How To Treat Adult Acne?

acne womenMaybe you thought that, once you hit 20, zits and blackheads would be left by the school bus stop curb, along with your favorite pair of bell-bottoms and your scrunchy collection. Well, now you (and hopefully your sense of style) have matured, but those nasty blemishes still haven’t been 86’d. In fact, they’ve matured as much as you have, migrating from your forehead and cheeks down to your jawline and neck.

Yes, adult acne is very real, and more common than you might think. Don’t think you’re the only one who’s sneaking into your daughter’s shower basket for that zit zapping cream. In fact, adult acne affects 25% of adult men and upwards of 50% of women. But before you go rushing to the facial aisle at the drugstore, there are some things you should know about adult acne.

So What’s the Deal?

If you had acne as a teen, you are likely to see it resurface, due to your genetic makeup, but with some differences. When you were in your teens, acne was accompanied by oily skin, but now your hormones have settled down and you’re finding yourself with dry or combination skin.

Blackheads and whiteheads have been replaced with redder bumps and cysts. These bumps lay deeper and stay red longer because the skin doesn’t heal as rapidly. Hormones still play a part in oil production, and if your hormones seem to fluctuate, you’re probably more likely to break out around the time of your period, when you’re pregnant, and when you find yourself reaching menopause.

What Can You Do About It?

Acne isn’t just triggered by hormones. There are other things you can do to help reduce the effects. First, take a moment and recount everything you put on your face on a daily basis. If you’re worried about acne, you’re probably using an acne-fighting cleanser, but maybe you’re also using a toner to treat blemishes, a spot cleaner, and a concealer containing oil-fighting salicylic acid.

Stop right there! The more you overwork your face, the worse breakouts are going to get. All of these products are attempting to cleanse the blemish by wiping out dirt and grime. But when you do too much, you are depleting your natural oil reserves; making your skin dry and irritated. This irritation leads to more breakouts as your skin tries to produce more oil to quench its thirst.

Adult skin is more fragile and dry, making it less capable of handling harsh cleansing agents. Heavy moisturizers and wrinkle creams aren’t helping either, as they only further clog pores. Some of the best dermatologists recommend nothing more than a simple bar of soap and a light moisturizer.

But It’s Not Just What You Put On Your Face That Affects Your Complexion

Diet and nutrition play a huge role in your skin’s appearance. Think about it this way – your skin regenerates about every 28 days, and it’s using the nutrients you feed it to rebuild itself. So, what are you feeding it? If you answered potato chips or candy bars, we have a problem.

The natural ingredients in food can help to speed skin cell turnover and fight blemishes and wrinkles. A diet high in fruit, veggies, healthy fats (the kind found in nuts and oils) and proteins will give your skin a healthy glow, making it look younger and less likely to breakout.

Some studies show that sugar, especially refined sugar, can contribute to acne production as well. And let’s not forget about water. If you’re dehydrated, one of the first places it will show is on your face. Drink plenty of water to keep your skin supple and soft.

What It Boils Down To

At the end of the day, if you’re staying up late and stressing over that presentation you have to give at work, you’re not doing yourself any favors. Stress and sleep deprivation are two of the most common factors in acne production that often go overlooked.

The best recipe for glowing skin is a simple skin care regimen, a well balanced diet, a lot of water and a little relaxation.

7 Rules To Losing Weight

weight lossThere’s always new diets and weight loss products out on the market, claiming to burn your fat by using their product. It’s best to save your money and lose weight the healthy and easy way. This is definitely the best way to lose weight, but it’s often overlooked because of the time it takes. Here are the 7 tricks to losing your weight:

1. Make it a Slow Process

Everyone wants to lose weight fast. This turns into a big discouragement when dieting because people aren’t seeing the results as quickly as they would like and they’re giving up. It’s important to realize that there are no magic solutions to losing weight and that it will take time to lose the weight. If you learn to accept that it isn’t a fast process then following these tips will be the easiest way to shed those extra pounds.

2. Never Leave out any Food Groups

Most of those diets you hear about will tell you to cut out a certain food group and focus on specific foods. The fact is, you need the vitamins and minerals from foods in each food group. You don’t want to sacrifice the health of your body in exchange for losing weight. These diets also require a major sudden change in eating habits which is very difficult, and once again, discouraging.

3. Don’t Diet!

This may seem like a contradictory way to losing weight but it’s not. What I mean by “don’t diet” is that your eating habits should only change very slightly. You won’t even realize that you’re losing weight if you’re eating pretty much the same way as you were before. For any skeptics out there, I lost six pounds (accidentally) in the past couple months by doing this. Sure it’s not a lot, but it all takes time. If I didn’t change my eating habits then I would still have those extra six pounds.

4. Don’t Finish it

This is the first step to dieting. The trick is to make very minor substitutions, and I mean very minor. If you’re going to eat a tasty 400-calorie donut then leave a few bites. Not eating a quarter of the donut would already save you from 100 calories. No sweat. You will notice after a few weeks that eating the three-quarters of the donut will fill you up as much as the full donut did a few weeks earlier.

You have to make sure to adjust to your weight loss by once again lowering the amount of the donut that you will eat. This works really well for large meals like supper. Saving a quarter of your supper would probably save you even more calories than the quarter of the donut. Note that 3500 calories = 1 pound. If you save yourself from 250 calories each day with this method and another 250 using the substitution method, you’re already losing a pound each week!

5. Substitution

The other important substitution method is replacing something healthier in place of that tasty donut I mentioned before. You would be surprised how little calories certain fruits and vegetables have. Some vegetables could save you up to 350 calories over eating the donut. It’s good to go out and find some fruits and vegetables that you really like. Finding lower calorie alternatives is also a good idea (ex. skim milk instead of 2%) Remember that 1 pound of fat equals about 3500 calories, meaning that if you make 250 calories of substitutions and don’t finish 250 calories of your meals per day then you’ll lose 1 pound each week. A month may seem like a long time to lose 4 pounds, but the point is you don’t have to think about it since it’s not difficult or anything. Just go about your day like you normally would and one day you’ll realize that you’ve lost x number of pounds.

6. Keep Your Metabolism Boosted

Remember the 250 calories of supper that you left? Eat it in 3 hours as a snack. Keeping your metabolism going is very important for losing weight since, well, that’s what burns your weight. To achieve this you have to eat a small snack every 3 hours. As I mentioned about the supper, it’s good to eat whatever you left from your meals at the three hour snack time after your meal.

7. Eat Slower

This one will really help you achieve the “Don’t Finish it” step. If you eat slower then you’ll feel full much faster.  When someone is overweight, they usually eat too quickly (like I do) and feel really full all of a sudden (often requiring a nap after occasions like a Chinese Buffet). This is because it takes some time for your body to process that you’re full. By the time your brain notices that you’re full, you’ve already jammed down a lot more. Once you eat slower, you’ll be really surprised at how little it actually takes to fill you up.

Just follow these 7 rules to losing weight and one day you’ll realize that you’ve lost a lot of weight. In fact, you’ll probably have forgotten that you were trying to lose weight since you get used to it quickly. In the end, you’ll feel better about yourself and you’ll be in the habit of eating in a healthy way.

4 Kind Of Drinks That You Can Not Have With An Empty Stomach

man drinking coffeeIn life, we often drink a variety of drinks, but some can bring health hazards if with an empty stomach. Do you know which kind of drinks hat you can not have with an empty stomach? People who are specialized in traditional Chinese medicine warn that there are four kinds of drinks!

Coffee

The white-collar workers who run around in the major office is familiar with it – coffee shop is the preferred place for day-to-day business meeting, and coffee is also the pick-me-up “weapon” for those working overtime to stay up all night.

Coffee contains caffeine, which, after entering into the body, will lead to sympathetic tone to eliminate drowsiness, improve blood circulation make the body warm and drive away the tiredness. So it has the effect of “refreshing”. But sympathetic nerve will produce negative effects on appetite if it is stimulated and excited, that is, the appetite will reduce.

So a cup of coffee before a meal will make you not want to have food. In addition, the gastric secretion will increase if the stomach are stimulated, which is bad for the patients who suffer from gastric ulcer. But after the dinner, the increase of the gastric secretion will help digestion. Therefore, it is absolutely OK to have it after the dinner.

Of course, the so-called “too far is as bad as too less” means that it must be controlled within the appropriate limit even if the delicious food. In principle, one day two to three cups of coffee is appropriate. If drinking four or five cups, most people will feel sick and  they must be careful.

Yogurt

People often discuss that how having yogurt exactly is more beneficial to the body health, or when is more conducive to the absorption of nutrients. Drinking yogurt in the fasting state is easy to stimulate the emptying of the gastrointestinal tract, so the nutrition of the yogurt has not be absorbed before being discharged. Having it after a meal may reduce the stimulus so that the yogurt is slowly absorbed in the stomach.

Nutrition experts: In general, after a meal within 30 minutes to two hours, the consumption of yogurt is the best. In normal conditions, the gastric juice pH value is 1-3; when fasting, the gastric juice is rendered to be acidic, PH value is below 2, where it is not suitable for the growth of lactic acid bacteria in yogurt. Only when the stomach PH value is relatively high, it is possible for lactic acid bacteria to grow in full capacity which is beneficial to the body.

In addition, the best temperature for having the yogurt is 10 ℃ -12 ℃, so pay attention to the yogurt temperature that should not exceed 50 ° C, otherwise it will make the bacteria lose activity.

Honey

Honey is a kind of natural nourishing food and the most commonly used supplements. It contains many inorganic salts whose density is similar to that of human serum and vitamins, and facilitates the body to absorb. Many white-collar workers have the habit of drinking honey water, to prevent constipation, nourish the skin and keep the body healthy.

Experts advise: the time of honey consumption may be careful. It is recommended to have it within 1.5-2 hours after a meal. When fasting, drinking honey water will make the body more acidic, which will contribute to gastric or duodenal ulcer if keeping for a long time.

You had better have it with water of 30 degrees if you don not have a good stomach, otherwise you will suffer diarrhea, gastroenteritis and other negative symptoms. But the water should not be in high temperature. From the pharmacological point of view, the honey, if to be heated to 67 degrees,will destroy vitamins and reduce its aroma, nutritional value .

Slimming Tea

Summer is the time to lose weight and show off the good figure. To keep a good figure, the white-collar workers will have the slimming tea to control the weight.

We are very familiar with the tea. And we all know that we can not immediately have it after a meal. It is better after half an hour. But many people often do not notice that we can not have it  with an empty stomach. Just as an old saying: “Do not drink tea with an empty stomach”, it does. Tea contains caffeine and other alkaloids. Having tea with an empty stomach can easily lead to gastrointestinal discomfort and loss of appetite because of intestinal absorption of too much caffeine.

The slimming tea product in the current market emphasizes the concept of Tea Health & Wellness. Its main ingredient is extracted from natural tea, which should not be absorbed in an empty stomach. The responsible person of Well-known weight loss tea brand says that the right way to drink slimming tea will make it better to play a role. Then a very important one is avoid having it with n empty stomach.

So pay attention to 4 kinds of drinks that you can not drink with an empty stomach, otherwise it will lead to disease. To drink beverages in a healthy way can prevent the disease.

Dancing Does More Than Just Burn Fat

danceLike many people, I’m not so much into fitness. In fact, I’m not fit at all. My job entails me to sit on my backside the whole day in front a computer. I rarely feel inspired to work out, even if I know that I badly need to, to burn fat and lose weight.

When I do get to do some cardio, it’s just because some friends have asked me to join them. I don’t really enjoy running that much, but since I enjoy my friends’ company, I tag along. I know running is good but I just find it boring.

Running round and round in an Olympic size oval until I can barely catch my breath isn’t exactly my idea of a fun work out. So what do I do? Believe it or not, I dance – hip hop to be exact.

For me, dancing is more intense than running. When I dance, the movements I make in sync to the fat bass of hip hop music can make me sweat more than when I run. And when I sweat more, I’m burning more calories. Although dancing does make me tired at the end of the day, I still find it more enjoyable.

Every pop, lock, drop, krump, kick, and jump forces my muscles to contract, burning calories as I go. But dancing is more than just being able to burn fat. It gives me a few more helpful benefits than what running can. One of these is body coordination.

Body coordination is being able to control my body the way I want to by using the right muscles right away. It’s attaining a sense of balance despite the many movements made at a given time. Because dancing involves choreography and steps, I’m able to improve my body coordination drastically. The more complicated steps I learn and do, the better my body coordination.

Dancing also gives me a ton of happy hormones. Okay, not a ton, but a lot compared to running. After a 2 to 4-hour session, I feel tired but content. Even if I fail to memorize complicated steps, the fact that I was able to bust some moves and at the same time get a much needed work out are enough reasons to make me feel good. It’s like I’ve done something worthwhile without putting my health at risk unlike drinking.

Dancing also helps boost my self confidence. Yes, I’m not your skinny type of gal, but if I can move like any skinny girl can, it makes me feel good about myself. If I’m able to krump and jump like a dude would, then that’s enough to boost my self-confidence.

And last but not least, dancing helps my extroverted side shine. Introverted people like me would rather be left in peace. But when I dance, I’m able to easily socialize with other people, especially with other hip hop dance enthusiasts. For them, it doesn’t matter if I look like a bouncing ball in the middle of the studio.

The fact that I can do a routine with the same punch as they can is enough for them to respect me as a person. This is why I love dancing. I burn fat and lose weight but actually gain more in terms of body coordination, self-confidence, and friends.

Beating The Stress In The Workplace

workplace stressWe encounter a number of challenges at the workplace almost everyday. One of the biggest challenges is to cope well with the job stress. In fact, job stress not only affects our physical and mental wellbeing but can also be fatal at times.

It is often suggested that the best remedy to reduce stress and stay healthy at work is to keep your emotions under control. It is believed that a healthy person often deals with workplace stress in a positive way. But there are several other practical ways to stay healthy and deal with on-the-job stress.

Let us explore some essential options to stay healthy in office.

Pay attention to your health

One of the most important ways to keep your levels of stress low at work is to pay adequate attention to your health – both physical and emotional. This include having an overall healthy diet, getting adequate sleep, visiting the doctor at frequent intervals, getting engaged in some exercise or physical activities, and so on. A good lifestyle often makes you feel good. This in turn brings a lot of positive energy at home and at work and help you in managing stress more effectively at work.

Eat healthy at work

It is advisable to pack your own lunch. It is definitely a much better option than eating the junk food available in and around your office. These days a number of corporate offices provide healthy lunches to their employees. Lunch should be tasty and nutritious as well as simply. Try to have a balance the diet with some carbohydrate with vegetables, salads and a fruit.

You should also try to cut down on tea/coffee a number of times which often affects health. You should also drink a lot of water. One great way to remain healthy is to keep small portions of healthy snacks such as crackers and fruits to avoid eating unnecessarily. During the lunch break, you should go for a 5-minutes power walk everyday after lunch.

Practice emotional intelligence

This is one way to remain healthy at workplace and reduce a great deal of workplace-related stress. Once you start adopting emotional intelligence, you can gain a lot of self-confidence. This in turn helps in reducing tension and anxiety at work.

Remove negative thoughts

This is a very critical stage for an employee to remain physically and mentally healthy at work. Negativity at work often increases the level of stress in employees and leads to poor individual and team performance. A healthy person should always act as a positive role model to co-workers and subordinates and set realistic goals for himself to meet positively.

Take a break

It is very important to take a break from work for 5-10 minutes at least 3-4 times a day to invigorate your spirits. This is especially true for sedentary workers who sit in front of the PC monitor the whole day. When you feel stressed out while working, get up from your desk and walk around for sometime to relieve stress. It also helps in relieving body pain and backaches and soothes your eyes.

How To Diet If You Have Diabetes

diet diabetesIn order to effectively control and/or prevent diabetes, close monitoring of one’s diet is essential. When it comes to losing weight, however, what you eat will have the biggest impact; although exercise matters quite a lot, as well.

Contrary to popular belief though, a diabetic’s nutritional requirement is exactly the same as everybody else’s–no special food, nothing really complicated.

A diabetic diet is simply one that is high in nutrients, low in fat, and moderate in calories, making it healthy for non-diabetics, as well. (We recommend the South Beach Diet as a good diet plan for diabetics)

Opt for high-fiber carbohydrates

Compared to fats and proteins, carbohydrates have the most influence on blood sugar levels.What you need to do is to restrain your intake of highly processed carbohydrates (such as pasta, white bread, and rice), soda, junk foods, etc. Instead, choose complex carbohydrates that are high in fiber, like brown rice, sweet potatoes, yams, whole wheat pasta and bread, rolled oats, etc.

These types of carbohydrates helps even out blood sugar levels as they are digested more slowly, preventing your body from producing too much insulin. They also allow you to stay full longer and provides energy.One way to determine which carbohydrates are best for your diet is through the Glycemic Index (GI).

The GI allows you to figure out how quickly food is converted to sugar in your system. High GI foods raises the blood sugar rapidly, while low GI foods have minimal effects. Needless to say, a diabetic diet must consist of low GI food entries.

Here’s a simplified way to do it:

  • Eat plenty of non-starchy vegetables, beans, and fruits, like apples, pears, peaches, berries, bananas, mangoes, and papayas.
  • Eat whole grains, such as whole-kernel bread, brown rice, and whole barley, millet, and wheat berries as much as possible. But you can also have minimally processed ones, like stone-ground bread, steel-cut oats, and natural granola or muesli breakfast cereals.
  • Narrow down your intake of white potatoes, refined grain products, and concentrated sweets. Make white breads and white pasta as side dishes instead. Make ice cream an occasional treat and limit fruit juices to not more than a cup a day. Totally steer clear of sweetened drinks.
  • Choose healthy proteins and fats, such as beans, fish, skinless chicken, olive oil, nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans), and avocados. Say no hydrogenated fats, which are usually found in fast foods and many packaged goods.
  • Have 5-6 meals a day, eating slowly and stopping when you’re full. Never skip breakfast.

Be careful about sweets

Just because you have diabetes, doesn’t mean you have to completely eliminate sugar in your diet. What is important is for you to be smart about your sweet choices and keep your consumption moderate.

Probably the most important question is: how do you incorporate sweets in a diabetic diet? It’s quite simple actually. Here’s how:

  • Forget the bread or pasta if you’re having dessert. Consuming sweets during a meal means additional intake of carbohydrates. Therefore, it is best to cut down on carbs during the same meal.
  • Add a little healthy fat to your dessert. Fat slows down digestion, meaning blood sugar levels don’t spike as quickly. Opt for healthy fats like those that can be found on peanut butter, ricotta cheese, yogurt, and some nuts.
  • Eat sweets with a meal. Eaten on their own, sweets and desserts can rapidly increase your blood sugar levels. To slow it down, eat them along with other healthy foods as part of your meal.
  • Savor each bite. Enjoy your dessert. Bite, chew, and bask in all its deliciousness. This will also prevent you from overeating.
  • And to cut down on your sugar intake, here’s how:Reduce your soda and juice intake. Instead, have sparkling water, plain or with a little juice mixed in.
  • Reducesugar amounts by ¼ to ⅓ when cooking or increase sweetness by adding cinnamon, nutmeg, or vanilla extract.
  • Satisfy your sweet tooth the healthy way. Instead of ice cream, blend up frozen bananas for a creamy, frozen treat. Or enjoy a small chunk of dark chocolate, rather than your usual milk chocolate bar.

Choose healthy fats

Diabetics must be careful with their fat intake, especially since they are more prone to heart diseases. Fats are also high in calories. Therefore, portion sizes must also be closely monitored.What are healthy fats?

These are unsaturated founds, which usually comes from plant and fish sources. Examples are olive oil, canola oil, nuts, and avocados. These also include omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna, and flaxseeds, which can fight inflammation and are known to be good for the heart.

To effectively increase the amount of healthy fats in your diet, here’s what you can do:

  • Cook with olive oil.
  • Remove any visible fat from meat before cooking. Peel of the skin before cooking chicken and turkey.
  • Snack on nuts or seeds.
  • Grill, broil, or bake.
  • Have fish 2 or 3 times week instead of red meat.
  • When baking, use canola oil or applesauce instead of butter.

Eat at regularly set times

When a regular meal schedule is maintained, the body will be able to regulate blood sugar levels better. Consistently have moderate meal or snack portion sizes.

3 Ways to Improve Glucose Levels in Your Body

Diabetes person doing glucose level blood testIf your blood sugar levels are out of whack, it can have a significant impact on various aspects of your life. It can contribute to frequent hunger, frequent urination, fatigue, blurred vision, diabetes, heart disease, and more. Not only can it complicate your day-to-day life, it can decrease the quality and duration of your life as well.

Poor glucose levels can be caused by a variety of factors, but perhaps most commonly are brought on by poor health habits. Lack of exercise, incorrect diet choices, and other poor habits—over the course of a lifetime—can result in poor blood sugar levels and the subsequent related disorders.

The good news is not only can you prevent poor blood sugar levels, but you can also help improve your glucose levels if you are starting to experience some of these negative symptoms.

Exercise

Regular exercise will help your body regulate its glucose levels—this is in addition to the other benefits that come along with consistent exercise. While you may want to start with walking, light jogging, or hiking, the greatest benefit to your blood sugar levels will be through consistent, intense workouts. Getting your heart rate up through sustained cardiovascular exercise will have the biggest positive impact on your glucose levels.

You can also improve your glucose levels through including weight training along with your aerobic training. This will help improve your overall metabolism and blood sugar absorption.

Proper Diet

A proper diet with healthy foods can also help control your glucose levels. There is no magic food; but when combined with other efforts, a proper diet can help you improve your overall blood sugar levels. For instance, white bread converts quickly into sugars, causing a spike in your glucose levels—while foods like brown rice provide a more gradual source of energy.

Some foods which you should consider including in your diet are oatmeal, lean meats and salmon, and non-starchy vegetables. These foods will help you slim down—which will automatically help with blood sugar levels—but they provide additional benefits. These high-fiber foods will help with digestion, help you feel full longer, and may improve your cholesterol as well.

And even if you’re looking to have a sweet snack, a cup of strawberries are going to be a better choice than a candy bar or handful of chips.

Fiber

Perhaps the biggest way to improve glucose levels in your body is by getting more fiber in your diet. There are two types of fiber—soluble and insoluble—and both can have a positive impact on your blood sugar levels.

Insoluble fiber doesn’t absorb water, so it passes through your digestive system quite easily. Fortunately, while it passes through it will absorb some of the toxins in your body and help with overall digestion. Soluble fiber, on the other hand, does absorb water which provides the same benefit as those low-carb foods.

It stays in your system longer, helping prevent spikes in glucose levels as well as helping you feel full longer (so there’s less temptation to snack between meals) and helps your body to stay slim with better glucose levels.

So whether you’re concerned about your future health or trying to improve your current health, these three steps can help you improve your body’s glucose levels.