How to Make at Home

Have you ever been worried about what the beauty creams contain that you are rubbing on your face? Have you ever wondered whether you can make at home? To be honest, it does not matter how many times manufacturers write ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ on their labels, the only means that you will know that you undeniably are getting is by making them yourself.

Making your own at home will have two clear advantages: it will help the environment and it will save you money.

How will it help the environment? Well, most commercial cosmetic products have detergents and toxins in the cream. You put the cream on some cotton wool and then on your face and you throw the soiled cotton wool in the basket. But where does it go from there? Into the sea? Into the ground? Into the air in smoke? Who knows?

How will it save you money? It will save you money because the you make at home will be created from household items, such as powders, oils, fruit and vegetables.

The most common items that you will use to concoct your at home are: avocados, bananas, eggs, milk, olive oil, Epsom salts, yoghurt, oatmeal, brown sugar and real mayonnaise. There are others too, but this is a good start. Beeswax, you may not have, but you can buy it in drug stores or health food shops.

It is surprising how resourceful olive oil is. It can be rubbed directly into dull, lifeless hair to perk it up and it will put moisture back into dry skin. If you have dandruff or dry patches of skin on your elbows, rub in olive oil regularly. It is also beneficial for cuticles, knees and feet. Just rub it in with your fingers.

Olive oil also makes a good exfoliant. Mix olive oil and brown sugar into a thick paste and exfoliate before a shower or a bath. By the way, the soap that you use is critical too. It should be mild and unperfumed. It is better to spend a little more on your soap because it has such a lot of contact with your whole body.

Olive oil is great at binding items together or making them runny enough to rub in. If you are having problems with dry skin, mash a banana and mix a little olive oil into it. Rub this onto your face and leave to soak in for as long as you like, then wash off. The same goes for avocado. If you have a small skin problem of any kind, you could try smearing the inside of a banana skin on it and eating the banana.

These are just a few instances of that you can make at home without spending a lot of money or wasting a lot of time. A quick search on the Internet will reveal hundreds more recipes for how you can make at home.


Healthy Eating And The Great Sugar Scandal

I live in England and first visited America in 1978; not long after cheap transatlantic flights became available for the first time.

Until that point the bulk of my knowledge of the USA came from Hollywood, or the myriad American televisions shows that came our way from early childhood. The TV shows, especially, supplied a kind of shared experience that some parts of the rest of the world have with Americans. In some respects I suppose we felt that we knew America.

When the opportunity came to finally go there I knew that once I was home again there would be lots of questions from family and friends. People would want to know what it was really like: What did I see? Where did I go? Who did I meet and so on? From the moment I arrived I was on the look-out for impressions to take back.

The odd thing was that initially there were none. Or rather there were impressions, but they were mainly that America was a lot like it was on TV. New York looked like New York, the people had American accents and they really did say ‘Have a nice day’.

I began to think that I was going to return to England without any anecdotes or news to swap over a pint in the pub. We will leave the best anecdotes for another day and concentrate instead on the two things that I noticed that never came across on TV – at least not back then.

Firstly, the highly formatted and slick television shows mainly showed attractive and wealthy people in salubrious surroundings. Yet in more than one city in America I found myself in ghetto areas; places you wouldn’t want to be. The poverty and squalor were obvious and back then I felt that it was somewhat under-reported.

The second revelation was the obesity problem. I had never before seen so many fat people in one place. In fact, that was my main takeaway from my whole American vacation,’ Hey everybody, you won’t believe how fat Americans are!’

That was 1978. Just a few years later, around 1984, my company sent me to Aarhus in Denmark, a sea port where the diet seemed to be centred around fish, particularly herring, as I recall.

On that occasion I wasn’t particularly anxious to go home and supply reports on the state of Denmark, but nevertheless, I was left with one overriding impression of my visit: the Danes were very slim compared to the British.

It was then that I put two and two together and realised that we (the Brits) were trailing along on American coattails, yet again. We were definitely becoming obese and the trend started a little while after it happened to America, sometime in the 1970s.

Since that time I have learned that the trigger was the usage of High Fructose Corn Syrup that began in America around 1970 and went on a strong upward curve thereafter, though dipping a little since 2000.

Aside from the hideous HFCS, food manufacturers have for a long time been adding sugar to absolutely everything that comes in a can or a packet. Check the labels of just about anything -even weight loss foods – and you will see that sugar is added. Given that Western society is hopelessly reliant on convenience foods this pretty much amounts poisoning the population.

Reuters recently reported that health related issues are costing America around $200 billion per year and researchers at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania say that obese men will generate around $1,500 medical costs per person per year and overweight women with cost double that amount.

In the 1960s around 13% of the American adult population were obese; today it’s over 35%.

Just how much sugar are Americans loading up with? From all sources it’s around 45 tsp per day per person, or around 152 lbs of sugar per year. That’s about 150 lb more than an early America settler would have consumed.

Clearly, this amounts to a major international scandal. Sugar is tasty and addictive. The food manufacturers well understand the problem that they have created, but left to their own devices they will do nothing about it.

Although some government officials in various countries may whinge and whine on the matter from the margins, there is nothing very positive or constructive being done anywhere.

For the time being if you want to live as healthily as possible, for as long as possible, you will have to take responsibility for your own health and your family’s, otherwise at some point in your lives there will in all probability be consequences.


The Benefits of

are a great way to use cosmetics without using the harmful chemicals that come in some popular name brand beauty products sold in many big box retailers. These products have become very popular recently with the increase of consumers looking for products that will still work well without additives that can be harmful for the body or skin. Many of these natural products are being sold in major retailers around the country.

have long been prized by those consumers who do not want to use products with stabilizers or harmful additives. These consumers may have sensitive skin or may just want to stick with an all natural beauty regime that compliments their organic lifestyle. While these natural brands were once hard to find, newer name brand products have become popular house hold name brands. Grocery stores, big box retailers, and some drug stores all carry some popular in their merchandise line and most are extremely popular. Consumers feel better with natural choices that are good for the environment and good for their skin/bodies.

Making the choice of which natural product you want to try can be a difficult choice if you do not know what you are looking for. Check out online reviews of brands and products and look at websites to see popular brands and reviews. Other consumers who have tried the natural products that you are interested in can be of great help in helping you choose which product you would like to try. Look for product lines that have been around for more than a few years and who have loyal followers. Many can give you the very same benefits as traditional products without the harmful additives found in the usual products.


Who is More Overweight – Men Or Women?

No one can say for sure whether men are fatter or more overweight than women. Men and women gain weight differently when exposed to different conditions. 

There is a link between gender and weight gain. Men burn off more calories than women, and therefore gain weight slower. Biologically women have a higher average body fat content compared with men. During pregnancy, women tend to gain weight to provide sufficient nourishment for the growing baby.
 
Men and women grow fat in different parts of their bodies. For women it is normally at the hips and thighs and for men, more often than not, their pot bellies. So men look more like “apples” and women like “pears”. Most doctors agree this is due to a number of factors, including genetics, hormonal differences, body-fat distribution as well as the environment. 

Men and women gain weight very differently when they are exposed to stressful situations. Researchers found that women gain weight when they have problems with finances, rigid job routines, and strained family relationships. On the other hand, men gain weight mainly in response to work related problems and stress.  

According to scientific research, men and women also have different eating habits and preferences. In general, men prefer eating meat and poultry while women are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables. Men view food as a matter of enjoyment whereas women tend to be more concerned about their health and seek nutritional advice.
 
A new study by the Centre for Medical Education at McGill University in Montreal found that women eat more when they eat with a large group of female friends. However, when they eat with a smaller group of female friends, or dine with men, they eat less. This may be due to social conditioning. Women who eat less and who are thin are viewed as more feminine and attractive.  

Whether you are a man or woman, you should learn to manage your weight. Here are some tips:

  • Be aware of the stressors in your life and manage them
  • Exercise regularly
  • Adopt a routine of deep breathing, meditation, or yoga
  • Eat a balanced, healthy diet and include fruits and vegetables
  • Get enough sleep; I would recommend at least 7 hours
  • Replace salty food with herbs and spices to enhance the taste
  • Reduce intake of fat, oil, salt and sugar
  • For those with bad appetite, try eating small but frequent meals
  • Take high-quality multivitamin, especially vitamin B, C and D each day
  • Avoid or minimize alcohol

 
If you have weight-related problems and know how to overcome them or have tips on healthy living, please share them with us.


What Are the Best Skin Care Solution?

Many times we think, is there no answer for getting a naturally beautiful skin? Well, that are creating a buzz in the market are a simple solution for all your skin problems. Yes, as per its name, it’s all natural and contains no harmful chemicals. Today they are many companies that come up with a number of so called but wait a minute, before you blindly believe in any product that comes your way here are few tips that can help you get the product that best suits your need:

Do not go for brands that offer its products at a much cheaper rate than rest of the market. It might be quite attractive to find a natural beauty product of lower cost, but just think for a minute. Which is better spending some extra money and getting a better product that provides greater results or products that come for a lower rate with no guarantee to receive skin repair benefits from? So it is always advisable to go for all that have high quality natural ingredients with a better cost.

It is wise to check for the ingredients of the natural beauty product than just going by the advertisement. Here are some of the ingredients that you need to check for while purchasing a skin care product, these include: Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Retinol or tretinoin, Dimethylaminoethanol or DMAE, Alpha lipoic acid and retinyl palmitate. These are the components that work best on your skin and give a long-lasting result.

Do not just go for major brands always; also look out for smaller developers that offer high quality products. You never know you might be surprised at the quality of the product offered by a small scale manufacturer. It might just be the product you have always been looking for.

The bottom line is just don’t blindly believe in each and every natural beauty product. To give your skin that extra boost, choose the right product as per your requirements. Hope the tips mentioned above helps you get the best natural beauty product you need.


What Services Can You Find in a Chiropractic Centre?

When you visit a chiropractic centre, you can expect a normal array of chiropractic treatments. However, many work as a wellness centre as well as a chiropractic treatment facility. The basic services you should expect of the chiropractor should include assessments, spinal manipulation, and chiropractic adjustments. The chiropractor should offer an initial assessment of your problems. This assessment will involve taking a full medical history and performing a basic exam to evaluate the situation. The assessment may also involve some tests to see what your normal range of motion is. From this initial assessment, the chiropractor can create a custom treatment program.

Another common service offered in a chiropractic centre is special treatment for pregnancy related issues. Many women going through pregnancy can experience a range of pain. Much of this comes from the body’s natural realignment as the baby grows. This forces the pelvis and back to move out of normal alignment. Many use chiropractic care to keep these pains under control in order to have a healthy, pain free pregnancy where possible. The chiropractor will use non-invasive techniques to help the body deal with the weight of the baby pulling the spine and pelvis out of normal alignment.

A chiropractic centre can offer help with sports injuries as well. As the body gets over the initial pain, it goes into the healing mode. Sports chiropractic treatments can help. The chiropractor can keep the body in alignment as the injury heals. This helps the patient experience normal range of motion quicker as a result. Registered chiropractors can work with your normal rehab program to give your body the best chance of quick healing so you can get back to your favourite activity. When it comes to chiropractic, children are also good candidates to come in for treatment, especially with sports injuries.

When visiting a chiropractic centre for the first time, you might be surprised at the range of services they offer. Chiropractic education is often a big surprise. There is still a certain stigma related to the practice in some areas. By offering education, the chiropractors can bring the truth about the treatments to their patients. If you are dealing with back pain or another chronic pain source, find a chiropractor to help. Many patients find they get great relief from a chiropractic treatment that they never got with mainstream treatments. It is well worth a visit today for anyone dealing with such a situation.