Plastic recycling

plastic waste in ocean If the sorting of our waste materials remains unusual to most poeple, let us not be blinded by the mirage of all-recycling, which alone can not solve the big problem of post-use management of plastic waste.

By billions, debris are concentrated in the seas at the mercy of the currents, forming a polluting plastisphere highly integrated into the ecosystem. Eliminating it is a headache for specialists.

In 2015, 9.1 million tonnes of plastic ended up in the sea, drained by rains and winds, carried by rivers. Depending on their density, some flow, others float and are driven by winds and ocean currents. Today the amount of plastic in the oceans is estimated at 300 million tons, and if nothing is done, there will be an additional 155 million tons by 2025.

Waste materials gradually integrating the food chain

A priori, this plastiplankton is not dangerous for the organisms that ingest it. Their digestive system evacuates the constituents of plastic, which are inert, unassimilable materials.

However, a study published in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry showed that molds in the presence of polystyrene nanobeads lacked appetite. The impact is not zero therefore, on filtering organisms.

It is even less so when it is due to micro or macro-waste. First because they serve as vehicles for the dissemination of species in the oceans. For example, the 2011 tsunami which released billions of tonnes of waste to the sea, resulted in the migration of some 120 species from Japan to Canada. And with them, a lot of pathogens for local people.

The plastisphere changes the rules of the game between different organisms. So are the Halobates sericeus, marine insects that walk on water and lay on floating objects … a fortiori on plastic debris. In an environment where resources are scarce, the multiplication of nesting sites favors their development, to the detriment of other species. And especially fish, which also deposit on plastics their eggs, a dish of choice for halobates.

Three years ago, a study by researchers at the University of California found that these insects proliferated in the North Pacific Gyre. In 2015, the 7th Continent mission also took large quantities of them in the North Atlantic.

Other privileged inhabitants of the seventh continent are the jellyfish whose young polyps (first stage of development) colonize the pieces of plastic willingly. Perhaps this is the key to their proliferation? What is certain is that jellyfish eat fish. So the more jellyfish there are, the fewer fish there will be.

Finally, waste that contains polyethylene become porous by degrading and absorb persistent pollutants. They are thus transformed into true “sponges” with heavy metals in them. What happens to these pollutants? Are they released into the environment? Are they transferred to seaweed or plankton? The study of the plastisphere is just beginning. And faced with the extent of the disaster, it is urgent to understand before considering cleaning the seas. Because under the plastics, there is life, a life abounding to be preserved.

The solutions to get rid of plastic

Among the possible actions, some fall under the false good idea, but others would have a real effectiveness. According to a study published in Science in 2015, the 192 coastal countries of the planet produced 275 million tonnes of plastic waste in 2010, of which 8 million tonnes were dumped into the oceans. Faced with this finding, what to do?

Reduce pollution at the source?

Ban all plastics? The solution is unrealistic. Without food film, for example, a large amount of food would be thrown away. However, restrictive measures are taken. In France, cash bags will be banned in 2016: a bag that serves 20 minutes pollutes indeed 450 years.

Making plastic biodegradable? Biodegradable plastics are designed to disintegrate under specific conditions of humidity, heat and microbiology rarely reached in nature. There is a so-called oxofragmentable plastic: an additive allows its fragmentation. False idea because it makes the pollution invisible. Compostable packaging is. they come from natural products: potatoes, seaweed, corn, agro-food waste. This is the option chosen by the Brittany Materials Engineering Laboratory which uses local waste associated with marine bacteria to produce local packaging. A virtuous circular economy.

Prevent the arrival at the sea?

This requires the general immobilization at the scale of a watershed, involving the regular cleaning of watercourses. The 7th Continent NGO team conducts clean-up operations every year, the last one taking place in the Seine, where an average of 100 kilograms of waste was removed every 100 meters. In France the water agencies finance capture grids, but it’s still anecdotal at this time. A participatory application will be inaugurated in September to allow to photograph and locate by GPS the contaminated places. This information will be transmitted to the waste collection services.

Pick up the rubbish ?

This is simple and effective in the short term. This solution was tested at the scale of a country, Lebanon, where, in the aftermath of the civil war, the seabed was covered with more than one meter of waste. In August 1997, Operation Big Blue launched the first collection campaign that brought together 40,000 people along the coast. Since then, this cleaning has become annual. The problem is as long as plastics are released in the wild, they will have to be picked up. The cycle is endless, therefore.

Trapping waste at sea?

This is the challenge of the Dutch Boyan Slat who imagined a flexible barrier of two kilometers long, attached to the seabed, which stops the waste pushed by the currents. These are concentrated in the middle of the device, from where they are extracted from a platform. The Ocean Cleanup Association has announced the implementation of a prototype in 2016 off the coast of Japan. Problem: this system does not take into account the plastisphere and the life associated with it. And does not solve the problem of nanoparticles.

Consider renting a dumpster and fill it with all your unwanted plastic items, so they safely end up in a landfil or even better they get recycled. This way it will not end up in the ocean and you will be helping the environment.

Is Cloud Hosting A Good Option For Your Business?

web serversThe word “cloud” has basically become a common technological term. While tech-savvy people have a decent understanding of what it truly is, its potential and application come a bit confusing to most of us. For example, cloud hosting is not a shared server with a cloud logo on it. Compared to other hosting services and other traditional forms of hosting, cloud hosting offers unique pros.

The name cloud is drawn from its computing power called the cloud – an extensive underlying network of physical web servers or components where resources are allocated instead of having a fixed set of hardware. To state it simply, this server is an infrastructure that utilizes a software to divide itself into multiple virtual servers. These divisions are then called virtual machines (VM).

The terms “cloud computing” and “cloud storage” are sometimes used interchangeably. A person who is still new to web hosting may be tempted to believe that both terms are the same. But this is far from the truth.

The most general thought of cloud is a unit of storage where you can save files and remotely access them. Some examples are DropBox, iCloud, and Google Drive. Once the files are stored here, any person with access can get a copy of the data stored. Cloud Storage is useful for both personal and organizational use as most of them can provide you with unlimited storage space. Cloud computing, on the other hand, works differently.

Cloud storage is where you safely keep your files, while cloud computing is used to work on and finish projects. Since this is also linked to the cloud, you, or someone else with access can work on the same material and return it to you or pass it around to other people.

In organizations and businesses, cloud computing ensures that people can collaborate more efficiently. Since all the files are accessible to anyone authorized, it eliminates the problems of transparency. Furthermore, cloud computing also improves communication, especially when projects are worked on by multiple people in different locations. One example of Cloud Computing is SaaS or also known as software-as-a-service.

Below are the main types of cloud that you might find useful for your business.

Public Cloud

Public clouds are computing infrastructures that are being offered by companies like Google, Microsoft, and even Amazon. They basically provide services to the public including you. Even organizations can secure a piece of this space of network. Essentially, the resources of the cloud are being shared by hundreds to thousands of people. They do excel in performance but are quite vulnerable to cyber vulnerabilities and attacks.

Private Cloud

A private cloud is a network used by a single person or organization. This means it cannot be shared but still remains to be remotely located. It is often used by businesses who require a specific type of security control. Many medical clinics, banks and other organizations who are mandated to follow certain state guidelines for data control utilize this type of cloud hosting.

It allows these organizations to handle sensitive data while meeting the government regulations without breaching privacy. So rest assured that trade secrets, medical records, bank account details and other classified information are safe.

Hybrid Cloud

The hybrid cloud gives you the best of both worlds. Its system is more complex and requires its users to manage multiple platforms and determine where exactly their data is stored. An example of this is an organization that uses a public cloud to provide information or even interacts with clients or customers while keeping sensitive data secured in a private cloud. If you have an organization and are looking for scalability, flexibility, and security, this is the best choice.

So, how exactly does cloud and cloud computing differ from one another? Here are two pointers to remember:

  • Cloud Storage require more storage space as it is mainly used as a storing and sharing medium. Cloud Computing requires a higher processing power because multiple people can access it all together and work on the same project.
  • Cloud Storage is mainly for personal use. Some small to medium-sized organizations use them as well. On the other hand, cloud computing allows its users to code applications remotely and even transform the necessary data.

Organizations and businesses today continue to investigate the pros and cons of cloud computing. After all, some companies still prefer to keep their data in a hardware somewhere inside their office. Though it is still relatively in its early stages of adoption, it is clear that Cloud Hosting is also an effective and inexpensive option without risking data security.

Nature vacations in Chile

Chile is a beautiful country to visit for nature lovers. Here is a summary of what you can do over there. And it is really worth it, so consider it as a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Trekking & Hiking

Visiting ChileChile is a paradise for every outdoor fan, even around the metropolitan area hikers can find untouched nature. The father north or south you travel, the fewer infrastructures you will find. For everybody who loves hiking and wants to experience some real adventure Chile is the place to go.
With the exception of some national parks, signs and other orientation tools are hard to come by, so a good map and a GPS device are mandatory. Make sure to take comfortable and sturdy hiking boots, warm clothes, a tent, sleeping bag, cooking equipment and everything else you need out in nature. For longer trips it is necessary to take food because it may not be possible to buy anything along the way. Below are some interesting tours:

Volcano Antuco Tour

The 2985 meter high volcano is located in the national park Laguna del Laja and is perfect for a 2 to 3 day tour. There are no shelters along the way, therefore a tent is necessary. On the way you will see Sierra Velluda (3585 meters), countless waterfalls and a field of cold lava.

Sierra Nevada Tour

In the surroundings of Temuco, around the volcano Llaima (3125 meters) and the national park Conguillío hikers can find the mountain rage Sierra Nevada. The trail takes round 2 days to complete and is not difficult. Nonetheless, a map and compass are mandatory.

Circuito Los Cóndores Tour

A longer tour through the Andes nearby Talca, the entire trail takes about 8 to 10 days but it is possible to walk only parts of it. On the way you will see the Río Claro, the 3830 meter high volcano Descabezado Grande, waterfalls, hot springs and a lot of untouched nature. In some parts of the trail it is helpful to have a tour guide because the tracks are hard to find. A pack horse is a good option to carry all the supplies (including food) you must bring with you.

Glacier Tour

For inexperienced mountaineers the national park Torres del Paine in Patagonia is perfect to experience a glacier tour. Still the tour should not be taken alone, once you are on the top you are surrounded by 18.000 square kilometers of ice.

Birdwatching

Chile’s variety of natural habitats makes it an excellent destination for birdwatching. In the different ecological zones within Chile, bird lovers can expect to see the Dusky-tailed Canastero, White-throated Tapaculo, Moustached Turca, Chilean Mockingbird, Chilean Tinamou, Crag Chilia, Chilean Seaside Cinclodes and Slender-billed Parakeet. Some interesting bird watching spots in Chile are:

Andes

In the Andes you will get great chances to see many fascinating bird such as the Crag Chilia, the Rufous-banded Miner, White-sided Hillstar, Yellow-rumped Siskin, Greater Yellow-finch, Black-winged Ground-dove and of course the majestic Andean Condor.

Coastal Mountain Range

In the La Campana National Park which is a typical Central-Chile Mediterranean landscape you will be able to see the Dusky-tailed Canastero, White-throated and Dusky Tapaculos, Moustached Turca, Chilean Mockingbird and Chilean Tinamou.

Coastal Wetlands

Around the sandy beaches there are high chances to spot Collared Plovers, Willets, Black skimmers, White-backed Stilts and up to five tern species. In the lagoons and marshes there are possibilities to find South American Snipes, three South American Grebes (Great, White-tufted and Silvery), Plumbeous Rails, Lake Ducks, Red Shovelers, Speckled Teals, Chiloe Wigeons, Black-headed Ducks and Black-necked and Coscoroba Swans.

Humboldt Current

Around the Humboldt Current before Vallparaiso you might spot a Humboldt Penguin, Peruvian Booby, Peruvian Pelican, Guanay Cormorant or Peruvian Diving-petrel. Plus you can spot animals like the Red-legged Cormorants, Inca Terns, Grey Gulls, Blackish Oystercatchers, and Southern Sea Lions.

Surfing

Chile has many beaches good for surfing, especially the northern region. Except for the winter months surfing is possible all year. The water temperature ranges from 15º and 20°C.
Although the waves in central Chile are bigger, the waves in the north are stronger and are better suited for surfing.
Surfing is not a popular sport in Chile, therefore instructors and gear are relatively expensive. A lesson costs about US$20 and gear for a day costs about US$15. Below are some of the most popular surfing spots:

Pichilemu

Located south west of Santiago, is the number one surfing spot in Chile. The town is the host of the annual national championships. It offers something for every kind of surfer. Beginners should try to catch their first waves at the beaches Las Terrazas or La Puntilla. More skilled practitioners should visit El Infierno, while only the most experienced surfers should consider Punta de Lobos where the waves can get up to 6 meters high and more.

Ritoque

Just north of Viña del Mar, Ritoque is one of Chile’s most beautiful places for surfing. On the 13 kilometer long Playa Ritoque waves can get as high as 7 meters.

Curanipe & Pullay

The beaches around Curanipe are very popular for his long waves that can carry on for almost 1 kilometer. The Playa Pullay has waves up to 4 meter high, where tubes are very common.

Arica

Close by the city Arica is the Playa Gringo, where as the name tells many US Americans come to surf. Even though there rocks in the water, the qualification for the national championship takes place here. Waves can get up to 4 meters high.

Canoeing & Kayaking

Even though this extreme sport has become well-known in the US and Europe, it is not yet so popular in Chile. One day of canoeing can cost around US$140 – $160. The gear (helmet, neoprene suit, lifejacket) is usually included. Interesting tours are presented below:

Lago Espolón

The Lago Espolón is located about 8 kilometers from the town of Futaleufú in Chile’s 10th region (a few hours from Puerto Montt). The canyon has several waterfalls and pools. For people with a good endurance this tour should be fine.

Río Leon

Close to Petrohué lies the Río Leon, you can experience waterfalls, pools and climbing areas. The activities in the river are not for the weak, and it is advised you take a tour with an experienced guide. Also, the water can be very cold.

How To Rank On The First Page of Google

googleFor every website owner, it is a dream to dominate the top search ranking of Google. However, the majority of the popular search terms already belong to the different influential companies with authoritative sites linking to one another. What makes these sites dominate the SERPs is that they can easily pass link juice around and control keywords in just a few months.

Such SEO experts who act on almost every Google update, they optimize their sites down to the smallest detail as soon as updates have been announced. That leaves small-time businesses, brands, bloggers, and freelancers almost no space to rank on the first page of Google especially for sites that have no SEO support built into them.

The good news is, there is a workaround.

There are some processes and techniques to help boost your ranking. But it will require hard work, time, effort and patience. Here are four of authentic ways to outrank your competition and claim a valuable spot on the search engine results page.

1. Conduct Keyword Research

Keyword research was and still is an important aspect in search engine optimization. For you to rank highly for a keyword or keyword phrase, you need to ensure that you have done your homework.

When you start researching, length should be the first thing to look at whenever you are trying to rank for a long-tail keyword. As much as possible, try to stick to at least four words.

Many authority sites compete for shorter keywords. If you are still building your authority, it is best to cling to more extended keywords. Using Google’s Keyword Planner tool is a helpful tool in finding out how much competition you are facing.

Another tip in deciding your keywords is to go for something that is not highly competitive but still has a respectable amount of searches. By selecting long-tail keywords, you are not after the volume. Instead, you are centering on the intention, which is discussed below. After all, it is better to have few searches and rank high than to have a lot of searches and not rank at all.

2. Write Keyword-Rich Headlines

Writing a keyword-rich headlines is one of the keys in ranking high because they help real people instantly find what they are looking for. And if it matters to people, it surely matters to SEO as well.

You may notice that authority websites try to put their targeted keywords in the headlines. If you can manage to do this on your posts, go ahead and do it. But if it does not sound natural, move on and do not worry about it.

The goal here is to generate quality titles as much as you can so that you can attract more readers. Play with variations of your headlines and focus on creating titles that are appealing and interesting to users.

3. Study User Intent

Whenever you use Google or any search engine, you will be typing keywords or phrases which will reveal what you need at that specific time. This is what “user intent” is. Studying this concept will help you boost your rank and improve conversion.

According to an article published by searchengineland.com, there are three types of search queries – navigational, informational and transactional queries.

For example, if the keywords are “reviews for omega-3 pills” you can assume that the user is using an informational query to gain information about this topic. When a user enters the keyword “youtube” or “quora,” this person is using a navigational query as his or her intention is to find a particular webpage. If someone uses the phrase “buy running shoes,” you can expect that the user is using a transactional query and is intending to purchase a pair of shoes.

For every user’s search query, always ask the question “why.” Afterwards, you can take the answer and apply it to keyword research. Look for key phrases and their corresponding top three results in the search engine.

For example, you type the keyphrase “social media marketing for your website” to Google. Take the top three or five results and see if you could improve on one of them and possibly publish a content similar to it.

Based on the query used, you can determine if the user has an advanced knowledge or not. Most people who typed the query “social media marketing for your website” is plausibly a rookie looking for answers at a novice level. That gives you an opportunity to write content that can better address the user’s intent for that particular keyword phrase. Doing so will help you rank higher in Google.

Remember that Google focuses on providing the best search results for user queries. If you can successfully meet the user intentions, Google will surely reward you for it.

4. Produce Content Regularly

If your website does not have a blog, you need to start working on one. Publishing content once every two or three months will not generate enough content to help you get ranked. Starting a blog presents the opportunity to publish content consistently. That means you have to get used to writing blog posts or articles that will help answer the “whys” of the user intent.

Writing articles with less than 600 words will not do any justice to your blog. If you genuinely want to be more visible on the world wide web, stick to long and informative articles. The safest word count would be between 800 to 1,500. Embed videos, add photos, use internal and external links and most especially, be unique!

Be cautious of stuffing keywords. This SEO technique might have worked years ago, but today, Google penalizes sites with stuffed keywords without delivering a single notice to the webmaster.

There are no shortcuts in SEO, and these are the white hat solutions you need to follow. By heeding these four processes diligently, you will eventually start noticing the numbers of your traffic and conversion go up. These four methods may take time and hard work, but the rewards are worth it.

Healthy Eating Habits To Support Your Weight Loss


Healthy eating habits are minor adjustments you incorporate into your lifestyle to stay fit and strong. When you are overweight, these minor adjustments can potentially save you from weight-related diseases that can strike your health any minute.

Health issues like obesity, diabetes and stroke are just some of the examples of deadly weight-related problems you should protect yourself from.

Part of eating healthy is following a strict diet. But diets are not exactly easy to follow, especially when you love eating food.

Rather than forcing yourself to go on a strict diet, here are eating habits you can follow to help your health adapt to a healthier lifestyle.

Choose A Diet That Consists Of The Food You Like

it may seem that the best weight loss method is to stop eating the foods you overindulge, but starving yourself will do nothing but damage your health further. A diet that consists of foods you do not like is also not good as it will only set you to failure.

According to medical researchers, If you completely eliminate the foods you like, you will most likely abandon your diet plan. So it is important that you eat the foods you love. Just make sure you do not overindulge.

Eat In Smaller Portions

Eating smaller food portions mean you cut down your calories. Doing this can help your body burn off your excess body fat to fuel your body’s need for energy.

To encourage smaller meals, you can substitute your regular large dining plate to a smaller one. Using a smaller plate gives you the illusion that you already have too much food on your plate.

Another tip you can do is to ask your waiter to cut your order in half and put the other half in a takeaway bag to consume later. This does not only help you eat less, it cuts down your costs as well.

Use The Fist Rule

Though eating out in restaurants sounds more convenient, the portion sizes they give you are definitely too much. In fact, food portions in the United States have increased thrice as much over the course of two decades.

According to most dietitians, keeping your meals no larger than your fist will keep your calories in check.

Be A Mindful Eater

Eating the right amount of food is only half the battle. The other half lies on your head as there is a psychological component in eating. When people know that they are being watched, they tend to eat lesser portions because it constantly reminds them that they should not eat more.

This phenomenon is mainly why many people who take part in studies successfully lose weight regardless of which group they are assigned to. They stay conscious about their meals simply because their behavior is constantly watched, observed and studied.

Eat More Lean Proteins and Fiber

One of the secrets to weight loss is keeping yourself full. Source your meals from fiber-rich foods and lean proteins. They help you stay filled and satiated for longer hours.

As fiber and protein take time to digest, sugar and other nutrient absorption will take time. These foods help stabilize your blood sugar and prevent diabetes.

Processed foods like cookies, candy bars and pastries on the other hand are easily digested. They can cause your blood sugar levels to spike. This instability is responsible for that intense hunger even if you just ate a few hours ago. So it is important to stay away from these foods.

Stop Drinking Sodas and Other Sweetened Beverages

Sodas, juice concentrates and cocktail drinks taste a lot better compared to water. But what they make up for taste, they lack in nutrition.

A study of 170 obese women between the age range of 25 to 50 found that by replacing beverages to plain drinking water, you can encourage weight loss.

Set Your Kitchen

The foods found in your kitchen can trigger your usual unhealthy eating habits. If you line your shelves with sugary snacks and processed junks, you are most likely going to abandon your diet and start munching on these foods again.

What you can do is to set up your kitchen to make it more dieter-friendly. Keep healthy foods in sight by putting a basket of fresh fruits on top of the counter.

You can also chop vegetables beforehand so that you can easily whip up a salad or a healthy snack in case you get hungry.

Reduce temptation by throwing away all processed foods, sweet treats and heavily salted snacks. And try not to buy these foods again whenever your grocery shop.

Grocery Shop With A Full Belly

Shopping in a grocery store with an empty stomach is a recipe for disaster. Shopping while hungry will encourage you to impulsively buy unhealthy foods that should have been forbidden in your kitchen the first place.

As mentioned earlier, eating right starts with stocking your pantry, fridge or cupboards with healthy foods.

Surrounding yourself with people who support your decision to become healthy will encourage you to stay on track. Be sure to pick the friends who understand how important it is for you to stay healthy and lose weight. Keep yourself accompanied by people who will not tempt you to go back to your old ways.

Cruising for freedom


Below are reviews of two great cruise lines where you can book a cheap cruise for some freedom away from stress. These offer a lot of physical activity as well so it is better to be fit before you join.

If you do not know where can i buy green coffee bean extract to get leaner, just hit the gym a few times before leaving. It is important to be in good shape as these trips are quite physically demanding.

Celebrity Cruises are among the newest cruise ships in the industry being established 1988 by Greek Chandris Group. In 1997, Celebrity Cruises merged with Royal Caribbean International and also spawned Azamara Club Cruises.

Celebrity Cruise LinesPopular features of Celebrity Cruises are glass dining rooms so you can enjoy the view, luxurius formal foyer areas, excellent choices in dining venues, balcony and suite staterooms are available on every cruise, large pool areas available and many lounge areas available for relaxing in. Or you can take in the bars and lounges that are on offer as well as their libraries, spa treatment or gyms.

Norwеgіan Cruіѕe Lіnе (NCL) is faіrly new in thе Cruіѕе wоrld bоaѕting vеry uр to dаtе сruiѕe linеѕ, Norwegiаn Cruіsеѕ gо to а numbеr оf portѕ of сall іncluding Amеrіca, Cаnadа аnd Sоuth Amеriса! Thеy alѕo dо smallеr сruiѕеs fоr wеekеndѕ аrоund thе Mexiсаn Rivіеrа. So јet оff tо Flоrida or thе Bаhаmаѕ wіth Nоrwеgіаn Cruіѕеs, or down thе Pаnamа Cаnal!

Thіѕ cruіѕе lіne cоmpanу doeѕn’t bеlіеve іn роmp and сеremоnу, аѕ Norwеgіаnѕ Freеѕtylе сruiѕіng meanѕ уou аrе frеe to wеаr whаt yоu want, еat whаt yоu wаnt and dо what you want аt аll timеs. Freeѕtylе асcommodatіon meаnѕ thаt уоur rоom iѕ juѕt the waу уou wаnt іt to be, wіth rооm ѕеrvісе, fullу ѕtосkеd mіni-bаr, сustomіѕеd fruіt bаѕkеt, frеѕh bakеd coоkiеѕ and еvеn breаkfast іn bеd оr dinner sіttіng оut оn уour balсony.

The choісе оf ассоmmоdatiоn іs vаѕt wіth lаrgе suiteѕ аѕ wеll aѕ іntеrсоnnectіng stаterооmѕ and suіtеs tо ѕuіt even the largеst of famіliеs. NCL haѕ lаvіѕh and соmfоrtаble garden or cоurtyаrd villaѕ wіth еn-ѕuitеѕ іn аll thе thrее bеdrоomѕ and a ѕраciоuѕ fіvе thousаnd ѕquаrе feet оf рrіvаcу. Whаtever you сhоosе yоu arе guаrantеed tо hаvе an amazіng view аnd usuаllу а bаlcony.

Norwegian сruіѕеs Frеeѕtуlе meanѕ that уоu саn еаt brеаkfaѕt, lunсh and dinnеr whеnеvеr yоu аrе hungrу. If you want to lie іn, takе а dip or go tо the gym bеfore brеаkfaѕt, then уоu аrе freе tо dо ѕо. Thе ѕame аррlіeѕ tо dіsеmbаrkаtіon, as at no tіmе will you have to vaсate уоu quаrters at thе craсk оf dawn. Itѕ all abоut уou аnd what you wаnt tо dо on уоur holiday on thе ѕhір. On the оthеr hаnd іf you want exрreѕѕ dіѕеmbаrkatіon, уоu сan lеavе the shіp rіght awаy.

Shірs hаvе lots of rеstаurants аnd buffetѕ. Hоwеvеr, you can hаve brеаkfаѕt іn bеd оr eаt yоur dіnnеr оn уоur balсоnу аnd bе wаіtеd on bу yоur pеrѕоnal wаіtеr. Unlіkе ѕоme othеr сruiѕе lіneѕ, you wіll nоt hаvе to еаt wіth a ѕtrangеr, but if уоu wоuld like a соmpаnion аt yоur tablе, thіѕ сan bе arrаngеd.

The nіghtlіfе iѕ tremеndоus with dаnce сlubѕ, numеrous barѕ, саѕinоs, and private karаоke аnd іn the daу you сan еnјоу Freeѕtylе familу fun, golf, spоrtѕ аnd fіtneѕѕ. Nоrwegіаn Cruiѕe аlѕо offers сruiѕе rewardѕ, bоn voуage giftѕ and there are alwауs рromоtionѕ аnd ѕpесіаlѕ.

Nоrwеgіаn сruіѕeѕ аrе tоtallу unіquе. Alѕo рrovіding a Nіntendo Wiі оn a maѕsive two levеl screеn and a bоwlіng аlley? Theу knоw that іt’s the little things, pеrѕonаl touсhes аnd frееdоm thаt mаkе а holіdaу sресіal. Thеy hаve lеft no stоnе unturnеd whеn it comeѕ to рrоvіdіng somеthіng for еveryоne on аll theіr ѕhірs – Nоrwеgiаn Epic, Dаwn, Jewеl, Gеm, Jаdе, Pеarl, MAјеѕty, Spirіt, Sun, Star, Skу and Pride оf Amerіca.

7 Herbs That Every Kitchen Witch Loves

basil herbsFor thousands of years, herbs and spices have earned their right place in the field of alternative medicine.

Modern research has also proved and helped pinpoint their unique medicinal properties.

If you are prone to colds and stomach aches, or if you are also experiencing other health issues that herbs and spices can help you with, you can directly go to your kitchen and find the remedies to your illness.

You can either eat the spices with your meals, juice or create a smoothie with it. The simplest way to extract the medicinal properties of herbs are steeping it with hot water for a couple of minutes before drinking the liquid. Below are some of the typical kitchen herb that every kitchen witch loves to use.

1. Basil

Basil is an Italian spice usually added to breads and pastries. This spice can also ease anxiety by relaxing tense muscles. Because of its biochemical action to the body, it can be used to address intestinal and uterine cramps of women.

2. Rosemary

The herb rosemary has antibacterial properties. It also has antioxidant compounds that can help neutralize free-radicals in the body. A research group at Kansas State University reported that using this herb in ground beef can help reduce the formation of cancer-causing compounds that are usually present in fried and grilled meats.

3. Turmeric

This herb is a powerful anti-inflammatory, which means it can used to help ease pain from injuries, arthritis or other chronic aches. Its potent properties came from the compound called curcumin – which is also a popular health supplement today. In India, it is used both topically and internally to help with skin wounds. It is also often steeped into tea to help ease upper respiratory tract infections and treat colds.

4. Ginseng

Ginseng is originally an herb root, cleaned and soaked in hot water to serve as tea. The benefits of this root is it improves lung function, lower blood sugar levels, improves mood, reduce stress and boost brain function. You can grab this as a canned beverage, tea or in capsule form. This can be a replacement to coffee or tea as well.

5. Cinnamon

Cinnamon sticks are great when added to hot water with a little lemon to express cold symptoms. You can also mixed this with freshly grated ginger and natural honey as an elixir for sore throat. In ancient times, this spice was regarded as the spice used by royalty. Studies show that cinnamon can assist an insulin resistant patient in treating their condition. Cinnamon has also been found to aid in blood sugar reduction and repair damaged cells caused by aging.

6. Ginger

Ginger is not just a staple in every kitchen, it is a must to stock your pantry with this spice. It is great for curbing nausea, combating colds and treating indigestion. According to research, ginger contains the compounds gingerols. This is believed to help fight cancer and address pain from arthritis.

7. Saffron

Saffron has been originally used in Persia as a medicine to boost one’s mood. It is usually consumed as a tea or added to rice porridge. Medical findings states that saffron can address anxiety, depression and mood swings by changing the neurotransmitter levels of serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. This spice also contains antioxidants that can help clean up the free radicals in the body – particularly in the brain.

Using herbs and spices in their natural form are completely safe. However, in the event that you plan on using these in supplement form to treat specific conditions, it is always best to seek your doctor’s advice about it. A healthcare professional can determine if taking these in supplement form are safe and in line with your illness.

Natural supplements may come from harmless sources but they can be very potent. They can also interact or interfere with any prescription medication that you are taking, so remember to talk to your doctor and ask if these natural products are safe to take.