Fitness commitment

  

Fitness motivation

 

Staying fit is not easy as you have to give up delicious meals and make an effort by exercising. Here are some ways to motivate yourself to workout:

 

Give yourself a reward

 

Although most people are motivated by goals such as better health or weight control, others need to resort to other measures. According to journalist Charles Duhigg - author of The Power of Habit: Why We do What We do in Life and Business - some people need more immediate rewards to keep themselves motivated. These immediate rewards include treating yourself to a smoothie or an episode of The Leftovers after the working out session.

 

He advises you to create a neurological “habit loop,” which consists of setting up a cue that triggers your behavior (leaving your spinning shoes next to your bag), creating a routine (making it through spinning class) and getting a reward. “An intrinsic reward is so powerful because your brain can latch on to it and make the link that the behavior is worthwhile,” he explains. “It increases the odds the routine becomes a habit.” By creating this habit loop that culminates in a reward, motivation becomes natural, as the brain begins to associate sweat and pain with the surge of endorphins - feel-good chemicals released after a work-out session which make you feel exhilarated. Over time, your brain starts to recognize the work-out session as a reward in itself and it won't even need an external treat anymore.

 

Make a commitment

 

Studies show that we are more likely to follow through when we make promises in front of friends. You can sign a contract agreeing to pay a friend a certain amount of money each time you skip the gym. “It's a simple notion of changing the cost,” explains Jeremy Goldhaber-Fieber, PhD, assistant professor of medicine at Stanford University who studies health decision science. “I say I'm going to make a commitment to do something for a certain amount of time, such as exercising 30 minutes three times a week for 12 weeks. If I don't do that, I'm going to pay some kind of penalty, whether it's monetary or the embarrassment of having friends know I didn't live up to may word.”

 

“We have to get past the initial experience of displeasure in order to recognize the longer-term benefits,” he says. “The challenge is designing tools to help make that happen.”

 

Positive Thinking

 

Positive thinking consists in visualizing the benefits of a behavior as a motivational strategy. You also have to figure out what's holding you back and come up with a way to overcome it before it becomes a real problem.

 

“After you imagine the obstacle, you can figure out what you can do to overcome it and make a plan,” explains Oettingen.

 

Get paid

 

Research on how monetary incentives affected exercise found that people who were paid $100 to go to the gym doubled their attendance rate. “You just need to get people to keep doing an activity, and paying them money was effective,” explains study author Gary Charness, PhD, behavioral economist at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

 

Whether you get a reward or pay someone to keep you on track, you'll know you've succeeded once you can't go on a day without exercising. You succeed the day you view your workout as an addiction, a pleasure or an escape. What matters is that you are doing it on a regular basis and you are doing it for your.

 

Here are some motivation catchphrases to get you going:

 

“It takes 21 days to make or break a habit.”

 

“I already know what giving up feels like. I want to see what happens if I don't.”

 

“Once you see results, it becomes an addiction.”

 

“When you feel like dying, do 10 more.”

 

“Today's actions are tomorrow's results.”

 

“Be the girl who decided to go for it.”

 

“3 months from now, you will thank yourself.”

 

“The hardest thing about exercising is to START. Once you're exercising regularly, the hardest thing to do is STOP.”

 

“I'm not trying to build a summer body. I'm trying to build a lifestyle.”

 

“Your legs are not giving out. Your head is giving up.”

How to whiten your teeth

  

How to whiten your teeth

Whiter teeth are admired and coveted by the whole world. White teeth make your smile shine bright and it gives the impression of cleanliness.

Teeth get yellow because of different reasons, including genetics, what kind of food and drink you consume, and your oral hygiene. A tooth consists of four tissues. Enamel is the strong white tissue that covers and protects the tooth. A second layer is called dentin, which holds the enamel and is a hard yellow material that encompasses nerves. A third layer is the pulp, which is at the center of the tooth and contains blood and lymph vessels. The last one is the cementum, which covers the root of the tooth.
The enamel and dentin layers are responsible for the color of the teeth. While some drinks and food may stain the enamel, the decisive factor is the erosion these elements have on the layer over time. While most remedies focus on whitening teeth that have already lost some white enamel, it's also important to take measures in order to protect the enamel and hinder further erosion.
Baking soda
One famous natural remedy is baking soda. Since baking soda - sodium bicarbonate - is an abrasive compound that can remove the stains that are caused by drinking coffee, tea, smoking, among others, and the debris on the surface of the teeth. Therefore, after the treatment, teeth appear to be whiter and brighter.
Baking soda can be used with water to scrub away the stains on the surface of the teeth. If you want to heighten the whitening effects you can use the baking soda with some hydrogen peroxide. You can also use baking soda with regular toothpastes. In fact, bicarbonate is used commercially in some teeth whitening products and toothpastes.
Baking soda is not only useful as a cheap whitening method, but it can also neutralize and counteract bacterial acids in the mouth too. Additionally, due to its abrasive properties, it can remove plaque which leads to tooth decay and gum disease.
Coconut oil rinse
A coconut oil rinse has been traditionally used to whiten teeth. Coconut oil whitens your teeth because of the lauric acid it contains, which cleanses your teeth of the bacteria found in plaque that can make them yellow. Apart from its whitening properties, by ridding your teeth of the bacteria found in plaque, it also enhances gum health and keeps your breath fresh.
For this, you need about a tablespoon of coconut oil. Before you brush your teeth in the morning, scoop out a tablespoon of coconut oil. You can either put it straight in your mouth or soften it first. Push, swish, and pull the oil through and around your teeth for 10 to 15 minutes. After that time, you can spit it out, rinse with water and proceed to brush your teeth.
Oral hygiene
If you brush your teeth after eating or drinking, your teeth will be whiter. This is hard to achieve as sometimes you eat outside of home and you don't have access to a toothbrush. However, if you are persistent and try to brush your teeth as often as you can, then your teeth will probably be white.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is not only a natural antibiotic and teeth/gum cleanser, but it also helps to remove stains on the teeth, particularly the ones caused by common culprits such as coffee and nicotine (smoking). Studies show that ACV works as well as professional teeth whitener.
The secret of ACV is that it contains acetic acid, potassium, magnesium, probiotics and enzymes, which kill germs and at the same time foster the growth of beneficial “good” probiotic bacteria. Due to its acidic nature, it also helps break down plaque and other substances stuck on the teeth. The pH of apple cider vinegar can remove stains from your teeth, and therefore whitens your teeth naturally.
The key to whitening your teeth with ACV is being consistent. You have use it for at least a month before you can see results. Although it is a natural product, you must be gentle, since it contains so many acids, it can remove the enamel on your teeth if you brush too hard or use too much. Make sure you brush your teeth with regular toothpaste after brush with ACV. Rinse your mouth out well.
Here are some of the reasons your teeth turn yellow, beige or brown: drinking coffee or tea, smoking cigarettes, thinning tooth enamel due to aging, a poor diet (consuming processed foods high in acid, including soft drinks/soda, candies or certain fruits; some supplements can also damage enamel due to their high content in acids), suffering from dry mouth (less saliva means less protection for enamel), breathing through your mouth due to blocked nasal passages (this results in less saliva and prevents the teeth from getting moisturized), antibiotic use, excessive fluoride intake, and genetic factors.

 

Benefits of Drinking Tea

  

Benefits of Drinking Tea

 

Just a cup of tea can keep the doctor away. Perhaps that phrase wasn't intended for tea, but it can be applied to it, nonetheless. Researchers attribute tea's health properties to polyphenols (a type of antioxidant( and phytochemicals). Studies have shown that teas can help protect your teeth and your heart.

 

Here are some of the health benefits tea has:

 

Digestion

 

Hot water per sé helps digestion of food at the time it helps to detoxify the body. Some herbal teas, as well, stimulate digestion; for instance, a few slices of ginger root in boiling water, or chamomile, peppermint and cinnamon will help you process your meal faster.

 

Water retention

 

Horsetail tea is a powerful diuretic, making you urinate more often and helping you reduce water retention. As a diuretic, horsetail affects the kidneys, increasing the amount of water and salt released into the urine. Apart from being used as a diuretic, horsetail has also been used for skin and nail care, wound healing, osteoporosis, and bone repair. Pu-erh and green tea are also powerful diuretics.

 

Speed up your metabolism

 

White tea is known for speeding up metabolism and increasing how many calories you burn a day. It also detoxifies your body. These properties can also be found in Pu-erh and green tea.

 

Scientists have found that the catechins (antioxidants) in green tea extract increase the body's ability to burn fat as fuel, which accounts for improved muscle endurance. Tea also has an energizing effect in some people.

 

Fight diseases

 

Drinking tea could help reduce the risk of heart attack, protect against cardiovascular and degenerative diseases. “There's a lot of literature out there on tea and heart health,” says Anna Ardine, clinical nutrition manager at Magee-Womens Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. “This is a health effect for which there is the strongest evidence.”

 

It can also help protect against a boatload of cancers, including breast, colon, colorectal, skin, lung, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, pancreas, liver, ovarian, prostate and oral cancers.

 

According to Leslie Bonci, nutritionist and owner of Active Eating Advice, studies on how tea may help battle cancer are mixed. In the meantime, however, “ if you've go a strong family history of cancer and you want to do anything you can, you might increase your tea consumption,” she adds.

 

Drinking tea is also linked to a lower risk of Parkinson's disease and could be beneficial to people with Type 2 diabetes. According to research, compounds in green tea could help diabetics better process sugars.

 

Tea is packed with antioxidants

 

Antioxidants prevent the body's version of rust; therefore, it helps to keep us young.

 

Tea is good for your teeth

 

“Japanese researchers have found that tea can decrease tooth loss,” Ardine says. “It changes the pH in your mouth when you drink it and that may be what prevents cavities.” Beyond that, tea, unlike many other beverages does not appear to erode tooth enamel, Bonci says.

 

Here are some quotes about tea to inspire you:

 

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” - C.S. Lewis

 

“I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea.” - Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground.

 

“I shouldn't think even millionaires could eat anything nicer than new bread and real butter and honey for tea.” - Dodie Smith, I capture the Castle.

 

“In Ireland, you go to someone's house, and she asks you if you want a cup of tea. You say no, thank you, you're really just fine. She asks if you're sure. You say of course you're sure, really, you don't need a thing. Except they pronounce it ting. You don't need a ting. Well, she says then, I was going to get myself some anyway, so it would be no trouble. Ah, you say, well, if you were going to get yourself some, I wouldn't mind a spot of tea, at that, so long as it's no trouble and I can give you a hand in the kitchen. Then you go through the whole thing all over again until you both end up in the kitchen drinking tea and chatting.

 

In America, someone asks you if you want a cup of tea, you say no, and then you don't get any damned tea.

 

I liked the Irish way better.” - C. E. Murphy, Urban Shaman. 

How to boost your metabolism

  

healthy boost your metabolism

Although genes are relevant when it comes to determining your metabolism, you can trick your body into burning more calories efficiently. One of the best ways to do this is by hitting the gym. According to human studies professor at the University of Alabama Gary Hunter, by strength-training a few times a week, you'll reverse 50% of the seemingly inevitable metabolism slow-down that comes with age.

 

Ramp up the intensity

 

When you exercise - run, swim, or even walk - ramp up the intensity for 30-seconds intervals, returning to your normal speed afterward. This strategy will help you consume more oxygen and make your cell powerhouses, the mitochondria, work harder to burn energy, according to Mark Hyman, an integrative and functional medicine specialist in private practice in Lenos, Massachusetts. He is also the author of Ultrametabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss. “You increase the number of mitochondria and how efficiently they burn throughout the day,” he explains. Therefore, you can burn more calories in less time.

 

Get your omega-3's

 

Back in the 90s a war against fat started. This war targeted all food that had any fat in them. Today, this theory has been proved wrong. Not all fats will make up stock up kilos. What you need to avoid are the trans-fats. However, healthy fats will help you lose weight. Eating plenty of fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids (salmon, herring and tuna) will help you balance blood sugar and reduce inflammation, helping to regulate metabolism. They may also reduce resistance to the hormone leptin, which is linked to how fast fat is burned. A study in Obesity Research found that rats that ingested large doses of fish oil while exercising lost weight.

 

Strength-training boosts your metabolism

 

Muscle uses more energy than fat. Studies find that an average woman in her 30s who strength-trains 30 to 40 minutes twice a week for four months will increase her resting metabolism by 100 calories a day. That means that you are burning extra calories even when you don't go to the gym.

 

Turn to green tea

 

Although green tea has always been praised for its antioxidant polyphenols, new evidence suggests that this kind of tea has catechin which may crank up metabolism. According to a study, catechins may improve fat oxidation and thermogenesis - the latter is your body‘s production of energy from digestion. If you drink five eight-ounce cups of green tea a day, you can increase your energy expenditure by 90 calories a day. If it's summer, you can also opt for iced tea.

 

Don't starve yourself

 

While many dieters resort to cutting out too many calories, this is not the best way to lose weight as your metabolism thinks your there's a scarcity of food and stops fat burning to conserve energy. The trick to keeping your metabolism revved up while dieting is eating enough calories to at least match your resting metabolic rate (what you'd burn if you stayed in bed all day).

 

Don't skip breakfast

 

Eating a nutrient-rich morning meal shortly after getting out of bed will get your metabolism up and running. “Eating breakfast gets the engine going and keeps it going,” Hyman explains. According to the National Weight Control Registry, 78% of the people who lost an average of 66 pounds and kept it off more than five years had breakfast every day.

 

Say “no” to trans fat

 

These are the types of fat you must avoid. They are not only unhealthy but they also slow down your body's ability to burn fat. “They have an altered shape and make your biochemistry run funny,” Hyman said, explaining that trans fat binds to fat and liver cells and slows metabolism. Trans fat also lead to insulin resistance and inflammation, both of which slow down metabolism and can lead to weight gain.

 

Trans fat products include doughnuts, cookies, muffins, pies and cakes - particularly with frosting. Although breakfast sandwiches might save you time in the morning, these usually contain 1 gram of trans fat. If you look at the ingredients, you are likely to find partially hydrogenated oils in the top five. Besides, they are packed with sodium. Margarine might also contain trans fat. The trick is that if you can keep them in your fridge for a long time, they probably have trans fat. Avoid fried fast food and frozen pizza at all costs as they will hinder your weight-loss efforts.

How to burn fat

  

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The human body is a wonderful machine and you can get it to do what ever you want. You just need to know how to use it. These easy tips will help you burn fat fast.


Go to bed earlier

It is important to sleep at least 7 hours a day. If you don't sleep enough, your body will be stressed and you will store more calories. Also, short sleep is associated with reduced leptin, elevated, ghrelin and increased body mass index. Basically, leptin is the chemical that tells your brain when you're full, when it should burning up calories and when it should create energy for your body to use. While you sleep, leptin levels increase telling your body you don't need energy. When you don't sleep enough, your leptin levels decrease and that can result in a constant feeling of hunger and a general slowdown of your metabolism.

Sleep deprivation also results in higher levels of gherlin - the hormone responsible for telling your brain when you need to eat, when it should stop burning calories and when it should store energy as fat. When you sleep, gherlin levels decrease because sleep requires less energy than awake does. When you don't sleep enough, you end up with too much gherlin in your system. As a result, your body thinks it's hungry and it needs more calories, and it stops burning those calories because it thinks there's a shortage.

A study in Finland examined sets of identical twins and discovered that in each set of siblings, the one who sleep less and was under more stress had more visceral fat.

Eat more protein

Your body needs protein to maintain lean muscle, otherwise when you lose weight, your body will take it from the muscle instead of burning fat. Protein can also increase post-meal calorie burn by as much as 35 percent. Protein also helps you stay full because it doesn't give sugar spikes. On the contrary, carbohydrates make you full when you eat them but they turn into sugar that make your glucose go up very fast and at the same speed it goes down again, resulting in a feeling of tiredness and hunger.

According to a 2006 article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers found that the current recommended daily intake for protein (0.36 grams per pound of body weight) is inadequate for anyone doing resistance training, and recommended that women get between 0.54 and 1 gram per pound of body weight.

Drink Cold Water

According to a study carried out in Germany, researchers found that drinking 6 cups of cold water a day can up resting metabolism by approximately 50 calories daily. This might be a result of the work it takes to heat the water to body temperature.

Vary your calorie intake

When you vary your calorie intake every few days rather than eating the exact same amount of calories daily, you outsmart your metabolism and continue to burn fat.

According to Dr Jim Stoppani:

“Although in today's society good tends to be accessible and abundant, our bodies are designed to store as much energy as possible to prepare for times of scarcity. One way the body does this is by adjusting its metabolic rate based on calorie intake.

If you stick with the same calories every single day while dieting, your body will adjust by lowering metabolic rate to prevent you from burning off too much body fat. It's all about hormones.

When leptin levels are high, your metabolic rate stays high; when leptin levels drop, so does your metabolic rate.

When calories are low and steady, leptin levels fall and so does metabolic rate. Eating higher calories on some days and lower calories on others helps keep leptin levels up.”

Eat spicy

Capsaicin, the compound that makes chili peppers hot, can also speed up your metabolism. According to a study published in the Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology, eating about 1 tablespoon of chopped peppers (red or green) boosts your sympathetic nervous system (responsible for your fight-or-flight response). As a result, chili peppers can boost your metabolism by 23 percent.

Drink coffee or tea

You can also boost your metabolism by drinking either coffee or tea. Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant, and it can spike up your metabolism by 5 to 8 percent. As a result, your body burns about 98 to 174 calories a day. According to a Japanese study, a cup of brewed tea can raise your metabolism by 12 percent. The researches believe that the boost is caused by antioxidants called catechins found in tea.

 

Best hair care for straight hair

  

Best hair care for straight hair

Of all the issues facing women in today's busy societies, one that is always foremost in their minds is hair care. It's bad enough that hair styles come in such a variety of shapes and sizes, many ladies choose to completely alter their look on a regular basis. 

The good news is that for every particular style of hair, there's always a corresponding series of tips. So let's take a look at one of the most prevalent hairstyles: straight hair.
Keeping straight hair manageably straight can often seem like an uphill battle. How many times have you returned from a visit to your favourite hairdressers, admiring your latest sleek, straight hair makeover in the mirror – only for the style to fall apart. There can be several reasons for this to happen. The weather can sometimes be responsible for hair disasters. Excessive humidity in the atmosphere, right down to full-on rain downpours, can play havoc with the style that seemed so perfect a matter of hours beforehand.
Removing knots
Here is what you should know about hair care for straight hair. First of all, it is all too easy for straight hair to gather unseemly waves and kinks if it is left unattended. What you want to do in the first instance is ensure that your hair is tangle free – especially if there is any likelihood of it getting wet (when those pesky.
Tugs and tangles can easily be removed with some careful brushing. It's important not to be overly zealous while trying to remove these knots, as attacking the tugs with the brush will cause damage to the hair. Instead, use calm even strokes, going back to the problem areas and repeating the brushing process until the hair resorts to its natural straightness. 
Washing
WashingThe next part of the process is to ensure that your street hair is rinse thoroughly. Afterwards, select a shampoo and pour a small portion into your hand – about the size of a coin. Now vigorously rub your palms into one another so you build up a considerable lather. Next, you work this shampoo into your hair, using your fingertips to really get the foam right into your scalp. This is important because you must ensure all your hair receives treatment, down to the roots. Also, avoid piling the hair up on top of your head.
A common question asked about straight hair care is how often to apply shampoo? While it may seem tempting to wash on a daily basis, it is not necessary to perform the task so frequently. Every second day will suffice, or even a couple of times a week. 
Another important tip is not to scrub your scalp if your hair is at all oily, is this will exacerbate the condition.
Conditioning
After shampooing it is important to apply a good conditioner. This will ensure that you hair maintains a healthy sheen, as well as making it far easier to untangle. Use a wide-tooth comb to rinse out the conditioner as you shower.
Drying
When finally drying your hair, avoid rubbing too hard. Instead, use more of a ‘blotting' technique, as it is far better for your hair to remove the dampness slowly and surely. Once you have performed a cursory drying out, comb the hair again to ensure the shape is maintained. 
Maintaining that straight style
The most effective way to ensure your straight hairstyle remains intact is to visit a good stylist every 4 to 6 weeks. As straight hair is especially prone to split ends, your stylist will ensure that these are tackled regularly. 

Best eye care

  

Best eye care

Looking after your eyesight is amongst the most crucial aspects of personal health care. These precious organs enable you to interact with the world, so here is what you should be doing to keep them in peak condition.

 

Diet

 

The link between what you put inside your stomach and how your eyes perform may not seem too obvious. Nevertheless dieting as an integral part of eye care. Amongst the best types of food to eat to ensure your eyes remain in excellent condition are fruit and vegetables.

 

The old adage about eating carrots to enable you to see in the dark might seem like a piece of folklore. However there is a lot of truth in the potency of these little vegetables. Carrots are root vegetables that come pre-packaged with a lot of natural substances excellent for your eyes, such as beta carotene. This is very helpful because it is an anti-oxidant that has the effect of considerably reducing your risk of macular degeneration.

 

Other vegetables that you should be looking out for include Brussels sprouts, peppers and broccoli. The reason why these vegetables are all terrific for eye care is because they are bursting with Vitamin C. They might not be the greatest-tasting vegetables when eaten on their own, but next time you are preparing a main course, it might be useful to consider trying out any of these as a side dish - for their medicinal qualities! If you can't bear the thought of tucking into Brussels sprouts, then why not chop them up as an additive for hummus, or yoghurt?

 

Sardines have long been regarded as good for your eyes. The reason for this is the fact they contain fats called omega-3. Unlike the nastier fats that are the nemesis of dieticians and weight control nutritionists across the globe, these fats are good for your body. Amongst the key properties they possess is the fact they protect the little blood vessels in your eyes.

 

Spinach was certainly good enough for Popeye, but he had good practical reasons for relishing this stuff! Along with sweet potatoes, they contain the same beta carotene you find in carrots. Spinach also has Vitamin C, as well as other natural ingredients, such as zeaxanthin and lutein. The best way to enjoy sweet potatoes is to slice them up into chips and gently stir-fry them with olive oil. Spinach can be added, either as a side dish, or a dip.

 

Eye care

 

When looking after your eyes directly, the things that have to be considered include avoiding damaging the surfaces. If you are a contact lens wearer, then undoubtedly your optician will have advised you not to wear these for periods exceeding 19 hours or so. Not only would this cause discomfort to your eyes, it can lead to permanent site damage.

 

The same precaution can be stated about wearing spectacles. If you have visited to your local multiplexed to watch a 3-D film, then only where the special 3-D glasses for the duration of the future never for any period of time afterwards. Also remember not to stare at your mobile phone too early in the morning, or late at night. When you look at object very close vs very far away you use different body muscles so it's good to look at distant objects like trees untill your eyes completely focus on all the detail and that might take a few mins, or even 30 mins. The Y-thai team do this and we have 20/20 vision, yeah, even after writing and posting so much with computers hehe.

 

 

Effective washing for curly hair

  

washing for curly hair

 

A large part of maintaining curly hair is down to how you go about washing it. Styling hair like this is tricky enough, but before you get that far you should really follow a particular course of action.

 

The easiest way to achieve this is to set yourself a list of steps. The first is straightforward. When you come out of a shower, resist the urge to rub your hair vigorously with a towel. Instead, what you really want to do is to dab it gently, in a ‘blotting' motion. This will allow the towel to absorb moisture, rather than you going for an impatient all-out-assault to get that hair dried! Energetic rubbing of wet hair will only cause damage and this will eventually lead to that nemesis of all curly haired individuals – frizzy hair!

 

Of course, if you're hair is on the coarse side, it will require more focused attention. What you want to look out for is a silicone sealant that you can apply to the length of your hair prior to styling, or using any products. As you introduce this sealant, you should avoid applying it to the hair nearest your scalp. The good news is that there are various options available on the shelves of both supermarkets and more highly-specialised salons.

 

For fine curly hair, a slightly different course of action is required. Rather than a sealant, you should employ a silicone spray, and apply the minimal amounts to the length of your hair. As before, you want to ensure this gets into you hair thoroughly, but avoid the hair growing nearest to your scalp.

 

Lightweight styling gels are available if you only require minimal hold. If you require a firmer, longer-lasting effect with your products, there are many styling liquids and cream gels on the market. If you are in any doubt about which products to invest in, simply ask the assistant at the counter who will be able to provide you with all the advice you require.

 

To consider is what to do as you hear begins to dry. Allowing this to occur naturally is by far the best option. Alternatively, if you are pressed for time, using a blow-dryer is perfectly acceptable, provided you have it set at low heat and blast, and use a diffuser attachment. Controlling the force of the blast that is being directed at your hair will allow your curls to better maintain their consistency. As you work through your hair, squeeze the curls gently, lifting it at the roots as you proceed. A good tip here is to apply a styling cream in the first instance.

 

 

Eating sensibly during pregnancy

  

Eating sensibly during pregnancy 

Those nine months of pregnancy are obviously fraught times for women. But there are many activities you can indulge in, in order to make the experience pleasant, and more importantly, as healthy as possible. After all, as well as your own wellbeing, your primary concern will be that your baby is given the best possible start.

 

Deciding what to eat during this period is one of the most crucial decisions to take. The good news is that just because you happen to be pregnant is no reason why making diet choices should be too onerous. Even if you find out you are to be the mother of twins or triplets, you can still choose from a variety of foods in order that you (and your unborn) get access to a full range of delicious nutrients.

 

A common question asked by expectant mothers is what foods are safest for me to eat? Fruit and vegetables are a great choice. As well as being relatively inexpensive, these are packed full of minerals, fibre and vitamins. You should aim to be eating at least five portions of fruit and vegetables on a daily basis, during the pregnancy. The best aspect of eating these is the fact there are now so many to choose from, all of which can be easily prepared in various ways.

 

You should also be considering eating a variety of starchy foods. This includes rice, pasta, potatoes and bread. Foodstuffs such as these are excellent sources of vitamins, fibre and energy. In order to maintain a healthy balanced diet during the nine months, it is important to inject your daily intake with these, along with the fruit and vegetables mentioned. When eating bread it is preferable that you choose the wholegrain varieties where possible. Brown rice or pasta is also much higher in fibre.

 

Your diet should also include a range of protein sources. The best examples of this are eggs, beans, fresh fish, tinned fish, and meat. In the case of the latter, always opt for lean meat. When it comes to preparing these dishes, it is important to ensure that chicken, pork, or even burgers or sausages, are thoroughly cooked through.

 

The old adage that states everything in moderation is acceptable certainly applies to pregnancy eating. It is only natural that you will feel like supplementing your diet of fruit, vegetables, starchy food and proteins with a rationed amount of drinks or foods that are relatively high in their content of fat and sugar. The key aspect of this, of course, is rationing. While there is no need to be completely abstinent, and it is still okay to enjoy the occasional sugary fizzy drink, crisps, or biscuits, it is important not to over-indulge.

 

Many women develop all manner of cravings during this period, but what should always be lurking at the back of your mind is the fact that eating too much sugary food can lead to you putting on too much weight. While this is not ideal at the best of times, during pregnancy it can have adverse effects on your health by increasing your blood pressure. Where your baby's health is concerned this should obviously be avoided. 

Dental care – best toothbrush techniques

  

Dental care best toothbrush techniques

Maintaining a perfectly white smile can seem an uphill struggle at times, especially with the way we are bombarded with choices of rich food and drink. But as long as you appreciate the steps you can take to look after your teeth, it should be a relatively painless experience.

 

You should be brushing twice a day. Any less than this will allow bacteria to form inside your mouth, eventually leading to the plaque which can have such a destructive effect on your teeth enamel. Any more than this will actually have a detrimental effect as the protective layer of enamel coating the teeth will be effectively worn away.

 

Any dentist will concur that brushing your teeth thoroughly is by far the most effective way of keeping them healthy. Like any other household instrument that is regularly used, it is important to consider the shelf life of your toothbrush. Once any toothbrush has been employed for any length of time, the bristles will begin to wilt under the pressure. For a toothbrush that is months old, its bristles will no longer stand proud. Once they buckle, they will be much less effective at reaching into the awkward recesses of your teeth.

 

It is advisable to brush your teeth for a certain period. This should certainly not be any less than two minutes. As you attend to your teeth, you may well have a certain pattern of movement that you adhere to. Many people commence at the rear of the month, getting into those thick molars. Working your way forward you should be paying close attention to the incisors, or front teeth. Remember to cover every possible surface of the teeth. It is especially important to deal with the inside of the teeth, even if these aren't actually going to be exposed for scrutiny by the outside world at any point. Plaque can gather at any portion of your teeth, but especially round about cracks or partitions where your toothbrush is less likely to delve than open spaces.

 

More and more people are choosing the option of the electric toothbrush. This is not necessarily just down to convenience. Electric shavers are far more effective at attacking the bacteria that exists inside your mouth. As the plastic bristles rotate, driven by the electrical charge, the vigorous friction will really help to remove foreign particles from the surface of your teeth and gums.

 

You should also treat an electric toothbrush as you would any other kind. Its head is not going to last for ever, so you should be aiming to change every two to three months. As well as the bristles themselves losing their strength, the more often you use them inside your mouth, the more bacteria they'll harbour. If this isn't checked, the bacteria will simply be transferred from the toothbrush head into your mouth.

 

When it comes to the actual brushing motion, whether you are using the traditional brush or an electric one, the optimum method is to place the instrument at a 45° angle against your gums. No move it around in a circular, grinding motion, rather than the enthusiastic but far less effective ‘backwards and forwards' technique that is universally popular. Also learn to grip as if you were holding a pencil – again, this ensures that you don't employ too much pressure as you scrub.

 

 

  
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