Everyone has some belly fat (yes even that person with the six pack),
but if you have too much deep belly fat, also known as visceral fat, you may be more likely to get high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, dementia, and certain cancers, including breast cancer and colon cancer.
Here are some of the steps you can take to rid yourself of visceral fat and get a healthier lifestyle.
Moderate amounts of exercise can reduce the inflammation in belly fat, even without a change in diet. Exercise also helps to prevent re-gaining abdominal fat after weight loss. Cutting calories alone, will not substantially lessen your visceral fat.
What to do: Find a fun moderate aerobic activity that you enjoy doing, such as running, walking, swimming, cycling, etc. And if you want to take it up a notch, engage in high-activity sports like tennis, racquetball, basketball and surfing.
The amount of calories adults get from sweetened beverages has almost doubled over the past 37 years, contributing significantly to bigger waistlines. So skip the sodas and other high calorie sweetened beverages, and over time this will reduce your belly fat.
What to do: Substitute sweetened beverages for water, unsweetened tea or pure fruit juice diluted with at least 80% water.
Diet sodas are not a good substitute for regular sodas. Research has found an association between the consumption of diet sodas and a wider waist circumference. Research has found that the widespread use of no-calorie sweeteners found in diet beverages may actually make it harder for people to control their food intake and body weight. One study has found that diet soda drinkers have a higher percentage of belly flab compared to those who don’t drink diet soda. Recently, a new study has also linked diet soft drinks to an increased risk for stroke and dementia.
Word to your “mother”
You properly have a bottle of apple cider vinegar in your pantry right now and are unaware of all the health benefits attributed to vinegar. To get the best results from apple cider vinegar, ideally you want to use raw, organic and unfiltered apple cider vinegar with mother enzymes found in most health and food stores.
While science has yet to prove many of the claims made about apple cider vinegar, it remains a wildly popular product, serving duty in a variety of roles, from cooking, beauty, homemaking to health. The following uses include some supported by science and some backed by folklore.
Apple cider vinegar balances the body’s pH, which balances your natural intestinal bacteria. As a result bloating dissipates and digesting becomes more comfortable. Those who prescribe to folk remedies tell us that if one suffers from diarrhea caused by a bacterial infection, apple cider vinegar may help due to its antibiotic properties. As well, some experts suggest that pectin in apple cider vinegar can help calm intestinal spasms. If you’re suffering: Mix one or two tablespoons into apple juice and drink, or add a tablespoon or two to your morning tea or a glass of water daily.
Nighttime leg cramps is often a sigh that you’re low in potassium and apple cider vinegar is high in it. Mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon honey in a glass of warm water and drink it twice daily to relieve nighttime leg cramps. The ingredients in apple cider vinegar dissolve acid crystals in the bloodstream while giving your muscles the potassium, calcium and other essential nutrients they need.
It starts with the right words.
Hi, I’m Felicity Keith…
I’m going to teach you a naughty erotic secret about men even the nicest, shyest, most innocent woman can use to get any man you want more turned on and desperate for you than he’s ever been for any woman in his entire life. I know this sounds a little unbelievable right now…
Especially if you’re used to the disconnected, boring sex and “romance” that a lot of women have to settle for. But I Promise, woman to woman… Even if you’re shy… Even if you’re conservative… If you’re a “Good Girl” who feels this silent need to be just a little naughty…
You’re about to learn why the mind is the only erogenous zone on a man that matters.
Who the heck am I to make such an amazing promise and why should you believe every word you read on this page?
My name is Felicity Keith, and no, I’m not a stripper or a “Sexpert” or a nymphomaniac or anything like that… If you saw me at the supermarket you would just see a regular forty-ish, slightly-overweight single mom… But that’s not what my boyfriend, Kevin sees at all…
When he looks at me, he sees his lover that he could never live without. Because I learned the secret fantasies of my guy… of all guys. Because I learned the sexual psychology of men… why men want what they want. And I learned to play his secret desires like a violin. And inspire him to give me everything I’ve ever fantasized about, too.
After months of research, I sat down at my laptop and I boiled everything I’d learned and discovered into 33 powerful tricks and techniques. 33 tricks that would wake up the animal in my man and fix his hunger right on me, where it belongs…
I created “The Language of Desire” and “Dirty Words to Make Him Yours,” an owner’s manual for a man’s most important erogenous zone, his mind and imagination. Inside The Language of Desire you’ll find:
The Pavlov’s Erection Technique
If you could knock 10 years off your face…
by getting a facial mask made from bird poop (guano), would you?
This guano facial beloved by Victoria Beckham and Angelina Jolie, was first used as a beauty treatment in 17th-century Japan. Geisha girls would use nightingale facials to repair skin damage caused by their heavy, lead-based make-up. So it comes as no surprised that this facial is also known as the Geisha facial.
Nightingale poop contains large concentrations of nitrogen-rich urea and guanine, an amino acid. Urea is used in cosmetic applications because it helps the skin hold in moisture. Mostly synthetic urea is used in today’s cosmetics.
The experience involves having a mixture of rose water and finely ground nightingale droppings spread across the skin and then massaged for a few minutes before being rinsed off. Users describe it as having the same effect as a light chemical peel, but without the redness and burning. According to the women who have had a nightingale facial, their skin feels clean, soft, moist and not at all irritated.
The droppings in question don’t come from any old nightingale. They are collected from a particular type, native to the Japanese island of Kyushu. The birds are fed on a special diet of seeds and berries (no juicy worms for them), therefore the droppings are organic and vegan.
The poop collected from the birdcages is sanitized, often by using an ultraviolet light. After the poop has been dried out (usually with a dehydrator), it’s ground into a very fine white powder. Sometimes the powder is mixed with another product, such as rice bran, for exfoliation.
So rare are the ingredients used that very few places offer the treatment and, when they do, it comes with a hefty price tag attached.
We all are guilty of some of these actions.
The best thing to do is remember each day to live your life to the fullest, be grateful for, and appreciate the things that makes us happy.
Face them head on. No, it won’t be easy. There is no one in the world capable of blocking every punch thrown at them. We aren’t supposed to be able to instantly solve every problem. We are emotional beings, we’re made to feel sadness, anger, hurt, stumble and sometimes fall. The whole purpose of living is to face life situations … learn, love, teach, adapt, and solve problems over the course of time. Dealing with your problems is what makes you strong.
One of the saddest things is losing yourself in the process of loving someone else. Forgetting that you are special too. Yes, help others; but don’t neglect yourself. If there was ever a moment to follow your dreams and do something that matters to you .…that moment is now.
No one is strong 100 percent of the time. It’s okay to fall apart for a little while. You don’t have to pretend that everything is going well when it’s not. Stop being concerned with what other people are thinking – cry if you need to – let someone hold you if it’s necessary – it’s healthy to shed your tears. The sooner you do, the sooner you will be able to smile again.
One of the greatest challenges in life is being yourself. Face the facts…. Someone will always be prettier, someone will always be smarter, someone will always be younger, but there will never be another you!
Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the joy right out of you. If someone wants you in their life, they’ll make room for you. You shouldn’t have to fight for a spot.
Armpit tattoos, bravery or just plain crazy?
Your armpits are sensitive areas, so getting an intricate tat in that area is not an easy decision to make. Yet photos of these tattoos have been popping up all over Instagram. But are they safe to get?
Pauline J. Jose, MD, a clinical instructor in UCLA’s Department of Family Medicine has shed some light on this subject. It turns out there is one real risk associated with prettied-up pits, and it has to do with your lymph nodes: “Tattoo pigments travel through the lymphatic system,” Dr. Jose explains. “Since lymph nodes are abundant in the armpit area can pigment those lymph nodes, and mimic—or confuse—a cancer diagnosis.”
Armpit tattoos can be especially problematic for people who develop melanoma, says Dr. Jose, because pigmented lymph nodes can look like metastasis. “All those pigmented lymph nodes, and the skin supplied by them, may need to be biopsied when looking suspicious.”
Getting a tat in the armpit area isn’t the only body part to avoid. Moles should never be inked over, because doing so can make it harder to detect any changes that could be a sign of skin cancer. And getting a tattoo near your eyes is also a bad idea, since the ink can pigment the eyes, says Dr. Jose.
Which should I get, Dip Powder, Gel, or Acrylic?
If you are someone who gets their nails done professionally on a regular basis, or maybe just on special occasions, I am sure you have heard of gel and acrylic nail manicures. But there is a relatively new procedure that you may not have heard about called dip powder.
Dip powder, gel, and acrylic are all based on ingredients from the acrylic family. Of course, just because these products are based on the acrylic family doesn’t mean they are all the same. Each category has advantages and disadvantages as discussed below:
Dip Powders started as a safe, healthy alternative to traditional acrylics and gel polish. Instead of using UV rays to seal in your polish, the color comes from a pigmented powder. Between a sealant and base coats, you dip the nails into a jar containing powder of your desired color for a manicure that lasts 3 to 4 weeks.
This is a great alternative for those who are allergic to various ingredients in Gel and Acrylic Nails. Dip powder does not use ingredients found in Gel and Acrylic that are known to result in allergic reactions.
The dip powder method involves painting nails with a special primer coat, then another coat of base coat, before the fingers are dipped in a jar of colored powder. The dip powder nails dry naturally.
Nearly one in three adults have high blood pressure (29%)…
putting them at risk for heart disease, stroke and kidney disease. High blood pressure is described as a “silent killer” because it often causes no symptoms, but may be the precursor to a fatal heart attack. Fortunately, a few common foods, available at any supermarket, have special properties that can help to lower high blood pressure or maintain blood pressure within the normal range.
The active ingredient in Garlic is allicin, which breaks down into a number of useful sulphur compounds when ingested. Garlic works in three ways to ensure healthy blood pressure. It is a natural blood thinner and anticoagulant. It also helps to prevent constriction of blood vessel walls. Finally, it is a natural ACE inhibitor. Blood pressure increases when the body produces a substance known as ACE (angiotensen converting enzyme). By blocking the formation of ACE, garlic helps to prevent blood pressure from rising. Crush or finely chop garlic to release the allicin and use it immediately to prevent the allicin from degrading.
Dark chocolate contains phytochemicals called flavanols. When consumed, flavanols increase the production of nitric oxide in the body. Nitric oxide relaxes and dilates the blood vessel walls, allowing blood to flow more freely. It also protects the lining of the arteries. Several studies have shown that consumption of dark chocolate can lead to a significant drop in blood pressure. You can help to decrease your risk of heart disease by eating one small square of chocolate containing at least 70% cocoa every day.
There are many natural ways to combat anxiety headaches.
One of the most delicious and easiest is by drinking lavender lemonade.
Lavender is a wonderful aromatic herb that calms the senses. Pure lavender essential oil is incredible for your health and wellness. It’s among the gentlest of essential oils, but also one of the most powerful, making it a favorite of households for its healing properties. Lavender oil has a chemically complex structure with over 150 active constituents, which explains its effectiveness at helping with a lot of health ailments.
Lavender oil possesses amazing anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, analgesic, detoxifier, hypotensive, and sedative properties.
Remember when you could drop five pounds without batting an eye?
Then you turned 30, and had to work a lot harder to shed those unwanted pounds.
Your 30s are the decade when your metabolism slows, and you may not be as active as you were in your 20s. The stress from careers or family, and many of our bad eating habits hinder our ability to rid ourselves of unwanted pounds easily. Trying to maintain or lose weight can be difficult to manage. Difficult… but not impossible. Here are some tips to help you drop pounds if you are in your 30s:
If metabolism in our 20s is like a raging inferno, metabolism in our 30s is more like a comfortable campfire. It’s still burning, but it’s in serious need of wood to keep it going. That wood is protein.
We lose muscle throughout every decade of life. However, the third decade is when it really starts to creep in. Weight-bearing exercises are vitally important, but keeping and building muscle also consists of consuming protein. How we split up our daily food sources could make a difference.
A 2009 study from the University of Texas found when individuals in their mid-30s spaced out protein consumption to slightly less than 30 grams per meal, they built more muscle than when they clumped all their protein needs at the end of the day.
The majority of Americans eat most of their protein at dinner and consume little protein at lunch or breakfast. The study’s authors suggested that instead of eating the majority of your protein at dinner, try shifting some of that protein to other meals throughout the day.
We all know that in order to have a healthy and happy relationship, you must be able to trust your partner. Unfortunately, dishonesty and deceit are quite common between romantic partners. Therefore, being aware of the main warning signs for dishonesty in a relationship is important. Here are six red flags of deception you need to look out for.
Someone who is engaging in deceitful behavior usually wants to avoid direct confrontation. To avoid conflict or the chance of being caught, they will dodge questions, cut short discussions, offer vague answers, or otherwise act in an evasive manner. Watch out for certain topics that trigger evasive behavior in your partner, they might be hiding something.
Ever ask your partner a seemingly innocuous question and have them go off on you? People who know they are doing something shady are often prone to take almost anything as an accusation or attempt to uncover their deceit. A dishonest partner will often be extremely defensive, sometimes in a paranoid or irrational way.
In a healthy relationship, emotional openness and closeness is abundant, but someone who is being deceitful will usually feel less comfortable around their partner. You may notice your partner talking to you less often, spending less time around you, or simple becoming less interested in your emotional needs or well-being.
I think of Vicks VapoRub as an old school decongestant remedy because it has been around for more than a century with very few changes. Maybe because of its simplicity, it’s still a popular OTC drug to alleviate chest, throat, and head congestion using menthol. Vick’s is still used to help kids with bronchitis, colds, and more.
But did you know that Vicks can be used in many other ways? Check out these great ways to use Vicks VapoRub at home. You’ll definitely want to stock up on this useful product.
If you find yourself coughing through the night, Vicks will come to the rescue. Simply apply Vicks to the soles of your feet and then put socks on your feet. You’ll notice that your coughing quickly goes away, and you’ll enjoy a night of great sleep without all the coughing.
If you’re dealing with sore, achy muscles, Vicks can help. It helps to relieve the pain and increase the circulation to the area as well. Apply a generous amount of the ointment to the affected muscles and you’ll begin to enjoy some relief fairly quickly.