Monthly Archives: May 2015

TECH Tips: Easy-Plug Fast & Full Car Charging Exclusively for 1 Apple Device & 1 universal USB port

I keep this universal lightning charger permanently on my car charging terminal for convenience, as I do not like to delve on the inconvenience of plugging and unplugging my Apple cables whenever I charge in my car. It’s good that it has an extra USB port for other devices though you have to provide your cable for the 2nd one. I’m glad it’s in black because it matches the dark dashboard of my car.

Car chargers are essential for gadget/electronics geeks like me. There’s no wasted time while driving on a busy schedule. My car is my virtual office and as such, I need to plug in my smartphone (iPhone) constantly to keep the juices flowing for my next stop. To power it up, I need a FAST, POWERFUL and HEAVY-DUTY charger to quickly fill up my phone, without having to think of the cable. This 3.4-ampere Car Charger by Francois et Mimi does a pretty impressive job of getting my iPhone loaded & running in less time. It gives 3.4A power if it is exclusively charging one device, that’s faster by approx. 40% than your ordinary car chargers which only give out 2.4A on the average. The extra slot for the 2nd device requires its own cable, a plus when you have a passenger who would like to charge at the same time.

On top of its awesome power-charging performance, it comes in a sleek black package with long sturdy tangle-free coil cables that match my minimalist design & lifestyle (no colors for me). Price difference with competing generic brands is negligible. Big performance and style come in small packages, indeed.

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BOOK Worm: “Poems of Emptiness” by Fonda Kerr … An Emotion-Evoking Collection of Poetry on Understanding the Dark Sentiments of Hopelessness and Despair

kindle-logoThe book “Poems of Emptiness” by Fonda Kerr is a collection of 31 poems that depict the dark world of despair, being alone and lost, yet with the continuous struggle to fathom oneself. It evokes the thoughts and emotions of a person on the brink of hopelessness for human existence.

The poems supposedly stem from the main character of the book “Emptiness: Logan the Beginning (Volume 1)” by the same author who was never understood by society and had been branded a psychopath. His thirst for answers to understand his emptiness are but quenched only by having blood in his hands.

Without reading the suggested background, this serves as a standalone review of the poetry. The literature is effective in having the reader empathize with the speaker’s quest to scrutinize himself through expression of his rollercoaster of sentiments that include the anguish and agony of a solitary life without direction and the personal journey towards self-appreciation, or self-annihilation.

On the technical aspect, this 46-page and 171 kB eBook takes a few seconds to download. It has unlimited simultaneous device usage that allows sharing across all devices, so I get to read the poems from my iPhone while mobile, or my Kindle at bedtime. The cover page has a simple understated design of a red-lined blue rose in black background which preempts the readers on the dark thoughts within.

I am rating this poem collection a 5-star because it is effective in bringing the reader into the sphere of emotions of the character.

Raffleemail-logoeBook GIVEAWAY:  First to email me at thea.inc.2@gmail.com with the title, author and Amazon link receives a copy of this poetry collection.

Disclaimer: I had purchased & read this eBook. This voluntary & unsolicited book review is intended to share personal insights on facts & actual experiences on its use in order to aid fellow consumers with informed choices in their purchases.

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HEALTH Tips: CoQ10 Fuels the Energy Pump for my Heart, Liver and Kidneys

This review of CoQSOL-10 oil by Supplimend is my sole opinion and view of my personal use of the product, and should not be deemed as medical advice. This contains 120 mg of the active ingredient, double the dose of ordinary formulations.

BACKGROUND: I’ve worked in the pharmaceutical industry for quite some time, and though I used to market synthetic therapeutic drugs, I believe in the benefits and convenience of natural food supplementation. From what I know, they are called food supplements mainly because they do not register a consistent therapeutic effect, and as the term implies act only in support of nutrition-deficient meals, something we take for granted in this current fast-paced fast-food society.

DEFINITION: One of the non-therapeutic oral supplements that I take seriously is coenzyme Q10, an oil-soluble, vitamin-like substance present in most cells of the body. It is a component of the electron transport chain and participates in aerobic cellular respiration, generating energy in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Ninety-five percent of the human body’s energy is generated this way. That’s a big chunk of technical terms to swallow, but simply, CoQ-10 is important because it is 95% responsible for the energy we need. And the organs that need energy most are our hearts, livers and kidneys, because they do an awful lot of jobs to keep our system running.

SOURCES: CoQ-10 is mostly endogenously produced, our bodies make it themselves. So besides genetic propensity (something beyond our control), diet can supplement it through inclusion of gi-nourmous proportions of beef and pork heart, liver and muscles, chicken heart, fish like sardines, tuna and mackerel, oils like soybean, grapeseed and olive, nuts, vegetables like spinach, broccoli and cauliflower, and fruits like avocado, strawberry and grapefruit. Again, we have to include hefty proportions to get adequate amounts bioavailable (the amount that is actually used by the body in relation to the rest that are excreted through various pathways). To worsen the situation, heating automatically reduces CoQ-10 by as much as 32%.

I am prone to eating just red or white meat during the work week (who eats beef and pork inards, by the way?), and taking CoQ-10 capsules additionally compensate for what I lack from not including this food type in my meals.

DOSAGE: I compensate my unhealthy lifestyle with one (1) softgel a day. Since it contains 120 mg of the active ingredient, I need not take 2 capsules but only one. To replace the equivalent health benefits of one (1) softgel of this CoQ-10 formulation, I will have to include approximately 2 kilograms of beef, pork or chicken heart, the richest source of CoQ-10, in my daily diet, something I cannot do!

DELIVERY SYSTEM: What sold me to this CoQ-10 source is the softgel that encapsulates its ingredients. Some people think that the higher the milligram content of a micronutrient, the better it is. This is not the situation all the time, of prime consideration is the covering that should dissolve in the right place of action in our digestive tract, in this case, the small intestines. If for example, the supplement that you take breaks down fast and while still in the stomach, the nutritional content is broken down and destroyed by the stomach acid, defeating the purpose of being absorbed by the body for its nutritional use. So in addition, this new CoQ-10 formulation have included improvements in the delivery system to increase bioavailability (amount actually utilized by the body) such as decreasing the particle size and preparing it in emulsion form for better absorption by the gut. Being available in the bloodstream and the right tissue taking it up for use is how to best assess supplementation, because the rest are eliminated unused.

COMPLIANCE: With regard to the size of the softgel, as with all supplement oral formats being rather large, this softgel is different because it does not go gooey on my fingers, and the slippery texture and shape contribute to it being swallowed more easily than others I’ve taken in the past. Of course, I can’t do without a big gulp of water. Adding to that is the caps that are veggie-based, and the fillers or additives as excipients that are generally recognized as safe (GRAS) such as gelatin and rice bran oil.

SUPPORTING CLINICAL STUDIES: On a final note, I have also read some clinical studies (though inconclusive) that show some of CoQ-10’s action against and prevention for high blood pressure, heart ailments, migraine, cancer and Parkinson’s disease, with little or no health risks.

I know that taking CoQ-10 regularly is doing good stuff for my body (heart, liver and kidneys!) in terms of protecting it towards the old age. I may not see it now, but I know it is doing something beneficial for me. It’s helping my body age gracefully in the inside. And so I end by sharing the age-old adage “An ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure.”

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TECH Tips: Fast & Full Charging of USB Devices for my Virtual Office-on-the-Go… in Shock-Proof, Water-Resistant Package, I can’t ask for anything more

 

I just love these portable power banks! I’ll never run out of power ever again.

These power banks from Simian are so dependable, definitely one is always paired with one of my power-hungry devices while I’m on the go. I keep at least one permanently in my purse since the various sizes serve various uses: the largest (10,400 mAh) power machine can simultaneously charge 2 high-power devices like my tablet and smartphone twice over (like when traveling in international plane flights), the medium (5,200 mAh) is for single devices and loads twice over, while the ultra-small (2,600 mAh) is something I keep comfortably in my jeans pocket for walks without a purse.

Power banks are essential for gadget/electronics geeks like me. There’s no wasted time while mobile on a busy schedule. My purse is my virtual office for quick clerical works as long as I have my devices with me. As a virtual office, I need to be sure that my tablet, cellphone and Bluetooth headset are charged. To power up all my devices and gadgets simultaneously, I need POWERFUL and HEAVY-DUTY power banks to do the job. These power banks do a pretty impressive job of getting everything loaded & running in no time. On top of its awesome power-charging performance, it comes in robustly handsome, shock-proof and water-resistant package that matches my ruggedly casual lifestyle. Price difference with competing brands is negligible. Big performance and style come in small packages, indeed.

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HEALTH Helps: 7 Good Bacteria Species to Improve Gut Performance, Nutrient Absorption & Better Moods

It’s good to vary our probiotics to have a good round of the hundreds of species of good bacteria that our colon needs to maintain.

The condition of our gut or digestive system is important primarily because it serves several functions. Firstly, it acts as the center for synthesizing vitamins and minerals from the food we eat before it is distributed to other body parts to serve its ultimate purpose. Secondly, it is the nutrient supplier for the health and maintenance of our entire digestive system. And lastly, it enhances the immune system through neuroreceptors present in the digestive system, which is also responsible for the gut-brain communication that controls our moods.

In order to maintain the healthy condition of our gut, approximately hundreds of species of good bacteria numbering in the trillions are necessary to maintain equilibrium with other internal microorganisms. Good bacteria have to maintain its type and count in order to perform effectively. A healthy gut environment is achieved when good and bad bacteria reside in harmony.

But there are situations when this harmonious balance and their separate functions become disrupted. And the following occur when one outnumbers the other.

GOOD BACTERIA
—feed on fibers & complex carbohydrates.
—help improve intestinal environment
—remove toxins & harmful substances produced by bad bacteria
—strengthen immunity
—promote healthy skin & fur coat
—cause alkalinity in the gut environment

BAD BACTERIA
—feed on protein, refined sugars and fats
—produce toxins & carcinogens
—weaken immunity & intestinal health
—impair health & aging skin & fur coating
—age the skin
—lower energy
—cause acidity in the gut environment

Our genetic predisposition dictates the natural bacteria balance of our good and bacteria system. The older we get, the more gut imbalance will occur. But there are also external risk factors that can be avoidable and unavoidable such as antibiotic intake which trigger bad bacteria to turn into disease-causing pathogens and cause further harm.

To prevent detrimental effects from occurring, it is beneficial to supplement our naturally-produced good bacteria with probiotics to support what we lack in diet., both in count and number.

Probiotics, loosely translated as “for life” or “for the promotion of life” from its Greek root words, are natural food and oral supplements that promote the proliferation of good bacteria normally present in healthy digestive tracts to support various normal functions and allow maximum performance. Stress, unhealthy diet and lifestyle, and/or medication intake often trigger an imbalance of the natural microflora which can eventually result to slow recuperation rate, general fatigue and mood swings, among many others. Good probiotics are (1) mostly alive while being monitored, (2) should present health benefits, and (3) be at levels that can produce the health benefits expected from it.

The common sources are dairy and fermented products. Oftentimes, we cannot get the daily probiotics requirement we need from the food we eat, so it is necessary to supplement it.

This probiotic combination from Evergreen Nature supplements the demands of our colon health. When taken regularly, it not only guarantees an array of health benefits such as good stool formation, but also helps improve our moods and enhance metabolism and immunity, as well. The capsule form is easy to swallow and contains 7 strains from 2 of the 3 most common species of good bacteria, namely lactobacillus and bifidus, to help regain the gut balance we need.

Since I started taking it regularly, I had been more energetic (maybe due to better nutrient absorption from diet and supplementation), and had always been in the best of moods.

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HOME & HEALTH Helps: Soothing Bubble Baths that Complements Scented Bath Oils

When I give myself a soak on the tub, I usually drop a few scents with my essential oils. There are times when I don’t like to see clear water, but rather be covered with bubbles. Having bubbles gives a light airy and childlike feel to a soothing hot bath that relaxes both body and mind. I normally find bath scents that have this extra feature, but it gets me stuck with its scent. This bubble bath excellently combines with other bath oil scents without overpowering the fragrance. This bubble bath is a perfect partner for any bath oil of your choice.

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HOME Helps: Easy-to-Stick and Remove Vinyl Sheets for Decals

The just-right thickness of the vinyl sheets make it an easy material to work with when cutting out artwork for decals for walls, toys and scrapbooks. The thickness is just right to allow the right stiffness for it to stay firmly in place while being cut with a cutter and not flimsy to cause bubbles while in the process of sticking, as well as thin enough so that it fluidly blends with the surface where it is placed. The back sheet is easy to peel, I merely fan the cut edges with my fingers, and the vinyl separates with the sheet.

It comes in 4 neutral hues of blue, yellow, light and medium grey at 5 sheets each, perfect as color staple base to start any craft on. It comes in 6” x 12” making it simple to manipulate and handle than the customary rolled ones.

I find these sheets easy to work on in terms of material thickness, “peelability” (taking out the vinyl from its sheet), adhesiveness and size, while the colors serve as base should I choose to include others for accent.

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BEAUTY Bonus: Gentle Soothing Action for Aging, Dry & Sunburnt Skin, Brittle Nails, Scar Healing & Acne too.

This rosehip oil is especially useful for me in the spring & summer when I involve myself with daytime outdoor activities such as gardening, swimming and during barbecues out in the patio. I apply this right after sun exposure, and after my facial cleaning regimen at bedtime, to soothe sun-drenched skin & avoid the early onset of wrinkles & fine lines. This brand has low viscosity (or fluid flow) that allows easy and even spreadability, an important criterion for topical solutions for large areas of the skin.

I also apply this on my nails anytime during the day to provide nourishment, and they now look healthy, shiny & strong. I also apply this on a large scar on my back thigh and it now looks less visible than it used to be after a month’s application at twice a day.

Rose hip oil is extracted from the seeds of a wild rose bush (scientific name: Rosa moschata or Rosa rubiginosa) in the southern Andes, and another rose variety, the Rosa canina, which grows in many parts of the world.

Rosehip oil contains provitamin A (mostly beta-Carotene), and tretinoin or all-trans retinoic acid, a vitamin A acid from retinol. The oil is high in essential fatty acids such as linoleic acid or omega-6, and linolenic acid or omega-3, which act on mature and sun burnt skin, brittle nails and wrinkles, as well as heal scarring and diminish photo-aging.

It quickly absorbs into the skin replenishing moisture and creates a protective barrier on the skin to help prevent dehydration. It does not leave a greasy feeling and the subtle scent is non-irritating. I recommend it as an all-around all-natural plant-derived remedy for sun damaged skin, much better than commercialized synthetic after-tanning solutions.

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BOOK Worm: “Love Stinks” by Paulette Oakes … A Light Witty Narration of a 30-ish Woman’s Thoughts on Life, Love & all the stuff in-between

kindle-logoThe book “Love Stinks” is a funny, casual and everyday rendition of a woman’s quest for companionship, sexual and otherwise. Seemingly cued by a dream romance turned unfortunately stale with the pressures of financial responsibility, divorcee Robin from Kentucky attempts to find romantic friendship through internet dating sites. Unbeknownst, the person she elusively wants to find is virtually not online but right under her nose in flesh and blood.

The story is a narration of the real life scenarios of a 30-year old single woman, with her chaotic thoughts on balancing the demands of daily living while in quest for this self-envisioned lifetime or temporary mate.

Relating feminine sensitivity and practical sensibility in light comical story-telling must be the writing style of author Paulette Oakes. Her canny description of Robin’s passionate interludes while balancing realistic social conformance will bring readers glued to the book and laughing off their seats as she relays funny encounters and thoughts one after the other unpretentiously.

Extremely charming, engaging and entertaining, the plot continues to be spiced with wit and humour on the Generation Y 30-something woman’s thoughts on life, love and other important and trivial things.

On the technical aspect, this 155-page and 2,664 kB eBook takes less than a minute to download. It has unlimited simultaneous device usage that allows sharing across all devices, so I get to read the book in excerpts from my iPhone while mobile, or my Kindle at bedtime. The cartoony cover page of a woman enjoying a book while surrounded with her relaxing girly stuff, like a glass of wine and her tubby feline pet, is a prelude of the amusing read ahead.

I am rating this book a five-star and double thumbs-up guided by my criteria of the presentation of a universal topic of the 30s woman wrapped in a literary style that is colloquial, smartly written and most of all witty to keep me responsive, amused and continually hanging in anticipation on both the character’s thoughts and actions. Although women come from a variety of culture and nurture background and environment, after reading this book, my understanding for the all-embracive subject of female practicality, friendship and sensuality is heightened… an uninhibited contemporary literary piece worthy to be made into a series in books, and in television.

Disclaimer: I had purchased & read this eBook. This voluntary & unsolicited book review is intended to share personal insights on facts & actual experiences on its use in order to aid fellow consumers with informed choices in their purchases.

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HEALTH Helps: Supplement Enzymes Help When the Body Cannot Properly Process the Food We Eat

MY GUT HEALTH STRATEGY: I alternate different digestive enzyme formulations to cover as much ground with the numerous enzymes that our body needs. On the average products give 14 to 18 enzymes but in different combinations.

COMPARATIVE STUDY: I count the type of enzymes in the formulations I take, and this has 18! That’s 4 more than the formulation I used to take. I’m not aware of the specific enzymes that break down their respective substances, but at my age and lifestyle, every little help for my tummy to function properly is a good investment for total health maintenance and disease prevention. A good tummy means better processing of all the health benefits from the food we eat for the rest of the body to benefit. An unhealthy tummy means that even if we eat healthy food, it cannot be processed correctly into useable form for the body to use.

BACKGROUND: “All disease begins in the gut,” so says 400 B.C. Greek physician Hippocrates. Since then till now, people take gut health lightly. But truth of the matter is what we take in and how our body processes it, dictates our health situation. My busy lifestyle often pushes me to the extreme— not eating on time, skipping meals, indulging on fast and junk food, etc. I have a tendency to set it aside and start paying attention only when pain and ill conditions start to creep in.

MY CURRENT SITUATION: I don’t take my gut health lightly. It is but logical to consider that whatever we take in is the makeup of our body. If diet cannot sufficiently feed all internal requirements for our system to run smoothly, like oil to an engine, then something will give in sooner or later. Much as I like to eat home-made natural food and rotate beneficial macro and micronutrient groups, I indulge on fast-food to keep up with my schedule. A little loving for my gut are supplement enzymes that I don’t get adequately with the type of food I eat, as well as its slower production as I age, the reason behind more frequent occurrences of tummy discomfort and problems. This formulation has 18 digestive enzymes to process fat, carbohydrates, protein, dairy and other hard-to-digest substances into useable forms. This is the 3rd formulation I have tried, and it has 18 important enzymes. It’s also good idea to circulate the enzymes one takes to make sure that all deficits are covered. This is a rundown of the enzyme it contains: (1) protease 1, (2) protease 2, (3) asperigellopepsin, (4) amylase, (5) lipase, (6) cellulase, (7) glucoamylase, (8) invertase, (9) alpha galactoseilase, (10) beta glucanase, (11) pectinase, (12) xylanase, (13) phytase, (14) hemicellulose, (15) lactase, (16) bromelain, (17) papain, and (18) peptilase.

DOSAGE & RESULTS: 1 capsule twice a day before meals keeps my gut healthy for the proper nutrients to be absorbed and the bad substances to be passed out. In this way, I don’t experience the symptoms of gas pains, flatulence and other tummy troubles resulting to better moods to meet the day’s demands. In short, it keeps the gut-brain sensory mechanism up and running in tip-top shape at all times, keeping me at my best.

MY FINAL WORD: Since these are supplements and not therapeutic, I know that I am taking care of myself now and of my future overall health. And so I end this review with the old adage that “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound, or even ton of cure.”

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