The Pros and Cons of Red Clover

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I can remember spending hours in the neighbor’s yard sorting through patches of clover looking for that one lucky four leaf variety. On two occasions I found such a specimen and still have one in my wallet today, 35 years later. While that clover might have brought a countless measure of luck, it’s the blossom that is considered lucky in alternative medicine. The red clover or trifolium pratense, is an herb that has compounds called isoflavones. Isoflavones are a form of estrogen.

Cancer

Current studies are showing that isoflavones like those in red clover, may aid in prevention of cancer cells forming and may even kill cancer cells in laboratory tests. But red clover has estrogen-like effects that could aid in the expansion of certain estrogen hungry cancers in the same way that human estrogen can.

Phytoestrogens are the estrogen-like compounds contained in red clover. Estrogen can overstimulate the body and cause certain cancers like uterine cancer that develops in the lining of the uterus. Long term use of herbs with phytoestrogens then could contribute to cancer, but there is also contrary evidence to this. People who consume a mostly plant-based diet, like vegetarians or vegans, have a greater absence of notable cancers. Researchers believe that phytoestrogen links with certain cells in the body thus preventing human estrogen from combing with those cells and stimulating the production of cancerous cells.

Red clover may alter the effects of any drugs containing hormones or derivatives of hormones like birth control pills for hormone replacement therapy, as well as the levels of natural hormones in the body.

Research is not clear on the consumption of red clover phytoestrogens by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Nor is it certain if women with beast cancer or other hormone based cancers should make use of red clover supplements or teas. In the area of prostate health, studies are under way in treating prostate enlargement and cancer.

Red clover is currently being used to combat symptoms of early and peri-menopause, menstrual pain, prostate enlargement, osteoporosis and high cholesterol. The pink flowers of red clover are processed for extracts that can be put into capsule or tablet form. There are also recipes for red clover tea or liquid tinctures.

Isoflavones, Menopause and Osteoporosis

Isoflavones have shown potential in the treatment of a number of conditions associated with menopause, such as hot flashes, cardiovascular health, and osteoporosis.

There is not enough reliable scientific evidence to recommend red clover for osteoporosis. Menopause increases a woman’s risk for developing osteoporosis (significant bone loss). Taking red clover has been shown to help delay osteoporosis in women who have not hit that stage of life.

Red clover can be a source of several nutrients like vitamin C, potassium, niacin and calcium to name a few. It is currently available in several ways as a liquid extract, tea or tincture, and capsule or tablet. Red clover is also known as bee-bread, purple clover or cow clover and is used as an alternative medicine therapy for the treatment of the early stages of cervical dysplasia.

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Source by Kalynn Amadio

Forex Trading – How to Lose Your Shirt

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Forex trading is a fast-moving, exciting way to make a lot of money, but it's also the easiest way I know to lose your shirt!

Follow these few simple tips to make sure you suffer big losses trading the Forex.

The first thing you must do is make sure you do not spend any time at all studying the basics of Forex trading, even though this information is available available you must make sure you completely ignore it.

It is possible to sign up for a free practice account with most Forex brokers but rather than making virtual currency trades and learning how to do things without risking real money, if you want to lose your shirt it's best to start right at the beginning using your own funds, because that way you will know what it feels like to really lose money.

Even though it is possible to receive news feeds or be alerted about items that could affect the currencies you are trading, you should not do this, it's best not to let up-to-date news affect your thinking if you want to lose money big time.

You should also make sure you completely ignore the Forex trader's forums that are available on the web. The fact that it is possible to pick up helpful tips and information on trends affecting the currency markets is of no interest to you, you know what you want to trade and you're not going to be influenced by the opinions of others.

It's best if you completely ignore any advice from the Federal Trade Commission even though they do provide information about the various frauds that could get you. The fact that the Federal Trade Commission is responsible for monitoring Forex trading is of no interest to you what so ever.

Some people suggest that when you first start trading it's best to only use small amounts of money that you do not require for any other purpose, now this is course is absolutely stupid, how can you make big money if you do not trade with large amounts? It's best to get involved right from day one trading large amounts of money.

When it comes to selecting a Forex broker do not pay any attention to other people's recommendations just go with your own gut feeling probably the one with the flashiest web site will be the right one for you.

Definitely do not bother having any trading strategy and on no account must use stop loss positions, just go with your gut feeling and you're probably right.

If on the other hand you've rather make some steady profits from your Forex trading you might just try doing the reverse of all the above tips.

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Hiring a Proofreader – Do’s and Don’ts

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When it comes to hiring a proofreader there are a number of things that you should be aware of. Here’s a quick list of do’s and don’ts to help you make a decision.

Do

  • Look for an agency that offers unlimited revisions and a money back guarantee.
  • Ensure that the proofreader you use is operating through a registered company. If this is not clear on their website then verify it with them first.
  • Read the terms and conditions or legal pages of the proofreading agency. If these are not available then do not use that proofreading service.
  • Ensure that the proofreading services will be provided on an unlimited revision basis and that there is a money back guarantee.
  • Look for proofreading services that only use qualified writers and people with degrees.
  • Look for agencies that can provide recent testimonials.

Don’t

  • Pay more than you have to. Traditional agencies charge extremely high fees for proofreading services. Hire an online proofreader. They do not have the high overheads that office based writers have and can therefore offer their services at a lower price.
  • Wait around for an agency to provide you with a quote. It causes an unnecessary delay on your project.
  • Use an agency that doesn’t allow you access to your proofreader. You may need to change your requirements of verify information and need a means through which you can contact your proofreader directly.
  • Consider an agency that charges the same amount of money for proofreading as they do for editing. Editing and proofreading are two entirely different processes and take different amounts of time and expertise to complete.

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Are Personal Alarms Effective for Self Defense

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Being in the self-defense industry, I’m always interested in what does and doesn’t work when it comes to you and me protecting ourselves against crime. Today we’re going to talk about personal alarms; what they are, what they do, and are they really an effective form of defense against crime.

First, what they are. Personal alarms are generally small, battery-operated devices that make a lot of noise. Their small size makes them easy to carry on your person, hence the name “Personal Alarm”. I know, I know, that sounds pretty obvious to most of us, but I had to start with a basic description just in case anyone out there is brand new to this sort of thing.

Next, what they do. Well, like I said, personal alarms make a lot of noise. That’s exactly what they’re supposed to do and as long as they’re working properly, that’s exactly what they do. The average personal alarm has a noise rating of anywhere between 100 decibels and 130 decibels. To put that into perspective consider this,

· A home vacuum cleaner is around 65 to 70 decibels loud

· An average alarm clock is around 80 decibels loud

· A chainsaw is around 100 decibels loud

· A jackhammer is around 130 decibels loud

· And a gun or an air raid siren is somewhere around 140 decibels loud

Sounds louder than 90 decibels are considered potentially dangerous to a persons hearing. Both the amount of noise and the length of exposure determine the amount of damage.

Most personal alarms are activated by either a push button, an on-off switch, or a pull-out pin that activates the alarm when the pin is removed from the device.

I personally prefer the ones with the pull-out pin, because if the alarm is dropped during a struggle, it won’t accidentally turn off. In fact, the only way to shut it off (short of smashing it to pieces) is to replace the activation pin or remove the batteries.

Finally, are they effective? Yes they’re effective but it all depends on what you expect them to do for you. Personal alarms work because they emit a loud, high-pitched frequency, which is far more irritating to the ears than a low pitch frequency of the same volume.

The screeching or sometimes siren like sounds that these alarms give off can quickly disorient an attacker for a few seconds, and they can also cause some pain to the eardrum, even if the person is not usually sensitive to loud noises.

But, the most beneficial use of these personal alarms, as I see it, is their ability to draw attention to your situation. Most criminals don’t want an audience when they assault someone, and a 130-decibel alarm can be heard from as far away as two or three city blocks, even with the sound of moving traffic on the street. So they can easily draw the attention of anyone close by while you’re walking through a parking lot or down the street, or even jogging through the park. This alone can often send your attacker running off in the other direction in search of less noisy prey.

Personal alarms only cost a few dollars, which makes them very easy to own. Also they are not weapons so they are legal to carry everywhere. But please keep in mind, that like any self-defense tool, a personal alarm is not magic. No matter how loud your alarm is, it does not put up some kind of magical force field that will protect you from all bad people in the world. They will however, catch most people by surprise and disorient them long enough to give you an opportunity to get away. And they will also attract attention to your situation even if you aren’t able to scream for help.

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How To Recover After A Skateboarding Session

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If you’re like me, you love to skate. A two to three hour session at your local park isn’t uncommon, and it leaves you feeling amazing. People skate for all types of reasons, but it goes without saying that the health benefits you stand to gain from skateboarding like feeling amazing after exercise, and the challenge and rewards available make us keep wanting more. The problem I face, and a lot of other skaters face is the soreness and aching after a session. This can be especially apparent the next day. Some skaters deal with it differently than others. Some people seem immune to the pain and can wake up every day and go skate like crazy, no matter how beat up they got the day before. For the rest of us, here are some solid tips to getting the most out of your skate sessions without feeling beat up the next day.

Skate more often: It may seem counterintuitive at first, but skateboarding is like any physical activity. If you don’t do it for a while then your body has a harder time getting used to the abuse. Some people live in a climate that is cold and rainy during the winter, so they stop skating for a few months until it gets warm again. Then come spring time their body isn’t used to all the banging around and goes through a phase of soreness for a while before it can adapt itself again. If you ride your skateboard more often, your body will stay adapted to the abuse, and it won’t hurt as much after a session. This doesn’t mean going out every day to jump down a 20 stair because you’ll get better at it. This kind of abuse can lead to serious injuries, but if you skate a little bit every day, and work on progressing through your learning curves while maintaining a positive attitude, you will have a better time and get more enjoyment out of it.

Stretching before and after your sessions: It’s easy to get in a couple of toe touches and butterflies just after you start skating hard, and just after you stop skating. In fact, if you don’t make time for stretching, you will have to make time for injuries and soreness later on. Pro skaters do it all the time. They have to compete, film, and jump down huge things all the time to make money, so they learn from the best physical trainers in the world. Those physical trainers will teach you first that in order to avoid injuries while working out, you must learn to stretch. If you haven’t stretched much recently, it’s OK. Start now, and take it slow. Stretch in the morning when you wake up, in the afternoon, just after you get warmed up skating and just after your skate sesh, then stretch again before bed. This much stretching throughout the day will make your body loose and limber, and will help blood and oxygen flow through your muscles and joints, repairing them faster. It’s also a great idea to stretch your upper body like your neck, back and arms.

Doing a warm-down: Just as warming-up is important in skating to ensure you don’t fall when you first start skating, warming-down is important to ensure your muscles have a moment to decompress. To do a warm-down, do some light walking. I usually walk around the skate park after I’m done skating. This can be combined with filming your friends or taking pictures if you’re a photographer. It will help get the blood flowing to your joints for some added recovery.

Eat or drink lots of protein after a sesh: I read lots of blogs and forums about people looking for the best recovery methods, and this one is the same throughout. You must eat or drink lots of protein, 30-50 grams, immediately following a workout, along with coconut water or Gatorade. Your body needs the protein to rebuild the muscle, and the energy drink will replenish glycogen levels and raise insulin levels. Insulin can help restore muscle proteins by inhibiting protein breakdown and stimulating protein synthesis. Since I am vegan, I recommend a plant-based protein shake. You can find these at your local sprouts, whole foods, or online at Amazon.com. Granted, they aren’t cheap, but if you really don’t want to feel as sore after a skate session, they might be worth a try. Also, eating or drinking potassium rich substances after a workout will help replenish spent reserves. Coconut water has lots of potassium in it, making it an excellent post workout drink. I get mine at the local 99 cents store to save money. Make sure to get the one without any added sugar. Your body also needs things like sodium and calcium to refuel muscle energy. Bananas and sweet potatoes are great sources of potassium, sodium and calcium. Add these to your post-skate session meals and you’ll feel better in no time. Also, grapes and cherries have antioxidants in them that help your body relieve soreness in your joints. Another tip is to take fish oil or flax seed oil pills. The omega-3, 6 and 9 do wonders for lubricating your joints.

Get better sleep: Sleep is essential to rebuilding muscles, joints and tendons. If you stay up late partying or watching TV after skate sessions, you won’t get the benefits that sleep offers. To make the most out of your Z’s, get at least 8-9 hours of sleep every night. If you’re like me and have trouble falling asleep, you can try to take an herbal supplement like melatonin or valerian root (I found a supplement called ‘relax & sleep’ at my local Dollar Tree). Drinking a hot cup of chamomile tea will also help. Additionally, committing yourself to a ‘technology-blackout’ after 9 pm every night will help you get to bed easier. Whatever it takes, get the sleep you need to recoup and you’ll be able to skate every day at to your fullest potential!

Reduce stress: Acute stress, like the type you get from exercising, is good for you. Chronic stress, like when you don’t get enough sleep, or when you have a paper due at school, is not good for you. To recover completely from your skate sessions in the fastest way possible, make time to do stress-relieving exercises like short hikes, hanging out with friends, and riding a bicycle. These are all things known as active-recovery, and can go a long ways in helping you recover mentally from a hard skate session. Getting social with good friends and laughing are the best ways to relieve stress.

Ice, then take a hot bath: Icing your ankles after a skate session for 10-15 minutes, then bathing in hot water will relax your muscles and make it easier for them to recover the next day. The icing reduces swelling that might happen if you landed on your ankles really hard, and the hot water relieves the tension in your muscles making it easier for blood to move through them. Combined with an after workout stretch, icing and a hot bath can be an excellent way to recover after a skate session.

Body weight squats: Doing proper body weight squats during the day and between skate session will strengthen the connective tissue around your joints, and in effect you’ll have more stability around the joints in your ankles, hips and pelvis. First you’ll want to learn how to do proper body weight squats.

I hope these tips help you have more fun with skateboarding. No doubt it can be very painful at times, but it’s overcoming our personal challenges and getting the reward of rolling away from a trick that make it all worth it. I love skateboarding, and I’m sure you do to. That’s why if it was up to me, I would skate all day every day. However, as we age our bodies don’t recover as quickly, but if you take these 5 tips to heart, maybe your recoveries will be faster, and you’ll be out skating again in no time!

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Forex Currency Trading

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It is possible to buy and sell money from different countries on the foreign exchange market called Forex. Forex currency traders can profit by taking advantage of the dips and swells in the foreign currency market. Capturing these differentials is easier in Forex currency trading than in other trading because the Forex market is open twenty-four hours a day, except for weekends, and it is global, so there are always buyers and sellers available. The traders can be diverse. They can be traders looking for short-term gains, such as day traders or slightly longer investment periods, or they can be foreign investors who are looking to hedge their investments with long term Forex trades.

Forex currency trading is done in amounts of currency called lots, that are usually $100,000 each, and can be purchased on margin. Forex currency trading strategies can be based on technical analysis of the history of the currency price or it can be based on analysis of a particular country’s political climate, tax policy, jobless rate, inflation rate, and other factors of the country. There are many different systems of Forex currency trading.

Forex currency trading is a huge market. Daily trading is estimated at between $1 trillion and $1.9 trillion dollars. Because the amount of money is so huge, it’s hard to imagine that the market can be manipulated the way a smaller market can be. Forex currency trading is also not overseen by one central agency like the Security Exchange Commission, and each country oversees the Forex currency trading activity within it’s own country.

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How to Trade Forex – Forex Made Easy

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A lot of people do not know how to trade currency properly, yet they still enter the world of Foreign Exchange. More often than not, these are the people who fail in their attempt to earn money from trading foreign currencies. Although the currency trading market is the largest and most profitable financial market in the whole world, this does not make it any easier to earn money; on the contrary, it makes it even more difficult. The Forex market is very complex and requires a lot of attention to detail, training and experience to become successful. But the first step for everyone should be to take up Education for how to trade foreign currency.

While taking up trading education classes, the beginner will be able to learn the basics of the market; how it works, the terms used and the theories. Perhaps the most important thing the person will learn is how to trade forex by creating his or her own trading system. Each trader in the Forex trading market has a trading system which will determine the path and the style of trading the person would undertake.

Learning is the first step in becoming a trader; most veterans and successful traders would advise those who are still starting in this field to take up as much learning opportunities as they can. This will allow the beginner to see the market from different points of view and be able to choose how his or her trading strategy would approach the market.

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Where to Buy Slocums River at a Cheaper Price

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If you are into fishing, of course, you will need a set of fishing gears like your fishing rods, fly fishing and even inflatable boat if you need it. But the most important of all is the fishing rod. If you are fishing in the river, the best fishing equipment that you can have is the slocums river rod. It's one of the most reliable fishing rods that you can have for fishing. This will help you out in catching the fish that you desire. Now, you're maybe wondering where you can actually buy this kind of fishing rod. Below are some tips where to actually buy this fishing rod in cheaper price.

Actually, the best place that you can purchase this in cheaper price is in the internet. The internet has a wide scope of varieties for all fishing gears around the world. You will have a lot of assortment to choose from. Since this modern time, a lot of people have been engaged with the use of the internet, most of the businessmen use this as a tool for their marketing. But for them to attract their potential customers, they need to have some catchy features like offering promos such as sale price, freebies, and free shipping. That's why if you want to get this slocums river in cheaper price, better get them online.

So, now that you already know why it's cheaper to get them online, feel free to browse your internet and look for some potential sites that offer this kind of benefits to their consumers. Open as many sites as you can so you can do some price comparison and also their features. Since you're looking for slocums river, look for its specific details and description on each site.

After looking for that specific information, before you decide to purchase anything, try to consider these few factors which are very essential. Before you fill any form, try to read first some vital information like the policy, return policy to be particular with. Aside from that also read their terms and condition and their contract policy. Return policy gives you the opportunity to return the product in case of dissatisfaction or any problem that you will encounter. It's also stated in their return policy on what kind of problem they will only cover. After reading this vital information, you can now purchase a slocums river.

Hopefully, this information has helped you in figuring out how you can purchase slocums river in a cheaper price.

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Automated Forex Software – How to Make Money With Forex

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Forex trading has certainly become easier with the help of automated Forex software. With the automated features that come with the software, it no longer comes as a surprise why there are so many Forex traders who prefer to use this modern system to traditional trading.

But just why would forex traders need the automated software? This is a simple question to answer. The Forex market is just like the Big Apple. It is the "market" that never sleeps, so to speak. Thus, all Forex traders have to be on the lookout for ways and means to maximize their profits 24/7. Sadly, this can only mean no free time for Forex traders, which is very difficult to maintain. But with the help of automated software, this can turn the tables around for them. As a trader, all you have to do with your automated platform is configure the settings, and you can then have more free time to do more important things than trade Forex.

What is really nice and helpful about automated Forex platforms is that they offer demo accounts to Forex traders. With your own demo account, you will not have to worry about investing any of your money just yet. After all, being the beginner in the trade, you would want to safe-keep your money for as long as you can, right? But you can not garner any profits if you do not take any risks as well. Thus, the demo account gives you the perfect opportunity to test your Forex trading skills without having to worry about losing any money in the process. What's more, this is also the perfect time for you to practice with the features offered by your platform. This way, you can also prepare yourself for the real thing when you start trading with a live account already. Some platforms do come with demo accounts that are free of charge. Others, however, charge a small fee for their demo accounts. Not to worry because because once you feel confident enough to start live Forex trading, that start-up fee you paid for will be waived and reimbursed to your name.

Choosing among the many brands and versions of automated Forex software will certainly be a bit confusing for any trader. The important thing to do here is to check the different versions for the features that would suit your needs as a trader the most. This way, you are sure to get software that will be worth your money.

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World of Warcraft Making Gold Guide

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One of the most important, if not the most important, aspects of World of Warcraft is making gold. Sometimes, making gold can be a struggle and everything costs money. If you have an ample amount of gold, you can purchase mounts and special armor. This is only a couple of the benefits of making plenty of gold. This goal of this article is to be a making gold guide.

When trying to make money, one of the most important things to do is choose the right profession. There are three good money making professions in World of Warcraft. These are skinning, mining and herbalism. You should try to learn your professions as early as possible so you can level it up more quickly.

The most profitable and easy to use profession is skinning. This skill is easy to level up because World of Warcraft has an abundance of animals that you are able to kill and skin. You can then sell these for a profit to vendors or other players. You will also be gaining experience points for your character to help him level up because you will get experience points for killing these animals.

Mining is a great profession and it is really easy. This is a gathering profession. This is most profitable when you gather rare minerals or ores such as those found in caves. This can make a good amount of money and is easy to do.

Herbalism is another good gathering profession. This is easy to do and easy to level up. You should look for herbs that are more rare so that you are able to sell these for more of a profit.

This making gold guide should help you choose the right professions to get you on your way to being more profitable in World of Warcraft.

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