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How to live longer: Expert divulges five tips to extend longevity by more than a decade

How to live longer: Expert divulges five tips to extend longevity by more than a decade

“We know that food is made up of complex chemical structures, which interact with one other as well as with our gut microbes and our cells,” Dr Federica began.

“What’s exciting to see (in recent research) is how plants can act to help improve our health in clinically measurable ways, including managing levels of stress.

“Nature’s pharmacy includes polyphenols in dark plants and fruits, such as cavolo nero and haskap berries, which help counteract oxidative stress.”

Dr Frederica added that reishi mushroom may also “improve your body’s ability to cope with stress”.

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Heart attack: Expert shares five tips to exercise safely if you suffer from chest pain

Heart attack: Expert shares five tips to exercise safely if you suffer from chest pain

Coronary heart disease – the leading cause of a heart attack – occurs when the arteries narrow; this restricts how well oxygenated blood can flow towards the heart. During periods where blood flow is restricted to the heart muscle, angina (i.e. chest pain) develops. To exercise safely when you have angina – and to reduce the risk of a heart attack – the British Heart Foundation divulges its wisdom.

For those of you who have been prescribed a GTN spray or tablets, do make sure these are with you when you’re engaging in physically demanding activities.

Certain activities might trigger an angina attack, such as climbing a hill.

Thus, if you find yourself on a hiking walk, for example, take your GNT spray or tablets before starting the activity. “Ask your doctor about what dose to take,” the BHF added.

Moreover, if you notice that the frequency of your angina attacks are increasing, or it occurs during rest, “stop the activity and speak to your doctor as soon as possible”.

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Five tips to exercise safely with angina

  1. Warm up before the activity and cool down afterwards
  2. Avoid exercising after a heavy meal, or in very hot or cold weather
  3. Keep your medication on you during the activity
  4. Prepare for angina attacks by taking medication before the activity
  5. Report increased angina attacks during activities to your GP.

What puts you at risk of coronary heart disease (CHD)?

The NHS explained: “CHD is usually caused by a build-up of fatty deposits (atheroma) on the walls of the arteries around the heart.

“The build-up of atheroma makes the arteries narrower, restricting the blood flow to the heart muscle.”

The risk of developing CHD increases if you:

  • Smoke
  • Have high blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Have high cholesterol
  • Have high levels of lipoprotein (a)
  • Do not exercise regularly
  • Have diabetes
  • Are overweight.

Is heart disease reversible?

According to Dr Dean Ornish – the founder of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute – heart disease can be reversible.

“Our studies show that with significant lifestyle changes, blood flow to the heart and its ability to pump normally improve in less than a month,” he said.

“And the frequency of chest pains fell by 90 percent in that time. Within a year on our programme, even severely blocked arteries in the heart became less blocked.”

Dr Ornish’s programme involves walking at least half an hour daily, or for an hour three times a week.

The doctor also recommends people with heart disease to become a vegetarian.

He recommends a diet full of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, soy products, non-fat daily, and egg whites.

Dr Ornish put forward four additional factors if you want to reverse heart disease:

  • Stick to a healthy weight
  • Take all your medications
  • Keep up with your doctor visits
  • Not smoke or be around secondhand smoke.

Dr Lori Mosca disagrees with the term “reversal”, as she believes heart disease can’t be cured, and that only its progression can be slowed down.

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How to defrost your freezer – 6 easy tips

How to defrost your freezer - 6 easy tips

The next step is to wait for the ice to melt.

You can allow this to happen naturally which will take some time or speed up the process.

To speed up the process, you can use a hairdryer, wallpaper strippers, a heat gun, a steam cleaner, a car de-icer, salt or a knife to hack at the ice.

Make sure to be extra careful if using an electrical solution as you should not mix electricity and water.

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How to get rid of crows from your garden – 6 key tips to banish bird pests

How to get rid of crows from your garden - 6 key tips to banish bird pests

4. Get something shiny

Despite the old wives tale of crows collecting shiny items, popping anything with a sheen in your garden can deter the birds.

Crows don’t like anything shiny or reflective, and so putting these in your garden will stop them from visiting.

You can use CDs, old silverware, wind chimes, or anything with a shine to it.

Amazon sells reflective scare tape, which can be placed around your garden – on top of sheds etc. to prevent crows from visiting your garden.

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How to soothe sunburn – 5 tips for cooling burnt skin

How to soothe sunburn - 5 tips for cooling burnt skin

Hot sunny days have been a treat for Brits in recent days, with soaring temperatures reaching up to 29C. Brits have flocked to parks, beaches, gardens to soak up the sun, however, an unfortunate side effect of too much time in the sun and not enough suncream can be sunburn.

Sunburn can strike if the suncream you are wearing has worn away if unprotected areas are exposed to the sun and if your suncream is not high enough factor to prevent sunburn.

We’ve all accidentally sat in the sun too long, forgotten to wear suncream or had a piece of clothing slip and expose skin to the sun without knowing.

Sunburn can cause hot, red and angry skin which is painful, often preventing sleep and causing discomfort.

So what can you do to soothe sunburnt skin? Read on for five top tips.

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As soon as you notice red, pink or sunburnt skin you should take care to get indoors or under shade to prevent further damage.

If you can’t get out of the sun, applying suncream right away can help prevent any worsening.

Once you’ve been sunburnt, there are five things you can do to manage the appearance, pain and side effects.

Begin treating your sunburn as soon as you notice it.

3. Taking ibuprofen can reduce swelling

If your skin is uncomfortable and you notice swelling, you can take ibuprofen.

This will help reduce any swelling, may help reduce redness and will help with discomfort.

4. Drink water

When you are sunburnt, fluid is drawn to the skin’s surface and so can make you dehydrated.

To compensate and prevent dehydration, up your water intake if you have been sunburnt.

5. Protect your skin

While you have sunburnt skin, you should take extra care of it – especially if heading outside again.

You should wear clothing which covers your skin when outdoors, opting for tightly woven fabrics.

To check your fabric is ideal, hold it up to bright light – you should see no light coming through.

If you have been sunburnt, make sure to keep an eye on any symptoms which could turn into sunstroke.

According to the NHS symptoms of sunstroke include

  • a headache
  • dizziness and confusion
  • loss of appetite and feeling sick
  • excessive sweating and pale, clammy skin
  • cramps in the arms, legs and stomach
  • fast breathing or pulse
  • a high temperature of 38C or above
  • being very thirsty

The symptoms are often the same in adults and children, although children may become floppy and sleepy.

If someone is showing signs of heat exhaustion, they need to be cooled down.

If someone has heat exhaustion, the NHS advises you follow these four steps:

  • Move them to a cool place.
  • Get them to lie down and raise their feet slightly.
  • Get them to drink plenty of water. Sports or rehydration drinks are OK.
  • Cool their skin – spray or sponge them with cool water and fan them. Cold packs around the armpits or neck are good, too.
  • Stay with them until they’re better.
  • They should start to cool down and feel better within 30 minutes.

However, you should call 999 if the person

  • feels unwell after 30 minutes of resting in a cool place and drinking plenty of water
  • not sweating even while feeling too hot
  • a high temperature of 40C or above
  • fast breathing or shortness of breath
  • feeling confused
  • a fit (seizure)
  • loss of consciousness
  • not responsive

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How to prevent gnat bites – the 4 tips

How to prevent gnat bites - the 4 tips

Gnats are often mistaken for mosquitos but they’re much smaller and so are their bites. Gnats are about 0.6cm long and some species of gnats bite humans to suck their blood and make eggs. The bites normally aren’t serious, but it’s better to avoid them if you can. Express.co.uk reveals how to identify, prevent and treat gnat bites.

Gnat season is upon us in the UK and these tiny flying pests are out to bite you.

Gnat bites aren’t normally serious and people rarely suffer from serious allergic reactions after being bitten, but they can pass on bacteria and cause infections.

Gnat bites often look similar to mosquito bites – according to the NHS, being bitten by a gnat usually causes small, red lumps that can be painful and very itchy, and can sometimes swell up alarmingly.

Some people may also develop fluid-filled blisters and you might notice bleeding where the gnat bit you.

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The difference between mosquitoes and gnats isn’t just the size, gnats have different anatomy.

Unlike mosquitoes, gnats aren’t gifted with specially adapted tools for blood-sucking and so they simply tear your skin using the sharp parts of their mouth.

According to Push Doctor, once the gnats have broken through your skin, they spit an anticoagulant into the wound that stops the blood from clotting and allows them to feed at their leisure.

The site reads: “While gnats don’t usually carry diseases that can be passed on to people, they may pick up bacteria as they feed, which can cause serious infections if left untreated.

“The chances of this happening can be increased if the wound is reopened or made worse from scratching.

“Allergic reactions to gnat bites are rare, but some people may react badly to the anticoagulant mixture used by gnats when feeding.”

How to prevent gnat bites – the 4 tips

You can treat a gnat bite pretty easily, but the prevention is always better than the cure.

Healthline lists four ways to prevent gnat bites from happening in the first place.

Cover up

If you’re outside at a time of day when insects are particularly active, such as sunrise or sunset, cover your skin by wearing long sleeves and trousers.

Gnats typically bite around the face but they don’t discriminate so make sure you cover all areas of skin and wear proper closed shoes when outdoors.

Ideally, wear light clothing because some gnats are attractive to dark-coloured clothes.

Insect repellant

Apply insect repellent to exposed skin after using suncream.

The NHS site says repellents that contain 50 percent DEET (diethyltoluamide) are most effective.

Healthline recommends using a product containing oil of lemon eucalyptus instead if you want to go natural.

Avoid using any perfume or products with a strong smell as these may attract gnats and other insects.

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How to treat gnat bites

The first thing you need to do is wash the affected area with soap and water.

Then, apply a cold compress such as a wet, cold flannel or cloth or an ice pack to the area for at least 10 minutes, especially if it is swollen.

If the area becomes itchy, apply some anti-itch or hydrocortisone cream to reduce the itchiness, redness and irritation.

You could also take an antihistamine according to the instructions on the packet.

If you were bitten around the mouth or eyes, your symptoms start to get worse or don’t go away within two weeks or your skin appears to be infected, get medical attention.

Call 999 if you are having an allergic reaction and are experiencing trouble breathing, wheezing, swollen throat, lips or eyelids, difficulty swallowing, dizziness, a rapid heartbeat, nausea, confusion or any other worrying symptoms.

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The Necromunda: Hired Gun Tips for Long Life and Healthy Living

It’s the grim darkness of the far future. Life is hard. We could all use some advice on getting through the day. We’re here to help. Necromunda: Hired Gun –available now on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S — is a fast-paced, action-packed FPS made by our small passionate team at Streum On Studio where you’ll dive into the far flung future of the 41st millennium, set in Games Workshop’s iconic Warhammer 40,000 universe.

In the wasteland of Necromunda, inside the great Hive Primus packed with a billion souls toiling away to support the innumerable worlds of the Imperium of Man, sometimes dirty work needs doing – for the right price. An endless, cyclical gang war between the wealthy and influential great houses needs someone to clean up their mess, and that’s you – a hired gun, a bounty hunter for hire, caught up in a bigger mess than you’d like.

Tip 1: Get a dog

Dogs are friends. Protective, loyal, fierce. In real life, they’ll guard your door, greet you with a slobbery kiss in the morning, and bark at potential attackers – like the cat. In Hired Gun, your constant companion, the cyber-mastiff, is much the same. He’ll rip the throat out of anyone you point at, bring you their limbs, and watch your back by sniffing out enemies hiding in the darkness.

He’s also available for pets and emotional support (emotional support may bite).

Tip 2: Get moving

Exercise is important for a healthy body and a healthy mind. Rather than a special bike or a particularly ingenious augmented reality game, Hired Gun makes it a little bit easier to keep active. With your integrated grappling hook and heavily augmented body, wall-running and double jumping give you a leg up on the competition and in the keeping fit department.

Necromunda: Hired Gun

Tip 3: Get nasty

The world – it’s cruel. The world of Necromunda, a few dozen thousand years down the road, it’s a little bit crueler. Combat is fast paced, fighting is fierce, and as a bounty hunter with marks to catch, you’ll need to be just about as mean as you can imagine. Melee attacks are far from a last ditch effort to get someone out of your face, and prove useful and brutal in the close quarters combat of a hive city.

Tip 4: Get your targets

Set goals for yourself. You’re a bounty hunter, so your goals are quite literal targets. While Hired Gun is not a game of stealth or subterfuge, how you go about that – which path you take through non-linear combat arenas and to multiple objectives, which guns you use, which targets you’re chasing – is up to you.

Necromunda: Hired Gun

Tip 5: Get paid

Money makes the world go round, no matter what world that happens to be. Make sure you always get what you’re worth, because the Underhive runs on cash (in-game, naturally – no microtransactions here). Secondary missions and hidden caches stored in the dark corners of levels and out of the way places will give you a fat purse to spend on upgraded augments, new weapons and customization options, and much more. Even your dog can benefit from a suite of new upgrades.

Tip 6: Get shooting

Got your guns. Got your mastiff. Got your mission. Shoot your shot – on Necromunda, literally. With access to a massive selection of weapons and upgrades from the very start, what you spend on is more important than how far through the game you are. Find the combination of weapons and augments that best suit your playstyle and the particular mission. Use a swathe of weapon customisation options to make your gun uniquely yours and take the pain to your targets in style.

Necromunda: Hired Gun

Tip 7: Get upgraded

Life is about growth. With a few missions under your belt, you’ll want to power up… Your armory is vast, every part of your body, every element of your weapon, can be improved. Higher jumps, faster running, better vision, stronger arms – the vast list of ways your cybernetic body and organs can be upgraded means every path through the game is unique. Your grappling hook will help you to drag you to walls, ledges and enemies, use it to your advantage.

Tip 8: Get revenge

What’s it all for? Revenge (and maybe money, as noted). There’s a reason you ended up packed with more augments and cybernetics than the average Hired Gun. Betrayal and the wrong targets land you in a heap of trouble in the Underhive, and you’re here only by the grace of the kind of folks you… really don’t want to owe your life to. When the hunter becomes the hunted life gets interesting – let’s see how you survive.

Necromunda: Hired Gun is available now for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. The game is Optimized for Xbox Series X|S and supports Smart Delivery, ensuring you only have to purchase the game once to play the best available version for whichever Xbox console you choose to play on.

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Pick your contracts. Hunt your targets. Collect the bounty. Navigate an ocean of crime and corruption to balance the bloody ecosystem of Necromunda as a merciless hired gun. The money’s good, the dog’s loyal, and the gun’s reliable – but can you survive the hunt? Necromunda: Hired Gun is an indie fast-paced, violent, and thrilling FPS set in the darkest reaches of Warhammer 40,000’s most infamous hive city. For the right price, eliminate the most notorious gangers and mutants. Your armory is a sprawling arsenal. Your body is enhanced with a dozen customizable augments to run on walls and leap over chasms. Your cyber-mastiff will sniff out and kill enemies for you, while your grappling hook allows quick, agile traversal of the massive environments. – An indie fast-paced FPS in the Warhammer 40,000 universe – Upgrade and fight alongside your loyal cyber-mastiff – Endless weapon and augment customisation – Upgrade, advance, and level up as you collect bounties

Author: Victor Mercier, Lead Producer, Necromunda: Hired Gun
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5 Tips to Take Command of Your iPhone

5 Tips to Take Command of Your iPhone

Last month, Apple released an update to its operating system, iOS 14.5, which gives users more control of their personal data. But if you’re looking to gain more control over the iPhone itself, you also have options. Want to put your favorite apps within easy reach, tag friends in Messages or set your preferred browser to open links? You can do all that and more.

Here are a few quick tips for enhancing the iPhone experience. Next week’s Tech Tip column will round up a few helpful hints for the Android faithful.

The Control Center — that handy panel of often-used settings summoned with a finger swipe — first appeared back in 2013 and got more useful when Apple began to let users add their preferred buttons a few years later. If you haven’t tinkered with your Control Center to add the features and functions you use the most, just open the Settings icon on the home screen, scroll down to Control Center and give it a tap.

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From the list on the next screen, choose the icons for the apps and settings you want to live in your Control Center. While tools like the Flashlight are typically there by default, you can remove those you never use and add icons for apps you want, like the Magnifier, the QR Code scanner or even the Shazam music recognition feature. To rearrange the order of the icons on the screen, drag them up and down the list before you close the Settings app.

Wouldn’t it be great if you had yet another way to interact with your device along with screen swipes and voice commands? If you have at least an iPhone 8 running iOS 14 or later, you can use the Back Tap feature to have your iPhone perform a specific action when you give it quick taps on the back.

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To set it up, open the Settings, select Accessibility and then Touch, and scroll down to Back Tap. Once you select Back Tap, select either Double or Triple Tap and choose an action on the next screen, like opening the Spotlight search app or the Control Center or running a Shortcut you’ve set up with Apple’s Shortcuts app. You can assign two separate tasks to the Double Tap and Triple Tap functions — and Back Tap should work even if your iPhone is in a case.

Tired of the iPhone always opening the Safari browser instead of your favored DuckDuckGo when you tap a link, or firing up Apple’s Mail program instead of the Gmail app when you select an email address from your Contacts list? If your iPhone is running iOS 14 or later, you can choose the apps you want as your default programs.

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To make it happen, tell Siri to “open the settings for Gmail” or whichever app you actually want to use. You can also tap open the Settings icon on the home screen, scroll to the name of the app and select it to get to its settings. Tap the Default Browser App or Default Mail App line and on the next screen, and select your preferred program.

Want to respond to a specific post in a Messages chat or get someone’s attention in a group conversation, just as you can on some social media platforms? You can do both.

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To reply to a certain message in either a one-on-one or group chat where everyone is using the Messages app, press your finger on that message until a menu appears. Select Reply, enter your response and tap the blue Send arrow. To tag someone in a conversation so he or she gets a notification, put the @ symbol in front of the name or just type the name and select it when it pops up onscreen from your Contacts.

Apple’s Siri voice assistant, celebrating a decade on the iPhone this October, has been losing ground in knowledge and usefulness to Amazon’s Alexa and the Google Assistant in recent years. To boost Siri’s powers, Apple added more skills in iOS 14. And with iOS 14.5, it now includes a more diverse set of voices.

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To change how and when Siri sounds, open the Settings icon on the home screen, select Siri & Search and make your selections. You can also opt to display your conversations on the screen by tapping Siri Responses and turning on “Always Show Siri Captions” and “Always Show Speech” to make sure you see the last word, too.

Author: J. D. Biersdorfer
This post originally appeared on NYT > Technology > Personal Tech

Jane McDonald warns ‘be prepared’ as she shares luggage tips for British river cruise

Jane McDonald warns ‘be prepared’ as she shares luggage tips for British river cruise
Jane McDonald appeared for the third instalment of the latest season of Cruising with Jane McDonald on Channel 5. The cruise enthusiast booked a four-berth private luxury river cruise with two of her girlfriends, Sue and Olwen, for their 70th birthdays. The cruise saw Jane and her friends begin their journey at Hampton Court before finishing at Henley-on-Thames.
Jane began by showing viewers how she packs up her toiletries for a cruise.

She used a hanging toiletry bag which she lay out on the bed before hanging up in her bathroom.

Jane doesn’t unpack her toiletries but simply uses them from the bag when she needs them.

She added: “I always have it packed with everything that I need for travelling.”

“I’ll put an outfit on a hanger so that I know what scarf goes with what jacket.

“Then, I know exactly where the trousers are.

“The white boots – these I brought because you just never know when you want a little sexy outfit!

“We might do that because it’s the girls’ birthday week.”

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'Add colour to your garden': Best plants & garden tips to make you feel like you're abroad

'Add colour to your garden': Best plants & garden tips to make you feel like you're abroad
The Growers is an online plant retailer that has just launched a new collection of plants. Hoping to help Britons recreate a much-deserved holiday abroad in the comfort of their back gardens, the company has introduced a new range of “summer destination” plants.
Customers can choose to be transported to stunning European hotspots including Santorini, Barcelona, Provence, and more – depending which plant box you buy.

Each destination has its own colour theme, enabling you to make your garden look more interesting and unique.

Orange Begonias and leafy Coleus will take you to the white sandy beaches of Madeira, while Dahlias and Geraniums will remind you of the warmth and humidity of the buzzing streets of southern Spanish cities.

Geraniums and Petunias, among other flowers and plants, are often seen growing in Mediterranean countries, but they also grow well in Britain due to their modified leaves.

Andrew Fuller, Head Growing Guru and gardening expert at The Growers, told Express.co.uk more about the colourful plants and how to best keep them alive and well in your garden.

He said: “All of the plants found in our Growing Somewhere Nice destination collections give an amazing pop of colour to your garden.

“Geraniums, Dahlias, Osteospermums and Petunias in particular are available in a range of colours, from pink and yellow to purple and orange, which will give an amazing vibrant splash of colour to your outdoor space,” Andrew added.

“Dahlias have masses of petal-loaded blooms which will help to brighten up your outdoor space, and their compact yet bushy nature will fill your container without crowding out other plants.

“Osteospermums also open to reveal an array of soft tones, with each flower differing slightly in pigment to produce a truly stunning display in your garden borders, containers, and beds.”

Andrew shared his favourite plants in the Growing Somewhere Nice collection, which are the Dahlia Labella Medio Fun Golden Eye, the Fuchsia Jollies Miravel, the Geranium Savannah TexMex Hot Pink, and the Osteospermum Flower Power Pink.

The gardening expert explained that plants need plenty of water to help their growth, saying: “In general, we suggest watering your plants every day.

“However, you should check daily to see how the plant is doing, whether it has too much water or is too dry, and then determine whether or not to water each plant individually.”

He said: “Usually this means your plant is drying out, so if your plant is underwatered, then it definitely needs a good drink of water. You should ensure that water reaches the roots.

“Underwatering can be a cause of brown leaves in outdoor plants, but could equally be caused by scorch from the sun. In this case, if the plant is in a pot, look to move it to a more shaded area of the garden.

“Some plants are more tolerant to direct sunlight than others. If your plant is indoors and you find it frequently dries out, I’d suggest moving the plant to a different space or room, as it could be getting too much sunlight or need more room to grow.”

When it comes to looking after houseplants, as well as watering, Andrew said that “temperature, humidity and ventilation” should also be considered.

He said: “Make sure your houseplants are getting sufficient light, and choose a pot that is an appropriate size for your plant.

“Some summer plants can also be brought indoors for the colder months.

“Plants such as Begonias, Coleus and Geraniums can be kept indoors, in a conservatory for example, over the colder winter months and then all being well, can be planted back outside once the spring frosts have passed the following year,” Andrew added.

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