Sunday, February 6, 2011

Sleep Is The Best Way To Beauty

You do not need any Botox session or any luxurious cream to give you that relaxed and refreshed look when all you have to do is get a sufficient amount of sleep. At least this is what Science tells us that getting 8 hours of sleep will definitely make you more attractive – but still most of us disregard this.

A recent study was made by the Karolinska Institute saying that in their particular study, the participants who did not drink alcohol and did not smoke at least 48 hours prior to getting sleep for eight hours for a night looked well when they woke up. This is as compared to those who did not get eight hours of sleep.

To view the complete difference, the two sets of participants were taken photographs without any make up on and it proved that the ones who are sleep deprived are not just less attractive but also not as healthy.

During these fast paced days, one of the most effective ways to get into a good sleeping habit is by sticking to a routine. Nothing else can be better to give your brain some calmness before you hit the sack.

If you want to work a lot and be more effective, you must also get to sleep a lot whenever there is a chance. Or better yet, make time for sleep.

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Get Those Popeye Muscles With Some Real Spinach

A new study from Sweden says that spinach is really the one that gave the famous Popeye The Sailor Man all the big muscles. Spinach is considered a superfood that is an ideal source of inorganic nitrate that when taken can also help in powering up our cells.

Its effect can be so potent that you can feel it working in just three days. However, the researchers still do not recommend taking supplements that have the inorganic nitrate component. They advise instead for people to eat about a plate of spinach or a couple of red beets. If you would include a sufficient amount of such fruits and vegetables in your daily diet, then you can be sure to be a lot healthier. However, there are also some studies that reveal how the use of strong mouthwashes can reduce the level of nitrate. Hence, it would not hurt to steer away from those very powerful mouthwash products since they only just sting your mouth.

So if you want to build those muscles, you have got to give some love for spinach.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Moisturize Your Skin During These Cold Days

Whenever the cold breeze is on, you can be sure that skin dryness would be also on a high. When the humidity is low, it can really be such an antagonist for your skin that you suddenly feel your skin withering in dryness that you find bits and pieces of skin sometimes even tearing off from your face. According to experts, it is normal for people’s skin to get totally dry during the winter season and the rest of the cold months.

But there are some easy things you can do to take care of your skin during this time of the year.

· If you have enough budget for your skin regimen, then invest on a skin humidifier.

· Make sure that your moisturizer is oil based – if possible the ingredients should be 80% oil and about 20% water.

· You have to stay warm and prepare luke warm water for bathing. Make sure that it is not overly hot.

· Get more oil massages to build up layer of oils to prevent moisture from getting out of your body. This can also help make you feel relaxed after a long day at work.

· Apply some petroleum jelly on your face and other spots of your body that tend to dry up fast. Make this a habit before you take a bath – this is my personal beauty regimen!

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Monday, January 31, 2011

Cut Down On Salt Intake As Recommended By The Government

First you heard it at school and from experts and now you will even hear it from the government. They recommend a cut down on salt intake.

The question is how consumers will be able to do this. As stated, people don’t take in too much salt through condiments but it’s something added as they prepare their meals or trough products manufactured in the market. The good news is a lot of food manufacturers are committed in doing this for the consumers benefit but it may take some time before they will be able to set it at a recommended level without the market noticing it.

According to Margo Wootan of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the FDA may need to move companies to cut down in using salt for their products. But even with this regulation set, the salt industry seems to be not concerned about the consumers will react on this matter.

Apart from the food industry doing their part in helping cutting down their salt use for food production, several tips are also given to consumers so they can also cut their salt intake like checking the labels for sodium levels or use lesser salt while cooking.

Let’s see what the future holds for this government recommendation in terms of its implementation and the consumer’s reaction.

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Art-xiety: Art Therapy for Asthmatic Children

Many people may think that only the adults can feel stress and depression but the truth is that even children can also experience these things. As you can see, there are many children who can be very depressed, stressed, and very anxious. And most of the time, these anxieties on children is caused by their health problems. This is the reason why anxiety is very evident to children who have asthma.

Why are they anxious because of asthma? The thought of their past asthma attack can cause anxiety for the children. And a study stated that art can help children be relieved from this problem.

Their parents can get art therapy for their children. The therapy will include crayons and other art materials with the help of an art therapist so they will be able to express or translate their feelings on the art work. According to Anya Beebe, who is an art therapist, the therapy is not about creating beautiful art pictures but will help them be in touch with their deepest emotions and deal with it. And usually, the children who have these anxieties feel better after they finished their art work.

Click here for more details of the study.

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