10 home tips for clear skin in summer

You skin literally burns when you go out in the blistering sun and the damage the sun rays does to your skin cannot be remedied unless you are persistent in your daily regimen of skin care. There are lots of products available for protection against sun damage, but they can be very costly also. You can protect yourself from the sun by making use of things available at home and at half the price.

1. My mother trusts Aloe Vera more than anything else for skin care. She does not like aloe Vera gel as she says it will contain some chemicals and preservatives. She always has Aloe Vera plant in a pot and takes a leaf daily and keeps it in the fridge. When returning back home she will split the leaf and take out the gel, blend in the blender and apply it all over her face. She will make us do it also and trust me, it soothes your burnt skin very much.

2. Cucumber is another cool reliever of your burning skin. Take the juice of cucumber, refrigerate and apply after a day out in sun.

3. It is essential you wash your face immediately after returning home as summer is a time when the atmosphere is very dusty .The sun makes you sweat profusely and you get oily also and this is enough for your pores to get clogged. You skin should be absolutely clear; otherwise your skin will attract acne and pimples. Wash your face with besan powder and sandal powder.

4. Mint leaves are excellent for tanned skin. Extract juice from mint leaves and add one teaspoon of red sandal powder and one teaspoon of turmeric powder. Apply all over your face and wash after it dries.

5. Green tea is also excellent for your sun burnt skin. I usually keep the residue of the tea in the fridge (it should be used within two days) and when I need it I blend in the blender adding ice water. I strain and use it in my face and it is really good.

6. Water melon also has a cooling effect and it is very for good sun damage. Take two teaspoon of water melon juice and add to it to one teaspoon of turmeric and apply in your face.

7. Do not exfoliate when your skin feels burnt or immediately after you return from sun. You should wait till your skin feels normal and then go about exfoliating. My mother always recommends Vetiver (Latin botanical name –Vetveria zizanioides)as a natural exfoliator.She makes a powder of it in the machine along with turmeric and the texture of the powder will be little rough because Vetiver is difficult to powder. When you apply it in the face it feels cool and you can feel it working as there is a mild roughness in the powder.

8. Tender coconut water is another excellent cooling agent for sun damage. Take the tender coconut water and apply in your face. You can use the tender coconut pulp also.

9. Plain ice cubes applied in the face after sun exposure also provides some relief.

10. Chilled butter milk also soothes your skin after sun exposure. Apply butter milk in your face and wash after fifteen minutes.

So you can find you have your own remedy at home to escape damage from the scalding sun. But there is some caution you should take before venturing out. Apply a good sun screen at least twenty minutes before you go out. Always have an umbrella with you to minimize the harmful effects of the sun.

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natural skincare recipes for dry skin

The use of skincare dates back thousands of years, but the steps stay basically the same today, Cleanse, tone, exfoliate and moisturize, making our own skincare products, like our ancestors is surprisingly simple and cost affordable, (with nearly all the ingredients found in most kitchens)

Making your own all natural skincare at home can be a lot of fun with very satisfying results for the small amount of time you will spend.

Check out the following homemade skincare recipes for cleansers, toners, scrubs and moisturizers all for the dry skin type

Homemade Cleanser for dry skin
One of the most important aspects of skin care is the facial cleanser, for maximum results a cleanser should always be used twice a day, first in the morning to remove the toxins released form your body as you slept and again at night to remove the dirt and grime that we don’t see.

These homemade cleansers recipes for dry skin are a great option for those looking to try something more natural with their skincare, so treat yourself today

Chamomile soothing milk cleanser
¼ cup of cream
¼ cup of milk

2 Tablespoons of chamomile (I prefer fresh, but you can use dried)

Step One. Heat the above the ingredients in a double boiler saucepan for 30 minutes but DON’T boil

Step Two. Leave to sit for 2 hours before straining.

Step three. Pour straight into a sterilized container or bottle and keep in the fridge

Step four. Use by applying to face in upward circular motions as you massage the cleanser into your face before rinsing thoroughly

Note can keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks and is also a great cleanser for sensitive skin

Honey cleanser for dry skin

2 teaspoons of honey
¼ cup of whole milk

2 teaspoons of almond oil

Step one. Combine the above ingredients and mix well

Step two. Use by applying over the face and neck in an upward circular motion and let it sit for a minute or two before washing off

Kiwi fruit cleansing cream
1 kiwi fruit

2 tablespoons of plain yogurt

1 tablespoon of almond oil

1 tablespoon of honey

1 teaspoon of finely ground almonds (or meal)

Step one. Puree the peeled kiwi fruit in a blender or food processer

Step two. Add the yogurt and the rest of the ingredients and mix well until it forms a thick creamy paste.

Step three. Use by applying over the face in upward circular motions, and rinse thoroughly with warm water

Almond and milk cleanser
½ teaspoon of milk powder
¼ teaspoon of sugar

1 teaspoon of almond meal

1 teaspoon of warm water

Step one. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a small bowl

Step two. Stir in the warm water to make a smooth paste

Step three. Use by applying to face and neck, leave it to dry before rinsing off.

Cleanser for extra dry skin
1 teaspoon of Aloe Vera gel

1 teaspoon of honey

1 egg yolk

Step One. Mix the Aloe Vera gel together with the honey and egg yolk in a small bowl

Step Two. Apply to face and neck in a circular upwards motion and leave for 5 minutes before washing off with warm water. Pat dry

Homemade Toners for dry skin
A good toner is meant to tighten the skin and reduce the appearance of open pores, generally used after a cleanser and before the moisturizer. It’s a wonderful refreshing step to your daily skin care routine. As most store brought toners contain alcohol and can be harsh to already dry skin, a lot of people with dry skin miss this step going straight to the moistener, Missing out on all the benefits the right toner can give.

Making your own homemade toner can be a great option for those with dry skin, eliminating the harsh alcohol and chemicals, by using only natural products meant to help hydrate and nourish your skin.

Making these homemade recipes is a lot easier than most would think, and the results can be quite satisfying for the small amount of effort involved.

Rose water

Restore skins Ph. And balance as well as giving your skin a fresh healthy glow.

Two cups of rose petals (tightly packed)

2 and ½ cups of distilled water (may need a little more depending)

Step one. Place rose petals in a heavy bottom saucepan and cover with distilled water

Step two. Simmer until the liquid half of the liquid is left let it cool (around 45 minutes I find) before pouring into a sterilized bottle or jar

Step three. Uses by dipping cotton ball into your homemade toner and applying to the face gently in upward circular motions.

Note, will last for 2 weeks in stored in fridge, 2-3 day if left in bathroom, Makes a great toner for all skin types and is very simple to make at home (especially if you grow your own roses)

Honey and lemon toner
1 egg white

1 teaspoon of lemon juice, or pineapple

1 teaspoon of pure honey

Step One. Whisk the egg white until it thickens

Step Two. Add the juice and the honey whisk until well combined

Step three Use by applying to the face and neck (being careful to avoid the sensitive lip and eye area) Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse thoroughly with warm water followed with a splash of cold water

Cucumber and honey toner
1 cucumber
½ teaspoon of honey

Step One. Peel and slice cucumber and place in a blender or food processor and puree

Step Two. Strain the cucumber so only the juice is left (cheesecloth or coffee filters seem to work best)

Step Three. Mix in the honey and stir gently, Pour into a sterilized plastic bottle.

Step Four. Before use always shake before applying to cotton ball and using on face and neck

Homemade Facial Scrubs and Masks for Dry Skin
All skin types need to exfoliate, but with dry skin the trick is not to dry out the skin while removing the dead skin cells to the smooth skin underneath. These wonderfully easy homemade scrubs and masks are perfect for dry skin, containing fresh natural ingredients that are a pleasure to use.

So pamper yourself and your skin today with these fantastic moisturizing scrubs and masks for dry skin

Oatmeal scrub
2 tablespoons of ground oats

2 teaspoons of brown sugar

2 tablespoons of Aloe Vera gel

1 teaspoon of lemon juice

Step one. Grind the oats to a powder (coffee grinder works great for this)

Step two. Mix the oat powder, brown sugar, Aloe Vera and lemon juice together in a small bowl until it makes a paste

Step three. Use by dampening before massing gently on to the face the neck in circular upward motions for several minutes before rinsing thoroughly with warm water

Note can also be used as a body scrub by doubling or tripling the ingredients

Avocado and honey mask
Super easy with great results

1 Avocado

3 teaspoons of honey

1 teaspoon of lemon juice
½ teaspoon of milk

Step one. Peel and mash the avocado until smooth,

Step Two. Add the lemon, honey and milk mixing to make a smooth paste

Step three. Use by applying over face and neck and leave it for 15 minutes before rinsing clear

Step Four. Apply favourite moisturizer

Note this recipe can be stored in the fridge for a maximum 2 weeks

Almond and Avocado mask
Soft smooth skin

I Avocado

1 teaspoon of Almond oil

2 tablespoons of distilled water

1 teaspoon of lemon juice

1 teaspoon of honey

1 tablespoon of flour

Step One. Peel and mash the avocado in a small bowl

Step Two. Add the distilled water and lemon juice and stir well before adding the almond oil and honey

Step Three. Once the above ingredients are combined, add the flour to thicken the mixture, it needs to be a smooth paste like substance, so add a little more if needed

Step Four. Use by applying over face and neck always in an upward circular motion, and leave for 15 minutes before washing off.

Step four. Apply favourite toner and moistener

Note will last for some time in the fridge.

Homemade Facial Scrubs and Masks for Dry Skin
All skin types need to exfoliate, but with dry skin the trick is not to dry out the skin while removing the dead skin cells to the smooth skin underneath. These wonderfully easy homemade scrubs and masks are perfect for dry skin, containing fresh natural ingredients that are a pleasure to use.

So pamper yourself and your skin today with these fantastic moisturizing scrubs and masks for oily skin

Cucumber facial scrub
Super easy

½ cucumbers peeled

1 tablespoon of plain yogurt

Step one. Dice the cucumber and place into a blender or food processer add the yogurt and blend into a smooth paste

Step two. Use by applying to the face and neck in circular upward motions and leave it for 20 minutes before wiping off with a damp soft cloth

Homemade Moisturizer for Dry Skin
Moisturizer is the last step of the skincare routine, and for dry skin it is the most important, hydrating the skin and maintaining moisture is a huge part of caring for dry skin. The natural ingredients, (easily found in most kitchens) used in these homemade recipes are fantastic for helping maintain the moisture to your skin.

For the best results with your moisturizer (homemade or not) use it twice a day. In the morning after you cleanse and tone and again in the evening before you sleep.

Try these wonderful homemade moisturizers for dry skin that are super easy and fun to make, with a super low cost they are very easy to make at home

Super soft Moisturizer
1 teaspoon of honey

1 tablespoon of coconut oil

1 teaspoon of lemon juice

Step one. Mix all the ingredients together in a sterilised bottle or jar

Step two. Use by applying on lightly on face and neck in circular upward motions and leave for at least half an hour before washing thoroughly off (can stay on for several hours)

Note. Remaining moisturizer can be stored in the fridge for at least a week

Peach moisturizer
Deep moisturizing treatment

1 over ripe peach
¼ cup cream

1 tablespoon of corn-starch

Step One. Peel and mash the peach in a small bowl

Step Two. Mix the cream in with the mashed peach and add the corn-starch

Step Three. Apply to face and neck in circular motions, and leave for at least 30 minutes before washing off (no more than a four or five hours at most)

Note this moisturizer works well with all other skin types as well

Aloe Vera moisturizer
2 tablespoons of Aloe Vera gel (can use fresh Aloe Vera pulp)
½ teaspoon of Glycerine (vegie)

3 drops of oil (jojoba oil, coconut oil, olive oil, grape seed oil etc.)

6-7 drops of an essential oil of your choice

Step one. Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly and store in an air tight container

Step Two. Use by applying like any other moisturizer

Olive oil
After cleansing your skin, you can use olive oil as a natural moisturizer by dapping some to the ends of your fingertips and massaging into your skin before it dry’s

Grape seed, almond, jojoba, and avocado, vitamin E oil are also just as good

With these homemade recipes so easy to make, why not try something a little different and indulge your skin today

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Anti-Aging Benefits of Olive Oil

Olive oil is an economical way to nourish the body both inside and out. Most people are familiar with the health benefits of consuming olive oil in food. Extra virgin olive oil has anti-oxidant properties that help to fight cancer. It also aids to stimulate bone growth and calcium absorption. Olive oil is good for the heart and can lower bad cholesterol. It is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids and provides a high source of the vitamins A, D, K and E. These benefits are all good for the inside of the body but the benefits do not end there! Olive oil is a beauty secret that when used externally will help to keep the skin looking young and healthy.

It might not seem glamorous but olive oil can be used right out of the bottle and applied directly to the face and body. The moisturizing properties of olive oil will not only reduce dryness but will also help to prevent skin problems such as psoriasis, eczema and acne. It can be used to treat rashes and will help to reduce the look of scars and dark spots when used overtime. Another exciting thing about olive oil is its power to fight the signs of aging. When choosing an oil to use for moisturizing be picky and treat yourself to a high-quality extra virgin oil (organic if desired). Keep it in your bathroom as your main moisturizer and reap all the beauty benefits it has to offer.

Beauty Tips For Using Olive Oil

There are many ways to apply olive oil to the body. For people who do not like the idea of using the oil alone it is recommended to mix it with your favourite body cream. The oil will add an extra boost of moisturizing potency. Listed below are more ways to benefit from the rich nutrients provided in olive oil.

* Add it to your bath for an overall skin softening experience.

* Apply olive oil regularly to your lips for moisture and gloss.

* Rub it into the cuticles to nourish nails and skin.

* Combine lemon juice with olive oil to create a rejuvenating moisturizer.

* Dab olive oil under the eye to benefit from its anti-inflammatory properties.

* Apply oil to a cotton swab and use it to remove make up.

* Use a mixture of olive oil and lemon juice to condition hair.

Mother Nature’s Beauty Secret

When deciding to use olive oil in your skin care regime, spend a little extra money on high-quality oil and then use it generously to moisturize your entire body. It will still be less expensive than most creams and will offer more benefits! The natural anti-aging properties of olive oil are one of Mother Nature’s best kept beauty secrets. It is wise to keep a bottle in the kitchen to consume with food and it is also beneficial to keep one in the bathroom for youthful looking skin. Start using olive oil and reap the health and beauty benefits it offers for the body both inside and out.

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how to protect your skin from sun in Summer

How to Protect Yourself from the Hot and Humid Conditions of Summer

Summer is upon us, and for most of us, it is a special season of barbecues and beach weekends. But there are certain things to be wary of during this time of the year. For instance, sunburn can occur even when the temperature is not especially high. It turns the skin red and can cause moderate discomfort. Even though severe cases can blister the skin, sunburn is usually minor. However, repeated sunburn over many years may increase the risk of cancer. To help prevent sunburn, derm specialists suggest using a sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 15 and avoiding prolonged exposure to the sun, especially when it is at its strongest – between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Sweating and flushed skin are part of the body’s natural cooling mechanism. Still, there are signs that the heat is getting the best of you: Heat rash (also called prickly heat) is marked by patches of tingling red bumps; painful spasms (or heat cramps) occur when the body sweats causing the muscles to lose minerals and salt; heavy sweating, dizziness, headache, nausea, and, occasionally, fainting are symptoms of heat exhaustion; and heat stroke can occur when body temperature rises to 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) or more – sweating may subside or stop entirely, resulting in hot, dry skin, and the victim may become disoriented or unconscious.

The body can be overwhelmed by extreme heat and humidity, particularly if you overexert yourself. Take the following precautions:

– Avoid overexertion. Take regular breaks during exercise. If you really want to squeeze in your outdoor workout during a hot spell, go out early in the morning or in the evening, and stay in the shade.

– Drink up. Doing so, even if you don’t feel thirsty, will help replace valuable fluids. Water is best. Avoid alcohol and caffeine – both are diuretics, which remove fluids from the body by increasing urination.

– Eat light. Cold meals, such as salads, are best; use the oven as little as possible. Replenish the salt and minerals lost to sweating with lightly salted foods and beverages – salt tablets, however, are not recommended.

– Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing. Light colors and natural fibers, especially cotton, are the best choice. Baseball caps or sun hats can also help by protecting the eyes from glare and shading the face.

– Just cool it. If you have air conditioning, use it. If you don’t, make regular visits to air-conditioned public places, such as malls and movie theaters. If nothing else, use a fan. It won’t cool the air, but it will encourage the evaporation of sweat.

Remember that older folks, young children, and those who are obese or suffer from diabetes, low blood pressure, or heart disease should be especially careful when the mercury soars. To enjoy summer in good health, protect your skin from the sun and observe these measures to beat the heat.

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Home Remedies: How To Get Rid Of Acne During Pregnancy

It is very common to experience acne during pregnancy, even women that never had acne breakouts in their lives can suddently battled acne during pregnancy. So how is treating acne when pregnant ensured? What is the safe and recommendable acne medication while pregnant? These questions are surely on the top of the minds of pregnant women who are feeling discomfort and insecurity especially when acne in the face starts erupting and multiplying.

Natural & Home Treatments

You will find a wide selection of herbs and household products which can be great aid at treating acne, especially the kind of acne outbreaks that occur as a outcome of hormones during pregnancy. But don’t jump right into using any natural or home products without consulting your doctor whether they are secure or not. You will find some completely natural herbs which can induce contractions, so you can’t assume “all natural” means it is a secure acne treatment during pregnancy.

The Best Ingredients

When looking for effective ingredients for acne treatment during pregnancy, find that the natural ways always deliver the goods with efficacy and best results. Lavender oil, for instance, can be safely used applied on the acne-infested skin area. It is a powerful anti -oxidant and can cure all types of skin ailments. In addition, it is also mild on the skin and don’t cause any side effects. Belladona is taken as a supplement instead of topical. In the event that your acne has pus formation, use belladonna.

Hepar Sulphur is used to treat cystic acne that is painful, big and filled with pus(may we add gross, yucky and plain gross). Do not pinch your acne if you want to avoid the even uglier scars. Rose is another essential oil that can be used for acne treatment during pregnancy. Rose oil can be used on mild acne cases and infections. Witch hazel is used as an astringent and accessible in stores. And lastly, Kali Bromatum can also cure troublesome blemishes, and is sold in health food stores and online.

Extra Tips

1. Wash Your Face To Prevent Acne

Pretty soon, you’ll be telling your own little one the same thing, but for now, it rings true for you. Follow a good daily routine of washing your face with a mild soap and warm water. Although there are many acne cleansers, toners and spot treatments on the market, they’re not generally recommended as treatment options during pregnancy. A good rule of thumb is if you can’t eat it, then don’t put it on your body. In the event you feel that you absolutely must use an over-the-counter product, be certain to take it to your doctor to ensure it’s suitable for use during pregnancy.

2. Eat Healthy

The good news is that you should be eating healthy already due to your pregnancy. As you know, diet can play a big part in almost every aspect of your lives, and your facial breakouts are no different. Though some suggest there may not be a direct correlation between acne and diet, a poor diet can, indeed, make it more difficult for your body to rid itself of your unwanted acne. Eating a diet high in antioxidants, found in fruits such as blueberries, pomegranates and cranberries, can help your body naturally fight off acne. In addition to the increased antioxidants, you should increase your omega-3 intake, as well. A natural anti-inflammatory, omega-3’s will aid your body in the reduction of acne by helping to reduce the inflammation in your body. The simple fact is that eating a diet high in fruits, vegetables and grains will be good for you and your little one. And, as an added benefit, it might just help in your personal battle against acne.

3. Drink Water

Luckily, drinking the recommended 8 glasses of water a day is not only beneficial for your acne issue, it’s beneficial for you and baby, as well. Like exercise, drinking water helps you rid your body of the toxins that inevitably build up,. Lack of water also causes dehydration, which in turn causes your body to produce additional oils. These additional oils cause increased breakouts. Water is a simple, natural and necessary component when it comes to the war on acne.

4. Avoid Stress: Stress Free Is Acne Free

You’re pregnant, hormonal and being told to avoid stress. You may be asking yourself how that’s possible, especially during pregnancy, when stress levels tend to increase dramatically. Although you may not be able to avoid stress altogether, you can certainly reduce it, and hopefully your acne flare-ups, as well. First, as pointed out above, exercise. Participating in a daily exercise regime helps to alleviate stress by increasing those magical endorphins, better known as all-natural happy pills. In addition to a regular exercise program, another important component in reducing stress is to make time for yourself. Right now, you’re worrying about everything from taking care of yourself to picking out baby names. Relax. Each week, choose an activity that makes you happy. Whether you like to scrapbook, read, garden or something else altogether, ensuring that you’re doing something enjoyable will help with stress reduction. And although it won’t be completely possible, try to avoid those situations which cause undo stress. You likely know exactly what they are, so stay away from them if at all possible.

5. Exercise And Acne Treatment During Pregnancy

In the past, people believed prodigious sweat production, as with exercise, would increase their breakouts. Increasing evidence suggests this may not actually be the case. To begin with, exercise helps increase circulation throughout the body, including to your acne-prone skin. The increased circulation helps to decrease the production of male, testosterone related hormones, which are believed to be one of the main culprits in the development of acne. In addition, regular exercise helps to rid your body of acne-producing toxins. It’s extremely important to ensure that you either shower or wash your face as quickly as possibly after you’ve completed a workout. This will help clean your skin and aid in the prevention of additional oily buildup. Although exercise can be extremely beneficial for both your skin and your pregnancy, you should be sure to consult your physician before beginning any exercise program.

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benefits of Juicing for Weight Loss

Easy and Healthy Weight Loss with Natural Juices

Juicing helps your weight loss efforts in a number of ways. First, if you drink fresh juice before a meal, it may help curb your appetite. Also, the nutrients get absorbed into your cells quickly, which may help your body realize that it has gotten the nutrition it needs, telling your brain stop the “eat” signals.

Because fresh juice is so high in vitamins and minerals, drinking it gives you so much energy you will be able to increase your activity. And substituting fresh juices for sodas or chemical-laden diet products will make you feel like a million bucks.

All that being said, juice does have a lot of calories (fruit juice at any rate), and so you should be aware of that, because for any lasting weight loss, you must learn how to change your habits for the long haul.

The biggest plus of a juicing for weight loss program is that it adds valuable, bio-available micro-nutrients with a wealth of health benefits at a minimal calorie cost, with no dietary fat. You will be downing highly concentrated health cocktails brimming with all the enzymes, vitamins, and minerals necessary for vitality and a healthy immune system. This facilitates optimal functioning of all your body systems.

Consumers are very aware of the side-effects of appetite suppressants, but often feel that they have no other option. Fresh vegetable juice acts as a healthy, harmless appetite suppressant and craving curber, and is therefore without equal in a diet and nutrition program. By juicing for weight loss, you can opt for a glass of fresh juice before your main meal, and experience rapidly diminishing hunger.

Vegetable juice can also play an important role in stabilizing blood sugar levels, a vital factor in nutrition and good health. The sugar percentage is much lower than that of fruit juices and the calorie count is up to 50% less, yet the juice succeeds in satisfying a sweet tooth every time. This makes juicing for weight loss an absolute pleasure. Experiment with carrot or a combination of carrot and parsley juice when a craving hits you, and the juice jolt will give it a knock-out before you know it! Just don’t concentrate too much on sugar-laden fruits in the process.

benefits of Juicing for Weight Loss

* Rapid weight loss – people report losing up to a pound or more per day!
* Juicing can help heal your body from a wide variety of illnesses
* Juicing gives you complete micro-nutrition including the vitamins and minerals needed for health and vitality
* Juicing teaches your taste buds to enjoy more nutritious foods
* It teaches discipline, which in turn can help you overcome sugar, carb, fat, alcohol and caffeine cravings
* People who juice fast occasionally have been shown to enjoy higher concentration capability

Juicing for Weight Loss

* Drink fresh juice before a meal two times a day.
* Use vegetables with fruits to keep the calories low.
* Always serve juice immediately after making it. It loses its nutrients quickly.
* Use the pulp from your juice to bulk up cooked foods or baked products like muffins (I like to use pineapple pulp in my muffins, it makes them moist and tender). Use it like you would applesauce in any baking situation.
* Vegetable pulp can be added to meatloaf, lasagna, casseroles, or stews.
* Use the juice to make homemade salad dressings.
* Citrus fruits should be peeled, but leave the pith (white part) on, as it contains many nutrients.
* Leafy greens like spinach or kale can be wrapped around harder fruit, like apples, to get through the juicer easily.
* Lemons and limes are very alkalizing and anti inflammatory foods. Use them with apples for a tangy, healthy apple juice.
* Ginger is well known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties. A half-inch piece in your juice gives it a nice spicy note.

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Benefits of Walking for Weight Loss

Weight Loss with Walking: Easy and Simple Way

If you want to lose weight walking, it’s important to understand how calories work. You can, of course, just spend an half-hour to an hour a day walking, and chances are you will lose weight if you are eating right. But when you have a plan, it is easier to know what you are doing right and what you are doing wrong, so you can get the most efficient walks possible.

Benefits of Walking

One hour of brisk walking at 5 miles per hour, or 12 minutes per mile, burns 530 calories versus 480 from jogging. Surprised? In actuality walkers take more steps and use their arms more often, consequently exerting themselves more then runners. With the proper diet walking can have a serious impact on weight loss.
Walking one mile in 16 minutes lowers your cholesterol levels the same amount as running a mile in 7- 10 minutes.
Walking is easier on your joints. A walker’s foot lands with only 1.5 times the force of body weight. Running on average puts three times the force on your feet.
Walking is an equal opportunity form of exercise. Walking does not require athletic ability or a great deal of coordination. Everyone knows how to walk. It is a no-excuse form of exercise.

Walk for Weight Loss

Every exercise activity requires warming up. This allows your muscles to “wake up” and start receiving the blood they require and avoid injury. It also set the energy process to use body fat and not only sugars. Include some stretch and flexibility to make walking more comfortable. Stretches include calf stretches, Achilles stretches, leg extensions, hamstring extensions, hip stretches, quad stretches etc.

After walking, spend another 5-7 minutes slowing down from the exercise. Stretch some more and allow your muscles to cool slowly. Do not just stop suddenly.

Though walking for weight loss provides means to burn body fat, by itself, it is not a weight loss solution. Infact as opposed to what you have been taught cardio exercises like walking are not the best for losing body fat.

This is more so if you want to lose belly fat and get a flat stomach or even a six pack. To get a flat stomach you will need to Go Beyond Calories. To do this, you will need two things, just two things.

Not Just Walking in Park

Walking is easy: you can do it anywhere, anytime with no special equipment. There’s no learning curve and it’s something you can incorporate all day long. However, The Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Review featured a study about walking for exercise and found that only 26% of the people in the study walked briskly enough to achieve the intensity level recommended by the U.S. surgeon general. So, how do you know when you’re going fast enough? Use the checklist below to make your walking workout more effective.

Useful Tips

* People with infectious diseases are recommended not to walk. They require rest buy generic levitra as rest is the most powerful medicine and in one way they are preventing the spread of infection by shunning themselves from community walk programs.
* Always do a warm up before walking as it’s a must for any form of exercise. You can do neck exercises, shoulder rotation, chest expansion, hip rotation before you start walking.
* Swing your hands from the initial position of bending your elbows. [ as if you are running] that is elbows bend at 90 degrees to the body. the rate of swinging can be increased moneygram minnesota saint paul as you increase the speed.
* Take short steps. If you tend to take larger steps you will get tired soon and the steady pace of burning fat is not well achieved.
* Wear comfortable shoes that support the arc of your foot. The heel should be a bit raised. Strictly avoid pointed heel foot wares. This is in no way doing justice to your posture.
* Do consult with your doctor before starting the regimen. Heart patients, people suffering from debilitating diseases, arthritis should definitely consult their physician before wearing their walking shoes.
* Keep your body straight while buy amoxicillin walking.
* You will be swinging your hands well while walking.
* Hydrate yourself before walking. After walking too drink enough water
* If you are habituated to long hour walk definitely take a bottle of water along with you.
* If you go out in the sun do apply sunscreen lotion.
* There is a set pace for walking. There are three phases in walking.


You need to keep your body properly ‘fuelled’ during a day’s walking. If you’re walking as a way of losing weight, you should try to get the energy your body will need from high-carb, low-fat foods.

So these are great options for your lunchbox:

* Try fresh fruit, dried fruit, chicken or tuna sandwiches, malt loaf, scones, fruit juice or jaffa cakes.
* Chocolate has a high fat and sugar content (1 x 49gm bar of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk contains 255 Calories) – but for some (me!) it can provide a huge psychological boost. Add it to your lunch box in small amounts – but consider eating the dark variety which is considered to be generally the healthier option.
After walking, try to re-hydrate first – ideally with water or some other low-cal/calorie-free drink. This is important for two reasons:

a) to replace fluids lost throughout the day and

b) to reduce the desire to eat large amounts immediately which may be a response to low fluid levels.

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simple home remedies for beautiful skin

Skin lightening or whitening really is an issue exploited for that solution of visible light complexion. Graceful very clear and flawless on the lookout is definitely the feeling of every human existence. Specifically women wish for incredible skin but virtually anyone at some point skin troubles along the lines of pigmentation on the skin is darker as well as physical appearance of darkish spots for the meeting. The majority of these concerns are caused by a biological procedure of old or harm brought on by immoderate vulnerability to sun and pollution. Black skin is definitely the effect on the accumulation of melanin the pigment that gives skin also dark. But this pigment provides you with protections against ultraviolet radiation through the sun which might result in dark skin are less prone to hurt from your sun.

Darkish skin or pale skin

To unravel the situation of dark skin or pale skin looked in more youthful we often have a tendency to work with business products and services which includes skin whitening lotions, lotions or bleach. But lots of of us realize that various products can be found for some whitening valuable skin only. Not only safe and sound for skin lightening is implemented, but moisture and revitalizes the skin. Well here are some relatively easy therapies for whitening the skin to suit your needs. Lemon is normal bleach to the relief of skin tone and may be utilised as skin whitening. you need to use lemon juice, on your own or with rose drinking water. With cotton swab to use it on confront and maintain it inside of five minutes then wash it with sizzling water. Then the lemon juice with almond oil with honey and milk powder are mixed to produce a lot of helpful remedies for skin whitening.

Some critical agents of skin whitening

Oatmeal and cottage cheese are two exceptionally important and vital agents of skin whitening. Both equally oatmeal and cottage cheese must be nicely combined. It’s possible to create tomato juice towards the mixture to be even more effective. Use this mixture of cheese, cottage, oats and tomato juice in experience gently and hold for 20-25 minutes then rinse thoroughly with water. Mix equal quantities of vinegar and lukewarm drinking water. Sustain it for 5-10 minutes to the skin once rinsing.

Skin whitening implementing homemade pasta

Make homemade pasta that combines sandalwood powder, lemon juice and tomato. Allow the glue to dry previous to rinsing drinking water to whiten the skin. Pure merchandise such as sandalwood, lemons and tomatoes are used to produce the skin fresher and lighter. For damaged brought on by sunburns use lemon juice and turmeric. Each are glorious bleach to lighten the skin. A house cures for skin whitening least complicated potato. Just area just a few slices of raw potato on your own face for the couple of minutes, which will help to get rid of spots and stains. Paste via a combination of finely ground with honey. Make sure you use your face and allow dry. Then rinse with clean h2o for incredible skin and brilliant to have. Instead of honey, you can use milk to produce a paste.

Tip for skin whitening applying orange zest

Grind some orange zest, sun dried well and add the cheese or milk to produce a paste. Use in individual and operates 10 to fifteen minutes in the past rinsing with drinking water. This can not only lighten the complexion in the cutis but also support dispose of spots and do it. On the other hand, purely natural skin care or use of skin whitening remedy at home just isn’t enough to obtain a nice cutis. This could be complemented by a balanced weight loss program containing plenty of fresh new vegetables and fruits. Drink a great deal of h2o may also aid, because water is regarded that poisonous substances from your entire body and hydrates the cutis

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Top 10 Perfect ECO Friendly Beauty Tips

1. Don’t shampoo your hair every day. Not only is this better for your hair, it is also better for the environment. Water is our planet’s most valuable resource and should be conserved whenever possible.

2. Cotton discs are essential tools, especially in every girl’s beauty regime. But cotton is one of the most sprayed crops, we use. The consistent demand means that this once organic material is now usually only available with a pesticide based genetic makeup.

3. Conserve water by limiting your shower time and turning off the water while brushing your teeth. Not only will you save a few extra dollars on your water utility bill, you’ll be saving gallons worth of water too (A four-minute shower uses approximately 20 to 40 gallons of water!).

4. Make sure your soap is free of alpha-hydroxy acids. These harsh chemicals are used to clear pores, but also damage your skin’s UV protection abilities. Look for an all-natural cleanser the next time you are shopping at the drug store.

5. Use recycled trash bags. Try throwing your old cosmetic bottles and tubes into grocery sacks, instead of buying plastic trash bags. This is a good way to use up your old grocery sacks without adding extra trash to landfills since they must be disposed of anyway.

6.Avoid feeding your body harmful chemicals by switching to organic, natural companies that create beauty products made from minerals, plant oils and flower extracts. Since organic cosmetics do not contain any synthetic ingredients, they are less likely to cause acne, irritation, or blackheads.

7. Go grocery shopping. Some of the best beauty products can be found in the produce section of your local supermarket. Yogurt and eggs can be used to make a very effective facial masque, and a vinegar rinse is a great way to add shine to your hair and prevent color from fading.

8. It’s important to stay fit, therefore exercising is very important. However gyms tend to use equipment which runs on electricity, which is not very good for the environment. Not forgetting that many gyms are also air conditioned, brightly lit and the majority even offer a fresh towel service!

9. Talc is found in many pressed powders, and even in some eye shadows and foundations. Studies show talc to be similar in structure to asbestos and can increase the risk of ovarian cancer.

10. Make the most of your cosmetics and skin care products. Be sure to use every last drop of your facial creams and cosmetics. Some containers can be opened or swabbed with a Q-tip in order to access the contents at the bottom of the bottle or tube.

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7 Foods and Drinks to Avoid During Pregnancy

Now that you are pregnant, you will probably be asking lots of questions as to what foods and drinks to avoid. When it comes to eating and drinking during pregnancy, the best rule is to stay away from foods and drinks that can harm your baby.

1. Alcohol
Research has shown that heavy drinking at any stage of pregnancy can cause low birth weight and other more serious birth defects. Some say occasional alcoholic drink is okay but to be in the safe side, women are advised not to drink alcohol at any stage of pregnancy. This is because alcohol enters the baby’s bloodstream in the same concentration as yours and takes a very long time to leave it and can have permanent effects on developing organs like the brain. Some non-alcoholic alternatives you can consider include; apple or grape juice and tonic with lime, but no gin.

2. Caffeine
It is known that, too much caffeine can stop your baby growing properly and can even lead to miscarriage. In addition to this, too much caffeine can hinder your body’s ability to absorb iron which can cause anemia. If you must take caffeine; limit yourself to 200mg a day. Caffeine is present in a variety of foods and drinks such as tea, coffee, cola, energy drinks and chocolate.

It is important to note that,

-Regular energy drinks have very high caffeine (about 80mg)

– A can of Red Bulls has a caffeine content of about 80 mg

-A 50g bar of plain chocolate has up to 50mg of caffeine

– A can of cola has up to 40mg of caffeine

-A mug of tea about 75mg

-A mug of instant coffee about 100mg.

3. Fish
There are limitations for pregnant women on the amount and the type of fish to eat. Oily fish, such as wild salmon (fresh, frozen, or canned) and sardines are loaded with omega 3 which has significant health benefits. Pregnant women should however not eat more than two portions of oily fish per week. Fish high in mercury such as shark, marlin, swordfish, and even tilefish should be avoided. Also limit the intake of tuna to no more than two portions of fresh tuna or four medium sized cans per week

4. Liver
Liver pate and liver products like liver sausage contain excessive amounts of vitamin A and should be avoided because it can be harmful to the unborn baby

5. Eggs
Pregnant women should refrain from raw eggs as much as possible due to the high risk from salmonella poisoning from eggs. Pasteurised eggs and salmonella-free eggs are now available as the best alternatives. Avoid eating food made with raw eggs such as homemade ice cream, raw batter, homemade mayonnaise etc. Unpasteurised eggs should be thoroughly cooked before consumption.

6. Dairy products
Cheese and milk are valuable sources of calcium however; consume only pasteurised milk and cheese. Unpasteurised products can harbor an organism called listeria and other pathogens that can cause a serious illness in pregnancy. Stick to hard cheeses like Swiss and cheddar. Blue-veined cheese such as Danish blue and Camembert and should be avoided.

7. Meat and Poultry
Undercooked meat and poultry can harbor such bacteria as E-coli and Salmonella. E-coli is an organism that can live happily inside parts of the body. If allowed to contaminate food, it can cause a bad case of food poisoning. When preparing food, always wash your hands before and after, especially when handling raw meat and chicken. Also be careful at barbeques, by making sure your food is thoroughly cooked and avoid anything that is bloody.

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