What Are the Best Skin Care Solution?

Many times we think, is there no answer for getting a naturally beautiful skin? Well, that are creating a buzz in the market are a simple solution for all your skin problems. Yes, as per its name, it’s all natural and contains no harmful chemicals. Today they are many companies that come up with a number of so called but wait a minute, before you blindly believe in any product that comes your way here are few tips that can help you get the product that best suits your need:

Do not go for brands that offer its products at a much cheaper rate than rest of the market. It might be quite attractive to find a natural beauty product of lower cost, but just think for a minute. Which is better spending some extra money and getting a better product that provides greater results or products that come for a lower rate with no guarantee to receive skin repair benefits from? So it is always advisable to go for all that have high quality natural ingredients with a better cost.

It is wise to check for the ingredients of the natural beauty product than just going by the advertisement. Here are some of the ingredients that you need to check for while purchasing a skin care product, these include: Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Retinol or tretinoin, Dimethylaminoethanol or DMAE, Alpha lipoic acid and retinyl palmitate. These are the components that work best on your skin and give a long-lasting result.

Do not just go for major brands always; also look out for smaller developers that offer high quality products. You never know you might be surprised at the quality of the product offered by a small scale manufacturer. It might just be the product you have always been looking for.

The bottom line is just don’t blindly believe in each and every natural beauty product. To give your skin that extra boost, choose the right product as per your requirements. Hope the tips mentioned above helps you get the best natural beauty product you need.

Fitness Centres – Everyone Can Use Them

Many Americans are obsessed with their health, but the United States remains a country of the obese. Obesity in the U.S. has taken the form of an epidemic, even though more information and more resources are available to us today than at any time in history. Why is this the case?

There are fitness facilities designed to meet the needs of people of all types and ages. Fitness centers exist for older individuals, young people, males, and females. There are fitness centers that are open 24-hours every day, facilities that provide day care and programs tailored to individual needs. It would appear that Americans would not have problems controlling their weight or improving their overall physical fitness with this wide array of choices.

Many fitness facilities even offer their new clients the chance to obtain an initial physical assessment, personalized training, and continuing consultations free with membership. Mothers with small children can take advantage of fitness centers that provide in-house day care facilities. If an individual feels uncomfortable exercising together with members of the opposite sex, fitness centers offer programs and classes for men only or women only.

Organized and instructor-based toning and heart health programs, such as Pilates and aerobics, are also offered by most health facilities. When joining a fitness center or gym, individuals are usually given a schedule of classes that are taught there and the times of the classes. Once a month, the facility will send out a newsletter and calendar providing updates on information about changes at the facility, classes, and other items of interest.

There is no reason that individuals cannot find a fitness center that suits them. The cost of a fitness program is generally not a problem because many employers provide free gym or fitness center memberships to their employees in order to reduce health insurance expenses and time lost on account of illnesses and injuries.

A healthy employee costs his or her employer about $1000 less every year than an employee who does not participate in a fitness program, according to researchers. If the employer does not offer a fitness plan, the monthly cost of membership in a gym will more than pay for itself in regard to maintaining better overall health. Individual medical bills will decrease, as will over-the-counter health needs, because exercise makes a body more capable or warding off germs.

Gyms and fitness centers nationwide are open every day to help people obtain better health and physical fitness. It is the responsibility of each person to take advantage of what they have to offer.

Healthy Living for African Christian Women – Spirituality, Lifestyle and Medicine

Introduction

Health is defined as physical, mental and emotional well-being and not just the absence of disease or infirmity. It is the total feeling of wellness in body and in mind. 3John 1:2 says “Beloved, I pray that you may get along well in every way and may enjoy good health just as your soul is prospering”. The peculiar economic challenges and emergence of infectious diseases makes healthy living quite a task. As Christian mothers we must make conscious effort to lead our Christian lives in ways most beneficial, not only to our health, but also to those of our husbands and children.

Content

  • Healthy Lifestyle choices
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Use of Health care facilities
  • Stress management
  • Spirituality
  • Menopause
  • “Jedi-Jedi”

1 Healthy Lifestyle choices

The choices we make regarding everyday living, is a strong indicator of health. In 1Corinthians 6:19 the bible says “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you do not belong to yourselves? For you were bought and paid for; then give God the glory with your body”. It is therefore not only for our sakes that we should make healthy choices, but it is also a biblical obligation to live right.

Lifestyle choices are made in term of diet and exercise.

A. DIETARY CHOICES

Genesis 9:3 “every living, moving thing shall be yours for food; I have given it all to you like the vegetables.” There has been a lot of debate on what people should eat and what not to eat. Some will say don’t eat meat, some say don’t eat salt, but the most important thing is to understand that it is not about what to eat or what not to eat, but a matter of MODERATION.

The following are tips to help you make healthy choices as regards nutrition.

1. As regards breakfast:

– Take light meals in the morning

– Take at least 2 classes of food e.g. carbohydrate + (Vegetable, protein, fruits, etc) for example: yam and garden-egg sauce

2. As regards cholesterol and low density lipids (LDL)

– Just before you buy your next vegetable oil, make sure you check for the sign, – “low cholesterol” or “Zero cholesterol”

– Never over-eat EGGS, in our society eating eggs may be perceived wrongly as an indication of wealth. Eggs are good but we should limit it to at most 1 per day or 3 eggs in a week

– Reduce consumption of fried meals, and if you must fry use as less oil as possible.

3. Avoid overcooking your vegetables – a lot of micronutrients cannot tolerate the heat.

4. Salt, Sugar and Honey – Like earlier noted, moderation is the important thing.

As We advance in age it becomes beneficial to use salt in moderation, also certain food

sweeteners are better used with caution.

For those minding their blood sugar e.g. Diabetic women, it is important that you are mindful of refined sugar, however it is very important that we know that most of our staple meals are loaded with sugar. Food like Pounded Yam, cassava, etc so, what then are we to eat? if all these meals are sugar ladden. The answer is simple – ‘MODERATION” we tend to serve our cassava or pounded yam in very generous quantities, it is advised that we change that, serve just a handful of your staple meal, with generous amount of vegetables, crayfish, fish, meat etc This will supply enough carbohydrate with other nutrients without unnecessarily increasing your sugar level.

Honey is good; you could try it but remember everything must be in moderation.

5. Fruits Fruits Fruits

We are blessed with varieties of fruits; there is always a fruit in season. It will be most beneficial if you can take a fruit with every meal, yes!every meal. And I don’t mean bottled over-processed fruit juices, take only fresh fruits they are cheaper and full of benefits.

B. EXERCISES

As we age strenuous activities are best avoided but moderate exercises have benefits,

Short distances can be walked when it is not too sunny.

2. Personal/ Environmental Hygiene

The importance of hygiene is well understood and need no emphasis, proper grooming and cleanliness gives you a feeling of freshness and goodness.

Clean people don’t fall sick often.

Environmental hygiene is also a big issue, at times because of our busy schedules, the home is left untidy, making our homes a breeding site for rats and insects.

Rats, cockroaches etc find it too easy to pass diseases to us and our children

If you can’t clean up the home every day, find at least 2 times in a week to clean up. Get rid of stagnant water and nearby bushes to rid your home of mosquitoes.

Do not be careless about the source of drinking water for the family, as much as possible never patronize food vendors, COOK FOR YOUR FAMILY.

3. Use of Health Care Facilities

While Faith is important to us as Christians we should not fall into the class of misguided brethrens who perceive the use of health facilities as lack of faith, remember that Saint Luke was a doctor.

A. Regular check up

– Regularly check your blood pressure, it saves life.

– Visit your doctor for check up at worst once a year

B. Important medical tests for women: prevention is better than cure!

– Breast examination: breast cancer can be detected early and better treated.

When you bathe feel your breast for lumps, abnormal color or discharge. Stand before a mirror and compare the two breasts for any difference. If you notice anything abnormal see your doctor!

– PAPS test or Papanicolau smear test: this is done to screen for cervical

-cancer, another disease that ravage our female population. It is a life saver and we are encouraged to go for the test.

C. ANTENATAL CARE

When pregnant visit the maternity as soon as possible

D. FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES – the present economic conditions make family planning a wise decision. You will be surprised when you visit any family planning centre, at the vast methods available, you will be informed and are likely to find one suitable for you. Remember it is better to have children that you can cater for, than having a lot that you cannot care for. Family planning help plan the size of your household and also give you rest of mind and an opportunity to have a blissful and enjoyable marriage.

4. Stress Management

Matthew 6:25-34 “I tell you therefore, do not worry about your living-what you are to eat or drink, or about your body, what you are to wear. Is not the life more important than its nourishment and the body than its clothing?…

…34 Do not worry therefore, in view of tomorrow for tomorrow will have its own anxieties. Each day’s peculiar troubles are sufficient for it.”

One major benefit that faith affords us as Christians is that we could be free of worry, if we truly believe that our God is sufficient. When we put ourselves under needless stress, we make ourselves liable of high blood pressure and mental illness. Proverbs 14:30 says “A relaxed mind makes for physical health; but passion is rottenness to the bones”.

5. Spirituality

I strongly believe that there is a strong link between spirituality and health.

Jeremiah 8:22 “Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician? Why, then, has the health of the daughter of My people not been restored?” it is clear that no drug can substitute the peace of mind and health that a perfect relationship with God gives. The bible says (ASV 2 Chronicles 7:14 ) if my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. The secret of divine health is in His promises to his children, the book of Amos says “can two work together except they agree” I encourage you all to trust God fully and He will renew your strengths.

6. Menopause

This is a period in a woman’s life at which menses diminishes and stops, usually between the ages of 45 and 50. Women often experience some discomfort which may vary on individual basis.

Hot flashes or hot flushes range from a passing feeling of warmth in the face and upper body to extreme sweating and visible redness of the skin.

As estrogen level drops in the blood, the vaginal walls become dry making coitus very painful and sometimes undesirable. Decline in sexual interest during menopause may also be psychological.

Psychological symptoms may include depression, mood swings, weepiness, and other emotional flare-ups, as well as memory lapses…Stressful life events that may contribute to the emotional symptoms at the time of menopause include children leaving home and general mid-life crises.

When the symptoms are unbearable you should visit your doctor. Treatment available is known as (HRT) Hormone replacement therapy, but the benefit must be weighed against the risks,which includes – increased risk of breast cancer, heart attacks, strokes, and blood clots.But in most cases, women’s personal perception of menopause may also affect symptoms, they are often tolerable when we have the right mindset.

Other ways of reducing negative effects of menopause include eating a healthy diet, taking vitamin supplements, stop smoking, reduce caffeine and alcohol, reducing sugar and salt intake. Exercise helps to alleviate menopausal symptoms

7. “Jedi-Jedi

This is a term among the Yorubas of West Africa, used to loosely refer to a number of often unrelated symptoms, and generally judged to be due to consumption of sugar or sweet things. I must say clearly that this is just one of the numerous health misconceptions and misinformation in our society.

These symptoms like backache, passage of loose stool, pile and hemorrhoids etc are most likely not related talk-less of resulting from consumption of sweet things or sugar.

If you feel unwell, please visit your doctor. Stop engaging in unwise use of herbal concoction for a disease that does not exist. Herbal concoctions are very dangerous. They can destroy very vital organs, we see a lot of liver cancers in our hospitals and even among women who don’t drink alcohol and the commonest cause that come to our mind is herbal concoction. The bible says “My people Perish for lack of knowledge

Conclusion

Jeremiah 30:17 says “For I will restore health to you, and I will heal your wounds, says the Lord, because they have called you an outcast, “It is Zion, for whom no one cares!”

Jeremiah 33:6 says “Look, I will bring to her restoration and health; and I will heal them and reveal to them an abundance of peace and prosperity. It is my prayer that as we continue to trust God, He will continue to grant unto us good health.

© Oluwaseun Adigun 2010

Want A Gorgeous Complexion And Healthier Skin? Choose Natural Skin Care Products

Natural skin care products provide an excellent alternative to many beauty and skin products found on the market. We often don’t realize how many chemicals and toxins are being absorbed into our bodies through skin care and hair care products. Shampoos, make-up, perfumes, facial cleansers, and even baby care products often contain harmful chemicals that can irritate our skin, dry it out, or cause premature aging. That’s why so many people are choosing natural skin care products.

Benefits of Natural Skin Care Products

There are many benefits of organic skin care because true all-natural products contain no harmful chemicals or additives. If you have allergies, recurring skin rashes (or eczema), itchy or dry skin, or even very oily skin, then you might be worsening the problem by using products with certain chemicals and additives. Organic skin care provides a natural way for you to cleanse your skin and hair, enhance your beauty with cosmetics, and even protect your skin from the sun. If you have very sensitive skin, natural hair care and skin care products might even help prevent outbreaks of rashes or skin redness and irritation.

The skin absorbs most anything that it comes in contact with, including any chemicals found in beauty products. With all-natural products, your skin will absorb the organic ingredients more quickly and with more positive results. Absorbing organic products can actually enhance your skin and health, and your body can process the ingredients in a more efficient way.

If you have a baby or small child, their skin is extremely delicate. You can select natural baby care products for their shampoos, lotions, powders, and soaps.

Ingredients found in Organic Products

Common ingredients found in natural skin care products include oatmeal, aloe vera, hemp seed, virgin olive oil, sunflower seed oil, primrose extract, essential oils, cucumber, shea butter, collagen, and many other natural ingredients and extracts. These all have different purposes such as adding moisture and much-needed minerals to your skin and hair, reducing wrinkles, stretch-mark reduction, dead skin removal, sun protection, and moisturizing the lips.

Types of Natural Beauty Products

With the increasing demand for all-natural or organic products, there are now many companies that specialize in organic products, whether it’s food and beverages or natural hair care and skin care products. Some of the beauty products available include natural soaps for babies and adults, organic make-up foundation and finishing powders, all-natural shampoos and conditioners, facial cleansers and toners, bath salts, organic oils for skin, bath scrubs, facial masks, anti-wrinkle creams, shaving soaps, natural lotions, soothing gels, and even organic lamps for aromatherapy. There are also many natural men’s skin care products and natural baby care products.

How to Buy All-Natural Products

You can find organic skin and hair care products at your local herbal or organic store. But the easiest way to find specific products for your needs is to shop online. There are hundreds of organic skin care products online and you can often find these at very affordable prices. You can easily search for specific products that will help your skin and hair type. These products also make great gifts for birthdays, Christmas, or any occasion.

Your entire family from the youngest to the eldest can benefit from natural skin care products, and you’ll each enjoy healthier, more radiant skin and hair!

All Natural Facial Products Can Make The Ladies Look Younger

Looking younger is a popular topic among many ladies these days. There is literally an enormous amount of articles in many places regarding this subject. Finding something to restore and renew the skin is an utmost concern for anyone interested in looking their best.

Certain skin care products claim to be able to restore the skin to its more youthful and beautiful state. What separates most of these products are the active ingredients added. People would be wise to read the label and read just exactly what the products have in them.

Natural products seem to be the direction many companies are going with their skin cream lines. One company that I came across in my research uses something referred to as “Smart Core Technology.” To avoid the perception of endorsing their product, I wll refrain from using their name. Their claim is that smart core is an all natural ingredient combination that simply nourishes and protects the skin. Smart core science is based on Nobel Prize winning findings. Smart core is supposed to to dramatically increase skin hydration even at the end of the day.

By contrast, some products use a soap based emulsifier which could dry out the skin. All natural skin care products are supposed to be much better at hydration and healthier for your skin. But it also goes one step further. Smart core technology will reverse the signs of aging. This is accomplished by reducing wrinkles and producing collagen growth.

Active ingredients in the all natural products include proteins, amino acids, & peptides as well as ingredients. These three ingredients specifically may target deep wrinkles, fine lines, and skin discoloration. If it does what it says, these beauty products could possibly turn back the hands of time and give the skin a much more youthful appearance.

Some of the benefits of these natural skincare products include enhancing cell respiration, helping in collagen production, and possibly even slowing down collagen loss. Surprisingly enough, these different active ingredients are supposed to target different problem areas of the skin.

Tired and aging eyes can be given a boost with certain products. Some advanced creams claim to combine science and nature to firm and smooth puffy looking eyes. Attacking crows feet and sagging skin as well as energizing the skin cells can possibly produce brighter-looking eyes, and may even eliminate dark circles.

While research and advances in technology continue at a rapid fire pace, beauty product advances is not being left behind. Since we will always continue to age, there will always be a consumer audience ready to buy. It appears that the all natural beauty product line will continue to develop and be ready for that paying customer.