The Best Weight Loss Tips

Little drops of water they say make an ocean. This statement can be very relevant when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The truth is that a single or a given isolated unhealthy action may not land you in a state of difficulty health wise. However, consistent action of these unhealthy deeds is what will cause you to suffer from pains later if left unchecked. That is why wise smokers will quit smoking even they have not developed any known disease related to their smoking habits. In like manner smart people do not wait to become obese before they give a thought on how to manage their weight. They usually follow the best weight loss tips while living their lives on a daily basis. You will find below tips that will help you live a healthy life.

Avoid too much of sugar

A lot of people get addicted to sugary foods that they find it difficult to wean themselves off from them. It is important to note that excessive sugar consumption can lead to obesity. Obesity in children nowadays is primarily due to the excessive sugary foods they consume. Apart from added sugar not having any known nutritive value, it can also constitute serious liver problems. Diabetes is a common disease that is known to be caused by excessive sugar, which can also lead to heart disease. The fact is that added sugar is a poison that we must all avoid in order to stay healthy.

Energy drinks not for you

Two common ingredients that feature prominently in most of the energy drinks are caffeine and sugar. Both are not good for your health. While sugar can cause a host of health related issues for you, caffeine on the other hand can lead to high blood pressure.

Detoxify your body

There are a lot of pollutants that we consume everyday knowingly or unknowingly through the food we eat and the air we breathe. This is because our environments are heavily polluted. To be able to regain back your body, it is important to get rid of these impurities from time to time. One way of detoxifying your body is through healthy eating. This can be achieved through eating plenty of vegetables and fruits, drinking plenty of water every day. Drinking lemon juice and vegetable juice are good ways of detoxifying the body. Detoxification of the body is one way to lose weight and it is very useful for the body.

Say no to alcohol

Anybody who wishes to lose weight must learn to stay away from alcohol. When you consume alcohol it increases your calories level and causes accumulation of fat in the body. Alcohol helps in reducing metabolism and as such increases your ability to add up weight.

Exercise as much as possible

The benefit of frequent exercise is something you cannot ignore. You can start by engaging yourself with indoor exercises and later with outdoor exercises. It is pertinent that your exercises must go hand in hand with good eating habit; otherwise you may not get the desired result.

Achieving a drastic weight loss is something that can be very hectic to realize, but having the consciousness of eating healthily and exercising regularly makes the objective achievable.



How To Boost Your Rats Immunity

As winter approaches, it’s important to turn our attention to how we can boost our rat’s immunity against infection and give them the best defence possible during what is often a vulnerable time for rats, especially the elderly.

High humidity, coupled with the cold can create the conditions that affect the respiratory system of a vulnerable rat. This is due to the increase in the water element which can aggravate mucus conditions or those susceptible to them. It’s important to be aware that there is a greater need to balance the water element within the bodily system at this time, so that we can increase the body’s ability to cope with damp and coolness.

In Ayurveda (an ancient Indian healing system based on maintaining balanced health), there is more aggravation of the water element during the winter months. There is a tendency for more mucus conditions to flare up. Therefore, it’s important to try and offset this tendency by creating ‘internal’ balance within the body whilst adjusting ‘external’ conditions to lower stress. We can do this by addressing the environmental factors that may aggravate a watery condition e.g. by using a dehumidifier, also avoiding sweet wet food, reducing stress and incorporating various immune building strategies (as suggested below).

Some rats are more affected by an aggravation of the water element than others, especially those who have already been having recurrent respiratory issues. These rats are going to be more susceptible at this time but it’s important that all rats will need some extra help during this season.

Following are some ideas for you to help boost your rats (and yours too) immunity. I always recommend and personally use human grade supplements because I believe that the whole family’s health is where the focus needs to be on. Many of the supplements created in the pet industry are not that great and have a certain ‘novelty/profit’ value. I feel it’s wiser to seek out better quality supplements that we ourselves would be happy using and then just ‘tithe’ some of these to our rats. Our rats need us to be healthy to look after them so I figure it’s better and less wasteful to buy the kind of supplements that we can all benefit from.

LIFESTYLE CONSIDERATIONS

Stress is a big factor in the body’s defences becoming rundown. Often rats are under stress because of group incompatibilities or other factors. Something we can do is to make sure we’re not putting rats, especially older rats under any undue stress during the winter season e.g. we can avoid big changes in their routine during this time i.e. avoiding new intros to other rats or changing cages/group dynamics etc. Avoid mating/breeding as females would naturally be conserving their own energy during this time. If you’re thinking that our rats are indoors and therefore not affected by the seasons, it’s simply not true. They are energetic beings and intrinsically linked to the greater whole. They are affected by the bio-rhythms of nature even if they are not ‘in’ nature. That is why people can see the effect the moon has on their rat’s behaviour. And why solstices and equinoxes often create a portal for many animals to take their transition. It’s all in the web and flow of energy, yin and yang.

In nature, animals are hibernating at this time of year or keeping close to home, they are not in ‘breeding’ mode. Nature knows it’s a time to withdraw and harness as much energy as possible for building reserves and keeping up resistance to the cold. It is a natural ‘build and rest’ time, which is why most of us put on a few extra pounds during the winter/holiday season! The energy is needed for keeping warm and the focus of heat is within. The trees shed their leaves in the Autumn so that they can keep the sap for sustaining themselves during winter.

You might notice how your rats sleep more in the wintertime, this is their way of conserving energy and keeping in tune with the ‘slowing down’ of nature. The time will come again in Spring when they emerge from their slumber and return to heightened activity levels again. I’m not saying they don’t play, far from it! I’m just saying that levels can fluctuate according to environmental factors/seasonal shifts. There’s always a lot more activity around a full moon, for example. Therefore, by being aware of environmental stress/seasonal shifts and making adjustments accordingly, we can help further boost immunity for our rats over the winter months.

DIETARY CONSIDERATIONS

A whole food diet of seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables, especially those rich in chlorophyll such as kale will supply vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemcials that will help to protect against cancer and also boost the immune system. Think in terms of availability as in seasonal, organic fruit and vegetables and if you can provide a good ‘rainbow’ plate of these, it will cover most of the nutrients needed for balanced health. Here is a list of some of the essential supplements you might want to consider adding into their diet.

Multi-vitamin/mineral – always a good back up to provide essential vitamins/minerals that might otherwise be lacking in the diet. I wouldn’t use them daily though. Overuse of vitamin supplements is easily done and wasteful. Just add them in when you feel they need a boost. Otherwise, if you’re feeding a diet rich in fresh produce, simply use vitamin/mineral supplementation as you feel necessary. I would think they are more essential for young growing bodies and elderly rats.

Omega 3, 6 and 9 (a good oil such as cool oil, flax or hemp oil will provide a rich source of these), as well as hempseed, flax and chia. Flax and chia seeds absorb many times their amount when soaked in water. I don’t recommend giving them dry to rats. You can grind them up first and just add pinches into food or use them in biscuits etc. Or, soak them first and use them in your recipes. If you already use these, please comment below as to how you use them, I am interested and I’m sure it would be useful for other readers to know. J

Selenium (a good source is brazil nuts) stimulates the production of natural T-cells which fight viral and bacterial infections. Selenium helps to make antibodies and in my studies, I have found it to be one of the essential minerals in cancer prevention. I like to grate brazil nuts over the rat’s dinner or pasta like ‘parmesan’

Vitamin C – We all know that vitamin C supplementation is recommended for humans but rats are apparently able to manufacture vitamin C themselves. Although I’ve heard this, I still think any extra vitamin C they are able to get will only be beneficial and indeed, if you are feeding fruit and vegetables, they are already getting a reasonable supply anyway. I feel it’s just good to be aware and if you want to give them rosehip tea or something, then go for it. I just bought rosehip/hibiscus tea for myself and the rats are enjoying it too. I sweeten it with agave and dilute it a little and they are enjoying slurping it during free range. So, just because they can make vitamin C, I wouldn’t hold off giving it to them anyway, you can’t go wrong! And recent studies have shown that very high doses of vitamin C are needed to ward off cancer and other viral infections.

Echinacea – It’s the echinacains in Echinacea that boost the immune system by promoting the activity of white blood cells which destroy bacteria and viruses. There have been many studies done with Echinacea and it seems that it really does help to protect against colds and viruses. I use capsules and just mix a little of the powder into food.

Probiotics – help to regulate the acidity in the gut and promote the proliferation of friendly bacteria thereby preventing the ‘unfriendly’ bacteria from multiplying. They also produce natural anti-biotics, encouraging the immune system to produce anti-bacterial antibodies. A lot of people feed yoghurt because of the probiotics but yoghurt is mucus and acid-forming as well as possibly having various hormones and vaccine variables from the dairy industry. I don’t advise it for rats. You can buy the probiotics themselves and add a capsule to a nut milk and then use that in your food preparations/meals.

Immunity boosting supplements – there are many ‘ready-made’ immune system supplements now available that contain things like medicinal mushrooms, vitamin C, astragalus etc. These blends can be quite useful. You can take them yourself and add small amounts into your rat’s food.

Iodine – this is my ‘must have’ supplement. It tastes foul so I only put a few drops in my own smoothie or milk and then share a little of that with the rats. Other ways of adding iodine into your rat’s diet is by providing a good variety of sea vegetables or by using a little kelp powder in food or the soaking water for pulses/wheatgrass. In rat studies, iodine was shown to prevent tumours developing and has natural immune boosting properties. It is anti-viral and anti-bacterial. Many of the additives in our food deplete iodine from the body and so it is essential to add it back in. I will be writing more about iodine later.

Thyme – my rats like to nibble on fresh thyme so I hang a little sprig in their cage. Thyme has thymol as an active ingredient which is very good for clearing mucus passages and it also has anti-viral properties. You could try making thyme tea as well for any rats with sniffles. I have also put thyme in a little bowl of boiled water and the steam that comes from this can help any poorly rat with respiratory issues.

Pau d’arco – a Peruvian tea that helps builds resistance to infection and boost immunity. I like to have this in good supply for my rats. It helps to address candida and has been recommended for cancer prevention. It has anti-viral properties.

Summary:

Consider the ‘stress factor’ in your rat’s lifestyle and work out how you can reduce it

Become ‘environmentally’ aware regarding the seasonal changes and prepare ahead

Feed a wholesome diet rich in ‘rainbow’ foods

Incorporate supplements as you feel necessary, especially immune building ones

Think how you can boost immunity and keep doing that (the lifestyle/dietary considerations mentioned above and herbal teas etc)



Yoga, Diet, & Fitness – How Do They Relate?

In today’s society health and fitness is a primary concern. Obesity is growing at an alarming rate, especially within the younger population. Everywhere you turn there are offers and suggestions on how to lose weight and get fit. Many of these offer quick fixes such as pills, or specific diet regimens. While some of these may seem to work, the majority of the time they are only temporary solutions. These methods are best used to kick-start a diet, but not as a permanent solution. Usually as soon as you stop taking the pills, or following the diet regimen, any weight lost soon returns. Mind, body, and   lifestyle  must be in accord in order to maintain a healthy  lifestyle .

Yoga – Yoga has been practiced throughout the world for many years. Yoga teaches an individual to focus on their inner self. What a person thinks and feels affects not only how they live and interact with the world around them, but also how they look and what they put into their bodies. Yoga also has many health benefits. For instance, studies show that people with high blood pressure and high stress levels have greatly benefited from practicing Yoga.

Diet – When the mind is focused and open to change, that’s when an individual is mostly likely to achieve success and maintain permanent weight loss. In order to maintain a healthy diet, it is necessary to make a  lifestyle  change, but nothing too drastic at first. When trying something new, start slowly and do your research. Gradual changes are much more likely to last than quick ones. Do not suddenly exclude foods that you love and are used to eating. If you do, you are setting yourself up for failure. Start by decreasing your portions. It is also important to drink at least 8 cups of water daily. If you drink a glass of water before each meal, you will find that you will eat less. Try to have several small meals and snacks throughout the day, instead of having one or two big meals a day. This will help increase your metabolism.

Fitness – Exercise is also essential to being healthy increasing your fitness level. In addition to becoming physically fit, exercise can increase self-esteem and improve your mood. During exercise the body produces endorphins. Endorphins are natural chemicals the body can produce that are associated with feelings of euphoria and peace. If you are new to exercise, it is important to start out slow. Start by walking ten minutes a day. Park your car in the parking lot furthest from the building and take the stairs instead of using an elevator when possible.

They are several different ways and techniques that can be used to achieve physical fitness, but it starts with you. Find what works best for you and stick with it. Just remember; mind, body, and  lifestyle  must be in sync to consistently maintain weight loss and a healthy  lifestyle .



What Equipment Do I Need To Open A Salon Or Barber Shop?

Opening a barbershop or even a salon can be a challenging job. There are many rules and regulations governing the industry usually set by the state boards and by the city codes and ordinances. Many cities have barbering educators who are licensed to teach in their shop or school and who have a wealth of knowledge of what’s required in your city to be able to run a violation free shop. They typically love the business and love talking about it. If you can seek out their support you will have an advantage in getting started.

Now lets talk about learning the old fashion way and researching it yourself by reading the rules and regulations. The best sources for finding information regarding specific requirements is from your State Boards or Regulatory Commission. But you still have to deal with your city or town building and occupancy codes to get a “C of O” approval (Certificate of Occupancy). We have compiled an alphabetical list by States and their web addresses related to the regulation of barbering and cosmetology. Remember each state requires different things but some important safety items have been a Sharps Container (used razor blade disposal), certificates / licenses displayed and have on file a MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) for every chemical you use.

Lets start with the Basics or MUST have items:

· A shampoo sink / chair combo with hot and cold running water

· A styling chair, all purpose chair or barber chair, one per person

· One hand held or hood dryer with or without the chair

· One work station (wall mount, stationary), per person

· A disinfectant container with disinfectant or sterilizing solution

· Seating accommodations in reception area

· Cabinet for clean towels and supplies

· A receptacle for used towels

· Reception Desk

· Floor Mats

· Child Booster Seat

The best places to get the information you need on the equipment requirements for a Salon or Barbershop is your local Chamber of Commerce and your state board.

The following links are to all of the State Boards:



Athens in Greece

The ancient history of Athens goes back to more than 5,000 years ago. In the 8th century BC, Athens became the capital of the unified kingdom of Attica. Although most of the houses were made out of mud and straw and the streets were not paved, it was the first place in the world to know and make use of Democracy by the Cleisthenes in the 5th century BC. The city was also an important center for theatre and the arts. This ancient history and cultural influence attract several travelers to spend a vacation in Greece.

There is the Kerameikos for example that is usually missed by many tourists who travel to Greece. This ancient site was the center of the production of ceramics in ancient Athens. However, afterwards, the area became an important ancient burial site that dates back to the 5th century BC.

Another important historical site in Greece would be Agora as it was the commercial heart of the city for more than 500 years from the 2nd century BC till the 3rd century AD. This was where tradesmen brought salt, oil, wheat, and many other produces to sell them during ancient times. This historical site also hosts a number of temples and many ancient structures.

One can explore the Temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens for example. One of the biggest and most impressive ancient temples of the country, this huge building was completed over a period that extended for more than 7 centuries from the 5th century BC till the 2nd century AD. However, the only remaining section of this once glorious temple is 15 huge marble columns.

Dating back to the 4th century BC, the Erechtheum is an additional notable historical site of Athens that is sometimes included in travel packages to Greece. This is considered a rare example of the Greek temples decided to the worship of the god Polias.

While in Athens, tourists enjoying their holidays in Greece, shall never miss the chance of exploring Plaka, the region situated below the famous Acropolis of Athens. A walk around this popular neighborhood is extremely enjoyable as it embodies the traditional culture and heritage of Greece.

The most important and popular contemporary monument of Athens often visited everyday by numerous tourists who travel to Greece is the Square of Syntagma. The most significant constructions in the square include the building of the Unknown Soldier and how the guards protecting it rotate together. There is also the building of the Greek parliament and much more to be experienced and enjoyed.

An important place to visit while on a trip to Greece is the Athens National Museum. The displays of the museum illustrate a long period of the ancient Greek history from prehistoric periods. It is also considered to be one of the largest and finest museums in the whole world. Established in 1829, the museum hosts a huge collection of displays from various eras.

Are you a fan of museums where antiquities are positioned in the finest atmosphere? A visit to the Byzantine Christian Museum of Athens is recommended then! This museum is one of the largest in Europe that illustrates the magnificent art of the Byzantine period. The displays include cloth, icons, motifs, and some remarkable sections of ruined Byzantine churches from various sections of Greece.



Type 2 Diabetes – The Best Time to Eat Carbohydrates

Sometimes it may seem like there is too much fuss about carbohydrates. Rarely, if ever, are they neglected in a diet or nutrition conversation? But is their importance overstated? And just how accurate is the information spread about carbohydrates?These are profound questions beyond the scope of this discussion. That said, we will touch on these topics indirectly as we talk about timing and consumption of carbohydrates.

Type 2 diabetics are aware their carbohydrate intake has an effect on their body’s blood sugar. Which leads us to our first point: carbohydrates need not be totally avoided, because they are not altogether harmful. It is only under certain circumstances the situation gets out of hand leading to a continual rise in blood sugar and in turn pre-diabetes or Type 2 diabetes. Being…

  • physically inactive,
  • eating an unhealthy diet containing too many sugary foods, and
  • lacking in control of portion sizes,

are some of the culprits.

Timing and the consumption of carbs are essential to healthy living. By choosing to eat your carbs at the wrong time, you leave yourself vulnerable to elevated blood sugar and weight gain, which act as catalysts in the development of Type 2 diabetes.

In short, you should aim to consume most of your carbohydrates around the time you engage in physical activity. Eating carbs before exercise will give you a boost in energy, which is useful if you are going to have a moderate to an intense workout. A fruit like an apple or banana is an excellent choice.

More importantly, the carbs you consume after exercise will be used to replenish the carbohydrates your body spent for energy. Provided you do not over consume, eating carbohydrates after exercising is beneficial to the body. A blood sugar spike following a workout is not harmful because nutrient partitioning is necessary at this time.

Furthermore, it is unlikely you will eat all of your daily carbohydrates before or after exercise: this is why it is important to eat healthy sources throughout the rest of the day. Complex carbs such as…

  • whole grains,
  • oats,
  • fruits, and
  • vegetables

do not have adverse effects on blood sugar. Not to mention they contain vitamins and minerals as well.

Carbohydrates are essential. And the importance of their timing and consumption should not be understated.

You will be doing yourself many favors health wise if you structure most of your carbohydrate intake around your exercise routines. Whether it is a walk, a jog, or a resistance training routine is irrelevant. After all, by this point in time, you already know you have no choice but to exercise in some way if you expect to be healthy.



How Changing Your Mindset Can Help You to Reduce Your Blood Pressure in a Sustainable Way After 40

As you get older a combination of hormonal changes like the reduction in growth hormone level and the build up in stress that comes from work and family life will lead to weight gain due to an accumulation of body fat. This is usually a gradual process that starts in your thirties and becomes more obvious in your early forties. Unless you recognize these changes early, change your mindset and take sustainable healthy action, you will continue to gain weight and struggle to reduce your blood pressure, Here are 3 tips on how changing your mindset can help you reduce your reduce your blood pressure in a sustainable way after 40.

The first change in mindset you need is to focus on long-term lifestyle changes instead looking for short-term quick fixes. Remember that slow and steady wins the race. You need to stop chasing after the latest diet, the latest “pill” that will magically burn off fat, reduce your weight and help you reduce your blood pressure. Research has shown that 60-90% of people who start a new exercise regimen give it up within 6 months. Unless you have a change in your mindset, you will end up being part of this group.

The second mindset change you need is to look inwards. Instead of looking outwards, look inwards and try to gain a deeper understanding of yourself so that you will know which set of physical activities and exercises will best fit your personality, sense of self and your energy level. It could be running with friends, walking, swimming, tennis or playing golf. Once you discover which form of exercise works best for you schedule, budget and personality, stick to it. You need to do an exercise regimen for sometime before you get the full health benefits associated with it. A mindset that makes you change from one exercise to another repeatedly will lead to failure. You will end up not getting the results you desire in terms of reduced blood pressure.

The third mindset change you need to help you have a sustainable healthy lifestyle is perseverance. Stick to your chosen plan. Do not get easily discouraged by initial poor results like slow weight loss or inconsistencies in bed time. Sleeping on time and having deep sleep will help you to reduce your blood pressure because it will help you to become well-rested and have fewer hormonal fluctuations.

You also have to remember that your negative health changes occurred gradually due to bad habits like insufficient sleep, eating junk food, inconsistent exercise, and poor stress management over a period of time. In order to over come these changes in a sustainable manner you need to persevere. You need to give up the mindset that seeks for overnight solutions.



Getting a Grip on Condoms

Gone are the days when the only birth control known to society is abstinence. With the advancement in science and technology, many studies and researches have been devoted for a more convenient way of preventing pregnancy and the possible spread of infections and diseases. One of the most popular one being condoms.

There are many types of condom brands available in the market. Each of them has their own promise of sensation and added pleasure. It is now even possible to buy condoms online to avoid the awkward feeling of seeing everyone look at you when you buy it in a store. One popular type of condom are latex condoms.

Latex condoms have many advantages as compared to various forms of birth control methods, aside from being cheaper. As a result of being a cheap birth control, it has become a key element of government programs to provide additional services when it comes to sexual health to poor and marginalized communities. There are condoms that can be used for both males and females.

For those who are wondering why they need to know how to use a condom properly, it is because the improper use could lead to the material tearing and possible spread of diseases. Using condoms properly is very crucial in order for it to become extremely effective. Although abstinence is the ultimate protection against STDs, condoms are still an efficient way of preventing its spread, especially for those who are sexually active.

Not all condoms have instruction manuals that come along with the package, so first-time users tend to have a hard time using it properly. It must be taken note of though that latex condoms, although effective, may possibly not work for everybody. There are some people who are allergic to latex and might experience discomfort when using it. If so, it is best to try and find the type that will work best with you. For people with allergies on latex, a polyurethane condom or a condom made of natural materials is highly recommended. It also has a low cost compared to other birth control products in the market with great durability and efficacy.

The only time that it is advised not to wear a condom is when one is in a completely committed and monogamous relationship. Also, the factor as to whether or not both you and your partner are ready for the possibility of bearing a child should also be considered. Females find men who take care of their health and have high regards for both of their futures sexier than those who do not.



Motorola U9 – A Trendy Phone

The first impression of any mobile phone is the looks that it carries. The mobile phone world has undergone a major change in a past few years. At present, mobile phones are not only a tool to communicate but have much more added to make it a complete package of features and applications. These gadgets have to be aesthetically alluring and beautiful for the customer to pick it from a cluster of mobile phones. Every phone needs to have a special feature to convince and appeal the consumers to buy it. Of course, the brand name also plays a major role. The brand has to be credible and trusted by the customers to choose it. In this world of tough competition, every mobile manufacturing company has to be technologically advanced and updated with new features. The mobile phones have become status symbol for the people. The personality of the user is defined by the handset they is using.

Motorola is a Canada based company with its branches all over the world. It has been leading in the field of telecommunications industry for many years now. The company has a very successful history to look back to and the products by this company are still winning great appreciations. They have a collection of lavish, classy, sophisticated and well-designed phones. The company is trusted because of its outstanding quality and excellent service. Motorola has all kinds of phones to suit all needs, from very basic phones to extraordinary ones; it is a master of all. The diverse collection has phone to suit every lifestyle. The handsets produced by Motorola are technologically advanced taking care of the quality of the phone and good battery backup. The latest phones by this company have massive storage capacities and amazing sound quality. The company makes sure that the user enjoys the experience of using a mobile phone.

This article is a discussion and full analyses on the Motorola U9. This is a new alluring phone by Motorola with a lustrous body. The phone is popularly associated with style and elegance. This extremely attractive and appealing phone has all the necessary features one can ask for. It has a well built and long lasting body. The phone comes in royal black and red colour which gives a rich look to the user’s personality. This eye catching phone has a tough body which comes in a clamshell model. It is a multimedia focused phone with 2G functionalities.

The Motorola U9 has an incredibly wide TFT display screen of 2 inches with 256K colours and a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. It has touch sensitive music keys and a digital display on the flap. This device supports both Polyphonic as well as MP3 ring tones. The dimensions of the phone are 90 x 48.6 x 16.4 mm. The weight of the phone is like the weight of a feather. It weighs only 87.5 grams.

This gadget has an internal memory of 25 MB which is sufficient to store a lot of data like music, images, documents, and more. The memory can also be increased if required with the help of a microSD (TransFlash) memory card create the desired space. This mobile device also has the basic connectivity options like GPRS, EDGE, Bluetooth and USB. This feature helps in sharing and sending files from one phone to the other. The phone also helps the user to transfer files from the computer to the phone and vice versa.

The Motorola U9 also has an outstanding 2 Mega Pixels camera to capture tremendous pictures. This mobile phone uses Standard battery, Li-Ion to give an amazing battery backup. It delivers continuous talk time of 7 hours and upto 350 hours of standby.



The Million Dollar Condom Project

Through the innovations in the scientific community, it is now possible for people to have as much sexual pleasure as they want. Now, people don’t have to worry about getting pregnant or contracting HIVs and other sexually transmitted diseases. Some of the birth control options that promote safe sex are pills and condoms.

Condoms are the cheapest and most convenient form of birth control in the market. There is no age requirement to be able to buy one. Now, people can even choose to buy condoms online. But even with these advantages, some people still won’t buy a condom, exposing themselves to risks carried out by unprotected sex. With this, the Bill Gates Foundation has launched a contest for the redesign and development of the best condom in the market.

Here are some of the ideas that made it into phase one. They were given a $100,000 grant for the research and development. The best idea will grab a staggering amount of $1 million.

PROJECT RAPIDOM

Aside from the sensation one can get from using a condom, this project also prioritizes ease of use. Developed by a company in South America, the proponents want a condom that can be worn with just a single thug after taking it out of the wrapper.

GRAPHENE INCORPORATION

There are many comments about condoms online and most of them are about how guys don’t want to use them because the sensation is reduced. Lakshminarayanan Ragupatin from a company in India would like to address this by developing a thinner and warmer condom. This can be done by incorporating graphene, a new super strong and conductive material, into the product. This will create a more natural sensation due to the thinner walls, which improves the amount of body heat transfer.

PERFECT FIT CONDOM

The Cambridge Design Partnership from United Kingdom is doing their best to come up with a dynamic, universal fit, and low-cost condom. The unique thing about their product is that while using the condom during intercourse, the multiple polymers in it will tighten around the sex organ. This aims to maximize pleasure for both partners.

WRAPPING CONDOM

Among those that made the cut is California Family Health Council’s great idea. Their concept is to make a condom that is as thin as possible without losing its durability. They are trying out polyethylene, which will cling over the surface rather than squeeze itself. Sensation is therefore heightened.

Which among these ideas do you think will make the cut? Which will make people buy condoms not only for marketing purposes but for the promotion of safe sex? While the search is still on to find the next generation condom, don’t be careless and always have a pack stashed in your purse. As the saying goes, prevention is always better than cure.