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New Research Shows How Collagen Benefits Our Bones

 
 

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Making up around 75% of the body’s protein, collagen benefits most of the functions we rely upon. We need adequate levels of this essential substance to ensure our skin, hair, nails, muscles and joints operate as they should. Studies have shown collagen benefits can be particularly effective in treating arthritis and sports injuries.

Another area that we now understand is affected by a loss of collagen is the strength of our bones. Beyond the age of 25 the levels of collagen in the body reduces by around 1.5% every year. As we reach middle age this loss starts to be significant, especially with the onset of hormonal changes in women, and conditions such as osteoporosis (brittle bones) can cause distress.

We have known for a long time that such problems can be reduced by a combination of a good diet, regular exercise and avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol. The careful consumption of supplementary collagen benefits our bodies too (find out more about collagen supplements at LookRavishing.com).

It has taken a recent study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to understand just how the collagen benefits our bones.

The structure of bone has long been something of a mystery; the two main constituents of our skeletons are soft collagen and hydroxyapatite, a hard form of a mineral called apatite, but the riddle has been how these two work in combination.

Hydroxyapatite is brittle, like chalk, and collagen is the opposite, very bendy and soft, so researchers attempted to find out what combines the two to make the tough substance we know as bone.

It took the latest technology to shine the light upon this mystery: super computers were used to produce three-dimensional image of the molecules and it was shown the grains of hydroxyapatite are incredibly tiny and embedded within the collagen. They are held together by electrostatic energy.

The new research opens the door for further studies to discover just how conditions such as osteoporosis take place and how they can be countered.

Let’s hope the answer is not too far away.

Read more about the MIT study on their website.
 
 

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The Importance of Using Brushes to Apply Mineral Powder Makeup

 
 

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The most striking effects can be achieved using modern mineral powder makeup. From the popular natural look (is she wearing makeup or isn’t she?) to the most colourful party face, applying your cosmetics correctly can create a wide range of effects.

To achieve such artistry, the makeup professionals must use, as do all artists, the most appropriate and best tools. Anyone applying mineral powder makeup needs to use the right brushes to achieve the flawless finish to which they aspire.

Makeup brushes do work like an artists brushes, following the contours of the face to apply a smooth and even coverage with the minimum of fuss.

To save money, many women attempt to use their fingers to apply the makeup but are usually defeated by the mess that creates and the inability to get a smooth, natural finish. In addition, fingers are never 100% clean and can contaminate the cosmetics. Equally, using an unsuitable powder puff or sponge can also trap muck and bacteria, which could cause acne or other conditions, particularly if you have sensitive skin.

Also, when using anything other than brushes, you will find there will be a much greater wastage of the cosmetics.

When applying mineral powder makeup, you should always ensure the brushes are cleaned and dried after every use: in this way they will always be ready for the next drop dead gorgeous application of your mineral powder makeup!

If you are looking for a set of the high quality brushes to apply your mineral powder makeup, take a look at the range offered on LookRavishing.com.
 
 

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Combating Stress As One of the Ways to Have a Healthy Lifestyle

 
 

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We all read health and nutrition articles in the press regarding how to look beautiful naturally, particularly through living a healthy lifestyle. Sadly too many of us start off with good intentions but let good habits lapse as soon as our jobs get in the way.

My personal experience in the past certainly confirms this: in a previous job I was expected to work an irregular shift pattern and, although I intended to find ways to live more healthily, I soon found that I was snacking on all the wrong foods in an attempt to keep my energy levels up.

Of course, we all know a healthy diet will give you all the energy you need but it is easy to forget this when your stress levels are high!

A recent study by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, and reported on the DailyRX.com website, found that workers who reported job stress were 25% more likely to practice an unhealthy lifestyle. Indeed, of the 118,701 people studied, 84% were found to lead an unhealthier lifestyle.

These findings should help employers understand that limiting the workplace stress experienced by their staff leads to fewer days off sick and a general higher rate of efficiency. Companies would thus benefit from helping their workers lead better lifestyles.

Read more about this research on the DailyRX.com website.
 
 

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