Anti Aging Secrets From Hollywood Starlets

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Anti Aging Secrets From Hollywood Starlets

OK, you’re pushing 30 . . . don’t panic! Even if you were a complete anti aging recluse in your 20s, there is still time to enter the next decade with endless grace and fewer wrinkles. And who better to steal skin care secrets from than the actresses who remain looking forever young? These Hollywood starlets may be in their 30s, but there’s nary a dark spot in sight. Their beauty favorites range from drugstore classics to cult luxury elixirs and even a DIY recipe. With this shopping list under your belt, you can celebrate your 30s without a worry line in sight.

 

Emily Blunt, 31

When you get on the other side of 30, it’s customary to up your makeup game. But Emily’s makeup artist, Jenn Streicher, will tell you skin care is still important, too. She uses Kate Somerville Hydrating Quench Serum ($65) on Emily before applying foundation for a dewy glow.]

 

Kate Bosworth, 31

Yes, the megamodel is pretty much flawless on the red carpet, and it’s hard not to swoon over her dewy skin. You can curb your jealousy by grabbing her go-to face savior, the SK-II Facial Treatment Mask ($90) — Katie Holmes and Cate Blanchett are also fans. Kate keeps her refrigerator stocked with these cloth masks to keep from looking tired after jetting across continents.

 

Jessica Biel, 32

Jessica is a known fan of the Éminence Organics skin care products, and like any porcelain-skinned actress, she swears by daily SPF. Try Éminence Tropical Vanilla Sun Cream SPF 32 ($68). The beauty lesson here: a strict sunscreen regimen equals fewer wrinkles at 40.

 

Jessica Alba, 32

Should you start using retinol now that you’re in your 30s? Jessica does! This gorgeous actress keeps her skin looking fresh by using Shani Darden Retinol Reform Serum ($95) every night. She’s also a fan of the Koh Gen Do makeup line. We can’t promise amazing skin like hers, but it’s worth a try.

 

Michelle Williams, 33

Michelle counts on star facialist Joanna Vargas to keep her complexion clear before big red carpets. But in case you aren’t in NYC to make an appointment, you can get a similar glow using Joanna Vargas Daily Serum ($85), aka immaculate skin in a bottle.

 

Kate Hudson, 34

One thing we know for sure is that we are deeply jealous of Kate’s skin. But luckily we don’t have to go that far because she’s open about her skin care favorites. The actress swears by Egyptian Magic All-Purpose Skin Cream ($37).

She also has a love of DIY recipes. So if you can’t get your hands on her product pick, try whipping up her favorite brightening mask recipe of strawberries and lemon juice.

 

Jaime King, 34

Don’t worry about asking for an in-depth microdermabrasion treatment for your 30th birthday. Instead, gift yourself a tube of Skinceuticals Micro-Exfoliating Scrub ($30). It’s one of Jaime’s antiaging favorites. We’re also stealing her daring makeup and hair manifesto — like that time she sported blue hair.

 

Kerry Washington, 37

Remember back in your 20s when you fell asleep in last night’s eyeliner? Two words: crow’s feet! Take a page from Kerry’s skin care guidebook and remove your makeup before bed. She uses Neutrogena Makeup Removal Wipes ($6) every night. Being that she’s a busy mom-to-be and award-winning actress, you have no excuse!

 

Drew Barrymore, 39

Even pregnant with her second child, Drew shows no signs of losing her flawless complexion. She credits her glow and pimple-free skin to Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Oil-Controlling Towelettes ($7), which you can buy at any drugstore along with her affordable makeup line, Flower. Drew also doesn’t leave home without her Aquaphor Healing Ointment ($7) to moisturize dry lips and hands.

 

Amy Adams, 39

This award season, Amy swept the red carpets by storm. And based on her radiance, you would never guess that this talented redhead is pushing 40. Amy relies on a few prestige beauty products including Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil ($48) and La Mer Cream ($155) to mask her age. Forty who?

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14 Home Remedies To Make You Look Younger!

 

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14 Home Remedies To MakeYou Look Younger! 

How old are you really? See how your daily habits affect your true age—and how to knock off years, starting today. The answer is more complicated than counting the number of candles you blew out on your last birthday cake. Your daily habits can either add or subtract years from your life—like how much you exercise, or how stressed you allow yourself to be. Read on for 14 things you can start doing today to live a longer, healthier life.

 

Lose Weight

Being obese increases the risk of diabetes, cancer and heart disease, possibly shaving up to 12 years off your life, per an analysis in the journal Obesity. But being too thin can hike your risk of osteoporosis and poor immune function. So aim to stay at a weight that’s healthy for you.

 

Cap your drinks

Regularly exceeding one drink a day or three in one sitting can damage organs, weaken the immune system and increase the risk of some cancers.

 

Ease your stress

Chronic stress makes us feel old—and actually ages us: In a 2012 study, Austrian researchers found that work-related tension harms DNA in our cells, speeding up the shortening of telomeres—which protect the ends of our chromosomes and which may indicate our life expectancy. Of course, it’s impossible to completely obliterate stress. “What’s important is how you manage it,” says Thomas Perls, MD, associate professor at Boston University school of Medicine and creator of the Living to 100 Life Expectancy Calculator. Practice yoga, pray, meditate, relax in the shower or do whatever else chills you out.

 

Keep learning

Having more education lengthens your life span, according to a study in the journal Health Affairs, for a number of reasons. Extra schooling may help you become better informed about how to live a healthy life. And educated folks, as a group, have a higher income, which means greater access to good health care and insurance.

 

Connect

More and more research points to the value of having friends, and not just on Facebook. An Oxford University study found that being married makes you less likely to die of heart disease, which researchers suggest may be due to partners encouraging the other to seek early medical treatment. Same goes for friendships: Australian research showed that people with the most buddies lived 22 percent longer than those with the smallest circle. “Having positive, meaningful, intimate relationships is critical to most people’s well-being,” says Linda Fried, MD, dean of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

 

Extend a hand

Volunteering is linked to a lower risk of death, a University of Michigan study suggests. But you don’t have to log hours at a soup kitchen: Simply helping friends and family—say, by tutoring your niece or assisting your neighbor with her groceries—lowers blood pressure, according to researchers at the University of Tennessee and Johns Hopkins University.

 

Work out often

Exercising regularly—ideally at least three days of cardio and two days of strength training a week—may help slow the aging process, Canadian doctors reported. “Being physically active is like keeping the car engine tuned,” Dr. Fried says. “Even if there’s decline with age, it’s less severe.” You were never an athlete? Don’t worry: Starting to work out now can reduce your likelihood of becoming ill going forward, a 2014 study suggests.

 

Reconsider your protein

A diet rich in processed meat—including hot dogs, sausage, cured bacon and cured deli meats—has been linked to a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes and colon cancer. Limit your intake as much as possible.

 

Give up smoking

Lighting up increases your risk of not only lung cancer but also heart disease and cancer of almost every other organ. “Just one cigarette a day can take 15 years off your life,” Dr. Perls says. Though you won’t instantly revert to pre-smoking health, kicking butts will cut your added cardiovascular risk in half after a year and to that of a nonsmoker after 15.

 

Enjoy your joe

Good news for java lovers: Research indicates that drinking coffee regularly may protect against diabetes, cirrhosis and liver cancer. And Harvard research suggests that drinking 3 1/2 cups a day may lower risk of heart disease. Read more about the health benefits of coffee.

 

Sleep better

For evidence that you can—and should—make slumber a priority, look no further than a 2013 study from the University of Surrey in England, which compared a group who got less than six hours of sleep a night with a group who got 8 1/2 hours. After just one week, snoozing less had altered the expression of 711 genes, including ones involved in metabolism, inflammation and immunity, which may raise the risk of conditions from heart disease to obesity.

 

Have More Sex

The feel-good rush you get from it helps you fight stress and depression, jolt the immune system and lower blood pressure.

 

Go Mediterranean

In a 2013 Annals of Internal Medicine study, women who followed a Mediterranean-style diet were 40 percent more likely to live past 70 without major chronic illness than those with less healthy diets. Eat lots of veggies, fruit, fish and whole grains, and avoid simple carbs, such as pasta and sugar (“age accelerators,” Dr. Perls calls them). Try these Mediterranean diet recipes.

 

Know your history

Have one or more relatives who lived into their 90s? You may be genetically blessed. But that doesn’t mean you should quit the gym and live on doughnuts. “Before you get to extreme ages, healthy lifestyle is more critical than genes,” Dr. Perls says. So thank your ancestors, but stick to vegetables and cardio as life insurance.

Source MSN

Great Home Remedies to Boost Energy

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Great Home Remedies to Boost Energy

Feeling sluggish? Ditching these energy-sapping behaviors will help. Lack of sleep isn’t the only thing sapping your energy. Little things you do (and don’t do) can exhaust you both mentally and physically, which can make getting through your day a chore. Here, experts reveal common bad habits that can make you feel tired, plus simple lifestyle tweaks that will put the pep back in your step.

 

Skip exercise when you’re tired

Skipping your workout to save energy actually works against you. In a University of Georgia study, sedentary but otherwise healthy adults who began exercising lightly three days a week for as little as 20 minutes at a time reported feeling less fatigued and more energized after six weeks. Regular exercise boosts strength and endurance, helps make your cardiovascular system run more efficiently, and delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues. So next time you’re tempted to crash on the couch, at least go for a brisk walk—you won’t regret it.

 

You don’t drink enough water

Being even slightly dehydrated—as little as 2% of normal fluid loss—takes a toll on energy levels, says Amy Goodson, RD, a dietitian for Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine. Dehydration causes a reduction in blood volume, explains Goodson, which makes the blood thicker. This requires your heart to pump less efficiently, reducing the speed at which oxygen and nutrients reach your muscles and organs. To calculate your normal fluid needs, take your weight in pounds, divide in half and drink that number of ounces of fluid a day, Goodson recommends.

 

You’re not consuming enough iron

An iron deficiency can leave you feeling sluggish, irritable, weak, and unable to focus. “It makes you tired because less oxygen travels to the muscles and cells,” says Goodson. Boost your iron intake to reduce your risk of anemia: load up on lean beef, kidney beans, tofu, eggs (including the yolk), dark green leafy vegetables, nuts, and peanut butter, and pair them with foods high in vitamin C (vitamin C improves iron absorption when eaten together), suggests Goodson. Note: an iron deficiency may be due to an underlying health problem, so if you’re experiencing symptoms, you should visit your doc.

 

You’re a perfectionist

Striving to be perfect—which, let’s face it, is impossible—makes you work much harder and longer than necessary, says Irene S. Levine, PhD, professor of psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine. “You set goals that are so unrealistic that they are difficult or impossible to achieve, and in the end, there is no sense of self-satisfaction.” Levine recommends setting a time limit for yourself on your projects, and taking care to obey it. In time, you’ll realize that the extra time you were taking wasn’t actually improving your work.

 

You make mountains out of molehills

If you assume that you’re about to get fired when your boss calls you into an unexpected meeting, or you’re too afraid to ride your bike because you worry you’ll get into an accident, then you’re guilty of “catastrophizing,” or expecting that the worst-case scenario will always occur. This anxiety can paralyze you and make you mentally exhausted, says Levine. When you catch yourself having these thoughts, take a deep breath and ask yourself how likely it is that the worst really will happen. Getting outdoors, meditating, exercising, or sharing your concerns with a friend may help you better cope and become more realistic.

 

You skip breakfast

The food you eat fuels your body, and when you sleep, your body continues using what you consumed at dinner the night before to keep your blood pumping and oxygen flowing. So, when you wake up in the morning, you need to refuel with breakfast. Skip it, and you’ll feel sluggish. “Eating breakfast is like starting a fire in your body by kickstarting your metabolism, Goodson says. Goodson recommends a breakfast that includes whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fat. Good examples include oatmeal with protein powder and a dab of peanut butter; a smoothie made with fruit, protein powder, low-fat milk, and almond butter; or eggs with two slices of whole-wheat toast and low-fat Greek yogurt.

 

You live on junk food

Foods loaded with sugar and simple carbs (like the ones you’ll find in a box or at the drive-thru window) rank high on the glycemic index (GI), an indicator of how rapidly carbohydrates increase blood sugar. Constant blood sugar spikes followed by sharp drops cause fatigue over the course of the day, says Goodson. Keep blood sugar steady by having a lean protein along with a whole grain at every meal, says Goodson. Good choices include chicken (baked, not fried) and brown rice, salmon and sweet potato, or salad with chicken and fruit.

 

You have trouble saying no

People-pleasing often comes at the expense of your own energy and happiness. To make matters worse, it can make you resentful and angry over time. So whether it’s your kid’s coach asking you to bake cookies for her soccer team or your boss seeing if you can work on a Saturday, you don’t have to say yes. Train yourself to say ‘no’ out loud, suggests Susan Albers, a licensed clinical psychologist with Cleveland Clinic and author of Eat.Q.: Unlock the Weight-Loss Power of Emotional Intelligence. “Try it alone in your car,” she says. “Hearing yourself say the word aloud makes it easier to say it when the next opportunity calls for it.”

 

You have a messy office

A cluttered desk mentally exhausts you by restricting your ability to focus and limits your brain’s ability to process information, according to a Princeton University study. “At the end of each day, make sure your work and personal items are organized and put away,” suggests Lombardo. “It will help you have a positive start to your day the next morning.” If your office needs major reorganizing, avoid becoming totally overwhelmed by taking it one step at a time: start by tidying what you can see, then move through your desk and cabinets drawer by drawer.

 

You work through vacation

Checking your email when you should be relaxing by the pool puts you at risk of burnout, says Lombardo. Unplugging and allowing yourself to truly unwind allows your mind and body to rejuvenate and return to the office stronger. “When you truly take breaks, you will be more creative, productive, and effective when you return,” says Lombardo.

 

You have a glass of wine (or two) before bed

A nightcap sounds like a good way to unwind before falling asleep, but it can easily backfire. Alcohol initially depresses the central nervous system, producing a sedative effect, says Allen Towfigh, MD, medical director of New York Neurology & Sleep Medicine, P.C., in New York City. “But it ultimately sabotages sleep maintenance.” Alcohol creates a rebound effect as it’s metabolized, which creates an abrupt surge in the adrenaline system, he says. This is why you’re more likely to wake up in the middle of the night after you’ve been drinking. Dr. Towfigh recommends stopping all alcohol three to four hours before bedtime.

 

You check email at bedtime

The glaring light of a tablet, smartphone, or your computer’s backlit screen can throw off your body’s natural circadian rhythm by suppressing melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate sleep and wake cycles, says Dr. Towfigh. Sensitivity to the digital glow of tech toys can vary from person to person, but in general it’s a good idea to avoid all technology for one to two hours before bedtime, he says. Can’t avoid checking your device before your head hits the pillow? Then hold it at least 14 inches away from your face to reduce the risk of sleep interference.

 

You rely on caffeine to get through the day

Starting your morning with a java jolt is no big deal—in fact, studies show that up to three daily cups of coffee is good for you—but using caffeine improperly can seriously disrupt your sleep-wake cycle, says Dr. Towfigh. Caffeine blocks adenosine, the byproduct of active cells that drives you to sleep as it accumulates, he explains. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine revealed that consuming caffeine even six hours prior to bedtime affects sleep, so cut yourself off by mid-afternoon.

 

You stay up late on weekends

Burning the midnight oil on Saturday night and then sleeping in Sunday morning leads to difficulty falling asleep Sunday night—and a sleep-deprived Monday morning, says Dr. Towfigh. Since staying in can cramp your social life, try to wake up close to your normal time the following morning, and then take a power nap in the afternoon. “Napping for 20 minutes or so allows the body to recharge without entering the deeper stages of sleep, which can cause you to wake up more tired,” he says.

Source: MSN

How to Get Rid of Love Handles

“Love handles” is a cute name for a serious problem: fatty deposits on the back and sides of the waist. They’re not just unsightly, they’re unhealthy, too. Fortunately, you can get rid of love handles once and for all by making some small changes to your lifestyle.

 

Lose Fat All Over

Love handles are a sign of excess abdominal fat. This is a stubborn and dangerous type of fat that can lead to metabolic disorders and even serious heart disease. Reducing the fat around your waistline can decrease your chance of becoming diabetic or suffering a heart attack.

If you’ve considered targeting your abdominal fat and nothing else, don’t bother; there’s no such thing as spot reduction. If there were, none of us would have problem areas and we would all be perfectly proportioned! But in reality, if you want to get rid of love handles, you have to get rid of fat everywhere else, too.

Cardio exercise will help you burn fat faster. Strength training will increase your lean muscle mass, which in turn will make you burn calories faster. Eating at a slight calorie deficit will keep you from storing extra calories as fat. The best way to get rid of love handles is to do all three.

 

Build Stronger Obliques

The obliques are the muscles that run down both sides of your abdomen. They frame the group of muscles commonly called the 6-pack. Obliques give us the strength to twist and turn when we need to. Unfortunately, they are sometimes hidden by love handles.

Building stronger obliques will help you burn more calories, and will give you tight abdominal muscles to show off after the love handles are gone.

You can get rid of love handles faster by doing exercises that were found by the American Council on Exercise to be the very best ones for working your obliques: Bicycle crunches, captain’s chair leg raises, and vertical leg crunches.

Bicycle crunches involve lying down on your back and doing crunch-twists while pedaling your legs as if you were riding a bicycle. Captain’s chair leg raises require the use of a captain’s chair, which is a common fixture in most gyms. Vertical leg crunches are performed like regular crunches, but with your legs raised perpendicular to the ground.

 

Eat Fat-Burning Foods

Some foods, especially those high in sugar and sodium, add inches to the waistline. To get rid of love handles, you’ll need to eat more foods that fight belly fat. Doctors recommend heart-healthy fats, like those found in olive oil, nuts, and salmon; 3 servings of calcium from green, leafy vegetables or dairy products; and plenty of fiber from fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

These foods are digested slowly, so they leave you feeling satisfied longer. Add some green tea to your diet for an extra fat-burning boost. Three cups a day will speed up your metabolism and ward off diseases.

 

Check Your Clothes

One last quick and dirty trick to get rid of love handles: Make sure your clothes fit properly. Tight clothing can create the illusion of love handles, even on thin folks. If you’ve worked hard to lose your love handles, don’t ruin the effect by squeezing into jeans that leave you overflowing!

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13 Fad Diets To Ignore

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13 Fad Diets To Ignore

Dubious diets

From the impractical to the downright dangerous, these diets aren’t your best choice for losing weight.

Every day it seems a new diet is ready to make weight loss faster and easier than ever before. Or at least they say they are. “Most fad diets go something like this: Take a few foods, give them ‘magic’ power, and set a plan to convince people that eating this way and only this way will promote weight loss,” says Alexandra Caspero, RD, a nutritionist based in Sacramento, Calif. The following diets might spur short-term weight loss, but many are difficult to follow, have arbitrary rules, and a few could put your health in danger.

 

The raw food diet

Any weight-loss expert would agree that boosting your veggie and fruit intake while reducing the amount of junk you eat is a safe and effective way to lose weight, but this diet bans foods that have been cooked or processed in any way. Why? Raw foodies say cooking destroys nutrients. Though it’s true that cooking produce can sometimes reduce nutrient levels, cooked veggies still pack plenty of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and in some instances cooking actually enhances nutrients while also killing bacteria. The biggest issue with this extreme form of veganism? Food prep—it’s totally impractical, says Christopher N. Ochner, PhD, director of research development and administration at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center. Raw foodies spend hours upon hours juicing, blending, dehydrating, sprouting, germinating, cutting, chopping, and rehydrating.

 

The blood-type diet

Developed by naturopathic physician Peter D’Adamo, the Blood Type Diet is based on the notion that the foods you eat react chemically with your blood type. For example, on the diet, those with type O blood are to eat lean meats, vegetables, and fruits, and avoid wheat and dairy. Meanwhile, type A dieters go vegetarian, and those with type B blood are supposed to avoid chicken, corn, wheat, tomatoes, peanuts, and sesame seeds. However, there’s no scientific proof that your blood type affects weight loss. And depending on your blood type, the diet can be extremely restrictive.

 

The werewolf diet

Also called the lunar diet, this one is simply fasting according to the lunar calendar. Its quick-fix version involves a day of fasting allowing only water and juice during a full or new moon—and supposedly losing up to six pounds in water weight in a single day. The extended version starts with that daylong fast and continues with specific eating plans for each phase of the moon. While you’ll lose some weight from not eating, it has nothing to do with the moon, and it will come right back, Ochner says.

 

Cookie diets

Dr. Siegal’s Cookie Diet, The Hollywood Cookie Diet, and the Smart for Life Cookie Diet all promise that eating cookies will help you drop pounds. Of course, you don’t get to chow down chocolate-chip cookies—you eat about 500 to 600 calories a day from high-protein and high-fiber weight-loss cookies (one cookie company even makes the cookies from egg and milk protein) for breakfast, lunch, and any snacks. Then you eat a normal dinner, for a total of 1,000 to 1,200 calories a day. If you stick to the diet, you will likely lose some weight, but by depriving yourself all day, you set yourself up for bingeing come dinnertime, Ochner says.

 

The five-bite diet

Eat whatever you want—but only five bites of it. On this diet, developed by obesity doctor Alwin Lewis, MD, you skip breakfast and eat only five bites of food for lunch and five more for dinner. “I’m OK with the idea of eating whatever you want in smaller portions, but you need to round out the rest of your eating with nutrient-dense foods to give your body the fuel it needs,” Caspero says. “On this diet, even if you take giant bites of heavily caloric food, you’re still barely consuming 900 to 1,000 calories a day.”

 

The Master Cleanse/lemonade diet

This diet has been around for decades, and there are a ton of variations. Pretty much all involve subsisting for days on only lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper mixed in water. “You are essentially just drinking diuretics,” Ochner says. “You’ll shed mostly water weight.” Once you start eating solid foods again, you will gain all the weight back. Common side effects include fatigue, nausea, dizziness, and dehydration. Plus, on an extremely low-calorie diet like this one, you are going to lose muscle, exactly the kind of weight you don’t want to lose, Caspero says.

 

The baby food diet

If a baby can grow up eating the mushy stuff, eating some definitely won’t hurt you, but guess what: You aren’t a baby. Dieters replace breakfast and lunch with about 14 jars of baby food (most baby food jars contain 20 and 100 calories apiece), and then they eat a low-calorie dinner. It’s easy to get too few calories for your body to run its best, Ochner says. Besides, who really wants to take jars of baby food to work each day?

 

The cabbage soup diet

The grandmother of all fad diets, the bulk of this plan is fat-free cabbage soup, eaten two to three times a day for a week along with other low-calorie foods such as bananas and skim milk. In the short term, it does yield weight loss. “It works because you are eating a low-calorie diet full of fiber and water to help aid in fullness,” Caspero says. “But it’s just a quick fix diet. It can also promote bloating and gas from all the cabbage, and is lacking in protein, which is needed to preserve lean body mass. While I am a fan of nutrient-dense, low calorie foods for weight loss, it should be balanced with other foods such as fruits, carbohydrates, healthy fats, and lean protein.”

 

The grapefruit diet

We are all for including produce at every meal, but the various versions of this 80-year-old fad diet instruct dieters to focus all of their meals on grapefruit or grapefruit juice, claiming that the fruit contains fat-busting enzymes that will help dieters lose 10-plus pounds in 12 days. “In reality, any time you are following a very-low calorie diet you will lose weight,” Caspero says. And this diet definitely hits that, limiting dieters to 800 to 1,000 calories a day. Some iterations also prohibit eating extremely hot or extremely cold foods, preparing foods in aluminum pans, and requires dieters to space “protein meals” and “starch meals” at least four hours apart.

 

The Sleeping Beauty diet

If you’re asleep, you’re not eating. Rumored to have been followed by Elvis Presley, this diet takes that simple fact to the extreme, encouraging people to use sedatives to stay asleep for days on end. But sleeping the days away not only starves the body and causes muscle deterioration from a lack of movement, but actually risks death: “Every time you go under, there’s a risk,” Ochner says. “Sure, you might wake up 2 pounds lighter, but you might not wake up at all.”

 

The HCG diet

This edge-of-starvation diet limits you to about 500 calories a day while taking human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), a hormone that proponents tout as a powerful appetite suppressant. However, there’s no evidence that HCG does more than act as a placebo, Ochner says. Yes, you’ll lose weight, but only due to the extreme calorie restriction. Though a health care provider may legally give you HCG injections, they’re typically used to treat fertility issues in women and the FDA has not approved them for weight loss. As for over-the-counter homeopathic products that supposedly contain HCG? Those are illegal.

The tapeworm diet

“You don’t need a doctor to tell you that ingesting a tapeworm is a bad idea,” Ochner says. But apparently, some people do. This weight-loss tactic has been around for decades, preying on especially desperate dieters. Here’s how it goes: Ingest tapeworm eggs, let the tapeworm eat the food you consume once it gets to your intestines, and then, when you lose enough weight, get a doctor to prescribe you an anti-worm medication. But some tapeworm eggs can migrate to various parts of your body or cause other potentially life-threatening problems. Freaked out yet? Good.

The cotton ball diet

Consuming cotton balls soaked in orange juice—a diet technique may have been born on YouTube, in chat rooms, and on Facebook—is an incredibly dangerous way to suppress your appetite. “This makes my eating-disorder therapy head spin,” Caspero says. Not only does consuming cotton balls in place of food deprive the body of nutrients, eating anything that isn’t actually food can cause blockages in your intestines. What’s more, most cotton balls aren’t even made of cotton—they’re composed of bleached, synthetic fibers.

Source: MSN-Health

3 Miracle Foods that Burn Fat

Are there really foods that burn fat? It may sound too good to be true, but scientific studies have found that people who consume certain foods end up losing more weight than those who don’t eat the foods – even when all other factors are the same!

Let’s take a look at three of the most popular foods that burn fat, according to science:

Beans

Beans are a preferred protein source for dieters everywhere. They contain a healthy mix of protein and carbohydrates. Beans are challenging to digest, so it takes your body longer to process them. This is a good thing, because it keeps your blood sugar stable and helps you stay full longer.

But the real magic of beans lies in their fiber content. Fiber is like a workout for your digestive system. It keeps things running smoothly, and prevents your blood glucose from spiking too high. Plain beans are the best choice. Sugary baked beans or fatty refried beans can sabotage your weight loss efforts by supplying too many calories and simple carbs.

Skim Milk

Of all the foods that burn fat, calcium is perhaps the most popular proven metabolism booster. In fact, studies have proven that calcium causes weight loss. Two groups of test subjects were studied. The groups did everything the same, except that one group received several servings of calcium each day. Surprisingly, that group lost almost three times as much weight as the group who did not receive extra calcium.

You can get calcium from vegetables like broccoli, but dairy products remain the most popular choice. Choose products made from 2%, 1%, or fat-free milk. They deliver the greatest amount of calcium in the lowest amount of calories.

Green Tea

Green tea has been touted as a dieter’s miracle product for years. It contains powerful antioxidants that reduce the number of potentially cancerous free radicals in the body. Its modest caffeine content is enough to perk up your heart rate and metabolism without putting undue stress on your body. It is also a mild diuretic, which can be helpful for getting rid of retained fluid.

Green tea has also been studied as a fat-burner, and the results have been encouraging. People who drink 4 – 6 cups of green tea per day enjoy faster weight loss than those who don’t drink green tea.

Bonus: Water

Okay, it doesn’t contain nutrition, but water would still rank highly on any list of foods that burn fat. It dilutes sodium to beat bloating, pushes retained fluid from our bodies, promotes healing, and satisfies the appetite. But did you know that water can also keep your metabolism running at maximum efficiency?

It’s true: Our kidneys are our primary filtration system. They help pass toxins and waste fluids out of our bodies. But they need plenty of hydration to keep functioning well. When they are deprived of water, the kidneys call on the liver for back-up.

While the liver can serve as a secondary filtration system, that is not its best use. It is designed for, and excels at, turning stored fat into usable energy. But when it has to support the kidneys, the liver cannot metabolize fat as quickly as it used to. You can bring your metabolism back up to speed by drinking plenty of water each day.

For a quick and productive diet overhaul, start eating foods that burn fat. Add 64 ounces of pure drinking water each day, and you will be on your way to successful and permanent weight loss.

 

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The Top 7 Things Poisoning Your Children

You probably didn’t know this, but parents directly poison their children every day with things that the U.S. agencies have labeled “safe”.

Most people go through their day to day habits believing everything that mainstream media tells them… Even worse,  most parents get their health related information from their friends or family members that “heard a story” about something… and then everybody believes it’s true.

Now this list may shock you… and some of you will even get mad at me for writing it.  But I’m used to it… because it’s human nature to attack others whenever a pre-existing belief is challenged.  All I ask is… Don’t shoot the messenger.

Here we go…

Top 7 Things Poisoning Your Children… Even Today.

1. Hot Dogs

Hot dogs are made with all of the left over bits and pieces of the animals in the slaughterhouses.  Even worse… This mystery meat is then preserved with a proven cancer-causing ingredient called sodium nitrite.  This ingredient has been proven to produce leukemia, pancreatic cancer, colon cancer, and even brain tumors in children.  Hot dogs are far more toxic than you think… but yet nobody ever stops eating them.

2. Cough Syrup

Even though cough syrup has been proven to be completely worthless in preventing coughs, parents everywhere continue to give dose after dose of this artificially colored and sweetened toxic drink of unnecessary petrochemicals.  Don’t believe me… just read the labels yourself.

3. Mercury Fillings

Often called “Silver fillings” or “Amalgam fillings” to hide the fact that they’re made from over 40% mercury, these highly toxic fillings are placed into the mouths of children where they continuously inhale the mercury vapor and even sometimes swallow pieces of these fillings when they break off.  Chronic Mercury poisoning has been proven to lead to long term neurological damage in humans.  You have to check out this video from IAOMT that was posted on youtube to learn more… CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

4. Sunscreen

The bottom line… the sunscreen industry is a huge scam.  the majority of the popular sunscreen products actually cause skin cancer… not prevent it.  This is because of the multiple toxic chemicals that they contain in their ingredients.  Don’t forget that because it is something that you rub on your skin, it’s being absorbed very quickly.  The biggest hoax of all time about sunscreen is that it blocks the UV radiation necessary for the skin to manufacture Vitamin D.  This nutrient is so important to the body in because of it’s anti cancer properties that even your medical doctors are writing prescriptions for it.  Has it ever occurred to you that the reason you’ve been told to be scared of the sun is because of the profits that are generated through the medical, pharmaceutical, and sunscreen industries?

5. Fluoride In Your Water Supply

Only in America can we be hoodwinked into believing that adding a toxic waste substance to our water supply is going to protect us.  People don’t realize that fluoride only works topically… meaning that it only works if rubbed on teeth and then spit out… and that’s only if you’re using natural fluoride.  Not something that has been collected as a waste product from the fertilizer industries.   Would you swallow Neosporin ointment after you cut your finger?  Of course not.  So why is is justifiable to drink fluoride to protect our teeth?

6. Bacon

Yeah… this one sucks because I used to LOVE eating bacon.  It’s almost Un-American to not eat bacon and hot dogs isn’t it?  Just remember… if it’s not a processed mess of parts formed to look like bacon, then it’s still preserved with sodium nitrite and also contaminated with other toxic chemicals that were lodged in the animal fats.  If you’re gonna continue to eat  these meats… opt for the organic, free-range, antibiotic free, rBGH free meats that haven’t been laced with nitrites.

7.  Antibacterial Soap

What do Antibiotics do?  They kill living organisms… good and bad.  Antibacterial soap is doing the same thing. You are washing your hands with nerve toxins.  Children’s bodies need to build their own immune system naturally.  Every child that I have ever seen that is sick all of the time, is a  child that has been taken to the Pediatrician’s office 6+ times a year, on medications almost every month if not more frequently, and their mother believes that antibacterial soap is keeping them safe.  The absolute worst thing you can do as a parent is believe that you have control over the germs they come in contact with.  You’re better off using natural soap.  You’ll never find it at walmart either.  Check out www.DrBronner.com.

Well… there you have it.

7 of the most toxic things you’re children are exposed to every day.

Unfortunately, most who read this are going to ignore it simply because it goes against some belief system that was passed down to them by their parents, friends, co-workers, doctors, or mainstream media.

Just remember… the majority of the developed nations in this world laugh at Americans because of the ridiculous beliefs we have about what is and what isn’t considered healthy.

 

Look… I grew up just like you.  I actually believed that all of this crap was safe for me and my family too.  I mean, we want to be able to believe what we are told by those we consider to be authority figures.  Right?

Unfortunately, just like us… they are human too.  And most of the information we receive in this world has a hidden agenda attached to it.  I can’t make you want to make changes in your life… I can only toss out some safe and healthy ideas your way, and if you choose to pick up those ideas on your own, then I’m satisfied.

 

Yours in health

Dr Jason Hurst, DC

Back Pain Relief – Prevent & Relief The Right Way

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Back Pain Relief – Prevent & Relief The Right Way

Dealing with back pain can be extremely difficult, Sometimes all it takes is bending over to pick up a pen from the floor for back pain to strike. Fortunately, most of the time back pain is short term and eventually goes away on its own. But if you experience chronic back pain, you can really benefit from making certain everyday adjustments to help get back pain relief. In fact, your lifestyle has the biggest influence on back pain and healthy habits such as a good diet, exercising, stretching and posture can give you back pain relief or help you prevent future problems.

At some point in life we all experience back pain and for most back pain can take over their lives and interfere, causing not only you a lot of pain but your loved ones as well. No one wants to see their loved one in pain, regardless the cause it’s still heartbreaking especially when it interferes with family time and going out or even your job. When your in pain, you’d rather lay at home and not move, right? Because the slightest movement can make the pain worse. Of course you can take a painkiller to help relieve the pain, but do you want to honestly have to take pills for the rest of your life?

Wouldn’t you want to get back pain relief and have an opportunity to stop back pain in it’s tracks? Possibly Forever? So you can get back to living a normal life again. Nobody wants to hurt and have to call in to work or not get to go to the park with their family or even play catch with their son. Who wants that kind of life, no one. There is an all natural solution to eliminate your back pain. The solution, Doctor’s Pain Relief Systems, this is the only program that you will ever need to eliminate your back pain forever, it’s compiled with the best stretches and exercises that will make your relief fast, easy and permanent.  

You see… back pain is actually easy to get rid of.  It’s the “keeping it away” part that’s the most difficult. The majority of therapies are only designed to help manage your symptoms, but they never help you keep back pain away for the long term.  So you get some relief… you get excited… but then the relief wears off…  Sound Familiar? That’s why this system designed for you will FINALLY be the only thing you will ever need to be back pain free for good! The reason this is possible is because Dr. Hurst the creator of Doctor’s Pain Relief Systems has taken the 3 most common postural imbalances and created individual plans for each imbalance. So whatever your specific postural imbalance is… you’ll now have an exact Blueprint to follow that’ll help eliminate your pain, not just temporarily… but possibly forever! I want to share more about this amazing back pain relief system with you. So please click the button so I can share with you more reasons why Doctor’s Pain Relief Systems is the only back pain relief system you’ll ever need!!!

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If you haven’t experienced back pain before, then the time to act is now. There are certain changes you can do to help prevent future back pain from wrecking havoc in your life. I like to refer to back pain as a “fun sucker” because it literally keeps you from being able to do activities you love and that are fun. Here are some tips to help give some relief and to help prevent future back pain.

Maintain a healthy weight. Staying fit is one of the most important recommendations for avoiding back pain.

Stretch your muscles. In addition to exercise, stretching is important for staying flexible and avoiding back problems. It’s also a key part of recovering from a back injury. Stretch before doing heavy lifting or exercise and make a habit of doing it before bed.

Focus on good posture. Poor posture is another major contributor of back pain. When you’re sitting, getting a chair that’s designed to keep your back straight will help.

Keep your back muscles strong. The most common back problems happen because people who aren’t in shape start doing heavy lifting or hard work and stress their back. Muscles give your spine the support it needs to keep it healthy. That’s why physical therapy is standard back pain treatment, but being in shape can help you avoid back pain to begin with.

Lift properly. When you do pick up a heavy object, bend at the knees and keep the item close to your body. Also, take care not to twist your body when you lift, and wear a brace if you have a job that requires heavy lifting.

Leave your purse at home. If you can, stash a few dollars and your identification in your pocket when you leave the house rather than carrying around a heavy purse. Carrying a bag changes your balance and can change the curve of your spine

Practice stress relief for back pain relief. Stress tends to make back pain worse. That may be another good reason to practice yoga. Other ways to reduce stress include treating yourself well, avoiding over-scheduling your days, and taking time to enjoy life.

Sleep well. Soft mattresses push your back out of alignment, so it’s best to choose a mattress that’s in the range of medium to firm for back pain relief.

Live a healthy lifestyle and exercise and take care of your back. So you don’t have to experience back pain.

7 Exercises To Sculpt Your Buns To Perfection

7 Exercises To Sculpt Your Buns To Perfection

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Stability ball reverse extension

Tighten and tone your butt and a few other assets with these multi-muscle moves.

Your butt’s not the only part of your backside you should work. Strengthen the erector spinae, the muscles of the back, with this move for better posture—which means instant flatter belly.

How to do it: Lie face-down on a stability ball with hands and toes on the floor, hands below shoulders, and lower torso on top of the ball. Keeping legs pressed together and core engaged, slowly lift up legs until they are parallel with torso. (Avoid lifting legs higher than body, which will cause arching in lower back.) With control, lower legs to starting position. Do 15 to 20 reps.

 

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Glute bridge with skull crusher

This caboose-booster promotes healthier hip joints by stretching the hip flexors and strengthening the glutes, while at the same time challenging your core and tightening your triceps.

How to do it: Lie face-up with knees bent and feet flat on the floor about 12 inches away from hips, holding dumbbells. Extend arms, keeping wrists aligned with shoulders. With core engaged and spine in a neutral position, slowly tuck pelvis under, pushing into heels and lifting glutes and lower back off of the floor until hips are completely open at the top without arching back. Lower hips to hover just above the floor and bend elbows, drawing hands beside each ear. Extend arms and press up hips again. Continue, never letting hips touch the floor, for 12 to 15 reps.

 

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Donkey kick

Also known as quadruped bent-knee hip extension (and you thought “donkey kick” was odd), this tush-toner elicits a higher degree of muscle activation in both the gluteus maximus and gluteus minimums than many other commonly performed butt exercises, according to University of Wisconsin-La Crosse researchers. It also asks more of your hamstrings so you look even better from behind in mini-skirts, short shorts and swimsuits (we know the struggle—these are the best bikini bottoms for your body type).

How to do it: Get on all fours with knees below hips and wrists below shoulders. Keeping core engaged, hips and shoulders square to the floor, right leg bent and right foot flexed, slowly lift right leg until thigh is parallel with the floor. Lower to starting position. Do 12 to 15 reps, then switch legs to complete set.

 

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Single-leg deadlift with single-arm row

This single-leg variation of one of the best lower-body strengthening exercises—the deadlift—also provides the back-sculpting (back fat is pesky—try these moves, too!) benefits of the single-arm row.

How to do it: Stand with feet together holding a dumbbell in left hand. Keeping core engaged, hinge forward at hips, lifting left foot off of the floor and extending leg behind you. Balancing on right leg, continue to bend forward and lower the dumbbell toward the floor, keeping hips and shoulders squared. Perform a single-arm row, drawing left elbow straight back until the dumbbell is in line with chest. Extend left arm and slowly stand up, returning to starting position. Do 12 to 15 reps, then switch sides to complete set.

 

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Squat and squeeze

You won’t miss a single lower-body muscle when you blend a squat to hit your glutes, hamstrings and quads, with a calf raise and sponge ball squeeze to target your calves and inner thighs.

How to do it: Stand with feet hip-width apart, toes pointed forward and a small sponge ball placed between thighs. Keeping core engaged and spine neutral, hinge at hips, lowering down into a squat while applying gentle pressure to the ball. Slowly extend legs, rising up onto balls of feet, lifting heels for a calf raise, squeezing the ball at the top of the movement. Do 12 to 15 reps.

 

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Single-arm SandBell swing

It’s hard to think of exercises that truly sculpt your entire body, but this one fits the bill and also improves grip strength and boosts aerobic capacity, all while torching some serious calories—as much as nearly 20 calories per minute, according to an American Council on Exercise study.

How to do it: Stand with feet hip-width apart holding a SandBell or kettlebell in right hand with an overhand grip. Hinge at hips, drawing the SandBell back between legs, then thrust hips forward, generating power from lower body to raise the SandBell to shoulder height. Once at shoulder height, release the SandBell momentarily mid-air, switching hands so the SandBell is now in left hand. Continue, alternating hands for 20 reps.

 

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Dumbbell step-up

This step-up will perk up your butt, tone your thighs and give you strong shoulders to sexily top off strapless dresses.

How to do it: Stand facing a bench or step, holding dumbbells just above shoulders, palms facing in. Place right foot on the bench and push off left foot until both feet are on top of the bench. With elbows at about 11 o’clock and 1 o’clock, extend arms. Slowly lower dumbbells back to shoulders, then step right foot back onto the floor, followed by left foot. Repeat, starting with left foot. Continue, alternating feet for 16 to 20 reps.

 

11 Ways To Avoid Back Pain

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11 Ways To Avoid Back Pain

If you’ve been dealing with a sore back, you’re not alone. Four out of five people experience back pain at some point in their life, making it the fifth most common reason for visiting the doctor. Back pain takes various forms, from a persistent dull ache to sudden sharp pain, and has many causes. Sometimes it results from a sprain, fracture, or other accidental injury. It can stem from a disease or medical condition, such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, or spinal stenosis (a narrowing of the spinal canal through which the spinal cord runs). Many people develop back pain in part because they’re overweight or sedentary.

The good news is that most lower back pain usually gets better within a few days or weeks, and surgery is rarely necessary. What’s more, simple self-help strategies such as these can be surprisingly effective at preventing back pain and keeping it from returning:

1. Get more exercise. If your back is hurting, you may think the best way to get relief is to limit exercise and to rest. A day or two of rest may help, but more than that may not help the pain. Experts now know that regular physical activity can help ease inflammation and muscle tension.

2. Watch your weight. Extra pounds, especially in your midsection, can make back pain worse by shifting your center of gravity and putting strain on your lower back. Staying within 10 pounds of your ideal weight may help control back pain. Here’s help to get started on weight loss.

3.Sleeping position. If you’re prone to back pain, talk with your doctor about the best sleeping position. Sleeping on your side with your knees pulled up slightly toward your chest is sometimes suggested. Prefer to sleep on your back? Put one pillow under your knees and another under your lower back. Sleeping on your stomach can be especially hard on your back. If you can’t sleep any other way, place a pillow under your hips. 

4. If you smoke, stop. Smoking restricts the flow of nutrient-containing blood to spinal discs, so smokers are especially vulnerable to back pain. 

5. Pay attention to your posture. The best chair for preventing back pain is one with a straight back or low-back support. Keep your knees a bit higher than your hips while seated. Prop your feet on a stool if you need to. If you must stand for a prolonged period, keep your head up and your stomach pulled in. If possible, rest one foot on a stool — and switch feet every five to 15 minutes. 

6. Be careful how you lift. Don’t bend over from the waist to lift heavy objects. Bend your knees and squat, pulling in your stomach muscles and holding the object close to your body as you stand up. Don’t twist your body while lifting. If you can, push rather than pull heavy objects. Pushing is easier on the back.

7. Stash the skinny jeans. Clothing so tight that it interferes with bending, sitting, or walking can aggravate back pain.

8. Avoid high heels. They can shift your center of gravity and strain your lower back. Stick to a one-inch heel. If you have to go higher, bring along a pair of low-heeled shoes and slip into them if you become uncomfortable.

9. Lighten your wallet. Sitting on an overstuffed wallet may cause discomfort and back pain. If you’re going to be sitting for a prolonged period — while driving, for example, take your wallet out of your back pocket.  Better yet… keep your wallet in your front pocket from now on!

10. Pick the right handbag or briefcase. Buy a bag or briefcase with a wide, adjustable strap that’s long enough to reach over your head. A messenger bag (like the ones bike messengers wear) is made to wear this way. Having the strap on the opposite shoulder of the bag distributes the weight more evenly and helps keep your shoulders even and your back pain-free. When carrying a heavy bag or case without straps, switch hands frequently to avoid putting all the stress on one side of the body. To lighten the load, periodically purge bags, cases, backpacks, and other carriers of things you don’t need.

11. Forget about back braces. Various back supports are available, from elastic bands to special corsets. They can be helpful after certain kinds of surgery, but there is not much evidence that they help treat chronic back pain. 

If you follow the 11 steps given to you, you’ll be able to avoid a great deal of back pain. Most Back Pain is caused by us, lifting, working ourselves to death, lack of exercise and most important posture.

There are a lot of causes but I guarantee if you make some changes you’ll be able to feel a difference and avoid severe back pain. If your experiencing severe back pain, you’ll be surprised just how much exercise can help.

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