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Metabolism: How is Nutrition Related to Health?

 
 
In the western world we are facing a major problem of overweight and subsequent ill health. Heart disease and diabetes are affecting a substantial proportion of the population and much of it can be traced to simply bad lifestyle choices. For many people the key question is this: how is nutrition related to health?

Obviously the answer can be fairly complex but can be boiled down to the fact that our body requires certain substances to operate correctly. Add toxic chemicals or neglect the essential nutrients and your health will start to suffer.

There are several terms that we come across when trying to answer the question how is nutrition related to health: one of these is metabolism. We talk about fast or slow or effective metabolisms but what do we mean?
 

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A metabolism exists in all complex life forms and describes the chemical process that converts what we feed our bodies into the nutrients required for effective processes and therefore continued health.

A functioning metabolism is therefore essential to keeping our organs functioning as they should and so keep us alive. Everything relies on a healthy metabolism, including heart health, breathing, digesting food, muscle operation and maintenance and repairing cells.

Your metabolism uses a significant amount of energy to operate – generally between 40 and 70% of the body’s overall energy use – so it make sense to ensure energy levels are maintained too.

We all have varying metabolic rates but men tend to have a faster rate as they tend to carry more muscle and bone but less fat: for this reason men tend to need to eat more calories than women. Hereditary can also influence the rate of your metabolism.

Many people blame weight gain on a slow metabolism but interestingly the metabolism rate increases according to your size: the processes need to feed nutrients over a larger area.

Usually no more than eating too much and/or not taking enough exercise cause an increase in weight.

Regular exercise will burn calories and, as a result, will increase your metabolic rate and make your bodily functions more efficient.

Most of the nutrients converted by the metabolic process are received in the stomach and then digested to break the food into the useable chemicals. Some substances can be absorbed through the skin and vitamin D can be produced through a reaction between chemicals already in the body and sunlight. Once the chemicals are released, most are transported around the body in the blood stream.

Clearly a study of the metabolism can get very technical but it should be plain that we need to consume the right foods to ensure the process works at its best. Hopefully this goes some way to explain how is nutrition related to health.
 

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Why Models Are Turning to a Healthy Makeup for Skin

 
 
As we grow older decisions we made in earlier years start to produce results. Many women used artificial makeup in their formative years and are finding that a more healthy makeup for skin is the better option. Unfortunately all that time using cheaper low quality cosmetics can cause a reduction in nutrition in the skin, clogging of the pores and lessened supplies of oxygen.

This could well be one of the reasons skin wrinkles increase considerably, alongside other causes such as alcohol, excess sun and a reduction in collagen. Now is the time to turn to healthy makeup for skin and use mineral powder cosmetics.

Increasingly professional models and celebrities are using a healthy makeup for skin to help them look good when in the glare of publicity.
 

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Good mineral makeup will provide nutrients to the skin and will allow the skin to breath. The use of natural ingredients in a good, healthy natural makeup will reduce the instances of reaction: artificial products can introduce chemicals to which a sensitive skin will react.

Several brands of mineral makeup deliberately introduce extra goodness to the skin to ensure that natural glow is maintained. Some ensure antioxidants are included to counter free radicals that damage the cells in the skin.

The fact that such healthy makeup for skin is made from mineral powder means there is also less moisture involved. This may seem a bad idea but wet cosmetics can develop bacteria and require artificial preservatives to last long enough.

Using the correct brushes, mineral makeup can also last longer as less is needed to achieve the required effect and, as the best look is often natural, it is easier to look as if you use no makeup and yet achieve a healthy glow to your skin and emphasize your best features.

As usual, the increase of models and celebrities using a healthy makeup for skin has lead to others following their example and a steady increase in the market for natural mineral powder makeup.

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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.
 

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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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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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How To Make Skin Glow Naturally as You Exercise

 
 

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One of the most important ways to lead a healthy lifestyle is to get regular exercise. Many of us would like to look beautiful naturally and know getting fit is an important part of that but dislike the effort it takes and also do not want to appear in public looking red and sweaty.

With regard to the effort involved it is key to get into a habit of exercise. Decide what you want to do to get fit (something that you might enjoy): this might involve running, going to the gym, walking, swimming, cycling, a team sport or even gardening.

I always say that exercise could be taken to achieve something else apart from getting fit. This might involve walking or cycling to work or widening your social circle by joining a team or club. By taking your mind off the need to exercise and having another reason, you will find it easier to get fit.

Bear in mind however that a determination to lose weight can be enough to get started but having another reason will help you on those inevitable occasions when it gets tough (and it will!).

Generally once you have exercised regularly for 30 days you will find it becomes a habit and thus harder to stop.

During the London Marathon this year, the singer Katherine Jenkins ran in full makeup. This did surprise a few people as most opinions suggest you minimise the cosmetics worn when you exercise. Why? The idea is to keep the pores clear to allow sweat (okay, perspiration or ‘glow’) to exit naturally and not trap the dirt and bacteria.

Of course, mineral powder makeup does not block the pores anyway so it would seem, if you are going to wear cosmetics as you exercise, this is the more healthy option. Nonetheless it is much better to minimise the quantity but isn’t the natural look always the better choice for most women?

Most women prefer to be seen wearing some sort of makeup when exercising so use a light layer of moisturiser and a discrete lip colour. If you are exercising outside it makes sense to wear a sunscreen too; some mineral powder makeup does contain sun protection. Eyeliner and mascara are also probably the safer cosmetics to wear as they cover the least area of skin but remember to select a waterproof version or you are likely to end the day looking like you have been crying.

Just as you warm up and cool down before and after a workout, it is key to wash before putting on makeup prior to exercising and equally important to carefully clean off the cosmetics after and wash again: in this way you will avoid any danger of spots and rashes.

Olympic heroine Jessica Ennis always looks good when competing. She points out it makes her feel confident and, let’s face it, it you are exercising in front of millions then you want to look good. Jessica’s look very much emphasises her best features with the minimum of makeup.

Take care to look your best as you exercise and you will find getting fit to look beautiful naturally will be less of a chore.
 
 

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Using Nutrition and Your Health To Deal With Ageing

 
 

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Most of us accept that we become less capable as we grow older: however this need not necessarily need to be the case. There are ways to have a healthy lifestyle that could slow down the rate at which we age.

Obviously age is a number but it depends on how we treat our bodies as to whether or not that number converts into reduced physical abilities.

I suppose it seems obvious when we see the advertising telling us of the dangers of smoking and excess drinking that such bad habits can shorten our lives. Not many of us realise however that regular exercise, good nutrition and the right amount of rest can lengthen our lives or, at least, our active lives.

The great explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes will be 70 years old next year. His daily routine involves running for two hours near his farm on Exmoor. He has completed a number of marathons, including some in extreme conditions, and a few of years ago a medical check-up found he has the fitness of most 25-year-olds.

Obviously we do not need to go to the lengths of someone like Ranulph Fiennes to stave off the effects of ageing but there seems little doubt that a healthy lifestyle can help.

Find out more about using ways to lead a healthy lifestyle to help cope with ageing on the New-Star.com website from Shawnee, Oklahoma.
 
 

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Health and Nutrition Articles: Looking After Your Feet

 
 

A Selection of Feet on a Wooden Floor

 
I take particular care of my car tyres as I realise they are what holds my car to the road and get as much wear as any other part of my car: perhaps in the same way I should take more care of my feet.

Your feet take a good bashing whatever you do in life (except sleep!). For this reason we should really look after our feet as one of the ways to lead a healthy lifestyle. As too many people have discovered, if we do not look after our feet, we can find moving around quite difficult.

In many ways we need to ensure our feet are as healthy as possible.

The first thing to remember is that our feet need as much nutrition as any other part of the body, so if we feed ourselves the right nutrients then all our immune systems, skin and bones will benefit and work to their best.

Bear in mind too that the condition of our feet can also affect the operation of the rest of the body. Walking awkwardly through problems with the feet can make us compensate in other ways, leading to problems in the back, knees and hips.

If we really are dedicated to the ways to lead a healthy lifestyle then it would be worth looking after our feet by wearing the right kinds of shoe. A new trend is wearing no shoes at all to let the feet breath but, as this is not always practical, we need to consider whether some ‘fashionable’ footwear is really worth wearing. High heels and restrictive footwear can lead to painful bunions, corns and cracked heels.

Sensible shoes are really the best option for regular use. Intriguingly, experts say the best time to go shoe shopping is in the evening when your feet are slightly swollen: shoes bought then will be less tight during the rest of the day.

There are a few tips to take care of your feet, particularly if you get regular exercise that might put even more stress on them. Runners, hikers or even those who are on their feet all day for work should take care to ensure their feet get the attention they deserve.

It is always worth keeping your feet clean and dry. Keep the area between your toes dry (dry them after a bath or shower); fungal growths such as athlete’s foot thrive in damp conditions. As with all skin, it is worth moisturising your feet every day.

Massage will ensure the mass of bones and muscles in the feet will operate at their best. This will also help to relieve sore feet so it is worth doing this before you go to bed. You might also consider giving the soles a scrub with a pumice stone to remove any dead skin.

The Proto-col Instant Pedicure product, found on LookRavishing.com, will give your tired feet the treatment they deserve, with its blend of essential oils, dead sea salts and refreshing fragrance.

Cut your toenails regularly to avoid any damage but avoid cutting the corners as this can lead to painful ingrowing nails. By all means finish off with a layer of nail polish.

If you are sat down watching television or in a bus or train, it is always worth exercising your feet by wiggling your toes and rotating your ankles. This too will refresh your feet and remove any stress resulting from repetitive actions during the day.

Should you suffer from diabetes or any other condition that affects the circulation, it is so important to consult your medical advisor on ways to watch and improve the condition of all your extremities.

Even though they are generally overlooked, the feet are so important to our day-to-day activities. If you are serious about ways to lead a healthy lifestyle, you should include time to look after them.
 
 

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Using Mineral Powder Makeup on the Eyes

 
 

Professional Makeup Artist Working On The Eyes

 
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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