November 15, 2017

Tips for 30-Plus Women to Keep Active and Healthy Other Than Exercise

Women are no strangers to juggling the demands of work and home. When you are in your 20s, you can manage the impact of not eating on time, missing meals, not exercising, etc., however, when you are in your 30s, these indiscretions are likely to hit your health hard. Some valuable tips on remaining fit and healthy when you are in your 30s:

Boosting Your Metabolic Rate

When you reach your 30s, your metabolic rate dips and consequently, your entire body experiences a slowdown. You may find yourself gaining weight and finding it difficult to shed the extra pounds. This is the time you should be looking to revamp your diet and balance your intake of protein, carbohydrate, and fat. Increase the proportion of protein and complex carbs to enhance your metabolic rate and potential for burning calories. Your diet should ideally comprise 60-70% carbs, one-third of which should be complex while the rest should be protein and fats. Make breakfast the meal of the day and keep your dinner light.

Keep Your Fiber Intake High

With advancing age, it becomes increasingly important for you to regulate your metabolism and blood sugar level. You should include in your diet high-fiber foods like fruits and vegetables and decrease the amount of saturated fats and processed foods that contain a lot of salt and preservatives for better weight management. You should also have a check done for hormone levels as well as thyroid dysfunction so that they can be addressed with suitable medication. If your doctor advises, you can go ahead and buy steroids for better fitness.

Enhance Your Energy Level

When you reach your 30s, you no longer seem to have the same energy as before even though you are trying to follow a nutritious diet. This could very well be due to anemia or a deficiency of iron in your body. Typically, such deficiencies are caused by loss of blood during menstruation and also due to childbirth. It is very easy to treat iron deficiency naturally; all you have to do is to include in your diet foods that are rich in iron such as beans, pumpkin seeds, peas, green vegetables, poultry, and meat. Treating iron deficiency is also important to keep your mental alertness and cognitive abilities in order.

Keep Your Bone Density from Declining

It is typical for the aging process to result in a decline in bone density making them more prone to fractures. This reduction in bone density occurs due to the fall in the level of estrogen and can be countered by increasing the intake of calcium along with Vitamin D. Milk, yogurt, cheese, almonds, broccoli, chia seeds etc. are excellent sources of calcium. Vitamin D can be found in fish oil, mushrooms, soy milk, and eggs, to name a few common sources.

Conclusion

The secret of maintaining good health, successfully managing weight and energy levels is to appreciate that when you are in your 30s, your body undergoes various changes that can only be addressed with better dietary control and lifestyle changes.

Author Bio: Alexandra Adams is a nutritionist who writes regularly in health and fitness magazines. Her advice for women is to eat and exercise right, and if required then buy steroids to regain their fitness.

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November 10, 2017

How to Set Up Your New Home With Your Hunny

Congratulations! You and your significant other have decided to move in together, and you couldn’t be happier. You have found the perfect new place, signed the paperwork and now are ready to make it your own. Before you start moving in all of your possessions, check out the following moving tips to make moving in together as seamless as possible,

Look at What You Already Have

When you’re moving into a new place with your hunny, you’re combining all of your belongings, meaning you’re going to end up with double the amount of dishes, couches, beds and other furniture. Go through both of your current homes and decide what’s moving to your new place and what can be sold, thrown away or donated to Goodwill. If you plan to sell items, start the process as quickly as possible so you have plenty of time to make the sale and don’t end up getting rid of it in a moment of desperation on moving day. You may need to make some compromises with your partner during this step, so keep an open mind as you discuss what you actually need for your new place.

Determine Your Space Needs

Even though you’re excited to spend more time together in your new home, you and your partner should discuss your space needs. For example, do either (or both) of you need an office to work at home? If you have an extra room, do you need to fill it with desks, filing cabinets and bookshelves, or do you want to make it a guest room? You also should consider creating space for both of you to have some alone time. Whether it’s in your bedroom, backyard, guest room or another area, you need to make sure both of you are comfortable and have a place to do things on your own.

Make It Secure

When you’re excited about picking out new furniture and decorating your home, it can be easy to forget security. Go through your new place to see what you need to do to make it safe for you and your hunny. For example, if you have a sliding glass door, make sure you have a rod that fits in the bottom track to prevents it from being opened when you’re not home. Install security cameras that help you monitor your home day and night with a clear picture. Look for a home security camera system that is flexible to your needs and can be set up in out-of-the-way spots so your design aesthetic isn’t ruined by a bulky camera. You want to feel safe in your new home, so don’t forget to make security a top priority.

Figure Out Your Style

One of the most difficult parts of moving in together can be figuring out the style of your home. Do you want it to be modern, rustic or somewhere in between? Do you love a certain color that your significant other hates? It’s important to take the time to sit down together and figure out how you want your new home to look. Flip through magazines, make a Pinterest board or browse stores to see what style and items you both like. Make sure you can put together a cohesive look, and keep the lines of communication open. You want this to be a positive and fun experience, not a fight that ends with one of you hating your new furniture.

Make It Personal

This is your new home together, so it should feel like the two of you. You don’t want your new home to feel like a generic picture from a catalog or like it could as easily belong to the person next door as it does to you. Hang up pictures of the adventures you’ve had together and of your family and friends. Decorate with items that speak to who you are as people, whether it’s your favorite hobbies or keepsakes from your childhood. Paint the walls in your favorite colors, go for a wacky DIY experiment or put your favorite flowers in vases around the house. Whatever it may be, make sure it speaks to you as a couple.

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November 9, 2017

Channel Some Seasonal Glamor this Winter

There’s something about the festive season that stirs up mental images of rich, velvety reds and vibrant golds; glittery silvers and frosty diamonds sparkling in the night. Perhaps it’s the golden bubbles that are poured into tinkling glasses during the holiday season, or maybe it’s the fairy lit adornments on the evergreen boughs of the tree, but winter seems to be a season replete with a latent decadence that is lacking the rest of the year.

Not only in the acceptable alimentary indulgence the holidays permit, but in the very fabrics you clothe yourself with, and in the very materials you wrap up warm with indoors. Indeed, when winter comes round, you become most inclined to a desire to entirely redecorate your very home with plush textiles and faux fur, and generally channel the far north (so glamorous from a centrally-heated distance).

A Moderate Material Madness

Tempering that redesign fever slightly, why shouldn’t one’s abode and own person be self-gifted with a different fashion for the late fall and winter? It goes without saying that one doesn’t wear a short-sleeved linen number when the mercury falls, but textiles suited to warmer seasons don’t offer the right quality of comfort which the chillier months demand, either. Furthermore, you don’t necessarily have to go to a store and splash the cash to achieve the luxurious effect you want. With a little retail reconnaissance work and sourcing some high-quality wholesale fabric, you can design and create your own glamorous textiles yourself. Otherwise, look at the difference between store-bought products (whether clothes-wise or furnishings) and the cost of going bespoke, as there is nothing more glam than a creation tailor-made for one’s singular self.

Fabulous Fittings and Unique Style

Once you’ve decided the route you’re going to follow, then comes the difficult decision of color scheme (not to mention textiles that complement the tactile effect of co-sewn materials). If you’re paying for unique (whether in cash or your own time and energy), make sure the finished product is going to live up to that description, without falling into a category of style favored by the likes of someone as eccentric as Björk. Don’t forget to consider, also, that clash which harkens back to the 70’s and 80’s, when by some strange magic hostesses (as every glam-focused woman likes to call herself, especially when she has a particular skill for entertaining beloved friends) would attire themselves with a keen eye for detail, only to end up matching in an off-kilter way the living room furniture. That is not seasonally apt glamor; that is retro gone wrong.

In short, follow your fashion hunting instincts. You know what you love; you know what would suit both yourself and your home. Just go for it. After all, there is nothing more glamorous than a redesign and a personal makeover, seasonally prompted and financially accomplished in whatever manner you’re able – but always done with panache and assumed ease; a snow-covered, north-inspired froideur, if you will.

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November 8, 2017

Baby Gifts on Your Carolina with Jack & Megan presented by Enya Flack

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Tomorrow, Thursday on Your Carolina with Jack and Megan, SC, It’s a Glam Thing, Enya Flack will present Baby Gift items. Megan is having a baby and we are celebrating with her!  She will love the items Enya will bring along from…

 

Ronica.co

Bloom-baby.com

Memories.Treering.com

Goosiegirl.com

&

BCLSpa.com

 

Tune in tomorrow and watch live. Find times and watch here: http://wspa.com/watch-live-video-and-dvr/

 

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November 7, 2017

I started my holiday shopping with a Models Own Brow Pencil & Blender Duo

My first stocking stuffer of the season for my girls is a Models Own Brow Pencil & Blender Duo As soon as one of my girls tried it out, my other daughter loved the look so much that I picked up a few more for them. These are real before and after pictures of what the Models Own Brow Pencil & Blender Duo can do for your brows with a little time (I’m talking about only a few minutes). The look is stunning.

 

 

 

 

Models Own Brow Pencil & Blender Duo is available in three shades: Blonde. Medium Brown and Deep Brown. After applying the eyebrow pencil and creating your shape, use the blender end to finish the look and fill in the light spots. It’s easy to use and works like magic. The angled tip creates and defines your brow shape. Blend and  smudge the defined brow with the blender end for a naturally bold finish. Touchup when needed but you won’t have to do it often. Models Own Brow Pencil & Blender Duo has tremendous staying power as it lasts all day.

With the holidays around the corner, a girl needs to be prepared and a Models Own Brow Pencil & Blender Duo should be a staple in your purse. You will transform your brow from work to play in no time.

Models Own Brow Pencil & Blender Duo is available at Ulta.com

 

 

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November 6, 2017

Get Ready for Thanksgiving with Elizabeth Colen’s “Paper Plate” Full Body Workout

White sport shoes

Paper plates are required 🙂

Don’t just put those paper plates away in your pantry grab a few and do this full body workout that will get those abs and glutes burning all while working on balance.

1st Exercise
Stand with legs hip width apart holding paper plates chest level elbows up. Bring your hands above head shift weight into left leg raise right knee bring paper plate down to meet. Lift paper plate above head and push foot back slightly (working that gluteus Maximus muscle). Repeat on other side.
Recommended:
8-15 reps/3 sets

2nd Exercise
Stand with legs hip width apart holding paper plates in right hand raise the plates like you are showing your muscle. Lift your right knee and place your ankle to the back of your left knee (like a four) Bring your knee and elbow together (side crunch) when you are back to starting position lift knee to back working that gluteus Maximums muscle.

Recommended:
8-15 reps/3 sets

November 3, 2017

Effective Reasons How Shoes Can Protect Your Feet

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Your feet have many working areas: muscles, joints, bones, connective tissues, tendons, and nerves that need to work togetherso they can function properly. In addition to receiving our weight and taking us to our desired destination, our feet also influence the performance of our hips and glutes. It is just right to wear protective shoes to prevent possible foot injuries and infections.

Many kinds of shoes are manufactured to make certain tasks faster and safer. There are shoes made for sports, work, and treating injuries. The right pair of shoes provides numerous benefits. Here are the effective reasons how shoes can protect your feet.

Running shoes – woman tying shoe laces. Closeup of female sport fitness runner getting ready for jogging outdoors on forest path in late summer or fall. Vintage effect style pictures.

 

  • Protection from Harmful Microorganisms

Shoes protect our feet from harmful bacteria, virus, and fungi that may be present on the ground. During the early 1900s, there was an epidemic of hookworms that affected thousands of people. Lack of foot protection and improper sanitary facilities contributed to the governmental issue (1).

While hookworm epidemic is no longer a big problem today, proper footwear is still the best way to lower the chances of developing foot infections and parasitic diseases. Other foot conditions, like corns, bunions, and Charcot foot can also be relieved with proper shoes.

2.  Prevent Trips, Slips, and Falls

Accidents can happen in any workplace and may cause not only foot injury but also bone fracture. Companies can take steps such as installing anti-slip floor tape and implementing housekeeping measures to lower the risk of these accidents. Proper shoes also provide additional protection against trips, falls and slips.

Foot conditions like plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia and Achilles tendonitis can also be relieved with orthotic footwear. They can provide you with a better grip on things and also improve your posture over time.

3.  Prevent Fatigue

For workers who are on their feet all day, fatigue can be a huge problem. Muscles in the legs, back, feet and other parts of the body grow tired. The condition can be aggravated by wearing inappropriate footwear. This greatly affects the performance and alertness of employees.

To prevent fatigue and exhausted muscles, it is important that you use proper footwear according to the task and workplace.Look for shoes that are lightweight and shock absorbing to avoid over fatigue (2).

4. Support, Stability, and Comfort

There are different types of foot arches: low arch/flat feet, medium arch, and high arch. Each type requires enough level of arch support. Properly fitting shoes can also assist in aligning your feet, ankles, knees and back to improve your posture. Without supportive shoes, unnecessary stress or impact on certain areas of your feet and knees may occur. This can result in back, foot and knee pain.

You can reduce the risk of foot injuries by wearing shoes that offer additional padding, arch and heel support.

5.  Protect from Punctures

Aside from harmful bacteria, fungi, and viruses, shoes also protect our feet from sharp objects. Shoes that provide the best protection are those made with thick materials and heavy-duty soles. This is important, especially when working at construction sites and factories as a soft-soled shoe may not give enough protection from punctures.

Even walking along the street requires thick and well-padded soles. You may be able to walk on grass and other softer surfaces, but there can be rocks, glass and other items that may cause injuries.

Final Word

Shoes secure our feet from many things, such as sharp objects, harmful bacteria, fungi and viruses. Choosing the right pair can help to protect you against common injuries associated with your work or daily routine. For instance, exercise or sports shoes can enhance your performance as you can switch directions faster. Nursing shows give comfort to nurses who need to run around for long hours.

Do not buy shoes that feel tight and expect them to stretch after a few uses. Walk in the shoes so you can be certain that they feel right and comfortable.

Sources:

  1. Hookworms “What’s Eating You, Lazybones?” Viewed at: http://www.ncpedia.org/history/health/hookworms
  2. Why Is It Important to Wear Proper Shoes While Working Out? Viewed at: http://www.livestrong.com/article/297024-why-is-it-important-to-wear-proper-shoes-while-working-out/
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November 1, 2017

15 Doctor Recommended “To Do’s” to Fight the Flu

 

As we head into flu season there are many things we can do to “flu proof” ourselves. Regardless of whether you choose to get a flu vaccine or not, there are things we can do to heighten our chances of not getting sick this winter. Dr. Christopher Calapai, a New York based Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, and anti-aging medicine provided us with a comprehensive list of 15 to do’s to fight the flu.

 

  1. Keep your surroundings clean, wipe surfaces at work, keep your cell phone clean. According to the CDC viruses can survive on a surface for up to 8 hours

 

  1. Wash your hands frequentlyand use a hand sanitizer. Remember the workplace and public spaces are a hotbed for germs. This is where the hand washing comes into play.

 

  1. Increase intake of vitamin D, C, E and A.Include foods such as red bell peppers (add to salads), sweet potatoes, chicken soup, salmon and garlic. Research shows that keeping vitamin D levels at 80 ng/ml or so decreases the risk of catching the flu and swine flu.

 

  1. Bring your own lunchto work where you can control food prep and ensure surfaces are clean.

 

  1. Get a full night’s sleep.When you feel run down you’re more susceptible to illness.

 

  1. Work from homewhen feeling sick. These days it’s easier for people to work from home at the slightest signs of cold or flu.

 

  1. Eat kimchi!It’s delicious and a great probiotic which boost immunity.

 

  1. Add mushrooms to your meal.Packed with selenium they’re an immunity booster.

 

  1. Sip green or black tearich in polyphenols and flavonoids which ward off illness as well as L-theanine,

an immunity boosting amino acid. Green and black tea are also packed with polyphenols and flavonoids.

 

  1. Munch on sweet potato frieswhich are high in vitamin which helps us fight off bacteria and viruses.

 

  1. Don’t touch your face especially the eyes.The average person touches their face around 15 times

per hour! It’s something we do unconsciously so if we can be more aware of face touching the more we can stop.

 

  1. Soup it up!Chicken veggie noodle or ginger garlic soup fights flu and sinus infection.

 

  1. Exercise regularly!Doing 30 minutes of moderate cardio per day is optimal to enhance the performance of infection fighting white blood cells.

 

  1. Go hands free on the smartphone.When we put our phones down and then pick them up or touch them this is where viruses can spread. Using earbuds and cleaning the phone with a devise friendly cleaner will help.

 

  1. Lose the booze.You really want to cut back on alcohol consumption during flu season. It dehydrates us and lowers our immunity so our ability to fight off virus is impaired.

 

About the Doctor:

Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, and anti-aging medicine. Proclaimed the “The Stem Cell Guru” by the New York Daily News, Dr. Calapai is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S. His stem cell treatments have achieved remarkable results in clinical trials on patients with conditions as varied as Alzheimer’s, arthritis, erectile dysfunction, frailty syndrome, heart, kidney and liver failure, lupus, MS and Parkinson’s. He has worked with Mike Tyson, Mickey Rourke, Steven Seagal, and Gotham’s, Donal Logue; and as a medical consultant for the New York Rangers. Connect with him via twitter @drcalapai or at www.drcal.net

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November 1, 2017

Natural Hair Growth – The Do’s and Don’ts

Frizz-free strands, soft, shiny hair and clean-cut ends are the tell-tale signs of healthy hair. No matter the colour, texture or length of your hair, it is vital you maintain the health of it to prevent any damage. Sometimes it may be difficult to take care; our day-to-day activities means we are outdoors in varying weather conditions and blow dryers and straighteners provide us with a quick styling fix. But don’t worry as these simple steps are here to support you on your hair care journey.

Let’s begin with what you should be doing to help you achieve a healthy head of hair!

Oils

Natural oils are a great way to add moisture and shine to your locks. When massaged into the hair, the oils can help nourish the scalp towards healthy growth. It’s best to find out which oils are best for your hair type and how it will Argan oil is well known to help tame dry, frizzy hair, whilst Sweet Almond Oil is high in protein and is ideal for fine hair.

Science!

Achieve thick, volumizing hair with lasers. You may be wondering how on earth lasers could help support healthy hair. Discovered by Professor Endre Mester, Low Light Laser Therapy is commonly found in hair devices to help stimulate hair growth by using lasers and LEDs. The iGrow Laser is an FDA-approved laser helmet which can be worn in the comfort of your home as it aims to stimulate and strengthen hair follicles, promoting growth and allowing you to achieve thick, healthy hair.

Use protection

Notice how often women rush to find shelter or rummage through their bags for an umbrella when it begins to rain – it’s just us simply protecting our hair. But what about the time we relax in the sun. Heat damage can result in dry, brittle, straw-like strands. It is important to find serums or sprays that include SPF to help protect your hair. Also, regular trimming helps protect the cuticles from breaking.

Food

Eating a healthy, balanced diet can support you in keeping energised and physically in shape, but the right foods can also help revitalise your hair by strengthening strands and promoting hair growth. Eat fishy foods such as salmon as this contains Omega 3, great for helping get silky hair or red meats that contain iron which helps stimulate hair follicles.

If you’re feeling creative, why not whip up a protein food hair mask! Ingredients such as eggs, avocados and bananas include essential minerals and protein to help nourish your hair.

Now the things we shouldn’t do…

Don’t overwash hair

Try not to overwash your hair – aim for a maximum of 2 to 3 times a week. We produce natural oils that aim to condition and protect our hair, but if we are constantly shampooing, this strips away the oils. Always use conditioner and refrain from rinsing with hot water as this can cause damage to the cuticles, leading to breakage.

Don’t wear tight hairstyles

Sleek ponytails, braids, cornrows may look good but when worn too tightly, it can result in strands of hair breaking. Give your scalp a rest – constantly pulling the hair follicles is not only painful but may lead to hair loss. Wear your hair loosely and avoid elastic bands that grip the hair too tightly.

Don’t rely on chemicals

Overuse of chemicals can lead to lifeless locks. Whether it is bleaching your hair or using a shampoo that contains sulphate, chemicals can make the hair dry and more prone to breakage and damage. Look for natural or sulphate-free shampoos and try not to colour hair so often.

So now you’ve read through the Do’s and Don’ts on how to look after your hair and ensure it receives the care it deserves. Head to www.haircaretotal.co.uk, where you will find a great range of products that aim to nurture your hair.

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November 1, 2017

5 Anti-Aging Skin Regimens

The American Academy of Dermatology refers to the natural aging process as “intrinsic aging,” and while there isn’t anything you can do about that, there is definitely something you can do about “extrinsic aging.” Your environment and lifestyle choices can greatly influence the look and feel of your skin, and ultimately speed up the appearance of wrinkles and other visible lines of aging. Ensure your skin stays as youthful as possible with these anti-aging regimens.

1. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

It’s no secret that moisturizer revitalizes the skin, and keeps it feeling soft and smooth. Every time we wash our skin, in fact, some of the natural moisture is wiped away, and therefore it’s important to maintain moisture levels by moisturizing twice a day — once in the morning and once in the evening. During the day, you can kill two birds with one stone by using a moisturizer that also has SPF as this will protect your skin from any sun damage, and thus fights off premature aging.

2. Cleanse Your Face Everyday

Whether it’s once or twice a day, cleansing your face should become a regular routine to keep your skin clean and free of blemishes. One mistake that many women make when it comes to saving their skin from premature aging, is leaving their make-up on overnight. If you’re only going to cleanse once a day, make sure it’s in the evening before bed and is with a gentle cleanser as this will reduce irritation and increase hydration.

3. Have A Nighttime Routine

During your sleep is the ideal time for your skin to restore and energize itself — two activities that will naturally keep your skin young. Therefore, having a comprehensive nighttime routine that can involve not only cleanser and moisturizer but also possibly an eye cream and a strong serum, supports this regeneration and gives your skin the best chance to help itself.

4. Start Using An Appropriate Eye Cream

The skin around your eyes is usually where the first signs of wrinkles and lines appear, as it tends to be thinner drier and more sensitive than any other area. Try applying eye cream regularly to give this particular area the extra support it needs. Artistry by Amway just created the Artistry Supreme LX Collection which uses stem cells from the Gardenia Grandiflora flower. If you prefer natural products then this may be a great option and it comes in just a moisturizer as well.

5. Cater To Your Personal Needs

Everybody’s skin is different, and acknowledging this is important to ensuring your skin fights the signs of premature aging. Whether it’s dark circles, puffy eyes, an oily t-zone, excessive dryness, dark spots or uneven skin tone, always include products or rituals that cater to your individual needs.

Aging skin can be difficult to combat given the many internal and external factors that contribute to the health of our complexion. Try using some of these skin regimens and get in the habit of taking care of your skin so it remains glowing and youthful for as long as possible.

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