(NewsUSA) - It is the most taken-for-granted natural resource we have -- and we use and abuse it until we don't have it. Some tend to think of it as our birthright, while others think of it as a gift. It is water, and it is turning out to be more complex than once thought.
To understand this necessary component to life, we must understand its chemical properties and how it works in and with our bodies.
The water molecule is made up of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom to form the oft-quoted H20 molecule. However, what you may not know is that water comes in clusters of molecules (rather than single molecules), and tap water contains very large clusters of up to 13 molecules. It is as if 13 groups of water are essentially holding hands.
What this means for your body is that you will feel fuller longer after drinking a glass of tap water, because of the amount of water molecules that need to be processed for hydration.
However, if you drink micro-clustered water, or water that contains only five or six molecule clusters, the water will be that much more hydrating, soluble and permeating for the cells and the body. In essence, it's a system that delivers wetter water so that more of the nutrients will be absorbed into the cells at a faster rate.
Sound confusing? Think of micro-clustered water as a handful of Bb's compared to a softball. If you throw the softball at a chain-link fence, it won't pass through. However, if you throw the Bb's at the fence, they pass through seamlessly. Micro-clustered water is like that. It permeates your cells much like the Bb's through the fence, hydrating your body within seconds of drinking, leaving you less bloated and more completely hydrated.
By drinking water that contains fewer molecules, or micro-clustered, alkaline, ionized water such as Alkame Water, you can hydrate your body more quickly and effectively, enhance energy levels, improve your overall aerobic capacity and health and prevent premature aging. Additionally, antioxidants are a benefit of micro-clustering, which have been proven to boost the immune system.
The benefits of clustered water were upheld by an independent study conducted by the Chinese Health Care Science and Technology Society, which found that 60 percent of people who drank clustered water had their cellular hydration level increase tenfold.
For more information on micro-clustered water and the health benefits it can provide, visit www.alkamewater.com.
(NewsUSA) - Ask TV's Linda Cohn to list what's surprised her most in her 22 years as one of the most successful female sports anchors around, and one thing immediately jumps out at you. That's because it has nothing to do with, say, scandals -- and she's certainly covered her share -- and everything to do with chiropractic care.
Specifically, how many professional athletes attribute their success to it.
"Chiropractic care is a remarkable approach to health care that helps to keep you healthy and vibrant," she says.
In fact, she's also talking about herself on that score.
Cohn, you see, whose new book, "Cohn-Head," recounts her hard-fought rise to the top of the "sportscasting boys' club," doesn't just like to cover sports. She's also an avid hockey player -- and has been ever since she made the boys' hockey squad in high school. (Followed by playing goalie for the State University of New York's women's team.)
"Sports are obviously an important part of my life, and I love to play hockey," she says. "You can't get more involved than that."
Speaking of involvement, care to guess what her brother does for a living?
"My brother is not only a renowned care provider, but also my chiropractor," says Cohn, who's a big supporter of the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (www.yes2chiropractic.org).
"And," she adds, "with chiropractic care, I have never felt better in my life."
(NewsUSA) - Tech is a growing trend for gift buying, and this year is expected to be at an all-time high. Tech and Trends personality Mitch English visited TV stations around the country with some of his top holiday picks.
"I think there is something magical behind technology. It should be fun, helpful and slightly amazing," says English.
Some of the hot holiday gifts on his list include:
For the home. One great gadget for the home is the Dyson Hard. It's engineered for cleaning hard floors like wood and tile. It's the only vacuum cleaner that combines powerful suction with a wet wipe to remove dust and grime in one action. It's cordless, small, lightweight, and Powered by Dyson digital motor -- up to three times faster than conventional motors.
Coffee Lover. For the coffee connoisseur who enjoys a gourmet beverage custom brewed to their liking. The Keurig Vue V700 Brewing System's touchscreen interface allows you to simply customize the strength, size and temperature of your beverages for the ultimate brewing experience every time. It also brews two-step, café-style cappuccinos and lattes, teas, hot cocoa and apple cider.
Tech in the shower. What better way to start the day by singing to your favorite tunes? The Kohler Moxie Showerhead Wireless Speaker is easy to install -- same as a standard showerhead, but this streams music/audio straight into your shower via a wireless magnetic Bluetooth-enabled speaker that syncs with your mobile device. The speaker pod can be removed for recharging and taking on the go.
For the gamers. The Skylanders SWAP Force new innovation allows you to mix and match top and bottom halves to create more than 250 unique character combinations. It can also be played with the previous two Skylanders games. It's available for all game consoles, including PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles.
Tablets are hot. The LG G Pad 8.3 Tablet is 8.3 inches tall and weighs less than a pound, which is super-portable. The Full HD IPS display is great for watching movies, reading e-books, or surfing the web. The unique QPair feature makes it the perfect companion to any Android smartphone, and the QSlide Function 2.0 allows you to access multiple apps on one screen.
Movie lover. For the first time, the legendary Indiana Jones saga will be available individually in pristine picture and sound in high definition! Raiders of the Lost Ark, meticulously restored under the supervision of director Steven Spielberg, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade are available now for Digital HD download and available on Blu-ray Disc December 17th.
Learn more at www.killerapps.tv.
(NewsUSA) - Hiring a tax professional is a solid investment, but first you should know what to look for. For example, an enrolled agent (EA) can fit the guidelines perfectly. In fact, enrolled agents are the only federally licensed tax practitioners who specialize in taxes and have unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the IRS.
"Enrolled agents, America's tax experts, make sure their clients take advantage of all the credits and deductions they're entitled to," says National Association of Enrolled Agents President Betsey Buckingham, an enrolled agent with David C. Murray & Co., in Troy, OH. "And, with the IRS's increased emphasis on enforcement, it's more critical than ever to have an EA making sure your taxes are done correctly."
Buckingham also points out that the status of enrolled agent is the highest credential awarded by the IRS. Individuals who obtain this elite status must adhere to ethical standards and complete 72 hours of continuing education every three years.
Though some taxpayers may think preparing their own returns may be less expensive, that could turn out to be a costly mistake. For single adults who are at the beginning of their careers, income and expenses are relatively straightforward, and filing taxes may seem generally simple. However, as life becomes more complicated -- people marry, have children, start their own businesses, buy homes and make investments -- the tax code becomes more difficult to decipher, and tax preparation becomes more complex. If you accidentally omit an income item on your tax return, you could receive a letter and a bill from the IRS months, or sometimes years, later. You might even pay a penalty for your forgetfulness, along with interest charged from the original due date of the return.
And what about state taxes? What if you move to a different state? What if you live in one state and work in another? That's another perk of working with an EA. Enrolled agents are licensed by the federal government and not the individual states, so EAs can practice and prepare tax returns anywhere in the country.
One last tip about hiring the right tax professional: Someone who specializes in taxes and tax planning has the best chance of saving you money and helping you with your finances for next year. Don't wait until the last minute to find your tax professional! Do it before the year ends, and let your enrolled agent start working with you now, so you'll be prepared.
Learn more about enrolled agents, including how to find one locally, by visiting www.naea.org.
(NewsUSA) - Looking to stretch your dollars this holiday shopping season?
We're not talking anything as gauche as pretending you'll be out of town so you can buy everyone's presents at after-Christmas sales. No, we're talking ways to get more bang out of the bucks you do spend on holiday-related items. With the National Retail Federation reporting that the average shopper will spend nearly $750 on holiday-related items, every little bit of saving can help.
Here are some ideas you may not have thought of:
* Download retailers' discount apps/newsletters. Many retailers now offer special mobile apps that you can download for exclusive discounts and offers on not only specific items, but even your entire purchase. Others have free email newsletters that send weekly digital coupons you can use. And since they're on your mobile phone, you don't need to bring in flyers or coupons!
* Sell or trade in your old electronics and video games. You're sitting on found money if you have some unloved gadget collecting dust in a drawer. A website like BuyMyTronics.com will pay you via PayPal or check for products as old as a clunky Sidekick, while the retail giant GameStop (www.gamestop.com) gives you cold, hard cash or trade-in credits for video games and systems, as well as iPods, iPads and iPhones you or someone else on your list has been asking for.
* Build Gift Baskets. When even the wealthy "have fewer qualms" about shopping at discount stores, as CNN Money recently noted, maybe it's time to hit the racks and create a beauty case filled with body butter, oils and a thick loofa. The custom touch will go a long way, as will the extra savings.
* Take advantage of exclusive deals for gamers. Continuing the trade-in theme, GameStop has a special deal going that lets you score any new $59.99 video game -- yes, that includes the latest "Call of Duty: Ghosts" -- for just $9.99 by swapping two eligible ones you've probably already beaten like, well... "Call of Duty: Black Ops II." Check out www.gamestop.com/trade2 for details.
"We believe in giving gamers the opportunity to expand their entertainment experiences," says Ashley Sheetz, the company's chief marketing officer.
(NewsUSA) - With the holiday season ramping up, there's no better time to take a break, relax and recharge. Why not unwind by catching up on all your favorite books? Whether you are looking to read by the fireplace or while traveling to your holiday destination, or spending time with friends and family, companies such as Kobo have a wide range of options to keep you reading on the go.
No matter what stage of life you may find yourself in, there's something to suit any taste or preference.
Going through your 20s can be trying. You have just left Mom and Dad's -- what do you do now? Why not consider books that will help you carve out your own path? There is "How to Be Interesting" by Jessica Hagy and "The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter -- And How to Make the Most of Them Now" by Meg Jay.
The 30s might have people thinking about starting a family, in which case, "Smart Parenting for Smart Kids: Nurturing Your Child's True Potential" by Eileen Kennedy-Moore and Mark S. Lowenthal is an informative and invaluable read. And for a bit of fun, "Bridget Jones's Diary" by Helen Fielding is sure to entertain.
Oftentimes, by their 40s, people are looking for a little romance or a thrill. Books such as "Inferno" by Dan Brown or "Committed" by Elizabeth Gilbert may have just this appeal.
When your 50s arrive, the kids are (hopefully) out of the house, and there is more time to read and travel. To that end, "Still Alice" by Lisa Genova or "Live By Night'" by Dennis Lehane could be the perfect titles.
The 60s, or Golden Years, bring retirement and the ability to enjoy the things you love most. Whether it's spending time with family, keeping fit or curling up with a good book, there is "Beautiful Ruins" by Jess Walter or "Paris" by Edward Rutherfurd.
In addition to offering instant access to millions of titles online, digital reading companies offer a plethora of eReading device options and free reading apps for most smartphones and tablets, making it simple to expand on your reading adventure. Whatever your age -- young or old, married or single -- books are a source of entertainment, escape, inspiration, but most of all, enjoyment. To learn more, visit www.kobo.com.
(NewsUSA) - It's been said that, "Home is where the heart is." While this sentiment may be true, that home could also be making you sick.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans spend on average about 90 percent or more of their time indoors, where pollutant levels may be two to five times (and possibly more than 100 times) as high as the levels outdoors.
"Most of us don't think about it, because we cannot see the pollution, and sometimes we can't smell it," says a representative for the American Lung Association in Orange County, Calif.
Which is why, say experts, keeping your indoor air clean is paramount to maintaining a healthy household.
Whether old or new, every home has its potential pollutants, says the EPA.
For instance, homes built before 1978 are more likely to contain lead-based paint and have been built with asbestos insulation. In newer, "greener" homes, the use of energy efficiency makes homes airtight, but also effectively traps in pollutants, causing headaches, nausea and exacerbating allergies.
So, what's a homeowner to do?
Other than dusting and vacuuming on a regular basis, and changing your air filters quarterly, you might want to consider using technology to help clean up your inside air, such as the Air Scrubber Plus air purifier system.
This device -- installed into existing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems -- uses ActivePure technology to reduce contaminants by up to 99 percent in the air and surfaces of the home.
ActivePure is a variation of the technology used by NASA for the International Space Station and is recognized as the exclusive Certified Space Technology by the Space Foundation in its category.
"There are a high percentage of people with asthma and allergies around the country," said Tom Lozano, executive director of Air Scrubber Plus. "In-depth testing proves that [our technology] can reduce chemical odors, cigarette smoke, dust, pollen and mold."
By using devices such as Air Scrubber Plus, in conjunction with other clean air solutions, you can be assured that the air you're breathing is fresh and clear.
"As people grow more concerned about indoor air quality, we are seeing increased demand for indoor air purification solutions from homeowners all over the country," says Lozano.
For more tips on purifying the air in your home, visit www.airscrubberplus.com.
(NewsUSA) - With the holidays upon us, trimming household expenses can free up extra cash to maximize your gift-giving budget. One place where you may not realize there are huge savings to be had is with your wireless bill.
According to mobile phone analytics company Validas, 80 percent of Americans overspend on their monthly wireless bill by an average of $200 annually. That's some significant savings you can apply to holiday shopping and throughout the year.
To make the most of your wireless service, and put some money back in your pocket for gift giving for the holidays, birthdays, anniversaries and other occasions, consider these cost-cutting tips from GoSmart Mobile:
1. Don't pay for what you don't need. Don't be fooled into thinking that unlimited-everything plans are the best option. Choosing a plan that meets your needs can save you hundreds to thousands of dollars annually. If you only occasionally browse the web and don't watch a lot of video on your phone, a plan with 2G/3G web speeds may be appropriate and economical for you. If you don't plan to use data, look for talk and/or text-only plans. Or look for a plan that gives you unlimited voice, text and data for a low price.
2. Consider prepaid or "no contract" wireless plans. "No contract" wireless plans are a great option for budget-conscious consumers. GoSmart, for example, offers affordable, no-annual-contract plans on a reliable nationwide network with unlimited talk, text and web for only $35 per month (plus taxes). You can go to www.GoSmartMobile.com for service and coverage details.
3. Pay for your device upfront. Typically, when you purchase a new phone and sign up for or renew your service agreement, the carrier entices you by offering the device at a low price. What you may not realize is that carriers often charge higher monthly service fees to cover the cost of the handset subsidy. Instead, consider buying your own device and bringing it to a prepaid service like GoSmart to really be smart about how you spend.
4. Monitor your usage and avoid overages. There are a number of free apps that can help you monitor your monthly usage and send updates or alerts when you are approaching your limit. Use a popular search engine to find what's best for you. Or, simply check your usage yourself via the Settings app in both Android-powered OS and iOS devices.
(NewsUSA) - Amid excitement over 3D printing, there is caution.
According to experts, safety and reliability standards and mandates will need to be developed and implemented for products that can be churned out on a whim. Technical education and training will likely be impacted. Legal issues pertaining to ownership, patent protection, trademarks and copyrights and credentials for individuals using the technology will need to be resolved before 3D printing reaches new levels and new frontiers.
In the U.S. and elsewhere, the 3D printer is enabling a "maker movement," as an increasing number of people apply the technology to their daily lives.
In the business world, 3D printers are used at dental labs to make custom crowns in less than one hour and at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center to fabricate a new type of fuel injector. Future industrial applications include food production and the printing of human bone and tissue.
What's more, 3D printers are showing up in basements and garages of U.S. households as the do-it-yourself community embraces the powerful tool to make everything from model trains and translucent chess pieces to circuitry and musical instruments.
Three-dimensional printers make products by following instructions from a computer and stacking raw material -- plastic, metal or other substance -- into layers. Whereas, in conventional design and manufacturing, computer-based models are developed and then adapted to machining.
"Among the many advantages of 3D printing is the capability of the system to print on demand when an object is needed," said Hod Lipson, co-author (with Melba Kurman) of the book "Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing," who recently addressed a special session on advanced manufacturing arranged by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
Many of the consumer 3D printers on the market are "selective deposition" types that squirt, squeeze or spray liquid, paste or powdered raw material through a nozzle. Found today in many homes and schools, the selective deposition models are also a favorite of food-loving enthusiasts, who use the printers to create dough, frosting and other culinary treats.
At its recent 2013 International Mechanical Engineering Congress, ASME brought together the manufacturing community to discuss these issues, and the experts concurred that 3D printing will enjoy a promising future. For more information, visit www.asme.org.
(NewsUSA) - With Black Friday behind us and the December gift-giving season at its height, shopping gets pretty extreme in these parts. Whether you're fixated on fashion or seek bargains and basics, you'll find it all in Valley Forge and Montgomery County, Pa.
Attracting 4 million visitors in November and December alone, the King of Prussia Mall boasts more than 400 luxury retailers. Having a tough time deciding? Make an appointment with the mall-wide personal shopper, putting a sharp-eyed style maven at your side.
Bargain hunters are in luck at the Philadelphia Premium Outlets, where discounts are steep. This Neoclassic architecturally themed outdoor village creates an inviting setting for a full day of shopping.
The Plymouth Meeting Mall now features not only all major retail brands but also a 65,000 sq. ft. Whole Foods Market, the world's leading retailer of natural and organic foods. Need some downtime? Lose yourself in the white noise of the peaceful circular fountain.
Montgomery Mall features four major department stores and 150 specialty shops. For something truly unique, check out the home décor gift ideas the Montgomery Art Expo on the lower level.
Willow Grove Park Mall arose from the site of a well-loved 19th-century amusement park. If your little ones get antsy waiting for Santa pictures, take them for a ride on the carousel, reminiscent of one manufactured by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company in the 1800s.
The shops at Suburban Square, Ardmore, combine open-air quaintness with the upscale feel of the Main Line. The attached farmer's market eases the art of entertaining, with its meats, sweets, cheeses, produce and even a spray of seasonal flowers to complete a festive table.
For gifts of a truly unique nature, the selection at Skippack Village cannot be beat. Miss Riddle's Candy Shop, for example, offers an impressive array of retro candy, the perfect stocking fillers for fans of vintage goodies.
For even more places to shop 'til you drop in Montgomery County and its environs this holiday season, and great places to stay while doing so, visit www.valleyforge.org.