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Best Organic Skincare Products
In Ancient Rome, urine was used as a facial mask because it was rumored to help improve skin. This practice began in Indian culture at least five centuries ago and made its way through the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, the Middle Ages, and even found its way into the baths of 18th century French women. Thankfully, we have come a long way from using pee as an organic skincare product. The products we use today are aimed at reducing wrinkles, as well as softening, moisturizing, and brightening skin, but the best products to use for any type of skin are organic.
How Youth Sports Create Successful Adults
Bruises, life-long friends, ripped shirts, and more trophies than my mom knows what to do with—the world of youth sports has given me a lot. Some sports impressed more emotion and value upon me than others. Youth sports have given me one of the greatest feelings I’ve ever experienced: walking off the field during my senior season of varsity soccer while holding a Sectional Championship trophy. Sports have also given me some of my hardest times, as I worked to find balance with my social life, daily practices, and studying for the SATs, all while trying to keep my grades up.
How to Meditate for Beginners
Meditation is an age-old practice that allows us to achieve balance of body, mind, and spirit. Not only can it help boost our immune systems, but many studies have also shown that meditation, mindfulness, and deep relaxation can reduce stress, improve cognitive focus, and affect emotions in many positive ways.
Best Skincare Products for Aging Skin
If you have ever noticed a droopy laugh line or some sagging skin under your chin when you look in the mirror, there is one thing of which you can be certain—it’s not going to get any better unless you do something about it! Unfortunately, the older you become, the more elasticity you lose in your skin. The youthful contour of the face is primarily determined by the condition of the muscles beneath the skin. Unless all of the muscles are kept toned, they lose their elasticity. It is elasticity which helps muscles resist the downward pull of gravity on the face. Because skin also has this elastic quality, it is the condition of the underlying muscles that helps to form the shape of the skin. The only way to preserve the smooth contours of your face is by exercising those muscles.
What Are the Best Superfoods for Diabetics?
In the 20th and 21st centuries, diabetes has evolved to become one of the most common metabolic diseases. In 2013, more than 382 million people were diagnosed with diabetes and had to undergo major lifestyle changes. Individuals who suffer from diabetes have high blood sugar (glucose). As a result, diabetes sufferers cannot consume certain foods that are high in sugar and can aggravate their metabolic imbalance. However, certain foods can help diabetes patients keep their symptoms at bay—these are also known as diabetes superfoods.
Natural Remedies for Anxiety
Anxiety—a term coined for the “fight or flight” state of mind which has affected humans since prehistoric times. We see this term among medical dictionaries, our favorite celebrities’ fan pages, and our best friends’ social media accounts. Anxiousness is a psychological state that has become common for most in their day-to-day lives as we are pressured by work, finance, family, and the impending fear of an unknown future. Many are affected by anxiety. Fortunately, with the rise of interest in alternatives to conventional Western medicine, we are given a multitude of natural remedies for anxiety.
Summer Skincare Tips
Amid plentiful evidence that exposing skin to sun is one of the most aging, health-harming things you can do comes a disturbing thought: Are we creating even more problems by slathering on sunscreens with higher and higher SPFs-18, 25, 40, even 50 and above? What are the pros and cons of sunscreen when we are dealing with summer skincare? Safety questions have been raised over the ingredients in these sunscreens—linking them to everything from rashy reactions to, just possibly, what they're supposed to prevent: skin cancer. On top of that some experts say that many sunscreens give us a false sense of security about being in the sun–actually upping, not decreasing, lifetime exposure to the harmful UVA rays few products block well.
Understanding the Aging Brain
My grandfather, who lived to be ninety-four, always insisted that the secret of a long and lucid life was to keep active, interested, and busy. When he was about 40, he wrote a letter to his local newspaper expressing some trenchant opinions about the current state of the economy. Fifty-four years later, just before he died, he was still sharing his opinion through social media outlets like Facebook about dogs, Notre Dame football, millennials, and all the myriad other subjects that caught his far-ranging attention. He may have been ninety-four, but his mind had remained supple and young.
Diet Tips That Work
Choosing a diet that works for you never seems to result in a long-lasting wellness plan. Both motivation and results taper off, which then brings us back to square-one. The problem can be solved by committing yourself to part-time diet tips that are easy to adopt and grow into a collection of healthy habits. Develop techniques geared toward your lifestyle and work them into a routine. These work well for people who don’t want to take time out for dieting.
Summer Workout Risks
Most of us revel in exercise outdoors during the summer, but the blissful hot weather also heralds some seasonal summer workout risks. High smog levels, sunscreens that slide off during sweaty exercise, dehydration, and the aggravation of allergies are enough to make the most ardent fresh-air lover retreat to an air-conditioned health club. However, gloomy indoor gyms are not the only option to get fit and beat the heat. Here is a collection of new developments to help stay cool and healthy during your summer workouts, as well as the basic precautions to keep in mind as you slip on your joggers and hit the open road.
How Yoga Changed My Life
Yoga changed my life. Yes, I’m going to say the cliché thing that you read on pamphlets outside of your local yoga studio. Someone with a fake name did yoga once and felt spiritually, physically, and mentally enlightened. Yoga changed my life. Except my story is slightly different.
Healthy Breathing Exercises
A single wailing breath hails our arrival into the world, just as a single silent one marks our departure from it. Between these all-encompassing two lie hundreds of millions of breaths that matter plenty. How we breathe has a lot to do with how healthy we are. And it may even be that by breathing correctly, as nature intended, we buy a little extra time. Yet about 30 percent of us don’t do it right. Maura Rhodes, well-known health journalist, explored the concept of healthy breathing, amid many others, throughout her career. In a 1989 article for Longevity magazine, Rhodes focused in on stressors that cause irregular breathing, and healthy breathing exercises to reduce such stressors.