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lemon detox water recipe

How to Detox your body with Detox Drinks Naturally ?

I’ll let you in on a little secret: your body can actually detoxify itself, by itself. It doesn’t require external support to do this, rendering expensive and painful detox products totally useless. However, there are things you can do to supercharge your body’s detox process – and you won’t have to live on liquids for days or by stocks in ELAX to experience the benefits.

Here are a handful healthy ways to amp up your detox.

#1.  Kombucha

This fermented tea has been widely used in China for thousands of years, and recently, it’s become popularized in the west – namely due to it’s incredible health benefits, which include promoting liver and digestive health, its cancer fighting properties, as well as it’s detox power. Oh, and it’s delicious and super energizing. If you haven’t already, give it a try.

#2.  Himalayan Bath Salts

Most people have heard of epsom salts, but not as many have experienced the intense detoxification afforded by Himalayan bath salts. We’re talking epsom salts on steroids. And the health benefits of Himalayan salts go beyond detoxing. Soaking in a bath with these salts has been shown to reduce the appearance of cellulite, and improve sleep quality and blood flow. In fact, they can increase blood flow so much that your heart rate will increase significantly, which means people with health problems or pregnant women should consult with their healthcare professional before taking a dip.

#3.  Water

As obvious as this may seem to many, there are still people who are not drinking enough water. The most touted recommendation for water intake is eight glasses a day, and while this is an acceptable general rule, it is not 100% accurate. If you live in a hotter climate or higher altitude, for example, you’re going to need to consume a little more, as will you if you are pregnant or nursing.

Keeping hydrated will help with daily bodily functions ranging from metabolizing fats to clearing your bowels. It will also help you stay energized and focussed. Hydrated skin is also younger looking skin.

For even more detox power, drink the water warm with a splash of lemon juice.

#4.  Green Tea

Brimful of antioxidants, the incredible health benefits of green tea are widely praised. They include detoxification properties (obviously), fat loss, enhanced brain function and cancer prevention. Three cups a day is ideal. Pinky’s up!

#5.  Berries

Succulent and readily available, berries are loaded with antioxidants, which help purify our systems and get it running for peak performance. They are also loaded with vitamins, particularly vitamin C, which bolsters the immune system.

#6.  Eat clean

This is both a solid preventative tip and a reactionary measure. Eating clean is one of the best ways to help your body detoxify. After all, the less junk you put in it, the less it has to process. A less stressed system is a healthier system!

#7.  Apple Cider Vinegar

Not only does apple cider vinegar do wonders for your complexion, but it aids in digestion and helps to clean out your intestines, killing bacteria as it makes its way through your body. It can even help you lose weight if you have a teaspoon for two in water before meals. Just make sure your apple cider vinegar as “the mother” in it. That’s the stuff that looks like sludge, and is actually the sentiment and apple ‘meat’ left over from the fermentation process. It make look icky, but that’s where all the good stuff is!

#8.  Sweat

Working up a good lather is an excellent way to sweat out toxins and purify the system. Sure, you could go to a sauna, but the act of exercising is what’s really going to get your blood moving and accelerate the detox, so don’t get lazy! Earn it.

#9.  Yoga

The twisting poses in yoga, like Bharadvaja’s Twist, Noose Pose and Revolved Triangle Pose are exceptionally adept at cleansing your body. Not only do twists aid in digestion, but they stimulate the adrenal glands, thereby helping to flush your system and restore hormonal balance. Namaste.

#10.  Sleep

Detoxing is as easy as getting some shut eye. It’s during your sleep that your body repairs and cleanses, so if you want your system to run at peak performance, you’ve got to catch some Zs.

#11.  Essential Oils

Essential oils have long been used to improve health, and one of the ways they do this is by helping our bodies eliminate waste. The best oils to support the detox include Juniper – which also aids with liver function – lemongrass, which will help with drainage, and is also an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant, as well as peppermint, which flushes out the lymphatic system, stimulates weight loss and aids in digestion. Just make sure you buy 100% essential oils with NO fillers!

Save yourself time and money. You can help your body’s cleansing process along effectively and naturally with these simple and healthy detox boosters.

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jogging woman

Are you a runner who is interested in achieving greatness? Are you always looking for the next opportunity to break the world record?

If you answered a resounding “yes” to either of these questions, then look no further! You’re not alone among fellow runners in striving for nothing but the best in the sport, whether it’s to get into top shape, achieve stellar race times, or just be an all-around athlete.

That said, we’re here to help you out! In this article, we’ll break down just what you need to do in order to a great runner. We’ll give you tips on how to be a perfect girl through running, and we hope to inspire you to get out there and do your best.

#1.  Set a goal

No dream is achieved without having a solid idea of how to go about doing it. Even more so, not having a plan makes it harder to keep you motivated, and after a short period of time, you just might feel like giving up.

Hence, it’s important to have a goal in mind, so that you can create a clear pathway towards obtaining it. Interested in running that marathon? Want to break your personal record in track and field? Have something to hold on to while you train and practice, and it’ll give you a reason to continue working out and getting closer to becoming fit and ready for any obstacles in your way!

#2.  Create a workout schedule

Once you have a set goal, the next thing is to create a good workout regimen to get there. If you’re a beginner to running, start small with fewer miles to get your body used to the sport. If you’re already at a comfortable level of running, then increase the distance and amount of times you work out per week.

One useful item to have is a daily planner, so you can write in your workouts on paper, thereby making it harder to ignore the task when it comes to doing it. Plus, you get that satisfactory feeling when you cross it off from the list at the end of the day- it’s very rewarding!

#3.  Be consistent

Benefits of Running

Even if you have a goal and a workout schedule, nothing gets done if you don’t go around making things happen! There’s no excuse to hitting that snooze button when you ought to be hitting the pavement before work; don’t be that person who chooses to skip a run just because you’re “too tired” to do so.

Instead, what matters is that you have a consistent workout schedule, for it helps you stay focused when the going gets rough—while running and in real life—and pushes you to do your best every single time.

#4.  Have support

While it’s true that running can be an individual sport, it’s even better to have others like you beside you in the process of achieving your dreams. By having support from other athletes, as well as family and friends, it helps you stay motivated and inspired, especially when you aren’t feeling particularly confident in yourself (trust us; it happens from time to time)

Additionally, having fellow runners with you on runs is a great opportunity to push yourself, as well as each other, to get better and get ready for race days. They’re great for honing in your running skills while also providing excellent moral support; consider them your personal cheerleaders!

#5.  Eat well

It’s not just about training hard every day, but also having a good diet. You can’t expect yourself to become a better runner if you eat junk food all of the time. Incorporate more-balanced dishes into your everyday meals: especially load up on fruits and vegetables, complex carbohydrates (e.g. whole wheat), and lots of lean protein, particularly chicken and eggs. Of course, you can’t forget your dairy products, too!

By eating well, you perform well, and that’s what will help you feel in optimal shape not only in running, but also in your day-to-day activities. It’s time to dig in1

#6.  Take care of your body

General as this reason might seem, it’s true that, besides taking care of your body through exercise and a good diet, you should also take good care of it when things start getting more challenging.

Perhaps you get injured while training for a marathon or maybe you’re feeling especially fatigued after a short run. While pushing yourself to run faster and harder is good for improving, it’s also good to know when your body can’t take it and tone down the workout regimen. What’s more important is that you let your body heal than running through the pain, for chronic injury is never desirable at any cost! Listen to your body, and in the end, it’ll pay off.

#7.  Get equipment

It isn’t a matter of getting the most expensive running shoes, but rather good, durable ones that can last you through long, intense workouts while also feeling comfortable. This is the same for other running equipment, such as a stopwatch or a running backpack: find what you need and don’t need for your runs, depending on the distance, the intensity, and everything in between.

As said, you don’t need to fork over a ton of money for these items: many of them are actually readily available at your local sports store for a good price. Try them on before purchasing, to make sure that they are what you need.

Conclusion 

In order to achieve perfection in running, it comes down only to a few, simple steps to get there. From setting goals to sticking with them, making an effort to improve your performance from start to finish is the most important aspect of all, and eventually, you’ll begin to see the results from your hard work. That said, you can be sure that everything will pay off soon!

Happy running, folks!

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prescription painkiller

Most of us will, at some point or another, be prescribed some kind of a painkiller. Maybe you broke your arm, or maybe you’re recovering from surgery. Either way, painkillers are a commonly prescribed treatment for any kind of chronic pain. Most of the side effects seem pretty tame and in line with what you’d expect from a prescription drug, like nausea and fatigue. However, there are hidden dangers in prescription pills, and the effects they can have on your skin, hair, and beyond become clear very quickly.

Prescription Painkillers –

Even with regular, prescribed use, prescription painkillers can do serious damage to the body. Your skin will often take the first hit. Hydration is one of the most important factors in skin care, and since painkillers can often dehydrate the body, your skin will suffer. Many who take prescription painkillers experience rashes and hives across the body, along with a bright red flushing of the skin. This is usually very visible, as some painkillers can also make the skin look pale and clammy. Your body may also sweat a lot, which means that not only are you losing nutrients, but you’re becoming even more dehydrated. With all this happening to the skin, some people feel the need to itch and pick at their skin, meaning that not only will your skin look worse, but it will take far longer to heal. Dehydration doesn’t just affect your skin though; the lack of water in your body can take a toll on almost anything, including your hair and nails.

Just like your skin, your hair and nails also require you to be well hydrated to remain healthy. Even in short term use, those using prescription painkillers see their hair and nails suffer. It doesn’t take long for finger and toenails to become dry and brittle. Cracked nails can happen easily, leading to even more visits to the hospital. Your hair will often suffer similarly. For hair to stay healthy, it needs the right balance of nutrients, oils, and hydration. With prescription painkillers, it’s easy to lose most if not all of these. Some of the most common side effects of prescription painkiller use are nausea, vomiting, and sweating. Not only will all of these lead to extreme dehydration, but you’ll also lose quite a few vitamins and nutrients through sweat and lost food. Your hair’s natural oil will suffer as well. Just like your skin, your hair produces and uses oil from the scalp to maintain health and strength. Prescription pill abuse can affect your hair in one of two ways: by producing too little oil due to dehydration, or producing too much of it due to fatigue.

Fatigue –

Fatigue is the most common symptom of virtually all prescription painkillers. In normal sleep, our body produces natural oils that help keep our hair looking and feeling healthy, and we wash our hair if it feels too oily. When using prescription painkillers, sleeping or experiencing heavy fatigue for hours on end isn’t at all uncommon, and often results in the body producing an excess of oils, which can make both the skin and hair feel greasy. Washing your hair might not remove all these oils either, and they can accumulate again pretty quickly. Many who experience the fatigue and drowsiness of painkillers feel like they have a lot less time awake during the day, and it’s easy to let hair and skincare routines fall by the wayside.

Painkiller Side Effects –

Even with the right care and attention, your body still might not be able to fight the powerful side effects of prescription painkillers. Some may choose to go to a luxury rehab center to address their problems with prescription medication, where holistic treatment can help to look at the bigger picture. One common side effect that also arises from dehydration is dry mouth. While the severity of dry mouth can change from person to person, it can do serious damage, even in mild cases. When the body is dehydrated and experiencing dry mouth, the first thing to go is saliva. Saliva is an incredibly important part of dental hygiene because it helps keep teeth healthy and rids the mouth of bacteria. Without it, people can often expect to see tooth decay develop relatively quickly. Bad breath follows next, as without saliva to get rid of bacteria, it remains in the mouth causing halitosis. In extreme and prolonged cases, dry mouth can actually cause tooth loss.

While the side effects can be very serious, prescription painkillers are sometimes the only option we have to deal with chronic or very serious pain. Some who take these drugs may only experience one or even none of the side effects listed. However, keeping in mind how dangerous they can be is important. That, coupled with the fact that many prescription painkillers can be addictive means that the best tool you have for dealing with these side effects is to be observant. If you start to notice these side effects taking place, or even a craving for the drug, it might be time to consult your physician about a better approach to pain treatment. Your hair, skin, and nails will thank you.

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Jump Starting a Healthy Lifestyle

A NASA study in the 80’s first established benefits associated with jumping. Since then, many studies have come up with more or less similar results confirming in the process many health benefits of regular jumping.

You should also know that jumping is some three-times more beneficial to the body than your regular running or jogging sessions in the park. What’s more, it does not cause those joint stress brought about by running or jogging on a cement surface.

The best part, jumping is simple and fun. It’s perhaps the easiest and simplest way to get loads of health benefits. You don’t even need any equipment to jump. You can squeeze a 10-minute of jumping session in your regular exercise regimen to multiply the benefits.

Why jumping is Beneficial?

Despite so much research and studies, there are some sceptics who’re yet to be convinced about benefits of regular jumping. Leaving them aside, now let’s look at factors that make jumping so beneficial. They include

  1. It boosts oxygenation to the cells in the body
  2. Our G-force gets a boost with regular jumping
  3. Entire body muscles get involved when we jump
  4. Gravitation pulls pushes the toxins out of the body
  5. Lower pressure in cells (caused due to weightless body) helps promote the movement of nutrients
  6. Lymph flows goes up some 15 to 30 times

Health benefits of Jumping –

It’s established now that regular jumping provides an array of health benefits. The best thing – such benefits reach to the entire body and delivers overall health.

Here are some major health benefits of jumping – 

#1.  Lose your weight –

Ask any health expert ‘what is the easiest way to lose weight’, and pat comes the reply – jumping. Yes, it’s a proven way to burn calories and tackle weight problems. More so, regular jumping helps you keep away the risks of gaining weight. So, chances of obesity is pushed on the backburner when you jump regularly. Not to forget, it also helps you keep in shape as well.

#2.  Increase your White Blood Cells –

Jumping can help triple your white blood cells with just 10 minutes of efforts daily. What’s more, this increased level won’t go away immediately the moment your jumping session ends; rather, it will stay for close to an hour. This helps boost the immune system and keeps diseases away for most parts. The increased level of white blood cells will also help those facing autoimmune conditions.

#3.  Improve your immunity system –

You can jump your way to an improved immunity system. Basically, jumping helps stimulate the lymphatic system and this increases the lymph circulation. Toxins are tackled efficiently when the lymph circulation is boosted. With toxins tackled, the immunity system shows an improvement and keeps you away from those recurring diseases and illnesses.

#4.  Instant Dose of Energy –

Yes, it’s true! Jumping brings an instant dose of energy to the body. Try jumping for 5-10 minutes and feel the difference. It keeps you more energetic and full of sparks, not for temporarily but for a longer duration. Since jumping boosts circulation of oxygen to cells, more oxygen reaches to your body cells. This is how one gets more energy and feels more energetic.

#5.  Physical agility –

People who jump regularly are found to possess a superior physical agility. They look fitter and more agile. Their body feel elastic and energetic all the time. More so, all their pains (in the neck, back and head) go away and they also feel less fatigued. In most cases, a supple body is the result when we do jump on a regular basis.

#6.  Improved digestion and elimination –

Jumping is good at delivering benefits related to digestion and elimination. It helps because an extensive kind of muscle contraction and muscle relaxation is associated with it. With a sustained contraction and relaxation, the digestive tract is cleaned out perfectly. This is how your digestion and elimination improve when you take to jumping.

#7.  Effective in dealing stress and depression –

Living with stress and depression can make your life very difficult. This kind of situation is best removed at the earliest to lead a happy life. Even doctors recommend jumping as it helps stabilize the nervous system. It also helps in release of serotonin – a substance with ability to fight stress issues. The impact of this substance is more or less same as it is with yoga or meditation.

#8.  Blood pressure normalization –

The blood pressure is responsible for a lot of health issues we face. Cardiovascular diseases can strike if the blood pressure is not maintained at its normal level. Jumping helps in the normalization of the blood pressure and this is how the heart is kept healthy. So, you should jump and keep the b. p. level normalized.

#9.  Increase Bone Density –

Jumping is known to increase bone density. It also helps prevent arthritis. That apart, it helps maintain bone mass in people of all age group. It also works effective against osteoporosis. Doctors recommend elderly people to do jump on a regular basis to keep their bone health intact.

#10.  Better Sleep –

People who jump regularly often get better sleeping experiences. They feel more relaxed in during sleeping. More so, all their aches, pains and fatigues go away which also contribute a great deal in improving the quality of sleep. It also aids in relaxation and given so many benefits, you should do it to get quality sleep.

#11.  Superior Mental Performance –

Yes, you read it correct, jumping helps deliver a superior mental performance. How? Well, it keeps people happy and this shows in their level of learning. Those who jump grasp things early and their learning process gets improved. In a way, it results in a better mental performance and that’s why, you should include it in your daily schedule.

In overall, we can see how jumping impacts the body at many levels and bring a whole host of health benefits. This is high time we benefited from those benefits and paved the foundation for a happy life ahead.

Author Bio:
Ian Alam is a digital marketing enthusiast and has written many topics in the related field. He works with Jump In, which is among the best trampoline parks in the UK.

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Multiple Balance Equipment

What Balance Equipment is best for me?

the balance equipment for support

Due to health issues, time and again there is a need to take help from the balance equipment. There are wide ranges of balance equipment’s available in the market to help with the balance of a person. Along with providing effective results in the industries, the balance equipment is also designed to help humans get help with their balance needs. There are a lot of ways available in which you can easily train your balance, but not all of them are safe for you. However, when you visit almost any health club you will find a balance training device that will help you challenge yourself and check how you measure in the balance scale. Mentioned below are some of the most common balance equipment’s available for the health sector.

#1.  The Half Foam Roll

half foam roller balance exercises

This s a cylinder of roll that is cut half lengthwise and at one side the surface is flat and the other side surface is circle. The half foam roll is a perfect option for new ones because these help them get better stability when compared to the traditional foam roll. These are an effective way for you to help in getting the required stability in the best manner.

#2.  The Dyna Disc

the dyna disc exercises

Dynamics is about one-foot-wide and it looks like an inflatable flying saucer. These are best for balancing purposes and are effective in other wide range of health issues as well. The benefits that you get from the dynamics are same compared to the gym ball. It helps you in getting balance, vestibular response, gross motor activities and so on. These are good for almost anyone, especially the older ones trying to recover from an injury.

#3.  The Wobble Board

the wobble board exercise

It is a flat piece of wood that has a half roller or a ball at the bottom. This is a device used for exercise and improves balance, mental focus and also the functional strength. These can be modified to various shapes and sized and so can be customized according to personal needs. These help you to get the best results when it comes to work on your balance or recuperate from an injury.

#4.  The Bosu Ball

the bosu ball exercise

This ball has a flat base with half of the ball surface. Most of the professional trainers make use of this ball in their workout session. This helps the users to balance their muscles and train their energy to balance on uneven surface as well. It is a kind of balance equipment that makes the exercise fun and effective as well. The Bosu ball is also effective in flexibility training and works out to be a best option when it comes to working on your balance.

#5.  The Balance Pad

the balance pad

Airex pad resembles a small cushion couch that is made of foam and two inch thick as well. It has a smooth surface, and it is an ideal solution when you plan to start your balance training with base foot. In order to maintain a proper balance and also to stabilize the joints this pad constantly challenges the body and as a result you get the best of results for balance.

The above mentioned benefits will help you consider your situation and get the best one suited for your needs. However, you need to make sure that you do good research on this and only get the ones that are suited for your needs if you want to benefit in the long run. When it comes to health items like balance equipment it is good to only buy branded products so that you can get benefits in the long run.

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Incontinence Pads for adults

To have a comfortable lifestyle for the caregiver as well as the care receiver, it is very important to know the physical condition and also the lifestyle of the person who will use the adult pads. In case you have to find one for your loved one and you have no idea about it, it can be a little tricky. It is very crucial for you to know the basics about the adult pads so that you can buy the right one. There are different varieties and brands of adult incontinence pads that are available online, and you can also choose from the online stores as they deliver the products right to your doorstep, and they also maintain your privacy.

In case you are buying the adult pads for your loved ones, you firstly need to determine the following. This will help you choose the right pads according to the situation since there are many types available in the market.

3 Types of Adult Pads that you can Choose from:

#1.  An Active Adult

In case the adult for whom you are looking out to buy the pads engage in social activities, goes for a walk and drive and to be precise is independent, and then there are many products that can keep them dry. What you need to do is consider the level of incontinence that the adult is going through and begin from there. There are a number of pads as well as pull on products that can help them get the guard against the leaks.

#2.  Bedridden Adult

In case your loved one is bedridden, then the adult diapers may be the best solution. This is the kind of product that provides maximum protection during the day as well as night. These can offer the loved one secure fit, can help them stay fresh and dry throughout. A booster will work wonders in case your loved one sleeps for long hours.

#3.  Inactive Adult

In case your loved one manages to walk to the bathroom, pull up the undergarment, in such a situation, the adult pads can be easily managed by them.

What are the things to keep in mind while you buy the Incontinence Pads for Adults ?

buy incontinence pads

 

The incontinence pads have high level of absorbency –

Every adult pad does not have the same level of absorbency. Thus you need to determine the level of absorbent power you wish to buy for your loved ones. The pads will help them keep dry and fresh. They should not be equated with cotton strips or cloths, as superior varieties of pads have absorbent lining and firm protection with quality materials. 

different sizes of sanitary pads

#Different sizes available –

There are a number of sizes of pads available in the market. Determine the person’s body figure, height and weight to buy the right one. This is important for you to know as there is no one size for all, in order to get the required dryness and comfort.

#Odor control –

Most of the incontinence pads for adults have the odor control feature. In case you come across such a pad that does not offer you this feature, then look out for the one that does. It is very important for you to buy odour control pads so that when you are outdoors, nobody will know that you have a problem and wearing pads.

#Light weight –

You should not settle for the pads that are bulky. There are many feature weight pads available and you should buy those. A light weight pad will make you perform all the activities that you do and will also be comfortable.

If you check all these factors, then you can easily buy the incontinence pads for adults your loved ones.

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eye circle

It’s unbelievable how much beauty and skincare products women and even men are applying on their skin these days!  Though the Euromonitor International has estimated that each person spends roughly US$ 64 per year on such products, in the US, it’s likely that Americans are spending so much more.  One anti-aging product alone that lasts you for a month can easily cost US$ 150 or more.

How to hide dark under eyes?

If under eye circles are your pet peeve or, the worst skin issue you have to deal with on a daily basis, a makeup, or an eye cream like Nova Derm Eye Cream, or a skin lightening cream may all do well to help brighten up the dark skin under your eyes.  For more specific information, check out the details below: 

#1.  Cover up with makeup

Still the best and fastest way to vanish and diminish those dark under eye circles that are making you look tired and aged, you only need to have a few basic makeup know-how to pull off this trick and yet there are countless number of ways that you can successfully execute this. Try this:

Step 1:  Give your entire face a sheer and even toned overall complexion. Use a BB cream to easily give you that concealing power.

Step 2:  Use a concealer to cancel out the uneven skin tone of your under eyes.  If you have darker pigment with bluish or purplish tone, use a pink or salmon concealer to even out the color.  If you don’t have one, get your red, satin finish, non-glittery lipstick.  Dot it around your eyes then spread evenly where you see darker skin.  If you have a lighter pigment, match it with your natural skin tone using a yellow concealer.  Use a concealer brush for this step to better integrate the products with your skin.

Step 3:  Use a highlighter around your eyes.  This trick brightens the overall look of your eyes and gives your under eyes an instant lift.

Step 4:  Set your makeup.  Don’t let the product seep in or slip out of place.  You may use your broad brush to set a transluscent powder on your makeup.

#2.  Use a Skin Lightening Cream

Products that contain skin whitening ingredients like glutathione, kojic acid, licorice extract and papaya extract can all very well leave your eye skin with a fairer complexion. Of course you can always go for natural alternatives.  Try mixing the juice of lemon, which has natural astringent properties, with honey on at least a 1:2 ratio.  See visible results in as short as two weeks from the first day of use, depending on the product of your choosing. 

#3.  Use an Eye Cream

If you want more visible and natural results that last, make an eye cream a regular part of your daytime and nighttime skincare regimen. Most eye creams will be similarly formulated with your wrinkle care cream but, the best ones will contain much higher concentrations.  Peptides, amino acids and Vitamin C, which are all found in Nova Derm Eye Cream, along with antioxidants and retinols are some of the best ingredients to have in your eye care products. 

#4.  Use an Eye Mask

If you have an entire day or full night to prep your eyes, use an eye mask. Combine this with your skin lightening cream and eye cream for a triple moisture and brightening boost for skin under your eyes.  Wake up to plumper, better moisturized and brighter skin under your eyes with an eye mask. 

Conclusion:
These four ways to hide your dark under eyes are all practically foolproof.  With the right timing, application and products, you cannot possibly ever go wrong when it comes to kicking out your puffy, dark under eyes — for now or for good!

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5 Secrets to Get Rid of Under Eye bags

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Lisiana is a renowned independent researcher and is studying the impact of technology in the beauty industry. She is passionate about beauty, makeup, fashion and skincare industry. She holds a Ph.D. in beauty and thereby has been consistently sharing her experience by writing various articles related to makeup, beauty, fashion and skin care. She has been writing on beauty and skin care related topics from past 10 years.

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iron rich foods

What is the role of iron in the body?

A lack of iron is the most common dietary deficiency in the world. At its most mild it can leave us feeling washed out and weary. A more serious deficiency can lead to anemia, which can make us breathless, cold, irritable and with a decreased attention span. 

Iron is needed by the body’s red blood cells to make hemoglobin, which transports oxygen around the body and carries carbon dioxide back to the lungs to be breathed out. It is also needed in muscles, where a protein containing iron provides oxygen for the muscles to work.

Most of the body’s iron is in the form of hemoglobin, but smaller amounts are stored in the bone marrow and some organs, in the form of Ferritin.

Just as dietary calcium needs are different for men and women, so are iron needs, and women are more prone to iron deficiency than men. This is largely because women lose blood during menstruation, losing iron in the process.

Losses can be even greater during pregnancy and lactation, when the developing baby will take what it needs, at the expense of the mother .

As an example of how radically the iron needs of people can vary, an adult male needs about 7mg a day. A menstruating woman needs double that, and a pregnant woman needs up to 36mg a day.

Also at risk of iron deficiency are people who are dieting in an attempt to lose weight, vegetarians, people who frequently take aspirin or antacids containing sodium bicarbonate, people who drink a lot of tea (the tannin can halve iron absorption) and people eating excessive amounts of bran or taking excessive calcium supplements.

The body’s ability to absorb iron is actually increased if foods containing Vitamin C are eaten at the same meal (a glass or orange juice, some tomato, capsicum or cabbage will do).

Dietary iron comes in two forms:

haem iron, which is found in meat and seafood, and non-haem iron, which is found in cereals, eggs, fruit and vegetables.

Haem iron is absorbed much more readily. Red meat contains the most concentrated and accessible amounts of iron. Some vegetables contain large amounts, but much of this non-haem iron cannot be easily absorbed by the body.

To help your body use this iron, eat a food containing haem iron in the same meal. Lean beef, kidneys and liver are about the best sources of haem iron, followed by foods such as oysters, lean lamb and pork and herrings.

Some processed meats, in particular liverwurst, are high in iron. Other iron-rich foods include baked beans and other pulses, breakfast cereals (especially those boosted with extra iron) and green, leafy vegetables.

For a diet high in iron it recommends you eat seven serves a day of bread or cereals, two serves of fruit, five of vegetables, one of lean meat, beans or fish and two or three of dairy products.

Here is the recipe for homemade low-fat liver pate, so rich in iron it just might rust:

  1. 500g chicken livers
  2. 2 rashers of chopped bacon, fat removed
  3. 1 large onion, chopped
  4. Worcestershire sauce
  5. Freshly ground black pepper
  6. Dried thyme
  7. Fresh parsley, chopped (optional)
  8. Brandy (optional)

Method:

Dry fry the bacon and onion in a non-stick pan, stirring occasionally. Add chicken livers and stir-fry until brown (about five minutes). Add herbs and pepper. Blend half mixture in a blender with enough Worcestershire sauce and brandy to allow blending. Repeat with second half of mixture. Pour into airtight container and refrigerate immediately. Serve chilled on dry crackers or instead of butter in sandwiches.

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How to Take Care of Your Skin?

skin care treatment

(Skin Care Treatments)

With so many skincare products out there, it is common for you to hear advice like ‘this can give you radiant skin’ or ‘quit doing that, try doing this for better skin health’. The thing is, such advice is dime-a-dozen and you need the facts about what you should or shouldn’t do.

Now once you are aware of the huge skincare mistakes to avoid, figuring out the rest will be something that’s quite easy and comes naturally to you.

14 Potent Vitamins for Younger and Healthier Skin

These are some skincare mistakes people commit today. You need to try and rectify them before they cause harm to your skin as well as personality.

Common Skincare Mistakes

#1.  Going For Anti-Aging Skincare Products

One of the biggest concerns that are common for people of all skin types and shared all around the world is aging. Surprisingly, even men have become conscious of this concept. Most experts feel that this is because of the excessive obsession people have with being young, and bottling their youthfulness.

There are various kinds of anti-aging skincare products available, and even many skincare specialists vouch that there are many normal skincare merchandises which are not sold as anti-aging creams but have the similar properties of one.

It is funny to see people use anti-aging creams before they need them. Just think of it as being at school, where your teacher instructs you on what to do, and you end up doing it most of the time. However, later you learn to do things by yourselves, and you become a fully winged bird ready to fly and become independent.

anti aging skin care products

(Antiaging)

Anti-aging skin care products are similar to it. It is just like inviting the old school teacher into your life. Basically, anti-aging skincare procedures instruct your skin to do things which are not necessary for the moment.

And since your skin is still active and young, you don’t need this teacher (i.e. your skincare products). Avoid making this skincare mistake by using this preventive measure only when you reach the 40s.

#2.  Adding And Mixing A Lot Of Active Skincare Products

Sometimes you need to pull out the ‘less is more’ rule out of the bag. There are certain skincare products designed to be used anytime, some during the day or night, and others which are treatment type that you shouldn’t mix with other skincare items.

To fix your skin, there are various skin care treatments you need to employ containing active ingredients like salicylic acid (which is used for exfoliating and spot fighting), retinol (vitamin A), vitamin C (used for making collagen and building skin), and other skincare necessities.

One thing you need to realize is that skincare products contain a variety of active ingredients. Every little bit of the same thing adds up and can lead to overdose issues. For example, if you use a cream containing Vitamin A and exfoliator, then it is dangerous.

Both the products encourage the skin to exfoliate. Now sometimes these ingredients don’t go well with each other, and they could be a tug-of-war which can result in damaging your skin.

#3.  Washing The Skin A Lot

This is one of the biggest mistakes people keep doing. Washing your face and skin too much is not good and you need to stay away from the ‘squeaky clean’ feeling that you get after washing.

wash your face

(Washing The Skin)

This can do more harm than good and you need to stop it before it damages your skin. There are two reasons for it. The first one is that your skin is slightly acidic, somewhere in the ballpark of being pH 4.2-5.5. And water, well it is not acidic. It is neutral and is pH 7. So, it will not gel well with the pH level of your natural skin.

Another reason is – washing sometimes removes the necessary oil from your skin. Your skin needs the protective oil layer to avoid aging. This oil prevents the water from leaving your skin and protects the skin from bacteria. Certain shower gels and face washes have ingredients (like SLS and surfactants) which harm and destroy your skin.

#4.  Forgetting Your Diet

Your skin is like a baby that your body is constantly giving birth to, but without going through the labor pains. Since the skin is made by the awesome powerhouse called body, it needs fuel to recharge. No doubt, ignoring your diet is one huge mistake.

Do you know that some of the extreme skincare conditions are caused due to unbalanced diet? Your skin can get damaged when it lacks certain vitamins.

(Healthy Diet For Skin)

For example, in the olden days, sailors spending months at the sea, used to suffer from scurvy. The reason was they consumed stored and preserved food which lacked vitamin C. And back in those days, people were not aware of the simple solution of having a lemon to counter-attack this skin disease.

#5.  Never Moisturizing After A Bath Or Shower

This is a common mistake which people who love a good old soak in the bath or hot shower do. They never moisturize their skin after cleansing.

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(Moisturizing)

Water and heat can make the skin dry as well as irritate it. And you need to ensure that your skin is hydrated and free from aging. For that, you need to moisturize the skin whenever it is necessary. So as soon as you step out of your hot shower or spa-like tub, go ahead and moisturize your skin.

Wrapping Up

Your skin is the most vital organ of your body, and you need to take proper care of it. The most visible area of the skin is your face, and you don’t need a pile of cash for purchasing miracle products to have a healthy and clear skin.

However, you do need to have some good skincare habits and it’s not too late to develop some. By following the tips given in this article, you can avoid all kinds of skin problems, get radiant and clear skin and also delay the signs of aging.

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Diet Pills Not a Supplement for Healthy Exercise

We all desperately want to shed pounds and maintain our best figure. We exercise. We eat clean. But it’s exhausting when we can’t reach our goal, right? We hear about people all the time who are unhappy with their self-image and suffer from serious eating disorders as a result.

So we pop a few diet pills. Why not? They all promise the same thing – to curb hunger, increase energy, and burn fat in no time. They are easy to get. You can find them online, in pharmacies, and in the health food and grocery stores. The routine starts with taking one or two pills as directed. After about a month or so, you increase the dose and take the pills more often because the results are less than desired.

Does this sound familiar? Do not feel embarrassed to say “yes.” You are not the only person who can relate to abusing highly-addictive diet pills. They are full of caffeine, amphetamines, and herbal stimulants, which are classified as “natural and safe,” but severely affect your central nervous system.

Be Cautious of Harmful Diet Pill Ingredients

Most diet pills contain an appetite suppressant medication. It stimulates the release of brain chemicals which reduce your sensation of hunger. Diet pills are also known for increasing energy levels and stamina, and create a sense of euphoria. If your diet pills were prescribed by a doctor, or you purchased them over the counter, how can they be bad? They not only contain addictive ingredients, but many diet pills are unregulated and contain hidden contaminants that are dangerous to your health.

These are some of the potentially life-threatening ingredients to watch out for in diet pills, according to the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database.

1.  Ephedra or Ephedrine –

This was banned in the U.S.; it causes high blood pressure, increased heart rate, irregular heart rate, heart attack, and stroke.

2.  Bitter Orange or Synephrine –

Similar to Ephedra; causes headaches, vomiting, insomnia, high blood pressure, fainting, heart attack, and stroke.

3.  Sibutramine –

A powerful stimulant that increases heart rate, arrhythmias, and stroke; it was removed from the market in 2010, but several weight-loss drugs have been illegally spiked with it.

4.  Fenproporex –

A stimulant not approved for use in the U.S.; it is converted to amphetamine in the body and might cause heart arrhythmias and possible even sudden death. It might also be addictive.

5.  Phenolphthalein –

An ingredient that was in some laxative products until 1999, when the Federal Drug Administration declared that it was “not generally recognized as safe and effective.” It has been found to be a hidden ingredient in several diet pills.

The FDA issued more than 30 public notifications and recalled seven tainted weight-loss products in 2014. The agency also has issued warning letters, seized products, and criminally prosecuted people responsible for marketing illegal diet pills. This proves how unsafe diet pills are, and that an addiction to them is as serious as someone’s addiction to heroin, cocaine, or other illegal street drugs.

In a special ABC report (http://abcnews.go.com/2020/story?id=124290&page=1) in April, 20/20 investigated three common gimmicks used in diet pill commercials that play with the truth from manipulating photos and quoting experts who are not what they seem to ads that hype up claims without valid scientific support. ABC warned viewers never to underestimate doctor endorsements or medical miracle claims. They further explained how low some marketers will go to sell you a “magic” pill when the only real magic is diet, exercise, and a healthy dose of skepticism.

How to Lose Weight Without Diet Pills ?

There is no such thing as quick and easy weight loss. Fad diets, diet pills, and fat-burning clothing promise miracles every year and we end up disappointed. And the extreme dieting trends that do work are just a temporary fix to reach your desired body image goal. Try the following weight loss suggestions to safely shed pounds without compromising your health.

  1. Eat breakfast everyday
  2. Consume more protein
  3. Establish a time at night when you will stop eating and stick to it to avoid late-night munchies
  4. Experts say to brush your teeth after dinner, which can help curb cravings
  5. Choose water or low-calorie beverages to satisfy your thirst
  6. Include strength training in your exercise routine
  7. Get rid of the guilt and don’t beat yourself up if you enjoy a “bad” snack every once in a while
  8. Seek help from a dietician or nutritionist if you are overwhelmed with the process or don’t know how to get started
  9. Sleep is your secret weapon. Getting less than seven to eight hours a night has been linked to higher rates of weight gain and obesity
  10. Be consistent and stay committed to your new routine

You are in charge of your body and your health. Be safe and not sorry. Make a lasting change by ditching the unreliable quick fix to try healthy ways to lose weight for good.

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Treat Your Skin in Summer

Top 9 Simple Ways to Treat Your Skin in Summer

 Summer means getting tons of outdoor scenery and loads of sun exposure!  Time to put on that two-piece, grill that barbecue, and take that long drive to the beach!  Summer can easily be equated to fun, fun, fun!  But, when you’ve had too much sun exposure, not only the painful sunburn but also the lifelong damages to your skin are left — wrinkles, dark spots, and hyper pigmentation.

4 Common skin issues in summer and how to treat each 

There are certain skin issues that become more prevalent around summer time, most are brought about by the dry and humid weather that clogs up your pores and makes your skin feel drier than ever.

1.  Sunburn treatment:

If you’ve had too much sun then that tan you so glorify is actually sunburn. Pour the sap of an aloe Vera leaf on your sunburned skin. Aloe Vera does not only soothe and cool off burned skin, it resembles skin so closely that it immediately repairs damages on the skin matrix and rebuilds the lost outer protective layer.  If you can’t get hold of one, try lathering on a cold cream.

2.  Itchy skin:

The dry humid water is causing an awful lot of moisture to evaporate from your skin.  Keep your skin moisturized with powerful moisturizers.  Get that added sun protection by making sure your product is loaded with antioxidants and sunscreen.

3.  Heat rash:

This skin irritation appears when sweat is trapped underneath your skin. Try to stay out of the sun and heat until the rash disappears.  To help speed up your skin’s recovery, try bathing with uncooked, rolled oats.

4.  Acne breakouts:

The generally dry and irritated skin you get in summer causes the oil glands in your skin to overcompensate on moisture which clogs your pores with excess oil, trapping dirt, dust and other skin impurities.  So, even when it’s summer, keep exfoliating. Get help from salicylic acid, a beta hydroxyl acid that stimulates skin cell turnover while also acting as a natural anti-inflammatory which helps soothe your irritated skin.  If your acne goes beyond moderate, it’s time to pay your dermatologist a visit.

3 Clinical treatments you can easily get in summer 

Summer is also the time to give your skin additional in-clinic treats!  Make sure to choose the ones that won’t harm your skin more.

1.  Laser hair removal:

So you think you’re ready for that bikini?  Don’t get in it until you’ve undergone laser hair removal for your bikini area and your underarms.  Save your skin from dryness and irritation that can be easily caused by shaving, and in summer, it’s repeated, frequent shaving.

2.  Photo rejuvenation:

This is basically a laser treatment that uses intense pulsed light and works on a highly targeted patch of your skin.  It helps you treat your sun damaged skin, particularly from age spots and wrinkles that developed due to excessive sun exposure.  Overall, this treatment also significantly increases collagen levels in your skin which aids it in recovering from too much fun in the sun (so you can have more again next time).

3.  Fraxel Restore Dual:

This is another laser treatment option that facilitates restoration of skin moisture and healthy complexion by stimulating collagen production.  Keeps your skin looking plump and moist against the beach or arid environment in the background with this procedure.

 

Top 2 summer care to treat your skin with this season 

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Turmeric Face Mask for Acne Scars

Turmeric is an important part of our kitchen. Turmeric is beneficial for health as well as turmeric can do wonders for your skin problems. Turmeric possess antibacterial, anti inflammatory and antiseptic properties that’s why turmeric has been utilized since ages to treat the skin problems like acne, wrinkles, pigmentation, dark spots, stretch marks and so on. Turmeric has many beauty benefits such as turmeric can heal the dry skin, make the skin supple and slow down the aging process.

Turmeric Mask Benefits for Acne:

When you use turmeric for face mask and mainly for acne then you must have to know that what are the benefits of turmeric for skin? Therefore, the paste of turmeric applied on acne prone area can destroy the P.acnes bacteria that cause inflammation as well as remove the excess oil from the skin. Turmeric possesses the anti inflammatory, antioxidant and antiseptic properties that are beneficial in treating the acne scars.

How to get rid of Acne Scars with Turmeric ?

Do you have acne? Do you want to get rid of acne? If yes, then your next question will be how to get rid of acne? You can easily get rid of acne with the help of natural home remedy i.e. turmeric. You just have to prepare face mask of turmeric with the combination of other natural ingredients to prevent acne. Here I am describing some turmeric mask which you can easily prepare at your home. It would be good if you buy some turmeric stick, grind the turmeric stick to form a powder instead of using turmeric powder that you are utilizing for cooking.

Use the turmeric stick powder for preparing turmeric face mask.

1.  Gram Flour & Turmeric Face Mask for Oily Skin:

The mask of gram flour and turmeric is good for the people who have oily skin as well as this face mask prevent the acne and moreover, it forms a protective layer on your skin.

  1. Mix 1 tablespoon gram flour and half teaspoon turmeric powder, use some water to make a smooth paste
  2. Apply the prepared paste on your face and neck
  3. Let it dry completely
  4. Use cold water to remove the face mask
  5. Use this mask everyday to prevent acne

2.  Chickpea, Lemon & Turmeric for Acne Scars

If you want to get rid of acne scars then you should have to use this face mask. Chickpea powder is also known as gram flour or Besan.

  1. Mix 1 tablespoon chickpea powder, 1 tablespoon honey and 1 teaspoon turmeric powder, use water also to make a smooth paste
  2. Spread the prepared mask on your face and neck
  3. Allow it to dry completely
  4. Remove mask with cold water
  5. Use this face mask daily

3.  Lentil, Oatmeal Flour & Turmeric Face Mask for Acne Prone and Oily Skin

The face mask of turmeric, oatmeal flour and lentil powder is best to prevent the acne as well as it is ideal for people who have oily skin.

  1. Mix 1 tablespoon lentil powder, 1 tablespoon oatmeal powder and half spoon turmeric powder, use water to make a smooth paste
  2. Before applying the face mask, clean your face and neck
  3. Apply the mask on your face and neck, allow it to dry
  4. Wash alternately with cold water and warm water
  5. At last, splash cold water
  6. Pat dry your face and neck then gently rub moisturizer

4.  Margosa & Turmeric Face Mask to Cure Acne:

Try this homemade face mask to cure acne.

  1. Crush a handful Margosa leaves
  2. Add turmeric powder and crushed Margosa leaves in a bowl and make a mask
  3. Apply mask on your neck and face, keep it for 15-20 minutes
  4. Wash with lukewarm water

5.  Turmeric Yogurt Mask:

Turmeric Yogurt face mask is perfect to treat dark circles, acne, scars and wrinkles. You can easily prepare this face mask at home.

  1. Mix 1 tablespoon yogurt, 1 teaspoon honey, 1 teaspoon extra virgin coconut oil and 3 teaspoons turmeric powder in a bowl
  2. Mix all the ingredients well, so the final paste will be lump free
  3. Before applying the mask, clean your face and neck and pat it dry
  4. Apply the paste on your face and neck
  5. Allow it for 15-20 minutes
  6. Rinse off with lukewarm water
  7. Use this face mask once in a week to get a flawless and beautiful skin

6.  Turmeric Neem Face Mask:

Neem is good for curing the chronic skin problems like acne, eczema, warts, ringworm and psoriasis. This is one of a best face mask to cure acne.

  1. Dry roast neem on a pan in a stove and stir it regularly
  2. Put the roasted neem leaves in a grinder and make a powder
  3. Mix 1 tablespoon neem powder, 2 teaspoons turmeric powder, 1 tablespoon yogurt and half teaspoon fresh lemon juice in a bowl
  4. Mix all ingredients properly to make a thick paste
  5. Spread the face mask on your neck and face, leave it for 15-20 minutes
  6. Wash off with normal water
  7. Use this face mask once or twice in a week

7.  Turmeric Pimple Treatment:

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Tips on How to Stay Healthy During Pregnancy

Getting pregnant is one of the most important milestones in a woman’s life. For those who got pregnant for the first time, mixed emotions of joy, fear, and confusion can be felt. So, what are the chances of getting pregnant? Women who have been trying to conceive for years, the pregnancy is the fulfillment of a dream. Couples want to have a healthy baby and to achieve this, expecting mothers should stick to a healthy diet and don’t pay attention to food cravings.

Foods Recommended for Pregnant Women

Usually, a woman who has just announced that she is pregnant gets lots of attention and advice. When it comes to foods that she can eat while pregnant, so many suggestions can be confusing.

The best way to settle the issue is to ask your doctor or check authoritative articles and books regarding what foods to include in your diet while you are pregnant. Here are some tips on what healthy foods to include in your diet.

1. Fresh Fruits and Vegetables.

When it comes to eatings plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables during pregnancy, everyone agrees that these foods are great for the growing baby in your womb. The fetus gets nutrients from the foods the mother eats when you consume fresh fruits and vegetables, you are providing your baby with lots of natural vitamins and minerals that will keep it healthy and strong.

Mothers who eat fruits and vegetables while pregnant are also resistant to colds and other       common illnesses that can affect the baby. Eating foods rich in vitamins and minerals is one reason why most pregnant women seem to glow. Also, when the baby is born, it will have healthy pinkish and soft skin, healthy hair while growing bigger, and bright eyes.

However, be careful to thoroughly wash all vegetables and fruits that you eat to avoid getting ill, which can be dangerous for your baby. The outside portion of fruits should be washed thoroughly before cutting them so that germs will not contaminate the portion that you eat. Even packed fresh vegetables that you buy from the market should be washed even if the label says they have been washed already.

2. Some Varieties of fish contain omega-3 fatty acids that are important for brain development.

However, some fishes contain high level of mercury, which can be dangerous to the baby. These are the fishes that live long because the longer they live; the more mercury and pollutants are accumulated in their bodies and so they should be avoided. Big fishes like shark and swordfish are harboring in their bodies huge amount of contaminants that can endanger your baby’s development. Eating other types of fishes including shrimps, tuna, and crabs, as long as in moderate amounts, is good for you and for your baby.

3. Soft cheese

This food as long as made of pasteurized milk, is a healthy food for the mother and the baby because it is rich in calcium. However, unpasteurized variety may contain listeria, bacteria that can be passed to the fetus and cause miscarriage. When buying soft cheese, it is recommended that mothers-to-be should check the label to determine if it is made of pasteurized milk or not. If not, you should avoid it.

4. Lentils and dried beans.

Pregnant women need protein for the baby in her womb. Dried beans and lentils are rich in fiber and they can help prevent getting constipated. These foods are available anywhere and can be prepared easily.

5. Non-fat milk.

Your body and your baby need calcium in order to keep strong bones. Your baby needs calcium its growth. Increase your intake of non-fat milk and if you are that type of person who does not like milk, now is the time to learn it for your health and the well-being of your baby.

6. Iron-rich foods.

Some pregnant women complain about fatigue the whole day. This is a sign that they lack iron. Pregnant women need twice the amount of iron that non-pregnant women need. Lean meat is the best source of iron and is recommended for pregnant women.

Food that Pregnant Women Should Avoid

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Excessive Alcohol Ruins Your Skin

Excessive Alcohol Ruins Your Skin

You’ve likely viewed a similar scene in the movies: girls sit down, fancy drinks in hand, maybe a martini glass filled with pink liquid. They drink one glass. And perhaps they drink another. Or maybe they keep drinking, and drinking, and drinking some more.

In the movies, those ladies usually look clean and polished, and perfectly styled. They probably have flawless skin. But the reality is that long-term alcohol abuse doesn’t merely take a toll on the inside of the body, but presents itself quite visually on the outside, too.

Alcohol Dehydrates—But What Else?

Perhaps the most commonly known fact about alcohol is the day-after effect: alcohol dehydrates the body, leaving you to feel tired and dizzy, and worst of all, unquenchable thirst.

Alcohol dehydrates the body, but it is just the first step toward transforming your skin to a dry, splotchy tone. Notwithstanding dehydration, alcohol also makes it more difficult for your body to hydrate naturally. Less-known about alcohol is the serious dual effect on the body: alcohol doesn’t merely dehydrate, but depletes the body of the hormone vasopressin, which helps with the absorption of water. So alcohol both dehydrates and effectively makes it more difficult to hydrate again—which explains why all the water in the world doesn’t seem to clear a hangover.

And dehydrated skin doesn’t look much like a Clean & Clear commercial: lines, pores and wrinkles become more pronounced, and the skin will appear to be ashier and unhealthy. In more extreme cases, the skin will begin to turn redder and redder, and even yellow. In extreme cases of alcoholism, the addict may even develop jaundice and other skin disorders. Permanent spider wrinkles can erupt on the excessive drinker’s face, which is due to alcohol’s ability to open blood vessels. After some time, apparent alcohol abuse will seem to mimic the internal physical effects.

Sugar Effects the Skin, Too

Drinking an excess of sugar can trigger the overproduction of the skin’s oils, as well as inflame the skin’s surface. While sugar is often present in mixed drinks, salt is too. Of course, salt can inflame the skin, which can cause bloating and create bags under the eyes. If you’ve ever felt more swollen the day after a night of heavy drinking, it’s probably because you are.

It all starts with excessive drinking. Still, it’s possible to enjoy alcohol within a moderate amount, without serious physical effects. Experts believe that an average of 1 drink per day for females is an acceptable, healthy amount of alcohol to consume on a daily basis.

Giving up alcohol will affect your appearance drastically: it does not take long for the effects of alcohol abstinence to show up on the body and skin. But within 24 hours, the skin will begin to return to its normal elasticity, appearing softer and clearer than before.

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Best Home Remedies For Dark Circles Under Eyes

It is truly said that eyes can say a thousand words and if you have dark circles then it also tell alot about your daily routine, health and lifestyle. Dark circle is mainly known as the dark mark of the skin under the area of eye and dark circle is also known as dark shadows or dark rings.

What are the Reasons for Dark Circles?

There are many reasons for dark circles and a few of them are lack of sleep, mental stress, physical stress, hormonal changes, heredity, disturbed lifestyle, working for long hours in front of a computer screen, prolonged crying, aging, dry skin, unhealthy diet and much more. It can affect women as well as men of any age group.

How to Treat Dark Circles?

Dark circles are not the serious skin problem but if it not treated on time then it will dull your appearances as well as person will look older, tired, exhausted and unhealthy. On the other hand, it will also lead to some major and serious health issues. Thus, it becomes very important to get rid of dark shadows. Whether you can try chemical contained products or home remedies, chemical contained products are not suitable for everyone and it might have some adverse effect, so it would be a best choice to opt home remedies to get rid of dark rings under the eye.

The people who have sensitive skin can try home remedies, it will surely help them. Here we list down some doable and easy home remedies through which you can get rid of dark rings.

Here are the Best Home Remedies for Dark Circles under Eyes:

1. Orange Juice

It is an effective home remedy to get rid of dark rings. Orange juice will give natural look to your eyes as well as reduce the dark circle. Take some orange juice and mix it with few drops of glycerin then apply the mixture over the dark shadows, leave it for some time and then wash your eyes. Follow this procedure on regular basis to see the real difference.

2. Cold Tea Bags

It is another simple method to reduce dark circle. You just have to soak a tea bag, mainly green tea bags in water then place it in refrigerator for some time to get chilled. After that, place the chilled tea bags over your eyes. To see the considerable difference, use this method on daily basis.

3. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are one of an excellent remedy to reduce dark circle as well as it make our skin soft, vibrant, glowing and supple. To get the benefit of tomatoes, you have to mix one teaspoon tomato juice and one teaspoon lemon juice, apply this mixture under your eyes and leave it for 10 minutes, after that rinse off with normal water. To get a positive output, apply this solution at least two times in a day. On the other hand, you can also drink tomato juice with mint leaves and lemon juice; this will also help you to reduce dark circles.

4. Cold Milk

Use cold milk on daily basis to diminish the dark circles as well as to make your skin and eyes calm and relax. Take a cold milk or iced water in a bowl, dip a cotton ball in a bowl for a while. After that, apply that cotton ball on the entire eye mainly on affected area, ensure that your entire eyes is completely covered. Keep the cotton balls on eye for some time then wash it with normal water.

5. Turmeric

It is a spice which is available in every Indian kitchen and it has several health and skin benefits. Turmeric has anti oxidants and anti inflammatory properties that diminish the dark circle and make the skin around eyes smoother and softer. Take two teaspoon turmeric powder with pineapple juice and make a thick paste of it. Apply the mixture on affected area and leave it for 10 minutes and then remove it with the help of soft cotton cloth. For positive result, follow this procedure daily until you get desired result.

6. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is an effective home remedy to lessen the dark ring. Coconut has moisturizing quality as well as it prevent fine lines and wrinkles under eyes and promote soft and smooth skin. Massage with coconut oil on the affected area. Leave it for few hours then rinse it off. Repeat the same procedure two or three times in a day and just for few months.

7. Lemon Juice

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Acupressure Points that Will Reduce Your Stress

8 Acupressure Points that Will Reduce Your Stress

Modern lifestyle and latest techniques has made our life easier but on the other hand, it increased our stress, anxiety and tension. Previously, people had less technologies and less tension while at the present time, people have all kinds of technologies but they have to face lots of pressure and stress.

What are the reasons for Stress?

Today’s mostly work is computer centric and every person has to sit almost eight to night hours in front of screen which will affect eyes, spinal column and brain. The people who have to sit on their desk glued to screen usually complain about the stiffness in back, neck and shoulder as well as headache is a common issue among the working people. These problems are faced when work pressure is at its peak. The pressure becomes high when you have to complete your office work while completing the commitment of family members’ work, paying bills and complete all work within a deadline, it will create an immune pressure on your mind which lead to the stress and tension.

What is the Problems Caused by Stress?

If a person is in stress then he or she has to face lots of problems that include chest pain, insomnia, high diabetes, high blood pressure, heart diseases, depression and so on. But if you want to reduce your stress then you can do several things like meditation, yoga, several kinds of exercise, eating superfoods, take help of some therapies and acupressure. These practices will heal our all problems and reduce your stress less in an efficient manner.

8 Acupressure Points that Will Reduce Your Stress are:

1. Scalp

Scalp has various pressure points and most of them will reduce your stress positively and effectively. If you want to reduce your stress when you are in office then you can follow this process. For this you have to sit on your desk then bend towards back, after that use two fingers to pressurize the point where neck and skull meets. Massage that point for at least 20 minutes, it will definitely reduce the stress. Most of the stress collect on neck and muscle throughout a day, if you want to avoid that stress then massage on that point it will relieve you a lot.

2. Foot

If you want to reduce your stress effectively as well as provide the better attention to the bodies. The location of this point is at the centre of the foot. If you pressured on this point that will ease the stress mind and make your mind active to think positive by reducing the stress. Foot pressure point is the best meridian for treating the stress and pancreas.

3. Palm

Palm is considered as the most important energy channel that affects the liver, pancreas and heart. When you press the accurate spot on the palm then you feel that your stress is evaporating. Applying pressure on palm is highly effective and it treats the stomach pain, headache, insomnia, digestion and other symptoms of stress.

4. Stomach

Stomach is a responsive part of our body as well as it is very important to apply pressure on a correct point because wrong pressure on a certain point which will lead to stomach pain or other problems. Many people use this point of stomach to create the movements that liberates the chest and diaphragm which will enhance the breathing process. The people who take this treatment on regular basis will be able to take deeper breathe instinctively and relief you from the stress.

5. Ear

Ear is considered as one a stress relieving point in our body. The pressure point of ear is also called as The Spirit Gate (Shen Men). This pressure point will reduce the inflammation as well as pain throughout the body. It would be recommended, if you apply pressure on this spot with ear-buds or with a pen, while applying the pressure or doing massage, breathe slowly. It will reduce the stress effectively.

6. Chest

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how safe is teeth whitening

How Safe is Teeth Whitening ?

With hundreds of thousands of people parting with their cash each year in the quest for a whiter smile, it seems that we have all given into the ideology that brighter is most definitely better. But are all of these treatments promising to give you a Hollywood smile as effective, or even as safe as they claim to be? With so many businesses out there offering teeth whitening as a service, how can you be sure that you are in safe hands?

What is Teeth Whitening ?

There are a number of different methods of lightening the colour of your teeth, these range from whitening toothpastes, through to oil pulling. However there are a number of other approaches that are supposedly more effective, but use stronger substances. Although these may do a better job at improving the colour of your teeth, it also carries a higher risk.

One of the methods that is swiftly growing in popularity is bleaching. This involves applying a specialist bleach, made from a hydrogen peroxide solution, to the surface of the teeth, which lightens the colour. The procedure doesn’t claim to make your teeth brilliantly white, but to visibly lighten them after a few treatments. This particular technique can take a number of weeks, or in some cases months to complete. Your dentist will first of all need to take a mould of your teeth, which will be used to create a mouth guard. Once this has been created, they will provide you with a bleaching gel, that you will need to apply when you are at home. This is then repeated over a number of weeks until you get the desired colour.

Another form of professional teeth whitening, known as laser teeth whitening, is carried out in the dentist’s chair. This is significantly more expensive, however the results are more instant and supposedly more effective. Similar to the traditional method, your dentist will apply a bleaching agent to your teeth and then use a laser to intensify the process, ultimately improving the colour of your teeth.

Is Teeth Whitening permanent ?

Unfortunately having your teeth whitened doesn’t mean that they will remain their new, brighter colour. The colour of your teeth depends heavily on your lifestyle, therefore if you continue to do the activities that stained your teeth in the first place, they will become stained again. Certain things that can affect the colour of your teeth includes smoking, drinking red wine and coffee, fizzy drinks or anything that is dark in hue.

After you have had your teeth whitened, you should be more mindful about what you are consuming, to help preserve your new pearly whites. If you are a smoker, you should quite, not only for your teeth, but for your general health. Try to replace caffeinated drinks with water, or green tea and drink through a straw where possible.

What are the risks associated with Teeth Whitening?

Most dental procedures go ahead without any injury being caused, however there are a number of risks that can lead to a lot of pain as well as ongoing difficulties. Some of the most common side effects include:

1. Sensitive teeth:

The bleaching chemicals contained in these solutions are extremely powerful, therefore for some patients, especially those with weaker teeth, can find the enamel of the teeth becoming eroded. This can lead to extremely painful sensitivity, which can be further irritated by factors such as hot or cold temperatures.

2. Chemical Burns:

There are two main active bleaching agents used for teeth whitening, these are hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide. When used incorrectly they can cause severe chemical burns on the gums, which can cause irreversible damage. In extreme cases of dental negligence, the gums have been weakened so badly by the procedure that loss of teeth has occurred.

If you have already put your trust in someone to perform teeth whitening and it has gone wrong, you may have grounds to make a cosmetic surgery claim.

Who can perform Teeth Whitening?

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Biofibre Synthetic Hair Transplant

Biofibre Synthetic Hair Transplant

Hair loss is prevalent among millions of people the world over and hair transplant is the best method to restore hair. The benefit of having hair transplant done outweighs the advantages of opting for different alternative methods of hair restoration. There are many forms of hair transplant, some have been discouraged and omitted by the professionals while some methods have been approved by them for use. Many clinics in India offer biofibre synthetic hair transplant. Nowadays India has emerged as a hub for medical tourism and there is an influx of people who come to India for hair transplant surgeries. Mumbai, Delhi, Pune and Jaipur are main cities which are offering world class hair transplantation facilities at affordable price. Among these cities, hair transplantation in Jaipur is mostly favored by Patients due to its superior result and competitive price.

The methods of transplant which have been discouraged are ones that leave behind unnatural look on the patients who opted for them. Adverse side effectsare left by many methods which may lead to having the transplant done in the same area again and again if it is not handled appropriately.

Biofibre synthetic hair transplant acts as a replacement for normal hair and artificial hair are implanted into the human scalp. There are large numbers of clinics around the world that provide this system of hair transplant. To perform this operation there are trained doctors who are skilled and expert in doing so. The interesting part of this type of hair transplant is that it makes you look younger and it boosts a robust lifestyle in sports. The artificial hair which is transplanted looks very natural. A full thickness of hair is provided by the implants but they do not grow. You cannot change the color or the wave of the hair. It is necessary to maintain the implants, correct procedure has to be used to wash and dry your hair. Depending upon the preference of the individual, the hairline and the full head of hair can be done all at once or gradually. It is possible to mixthe natural hair with the artificial transplanted hair.

Procedure

The color and length of the hair is determined by the patient’s preference and the texture of the remaining hair on the scalp.

During the commencement of the procedure to check for any possible reaction around 100 biofibres are placed on the bald area. When no reaction is found after one week then the remaining fibres are transplanted in one session on the bald area under anesthesia. Immediately after the procedure the patient is able to continue with his/her daily activities since no downtime is involved. 

Why opt for Biofibre Synthetic Hair Transplant?

People who are eager to solve their problems regarding baldness opt for this method. The surgery is safe and efficient and it provides instant aesthetic results which are long lasting.

Advantages

  • Within a short period of time, high density of hair is offered in this method and it gives immediate cosmetic results and natural look. This method saves the patient from psychological and physical torture which may come with other types of methods.
  • The aesthetic requirements are met with biofibre synthetic hair transplant as the artificial hair is not detectable to the natural hair. They are available in the variations of 21 colors with varying lengths that can be used in different styles such as wavy, straight and curly.
  • It is a simple procedure and immediately after the transplant the person can engage in sports activities.
  • For those who opt for this method, the thickening of hair is gradual and progressive.
  • This method is affordable.
  • This type of procedure is not a burden to the patient as high maintenance is not required.
  • The hair transplant is not binding as the procedure can be performed or stopped when the patient feels appropriate. The transplant can be singly performed or in connection with other medical and surgical treatment.
  • It is recommended to people with scarring alopecia and androgenetic alopecia.

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