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10 Traits That Help Kill a Potential Sale by Diane Shawe

Sometimes we need to remind ourselves about the things we read, wrote or learned about increasing your client/customer base.

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1. Not knowing your Audience

Trying to sell something to someone that you don’t really know, you don’t know if there is a need or indeed if they have already got what you are selling will kill a potential sale or recommendation.

Persuasive people know their audience inside and out, and they use this knowledge to speak their audience’s language. Everyone is different, and catching on to these subtleties goes a long way toward getting them to hear your point of view.

2. Not getting Connected

The person you are speaking with is a person, not an opponent or a target. No matter how compelling your argument, if you fail to connect on a personal level, he or she will doubt everything you say.

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Detoxing with Beetroot for a healthy liver

A friend of over thirty years has just been told that she needs a liver transplant! She does not smoke or drink and use to be a aerobics teacher!

So I started to look up some advice about ways to maintain our liver health especially as most of our food and water has synthetic products added to them.

Article by Diane Shawe M.ED

Well it would seem that Beetroot support liver health (one of our main detox organs) and are full of nutrients and antioxidants. Beet roots are an incredible food and if you can use the leaves also, even better.

According to Jo Robinson, author of Eating on the Wild Side, beets are some of the highest antioxidant foods and have nine times more antioxidants than tomatoes and fifty times more antioxidants than carrots! Beets’ unique combination of phytonutrients and antioxidants have been shown to be especially helpful in reducing chronic inflammation. 

Beets have a special pigment, betalin, which strongly supports the body’s phase 2 detoxification process. 

Phase 2 detoxification is when the body neutralises and removes potentially harmful substances from the body by making them water soluble. 

Beets can also spice up your love life! They are high in boron, an element that has shown to increase testosterone levels and therefore sex drive in both sexes. 

Beets have also been shown to widen blood vessels. This increased blood flow throughout the body also supports sexual health. What about beet greens? 

Beet greens are some of the healthiest greens available at your supermarket and have a similar nutrient profile to kale. If you buy beets with the greens attached you’ll know you are buying recently harvested beets, which can also have greater nutrient levels. 

I know you can get jars of beetroot soaked in vinegar, but if you can get the freshly grown from the market I believe this will be better for you.

So what else?

Pepper It’s easy to dismiss pepper as a common spice. Its commonality almost makes it boring. What’s fascinating about peppers that it accounts for 1/5 of the total spice trade in the world! Besides adding a pleasant taste to our food, black pepper is a warming stimulant that promotes good digestion. 

I think the most amazing thing I found out about black pepper is its ability to increase the bioavailability of our herbs and foods. Adding a bit of black pepper to herbal formulas or to our dinner plate means that we have increased the qualities and nutrients available to us. 

So here’s a couple of delicious recipes to help you detox your liver.

Beetroot salmorejo

Check out our super easy recipe to make a fresh and delicious Spanish ‘Beetroot Salmorejo’

Time: 15 mins

Yield: 4 people

Ingredients include:

  • 400 g Beetroot (- Boiled)
  • 600 g Tomato
  • 8 units Strawberries (- Medium size)
  • 100 g Breadcrumbs
  • 2 cloves Garlic

Put everything in a blender, add two cups of water and blend until smooth. Pour out into small saucepan bring to boil and then turn down and simmer for 20 minutes.

Peppery Borscht

Peppery Borscht Today’s beet borscht recipe is a beloved and traditional soup from Russia. Borscht soup is a fantastic way to support your body’s natural detox abilities while enjoying a delicious soup. There are lots of different borscht recipes out there. 

In this version that I found it includes those incredibly nutritious beet greens and added extra pepper for zing and increased nutrient absorption. 

What you’ll need… 

1 1/2 cups cubed potatoes 

2 cups cubed beets 

6 cups chicken or vegetable broth 

2 tablespoons butter 

1 1/2 cups chopped onions 

4 garlic cloves minced 

1 cup chopped beet greens 

1 tablespoon caraway seeds 

2 teaspoons salt (or to taste) 

1 celery stalk, 

chopped 1 large carrot, 

sliced 3 cups coarsely chopped purple cabbage 

2-3 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper 

2 bay leaves a couple 

handfuls of shitake mushrooms 

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 

1 tablespoon honey 

1 cup tomato puree sour cream (optional) green onions for garnish 

Heat the butter in a large pot. Sauté the onions until they are translucent. Add the garlic, caraway seeds, salt, pepper, bay leaves. Sauté for 1 minute. Add the celery, carrots, cabbage, beets, potatoes, mushrooms and stock. Simmer until all the vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes. 

Stir in the balsamic vinegar, beet greens, honey and tomato puree. Cover and simmer for 5 more minutes. Serve with a dollop of sour cream (optional) and green onions for garnish. 

Source of info and recipe

Rosalee de la Forêt Rosalee is the Education Director of Learning Herbs and author of Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients Into Foods & Remedies That Heal. She is passionate about helping people discover the world of herbalism and natural health. Rosalee teaches at international herbal conferences and runs a popular herbal mentoring program. Read more about Rosalee https://learningherbs.com/remedies-recipes/beet-borscht-recipe/

Seven Superfoods to help Stimulate your Hair to Grow

Lately I have been writing about cocunut oil and its extensive benefits. Having great hair does not begin and end with expensive external treatments, shampoos and conditioners. You may lather and rinse as much as you like, but the key to great looking hair is actually in some superfluous in your kitchen! (or at least in the supermarkets) As your hair grows one-fourth to half an inch every month, it is the product of the nutrients that you have consumed in that month. By having the diet that promotes hair growth, you can expect to stimulate lost hair to grow back. 

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You can only help your hair to grow healthier by introducing the right nutrients in your diet. 

Here are seven suggestions:

Dark green vegetables
Vitamins A and C are needed to make sebum in your body, the natural hair conditioner. It is secreted by your hair follicles. Spinach, broccoli and swiss chard are excellent sources of these nutrients. Besides, you also get iron and calcium from green vegetables.

Nuts
For keeping your scalp healthy, you need selenium. It is an important mineral for the health of your scalp. Brazil nuts are rich in selenium. Walnuts condition your hair with alpha-linolenic acid and omega-3 fatty acids. You also need to have the right intake of zinc in your diet as it prevents hair loss. So, nuts rich in zinc such as almonds, cashews and pecans should be regular in your diet.

Beans
Your hair care diet must include legumes such as kidney beans and lentils. They not only provide much needed protein for your hair growth, but also plenty of zinc, iron and biotin. Biotin deficiencies can make your hair brittle and consequently, break from the scalp.

Carrots
Excellent source of vitamin A, carrots promote healthy scalp along with good eyesight. Include carrots in your snacks or salad toppings to condition your hair for a shiny head.

Whole grains
Zinc, iron and vitamin B can be had from whole wheat bread and fortified whole grain cereals. Include these in your evening snack before having dinner.

Low-fat dairy
Skimmed milk and yoghurt are the best source of calcium, and also contain protein in the form of whey and casein. Again, you can take cottage cheese and yoghurt with you to work to have as evening snack. A good way to supplement the hair growth nutrient quality of low fat dairy is to include ground walnuts and flaxseeds as they contain omega-3 fatty acids and zinc. 


Coconut Oil

Over the last decade, coconut oil has garnered lot of attention in the western countries, and for good reason. The benefits of coconut oil for hair care is now supported by scientific studies. According to one study, coconut oil when applied to the hair pre-wash reduced protein loss for both damaged and undamaged hair. Coconut oil was compared with mineral oil and sunflower oil, and it proved to be far more beneficial than latter two. 


How to Take Coconut Oil

I use coconut oil for all of my cooking and baking, and I will often put a tablespoon of it in my morning smoothie. You can also apply it directly to your skin or as a carrier for essential oils or blends.

*WARNING – refined or processed coconut oil can be bleached, over-heated, and chemically processed to increase its shelf-life. Processing the oil changes the chemical makeup and the fats are no longer good for you!

SO INSTEAD – buy extra virgin coconut oil for the greatest health benefits. Here is the brand I personally use and recommend to my patients:

Tropical Traditions Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil

As you can see, coconut oil benefits are immense! But they don’t stop with these 20, if you want the ultimate guide check out Dr Axe top article on 77 Coconut Oil Uses and Cures.  




9 Ways to use Coconut Oil for Hair Extensions, Scalp and Skin

Coconut oil can work wonders on your hair extensions. It is often a problem with most hair extensions going dry or the scalp becomes itchy and dry.

After paying lots of money to have your hair done, the last thing snyone wants is a dull, shine-less heap of straw like looking hair. Coconut oil is really popular now and many conditioning products are coming up in the hair and beauty industry. For hair extensions it can be aall-in-one remedy; it can give the hair natural moisture and shine, thereby helping to restore some of the vitality and shine.

You can use coconut oil for massaging the scalp, conditioning hair, and also to make your tresses healthy and beautiful. Virgin coconut oil which is derived from fresh coconuts, can be used against several hair problems.

So, what can you use coconut oil for hair? Well, here are 9 suggestions:


1. Coconut Oil Promotes Hair Health


When it comes to accelerating hair growth, there is nothing better than coconut oil for stimulating your scalp because the fatty acids in coconut oil bind to the protein in hair to offer support to the roots as well as strands. Those with thin, flat, rough and dry hair can make their hair grow thicker, softer and shinier by using some pure virgin coconut oil on the scalp.

2. Coconut Oil Makes Hair Manageable


Coconut oil makes maintaining long hair extensions so much easier. Those who like to have their hair long should consider using coconut oil twice a week and thus slow down hair breakage and shreddage, dry hair and dull looking hair. Only use small amount so as not to make the hair feel greasy.


3. Coconut Oil Acts as a Conditioner


Many hair conditioning products have coconut as an ingredient. Coconut oil is a natural hair conditioner you can use. Owing to its easy molecular structure, coconut oil can easily penetrate into the hair shaft and work with the natural hair proteins on your own hair along with conditioning your hair extensions. This is why coconut oil for hair loss in not a myth and have been used for hundreds of years. It can be used to treat other hair-related conditions such as dry scalp or fungal conditions like seborrheic dermatitis which result in itchy flakes.

4. Coconut Oil Acts as a Hair Shampoo


A lot of shampoos contain Coconut oils. You can minimise protein loss during washing if you use coconut oil due to the presence of medium-chain triglycerides that can pass through the cell membrane and act as waterproof on the scalp and hair. Moreover, the natural antioxidants in coconut oil is better for your hair as it works naturally.

5. Massage – Coconut Oil Hair Treatment


Moisture is essential for healthy hair and is also one of the main causes of hair problems. Massaging the scalp with coconut oil penetrates the hair shaft, protects against environmental impurities and excessive heat. It enhances blood circulation and oxygen delivery to your hair, keeping them healthy.

You can mix coconut oil with lime juice and apply it to your hair; this prevents hair loss. Another benefit of massaging scalp with coconut oil is relaxation. When you feel relaxed, chemicals get released throughout your body that soothe all parts of the body, including the hair.

6. Coconut Oil Prevents Hair Loss/Hair Breakage


Coconut oil hair treatment is nothing new. Coconut oil has been used for a long time particularly by people in tropical regions. If you want to prevent hair breakage, turn to coconut oil orally and internally. Hair is one part of our body that is quite sensitive to changes in the body. Stress, malnutrition, hormone imbalance, pollution and chemicals can contribute to hair problems such as hair loss and hair breakage. When you use coconut oil on hair regularly, you don’t lose strands of hair that easy. This is how coconut oil takes care of hair breakage, hair loss and keeps other hair problems at bay.

7. Coconut Oil Prevents and treats dandruff


Dandruff, a condition of flaking and itchy scalp, is one of the common hair complaints. If you want to reduce your risk of getting it or treat it, coconut oil can help you with that. Rich in vitamin E, vitamin K and iron, coconut oil helps you get rid of dandruff besides boosting hair growth.

8. Coconut Oil Fights baldness


Some people use hair extensions to disguise hair loss. The use of coconut oil on the scalp promotes hair growth as well as counter hair loss and combat baldness. Coconut oil is an antibacterial as well as an anti-fungal and full of medium chain triglycerides which prevent hair loss besides giving the hair more body. Coconut oil use makes hair stronger and restores all the necessary natural oils, preventing hair from breaking and allowing them to grow. Coconut oil also helps reduce the loss of protein in the hair.

9. Coconut Oil other benefits

Besides hair and hair extensions, coconut and its products can aid in skin care, weight loss, digestion, metabolism and high blood pressure. When you have coconut oil, you don’t need deep conditioners, under-eye creams and lotions. Coconut oil is a wonderful natural way to make skin soft, supple and healthy.

Coconut oil in its virgin state is very oily to the touch, so you only need a little bit. Because it can be used externally, used in cooking or taken pure some so called Health experts warn against the use of coconut oil if you are on medication,  pregnant or breastfeeding, so in keeping with protocol it is advisable to seek advice from your doctor.

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Why you should take a closer look at Flaxseeds & Flaxseed Oils

Flax seed oil is superb for your hair health internally and externally

article by Diane Shawe Author

These tiny seeds are packed with hair nourishing vitamins, minerals and fats. Flax seeds are actually the richest vegetable source of omega-3 fatty acids – which help to nourish your hair follicles and moisturise your scalp skin. Dry, flaky scalp is often attributed to lack of omega-3 in the diet.

Also, if your hair is rough, brittle and frizzy, then eating flax seeds can help a great deal. The various fats and vitamins in flax seeds make hair soft, smooth and flexible, so you will have less breakage; plus they also increase shine and lustre of your hair.

If you don’t enjoy the taste or find them too small and heavy going with flossing, the option of using flaxseed Oil blended into your shampoo or used in your cooking such as salad dressing will still give you the benefits.

Flax seeds contain high amounts of wonderful substance called lignans – which exhibit antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Lignans help protect hair follicles from damaging effects of free radicals. Lignans also help in treating dandruff and other itchy scalp conditions like eczema, thus promoting hair growth and healthy scalp.

Data from various hair forums: People who eat flax seeds every day report that their hair loss and thinning is markedly reduced, and some users even have good regrowth on bald areas.

Prefer flax seeds over flax seed oil: Flax seeds are more beneficial than the oil itself. This is because during oil extraction flax loses many of the nutrients properties which are there in the seeds.

Flax seeds improve digestion: The high fibre and mucilage content of flax seeds promote healthy digestive function and improves intestinal absorption of nutrients – which in turn will promote glowing skin and healthy hair.

Other benefits: Eating flax seeds could help you balance hormones, give you clear skin, lower cholesterol, reduce sugar cravings, fight cancer and promote weight loss.

Take a look at Dr Budwig’s Flaxseed diet plan which you can download for free http://www.budwigcenter.com/the-budwig-diet/
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From Zero to Hero Hair Extensions Advice

How to help your client Get the hair thei dress deserves! 


Dear Wedding, Prom & Special Occasions Consultants OR just doing it yourself, 

Good News. We Can Help You Help Give Your Clients their Dream Hair Style this Summer.

The Single Most Important Thing You Need To Know About helping your client get that dream hair style their dress deserves by using hair extensions is – Where to direct them!

Most of them secretly think there hair isn’t long enough for some of the dream looks? Well, most of these ladies in magazines aren’t  growing hair long enough to sit on either. So Hair Extensions can ensure they can get the bridal or prom hairstyle of their dreams.

How to move from Zero to Hero

Predictions abound for the coming summer to be another scorcher, the trend for hair extensions is hitting headlines with TOWIE and Miley Cyrus amongst others. An expert and international author in hair extensions, Diane Shawe has launched her exclusive much anticipated dedicated Hair Extensions Services for Prom and Wedding Hair Extensions Styles.

Get the hair your dress deserves

Celebrities on Red carpets and magazines have normalised hair extensions. Hair Extensions have been a trending topic among many women on YouTube. It is arguable that the main reason for the popularity of hair extensions is that one can get instant gratification. That extension adds to the thickness and fullness of hair in a shorter period of time than waiting for hair to grow.

As a woman, confidence is in constant flux, I know we all have those days that we just feel great. Our skin is glowing, our eyeliner went on just right, and our hair is lying the right way. And then we have those weeks where we just feel like our look has passed its expiration date.

So for some women this is a no-brainer. If their tired of a hair style and sick of waiting for their hair to get to the length they want, sick of chemicals, sick of thin lack lustra hair? then with over 16 different hair extensions techniques there is bound to be one technique that can safely help achieve their hair goal in a short time.

Trending this summer

Help Get your client the hair their dress deserves with hair extensions this summer. Long curls are the look that is continuing to evolve throughout 2017. In addition to all the classics, we are seeing looser curls, wavy hairstyles and curling just the tips trending. That means lots of gorgeous texture and body with less styling time. For ladies wanting these gorgeous textured look, we have some lovely curly hair extensions hairstyles that will make you the centre of attention. 

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  • POINT YOUR CLIENTS IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
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  • A EXPERIENCED CELEBRITY CONSULTANTS SPECIALISING IN 16 TECHNIQUES
  • ABILITY TO WORK WITH BRIDE, BRIDESMAIDS, MOTHERS AND GROOM INDIVIDUALLY OR IN GROUPS

…And that’s just for starters!

We even have a few slots for Models who could benefit by saving up to 30%

And Not Only That, But:

• Diane has over 25 years experience
• Diane is a International Trainer training over 3000 students
• Diane is author of 2 popular selling Hair Extensions books worldwide available from Amazon
• Diane has worked with top celebrities, TV, photographers and film

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Does and Don’t Prior to Getting Your Wedding Hair Extensions Done

Five Tips About Getting Your Wedding Hair Extensions Done

I wouldn’t ever suggest doing your wedding hair yourself in the first place and please please do not put clipins in for your special day! 

For a wedding you’re attending, sure. Go right ahead.

Do your own curls, straighten your own locks, run a brush through it and call it a day.

But with your own wedding, you have to remember all eyes are on you. And, during your ceremony, all eyes are on the back of your head. You want to make sure what they’re looking at is perfection and you can get that from a professional. When you’re stressing out wedding morning — hoping that your groom makes it to the church on time, wondering if there will be enough food at the cocktail hour — the last thing you want to do is stand in your bathroom with a curling iron. You won’t have the patience to hold each curl long enough and your hair will be a mess. And you’ll regret it.

I put together a list of five tips about getting your wedding hair done so that you don’t end up looking at your photos and regretting anything.

1. Don’t wash your hair the morning of your wedding.

Showering when you wake up just makes you feel energised. And for wedding day, that’s what you need.

2. Know what you want. And make sure you get it.

Pinterest is an amazing tool to help you find wedding hair ideas. In fact, we have a some wedding hair ideas Pinterest board and growing. Feel free to pin any and all of those ideas. Because when you’re getting married, you need an idea of what you want. The standard hair extension technicians at the salon will not look at you and say, “Oh, you have medium-length hair. This is the style for you.” Instead, they will say, “What style did you have in mind?” And it’s so much easier to show them a photo as a guide instead of saying, “I was thinking something half up and down with curls. I think. Maybe. Or all down. Or no curls. What do you think?”

Just a note to have a Signature Hair Extension Consultant offer you that service you would have to be prepared for a big bill.

When you decide what you want, make sure you get it.

A bit of advice, don’t be unreasonable or too far reaching about your style. For instance if you have 1 inch of hair don’t go asking for 26 inches. (unless it’s a wig)

3. Don’t waste your money on hair extensions trialstyles. 

This is the most controversial tip, but I am really sticking firm to stating you don’t need a trial. However with hair extensions I suggest you get them installed at least a week before your wedding if they are semi permanent. I also recommend you have a stylist that is use to styling long hair extensions.

Many stylists will have a portfolio where you can check out their work and styles they’ve done before so you can get an idea of what they are capable of. Salons who attend wedding expos will have these at the booths usually (I’ve never seen a salon at an expo that didn’t have one, but you never know). Portfolios should help you feel comfortable at a salon you’ve never used before. (MAKE SURE IT’S THERE WORK AND NOT DOWNLOADED FROM THE INTERNET)

And you have to remember, too, you’re hiring a professional. You have to trust that she knows what she’s doing because this is what she gets paid to do. If you were having surgery, would you go to the doctor for a trial? No. You would just go and get it done. Extreme example, but same concept.
4. Find out if your salon will travel.

Unless you are really confident that everything will be done if you went to the salon, find out if your stylist will come to you along with the makeup artist.

Make sure you also have some quality time for your stylist and that you won’t  be disturbed.


5. Don’t forget to pull out some cash to pay your stylist.

Getting organised the day before for things you need to pay for is worth it.

Your debit card has probably been hammered and the last thing you want is paying for your hair and makeup to go drastically wrong. Also prepare for emergencies incase a bridesmaid has a desaster that needs fixing straight away.

It’s True: You Really Can Get Longer, Shiny, Healthier looking hair And Here’s How…

Think your hair isn’t long enough for some of these looks? Well, most of these ladies aren’t growing hair long enough to sit on either. Extensions ensure you can get the bridal or prom hairstyle of your dreams or just stand out from the crowd.
If natural isn’t for you, there are lots of ways to get bold and bright. Whether it’s all over rainbow or highlights in your favorite Crayola color, unicorn hair makes cute hairstyles even better. But remember those photos are forever so image what you would like to see 20 years from now.

Long curls are another look that is continuing to evolve throughout 2017. In addition to all the classics, we are seeing looser curls, wavy hairstyles and curling just the tips. That means lots of gorgeous texture and body with less styling time. For ladies born with that gorgeous texture, we have some lovely curly hair hairstyles too.

So check out these sampler hair styles, they are just the tip of the iceberg, hairstyles for long hair pictures for the hottest trends of 2017 and your next look.

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9 Steps to The Killer Covering Letter

It has become almost common knowledge that most potential employers do not even bother responding to unsuccessful candidates that apply for vacant jobs.

Sometimes you need to give yourself the winning edge. Think Clint Eastwood with the sun behind him in a gun fight. Sometimes in giving massive importance to the CV, the value of a strong cover letter is often neglected. The key to securing that dream job is a combination of a well-crafted CV and a killer cover letter. While the CV lists your important achievements and skills, the cover letter coerces your prospective employer into hiring you. The cover letter very finely articulates your desire to work for the company. To stand apart from the competition and make yourself an attractive hire, you need to draft a killer cover letter. Here are the 9 Steps to landing that job…

  1. 1.     Knowing what they want, what they really really want

The cover letter offers a window to your personality and qualifications. But apart from that, it is also a way to demonstrate how much you really know about your prospective employer. To do this, you need to research on the company, the financial growth statistics, the industries that your employer serves, etc. Learn about your potential firm and showcase that. Only when you know what they want and who they are looking for, will you be able to portray that in your cover letter.

  1. 2.     Giving it that personal touch

When you are searching for a job and have focused on one, make sure you find out the name of the contact person. Beginning your cover letters with formal salutations such as “Dear Sir or Madam”, gives the impression that you don’t know whom the letter should be addressed to. Personalise your cover letters while retaining a semi-formal tone. Lack of knowledge in these areas can significantly impact your chances of getting the job you want.

  1. 3.     The Art of the Powerful Opening

Avoid the clichéd opening paragraphs and instead strive to make an impact with the introduction. In a powerful opening paragraph, you have to briefly state your objective in applying for the job and how you heard about the opening. While being creative in your openings, don’t forget that cute introductions do not work. Give your cover letter the necessary gravitas without being too sycophantic.

  1. 4.     Start Right

After the introduction, comes the body of the cover letter where you detail your achievements without repetition. In this part of the cover letter, you are expected to expand upon your achievements as mentioned in the CV and provide further examples of how you can help your potential company grow. For example, if you are applying for marketing positions then be sure to explain how you can develop a marketing strategy to bring in additional revenue for the company. Simply said, put your best foot forward.

  1. 5.     Finish Strong

The closing of the letter should definitely express gratitude for the HR manager’s time and patience. End the letter by outlining the next steps on your part. Never expect a potential employer to follow up with you. Demonstrate your proactive nature by stating that you will follow up for the job. This will also indicate your enthusiasm for the job. Remember to include a phone number or email address so that the firm can get in touch with you first if required.

  1. 6.     Money Later

The motivation behind taking up any job is money. To be happy in your job you need to be paid well. Don’t become hasty and quote any figures in the letter. Wait for a formal meeting to discuss salary issues.

  1. 7.     Details Matter

Remember to spell-check your cover letters and get them proof-read from friends or family. Be sure to thoroughly check your cover letters till you are completely satisfied with them.

  1. 8.     How does it Look?

In case you are submitting your cover letter by email, make use of word processing software such as MS Word. Write your cover letters in Word, making use of a standardized format. Align the text correctly and ensure that the letter is cleanly formatted. Punctuation should be in place. While you spend a tremendous amount of time on preparing the CV, you sometimes end up neglecting the cover letter. Formatting is essential otherwise the HR manager reading your cover letter might just have to spend his or her time deciphering it.

  1. 9.     Check That Grammar

Make sure that you adhere to grammar rules and make use of them while writing your cover letter. Incorrect grammar used in the wrong places can not only create a wrong impression, but also change the meaning of what you intended to convey.

These are such simple steps to write a killer covering letter.

ü Draft your letter so that it highlights your skills, achievements, goals, and motivations.

ü Don’t meander from the main topic.

ü Stick to the basics and be direct in your approach.

Do the above and nothing can stop you from getting that job.

 

 

Six tips on how to avoid water retension

What Causes Water Retention and How to Avoid It

Are your feet, ankles, hands, or legs often swollen? This happens because of water retention, a condition known as edema. It is characterized by the accumulation of fluids in the tissues, circulatory system, and cavities.
Water retention, also known as fluid retention refers to an excessive build up of fluid in the circulatory system, body tissues, or cavities in the body. Up to 70% of the human body consists of waterwater exists both inside and outside our body’s cells. Edema is the medical term for swelling.

The main causes of edema are pregnancy, not being physically active, premenstrual syndrome, sedentary lifestyle, and certain medications. But, swelling can also occur during a long flight.

Most cases of edema are not serious. However, sometimes it can indicate heart failure or kidney disease, so it’s important to treat it on time.

Here are the main causes of edema as well as suggested ways of how to reduce the swelling and avoid water retention, as long as there’s no underlying condition.

6 Causes of Edema and suggested solutions

1. Excessive Sodium Intake

If your diet is based on sodium-rich foods and if you don’t drink enough water, your body will use its water reserves. This, in turn, results in water retention. The human cells can expand up to 20 times with the help of water. So, the important thing here is to know which foods contain high amounts of sodium, so you can start avoiding them.

Besides salt, sodium can also be found in canned vegetables, some condiments, processed meat, and other processed foods. On the other hand, Celtic and Himalayan sea salt can reverse the water retention caused by table salt.

2. Magnesium Deficiency

Lack of magnesium can lead to edema. This mineral is vital for most functions in the body, so insufficient amounts of it can hinder the proper function of the body. This will eventually lead to water retention.

One research showed that taking 200 milligrams as a daily dose of magnesium can reduce water retention in women with premenstrual symptoms. Increasing the intake of magnesium-rich foods or taking it as a supplement can relieve this condition.

Here are the foods which contain the highest amount of magnesium: dried fruits, spinach, dark green veggies, dark chocolate, nuts, avocados, peas, and whole grains.

3. Lack of Vitamin B6

Deficiency in vitamin B6 can lead to edema since it’s involved in many aspects of water balance in the body.

A study published in the Journal of Caring Sciences involved women who experienced water retention caused by premenstrual syndrome. They took vitamin B6 on a daily basis, and their condition was soon improved. This vitamin is water-soluble, so it requires many cofactors to function properly. Therefore, it’s best to obtain it from whole foods.

Foods high in this vitamin are potatoes with skin, chicken, lean beef, turkey, tuna, dried fruit, bananas, sunflower seeds, and pistachio nuts.

4. Lack of Potassium

This mineral is vital for the proper function of cells, tissues, and organs in the body. It plays a significant role in the maintenance of normal water balance in the body.

Potassium deficiency can result from not consuming enough potassium-rich foods but high amounts of salt. This will eventually lead to edema. Lack of this mineral can cause weight gain, muscle spasms, and cramps. Potassium can reduce water retention due to its ability to reduce the sodium levels.

You can find this mineral in most fruits, especially in watermelon, honey melon, and rockmelon.

5. Dehydration

Dehydration occurs when you don’t drink enough water. This condition forces the body to retain water in order to survive, resulting in swellings in your feet, ankles, hands, or legs. Luckily, it’s not hard to improve your condition. Just drink enough water and potassium-rich juices, and avoid soda drinks and coffee.

6. Excessive Consumption of Processed Foods

As we mentioned, processed foods are full of sugar and sodium – one of the leading causes of water retention. But, they also contain artificial food additives whose toxic nature puts a load on the kidneys and the liver.

Foods which contain high amounts of sugar including artificial sweeteners can cause spikes in the levels of insulin and blood sugar.

Therefore, we recommend avoiding processed foods as much as you can.

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