Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

Drinking plenty of cold water can help to speed up metabolism. Cold water can cause an increase in metabolic rate because your body burns energy to maintain a certain temperature equilibrium. Dehydration also slows the metabolism. In addition, water makes you fuller so you may end up eating less.

The caffeine in green tea and coffee can help to increase your metabolism by stimulating the nervous system, but just make sure not to have too much caffeine as this can affect adrenal glands which affects hormone function.

Eat spicy foods. The capsaicin in spices such as cayenne will increase your metabolism because of its thermogenic effect.

Get plenty of sleep. Studies have shown that sleep deprivation slows the metabolism and increases the production of ghrelin, which will make you more hungry.

Eat higher amounts of protein. Protein is harder for your body to break down than fats and carbs, which means it will make you burn more calories and can make you feel fuller. It also prevents muscle loss, which can decrease the metabolic rate.

Make sure to eat enough so that your metabolism doesn’t decline. When you don’t eat enough your body responds by suppressing your metabolism. Cheat meals can also help to prevent metabolic slowdown, this should not be done frequently though; maybe about once a week.

Many nutritionists also recommend eating a small breakfast in the morning so that your metabolism doesn’t decline during the day. It is also recommended to eat small meals throughout the day, rather than three big meals, to keep the metabolism going.

High-intensity interval training will stimulate your metabolism, even after you are finished exercising. This is a form of exercise that alternates between intense exercise and less intense exercise.

Muscle burns more calories than fat, so strength training can help increase metabolism. Anabolic hormones stimulated during strength training also helps your body to burn more fat, and calories are consumed by the process of breaking down and rebuilding muscle fibers while you are building muscle.

Do not sit or lie down for a long periods of times because it slows the metabolism.

Some research suggest that pesticides can contribute to weight gain by slowing the metabolism; so you might want to consider buying organic food.

Take a multivitamin everyday, and eat a healthy diet. Vitamin deficiencies can decrease the metabolic rate.

 

 

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Stress Reduction Techniques

As we all know, stress isn’t good for us. Not only does it make you miserable, but it also accelerates aging. It can make your immune system weaker, making you more susceptible to sickness. It can contribute to depression, higher blood pressure, and muscle pain. It can exacerbate skin conditions such as acne. So it is important to manage stress. Below are some stress reduction techniques:

  1. Make sure to get enough sleep, avoid alcohol and cigarettes, and eat a healthy diet. Manage caffeine intake.
  2. Exercising regularly can help you sleep better as well as reduce the hormones that cause stress.
  3. Incoporating adaptogens into your diet can help protect your body against stress. You should always be careful when taking supplements, especially if you have a medical condition or are taking medications. Some adaptogens that help to to relieve stress are: holy basil, ginseng, ashwagandha, rhodiola rosea, Indian gooseberry, licorice root, among others. Green tea can also help with stress management by affecting serotonin levels.
  4. Spend more time socializing with friends. Spending too much time alone is associated with stress and depression.
  5. Find purpose in your life.
  6. Laughing helps to relieve stress.
  7. Manage time and don’t overwork yourself or take on too many burdens. Life is meant to be enjoyable. Writing a list down for what you want to get done for the day can help you to be more organized, making life less hectic.
  8. Manage depression and anxiety. You can try to take deep breaths and watch your thoughts. If you find yourself thinking negatively, try to change your thoughts to more positive ones. Don’t try to be a perfectionist. Medication can also help.

 

Beauty Benefits of Exercise

Exercise can help to regulate the stress hormone, cortisol, which means that exercise may help with acne since cortisol affects breakouts. Cortisol also accelerates aging, which is why it is important to manage stress in general. Cortisol is also associated with weight gain.

Exercising can help with hair growth because it increase blood flow to your scalp, helping to provide nutrients necessary to aid in the development of healthy hair.

Exercise helps to boost circulation, which helps to boost oxygen and nutrients to the skin, giving you a healthier looking glow.

Sweating also helps to clear out pores.

It is important to wear sunscreen if exercising outdoors, or you can just minimize sun exposure all together by exercising in doors.

How to Get Rid of Dull Skin

Dull skin is generally caused by a lack of oxygen and nutrients to the skin cells. This can be caused by poor blood circulation and tends to be a sign of aging. Make sure that you are hydrated, have a healthy diet, and are managing stress. Stress affects hormones such as cortisol which affects blood flow. Make sure you are getting enough sleep, and try to take a multi-vitamin everyday.

Exfoliation also helps prevent dull skin because it helps to get rid of the dead skin cells. There are are multiple types of exfoliators, such as acid and scrub exfoliators. Acid exfoliators help to dissolve dead skin cells, while scrubs physically buff off the dead skin cells.

Another issue that may contribute to dull skin is environmental pollutants, which is why it is important to wash your face twice a day, and use facial products that are high in antioxidants (and eating foods high in antioxidants is also important). Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant, as well as green tea, which make for good ingredients in facial products.

 

How to Diminish Eye Bags and Dark Circles

Make sure you are getting enough sleep and avoid alcohol and smoking. Salt retains water so a diet high in sodium will contribute to puffiness under the eyes. If you have dark eye circles, try using a retinoid, which helps build up collagen in thin skin. You can try placing two slices of cucumbers that have been cooled in the fridge on your eyes. Cucumbers contain antioxidants and vitamin K which will help with under eye circles, while the cooling effects from being in the fridge will help with puffiness. You can also try using leftover tea bags. Place them in the fridge until they are cool, and place the tea bags on your eye area for about 15 minutes. The caffeine should help diminish swelling. You can also put two spoons in the fridge and place them on your eyes as well. In addition, try sleeping on your back with an extra pillow to help keep blood flowing, which will diminish dark circles. Apply almond oil or coconut oil to the under eye area to make skin more supple. Make sure to drink plenty of water, and eat lots of foods that are high in vitamin C and iron. Excessive sun exposure can also contribute to damaged and thinned skin, which leads to dark circles under the eye as well.

Activated Charcoal for Teeth and Skin

Activated charcoal can be used to whiten teeth. I personally mixed activated charcoal powder with a little bit of water and brushed my teeth with it, and my teeth were really white afterwards. Activated charcoal can also be used to help unclog pores and clear up acne. This is apparently because of its electric charge that causes it to absorb “toxins.” The most common at-home mask recipe that I have seen online is to use some aloe vera gel and mix it with activated charcoal, but I just used a little bit of water and activated charcoal on my face and left it on for 10 minutes and that worked as well. Although it can be taken as a supplement to “detox,” I personally do not do this because I think that it could also absorb nutrients in your digestive tract. So I only use it for a face mask and as a teeth whitener. I used to use a soap bar a while ago by the brand Herbivore called “Bamboo Charcoal Detoxifying Soap Bar” which contains activated charcoal, and this was one of the few products that kept my skin really clear.

Acne and Diet

There is a bit of a debate on how much diet impacts acne, but scientist’s have discovered that eating dairy and high-glycemic foods affects hormones that increases oil production in the skin, and thus may contribute to acne in certain individuals. White bread is an example of a high-glycemic food because it can raise blood sugar, leading to more inflammation and other problems throughout the body. Foods with a glycemic index of 55 or lower are considered a low-glycemic foods. You can find a database for foods and their glycemic index ratings at:

http://www.glycemicindex.com

So if you have trouble with acne, you might want to try altering your diet. If your acne is severe, I would definitely recommend going to a dermatologist though.