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Natural Ways to Look Young

Almost everyone I know that are getting up there in age wants to go back in time to look and feel young again. They think of plastic surgeries or botox treatments on the regular and this, I think, is not good. First of all, plastic surgeries cost a ton and if you take the time to research, they just look fake and unnatural. Same with botox, some people I know that have had this done look so much worse than their natural “aging” look.

I’m not saying that you shouldn’t go ahead and have these treatments done, it’s your call but I want you to look at natural methods first before deciding which route you will take. There are several ways to look younger without having to spend thousands of dollars and these are very easy to do at home. Here they are.

Live a healthy lifestyle

First of all, you should try to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Keeping stress at a low level and getting the right amount of sleep can do wonders to your skin. One of the things that can accelerate the worsening of your skin is high levels of stress and not getting enough sleep.

Another thing that you should always take care of is your eating habits. A well balanced diet that provides you with all the nutrients that you need as well as drinking a lot of water instead of sodas and other beverages can be very effective in keeping your skin looking young.

If you are a coffee drinker such as myself, you should try to minimize it and drink cocoa instead. Cocoa can be very beneficial to the skin as it can improve blood circulation and protect your skin from the sun.

Skin care products that are advertised to help with skin rejuvenation do work, however, they will work better and be more efficient if you lay down the groundwork by living a healthy lifestyle.

Use sunscreen every time you will be out in the sun for an extended period of time

Seriously, a lot of people I know are very reckless when it comes to protection from the sun and later on, they will complain of skin flaking and other problems. Applying sunscreen is one of the most effective ways to combat aging as it will protect your skin from the UV rays of the sun and prevent your skin from getting damaged.

However, don’t think that using sunscreen regularly will immediately show its effects. Sunscreen is more of a preventative solution instead of treatment. If your skin is already damaged, it will take a lot of time for the effects of the sunscreen to show.

Wash your face regularly but don’t overdo it

Washing your face before you go to sleep or when you get home after a time outside is a good way to keep it clean and looking good. However, don’t wash your face every time you have a chance as this can wash away the natural oils and moisture on your face that helps protect against wrinkles and other skin problems. Also, use soap with moisturizers as this can help the skin glow and become softer.

There you have it, simple and easy ways to keep your skin looking youthful and glowing. By following these steps right now, you are already on your way to looking young and feeling great.

Tips to Stop Smoking

Smoking is one of the hardest habits to quit. All the evidences are there that it is bad for you but you just can’t.

I know a lot of people that want to quit but they just can’t seem to. Some of them quit for a while but then the next time I see them, they have a cigarette in hand.

Here are some tips that I have personally tested and done on my way to stop smoking.

  • Tell people around you that you want to quit seek their support

Being shamed is very effective when it comes to quitting smoking. If you want to appear as a man of your word, you will want to stop smoking once you’ve made a public announcement that you do. It’s also not only about being shamed. People around you, especially those that don’t smoke will want to support you and this can have a big impact on your quest to stop.

  • Keep track of the days

The first few days will be the hardest but if you manage to hold on for at least 3 weeks, it’s going to get easier. The urges to smoke will still be there but it won’t be as strong as the first couple of weeks.

  • List the situations where you usually smoke and make a conscious effort to stop

Making a list of the situations where you usually smoke and having a counter plan will help tremendously. In my situation, I usually smoked whenever I’m playing video games, taking a dump, after eating and during breaks.

As for video games, I just made a rule that smoking will not be allowed inside the house – any part of the house. This also helped during bathroom breaks. I stuck to this rule and it helped lessen my smoking.

After every meal and during breaks at work was kind of hard because after a meal, the urge is really strong and when I’m at work, going out of the building during breaks usually means I’m with colleagues that smoke as well. What I did is, after every meal, I just chewed some gum until the urge to smoke is tolerable. During breaks, I just told my peers that I didn’t want to step out for at least a month just so I can control my smoking.

  • Drink water

Drinking lots of water can be very good for you when you try to stop smoking. Having a bottle of water with you everytime can help you get over the urge to smoke. The trick here is to distract yourself by drinking when you want to smoke. After drinking a bottle of water, the craving for smokes will usually have dissipated.

  • Exercise

Exercising will have a great effect on your health, obviously, but it can also help you stop smoking. When you are working out, the brain releases chemicals that will make you feel good about yourself. This can stop you from getting the urge to smoke. Also, once you have started working out or just doing some simple exercises, you will start to be health conscious and will try to stop doing harm to your body. This includes stopping dangerous habits such as drinking and smoking.

  • Identify what you like about smoking and try an alternative

For me, personally, I liked the sensation of having a cigarette in my hand and puffing as it relaxes me. What I did was take a ballpen (clean, of course), and I would always have it in my hand and occasionally chew on it. This is a very simple idea but it helped me in my quest to quit smoking.

Sleep and Relaxation – A Natural Remedy to Prevent Most Conditions

Sleeping is very important and everyone should know it by now. After all, without sleep, we can’t really function properly and we won’t be able to do the things that we need to do. However, just how important is sleep really, with regards to your overall health? Also, how much sleep do you really need?

A person that sleeps at least 6-7 hours a day is more likely to be healthier than someone who sleeps less than that. Lack of quality sleep can actually make you more prone to developing illnesses and conditions. Having said that, here are some health benefits that you will experience if you can get the right amount of quality sleep daily.

Stress Relief

Sleeping will help your body relax, that’s just a fact. If you are sleep deprived, your body will start to panic and produce more stress hormones and raise your blood pressure. This puts you at high risk of heart problems or stroke.

Getting a good quality sleep is very important and some tips that I can share are the following:

  • Learn relaxation techniques such as meditation.
  • Start a “just before sleeping ritual” and stick with it. This can be anything like reading a book, taking a shower or anything really.
  • Get rid of distractions in your bedroom. The bedroom is a place for sleeping and sleeping only. Take the TV to another room, get rid of electronic devices and anything that can distract you before sleeping. It will help you relax more and just focus on falling asleep.
  • Invest in a good quality mattress or bed. If you are considering getting a new mattress, you’re very lucky as there are countless of cheap but high quality mattresses out there that you can order online. Some examples are Dynasty Mattress, Saatva, Bear, Leesa and many more. I personally use a dynasty mattress and I can highly recommend it. Here is a dynasty mattress review to help you decide if it is also good for you: http://www.mattressreviewshq.net/dynasty-mattress. Remember to read reviews of mattresses if you are buying online because it is a very big purchase and you don’t want to be stuck with a mattress that will not help you sleep better.

Dietary benefits

It may seem absurd that sleeping has anything to do with losing or controlling your weight. However, it does have an effect on your ability to gain or lose weight. Lack of sleep can disrupt the balance of hormones in your body that directly affects your appetite. If you don’t get at least around 7 hours of sleep daily, you will tend to gain more weight and become obese or overweight.

Focus

If you sleep a good amount the night before, you will find yourself more able to focus and complete your tasks more efficiently. A good amount of sleep helps the body refresh itself and in turn, you will have more energy.

Health benefits

Sleeping will allow your body to rest and this will have great health benefits. For one, when you are sleeping, the body repairs itself from all the stress and damage done from your day. Also, sleep will help you minimize the risk of having depression. Serotonin is a chemical in your body that correlates to depression. If you lack serotonin, the chances of being depressed is heightened.

Is Coffee Good or Bad?

Drinking coffee is still one of the things that many people question if it is good or bad for you. There are some who stand by drinking coffee on a regular basis for its health benefits while there are those that advise against drinking it due to health concerns. So what is it then? Let’s find out.

First off, why it might be considered bad.

Too much of anything can be bad for you and the same can be said for drinking coffee. If you have to drink it, do it in moderation as the caffeine in it can be very addictive. A single cup of coffee contains around 100mg of caffeine and if you drink too much, it can only result in bad things for you as too much caffeine in the system can actually lead to death.

Another reason why you shouldn’t drink coffee too much is, too much coffee can actually cause conditions such as nervousness, anxiety, migraines or headaches and being nauseous. The same symptoms can also be attributed to drinking coffee that is of bad quality.

During nighttime, it is advised to avoid drinking coffee entirely as it can cause sleep problems such as insomnia and sleep deprivation. As we all know, sleeping is very important in your overall health and if you are lacking in sleep, you will not be able to function properly and worse, it can affect your overall health negatively.

Lastly, coffee can actually raise your cholesterol levels due to the different ingredients that are found in it. If you are trying to maintain your cholesterol level, you should definitely limit your coffee to at most, 2 cups a day. Also, you should only drink high quality coffee that have been filtered properly.

Now, the good bits about coffee.

Drinking coffee is a good way to start your day as it provides a boost to your mental and physical abilities and this will allow you to work very efficiently. Baing able to work efficiently will only result in good things for you, be it in work or if you are a student, at school. Even if you are a stay at home mom or dad, coffee will allow you to concentrate and focus on what you need to do and do it in an efficient manner.

However, the best parts about drinking coffee is all about the improvement in your health as well as lowering the probabilities of several health conditions from manifesting.

Coffee can actually reduce the chances of some cancers as well as some mental health disorders such as Alzheimer’s, dementia and Parkinson’s. It also reduces the chance of type II diabetes as it makes you less sensitive to insulin.

Another benefit of drinking coffee regularly is in helping you control or lose weight. Caffeine is well known to be diet friendly as it helps reduce your appetite so you don’t have to eat as much and it also improves your metabolism.

So, is it good or bad?

Well, the obvious conclusion to be had when you read all of the above is that it is both good and bad for you. It’s up to you to decide if the positives outweigh the negative or vice versa. One thing though, if you drink coffee regularly, you should do so in moderation because too much of something will always end up being bad for you.

Leaky Gut Syndrome – What you need to know

What exactly is leaky gut syndrome? It is a disorder that is very common but very little is actually known about it. Having leaky gut syndrome means that your intestine is inflamed and irritated. This inflammation and irritation causes foreign objects to enter the bloodstream. Having these substances in the bloodstream is very bad and this results in different illnesses and health problems.

The gut is a very important part of our immune system and making sure that it is in good health will prevent you from having health problems, minor and major. A healthy gut will be able to filter everything that we eat and only absorb those that are essential and discard the detrimental ones. If you have leaky gut, the intestine will not be able to perform its intended function and this can result in auto immune disorders.

Symptoms of Leaky Gut

There are various symptoms when you suspect that you have leaky gut. Some are very minor while some are serious illnesses that need to be addressed immediately. Most of these symptoms are very inconvenient to have because they will always return and will never be rid off entirely until your gut is back at its optimal health.

Since we are dealing with the gut, some of the more common symptoms that you will encounter are those that affect your digestive tract. Persistent constipation, diarrhea, gassing, pain in the abdominal area, bloating, food intolerance and sensitivities.

Other symptoms such as sleep deprivation, insomnia, brain fog, fuzzy or loss of memory, anxiety, depression, extreme highs and lows of mood and fatigue are also very common when you are dealing with a leaky gut. Skin problems can also be caused by a leaky gut. All of these can be considered the minor symptoms that you can experience with the disorder. Important to note though is that, not everyone will experience the same set of symptoms.

Some of the major symptoms that you can experience with a leaky gut are auto immune diseases like psoriasis, celiac, Crohn’s and arthritis. This happens when your leaky gut is not controlled as soon as possible. What happens is that the auto immune system of your body has been compromised and is now in a state of confusion. It attacks the healthy parts of the body instead of protecting it because it is worked to the extreme due to the endless supply of foreign objects or substances that enter the bloodstream.

Treatment Options

The treatment options for leaky gut syndrome comes down to making dietary changes as well as lifestyle changes. Unfortunately, there are no prescription drugs that can heal leaky gut instantly and this can either be a good thing or bad thing depending on how you look at it. It can be good because it will force you to adapt a healthy lifestyle and diet but it can also be bad because you will have to endure for as long as the gut returns to its optimal health.

The treatment for leaky gut follows a holistic or alternative approach and it starts with your diet.

Diet

The most obvious culprit as to why you may have leaky gut in the first place is the food that you eat. Your food makes its way to the intestines and if you eat a lot of foods that cause irritation and inflammation to the gut, you need to make changes immediately. Foods that are known to cause problems to the intestinal walls are those that are processed to the point where there is minimal nurtitional content remaining. So basically, junk foods and processed foods are a big no-no when it comes to your diet. These can irritate the intestinal walls and if you continue eating them regularly, you will only further the damage already done.

Foods that contain a huge amount of sugar should be eaten sparingly as sugar, when taken in at a huge amount, is very bad to the intestinal flora. Sugar is the primary food source of yeast and an overgrowth of yeast in the gut will result in more problems such as Candidiasis.

Supplements

Dietary supplements play a big role in the healing of your gut. There are a few that you need to be taking regularly to help regulate the gut and keep it healthy.

Probiotics help in maintaining the balance of bacteria in the gut. The gut hosts a number of good and bad bacteria. The bad bacteria are essential but it should never outgrow the good bacteria and this is where probiotics play a part.

Fiber is essential in maintaining a healthy bowel movement. It allows the waste that would otherwise accumulate in the intestine to be flushed out of the body immediately. Getting rid of waste products as soon as possible is optimal.

Cod liver oil contains omega 3 fatty acids and vitamins A and D. These are all great for improving the immune system.

Digestive enzymes will help you digest food faster and minimize the number of potential foreign objects in the bloodstream.

Lifestyle

Having a stressful lifestyle can take a toll on your body’s health. If you are always stressed out by work, relationship, school, kids or some other reason, your body may react in a negative fashion. And with this, the different organs of the body may become inefficient in doing what they are supposed to be doing and this can lead to health problems, one of which is having a leaky gut.

Relaxing and reducing the amount of stress is easier said than done but if you want to heal the gut completely, you will need to find ways to do so. Some examples that I can think of are getting the required amount of sleep and if this requires that you take some time off from some activities that are not really important, then so be it. Other ways to reduce stress is to drink green tea regularly.

Welcome Readers!

Hello and welcome to Voodoo Spotlight. In here, I will be writing about the different home remedies and alternative treatments that can be very helpful in improving your health and well being without relying on pharmaceutical drugs and other invasive and expensive methods. This is also a blog about different health topics and pretty much anything that has to do with improving your health and well being.