Motivation

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.

 

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.
 

A List Of Healthy Food To Eat While Pregnant

By: Josef Bichler

If you are expecting your first child or eagerly awaiting a new addition to your growing family, your nutrition should be of utmost importance to you. Remember that whatever you take in will be taken in by your unborn baby too, so be wary of the foods you serve on your plate and study the nutritional value they have instead of how good they taste for your palate. To help you choose the right foods that will keep you and your baby healthy, here are the suggested inclusions in the diet of pregnant women.

Eggs

Eggs are rich in protein, which has the amino acids necessary for the growth of your baby. This includes the growth of your baby’s brain and muscles. You may also want to prefer DHA eggs, which are naturally loaded with omega 3 fatty acid that further supports brain development. Just a word of advice, make sure that your eggs are thoroughly cooked to avoid salmonella poisoning. If you are not fond of eggs, other sources of protein are red meat, fish, and tofu.

Nuts

Do not be afraid of the fat found in nuts. Nuts are good sources of fiber, protein, and minerals, such as calcium, manganese, and magnesium. All of these will help in the development of the foetus. Therefore, instead of grabbing a slice of cake for snack, munch on a bowl of nuts instead, and better yet mix some dried fruits to it. Just be sure to not eat too many, as nuts have a lot of calories.

Dried Fruits

Speaking of dried fruits, did you know that this is a good source of iron? Your body needs iron to produce hemoglobin, a component of the blood that is responsible for carrying oxygen. When you are pregnant, you need more iron since you have to supply your baby with oxygen too and your baby also uses up iron in building his or her own blood supply.

Carrots

Rich in vitamin A, carrots are an important part of your diet, as it will help in the development of your child’s bones, eyes, and teeth. You can eat carrots as is, or transform them to delectable dishes and juices.

Avocados

Aside from fortified cereals, avocados are also a good source of folate, which is essential for the development of your baby’s brain and spinal cord. Most doctors prescribe a folic acid supplement to pregnant women at the early stages of pregnancy to prevent any birth defects on the child, but you can also get your daily requirement of folate from avocados and lentils, among others. In fact, you should start loading up on folic acid while you are still trying to conceive since birth defects often happen on the first month of the pregnancy.

Tips For A Great Pregnancy

By: Istvan Szalai

A rush of emotions. A little stick. Will it be pink! Or blue? Who should you tell first? What do you do now?

Pregnancy can be a wonderful experience that is full of excitement and love and anxiety and tension. There are a lot of decisions to be made and you must face the realization (whether it’s your first or your 12th) that life will never be the same.

Once you have the details of the actual delivery, the who (midwife or doctor), what (your baby), where (home birth, birthing clinic or hospital) and when (determining your due date) down, you can get on with making sure that baby has the best possible beginning even before you give birth.

Nutrition will be one of the keys to help you to keep your growing baby healthy and safe while still in your womb. And an extra bonus will be helping you to keep up your energy and minimizing the unpleasant effects of carrying your little one inside of you.

If you have a craving, indulge it. If you can’t eat something, don’t worry about it. The body has different needs during this time and those needs show themselves in various ways. It’s a temporary situation and nothing to be concerned about.

Prenatal Vitamins – While many multiple vitamins have the necessary quantities of vitamins and minerals for an average adult, prenatal vitamins have the increased quantities of those vitamins most important during this precious time. In addition, some prenatal vitamins have added the herb Ginger to help with morning sickness.

Calcium and Magnesium – These minerals are important during pregnancy for a number of reasons. If you don’t have enough calcium to provide to your baby as he begins to form bones and teeth, your body will naturally compensate by pulling these critical minerals from your own teeth and hair. This is why many women get more cavities and have brittle, dull hair during pregnancy. In addition, adequate levels of calcium may prevent preeclampsia during late pregnancy. Of course, there is the added benefit of avoiding excess leg or muscle cramps, common in pregnant women.

Red Raspberry – This herb is commonly known as the woman’s herb and can be taken throughout pregnancy. It has been used traditionally to strengthen the uterus and help women carry full-term reducing the chances of premature birth.

5-W – This is an herbal combination by Nature’s Sunshine Products. Many mothers and midwife’s insist they would not deliver without it. 5-W (five weeks) should be taken during the last five weeks before the scheduled due date. This product will help to tone the uterus and shorten the duration of labor.

Common ailments and natural alternatives

Sometimes our best efforts aren’t enough and we end up getting sick or having other problems that need to be addressed during this delicate time. Because anything that you take will also affect your growing baby, it’s best to use safe, natural alternatives whenever possible.

For almost all of the following, the best natural prevention is water. Pregnant women need far more of it than the average adult. Be sure you have water with you every where you go and drink it by the gallon.

Allergies and sinus congestion – Fenugreek may assist by acting as a mild laxative (opening the bowels to flush the irritants and mucus) and by reducing mucus secretions. A side benefit of fenugreek is that it promotes lactation in nursing women.

Back pain – See a good chiropractor and use rice pillows to ease the pain.

Bladder Infections – Use cranberry supplements daily as a preventative if you are prone to bladder infections. Should you contract a bladder infection during pregnancy, you could increase your dosage of cranberry and add colloidal silver, a natural antibiotic. Be sure to do this at the very first sign of the infection as bladder infections that reach the kidneys may increase the risk of preterm labor.

Colds – Echinacea is a safe alternative that can be used during pregnancy. Sip on Echinacea tea or take a few capsules several times a day. Another herb that may be effective is Olive Leaf. Of course, don’t forget to increase your vitamin C.

Constipation and hemorrhoids – This sometimes occurs due to the extra iron in prenatal vitamins. While it is generally not safe to take a laxative during pregnancy, there are some things you can do. Increase magnesium. Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxant and will help to relax the sphincter muscle that allows for proper elimination. Increase fiber. Often, due to cravings or specific food aversions during pregnancy, women don’t get enough fiber. Supplement if needed. Exercise may also help.

Insomnia – Valerian root acts as a natural sedative and may be just enough to help induce sleep.

Nausea – Ginger or peppermint tea can be very helpful here. Also try aloe vera juice.

Is Cellulite My Fault?

By Ben Aspland.

A question as old as cellulite itself. Many women, and some men, feel that their cellulite is a direct result of some action or in-action on their part but is this really the case? I will attempt to explain what cellulite is, how it occurs and in the process hopefully alleviate some of the guilt a few of you may be feeling. So what is cellulite? It is a change in the skin that occurs in most females and appears as dimpling or a ‘cottage cheese’ look in areas generally from the stomach down. The look of the skin is altered due to structural changes occurring under the surface, namely fat deposits collecting there. These fat deposits are contained within chambers and separated by collagen fibers underneath the skin.

These chambers increase in size for a number of reasons including: Genetics – There is an inherited likelihood of cellulite, Becoming overweight – Too much fat in each chamber, Age – The fibers shrink and tighten pulling the skin ‘downward’, Hormones (Oestrogen) – Stimulates the storage of fat for purposes such as menstruation, pregnancy and breastfeeding, Poor blood circulation – The fibers shrink due to lack of oxygen and the accumulation of waste products resulting in the tell-tale cellulite look, Poor lymph drainage – The waste products can not be drained from the area and increase the fat cells, Exercise – Or lack of, can be a cause as there is no increased blood flow to the areas, High fat foods – An increase in fat intake can cause the excess fat to be stored in the problem areas, Sun – Lengthy exposure to the sun accelerate the skin aging process, Dieting – On and off dieting causes the body to store fat in the problem areas in preparation for the next ‘starvation period’, and Stress – A highly stressful lifestyle causes the release of hormones which are associated with cellulite appearing.

How can I avoid cellulite? The short answer is, maybe you can’t. There are a number of things you can do to reduce the likelihood, the amount and the time at which cellulite will appear but for the vast majority of women, you will develop cellulite at some stage. Some of the things you can do to fend off its arrival are: Diet – Eat a proper, low calorie diet consisting of vegetables, fruits and lean meats. Avoid high fat, sugary and processed foods. Exercise – Have a regular exercise regime consisting of at least three sessions per week. Slip, Slop, Slap – Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen and slap on a hat when in the sun for long periods. Avoid stress – Easier to say than do but there are numerous calmative techniques that can be used or applied in most situations.

So is it my fault? Yes, er.. no. Well maybe. Now that you know what factors can cause the appearance of cellulite you are armed with the tools needed to make changes to your life to hopefully delay or possibly avoid its appearance. For some women, cellulite will appear regardless of a healthy lifestyle but continued diligence and adherence to that lifestyle may reduce the severity.

How to Treat Lower Back Pain

By Igor Stiler.

Treating lower back pain is one of the biggest dilemmas facing healthcare providers. The ailment has become so common that most people do not consider it an issue that needs immediate attention and refrain from getting proper treatment. As a result, many cases end up progressing to serious and complicated conditions. To treat lower back pain effectively, one must seek a timely help from a reputable pain management center.

Lower Back Pain – Determining the Causes

Lower back pain can be caused by a number of factors such as aging, overexertion, stress, strain, degenerative diseases, injury or even poor posture. Before a physician decides on the suitable back pain treatment for a particular patient, he will need to perform some preliminary tests including diagnostic scans such as X-ray, CT or MRI to determine the exact cause of pain.

Most multi-specialty pain management centers undertake a multidisciplinary treatment approach wherein a team of physicians specializing in various fields of medicine would effectively and quickly discuss the patient’s symptoms and treatment options with direct access to the necessary medications, tools and equipment.

Lower Back Pain Management – Treatment and Techniques

Lower back pain management treatment and techniques are oriented towards complete pain relief and full restoration of movement. In almost all cases, treatment for back pain begins with conservative, non-invasive treatment, and progress towards the invasive. These would include:

• Pain medication – prescription strength medication are commonly administered to treat musculoskeletal pain especially the back and neck

• Epidural steroid injections – the injections can help relieve neck, and back pain caused by inflamed spinal nerves.

• Heat and cold packs – they can be very effective in controlling pain and speeding up recovery from injuries or muscle and joint pain

• TENS or ultrasound therapy – the pain relieving modalities provide sensory level stimulation to the back, and help in masking or blocking pain as well as relaxing muscles

• Spinal decompression therapy – this session-based procedure minimizes pain in the lower back that may arise from damaged or degenerative disc syndromes

• Chiropractic care – this is a holistic, hands-on technique which applies a gentle pressure on the spine and affected joints to relieve pain. It stresses the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery.

• Therapeutic massage – This involves stroking, pressing and kneading the muscles, tendons and ligaments to relieve pain, and to relax, stimulate and tone the body.

• Physical therapy – The focus is on regulated stretches and exercises to improve blood circulation and promote healing

Ensuring Successful Treatment

To ensure long lasting relief from pain, the patient would need to work together as a team with his physicians to treat lower back pain. The treatment for lower back pain may also involve regular home-based exercises, muscle development activities, lifestyle modification, learning the safest way to lift objects and maintaining a healthy body weight.

Common Dental Problems & Their Remedies

By Asante Dental Centre

Everyone prefers to have their teeth white and sparkling. Having a good set of teeth enhances an individual’s confidence along with their looks. Strong teeth allow a person to speak, chew as well as bite properly. Making use of toothpaste, tooth brush and dental floss can maintain the cleanliness and whiteness of the teeth. However, there are still instances when certain dental problems may occur.

Here are some common dental problems and the prospective treatments offered by Yaletown dentists.

Cavities or tooth decay

Sometimes teeth develop decay partly or fully. In such cases, the outer hard material of the teeth breaks, which distorts the structure and makes teeth sensitive to cold or hot material. Failure to properly clean your teeth, gums and tongue will allow an increased concentration of bacteria in the mouth. The bacteria come into contact with the sugar in your food and form an acid that eats away your dentin enamel. This protective structure will gradually decay and eventually collapse, forming those cavities. This problem can be solved by using tooth coloured composite restoration ‘filling’ material. Regular brushing, flossing, and healthy habits like not smoking and not drinking too much alcoholic beverage will help avoid cavity formation.

Gum Disease

The inner part of the teeth contains blood vessels, nerves, and dental pulp. This can get infected & inflamed resulting into acute pain and uneasiness. This is often treated with root-canal treatment. There are some controversies towards appropriateness of this treatment. The Yaletown dentist will inform you about complication, advantages, disadvantages and other available options to patient before making any decision. The therapy might cause some nervousness, but can always be performed painlessly by a professional dentist.

Oral Posture

This is related to fashioning an adequate airway, correct tongue position that allows for proper swallowing. This problem is often related to ‘mouth breathing’ habit of children which gives way to allergies, and sinus problems and may even restructure the face affecting its looks and functionality. There is growth guidance therapy to help children regain oral posture; such as Bio-bloc therapy, and other treatments. There are some other options such as using braces, to treat adolescents with this problem.

Stains & Decay

There are always some challenging stains that spoil your smile. It might reach deep and cause decay too, requiring immediate hygienic cleaning of the teeth. These stains can be removed easily with the use of hard tissue laser lights, painlessly.

Dental Implant

This is restoration of missing teeth, with implants made of medically safe and biologically compatible material.

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the common name for early gum disease. Gingivitis is caused by the bacteria which like to live in plaque. The bacteria causes bad breath, bleeding and red swollen gums. If gingivitis is not treated, you can find yourself with advanced gum disease which can cause your teeth to fall out pre-maturely.

Tooth Abscess

This issue is caused by a gum infection. An abscess causes an area of pus to form around a tooth. An abscessed tooth can be very painful and can lead to other problems if it is not treated immediately. Treatment for a tooth abscess in Yaletown dentistry can include a simple cleaning procedure, root canal, or a tooth being removed depending on the severity of the abscess.

Foods To Eat To Lose Weight

By Parry Joeperia

When it comes to losing weight, one of the most important things that everyone needs to check at is the kind of foods that he or she eats. You must know what to eat to lose weight. For instance, if you keep taking large calories especially those that are rich in fats, you will increase the weight instead. Therefore, this means that both the quantity and the type should be taken into consideration. Have you been wondering about the types of foods you should restrict yourself to? Here is a perfect solution for you:

Sweet potatoes

One of the main advantages of sweet potatoes is that, they are common in most parts of the world. If you have not grown them, you can simply get them on the local market. The major benefit of this food is that, it contains carbohydrates which are important for providing the body with metabolic energy. Another key thing to note is that, sweet potatoes have fibers and therefore, they control the calories that get absorbed in the body and also, the fibers are important in peristalsis, which is the movement of food in the intestines.

Fish

Fish contains less fat and is also a source of proteins and mineral salts such as calcium. It contains less cholesterol and therefore, it is one of the healthy foods to eat. It is locally available in most parts of the world and therefore, you do not have an excuse why you should not purchase one. Nevertheless, the quantity and the frequency should also be put into consideration. The omega fats that are available in fish are important in the formation of brain tissues and therefore, one becomes sharper.
Kales

How often do you eat kales? This is well ed on by most people globally. However, there are those who wait until it is very late before they start feeding on kales. Others take it only once in twenty to thirty days. This should not be the case. Simply let kales be part of your daily meal and you will enjoy the effect.

Lemons

Lemon is among the foods that burn fat fast and therefore, you must consider it if you want to reduce your weight. The main reason why people gain excess weight is simply because of fat accumulation in the abdominal soft tissues. Therefore, taking in foods that increase metabolism of fats helps a great notch to facilitate slimming. You do not have to eat ten or twenty of these in order to slim faster. Only one per meal is enough for you. Lemons are available in most of the markets and are also cheaper. You do not have to waste your cash looking for treatment from a qualified doctor when you can easily naturally lose your body weight.

Adequate water

Although water is not necessarily a food, it is one of the major essentials for life. The main function of water as far as losing weight is concerned is that, it provides a media through which metabolic processes take place.

How To Grow Taller Fast

By Chloe park

If you are reading this article then are wondering how to grow taller fast. Is this even possible? Yes and no. It is possible to grow taller but it will take some time and effort. Don’t let that discourage you because you can grow and extra couple of inches if you work your butt off. Now that we have that out of the way, I will give some tips on how to grow taller.

There are a couple of thing that you need to do in order to grow taller. These are very simple to do and will only take a little extra time each day. The first thing I am going to discuss is exercising. There are very targeted exercises that you can do to help you grow taller if their done correct.

Hanging – This is pretty self explanatory. Find a bar that is tall enough that will allow you to fully extend. Gravity is going to be pulling you down and will allow the weight of your lower torso to stretch to your spine which will reduce the tension between your vertebrae.

Do this for 20 to 30 seconds and a minimum of 3 sets for the best results.

Alternate leg kick – Also known as Dry Land Swim, this exercise will focus on your lower back and you will also feel some tension in your abs as well.

Start by laying on the floor on your stomach. Extend your arms straight out in front of you with your palms facing downward. Raise your right arm in unison with your left leg and try to raise it as high as you can. Hold this for about 5 seconds then switch to the opposite arm and leg and repeat. Do this for 1 minute. Try to get 3 reps in.

Pelvic shift – Start by laying on your back with your palms face down by your hips. Bend your knees to get them as close to your butt as you can. Thrust upwards and try and hold that position for 20 seconds. This may seem hard at first but try and work your up to 30 seconds. Do this for 3 reps as well.

These are just a couple simple exercises that will help you grow taller if you do them consistently. Try doing these exercises everyday if you can fit them into your schedule.