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Habits That Are Causing You To Gain Weight

Are you staying away from fast food and candy, do you hit the gym on a regular basis and still manage to gain weight instead of losing it? It may come as a surprise, but weight often has nothing to do with your eating habits but is connected to your daily habits. Read on and see if you are also guilty of some of these weight gaining habits.

  1. Too much sleep. Sleep is great! During the nighttime your entire body is getting back to normal, cells regenerate and internal organs improve their functionality. You need sleep, still, oversleeping is not doing you any favors if you are looking to lose some extra pounds. Studies have linked higher body mass index to sleeping more than 10 hours a night.
  2. Getting ready in the dark. Morning light does you good! It is a natural metabolism booster and helps your body wake up and get ready for a new day! Don’t avoid the blue light waves from the early morning sun if you are in the process of losing weight.
  3. Make up your bed. Strange but true. Making your bed influences your sleep quality which plays a major role in your weight loss battle.
  4. Don’t forget to weight yourself. Daily weighing is a successful technique that encourages weight loss. It motivates you to keep up the good work and helps improve your self-esteem day by day. The best time for checking your weight is in the morning before you had any breakfast. Remember you are losing weight every night! Go check it in the morning.
  5. Have a proper sized breakfast! Mornings are for indulging yourself! Don’t hesitate and treat yourself with a delicious meal first thing in the morning! This is the most important meal of the day and the one that will give you energy all through the day!

Follow our advice and change your habits if you want to say good bye to a few extra kilos!

Forget About Bad Breath In 5 Minutes

Bad breath is not something that you can easily control. Sometimes it is caused by internal issues or poor hygiene. It can also affect people that are overly careful with their oral hygiene, as it may be the result of some bacteria living in their throat. Bad breath is not a medical issue, but it does create a lot of discomfort and may cause low self-esteem in the long run.

While it’s not something that can be treated once and for all, there are cases when bad breath disappears on its own.

Still, bad breath affects a lot of people and there are countless products on the market that all promise results, but very seldom deliver them.

Fortunately, there is one natural remedy that will make you forget all about bad breath! All you have to do is follow the instructions and stop wasting your money and time on inefficient products.

All you need in order to prepare the miracle mixture are a few ingredients that can easily be found in any kitchen: milk, cinnamon, honey and lemon.

Mix a teaspoon of honey with half a teaspoon of cinnamon, pour on top of them the lemon juice and a glass of cold milk. Blend them together really well and pour the mixture in a bottle.

Use the mixture to rinse your mouth twice a day and feel your breath improve with the time!

Keep the mixture in the fridge and don’t forget to prepare a new bottle every week for the best results!

It can also help rinsing your mouth with a mixture of lukewarm water and a teaspoon of baking soda.

Do this after you’ve thoroughly brushed your teeth and use the milk and honey mixture twice a day after the main meals.

If the bad breath continues to trouble you and does not seem to improve, it is worth seeing a specialist that can help you identify its cause!

Avoid Mosquito Bites Using This Amazing Mixture!

Summer is already around the corner and unfortunately, it brings together with sun and hot temperatures another things we are not looking forward to. One such less pleasant gift is the appearance of mosquitos and all sorts of smaller insects that are a real summer night nightmare!

They invade parks that are a relaxation paradise after a hot day in a heated office. They get in your homes uninvited and keep you up all night with their noise.

And most importantly, the mosquito bites that look so unaesthetic and can get easily infected, causing real headaches and scratching issues.

Still, this is not even the worst case scenario. You must not forget about the diseases mosquitos can spread away. They are the carriers of some of the most dangerous diseases in the world. One tiny bite is enough to infect with lethal viruses such as malaria, Zika, yellow fever, Chikunhunya disease, encephalitis and many other exotic and common diseases. It is also a popular carrier of Hepatitis C that is very often incurable.

These are the main reasons you should always be alert when you start hearing their characteristic noise around.

Mosquito repellent products are sold almost in every store and there are some sprays that are quite efficient in keeping the small, annoying insects away. Still, all these products are chemically obtained and their smell is quite disturbing. Some of the sprays contain hard toxins that irritate the skin and the respiratory system.

Take this into account and turn towards natural remedies that are just as effective!

There is a foolproof trick that will keep you mosquito free all summer long!

Prepare a mixture of a teaspoon of vanilla, 30 drops of eucalypt or lemon oil and 120 ml of pure alcohol or vodka.

Mix them well together and spray a small quantity every other 4 hours for the best results!


What Happens to Your Body 10 Hours After You Apply Nail Polish

You are definitely aware of the fact that nail polish has bad influence on the health of your nails. In time they dry up and turn yellow. But are you aware of the immediate reactions your body has to nail polish? Do you know just what ingredients harm you and the way the affect your health?

The main danger of nail polish is its toxicity, because they may contain the following components:

  • Toluene- a solvent that gives the nails a smooth finish and preserves the pigment. Toluene can affect the central nervous system and cause serious reproductive disorders. Feelings of nausea, fainting, weakness and headaches are all signs of a substandard nail polish.
  • Dibutyl phthalate is used as a fragrance and can cause endocrine disorders, gynecological diseases and diseases of the respiratory tract.
  • Formaldehyde prolongs the polish’s storage life. It is a highly dangerous ingredient as it may trigger rhythm disorders, convulsions and even cancer.

Studies have shown that levels of diphenyl phosphate elevate alarmingly in the following 6 hours after applying nail polish. The results are beyond disturbing.

This is a powerful proof of the quickness with which the harmful ingredients make their way in the human body. What is even more disturbing is the fact that women don’t pay attention to this procedure, constantly putting themselves at risk!

It is specifically because of these ingredients that nail polish is not advisable for pregnant women, and they should indeed follow the doctor’s advice and give up nail polish for the time they are pregnant.

Still, there are ways to protect yourself from the harmful ingredients contained in nail polishes. Check the bottles for a few special markings:

  • ‘’5-Free’’ means the product does not contain formaldehyde, derivate resins from formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalates or camphor.
  • ‘’3-Free” means the nail polish is free of just three of the most harmful components: formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalates.

Solid Soap Vs Liquid Soap – Advantages And Disadvantages

Soap is soap, whichever shape and form it may come in, right? Well, sorry to break it down, but no. There are lots of differences when it comes to soap, its substances and formula. You’ve definitely been in front of store shelves trying to choose between a solid and a liquid soap. But did you make the choice based on instinct or on knowledge? Let’s discover together a few of soap’s secrets.

Current soaps, both solid and liquid ones, are great for cleaning the skin of dirt and go even further, to moisturizing it due to the various substances they contain, such as Shea butter. This way, you no longer need to apply body lotions to moisturize the skin after showering. So read on the ingredients labels and use them accordingly.

Some solid soaps have scrubbing properties, while the equivalent in liquid soaps have exfoliation properties, but require the help of a special massage glove. Liquid soaps have the advantage of containing salicylic or glycolic acid and they provide effective long-term exfoliation and skin rejuvenation. So if it’s a tighter skin you are looking for, turn to liquid soaps.

Solid soap has a discreet perfume when compared with the liquid soap, fact that is especially helpful for sensitive skin and does not damage the quality of the used perfume.

A very big solid soap disadvantage is the fact that it provides a great bacteria and fungi survival surface on its wet surface. This can be transmitted to other people if the soap is shared.

In terms of hygiene, liquid soap is better, as it does in no way indulge bacteria growth and accumulation.

Still, remember that for every situation you may require one or another sort of soap and if it’s no big deal, try and keep them both close by.

Always Hungry? This One Ingredient May Be to Blame

Do you feel constantly hungry? There may be a reason behind this, and it’s not at all what you expect. There is one ingredient that can increase your hunger.Read on and find the exact cause for your constant hunger.

Salt is responsible for many changes in the human body. Eating salty foods makes you thirsty, but in the long term it actually makes you drink less water. Drinking less water triggers a state of constant hunger, helped by elevated sodium levels.

This is why high salt diets contribute to weight gain.

The discovery was possible due to the efforts of German and American researchers that have studied the nutritional and metabolic systems of a group of subjects in a tightly controlled environment for months.

What they found out was unexpected and surprising.

It was then proved that on a high-salt diet, the body wanted to prevent water loss, so the kidneys had to find ways to increase water content, thus making the subject less thirsty.

At the same time, high-salt diets are associated with a breakdown in muscle protein that is converted into urea, a chemical that enables the kidneys to reabsorb fluid and prevent water loss while salt is excreted.

What is more disturbing is the truth behind the negative influences salt actually has on the human body. A high-salt diet triggers an increase in glucocorticoids and it could predispose people to other chronic health problems. It could also potentially raise the risk of metabolic syndrome, a combination of three of more factors for heart disease and diabetes.

So think twice before adding salt to your meal.

Also, remember, the dangerous sodium does not come from table salt, it is however found in restaurant meals and processed foods that are high in sugar, saturated fats and simple carbs. So there are plenty of reasons to limit these in your diet.

‘’Try eating less of everything and you will automatically eat less sodium’’ is the main wisdom of the story.

Incredible Buttermilk Benefits For Hair and Skin

It is a pity most of us keep ignoring the benefits of natural products and turn towards chemical treated ones. One such case is the benefits buttermilk has for hair and skin. Indian culture is to be praised for the fact that they know how to get the best out of buttermilk benefits.

Extremely loved all over the world, this cooling beverage has great benefits that would put to shame most products sold in stores today.

Besides being delicious, you can use buttermilk for a great number of issues, such as:

  1. Bleaching agent. Use it on your skin for a whiter, lighter complexion.
  2. Fight skin woes such as discoloration, spots and blemishes by giving yourself buttermilk facials.
  3. Tighten your skin and get rid of age spots.
  4. Cleanse your skin and remove all make-up traces with the help of a cotton ball dipped in buttermilk.
  5. Mix it with whatever products you have handy to exfoliate your skin.
  6. Use buttermilk as a first aid in case of sunburns to calm the skin. Mix it with mashed papaya or even tomatoes to form a paste.

Buttermilk is great for all types of skin, from oily to combination to normal skin.

As for what it can do to your hair, the benefits are just as numerous:

  1. Buttermilk can significantly change the texture of your hair.
  2. Get a clean scalp and a feeling of freshness with buttermilk mask.
  3. Fight dandruff and dryness by including buttermilk to your regular hair care regime.
  4. Proteins in buttermilk help nourish your hair and replenish all essential nutrients.

To get the most out of buttermilk, use it in hair masks. Mix a few tablespoons of buttermilk with an egg, a few tablespoons of olive oil, a mashed banana and two tablespoons of honey. Blend well and apply to your hair wrapping it in a shower cap. Leave it on for at least 20 minutes, then wash it off with a herbal shampoo.

Treat dandruff by applying it directly to your scalp along white vinegar and lemon juice.

However, we do advise you to get in touch with your dermatologist that will determine your skin type and help you incorporate buttermilk in your beauty regime.

Natural Ways to Remove Make Up

Most of us, women, think the most important step of having to deal with make-up is putting it on, often ignoring the true importance of taking it off and cleaning up the face. We tend to focus on looking good with make-up so much, that it slips our mind how make-up can affect our skin in the long term. This is why so many articles and beauty bloggers are starting to stress out the importance of a thorough make-up removal. Even more so, using the right products.

There are countless of make-up removing products available nowadays that can help you get clean and fresh in almost no time, but it is worth checking their ingredient’s list before trusting your face.

Keep in mind the fact that your skin requires special and personalized care, and your best choice in avoiding rushes, allergies and other side effects, are natural products.

Don’t worry, we have selected a few products that are not time consuming and will leave your skin glowing and clean in no time!

  1. You must have definitely heard the stories about Cleopatra and Sissi, the empresses that were famous for their beauty and did not hide the fact that it was all due to milk. Milk is itself a delicate detergent and perfect for removing all types of make-up without being in the slightest aggressive to your skin. Indulge in this queen-worthy beauty treatment and see how your skin will thank you for that!
  2. Baking soda and honey. Both products are already famous for their health and cleaning properties, but what will amaze you is how well they work together in removing make-up and leaving your skin both exfoliated and hydrated. Just mix a teaspoon of honey with one of baking soda, and rub in gently, careful removing both make-up traces and superficial dead-skin.
  3. Coconut oil. This simple product is a must have in any household, and when you learn about its wonderful powers, you will not let it go from your beauty bag as well! Coconut oil is the perfect weapon for waterproof make-up leaving your face clean and hydrated.
  4. Cucumber juice. You are most certainly familiar with the slices of cucumber that do wonders for your tired eyes, but did you know you can use the vegetable to obtain a make-up free face? Blend a cucumber to a paste with the help of a blender and use it as a cleanser. You get bonus points if use the remaining product as a mask. The mixture will soothe your skin and give you a healthy glow as a result.
  5. Steam is the most feared enemy of all kinds of dirt. Especially make-up related products. Keeping your face over a recipient with hot water will remove not only superficial traces of make-up, but clean your pores all through, unclogging them of dirt and impurities. Steams are the secret all models swear by and it never fails to work!

So ditch all the expensive professional make-up removing products for some natural ones that will do wonders for your skin the long run!

How To Quit Biting Your Nails

Nail biting is a bad, unhealthy habit. It starts in childhood but some adults seem to not be able to brush it off even in maturity. Nail biting is both ugly and unhealthy, making one’s nails look damaged while at the same time bringing up stomach problems due to the ingested dirt. The habit of nail biting is not short but it is rather easy, see below for some ideas so as to stop it and enjoy beautiful and healthy nails from now on!

  1. Manicure and healthy nails. Get in the habit of manicures and invest some money every-now-and-then in maintaining the manicure looking sharp so that you will always have to think twice before biting the nails of. Regular manicures will ensure the fact that your nails will get in good shape sooner. Show off your manicure and various nail polish colors and combinations as much as you can, and you will soon be hooked on good looking nails enough so as to forget all about biting.
  2. Healthy diet. A healthy diet feeds the body as much as it does the mind. Good diets help obtain glowing skin, thicker hair and better nails. Getting stronger nails with the help of minerals and calcium will make it hard for you to bite them off, as well as giving them a much better appearance.
  3. Replace a habit with a hobby. Look at your nail biting as a bad habit that needs to be replaced. If you feel like needing an activity with your fingers find something else that will keep you occupied. Carry a rubber-band or coin that you can play with when you get anxious.
  4. Keep your mouth busy. This does not mean you should eat nonstop but you should consider introducing snacks, gums or candies instead of chewing off your nails. Also, keeping a bottle of water handy can keep you way from nail biting.
  5. Covering the nail with a bandage in order to stop nail biting is the most extreme solution but it is required in cases that cannot be solved otherwise. It is worth asking for a psychologist’s advice, because serious nail biting can also flag a psychological drama that needs the assistance of a specialized therapist.

These Are The Most Frequently Faked Foods

Nowadays most of the things that surround us are fake. We have to be careful not to buy fake perfumes, fake beauty products, but did it ever occur to you that you may be getting fake products on a daily basis? We have researched and found out there are 7 products that get faked a lot and endanger our health daily.

  1. Ground coffee. Coffee is expensive. This is why, in order to reduce production costs add ground wood, wheat and soybeans. To avoid buying fake coffee, just get coffee beans and grind them yourself.
  2. Pomegranate juice. Appreciated for its vitamins, pomegranate juice is often diluted with cheaper apple juice or water. Read careful the details on the package even if the label reads ‘’natural juice’’ in big bold letters.
  3. Olive oil. Olive oil is easily replaced with cheaper corn, palm or soy oil. If you want to find out if this is indeed olive oil, pour some in a glass and put it in the fridge. If it forms a sediment, you are in luck.
  4. Parmesan cheese. A leader in the market of fake foods, this cheese may contain about 10% wooden shavings. Always buy the whole wheel and carefully read the composition on the label.
  5. Often diluted with syrups with a high fructose content, real honey does not need to be kept in the fridge. So read the instructions once more.
  6. Fish is expensive and sorry to break it down to you, but most of the times you think you are getting real fish sushi, you get a different type of fish, a cheaper version, that’s sometimes even colored. So next time you feel like eating fish, order it in steak form. This way you will actually see the fish that’s being used.

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