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Reducing Cholesterol as One of the Ways to Lead a Healthy Lifestyle

 
 

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More and more people are trying to find ways to lead a healthy lifestyle and yet the biggest killer in the United Kingdom, the United States and many other countries is heart disease. It makes sense for us all to deal with the causes of this killer and find ways to avoid them.

Heart disease can be the effect of several things, including age, your sex (men develop cardiovascular disease more than women), ethnicity, smoking, high blood pressure and excess weight. Heart problems can also be inherited. One of the most significant causes however is a high level of cholesterol in the blood.

Cholesterol is actually useful to the body. It is a fat produced by the liver and is used in the construction of every cell in the human body. It is naturally carried in the blood for use around the body and has a wide range of uses. Cholesterol helps in the production of hormones (including sex hormones), insulates nerve fibres, determines which substances can pass through cell walls, helps produce bile, breaks down certain vitamins for use in the body (such as vitamins A, D, E and K) and changes Ultra Violet rays from the sun into vitamin D. So a lot of uses then.

Reference is often made to ‘bad’ and ‘good’ cholesterol. So-called bad cholesterol is termed LDL (low density lipoprotein) and it carries cholesterol from the liver. It is this version that causes the problems whenever there is an excess. The HDL (high density lipoprotein) on the other hand removes the cholesterol and returns it to the liver to be broken down or passed out of the body as waste. The HDL is the good cholesterol.

As with so many substances however, too much causes problems. High levels of cholesterol cause a variety of problems for the heart. The arteries can become narrow and blocked, the muscles of the heart cannot receive enough oxygen or a blood clot can block one of the key blood vessels.

So how do we ensure the correct level of cholesterol in our bodies?

As ever we should be looking for ways to lead a healthy lifestyle: we need to undertake regular exercise, get enough sleep (8 hours a night for many of us), drink alcohol only in moderation and avoid or stop smoking tobacco. Perhaps the most significant thing we can do however is to have a healthy diet.

Ensuring the right levels of nutrition in our diet is important to the fight against excess cholesterol. It works best in combination with the other methods above but it is still important. We need to eat the obviously healthy foods, such as fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and oats but also ensure we get enough of the right fats. We need to reduce the level of saturated fats we consume and eat more of those rich in Omega-3: this can be found in rapeseed oil, olive oil and oily fish (salmon is a good example).

I think we all owe it to ourselves to ensure we find ways to have a healthy lifestyle and look after our hearts by controlling cholesterol.
 
 
Find out more about cholesterol and how to get to the right level by visiting the British Heart Foundation site.

If you are concerned that you are not finding enough Omega-3 foods, then you might want to take a look at the new Omega Essentials supplement to be found at LookRavishing.com.
 
 

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Choosing a Healthy Makeup for Skin

 
 

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We all want to look our best and using a range of makeup that works with your skin, keeping it glowing with health, is a great way to give you an advantage. For this reason, it is worth finding a healthy makeup for skin, such as mineral powder makeup, that will bring out the best from your skin.

Mineral powder makeup uses natural ingredients to ensure the skin can breath and get the nutrients it needs to look at its best. In looking for a good cosmetics range like this, you will also come across organic makeup. There are some excellent ranges using natural ingredients but you may want to go a little further and use certified organic cosmetics.

Firstly, it is always better to research the ingredients of the product in which you are interested. Companies should be open about what is in their cosmetics; if it is difficult to establish the ingredients, it might be better to look elsewhere. Have a look at any reviews and opinions online: there are always negative comments but there are some excellent sources of information online too.

Different bodies regulate organic makeup depending on where you are in the world. There is no global body establishing organic standards and different regions or countries have their own.

A great article to help understand the regulation of organic cosmetics can be found on the Truth In Aging website.

As with so many other things, it is worth finding out all you can about what you are putting on your skin and finding the best range for you.
 
 

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Nutrition and Your Health: Nutrition During Pregnancy

 
 

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There are few more stages in a woman’s life that disrupt nutrition and your health than pregnancy. On one hand your body is under stress and on the other you are trying to give your inborn baby the best start in life.

During this joyful time it is worth looking after your nutrition and your health. This is a great time to ensure you are as fit and healthy as you can be and, apart from anything else, you give yourself and your child the best opportunity to get the most from the experience.

Obviously the best way to ensure you get the best nutrition is to eat a healthy diet, as it always is, but during pregnancy there are vitamins and minerals that need a boost. You could stuff yourself with the foods that get you the extra nutrition but this is not always possible, perhaps as a result of your lifestyle or the lack of opportunity.

The best way to make sure you get the goodness both you and your baby need is to start a regime of good quality vitamin supplements that use natural ingredients.

So which nutrients will you need?

First of all, it is always worth consulting your doctor before taking any supplements, particularly to ensure it fits in with any treatment you may already be receiving with regard to pregnancy. However, all expecting mothers will need more of the basic building blocks of life including folic acid, vitamins C and D, calcium and iron.

To find out more about nutrition and your health during pregnancy, the National Health Service website has some useful information, as does the US News Health website.

Whatever happens it is worth getting your nutrition and your health right to ensure things go as well as possible and having your baby is as joyous an event as it should be.
 
Visit LookRavishing.com for a range of high quality nutrition supplements that can help you enjoy life at every stage.
 
 

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Nutrition and Your Health: Bioprene

 
 

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Many of us are looking for ways to have a healthy lifestyle, decide to use regular vitamin supplements and yet are confused by the plethora of ingredients available.

One substance found in certain supplements is bioprene.

Black pepper has been seen as a healthy spice for centuries and is the worlds’ most traded spice, the majority coming from Vietnam. A wide range of illnesses was considered to be cured by black pepper: among them were gangrene, heart disease, indigestion, liver problems, lung diseases, insect bites and constipation.

Bioprene is an extract of black pepper and contains the active ingredient piperine, considered to be responsible for many of the health benefits attributed to black pepper.

In the few relevant studies available, bioprene is widely believed to help the absorption of nutrients in the gut, such as beta-carotene, selenium and vitamins B6 and C, but piperine has been shown to promote the metabolism and the production of energy. Thermogensis is the process of energy production from fat within the body and it is this piperine boosts. For this reason, bioprene is an important constituent of some slimming pills and supplements for athletes, bodybuilders and other sportspeople.

A faster metabolism means consumed food will digest faster, fats will be burned and nutrients will be absorbed at a quicker rate. Clearly it makes sense to use bioprene to encourage a more efficient use of nutrients.

Studies dating from some years ago suggested there might be a toxic quality to black peppers but the increased usage in recent years has proved this conclusion was inaccurate.

If you are looking for ways to have a healthy lifestyle then products including bioprene may be a part of that.

Proto-col’s Thermo-slim product contains bioprene to aid your metabolism. Find out more at LookRavishing.com.
 
 

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Using Mineral Powder Makeup on the Eyes

 
 

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Applying makeup to the eyes can make all the difference to the look you want to produce. Together with the lips, your eyes are the dominant feature of your face.

The eyes are the window to the soul they say so, if you want to project your personality through your eyes, it is worth getting the makeup right. Remember too that psychologists encourage us to look into each other’s eyes as we talk so this may well be the area of the face people will see the most!

As with all makeup (or all art – good makeup is an art, after all) preparation is key, so have the right brushes and makeup ready to hand. Having to search for what you want part way through the process can be distracting and affect the end result. Watch the professional makeup artists and they lay out all they need beforehand.

Take a look at LookRavishing.com for all the materials you need to get the look you want.

It is worth playing with the colours you want to get the best effect for your eyes. The advantage of mineral powder makeup is you can mix and match the colours to find the best ones to suit your eye and skin colour. Be prepared however for the odd failure and the possibility of looking like a Panda!

Overall there is no substitute for experience.

In general, however, light colours can be used under the brow bone to minimize any shadows and darker ones on the lower lashline or even under it to give a smoky effect.

To get a better idea of the best look for your eyes, the Forever Pure Beauty website has some great suggestions.
 
 

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Healthy Skin Tips: Preserve Fatty Acids

 
 
There is a lot of talk about removing fats from our diets as one of the ways to lead a healthy lifestyle and yet, in the right quantity, certain fats are essential for the correct operation of our bodies.

This is particularly true of our skin. The aim of any skincare regime has to be to ensure a plump, healthy skin and this is provided by the essential fatty acids. These useful substances maintain the skin’s cell walls and provide the means for the movement of water in and waste products out.

We are always being told to drink as much water as possible to keep our skin healthy and it is the fatty acids that ensure the water gets to the skin. A healthy skin looks plump and hydrated so we should do all we can to ensure this can happen.

Skin lacking the necessary fatty acids looks dry and lifeless with sagging and wrinkles.

The role of fatty acids in the maintenance of cell walls ensures, as mentioned, the removal of waste deposits. Acne can result when the cells are not able to remove the bad fatty deposits that build up in the skin and block pores. The fatty acids not only ensure the ability of the cells to deal with this problem but they also have anti-inflammatory properties to enable the skin to repair any damage caused by such conditions as acne.

Repairing damaged skin is also a feature of fatty acids that enables them to deal with damage resulting from Ultra Violet rays from the sun. Exposure to the sun creates free radicals, which damage the cells, destroy collagen and cause more premature ageing. Fatty acids, particularly Omega-3, acts as an antioxidant and combats the attack.

Fatty acids can also be used to treat other conditions such as eczema, rosacea and psoriasis.

It is very clear therefore that one of the best healthy skin tips is to maintain your fatty acids, particularly Omega-3 and Omega-6. They can be found in certain foods, such as seeds, walnuts and oily fish, including salmon, but also some high quality food supplements will help you get the healthy, plump skin you desire.
 

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