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Ways To Lead A Healthy Lifestyle: Taking Care Over What We Eat

 
 
Young Lady Looking At Her Healthy Restaurant Lunch
 

Once again we greet a new year and once again we reflect on how we could have done things better over the last twelve months. I suspect many of us will be looking for ways to lead a healthy lifestyle in the future and will be setting our New Year resolutions accordingly.

The other day I had a conversation with the proprietor of a local gymnasium and he was telling me how he loves this time of year. It seems there is a huge surge in membership applications from people joining his club trying to find ways to lead a healthy lifestyle in the year ahead. What such businessmen love is a large proportion of the people who sign up use the facilities once or twice and then stop going. Many of them forget to cancel their membership as they fool themselves they will start going again when the situation is right.

At the same time, a great deal of us looking for ways to lead a healthy lifestyle will be signing up to various diet fads and may even be losing weight as a result. Statistics have shown that around 50% of women and 25% of men are following a restrictive diet and the weight loss industry in the USA alone is worth around $40 billion a year. Sadly there are problems with this way of life. Firstly many people who come off a diet frequently gain the weight they previously lost and many diets leave the dieter short on essential nutrients.

So what is one of the best ways to lead a healthy lifestyle? Actually the answer is, and always has been, to change to living a balanced life with a combination of the right diet, exercise and, well, just living sensibly.

What does this mean to our daily diet?

Many dieters, in trying to find ways to lead a healthy lifestyle, work against the needs of their bodies. To be most effective we need to work with our bodies. Firstly we need to eat a balanced diet including a wide range of fresh fruit and vegetables. The human body works best when it is receiving all the vitamins and minerals it needs to support all its functions. We need to eat three meals a day and include a balanced selection of foods that provide the goodness our body needs.

This of course requires discipline and the first of the ways to lead a healthy lifestyle is to ensure we make breakfast the most important meal of the day, If you think about it, what we eat early in the day has time to provide the energy for the day and any excess is burnt off before we go to bed. For this reason, lunch should be reasonably substantial too but the last meal of the day (dinner or supper) should be light. My own experience has shown that eating too much too late in the day can actually prevent my getting a good nights sleep. The old adage ‘Breakfast like a king, lunch like a Prince, dine like a pauper’ has always been true.

It is important to ensure we have the nutrients the body needs to work effectively. In particular the immune system deserves to be kept at it’s best to fight off any diseases that might attack. Recent research suggests that the immune system may even destroy up to 90% of cancers before we are even aware of them. There is a school of thought that believes most diseases and medical conditions become a problem through bad nutrition.

Dieters can also sadly and ironically affect their health in their quest to lead what they see as ways to lead a healthy lifestyle. Eating disorders are becoming all too common among both men and women. The BBC report that hospital admissions for eating disorders rose by 16% last year as we pursue the ‘perfect’ body. Yet, in my opinion, the perfect body for each person is best achieved through the suggestions I am making today.

It is worth researching the food you eat and discovering how it can contribute to the ways to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Understanding what we eat is part of the battle. Using organic, unadulterated fresh foods has to be good for us, particularly as the ill effects of pesticides, additives and other chemicals has yet to be fully understood, and I am concerned about putting alien substances through our bodies. For this reason I buy most of what I eat from local farm shops and farmers markets. By far the best way to ensure the quality of the food you eat is to grow your own: you also gain a certain satisfaction too.

If you do have concerns about the level of nutrients you consume, it might not be a bad idea to also include some food supplements based on natural products. Such a range can be found on the LookRavishing.com website.

Next time I will look at other ways to lead a healthy lifestyle.
 
 

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Healthy Skin Tips: Taking Care Of Your Skin Over 40



If there is one thing we cannot avoid it is growing old and yet we can still look good no matter what age we are. Perhaps the best of the healthy skin tips as you age is to find ways to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Making the most of your health not only improves the look of your skin but also gives you a vitality that shines through and helps you look and act younger.

This means being careful with your diet, adding nutrition supplements as appropriate, and getting moderate exercise. Getting enough sleep, having fun and laughing a lot will help too. Of course there are healthy skin tips that can be used to ensure the skin is maintained to its best advantage too.

One of the best ideas is to use a mineral powder makeup that works with your skin to let it breath and perhaps even provides healthy nutrients the skin needs. After all, the skin is a vital organ in the body and, like all the vital organs, needs care to operate at its best, and, in any case, our skin is the first thing people see!

Another advantage of using mineral makeup powder is that you can experiment with your look as you get older. Bright colours might look great when you are younger but the natural look is probably more flattering later on.

Our skin gets drier as we age so a good moisturiser is essential. There are plenty on the market so be certain you have one that works with your skin and reduces those wrinkles. Ideally you should use both daytime and a nighttime moisturiser.

As you will have seen elsewhere on this site, we lose more collagen the older we get. One way to combat this is to try a course of collagen capsules. The benefits of collagen include reducing the number of wrinkles and giving the skin back some of the elasticity it will have lost.

A way to preserve what collagen you have is to protect your skin when out by using a sunscreen and covering up wherever possible. Too many UV rays will result in premature ageing.

Before committing to a new skincare product, it is worth trying one pot to ensure it really does work with your skin. Equally, if you want to start a new course of supplements it might be worth consulting your doctor.
 
 

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Sunless Tan Lotions: Tanning Without The Sun


All the reports about the instances of skin cancer and the free availability of other healthy skin tips have made many fashion-conscious people concerned about too much exposure to the sun. Quite right too.

But does this mean we all have to stay out of the sun and keep a pale complexion? Not necessarily. The availability of sunless tan lotions means that a healthy glow can still be achieved although, despite all the tips for fake tanning available, the reputation of sunless tan lotions streaking and leaving patches mans that many are unsure about their use too.

All is well, however, as science is coming to the rescue of those disillusioned by sunless tan lotions and sunbathing. Products are getting closer that promote the warm glow so many want, but do it from the inside.

Research undertaken at the Massachusetts General Hospital have identified the enzyme that regulates the production of the melanin in the skin and so the control of the skin’s colour. By looking at this enzyme (PDE-4D3) scientists have studied it’s relationship with the cAMP molecule that triggers melanin production in the presence of ultra-violet rays. As yet this is only research and has not yet resulted in a tan enhancing product. It seems only a matter of time before this changes.

See more about this research at the Beverley Hills Skin website.

 

 

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Mineral Powder Makeup: India Proves A Buoyant Market


Many women understand that one of the best healthy skin tips is to change from mass-market artificial cosmetics to mineral powder makeup using natural ingredients that help nourish the skin. Healthy skin looks that much more vital.

A second advantage of mineral powder makeup is that the various colours available can be mixed to achieve the right shade matching the wearer’s skin.

For these reason we should not be surprised that the market for such healthy makeup is expanding around the world; a new report from research agency RNCOS indicates that sales of mineral cosmetics are growing rapidly in India.

Price seems to have been an issue in previous years and leading manufacturers are responding by pricing their products more competitively. This means that sales are set to increase even more markedly in years to come.

Such a trend can only be reflected in other supposed ‘developing’ markets and manufacturers would be wise to adopt marketing policies to take advantage of the trend.

See more about the report on the RNCOS website.
 
 

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Health And Nutrition Articles: Male Skincare Big In Asia

 
 

Young Bearded Man In White Shirt Looking Into The Camera

 
Just as women all around the world are looking a ways to lead a healthy lifestyle – including using better, more healthy mineral powder makeup – men are now starting to catch up.

Of course we men have been interested in being more healthy in terms of nutrition, particularly if we want to excel at sports, but now there is a trend towards men taking care of their skin.

The consumer research group Euromonitor International has published a report on men’s grooming and it seems Asian men are leading the world in purchasing skincare products.

Ladies have always looked after their skin but now men are slowly starting to follow them. The trend is slower in Europe where the financial constraints are restricting sales (skincare is still seen as a luxury) but in other areas the market is buoyant.

Asian men are much keener on skincare than Brazil, for example, where the emphasis in on deodorants. South America is another area where men’s grooming products are on the increase.

Read more about the report on the Euromonitor International website.
 

 

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Sunless Tan Lotion: Hillary Says Protect Your Skin


Here at BeRavishing.com we are advocates of sunless tan lotions but also are keen to point out the serious drawbacks to sunbathing without protection or indeed using sunbeds.

Sadly even the promotion of sunless tan lotions has not really got through to many people as most celebrities and the media still emphasise sunbathing as a way to get a tan. Okay, you can get a tan this way but please use some sort of protection.

What are the risks? Well, the definitive body regarding cancer in Britain is Cancer Research UK and they reveal that in 2010 12,818 British people were diagnosed with malignant melanoma skin cancer. In the same year there were 2,746 deaths from the condition. On a more positive note, around 100,000 people were discovered to have a non-malignant skin cancer but there are too many dying.

In the USA, the picture is even more dramatic. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the country and affects more than 2 million people each year (Skincancer.org) with one person dying of the condition every hour.

Now the celebrity world has found a champion for taking care of our skin and protecting it from the sun. Hillary Fogelson is married to Universal Pictures chairman Adam Fogelson and has survived three skin cancer scares. She has just written a book on her experiences and runs the Pale Speaks Foundation and Melanoma Research Foundation.

Fogelson also talks about her campaign to raise awareness of the issue on her Pale Girl Speaks website. She says, “I want people to understand the danger of UV exposure – indoors and out.”

Okay, so Hillary Fogelson does not necessarily advocate sunless tan lotions as we do, but there is no doubt that ensuring the best protection when your skin is exposed to ultra-violet rays has to be a priority.
 
 

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Health And Beauty Tip Number 11: Nutrition Is Easier For The Whole Family

 
 

Mother And Child Trying An Apple With Flowers In Foreground Healthy Skin Tips

 
If you are a parent and are looking for ways to have a healthy lifestyle, you may find it difficult if the rest of the family are still stuck in unhealthy habits.

No matter who believes it, one of the best healthy skin tips and ways to generally avoid many illnesses and the subsequent drugs frequently prescribed, is to find one of the ways to lead a healthy lifestyle. One of the biggest influences is diet and nutrition.

Most caring parents tend to run their lives according to the needs of their family and often neglect their own health. The tip today is to involve the whole family in your drive to be healthier.

If you can, why not grow some fruit and/or vegetables in your garden or window box? You could even take your children to a farm or somewhere else to see their food growing. Take time out to buy food from a local market, cook food from fresh and give your children responsibility for a part of the work. Explain to them how nutrition works and how it affects the working of their bodies.

It is quite likely that you may need to take a good quality nutrition supplement to ensure you have the goodness you need – explore the ingredients with your family and involve them in the decision regarding which supplements to take.

Most children love to learn through fun methods and will embrace nutrition in this way. Fortunately many schools are also teaching more about cooking and nutrition so you may find yourself working alongside their school activities.

This article on the AARP blog explains how some volunteers are teaching children in America about the food they eat.
 
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Why Use Sunless Tan Lotions?



The reasons for using sunless tan lotions seem to be getting more numerous as times goes on.

It seems the heavy tanned look is less popular than it was; we are all starting to understand the harm Ultra Violet rays do to our skin and the drive to look younger longer means many stay out of the sun. Too much exposure means the collagen in the skin is damaged and the skin loses its elasticity, sags and wrinkles.

While those who are that colour naturally look wonderful, people who get a chocolate colour from over exposure to the sun tend to look unhealthy.

The case for sunless tan lotions is also strengthened by recent publicity that reminds us of the dangers of skin cancer. I think we are all aware that the dangerous melanoma growths result from sun damage and sunbeds seem to be just as bad.

Nonetheless, beautiful people tend to have lightly tanned skin although there are many with the English Rose pale look who look wonderful too. Sunless tan lotions give you the choice – you can either use the lotions to get the shade you want without any risk or you can simply stay your natural colour. The decision is yours and we will love you whatever you choose.

Sunless tan lotions have developed over the years and no longer do you have to risk looking orange or streaky. Take a look at the healthy range of sunless tan lotions available and I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

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Health And Nutrition Articles: Will The Olympics Make Us All Fit?



The London 2012 Olympics have ended and the Paralympic Games are just about to start. The unprecedented interest in this year’s events have raised hope in some quarters that there will be a move from many people to find ways to lead a healthy lifestyle.

It is needed too. With overweight and obesity reaching epidemic proportions in America and the United KIngdom, with related problems such as diabetes and heart disease, and some 83% of the UK population estimated to be getting less than the recommended level of exercise, a great many people are in need of encouragement.

And yet the messages from the Olympics are not always promoting ways to have a healthy lifestylein the ways one would expect. One of the problems is the sponsors of the Games; McDonalds are one of the events sponsors and boast they have built their largest restaurant ever in the Olympic Park in London. Another sponsor is the Coca-Cola Corporation, hardly one of the greatest providers of health foods, and Cadburys are the ‘Official Treat Provider’ too.

However, there is a move to encourage more activity as a result of the Olympic Games. Several sports are reporting an increase in interest from the general public; Judo Silver medallist, Gemma Gibbons, has reported a surge in interest in the sport following her win and the British Volleyball website has seen an 850% increase in hits. But most of the successful athletes have already started to encourage others to follow them into sport and their victory parades in various local towns since the Games can only help further.

And we have not even started the Paralympic Games yet…

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Collagen Benefits: Our Modern Loss Of Collagen



Collagen benefits the human body in many ways, not least in the strengthening of connective tissues, such as cartilage and ligaments. Athletes have noticed the benefits of collagen after they have damaged connective tissues and have been put on a course of collagen capsules to rebuild the damage.

As we get older we lose collagen in our bodies and so our skin and joints start to suffer. Osteoarthritis is becoming a serious problem in many ageing people in the world. It has been estimated that one in three people in the USA suffer from this condition, brought about by the deterioration of the tissues around the joint. In particular the cartilage that covers and cushions the bones in a joint wears away and bone grates upon bone. Obviously this causes the bones to erode.

Equally, obesity and being overweight is a very modern problem. A recent US study, named National Health and Nutrition Survey III, found that between 1999-2000 65% of Americans were overweight and 31% obese. Six out of every ten children are either overweight or obese. We can expect a similar reading in several other countries.

Extra body weight places extra stress on the joints and, if the levels of collagen are already reducing (perhaps through ageing, heredity, stress or other medical conditions), the deterioration of movement and increase in pain will be pronounced. Sadly a lack of vitamins in our food can only help to damage the body’s ability to repair any damage and, as much obesity also comes from consumption of low-nutrition fast foods, this can only make things even worse.

Not surprisingly, an increasing number of men and women are looking for ways to have a healthy lifestyle and around half of woman over the age of 50 are taking vitamin supplements regularly. Around 40% of men are doing the same.

Some supplements have been shown to have a beneficial effect of joint disease, including omega-3 fatty acids, glucosamine, ginger, gamma-linolenic acid and chondrotin sulfate. Dr. Kristine Clark of Pennsylvania State University has noted the benefits of collagen hydrolysate on the symptoms and may indeed increase cartilage regeneration.

Bear in mind that any nutrition supplements will only help improve health when used in other ways to lead a healthy lifestyle, such as moderate exercise, weight reduction and a balanced healthy diet.

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