Health Basics

Looking Good Without Surgery

By Margrit Bradley | Beauty

We’ve all heard about face-lifts, liposuction and Botox, but what if we want to stay attractive as we get older without resorting to expensive and invasive procedures?

It really starts with anti-aging mind games; in other words your inner dialogue. Something is only the truth until new information comes along to contradict it. To change a belief, you must first identify what it is that is working against you. “I’m too old to join an aerobics class.” “It is all downhill from here.” Then come up with a positive thought that will give you energy rather than drain you. “I’m five years younger than that marathon runner I read about.” “I feel better today than I did ten years ago.” Write it down. Repeat it five times a day and start collecting evidence to support it. Even if it is not completely true, keep acting and thinking as if it is. Whenever you catch yourself focusing on what you no longer want to think, switch your focus by asking: “what could be a more helpful way of looking at this?”

BE OPTIMISTIC

Think of the best areas of your life, whether they be work, relationships or friends. Tell yourself something is easy to do and it probably will be. You can create your own results by choosing something about yourself you would like to feel better about (your health, your fitness, your weight) and switch your attitude about it. Try to expect good things: (I’m never ill. I look better in my clothes already). Dress attractively, update your make-up, and ask your hairdresser to take 10 years off you. What did you love doing 10 years ago? Bowling? Camping? Hiking? Try it again and see how you feel at the end.

TRY NEW MAKE-UP

We tend to get into a rut with our make-up, and think the old rules can not be broken. However some of them have become obsolete as new formulas evolved.

It used to be that shimmery make-up was strictly for the evenings, but it can be flattering in the day-time too. Today’s formulas are no longer garish and can actually make you look younger because they contain finely-ground, light-reflecting particles that give skin a soft glow. Shades like camel or pink are good, but limit the luminous look to just one feature. If you choose a pearl eye-shadow or lipstick, keep your cheeks matte finish.

Once it was the rule that lipstick should match the rest of your make-up. Today’s trend is to match it to your skin. Look for one that complements your lips’ natural pigment … pinky brown, nude, soft rose or berry are flattering shades.

Lips sometimes thin after 40. If so, use light to medium lipstick and gloss and choose creamy, shiny formulas as they reflect light, creating an illusion of fullness. Strengthen your lipline and stop lipstick “weeping” by tracing the outer edge of natural border using a lipliner that is one shade deeper than your lipstick.

You do not need to cover your whole face with foundation. You can just spot treat blotchy areas. Apply a tinted base to uneven or red areas, such as nose, cheeks or chin. Using your fingertips or a cosmetic sponge, dab some on and blend outwards towards your jaw and hairline.

If you have decided to let your hair go grey, it can look chic but the lack of pigment does suck the color from your complexion. You need to give your face “oomph”. Use a medium tinted foundation to even out your skin. Go for soft, bright shades such as rose, apricot or peach. Defining your eyes with a silver of slate shadow will also perk up your grey hair look. Do not forget to use a rich moisturizer every day.

It may be true that every woman has the face she deserves by 40, as Coco Chanel once said, and we can not all look like models. But we can keep an optimistic, upbeat outlook and remember that the best facelift in the world is a smile.

 

Five Symptoms to Never Ignore

By Elizabeth Danish | Pediatrics

One of the most difficult things for any parent is when their child gets sick. New parents especially may panic at the first signs of illness or distress, and it is so difficult to know what your child needs. There are times when there is nothing to do except offer extra snuggles and kisses, but there are also times that call for a trip to the ER.

The trick is learning which symptoms could be extremely dangerous and which ones will pass on their own. The golden rule, however, is when in doubt, GO. Call your pediatrician anytime you are unsure, and if they are not available, there is no harm in taking your child to the hospital just to make sure there’s nothing serious going on. Just to give you an idea of things to be on the lookout for, here are five symptoms that should never be ignored and elicit a trip to the emergency room.

Fever

Fevers are tricky because they are one of those things that fill you with panic as soon as the number pops up on the thermometer but can also be present with no effect on your child. With an infant, a fever of 100.4 or higher is extremely dangerous and your baby needs to be seen immediately. Even if your baby seems okay, fevers that are caused by anything bacterial can spread infection throughout the body. The effects of a fever on an infant can be detrimental or even fatal.

For toddlers and older children, be on the lookout for temperatures over 103 degrees. At this age, your child’s behavior is more of an indicator than the number. If your child seems to be doing alright, try treating the fever with Tylenol. If the fever persists, have them seen by a doctor.

There are other symptoms that accompany fevers that you also need to be on the lookout for. A persistent fever that is unaffected by acetaminophen or ibuprofen is a possible cause for alarm and your pediatrician should definitely be called. Also a fever that lasts more than 3-5 days needs medical attention.

If your child is complaining of a headache along with a fever or even a stiff neck, they need to be seen immediately. If there is a rash made up of little red dots or that looks like a bruise present along with the fever, they also need medical attention. All of these are possible signs of meningitis and will not go away without medical help.

Tummy Troubles

While children are notorious for claiming to have “tummy aches” at any given time, there are times when you need to take them seriously. If your child is complaining of pain on the right side of their abdomen, it could be a sign of appendicitis. One way to know if it’s something to be concerned about is to have your child jump. If this causes serious pain, it’s time to head to the hospital. Appendicitis cannot be treated at home and requires immediate surgery to remove the appendix and avoid possible serious complications.

Children under the age of four are susceptible to a disorder called intussusception which is where one part of the intestines actually slides over into the other. Your child may suddenly be in excruciating pain and then be fine the next minute and this will happen every 20 to 60 minutes. Other signs of this disorder include fever, vomiting, and even blood in their stool. If your child is displaying signs of pain along with any of the other symptoms, do not wait; head to the nearest emergency room.

Headaches

Sadly, even the tiniest children are susceptible to headaches. If your child complains of headaches first thing in the morning or if they are awoken by headaches in the middle of the night, they need to be seen. Often these are signs of migraines, which if you’ve ever experienced them, you know they are excruciating.

Often, headaches that occur only in the middle of the night or when first awakening can be a sign of serious internal or neurological issues that need immediate attention to properly diagnose and treat.

Dehydration

Infants are definitely the most difficult to understand when it comes to illness. For the most part they just cry, no matter what it is that’s bothering them. They can’t show or tell you what’s wrong and you are left feeling like a detective as you observe them for the cause of the problem.

Some very clear signs that your baby needs medical attention are:

• Dry mouth or lips

• Decreased urine output

• Dry skin

• Skin that stays pinched together when you press it

• Excess diarrhea or vomiting

• Flat fontanel (soft spot on top of the head)

These symptoms are signs of dehydration and your child needs fluids immediately. If they are constantly vomiting or have diarrhea, anything you are giving them is coming right back out. The younger your baby, the quicker you need to get them to the hospital.

Watch the Mouth

Your child’s mouth can tell you a lot about what is happening and what needs to be done. If your child suddenly has swollen lips or a swollen tongue, it is usually a sign of anaphylaxis; a serious allergic reaction. If the swelling is accompanied by vomiting or itching, you need to call 911 immediately. These symptoms usually lead to a swelling of the throat which will cut off your child’s airway.

Discoloration around the mouth, particularly if it is blue, is another sign that you need emergency help. If your child has blue lips and is struggling to breathe, it could be from a few different things, but no matter what it is, it needs attention.

Breathing issues can be caused by choking, allergic reactions, pneumonia, croup, asthma, or even whooping cough. Any sign of blue or discoloration around your child’s mouth means a lack of oxygen and elicits a call to 911.

How to Make Eye Whites Whiter

By Margrit Bradley | Beauty

When people talk about a person with amazing eyes, they are most often referring to their irises being deep blue, dark brown or stunning green; they are not generally talking about the whites around the eyes which serve as the backdrop.

However this is in fact an oversight, as actually having very white eyes is a good way to make your yes more noticeable and attractive and to make them look bigger too. This is also a look that will make you appear ‘wide eyed’ and healthier and more awake. Here we will look at how to achieve white looking eyes through various methods.

Using Makeup

If you’re a girl then a great way to make your eyes look whiter and create more of an impact is to create a darker outline/eyelid. This works in just the same way as you can make your teeth look whiter with a dark lipstick as it enhances the contrast. To make your eyes look larger though, and to draw more attention to them, you may alternatively wish to use a white eyeliner. Another strategy that can work wonders is to slightly tan your skin using a self tanning moisturizer or a foundation that is a shade darker than your usual skin tone.

Using Contacts

Contacts can also artificially make your eyes look whiter – and say you use a colored contact to make your pupils look darker brown – this will again increase the contrast and make the surrounds appear whiter.

Through Diet

There’s a reason that white eyes make you look lively and healthy – and that’s simply because often they do reflect good health and nutrition. If you aren’t eating enough of the right things then that will in turn be reflected in your eyes. So avoid any toxins that are bad for you such as alcohol or nicotine, and make sure you get lots of calcium and vitamin C in particular.

Eye Drops

There are many eye drops designed specifically to increase the whiteness of eyes and many of these can work well. Otherwise just using standard eye drops can help to prevent dry eye which can make your eyes look red otherwise.

Drinking Lots of Water

Drinking lots of water can help to clear your body of toxins as well as to help you to produce tears that will prevent dry eye and redness.

Sleep

Sleeping is one of the most important ways to make sure your eyes look white and healthy – and a lack of sleep is one of the quickest ways to make them look duller or blood-shot. If you’re over-tired or over-worked, then relaxing and having a long sleep is one of the easiest ways to restore them to their full vibrancy.

 

Top Antifungal Herbs

Candidiasis is a fungal infection caused by a group of yeasts. This can take many forms, including thrush, nappy rash, nail bed infections and others. There are over 20 different species of candida but the most common is candida albicans. Yeast infections occur commonly in areas that are prone to becoming warm and moist, such as the crotch, mouth and the armpits.

The severity of fungal infections can vary greatly from ‘minor nuisance’ to ‘life threatening’. It’s always important therefore to seek medical attention to learn more if you notice any signs of an infection.

You may also have heard of ‘anti-candida’ diets that claim to help combat yeast infections via the diet. Can herbs really have the same benefits as the medications normally used to treat the condition? And is it really possible to ‘starve’ the candida, as many alternative practitioners claim?

About Candidiasis

Candidiasis is most common in those with a weakened immune system, often resulting from cancer treatments, steroids or other diseases. They can also result from the use of powerful antibiotics that kill off bacteria that normally keeps it under control.

Treatment for yeast infections normally involves the use of over-the-counter or prescription medication which can strengthen the immune system and combat the responsible candida. Topical creams can also be used.

Anti-Fungal Herbs and Diets

There are two ‘natural’ approaches to combating candida that are commonly promoted on the web. One is to use the ‘anti-candida diet’ and the other is to use herbs such as garlic, cloves and oregano.

While it’s true that garlic and cloves are natural antibiotics, they are nowhere near strong enough to give penicillin a run for its money. If it was, then eating garlic would upset the natural balance of bacteria in our guts leading to digestive problems!

Likewise, garlic is highly unlikely to have any impact on a yeast infection with visible symptoms. In fact, studies confirm this to be the case (1). That’s not to say that garlic isn’t good for you – it just simply isn’t enough to fight off a fungal infection.

Some women will even go as far as to insert garlic gloves into the vagina in a desperate bid to combat their symptoms. So strong is their mistrust of modern medicine that they would rather experience the irritation, discomfort and embarrassment associated with inserting food where it really doesn’t belong.

The anti-candida diet is likewise unproven and the scientific community is skeptical of its effectiveness. These diets normally begin with a fast, followed by completely avoiding carbs and yeast while consuming probiotics. Unfortunately, this will do very little to impact on an external fungal infection with its roots literally set in – and neither will it be effective against systemic yeast infections (causing fatigue and infertility) that are likely not caused by candida.

What to Do If You Have a Fungal Infection

If you have a fungal infection, then it is highly recommended that you seek immediate medical attention and follow the course of over-the-counter medication recommended. This will provide fast and effective relief in a short time frame and can prevent the condition from spreading or getting worse.

It’s tempting to believe that all natural solutions can treat all our problems but unfortunately there is no evidence to support their effectiveness and they certainly will not be as fast acting or as efficient as medications designed specifically for that purpose.

Proponents of alternative treatments to potential life threatening (and certainly highly disruptive) conditions should do their research before proclaiming that eating garlic or oregano can be curative. This misinformation is not only misguided but highly dangerous. It would be interesting to know whether those authors have ever suffered a fungal infection themselves and whether they would follow their own advice.

Common Causes of Menstrual Irregularities

By Jason Ladock | Menstruation Pain

There are many women who suffer from menstrual irregularities at some point in their life. The problem can significantly affect a woman’s life and if the condition is not given attention it can even worsen. Women, in normal terms, maintain a pattern of period that is ideally 28 days, but no one is completely regular. It can vary from 23 days to 35 days. But, women having their periods roughly on the same date every month are considered to be regular. At a certain age, the frequency of the periods fluctuates, making it difficult for the woman to track the date.

Menstrual irregularities are also called as anovulatory periods, this indicates that the woman does not develop and is unable to release a mature egg regularly every month. Women respond differently to the condition and hence, the menstrual irregularities are also of different types. The reason behind the menstrual irregularity can be divided into physical and psychological. The psychological reasons are not as common as the physical reasons.

Let us first see the physical causes of the menstrual irregularity. The hormones like estrogen and progesterone have the major say in the menstrual cycle as they are responsible for regulating ovulation during the menstrual cycle. The body of a woman requires a balance between these hormones and any kind of imbalance can lead to the inability to ovulate regularly, and this will lead to menstrual irregularity. This is the reason why maintaining a healthy body and hormone level is very important.

It is important to have a regular balanced diet and exercise on a schedule so that you can maintain a healthy lifestyle, and also keep a balanced level of hormones in the body. If the problem still persists, even after bringing about lifestyle changes, then you should try alternative medicines after consulting your physician.

The psychological causes of menstrual irregularities include anxiety, daily emotional stress and fatigue due to overwork. If these factors are not put into control, then they can cause an emotional instability leading to a stressed body and also bring about alterations, which can lead to menstrual irregularities. It is important that you take out time everyday to relax and relieve your stress. Find things that you enjoy doing and make it a schedule to relieve stress every day. Take breaks from work and relax completely without taking any tensions and worries.

There are also women who have a combination of physical and psychological causes behind their menstrual irregularities. There are also certain medical conditions like cysts and hereditary factors that can affect the menstrual cycle. In any case, try to being about some lifestyle changes. If these do not bring about an effect in your condition, then you should consult your gynecologist who can guide you well and also prescribe some medications to help you deal with the condition. The physical causes are more likely to affect the cycle, so first try to focus on your lifestyle and then if nothing works get medical help.

Understanding and Overcoming Victim Mentality

By Adam Sinicki | Psychology | Unrated

When people are going through a difficult period in their lives, it can be very hard for outsiders to offer critical advice. When someone has lost someone they love, when they’ve been diagnosed with an illness, or when they’re struggling financially; the last thing that a friend feels they should say is ‘get a grip’.

But this is potentially a problem. In some cases, our desire to tip-toe around our friends during their time of need can actually do a lot more harm than good and be the last thing that they need.

Just because someone is going through a tough time, that does not mean that they are infallible and it does not mean they couldn’t benefit from a talking-to. In fact, this is sometimes the best thing you can do for them.

Such is the case for those with ‘victim mentality’.

What Is Victim Mentality

Victim mentality is a learned personality trait that is often reinforced by our social groups. This trait causes the individual in question to view themselves as a victim of their circumstances, as being someone who should be pitied and as someone who is up against exceptional odds.

While some of this might be luck, it can lead to habitual thought patterns and actions that ultimately extend their suffering and push others away.

Someone with victim mentality has an ‘external locus of control’, meaning they believe that they have little control over their lives or little responsibility. Thus they feel that there is no point in them trying to fix their circumstances and often giving them a certain sense of entitlement: their situation is worse than everyone else’s and it wasn’t their fault, therefore they deserve extra help and sympathy.

What Causes Victim Mentality

All of us have a tendency to feel sorry for ourselves when things don’t go our way and it is only natural that we should become more withdrawn and more negative after something bad has happened in our lives – especially if it was genuinely under our control.

The problem occurs though when we start to enjoy the feeling of being a victim (which may be an unconscious process). Being a victim means that you absolve yourself of blame and this will make you instantly feel better about the problems in your life – that’s much easier than admitting that you might have provoked your boss into firing you.

Unfortunately, it also means that you’re now less likely to do anything about trying to get rehired…

Likewise, many people will find they enjoy the attention, sympathy and validation they get from being victims. When something bad happens to us, our social support group will often tend to gather around and offer their condolences, to express their sympathies and offer to help. They will tell us how brave we are, how inspirational and they might offer to cook us dinner, take us out to see a movie…

In short, they are reinforcing the behavior and teaching us – again unconsciously – that being a victim is a great way to be treated differently.

But this can then become a self-fulfilling prophecy. While some things truly are outside of our control, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take responsibility in changing our reality or facing our circumstances. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t put on a brave face for our loved ones. And we owe it to ourselves to not give up and to keep trying to do our best regardless of our new handicap.

This is the best chance we have of getting ourselves out of that situation but if we keep allowing ourselves to play the victim role, we stand little chance of being proactive and seeing change.

How to Let Go of Victim Mentality

Identification

The first step to combating victim mentality is to recognize it in yourself. Have you been taking some amount of pleasure in telling people about the latest thing that has gone wrong for you? Have you made your weaknesses or your bad luck into part of your identity? Does this dominate most of your conversation?

Have you given up on trying to fix your situation? Is part of that because you’re enjoying the comfort of being the victim?

Once you identify the problem, you can hopefully catch yourself when you’re guilty of it and maybe put yourself in the shoes of your friends, co-workers and relatives. When you see yourself through their eyes, you might find that it is unattractive to be constantly playing the victim.

Gratitude

Another tip is to try practicing a ‘gratitude attitude’. That means focussing more on the things that are going well in your life and that you’re grateful for. We are often advised to actively do this once a day at least – to take a moment out to reflect on all the things that make us happy and that can help us to counteract that victim mentality.

You probably have a roof over your head. Maybe some aspects of your health are great. You clearly have caring friends and colleagues who are willing to listen to you. There must be things that you have to look forward to?

Likewise, try to be at least somewhat positive in your conversations with others. Make a pact with yourself that when you speak to someone else, you will always try and say more positive things than negative things. That means you can still express yourself and share your problems but at least you will be creating a happy and positive atmosphere, for the sake of the other person if nothing else.

Privacy

It’s important to talk about your problems and get them off your chest. But there should be a couple of close people you do with this and you shouldn’t let it be the only thing you talk about.

So start to reign in the stories of things going wrong. People don’t like spending time with negative people and your attempts to gain sympathy or empathy are probably having the opposite effect. Stop talking about your problems at work. Don’t tell strangers. And certainly don’t write about them on Facebook.

Forgive

Often victim mentality can come with a culture of blame. If things aren’t your fault, then they must be someone else’s fault!

This is why it’s equally important to learn to forgive and forget. When you can forgive others, then you can move on and focus on rebuilding your life. Hanging on to resentment will only make you feel worse and prevent you from progressing.

As one quote states: “being angry at someone is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die”.

Responsibility

Try as well to shift your locus of control outward. Ask yourself how you might have contributed to your situation or made it worse – either through action or inaction. More importantly, ask what you can do now to make the situation better. Are you out of work? Have you been turned down for countless jobs that have made great stories for your friends? Then instead of trying the same thing over and over again, maybe you could try and improve your CV? Do voluntary work? Apply for a less demanding role?

Once you have a plan of action that can help you to potentially improve your situation, you are now responsible for not taking that action. And if you are responsible, then you are not a victim.

 

Adam Sinicki is a full time writer who spends most of his time in the coffee shops of London. Adam has a BSc in psychology and is an amateur bodybuilder with a couple of competition wins to his name. His other interests are self improvement, general health, transhumanism and brain training. As well as writing for websites and magazines, he also runs his own sites and has published several books and apps on these topics. He lives in London, England with his girlfriend and in his spare time he enjoys climbing, travelling, playing games, reading comics and eating sandwiches.

DRY SKIN TREATMENT REMEDIES

Dry skin needs special care. You need to strike the perfect balance between cleansing, replacing lost moisture, and exfoliating the skin each day. Here are some DRY SKIN TREATMENT REMEDIES that will help you care for your skin.
Cleansing –The first step is cleansing your skin. You will need to choose two different cleansers- one for your face, one for your body and one for your feet Treat. Look for a body wash that is creamy and contains extra moisture. For the face, cleansing milks and moisturizing cleansers work a lot better than harsh soaps. For an extra treat, choose a product that will also help cleanse and soften your feet. Wash your feet and body each time you shower and your face and neck twice a day, in the morning and at night.
Exfoliating – Though exfoliating does strip the skin of moisture, getting rid of dead skin cells will make it softer and less dry in the long run. In general, you will want to gently EXFOLIATE your SKIN EVERY DAY. To exfoliate your body, use a dry bath brush (Spa Brush) on your dry skin and brush from the feet upward in a circular motion. Do not use this method to exfoliate your face.
A better DRY SKIN TREATMENT REMEDY for removing the dry skin cells in your face is an extremely gentle, non abrasive exfoliant. Check the package directions but a gently exfoliating ingredient is alpha hydroxy acid, especially when the product only has a low concentration of it.
Toning – A good toner will help replace any moisture lost during cleansing and will restore the proper PH balance. Choose one that contains ingredients that are beneficial to dry skin, such as rosewater. Check the packaging to make sure you can use the product on dry skin. You only need to do this step on your face and neck.
Moisturizing – This is one of the most important steps. Cleansing and exfoliating can strip the skin of its natural moisture. A good moisturizer will help replace the natural oils in the skin. Different products in the moisturizer serve different purposes. You can find a moisturizer that will help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, eliminate dryness, and control break-outs. Make sure any product you choose is specifically tailored for dry skin.
To moisturize your body, look for a heavier formula that doesn’t contain as much water. Body butters work especially well. You can also use scented or unscented body oil. The eyes also need a special product because the skin is so delicate, you can’t put a moisturizer with harsh ingredients on it.
Masking – Using a face or body mask is optional, but worth the effort. You can either choose to make your own or purchase a product for dry skin. A good mask will help exfoliate, tone, and moisturize the skin. One of my favorite homemade masks is plain honey, applied to the face and neck. Honey helps exfoliate and is a humectant, which means that it draws moisture to the skin.

Composition Of A Good Nutrient Rich Diet

By Michele Tamez.

For the human body to function well, it should be fed a good balance of vitamins and nutrients. There are three primary macronutrients which we consume namely protein, fat, and carbohydrates. Without these, our body won’t be able to function properly. Since we cannot synthesize vitamins in sufficient quantities, they must be obtained from dietary sources. We also need several minerals for our body to function smoothly. Calcium and phosphorous, for example, aside from being important in the strengthening and lengthening of your bones are needed by your heart to pump efficiently. Salt, aside from adding flavor to your dishes, contain sodium and chlorine which help in maintaining fluid balance and producing digestive juices, respectively. Mineral salts are ionic in nature, they help regulate pH levels in our blood and body. Maintenance of proper pH levels is crucial for the proper functioning of the body, a balanced supply of necessary mineral nutrients ensures that natural pH balance is maintained. There are also minerals which you require in lesser amounts of such as iron, iodine and zinc.

While only minute levels are required, several ailments will emanate from not being able to meet the recommended dietary allowance overtime. You can get both macrominerals and trace elements from dietary sources. If your diet is deficient is essential nutrients, taking dietary supplements on a regular basis is recommended. Beside mineral nutrients, the body needs water, you need to keep your body hydrated. 6 to 8 glasses of water a day is more than sufficient for the average person, if you have an active lifestyle, your requirement will be higher. Taking the adequate amounts of fluids is essential for the growth and maintenance of your body. It is also important in the elimination of unneeded and harmful substances from your system. Alkaline water, called so because of its slightly alkaline pH, is believed to benefit the body by reducing blood acidity. This trend is brought about by the heightened awareness of the public to alkaline water benefits.

The manufacturers of alkaline water additives claim that the regular consumption of alkaline water protects against cancer and may even slow down aging. Also called ionized water, this water preparation is mineral-rich and consequently keeps the blood pH at a neutral state. It is believed that certain food items, most notably carbonated drinks and junk foods, can make the blood acidic. When not neutralized, blood that is too acidic can have deleterious effects, like lethargy and abnormal heart rhythms. Still there are those who do not believe in these alkaline water benefits saying further that these are overstated. The argument between believers and non-believers essentially fuels interest for the product. Ultimately, the users are the only people who can testify whether or not alkaline water works, and the present consensus is that it works.

Ways to make your skin healthy

 
The primary step to keeping your skin healthy is preventing damage. Pollutants, air, sun as well as by just natural aging can certainly mortify the form of your skin. Frequent grumbles incorporate dry along with itchy skin, sagging, wrinkles, color alterations, together with age spots. Luckily, there are various methods that you can readily apply in order to maintain a healthy skin, feeling and looking at its most excellent appearance.
 
Keeping yourself fit, having enough rest, as well as getting healthy diet can set the basis for fine-looking and vigorous complexion. Moreover, a proper diet is not only the excellent way in attaining good health in general but it as well assists you to guarantee that your skin will get all of the vitamins and minerals, along with the nutrients that it requires to preserve and fix itself. Another way to keep your skin healthy is to apply the right skin care products to your skin. The best anti aging skincare products that can aid you to hydrate the skin are now available at your favorite skin care product store online. Having a clean skin by using the best skin cleanser is also a great way of preventing skin damages.
 
One of the most essential ways to protect your skin is to keep it away from the harmful rays of the sun. Ultraviolet radiation harms the skin as well as it can result to wrinkles, premature aging, age spots or even cancer as well. An individual should really get further preventative measures in order to be certain that his or her skin is not totally exposed under the harmful rays of the sun. Do not fail to remember that one should apply a natural sunscreen, or a moisturizer that includes sunscreen (with minimum of SPF 15) every day. Although, it does not mean that you should not go out at all during the day, as if you are like a nocturnal creature.
 
Your skin also needs some sunlight every day. A 10 to 15 exposures at sunrise or sunset will be alright. In addition to that, a variety of fine skin care products such as an all natural moisturizer is one of the essential components for a vigorous complexity. Keep on moisturizing all through the day to keep your sensitive skin vigorous. Your hands as well as your face is especially vulnerable to everyday dent, and might require it to be moisturized further.
 

Planning a Healthy Diet for a 2-Year-Old Child

Because you are likely to have a very active 2-year-old child and have your hands full at home, you may find it difficult to know what kinds of foods you should serve to your child as well as how much you should feed her – you could end up in a situation where you are tempted to slide a bag of cookies her way, just to keep her fed and happy.
But fret you shouldn’t – this article tells you all that is necessary in feeding a 2-year-old child so you can give your growing tot with the proper amounts of healthy food, while keeping your sanity intact. Snacks and small meals are usually becoming the norm for a 2-year-old child, who prefers to have numerous small meals in a day, as she is not quite ready for a regular three-meal-a-day plan yet.
As a matter of fact, eating three small meals a day and healthy snacks in-between is good for adults as well, however we tend to have three bigger meals a day as they are more convenient in our busy lifestyle. Your child, however, eats when she’s hungry, which can happen every couple of hours. During this phase of life, you need to continue offering three more balanced meals each day with healthy, balanced snacks in-between. Always remember that young children are active, so they need a good deal of energy and may quickly seem to be very tired. This is why well-balanced meals with nutritious snacks are very essential.
One of the big questions that parents frequently face with 2-years-old kids is “How should I give her a typical meal?” Your child won’t need as much as food as you may think, but it is important to give her the right amount. Feeding her too little food may cause her feels exhausted quickly, which means she should have another mini-meal in a few hours or so. If you feed her too much, she may become completely overwhelmed, feels weak and refuse to eat for much of the day. You could have this issue with one of your child, if she has too much food on her plate, even it is her favorite food she won’t eat well. Don’t overwhelm your children with a full plate, so keep it in mind while making your child’s meal. Determining the right amount of food you should give to your child is usually as easy as using the “one-third of a cup rule”.
Generally, giving your child one-third of a cup of any dish is adequate to satisfy her hunger and nutritional needs. If she wants more, just give her an extra meal after the initial serving – remember, though, that it should be around 1/6 cup, because it is likely that her belly will be nearly full after the first serving. Avoid giving your kid too much food or she’ll form the habit of eating excessively. Naturally, this behavior will lead to obesity and subsequently low self-esteem. At this stage in life, a child can form an eating habit that last for the rest of her life. Other than keeping track of the types and amount of food you are giving to your kid, you should also monitor her drinking habit. Because she is so active, she will likely drink like a camel, meaning your child could tank up on water before or after the meal, particularly if you serve fruit juice or some other beverage your child loves. In the end, your child could drink more than she eats, which could mean her nutritional needs can’t be met, and she will be starved again quickly. To avoid drinking too much before a mealtime, always limit your kid’s drinks before a mealtime – she will be more likely to eat more than drinking.
Like any growing child, your 2-year-old also has some specific nutritional requirements. Generally, a well-balanced diet plan for a 2-year-old child is roughly similar to a balanced diet for adults. Try to strike a balance between vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy-products. If you are wondering what your kid needs each days, keep these things in mind:
Fruits and vegetables: Five servings per day, including a variety of different veggies and fruits.
Grains: Five servings of starches, cereals, or bread, such as a slice of whole-wheat bread or half cup of cereal, or brown rice. Remember to include more whole-wheat food products for better nutritional value.
Milk or any dairy product: Five ounce servings; with one serving roughly about one glass of milk or maybe half cup of yogurt. For 2-years-old, it is a good idea to plan ahead to give your child low-fat milk, that contains less than 2 percent fat.
Beans and meat: Two one-ounce servings of chicken breast or fish. You may give your child red meat, as some amount of cholesterol is actually beneficial at this stage in life. However, chicken breast and fish are better choices. Oils or fats: Two teaspoons a day. It is recommended by many nutrition experts, yet you don’t have to feed her two teaspoons of oil each day. You don’t need to worry about it, if your child has a balanced diet as the oil requirements will be met with a standard diet. Just remember that certain oils, such as olive and fish oils, are important part of a normal diet and your child can still get good oils from condiments like salad dressings and mayonnaise.