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LG yesterday announced a new set of fitness-oriented earphones named LG HRM EARPHONE (FR74), which are designed to offer real-time heart monitoring. With this announcement, LG Electronics is making its first move into the fitness tech market. These earphones comes with a small medallion that is strapped on an arm or waistband. It can track both metabolic rate and maximum oxygen consumption while allowing users to listen to music.

The LG Heart Rate Earphones use sensor technology to measure blood flow signals from the auricle of the ear. This captures biometric data such as heart rate and maximal oxygen consumption. The add-on medallion that connects to the earphones serves as a data processing hub that sends real-time biometric information to your smartphone via Bluetooth.

Also compatible with third party fittness platforms.

In addition, the Heart Rate Monitor Earphones include an accelerometer that measures a wide range of data, including distance, calories burned, steps taken, and more that syncs to various apps, including the LG Fitness app and third-party platforms such as MyFitnessPal, Runkeeper and MapMyFitness. The earphones also work alongside the recently announced Lifeband Touch activity tracker.

The earphones will ship in the first half of 2014, starting first in the U.S. market before rolling out to other countries and will retail for $179.99.

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Have you ever wondered what happens when you drink a coke. Here is the periodic response of your body when it gets hit by a coke.

First 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor, allowing you to keep it down.

20 minutes: High blood sugar causes an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get its hands on into fat.

40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your blood pressure rises; as a response, your liver dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain gets blocked, preventing drowsiness.

45 minutes: Your body ups your dopamine production, stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way.

After 60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium, and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium.

The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. It makes you have to pee.  It is now assured that you’ll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium, and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolytes, and water.

As the rave inside you dies down, you’ll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You’ve also evacuated all the water that was in the Coke along with the valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like hydrating your system, or building strong bones and teeth.

If you can’t completely remove soft drinks from your diet then make sure you drink it in moderation.

 

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Everyone got some sort of idea of how their dream home might look. Some of us have just got to have a pool, while others want clever modern design, amazing bedroom, or home theatre. No matter what it is that makes your dream home unique, here are a few examples of homes where people have been able to realize some of their greatest home design fantasies.

Warning – viewing some of these images may make you feel dissatisfied with your current home!

Aquarium Bed

aquarium bed

Image credits: acrylicaquariums.com

Indoor-Outdoor Pool

indoor outdoor pool

Staircase Slide

staircase slide

Backyard Cinema

backyard cinema

Image credits: fancymaterial.com

Understairs Storage

understair storage

Image credits: Deriba Furniture

Backyard Fire Pit

beach themed fire pit

Hammock Bed

Hammock Bed

Image credits: Le Beanock

Treehouse For Kids Room

treehouse room

Image credits: mytropolisdesign.com

 

 

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Nightmare Bacteria

A study, led by Rice University environmental engineer Pedro Alvarez, published in the American Chemical Society journal Environmental Science and Technology Letters revealed antibiotic-resistant bacteria were not only escaping purification but also breeding and spreading in water treatment plants. Scientists from Rice, Nankai and Tianjin Universities participated in this joint research. They found significant levels of “superbugs” carrying New Delhi Metallo-beta-lactamase (NDM-1) in treated water disinfected by chlorination. The gene NDM-1 was first identified in India.

There’s no antibiotic that can kill them.

“It’s scary,” Alvarez said. “There’s no antibiotic that can kill them. We only realized they exist just a little while ago when a Swedish man got infected in India, in New Delhi. Now, people are beginning to realize that more and more tourists trying to go to the upper waters of the Ganges River are getting these infections that cannot be treated.”

“We often think about sewage treatment plants as a way to protect us, to get rid of all of these disease-causing constituents in waste water. But it turns out these microbes are growing. They’re eating sewage, so they proliferate. In one waste water treatment plant, we had four to five of these superbugs coming out for every one that came in.”

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have been raising alarms for years and are very difficult to treat. These have been found on every continent except for Antarctica, the researchers wrote. NDM-1 is capable of making common bacteria such as E. coli, salmonella and K. pneumonias resistant to even the strongest available antibiotics. The only way to know one is infected is when symptoms associated with these bacteria fail to respond to antibiotics.

Alvarez and his team confirmed the microbes treated by waste water plants that still carried the resistant gene could transfer it via plasmids to otherwise benign bacteria.

A subsequent study by Alvarez and his colleagues published this month in Environmental Science and Technology defined a method to extract and analyze antibiotic-resistant genes from water and sediment and applied it to sites in the Haihe River basin in China, which drains an area of intensive antibiotic use. The study showed plasmids persist for weeks in river sediment, where they can invade indigenous bacteria.

“It turns out that they transfer these genetic determinants for antibiotic resistance to indigenous bacteria in the environment, so they are not only proliferating within the waste water treatment plant, they’re also propagating and dispersing antibiotic resistance,” Alvarez said.

This calls for us to take a look at these breeding grounds for antibiotic-resistant bacteria and how we might be able to create better barriers than chlorination,” he said. “I think we need to take a serious look at photo-disinfection processes, like ultraviolet disinfection. It has been shown to be more effective on resistant organisms. We also need a better understanding of how these microbes flow through the environment.”

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More than half of all adults in the United States take some sort of multivitamin or supplement; many do so in hopes of better health, preventing heart disease and cancer. But according to an editorial published in Annals of Internal Medicine says that using supplements and multivitamins is a waste of money.

The (vitamin and supplement) industry is based on anecdote, people saying ‘I take this, and it makes me feel better,‘ said Dr. Edgar Miller, professor of medicine and epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

“It’s perpetuated. But when you put it to the test, there’s no evidence of benefit in the long term. It can’t prevent mortality, stroke or heart attack.”

The article is based on three studies looking at the effects of multivitamins on preventing heart attacks and cancer, as well as improving cognitive function in men older than 65.

Smokers who took only beta carotene supplements increased their risk of lung cancer.

The first study covered more than 450,000 participants and found that multivitamins had no beneficial effect on preventing cardiovascular disease or cancer. In addition, taking vitamins or Supplements didn’t prevent mortality in any way. However, the analysis did confirm that beta carotene and Vitamin E have adverse effect in lung cancer.

Evidence involving thousands of people shows that beta carotene, Vitamin E and high doses of Vitamin A increase mortality and other anti-oxidants, Folic acid and Vitamin B have no clear benefit.

The second study looked at 1,700 patients who previously had heart attacks. They were assigned to take three multivitamins twice a day for five years. However, with more than 50% of patients stopping their medications, it was difficult for authors to come to any real conclusions about the vitamins’ effectiveness.

The third and  final study followed nearly 6,000 men older than 65, who took either a multivitamin or a placebo for 12 years. But the test results found no differences between the two groups. However the group of men followed in the cognitive study were all physicians with no health problems.

“These are very well-nourished, very health-conscious people,” said Gladys Block, a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at University of California Berkeley. In fact, she says none of the studies accurately represents the American population.

According to Cara Welch, senior vice president of the Natural Products Association “It is pretty common that in this day and age with the lifestyle many of us lead that we don’t always take the time to have a balanced diet, and even if you do have a balanced diet, you can still have nutritional deficiencies.”

The vitamin and supplement industry rakes in nearly $12 billion annually, according to the researchers, with multivitamins its most popular product.

“Multivitamins address the nutritional deficiencies in people,” Welch said. “We don’t believe they are the answer to all life’s ailments, as the editorial suggests.”

Multivitamins have no clear benefit on healthy people who are well nutritioned. To some people, affected with health problem, they may be beneficial. So eat fruits and vegetables. Multivitamins are prescribed only in some conditions and don’t forget excess of everything is bad and may have adverse effect on your health.

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A scientist exploring the effects of alcohol on the brain said a cure for Hangover is closer than you think. He’s busy devising a substitute beverage that can eliminate the toxic health effect of alcohol on the liver, heart and brain.

Writing in The Guardian, David Nutt — a professor at Imperial College in London — said he had identified compounds that are effective substitutes to alcohol, that mimic the effects of booze on the brain.

To test them out he had a few drinks.

‘Within minutes of taking the antidote I was up giving a lecture with no impairment whatsoever.’ – David Nutt

“In theory we can make an alcohol surrogate that makes people feel relaxed and sociable and remove the unwanted effects, such as aggression and addictiveness,” –  David Nutt.

At present Professor Nutt is seeking funding for testing and marketing the product. But one thing for sure he will have no challenge finding test subjects.

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Ever wonder what the best time is to drink your coffee? Sometime between 9:30 and 11:30 in the morning – According to neuroscience doctoral student Steven Miller.

Avoid coffee during time periods when the body is naturally more alert

Do you ever drink your coffee and feel like it just didn’t work? It all depends upon the concept of drug tolerance. You should take any drug when your body needs it the most. If you take the same drug again and again you will become resistant to it. So you should treat caffeine the way you treat painkillers or antibiotics. Careful timing of when you get your caffeine prevents you from building a tolerance to it, Miller explains. With Caffeine you’re messing with body’s alertness. So your coffee will probably be the most effective if you enjoy it between 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM.

Therefore, if you are drinking caffeine at a time when your cortisol concentration in the blood is at its peak means you are already feeling alert, you probably should not be drinking it.

 

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“We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them.” – Christian Nestell Bovee

Fear is the most basic human emotion that prevents us from living our greatest potential or following our hearts. Most of us have experienced this at one time or another. The fear of failing can cause us to do nothing, and therefore resist moving forward. But when we allow fear to stop our forward progress in life, we’re likely to miss some great opportunities along the way.

Countless successful people have mentioned that they experienced fear at least at some points in life. The ones that keep their fear under check make it to the next level.

Whatever it is that scares you, here are 5 ways to help you cope with your fear and anxiety:

Take Your Time

When you are flooded with fear it is almost impossible to think clearly. So first thing is you need to calm down. When you are relaxed you’ll feel better and be able to decide on the next move.

Face Your Fear

The best way to cope with you fear is to face it. If you panic one day getting into a lift, it’s best to get back into a lift the next day. Stand in the lift and feel the fear until it goes away. Whatever your fear, if you face it, it should start to fade.

Don’t Run After Perfection

Don’t feel like if you are not the best you are a failure. Many of us feel that our lives must be perfect. But you need to remember that bad days and setbacks will always happen, and it’s essential to remember that life is messy.

Talk About It

Sharing fears takes away a lot of their scariness. Talk to your friends, partner or an expert about your fear. It will help.

Believe In Yourself

You ARE enough. By your very nature of being here on this earth, you are enough. Avoid comparing yourself to others and really focus on being the very best that you can in your own journey.

So how do you fight your fear? What works best for you? Leave your opinion in comments.

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How do you know if you’re drinking enough water? Experts say there’s an easy way to judge. If you’re not thirsty, your fluid intake is just right. Below are the five common myths about drinking water

MYTH-1 Drink Eight Glasses of water Each Day

According to scientists there is no clear benefit of drinking or sipping water all day long. So where does this myth comes from – We have no idea. Believe it or not, taking in too much water can have serious and even fatal consequences.

MYTH-2 Drinking Other Liquids is the Same as Drinking Water

Other beverages like coffee or soda are not water-equivalents. Actually coffee dehydrates your body. So you need to drink extra amount of water to compensate the after effects of coffee.

Myth 3: Drinking Lots of Water Helps Clear Out Toxins from our Body

Its not true at all. Kidneys filter out the toxins from our body which are then flushed out through the urine. But drinking extra water don’t improve the function of kidneys. Actually it puts more pressure on the kidneys and reduce their ability.

Myth 4: Drinking Lots of Water Makes your Skin Beautiful

Most common anti-ageing tips ig going H2O. Your body is already 60% water. So adding a few glasses will only have a limited effect. Fruits and Greens are equally essential. Just be normal don’t try to gulp excess amount of water.

Myth 4: Drinking Water Between Meals is Bad for Digestion

This has been passed down from generation to generation. However, there is no scientific evidence to indicate that it will affect the digestive process. At the most, it will probably fill you up and reduce your appetite for dinner. But besides that, go ahead and enjoy a glass of water with every meal

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While travelling abroad, when you need to communicate and you don’t have the luxury of shared language, the body language comes to play. Most of the skilled traveler can negotiate a taxi, buy food in a market, and get directions from a stranger through simple gestures. But these gestures can set you in trouble when a typical gesture from your country means something completely different in other parts of the world. Below are the common gestures that can cause offense abroad. 

No thumbs up in Thailand.

Although a positive hand gesture in many parts of the world, the thumbs up sign can be considered offensive in countries such as Thailand. In Thailand, it’s considered to be a teasing gesture, very similar to sticking out your tongue. 

Not “OK” in France

Making a circle with your thumb and forefinger means “great” or “fine” in many parts of world. It’s also used by deep sea divers to communicate that there are no problems. In France, this gesture means “zero.” It is equivalent to saying “something is worthless”. A bad idea when you are trying to compliment someone in France. 

Patting on the head in Thailand, Laos and Sri Lanka

Touching or patting someone on the head is considered rude in some parts of Asia. In countries such as Thailand, Laos, and Sri Lanka it is considered offensive because as Buddhists, they regard the head as the most sacred part of the body. 

One hand in Japan

In Japan, offering objects to others with one hand is considered dismissive.  You better use both hands while offering  someone a business card, or hand them something. 

No closing fist in India & Pakistan

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Sense of victory? Maybe to some, but in India & Pakistan  a closed fist can be taken as the equivalent of “up yours.” 

Not “EVEN” in Russia

In Russia, giving someone an even number of flowers is considered extremely inappropriate.  Bouquets with an even amount of flowers are only reserved for funerals and other serious events because they are traditionally seen as “inviting death.” So if you’re gifting flowers to someone, make sure it’s an odd number. 

In Bulgaria “YES” means “NO” and “NO” means “YES”

This one is most confusing. In Bulgaria shaking your head “YES” means “NO” and vice versa.  So if you ever find yourself Bulgaria, be careful, or else you’ll confuse a lot of people. 

Don’t stare too hard in Japan and some parts of India

Eye contact should remain brief or it can be mistaken for aggression and lead to an uncomfortable situation. In Punjab (state of India) staring too hard is considered very aggressive and seen as “Inviting Fight”. 

No Rock n Roll in Spain & Italy

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The rock n roll signal which is very common in many parts of the world is considered extremely offensive and abusive in France & Italy. 

Avoid playing “I got your nose” with Turkish friends

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This gesture is considered equivalent to throwing up the middle finger in Turkey. So avoid this game with your Turkish friends.

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