Save Money On Beauty Products: Looking Good The Natural Way

Of course, you want to look good, but you don’t need to spend a fortune on beauty products. We all have those moments in front of the mirror when we feel dissatisfied with the way we look but don’t cover up your face with layers of makeup when there are natural ways to enhance your beauty. Unconvinced? Read on to find out more (and save yourself a ton of money).

Make a beeline for the honey


We have the bees to thank for this luxurious way to enhance the look and feel of our skin. Using raw honey (not the processed stuff filling up the store shelves), make a face mask that will give your face a beautiful warm glow. Simply rub a little honey between your fingertips, then apply it to every area of your face. Lie back, and bask in the feel of the honey as it gets to work on your skin. After around ten minutes, get up and rinse your face with warm water, and pat dry with a soft towel. Your face will look and feel great due to honey’s natural healing properties.

A honey face mask may even knock a few years off your weathered looks as it contains antioxidants that are perfect for slowing down the aging process. Those who suffer from acne will benefit as well, due to honey’s antibacterial properties. So, thank the bees for a job well done. In this instance, there is no sting in the tail!

Go bananas with your hair

There are loads of beauty products on the shelves for maintaining the luster of your hair. You could even opt for a hairspray wig, particularly if you have dry or damaged hair. However, there are natural ways to mend your hair, so the next time you are in the supermarket, we recommend you add eggs and bananas to your shopping basket.

Simply form a paste using one egg and a mashed up banana. Mix them together, and apply the paste to your hair. Leave it on for around twenty minutes, and these wonderful foods will add moisture to your hair, giving you a wonderful shine and making the top of your head feel great.

Moisturise with oranges



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Oranges offer many health benefits, but they are also a great way to soften the hardened skin on your elbows and knees. Simply cut one in half and rub it over the dry patches on your skin. Voila! Your skin will feel softer, and you will have given yourself an orange tan to boot! Warning: insects will love the smell of your skin too, so we advise you to wash over the sticky residue before you become an impromptu fruit salad for tempted beasties!

Oranges are not the only fruit

There are tropical fruits we have heard of, such as the oranges above, and some we haven’t. The cupuacu fruit is something we had never heard of, until now! Apparently, it tastes like a mixture of bananas and pears, which sounds absolutely delicious. However, other than making a wonderful breakfast option, the fruit offers some fantastic ways to look after your hair and skin. Cupuacu contains natural ingredients to smooth and soften your hair, hydrate your skin, as well as many other benefits. Follow this link about cupuacu butter to find out more about this seemingly magical fruit and how it could help you.

Exfoliate with olive oil

Don’t buy an expensive body scrub from the local beauty shop. Instead, use this effective mixture of olive oil and sea salt. Mix a 2 to 1 ratio of the olive oil and sea salt, and rub the mixture into your skin to get rid of any dead skin cells. Your skin will feel smoother, and you will have saved yourself a lot of money by using something you probably already have in your kitchen cupboard.

Solve your itchy scalp problems

Dandruff is an embarrassing problem many of us have to deal with, and there are many shampoos on the market that promise to fix the problem. However, we have a little trick you might find useful. There are already tea tree oil shampoos on the store shelves, but add a couple of drops of tea tree oil into your regular shampoo, and moisturize your scalp. Regular treatment should remove those pesky dry flakes, reducing the risk of those awkward moments when somebody asks you if it has been snowing recently.

Crush a grape

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Another natural recipe for your skin, and one that can enhance your tired complexion. Simply crush a handful of grapes and mix them with a couple of tablespoons of white flour. Apply the paste to your face, and leave for around ten minutes. Wash it off with warm water, and marvel at the results when you look into the mirror.

Despite the smell…

A beauty tip that may not be the most fragrant on this list, but it is one you may find useful. This one is for those of us with brittle nails that are at constant risk of breaking all the time. Chop up some fresh garlic and add it to your nail polish. Leave the mixture to sit for about a week before applying to your nails. The garlic will harden and strengthen your nails, but we know what you are thinking. What about the smell? Don’t worry; you won’t fend off potential suitors as the smell will wear off after only a short time. Hint: great for keeping away vampires too!

Care for yourself

Store bought, and natural beauty products are only part of the battle in looking good. You can do yourself a favor by looking after yourself on a daily basis as part of your beauty regime. Eating a healthy diet and taking plenty of exercises will ensure you look and feel good. Get rid of skin destroying bad habits such as smoking, and get plenty of beauty sleep to reduce the risks of bags under your eyes. You are beautiful, on the inside and out, so care for yourself in all aspects of your life.

Jarra-Dophils Probitoics Formula

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Being a mom and grandmother, I want what is best for my little ones. What mom/Mimi doesn’t? In the picture are four of the best special formulated probiotics I have ever been exposed too. What are probiotics you might ask?? Well, probiotics are living bacteria (the good kind) that are super beneficial for your body. They help regulate the good bacteria with the bad. As shown in the picture above are Jarro Dophilus infant formula, Yum-Yum- Dophilus formula, Jarro Dophilus Women’s formula, and lastly, we have Women’s Fem Dophilus formula.

You can find these at any of the following:  Whole Foods Market, Sprouts Farmers Market,
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Starting with the Jarro-Dophilus infant probiotics, they have been known to calm a colicky baby, gassy tummies, improve the baby’s digestive system, and even have been known to help with constipation! They say it takes a village to raise a baby, so let this be part of the helpful village!



Next, we have the Yum-Yum Dophilus Probiotics formula, which has an EXCELLENT taste making it so easy for kids to enjoy taking them. Is great for kids getting sick a lot, or for kids with tummy aches. It is Allergan free so if your kids have major food allergies it is okay for them to take. My 3-year-old grandson loves them!



Following we have Jarro-Dophilus Women’s! Jarro-Dopjilus is special because it uniquely contains four patented probiotics strains known as the “Astarte” strain. All four Astarte strains are good for women in the third trimester of pregnancy and are predominant species found in the vaginal tract of healthy women. It is allergy friendly, dairy free, gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan. This is a great product you will want to try!!

Lastly, we have the Women’s Fem Dophilus Probiotics formula. You will not be able to get enough of these pills. If given the right chance they will completely illuminate odor. People who have been struggling with an ongoing UTI should try this!

You name it and Jarro-Dophilus can take care of it!

Getting Summer Ready: There Is Still Time To Look And Feel Your Best

Summer is in full swing and for many of us that can mean we start to feel a little inadequate with how we look and how we feel. It is understandable, we have all looked in the mirror at some point and not loved what we have seen. Even though to anyone else what you are thinking won’t be the case at all. However, it isn’t about dramatically losing weight, slimming down, or even doing anything extreme like cosmetic surgery. It is more to do with changing how you look and feel for you. Which is why I thought I would share with you three of the simplest ways you can do it. They are all things you can start right now, so what are you waiting for?



Changing up your diet


Diets are all the rage at the moment, especially at this time of year. People tend to want to lose weight, so they feel more comfortable in summer clothes and even in bikinis and swimwear. The thing is, you need to find the right diet for you. The last thing you want is quick results with no long-term gain. There are plenty of things to choose from. Some people choose low-calorie diet, and there is a good example online to help you decide whether something like that would be right for you. Others try lifestyle changes such as vegetarianism or becoming a vegan. People have often raved about the results they get from juicing detoxes or even following paid for plans. The choice is yours, but there is always proof in having a good and well-balanced diet. Making sure your body gets exactly what it needs to function daily.


Getting more regular with exercise


Exercise is a great way to feel better about yourself. Not just because it can help you lose weight, but exercising can often help you get more energy and even improve the quality of your sleep. Exercising more doesn’t necessarily mean you need to head to the gym daily. Exercising can often mean being more active in general. That might mean you walk to places instead of drive. You might decide to try other exercise methods such as swimming or yoga. Whatever you decide to do make the conscious decision to become more active in general. You may find that the results you see encourage you to do more of it.


Having a positive outlook on life


The way you look at your life and how you think can have a huge effect on how you feel and how you live. A negative mindset can have an adverse effect on how you act in your daily life and routine. This is why it is so important to ensure you have a positive outlook on life and think positively about things. It may feel hard to do at first, but eventually, it will become a habit that you do naturally.


I hope these tips help you to look and feel your best for the rest of the summer and beyond.

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Growing up I loved to play sports! I remember spending hours outside throwing a ball up in the air and catching it with my glove. Once I was old enough to play softball I played until well into my adulthood. So needless to say when my daughter decided she wanted to try out for softball I was so excited!!

I love being at the ball field, watching the games and enjoying the company of the other parents. The only difference now is the heat! We live in South Texas and every evening we are well over 100 degrees. My main goal now is making sure my daughter is hydrated while she practices! Besides of course screaming with excitement about every play she makes!

I have found an amazing sport-drink, BODYARMOR with amazing coupons, that she loves and it comes in some amazing flavors! I usually don’t like sport-drinks since they are either too sweet or bitter but these are just perfect!

They are all natural sports drinks that hit the spot and have become my families favorite! We throw them in the cooler and head out to the ball field. The best part is I don’t have to worry about anyone getting too hot in this heat because BODYARMOR not only comes in a large variety of flavors to suit everyone but it is packed with electrolytes, coconut water, and vitamins and is low in sodium and high in potassium.


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Your Energy Levels And How To Increase Them


When it comes to your health, there are so many different things that you need to be doing at all times. It can often feel exhausting. One minute you are trying one piece of advice and feel on track and the next it’s all gone out the window because something new has come along. When you’re constantly playing around with your diet, exercise, and lifestyle like this, it can wreak a lot of havoc on your energy levels. And if you often feel lethargic, this can be bad news. So, instead of worrying about different fads, why not work on boosting your energy levels? You should find you feel a lot healthier in yourself as a result, so let’s look at how you can make that happen.


Eat Well


We all know that we have to watch what we eat if we want to stay healthy. From keeping our bodies running as best as they can to avoiding obesity, it’s one of the simplest rules to stick to for a healthy life. But, did you know that what you eat influences your energy levels too? There’s a reason that you always feel so sluggish after eating junk! When you eat a balanced diet enriched with vitamins and minerals, whole grains and proteins, you will find that your body gets a boost in energy too.




Exercise will often do it for you too. Although you may feel as if exercise is hard work and takes up a lot of time, it will definitely have a positive effect on your energy levels. For starters, it gets blood and oxygen pumping around your system which helps your body function as it should. Then, as it says on sites like, you’ll find that exercise releases the right chemicals and formulas in your body to improve your energy levels. So over time, you will feel a lot more full of life.


Drink More Water


You should also aim to increase the amount of water that you drink if you want to improve your energy levels too. Our bodies are made up of mainly water, and when we are dehydrated, they can not run right. But, when you’re staying hydrated with more water in your system, your energy system gets a big boost.


Get More Sleep


Then, you should also think about getting a better quality of sleep. As it says on, energy levels and sleep are closely related. As we sleep, our bodies heal and repair, and they get us ready for the next waking period. When you don’t sleep enough, or you don’t get a high enough quality of sleep, you are not giving your body the best chance to repair. So, sleep better, and your energy levels should follow suit.


Switch Off Your Mind


And finally, you will do your energy levels the world of good if you learn to switch off your brain – especially before bed. When your mind runs at a million miles a minute, you are exhausting your brain and your body. But, by learning to switch off, you can calm your mind, let yourself recharge, and reap the benefits of more energy.

Would You Know What To Do In A Health Emergency?

You see TV documentaries and read stories all the time about people who have been involved in traumatic accidents or fallen ill suddenly. Nobody wants to think about the prospect of needing urgent care, but it’s always beneficial to know what to do if you do find yourself in this situation or you come across another person who needs help. If you don’t know what you would do in an emergency situation, here are some tips to help you out. Hopefully, you’ll never need them, but it’s always good to be prepared.


Calling 911

Every year, more than 240 million calls are made to 911. This is an emergency line, which should only be used when urgent care is required. If you have a minor ailment, there are lots of other options you can take. It’s essential to use 911 only in extreme cases to prevent using valuable resources, which could be directed to those in greater need. If you do encounter somebody who needs attention immediately or you find yourself in a situation where you need urgent help, don’t hesitate to make the call.

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Some scenarios you may come across include:


Heart attacks

Heart attacks, also known as myocardial infarction, occur when the blood supply to the heart is disrupted. This prevents oxygen from traveling around the body in the red blood cells. Symptoms of a heart attack include pains in the chest, which may radiate to the shoulders, arms, and back, a feeling of tightness in the chest, dizziness, sweating and feeling sick. Many people also experience severe anxiety, which may feel similar to having a panic attack. If you come across somebody who is displaying these symptoms, call an ambulance and wait for them. Reassure them, try and calm them down, and encourage them to stay still.


Sporting injuries

Playing sports is so good for your health, but there are usually risks of injuries, and they can be severe. Examples of serious injuries that need urgent attention include dislocations, head injuries and severe fractures. You may not need to go to the ER in every case, but it’s a good idea to contact a clinic that offers quick care hours. You may need an urgent X-ray, or you may be advised to have scans or further tests to determine the extent of your injury. If you do sustain a head injury or your child is playing sport, and they get a knock, get the injury checked out. Sometimes, symptoms can appear after a period of time, rather than being evident immediately. If you have a concussion, for example, you may find that headaches, dizziness, and double vision come on hours after the incident. Even if you feel fine, it’s always best to see a doctor, just in case there is a risk of delayed symptoms.

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Breathing difficulties

Breathing difficulties can be caused by several different conditions and underlying health complications. They may also arise as a result of extreme anxiety or following an injury or infection. If you’re struggling to catch your breath or your breathing has suddenly become very labored or shallow, seek advice immediately. The sooner you see a doctor, the sooner they can work out a possible cause and identify treatment options. If you have a severe allergy or you suffer from asthma, make sure you have your EpiPen or inhaler with you and wear a wristband, which has details of your allergy.

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Unexplained bleeding

Bleeding is very common after a fall, or when you accidentally catch your skin on something sharp, and usually, there’s nothing to worry about. If you’re bleeding for no apparent reason or you’ve recently had treatment, and you start bleeding, call your doctor. The primary aim is to work out why you’re bleeding and to stem the blood flow. You don’t need to rush to the ER if you’ve opened up a cut or you have a graze, but don’t try and patch up a wound that is bleeding excessively. It’s also worth attending an urgent care clinic if you spot blood in your urine or stools.


Traumatic accidents

If you’ve had a fall or you’ve been involved in a car accident, it’s wise to seek medical help, even if you feel fine. When you’re in shock, you may not notice other symptoms, and it is possible that you could have sustained internal injuries. It’s particularly important to see a doctor if you hit your head at any point.

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Who to call and when?

The trouble with illnesses and injuries is that they don’t pay much attention to your schedule. Accidents can happen at any time, and illnesses often develop quickly without prior warning. If you do start to feel ill or your partner or child develops symptoms, consider who you need to call. Call an ambulance or visit the ER in urgent situations when emergency help is required. If the injury is serious or you’re worried about the severity of symptoms, urgent care clinics may be the best option. If the injury is less severe, you need general advice, or you’re struggling with an illness like an ear infection, schedule an appointment with your doctor. If you’re not sure what to do, but you think there’s a chance that symptoms could progress very quickly, it’s best to err on the side of caution and get help as quickly as possible.

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Life can be very unpredictable and often, we encounter situations we never expected to at the start of the day. Whether you start to feel ill or you come across somebody who needs help, it’s always good to be prepared and to know exactly what to do in an emergency situation. Often, you’ll be able to treat minor injuries and ailments at home without any trouble at all, but sometimes, you may need intensive treatment as quickly as possible. If you come across another person who has fallen ill suddenly or they have been involved in an accident, call 911 and wait with them until help arrives. If the situation is less serious, but it’s likely that the individual will need treatment of some kind, contact an urgent care center. It’s also wise to have your doctor’s number stored in your phone in case you need advice, or you need to make an appointment for a minor illness.

So Long, Sleepless Nights! Top Tips To Stop You Tossing And Turning

Do you find it difficult to sleep on a regular basis? Do you often find yourself in a situation where you’re desperate to close your eyes, but you can’t seem to drift off? If you’re prone to sleepless nights, you’re not alone. It is estimated that 60 million Americans suffer from insomnia each year. If you’re tired of running on empty, here are some top tips to stop you tossing and turning.


Creating the right environment

When you go to bed, you should feel calm and relaxed. Your sleeping environment should be conducive to rest. Have a look around you. What do you see and how do you feel? Is your bedroom a serene sanctuary? Or is there is clutter everywhere or light flooding in through the curtains? Is it noisy or are you too hot or too cold? There are often simple solutions for issues that affect your surroundings. Contact local HVAC contractors if you wake up sweating or you can’t get comfy because your bedroom is freezing. Hang blackout blinds or add lining to your curtains if light is a problem. Use earplugs to ensure peace and quiet and add some touches to make your bedroom a cozier place to be. You don’t need to embark on a total bedroom makeover, but investing in some storage to prevent clutter, adding some candles and soft furnishings and opting for subtle, soothing colors can work wonders.

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Setting yourself up for sleep

What does a normal evening look like in your household? Do you get home from work or put the kids to bed and then chill out with a good book or a warm bath? Or do you tackle the washing up, start sorting the laundry or devote your evening to tidying up, getting lunches sorted for the morning or doing the ironing? It’s good to get organized, but give yourself some time to relax and unwind. It’s beneficial to get your body ready for sleep and to let your mind switch off. Even if you only take half an hour to listen to some music or indulge in a home spa treatment, this can make all the difference when you climb into bed.

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Getting into a routine

If you’re a parent or you love scheduling, there’s every chance that routinely plays an important role in your life, but even the most organized people can be lax when it comes to their bedtime regimen. We tend to think of children having a sleep pattern, but it’s so useful for adults to adopt the same approach. If you’re used to going to bed at the same time, you will start to feel tired as the magical time approaches, and you should find it much easier to nod off.

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Are you tired of struggling to find the energy to get through the day only to find that you can’t sleep at night? If you suffer from insomnia, here are steps you can take to try and improve your sleep quality. If you are finding it tough, take these suggestions on board. If they don’t help, arrange to see your doctor.

Is Your Health Really in the Hands of Supplements?

When people want to get healthier, they usually turn to things such as their diet. They look at the things they’re eating, they try to get as many nutrients as possible from the foods they eat and they try to avoid junk food. They exercise as much as possible, they work out on a regular basis to build muscle and work their heart, and then they try to supplement that healthy lifestyle with good habits such as reducing their alcohol consumption.


These are all great habits to get healthy and stay healthy, but there’s ultimately one question on every healthy person’s mind: do I need to take supplements?

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What are supplements actually used for?


To tackle this problem, let’s take a look at what supplements actually do.


True to their name, supplements are taken for the sake of supplementing your diet. For instance, if you’re not a fan of things like fish, then you’ll likely be lacking in omega-3 fatty acids and you’ll probably want to take some fish oil capsule in order to get similar nutritional benefits. In a way, they make up for holes in your diet that are created either due to being allergic or unable to eat certain foods or because you can’t find a way to include it in your diet naturally.


Another good example is when you need more of a certain nutrient or mineral. In the case of bodybuilders and athletes, they require copious amounts of protein in order to build and repair muscle, hence why they take protein supplements such as whey in order to bulk up and perform better in their roles.


Can supplements really help me?


There are plenty of supplements out there that promise the world. However, it’s good to understand what supplements can realistically do for you in order to give you the maximum benefit. Some supplements, such as Tangy Tangerine 2.0, offer a promise of energy-boosting nutrients in the form of a multi-vitamin. If you lack foods such as fresh fruit and vegetables in your diet, then a multivitamin will give you similar nutrient value. The alternative is to grind up the fruits and vegetables into a juice and consume it that way, but many people find it more convenient to take in a pill form.


This is how you should see supplements. While it won’t replace the nutritional value of fruits and vegetables completely, it does help to give you some essential nutrients that you otherwise wouldn’t have gained because you don’t include those types of foods in your diet.


Final words


Ultimately, supplements are there to improve your health and fill holes in your diet. If you already eat a varied number of fruits and vegetables in addition to your carbs and protein, then you probably won’t need supplements. However, if you have a terrible diet and you want to get back on track by eating more healthily, then your only choice is to look into supplements if you want to improve your health.

Get Your Game Face On #GameFaceWipes #FaceWipes #MensGrooming #GameFaceGrooming

I was not sure about trying these Get Your Game Face On Wipes. Being a mom and grandma, I feel as if I am always on the run, and though it might be embarrassing while on the run I tend to get sweaty. Thanks to these refreshing wipes I am able to stay cool while feeling and smelling deodorized.

These wipes come in four different kinds, Deodorizing Underarm and Body Wipes, Anti-Bacterial “Warrior “ Wipes, Cooling Facial Wipes, and Cleansing Facial Wipe. The Deodorizing Underarm and Body wipes are perfect for, after a workout, they have a formula that leaves the skin feeling clean and fresh. The Anti-Bacterial “Warrior” Wipes are made with a special mild hand/body sanitizing cleansing formula that kills germs. This is great for a quick wipe to help get rid of germs, MRSA or any other staph related bacteria acquired while working out at the gym. The Cooling Facial Wipes are designed to keep you cool in even the hottest conditions, wiping away sweat without leaving a trace of residue. Lastly, we have the cleansing facial wipes wipe away dirt and sweat while leaving a cleansing hydrated skin.

I love them for my morning walks since I sweat so bad!

Over all this product has served me well. Game Face Wipes have a great price at $7.99 for a pack of 25. They also have subscriptions which can include a Twin Pack for only $10.00 a month or Care package for $20.00 a month. This ad is sponsored however all the thoughts on the product are my personal opinions. I hope everyone gets to enjoy this product as much as I did!

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Want To Become More Healthier? This Is How

We can’t hide from the fact that these days our health is vitally important. Of course, the advice we hear is often mixed and changes. One minute you can’t drink wine, the next minute one glass of red each day is good for the heart. The same can be said for exercising too much or too little, drink more water or less. But the main subject of all the headlines is that your health matters and more of us should be making it our priorities. However, there is more to it than just what you eat, your health can be improved in many different ways and placing some focus on each will enable you to feel much better on the inside and out. I thought I should share with you some of the easy and simple ways you can improve your health.



There is no hiding from the fact that your diet is vitally important


Your diet is so important for your health. What you put into your body helps it to function for whatever it needs to do. Putting a lot of junk food or sugary treats into your body on a daily basis can hinder your health instead of making you thrive. Of course, it is always okay to have things in moderation, but a well-balanced diet is better than denying yourself certain types of foods. Your body needs all the food groups to take out the vitamins and nutrients it needs to function. Nourish your body with lots of decent vegetables, fruits, lean meats and you can’t go far wrong. Some people even consider changing their lifestyle when it comes to food and tries out different ways of life such as becoming a vegan or even just being a vegetarian. Again, this can be a great way to boost your health. Just ensure that your diet still remains balanced.


You have to exercise in order to feel good


Of course, a good diet goes hand in hand with exercise. Normally those are the two things any one focuses on when it comes to improving their health. However, exercising is something not to dismiss when it comes to being more healthier. It is always recommended to try and take a cardio sort of workout three times a week for at least 30 minutes. Which for many of us, is more than achievable. However, combining that with other exercise options like swimming or yoga would be a great idea to improve your health in different ways. Yoga especially can help with your muscles and also your mind to prioritize what you do. Joining a gym isn’t always the way forward for some, so consider just being more active, walking locally, or even using websites like YouTube for workout inspiration.



Sometimes you have to tackle hidden health issues


Our health is more than just the food we eat, and what we do, some people struggle with hidden health issues like mental health, gut problems or even things like silent reflux. It’s important to work on those health problems and research them to ensure that you are treating them in the right way to improve your health. For example, there are some things that are important to know about silent reflux like how it can be misdiagnosed regularly or even how the most prescribed treatment for it doesn’t work too well. Same can be said for things like treating anxiety or depression. Too often for some health concerns, it isn’t always a one size fits all resolve.


Drink more water


Water is one of the easiest ways to start improving your health it can be the simplest change you make. Just increasing your water intake alone can improve your energy levels, improve skin tone, and even help with the quality of sleep you get. It is fairly obvious to do, but something we should all do a little more of.


Sleep is far more important than you realize


Your sleep is just as important as the time you spend awake. While you sleep, your body is repairing itself from the day, relaxing, and also allowing you to rest your mind and help calm any stress levels or anxiety you might be feeling. To improve the quality of sleep you get, the first place to start would be to switch off the technology at least an hour before bed. Instead develop a new bedtime routine of your own consisting of a warm bath, a hot drink and even some time to read.


I hope these tips help you become healthier.


ARCTIC ZERO®Frozen Dessert #momsmeet #arcticzero

It is definitely the dog days of Summer here in South Texas. Temperatures are in the upper 90’s daily and the “feels like” temperature is over 100’s. Even the pool feels hot in the afternoon.

The only relief I have found is my afternoon guilt free snack! Arctic Zero Frozen Dessert is such a light, cold, oh my goodness yummy, snack. The hardest part of my afternoon is decided which flavor I want to devour them!


Only 35 calories per half-cup serving and 150 calories for the entire pint, Creamy pints are fat-free.

  • ARCTIC ZERO is low in sugar (low glycemic) and makes a great sweet treat for diabetics since it’s sweetened naturally with monk fruit (no sugar alcohols).
  • ARCTIC ZERO is lactose-free and perfect for those who are lactose intolerant.
  • ARCTIC ZERO only uses rBST-free whey protein.
  • There are many gluten-free ARCTIC ZERO options available that are every bit as delicious as non-gluten free frozen desserts.
  • ARCTIC ZERO Creamy pints are fat-free and only 35 calories per half-cup serving and 150 calories for the entire pint, making it a zero-guilt dessert.
  • ARCTIC ZERO Chunky pints are low in fat (1-2.5 grams) and only 75 calories per half-cup serving and 300 calories for the entire pint, allowing you to indulge without guilt.
  • ARCTIC ZERO pints contain 3-4 grams of protein per serving and are perfect in protein smoothies or shakes.
  • All ARCTIC ZERO pints contain 2-3 grams of fiber per serving.
  • ARCTIC ZERO is GMO-free and contains no artificial ingredients.
  • ARCTIC ZERO is certified kosher.
  • Price: $4-$5 per pint.


The best part of all this is no guilt eating ice cream every afternoon, after all, it is only 35 calorie snack. It doesn’t affect, my attempt at the beach body this summer. If you have tried any yet, you need to not only is is delicious but so smooth and light you will wonder how it can only be 35 calories!

Pressures We Can Place On Ourselves During The Summer Months

Summer is a great time of year. A chance to spend time outside and enjoy the sunshine, while basking the great outdoors with family and friends. However, it can also be a time where the pressure is placed on you from all different directions. The magazines and gossip sites are filled with celebrities looking picture perfect in their skimpy bikinis. The desire to lose weight, get fitter and healthier and look out best is increased, and we can all crack under pressure we place on ourselves at this time of year. I thought I would share some of the most common issues we can all face and hopefully give you some clarity on how to deal with it.



Getting fitter


Being fit is a great lifestyle choice to embark on. Having more energy to do the things you love without feeling tired or getting out of breath can be a revelation. But we can also put too much pressure on ourselves and set unrealistic targets. This can then demotivate you on your quest for a better quality of life. We may have all heard the common phrase “no pain no gain” but honestly this can hinder your chances as this website points out. When it comes to increasing your fitness levels, the best advice would be to focus on being more active. Choose to walk more and be outside in the fresh air, consider parking further away from your destination to encourage you to walk. Head out for a run or simply try and make exercise a priority just a few times a week. You will notice a huge difference by just taking things at a slower pace.


Changing your diet


Your diet is another area you may feel pressurized to change during the summer. On the quest to lose weight or feel better on the inside, you may feel pressured to eat more vegetables and salads. This, of course, won’t ever be a bad thing. But mentally you may be trying too hard or denying yourself other foods which are equally important to a balanced diet. Focus on just eating a range of the food groups to ensure that your body is getting all the nutrients it needs to thrive.


Striving for that bikini body


Too many of us will see airbrushed pictures in the press and focus on how your body looks in comparison, but these can often not be a true image. This can then place pressure on you to mess with your diet and cut out vital foods like carbohydrates. It may cause you to go to extremes when it comes to fitness or simply become obsessed by achieving an unrealistic visual. Instead, focus on you and what you want and need. Be happy in your own skin and celebrate your body shape.


Looking picture perfect at all times


Finally, summer doesn’t always lend itself to looking picture perfect at all times. There will be points of the day where you feel hot and sweaty, there may be times you won’t be able to wear your makeup or the clothes you want. Embrace the good weather and go with the flow. Happiness is the best ingredient for looking picture perfect.

Oh No! You’ve Got A Cold Sore

Nobody wants to wake up in the morning and see a cold sore in the mirror. That can seem like the end of the world for some people because they understand what it means. Cold sores are symptoms of the herpes virus which unless medicine improves, will stay with you for the rest of your life. Still, there is no need to worry because some estimates suggest around 50% of human beings carry the infection. It’s not something that’s going to send you to an early grave in most instances. Even so, it can cause some issues, and unsightly cold sores like you have now. So, what do you do when that happens to you? I’ll do my best to offer advice.



Visit your doctor to get checked out


The first thing you need to do is book an appointment to see your doctor. Explain the issue, and allow them to perform some tests. Nine times out of ten, they are going to tell you that you’ve contracted a form of herpes. It’s vital you remember that the type of virus that causes your cold sore isn’t the same as that which could affect genitals. It’s just from the same family of conditions. Your doctor should provide you with some information about what you need to do and which medications you need to take. While there is no guaranteed herpes cure, you can find excellent info online for managing the condition. So, you might want to perform some research when you get home to put your mind at ease.



Use specialist creams and gels


Your research should point you in the direction of many different products all claiming to make herpes better. Be careful which brand you select and where you choose to spend your money. Some products are going to produce better results than others. Considering that, you might want to ask for some advice from your pharmacist. You should also make sure you work towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Treating cold sores is often a real pain because they tend to occur in the corners of your mouth. That means any solutions you apply to the skin get washed away quickly. Still, you just need to follow the instructions and keep using the products.



Avoid skin to skin contact with other people


This is the most important piece of advice on this page. Now, if you have cold sores, you will probably pass the herpes infection to your partner. So, you need to ensure you’re careful about skin to skin contact while the cold sore is still there. That includes contact where your mouth touches any part of your partner’s body. Of course, you might have caught the virus from your loved one in the first place. For that reason, it’s sensible for them to get checked out too.


Cold sores are often unsightly, and they can make ladies feel self-conscious. However, you can usually conceal them using some makeup products. I don’t advise you do that because it could extend the healing process. Still, cold sores are nothing to stress about these days. As I have already said, almost 50% of the population will have them at one time or another. You just need to use special creams and gels to help reduce the discomfort you feel.

Healthy Habits For Life

When it comes to your long-term health, getting into the right habits really does make all the difference. The whole point of a habit is that it is something that is very difficult to break. A lot of the time, we naturally associate the word ‘habit’ with the word ‘bad’, so taking back the word to mean something positive should be your first aim! With health and fitness, people often tend to set short-term goals. They may go on a fad diet for a few weeks or go through a sudden burst of exercise to get beach body ready. But, in reality, you are much better off focusing your energy on developing some good long-term habits. Wondering what some of these are? Well, wonder no more!


Eat Breakfast Every Day

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Far too many of us don’t eat breakfast in the morning, so if this is you, it is time to make a change. People who eat this morning meal tend to take in more vitamins and minerals and reduce their cholesterol count. They are also less likely to overeat during the day. There is no single ‘perfect’ breakfast that you need to eat every day, but you should be aiming for something which includes some carbohydrates, protein and a small amount of fat. Though this may be a tricky habit to begin with since your body won’t be used to eating in the morning, it is beneficial in the long run.


Get Enough Sleep

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This one sounds simple enough, but a huge number of people don’t get the sleep they need which is so important in your physical and mental health. Sleep deprivation can affect memory, learning and logical reasoning. Not only this, if you are tired, you are a lot less likely to have the motivation you need to continue exercising on a regular basis. A major issue that people are having these days is that they are continually surrounded by screens. Studies have found that if you are staring at a screen just before you go to bed, this can affect your body’s serotonin production which is the sleep hormone. Try having a no screens policy in the bedroom to see what a difference this could make.


Set Your Exercise Times

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Obviously, there are no guarantees when it comes to your health which is why you need to learn more about the insurance options that are available to you, but exercising on a regular basis is one of the best ways to maintain your long-term health. As we have talked about at the start, the problem comes when people don’t commit themselves to exercise on a long-term basis. That is why you should set yourself certain times of the week to exercise and stick to them as closely as possible. If you have already set aside time for yourself to work out, this will become a fixture of your schedule. If you are struggling for exercise motivation, there are plenty of ways that you can maintain it including getting a workout buddy, setting yourself goals and varying up your routines.


Protect Your Skin

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A lot of people don’t give their skin the attention it deserves, which is bad considering how important is is to our overall health and wellbeing. The UV rays from the sun are always a risk, so you should always wear sunscreen even on cloudy days. If you struggle to remember to put this on all the time, you should use a moisturiser with an SPF factor so it becomes a normal part of your skincare routine. Overexposure to the sun can cause sunburn, skin texture changes, dilated blood vessels and skin cancer.


Drink Plenty of Water (and Tea)

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Drinking plenty of water is essential to your wellbeing. If you are one of those people who often forgets, you could try keeping a refillable water bottle in your bag and set reminders on your phone telling you to drink water every couple of hours. There are so many reasons why the body needs to get enough water, but essentially, your joints need it to stay in motion, and your brain, heart, kidneys and liver need it to function properly. Rather than going for your usual cup of coffee in the morning, you could instead try drinking tea which has been shown to have a whole myriad of health properties.


Though there are plenty more healthy habits you could get into, this guide provides you with a good overview of some of the main ones.          

Do Our Bellies Pose The Most Risk To Our Health?

We could all probably think of the way that healthy living standards have decreased in general over the years. Obesity becoming a widespread epidemic is one of them. But bigger bellies aren’t the only risks our gut can pose. Digestive issues like irritable bowel syndrome are on the rise and a lot of it is down to our lifestyle choices, though some are more at risk than others. How do we manage the danger our bellies might get us in?


Mind what you put in it

IBS isn’t a disease or a set condition, but rather a set of symptoms that tend to get grouped together because their causes and relationships are often shared. Most of those symptoms have one thing in particular in common: how we eat. We can control those symptoms with our diet. Many people have individualized experiences of what foods bring on symptoms like bloating, diarrhea, gas, aches, and constipation. Keeping a meal diary and noting the correlation between foods and symptoms can be a great help in avoiding them in future. In general, common agitators include sugary fruits, dairy, artificial sweeteners, and caffeine.

Your head matters, too

The mind also plays a surprising role in your gut health, too. Indigestion and heartburn coming with stress aren’t just a stereotype, they have very real links. Your stomach’s functions shut up under stress as a reaction to the “fight or flight” responses in your brain. Managing your stress with apps like Pacifica can help you minimize the amount of time your stomach spends in this shut-down state. That can drastically reduce the instances and length of cases of constipation, heartburn, and other symptoms.


Build a healthier gut

If you’re having recurring digestive issues, then you can take steps to directly battle them, as well. Supplements like IBS Relief don’t just tackle symptoms like bloating, gas, and aches. They also play a role in addressing the balance of bacteria in your stomach. They, alongside foods like low lactose yogurts, are full of probiotics that improve the ratio of good bacteria in your stomach. On the other hand, they also challenge the buildups of bad bacteria that instigate many of the symptoms named above.

Put your head down

There’s one “habit” that links all the others mentioned above. Sleep is crucial to all the functions of the body and one of the most immediately noticeable changes under poor sleep is gut health. Sleep disorders are also a common result of IBS, so they have to be challenge together as a pair of linked problems, rather than one necessarily being the cause of the other. Beyond the steps above, make changes to your life that could make it easier to get a good night’s sleep, including a proper nighttime schedule, tidying the room you sleep in and scenting the room with lavender.

The points above might sound like micromanaging your life but the truth is that many of us have let our lifestyles get too out-of-control. If we don’t want our upset stomachs running the rest of our lives, we have to consider how we affect them with our choices.

Managing Your Health As You Enter Your Golden Years

There’s a lot to look forward to when we’re in our twilight years. Having retired from work, we get to finally enjoy the fruits of our labor, spend more time with your children and grandparents, and have time to dedicate to the other interests in our lives. However, we also need to pick an eye on our health. We’re no longer spring chickens, and our health needs better management now that we’re at an age when health conditions can become more serious.


Listening to Our Body

Our body will show signs of natural wear and tear as we age. This happens to everybody, and while you can prolong it by doing things like yoga and other non-impact exercises, there’ll come a time when you’re no longer able to do all the things you used to do. To avoid injuries and serious medical complications, it’s important that you pay attention to what your body is telling you. If you’re still playing a weekly game of squash, for example, and your body isn’t coping well, then it’s time to put the racket away and find a new activity.

Regular Check Ups

Even if you feel in great condition, there can be a lot happening below the surface, things you couldn’t possibly be aware of unless you were told by a medical expert. Once you reach beyond the age of 65, it’s really important that you’re getting regular check-ups from a professional. As well as detecting any problems that need to be taken care of, your doctor will also be able to advise any lifestyle changes that will improve the length and quality of your life.

Retiring in Comfort

It can be hard to keep up with all the maintenance that is required in a family home, and if you’re still living there, you might find that the house is falling into disrepair just because you’re unable to address the issues. If you’re looking for a more stress-free and social life, you might want to consider moving into an area designed for senior citizens, like the senior living community Riddle Village. This will enable you to enjoy all the comforts of retirement while also maintaining your independence and meeting similar people, too.

Staying Active

Wherever you live, it’s crucial that you stay physically active for as long as people. By this, we don’t mean doing anything too intensive, but there are plenty of activities that are suitable for older people. Do these regularly, and you’ll receive plenty of benefits, including improved energy, a healthy heart, great flexibility and mobility, and more. Exercise also boosts our mood, which can help keep depression and other issues at bay.

Mentally Sharp

As well as staying physically sharp, you also need to do things to keep your mental sharpness intact, too. Things like reading, writing, doing crossword puzzles and the like each day can help keep your brain “young”, according to the experts. Even as you enter your golden years, you’ll be as sharp as a tack!

A Guide to Recovering from Trauma

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Anyone, anywhere young or old, can suffer from trauma. The emotional toll of things like accidents, surgical injuries, assaults and even terrorist attacks can totally debilitate a person and take a lifetime for them to get over, especially if they do not get the help they need to recover as soon after the traumatic incident as possible.


So, What Exactly is Traumatic Stress?


Traumatic stress is a common reaction to a traumatic event like a car crash, terrorist attack or hurricane. Incidents of this nature but the victims under immense stress, which can cause a whole host of symptoms, including shock, fear, anxiety, depression, flashbacks, anger and complete mental breakdown. That’s why it’s so important that victims of traumatic events, and witnesses to them, are helped through the aftermath.


If you believe you, or someone you are close to, is suffering from traumatic stress, here are some things you can do to aid recovery and get life back on track:


Limit Exposure to the Media


If you were involved in an incident that has led to widespread media coverage, it’s probably a good idea to switch off the TV, avoid the internet and even steer clear from social media for a while. It only takes one clip of the incident to start you panicking again, and that’s the last thing you need when you’re already suffering from the effects of trauma. Sit back and relax with a good book or spend time with good friends for a while instead of watching and reliving the traumatic event over and over again.


Accept the Way You Are Feeling


Trauma can cause all kinds of emotions that can take you by surprise. You might be very angry with the surgeon who messed up your operation to you could feel guilty because you survived an accident with your life while others lost theirs. You need to process and accept these emotions before you can ever hope to come to terms with them. So, feel whatever it is you need to feel and start to deal with those difficult emotions slowly at your own pace and only so far as you are comfortable to do so. If you try to force recovery, you will only make things worse.


See a Counselor


Seeing a professional to help you through your trauma will almost always be recommended. I know that for a lot of people, talking to a complete stranger about their innermost feelings isn’t exactly something that appeals, but it can really help, and with the help of a good lawyer legal representative from Medler Law Firm, you might be able to get the cost of your psychiatry bills paid for by the person(s) responsible for your current condition, depending on what happened to you and how it happened.


Good counselors will take things at your place and only ask you to share things you’re comfortable with, so you don’t have to worry about being pushed too far and making things worse if you do seek help.


Do Something Positive


When you’ve been through a traumatic experience, it’s normal to feel helpless about your situation and the events that took place. If you want to overcome this feeling and start to heal from your trauma, one of the best things you can do is take some positive action. Raise money for other victims, set up a charity, visit with other people who have been through traumatic experiences and you will feel more powerful and more in control of your life, which is definitely a positive when you’re trying to heal from trauma.



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It’s probably one of the last things you want to do when you’re suffering from severe trauma, but exercising is great for boosting mental health. Even a brisk walk around the block will get the endorphins pumping, boost your mood and stop you from ruminating on the causes of your trauma. Apart from walking, yoga, running, basketball and dance are all good options for moving more when you’re suffering from traumatic stress.


Spend Time with Others


You might feel like isolating yourself following a traumatic event. In fact, you might want to hide away from the wider world completely, but to do so would be to give up on your recovery and sink further into your negative frame of mind. What you should do instead is get out there, spend some time laughing with friends and family, playing with children and petting dogs in the local park. Let yourself experience all of the wonderful things life has to offer, and you’ll feel a lot less stressed and more positive about life than you did before.


Take Steps to Reduce Stress


Reducing your stress levels should be a priority as you recover from trauma. Although a little bit of stress can be good for the average person, the amount of stress you will be under when you’ve had a traumatic experience will be off the scale. Good ways to relieve stress include listening to soothing music, taking a long hot bath and learning how to meditate, but you might have your own stress-busting go-to’s and they will be fine too.


Establish a Routine


Having a stable routine in place helps a lot of trauma victims to get back a sense of normality. Knowing what they will be doing from day to day, hour to hour and even minute to minute can be extremely comforting, so it is definitely worth a try. Just make sure that your routine includes a mix of essentials like work and chores and extravagances like meals with friends, trips to the cinema and time to work on hobbies.


Eat a Healthy Diet


The food you eat has a direct impact on your mood. If you eat healthy, nutritious foods including fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats, you will feel much better than if you eat lots of sugar, chips and bad fats. So, eat a healthy diet if you want to get back on an even keel. You might have to go through a period of trial and error to see which foods make you feel good and which send you on a downward spiral, but it’ll be worth it.

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The Key to Staying Young? Always Pushing Yourself

It’s normal to wind down when we reach a certain age, but you don’t have to. Taking it easy and settling into routines will happen by default, but you can rebel against it if you want. You just need to think about it. Find new and exciting ways to stay young and fresh, and you’ll feel a lot younger than your years suggest. Here are five ways to break out of the mold.

Broadening Your Horizons


When we’re young, we always have new experiences. There comes a time when these new experiences stop happening naturally, and we need to actively push ourselves to make them happen. If it’s been awhile since you stepped outside of your comfort zone, now’s the time to take a trip, try a new hobby or sport, or take a course to learn a new skill. You never know the path you might take when you undertake a new adventure!


A New Career


If you’ve been in the same job for a couple of decades, what’s stopping you from getting a new career? It can be scary to leave the comfort of the familiar, but starting a new career can be rewarding and make the Monday – Friday routine more exciting. You’ll have more skills now than you did when you were in your twenties, so not put them to use? Enroll in a coaching course, and you’ll be able to bring your people skills and natural energy to your job. You’re never too old (or young!) to take a different path in life. What jobs might you be suited for that you’re missing out on?  


Getting Involved


There’s a whole world that might be passing you by if you’re not involved with current affairs. Instead of sitting on the sidelines, just watching things unfold, you can get involved and become part of the process. You don’t have to become a senator to make a difference. Local charities and organizations really do make a difference. If there’s a cause you feel particularly attached to, meet with the groups in your area and turn your passion into action.


Making the Most Of What You’ve Learned


You feel like you know everything when you’re young; when you’re old, you realize you know nothing. But you do know a lot and will have learned a lot just through the course of living, or at least you will if you’ve kept your eyes open as you walked through life. The process of staying young, then, is to incorporate everything you’ve learned into your life. If you know that diving into a cold body of water each day makes you feel alive, then that’s just what you should be doing.


Pushing Yourself


There are plenty of suggestions on how to stay young and alive, but what if the best remedy hasn’t yet been thought of? Life is about exploration; what can you come up with? Just because it’s never been done before doesn’t mean it never will! Carve out your own path, and you’ll inspire others.

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