Live the Organic Dream https://www.livetheorganicdream.com Wed, 19 Jun 2019 16:26:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10 The HCG Diet Plan: Everything You Need to Know Before You Try It https://www.livetheorganicdream.com/the-hcg-diet-plan-everything-you-need-to-know-before-you-try-it/ Wed, 19 Jun 2019 16:21:01 +0000 https://www.livetheorganicdream.com/?p=1757 The HCG diet plan promises weight loss results of up to 20 to 30 pounds in just four to six weeks. It also suggests that you won’t feel hunger throughout the entire process. It sounds like the best diet plan to follow. But what exactly are the processes involved in the HCG diet plan and …

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The HCG diet plan promises weight loss results of up to 20 to 30 pounds in just four to six weeks. It also suggests that you won’t feel hunger throughout the entire process. It sounds like the best diet plan to follow. But what exactly are the processes involved in the HCG diet plan and how does this help you lose weight?

What is the HCG Diet?

Weight loss and nutrition clinic MD Diet explains physicians have been using human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) injections for years to help patients through short periods of weight loss safely. But the HCG diet plan isn’t just about hormone injections. It also prescribes low-fat, low-calorie meals for at least six weeks. Following this diet plan reportedly causes you to shed about 1 to 2 pounds in a day.

The HCG diet got its name from the pregnancy hormone, human chorionic gonadotropin. It is the primary component in the diet plan and reportedly helps dieters stave off hunger while undergoing a strict 500 calorie daily diet.

This diet plan stemmed from a study by a British endocrinologist in the 1950s, Albert T.W. Simeons, who observed that undernourished pregnant mothers in India still gave birth to healthy babies.

Simeons theorized that the HCG hormone in these pregnant women’s bodies channeled fat from its reserves to serve as a nourishment substitute for their children.

Because of this, he proposed that anyone could potentially benefit from the weight loss effects of HCG. He suggested the hormone increases the body’s metabolism by releasing the calories stored in fat.

Since then, dietitians, nutritionists, and weight loss clinics have picked up on the benefits of the HCG diet and manufactured this for commercial, widespread use. The current, widely accepted version of the diet plan has three phases: the loading phase, the weight loss phase, and the maintenance phase.

The Loading Phase

The loading phase marks the start of the diet plan. You begin taking shots of the pregnancy hormone to prompt its weight loss benefits, though you don’t have to restrict your diet yet. For two days, you need to eat plenty of high-fat, high-calorie food so your body can build up on calories and fats.

The Weight Loss Phase

Woman measuring her waistThe weight loss phase follows immediately after the loading phase. In this phase, you continue to take the HCG shots but begin to regulate your meals. Your daily calorie intake should at least be 500 to, at most, 800 a day, for three to six weeks.

You can spread these calories over for two meals, depending on your weight loss goals. The HCG diet operates on the philosophy that the quicker you need to lose weight, the lesser calories you should consume.

Some of the food products dieters can eat are small servings of fruit, like oranges and strawberries; non-starchy vegetables, like leafy greens, and lean meat, like white fish, chicken breast, and shrimp.

The Maintenance Phase

During the maintenance phase, you stop taking HCG shots and start increasing your food intake again, though you need to avoid starch and sugary food for three weeks. This is the final phase of the HCG diet where 1200 to 1500 calories a day can maintain weight loss.

For quick weight loss, the HCG diet works. But it may not be ideal to practice it in the long term. It is an extremely restrictive low-calorie diet that lacks most of the nutrients your body needs to be healthy. So it’s wise to consult with your doctor or dietitian before following this diet program.

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5 Important Facts About Health Insurance https://www.livetheorganicdream.com/5-important-facts-about-health-insurance/ Tue, 18 Jun 2019 01:25:20 +0000 https://www.livetheorganicdream.com/?p=1750 Insurance is worth investing in. One of the most important types of insurance is health insurance. Most people can’t afford to pay the high cost of health care on their own. Hence, they need health insurance to cover medical expenses in times of emergencies. In 2013, about 56 million people in the United States had …

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Insurance is worth investing in. One of the most important types of insurance is health insurance. Most people can’t afford to pay the high cost of health care on their own. Hence, they need health insurance to cover medical expenses in times of emergencies.

In 2013, about 56 million people in the United States had problems paying healthcare-related costs. Among those people, 10 million had health insurance to cover most of the costs. But they can’t meet the average deductibles of $5,000 to $10,000 a year.

Uninsured individuals receive less medical care and less timely care. As a result, they have worse health outcomes than those who invested in health insurance such as group hospital indemnity insurance. To know more about health insurance, here are key facts:

Health Care Uses a Cost-share System

A cost-share system means that you divide the costs with the insurance provider. You’ll be mandated to cover the payment of a premium. In case you need medical coverage, the deductible is the amount that you need to pay out of your pocket before the insurance covers the rest of the cost.

In some cases, there’s a thing called a co-payment. This means that you need to provide a small fee for every doctor’s visit. The better or higher the insurance, the lower the co-payment.

Health Insurance Coverage Isn’t Universal

Universal health coverage means that all people should have access to health services. These include all procedures that cover prevention, promotion, treatment, palliative care, and rehabilitation needs. But they should not have the risk of financial problems when paying for these benefits.

The United States doesn’t have universal health coverage, unlike other countries. Although efforts have been initiated to change the country’s health insurance coverage, residents are still expected to purchase their own private insurance.

Health Insurance Is a Must

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It’s vital for every individual and families to have good health insurance. Paying out of the pocket can mean more expenses, especially that the prices of diagnostic tests, treatments, and medicine are increasing by the minute. It’s better to be sure than sorry since you can’t tell when an illness or accident happens.

Health insurance gives people a much-needed financial backup during medical emergencies. Although many coverage plans are expensive, investing in them is still more important. Health should be one of the top priorities of every individual. The prevention and early treatment of any disease would mean better prognosis and outcomes. If you neglect to take care of your health, many negative consequences might occur, including disability and even death.

Not All Health Plans Are Made Equally

Insurance companies have many health plans that you can choose from. The important thing is that you think about the plan you need and do your research first before you decide which one to choose. It’s a good idea to learn more about each option—which one best suits your needs. To do this, research is the key.

Read more about health insurance policies and ask other people about recommendations. This way, you are sure to get a plan that you can use in the long run. Also, by doing this, you will prevent having to pay expensive premiums for a plan that you don’t like.

Health Insurance Have Perks, Freebies, and Additional Benefits

Opting for health insurance doesn’t only mean that you can save on your medical bill. Health insurance offers many benefits and perks for customers. Some benefits may include day-care surgeries, ambulance coverage, vaccination expenses, optometry and dental needs, and some diagnostic procedures.

Having health insurance would mean paying premiums monthly, quarterly, or annually. But it also means that you have peace of mind that at any time you experience a medical emergency, you’re covered. You won’t worry about paying expensive medical fees.

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Give Your Brain a Break: Steps to Mentally Unplug from Work https://www.livetheorganicdream.com/give-your-brain-a-break-steps-to-mentally-unplug-from-work/ https://www.livetheorganicdream.com/give-your-brain-a-break-steps-to-mentally-unplug-from-work/#respond Fri, 14 Jun 2019 21:38:59 +0000 https://www.livetheorganicdream.com/?p=1744 You turn off your computer, gather your things, and push back from the desk. Then, you’re headed home. The workday is over. But is it, really? Whether you love or hate your job, you probably think about it even on your off hours. Maybe you’re mulling over what to do with a particularly difficult client, …

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You turn off your computer, gather your things, and push back from the desk. Then, you’re headed home. The workday is over. But is it, really?

Whether you love or hate your job, you probably think about it even on your off hours. Maybe you’re mulling over what to do with a particularly difficult client, how to deal with a bothersome coworker, or what you need to do to get that promotion you’ve been eyeing for months.

The sad thing is you do all these things while you’re supposed to be out partying with your friends or at home relaxing with your dog.

Would it make you feel better to know that you’re not the only one guilty of thinking about work outside of work? A 2018 study from LinkedIn revealed that 70 percent of professionals think about their jobs even on vacation. Another survey, this time from CareerBuilder, revealed that 49 percent of the working population answers work e-mails outside of work.

While this work-obsessed culture is often glorified, that mindset may do more harm than good. A 2016 study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology revealed that people tethered to their work, either by phone or laptop, experience higher burnout rates and conflicts with their family. Ironically, they’re also more likely to quit their jobs.

The bottom line is that being unable to unplug from work even when you’re supposed to be off duty is detrimental to your career and to your wellbeing, in the long run. So, here are a couple of things you can do to successfully take a mental step back from your job:

1. Focus on what you should do instead of what you shouldn’t do

If you’ve ever tried doing yoga, you’ll know how hard it is to not think about something. Negative goals—where you focus on actions you will not do anymore—tend to fail because you only learn to change your habits by doing new things, not by simply avoiding the old ones. This means telling yourself not to think about work will be ineffective if you don’t actually do other non-work-related things.

So, create a plan for your time away from work and focus on accomplishing it. It can be a nightly plan where you catch up on your favorite TV series and order dinner from a freshly prepared meal delivery service. It could also be a weekend plan where you go out with your friends or chill at home and read.

2. Make changes to your environment

tech devices turned off

A recovering alcoholic doesn’t try to stay sober while living in a house with a fridge stocked full of alcohol. Similarly, a person trying to have a healthier work-life balance doesn’t leave their computer and phones on them all the time.

This doesn’t mean that you need to turn your devices off when you’re not at work, though that’s an effective option, too. But, even the simple act of removing your work e-mail from your phone helps. It’s more difficult to give in to the temptation of doing your work when you make it harder to do that work.

If you’re worried about missing important e-mails or updates, don’t be. You’ll just give yourself unnecessary feelings of anxiety. Studies suggest that you have to be willing to expose yourself to scary situations in order to reduce your anxiety about them. In this case, the “scary situation” is potentially missing an important e-mail. Gradually, you’ll learn that the situation isn’t actually as threatening as you once perceived it to be.

You need your brain to function properly so you can work effectively. So, it’s in your best interest to give your brain a break. Give these two strategies a try and you’ll hopefully have an easier time mentally unplugging from your job.

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What Causes a Person to Develop Bad Breath? https://www.livetheorganicdream.com/what-causes-a-person-to-develop-bad-breath/ Mon, 10 Jun 2019 02:23:05 +0000 https://www.livetheorganicdream.com/?p=1736 Having halitosis or bad breath is embarrassing. You can’t help but feel conscious every time you speak. But what’s worse about it is that it’s not just what you had for lunch that can cause you to have bad breath. There are several reasons people develop halitosis. Certain foods, diets, and even health condition can …

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Having halitosis or bad breath is embarrassing. You can’t help but feel conscious every time you speak. But what’s worse about it is that it’s not just what you had for lunch that can cause you to have bad breath.

There are several reasons people develop halitosis. Certain foods, diets, and even health condition can cause a person to have bad breath. In most cases, improving one’s dental hygiene can help improve the situation and treat it for good. But there are times when it just wouldn’t solve any problem. To help you resolve your concern, here are some few surprising things that can cause you to develop bad breath.

High-protein meals

Sticking to a high-protein diet can cause a person to develop bad breath. Because of your tongue’s indentations, it’s quite easy for bacteria to grow and thrive from the food debris that gets stuck in it. Once the bacteria break down the proteins that you had for your meal, it’ll soon release gases, such as hydrogen sulfide; therefore, producing an odor that resembles the smell of rotten eggs or cabbage.

Dry mouth

Once your mouth doesn’t produce as much saliva as it should, it tends to make your mouth dry; therefore causing halitosis. There are several reasons people can experience dryness in their mouth. Aging or medication side effects can also be a culprit for your bad breath. Meanwhile, others experience it due to various health conditions, as well as dehydration. Even the use of tobacco and nerve damage can also cause your mouth to get dry. When your mouth produces less saliva, it tends to make your mouth dirty. This also makes your mouth the perfect haven for bacterial growth.

Excessive citrus fruits

woman eating lemon

If you’re into citrus foods, then you’re also prone to having bad breath. Experts say that some citrus fruits have natural sugar in it, which bacteria loves to eat. Once the bacteria break the sugar down, they can turn it into acid, which can cause tooth decay and infections.

Foods trapped in the pits of the tonsils

A person’s tonsils have natural pockets that tend to trap food debris and mucus. If the debris gets stuck in these crevices, bacterial growth can happen. This causes a person to develop bad breath and chronic sores. Once this happens, halitosis won’t go away smoothly.

Chronic acid reflux

People who experience chronic acid reflux can also experience bad breath. That’s because their stomach’s content tends to flow back into their esophagus. This produces a bad odor every time the person opens their mouth. Experts say that the most common cause of this condition is a faulty lower esophageal sphincter that blocks the esophagus and the stomach.

If you notice that you have bad breath, experts suggest checking your oral hygiene. Ensure that you always clean your clear aligner, so there wouldn’t be any food debris stuck in it. Try making some changes with your oral health and see if it makes any difference. If your halitosis persists, then it’s time to see your doctor.

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Keratin: The Key Hair Ingredient https://www.livetheorganicdream.com/keratin-the-key-hair-ingredient/ Thu, 06 Jun 2019 01:00:00 +0000 https://www.livetheorganicdream.com/?p=1728 Throughout history, many cultures have associated luscious hair with youthfulness, beauty, and optimal health. That’s why the search for effective methods and solutions for achieving great hair seems to be an unending venture. You may have already heard or read about keratin, considering that it has been quite a rage in the hair care scene, …

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Throughout history, many cultures have associated luscious hair with youthfulness, beauty, and optimal health. That’s why the search for effective methods and solutions for achieving great hair seems to be an unending venture.

You may have already heard or read about keratin, considering that it has been quite a rage in the hair care scene, making headlines in both magazines and social media posts. Hairstylists rave constantly about its alleged benefits, from improving hair elasticity to softening texture. But does keratin truly live up to these claims or is it just another passing trend? In this article, we’ll provide a general review of keratin hair care products and their effectiveness on enhancing hair health.

Keratin

To give you a brief background, keratin is an integral component of your skin, nails, and hair. It is a protein that makes up the outer cuticle and the internal structure of the strands of your hair, acting as a protective barrier. Accordingly, keratin loss consequently decreases hair protection and causing strands to become more susceptible to conditions like frizz, breakage, and damage.

Causes of Keratin Loss

blow drying hairThere are many factors that cause keratin loss. Web writer Rebecca Carhart has written in an online review that seasons play a big role in affecting our hair’s condition. For example, during winter, strong winds and extreme temperatures can remove hair moisture and damage the cuticles, thus making your strands brittle and frayed. Other causes include long-term exposure to blowdrying, heat styling, chemical-filled hair care products, ultraviolet rays, and even salt water.

Solutions to Keratin Loss

Ashley Weatherford of The Cut explains that professional keratin treatments are chemical processes for smoothening and adding shine to frizzy hair, with results lasting for up to six months. There are various versions of keratin treatment ranging from Cezanne, Goldwell Kerasilk, Brazilian Blowout and many more. Moreover, a special blend can even be customized to suit your unique needs.

Keratin treatments repair hair by rebuilding the protein structure of your damaged and dry strands. They’re also a go-to for hair straightening with semi-permanent results. However, they can be potentially damaging due to the use of heat and chemicals.  They are also quite pricey and most treatments are time-consuming.

Thankfully, you can have frizz-free, shiny hair without having to shell out hefty sums of cash by using keratin-infused products. Accordingly, keratin hair care products allow you to give your hair a dose of keratin in a safe and convenient way.

The Benefits

Although restorative keratin protein is the main component of keratin products, most varieties contain other nourishing active ingredients like moisturizing oils and natural compounds. They are also much easier and safer to use at home, unlike keratin treatments which require trips to the salon. In addition, keratin products are very affordable and come in various types, from leave-on serums to hair-taming sprays.

Keratin-infused products can transform brittle hair by replenishing and retaining your hair’s natural keratin levels, thus preventing further breakage and damage. Lastly, they are able to significantly boost elasticity and give your hair a lively bounce.

The journey to achieving healthy, beautiful hair can be tough and daunting. However, by doing initial research and a keen comparison of varying hair care products, you can select the ones that match your hair needs and successfully beautify your crowning glory.

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Booking Hotel Accommodation: The Dos https://www.livetheorganicdream.com/booking-hotel-accommodation-the-dos/ Wed, 05 Jun 2019 01:00:00 +0000 https://www.livetheorganicdream.com/?p=1721 People often find themselves in a need to book hotel accommodation. The need may arise from work-related duties requiring you to travel to another state or even for vacation purposes. Regardless, it is essential for a person to identify a list of hotels that best serve their primary needs. That often results in fewer expenses. …

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People often find themselves in a need to book hotel accommodation. The need may arise from work-related duties requiring you to travel to another state or even for vacation purposes. Regardless, it is essential for a person to identify a list of hotels that best serve their primary needs. That often results in fewer expenses. It also guarantees that your stay at the hotel will be as smooth as possible.

Available Amenities

You want to book accommodation in an area that guarantees easy access to amenities such as banks and shops. In such a case, consider booking hotels around Seattle Center. The area is not only a business district but also an attraction site. This will save you a lot of time that would otherwise be wasted walking down the street in search of a shopping center.

Your preferred hotel should also be near your points of interest. An example is that if you will be attending a meeting or conference that will be hosted in a hotel. It would be more strategic if you secured accommodation in the same hotel. This will eliminate unnecessary travel hassles, especially if you are not well versed with the area’s transport systems.

Security Concern

Your personal safety is an essential factor to consider when looking for hotel accommodation. You do not want to book your hotel in an area that is infamous for rampant insecurity. Sometimes, people look to book the cheapest hotels. Such hotels are usually located in underdeveloped or shanty areas. Booking hotel accommodation in such areas does not come with the guarantee of security. There have been cases of people who left their hotel rooms to go and run a few errands only to come back and find that their hotel rooms have been broken into. As such, strive to secure accommodation in a safe area, regardless of the accompanying costs.

Advance Booking

A significant portion of people wait until the last minute to start looking for hotel accommodation. This limits the available options from which to select their most preferred one. It also means that they do not have enough time to conduct sufficient background research. Therefore, they end up settling for unsuitable hotels in unsafe locations. Other times, the only available hotels may be located quite distant from your desired location. Another aspect of advanced booking is cost. Usually, the earlier a person books a hotel, the cheaper it becomes. This is especially true during peak vacation periods. Book your hotel early and save some money.

Local Transport System

tourist riding a local transporation bus

Different states and cities have varying public transport systems. In some areas, public buses come in handy whenever looking to travel from one point to another. In other areas, trains remain to be the preferred system. When booking a hotel, it is essential to take such factors into consideration. You want to get accommodation in an area that guarantees easy access to your preferred transport means. That is unless you will be using your private car.

The hotel you book has some bearing on the quality of your stay. Therefore, you want to book a hotel that is safe and has easy access to essential amenities. Also, consider booking your hotel in advance to capitalize on low prices.

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Dressed for Snow: Winter Wardrobe Tips and Basics https://www.livetheorganicdream.com/dressed-for-snow-winter-wardrobe-tips-and-basics/ Mon, 03 Jun 2019 08:38:30 +0000 https://www.livetheorganicdream.com/?p=1714 When you’re planning on vacationing somewhere with a lot of snow such as Utah and wish to enjoy winter activities such as skiing or snowmobiling, it’s best that you prepare your winter wardrobe beforehand. Failing to prepare and plan your snow clothes would put your ski lodge reservation or snowmobile rental in Utah to waste …

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When you’re planning on vacationing somewhere with a lot of snow such as Utah and wish to enjoy winter activities such as skiing or snowmobiling, it’s best that you prepare your winter wardrobe beforehand. Failing to prepare and plan your snow clothes would put your ski lodge reservation or snowmobile rental in Utah to waste as you’d probably end up freezing or getting sick due to lack of insulation in your clothing. So here are basic tips and considerations when preparing your winter wardrobe:

All About Layers

If you haven’t experienced snow or visited an area stuck in perpetual winters such as some parts of France, Austria, Switzerland, or New Hampshire, you’d probably find it funny or absurd when movies and television shows present their characters in thick and bulky layers of snow apparel. But this is quite an accurate representation of how you should be dressing up.

You’ll need as many layers as you can wear to keep you warm while still be able to move properly. Wearing too many layers can restrict your movement, so you’ll have to be smart about the fabric you’ll be wearing and the number of layers. Here are the four basic layers you’ll need for extreme cold weather:

Long Underwear. To start, you’ll need a good base. It’s not enough to wear your usual boxers or lingerie, you have to dress appropriately and practically — and that includes your underwear. You’ll need “long underwear” which fits well on your skin and is made from nonabsorbent material. This first layer will help keep your skin dry and prevent water from being absorbed and freezing your skin and limbs.

Mid Layer. Your next layer should be able to absorb the moisture that’s being kept out of your long underwear. Synthetic fabric is best for mid-layers, although wool would be a good alternative. Your mid-layer should be the shirts (T-shirts or long sleeves), sweaters, and pants you often use when you jog or exercise.

Insulation Layer. This layer should be thick and allow you to keep yourself warm. Insulating garments are often designed specifically for extreme cold weather and are made of insulating materials such as down and/or specially-designed synthetic fabrics.

Shell Layer. The shell layer is the second most important layer, next to your long underwear. The shell layer serves as a “shell” to prevent cold air and wind from coming into contact with your other layers, thus keeping you warm.

Don’t forget the Rest

girl wearing winter apparel

Head. It’s important that you wear cold weather head protection such as a balaclava, and a winter beanie. The bottom line here is to have as little skin exposed, so make sure you have enough winter accessories to keep your face and head warm. Wearing goggles protective winter goggles would help you see in the snow and prevent your eyes from drying out painfully.

Hands. For you to ski, ride your snowmobile, or do any other activity using your hands, it’s important for you to wear gloves specifically made for cold weather.

Feet. Make sure not to skimp on the socks either. Wear insulating knee-high socks to keep your feet warm, and pair it with down snow boots that help insulate your feet as well as provide enough traction to travel over snow.

Conclusion

Winter or areas with constant or heavy snow can be quite enjoyable as long as you’re able to wear enough layers to keep you warm and functional. So if you’re ready to experience snow and snow activities for the first time, it would be a good idea to check if the clothing and apparel you have in your wardrobe are ready as well.

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Heading to Asia? Impress Locals with Proper Tourist Etiquette https://www.livetheorganicdream.com/heading-to-asia-impress-locals-with-proper-tourist-etiquette/ Fri, 31 May 2019 01:00:00 +0000 https://www.livetheorganicdream.com/?p=1697 Asia is the largest continent in the world. With hundreds of countries and thousands of unique cultures, it’s a continent rich in experiences and adventures for invested travellers. While most locals will indulge tourists, it bears emphasising that proper etiquette is still expected of visitors when in a foreign country. Here are a few pointers …

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Asia is the largest continent in the world. With hundreds of countries and thousands of unique cultures, it’s a continent rich in experiences and adventures for invested travellers. While most locals will indulge tourists, it bears emphasising that proper etiquette is still expected of visitors when in a foreign country.

Here are a few pointers to keep in mind, whether you’re up the Merlion Tower or roaming around the Taj Mahal, to avoid misunderstandings and legal trouble.

Dress According to Customs and Give Due Space

Hot temperatures and personal style can tempt many to dress as little as possible, with no malice in mind. However, a few Asian countries are sensitive to the fashion choices of residents as well as tourists — specifically, their modesty and how much skin they cover up.

India, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka are some countries where a conservative dress code are not only appreciated, but necessitated in some cases. Cosmopolitan cities in countries like Thailand and South Korea tend to be relaxed about clothing, though tourists will still get odd stares or downright disapproval if they dress inappropriately at holy or conservative locales.

Dressing appropriately is just a part of presenting yourself to a foreign public. Giving others their due space is also important. It may not seem like a big deal to keep close to others in a line at a convenience store, but to others, standing two feet away may seem like harassment.

Touching needs consent in general, but certain modes of affection can be deemed more inappropriate than others. Take Singapore, for example. Touching a person or child’s head is offensive for a city-state that considers the head sacred. Certain common hand and feet gestures are also considered rude.

Avoid Gawking

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People watching at parks and other public spaces is a normal hobby. Literally gawking at people in foreign countries is not. Even when there are legitimate instances where watching people do what they do best, locals are not like zoo animals tourists can stare at.

If a tourist is tempted to take a picture of locals, they must obtain their consent. By obtaining permission and specifics of that permission, tourists avoid legal trouble and engender good will.

In the case of so-called ‘tribal tourism’, consent is still the key. Unless the people tourists are photographing or journaling explicitly say yes, refraining from doing so is a safe bet.

Don’t Vandalise and Respect Ground Rules

Vandalising a heritage site, a tourist spot, or any place in a foreign land is a big faux pas that can land a tourist in jail, slap them with a fine, or have them booted out of a country. If a tourist somehow manages to escape penalties, they may face scrutiny and have their movements tracked by authorities online.

In some instances, photography and videography are not allowed. Temples, sacred grounds, and private residences made open for limited public viewing usually enforce these rules. In these cases, there’s no alternative to following the no-recording rules.

Applicable to this point and all the pointers above is one thing: respect. Travelling to other countries is a privilege and akin to setting foot in someone else’s home. Tourists don’t want visitors to leave garbage in their homes or have priceless antiques maimed — neither do the locals whose countries they pay to see.

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The Risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning https://www.livetheorganicdream.com/the-risk-of-carbon-monoxide-poisoning/ https://www.livetheorganicdream.com/the-risk-of-carbon-monoxide-poisoning/#respond Thu, 30 May 2019 13:30:41 +0000 https://www.livetheorganicdream.com/?p=1708 On January 2, 2019, two people living in Avon, Connecticut ended up in the hospital due to higher levels of carbon monoxide in their homes. Sadly, it’s only one of the many cases of carbon monoxide poisoning in the country. Some of them won’t even make it. According to the Centers for Disease Control and …

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On January 2, 2019, two people living in Avon, Connecticut ended up in the hospital due to higher levels of carbon monoxide in their homes. Sadly, it’s only one of the many cases of carbon monoxide poisoning in the country. Some of them won’t even make it.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this type of injury results in more than 15,000 emergency visits and 4,000 hospitalizations each year. Within the same period, at least 400 Americans die.

Why Is Carbon Monoxide Dangerous?

Carbon monoxide poisoning is perhaps one of the misunderstood types of injuries in the country. Not many people understand how and why it happens in the first place.

Carbon monoxide is a type of gas that develops when carbon meets with oxygen. In the homes, carbon usually comes from various heating systems. These include boilers, stoves, furnaces, and chimneys.

During combustion, the carbon from these sources will then combine with oxygen. But the process can get tricky. When there’s enough oxygen available, such as there’s proper ventilation, then the by-product is carbon dioxide.

When the combustion is incomplete, and there’s not enough space for the gas to go out, the mixture might only produce carbon monoxide. This type of gas is odorless and colorless, which means you will never know it’s there unless you start experiencing the symptoms such as dizziness, vomiting, and shortness of breath. Over time, it may worsen to confusion, blurred vision, and even death.

This is because it binds strongly to the oxygen in the bloodstream when you inhale it. It then prevents the blood from transporting the important gas to the different parts of the body.

What Should You Do?

In Connecticut, the temperature can drop or be chilly, so it’s nearly impossible to live in a home without proper heating. What you need is to make sure that your heat sources are working well.

For example, you should have a regular chimney cleaning in Connecticut. Some people wrongly believe that fireplaces already possess excellent ventilation because of the chimneys.

They don’t realize that soot, dust, and other particles can still accumulate on the walls and the liners. As they build up, they can limit the combustion process. They restrict the amount of gas that should leave the house.

Perhaps you think that the state is already in spring. Granted, studies show there’s a strong correlation between winter and the number of poisoning cases.

A 2016 study that appeared in the Archives of Environmental & Occupational Health, however, revealed outbreaks of carbon monoxide poisoning associated with storms. During this period, power outages can occur, forcing homeowners to use their traditional heating systems such as fireplaces to provide warmth.

Not everyone exposed to carbon monoxide poisoning dies, but it doesn’t mean the effects wear off. A study in Lifespan said that it might cause long-lasting damage to the heart. It can persist even after doctors can successfully remove the gas from the body.

Prevention then is always better than cure, especially in this case. Provide proper ventilation and see to it your heating systems are in good condition.

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Physical Therapy, Chiropractic, and Osteopathy: What’s the Difference? https://www.livetheorganicdream.com/physical-therapy-chiropractic-and-osteopathy-whats-the-difference/ Mon, 27 May 2019 15:38:44 +0000 https://www.livetheorganicdream.com/?p=1690 Manual therapy is a branch of medicine that helps patients regain muscle and skeletal movement usually after a debilitating incident. Therapists knead and manipulate the joints and limbs to stimulate feeling and treat musculoskeletal pain. Patients can also go to occupational therapists, massage therapists, chiropractors, physicians, osteopaths, and athletic trainers for manual therapy. However, these …

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Manual therapy is a branch of medicine that helps patients regain muscle and skeletal movement usually after a debilitating incident. Therapists knead and manipulate the joints and limbs to stimulate feeling and treat musculoskeletal pain.

Patients can also go to occupational therapists, massage therapists, chiropractors, physicians, osteopaths, and athletic trainers for manual therapy. However, these health professionals specialize in different methods of therapy that target different aspects of the body.

Chiropractic Care

The core focus of chiropractic care is the diagnosis and correction of the musculoskeletal system, particularly the spine. Chiropractors use hands-on manipulation to restore mobility in joints affected by a painful event, such as a fall, crash, repetitive stress, or poor posture.

Patients usually use chiropractic care as a pain relief for muscles, bones, joints, and connective tissues like tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. Like other methods of manual therapy, chiropractic care is usually in conjunction with conventional medical treatment.

Out of the three methods, chiropractic is the most joint-specific one. Chiropractors manipulate the joints to restore mobility, thus improving flexibility and reducing pain.

Since they target the spine, chiropractic treatments are usually for lower back pain. However, chiropractors can also use this method to treat patients after a surgery or an incapacitating injury from incidents like a car accident. So residents in Utah, which is facing a rise in motorcycle accidents and deaths, have the option to go to an auto accident chiropractor in Orem, or elsewhere in the State, when the unthinkable happens.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy (PT) or physiotherapy, on the other hand, aims to rehabilitate mobility and movement usually after an injury, surgery, accident, or a stroke. Physical therapists use their knowledge in anatomy and physiology to assess the musculoskeletal condition of the body.

Although PT commonly treats sports injuries and back and neck pain, physiotherapists can also help premature babies improve their gross motor skills. PT also eases conditions that disrupt the nervous system, so physical therapists can help patients recover from stroke and brain and spinal cord damage. People with conditions, like Parkinson’s disease, osteoporosis, and arthritis can also undergo physical therapy to improve strength and flexibility and decrease pain and stiffness.

Treatments typically use a hands-on, therapeutic soft tissue massage technique, joint manipulation, and systematic exercise involving neuromuscular training.

Osteopathy

Osteopathy is very similar to chiropractic care. Osteopathic doctors also treat the body’s aches and pains using a series of hands-on techniques, such as therapeutic massage and the manipulation of muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments.

Osteopathy revolves around a whole-body philosophy, which means they look at the collective function of the bodily systems and the relationships of the organs with each other. This helps osteopathic doctors determine how the various parts of the body impact the affected area. For example, when treating a sore knee, an osteopathic doctor may also take a look at the ankles, pelvis, and back. The specialist may also ask about the patient’s medical history and other factors that don’t seem directly related to the injury.

Osteopath checking patient's motor skills

An osteopath observes a patient’s motor skills and posture to determine which parts are healthy and which need correcting. After, the doctor will create a treatment plan and determine if osteopathic treatment is appropriate for the patient’s condition.

Unlike a chiropractor, osteopathic doctors are knowledgeable in general medicine as well, so they’re qualified to prescribe medication and surgical methods that complement the manual therapy.

These manual therapy methods are meant to be in conjunction with conventional medical treatment. Consult a physician to determine which method is the most suitable for your condition and will best complement your medication, so you’ll be well on your way to recovery.

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