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.
What to do: Don’t fool yourself by thinking diet sodas are helping you lose that belly, science has shown otherwise.
Research has shown that a higher consumption of animal protein over a period of five years was associated with a significantly reduced risk of gaining belly fat.
What to do: Increase your protein to carb ratio intake. Eat healthier free range meat, poultry and eggs. If you are vegetarian, incorporate complete protein sources into your diet such as rice and beans, quinoa, buckwheat and chickpeas.
Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) can help prevent belly fat. A study found that individuals who got about 25% of their total daily calories from MUFAs did not gain any extra visceral fat, but those who consumed less MUFAs and more carbs did gain belly fat.
Medium chain fatty acids (MCTs) are metabolized differently than the longer chain fats. MCTs go directly to the liver from the digestive tract, where they are immediately used for energy. Coconut oil is the richest source of MCTs. Research has shown that coconut oil consumption can lead to a significant reduction in waist circumference and belly fat.
What to do: Olive oil is MUFA-rich, as well as avocados and nuts. Cook with coconut oil and use olive oil for salads. Substitute unhealthy snacks for nuts. Put a tablespoon of coconut oil in to your morning oats.
Studies have shown that low-carb diets are particularly effective for targeting belly fat. When 69 overweight study participants were put on a diet with a modest carbohydrate reduction for 8 weeks, they gained 11% less deep abdominal fat compared to those who ate a lower-fat diet.
What to do: Cut out all refined cards such as white sugar and white flour, and reduce your intake of unrefined carbs. Don’t be fooled by “fat free” labeling on carbohydrate products, the fat is not the culprit here.
Soluble fiber can be effective for reducing belly fat. Study participants who ate 10 grams of soluble fiber a day had a 3.7% reduction of abdominal fat.
What to do: Oats is a good source of soluble fiber. Start your day with rolled oats for breakfast or add oat bran to your morning cereal.
Losing weight and then regaining it, can make subsequent weight loss more difficult as well as more rapid weight regain. Yo-yo diets have been shown to increase lipoprotein lipase (LPL), an enzyme that helps to clear fat out of the blood stream. LPL is particularly active in the abdominal area.
What to do: Regular exercise can help to reduce the high LPL levels resulting from a yo-yo diet. Stick to the exercise regime as LPL level reduction can take a while to normalize.
Research has shown that daily potato chip consumption can contribute to two pounds of belly fat every four years. Regular consumption of French fries resulted in 3.3 pounds gained every four years.
What to do: Replace potato chips with healthier snacks like nuts and berries. Order salad instead of French fries with your meal.
Research has shown that an average of five hours or less of sleep a night increases visceral fat. More than an average of eight hours of sleep a night has a similar affect.
What to do: Establish a nightly wind down routine before getting into bed so that it’s easier to fall asleep.
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.
A wonderful home remedy for acid reflux, the treatments include taking one to two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar daily. Most people mistakenly believe that acid reflux is caused by an overproduction of acid, but it’s actually the opposite for many people — not enough acid.
If you’re planning on indulging in a meal that you expect might not get along very well with your stomach, try drinking one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with one teaspoon of honey mixed in a small glass of warm water 30 minutes before you dine.
Apple cider vinegar makes an effective and low cost mouthwash. Gargle with apple cider vinegar in the morning. Some swear by using a rinse of 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with water and swished about the mouth to reduce bad breath.
Forget about those expensive whiting treatments, use a rinse of 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with water every time you brush your teeth. The vinegar helps remove stains, whiten teeth, and kill bacteria in your mouth and gums. Brush as usual after you gargle.
Dr. Mehmet Oz recommends apple cider vinegar as a dandruff treatment for your hair. The acidity of apple cider vinegar changes the pH of your scalp, making it harder for yeast to grow. Mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup water in a spray bottle, and spritz on your scalp. Wrap your head in a towel and let sit for 15 minutes to an hour, then wash your hair as usual. Do this twice a week for best results.
As soon as you feel the first prickle of a sore throat, try one of two apple cider remedies. Mix 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar with warm water and gargle every hour; or mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with hot water and a shot of honey and sip. Most germs cannot survive in the acidic environment vinegar creates.
Many who suffer from psoriasis, eczema, dry skin, acne and blemishes, praise apple cider vinegar for reducing inflammation and generally minimizing problems. Its antibacterial properties can help keep acne under control and the malic and lactic acids soften and exfoliate skin while balancing the pH of your skin. Try dabbing it on affected areas with a cotton ball.
Apple cider vinegar can be used to quickly cool the sting of a sunburn. Pour it into a spray bottle and spray directly on the sunburn or wet a small towel with cold water and splash a little apple cider vinegar onto the towel and apply it to the skin. For large sunburned areas, an apple cider vinegar bath works wonders. Use a brand from the health food store that has been wood-aged, rather than chemically-aged. Apple cider vinegar helps to balance the skin’s pH factor, its acid/alkaline balance.
Several studies have shown apple cider vinegar’s positive effect on blood glucose levels; a 2007 study of participants with type-2 diabetes found that two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed resulted in lowered glucose in the morning by 4 to 6 percent. A study conducted by Arizona State University found that insulin resistant people who drank a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water before eating a high carbohydrate meal had lower blood sugar afterward. Scientists think the antiglycemic effect of the acid is the key.
More research is needed and this has only be proven in rats, but several studies have shown vinegar’s beneficial contribution to lowering cholesterol and high blood pressure. A Japanese study found that half an ounce of apple cider vinegar a day lowered cholesterol in people who participated in the study. Research in these areas continues and hopefully definitive results will be forthcoming.
No superfood would be worth a darn if it didn’t claim to aid in weight loss. So here it goes, apple cider vinegar can help you lose weight. Here’s why: The acetic acid suppresses your appetite, increases your metabolism, and reduces water retention. Scientists also theorize that apple cider vinegar interferes with the body’s digestion of starch, which means fewer calories enter the bloodstream. Whether factual or a pipe dream is for you to decide.
According to the Mayo Clinic, taking small amounts of apple cider vinegar should not offer many risks, but taking in larger amounts, such as 8 ounces per day long term could prove problematic. It is highly acidic and may cause problems ranging from harm to the teeth to lower potassium levels, lower bone density, and interaction with some medications. As with all supplements, talk to your health care provider before starting a new regimen.
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
Use this and you’ll condition a man to become unreasonably turned on and vibrating with desire for you every time you whisper a seemingly innocent phrase of your choice in his ear.
Allows you to crawl into his mind, past all his defenses and discover his deepest, most passionate fantasies… fantasies he’s not even consciously aware he has.!
The Tease Intensifier
How to slowly “raise the heat” with a man so he clutches the table with unbridled lust… (Barely able to contain the smile on his face.)
This simple method acts as a sudden shot of adrenaline to his libido… making his whole body sing with sudden lust for you like he had when you first met.
The Madonna Moan
This has nothing to do with a pop singer and everything to do with YOU getting truly in touch with the most erotic you…
Using a simple exercise you’ll learn to totally relax sexually… To open yourself to new levels of pleasure
A simple phrase you can use to make him turn off the computer, chase you into the bedroom and SEDUCE you as the gorgeous woman you are.
The Lust Mirror
This method is so easy to do, but so powerful. It allows you to actually create a “feedback loop” of desire between you and your man. So the more turned on you are, the more turned on he gets. And the more turned on he is, the more turned on you get…
This controversial technique allows you to tell a man exactly what you want in bed so you get your fantasies met…
The Boiled Frog
If you’re kind of shy and are afraid of talking dirty with a new guy, you’ll love this… I’ll show you exactly how to slowly turn up the heat with a guy so he finds every cell in his body humming with erotic electricity and desire for you and only you
My private collection of “Done-For-You Dirty Texts”
Every woman I know has been caught staring at her cell phone wondering what to say to a man when he wants to get a little dirty…
I hope you understand that I’ve stacked the deck so much in your favor that you can’t lose. Actually there is one way you can lose. By walking away from this wonderful opportunity…
So click here… you’ve suffered and craved real passion long enough.
I personally promise you’ll be happy you did.
Again, I’m Felicity Keith and I can’t wait to hear about your success.
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.
Women who have had nightingale facials have reported softer, lighter, brighter, and younger looking skin. So if Botox is not for you, but you want to look years younger… and you can find a salon that performs this procedure… and don’t mind bird poop on your face… you might not want to poo-poo this facial!
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.
Don’t hang around someone who constantly overlooks your worth. And remember, it’s not the people that stand by your side when you’re at your best, but the ones who stand beside you when you’re at your worst that are your true friends.
Stop always feeling sorry for yourself. Life’s curve-balls are thrown for a reason – to shift your path in a direction that is meant for you. You may not see or understand everything the moment it happens, and it may be tough for awhile . But reflect back on those negative curve-balls thrown at you in the past. You’ll often see that eventually they led you to a better place, person, state of mind, or situation. So smile! Let everyone know that today you are a lot stronger than you were yesterday, and that you hit hat curve-ball out of the park!
Stop Being Scared to Make a Mistake. Doing something and getting it wrong is at least ten times more productive than doing nothing. Every success has a trail of failures behind it. Smart people learn from the mistakes they make and change things so that the same mistake does not happen again. Research tells us that if we’re only concerned about getting the right answer, we don’t always learn the underlying concepts that help us truly understand whatever we’re trying to figure out. Do nothing, and you end up regretting the things you did NOT do far more than the things you did.
Many of the things we desire are expensive and unnecessary. The truth is, a lot of things that we really NEED in life and satisfy us the most, are totally free – love, laughter, family, friends, and working on our passions. The things that we WANT may satisfy us for a short period, but without the above, that joy is usually short lived.
If you’re not happy and comfortable with who you are on the inside, you won’t be happy in a relationship with someone else either. Being happy comes from feeling at peace and deeply satisfied with who we are as a person. Don’t allow someone else to have control over how you feel on a daily basis. First it’s not fair to put that kind of pressure on someone and second and foremost, it’s your responsibility to create stability and happiness in your own life before you can share it with someone else.
Stop thinking you’re not ready. Most people don’t feel 100% ready when an opportunity arises, even the most confident person will have a small amount of doubt. Many opportunities in life force us to go beyond our comfort zone, things will change. Change can be scary and risky but necessary to capitalize on most opportunities. Don’t let fear hold you back.
Relationships must be chosen wisely. It’s better to be alone than to be in bad relationship. There’s no need to rush. If something is meant to be, it will happen – in the right time, with the right person, and for the best reason. Fall in love when you’re ready, not just because you’re afraid of being alone.
In life you’ll realize that there is a purpose for everyone you meet. Some will test you, some will use you and some will teach you. But most importantly, some will bring out the best in you. Your job is to learn from past relationships, not paint everyone with the same brush. Don’t reject Mr. Right because you have been burned by Mr. Wrong
Don’t worry about what others are doing better than you. Concentrate on improving yourself. The things that others have or have achieved may not be what you need to make you happy. Success is a battle between YOU and YOURSELF only.
Jealousy and envy are two of the most common negative emotions. Being jealous of others not only makes you miserable, it also makes it harder to get ahead in your career, and reach your goals. Stop counting someone else’s blessings instead of your own.
One of the biggest issues so many of us have is holding on to the hurt or the pain of what happened years ago. You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading your last one. The sooner you can let go of the past, the sooner you can get on with the now.
Don’t live your life with hate in your heart. You will end up hurting yourself more than the people you despise. Forgiveness is not saying, “What you did to me is okay.” It is saying, “I’m not going to let what you did to me ruin my happiness forever.” Forgiveness is the answer… let go, find peace, liberate yourself! And remember, forgiveness is not just for other people, it’s for you too. If you must, forgive yourself, move on and try to do better next time.
Don’t lower your standards for anyone, or feel bad about keeping your standards high. By refusing to lower your standards you will weed out the negative people in your life. Never lower your standards to accommodate those who refuse to raise theirs. You will create more meaningful, lasting relationships by doing this.
Your friends don’t need an explanation and your enemies won’t believe it anyway. Just do what you know in your heart is right and what makes you happy.
Stop overlooking the beauty of small moments. Enjoy the little things, because one day you may look back and discover they were the things that meant the most. Some of the best portions of your life will be the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you.
Stop trying to make things perfect.. The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists, it rewards people who get things done.
Taking the path of least resistance is a fact of nature. Life is not easy, especially when you plan on achieving something worthwhile. If you don’t like the results you’re getting in some aspect of your life – your economic situation, your personal situation, your health, – it’s time to take a new path, one that’s not so easy. Opportunity rewards people who step outside their comfort zone.
It’s easier to blame others for your problems than it is to take responsibility for them. It’s easier to blame others for holding you back than it is to take action and improve. If you blame some outside force then you can’t be held accountable for your situation. Keep doing this and you will never be truly successful or happy.
Doing so is impossible, and trying will only burn you out. But making one person smile CAN change the world. Maybe not the whole world, but their world. So narrow your focus.
Worrying can be helpful when it spurs you to take action and solve a problem. But if you’re preoccupied with “what ifs” and worst-case scenarios, worry becomes a problem. Unrelenting doubts and fears can be paralyzing. They can sap your emotional energy, send your anxiety levels soaring, and interfere with your daily life. You have to train your brain to stay calm and look at life from a more positive perspective.
Positive thinking is at the forefront of every great success story. Positive thinking doesn’t mean that you keep your head in the sand and ignore life’s less pleasant situations. Positive thinking just means that you approach unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way. You think the best is going to happen, not the worst. Try thinking positive thoughts for what you want to happen.
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.
With any tattoo, it’s important to remember that ink is a foreign object in the body—and your body may react to it with inflammation, pain, itching, or in other ways that can be hard to predict. If you have an autoimmune condition, or if you experience many allergic reactions to food and medications, “it may not be a good idea to get inked,” says Dr. Jose.
The good news is, infections from unsanitary tools or facilities are rare these days, because tattoo parlors practice universal precautions. The fact that many states don’t allow anyone under 18 to get a tattoo without their guardian’s consent may help teens avoid going to less than desirable parlors since they are probably more informed about the procedure. Dr. Jose also advises that if you’re planning to get a tattoo, just be sure to avoid parlors that use heavy metal-based inks.
Your skin, which is your body’s biggest organ, is constantly reinventing itself. The outer layer regenerates every month. Your skin needs to stay in optimum shape because it has important jobs to do-like shielding you from pathogens, the elements, and everyday bumps and falls.
Help your skin protect you by eating the right nutrients, slathering on sunscreen, and checking for suspicious spots, says Jessica Wu, MD, professor of dermatology at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine. Not only are these healthy habits to have, but it will keep your skin soft, smooth and gorgeous.
If you are contemplating getting an armpit tattoo, just be aware of the potential problems that can arise. Don’t forget, you have a lot of areas besides your armpits to get those eye-catching tats!
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.
Gel nails involve the use of a gel that is cured under an UV (ultraviolet) or LED (light emitting diode) light. You can kind of think of the gel mixture as a pre-mixed acrylic. The polish is noted to last for two solid weeks, preventing chipping and peeling.
In order to apply gel polish, a nail tip is applied first if the nail length requires being extended. Then three layers of the gel are applied: a base coat, polish color and top coat. Each coat has to be cured (hardened) in an UV light for two to three minutes. The nails are filed and then polished with the color of your liking or decorated with art.
Acrylics have been a staple in the beauty industry for years, and this staying power has contributed to their ongoing popularity. The term “acrylic nail” usually refers to liquid and powder mixes, which are combined into a blob of dough, shaped onto the nails with a brush, and then air dried. When the acrylic hardens, it provides a perfect canvas for applying nail color.
A special brush is required to apply the mixture of polymer powder and a liquid monomer on polished real nails. Then the mixtures start to harden in 30-40 seconds in room temperature. Since the mixture hardens very quickly, this technique takes cumulative years of practice and experience.
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.
Potatoes are high in potassium, which is necessary for balancing sodium levels in the body. Unfortunately, many people who eat a modern western diet are potassium deficient, a problem that can increase the risk of high blood pressure by up to 25%. It’s well known that too much salt in the diet can lead to high blood pressure. Potassium helps the body to secrete excess sodium before it builds up in the bloodstream. A fifth of a potato’s nutrients are found in the skin, so a baked potato will provide more potassium than peeled potatoes. Other potassium rich foods include sweet potatoes, bananas, tomatoes, spinach and parsnips.
Melons contain an amino acid called L-citrulline, which improves blood flow and circulation. L-citrulline raises levels of another amino acid, L-arginine, which enhances blood vessel and arterial function. Research suggests that L-citrulline can help people with pre-hypertension (slightly raised blood pressure) from going on to develop high blood pressure and heart disease. All types of melons contain some L-citrulline, but the best source is watermelon. The amino acid can also be found in dairy products and liver.
Sardines are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 contains EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) which supports the production of eicosanoids. These hormones act as an anti-coagulate, thinning the blood so it can flow more efficiently. Eicosanoids also reduce inflammation by inhibiting the formation of proteins called cytokines. Both effects help to lower high blood pressure. Other oily fish rich in omega-3 include salmon, Albacore tuna, mussels, trout, and mackerel.
Including more heart-healthy foods in your diet will help to lower blood pressure, but other changes may be equally important. Factors that increase the risk of high blood pressure include obesity, lack of exercise, smoking, heavy drinking and high stress levels. Living a more healthy lifestyle will help to keep your blood pressure in check and reduce your risk of life-threatening illnesses.
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.
Florida researchers have found that lavender oil benefits include reducing anxiety and lowering pulse rates in nursing students taking stressful tests. In hospital settings, lavender aromatherapy has been demonstrated to decrease pre-surgery distress and to be more relaxing than massage or merely resting.
Give the recipe below a try if you want to rid yourself of a stress headache without the use of medicines.
1 cup raw honey
12 cups pure water
1 drop lavender essential oil
6 lemons, peeled and juiced
Lavender sprigs for garnish
Mix all ingredients together and chill. Add more water or raw honey if needed. Relax and enjoy!
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.
Many women start their journey into motherhood in their 30s. Before little Johnny or Suzy came along you probably ate pretty healthy meals. But a toddler’s preference for nuggets, pizza, Kraft macaroni and cheese, goldfish crackers, chocolate milk and fish sticks often find their way into your mouth.
Not only does your toddler prefer these kinds of foods over broccoli or spinach, but with your busy lifestyle it’s often easier to pickup these types of meals then make something from scratch.
You have two options, either eliminate these kid friendly foods from your toddler’s menu, or refrain from eating off little Johnny’s plate. Once you stop sneaking food off your kid’s plate you’ll notice the pounds begin to drop.
Your 30s can be very stressful, and it may be hard to get the rest you need. But if you’re serious about losing weight, sleep is just as important as diet and exercise.
Studies have found lack of sleep is associated with weight gain, increased appetite, decreased metabolism, and less motivation to exercise. So in order to get the sleep you need to help you lose weight, keep your bedroom temperature between 60 and 67 degrees. Use low lighting and avoid bright lights an hour before hitting the sack. Yes, this includes your mobile phone, tablet, laptop or TV.
If your friends are overweight, than you probably are too, obesity and inactivity are contagious.
In a 2007 landmark study, the New England Journal of Medicine found a direct relationship between your friends who were obese and your own weight. If your friend is obese, your chances of becoming obese increased by 57 percent. Additionally, having mutual friends who are obese puts your chances at 171 percent. Those aren’t good odds if you’re trying to lose weight.
No one is saying to drop friends who don’t fit a certain dress size, just be aware of how powerful and influential your friends may be on your weight. If you’re trying to lose weight, consider buddying up with one of your 30-something friends with similar weight-loss goals. Perhaps you can even spend more time with friends who are considered a normal weight. Thinness is contagious, too.
Yeah, I know, sometimes you need that glass or two of wine to wind down. Maybe you like to enjoy an alcoholic beverage at happy hour, or on date night. Alcohol always seem to creep its way into our daily activities and consequently onto our waistlines.
Many 30-year-olds use alcohol to de-stress. They’re at work all day and drink alcohol at night to cope, and we’re not talking one glass. A lot of women are drinking 3-4 glasses per night, which can add 125 to 500 calories to your daily caloric intake. To lose weight, try to cut consumption in half at first and then once you’ve mastered that, try to wean off a little more or just drink on the weekends. In no time, you notice your clothes fitting a little looser.
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.
While it may not be admissible in a court of law, it is true that liars often avoid meeting the eyes of the person they are lying to. That’s because the eyes can easily betray deceit. It’s also harder for most people to lie to someone when meeting their gaze directly. If someone who usually makes lots of eye contact starts to look at everything but you when talking, they may very well be hiding something.
People who are being dishonest frequently have trouble keeping their story straight. Their explanations may suddenly change or have inexplicable inconsistencies. Their details are fuzzy, and they will often seem to be making things up as they go along. If your partner regularly tells stories that don’t seem to add up, they may be deceiving you.
Screenshots, pictures, recordings, video, texts… These are the ultimate pieces of evidence that someone is lying. If you catch your partner in an outright lie, you know that you have a huge problem on your hands. In such circumstances it is time to stop wondering about if your partner is being dishonest, and time to start thinking about how you will deal with the problem.
When people think of dishonesty in a relationship, they often associate it with someone who is cheating. But deception concerning other matters can be extremely damaging as well. After all, relationships are built upon trust. While you shouldn’t be paranoid about your partner’s honesty, especially if they haven’t done anything to give you pause about their truthfulness, it is good to be aware of the primary red flags for deception.
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.
If you have fungus on your toenails, simply rub a bit of the Vicks VapoRub right on the affected toes. You’ll notice that the nail starts turning dark in a couple days, which means it’s working to eliminate the fungus. Your toenails will keep growing, and the dark area will soon be gone. You’ll be back to having feet that are fungus-free. Just make sure you apply the Vicks for a couple weeks to make sure that all the fungus is eliminated.
Many cats like to scratch hard surfaces, but this can result in destruction to your windows, walls, and doors. You can apply a bit of Vicks to any area where your cat keeps scratching. Cats hate the smell of Vicks, so you can make sure that your cat will leave these areas alone in the future.
Are you having a problem potty training Fido or Fluffy? If so, you can place a bottle of Vicks that has been opened in any area where your pet likes to urinate. The smell will keep your pet from urinating in the affected areas.
Massage a bit of this ointment into the forehead and temples. The menthol scent helps to relieve pain and should help release some of the pressure you’re feeling in your head as a result of the headache.
You can also use Vicks in many humidifiers and vaporizers. However, before you use it in a humidifier, make sure the humidifier has a compartment for aromatherapy. The humidifier will help circulate the smell all through the hair, helping you breathe easier through the night.
It’s also possible to use Vicks on small cuts, splinters and abrasions to prevent infection. Applying a bit of Vicks to the cut, splinter, or abrasion will also help it heal much faster.
If you get a tick bite and the tick won’t come out of your skin, apply some Vicks to the area. In many cases, the strong smell of the Vicks will make the tick back right out so you can get rid of it.
If you want to keep mosquitoes at bay, grab the Vicks. Apply a bit of it to your skin and they’ll be sure to stay away. If you already have a mosquito bite, you can apply a little Vicks to the bit, covering it with a bandage to help relieve the itching.
Yes, Vicks has a very strong smell, but it definitely has a lot to offer. It’s reasonably priced and you can use it in so many ways, so make sure you always have some Vicks VapoRub on hand.