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How To Make Skin Glow Naturally

 
 
Somehow we can instinctively tell when someone takes care of their looks. Their skin has a glow to it that improves their attractiveness more than mere clothes and makeup can do. For this reason, it is useful to understand how to make skin glow naturally.

A good diet is always the first place to start. Ensure the food you eat includes healthy (preferably organic) fruit and vegetables with a wide range of nutrients but especially vitamin C, omega 3 fatty acids and fibre. Ensuring you have a balanced diet will often ensure you get the nutrients you need but, in any case, it is always well worth taking a good quality multi-vitamin supplement to top up the levels of goodness you require. Avoid eating too much sugar, salt, caffeine and drinking alcohol as these will dry out the skin and reduce its shine.

Exfoliate at least once a week. A good exfoliating product will ensure the dead skin cells will be removed, allowing the healthy cells to shine.

Use a moisturiser at the beginning of every day and in the evening. This will form a great base for cosmetics during the day and help the skin cells repair themselves at night. To help plump up the skin, also drink plenty of water during the day: this will also help the body clear any impurities too. Consider a course of high quality collagen tablets too: as we get older we lose collagen and so elasticity in our skin.

You can also make lifestyle choices to help your skin. Smoking should be avoided as this damages the skin cells, as does exposure to the sun. Nicotine and ultra violet rays lead to wrinkling and premature ageing. Make sure you get regular exercise, as this will stimulate the heart and lungs, leading to a better distribution of oxygen to the skin.

So it is really only a matter of decisions as to how to make skin glow naturally. If you are serious about looking good, then it is worth developing some good habits.
 

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Include Barley Grass as One of the Ways to Have a Healthy Lifestyle

 
 
More and more people are turning to vitamin supplements as one of the ways to have a healthy lifestyle. More than half of Americans take a daily supplement and around 40% use a multivitamin supplement. In the UK alone the market for such supplements in 2009 was £670 million.

With doubts about the levels of nutrition in our diets, it is hardly surprising that we are looking for alternative ways to have a healthy lifestyle. It is interesting to understand what goes into supplements and how they manage to supply the goodness we require.
 

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This drive to find ways to have a healthy lifestyle means that certain foods have shot into the limelight and have been labeled ‘super foods.’ One of these new stars is barley grass.

Barley grass powder is found in many of the high quality supplements we take. It come from the dried leaves of the barley plant and as such can be considered a vegetable. The benefits of this food are astonishing and some have claimed barley grass on it’s own provides most of the nutrients the body needs.

Calcium is hugely important to the human body to build and maintain important hard structures such as teeth and bones and studies have shown barley grass contains up to four times the level of calcium found in milk.

Iron too is very important to our health. It underpins many of the essential processes that take place within our bodies; iron is vital in the production of red blood cells and in the distribution of oxygen molecules around from the lungs to the processes that demand it. The immune system also depends on iron for it’s correct functioning, as does the conversion of blood sugar to energy. Generally iron is a vital component in the construction and maintenance of cells within the body and is especially important in times of high stress, such as pregnancy (when the mother supplies iron to the unborn child) and exercise.

Barley grass has been shown to contain up to 22 times the level of iron than spinach. It also includes all the essential amino acids, 13 different vitamins and 12 minerals.

Interestingly barley grass also contains levels of chlorophyll. This substance is of course essential to plants and other life forms but has also been found to combat harmful bacteria within the human body. It has been proved to repair and rejuvenate damaged tissues.

Clearly barley grass is a useful substance if you are looking for ways to have a healthy lifestyle. When you next select a nutrition supplement, you could do a lot worse than look for one containing barley grass.

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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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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.
 

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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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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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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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Is The Food You Eat Really Helping Your Nutrition and Your Health?

 
 

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An increasing number of people want to find ways to lead a healthy lifestyle and, as part of that, eat more healthily. Various campaigns quite rightly promote the idea of eating more fruit and vegetables to give our bodies the nutrition they need.

But is the food we eat really as nutritious as it should be?

It is an unfortunate consequence of modern life that much of the widely available food you probably consume has a reduced benefit on your nutrition and your health. Of course, as related in a recent article, fast food is of very little help at all but it is also true that much of the fresh food may not be as helpful as we would like.

There is a continuing debate regarding just how good is the food we eat with some authors believing the drive for more cost-effect mass production of food leads to a reduction of goodness and others (influenced by large food companies, cynics might say) claiming there is little change at all.

Jo Robinson, writing in the New York Times, believes we need to modify the varieties of foods we eat. The lines offered to us at the supermarket are selected on their profit potential and taste, leaving the most nutritious foods off the shelves. Varieties that provided good sustenance for previous generations need to be rediscovered.

A recent article from the Guardian and included on their website takes the debate further. Even meat has reduced benefits and over production may be reducing the nutrients found in fruit and vegetables. At the same time chemicals, such as pesticides, used in production are appearing in the food we eat. What could the effects of these be?

Now we also face eating Genetically Modified foods. We are told these are safe for us to eat but can we really be sure?

Writing on the Huffington Post website, Nicolette Hahn Niman also considers the ethics and problems of eating meat from factory farms. Do we really want to eat food produced in conditions of which we do not approve?

Nicolette makes some recommendations which apply to any of us wanting to ensure we find ways to lead a healthy lifestyle – and support ethical farming.

One of the best ways is to explore local shops and farmers markets where you can ask where the food is sourced and what goes into it.

This is something I have worked on in recent years – with some success. It does cost a little more but I have adapted by buying less and wasting less. It makes food shopping more interesting and enjoyable; producers and shopkeepers recognise me and sometimes offer samples to try. This approach to shopping also has the effect of stimulating the local economy (and reducing the dominance of huge supermarket chains).

Now is a great time to take more care over the quality of food you eat, your nutrition and your health.
 
 

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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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How Fast Food Affects Nutrition and Your Health

 
 

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Obesity and diabetes are becoming all-too common problems, with the World Health Organization estimating there are 347 million people worldwide with diabetes and 200 million considered obese.

Eating the wrong foods can have an effect on nutrition and your health and leads to excess body weight and conditions such as diabetes. One of the ways to lead a healthy lifestyle is to watch what you eat and avoid fast foods as much as possible.

One of the reasons conditions such as obesity and diabetes has become such a problem is the easy access to fast food. To many, the fare offered by many food chains tastes good, is cheap and readily available. Sadly it also lacks the nutrients our bodies require and contains too much sugar, salt, fat and chemicals.

Salt (sodium chloride) contains 40% sodium. Excessive sodium increases blood pressure, leading to cardiovascular diseases, stroke and hypertension. There is some evidence too that indicates sodium can reduce the calcium content of bones, so weakening them, and can damage the kidney.

But it is not just salt that damages nutrition and your health. The Daily Mail recently reported on a study that found the combination of additives found in foods such as fried chicken and chips (French fries) could also affect the liver to the degree found in hepatitis sufferers.

The lack of nutrients in fast food means the good effects from eating a meal are short-lived. The sugar found in many foods may give the consumer a short burst of energy but this results in a greater energy crash when the effects wear off. Soon after eating a fast food meal, people find they experience fatigue and mood swings leading to a need for another sugary intake.

Eating the right wholesome foods with the right vitamins and minerals would mean the body finds an optimum operational level and so energy levels continue at a more constant rate. Performance improves with the correct diet.

Of course many fast foods also contain large quantities of saturated fats, an excess of which will lead to overweight and obesity. This will result in an increased danger of heart disease and diabetes as well as operational problems resulting from carrying extra weight, such as arthritis and joint damage.

Other studies have found that fats food affects nutrition and your health in other ways too. A further Daily Mail article reported on studies that discovered skin problems in children who regularly consumed fast foods. Teenagers eating regular fast food meals had an increased risk of severe eczema or rhinitis. The same article also points to results showing an increase of asthma cases related to fast food consumption.

Another worrying effect of fast foods has been highlighted by a study undertaken by the University of Liverpool. It seems the regular consumption of fast foods can also damage the function of the brain; an excess of triglycerides fats and inflammatory molecules as a result of eating fatty foods prevents hormones from protecting and encouraging the growth of neurons in the brain.

Fortunately the same study found the consumption of Omega-3- rich foods (such as oily fish) or supplements could reduce the damage.

Clearly one of the key ways to have a healthy lifestyle is to reduce the amount of fast foods we eat and replace them with locally produced, fresh food: especially fruit and vegetables. If more nutrition is needed then a good supplement containing natural ingredients should be considered.
 
 

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Nutrition And Your Health: Keeping a Healthy Lifestyle

 
 

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Finding ways to have a healthy lifestyle is not for a few trendy people: it is a way of life to which we should all aspire.

There are still too many people who would ask ‘How is nutrition related to health?’ In other words, they have no idea that our health is related to our habits.

Only this week I worked with a mature lady who finds herself stressed most of the time and, to combat this, she drinks sugary energy drinks and eats junk food. I am too much of a gentleman to point it out but it is very clear to me that her teeth are in a bad way and she is rapidly putting on weight.

In the same way, I also work with quite a few individuals who drink too much and smoke constantly. There is no point in my telling you that their eating habits are as healthy.

Do we really have so little respect for our bodies and our health that we risk ill health later on?

Living a healthy life is not a one-off fad: it is a series of habits we have to follow day in, day out to get the benefits of a better body, looking good and feeling well.

Shely Tanily is a student trying to be healthy. Read her argument for healthy habits on the Healthy Entrepreneur blog.
 
 

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