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How Feng Shui Can Improve Our Lives (Infographic)

Discover how practicing Feng Shui can create the optimal living enviroment to improve wellbeing life goal achievement

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Developed millennia ago in Ancient China, Feng Shui helps us bring positivity and mindfulness into the home.

Blending together the principles of mindfulness and interior design, Feng Shui is all about creating a positive energy flow, or chi, throughout the home. According to the ancient Chinese philosophy, the home serves as a kind of “outer skin” and as such positive energy within the home will support a good flow of chi in the body. It is in this way that the energy flow of our living space affects our overall happiness and quality of life.

The Bagua is another core principle of the Feng Shui philosophy. This is a chart which maps the house into nine distinct areas with each one signifying the different parts of our life – e.g. relationships, family, career, health and prosperity – that may require attention. To successfully integrate Feng Shui into your décor, it is critical to get to know the Bagua Map, as it provides a guide for many decisions around colours, artwork, furniture and more.

When practicing Feng Shui, one of the most important things to remember is the maintenance of positive chi throughout the three main energy centres of the home – the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom:

  • To promote better chi in your kitchen, declutter counter-tops and try to avoid placing the oven and the sink opposite each other.
  • For the bedroom, choose light neutral tones for the wall and place a wooden headboard on your bed.
  • For good bathroom Feng Shui, always keep the door and toilet seat closed and put a few small potted plants around the room.

 

For a beginner’s guide on Feng Shui, take a look at the below infographic which comes courtesy of the team at EZ Living Interiors.

 



Helen O'Keeffe
Interior & Home Living Expert at EZ Living Interiors
Helen O’Keeffe works for EZ Living Interiors, a home furnishings retailer based in Ireland and the UK. She frequently writes informative content about interiors and home living and she is committed to implementing mindful interior design in her own home.
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7 Toxic Cosmetic Ingredients To Avoid Putting On Your Skin

Sometimes we are so consumed with finding beauty products that make our skin look instantly gorgeous that we fail to see the real damage caused by some of the toxic cosmetic ingredients used in our everyday products. Here is a list of 7 toxic cosmetic ingredients to avoid putting on your skin.

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Sometimes we are so consumed with finding beauty products that make our skin look instantly gorgeous that we fail to see the real damage caused by some of the toxic cosmetic ingredients used in our everyday products.

All over the world, women understand that beautiful skin is a tremendous asset. Even if genetics haven’t given you the type of skin you’d like, excellent beauty products have emerged that work at giving your skin a fresh, smooth appearance.

When selecting beauty products, it is paramount that you read all the fundamental information that is declared on the product and ensure it does not contain any toxic ingredients that can be destructive to your body and can be easily absorbed into your skin, causing cellular harm and cancer in the body.

However, not all components are harmful, so it is crucial that you choose the ones that do not do any damage to your skin and don’t cause any side effects or any adverse reactions.

Below is a list of some toxic cosmetic ingredients that you should avoid when purchasing beauty products:

7 Toxic Cosmetic Ingredients To Avoid Putting On Your Skin

1. Parabens

These are the preservatives that are commonly used for preventing the increase of mold, bacteria, and yeast in cosmetic products. They can play an essential part in instigating breast cancers [1] and other harmful allergic reactions like rashes.

They can be found in diverse forms such as ethyl, methyl, propyl, butyl, and are a common ingredient found in a variety of makeup products, perfumes, shampoos, and deodorants.



2. Phthalates

These are a group of chemicals used in many cosmetics to increase the pliability and of elasticity. The most common phthalates used in daily skin care products and cosmetics are:

  • Diethyl phthalate: found in perfumes and lotions
  • Dibutyl phthalate: found in nail polish
  • Dimethyl phthalate: commonly found in a variety of hairsprays.

Moreover, they can lead to a myriad of health issues which include damage to kidney/liver, breast cancer, congenital disabilities, a decrease in sperm count, and early breast development both in girls and boys. [2]

3.Triclosan

Triclosan is an antimicrobial chemical that is present in many deodorants, soaps, facial tissues, cleansers, antiperspirants, perfumes, and toothpaste. It is well-known as an endocrine disruptor and a skin irritant.[3]

7 Toxic Cosmetic Ingredients To Avoid

4. Diethanolamine (DEA) & Triethanolamine (TEA)

Both these ingredients are foam boosters that are skin/eye irritants and causes contact dermatitis. You may hear them referred to as emulsifiers and are commonly found in shampoos, soaps, lotions, creams, and other cosmetic products.

They are also used as a pH adjuster as they help in neutralizing the acidity of the ingredients. They can cause many problems linked with skin, stomach, liver, and kidney.[4] Also, they may lead to many allergic reactions, eye problems, dryness of hair and skin, skin irritation and much more.

5. Formaldehyde

Surely, this is the same substance used to preserve those rabbits and frogs you had to dissect in Science class? It’s a popular chemical commonly used as a germicide, disinfectant, preservative and a fungicide. Formaldehyde vapors are extremely irritating and can cause asthma.[5]

Skin allergies and reactions after exposure to formaldehyde are very regular because the chemical can be both irritating and allergy producing.



It is an excessively reactive chemical, to the extent that it can corrode with other chemicals to generate carcinogenic and mutagenic effects. The tricky part is, while your skin care products may not list “formaldehyde” as an active ingredient, the following ingredients break down and release formaldehyde:

  • Diazolidinyl urea (or 3-diol Diazolidinyl Urea)
    • 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1 (or Bronopol)
    • DMDM hydantoin
    • imidazolidinyl urea
    • Quaternium-15

Be especially wary if you find them in a hair product and regularly blow dry or straighten your hair since heat can release the formaldehyde.

Toxic Cosmetic Ingredients To Avoid

6. Fragrance

This is probably the most common word found on literally any ingredient list. Fragrance virtually found in everything, including lotions, perfumes, and shampoos.

Skin care products like anti-aging creams need to smell good for customers to buy it. This is why most manufacturers include fragrances to mask the natural unpleasant odors of cosmetic ingredients. Unknown to many, fragrances can cause damage to skin over time [6]. Many kinds of fragrances are even known to be toxic and carcinogenic.

7. Selenium sulfide.

Selenium sulfide is a topical anti-fungal used in anti-dandruff shampoos. Once it gets into your skin cells, it breaks into sulfide and selenium ions, which reduces the turnover rate of skin cells. Some of the minimal side effects from this include skin and eye irritation, oily scalp and hair loss or discoloration (turning green!). Acute symptoms include abdominal pain, vomiting, nausea as well as loss of fingernails.

Selenium sulfide has also been associated with damage to internal organs. [7] You should consider seeking natural dandruff cures instead.

Conclusion

In a nutshell, to maintain vigorous and good-looking skin, it is important that you keep these toxic cosmetic ingredients in mind and try to opt for natural, less harmful alternatives that are not only safe for your skin but also good for your overall health.



 

References
[1] Parabens and Breast Cancer: Breast Cancer UK
[2] How dangerous are Phthalates?: The Guardian
[3] How safe is Triclosan?: FDA.gov
[4] Diethanolamine concerns: FDA.gov
[5] Formaldehyde exposure and childhood asthma: NCBI
[6] Hidden Heath Risks of Fragrance: webMD
[7] Selenium Sulfide: MedlinePlus

Siobhan Dean
'Feel Good' Connoisseur & Writer at OverSavvy
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Top 10 Rarest Foods Around The World And Where To Find Them

As adults, most of us feel that we have already tasted most of the foods available to eat. But there is, in fact, a hidden world filled with some of the rarest foods that most people will never have the luxury of tasting. Here 10 of the rarest foods from around the world and where to find them.

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There are some varieties of food, which are extremely rare and almost impossible for the ordinary individual to procure.

Most of them always carry a rather exorbitant price tag compared to common variants found in everyday food stores. Some though, are well worth going the extra mile to experience; even if only once.

Here are 10 of the rarest foods around the world and where to find them.

1. Saffron

An exotic spice that is native to parts of India and Greece, Saffron is often regarded as the finest of its kind on the planet.

Saffron can be grown in a variety of regions globally, but its rarity stems from its painstaking harvesting process. To produce a pound of this spice, 50,000 to 75,000 flowers must be cultivated and harvested.

A single pound of Saffron can go for as much as $5,000. Most “Saffron” found in stores are nothing more than cheap, red dye colored alternatives. [1]

2. Kobe beef

Top 10 Rarest Foods Around The World Kobe Beef

Kobe beef is obtained from a Japanese cow that is known as Waygu, which are reared from the Tajima strain and is only present in Hyogo Prefecture. Wagyu cows feed on the very best grass and are even given beer to relax them.



They also get to enjoy daily massage sessions that are said to enhance the tenderness of Kobe beef. For beef to obtain the label Kobe beef, it must first be subjected to a thorough marbling process.

It is then cooked until the point it’s just beneath body temperature. A genuine morsel of Kobe beef literally melts in the mouth when you eat it. A kilo of this variety of beef can go for as much as $770. [2]

3. Almas Caviar

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This is an Iranian delicacy, which is the most expensive variety of caviar worldwide [3]. It’s produced with harvested eggs of a rare species of albino Beluga Sturgeon that can only be found in the Caspian Sea. A pound of Almas Caviar set you back as much as $15,500.

4. Bird’s nest soup

Rarest Foods From Around The World Birds Nest Soup

Image: Xiaofei Wang/Corbis

Bird’s nest soup is an Asian delicacy that has the distinction of being one of the rarest foods on the planet [4]. It is a highly sought after dish in regions of Indonesia, China, Malaysia and even Thailand.

A gelatinous dish, bird’s nest soup consists of twigs, feathers as well as yarn. Traditionally, it is prepared with coagulated saliva obtained from the nests of Swifts. This delicacy can go for up to $4,535 per pound.

5. Densuke watermelon

This fruit is grown in the Northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, and less than 70 of them can be produced annually. The Los Angeles Times once ran a story about a single Densuke watermelon been auctioned for $6,000![5]

6. Raw puffin heart

Eating puffins is a local Iceland tradition. Over fifty percent of the Atlantic puffin population reside close to Iceland. This makes raw puffin hearts a region-specific delicacy.



Gordan Ramsay eats raw puffin heart in Iceland

 

7. Matsutake mushrooms

Creator: By Tomomarusan – This is the creation of Tomomarusan, CC BY 2.5, Link

This variety of mushrooms is grown all across the planet, including regions of Europe, US, Canada, and China. However, Matsutake mushrooms was first catapulted into the culinary limelight through Japanese cuisine.

As such, Matsutake mushrooms are a highly sought after dish in Japan, but also an incredibly hard one to produce. Those produced locally can go for as much as $2,000. [6]

8. Black truffles

Top 10 Rarest Foods Around The World Black Truffles

Perigord black truffles happen to be the rarest kinds of fungus currently existing on the planet. They are native to France and are noted for glowing when the dirt and mud are cleared from their surfaces.

Black truffles are highly acclaimed for their distinctive aroma, more than their taste, as is often the case with other existing truffles varieties. They are also considered to be infinitely better aphrodisiacs than white truffles. [7]



9. Chocopologie by Knipschildt

Image Credit: Chocopologie

This is an extremely rare type of chocolate that is made with black truffles. Each piece comes with a truffle in its center and is smeared with a rich and dark chocolate coating.

To indulge in this handmade variety of chocolate, you can expect to kiss goodbye to $2,680 for every pound purchased. https://chocopologie.com/

10. Casu Marzu

Top 10 Rarest Foods

By ShardanOwn work, CC BY-SA 2.5, Link

Casu Marzu is a kind of cheese, which is uniquely characterized by being crammed with maggots. It is native to Sardinia in Italy and prepared with sheep milk that is then left outdoors in order for cheese flies to lay their eggs within it. [8]

Despite the idea of consuming maggots being a turn-off and generally revolting to most people, Casu Marzu happens to be a well-regarded variety of cheese worldwide.

 

References
[1] Whats The Deal With Saffron?: SeriousEats
[2] How is Kobe Beef Made: Wikipedia
[3] Most Expensive Caviar In Th World: Guiness World Records
[4] Birds Nest Soup: Wikipedia
[5] The $6000 Watermelon: L.A Times
[6] Matsutake: MSSF.org
[7] TRUFFLES: THE APHRODISIAC SCIENCE AND LORE: Nappa Truffle Festival
[8] Maggot Cheese Italian Food Culture: Experience Sardinia

 

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Jet-Setting Socialite & Writer at OverSavvy
Your go-to person for a killer dessert or the newest “it” cocktail, this diva brings it all—except the attitude. Not only can Tiffany tell you where to find the chicest bar stools or the most unbelievable travel destinations, but she’ll also clue you in on how to find the coolest entertainment "Hot Spots" in your favorite cities.
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How To Choose A Holiday Destination To Remember

Choosing your next holiday destination can start off fun and exciting before quickly turning to frustrating as you settle for the comforts of the same old place you go to every year. The following tips will help you choose a destination you’ve never thought of, or even scratch off a destination that has been taunting you from your bucket list.

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After working hard for most of the year, a good rejuvenating holiday is well-deserved. Traveling opens up your mind and body to new things; and provides that much-needed escape from the daily grind.

Therefore, if you are still debating whether or not to take that holiday, make your mind up already; you deserve a break.

But where do you go for your holiday? How do you choose one destination over another? These are questions you may be struggling with right now.

Choosing your next holiday destination should be fun and not stressful, but still, there are many factors you may want to consider when searching for a new hot, golden, sandy beach to sink your toes into.

The following tips will show you how to choose a holiday destination you’ve never thought of or even scratch off a destination that has been taunting you from your bucket list.

No need to apologize; follow your dreams

We all have that dream destination that has formed the better part of our travel fantasies. This may be the time to make your dream come true. If you are like so many others, who have a dream holiday taunting you from the top five of your bucket list, what’s really stopping you? If there is even the smallest chance you can make it happen now, do it, life is too short.

Do not fear the unknown

Some people would rather visit one destination over and over again; just because they are familiar with it. The beauty of travel, however, is in discovering new things and breaking new ground. It is time to come out of the box and consider cities and countries you have never been to. The world is vast, and you will have more fun discovering hidden treasures.



How To Choose A Holiday Destination

How To Choose A Holiday Destination To Remember on a budget

If a ‘budget’ limits your choice of holiday destination, don’t despair, you are not alone. Just because you are on a budget, doesn’t mean you have to have a ‘budget’ holiday.

Low-cost destinations are growing more and more popular. From flight tickets to accommodation, you can find great deals and big savings online with just a little extra effort.

Having said this, if you are not looking for frugal travel tips, make sure to get deals that give you the best value for your money. Spending more money does not always guarantee that you will have the best holiday experience.

Your holiday can be multi-faceted

Your next holiday does not have to involve sipping colorful drinks on sandy beaches alone. Many people travel to holiday destinations with business strategies in mind.

If you can travel to a destination that will bring you closer to potential clients or business interests; the better for you. Therefore, map out your holiday purposes, and you can actually kill two birds with one stone.

Explore locations that are nearer

To some, part of the holiday experience must involve long haul flights. However, this is just a state of mind. The truth of the matter is that looking at your backyard and seeing what it has to offer for a holiday can uncover some hidden gems right under your nose.

You’ll be surprised at how many fantastic holiday destinations you’ll find closer to home that you may normally have overlooked. Also, you could save a lot of money this way.



Choose destinations with proper infrastructure

The idea of exploring the deepest depths of the most remote jungle for your next holiday might be very inspiring. Whether you are a thrill-seeker or not, having connectivity as you travel is also crucial.

You can keep up with work or even contact your loved ones back at home. Destinations that are virtually disconnected from the world might require a second thought.

Experience festivals and events for your holiday

How To Choose A Holiday Destination To RememberMany locations all around the world host festivals and special events at certain times of the year. Your holiday is sure to be explosive if you get to experience the carnival mood that is usually the signature of such events. Rio Carnival, for example, is an experience of a lifetime.

Avoid volatile destinations

Geopolitics could play a significant role in determining the success of your next holiday. In light of this, you do not want to travel to a country that is in the middle of a civil war. In addition, avoid visiting regions that are politically charged where your safety could be compromised.

Ease of getting a visa

It goes without saying that gaining access to certain destinations is like seeking a ticket to heaven. With so much bureaucracy, you would rather choose places that make your work easier. The length of time you want to stay matters when applying for a visa and you want to be able to enjoy your holiday as you wish.

Consider the weather

It should go without saying that you want great weather when you go away on holiday. However, don’t make the mistake of assuming that a particular destination will have good weather just because it’s “Summertime” where you live. Some countries, for example, have their heaviest rain season during July, while some parts of Africa have their hottest season in November / December.

Are you traveling alone or with family?

If you have a family, chances are that your next holiday travel will not be a solo venture. To this end, you must consider the elements that go into traveling as a family or with friends.



Those traveling alone may save some money but might want to look for sociable destinations to avoid loneliness and boredom.

Low seasons have their own merits

There are high and low seasons when tourists visit certain destinations. High seasons see more people visit while low seasons will have just a trickle of visitors. A low season holiday will save you money as everything is cheaper. In addition, you can explore and enjoy a location without the huge hustle you may experience during the high season.

The language barrier

A holiday where you can hardly connect with people can be frustrating but also leave you vulnerable to being targeted by foreign scammers. Therefore, you want a place with some people that speak your language if possible.

However, if you can speak a local language, or you are willing to put in the effort beforehand to learn the basics of a new language, your experience, in a destination that doesn’t have many tourists will be much more enjoyable.

Conclusion

Taking all of the above into consideration, you should now have a much clearer idea of at least a few places to go on holiday that you may not have considered before. Better still, if this post has helped you decide to cross off a bucket list holiday, I couldn’t be happier for you. Either way, make your choice, get packing and enjoy 😀

 

Tiffany King
Jet-Setting Socialite & Writer at OverSavvy
Your go-to person for a killer dessert or the newest “it” cocktail, this diva brings it all—except the attitude. Not only can Tiffany tell you where to find the chicest bar stools or the most unbelievable travel destinations, but she’ll also clue you in on how to find the coolest entertainment "Hot Spots" in your favorite cities.
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8 Bedroom Feng Shui Tips To Improve Sleep And Reduce Stress

Good bedroom feng shui is an alternative way that many people believe ensures high-quality sleep. With the quantity of your sleep enhanced you can expect to wake up feeling refreshed; and ready to take on the world. However, if this is not your story, your bedroom feng shui is probably in need of attention.

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Good bedroom feng shui is an alternative way that many people believe ensures high-quality sleep. With the quantity of your sleep enhanced you can expect to wake up feeling refreshed; and ready to take on the world. However, if this is not your story, your bedroom feng shui is probably in need of attention.

If you still have no idea of what I’m talking about, here is a breakdown. Feng shui is a celebrated ancient Chinese art or method of balancing energies in your space.

How you lay out a room and decorate it can determine whether you are getting the right ‘chi’ or energy. The ancient Chinese art banks on using all your resources and space to improve your health and wealth.

This article gives you some bedroom feng shui tips that will improve your sleep and significantly reduce your stress.

1. The location of your bedroom matters greatly

Applying feng shui practices even as you choose the location of your bedroom is important. To begin with, your bedroom should be located at the furthest end of the house. This could be near the backyard away from the street and front doors. This will provide you with good privacy for better sleep.

Other places to avoid having your bedroom are on top of a garage, on top of kitchen stoves; among others.

2. Do not go for a very large bedroom

The size of your bedroom matters a lot. Oversized bedrooms can leave you feeling tired upon waking up. This is mainly because sleeping involves letting go and trusting that your surrounding will keep you safe. Our instincts will inform us that it is harder to take full control of a larger room. This is the premise behind not getting good feng shui from a very large bedroom.



3. Position your bed effectively

Proper placement of your bed can enhance good feng shui. The first thing to do is to make sure you have a sense of security. In this regard, the headboard must be against a wall. This way, you will feel better protected, and this will work to improve your sleep. Placing a bed directly below a window will do the opposite.

Also, avoid placing the headboard against a toilet wall; you want good fresh thoughts as you fall asleep.

Bedroom Feng Shui Tips

4. Avoid hanging things above your bed

Some people will have chandeliers hanging right over their beds. This is definitely the wrong thing to do. Proper bedroom feng shui will require that the space above you remain clear and spacious. This way, you will not worry about something landing on you at night.

Large pieces of furniture right beside your bed will also interfere with the energy. Keep it as light as possible.

5. Computers and televisions should never be in the bedroom

Some people have no choice but to take their work home. However, this does not mean that you place computers in your bedroom. TVs and other electronics will not allow your mind to rest properly. In this regard, let your bedroom be a tranquil retreat.

6. Your bedroom lighting should be dim

Bright lights with bright colors in your bedroom will spell bad bedroom feng shui. Dim, soothing colors, on the other hand, are relaxing to set the mood and tone for sleep. Light can cause sleepless nights and to this end, be very keen to use dim light and to turn off the lights accordingly as you settle for bed.

7. No plants should be in your bedroom

Even if you want to adopt a green bedroom, stay away from having plants in your bedroom. They will lower the quality of your sleep, and this is how they do that. Plants will release more carbon dioxide at night as they grow taller. This will reduce the oxygen in your room and compromise the quality of your sleep.



Plants can also attract insects like spiders and the thought of something crawling up your bedding at night can be disturbing for many.

8. There should be clear, clutter-free space under your bed

Have you seen beds that are full of clutter underneath? Items stored down there can have chaotic energies, and this can be transferred to you while you sleep. Proper bedroom feng shui demands that you keep this space free and spacious so that positive energy can flow to enhance your sleep. This will also go a long way in reducing stress. Cleaning up and keeping your bedroom neat is the way to go.

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8 Dangerous Hobbies That Might Actually Void Your Life Insurance

We all need a way to detach from the stress and grind of everyday life and do what we really enjoy. However, some of us use these opportunities to walk on the wild side with more extreme and dangerous hobbies. If you are a thrill seeker, you may see extreme hobbies as just an adrenaline rush while insurance companies view these activities as high risk and could void your policy

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Having hobbies give us an opportunity to detach from everyday stress, unwind, and do what we really enjoy. However, some of us take these opportunities to take a walk on the wild side with more extreme and dangerous hobbies. If you are a thrill seeker, you may see extreme hobbies as just an adrenaline rush while insurance companies view these activities as high risk.

Since you are constantly putting your body in harm’s way, you need to be prepared to get high life insurance quotes from any insurance company you visit. Additionally, some other extreme sports may make you ineligible for life insurance altogether.

Here are some of the dangerous hobbies that your life insurance might not cover.

Mountain climbing

8 Dangerous Hobbies Life Insurance Companies Might Not Cover

Recreational climbing, wall climbing, and hiking do not have an impact on your life insurance. However, if you take part in extreme rock or mountain climbing, you may find it hard finding insurance cover.

The insurer concerns are increased especially when you climb alone without any kind of harness. If you participate in extreme forms of rock climbing or mountaineering, you are likely to find that you are not insurable for these activities.

Skydiving

Although recent statistics show that most people who parachute do so without many incidences, insurance companies categorize this sport as one of the most dangerous hobbies.

Skydiving risks are obvious; a parachute can malfunction, a person can lose consciousness mid-air or make a mistake in mid-air that can cost their lives.



Besides skydiving from an airplane, most insurance does not also cover people who take part in B.A.S.E jumping. For skydiving, some companies can cover you if you are extremely experienced.

Scuba diving

When you compare scuba diving and skydiving, you may think that scuba diving is much safer than jumping from an airplane. However, insurance companies consider this activity dangerous because there is a high chance of drowning as well as decompression sickness.

Your insurance may increase the price of cover or refuse to renew your policy if you choose to scuba dive on a regular basis, especially without formal training.

Aviation

Non-commercial aviation is also remarkably dangerous with many accidents occurring each year. Since private aviation is less monitored than commercial aviation, it is deemed to have higher risks.

So if you are planning to start flying your own aircraft, be prepared to pay more premiums. Besides the pilot, the insurance companies do not cover any incident that can occur if you are a passenger in the private aircraft.

Automobile racing

Insurance companies also consider car, motorcycle and other forms of motorized vehicle racing as high-risk activities. However, they are open to considering participation in organized events on designated tracks. Also, note that your insurance cover will most certainly be refused if your driving license has illegal racing charges on it.

Backcountry skiing

8 Dangerous Hobbies Life Insurance Companies Might Not Cover

Snowboarders and recreational skiers do not have any issues since the risks are minimal. However, if you take part in backcountry skiing, your insurance company will have a second look at your application.



This is because a ski hill with groomed trails is not the same as a mountain which is not designated for skiing.

Additionally, ski hills have an emergency response team that jumps into action in case of any danger. This is not in the case in remote hills in the backcountry. For this reason, it is hard to find an insurance company that is willing to cover the activities of backcountry skiers.

Extreme water sports

Besides scuba diving, there are other water sports that are not covered by insurance. If you participate in activities such as boat racing or power boating, you may not be covered by your insurance in case of an accident.

Additionally, other activities such as surfing and white water rafting increase your chances of drowning and are not covered by insurance.

Boxing

This sounds inconvenient, right? Although boxing matches are unlikely to cause any of the participants to receive fatal injuries, the boxers are susceptible to many other injuries that can reduce the quality of life.

Conclusion

Although these extreme sports can make you ineligible for life insurance, some insurance company may still cover you. However, these companies may impose an exclusion that states that you will lose the death benefits if you die while taking part in any of these high-risk past times. So be sure to check with your insurer and read through your policy thoroughly.



Isabella Melo
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Savvy Fashion And Style Tips To Make You Look Instantly Slimmer Without Dieting

We all know that a total lifestyle change with proper diet and regular exercise will give you that slim look, but life is not perfect. You do not have to put your life on hold until you can fit into that tiny dress; it is fine to take a deep breath and start living now. Follow these fashion tips to look slimmer without dieting.

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By now, we all know that a total lifestyle change is the key to attaining the perfect body size. This means that a proper diet and regular exercise will give you that slim look. As a result, you will look great in the clothes you wear. However, life is not perfect, and we do not all have perfect bodies.

In this respect, you do not have to put your life on hold until you can fit into that tiny dress; it is fine to take a deep breath and start living now.

Savvy Fashion Tips To Look Slimmer Without Dieting

Below is a list of savvy fashion tips to look slimmer without dieting.

1. Wear strong bold colors

Strong and bold colors like red and black have a slimming effect that is hard to ignore. Keep in mind that these colors are associated with confidence. The key is to wear clothes that are all red or all black. As long as the color choice is firm and bold, you will have cut inches from your body; just through perception. [1]

2. Only go for fitting clothing

If you love wearing loose or baggy clothes on your body, it is time to consider fitting styles; those that are tailor-made for your body. Extra fabric will only make you look bulky no matter your size. Also, well fitting clothes will showcase confidence while baggy ones will make you look less confident. Therefore, a baggy top will not do a good job of hiding your tummy.

Something close to your skin will ensure that you look slimmer. This is not to say that you should wear tight fitting garments. Fitting clothes are not just comfortable, but they flatter your figure.



3. Invest in a long statement necklace

Your fashion accessories work together to make or break your look. To look slimmer, a long chunky necklace is your best friend. It will not just add length to your torso, but it will also draw attention away from your flaws. The necklace paired with a light-colored top will give you the best results. [2]

4. Try out vertical stripes

Some people may shy away from anything stripped but do not dismiss vertical stripes just yet. To begin with, they are in fashion right now. Their slimming effect comes when the lengthy lines make you look long and therefore slimmer. A striped maxi skirt or a jumpsuit will be ideal. [3]

5. Consider an embellished belt

An embellished belt is a casual and fancy belt that gives you that lovely hourglass figure. This will overall give you a slimmer look while making you stand out because of the stylish addition. It is also an excellent focal point to help people take attention away from areas that you may not be too comfortable with. [4]

6. You will not go wrong with shape-wear

Shape-wear are stretchy and slimming devices that hold in place areas that would otherwise bother you. They have been used for a long time, and the reason why they are still being used is simply because they work. You will not only look leaner, but you will feel firmer and comfortable while wearing your favorite outfit. However, use shape-wear that is ideal and fitting for your body; the idea is to keep breathing even as you make a fashion statement. [5]

Savvy Fashion Tips To Look Slimmer Without Dieting

7. Get a fitting bra

The wrong bra size will jeopardize your effort to look slimmer. Your breasts should be held up firmly instead of sagging. With that in mind, go to a professional shop and get the right fit. In this modern day, most women are still wearing the wrong bra size. With a fitting, comfortable bra, clothes settle perfectly making you look slimmer and more attractive.

8. Your hemline makes all the difference

If you are short and a little thick, wearing skirts or dresses that are above the knee or shorter will make you look shorter and wider. However, wearing a hemline that goes up to the ankle or mid-length will make you appear taller. When you are elongated, you will definitely look slimmer.

9. Go for structured fabric

Firmly structured fabric will definitely give you that slimming effect. This is because many flaws are hidden better. Light or plain fabrics will not conceal problem areas properly, and in this regard, the material of clothing you choose will be critical.



Conclusion

Through fashion and style, you can actually look awesome in stylish clothes; and have people compliment you on how slender you look. Looking slimmer is an illusion that can be created through meticulous, thoughtful dressing. Try it and you might just find yourself surprised that you can look slimmer than you thought you were.

 

References
[1] Boldsky: Colours That Make You Look Thinner
[2] Pinterest: Statement Nacklace Ideas
[3] BBC: Vertical stripes have slimming effect, research shows
[4] Google: Embelished Belt Ideas
[5] Bustle: 7 Tips to Help You Choose the Right Shapewear

 

Siobhan Dean
'Feel Good' Connoisseur & Writer at OverSavvy
From beauty tips to keep you looking at your best to fashion secrets that make you feel fabulous in your own skin and those all important shopping gems that keep the Dopamine levels topped up, think of Siobhan as the go-to girl that keeps you feeling good.
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