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Lower Body Obesity – The New Epidemic

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The average female in the UK weighs around 68kg (150 pounds – 10 Stone 9oz). She is a size 10-12 top, 14-16 bottom. Her weight loss goal is 10 pounds. To be below 10 Stone is the number 1 goal for most women in London.

How do I know this?

I have consulted with many women on their weight loss and fitness goals over the past 10 years and 90% have all said the same thing, “I want to drop 2 jeans sizes and at least 10 pounds in weight!”

How is it so many females struggle to lose weight from the lower body in particular the bum and thighs, despite many of them exercising regularly as advised, being on a strict diet etc?

I have seen many women in the gym exercising as much as twice a day yet never losing any “Lower body” fat.

Is it really possible to lose weight from the Bum, Hips and Thighs?

Well firstly it’s important to note that the problem is at a deep level, a fundamental problem locked in the hormonal and lymphatic system. To put it simply women with “Lower Body” Obesity have too much of the wrong type of estrogen, are full of toxins and more than likely have a less than optimally functioning liver.

“Wow” you might say “that’s a bit heavy”

Heavy it may be but it’s a fact. It doesn’t matter how much exercise a woman does or how strict with her diet she is, they won’t shift that fat unless they sort out their insides first. As Stephen Covey said “You must sharpen the saw before you attempt to cut the tree down!”

The facts that you need to understand:

* We all have 30 billion fat cells capable of storing 150 pounds of fat. The number is genetically set at birth and can not be altered.

* You can not remove fat cells without further repercussions from the body, that’s why its very common, for women who have liposuction, to require further treatments because they gain fat elsewhere in the body after the first procedure. Mother Nature allows the body to reproduce those missing fat cells.

* There are 2 types of enzymes that control these cells, Lipogenic (increases the size) and Lipolytic enzymes (reduces the size).

* Women need more fat to keep fertile and have more Lipogenic and Less Lipolytic enzymes.

* The female hormone Estrogen activates and multiplies Lipogenic enzymes.

* It’s a well known fact that female body fat increases during puberty and pregnancy; excess estrogens mimic this phase of life.

* Female lower body fat cells are larger than the upper body, they also have more Lipogenic and less Lipolytic enzymes

* Fat storage is increased by toxins.

Incidents of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and even uterine cancer are on the rise. In fact, all estrogen related cancers are increasing as well as symptoms related to estrogen dominance like endometriosis, PMS, uterine fibroids and benign breast tumors…and estrogen is at the root of all these conditions.

How can estrogen be dangerous? Don’t we all make estrogen? Yes, we all do-but what really matters is what happens to it once you make it as well as how much your cells and organs are exposed to it. Obviously, as a woman, you are going to automatically have a much higher exposure rate from estrogens produced inside your body, but the environment we live in has so dramatically changed in the last 30 years that you are also subject to extraordinary amounts of estrogen coming from outside your body. Many man-made chemicals mimic estrogen in our bodies (these are called Xenoestrogens) and these act like the most potent and dangerous estrogens.

Understanding Estrogen

Estrogens are the dominant hormones for most of a woman’s reproductive life. Starting at puberty, the ovaries produce estrogen until menopause. Estrone (E1) and estradiol (E2) are considered “strong” estrogens; where as estriol (E3) (Pregnancy Estrogen) is a “weak” or “protective” estrogen. High levels of E1 and E2 are associated with increased breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer risk; whereas, E3 is associated with a decreased risk.

So what happens to estrogens in your body? The body treats estrogen as a toxin and tries to eliminate it. In the process of the liver trying to detoxify it, estrogen can be converted into some very dangerous metabolites, which research shows may be responsible for the damage to the DNA that can cause tumors and even cancer! Xenoestrogens are more easily converted down this carcinogenic pathway. These potent and damaging metabolites are also responsible for many of the hormone-related symptoms and conditions mentioned above: PMS, fibroids, etc. Pharmaceutical companies are trying to create drugs to block the action of these estrogens to prevent cancer and reduce estrogen-related symptoms, but the side-effects can often make things worse.

Estrogen Metabolites

Estrogen is broken down by enzymes in the liver and eventually excreted through the intestines by our stool. During the breakdown process, several metabolites are formed. C2 (good) estrogens are harmless. However, C16 (bad) and C4 (ugly) estrogen metabolites are harmful and carcinogenic. The C4 pathway is activated by pesticides, car exhaust, paint fumes, alcohol, caffeine, pharmaceuticals, sugar, a high fat diet and environmental estrogens such as

Xenoestrogens (usually petrochemicals) that have a very potent estrogen-like activity and can be considered very toxic. Sources of Xeno estrogens are commercial meats grown with hormones, pesticides, herbicides, plastic bottles, carpet fibers and Teflon coated cooking utensils.

Phytoestrogens – refers to plant compounds and botanical products that have estrogen-like activity. Plants rich in phytoestrogens include soy and red clover

Synthetic estrogens are those produced by pharmaceutical companies and have their molecular structure altered so they can be patented. Like the xenoestrogens, they tend to be more potent than the body’s own estrogens and more toxic.Examples are birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy drugs.

While this all sounds like bad news, the good news is that once the C4 estrogens are made, they can be inactivated in the liver. However if the liver is not functioning optimally then this won’t happen.

Certain vegetables, the cruciferous family (cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower and kale), contain anti estrogenic compounds known as I3C (Indole-3-Carbinol) that decreases the production of C4 and C16 metabolites unfortunately these compounds are not absorbed in the human gut without being first broken down.

They are broken down into another compound known as DIM (Di-indol-ylmethane). This is only possible if the digestive system is working optimally.

This phytochemical is also sensitive to heat, so these foods should be eaten raw or lightly steamed to get their beneficial effect. Boiling the vegetables destroys around 40% of the nutrients, microwaving destroys 97% of these powerful ant-estrogen compounds.

NB: Watercress is the Gold Standard of anti-estrogen foods.

Testing for Metabolites

A simple urine test, done through a private lab can tell the ratio of C2:C16 metabolites, since they are excreted through our urine. Women with a personal or family history of breast or uterine cancer may wish to look into this. This is a useful test to use when monitoring estrogen dominant conditions as well.

Here’s what the research says:

According to Charles Poliquin, the world renowned Strength and Conditioning Coach, whether you get estrogens from your environment or from yourself; you MUST get rid of them and you MUST protect yourself from them. Different nutrients can influence what type of metabolites of estrogen the liver creates. Certain nutrients can also protect your organs from the potent and dangerous metabolites. Some nutrients have even been shown to reverse damage that has been done and shrink tumors. According to the science, four of the most powerful nutrients that work together are Green Tea, Curcumin, Lycopene, and D-Limonene.

Green tea-acts to inhibit breast tumor growth, improves liver detoxification of estrogen, reduces aromatase and lowers levels of damaging estrogens, protects against estrogen-specific free radicals and carcinogens. Green tea can also help balance your blood sugar, increase your metabolism, and help you burn fat.

Curcumin-improves detoxification of estrogen by supporting safe, tissue-protective estrogen metabolites reducing oxidative damage and inhibition of the growth of breast cancer cells.

Lycopene-powerful antioxidant, inhibition of cancer cell proliferation, reduction of DNA damage from estrogen.

D-limonene-suppresses tumors, reduces tumor size, prevention of mammary, liver, lung and other cancers, carcinogen removal, reduction in breast tumor growth, inhibition of mammary carcinomas, breast carcinoma regression in both early and late stage development.

These nutrients in combination help the liver eliminate, or detoxify, the Xenoestrogens and the worst of the estrogen metabolites. Now you don’t have to take dozens of different nutrients, hoping that they might be helping-instead.

Additional nutrients that help to detoxify and lower body fat from the lower body:

Grapeseed Extract – has been shown to do the following:

* Compete with estrogen at the estrogen receptor.

* Inhibit the aromatase enzyme that converts intra-cellular testosterone into estrogen.

From a health standpoint, grape seed extract has been linked to reduced risks for breast/uterine and prostate cancer. It protects the DNA against mutagens, and reduces cancer cell proliferation. It has also been shown to protect the brain from strokes, neurotoxins and aging. For those with high cardiovascular risks, this supplement reduces LDL oxidation and plaque formation, reduces platelet aggregation, supports vessel elasticity, and reduces inflammation. This supplement also protects from glycation by reduced Advanced Glycation Entities. Grape seed extract is also a valuable adjunct in wound healing as it promotes healthy collagen formation.

DIM (Di-indol-ylmethane)

Plant indoles are found in cruciferous vegetables and provide a host of health benefits to humans. Cruciferous vegetables are known for their many roles in cancer protection.

DIM is not naturally present in these plants. It is released with the help of enzymes upon crushing of the broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage or brussel sprouts during human digestion. Stomach acid, or HCl, can also aid the joining of two Indole 3 carbinols to make Di-indol-ylmethane. Lack of HCl will hinder one’s ability to make DIM from I3C. Basically, DIM is two molecules of I3C combined together. If you are deficient in stomach acid, getting rid of lower body fat may be an issue.

It has been suggested that a low level of the C2 metabolite and a high level of C16 is associated with an enhanced risk of breast cancer. DIM increases C2 and therefore improves the C2/C16 ratio, making it very protective for women at high risk for this condition.

Research also says that DIM reduces the aromatisation of 4-androstenedione to estrogen and that DIM is more potent than I3C at protecting against mammary carcinoma due to decreased formation of C16 from Estrone.

If your store higher fat around the thighs, DIM helps reduce this fat. It is common for female weightlifters to reduce their lower body fat significantly by adding DIM to their supplement protocol. DIM is a favorite of female physique competitors to help get their legs shredded.

Males who have elevated fat on their chest (manboobs) will also benefit from the use of DIM.

Flax Lignans – powerful anti-estrogen nutrient. Pulls bad estrogens out of the body

Calcium-d-glucarate – promotes the proper elimination of excess estrogens

So How Exactly Do You Reduce your “Lower Body” Fat?

Step 1 – Improve your digestive system;

* Clean out you gastrointestinal tract, seek advice from a Certified Nutritional Practitioner about an Epsom Salt Colon Cleanse. Once done then move onto the next step.

* Use HCl supplementation as needed to ensure you are able to break down the nutrients from your food.

* Then use good probiotics to ensure you have enough good gut bacteria. Important for ensuring a good elimination system.

Step 2 – Detoxify your Liver.

The Liver does a lot of work especially in modern day environments with high levels of toxins everywhere. If your Liver doesn’t work effectively you will continue to metabolite the Bad estrogens C4 and c16. The Liver is also responsible for metabolising fats and carbohydrates.

Having a daily sauna also helps to remove toxins from the body via sweat.

Step 3 – Consume a net alkaline diet comprised of lean meats and fish, plenty of fibrous vegetables, nuts, fruits and seeds. Also consume a green vegetable drink every day.

Step 4 – Use nutriceuticals such as Dim, Green Tea, Curcumin and Grapeseed Extract as mentioned before to prevent any aromisation of estrogens. Use flax Hulls and Calcium-d-glucarate to pull out and excrete bad estrogens.

Step 5 – Keep hydrated. Drink 0.04 x your bodyweight (kg) in litres of water every day. If you weigh 68kg, then drink 2.7 litres of water.

Step 6 – Get 8 hours sleep every night. This helps to keep the liver working properly, allows the production of Growth Hormone in women so they can increase lean muscle mass and become a fat burning furnace,

Step 7 – Avoid cardio exercise such as jogging and spinning. This only increases the fat storage in the legs due to the increase of intra-cellular triglycerides. Do High Intensity Interval Training instead.

Step 8 – Pump some iron. For every 10 pounds of muscle you gain, you will burn 1 pound of fat.

Your jeans will start falling off your bum and hips if you follow these guidelines!

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Trends That Set You Apart: SEO Techniques That Every Web Designer Should Know

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If it was a decade back, then the term ‘SEO’ and web designing wouldn’t have gone parallel. But today the thing is something different. The web-smart world wants more from us and being exclusive is the first requirement of the customers. Webbing the business in a smart way along with decorating and designing the website for a fresh promotion is the new in nowadays.

Web designing incorporates a lot of strategical tasks and implementing them one by one enhances the front-end beauty of the website. It combines a lot of work with the frameworks, the programming languages, CMS or Content Management System, pre-decorated templates, web designing tools and hosting platform. On the other hand, it takes a lot of planning, sketch, graphical designing and strategy building for designing websites. A web design company deploys professional and experienced web designers who will perform all these tasks single-handedly.

The major job of a web designer is to produce the perfect UI & UX designs that will allure the viewers with its unique design. But, today, most of the web designers need to know about a little bit of SEO that will help them to understand its significance in terms of generating traffic to the website and allows them to comprehend its importance in the designing field.

SEO or Search Engine Optimization involves the process of optimizing the website by analyzing the site itself. This is connected to the designing and coding of the website for which the designers should be in the practice of these methods. So, that is why the designers should keep in mind certain things before designing the website.

Mobile Responsive Design
The demand for the mobile first designs has taken the interest of the consumers due to the major shift of searching methods from desktop to mobile. As the huge number of customers is using the smartphones nowadays and search almost everything from their smartphones instead of switching on their desktops and PCs, designing responsive websites has become a necessity for the entrepreneurs for increasing the visibility of their websites. The emergence of Google’s mobile-friendly algorithm has also facilitated the mobile responsive search results, pushing backward the nonresponsive websites in terms of amenity.

This has invoked the designers to use the mobile responsive templates and tools. The designers should use coding & programming that is utterly suited for mobile. The contents should be fit in the screen resolution of the mobile and the layout should be mobile first for the smooth access from the smartphones or cross platform devices.

URL Orientation
Search engines can’t find ambiguous and vague URL identity. The clear format of the URL makes your website SEO-friendly. With a perfect URL, the chances of getting the visibility to the viewers are more. Moreover, incorporating keyword phrases with the URL allows your users to identify and find the URLs easily and quickly. A designer should know about this so that they can easily collaborate with the SEO team of their respected companies.

Enhancement of the Website Speed
Improving the site speed is the major part of the SEO. Google’s algorithm supports the websites that have a good loading speed and disapproves the sites whose loading speed are worst! This is because the users don’t like websites with low loading speed and chances of the increase in the bouncing rate also raises up. Thus, improving the speed of your site is a much-needed thing, which can’t be optimized without the help of the designers. The speed augmentation process lies within the back-end service provided by the designers which include optimizing the database, minimizing HTTP requests, compressing images, reducing server requests, minifying resources, enabling the browser caches and accessing a CDN or Content Delivery Network.

Without the perfect knowledge of SEO and without the comprehension of the importance of site loading speed on SEO, the designers won’t understand its significance. So, for a perfect collaboration, the knowledge of site loading speed is required for the designers.

Pertinent Title Tags
Exclusive & relevant title tags are important for phrasing up an online document and those title tags are only used in the rich snippets aftermath. These title tags are displayed in the SERPs, on the browser, and on the external websites and should be smaller in size so that Google can easily catch them up.

Validated HTML5 And CSS3 Usage
HTML5 & CSS3 enables your website to fit in any resolution. HTML5 is advanced with much more features than the HTML and CSS3 enhance the downloading speed of the page. Authenticated HTML5 & CSS3 helps in implementing good coding that will optimize on-page SEO easily.

In most of the web design companies, the perfect collaboration of SEO and web designing teams is the major requirement because their harmony optimizes the entire website which results in bringing clarity on the front-end website with an aim of increasing more traffic and enhancement of conversion rate.

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Trends of Beautifying Your Smile Through Cosmetic Dentistry Treatment

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Hearing words like invisalign treatment, dental implants, cosmetic dentistry treatment etc. may leave your mind full of confusions and fearful. This is one of the reasons why we keep on postponing our teeth problems and thus emergency dental treatment department is able to earn monetary benefits. I think you have understood what I mean to say. Yes, I mean do not let your small dental problems become so big that you have to opt for these emergency dental treatments. Most of the people are very much concerned about their smiles and teeth structure. For those who do not have naturally attractive one, cosmetic dentistry treatment is there. The main purpose of cosmetic dentistry treatment is to enhance your smile through varied treatments like dental implants, invisalign treatment, teeth whitening, and facial aesthetics etc. depending on the requirement. So, in this entry I will try to portray out the procedure of cosmetic dentistry treatment and the trends that prevail in this field.

As far as cosmetic dentistry treatment is concerned, there are several treatments included in it. But it is not a hard and fast rule that all the treatments will be given to you regardless of the requirement. Same is the case with the duration of the treatment. It may last in days and it may even take a year to accomplish. The three main areas focused on by this treatment include mouth, teeth, and smile. If we go in to say it in a sentence it is a process through which the patient is given a smile makeover. For a person who hesitates to smile fully, having discolored teeth may be one of the biggest reasons. And, the reason why people get discolored teeth lies in the excessive intake of liquids consisting of caffeine. These are liquids like tea, coffee, cold drinks etc. and also smoking is one of the major reasons of teeth getting discolorised. Teeth whitening treatments are the solution to these types of problems.

Some people are worried about their missing teeth. For this dental implants are the best solution to this. During a dental implant, the gap created due to a missing tooth is filled up by introducing dentures into the jaw and thus making the gap vanish. These implants are made up of lightweight titanium. Another reason may be improper lining of teeth in the jaw. Teeth’s straightening is the sole solution to this problem. But the metal braces look so embarrassing that we avoid them. But a new type of braces has been introduced in the market. They are invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners that are changed every week to provide you with the beautiful smile that you deserve. It can benefit every person, from teenagers to the elderly. Due to these aligners, the treatment is called invisalign treatment.

Only getting information about the procedures of cosmetic dentistry is not enough. You need to find out a reliable dental practice where you can get all the treatments done.

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The Rise of Electronic Devices Designed for Women

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The colour pink is often associated with women as more often than not, women look good in pink. Women who have great fashion senses are often eye catching and you may well have noticed that a woman’s fashion sense has begun to extend towards the gadgets that they carry. The rise of feminine technology has been growing steadily and is about to hit a crest. When you say feminine technology what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Pink gadgets!

Since the colour pink has long been associated with women, it doesn’t come as a surprise to see pink mobile phones, pink digital cameras, and pink laptops, among others that can be considered as part of feminine technology. Pink is a dainty colour, eye-candy if you like. Given the choice, fashionable women tend to want to carry trendy gadgets to veer away from the more macho-looking laptops or cellular phones. Women now find it tempting to have a pink gadget, like a pink laptop, to showcase their love for beauty. Most women are aware that most men find a woman to be more feminine if they are wearing something pink, and i have to admit there is something appealing about a confident women seen doing some work on a pink feminine laptop or making a business call with a pink mobile phone.

Technology need not be boring and with the advent of feminine technology, pink and all the other girly colours have become the in thing. Pink may be a favourite, but red is also becoming popular, as well as lavender or pastel colours. You will even see laptops that have designs on it; often utilising many different shades of pink or other feminine colours.

Wouldn’t it be great to take snapshots using your pink digital camera? You will now find digital cameras, mobile phones, and laptops in various shades of pink and as well as other girly colours so finding one that suits your personality is no longer the challenge that it once was. However do not, for a second, think that gadgets with a touch of femininity are lacking in the features or power department. A lot of popular brands now carry fashionable designs but still with the exact same technology and features as more masculine looking gadgets.

This is true especially for laptops. Pink laptops may look dainty and beautiful yet you can be sure that you can still surf the net with ease and do some office or school work simultaneously without having your workflow slowed by unresponsive technology. It is just as important to take note that when you shop for a gadget that will showcase your feminine side, make sure that you check the features as well as the prices first before settling with one particular unit.

So when you talk of feminine technology, it is not only about trends and beauty, functionality is also a must have and one that manufacturers are increasingly more aware of.

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What Age Is Appropriate To Start Wearing Perfume?

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When did you start to wear perfume? Was it when you first discovered your mother’s makeup, jewelry, and perfume bottles? Or was it later on in life when you had your first crush on a boy? Or was it even later, when you were thinking about the idea of getting married? I guess the time of when one should start wearing perfume is questionable.

As a young girl, you may just be playing around and think it is cute to wear your mother’s perfume. If your mother owned Bvlgari perfume, like Omnia Crystalline or Omnia Coral, she must have had really exquisite and elegant taste. Bvlgari perfume is for women that are very elegant and have luxurious style. She might have also owned a Prada bag or two, if she was wearing such luxurious perfume such as Bvlgari. At a young age, perfume was probably just another item to use to dress up. I don’t think it is appropriate for young girls to be walking around outside with their mothers with perfume on, but just to try it on and wear as something fun in your house is quite harmless.

As a teenager, when one starts to be attracted to the opposite gender, there is a different reason for trying on different scents. At first it was just a tool for dress up, but as a teenager it turns into a tool of attraction. It may be more appropriate for an older teenager to walk around outside with perfume on, but for a younger teenager, say a thirteen year old girl for example, it would be less appropriate. Younger teenagers are still very innocent and less ready for marriage, whereas older teenagers are closer to marriageable age, and therefore, it would seemingly be more appropriate for them to start wearing perfume.

When one becomes an older teenager, or even into their early twenties, it is then acceptable for young women to be wearing different scents. I think this age is not even questionable about whether it is appropriate or not to wear perfume. At this age one is ready to be dating and eligible for marriage. Then it doesn’t seem strange that a woman is walking around with perfume, but as a younger girl, it may seem strange.

In conclusion, it is questionable about what age exactly it is appropriate to start wearing perfume. However, it seems inappropriate for a young girl to be walking outside with perfume on. For an older teenager or young woman in her early twenties, it seems acceptable to be wearing perfume then. It is the age range in between that is negotiable about the appropriate time to start wearing different scents.

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Gear Up for a Safe and Fun-Filled Holi

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The festival of colors is just around the corner and as every colour has different hues, Holi has its own hues. Amidst enjoyment, we only look at the positive side of the festival and ignore the negative one. Like other festivals, Holi too has been commercialized by various synthetic color manufacturing companies. These companies produce Holi colours that are extremely harmful for our health and environment.

Holi colors contain hazardous ingredients like lead oxide, mercury sulphide, aluminium bromide, copper sulphate, Prussian blue, and many more. Such harmful contents in Holi colours can cause many health related problems including skin rashes, eye allergies, temporary blindness, and so on. This article will help you find some great tips on how you can save your skin and hair from the harmful effects of synthetic Holi colours.

Quick tips to protect your hair from artificial colors

To avoid your hair from being frizzy, unmanaged, and dull after playing Holi, just follow these tips.

  • Massage the entire length of your hair with coconut, olive or any oil that suits your hair. Oil will create a protective layering on your hair against artificial Holi colours and dust.
  • Cover your hair with a cap to keep them safe against harmful colours.
  • Wash off your hair properly with a mild shampoo and a good conditioner.
  • You can make up for the damage by applying a natural hair pack.
  • You can make your own hair pack by mixing henna powder, lemon juice and curd. Apply it on hair and wash after an hour.

Quick tips to protect your skin from artificial colors

  • Apply a layer of body care oil on your face, arms, legs, and so on to keep it protected against chemicals.
  • Wear full length clothes that cover the maximum part of your skin.
  • Apply a waterproof sunscreen that suits your skin tone.
  • Apply a layer of lip balm on your lips.
  • Apply a transparent nail polish to save your nails from getting colored with harsh Holi colours.
  • Do not use hard soaps to remove Holi colours off your skin.

Quick home remedies to remove harsh synthetic Holi colours

  • Make a face pack with one spoon of masoor dal, one spoon of flour, rose water and a pinch of turmeric. Apply it on your face and let it dry for 15-20 minutes and wash it off with water.
  • Apply a face pack of soya bean flour or besan with milk. Add a little sea salt, glycerine, and a few drops of aroma oil. Apply this face pack to wash off Holi colours.
  • Simply wash your face with warm water and then apply aloe vera and lemon to get off the color.
  • Don’t scrub your face harshly with water and always wash it after applying a little amount of oil on the skin. This will help in removing the color easily and will also make you get rid of itchiness and dryness.

So this Holi, keep all the above tips in mind and splash colors without any fear. Wishing you all a safe and fun-filled Holi.

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Loofahs and Flannels – All You Need To Know

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We are quite happy with the use of loofah as our essential bath accessory. But, do you know how loofahs originated or how must you can use them to extract the maximal benefits? Needless to say, the bath experiences wouldn’t have been the same with loofah sponges. You would be really surprised to know that sponges hailing from the Demosponge class have been used to add the helmets of soldiers, as cleansing aids and for decorating and painting as well.

The natural loofahs might look exactly like the bathroom counterparts but they aren’t the same. The loofah that we use to scrub our bodies is actually a subtropical gourd belonging to genus Luffa. The plants resemble giant cucumbers and are harvested all throughout the year in tropical countries.

Know the Using Techniques of a Loofah

Face

  • It goes without saying that regular exfoliation of the skin with loofah helps keep the dirt and bacteria away, thus bringing about a fresh and supple look. Loofahs are mostly stiff and quite fibrous for use. So, choose the loofah that is a little soft (not harsh) for your face. In case the loofah is still rough, soak it in warm water till it softens.
  • Squeeze the excess water from the loofah after soaking it in warm water. Apply your favorite soap or facial wash on the loofah and rub it thoroughly with hand.
  • Rub your neck, face, and nape gently with the loofah, applying little pressure wherever necessary to remove the dead skin cells. Avoid loofah use around the eyes or nose.
  • Rinse with cold fresh water and pat dry for a fresh and glowing facial skin.

Body

  • Apply shower gel or body wash on your loofah and scrub the body in a circular motion. Press mildly to get rid of the dead skin cells.
  • Pay special heed to places which have rough skin patches. Regular and repeated use of loofah on rough and coarser skin areas would just help it to become smooth and soft.
  • Rinse your body with cold water and pat dry with a clean towel.
  • Try the Bamboo Loofah Full Body Scrubber. It’s quite gentle on sensitive skin.

How is Loofah Good for Your Skin?

  • Loofah helps with deep cleaning and helps you to get rid of clingy and uninvited guests like germs, bacteria, and dirt particles on a regular basis. Thanks to the net like structures of the loofah, the grime and dirt are all rubbed out leaving your skin to glow.
  • Loofah assists you getting an effective exfoliation by removing all the dead skin cells successfully. The loofah unlike the myths is quite soft and gentle on your skin and helps bring about that young feel to it.
  • A softly rubbed loofah would help you to clean all the sweat pores, thus making your skin soft and smooth just like the ones are shown in the commercials.
  • A good loofah massage is also known to drain out all the stored anxiety and stress. Also, the loofah use and rubbing the skin is believed to accelerate the blood flow and circulation giving you an amazing and enviable skin.

How Do I Take Care of My Loofah or Flannel?

  • Hang the loofah and flannel after you have thoroughly washed it under the running water, and make sure it dries well.
  • In case you have you shaved your legs and hands, try avoiding the use of loofah or flannel as the bacteria might freely enter your skin through cuts and bruises.
  • Avoid using loofah or flannel on your genitals or face.
  • It doesn’t matter what loofah or flannel you are using, but clean it every week and keep it soaked in a diluted bleach solution for about 5 minutes.
  • In case you are using a natural loofah, replace it every month, but if you use the plastic ones, you can keep it for two months. If you notice mold growing on the loofah, get it replaced right away.

With the right tips and guidelines, loofah and flannels can really prove to be effective for skin care.

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Fight Wrinkles With Home Made Tips

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Naturally after the age of 30 the skin starts to sag, due to lose of moisture, and due the decrease in the secretions of oil it becomes dull and dry. It is therefore that wrinkles appear on oily skins at a later date than on dry skin.

Dry skin needs special care from an early age itself, every night before going to bed, massage your face with olive oil for 5 to 10 minutes and wipe your face with a soft tissue paper. If not you can also use a vitamin enriched cream or a herbal cream, but during the day use a wholesome nourishing cream.

If wrinkles have already invaded your skin, you can fight them or at least make them less prominent by the following methods:

Wipe the white of one egg and apply on the skin, when it dries up apply another coat of the egg white. when the skin begins to contract wash it with cold water and sprinkle the face with rose water. This will help in tightening the loose skin naturally.

Mix equal quantities of lemon juice and milk fat. Massage into the face gently in the direction opposite to the wrinkles. Do this before going to bed at night.

Prepare a face pack with 1 tablespoon Multani mitti(fuller’s Earth), one tbsp of sulfur powder and the white of one egg and apply on the face and neck. Let it remain for at least 30 minutes and do not laugh or speak during this period. Then wash it off with warm water, repeat it once in 10 days.

Make a paste of dried and powdered orange peels and milk. Apply on the face and leave it on for 20 minutes. Wash it with warm water.

Prepare an anti-wrinkle lotion with the following ingredients, mix one tbsp apricot oil, 2tbsp almond oil and warm it slightly. When it cools down, add one tbsp of lemon juice, a few drops of grycerine and 2 tbsp of rose water, mix this thoroughly and store in a glass jar. Apply this home made lotion regularly on face and neck.

Get a facial done once every fortnight.

For more tips read my blog on skin care.

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6 Types of Health That Make Up You Part III

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“Take Control Of Your Health Naturally”

Emotional Health

Emotional Health is one of the most affected yet neglected aspects of our health. It can be easily confused with mental health. Emotional health is explained by the degree in which a person feels secure and relaxed in everyday life. An emotionally healthy person has an open mind, an open heart and a relaxed body. They will have a high self-esteem and will not react with quick off the cuff responses, and with anxiety or panic to events that occur in everyday life.

Emotionally safe people are calm and patient with others because they are emotionally safe with themselves and are not quick to judge or criticize. Feelings are not something that an emotionally healthy person avoid or control because they are secure with them. Instead they are expressed in an assertive healthy manner.

Well, sounds really good huh? Don’t feel bad! Most people are not emotionally healthy. Too much life has hit them and there you have it; trash in, trash out. Nevertheless, you want to strive to be emotionally healthy.

If you want to improve your physical and mental health you need to achieve emotional health. A lack of emotional health is often the cause of physical disease and mental illness.

How to Improve Your Emotional Health Naturally?

The way to improve your emotional wellness is to learn to feel your authentic emotions and feelings and express them in assertive ways.

Steps to resolve conflict and find healthy emotions:

1. Step back – take a deep breath

2. Be honest – Identify your feelings

3. Own your role – It takes two

4. Do not accept other’s responsibility – It takes two

5. Find a confidant – Professional therapist

6. Deal with it – Do not obsess

7. Time for action – Decide a plan of action

8. Forgive – For you not for them

Taking time to heal and take care of your emotional wellness is a must. It is just as important as the rest. Finding the balance between all six is the difficult part.

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The Benefits of Wearing a Moisturizer for Combination Skin

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Your cheeks are most likely dry, tight and in need of some intense moisture but your forehead, nose and chin are probably oily with enlarged pores and a blemish or two. So, how do you make your whole face happy without applying two products? Wear a moisturizer that has been specifically designed for you.

Why do You Have Combination Skin?

When the sebaceous glands in specific areas of your face become overactive, you end up with combination skin. Unfortunately, this causes your T-zone to be extremely prone to blackheads, whiteheads and acne breakouts.

You will probably never exactly be able to pinpoint the cause of your combination skin. It can be a result of many influences including improper diet and lifestyle choices, lack of sleep or exercise, stress, anxiety and poor health. Thankfully, regardless of the cause of your skin being the way it is, there are products such as Shiseido Pureness Mattifying Moisturizer Oil-Free that will effectively nourish your skin without clogging your pores.

Daily Care

It is essential that you only apply a moisturizer to a freshly washed face. As a side note, always choose a gentle cleanser. You may assume you need a harsh product to eliminate oil but all you are doing is robbing your skin of oils so it feels as though it needs to produce twice as much to compensate.

After you wash your face, gently pat dry with a clean towel. Apply your moisturizer beginning at the neck and working upward. You never want to start at your forehead and use downward motions! You may feel the urge to skip your T-zone and apply only to your cheeks but this is not a wise decision. Most combination skin products are oil-free so you don’t have to worry about them making your skin more oily.

Additionally, if you do have a problem with your T-zone becoming ridiculously shiny during the day, a product such as Billy Jealousy Combination Code Face Moisturizer will remedy that problem for you. This is a remarkable moisturizer for combination skin that not only nourishes, protects and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, it also provides you with a matte finish all day long whether you wear makeup over it or not.

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See Nutrition From the Eyes of a Wellness Trainer

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I was introduced to vitamins when I was just a kid and my dad has been taking vitamin supplements his whole life and has the health of a young man at 74 years old. So naturally I followed his steps and have been taking vitamins and minerals myself for the last 20 years; I have always been healthy and am a good example.

I have studied 2 years with Swiss nutritionist and have taken courses with some of the best specialists in Europe and have a good outlook of peoples lives and nutrition.

Through the years of working with patients that have had health problems I have found that most people have a lack of nutrients, and that is very ironic because of our excess in eating; in the past there was malnutrition because there was a lack of food varieties and today we still suffer from malnutrition because of too much food that contains little nutrients. From fast to prepacked and even store bought food there is just not enough nutrients in food to cover our needs. With far more agents that oxidize our bodies it is important to replenish antioxidants in our body. I am all for supplements that can replenish our body with what it lacks, and today I introduce you to new nutrients of grand quality and practical to use.

There is a better way of taking vitamins and minerals that is far more effective and great tasting. With up to 98% absorption rates and the best ingredients on the market… Let’s take a quick view of these next generation products.

The Anti-Aging Spray provides cell protection with its main ingredient that everybody is talking about Resveratrol and many other ingredients like: Goji, Noni, Mangosteen, Acai, Amalaki, Aloe Vera, Pomegranate, Maqui, Black Currant, Grape Seed Extract, Pine Bark Extract.

The Multi-Vitamin Spray will nourish your cells and strengthen your immune system that is so important to fight against sickness that challenges our body constantly. This product contains: Hawaiian Spirulina, Chlorophyll, Ionic Minerals, Multi-Mineral Blend.

The Vitality Spray will increase your energy levels and stamina and libido performance in men and women. This product contains: Siberian Ginseng, Rhodiola Rosea, Schizandra Chinensis, Gotu Kola, Maca, Yohimbe, Damiana, Horny Goat Weed.

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