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.

Benefits of a Toner

A toner can help remove excess dirt, oil, and dead skin cells that are not always removed when you wash your face, which is why it is best to use a toner after facewashing. Toners are more helpful for people with oily skin and clogged pores; they may be not as useful for people with dry skin, unless you buy a toner with more hydrating properties. Toners can shrink pores by absorbing excess oils. After washing your face, a toner can also restore your skins natural pH balance. This can help prevent acne because it makes your skin less vulnerable to bacteria. Since toners can also help tighten pores, it also makes it harder for environmental pollutants to penetrate your skin. It is best to avoid an alcohol-based toner as this is harsh on the skin.

The Thing that I Have Learned about Makeup

What I have learned about makeup is that quality is more important than quantity. I have bought a lot of mediocre products that I am just using up to try and get rid of, when I could have used that money to buy a few quality products instead. As someone who likes makeup, I used to often buy makeup on impulse, but now I am really picky about what I buy, and I always make sure to read reviews. I don’t want to waste my money by falling for the hype or buying impulsively.

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 I Currently Remove my Makeup

Normally, whenever I want to remove my makeup I use an oil or oil based product because I found that a lot of makeup wipes burned my skin. So what I do right now is use coconut oil and try to get a much makeup off as I can multiple times. I use coconut oil because I felt that it gently removed makeup, and I don’t want to damage my skin. I make sure to remove any mascara and eye makeup as well with the coconut oil. I then use a face wash and my Clarisonic to clean my face. After that, I use a toner with a cotton pad to remove any residue left over. If you have trouble removing mascara, you can try jojoba oil; I have used this before and it removes mascara really well. There are also eye makeup removers on the market. It is important to make sure that you remove all makeup because it can clog your pores, breed bacteria, and even not removing mascara and damage your natural lashes.