60 is the New 30: How to Keep Your Skin Young and Healthy Looking January 18, 2016 15:21
Today both women and men have access to many more choices than ever before for taking years off their appearance, no cosmetic surgery needed. You now have a choice on exactly how you will age!
My motto is "60 is the new 30". I believe it fully. The more than 75 million baby boomers entering their middle ages over the next decade not only request this, they demand it. Do you? I sure do! So if you want to keep your skin looking amazing, make sure you follow the tips below.
Don't Smoke: Tobacco Wrecks Your Skin
Ever heard of smoker’s face? This term, which is actually in the official "medical dictionary", describes the telltale characteristics that make smokers look older than they really are: grey skin, gauntness, and wrinkles around the mouth and eyes, and deep lines in the cheeks.
Smoking causes the blood vessels in the top layers of the skin to constrict, reducing the amount of oxygen in the blood and causing a sickly pallor. Your appearance is just one of the many reasons why you shouldn't smoke. I can help you quit easily if you need help.
Do Not "Sun"
No sun, no tanning booths, nada. Get a vegetable spray tan if you want to look tan and avoid wrecking your skin!
Find the Best Anti-Aging Serum?
These "first layer" serums are truly miraculous with their array of ingredients which do everything from shrinking pores, stimulating collagen (the skin's main building block), and protecting you from free radical damage. Some of the effective ingredients in this "first layer" of what I recommend for skin care are varied.
Your skin type does indeed come into play, as does your environment. As a Floridian with oily skin I need a light serum with good ingredients. If you live in the Northeast and suffer the effects of indoor heating and cold winters and have moderate to dry skin you'll need a different serum than I will. However we both need a stem cell cytokine serum. I'll explain as we go along here.
Anti-Aging Serum Antioxidants
The antioxidants in these anti aging serum first layer products most shown to repair damage and slow the aging process include:
Vitamin C, CoEnzyme Q-10 (CoQ-10), Vitamin A, and Vitamin E as well as alpha lipoic acid and DMAE have the most positive research thus far.Find a good 20% concentration and use it once daily in the order listed above in the skin care regimen. Feurulic acid has a lot of protective properties and many Vitamin C serums contain this ingredient along with Vitamin E and green tea. The more the merrier if the product is "well done" in my book.
Here are more ingredients which are effective and can be found in either types of serums-usually the most viscous ones: Acai oil, Green tea extract, Retinol, Caffeine, Salicylic acid, Retinoic acid, and the ever-popular hyaluronic acid.
The quality and purity of what you are putting on your face is crucial in my book. You are absorbing toxins if you put them on your face! At the very least I will recommend naturally derived products as well as products which don't contain parabens or propylene glycol. I use renewal serums 2x daily for the Vit C and hyaluronic acid. Some people do 2-3 serums or alternate them due to ingredients. I'll use a more 'protective' serum when I go into the cold.
So After Layer One of Anti-Aging Serum, Then What?
The current research is hot with lovely and ingredient-filled serums which contain "stem cell cytokines". These serums make our "wound healing response" go back to be as it was when we were younger. That is why they are recommended for use with laser procedures which cause skin injury such as the popular Fraxel and the less popular but effective Co2 laser procedures.
Anti-aging doctors such as myself recommend this category of serums as definitely the best 2nd layer serum for you to use. Make a mental note that with the "roller" you are stimulating collagen and elastin and making little tiny holes for better ingredient penetration. This is a micro-injury which by definition sparks elastin/collagen production and will make this stem cell cytokine product work even better!
Serum Layer Three
So then layer three is easy because it's the accelerator. Nowadays, these "fancy serums" come with an accelerator, so many times the best pick for an anti aging moisturizer is the "companion" moisturizer for the great serum. So my pick for layer 3 is the 2nd part of the AnteAgeMD® combo-the accelerator, which is also rich in those magic stem cell cytokines, and contains Vitamin C,Co-Q 10, Alpha lipoic acid, grape seed extract, retinol, Vitamin E and many of the moisturizing ingredients you will read about in the next section. Note that a whole lot of the "good ingredients" are packed into these two products. This could also be "the end" of your layers other than sunscreen. But at night, it's advantageous to add a nighttime layer.
Products Useful For When it's Cold
- Ceramides - Help replenish the skin's natural oils.
- Glycerol - Helps water and other moisturizer ingredients penetrate the skin to get where they are needed.
- Niacinamide - Helps the skin produce more natural oils, and may also help reverse the signs of sun-damaged skin, like brown spots and blotchiness
- Hydroxy Acids - Helps with exfoliation of dead skin cells
- Grape seed oil, Squalene, Shark liver oil, Rosehip seed oil, Jojoba oil, Borage seed oil, Avocado oil, and sea buckthorn oil, for the best natural oils
All Natural Skin Care: Do Oily Skin Types Really Need to Moisturize? January 04, 2016 09:17
Having had oily skin for the first 20 years of my adult life, I always steered away from skin care products containing oil. Every time I went to my local drugstore, I scrupulously read all product labels to make sure they said, "Oil Free." I educated myself about many skin care ingredients just to make sure the products I considered did not contain any hidden oils. I never even entertained the thought of using a moisturizer, not even an oil-free one.
When I later decided to shop for department store brands, every sales person I encountered told me I needed to use a moisturizer even though my skin was very oily. Was this just a ploy to get me to buy more products or did my oily skin truly need a moisturizer?
If you ask almost any esthetician or skin care expert, they will tell you that oily skin needs a moisturizer. In many cases, they will recommend an oil-free one. Their rationale is that even oily skin needs hydration and that moisturizers help prevent moisture (or water) from evaporating from the skin.
So, in answering the question, "Do I need to moisturize oily skin,?" I believe the answer is not as black and white as some would believe. It really depends on your skin. Not everyone with oily skin has the same issues. For example, some people can have oily skin with dry patches right over oily areas. This can be caused by any number of reasons, including eczema. In this case, a light weight moisturizer can be helpful. Many have combination skin, so moisturizing dry areas, including the eye area can be beneficial.
Additionally, those with oily skin may find they have dry patches during the harsh winter months. Using a non-greasy moisturizer would be recommended in this instance. Also, if you are using products such as benzoyl peroxide or Retin-A for acne, then using a moisturizer can help since these ingredients can be drying. Retin -A or Renova is also commonly used as an anti-aging ingredient, so moisturizing would be advised when using this product if you find it dries you out.
Using an all natural face cream with anti-aging ingredients can be beneficial for those with oily skin, particularly as we become older. As we mature, our oil glands may not produce as much oil, so our skin may still be oily, but not as much as when we were younger. Additionally, our skin can benefit from anti-aging treatments which utilize powerful antioxidants such as R-Lipoic Acid, Green Tea, White Tea, Pomegranate, etc. If you find your skin is still extremely oily in your forties and fifties, you can benefit from a natural skin cream which uses light oils such as jojoba oil, sesame seed oil, and apricot kernel oil. These oils penetrate immediately and do not leave an oily residue.
If you are still uncomfortable with creams, you can opt for an oil free serum with antioxidants. Finding one in an aloe vera base can provide oil free moisture. Additionally, Hyaluronic acid, a powerful humectant, can help give the skin a plumper, more youthful look.
It is very important to use a sun block on a daily basis to prevent UV damage. Look for a light weight cream or gel for this purpose. However, stay away from products that utilize alcohol which can be drying, even for oily skin. For example, avoid products containing "SD Alcohol 40," or any alcohol followed by a number. You will typically see these in gel or spray on sunscreens.
Also, avoid creamy cleansers since they will leave an emollient film behind. While great for dry skin, they can make oily skin oilier. Instead, use an all natural cleanser which does not contain oil, fragrance, detergent or soap. Try to avoid foaming or sudsing cleansers as they may contain toxic chemicals. They can also interfere with your skin's acid mantle. Listen to your skin. Experiment with different products to see how they work with your oily skin. If you still feel uncomfortable with even the "lightest" moisturizers, then don't feel pressured to use one, particularly if you are in your teens or your twenties.
30 Day Green Smoothie Challenge December 31, 2015 09:58
People obsess over smoothies, and I never really got it. I also never thought I'd be one of those people who bounces out of bed, psyched to make my glass of green mush.
Let me tell you - it has changed my life. At first I started with some sweeter, less green concoctions. I liked them, but I was no guru. Add a little too much or too little of an ingredient and you've got a completely different taste. Just like cooking, the first time you make something, it doesn't come out... ideal. Then the second time [hopefully] it's a bit improved. THEN you start fine tuning and finding your groove. So I'm here to tell you:
Keep at it. The more you make your smoothies, the better you get at figuring out the right ratios to suit your tastes and your desired energy levels.
Now the WHOLE POINT of making a smoothie is to get a surge of nutrients in a big swig. Food is ENERGY. Read on here to see more benefits of greens in your smoothies. Food is fuel to allow you to live your purpose and be your kickass self.
With that being said, you can think of the objective of making a smoothie is to get as many GREENS as possible, in a way that is palatable for you. I say this, because we all have a different reference for what tastes GOOD to us.
And something that tastes good to you NOW, may change in 2 weeks. Here's why:
Your taste buds regenerate in a cycle ranging from about 10 days to 2 weeks. I often hear clients who, after eating more fruits and vegetables consistently for a week or 2, claim that their fruits and veggies taste sweeter, and their beloved chocolate becomes overwhelmingly sweet. This is not just in your head - it's biochemical.
This is why it is so important to stay consistent and be patient with yourself, drinking a smoothie (or green juice) in the morning, and really get the hang of this life-changing habit. Not only will you give your body a boost of energy in the morning, it'll help balance your blood sugar for the rest of the day - and balanced blood sugar means putting your body in the FAT BURNING zone.
Here's the best way to get started:
Challenge yourself to a 30-day Green Smoothie Challenge
Drink 1 green smoothie for breakfast every day, for 30 days.
Differences in Vitamin Quality December 02, 2015 09:51
Why buy more expensive vitamins?
What is the difference between “Vitamin”, ”Food Based”, and “Food State” vitamins?
I found myself about to write out the same information for a new client for the fifth time this month. Oh yeah! This is the part where I share what I know with everyone and have an easy reference for everyone to get ahold of.
What are Vitamins? What’s in these pills anyway?
For instance, vitamin c is white sugar processed down three more times into a “vitamin”. All other vitamins are the same. They are parts of a whole. They are not fully usable by the body until the body finds the other part to hook them up to. What are they in need of? Amino acids. When you take typical vitamin, you are taking a bunch of puzzle pieces and asking your body to kindly go into overdrive to fit that giant puzzle together to be able to utilize it at all.
Ascorbic acid is *not* vitamin c! It is chemically changed sorbitol with stuff that you would never ever put in your body. I am not saying these chemicals (benzene and acetone) remain in the vitamin, but I certainly don’t go around cooking with benzene and acetone, but I don’t want it used on anything if at all possible because I would kind of like the earth to stay around for my kids. Aside from the extreme processing that these “vitamins” undergo, they are not usable. That is my main point. The body must further process them and put them back into a usable natural form.
This is why these vitamins say, “Eat with food.” This is why most people will get an upset stomach if they fail to eat with their vitamins. I don’t know about you, but I take vitamins because I want to give my body an easy way to get the nutrition I desire and that I know it needs.
Food Based Vitamins
Food Based Vitamins are from companies that have at least recognized that it’s pretty unlikely you will actually eat all the right foods with all the right amino acids to be able to use them. These supplements contain great things like spirulina and other super foods that are abundant in amino acids and other components that your synthetic vitamins need to be able to get into the bloodstream and get into the body as we need them. However, the vitamins themselves are just as processed as in the plain vitamins.
Food State Vitamins
What are food state vitamins? Food State Vitamins are taken from food and as whole a vitamin as you can get. No parts and pieces, but entire molecules that are readily available for the body to pick them right up and use them immediately without putting a whole jigsaw together.
I only know of two companies that make Food State vitamins right now. They are MegaFood and New Chapter. Both available at any health food store and online. I am telling you that you will feel different on these vitamins. Yes, the price is higher. It’s a lot cheaper to make vitamins cured with acetone and gasoline (unfortunately) than it is to cultivate and extract them from their natural state.
Over the two, I recommend MegaFood Vitamins.
MegaFood is still using the same trusted processes they came up with when they started, which is to actually get vitamins from food. New Chapter has gone over to obtaining vitamins grown in a soy media. You can see on MegaFood's videos on Youtube, creating vitamin A directly from carrots, etc.
One of my major reasons for promoting MegaFood over New Chapter at this point is that New Chapter was purchased by Proctor and Gamble and I refuse to buy from the same company that manufactures some of the most environmentally unfriendly things on the planet.
This is just my two cents, but you are free to decide what's best for you.
3 Ways to Repel Mosquitoes Naturally November 23, 2015 20:21
As a horticulturist there is one thing I never stop hearing. People are adamant in wiping out the entire mosquito and bug population in the summertime. First of all, it's a losing battle because they will always be with us and we need them! But, what we don't need is them pestering us when we are in the backyard trying to grill out out on 4th of July or just enjoy a evening outside.
First we need to go back to basics because there are many products on the shelves promising to keep the bugs and mosquitoes away from us. Actually some of the products just don't work or we would all know about it and one product would reign in the industry.
1. Citronella Plant
The citronella plant is a major resource that is used in many bug-repellant products currently on the market. Instead of You can grow them in your garden area and of course bugs and mosquitoes hate them.
2. Dryer Sheets
One technique hunters use when they go hunting in bug infested woods is to put a dryer sheet in their pocket. A dryer sheet like Downy works well. There is a component in the dryer sheet that the bugs and mosquitoes hate.
3. Pinion Wood
The best techniqueI have seen in the fight against bugs is burning pinion wood. When you burn wood in a firepit or fireplace, the wood you buy is always labeled as "pinion" wood. But, often the big chain stores will sell wood and even label it pinion wood but it is not. It is just simple pine wood and is mislabeled. In order to enjoy mosquito repelling benefits you must be sure to purchase authentic pinoin wood.
I find that when I order and burn pinion wood from the New Mexico area it does wonders and it is organic! This is not putting chemicals on your skin. This is fighting bugs and mosquitoes naturally!
Is Soy Good or Bad for Hair? August 10, 2015 13:07
You would think that soy is really healthy for your hair. Let's look at the over all science behind soy (and tofu) on your body.
Soy is very common protein for working out. But of all the supplemental proteins, it has the highest amount of arginine per 100 gms ([i]). Arginine is extremely anabolic. It is the main component in Creatine. Creatine has been shown to raise DHT levels and cause hair loss.
Soy isoflavones also have some goitrogenic and estrogenic activity. Because soy is goitrogenic it can affect the thyroid. Low thyroid causes hair loss especially in menopausal women. The problem is that a small amount of soy that is found in the Japanese diet, such as tofu, may have minimal affect.
But in the U.S. diet there is soy milk, soy hot dogs, and a multitude of soy meats that have replaced red meat. The amount of soy isoflavones in the diet has increased dramtically and drinking 8-12 ounces of soy milk could be having a hormonal affect on the human body that was never seen in the past. We have seen hair loss from patients taking soy milk and soy products. Using soy while taking our product will decrease the efficacy. There is some evidence that iodine deficiency increases soy antithyroid effects. Iodine deficiency is fairly common in the U.S. diet.
"Iodine deficiency greatly increases soy antithyroid effects, whereas iodine supplementation is protective. Thus, soy effects on the thyroid involve the critical relationship between iodine status and thyroid function. In rats consuming genistein-fortified diets, genistein was measured in the thyroid at levels that produced dose-dependent and significant inactivation of rat and human thyroid peroxidase (TPO) in vitro."
Soy the bottom line is, enjoy your tofu in your miso soup, but everything in moderation.
The Differences Between a Juice and a Smoothie August 04, 2015 02:05
We have touched on this topic before from a health benefits perspective but there is still some misunderstanding about the difference between making a juice and a smoothie.
Some of you may think the answer is plain and simple; a juice is made from a juicer and a smoothie is made in a blender! Right? Right! But still I hear the terms being mixed up and it may be just a little thing but I think it’s important to understand the correct term for what you are consuming and I think I know where the confusion comes from.
I believe the misconception is coming from that a smoothie is the same as a milk shake or a thick shake and therefore must have a milk base when in fact a smoothie does not need to contain any dairy and can be solely produced from fruit and/or vegetables with any non-dairy base.
Here are a few good examples of non-dairy options that can be used to make a smoothie:
- Filtered Water
- Coconut Water
- Coconut Milk
- Almond Milk
- Soy Milk
The term smoothie comes from the smooth property of the emulsion and not the content of the emulsion and can have the appearance of a milk shake. When I searched for the term ‘smoothie’ the definition read:
… is a blended and sometimes sweetened beverage made from fresh fruit (fruit smoothie) and in special cases can contain chocolate or peanut butter. In addition to fruit, many smoothies include crushed ice, frozen fruit, honey or contain syrup and ice ingredients. They have a milkshake-like consistency that is thicker than slush drinks. They can also contain milk, yogurt or ice cream.
A blended drink (smoothie) containing fruit, vegetables and a non-dairy base can give the appearance and taste of a juice however depending on the quality of your blender you will get a varying degree of pulp in your smoothie. A quality high speed blender will pulverise your produce to a consistency that replicates that of a juice with little amount of pulp. A cheaper blender will not have the power to produce a fine and smooth consistency and will produce a smoothie with predominately large amounts of pulp.
A cheaper juicer may also give you a similar result to that of a smoothie if it is a machine that produces a lot of pulp. A quality slow juicer will give you a smooth consistency without the pulp, or with little pulp.
Whatever your choice of drink is, both a juice and smoothie have individual health benefits and are a great asset to improving your health and wellbeing.
Caffeine and Hair Growth. How Much is Too Much? July 31, 2015 15:58
Several studies have brought to light that too much caffeine can have a detrimental affect on hair. But, a small amount daily can help with hair growth.
Differential effects of caffeine on hair shaft elongation, matrix and outer root sheath keratinocyte proliferation, and transforming growth factor-β2/insulin-like growth factor-1-mediated regulation of the hair cycle in male and female human hair follicles in vitro.
Caffeine enhanced hair shaft elongation, prolonged anagen duration and stimulated hair matrix keratinocyte proliferation. Female HFs showed higher sensitivity to caffeine than male HFs. Caffeine counteracted testosterone-enhanced TGF-β2 protein expression in male HFs.
Another study showed: Caffeine was identified as a stimulator of human hair growth in vitro; a fact which may have important clinical impact in the management of AGA. However, too much caffeine can decrease hair growth.
For caffeine, dose-response experiments showed that a concentration of 0.15% was stimulatory in the MSOCM,13 but suppressive in the hair follicle model. Also concentrations of 0.05% and 0.01% showed suppression.
These high concentrations were regarded as nonphysiologic or toxic, an effect which can be observed in many substances. High concentrations may cause an over-stimulation of hair follicle metabolism resulting in extensive consumption of energy reserves, exhaustion of the proliferation capability and finally lack of hair shaft elongation.
How do we know the exact amount needed for optimal growth? From patient feedback.
After treating thousands of patients for hair loss, patients report typcially one up to two cups daily works optimally for hair growth. Over that amount we see negative effects on the hair.
But we must remember that caffeine is found in coffee and tea and in energy drinks. We must be careful of energy drinks because the amount of caffeine is extremely high and does not always reflect the amount labeled on the bottle.
Massaging Seat Cushions Are a Back Pain Home Remedy That Works July 27, 2015 12:15
As people are preoccupied by routine work-related activities, they begin recognizing malaise. Usually, physical tiredness is common, but as the pain becomes uncommon, we begin to think of a way to relieve it.
I have a chiropractor who has the ability to ease my back pain in an instant. But the clinic is so far that I need to hassle with busy streets for hours. Then I discovered heated massaging seat cushions. The price is reasonable, and I thought this would spare me from long travels just to reach my pain specialist.
At the same time, I could use it whenever I want to. What a way to remedy a pain!
The cool thing about a heated massaging seat cushion is its ability to heat the body. Plus, some have multiple motor massagers that make the experience excellent.
The main features of a good heated massaging seat cushion include the following:
- Multiple powerful massage motors that simulates a human massage.
- Motors provide soothing relief to upper back lumbar area and thighs.
- Heat therapy is an amazing feature because it completes the relief that the equipment can provide.
- A cushioned lumbar area that takes care of sensitive body parts.
- An attached easy to use remote hand control.
- A strapping system that fastens to most chairs.
- Transformer is Ul-listed so security and safety are guaranteed.
- Includes a home adapter that makes it ready to use any time and anywhere.
I am used to sitting in the same position for long hours while attending to online marketing tasks at home, or while getting addicted to entertainment. Lol!
The function of heated massaging seat cushion come in handy as I can have an instant massage at the comfort of my regular workspace.
35 Things to Do Instead of Eating Sugar July 23, 2015 14:56
The word is finally getting out there. We are overloading our bodies with sugar and it is playing a huge part in today's health problems. The top two killers in America today are heart disease and cancer, both to a certain extent preventable!
The World Cancer Research Fund has estimated that up to one-third of cancer cases that occur in economically developed countries like the US are related to being overweight, obese, inactive or having poor nutrition.
Avoiding sugar in our food is hard. Especially if your diet is based around packaged foods. Have a look at the labels. There is sugar or a form of sugar in nearly everything some ways companies try to hide it is by calling it another name.
Look for high fructose corn syrup, dextran, ethyl maltol, glucose and maltodextrin to name a few. Check out this link to learn all the 57 names of sugar! Trying to kick your sugar habit is hard. Studies have shown that sugar affects the same receptors in the brain as drugs such as cocaine, making it highly addictive.
So, I have compiled a list of 35 things to do instead of eating sugar:
- Drink sparkling water with some fresh squeezed lemon
- Take a nap
- If at work, get up from your desk and walk around the office, say hi to your colleagues
- Go on a hike
- Give your pet a cuddle
- Brew yourself some herbal tea
- Take a shower/bath
- Paint your nails - or guys if your not into that - clip your nails and keep 'em clean
- Write a letter to a loved one that is near or far
- Clean up your email
- Have sex
- Plan a vacation
- Create a vision board
- Clean the house
- Foam roll and stretch
- Plan a dinner party
- Call a long lost friend
- Feng shui your home or office
- Unsubscribe from the incessant junk emails you get
- Sign up for CrossFit
- Find your next book to read
- Make a list of books you would like to read that will help you reach your goals
- Create short, medium and long term goals for eachof your values
- Define your values
- Figure out your why
- Read some blog posts!
- Look for places in your community to volunteer
- Build a fort with your kids or without them
- Find a new recipe to try
- Create next week's meal plan
- Do 10 burpees
- Call your mom
- Do a crossword or sudoko puzzle
Did I miss anything? What do you do when you have that sugar craving, give in or something else?
A Natural Sleep Solution With Essential Oils - Is Sleep Really This Easy? July 15, 2015 15:35
Working the mid-shift, I've come to learn, is SO very tough on you when it comes to being a parent of young kiddos and sleep. Sleep!? What's that?! You...
work, work, work...
work some more...
then *bing* your eyes are so wide open when you get off that it's not only an instant irritant, but a source of fury. For me it is. I feel myself getting angry because I know that reveille, reveille, reveille will come at 0600! I can now combat that... yippeee!
Honestly, this is about the easiest solution I've found for getting to sleep after fighting it for eight hours. There's an alternative if you don't do the bath thing and prefer a shower or sachet.
- 2 drops ylang ylang essential oil
- 3 drops lavender essential oil
2 - 3 pipettes or droppers, just in case you drop a few
- Handkerchief or piece of thin cloth
- Organza bag
- Add oils to a tub of warm water
- Mix well
- That's it!
Grab a handkerchief, drop the oils on the 'kerchief using a dropper or pipette. Place it between your pillowcase and pillow. Lay down and breathe deeply until the blissful peace of deep slumber take hold and just won't let you go.
If you have dried flowers, grab a handful, along with a square of cloth (an organza bag is perfect). Place the flowers on the center of the material, then drop the oils onto the flowers, gather and tie with string or a rubberband. Hop in the shower and wet the bag.
Sit it to the side and bathe as usual... breathing deeply to inhale the scent of the oil. If you use an organza bag, dump in the flowers and drop in the oils. Shake the bag to mix. Wet when you get in the shower and breathe easy.
Sleep easy and stay beautiful.
5 Amazing Weight Loss Tips July 14, 2015 11:40
1. Do your homework.
As you start your weight loss plan, take the time to carefully evaluate your situation. What caused the weight gain? Pregnancy? Inactivity? Overeating and binging? Emotions? There are many triggers in our lives that will cause us to gain weight. Some can be prevented or eliminated, some can't. It's important as you begin your weight loss to understand and come to grips with the cause of your weight. Be honest with yourself. Don't cheat on this one. Obviously, you want to have your weight loss become permanent.
In order to keep off the weight in the future, you may have to make some lifestyle changes to stay slim. Don't give up before you start. There's usually more than one solution to any weight gain reason. Just remain open-minded, and be willing to change to get the results you desire. Don't hesitate to read and learn as much as you can about weight gain. It's really easy to understand, and you may be surprised at what you learn.
2. Avoid hidden calories.
Here's an over simplified version of weight loss and weight maintenance. If you eat more than your body needs, you gain weight. If you eat less (reduce calories) than your body needs, you lose weight! While it sounds simple enough, just eat less. Right? Basically that's true. Yet, there are other things that come into play as one is trying to lose weight. One common mistake many people make as they diet is the fact they don't really understand how much is provided by the food they are eating. This is especially true with eating out and eating snack foods and beverages.
A serving as defined by the scientific communities on weight loss and a serving that your local restaurant provides is most often very different. For example, one serving of bread is typically one slice. Yet, the average bun in a fast food restaurant is actually almost three servings. A single serving of French fries is 15 fries. Just take a guess at how many servings are in a "Biggie" French fry container.
Also, don't be fooled into thinking just because a bag of popcorn is small, that it's a single serving. The same thing goes for beverages. The bottle may contain 16 oz. Yet, the serving size may be 4 ounces. Pay attention to actually how many servings of food and beverages you are actually consuming. The amount may surprise you.
I'll give you an example, my son who's 14 has put on several pounds. His favorite cola is Mountain Dew. Mountain Dew has higher sugar content than most other cola's. He didn't have a clue as to how many calories he was consuming by drinking 3 or4 24 oz. bottles a day. When my daughter told him, he was amazed. He replaced the cola with water and went from a 38 waist to a 34 waist in about two months. Be careful, you may be consuming more than you think.
3. Consider diet pills carefully.
Maybe one of your diet buddies has decided to buy diet pills, or maybe you've seen or heard a commercial for diet supplements promising easy fast weight loss. If so, please evaluate CAREFULLY! Even the most natural-sounding diet pills or weight loss supplements can be useless for weight loss, or dangerous, or both. Diet pills are very tempting things if you want to lose weight, especially if you have tried several conventional weight loss plans without success. The side effects and dangers of some diet and weight loss pills can vary enormously because many of these pills contain a cocktail of ingredients and because dosage instructions may be inadequate. Possible side effects include: nervousness, tremors, diarrhea, bulging eyes, racing heartbeat, elevated blood pressure even heart failure.
There are some instances when diet pills can be helpful. Usually these are indicated in the truly obese person. For the person wanting to lose 5 or 10 pounds, they usually aren't necessary. So you may ask, how does the diet pills work to cause weight loss, while I continue to eat the same amount? In recent years, it seems everyone has the PERFECT answer to help with your weight loss. There are almost as many weight loss methods and diet pills available as there are people who want to lose weight.
There are diet pills that stop your hunger so you eat less and burn more fat. There are diet pills that cause the body not to metabolize all the food you eat, so it's passed out of your system and not stored as fat. There's combination of these two. As you begin your search for the perfect diet pill, be careful as some can have harmful effects on your body.
Diet pills work by shifting levels of brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that control satiety (fullness) and desire for food. Some also slightly increase your metabolic rate- the rate at which your body burns calories.
Examples of weight loss diet pills include:
- Diethylpropion Hydrochloride (eg. Tenuate)
- Mazindol (eg. Mazanor, Sanorex)
- Phendimetrazine Tartrate (eg. Bontril)
- Phentermine Hydrochloride (eg. Adipex-P, Lonamin)
4. Monitor/increase your activity.
Regardless weather you're taking diet pills or not to help with your weight loss, it's still important to maintain regular exercise program. This is beneficial not only for your weight loss, but also for your overall health. In many ways we in the developed country have a much more sedentary lifestyle than our bodies need. Obviously it's easier for us not to be active. Start and maintain some sort of exercise plan no matter what your age. Especially for the middle-aged and older people exercise play a very, very important role in the quality of health and staying within normal weight ranges.
5. Develop a plan for maintenance
Even if you're taking diet pills to help with your weight loss it's important to keep in mind, that once you stop the pills, unless you maintain a balance between your activity level and the food you eat the weight will come back. While it may take some time to become accustomed to change in diet and activity, the rewards are well worth the time and effort spent to reach and maintain a healthy weight.
Healing in the Coming Age: Using all the Tools July 02, 2015 14:19
The root word of healing is hale, or to make whole. Healing may or may not apply to what is commonly labeled physical health. The purpose of healing is not just to return a body or a mind back to what society considers normal. Healing should be something that facilitates one to move towards a greater wholenesswellness. It is impossible to separate what is mental from the physical or spiritual, yet our language does not offer concepts to best understand these connections.
A healing path usually depends on what one believes to have caused the disease. Concepts to think about:
All diseases and disorders have a multiple and complex basis that varies with each person.
You may never know the real cause of your particular problem as there are no universal standards in determining cause. Cultural attitudes often determine cause. But that doesnt prohibit healing.
Regardless of cause, some problems manifest their symptoms most clearly at the physical or mental level, others at the spiritual level and still others at the social/community level. These symptoms respond best to treatments designed for their appropriate level.
There are many systems of healing. Some systems have been in place for many thousands of years while some just a few hundred. Each system has its own treatments, assumptions, and has a model for naming and treating a variety of problems. There are three well known systems in the healing model of this country.
In the United States, only allopathic physicians may legally practice medicine. The underlying assumption of allopathy is that disease is an entity, usually having an external cause with treatment geared toward removing the cause, and/or relieving symptoms with surgery, pharmaceuticals and machines. This theory presupposes a person can do little to help themselves other than comply with an allopathic treatment.
Behavioral medicine is a relatively new system of healing. Its basic assumption is that behaviors have something to do with health. Behavior is variously defined, from observable activities such as eating, smoking, exercise, and work to a concept of internal events such as attitudes, emotions and response to stress. Behavioral medicine attempts to modify health by changing behaviors.
Transpersonal medicine comes from extremely ancient healing systems i.e. acupuncture. Transpersonal means beyond the self. This system of healing looks beyond the development and expression of the self, to the greater, more cosmic, global, and spiritual self of the human community. One of the basic assumptions of transpersonal medicine is that somethingusually invisibleis transferred among and between individuals, i.e. God. This something is often referred to as energy, prayer, dreams, or visions and much more.
A new medical system of healing is slowly developing in what is called Integrative medicine. In most cases it is attempting to provide a body/mind/soul healing environment or whole person healing opportunity. With healthcare reform, the money involved for being un-healthy, people are learning to take responsibility for being healthy. Even the practitioners and systems of medicine must learn to support and cooperate with each other to offer true total healing. Responsibility can be defined as responding with ability. And we all have the ability to heal ourselves.
Top 10 Best Spa Treatments Available in the U.S. July 02, 2015 12:55
Some people look forward to vacation so they can hit the beaches or lounge around the pool while others look for ways to rejuvenate their mind, body and soul. When the time comes for you to enjoy some pampering and relaxation, will you know which spa treatments to choose?
Whether you prefer ancient techniques or innovative modern spa equipment, here are the top ten treatments available for your personal improvement and enjoyment. Most of these can easily be performed in the privacy of your home to save money.
#1 - Dead Sea Mud Treatment - Anyone who pays attention to natural beauty trends has likely heard of Dead Sea treatments, but this one is a little different. Simply rub Dead Sea mud all over your body, covering every inch of your exposed skin, and bask in the sunlight. The mud will dry and falls from your body, leaving you with soft rejuvenated skin.
#2 - Salt Cave Experience - If you are fortunate enough to find yourself near a salt cave, take advantage by enjoying some halotherapy. Salt caves have been used in the treatment of respiratory and skin problems for thousands of years.
#3 - Natural Spas and Hot Baths - You won't need spa equipment when you choose this rejuvenating treatment. Enjoy the pleasure that a hot spring can offer your tired body and take advantage of the many special minerals that treat or relieve skin problems and other health issues.
#4 - Balinese Four Hand Massage - An ancient treatment requiring no spa equipment other than human hands, this massage technique is performed by two massage therapists who will happily knead all the stress and worry away.
#5 - Volcanic Ash Purifying Facial - This natural facial will remove impurities such as blackheads and oily patches without leaving your face red. Enjoy baby soft skin after a facial with volcanic ash.
#6 - Astro Balance - If you are a believer in Astronomy, you may want to consider trying this spa treatment, completely catered to your birthday, astrological sign and element. The technician will also use essential oils to increase your mojo.
#7 - Turquoise Wrap - Wraps are very popular right now and this one is sure to leave you feeling refreshed and ready to face the world. Replacing negative thoughts with self-confidence and positive energy, this wrap has many skin-purifying, cleansing and moisturizing benefits.
#8 - CoffeeBerry Natureceuticals Antiaging Facial - Most love this facial's ability to stop or reverse the signs of aging, especially since it adds firmness and evens skin tone. Best of all, this facial also encompasses your neck, chest, and hands.
#9 - Red Flower Sento Treatment - With this spa treatment, natural sea algae, rose, and plum oils are used to purify and hydrate the skin. The last step in this Japanese treatment is a shiatsu performed with Kinmoxie wild lime silk oil.
#10 - Grand Luxe Facial - Like diamonds, the Grande Luxe Special is a girl's best friend. That's because this spa treatment features a diamond peel and caviar masque followed by some LED light therapy.
Hair Care From the Grocery Store - It's Not as Crazy as It Sounds... July 02, 2015 11:56
If you've been shopping at the salon, and paying an arm and a leg for products. Get out of the salon and into the grocery store for great looking hair! Seriously, you can do wonders for your hair with common kitchen ingredients. In fact, many pricey hair care products are based on these five simple products.
Do you have product buildup in your hair? You can remove it with baking soda. Just add three tablespoons of baking soda to a quart of water, and use it as a rinse after shampooing. Then rinse and condition the way you normally would. This works on any type of hair.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Your mom or grandma may have extolled the benefits of vinegar rinses for your hair. Guess what - they were right! Just add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to two cups of water, and use it after shampooing. Your hair will shine! You don't even have to rinse it out, because the vinegar odor will evaporate quickly.
You don't need protein shampoo. Eggs are just full of protein, and other fabulous nutrients as well. Just beat an egg in a bowl, pour in some of your favorite shampoo, mix it up, and wash your hair with the mixture. You can also use eggs as a deep conditioning treatment - beat an egg or two in a bowl, and work them into dry hair. Cover your hair with a shower cap and wait fifteen minutes, then wash. Use warm water, though, not hot - it doesn't take a whole lot of heat to cook eggs, and you won't believe the mess you'll be in for if you end up with scrambled eggs in your hair.
Molasses is an incredible conditioning treatment. Just apply it to your dry hair, put on a shower cap, and leave it for about 20 minutes. Then wash. This is ideal for dry hair.
Of all the kitchen items you can use on your hair, olive oil is simply the best. You can use it two ways. First, to strengthen and moisturize your hair, heat half a cup of olive oil in the microwave for fifteen seconds - just long enough to warm it. Apply it to damp hair, and pop on a shower cap.
Leave on for at least 20 minutes - an hour is better, though. Then shampoo. Second, to add shine to your hair, put about half a teaspoon of olive oil in your hands, and rub. Apply it to your hair, moving from the top downward. This is highly effective on split ends.
4 Benefits of Wearing Swimming Goggles June 25, 2015 15:32
Whether you're a competitive pool swimmer or someone who enjoys an occasional dip in the ocean while on vacation, wearing a pair of swimming goggles offers a number of unique benefits.
Some of these benefits are obvious, such as the ability to see underwater but others are not so obvious. If you're still on the fence about wearing them, check out some of the benefits below.
Benefit 1. Protects The Eyes From Saltwater and Chlorine
The first benefit of wearing swimming goggles that we're going to discuss is their ability to protect the eyes against chlorinated freshwater or ocean saltwater. Exposing your eyes to chlorine or saltwater isn't going to cause any permanent damage but it's still quite painful nonetheless. Even small amounts may create an intense burning sensation while leaving your eyes red and watery.
A pair of high-quality swimming goggles offer a tight, waterproof seal that minimizes the intrusion of water into your eyes. Without saltwater or chlorinated pool water rushing into your eyes, you'll have a greater level of comfort when swimming.
Benefit 2. Fitment of Corrective Lenses
According to StatisticsBrain.com, approximately 75% of Americans wear some form of corrective lenses (225 million). Thankfully, manufacturers have acknowledged this statistic by offering affordable swimming goggles with custom-made prescription lenses. Swimmers are no longer forced to struggle with their eyesight due to a lack of prescription eyewear in the water. Now, they can select goggles with lenses made specifically for their vision needs.
If you wear a pair of prescription glasses or contacts, you should order a pair of prescription-lens swimming goggles. With built-in corrective lenses, you'll be able to enjoy the sport of swimming without straining your eyes.
Benefit 3. Improves Clarity
Of course, wearing a pair of swimming goggles will also improve your clarity and vision as well. In the case of competitive swimming in the pool, these Rx lenses would improve your depth/distance perception, allowing you to better judge when to turn and go towards improving your lap times. Not to mention you’ll also be able to see your lane more clearly so you can better judge your line.
Even if you swim strictly for recreational purposes, you're sure to appreciate the improved clarity that a pair of swimming goggles would offer. It's an otherwise simple accessory that can make a world of difference when you're competing against other swimmers.
Benefit 4. The Bottom Line
Swimming goggles may not offer the same aerodynamic benefits as a swim cap but there are still plenty of reasons why you should wear them. They protect your eyes from saltwater and chlorine; they provide greater clarity and they can be designed with prescription lenses to suit your needs.
Top 8 Benefits of Apricots for Skin Care June 22, 2015 15:39
We all want healthy, beautiful looking skin right? Unfortunately, we always seem to turn to synthetic skin care products which not only are harmful to our skin but many are hazardous to the environment. The more that science makes advances in skincare technology, the more it returns to the "source." We now know that the most effective ingredients to prevent and treat the signs of skin problems are the powerful, natural chemicals found in plants, flowers and trees. This is when I take you to my next secret natural solution to those problematic areas ;)
Apricot is found to have impressive benefit results for our skin. It is quickly absorbed by the skin and does not keep the skin oily after it is applied. Apricots are not just useful for maintaining the smooth and shiny appearance of the skin; it also aids in treating a number of skin diseases including eczema, itching, scabies, and a number of other irritating conditions.
This is specifically due to the antioxidant compounds found within apricots. Not only does it have a healthy amount of vitamin A (60% of your daily requirement per serving), which has long been associated with healthier skin, but the antioxidants in apricots protect the skin from the effects of free radicals, which can lead to skin deterioration and signs of premature aging.
1) Heals Damaged Skin
Apricot oil is obtained from the dried seeds of the fruit. Its skin softening effects can be attributed to its high content of vitamin C. This oil can treat a variety of skin conditions without making your skin oily. It is an excellent moisturizer for face and hands and can cure damaged skin without undesirable side effects.
2) Reduces Wrinkles
A peeling formula produced from apricot kernels helps in getting rid of the old, dead skin cells on the surface of your skin and enables new skin cells to re-grow. This exfoliating action helps in getting rid of fine lines and small wrinkles by eliminating the damaged surface cells from the skin.
3) Maintains Skin Elasticity
Apricot oil helps in maintaining skin clarity, suppleness and elasticity. It is often used in beauty products due to its revitalizing and nourishing effects on the skin. Being very mild natural oil, it is used in baby products.
4) Removes Blackheads
Apricot peeling creams deep cleanse the skin by removing dead skin cells and blackheads as well as unclogging pores. As a result, it keeps the skin smooth and radiant by stimulating fresh cell growth.
5) Treatment of Skin Disorders
Being rich in vitamins C and A, apricot oil is great for sensitive skin. Its anti-inflammatory properties are effective for treatment of skin disorders like dermatitis and eczema. Apricot oil in combination with other essential oils has a soothing effect on skin disorders.
However, it is advisable to consult a doctor before using it to avoid any adverse side effects. The flesh of apricots is beneficial in clearing acne. You can blend the leaves of apricot in a blender to get its juice. Applying it topically helps to get rid of itching caused by sunburn, eczema and scabies.
6) Removes Blemishes
Apricot oil has proven to be useful in keeping premature signs of ageing at bay. Apricot based products can be effective in eliminating skin blemishes without any side effects whatsoever.
7) Skin Moisturizer
Apricot oil is great for dry, irritated skin because of its high content of essential fatty acids and vitamin A. Its moisturizing properties keep your skin cells hydrated and counter act any drying effects associated with exfoliating your skin, providing you with a healthier and softer skin surface.
8) Improves Skin Tone
Apricot scrubs can help in improving your skin tone by exfoliating the damaged skin cells. So, they prevent pigmentation to reveal the newer and lighter skin cells beneath.
Get The Most Out of Your Beauty Routine: How Using Natural Skin Care Can Help Combat Dry Winter Skin June 16, 2015 14:52
As winter approaches, many of us will notice changes on our skin. Central heating, cold temperatures and harsh winds can lead to dry, rough, tight or even cracked skin. Sometimes our skin can feel downright painful when dry skin becomes chronic or severe. Even people with combination or oily skin can occasionally experience dry skin during the winter months. Seasonal dry skin often affects the whole body. Not only do our faces and lips become drier, but also our elbows, feet, and thighs can become dry as well. All of these areas must be treated properly so that moisture levels can be restored. Safe and non-toxic natural skin care is your best bet for optimizing your beauty routine by keeping your skin smooth, soft and hydrated. The following tips can help soothe, nourish and even heal dry skin:
CLEANSERS Never use detergent cleansers. Most detergent cleansers, particularly foaming cleansers, are usually very alkaline, and therefore drying. Because they can disrupt the acid mantle of your skin, you may lose the ability to fight off bacteria and infection which can lead to breakouts. Use either a natural moisturizing gel based cleanser, or a milky cleanser for the face. When bathing or showering, use a mild all natural soap or body wash, preferably fragrance free. Avoid essential oils which can be irritating for some skin types. Some of these include peppermint, menthol and eucalyptus.
HAND SANITIZERS Try to avoid alcohol based, anti-bacterial hand sanitizers since they can be very drying. Additionally, most commercial brands contain triclosan, an ingredient used to kill bacteria. Research shows that triclosan may be linked with dioxins which are highly carcinogenic chemicals. Studies have shown that washing hands with mild soap and water, for at least twenty seconds, is just as effective at warding off germs and bacteria as products containing triclosan. When on the go, use naturally based hand sanitizers which do not contain alcohol or triclosan. Some use Thymus Oil as the active ingredient. Some companies claim this ingredient will kill 99.99% of all germs. Many come in convenient small plastic containers you can slip in your handbag or pocket. You can find these products in your local health food store.
FACIAL TONERS Avoid facial toners with alcohol. Toners with alcohol, such as SD Alcohol 40, can be very drying. Look for labels that say "alcohol-free." Look for high quality toners which also include moisturizing ingredients such as aloe vera and apple extract. Long gone are the days when a facial toner only provided additional cleansing after washing ---they should now include anti-aging ingredients such as protective antioxidants which can help you further accomplish your beauty goals (e.g. younger looking skin).
NATURAL OILS Opt for natural oils in your skincare. Avoid petro-chemicals such as mineral oil, petroleum, lanolin, and propylene glycol. Not only are these ingredients potentially toxic, but they can prevent your skin from breathing. Petroleum based products leave an occlusive barrier on your skin which may help it feel better temporarily. However, this barrier can hinder your body's ability to release toxins through the skin. And because petroleum based products form a film on the surface on the skin, they may clog pores in some people. This can lead to breakouts or blemishes.
Choose natural oils which are not only hydrating, but that easily penetrate. Some good choices include almond oil, avocado, macadamia, rosehip oil, evening primrose oil, extra virgin olive oil and shea butter (a nut butter which is extremely hydrating). Oily or combination skin may opt for jojoba oil, sesame seed oil, and apricot kernel oil as well as some of the above. Listen to your skin to determine what best suits your needs. Many natural oils can be found in high quality face or skin creams. Look for ones that easily absorb. Hydrating creams should not feel greasy. Most natural oils are reported to be non-comedogenic (low risk for breakouts). However, some natural oils may be comedogenic. If you are prone to break outs, you may want to avoid wheat germ oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter, and soybean oil. For oily or combination skin types, these may be better choices for the body, rather than the face. Always moisturize when your skin is slightly damp.
LIP BALMS FOR DRY LIPS Avoid commercial petroleum based lip balms for all of the reasons stated above. They may feel as if they are hydrating your lips, but many find they have to apply them frequently throughout the day. Some have reported that these products actually make their lips feel drier with excessive use. Most of these products contain heavy waxes, petroleum, mineral oil, and lanolin. Stay away from added ingredients intended to impart a cooling, refreshing feeling, such as peppermint or menthol. These may have the opposite effect by causing burning and irritation. Look for all natural lip balms that steer clear of these ingredients. Many contain nourishing oils which can help hydrate and soothe. They are available at any health food store. Also, try to avoid licking your lips as saliva can be drying.
Exfoliating with gentle, yet effective products can help slough off dead skin cells which can help keep skin smooth and moist. Gentle products used for manual exfoliation can be helpful. Use ingredients such as jojoba beads or finely ground bamboo grains. You could even make a paste using honey and sugar. This can be used to exfoliate your face as well as your lips. Avoid larger, uneven particles which may irritate skin. A chemical exfoliator, such as Alpha Hydroxy Acid (e.g. glycolic or lactic acid) can be helpful as well. Try to avoid products with excessively high percentages and very low ph levels, as they may be too drying and irritating for facial skin. A very gentle loofah sponge can also be effective for exfoliating the body and releasing toxins (avoid the face area) while in the shower or bath.
While beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, the above can go a long way in helping your skin look noticeably softer, smoother and more hydrated.