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Benefits of Black Seed Oil

By Tia Cristy

Benefits of Black Seed Oil

It’s known as a cure-all or black cumin. Black Seed Oil comes in a liquid or pill form, as well as mild or extra-strength. It has been known to make people feel brand-new overall. But really, what is Black Seed Oil?

What is Black Seed Oil?

Black Seed Oil is the result of pressing the seed of the Nigella Sativa plant. It has been used in Asia and Middle Eastern countries for centuries to heal the body inside and outside. The oil is safe to take internally or to place on the skin topically. Rumor has it, princesses throughout history used the oil as a daily moisturizer to remain youthful.

Uses of the Oil

The Black Seed oil has been found to reduce blood-pressure, so if you already have low blood-pressure you may want to use this oil topically. Always consult with your doctor when starting natural supplements. However, the side effects of Black Seed oil are next to nothing. Some have developed rashes. But there haven’t been major issues reported. Other healing benefits have been reducing wrinkles, healing scars, antibacterial properties, etc. Then, upon further investigation Black Seed oil has been used to treat viruses, disease, STD’s, resistant bacterial infections, liver issues, cancer, diabetes, stomach issues, hair loss issues and MRSA. It has reduced symptoms of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and many neurological aliments. And on top of it all, it is a big promoter in weight-loss.

Have I Seen a Difference?

I started using the oil topically to see if I had any reactions first. It has a pleasant odor and absorbs fairly quickly into the skin. It feels silky, not greasy. I had extremely dry hands from a cold-harsh winter. I had used several of my go-to oil fixes and was only getting relief for a couple hours at a time. I decided to try a dab of the Black Seed on my hands. I have been problem-free for days after one treatment. Bonus, my hands still feel incredible. I started using it on my face only three-days ago, and I’m already happy with the results. We all know summer or winter months can be harsh on the largest organ. I’m feeling confident, I will continue to be happy with the results.

Can You Stop Taking Black Seed?

After all the research that I’ve done on those that use the oil, they have stopped the oil at one point or another for only a short period of time. It’s totally safe to stop. However, after a few months missed the positive reaction of Black Seed Oil and returned to taking the supplement again. (especially around Allergy Season)

If you are thinking about taking Black Seed as a daily health supplement, it’s recommended to start with the mild. If you are hoping to take it as a therapy, please discuss with your doctor on the dosage they recommend. If you need more information on dosage or Black Seed oil, contact The Blessed Seed. For 10% off your order use Promo Code: tipsfromtia10

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Get Versatile with Your Hair

By Tia Cristy

Get Versatile with Your Hair 

We all go through periods where we get bored with our hair. Is your hair dull? Has you locks lost their life? Does it seem like a bun or ponytail is the only style you’re rocking on a daily basis? Don’t get me wrong, a messy bun or ponytail can be the right style for the right moment, but if it’s your go-to style, you might be in need of a change.

How Drastic are You Willing to Go?

Deciding how to change your look takes some effort. Hair changes are not permanent, but most changes take a bit of commitment. Are you debating about changing your color? If color change is a first for you, you might want to choose a subtle change. Add a few highlights or lowlights to change the whole appearance of your face. If you’re determine to go drastic, I recommend getting a professional. Colors and bleaches are chemicals, which means they have to be mixed correctly, timed perfectly and rinsed properly. It’s a special touch to obtain vibrant colors. If you want to go grey, purple, pink, blue, etc., bleaching the hair is usually a must. A professional can mix the right products to make that bleach safe for your scalp. Warning not all bleaches are safe on the scalp. Also, if you have a color tint mishap, a pro can fix it in the easiest and healthiest way.

Chop It?

Is it time to let go of length? Sometimes the hair needs several inches removed to regain health. Sometimes we get bored with the length. But what happens if we cut it off and wish we could glue it back on two hours later? Easy solution for that in today’s world is to buy yourself some hair. Hair extensions are more popular than ever, and more affordable for quality hair. Check out the many different styles and colors that are available out there nowadays. Some extensions are removable on a daily.  Amazing Beauty Hair has a gorgeous selection of colors and textures to choose from. There are two options to choose from. They can be applied to the head with glue or clips instead of being sewn and weaved into your hair giving you the best of both worlds with long and short hair. The extensions are shipped beautifully in a sturdy box with a comb to section the hair properly. However, if your hair is long, but thin, add extensions to give thickness. I think it’s best to invest in 100% human hair if you’re planning on using the extensions on a frequent basis. It’s worth the little extra for a longer lifespan.

Is that a Shine or Greasy?

Getting a great shine in your hair starts from the inside out. Eating a well-balanced diet helps maintain hair health. B vitamins are important to overall health but adding a Super-B complex can feed your hair properly—always check with your doctor before starting supplements. Treat your hair with a hair mask.

Mix 1 egg, a cup of mayonnaise and a few squirts of your daily conditioner. Run through your wet locks, and then pin it up for 20 minutes. To get better results, put on a shower cap to allow your own body heat to work its benefit. After 20 minutes, rinse thoroughly, and then proceed with your normal shampoo and conditioner routine. Dry naturally or with a blow-dryer. If you use a hair dryer, give your hair a cold shot to create more shine.

Hair with New Life

Trying new options with your hair can boost your mood and confidence. With minimal effort, changing our hair can change our pyridine.

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Beating The Body Blues: Positive Changes To Boost Your Spirits

Beating The Body Blues: Positive Changes To Boost Your Spirits

You wake up each morning and stare at yourself in the mirror as you get changed for work. There are a number of things about your appearance that you wish you could change instantly. From lumpy love handles to blemished skin you’re becoming increasingly unhappy with the way you look. You need to take action and start to work on your beauty insecurities; they will never better if you sit back and complain about them. You have a handful of options at your fingertips so start exploring what might work for you and feel body beautiful again.

Easy Enhancements

If there is a certain part of your body that you have been unhappy with for a long period of time, you might want to look into ways to change it. You were born with certain features which make you unique and distinctive, but it is understandable if some of these things are making you feel self-conscious and uncomfortable. If you’re serious about making a change then look into a local plastic surgeon, who will be able to advise you. Even if you just book an initial consultation to explore your options, it is worth having a look into how they could help you.

Skincare Smarts

If you’re prone to regular skin breakouts and acne, then it’s likely to be getting you down. Your face is the first thing you will inspect each morning to see how bad your skin situation and it isn’t easy when you have to stare at zits all the time. Try changing up your skin care regime and stop using products which are full of toxic chemicals. Opt for plant based organic products which are made from natural ingredients. Tea tree oil, lavender and rosehip are all amazing products to use for sensitive and spot-prone skin. Use a clay face mask once or twice a week to clear out the impurities in your pores. You will soon have brighter and fresher skin, which will make you feel more confident.

 

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Effective Exercise

You try on a bunch of clothes and you’re never quite happy with how they look on your body. You think your thighs are too thick or your bum is too wobbly; of course these are the things which make you beautiful, but you should consider targeting your problem areas with exercise. You will never be fully happy in your body, so you can’t expect perfection. All you need to do is take part in regular exercise which makes you feel good. If you enjoy the workouts you are taking part in you will soon begin to feel more energetic and positive. Exercise releases endorphins which make you feel happy, so there really is no excuse for skipping out on your next gym class.

Whether you’re looking to straighten out your nose, tighten your wrinkles or tone up your bum, make sure you start being proactive about your imperfections. You don’t need to live with these stresses and strains, just look into your various options and choose what works for you.

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Common Beauty Insecurities And How To Get Over Them For Good!

Common Beauty Insecurities And How To Get Over Them For Good!

There’s no shame in being insecure about something. In many ways, if you’re not insecure about anything, then you’re probably not human! It’s a natural way of life, we all have elements of ourselves that we don’t like. What’s more, it can take a lot to put these negative thoughts out of our mind and get over our insecurities for good. As such, every day is spent looking in the mirror and focusing on the little things that we don’t like, rather than the things we do like.

 

We all have different insecurities, but some are more common than others. Today, I’m going to look at the most prevalent beauty insecurities in modern women, and provide a bit of advice to help you get over them for good. My main hope is that this little guide can help all of you to start loving yourselves more!

 

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My Face Is Full Of Spots

So many women are insecure about their appearance because they have breakouts on their face. They think this makes them look super ugly, and they’ll try and cover the spots up as well as possible. Often, this means going overboard with foundation, which just fuels the spots and makes the breakout even worse.

 

When you have constant issues with spots, it makes you so insecure that you’ll avoid leaving the house unless it’s essential. The thing is, there are so many solutions to this problem, and you’re probably going about it the wrong way. Instead of trying to cover your spots up with loads of makeup, work on addressing the cause of them. Is it because your skin is too greasy or oily? If so, work on cleansing your pores and taking better care of your face. Also, never sleep with makeup on and always wash your face before bed! Then, apply a thin layer of makeup, and only when necessary. If you’re not going anywhere, don’t bother with makeup around the house! If all else fails, see a doctor and they can prescribe acne medication to help you out.

My Boobs Are Too Small

When it comes to insecurities on the body, your breasts are usually at the top of the list. So many girls fear that they’re unattractive because they don’t have big boobs. Once more, the media has a lot to answer for this, as we’ve constantly seen attractive women with big breasts as leading roles in films, on magazine covers, and getting most of the limelight. Needless to say, you can feel very insecure when you don’t have big breasts, and this stops you from wearing things you might like the look of – such as crop tops, bikinis, low-cut dresses, and so on.

 

The good news is there are both temporary and permanent solutions to this insecurity. If you’re super self-conscious about your breast size and would kill to make them bigger, then why don’t you? Breast augmentation is common, and you can subtly enhance the look of your breasts if you want. It’s not for everyone, and I strongly suggest you see surgery details before you go through with this. This is the permanent solution, and the temporary ones can help give your boobs the appearance of being bigger, without actually changing their size. Things like push-up bras or padding can help make your boobs look bigger and fuller. You’ll be very surprised at how much of a difference a good push up bra makes to your breasts, and this can be all you need for a little confidence boost.

My Legs Are Too Chunky

Another body insecurity most women have is with their legs. A lot of girls see their thighs as being too chunky and wobbly. They feel like they jiggle when you walk, and it can make you so insecure. Especially around the spring/summer seasons where it gets hot, and loads of people wear shorts and skirts. You feel very insecure because you see everyone’s nice legs, and you think you’re being judged for being the only person still wearing jeans.

 

The reality is, you can easily take care of this insecurity if you’re willing to put in the hard work. All you have to do is start exercising and eating right. This will help you lose body fat, which slims down your thighs. They’ll lose that ‘chunkiness’ you don’t like, and you can also tone them up by doing squats and leg workouts. In fact, I’ll leave a video down below this paragraph of a sample leg workout to help you add muscle tone and firmness. In a matter of weeks, you can transform the way your legs look and feel a lot more secure about them.

 

My Eyebrows Are Too Light

Finally, we end things off with another insecurity that’s found on your face. Having light eyebrows has become a really big issue in modern times. There seems to be a big beauty trend at the moment where good eyebrows are a must. Everyone wants nice dark brows that are shaped well and finely trimmed. If yours are too light, then it looks like you have none at all, which causes major insecurities.

 

Again, there are both permanent and temporary solutions here. The temporary one is simply drawing on your eyebrows whenever you want to go out. Once more, I’ll link a video below this paragraph that gives a few tips on how to do this and make your brows look natural. When done correctly, you’ll see the effect looks so real, and no one will guess your eyebrows are really very light. The permanent solution is to get something known as an eyebrow tattoo. Essentially, you get eyebrows tattooed on you, so they always look a lot darker. It’s not for everyone and can be quite expensive. But, if you’re really insecure and can’t bear to even walk around the house with your natural brows, then this may be your best option.

 

 

As I said earlier, I really want this guide to help everyone with these insecurities. First and foremost; don’t be ashamed if you’re insecure. Secondly; don’t be ashamed about wanting to change things about yourself. A lot of people say you should just grow to love your insecurities, but it’s not as easy as that. Some people get really badly affected by the things mentioned on this list, so doing things to change the way you look can help you love yourself for once!

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Looking Younger? It’s A Matter Of Routine

Looking Younger? It’s A Matter Of Routine

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The tensions of now and stresses of the future all form to make this one almighty ball of stress that doesn’t just impact our frame of mind, but it shows up on our face! Let’s face it, when we age, we are constantly fighting against Old Mother Time, and there aren’t enough beauty regimes out there for us to take advantage of so that we can disguise the signs of aging. But what’s the trick? It’s all about getting some good quality routines in place so you can fight the good fight…

 

Practice Facial Exercises

Have you heard about this? There are some facial exercises that have been shown to reduce the signs of aging by three years. As our face invariably sags as we get older, this is because of the fat pads underneath our skin getting thinner. And while there’s not much evidence to show that these facial exercises help scientifically, you only have to look at the before and after pictures of people who’ve tried it to see the impact!

 

Disguise The Problem Areas

Highlight your attributes, but disguise the areas that make you feel, and look, inadequate. As we get older, gravity takes its toll, and this is where a push up bra really gives you that lift! Apparently, over 80% of women are wearing the wrong size bra. So, if you are doing your breasts a disservice, get fitted at the lingerie store to make sure that you are wearing the right size, and getting the best coverage and support.

 

Consume More Vitamins

Generally, we don’t consume enough. When it comes to looking younger, there are some essential vitamins and minerals you need. Lycopene, commonly found in tomatoes, gives your skin protection against UV rays. But also, vegetables like kale are full of vitamin k, which helps the coagulation of your blood. This will limit your bruising. In addition to this, healthy oils, such as omega-3 fatty acids, commonly found in fish, is going to give your skin a youthful glow.

 

Drink More Water

This is the key. Lots of us don’t drink enough to hydrate our skin. If your skin looks dull and dry, this will mean more wrinkles forming. Instead, to make your skin look plumper, drink more water, and reduce the amount of dehydrating foods and drinks, such as alcohol, sugar, and salt, but also cut down on smoking. We all know that if we want to look 25 years older than we actually are, then smoking is the best way to get there quick!

 

Calm Down

To look younger, it’s about making sure that you look great on the outside, but you’ll feel great on the inside. Stress, and specifically, worrying about your looks is going to pile on the stress, which is going to add more wrinkles, and it becomes a never-ending cycle. Instead, as well as having a beauty routine, take the time to calm down. This means practicing something like mindfulness, but also learning how to manage your stress will reduce the amount of cortisol, the stress hormone, that will age you terribly.

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Natural Ways To Care For Sensitive Skin

Natural Ways To Care For Sensitive Skin

Unfortunately, some people have much more sensitive skin than others. It would be nice if we could subject our outer layers to the same kind of abuse as some without the consequences, but instead, you might end up with rashes, irritation, inflammation, and exacerbating issues like eczema. When treating sensitive skin, you have to be careful to what you put on it, as well. Here are a few changes you can make to start treating your skin a little kindlier and hopefully help it start behaving, too.

 

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Clean carefully

Sensitive skin doesn’t react only to how you treat it, but the environment you surround it in, as well. For a lot of people, most of their irritation may actually come from their home. The dust and debris that gathers are an allergen themselves and can certainly irritate the skin. But the methods by which we clean them can be just as harmful. Bleaches and many household cleaning products contain chemicals like ammonia and sodium lauryl sulphate. These might not be too harmful for the average person. If you have allergies or sensitive skin, however, you might have a much better time turning to green cleaning products. Lemon juice or vinegar can be mixed into water to create a surface cleaning solution, for instance, while baking soda and warm water can help you clean stains out from fabrics.

Treat thoughtfully

If you have a skin condition such as chronic inflammation, acne, or eczema, you want to make sure you’re taking some kind of effort to treat it. However, you may be aware that certain medications or creams that contain ingredients like steroids can end up causing your skin to thin, making it even more sensitive and prone to irritation. Dermveda.com shows some examples of alternative treatments that can be used to treat eczema, including using natural oils like coconut oil, Shea butter, or other medications like calcineurin inhibitors. When you talk to your doctor about treatments for your skin, don’t forget to bring up your ongoing skin sensitivity and see if there aren’t other medications or home treatments they might be able to suggest.

Beautify benignly

We all want to look our best, sensitive skin or no. If you’re like a lot of women, you have not just your makeup but your morning and nighttime skin care routines. But little do most know that the ingredients in so-called skin care isn’t always the healthiest. Annmariegianni.com sums up the ingredients you should start looking out for and the effects they can have that do the opposite of what those products are supposed to help with. Fragrances are one of the most notorious, using that label to cover all kinds of ingredients that can dry, age, and irritate your skin even further. Get into the habit of reading the labels for those red flag ingredients before buying skin care products.

Sensitive skin isn’t always the easiest to handle and if you start suffering serious problems with it, it’s time to visit your dermatologist. For everyday care, however, the tips above can help you keep the peace and avoid those unsightly breakouts.

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Help Bad Breath Naturally

Help Bad Breath Naturally

Bad breath is a fear many folks have. Some mouths suffer from it on a daily basis while some only have issues after certain foods. Bad breath can come from underlying diseases or a simple garlic dinner.

Gum, tongue and teeth health will help keep your breath fresh.

Lightly brush your gums and tongue when brushing your teeth two/three times a day. Flossing is an important habit to get into. You wouldn’t leave most types of food on the counter for a day, let alone days. So, why leave it in between your teeth. Forgetting to floss can really contribute to bad breath.

If your tongue is coated you maybe having issues in your digestive tract. Yeast is a big culprit to bad breath. Having oral thrush could be stemmed from stomach issues to just having too much sugar in your diet. Fixing the issue will help fix your breath because sadly, lot of mouthwashes, mints and gum have a plethora of sugar that will only intensify your bad breath issues. Try an all-natural breath spray to help eliminate bad breath without adding unnecessary sugar into your system.

Oil-pulling has helped with bacteria and yeast issues in the mouth. If you chose to try this, be very careful not to swallow the oil. ‘Pulling’ does just that. It pulls the bacteria or yeast off the surfaces, and trust me, you don’t want to swallow that.

Another way to use oil is instead of Pulling, is to make a Tongue Balm.

First off, it taste good. It’s non-toxic. And it’s a quick trick to use after meals or before you pucker up. Bonus, swapping spit will help kill germs in your partners mouth as well, just be sure they aren’t allergic to coconut or peppermint. 

Apply a thin coat of coconut oil onto your tongue. It will cleanse the tongue while on the move.

Making a Tongue Balm

One tablespoon Coconut oil

Two drops of Peppermint oil

Mix coconut oil with the two drops of Peppermint oil. Put into a small air-tight jar. Apply a small layer to tongue several times a day.

Eat the right foods to treat your tummy well

Eating the proper foods can help with keeping your breath fresh. Believe it or not, garlic is one of those foods that is great for your stomach.

Stay away from things too high in sugar as well as things that are too high in yeast like beers. Not that there’s anything with sugar and beer in moderation. However, be mindful of your tummy and your tummy will respect your mouth.

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The Dos & Don’ts When You’re Trying To Lose Weight

The Dos & Don’ts When You’re Trying To Lose Weight

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Losing weight isn’t an easy feat, but then, if it were, no one would be overweight. Unfortunately, there is also no one-size-fits-all solution for those want to lose a few extra pounds, as everyone is different and everyone’s body burns off fat differently. However, there are a few general rules that everyone should follow when they’re trying to lose weight. Here they are for you to consider.

 

Don’t Starve Yourself

The first and possibly most important piece of advice for anyone trying to lose weight is to never starve yourself. Not only is this incredibly unhealthy and could lead to anorexia, but it also isn’t a successful way to lose fat. In fact, your body will try to store more fat than it’s burning, and you’ll lose muscle instead. You will also likely start overeating at some point and will put on even more weight than you initially lost.

 

Do Create A Meal Plan

Instead of starving yourself, make an effort to eat foods that are healthy and full of nutrients, rather than fat and sugar. Creating a meal plan will help with this, as you’ll know what you’re supposed to be eating for each meal, so won’t just order a takeaway or buy a microwave meal on a whim.

 

Don’t Expect A Quick Fix

There is no quick fix for losing weight, so don’t look for one. Despite what the internet may say, there is no magic pill that will fix all of your problems. Liposuction won’t work either, as it is meant to contour the body after weight loss, rather than remove large amounts of fat. Just look at some liposuction videos, if you don’t believe me. Losing weight is a long game, I’m afraid.

 

Do Drink Lots Of Water

It’s important that you drink enough water each day for good health, but if you’re trying to lose weight, it’s even more important. This is because it is necessary for metabolism to occur, which burns calories and fat. It also helps you to feel full, so you don’t feel the need to eat as much.

 

Don’t Cut Out Foods

If you want to eat healthily and lose fat, the last thing that you should do is deny yourself the odd doughnut here and there. Trust me, having an unhealthy snack once in a blue moon isn’t going to ruin your weight loss, but not having one could, as you’ll just crave unhealthy foods more and more.

 

Do Have Will Power

Unfortunately, once you’ve had one unhealthy snack, you might want another one, so you’re going to have to stop yourself. Don’t start thinking that it’s okay to have two slices of cake just because you’ve had one, because, before you know it, you’ll have had the whole thing to yourself. You can treat yourself, but you can’t overindulge.

 

Losing weight is difficult, and it’s different for everyone. However, as long as you follow these general rules, you should find it a lot easier to shed your fat and lose a few pounds.

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Take Charge of Your Health: Get More Sleep

By Guest Blogger, Sarah C.,

Take Charge of Your Health: Get More Sleep

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When it comes to getting healthy we hear an awful lot about exercise regimes and fad diets. What we don’t hear quite as much about is sleep. Why is that? Maybe it’s because sleep is something you can do for free!

 

Obviously diet and exercise are important but the lack of attention paid to sleep is surprising considering how vital a role it plays in both our physical and mental health.

 

What’s more, how well we sleep also plays a huge part in our capacity for exercise and our ability to maintain a healthy diet. So, while those two might be the pillars of a healthy life, good sleep is the foundation on which they stand.

 

Read on below to discover just how important sleep is for your health and why you should spend more time thinking about it…

 

Boost to the immune system

 

Our bodies are amazing things, while we lie asleep at night they get busy and go to work repairing themselves from the hardships of the day. If our sleep is broken these processes are obviously disrupted and don’t function nearly as well. That in a nutshell is why we feel bad if we don’t get sufficient sleep.

 

One very important process that takes place while we sleep is the production of cytokines, also known as the things that bravely fight off bacteria and viruses. These little guys are the cornerstone of our immune system.

 

If we’re sleep-deprived our immune system becomes impaired, meaning we are less able to fight off infection and less able to bounce back once we become infected. The result is more colds, more flu and more sick days to get over them. Not fun!

 

The heart of the matter

 

Not only does sleep improve your resistance to viruses such flu and colds, it also reduces your risk of being afflicted by a whole host of more serious conditions. Chief amongst these are strokes, heart disease and heart attacks.

 

When it comes to sleep and heart health the exact mechanisms at play aren’t exactly known. One theory simply relates to wear and tear, when we sleep our blood pressure drops and our heart has to do less work. If we sleep less, our heart doesn’t get this break.

 

This means two people of the very same age may have hearts who have done considerably different amounts of work, simply due to a difference in sleep patterns.

 

Has this info got you clutching at your chest in surprise? Well, for advice on how to get a handle on your own sleep patterns why not turn to those in the know, head on over to the Sleep Advisor for specialist advice.

 

Improves weight loss

 

So you’ve been up every morning jogging and you’ve been knocking back those disgusting wheatgrass smoothies but still your waistline hasn’t budged. Why is this? Well, it could be because you’re not getting enough shuteye.

 

Firstly, when we are sleepy we have reduced willpower, meaning we are far more likely to hit the candy jar than when we’ve slept well.

 

Secondly, even if you’ve the willpower to resist temptation, not getting enough sleep will still impact your weight. Not fair I know!

 

Researchers at Chicago University have discovered that our bodies actually process food less efficiently when tired. Apparently when sleep-deprived our fat cells suffer from a condition called ‘metabolic grogginess’. Who knew?

 

Without getting too deep into technicalities, when tired our fat cells are unable to correctly respond to the hormone insulin. Insulin controls how fatty acids and lipids get used and stored. When tired it seems our bodies end up storing more fat than it should.

 

What’s more, metabolic grogginess can lead to fat being stored in the wrong places, such as the tissue in our liver. The result of this can be diabetes. Yikes!

 

So, keep up the jogs and keep knocking back those ‘tasty’ green leaf drinks by all means. But also add a couple of extra hours in bed to your regime and you’ll soon be dropping a few notches on your belt.

 

A brighter tomorrow

 

Sleep isn’t just good for our physical health it’s also strongly linked to our mental health. Such is the link in fact, it’s been reported that insomniacs are five times more likely to suffer from depression as well-rested individuals.

 

Once again the exact reasons for the link between sleep and mental health aren’t completely understood. What we do know is that while we sleep our body attempts to regulate the levels of stress hormones in our system. If this process is constantly interrupted it stands to reasons that it will be less successful, resulting in imbalances and with them a less balanced emotional outlook.

 

There you have it – four reasons why sleep is essential for your health. Who knew that lying in bed for a few more hours could be so good for you? Nighty night!

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