Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Message

Wednesday 23rd December 2009

Well, it's time for me to take a holiday of my own. I wish I could say that I was jetting off to sunnier climbs for Christmas, but I am flying back to the UK today to spend Christmas and the new year with my lovely family.

Unfortunately that means will not be publishing any fresh content until around the 6th January.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of my readers, new and old who have taken the time to leave their comments, send me emails and participated wherever they can.

Secondly I would like to show my thanks to our amazing guest bloggers, many of whom have turned out to be good friends.

Lastly I would just like to wish every single one of you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous, healthy and beautiful new year.

Thank you all for your support!
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Make Up Removal

Tuesday 22nd December 2009

All of our guest bloggers have been released to spend time with their families and friends, which leaves me in the hot seat for today!

So I have found for you a short blog post from a cutesy little website called I hope you enjoy it.

Aside from retaining the cleanliness of your pillowcases, it is important to take off all makeup before going to sleep because it promotes better skin health as well.

According to dermatologists, sleeping with eye makeup and foundation on could cause zits and clog skin pores thus irritating the skin further. Also, the natural process of shedding skin is blocked by the ingredients of the makeup. This makes skin look dull when you wake up.

Skin experts added that it is best to spend a few minutes of your time every evening to seriously clean your skin without rushing through the ritual. Spend some time to check on the mirror if all the makeup has been removed.

One important aspect to check is your eye makeup. It’s really tricky to get rid of the entire substance in a quick wash so make sure that check the eyelashes for excess makeup.

Dermatologists said that if you rub your eyes before to sleep and discover that your eye suddenly feels itchy, chances are that they are still elements stuck in there.

In order to get rid of makeup, just use gentle cleanser or liquid soap and rinse with water.

See you again tomorrow!

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Monday, December 21, 2009

10 Diet Tips To Survive The Holiday Season

Monday 21st December 2009

The Christmas holidays have finally arrived and with only four more sleeps until Santa arrives, it is so easy to get caught up in the glory and fanciful foods that Christmas brings.

If you are worried about sticking to your diet over the coming days, here is a collection of the best ten tips to help you stay guilt free.

1. Shop Smart for Healthy Holidays

Plan your menu to include plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, seafood, whole grains, and low-fat dairy.

Consult the nutrition label to choose foods rich in nutrients but lower in fat, calories, and sugar.

To shave calories, go easy when adding nuts, cheese, cream sauces, gravy, butter, and whipped cream.

2. Start the Party Light

Most appetizers tend to be loaded with calories. And it is so easy to over eat them before the meal. Make it easier on your guests by offering light and satisfying appetizers. For tempting yet healthy appetizers, offer shrimp cocktails, whole-grain crackers with reduced-fat cheese, vegetables with a low-fat yogurt dip, or fresh fruit skewers.

3. Harness the Diet Power of Produce

Add more simple vegetable and fruit dishes to your menu instead of heavy dishes with sauces. Your guests will fill up on healthy fiber without lots of extra calories.

For example, green bean almandine with a squeeze of lemon is healthier than traditional green bean casserole. Simple peas or corn are healthier than creamed peas or corn. But if you must have casserole, use low-fat soup, increase the veggies, and top it with a crunchy whole-grain cereal instead of fried onions.

4. Go Frozen in Winter

Fresh is usually the best when fruits and vegetables are in season. But when prices are high in winter, head to the frozen food aisle.

“Frozen fruits and vegetables are usually less expensive and can be more nutritious because they are picked at their peak ripeness and frozen immediately” says American Dietetic Association spokeswoman Sarah Krieger, RD. Buy frozen produce in bags, use only what you need, and save more by not wasting spoiled produce.

Canned foods can also be a healthy option. Read the nutrition labels to find fruits and vegetables with less added sodium and sugar, Krieger says. Reduce the sodium and sugar solutions even more by rinsing the vegetable or fruit under cold water before you cook.

5. Respect Special Requests

As you plan your holiday menu, ask if guests have any food preferences or intolerance's. For example, a dear friend may be lactose intolerant. A favorite cousin may have cut red meat from his diet.

You can’t please everyone. But you can include a wide variety of healthy foods. Then, your guests can pick and choose, filling their plate with a satisfying meal no matter their food issue.

6. Shave Calories With Simple Swaps

Create healthier versions of your holiday favorites by shaving calories wherever you can.

“Simple swaps of lower-fat ingredients are easy ways to save calories -- and no one will even notice the difference” says Cheryl Forberg, RD, nutritionist for the television series, The Biggest Loser.

Use chicken stock, fat-free yogurt, light cream cheese, and low-fat milk in place of high-fat ingredients. Substitute non-fat yogurt or applesauce for oil in baked goods.

7. Roast or Grill for Rich Flavor With Fewer Calories

Roasting or grilling meat, seafood, vegetables, and potatoes, is a simple, low-calorie cooking style that brings out the natural sweetness and flavor in foods.

Roasted sweet potatoes with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar and a spritz of butter spray are delicious substitutes for the traditional calorie-laden casserole.

Grilled pork chops served with a mango salsa are great to replace pork chops slathered in mushroom cream.

8. Serve Healthier Desserts

For dessert, try chocolate-dipped strawberries for a colorful and delicious finale.

If you want to offer pie, choose the healthier pumpkin pie. Make it with non-fat evaporated milk. Top it with fat-free whipped topping.

9. Spritz Your Drinks

Eggnog and other holiday beverages can add a huge number of calories. Offer your guests plenty of low-cal beverages such as diet soda, sparkling water, or a low-calorie punch.

Alcohol releases inhibitions and can increase hunger. So do yourself and guests a favor: Offer simple alcohol choices such as wine and beer without the heavy cocktail mixers.

10. Plan and Scan to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

“In anticipation that you will be eating and drinking more than usual, try to trim your calories and make sure you fit in fitness everyday so you can enjoy a ‘controlled’ feast without the guilt” says Joan Salge Blake, MS, RD, clinical assistant professor, Boston University and American Dietetic Association spokeswoman.

“Scan the buffet and fill your plate with foods that are simply prepared, without sauces or fried, sit down and take your time to taste and savor every bite,” she says. Resist the urge to go back for more by waiting at least 20 minutes for your brain to register that you are comfortably full. If you are still hungry, eat more vegetables and drink water.

Remember, the holidays are marked with many traditions, but the real meaning is about spending time with family and friends.

If you keep these tips in mind, you'll get through the holidays without gaining a pound. And if you do splurge, don't beat yourself up, the experts say. Just get right back to normal eating and exercising, and try to do a better job at the next party.

So, that's it! It sounds easy but if you do put it into practise let us all know how you fared.

See you again tomorrow!

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Something For The Weekend 14

Friday 18th December 2009

Rather than picking a product of the week for you to enjoy, we have actually picked out an entire store for you to have a look at.

If you thought it was now too late do do your gift shopping in line, well you can think again. Today the lovely people at Firebox to tell me that they were still taking orders that could be delivered for Christmas.

Personally I am a huge fan of this store, and if you want to buy something that little bit different then this is a place for you.

Just as an example I will show you the item I bought and paid for on Sunday evening, and received in the first post on Tuesday morning:

Digital Video Camera priced at 39.95. Of course there are lots of things on the Firebox website; Toys, games, gadgets, tech gifts and eco friendly things to name but a few.

Website Of The Week

Today I am crowning a forum as my website of the week. is a fairly new forum run by my wonderful friend Brittany. Her own experiences with life has led her to devise a forum where people who feel like they need advice or help with any aspect of their lives can go.

All the members are friendly individuals, and I include myself in that. So if you want to meet some friendly new people, need a friend or some good advice talk to me, Brittany and others online at

Well, that's another week almost gone.

Have a great weekend, enjoy any Christmas parties that you may be going to, and remember what my gran used to say 'if you can't be good, be careful'.

Stay safe, see you Monday!
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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Mineral Makeup

Thursday 17th December 2009

Wouldn't it be great if you could wear your make up all day without it smudging or fading as you went about your daily routine? Have you ever been out in the sun and felt your makeup melting. or have you been caught short in a rain storm and had your previously made up face washed away?

What if I were to tell you that there was a certain type of makeup out there that had the staying power of a red wine stain on your lush cream carpet... and that it was called mineral makeup.

Mineral makeup has actually been around for about thirty years, but is seeing a sudden surge in popularity with those who are keen to buy all natural, non chemical products. Unlike other make ups, mineral makeup is made from just natural ground minerals with no preservatives, no chemical dyes, perfumes, talc's or alcohol.

As you may have already gathered, mineral makeup is perfect for those who have sensitive skin or common skin complaints such as acne.

We asked a number of makeup artists to say how they liked mineral makeup compared to the more conventional products, and the vast majority agreed that mineral makeup was so much lighter (making it easier to apply) and it gave a tremendous glow and a fresher, more natural finish.

How effective is mineral makeup.

Mineral makeup consists of triple milled minerals like titanium, gold, zinc, magnesium and aluminum. These special minerals are great for skin, because they do not enhance wrinkles and fine lines. It is also known that mineral make up has a SPF rating of 15 (for great sun protection) due to the high content of zinc oxide and titanium, making it a great way to wear sun block for the face.

Mineral makeup is also hypoallergenic and will not clog your pores. It also nourishes the skin and is very easy to apply and remove. The best thing about mineral make up is that it is strongly developed and it is natural, that it last so long that you can actually sleep in it and still appear fresh and ready to go when you awake in the morning!

There are some people that have complained about mineral make up stating that it irritates their skin and adds years to their appearance and also causes more wrinkles. Mineral makeup may not be for everyone and some people have different reactions to certain types of makeup and certain types of minerals. It is best if you try different types of make-up to see what is right for you, the most popular form of mineral makeup is blushes and powder foundations. Mineral make up is great for the majority of men and women and usually enhances your natural look and gives you a fresh and redefined look.

If you would like to see a fabulous range of mineral make up then please take the time to pay a visit to our friends over at Ferro Cosmetics.

See you again tomorrow for our final Christmas gift idea!

Image by Graeme Weatherston

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Mediterranean Diet

Wednesday 16th December 2009

The Mediterranean diet has long been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, problems with circulation, and all round good health. The diet, based on the style of eating in Southern European countries such as Spain and Italy, is defined by plentiful amounts of olive oil, more fish than meat, a low intake of dairy produce and lots of fruit and vegetables. Unusually, the Mediterranean diet also encourages the drinking of alcohol (red wine) in moderation.

Research scientists are not quite sure why the Mediterranean style of eating is linked to the afore mentioned health benefits, but one reason is thought to be the low levels of saturated fats it contains. Saturated fats are found in produce such as butter, cheese and red meat. Secondly the diet also has higher levels of mono unsaturated fatty acids(found) In olive oil and the fatty acids that are also abundant in certain types of fish.

It is know that the Mediterranean countries have lower rates of depression and suicide than those in northern Europe and some studies have suggested that the diet also has links with this. More recently researchers have found that those who's diets were strongly associated with the Mediterranean way of eating were less likely to be diagnosed with depression or anxiety related disorders.

The results of this research has concluded that the amount of fruit, vegetables and legumes, as well as the types of oils and fats that are consumed does in fact have links to lower rates of depression. Although they have reasoned that the overall effects of the diet may be more important than singling out individual foods or food groups.

If you are wanting to change your current diet to mimic that of the Mediterranean style then here are the things that you are going to need to change.

  • Maximise your intake of fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grain cereals

  • Limit your red meat intake and replace it with fish and poultry

  • Use olive oil instead of butter or lard

  • Limit your intake of processed and 'fast food'

  • Eat only moderate amounts of dairy and use low fat versions wherever possible

  • Snack on fruit, (including dried) fruit and unsalted nuts

  • Never add salt to your food at the table. There's already plenty.

  • Drink red wine during your meals, but no more than two small glasses per day

  • Drink more water, at least six glasses a day.

The Mediterranean diet incorporates the intake of health promoting ingredients while minimising those ingredients that are though to be bad for you. Those who adopt the Mediterranean style of eating are less likely to suffer illness and disease than those who do not.

Research has shown an exceptional reduction in risks of premature death, cardiovascular disease, cancer and chronic conditions such as hypertension, high cholesterol, arthritis and type 2 diabetes.

Adoption of the Mediterranean diet has also proven to be a successful strategy in the battle against weight loss.

If you click on the image at the top of this page you will see an enlarged version of the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid which shows you how often food groups in this specific diet should be consumed.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask them!

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Secret To Being Insanely Creative

Tuesday 15th December 2009

As you all know, Tuesdays are reserved for Guest Bloggers but this week I had a Twitter friend of mine send me a link to this brilliant blog post and I would like to share it with you:

What’s the secret to unleashing your creativity?

I’ll tell you, but it’s not what you think…

As an aspiring artist, I’ve spent a lot of time trying figure out how to be more creative. I’ve explored the traditional paths to creativity; painting, drawing, playing an instrument, creative writing, poetry, etc. I connected with creative souls; artists, and people living off the grid (away from the mainstream).

While I found this sparked my creative spirit, it only went so far. I was hacking at the branches rather than the root.

To truly tap into your creative nature, you only have to realize one thing…

You are already an artist.

You don’t have to create exquisite sculptures or breathtaking sonnets. You’re creating all the time simply by being alive. Every decision you make, every time you move, breathe, or speak you are creating. In fact, you couldn’t not create even if you wanted to. It’s simply impossible.

Just think about it: you’re the main character in your life story. Each day you develop and further the plot of your masterful performance. You interact with other secondary characters in your story that support your role. These are your friends, your lover, family and coworkers. They’re the supporting actors or actresses in your drama, and they also help mold your life’s narrative.

You can change the course of your story at any time by making new choices and walking down new paths. You can drop a secondary character and choose new ones, if they’re not supporting the story you’d like to create (except, perhaps, family members).

You constantly direct the play called your life; and that makes you a magnificent artist. So if you’re creating your life all the time, wouldn’t it be more empowering to view yourself as an artist, rather than simply a passively living person?

I know you’re thinking, That really doesn’t help when I’m chopping celery or washing the cat… but it does. It makes all the difference.

See, when you know you’re creating artistically, you get more involved in your life. You start to live more deliberately. You wash your cat with love because deep down, you love him even if he smells terrible. You cut celery with joy, because you’re making the choice to put something healthy in your body.

So, enough foreplay; here are some practical ways to embrace your inner artist:

  • Work. Are you making choices to further your deepest desires? Are you moving in the direction of your dreams? Much of our lives are spent working, so it makes sense to be conscious of the career we create. Find a career that pays you for being you. You may have to create one if it doesn’t exist.
  • Money. Take a close look at where your money is going. Are you spending your money unconsciously? Are buying lattes and chasing trends keeping you from those yoga classes you’ve been meaning to take? Reevaluate how you spend to live by your own design.
  • Goals. Are the goals you have ego driven, or heart centered? Are they furthering the life you’d love to create? See where you can simplify and remove the clutter to create room for authentic endeavors.
  • Relationships. Are your relationships assisting you in your desires, or holding you back? Or perhaps YOU are holding yourself back. Be honest with yourself and make the necessary changes to fearlessly go with yourself (instead of against).
  • Information. Are you addicted to info porn? Who’s dictating what you should think, you or the media? Consciously decide the input you accept and discard that which doesn’t serve you.
  • Routine. Most of our days we’d consider normal. A random Tuesday spent watching TV game shows is more eventful than the day your spouse proposed to you. If most of our days are common, it makes sense to make the most out of them. Instead of focusing on how much you can accomplish, focus on how much you can absolutely love what you’re doing. Be there completely. While doing this, you’ll find that you naturally enjoy those seemingly tedious tasks much more (like washing the dishes). It’s amazing how much non-resistance and presence changes everything.

All life really is, after all, is a collection of stories. But you’re the only one that can create the story of your dreams. It’s your story.

So what do you want to create? A film noir or a fairy tale? You can choose a daring adventure or a comedy. It’s up to you as long as you accept that you’re the artist. You’ve got the brush, it’s up to you to put down the colors you like best.

The question is: What will you create?

This article was written by Zen Habits contributor Jonathan Mead.

Image from Federico Stevanin

Fabulous isn't it? Now you know why I wanted to she are it with you all. I hope you enjoyed it and maybe even helped you to get a new way of thinking.

See you tomorrow.
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Monday, December 14, 2009

Lose Weight With Caralluma

Monday 14th December 2009

There is a new appetite suppressant in town and unlike the Hoodia ones that have been around for some time, this one is already patent protected and more importantly, clinically proven to suppress the appetite.

So, here is everything you need to know about Caralluma Fimbriata and how it can help you kick start your new years weight loss programme.

Caralluma fimbriata is a succulent plant of the cactus family that has been used as a natural appetite suppressant in India for centuries.

It's a new arrival in the family of cactii and succulent plants that are becoming increasingly popular for their appetite suppressant and weight loss properties, as well as their ability to lower blood sugar.

Supplements made from the popular hoodia gordonii cactus from the Kalahari Desert in Africa, are, for example, growing in popularity and usage in the U.S. and Europe. Like hoodia, caralluma fimbriata has been used to suppress appetite, and as a portable food for hunting. It is used to suppress hunger and appetite, and enhance endurance throughout India. It is also sometimes considered a "famine food," used during periods of famine to suppress appetite.

For centuries, people in rural areas of India have eaten Caralluma Fimbriata (see photograph), which grows wild over various parts of the country. Caralluma Fimbriata is cooked as a vegetable, used in preserves like chutneys and pickles, or eaten raw.

Caralluma Fimbriata is believed to block the activity of several enzymes, which then blocks the formation of fat, forcing fat reserves to be burned. Caralluma Fimbriata is also said to have an effect on the appetite control mechanism of the brain. Ayurvedic (traditional Indian medicine) experts have noted that there are no adverse effects when using Caralluma Fimbriata, and the plant has no known toxicity.

A patented, tested extract of Caralluma Fimbriata has been developed and standardized by a company called Gencor. Known as "Slimaluma," the extract delivers the plant in a concentrated form. One of the only products available in the U.S. that uses the Slimaluma formula is Country Life's GenaSlim supplement, which combines the patented Slimaluma extract of Caralluma fimbriata with EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) from green tea. Together they reportedly have a synergistic effect on appetite control and weight loss. In several clinical trials Slimaluma was shown to be effective in reducing body fat through appetite control.

If you are wanting a helping hand with losing a few extra pounds in the new year visit where you can also claim your two free bottles (see terms and conditions) of Carallum Burn. And with a no quibble money back guarantee it could be the answer to your weight loss prayers!

See you again tomorrow!

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Something For The Weekend 13

Friday 11th December 2009

Yet another weekend is looming which also means Christmas is almost upon us and once again I have found you another extraordinarily fabulous gift with a price tag to match.

The Thermal Mud Gift Pack
is the ultimate luxury gift that every woman who likes to look after her skin will just love.

This product contains the absolute maximum content of Rotorua Thermal Mud in its purest form. With a creamy velvety smoothness and full of highly concentrated natural minerals. Thermal Mud will rejuvenate the skin leaving a healthy radiant complexion. Thermal Mud is extremely therapeutic, as well as detoxifying, purifying, healing, remineralising, antiseptic and antibacterial. Suitable for body as well as the face. Ideal for use on damaged hands or feet or as an all over body treatment.

This gift pack contains a 100g thermal mud face mask, a hand cream and soap.

Thermal Mud Hand Cream:
A conditioning and hydrating hand cream containing the beneficial properties of thermal mud combined with chamomile extract and pure orange oil. Chamomile is a soothing plant extract that helps calm irritated and inflamed skin and reduces redness. Orange oil contains fruit acids that have a gentle exfoliating effect to smooth away roughness. Absorbs easily into the skin leaving hands soft and hydrated.

Thermal Mud Soap:
A gentle soap containing a very high percentage of Thermal Mud. This soap lathers beautifully even in the hardest waters. It is ideal for use on both the face and body. Regular use deeply cleanses and enriches the skin with all the therapeutic properties of Thermal Mud. This soap is an ideal cleanser suitable for all skin conditions as it helps combat unwanted bacteria on the skin.

Thermal Mud consists of a suspension of thermal mud in mineral spa water. The contact the mud has had with volcanic gases and minerals from deep within the earths service is the reason it is particularly rich in minerals.

Major minerals present in Rotorua Thermal Mud include Silica, Magnesium, Calcium, Titanium, Iron, Sulphur, Phosphorus, Sodium and Potassium. In addition there are also trace elements such as Copper, Zinc, Selenium, Cobalt, Manganese and Molybdenum.

Parrs Thermal Mud is excellent for use in regenerative skin care as the clays have a very strong affinity for moisture. Thermal mud on drying will generate heat, increasing the blood circulation and perspiration which helps eliminate toxins and other wastes. The clay services are highly active and will easily absorb excess oils and fatty secretions from within the skin pores. Detoxifying and purifying the mud drys on the skin promoting regeneration of new cells. The sulphur acts as an antibacterial agent assisting in the prevention and elimination of acne.

If you like the idea of a thermal mud gift pack, then you can visit The Beauty Shop who have a whole host of unique gift ideas to suit all budgets.

Website Of The Week

Have you ever wondered how you would look with a face lift? Well now is your chance to find out without having to even see a surgeon.

I stumbled upon a little website recently that allows you to have what they call a '5 second simulated makeover'. All you have to do is upload a photograph of yourself, choose a cosmetic procedure and click for you instant makeover.

Want to try it? visit and let me know what you think.

Once again I cannot thank you all enough for stopping by this week. The band of regular readers I have is making keeping this blog alive an incredible pleasure.

I hope you all enjoy your weekends. Stay safe, keep smiling and I will see you again on Monday Morning.

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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Causes Of Nail Fungus

Wednesday 9th December 2009

Following my post on Monday about nails and health, I received an email from a reader asking what the causes of nail fungus were and if I knew of any treatments for the condition.

Here is an answer to those questions, so Wendy this is for you and thanks for getting in touch.

Fungi are microscopic organisms that don't need sunlight to survive. Some fungi have beneficial uses, while others cause illness and infection.

Nail fungal infections are typically caused by a fungus that belongs to a group of fungi called dermatophytes. But yeasts and molds also can be responsible for nail fungal infections. All of these microscopic organisms live in warm, moist environments, including swimming pools and showers. They can invade your skin through tiny invisible cuts or through a small separation between your nail and nail bed. They cause problems only if your nails are continually exposed to warmth and moisture — conditions perfect for the growth and spread of fungi.

Infection with nail fungus occurs more in toenails than in fingernails because toenails are often confined in a dark, warm, moist environment inside your shoes — where fungi can thrive. Another reason may be the diminished blood circulation to the toes as compared with the fingers, which makes it harder for your body's immune system to detect and eliminate the infection.

Nail Fungus Complications

Nail fungal infections can be painful and may cause permanent damage to your nails. They may also lead to other serious infections that can spread beyond your feet if you have a suppressed immune system due to medication, diabetes or other conditions.

Fungal infections of the nail pose the most serious health risk for people with diabetes and for those with weakened immune systems, such as people with leukemia or those who've had an organ transplant.

If you have diabetes, your blood circulation and the nerve supply to your feet can become impaired. Therefore, any relatively minor injury to your feet — including a nail fungal infection — can lead to a more serious complication, requiring timely medical care. See your doctor immediately if you suspect nail fungus.

As for treatments, I have done a little research and have found one product which has had rave reviews recently; a natural solution for healthier nails for more information on this product you can visit:

That's everything from me today. thank you all for stopping by, as usual please feel free to leave your comments or drop me an email

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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Is Liposuction For Me

Tuesday 8th December 2009

Today we welcome our guest blogger Julia Eves who helps us take a closer look at the Liposuction procedure.

It sounds like some sort of a magic cure: Just make a small incision and suck out unwanted fat through a tube - a spiffy piece of body contouring that leaves you svelte and shapely. The good news is that this is pretty much what liposuction does, and its laser form, SmartLipo, is even called the 'lunch-time lipo'. Sneak out for a quick snack and some liposuction! But there may be serious, sometimes fatal, complications with liposuction; so you need to seriously consider whether it is worth it.

What areas does it work in?

Liposuction isn't an alternative to the gym: it's not a good idea if you're looking for extreme weight loss but does work well if you have some specific problem areas. A kind of body contouring, it can be performed under the chin, neck, cheeks, upper arms, breasts, abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs, calves, and ankle areas. Liposuction works best for people who don't lose or gain weight too quickly or have any eating disorders. Men usually opt for liposuction to remove double chins and abdominal fat; women for thighs, hips, lower abdomen and around the neck region. If you're opting for liposuction or SmartLipo you should ideally be healthy and have roughly normal body weight.

How is it done?

Liposuction is getting easier. The big cut that surgeons used to make has now been replaced by a tiny incision in a natural skin crease through which a hollow tube is inserted to suck out fat. The newer laser-based SmartLipo is even simpler. It involves inserting a tiny tube into the skin which then moves back and forth distributing the laser's energy to surrounding fat cells, which rupture and drain away. SmartLipo is a simple enough procedure to be performed under local anesthesia and is sometimes used along with regular liposuction to supplement it.

Is there a flip side?
Of course, now that you've been hearing about what a safe procedure it is, you'll probably be tempted to head out and ask for a helping of body contouring right away, please. But although liposuction is one of the safest cosmetic surgical procedures available today and may be advertised as something you can undergo when you have an hour free, you should make sure you speak to a realistic surgeon who doesn't overdo the amounts of liposuction performed on you in a single day. The amount that is considered "safe" varies, so it is important to check how much your surgeon prioritizes safety over results.

There are side-effects that may put you off liposuction and it's best to know these beforehand rather than discover them the hard way later. They include infections, skin necrosis (can be fatal) above the regions where liposuction was done; a change in the sensations in the operated region; swelling, and fluid imbalance.

Also if all that your surgeon has been discussing is the miracle body contouring that you will go home with post-surgery, you need to know that there are certain vulnerabilities you might have that increase risk during or after liposuction. For instance, what's your history with cardiac problems; pulmonary problems; hypertension; diabetes; allergies? After a surgery, are you okay with the chance that there might be some shock (if enough fluid wasn't pumped back into you after fat was sucked out); fluid overload, scarring, drug reactions or possibility of infection.

Liposuction: when not to

It's not a good idea to consider liposuction for general obesity or to treat skin that is uneven or dimpled. Your surgeon should warn you that certain parts of your body shouldn't undergo liposuction such as the fat on the sides of breasts - a common site for cancer. There are alternatives to liposuction and SmartLipo that you can consider: for instance, a tummy tuck procedure; reduction mammoplasty or even a combination of plastic surgery procedures.

Julia Eves works in health industry. Staying Young is the website were Julia publishes her articles on health, diet and cosmetic procedures

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Monday, December 07, 2009

What Your Nails Say About Your Health

Monday 7th December 2009

Most of us are already aware that our nails can hold vital clues about the state of our overall health, but most of us don't know what our nails are trying to tell us. Ripples and bumps, white specks, and a change in colour may all be signs of disease in the body. Keep reading to find out what your nails say about your health.

Pale Nails are often a sign associated with aging, but can also be a sign of illnesses such as Anemia, Diabetes, Liver disease or Malnutrition.

White Nails are often a sign of liver problems.

Yellow Nails are often a sign of a fungal infection. As the infection worsens the nail bed may retract and nails may thicken and begin to crumble.

Blue Nails or nails with a slight tint of blue about them show a lack of oxygen. This could be an indication of lung problems.

Rippled Nails If the surface of the nails is pitted or rippled this could be a sign of psoriasis or inflammatory arthritis.

Brittle Nails that are dry and crack have been linked with thyroid disease. If the nails are brittle but with a hint of yellow then you may have a fungal disease.

Puffy Nail Fold If the area around the nail is red and swollen, then this is known as inflammation of the nail fold. It could be the result of lupus or another connective tissue disorder.

Dark Lines should be look at instantly by a medical professional as they are sometimes caused by melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer.

Bitten Nails Gnawing at your nails may be nothing but a habit but in some cases it can be a sign of anxiety or obsessive compulsive disorders that may benefit from treatment.

Although we all have nails that change throughout our lives it may not necessarily mean we have one or more of the above health conditions, and of course we have to take into consideration other symptoms too. All in all, many nail abnormalities are not dangerous and are quite harmless.

If you want to see the series of photographs that accompany this article then you can do so by clicking here

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Friday, December 04, 2009

Something For The Weekend 12

Friday 4th December 2009

Another weekend is upon us and Christmas is looming, but if you have not finished all of your gift shopping yet join the club and don't despair.

This week we have found a really good product, perfect for the man or woman in your life who spends most of their waking life standing on their feet.

Carley's Soft And Sensual Feet is a real treat to help soften tired, dry, cracked and aching feet and includes a FREE full size bar of natural soap worth $5.

To read more about what this product can do for you visit the website, click on 'view all products' on the homepage and scroll down to get a fuller picture of this brilliant stocking filler gift idea.

Website Of The Week

Ferro Cosmetics is the place to go if you are serious about using quality make up.

Ferro Cosmetics is the new age of make up revolution, with 100% all natural mineral makeup that makes women look and feel beautiful. Using only the highest quality minerals with no toxic ingredients or fillers, mineral makeup is hand-crafted and made in the USA.

Ferro Cosmetic product are available in a dazzling array of colors for any customer looking for makeup and beauty products that are just that little bit special.

Well that's another week all wrapped up. Enjoy your weekend and I hope to see you again on Monday.

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Thursday, December 03, 2009

Do You Have Asthma?

Thursday 3rd December 2009

Asthma is an increasingly common breathing problem, and it seems highly likely that you will know someone who suffers with it. The causes of asthma can vary from person to person as too can the symptoms.

I am an asthma sufferer myself, with the illness only flaring up during the winter months. Having a cold recently and suffering with Sinusitis probably triggered my asthma this time around.

So, how do you know if you have asthma or not? Here are some of the most common symptoms that you should be looking out for;

  • Coughing, especially at night
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness, pain, or pressure

Still, not every person with asthma has the same symptoms in the same way. You may not have all of these symptoms, or you may have different symptoms of asthma at different times. Your symptoms may also vary from one asthma attack to the next, being mild during one and severe during another.

Some people with asthma may go for extended periods without having any symptoms at all, interrupted by periodic worsening of their symptoms called asthma attacks. Others might have asthma symptoms every day. In addition, some people may only have asthma during exercise or asthma with viral infections like colds.

Mild asthma attacks are generally more common. Usually, the airways open up within a few minutes to a few hours. Severe attacks are less common but last longer and require immediate medical help. It is important to recognize and treat even mild symptoms to help you prevent severe episodes and keep asthma under better control.

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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Seven Ways To Feel Fitter And Healthier

Wednesday 2nd December 2009

If your new years resolution for 2010 is to get fitter and healthier (again), but all of the conflicting information out there is confusing you, here is a brilliant article that explains the seven things you need to do to feel better, fitter and happier about yourself.

Due to today's hectic modern lifestyle, many people are getting less exercise than they are used to. It also led them to making terrible compromises with their health, particularly on their food choices. The convenience presented by fast food meals and quick-cook meals became more preferred than quick fix greens and veggies. These unhealthy changes are starting to take toll on many people's lives, particularly on their health and fitness.

Health and fitness are two essential factors of living a quality life. That is why it is important to take certain measures in retaining health and fitness. Amidst the present challenges imposed by a hectic daily life, it is actually possible for you to maintain health and feel fitter and healthier than ever before.

1. Exercise plays crucial roles in maintaining health. Not only does it encourage normal body functions, it also helps establish more energy that will enable the body to sustain all your daily activities with no fail. By signing up to a fitness health centre, you gain help in making sure that your body gets enough exercise every day. To people who are dealing with existing medical conditions, they may benefit from the guidance of personal training staff to find the right exercises that will improve their current condition.

2. Along with your exercise fitness program, healthy dieting is essential to regaining fitness and health. Watching what you eat is important in lessening your intake of foods that trigger health problems such as saturated fat and complex sugars. Fitness experts recommend getting 8 servings of fruits and vegetables daily and 8 glasses of water per day. This should give your body enough fiber and fluid to hasten normal body system functions.

3. Achieving a natural state of deep relaxation is one way of effectively feeling fitter and healthier. Indulging to a relaxing massage or in methods like hypnosis, you encourage your body's transmission of positive energies, which improves the way you handle stresses and respond to certain situations.

4. Flexible exercises such as running, walking or jogging make great exercises. There's no problem when the opportunity presents only little physical activity. Doing little activities means a lot. Even doing simple housework or walking the dog is enough exercise.

5. Getting enough sleep, seven to eight hours, is a must. A well-rested body is a healthy body. Lack of sleep will not only make you less effective in the morning, it also weakens your immune system, which makes you susceptible to diseases.

6. Encourage positive outlook in life. Live your life to the fullest by taking great joys from simple things. For instance, if you want to achieve weight loss, appreciating, and celebrating every good change that you make in your lifestyle will keep you motivated in achieving your goal. That way, you will appreciate life, feeling fitter and healthier.

7. To undergo a rigorous and life-changing fitness program, consider joining a boot camp. Boot camps will enable you to achieve health and fitness with fun, fast, and effective ways. Boot camps offer to asset you in achieving all fitness levels, for all ages and abilities.

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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Rheumatoid Arthritis And Diet.

Tuesday 1st December 2009

There are various theories about the cause of rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease that inflames the joints in the body, causing pain and stiffness. It is not completely curable. In its advanced stages, rheumatoid arthritis makes the joints deformed and immobile, simultaneously affecting other organs, too. Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that can affect anyone, any time, at any age. Since prevention is better than cure, a diet rich in nutrition, such as carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals, is best recommended. In the case of arthritis, a good diet will help in keeping the disease under control, even though cure is a one percent chance.

As per the body requirements, a diet should be combination of every food in large, moderate, and small amounts followed by a regular exercise plan or a physically active lifestyle. The typical diet should contain vegetables and fruit, cereals, grains, bread, legumes and beans, skimmed milk, and oils that are low in saturated fats. Researchers have identified a diet rich in fish oil and a vegetarian diet as a good sources to combat rheumatoid arthritis. Moderate amounts of sugar and red meat trimmed of excess fat can also be included the diet. Though in some cases of rheumatoid arthritis more consumption of red meat has been identified as aggravating inflammation in the joints, small quantities are harmless.

The diet should also include minerals like calcium and iron, and vitamins like B and C. Also, the body weight should be always under control. This is because a person having rheumatoid arthritis may turn anemic, lose bone density, develop a fever, and develop other symptoms that body cannot withstand with the pain and stiffness. At such a time, weight gain will only increase inflammation and pain in the swollen joints.

Diet supplements such as calcium and folic acid are recommended, especially when taking medication. Drugs taken for rheumatoid arthritis may have side effects and can affect the normal status of the vitamins and minerals in the body. For instance, folic acid is administered with methotrxate a drug used to fight arthritis. Similarly, alcohol and other beverages such as coffee should be avoided when taking certain other drugs.

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