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Enhancing the Human Brain

The human brain is the soul of the human nervous system. It controls involuntary activities such as respiration, digestion, and heartbeat, which are also known as automatic functions of the body. This organ also controls other conscious activities that are considered as higher order activities like reasoning, abstraction, and thought. The human brain is superior to any other brain of any other living species that are known to humankind.

 

The brain is also the center by which other human characteristics are defined. Creativity, for example, is much associated with the brain. So is personality. The brain lets us make decisions and define colors and smells. This organ controls every other perceived activity of the human body.

 

However, the human brain, as strong and as invincible as it may look, is not going to stay that way forever. As with any other part of the body, the human brain will wither in the future. One’s lifestyles and all other external factors will take toll against the human brain. As one grows old, the human brain will become slower in terms of functioning and rejuvenating itself. However, there are ways on how to enhance the power of the human brain as age catches up. This article tries to give some useful tips on how to do just that.

 

1. Live a healthy lifestyle.

 

The brain is an integral part of the human anatomy. It is probably the most important organ in the body; but of course, we all know that every other organ in the body works for the others to function properly. The human brain is subject to the lifestyle of the person who owns it. If the person loves alcohol, he may not fully reap the powers of his brain. Alcohol and other dangerous substances destroy brain cells. An alcoholic will argue that, “I’ve been using only ten percent of my brain, drinking will activate the other 90% of it.” This is a total fallacy. This premonition was formulated in the 1800s and there is no truth in it. The brain is a lifetime organ, so we must preserve and protect it.

 

2. Eat the right foods.

 

Eating the right sets of food will definitely benefit the brain. The brain is the most active part of the body. Even when one sleeps, the brain remains active and vibrant. The brain will appreciate it if one eats the right and balanced sets of food. The sad thing is that the brain is usually taken for granted when it comes to having a balanced meal or a workout because people are so focused into developing their outside looks. It’s about time that we give the brain a break.

 

3. Engage in proper exercise.

 

Proper exercise is good for the brain and not only for the body. The human brain needs a well-balanced life.

 

4. Release stress once in a while

 

Releasing stress is necessary to be able to clear the brain from all the difficulties and the clouds in one’s life. One must take time to get into a relaxing mood and a good night sleep.

 

The brain is an organ to be cherished. No individual will ever be able to live his life to the fullest if his brain is not functioning well. A brain that is cared for will result in a more active and fulfilling life.


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The 2009 – 2010 Flu Season – Tips that can Help you Through

Author: Allan Wright

It is that time of the year again, when influenza strikes thousands of people. The term “Flu”, a contagious respiratory illness, is caused by influenza viruses. It spreads from person-to-person and can cause mild to severe illness, and in some cases it can lead to death. Deaths generally result from complications such as pneumonia, ear or sinus infections and the worsening of existing chronic medical conditions. Presently there are two strains of flu, seasonal flu and the H1N1 (Swine) flu, that are circulating here in the USA. The seasonal flu usually starts during the fall and continues through early spring. This is the flu that we are all familiar with, however the H1N1 is a new strain that we have not seen before. The symptoms of H1N1 flu are similar to seasonal flu, but are more severe and may include additional symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea. Who is at Risk?Everyone is at risk of contracting the flu virus, both the seasonal and the N1H1 virus. Most healthy people recover from the flu without problems, but certain people are at a high risk than others for serious complications.Those at higher risk and therefore need to be more cautious include: • Pregnant women • People who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age. • Emergency medical personnel and Health care workers • Those 65 and older. • Anyone between 6 months and 24 years old. • People 25 through 64 who have a chronic health disorder or reduced immune systems.   How does the Flu spread from person to person?The H1N1 virus is spread from person-to-person in the same way that regular seasonal influenza viruses spread; by contact with respiratory droplets from an infected person. • This can occur by direct bodily contact or touching something with virus on it (shaking hands with a person who has the flu) and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes. • Respiratory droplets are generated by a person coughing or sneezing near you coming into contact with your mouth, nose or eyes, as in an elevator or other enclosed area. How do I protect myself? First of all everyone should get vaccinated against both the Seasonal and H1N1. The Flu shot is the easy, effective and inexpensive way to protect yourself and your family from catching the flu virus. Recommended personal protective measures include: • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away immediately in the trash after you use it. • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water, especially after you cough or sneeze or have been in public places. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also effective. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. • Have and use a personal flu kit when there is a risk of exposure to respiratory droplets from an infected person and when travelling. • If you are sick, avoid public interaction as much as possible until 24 hours after signs and symptoms have ended without fever-reducing medications. • Stop smoking to help prevent severe, life-threatening complications from the flu. Use your Zippo Lighter to start a Zippo Lighter Collection, not to light that cigarette. • If weather permits, open windows to keep rooms well ventilated and air fresh.   Can I improve my Immune System?There are a number of ways to improve the efficiency of your immune system. These include: • Eating well. A diet rich in vegetables and containing items known for their immune system benefits (mushrooms, broccoli and probiotics) can go a long way in helping you protect yourself. As foods rich in Vitamin D are rare, it is a good idea to take 1,000 UI of Vitamin D (400 UI for children) per day. • Drink plenty of water. • Stop drinking Coffee and reduce refined white sugar from your diet to boost your immune system. Caffeine robs your body of minerals and vitamins. • Get sufficient Sleep. Many studies have shown that a lack of sleep hurts immunity to some illnesses. • Be active every day. Active people are generally less affected by the flu than those that are sedentary. • Staying clean. Regular hand washing and the disinfecting of objects touched regularly (phones, computer keyboards, door handles etc.) remains the best first line of defence against contracting infections.   Is there an end in sight?While it is difficult to predict how the H1N1 flu will pan out, it now appears that the virus is coming in waves. Keep in mind, seasonal flu typically arrives in November and peaks in January-February. Therefore, it is still going to be important to take precautions into the spring. Remember, the H1N1 vaccination remains the best way of protecting yourself against this influenza virus.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/health-articles/the-2009-2010-flu-season-tips-that-can-help-you-through-1509667.html

About the AuthorMr. A Wright is currently the Senior Vice President and General Manager of First Aid Kit Products. A distributor of high quality First Aid and Disaster Preparedness Products. He brings all of his knowledge and experience in the field of Family safety and Emergency Preparedness to First Aid Kit Products.

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Which precautions can your company take against the new influenza (H1N1)?

Author: Frederik Van Lierde

Expected outbreak of the Mexican flue is foreseen the second half of this year (2009).Several countries started a task force to help companies to be ready. Absenteeism will be much higher than normal and can lead to losses going into the billions. This article is not a reason to panic, only a call for prevention. The good news is that the ‘Mexican flue’, now called New influenza (H1N1) in most of the cases isn’t deathly and everyone born before 1957 looks immune for the H1N1 virus.The less good news is the fact that the average number of days of absenteeism is 7. This can have an influence on your business and the other employees as they have to take over the tasks of the ill colleagues. The best precautions are personal hygiene.  Wash your hands with soap after visiting the man/ladies room  Hand in front of your mouth when you cough and again washing your hands with soap.  Is your company ready to let people work from home, or do you have a plan to backup employees caught by the H1N1 virus?  Is someone in your company, our you responsible for following up the latest news concerning H1N1. (Checking the internet about 5 minutes is more than enough)  When an employee shows some symptoms of the H1N1 virus, let them go home and rest immediately, call a doctor to do a check up at his/her home. This reduces the risk of contamination of other people/employees   These 5 steps can easily promoted by posting posters in your company and to distribute Hand Sanitizers and Antibacterial Soaps.See also at the end of the article to link to several sources on the internet to follow up the situation. Conclusion:The H1N1 virus will have an impact on the businesses when it breaks out., but if you are ready and put some prevention in place, your company will be ready against it. As we always say: Forwarned, forearmed. Extra links about N1H can be found on http://frederikvanlierde.wordpress.com/2009/07/14/which-precautions-can-your-company-take-against-the-new-influenza-h1n1/

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/corporate-articles/which-precautions-can-your-company-take-against-the-new-influenza-h1n1-1040228.html

About the AuthorFrederik Van Lierde has already more then 10 years expereince in starting uompanies.

He runns the business blog: http://FrederikVanLierde.blogspot.com
Check out his website: http://www.BlueOceansGroup.com?


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Cost Control Tips for Your Business

Author: Marijana

As more and more small businesses are failing each day, companies are trying to develop new strategies in order to stay alive and earn profit. It may be the perfect time to shed a light on some useful small business cost control ideas and the fact that they can mean the difference between success and failure of a business. Most businesses concentrate strictly on increasing sales as a manner of overcoming the financial difficulties and pay little attention to net bottom line which can eventually put the company’s well-being in danger. Great number of business owners neglect the fact that they have some sort of money leakage in their company, and that they can prevent that form happening and save significant amount of money through controlling costs. Introducing a cost control system helps you to save money almost instantly, but it needs to be managed carefully so it doesn’t affect the quality of your business. Basically, cost control should be a part of routine financial management of your company. Whether your company is experiencing a financial downturn, or simply searching for a way to reduce costs to improve profitability, here are some easy-to-execute ways to keep your costs under control and cut unnecessary expenses. Involving your employees in cost control is very important. They can share their ideas on cost savings and also present you with the problems that occur, and let you know what it is that wastes their time the most. Put some effort in explaining the new cost control initiatives to your employees so that you can expect their full co-operation. There are certain costs that can be cut with minimum risk of negatively affecting the quality and performance. Make sure to check supplier invoices for overcharging such as double billing, incorrect charges and missing discounts. Train yourself to eliminate unnecessary costs wherever possible, and cut down overhead expenses by:  Employing energy efficiency practices. Start with switching off the lights or other energy consumers when they are not in use. Controlling the use of office supplies and telephone Using second class postage, email or fax Carrying sufficient insurance coverage to adequately cover risks Negotiating rent or lease contracts if possible Identifying manual, paper-based systems that could be computerized Avoiding frequent small orders that waste time and may lead to losing discounts  Reduce your payroll costs and keep them budgeted and monitored for progress. In this effort, try redesigning the processes; cover only the positions necessary, eliminate duplication of effort and cut out time wasting. When it comes to your employees’ benefits, get quotes from different insurance companies and contract reasonable deductibles and co-payments for health insurance. Think about using the following tips to reduce purchasing costs:  Switch to cheaper suppliers, or negotiate the best possible payment terms. Consolidate purchasing with fewer suppliers to get better discounts. Simplify purchasing procedures to reduce your costs. Send suppliers forecast schedules of purchase needs to avoid backlogs and reduce delivery time.  Make production more efficient by:  Reducing your product range and increasing production runs. Using standard components to lower design, purchasing and manufacturing costs. Changing processes to conserve raw materials and energy. Improving quality control to cut reworking costs.  Cut communication costs by:  Using email whenever possible. Using the corporate intranet to reduce duplication of information and unnecessary meetings. Using cheaper telecoms facilities

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/small-business-articles/cost-control-tips-for-your-busines-1700519.html

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How to Stay Healthy when you are Injured?

Read this is a question  In Steven Seagal movie Hard to kill,  one guy ask this questions “I didn’t understand the needles with the laundry lint on fire at the end of them surrounding his head? Were those the herbs he lit on fire?”

And the other guy answered “Well most of what Segal did was just work out and run to help his atrophied muscles. If you’re talking about the acupuncture, it can be a real treatment for several problems, but not usually on its own. It supposedly can help with pain and damage to nerves and muscles by relieving pressure, but some of it’s uses are disputed by doctors. The burning herbs was to heat the needle, although I guess there is some benefit from the smoke. Or maybe it was just to look, like, spiritual and stuff.”

Likewise, it is a common notion that exercise is one of the standard ways of keeping a person physically fit and physiologically efficient. It is also an avenue of gaining muscles or losing weight. A person who is involved in the exercise is exposed to normal stressors which activate a response from within the body to cope up and meet the demands of such activities. This raises the level of output of a person to some extent and that is a good and beneficial thing because the body is then able to level off with the present. However, there are times when we are injured due to an inappropriate method, or because of an accident, or some other reason. Staying healthy while injured is still possible while exercising without risking the injured body part of further damages or complications.

There is a simple mnemonic called RICE which could aid us how to treat any injury that we have and stay healthy without complicating our injuries further. This stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate.

Rest

With a body injury that we are conscious about, it may be accompanied with pain and discomfort especially  with ambulation. Because of this, we may actually not want to move it about and put any pressure on it with activities or such. The only ways to stop these feelings of discomfort and pain would be to take painkillers or rest the injured part. Having to let the injured body part rest is essential for that specific part to efficiently speed up its healing process. Staying healthy while injured may still be accomplished by having the other body parts continue with the exercise routines.

Ice

Right after an injury like a sprain or strain, the affected joint or body part begins to swell as body
fluids starts to rush to the injury site. This would prove a very uncomfortable feeling and a sensation of numbness if the swelling would cause the impingement of surrounding nerves as well.

This usually happens from several minutes to a few hours after the injury. Healing also becomes a little slower after a swell because the affected area if already full with non-healing fluid. What is needed after an injury that would probably cause a swelling is to apply ice packs on the affected body part and immediate area surrounding it. This is to prevent any vascular vessel to openly allow the flow of fluid towards it. Since the body is designed to normally shut constrict vessels when cold stimuli is applied, it would help in the slowdown and prevention of unwanted swelling.

However, proper care should be observed as not to totally numb the senses with the cold ice. Maintaining a temperature of 10 to 15 degrees Celsius for not more than 15 minutes should be safe. Any longer, and the vascular vessels begin to take a Rebound Effect and actually does the reverse effect for the intended purpose.

Compress

Compression is simply the act of wrapping the injured body part with a bandage and covering them securely and snugly to add pressure to the injury. This is done with a couple of hand towels or a bandage wrap. The ice that is supposed to be applied previously could be applied with a compressive method. Furthermore, compression allows for the effect of the ice to be in
constant contact with the injured body part.
Elevate

Elevating the body part after securely fastening and stabilizing the injured body part increases the level of comfort for the person and also speeds up the uninterrupted healing process.

Staying healthy when injured may impede a certain level of maximum body activity efficiency, but still allows continued exercise routine for other unaffected body parts. Just make sure that priority on this would be to securely prevent any other movements or unnecessary pressure to be placed on the injury.

Quote: Determination, patience and courage are the only things needed to improve any situation.Peter Sinclair