Chapped Lips?

Lots of factors can cause chapped lips – the air, sun, humidity, decrease in water content, and more. If you constantly have a problem with chapped lips, check out some of the following tips to make sure your lips are always smooth and refreshed.

1. Apply lip balm. Of course, this is the number one method to avoid chapped lips. However, many people still forget to constantly apply lip balm. You can also use petroleum jelly.

2. Drink a lot of water. This increases moisture in the tissues and prevents lip drying. As much as possible drink at least eight glasses of water a day.

3. Avoid caffeine. Caffeine is one of the fastest ways to dehydrate, so better cut down if you’re a caffeine addict or switch to low-caffeine or decaf options.

4. Eat foods with lots of vitamins and nutrients. Chapped lips can signal nutritional deficiency. So make sure you aren’t lacking in all the important vitamins like calcium and magnesium.

How do you prevent chapped lips?

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Natural Ways To Beautify

As we grow older, it seems that the cost of beauty increases. We tend to cover up or enhance more parts than we used to and we seem to need more and more products and treatments. Beauty is definitely one of the topmost concerns of everyone, and if you want to make yours last longer, you cannot just depend on the products alone. It is also essential that you incorporate natural beauty habits in your lifestyle, like the following:

1. Hydrating well. Never underestimate your water needs or try to replace it with sodas and other unhealthy drinks. Water is good for your overall body because it flushes out toxins that can cause your health to deteriorate or your body to age faster. Water is one of the basic nourishments our body needs to keep it healthy and young.

2. Eating greens. While it may seem boring at times, the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables are endless. Taking in more of the healthy stuff than carbo- or sugar-loaded foods reflects on our looks as well.

3. Stretching your muscles. Living a sedentary life is one of the fastest ways to bulk up on the fats and lose your youthful figure. Stay active as much as possible either through sports, dance, or whatever is your passion. Hamper aging by keeping that blood flowing.

4. Rejuvenating! Stress is one of the leading factors of physical aging, and a person can look much older than she really is just because she’s stressed all the time. Take time to relax and do the things that calms and re-energizes you.

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Preventing Saggy Boobs

One of the female body parts that women (and men) highly place importance on are the breasts. After all, every female knows how much the male species get attracted to sexy and perky breasts. It is one of the focal points of female sexuality.

However, the inescapable truth is that breasts tend to lose their perkiness and elasticity with aging. This is why sagging breasts is one of the main concerns of women everywhere. Over time, gravity and other external factors can pull down the ligaments in our breasts and cause it to sag. While technology has given women the power to reverse the process and even enlarge (or reduce) the breasts through surgery, many women still fear of the risks involved in such operations. Not to mention the monetary costs of such.

The good news is there are ways to help lengthen the perkiness and elasticity of our breasts. Of course, these are not fool-proof, ultimate solutions, but following these few tips given by experts will surely benefit you in the quest to stay as sexy and as perky as you can.

1. Wear only the best supporting bras. Good supportive bras that hold your breasts firmly in place can counter the gravitational effect because these bras support your breast tissues despite constant movement. Women with big boobs in particular should really wear good supportive bras because big breasts are heavier and can cause more strain on the breast tissues. Furthermore, if you are an active female who likes to exercise or play sports, make sure you wear only the best sports bras that will prevent your breasts to jiggle a lot and lose their elasticity.

2. Drink a lot of water. Drinking a lot of water keeps you hydrated, and hydration keeps your skin elastic. Aside from water, consuming lots of fruits can also boost your hydration and keep skin elastic. So instead of reaching for that soft drink, opt to blend or reach for a natural fruit shake instead.

3. Maintain your weight. It’s true that gaining weight often means gaining larger breasts, but once you lose that weight, this also means a lot of unhealthy fat loss in the breast area. If you are overweight now, lose the weight through the proper ways and then stick to your healthy weight. Constant weight gain and weight loss stresses your breasts, affecting their youthful perkiness.

4. Do not smoke. Female smokers, here’s another reason why you should stop smoking. Incessant smoking highly affects skin elasticity in the long run, so unless you want droopy, dehydrated boobs before you reach your golden years, better quit while you can.

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Swim and Heal

Much has been said about the good things our body can get from swimming, as the seemingly innocent gliding and moving in the water is supposed to be a total body workout. Since the actual benefits of swimming are still a bit vague to me, I looked for more specific answers to why it’s good for us in more ways than one. Check out what I found:

1. It strengthens the heart, lungs and muscles.

Swimming conditions all body types, from the perfectly normal ones to those plagued with alarming conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, or arthritis. In fact, doctors often recommend swimming as an activity to those recovering from a major surgery or heart operation because it is a not too taxing yet effective workout. Regular swimming also builds lung stamina and muscle strength without straining connective tissues like other workout activities could.

2. It’s a great calorie-burner.

Swimming uses all the major muscle groups in the body, which makes it a great weight loss workout and body toner. This is why many swimmers often have toned arms, legs, and tummy, which is one of the major fat problem areas of everyone.

3. It’s the perfect stress reliever.

Swimming is a meditative workout because it deals with not just the body but also the mental state. Exercising while enveloped in warm water induces a calm and relaxing feeling that not only reduces stress, it also help clear one’s mind as it improves delivery of oxygen to all muscles and stimulates blood circulation.

4. It works wonders in pregnant women.

Expectant women are often forbidden to do any moderate to heavy physical activity, but swimming is one of those activities that can actually aid them in their condition. For one, it strengthens the abdominal muscles that are very important when carrying and delivering the baby. Experts say that swimming also reduces the common negative symptoms associated with pregnancy, like high blood pressure and stiffness.

5. It’s a perfect bonding activity.

Now we all know about this one. Swimming is one of the best and healthiest activities we can do to bond and enjoy with our families and friends. The great thing about swimming as a bonding activity is that you can choose to talk and interact with people yet you can also swim off anytime and do your routines and beneficial exercises whenever you want.

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How To Stop Pigging Out

Ever had trouble controlling your appetite as soon as you set your eyes on the table feast? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many women continue to encounter this problem. Here are some tips you can apply to lessen overeating and pigging out.

1. Eat before going to a party or gathering.

Parties usually mean lots of food spread out in scrumptious buffets. If you want to lose some weight and control your intake, eat a healthy snack before going to the party. It may be a bowl of cereal, some fruits, or yogurt. Anything that is healthy and fills up your stomach halfway, that way you don’t attend the party eager to attack.

2. Drink a large glass of sparkling water before every meal.

Drinking water is another way to fill up the stomach without putting on the calories. Having a large glass of water before eating lessens the hunger and appetite for a bit, giving you the feeling of fullness. Do this regularly and you may see the long term benefits of every slight dampening in appetite before every meal.

3. Start with a lot of salad and seafood.

If you are in a party or event and there are lots of foods to choose from, start with the salads or seafood. Salads or seafood could fill you up the way carbohydrates can but with much less of the fats and calories. If you want to have a taste of the yummy-looking pastas and chicken or the scrumptious desserts, do it at the last part of your meal, that way you’ll be full enough to gorge in such calorific treats.

4. Eat slowly.

Eating slowly will give your stomach much more time to tell your brain how much you’ve eaten. On the other hand, eating in haste can result to overeating because you don’t realize how full you are until you’ve fully stuffed your stomach and maximized its capacity. Chew slowly and make sure you crush all the food before swallowing.

5. Eat on the table.

Eating in front of the television or while reading a book can divert your attention and distract you from realizing that you’ve been eating a lot. When you’re eating while doing something you enjoy like watching a favorite show, you unconsciously transfer that enjoyment to your eating, making you consume a lot more than you intended.

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Weight Loss Anyone?

There are many issues that go into dieting and many more reasons why dieting does not always answer the weight loss questions. Here is a simple guide to weight loss that I have found success with in the past.

ATTITUDE Have a new attitude if past attempts at weight loss have not proven successful. The reasons you diet are going to make or break you. Most dieters are doing it for n event in their life, a wedding, a high school reunion, etc., but the best motivators are those that come from within. The typically require a long term commitment. For example, avoidance of diabetes and other health related issues, more energy for you children, better self image. The problem with those external motivators is that once you reach that goal, it is gone and then the weight whether you like it or not is usually back on.

EAT BREAKFAST: There is a reason they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A recent study published by the Journal of Epidemiology found that those people who skipped breakfast were 450% more likely to be obese. They found that the more people ate in the morning, the less they ate throughout the day. People who ate cereal had less body mass than those who had a meat of some type during breakfast. Make time to eat breakfast, it can help you keep the weight off off lose it altogether!

ENERGY: Some people complain that dieting makes them tired and zaps their energy level throughout the day. If this is the case it is because they are not eating enough protein throughout their day. Start your day off with 3 egg white, did you hear that EGG WHITE. Forgo the yolks as they contain a high amount of fat. Scramble some eggs along with some sauted veggies in a tablespoon of olive oil. If you are consuming less then 1200 calories a day, the minimum requirement for women then you are going to become fatigued. A reduction of calories (less then 1200) makes it hard for your body to metabolise the food it takes in and then the body goes into self preservation mode and starts burning calories at a slower level. Also another top reason to eat 3 meals, low in empty carbs (refined sugar and white flour) and high in protein, and at least 2 healthy snacks per day. When choosing crabs make sure they are HIGH FIBER CARBS. Keep the blood sugar at an optimum level throughout the day and your body burns more, so YES I am telling you to EAT MORE but be healthy about it.

INDULGENCE: Sometimes it is hard to avoid the foods we love because they are “bad for us”. People tend to feel compelled to eat more of them before they start dieting, or are tempted too often when they are dieting because those foods are on the no-no list. Instead of avoiding that food altogether, if you can have some restrain, eat those foods, but eat them sparingly and reward yourself every once in a while (that means not all the time and not everyday ladies and gents) with that food. Just take a small amount of of the packaging and out the rest away and eat only that small amount and DO NOT GO BACK FOR MORE. Take a picture of yourself in a bathing suit and stick on your fridge door for added support.

WRITE IT DOWN: Writing down all the food you eat in a day really helps with dieting. Its amazing what we find ourselves eating if we write it down. When we review the list we are sometimes amazed that we ate what we did and feel badly about it. Just be aware of what you are eating and make yourself responsible for writing it down. You will eat less when you see how much of that chocolate cake you devoured for breakfast.

OVEREATING: If you really have trouble with that urge to nosh, join a support group like weight watchers and just know that you are not alone in this battle.

EAT SLOWLY: I know that with kids hectic schedule things can be a rush rush all the time. I have three so I am talking from experience here. What I can tell you is that if you eat slower you will eat less. If you need to count the chews in one bite, then do that and count to 20. I know it sounds annoying but how badly do you want to lose that weight. Eating slower you tend also get fuller faster.

STRESS: If you are overwhelmed, and overworked, chances are you are also over weight. When your body is under physical attack or emotionally drained not only does it lower your immune system, it also makes you eat more. Under those conditions mentioned above, your body produces something called cortisol, a hormone that increases appetite, especially for high refines sugary foods and fat laden foods. This type of eating adds to the fat around your middle. The best defense is exercise! If stress has you down, find ways to alleviate it, maybe through yoga, meditation, find a way to relax and you will feel much better and eat less.

WATER: When was your last sip of water? I keep a bottle on my desk and make it a goal to drink at least 2 of them while in my office during the day (I drink more at other times during the day). Drinking water will remove toxins through your body at a faster pace, but contrary to popular belief, it WILL NOT boost your metabolism. Water is an awesome replacement for high sugary drinks and those vitamin waters that are so popular now. Read the labels on those things, you will be surprised at the sugar content in them. In order to get rid of the calories in a bottle of vitamin water, you have work out vigorously for 20 minutes!

If you have trouble drinking plain water, there is an excellent water on the market that I found at Whole Foods called METROMINT. It is minted water and comes in a variety of flavors. If you are not the mint type person, try making a flavored water yourself. You can take some fresh sliced cucumbers and add them to some chilled water for a great “spa like” flavored water. Add slices of oranges, lemons, limes, or even strawberries for a great flavor. For more ideas on flavored water check out this great site. I add a detox tea bag to bottled water and drink it cold or at room temperature and kill 2 birds with one stone, and it tastes great!

If you are hungry, or think you are, drink a full glass of water first. It may just make you feel the urge to eat less. I drink a full glass of water when I sit down to eat a meal before I eat. That fills me up faster and is much better for me then that piece of bread or dinner roll.

Gotta go fill up my water and jump on my treadmill! If you have any suggestions to h elp with weight loss share them with us, summer is right around the corner!

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Everyone is always looking for that miracle weight loss pill or that fountain of youth. The truth is most of the time all you need is to drink more water. We walk around dehydrated and never even know it. There are many benefits you will see from drinking more water. It will improve your energy, keep skin healthy and glowing, reduce headaches, help you to lose weight, remove toxins from your body. These are just a few of the benefits from drinking more water.

     Many times I will forget to drink water during the day. If I get too busy I will never even think about it. So there are a few tips you do to try and remember to drink your water. I drink my water room temperature so I can drink more at time, so I place a jug with how much I want to drink for the day on a counter. This way I can see how much I need to be drinking…and by the end of the day I can make sure I have drank it all. Drink a glass of water when you first wake up in the morning, we are naturally thirsty when we awake so make water the first thing you do in the morning. You can set a timer to remind your self to drink water through out the day, just until you establish a routine. Another great tip is to keep a bottle of water with you all day and don’t just sip on it, when you take a drink gulp it down and refill the bottle. Sipping water will make you end up not drinking much water at all.

     The amount of water needed differs from person to person, but a good place to start is the 8×8 rule; drink eight 8oz glasses of water a day. If you are overweight you need additional glass for every 25 lbs of excess weight. By drinking this amount you should start feeling better. Water suppresses the appetite naturally and helps the body to metabolize store fat. An increase in water can actually reduce fat deposits. Water is the miracle we have all been searching for, it’s been right at our fingertips the whole time.

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