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5 Tips On How To Apply Makeup In The Evening

The following article will help you discover how to apply makeup in the evening. Applying makeup in the evening is different to applying makeup for the daytime. With evening makeup you can have a more dramatic look so you don’t get lost amongst the candlelight.

Your face can speak a thousand words, if you dress it right. The next time you are getting ready for an evening function, here are some top tips on how to apply your makeup to suit an evening function:

1. Make sure you use your eyeliner correctly. Eyeliner is much easier when using a pencil. Choose the right pencil shade for your and make sure it is sharp. Make sure the tip of the pencil is a smooth and pointy finish to make it easier to apply. Keep the skin tight and hold the eyeliner with a steady hand and start from the outside corner of the eye following the lash line. Don’t go on the eyelid too much follow the eyelash hair. Remember you can always add more so start with a small sharp line and add more later if you wish. Once you have finished put on lots of mascara on the eyelashes. If you use false eyelashes, add these at the end of application.

2. Choose the right eyeshadow color. Decide whether you suit cool shades such as light blue, light pink or yellow or dark shades such as brown, deep blue, red. Choose a color that suits your skin type and clothing. A hot shade and trend for eyeshadow is purple. If you are not that bold, you can settle for shades of pink, brown or beige depending on your skin tone. Metallic colors like gold and silver are also perfect for evenings.

3. Another great trend for the evening is a smoky eye. To achieve a smokey eye look you can use any color shade. The rule is to start with the deepest shade on the eyelid till the crease and gradually go lighter as you go up your eye crease. Use the brightest shade of the same color on the inner eye corner in shape of a question mark. The darkest color also goes below your lower eyelashes.

4. Keep the lip color simple. If you decide to have dramatic eyes make sure your lips are soft and vice versa. Be sure to choose a color that suits your eyeshadow and clothing. You can mix shades of gloss or lipstick to get your desired shade. Apply lip liner first, followed by lipstick, followed by lip gloss to ensure your lip color lasts all night!

5. Dramatic eyebrow is another makeup tip for the evening. High fashion designers such as Nina Ricci and Prada are embracing a dramatic eyebrow look. The rest of the foundation is kept nude with a bit of concealer and shimmer to the cheeks. Your eyebrows should be 2 shades darker than your hair color. Use a brow pencil to contour your eyebrows.

The rule of dramatic eye makeup is that you keep the other part of your face neutral. Use a lipstick that is as close to your natural lip color as possible. A slight touch of blush on the cheeks and you are ready for your evening function.

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High School Wrestling: Diet and Supplements

The nutritional plan that a wrestler follows can be a factor in his performance. Different foods supply different nutrients to our bodies. Although food is the most important element in your nutritional plan, supplements can also be a beneficial addition. Some wrestlers desire to lose weight. Some wrestlers do not need to lose weight. Regardless of whether or not a wrestler needs to lose weight, all wrestlers want to be strong and have sufficient energy.

Protein (4 calories per gram)

The body uses protein to perform many functions. I believe most of you know that one of protein’s main functions is building and repairing body tissues (e.g. muscle tissue). Proteins are composed of amino acids. Essential amino acids are amino acids that the body cannot make and must be provided by one’s diet. A complete protein supplies all of the essential amino acids. Most complete proteins come from animal sources. We are talking about meat, fish, fowl, milk, cheese, and eggs. Why is protein important for a wrestler? Wrestling is strenuous and can be catabolic (i.e. break down muscle tissue).

How much protein do you need? Some studies have suggested that athletes require more protein than a sedentary person does. Your diet should get about 25% of its calories from protein.

Good Sources of Protein:

  • lean beef
  • boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • lean pork
  • fish without breading
  • turkey
  • milk
  • yogurt
  • cheese
  • cottage cheese
  • eggs

An Interesting Fact about Cottage Cheese:

Cottage cheese contains a large amount of the milk protein called casein. In fact, cottage cheese is almost 100% unadulterated casein. Casein digests slowly in the body. Casein supplies a slow trickle of amino acids after being ingested. Therefore, if you eat some cottage cheese before bed you can receive a slow trickle of amino acids (i.e. protein) into your body throughout the night that could be anti-catabolic (i.e. prevent the breakdown of muscle tissue) while muscle tissue is being repaired during sleep.

Regarding Eggs:

Eggs have a Biological Value (BV) of 100. Our bodies utilize the protein contained in eggs very well. Even egg whites have a BV of 88. I don’t recommend eating only egg whites even if they are lower in fat and calories. I think nature made eggs to be eaten with the yolk and white as a package. A large whole egg contains about six grams of protein. Eggs are nutrient dense. If you’re concerned about calories, you can poach eggs or fry them in a non-stick pan. There are liquid egg white products if you prefer. Remember that it’s probably not a good idea to eat raw eggs like Rocky Balboa.

Regarding Beans:

Beans are interesting because they can be a good source of protein and carbohydrates. Beans also supply fiber that can help you feel full if you are trying to diet. Beans and rice are a popular combination for supplying a meal that includes all or close to all of the essential amino acids. Some experts consider the combination of beans and rice to be a complete protein.

A guy named Tim Ferriss advocates something he calls a “slow-carb” diet for weight loss. Beans and legumes are an important part of this diet plan. For example, one meal might consist of beef, pinto beans, and mixed vegetables. Another meal might consist of eggs, black beans, and mixed vegetables. The diet doesn’t include carbohydrates like breads, cereals, and fruits so it’s not really a good diet for a wrestler. I just thought it was interesting as a weight loss option and because of its reliance on beans and legumes.

Carbohydrates (4 calories per gram)

Carbohydrates are the body’s preferred source of fuel. In other words, carbohydrates provide you with energy. Wrestling practice and competition obviously require a lot of energy. Therefore, make sure to include plenty of carbohydrates in your diet. Carbohydrates get broken down into glucose and other sugars. Glucose is your brain’s preferred fuel source. Much of this glucose gets stored in your muscles in the form of glycogen. Glycogen is then used as a source of energy. Your diet should derive about 60% of its calories from carbohydrates. There are complex carbohydrates like breads and cereals and simple carbohydrates like fruit. Educate yourself.

Good Sources of Carbohydrates:

  • breads
  • bagels
  • muffins
  • pancakes
  • cereals
  • rice
  • pasta
  • potatoes
  • sweet potatoes
  • fruits
  • vegetables

When I wrestled in high school, I ate a lot of carbohydrates. For instance, I actually ate a lot of rice cakes. I figured I could eat five rice cakes for about the same number of calories in one can of soda. I know you probably think they taste like Styrofoam but I became used to them. I also ate many potatoes without butter, salt, or any other condiments. I ate many bowls of plain oatmeal. I became accustomed to eating a simple diet. Of course, I still had a Pop-Tart or candy bar occasionally.

In Regards to Fruits and Vegetables:

Why eat a candy bar when you could eat two large apples for about the same number of calories? That was my thinking back in high school when I was dieting for wrestling. Fruits and vegetables are often fat free, low in calories, high in water content, high in fiber, and rich in nutrients like antioxidants. I ate many servings of green beans back then. I had an apple or two almost every day. I could eat a large amount of food for a small amount of calories.

Fat (9 calories per gram)

Fats provide twice the number of calories per gram as proteins and carbohydrates. Therefore, you don’t want to consume too much fat. However, you should not eliminate fat entirely from your diet. Your diet should derive about 15% of it’s calories from fats. Fats do many important things in our bodies. Fats build healthy cell membranes. Fats help to make hormones like testosterone. Your brain is approximately sixty percent fat. Some fats can help make your skin smooth and healthy. Moreover, fat cushions your body organs.

You’ve probably heard about the many types of fats such as saturated, polyunsaturated, monounsaturated, hydrogenated, and trans fats. Dr. Eric Serrano believes that saturated, polyunsaturated, and monounsaturated fats are all important. However, he recommends avoiding hydrogenated fats altogether. You may want to research fats and essential fatty acids. You may also want to perform an online search for Dr. Eric Serrano, Udo Erasmus, Dr. Bill Sears, and Dr. Joseph Mercola in regards to healthy fats.

Some Good Sources of Fat to Consider:

  • extra virgin olive oil
  • flax oil
  • fish oil
  • cod liver oil
  • peanut butter
  • nuts
  • virgin coconut oil
  • avocados

Don’t be afraid to eat whole eggs, lean red meat, salmon, tuna, and even a bit of butter occasionally. Coconut oil is a saturated fat. However, if you do some research regarding virgin coconut oil you will find out it that it has many potential health benefits. In addition, remember to limit or avoid hydrogenated fats and trans fats.

I was advised at a wrestling camp to try to eat a diet of about 80% healthy food and 20% unhealthy food during wrestling season. I guess they figured nobody could eat healthy 100% of the time. That may be sound advice.

In the book Blood in the Cage, author L. Jon Wertheim writes about Pat Miletich, a former wrestler and former UFC champion. Pat and most of his fighters follow something called Miletich’s “fighter’s diet” when a competition is drawing near. This diet consists mainly of oatmeal, eggs, and skinless, boneless chicken.

Fast Food Tips:

  • Have water or milk instead of pop
  • Have grilled chicken in sandwiches and soft shell tacos
  • Have grilled chicken breast, lean roast beef, and lean ham on sub sandwiches
  • Have a garden salad with minimal dressing
  • Have a baked potato without butter, sour cream, or cheese
  • Have a small hamburger without cheese, bacon, or mayonnaise
  • Avoid deep-fried, breaded, and batter-dipped foods

Keep in mind:

  • One pound equals approximately 3,500 calories
  • If you cut 500 calories a day from your diet you will lose approximately one pound per week
  • A simple way to determine the number of calories you need to eat per day to lose weight is to take your current bodyweight times 10 (e.g. 150 X 10 = 1,500 calories)
  • A simple way to determine the number of calories you need to eat per day to maintain weight is to take your current bodyweight times 15 (e.g. 130 X 15 = 1,950 calories)
  • A calorie-counting book and a food scale may be helpful; read nutrition labels
  • Try to avoid empty calories like you find in soda pop and candy
  • Keep your pre-competition meal light and carbohydrate based

I don’t recommend cutting weight or starving. You need food to fuel your body. In addition, drink plenty of fluids so that do not become dehydrated. If you choose to lose weight, do it slowly and carefully. You don’t want to lose muscle tissue and strength. In addition, you need energy for hard practices.

If you are Vegetarian or Vegan:

Strength coach Mike Mahler is a vegan (i.e. eats no animal products whatsoever) and yet he is big and strong. Some staples in his diet include nuts, seeds, peanut butter, almond butter, beans, lentils, vegetables, coconut milk, healthy fats like olive oil, and rice protein powder.

Pre-Competition Meal:

As far as your pre-competition meal goes, keep it familiar. That is not a time to try new foods. Keep it light and carbohydrate based so you have energy. A heavier meal with more fat will be slower to digest. On the other hand, your pre-competition meal should be something that you enjoy. I think I read somewhere that boxer Sugar Ray Leonard liked to have a cheeseburger before a big fight. I wouldn’t recommend that, but it seemed to work fine for him. Olympic champion speed skater Bonnie Blair’s pre-race meal was always a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I had a friend in high school that had one of his highest scoring basketball games after a meal of several bowls of chili. Personally, I always liked to have pancakes before a competition. For some people that would probably sit too heavy in their stomach. I liked to have jelly sandwiches and Pop-Tarts at wrestling tournaments if I needed something between matches. Find what works for you.

Supplements to Consider:

  • Multivitamin – to cover anything you might miss in your diet
  • Meal Replacement Products (MRPs) – shakes like Myoplex and Met-Rx provide protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals if you don’t have time to eat a meal
  • Whey protein – whey protein is absorbed quickly by the body and is ideal for a post workout shake
  • Glutamine – may help you maintain muscle if dieting; improves immune function
  • Creatine monohydrate – supplies energy to your muscles; make sure you stay hydrated if you use this supplement
  • Branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) – may help with recovery and repair
  • Inosine – may give you greater endurance by supporting the regeneration of ATP
  • HMB – may help slow the breakdown of muscle tissue (i.e. anti-catabolic)
  • Beta-alanine – may help improve your work capacity via it’s ability to buffer lactic acid
  • Caffeine – can increase energy and alertness

You probably don’t need to supplement at all. Eat a healthy diet with a variety of foods and stay hydrated. That will do more for you than any supplement ever can. In addition, supplements can be costly. Moreover, some supplements work for one wrestler and not for another. Therefore, if you choose to use supplements be cautious and be careful. Do some research about the potential benefits and dangers of any supplement before using it.

I am not a nutritionist or dietitian. I am not an expert on dietary supplements. Read articles and books pertaining to nutrition and supplements. I have simply provided a rough guide to help you get started. Remember that you need fuel for your body to function well. That fuel is food. Therefore, make sure that make smart dietary choices on your path to wrestling success.

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Postpartum Exercise – How And When To Start Exercising After Pregnancy

Exercise might be the last thing that comes to your mind after giving birth. Your schedule may be jam packed due to the demands of being a new mom. You have to move between caring for the baby, eating healthy and at the same time take ample amount of rest in order to recover faster. But at the same time when you look in the mirror, you tend to shy away.

The excess amount of weight gain during pregnancy does not shed immediately after giving birth. It may take a long time and depends on numerous factors. The weight loss after pregnancy is a slow process and demands a lot of patience.

If you did exercise during pregnancy, you will have a faster weight loss. Apart from this factors like nutrition and exercise also tend to play their part.

Postpartum exercises area the exercises that are meant to assist the body in recovery after giving birth and also to get back in shape.

WHEN TO START POSTPARTUM EXERCISES:

A general opinion is to start exercising after 6 weeks in case of a normal delivery. In case of a C section this period may be around 8 weeks. Some people are of the opinion that low-impact exercises can be started as and when you feel like it.

But before you choose to do any kind of postpartum exercise, it is always a good idea to ask a doctor. The recovery period after giving birth may vary from individual to individual. So do not follow others. Instead understand the needs of your own body and start exercising accordingly.

EXERCISING AND BREASTFEEDING:

Most new mothers are concerned about exercising because they feel it may have an effect on their nursing ability. But it is not so. In fact it has been found that exercising does not have any effect on you milk quantity or quality.

But keep in mind that if you do heavy exercises after pregnancy, it may lead to the accumulation of lactic acid in your milk. This may make your milk sour in taste.

HOW TO START:

After you have rested enough and it seems comfortable to start exercising, you must start with low impact exercises like walking. When it feels comfortable you may as well shift to jogging.

Another beneficial postpartum exercise is yoga or Pilates. Yoga is pretty easy on your body and helps you regain your flexibility.

There are many programs that are offered for new moms at the gym or fitness center. This may prove to be an opportunity to meet new moms.

There are many exercises which allow you to workout with your baby. This is a great way to get in shape and at the same time share your immense love for your newborn.

One thing that you must keep in mind always is never to over exert yourself. It is always a good idea to take the help of a fitness professional for your workout plan. But at the same time your body will give you signals on when you should slow down.

If during a workout, you feel dizzy or out of breath, then stop immediately and take rest. Remember that you can always exercise later. With so much already on your plate, it is a bad idea if you hamper your recovery by extreme exertion.

It is also important that you take ample amount of rest and eat a well-balanced nutritious diet. Exercising alone will not give you the results you may be looking for.

Exercising is a great way to get your old self back and keep off postpartum depression. Make a plan and then stick to it till you see the results.

Support of the people around you also plays a very important role in your journey as a new mom. If your family is supportive, it will be very easy to stay dedicated and achieve your fitness goals. Exercising with your family may prove to be a great way to increase the love and get fit together.

Weight loss after pregnancy will sometime test your patience and diligence. So be prepared for it. Also keep in mind that pregnancy may have altered your body permanently to some extent. So love yourself as who you are and enjoy the precious gift of life that has been given to you.

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Yoga for Brain Injury

For people recovering from traumatic brain injury (TBI), concussion or head trauma, yoga offers gentle exercise with therapeutic benefits. Many survivors find themselves unable to pursue former ways of staying in shape. Balance difficulties, loss of motor control, vertigo, and neck injuries limit physical activity, further restricting an already curtailed lifestyle. Fortunately, a yoga practice can adapt itself to any illness or injury, lending itself particularly well to TBI recovery.

Where to start? With yoga’s recent popularity in the West, students can now choose anything from hot yoga to Kundalini to Ashtanga. People with neck or back injuries in addition to head trauma probably want to begin with a teacher trained in Iyengar yoga, which uses props to support proper alignment without strain. Kripalu trained teachers also tend to offer calmer, restorative classes. Any yoga class that emphasizes flow (not too fast, though) will help retrain sequential processing-an advantage for people who suffered damage to their left-brain or rational side. A vinyasa sequence links breath and movement, emphasizing step-by-step progression in a set order. Learning and remembering such movements through repetition becomes a form of cognitive therapy.

Before beginning a yoga practice, survivors should talk with their treatment providers, as well as their intended yoga instructor. Most teachers ask about injuries in the beginning of class, but few people understand the intricacies of TBI on their own. Explain any unusual sensitivities or restrictions you experience and ask the instructor for recommendations within his or her own class, or for suggestions on where to find more compatible classes. Yoga is supposed to support and nurture growth, not exhaust the body and nervous system.

For this reason, survivors might initially want to stay away from Kundalini Yoga or Bikram Yoga, both of which offer intense workouts. Kundalini Yoga aims to awaken dormant energy potential, which sounds like a good thing for TBI survivors. Indeed, it can help tremendously–once neurons have stopped misfiring and “short-circuiting.” Most survivors inaccurately gage their stamina, though, easily over-stimulating themselves. Kundalini Yoga works powerfully on subtle levels, making energy levels more difficult to monitor. Sometimes the rapidly awakened kundalini proves too much for a sensitive TBI survivor. Bikram Yoga takes place in a very hot room, moving rapidly through poses that encourage the sweating of toxins. As with Kundalini, adherents of Bikram rave about its benefits. For a hypersensitive survivor, though, the excessive heat, body odor, and physicality of Bikram make it a less safe option. In the beginning, look instead for class titles like: “Restorative,” “Beginner,” “Iyengar,” “Kripalu” and “Gentle.”

Yoga Journal offers many DVD’s, in case survivors prefer to learn in the comfort of their homes. Start with short sessions to build up mental and physical stamina. Twenty minute DVD’s allow survivors a sense of accomplishment, without the potential fatigue caused by hour or hour and a half long in-person classes. Downward Dog Productions with Sarah Bates also offers accessible yoga DVD workouts designed especially for people with disabilities. At-home yoga workouts take most of the expense out of learning yoga, too, since survivors can invest in one or two DVD’s to practice every day, rather than paying for class each time. On the other hand, a good yoga teacher can personalize routines to support survivors’ own unique health challenges.

Besides sculpting lean, strong muscles and naturally realigning the spine, yoga offers TBI survivors a chance to reconnect with their bodies in a positive way. Robin Cohn, a TBI survivor and Vice President of the New York State Brain Injury Association, recognized the transformative effects of yoga in her own recovery: “I began with a beginner’s gentle yoga class, where I slowly started to get atrophied muscles moving once again. The more I went, the better I began to feel.” Inspired, she began co-teaching yoga classes designed especially for other survivors. “These students are so thrilled to have the opportunity to be practicing yoga and reaping the wonderful benefits of asana and pranayam (breathing). … The happiness, tranquility and peace that yoga brings to them is so rewarding! Their smiles just say so much about how happy they are to be practicing.”

Yoga brings awareness from 5000+ years of connecting human body, mind and spirit. It began as a means of calming the endocrine system and relaxing the body so that practitioners could sit longer in meditation. These calming, strengthening and relaxing effects make it an ideal practice for TBI survivors whose systems run on constant overload. Slowing down and bringing oneself to center can help anyone deal with stress. For TBI survivors, though, yoga offers a glimpse of not just “normal” functioning; yoga also brings the chance for optimal health and well-being. Many practitioners experience peace and self-acceptance for the first time in their lives, including pre-injury. Yoga becomes part of a greater awakening (facilitated by TBI)-helping survivors to find and appreciate the hidden blessings of their journey.

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Soccer Specific Workouts – Weight Training For Soccer

Contrary to popular belief, merely lifting weights and attempting to lift more and more each workout will not necessarily transform a Shawn Wright-Phillips, a small, quick winger, into a Didier Drogba, an unbelievable physical specimen at striker. It might make Shawn Wright-Phillips into a bigger player, but he would definitely lose his soccer ability which relies on his speed and technical expertise. Essentially, there are soccer specific workouts particularly in weight training. For soccer, a player’s strength comes into play in a variety of circumstances. For example, a player must be able to jostle his opponent off a 50/50 ball to keep position or shield his defender off the ball to buy time for his team to support him. As a result, there are multiple types of weight training for soccer.

These types consist of basic and maximal strength training, explosive power training, and muscular endurance training. Basic strength training is aimed to build a firm and stable muscular foundation. Because soccer is such as multi-faceted game, some muscles tend to be overused while others are underused. As a result, basic strength training is designed to strengthen the underused muscles. Maximal strength training, however, attempts to develop a player’s basic strength. This type of training consists of using very heavy weight for a small number of repetitions to increase a player’s maximal strength.

Essentially, maximal strength training prepares the player’s body to partake in explosive power training and muscular endurance training. Explosive power training, more importantly, is designed to enable a player to run faster, jump higher, etc. Basically, explosive power determines how fast a player can apply the strength he has built up through basic and maximal strength training in a game. Lastly, muscular endurance training focuses on maintaining a player’s strength throughout an entire match. This training consists of circuit training where lighter weights are used for more repetitions. Typical circuit training exercises include: pushups, sit-ups, and squats.

Overall, soccer players require strength in both the lower and upper body. Nearly every movement in the game from kicking, to tackling, to twisting and turning, sprinting and heading, requires a good foundation of strength and power. Therefore, there are a variety of soccer specific workouts.

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Why is it So Hard to Clear Up Acne and Get Rid of Pimples?

Most people fail to get rid of pimples because they fail to understand the basics of what causes acne in the first place. If you don’t know the source, how can you expect to clear up acne? It’s like taking shots in the dark!

Unfortunately that metaphor is right on the money when it comes to treating acne today. There are huge marketing budgets from the giant cosmetic companies feeding misinformation. “It’s bacteria that’s causing your acne!” “It’s not using our cleanser that is causing your pimples!” Don’t listen to any of it. Everyone just wants to separate you from your money and in the world of acne, a lot of desperate people are willing to throw their money away trying anything. Here’s the secret that you must understand (it’s not really a secret – it’s medical fact) Acne is not caused by not cleaning your face, and it’s not caused by bacteria — it’s caused by a complex process involving hormones.

Do you want to know what’s really happening on your face (or your neck, shoulders and back)? You skin is covered in tiny hair follicles. Each hair follicle contains a gland that produces an oily goo called sebum. This sebum normally coats and protects our hair and skin so it’s not a bad thing. The problem occurs when the pores at the top of the hair follicles (at the skin surface) become blocked and the sebum backs up and swells the area. Then it gets infected by bacteria and that’s how you get pimples.

Okay, all that makes sense, right? But why do the pores get blocked in the first place? The answer is dead skin cells. We shed around 40,000 dead skin cells every minute of the day and the whole surface layer of our skin IS dead skin cells, so dead skin cells are normal. They usually fall off one at a time but sometimes, within our hair follicles, they come off in sticky clumps held together by something called keratin. These clumps of dead skin cells get jammed into the pores and THAT’S what causes acne. The problem literally comes from within and that’s why when you want to find out how to get rid of acne, surface treatments are rarely effective.

There are only two ways to get rid of pimples and clear up acne that work for most people. One of them is a strong medication called isotretinoin, the most well known of which is Accutane. When I say strong, I mean strong. Accutane has some serious side effects that have to be taken into account including the possibility of birth defects and liver damage among others. There are also many less serious but very irritating side effects such as extremely dry and sun-sensitive skin, an initial worsening of acne symptoms and severely chapped lips. Accutane can take from 6 months to a year to clear your skin. In the meantime, be prepared to look worse. Accutane is the treatment of last resort. Do yourself a big favour and try everything else first.

The other way to get rid of Acne is to try one of the holistic treatments available. These treatment systems get rid of pimples by rebalancing your hormone levels (often thrown off by puberty, your menstrual cycle, stress and menopause) through changes in diet and lifestyle. Many thousands of people have been successfully treated by these programs where traditional methods failed. The best part is that the only side effects are improved health and appearance. Anyone serious about getting rid of pimples should investigate these promising treatments first, before subjecting their bodies to Accutane.

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Diet Pills Vs Fat Burner Pills – Their Difference & Which is More Effective in Burning Fat Fast

“Diet Pills vs. Fat Burner Pills” is one of the few topics that have become a subject of extensive debate for some time now. The issue is all about the difference between these two and which is more effective in burning fat fast. There is no doubt that the industry on products that help in weight reduction is extremely popular nowadays. This is so because of an increasing number of people who want to lose weight as quickly as possible.

Before we can understand the difference between diet pills and fat burner pills, let us analyze first on which grounds they are similar. Both these products aim for a healthy life through weight loss. They work to help us reduce weight so we can be stronger to fight health problems and complications that arise from obesity. Both have their strengths and weaknesses depending on what specific type of supplement you will be using.

Moreover, they can also suppress our appetite because of their ingredients, which leads to weight loss. On the other hand, the differences between these two are their ingredients or content and their overall effects to our body. Diet pills do not really contain stimulants like caffeine and synephrine, while most fat burner pills contain them.

However, we are not generalizing all these supplements, but there are general findings that suggest that most fat burners contain stimulants more than the other group Diet pills, on the contrary, have more vitamins, minerals, and other natural ingredients compared to the other group. Furthermore, based on reviews conducted, the overall effect of the former outweighed the effect of the latter in terms of increase in energy level and metabolic rate.

Nonetheless, as to which is better, diet pills or fat burner pills, we cannot give you any categorical answer. As previously discussed, they have both their strengths and weaknesses. The best thing that you can do if you really want to lose weight is to have a healthy lifestyle. In this way, you can be sure that it is safe and the effects are long lasting.

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I Can’t Tell If My Hair is Miniaturized – Signs of Hair That is Coming in Too Thin Or Too Fine

I often get emails that describe miniaturized hair or regrowth even if the reader doesn’t know the correct term for it. Often I’ll hear phrases like “my hair is starting to come in or regrow as the texture of a baby’s,” or “my hair is becoming very thin and fine,” or “I no longer have any volume,” or “I’m suddenly seeing the texture of cotton candy or peach fuzz.” Some readers do know the term “miniaturization” but don’t know for sure how to know it when they see it.  I’m often asked for “signs, symptoms, or characteristics of hair that has become miniaturized.”  I’ll go over some of these in the following article.

Hair That Looks Different From Other Stands On Your Head: The easiest way to spot this is to either comb your hair against the grain to spot the little regrowth sprouts. Or, use dry shampoo sprayed right at the part line to help to expose the new regrowth.  Chose hairs that have been regrowing for at least a couple of months (which should be at least an inch or two long.) Now, you’re going to have to pluck out a few strands of regrowth.  I know that no one who is losing hair wants to pluck out or surrender anything that is coming in, but you must know if you’re regrowing hair that isn’t going to do you all that much good anyway.

Once you’ve found a couple of regrowth hairs, gently pluck them out and place them on some white toilet paper or tissue so that you can easily see them.  Next comb your hair and remove any hairs that came out (but don’t pull.)  These should be longer, healthier, more normal strands.  Now compare the hair from the comb with the hair on the tissue.  Is there a difference in diameter? Do the strands from the comb look thicker and more substantial?  Next, look at root ball on the end of the shaft.  Since both hairs were pulled out (and didn’t fall out naturally) both should have a dark sheath on the end.  Do both have equal sized sheaths to indicate that the hairs are being properly nourished and were deeply embedded into the scalp?

The Flyaway / Feather Test: Another test that you can do is to take the healthy hair, hold it between your fingers, and sort of flick your hand so that the hair moves up and then down.  A strand that is “normal” should take only a few seconds to come back down as this strand has some weight to it.  However, a hair that is too thin or fine will actually react as a feather would. It will sort of drift up and then down, almost like it is hollow in the middle or is blowing in the wind.

What Causes Your Hair To Be Miniaturized And Why Is This A Problem?: The reason that this is a problem which must be fixed is because if your regrowth is thin, sickly, or too fine in texture, it will not provide enough coverage and volume.  Think about it this way. If you took 100 healthy strands and stood them beside 100 sickly strands, you’d see that the courser stands provided a far more cosmetically appealing outcome and volume.  Hair extensions look so good because the human hair used is often Indian hair which has a phenomenal, thick and healthy texture.

Although there are a few causes for miniaturization, the most common boils down to either genetics or androgens.  In short, DHT, inflammation, or androgens are compromising the hair follicle so much that it isn’t able to either maintain or reproduce a healthy normal hair.  So you have to do two things to fix this.  First, you must lessen the DHT that is staying on your scalp and you must then vigorously stimulate your scalp to put out healthy hair.

In some cases, chronic telogen effluvium (CTE, chronic shedding) will cause the hair to become thinner and finer in this way also.  In this case, you will need to identify the trigger and stop it so that the shedding stops.  Then, as I mentioned above, you will have to be aggressive in stimulating regrowth.  

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Common Foods That Cause Anxiety and Panic Attacks – You Must Know This to Become Anxiety-Free

If you could have a simple and effective technique that could cure your frequent panic attacks right now, you’d definitely take it, right? It probably comes as no shocker to you then that there are foods that cause anxiety and panic attacks.

When it comes to choosing a treatment for panic disorder and anxiety, nothing substitutes for high caliber, quality natural treatments to eliminate general anxiety and panic disorders without medications.

Simply said, if you do not know that there are foods that cause panic attacks, you may find it difficult to become free from the symptoms of generalized anxiety and panic disorders.

Getting immediate relief from an attack can become challenging and sometimes costly, but there are simple and effective techniques which you can use to get rid of general anxiety disorder and frequent panic without heavy expenses.

There are 3 common foods that cause anxiety and panic attacks. These are alcohol, caffeine and sugar.

Drinking of alcohol causes anxiety. Alcohol affects the level of serotonin in the brain. Most people have noticed that every time they enjoy a weekend of drinking, they usually experience an overwhelming feeling of anxiety, panic attacks and depression. Sometimes, they would in turn drink more with a view to dealing with the symptoms and before they know it, it becomes a vicious cycle that leads to more drinking and more attacks.

It is wise you carry out a self-evaluation of the effects of alcohol drinking on your anxiety and panic attacks and learn the right technique to eliminate any further attacks permanently from your life.

Caffeine found in coffee, chocolate, cola, tea and energy drinks can disrupt your brain chemistry and trigger an increase in anxiety attacks, panic, insomnia, depression and stress. Even small amounts of caffeine in the decaffeinated version of most foods and beverages can cause you to have panic attacks. By avoiding caffeine, you could reduce anxiety, panic and depression from your life. Start by gradually reducing your caffeine intake over a period of time to avoid withdrawal syndrome.

What about sugar? You may be asking yourself how exactly sugar causes anxiety and panic attacks. It is all in your blood. Sugar, contained in the foods or drinks you take in can lead to a dramatic buildup of lactic acid in your blood. It also leads to a sudden increase and decrease in the insulin level in your blood. This sudden change can cause a rapid swing in your mood and cause serious agitation and anxiety. So, if you discovered that you frequently experience anxiety and panic, reduce your sugar intake.

Have you found yourself frustrated due to your inability to stop anxiety and panic attacks? I have found myself struggling with the same problem as well. To effectively understand how foods cause anxiety, you need to do a personal evaluation of your body’s reaction to certain foods.

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Chest Exercises Without Weights – Home Workout Options

Think the bench press and the pushup are your only chest exercise options? Think again.

There MANY ways to target your chest without weights.

Let’s take a look at a few you might not have tried yet.

Chest Exercises Without Weights – Bodyweight Options

The pushup is a fundamental upper body exercise, and one would do well to master it. But let’s look at some not-so-common variations that can really target your chest.

Ball Pushups

Grab a basketball, soccer ball, homemade medicine ball, or other inflatable ball.

Place your hands one either side of the ball, and push your hands together, hard.

You should feel a strong contraction in your inner chest (much like doing cable crossovers on a weight machine).

While flexing, crank out some pushups. You should feel much more activation in your inner chest than with standard pushups.

To turn this move into more of an upper chest exercise, try elevating your feet onto a chair.

Wide Stance Pushups

Generally, the wider you place your hands while doing a pushup, the more it becomes a chest exercise, and the less it targets your arms.

Since the upper chest is often stubborn to develop, try doing wide stance pushups with your feet on a chair, or if that is too difficult, try doing wide stance jackknife pushups (bent at the waist – check YouTube for detailed instructions).

Explosive Ball Pushups

For this chest exercise without weights, place one of your hands onto a ball on the floor. Do a pushup with your one hand on the ball and other hand on the floor.

At the high point of your pushup, quickly switch hands on the ball.

Go back and forth explosively.

Decline Pushups on a Suspension Trainer

Suspension trainers are extremely useful pieces of equipment. Don’t stress if you don’t have the $200 or so to spend on a retail model, do a quick Google search for a DIY suspension trainer and you can find several great ways to make your own for around $15.

For this exercise, set the suspension trainer up so the handles are an inch or two off the ground. Put your feet on a chair, grip the trainer’s handles, and do a pushup.

This is my personal favorite chest/upper body exercise.

To target the optimal muscle growth range (4-8 reps per set), add some weight (pea gravel works well) into a backpack for this exercise.

Some trainers claim this exercise is safer AND more effective than the bench press for upper body strength!

Don’t Forget to Balance Pushing With Pulling

Doing only pushing motions will lead to muscle imbalances that make you prone to injury. So, don’t forget to balance all these pushing motions with pulling motions like body rows (the suspension trainer works well for this move).

A good way to get a complete upper body workout is simply doing 4 sets of decline pushups, each set alternated with a set of body rows.

Try these chest exercises without weights out for yourself and see how they work for you!

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