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Resveratrol Skin Care – Will it Help Wrinkles?

Resveratrol has hit the market place with a vengeance. Favorable publicity, celebrity endorsements and promotion on top of television shows is mostly responsible for this excitement.

Resveratrol skin care products are beginning to debut in the marketplace. After all if taking resveratrol capsules internally are working to create longevity, using resveratrol on one’s skin could have amazing wrinkle reducing effects.

Resveratrol became popular when the eating habits of the French people were reviewed. Their diet high in saturated fats and calories seemed to have little influence in causing heart ailments. Their daily red wine intake was examined and the ingredient resveratrol has been dubbed the reason for this low heart disease incident rate.

There are many testimonials online about resveratrol skin care products. There are many claims of eliminating moles, skin lesions and reducing wrinkles which have been shared on several online sites advertising skin cremes with resveratrol. Most of the people said that daily use for several months created these success stories.

Generally speaking most of these skin care products that include resveratrol also have co enzyme 10, alpha lipoic acid, and many vitamins and minerals. These vitamins create a synergy that helps get rid of wrinkles and age spots.

There are several sites that offer these skin care products with resveratrol. They are generally priced in the range of most boutique cremes. There have been no reported side effects from using these cremes. Trying one of these formulas could possibly improve your skin’s tone and texture and even lessening some wrinkles. Resveratrol skin care can possibly be the cure for aging skin.

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How to Keep a Sharp Mind – Tips and Foods to Help

If you want to know how to keep a sharp mind there are a few tips you can use. Experts advocate learning new skills throughout your life.

Research shows life long learners are constantly creating new neural pathways in their brains. This helps them retain their memories and teaches them to connect things that seem to be unconnected.

It doesn’t matter so much what you learn. The act of learning is the thing. So, take up language lessons, dance classes or knitting but learn new skills. It trains your brain. And, it keeps your mind sharp.

Drink coffee. Many studies show that coffee drinkers have sharper minds as they get older. The studies are inconclusive, but there’s early evidence coffee may protect against Alzheimer’s.

Eat more fruits and vegetables and fish. Foods with omega 3 fatty acids are essential for your brain. Omega 3’s include DHA and EPA which are building blocks for your brain and keep your mood positive.

Most Westerners are deficient in omega 3’s because of our diets of heavily processed foods. Plus, many fruits and vegetables are rich sources of antioxidants. Blueberries, acai berries, leafy green vegetables are all filled with free radical fighting antioxidants. These will keep your mind sharp by slowing down the aging of your cells.

Research shows omega 3’s also slow down DNA aging. A 6 month study at the University of California found participants who got moderate to high amounts of omega 3’s in their diets actually aged at a slower rate than the participants who didn’t get these nutrients.

Fish are one of the best resources for these fatty acids. They have 30% of the DHA and EPA you need. Fatty fish like tuna, hoki, sardines and salmon are often recommended by nutritionists and doctors alike. Fish are called “brain food” for a reason!

Choose wild caught fish from Pacific or Alaskan waters as fish from the Atlantic have been found with high levels of mercury and other pollutants.

Fish oil supplements are a convenient way to get the omega 3 fatty acids you need to keep a sharp mind. They can be purified so you’re getting only the best and cleanest fish oil. Look for supplements with high levels of DHA and EPA and that have been molecularly distilled.

If you’re interested in learning more about how omega 3 fish oil can help you keep a sharp mind, please visit my website, where I share what products I have personally been using daily for several years.

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Get Rid of Your Man Breasts – The Perfect Chest Work Out and Other Tips For Losing Man Boobs

It’s not easy living with breasts if you’re a man. My own condition was so severe that even though I wore a shirt, my man boobs were prominent underneath! Millions of men suffer from it, but it didn’t make it any less embarrassing for me. However, after looking into man boobs or gynecomastia some more, I found that the root cause was actually an imbalance of estrogen and testosterone in the body.

Which lead me to the next question how do I get rid of them?

In my research I found that diet and exercise were the two answers to my question. I didn’t want to undergo expensive surgery or resort to wearing a man bra. A healthy diet avoiding estrogen rich foods such as dairy and meat and eating foods high in testosterone such as broccoli, beans and garlic really helped me. Next came exercise; overall weight loss helped diminish the size of my breasts whereas doing specific chest work out exercises helped tone the area and eliminate the rest of my breasts.

The following are a few that I used personally.

Push Ups – These are a great way to reduce chest fat and get your chest flat and firm.

Bench Press – Start with a weight that you can easily do 6-8 reps with. Then do 2 sets of these 3 times a week, or every other day. Add more weight as you feel comfortable.

Incline Flyes – these help to tone up your pectoral muscles, the muscles behind the chest. You need an inclined bench and free weights.

Curls or Dumbbell Raises – these are both good in getting rid of male breasts.

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2 Ancient Methods Combined Together Make A Modern 2 Minute Stress Relief Technique

When Christopher Columbus arrived in the new world and landed on his rowboat…the natives could not see his ship out at sea!

Their familiarity with their environment and the ocean in particular was such that they couldn’t perceive the ship (something they had never even imagined before). An elder medicine man that had the flexibility of perception had to describe the ship to his fellow tribesmen before they could see it.

This same familiarity applies to how we perceive our breathing.

To the ancient Indian system of Yoga, breathing is considered to be so important that before any task a yogi first prepares his/her breathing. Proper breath control is considered the key to healthy living. In fact, learning to do proper diaphragmatic breathing has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety permanently.

Our breathing is something that we have become so familiar with that we are almost completely unaware of its effects. Consider this, our breath bridges our conscious and unconscious i.e. unconsciously we are always breathing and at any time we can consciously focus on our breathing.

This is important to remember because all our emotional states are reflected in our breathing. If we are stressed our breathing tends to be shallow and focused in our upper lungs. In fact jerky breathing itself will actually increase anxiety and stress. While when we are relaxed we tend to breathe fully into our belly. Knowing this you can observe yourself and know when its time to consciously take control of your breathing to control your stress.

Practicing belly breathing (diaphragmatic breathing) can be extremely beneficial and can be done anytime. Just follow this simple method…

Sit or stand with your back straight, put your hand on your belly and breath in a slow and deep pattern. Don’t try to overfill the lungs or empty them – just breath softly but fully – expanding your belly on the inhale and contracting on the exhale. Keep your attention focused on your breathing. You will find that your mind will tend to drift. That is normal. Simply return your attention to your breath when you notice you got distracted. Allow the relaxation from this breathing pattern to spread through your body and just enjoy yourself.

This next one may come as a surprise to you…stress can cause the blood to drain from your forehead! This seriously diminishes your thinking ability.

This is a natural biological response to remove blood from your brain to your body so you can fight or run (the famous fight or flee mechanism). This is perfectly fine for when we roamed the plains but in modern day living we don’t need to fight at work or run away from it. We have to learn to not only cope but to excel.

Fortunately there are two points on your forehead, that in the ancient Chinese system of Acupuncture are called the ‘neuro-vasculars’. If you hold these points lightly, with a little deep breathing, they will bring the blood back into your brain!

These points are located about one inch above the center of your eyebrows. To make sure you got it, put the palm of your right hand on your right sight of your forehead so that the ‘ball’ of your forehead is in the center of your palm. Same for the left side. Breathe deeply while holding lightly.

The 2-minute stress relief technique is simple.

When you feel stressed, angry, nervous, under pressure etc. Sit down with your back straight and feet flat on the floor. Hold your neuro-vascular points while doing diaphragmatic breathing. In 2 minutes, you will feel more relaxed and clear headed.

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A Muscle Diet Designed To Make Muscle

A lot of thought needs to go into producing a muscle diet designed to make muscle, we are going to address the main requirements in order for you to easily understand.

When we ingest food into our bodies it is broken down into fuel, which is used to sustain life and all of our energy requiring activities. There is a base level of calories required to maintain body weight and this figure can be calculated by multiplying your body weight in pounds by 15. So as an example for a 200lb man, the base calorie rate would be 3000 calories i.e. 200 x 15 = 3000. In your muscle diet in order to make muscle your calorie intake needs to be greater than your calorie expenditure.

The most important nutrient in your muscle diet is protein. Protein is the building block muscle consisting of a full range of essential and non-essential amino acids. Amino acids are the muscle repair agents, which are vitally important after your workouts. When undertaking weight training it is important to increase your protein intake to make muscle. Scientific research suggests that your protein intake should be in the region of 1 gram for every 1lb of body weight, when consumed at these levels you will ensure adequate supply of amino acids to support muscle repair.

The next most important nutrient is carbohydrate, which should form up to 50 to 55% of your muscle diet. There are two main forms of carbohydrates simple and complex basically bad and good. Forget and avoid simple carbohydrates they are worthless and are in abundance in sweets, cakes, sugar coated cereals and biscuits. Always opt for complex slow release carbohydrates as found in brown rice, brown pasta, wholemeal bread, fruit and vegetables like broccoli.

The third most important supplement in your muscle diet and which is essential to make muscle is fat. Fat should form no more 15% of your daily diet. It has been scientifically proven that good quality fats in your muscle diet have a positive effect on testosterone production, which is the main hormone responsible for building muscle. Good sources of fat include nuts particularly almonds, virgin olive oil, oily fish particularly salmon and mackerel and flax seed.

There you have it, incorporate high protein, complex carbohydrates and good sources of fat in your muscle diet to make muscle.

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Hardgainer Routine

Of the millions of people that workout at their local gym everyday, a good percentage of them are hardgainers. Hardgainers are people who have more difficulty than others adding strength and muscle mass. It has nothing to do with how often or hard they workout, it is simply their body type that holds them back.

The reason their body type is holding them back is because they are not adjusting their workout routine. If a hardgainer copies the workout routine from one of their jacked friends who gains muscle and weight easily, this is going to be counterproductive. Since a hardgainer’s muscles recover slower than other people’s, copying this type of person’s weight room habits only hurts them. They actually will become weaker since they are working out when their muscles are tired and not fully recovered. This also makes them more susceptible to injury and illness.

Another place to avoid going for training tips and programs is muscle magazines. These magazines are also intended for people who don’t struggle to put on muscle mass. When hardgainers copy these plans, they overtrain and have no chance to gain much strength and muscle. That is why so many hardgainers stop working out.

The world is filled with a lot more hardgainers than you see struggling at the gym. Ninety-nine percent of these hardgainers don’t know why they can’t add muscle and weight to their frames. The key is working out for a shorter period of time and less often during the week. Three to four hours a week is all you need. This gives your muscles ample time to recover which will allow you to reap the rewards you have always been after.

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Makeup Tips For Women Over 30

Women over the age of 30 have their own unique challenges when it comes to make up and I am looking to address the following:

-What colors are right for me (ex. how do women pick the right

shades that compliment their eyes and skin tone)?

-Am I too old to wear trendy shades?

-How do I apply eyeshadow, blush, foundation etc.

-What are the key tools necessary to get the best evening look?

-Solutions for common mistakes women over 30 make.

-Are there any rules that women in their 30s, 40s, 50s+ should be

following?”

I have been in the industry for over 14 years, and I get these questions all the time. The main thing to remember is that makeup should be fun–it is what you make it! Do not look to others for rules…if it feels good to you and makes you feel good about yourself, that is what’s important.

-What rules do you use for women over 40?

I really dislike it when people who tell women over 40 “don’t wear shimmer!!” It’s hogwash. Of course women over 40 can wear shimmer. Just don’t overdo it–make sure the product is finely milled and is very high quality. Shimmer actually makes the skin look fresh and dewey, which is exactly what skin over 40 needs!!! It’s all about choosing a product that is right for you–not about adhering to “rules”. Don’t buy the cheap stuff–it will look like glitter, and that’s not cute. A Radiance Booster is a perfect example. It gives a golden glow to the skin without looking like you have anything on.

-What Colors Are Right For Me? Am I too old to wear trendy shades?

This is my most asked question. I give the same answer every time: what colors do you like? What colors are you passionate about? This is your starting point. Never wear something because someone tells you to. You need to be comfortable in it. If it is a color you are passionate about, and that you love, it will work–I guarantee. So, put away the “rules” about eye colors and what colors work best for whom. Let’s make makeup work for you by using colors that you like, that you are comfortable in–even if it’s blue!!! The key is to not overdo it. If you like blue, use a small amount as an eyeliner, not all over the eye. Or, use it as an accenting color. Be subtle, not brash (unless that’s the look you’re going for!!!)

-How do I apply eyeshadow, blush, foundation etc?

Keep it simple: Always use a base for the eyes. It brightens the eyes and gives longer life to your products. Then, take a bone or nude color all over the eyes. Take a darker color like brown or a shimmery dark color and blend it on the bottom half of the eye. The key is to blend makeup, don’t just place it on the skin. Blending it (applying a back and forth motion) makes it last longer, and look better. Then apply eyeliner and mascara, and that is a simple, glamorous look that is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

-Blush is simple: use a very small amount on the front of the cheek, and blend it out.

-Foundation: always use moisturizer first…then, apply a powder foundation. It will even out the skin tone, eradicate redness, while feeling like you have nothing on. Foundation should be a tad lighter than your skin tone. Dark foundation will age you, so when in doubt, go a little lighter, and you can always change the tone or color with bronzer.

-What are the key tools necessary to get the best evening look?

Honestly, women have been raving Radiance boosters. It is an all-in-one product for eyes, lips, and face. It adds glamour and glow without looking like you have anything on. You simply dust it over your face with a brush, and you will take ten years off your face! It’s luxurious, glamorous and simple!

-Solutions for common mistakes women over 30 make?

I think women are nervous with makeup after the age of 30. They lose their sense of adventure, and decide to go safe. This is fine, but remember: makeup is supposed to be fun-to accentuate who you are!!! I think the biggest mistake is that women over 30 and 40 go into “neutral” mode. Meaning, they only buy neutral colors. Some solutions to this are to buy a shimmery steel grey. This color looks good on ANYONE! Or a shimmery Bronze. Again, you can’t go wrong with this color, and it will add some adventure to your makeup wardrobe!

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Infertility Yoga

Infertility yoga can be a significant way of fighting infertility problem. It works both on relaxing your mind and body as well as on enhancing the reproductive capability. Yoga is an ancient method practiced for physical and mental well being and can be a powerful way of commiserating infertility and sexual problems.

Yoga brings a wonderful physical and mental synchronization relaxing both simultaneously. It works significantly on women who have blocked fallopian tubes, hormonal imbalances or other fertility problems. It also helps the aspiring mother to prepare psychologically for conception by relieving mental stresses.

The positions and exercises performed in infertility yoga may seem to be suitable only for women, which is not true as it can be performed by both partners and it would be rather better if both the partners are involved with the exercises jointly. The exercises are done mainly on the hips and pelvis area focusing the mind and the body by releasing all the tensions and relaxing throughout the exercise. The yoga also enhances the blood flow as well as maintains balance in the hormones.

Infertility yoga leaves a wonderful effect on hypothalamus and pituitary gland hormones by the increments of oxygen and blood flow to the brain where these two hormone glands are located. The improvement in the functions of these two glands is essential to enhance the fertility and the infertility yoga focuses on it.

Many couples remain confused whether they would be able to practice yoga exercises as they don’t have any prior experience. But you don’t necessarily need to be a yogi to do infertility yoga. But these positions imply very simple methods and you don’t have to do anything beyond your limit. You will feel the flexibility as you go further practicing it.

The total expenditure involved in the infertility yoga practice might be another concern. I would recommend you to purchase a DVD that explains how to do the yoga positions, but apart from that, there’s not much else you need to do. All you need is practicing it on a mat or rug, a quiet environment, and comfortable cloths while you practice. Yoga DVDs with detailed ‘how to do it techniques’ and with relaxing music are available in the market.

The primary aspect of yoga is breathing and it provides relaxation and improves the flow of oxygen into the body. Hence while practising yoga it is important that you breathe more intensely and gradually, and upholds the rhythm during the exercise as much as you can. It is important that you meditate yourself and focus on your whole body forgetting all tensions and relaxing especially your anus and the reproductive area.

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Hair Loss – 5 Natural Ways of Preventing Hair Loss

If you are one of those men who have a foreboding feeling that you would soon be bald (because your father or grandfather was bald), perhaps it would be helpful for you to know that there are ways to prevent possible hair loss. It really pays to do the necessary preventive measures now rather than wait for the baldness to begin.

Here are some of the most natural ways of preventing hair loss:

1. Eat Foods That Are Rich In Sulfur

Sulfur is an element that is mainly found on nails and skin. This beauty mineral is able to promote hair growth because it improves the circulation of blood and it also has the capacity to decrease inflammation. Foods that are rich in sulfur are protein-rich foods such as meat, fish, eggs, nuts, legumes, vegetables (most especially onions). It has also been observed that sulfur creams greatly increase the chances of growing back lost hair.

2. Try The So-Called Indian Head Massage

This treatment dates as far back as 4,000 years ago and Indians are still practicing it. This massage is done to combat poor blood circulation, hypertension, and even some serious illnesses. Men and women from India would regularly have this massage as part of their health and grooming regimen. The massage oil that is used contains either of these vegetable oils – almond, olive, coconut, or sesame. Most local Indian barbers give this type of massage to male clients after a hair cut to promote hair growth and general well-being.

3. Eat Foods That Are Abundant In Vitamins And Minerals

The vitamins that are often associated with hair growth are: Vitamin A (has antioxidants to reduce oil in scalp); Vitamin C (also has antioxidants that keep hair and skin healthy); Vitamin E (enhances blood circulation on the scalp); Inositol (maintains healthy hair follicles); Biotin (helps in producing Keratin which is essential in preventing hair loss); Vitamin B3 (enhances circulation on scalp); Vitamin B5 (necessary in preventing hair loss and graying of hair); Vitamin B6 (aids in the creation of melanin which produces natural hair color and also prevents losing hair); and Vitamin B12 which makes skin and hair healthy.

4. There Is Also A Chinese Beverage That Is Believed To Cure Hair Loss – The Detox Tea

Chinese people believe that when the kidneys are detoxified, having healthy hair would also follow. This may be true as kidneys aid in good blood circulation. It is advisable to drink a cup of this tea for at least 3 times each (for about 7-10 days). After the 10-day period, only a cup is necessary to maintain healthy kidneys (and hair!). The ingredients are the following and they need to be boiled in a non-aluminum aluminum pot:

– 1/2 tbsp. of burdock root

– 1/2 tbsp. dandelion root

– 1/2 tsp. licorice

– 1 1/2 cups purified water

5. Aromatherapy Is Now More Than Just A Form Of Relaxation

It is believed that it can also stimulate well-being and hair growth. A hair oil solution has the following ingredients:

– 3 drops each of the essential oils of lavender, thyme, rosemary and cedarwood

– 1/8 cup of jojoba oil

– 1/8 cup of grapeseed oil

Constant use of this mixture resulted into 44% of hair growth among some individuals that submitted themselves for a certain hair loss study.

The following treatments and practices are all-natural and are found to have no side effects. ‘No need to wait for your hair to start falling – act on it now’.

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Realistic Holiday Fitness – Six Quick Tips to Keep Fit

Everyone worries about fitness during the holiday season. The first thing that happens is that you find yourself partying more often. That really throws you off your normal eating habits. You end up eating more and consuming more calories. It is usually not fruits and veggies that you are consuming!

The second thing about this season is that schedules are always different for everyone. Workplaces have a reduced staff owing to holiday travel. Depending on the business, it might be quieter as deadlines are shoved away into January to permit a full quorum of workplace staff to complete assignment.

The third aspect to consider around the holidays is that family members are also on holiday schedule. Children are now at home looking for activities. Spouses might have more free time away from their workplace as well. They may request a shopping trip or time together to take care of holiday activities.

So how do you keep fitness in your life and stop worrying about being out of shape by January?

The first thing to do is to stop worrying and enjoy the down time. Worrying will actually increase your stress level. That is not something you need at this time. Instead, choose to relax and take it in stride. The holidays only last a couple of weeks. You might be a few pounds more than usual. However, you can do something about it come January.

In January, you can hire a personal trainer to get you back on keel. Book a few sessions to streamline your efforts back to fitness. That will be all you will probably need. A personal trainer’s job is to make sure your strategy is targeted and efficient. This way, you won’t be guessing your way back to health. You will waste less time with a trainer in the loop.

Find a trainer that doesn’t have a cookie cutter program. Make sure the trainer is interested in “personal” training and takes the individual’s interest and inclinations into account when writing up the program.

Mobile personal training is the current wave. Why not give it a try? You don’t have to leave the comfort of your home and go to a gym. Instead the trainer comes to you. The motivation of having a trainer come to you is incredible. You will have no more excuses. You will become fit. There is no “if I have the time” in the loop to consider.

Relax during the holidays. If you do find some time before everyone else gets up, put in some time doing the following short exercises:

1. Jump rope for as long as you can. You can easily carry a jump rope with you, even if you travel far for the holidays. Make sure you have a soft surface to jump on such as carpet. Wear athletic shoes to avoid knee impact. Stop and start as much as you want. Make it last 10 minutes. This is a great cardio workout that you can easily do anywhere.

2. Do about 15 to 20 push ups. Take a 30 second break. Do 15 to 20 more.

3. Do about 200 crunches.

4. Include as much vegetables and fruits as you can along with all the holiday eating. Apples are great as snacks.

5. Try to get some fresh air. Being indoors on holidays for the whole stretch deprives your body of much needed oxygen and can lead to crankiness!

6. Enjoy your holidays. Don’t get worked up about being away from your fitness routine. Remember holidays only come once a year and you should enjoy them!

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