How to extend the battery life of your Smartphone

As mobile phone users, all we want is enough battery life to last the day. Frustratingly, the older the device, the less power it seems to have. In fact, the amount of battery life our mobiles have on any given day depends on two key factors: how we use them on that particular day, and how we used them in the past.

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Mobile phones use lithium-ion batteries for energy storage. In this type of battery, lithium metal and lithium ions move in and out of individual electrodes, causing them to physically expand and contract. Unfortunately, these processes are not completely reversible and the batteries lose their charge capacity and voltage as the number of charge and discharge cycles grows.

To make matters worse, the electrolyte (electrically conductive liquid) that connects the electrodes also degrades throughout these cycles. The ability of lithium-ion batteries to store charge depends on the extent of their degradation. This means there is a link between how we handle our devices today and the charge capacity available in the future.

Through a few simple steps, users can minimise this degradation and extend their device’s life.

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Strategies for extending battery capacity

Control battery discharge

Typical lithium-ion batteries for mobile phones are supposed to retain 80% of their charge capacity after 300-500 charge/discharge cycles. However, batteries rarely produce this level of performance, with charge storage capacity sometimes reduced to 80% levels within only 100 cycles.

Fortunately, we can extend our future battery capacity by limiting how much we discharge our mobile phone batteries. With most battery degradation occurring during deep discharge/charge cycles, it is actually better to limit the battery discharge during any one cycle before charging it again.

As it happens, our devices do have battery-management systems, which reduce damage from overcharging and shut down automatically if the battery gets too low.

Nonetheless, to maximise the battery capacity in the future we should avoid that 0% battery mark altogether, while also keeping those batteries at least partially charged if storing them for a prolonged period of time to avoid deep discharge.

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Extend charging times

Many of today’s mobile devices have a fast charge option that enables users to supercharge them in minutes rather than hours. This is convenient when we’re in a rush, but should be avoided otherwise.

Why? Because charging a battery too quickly reduces its storage capacity.

Physically, the shuttling of lithium metal and lithium ions between the electrodes in lithium-ion batteries is a slow process. Therefore, charging at lower rates allows more complete shuttling to occur, which enhances the battery’s charge capacity.

For example, charging a phone in five minutes compared with the standard two hours can reduce the battery capacity for that charge cycle by more than 20%.

Read more: How to make batteries that last (almost) forever

Keep the temperature just right

Fortunately, for most parts of the country, temperatures in Australia sit between 0℃ and 45℃ throughout the year. This is the exact range in which lithium-ion batteries can be stored to maintain optimal long-term charge capacity.

Below 0℃, the amount of power available within the battery system is reduced because of a restriction in the movement of lithium metal and lithium ions within the electrodes and through the electrolyte.

Above 45℃, the amount of power available is actually enhanced compared with lower temperatures, so you can get a little more “juice” from your battery under hotter conditions. However, at these temperatures the degradation of the battery is also greatly accelerated, so over an extended period of time its ability to store charge will be reduced.

As a result, phones should be kept out of direct sunlight for prolonged periods, especially in summer when surface temperatures can increase to above 70℃.

Use battery-saving modes

Aaron Carroll and Gernot Heiser from Data61 analysed the power consumption of different smartphone components under a range of typical scenarios.

They concluded there are a handful of simple software and hardware strategies that can be used to preserve battery life.

  • Reduce screen brightness. The easiest way to conserve battery life while maintaining full function is to reduce the brightness of the screen. For devices such as mobile phones that have an organic light emitting diode (OLED) display, you can also use the “light on dark” option for viewing.
  • Turn off the cellular network or limit talk time. The connection to the cellular network uses the global system for mobile communication (GSM) module. The GSM is the most dominant energy-consuming component in a mobile phone, so it is beneficial to turn it off altogether or at least limit call time.
  • Use Wi-Fi, not 4G. With Wi-Fi being up to 40% less power-hungry than 4G for internet browsing, turning off cellular data and using Wi-Fi instead will help your battery life.
  • Limit video content. Video processing is one of the most power-consuming operations on a mobile device.
  • Turn on smart battery modes. All modern mobile devices have a smart battery saving mode (for instance, Android has Power Saving Mode and iOS has Low Power Mode). These software features modify central processing unit (CPU) usage for different apps, screen brightness, notifications and various hardware options to reduce energy consumption.
  • Use Airplane mode. This mode typically disables GSM, Wi-Fi, bluetooth and GPS functions on your devices. When turning off all such auxiliary functions, the device will use only up to 5% of its usual energy consumption with the screen off. For comparison, simply having your device in idle can still use more than 15%.

Enhancing your phone’s battery usability requires a combination of limiting the use of power-hungry hardware and software, as well as handling mobile devices so as to maximise the charge capacity and minimise battery degradation.

By adopting these simple strategies, users can extend their battery life by more than 40% in any given day while maintaining a more consistent battery capacity throughout the lifetime of the device.

See how Vegetables and Fruits intake lead to memory loss

A report published in the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology has said that eating leafy greens, red vegetables and berry fruits, as well as drinking orange juice, may be associated with a lower risk of memory loss over time in men.

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The study author, Dr. Changzheng Yuan  of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston said in the report, “One of the most important factors in this study is that we were able to research and track such a large group of men over a 20-year period of time, allowing for very telling results. Our studies provide further evidence dietary choices can be important to maintain your brain health.”

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According to the report, the study looked at 27,842 men with an average age of 51 who were all health professionals. Participants filled out questionnaires about how many servings of fruits, vegetables and other foods they had each day at the beginning of the study and then every four years for 20 years. A serving of fruit is considered one cup of fruit or half cup of fruit juice. A serving of vegetables is considered one cup of raw vegetables or two cups of leafy greens. The report said that participants also took subjective tests of their thinking and memory skills, at least four years before the end of the study, when they were an average age of 73. The test is designed to detect changes that people can notice in how well they are remembering things before those changes would be detected by objective cognitive tests.

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It read in part, “Changes in memory reported by the participants would be considered precursors to mild cognitive impairment.  A total of 55 percent of the participants had good thinking and memory skills, 38 percent had moderate skills and seven per cent had poor thinking and memory skills.

“The participants were divided into five groups based on their fruit and vegetable consumption. For vegetables, the highest group ate about six servings per day, compared to about two servings for the lowest group. For fruits, the top group ate about three servings per day, compared to half a serving for the bottom group.

“The men who consumed the most vegetables were 34 percent less likely to develop poor thinking skills than the men who consumed the least amount of vegetables. A total of 6.6 per cent of men in the top group developed poor cognitive function, compared to 7.9 per cent of men in the bottom group.

The men who drank orange juice every day were 47 per cent less likely to develop poor thinking skills than the men who drank less than one serving per month. This association was mainly observed for regular consumption of orange juice among the oldest men.

“A total of 6.9 percent of men who drank orange juice every day developed poor cognitive function, compared to 8.4 percent of men who drank orange juice less than once a month. This difference in risk was adjusted for age, but not adjusted for other factors related to reported changes in memory.

“The men who ate the most fruit each day were less likely to develop poor thinking skills, but that association was weakened after researchers adjusted for other dietary factors that could affect the results, such as consumption of vegetables, fruit juice, refined grains, legumes and dairy products.

“The researchers also found that people who ate larger amounts of fruits and vegetables 20 years earlier were less likely to develop thinking and memory problems, whether or not they kept eating larger amounts of fruits and vegetables about six years before the memory test.”


Side Effects of Flagyl

Flagyl (metronidazole) is an antibiotic that fights bacteria. Flagyl is used to treat bacterial infections of the vagina, stomach, liver, skin, joints, brain, and respiratory tract. Flagyl will not treat a vaginal yeast infection.

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Important information

You should not use Flagyl if you are allergic to metronidazole, or if you have taken disulfiram (Antabuse) within the past 2 weeks.

Do not drink alcohol or consume foods or medicines that contain propylene glycol while you are taking metronidazole and for at least 3 days after you stop taking it. You may have unpleasant side effects such as fast heartbeats, warmth or redness under your skin, tingly feeling, nausea, and vomiting.

Flagyl will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.

In animal studies, metronidazole caused certain types of cancers or tumors. It is not known whether these effects would occur in people using this medicine. Ask your doctor about your risk.

Before taking this medicine

You should not take Flagyl if you are allergic to metronidazole, or if you have taken disulfiram (Antabuse) within the past 2 weeks.

To make sure Flagyl is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:

  • liver or kidney disease;
  • Cockayne syndrome (a rare genetic disorder);
  • a stomach or intestinal disease such as Crohn’s disease;
  • a blood cell disorder such as anemia (lack of red blood cells) or low white blood cell (WBC) counts;
  • a fungal infection anywhere in your body; or
  • a nerve disorder.

In animal studies, metronidazole caused certain types of tumors, some of which were cancerous. However, very high doses are used in animal studies. It is not known whether these effects would occur in people using regular doses. Ask your doctor about your risk.

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Do not take Flagyl during the first trimester of pregnancy. This medicine can harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant.

Metronidazole can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed within 24 hours after using Flagyl. If you use a breast pump during this time, throw out any milk you collect. Do not feed it to your baby.

Do not give this medicine to a child without medical advice.

How should I take Flagyl?

Take Flagyl exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Shake the oral suspension (liquid) well just before you measure a dose. Measure liquid medicine with the dosing syringe provided, or with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.

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Do not crush, chew, or break an extended-release tablet. Swallow it whole.

If you are treating a vaginal infection, your sexual partner may also need to take Flagyl (even if no symptoms are present) or you could become reinfected.

Flagyl is usually given for up to 10 days in a row. You may need to repeat this dosage several weeks later.

Use this medicine for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Skipping doses may also increase your risk of further infection that is resistant to antibiotics. Metronidazole will not treat a viral infection such as the flu or a common cold.

Metronidazole can cause unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using this medicine.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, numbness and tingling, or seizures (convulsions).

What should I avoid while taking Flagyl?

Do not drink alcohol or consume food or medicines that contain propylene glycol while you are taking Flagyl. You may have unpleasant side effects such as headaches, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, and flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling).

Avoid alcohol or propylene glycol for at least 3 days after you stop taking metronidazole. Check the labels of any medicines or food products you use to make sure they do not contain alcohol or propylene glycol.

Antibiotic medicines can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or bloody, call your doctor. Do not use anti-diarrhea medicine unless your doctor tells you to.

Flagyl side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Flagyl: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • diarrhea;
  • painful or difficult urination;
  • trouble sleeping, depression, irritability;
  • headache, dizziness, weakness;
  • a light-headed feeling (like you might pass out); or
  • blisters or ulcers in your mouth, red or swollen gums, trouble swallowing.

Stop taking the medicine and call your doctor right away if you have neurologic side effects (more likely to occur while taking metronidazole long term):

  • numbness, tingling, or burning pain in your hands or feet;
  • vision problems, pain behind your eyes, seeing flashes of light;
  • muscle weakness, problems with coordination;
  • trouble speaking or understanding what is said to you;
  • a seizure; or
  • fever, neck stiffness, and increased sensitivity to light.

Side effects may be more likely in older adults.

Flagyl can cause life-threatening liver problems in people with Cockayne syndrome. If you have this condition, stop taking metronidazole and contact your doctor if you have signs of liver failure – nausea, stomach pain (upper right side), dark urine, clay-colored stools, or jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

Common Flagyl side effects may include:

  • nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, stomach pain;
  • diarrhea, constipation;
  • unpleasant metallic taste;
  • rash, itching;
  • vaginal itching or discharge;
  • mouth sores; or
  • swollen, red, or “hairy” tongue.

Five Famous footballers who retired from football for Politics

Football has always had a connection with politics in one way or the other. In fact, a lot of sporting events cannot be conducted until the higher authority makes it possible. Some athletes went on to become successful and known politicians in the world. Today, we will take a look at the top 5 footballers who became politicians.

5. Andrey Arshavin

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Every Arsenal fan will always remember the name Andrey Arshavin. Now at the age of 36, the Russian continues to perform with the Kazakhstan side FC Kairat. But did you know that Arshavin is a politician? He actually ran for Putin’s party in the regional council elections. Though he was eventually told to concentrate on football, Arshavin could return to politics after hanging his boots once and for all.

4. Sol Campbell

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Having spent 20 years a professional footballer, Campbell is one of the most iconic defenders of his generation. He is often considered as one of the most decorated centre-backs in the history of the Premier League. But the former English defender is that he has been involved heavily with British politics after his retirement in 2011. He once put himself on the list for the Mayor of London but failed to garner a place in the shortlist.

3. George Weah

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Widely regarded as one of the greatest African players of all time, George Weah has a Ballon d’Or under his name. He is one of the most successful footballers turned politician. Weah was elected as the 25th President of Liberia, assuming the office in January 2018.

2. Romario

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Romario became very successful in Brazil national team. As one to highest scorers of all time, Romario won the 1994 World Cup. They elected him as a senator in 2014 and recently announced his decision to run for the governor’s position of Rio de Janeiro. He is deemed to focus on the corruption that goes on in football.

1. Pele

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With over 1200 career goals, Pele is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, footballers in the history of the game. Retiring in 1977, Pele worked as UNESCO’s Goodwill Ambassador and a UN Ambassador for ecology and the environment. He was also the minister of sports in Brazil.

Why Fried Fish is bad for your health

In pretty much all cuisines of the, world there is such a dish as fried fish. Due to its digestibility it is much lighter for the stomach than meat. Moreover, in some countries it is much cheaper than beef or pork. So, fish may help you not only to complement your diet, but also save your money. Nutritionists and scientists have argued for a long time about the benefits and harm of adding fried fish into everyday diet. Let’s try to figure it out.

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Fried fish use

I hope no one would argue with the fact that fish exerts beneficial effects on the human body. It includes proteins, which contain all the essential amino acids.

It is also worth mentioning that fish is digested quite fast. This is especially useful for people suffering from low acidity. After eating fish, such people never feel bloating in the stomach.

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Moreover, fatty fish contains high levels of Omega-3 lipids. They are incredibly useful for the hormones. In addition, these elements allow to maintain a normal weight due to the fact that Omega-3 reduces appetite.

Moreover, fats that constitute a part of the fish fight against cholesterol. And that means only one thing – your heart and joints will be in the normal state up to an old age.

Fish is also useful for females since this product is able to delay the aging process. Nutritionists agree that eating two slices of salmon a week can significantly delay the beginning of anti-wrinkle creams usage.

To sum up this section on the fish use I want to mention that its beneficial properties will be  somewhat reduced if you fry your fish, but, nevertheless, some of them will be still preserved.

Harm and contraindications

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But here’s the thing: during the process of fish cooking we use sunflower or olive oil. So at some, point the fish you’re frying turns into poison. It happens due to the fact that when the temperature becomes higher, there is an allocation of free radicals that contribute to increased pressure and heart diseases.

So, you should know that fried food in general exerts harmful effects on our health and the fish in this case is not an exception.

In addition to all the information mentioned above, if you are on a diet, you should not include this dish in your diet. It’s due to the fact that fried fish contains large amounts of fats, which lead to extra pounds.

Correct and wrong fish cooking techniques

Okay, so we got it – fish has many healthy properties for the human body. But the extent of its usefulness in many respects depends on how you cook it.

Dieticians, gastroenterologists, cardiologists, and even social advertising – urge us to eat more fish. And in terms of healthy eating this appeal is more than justified: fish actually doesn’t contain any harmful cholesterol fats that are present in meat, but it has useful Omega-3 fatty acids in huge amounts.

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These substances not only prevent cardiovascular disease and obesity, but also protect body cells from aging, an exert anti-inflammatory effect, and support the elasticity of joints and make hair and skin more beautiful.

In general, the use of fish as food – is an indisputable fact. Another thing is that people consume it differently in raw state (as the Japanese), as a part of fruit salad, and some take it with a bottle of beer. All these methods were studied in detail by American chemists and nutritionists. It turns out that the process of cooking and concomitant products may increase or, conversely, kill almost all the useful properties of fish.

More and more useful!

After analyzing the chemical structure of the most common fish types, researchers came to a conclusion that most of the nutrients in fish remain preserved during boiling or baking. At the same time, adding soy sauce to the salted fish will make the dish even more useful. The same good property has tofu – popular Chinese product with neutral taste and cheese-like consistency. Tofu is made up of soy beans too.

Scientists have reached such conclusions after a number of studies. They involved an extensive group of volunteers (82,243 men and 103,884 women aged 45 – 75) and asked them to stick to the same fish menu regularly.

After some time, the doctors checked the health of the participants – indicators of cardiac function, the state of the blood and vessels – and concluded that regular consumption of fish reduced the risk of cardiovascular disease by 23%.

Taking into account the fact that heart problems have remained for a long time in the top of factors that lead to early death in developed countries, this figure can save several hundreds of thousands of lives. The recommended average rate of fish consumption constitutes one serving 3-4 times a week.

Beware of salt

So, it can be concluded that the healthy properties of fish are significantly reduced (or even absent) when you eat fish that is not boiled or baked. The benefits of eating fried fish is negligible in comparison with fish cooked according to the ‘golden standard’ (boiling and baking) and, as it turned out, there are also fish that are dangerous for health!

And I’m not talking about raw fish or salmon infested with parasites. According to American cardiologists, fried and salty (as well as dried one with a lot of salt) fish is not only not healthy to eat, but even harmful – mostly due to the added products.

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In particular, I mean salt, which promotes high blood pressure, and thus eliminates the health benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids on the heart and blood vessels. Secondly, in the case of frying fish, a lot of oil and butter are added that turn the fish into a factory of fat.

And that, in turn, is harmful for the heart, the liver and, of course, your body shape. Well, and here’s one more thing: all sorts of smoked fish are usually accompanied with alcohol, and of course you know about the harm of alcohol beverages.

Divide everything in halves

While conducting research, the scientists took into account the fact that the development of cardiovascular diseases is affected not only by food, but also, in many respects, by heredity and even racial and sexual identity. However, the fact that heart diseases cling to the representatives of certain nationalities can again be explained by dieting choices. Moreover, gender differences were explored in details.

It turned out that the representatives of the strong half of mankind are prone to early deaths from heart attacks and other illnesses more frequently than women. However, the therapeutic effect from fish consumption is also much stronger.

Thus, a man’s heart more sensitively reacts to an increase in the amount of consumed fish and soy sauce. The risk of heart disease falls by almost a fifth. However, women do not feel the same effect of increased number of Omega-3 fatty acids, while the harm of fried or salted fish for them is not less than for men.

Nowadays, scientists do not understand the reasons for this sexual division, but they are going to continue research in this area. Over time, they hope to develop clear recommendations on healthy nutrition for people of all racial, gender and even age groups separately.

Lots of fried fish per week promotes a lot of troubles

According to nutritionists and doctors, fish is extremely useful for the cardiovascular system, and people who consume a lot of fish less commonly suffer from such heart problem. So, on the one hand, fish is, of course, beneficial for the human body.

On the other hand, it is not always useful, and to be more precise, it’s all about how you cook your fish. For example, fried fish in high doses is harmful to the health.

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According to scientists from the University of Alabama, a person who eats fried fish in large quantities is prone to the development of stroke.

The study was conducted by monitoring the health of more than 21,000 people who are over 45 years old. Scientists established a connection between eating fried fish and a high percentage of increased stroke and heart diseases.

Fish contains a fatty acid called Omega-3, due to which the risk of stroke or other heart disease is reduced. But when fried fish is served, all the nutrients are not preserved after cooking.

After this study, researchers came to the conclusion that if a person eats fried fish twice a week, the risk of heart disease is significantly increased.

So, in conclusion, fried fish is rather harmful for your health. Of course, you could still eat fried fish, but no more than once a month. However, don’t exclude fish from your diet just because eating fried fish is harmful. There are hundreds of recipes that can make boiled or baked fish taste even more deliciously then fried fish.

Let me know in the comment section below what types of fish you prefer and what are best types of fish for boiling and baking? And share your favorite fish recipes!

These are Foods you should eat and the ones you shouldn’t eat if you have Asthma

Health Benefits of Porridge

At first glance, porridge might not seem like the most exciting breakfast in the world. But it’s great for your health. Loaded with healthy fiber and micronutrients, porridge benefits your overall health and provides energy to fuel your active lifestyle. And when you start mixing your porridge with unexpected healthy ingredients, you might find it’s more adaptable — and more exciting — than you’d have guessed.

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Relatively Low in Calories

Porridge offers the richness of a “stick to your ribs” breakfast for surprisingly few calories. A full cup of cooked oatmeal has just 159 calories, so even though it can keep you full for hours, it takes up just a small fraction of your calorie budget for the day. For those calories, you get 27 grams of total carbohydrates for a burst of energy. You’ll also get a modest amount of protein and fat: about 6 grams of protein per cup of oats along with 3 grams of fat.

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Fiber for Fullness

Some of the biggest health benefits of porridge come from its fiber content. Fiber is important for making your meals more satisfying — it helps fill your stomach without adding calories — and for fighting constipation to keep your digestion regular. The soluble fiber in oats also binds to cholesterol to flush it from your body, which may help control your blood cholesterol levels. A cup of cooked porridge supplies 4 grams of fiber, which is about 15 percent of the daily fiber needs for women and around 10 percent for men.

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Fortified with Nutrients

Pick up fortified porridge at the grocery store and you’ll get a wealth of other health benefits. Fortified porridge, for example, has significant amounts of added calcium and phosphorus, both of which benefit your bone health. Porridge also comes fortified with iron, a mineral that supports your metabolism and nourishes your red blood cells. Eat fortified porridge and you’ll also get generous amounts of B-complex vitamins, which help you produce energy and play a role in your metabolism.

Adaptable for your Diet

If you tend to fall into diet ruts, then end up breaking your diet out of boredom, reaching for porridge might help. Because oats absorb the flavor of other ingredients you cook with, you can cook them with sweet or savory flavorings and create new combinations every day.

Try a sweet Middle Eastern-inspired porridge by flavoring your oats with vanilla almond milk, cardamom and chopped cherries, or try a Southwest savory porridge by cooking your oats in chicken broth and topping them with salsa, chopped avocado and sliced chicken breast. Make your oats on the stovetop in the cooler months, or simply mix all your ingredients in a mason jar and let them “cook” overnight in the fridge for cold porridge in the summer.

Defending Champions Real Madrid learn their fate in draws

Japan’s Kashima Antlers recovered from a goal down to beat Mexico’s Chivas Guadalajara 3-2 in their Club World Cup quarterfinal in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday to earn a date with Real Madrid. Substitute Hiroki Abe sealed the comeback with the third goal in the 84th minute, setting up a semifinal against European champions Real Madrid on Wednesday. Kashima’s Ryota Nagaki cancelled out Angel Zaldivar’s early opener soon after the break before Serginho made it 2-1 with a penalty and Abe extended the lead before a late own goal.

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Guadalajara, the CONCACAF champions, took the lead in the third minute when forward Zaldivar headed a Javier Lopez cross into the top corner of the net. Kashima goalkeeper Kwoun Suntae saved a close-range Zaldivar strike in the 40th minute after the Asian champions failed to clear the penalty area from a deep Guadalajara throw-in. The Mexicans had another chance to go two goals up moments later when midfielder Orbelin Pineda hit the bar with a shot from outside the box in the 45th minute.

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Kashima started with greater intensity in the second half, levelling in the 49th when Nagaki put away Shoma Doi’s pass.

Brazilian Serginho sent Guadalajara goalkeeper Raul Gudino the wrong way from the penalty spot to put the Asian champions ahead in the 69th minute.

Abe’s strike from the left-hand side of the box into the top corner made the score more comfortable for the Asian champions.

Guadalajara got back to 3-2 in the dying minutes when Kashima’s Leo Silva put the ball into his own net after Suntae had saved an Alan Pulido penalty awarded by VAR.

Wednesday’s clash between the European and Asian champions will be a rematch of the 2016 Club World Cup final when Real Madrid beat Kashima 4-2 after extra time.

“This match is going to garner a lot of attention,” Kashima coach Go Oiwa said. “We’ll play aggressively and we’ll play our own football from the very beginning against Real Madrid.”

Home side Al-Ain take on African champions Esperance of Tunisia in the second of two quarterfinals at the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium on Saturday. The winners will face South American champions River Plate in Tuesday’s semifinal.

Man Utd Legend Rio Ferdinand has revealed the two teams that will play the Champions League final this season

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand have said premier league clubs Liverpool and Manchester City will be the teams that will compete in this season’s champions league final. Liverpool currently lead the Premier League table by a point from Pep Guardiola’s side, and are yet to lose in the top-flight.

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Jurgen Klopp’s men have lost three times in Europe, being beaten by each of their group stage opponents; Napoli, PSG and Red Star Belgrade. They finished second, however, by virtue of defeating the Italian side 1-0 in their final group game, while City topped Group F, collecting 13 points from six games, while second-placed Lyon took just eight. City were also beaten in their pool, by the French club, but Ferdinand believes that both sides have the ability to go the distance, while he is backing Guardiola’s men to again see off all challengers in the Premier League.

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“I would not be surprised if City met Liverpool in the final of the Champions League,” Ferdinand, who is on a three-day working trip to Kenya courtesy of Guinness, told Goal. “That is how strong these two teams are this season. “In the league, I think City are looking strong and better than any other team at the moment. “I expect them to receive a strong challenge [for the title] but they should still be in a position to weather that.”

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Liverpool, of course, reached the final last season, ultimately losing to Real Madrid after a serious shoulder injury was sustained by Mohamed Salah. Klopp’s men will next be in action against Ferdinand’s former club, United, on Sunday, with Jose Mourinho’s men heading to Anfield. And Ferdinand does not believe that the club, who are currently sixth in the Premier League, 16 points behind Liverpool, are genuine contenders in Europe. “We lost again to Valencia,” Ferdinand said, referencing the 2-1 defeat in midweek. “The current situation at Manchester United is not good, confidence is low and our league position is not great. Something urgent needs to happen so as to stop the slide.” The former defender also touched on Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and and Jesse Lingard, backing them to blossom into stars at the Red Devils despite their recent struggles in Mourinho’s team.

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“The three players have a good future at Manchester United but only if they get the support they need. They are the future of United and must be handled with good care and treated well. So far things are not working out for them as it should be but I have hope that they will stay there for longer.”


Finally! Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric reveals when he will leave Real Madrid

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has revealed he has no plans to follow former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo to the Italian Serie A anytime soon.  The Blancos saw one talismanic figure head for the exits over the summer, with a five-time Ballon d’Or winner opting to take on a new challenge in Italy with Juventus. Like Ronaldo, Modric sparked plenty of transfer talk during the last window, with Inter keen on taking him to Serie A. He was, however, to stay put and add the 2018 Golden Ball to his FIFA Best Award.

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Modric is happy with his decision and that of Ronaldo, with Madrid having to move on and address the difficulties they have endured without a record-breaking frontman leading the line. The Croatian midfielder told Sportske Novosti: “I shared six beautiful seasons with Ronaldo, probably the best years of my career, and we’ve done so much together. “My personal view is that staying for nine years at Real is significant in terms of how he felt at this fantastic club. Among other things, he won four Ballons d’Or. You can’t achieve this if you are not at peace in the environment. “I’ve been here for six-and-a-half years and I can say with certainty that we are a good group, with mature people and quality players, good relationships and an excellent atmosphere.

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“Of course, there are better and worse days, but the core strength of the group can’t be questioned. If it were, we would not win all of these trophies, either team or individual ones.”

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Modric continues to see his own future at Real called into question, but he insists he is going nowhere. He is tied to a contract until 2020 and has been made aware by Blancos president Florentio Perez that he will not be allowed to break that agreement. Modric added: “The only thing certain for now is that I’ll be with Madrid until the end of my contract. “Perez told me straight away in the summer – get it out of your head that you’re leaving Real, we have no theory to let you go.” Modric has taken in 20 appearances for Madrid this season. He has contributed three assists across La Liga and Champions League competition, but is still waiting on a first goal of the 2018-19 campaign.