Why You Should Be Health Wary Of What You Wear

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When you choose what to wear, you probably consider your post-work plans, the weather and how much you need to do laundry. Chances are, you don’t think much about your health, if at all. Maybe you should start thinking of your health more, here is why;

Chemicals in fabrics

A lot of chemicals are used in processing and drying of fabrics. When the chemicals break down in nature, they can be hormone disrupting and cancer causing. Because of the close contact with the skin, we can breathe some of the particles that clothes emit.

You should avoid the flame retardant clothes that have been treated with polybrominated diphenly. These chemicals can affect thyroid hormones. Percchloroethyleme (PERC), a chemical that is used in dry cleaning, has been linked to many cancers.  Avoid dry cleaners that use PERC. Studies have shown that people spend time indoors with dry cleaned items and those who wear the dry cleaned clothes end up being exposed to low doses of PERC.

High-heel shoes

The pointy-toe style heels are known to cause painful hammertoes and bunions, this leads to expensive and painful surgery in the long-run. Flat shoes are a great option, especially when you’re doing a lot of walking.

Thongs

Thongs can cause vaginal tract and urinal infections. Other than being intrusive, annoying and painful, the undergarments can harbor bacteria. When you’re sleeping, full cotton bacteria underpants can significantly decrease your chances of infection.

Skinny Jeans

Pants that are too skinny cause compression of the nerves in the legs and groin, hampering blood flow to the lower legs. This can lead to numbness, muscle damage and swelling. These symptoms may sound extreme but as you may find out more information in a recent case study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry to study effect of clothing on health; a 35-year-old woman ended up spending four days in hospital after squatting repeatedly while wearing skinny jeans.

Compression is part of the issue, when you wear clothes that are too tight; the skin barrier that protects you from infections is disrupted because the fabric constantly rubs on your skin. Skin hugging clothes also make you sweat more; this creates a good environment for bacterial, viral and fungal infections like folliculitis. Follictus turns hair follicus into icky red bumps.

Overstuffed handbags

Large, heavy, overfilled handbags can cause shoulder and back pain. To avoid trips to the chiropractor, clean your handbag of crap you don’t need and commit to a smaller bag, you probably don’t need most of the superfluous stuff weighing you down.

Tight belts

Waist-cinchers can be extremely uncomfortable, they can cause tingling and pain. Belts can cause numbness in the legs by compressing the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve, a major nerve that runs from the abdomen to the outer thigh. After a big meal, you should loosen your belt.

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Spanx and stockings seem pretty harmless, but they can be quite destructive. Too tight shapewear can squeeze your organs and cause acid reflux and stomach pain. If you must wear shapewear, do it occasionally and limit the time you spend sucked in it.

 

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Doe Deere is Making Waves in the Cosmetics World

Doe Deere, creator of Lime Crime Cosmetics not only had unicorn visions, but she built them into a cult-following reality. This self made nonconformist rose up from the crowd by doing what she feels is expressing yourself “at the moment.” She is popular all over the globe by taking beauty by the horn and transcending it into bright, colorful artistic expression. Being born in Russia and raised in New York City, she created and modeled the brand herself from inspiration gained by her DIY fashion line in 2008.

 

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One may wonder why all the explosive color is her claim to fame. Aside from feeling limited by the (then) current cosmetics lack of difficulty in finding the right colors and simply not being satisfied with things being “hard to find,” there doesn’t seem to be one “right” answer to this, but her overall philosophy is all about pushing the envelope as you can see not only in her design, but in everything she does.

 

Her own personal webpage and blog www.doedeere.com shows her personal sense of creativity through rich graphics and the colorful gems she puts out on the web. A perfect example of this is the new “Unicorn” hair color line she is soon releasing, which has colors that you wouldn’t even believe. Names like “Salad” and “Jello” are only the beginning of the madness that is going to take the cosmetics world by storm. Not only are Doe’s products the epitome of funky, they’re also vegan and cruelty free, earning accolades from even PETA, a passionate yet notoriously tough to please bunch. Leaping Bunny also endorses her products by connecting them with beauty seekers worldwide, furthering the commitment to keep not only people, but animals safe from harm.

 

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Doe’s commitment to female entrepreneur mentoring is admirable. She also is a philanthropist who donates regularly, especially to causes dear to her like no kill animal shelters. She is also incredibly personable, willing to discuss the tough topics of the challenges of being a business owner, showing that not only is she creative, but has business acumen galore. She exerts her love for everyone, and this is her philosophy that makes her so well liked. Loyalty of her customers and employees is an important foundation to her business success. It’s easy to see how she rose so quickly to success, while challenging the status quo, a combination that can be difficult to marry. Watch out for this unicorn, she is taking off by leaps and bounds!

 

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Don’t Jar Your Joints: Low Impact Home Fitness Equipment

Some types of exercise can put pressure on your joints. Activities like running and lifting have their own benefits. If you are one of the millions of people who prefer to exercise without putting strain on knees, ankles, hips or upper body joints – then low impact fitness machines could be ideal for you.

This page looks at 4 different types of low impact home fitness equipment. The pros and cons of each one are outlined below.

#1 – Elliptical Cross Trainers

These machines are known under two names. Some people call them ellipticals, others simply cross trainers. The main leg movement is in a semi-circle, which is low impact for all your leg joints. At the same time, you get a vigorous workout. In addition to the leg movements, there are poles for your arms. You exercise with these with back and forward movements. Combining legs and arm movements increases the intensity, and the number of calories you will burn per hour.

 

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You will find that some cross trainers can also be used as exercise bikes with a small adjustment to the mechanism.

Benefits: High calorie burn, exercise for both upper and lower body and low impact movements.

Drawbacks: Elliptical cross trainers are large machines and most do not fold away.

#2 – Exercise Bikes

Static bikes have been around for decades, and remain one of the most popular options for people seeking low impact workouts. There is a huge range of models to choose from. These range from very basic ‘A-frame’ folding bikes through to machines which look almost sci-fi, with monitors, big flywheels and a sleek design.

 

 

The basic peddling motion is low impact, and can be sustained for long periods. As exercise bikes are quiet, this is an ideal way to keep fit in front of the TV. For those requiring a little more back support, you can also get recumbent bikes – where you’ll be sat back in a comfortable chair. I recommend getting a bike which allows you to change the resistance level while you cycle. This can add some much-needed variation to your routine.

Benefits: Quiet machines, you can cycle for long periods, changeable resistance

Drawbacks: Lacks variety after a while

#3 – Rowing Machines

Another machine which can offer you a full body workout, without having a jarring effect on your joints is a home rowing machine. Rowing is becoming more popular, and there are some beautifully designed rowing machines around – for example the wooden models from water-rower.

 

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When you first start rowing you can set the resistance level low. This will allow your muscles (both legs are arms / chest) to get used to the motions. Once you up the resistance level, you will find that rowing can be an intensive form of exercise (as well as a low impact one). My recommendation is to find a folding rowing machine. These pivot, so the longer part that you slide up and down on can go vertically. This will save a lot of space between uses.

Benefits: Full cardio workout that works both upper and lower body.

Drawbacks: Larger machines, you’ll need to like the action to keep going over time.

#4 – Stepping Machines

The biggest benefit of steppers is their size. A basic unit is only 30 to 40 centimetres tall, and not too much wider. This is made up of a small frame and 2 paddles, which you alternate in a stair-climbing motion. There are bigger models, some with the capability of twisting, and others with arm bands which allow you to work your upper body.

While this is a low-impact exercise, you need to be aware that it is intensive. You will need to take your time to build your strength and experience before you can step for long periods. While the calories per hour burned looks very high compared to other forms of home fitness equipment, keep in mind that your sessions will be shorter and sharper.

 

 

Benefits: Small Units, ideal for a short yet intensive workout

Drawbacks: Difficult to sustain for longer periods.

Low Impact Fitness Equipment – Summing Up

As you have seen, there are some good options out there for people who want to exercise and keep the impacts on their joints low at the same time. One way to find out which is best for you is a quick session at your local gym. This will allow you to try out all the different formats before you pick one for home use. There are more options available, including vibration plate exercisers and under-desk ‘air-walker’ devices.

If you want to get fit and keep your joints as safe as possible, low impact home fitness equipment is definitely the way to go!

 

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How to Live a Fit and Healthy Life in your 70’s

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Not everyone is the same when they reach seventy – some are the picture of health (at least for their age), while others have the various health problems which can come with that age.  Whether you are one of the former group or one of the latter, or whether you have an in home caregiver or live independently, there is a lot you can do to keep up your health and possibly prolong it as well.  This article will give a list of the ways in which you can help yourself feel better at whatever age.

  1. Find a Purpose

Something research has shown us is that the best indicator of someone being healthy in the latter years of their life is having a sense of purpose. In most of Western society, unfortunately, older people are not seen as being useful or valuable in any way, and so are often shunted aside from the daily life. Cultures which revere age, and the wisdom which comes with it, have older people who are much more well-adjusted than in other societies, since they have a place in the on-going society.

Try to find a way to inject a sense of purpose into your life, be it through becoming involved in the community in some way, becoming more involved in your religion, or through some form of volunteering.

  1. Get Enough Sleep

There is a pervading myth which says that, as you get older, you need much less sleep.  This couldn’t be further from the truth, and in fact older people require more or less the same amount of sleep as younger people do. The myth possibly arose from the fact that changing circumstances in someone’s life – medications, stresses, illnesses – can make it difficult for older people to get to sleep.

People in their seventies should make sleep a priority – try and keep to a schedule with no naps, and regular hours.  Getting fresh air will help, as will exercise.  A proper amount of sleep means that you will have enough energy to face the day!

  1. Avoid Falls

As you get older, you will find yourself becoming more and more unsteady, leading to falls and general instability. The frailer we are, the more dangerous falls are, so it is important to take steps to avoid the potential for falling as much as possible. Risk assess your own house to determine what has the potential to cause a fall, and take steps to change them.  Hold onto handrails whenever possible, and take up a form of exercise which stresses balance, which will help reduce the risk of falling.

  1. Keep your Brain Active

You needs to keep your brain active as you get older, otherwise you risk losing your mental acuity.  If you have been mentally active all your life, then keep it up; otherwise, begin with some small mental challenges such as Sudoku, crosswords, or other puzzles of the same kind.  Once you have mastered them, it might be time to move onto more complex challenges such as learning an entirely new language.

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Serums To Fight Acne

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Contrary to popular belief, acne, for many people, is not simply a nightmare of adolescence. In fact, thousands of American adults struggle with active acne or acne scars. Fortunately, increased awareness of acne in the adult population has led to an increase in development of products that address acne, and also help protect skin. For instance, Timeless Skincare, also known as timelessha, offers a variety of products, such as the timeless anti-aging serums – including ferulic acid serum– that are built to not only fight aging, but to rejuvenate damaged skin. If you are struggling with acne and acne scars, here are just a few products to consider:

 

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Hyaluronic Acid Serum: In addition to hyaluronic acid, which naturally hydrates and rejuvenates skin, the hyaluronic acid serum from timelessha contains Matrixyl 3000, a popular alternative to retinol. Matrixyl 3000 is essentially Vitamin A, an active ingredient in many anti-acne products. In addition to fighting acne, Matrixyl 3000 can repair damaged skin and shrink pores. This serum also contains hyaluronic acid, which is great for hydrating damaged skin without inducing oil production. In addition to hyaluronic acid and Matrixyl, the serum also contains Vitamin C, which promotes the building of collagen and increases skin elasticity.

Vitamin B5 Serum: With hyaluronic acid and B5 as active ingredients, this serum has great potential for fighting acne and wrinkles at the same time. While there is some controversy over whether Vitamin B5 is the long awaited and sought after acne cure, it is known that B5 is a potent anti-inflammatory substance that helps promote healing. Reducing inflammation will help reduce the severity of acne and avoid scars.

Trying to manage acne and protect your skin from aging can be challenging, but there is hope. For best results, consult your doctor or dermatologist before adding any of these serums to your skin care regimen, and always use products as directed.

 

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Buns of Steel – The Workouts

The Buns of Steel exercises were first presented by Greg Smithey. Being a fitness trainer, he understood the importance of these workouts and ever since then, thousands of individuals from around the globe have followed him. In fact, these workouts are available in form of a DVDs wherein a series of these exercises have been recorded by Greg Smithey. This form of exercise basically involves workouts that tone up the butt, hips, and the thighs. Ideally, you will be required to perform 3 to 4 sets of these exercises twice or 4 times a week.

It is important to keep in mind that if the exercises and the steps are performed in an appropriate manner, the results are even more effective. Not only that any wrong sequence or faulty posture in the workout regime can adversely affect the body.

 

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Under such circumstances, you will not be able to derive the optimum benefit from the Buns of Steel exercises. In fact, this holds true not just for this series of exercises but also for any other form of exercise you perform.

More about these workouts have been mentioned in the paragraphs that follow. Check them out. The following types of exercises are included in the Buns of Steel workout regime.

  • Squats – Squats have been found to be very effective in this series of exercises. In this form of exercise, you will be required to stand with feet hip wide apart simultaneously keeping your hands by the side. Hips have to be pushed backwards with bended knees. Most importantly, you will have to squat till the thighs are parallel to the floor.
  • Fire Hydrants – This targets the butt and you don’t have to use the knee joints. You will be required to kneel down on all 4. The shoulders have to be directly over hands and hips have to be over the knees. Neck should be long and lower back should be neutral. The exact sequence of the steps of fire hydrants can be followed best when seen on the DVDs.
  • Lunges – This form of exercise involves the legs but targets the butt. You can perform this exercise with or without weights. Lunges make your butt work really hard. And ideally, the range of movement is enhanced at the hip area. It works better if you perform the exercise on a low step.

Aside from the above form of exercises, the others in the series include the following-

  • Side lying leg lifts
  • Rover’s Revenge
  • Lying hip lifts

 

Essential aspects of Buns of Steel

This form of workout is more than 2 decades old. Over the years, the individual forms of exercises in the workout series have evolved for the better. Sports experts and fitness experts have time and again analyzed the benefits and risks involved in any exercise and recommended the same to the world. However, it has to be kept in mind that there are also exercises that have been around for more than 2 decades and these very exercises have worked wonders for many individuals.

 

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