5 Top Careers To Get Your Girl

5 Top Careers To Get Your Girl

Women nowadays are no longer just looking for looks and charms. Often, they are looking for someone who can provide financial security. Smart ladies also get more easily attracted to intelligent men and intelligent men know where to find those jobs! Here are some of the jobs for men that are more likely to impress women. It’s a subjective, borderline shallow list, but hey, some careers just seem to impress!

Doctor: Has to make the list. Doctors are some of the highest paid professionals in the US, including the general practitioners, psychiatrists, pediatricians and surgeons. Among these medical professionals, anesthesiologists have the highest pay, which is around $235,070. It would just take several years to finish education and internship. Moreover, continuous education is needed to keep up with the constant changes in this field. Aside from the good pay, doctors are also intelligent and they have a caring nature, which could make them more attractive to women.

Lawyer :Lawyers are also known for being smart. They look sharp and dignified, plus, they seem to know the right words to say on the right time. Furthermore, women would feel more secured knowing they have someone who knows about the law. The annual salary of a lawyer may not be as high as many doctors, but it is also enough to provide a financially stable life to his partner. Average annual salary can be around $113,530.

Engineer: There are different kinds of engineers, including civil, electrical, mechanical and software engineer. Their area of specialization may differ, but all of them deal with the design, development and maintenance of a specific project. For instance, a civil engineer may work for constructions companies or government agencies and work on buildings and roads.

Software engineers on the other hand develop systems, applications and software designed to meet users’ needs. They may work in various companies, including telecommunications service providers like Broad-Connect Telecom. Unified communications systems and hosted PBX are some of the systems that they help develop. The creativity and innovation of these individuals could also be a huge point to women. The salary depends on the specific field that they are in. The average salary of civil engineers is $80,770, while software engineers could earn approximately $94,000.

Architect: Like civil engineers, architects also work in the construction industry. They create the design of a building or structure to meet the needs of the clients. Their plans must ensure that each area would serve their purpose and that the structure is stable and safe. Architects could earn an average of $74,110 per annum.

Police: The men in uniform wouldn’t be out of the list. They are perceived as manly and brave, making women feel secured and protected. Policemen have this aura that they are in authority giving them more appeal to the ladies. The average pay of a police officer is about $47,829 per year. This may not be as high as the other professions in the list, but many women still find them attractive.

These professions may help you in getting noticed by women and maybe in getting the attention of your potential partner. However, your overall personality would still tell if they would be willing to get to know you further.

Source of image: patrisyu, FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

The Ultimate Muscle Car: Enter the Ford Falcon XA GT-HO Phase 4

The Ultimate Muscle Car: Enter the Ford Falcon XA GT-HO Phase 4

Ford Falcon XA GT-HO Phase 4

Source: coop-falcons50thanniversary.blogspot.com

 

Think you have a hot muscle car? Enter the 1972 Ford Falcon XA GT-HO Phase 4. This was one of the fastest production muscle cars in the world that actually made it off of the production line.  The GT-HO Phase 4 is one of the rarest muscle cars ever built by Ford Australia. Only 4 were ever made and 3 are still in existence (one was written off in a rally wreck in the mid 1970s).

Three of the high-end Phase 4 models were purpose built for production car racing and only one made it through the production line before the program was cancelled due to the “super car scare” in Australia in which incidents starting mounting including one young guy that decided to drive it 150 mph through a busy city street. were driving up to . To give perspective the XA GT-HO Phase 4 is to Australia to what the Mustang Boss 429 is to the United States. The ultimate muscle car.

Below are three videos showing this bad boy in action (original and today):

Falcon GT HO Phase 4 Videos

Ford Falcon GT HO Phase 4 (1998)

XA 351 INTERCEPTOR Falcon GT HO PHASE 4 CATCHER

 

FALCON 500 XA 351 BLUEPRINTED GT HO PHASE 4 CHASER

 

GT HO – Model Features:

One of the most visual features is that the XA features an entirely new body which was larger than that of its XY series (its predecessor). Powered with a whopping 4.1-litre engine and several were available with either a single or double venturi carburettor. The XA even had a wagon series and basically has a longer wheelbase than the sedans and an optional dual-action tailgate that could be opened either downwards or sideways.

Falcon GT-HO Phase 4
The XA also has a hardtop edition with longer doors and frameless windows which were shared with a utility and van edition, with a different shape glass to suit the commercial vehicles’ body shapes.  All together a total of 129,473 XAs were built.


Falcon GT-HO Phase IV Coming Of Age

As with the previous XW and XY series Falcon GT sedans, an extra-high-performance limited-production version of the XA Falcon GT sedan, the GT-HO Phase IV, was developed by Ford Australia for use in Production Touring Car racing. Production of the required 200 examples was abandoned in July 1972 following the “supercar scare”, and only one production example was completed. This significant road car was manufactured in Calypso Green metallic with a white vinyl interior, and has recently been completely restored by the current owner.

Additionally, three regular production Falcon GT sedans – especially painted in Brambles Red – had been in the process of being developed for racing to GT-HO specification by Ford Special Vehicles Division but this was halted and the three cars were sold off. As mentioned earlier one ended-up as a wreck in a rally race.

The value of a car is only what the next person will pay for it.


A Deeper Dive Into the Phase IV

In 1972 the new XA GT model had been released and a GT-HO model was needed to take over from the XY GT-HO on the race track.
The racing rules at that time dictated that 200 standard Phase 4s had to be produced before a race car could be eligible. Therefore all parts on the racing Phase 4 had to be fitted to the standard road going versions. The XA series would pay a price for this rule. In the middle of 1972 the media hit on a story of these 160 mph ‘Super Cars’ that were about to hit the streets. This press gave the impression that these cars were going to be too dangerous for the general public to drive. This was the start of public outrage that eventually led to the government interfering and demanding that all production cease of these road going race monsters. The Phase 4 project was canceled and the cars sold off to various owners and collectors in Australia. So in total four of these specialized cars were built, one road car and three race cars (rally and race teams). A total of 2,759 XA GTs were sold, of which a third were two-door hard-tops.

Falcon GT HO: Specification Table:

1972 GT HO Phase IV

General Data

Make Ford
Model XA GTHO
Date of Manufacture 1972
Number Made 4
Number Existing 3

Engine
Engine Type 351 Cleveland
Number of Cylinders 8
Cubic Capacity 5763cc
Horsepower 410bhp
Aspiration 780 Holley

Gearbox
Number of Gears 4
Transmission Type Close Ratio Top Loader

Wheels and Suspension
Suspension Type
Front Angle Poised Ball Joints, Coil Springs, Koni Shock Absorbers, Wishbones and Anti Roll Bar
Rear Hotchkiss type with Semi-Elliptic Leaf Springs, Panhard Rod, Live Axle and Koni Shock Absorbers
Brake Type
Front 11.25″ Discs
Rear 10″ Finned Drums
Wheel Type
Front Bathurst Globes
Rear Bathurst Globes
Wheel Size
Rim Width Front 15 x 7″
Rim Width Rear 15 x 7″

(Source: http://www.gtho4.com/fouronthefloor/fouronthefloor-archive.html)

What is a Falcon GT HO Worth Today?

The list price of a Ford Falcon Phase III in 1971 was $5300 quite a bargain for a car of that stature back then. Only 300 were built and about 100 survive today.
Back in 2007 a Phase III sold for $683,650 to a Queenslander and another sold for a whopping $750,000 just three months later.  The global financial crisis has since halved the price of these supercars, with a Phase III purchased in Melbourne in June 2010 for $331,000 and another later advertised for $325,000.

So how much would a Phase IV go for? No one knows for sure because the current owners are not keen to get rid of them hanging on to them for sentimental value. The current owner of a Phase IV, Dan Bowden (Phase IV current owner) has yet to put a price on it as it has been in his family for almost 40 years.
“The value of a car is only what the next person will pay for it,” Bowden says.

Customer Confidential

Customer Confidential

MallCop

A new Black & White consumer column helps you fight bad service, bad products, and bad ideas.

By David Pelfrey

November 16, 2006

Here’s a scenario that is familiar to anyone who has ever set foot in Wal-Mart, CVS, Rite-Aid, or any of a dozen other major retailers. After you have made a purchase, collected your bags, or packed everything into a shopping cart, you head for the exit. Just as you approach freedom an alarm sounds (usually a sequence of ugly, electronic grunts) and a robotic voice (always female) announces: “Please return to the checkout.” Other customers immediately look in your direction, and an employee begins to approach you. What’s your next move?

If you possess an ounce of personal pride or perhaps two ounces of fortitude, then the 100 percent correct move is to proceed immediately out the door. Why? There are many reasons, chief among them being that rational adults should not instantly obey mechanical voices (unless that voice instructs us to exit a burning aircraft). Also, if you haven’t stolen anything and therefore do not require interrogation, there is absolutely nothing that should compel you to linger post-transaction. It’s depressing enough simply being there in the first place. Another good reason to make a quick exit is that you aren’t being paid to assist some giant retailer with its security measures. You aren’t part of the team, and you didn’t clock in. The clearest reason for leaving the store, however, is that there exists absolutely no legal obligation to remain there, and the store has no right to detain you.

Because all of the above constitute my position on the matter, I have established a mildly adversarial relationship with many retail establishments with whom I continue to do business. I don’t mind too much, because so far I have won all the battles in this long and silly war. What does trouble me is that retailers who, as a matter of policy, routinely treat customers like criminals have not changed their attitude about the issue. In fact, some vehemently defend their policies. I began closely paying attention to this phenomenon several years ago. My story begins at Wal-Mart during the Christmas shopping season of 2000.

It’s an unpleasant fact of life that sometimes we must shop at Wal-Mart, but the selection and savings in the pharmacy and auto department are worth braving the depressing atmosphere if you can get in and out fast enough. A speedy departure is exactly what I was thinking about that December evening as I sped my cart, after paying for all nine items, toward one of the exits. I was stopped by a 60-something gentleman who said he needed to see my receipt and check what was in my cart. I smiled and said, “I’m in a hurry to get out of this madness. Can’t help you.”

The truth is that I had no idea where that receipt was, and I wasn’t keen to search for it. The gentleman moved in front of the cart and firmly gripped the sides, saying “Sir, I must see your receipt before you leave.”

“Oh, I see what you mean,” I replied. “I guess we better get one of your security people over here.”

That puzzled him for a second. “Will you wait here while I get somebody? he asked.

“No.” I said. “I’m out the door as soon as you get out of the way.”

This was a spontaneous answer on my part, but in all honesty I was delighted to have stumbled onto a perfect dilemma for this zealous worker. If he stood his ground, he couldn’t see my receipt. But if he went for assistance, he might lose an opportunity to nail the Tylenol/Windex/Aussie Moist Conditioner thief. He then began to work his way up the side of the cart toward me, his strategy apparently being to keep one hand on the side of the cart and one foot on the floor at all times. Finally, he took hold of my forearm, which surprised me, but not in a good way.

“Never mind security,” I said. “Now you better go find a real police officer.” My captor gave that notion a moment’s thought and then began sprinting toward the rear of the building, making a dash for help in an incident that, for him, must have been escalating toward Def-Con 1. He wasn’t scared; he was determined. I stood there for some time, partly because the whole ridiculous scenario had stunned me, but also because I was even more impressed by how fast the old guy could move. Two other employees and a few customers who were observing the scene were impressed in a different way, I concluded, because they were all laughing at the poor fellow. I proceeded to my car, and that was the end of that. I kept the incident in mind for future reference.

In the spring, a man’s fancy lightly turns to lawn care, and I am therefore a frequent shopper in the gardening department at Wal-Mart, an area that in character and ambience stands in pleasant contrast to the rest of the store. I also have a habit of using the garden entrance and exit. But of course, that’s where the “greeter” invariably interrupts my reverie. “May I please see your receipt?” is the common request. The correct answer, which I also happened upon by accident, is “No, you may not.” What usually occurs next is that the greeter contacts security, because she or he never comprehends that they merely asked for permission that was subsequently not granted. There is nothing in that friendly exchange that hints of criminal activity, so what’s the point of hanging around?

If it sounds at this point as though I’m being an ornery crank about the whole matter, simply consider all those retail establishments at which customers spend vastly greater sums but are not interrogated before their departure. I’ve never been harassed at Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware, for example. I resent certain measures taken by retailers who don’t check bags or receipts, but who do, by implication, still manage to punish all shoppers for the deeds of a few criminals. A favorite means of combating that takes place at Banana Republic and Macy’s. Just for fun, I’ll browse through the leather jackets or expensive sport coats that are fastened together by a cable that holds an alarm sensor. When a clerk approaches and offers to unstrap the merchandise, I simply inform him that I don’t try on clothes in orange-alert, high-security areas. Yes, I’m being a jerk in a very technical sense, but I’m sending a message to management, I hope. Throughout my struggle, I have assumed that enough of these encounters will eventually work their way up through corporate levels to a decision maker who might implement change. That may be a flawed assumption.

The idea that small battles won might not lead to final victory first entered my mind at Costco. Costco is one of my favorite stores in the world, from a purely fiscal perspective. You do indeed save money there. Moreover, the employees at this well-organized, disturbingly efficient warehouse are consistently cheerful and helpful. The butcher shop is cleaner than those I see at the major grocers in town. You can get a case of Coke in glass bottles for just over $10. No way is anyone going to foul up that shopping experience. But Costco is apparently willing to make the effort.

When you check out at Costco, an employee takes your cart, places items on a conveyor, and then another employee rings up the items. There are no bags here (one of the many cost-saving measures) but you may gather empty boxes from a designated area and organize things yourself, once you have paid. It’s a warehouse, after all. In any event, at this point a customer is at least 20 feet from any merchandise, with no access to the store unless they return through the checkout line. There’s nothing between you and the exit, except another employee who must check your receipt and mark it with a highlighting marker. Never mind that all of the items in your cart, which have obviously been paid for, were also placed there by a Costco employee.

One problem with this receipt-checking system is that on busy days it forces customers to form long lines at the exit. On some of my visits, I decided to roll past this line with my items, now that I owned them, and head straight to my car. The first time I tried this, a woman shouted at me to return to the store. I believe she was still yelling “Sir! Sir!” as I departed Patton Creek and approached the interstate ramp. I wouldn’t know; I was listening to a CD I had just purchased at Costco. It was my CD, you understand. Why not enjoy it?

On another visit, I decided to get the lay of the land before attempting any more non-compliant exits. Perhaps there was a rule or policy about the Costco system that made sense. There on the wall at the exit, I discovered, is a huge sign that reads:

Why is my register receipt reviewed when I leave the warehouse?
To assure that you paid for and are not overcharged or undercharged for any item. Also, marking the receipt disallows its reuse.

The completely misleading nature of that message became obvious during my next encounter with Costco security enforcement. As I suspected, there were about a dozen customers in line for “receipt review” at the exit. That represented about six extra minutes that I wasn’t being paid for, and so I rolled toward freedom. The employee “reviewing” receipts left the line and cheerfully said, “I’m going to have to see your receipt first.”

Adopting her happy demeanor, I replied, “And you are going to have to chase me in order to do so.” Sometimes it’s worth being an ass just to see the response on people’s faces. Not only was the receipt lady registering total bewilderment, but several customers in line for the same hassle appeared equally baffled. One woman glanced at me with what looked like total contempt. Her response was invigorating, although I’m not sure why. I continued toward my vehicle, where I was greeted by a man who looked and sounded like “security.”

“Was there a problem at the checkout, sir?” he asked.
“No, actually, checkout was great,” I said. “Very efficient. But leaving the store was a little shaky. In fact, there’s definitely a problem there.”
“What’s wrong?”
“Well, for openers, I don’t like being treated like a shoplifter.”
“Sir,” he solemnly stated, “No one is treating you like a shoplifter.”
“Really? Then why, exactly, am I having a conversation with store security, who just happened to reach my vehicle at the same time I did?”

Minutes seemed to pass. I thought I noticed a funnel cloud moving toward Vestavia. A faint aroma of cotton candy was in the air. The forty-ish woman loading her purchase into a car two spaces down was wearing tight-fitting, corduroy jeans. She looked amazing. Finally the security guy responded. “Sir, our people checking receipts are doing their jobs. It’s a store policy that we inspect receipts. We’re trying to make sure you paid the right price.”

We get served a lob like that only so many times, and I wasn’t letting this one go. My research was finally paying off. I chose to be polite, because the security guy was actually quite calm and friendly about the whole incident. “This is a warehouse,” I replied. “There are no prices on those items in my cart, so how would they know if I were overcharged? Never mind, here’s another thing you should know. In my last five visits here, I allowed your staff to see my receipts, and they instantly marked them without so much as glancing at the totals. They were simply making certain that I had paid for something, and that I could not come back and use that receipt at a later date. In other words, to stop my attempts, present and future, at theft—you know, as though I were a potential shoplifter. Your sign with the message about ensuring that I wasn’t overcharged is what shoppers like me sometimes call bullshit. That’s Home Depot behind us. I spent a few hundred dollars there last year. Just to our right is Sears. I spent almost that much there last Christmas. No one reviewed my receipts at either store. Please tell me what I’m doing wrong.”

The security guy walked away, perhaps wondering if Costco had not fully explained to him all the details of “receipt review.” It’s also possible that he knew, without a doubt, that I was just one more jackass who “didn’t get it.” These are store policies, damn it.

I contacted management at Wal-Mart, Costco, and other retailers to get some comments for this article about their respective policies. Long story short, no one is budging, and some retailers are downright proud of those policies. Wal-Mart has the most detached view of the issue, it seems. Their explanation of the process has to do with “security detection determining that sensors have not been deactivated; retraining transaction staff, etc.,” but nothing to do with human volition. For Wal-Mart, theft and theft prevention are natural phenomena, much like the weather. No one is being treated like a criminal, you see, it’s strictly a case of “devices detecting active sensors.” There’s really nothing Wal-Mart can do. Except have a greeter rummage through bags of items that legally belong to you. While you wait.

There are some things that shoppers can do, however. First, the deer-in-the-headlights response to security alarms must end. Smile and walk with confidence through the exit. Bear in mind that being suspected of theft is actually a reason to leave the store, not a reason to stay, in much the same way that no one remains at a party after they have been insulted by the host. If a particular retailer wants to play games by insisting that they are merely ensuring that you were not overcharged, then by all means let’s check all 74 items in the cart, poring over the receipt line by line while other customers wait. Another fun approach, if you are detained, is to inform the store that they may indeed inspect your bags or your receipt, if and only if all items are immediately returned for a full refund. That gets their attention. Or just tell them to call a cop. If you’re the theatrical type, adopt a German accent and repeat loudly that your papers are in order (with the same accent you can do the old Berlin Wall bit and say that you have friends at the central committee). The odds of a customer in the store getting the joke are very slim, but anyone who does get the reference will remember you forever. It will feel good to be someone’s hero.

Last fall, while I was waiting for a prescription to be filled, I stood near the exit of my local pharmacy reading a product description on a bottle of shampoo. Two elderly customers set off the sensor alarm as they walked out, but I told them to go ahead, because “that crazy thing had been going off all day, and we had not figured out how to stop it yet.” I also thanked them for shopping with us. When an employee arrived a few seconds later, I waved the bottle and apologized for getting too close to the sensors. All was well. I’m seldom that fast on my feet, but I was having a good week, apart from the sinus infection. With that in mind, as Thanksgiving approaches and the shopping season gains momentum, I hope that my story will be the catalyst for a quantum shift in consumer habits.

source http://www.lps1.com/bw.digg.html

Ten Foods That Increase Fertility

Ten Foods That Increase Fertility

According to Stanford University, 20% of couples in America will seek treatment for infertility problems. Historically, doctors have focused on women when it comes to diagnosing infertility, as women tend to be more proactive when it comes to seeking treatment. However, some studies have found that in 40% of the cases studied, the male has, in fact, been the infertile partner.

Luckily, there are quite a few foods that increase fertility in men, and we’ll list the top ten in this article. Most of the foods listed should already be part of a healthy male’s diet—if they aren’t, then adding them to your diet now is a good idea, as the effects are cumulative over time.

Number 10: Avocado.

One of the most common causes of male infertility is actually low sperm motility, and avocados are a good source of vitamin E. Vitamin E is not only an effective treatment for low sperm motility, it also can help the sperm better penetrate the egg. Avocados also are rich sources of both folic acid and vitamin B6, nutrients that have been shown to help regulate male hormonal levels.

Avocado help to increase sperm motility

Number 9: Asparagus

Since the medieval period, people have used asparagus to treat infertility—as a matter of fact, according to historians, women believed eating asparagus would guarantee a son–though it didn’t work for Anne Boleyn. Asparagus is high in vitamin C, which can improve sperm viability as well as combat low sperm motility. If you’re not an asparagus fan, than tomatoes or orange juice are also on the high C list. Vitamin C tends to break down rapidly when subjected to heat or light, so eating high vitamin C foods raw or lightly steamed and as fresh as possible is a good idea.

If you’re not really into fruits and vegetables in general, there are quite a few male fertility supplements that contain large amounts of vitamin C, along with vitamin E, Folic Acid, and ALA, the plant equivalent of the omega 3 fatty acids found in fish. Obviously, fresh foods are better for you than pills, but the male fertility supplements are better than nothing at all if you’re trying to insure you’re as fertile as possible.

 

Asparagus natural infertility treatment

 

Number 8: Oysters

Surprise, surprise! For thousands of years, oysters have been an aphrodisiac, and an infertility treatment—and now, science has found that oysters really do work—at least when it comes to males. If you’ve been wondering how to increase sperm motility, the oyster, whether you eat them raw, in stews, fried or even barbecued, is loaded with zinc. Zinc is an essential mineral for a lot of reasons, and in this case, it’s an essential part of forming or strengthening the outer layer of the sperm cell, as well as forming the tail.

Sperm can be damaged by many environmental factors, from chemical exposure to wearing tight underwear or clothing—or spending too much time in hot tubs. The most common type of damage sperm cells experience is malformed or weak tails—so adding 15 mg. a day of zinc to your diet can help repair any existing damage, as well as prevent future damage. Obviously, cutting down on hot tub time and wearing looser clothing should also be part of your do- it- yourself infertility treatment, but now you have an excuse to eat oysters, and eat them often.

 

oyster aphrodisiac infertility treatment

 

Number 7: Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are not normally considered an infertility treatment, but because they are high in zinc and fatty acids, they help raise your sperm count, regulate your hormone levels, and increase blood flow to your genitals—all important pluses when you’re trying to get your partner pregnant. Unlike most of the other foods on this list, pumpkin seeds aren’t commonly found in stores, but they are frequently listed as ingredients in the higher quality male fertility supplements due to the fatty acids they provide.

Pumpkin itself is a good source of vitamins A and C and B vitamins, so when you’re done carving up that Jack O Lantern, you can roast the seeds yourself for snacking on later, and use the trimmings to make some pumpkin pie. If nothing else, you’ll impress your lady with your cooking skills

 

male fertility supplements uses pumpkin seeds

 

Number 6: Pomegranate.

Since biblical times, pomegranates have been on the list of foods that increase fertility, for both men and women—and once again, there turns out to be a good reason this is the case. Pomegranates are high in vitamin C , and they also contain a host of powerful anti-oxidants. According to recent studies, pomegranate juice increased sperm count as well as sperm motility in mice, and they are often added to male fertility supplements as well as women’s supplements.

In ancient Greece, pomegranate juices and cold soups were used as infertility treatments, and for those who have been wondering how to increase sperm motility over time, there are plenty of pomegranate based juices on the market that can give your immune system, and your sperm count, a nice healthy boost.

 

how to increase sperm motility with pomegranate

 

Number 5: Oatmeal

No list of foods that increase fertility would be complete without a dessert—in this case, oatmeal cookies. Oatmeal, like other whole grains, is full of vitamins B and E, both known to increase sperm motility and help regulate hormones. Could there be a better way to give your sperm count and overall sexual health a boost than a big plate of oatmeal raisin cookies with some extra cinnamon? Cookies are not only less expensive than your average male fertility supplements, they’re probably much tastier—and this is the perfect excuse to have dessert with every meal.

 

oatmeal fights low sperm motility

 

Number Four: Whole Milk

Cookies are not very fun without milk—and in this case, whole milk or other whole dairy products should be part of your overall plan to increase your fertility. While all milk is a good source of calcium, an essential mineral for overall health, only whole milk has the fats that can actually decrease the risk of infertility in both men and women. Most of the studies to date have been done on infertile females, but other studies have shown that drinking skim milk can lower hormone levels in either gender.

Men who want to protect their fertility, as well as their partners, should try to get one serving of a whole dairy product daily—and raw milk is even better than ordinary whole milk from your local market, as raw milk still has significant amounts of B vitamins and higher mineral levels than pasteurized milk does. Since raw milk usually comes from grass raised cows, the overall vitamin and mineral content will be far higher, as will the beneficial fat levels that help regulate sex hormones.

 

milk as infertility treatment

 

Number 3: Garlic.

Garlic—it’s not just for repelling vampires, it’s also a common ingredient in male fertility supplements (and Italian dinners). Garlic is a good source of Selenium, a trace mineral that helps prevent chemical damage to sperm cells, as well as B6, a hormone regulator. Garlic is also a primary source of allicin, a chemical that increases blood flow and improves circulation throughout the body

 

fertility supplements contain garlic

 

Number 2: Cashew Nuts.

Cashews are an excellent source of zinc, like many of the foods that increase fertility. While you only need about 15 mg. of zinc a day, even short term zinc deficiencies can cause decreases in testosterone levels as well as decreased sperm counts. A handful of cashews provides all the zinc you need to maintain a good sperm count and help keep your testosterone levels where they should be.

 

how to increase sperm motility with cashew nuts

 

Number One: Bananas.

Bananas are at the top of the list for several reasons. This popular fruit has a wide range of health benefits beyond being one of the foods that increase fertility. Bananas contain a wide range of vitamins that help combat low sperm motility, as well as a lot of bromelain, which helps regulate various hormone levels. They are also high in both potassium and magnesium, minerals that help control blood circulation. The A, C, and B vitamins in bananas all help increase both sperm count and motility as well, making these fruits one of the best foods you can eat if you want to maintain your sexual health and increase your fertility levels.

 

bananas a natural solution to low sperm motility

 

This list isn’t complete, of course—if you want to really cover all of your options, you’ll want to add some fatty fish like salmon or sardines, and lots of leafy green vegetables and brown rice to your diet as well. In general, if you eat a well-balanced diet and avoid caffeine, smoking, alcohol, drug use, tight underwear and too much hot tub time, you’ll really reduce the chances of infertility problems in the first place. If you do find you have an infertility problem, adding these ten foods to your infertility treatment plan can’t hurt, and it might help.

 

Mens Boots & Shoes: The 10 Different Kinds

Mens Boots & Shoes: The 10 Different Kinds

The objective of this article is to list down the different options available to a man in terms of his footwear. I’m sure many of you must have heard the saying ” a man is judged by the shoe that he wears”.

So before buying the right one based on your needs, you need to ensure that you’ve taken care of the following factors:

1. Quality is the key

Whenever you’re going to purchase your shoe, always keep the quality factor in mind. Why? because you litreally spend the whole day in your shoes. A poorly made shoe can lead to medical issues, if not anything else.

And again, a shoe that has a high consideration towards quality may be a little on the expensive side, but will last for a very long time, look cool and provide you the comfort you would actually want from your Mens Boots.

2. Choose the right one

Depending on your situation, you will also need to change your shoe to adapt. You cannot expect to wear a casual shoe at your workplace, you need to wear a formal or an office shoe. Many of us tend to wear whatever we feel like or think that is right based on our convenience, actually breaking the etiquette

3. Getting the right shoe size

With the vast variety of shoes available today, it’s important that you find the right size of your shoe for optimal comfort. Different manufacturers will offer different kinds of fitting depending on the shape your foot. Hence, it makes sense to try them out before making the purchase.

Best Work Boots for men

10. Steel Toe Work Boots

A steel-toe shoe is a durable boot or shoe that has a steel protective insert in the toe which covers the front part of the foot. These are particularly used by construction workers or others who are at a risk of having heavy objects dropped on their feet. The best one’s come from Caterpillar, they’re really very rugged and will last a long time. Might cost a bit more when paying up – but worth the price for the comfort and the longevity of the shoe

steel toe shoes

9. Mens Lace up Boots

A lace up work boot laces will pass through a number of holes or loops. The most obvious thing to check is that the laces are long enough to lace up and to tie a double knot at the top. They’re available in different materials like leather and the best leather lace-up boots for should have some features you need to look out for during your purchase

  • First, they need to have a metal bar in the sole to stop excessive bending, as this protects the sole of the foot.
  • Second, they need to provide good support for the ankles

 

Dress Shoes

8. Formal Shoes

The regular styled oxford shoes are meant to be worn with formal clothes or you’re full suit. They’re laced shoes and normally styled with a small heel. They’re suited in corporate environments or formal functions like a wedding etc. They should definitely be a part of every mans footwear collection

oxford shoes

7.  Formal Slip-ons

Many manufacturers have gone a step further and made the formal oxford styled shoes without laces  as well, giving the slip-on concept. These shoes are really easy to use and can be used in formal as well as casual environments.

formal slip ons

Casual Shoes

Let’s look at the various kinds of casual shoes available in the footwear market

6. Boat Shoes

These shoes were actually made to be worn on a boat to prevent slipping. Although, now they have become popular and can be seen in many casual environments as well. Most of the men also wear these shoes without socks, classifying them as summer shoes. Generally, tend to look good on men in shorts

boat shoes

5. Heavy Soles

These shoes have a very distinct character being made with very heavy soles. They’re to be worn only in casual environments and will vary in their build quality. Can be worn on jeans and shirt or a t-shirt. They range from $40 – $150

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4. Slip-On Leather Loafer

These slip-on leather loafers are made with heavy rubber soles and come with a casual looking exterior. They come in a wide variety of styles and fill a niche along with optimum comfort for the user

slip on leather

3. Sandals

Sandals are known to man from a very long time and provide maximum comfort by having great air circulation at the top of our feet. They’re perfect to be worn during holidays when you juts want to unwind or may be just hang out at the beach with one of them.

sandals

2. Crocs

Well, these definitely do fall under the casual category and are made of a proprietory foam called resin. The foam has a quality of adjusting itself the users feet and the company claims that it has some medical benefits as well. Can be worn only with casual wear. Priced around $25 to $50

crocs

1. Sneakers

These are the universal sports wear shoes that are worn during sporting events. They offer unmatched grip, comfort and support to the user. The best ones available in the market are from: Nike, Reebok, Adidas and they have gone ahead and further classified into Running shoes, walking shoes etc.

Notice the soles of these shoes – made to offer excellent grip

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Custom Made Shoes

These ones do deserve a mention as generally they’re of the highest quality and can take a very long time to make. There are manufacturers that have a year long wait period and then will take around 8-10 to make the shoe of your choice. You will be given the choice of selecting your leather, soles, lining, thread color and laces. These shoes are hand crafted and quality is taken care to the highest standard. Each stitch of the shoe is given after utmost consideration.

These will of course be expensive and drill a huge hole in your pocket. However, they will offer the highest longevity you can ever get from a shoe and might even last you a decade. The best part about them is that they pay themselves off as the last a very long time and offer an unmatched experience and appearance.

Shoe Care Tips

When shoes are worn for a long period of time on a daily basis, they tend to develop a foul smell – an odour. Now, it’s common sense that no one would like to wear shoes that stink? Right

Now, it’s best that to avoid this odor you maintain your shoes on a regular basis. Here are a few tips to maintain the overall health of your shoe:

Wash  – Shoes that are regularly worn to the gym and other athletic purposes tend to smell a lot because it faces all the heat, sweat, dirt when you’re exercising. The best thing to do is to just wash them by hand or put them in your washing machine if you just don’t have the time. I would prefer to get them done by hand.

Spray – You can use odor removal spray to get rid of the foul smell coming from your shoes

Polish – It’s best that you polish your oxfords on a regular basis to maintain the sanity of your leather.

Waterproof your shoes – If you happen to wear your shoes a lot during the rough and rainy weather, it’s best that you waterproof them with specialty waterproof compounds available in the market.

Conclusion

We’ve covered the various mens boots and shoes available along with what clothing they can be worn on? Which one do your prefer and how many of them do you own in your collection?

Top 6 Best Knife Sharpeners

Top 6 Best Knife Sharpeners

Cooks describe a knife as an extension of their own arm, which is why they are always looking for the best one for themselves. However, even the best of the knives wear down over time and there is nothing more frustrating than a dull knife, especially when you need it the most!

The interactive chart of Best knife Sharpeners below and the analysis that follows will help you decide the Best Knife Sharpener for your needs.

What is a Knife Sharpener?

It is simply a tool which can be used to sharpen blades of a knife by grinding them down to the point that the surface of the blade evens out. The knife is usually grinded against a hard and rough surface, typically stone, or a soft surface with hard particles, such as sandpaper.

The process of sharpening, however, is not as rough as it sounds. There are several highly sophisticated knife sharpening tools available in the market. The types of knife sharpeners can broadly be classified in the following categories:

  1. Sharpening Stones
  2. Sharpening Steels
  3. Knife Hones
  4. Electric Sharpeners

A sharpening stone is the most basic form of a knife sharpener. The stones are usually ½ inches thick and in the shape of a rectangle. A sharpening stone is typically made out of silicone dioxide minerals that are mined and separated in to soft, medium or hard grade stone.

Sharpening Steel is a long, narrow rod made out of steel, with a fine textured grinding surface. This design minimizes the contact made with the blade, so it doesn’t shave off much of the knives material. However, these can only be used for the maintenance of knives and do not help much in sharpening them.

Knife Hones are very similar to steel sharpeners in their functions. They can’t be used for sharpening a worn down knife, but they can help out with the everyday maintenance of one. While sharpening steel rods only come in one shape (but different lengths), knife hones are available in a variety of shapes, styles and sizes. Some look similar to a sharpening stone, while others look a lot like electrical sharpeners!

And finally, electric sharpeners are the only ones that are not operated manually. They sharpen knives with the help of internal spinning wheels and electricity (of course!). Like all other electrical appliances, these bring comfort, ease, speed and safety. However, certain people who like having more control over the knife sharpening process discourage their use.

Now that you know that it’s important to keep a knife up and running sharp, how do you decide which sharpener is the finest and best suited for your use? All four types of sharpeners seem to serve the purpose well, they all look good, so where’s the catch?

What to look for in the Best Knife Sharpener?

We’ve made the brainstorming easy for you by listing down a few factors that you must consider before going shopping for a knife sharpener:

  • Knives in possession – Before you go shopping, it’s important to know the type of knives you own. Some sharpeners only work well with kitchen knives, while others are specially designed sport knives, scissors and Asian-style knives.
  • Valued possession – How expensive are your knives? Both manual and electric sharpeners can over-grind the knives which reduces their lives. So if you own expensive ones, look for a sharpener that goes easy on the metal.
  • Patience – If you have the patience to sit and sharpen a knife yourself, then buying a manual sharpener (steel, stones, and hones) would be a good idea. However, if you like having your knives sharpened on the go, then you should go for an electrical one.
  • Skills – How complicated can sharpening a knife be? Very complicated if you are not familiar with the right techniques. Sharpening a knife with manual sharpeners requires sharpening your skills first! Yes, it requires practice and a steady hand. Electrical sharpeners, however, do not require any skill and do the job for you themselves.
  • Available Space – Manual sharpeners are typically small in size and fit into every kitchen drawer. However, electrical ones take some space on the kitchen counter. So if you have spare space on your counter, it would be a good idea to fill it up with an electrical sharpener.
  • Left of right? – Some sharpeners in the market are designed for right-handed use only, so you should watch out for that if you are left handed.
  • Budget – Manual sharpeners are a one-time investment and usually cheaper. Electrical sharpeners are not only expensive, but also consume electricity every time they’re used, thus incurring more cost.

Most people send their knives out to get them re-sharpened. What they don’t know is that they can do the same at home with the help of a knife sharpener, without any hassle or expense!

Review of the Best Knife Sharpeners

6) J.A. Henckels 9-Inch Poly Sharpening Steel

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The steel is shorter than usual ones that range from 10-12 inches. However, the length is suitable for almost all sorts of knives. Most steel sharpeners come with a diamond coating that improves the honing. However, the J.A Henckels Sharpening steel does not come with a diamond coating. The product is cheaper than most sharpening steels in the market and comes with a lifetime guarantee, so it does pledge value for money.

5) Lansky Fine Hone for Serrated Knives

lansky fine hone

The Lansky Hone comes at a very small price and a 1-year guarantee. If compared to other hones available in the market, this one is relatively cheap. However, the plastic casing of the hone does not look durable, but works fine with the cheap price. Another drawback is that this product can only be used for serrated knives

4) Chef’s Choice Knife Sharpener 120 Diamond Hone 3-Stage Professional

chefs choice 120

This electrical knife sharpener comes with a fast three-stage diamond abrasive sharpening system and a precision angle control for Trizor-Plus Edge. This sharpener is perfect for quick fixes. Even though the company claims that the sharpener works fine with serrated blades, there have been certain reported instances where the customers were not happy about the result of sharpening their serrated knives with the machine.

3) Presto 08810 Professional Knife Sharpener – Electric

This product also comes with a three-stage sharpening process allowing sharpening kitchen and sport knives quickly and easily. The blade guides automatically hold knife at the perfect sharpening angel, which means no guess sharpening. However, a few customers have reported that the sharpener is too rough on the knives and has a lot of chatter. However, the product is definitely a lot cheaper than the Chef’s Choice Knife Sharpener, mentioned above.

2) Edgeware Edge Grip 2 Stage Knife Sharpener

The product comes with a 2 stage knife sharpening process and a V-Grip bottom for use on edge or counter. However, it can only be used for sharpening straight edge blades. Moreover, the cutters are fixed and can’t be replaced when they wear down. The product is also small in size and can only be used for small knives and is not suitable for larger knives such as a chef knife. However, it comes at a very cheap price, which is considerably lower as compared to other electrical sharpeners.

1) Chefs choice 1520 Angle select Serrated Knife Sharpener

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Sharpening a Serrated Knife can be a difficult job. It can be very difficult to sharpen these knives with a stone or rotary sharpener. However, they can easily be sharpened with the help of a diamond sharpening rod.

Serrated knives tend to stay sharper for a longer period of time and can cut faster as compared to other knives. However, the cuts will not be as clean as plain kitchen knives

Serrated blades are ideal for cutting through foods with a hard exterior and softer interior, an example of which is a loaf of crusty bread. A serrated knife can cut cleanly through the resistant skin of a ripe tomato without crushing it. The knives can also be used for the following purposes:

  • Cutting citrus fruits: This is because the citrus skin is tough and slick which makes serrated knives the best option for the purpose.
  • Slashing the top of loaves: The knives are very handy in making shallows cuts required in bread baking and work much better than paring and chef’s knives for the purpose.
  • Slicing a layer of cake: Serrated knife, being thinner and more delicate than a chef’s knife, can easily slice through tender and moist cakes.
  • Melon: Yes, that’s right. Serrated knives can be used to shave away the outer rind before cutting the melon into pieces.
  • Chocolate: Sounds absurd? Serrated knives can quickly solve our problem of a block of chocolate that we need broken into smaller pieces.

The Chef’s Choice “Angle Select Knife Sharpener” is an electrical sharpener with a 3-stage process. It allows us to change the angle for different types of knives such as, European/American and Asian-style knives. The sharpener comes with 100% diamond abrasives sharpeners and a three year warranty. The product is specifically designed for serrated, single and double bevel knives.

While majority of the customers were pleased with the results, a few customers also complained that the sharpener only gets the knife sharpened to 80% of their expectation or requirement and that it doesn’t make them razor sharp.

Top 5 Best Survival Knife To Own In the Wild

Top 5 Best Survival Knife To Own In the Wild

Are you looking to buy a good survival knife? Did you know that having a good one in the wilderness can make all the difference between making your experience a great one and a good one. You’ll often find that there are many uses for one, so it’s always better to find the best survival knife based on your needs.

Your knife will come in handy in many situations and to mention a few: cutting the ropes to make your shed, cut the wood to fuel your fire and help you find our grub.

5 factors you should consider when choosing a survival knife.

1. Full Tang Blade

The tang is the back portion of a knife blade where it extends into or is connected to the handle. A full tang blade extends to the full length of the handle , versus a partial tang which does not. A full tang knife is much more robust than partial tang styles such as the half tang, push tang, or rat-tail tang. It’s but obvious that this gives a knife more strength than a partial tang. A knife with a partial tang is generally joint or fixed with the handle and can easily break under highly stressful situations. Always opt for a full tang survival knife as they’re of better quality and won’t break when you need them the most!

2. Comfortable Handle

handleThe handle of a knife needs to be comfortably sized and should fit the shape of your hand. You should be able to get a good grip of the knife and a bulge at the back prevents the knife from easily slipping out of your hands. The material used to make knife handles can range from carbon fiber, steel, wood, rubber and just about every type of material imaginable, ranging from the very weird to exceptionally nice looking and practical. The best ones are made of Kraton, G10 and Mycarta.

The design of the handle is another factor to look for – a rounded or hooked handle is not ideal for hammering. A well-designed and substantial handle only adds to your list of capabilities in a survival situation

3. Blade (Metal, Thickness & Length)

Full tang bladeA survival knife is generally made of Stainless steel or carbon steel. The best variety of steel is high carbon stainless steel and the thickness of the blade should be around 3/16 -4/16 of an inch. You should opt for the fat blades as the thin ones generally fail under pressure.

The length of the blade should be around 4-6 inches which is ideal for the perfect survival knife. Anything more than this might turn out be a hindrance rather than a tool. Also, a large knife is hard to carry around and weighs more, also it can’t be used for detailed work.

4. Type of Blade

There is a lot of debate on whether to opt for a straight blade, serrated blade or a partially serrated blade. In general, the plain edge is better than the serrated for push cuts and serrated better for slicing cuts.

A straight blade knife will work better for chopping wood and is much easier to sharpen. And if you’re in wilderness even a smooth stone can be used to sharpen the straight blade while serrated ones may require a special sharpener. So, for the survivor – it’s always better to opt for straight blade ones.

5. Sheath

knife sheathA knife sheath is a very important piece of equipment as it helps you carry your knife around easily. It  protects both – you and your knife and is generally made up of strong material like leather or kydex.

Good to have features in a sheath are:

  1. Some type of hole or attachment piece at the lower end of the sheath which can be used for strapping the knife to your leg, on the belt or onto a backpack
  2. Does the sheath come with a belt loop? Does the knife handle itself have a hole for a lanyard?
  3. How does the sheath close around the knife? A crossover strap right where the handle meets the sheath is best.

Top 5 Ultimate Survival Knife

 5. Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Campanion Fixed Blade Knife

ka barThe Ka-Bar has a great reputation for making awesome knives. The Ka-Bar Becker BK2 has been designed by Ethan Becker, is a mountain climber, chef, and survivalist. It is one of the best survival knives in the industry and can hold upto a lot of use. It has a full blade which is made of 1095 cro-van steel which can easily split wood  for a survival or camping fire. The blade length is 5.5 inches with the overall knife being 10 inches and it will serve most situations you may find yourself in. The handle comes made of grivory material which gives a solid grip.

It comes with a sheath which is made of kydes, that is probably the best in the world. The sheath seems to hold the knife very secure once it is locked in place and  allows for plenty of different ways to strap it to you belt of pack.

Priced at around $90, it’s made in the USA and considering the quality, durability and design of the knife it makes it rough and tough enough to handle all situations for you while you’re in the wilderness.

4. Schrade Survival Knife Extreme 12 1/4″ Overall Length, Fixed Blade

schrade extreme survivalTaylor Brands a professional tool company is the one that manufactures knives under the brand name of Schrade. The extreme schrade survival knife has a full blade and is a little on the heavier side but that gives it a good grip. You would easily be able to chop a few small tress  and bushes without stressing the knife too much or losing your energy to make your way swiftly through the wild forest.

The size of the knife is around 12 1/4 inch making it a pretty large one and comes with a heavy blade which is what you should generally look out for while buying a good knife. The blade has a small serration at the which is about 2 inches in length and can be useful in many situations when you’re out there in the wild. The handle is well constructed and can easily act as a hammer to pin down a new fails when you need it to.

The sheath pretty decent and the snap fastens securely and the strap is not loose. The sheath has two small pockets to hold up some of your stuff

Priced at around $55, the knife easily compares up with the competition that cost twice as more.

3. Gerber 22-01626 LMF II Green Infantry Knife and Nylon Sheath

gerberThe Gerber infantry knife has an overall length of 10.59 inches with a little shorter blade at 4.8 inches. The blade has a serration that is an additional feature that not many knives offer.

The blade is made up of 420HC stainless steel which is really very solid which was designed by a former military man and does a fine job in  cutting firewood and building a shelter making a perfect knife for your outdoor camping trips.

The handle has a Soft-Grip Overmold over a Hard Substrate giving it a pretty good grip. The sheath is very nice and the knife makes a tight fit on it as it has two retention straps. It comes with a built in sharpener that can really be a very useful feature if you’re knife blade gets work out during use when you’re out there in the wild.

Priced at around $65, the product is made in USA and being a product from Gerber – you can be rest assured about the quality you’re going to get.

2. Cold Steel SRK Kraton Handle Concealex Sheath

cold steel srkThe cold steel SRK kraton is a true classic beauty and made from AUS 8A stainless-steel blade which is made to last for sure. The knife comes with a 6 inch long blade which is recommended for a great knife. The rubbery, checked Kraton handle gives a secure grip under wet or greasy circumstances and a coat of teflon is applied on the handle for a better grip even during rough weather. The knife has a very thick blade and can almost cut through anything.

The knife has a very simple design and is a full blade which means the handle and blade steel are one solid piece of metal from tip to butt and is the strongest blade handle construction technique. The knife comes along with a sheath which is made of kydex, which is the best material you can have for a sheath.

Priced at a $70, the knife is made in USA and comes across as a very good buy

1. SOG Speciality Knives SE38-N

sog knivesThis full tang knife from SOG comes with a very thick blade and has a very sturdy and strong design. The knife blade is 6 inch long and has the toughest blade shapes.

The knife’s handle is ergonomically shaped  and contoured with a textured handle to prevent slipping, and is crafted with glass-reinforced nylon. The blade and the knife has an awesome looking black finish.

It comes with a partial serrated blade which is 2 inches long and  can be used in many ways during your camping trips. The sheath as well is really very impressive and has the perfect amount of resistance and also ease of draw.

Priced at around $90, it is slightly on the higher side  – but well worth the price if you want a simple design knife that can easily get the job done on hand.

Summary

If you’re looking for the best survival knife but still not found the one based on your needs, you should always look for a full tang high quality one that will last you for a long time to come.  Most of the good knives  we’ve listed above comes with a limited lifetime warranty and will suit your different needs

7 Essential Survival Skills

7 Essential Survival Skills

Before you head into the wild there are some basis survival skills that you should be aware of . These are basically techniques that you can use to save yourself, your loved ones or just about anybody from an adverse situation that you may come across.

These techniques are meant to provide basic necessities for human life: water, food,  shelter, habitat, the ability to think straight, to signal for help, to navigate safely, to avoid unpleasant and possibly fatal interactions with animals and plants, and to cure any incurred injury or ailments

Any outdoor activity that you go for like Camping, hiking, hunting etc when you leave the urban world, requires some amount of survival skills

Here area list of essential skills that each of us should be aware of

7 Essential Survival Skills

7. Survival Cooking

survival cooking

Imagine a situation where you’re left out in the wild with no equipment and gas to cook your grub, how will you cook? Well, I’m sure you would have heard of the famous statement – necessity is the mother of all invention

Did you know a thermos would come of help in this case and act as the piece of cooking equipment. If you know how to boil water. you should be able to easily pull it off with a lot of time.

You will need to preheat the thermos with water which helps maintain the heat throughout the thermos which is required for cooking.

The items that you can cook are rice, beans, steel cut oats and dried fruits. Obviously, the cooking time will depend on the quality of thermos and the ability to retain it’s heat along with ingredients you’re cooking.

6. Starting a Fire

starting a fireFire is one the most essential things during a survival. The heat provided can help you beat the cold, cook food, dry clothes and most importantly give you the mental strength to survive in an adverse situation. Most of us will know this, but we’re so used to urbanization that we forget how to start a fire without a lighter or matches.

There are many ways to start a fire without matches with few of them being

  • Friction based fire making
  • The Hand Drill
  • Fire Plough
  • Blow Drill
  • Flint & Steel
  • Lens Based methods

You can read more about them here

5. Insulation

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In a survival situation, knowing how to insulate yourself and your shelter can make a huge difference. Luckily, when you’re out in the wild all alone there are a lot of things you can use to keep yourself warm and secure.

Materials like fibrous plant, grass, layers of bark and leaves can be used to insulate yourself as well as create a shelter for yourself.

To retain the heat in your shelter you need to use the materials to build a thick layer over an inside your shelter as this will trap the air and build and retain the heat.

For yourself, you can use the materials between the layers of your clothing to retain the heat. You should also go ahead and make a mattress for yourself from the materials as this will help you beat the cold which you will get from the ground.

4. Making a Compass

compass

When you’re in the wild and lost, the best way to find yourself out is through navigation. Were you aware that you cane easily make a compass to guide you in the right direction. This is an essential survival skills to have.

Did you know that you could easily make a compass in the wild? Use a little bit of silk or wool from your clothing to magnetize the needle. Rub the needle from eye to point around 100 times and the needle will now be magnetized.

Now float the needle on a leaf or piece of paper and you yourself have a compass.

Note – This is also one of the most important survival gadgets you can carry in all of your survival stuff

3. Mental Attitude

mental attitude

One of the most important factors to get out of an survival situation. You might have the knowledge, skills – but not having the right mental attitude and controlling your emotions will just harm more than help your situation. To be prepared to survive, you need to have the right mental attitude that your situation is helpless and you ultimately chose to survive

In a survival situation, fear usually grips us to a point where we are unable to act and take any decisions or you just might base all your decision on fear. Both affect you in an adverse manner.

Anyone might get into survival situation at any point in time, there are no guarantees that you’ll never get into on. The best is to accept your fears and train yourself for facing such situations. Training is always essential as your mind accepts the facts and gets ready to face the situation in hand. When a professional basketball player hits the game winning free throw, it’s not because he was born to play basketball. It’s because he spent hundreds maybe even thousands of hours shooting free throws. When the time came to make the shot, he made it because he made that same shot ten thousand times before.

So, you can easily train your mind by doing things over and over again.

2. Water

water

You can easily find water out in the wild. You just need to remember that almost any environment has water present to some degree. You just need to ensure that you purify the water before drinking it.

The basic process of filtering water in a survival situation is to remove debris such as soil, dirt, sediment, sticks, leaves and any animals living in the water. If you have two container, you can easily fill one with water and then use your shirt or some other piece of cloth to filter the basic debris while poring into the other container

If you do not have a cup, can or other type of container, improvise one from plastic or water-resistant cloth. Shape the plastic or cloth into a bowl by pleating it. Use pins or even your hands to hold the pleats.

1. First Aid

first aid

When you’re out there its important to learn about first aid. First -Aid skills are something that everyone should know as you can help yourself to an extent or just save somebody else’s life in the process.

a. Cleaning & dressing wounds – Having the right skill to disinfect and bandage wounds apart from having a first aid kit is really very important

b. Making a Makeshift spling or shift – One of the most important first aid skills to learn would be making your own makeshift splints or slings for broken bones. Broken bones and sprains are inevitable injuries that need first aid especially in a outdoor survival or emergency situation, the main key to a fast recovery would be protecting and avoiding further damage by completely immobilizing the part where the injury is.

c. CPR – Used to help victims with cardiac arrest

d. Heimlich Maneuver – Used to assist victims that are choking

Summary

So there you have it, a list of 7 essential survival skills in no particular order which will help you in any adverse or emergency situation

The Top 11 Low Carb Beers

The Top 11 Low Carb Beers

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Fending off the love handles, Santa paunch or triple chin  doesn’t necessarily mean you have to deprive yourself of simple pleasures.  A cold low carb beer is something that you can still incorporate into your healthy lifestyle. What you have to watch out for in beer is the carbohydrate (“carbs”) and calorie content. Keep an eye on these beer components with a beer calories chart. Just like low carb ice cream, low carb chili, and low carb chips, low carb alcoholic drinks still have residual sugars from the manufacturing process. In a low carb beer, the leftover sugars stay after fermentation and undergo another process, to further decrease the carbohydrates or calories in the beverage.

Carbohydrates are your body’s primary source of energy. Yet, too much carbohydrate in your system can be converted into fat. Excessive amounts of carbohydrates prevent you from losing weight and this largely contributes to obesity. Opting for the best low carb beers in the market can help you stay fit while you indulge in beer flavors. The best low carb beers can actually aid in your weight loss. Carbohydrates are not completely eliminated in these beverages, so that your body can still get energy and function normally. Low carb food and drinks all offer reduced amounts of carbohydrates without altering the flavors too much.

The Best Low Carb Beers

Once you crave for beer, all you need to do is check out this list of the best low carb beers, from which you can choose your next alcoholic drink:

11. Guinness Draught

Guinness has always been known as a delicious brew. Now, you can indulge in a bottle and just get 9.9 grams of carbohydrates, 4.0 % ABV, and 126 calories. This is the lightest Irish stout beer. It still has the roasted coffee-like fragrances and hints. Sacrifice your morning coffee and just have a bottle of this beer at dinnertime.

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10. Sam Adams Light

With only 119 calories, 4.3% ABV, and 9.7 grams of carbohydrates, Sam Adams Light can ease your beer thirst immediately, without causing any harm to your toned abdominals. If you are one of those who prefer Boston Lager, then this beer is the right one for you. It stimulates your palate with the slight mango or peach flavor, which makes it a perfect brew for the beach or the poolside.

Sam Adams Light low carb beer

9.  Bud Light Lime

Bud Light Lime has 4.2 % ABV, 116 calories, and 8.0 grams of carbohydrates. It has essentially the same ABV as regular Bud Light. Because of the lime flavor, 6 calories are added.

Bud Light Lime low carb beer

8.  Bud Light

This refreshing low carb alcoholic drink contains 110 calories, 4.2% ABV, and 6.6 grams of carbohydrates. This is one American classic that still dominates the present beer market. The brand sells more beer than any other in the country. You can access Bud Light on tap in almost any venue where it’s available. You only get 110 calories from each12-ounce bottle, calculated as one serving. If you go to a ball park and get a regular beer, you get 20 ounces.

Bud Light Low carb

7. Corona Light

Corona Light only has 5 grams of carbohydrates, 109 calories, and 4.5% ABV. It is a popular summer alcoholic beverage, especially if you want to look good in a bikini. You can easily squeeze a fresh lemon or lime into it and get a more refreshing kick.

Corona Light is a  good Low Carb beer

6.  Amstel Light

Amstel Light is a low-carb alcoholic beverage. Every 12-ounce bottle contains only 5 grams of carbohydrates and 95 calories. It only has 3.5% ABV, which is much lower than other low-carb beers.

Amstel Light is a low carb beer

5. Coors Light

Coors Light has a cold activated bottle, which makes it more refreshing than any other low carb alcoholic drink in the market. You know that it’s cold when the blue mountain design is blue. This light beer only contains 5% ABV, 4.2 grams of carbohydrates, and 104 calories. Regular Coors has 45 calories more.

low carb beer coors light

 

4.  Miller Lite

Miller Lite lives up to its name because it only has 3.2 grams, 4.2 ABV, and 96 calories. It is known as the diet beer or the original light beer I the US. Miller Lite won the 2010 American Beer Festival as the Best American-Style Light Lager.

Miller light is a good low carb beer

 

3.  Busch Light

Unbelievably, regular Busch has triple the amount of carbohydrates in Busch Light. Busch Light only has 4.1 % ABV, 95 calories, and 3.2 grams of carbohydrates.

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2. Miller Genuine Draft “64″

This has the lowest amount of carbohydrates in this list. MGD 64 only has 64 calories, 2.4 grams of carbohydrates, and 2.8 % ABV. The summer version of MGD 64 has lemonade in it, but with the same number of calorie

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1.  Michelob Ultra
Michelob Ultra is the first and original low-carb beer manufactured by Anheuser-Busch Brewing Company, back in 2002. Each 12-ounce bottle of this beer has 2.6 grams of carbohydrates and 95 calories. Its low-carb Amber version only has 3.2 grams of carbohydrates. The flavored lagers (Dragon Fruit, Pomegranate, Lime Cactus, and Raspberry) all have 5.5 grams of carbohydrates.

Michelob-Ultra low in carbUnderstanding Carbohydrates in Beers

When you understand the metabolism of the yeast, you understand the amount of carbohydrates in your preferred beer. The type of yeast used in making the beer influences the amount of carbohydrates in it.

In ales, brewers use ale yeast, which ferments disaccharides and monosaccharides to about 50% of the starches in the barley.

In lagers, lager yeast ferments disaccharides, monosaccharides, and some trisachharides up to an additional 5% of the original carbohydrates in the barley or grain.

If you want to develop the habit of drinking the best low carb beers, you should learn how to choose the ones that have enhanced flavors. When you go and purchase low carb beers, opt for those in dark bottles. The dark bottles prevent the beer from skunking. There may be myriads of brewers that promise the best low carb beers in the market today, but only you can choose which best suites your palate.