Natural & Mineral Cosmetics: Is Organic Better

Natural & Mineral Cosmetics: Is Organic Better
Are you wondering what’s the difference between organic mineral cosmetics and standard cosmetic products? The truth is that no one was giving this much thought until a company called Bare Escentuals began a massive advertising campaign to market their organic mineral cosmetic products. They started a worldwide revolution promoting mineral-based makeup, even demonstrating their products on television shows like QVC. Today, most people in the beauty industry have heard about the benefits of organic mineral cosmetics and makeup.

Mineral Cosmetics

Mineral cosmetics contain no oil, which is favourable to those with acne-prone skin. Unlike with wearing standard makeup products, acne will not get worse when you apply mineral-based makeup products. Additionally, research shows people who have rosacea, blackheads and pimples, when switched to using mineral cosmetics slowed down the skin problems progression. Standard makeup and cosmetics tend to trigger adverse reactions when applied to sensitive skin, while mineral cosmetics do not. People who previously could not wear makeup can now safely blend mineral-based cosmetic products without worrying about unsightly skin reactions and irritations.

Mineral cosmetics manufacturers exclude toxic ingredients also present in their competitors’ standard beauty products. These additives include perfumes, parabens, oils, and artificial colouring. Dermatologists and other skin experts acknowledged for decades that the said ingredients are proven toxic to the epidermis. Given this statement, many people get an unpleasant skin reaction from wearing low-quality synthetic makeups. With the toxins removed and soothing effects on the skin, organic mineral cosmetic and makeup products, no doubt became a silver lining for health conscious cosmetics user and enthusiast.

Organic Makeup

Most organic makeup is 100% natural. Organic makeup manufacturers usually ensure that their makeup contains none of the artificial preservatives like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and are oil-free, unlike what are available in lower-class cosmetic brands. Organic makeup does not contain Petrochemicals, glutens, GMOs or other harsh chemicals. Furthermore, a good news must spill to the public is that during the production of organic makeups, no cruel animals test occurs.

Organic makeup also contains many healthy ingredients like amino acids, vitamins E, C, and A, which are highly valuable in maintaining and promoting healthy skin. These vitamins hydrate the epidermis, offer nourishment to supporting tissues and combat the effects of skin damage-causing sun’s UV rays. The beneficial ingredients contained in organic makeup will naturally brighten your skin tones so that it appears shimmering and more youthful.

Mineral-based Makeup

In conclusion, mineral-based makeup products nurture the healthy skin with specially blended formulas containing proteins, antioxidants and vitamins. These work synergistically together to replenish, moisturise and energise the skin. Mineral makeup is naturally lightweight and will never give you that heavy look of caked-on makeup.

Organic cosmetics and makeup work smoothly and flawlessly on the skin, as opposed to the ‘full-makeup’ look that many regular cosmetics pull off. It enhances your natural looks, giving your skin that vibrant and youthful glow.

Low Sugar Diet For Your Health

Low Sugar Diet For Your Health – But I Need My Chocolate!

75 percent of our immune system is in our digestive track, and that includes your stomach. This makes the popular phrase “You are what you eat” more important than it has ever been.

In general, our immune system does a miraculous job of guarding our bodies against microorganisms that can make us sick and or kill us. Unfortunately, perfection does not exist, not even in our immune system, and pathogens can be very intelligent.

In addition to intelligent pathogens, which is anything that can cause disease and make us sick, our behavioral habits such as diets low in nutritional value, and lack of exercise, weakens our immune system. A weaken immune system makes self-healing difficult if not impossible.

Furthermore, activities such as cigarette smoking and drinking alcohol in access create an ideal environment for pathogens to thrive. Much of immune systems self-healing properties can be enhanced, with a proper diet and moderate exercise.

Moreover, diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease can be prevented through lifestyle habits that include getting enough sleep, abstaining from substance abuse and eating a proper diet.

For some reason, too many of us feel deprived if we can’t eat foods that contain too much sugar, and bad fats that wreak havoc on our immune system. Our immune system cannot do their job, when they are weighed down by too much belly fat, and chemicals such as those found in processed foods.

On the other hand, a diet low in fat and sugar can be expensive. Honey, a great alternative to processed sugar, is quadruple the price, not to mention only the one percent can afford to eat salmon more than once a month.

Those being the case, include a fresh green salad to lunch and dinner meals. Salad greens can be nutritious, affordable, and packed full of the vitamins and minerals that support a healthy disease fighting immune system. But don’t smother your salad with a salad dressing full of bad fat.

Consider olive oil and vinegar or a low fat, low calorie ranch dressing. Try broiling or grilling your meat instead of frying meat with oils high in saturated fat. Create a family tradition of taking a short walk after an early dinner or just dance after a late dinner.

Any form of moderate exercise along with a nutritious diet can help your immune system do a better job of protecting your body from a chronic illness or an opportunistic infection.

Incidentally, a diet with too much processed sugar can damage your collagen and make you look older that you are. Processed sugar combined with the saturated fat found in ice cream is also known as a sweet death. Now this doesn’t mean don’t eat ice cream or fired foods, it means practice moderation, and you should live longer.

You’ve heard the term “low sugar diet” and it makes you cringe… there are proven supplements that can help!

Don’t deprive yourself!

I am not suggesting you can indulge all you want and just take a supplement and you are good to go. But when you feel that urge and just can’t shake it (that time of the month, ladies?), take one and enjoy your moment of indulgence.

Caffeine Sensitivity

Caffeine Sensitivity: How You Can Control It

What leads to Caffeine Sensitivity?

Caffeine sensitivity is dependent on our genetics. It is the DNA structure in our body that determines how much your body can process and metabolize caffeine. Whether you have a fetish for coffee, tea, cola or chocolate, you are actually consuming caffeine along with the other ingredients present in these foodstuffs.

Caffeine compels the adrenal glands to produce stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. While you may get awake and alert because of this reaction, your friend might start feeling excessive jittery with a faster heartbeat. Many people take this drug to increase their concentration level. I know a friend who used to consume at least 2-4 cups of coffee daily to stay awake for studying till late night. She never felt any uneasiness due to consumption of caffeine, but there are many who if consumed more than a single cup of their favorite coffee feels uneasy and literally shaken. They experience a fast pulse, quick breathing and muscle tension. These people also feel jittery, shaky, nervous, irritable, anxious, and restless at times.

For hundreds of years, this drug has boosted a person’s mind and provided extra energy required for hunting animals for food. I once interviewed some athletes in my hometown who has all good things to say about caffeine. They said they feel boosted to do even better. However, a handful of them mentioned that consuming more than 500 mg of coffee per day made their heart beat faster. Some of them also suffered from insomnia. However, multiple studies have confirmed one thing that caffeine does helps an athlete excel his or her performance and get success.

Another very important aspect is that the more you consume caffeine the higher is your tolerance level. Quite naturally those of you who prefer coffee more than anything else will get accustomed to this drink more compared to those who consume caffeinated drinks occasionally. As you continue to drink caffeinated drink more, your response towards it begins to slow down. According to experts, this is a normal process, as the body cells become habituated with this drug and so responds less and less as you keep on consuming more caffeine.

To get rid of all kinds of unwanted health issues, doctors say it is best to control caffeine consumption. For example, ideally every human should intake only around 300 mg every day. You should drink coffee, tea or cola only when you need to get alert. For most people, the ideal time for consuming caffeine is early morning to stay boosted up all day long.

Levels of Caffeine Sensitivity

As per various research and data analysis, there are three levels of caffeine sensitivity:

1. Hypersensitivity

2. Normal Sensitivity

3. Hyposensitivity

You have high sensitivity to caffeine if you feel jittery, dizzy, start to sweat excessively or feel restless after immediate consumption of caffeine-enriched beverage or food. Even consumption of 100 mg and less affects these people. You can instead enjoy a cup or two of green tea or black tea to stay healthy and energized.

Normal sensitive people have no negative effects even after consuming between 200-400 mg (two to four cups) of coffee daily. However, if they consume over 400 mg, they might develop insomnia, nervousness, increased heartbeat and palpitation.

You are hyposensitivity to caffeine if even after having over 500 mg of caffeinated drinks every day, you are still going strong without any health problem. You have no trouble sleeping at practically anytime of the day or night. However, you might suffer a reaction, including apprehensiveness, jumpiness, stomach upset, vomiting, diarrhea, high BP, etc. if you continue using the drug entirely.

Build Strong Bones

Build Strong Bones

Osteoporosis is a chronic disease characterised by a loss of bone mineral density, with the ultimate effect of reducing the structural integrity of the bone. Once the structural integrity of the bone is reduced, the risk of fractures increases. To combat this, the recommendation is to increase the dietary calcium intake to such a rate that an amount sufficient for bone building is consumed. On the surface this is entirely plausible; however, myriad sources of epidemiologic and trial data seem to support the notion that high calcium intake does not result in increased bone mineral density (BMD) or reduction in incidences of osteoporosis.

A general thread in conversations on the internet is that the source of the calcium may be the problem – that is, dairy is not a great source of calcium for human bones. There is certainly some evidence to support this assertion, but it should be noted that epidemiologic data can only be used to show correlation, which is not the same as causation. It is noteworthy to acknowledge at this stage that the data presented reflects the questions asked; the wrong question gets the wrong answer.

The general pattern observed in some epidemiologic research is that increased intakes of calcium from dairy sources is linked to increased levels of osteoporosis. The trend is clear, but that doesn’t mean that one causes the other, such is the problem with correlations. Any number of other lifestyle factors could be presented that might result in a similar, such as ingestion of foods that interfere with calcium metabolism or levels of daily activity. The latter, in particular, presents as an interesting area to consider.

The notion that simply ingesting calcium can lead to increased or retained bone mineral density is a chronic oversimplification of how bones are built. Whilst the basic premise of the argument is correct, bones are built with calcium, it ignores the fact that there needs to be a stimulus for bone development to occur. In the absence of this, the capacity of calcium to build bones is greatly reduced.

In the simplest of terms, bones are adaptive. They respond to stressors by flexing, undergoing torsion or by compressing. When a sufficient amount of flexion, torsion or compression is applied to bone, there is an adaptive response. Too much, and the bone breaks. Flexion, torsion and compression of bones can be thought of in the broadest sense as being the result of lifestyle factors. For instance, if you carry a heavy load on your back all your life, the resultant load will, in the presence of an adequate diet, result in an increase in BMD.

When considering the calcium-BMD hypothesis in relation to lifestyle factors, it’s clear that countries with high calcium intakes also tend to have the lowest levels of lifestyle loading. The consequence of this is that the stimulus for bone remodeling is removed, or at the very minimum greatly diminished. That’s not to say that there isn’t a link between the source of calcium, the amount consumed and the extent of osteoporosis; it’s simply to point out that there is more to the story than just the intake side of things. To suggest that intake of calcium is sufficient to build strong bones is to completely misrepresent the process of bone remodeling and how this influences BMD over the time course of life.

Peaks rates of BMD are typically observed in adults under the age of 30. For females the peak may actually occur slightly earlier, but the difference would be minor. Rates of BMD accretion accelerate in the teenage years, with a clear link between activity and density – the more that a skeleton is loaded as a child/adolescent, the greater the density. In the absence of any form of adequate stimulus, bone remodeling simply doesn’t occur at high enough rates to create dense bones. In affluent countries, our couch-surfing progeny are being served the ideal conditions for weak bones, irrespective of any nutritional intervention.

To stimulate bone remodeling and to create the conditions for high BMD, there needs to be axial and appendicular loading, ideally applied in a multi-planar fashion. The spine, part of the axial skeleton, benefits greatly from loads placed directly on top, such as back squats or loaded carries, while the appendicular skeleton, including the arms and legs, benefits from things like squats, skipping, swinging and punching. In simple terms, the best way to build solid bones is to invest time from childhood onwards jumping, skipping, lifting, carrying and hitting.

As life progresses, the stimulus for bone remodeling needs to be maintained. Bones are dynamic structures, and as such, a once-off stimulus has a short-term benefit. In the absence of stressors, BMD commences its decline, which only accelerates with age. For women, this becomes particularly precipitous post-menopause, where up to 6% of BMD can be lost in the first few years and up to 20% is lost within 20 years. For men, the rate of decline is lower, but it still occurs. The critical factor in the rate of decline is the presence of an ongoing stimulus – continued loading will reduce the rate, in women, or prevent the loss, in men, of BMD.

Maintaining BMD throughout life requires an ongoing investment that is greater than just reaching for milk, no matter how hard the relevant dairy boards across the globe may try to shout out that message. Ongoing physical activity is critical. Bone remodeling simply does not occur in the absence of stimulus, no matter how hard people might wish that it could. And even when a nutritional intervention offers some mitigation of loss of BMD, it can’t increase it.

So, if we are looking for reasons to invest in physical activity throughout our lives, avoiding osteoporosis is a pretty compelling one. And while looking for sources of calcium, stepping away from the dairy cabinet and moving towards the dark-leafy green vegetables, figs, and nuts and seeds is a good start. Not only do plant-based options offer a great source of calcium, possibly the best sources of calcium, but they bring with them a range of vitamins and minerals that help to build a healthy human. Simply put – a plant-based diet combined with regular, externally-loaded training, that focuses on loading the axial and appendicular skeletal systems, is a recipe for healthy, strong bones, for all of our lives.

How to Promote Your Health And Wellbeing

How to Promote Your Health And Wellbeing

Health is not just avoiding sickness. In positive terms, health is the capacity to grow to our full mental, physical and emotional potential – and to flourish. Being healthy is about feeling good and functioning well.

There are two ways in particular that could are elementary in promoting our health:

1. Improving our eating habits

While many of us enjoy good health, there is also cause for concern. Our lifestyles need improving and our communities need strengthening. Many people do not eat enough vegetables or fruit, nor get enough physical activity. There are increasing numbers of people who are overweight, while eating disorders are also on the rise.

2. Being mentally, emotionally and spiritually stable

Being healthy includes having a mind and spirit that is nourished and resilient. Yet more and more members of our community experience depression, anxiety or problems from drugs and alcohol. Mental-health issues affect one-third of families and every 40 seconds, someone in the world dies of suicide.

Most adults with mental-health problems first experienced issues as a teenager. Young people with a mental-health issue are also more likely to have low incomes, be in trouble with the law, be a parent, experience physical illness and have poor educational outcomes. Tragically, suicide is one of the leading causes of death in young people.

Yet there is much reason for hope: conditions including anxiety and depression are treatable (although only a quarter of people affected seek help). Our understanding of mental illness is growing all the time. Suicide is preventable. And, even better news; we can promote good mental health to prevent problems.

Our lifestyle and the environment we live in largely influence our health. If we are to focus on wellbeing rather than only treating illness, we must take responsibility for our own health rather than expecting doctors to pick up the pieces of our unhealthy lifestyles. It also means helping to make our community a healthier place in which to live.

The causes of chronic illness such as heart disease and cancer are mostly related to alcohol use, smoking, being overweight, and not eating enough fruit and vegetables and physical inactivity.

Don’t wait for a wake-up call. Our lifestyle is in our control: many of the illnesses we experience are preventable. We need to build the strength of our minds and bodies so we are more resilient, to reduce chances of problems occurring. When we are in touch with our health and we know our bodies and minds well, we can catch problems early.

The healthier we are in body and mind, the happier we can be because, not only do we feel good, we’re also more able to do the things that increase wellbeing. Researchers have also confirmed that there is a connection between happiness, health and life expectancy. Put simply, healthiness affects happiness and happiness affects health.

Getting Cosmetic Ear Surgery

Getting Cosmetic Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)

The term otoplasty refers to any surgical or non-surgical procedure performed to alter the shape, appearance, or size of the external ear.

An otoplasty can treat overly large ears or ears that are overly prominent, sticking out on one or both sides.

This procedure is frequently done on children where a defect in the exterior ear structure is seen to be present from birth or becomes apparent as the child grows.

The procedure is also performed on adults who have decided it’s time to correct ears that have been misshapen since birth or from accident or injury.

The cosmetic problems otoplasty is used to correct are:

Ears that stick out too far from the head

Ears that are too large in proportion to the head and other facial features

Abnormally shaped ears

Ears that have been disfigured by accident or injury


An otoplasty is typically done on both ears in order to optimize symmetry. It can be done any time after the ears have reached their full size, usually after the individual has reached the age of 5.

The surgery, performed on both ears, is done on an out-patient basis and takes approximately 2 to 4 hours. It’s usually done under local anesthetic, sometime general, depending on the situation and the age and maturity of the patient.

For protruding ears, the cartilage is reshaped to the desired look and repositioned closer to the head with stitches placed behind the ear.

In the case of ears that need to be reduced in size, the plastic surgeon will make an incision in the outside surface of the ear where she will remove excess skin and cartilage. The incisions are closed with either dissolvable sutures or ones that will be removed by a doctor after the wounds have healed.

Results of an otoplasty are permanent and can be seen as soon as healing is complete.

Otoplasty does not change the location of the ears, nor does it alter the ability to hear.

Recovery and Healing Time

Your plastic surgeon will provide you with complete post-operative instructions and you will be asked to return to the office within a few days of your surgery to have your ears checked and the dressing changed.

After otoplasty surgery, the ears and portions of the head are covered with bulky dressings. You will need to keep the dressing clean and dry. This protection helps maintain the new position of the ears and aids the healing process. A wide elastic band is worn over the ears at night to prevent them from bending during sleep. For both adults and children, ears should not be bent for at least a month or more.

For the first several days after surgery the patient should maintain head elevation as much as possible. He or she should sleep propped up on pillows. This will help reduce the swelling caused by the ear surgery.

Mild swelling may persist for many weeks in some patients. Bruising typically disappears within 7 to 10 days and stitches are usually removed within a week.

The amount of time it takes for recovery varies greatly among individuals. Usually, the patient will be able to return to work (or school) in 7 to 10 days following surgery, and can get back to sports, exercise, and the gym in 4 to 6 weeks.

Risks Connected with Otoplasty

As with any other type of major surgery, otoplasty poses the risk of infection, bleeding and an adverse reaction to anesthesia.

Other risks that pertain specifically to otoplasty are:

Changes to the skin sensation on the area of the ear (this is usually temporary)

Minor scarring

Ears incorrectly placed or changed, causing an asymmetrical appearance

Recurrence of the problem causing the need for revision surgery

Overcorrection creating unnatural contours that make the ears appear pinned back to the head.