Skin Care: What Are You Putting In Your Bloodstream?
By Guest Blogger, Emily F.
Naturally based skin-care is on the rise, and it makes sense as to why. Your skin is your bodies largest organ. Anything you put on your skin is absorbed into your bloodstream within 26 seconds. Majority of products on the market today are made up of 95% fillers, such as crude oil and animal byproduct. The harsh chemicals and ingredients found in certain skin care and beauty products are linked to many health problems such as eczema, cancer, hormone interruption, neurological diseases, and birth defects. Arbonne, a company that believes in the power of naturally based products, does not regulate over 2000 chemicals from being used in their products. The U.S. only prohibits the use of 10.
If you are looking for a healthier alternative that will have your skin glowing, looking young and refreshed, you are going to want to get your hands on some of Arbonne’s vegan skincare! Start off with cleansing your face with RE9 Advanced Prepwork Micellar Water. Micelles (tiny bunches of molecules) in this formula trap dirt, makeup and daily grime while coconut water conditions skin with hydration. After you get all the dirt and grime off your face, go in with the RE9 Advanced Skincare set. You’ll see results in just 24 hours! Who doesn’t want radiant, firm, hydrated and smooth skin that will only continue to improve over time? This skincare set, along with Arbonne’s others, are believed in by dermatologists. Don’t miss out on this anti-aging skincare, opportunity.
Your emotional wellbeing is just as important as your physical health, and it’s vital to take care of yourself mentally. There are a number of things which can your affect emotional health negatively, from being unhappy in your job and working too much to getting married, moving house and suffering from a traumatic event like a car accident or death of a loved one. So, apart from avoiding life in general and trying to steer clear of any significant events – what else can you do to keep your stress levels at bay?
Mediation used to be seen as something that only hippies and Buddhists, however today because of the stresses that modern day living brings, practising meditation has never been more popular. Thanks to technology and apps, it’s never been easier to meditate either, as you can find guided meditations on youtube or there are specific apps for it. Take a look at Headspace or Calm, and within those you will find short or long meditations, to help you to keep calm, to help with anxiety, focus, personal growth or to help you sleep better. Even if you take five minutes on the bus on your way to work to meditate, it can genuinely help your stress levels and help you to deal with what the day will bring. Give it a go and see if it works for you.
Breathing exercises can really help you to relax. There are also a lot of breathing exercises you can do so you can have a look and see which one feels right for you. It’s similar to meditating as you need to try and clear your head and just focus on your breathing, and that’s all. If you don’t manage to fit in time to do this consciously, just remember next time you’re feeling stressed how much breathing can help you. Take a moment, go and find somewhere quiet and just breathe. You will feel better and calmer almost instantly.
Write Things Down
People often claim they are stressed because they just don’t have time to get everything done. However, you will often find that the more you do, the more you can do. Try to make time to write your thoughts and feelings down. Almost like a journal. It can really help for you to get some focus and clarity of what you’re doing, what you need to do, what you want from life, and what your goals are.
Positively talk to yourself. Be aware of your own thoughts, and if you catch yourself talking down to yourself or negatively thinking about yourself, then stop, take a minute and re-think. Change your thoughts and think more positively. The more you do this, the better you will feel.
Exercising is one of the best tools for beating stress. Many people find it therapeutic, and it’s for many reasons. First off, there is the time to yourself, which helps you to get your head clear about things that are stressing you out. Then after that, there are the endorphins which your body releases when you exercise, these are the chemicals in your body which make you feel happy. Next, there’s the bonus of getting fit and healthier, feeling great, looking great and maybe even losing weight. Finally, there’s a sense of achievement. Exercise is great for setting goals and achieving them. If you’re already fit and a great runner there is always something else you can work towards or always something you could improve on. The challenges are endless. If you’re a total beginner then the sense of achievement when you realise you can run for just five minutes without stopping, you move up on the weights in the gym, get faster at swimming or can finally touch your toes in Yoga – you will feel amazing.
This goes hand in hand with exercising, but it is also another essential ingredient for managing stress. Food which can help include brazil nuts which are high in selenium and selenium is said to improve mood as it reduces inflammation. Then there’s fatty fish, like salmon, mackerel, sardines, trout, and herring, which are all high in omega-3, which is good for your mental health. Also, try to include a lot of vitamin D in your diet as vitamin D deficiency is being increasingly linked to mood disorders, such as depression and anxiety – eggs are a great source of vitamin D.
Talk About Your Feelings
A problem shared is a problem halved. If you’re stressed about something, tell someone. You never know what useful advice they could give you, they may even be able to solve your problem for you, you just never know until you speak out and share your feelings. Also if there’s nothing they can do for you, just listening is sometimes all you need, or just talking to someone and getting what’s going on in your head out in the open can make you feel instantly better about what’s going on.
If you have got too much on or there is something big in your life, then don’t take it all on yourself, ask people to help you. It shouldn’t all be on your shoulders, so share the load. Sometimes others just don’t realise that you’re struggling but if you let them know they would be more than happy to take some jobs off you and help you out. Similarly, if you need professional help, then get it. Don’t be afraid to go for it, don’t be ashamed and try to deal with everything on your own. Whether you need a cleaner in to help you out at home to take one job off your mind or you need to go and see a counsellor to help you deal with issues, then go for it. So many people do it, and it’s what these professions are there for.
Many of us strive for perfectly clear, radiantly glowing skin, but lots of us fall far short of the mark despite how many expensive skincare products we use. That’s because, although the right products can certainly help to improve your skin, it is often our lifestyles, and particularly what we eat, that determines how good or bad our skin looks from day to day.
The good news is, it’s possible to make a number of simple swaps to your life to achieve the radiant skin you’ve always wanted…
Swap Processed Foods for Whole Foods
I think we all know that highly processed foods are not the best for our health, especially eaten regularly in large quantities, but did you know that they’re really bad for your skin too? Most processed meals and snacks have a high-glycemic index, and this spikes the blood sugar, causing insulin to be released. When insulin reaches the bloodstream, it can get in the way of collagen production, and since collagen is what keeps our skin looking full, soft and supple, that can lead to dull, older looking skin.
Switching to a whole food diet that is rich in protein, slow-release carbs and vitamin-rich vegetables will ensure that you produce plenty of collagen and all of the nutrients you need to build protein, repair skin damage and get a healthy glow.
Swap Smoking for Vaping
Smoking is bad for your health, period. As well as causing cancer and heart disease, amongst other things, it can also make your skin look bad because those toxins that are released in the smoke are pretty harmful. If you smoke regularly, chances are you will age prematurely.
Luckily, companies like Blazed Vapes now offer an alternative in the form of electronic cigarettes, which don’t contain any of the nasties that threaten your health and your skin. Swap your usual pack of cigarettes for a vape pen and you should start to notice the difference pretty quick.
Swap Sugary Snacks for Fruit
Sadly, sugar is really bad for your skin. It can interrupt the production of collagen and elastin, which keep the skin supple. It can also give you a dull, dry complexion due to the fact it can spike blood sugar and cause inflammation.
If you really must have something naughty and sweet, then choosing snacks that have been sweetened with sugar alternatives like Stevia is a good choice. However, you’d be far better off eating a piece of fruit instead. Fruit does contain sugar, but it contains fiber and other vitamins and nutrients, which offset it’s negative effects too. Fruits also contain antioxidants, which improves the appearance, Vitamin C which is able to neutralise free radicals and keep skin looking youthful and even flavanols that plump the skin and help to minimise damage caused by sun exposure.
Swap Sun for Shade
It’s pretty obvious, but spending less time in the harsh light of the sun and more time in the shade is a great way to minimise skin damage and maintain fresh, radiant skin. Of course, some sun is good for us, so you shouldn’t dodge it completely, but when it’s really hot, hit the shade, and always wear sunscreen.
We often go through life being led by our emotions, or driven by our desires. We plan our lives based on what we might want or think is ‘right’ to do. We can often be led by circumstance and development, and the choices we make also dictate who we are. This article will not be some faux-helpful attempt to try and make you a ‘better’ person. We’re not here to judge you in any capacity. Instead, we’re here to try and help you become more actualized in yourself, giving you the tools to consider yourself.
Many of us can go through life feeling somewhat confused. We might find our identity through our passions, our craft, our responsibilities. But do we spend time deliberately finding out who we are? Not always. After all, much of life is making who you are, not finding it out for yourself. But some things you cannot change, and they all are valid when it comes to who you might be and how you might act. If you feel that this kind of inquiry interests you, considering yourself in the following ways could be a phenomenal approach:
Keep A Journal
A journal can tell you much more than you might have otherwise realized. There are many reasons as to why this is the case. When you have thoughts, they are usually quite pressing at the time. We all have our own ‘storylines’ we keep a hold of. But then, just like sand, these call fall through our fingers, and as we move onto the next thing we forget the minute details of our past. This is where keeping a journal can become one of the most brilliant methods of keeping in touch with your past self. Reach an entry you had written one year ago today, and you’ll likely see a completely different person. The content you apply to those pages isn’t for us to decide, only that you’ll see how your life has progressed since you started upholding said journal, and it will often humble you, and see just how far you’ve come.
Consider Your Needs
Learning from and listening to your body is one of the most important things you can do for your health. But instead of simply resting, drinking and eating when you need to, learning about your actual requirements can be achieved before you jump into yo-yo dieting, or trying the new ‘panacea’ health supplement. This excellent blogger review of a food sensitivity test results kit can show you just how learning about your dietary sensitivities, your needs and how you might react to many different food groups can revolutionize your diet, and instead of simply ‘trying’ diets you’ll have a better idea of what works for you. This way, you’ll be considering your needs with an objective understanding.
Challenge can shape us all. Often it’s not the result that we come to which is the biggest reward, but the lessons we learn on the way. Getting in shape, going for that promotion or even launching your own initiative can all be an excellent set of efforts to keep in mind, and if you do that, you’ll be much more likely to try and define yourself through action.
With these tips, you’re sure to learn more about yourself.
Hands are constantly being taken for granted. We use our hands for just about everything we do. So make sure to remember to give your hands a little TLC every day to prevent any long term issues.
They say, a person’s face can hide their age, but the hands will never lie. That’s because hands are in and out of water. They are scarred and callous from heavy work. They are the one thing most people forget to put sunscreen on yet, they bask in the sun while driving. Using the wrong kind of moisturizer can actually dry hands out more than helping. Undernourished hands appear aged. Try using natural oils to hydrate by penetrating deep down into the layers of skin. Apply olive or coconut oil and wrap hands in plastic wrap for ten minutes to get nice, soft, glowy results. Using peanut butter on hands is also one of my favorites, but again, cover your hands with plastic or rubber gloves. You don’t want to make a mess.
So you work with your hands, that should make then strong, right? In a sense, yes. But, forgetting to stretch and massage the hands can cause weakness. As a writer, I stretch my fingers everyday using a technique where I place my palms together and I spread and push my fingers together. Then, I workout my wrists in a circular motion. These exercises can prevent carpal tunnel. I also carry a lot of stress in my palms. I use a water bottle to dig into the tiny knots that form in the palm. The cool bottle helps with inflammation.
Cold Hands, Warm Heart
Although, that’s not accurate science. That’s what I tell people when I shake their hand. My hand temperature runs cool. However, it’s important to regulate your temp. I started to use cashmere writing gloves. They’re pretty sweet, actually. Writer’s fingers can get cold while the palms get sweaty. With fingerless writing gloves, the hand adapts, maintaining a balanced warm temperature. It’s best to keep hands on the warmer side when working with them. It’s better circulation, better sense of touch, and believe it or not, it’s usually less damaging if warm hands happen to get injured.
When it comes to hand care, prevention is best. Wear the correct gloves for the job at hand, no pun intended. Wash hands at all the appropriate times. Don’t overuse hand sanitizer. If you must use a lot of sanitizer, moisturize often. Take time out every day to massage your hands. If hands are feeling weak, squeeze a stress ball or a balled-up sock. If you’re not feeling relief, or you feel pain, let your doctor know. There’s plenty of help for joint health, nowadays. Our hands are connected to a lot in the body. It’s best to make sure nothing else like, arthritis is going on. And don’t forget, take some time out to pamper your hands every now and again. Get a mani or do a simple hand scrub and soak at home before cutting your nails.
Take care of your hands, so they can keep taking care of you for many years to come.
We all want to be healthy – it’s ingrained in our very nature. After all, it’s the key to survival. But it’s about more than that. It’s about living a happy life. Still, finding the motivation to improve your lifestyle can be tough. You might observe others who live healthy lives and feel that their kind of lifestyles would be difficult for you to maintain. However, there are plenty of different ways to take care of your body and your mind. If you finally want to make a change to your health this year then the suggestions in this post should provide you with the guidance that you need.
Improve your eating habits.
If you finally want to make a change to your health this year then you should start by improving your eating habits. It can be hard to develop a healthy diet because there are so many food options in the modern world but it isn’t always clear which options are actually good for you. You should aim to avoid refined sugars and saturated fats. That doesn’t mean you have to avoid all treats, but you should have a moderated and balanced diet. You should consume more water than sugary soft drinks. Your goal is to maintain a healthy weight. Fill your diet with natural foods such as fruit, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. Those food groups will give you the nutrients you need.
Put a stop to unhealthy behaviour.
You also need to put a stop to unhealthy behaviour if you finally want to make a change to your health this year. The healthy habits you adopt won’t have the positive impact you desire if you keep up bad habits that negatively impact your mental and physical wellbeing. For instance, we talked about maintaining a healthy diet by reducing your intake of bad food as well as eating more greens. The same goes for things such as excessive alcohol consumption; many people consume vices in moderation, but you need to know when the occasional treat (such as a glass of wine in the evening) has become a little too frequent. If you’re trying to self-medicate because of physical pain then you might want to check out SHIPS Med. They can provide treatment for migraines and even chronic pain. You could put a stop to unhealthy behaviour by finding healthier ways to work through your struggles.
Take the importance of sleep seriously.
So few people fail to appreciate the importance of sleeping properly. However, this is the most important part of your day; it’s the time your body needs in order to restore its energy and get everything back in working order. Like a phone that reduces its functionality as it starts to run out of battery, your body and mind both fail to work at their optimal levels if you don’t get enough rest. Everybody knows this. You can feel the depletion in your energy levels as you try to face the day after a bad night’s sleep. But you might try to solve that with some caffeine or a cold shower.
Nevertheless, sleep deprivation can lead to other health problems that can’t be fixed with copious amounts of coffee. It can make you prone to colds and illnesses because it weakens your immune system. It can even slow your metabolism; so, your healthy diet might not have the effect you desire. Start sleeping properly and you’ll see an improvement in your overall wellbeing.
When it comes to the warmer months, there’s likely to be a lot more going on in regards to your social calendar. That possibly means more indulging in food and drink which can often leave us feeling pretty sluggish. So here are some tips for feeling healthier over the summer.
Water is the key to feeling hydrated, and it can actually have many other health benefits. By drinking a good amount of water each day, you’re giving that extra help towards flushing out the toxins and bad bacteria in your body. It can also help with your skin’s appearance because the skin cells need water in order to stay plump and glowy.
Nail Down A Sleep Routine
Sleep is very important to our bodies because it’s a time where we’re able to recover and repair ourselves from the day’s events. Nailing down your sleep routine is important to get your body relaxed and provide you with a more rested night’s sleep. Try avoiding your electronics an hour or so before and don’t bring them to bed with you. Avoid any sugary food or drink and caffeine too as this can end up with you feeling wired. That’s something you certainly don’t want to be feeling when going bed.
There are alternative medicines and treatments that you can have in order to help you feel healthier both on the inside and out. Things like cannabis pipes and CBD products have become more popular. Pilates and yoga are good for helping stretch and strengthen the body and vitamins in a tablet, or liquid form are something that many take on a daily basis in order to keep healthy.
This is the perfect opportunity for you to get fresh air in your lungs. Use the warmer weather as an excuse to get outdoors and to explore the area you live in. Either that or treat yourself to a holiday where you can do plenty of walking. The colder months can often restrict what we can do in the evenings and on the weekends. This can all contribute to feeling under the weather. So take advantage of the great parks or forests around you, perhaps take a friend or family member with you.
It can be easy to slip into an unhealthy diet, especially with all the extra social occasions you are invited to. However, it’s important to be strict with yourself sometimes and make a more healthier choice when picking out food from a menu or a drink from the bar. Make sure you are getting your breakfast each morning and start it right with a healthy option like eggs or yoghurt and fruit. Keep an eye on what your daily intake is and make sure you spend some time exercising.
So when it comes to summer, make sure you are looking after yourself in the best way to make the most out of these lovely warm months. Eat healthily, get outdoors and get plenty of rest.
Growing older is a fact of life. It may be a fact of life that you’re simply not ready to accept, but nevertheless, it’s one that we all have to deal with at some point. And there’s nothing wrong with growing old, you know? You get a lot more freedom to do what you want to do, with all of the wisdom that you wish you would have had when you were 21. Despite this, you do need to make sure that you’re looking after your health, and there are some ways to do so. We’ve noted down some top tips here!
When you begin to get older, exercise seems more and more like something that you just don’t want to do. After all, you should be relaxing and enjoying your life now, after working for so many years. However, getting in some exercise, even if you just go for a walk, is vital if you want to be as active as possible in your later years.
You should be doing gentle stretching, weight-bearing exercises, and you should also be sure that you’re not just sitting in a chair for long periods of time. Even a walk to the supermarket, or a stroll around the park, will really help to keep you fighting fit as you grow older!
Look after your sight and hearing
As old age comes around, looking after your sight and hearing is one of the most important things to do. If you find that you can’t hear people talking to you in loud environments – and you would have in the past – then it’s a good idea to look into the best hearing aids for your particular situation, as this could dramatically affect your life.
Additionally, not being able to see as well as you used to may affect you as you grow older. If you’re straining your eyes when you’re trying to read, see the TV, or just generally when you’re out and about, you should visit an optician to see which glasses would help you. If you don’t, then this could also get worse!
Be sure to socialize
One mental health problem that many seniors face is that they slowly become more isolated. This could be for many reasons, but is largely attributed to lower activity levels, a loss of hearing or sight that makes socialising more difficult, or simply a feeling that you may be a burden to your friends and family members.
However, these things should not hold you back when it comes to maintaining your relationships, and forming new ones. There are plenty of people in older age out there, who find new hobbies, meet new people, and do all that they can to go out and have a good time. You don’t need to limit yourself, so seek some support if you’re finding that this is the case!
So, if you want to look after your health as you grow older, then keep these simple tips in mind, and you should be feeling great no matter how many candles are on your birthday cake!
In many cases, you will know when you’re ill. There may be aches and pains coming from within you, as well as sickness, skin problems, and persistent coughing. When these symptoms arise and cease to go away, you will hopefully then see your doctor for advice and support.
However, there are often subtle signs of ill health that we could choose to ignore. In some cases, there may be nothing wrong with us at all. On the other hand, if they persist, we should always seek the advice of a medical professional, as they may be symptomatic of serious health issues.
Consider the following.
#1: Bad breath
Okay, so you may just have eaten a piece of garlic bread, so it’s little wonder your breath isn’t as fresh as it could be. On the other hand, you might suffer from bad breath for another reason (and we aren’t just talking about any other foods you have just eaten). For one, it could be a dental-related issue, so you should see your dentist for advice on maintaining a healthy mouth. Alternatively, it could be symptomatic of more serious health concerns, such as diabetes, or a problem within your liver and kidney. So, after cutting down on your garlic intake, and after taking steps to protect your teeth and gums, see your doctor if the problem of bad breath persists.
Can you hear a ringing in your ear? If there is nobody playing bells in your vicinity, and your smartphone is decidedly silent, then you might well have tinnitus. Around 20% of people suffer from the problem, and while it might not be symptomatic of a health issue at all, it can still lead to health problems because of the stress and irritation it causes. However, it could be a symptom of an underlying condition, such as hearing loss or a problem within your circulatory system, so if you can’t shake those pesky ringing noises, see your audiologist for tinnitus testing. Even if there is nothing seriously wrong with your health, you will at least get guided support on how to manage the problem (as well as a better night’s sleep).
Many of us feel bloated after having a large dinner. It’s that sensation of feeling full in the abdomen, which can usually be alleviated by a short walk and a glass of water. However, if you feel bloated on a regular occasion, it could be symptomatic of a serious health condition, such as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) or Crohn’s disease. Bloating might also be symptomatic of a gynecological condition, such as an ovarian cyst or endometriosis. Go and see your doctor for help if bloating is a constant problem for you, and check out the advice here on managing the everyday aspects of the feeling.
Today then, go and see your doctor, dentist, and audiologist, if you regularly experience the symptoms we have mentioned here. While there could be nothing wrong with you at all, you should still seek expert opinion on the off chance that you do have a more serious health condition.
Our bodies go through many changes as we age,
but this doesn’t mean we’re destined to live our senior years in poor health.
There are numerous preventative steps that seniors can take to avoid disease,
prevent injury, and support the resilience of their mental health. Here are a
few concrete ways you can discover greater well-being.
1. Take Advantage of Supplements
Due to natural changes in the body, seniors
need fewer calories than younger adults — this can lead tonutrient
deficiencies which negatively impact health, energy levels, and overall quality
of life. Consider supplementing your diet with calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B12,
potassium, magnesium, and omega-3’s to ensure you’re getting the nutrients you
need to support your body and mind.
Seniors can also benefit from supplementing
with Cannabidiol, or CBD oil. Research shows that CBD has several mental and
physicalhealth benefits, relieving anxiety, reducing
inflammation, and easing chronic pain. Though this compound comes from
cannabis, it is non-psychoactive and will not get you high. If you’re being
held back by chronic pain, try supplementing with CBD oil instead of turning to
addictive pain medication. Check out Remedy Review for a complete CBD oil buyer’s guide.
2. Use Technology to Stay
Technology can help you stay connected to your
loved ones and banish loneliness, but it can also help keep you safe. Seniors
issues or weakness can reduce their risk of sustaining serious injuries at home
with medical alert systems. This technology can be set up to automatically
detect falls or allow you to contact your family members and medical
professionals if you have an accident. Having this safety net available at all
times can give you more independence and comfort in your own home,
significantly improving your quality of life.
3. Consider Moving to The
If you’re living out in the middle of nowhere,
now is the time to think about moving into town. According to Business Insider,seniors move to cities for better public
transportation, walkability, disability-friendly infrastructure, and proximity
to healthcare centers. Being in the city also makes it easier for seniors to
connections, staving off the problems with cognitive decline and heart disease
that accompany prolonged loneliness.
4. Give Your Days Purpose
Many people in retirement struggle to find
purpose in their lives. According to the Chicago Tribune, seniors who feel that
they have long and short-term goals enjoy greater
strength, less stress, and a general sense of well-being. Something as simple
as caring for a pet, growing a garden, or volunteering in the community can add
purpose to your days and help you feel fulfilled.
5. Exercise One Step at a
Everyone knows that exercise plays a crucial
role in health, but many seniors find it difficult to exercise due to pain,
disability or illness. Fortunately, there are plenty of senior-friendly
workouts and aerobic activities you can try. You can evenexercise
from a chair! Walking is fairly easy for most people and provides several
long-term benefits. If you haven’t walked in a while, start with10-minute
walks and increase these by 5 minutes every week. Once you’ve reached a
comfortable walking session of 30 minutes, work on increasing your walking
speed for greater health benefits. Just remember to take it slow and listen to
your body. In the end, any amount of exercise is better than nothing.
It’s never too late to improve your health. Seniors can boost their quality of life by taking control over their mental and physical health. Though it can be extremely difficult to change established habits or make alterations to your comfortable routine, incorporating healthy activities into your day-to-day life will have a significant impact on how you feel in the long run.