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.
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.
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!
Love Yourself: How To Have A Positive Body Image and Improve Your Relationship
Most people with body image problems usually end up having relationship problems as the way they view their body makes them shy away from connecting and getting intimate with their partner. According to a survey, 97% of women have daily negative thoughts about their body. Some of the recorded thoughts of women who participated in the poll included being “ugly,” “too skinny,” and “obese.” Having a negative body image can result in stress, anxiety, depression, and it may even trigger eating disorders. It can also make people blind to their own self-worth. The result? Women with a bad body image often settle for a not-so-great relationship, or they pull back from giving affection, or worse, they may even give up on searching for love. This year, come to terms with your body and improve your relationship with your significant other. Here are some tips on how to love yourself and have a positive body image.
Accept what you can’t change, but improve the things you can control
One of the best ways to have a better body image is to accept the things that you can’t change but to take active steps to improve the things that you can control. For instance, there may be nothing that you can do to get taller, but you can certainly have a stronger and leaner body if you devote the time to work on it. Going on a sensible weight loss diet plan may help to melt off the pounds, and when paired with a regular exercise regimen, you may begin to see good results in just a few weeks. However, you will have to be diligent about this and get a move on instead of just wishing for a good body. Create a workout schedule and a diet plan, then put these in a conspicuous area in your home so you’re reminded of your goals.
Attractiveness isn’t about the way you look—it’s about how you radiate positivity and self-confidence, and that is sexy no matter what size you wear or how much you weigh. It may be tough to feel confident when culture dictates that you have to be slender or fit into a certain dress size to be attractive, and this can lead to anxiety over your looks which can take a toll on finding and keeping a relationship. You can boost your self-confidence by taking the time to dress and groom yourself well, learning a new skill, and embracing the things that you love whether it’s a hobby, a movie or book series, or music. Being yourself and being comfortable in your own skin will make other people drawn to you and will make you more open to experiencing life and love.
Take a break from social media
Social media makes it easy for people to compare themselves to others as some people may present an unattainable image and lifestyle on Instagram or Twitter. Don’t compare yourself to others and take a break from social media if you have to. Keep in mind that people only post the best aspects of their lives online—what’s really going on behind the scenes may not be as pleasant or exciting as the pictures that they post on the Internet.
This year, remind yourself that you are good enough and worthy enough of being loved. Try these tips to have a better body image and to start loving yourself more. Being confident will lead to a better connection and relationship with the person who loves you just the way you are.
Beauty is just amazing, and we all have it in our own unique ways. There are some people that care about beauty and their image more, there are some people who prefer to stick with their natural beauty. Whichever one you are, we know we’ve got some tricks and tips up our sleeve that we know you’ll love. There always seems to be a certain air of competition around lately, especially due to social media. The way in which people apply makeup and look after their body is rapidly changing, all down to the different influences in the world. When going on a quest for better beauty, it is important not to lose yourself. Behind the makeup, it is important to remember you’re just like everybody else. So to help you on your beauty quest, without losing yourself, here are our best tips to help you improve your image.
The one most of us are looking for tips on how to improve. Beauty is often in the eye of the beholder. When that beholder is you, it is easy to pick out all the flaws and things you hate. So the first thing you need to do if you want to truly feel beautiful is accept your flaws. Everyone has them, and nobody is perfect. Loving your body really is the first step to achieving beauty. Then you need to think of things that might be affecting your skin care. The first two are something we know a lot of you might struggle with. Firstly, you need to make sure you’re getting enough sleep. We know this can be hard with the pressure of work, socialisation etc. But the more sleep you get, the more radiant and healthy your skin is going to look. Fatigued skin dries out easily, looks pale, and just lacks the life that it gets from a good night’s sleep. They recommend around eight to nine hours sleep a night to help you stay refreshed. It isn’t just your skin that benefits from a good night sleep, your overall wellbeing does as well.
Next up is water. Water is one of the most amazing beauty hacks that so many people tend to ignore. Plus, you’re either one of those people who hates it, or absolutely loves it. If you know you’re someone who’s diet is full of sugary drinks, they’ve got to go. The sugars and additives within them cause breakouts, as well as weight gain. Water keeps you, and your skin hydrated, meaning you feel refreshed, and your skin is left more subtle and bouncy for longer. They recommend drinking around two litres of water a day. If you know you’re going to struggle with that, try mixing it with some sugar free squash for a bit of flavour.
Makeup either baffles you, you sort of get it, or you’re a pro. Now, we’ve already touched base of why you should be careful with makeup. Too much and you’re hiding your natural face, too little and it won’t have the effect you’re wanting it to. You’re best off going with a subtle and natural look for everyday wear. Too much makeup all the time can also clog up the pores of the skin, causing nasty breakouts that we just don’t want. One thing that is essential with makeup is a morning skin care routine, and always taking it off at night. Before applying makeup, make sure the skin is completely clean by using a nice cleansing soap. Then apply a light layer of moisturiser to protect your skin from being dried out by the make up. The apply a layer of foundation, and another one if needed. A lot of foundations require you to use a few light layers to build up enough coverage. Or you could opt for a brand that gives full coverage as it is, just beware of being cakey. Then curl your eyelashes with an eyelash curler, and apply some volumizing mascara. The thicker and fuller the eyelashes, the better. Just make sure you’re not applying so much that they end up looking like thick spiders legs. Then fill in your brows with a pen or powder that is the right shade for your hair colour. Light to dark brown are the most common colours. Make sure you’re only filling in around the shape of your eyebrow, not over it. The finish with a bit of highlighter on the cheek bones and the tip of your nose. The perfect everyday makeup routine!
Sometimes it is our health that is affecting our overall beauty. The more junk food you eat, the more it is going to reflect on your image. Eating fatty and sugary foods is one of the main reasons why so many people have the breakouts they do. Our bodies can’t process the foods like they can natural organic foods. The oils and grease within them are what sits within our pores. A poor diet is also the leading cause for adult and child obesity in America. The rate of obesity is higher than it is anywhere else in the country. If you visit the website shown here, you’ll see there are various different treatments that reduce the levels of fat within the body. But the main thing to remember is switching to a healthy diet. The foods you should be eating will give you all the vitamins and minerals you need to be beautiful on the inside, as well as the out. In the long run, you’ll be protecting yourself from diseases, diabetes, and early death.
Finally, it is important to think of your overall well being when you’re thinking of your beauty. Your mind plays a big role in this. The happier you are within yourself and with your life, the more radiant and happy you’re going to look on the outside. Sometimes a smile is the best weapon we have in our beauty arsenal. Try practicing things such as meditation to clear your mind, and open it to positive thoughts that will radiate beauty.
Warning! Your Skin Products Are Actually Damaging Your Skin
What’s the sole reason we buy skin products? To try and improve any imperfections in our skin. We buy moisturizers to combat dry skin, face wash to deal with oily skin, and exfoliation products to help attack acne. It’s fair to say we put a lot of faith in these products, assuming that they’re good for us and will be of assistance.
But, did you know that many of your skin products are actually harming your skin? It sounds bizarre, but it’s very much the truth. Many factors come into play here, mainly in the form of bad chemicals. Naturally, you’re probably a bit afraid that you’re damaging your skin now. Thankfully, there are a few telltale signs that your products are doing more harm than good.
People with excessively oily and greasy skin will often look for products that take care of this problem. They claim to help get rid of your issue, leaving you with skin that’s less greasy and more ‘normal’. However, a lot of these products – along with other general face washes and creams – could lead to dry skin. If this happens, then it’s a bad sign, and you should stop using them immediately. Any product that solves one problem, but causes another, isn’t really doing you any good. It’s likely you end up buying another product (usually from the same brand, what a coincidence…) to combat the dry skin issue. This will probably cause another problem, meaning you look for another product, and so on.
Your Skin Burns Afterwards
Needless to say, if your skin is burning after you’ve used something, then it’s not a great sign. This is most likely because the product includes chemicals that react negatively to your skin. It makes sense to check the ingredients on the back of each product, and research any that seem a bit strange or have long, complex, chemical names. Alternatively, you could go for chemical free skincare to eradicate this issue from occurring. If you find this issue happens to you a lot, then it’s best to stop using the product that’s causing the irritation. It might not hurt that much, and the burning could only last a second or two, but it’s not normal and doesn’t do any good.
Again, this is a clear sign that something is seriously wrong with the skincare products in your bathroom. I would say itchy skin and rashes are probably the most common issue people face. Furthermore, you often don’t realize your skincare products were the problem because you assume the rash came from something else. To figure this out, stop using your products for a few days and see if the rash and itching clear up. If they do, then you know it was the culprit!
Don’t spend money on beauty products that are causing you more harm than good. If you notice any of these signs, then there’s clearly something in your skincare products that don’t react well with your skin. Stop using them, look for better alternatives, and experience healthy skin for real.
You may have seen the results all over your social media feeds, Brazilian Blowouts are having a moment! The treatment is loved by women around the globe due to its transformative and, quite frankly, life-changing results.
According to Yahoo, the Brazilian Blowout is a liquid keratin formula that bonds to your hair and creates a protective layer around each strand, effectively diminishing frizz and sealing in the cuticle, thereby protecting your hair against any external damage.
It originated in Brazil and uses ingredients indigenous to the country including camu camu, annatto seed, and açai berry. The treatment leaves hair hydrated, less frizzy, and more resilient to heat styling as well as comes with an insanely glossy mirror-like shine.
For many people, a Brazilian Blowout is considered a hair straightening treatment. While allowing those with naturally curly hair to experience smooth, straight locks is undoubtedly the most common use of it; the treatment can be customized for you.
If you would rather keep your natural curls or waves intact while smoothing out your hair, the best hairstylist in Dubai can make that happen.
2. Requires no downtime
Compared to other smoothing procedures, there is no downtime whatsoever. Tuck your hair behind your ears, put your sunglasses on top of your head, wear a ponytail, swim, or exercise immediately after you walk out of the salon with no worries.
3. Perfect for all hair types
No matter what kind of hair you have, whether it is straight, curly, kinky, coarse, fine or damaged, a Brazilian Blowout can be tailored to work perfectly for you. The treatment is safe for any hair type and helps to improve shine as well as moisture levels.
Having one enables you to use less hair care products, decrease daily drying time by half, achieve salon quality hair, and air-dry hair and have it look natural and frizz-free.
If you are looking to grow your hair more quickly, a Brazilian Blowout can assist with this as the treatment reduces split ends meaning you won’t require trims as often.
4. Won’t affect your natural curl pattern
Your treatment should last anywhere from three to four months. But after this period, your natural curl pattern will return with no line of demarcation. Even if you don’t get your Brazilian Blowout touched up right away, there will be no noticeable line of separation between the previously treated hair and new growth unlike with other relaxing or straightening methods.
A Brazilian Blowout is a smoothing treatment that does not contain harsh chemicals such as formaldehyde, and it is a non-permanent treatment that won’t give you roots that must be retouched in a few months.
5. Done only by certified professionals
Overall, the process takes under two hours but depends on how much hair you have and how thick it is. In the salon, a certified Brazilian Blowout stylist will start by shampooing your hair three or four times to remove any product residue, and to create a base for the treatment to adhere.
At this point, working section by section, the Brazilian Blowout formula will be applied from root to tip, then blow-dried smooth. Next, a flat iron heated to 450 degrees will seal the formula in; then your stylist will again rinse your hair. This is then followed by a deep conditioning mask before your hair is once again blow-dried smooth.
Unlike other similar treatments, there aren’t any restrictions as to what you can and can’t do after a Brazilian Blowout. You can tie your hair up in a bun or clip it any way you want. You can sweat it out and shampoo, so you won’t have to skip your CrossFit class.
And since the treatment is already rinsed out while you are in the salon, you can wait for as long as you want to wash it. Just ensure you are using a sulfate- and chlorine-free formula to extend the pleasant appeal of a Brazilian Blowout.
Hillary Kozma is the Owner/Managing Director/Creative Director of Kozma & Kozma Salon. Having built the foundation of her skills with an apprenticeship under a direct protege of Vidal Sassoon, Hillary and her husband opened Glow American Salon in Qatar in 2007 before expanding to Dubai as Kozma & Kozma in 2016. Hillary is hailed by the media as a “pioneer in her field” for introducing new talents, concepts, philosophies, and techniques to the Middle East.
7 Makeup Tips That Make You Look Amazing In Photographs
People think they don’t look beautiful in photographs because they are not photogenic but little did they know that the most important thing that guarantees the beautiful picture is the makeup. All the professional makeup artists think that in order to take look beautiful in the photograph you should do outstanding makeup for yourself. The beautiful makeup makes you look amazing in the picture even if you are not photogenic. Therefore, you should always do your makeup in the best and outstanding manner. Some of the makeup tips that will make you look phenomenal in the pictures are as follows.
Apply Moisturizer and Mask to Your Skin:
When you have to go to any party or any event and you will be going there with a lot of makeup on your face then you have to make sure that you prepare your skin before applying makeup on it. If you will moisturize, exfoliate and apply a high quality and an effective face mask on your skin, then you will have a glow and shine on your face. As a result, your makeup will last longer and you will look beautiful in the pictures.
Choose Foundation Wisely:
The foundation is the base of the overall makeup. The smooth foundation will make you look good in pictures. Therefore, it is obligatory for everyone to choose foundation according to their skin tone. If you chose a light color foundation for darker skin tone or vice versa, it will make you look terrible in pictures. For looking good and outstanding in pictures you should apply the foundation which suits your skin tone.
Conceal and Contour Efficiently:
In order to look beautiful and stunning in pictures, you should make your features prominent. The most important thing for making features dominant is contouring. Therefore, you should contour efficiently in the most amazing manner. To look amazing and flawless in pictures you should conceal your undertones and spots in the best manner.
The highlighter is the most amazing thing that makes your skin look perfect and flawless. In order to look beautiful and aesthetic in photographs, you should apply highlighter beautifully and efficiently. The application of high quality and standard highlighter will make you look alluring and enchanting in pictures.
Use Matte Products:
All the things which are used for blending and hiding spots from your skin like foundation and concealer should be free from shine and glitter If you will use the shiny concealer it will spoil your overall look. Therefore, it is very important to use the products which are not sheeny shiny while doing makeup. The use of matte products will make you look beautiful and enchanting in the pictures.
Glossy and shimmery lipstick always looks enticing and alluring in pictures. In order to look beautiful and enchanting in photographs, you should keep the whole makeup subtle and light but you can enhance your look by applying glossy lipstick on the lips. This will make you look beautiful in the pictures.
Sania is a student of accounts and finance. She enjoys shopping, trying out skincare remedies and blogging about anything that is related to beauty and self-care. Her love for pets, tea and traveling, is eternal. She ritually posts at The Smart Women Blog.
Essential Things You Can Do To Make Healthcare Cost Less
Let’s face it, healthcare is way more costly than it should be. We shouldn’t be forced to pay through our noses for basic treatments. We shouldn’t be in a position where we can’t afford to pay for surgery to cure a disease or fix a problem for good. Unfortunately, most of us are in this position nowadays, and it needs to stop.
For the majority of the population, there’s always this comparison between health issues and money. More specifically, whenever something is wrong, we think about how much it costs to take care of it, and how bad the issue is. This leaves loads of us living with issues that we try and sweep under the rug because they’re too costly and aren’t life-threatening enough to warrant the high costs of curing them. This applies to all areas of our health, from oral health to physical health, and even mental health too.
What I want to do is help you put an end to the constant worries you have about healthcare costs. It may seem impossible, but there are some things you can do to make healthcare cost a lot less. The rest of this article will be dedicated to ideas and thoughts on the matter. Hopefully, by the time you’ve finished reading, you will know exactly how to save money on healthcare costs for good.
First thing’s first, you should have some form of health insurance at your disposal. Insurance makes everything more affordable for you and can cover you in emergencies. Yes, you still have to pay for your insurance, and this might seem costly at first. But, when you think about what the insurance covers and the money you don’t have to pay for medical treatments, it works out very well.
The problem a lot of people have is they find insurance that’s too expensive. What you should do is compare different providers and then compare different policies from the cheapest ones. There are companies out there offering a free consultation to help you compare different plans from specific providers. This is beneficial as they assist you with your research and ensure you find the best plan for your personal health risks. That’s the key here; some people are in worse health than others and will require more coverage. Others just need basic coverage to help pay for standard treatments and check-ups.
At the end of the day, insurance will save you thousands of dollars and makes you worry less about going to a doctor or health professional. Let’s say you have a bad back and need to see a chiropractor to fix it. If you don’t have insurance, then the cost of a full treatment plan might be too much and cause you to not pay for it. But, if you have insurance that covers the treatment, you don’t have to think twice. You undergo the treatment and end up in a better physical position.
Eat A Better Diet
One of the easiest ways you can make healthcare cost less is by taking better care of your health. I know, what a crazy thing to suggest! All jokes aside, you will see massive changes in your body and bank balance when you eat a better diet. Health starts with what you put inside your body. You could be very active and play sports or go to the gym, but if you’re shoveling rubbish into your gut, then it won’t end well.
Sadly, plenty of people in this country have terrible diets. And that’s not just me being all high and mighty, it’s a fact. We eat too many fried and processed foods that are packed full of saturated fats, salt, sugar, and cholesterol. As a result, so many serious health problems could occur. In fact, a bad diet has been linked to the following issues; heart disease, heart attacks, multiple cancers, diabetes, and anaemia. Aside from, obviously, being very serious and potentially life-threatening, all of these problems require expensive medical treatment. You may need complex surgeries or access to high-tech equipment that helps calm your symptoms and lets you live a longer life with your health issues. Even if you have insurance, some of the money may have to come out of your pocket, and they’re ongoing costs in the cases of diabetes and cancer too.
All you have to do is eat healthily. Take a look at your diet and first try to cut down on the bad things. Eat less fat, consume less meat, so you don’t have high cholesterol, eat less sugar, and manage your salt intake. You’ll immediately start to feel a lot better and healthier just by doing this. Then, start adding important vitamins and minerals to your diet. Loads of people, particularly women, don’t get enough iron in their systems. This inevitably leads to anemia. So, start eating more green veg like broccoli or spinach as they contain iron. You also get the benefit of all the other vitamins these veggies provide. Be more conscious of what you eat, and you’ll be amazed at how few health problems you have, leading to low healthcare costs every year for you.
Exercise And Stay Active
I know I said that diet is the number one thing to think about when it comes to your health, but you still need to exercise. Being a couch potato might sound appealing, but it isn’t a very good idea at all. The less active you are, the more unhealthy you become. Your muscles start to stop working, which can end up causing pain in joints and bones, leading to expensive treatments. Plus, it can also cause weight gain which then leads to other diseases, most notably high blood pressure and heart problems.
The simple solution is to just get up and exercise more. Walk places instead of driving everywhere. Don’t stay in the same seat for hours on end without moving. Even if you work a typical office job, get up every hour or so and walk around the office or do some light stretching. In your spare time, go for a run or choose one type of physical activity to do three times a week. This could be going to the gym, cycling, yoga, dance classes; literally, anything that gets your heart rate up and helps you stay healthy.
I am not a health expert, but if I were, I would advise all my clients to exercise and stay active. Why? Because that’s the exact same advice health experts, give to everyone! Come on guys, it’s not rocket science. The more active you are, the fewer health problems you’ll end up with.
Stick To An Oral Hygiene Routine
It’s not just your physical health that causes high costs, it’s also your oral health. There are so may dental treatments that are far too common and far too expensive. Plenty of things can set you back a couple of hundred dollars, sometimes even creep into the thousands. The most frustrating thing about paying for dental healthcare is how avoidable it is. Our teeth aren’t meant to just rot away and decompose quickly. If we take good care of them, they will last for a very long time.
To make things even more frustrating, it’s so easy to stick to an oral hygiene routine. You haven’t got to do anything crazy, it’s simply a case of following some rules every day. First, brush your teeth twice – once in the morning after breakfast, and once in the evening before bed. Always leave at least half an hour after between eating food and brushing, or you won’t see good results. Secondly, floss anywhere between two or seven times a week. This helps clean your teeth more thoroughly and avoids gum disease that leads to expensive hygienist appointments. Finally, cut down on sugar and acids. Sugary drinks are particularly bad and try to avoid eating lots of sweets per day. If you are going to treat yourself to some sugar, try and have it all in one go. The more frequently you consume it, the more damage it does to your teeth. Acid is also bad, so maybe stop eating lemons if that’s the kind of thing you’re into.
Follow these rules, and you could avoid paying for expensive dental treatments or surgeries. All you have to worry about is your regular checkups, which could well be covered if you have health insurance that includes a dental plan. Even if you don’t, it won’t be that expensive.
Wow, that was a lot to take in, wasn’t it? I hope you’ve managed to stay with me all this time and learn how you can make healthcare cost a lot less. Yes, making changes to your lifestyle will go a long way to avoiding health problems. When you haven’t got many health issues, it means you’ll pay for fewer health procedures, saving lots of money. But, don’t forget about insurance as it will provide financial relief if you do have serious issues that need immediate attention.
How to Pick the Best Foundation and Concealer for Your Skin
With such a diverse range of skin tones, choosing the perfect foundation and concealer can be a true nightmare. Furthermore, if you’re dealing with acne-prone skin, or have to battle dark circles on a daily basis, you’ll need to learn a bit about colour correction before you can get that flawless complexion. From liquid, through creamy and all the way to stick concealers and foundations, it’s essential you find the right shade that will perfectly blend with your skin.
Picking out the foundation that will flawlessly blend with your skin is paramount, because your entire makeup look will depend on it. They call it foundation for a reason ‒ it’s the base upon which you build all the other layers of makeup products, creating something beautiful, so it absolutely has to match your skin perfectly. The best way to find the right shade is to test it on your jawline, or just underneath it on your neck. The foundation that becomes invisible once you apply it and rub it into your skin, is the one you should go for.
When it comes to the type of foundation, your choice should depend on the type of your skin. Liquid foundations will work with any type of skin. However, foundations that are thicker in consistency are much more suited for dry skin, than for the one prone to breakouts. Stick and creamy foundations are not very good for dry skin types, but they will do wonders for normal or combination skin. Powder foundations and liquid ones with matte finish are the best choices for oily skin.
Concealer tips and tricks
When you need to mask all the imperfections on your face, that’s where concealers come in. Whether you need to hide a blemish, conceal dark circles, or cover up your tattoo for some special occasion, concealers will do it all. Anytime you need to camouflage a certain colour, you should reach for either orange, green, red or yellow concealer. Colour correction means cancelling blue tones with orange correctors, red with green, and purple with yellow. So, if you’re facing dark circles around your eyes, make sure you know exactly what colour they are. The shade can vary from grey to purple, and the wrong corrector shade will only make things worse. Always colour correct before applying a foundation, so that you can touch up all darker areas later with the best full-coverage concealer that will also perfectly highlight certain parts of your face.
Picking out the right concealer shade is also very important, because a shade that’s too light can make you look like a raccoon, while a shade that’s too similar to your foundation won’t do much for your look. Therefore, compare the shade of your foundation with the one of a concealer, and choose one that’s only a shade or two lighter than your foundation. However, if the green corrector for red blemishes isn’t enough to cover up the spot, either use a foundation or a concealer that matches the foundation shade, so you’ll avoid shade mismatching on that particular spot. Light concealers are great for highlighting the area under your eyebrows, as well as for contouring if you use them with a concealer that’s a bit darker. Sometimes, it’s much more affordable than splurging on contouring palettes. Furthermore, concealers can make you fix plenty of makeup mistakes. If your winged eyeliner isn’t as perfect as you wanted it to be, use an angled brush, dab a bit of concealer and erase a part of that thick line, and voilà, you’ll have the perfect flick.
Choosing the perfect foundation and concealer shade isn’t always easy, but with the previously mentioned tips, you won’t have such a difficult time choosing. Just make sure you know which colours to use for colour correction, don’t use a concealer that’s too light or too dark for fixing imperfections, and your makeup will always be on point.