift to sleep.

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Even if it's just the TV that is on while you sleep off, you can be sure to wake up in a matter of hours because the light of the TV reflects onto your eyes. This, in turn, affects the way your brain decodes messages, as your brain is being made to believe that it’s already day and therefore it’s time to wake up. During sleep, the pineal gland in the brain synthesises and secretes a hormone called melatonin, which causes sleepiness and regulates sleep patterns and the pineal body does this in the dark; that is when minimal light energy falls on the retina of the eyes. However, when the TV or any other light-producing electronic device is on, it mimics sunlight and sends wrong signals to the brain; and that’s why we always advise people to put off the light as the last thing when going to bed. That way, your body gets the message that it’s time to sleep and it does so effortlessly.

2. Psychological issues

If you've done Number 1 and you still can't sleep effortlessly, then you may have difficulty falling asleep if you suffer from anxiety, depression, or chronic stress, experts say. A psychologist, Dr Kunle Olaosebikan, warns that most people suffering from anxiety disorder or depression will have trouble sleeping, as they keep thinking about their challenges. He notes that the sleeplessness could worsen their already bad symptoms. If you have emotional issues, seek professional help.

3. Smoking

When health professionals warn that smokers are likely to die young, the average smoker turns up the nose and wonders why he hasn’t died yet even when he smokes up to a pack per day. But then, the effects of nicotine, a confirmed stimulant, cannot be ignored. On the average, most smokers undergo
nicotine withdrawal as they sleep.
It is a simple process. Just as you can’t eat, drink or do anything while you are sleeping, in the same way, you can’t smoke while asleep (except you have serious issues). As such, it’s as if you are depriving your body of its regular supply of nicotine. Consequently, your body craves this stimulant; and since the brain regulates the sleep process, it is not unusual for your brain to wake up about 15 or 20 times in the night as a result of the unconscious craving.
And that’s why you see addicted smokers waking up in the night to get a fix. It's not just because they love to smoke under the moon, they have trouble falling asleep because their bodies crave for a smoke and they erroneously believe that the smoking will calm them. Of course, it does, but that is temporary, as the nicotine effect soon runs its course. That’s why it is important to quit smoking; and if you’ve not been smoking, don’t start.

4. Eating protein too close to bedtime.

Proteins have never been easy to digest by the body and unlike its carbohydrate cousins that get acted upon by digestive enzymes right from the mouth, protein digestion begins in the intestine where proteases are released by the pancreas to break them down to individual Amino acids and short peptides. Thus, Nutritionists contend that protein requires a lot of energy and time to digest, and when you eat protein-rich food very close to bedtime, it keeps your digestive system working while you’re trying to sleep. Somehow, sleep and protein don’t go together, it is therefore advised to eat light carbohydrates in the evening; and also avoid eating too close to bedtime. Eating protein too close to bedtime could trigger an 'episode' for those suffering from Irritable Bowel Disorder (IBS). Read more about IBS and it's symptoms here.
Other things that can prevent you from achieving sound sleep include too much caffeine consumption, sugary foods, late night alcohol consumption, and certain medications that can affect the sleep process.

5. Listening to Loud Music To Sleep.

While this may sound cool and is sure to make you fall asleep better, it's probably not the best way to sleep as loud music could disrupt your sleep. So turn down the volume of your headset or sound system for a better sleep experience.

Insomnia: Here's Why You're Having Trouble Falling Asleep At Night.
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Habits to help you sleep.

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1. Use the bedroom only for sleep and sex. Don’t work, watch TV, or use your computer or smart phone. The goal is to associate the bedroom with sleep and sex so that when you get in bed, your brain and body get a strong signal that it’s time to nod off or be romantic.

2. Get out of bed when you can’t sleep. Don’t try to force yourself to sleep. Get up, leave the bedroom, and do something relaxing, such as reading, drinking a warm cup of caffeine-free tea, taking a bath, or listening to soothing music. When you’re sleepy, go back to bed.

3. Move bedroom clocks out of view. You can use an alarm, but make sure you can’t see the time when you’re in bed.

4. Make your bedroom quiet, dark, cool. Noise, light, and heat can interfere with sleep.

5. Stick to a regular sleep schedule. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day, including weekends, even if you’re tired. This will help you get back in a regular sleep rhythm.

6. Avoid stimulating activity, stressful situations before bedtime. This includes vigorous exercise, big discussions or arguments; and TV, computer, or video game use.

7. Don’t read from a back-lit device (such as an iPad). If you use an eReader, opt for one that is not back-lit, i.e. one that requires an additional light source. OLED displays are probably the best in this aspect.

8. Limit caffeine, alcohol, nicotine. Stop drinking caffeinated beverages at least eight hours before bed. Avoid drinking alcohol in the evening, as it interferes with the quality of sleep. Quit smoking or avoid it at night, as nicotine is a stimulant.
Do all these and you should not have any trouble falling asleep. If insomnia persists after trying these, see your Doctor. Thanks for reading, join our newsletter to get latest updates delivered to your Email. Endeavour to share with your friends and share your thoughts in the comments below.

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Nail Biting: Read This If You're Addicted To Biting Your Nails.

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Are you addicted to biting your nails? Do you want to stop that nail-biting habit of yours once and for all? Nail-biting, also known scientifically as Onychophagy or Onychophagia, is an oral compulsive habit many people develop right from childhood and it can potentially ruin the appearance of your fingers, could be unhygienic and can hurt pretty bad if you take it too far. If you're reading this, my guess is that you didn't stumble upon this post by accident and you're probably addicted to biting your nails. I used to be a nail-biting addict myself so I understand that feeling you get when someone asks "what happened to your nails?" and you just stand there speechless not knowing how to respond. I even went as far as eating the skin around the nails. Imagine how my fingers looked?

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Studies shows that 60% of children and 45% of teenagers bite their nails but the habit becomes less common after the age of 18. However, it may continue right into Adulthood. The worst part of it, which I'm sure you can relate to, is that you are not even aware that you're not even aware that you're biting your nails until you have have gone so deep and hurt yourself till you bleed. It could be while sitting through that very boring Lecture, watching a really cool horror movie, surfing the internet or just doing absolutely nothing. So why do people do it? Why do people get addicted to biting their nails? 

Causes Of Nail-Biting

If you're expecting to see a complex scientific name for the cause of nail-biting addiction, then you're in luck. Scientific studies have proven that Nail-biting is a symptom of a psychological condition called Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). OCD is a potentially disabling illness that traps people in an endless repetitive behaviour and thoughts. You may be suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder if you find yourself doing repetitive actions such as repeatedly bathing, showering, washing your hands out of fear of being contaminated; repeatedly checking locks or cooking gas, eating foods in a specific order, arranging things in a particular order and many more compulsive behaviours including biting your nails. Although the so-called routines may be temporarily to get rid of the anxiety, the person uncontrollably performs the routine again and again when the obsessive thoughts return.

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Stress and the all-powerful boredom are also causes of nail-biting addiction for most people. I don't know about you but boredom has pushed me to do some really crazy things. You just sit there with nothing to do and nowhere to go, not feeling sleeping then GBAM! Your fingers slowly glide to your mouth to keep you company.

Signs of Nail-biting Addiction

Apart from the damaging effects nail-biting can cause to the appearance of the nails, Nail biting usually leads to deleterious effects on the mouth and more generally the digestive system. These consequences are directly derived from the physical damage of biting or from the hands becoming an infection vector. Moreover, it can also have a social impact.
The fingernails are usually bitten equally to approximately the same level and it can lead to broken skin on the cuticle of the nails. When cuticles are improperly removed using your teeth, they are susceptible to microbial and viral infections such as paronychia. The contents of the saliva may then redden and infect the skin. In rare cases, fingernails may become severely deformed after years of nail biting due to the destruction of the nail bed. Surely you don't want your nails to get that bad.

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 Nail biting may also have an association with mouth problems, such as gingival injury, and malocclusion of the front teeth, which is basically the most active in the nail-biting process. It can also transfer pinworms or bacteria buried under the surface of the nail from the anus region to the mouth. If the bitten-off nails are swallowed, stomach problems can occasionally develop. On a more social level, nail-biting can be a source of shame to the nail biter  and definitely reduces the quality of life. Ask any female or male on the planet what they want in a future partner and they'll tell you they want someone with beautiful attractive nails. Really, who doesn't?

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Nail-biting Cure/Treatment

Good news for all Nail biters out there, there is a cure. Well, I wouldn't say a Cure per se, but there are many different ways to prevent you from going all cannibal on your nails. The cheapest of such preventive methods is the use of a Bitter-tasting Nail polish. This special kind of Nail polish is made from the most Bitter chemical substance in the entire universe called Denatonium benzoate. This compound produces an unbearable bitter feeling even words are not enough to describe. Making it an ingredient in Nail polish has really helped to stop the nail biting habit in most individuals. Another treatment for chronic nail biters, is using a dental deterrent device that disables the front teeth from making any damage to the nails and the surrounding cuticles. After about two months the device leads to a full oppression of the nail biting urge.

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Most importantly, being aware of your actions and sheer determination is enough to fight-off nail biting addiction. Simply make up your mind to stop the act. It's not that difficult to do. In my case, what I did was tell all my friends about my problem. Let those closest to you and always around you know about the problem and your resolve to finally end it. They will be your watchmen, warning you when you're about to unconscionably break your rule. Try to always remind yourself of your resolve, never to bite your fingernails again. After about 2 weeks, you can watch your fingers become attractive again. 
Thanks for reading, endeavour to share this with your friends who are addicted to biting their nails, you'll be saving someone's self-esteem if you do so. Also, follow this link to find out what the colour and look of your nails say about your health. Subscribe to our newsletter to get more amazing updates directly to your Email. Don't be shy, share your thoughts in the comments below.

Thursday, 9 January 2020


Being the largest organ in our body, our skin plays an important role in fighting and preventing harmful substances (and radiations) from entering our body. Since our skin is always exposed to these threats, it is only wise for us to ensure proper skin hygiene and provide all the care our skin needs to be healthy.
This brings us to understanding our skin type and finding the right skincare routine. In recent times, there have been waves of skincare products flooding the markets. They make promises of the perfect skin — a skin that’s free from blemishes, freckles, patches, and spots. If you are lucky, you may get all of that, but in most cases, you will just end up slapping new products on your skin without results.

How Do I Know I Have Sensitive Skin?

While considering any of the numerous skincare products out there, one has to pay attention to how your skin reacts with different products. To avoid using harsh products or those that aren’t suitable for your skin, it’s best you discuss with your dermatologist and only buy from licensed sellers or any reputable brands.
So, how do you know you have sensitive skin? There is quite a long list of signs that could mean that you have. To be absolutely sure, it’s best you let your dermatologist examine you.
People with sensitive skin have reported one or a combination of the following:

  • Sore skin that’s sensitive to touch.
  • Patches of redness on the skin that may not fade.
  • Skin that dries out fast in winter (and also, during flights) and becomes excessively oily in summer.
  • Skin that itches, develops rashes, flakiness, uneven texture when you try new skincare.
  • Redness and skin often dries out after a hot bath.
  • These are just some of the symptoms people have reportedly experienced. Meanwhile, you should also have it at the back of your mind that symptoms of sensitive skin differ from one individual to the other.

It’s not unusual for people to complain about skin redness, stinging, burning, and even tightness after applying or using some skincare products. Others may not necessarily have physical or visible symptoms but would experience some sort of discomfort.

Long term or excessive exposure to weather elements like sun, wind, excessive cold, and heat. Another cause is skin disorders or allergies and an injured skin that can no longer protect its nerve endings - making them easily irritated by skincare products (which In turn leads to skin reactions.)
Other (common) causes include:

  • Prolonged use of hard water (water with high presence of dissolved minerals) 
  • Frequent hot baths or use of hot water
  • Hormonal changes (during menstrual cycles or pregnancy) and lack of sleep
  • Stress
  • Excessive amounts of chlorine in swimming pools
  • Dry skin and dehydration.

Other factors include genetic, geographic factors, age, gender, and race differences (in skin sensitivity) also play roles in skin reactions and sensitivity.
As the popular saying goes: “looking good is good business.” However, wearing a spotless, toned, and ageless skin isn’t about splashing and slapping on every skincare product you come across.

Also, the alarming rate of skin cancers demands an increased level of alertness while making the choice of what comes in contact with our skin and eventually enters the body.
We will share a list of some reliable sensitive skin products and brands you should consider for high-quality and effective skincare products.

This brand of skincare has done exceptionally well in providing a remedy to different skin conditions from (acne) breakouts to anti-aging formulas. You have a wide range of products to choose from at Peter Thomas Roth's clinical skincare. Some products on their listings include redness-reducing, Treatment primer, Pro strength lactic pore treatment for skin clarity & radiance. They also have a remarkable Summer Sun Care Kit that protects you from harmful radiations while going about your day’s business or while having fun at the beach. They’ve got excellent sensitive skin treatment serums that will leave your skin in the best condition you want it.

For some, this brand’s products may be a bit pricey, but we can attest to its potency. They have incredible skincare kits for people with sensitive skin challenges. You could consider using their popular vitamin C serum to keep you safe from environmental damage like infrared radiations and ozone pollution which is the leading cause of skin sensitivity. Every one of their skin product is dermatologist recommended — from antioxidants, sunscreens, to skincare systems. 

Regardless of your skin type, this American brand offers astounding skincare solutions including treatments for people with sensitive skin. They have amazing products for redness and irritation, as well as for dryness and dehydration, which are common symptoms of sensitive skin types. You can also find other products that are suitable for sensitive skin like moisturizers and excess oil control. Interestingly all of these brands don’t cost fortunes and are easy to pick up from online stores and cosmetic shops near you.

Cleansers and moisturizers are effective for managing sensitive skin. LA MER brand offers astounding products that will help in skin rejuvenation and clearing of pores. You can also get excellent products to help heal dryness and soothe sensitive skin.

If you are looking for skincare products made from natural ingredients to soothe your skin, then we suggest you go for this brand. They boast of providing lasting relief from skin dryness, dehydration, and sensitive skin challenges like eczema - Their acceptance by the National Eczema Association is proof of their excellence. You can also get quality products for uneven skin texture and anti-aging formulas.

So, if you or someone you know is ever in need are in need of skincare products; ( especially for those with sensitive skin), you should consider any of these brands and be rest assured that you are getting nothing short of the best.

More Brands To Consider For High-Quality Sensitive Skincare Products?
Other brands we recommend based on a long history of their passion for delivering unique skincare treatments include but not limited to:

Mario Badescu
Sisley Paris
True Botanicals

You can find them on popular online stores like,,,,,, and Amazon. So, you don’t have to surf the entire internet for your beauty and skincare kits.
Don’t let your sensitive skin take away your confidence and self-esteem. Hopefully, this article provides insight on what sensitive skin is all about, and where to get reliable skincare products. Get value for your money with lasting skin treatments and solutions!

Wednesday, 27 November 2019


There’s a popular saying, “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep.” I don’t know who came up with that, but have you ever stopped to consider that the mattress you sleep on could be behind your sleepless nights? We all know that sleep is necessary for our physical and mental health, and you wouldn’t be reading this if you were comfortable with the current state of your mattress. But how much of your ability to have a good night’s sleep is dependent on your choice of mattress? What’s the best mattress in India? Where can I buy mattress online in India? So many questions running through your mind right now. The good news is that you’ve come to the best place for answers. 

Sleep may seem like the most effortless thing to do as far as effortless things go. As many would say, “it’s just sleeping. How hard can it be?” However, a study conducted by a consumer product giant shows that nearly 93% of Indians are sleep-deprived. A nice comfy mattress helps you sleep better, and 92% of Americans in a 2011 survey agree to this fact. However, when it comes to dealing with sleep disorders and the million and one problems that plague your ability to sleep peacefully, the choice of mattress is often overlooked. 


Finding the right mattress on the market is a daunting task if you plan to walk into any store and sample them one after the other. There are way too many brands to choose from, and the whole process can be on an entirely new level of stressful. Since we’re all different with varied preferences, how can you choose which mattress is right for you? Not to worry, Europe’s most awarded memory foam mattress is now available in India. Yes! You read that correctly. 

Probably the best thing since sliced bread, buying a memory foam mattress in India has now become as easy as saying the word “Mattress.” Often dubbed ‘The Perfect Mattress,’ Emma memory foam mattress is the best online mattress in India. They are intricately designed to provide you with ultimate comfort, support every inch of your body while making you cool and fresh, and letting sleep be as effortless as possible. But how can one mattress be this perfect? 


Let’s get one myth out of the way. Just because a mattress is expensive doesn’t mean it fell from heaven. Price doesn’t guarantee quality. The Emma Mattress is made from high-quality memory foam. Unlike the other types of mattresses you may come across, a memory foam mattress is usually denser than other mattresses. This makes it heavier and supportive than other generic mattresses. 

An associate professor at Georgia State University, Michael Decker, said, “A mattress that reduces the pressure points on your body should give you a better night’s sleep.” That means it must be comfy enough. But how do you determine the comfort of a mattress? Simple… the level of comfort is determined by the firmness of the memory foam ranging from hard to soft. Emma memory foam mattresses do not trade comfort for anything. That’s why their free delivery and returns service is specially designed to provide you with a bed-in-the-box right at the comfort of your home. What’s even more intriguing is the fact that Emma provides you with a 100-night trial to see if the mattress fits your requirements. The option of a full refund makes it an even more appealing proposal. That’s how much confidence Emma has about the quality of their product.

So what are you waiting for? Give Emma memory foam mattress a trial, order the best mattress in India today and have it delivered to your doorstep in no time. 

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Infrared Sauna: The Ultimate Guide And Health Benefits.

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If you’ve ever suffered from the problem of Insomnia, you probably already know how traumatizing it can be to have to struggle every night just to get yourself a good night’s sleep. As a former sufferer of insomnia, I’d normally have a great and exciting day, but as soon as the sun starts to set, all that excitement washes down the drain and a certain fear would set in—would I be able to fall asleep? Many people in the world today probably see sleeping as the easiest thing to do, but not me. However, this was five years ago, and back then my life was not really in perfect shape. I was completely stressed and plagued with series of health issues, including high blood pressure and the stigma of being overweight. Fortunately enough, I got to find out about Infrared Saunas and my life took a turnaround even though I had my doubts, I wondered how sweating was going to help me in any way, and I was reluctant to give it a try. However, I’ve been sleeping like a baby ever since I had my first Infrared Sauna session and I’ve continued a steady routine of infrared sauna therapy. I’ve been able to discover the different ways this type of sauna benefits the body. Here are some of the ways Infrared Sauna can transform your body.


The Ultimate Guide to Far Infrared Sauna Health Benefits
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If you know anything about infrared saunas you probably already know that the principle is to increase your perspiration. The sweating is induced by sending infrared light waves into the tissues of your body, and you experience these waves as heat, and the fact that heat makes us sweat is a no-brainer. In order to sweat, your heart rate must increase to pump blood at a faster rate, sending more oxygenated blood throughout your body and burning more of your body’s energy reserves. This type of energy burn is a form of boosted metabolism, and there are many health benefits that come from putting your body into such a state.


Weight loss is one of the most common reasons people consider Saunas, at least initially, and I always assure them that weight loss is almost certain with a consistent infrared Sauna regimen. The human body’s metabolic rate is directly affected by cardiovascular exercise, and it responds directly to exercises such as swimming, jogging, or playing soccer. This is also true of using an infrared sauna.
A study done at Binghamton University found that using an infrared sauna three times a week can reduce body fat by about 4 percent over 4 months. For someone who weighs 175 pounds, that comes out to a 7 pound loss, and in this study participants did not change their diet or exercise habits at all. The researchers hypothesized that increasing the body’s temperature and metabolism in an infrared sauna elevated human growth hormone production, which helps the body break down fat.
I always tell folks looking to lose weight to be sure to drink plenty of water before and after use of the sauna, which will help speed up their metabolisms even more, and will also result in their craving water where they once reached for coffee, soda, or alcohol.


People who are on the treatment table having recently suffered certain kinds of injuries may also experience faster recovery times when they use Infrared Saunas. People with Joint injuries are generally warned to avoid infrared saunas for at least 48 hours following trauma, but those who have suffered bone fractures or muscle injuries should embrace it. The light absorbed by cells during use of an infrared sauna has been shown to stimulate the metabolism in muscle and bone.
NASA is conducting research right now to determine if the light emitted by LEDs, as well as that of infrared saunas, would help its astronauts and military personnel recover faster from injuries, particularly if they don’t have regular exposure to natural sunlight. Their studies have found that light therapy, and speeding up metabolism in bone and muscle, can help to prevent the atrophy of these body parts, and can increase the recovery rate in an environment without gravity. Basically, NASA is just confirming to be true in the laboratory what infrared saunas users have been feeling all along.

Before regular infrared sauna use, you might struggle to lose weight, have to drink extra coffee to wake up due to insomnia, and skip the gym because your sore muscles take days to recuperate.

The Ultimate Guide to Far Infrared Sauna Health Benefits
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After regular infrared sauna use, you might see the results of exercise faster, sleep the required 8 hours with few disturbances, and be able to return to the gym the day after an intense workout.

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Infrared Sauna uses Infrared waves to cause increased sweating, which causes your heart to pump at a faster rate. With an increased heart rate, your blood vessels vasodilate, or widen, and more blood flows through the vessels and capillaries beneath the skin. Infrared Sauna therefore provides an incredible boost to your blood circulation. Increased blood circulation implies that there’s an increased supply of oxygen, Antibodies, nutrients, and hormones to the cells of the body. This increased circulation can improve numerous health conditions. It can benefit heart health, blood pressure, cortisol levels, stress, and even cause pain relief.


I had to take medication for high blood pressure before I started using infrared saunas, and I can tell you that suffering from high blood pressure is a very frightening condition. If left untreated, high blood pressure can cause heart failure, heart attacks, kidney disease, stroke, and vision loss.
On a more practical level, bad heart health and poor circulation can cause numbness or an irritating cold feeling in your toes and hands, as well as regular headaches. The benefits of improving your blood circulation and blood pressure include improved cell growth and organ function, which will have you feeling generally healthier and more energetic.


If you’ve ever had the nerve-wracking experience of speaking in front of a large group of people, you definitely know about our natural fight or flight mode. Stress makes your body automatically slip into this mode, releasing adrenaline and the stress hormone cortisol. But it doesn’t just take public speaking for these hormones to harm your body. Prolonged exposure to low levels of stress causes a constant release of cortisol and adrenaline into your body system that is harmful and potentially damaging to your immune system. This could cause you to retain more fat cells, leaving you prone to depression and insomnia.

I know from experience that lack of sleep can damage your health in so many different ways. It decreases brain function and weakens your immune system. If you’re serious about staying in shape, sleep is also the time when your body replaces and repairs all the damaged or worn-out tissues after a day’s stress, helping you recover and get stronger more quickly.
Infrared Saunas remove your body from flight or fight mode. Inside an infrared sauna, the body relaxes, blood vessels dilate, and you feel like you’ve just finished a workout session. For me, that feeling of relaxation generally lasts all day and into the night, helping me to sleep so much better. My own personal trick is to take a very hot shower right after using a sauna, which helps to lull my body into some of the best sleep I’ve ever had.


I know many people whose chronic pain problems faded away when they started regular infrared Sauna use. Infrared saunas relieve pain by producing heat that penetrates joints, muscles, tissues, and nerve endings. They also stimulate the production of additional white blood cells, which alleviate inflammation. Many health experts have come to consider inflammations to be the underlying cause of many ailments and health conditions today. The increased circulation caused by infrared saunas brings healthy, oxygenated blood to whatever area of the body is in need, reducing inflammation.

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Before regular infrared Saunas use, you might have to take daily medication to keep blood pressure low, sleep peacefully and feel foggy most days, and you may suffer from painful inflammation-related conditions such as asthma, ulcers and sinusitis.

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After regular infrared sauna use, you might get a pat on the back at the Doctor’s office for having a great blood pressure, you wake up every morning without the need of an alarm clock, excited to face the day, and smile more, free of nagging pain on a daily basis.


Detoxification is the process whereby toxic substances are inactivated and removed from the body before they can cause any damage. These substances include drugs, pollutants, preservatives, pesticides, heavy metals, and poison, among other things. Detoxification, I’ve found, is one of the main reasons people become interested in infrared saunas. Saunas do a good job of detoxification by “vibrating” water inside your cells, helping it move out of the cell and then out of the body taking toxins with it.

If left inside your body, these toxins can interact with enzymes and confuse cells in a way that keeps them from functioning normally. Documented illnesses stemming from toxicity include cancer, leukemia, liver disease, cardiovascular damage, anemia, nervous system disorders, kidney dysfunction, and reproductive impairment. Besides the potential to improve and prevent these health problems, detoxification can also benefit your appearance by affecting your skin.


Nobody really starts using infrared sauna to improve their skin appearance, but it’s been an amazing bonus. After using an infrared sauna, your skin becomes highly permeable as the blood vessels dilate and more blood comes to the surface to cool your body. Millions of sweat glands are activated, and these release and empty to your skin’s surface, purging heavy metals and other toxins from your skin layers. This purification process leaves your skin looking healthier, smoother, clearer, and softer.


Common pollutants in our environment like the smog and exhaust fumes from our machines cause toxins to accumulate in the body that can combine with other disease-causing factors. On a daily basis, toxins can weaken your immune system and leave you more susceptible to illness, as well as fatigue. If the cells in your body are not reproducing and functioning properly, all manner of routine tasks can become more difficult, leading to exhaustion that you would not otherwise suffer. When detoxified, these cells function better, leading to more energy and a general feeling of health.

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Before regular infrared sauna use, you might spend a lot of money on skincare products but still feel that your skin looks too dry or greasy most days, and always take the elevator since the stairs are just too tiring.

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After regular infrared sauna use, you might get compliments on your skin with less care products necessary, be surprised in the bathroom mirror by a smooth face, and even take the stairs for a bit of extra exercise whenever possible.


Well, it really depends. Maybe you don’t have issues with things like high blood pressure, insomnia, fatigue, or stress. If that’s the case, investing in an infrared sauna may not make a huge change in your life. However, if many of the symptoms above seem painfully familiar, I’d highly recommend at least testing an infrared sauna for a week or two.

Take it from me, there’s no reason to go on living like a sleepless zombie, struggling to exercise because of nagging body aches. There’s a broad range of potential benefits from infrared saunas, but in my experience those benefits all work together. The end result of regular infrared sauna use is the improvement of many separate facets of life that add up to an overall better quality of life.

There you have it, some of the few health benefits of Infrared Saunas. I hope this helps you understand the impact infrared saunas can have on your life. If you’d like more in-depth information on how an infrared sauna can help you with a specific health condition, the experts at Saunacloud will be happy to talk to you. At SaunaCloud, you can buy your infrared saunas and you can interact with experts. They can help you pick the right infrared sauna that fits your needs. Whether it’s made of cedar or spruce, for one person or four people, for inside or outdoors, you can get the best at SaunaCloud. Just give the sauna experts a call at SaunaCloud.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

3 Things To Look For In A Probiotic Supplement

We’ve all heard claims about the health benefits of probiotics, in fact, it’s become one of the biggest recent trends in health and nutrition. But what exactly are probiotics, and what makes supplements “good”?

Probiotics have always been a staple in the human diet through our various sources of food. In modern times, there’s been a shift to focus more on digestive health and for good reason. According to CNN,  the digestive system makes up 70-80% of our immune cells, so maintaining its health should be a high priority. Sources like Harvard note that probiotics can assist in managing various GI from diarrhea to ulcerative colitis. Probiotics are “good bacteria” (also known as microflora) which typically help in managing harmful gut bacteria by competing for space and resources within the body. Overall, probiotics can help with digestion, absorption of nutrients, and the immune system.

With all the benefits associated with probiotics, the team at chose to create a guide to finding a probiotic supplement to fit your needs. Throughout their process, they determined three key factors to keep in mind when looking for a probiotic supplement:

1. Colony Count

Probiotic supplements might seem like a pill or capsule, but they actually contain live bacterial cultures. In the field, the metric used to count the bacteria is called a “CFU” or colony-forming unit. This is an important number because you have to ingest enough of the probiotic cultures to experience the benefits. Aim for supplements that have at least 1 billion CFUS. While those with lower numbers can still be effective, this is a good area to aim for when you begin your search. It’s important to note that there are also formulas with a far greater number, though these are most often used under doctor supervision for specific GI or immune system issues. Consult with your doctor if you’re unsure what’s best for you.

2. What Is The Variety Of Bacteria?

Leading research shows that probiotics work best when there are more than one strain working together. Look for a formula with more than one strain — the better supplements can have 10+ strains. There aren’t specific strains that are better or worse, but some combinations of bacteria can be more effective at addressing specific GI issues. Some formulas may be specially designed for this purpose.

3. What Is The Viability Of  The Culture?

We all know to not ingest expired supplements, but this is particularly important when it comes to probiotics. Remember that the cultures start off live, though bacteria will naturally die over time. The expiration date on probiotics is actually a guarantee of the CFU number. That is to say that until the expiration date, the formula is guaranteed to have that number of CFUs. If the supplement has been sitting in the store or a cupboard for a long time, there could be dramatically fewer live bacteria when it comes time to consume, so also be sure to store properly.

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Overall, finding a formula that fits both your budget and your body’s needs is what’s most important. Keeping these factors in mind can help guide your search, but be sure to speak with your doctor if you have questions or concerns about what is best for you.

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Thursday, 2 March 2017

6 Animals That Are Almost Completely Immortal.

Animals That Never Die
Jelly Fish
Immortality is an age-old concept I thought only existed in the movies. Mythology as old as human history refers to people and animals who never die. From the legendary Vampire Count. Dracula to the original hybrid, Klaus Michaelson.  But, for the most part, immortality is a fantasy-- right? Well, surprisingly there are some animal species that, for whatever reason, don't like the idea of death and have decided that they will have no part in it. These animals are functionally immortal. 

They never age, and unless something or someone, somewhere decides to kill them, they could theoretically live forever. Let's have a look at the 6 Animals that never die. 

1. The Sea Anemone

Sea Anemone Animals That Never Die
Sea Anemone
The lowly sea anemone may not look like an immortal animal. In fact, it doesn't even look like an animal. In between swaying to the left, swaying to the right, and occasionally swallowing a bit of debris, this brainless polyp is busy defying everything we know about mortality. A sea anemone doesn't age as it gets older; it simply grows bigger. 

Fortunately for those who find this a little creepy, none of them has lived long enough to develop sentience yet-- they get wiped out at around age 80 by heat, water pollution, infections and greedy collectors.

2. The Lobster

Lobster: Animals That Never Die
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Like the sea anemone, the lobster is  Immortal. It has no brain, and its central nervous system is about as simple as a common household insect. But lobsters have somehow figured out a way to defy ageing as we know it. Unlike people, lobsters don't experience any change in metabolism or body function as they get older. A hundred years old lobster will even continue eating, moving and making baby-lobsters without any sense of shame. 

They also keep getting bigger-- meaning that, after couple-hundred years, they can be the size of a wolf, and capable of scaring the living daylights out of anyone who's read the Dark Tower series.

3. The Giant Aldabra Tortoise

Giant Aldabra Tortoise: Animals That Never Die
Giant Aldabra Tortoise

Aldabra giant tortoises are exactly what they sound like-- freaking Giants. The males can weigh nearly 800 pounds, which would make them the most terrifying animals in the world if they ate meat and moved a little quicker. Fortunately, Aldabra tortoises barely seem to notice humans like us-- they aren't tame; they simply don't care. Because, inside their little reptilian brains, they are laughing at the fact that we get old and die. 

We aren't sure just how long Aldabra tortoises live because they have a pesky tendency to live longer than the people watching them. The oldest confirmed age of an Aldabra tortoise was 255 years, but some may have lived to be twice that age.

4. The Rougheye Rockfish

Rougheye Rockfish: Animals That Never Die
Rougheye Rockfish

The rougheye rockfish just sounds defiant. In fact, I'd include a few more descriptions-- like riptide, rugged, 'rumblin', 'radical and ravin'-- in its name because the rockfish is incredibly ugly but makes up for it by being defiant of everything. 

Everything Including mortality. A rougheye rockfish, which is a functionally immortal animal, can live to be 200 years old or more unless some guy with a fishing pole manages to break it of its persistent addiction to life.

5. The Immortal Jellyfish

Jellyfish: Animals That Never Die
Immortal Jellyfish

The name says all. When the immortal jellyfish gets tired of being a sexually mature adult, it can decide to be a polyp-- that is, a baby-- again. To do this, the jellyfish (technically a medusa) turns itself inside-out, then re-absorbs its tentacles and other dangly bits. 

It then lands in its grave (or birth site) somewhere in the sand and becomes a colony of tiny little polyps. It's like your grandpa deciding that he's going to go to bed and turn into a few dozen fetuses-- only the immortal jellyfish doesn't have dementia and actually will follow through on its threat.

6. The Hydra

Hydra: Animals That Never Die
The Hydra

This is neither the Evil organisation we've all come to hate in the Captain America movie franchise nor the legendary 3-headed beast slain by Hercules. The hydra is a nearly microscopic immortal animal, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in stamina. (You probably know at least a handful of men who use the same excuse with their girlfriends.) Hydras are actually remarkably efficient predators; they release an explosion of neurotoxins into their prey, paralyse it, and then consume the animal whole. Every single cell in the hydra's tiny body is constantly dividing and rejuvenating, so any injured, polluted or defective cells are diluted by the thousands of others. Because they are constantly replenishing their living cells, hydras do not age at all-- ever.

Immortality doesn't truly exist in practice, but, in theory, any of these immortal animals really could manage to live forever. Unfortunately for them (and fortunately for us) environmental conditions do eventually destroy every living "immortal" animal.

There you have it, 6 animals that actually never die or are almost Immortal. I know you enjoyed reading this one. Endeavour to share this with your friends using the numerous share icons floating all around the page. Also don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter to get more updates directly to your email.