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Ways to Lead a Healthy Lifestyle in Hot Weather

 
 
In the UK recently many parts of the country have been experiencing hot, summer weather. Prior to that, parts of the USA also basked in hot sun. Despite the attractions of such sunny weather there are certain ways to lead a healthy lifestyle in the sun.
 

Beautiful Lady in Blue Costume Lying in Sun

 
When temperatures soar, there are sections of the community that especially need to take account of these ways to lead a healthy lifestyle in the sun: problems have been identified among the older members of society and babies and young children who have skin more sensitive than adults. Certain heart, skin and conditions can leave us open to problems in extreme weather, particularly if we are working or exercising outside for extended periods of time.

During 2003 temperatures reached 38 degrees centigrade (101 degrees Fahrenheit) and health authorities identified around 2000 to 3000 more deaths than normal. It was estimated this figure rose to 30,000 across the European continent.

So what are the ways to lead a healthy lifestyle in such conditions?

Many of us open the windows and doors to allow a breeze through the house in hot weather and yet, if you observe countries that habitually experience high temperatures, you will find the populations shut windows and pull down the shades, only opening windows when things cool down in the evening.

The song ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen Go Out in the Midday Sun’ was quite right: those used to the heat have learned to stay indoors during the hottest part of the day. This is generally between 11am and 3pm.

It is also important to drink lots of cool drinks. A friend who served in Iraq told me recently that the best time to drink is before you need it. If you wait until you are thirsty it is already too late. Start the day drinking water or fruit juice and continue to do so throughout the day. Tea, coffee and alcohol are to be avoided.

Remember that protecting the skin is important too. Wear a hat (a wide-brimmed one may look unfashionable but is to be preferred) and keep exposed shin covered with regular doses of sun block. In the evening and morning moisturise extensively the same areas. Watch for redness and give those patches especial attention.

The National Health Service gives some excellent guidelines on their website.

Enjoy the summer but ensure you keep healthy too.
 

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How to Look Beautiful Naturally

 
 
Most of us, whether we admit it or not, want to look at our best and it makes sense to look beautiful naturally rather than relying on artificial products.

To look at our best we need to look at our lifestyle. What we do every day affects the way we look.

Audrey Hepburn came close to the truth when she said, “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” One of the first things we need to do to look beautiful naturally is to reduce the stress in our lives. When we get stressed the heart rate changes and we breath faster and less deeply: this has the effect of restricting the blood vessels to the skin, which leads to a lack of a glow to the skin through a reduced blood supply.

So reduce the amount of pressure you put yourself under and look for the good in other people. You will feel and look better.
 

Beautiful Lady in Purple Dress Looking at Camera

 
There are external stresses to avoid too: smoking is a bad idea as it dries out the skin, restricts the blood vessels and promotes premature ageing. This is also true of spending too long in the sun (not forgetting the risk of skin cancer, of course) although some exposure is good as it improves the supply of vitamin D to the skin. Always be prepared to wear a good sunblock if you want to look beautiful naturally.

Get enough sleep as it is as you sleep that the skin repairs itself and the wrinkles reduce. Also drink plenty of water before you need to do so. Once you feel thirsty it is too late and your skin will already be losing its plumpness. Get into the habit of drinking enough water daily: avoid caffeine and alcohol however as they have the effect of drying the skin.

Not surprisingly a good diet is essential to look beautiful naturally. A good balanced diet without too much of one food is ideal but include a wide range of fruit, vegetables, nuts and oily fish (for the Omega-3 oils). Avoid too much sugar too as it has been linked to breakouts of pimples and spots. The body needs the right fuel to maintain its functions so watch what you eat: if you are worried about your nutrition, you might consider a course of good-quality multi-vitamins too.

Exercise is good for the skin too as it promotes the body’s functions and opens the pores. Remember to shower afterwards of course to remove any dirt ejected by the sweat. You don’t need to run a marathon, just 30 minutes of walking, running, cycling or swimming will do: just enough to get you out of breath.

To look beautiful naturally you do need to look after your skin. Use a good moisturiser daily after washing with a gentle cleanser and padding the skin dry. If you do use makeup, to look great why not use the best minerals makeup you can afford? Cosmetics of this type will not block your pores and may even provide nutrients; remember to carefully clean your brushes after each use though.

It is not that difficult to look beautiful naturally. It is simply a case of getting into healthy habits and controlling your lifestyle. In the end, you will not only get to look beautiful naturally but you will feel good too.
 
 

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Vegetarianism, Nutrition and Your Health

 
 
If you become a vegetarian, it is rarely to improve nutrition and your health, but more as a rebellion against the consumption of living animals. Many would consider a vegetarian diet to be unhealthy and some may label it unnatural.

The truth is a meat-free diet can be good for your nutrition and your health; as in all diets, care has to be taken to eat the right foods to enable the body to operate at its best. Nutrients that many of us consume from animal products can be found from other sources.
 

Salad and a Fork on a Red Plate

 
It is important to ensure a balanced, varied diet in the same way every person does.

There are certain nutrients you need to include to ensure the best for nutrition and your health.

Fish and eggs, for example, generally provide us with adequate supplies of Omega-3 fatty acids and these of course help the heart to function at its best. You may however have chosen a diet (and there are degrees of vegetarian diets) that excludes these food types.

To replace a source of required fatty acids, you will need to consider soy oil and beans, walnuts and seeds, such as flaxseeds. As with all the nutrients, if you find it difficult to eat the goodness you need, you might consider using a good quality vitamin supplement.

We all need calcium in our diets to ensure strong and healthy teeth and bones and this can be found in dairy products, otherwise dark green vegetables, such as broccoli and kale, will help, but also an increasing number of juices and cereals now include extra calcium.

Iron is an important part of your nutrition and your health no matter what your diet so it is essential to include sources in your food. Iron helps carry oxygen around in the blood. For vegetarians breakfast cereals, spinach, lentils, dried fruit and whole wheat breads can provide iron.

Dairy products such as milk and eggs can provide vitamin B12, as can soya milk and some breakfast cereals. A lack of this vitamin can affect nutrition and your health especially in the brain and nervous system: fatigue, depression and forgetfulness are early symptoms.

These are just some of the important nutrients our bodies need to function correctly. If you choose a vegetarian diet then you still need to ensure the maintenance of nutrition and your health from appropriate sources.

To find out more about nutrition for vegetarians, visit the Vegetarian Resource Group website.
 
 

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