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Bad Breath Can Be Fixed

So we have to talk about this… Yup, halitosis; the bane of all spoken conversations. We have all been in a situation where a friend has bad breath and because of the fact that he/she is a friend you spare their feelings and decide to not tell them that their mouths smell like a garbage disposal. So you have to suffer in silence till he/she decides to stop speaking or you pick your phone and decide to answer that important phone call from your mum just to end the conversation (torment). Most people don’t know why they have bad breath.. Here are some probable causes

  • Food particles from stinky foods like garlic and onions
  • Smoking
  • Respiratory Infections
  • Acid Reflux
  • Poor Oral Hygiene

So we intend on helping you send across the ‘your breath stinks… here’s how to fix it’ message that is, for those that don’t know they know they have bad breath although I doubt you wouldn’t know that. Anyways let’s assume most people don’t know so here’s how you find out whether or not you’re having a bad breath day.

Ask a friend – As shameful as this may sound it’s actually a sure fire way of finding out if you have bad breath or not. An actual friend shouldn’t have any problem with that although it’s advised to use this method when you’re with a really close friend that way it wouldn’t seem so awkward.

The Sniff Test - If you're looking for a quicker indication of how your breath smells, another option is the sniff test. Easiest ways to do this is to lick your wrist and let it dry for a moment, and then take a whiff. You can also floss between two teeth toward the back of your mouth and smell the floss, or use a tongue-scraper to gently scrape the tongue, and then smell the scraper.

Taste - There are instances when you can actually taste the breath you're omitting. In these cases, the problem is usually caused by something potent you ate, such as garlic, groundnut or fish, or by a condition such as dry mouth or dehydration – the signs of which include thick, foamy saliva and a change in taste. If you have a stale or yucky taste in your mouth, there's a good chance it is reflected in the way your breath smells, too. Hence me saying earlier ‘you probably know when your breath is bad’.

At this point youre probably just looking for solutions to bad breath, some are quite pissed as they’ve tried the obvious solution which is brushing our teeth to no avail. So here are the few things you need to do to remedy your situation

Proper Brushing Technique

Yeah we know, you’re a grownup and you know how to brush your teeth but do you really?. We already know brushing your teeth whisks away odours but we need to brush twice a day; in the morning to prepare you for a new day and at night to brush off all that we have eaten throughout the day. This was actually stated by the National Dental Association. Also while brushing, take extra time to brush your tongue as it is where bad bacteria tend to linger the most after you’re done brushing the teeth and gum line.

See a Dentist twice a year

A really large percentage of people don’t do this as they believe it lacks importance and doesn’t take precedence while in reality it’s of utmost importance to see a dentist regularly. Regular visits to the dentist aid in knowing the state of your mouth, most people believe if they brush their teeth it’s all good not knowing their current toothbrush might be causing internal damages or they have sensitive teeth and their current toothpaste is too acidic. All these can only be found out by seeing a dentist.

Replace Your Toothbrush

If you wait for your semiannual dental checkup to replace your toothbrush with a freebie from the dentist, think again. To keep your breath fresh, use clean oral hygiene tools. When your toothbrush becomes frayed, it's time for a new one. Toothbrushes should be replaced every three to four months not when your bristles are doing the splits.

Regularly Clean Dental Appliances

Just because you wear false teeth or a retainer doesn’t mean you should ignore proper oral hygiene. Dentures and partials require daily cleaning, just as natural teeth. Remove the dental appliances from your mouth to brush them to remove all food particles and plaque which can create bad breath.

Choose Foods Carefully

Naturally certain types of food smell terrible. Seasonings, such as garlic or vinegar, can linger well past mealtime, so eat them sparingly. Also its advised to stay away from sugary or sticky food like taffy as they tend to stay longer on the teeth and are hard to remove.

So follow these few steps and you would definitely have longer conversations and you probably won’t get curved by the person you’re trying to talk to (emphasis on ‘probably’) or if you know a friend that has zombie breath… just send them this link rather than leaving them alone to forever walk the earth with incomplete conversations.

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Finding The Suit That Suits

During suit shopping, making the right selection can become a daunting task. Suits, unlike every other piece of clothing aren’t worn too often and thus when worn, one should try to nail it. Most people buy suits without first considering the most important thing; their body frame. If you’re one of such people, today is your lucky day. We will be guiding you on what to avoid and what to embrace when it comes to getting the perfect suit.

TALL AND SKINNY MEN

If you’re above 6 feet then you’ve definitely been called tall once or twice in your lifetime. If you have then this section of our post is for you.
 

Heavier Fabrics


Because you are tall and frail, you will need to compensate for that, somehow. Avoid lighter fabrics; they hang on your body like a thin layer making you look all the more thin.


Lighter Colours

Lighter colours tend to make things appear more bulky than they are. Avoid darker colours; they have a slimming effect and we do not want that, do we? Also avoid pinstripes, we’d make that clearer as we go.


Higher Button Stance

Get suits with 3 buttons, they will look better because they have both height and length proportional to the body.


Full Rise Pants

Tall guys have long legs so their pants shouldn’t make them appear any taller. The best way to achieve this is to look for long rise pants. The rise of a pant is the distance between the waistband and the crotch. It strikes a balance between upper body and legs.


SHORT MEN

We really do not know which height range to put here. In any case, if you wish to appear taller in a suit, follow these few tips.


Subtle Patterns

Suit patterns like the windowpane, herringbone, houndstooth e.t.c. are too loud and will draw attention to your small frame. If you do not know what those are, just go solid.


Vertical Stripes

One of the oldest tricks in the book, the vertical stripes can create an illusion of lengthening a short frame


One Button

Suits with only one button are the best option for a short person. A single button, wherever placed will give beautiful balance to the suit hence makes your frame look more proportional.


Low Rise Pants

Unlike the tall fellow, a full rise pant will give you off as short at instant look. Try to go for a low rise pant.


BULKY MEN

Bulky men aren’t always muscular but these tips will work great for both.


Light Weight Fabrics

Bulky men whether muscular or not, have a fuller frame than the next guy. Avoid getting heavy fabrics that just add to all that body.


Dark Colours

Darker colours are slimming and it’s even more obvious here because suits consist of the same colour for top as bottom, creating a homogenous outfit that makes you look visually taller and more slender instead of cutting you in half and drawing attention to your belly or legs. For best results, go dark navy or black.


Solid or Vertical Stripes

Solids work well in creating a slender look but if you’re the fancy fellow, you can mix it up by sometimes going with the vertical stripes, this lengthens a person’s appearance and gives you a stylish edge.


If you’re a weird mix of any of these categories, i.e. short and skinny, big and tall, just mix and match these tips to suit your suit.

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10 Health Benefits Of Consuming Marijuana

4/20 is upon us. If you don’t know what four-twenty is then i'll educate you a little.

4/20 is the day that has been embraced by pot smokers over the past years as weed day. It is day where people who identify with the cannabis culture light one up – recovering addict or not.

With the decriminalization of marijuana and the legalization of weed for medicinal or recreational purpose in some parts of the world, lighting a blunt in public doesn’t seem to raise much alarm but with people being more open to consumption of marijuana, celebrating the annual 4/20 still remains a big deal to most pot consumers.

What’s the Origin?

4/20 gets its name from five High school friends collectively called the Waldos in San Rafael, California. The code first came about in the fall of 1971 because the Waldos planned to meet at a statue of Louis Pasteur at the school at 4:20 before they went on an expedition to score some free weed from a plot of marijuana plants abandoned by a Coast Guard service member.

In celebration of 4/20 this year, we run you down a list of things... good things... healthy things cannabis consumption could do to your body. You might be surprised to find out that amongst all the terrible things they say about marijuana consumption, it actually helps a lot if consumed sensibly.

 

It may help improve lung health and palliate or even reverse carcinogenic effects of tobacco

As published by the American Medical Association in January 2012, marijuana which is believed to be a lung killer actually improves lung capacity. Researchers looking into the risk factors of heart disease tested the lung function of 5,115 young adults over the course of 20 years. Tobacco smokers lost lung function over time, but pot users actually showed an increase in lung capacity.

These could easily be because of the inhalation of weed which requires a longer drag than tobacco.

 

It controls epileptic seizures

The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics published in 2003, showed how marijuana extracts helped in controlling seizures by using epileptic rats as test subjects and the results showed conclusively that marijuana does indeed cure epilepsy for about 10 hours depending on the amount taken.

 

A special chemical found in marijuana stops cancer from spreading

CBD may help prevent cancer from spreading, researchers at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco reported in 2007.

According to Business Insider, Cannabidiol stops cancer by turning off a gene called Id-1, the study, published in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, found. Cancer cells make more copies of this gene than non-cancerous cells, and it helps them spread through the body.

The researchers studied breast cancer cells in the lab that had high expression levels of Id-1 and treated them with cannabidiol. After treatment the cells had decreased Id-1 expression and were less aggressive spreaders.

In "WEED," Gupta also mentioned a few studies in the U.S., Spain, and Israel that suggest the compounds in cannabis could even kill cancer cells.

 

Proper usage decreases anxiety

Weed when consumed sensibly reduces anxiety. Medical marijuana users claim the drug helps relieve pain and suppress nausea — the two main reasons it's often used to relieve the side effects of chemotherapy.

In 2010, researchers at Harvard Medical School suggested that some of the drug's benefits may actually be from reduced anxiety, which would improve the smoker's mood and act as a sedative in low doses.

 

THC slows the progression of Alzheimer’s disease

Amyloid plaques are the main precursors of the Alzheimer’s disease. They are formed in the brain and kill off brain cells thus aggravating Alsheimer’s. THC, tetrahydrocannabinol an active component of weed slows down the formation of the amyloid plaques by blocking the enzyme that makes them thus making Alzheimer spread less rapidly.

 

It improves your metabolism

A study published in the American Journal Of Medicine on April 15, 2013 suggested that pot smokers are skinnier than the average person and have healthier metabolism and reaction to sugars, even though they do end up eating more calories because of the munchies.

 

Marijuana brings out your creative side

Contrary to stoner stereotypes, marijuana usage has actually been shown to have some positive mental effects, particularly in terms of increasing creativity. Even though people's short-term memories tend to function worse when high, people get better at tests requiring them to come up with new ideas.

One study tested participants on their ability to come up with different words related to a concept, and found that using cannabis allowed people to come up with a greater range of related concepts, seeming "to make the brain better at detecting those remote associations that lead to radically new ideas," according to Wired.

Other researchers have found that some participants improve their "verbal fluency," their ability to come up with different words, while using marijuana.

Part of this increased creative ability may come from the release of dopamine in the brain, lessening inhibitions and allowing people to feel more relaxed, giving the brain the ability to perceive things differently.

 

Weed helps the brain recover from a stroke

Research from the University of Nottingham shows that marijuana may help protect the brain from damage caused by stroke, by reducing the size of the area affected by the stroke — at least in rats, mice, and monkeys.

This isn't the only research that has shown neuro-protective effects from cannabis. Some research shows that the plant may help protect the brain after other traumatic events, like concussions. 

 

Marijuana helps in fighting alcoholism

Marijuana is safer than alcohol. That's not to say it's completely risk free, but it's much less addictive and doesn't cause nearly as much physical damage. 

Disorders like alcoholism involve disruptions in the endocannabinoid system. Because of that, some people think cannabis might help patients struggling with those disorders.

According to Business Insider, research in Harm Reduction Journal shows that some people use marijuana as a less harmful substitute for alcohol, prescription drugs, and other illegal drugs. Some of the most common reasons for patients to make that substitution are the less adverse side effects from marijuana and the fact that it is less likely to cause withdrawal problems.

Some people do become psychologically dependent on marijuana, and this doesn't mean that it's a cure for substance abuse problems. But, from a harm-reduction standpoint, it can help.

 

Weed helps relieve pain caused from chemotherapy and stimulates appetite

One of the most well-known medical uses of marijuana is for people going through chemotherapy.

Cancer patients being treated with chemo suffer from painful nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite. This can cause additional health complications.

Marijuana can help reduce these side effects, alleviating pain, decreasing nausea, and stimulating the appetite. There are also multiple FDA-approved cannabinoid drugs that use THC, the main active chemical in marijuana, for the same purposes.

 

With all these said, i wish you a happy 4/20. Have fun and light one up.....or two.

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Hello iPhone 4: Apple Is Returning To An All-Glass Back In 2017

This year’s iPhone will most likely not be called iPhone 7.

That is because the 10th year anniversary of the original iPhone is this year thus making apple push their huge rumoured redesign to 2017. In a new report by KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo, the reliable Apple analyst claims that the iPhone will be seeing a major redesign in 2017, dropping the iconic aluminum casing for an all-glass enclosure with AMOLED screen.

Kuo believes that Apple will be moving to an all-glass enclosure, dropping aluminum completely as it will no longer appear modern or fresh in 2017. Apple’s smartphone competitors are also adopting aluminum designs in droves, making it more likely Apple will want to differentiate with entirely new materials.

Kuo does not elaborate on how Apple will make the next iPhone entirely out of glass, so currently the specifics of the drastic redesign will have to be left to the imagination. Apple used glass for the iPhone 4/4s front and back, but this was sandwiched together with a stainless steel band. It’s currently unclear how an iPhone could be constructed primarily out of glass.

The new glass phone will also feature a new AMOLED display panel, which will be thinner and lighter to compensate for the slight weight increase of glass compared with metal exteriors. Kuo does not believe that drop test issues will be a roadblock in Apple’s decision making, given the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s already relied heavily on glass front and back. Last week, Apple reportedly reached a $2.6 billion agreement with Samsung to supply OLED panels for iPhone displays.

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People Are Eating Their Placentas Now And It's Actually Healthy...Weird But Healthy

The placenta is that flattened circular organ in the uterus of pregnant mammals nourishing and maintaining the fetus through the umbilical cord. The placenta does more than just connect the developing fetus to the uterine wall to allow nutrient uptake, it also provides thermo-regulation to the fetus, waste elimination, and gas exchange via the mother's blood supply, fight against internal infection and produce hormones to support pregnancy.

Now although in most parts of the world, people dispose of the placenta after childbirth but there’s a new and emerging trend called Placentopaghy and it involves eating the placenta of your young after childbirth. It’s easy to discard this as another “white” nonsense but it actually has its benefits which experts are still struggling to confirm.

Those who believe in placentophagy say it raises breast milk quantity, energy and could level off your hormones, lowering your chances of postpartum depression and insomnia after childbirth.

A lot of popular celebrities have flirted with the idea of placenta eating. Zim Zolciak, Holly Madison, Gaby Hoffman, Mayim Bialik, Tamera Mowery, Kim and Kourtney Kardashian have all tried placentophagy...

 

doesn’t sound so crazy now huhn?

 

How do i eat my Placenta?

 

 

There’s a lot of ways to do this which ranges from baking to frying to boiling... Hell, some even make smoothies out of it but the most common and least disgusting way of consuming the placenta is by having it made into pills, yes, placenta pills is a thing too.

Apparently, the placenta provides you with mineral, vitamin and protein supplement which helps your postnatal self recover painlessly... ian't that something you could do with proper diet and a good hobby?

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D'banj Set To Have His Own Reality Tv Show

Yeah, we are talking about the same D’banj... D’banj has just recently revealed he is going to be featuring in a couple of Hollywood movies – not Nollywood, Hollywood. Now, you might ask why D’banj isn’t venturing into our local movie industry. I’ll answer you by simply reminding you that D’banj has always loved the finer things in life.

D’banj joins a list of other notable Nigerian musicians who act (Davido, Falz, Tiwa Savage e.t.c.)

D’banj who currently hosts the MTV-produced show -LipSync Battle Africa told South African radio host, Anele Mdoda that he’ll be trying his hands in movies in coming years.

“Once you say you’re an entertainer‚ you don’t want to limit yourself‚” D’banj said.

“So yes‚ I’m going into Hollywood. It might be here in South Africa where I’ll be having a reality show about me.I told you I might be on Isidingo soon.”

Make of this whatever you want but I’m eager to see what Banga Lee has for us.

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How To Shave Like A Boss

For those of you who always end up on the wrong side of the blade after shaving (you know with razor bumps and irritations) here’s a few steps and tips on how to shave without those side effects. And for the beardgang faithful, trust me there will come a day in a man’s life where you have to pick up the razor and go bare… you definitely would want to do it write when that day eventually comes. Before we teach you how to shave like a real badass there are few things you would need to successfully complete this feat which are;

  • Badger Brush and bowl: That little brush you kinda never needed at the barber shop.. It’s actually quite important as it is used to apply shaving foam/cream.. yup it’s called a badger brush who knew?!

 

                        

 

 

  • Shaving Foam/Cream: Shaving foam acts as a lubricant for the cutting process and desensitizes skin. There are various brands of shaving cream no particular brand is above the other but I’m quite partial to Gillette.

 

                   

 

  • Shaving Stick: Well there are different types of shaving sticks.. There’s the straight razor, the double-edged shaving stick,  the electric shaver, the multiple blade shaving stick with removable blades and then there’s the disposable shaving stick. Depending on your budget and shaving style options could vary.


             

  • Aftershave: These are products that are applied immediately after shaving to provide some combination of irritation relief, skin moisturizing, and protection from the elements.  Select an aftershave based on how that combination addresses the needs of your skin. Avoid all alcohol-based aftershaves as they tend to damage your skin.

With all these things in hand you’re well on your way to having an epic shave

Here are the steps to shave like a real badass;

 

STEP 1

Choose the shaver that best fits your needs

Consult a grooming specialist, like a barber who specializes in facial shaves, to understand how your facial hair grows and the correct technique to approach the contours of your face. Everyone’s hair grows at a different rate and has a different texture so be aware of what features benefit you most.

STEP 2

Wash your face with warm water

Washing removes excess oil and dead skin cells, which can interfere with the razor or irritate your gently-scraped skin while simultaneously reducing bacteria that could cause infection. Washing also moisturizes the hair about to be shaved, softening it and making the shave easier. Warm water is the best option when washing your hair pre-shave as it helps soften your follicles and encourage your pores to open, making for a closer shave. Dry-shaving is a sure-fire way to incur razor burn and skin irritation. Always make sure there's at least some lubrication between your skin and razor, even if it's just a splash of water.

STEP 3

Apply the shaving cream to your wet face

Apply the shaving cream liberally over your entire face. Shaving cream softens the hair and moisturizes the skin, but if you're in a pinch, you can also shave with conditioner or even with soap (only if you're really in a pinch). If you are able to buy the mixing bowl, you first wet your badger brush with cold water. Whip the shaving brush around your bowl in a circular motion, agitating the shaving cream. Adding more cool water as much as necessary, whip the shaving cream into a light lather with soft peaks. This should take around 2-3 minutes. Use the shaving brush to work the cream onto your face in a circular motion, going over your entire face multiple times. Let the shaving cream set on your face for 2 minutes as the longer it stands the more moisturised you skin gets.

STEP 4

Hold the razor correctly

If you're using a multi-blade razor, which seems to be the most popular kind, hold the razor with your index finger extended near the top of the shaft, resting the head flat of the razor against the skin. The handle should be raised at an angle of 30 degrees or so.

  • If the cartridge is assisted by a spring to hold flat against skin curves, start shaving with the handle raised enough to compress this spring just a little into its range.
  • Drag the razor handle-first across the skin to shave. Applying pressure is not necessary; pressure or sideways movement can cause cuts. Try to bring the razor as lightly as possible across the surface of your skin.
  • As you practice, you'll be able to set down the razor, pull it across the skin, and raise it up at the end of a stroke in a smooth motion. A rolling razor like a "Headblade" can maintain the proper angle in hard-to-reach areas.

STEP 5

Shave in the proper direction and taut your skin where possible

On the first pass, always shave with the grain. This usually means shaving downward, but not always. Going against the grain (shaving the opposite direction that the hair grows) makes for a closer shave, but it also produces the most irritation and cuts. If you have a tendency to get bumps or rashes, or if you often get ingrown hairs, or if you simply consider your face too pretty to abuse, start shaving with the grain. If your skin is loose in any way, it helps to create a flat, firm surface for the razor to cut across. Right beneath the jawline is a problem-area for many men because it is contoured. When you shave this area, lift the skin on your cheek up so that the skin that was right below your jawline is now right above it. Shave with the grain.

 

 

STEP 6

Periodically dip your razor in warm water to free any hairs that have stuck between the blades

You want your blades as clean and uncluttered as possible. Whenever you think there's possible buildup between or underneath your blades, dip and swirl your blades under water. It's usually a good idea to soften the water by adding soap (this will make the water go scummy, but will help protect the blade from the scratchy minerals that tend to dry on after use).

STEP 7

Rinse off the shaving cream with cold water

After you’re done shaving rinse off your face with cold water as cold water closes your pores and makes it more difficult for bacteria to get inside thereby reducing the possibility of irritation. You can also press a cold, wet cloth against your face for five minutes to really seal the deal. Really, the more time you take the better.

STEP 8

Pat dry and moisturize

Don't rub with a towel, as that can irritate the freshly shaved skin. Use a generous amount of moisturizer that is free of perfumes and other potential irritants. Shaving balms based in aloe and tea tree oil can help prevent dry skin and razor burn. Use all-natural products to keep your skin moisturized and healthy, applying a small amount and working it thoroughly around your beard area.

STEP 9

Clean your shaving supplies

Rinse and dry your equipment thoroughly, and store in a dry place. Clean equipment is less likely to introduce bacteria and infection to your open, freshly shaved pores. Change the blades as needed. A dull blade will leave your face feeling raw and sore, and is much more likely to cause razor burn.

So those are the steps needed to be taken if you want to shave like a badass unless you’re a legend like Chuck Norris who tells his beard to fall off.. its advised you follow these few steps.

HAPPY SHAVING

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11 Cooking Hacks That Will Change Your Life

Put your ice cream container inside a ziplock bag before refrigerating to avoid it getting rock hard.

 

 

Use Ovens to quickly ripen bananas.

 

 

Empty tic tac containers make the best spice containers.

 

 

Use a thumb tac for a perfectly boiled egg.

 

 

Slice small food items with ease.

 

 

Shake your eggs 2-3 minutes before boiling to get gold colored eggs.

 

 

Wrap paper towels round soda bottles to cool faster.

 

 

Grain to water ratio... not like you're going to count rice but you get.

 

 

Quickly remove eggshells.

 

 

Use cupcake liners to prevent bugs from entering your drinks.

 

 

Cake sizes and how many people they serve.

 

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