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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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Reducing Cholesterol as One of the Ways to Lead a Healthy Lifestyle

 
 

Stunning Brunette in a Black Dress

 

More and more people are trying to find ways to lead a healthy lifestyle and yet the biggest killer in the United Kingdom, the United States and many other countries is heart disease. It makes sense for us all to deal with the causes of this killer and find ways to avoid them.

Heart disease can be the effect of several things, including age, your sex (men develop cardiovascular disease more than women), ethnicity, smoking, high blood pressure and excess weight. Heart problems can also be inherited. One of the most significant causes however is a high level of cholesterol in the blood.

Cholesterol is actually useful to the body. It is a fat produced by the liver and is used in the construction of every cell in the human body. It is naturally carried in the blood for use around the body and has a wide range of uses. Cholesterol helps in the production of hormones (including sex hormones), insulates nerve fibres, determines which substances can pass through cell walls, helps produce bile, breaks down certain vitamins for use in the body (such as vitamins A, D, E and K) and changes Ultra Violet rays from the sun into vitamin D. So a lot of uses then.

Reference is often made to ‘bad’ and ‘good’ cholesterol. So-called bad cholesterol is termed LDL (low density lipoprotein) and it carries cholesterol from the liver. It is this version that causes the problems whenever there is an excess. The HDL (high density lipoprotein) on the other hand removes the cholesterol and returns it to the liver to be broken down or passed out of the body as waste. The HDL is the good cholesterol.

As with so many substances however, too much causes problems. High levels of cholesterol cause a variety of problems for the heart. The arteries can become narrow and blocked, the muscles of the heart cannot receive enough oxygen or a blood clot can block one of the key blood vessels.

So how do we ensure the correct level of cholesterol in our bodies?

As ever we should be looking for ways to lead a healthy lifestyle: we need to undertake regular exercise, get enough sleep (8 hours a night for many of us), drink alcohol only in moderation and avoid or stop smoking tobacco. Perhaps the most significant thing we can do however is to have a healthy diet.

Ensuring the right levels of nutrition in our diet is important to the fight against excess cholesterol. It works best in combination with the other methods above but it is still important. We need to eat the obviously healthy foods, such as fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and oats but also ensure we get enough of the right fats. We need to reduce the level of saturated fats we consume and eat more of those rich in Omega-3: this can be found in rapeseed oil, olive oil and oily fish (salmon is a good example).

I think we all owe it to ourselves to ensure we find ways to have a healthy lifestyle and look after our hearts by controlling cholesterol.
 
 
Find out more about cholesterol and how to get to the right level by visiting the British Heart Foundation site.

If you are concerned that you are not finding enough Omega-3 foods, then you might want to take a look at the new Omega Essentials supplement to be found at LookRavishing.com.
 
 

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Nutrition and Your Health: Nutrition During Pregnancy

 
 

Black and White Image of Pregnant Lady in Front of a Window

 

There are few more stages in a woman’s life that disrupt nutrition and your health than pregnancy. On one hand your body is under stress and on the other you are trying to give your inborn baby the best start in life.

During this joyful time it is worth looking after your nutrition and your health. This is a great time to ensure you are as fit and healthy as you can be and, apart from anything else, you give yourself and your child the best opportunity to get the most from the experience.

Obviously the best way to ensure you get the best nutrition is to eat a healthy diet, as it always is, but during pregnancy there are vitamins and minerals that need a boost. You could stuff yourself with the foods that get you the extra nutrition but this is not always possible, perhaps as a result of your lifestyle or the lack of opportunity.

The best way to make sure you get the goodness both you and your baby need is to start a regime of good quality vitamin supplements that use natural ingredients.

So which nutrients will you need?

First of all, it is always worth consulting your doctor before taking any supplements, particularly to ensure it fits in with any treatment you may already be receiving with regard to pregnancy. However, all expecting mothers will need more of the basic building blocks of life including folic acid, vitamins C and D, calcium and iron.

To find out more about nutrition and your health during pregnancy, the National Health Service website has some useful information, as does the US News Health website.

Whatever happens it is worth getting your nutrition and your health right to ensure things go as well as possible and having your baby is as joyous an event as it should be.
 
Visit LookRavishing.com for a range of high quality nutrition supplements that can help you enjoy life at every stage.
 
 

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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.
 

Beautiful Red Headed Lady With Her Hands On Her Hair

 
 

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Choosing a Good Food Supplement for Nutrition and Your Health

 
 

Breakfast And Dietary Supplements On A Worktop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Combatting Dry Skin To Look Beautiful Naturally

 
 

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.
 

Young Man With His Back To The Setting Sun

 
 

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