How to Get and Keep Healthy Skin

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Not only is our skin the largest organ of our bodies but it also plays an important role in our appearance. Our skin is typically the first thing that other people notice about us. Moreover, our skin plays a vital role in our health, protecting our bodies and inner organs from harmful substances and injury. For some of us, however, our skin is often ignored when it comes to taking care of ourselves. Here are some ways to take care of your skin no matter your age:

  • Diet and Exercise – It should be no surprise that diet and exercise have a profound impact on how your skin looks and feels. Exercise increases the circulation of blood and nutrients to your skin. Furthermore, diet plays an important role. For healthy skin, make sure you are getting plenty of foods with vitamin A like carrots and low-fat yogurt. Foods high in antioxidants, like berries, are critical as well. Selenium and essential fatty acids found in foods like walnuts, turkey, tuna, and flax seed are good for the skin, too.
  • Stay Hydrated – Getting enough water to stay hydrated every day, about eight glasses, goes a long way towards keeping your skin young and looking great.
  • Take Time to Relax – High levels of stress can produce all kinds of problems for your skin. When you are stressed out, your body releases cortisol, which could lead to breakouts of pimples. Control your stress by taking time to relax. You might even consider meditation, as some studies have shown that it helps clear up troublesome skin conditions.
  • Keep Your Skin Protected – No matter what time of the year it is, be sure to use sunscreen and reapply it often when outside. Sunscreen can keep you from developing skin cancer and other issues as you age.
  • Use a Simple Skin Care Regimen – Instead of buying bags full of skin products, the only ones you really need are a cleanser, moisturizer, and a retinoid. Retinoids improve the production of collagen and reduce the appearance of brown spots and fine lines.

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Staying Active in the Winter

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As the seasons change and those of us in the northern hemisphere start to experience wet, cold weather, it can be more and more difficult to stay active. When the days start getting shorter and the weather grows increasingly colder, it is not easy to get outside in order to exercise or enjoy fun recreational activities. Furthermore, our bodies tend to slow down and we have the propensity to consume more calories during the winter in order to stay warm. This lack of exercise and the abundance of food during the holidays typically lead to weight gain and unhealthy habits.

In order to fight the wintertime bulge and overeating during the holidays, it is critical to stay active. Even though it is difficult to get outside for physical activities, here are some ways to get enough exercise during those bleak winter months:

  • Try Different Winter Sports – The winter offers all sorts of opportunities to get outside, even though it is cold. Recreational activities like downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, ice skating, and snowshoeing are all great aerobic activities that burn lots of calories. The key is too not overdo it when you head back to the lodge for something warm to eat and drink.
  • Head Inside to the Gym – Gym membership typically increases in the winter months because people are trying to stay active. Joining a nearby gym or club will give you an option for indoor workouts whether it is the cardio machines or weight lifting. Many gyms also have pools so that you can swim indoors in the winter.
  • Join a Class – Many gyms or clubs also have group exercise classes like fitness boot camp, yoga, Pilates, strength training, cycling, and water aerobics. If your gym does not offer group exercise, many independent instructors offer their own classes in the area. The key is to find physical activities you enjoy and stick with it, even though it is harder to do so in the winter.

Besides the physical benefits, staying active in the snowy months can also help with beating the winter blues. So this winter stay motivated to get out and be active!

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3 Refreshing drink recipes for summer

ImageWhen the summer heat is bearing down on you and you’re sweating in places you’ve never sweated before, it’s important to stay hydrated, especially if you’re active. Water, of course, is your best bet when it comes to replenishing your body fluids and flushing toxins out, but it’s not always exciting to reach for a big, tall glass of plain water.

Tea and alcoholic beverages are not the best choice for replenishing your body fluids, because both of these are a diuretic – meaning, that you will urinate frequently when you consume these drinks. Depending on how much you drink, you may be losing more fluid than you’re taking in.

Instead, mix up your own refreshing drinks to enjoy when you’re working outside or lounging by the pool. Here are three delicious – and hydrating – drink recipes that will get you through the dog days of summer.

Agua Fresca

2 cups of fresh fruit (choose your favorite!)

4 cups ice cold water

2 tsp. lime juice (fresh squeezed if possible)

Garnish with sprig of mint or lime wedge if desired

Sweetner, if you like your drinks sweet

Directions: Blend water and fruit together in your blender. Strain over a glass with ice, add lime juice and sweetner if desired. Enjoy!

Basil Limeade

1 cup fresh basil leaves, torn (must be fresh, dried won’t work for this recipe)

4 cups ice cold water

½ cup lime juice (fresh squeezed if possible)

Sweetner, if you like your drinks sweet

Directions: Muddle basil by placing in the bottom of the pitcher and slightly crushing the leaves. Mix lime juice and water, and pour over basil leaves. Sweeten to taste and pour over a glass of ice. Garnish with lime wedges if desired. You can also make basil lemonade by simply substituting the lime juice for lemon juice!

Mojito Cooler

1 cup ice cold water

1 cup fresh mint leaves, torn (must be fresh, dried won’t work for this recipe)

¼ cup lime juice (fresh squeezed if possible)

Splash of club soda

Sweetner, if you like your drinks sweet

Directions: Muddle mint leaves by placing in the bottom of the pitcher and slightly crushing the leaves. Mix in lime juice and water, and pour over the mint leaves. Sweeten to taste and pour over a glass of ice. Add a splash of club soda and garnish with fresh mint and lime wedges if desired.

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Combining Proper Nutrition and Portion Control for a Killer Combo

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So many health experts out there focus on what you should be eating on a daily basis. As a result we tend to focus on the “what” in terms of proper eating, but an aspect that gets lost is often the “how”. We have heard it before that we need to be eating smaller meals more frequently throughout the day, but how do you make this happen and ensure proper portion control and combining all the right foods?

It takes good planning and a focus on the right way of eating combined together. So as you plan for your mini meals all day long it’s not just about eating the most nutritionally sound foods, but also ensuring that they are dished up in the proper amounts. Though this may sound like a lot of effort you tend to fall into it without any problems as you move forward. You will learn what a proper portion of food looks like and more importantly how to get the most out of your eating with every single meal.

Making Every Bite Count

This effort really focuses on the fact that there is no more mindless eating. There is no more standing up and eating or picking at food on the run. This means that you savor the taste of your food and ensure that you are truly getting something out of your meals. So every bite that you take should be accounted for and therefore give you some real value as well.

You can achieve this by combining food groups wherever possible. Not only do you ensure that you get everything that you need in a day in terms of nutrients, but you tend to create really powerful combinations as well. Think of how great a mini meal of an apple with peanut butter sounds. This incorporates a fruit, lean protein, and even fiber and it’s a very manageable portion. Start to focus on this philosophy and you are bound to come up with some combinations that you love and that are so good for you at the same time. That’s how you make every bite taste good and work for you at the same time!

Planning Ahead for the Best Meals

You can’t possibly get the most out of your meals if you don’t plan for each and every one. If you leave things to chance then you are inevitably going to cheat or give into your temptations or hunger pangs. So the more planning that you put forth the more health conscious foods that you eat and the more that you practice portion control overall.

You want to be searching for healthy recipes all the time from trusted resources. You want to make your grocery shopping really work for you. It’s also worth nothing that you must also ensure that every single meal that you eat is carefully crafted and put together with thought. You may need to actually portion your food at the beginning but you will eventually learn to eye things and give yourself what comprises a serving size. Planning ahead becomes part of your life and ensures that every single meal works for you and not against you.

Being Mindful of What You Eat….and How You Eat It

The more that you think about portion and nutrition, the more that you are going to be aware of what you are eating. This means that you won’t be tempted to eat the remaining food off of your kid’s plate. You won’t be as apt to cheat because you know that even a little cheat means extra calories that you don’t need. You will really learn to embrace what a well planned mini meal can do for you.

When you give proper thought to the food that you eat and the portion that you eat it in then you are practicing the most important aspects of healthy eating. This is a combined effort and you soon see that it’s not just about getting proper nutrients out of food but getting them in the proper amount. So think of how eating well and portion control can fit into your life and how you can get started with these concepts today.

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Squeezing in workouts during your busiest times.

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For many of us it feels like there simply aren’t enough hours in the day. We feel stretched in a million different directions and aren’t sure where to focus our efforts. This is a common sentiment, particularly among women who have multiple responsibilities to manage. So as you think of time for yourself it may feel that this is an impossible situation. If that sounds familiar, then how exactly are you supposed to find time to exercise?

With all of the things that we have to manage and get done on a daily basis, it’s no wonder that the workouts that we long for simply aren’t part of the equation. We often put them aside because there’s something we have to handle for work or for the family and so the workout feels more like a luxury. The truth is however that if you want to maintain proper physical and mental strength, then workouts are an essential aspect of your daily life.

Taking the Initiative and Recognizing the Results

First and foremost you must recognize just how important workouts are. You are not going to lose weight, change your body, or stay healthy in the short or long term without them. Sure there may be days where you simply don’t have the time to dedicate to a full workout, but there’s always a way to stay active. You must recognize and appreciate the importance of a workout first and foremost if you hope to get results.

You also need to focus in on the types of results that you actually want. These are bound to change and so there should be goals to support them. You may find that initially you want to lose weight. That may evolve into wanting to maintain your results and then build muscle on top of things. You might even find that as you move forward you simply can’t function properly mentally or physically without a workout, and so you need to take inventory if you hope to always find time to incorporate these important workouts.

Looking Into Alternative Times As Necessary

Sure before kids or your high demand career you may have had time to hit the gym after work each day. As your life evolves and you add new responsibilities and commitments to your daily routine, you may need to get creative with your routine and how you time them however.

 You may find that a 6:00 am boot camp session is not only a great way to get up and get moving, but it may also fit nicely into your routine and allow you to squeeze something in. Previously you may have never thought that you could workout in the evening, first thing in the morning, or even at lunch time but hectic schedules call for some flexibility. Be ready to plan around your workouts and you are much more likely to fit them into your day with ease.

Always Focusing On Being Active Throughout Your Day

When the gym simply can’t fit into your schedule then get creative. Look for opportunities to be active all day long. Park a distance from the door so you can get in a walk whenever possible. Take the stairs instead of the elevator and try to get in opportunities to be active throughout the entire day.

When all else fails look for items that you can lift at home or at the office for a bit of strength training. Get in a round of pushups, sit ups, and high knees in a hotel room or in your own bedroom. Where there’s a will there’s a way and so if you can learn to make your workouts a priority then you will always find some way to be active and stay strong.

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