Tips for Winter Protection for Your Skin

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Protecting your precious skin. We are all aware that too much exposure to the sun’s rays can lead to skin cancer and premature aging. I think with all the media campaigns that run over the summer time we are all very aware that we need to cover-up, wear a hat and use sunscreen to protect our skin from sun damage. But when the seasons change and we go from summer to autumn and winter, are we still thinking about sunburn and sun damage to our skin?

We tend to only think of putting sunscreen on in the summer heat, being more aware of how uncomfortable the burning sun’s rays can feel when we are out in the midday sun, it makes us reach for the sunscreen. But during autumn and winter the weather cools down considerably and we find it rather nice to be out in the sunshine, finding the warmth from the sun to be comforting and energising when it’s cold outside.

But the cooler months can lull us into a false sense of security and we tend not to think that the sun’s rays are doing us damage. If we are not necessarily aware or feeling the sunburn on our skin we are less likely to reach for the sunscreen and apply protection.

So we really need to be more aware of the power of the sun’s rays in damaging our skin no matter what the weather conditions. We need to consider that the sun at any time of year still has the potential to damage our skin. Leading to sunburn, premature aging, and sun damaged skin and unfortunately in some cases skin cancer.

I think for many places in the world during the winter months you tend to wear more clothing and the day light hours tend to be shorter so most of your body is covered in warm winter clothing but this is not necessarily so for places like the northern areas of Australia another tropical and sub-tropical climates.

Day time temperatures can still be quite warm and you can wear your summer clothing most of the year through. So in general think about the skin exposure you will have when you go outdoors and apply some sunscreen. It would usually be the backs of your hands, face and neck exposed to the sun most of the time that you spend outdoors.

The best rule of thumb is to make sure that you apply sun protection products to these exposed areas of your body at least 20 minutes before you go outdoors and even under your makeup before you go to work in the morning. Another good tip to remember is:

Save your skin with natural sunscreento cover your head whilst you are outdoors. How many of us are unaware that the skin on our heads burns. You don’t have to have a receding hair line to be extra cautious here. Even if you have a lovely full head of hair your scalp can still burn particularly along the part of your hairline. It is best to wear a hat outdoors to protect your scalp, face and neck.

But if you are participating in active sports or swimming it is a good idea to massage a little sunscreen into your scalp, and around the tips of your ears so that you don’t suffer any nasty sunburn surprise.I am a great believer in wearing sunscreen all the time even under my makeup.

It is one of the best preventatives against premature aging of the skin and I just can’t recommend wearing it highly enough from this point of view as well as saving you from potential skin cancer. I am also a great advocate of all things organic and natural and think that we should all chose organic and natural sun screen alternatives with high SPF protection for the protection of our general wellbeing and health. Chemical exposure to some common sunscreens can have serious adverse effects on your health.

8 Ways to Beautiful Skin

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1. Never go to bed with makeup on

Leaving your makeup on while you sleep, this is a total no no!! Your skin is a living breathing organ and it needs to breathe and rejuvenate at night. Not removing your makeup before sleep at night will lead to breakouts and blocked pores. Your makeup combined with your skins natural oils and perspiration is a recipe for blocked pores leading to breakouts and skin rashes. Help your skin to look it best. Always wash your make up off at night with a gentle cleanser and use a moisturiser with extra nutrients for your skin to absorb whilst you are sleeping and wake up with rested skin and a healthy glow.

2. Reduce processed foods, eat more fruits and vegetables

It is so true and so necessary to consider if you want to get the best out of your skin care products you have to remember that ‘you are what you eat’. To many processed, packaged, food products full of sugar, salt and many additives and preservatives is not good nutrition for your body and will eventually start to reflect in your skin. To make your skin radiate it needs to start from the inside.

I know we all love the occasional splurge and treats but it is best to adopt an 80/20 rule. That is, 80 percent of what you consume in food and drinks should be as natural and unprocessed as possible with plenty of variety and lots of vegetables and fruit to be at your best. Feeling good on the inside will make your skin to glow.

3. Eat healthy fats

Think about the fats that you are consuming in your diet. Not all fats are good for you and some; especially trans-fats are very bad for your health. When adding fats to your food and cooking try to keep the saturated fats to a minimum and think about consuming more nutritional fats that are beneficial to your body and skin such as omega 3 fatty acids.

Eating oily fish like salmon and tuna and taking fish oil or flaxseed oil supplements can help you meet your daily quota. And don’t forget the monounsaturated and polyunsaturated oils such as olive oil. Small amount of good oils in your diet can do wonders for healthy skin.

4. Drink water, not soda-pop

Many soft drinks and carbonated drinks contain too much sugar and additives. Sugar adds no nutritional value to your diet so you need to keep it to the minimum. Sugary drinks have no health benefits and can contribute to an unhealthy and dull complexion.

Drink more water, at least eight glasses a day and more if you are exercising. Water will keep you hydrated and improve the quality and texture of your skin. Drink herbal teas to increase your water intake. Adding lemon and lime slices to water and ice can be a taste sensation and very refreshing, even adding sliced fruit such as strawberries can add a taste sensation to your water without adding to much sugar.

5. Maintain a skin care routine

Go for quality, not quantity, but the best natural and or organic skincare products you can afford and if you are starting afresh with your skin care than cover the basics. Make sure that you buy products suitable for your skin and go with a excellent cleanser, toner, moisturiser, eye cream, exfoliator and a treat such as a serum to give you skin that extra something special to keep it looking beautiful.

6. Wear sunscreen every day

This is a huge one for all around the world. I live in Australia and we have so many beautiful beaches and outdoor spaces to enjoy for recreation but unfortunately we also have one of the highest incidences of skin cancer in the world. So if you do nothing else for your skin, you must protect it from the sun. Save your life and retain your youth.

Too much exposure to the sun is one of the biggest causes of premature aging. It causes a lot of damage to your skin. Wear the best sunscreen that you can afford and if you want to achieve a healthy summer glow choose a wise alternative to sun tanning such sunless tanning lotions and spray tans. For a sunless tan there are some top alternatives out there in the natural and organic ranges.

7. Moisturize your skin

Applying moisturiser will help to keep your skin hydrated throughout out all the seasons and the different climatic conditions that your skin is exposed to. Moisturises don’t necessarily prevent wrinkles but they can help to minimise their appearance and help you skin to look smooth and silky, the best that it can be.

8. Watch your weight

This really goes hand-in-hand with good nutrition. You need to maintain a healthy body weight. Yo-yo dieting and living in a cycle of dramatic weight gain and loss takes a toll on your skin and your skin will loose its elasticity which can make you look older than your years. It is well worth dedicating to a lifestyle of healthy eating and exercise to be healthy in all aspects of your life as well as you skin.Live as happy and healthy as you can, it reflects in your face and your skin.

Healthy Eating Strategies for Working Women

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Realizing healthy eating is a part of your daily life could be a difficult notion to understand, particularly if you’re a working woman saddled with official and domestic responsibilities. It is a familiar story with working women – morning coffee not fully consumed with half eaten bread toast, a couple of rounds of coffee at office before lunch, culminating in forcibly stuffing some snack in for lunch at a eatery.

Another tankard full  of coffee with a few cakes and cookies as late evening snacks at office. So, the regular dinner becomes a victim usually. By the time you return home, either you will too tired to prepare dinner, or your attention is diverted to comfort the kids at home. Do you realize what are you in for?

You may be good at managing so many things at office, all at the same time so efficiently. But when it comes to having a regular food, that goes for a toss. Many of working women simply cannot stick to a strict regimen. Such women resort to comfort foods that are readily available off the shelf at supermarkets. They find it very time saving also.

But the canned and ready made foodstuffs are loaded with refined sugars, humongous quantities of fats, chemical preservatives with less dietary fiber. Such foodstuffs have no dietary value. What will you get in return? Headaches, depression, stomach ailments, food allergies, and lost concentration at work place.

People who get over-stressed tend to eat more and they eat junk food which is readily available. So this cycle continues.Ironically, the more hectic you become, the more you should eat healthy. And healthy and balanced eating need not be too time consuming….all it takes a bit of awareness and time management.

Eating At Your Office

People who are under immense pressure at office tend to do multitasking while trying to eat their lunch. They browse their laptop for office files, read emails, leaf through the office files, try and answer persistent phone calls even during their lunch hour. So, in the end, they find little time to take their lunch. Or sometimes when they do find time to eat, they tend to eat more because of stress. This will effect their overall well-being in the long run.

Find a comfortable place and grab some time off your office-cum-lunch hour. Find a quiet place where your tension eases and concentrate on your food intake only . It’s better to learn how to relax even during stress. Going without food because office work will increase the risk of glucose imbalance and may leas to avoidable consequences. Try to take whole grain meal along with vegetables for lunch. Yogurt and fruit salad will relieve stress.

Healthy Eating Ideas on Your Day Out

A hotel or restaurant that offers sea food is an excellent alternative. Pick meals that you could have grilled, baked, barbecued, steamed or roasting. You see that the food you take should not have more fat and oils. Arrange to have sauces, toppings, dressings as well as cheese be delivered separately. You could have a salad dressing made from crucial olive oil and white vinegar.

If you are acquiring a sizzler steer clear of the sauce and Fried potatoes, if you are getting soup stay clear of those that are corn and cream. Also try to have wholesome bread instead of fine bread or milk bread.

Make Healthy Food Choices

The most effective feasible eating plan includes fresh meals which are full of complex carbohydrates as well as vegetable fiber, and low-fat, low-salt and low-sugar foodstuffs. Eat fresh fruits, veggies, beans and entire grain products. Cut down the intake of refined food products such as refined sugar, refined flour, and alcohol etc. which are high-calorie foods.

Decrease caffeine and salt intake. Confine yourself to just 1 to 2 cups of coffee only as the caffeine in excess coffee intake may lead to adrenal dysfunction and caffeine is psychoactive agent. This will to sleeplessness, tachycardia etc ailments. Instead, you may take yogurt or even better, buttermilk 2 to 3 times a day. It will do you a lot of good.

Time, eating habits and time convenience most likely influence the choice of what you eat. However it’s guaranteed that if you are organize your everyday dinner ahead of time, a vibrant and sprightly life is right ahead of you. So, get going and have a healthy eating plan and surge ahead!

The 8 Powerhouse Foods

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The 8 powerhouse foods consist of high nutritional values and these are significantly advantageous for human beings body. These diets are helpful to lose weight & have rich anti oxidants, omega 3 fats & fibers. Below some advantages of these diets are given.

1. Vegetables

Essential vegetables are bok choy, cauliflower, kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts & cabbage. Above mentioned vegetables consists of glucosinolates which are helpful in preventing cancers. They are essential to stop oxidative stress in human beings body.

Those vegetables consist of rich vitamins & minerals like magnesium, vitamins C, vitamin A & folic acid. It is better to mix these vegetables in fries, soups, vegetable platters & casseroles. Stop overcooking food & if we overcook foods they discharge sulfurous substances which are not good for health. So it is better not to cook deep.

2. Red Beans

Little red beans are similar with kidney beans. Generally people cook the traditional Latin dish of red beans and rice. These red beans consist of rich antioxidant. Naturally antioxidants are used to reduce stress in human beings body and protects from several chronic disorder like cardiovascular disorder, Alzheimer’s & cancer. Some antioxidants sources are nuts, beans, vegetables & fruits. We can get high amounts of antioxidants from these foods to have health advantages.

3. Cherries

Cherries are essential to stop inflammation in human beings body. An experiment proved this eating cherries stops inflammatory markers in the human beings body. An experiment is done on people who have eaten 280 gm of cherries daily like this for 28 days, their blood samples are taken are checked with the people who do not have the habit of consuming cherries.

Cherries contain of rich anthocyanins which offers red color to the cherry fruit. Anthocyanins contain rich antioxidants. Antioxidants are significantly advantageous for good health. Antioxidants prevent inflammation & prevents from many disorders. It is better consume cherries in fresh condition. Dry cherries are also available in the market. Dry cherries are also advantageous for health.

4. Chia Seeds

Now a days people are getting awareness of Chia seeds nutritional values. Chia seeds contain rich omega 3 fatty acids, minerals, protein, antioxidants & fiber. Chia seeds consists of rich plant related omega 3 fatty acids.

Chia seeds generally consist of soluble fiber. Soluble fiber means if we keep it in liquid, it takes the liquid. Chia seeds prevent hunger. If we eat Chia seeds we experience that our stomach is full. We can consume Chia seeds along with smoothies, yogurt, water or juice, dips & baked foods.

5. Avocado

Avocados contains of excess quantities of potassium, monounsaturated fats, folate & vitamin E. Scientists suggests that vegetables & fruits contain 30% of calories & unsaturated fat. It is better to eat avocados instead of excess saturated fats such as cheese & butter. Avocados contain excess quantities of fat which gives excess calories. It is better to avocados in medium quantity.

2 table spoon avocados gives 50 calories and 3 grams quantity of monounsaturated fat. Avocados can be mixed up with egg curries, toast, spreads, salads & dips.

6. Pistachios

Pistachios which is approximately 49 nuts gives 6 grams of protein & 3 grams of fiber, vitamin B6,  magnesium, copper & thiamin.  Pistachios contain rich antioxidants which help to lessen cholesterol levels.

7. Seaweed

Generally Seaweed is used in Japanese country. Seaweeds consist of excess quantities of folate, vitamin C, iron, iodine & vitamin K.  Seaweeds consist of high quantities of minerals. Dried seaweed is also available. It is better to mix up dried seaweed with dishes, salads & snacks, soups. Seaweed is available in various colors in wet & dried form.

8. Pumpkin

Pumpkin seems orange in color because it contains high amounts of beta carotene. Beta carotene can be defined as precursor to vitamin A which is useful to prevent from infections. It is useful in the good eye sight. It plays a key role in the gene transcription.

Pumpkin contains of rich antioxidant, excess amounts of fiber, less calories, potassium & several nutrients. With pumpkin we can cook many types of recipes. It is better to consume pumpkin in fresh and natural condition rather than mixing up with additives & flavors & colors.  We can consume pumpkin by mixing up with baked products, chili, oatmeal, smoothies & yogurt.

10 Tips to Stay Fit and Healthy

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“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” – Gautama Buddha.

Hectic lifestyles have tossed the health factor out of people’s lives and now humans are duty bound to prioritize depending on the kind of work they perform. Work has redefined the way humans eat, sleep and interact with their fellow beings. The end result – a diseased body, stressed mind and lost soul.

As Birthorderplus.com states, a healthy lifestyle imbibes healthy habits in all three aspects of human life: Physical Health, Mental & Emotional Stability and Spiritual Enlightenment. Without being preachy let’s focus on simple tips to lead a healthy lifestyle:

Eat Balanced Breakfast – Ever wonder why all health related tips show this on the foremost position? If not, then now is the great time to understand. Breakfast when broken down in two portions literally means Break-Fast, which is exactly what humans do by eating a breakfast. The body needs fuel to go on for the rest of the day. The gap between breakfast and dinner could be anywhere from 8 to 12 hours! The body needs to recharge for the next task and hence a healthy breakfast comprising of fruits, nuts, cereals and proteins provides the necessary nutrients to kick-start the day.

Read also: Top 5 Reasons You Should Clean Your Teeth

Drink Like a Fish – We mean water! Drink at least 8 to 10 glasses in a day to maintain normal body functions as water helps the body in circulation of blood, digestion of food, absorption of nutrients and transmission and control of signals to nerves. It is an important detoxifying agent as it removes toxic substances from the body in the form of sweat, urine, tears and mucus.

Exercise Regularly – Ironically, though humans have become busy, they are still unfit. Technically the more time a person spends on physical activities, greater are the chances of him/her being physically fit. But the reverse seems to be true. People in the rush of getting things done, have forgotten how to optimize their physical energies. Hence, they are physically tired and mentally stressed. They need to make time for exercises.

Research indicates that even moderate forms of exercise like walking or taking the stairs helps a person stay fit. Exercises not only keep a person fit but also augment energy levels. Opt for activities you enjoy doing if rigorous exercise routines are not possible. Playing outdoor games is one such fun way of exercising as it not only keeps you physically fit, but also contributes to the overall well being.

Maintain Normal Sleep Patterns – An average adult human requires 8 – 10 hrs of sleep. However, hectic lifestyles have ensured that humans on an average are now sleeping only for 7 – 8 hrs. The phrase early to bed, early to rise makes a person healthy wealthy and wise has been relegated to the land of fairy tales! Going to bed late is not an option, it has become a necessity. And due to work patterns, it has become imperative to rise early! This has ensured a discrepancy in sleeping patterns and has led to sleep disorders like insomnia.

Sleep patterns can be regulated by keeping a fixed time for bed. Our sleeping and waking time is regulated by a rhythm termed as circadian. It is like an inbuilt clock of the body that indicates when to sleep and when to get up! Thus by regulating the sleep time, you automatically regulate the wake time over a period of time.

Maintain Great Mental Health – The importance of great mental health cannot be negated when we talk about the health of an individual. In order to lead a fulfilling life, mental happiness is as good as great physical fitness. Mental health is how you feel about who you are, the kind of healthy relationships that you maintain and the way you approach problems in life and resolve them.

Mental health can be maintained by keeping the mind occupied with thoughts and feelings that contribute positively to the overall well being of a person. A highly motivated individual not only contributes to his personal goals in life but is also a great asset to the people he/she interacts with.

Express Your Feelings – The next step to mental stability is expressing your feeling appropriately. Research points out that by bottling up one’s feelings, a person is at a greater risk of health related problems like stress, heart attacks, depression, substance abuse etc. To avoid becoming ill due to underlying negative feelings it is imperative to identify the triggers and accept the accompanying emotions so that they can find appropriate expressions through either positive words or action.

Maintaining a Positive Attitude – In spite of taking a fall, many people just get up, brush off and move on! These are the people who have a positive attitude. Life does not promise to stand by and dole out only the goodies. Difficulties are and will be a part of a human life. How one deals with those makes all the difference. People with positive attitudes have the ability to rise to a challenge. They are capable of channelizing their energies in the right direction.

Stay Away From Stress – As maintained earlier, life is not easy. There will be challenges. An individual with positive attitude knows how to rise to the challenge. They know how to keep stress at bay as it contributes to the negativity of the situation. Stress also causes great harm to the physical health of a person. Avoiding stress may not be easy. But by identifying stressors, a person can be better prepared to keep his/her cool during stressful situations. Meditation is a great way to control stress, which incidentally is the next tip.

Try Meditation – Meditation for some is chanting. However, nothing is far from the truth. Meditation involves controlling the breathing patterns. People due to various reasons breathe really fast which leads to lesser oxygen intake. The lack of oxygen causes physical as well as mental disturbances. Hence it is imperative to breathe right.Breathe like babies. They intake deep breaths and release it slowly thus optimally utilizing the oxygen for their body! By meditating a person learns how to control his breathing patterns. He/She relearns how to take a deep breath and release it slowly. Try it.

Reinforce Your Faith – Scientific discoveries have ensured that people are moving on from spiritual enlightenment to material wealth. The matter of the fact is that the society that encourages spirituality is happier than its materialistically rich counterpart. Albeit, and ironically so, scientific studies have arrived at a conclusion that spiritually aware humans are happier than those who have low or no faith.

Practically it is impossible to keep the spiritual quotient always up. However by reinforcing your faith in something that you believe in will work wonders for your overall wellbeing.

Take a pledge to lead a healthy lifestyle so that a phrase like ‘He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything is not just part of the quotes that we keep coming across!

Top 5 Reasons You Should Clean Your Teeth

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A lot of many people have grown up of thebelief that cleaning their own teeth is good, why do most people clean our teeth? My Ma seemed to inform me every evening, always brush your teeth. If you live in Alaska you might want to check out a dentists in Anchorage AK.

In all actuality I usually did, although there were a few times when I failed to brush my teeth, I have had relatively few cavities. So let’s begin the Top five Top reasons to Brush Your Teeth.

1 – Clean Teeth Could Save You Money

Dental practices spend a fortune for dental school and in addition they makes use of the newest and most advanced technology in their dental services. This costs money and therefore dentists charge money to get your teeth cleaned. The better you clean the teeth the less you will have to visit the dental professional and therefore the more money you’ll need to devote to those items you would like to.

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2 – Clean Teeth Could Keep You Healthy

The less your mouth hurts the better and much healthier you’ll live. Like the ancient saying states a cleaner and healthy mouth area equals a clean and healthy life. In fact the cleaner your teeth the more healthy food you will eat. Recent research says that the better your mouth stays clean the more healthy food choices you might consume.

3 – Teeth cavities Hurt

A tooth cavity is really a minor crevasse inside your tooth. As soon as sugar particles have the time to hang around your teeth they start to devour enamel and get to the inside of your tooth. In the event that it grows a large enough hole then you will begin to feel pains and aches, that’s because your own tooth’s nerve is getting twanged by a potential cavity.

4 – Clean Teeth Are Wonderful

Clean teeth are beautiful. When is the last moment you looked at somebody with truly bad teeth and said, wow they may be stunning. Probability are probably never. Clean shiny white teeth help convey the radiance and beauty of your face to the world. Additionally when you’ve got clean teeth you smile more and thus appear to be more gorgeous because everyone knows a happy person is an attractive person.

5 – Clean Teeth Can Assist You In Old Age

While not every one of us are over seventy yrs old however when you start to age, the unfortunate news is you will begin to lose your own teeth. The cleaner your own teeth are over time the more likely you’ll be able to keep your teeth. People want as many teeth as you have throughout your lifestyle so keep your teeth clean and you’ll be able to enter retirement years better prepared.

Clean teeth will help you in most facets of your life. Therefore maintain your teeth clean and see your dental office regularly. You want your teeth to get as white colored as the Anchorage Alaska Snowfall.

Actually there are plenty of good dental practitioners within Anchorage, Alaska. The bright snow has an effect on white teeth. And the fact that sunlight doesn’t stand out as frequently through the wintertime raises the importance of keeping your teeth clean.

The sunshine helps your skin generate vitamin D and vitamin D definitely helps in keeping your teeth free of cavities. One thing is for sure, the more snowfall and food you eat, the more you’ll have to brush and clean your teeth to prevent Anchorage dental implants.

One Particular Remarkably Amazing Way To Resolve Blackheads

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A basic and reasonably affordable residence remedy for acne could be identified in baking soda.  Baking soda acts as a all-natural exfoliant by helping to bigfoot take away dead skin cells.  It also cleans and unclogs pores.  To use, just develop a paste by combining just a little water and baking soda, and wash away following 15 minutes.

Regardless of whether you workout at the health club, residence, at school, or take part in sports, bear in mind to shower immediately after breaking an intense sweat. Though sweat is fantastic for clearing out your pores, it’s not excellent when it remains on your skin to fester and soak back in. Take a shower to wash off any remaining dirt, skin flakes, and bacteria to avoid acne.

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One excellent, delicious strategy to get rid of acne is to substitute additional fruit into your diet.  This proven system will support your face clear up in no time.  You are able to make smoothies for breakfast or lunch or just mix in some strawberries into your salad to create a fantastic dinner.

If you’re applying an acne item that may be high in salicylic acid content material, it is important to remember the sturdy effect that this can have on your skin. Normally remember to use only the directed quantity, as excessive use can inflame your skin and result in much more breakouts. If you’re noticing excess peeling or irritation, lower your use to every single other day, instead of everyday or semi-daily.

To get began on the road to eliminating acne, commence using a call for your medical doctor to discover a dermatologist. The causes and connected treatments of acne are quite a few.

It really is feasible to read fairly a bit about it on the internet and even try some proposed remedies on your personal, but consulting with a trained qualified who can diagnose and prescribe specific remedies, can save you quite a bit of time and dollars. It really is excellent to educate oneself about something, but why not take advantage of an individual who has currently studied the subject for years?

If you possess a lot of swelling or redness on your face from blemishes, try utilizing a papaya mask. This ingredient assists to control the irritation on your face and make a soothing sensation which is fantastic for acne prone skin. Do this when every single week at night to maximize the effectiveness from the remedy.

If you want to get clear skin and feel your best through the day, attempt to get eight hours of sleep at the minimum. Sleep is essential for healthy skin, because it helps to replenish your physique using the nutrients that it lost throughout the day, though minimizing pressure and anxiety.

Wash your face whenever you come in from outside to ensure your skin stays clear of dirt and bacteria. There are actually millions of tiny particles floating about inside the air that land on your skin throughout the day; the bacteria/dirt from these particles will stay on your face and clog your pores, leading to blemishes, unless you wash them off if you come household.

5 Best Foods That Help the Body Heal After Surgery

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Although a medical procedure, surgery essentially creates wounds where damage is done to the skin, bones, muscle and other components of the body. For these to heal well, a mixture of protein, vitamins A, C and zinc are needed to efficiently repair the damage. However, what’s eaten makes all the difference in the world. In addition, water and fiber play a vital part of the recovery process as well.

Carnitine and Zinc

Zinc and carnitine are found in large amounts of meat and beans. Meat assists in wound and muscle repair. Zinc assists in building protein. Carnitine provides protein to the body. Oysters and red meat contain the most amount of carnitine. However, vegetarians are able to eat large amounts of zinc by eating legumes, beans and nuts. Dairy products are also an excellent source of protein.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is especially important for skin damage. Vitamin C also assists in forming collagen in cartilage and bones. It also helps to clear out toxins from the body, which speeds up recovery time. High amounts of vitamin C can be found in strawberries, broccoli, green and red bell peppers and cabbage greens. Other foods, such as mango, pineapple, guava and grapefruit have considerable amounts of vitamin C in them. Swelling and bruising can be decreased by eating pineapple.

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Vitamin A

Vitamin A also helps to repair the skin. Vitamin A can be found in great amount in carrots, spinach, kale, turnip greens and sweet potatoes, amongst other leafy greens. Fruits with vitamin A in them include: papaya, mango and tangerines. Swelling and bruising can also be decreased by eating papaya.

To kill 2 birds with 1 stone, eat mango, which has both vitamins A and C. However, vitamin C is water soluble meaning that any amount can be taken. Additional vitamin C that the body does not need will be flushed out of the body in the urine. Vitamin A, on the other hand, is not water soluble and gets stored within fat cells. This does not flush out of the body and it is possible to overdose on vitamin A.

Fiber

After surgery, it may be difficult to have a bowel movement. Before surgery, the doctor will usually recommend that water and food not be ingested for up to 8 hours. Also, post operation, a patient can be severely dehydrated. Pair this with pain and it may be difficult to impossible to have a bowel movement.

A lack of bowel movement simply increases the pain and will inhibit the healing process due to toxins within the body. Eating fiber before the surgery and after will greatly aid in the body’s riddance of waste products. The colon naturally pushes waste outward if everything is running optimally. Fiber helps this process along without the body’s need to push it along.

Water

Water is beneficial to drink after surgery. It will aid in total body repair and health. Fruit juices, because of vitamins, fiber and their water content are excellent to drink because they aid in digestion, heal and provide water to the body.

The body area that surgery was done makes a big difference in the degree of constipation one could experience. It’s better to drink juice and allow the body to take care of itself.

What is eaten after surgery is important, but so too is what is eaten beforehand. It is always better to ingest vitamins through the foods that are eaten; however, if this cannot be accomplished, a supplement is best. However, doctor recommendation of a supplement is wise as some supplements can cause problems post operation.

6 Fruits That Can Burn Fats

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Pears and Apples

It is highly recommended to eat some apples or pears for snacks or make a fruit salad and consume it as a full meal. They contain dietary filaments that keep you satisfied in the middle of dinners and support the digestion system.

The pears are rich in copper, potassium, pectin and vitamin E, B2 and C. The pectin is a water dissolvable fiber and it is of great importance because it helps the ingestion of water in cells and blocks the fat to retain in the cells themselves.

According to a study made in 2004 by USDA researchers, Red Delicious and Granny Smith types of apples were positioned twelfth and thirteenth, respectively in regard to their ability of cancer prevention. In addition, they are extremely healthy for cholesterol, teeth, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, different types of cancer, Parkinson`s disease, immune system and many other wellbeing issues.

Blueberries

The blueberry tea keeps the level of glucose balanced out and it gives you a sensation of feeling full for a longer period. Only few cups of this tea on daily basis will help you eliminate the extra pounds and it will improve the function of the digestion system.

In addition, thanks to the high concentration of cancer prevention agents. The blueberries are able to eliminate detrimental materials from the body.

According to a study which was completed at the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center and performed on rats, the blueberries promote weight loss. The rats that were given blueberries on regular basis managed to reduce their stomach fat by 2%.

You can consume the blueberries for snacks or mix them with some yogurt and grains and then eat them for breakfast. By consuming them on regular basis you will get all the crucial vitamins that your body needs. Moreover, you will be feeling full for more extended period.

Read also: 5 Best Foods That Help the Body Heal After Surgery

Pomegranate

In case you didn’t know, the pomegranates can help you reduce the cravings. This fruit contains huge amounts of potassium, iron, antioxidants, folic acid and vitamins A, E, C and B5.

According to a study done at the University of California, the polyphenols found in the pomegranates counteract blood vessel lipid construct up and improve the function of the digestive system. Apart from the fruit, the seeds of the pomegranate which resemble red platelets have a variety of recuperating properties.

The seeds contain very little amount of calories but a huge amounts of vitamin C and cancer prevention agents. Thanks to the ability of vitamin C to help smoldering, the pomegranate is one of the best natural products for weight loss and slimness.

A quarter of glass of pomegranate seeds contains only 36 calories and even 3 g of dietary fibers and 1 g of proteins and fats. In comparison to the green tea and the wine, the pomegranate juice contains significantly more cell reinforcements. In addition, a glass of this juice reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

In order to receive the benefits of this amazing fruit, it is recommended to drink pomegranate juice with every dinner or make a pomegranate milkshake. If you don’t find the juice tasty, you can add some water too.

Avocados

The first thing you should know is that even though avocados are very healthy and beneficial, you shouldn’t eat an excess of them because they are high in fat and calories.

One avocado per day is sufficient and you can use it as substitute for dinner or consolidate with dinner. The avocado contains fats that illuminate the body to stop glucose spiking. Since glucose spiking puts the fat away, avoid consuming too much avocados and get overabundance of fat on your body.

This fruit has many health benefits including its ability to regulate cholesterol levels, direct glucose and pulse and secure the heart. According to Mayo Clinic, the fiber found in avocados supports the absorption and thus regulate the body weight.

Finally, the avocados are rich in vitamin B5, magnesium, cancer prevention agents, potassium, phosphorus and iron. They contain low amassing sugars and high centralization of protein.

Bananas

This fruit contains large amounts of dietary strands, vitamin B, potassium and characteristic sugars. You can use them as major ingredients in your diet or an expansion to it. Many people, who consumed bananas in the middle of suppers, claimed that they managed to reduce the cravings and appetite as well as give vitality to their body.

The bananas are viewed as an awesome nibble because they can be consumed as substitution for desserts. This is due to the abnormal state of regular sugars found in them.

Apart from using them as substation to desserts, you can eat the bananas along with berries, spinach, oatmeal, flaxseed or yogurt. They are ideal for people who want to lose some weight because they contain potassium. The potassium helps muscle building that help smoldering of fats.

Moreover, it is calmed from abundance of water in the body while the dietary strands induce fat blazing and improve digestion.

5 Tips to Achieve Beautiful Skin

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Your skin is your body’s largest organ. So what are the grass roots, the basics of maintaining a beautiful complexion?  Let’s look at the basic skin structure, you skin is made up of three layers. The surface layer (epidermis), the middle layer (dermis) and the deep layer (hypodermis).

The epidermis is several layers deep. This is where your skin cells are created and they gradually move their way to the surface during their life cycle and accumulate on the surface to be washed and rubbed away.  This is the process of skin cell regeneration.

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Cleanse your skin

When we look at our skin we are actually looking at the dead skin cells on the surface of our skin. Using a good skin cleanser helps to clean away the dead cells and make your complexion brighter and more vibrant looking.

A good cleanser will also remove the surface dirt and sweat from your skin. Washing with a cleanser helps to slough off the dead skin cells, leaving the skin looking more vibrant. As well as getting rid of dirt and sweat, cleansers also remove blemish-causing bacteria from the surface layer. It really is an important tip to maintain a healthy complexion.

Maintain a health and nutritious diet

As you get older the process of cell renewal continues but it does start to slow down. A really huge part of looking after your skin and body is to have a diet high in essential nutrients and in particular for your skin you need Omega-3 fatty acids, think oily fish like salmon, good oils like olive oil, coconut oil and foods rich in vitamin E and C (great for skin repair).

A really easy way to keep you skin looking good is to drink plenty of water, it helps to flush impurities out of your body and it the best thing to keep you hydrated which keep you skin looking good as well.

The dermis layer is where you find collagen and elastin. These substances give the skin structure and flexibility. As we age their production slows down and unfortunately this leads to wrinkles. Keep your diet ‘antioxidant-rich’; eat lots of fruit and vegetables as it has been found to slow the breakdown of collagen.

Change your skin care products to suit skin

Your skin changes through the seasons and is influenced through a changing environment. This combined with hormonal changes in the body effect the level sebum production (the good oil) at the dermis level through the sebaceous glands.

So changes in the weather, stress or illness can influence this oil secretion and at times your skin could have periods of dehydration and a lack- lustre appearance. You may find your skin could appear oilier in the warmer weather.

So the next tip is to be aware of these changes and alter your skin care products accordingly. Like switching to a water base light weight moisturiser during the summer time.

Exercise makes your skin glow

Daily exercise will not only improve your aerobic fitness and strength it can also improve your complexion as it increases blood flow. Take a look in the mirror, you will notice that sticking to a regular exercise routine will brighten and improve the look of your complexion. Regular exercise will also get rid of impurities through sweat and brings more oxygen to the skin.

Stress can wreak havoc on your hormones, causing adult acne and other skin problems. It can be really hard at times to control your stress levels with everything and challenge that one has to deal with during their day. We can’t avoid stress in our lives but the focus should be on how we choose to deal with it so finding constructive ways to distress and manage your emotions can really help in keeping your complexion balanced and radiant.

Keep your make up tools clean

You really need to keep your makeup tools clean as they can build up in bacteria with continual use and this can affect your skin by causing irritation and infections. Clean make-up brushes every month or two with gentle natural soap.

Clean your make up sponges every day and through them out when they begin to deteriorate. Get rid of make-up that is past its expiration date. Review your makeup products on a periodic basis and notice any changes in the colour texture or smell of a product.

These are key signs that they are well and truly past their use by date and it would be best to dispose of them. Some of your products will also have use by dates so stick to these as a guide.