Friday, February 21, 2020

Don't Skip Meals To Lose Weight.

Pancakes, Maple Syrup, Sweet, FoodI know so many people who regularly skip at least one meal a day, usually breakfast because they do not want to gain weight, or they aren't much for eating, or they don't like it.  I've also seen at least one television medical person who says we should eat brunch and skip breakfast totally but for most of us, our work schedule doesn't allow for that recommendation.

The truth about skipping meals especially breakfast is fascinating and goes against some of our beliefs.  Science has shown that skipping meals in general is bad, no matter which meal is skipped.  Research has found that when a meal is skipped, your blood sugar decreases you begin feeling fatigued, irritated, and makes it harder to think.  It also causes your body to produce additional cortisol which increases our stress level, and hungry.  Furthermore, it causes your metabolism to slow down resulting in a weight gain.  In addition, your body switches to a survival mode causing you to crave food and you have to eat.  Unfortunately, this craving is a desire for unhealthy foods.

It is important to see what each meal does to see why you shouldn't skip any meal.  Breakfast provides the kickstart your body needs to function well.  When you eat it, your metabolism increases, supplies energy, and increases your focus for work or for school.  It energizes you and keeps you from dragging.

In addition, there are studies out there are studies that indicate eating breakfast improves health, memory and concentration, lower levels of bad cholesterol, and decreased chances of diabetes, heart disease, and gaining too much weight.  There are indications that when people skip breakfast, they overeat later.

There are other people who eat breakfast but skip lunch thinking that it won't create a problem but that is not correct.  When people eat lunch, it provides them with additional energy so they don't feel like sleeping, and raises blood sugar levels that make it easier to focus and keeps your metabolism going because if you don't eat for long periods of time, your metabolism slows down significantly.   It is like burning a fire without adding fuel to it. It eventually goes out.

There have been studies done that indicate people who skip meals tend to weight more than those who eat regular meals.  In addition, it is shown that when people skip meals, they tend to eat more and often eat foods that are higher in fats, sugars, and calories.  The same can be said about dinner.  If you skip dinner, you body has to go a very long time before it is fueled again.

I have seen suggestions regarding daily eating that suggestion people eat so they do not skip any meals.  The first suggestion is for people to take the amount of food they might normally eat all day and divide it into five smaller meals so you don't go longer than four hours between meals.  The second has been around for a lot longer.  In this train of thought, a person eats the big meal in the morning, a smaller meal at lunch and the smallest at night.

The logic behind the second train of thought is most people eat large dinners and end up consuming about half of their calories at dinner.  The body when it is at rest tends to burn less fat but there is not evidence you will gain weight when you eat a large dinner.

No matter what, all meals should be made of healthy food, have enough protein for our bodies, and are not filled with fat or sugar.  Think about what I've talked about here if you want to skip meals to loose weight.  Skipping meals makes it harder.  Let me know what you. think, I'd love to hear.  Have a great day.


Wednesday, February 19, 2020

What about Green Tea, Dragon's Blood, and Snail Mucin on The Face.

Tea, Hand, Fresh, Green, Leaves, Drying It is interesting what one can find in skin care products today.  Yes, I use products with all of these things because I've heard they are good for me but I had to look them up to determine what they offer when used by people.

I have a toner and a face serum with green tea in them.  According to research, green tea is filled with antioxidants that help counter free radicals from damaging the skin.  Green tea can help improve the tone of the skin, help with it's vitality but it cannot reverse the signs of aging, nor can it eliminate wrinkles. It is recommended one drink green tea in addition to putting it on the face to get the fullest benefits.

Then there is something called Dragons Blood that is being recommended for the face.  Dragon's blood is an extract from several members of the Dragon family.  The red sap is collected from trees and processed into a variety of products including ones to prevent diarrhea. As far as the face, it is said to help keep the face free of damaging bacteria and prevent inflammation.  It is said to encourage the growth of fibroblasts which are an intricate part of your skin cells.

Dragons blood is supposed to provide a protective layer on the skin so that your skin is protected from sun damage and slows down aging while encouraging collagen production.  It is said to boost skin regeneration.  I use some at night to seal in all the other good stuff I've put on it right before bed.

Now for Snail Mucin which is produced by snails.  It is the gooey stuff you see them leave behind them by garden snails but the slime is filled with glycoproteins, hyaluronic acid, and glycolic acids, all of which have been proven to be good for the skin.  In addition, this ingredient is considered to have anti-aging property and the mucin seals moisture into the skin and allows the good ingredients to be absorbed by the skin.

The people who raise snails for they mucin let the snails crawl across a net from which the mucin is extracted for use in skin care products.  None of the snails are harmed, nor are they just pulled out of the garden, they are raised specifically for this.  I love the products I use that have snail mucin in them.  Since I began using products with ingredients from today and yesterday, I've noticed my skin is looking healthier and younger.

By the way, there are other things that are found in skin care products but I draw the line at using them even though they are said to be good for the skin.  I hesitate to use products with bird poop, whale vomit, sewage extract, horse fat, bird nests, and so many other things.  It is possible I have things in my skin care that I might object to if I knew what they were made of but ignorance is bliss in this case.

I hope these two days have helped you learn more about the good things you should look for in your skin care products.  Let me know what you think, I'd love to hear.  Have a great day.


Sunday, February 16, 2020

What are Glycolic Acid and Other Ingredients Found in Face Serums.

Cream, Box, Cosmetics, Lid, Fragrance I've noticed as I've gotten older, I'm seeing new lines, new wrinkles, while I don't feel as if I'm really any older.  With the new fine lines, I'm looking for "the product" to help minimize things but with all those ingredients, what do they do.  I had to look things up for me, so now I'll share them with you.

1. Glycolic Acid - This is one of the Alpha-hydroxy-acids and is made from sugar cane.  This is a common ingredient in face serums, etc.  It is a small molecule so it is easily absorbed into the skin.

In addition, this acid exfoliates the skin to get rid of dead skin cells.  This property can help acne prone skin by getting rid of dead cells.  Furthermore, since it is absorbed into the skin, it loosens built up sebum and and proteins that lead to blackheads and other breakouts.  For those of us who are aging, it can help smooth out the skin while evening out the skin tone by helping to get rid of pigments from age spots, etc.  Finally, it prepares the skin to accept other products better.  It is recommended one invest in a serum with no more than 10 percent glycolic acid with a pH of 3.5

2. Hyaluronic acid - This is produced by your body and is found in your skin, eyes, and joints.  It's main job is to retain water in order to keep your tissues hydrated.  One gram of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) can hold up to 6 liters of water but the HA is able to regulate the moisture in your skin so it doesn't get over saturated and it leaves your skin looking plump and radiant.  This causes wrinkles and lines to appear minimized and it works for all skin types.  Furthermore, it appears to have antioxidants so as to protect the skin from free radicals.

3. Vitamin C Serums - this can help smooth out the skin, even out skin tone, perk up your skin, help with acne scars, and help fine lines.  Vitamin C is a wonderful antioxidant which helps protect your skin from free radicals while helping your body repair skin cells.  Vitamin C helps counter UV and pollution damage.  It also helps trigger the production of collegian and and elastin and help cut down on dark spots.

4. Peptides - These are actually an amino acid which helps rejuvenate skin cells while stimulating collegian production.  The issue with using a skin care product is that it takes at least a month of constant use before you see results because they are very gradual.  There are two types of peptides found in skin products.  They are Palmitoyl Oligopeptide and Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide - 7.

Palmitoyl Oligopeptide takes at least four weeks to see results because it works on keeping connective tissues structured so the skin doesn't sag and reduces signs of wrinkles while Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide - 7 reduces inflammation of the skin and helps counter the damage done by free radicals.

5. Retinol - This ingredient has been scientifically proven to have anti-aging properties.  It is derived from vitamin A and is said to help clear up acne, even out skin texture and skin tone, while minimizing age spots, and it helps to increase collegian production.  Unfortunately, it can cause the skin to flake, become dryer, and promote a sensitivity to the sun.  If you use a cream with Retinol during the day, you must use a sunscreen for additional protection. Retinol works by increasing collegian production while increasing skin regeneration rates are are considered the gold standards for anti-aging and acne treatment.

These are 5 of the latest ingredients you will find in face products.  Another time, I'll address Dragons blood, green tea, and snail mucus found in face products.  Let me know what you think, I'd love to hear.  Have a great day.


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Friday, February 14, 2020

Can You Increase Your Metabolic Rate?

Superhero, Girl, Speed, Runner, RunningOne of my students told me she'd heard that if she drank lots of green tea, she could increase her metabolism and loose weight.  I told her I wasn't sure that was correct so I looked it up and the piece I read said "It may" increase metabolism.

It turns out most of us are using two terms interchangeably when in reality they aren't.  Metabolism actually refers to all chemical reactions the happen in the body while metabolic rate which is the rate your body burns calories.

They are related to each other because the calories our bodies burn cause the chemical reactions to occur.  So the higher your metabolism, the higher your metabolic rate.  It is well known that as women age, their metabolism tends to slow and they gain weight because they are loosing muscle mass but there are things you can do to keep from gaining weight as you age.

One of the first things people do when they want to loose weight is to cut their calories but this is not necessarily the best move because your body is used to a certain weight and when you cut the calories significantly, your body cuts it metabolism rate because it assumes you are starving.  It is suggested you eat the number of calories equal to your weight times 11 so you can loose weight while maintaining your metabolism.

Another thing about your diet is to make sure you eat because your metabolism has slowed due to sleeping and it won't rev up until you've eaten something.  Studies indicate people who eat breakfast tend to lose more weight than those who skip that meal.  You don't have to eat much but it needs to be in the 300 calorie range but it should contain protein and high fiber carbohydrates rather than high fat foods.

Furthermore, you need to make sure you eat enough protein because that can help raise your metabolism.  It is recommended that your daily diet should be made up of between 10 to 35 percent protein.  Make sure the protein comes from lean animal sources or low fat dairy sources such as yogurt or cheese.  Your body finds it harder to break down protein due to its amino acids and thus your body burns more calories doing it.  This is why they recommend you eat protein.

It is also recommended you eat five to six smaller meals each day rather than three large meals because it prevents you from becoming hungry and over eating.  Try to schedule. meals so you do not go over four hours between meals and include protein with each meal.  It is recommended one eat a nice breakfast, a small snack during mid morning and mid afternoon, a small lunch, and a small dinner with perhaps a small evening snack.

In addition, make sure you include more high fiber carbohydrates from vegetables, fruit, and grains rather than relying on processed foods as much.  Don't be afraid to add spicy peppers and other spices to your cooking because research has found the spiciness tends to make people fill fuller faster.

Yes, it is highly recommended people, especially women, continue exercising as they age because it helps their metabolism.  It is important to include weight training because one pound of muscle burns more calories than one pound of fat so if you have more muscle on our body, you burn more calories. In fact, increasing your muscle increases your at rest metabolism so you even burn more calories while sitting down.

In addition, add some interval training to your regular workout sessions because studies indicate that people who do interval training twice a week to their regular cardio workout, can double their weight loss due to their increased metabolism.  Throw in a couple cross training sessions per week and you make your body work harder but you don't have to exercise all in one session.  Instead of exercising for one hour straight, break it up into two 30 minute sessions so that you you keep your metabolism elevated.

Finally, be sure to get enough sleep and relax.  If you don't get enough sleep, your body is tired and unable to burn calories as efficiently as normal.  Make sure you find time to relax and chill out because stress can cause fat cells in your body to begin storing fat and you get bigger.  With just a few changes to your lifestyle, you can improve your metabolism and increase your metabolic rate.  Let me know what you think, I'd love to hear.  Have a great day.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Homemade Products For Your Face and Hands.

Cream, Skin Cream, Glass, Flowers I have made my own beauty products in the past but due to the fact I live in the middle of nowhere it is actually easier for me to use commercial.  I know that home made products can work well but I also know it is better to have only small amounts made because it is possible these products can become contaminated with bacteria.

One should be careful about one's sensitivity to certain ingredients and it is possible to develop a sensitivity to ingredients over time so always be on the look out for that.

Many homemade products are easy to assemble with just a few ingredients found around the house but know that not every product works for everyone.    I'll share a few recipes with you, ones that don't need a ton of ingredients and are easy to make and hopefully you'll find things that will work well for you.

As we all know it is winter, when your skin dries out and you tend to look a bit older but there is a quick fix for that. Take one tablespoon of cocoa powder, mix it with one tablespoon of sour cream, one tablespoon of honey, and one egg white.  Smooth this mixture all over the face and allow it to dry before rinsing it off.  This mask is full of antioxidants.  The sour cream is filled with lactic acid that hydrates the skin while exfoliating it at the same time.  The honey boosts hydration while the egg white helps firm and tighten your skin.

Is the winter drying your hands out? Are they rough and flakey?  Take two to three cups of whole milk and heat until warm.  Submerge your hands in it for 5 to 10 minutes so the milk fat will help hydrate your skin while the Vitamin A and E help nourish your dry skin.  This is a great reason to keep a half gallon or gallon of whole milk in the fridge.

Does your face run oily rather than dry?  Try mixing three teaspoons of ground up oats with a quarter teaspoon of apple cider until it has formed a smooth paste.  To this add one quarter teaspoon lemon juice and a half teaspoon of brown sugar.  Mix well and then smooth over freshly washed skin and leave five to ten minutes before smoothing in circles all over the face to exfoliate it.  Rinse with warm water and pat dry.  The apple cider contains alpha-hydroxides that remove excess oil and the oats  make a great cleaner.

In today's world our skin is constantly exposed to a variety of environmental issue, some of which damage our skin.  One way to counter it is to take one tablespoon of ripe, crushed blueberries, one tablespoon of lemon juice, a tablespoon of cucumber juice, two tablespoons of baking soda, and two tablespoons of water.  Mix before applying to face and letting it set for 15 to 20 minutes.  Rinse with warm water and pat dry.  The blueberries are filled with antioxidants and help repair damage done to your face.  The vitamin C added by the lemon juice helps brighten your skin.

Now for those patches of dry skin we all develop, especially during the winter.  Grind up enough rice in a blender to get one half cup.  Add one half cup of coconut milk from a can, one quarter cup brown sugar, and one and a half tablespoons of ground ginger to make a paste.  Apply the mixture to dry patches of skin or all over the whole body, rub in a circular motion and rinse off at the end.

These should help you get through the winter wonderfully.  Let me know what you think, I'd love to hear.  Have a great day.