Friday, April 18, 2008

The Right Way to Eat for Better Health and Weight Loss

The Right Way to Eat for Better Health and Weight Loss
 by: Ryan Cote
Did you know that how and when you eat is important for good health?
For most of your life, you probably have eaten breakfast, lunch and dinner. Now depending on your eating habits, this may be okay...but many people skip breakfast because they don't have the time, they have a semi-normal lunch and then a large dinner. Avoid this at all costs...
When you wake up, your body is screaming for food- it's been many hours since you last ate. By skipping breakfast, you're depriving your body of the nutrients it needs and forcing it to go into hibernation mode- this slows down your metabolism. Dinner should be your lightest meal of the day because your metabolism is slowest in the evening...yet for many people, it's their largest.
That being said...
The ideal eating schedule is to have a small, healthy meal every 2-3 hours (healthy sandwich, protein shake, peanut butter, fruit, healthy fats, whole grains, nuts etc). Your body isn't made for digesting huge portions of food. By eating small meals every 2-3 hours, you keep your metabolism at top speed and your digestive system healthy.
And it really isn't all that difficult. Go out and buy nutrition bars (but pay close attention to the ingredients- Kashi bars are great) good fat like peanut butter and almonds...fruit like apples and berries...lean meats like chicken and turkey...whole grains breads- these are all foods you can bring to work with you. It's what I do every day so I know it's possible.
To sum things up, you need to change your habits so you're eating small, healthy meals every 2-3 hours. This will keep your metabolism at top speed, your digestive system healthy and your body in peak performance.
If this is completely impossible for you, then make sure your breakfast is your biggest and most nutritious meal of the day, lunch your second largest, and dinner your smallest. And don't forget to drink water!
Try this for a month or two...combine it with a good exercise plan and the right nutritional supplements and you'll be amazed at how great you feel.
Copyright 2005 Ryan Cote


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Tips for Preventing and Reducing Eczema Symptoms

Tips for Preventing and Reducing Eczema Symptoms
 by: Lisa Johnson
Approximately 10-20% of the world's population suffers from Eczema. That is almost 15 million people! These cases range from mild to severe to everything in between. If you suffer from Eczema or want to find out more information about the condition, you have come to the right place. We will cover what the condition entails, and discuss different ways to treat the ailment. As always, discuss your options with your doctor before beginning any new treatment regimen.
It is important to understand what Eczema actually is. The term Eczema is actually a blanket one that covers a variety of different skin inflammations. The most common type of Eczema is actually Atopic Dermatitis. This affects children, and usually clears up with age. Atopic Dermatitis shows up most often in infancy and begins to lessen as the child ages. Eczema may vary from person to person, but usually entails dry, red, itchy patches of skin. The majority of the symptoms will come and go based on external factors. Many doctors believe that Eczema is actually an abnormal response to the body's immune system. While there is no current treatment for Eczema, there are a variety of medications aimed at controlling the severity and number of outbreaks.
The key to preventing outbreaks is proper moisturizing. This coupled with avoidance of triggers can help you prevent many Eczema outbreaks. To prevent Eczema you should try the following: Moisturize frequently Avoid sudden temperature changes Avoid overheating Reduce stress levels Avoid scratchy fabrics Avoid harsh soaps and detergents Avoid allergens
If you do experience an Eczema flair-up, there are a variety of different treatments that you can try. Many of which can be done at home with over the counter medications. If your case is more sever, you may want to go with stronger prescription medications and treatments. These include: Cold compresses Lotion applied after a bath Over the counter Corticosteroid creams and ointments Prescription creams and ointments Antibiotics- if it becomes infected Antihistamines- to reduce itching Prescription medications aimed at targeting immune responses
You will want to discuss your options with your doctor to make sure that you are getting the best possible treatment. It is recommended that you spend some time researching your options online, so that you can be better informed of the situation. Try doing a search using google, yahoo, msn, or one of the other search engines available. You should have no trouble finding lots of valuable information.
Eczema doesn't have to be a life sentence. Even though there is currently no cure, there are many different treatment options that you have. By focusing on preventing outbreaks, you can live a relatively Eczema free life. If you have an infant or child that suffers from the condition, you can do a lot to keep them outbreak free. Moisturize frequently, and do your best to prevent them from scratching at their sores. Your doctor can give you an antihistamine if the itching becomes too severe.


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The Manicure - More Than Pretty Hands

The Manicure - More Than Pretty Hands
 by: Angie Kocsi
Pretty and well cared for hands are more than a delight to the eye.
In the business world the two things often considered the most important in presenting yourself, are a good pair of shoes and well-groomed hands. Our hands say a lot about us and well-groomed hands make a good impression. Business and social occasions often require us to meet and greet colleagues and acquaintances.
The first thing we do when we met someone is hold out a hand to greet the person.
Taking care of your hands with a regular manicure will add more then style to your appearance; it will also keep your hands well-groomed and prepared for all occasions. Whether you choose a full spa manicure or opt for an at-home treatment you need to follow a few guidelines to ensure that your hands are your best assets.
The manicure: Ultimate pampering at home or at the spa
1. At home or at the spa start with a comfortable place to sit. Soak each hand in a bowl filled with warm water and perhaps a few drops of your favourite aromatherapy oil.
2. Remove hands from the water and dry with a clean towel. Carefully clip and file the nails and clean gently around the cuticle area. Rinse hands and gently pat dry.
3. While the hands are still moist apply a light scrub to exfoliate the skin. Rinse the hands again in the warm water and wipe completely dry.
4. Apply a good moisturiser or lotion to the hands and wrists. This is a good time to enjoy a relaxing hand massage. Allow the moisturiser to penetrate skin.
5. Leave fingernails natural or apply nail polish.
Handy Notes: One of the very best ways to care for your nails is to eat a healthy diet. Boitin rich foods such as eggs, soy, whole grains and liver are reputed to promote healthy nails. Foods rich in sulphur minerals like apples, cucumbers, grapes, garlic and onions are also a must for strong nail growth. The essentials oils in salmon, seeds, nuts and tuna all help to keep nail shiny and pliable. A daily moisturiser will prevent those ragged cuticles and hangnails.
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