Category: Health

Inexpensive Effective Home Remedies for Cellulite

Cellulite

If you want to reduce the appearance of cellulite but don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on lasers and high-tech creams (that may not be so effective anyway), we’ve got you covered with these home remedies for cellulite. There’s plenty you can do on your own to look better and increase your body confidence.

Some basic things include staying out of the sun (as UV rays damage collagen, making cellulite more noticeable), not smoking (as smoking not only floods your body with toxins, it also damages collagen), exercising (which improves blood flow and helps tighten the body for a sleeker look) and eating an anti-cellulite diet (which you can read more about here.)

Other things you can do include using natural and inexpensive ingredients. Here are four of the most effective home remedies for cellulite.

Homemade Coffee Scrubs to Stop Cellulite

Have you ever wondered what to do you with your used coffee grounds? Now you have an answer – use it to combat cellulite!

Coffee is a common ingredient of cellulite creams and lotions due to its high caffeine concentration. You may know that caffeine can dehydrate you; well, it does the same with cells, too. When it’s in contact with cellulite, it actually draws water out of those cells temporarily, making them shrink and making your skin look smoother and less dimpled.

Coffee body scrubs won’t actually make your cellulite go away, but they can make it look a lot better, especially if you use a caffeine treatment regularly. Here are some recipes for homemade scrubs that are inexpensive and will do the trick.

Simplest Coffee Body Scrub

¼ cup of coffee grounds

3 tbsp. olive oil

Coffee and Coconut Body Scrub

Here you get the benefits of coffee plus the amazing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of coconut oil as well.

¼ cup of coffee grounds

3 tbsp. sugar

3 tbsp. coconut oil

Mix together (you may need to warm up the coconut oil if it’s solid) and scrub on the body, focusing on cellulite-prone areas. Leave the coffee mixture in contact with the problem areas for at least a few minutes, then rinse off.

Dry Skin Brushing

This home remedy for fighting cellulite takes just a few minutes every day and one inexpensive tool. That tool is the dry skin brush.

Dry skin brushing is what it sounds like: brushing the skin while it’s dry (as opposed to wet in the shower or bath). It improves circulation by getting blood flowing and it revs up the lymphatic system, helping your body in its natural detoxifying process. Many people believe that cellulite accumulates due to a buildup of toxins in the body, so ridding the body of toxins may help.

Find a dry skin brush online or from many beauty stores; you can get a good one for under $10. Start at your feet and brush in short, firm strokes upwards towards your heart, moving up through the calves, thighs, stomach, buttocks, and back. Focus on areas with cellulite to break up the fatty deposits that give that characteristic “orange peel” look. Once you reach your heart, start on your arms, working from the hands in towards your shoulders. It takes just a few minutes but will leave you feeling invigorated and your skin smooth.

You’ll get the best results if you do this on dry skin, so don’t put on oils or lotions first. It’s a great morning habit to get into, especially before exercising or showering, and it takes just a few minutes.

Detoxifying Baths

If you believe in the toxin theory of cellulite, then you’ll definitely want to take a couple detoxifying baths every month. The great part is that a detox bath recipe can be really personal, incorporating your favorite essential oils for their fragrance or health properties. Here are two basic recipes:

Salt Detox Bath Recipe

¼ cup apple cider vinegar OR baking soda

¼ cup of Sea salt

¼ cup of Epsom salt

essential oils (as desired)

Add each ingredient separately into your bath and relax for at least 15 minutes.

How does the salt work to detoxify? It’s believed that the different concentrations of minerals inside and outside your body cause reverse osmosis, where salts come out of your body into the bathwater, bringing heavy metals and other toxins along with them. At the same time, the minerals in the salts and the vinegar, like magnesium and potassium, nourish your skin.

Essential oils believed to be especially helpful for detoxifying the body include juniper oil, peppermint oil, laurel oil, and mandarin oil.

Seaweed-Salt Detox Bath Recipe

½ cup Seaweed Powder (you can order online or find in a health food store)

½ cup Sea Salt

essential oils (as desired)

Seaweed is valued as a cellulite fighter because it contains iodine, which helps raise the metabolism and burn more fat, and other minerals that improve lymph and blood flow.

Seaweed Salt

Self Massage

Massage focusing on your thighs, buttocks, and other areas with cellulite increases blood flow, helping detoxify and letting your body heal. By using certain techniques that target the fatty deposits beneath the skin, you can “spread out” the fat cells, so they don’t bulge together through the skin.

It’s as simple as grabbing some high-quality oil (good oils for cellulite massage include coconut, almond, and olive) and taking 5-10 minutes for a self-massage. One massage technique involves pinching and squeezing the sections of skin where cellulite is noticeable. Another uses a hand-wringing motion to physically break up the fat under the skin.

As with the detox bath, you can add essential oils to your base massage oil to customize it. In addition to the detoxifying essential oils listed above, consider adding some that help with circulation and blood flow, like eucalyptus and black pepper.

Botox Dangers: Protect Your Skin

Botox

Botox has become the norm in the world of cosmetic enhancements. But there is also a worrying trend of users getting younger and younger. Are you thinking about trying Botox, or are you dead set against it? Either way, we all need to be aware of the Botox dangers. Read on as we explore recent developments in the world of Botox=based cosmetic enhancements

What is Botox?

Botox is a brand name for Botulinum Toxin Type A, effectively a toxin that can be used to counteract the pull of facial muscles and thereby leave you with a smoother complexion. But what are the Botox dangers?

Of all inject able treatments, Botox is the most widely known. Botox can be highly effective and is very safe – as long as it is administered by someone who is experienced and properly qualified to inject it. Under the current regulations, Botox must be prescribed by a doctor, dentist or nurse prescribe only but legally, anyone can give a Botox injection if directed by the prescribe to do so. This means that those wishing to undertake Botox treatment should be extra careful.

There is worrying talk of everyday beauty therapists, with no real medical knowledge, wanting the right to carry out this specialized procedure. Even more ludicrously, some trumpet ‘Botox parties’ as a brilliant idea, as if a mixture of alcohol-fueled fun and unregulated cosmetic procedures would ever be a wise move. Bad Botox can result in drooping eyes, ‘frozen’ faces and other unpleasant side effects, but with an unqualified person, who is to say what they are injecting you with?

Always play safe with cosmetic procedures and always choose a registered medical professional who will happily advise and assist as required.

Who Injects Botox?

Some of the main Botox dangers occur when the treatment is in the wrong hands. All good medical practitioners are aware of the importance of only carrying out cosmetic procedures that are necessary for and beneficial to their patients. They rightly view it as a professional and moral obligation that they should ensure that those seeking treatment be given the appropriate advice during consultation. The majority of surgeons behave in this way, but there is evidence that a small proportion of disreputable Botox injectors in many cases not surgeons – are straying from giving such sound advice.

The United Kingdom is currently the fastest-growing market for cosmetic procedures in the whole of Europe. Industry estimates state that in 2011 there were 669,711 surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures carried out throughout the UK. The British Association of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgeons’, or BAAPS’, own figures state that 43,172 surgical procedures were carried out by BAAPS members in that year.

The Botox Market

Within the UK non-surgical market, injections of Botulinum Toxin Type A, or Botox, are a significant and widely recognised element. The non-surgical sector, of which Botox treatments forms the major part, had a value of £205 million in 2010. Looking at the largest cosmetic surgery and cosmetic procedure market, the United States, the most popular non-surgical procedure was also injections of Botulinum Toxin Type A (including Botox and Dysport). There were 8.5 million non-invasive cosmetic procedures during 2012, an increase of over 10%. Non-surgical procedures represented 83% of the total number of procedures performed.

Botox Dangers: Younger and Younger…

Botox dangers also lie in the targeting of ever-younger clients. In recent years, it has come to light in the media that young women in their late teens and early twenties are being offered Botox as a ‘preventative solution’. They are being told that they should ‘start young’ or being advised ‘the younger the better’, as if undergoing the procedures will prevent them ever developing lines and wrinkles in future.

Young women are believing this information in their droves, with some cosmetic surgery companies reporting a rises of over 50% in young adults under 25 requesting Botox. Some call this the TOWIE effect, as the popular Essex-based reality show influences viewers’ perceptions of what is normal in terms of physical appearance and maintenance.

The ‘preventative’ approach is wrong on a number of levels. Medically, it is far from proven that Botox administered to women this age is beneficial in the long term. In the short term it may simply alter rather improve their appearance, in a way that suggests those actively encouraging the young to go this route are putting profits before their ethics.

Moreover starting Botox treatments too young could have a negative effect as they enter old age. One of the results of using Botox over a very long period of time can be muscle atrophy, i.e. facial muscles starting to waste away due to lack of use. It should not be a major issue if someone starts to have Botox treatments at forty-five, but begin at 18 and the result could be a far older looking face in retirement than otherwise.

If young people are made aware of the full facts and possibilities before they decide whether to pursue Botox, they may be encouraged to avoid possible Botox dangers and make the best choices for their longer term well-being, as well as their looks.

Botox Dangers

Still Want Botox? Top Tips

  1. Only every seek advice form a reputable, registered clinician – give the beauty therapists a miss on this occasion: Botox may be commonplace, but it is still based upon the administration of a toxin.
  2. Beware the gimmicky and faddish offers that can sometimes be associated with this aesthetic treatment. Give 2-for-1s, Botox Nights and money-off promotions a wide berth. These are one of the major botox dangers. You only have one body, one face however deep you may feel your lines are, never hand your looks over to sometime who just want to make a quick buck.
  3. Don’t over-do it. Don’t be tempted to try to have sessions of too many Botox treatments: another one of the Botox dangers. A real doctor will not let you put yourself in harm’s way, which is why you are far better off sticking to a real pro.
  4. Give yourself a cooling-off period in which to check out the botox dangers. You may think you are desperate for Botox. But just in case, take time out before committing to a course of treatments. Always remember: beauty really is just skin deep and health and happiness count above all else!

Diet 2016: Back to Basics with Calories

Diet

Diets can be tricky: it can be confusing when deciding the best way to lose weight. There are many different methods, all of which can work well, but regardless of more exotic approaches, if you understand the calorie principle then you will be several steps nearer to controlling your weight for good. Calories have been speculated over in all kinds of ways, but in reality it is very simple. As time passes, we eat a lot of food and at the same time we burn calories every day. We must also remember that the drinks we drink can also be very high in calories. Alcohol is calorific and even if you’re enjoying a Dry January, your waistline will not thank you for drinking a ton of full-fat milkshakes.

So, taking into account everything, food and drink alike, whether we gain or lose weight is all simply a question of balance. If we consume more calories than we need it will definitely lead to weight gain. If we consume fewer calories than we burn, then we will lose weight. Here’s more detail about how to win the calorie war.

How Many Calories Should We Eat?

An average man needs around 2500 calories a day to maintain his weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2000 calories a day. Many plans recommend that you reduce your intake by just 600 calories per day, others are stricter. It is not recommended that anyone drop below 1000 calories per day when trying to lose weight.

Why Try to Lose Weight?

Losing weight is well worth the effort and not just for looks. When we carry excess weight we are at far greater risk of a wide range of serious health problems. First, when we eat and drink more calories than we need, our bodies store the excess as body fat. Fat is not just unsightly, it can be very dangerous for our health, particularly the extra pounds of fat that so many of us can carry around our belly area. If this weight gain goes unchecked and continues over time then we will become overweight, and can even become obese.

Being overweight or obese causes an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and some cancers. Many adults in the West need to lose weight, and to do this they need to eat and drink fewer calories. Combining these changes with increased physical activity is the best way to achieve a healthier weight.

Remember, achieving a healthy weight is all about striking the right balance between the energy that you put into your body, and the energy that you use. To lose weight, you have to use more energy than you consume in food and drinks throughout the day.

Calorie Cutting: Low-fat Food

It makes sense to most people that if you don’t want to be fat, then you should probably eat less of it, right? This is common sense… but it is not the whole story by any stretch of the imagination. There are different types of fats and they act within your body in very different ways.

Everyone needs some fat as the body requires it to function properly. A small amount of healthy fat helps the body to function at optimum levels. But remember the calorie/ energy-burning balance.

Fat is very calorific every gram of fat contains 9 calories. Compare that to other macro-nutrients:

Protein: 1 gram = 4 calories

Carbohydrates: 1 gram = 4 calories

Alcohol: 1 gram = 7 calories

Eat too much fat and, at 9 calories per gram, it will obviously be fattening. However, not all fats stack up the same nutritionally and some fats are better for you than others.

All About Fats

These include both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Polyunsaturated fats come from plants and include olive oil, corn oil, and avocadoes among others. If you are trying to lose weight you should really stick to this category of fat on your diet.

Saturated fats come from animal products, for example meat and dairy foods. They increase the risk of heart disease because they raise the “bad” LDL cholesterol in the body. Only 10% or less of your daily calories should be from saturated fats.

Trans Fats are the worst types of fats to eat and too many of them can impact hugely on our health. Trans fats can be found in products like margarines as well as in many unhealthy snacks such as processed foods including cookies, cakes, pies, ready meals and potato chips. Trans fats can actually raise your bad cholesterol and as such, many medical experts recommend that you avoid them altogether.

Why Low Fat, Low Cal Works

On a low-fat diet, you restrict your calorie intake through fat to a lower than normal percentage. For example, on a normal weight-loss diet of 1,200 calories, you will limit fats to only 20% of total daily intake. This basically means that you can have 240 calories, or 26 grams, of fat each day, with a maximum of 120 calories, or 13 grams, coming from saturated fat. That leaves you with nearly a full 1,000 calories to “spend” on protein and carbohydrates.

Most dieticians would still encourage the consumption of some low-fat dairy products. They are rich in calcium and vitamin D and these help preserve and build muscle mass during a diet. The higher the percentage of fat in your body and the less muscle, the worse your ability to burn calories. Conversely, having a good muscle mass is essential for maintaining a super-efficient metabolism.

The Thermogenic Factor

Certain foods have a very high thermogenic effect, so you literally torch away the calories as you eat on your diet. Other foods contain nutrients and compounds that add kindling to your metabolic fire. Feed your metabolism with these wonderful dietary additions.

Whole grains

When your body tries to break down whole foods your body burns twice as many calories. This is especially true when it comes to those foods which are rich in fibre, like oatmeal and brown rice. If you only consume processed foods, you lose this advantage, as well as lots of fibre and vital nutrients.

Whole grains

Lean meats

Lean protein really is the dieters’ friend and it has a very high thermogenic effect. Did you know that you burn about 30% of the calories the food contains during digestion? This means that a 300-calorie chicken breast requires about 90 calories to break it down.

Lentils

One cup of lentils packs in an amazing 35% of your daily iron needs. This is fabulous news, since up to 20% of us are iron-deficient. When you lack a nutrient, your metabolism slows down because the body’s not getting everything that it needs to work efficiently and to lose weight, your body needs to be working as efficiently as possible.

Hot peppers

Want to add some real fire to your metabolism and burn calories to diet as efficiently as possible? Capsaicin, the compound that gives chilli peppers their heat, warms up your body, so that you burn off additional calories. You can get it by eating raw, cooked, dried, or powdered peppers.

Green tea

It is a proven fact that good green tea infusions can help you dramatically lose weight, more than any other drink (apart from water). Drinking four cups of green tea a day helped people shed more than six pounds in eight weeks, as it was reported following a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. There is a compound in the green tea called EGCG and it temporarily speeds metabolism after sipping it.

Fabulous fish

Salmon is high in protein and contains essential omega-3 fatty acids. These have been shown to regulate a vital body hormone called leptin, which is involved in the regulation of energy, causing an increased caloric burn. Tuna is also an excellent source of omega-3s and should freely be enjoyed as part of a healthy diet.

Survived Blue Monday? Stay Happy in 2017

Blue Monday

You see? It wasn’t so bad. You clearly survived Blue Monday which, due to the grey weather, post-Christmas skintness and general lack of cheer is supposed to be the worst day of the year. If you can get through that in one piece, then you should be just fine for the rest of the year, trust us! But to help bolster you through the harder days here are 10 top tips to help you stay happy in 2017:

1. Try to Think Positive

This tip always sound hard if you are feeling blue, but you really can think your way into a better frame of mind in many instances. If your job’s awful, think about the fantastic new one you can start working towards securing. If you are concerned about your health, think of ways that you can start an uplifting new regime. If you are simply worried about the state of the world in general, start thinking of changes you can make which will make it a better place. Read on for more ways to think yourself feel better and stay happy…

2.  Enjoy Some Exercise

Do take regular aerobic exercise and it will do you the world of good. Anything that gets you moving and that you really enjoy — walking, running, dancing, swimming, trampolining, cycling— will ensure that your body is flooded with happy hormones, endorphins, will help you burn off stress and leave you feeling calmer. Not to mention all the absolute brilliant toning, calorie-burning, fat-busting things exercise can do for your body, which will help you stay happy all over!

3. Eat Right, Day and Night

It is incredibly important that you eat the right things to help you stay happy. Filling yourself up with cheap, starchy, sugary rubbish might make you feel a rush or sated for a minute or two, but the cash will inevitably follow and in the longer term this way of eating will do you a lot of harm. The great new is, that if you eat foods that genuinely help you to stay happy in your body, mind and soul, then you will not only benefit hugely, but you can normally eat more of them too! Have fun discovering healthy recipes here on Qooton – full of fresh vegetables, fruits, fiber and super foods and eat well all year long.

4. Come into the Light

If you feel a little blue at present, regardless of what day it might be, it could be that you are not getting enough natural light. Natural daylight and bright sunlight help to stabilize the levels of serotonin and can trigger beneficial endorphin, both of which are key hormones when it comes to boosting the mood.

Never forget: we are animals with primal responses and it can be vital to satisfy some of these needs if we are going to stay happy. Try to get outside into the open air for at least ten minutes each day. Our grandparents may have talked about “blowing the cobwebs off” with a bit of fresh air and the truth is… it really does work! Go into the light and feel revitalized and reinvigorate.

Stay Happy Keep Learning

If you’re worried that you are falling behind in terms of your skills and education, then you are sure to find it harder to stay happier. The key to a better, more rewarding life is to make sure that you keep on re-skilling yourself: keep on learning.

One great way to do this is to identify an area of particular interest and then to take a course in it. This may seem prohibitive as it is an expensive undertaking for many people, but the fabulous news is that there are a number of exceptionally good value deals out there for courses, especially at this time of year. Whether you want to further your knowledge of a particular business discipline, or whether you want to learn new skills in order to obtain your new dream job, there is something for you, possibly at a bargain price and without leaving the comfort of your own lovely home: try looking at Group Online Courses for starter.

Stay Happy

Smile More, Every Day

You know exactly how the song goes:

Smile though your heart is aching

Smile even though its breaking

When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by

So, in other words… smile. Whenever you smile, your brain receives a huge payload of feel-good chemicals and your body relaxes enormously, so much so that your blood pressure may even be lowered. What’s more, if you smile you will make other people smile and so it goes, on and on, until the world is a happier place and better able to stay happy.

But, you have to ask, what exactly should you be smiling at? Well… if you can conjure up a merry face at the thought of a baby’s gurgle or perfect symphony, try more personal inspiration. What do you have to be happy about today. Maybe you woke up full of energy and health, or your children are in a great mood or simply maybe because you have enough money to buy some ingredients for a nice dinner. It is good to be grateful: it makes you feel optimistic and more likely to smile. If that doesn’t work and if you are feeling to tired, blue and immune to the blessing is your life, try volunteering – spend time at a homeless shelter, hostel or old people’s home. As well as helping out, you may be tempted to smile to encourage those who are far worse off. Moreover, you’ll smile even more because you will be feeling both grateful for your own relatively happy circumstances and very good indeed! But more than that you will smile because it is good just to give, for its own sake.

Stay Happy… All Year Long

So, there you go, a number of key ways in which you can stay happy from now until the next New Year and far beyond. If you feel the shadows of the blues creeping in once again, simply give yourself a ‘happiness review’ and look at what you can change for the better. Keep checking back to Qooton.com for more ideas to help you stay happy – we’re here to put a big smile on your face, after all!

17 Alternative Therapies That Could Change Your Life

Therapies

Many types of alternative therapies (also called complementary medicine or integrative medicine) come from traditional medicine practices of particular cultures and have been used for hundreds or thousands of years. Some are hands on, some hands off; for some, you work with a trained practitioner, and for others you can DIY. You’ll find a wide variety of therapies to explore.

Even though many of them haven’t been proven through controlled clinical trials to do what they say they can do, all of these alternative therapies have proponents who swear by them. You may discover that one of these therapies works for you, even if science can’t (yet) explain it.

(Note that this is not a medical website and I am not a doctor. This article is intended only as a brief introduction to a variety of therapies, and is not an endorsement of any or all of them. Enjoy!)

Acupuncture

What it is: Small needles are placed in the skin at acupuncture points to address different issues.

May be especially helpful for: pain relief, especially back and joint pain.

Acupressure

What it is: Like acupuncture, acupressure is centered around working with the acupuncture points on the body. Unlike acupuncture, needles aren’t used. Practitioners often use their hands and fingers instead.

May be especially helpful for: pain relief, including headaches and stomach aches

Therapeutic massage

What it is: Massage is already known as a stress reliever and is often seen as a luxury or a treat, but deliberate bodywork can do much more than simply aid relaxation.

May be especially helpful for: muscle pain and tightness, stress reduction, increased circulation

Reiki

What it is: A Reiki practitioner lightly place their hands on different areas of your body to manipulate your energy and improve health. Unlike a typical massage, with reiki you stay fully clothed.

May be especially helpful for: reducing pain and anxiety

Chiropractic

What it is: Doctors of Chiropractic often focus on the health of the spine and make “adjustments” in order to affect other parts of the body.

May be especially helpful for: back and neck pain, headaches, arthritis

Applied kinesiology

What it is: A system of evaluation involving “muscle challenges,” “chemical challenges,” and “emotional challenges” followed by a treatment plan that avoids drugs and surgery.

May be especially helpful for: relieving emotional stress, addressing emotional issues

Feldenkrais Method

What it is: In this method of “somatic education,” a practitioner works with a student to help them become aware of the way they habitually move and how that might be affecting their quality of life. The practitioner then leads the student through slow, repeated movements to replace undesirable movements with more beneficial movements.

May be especially helpful for: improving coordination and flexibility, increasing range of motion, reducing pain

Alexander technique

What it is: Like Feldenkrais, this technique is more about education than direct physical or energetic manipulation. The instructor helps the student become aware of when they respond to situations by tensing up so they can unlearn that response. Alignment and coordination are focuses of this technique.

May be especially helpful for: reducing chronic tension, improved posture and coordination

Trager psychophysical integration

What it is: Another method of somatic education, the Trager approach involves both a passive component (where the practitioner gently manipulates the body to teach the student how to move with more ease and less tension) and an active component (where the student learns some simple movements know as Mentastics).

May be especially helpful for: increasing ease and range of motion, promoting relaxation

Cupping

What it is: Cups are placed on the skin so that the air is drawn out and a suction effect occurs, encouraging blood flow, chi movement, and toxin removal. “Wet cupping” involves controlled bloodletting, while “dry cupping” doesn’t.

May be especially helpful for: alleviating back and neck pain, addressing high blood pressure, reducing stress

Moxibustion

What it is: Cones or bundles of “moxa” – dried plant materials – are burnt on or near the skin, manipulating the body’s chi.

May be especially helpful for: relieving the pain from arthritis, addressing digestion problems

Homeopathy

What it is: Plant-based homeopathy “remedies” are created to address a variety of physical and psychiatric ailments, using the concept of the Law of Similars in which “like cures like.”

May be especially helpful for: chronic issues like fatigue and stress

Homeopathy

Bach flower remedies

What it is: There are 38 of these patented “remedies” or “essences” made from flowers, each of which is intended to treat different emotional states like jealousy or lack of self confidence. To use the remedies, add a couple drops to spring water and drink.

May be especially helpful for: ridding unwanted negative emotions and replacing them with positive emotions

Herbal medicine

What it is: This general term encompasses medical practices that use plants to cure physical and emotional problems. Different practices of herbal medicine have developed in China, India, Indonesia, and in the Americas among the native peoples.

May be especially helpful for: improving skin condition, addressing digestive problems, relieving headaches and pain

Aromatherapy

What it is: The use of aromatic oils from plants and flowers to improve mental well-being. Oils can be massaged into the skin or simply inhaled to be effective.

May be especially helpful for: relieving pain, improving mood, focusing the mind

Music therapy

What it is: A music therapist works with you to tackle emotional and cognitive problems through music. That can mean listening to particular types of music or it can mean actually singing and playing instruments. It may be effective for certain populations, including people on the Autism Spectrum, those with Alzheimer’s, and children with emotional problems.

May be especially helpful for: aiding rehabilitation after a long illness, managing pain

Hypnosis and hypnotherapy

What it is: A hypnotherapist can help you break a bad habit or build a new habit by helping get you into a hypnotic state where appropriate goals are suggested to you. After coming out of hypnosis, you follow up with action to support those goals.

May be especially helpful for: breaking bad habits like smoking, overeating, biting nails, and wetting the bed, or building good habits like brushing teeth and exercising; also used for pain relief

Dead Sea Mud: Clear Skin for the Party Season

Dead Sea Mud

When the party season comes around, we all want to look our absolute best. Looking good during the season of velvet, fake fur, real diamonds, sequins and (normally) no tan can come down to one simple thing – having a beautiful complexion anf feeling great to boot.

The skin can become dull and problematic during the winter. Some people find that the skin becomes dry and lacklustre, others suffer from breakouts as the skin works less efficiently. Some get chapped skin, others might find that the skin on the face and elsewhere may just need a wonderfully stimulating, soothing boost… which is precisely where Dead Sea Mud comes in.

Dead Sea Mud is an extraordinary substance, famous throughout the world as being rich in nourishing, soothing, purifying, detoxifying, stimulating and health-giving minerals. But the big questions remain – what exactly is it and what can you actually do with it? What can it help with and how? Read on…

What is Dead Sea Mud?

Dead Sea Mud has been harvested from the banks of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, lying between Jordan and Israel. It contains around 45,000 million tons of salts which are extraordinarily rich in 26 or more minerals the world-famous Dead Sea Minerals. It is extremely beneficial for the skin and body. It is not what we think of as mud or ‘dirt’ in the ordinary sense – it is in fact alluvial silt that has washed down to ground level from the majestic peaks in the surrounding landscape, ending up on the shores of this inland sea of salt.

Critically, this is mud that has evolved over thousands of years as layer upon layer of silt has settled to create this remarkable natural gift. Dead Sea mud is exceptionally high in levels of calcium, magnesium, potassium, boron, strontium and iron and can supply the body with many of its essential mineral needs.

How Dead Sea Mud Helps Your Skin

Here are 5 truly fantastic ways in which Dead Sea Mud can help to get your skin ready to party all through the festive season:

Clearing up Acne

Dead Sea Mud contains many beneficial minerals, but it has also been shown to annihilate acne-causing bacteria. The unique, dark, enriched Mud can be used in masks, exfoliators, lotions and soaps to great effect. This is because Dead Sea Mud has been proven to have antimicrobiological properties. In other words, when scientists carried out lab tests where they exposed acne-causing bacteria to Dead Sea Mud, the results were astonishing – the bacteria rapidly lost its viability, it could not survive.

That is great news for anyone who suffers from acne and wants a highly effective natural solution. Apply Dead Sea Mud as a face mask and let it rest on your face until it starts to dry, then rinse your skin clear. Do this on a weekly basis and the improvements in the condition of your skin can be dramatic – wave goodbye to unsightly, uncomfortable acne.

Preventing or Reducing Wrinkles

Dead Sea Mud has a significant role to play as part of a highly effective anti-aging treatment. Studies have shown that Dead Sea salt when applied could lead to as much as a 40% reduction in the depth of wrinkling in the skin.

When it forms the basis of a face mask, Dead Sea Mud can have incredible results. The highly saline Mud actively helps unfold the wrinkled skin area and generate new cells so that the complexion becomes smoother and less lined. The difference in the tone and texture of the skin can be visible after just a few applications of Dead Sea Mud.

Soothing Eczema

The extremely high concentrations of salt and minerals in Dead Sea Mud can work absolute wonders on skin that is itchy and sore with eczema. People sometimes think eczema skin is dry, because it lacks oil, but it is actually because skin afflicted with eczema does not retain enough water. To correct dryness, the best thing to do is to mask the skin in Dead Sea Mud for 20 minutes, then bathe, pat the skin dry and apply a natural emollient like Argan oil to lock in the moisture.

Soothing Eczema

Easing Aches and Pains

The exceptionally high concentration of minerals in Dead Sea Mud is thoroughly recommended for natural relief of aching muscles which can be caused by arthritis pain, plus to help relieve the symptoms of fibromyalgia, muscle stiffness, joint inflammation and back pain. Applying Dead Sea Mud can help ease knee aches and pains by stimulating the circulatory system and relaxing the nerves. Research from Ben Gurion University concluded that patients who were treated with Mud compresses made mineral-rich Dead Sea Mud reported less knee pain from osteoarthritis. It has proved equally effective for chronic low back pain – in studies pain severity was reduced in patients who had been treated with Dead Sea Mud compresses. Try applying Dead Sea Mud to painful joints such as knees, wrists and elbows. Leave it on until it dries and then rinse it clear for the best results.

Cleansing and Minimizing Pores

A Dead Sea Mud mask can vastly improve your complexion by improving elasticity and minimizing pores, increasing radiance and vitality. Apply a purifying mask of the mud to your face and leave it to dry. As it does so, toxins are drawn out from your skin cells. The skin of your face is left looking clean, clear, well-nourished and refreshed.

The purifying face mask works by creating a seal over the skin. The blood circulation increases, and the face becomes warmer, so that the pores release sebum and toxins through perspiration, as well as absorbing nourishing ingredients in the Dead Sea Mud mask. The skin is also more able to absorb vitamins, proteins and Dead Sea minerals and therefore to regenerate a healthy cell layer. These benefits last for some days as the performance of the skin’s vital regeneration functions are enhanced and the skin’s texture is visibly improved.

Where Can I Find Dead Sea Mud?

Dead Sea Mud comes in many forms and is used in a wide variety of products. If you would like to apply a body wrap or facial mask, try Seacret or the Ahava range of products which is available from a high street chemist such as Superdrug. There are also Dead Sea Mud soaps such as the range offered at Boots.

20 Fun and Effective Alternatives to Meditation

Hate to meditate? You’re not alone. Although it seems like it should be the easiest thing in the world, sitting still and breathing deeply for even 5 minutes can be a big challenge. But since meditation is so beneficial to both mind and body, it’s worth trying to work it, or one of the alternatives below, into your regular routine.

1. Tai chi

This Chinese martial art is studied widely around the world for its health benefits, and it’s even been called “meditation in motion.” Common practice of tai chi (or t’ai chi) for health typically involves slow, deliberate movements through a sequence. Because it’s low impact, it’s great for a wide range of ages and fitness levels, and it’s known to calm the mind and improve the stress response.

2. Qigong

Also originating from China, qigong (or qi gong, chi gung) is a meditation-in-motion practice that also incorporates slow movement and energy work. It has many of the same health benefits as tai chi, but may be more suitable for people with fitness limitations.

3. Yoga

Great for the body, great for the mind. Some types of yoga focus on the meditation aspect more than others, like hatha, kundalini, and yin. But you can deliberately incorporate meditation and mindfulness into any form of yoga you choose.

4. Running

Many runners enter a flow state which looks a lot like meditation: time doesn’t seem to pass at the same rate, the sense of “self” becomes less clear, and attention is focused on the current moment.

5. Swimming

For physical types who don’t fancy running, swimming is an alternative that also does wonders for the body and the mind.

6. Rock climbing

Like running and swimming, rock climbing is a full-body sport that’s physically challenging. Unlike running and swimming, where you can get into the groove of the repetitive motion, rock climbing requires you to be mindful of each and every step you take.

Rock climbing

7. Golf

Golf requires patience, precision, and control of the body and the breath. Played with the goal of staying in the moment, it can be a wonderful alternative to sitting meditation.

8. Time in nature

A round of golf also has something else going for it: it’s outdoors. Being in nature – whether you’re running, boating, taking a walk, or just sitting quietly – improves your immune system, mental well-being and ability to focus.

9. Time with animals

Pets can be such powerful influences on our emotional health that many people have medically recognized Emotional Support Animals (ESAs). Whether we care for them or simply spend some time around them, animals can help reduce stress and anxiety, improve mood, and focus our attention on something other than ourselves and our problems. The next time you take your dog for a walk or sit down with your cat, choose to be mindful and present in the moment. If you don’t own a pet, consider volunteering at a shelter. It’s win-win.

10. Gardening

Benefits of gardening go beyond spending time in nature: nurturing living things and tending their well-being is good for your well-being, too. And even simple gardening tasks like weeding can get you into the beneficial flow state.

11. Laughing

Meet up with a funny friend, watch a funny video on YouTube, or listen to a stand-up routine and laugh. In addition to just being fun, a study last year showed that laughter led to increased levels of gamma waves, brainwaves shown to increase during certain types of transcendental meditation.

12. Playing music

Deliberate practice of an instrument requires focused attention and connects your body and mind together. To make it effective as a meditation practice, just enjoy the experience of practicing scales or working on a tough passage, and don’t be overly attached to the outcome. Stressing about whether you’re playing well is not the point.

13. Listening to certain types of music

Drumming has long been used in many cultures for spiritual purposes, and one of the reasons is that it’s an effective way to manipulate your brainwaves. Drumming or listening to regular, rhythmic drumming increases alpha waves, the same seen in deep relaxation and light meditation. Other types of music, including trance and minimalism, may do the same.

14. Puzzles and games of logic

Doing a Sudoku or playing chess requires you to use logic and imagination, and it stretches your problem-solving skills to the limit. In addition to keeping your brain healthy and your mind sharp, it’s a great way to focus your attention on one thing and clear out the frustrations of your day.

15. Memorizing a poem

Memorizing a poem, like doing a puzzle, requires focused concentration that crowds out other stressful thoughts like what you’re making for dinner or how you’ll pay the bills next month.

16. Coloring

Grab some crayons or colored pencils and get coloring! This creative and attention-focusing activity is becoming popular among the mature crowd, and you can now find a variety of coloring books geared towards adults. Get an extra dose of spirituality and color in mandalas.

17. Knitting

Knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, embroidery, tatting, and other kinds of needlework not only focus your attention and engage your creativity, they also let you get into the flow state through repetitive motion.

18. Ship in a bottle

If knitting isn’t your thing, maybe building things is. Model kits for airplanes, ships, cars, buildings, robots, etc. give you the satisfaction of creating something with your hands while calming your mind and making it focus on one task.

19. Doing the dishes

Next time the sink is full, think of it as an opportunity rather than a chore – an opportunity to get into that state of mindfulness that’s at the heart of effective meditation. A recent study showed that mindful dish washing led to positive results like decreased nervousness and increased inspiration.

20. Bricklaying

Seems like a strange entry, but like many other items on this list, laying brick requires focus and a methodical approach to the task at hand. Winston Churchill famously had the hobby (he was so into it he joined the union of bricklayers and masons in 1928), and if it was good enough for Churchill, well, it’s probably good enough for us.

Bricklaying

Bonus: Meditation

Okay, this one is cheating a bit… meditation as an alternative to meditation? But hear me out. When we think of “meditating” we think of sitting still (possibly in the lotus position) for a period of time in a quiet room, eyes closed, and we’re told to clear our minds completely and just sit. For most of us, who have families, jobs, responsibilities, and long to-do lists, that’s easier said than done.

But that’s just one kind of meditation – there are many more. Instead of trying to clear your mind, you can meditate by focusing on something like a physical object in your hands, a mantra, a sound, or even the number of breaths going in and out of your body. You may want to choose a Zen Koan or a passage from a meaningful book to think deeply about during your meditation time. Just choose your object of focus and bring your mind back to it when you notice your attention drifting, and boom, you’re meditating!

Vegetarian Nutrition – Choosing A Diet Plan

Vegetarian Nutrition

If you need vegetarian nutrition finding the right type of diet weight loss program is sometimes difficult. Choosing the right extreme weight loss diet is never an easy process, normally there are at least a few foods on the menu that you dislike or are allergic to and when you are a vegetarian things become even more complicated. So which diet should you choose if you want vegetarian nutrition? The rest of this article will point you in the right direction and have you on your way to getting a flat stomach in no time at all!

There are a lot of great diets out there even if you are vegetarian, so it all depends on what you are looking for and how motivated you are as to which one you choose. The main thing you should look for if you’re a vegetarian is that your chosen diet is balanced so as to ensure you get all the nutrients your body needs.

It’s important to make sure you’re getting enough protein with your vegetarian nutrition. Protein is made of amino acids, some of these cannot be produced in the body, these are known as “essential amino acids”. These essential amino acids are abundant in meats, fish, poultry and eggs, all of which include the full spectrum, but of course, strict vegetarians won’t want to include any of these foods in their diet and so must find other protein sources to compensate.

With you vegetarian nutrition look to include a wide variety of the following protein rich foods into you diet plan:

  • Nuts and seeds
  • Pulses (beans and lentils)
  • Wheat proteins (cereals, rice and maize)
  • Soya and soya based products such as tofu
  • Quinoa
  • Mycoprotein, sold as Quorn™

Of the foods mentioned above, only soya and quinoa contain the complete mix of essential amino acids so you should do your best to ensure you are eating different types of these protein foods at the same time. Depending which type of vegetarian nutrition you adhere to you can also include milk and dairy products including eggs.

Don’t rely on just one type of protein because you will be missing out on nutrients, also many vegetarians for example, rely heavily on cheese to get protein and because of this their saturated fat intake is extremely high. One final piece of advice would for vegetarians who don’t take milk or dairy products is to make sure they include soya or oat drinks which are fortified with calcium or take a calcium supplement daily.

Adapting most diets to a vegetarian nutrition one is usually fairly simple but of course, it is quicker and easier if the diet program you are looking at already have a vegetarian option in place. One of my favoured programs is the Fat Loss 4 Idiots diet, few people are aware that this idiot proof diet plan has a dedicated vegetarian version and the bottom line is, it works just as well as the regular version! That means even veggies can achieve lose 9 pounds in 11 days results!

The Fat Loss 4 Idiots diet generator includes an option which you can select to create a vegetarian nutrition program – you won’t need to count calories or read labels – this nutrition for dummies plan does the hard work for you, meaning you can concentrate on the most important thing – losing weight fast! The vegetarian Fat Loss 4 Idiots diet follows the same pattern as the regular plan, you will be eating four meals per day, reducing sugar intake and drinking lots of water. Calorie shifting is employed so you are eating different types of foods and for best results you need to incorporate a high quality workout plan – this is nutrition for dummies at its very best.

So, if you are vegetarian, you now have no excuse not to lose weight – there is a simple and effective idiot proof diet out there just for you. Fat Loss 4 Idiots really is one of the best diet plans for weight loss available and it’s diet plan for vegetarians is equally effective. A complete review of Fat Loss 4 Idiots can be found by clicking through the link. Good luck with your vegetarian nutrition – choose wisely and you will flatten your stomach, get rid of love handles and burn fat fast!

Remove Skin Tags Naturally – Fast Wart Removal, Mole and Wart Free in 3 Days

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Suffering from Moles and Warts and other Skin Tags?

Do you feel embarrassed every time people notice your Moles, Warts and other Skin Tags?
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Do you want Tobe free from the pain and embarrassment of unsightly moles, warts or skin tags?

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Discover How You Can Safely Remove Your Moles, Warts or Skin Tags Using Natural Methods Without Damaging Your Skin.

Mole Warts Free in 3 Days will provide all the information you need to finally cure your moles, warts or skin tags without surgery.

Regain confidence or self-esteem and be able to enjoy yourself at social gatherings without any hangups about your skin! You will be able to get rid of moles, warts or skin tags in as little as 3 days

Stop paying for expensive Skin Tag Removal treatments that will not work and they may have unreported side effects. This could cause permanent damage to your skin and affect your overall health in many other ways.

Learn how to Remove Skin Tags Naturally without undergoing expensive surgeries and medicines.

“Mole and Wart Free in 3 Days” features:

1. All methods use easily obtained natural ingredients that tackle the problem. The Natural Skin Tag Removal methods also work on external genital warts, but consultation with your local GP is advised if you have had the condition for a prolonged period of time as the risk of complications increase the longer genital warts go untreated.

2. All Wart and Mole Removal treatments use natural ingredients and there have been no reported side effects. Scars are more associated with surgical procedures than with natural treatment methods.

3. There are many specialists who are aware of these fast skin tag removal methods and who have written about them in various publications. However, most specialists will prescribe medication as it is much easier and quicker for them to do that rather than explain each process to every person with a mole, wart or skin tag affliction.

Remove Skin Tags Naturally can be quick and easy!

What’s the best way to go about skin tag removing?

I know many of you would wonder whats the best way Togo about skin tag removal. There are quite a few conventional and natural methods that can be used to treat skin tag condition. Depending on the size and location of skin tags one of the conventional methods is adopted. These procedures include – scalpel, electrocute, laser treatment or Liquid nitrogen freezing. Using a scalpel a physician can quickly remove skin tags under local anesthesia.

All other treatments (electrocute, laser treatment or Liquid nitrogen freezing) are aimed at cutting the blood supply to skin tags either, by burning or freezing them. So that they dry and detach themselves in a few days. Although these procedures can free you from skin tags, in most cases they also leave you with noticeable scars which we all hate. Especially if this procedures are done on face. Also Most people tend to get these skin tags back after a period of 2 to 3 years and sometimes with vengeance.

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There are quite a few natural techniques that you could use as home remedies that are surprisingly fast and effective. These natural remedies give a permanent solution to the skin tag condition so you don’t have to worry about- any bleeding, burning, or fee zing- or their after effects.

These methods are completely painless and work without leaving any scars. These remedies also work for removing any moles or warts on your body as well. Check out the link skin tags removing sure fire way!

 

What Causes Bed Bugs and How to Prevent ?

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Bed Bugs Causes

What causes bed bugs? well, every people already know that bedbugs have been around even since the biblical days. However, bedbugs have become huge issues in a lot of cities and towns so that they have to be eliminated.

While bedbugs are annoying, the public find it difficult to get rid of them. All of folks have tried everything while searching for information related with bedbugs. It seems that getting rid of bedbugs is not as easy as it seems to be.

What Are Bed Bugs?

 

Before discussing further about how to get rid of bed bugs, it would be better if we learn more information about bed bugs. Bed bugs are insects that feed from the blood of animals and people. Bed bugs may vary in shade and sizes, most of them are about 4mm long and brown. The reason why bed bugs have become huge concerns is they capable to multiply and the process may develop rapidly.

Two things they love the most are carbon monoxide and food supply. The scary thing concerning bed bugs is that they capable live up to 18 months even without a blood feast. While they capable to find a host with a nice bed and food supply, they are ready to ruin our life. With their characteristics like the ability to survive against high temperature and lack of food, bed bugs have become the topic that a lot of folks consider it seriously.

Bed Bugs Everywhere!

Now if you want to know what causes bed bugs, you will be surprised how bed bugs may be found anywhere. For example, in the big cities where there are large concentrations of people in public institutions, public transportation and other places too, you won’t find any difficulty to find bed bugs. Any folks who take a lot of trip may take this insect and bring it to the home. Due to this reason, we may say too that it is almost difficult even impossible to prevent them from coming to our home. So what should we do? Well, there are several things you may do such as bringing a sort of pesticide which will come in handy once you take a trip a lot. You may use it in the hotel room or in the suitcase. At home, you may wash all the clothes and check whether or not there are eggs or adult bugs. At least, doing these things will help you to minimize the risk of carrying bed bugs to the home.

Where to Find Bed Bugs

Getting rid of bed bugs may require some extra work and effort. The reason is because simple cleaning methods won’t be much effective once dealing with bed bugs. While learn concerning what causes bed bugs is important, you have to know a common places where you may find bed bugs too. The following are the common places where you may find bed bugs:

  • Wall paper seams
  • Electrical boxes
  • Cracks in wood molding
  • Inside phones, clocks, smoke detectors, television sets
  • In laundry
  • Bedding and furniture, newer mattresses, secondhand beds
  • Floor cracks
  • Amongst clothing stored in the closets

As mentioned earlier, infested curtains, bedding, soft toys and garments may not be treated with insecticide, the only solution available is to use a steam cleaner or they have to be laundered in the hot water. Aside from using a steam cleaner, you may put the infected items in the freezer too. Since bed bugs won’t be able to survive below freezing temperature.

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

While bed bugs are so troublesome and considered to one of the most difficult bug infestations, there are a few tips which will help you to get rid of bed bugs effectively. The following are a tips you have to know:
Clear the room and get rid of anything that you think you don’t need them anymore. It could be the books, magazines, newspapers and other stuff. Collect all of them and put them into a plastic bag.

  • The next step is to remove all clothing and bedding and put them in the sealed bags. Launder these items at the high temperature. The items that can’t be laundered may be put in the tumble dryer. The other option is to use a steam cleaner which may be so effective to get rid of these pests.
  • Once you have cleared the room, vacuum all the area including curtains, soft furnishings and furniture. Even some weird places should be checked like the alarm clocks, light switches and smoke alarms.
  • Since bed bugs can’t withstand against heat, using a steam cleaner would be a good idea.

Bed Bugs Treatment Products to Consider

When searching for a bed bugs treatment products, most of these products are categorized into three types:
Contact Insecticides: These products contain one or more pyrethoids which will kill the bugs shortly after making the contact. These products have to be applied in the area like the crevices and cracks where bugs hide.
Insecticidal dust: These products contain silica powder or finely ground glass which will make the bugs to dry out. These products have to be applied to the area like the wall voids, crevices, cracks, attics and hollows. Keep in mind not to use these products over the carpets or under carpets
Insect growth regulators: These products don’t kill the bed bugs as they only affect the reproduction cycle of the insects
Some Changes You Can Make
After knowing some information about what causes bed bugs, the other thing you should know is to keep bed bugs gone forever. Well, there are some tasks you can do. The following are some tasks you should do:

  • Glue down the loosened wallpaper and repair cracks in the plaster
  • Seal all screen openings, caulk and seal all holes
  • Using some home remedies such as applying bleach can be a good idea

Overall, getting rid of bed bugs is not as easy as other people think. Although bed bugs are quite persistent, with some tips mentioned above, it is possible to get rid of bed bugs and keep them gone forever from your home. There is nothing better than knowing about what causes bed bugs and how you can get rid of them effectively.