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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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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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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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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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Combatting Dry Skin To Look Beautiful Naturally

 
 

Beautiful Lady In A Fur Coat With A Bridge In The Background

 
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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Healthy Makeup For Skin: Looking Like A Model

 
 

Beautiful Red Headed Model In Purple Bra And White Blouse

 
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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Tips For Fake Tanning: Keep Your Tan Longer

 
 

Beautiful Young Woman In Grey Top Looking At Camera

 
Winter is almost gone and spring is on its way (we hope). Now is the time we start to expose a bit more skin and we want that skin to look at its best. One way of doing so is to use sunless tan lotions to give us that healthy glow.

Many of us know long exposure to the sun is not good for our skin and so sunless tan lotions are the way forward.

We do want to look our best, so there are some tips for fake tanning that will help keep that healthy glow for longer.

A useful article on the BeautySouthAfrica.com website has some tips to help.

As with most beauty enhancements, preparation is key. Make sure you exfoliate to remove those dead skin cells and moisturise properly. This will prepare the skin to accept the tanning lotion when you apply it.

A tan will last that much longer if you look after your skin. It is worth moisturising as much, if not more, than before and you will have healthy skin as well as looking great. Using a body oil before you get into the shower will also preserve the tan for longer.

You can always enhance the tan on your face by subtle use of blushers and bronzers – but be careful, as always, of overdoing it and having a face considerably darker than your shoulders.

Obviously there will come a time when you will have to reapply your sunless tan lotions so, when you do, be careful to create a gentle tone or you will risk changing from light to dark overnight. Some people might like this but in most cases, as with other cosmetic applications, it is always best to make things look as natural as possible.

Let’s look forward to a beautiful and healthy summer!
 
 

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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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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.
 

Young Woman Fast Asleep In White Linen

 
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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