Sunday, November 30, 2014

Why You Shouldn't Be Skipping Meals

Men and women who are into losing weight or belly bulge in preparation for an event often skip meals for quick results. While it is proven effective for such purpose, it is also proven to be very harmful to one's health.

Not all the food you eat are stored as fats. Some of the digested food are converted by the digestive into sugar which enters the blood stream. Blood sugar is important in providing the energy you will need to function properly for the entire day. Skipping meals causes your blood sugar to drop and your insulin level to become unmanageable. If this continues for years, you're most likely to develop diabetes.

For your body to be healthy, it must be nourished with a balanced diet. Thus, it must receive enough amount of nutrients from fruits, vegetables and meat. How can you feed your body with these if you keep on skipping meals? Certain kinds of cancers and cardiovascular diseases may occur if you lack these nutrients.

Lastly, skipping meals alters the rate of your metabolism. Your metabolism slows down when you don't eat. Consequently, your body will have a hard time digesting food when you start eating at a regular rate. You will be surprised that you're gaining weight even though you don't eat as much.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Natural Ways to Avoid Hair Loss

There are many factors that bring about hair loss. Age, genetics, illness, medications, menopause, pregnancy and stress are a few of these factors.  For someone to experience hair loss, one or two of these factors must be present.

Different options like drugs and hair transplant are now available in the market to beat hair loss. Even though they’re costly, they’re unable to ensure hair growth. Thus, rooting for the natural options is often times more effective and practical.

Don’t skip your vitamins – Vitamins aren’t only good for your body and skin. They’re good for the hair as well.  Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin E and Omega 3 work well together to provide healthy and strong hair. 
  • Vitamin A – is responsible for the production of sebum in the scalp. Sebum promotes healthy hair growth.
  • Vitamin B – is responsible for the production of melanin which gives the hair its natural  colour. It also aids the circulation of blood in the scalp.
  • Vitamin E – also aids blood circulation in the scalp. It keeps the hair follicles productive.
  • Omega 3 – contributes to the moisture needed for healthy hair.

Massage topical treatments onto your scalp – Massaging the scalp with essential oils from nature promotes productive hair follicles. Moreover, it helps enough moisture to get into the scalp. Coconut oil and egg oil are two natural items that you can use for this.

Use natural conditioners – Canola oil and olive oil are best applied onto the hair as conditioners. After application, cover your hair with a shower cap for an hour. Shampoo afterwards. You will find your hair shiny and soft like never before.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

How to Put Your Sodium Intake into a Healthy Perspective

Sodium is not harmful to one's health. Its abuse is what damages a person's health. Right amount of sodium intake can provide the following benefits:
  • maintenance the right balance of fluids in your body
  • transmission of nerve impulses
  • contraction and relaxation of muscles
The kidneys are responsible in regulating the presence and  use of sodium inside your body. The kidneys hold onto it if its amount in the body is very low. The kidneys try their best to eliminate excess sodium that the body doesn't need. When they fail to do so, sodium gets into the blood and causes serious health problems.

The recommended amount of sodium is less than 2000 mg daily.  It can be acquired from consuming canned and processed food, shellfishes and table salt. Most chips sold in supermarkets contain a lot sodium. If you're addicted to them, you're most likely to have excess amount of sodium in your body.

To correct your sodium intake, do the following tips:
  • Eat more fresh foods
  • Purchase low-sodium products
  • Remove salt from recipes whenever possible
  • Limit use of sodium-laden condiments like soy sauce, fish sauce, etc
  • Use herbs, spices and other flavorings to season foods instead of sodium

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

How Not to Feel Tired

It is natural to feel tired of experience fatigue. This is especially true for those who have already reached their middle age. However, it can be avoided through energy-boosting practices. Below is a short list of them.

Put your health on check - Do you suffer from heart disease, kidney failure or diabetes? Any of these can cause you to feel tired and so better ask your doctor first. If you're given prescriptions drugs, check which ones cause you the feeling of tiredness. Ask your doctor what you can replace them with.

Keep moving - This includes exercising and other physical activities that you can engage in. Movement pumps up energy in the body and improves quality of life.

Avoid dehydration - Dehydrated people get tired easily. Drink as much water as you can daily. Remember that our body is mostly liquid. Replace the water you lose daily with at least 2 liters of water. You will be surprised that you don't feel tired.

Get enough sleep - Sleep is the body's natural way to rest, heal and replenish the energy that has been lost during the day. Six to eight hours of sleep during night time will keep you from feeling tired the next day.

Burn the extra pounds - Medical studies show that overweight individuals often feel lethargic. Start eating healthy food in right portions and lose weight through exercising. You will regain strength and never feel tired by doing this.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Ways to Keep Your Skin Moisturised

Having a dry skin is not only ugly to look at. It also makes you look older than your age. If you experience both dilemmas, get enlightened with tips listed below.

1) Know your skins type - Don't use just any kind of body wash and facial wash. Know your skin type and use the right soap for your skin. Research about the best products recommended for your skin type. Don't fall for cheap ones. Oftentimes, cheap soap contain harmful ingredients that dry up the skin.

2) Consider natural moisturising ingredients - Read product labels. Choose soaps and other skin care products with natural moisturisers like coconut oil, olive oil and jojoba oil.

3) Dry your skin properly - After taking a bath or shower, dry your face and body with a clean towel. Refrain from rubbing the towel roughly against your skin. Gently pat your skin with towel to dry. If possible, use towel that doesn't have coarse texture.

4) Always bring a moisturiser, hand cream and body cream - You skin can turn dry at instant due to certain circumstances. It is best that you have moisturisers ready with you.

5) Indulge in a scrub - Get a facial scrub and body scrub every week or every two weeks. Both are helpful in scraping off deep-seated dirt that depletes the natural moisture in your skin. Regular scrubs will make your skin look healthy and feel smooth.