Posts Tagged ‘health’

Make Your Own Health-Related New Year’s Resolutions

With the holidays just around the corner, we’re all in the perfect New Year’s mood to make some new promises, and hopefully do our best to commit over the months to come. And what could be better for us than improving our lifestyle by introducing certain healthy habits, ditching some of our old vices and making changes we’ve been wanting to make for ages?

If you’re in the holiday frenzy yourself, and you cannot decide which ones you should or can prioritize, and how to approach your seemingly endless list of healthy resolutions, let’s raise a glass to a year of good health, and dive into some of the resolutions that will ensure a healthier, happier you!

Slow down

For most of us, life is often a tangled mess of rushing to and from work, finding time to meet with friends and devoting our time to our families. But in such a state of constant hurry, it’s easy to neglect the simple appreciation of the present moment, or finding the time for much-needed sleep, or a relaxing walk in the park.

Make a promise to yourself that in times of greatest chaos, you’ll find a technique to slow down – because this is precisely when you need it the most. Create a consistent sleeping schedule to restore your energy, and ditch multitasking for the sake of enjoyment in the simplest things. So, the next time you reach for your remote during lunch or pick up your phone while on a coffee date, take a step back and immerse yourself in the present – it can do wonders for your wellbeing.

Find your Zen

When hardship strikes, as it inevitably does from time to time, we need a trusty stress management method. Think of it as a long-term investment, and not something to practice only once the problem has occurred, because preparing yourself for such situations is what you need to increase your resilience to stress.

For example, mindful meditation, simple breathing exercises, yoga asanas, time spent in nature, or getting a furry companion are known to lower your cortisol levels and balance your hormones into serenity. Take your pick and add years to your life for more New Year’s resolutions ahead.

A clean slate for your skin

How about a solemn swear that you’ll take better care of your skin, and that you will do your absolute best to get rid of adornments and embellishments that no longer have any relevance for you? The first several months of 2018 are an ideal time to finally attend to those long-awaited cosmetic procedures that take time to heal.

If you have tattoos that are a residue of the past, such as an ex’s name, or a poorly designed tattoo, this is a perfect time to consider laser tattoo removal, since it can take several sessions to achieve success and some time to heal properly. Then you can finally start anew and maybe pick new images to adorn your body!

Change your diet

How about a change of mindset that will once and for all help you maintain a healthy lifestyle that is based on healthy bites? Whatever your aspirations may be, to lose weight, to gain some muscle, to increase your physical abilities, food is the essential ingredient to achieve such goals.

Once again, this is a long-term process, one that requires discipline and commitment to healthy habits and making better choices every day. But if you want to stick to a healthy diet, you’ll need a detailed plan, and perhaps some help from a nutritionist, so that you can ensure optimal macro and micronutrient intake that will support your goals.

Get stronger, leaner, fitter

What goes hand in hand with a healthy diet? Regular physical activity is often in the top three New Year’s resolutions people make, yet fail to keep. In order to prevent that from happening, do your best to prep for the ordeal: get a fitness buddy as an accountability partner, pay a gym membership for a year in advance, join a dance class, or invest in equipment you can use at home.

Whatever your preference may be, do your best to prevent yourself from bailing out or postponing the decision for months – your mind and your body will be forever grateful, and you’ll finally cross this one off your list for 2019!

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How to Remove Fleas from Your Home: Discover the Secret

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Introduction

Fleas are small, but they bring a pretty big problem for many people. Nonetheless, how to remove fleas from your home is not too difficult to do. But, the most important is that you must deal with them as soon as possible before fleas drop thousands of eggs in your house making everything more complicated.

What you need to do more than your thoughts including preparing essential equipment and products, controlling furnishings, carpets, taking care of your pets, and dealing with the garden. My guide below will help you solve these troubles more straightforward, but this process also requires your patience.

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What you will need to follow this guide:

My guide requires the following:

  • A powerful vacuum attached to a bag
  • A steam cleaner
  • Aerosol spray
  • An insecticide product
  • Gloves and mask
  • Flea shampoo
  • Soap and water
  • Flea comb
  • A piece of white paper
  • Topical or oral flea remedies
  • Lemon and rosemary leaves
  • Tools to mow grass and rake dead leaves
  • Bags
  • Cedar chips or Eucalyptus leaves
  • Nematodes (if needed)

How to remove fleas from your home:

Fleas come from 3 sources: pets, garden, and furnishings around your house. Therefore, I will provide you 3 ways for 3 cases

Clean furnishings:

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When it comes to mattresses, upholstery, and floors, a powerful vacuum is the best support because it can clean cracks and the tight areas where fleas and thousands of their eggs, cocoons, and larvae usually hide. If you don’t want to contact directly with them, it’s better to use a model attached to a bag.

For carpets, upholstery, and pet bed, I highly recommend a steam cleaner treating by high heat and soap.

Wash both beddings of human and pets in hot water every a few days then adjust the highest heat setting to dry. In the event of the severe infestation, you should purchase new ones. You had better use chemical treatment, such as a flea fogger (click here for more information) because it can reach areas like under your bed. To kill adult fleas and their pupae, larvae, and eggs, you need to choose a kind of the insecticide product containing permethrin, and methoprene or pyriproxyfen. Remember to wear gloves and mask when using and perform in your house without people.

Wash your pet:

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Fleas come from animals like mice and your pets also regardless of how you take care of them. Thus, apart from buying the best mouse poison to kill mouse, you should follow what I will mention below to remove fleas from your pet.

Use flea shampoo to wash your pet. If you don't know which type is the best, you should receive advice from the staff in a natural food shop. Personally, I love the effect of shampoo products extracted from chrysanthemum flower or containing pyrethrin.

Prepare a mixture of soap and water, a flea comb to comb fleas out the hair of your pet (pay attention to neck and tail parts more). After combing, tap it on a white paper that helps you check fleas easier. Do that until you can’t see any fleas or their eggs on the comb.

In case you need to buy topical or oral flea remedies, refer to the advice of your vet in advance.
Usually, your pet should take every a few months.

To make the natural remedy, let you mix some pieces of lemon and 2 cups of rosemary leaves with hot water. Apply this mixture for your pets by spraying, rinsing or soaking.

Deal with fleas in your garden:

Garden is wide, so you have to determine where they will hide first. Typically, they will be shady, wet, and warm areas or places where your pets love lying down. After getting the list, this is what you need to do:

Mow grass and rake dead leaves as long as there aren’t tall grass and tall piles of leaves. What’s more, put them into a bag and don’t throw these into your compost bins.

Get rid of all debris on the ground, in flower beds, and under bushes such as twigs and dead leaves. Then spread cedar chips or Eucalyptus leaves on the surfaces. Do that with where your pet lies also In problem areas, spread nematodes to get rid of fleas. These small worms can eat sulphur granules and parasite eggs.

Pro tips:

  • After your pet goes out of your room, checking whether or not fleas are on your clothes by a lint roller attached to sticky tape is also a way on how to remove fleas from your home.
  • Wash the toys of your pet because fleas usually hide there or THROW THEM OUT after a long time of the use.
  • Before starting, you need to pay attention that some kinds of flea control products have to be allowed of the veterinarian.
  • Don’t use flea collar which is very toxic for your pet.

The final word:

Fleas, fleas, and fleas…… everywhere. Don’t panic. Just apply the guide above correctly, fleas will never come back. First of all, prepare all essential things for this process then begin performing: cleaning your furnishings, washing your pets and dealing with your garden, and so on.

Have you applied my guide? Is it helpful? Please let me know your result in the comment section below. I also hope to receive your suggestions for a better guide.

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My Cool Slim Belt Review

Bathing suit season is coming! Get the summer body you want and feel good when you slip into your bathing suit with the help of myCoolSlim. It’s a natural way to reduce unwanted body fat… yes please, right?!

myCoolSlim delivers a safe and effective cold temperature directly to stubborn areas of fat around the stomach, thighs or bottom and gets rid of it. Wear it for 30 minutes a day – no more than that – and watch the fat cells shrink away! It’s a safer and much cheaper alternative to expensive plastic surgery.

myCoolSlim is specially designed based on science to freeze and naturally eliminate fat cells. Simply freeze the gel packs, slip them into the neoprene pockets of the compression wrap and velcro myCoolSlim around your targeted area for a half hour each day. Seriously, it’s that easy! $79.99 for a wrap and two gel packs; http://mycoolslim.com

First impressions: The belt is definitely sturdy and well made, it is similar to neoprene waist training belts but it also has an inner lined pocket. The gel packs are light blue and transparent. Very cool.  Cold contouring is something available at medical spas and very expensive. The myCoolslim package is a great at home alternative for a fraction of the price.  The whole idea of Freeze Fat Away is interesting to me. I guess when your body gets cold, it takes energy and burns calorie to warm you back up? 

Trying it out the first time. It was very easy to use. I just left the ice packs in the freezer overnight and then inserted them into the belt’s inner lining and then wore it around my waist. You are not suppose to wear it over 30 mins. I only lasted 3 mins and then took it off. It is very cold! I am a creature of comfort. I like comfort food, I don’t wear high heels for too long and I don’t like to be too hot or too cold. That’s probably why I have the extra fat in the first place! Ha!

You are not suppose to do anything when you wear this belt. You cannot exercise or shower or anything. So basically you should just stay still.  You can wear it around your legs, your arms, your torso. My skin did get ‘red’ from the cold after 10 mins. This is me laying flat with the belt on my bed. It is interesting to see how fat cells react to cold. The brown fat cells and the white fat cells react to extreme cold temperatures, thus resulting in the slimming you see. After my first 30 mins, all I had was a very cold belly. I will try it a few more times to see what happens!

 

myCoolslim works best with a low calorie diet and exercise. Wearing this belt alone should show results in a few weeks so I will keep you posted on what happens when I use it again! Like all health and beauty items, this product will work best in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise. I would definitely recommend this belt to someone who is trying to achieve that ‘revenge body’ for the summer!

Get more details on http://mycoolslim.com/about/  and let me know what you think!

 

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Exercise Yourself Beautiful

The importance of a workout for fitness and health is not lost on any of us. When it comes to losing weight and keeping it off, or just strengthening our bodies for the daily grind, it is essential to focus on fitness.

 

That said, doing things for the “right reasons” is not an incentive for everyone. Knowing that we should do something, does not always translate into actually doing it – or doing it with any enthusiasm. We know that we should eat right but that alone is sometimes not enough. Let’s face it: advertisers know that. That’s why so many tempting foods are advertised as “guilty pleasures”.

So wrong, but so right…

 

So to strengthen the incentive, is it perhaps a good idea to sometimes we a little less noble? A little more… shallow? This bears some thinking about. Does it matter why you do the right thing, if you still end up doing the right thing? In other words, if you don’t feel motivated to work out for fitness and health alone, why not work out for beauty? It’s not like it’s a bad thing, after all.

 

In any case, once you start doing something and get into a pattern, you see the benefits beyond what first convinced you to begin. So if you want to look better, here are some workout tips that will also have you feeling and looking better.

 

Can Your Workout Improve Your Skin?

 

Now, it is worth noting that working out with a full face of makeup on will diminish any benefits to beauty you get. In fact, you should cleanse your face before working out for maximum benefit. But yes, your workout can be a pivotal part of good skincare.

 

In exercising, you better regulate production of cortisol – the body’s stress hormone. Too much cortisol causes the skin to age, thinning and encouraging blemishes. Not to mention that the best workout supplements have benefits for the skin. As AlgaeCal reviews point out, the supplement provides calcium, which aids healthy skin and regeneration. Remember: always check with a doctor before starting any supplements.

 

So the more you work out and supplement yourself to do so, the less cortisol in your system – and that means your skin will be better than ever.

 

Can Your Workout Help Your Hair?

What can exercise do for your locks?

 

You will no doubt be picturing a line of people on treadmills, red faced and sweaty. How, you might be wondering, could this ever be good for your hair? Especially as you’ll shower afterwards, and doesn’t that strip the hair of its natural oils?

 

Studies show that, in fact, a vigorous workout can be one of the best things you do for your crowning glory. Far from making hair dirtier for no reason, intense cardio releases toxins. This benefits the release of purer, healthier sebum on the scalp – an oil that stops hair becoming dry and lifeless. As another benefit, exercise stimulates blood flow which can increase the speed at which your hair grows.

 

And Another Thing…

 

Beauty is more than skin deep. We all know how exercise can help the skin and hair now, but it’s fair to say that everyone looks better when they’re smiling. And there, again, exercise has you covered. By working out, you will release endorphins, your body’s natural “happiness hormone”.

 

Just one note of caution. Studies have shown that too much endurance exercise can be bad for your teeth. Avoid sugary energy drinks (just avoid them anyway – they’re not good for you in any way, shape or form) and when working out, try to limit how much you breathe through your mouth. Mouth breathing can dry your palate, which harms teeth, and as a double-protection you should gently brush your teeth after any gym session.

 

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Spring Break Prep Workout

Can you believe that Spring Break is right around the corner? I feel like the year has just begun!  Spring break is a U.S. phenomenon and an academic tradition which started during the 1930s in the United States. College students from all around the country travel south to enjoy sunny weather and cold beers! People workout all year around to get their bodies in spring break ready condition. If you are anything like me, you are not one of those people! For the next three weeks I will be taking the #21daychallenge and will be trying different workout and eating program to get my body “Spring Break Ready”! Here’s are a few of the workouts below!

Join the #21daychallenge and let us know below how it goes!

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5 Surprising Tips For Teeth Whitening

Healthy-looking white teeth are a person’s best accessory – having great teeth is a must if you want to look healthy and radiant. Unfortunately, lots of things you do every day can affect the whiteness of your teeth – smoking, drinking coffee or tea and eating a lot of processed food, to name just a few. Since those are all habits that are hard to kick, you’ll be glad to hear that there are several ways you can make your teeth whiter without expensive treatments, and at the comfort of your own home.

Rinse them with coconut oil

It might be hard to believe, but coconut oil has antimicrobial properties and can help protect your teeth and gums as well as clean them. This is because coconut oil contains a fatty acid, called lauric acid that kills pathogens like bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Making a coconut oil rinse or pulling is quite simple – you just need a tablespoon of oil. Put it in your mouth and let it soften. Do this in the morning, before brushing your teeth – simply push and swish the pulling around your mouth and let it do its magic.

Bleach them with apple cider vinegar

You’ve probably seen a lot of store-bought, or homemade cleaning products based on vinegar, but did you know you can use it for your teeth as well? Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, probiotics, and enzymes that kill germs effectively while its acidic pH level breaks down plaque and removes stains from your teeth. You should be careful, though – as it is with any acid, if you use it too often you can damage your enamel. Therefore, use it once or twice a day, before brushing. Simply dip your finger in it and rub it all over your teeth.

Absorb plaque with activated charcoal

Activated charcoal is a form of carbon, processed to have small pores that increase the surface area available for absorption. As Australian Dental Specialists claim, food items that are high in sugar are more likely to predispose your teeth to dental cavities. You should remove all food particles and bacteria from your teeth if you want to protect them from decay. The easiest way to do so is to dip your toothbrush in activated charcoal and brush your teeth with it several times a week. Activated charcoal absorbs plaque and microscopic particles that cause staining which helps your teeth stay white.

Break down plaque with berries

Strawberries and other berries are known for their antioxidative properties that can benefit your teeth and help them stay white. They’re also packed with vitamin C that breaks down plaque while malic acid helps remove surface stains. You can make your own mixture by mashing two to three strawberries into a pulp, adding a pinch of sea salt and, optionally, one tablespoon of baking soda. The salt helps the paste become an abrasive structure, while baking soda is there to enhance plaque removal. Remove any excess saliva with a paper towel, spread the mixture all over your teeth and let it sit for 5 minutes. Then rinse and wait to see the results.

Clean them with lemon

Lemon juice and peels can be great for whitening your teeth, especially if you mix it with baking soda and make a wonderful, all-natural toothpaste. Just like vinegar, lemon is naturally acidic and it helps clean your teeth and makes them whiter. Make a paste by using several teaspoons of baking soda and enough lemon juice to form a paste. Dry out your teeth and apply the paste with a toothbrush. Don’t let it sit for longer than 1 minute – acidity of the lemon might damage the enamel. That’s why rinsing afterwards is a must!

When it comes to naturally whitening your teeth, the most important thing is to be patient and realistic. You won’t get the results immediately nor will your teeth look any different. However, they will become whiter but, what’s even more important – they’ll get healthier and your smile will become your greatest weapon.

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