Follow these tips to stay secure on-the-go. Staying safe on the go!

Password-protect your smartphone: Always lock your phone when it’s not in use, set it to automatically lock after being idle for a set amount of time. Set your phone to use a longer and stronger password than the default 4-digit unlock code if this option is available on your phone. For even better security, set your phone to erase all data after 10 bad password attempts.

Clear data from your smartphone frequently
Delete text messages from financial institutions, especially before sharing, discarding, or selling your phone. If you visit banking websites using your phone, delete the cookies and cache regularly. Better yet, use dedicated apps for online banking.

Always download apps from reputable sources
Criminals try to lure people into signing up for mobile banking using fake apps and/or websites.
Always visit your direct mobile banking site to verify the sources of your online banking applications. If you’re considering adding an app to your mobile device, review the app’s permissions so you understand what the app is capable of doing before you decide to download it.

Remove personal information before replacing your smartphone.
Don’t rely on carriers, recycling firms or phone deposit banks to “clean” your phone before disposal or resale to third parties. Follow your phone manufacturer’s instructions to remove all personal information from your phone before decommissioning it.

Drink Lemon Water

We all know that we need to drink plenty of fluids in order to stay hydrated. Drinking lemon water is a tasty way to get a lot of benefits.

It reduces inflammation. Lemon water reduces the acidity levels in your body that leads to inflammation. It also reduces levels of uric acid in your joints.

It helps digestion. Lemon water reduces toxins in the digestive tract and helps counteract the problem of heartburn and bloating.

It helps to lose weight. Lemon water contains pectin fiber. Pectin fiber is known to help suppress food cravings, especially for sweets.

It cleans the system. Lemon water stimulates the liver, which stimulates enzyme activity in the body. This helps the liver work more effectively to remove toxins from the body.

It helps the immune system. Lemon water is full of Vitamin C, which is vital to the immune system.

It will help the skin. With its ability to remove toxins from the blood, lemon water has a major impact on keeping the skin blemish free.

It will help heart and brain health. Lemon water contains high levels of potassium, which contributes to the health of our vital organs.

It replenishes body salts. Efforts that cause you to sweat a lot deplete important salts. The potassium in lemon water as well as the way in which it balances out the pH level in the body helps restore lost salts.

It helps prevent colds. Most common cold remedies contain lemon in some way. The vitamin C in lemon water can help again

Why you should sleep on your left side

Research shows that, for many people, sleeping on the left side may be the ticket to better health and better sleep.

It bolsters the lymphatic system.Sleeping on your left side allows your body to better filter lymph fluid and waste via the lymph nodes as the left side of our body is the dominant lymphatic side.

It can improve digestion. This is due to the simple matter of gravity. Lying on the left side allows food waste to easily move from the large intestine into the descending colon. Sleeping on the left side also allows the stomach and pancreas to hang naturally.

It’s good for your heart. Sleeping on the left side may help to take some pressure off the heart, as gravity can facilitate both lymph drainage toward and aortic circulation away from the heart.

It’s ideal for pregnant women. Sleeping on the left side helps to relieve pressure on the back, keep the uterus from squeezing the liver, and increase blood flow to the uterus, kidneys, and fetus.

It can reduce heartburn. A study found that lying on the left side can help reduce acid reflux symptoms. The effects are fairly immediate; if you’re struggling with heartburn after a meal, try taking a 10-minute lie-down on your left side.

It can relieve back pain. Sleeping on your side can relieve pressure on the spine. Feeling more comfortable, in turn, will improve your chances of getting a good night’s sleep.

Take a vacation – get healthier!

Did You Know That…?
…Studies have shown that not taking vacations is linked to health problems. One study found that men at risk for coronary heart disease, and who failed to take vacations, were 32% more susceptible to dying from a heart attack. Another study compared women who vacationed at least twice a year to those who took one every six years or less. The women who did not vacation were almost eight times more likely to develop coronary heart disease or have a heart attack. The average American worker has 14 vacation days per year, but most only use 12 of those days. Worse than that, about 25% of Americans don’t take any vacation at all. The U.S. is the only industrialized nation in the world that does not legally require workers to be provided a set number of paid vacation days. This is in stark contrast to Europe where workers are provided with 20 paid vacation days every year. The U.S. is 28th in the world in life expectancy.

Don’t Walk And Eat

New research suggests that eating while walking may lead people to overeat later in the day.

Walking is a powerful form of distraction which disrupts our ability to process the impact eating has on our hunger. Walking can be regarded as a form of exercise which can justify overeating later on as a form of reward. When we don’t fully concentrate on the process of taking in food, we fall into a trap of mindless eating and don’t recognize the food that has just been consumed.

It takes about 20 minutes for our brain to catch up to our stomach. By slowing down we are able to recognize when we are getting full and stop before overeating.

Health Tips: Chew Gum – Prevent Heartburn

Millions of Americans suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), the chronic backsplash of acid into the esophagus, more commonly known as heartburn. Heartburn can ruin a great meal in no time and the intense burning is enough for you to reach for the closest antacid.

However, research shows that there might be an easier way to stop heartburn in its tracks. And it doesn’t involve popping a pill – not even a supplement.

In a recent study, researchers fed people meals that induced heartburn. After the meal, subjects chewed gum for 30 minutes. Researchers then measured acid pH levels.

The people who chewed gum had significantly lower acid levels. The lack of acid offered heartburn relief. Gum chewing reduced acid for up to three hours.

Chewing on a piece or two of gum, it seems, helps force fluids back into the stomach and flood the esophagus with alkaline saliva, neutralizing acids that cause the characteristic burning sensations.

Chewing gum stimulates the salivary flow rate so any acid that accumulates in the gut is washed away and cleared more quickly.

Heartburn is usually a result from eating too much food, too fast. Your stomach then pushes the acid back up into your esophagus. The saliva induced by chewing gum neutralizes the acid and pushes it back down to where it belongs.

Antacids are the most common form of treatment for heartburn. You don’t need a prescription and they are usually effective in relieving pain. But they also come with severe side effects.

Extended use of antacids may actually worsen your condition. They are also known to cause constipation, diarrhea, and mineral deficiencies. But worst of all, long-term use of antacids can potentially cause kidney failure and osteoporosis.

Chewing a piece of sugarless gum is safe and effective. No side effects. And you get the extra benefit of helping to prevent cavities by doing it.

But remember that most sugarless gums contain artificial sweeteners such as aspartame or sucralose and those have their own list of side effects.

Most health food stores carry sugar-free gum that uses xylitol as a sugar substitute. Xylitol is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol found in plants, fruits, and vegetables.

It is made from birch wood and used as medicine or as a sweetener. Gum sweetened with Xylitol may cost you a little more, but it’s natural and worth it.

So, the next time you start to feel that awful burn, chewing gum may be one of the simplest and safest ways to prevent and control heartburn.