Is Getting Plastic Surgery The Right Choice For You?

In life we have choices, and those choices have outcomes. You may have personal reasons to pursue plastic surgery, or maybe even health reasons, either way, if you are considering plastic surgery, then you should continue reading this article.

Before And After Plastic Surgery

Health lifestyle choices can have positive impact on us and those around us. So we need to be cautious of that as we consider life changing altercations to our bodies. There are many surgeries out there that produce results that can be accomplished through hard work, diet, and exercise. Other surgeries may be to correct features of the body you were born with. Careful consideration should be given before committing to surgery, regardless of your reason. Remember that there are alternative options like botox facial treatments that are more temporary, and also more affordable. There are also things to consider with botox, like return visits for additional fillers, and the long term effects of botox.

Is plastic surgery a healthy choice? I’m not an expert, but in moderation and for the right reasons I would say it can be the right choice for many. For others, it can become an unhealthy obsession that could be considered an addiction. But that’s not what I’m here to talk about. For those of you looking to explore having plastic surgery done, I’ll leave you with this.

Is Plastic Surgery The Right Choice?

Plastic surgery has been around for an incredible amount of time, dating back to the 6th century BC.  However, over the last 20 years, this practice has thrived in popularity, due to a mixture of cultural influences and medical advances. In fact, millions of people worldwide undergo plastic surgery every year.

Most cases of plastic surgery are elective and not a dire need for you to live a healthy life. Even with this reality, it can increase overall self-confidence and positivity for those who opt for it. Though plastic surgery is the answer for many people, it is not a procedure for everyone. If you are thinking about undergoing it yourself, take the time to properly evaluate your motives to ensure you are making the right choice.

Are You Doing It for You?

One of the first questions any plastic surgeon asks during a consultation is why you want the surgery to begin with. If the answer is anything other than for yourself, it can be a red flag. When it comes to plastic surgery, the only person you should be doing it for is you.  Never consider plastic surgery as an option to please someone else. It will only lead to low self-esteem and regret. If the root of your desire steams from your own personal preferences and goals to look how you feel inside, then you are already on the right track to be an excellent candidate.

Are You Familiar with The Procedure?

Have you taken the time to research the procedure that you are looking to get? Though it can be scary to see, you will want to know what will be happening to your body from start to finish to determine if you want to endure it or not. You also want to understand the recovery timeframe as well to know what you will have to face. Look into things such as taking time off at work and having someone in the house with you to help when you are recovering. If you are still on board after knowing what the process entails and are prepared for the aftermath, then plastic surgery may be the right choice for you.

Know the Risks

There will always be risks when it comes to surgery. You have to okay that the results you get may not turn out exactly the way you want them to. There could be more surgical procedures that need to take place as well if complications occur. Your doctor will be able to go through the entire list of possible outcomes with you, from anesthesia, surgery, and recovery risks.  Make sure you understand what you are signing yourself up for and that these risks could be a possibility.

Beware of Addiction

As mentioned above, there are some unhealthy addictive risks involved when you venture down this path. knowing this in advance may help you to mentally prepare enough to avoid that if you feel yourself heading in that direction. Here are some sad, but real examples of celebrities that have fell victim to the addictive behaviors associated with plastic surgery.


Deciding to have plastic surgery is an entirely personal choice that only you can make for yourself. Before pulling the trigger, make sure to thoroughly evaluate the reasons behind your desire to have the surgery. This is not a time to make any impulsive decisions. Take your time and remember that it is ultimately up to you and your doctor to determine if you are a good candidate for whatever it is you are trying to fix or enhance.

Joining A Gym

Joining A Gym And Getting Fit

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A Healthy Jerney begins with you! You gotta want it, then you gotta commit. The reasons for starting this Jerney could be vast, health, love, competition, hate, desire, or a new beginning. Whatever your reason, you have to commit. Diet and exercise isn’t some complex science that only fit people with savage looks understand. In a world of natural diets and a hunter gatherer lifestyle non of us would be obese, we wouldn’t suffer from the diseases we have, and our overall health would be above average across the board. Processed foods, fast eating, overeating, and laziness has created the American epidemic that we witness today. Heart disease, arthritis, cancer, obesity, you name it and it can be traced back to diet and exercise. If you are ready to change your life and change the life of people around you it’s going to start with a commitment from you.

Finding A Gym That Is Right For You

You may think you can make this transformation with the rusted weight set sitting in your dads back yard, or that the all in-one gym in your buddies garage will be enough for you to transform your body. Well, you’re not wrong! Anything is going to be better than nothing. The problem is the motivation and your surrounding environment. It’s hard to go out into the backyard and take yourself seriously when your siblings are playing games and your mom is yelling out the window. you need a place to focus, to get away from it all for a bit and just commit to an hour of  YOU TIME. It’s hard to do for some people, finding time in the day to disappear for an hour can be next to impossible for some adults that have jobs and families but you gotta find a way to make it work. If you know your neighborhood then you know where to find a good gym, if not you can always search online for something that’s good for you. There is a gym in Tucson that offers boxing, cross fit, cardio, personal training, BJJ, and other sports fitness classes to help diversify your workout. You should consider a gym like this that has classes and a community atmosphere.

Eating The Right Foods

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This is something else that can be difficult to do if you live in a home with other people that don’t share the same goals. It’s hard to open a fridge full of tempting goodies when you are the only one that can’t indulge in the tasty sins of the fridge. Eating right is an absolute must if you are going to be taking this transformation seriously. Not only making healthy choices, but you will need to control portion amounts also. There are a ton of diets out there that could be considered, if you are looking to lean out and build muscle while you drop the weight you will need a high protein diet. There are plenty of options and specialists everywhere ready to take your money to help. If it fit’s your budget you can hire a personal trainer to help you meet your weight loss goals. You may also want to incorporate supplements for recovery and gains.


Getting Fit And Staying The Course

This doesn’t happen overnight. Commitment and consistency will be the only way that you can achieve your fitness goals. Set a target weight, make a plan, and stay the course. Don’t be afraid to ask for help along the way. If you have the budget then hire a personal trainer, get other people involved to help you. Also, remember that your Healthy Jerney starts today and never ends! This is a life changing transformation that should follow you into retirement.

19 Reasons To Get Fit

Exercise is good for you

19 Reasons to Exercise

Every day brings with it a new scientific report on the benefits of exercise. Unfortunately, the reports don’t always coincide with each other. Some studies show hugely positive effects, others show hugely negative effects, and some don’t permit any conclusions at all. Although the path of least resistance may lead you to prefer those reports that show no, or harmful, effects of exercise, the truth is that the best way to keep your body and mind in top shape is to be physically active. Almost everyone, no matter what his or her physical condition, can engage in at least some form of bodily exercise. To be most efficient, your exercise regime should follow the guidelines for your age and overall health status. However, each and every one of us can certainly exercise our minds even if our bodies don’t always cooperate.

I’ve culled through the wealth of data on exercise and health to come up with this list of 19 solid reasons to work that body and/or mind of yours. Here’s the short and sweet on these impressive ways that exercise can keep you in the best possible shape.

1.  Builds aerobic power. Your aerobic capacity is your body’s ability to work at maximum capacity by getting oxygen from the air to your body’s tissues. Ordinarily, people lose about 1 percent a year of their aerobic power or, if you’d like to do the math, 10 percent per decade. If you start calculating at the age of 40, this means that people can lose 30 percent of their maximum aerobic capacity by the time they reach age 70. That’s a lot of unnecessary huffing and puffing. Both long-term and short-term exercise training studies show that you can cut this loss in half so that you’re losing 15 percent rather than 30 percent in that 30-year period. Many of the other benefits of exercise stem from this basic fact, so if you remember nothing else from this list, building aerobic power is your most important reason to exercise.

2.  Reduces blood pressure. Chronic hypertension is the number one form of heart disease. The causes of hypertension include the increased plaque in the arteries that builds up from consuming a high-fat diet. Exercise helps reduce your blood pressure, in part, by attacking the plaque in your arteries. As the arteries widen, the blood flows through more freely, and your blood pressure eventually starts to drop. Hypertension also decreases as the result of exercise because your heart, a muscle, is getting a workout. The stronger your heart muscle gets, the greater its ability to pump blood through the arteries, which also helps to reduce your blood pressure.

3.   Lowers Type 2 diabetes risk. You’ve probably heard that an increase in the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes is becoming a world-wide public health crisis. Even if you don’t care about the health of the world, you should care about your own risk of diabetes. The complications of adult-onset Type 2 diabetes pose a serious risk to your physical well-being. By engaging in regular physical exercise, you improve your body’s ability to metabolize glucose, the key to staving off this disease.

4.   Maintains immune functioning. Your immune system is what protects you from infection and other chemical toxins. The immune system also plays a role in maintaining a healthy response to stress (more on this later). Although for many years, researchers talked about “immune senescence” as an inevitable result of aging, we now know that the studies showing these inevitable declines were conducted on people who didn’t exercise. Even short-term exercise programs can reverse some of the deleterious effects of aging on this sensitive, complex, and crucial regulatory system which controls so much of your everyday health.

5.  Reduces body fat. Your BMI, or body mass index, provides an approximate measure of your overall metabolic status. To calculate yours, go to the Centers for Disease Control website. If you’re in the overweight to obese categories now, a regular program of aerobic exercise can bring your BMI down to normal levels mainly by swapping the fat for the fat-free tissues in your body. The good news is that the more you exercise, the more you are able to work off your body fat because muscle “burns off” more calories, effectively speeding up your metabolism.

6.  Keeps bones strong. Another normal age-related change is the loss of bone mineral strength. Here again, the magic number of a 1 percent loss per year seems to be the considered wisdom of how fast our body’s bones get thinner and weaker. Once again, though, exercise is the key to maintaining your bone’s health. The specific form of exercise required for bone strength involves resistance training in which you lift weights. The amount of resistance training varies according to your age and physical strength, but it’s got to be more than just picking up a gallon of milk and moving it from the grocery bag to the frig. You need to spend no less than an hour a week of increasingly strenuous weight-lifting until you reach your maximum potential.

7.  Builds muscle mass. Resistance training also builds your muscles. In fact, the tension of your muscles against your bones is what also helps your bones get the maximum benefit of weight lifting. If you don’t engage in regular weight-lifting, you’ll lose muscle strength at the rate of – guess what—1 percent per year. If you do, you can cut this – guess again—in half. In fact, the process of “sarcopenia,” which refers to normal loss of muscle strength with age, is best reversed by this type of exercise. Keeping your muscles strong also helps you stay more aerobically fit and helps you maintain a healthy lean (or fat-free) body mass.

8.  Improves breathing. Aging affects the tissues of the lung in some ways that can’t be changed by exercise. However, exercise can improve your breathing by strengthening the muscles that help your lungs open up to bring in oxygen and compress to push out carbon dioxide. Exercise also improves the efficiency with which oxygen permeates the cells of your body through its effects on aerobic capacity. While the non-exercisers will have to stop their workout to catch a breath, you’ll be able to push on past them due to this greater efficiency of your breathing capacity.

9.   Boosts your energy. Because your body is functioning more efficiently, you’ve got more oxygen to fuel your body’s cells. You also feel fewer aches and pains and have greater strength. As a result, you can go about your daily activities feeling less fatigued, stressed, and weary. Although going to the gym early in the morning or late in the afternoon may feel like the last thing you have energy to do, once you build exercise into your daily routines, these workout bouts will actually seem less tiresome because you’ll feel more mentally and physically capable of carrying them out.

10.  Reduces the risk of arthritis. The most commonly experienced chronic illness in middle-aged and older adults, arthritis occurs due to abnormalities in the cartilage and outgrowth of bones in the joints. Unlike the other physical benefits of exercise, reducing the chances of arthritis doesn’t depend on heavy duty aerobic activity or even weight training. In fact, you may actually heighten your risk of arthritis if you do too much of the wrong kind of exercise. Running on the pavement, particularly in shoes that aren’t appropriately cushioned, can cause you to be more likely to get arthritis. Instead, you need to engage in stretching and flexibility training through yoga, Tai Chi, or other ways to increase the range of movement of your joints. This will lower your risk of injury through muscle tears or torn ligaments, and in the process protect your joints from damage caused by overuse.

11.   Improves sex life. Keeping your muscles active through use helps promote the demands placed on your endocrine glands to produce more hormones. With more muscle mass comes greater stimulation to produce androgens which help both men and women maintain their sexual functioning. You are also likely to feel more fit and be more fit, which in turn will benefit your interest in and ability to carry out sexual activity. Your emotional resilience will also be greater if you exercise, which also benefits your relationship health.

12.   Brings about better sleep. Although sleep experts recommend that you not exercise right before you go to bed, exercise during the day benefits your sleep at night. The physical exertion you engage in during the day helps your body’s circadian rhythm keep in tune. Sleeping better at night also improves, in turn, your immune functioning and even lowers your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and cognitive impairment. A win-win for sure!

13.   Improves mood. It’s a well-kept secret that people who exercise regularly also have lower risk of depression. Our pill-popping culture tends to emphasize medical interventions for psychological disorders over behavioral treatments. Exercise is one of these behavioral treatments. Aerobic exercise improves your mood by causing your body’s endorphins to kick in. These are the natural “feel good” neurotransmitters that start to exert their effects after about 20 minutes of training. These regular exercise-related boosts eventually improve your overall mental health over the long term.

14.   Lowers anxiety. Related to exercise’s effects on mood are its effects on your levels of anxiety. As your levels of endorphins increase, your feelings of worry also start to diminish. When you exercise, you also refocus your attention from your daily problems to the workout itself. You can gain a fresh perspective on even the most preoccupying concerns in your life by taking an exercise break. When you return to these daily problems, you approach them with renewed energy and even some new ways to figure out solutions.

15.   Feels like fun. If you find the kind of exercise that fits your personality and motivational needs, you can actually have a good time while your body does the work. Some people need to exercise in a group class because they enjoy the social opportunities it provides. Others prefer to have time to themselves away from the stress of work and family. Whatever your exercise style, once you get into a routine, you’ll find that the activity itself becomes rewarding. Perhaps it’s those endorphins or the benefits of social support from your gym-mates. Whatever the cause, long-term exercisers love this natural “high” and wouldn’t give it up for anything. Once you get to that point, exercise enriches the quality of life.

16.   Reduces absenteeism. You may feel like taking time off work to go to the gym is a luxury you can’t afford, but by improving your overall health, exercise can help you ward off both acute and chronic illness. You’ll get fewer colds, be less prone to the flu, and avoid the accidents or surgical interventions that can force you to take prolonged absences. In a tough economy, you need every edge you can get, and by showing up for work every day, you’ll maintain that edge over your absentee-prone non-exercising coworkers.

17.   Boosts memory. The effects of exercise on many of your bodily systems ultimately pays off in improving your cognitive functioning. There are now volumes of studies on humans as well as lab animals showing that regular physical exercise helps your neurons stay in shape particularly in the memory areas of your brain. You don’t even have to exert yourself that much to experience this memory boost. Moderate walking can help your brain’s memory center, the hippocampus, maintain its health and vitality. Memory also benefits from a general lowering of cortisol, the stress hormone, associated with the improved mood and anxiety levels you experience from your regular workouts.

18.   Builds intelligence. Along with memory, your intellectual skills benefit from regular physical activity. It also helps if you can build in some mental activity as well. As oxygen flows more freely to your brain, not only does your hippocampus benefit but so does the part of your brain involved in planning and reasoning (the prefrontal cortex). Mental activity, particularly involvement in exercises that require you to respond quickly, also boosts your intelligence and even your ability to carry out activities of daily living.

19.   Lowers dementia risk. Exercise lowers your chances for developing dementia based on cardiovascular illness because you’re improving the flow of blood throughout your body, including your brain. Because dementia due to cardiovascular disease is hard to distinguish from other forms of dementia, it’s hard to say that exercise could actually slow or prevent the neuron death responsible for Alzheimer’s disease. However, by preserving the neurons in your brain, exercise can give you an added advantage should you develop this otherwise untreatable disease. It’s even possible that exercise can help slow or prevent Alzheimer’s disease by improving your glucose and fat metabolism because some of the brain alterations found in Alzheimer’s disease may be due to abnormalities in these processes. For example, researchers have found recently that lowering a person’s risk for diabetes can lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. It’s possible that lack of a healthy lifestyle may have led the illness to develop in many older adult sufferers today. To the extent that middle-agers are now more likely to exercise than were their parents, we may actually see fewer people developing dementia in the coming years.

I hope that before you’ve made it through all 19 of these reasons, you’ve put on your sneakers, gotten out your yoga mat, or decided to call your local gym or YMCA to find out about classes. No matter what your age, exercise can help you achieve greater physical and mental fulfillment. See if you can add to this list of 19 reasons by finding your own personal formula for exercise success!

Why Should You Visit A Chiropractor?

Are you having back pain? Do you think that headaches and leg pain are impacting the quality of your life? If yes, you should consult a chiropractor. These healthcare professionals can help to improve your spinal as well as overall health. After visiting chiropractor W, you will feel better. You can live a pain-free life without relying on expensive medicines. In this article, we are going to cover some benefits that might inspire you to visit a chiropractor to minimize different types of body pain. It is worth mentioning that chronic or ongoing pain can harm you in more than one way.

Makes Your Life Stress-free

When any part of your body will be causing pain, you will not be able to concentrate on anything.  When all the body parts are aligned, you can work with your full potential. If there is some alignment problem in your spine, your entire body will suffer. It will lead to stress and even depression. Therefore, it is essential to address the issue to prevent such a mental condition. You can talk to an experienced chiropractor to improve the spine alignment, and that will ultimately enable you to live a pain-free life.

Improves Your Posture & Builds Your Confidence

Spine problems might lead to bad posture. You will not develop poor posture instantly. Regular use of the computer can affect your delicate neck curve. As a result, your posture will be poor, and that might affect your confidence.  If you notice that you are having difficulties to maintain a good posture, you should talk to a chiropractor to fix the issue immediately. These professionals can improve your posture by realigning your neck. Chiropractic treatments can be helpful to address poor posture or similar problems.

Makes You Positive

When you are suffering from pain, you cannot be positive about your life. More importantly, you might not be motivated to do anything. Chronic pain can make your life problematic. Also, It might affect your personal and professional relationships. You should not ignore this condition. With regular chiropractic treatments, you can notice a significant difference in your thought process. You will be more positive, energetic, and active.

 Strengthens Your Immunity

If your nervous system is suffering, all the parts will not receive signals. They cannot function properly, and that might lead to many health complications. You will have to address the issue fast to avoid any severe complications and strengthen your immunity. Weak immunity can make you suffer a lot.

Helps with Sound Sleep

Pains can affect your sleep the most.  You cannot sleep while experiencing pain in any part of your body. Even if you take pain killers, it will not help much to address the root cause. So, consider chiropractic treatments to get a lasting solution for your pain. If there is no pain, you can sleep for long hours without any disturbances.

Wrapping Up

Experienced chiropractors can improve your overall spinal condition. After the treatment, you can live a happy and satisfying life. When there is no pain, you can enjoy your life to the fullest.

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7 Reasons You Should Visit a Chiropractor for Vertigo

If you are experiencing dizziness, headaches, tilting, swaying, nausea, vomiting, unbalanced feeling, ringing in the ears, sweating, jerking movement of eyes and/or hearing loss then it can be a devastating condition for you and you can go out of balance as you might be suffering from the problem of vertigo. All the symptoms stated above are related to vertigo. The intensity o these symptoms can vary with every individual. There can be various reasons that can cause Vertigo. Before planning to treat your vertigo through a chiropractor you must know its common causes.

Causes of Vertigo

Some of the common causes of vertigo may include:

  • Certain problems in the inner ear can typically cause Vertigo like:Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo or BPPV occurs when in the canals of your inner ear calcium is deposited. Any problem in the inner ear can cause different symptoms of vertigo because your inner ear sends the signals for the motion of your body and head to your brain.


  • Your inner ear canal can be damaged due to certain types of medications
  • Headaches caused by migraine
  • A pressure and fluid are built-up in your ear due to Meniere’s disease which can also lead to hearing loss and tinnitus
  • Vestibular neuritis, a viral infection which can inflame the nerves of your inner ear
  • Injury in neck or head
  • A tumor or stroke

Reasons to visit a chiropractor to treat Vertigo

In most cases vertigo can go away even without any treatment due to the power of malleability and adaptability of your brain still one should visit a chiropractor to treat his vertigo due to following reasons.

  • Some people visit chiropractors to treat their problem of vertigo entirely.
  • A chiropractor can treat the problem of vertigo without any medication or surgery as his treatment depends upon the symptoms, requirements, and the history of the health of the client.
  • The chiropractor and his team of therapists treat their clients through physical therapy. They make the vestibular system of their patient generally strong so that it can allow their brain to tell their body and head how to move.
  • Chiropractors use the technique of  Epley Maneuver to move debris in the inner ear canals causing the problem of vertigo to a safe and harmless location.
  • A chiropractor manipulates certain joints especially the neck joints to treat the vertigo patient depending upon his condition.
  • They also use the Brandt-Daroff Technique in this regard. In this technique, the patient is asked to sit on the edge of a bed and fall to one side, come back, and then fall to the other side.
  • The chiropractor treats your vertigo by changing your habits in general. He may ask you to change your intake of caffeine, your routine diet, and the use of medications, etc.

So, if you are experiencing the symptoms of vertigo then you should visit a chiropractor for vertigo to relieve your symptoms without any medication or surgery. You may feel relaxed from the very first day of your visit to a chiropractor.

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How Can Acupuncture Improve The Quality Of Life?

The acupuncture is an ancient Chinese treatment used for treating many health issues and mental problems. This treatment has become quite popular worldwide because of its amazing benefits. The best part is that this treatment is completely safe and can surely improve the health to a great extent. Often people use this acupuncture treatment to enhance the quality of their life. Despite of the gender, age and health status, this can surely help you in different ways. Read on to know more about the benefits it has to offer.

Effects of acupuncture on your life

Here are some of the effects of acupuncture that can improve your life for better:

  1. Make you feel happy

The insertion of the needles during the acupuncture treatment can release endorphin which is considered as the ‘feel-good’ hormone. This can make your body feel much relaxed and stress-free. Of course, this can help you to feel good naturally and make you feel happy too.

  1. Improve your sleep quality

Another way by which the acupuncture can improve your lifestyle is by improving the quality of your sleep. Actually, acupuncture can help you release the stress and tension from certain points that help to calm your mind and body down. When your mind and body is in a state of calmness, it will help you to fall asleep faster and have a better quality sleep.

  1. Make immunity system stronger

The immunity system is an important part of your system. It helps your body to fight against all the viruses, germs and bacteria that can make you fall ill. Hence, it is very important to improve the immunity system and make it stronger and better. You can make it so with the help of the acupuncture.

  1. Relieve stress and tension

One of the best reasons why people opt for acupuncture is because it helps in relaxing. The relaxation is done by relieving the stress and tension from your body. All the tension and stress can tighten your neck and shoulder muscles. With the help of the acupuncture, you can relax and make sure to release those stress and tension by inserting the needles in some of the important points.

  1. No side effects

Unlike any other treatments, the acupuncture doesn’t come with any kind of side effects. This can help you to have a better lifestyle without any kind of limitations. You can enjoy the same comfort with medications but they come with a lot of side effects.

Final Words

There is no doubt that the acupuncture can help you in improving your life and make it better. When you are stress-free and free from any pain and you have a calm mind, things tend to be better. You can enjoy better quality life. Hence, you need to choose one of the best professionals acupuncture in Central Oklahoma who will help you with this. Make sure to do your own research about the acupuncturist before you go for the session. Check their experience and reputation before you take their service.

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Best Herbs for Cooking This Summer

Food is incomplete without herbs and spices in it. However, herbs add more taste and aroma to the food. Herbs are the beautiful things, which transform any dish from dull to extraordinary with just a few dashes. Adding a bunch of basil leaves in a boring tomato sauce makes the most delicious pasta sauce you could ever imagine. Replacing basil with oregano will give you an unforgettable pizza sauce. Keeping both herbs in the sauce can make you a fantastic marinara.

Zucchini can be boring to eat; however, garnish some slices with a few mint sprigs and watch them becoming mouth-watering delicious appetizers. According to the almighty Wikipedia, herbs are used for flavoring, food, medicine, soaps, and perfume.

Culinary herbs can be perennials, also known as shrubs, which include:

  1. Thyme
  2. Lavender
  3. Biennials such as parsley
  4. Annuals like basil
  5. Rosemary
  6. Trees such as bay laurel

However, some of them are used as both herbs and spices, and it’s easy to grow them on your own. Here are some of the herbs, which are a must to be used and kept in every household.

  1. Mint: It is one of the widely used herbs in the world, and is found in both hot and cold dishes. It can have some kick because it is fresh; however, mint leaves are refreshing and have a very pleasant flavor profile after-taste.
  2. Coriander: This is also known as cilantro and is a very fragrant herb. It is so fragrant that some people even have an issue with it and consider it a bit soapy and off-putting. The leaf is fragile; hence, it will go bad quickly. Its stems are edible and more suitable than the leaves when it comes to cooking them. 
  3. Basil: One of the most easily recognized herbs in cooking is basil. It is delicate, fragrant, and gives great flavor to soups and salads. It has smooth and pointy leaves that resemble the shape of water drops. It goes perfectly with tomatoes, shrimps, strawberries, pasta, beef, and mozzarella. 
  4. Parsley: Another common herb for cooking and is easier to use than the rest of the herbs. It is mild and does not overpower easily, as mint does. Look for the curly parsley in the market by its distinctive frilly appearance. 
  5. Chive: Not to be confused with green onion, this herb is almost like an onion. It has a distinctive garlicky flavor. It has long, straight, and tabular pointy stems, which makes it easy to be identified in the market.
  6. Dill: This herb has an incredibly fresh and clean aroma and delicate flavor, which leaves a very light and adds a soft flavor profile to any dish. 
  7. Thyme: This is one of those herbs that can change the flavor of any dish, and should be found in every kitchen. Its tiny leaves smell so good, lemony, pungent, and earthy at the same time. 
  8. Oregano: Oregano is more flavorful when used in its dry form, just like Bay leaves. However, it is pungent and slightly bitter. 
  9. Rosemary: Rosemary is a powerful herb. It’s green, woody, and has a very fragrant tangy smell. 
  10. Sage: Sage is an under-estimated herb in the kitchen. This herb is excellent in sauces, with steaks and potatoes. It is pungent, minty, and musky.  
  11. Cannabis: Cannabis is gaining popularity, as are the terpenes that are extracted from the plant. If you are looking for a cannabis flavor profile, without the effects of the THC compound, using cannabis terpenes in your food will give you the flavor without the high. 

Cooking is an art, herbs and spices help to make up the complexity of a dish’s flavor profile. Understanding how to combine these ingredients to make amazing foods is just part of the process. Cooking techniques, pairing side dishes, and pairing beverages are all part of making the complete meal.

Owning a Pig – Things to Consider

Unlike a cat or hamster, which are easy to feed and can move around with you, something like a pig is a huge investment. Not only will it require time, it will need money and effort. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of considerations to make before adding a pig to your family!


Space and Environment

Not only can you not keep a pig in the home, it will spend the majority of its day disturbing the land on which it will explore. Although a larger space is always welcomed, experts suggest a living space of 36 square meters per pig. As well as exploring, your pig(s) will need space for sleeping and dunging.

During the colder months, they’ll need somewhere dry to rest and lie down. Also, this straw-bedded accommodation should be well ventilated and cleaned frequently (this will keep parasites to a minimum).

Finally, we should also mention the fencing since pigs are actually incredibly strong. The fencing should be robust enough to keep the pigs inside, and other animals out. Every so often, we recommend surveying their environment to ensure that they won’t get injured, caught, or trapped on anything.

Lifespan and Your Future

Next, you also need to remember that some pigs can actually live a full 25 years. Even with the average lifespan at five to ten years, you still need to be sure that you can look after the pig for this length of time. If you’re planning to move home in the next five years, maybe this isn’t the right time for a pig (unless you have the resources to move your piggy friend across to the new location!).


Some people will tell you that you need to be careful around pigs, and others will tell you that they’re great to be around. Ultimately, it all depends on the pig in question. Before spending money, consider speaking to the seller about the pig’s temperament and remember that you could end up with one that requires caution.


Often, people are drawn to the cuteness of piglets, and we can see the appeal. However, you mustn’t forget that they will only get bigger. Though it sounds obvious, this is a consideration often forgotten when buying pigs. Even with Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs and other miniature breeds, they can still reach 70 pounds (double this when overfed!).

With a regular breed, there’s no reason why your pig won’t and can’t hit 300 pounds. Are you ready for an animal of this size?

The Law

When considering a pig, you cannot forget the legal side that comes with owning and keeping a farm animal. Thanks to the welfare act that protects these animals, you need to provide them with:

  • Somewhere dry to sleep 
  • A good diet 
  • An environment that allows them to behave in a way that’s natural 
  • Housing apart from other animals
  • Protection against injury and illness 

If you can’t provide any one of these things, we recommend steering clear.

Other Considerations

To finish, here are some more quick-fire things to consider before owning a pig:

  • Do you have the time to deal with a pig that’s misbehaving? 
  • Can you afford the vet bills and having your pig spayed or neutered
  • Are you ready to have an area of your land destroyed? 
  • Will you have time for a pig when you grow your family? 

The more you stop and think, you more you will come to a sensible decision. If you really do have the time, resources, and love for a pig, we wish you the best of luck along this rewarding path!

What Are CBD Oils Made Of

CBD belongs to the cannabis family. Recently CBD oils have gained much popularity, and many people want to know about the oils and how they are made.

In this article, we will shed light on the CBD extraction process.

CBD Extraction 

When anyone asks the question, what are CBD oils, and where do they come from, the answer should start with the CBD extraction process. There are numerous ways to extract CBD oils from the cannabis plant. Extracting CBD oil from the plant is the purest means to extract the oil without introducing other elements.

Commonly used methods are:

  • Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Extraction 

The most widely used method for the extraction of CBD is by the use of supercritical carbon dioxide. When we use the term supercritical, it means carbon dioxide contain properties of both gas and liquid state.

During the CBD production process, CO2 is exposed to high pressure and low temperature. Initially, there will be CO2 in one camber at low pressure, whereas the cannabis plant will be in the second chamber.

As soon as CO2 is transferred from the 1st to the 2nd chamber, oil extraction from the hemp plant starts. Lastly, both CO2 and oil are poured in the third chamber, where CO2 evaporates, leaving behind CBD oils.

  • Steam Distillation 

The next method is the steam extraction, in which steam helps to separate CBD oils from the hemp plant. A glass flask containing the hemp plant is connected to another flask with an inlet. The second flask contains boiling water.

As soon as the water converts into steam, it separates oils from the plant. And these CBD vapors are then gathered in the tube where it condenses into water and oil.

This method is used for centuries but is not much common. But keep I mind that this method also contains a specific risk.

  • Solvent Extraction (Hydrocarbons and Natural Solvents) 

It is similar to the steam distillation process. However, instead of steam, this method uses solvents to separate CBD oils from the plant. Therefore it forms a final mixture of CBD oil with solvent.

When comparing the two solvent extraction method is more efficient than the steam distillation process. Besides, it is also a cheap one. Solvents, including naphtha, petroleum, propane, or butane, are used as hydrocarbons.

The critical point here is that its solvent residue is harmful and can cause cancer; therefore, they must be entirely eliminated during the evaporation process. Therefore to avoid this risk, natural solvents are also used. However, with natural solvents concentration of CBD is lower in the CBD extract than it was in other methods.

Which is the Best CBD Extraction Method? 

Each method has its pros and cons. However, by far, the most beneficial process is CO2 extraction. It gives the best quality of CBD oils and is also the safest method. Besides, their residue is also not toxic. Although the equipment required in the CO2 extraction process is expensive, it still produces the highest concentration of CBD.  

Final Words 

Hemp plants contain CBD oils. And when we talk about what CBD oils are made of, it means we are talking about the CBD extraction process. It uses CO2 extraction, steam distillation, or solvent extraction methods. However, out of all of these, CO2 is the best one.

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How to Set and Maintain Fitness Goals?

Fitness is something that requires hard work, patience, and perseverance. An average person starts their fitness journey the minute they realize that they need a change. It could be the number on the scale or the breathlessness they feel after climbing a flight of stairs that motivates them to leap. 

Motivation is the key, but knowledge is what keeps you going. When a person usually decides to lose weight, the first thing they do is sign up for their very first gym membership. Having zero guidance and some unhelpful advice from a gym buddy, they start attacking the weights and running excitedly on the treadmill.

The fever to train lasts for a few weeks, and some people get good results, and then binge eat to celebrate their road to fitness while others give up the entire process since they couldn’t see any visible improvement. Either way, their new gym membership high starts to dissipate, and before you know it, they stop going at all.

But now it’s time to change the old thinking ways. No matter how big or small your goal is, whether it’s losing 10 pounds or 50, making change requires planning a smart goal setting. And once the goal has been set, it is equally essential to maintain it as well, which is why we have listed some guidelines to setting smart goals and maintaining them as well, and you will be surprised at what you can do.

  • Be Specific

Your goal should be clear and easy to understand. A common goal of getting fit is very vague. There are many ways to get healthy, but how do you intend to do it? Is it losing weight, working out, or eating healthy? It would be best if you broke it down and it will be easier to manage.

To pick a smart goal, you need to choose, for instance, you could decide that you will lose weight.

  • Make it Measurable

Now that you have decided to lose weight, you need to put more work into it. You need to figure out ways to track your progress and how to know when you have reached your goal? Making your goal measurable means adding numbers to it.

  • Make it Attainable

Before you can add a number, you have to know how high or low you want to go, or you can really go. While it’s good to have high aims, one shouldn’t go to intense extremes. Similarly, a goal that is too easy is also not very motivating. Only you know your limits and can strike the perfect balance. A measurable, attainable goal could be to lose 8% of your body weight. 

  • Relevance

Set goals that are in sync to where you are in your life at the current moment. Don’t set a goal that doesn’t motivate you, and someone else is pressuring you to attain.

  • Examine your Goal 

Does your goal seem relevant to you? If it does, then keep going. If you are not concerned about weight loss or this is not a good time in your life to focus on that, choose something that is motivating to you. 

  • Deadlines

Include a deadline for you to achieve your goal and remember that it isn’t crucial for you to attain precisely what you aimed for, falling somewhere close to your set goal is an achievement as well.