What normally happens is we set goals and then procrastinate, especially with me. So you write down a to do list of what you would like to achieve…and again and again! What’s the problem? Why are us humans so good at written our goals or lists yet neveror for the most part don’t come up…
Commonly affecting the skin condition of people between ages 12 to 24 is a disease called acne. The cause of acne is hard to determine. However, over secretion of the sebaceous glands is pointed as the cause to trigger most acne outbreaks.
Pilosebaceous units are the combination of the hair follicles and oil glands in the skin. Except for the surface of the palms and the soles of the feet, pilosabaceous units are found on the skin tissue throughout the body . They are responsible in secreting the oily substance called sebum. However, due to many factors (e.g. hormonal imbalances, stress and the skin’s natural condition) the oil glands may be induced to produce more sebum than normal. When this happens, the excess oil plugs the skin pores. This process brings about bacterial infection and stimulate the reaction of the immune system. In the end, acne inflammation results.
Acne can strike at any skin type. An oily skin type is most subseptible to acne. Dry skin on the other hand, may not be as susceptible but serious outbreaks may occur during winter. Normal skin is equally susceptible to acne but the level of severity may not be as high.
Presently, acne is not yet totally curable but can be remedied with several acne skin care methods. Many seek the help of topical medications, which are applied on the surface of the skin. However, employing the use of acne skin care products like “pore strip pads” may remove whiteheads and blackheads but they would not have any effect on the excess sebum produced.
Nevertheless, for remedy and prevention, it is best to employ the following 8 simple tips:
1. A healthy, well-balanced diet must be observed. Therefore, your food intake must incorporate all the essential nutrients the body needs for efficient functioning.
2. Drink plenty of fluids like water, juices. Minimize the intake of carbonated drinks.
3. No make up is recommended.
4. Wash your face with mild soap and water. The logic is to not remove the dirt (as the majority of acne-inflicted person perceive) but to remove the plugs on the skin pores, which may be a combination of dead skin cells, bacteria and hardened sebum. Although dirt is not truly the cause of acne, it may contribute to further infection through its interaction with skin debris and particles and extra oil in the skin.
5. Use topical cleansing pads that may contain one or the combination of the following: salicylic acid, sulfur and benzoyl peroxide to remove excess oil. Another way to minimize the presence of extra oil in the skin is to wash the face with the hottest water you can withstand.
6. Minimize the use of harsh cleansers and use acne skin care items that exfoliate mildly. Do not scrub vigorously to the affected areas.
7. If your hands are dirty, refrain from touching your face.
8. If you have long hair, tie up your hair so that it is kept away from the face. This is especially so if the weather is hot and you have been perspiring.
Preventative acne skin care steps are just as important as the treatment of acne itself. With prevention, at least, you know how to ensure that your acne problem does not escalate and spread to a bigger infected area.
Time flies huh? Before you know it, the kids are grown and out of the house and you can finally look forward to a little rest and relaxation. After all, you deserve it.
And before you can take the umbrella out of that fruity little drink you’ve been craving, it hits you — that dull, nagging pain in your lower back that wasn’t there five years ago. The over-the-counter pain killers might take away the edge, but the pain is still there. It’s a constant reminder that the years are quickly passing by, and your body just isn’t what it used to be.
With a new medicine hitting the shelves every day, and the chance of dangerous and unknown side effects, more and more people who suffer from constant pain are turning to natural treatments to alleviate those nagging aches and pains.
A is for Acupressure
Relax, because there is help on the way! A rapidly-growing natural method of pain treatment is through acupressure, an alternative pain management option that utilizes pressure points to channel energy and relief to trigger points. Some studies have even shown that acupressure has been effective in quelling vomiting and nausea, as well as lower back pain.
When these trigger points (also called potent points) are stimulated through pressure or heat, the chemicals (endorphins) that control pain are released. Pressure can be applied a variety of ways, with the hands, elbows or a variety of acupressure tools: such as an acuball, a power mat, a spine roller, or a Teishein, an original acupuncture needle. While this device may sound scary, the needle does not actually go through the skin, but is used to apply pressure to the points.
As pressure is applied to one of many points on the body, any tensions or toxins that are currently residing in those points are rapidly released as the muscle fibers relax. As circulation increases, blood and oxygen are carried to the pressure points, allowing the person to relax. Deep breathing during this process also helps elongate the muscle fibers as well as relax the participant.
Acupressure: More than just pain relief
In addition to pain management, many people use acupressure as a way to relieve and eliminate tensions, as well as rebalancing the body’s natural rhythms. Acupressure has also been successful in boosting immune systems as the body’s natural illness resisters are strengthened.
While hundreds of acupressure points reside in the body, there are three that are most commonly used to relieve pain, nausea or stress. These include the soft area between your thumb and forefinger, the fleshy part between your first and second toe and your inner anklebone.
Did you know that light therapy can actually help you sleep better? It sounds a little weird to say that light can help you sleep and rest more fully. After all, when human beings go to bed, they turn out all the lights in the room in which they are sleeping. But sleep is a programmable state. So you can tell your body when it should and should not be sleeping or wakeful.
That is the premise behind the practice of light therapy for battling insomnia. Sleep cycles differ for everyone. And your particular circadian rhythm probably has a lot to do with your genetic makeup. But because of influences from our jobs, families, friends and hobbies, we can often push ourselves out of our natural sleep rhythm cycle. And that is where light therapy comes in.
Insomnia is often a reflection of habits you have and actions you take which cause you to sleep restlessly. And you may be a morning person stuck on the night shift, or a night owl that has to get up very early in the morning to head off to work. So you end up battling insomnia. Light therapy helps out by “tricking” the sleep monitor in your brain which equates bright light with waking activity.
The longer that you are awake, the more that “sleep pressure” builds up. Basically, your brain has a timer which tracks how long you have been awake. After 16 to 18 hours of non-sleep, your brain tells your body that it is time to rest. The good news is, if you have somehow jumbled up your natural sleep cycle, it can often times be returned effectively with light therapy.
Here is how it works. Since that sleep timer in your brain equates bright light with being awake, you can effectively reprogram it. A special light box or bank of lights is placed close to you for a certain period of time each day. These special lights perfectly mimic sunlight, which naturally programs human beings for sleeping and waking.
The physical, behavioral and mental changes that run through a 24-hour cycle are reset using these bright lights. When working with your doctor or sleep coach, light therapy boxes used consistently, and properly timed, can effectively reduce or even eliminate your insomnia episodes.
This will mean incorporating bright lights into your daily schedule for a set number of weeks or months. But millions of insomniacs have become used to this treatment, and you can too if you want to fall to sleep badly enough.
You first need to become aware of your natural sleep cycle. That is why it is important to talk to a doctor or sleep therapist before you attempt to use light therapy boxes on your own.
Available in stores and online, light therapy treatments might even be covered by your insurance. Speak with your physician today about the possibility of using light therapy to help you fall to sleep faster, and sleep more fitfully.
Teenagers go through so many changes, physically and mentally. Your body is changing drastically, and your emotions and feelings seem to spike and fall without a moment’s notice. That is why it is so important to eat right, giving your mind and body the proper nutrients it needs to grow strong and healthy. Practice the following top 7 nutrition tips for teens, and you will find your important teen years full of health and happiness.
1 – Eat Fiber and Protein at Breakfast
High-fiber foods make you feel fuller longer, and help regulate a healthy digestive system. This can keep your body at a healthy weight, and when combined with protein at breakfast every day, provides plenty of daily energy. Studies show that teenagers that eat protein every morning tend to have fewer problems with overweight and obesity. So not only do you have plenty of energy all day long, but you avoid packing on extra fat, and what teenager wants that?
2 – Sleep… A Lot
You have probably heard you need to sleep 8 hours a night to stay healthy. The truth is, your teen body is growing so rapidly that it needs from 8 to 10 hours of rest each and every night. Poor sleep patterns can lead to a host of illnesses and ailments, both physical and mental.
3 – Eat Lots of (Yuck) Fruits and Vegetables
Sure, you may not love all vegetables and fruits. But there are no doubt some that you enjoy eating. When your body grows properly, enjoying good nutrition, you look and feel great, always have plenty of energy, and cut down on the amount of time that you are sick and feeling poorly.
You also give your adult self a better chance at a long, healthy life. Eat lots of vegetables and fruits, whole grains and whole foods, and avoid processed foods as much as possible.
4 – Unplug And Get Moving
You knew this was coming. Proper nutrition is important for energy, healthy weight maintenance and keeping your bodily functions operating properly. That means you need to unplug from all of your electronics from time to time. Put down the MP3 player and smartphone, park your tablet and unpark your rear end. Get up, get outside, socialize with your friends, enjoying some physical activity, and you may find that your electronic addiction is not really that important after all.
5 – Get Out in the Sunshine
Today’s processed food diet is one that many teens unfortunately enjoy. That means you could be lacking in a lot of essential nutrients and minerals, like vitamin D. When you do not get enough vitamin D as a teenager, you run the risk of contracting cancer, many different heart diseases, multiple sclerosis and other ailments as an adult. Exposure to natural sunshine for just 10 to 15 minutes provides all of the vitamin D your young body needs to help you stay strong and healthy.
6 – Take a Walk in a Grassy Park
When you kick off your shoes and walk barefoot in a grassy field, park or meadow, a smile almost instantly appears on your face. Why is that? It is because as your feet stir up the natural elements that make up and surround green grass, you benefit from natural electrons which are conducted to your body.
Some studies have shown that just 15 to 30 minutes spent walking barefoot on grass can help lower elevated blood pressure levels, improve your eyesight and help relieve stress that so frequently accompanies your turbulent teen years.
7 – Eat, Don’t Avoid Meals
Your teen years are full of peer pressure. Add the fact that all the advertisements you see and hear expect you to be skinny and trim, and you may start missing meals intentionally in an attempt to keep your weight down. But that actually puts your body in starvation mode.
It begins to store fat, which is just the opposite of what you intend. Eat 5 or 6 times a day, spreading your daily caloric intake across all of those meals. Enjoy 3 main meals and 2 or 3 snacks. Each time that you chew and swallow, your metabolism rate actually increases, giving you a better chance of maintaining a healthy body weight and burning fat.
In many ways, proper nutrition is going to be similar for men and women, young and old. But there are obvious reasons why important differences will make up what is smart nutrition for one person, as opposed to another. If you are a man attempting to eat smarter so you will look and feel better, be healthier and stronger and live longer, the following top 10 nutrition tips for men will help you accomplish your goals.
1 – Get Some Protein in Every Breakfast
Protein provides fuel. When you eat protein at breakfast, studies show that you will actually consume fewer total calories throughout the day. Healthy protein in eggs, chicken, nuts and seeds or soy products produces healthy hormones and enzymes, and energizes you for the day ahead. It also makes you feel fuller longer, which may be why breakfast protein eaters eat less during the day than those who do not eat protein in the morning.
2 – Do Not Skip Meals
Skipping any meal just tends to lead to overeating during the next meal. It also puts your body on starvation notice, which means you store fat at a higher than healthy rate.
3 – Eat More Frequently
This doesn’t mean you should eat the typical western portion several times a day. It just means that your 2,000 to 2,500 calorie daily intake should be spread across 5 or 6 meals. This can include 3 major meals and 2 or 3 small snacks. Your metabolism is cranked up every time you eat, and you actually process calories better when you ingest them in smaller quantities.
4 – Opt For Herbs and Oils Instead of Salt and Condiments
Salt, ketchup and mayonnaise can it really flavor up a meal. This does not necessarily mean they are healthy for you, simply because they taste great. Replace mayonnaise and ketchup with olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice and other healthy oils and juices. Kick deadly salt to the curb, and replace it with healthy herbs and spices. Your nutritional profile will certainly appreciate the effort.
5 – Balance Your Plate
Every time you eat a balanced meal, you benefit from proper nutrition. Your body processes each meal as if it were your last. That means it appreciates getting good fats, vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates and a sensible amount of calories every time you eat.
6 – Drink Lots of Water
Your body is roughly 60% water. As a man, you are usually going to be larger than a woman, and require more water to properly hydrate your body. How much water should a man drink every day? Double your weight in pounds, and divide by 3. For instance, a 180 pound man using this formula should drink 120 ounces of water each day. The importance of water to proper health and processing of nutrients and waste chemicals can not be overstated.
Emotional overeating disorders can be difficult and devastating for those who suffer from them. What makes this happen? Why is it that some people, knowingly or unknowingly, turn to food for comfort? Here are some thoughts and ideas on those questions.
Emotional overeating disorder is a general term that refers to any of various eating habits where genuine hunger is not the motivational factor. It is more common among women than men, but men are not immune – especially young men in their teens and twenties. Those who suffer from this disorder associate food with emotional comfort, and will turn to eating to escape negative feelings.
For some with emotional overeating disorder, the problem stems from past traumatic events. Someone who suffered sexual abuse, for example, or some other kind of sexual trauma may overeat in response to feelings of anxiety and confusion. The result is a fatter body, which some sources suggest may cause the sufferer to feel “protected” from being attractive to the opposite sex. Subconsciously or consciously, the sufferer wants to be unattractive. Other examples of past trauma or unmet needs may cause a person to turn to emotional overeating.
People who suffer from low self-esteem and a negative self-image may seek escape by overeating. In a way, emotional overeating is a physical expression of what the sufferer feels inside, and the resulting weight projects the same image of self-disrespect.
Like alcoholics, those who struggle with emotional overeating may be unconsciously using food as a drug. Eating numbs or dulls the emotions that might be too hard to deal with otherwise.
Studies indicate a strong correlation between depression and emotional overeating. Ironically, sometimes as depression grows worse a sufferer loses weight; weight loss means the sufferer is not eating as much, and therefore not engaging in his or her coping mechanism.
Prolonged, unrelieved stress can have a profound effect on the body. Stress stimulates the body to produce, among other chemicals, the hormone cortisol. Cortisol apparently has a hunger-stimulating effect, and as the stressful emotions increase along with the cortisol, a cycle of emotional eating can play out.
There are triggers or causes of emotional overeating that are not necessarily in the categories above. Some examples might be:
* Oral need or a need to satisfy your mouth’s need to do something
* Social pressure or embarrassment at eating in public, resulting in overeating in private
* Financial stress
* Relationship difficulties