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4 Content Marketing Mistakes Made by Coaches, Consultants, Solopreneurs & Small Businesses

1. You Give Up Too Soon

Content marketing is a marathon, not a sprint. It’s a long game.

You can’t post 3 articles on your blog then whine about how nobody is reading your stuff… or commenting or sharing.

The most successful content marketers have been going at it for years – putting out high-quality content that’s relevant and valuable to a targeted audience frequently and consistently for several years – before they became that “overnight success.”

Once your momentum picks up, so will your ROI (return on investment.)

Winning Strategy:

Get focused.

Invest time and energy to produce quality content that’s valuable and relevant to a specific audience – show up frequently and consistently.

If you don’t show up for your peeps, how can you expect them to show up for you?

Identify one or two formats and channels that cater to your ideal audience, highlight your strengths and work well for your subject of expertise… then get really good at it.

Don’t spread yourself too thin by trying to do everything just because everyone else is doing it.

Then be relentless – make it a non-negotiable part of your marketing plan to produce and promote your content.

2. If You Build It They Won’t Come

Having a website with a blog doesn’t mean your ideal audience knows about it.

2.7 million blog posts are published everyday. 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. You get the idea.

The most successful content marketers spend 20% of their time in content production, and 80% in content promotion.

If you don’t put in the consistent effort to get your content in front of the right people, it’s not going to do anything for you.

None of us are entitled to an audience. Work to earn their trust and respect.

Winning Strategy:

You probably don’t have a load of time to spend on promoting your content everywhere… nor do you have a team dedicated to that effort.

That’s why it’s critical that you not only know where your audience hangs out but also be able to write headlines and descriptions that speak to them and make them want to read/listen/watch your stuff (i.e. to click through.)

Identify a few places you can focus your promotional effort and resources, then test and track your results so you can make adjustments to your tactics.

3. You’re Stuck In Your Bubble

Just posting on your blog and trying to get people there can be an uphill battle – especially if you’re working on getting traffic, don’t have a big list or the SEO juice of an established site.

Remember, if nobody consumes your content, your content isn’t doing anything for you.

Venture out into the big wide world… publish your content in places where your ideal audience already goes.

Winning Strategy:

Guest posting is a great way to get in front of a new audience. Make sure to identify blogs that share a similar audience so when you link back to your site or promote your lead magnet, you’re building a high-quality audience in the process.

You may need to start small, and work your way up to bigger sites. Go, start somewhere. Don’t doubt yourself, but don’t take “yeses” for granted.

Appropriating or re-publishing your content on platforms such as Medium or LinkedIn Pulse is another good way to make your content go further.

There are some nuances to making sure that content on these platforms doesn’t cannibalize the SEO juice of the original content on your website – e.g. applying a canonical tag, using the “import” function on Medium, changing the title and writing a different intro etc.

There are some tradeoffs and you need to assess where you’re at with your content marketing and what you want it to do for your business. E.g. if you want to get as many eyeballs on your content as possible, it may be worth it to republish the content on popular platforms even if those posts rank higher than the original post on your own site.

4. You Serve Up a Wall of Text

… and make other user experience or navel-gazing mistakes.

The point of content marketing is to get people to consume your content so you can achieve whatever goals or next steps you want the readers to take.

If you serve up a wall of text riddled with jargons or run-on sentences and zero consideration for readability – you’re losing your readers at hello.

Winning Strategy:

While your content needs to express who you are – your values, convictions, points-of-view, and expertise etc. – it needs to take user experience into consideration.

Formatting your content properly will encourage readers to stay on the page while writing in short sentences and avoiding long paragraphs can increase readability and the likelihood that your content will be consumed.

While I’m adamantly against “listicles” that have no depth, it doesn’t mean you can’t use numbering to help give clarity and hierarchy to your content.

Dividing up your article into sections, and delineating them using subheads, can vastly improve readability while also help you clarify your own thoughts during the process.

Better communication makes you more convincing. It’s a muscle you can train… and it gets easier.

Poor organization and spelling or grammatical errors are distractions. No matter how good your thoughts are, if they’re not communicated with care, it’ll undermine your authority and credibility – doing more harm than good.

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12 Easy Steps to a House Trained Puppy

Getting a new puppy is always an occasion for joy, but for first-timers, it can also be stressful. Of course, you want to get everything right, so that you and your new best friend can enjoy many happy years together, and that means training your puppy to become a good canine citizen. Before you get going on obedience training, though, start with house training.

How It’s Done

You might think that house training is going to take forever, but the reality is that if you follow these twelve basic steps, you’ll get the job done quickly – probably in just a few weeks.

1. Be Consistent

There is more than one way of house training a puppy. Just make sure that whatever approach you take, you stick with it.

2. Have a Routine

Dogs are happiest when they know what to expect, and what’s expected of them. So set specific times for meals. Then, about half an hour after your puppy has eaten, put him outside, and wait until he’s done his business. Then bring him back in.

3. Be Watchful

Puppies need to be closely supervised, especially during house training. You should keep your puppy with you, and keep an eye out for signs that he needs to go potty (walking in circles is a tip-off).

4. Don’t Ask for Too Much Too Soon

A puppy is not going to be able to control his bladder or bowels for very long. In fact, when you first bring your puppy home (usually at around 8 weeks of age), you can expect that he’ll need to go outside every couple of hours. As he matures, he’ll have more control.

5. Plan for Frequent Trips Outdoors

If you can, take your puppy outdoors hourly, at least for the first few days. This way, you’ll dramatically reduce the chances of accidents in the house, and you’ll also be increasing the number of opportunities you have to reinforce the idea that you want him to do his business outside.

6. Separate Potty Time from Play Time

Don’t hang around outdoors once the potty break is over – bring the puppy inside right away. You can go right back out to play in a few minutes if you like, but what you’re trying to do is reinforce the idea that the yard is where he’s supposed to pee and poop.

7. Pick a Spot

You’ll have greater success if you choose just one place in the yard for potty trips (it will make cleaning up easier, too). Always lead the puppy to one spot. His nose will tell him that this is the right place.

8. Pick a Phrase

When you take the puppy to the spot you’ve chosen, tell him “Go potty,” or another phrase you’ve chosen. Eventually, he’ll go to his special spot in the yard just by being told, without needing to be led.

9. Make Good Things Happen

Praise your puppy and give him a treat once you’re back in the house – not while he’s doing his business in the yard. You don’t want him to think he’s being praised for peeing or pooping; otherwise, he’s not going to understand why he’s not praised when he does it in the house. What you’re teaching him is that if he does his business outside, something good will happen when get gets back indoors.

10. Don’t Feed Before Bed

Two hours before it’s time to turn in for the night, take away the water dish, and don’t offer any treats. This way, the chances of accidents during the night can be reduced.

11. Use a Crate

When you can’t be at home, put your puppy in a crate. Most dogs are reluctant to eliminate where they sleep. Just make sure that the crate isn’t so big that the puppy decides that one area is for sleeping, and another for eliminating. Before crating, make sure he gets a potty trip out to the yard, and when you get back, take him outside again.

12. Never Punish

Don’t punish your puppy for accidents. Some dogs take a bit longer than others to house train, but if you punish, you run the risk of the puppy trying to hide his mistakes from you.

The Final Word

House training a puppy takes a bit of time and effort, but it needs to be done. Just be consistent, praise and reward your puppy, and you’ll probably be pleasantly surprised at how quickly it can be accomplished

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Why Isn’t Punishment an Effective Training Method?

If you have never had a dog before, you have probably encountered any number of people who are all too willing to share their “expertise” with you when it comes to training. Some will tell you that an immediate, stern correction for bad behavior is best and that a dog who isn’t punished will never learn how to behave properly.

They’re wrong. There are any number of methods of training a dog. In fact, if you type “how to train your dog” into Google, you’ll get nearly 55 million results. The fact is, though, there is no such thing as a “good” training method that involves punishment.

Here’s Why You Should Never Punish Your Dog

There are never good outcomes from using punishment as a way to train a dog. It creates many more problems than it solves!

1. If You Punish Your Dog, You Could Make Him Fearful

If your only method of training is to punish bad behavior, he is going to view you as a tormentor, not as a beloved friend and companion.

2. Your Dog Wants to Please You

It is in a dog’s nature to want to please his human. If you punish him constantly, he is going to become frustrated, because he has no idea how to please you. It’s so much better to reward him when he gets something right – he knows that he’s made you happy, because you’ve petted him, or given him a treat, or told him that he’s a good boy. He’ll want to repeat the behavior that earned him the reward.

3. Sometimes, He’s Just Being a Dog

Your dog is not trying to be spiteful – many behaviors are perfectly natural for dogs. They are, for instance, hard-wired to want to chew, and they’re not going to understand why your slippers are not fair game. So rather than shouting or scolding, just take away the object that is not allowed, and replace it with a toy.

4. Constant Punishment Can Build Aggression

The more you punish, the more fearful the dog will become. At some point, he may become so afraid that he is a danger, if not to you, then to others. A visitor with a loud voice, for instance, could be perceived as someone else who is gearing up to punish the dog – and although he might think “I can’t bite Mom or Dad” (if you’re lucky), he could very well think that he owes no loyalty to a stranger. Then, because of your constant punishment, someone else could get hurt.

5. It Makes for a Bad Relationship

Punishment does not lead to a healthy relationship with your dog. You should be able to trust one another, but if you are consistently punishing, your dog is not going to trust you. He’s going to be a bundle of nerves, just waiting for the other shoe to drop, for the next punishment to happen. That’s not the kind of relationship you want to have.

6. There are Better Ways

Positive reinforcement always works better, and that’s the main reason that you shouldn’t punish. You’re going to be much more successful with training, and have a much better relationship with your dog if you reward the behavior you want instead of punishing the behavior you don’t want.

Of course, there are other reasons not to punish. These are the main ones, though.

The Final Word

When you get right down to it, there is one hard and fast reason why you should not use punishment as a training tool – it doesn’t work. You didn’t get a dog because you wanted a cowering, fearful subordinate. You wanted someone that you could share your life with, play with, take for walks, and snuggle up with at the end of the day. For that to happen, your dog needs to be able to trust you, and no dog is ever going to trust a person who is constantly screaming at him, slapping him, or otherwise making him feel as though he is somehow less than deserving of love and affection.

The best training methods involve rewards and positive reinforcement, never punishment. So put down that rolled-up newspaper and pick up the treats. Then get to work on showing your dog how to please you. That’s how you’ll end up with a best friend and loving companion who is strong and confident, and a good canine citizen.

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10 Personal Finance Tips That Will Change Your Perspective

Here are 10 unique financial tips that can change your perspective:

1. A car can last a lot longer than five years. It’s just a hunk of metal and plastic rolling around on four tires. If you can avoid attaching your ego to your automobile, you can save a lot of money by driving your car for several more years. Put that car payment into your retirement account instead and see what happens.

2. Know the five types of financial emergencies. Are you prepared for each of them?

  • Home-related issues, such as a furnace breakage or a leaking roof
  • Major car repairs
  • Funeral-related issues. Either paying for a funeral or travelling to one
  • Medical issues
  • Job loss

3. Spend five minutes on your finances each evening. A single TV commercial break can last five minutes. Review all of your financial transactions for the day. You should have four minutes to spare after you’re done. Follow up on any discrepancies.

4. Create small money goals. These should be easy to accomplish.

  • I’ll spend less than $75 on food this week.
  • I’ll save at least $25 each Friday and deposit it in my savings account.

5. Acquire renter’s insurance. It’s only a couple of dollars each month but can replace your items in case of theft or fire. Even your old computer and milk crate shelves are worth something to you.

6. Find ways to entertain yourself that are free. Much of the money you spend only serves the purpose of making you feel better. Instead of distracting yourself by purchasing things you don’t need, find some free forms of entertainment.

  • Books and videos from the library
  • Attend free concerts or listen to music at home.
  • Throw a Frisbee.
  • Play cards with friends.
  • Exercise.
  • Meditate.
  • Plant a garden.

7. Pay off your small debts first. You’ll build momentum this way and feel a greater sense of accomplishment. The other alternative is to pay off the debt with the highest interest rate first. It makes more financial sense, but it’s not as satisfying. Decide for yourself.

8. Consider how much it costs to use an item one time. People often don’t like to buy an expensive mattress, but consider how many times, and how many hours, you’ll use it. Even an expensive mattress only costs a few cents each night over the lifetime of the mattress.

  • How much would a $75,000 Mercedes cost to drive each day? Assuming you keep the car for 5 years, that’s roughly 1800 days. You’d be lucky to sell the car for even 50% of what you paid for it. $37,500/1800 = $21/day. That doesn’t even include the cost of insurance or the interest on your monthly car payments.

9. Avoid having too much in your savings account. Unless you need the money in the very near future, there are better places to store your money. Put your money to work for you with investments. Make a list of a few and choose the one that makes sense.

10. Create a financial mantra that supports your financial goals. Use it each day.

  • I only buy things I need.
  • I bring my lunch to work.
  • I save 10% of my income.

A little unconventional advice can be a good thing. Open your mind to new ways of looking at old challenges. You’ll find solutions you’ve never considered.

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11 Tips For 11 Plus Revision

As with any other study program, you need to practice a lot for your 11 plus preparation. But this may not be enough. Given below are a few revision tips that can help both students and parents.

Don’t overburden your kid

You shouldn’t put too much pressure on your kid. Allow your kid to have breaks for rest. Usually, it’s a good idea to let them have a break of 5 to 10 minutes.

Attention span

Usually, the attention span of a kid is between 30 and 50 minutes. What you need to do is increase their attention span bit by bit. For this, you should make a list of topics for each subject.


Ask your kid to make revisions in different places around the home. This will make it easier for your kid to take an exam in new places. Also, active revision will be easier if your kid has past papers. You can also try mock exams.

Visual aids

Visuals aids can help, such as spider diagrams. These mind maps show various parts of a topic that your kid will need to learn. Besides, this will help with the summarization of a subject.


Mnemonics will help your kid remember information with words, phrases or abbreviations. The thing is to make the information interesting, as interesting things are difficult to forget.


Once your child achieves an 11+ topic, you can give them a reward. You should keep setting targets and giving your kid rewards. This is a great way of encouraging your kid to do better.


Your kid should be fast enough to do 11+ papers in the examination hall. Make sure you create a simulation of the exam conditions and test your kids speed by testing him with mock papers. Moreover, you should go over each test paper to spot mistakes.

Work on difficult subjects

If your kid is weak in certain subjects, make sure he or she gives more time to these subjects. Most kids avoid the subjects they feel difficult, which is not a good idea.

Take Rest

With any exercise, your body muscle requires rest. The same goes for the brain as well. After studying for a while, make sure your kid takes rest. Studying all the time and not taking any rest may prove counterproductive.

Exercise and food

Exercise and healthy diet is very important for the proper functioning of the brain. So, make sure your child eats fruits and fresh veggies on a regular basis.


Make sure your kid sleeps well. If your kid finds it hard to stay fresh and happy, you should ask him or her to have a hot bath before going to bed. Not getting enough sleep will be bad for the mental health of your child.

So, these are some good tips for your kid’s 11 plus preparation. If followed properly, your kid will be able to do very well in the exams. Lastly, it’s important that you don’t be too hard on your kid as it may prove counterproductive and your kid may get sick of studying.

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Why More & More People Invest in Truth About Six Pack Abs Ebook

Why more & more people invest in Truth About six pack Abs ebook, So to answer these question, I take the pleasure in sharing my Truth about abs Review:

What is The Truth About Six Pack Abs:

“The Truth About Six Pack Abs” is an 149 pages e book written by Michael D. Geary (well known as Mike Geary) which contents jammed packed information on diet plan & some routine exercises to keep body fat low & attain six pack abs fast.

Who Is Mike Geary:

Mike geary is a Certifed Nutrition Specialist, certified personal trainer & founder of & He also writes from Muscle & Fitness Magazine, Oxygen Magazine and is recognized as a Platinum Expert Fitness Author by He’s been involved with fitness and sports for almost 20 years so he’s not one of those internet hypes.

Is The truth about six pack abs for men or women:

It doesn’t matter if you’re male or female, old or young… The CONCEPTS that Mike present in his manual work is for everyone if you can apply them. There is a myth that woman needs to workout differently than the men. As a matter of fact, 60% of the readers of this program are women. So the techniques identified in these e book is extremely simple & works on both men & women. In addition, the dietary strategies within this workbook is equally well for both genders, as long as total caloric intake is adjusted appropriately. He uses his education and understanding of both men and women’s bodies in everything he offers in the Truth About Six Pack Abs e-book.

How does Mike Geary Program works:

As the title of the book The Truth About Six Pack Abs, Mike exercises are not limited to abs only. He has a well balanced routine exercise for the whole body. Ab exercises do not create the metabolic environment to reduce body fat levels like the full body workouts do. His 149 pages long e-book is split into two broad sections. The first half of the book covers the nutritional elements which occupies the first 51 pages & the other half discloses the anatomy of abdomen & the exercises needed to achieve six pack abs.

Firstly, Mike explains some detail about diet and how it affects your biology. After all, if you don’t really understand food, how do you expect to construct a food plan. From there he clearly explains the reasons why most fail to achieve the six pack ripped abs. He clarifies the work out myth often associated with abdominal exercises & guides you how to attain six pack abs. Mike states that these type of exercises produce 2-4 times the result as traditional exercises completed on a machine.

Mike Geary provides in depth step by step illustration with pictures to help you complete your training. You will understand fast the exercises he suggests through these photographs and how frequently they should be executed for maximum consequence. Mike Geary recommends a few weight lifting exercises which I had never used in my past and so it took some time getting used to.

Mike is a big proponent of eating 5-6 small meals a day that are similar in size. In The Truth about Abs he suggests eating about every 3 hours when we’re awake. Mike states right on his web page that he includes eggs, meats, whole milk, avocados, butter and nuts in his diet. There is a lot of diet detail in the program and he even gives 84 nutritional, fat-burning meals to work from.

Mike reveals exactly why most low-carb or low-fat diets are actually working against what your body needs to become lean and ripped. He explains every minute details concerning your body fat.

So I strong believe that Mike Geary’s The Truth about six pack abs is The Best Book that you can buy to achieve your dreams of a flat & lean stomach.

Interested In the Mike’s Program? Here’s Your Deal:

Included in the price above you will get three very interesting eBook bonuses with an additional value at $150.89, at no extra cost. From time to time the website also offers a free 21-day trial, where you have to pay only $4.95 as a processing fee. Lastly let me mentioned that Mike has the best active support & he answers all the queries in almost a day or two.

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How to Get a Rock Solid Erection in Seconds

Inability to perform in bed can make you feel like a complete loser. As a matter of fact, ED is one of the most common sexual dysfunctions that men suffer with. Lack of blood flow to the penis and low testosterone levels are two of the most basic factors that affect your sexual health.

Apart from these two, there could be a couple of other factors at play resulting in weak or soft erections that can make penetrative sex almost next to impossible.

Fortunately, there are ways to ED beat and ensure rock solid erections even without using harsh drugs that have a lot of side effects.

Listed below are some of the most effective ways to boost your sexual potency:

1. Begin Working Out

The single most important factor that affects rigidity of your erections is blood flow to the penis. Lack of exercise is one of the main reasons behind a drop in blood circulation in your body and the best way to ensure a turn-around is with the help of regular exercise.

Exercises that involve lower parts of your body are great for enhancing blood flow to your genitals. Thus, make it a point to include squats, lunges and other leg exercises in your workout routine.

2. No More Smoking

While a lot of people are aware of the fact that smoking is bad for lungs and respiratory health, not many people speak of the damage it can do for your sexual health. Nicotine and other dangerous chemicals in cigarettes constrict your arteries and reduce blood flow throughout the body, including the extremities.

Lack of blood flow to the penis makes it extremely difficult for you to get a rock hard erection. Not just this, smoking also damages the DNA structure of your sperm resulting in fertility issues.

Keep in mind that with every cigarette that you smoke you are taking a step towards poor sexual and reproductive health.

3. Try To Reduce Stress

Whether stress relates to work or relationship issues, it’s certain to take a toll on your sex hormones and the ability to get a solid erection.

Stress is a major testosterone killer and a drop in your testosterone levels is likely to trigger erectile dysfunction as well as a drop in your libido.

Try to cut out on stress in your life if you really want to enjoy a healthy sexual life. One of best ways to beat stress is with the help of a regular workout. Some of the other excellent ways include yoga, meditation etc.

4. Go for L-arginine

L-arginine is an amino acid that is simply great for your sexual health. First of all, it’s clinically proven to boost testosterone production in your body. Secondly, it plays an important role in dilating blood vessels so that more blood can flow into your penis when you get sexually aroused resulting in a hard and stiff erection.

Red meat is a great source of this amino acid. Some of the other sources include dairy and poultry products, oats, nuts and beans etc. Try to include these foods in your diet.

5. Try a Natural Erection Gel

Last but not the least, you can also try a natural erection gel. Such a gel is a far better option as compared to pills since it works within seconds of application. The ingredients get absorbed into the bloodstream through skin pores and increase blood flow to the penis so that you can get a rock solid erection quick and fast.

Such a gel also helps you last longer in bed. Good quality gels are made with clinically proven ingredients and do not have any side effects.

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5 Tips to Sharpen Your Memory Power

Are you looking for ways to sharpen your memory? You can follow a few tips from Ron White who has helped a lot of business professions in improving their mental capacity. As a result, they were able to earn a higher income. Here are 5 tips to help you get started and improve your brain power.

Sleep is Essential

Are you sleep deprived? Getting little sleep will make your mind tired. As a result, you will make mistakes since you won’t be able to focus your mind. According to health experts, the recommended amount of sleep for an average person is 6 to 8 hours. So, you should change your routine and go to bed before midnight and then get up early in the morning. This routine change will give your mind a memory boost.

Nutrition and Exercise

If you want your memory to work at its best, you should get good nutrition and do plenty of exercise on a daily basis. Foods that can sharpen your memory include blueberries and spinach. Aside from this, you can buy some omega-3 fish oil tablets for enhancing your memory power. Doing exercises at least 3 times per week is recommended. You can also join a good gym.

Trust Your Memory

According to Ben Pridmore, a World Memory Champion, you should learn to trust your memory if you are struggling to sharpen your mind. All you need to do is trust your memory. Don’t think that your mind is not powerful enough to remember stuff you want it to remember. With time, you will see amazing results.

Avoid Negativity

Most people just don’t think positive. You may have heard your friend say, “Man, I am not good with names.” If this is you, you have to get rid of this cancerous thought. What you believe about yourself will make a huge difference. You should encourage yourself from time to time. If you lose heart, you are not going to go anywhere. This is the only way of getting results. On top of that, negativity will kill you and may make your mind even weaker. Positive thoughts will hone your mind as time goes by.

The Journey Method

Here it is important to note that you can’t sharpen your mind overnight. Just like any other ability or skill, you need time. For instance, if you want to go somewhere far away, say the destination is 1000 miles from where you currently are, you will not get there in a few minutes. Even if you are on a plane, it will take you a few hours before you reach that place. The same goes for your mind. You should follow the tips given in this article and then be patient.

Long story short, the memory training advice given in this article will help you see a significant improvement in your mental power with time. Aside from this, these tips may have a positive impact on your self-confidence as well. And you will become a more successful person down the road.

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Foods That Speed Up Metabolism

As we all are aware of the fact that there are no shortcuts to losing the weight. You have to work hard to get a better shape of the body. But what if we add few things in our life and make them the part of our regular routine. For that purpose, you must have the knowledge of the foods that are required to speed up metabolism.

Green tea

It is better to add few things in daily schedule in order to get the greatest results. So the first thing is to make a routine of drinking green tea. It is said that green tea is really important to speed up metabolism. If you will start drinking three to four cups of green tea daily it will not only speed up metabolism but it will also help you to lose weight. If you will combine your workout routine with drinking green tea then you will get the best results out of it.


One of the easiest way to speed up metabolism is to increase the intake of water. Usually, a body requires eight to ten glasses of water a day. It will be good to increase the uptake of water up to 12 to 15 glasses a day. That will not only speed up metabolism but it will also keep your skin fresh and hydrated.

Whole grains

Whole grains are also said to increase the metabolic rate of the body. All the processed food is not healthy especially if we talk about the weight loss then all of these foods promote the weight gain. So in order to lose the weight, it is very important to add whole grain products in life.


A few studies have also supported the intake of soups. It is said that the intake of the soups not only speed up metabolism but it also helps in burning the fat of the body quickly. Tomato soup, cabbage soup, and even lean meat soup are the best to get the quick and enduring results. The soups will not only give you the satiated feeling but they will also bring some positive changes in your body.


Apples and pears are also believed to get the similar results. The apples are considered the zero calorie food. So when you will consume an apple your body will burn more calories than those present in an apple in order to digest it.

The smaller changes can make a big difference. If you will add in few things in life and will try to make it habit then the results will be exceptional.

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Vaginal Gas After Childbirth Due to Poor Postpartum Care

During childbirth, the vaginal muscles undergo tremendous stress, getting stretched and pulled to allow your baby to slip out smoothly, on account of which the vagina tears. However, the doctor stitches it up and the wound takes a little over a week or so to heal.

During the initial weeks after childbirth, the vaginal muscles are loose and weakened. Air slips in easily and gets trapped in there. Whenever you happen to move about, especially forwards, wherein your lower abdomen gets pressed, the trapped air pushes itself out with a low noise that can be clearly heard by people sitting near you, causing great embarrassment, as you are unable to control it.

Trapped vaginal air feels more like air bubbles inside you and can come out when you least expect it. It is extremely frustrating to feel that there is nothing you can do to control it. They usually tend to sort itself out on its own, after your vaginal muscle heal and gets back its old elasticity, within a few weeks or so after childbirth. However, vaginal air can be prevented if adequate care is taken by a new mother during the postpartum period.

In India, a new mother in ancient times had to undergo the traditional postpartum confinement period that lasted for 40 days, wherein she was put through a special diet to enhance lactation, had hot oil massages, baths and a long period of rest and sleep. During this time, a new mother was confined to her room with her baby, spending the duration of postpartum nursing her baby and strengthening the mother-baby bond. A new mother was kept happy and well looked after by a horde of loving relatives, which is so important for alleviating postnatal depression and anxiety.

Expert advice from elderly women of the household about dealing with several postpartum issues like contractions, blood clots, sore vagina, bowel movements, painful breastfeeding, hair loss, stretch marks and vaginal air, were adhered to and proper methods were used to tackle them. The methods were tried and tested and withstood the test of time, as the women then, rarely suffered from postpartum issues and continued to lead a long healthy life despite having borne several children.

Fast forward to the present era where a new mother quickly gets back to her old routine after childbirth, as if eager to prove her ability to meet the demands and challenges of motherhood, resulting in postnatal issues, especially vaginal gas, after childbirth. Her body is denied proper rest and sleep that it deserves and has to pay for neglect and lackadaisical attitude. It cannot be stressed enough that a new mother must take preventive measures to prevent vaginal gas and harmoniously balance her five body elements such as earth, water, fire, air and ether.

You can know more about the preventive measures that are needed to prevent vaginal gas through my blog and a host of other postnatal problems faced by a new mother, and their simple remedies.

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