The 5-Step Guide To Renting A Property In Singapore For Students

Image result for The 5-Step Guide To Renting A Property In Singapore For StudentsDue to the rising consumer confidence and great economic prospects, the prices of property in Singapore have increased. Rental prices are higher than ever. Particularly for short-term tenants, most landlords aren’t willing to lower the rental price. For foreign students, they’re advised to arrive in the republic early to find the right accommodation.

Whether you’re a local or foreign student studying in a Singaporean university, this 5-step rental guide could help in your search for a good accommodation before your new semester commences:

 

  1. ENGAGE A PROPERTY AGENT AND LOOK FOR HOUSEMATES.

Image result for ENGAGE A PROPERTY AGENT AND LOOK FOR HOUSEMATES.Before you start engaging with a property agent and looking for housemates, you must also determine your preference/requirement and budget: • When determining your budget, remember to include expenditures like telephone, utilities, or cable TV. • When searching for a property, consider these factors to find the best property in the best location: food and entertainment facilities, the location of your school, and public transportation. You can search for condos near the MRT to make your student life easier.  • Contact a local property agent and inform him or her of your preference/requirement and budget before or when you arrive in the country.  • Try to find 2-4 other students to rent with you. You can find them personally or online via student forums or other related websites.

 

  1. PREPARE THE DOCUMENTS FOR TENANCY CONFIRMATION.

Image result for PREPARE THE DOCUMENTS FOR TENANCY CONFIRMATION.Your agent will present you with a good selection of accommodations based on your preference/requirement and budget. Once you make your final decision, your agent will proceed by negotiating offers and rental terms with the property owner’s representatives or the landlords themselves. Upon successful negotiation, you’re required to confirm your tenancy by preparing these documents: • One photocopy of passport  • One photocopy of your student pass  • A month’s booking deposit (generally payable after the signings of Letter of Intent and Tenancy Agreement)

 

  1. SIGN THE LETTER OF INTENT.

Image result for SIGN THE LETTER OF INTENT.The Letter of Intent is a letter that states your intention to lease the property from its owner or landlord. The letter will also include your requirements for the property, like the date your moving in, furnishing, the agreed amount of monthly rental, or tenancy period. Upon signing the letter, you’re required to make a booking deposit. Once the tenant and the landlord signed the letter, the latter has no right to rent the property out to other people. Your deposit serves as a security that you’re the rightful tenant. Until you have received the Letter of Intent and read it yourself, don’t make any payments under any circumstances. Many students make the mistake of paying before they even sign the letter.

 

  1. SIGN THE TENANCY AGREEMENT.

Image result for SIGN THE LETTER OF INTENT.The next document for you to sign is the Tenancy Agreement, which is a legal contract stating the rules both tenant and landlord have agreed to follow. Before you sign, make sure the agreement complies with local laws and relevant policies, which include immigration policy, occupancy rules, or management regulations.

 

  1. MAKE PAYMENTS.

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Other than security deposit, you’ll also have to pay an advanced rental payment. You’re also required to get a stamp duty by IRAS (Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore). The stamp duty is borne by you, and the cost is about 10% of a half-month rental price. Remember to request a receipt for every transaction made to avoid future disputes.

 

Once you’ve moved in and stayed at the property for a few days, you may notice things that you didn’t when viewing the accommodation. Take note of what’s wrong. Problems like leaky pipes or damaged electrical goods should be brought to the landlord. Often times, it’s your landlord’s responsibility to deal with the damages at the property, unless you’re the one causing the damages. Before you settle in, make sure your landlord shows you around and teaches you how to use things.

 

There you go. Follow the above tips if you want to find a good accommodation before the semester starts. These can help make your life easier and avoid problems down the road.

5 Things that Will Lighten Up Your Living Room

With the busy lifestyle in Singapore, people have very little time to attend to trivial matters such as picking additional furniture to liven up parts of the home. But the holidays are fast approaching, which means there’s a chance that you’ll be entertaining people in your home. You wouldn’t want your house to look plain and uninviting when your guests arrive, would you?

Here are five things that can add character and beauty to your living room:

  1. Unique seats. An accent chair is not only useful for seating, but can also act as a discussion piece. If you want a seat that’s low maintenance, look for those whose upholstery is made from synthetic fibre such as nylon, polyester and acrylic.

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  1. Light fixtures. Keep your room well-lit, but don’t use a single harsh white light which makes your space look like a hospital waiting room. To set a relaxing mood, utilize layered lighting. Use a combination of wall lamps, table lamps and floor lamps. Placing these lighting fixtures at strategic locations will light up the room properly, while also improving the ambience.

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  1. Ornamental plants. A little green will bring life to an otherwise monotonous room, while improving the quality of air. This is also useful if you have little or no windows in your living room. Orchids and ferns are nice choices. But if you want plants that need little attention, go for succulents such as cactus. You can also get a pre-made terrarium which requires little care.

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  1. Wall design. Pictures or artworks on your wall can serve as focal point. It adds character and color to your room. Or if you have a large blank wall, you can add wall shelving which will carry your plants, pictures, figurines, books and other trinkets.

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  1. Rug. A rug can give that warm, inviting look to your space. If you have a plain sofa, get a printed rug to make your living room pop. Rugs can also warm up cold tile floors and reduce the noise of foot traffic in the area.

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If you hardly have the time to visit a furniture store yourself, you can always shop online for furniture in Singapore. Whatever you buy will be delivered to your doorstep and all you have to do is just properly layout your living room. With these items in your living room, you will be able to achieve that sophisticated look. Your guests would surely be impressed.

Are You Getting Bald? Here’s How To Tell

Image result for Are You Getting Bald? Here’s How To TellScience has done a great job in addressing male pattern baldness. By visiting a health care professional, you can be prescribed with a few medications — such as Rogaine or Propecia — to deal with the issue. The said medications will be able to assist you in slowing down hair loss as well as growing new hair.

But before delving into the treatments available, let’s see what signs to look for. This is to see if you really need help with male pattern baldness. Here are a few things that you need to do and look out for.

Check your surroundings. Start with your household area. You might notice that there are more than the usual amount of stray hairs scattered around. Check if there are clusters of hair on your clothing, bed and pillows.

Another good place to check would be your bathroom, as hair usually falls off when wet. If you happen to find a lot of hair in the sink, bathtub or on the bathroom floor it is already a sign that you are experiencing male pattern baldness.

Next is to examine the things that you usually use for grooming such as combs and brushes. A good tip would be to clean it out and monitor the amount of hair you find on it.

Compare your appearance — then and now. The best way to do this is to compare the current photos of yourself with the ones you previously took. It’s even better if you have selfies with an angle showing your hairline. You should be able to see if there are noticeable changes to the thickness of your hair as well as your hairline.

Changes, such as hair loss beginning at the crown of your head or temple, can be highly noticeable. There could be a single bald spot or your hairline could be forming a letter “M”. Take note that this continues until all or most of your hair is gone. In time, this turns out into a “U” shape or horseshoe-shaped pattern of hair around the sides of the head.

Check for any changes in the sensitivity of your head area. Your hair provides warmth and it protects your head from too much exposure. Now, if you suddenly feel colder/warmer than usual, it may be that your hair is thinning.

Possible Treatments. Once you see that all or most of it check out, you may need to undergo hair transplants. Be reminded, however, that this is invasive and expensive. Also,  it may require multiple sessions. What they do is they take your growing hair from other areas of your scalp and places them on thinning or balding spots. The treatment has permanent effects and provides a more natural look.

It can be a big challenge since it does not only affect your appearance but also with what you feel. You may also try counseling and seek help about how you perceive yourself.  If you happen to experience things such as pain and skin irritation as well as widespread shedding, hair loss in patches, and rapid hair loss, do contact a medical professional and have your head examined.

4 Things You Need To Know About Weight Loss

Are you starting your weight loss journey? Here are some things you need to hear about weight loss first that could help you succeed in your long-term goals.

Perfection is subjective. Fitness gurus are everywhere! If you open your Instagram (IG) account and search for #fitness and #weightloss, you’ll probably discover hundreds of accounts of men and women who continuously chronicle their fitness journey. That’s cute. That’s inspiring. But if you strive to have the exact “perfect” body you see online, you’re doomed to fail. Every “body” is different and there’s a pun in there somewhere. While it’s okay to have #bodygoals, hating yourself for not looking as perfect as they are will not do you any good.

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It’s not just about exercise. It’s about your diet, too! Weight loss is not just about exercise. It’s also about changing lifestyle habits, most especially you eating habits. You can’t “outrun” a bad diet. So maybe you ate fast food today. Of course, you can burn off the calories on the treadmill later. But that doesn’t mean you can eat another order of fries and burger tomorrow because, well, you’re working out. If you think this way, you’ll end up in a loop. Just like a hamster running on a wheel, you’ll never get anywhere. So what do you do? If you already have a gym membership, get a healthy diet plan in Singapore to help you meet your fitness goals. Remember, abs are also made in the kitchen.

You don’t need to spend 4 hours at the gym. Some people think that the longer you stay at the gym, the more calories you burn off. Wrong! Don’t spend an hour on the treadmill “jogging” or worse, “brisk walking.” Working on the treadmill can be as fast as 20 minutes as long as you get your heart rate up. You can do 20-minute high-intensity interval training (HITT) workout and lose just as much weight. An hour-long kickboxing training can also burn just as much. It’s about the quality of exercise that you do.a-healthy-diet-plan-going-on-by-one-hour-kickboxing-and-gym

You need to celebrate small victories. You need to constantly monitor your weight loss progress and give yourself a pat on the back for small victories. Managed to run 3 times a week without whining? Go ahead and have a cupcake on your cheat day. Completed 5 kickboxing sessions and mastered some basic moves? You deserve that steak! Don’t be too hard on yourself. Weight loss is not an overnight thing.

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Start Today! Losing weight and keeping the weight off is a lifestyle change, not just commitment. The latter seems like a time-based thing. Once you reach it, you can easily slip back into old ways. Lifestyle change, on the other hand, is for life and you will definitely reap the benefits. We hope these eye-opening realizations can help motivate you in making that change today.

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4 Things You Didn’t Know About Enzymes

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There are super foods that are being promoted as being effective in weight loss. Acai Berry, Garcinia Cambogia, Raspberry Ketones are just a few. Besides helping people lose weight, they are also being promoted for improving one’s overall good health. If you believe that certain ingredients or compounds can make you healthier and contribute to weight loss, then you may be interested to know more about digestive enzymes. Yes, digestive enzymes help with weight loss and they have been inside the human body as well as the food people consume. Read on to learn more about digestive enzymes.

  1. Your body runs on enzymes.your-body-runs-on-enzymes

First of all, enzymes are proteins that are present in the human body as well as different kinds of food. They are responsible for initiating chemical processes in different systems in the body. Like cells, they are abundant during the early years of life, but also age and decrease in number as people age. When the production of enzymes is low, the effects of aging begin to appear more rapidly and so do generative diseases. Digestive enzymes play a very important role in breaking down food and helping the body absorb essential vitamins and nutrients.

  1. Enzymes can help people lose weight.enzymes-helps-to-digest-and-loss-weight

Amylase is one of the enzymes in the human body and is a digestive enzyme that breaks down starch. Lipase, on the other hand, breaks down fats, while maltase is responsible for digesting grain starches. There’s also protease which digests proteins and cellulase which can break down different plant fibers. For digesting sugar, there’s sucrase. All these digestive enzymes help break down food more efficiently and make the body absorb the nutrients they contain. People who have fewer digestive enzymes can take supplements to increase the number of these enzymes in their system.

  1. Cooking destroys enzymes.raw-fruits-and-veggies-contain-many-different-enzymes

Raw fruits and vegetables are rich in digestive enzymes. This means that people who only eat fast food or processed foods are practically enzyme-deficient. Heat or cooking destroys these natural enzymes, as well as depletes the ones inside the body’s digestive track. When there are very little left, people experience bloating, diarrhea, gas pain and constipation. People with this problem can eat more raw fruits and vegetables, or take supplements for faster effect.

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According medical experts, a person carries around five pounds of feces inside the digestive tract. The build-up of feces in the colon already results in weight gain, so if the bowels are eliminated regularly, a person will lose weight. Taking enzyme supplements and eating more fresh fruits and vegetables are not just good for regulating your bowel movement, it also promotes overall good health as well.

Stocking up on the good stuff means there’s little to no room for greasy and processed foods. Enzymes will only help you lose excess weight as long as you’re willing to do your share. Eat more good carbohydrates than bad ones and consume leaner cuts of meat. If you can switch to more fish and tofu in your diet, all the better.

4 Creative Team Bonding Ideas For Businesses In Singapore

It’s no secret that team-building activities are very effective in boosting workplace morale and productivity. Activities that allow office mates to interact and have fun are very helpful in breaking down barriers between employees. These activities encourage collaboration, build rapport, and nurture creativity among employees. Team-building is now an integral part of managing a business.

Here are some unique team building ideas for you to consider:

 

  • Room escape games. These are games that require logic, teamwork, leadership skills, and patience. The concept is quite simple . Your employees will be locked inside a room and they can only escape if they are able to solve puzzles inside the room to locate the key that will set them free. There are several establishments in Singapore that offer these games.

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  • Volunteer for charity organizations or other good causes. What better way to build good relationships among your employees than to have them bond in activities that promote good causes. You could have them volunteer for a Red Cross event, bring gifts to children in hospitals, or go to an environmental clean-up drive. The choices you have are endless.

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  • Scavenger hunts. The best games are the ones that exercise both the body and the mind. In a scavenger hunt, your employees will be divided into at least two groups and they are going to compete in completing a set of tasks. What’s great about this setup is that the rules and tasks are up to you. You can devise the tasks in such a way that they are relevant to the business you manage.

 

  • Cook-offs. You don’t have to be a chef to enjoy cooking especially in the company of people you work with. You can challenge your employees to come up with their own recipe. For example, you can instruct the teams to create their own pizza recipe and whoever wins the contest will win either a prize or an award.

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When brainstorming ideas for team bonding in Singapore, you have to be creative especially if team-building are regular events in your company. You have to come up with new ideas that your employees will find interesting and fun. The ideas discussed above would be a great starting point. Singapore has a lot of locations where you can  hold these events.

 

4 Minimally Invasive Treatments To Improve Your Appearance

Looking good and feeling confident about your body is considered as one key to happiness. Sometimes, women need a little nudge in the right direction to achieve their full potential. It may be in the form of removing some very old scars that they’ve had, augmenting certain parts of their bodies, or undergoing slimming treatments to appear more curvy and sexy. Whatever these treatments, it is important to seek the help of a medical aesthetics professional in Singapore to be sure that you’re getting the best treatment possible.

If you’re not into the whole cosmetic surgery route, you can look at these four minimally invasive treatments:

  1. Anti-wrinkle treatment injections

Image result for Anti-wrinkle treatment injectionsSun damage, stress, age and even smoking can take its toll on your skin. Creams and serums only work temporarily, which is why some people look for longer-lasting solutions. Anti-wrinkle injections such as Botox are injected into the skin, which addresses problem areas like the forehead, the upper lip, or the cheeks and chin. Botox works by relaxing the muscles and preventing it from contracting. This leads to a smoother-looking skin devoid of wrinkles and creases. On the other hand, dermal fillers are injected to plump out areas with sagging skin and wrinkles. It is more popularly used on smile lines. Its effects can last up to one full year while Botox can last up to four months.

  1. Laser treatments for lines and wrinkles

Image result for Laser treatments for lines and wrinklesFor people who hate injections, laser treatment is a better alternative.  A small laser can be used to peel off the topmost layer of the skin in order to encourage new cells to grow. The new skin will be smoother, whiter, and younger looking. Other similar treatments include microdermabrasion and diamond peels. Lasers are also used in other facial treatments to tighten the pores and improve the skin’s overall appearance.

  1. Birthmark removal

Image result for Birthmark removalBirthmarks may be big or small and can be found in different parts of the body. People used to keep birthmarks because they were considered as an important means of identification. However, some birthmarks especially those seen prominently on the face, arms, legs or feet can be a cause of embarrassment or draw too much attention to the person who has them. Fortunately, now there are aesthetic procedures which can remove birthmarks and other skin markers. Some of these procedures use a low-powered laser for the treatment and may require more than one session.

  1. Thread vein treatment

Image result for Thread vein treatmentThread veins are light blue or red veins that can be seen on a person’s cheeks, legs, or nose area. Some people want to have these removed to have clearer, fairer looking skin. To accomplish this, cosmetic experts use laser. The laser’s energy is absorbed by the veins and they eventually disappear.

These are just four of the non-invasive skin and beauty treatments you can try. Apart from these, there are also slimming and age-defying products you can purchase. Consult an aesthetic professional before signing up for any sessions.

5 Body Contour Treatments to Try

Physical image always plays a huge role in building or establishing one’s self-esteem and confidence. People decide to go through different physical treatments to augment, re-shape or trim down specific areas in their bodies. They say it helps them become more confident and changes people’s perception of them. For example, a woman can try out a body contour treatment in Singapore in order to have a smaller waist or trim hips and thighs.   Body contouring is one of the latest technology that addresses unwanted fat and shapes the body for a more flattering appearance. These treatments are considered to be less invasive than traditional procedures like liposuction. Shaping techniques require less effort and offer minimal to no risk. Here are some treatments you can try:

  1. Inch loss body wraps

Image result for Inch loss body wrapsThese are body wraps that are used with a massage system. This method helps people lose inches off their waist, thighs, hips or other problem areas. It promotes healthy blood circulation and improves skin elasticity through the release of toxins and fluid congestion.

  1. Cellulite Buster

Image result for Cellulite BusterOne type of contouring method that burns calories and releases toxins is called the cellulite buster. It is done under a steam canopy and the heat helps melt away fat. You sweat out toxins and other unwanted substances in your body. To protect the patient and allow him or her to breathe, the head is uncovered during the procedure.

  1. Infrared Detox

Image result for Infrared DetoxDetox is one of the most common ways of releasing and excreting unwanted fats and toxins from the body. This detox treatment stimulates cellulite reduction and can even help in improving your collagen supply and skin elasticity. The infrared detox makes use of infrared laser that heats up to burn and melt fat underneath your skin. You can have the treatment done on your whole body, or you can choose to have it done on problem areas. Among the common sites are the belly, arms, thighs, and butt.

  1. Thalasso Therapy

Image result for Thalasso TherapyThis is a spot reduction procedure that is most effective in the tummy and thighs. This contour treatment targets the fat deposits in the areas and melts them away. Additionally, the treatment shapes the parts or areas exposed to the therapy.

  1. Bio Fango Firming Treatment

Image result for Bio Fango Firming TreatmentThe Bio Fango treatment uses mud to stimulate, restructure and firm up tissues. Bio Fango mud is a natural detoxifier, composed of plankton, spirulina algae, cocoa and thermal water. This method does not only help in body contouring, but it also tones localized flabbiness, addresses cellulite problems, post-natal weight gain, and more.  These are just some of the many body contouring treatments available in Singapore.

There are more options to choose from at local aesthetic centers or clinics. Body contour treatments should be administered by licensed professionals and be done using the proper equipment and tools. Remember though that results start becoming visible after a few sessions. Some treatment cycles last for several weeks or months.

Top 5 Hair Removal Techniques

Hair on any other part of a woman’s body other than on top of her head and eyebrows is not acceptable by most societies. There is a stigma against women with plenty of leg hair or armpit hair.

Because of this, more women are exerting effort just to remove excess body hair. Nowadays, there are more techniques than the usual shaving. Here are some hair removal techniques in Singapore you should try.

 

  1. Waxing

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A lot of women are afraid of the waxing technique because it is more painful than the other available options. The positive side of waxing is that you get to remove the hair up until the roots.  This means that results can last longer compared to other techniques. It takes around more than four weeks before the hair grows back. It is also faster to do because one treatment can remove a lot of hair follicles all at once.

 

  1. Depilatory Creams

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Depilatory creams remove hair by dissolving it. Thick layers of depilatory cream are usually spread on the desired area. After a few minutes, you should wipe the cream off together with the removed hair. The disadvantage of this technique is that it is not effective with coarser hair and it does not last long. After just three days, new hair can start to grow.

 

  1. Sugaring

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Sugaring is another method that mainly evolved from the waxing process. Instead of a wax, a paste containing sugar is used to remove the hair. It works by spreading the sugary paste and removing the hair against or with the same direction of your hair growth. Most people claim than sugaring is less painful compared to waxing.

 

  1. Laser

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Laser removal is more on the expensive and long term solution. The technique utilizes lasers to remove the hair up to its roots. It can be a permanent solution but it may require numerous laser sessions to achieve the desired results, which could take more than six sessions. You can try this type of hair removal in Singapore here.

 

  1. Electrolysis

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Electrolysis is actually an FDA-approved technique to remove hair permanently. The instrument used to destroy every root of the hair is through an electric current. Regardless of your skin type, you can definitely enjoy the perks of electrolysis. Unfortunately, the downside of electrolysis is that is that the technique can be done to one hair strand at a time. Complete removal of the hair will take longer than laser approximately more than 15 sessions.

 

With the variety of options you have, there’s no reason not to try hair removal and see which one you like best. Most of the time, the best kind of hair removal technique is the one you are most comfortable with.

5 Healthy Tricks On How To Lose Weight Through A Detox Diet

A lot of people often make the wrong assumption that detoxing involves starving yourself to lose weight. The truth is it’s a way of encouraging people to reduce their consumption of unhealthy and processed foods. For instance, you need to eliminate trigger foods like sugar, caffeine, and gluten. This allows the body to cleanse itself off the toxins.

To maximize the benefits that you get from a detox diet, follow these simple health tricks:

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1) Hydrate throughout the day. The more liquids you put into your body, the more toxins will be processed and eliminated. It’s recommended that the first thing you should do in the morning is to drink pure water, hot lemon water, or green tea. Staying hydrated will not only cleanse your body, it will also increase your body’s metabolism.

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2) Increase the vegetables in your diet and cut back on meat. Vegetables have lower amounts of calories and fats and they contain important nutrients that your body needs to function. You can also try tofu or seitan as your source of protein instead of consuming meat products.

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3) Choose whole and raw foods. The general rule is that you should stay away from processed products. It’s not that difficult to find a detox diet that is composed mostly of whole foods. Think of fresh fruits and vegetables. For meat, you should find free-range chicken, cage-free eggs, and beef/pork from animals that were raised with organic feed.

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4) Get enough sleep. Rest is a very important aspect of detoxing. If your body is well-rested and calm, it won’t crave for food. Enough sleep also helps in improving your metabolism.

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5) Decrease your intake of salt. There are a lot of foods out there that are very high in salt although you are not aware of it. The only way to ensure that you’re not taking more than your fair share of salt is to check the labels of every food item you consume. In addition, when you do your cooking, cut your salt usage in half.

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It’s worth mentioning here that detoxing can take a few days or a couple of weeks depending on the program you take. For best results, see to it that you follow everything in the program. If you are working with a dietitian or a nutritionist, always follow his or her advice.