Things to Consider Before Moving to a New City

Moving to a new city is a significant decision that will affect all aspects of your life. Although the transition can be exciting, it’s important to be prepared and know if it’s the right step to take to avoid experiencing any serious complications during or after the process. If you’re looking to relocate, there are a few things to consider before calling a new city home.

Know Your Budget

Moving can be expensive due to the cost involved with transporting all of your furniture and items, the cost of transportation, and having to put down a deposit or down payment on a new home. You need to evaluate the cost of housing in the city, which can differ from where you currently live. What you can afford can influence where you’ll need to live, making it necessary to do your research ahead of time. Income tax may also be different if you’re moving to a different state.

Job Opportunity

The city that you relocate to should have job opportunity and allow you to grow in your current career to ensure that you have financial stability long-term. Research the current state of the city’s economy and if there’s growth. Research the leading industries in the area and if you’ll be able to have new opportunities in the future. Those who are in the fashion industry can often thrive in New York City while those who are in the tech industry can benefit by moving to Northern California.

Social Network

One of the most common challenges of relocating is leaving behind family members and friends, which can be a significant transition. There should be opportunities to meet new people after you move to ensure that you can form new relationships and make connections with those around you. Having a social network is necessary to ensure that you don’t feel isolated or alone.

Consider What Makes You Happy

Knowing what makes you happy is crucial to determine if living in a new city will allow you to feel fulfilled. You may enjoy exploring downtown areas or spending time in nature, making it necessary to evaluate if the new city has amenities that will accommodate your lifestyle and allow you to participate in activities that you enjoy on a consistent basis.

The Best Tech Tools for Travel Enthusiasts

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Whether it’s business, personal, or pleasure related, the vast majority of Americans are hopping on planes or trains and traveling. So, why not equip your suitcase or carry-on with some of the top tech tools that every frequent traveler loves.

One of the top tech travel necessities in 2018 is the use of noise canceling headphones and earphones. When switched on, these headphones create sound waves to cancel out ambient noise by over 70%. Companies like Bose, Sony, Audio-Technica, and Sennheiser have some of the top sellers in the market that range in price and size.

Once you’ve arrived at your location, you’ll need to get from place to place, and sometimes walking just isn’t an option. Ride sharing apps are available all over the world and can be accessed on any Android or Apple smartphone. In the United States, Uber and Lyft are the most popular choices to get from point A to point B, those ride sharing services aren’t available in all countries. While Uber is available in over 100 countries, most countries offer similar alternatives for taxis, private cars, and motorbike transportation. Before you travel overseas, make sure to do some research on what ride sharing app is popular at your future destination.

Another great travel accessory to throw into your carry-on or suitcase is a portable charger.  These devices are a lifesaver in any location where you can’t access an outlet or a usb port. They need to be charged ahead of time, and depending on the size you purchase, they can charge anything from a smartphone to a laptop.

It’s no secret that Amazon is going to be the place to purchase all of these top tech pieces for your next trip, so why not look into an E-reader while you’re shopping? These devices allow you to take any book or magazine on the go while digitally storing all of them on a cloud. E-readers are about 6.3” x 5.6”  and weigh no more than 9 ounces depending on the device. This eliminates the bulk of books and allows for more room in your bag for other necessities.

Finally, and last but not least, adapter plugs. These little gadgets are a lifesaver. If you’re traveling from the United States to anywhere else in the world, or vice versa, you know that power outlets are different in every country. Adapter plugs allow you to take whatever plug you need to plug in and adapt it to the outlets of the country you are in. They can be purchased pretty much anywhere, and can come with multiple plug adapter attachments to be used in a variety of different countries.

All of these devices make traveling long distance that much more enjoyable and hassle free. The next time you go on a business trip or family vacation, which one of these will be in your carry-on or suitcase?

How Adult Stem Cell Therapy Can Treat Disease

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The title “stem cells” can be categorized as an umbrella term that defines cells with the ability to create other types of cells throughout the human body. These amazing organisms can repair themselves, as well as develop practically any part of the body, both internally and externally. When applied to older individuals, adult stem cell therapy can be incredibly beneficial in treating a range of diseases.

While this form of treatment comes with some controversy, there is no denying the remarkable benefits that come with adult stem cell therapy. Originally used as a way to treat disease of the immune system, stem cells first saw success in the late 1990’s. The therapy was first applied to patients suffering from multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, and even heart disease, seeing a surprising amount of achievement in little time.

A great deal of the controversy surrounding the use of stem cells is due to the fact that some are harvested from embryos just a few days after they are fertilized, though other sources include blood and bone marrow; these are often much easier to harvest. Stem cells derived from embryos possess the ability to divide thousands of times due to their youthfulness, and can be applied to several parts of the human body. Adult stem cells on the other hand, are fully developed, and are thus unable to benefit other parts of the body that they haven’t already created. However, these cells can essentially travel throughout organs and tissue.

Cell-based therapies have the potential of repairing, and even replacing damaged or diseased tissue or organs, which is why many medical researchers today are expressing their excitement for this field of study. Stem cells from bone marrow, for example, have been shown to effectively treat different types of leukemia because of their ability to replace white blood cells. After undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy, an individual suffering from leukemia will have a significantly lower white cell count, which must be made up over time. Stem cells taken from bone marrow have the potential of cutting this time in half.

According to many scientists, some of the main factors holding back research in this field are the political, ethical, and religious concerns that come with obtaining stem cells and the tests used to judge their efficiency. In the past, animals that have undergone these tests have reacted negatively, painting a poor image on the field as a whole. However, numerous patients suffering from heart disease have seen regular improvement after receiving stem cell injections. Those with Parkinson’s Disease, brain injuries, and diabetes are currently able to undergo adult stem cell therapy, and successes have been recorded on nearly all fronts.

While research is still being done on this exciting and slightly unknown area of medicine, adult stem cell therapy has shown incredible promise in the treatment of a variety of diseases. Miracle cases have been observed all over the world so far. But, like every other form of treatment, there are risks that exist when undergoing this therapy, such as the possibility that these cells will develop into the wrong types of cells, and contribute to genetic damage.
Adult stem cell therapy certainly holds the key for future treatment of diseases, but the medical field has a long way to go before it is considered standard procedure. The FDA discourages this therapy outside of clinical trials until it has been proven that there are much more benefits than risks in the near future. If you yourself are considering undergoing stem cell therapy, talk to your doctor beforehand to receive all the necessary information needed in ensuring it is right for you. There are a large number of stem cell clinics throughout the United States that offer treatments which have never been vetted, and visiting these is an unnecessary risk that you should avoid at all costs.

Unhealthy Habits That Can Shorten Your Lifespan

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There are countless blogs spanning across the internet detailing what is and is not a healthy habit, with some being factually proven, and others being based purely on speculation. These can vary from person to person, but understanding what can and typically is bad for your health is crucial in preserving your well-being. Here are some surprising habits that may go unnoticed from day to day which can shorten your lifespan.

Sitting

Standing desks have become largely popular due to these relatively new findings claiming that sitting for too long is harmful to your overall health. Even sitting more than 3 hours per day could increase your chances of contracting illnesses or muscle complications. However, regular exercise and stretching has been shown to combat these negative side effects. Pay attention to how often and how long you are spending your days on the couch or in a chair. Standing every now and then just to stretch can prove extremely beneficial in the long run.

Spending too much time alone

Many people prefer to spend their days alone, but too much of this can have damaging psychological effects. Specifically, having trouble finding a significant other was shown to be a cause of a shorter lifespan, as well as neglecting friend groups. While solitude is certainly not a bad thing, knowing how much is too much is very important. A contributing factor is that people with weaker social connections were shown to smoke cigarettes more and partake in other unhealthy habits. When you step back to look at the bigger picture, finding companionship in another person seems like a sure way to boost and preserve your mental health.

Extended work commutes

Sitting in traffic and driving long distances to work is something very few people enjoy. Those people may be right in feeling that way though, as longer drives have been linked to increased levels of stress, and physical complications that come with sitting for so long. So, if you have the option, explore different modes of transportation from time to time to break up the monotony of your daily commute. Take a city bus, ride your bike, or even walk to work if distance is not an issue.

A continued job hunt
Spending long periods of time unemployed and searching for a job can do damage to both your wallet and health. According to a study conducted in 2011, an individual’s risk of premature death is increased as much as 63% when unemployed. So while that morning commute may be something worth avoiding, not having a career at all can be significantly worse.

How Location May Determine Your Lifespan in the U.S.

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Determining exactly how long you will live is nearly impossible, but longevity and living a longer life is being studied now more than ever. Family history, nutritional habits, and physical fitness are obviously factors that contribute to a longer life, but an aspect that many people may not take into consideration is their geographical location.

One’s location can play a large role in determining just how long they may live. This may be obvious when looking at underdeveloped countries and those more prone to famine or disease, but there are many societal aspects that can lead to a shorter or longer lifespan in any country in the world; specifically, the United States.

Considered one of the most dramatic statistics discovered in the U.S., some counties vary in life expectancy by as much as 20 years. Many professionals believe that the largest reasons why that is include average income, and education. Both of these are relative to one’s access to healthcare. The more educated an individual is, the more likely they will seek out a healthcare plan fitting for them, but to have the money to afford it is an entirely different story.

Take a look at this map. Areas like Oglala Lakota County in South Dakota have a significantly shorter life expectancy, with an average of 67 years. This may be due to the surprisingly low average income (roughly $26,000) combined with the how few citizens earned anything higher than a high school degree.

On the other hand, areas in central Colorado tend to see a much higher life expectancy than most, with an average of 85 years. Citizens here tend to be much more affluent, with better access to healthcare, and better healthcare plans that come with more money. Living in an environment that encourages outdoor activity certainly helps as well. Many residents ski, snowboard, hike, and more in the state of Colorado.

Lifestyle behaviors are obviously large factors in the contributions to life expectancy, and these can be molded by the environments we live in. These trends seem to be continuing in their normal directions, with many county’s life expectancies increasing, and other’s decreasing. Thus, the gap continues to grow.

How Stress Can Affect Your Overall Wellness

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Stress is something that affects everyone sooner or later. While often viewed as a minor psychological condition, it can take a serious toll on a person’s health. According to the American Institute of Stress (AIS), 77% of adults experience physical ailments because of stress. While stress affects people’s health in different ways, some of the most common problems include the following.

Trouble Sleeping

Many people who suffer from chronic stress also have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. Stress triggers biochemical changes in the body, such as the production and release of cortisol, that disturbs normal sleeping cycles. When stressed, a person may toss and turn all night. And if they happen to fall asleep, they generally won’t enter the deep sleep stage when it’s most rejuvenating and valuable.

Fatigue

Stress also causes fatigue, which is intensified from lack of sleep. Stress is essentially the body’s fight-or-flight response. When a person encounters a perceived threat, his or her body responds by producing adrenaline, cortisol and other stress-related chemicals. This results in a sudden boost in energy and alertness. Unfortunately, these effects are short-lived, with stress causing the person’s energy levels to drop thereafter.

Muscle Pain

When a person experiences severe, prolonged stress, he or she may develop muscle pain and soreness. There are a few reasons for this phenomenon, one of which is the fact that stress causes muscle tension. A stressed person may unknowingly keep his or her muscles in a contracted state. If this tension isn’t released, the person’s muscles will become painfully fatigued. Stress also contributes to muscle pain by promoting lactic acid buildup. As lactic acid accumulates in muscle tissue, the affected muscles become sore.

High Blood Pressure

Stress is a primary risk of high blood pressure. The Mayo Clinic explains that stress hormones cause a person’s blood pressure to rise. Previously, it was believed that this effect was temporary, but research has shown this isn’t the case. Chronic stress contributes to both short- and long-term high blood pressure.

Weakened Immune System

The immune system relies on proper hormone balance to function as intended. When a person’s hormones are out of balance, his or her immune system will become suppressed, thereby increasing the risk of infection. And because stress disturbs a person’s hormonal balance, it can lead to a weakened immune system.

These are only a few ways that stress affects a person’s health and wellness. When left unchecked, stress can also damage the heart, cause depression and contribute to poor lifestyle choices.

The Best Websites for Travel Deals

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One of the most important aspects of travel that every avid adventurer understands is financing and the need to budget one’s expenses. Traveling the world is a very expensive hobby depending on your modes of transportation and level of involvedness in the countries you are visiting. The first step you can take in alleviating these financial difficulties is finding the best deals online before you embark on your journey. With that said, here are some of the best websites you can find that will help you save on airfare, lodging, and so much more.

Kayak.com

One of more well known travel sites that has been rapidly growing in popularity in recent years, Kayak searches the internet for the cheapest flights, conveniently compiling them on a detailed list that you can look through with ease. Be sure to keep in mind that you’ll tend to find the better deals when you aren’t on such a strict schedule. That is, the more flexible you are with your time of departure and where exactly you’d like to land, the more likely you are to save.

Kayak also allows you to see how much higher or lower prices may be in the near future with their price forecaster, and recommends either buying now or waiting for prices to drop. These predictions depend on when and where in the world you’d like to go, and whether it is a one-way flight or round-trip.

TripAdvisor

When looking for in-depth hotel reviews from both professionals and customers, look no further than TripAdvisor. Refine your search down to the very mile from the airport you plan to land at, and this incredibly helpful site will display the nearest hotels, bed and breakfasts, and even rentals. Sort by rating, and your reason for your stay. Whether you are traveling with family, friends, on business, or for a romantic getaway, you are guaranteed to find the perfect place to stay.

It is important to note that TripAdvisor is a third party site that links you directly to their partnering sites, like Expedia and Hotels.com. They don’t actually offer hotels or rooms themselves, but they are able to find some of the best available offers throughout the web.

Priceline

Priceline does almost everything for you. Searching for the lowest prices in hotels, flights, and rental cars, this travel site is essentially an online travel agent. After you’ve chosen your preferred star rating, the dates of your stay, and where you’re traveling, Priceline negotiates deals for you. The trick is that you aren’t told exactly what hotel you’re staying at until after you’ve paid, so for the less adventurous, this online tool may not be for you. Unless you are visiting your desired destination for the first time or are uncomfortable with blind booking, Priceline can be an incredibly helpful resource in haggling, and saving substantial amounts of vacation expenses.

What to Know Before Buying a Timeshare

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Many people today understand the risks of purchasing timeshares, and often avoid the seemingly useless investment altogether. However, there are benefits to owning one. They can guarantee you a vacation time with the fixed annual dates you are allowed to operate within the home, and they are a great alternative to hotels in that you have all of your own personal amenities in a private space. But, before taking the plunge and buying a timeshare, take all of the most important considerations into account.

Know Your Rights

Sales pitches and the salesmen giving them have been accused time and time again of forcing customers to purchase timeshares through unethical, and, at times, illegal methods. To combat this, several states have adopted the “right of rescission,” which gives buyers the possibility of opting out of a contract should they feel it is not worth their time or money. However, be aware that these rights vary from state to state, and many timeshare companies are well aware of which states have the most lenient laws, effectively taking advantage of that location’s customers.

Know What You’re Getting

Understand that a timeshare is exactly as the name suggests: a shared piece of property with which you are given a certain period of time to occupy its quarters throughout the year (typically one to two weeks). This provides you with the conveniences of a luxury resort while avoiding the hassles. But, it’s important to keep in mind that you will not be the only person using this space. Never leave any personal items behind.

Another important aspect to understand about purchasing a timeshare is that it is not an investment. Its value will not increase over time. Those looking to invest and make money are mistaken. The only reason you should be purchasing a timeshare is because you actually want to spend time in its respective location.

Know When You’re Being Scammed
Not all timeshare purchases are scams, but many salesmen will offer to throw in a “free gift” or something of the like in an attempt to have you pay more than you have to. Similarly, there are hundreds of cases of resale scams for buyers who are struggling to sell their timeshare. If you are contacted by a “buyer” who is seemingly ecstatic to buy your timeshare, approach with caution. A few red flags include them offering to pay more than the asking price, and receiving any calls at all if you haven’t advertised your sale. Luckily, there are laws in place that help timeshare owners properly navigate this complex industry, and avoid falling victim to the many financial traps that exist.

Booking the Best Hotel For You

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Reserving a top-quality hotel room no longer has to be a hard or anxiety-inducing experience for any traveler. Travelers need to concentrate on hotels that are optimal fits for their individual requirements and wishes. They need to steer clear of concentrating solely on hotels that are widely known or those receive a lot of customer-based hype. Fortunately, intelligent travelers can depend on a range of effective hotel room booking strategies nowadays.

Looking at Websites That Specialize in Travel

It can be helpful to meticulously assess any and all websites that specialize in travel matters. These sites give people invaluable details that pertain to hotel amenities and features. They provide them with practical pricing information, too. People who are looking to score hotel rooms that are the rare blend of desirable and economical can often get significant insight from the most trusted travel sites out there.

Paying Attention to Customer Reviews

Reviews are a major part of the internet in this day and age. Consumers turn to the power of reviews prior to purchasing household appliances of all kinds. They turn to the power of reviews before booking hotel rooms as well. People who want to select hotels that can accommodate their lifestyles well should pay close attention to reviews on the internet. A traveler who wishes to avoid hotel rooms that are dark and cramped may benefit from a review’s assistance. A traveler who is passionate about staying away from hotels that lack bright bathrooms may benefit from reviews, as well.

Finding Out About the Specifics

People should never assume that a hotel is nothing more than the sum of its bedrooms and guest amenities. That’s the reason that travelers who want to make informed decisions should find out about hotel location in advance. A hotel that seems too good to be true may have a “catch” of sorts. If a traveler comes across a hotel room that’s gorgeous but suspiciously cheap, that may mean that the building is located in a neighborhood or community that’s not exactly safe or convenient. Travelers always need to delve deeper.

Requesting Corner Guest Rooms

Guest rooms that are in corners of hotels tend to be a lot more spacious. Travelers who want extra space should try to request them.

How Adding Spices to Your Diet Could Add Years to Your Life

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A study conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information found that adding spicier foods and seasonings to one’s diet could have some lasting health benefits. According to this find, people who consumed spicy foods 6-7 days per week were 14% less likely to succumb to age-related deaths than those who ate spicy foods once or fewer per week; a statistic worth noting for those worried about their health in later years.

Many different types of hot peppers contain the compound capsaicin. This has been used for centuries as a form of medicine, dating back to Native Americans. Today, researchers have found that individuals who consume hot peppers fairly regularly show lower levels of insulin after consumption, suggesting that capsaicin could potentially lower one’s risk of type-2 diabetes. Additionally, heart health among men who ate hot peppers was shown to improve, as their resting heart rates lowered, and overall function increased. Capsaicin can also reduce inflammation, which can protect your body’s cells, effectively preventing cancer.

If your threshold for spice is not particularly high, there are a number of other seasonings that can give you the same health benefits as capsaicin, if not more. Replacing salt and excess fats with herbs and spices is a great way of maintaining blood pressure, and adding more minerals to your diet, such as calcium, magnesium, iron, and potassium.

Garlic and turmeric are two more spices that come with an array of health benefits, and are very easy to add to any meal. Garlic, as most people know, goes great with Italian dishes, stir-fries, vegetables, and more. The advantages this spice brings to the table are reduced risks of colorectal cancer, stomach cancer, and even breast cancer.

Turmeric is typically the main ingredient in curry powder and yellow mustards; an optimal replacement for mayonnaise and other condiments with high levels of fat. This compound also contains anti-inflammatory ingredients, in addition to boosting the body’s output of antioxidants.

Many green herbs like basil, mint, oregano, and rosemary contain flavonoids that protect cells from damage and prevent the growth of bacteria. The oils in these spices prevent this, and the marinades that these are often in can reduce the levels of compounds that grow cancer cells.

On the sweeter side, spices like cinnamon and ground nutmeg are both anti-inflammatory as well. Cinnamon contains gingerols, which can prevent colorectal cancer, in addition to lowering your levels of blood sugar. Adding these spices to your morning cup of coffee, baked goods, and even salads could provide you with these additional health benefits.

The foods and meals in which you can introduce these multiple spices are endless. Don’t be afraid to get creative in the kitchen. The ultimate goal is to harbor the advantages that these super-spices provide for your overall health.