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Dieting Dos and Don’ts

Dieting Dos and Don’ts

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For those wanting to shed the pounds, there’s an array of dieting methods out there. You don’t have to diet one particular way, however there are some dieting dos and don’ts that could help you to stay on track with whatever method you do choose.

Don’t starve yourself

Any dieting method that tells you to starve yourself to lose weight should be avoided. Whilst you should lower your calorie intake, cutting out food altogether could cause more harm that it does good. Starving yourself causes your body to go into survival mode, shutting down functions to other organs and processes that aren’t as important. Your body also limits the amount of energy you spend to keep other functions going, making you lose weight slower as burning off fat is not top of priorities.

Do cut out processed foods

The less processes food has to go through, the healthier it is for you. This means swapping sugary sweets for fruit and white bread for natural carbs such as potatoes. Try to rely less on microwave meals and foods straight out the packet and try making your own meals from raw ingredients.

Don’t rely solely on pills

There are lots of weight loss pills out there, but these should never be used by themselves. If you’re taking weight loss pills and still eating unhealthily as well as not exercising, you’re not going to make any progress.

Do consider supplements

That said, there’s nothing to stop you taking supplements on top of dieting and exercise to help lose a few more pounds. As you can see here, such supplements have a proven track record and have to pass testing and regulations in order to be allowed on the market. You can find all kinds of supplements online and at your local pharmacy.

Don’t think short term

Weight loss should never be a short term goal. You may well lose your target weight, but are likely to slip back into your old ways straight away and piles on the pounds again. Consider lifestyle changes that you can permanently adopt to ensure that you stay healthy. You may be able to drop a few rules once you’ve reached your target weight, but don’t expect to just take up you old lifestyle once you’ve got slim.

Do treat yourself

Getting rid of all those tasty comfort foods you once adored is hard. Cutting them all out permanently takes a lot of willpower – you’re likely to get demotivated very quickly. Instead use these foods as incentives and rewards. If you manage to go your whole week sticking religiously to your diet, reward yourself with a food you once loved for one day only.  However, if you break your diet and indulge on this treat when you’re not supposed to, punish yourself by not allowing yourself to eat a treat at the end of that week. This will spur you on to not abandon hope.

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Hiking Tips for Beginners

By  Guest Blogger Scott M.

Hiking Tips for Beginners

Introduction

The fresh air, the cool breeze during a hot summer day, and a shady spot to watch the sun´s shadows dance in the valley below you: this is what most of us dream about when we imagine a day of hiking through Nature. However, without the right preparation, your hiking trip might be better defined by swollen knees, clouds of mosquitoes, and soggy hiking boots.

For those people who are new to the world of hiking, it is important to understand that enjoying a quality hike takes much more preparation than simply lacing up the old hiking boots and driving to the nearest trailhead. Below you´ll find four simple tips to help you find ways to motivate yourself to get into the wilderness and enjoy a perfect hike.

Why Should You Hike?

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Everyone knows that our bodies need exercise. The sedentary lives that we live have led to several dangerous health conditions ranging from obesity to diabetes. Hiking offers an opportunity not only to exercise, but also to enjoy moments of physical exertion. Recent evidence has shown that people find exercise while being in Nature as more enjoyable and less physically draining.

In addition, taking regular hikes offers an opportunity to reduce your stress levels and improve your overall mental health. When you go to the gym for a quick workout, chances are that you´re carrying a load of problems with you as you simply try to make it to your goal on the treadmill. When you´re hiking through the woods, however, it´s much easier to allow your problems to temporarily disappear as you regain perspective of the most important things of life.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, hiking allows us to regain contact with the natural world of which we are a part. In our industrial and consumer culture, meaningful contact with Nature has become a rarity at best. Our lives are lived within the confines of manufactured housing, cement streets, and air conditioned offices. Escaping from these man-made environments for a short hike into the wilderness allows us to rediscover our ultimate belonging to the natural world which holds us.

Four Tips to Motivate You to Get Off the Couch and Into the Wild

If you are ready to start enjoying the benefits of hiking, it is important to plan ahead. One disastrous hiking trip can turn you off to hiking for years to come. Just as you wouldn’t try to scale Everest on your first outdoors trip, so should you also take the necessary time to ease yourself into the world of hiking so that it becomes an enjoyable, lifelong pursuit.

Start Slow

This first bit of advice, should be common sense. If you aren´t a proficient hiker, don’t try to complete a 20 mile day hike on your first go. Even for people who are in fairly decent shape, a 3 to 4 mile round trip hike will make you feel the physical exertion. Also, be sure to trust the trail ratings that describe a particular hike. If the hike is listed as strenuous, you might want to opt for a shorter “moderate” hike or a slightly longer hike that has been rated as “easy.”

Find a Place that You´ll Love

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If you hate the heat and the burning sun, your first hike probably shouldn’t be in Death Valley National Park. Similarly, if you dislike the wind and cold, you should probably avoid trying to hike to some bald knob or mountain top. Think about what type of natural environment you most enjoy, and search for a hike that will take you through that natural setting. This will make your initial experience with hiking enjoyable and gratifying.

Couple Hiking with Some Other Activity You Love

One of the best parts of hiking is that you can combine a hike with some other activity that you enjoy. If, for example, you enjoy photography, there is no better place to practice your photography skills than while hiking through some beautiful, natural area. If you enjoy writing poetry, take a pen and paper along with you in your backpack and hike until you find the perfect spot to give you the inspiration you need.

Don´t Go Alone

While the ability to find deep peace and solace while hiking alone through the woods is definitely one of the privileges of hiking, you should probably invite other people along during your first couple of hikes. Having other people near you can help to alleviate some of the potential drawbacks and difficulties that a hiking trip might unexpectedly bring. Save the solo trips for when you feel more comfortable and proficient with hiking.

The Transformation that Hiking Will Bring into Your Life

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After a couple positive hiking trips, you most likely will begin to feel healthier, more relaxed, and more centered on the important things in life. You will also find that every weekend you´ll be searching for new places to explore and discover. To help plan another great hiking trip, check out LiveOnceLiveWild.com, which has quality complete guides to some of the best national parks our country has to offer.

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5 Things That Shouldn’t Stand in the Way of You Staying Healthy

5 Things That Shouldn’t Stand in the Way of You Staying Healthy

When you’re trying to stay healthy or improve your fitness, there are always obstacles in the way trying to trip you up. That’s just the way it is. But it’s up to you to overcome these problems and do your very best to go further and achieve more with your health and fitness. It might not be easy, but it can be done. Here are 5 things that you shouldn’t let stand in your way as you try to stay healthy.

  1. Lack of Motivation

Motivation is key when it comes to staying active and making the right diet choices. If you are not motivated throughout the journey, you will eventually give up and go back to your bad ways. That’s not what you want to happen, and it’s that kind of action that could damage you in the long-term. So, find a source of motivation. This can change when necessary, but make sure there is always something driving you forward. That way, you’ll stay on the right path.

  1. Bad Excuses

We’ve all made bad excuses for our failings and shortcomings before. It’s not something to be proud of, but we’ve all been guilty of it at one time or another. When we don’t want to do something, it’s very easy to rationalize this and find excuses that sort of fit. But that kind of action is not going to get you anywhere. Instead, you need to be more honest with yourself and stop coming up with ways to excuse your shortcomings.

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  1. Food Temptations

Food, and particularly unhealthy food, is always a temptation. We need food to survive, but we don’t need to fill up on unhealthy food that has a negative effect on our health. You can buy Isagenix weight loss programs if you’re having trouble eating the right kind of foods. If there are foods that you know that you are particularly tempted by, simply don’t allow them in your house. If you do that, you won’t be able to eat them.

  1. Work

For most people, work is the thing that takes up the bulk of their time. And that means that it is often the thing that stops them cooking healthy food or going for a job. That’s why you need to find new ways to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. You could choose to walk up the stairs more often rather than taking the elevator. Or you could prepare your own lunch rather than relying on fast food outlets. All of these things make a difference.

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  1. The People Around You

Finally, you should think about the people around you. Are you going to let other people’s habits lead and influence your own? That shouldn’t happen. Just because other people are eating in a different way and have different lifestyles, that doesn’t mean that you have to follow their example. Never use other people as an excuse to let your own health and fitness slide. You will only regret it later if you allow this to happen.

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How To Care For Your Body The Right Way

How To Care For Your Body The Right Way

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Caring for your body should be a priority over all. If you’re not sure what this entails, here’s a simple guide to follow.

Nutrition

Nutrition varies a lot now because what may work perfectly for one person, may not work at all for another. So finding your own healthy diet may take a little time, but it’ll be worth it.

The simple way to start is to cut down on your sugar intake, as well as your fatty substances. Eat plenty of fruit and veg, and a whole variety of different foods. As long as you control the amount of food you eat and keep everything in moderation, you don’t have to completely wipe out the naughty snacks. – Just eat less of them.

Keeping a good nutrition isn’t about losing weight at all, it’s just about being healthy. Giving your body all the right sources, so it can fulfil the jobs it has to do.

Hydration

If you’re not drinking at least eight glasses of water a day, then you are most likely dehydrated without even knowing it. Try adding an extra glass on top of what you already drink. You’d be amazed at how just one glass can give you a whole boost of energy to last you throughout the day.

Appointments

Keep up with regular health checks, don’t put them off, they’re there to make sure everything is working how it should. So if your vision has decreased recently, find yourself a optometrist. If you’ve had a toothache, go and see your dentist.

It’s so simple but many people view it as a hassle, but it’s not a waste of your time. Even if you feel okay; you may have an underlying problem which will cause more grief in the future if it goes unnoticed.

Sleep

Everyone knows sleep is important, but for some reason it tends to get overlooked. People like to get things done, so think that losing a couple hours of sleep is worth it. But Doctors recommend having an average of 8 hours sleep every night. So if you’re only getting 4 or 5, there may be a problem.

Look at ways how you can add on some precious sleep, whether that be not having dinner so late, or not staying up to watch the end of your programme. Instead, record it or watch it on repeat another day, and prepare your food in advance, so it doesn’t end up getting so late.

Lack of sleep not only takes its toll on our bodies but our minds too. It can affect your concentration, mood and memory. It even reduces your ability to fight off infections!

So clock in the hours and enjoy it.

Mental Health

Having a healthy mentality is just as important as having a healthy body, so never think you can just push your emotions aside. If your mind isn’t happy, nothing else will be, so if you’re feeling particularly low – get it sorted. Speak to your Doctor, friend or family member about how you’re feeling. You should never feel as if you’re going through hard times alone, because you’re not, and you never have to.

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Feeling Good For Life: Your Quick But Effective Guide

Feeling Good For Life: Your Quick But Effective Guide

Feeling good for life – is it truly possible? We say yes! Here’s how in your quick but effective guide:

Love Your Body At All Stages
Fitness and health are not linear. You might have six pack abs one summer and then lose them after eating a few too many pizzas. So what? You had fun! Love your body at all stages.

Wear Clothes That You Love
Wearing clothes you love will change your life. Don’t save them for a special occasion. Life is a special occasion! You might just find that you’re so much happier and more productive when you wear the right clothes.

Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices
Making healthy lifestyle choices like eating right and exercise will help you to feel good in all kinds of ways. The right food will energize you, and exercising will release endorphins to make you happier. Not only will you look incredible, you’ll also feel incredible!

Spend Time With The Right People
Spending time with the right people is key to feeling good. Do your friends lift you up, or bring you down? Some even say that you become the people you spend the most time with!

Never Compare Yourself
Comparing yourself to others, especially big celebrities who have lots of surgery to make them look the way they do, can be dangerous. Make sure you embrace your uniqueness and understand that somebody else’s beauty does not take away from your own. On the subject of cosmetic surgery, take a look at the infographic below for some stats from 2016:


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Watch Out For The Signs That Show You Need To See A Dentist

Watch Out For The Signs That Show You Need To See A Dentist

Looking after your teeth is vital to your health, dental and for other areas of your body. But there is alarming statistics about dental health and hygiene that suggest the majority of us don’t visit our dentists enough.

Despite the fact many of us have white teeth that appear to be in rude health, many of us have serious underlying problems. So, if you experience any of these issues on a regular basis, you should really make an appointment with your local dentist.

The sooner you book a visit, the better, too – you can nip most of the major dental issues in the bud at an early stage and have a better chance of recovery.

Here are some danger signs that you really should see your dentist sooner rather than later.

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You haven’t been to the dentist for more than a year

In an ideal world, you should attend your local orthodontics center twice a year at a bare minimum. So, if it’s been longer than 12 months since your last visit, it’s time to book that appointment. Some dental problems won’t show up until they are well ingrained, and only a professional eye will be able to spot issues at an early stage.

You suffer from sensitivity issues

Sensitive teeth are something that many people put up with – but failing to visit your dentist for a checkup and diagnosis of your problem could result in a lot of different issues. Some people have naturally sensitive teeth, of course, but it is also important to understand that it can often be a sign of tooth decay. If you experience sensitivity issues that have a particular location, book yourself in for an x-ray – you may need a filling.

You notice white spots on your teeth

Your teeth are protected by a layer of enamel, but this can wear down over time due to plague and other types of dental damage. When it occurs, it creates white spots on your teeth, and it’s vital that you go to your dentist sooner rather than later. Actually, your enamel is dissolving due to a buildup of acidic bacteria, and it won’t stop without the correct treatment.

You develop inflammation in your gums

If you suffer from inflamed gums, get yourself to the dentist, as many different issues can arise. When plaque starts to harden, it causes damage to the gums, and you might be developing a periodontal disease or even something like gingivitis. Further on down the line you might end up with severe tooth decay, and may even have to have entire teeth removed.

Color changes

Do you pay attention to the overall color of your mouth? If not, it’s time to start. Discoloration – as well as unusual lumps and bumps – could be a sign of something serious like oral cancer. Again, it is critical that you don’t move slowly on this, as the earlier you get your diagnosis, the more likely it is you will get a successful treatment.

Looking after your teeth doesn’t take much effort – a simple visit to the dentist twice a year is all, and regular brushing is all you need. So, no more excuses!

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Keep Hold Of Your Youth

Keep Hold Of Your Youth

Do you ever feel as though you’re losing your youth and your beauty? Don’t worry, you’re not alone with this worry. A lot of people begin to feel this way, and it can happen sooner than you would believe. For instance, you might just look in the mirror one day and see that there’s a wrinkle there that wasn’t before. When you smile, you no longer see dimples, you see giant crevices in your skin. Suddenly, beauty and youth are no longer things that come naturally to you. Instead, you’ll have to start working for them.

You might have to start combing back your hair to make it seem thicker. You may need to look into those anti-aging creams, and perhaps, it’s time to start thinking about getting some tips from your mom on how she stays looking young.

The good news is that no matter how old you are, how old you feel, there are always options if you want to look younger. To do this, we need to understand and uncover the telltale signs of age. There are quite a few to contend with here but by covering them all, you can make sure you still look like your old young self.

Show Me That Smile?

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One of the key traits of youth is healthy looking teeth. If you want to know the secrets behind the celebs that don’t seem to age, it’s probably that smile filled with pearly white gnashers. White teeth have a few effects on your looks. First, they bring out your eyes, making them seem more distinguished. Second, they draw attention away from other more troubling features of your face. Finally, they are just naturally associated with the young. That’s because as you get older, you will start to notice your teeth going yellow and maybe even turning a little crooked.

However, there’s an easy fix to this issue, and that’s teeth whitening. You can view some options here and have a look at the type of treatment that suits you. When you whiten your teeth, they don’t look as though they have been artificially Changed. Not even a dentist will be able to tell that you have had work done on them.

As for teeth that are a little crooked, there are treatment options available like six-month smile therapy. Smile therapy is a way to alter your teeth gradually, pushing them into the right position until you have the perfect look.

The Skin You’re In?

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We all worry about wrinkles, but how do we make sure that our skin doesn’t age prematurely. Well, sunlight is probably your worst enemy and no, we’re not suggesting that you start to live like a vampire. You should on the other hand, always use sunscreen when you’re out in it. Not getting sunscreen can leave you in the position where your skin will burn and you don’t want that. This will leave your skin looking leathery eventually and cause wrinkles to develop early on. Is this the only issue for your skin?

Believe it or not, your diet is also a factor to consider here. You must make sure that you are eating the right food to keep your skin healthy. For instance, while a lot of people hate the taste, celery has been shown to have some truly wonderful effects on the way your skin looks. For instance, you might have bags under the eyes due to retain fluids. Celery can help soak that right up, getting rid of those unsightly signs of age.

Aside from this, there are ways to reduce the signs of wrinkles without cream. You just need to work on tightening the skin through exercises in the same way that you increase your muscle. An example of this type of exercise would be tilting your head towards the ceiling and then opening and shutting your mouth. You will feel your skin tighten and this will improve it’s elasticity, ensuring that you don’t develop a turkey neck.

What about blemishes on your skin? You might have a few beauty spots on your face and other areas of your body. Or, areas where the color of your skin has changed. In cases like this, it can again be a matter of diet. Eating the right foods filled with vitamins, you can make sure that your skin retains its natural color and that you keep your youthful glow.

The Right Fashion

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The clothes you wear and styles you choose will certainly impact how young you look. Obviously, you don’t want to dress like Miley Cyrus when you’re past thirty. But at the same time, you shouldn’t resign yourself to dressing like a grandmother with knitted cardigans and floral dresses. If you are confident with your figure, you shouldn’t be afraid to show it off in slender, classy clothing. Make sure that you pay attention to the style of celebrities such as Christina Binkley. While she may be one of the more mature celebrities, many people say she can pass for a late thirty. Why? Although she has had surgery the clothes she chooses to wear definitely help.

Working It Out

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Finally, you do need to think about your figure. A lot of people realize they are looking old due to their body shape and push themselves to lose weight. Unfortunately, if you lose a lot of weight later in life too quickly, your body can end up looking quite haggard. That’s why you should work to gradually get in shape from an early age.

You want to reach a nice average weight by basic workouts that aren’t too strenuous. Yoga is a great example of an exercise that you should try because unlike weight lifting it doesn’t put immense strain on the body. As such, you can keep yourself fit, healthy and looking young without any issues at all.

I hope you find this advice useful. Take it on board, and I’m sure you can keep the look of youth for a lot longer.

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How Eco-Friendly Homeowners Like You Can Conserve Water

How Eco-Friendly Homeowners Like You Can Conserve Water

March 22 was world water day. The day was designed to emphasize the importance of saving water, not only because of the vast amount of energy required to transport it to people’s homes but because the world’s freshwater supply is under pressure. Take the Aral Sea in Central Asia, for instance. The sea level of the Aral Sea has fallen by over a third since the middle of the twentieth century and continues to fall today thanks to the demands of the local population.

It’s gotten many eco-conscious homeowners thinking about what they can do to save water. Here are a few things you can do to reduce your water consumption.

Cut Down On Showers

Showers are often seen as a frugal alternative to baths because they are perceived to use less water. However, they only use less water if showers are short. Longer showers – that is, in the 20 minute-plus range – actually wind up using more water than the average bath.

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Older showers are even worse. These often use as much as a gallon of water a minute. So if you want to stay eco-friendly, make your showers as brief as possible.

Repair Leaks

Millions of tons of water are lost every year thanks to leaky piping. As such, next time you do your waterwork plumbing, check and make sure that there are no leaks. If there are, then you could be paying over the odds for your water bill and causing unnecessary damage to the environment.

Stop Watering Your Lawn

It’s nice to have a bright, green lawn during the hot summer months. But watering your lawn in the summer takes up a lot of water. More than baths and showers combined.

When it comes to lawns, you’ve got two options. You can either get a smaller lawn and replace the rest with gravel landscaping and shrubs. Or you can change the type of grass you use to one that is more able to cope with the warm summer temperatures. Different species of grass have different tolerances, so choose wisely. Remember that in extended periods of heat and drought your lawn will still go brown.

Build A Rain Collector

Rain collectors are an excellent way to reduce your impact on the environment and store water for your garden for when it really needs it. You can attach a hose or a sprinkler to your rain collector if your collector is on a raised platform.

Install Modern Toilets

If you live in an older home, there’s a good chance that you’ve got an older toilet. In the past, toilet manufacturers weren’t so bothered helping their customers save water, and so each flush was several gallons. Now though, toilet manufacturers are making loos which use a fraction of the water. Choose one of these if you want to be more eco-friendly.

Water Your Plants In The Morning

Gardeners have known for a long time that watering your plants in the morning is better because it gives the water time to soak into the soil before the sun evaporates it all.

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Where Beauty & Wellness Go Hand In Hand

Where Beauty & Wellness Go Hand In Hand

If you want to find out how to look your best, you are not alone. We all want this, and it can sometimes be hard to know exactly how to achieve it. Fortunately, as time goes on there is more and more information about the many things you can do to improve your looks – and your health. In certain parts of the body, you will find that looking after them is not just a matter of looking good, although that is part of it. It is also a health concern, and taking care of those areas will help you doubly for that very reason. In this article, we are going to look at some of the main things you should be taking care of in this sense, so that you can both look and feel much better in yourself. Let’s have a look and see what we can discover.

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Hair

Haircare is something that every woman feels expert in – but the fact is, there is always more to learn. If you think you could be taking better care of your hair, then it might be worth going back to basics to see if you are right. Are you doing everything you should be doing to ensure your hair not just looks its best, but remains as healthy as possible too? If you’re unsure, have a look at the following essential advice for taking care of your hair.

First up, let’s look at the act of washing. Knowing how and when to wash your hair is most of the deal when it comes to hair care, so it makes sense to learn this as well as possible. There is plenty to remember here. First of all, you should make sure that you are not using water that is too hot. Hot water can cause heat damage to your hair, and even damage the follicles if you are unlucky. If you look at this Delta in2ition review, you will see that some shower heads are particularly adept at helping you to select the desired temperature – so it might be worth upgrading your shower at some point in the near future. As well as temperature, you should try to keep the amount you wash your hair down – too much is actually very bad for it, so try not to do that. Over-washing has a way of stripping away the natural oils in your hair, and you will probably not be too delighted at the way your hair looks as a result of this. Your hair could become brittle and damaged, something which nobody wants.

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When it comes to shampoo and conditioner, we all know that it’s something of a crapshoot. However, with plenty of trial and error you will soon come to a product combination which is right for you, and once you find it you should make sure to stick to it, unless you feel that there is something which looks even better. Knowing your products well could really make a world of difference when it comes to maintaining your hair as well as possible.

If you do not already do this, be sure to wash your hair brush regularly too. That way, it will be much more effective as a brush, and you won’t be dragging your hair through its own old oils, something which can result in damaged and thinned hair.

Skin

Hair is one thing, but what about looking after your skin? Just as with hair, looking after your skin is important for both health and beauty reasons, and yet it is another area where people tend to not know exactly what they are doing. This might actually be a result of misinformation – this is one of those subjects where you do hear conflicting information from many different sources, so it is worth taking everything you hear with a pinch of salt. That being said, there are certain things which you can basically guarantee on if you want better skin. Let’s take a look at what those might be.

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The number one concern when it comes to skin is the sun. Over-exposure to the sun can result in a great many problems, the worst probably being cancer, and many more besides. Be sure to take all necessary steps to limit the UV that gets to your skin. This means covering up, particularly when it is bright and sunny, and of course using sun protection whenever possible. As long as you limit sun damage, you are doing most of what you need to to keep your skin in good condition.

If you are a smoker, you might want to consider stopping if you want your skin to look better. It is a fact that smoking drastically reduce the skin’s natural elasticity, and reduces the blood flow to the skin, meaning it gets fewer nutrients as a result.

Teeth

Finally, let’s take a look at teeth. We all know that looking after your teeth is hugely important, but how many of us do everything we should towards that end? As it happens, looking after your teeth is not all that hard, so long as you know what you are doing. Regular visits to the dentist is the number one thing to ensure you are doing. You should also make sure that you are brushing twice a  day. That much is clear to anyone – but are you certain that your brushing technique is good enough? As it happens, many people do not actually know how to properly brush their teeth, and this is something that can lead to some serious problems over time.

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As well as brushing, be sure to floss frequently – every other day is usually ideal – and to make sure that you use mouthwash everyday as well. Similarly, taking care with what you eat, and reducing your smoking habit if you have one, will both help hugely towards the same end. End result: a healthier, happier and prettier smile, and that’s something that most women would agree they are keen to have.

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Quick Start Eco Home Improvements

Quick Start Eco Home Improvements

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So you’ve decided you want to do more for the environment.

That’s great. However you got to this point, the world is going to thank you for it. It’s an uphill climb of learning how to make the most of the resources you have available to you, but it’s going to be so worth it.

The best thing about making this change is that you can start making improvements to your consumption of resources pretty much immediately. No slow process, gradually doing your bit – but immediate alterations that you can do (or at the very least, plan for) over the course of a couple of days. While some of these quick start ideas might seem small, it all contributes, and that’s what counts.

So if you want to dive right on into a more ecological life and home, where can you make the changes today?

1) Ditch plastic. Plastic is horribly bad for the environment, both in its production, how it’s a byproduct of the oil industry, and the length of time it takes to biodegrade. Switching your home food storage to glass not only improves your consumption, but it’s also possibly better for your health – did you know some plastics have been proven to contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals?

2) Start composting. Rather than throwing your food waste into the trash, start a separate compost bin which, over time, will produce usable fertilizer for any garden projects. If you don’t have any intention for garden projects, then look at local classifieds – there’s always a nearby gardener who’d be happy to take it off your hands.

3) Look into alternative energy. The less you take from ‘the grid’, the better it is not only for your wallet, but for the future of the planet. Solar panels are a reliable form of energy (solar power is used to power NASA exploratory spacecraft, for example) and it’s relatively simple to find professional solar installers who can affix panels to your home. Generating your own electricity is about as eco as it gets, so start making enquiries ASAP.

4) Cut your paper wastage. We’re so used to having paper whenever we want that we don’t think of how often we use it. Try and cut down on printing, choosing to use email wherever necessary – you can even sign documents online now. You can also contact your utilities and telecoms provider and ask to switch to paperless billing; there’s often a financial incentive for doing so, too.

5) Change your cleaning products. Some of the chemicals that are found in cleaning products have real, detrimental effects on the ecosystem when they are washed into the general supply. There’s something of a perception that eco-friendly cleaning products are not as effective, which is simply not the case. Experiment with different brands until you find something that works for you, or even try homemade cleaning products that can have a powerful impact on your ability to keep your home clean.

So now you have some starting points, what’s holding you back?

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