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7 Essential Face Care Tips

#1 – Feed Your Skin

They say beauty comes from within, right? Well it’s true, if you eat a healthy, nutrient rich diet, you’re going to have radiant, and beautiful skin.

The antioxidants in healthy foods will help protect your skin from sun damage, keep it tight, and wrinkle free.

Eat These!

  • Berries
  • Fruits
  • Greens
  • Nuts
  • Raw fats

Avoiding foods that make your skin break out helps a lot, this means avoiding sugar, and processed junk foods.

Throw these away!

  • Alcohol
  • Anything containing sugar
  • Deep fried food
  • Processed foods
  • Smoking
  • Wheat

#2 – Water

You probably hear this everywhere, and it’s true. Staying hydrated is important for your skin. This is easy if you eat a lot of nutritious foods, like raw fruits and vegetables, which are high in water. Otherwise, just keep drinking pure, filtered water. I drink 8-12 glasses a day and that feels like enough.

#3 – Relaxation

Stress is one of the worst things for your skin and face. Stressing and worrying makes you look older than you are. So take a few deep breaths whenever you start feeling stressed. You could even take up meditation or yoga, they help, trust me! Take some time to relax, it is as easy as lighting some candles and putting on a face mask!

#4 – Physical Exercise

Exercise keeps the blood flowing, it gives your face a vibrant color and keeps you young. Any exercise will do, as long as you get your heart pumping and your juices flowing. Daily walks are easy to implement and cost nothing!

#5 – Beauty Sleep

Getting enough sleep is crucial! During the night, your body regenerates. So if you want to keep looking good, get your eight hours of beauty sleep.

#6 – Natural Care

The chemicals in regular beauty and facial care products can irritate your skin, or make it more sensitive. You can avoid this by using natural products that do not contain harmful substances. There’s a great variety of natural organic face care products nowadays. You could even do as I and make your own products!

#7 – Facial Siesta

Let your face relax from time to time. That means no creams, no make up, no face mask, no soap, no face toner, no nothing! Just your skin and some fresh air, recovering and taking a break from everything.

If you cover these things, especially #1, you will be on your way to a more beautiful face, and who doesn’t want that? Easier said than done, I know. But we can always aim to do our best and remember these important basic face care tips.

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Tips for a smart waist

All people who have stored much fat around their bellies look much anxious for their smartness. It happens due to over eating, no exercise and excessive sitting in routine. Having flat belly is dream of all women and young girls while having six packs on their bodies is dream of males. People having apple shaped or pear shaped bodies must take some steps to reduce their fats. Here are some special and useful tips to reduce fats from belly. Not only your look is affected by these fats but this will cause many diseases like heart problem, asthma, diabetes and blood pressure. Over weighting is not good for both health and look. Keep following points under consideration and lose fats of your belly:

  • Eat food with fewer fats and more proteins and fiber. Avoid over eating. Take chlorine controlling diet.
  • Add exercise and daily morning walk in your routine activities. Sports will be best tool to control fats in your body.
  • Leave drinking cold water for sometime as it will be better to drink some hot water.
  • Drink plenty of water to look fresh and tighten your body. Drink 10-12 glasses of water in a day.
  • Avoid too much junk food as this food causes lot of belly fat. It will optimize your appetite level and then over eating will lead towards over weight.
  • Take proper sleep time as many people eat more and more to spend their nights at work.
  • Jumping rope is very effective tool to reduce belly fats.
  • Don’t drink water during and after taking meal. Drinking water at the end leads towards over belly fats. This seems some non-serious fact but it is proved. Drink water of your desire before meal and drink after minimum one hour after meal. Do some walk after eating.

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Stay Fit While Working a Desk Job

Many people complain that they can not stay fit because of their job. There is an ever growing number of jobs in this world that require people to sit at a desk for eight or more hours a day. This is indeed a roadblock on the path to stay fit. Our doctors have always told us that we must be active to stay fit and eat healthy. The problem arises that sitting at a desk all day leads to being very inactive and leads to unhealthy snacking through out the day. How are we desk bound workers supposed to stay fit while we battle our 40 plus hour week at work? There is an easy solution to stay fit while working a desk job.

Instructions

1.Start your day with a hearty breakfast to stay fit when you are working a desk job. Your breakfast should include protein, complex carbohydrates and dairy to make sure that you get all of the nutrition that you need. This type of meal will give you the energy that you need to get through your work day as well as have a couple of extra benefits to help you to stay fit. By eating a healthy breakfast before work, you kick start your metabolism so that you are burning calories efficiently through out your day. A healthy breakfast will also help to keep you away from the junk food that is available for you to snack on through out the day by helping you to feel full longer.

2.Keep a bottle or large cup of water at your desk at all times. Many people who work at a desk job tend to drink coffee or other caffeinated beverages through out the day. This will cause you to dehydrate and be unhealthy. Drinking water through out the day will help to keep you hydrate and will help you to stay fit by keeping you from snacking as well. Try to make sure that you finish a cup or bottle of water every two hours and then refill for the optimum benefits to stay fit.

3.Get up and move at least once an hour. One of the biggest problems that people that work desk jobs have to face when it comes to their desire to stay fit is the lack of physical exertion. By walking around at least once an hour, you get the blood pumping and the muscles moving. If you have time, you can go on a longer walk on your lunch break or even walk up and down the stairs for a better mini workout to stay fit.

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Green Tea Benefits

Green tea has been enjoyed by people in China and Japan for thousands of years. Over the time it has become widely known in the West.

A lot of people nowadays have heard that green tea benefits the overall health, but not a lot know why exactly. And believe me after I’ve learned all the health benefits of green tea, I get completely different feeling every time I drink it. I not only enjoy the taste of it but I also get the moral satisfaction knowing that I am doing something right and extremely healthy for my body. I want you to have exactly the same feeling I have, so here are the benefits that you get while sipping delicious cup of tea.

Green tea contains anti-oxidants that:

– Helps to prevent cancer.

The is some strong evidence that green tea included in you every day diet can reduce bladder, colon, esophageal, pancreas, rectum, and stomach cancer up to 60%. An antioxidant known as “epigallocatechin gallate” (EGCG for short) is at least 100 more times more effective than vitamin C and 25 times more effective than vitamin E at protecting cells from harmful influence.

The amazing thing about it that EGCG it not only inhibits the growth of new cancer cells it also kills some of the existing cancer sells without harming the healthy ones.

– Lowers “bad” cholesterol (known as LDL) and improves the ratio of “good” cholesterol (known as HDL). It explains why tea-drinkers can eat almost twice the foods containing cholesterol as a those who don’t drink green tea, but still have an equal cholesterol count.

– Stops the unnatural formation of blood cloth which if not taken care of will cause thrombosis. It takes on added importance if you consider that thrombosis is one of the main causes of strokes and heart attacks.

– Reduces high blood pressure by repressing angiotensin II which causes constriction of the blood vessels causing high blood pressure.

– Lowers blood sugar (polyphenols and polysaccharides are the two main antioxidants are especially effective in lowering blood sugar). That helps prevent and relieve type-two diabetes.

– Protects liver against toxins like alcohol and chemicals in cigarette smoke.

– Promotes oral health by suppress the process of plaque formation and destroys the bacteria that forms plaque. It also destroys bacteria that causes bad breath, so after eating something sweet I suggest you drink a cup of green tea.

– Destroys free radicals that cause aging.

– Boosts your immune system function ( because of it’s high concentration of polyphenols and flaveboids).

– Possess antibacterial and antiviral properties. Recent studies show that green tea inhibits the spread of disease, speeds up recovery from cold and flu. It also kills seven strains of food poisoning bacteria including clostridium, botulus and staphylococcus (which makes it a good treatment for diarrhea).

– Helps your body to maintain healthy fluid balance and relieve fatigue and stress often caused by dehydration.

– Blocks main receptors that produce allergic reactions.

– Stimulates metabolism, calorie burning process and is wildly being used as an important part of a healthy diet.

It is important to know that black tea, even though it comes from the same plant as a green tea, will not give you the same benefits. Black tea during fermentation process loses most of its medical benefits.

The best way to preserve all the disease-fighting nutritions is to drink your tea freshly brewed. All the decaffeinated, ready-to-drink bottled or instant teas will give you very little of natural health compounds. It is better to let your tea steep for about 4-5 minutes before drinking it.

I hope that after reading this article you will include a cup of green tea in your daily ratio. After all it is a rare case when something that good for our health can be also that delicious.

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Olive Oil The Best Home Remedy :

The quest for beautiful skin and hair is prevalent among women. You can make inexpensive, natural beauty and hair treatments from ingredients you have in your home that will perform just as well or better than products you purchase in the store.

If you only have one natural beauty remedy in your pantry, make it Olive Oil. It’s extremely versatile and can be used on every part of your body.

Removing EyeMakeup:
Olive oil is excellent for removing mascara. It’s much better than petroleum jelly or baby oil and is beneficial to the skin around your eyes.

Perfect Home Manicure:
Use a few drops of olive oil in warm water for a wonderful at-home manicure. Apply your favorite lotion afterwards to lock in the moisture.

Soft And Smooth Lips:
Beeswax and olive oil melted and poured into a small tin makes wonderful lip balm that will keep your lips soft and smooth.

Dry Feet Treatment:
Dry feet can be healed after one night of this treatment. Before bed, rub olive oil into your dry, cracked feet. Do not rinse. Then, put a cozy pair of socks on and go to sleep. Your feet will drink in the moisture and feel much better by morning.

Best Skin Softener:
Add a few drops of olive oil to your bath water for the best skin softener you can imagine. And, if you’re feeling extra decadent, then add a few drops of essential oil for a natural aromatherapy bath.

Please use caution when using olive oil in your bathtub as it will get quite slippery and you don’t want to fall.

Hair Conditioner:
A very small amount of olive oil applied to dry hair will condition and get rid of frizz. This is a great leave-in conditioner.

Shaving Cream for men:
Olive oil can also work as a shaving cream for men with sensitive skin.
The Best Sea Salt Scrub:
Don’t buy those expensive Sea Salt Scrubs. Make your own. Just add sea salt to olive oil and you’ve got a sea salt scrub that will feel like heaven. Add a drop of essential oils if you’d like your scrub scented.

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Soft Drinks- Good For Health?

Sugary soft drinks (or Soda) – it’s everywhere! Even if you wanted to drink something else, you’d be hard-pressed to find it as prominently displayed at fast-food chains, in vending machines, and supermarket checkouts. You might not realize how ubiquitous Coke, Pepsi, and the like are in our society until you try to stop drinking soft drinks.

Harmful Effects of Soft Drinks (Soda)

Year after year, soft drinks have been popularized by persuasive and aggressive advertising campaign run by beverage companies. The sweet taste of these fizzy drinks is so tempting that they have become one of the largest single sources of calories in the diet. Youngsters are getting too addicted to sodas, they may not say complete no to them but they have to keep its consumption to bare minimum. Addiction to any thing is too bad, even if it is to sodas. They have so many adverse effects on health like:

  • Weight Gain & Obesity: Drinking a single 330 ml can a day of sugary drinks translates to more than 1 pound (0.45 kg) of weight gain every month. The relationship between soft drink consumption and body weight is so strong that researchers calculate that for each additional sugar-sweetened soft drink consumed, the risk of obesity increases 1.6 times. According to researchers, the likely reason for weight gain in people who consume calories in sugar-sweetened beverages is failing to adequately reduce their intake of calories from other sources.
  • Sodas affect Kidneys: A three year study of over 1,000 men with a history of kidney stones showed that there was a clear-cut difference in the group’s experiences, with much less renal colic in the men who had avoided soft drinks. Soft drinks acidified with phosphoric acid were the worst offenders. Colas of all kinds, of course, are well known for their high phosphoric acid content.
  • Dental Decay: A large number of soft drinks are acidic and some may have a pH of 3 or even lower. The acidity can dissolve the mineral content of the enamel, making the teeth weaker, more sensitive, and more susceptible to decay. Drinking acidic drinks over a long period of time and continuous sipping can therefore erode the tooth enamel. Drinking through a straw is often advised by dentists as the drink is then swallowed from the back of the mouth and does not come into contact with the teeth as much. Also, it is suggested that brushing teeth right after drinking soft drinks should be avoided as this can result in additional erosion to the teeth due to the presence of acid.
  • Sodas affect Liver: According to a new Israeli medical study, drinking soft drinks can cause damage to your liver. Scientists from Israel found that people who drank a litre of fizzy drinks were five times more likely to develop fatty liver disease. Even drinking a couple of cans of fizzy drinks a day raised the risk of liver damage in addition to causing diabetes and heart damage.
  • Can lead to Alzheimer: Soft drinks are extremely acidic, so much so that they can eat through the liner of an aluminum can and leach aluminum from the can if it sits on the shelf too long. Alzheimer patients who have been autopsied, all have high levels of aluminum in their brains. Heavy metals in the body can lead to many neurological and other diseases.
  • Cause Sugar Crash: The high amounts of sugar in soft drinks cause your pancreas to produce an abundance of insulin, which leads to a “sugar crash”. The “sugar crash” is evidenced by lethargy, loss of interest in work tasks and even sleepiness. Chronic elevation and depletion of sugar and insulin can lead to diabetes and other imbalance related diseases. This is particularly disruptive to growing children which can lead to life-long health problems.
  • Drops Potassium level in blood: It was found that people who drank 2 to 9 liters of cola a day experienced severe fatigue, appetite loss and also persistent vomiting at times. This is mainly due to a condition known as hypokalemia where there is a drop in the level of potassium in the blood.
  • Weakened Bones and Risk of Osteoporosis: Frequent consumption of soft drinks may also increase the risk of osteoporosis, especially in people who drink soft drinks instead of calcium-rich milk. High soda consumption in children poses a significant risk factor for impaired calcification of growing bones. There is a statistically significant inverse relationship between consumption of carbonated beverages and bone mineral density in young girls, which places them at increased risk of suffering fractures in the future.
  • No Nutritional Value: Unless fortified, soft drinks contain little to no vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein, or other essential nutrients. Soft drinks may also displace other healthier choices in people’s diets, such as water, milk, and fruit juice.
  • Increased Blood Pressure: Experts have reasons to believe that over consumption of fructose (a form of sugar found in sweetened soft drinks) leads to an increase in blood pressure.
  • Increases Dehydration: Most soft drinks are diuretics, meaning they squeeze liquids out of the body, thus worsening dehydration instead of correcting it. A considerable amount of water is required just to process the high levels of sugar in soft drinks. To replace what is stolen, you need to drink 8-12 glasses of water for every soft drink that you consume.

Switching from regular soft drink to diet soft drink, thinking it saves on calories and sugar and can still give you the caffeine boost and beverage variety you’re looking for might not help. Some recent studies say that diet drinks might not be much better for your health. Diet soft drinks contain Aspartame, which has been linked to depression, insomnia, neurological disease and a plethora of other illnesses.

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