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To Shave or Not To Shave, That is the Quandary!

Added July 9, 2019, Under: How To, Men's Health, Skin Conditions

Many men switch between being clean shaven and then growing a beard once more, not being able to make up their minds about which they prefer! It does not really matter because both styles are popular today. If you decide on being clean shaven, we share some tips on how to help you have a clean shave. How to have a clean shave 1. Making sure the skin is wet.  Shaving on dry skin can easily lead to razor burn.  Wetting the skin helps to ...

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Are You Making the Effort to Do Your Pelvic Floor Exercises?

Added June 21, 2019, Under: Exercise, How To, Natural remedies

We all tend to know how important it is to be doing our pelvic or Kegel's exercises whether we are young, middle aged or older as well as before and after childbirth - but how many of us actually make the effort? Your pelvic floor muscles are located deep inside your core.  They run from your vagina to your anus and they support your urethra, which is the tube that empties urine - and your bladder. When your floor muscles are weak, ...

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How to Keep Those Nails Clean When Digging in the Dirt!

Added June 17, 2019, Under: Environment, How To

Some of us will call it soil, others use the term 'dirt' but either way if you are a hands-on sort of gardener, the chances are that you will get some soil under your fingernails. And if you like to go barefoot in the garden, then the toenails can be affected too!  But don’t worry, there are lots of suggestions on how to clean those nails. Soap, showers and water Start by cleaning with the basic nail brush, soap and water routine. ...

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Helping the Hummingbirds to Stay Safe

Added June 16, 2019, Under: Environment, How To

When I get the chance to spend time in Southern California, I am always intrigued by the tiny humming birds - and love to watch them.  They are so different from the garden birds we treasure and enjoy in the UK. In spring and summer, many bird lovers like encouraging humming birds into their gardens and yards. Hummers (as they are affectionately known) love to sip on "nectar" (glorified sugar water) for a quick boost. But unfortunately, some homeowners have turned to store-bought ...

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Meet This Little Dog Who Eats Up All Her Vegetables, Raw!

Added June 9, 2019, Under: Diets, How To, Pets

  We are used to encouraging our young children to eat up their veggies but perhaps not our pets. I have a friend with a Scottish Terrier known as Libby - and she just relishes the opportunity to snack on raw vegetables. Libby and her owner spend time on the allotment site where her owner is always busy digging, planting and weeding to grow fruit, vegetables and flowers. While all this is happening, Libby is contemplating her next opportunity to get a taste of ...

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Is FOMO a problem for you?

Added June 3, 2019, Under: How To, Insomnia

FOMO is not a real word but a acronym meaning a "fear of missing out". And yes, it can be a real problem for some of us in this era of social media. So what is FOMO? Yes, you might now know what it means but what actually is this common phrase? It is all the fault of modern technology which is designed to help us all feel connected - but which can have the opposite effect.   With such a choice of apps and ...

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How to Harness Help when you have Hemorrhoids

Added May 20, 2019, Under: Exercise, How To, Inflammation, Natural remedies, Nutrition

Hemorrhoids are a very common anorectal condition, affecting millions. While hemorrhoids are frequently seen in clinics, emergency wards, gastroenterology units and surgical clinics, many wonder how you know when hemorrhoids have developed, when you should seek medical help and how to cope with the pain? What are hemorrhoids? Hemorrhoids are cushions of tissue filled with blood vessels and found at the end of the rectum (that is just inside the anus).  Along with the muscle known as the anal sphincter, hemorrhoids help control ...

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Is there Still Life Ahead for those Old British Public Telephones?

Added May 12, 2019, Under: Environment, How To, Technology

One of the iconic symbols of Britain is its bright red telephone kiosk - and of course tourists love them! But sadly with the meteoric rise of the cell phone, and the landline telephone losing out,  those red boxes housing public telephones are fast becoming redundant. There has been a 90% reduction in calls made from the phone boxes in the past 10 years while today only an average of one call per day is made from these phones. So you can see ...

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Hyperpigmentation & How to Help this Condition

Added May 4, 2019, Under: How To, Inflammation, Skin Conditions

You might be asking "What is hyperpigmentation?" It is when darker or lighter areas of skin occur. These patches can vary in size and appear anywhere on the body. What causes hyperpigmentation? This condition can be caused by sun damage, inflammation or other skin injuries including those related to acne.  People with darker skin tones are more prone to hyperpigmentation, especially with excessive sun exposure. Many forms of hyperpigmentation are caused by an excess production of melanin - the  pigment that gives skin its color. Certain ...

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Valerian Root for These 5 Health Benefits

Added April 26, 2019, Under: How To, Insomnia, Natural remedies

Valerian is a perennial flowering plant native to Europe and Asia. With the Latin name of  Valeriana officinalis, the mature plant can reach a height of 1.5 meters in the summer. It bears sweetly scented pink or white flowers that attract many fly species, especially hoverflies. The root of the valerian plant has been found to have natural health benefits. 5 Valerian Root Health Benefits 1. Studies have found that the root reduces the time it takes to fall asleep and improves sleep quality.  In contrast ...

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