1. How are blood types determined?
Blood types, or blood groups, are classified according to the presence or absence of certain antigens that can trigger an immune response when they are foreign to the body. These antigens can make the immune system of the patient attack the transfused blood. This is why it is so important to know your blood type and to be aware of the safe matches for blood transfusions.
2. Type O blood characteristics
There are 4 main blood types determined by the presence or absence of A and B antigens in the red cells’ surface and A and B antibodies in the plasma. In addition to the A and B antigens, there is a protein called Rh factor which can be either present or absent. Altogether, this makes up 8 blood types: A+, A-, B+, B-, O+, O-, AB+ and AB-. Type O blood has neither A nor B antigens in the red blood cells but has both A and B antibodies in the plasma. Type O+ is the most common blood type which accounts for 37% — 53% of people in different ethnic and racial groups.
3. People with type O blood are universal donors.
People with type O+ blood can donate their blood to all 4 groups, but only to people with the RH positive subgroup (O+, A+, B+, AB+). Red cells of O- type can be transfused to all 8 subgroups, which makes it a universal blood type that is always needed for emergency transfusions. Type O- blood is transfused in emergency cases when it is important to save the life of a patient before the crossmatch test is completed. What’s more, is type O- blood is the safest for newborn babies whose immune systems are under-developed.
4. Type O blood individuals can receive type O blood only.
People with type O+ blood can receive blood from people with both O+ and O- types, while those who have type O- blood can only receive the same O- type blood. In emergency cases when type O- blood is in short supply, it can be substituted with type O+ blood.
5. Health risks
According to scientists, there are ways in which blood biochemistry determines our health. Even though the influence of blood types on our health is still under research, there are certain theories on health risks and benefits for people with different blood types. It is considered, in particular, that people with O blood type can be more susceptible to some bacterial and viral infections than other blood groups, including severe ones like plague, cholera, mumps, and tuberculosis. Some studies also show that blood type O individuals have a 35% higher incidence of duodenal ulcers compared to people with A, B, and AB blood types.
6. Health benefits
People with type O blood have the lowest risk of developing coronary heart disease compared to people with A, B, and AB blood types. Studies show that non-O blood type individuals have a 25% higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer than people with O blood type. What is more, is people with blood type O have a lower risk of developing circulatory diseases and cognitive disorders. However, keeping a healthy lifestyle and managing health risk factors is crucial for avoiding diseases, no matter what blood type you have.
7. Type O blood and diet
You might have heard of the so-called “blood type diets” that claim that eating certain products matching your blood type will help you stay fit and healthy. Despite their great popularity, blood type diets lack scientific evidence and are not universally acknowledged. Nutritionists suggest that it’s better to follow a personalized diet considering your individual health state rather than a diet related to your blood type.
8. Type O blood and personality
The influence of blood type on people’s traits of character is rather debatable, but this theory is very popular in some countries, in particular, Japan. TV shows, newspapers and magazines often publish blood type horoscopes and romantic compatibility charts, while Japanese manga, anime, and video games mention characters’ blood types. The Japanese believe that people with O blood type are generous, passionate, sociable and financially successful and that the best romantic match is found between type O and type A people.
Frozen fruits and veggies
Frozen vegetables really do make our life easier: you just put them in the pan and boil. But you should know that before freezing them, vegetables are washed with water. So many people don’t wash frozen products before using them and it’s fine if you’re going to cook them at a high temperature. But if you prefer al dente vegetables, you have to wash them thoroughly and cook them the same way as fresh veggies in order to get rid of dirt and bacteria.
All types of rice should be rinsed 3-4 times before cooking (especially long-grain rice.) The main danger hides not in dust but in the starch covering rice. It’s starch that causes the rice to clump together and look unappetizing. It’s also recommended to rinse other starchy grains like corn or wheat grains until the water runs clear.
Mussels and oysters
You have to wash all sea products in shells thoroughly even if you buy frozen products since they can be full of sand and grit. Otherwise, you’ll be eating all that “waste.” We don’t think you like using sand as a seasoning!
Milk and dairy products
It’s recommended to wash the packaging of milk, yogurt, and other liquid products before opening them. Thousands of customers touch these packs, pick them up, and read the information on the labels. As soon as we open the bottle, the bacteria from people who’ve previously handled the container can easily get inside.
You don’t have to wash raw fish unless you’re going to eat it raw. High temperatures kill all bacteria, and if you rinse raw fish, there’s the risk of spreading bacteria all around your kitchen. Keep in mind that you should wash your hands, the cutting board, and the knife after cutting.
No matter what the type of cabbage is, you have to wash it thoroughly. If you’re going to cook cauliflower, which is actually in the same family of cabbage, you need to clean all the nooks and separate it into pieces. If you want to cook red or white cabbage, you have to remove the upper 2 layers as they may hide dirt and dust. To get rid of bugs and bacteria, put your cabbage in a sink filled with water, add some vinegar, and leave for a few minutes. Then rinse the cabbage with clean water.
Canned drinks come in handy during hot summer days: a can keeps your beverage cold and makes it even tastier. But don’t gulp a can of soda without first washing it or at least wiping the top. You know that all cans usually travel in dusty trucks and people at stores always touch them. By the way, if you have an opportunity, pour the contents from the can into a glass.
All greens are extremely tasty and healthy. But when preparing lettuce, don’t forget to rinse it. To get rid of sand or dirt in the leaves, you have to tear your lettuce with your own 2 hands and leave it in clean cold water for a few minutes. Then you have to take the lettuce out, put in a colander or on a clean kitchen towel, and let it dry. Well done, you can enjoy your greens now!
The healthiest fruits are young fruits that don’t undergo any special treatment. If you want to eat an apple in winter, for example, you have to wash it. Studies show that if you soak fruits in water and baking soda for 12 minutes, the majority of the chemicals will be washed away.
Why do we drool?
When we sleep our facial muscles, as well as our swallowing reflexes, are totally relaxed. Since saliva gets accumulated in the mouth while we sleep, it can slowly start dripping because the relaxed facial muscles may lead to a slightly open mouth. Therefore, we end up having a wet pillow that’s not very comfortable to sleep on.
Excess drooling or hypersalivation can be a sign of a neurological disease or the result of nasal congestion. Also, people who already had issues with health, like a stroke, tend to drool more often and more excessively.
1. Clear your sinuses.
One of the main reasons for drooling is a blocked nose, which makes a person breathe through their mouth and may lead to drooling. Cleaning and unblocking nasal sinuses could be a good way out of having a wet pillow every night. Here are some ways that can help unclog your sinuses:
Also, make sure you treat any nasal infection once it appears. Otherwise, you may end up getting various complications such as an eternally clogged nose, for example.
2. Change your sleeping pose.
This might sound pretty obvious but sleeping on your back is a pose where all the saliva produced by your body stays in your mouth and doesn’t drool out. Conversely, if you sleep on your side or on your belly, the accumulated saliva will likely drip out of your mouth and on to the pillow.
If you feel it’s too difficult to stay in one position for the entire night, try tucking yourself in to stabilize your body.
3. Check for sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a major disorder where a person’s breathing doesn’t go as smoothly as it should. It, in turn, leads to a constantly interrupted sleep, waking up during the night, a feeling of tiredness in the morning, and a feeling of drowsiness throughout the day.
Drooling and snoring are the main indicators of having sleep apnea. If you have any suspicion that you may have this disorder, contact your doctor to discuss in depth. Remember that factors like smoking increase the risk of getting the disorder and issues with breathing in general.
4. Lose extra weight.
Extra weight plays a crucial role in your sleeping process. More than half of the population in the USA that suffer from sleep apnea are overweight.
5. Use special devices.
Consulting a doctor can help you get the right device for your mouth that will help reduce drooling. These can be different dental appliances that provide a better mouth closure or help with swallowing and, therefore, help you get better sleep.
6. Make sure you take the right medicine.
If you are taking any medicine, make sure it doesn’t cause the production of excess saliva. Some antibiotics, for example, could cause hypersalivation and be the reason for excess drooling.
7. Keep your head up.
Keeping your head on a higher pillow while you’re sleeping can reduce drooling. So remember to fluff your pillow up before you go to bed and make sure you feel comfortable lying on it.
8. Consider getting surgery.
Sometimes doctors might recommend getting surgery and removing glands. It usually happens when there are serious neurological issues hiding behind hypersalivation. Of course, before doing it, any doctor will want to try non-surgical methods first and offer surgery only in case the first ones don’t help.
1. Michael Rockefeller
Michael Rockefeller, the son of the famous millionaire Nelson Rockefeller, was an ethnographer and an anthropologist. As a child, Michael loved history and anthropology. Later, he decided to become a scientist and entered Harvard University. After the end of his studies, the young specialist wanted to go on a scientific expedition to Oceania to study the lives of the local people. His father supported Michael and paid for the trip.
In the fall of 1961, Michael went on an expedition to New Guinea with a Dutch ethnographer René Wassing. Accompanied by 2 guides, the scientists traveled around the places the locals lived in and exchanged the things they had for the things of the locals. Sometime later, they had a unique collection but Michael didn’t want to stop there. The scientist went to a local Asmat tribe on a boat. The tribe was famous for eating people.
On the way to the island, the boat capsized and everyone except for Michael decided to go back: he wanted to swim to the destination. After that, he was never seen again. Many people think drowning or being eaten by crocodiles are unlikely versions. According to the most likely version, he was killed and eaten by the tribe.
2. Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart was an aviation pioneer and a writer. She was the first female pilot to have crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 1928. In 1937, Amelia decided to make a tour around the world with flight navigator Fred Noonan. The pilots managed to make most of the way. They still had to fly 11,000 kilometers before their final target over the Pacific.
However, after some time, the plane was lost. According to experts, the weather conditions were really bad, they were running out of gas, and the radio didn’t work well. The search for the plane lasted for more than 2 weeks but there was no result. There were a lot of wild theories about what happened to Amelia — some people even think that the Japanese kidnapped her. But a researcher from the Tennessee University thinks that the remains found in 1940 most likely belonged to the famous pilot.
3. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was a famous French writer, poet, and professional pilot. On July 31, 1944, the writer was piloting a French plane. The pilot was supposed to do an aero photoshoot near the Alps. But the plane never returned to the airport and was labeled missing.
For decades, there have been many mystic theories on what happened to the famous writer. But on September 7, 1998, the captain of the ship “Horizon” found a bracelet at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea with the name of the writer and the name of his wife. In 2000, a diver reported having seen a plane on the bottom of the sea where the bracelet had been found.
In 2008, researchers who were still hoping to find the truth contacted Horst Rippert, a German pilot who shot the writer’s plane down. According to Rippert, on July 31, 1944, he saw a plane with the French colors and decided to attack. The German pilot saw the plane go down into the sea. The former German pilot also said that he loved Saint-Exupéry’s books. And if he had known it was him, he wouldn’t have shot.
4. Richey Edwards
Richey Edwards was an English musician and the guitar player of an alternative rock band, Manic Street Preachers that was famous in the ’90s. Edwards, just like many rock musicians, suffered from depression and anorexia. On February 1, 1995, the band was supposed to fly to the U.S. for a promo tour and Richey never showed up for the flight. At 7 am, the musician left his hotel room to meet the rest of the band at the airport. But he didn’t come. The musicians started looking for Richey but found nothing.
This is a really strange case because Richey was seen several times in strange places: at a taxi stand in Newport and at a station in Severn View. The search for the musician was going on for more than 10 years. On November 23, 2009, Richey was finally declared dead.
5. Oscar “Zeta” Acosta
Oscar Zeta Acosta was an American lawyer, writer, and activist, famous for being friends with Hunter S. Thompson, who described him as his lawyer in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
In 1974, the lawyer went to Mexico which is where he ultimately went missing. In May 1974, Oscar called his son and told him he was going to get on a boat full of white snow. There was a rumor that Acosta was alive and hiding in Miami but some time later, his friend Hunter Thompson wrote an obituary. According to Thompson, Oscar had drug problems. The lawyer’s body was never found.
6. Bison Dele
Bison Dele is a famous American basketball player. For his entire life, he was acting weird and eccentric. He finished his career when he was at his best, at the age of 30. In June 2002, Dele, his girlfriend, and his brother went on a cruise in the Pacific Ocean. The athlete and his girlfriend were last seen in Tahiti on July 8, 2002. His brother returned several weeks later.
In September, his brother was arrested by the police. 2 days before that, the basketball player’s yacht was found near Tahiti with bullet holes. The FBI decided that the brother shot Bison and his girlfriend and threw the bodies into the ocean so nobody could find them. Sometime later, he committed suicide. There was no new information after his death so the investigation was stopped.
7. Sean Flynn
Sean was the only son of Hollywood actor, Errol Flynn. Unlike his successful father, Sean was never good in cinema and he was disappointed with himself. After making 10 movies, Sean decided to become a photo reporter. His photographs were regularly printed in big newspapers. On April 6, 1970, Flynn and his colleague were traveling across Cambodia on bikes. On one of the roadblocks, they were stopped by Khmer Rouges. Nobody has seen the photographer since. There was a rumor that he was seen in Mexico many years later, but there is no proof.
8. Connie Converse
Connie Converse was a singer and songwriter in the 1950s. She often performed in New York but she never became famous. In 1970, the singer was going through a difficult professional crisis which resulted in a severe depression. In August 1974, she wrote several letters to her friends and family where she said that she wanted to start a new life somewhere else.
Her relatives thought she was going to go to the lake for one day but by the time the letters were read, she had already packed her stuff and went away. All further searches for Connie didn’t bring any results.
1. Eat from red plates.
This may seem a little strange but research shows that people eat less food from red plates that from white or blue ones. The thing is, this color is associated with prohibitions and is a signal to stop, so people instinctively eat less. There was an experiment where the participants were given cookies on red, white, and blue plates. The ones who got a red plate ate a lot less than the other participants. And yes, they weren’t eating healthy food. So, this piece of advice only works for situations when you eat unhealthy foods.
2. Drink from a narrow and long glass.
Here’s a fun and scientifically proven fact: if you drink beverages from tall glasses, you will drink about 25-30% less. American scientist Brian Wansink explains it as an optical illusion that tricks the brain. Tests have shown that even professional bartenders pour more into low and wide glasses.
3. Remove unhealthy food from your sight.
Research has shown that if people keep high-caloric foods in their sight, they will most likely weigh more than those who hide unhealthy foods from themselves and keep fruit out instead. The thing is, the sight of tasty (but unhealthy) foods increases the sense of hunger and temptation which makes you eat more. So, make sure you can only see healthy foods at home.
4. Eat more protein.
When you eat foods rich in protein, you kill your hunger faster. Research has shown that a 15% increase of protein in the daily diet helped the participants eat 440 fewer calories. Because of this, they managed to lose 10 pounds of extra weight on average in 12 weeks without actually limiting any foods.
The foods that have the most protein are: meat (chicken and red meat), fish, eggs, cottage cheese, cheese, and beans.
5. Chew mint gum when you are slightly hungry.
When you are just slightly hungry and you might risk having an unhealthy snack, chew some sugar-free mint-flavored bubble gum. The mint flavor dulls the function of taste buds and the urge to eat something immediately disappears.
6. Add ice to your drinks.
All the foods we eat and drink are heated by the body to the body temperature. This thermoregulation process burns calories and the more heating the body needs to do, the more calories it burns. Add some ice to your drinks (coffee, tea, juice, cocktails) and drink them through a straw. Cold food also makes the body burn more calories.
7. Sleep more.
Research published in 2013 by Nature Communications magazine showed that people who sleep less than 6 hours a night eat high-caloric foods more often and gain more weight than people who get enough sleep. So, try sleeping for at least 7-8 hours a night.
8. Buy a smaller size dress.
Buy a new dress or a new pair of jeans that are a few sizes smaller and hang them somewhere in your house where you can see this piece of clothing. This way you will always have a reminder in front of you of the goal you want to achieve.
9. Lose weight together with someone.
Unite with your friends or join a group of people who are trying to lose weight too. This will make the process more rewarding. A study shows that people who teamed up with other people who were trying to lose weight reached their target 20% more often.
Bonus: Using ice packs to get rid of fat
According to researchers at the University of Maastricht, cold temperatures help to burn fat. The cold will transform white fat into brown fat that is more easily metabolized by the body.
In order to avoid a frostbite, remove the bag from time to time. If you notice symptoms like skin redness, tingling, or skin numbness, stop the procedure immediately.
1. Laundry detergent pods
Laundry detergent pods, if eaten, can cause poisoning and burns to the mouth, throat, and stomach. Other than ingestion, if the liquid leaks or is squeezed from the pod, it can cause severe skin and eye irritation and burns. It can also cause damage to the lungs if your child happens to breathe it in.
If you suspect your child has ingested or been in contact with an open detergent pod, call poison control for advice.
2. Balloons and other small objects
Balloons may brighten up a party, but they actually cause more childhood deaths than any other toy. Balloons, particularly those made of latex, conform to the shape of the narrow windpipe in children, leading to choking. Other small objects such as batteries, magnets, marbles, and bottle-caps, for example, can also lead to occlusions of the windpipe.
If your child is choking, try giving them several firm blows to their upper back while they are in a forward position, call an ambulance, and then follow these steps.
3. Pet food
Generally, pet food isn’t poisonous to humans, however, there have been cases of children becoming sick after ingesting dry cat or dog food. The biggest danger comes from dry food pellets for larger dogs combined with small, inquisitive children which can be a choking hazard.
Again, if your child is choking, try giving them several firm blows to their upper back while they are in a forward position, call an ambulance, and then follow these steps.
4. Toys with propellers
With the rising popularity of small, hand-operated drones comes the increased risk of injury, as this child found out when his eye was cut by a drone propeller.
With proper safety precautions, these can indeed be fun toys to play with. Follow these drone safety tips to minimize the risk of harm.
Trampolines can be a fun addition to the family backyard, but naturally, don’t come without risks. According to the EU Injury Database, approximately 51,000 children aged 0-14 require an emergency department visit every year due to injuries sustained from using a trampoline. That number is closer to 250,000 in the United States.
Follow these trampoline safety tips to help keep your children safe.
6. Toy chests
If your child’s toys are kept in a chest with a heavy lid, it might be best to either remove the lid or use open storage boxes. Heavy lids pose an injury risk if the toddler were to have a body part reaching into the chest and the open lid wasn’t secured. There have even been cases of suffocation when a child has become trapped within the box.
Fortunately, most modern toy chests have added safety elements to help prevent injury. Open boxes and play areas can be a safer alternative.
7. Certain houseplants
Houseplants can be aesthetically pleasing for your home and garden, but some can be quite toxic and even lethal if eaten. Philodendron, oleander, and peace lilies are just 3 common examples. Check this extensive list here for toxic and non-toxic household plants.
Call poison control or an ambulance if you think your child has ingested anything unusual.
8. Candy and costumes
With Halloween having recently passed, many people around the world were involved in dressing-up and eating candy. Trick-or-treating is a fun activity for the entire family and should continue to be considered as such. Any candy should be checked, if anything, to judge whether it could be a choking hazard depending on the age of your child. There have been reports of candy being “poisoned” but this has been found to be false. Sour hard candies like Warheads have also been reported to have caused burns and erosion to children’s mouths, so proceed with caution or avoid them altogether.
Costumes are also a big part of Halloween and other special occasions, and kids of all ages love to dress up. Parents should keep in mind that there have been incidents of costumes catching fire due to the types of materials they’re made of.
With all this in mind, we only want Halloween and other activities to remain fun and family-oriented as they’re meant to be.
If your child requires emergency medical attention please call your local emergency telephone number. Worldwide emergency numbers can be found here.
6. Problems with weight gain
Different studies show that both short and long periods of sleep are connected with diabetes and obesity. This fact isn’t that obvious but doctors claim that we move less than we should, which is why we gain weight. We wake up too late and don’t have time for physical activities.
5. Depressive disorders
People who suffer from depressive disorders also experience sleep disorders. Sometimes, in cases of several types of disorders, people sleep more than usual. It’s a vicious cycle because long sleep causes despair and fatigue. You sleep more and more and don’t want to leave your bed in the morning, the world doesn’t make you excited, and these symptoms lead to depression.
4. Heart disease
If you sleep for too long, you not only lose precious hours but you can also get heart disease. Nowadays, heart issues are among the most common causes of death, and sleeping for more than 8 hours a night increases your chances of dying from a heart attack by 34%.
What’s more, is studies prove that women are more likely to sleep longer than men, which is why they have to keep in mind that there’s a close connection between excessive sleep and heart disease.
A lack of sleep causes headaches, but it also happens when we sleep for too long. We shouldn’t lie in bed a lot even during weekends and holidays. Otherwise, we may wake up with an awful headache.
The thing is, excessive sleep affects our neurotransmitters in the brain and our level of serotonin.
2. Memory issues
According to a study, long sleep affects our brain work. What’s more, is if you usually wake up at night, you might not get enough deep sleep, thus, you wake up.
This, in turn, affects our brain’s cognitive functions and its ability to concentrate and remember details.
It may sound surprising but sometimes insomnia is caused by unhealthy habits together with activity and sleep. For example, if you stay up late in front of the computer and decide to sleep longer the next day, you can suffer from insomnia. 2 days would be enough to confuse your body clock so that you’d experience problems with sleep.
How to sleep less (and better)?
“How do you usually hang out?” This question will let you know:
“If you had a billion dollars, how would you spend it?” This question will help to find out:
The next one should be a provocative question. Simply raise a topic that can cause debate. For example, you can ask the interlocutor about their attitude toward political parties, vegetarians or feminists. It would be good if you manage to check how they perceive opinions that contradict the ones they have. Also, it will help you to learn:
The next stage includes a question offering to solve a kind of moral dilemma. For example, you can ask a question like, “If you had the ability to be invisible, would you feel obliged to follow generally accepted norms?”
“What would you change in this world?” This is the last question from our list. Pay attention to which things your interlocutor wants to “change”. It will help you to learn what periods he emphasizes more — past, present or future. Also, you’ll be able to learn:
1. Taking a smartphone to the bathroom or the toilet
First of all, a phone can easily slip out of your hands and into the water. And after an incident like this you won’t be able to rely on it anymore.
Second, it can be dangerous for your life. If a smartphone that is connected to a charger falls into the bath, you are guaranteed to get a fatal electric shock. Don’t just hope that you’ll be lucky — accidents happen even with those who are extremely careful.
Toilet experts are sure that even 5 minutes spent with a telephone in the bathroom can have negative consequences for your health. Toilets and bathrooms are the dirtiest places in your home because a toilet bowl and the handles of the faucet are covered with pathogenic microbes. Moreover, when you flush the toilet, splashes invisible to the eyes get spread everywhere including your phone, which you will inevitably carry to the bedroom or the kitchen. And your gadget ends up turning into a microbe hotbed.
2. Having breakfast in front of your laptop
No matter how accurately you eat, crumbs from your morning sandwich will surely get onto your laptop’s keyboard and get stuck in the gaps between the keys. Even if you think that you have gotten all of the crumbs, it’s not true. Over time, this morning habit will lead to stuck keys that will eventually stop working.
Additionally, it’s not just the food and crumbs that are the foes of the keyboard. Your favorite cup of coffee could also accidentally lead to a catastrophe — a wet keyboard.
3. Leaving the phone to charge overnight
There is nothing to worry about if you change your phone once every couple of years. But if you want your smartphone to serve you longer, this information might be useful for you.
Usually we leave our phones connected to their chargers overnight so that our gadget is 100% charged by the morning. There is nothing dangerous in doing this because, Edo Campos, the representative of a battery-maker Anker, assures there is “No need to worry about overcharging since modern devices will terminate the charge correctly at the appropriate voltage.”
However, the bad news is that our gadgets keep themselves on the 100% level of charging throughout the night trying to compensate for a slight discharge. And this starts to decrease the capacity of the battery over time. Moreover, lithium-ion batteries don’t require a full charge since high voltage wears out the battery.
4. Discharging the phone battery completely
The lithium-ion batteries of some smartphones are programmed for a certain amount of full charging/discharging cycles from 100% to 0%. After several hundred of these cycles, the battery capacity starts to decrease. That’s why it’s better to not wait until the phone discharges completely and to charge it when the level of the battery goes down to approximately 20%.
5. Lifting the laptop by its display
According to laptop technicians, 17% of people seek help with their laptops because of the appearance of black spots on the display. As a rule, those black spots appear in the places where it’s very convenient to hold the laptop by its display. Due to the constant pressure of being picked up this way, its matrix gets damaged, and fixing it is not cheap.
6. Leaving gadgets in the car
It’s not just about safety, but also about the fact that overcooling or overheating are harmful to technology. Heat especially affects the processor negatively. Also, if the humidity level is high, condensation may appear inside the gadget.
If you leave an electronic device in the cold for a long time, it will cause both damage to the battery and to the display. That’s why it’s better to not leave your gadget in the car in the summer or in the winter. If you have no choice, let it warm up or cool down to a normal temperature before starting to use it.
7. Cleaning gadgets using household chemicals
Even household chemicals that say “universal” can contain elements that are dangerous for your gadgets. For example, it’s prohibited to clean laptops, desktops, tablets, and smartphones with the help of detergents for windows and glass. They contain ammonia and other substances that damage the antistatic and anti-reflective coatings that are on screens. Over time, these chemical compounds become the reason for the appearance of cracks, yellowing, and opacities on monitors and displays.
8. Taking the laptop to bed
We hardly ever use a special laptop holder whenever we take the laptop to bed to watch our favorite TV series. Often, we just put the gadget on our laps, which can be very harmful since it’s prohibited to close a laptop’s air vents. It’s necessary to provide them with a direct access to air, otherwise, your gadget can overheat and stop operating.
9. Using any charger that fits
How many times have you plugged in your device using your friend’s charger in order to quickly get it back to life? Just because a charger fits, doesn’t mean it’s compatible with your phone. It actually can be a harmful and dangerous procedure. This is because there is a special chip inside our phone that is responsible for several functions that can be damaged by the wrong cable. This can result in preventing your phone from performing some functions properly.
1. Touch a spot on your arm to relieve anxiety.
This spot is called “Spirit Gate” and pressing it helps to relieve worry and anxiety.
Turn your palm side up and find the tendon coming into the base of your little finger. Look for the soft spot on the inside of the tendon and with your index finger, press the point. Inhale and exhale slowly and deeply.
This method will help you to calm down if you face a difficult conversation, public speeches or other stressful situations.
2. Squeeze your thumb to ease your gag reflex.
When you have a gag reflex, use this trick. Squeeze your left thumb and you will feel relief quickly. The reason why it works isn’t entirely understood by scientists, however, it has been proven that dental patients who were using a pressure point in their palms calmed down easily.
3. Slow down your heart rate.
Sometimes after running or if you’re under stress, you’ll feel that your heart rate is rising. There is a simple way to fix it through breathing.
To get rid of a racing heart rate, exhale against a closed airway. Pinch your nose and try to breathe out with a closed mouth. The chest cavity will get pressure on it and it will stimulate the vagus nerve.
4. Press the reflexology inner ear point if you have a stomach bug.
When you have a stomach bug, you may feel dizzy and pressing the inner ear point can relieve this condition. It is small and located on the top of the foot between the fourth and baby toe. You have 2 points on the left and right feet.
Use the knuckle of the index finger to press hard enough to feel it, but it shouldn’t be painful. Massage the inner ear point on both feet for 30 seconds each.
5. Use cold water to calm down.
Everyone feels anger or can’t concentrate sometimes because of emotions. You’ve probably noticed that after diving into some cold water your head becomes refreshed somehow. There is nothing to wonder about because cold water allows the body to use oxygen more efficiently.
Next time you feel that your emotions are getting out of control, splash your face or put your whole hand under some ice cold water.
6. Press the YinTang point to get rid of a headache.
The YinTang point is a point from acupuncture in the middle of the forehead. It is very effective and can be a salvation for people who don’t like or don’t take pills. Pressing this spot helps to reduce headaches and anxiety.
Gently press this spot with your middle and index fingers for up to 30 seconds. You will feel relief immediately. If the pain keeps disturbing you, wait for 5 minutes and then repeatedly press the spot for one more minute.
7. Ice cubes to beat toothaches
There are 2 ways to get rid of a toothache. You can put an ice cube around the tooth that hurts. It is a temporary treatment, but it will still help you to feel some relief in case you don’t have medicine with you.
Some people have sensitive teeth. Next time you feel the pain coming, take an ice cube and place it on the back of your hand. Start rubbing it with the ice on the area between the index finger and the thumb.