Sustainable Building Solutions for Business Owners

Picture this: you’re a new business in a thriving community. You’ve made your business plan, presented it to investors, and received support! Now you’re looking into the construction of the ideal space to facilitate your success. You dream of a workplace that has it all: one that welcomes clients, makes your employees feel productive, and embodies the forward-thinking nature of your new enterprise.  

Whether your business is a retail space, a restaurant, an accounting firm, or a nonprofit, putting the pieces in place to bring your vision to life can be an overwhelming process. Especially so if you’re looking into “green” and sustainable practices for constructing the home of your business.

Now more than ever, ensuring that you as a business owner are doing all you can to practice and implement business practices that support the sustainability of our planet is one of the most important considerations you can make. When it comes to construction, it becomes even more so – not only will making thoughtful choices throughout the construction process positively impact your ecological footprint, but it can support the longevity of your business as well. Constructing a building correctly, the first time will cut down on maintenance and repair costs for years to come. 

The roofing process presents some of the biggest challenges, as well as some of the most innovative solutions for incorporating sustainable techniques into the construction of your storefront. Not only is the roof an important part of the aesthetic appeal of your building, but it serves a critical purpose in preserving the virtue of your structure for years to come.

When taking on a roofing project for your commercial space, you’re certainly considering many important aspects – materials, function, and durability. Choosing sustainable practices can actually speak to several of these points, all in one. Even more importantly, selecting a commercial roofing contractor that has the same vision and values in mind can make or break a project that influences the success of your business.

In this day and age, each time we construct a new building we are using precious natural resources to create the space. And, with these resources growing more scarce every year, we can only in good conscience choose techniques that care for the environment in the best way possible.

Solar power is one of the most prominent pieces of technology at the forefront of the energy conservation movement. More and more, installation costs are easily written off by the energy savings over time that just continue to build over the years. Solar panels also allow you to be more self-sufficient, which, as we all know, is a great move to make heading into the new decade. 

Indeed, as of recently, new products have been added to the solar power industry to meet the growing demand! Solar roofs, solar shingles, and solar tiles are all being continuously developed and enhanced in order to increase their viability and effectiveness. Some of them are specifically designed for residential buildings, while some are more appropriate for large office buildings. If you’re interested in solar power for your new building – or an addition to your existing structure – make sure to ask an expert so you can be sure to select the correct option for your particular situation.

Choosing the proper materials for your roof, to ensure its durability as well as sustainability in construction, is also an important consideration. Clay, concrete, slate, and metal all offer unique elements to a structure when used for roofing projects. Clay and slate have been used for centuries for their durability, ease of access, and rustic aesthetic appeal. Concrete and metal are also very durable and can bring a solid feel and sense of the modern to any structure that employs them for their construction. 

Another exciting innovation in the world of sustainable roofing materials are shingles made from recycled materials. If you’re concerned about keeping your space warm, common for those creating a workspace in cooler climates, these recycled shingles can assist you with maintaining a comfortable temperature. Even the choice of color for your roof can pay use dividends. Choosing a white-colored roof can help keep your space cool and cut down on air conditioning bills in the summer, which can easily become very expensive. 

Natural light is also an important addition to your coworking space that can create positive effects on your employee’s wellness and productivity. For those with sensory issues or sensitivities to light, replacing fluorescent lighting with natural lighting can make all the difference in keeping them happy, engaged, and part of the team.

If you’re constructing your building from scratch, you have the opportunity to put in ample windows and skylights to allow the natural sunlight to filter in. Not only will this allow you to fill the space with plants, but it will also cut down on energy bills – another score for your bottom line! 

If you own the building, look at the “bones” – does it need any repairs? For instance, gutter cleaning services, landscaping services, or investing in window upgrades could make all the difference between a space that you’re happy to occupy for years as your business grows and one that you’re itching to move from as soon as possible. Moving can be just as stressful for a business team as a family, and especially if you’re wanting to create a homelike feeling in your office, setting up a sense of stability is key to comfort.

As you can see, if you approach customizing your ideal workspace with knowledge and conviction about not only the aesthetic appeal of your building but your passion for preserving the environment through sustainable building techniques, you are certain to enjoy productivity for years to come.

And every time you enter your building, you can feel the pride that comes with making choices to construct a fine piece of architecture that stands the test of time – while not putting excess pressure on our precious natural resources.

How to Train Your Dog to Ride in a Bike Basket

How to Train Your Dog to Ride in a Bike Basket

Part of the joy of having a dog is being able to share your life with it. People travel with their pets and take them to family gatherings. Heck, many pet owners celebrate their dogs’ birthdays. Therefore, it doesn’t sound too crazy that people want to train their canine companions to go on a bike ride, and more specifically, that they want to train their dogs to ride in a basket of men or womens hybrid bikes. Thankfully, the training process is straightforward, and you can be riding with your best animal friend in about two weeks with consistent practice.

1. Introducing the Dog to the Basket

The first thing you will need to do to train your pooch is getting them used to bike baskets for cruisers. Make sure you have a basket big enough for your dog to sit comfortably. When starting, you will not attach the basket to the bike. You want to get your dog used to sitting and lying in the basket. Once the animal is used to it, you can begin carrying them around the house.

2. Connect the Basket to Bike

After a few days of carrying the dog around, you can attach the basket to bikes for women or men, and place the dog inside. You want to guard the animal, so they don’t fall or jump out and hurt themselves. If you are worried about the potential for injury, you can purchase a harness to secure your pup. You should practice this exercise for a couple of days.

3. Walk the Bike

When you are confident your dog is comfortable with the basket, you can begin walking the bike, but only short distances. You want the animal to get used to the feel of the bike’s movement and the sound of changing and moving gears. You can practice this exercise a couple of times per day to try to speed up the training process.

4. Go on a Slow Ride

When your favorite pooch seems comfortable sitting in the basket while you walk the bike, try moving onto to riding the bike. Do not go into a full-blown ride. You want to pedal slowly and talk with your animal to keep them calm. Again, trips need to remain short in the early stages of training to avoid traumatizing or injury your pet.

5. Introducing Distance and Terrain

In the last days of training, you can add distance and various terrains to your furry pal. Increase your riding speed and go over slight bumps, so your dog can get used to the feel of the unique elements of riding. Eventually, you can take your dog on a regular ride, without hesitating or questioning whether they are ready.

Dogs are fantastic creatures, and they are resilient to change. Training your favorite canine to ride in a basket on the front or back of your bicycle primarily depends on your commitment to the training. Talk to a bike supplies retailer to make sure you have everything you need before starting the training process.

Kratom in US – Battle for Legitimacy

Kratom in US – Battle for Legitimacy

Today I’ll write about a widely discussed yet largely misunderstood subject in the Kratom world. An ongoing battle, between two belligerents fighting for and against its legitimacy. Despite the ever-increasing force differential between both belligerents, the fight is still ongoing. With an aim to better explain my proposition, in this blog I’ll break down the larger complicated problem into smaller parts for better understanding.

Let me first demystify the Kratom powder which holds so many benefits for almost everyone yet grossly misunderstood by some. The painful irony is that such a beautiful gift from nature is rather misjudged, owing to corporate interests of multi-billion-dollar conglomerates dominating the domestic and global markets today. Why, just for the purpose of corporate financial interests, deprive the humanity of something which is not only beneficial in limitless ways, but a source of affordable recreation and rejuvenation? Do they have justified reasons or are there any underlying motives?

Alright, I’ll confess at the very onset that the best card those individuals and corporations with vested interests have played is the card of apparent scientific reasoning. Actually, more of technical verbiages and fluff to sound more convincing. But it worked to some extent. So, how to reply to them? Or more importantly, how to explain to the consumers who want to keep using it but have become somewhat concerned? Well, as I said in the start, in this blog I’ll factually elaborate various facts regarding the issue, weighing benefits of Kratom consumption versus the risks “associated” with it and towards the end, I’ll present my proposition along with the way forward.

A Word about Kratom

For those who do not know, or have little knowledge about the Kratom, I’ll go over a brief overview of it. Native to the Philippines, Indonesia Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam and adjacent countries in Southeast Asia, Kratom belongs the same family as the coffee plant. Notwithstanding that Kratom in US has only been widely used for more or less a decade now, elsewhere people have been benefiting from its various dividends for centuries. Kratom is also used as an herbal remedy by millions of people worldwide.

Herbal Remedy? What for?

Herbal remedy for a number of health and mental conditions, actually. People buy Kratom in US for numerous reasons. There is a wide range of issues which can be addressed through Kratom usage. In addition to hundreds of thousands of Kratom users in US reporting improved quality-of-life and becoming better as regards to their mental and physical activity, the science also acknowledges the wide range of benefits associated with the presence of beneficial Alkaline compounds in the molecular structure of various varieties of Kratom. Some of the associated benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Kratom being an anti-inflammatory and analgesic compound, relieves pain because of migraines, arthritis, neuropathy, fibromyalgia and bone injuries etc.
  • Feelings of anxiety depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorders can also be treated. Kratom works by creating a strong sense of calm, state of constant worrying and nervousness by releasing endorphins and raising serotonin levels.
  • Many individuals suffering from tension headaches, chronic insomnia, and panic attacks reported lessening of these issues subsequent to using Kratom.
  • Specific varieties of Elephant Kratom induce a calming influence. Others boost the energy levels, help guard against sluggishness, combat fatigue and also improve focus and concentration. The result is increased productivity at work, exercise routines and even help running daily household errands.
  • Kratom is also proven to be effective at fighting opioids addictions like that of heroin etc. It may also help eliminate or reduce addiction to alcohol and other substances. As a secondary benefit of helping to curb the cravings by being an appetite suppressant, Kratom can also be helpful for weight loss.
  • Certain Kratom varieties are also helpful in treating conditions like irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease. People have also reported Kratom to aid them in lowering cholesterol levels and blood pressure.

Usage of Kratom in US – A Statistical Analysis

A survey conducted in September 2016 with the support of American Kratom Association (AKA) involving a sample population of 6,150 Kratom users found that:

  • According to the survey, about five million people buy Kratom in US regularly.
  • 51% users who buy Kratom in US reportedly use it for pain, 9% to ease opiate withdrawal and 14% for anxiety.
  • For the users who use Kratom for dealing with pain, 38% use if for spine or back, 9% for Fibromyalgia, 3% for Osteoarthritis and 15% for other reasons.
  • Overwhelming majority of Kratom users (98 %) does not believe it to be dangerous or harmful.
  • 95% of the consumers believed that making Kratom illegal would be detrimental to society.
  • 66% of them claimed that they would get addicted to and risk overdosing on another substance if Kratom is declared illegal.

(Please note:  AKA made no medical-related claims for kratom in connection with this published survey)

Attempts to Make Kratom Illegal

Despite the huge health-related benefits associated with the consumption of Kratom in USA in addition to its recreational uses, federal government regulation bodies have made several, albeit unsuccessful attempts to make it illegal.

With rising popularity and awareness of the various medicinal advantages of Kratom vis-a-vis so many diseases and illnesses, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) attempted to get Kratom enlisted in the legal category of other substances such as marijuana and heroin, only to be stopped by extraordinary reaction from the civil society and some members of congress. A ban was also recommended in October 2017 by The Department of Health and Human Services while recognizing some psychological and behavioural benefits linked with Kratom consumption. States which have altogether banned the Kratom plant in its various forms are Arkansas, Alabama, Indiana, Vermont Wisconsin.

Should Kratom in US be Banned?

Multimillion-dollar question: To buy Kratom in US be declared an illegal act because of a few potential risks attributed to it? The clear and unambiguous answer is “no”. Ask yourself, should the government deprive hundreds of thousands of people of an opportunity to carry-on with their lives in a perfectly normal way? Should the lawmakers stop people from becoming an effective member of their society by performing better at their work or being happier in their private lives? Should people be deprived of controlling their pain which results from a medical condition? And do the policymakers have a mandate to stop people from controlling their anxiety, depression or PTSD? Nature has given them a remedy, why should another human take it away?

Furthermore, not only a ban would prohibit people from using Kratom for their own benefits, but at the same time, it would also hamper the researchers in studying its potential benefits which are yet to be discovered. A ban, therefore, would do nothing to help the society. Rather it would further complicate the issue.

Impending Disaster from the Ban

The ban, if imposed, will result in two inter-linked but dangerous outcomes:

  • First and foremost, it will result in the Kratom businesses going secretive, affecting the quality and purity of Kratom powder itself which would then be handled by organized criminal groups. Results would be increased violence, crime and breaking of law and order in the streets.
  • Secondly, a substantial number of existing Kratom users would want to continue using it, hence buying from illegal sources, resulting in those illegal groups benefiting financially and gaining more street-power.

As a result of the two dangerous hypotheses discusses above, it is foreseen that a ban will indirectly lead to more people getting hurt and sick, while governments would deprive themselves of an important source of revenue and income in forms of direct and indirect taxes from the Kratom businesses. Needless to say, there is a huge number of individuals across the country who are directly and indirectly employed in the Kratom businesses, earning their livelihoods and contributing to the national GNP.

Proposed Way Forward:

Without a clear understanding of underlying causes of issues attributed with consumption of Kratom in US, the problem cannot be resolved. Most people agree that there is a need of deeper research into the Kratom benefits and effects. But sadly, the approach of “one solution fits all” is being applied and is clearly not working.

                    “When your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail”

Solutions are often neither Black nor White. They mostly fall somewhere in those Gray areas which are in between the two extremes. It is the need of the hour to devise truly effective strategies by taking all the stakeholders onboard, not just the lawmakers and enforcers. The researchers, doctors, pharmacists, business owners and most importantly the consumers themselves must be involved in the decision-making process. A person who goes out to buy Kratom in US to improve his health and mental condition would want to continue to live happily and must never be told to stop using it. A consensus must therefore be reached, mutually agreed by all stakeholders, addressing all genuine concerns of both sides. Only then the issue can tr

Try This Ginger Liquor Recipe

Try This Ginger Liquor Recipe

A cocktail that’s good for you? It doesn’t seem likely. And while we are not advocating the consumption of alcohol as a way to improve your health, if you are looking for a drink that’s as healthy as possible, ginger liquor would have to be in the running.

Ginger liquor is a drink that’s main ingredients include ginger and brandy. Ginger has long been used as an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory. It has been shown to improve digestion and some studies have provided evidence that it may help to fight cancer.

If this is enough to make ginger liquor your drink of choice, here is a ginger liquor recipe that is simply divine

Ginger Liquor Recipe


  • 2 oz ginger root
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 orange
  • 1 ½ cups brandy


Peel ginger and cut into thin slices. Split vanilla bean in half lengthwise.

Bring ginger, vanilla, sugar and water to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer until ginger is soft, about 20 minutes. Let syrup cool.

Zest orange and place zest in a sealable glass container along with the syrup and brandy. Seal and shake. Let the mixture steep for one day.

Remove vanilla bean and let mixture steep for one more day.

Strain mixture through a coffee filter into your bottle or jar for storage. Let sit for one more day to allow flavors to mellow.

Serve as desired. Liquor does not have to be chilled.

Other Ways to Get Ginger in Your Diet

Of course, drinking an alcoholic beverage may not be the ideal way to get more ginger in your diet, especially if you want to consume it every day. Fortunately, there are plenty of alternatives.

For instance, crystallized ginger is a delicious way to enjoy this spice. You can buy crystallized ginger in a store or you can make it yourself. It can then be added to stir fries, salads and sweet treats.

You can also take ginger in supplemental form. If you chose to go this route, here are some brands that are recommended.

Gaia Herbs: Gaia Herbs provides homeopathic products that contain herbs the company grows themselves. Their herbs are then tested in their own state of the art lab to ensure they provide the very best in purity and potency. Their certified organic Ginger Root is just one of the many Gaia products that can help boost wellness.

Solaray: Solaray was founded in 1973 and has since expanded to become a leader in the natural health industry. Their product line includes quality herbs, vitamins, minerals and specialty products. Their ginger root capsules are highly recommended for their ability to boost immunity and improve digestion.

If you want to get more ginger in your life, this ginger liquor recipe can be a fun way to do it. Follow up with the right diet and quality supplements to experience optimal health. How will you be incorporating ginger in your daily routine? 

How to Find the Best CBD Oil for Dogs

One of the most frustrating parts of owning a dog is getting to see your pooch in pain and discomfort. Dogs suffer from a lot of medical conditions that humans suffer from too, including arthritis, stress, cancer, joint pain, seizures, and many others.

If you are considering finding a holistic treatment that can help relieve your dogs’ ailment, then we strongly recommend you start using CBD oil. 

What is CBD?

CBD is a compound that is obtained from the leaves and buds of a cannabis plant. Though it has a relationship with the marijuana plant, it is considered safe and doesn’t possess any psychoactive substance. Also, CBD shares metabolic pathways with some drug types that are referred to as NSAIDs. They are Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs and are responsible for controlling inflammatory responses and resolving blood clotting. 

CBD is a very safe compound and has numerous amounts of benefits when introduced to your dog. You can find more on this website about cannabis and its medicinal benefits.  

How Can CBD help your Dog?

Humans and animals have an endocannabinoid system (ESC) that makes it possible to get loads of benefits from CBD oil. The ESC allows the ingredients in the CBD oil to relieve any symptoms that your dog might be encountering.

CBD oil can help to solve several medical conditions that your furry friend might be facing either occasionally or otherwise, and there are as follows:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Severe pain
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Hepatitis
  • Arthritis
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Seizures
  • Digestion difficulties
  • Insomnia

How to Find the Best CBD Oil?


There are some key things you need to put into consideration when looking for a safe and effective CBD oil, and they include.

How Organic is It? 

The best CBD oils are gotten from organically grown cannabis that does not consist of toxins that can be harmful to your dog. When the owner loves animals, for sure they will avoid using any toxic drug on their pet as it could worsen their condition. 

How Is It Processed? 

There are mainly two ways to extract oil from the cannabis plant. It can be done through C02 extraction or solvent extraction.

C02 extraction is what is considered the best form of removal. Still, it can be a little expensive because of the processes involved. In this form of removal, the cannabis plant is covered inside a pressure chamber with carbon dioxide. And as a result, the pressure is placed on the cannabis plant and thereby causing oil to release from it.

This method produces a lot more oil concentration than the solvent, and it’s also the safest way to extract.

A solvent method is a standard form of extracting oil. It involves the use of petroleum products, propane, and butane. It is highly unsafe because of the toxins it leaves in the extracted oil.

How Reasonable is the Price? 

Picking the right product for your pet is essential. That’s the reason we suggest that you find a safe, top-quality product.

As discussed earlier, the process of extraction can be quite expensive, and this can lead to a pricey product. It can also be costly if there’s a large concentration of oil in the bottle. In other words, what we are saying is that you pay what you think is right for the product.

You also need to be wary of providers who sell at a ridiculously low price, as they might be unprofessional or fraudulent.

Does your CBD have a Certificate of Analysis (COA)? 

If your dog’s CBD oil doesn’t have a COA, then you shouldn’t trust the product. A COA is a document gotten from a lab stating that your CBD oil is filled with the appropriate content and has the active ingredients to help treat your dog.

All you need to do is find companies or providers who test their products and provides you with a certificate that proves it.

All CBD oil’s that come with a COA is regarded as safe and can boast of great medicinal benefits to all consumers.

Does your CBD oil have THC? 

THC is the compound that produces the “high” effect in marijuana. That’s why you need to check your CBD product for THC potency. Some products have a higher concentration of THC and can be harmful to your dog’s. The link below has a breakdown of the safest dosage levels for dogs of all ages. 

What you need to do is to find products with less than 0.3% of THC in them. They are considered safe and provides health benefits to your furry friend.

Just like any other thing you prescribe to your dog, you must seek the advice of a vet before trying anything new.

Jacksonville FL Dentists Enumerate The Advantages of Using Dentures

Your smile says a lot about you. Therefore, it is essential that we take care of our teeth regularly to avoid potential dental problems. However, sometimes, even if we practice good hygiene, those problems can still arise. One of the reasons is because of a genetic predisposition.

If a dental problem arises, you’ll need to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. The longer you postpone the issue, the worse it will get. In the meantime, you should brush your teeth in the morning and in the evening before you go to bed. People often think that nothing will happen to their teeth or gums, but this is where they’re wrong. 

Dental problems are very common. In fact, your gums can suffer from a periodontal disease, which causes them to fall out. Many adults suffer from this condition. Elderly people can also lose their teeth, but this is usually because their tooth enamel eventually wears away. This makes their teeth more vulnerable and prone to disease and decay. 

If this is the case with your teeth, then you need to act fast. Luckily, a dentist can suggest the usage of dentures to make sure that the holes in your gums are no longer noticeable by the fallen teeth. Click on this page for more. In fact, wearing dentures is your best option, and here’s why: 

They improve self-esteem

It can be a really frustrating and stressful experience if your teeth start falling out. You won’t be able to smile or talk because all of that will be visible to others. Instead, you should definitely visit your dentist so that they can find the cause of the problem. 

If you are the perfect candidate for dentures, then your dentist will inform you. Before you know it, you won’t feel shy or embarrassed anymore to show your smile. This can really improve your mental health as well. 

They improve appearance

Having a toothless smile can definitely put a strain on your confidence. If you want to look more appealing to others, then you should definitely take care of the dental problem. Wearing dentures is nothing to be ashamed of because a lot of people wear them. Plus, you will definitely get used to them after a short period. Nowadays, dentures are made to be comfortable. 

They will definitely improve your overall appearance, and you will create a positive impression on someone you meet for the first time. Wearing a full set of perfect dentures can go a long way. Visit a professional as soon as possible to provide a solution to your problem. You will be in the right hands. 

 They support facial muscles

You won’t be able to feel any discomfort regarding the dentures. They will be specifically designed for your upper and lower jaw. This also means that they will support all of your facial muscles. You will also be able to eat without having to worry that something will happen to your dentures. 

A lot of people are concerned whether they would suddenly fall out of their mouths. This never happens. However, you can remove them yourself to clean them. Once the cleaning is over, you can place them back. Make sure to check out the link to find out more details about the topic

They improve speech

Our teeth play an important role in speaking. Many consonants are formed thanks to our teeth. If your teeth start falling out, you might have trouble speaking. You won’t be able to pronounce words as they sound. Therefore, to eliminate this problem, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist.

The dentist will examine your mouth and determine which type of dentures is the best for you. Afterward, they will make an impression of your mouth so that the dentures can adequately fit your gums. With a full set of teeth, you will be able to speak without problems.  

You can eat whatever you want

If you have holes in your gums because of fallen teeth, then you will be prevented from eating everything that comes to your mind. Usually, you won’t be able to eat crunchy, crispy, or hard types of food because it might cause discomfort. Also, if you are suffering from periodontal disease, then there’s a chance that the rest of your teeth will fall off as well.

With the adequate placement of dentures by a dentist, you won’t have that issue anymore. No matter how hard or crunchy or crispy the meal is, you can eat it without difficulty or worry. Dentures will really make your whole life more comfortable. Therefore, if you are suffering from falling teeth, the best option to replace your real ones is if you use false teeth. You won’t notice a difference.

Find the Best Supplement on a Review Site

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In a perfect scenario, one can eat delicious meals every single day. They can sleep for more than 8 hours, take two naps a day, and stay hydrated. They can eat all the available fruits and vegetables without the extra preservatives.

However, today, the world is a hectic place where you go to work, deal with stress, and buy takeout food. If you are one of the people who wish to be healthy, but you can’t get all you need on your diet, then supplements are there for you. Read more about how you can stay healthy when you click here.

Note that supplements are not some miracle drugs that will keep you healthy even if you are living a poor lifestyle. You should still make an effort to eat nutritious meals, sleep whenever you can, and exercise. Here are some reasons why you need an extra boost.

Why You Need Supplements

1. Fill the Gaps on Your Nutrition Goals

Most people don’t meet the recommended amounts of vitamins and minerals in a day. They can’t get these nutrients on food alone. Some can’t meet the dietary requirements because they can’t prepare nutritious meals all the time, they are on a diet, or they have a poor appetite.

One of the goals of supplementation is to bridge this gap. One should maintain a balance between supplements and food. When taken in the right dosage, the pills can enhance the density of nutrients in a diet and make sure that the body meets its vitamins, iron, potassium, and lots of other requirements.

2. Absorption of Nutrients Declines with Age

One of the problems of older adults is a decrease in the body’s absorption of vitamins from the food that one eats. The body can’t break down some of the lipids than it used to as one is aging. Since there’s a natural decline in the absorption process, you can help boost your body through supplements found in sites such as  

If your system works so well, you will have a longer life with fewer health problems as you age. You won’t also be taking more than the necessary medications when you get older. Medicines also cause some of the imbalances since they can deplete the body’s essential resources. The supplements can help with this imbalance making you live a healthier life.

3. Supplements with Poor Eating

Woman Holding Iphone While Eating

Some people have erratic eating habits that they can’t meet the nutritional requirements if their bodies. Some days, they eat plenty of greens such as broccoli and kale. Other days, they are eating burgers and fries. Most don’t eat well because of stress or poor habits.

It can be true that supplementation will never replace the value of eating healthy. However, one can prevent further damage that their erratic eating habits are causing. The extra boost of antioxidants will help the body boost its immune system. This means that one is less likely to get sick or experience health problems in the short-term if they have extra help.

4. Lessen the Impact of Ingesting Chemicals

There are herbicides and pesticides used in most vegetables and plants. The chemicals can also be found in the water supply. In this day and age, some pests can harm the entire crops, and the only way to avoid them is to kill them through chemicals.

To avoid the drastic effects of polluting chemicals, one needs to ingest antioxidants that can help the body fight these unwanted toxins. The harmful chemicals can make the immune system significantly weaker. To strengthen them, one should have supplements rich in antioxidants to clean the liver and other organs in the body.

5. Increases Nutrients that are Used through Exercises

If you are into exercising, you will require more protein and other building blocks of the body to make up for the lost ones. Some athletes need to stay in shape, and this involves a lot of vitamins. As one exercise, they use the energy and fuel that are naturally stored in the body.

When these are used up, one can feel weaker, and their bodies can suffer the consequences. To make up for the intense workouts, replenishing the nutrients is a must. The body can recover faster and becomes more robust in the process when there are plenty of carbohydrates and proteins stored. Most people prefer to drink protein shakes instead of eating extra chicken and pasta.

Some doctors reported that their patient tells them that they are eating plenty of grains, fruits, beans, and vegetables. They avoid anything too fatty or sugary. They can be confused about why there’s a need for supplements. While taking so many pills and drugs may not be natural, and it can be a valid agreement, there are reasons why one should take supplements.

Mother Nature’s Programming

If mother nature wants everyone to have more than enough nutrients, is there a reason why she wouldn’t put these in the food that she produces? However, if one wants to have the maximum lifespan and avoid lots of diseases, diet is not enough.

This can be compared to plants where they can survive with just water and sunlight. But in their early years, if you add some fertilizers that are organic and rich in nutrients, they will thrive. They can grow faster and are less likely to die.

For the human body, the same scenario applies. A diet full of fruits and vegetables that is supplemented by boosters will make the body carry out tasks even under rigorous exercises. Mother nature was not concerned about longevity. The main aim is survival and propagation.

She programmed everyone to be in their highest potential in their 20s. This is the age where everyone can reproduce and be in good health to take care of their babies. Beyond that, everyone is on their own. Since there are no provisions that your body will continue to take care of itself beyond your peak years, it’s never too late to establish good habits and drink supplements.

Five Tips For Choosing the Best Pulse Oximeters For Home Use

Pulse oximetry is an entirely painless method of measuring your oxygen saturation levels. This test is crucial for determining the ability of the bloodstream to supply your body organs with the right amount of oxygen, essential for the healthy function of your organism. 

Pulse oximetry is performed by using a device, called an oximeter, available in various types, convenient for medical and personal use. In case you need to check or track your hemoglobin saturation, you can purchase a pulse oximeter for home use. 

The following tips will help you purchase the best one for your needs.

Have a consultation with your doctor

The initial thing to do prior to purchasing an oximeter would be consulting with your doctor. He/ She is the right person to determine the type of device you need in accordance with your medical condition. For instance, in case you intend to use this instrument for the sole purpose of occasionally measuring your oxygen saturation, then a finger oximeter would be the appropriate choice. 

However, if your doctor has to track your oxygen levels at all times, then the wrist model would be the perfect alternative, as it provides constant monitoring. In case your medical condition requires heart rate measurement, your doctor would advise you to purchase a model with a pulse monitor. Make sure you follow its recommendations, as there is no other person more familiar with your health condition. 

Check all the models

Although the core function of all oximeters is measuring oxygen levels in one’s bloodstream, there’re in fact different models, each designed for a specific use. For example, the clip-on model is most frequently purchased for home use, owing to its small size and portability. You’re only supposed to attach it to your finger and wait for the results to appear on the screen. 

Another commonly used variant is definitely the wrist-sensor model, convenient for constant tracking. It’s in the form of a watch, worn on your wrist and connected to the probe on your finger. This instrument helps doctors to monitor the condition of their patients, suffering from the chronic disease without staying in the hospital. Click here for some tips on using your pulse oximeter correctly.  

On the other hand, the handheld and tabletop instruments are predominantly used by hospitals, considering their big size. However, they are undoubtedly more accurate than the portable ones, working on the same principle of attaching the probe to the index finger of the patient, only this time the probe and the screen are connected by a cable. 

Consider the variety of features

Apart from choosing the type of instrument, you’re also supposed to select the features that are convenient for you. For instance, if you want to be absolutely certain in the accuracy of the result, make sure you choose a model with a light that turns on every time there is an obstruction in the measurement process. 

Another useful feature is undoubtedly the alarm. Some devices feature an alarm that sounds when your oxygen levels are dangerously low. Also, make sure you purchase a device with long battery life, particularly if you intend to use it for constant monitoring.

Test the device

In order to check if your oximeter shows accurate results, take the instrument to your doctor and compare it with the one in its office. If the readings are identical, then the instrument is fully functional and ready to be used. 

However, in case your instrument’s readings differ from the ones of the doctor, there is no other alternative, but taking the product back to the vendor. Anyhow, in order to avoid any problems with the return procedure, make sure you purchase a model with a solid return policy.

Use it correctly

There are several rules to abide when using your oximeter so as to provide accurate readings. Firstly, you’re supposed to wash your hands properly, as even the slightest dirt can get in the way of the light, emitted by the device.  Also, female users must remember to remove their nail polish, as once again the light will be obstructed by the polish. 

Furthermore, don’t expose the device to direct sunlight, as its light might be influenced by the sun rays, thus resulting in a wrong reading.  Also, you’re expected not to move during the measurement process, as any movement is likely to affect the scan. Your hands need to be warm in order for the scan to be successful, as cold hands indicate insufficient bloodstream. Visit the following link:, to learn more about the pulse oximetry method so as to be more prepared for using your newly-bought instrument.


Purchasing such a device can really help you keep track of your health.

It’s certainly worth the investment! 

How To Increase Your Productivity With A Healthy Work/Life Balance

How To Increase Your Productivity With A Healthy Work/Life Balance

One proven method of increasing productivity among employees is cloud adoption. The adoption of the cloud has been driven by the digitization of the business world, which has exponentially added to the amount of data, programs, and systems that an organization needs to manage in order to keep up. The cloud offers the best way to keep your business organized and innovative, and businesses have reported back strong results. And now, with the development of Social Cloud Storage™ by MrOwl, cloud-based productivity can expand into areas the cloud has never reached. The post, Enhancing Productivity Through MrOwl, details the ways Social Cloud Storage can help increase productivity. Here are five additional ways MrOwl and the cloud can improve productivity within companies.

Flexibility and Agility

Agility and flexibility used to be considered the domain of technology companies but now, it is necessary for any business. Cloud computing allows you to adapt to market conditions with a flexibility that is not available when you use on-site, physical solutions. Aside from adapting to external conditions, this virtual solution also enables quick responses to internal demands. If user demand increases, cloud services can rise to meet the demand, and then be easily decreased as demand drops, thus eliminating the problem of over-provisioning or IT systems overload.

The cloud enables opportunities that simply don’t exist without it, such as the ability to instantly deploy an application or service to all employees with one click. As your organization grows and changes, flexibility becomes that much more important in maintaining productivity. Being able to easily adopt and deploy services as you need them and monitor workloads is a huge gain for the organization and one that’s only available with a cloud instance.

Collaboration and Mobility

A Forbes survey recently found that 64% of respondents indicated that cloud-based collaboration tools have helped their organizations execute faster than before, and 87% of leaders surveyed indicated that cloud-based solutions “represent a true breakthrough in collaboration”.

With the traditional workplace breaking down into more remote, decentralized teams, the need to collaborate efficiently whether employees are in or outside of the office is more important now than ever. One of the keys to higher productivity is through enabling your employees to more easily work together through the myriad collaboration tools available in the cloud. This is where Social Cloud Storage truly shines. It “enables the sharing of content directly out of your cloud storage to a community beyond your contacts.”

With MrOwl, company documents, links, and projects are accessible whenever and wherever employees need them on a self-service basis. The cloud additionally allows employees to, collaborate, and instant message each other, whether they are in the same room or half a world away.

Worker Satisfaction

Working remotely makes such a difference to employee satisfaction that 36% said they would pick working remotely over a pay raise and the same percentage said they would even take a 10% cut in pay for the telecommuting that the cloud makes possible. Distractions in the workplace are another factor inhibiting productivity and these are estimated to cost the US economy $600 billion a year. Cloud computing allows employees to work remotely which cuts down on office distractions and can increase productivity by 35-40%. 

Disaster Resistant

Losing important data to a fire or some other disaster at your business premises can devastate your business. Data back-up service providers have preached this message for a long time, but with the availability of cloud services, it is now much more convenient to heed the message. Virtualization technologies enable the incorporation of cloud-based recovery models which keeps a cloned version of all your data readily available at data centers should something go wrong.

Competitive Edge

A Harvard Business Review study found that 74% of organizations reported that cloud services have given them a competitive advantage because of the ease and speed of capitalizing on opportunities. The ability to build and deliver faster, easier, cheaper, and higher quality results is a huge business advantage that can make all the difference in today’s market.  When employees have exactly what they need in order to do their job the best they can, they gain the ability to be much more productive than before – which helps the business’ bottom line, now and in the long run.

The business world is becoming more complex by the day. With Social Cloud Storage, your employees and overall business are enabled to stay above the chaos and be as productive as possible.  MrOwl offers a huge opportunity to change productivity levels among employees and throughout the organization, and with a strong cloud strategy best fit for your specific needs, you can succeed. With the speed of innovation consistently rising in any and every industry, empowering your employees and business with the best solutions around is essential to success.

The Misdiagnosis Of A Child That Changed Everything Forever

The Misdiagnosis Of A Child That Changed Everything Forever

In May 2015, Lorina and Jason Troy of Texas had just welcomed a new baby boy into the world. But when the child’s head kept growing, so did their concern. Appointments with medical specialists kept leading them to the same wrong answer.

When Lorina’s second son, JJ, was born, she had no idea there was any potential problem with her child. She did not know that an ultrasound near the end of her pregnancy had shown JJ’s head to be two weeks larger than normal. No doctor mentioned there being any abnormalities when JJ was born, even though his head was still bigger than usual. Even after his birth no medical personnel said anything about JJ’s head continuing to grow. Lorina was concerned but not alarmed. 

However, when JJ started vomiting a lot, Lorina took him to their pediatrician where he was diagnosed as having a stomach virus. They were simply sent home with instructions to keep him hydrated. But the vomiting didn’t stop. Lorina took JJ to an urgent care facility and eventually a children’s hospital. All agreed it was just a stomach bug even though JJ’s head had continued to swell along with the stomach upset.

Eventually, Lorina managed to get the doctors to do an MRI on JJ. They discovered there was a fluid build-up in her son’s cranium. This can be a sign of head trauma and they immediately assumed the worst and accused Lorina’s family of child abuse. She asked for a second opinion but was denied. She said, “I told him, my son has never been hurt in any way, could this be anything else? And he told me, yes, but since he’s a baby and can’t talk, we are just going to go with abuse and walked away.” So Lorina’s children were taken from her and placed in foster care.

Soon after, her husband Jason, was charged with two felony charges of child abuse, which carry a sentence between five and 99 years. These charges caused him to immediately lose his top-secret government job. The couple searched for a lawyer who would take the case. They were forced to sell their home to pay for attorney expenses. The Troy family ultimately ended up losing over $80,000 in fees, medical expenses, and lost wages.

Over the following two years, JJ was seen by numerous doctors but continued to be misdiagnosed. Eventually, a doctor in Maryland discovered JJ had Benign External Hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus is a condition where cerebrospinal fluid builds up in the cranium, causing an enlarged head among other symptoms like vomiting, seizures, and breathing difficulties. It can be present at birth and is the result of genetic abnormalities, problems with fetal development, or complications at birth.

With the new diagnosis, the charges were dropped, and the parents were reunited with their children. But they feel the medical and legal systems have failed them. How was it possible for two loving parents to so quickly be labeled abusers and have their children taken away?

In the mid-1970s, new theories on child abuse were being formed. Infant cranial injury inflicted by blunt force trauma, shaking, or a combination of forces came to be known as “shaken baby syndrome” (SBS), more often today referred to as “inflicted or abusive head trauma.” The idea that certain head injuries were indicative of child abuse grew and soon a new sub-specialty in pediatrics formed: child abuse pediatricians. 

The child abuse pediatrician became the linchpin in a successful child abuse prosecution; in so doing they took on the conflicting roles of health care provider, investigator, medical expert, accuser, key prosecution witness, promoter of the prime hypothesis, and defender of their own past medical decision making regarding abuse. Without their testimony regarding the prime hypothesis there could be no convictions. 

For whatever reasons, over the years, these specialists began to hold more power over the medical establishment to the point of being considered almost infallible. Today, colleagues are reluctant to contradict any findings made by child abuse pediatricians, so getting second opinions can often be difficult. That is a large reason JJ’s diagnosis came from a doctor from another state. And the legal system sees these specialists as experts in their field. Therefore, there is no reason to question their determinations or authority. This has increasingly led to child abuse pediatricians misdiagnosing accidental injuries, dermatological issues, and developmental disorders as abuse when they were not. 

The Troy family is trying to heal from the trauma of separation, legal battles, and financial loss. Lorina has become an advocate for families like hers that have experienced devastating results from a child’s misdiagnosis. She lobbies lawmakers in Texas, California, and Washington D.C. to change laws on getting second medical opinions and the role of CPS in instances like these. She also talks to the press to raise awareness of Hydrocephalus and stories of misdiagnosis like hers and many other families across the country. Lorina says, “Our strength came from our faith, our prayer, and the love and support of family and friends. But we went through the most challenging events of our lives, and it has strengthened us.” She has now written a book, titled “Miracles of Faith,” that goes into the details of her family’s journey through the medical and legal systems and how their faith saw them through it all. It is available directly through the publishing company, Westbow Press, A Division of Thomas Nelson & Zondervan