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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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Choosing a Good Food Supplement for Nutrition and Your Health

 
 

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Many of you now understand the importance of nutrition and your health in order to enjoy life. Few of us however are willing to ensure we have a balanced diet that gives us the nutrients our bodies need, turning instead to the use of nutrition supplements.

In 2010, the US market for dietary supplements, the biggest, reached $28 billion, an increase on the previous year. The trend is the same in many other western countries and sales of dietary supplements in China reached $10 billion in 2012.

These supplements, with their impact on nutrition and your health, obviously represent a huge market. But should we just take the cheapest brand or are some better than others?

In reality it would be wise to consult a medical professional before undertaking any major change in lifestyle that would impact your health, either positively or negatively. Be sure that food supplements are right for you.

Also research the products available and understand what nutrients would benefit you most. A good multi-vitamin would have the best positive effect on your nutrition and your health. There are basic vitamins and minerals your body needs to operate effectively so make sure any health supplement you take will include these.

The Internet gives us plenty of opportunity to understand which nutrient does whiter and it would be worth having a chat with your family doctor about what would be best for you. Older ladies, for example, may suffer from a reduction in bone strength (osteoporosis or ‘brittle bones’) so an extra influx of calcium would be very useful.

There are few side effects connected to dietary supplements – but there are a few. Problems may particularly occur if you are already taking medication, are recovering from an operation or are pregnant.

The quality of dietary supplements can vary too. As is so many other examples, you tend to get what you pay for so cheap brands may not be as effective as a high quality product.

The supplements most effective on nutrition and your health tend to be made from natural ingredients. The body tends to accept such substances more readily. Also be aware that better quality supplements have a better coating. Cheaper products have plastic-derived coatings that may not dissolve in the gut and pass out complete.

Get into the habit of dropping one tablet of any new supplement into a glass of water: it should start to dissolve within an hour. You can always drink the water afterwards, if you are afraid of wasting it!

The key is to research any dietary supplement before you buy. Understand what it contains, find any reviews that may be available, take professional advice and ensure that the product will indeed have a positive effect on your nutrition and your health.

A good, balanced diet is always a priority but, if you cannot achieve that, ensure you take the best and most appropriate supplement you can.

Discover more about taking health supplements on the US Department of Dietary Supplements website.
 
 

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Combatting Dry Skin To Look Beautiful Naturally

 
 

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We all want to look beautiful naturally but sometimes it can be hard, especially when we struggle keeping our skin moist and healthy. Dry skin can be a real curse so what causes it and how can we deal with it?

This time of year in the northern hemisphere we are just coming out of winter (although it doesn’t seem like it here yet!). The cold weather we experience in winter is responsible for causing dry skin. Low temperatures and wind take the moisture from the skin and cause it to wrinkle and crack.

In the cold weather the natural reaction is to dive indoors and turn the heating up or perhaps sit by a roaring fire. Sadly even this does not help us to keep our skin healthy or help us to look beautifully naturally. These sources of heat remove the moisture from the air and cause dry skin again.

Even in the warmer weather our skin can dry out. Once the temperatures start to increase, the air gets drier and saps the moisture. If we then make the mistake of spending too long in the sun, the ultraviolet rays can dry out and burn the skin leading to premature ageing with it’s attendant wrinkling and sagging.

The answer is to create a barrier to the cold weather using a warm hat, scarf and gloves or to combat hot weather and the suns rays with a floppy hat and sun blocking cream. Every evening before we go to bed, a good moisturiser should be applied to affected areas (including the lips) to help restore visible health.

If the dryness is a particular problem then it would be worth applying moisturiser at other times too, such as when you get up in the morning too.

Be careful having hot showers and baths too as these can also dry out the skin. Have a less hot bathe and reduce the time you spend in the shower or bath.

Be careful what soap you use as harsh detergents can also have a detrimental effect. A good quality soap designed for dry skin will moisturise as it cleans.

Equally rubbing your skin dry will actually remove moisture. Pat it dry with a soft towel and your skin will take in the moisture it needs and you will remove the excess.

Other causes of dry skin include ageing, excess alcohol and various skin diseases and conditions.

In the case of skin conditions, such as dermatitis or psoriasis, it would be worth consulting a medical professional for specialist treatment to help you look beautiful naturally.

Obviously the way to combat alcohol-induced problems is to reduce your intake. However alcohol disturbs your body’s nutrition so it would be wise to increase your intake of vitamins and minerals with a good quality multi-vitamin supplement. Make sure especially that vitamins C, A and the B vitamins are included, as well as zinc, as these are a particular problem.

To reduce the dryness of skin that age brings with it, get into the habit of using a good quality skin cream first thing in the morning and last thing at night and ensure your nutritional intake is at its optimum level.

It is worth keeping your skin in top condition and moisturised if you want to look beautiful naturally. This winter I have spent a great deal of time outside and have had a particular problem with dry skin. On occasions my hands have even started to show cracks and bleed.

I have managed to solve the problem through the daily use of a skin balm from a local company called the Old Apothecary in Lyndhurst, Hampshire. My biggest ally however has been the marvellous Instant Manicure from Proto-col; the Dead Sea salts remove dead cells and the essential oils moisturise the skin, leaving my hands wonderfully reinvigorated. The Instant Manicure is available from LookRavishing.com.
 

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Health And Nutrition Articles: Nutrition For Your Eyes

 
 

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Ensuring the correct nutrition is one of the key ways to lead a healthy lifestyle. The body’s processes rely on the consumption of vitamins and minerals to function.

Each part of the body benefits from a slightly different concoction of substances to ensure optimum performance.

The eyes, for example, require certain vitamins and minerals. Research has shown that increasing the level of these nutrients can help prevent or even reverse certain eye conditions.

Folk lore has always told us how carrots are good for seeing in the dark and in reality eating carrots could indeed be one of the ways to have a healthy lifestyle – certainly as far as the eyes are concerned.

Carrots, spinach, kale and butternut squash all contain beta-carotine, which, when combined with vitamins C and E can reduce the level of macular degeneration in the eyes.

This is also true of Omega-3 fatty acids, found in foods such as cold-water fish (salmon, mackerel and herring) and in walnuts. Omega-3 can also prevent dry eyes.

Green leafy vegetables, such as broccoli, and eggs provide Lutein and Zeaxanthin and this also reduces the risk of chronic eye diseases. Cataracts and the effects of age can be held at bay using these two substances.

Vitamins C and E have already been mentioned and these two act as powerful antioxidants, protecting the cells of the eyes from free radicals, which can break down the healthy tissue in the eyes.

It is wise therefore to ensure you maintain your nutrition in order to prevent problems with your eyes.

You should of course use a healthy, balanced diet as one of the ways to lead a healthy lifestyle but taking a good quality health supplement could back this up. Go to LookRavishing.com to discover new March offers on nutritional supplements.

Find out more about eye health on AllAboutVision.com.
 
 

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Healthy Makeup For Skin: Looking Like A Model

 
 

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We all want to look at our best and I am sure most women secretly want to look like some of the glamorous models and actresses we see in the media. So what are the healthy skin tips that these celebrities have that we do not?

Not surprisingly nearly all the models have a good understanding of makeup and how it can be used to make them look at their best. It makes sense then to use the best, most healthy makeup for skin you can: in most cases this will involve the use of mineral powder makeup.

Mineral powder makeup works with the skin and a good brand will also help provide the nutrition the skin needs to have that healthy glow. The makeup comes in a variety of colours and you can achieve the best image by simply combining the shades until you find the best look for your skin and face – take time to play with it and practice. If you can, it would be worth getting the input of an experienced professional at first.

The best look is nearly always a natural look that emphasises your most attractive features – and, yes, we all have them – but read fashion magazines and take note of the looks adopted by the models there.

Learn to take care of your skin. Research the best skincare products and be disciplined in using your face cleanser and toner daily. Moisturise after washing and exfoliate once a week.

It may seem strange to many, but your attitude can affect how you look. The old idea of models carrying books on their heads to correct their posture is not so far from the truth. Hold up your chin and throw your shoulders back and act as if you have already signed a multi-million contract. Become comfortable with being yourself.

Learn to walk like a model: glide without effort. Getting the right exercise will tone your muscles so that your movement becomes more fluid and will help you get the right body shape for you. Remember this does not mean you have to be a size zero since fit but curvaceous women are often seen as more attractive.

Explore the ways to have a healthy lifestyle. Treat your body with respect and eat the right foods. To operate at its optimum level (and so look at its best) your body needs to be fed the right nutrition. Understand what you need and ensure your balanced diet includes the right vitamins and minerals. Use quality nutrition supplements if that will help.

Drinking plenty of water will keep your skin plump and healthy and will ensure your bodily functions are at their best. You will know just how much you need to drink each day but it is preferable to avoid too much caffeine and alcohol. Together with smoking and drugs, these two will only have a detrimental effect on your attempts to look beautiful.

Plenty of relaxation and sleep are always useful but it is so important to feel confident and smile. Have fun and you will feel relaxed with yourself. Decide you will be happy whatever happens.

Find out from magazines, from hairdressers and by experimentation what is your best look. Discover your best hairstyle and what clothes really suit you.

They say beauty is only skin deep but in reality true beauty comes from the inside out. Find ways to lead a healthy lifestyle and take care of your body, have the discipline to do the right things to look good, and ensure your attitude is the best and you will find that you will be a striking beauty everyone will admire.
 
 

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More People Are Experiencing Collagen Benefits

 
 

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A recent report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. has shown that more and more people are set to discover the benefits of collagen as a way to improve their health. The growing number of older people and increased demand from developing nations mean that this useful protein will be in greater demand across the globe.

Collagen of course accounts for around one third of the total protein found in the body and is especially significant for the skin, bone and connective tissues in the joints. This is why extra collagen benefits older people as we start to lose more of the substance the older we grow.

In the example of our bones, we reach our peak bone mass between the ages of 20 and 30, after which it deteriorates at a rate of between one and two percent each year. This accelerates during menopause and leads to the distressing condition of osteoporosis or ‘brittle bones.’

Equally, a reduction of collagen in the connective tissues in our bones leads to the cartilage that protects the end of the bones wearing away. This means the bones rub together and wear, creating the painful condition we know as osteoarthritis. Athletes discover the benefits of collagen in keeping their joints operating at an optimum level.

Collagen benefits the skin too. It makes up around 75% of the skins mass and is affected by a number of conditions. Once again, menopause can accelerate the loss of collagen in the skin as we age and it is this that causes the loss of elasticity in the skin and leads to wrinkles and sagging.

The benefits of collagen can also be seen in the condition of other skin-related areas. The time taken for wounds to heal increases as our collagen decreases with age and both nails and hair lose their vitality.

But it is not only ageing that affects the level of collagen in the skin. An excess of exposure to Ultra Violet rays (such as in the sun) leads to premature ageing or ‘photoaging,’ with the increase of wrinkles, dryness, thinning, sagging and bruising in the skin.

A study published in the International Journal of Dermatology in 2002 reported that wrinkling had been recorded in the facial skin of cigarette smokers as young as 20 years old. Research shows that smoking damages the level of collagen in our skin too. A person who smokes ten cigarettes a day for ten years is more likely to lose their skin health than someone who does not smoke at all.

Professor Greg Whyte, senior physiologist at Liverpool University, advises the British Olympic Team and is frequently called upon to advise celebrities undertaking difficult challenges on television. He has no doubt about the benefits of collagen: “We need it for healthy joints, physical resilience and the ability to recover from injuries.” He tells us that we lose 1.5% of our collagen each year after the age of twenty-five. This means we have lost thirty percent by the age of forty and the benefits of collagen are also lost to us.

It is hardly surprising therefore that the GIA report shows that more and more of us are seeking products that restore the benefits of collagen as we get older.

The report shows an increase in competition in the collagen market too, driven by increased innovation in how we reintroduce the substance and thus the collagen benefits into our bodies.

This means there is more choice for consumers of collagen and therefore more confusion as to the best products to use.

One of the most effective ways to restore the benefits of collagen is to simply take the collagen hydrolysate tablets used by members of the British Olympic Team and produced by Proto-col. Find out more about these tablets at LookRavishing.com.

Read more about the Global Industry Analysts report here.
 
 

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Way To Have A Healthy Lifestyle With Protocol In 2013

 
 

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You may have seen a few health and nutrition articles helping you decide on ways to have a healthy lifestyle in the year ahead. We have come up with a couple here on BeRavishing.com.

To coincide with the start of 2013 those clever people at Proto-col have also relaunched the health and beauty brand to help you look and feel great this year. They have examined the ways to have a healthy lifestyle available and have introduced new promotional packs to help you achieve them.

At this time of year especially, we feel down and unhealthy and it is times like this that we need a boost to our nutrition. Proto-col are offering a ‘Health and Wellbeing’ twin pack of the potent Green Magic multivitamin power and a vitamin D supplement.

Green Magic is largely tasteless and can be consumed in a variety of ways. One contributor on Twitter recently revealed she sprinkled the powder on ice cream but the more common method is to mix it in with your morning fruit juice.

Vitamin D is becoming better known now as a promoter of calcium in the body (and so giving healthier bones and teeth) but it is an important element in an effective immune system. In this way it could help us avoid the common cold. Recent research has also shown other benefits from the consumption of this useful vitamin such as reducing the risk of multiple sclerosis, ensuring good brain function and maintaining a healthy body weight.

Ensuring that healthy body weight is also the focus of another of the promotion packs from Proto-col. Green Magic is also included in the ‘2013 Weight Loss Program’ pack, which includes Thermo-Slim and Carb Blocker too.

Thermo-Slim assists the consumption of a healthy diet by using herbal technology to suppress feelings of hunger and boost the metabolism. This ensures you feel more motivated to take exercise and find your ideal size. Thermo-Slim is free of the potentially addictive Ephedrine.

Ephedrine is also excluded from Proto-col’s Carb Blocker. This product is derived from white kidney beans and blocks the enzymes responsible for the digestion of carbohydrates. This reduces the conversion of starch into glucose and so helps control body weight. Carb Blocker is safe enough to be used permanently and is safe for diabetics.

To find these two and other promotional packs in their new, striking packaging, why not visit LookRavishing.com?

Until now, the great products from Proto-col have only been restricted to selected areas of the globe but during 2013 new international distributors will be launched, this ensuring that many more people discover the ways to have a healthy lifestyle offered by Proto-col.
 
 

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Ways To Lead A Healthy Lifestyle: Have A Relaxing New Year

 
 

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With the advent of a new year, we continue our examination of ways to lead a healthy lifestyle in the months ahead.

Becoming more active and eating correctly are certainly two of the ways to lead a healthy lifestyle but it is also important to learn to relax. Stress can take its toll on our bodies; the HiFit.co.uk website tells us that it can contribute to heart disease, mental health problems and even memory failure. Finding time to relax every day take the pressure off our minds and bodies. Relaxing helps us think more clearly and make decisions calmly.

Different people find different ways to relax but popular solutions include taking a walk, soaking in a warm bath or sitting in your favourite chair listening to calming music. Many watch television to relax but I believe this does not always work. The news coverage on television can add to our stress and increasingly programming includes dramas that are far from relaxing. Comedy is such a good antidote to the pressures of life so find a simple and innocent comedy movie and allow yourself to laugh. The Carry On films, Naked Gun, Benny Hill and Dads Army are particular favourites of mine but there are many others.

Laughing is so important to our lives and is certainly one of the best ways to lead a healthy lifestyle. Laughter relaxes the whole body: it boosts the immune system, protects the heart by improving blood flow, helps your breathing, and floods the body with endorphins, the natural drugs that lead to an overall feeling of well-being. But you don’t have to rely on television (or radio) to provide the comedy. Spend time with family and friends and learn to laugh at life and you will relax and feel so much better.

Relaxation is not just about chilling out therefore. One of the best ways to lead a healthy lifestyle is to take an interest in life. Find a hobby or interest away from work. Take up an activity in which you can really get interested and yet there is no pressure on you to perform and you will relax so much better. Winston Churchill used a series of hobbies to forget the huge pressures he was under during the Second World War. He became a proficient bricklayer and an excellent painter. “One may imagine that a man who blew the trumpet for his living would be glad to play the violin for his amusement.”

In his book, ‘Painting As A Pastime,’ Churchill wrote, “it is not enough merely to switch off the lights which play upon the main and ordinary field of interest; a new field of interest must be illuminated. To be really happy and really safe, one ought to have at least two or three hobbies.”

Painting and drawing is certainly a great way to unwind but then so is gardening. Indeed, the range of hobbies you could have is wide and varied and could include volunteering for a charity or other worthy organization. Whatever you choose, diverting your mind from daily stress is certainly one of the best ways to improve your health in the New Year.

In the same way that relaxation is one of the ways to lead a healthy lifestyle, sleep is essential to health. During the night the body uses the time to grow and repair. Too little sleep initially leads to headaches and impaired judgment but research has also shown a connection to heart disease, diabetes, obesity and depression. It is clear then that a good nights sleep does more than make us feel good. Most of us need around seven to eight hours of shuteye (why not experiment to find your preference). Set aside the time to get the sleep you need and I find it is worth having a set routine leading to bed to help me get the rest I need.
 

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A good evening routine will program your mind and body. Personally I find a warm bath, a good book and a glass of milk before settling down helps. Listen to the same piece of soothing music as you snuggle down every night: do this enough times and you will no longer hear the last half of the music since you will already be asleep. Eating too late in the day and watching too much television too late will affect the effectiveness of your sleep and I find I cannot sleep soon after driving a car (my mind is still alert).

The other ways to lead a healthy lifestyle already mentioned (diet and exercise) will also help you sleep well. Limit your intake of caffeine and you will feel better and sleep better too: indeed, if you get enough rest you will not feel the need for caffeine. Equally, getting enough exercise during the day will help you sleep. The best night’s rest will come after a day when you have given your all and fall into bed exhausted and fulfilled.

It hardly needs to be said that, if you want to find ways to lead a healthy lifestyle, you will give yourself a head start if you can avoid smoking, drugs and excess alcohol. Introducing any substance that needs not be in your body is likely to upset its balance and affect the optimum running of it’s natural functions. For this reason, any of the ways you employ to be more healthy need to work with the body.

The ways to lead a healthy lifestyle need to work together – a holistic approach – to get the best effects. Do this and you will find you will experience less illness, be more effective, perform to your best and feel a great deal better. Take the opportunity to set your New Year resolutions accordingly, act upon them and … Be Ravishing.
 
 

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