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Paper Thin Skin – How to Thicken Your Skin and Bring Back Its Youthful Strength and Flexibility

Paper thin skin is a real thing.

It isn’t just your imagination: After years of aging and lack of the right nutrients, your skin really does get thinner and thinner. The fat under the skin is lost. Much worse, you lose collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid, all essential to a healthy complexion. Oxidation damages and ages your skin.

Here is an explanation of how it happens, and how you can thicken and rebuild paper thin skin.

What you notice first

If you have been saying, “My skin is paper thin,” you have probably had a series of bumps, bruises and scrapes. Your skin bruises at every little bump that most people would hardly notice. (Sometimes you can’t even recall getting a bump, but you have a nasty bruise anyway.) If you scrape your knee even a little, your skin peels away as if you had a major accident.

This isn’t just a problem of appearance. When your skin is this delicate, it is also easily infected, and takes much longer to heal. You may well need medical care for a wound that would hardly bother someone with healthy skin.

What causes the problem

The problem is skin aging. That does NOT mean simply getting older. Some people get super-thin, easily wounded skin long before middle age. Often this is because of long-term use of medical steroids. Generally these drugs are given because of a chronic health condition.

Regardless of the contributing factors, aging skin has specific causes — and passing time is not one of them! Fortunately, all the most important causes of aging skin can be reversed.

Supplements can help your skin and your overall health, too.

Look for a supplement that contains at least 30 mg of SAMe (S-Adenosyl-Methionine) and at least 50 mg of Carnosine. SAMe is a wonderful nutrient involved in a key process called methylation; Carnosine stops glycation, which destroys healthy proteins, including collagen and elastin; Carnosine also has the unique ability to halt glycation which has already begun.

The other supplement that has a powerful record for skin health and repair is omega 3 fish oil. A just-introduced omega 3 fish oil contains the antioxidant astaxanthin, and a lycopene extract. The lycopene complex in this oil has been shown in clinical trials to actually thicken skin, add density, and dramatically reduce scaling and roughness — both very common in aging skin.

Skin care lotion or cream

Several ingredients in skin care lotion or cream have a proven clinical record of reversing the causes of aging skin. They can thicken and toughen skin and renew its flexibility, month after month. Here are some of the best:

— Cynergy TK stimulates the skin’s own natural production of collagen and elastin. It increased new skin cell production by 160 percent and improved skin elasticity by 42 percent in trials with human volunteers. It also reduced inflammation and had powerful antioxidant qualities.

— A seaweed extract called Phytessence Wakame allowed the skin to rebuild its hyaluronic acid levels. In trials, it did this by blocking 52 percent of the action of an enzme that degrades hyaluronic acid.

— If the product contains Coenzyme Q10 in tiny particles, often called a “nano-emulsion,” it can penetrate the skin deeply. In general, other forms of CoQ10 are not well absorbed. With natural vitamin E, CoQ10 makes perhaps the most powerful antioxidant combination in healthy skin.

See my website for more on toughening and thickening paper thin skin.

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Healthy Eating in 100 Words

Everyone has a different idea of what healthy eating means. Some think it’s all about eating lettuce and drinking only water. Others think eating healthy means you have to make gigantic sacrifices in your life that amount to starvation.  To me, eating healthy means this:

“You have only one chance at life. It makes more sense to increase your chances of living longer; opposed to decreasing you chances of living longer. Eating healthy means you have taken the initiative to be around longer for those you love. Heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol have sunk in at some point, and you refuse to take any chances. Eating healthy means you have self-will, self-awareness, self-confidence, and the desire to look and feel great every single day.  You understand your bank statement, so should you understand words like sodium, fat & sugar. Start now.” 

Simple ways to eat healthier starting today:

*   Reverse your veggie to non-veggie ratio.  Eat more veggies and less of the other stuff- that other stuff is what’s giving you the love handles. Meat is high in sodium and fat, so eat less of it.

*   Butter be gone.  When you order out, make sure they prepare your meal without butter. Most restaurants use butter to add flavor to food that has been sitting out for a while.

*   Use milk instead of cream in your coffee.

*   Rinse all your canned foods before eating them. It washes the sodium away from them!

*   Learn about food labels. Reducing fat, sodium and sugar are critical to living healthier.

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Healthy Meat – Which Meats Are The Healthiest?

Man is used to eating meat it has been part of our diets for centuries, however in recent years many nutrionists have warned us about the dangers of meat. This article will separate the hype form the reality of eating meat.

Let’s look at which meat is the best to eat and what meat should be avoided and some of the Conclusions may surprise you!

Beef

Per 100g 136 calories 5.1g fat

About half the fat in beef is monounsaturated fat which is similar to the heart healthy fat that you find in olive oil.

Look for organic cuts. The reason for this is these cattle are more likely to have been fed on grass and not grain which makes the fat healthier and will contain more omega 3 which is heart friendly.

Pork

Per100g 123 calories 4g fat

Pigs tend to be intensely reared which increases the chance that pork will contain harmful chemicals. It is more important than ever in pork to go organic.

Lamb

Per 100g 156 calories 8.3g fat

Lab has a reputation as being unhealthy as it is a relatively fatty meat however lamb is one of the least intensely reared animals (the complete opposite to pork) and is relatively healthy and a great treat.

Ham

Per 100g 107 calories 3.3g of fat

Packaged ham can contain up to 37% water and have high doses of salt and even flavourings. Ham really is a meat that should only been eaten in moderation because of this.

Venison

Per 100g 120 calories 2.4g of fat

Tends to be wild or non intensively farmed it is therefore a very healthy choice for red meat lovers and one of the healthiest of all.

Bacon Per 100g 215 calories 16.5g of fat

Just like ham very high in salt and preservatives that are the subject of cancer scares. Like ham only indulge occasionally.

Chicken

Per 100g 116 calories 3.2 fat minus skin

Full of iron, zinc and vitamin B12 a great choice, but make sure its organic chickens are one of the most intensely farmed meats and these can be full of things, well you really don’t want to know!

Turkey

Per 100g 119 calories 1g fat

Is one of the leanest meats and good source of protein. Turkey is Rich in B vitamins and zinc and a great source of tryptophan a brain boosting nutrient. Like chicken a very healthy meat – Go organic.

Duck

Per 100g 11.2 fat

A very fatty meat containing a lot of saturated fat, but also contains a lot of health benefits to with big doses of Iron and Zinc and B vitamins.

As you can see there are several excellent healthy meats with turkey being the best all round choice. All of the meats above can be eaten regularly with the exception of bacon and ham and beef is not as bad for as many nutritionists claim 0 In fact its good for you!

Man is a carnivore and many of the problems and health scares to do with meat are created by man, but if you go organic you can enjoy meat anytime and be healthy and happy – Enjoy!

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7 Essential Nutrients

There are 7 essential nutrients that sustain human life. Here is a list of those 7 nutrients and what roll they play in your body, and in your life. Here is how or where you can get these 7 essential nutrients.

1) Water – is the body most basic need. With out water you would die in just a few days. It is important not to ignore your thirst. You should never try to reduce your fluid intake, you should actually try to drink the recommended 8 glasses of 8 ounces of water everyday. It is even more important if you are trying to lose weight. Plus by drinking that much water, it is very good for your skin, and can make you look younger.

2) Carbohydrates – provides fuel to meet energy needs. Complex carbohydrates, or starches, are found in many plant foods such as grains, potato’s and rice. Carbohydrates should be 55 to 60 percent of your diet.

3) Protein – made up of amino acids, is essential for the growth and maintenance of body tissue, blood cells, hormones and enzymes. The best source of protein is meat, poultry, fish, milk products, and eggs. Vegetables, grains, fruits, legumes, seeds and nuts contain lesser amounts. Ten to 15 percent of your daily calorie intake should be from protein.

4) Fiber – is indigestible carbohydrate and is very important for general health. There are two types insoluble and soluble. Insoluble fiber acids in the digestive process: it can help prevent hemorrhoids and may also protect against cancer of the lower bowl. Sources include brown rice, brain, whole grain cereals and broccoli. Soluble fiber is thought to help reduce cholesterol and thus reduce the risk of heart and arterial disease It is found in oats, peas, beans, root vegetables, and citrus fruits. Recommended intake of fiber is 20g to 35g per day from different sources.

5) Fat – is essential as an energy store, to insulate the body against rapid heat loss, help produce hormones, cushion vital organs suck as the liver and kidneys, and aid in the absorption of certain vitamins. Fat should represent no more than 30 percent of the diet, but many people eat more. There are two main types of fat: saturated (predominant fat in vegetable oils). Fried and sugary foods that are high in saturated fat should be avoided, as they offer little nutritional value. On the other hand, unsaturated fats, especially the monounsaturated fat in olive oil, may help protect against heart disease.

6) Vitamins – are organic compounds, essential for body growth, function, maintenance and repair. They are categorized into two groups, water soluble and fat soluble. Water soluble vitamins including the B complex group and vitamins C, need to be replenished daily because they are not stored in the bodies tissue. Fat soluble vitamins, including A, D, E, and K, are stored by the body for long-periods of time, and so excessive intake may be harmful, a balanced diet that includes plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and cereals should provide all the vitamins that the body needs.

7) Minerals – are essential inorganic compounds that aid energy production and body maintenance as well as assisting in the control of body reactions and reflexes. There are three groups; macro minerals, electrolytes (a subgroup of macromineral), and micro, or trace, elements. The macromineral, calcium magnesium, and required n larger amounts. The body needs trace minerals – chromium cooper, fluoride, iodine, iron magnesium and, molybdenum, selenium, sulfur, and zinc – in minuscule amounts. A diet that includes a wide range of animals and plant goods should provide all the minerals essential for health.

An essential nutrient is a nutrient required for normal body functioning that cannot be synthesized by the body and thus must be obtained from a dietary source. Some categories of essential nutrients include vitamins, dietary minerals, essential fatty acids, and essential amino acids.

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5 Smart Workout Tips for Beginners

We requested our fitness experts to put together a compact list of do’s and don’ts for every beginner to follow. So for those of you who have taken that healthy decision to get off the couch and start exercising, we say, Bravo! You have taken the first step towards a healthier mind, body and spirit.

A number of questions, doubts will creep into your head… How long should I workout? Do I need to workout every day? So we have put together this basic list to set you on the right track. Just apply these basic do’s and don’ts in your workout regimen, and enjoy a great beginning to this new way of life.

1. Easy Does It

Most experts say that for beginners, it’s good to start with 2/3 days per week, and for at least 30 minutes per session. You can then gradually crank it up from there. Don’t start with a tough daily regimen – Easy Does It! Start with 30 minutes of cardio 2/3 times a week and strength training once a week. Continue this for two to three months until this regimen becomes an integral part of your daily routine.

2. Warm Up and Stretch

Always, always, warm up first. Take your body through basic movements that will loosen and stretch your muscles. This will ensure that your body performs at an optimum level and more important, you avoid injury issues.

3. Don’t Follow the Same Set of Exercises

This is a common mistake made by many beginners. Do not stick to the same set of exercises every day. Mix it up. Alternate between the 3 main types of exercise – aerobic, anaerobic and flexibility

Aerobic exercise is exercise which requires the use of oxygen to fuel the body for exercise demands. This form of exercise is traditionally thought of as cardiovascular exercise, such as running on a treadmill or cycling. Anaerobic exercise is a form of exercise that requires glucose for short intense workloads. Strength training and sprinting are forms of anaerobic exercise.

4. Weight Training

The great thing about basic bodyweight training for beginners is that, you can, as a beginner, train from anywhere – even from home. You can even start working out at home with just a basic exercise band. There are excellent YouTube videos with basic exercise band workouts. All you have to do is choose and follow one of the better rated videos.

Dumbbells are another great way of starting basic weight training. Compared to barbells, dumbbells look far less intimidating for beginners. Dumbbells also have an added stabilization challenge, and point out muscle imbalances pretty easily. for those who wish to start weight training with a little more intensity, barbells is certainly the way forward. If your goal is strength above all else, this is the option that we recommend. Barbells allow you to progress clearly and quickly, allowing you to add small increments of weight each week.

5. Give your body adequate recovery time

Take a break, periodically. No pain, no gain. So if you find your body hurting during the initial stages after you start working out, well, that’s a good sign – you are on the right track. But, don’t make the mistake of pushing yourself to the limit and not giving your body adequate time to heal and recover. Also avoid taking painkillers, as they only mask the pain. The best way forward is to let your body recover naturally

If you do not give your body time to heal and repair itself, your performance will go down and you will get into a vicious cycle where you never fully recover. And if you are sore after a workout, that’s good (unless it hurts too much). Do not run to take a painkiller, because that can mask pain and cause you to do real damage to your body. Let yourself recover naturally.

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The Best Exercise To Make Your Penis Bigger

Many gurus sharing an exercise to make your penis bigger leave out two very important details; that is the two to three days break from the routine to allow healing of penile tissues and keeping your penis protected from injury. Overdoing exercises can cause harm and doesn’t help you achieve growth at all. It is also important that you apply heat from a towel soaked in warm water for a few minutes, and then wring the towel semi-dry before wrapping it around your penis. The heat is your sole protection from exercise injuries.

Now, there are three basic – but very effective – exercises to achieve a longer, thicker and helps in coming up with stronger erections. While each exercise to make your penis bigger is different from the others, be reminded to take off 2-3 days, and the towel wrap before each routine.

The first exercise is called penis stretching. With your index finger and thumb, form an “OK” hand sign. Then grab your penis head firmly and stretch your penis in front for fifteen seconds. Shake your penis for restored blood circulation after this, and repeat the process several times. These times, stretch your penis up, down or left, making sure you stretched it in all these instances to all directions.

The next routine helps you get a bulkier penis and it’s called the Jelq routine. You would need a lubricant to perform this exercise. Even with a semi-erection, this routine is possible. Like the first exercise, just form an “OK” grip and then move your hand firmly but gently to the penis head. Once you reach the head, do the same with your other hand until such time that you’ve done this exercise a hundred times. Remember, to keep the blood flow healthy, always shake your penis after each session.

Once you’re done with the Jelq exercise to make your penis bigger in terms of thickness, you could increase the routine to 125. Of course, take a few days off after this. After a month, you’d have attained 200 Jelq exercises.

The last exercise is called the PC flex which gives you stronger and added virility. Unlike the other two, this exercise activates the PC muscles that are responsible for holding your erection longer. It’s simply about repeatedly squeezing your penis for five second and then letting go. It’s best to start with 50 repetitions, gradually increasing twenty more each week.

Like any health and body building exercises, consistency is a must. While it may take a while to see the effects on an exercise to make your penis bigger, discipline yourself to do the routines properly and consistently and your effort will surely pay off.

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Why Is It Important to Stretch Before Your Workout?

Honestly people – I H-A-T-E stretching. I mean, come on… as if it’s not enough that I’m ALREADY late to the gym, and I don’t have enough time for my workout – do I really have to waste a few mins just to stretch?

The answer is yes. You simply must add stretching to you fitness training. A full body streth can be done in as little as 10-minutes!

What are the benefits? Just to name a few:

– Fatigued, tight muscles are less capable of performing the skills/movement required, stretching helps loosen you up

– Stretching can help prevent injury by aiding recovery and decreasing soreness

– Stretching ensures that your muscles/tendons are in good working order. The more conditioned they are, the better they can handle the stress of your sport and exercise

Based on my experience, I’ve actually had a significant increase in upper body strength in just weeks after incorporating a stretching routine into my workouts. (Yes, I used to avoid stretching for the first few years of working out.. I’m only human :P)

How do I stretch?

I use the Trebistretch machine (see picture above- Fitness First has them, not sure about the others). These machines make stretching easy and has an instruction board attached to it which guides you on the steps to achieve a full body stretch. As for me, I normally only stretch the bodypart I’m working on for that day. So, for example, if I’m working on my back today, I’ll just stretch my back. I love these machines cos they’re a safe and easy way to help you stretch. In fact, I sometimes get such a good stretch (especially on my back) that the feeling is almost orgasmic – I SWEAR!

Now, one common mistake that people ALMOST ALWAYS do is that they tend to jerk their movements and only hold the stretch for a few seconds!

Now hear me out : It is IMPORTANT to move carefully and slowly into the stretched-out position, and once you’re there – hold it for a good 20 to 30 seconds before slowly moving back into position. Only then will you reap the benefits of stretching.

So, there you have it. My conclusion on stretching?

Stretching is important, and is a simple and effective (and FREE!) method that will help you improve your overall performance in your area of sports.

Happy stretching!

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Enlarge Your Penis Naturally – I Bet Your Father Never Taught You How to Increase Your Penis Size!

The use of various massage and hand exercise techniques to enlarge the penis naturally has become known as jelqing. The origin of the word is still somewhat mysterious as there seems to be no explanation for the missing “u”! However, as most people believe that this ancient method to enlarge your penis naturally originates from the Middle East, this may well explain the unfamiliar spelling.

It appears that father’s would prepare their son’s for their first sexual encounter by teaching them the art of being able to increase penis size through exercise. Well, my dad never taught me anything like that! Others believe the word jelqing has been corrupted from a more common term used by college students for the word masturbation. I will allow you to draw your own conclusions.

However, whatever and wherever the origins are, jelqing has become America’s number one method to enlarge the penis naturally. By natural, i of course mean no outside interference. You simply need the use of your two hands, some lubrication and great routine to follow and some spare time each day.

There have been many experiments and research carried out on the effectiveness of jelqing. The most comprehensive of which was headed by Dr Brian Richards, whose findings were published by the British Journal of Sexual Medicine in the late 1970’s. Dr Richards took a group of men and prescribed certain jelqing exercises for them to complete. The results were quite phenomenal. 87% of men who took part had positive results and an increase in penis size. There was an average increase in length of 1.4 inches and 1 inch in girth.

A jelqing workout routine is fairly simple. A session should take no longer than 10-30 minutes on a daily basis, dependent on your experience. You should always warm up, prior to exercise. This is usually done by wrapping a warm towel or a towel that has been soaked in warm water around your manhood. This should help to increase blood flow and have your manhood adequately warmed up for your routine. Jelqing should always be carried out on a semi-erect penis. Never attempt any exercises when you are fully erect.

You should apply lubricant such as moisturizing cream or cocoa butter to your hands and member. The basics of the exercise involve you wrapping the fingers and thumb around your penis, starting from the base. The movement can be best be described as a “milking” motion, which will ensure that you force blood towards the tip of penis. Once again depending on your experience a jelqing session should consist of 100-250 of these milking movements.

Additionally, please remember when jelqing to increase penis size, you should not expect immediate miraculous results. Yes many men have managed to enlarge their penis naturally and add anywhere from 1-4 inches. However, this is through sheer dedication, proper technique, adequate rest and consistent action taken over a period of months and years.

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Miracle Banana Diet – Is it the Easiest Diet Ever?

Need to lose weight? If you’ve heard of the miracle banana diet you may be aware it’s been called the “easiest diet ever”. The diet is simplicity itself as well as being healthy and hassle-free.

1. Too Busy to Diet? Just Eat a Banana or Two for Breakfast

The essence of the banana diet is simple. You just eat a banana or two for breakfast while sipping room-temperature water. That’s your entire breakfast, and it’s more or less the entire diet as well.

The only other thing you need to be aware of is that you should go to bed early, and you don’t need to make any other changes to your diet.

I recommended the miracle banana diet to a client a year ago, and I hadn’t seen her for months. By chance I met her at a business meeting and I couldn’t believe my eyes. She looked terrific: she’d lost at least 60 pounds. It was hard to believe that this was the same person I’d seen in my office. She smiled and said: “Yes, you’re right– the banana diet really works!”

She said that most of the time she forgets she’s on a diet. All she does is eat bananas for breakfast. She went on to tell me how much energy she has. She recently lost her job in the downturn, but two days later walked into another job. She’s been much more confident since starting on the diet.

As many others have told me: that’s a hidden benefit of the banana diet — you feel great and have much more energy.

2. Conquer Your Food Obsession: Eat What You Like

If you’re constantly on a diet it can seem as if you’re obsessed with food. You’re constantly worried about what you should eat and when, and most of the time you feel guilty because you think you’re eating the wrong foods.

The banana diet eliminates your food obsession. You truly can eat whatever you want, but you’ll be amazed that you just feel like eating more healthily, and you do.

3. The Key to the Diet’s Success: It’s Healthy

The banana diet is very healthy. Bananas help you to sleep better, and your moods improve.

I heard of one lady who enjoyed her bananas so much she ate them for snacks as well during the day. This meant she wasn’t eating doughnuts and cookies, and the pounds melted off.

Try the miracle banana diet — you’ll agree that it’s the easiest diet ever.

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Recipe To The Success of A Breakthrough Fitness App

Undeniably, mobile healthcare and fitness apps development soared in the recent years, making huge scopes for people to embark into a healthy living. When the real fitness boom in the apps industry exploded in 2014, sports and healthcare apps became the new trend. Mobile app development market saw an unexpected expansion from apps of gaming, social, photo editing to apps catering sportsmen’s spirit and avid runners. With the advent of such apps, people are wearing smart devices, synced to apps on their mobiles to monitor caloric intakes, exercises, fat burns, pulse rate and other critical metrics. While fitness is a never-ending and pretty hot topic now at every open discussion, let’s find out the crucial facets to remember while planning out the development of a perfect fitness app.

Consider the type of app

Fitness apps are of varied types and come with different features like activity tracking, health signs assessment and workout tips. While some are like a personal coach to users, some are like dieticians guiding them a daily food regime. Thus, you need to decide which type of app you are going to offer and what functions you want to integrate into your app for that.

Allow intensive personalisation

Irrespective of the type, a personal account is certainly a must-have in a fitness app to offer end-to-end personalisation of the activities. Users can create own accounts and put in their all personal health criteria to get the fitness recommendations/support from the app that best suits their criteria. Further, a personal account will allow users to switch to different devices for separate activities without losing any data as both Android and Apple’s ecosystem now consolidate all data from various activity trackers and fitness apps in mobiles.

Alerts through push notifications

This is one of most crucial aspect for consideration in any fitness app as in-app push notifications will always alert the users about necessary workouts and diet plans. This will no doubt keep them motivated. Further, enabling push notification pop-ups from time to time are must-have for users because they can set them according to their workout schedules and personal fitness goals. Thus, notifications will keep them reminding about the activities, needed for fulfilling their pending targets.

Integrate options for socialisation

Fitness apps’ makers need to consider socialisation aspect too to allow users to connect with other like-minded and health-conscious freaks. This is necessary as users can share their personal fitness accomplishments which will eventually make them happy.

Provide tips for health planning

Lastly, make sure that your app will help users to plan appropriately a healthy lifestyle and a diet regimen. Aimed at helping users to achieve their personal goals, apps must contribute towards their healthy living by providing vital tips on diet, exercising, the process of gaining/losing weight, on maintaining stable heart rate, sugar levels and so forth. To cut it short, apps that allow creating personal profiles to users as per their physical attributes, should also be capable of planning and providing solutions to any health situations.

To put in a nutshell, creating a fitness app is not as easy as a pie and needs lots of considerations that will make it a perfect one for guiding people on healthy living. While it is no doubt a challenging task for owners and developers, these core attributes are compelling requirements for a fitness app to let it bloom in a short span of time.

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