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Gain Energy While Losing Weight

Okay, so I don’t exercise as often as I should. One way or another, I put other things in front of exercise. How do you keep your energy up and your weight down as you age? It all depends on how effective your metabolism is working to burn fat and provides the energy you need to stay active. Of course I know this because none of us is getting younger.

You may be consuming the same amount of calories you did when you were younger, but still gaining wait – and your energy may be waning much more rapidly than you’d like. You still want to be active and maintain your weight and something’s just not working. Therefore, moving is so much more important now.

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Adjusting your food intake or the types of foods you eat is necessary as you age. You may also want to concentrate on different types of exercises than in the past to keep your metabolism revved up as much as possible. I saw an interview on television a few years ago where a doctor was interviewed on weight loss. He was so passionate about moving that while the reporter was asking him questions, he walked one m.p.h. while answering questions. Talk about being into his job.

As you age, it’s important that you reassess your diet and exercise plans – especially if you’re noticing the pounds creep on and have much less energy than usual. An aging body doesn’t react the same to any efforts you might expend, so it may be necessary to change your strategy. The older we get, the more we have to rethink how we can stay active and watch or diet.

Menopause is a phenomenon that causes weight gain and low energy. These rapidly changing hormones can wreak havoc with your muscle tone, weight and energy level. This is why women tend to put on weight more easily than men during the aging process. This is the reason women complain about men losing weight so much easier.

Also on another note, we don’t need as many calories as you age, but we may be eating the same. Try to ingest smaller portions and eat a more balanced diet with lower calorie foods to keep your weight in check.

It’s likely that you don’t move around as much as when you were young because life isn’t as hectic and you have more time for relaxation. Many physicians are recommending the Mediterranean diet plan to seniors for more energy and weight maintenance and loss.

The Mediterranean diet places more of an emphasis on whole grains, healthy fats, veggies and fruit, which are usually lower in calories and provide more energy to help you exercise more.

Choose an exercise you love to participate in. You may want to enjoy less demanding types such as yoga or a walking. If you enjoy it, you’ll keep at it and that’s the key to maintaining your fitness level.exercise-stretch

Unfortunately, there’s no magic bullet to maintaining or losing weight as you age or keeping the energy level you once had. The key continues to be found in diet and exercise, but the benefits you’ll enjoy are numerous. A focus on the end goal is also key. Let’s see if we can stay focused throughout the holiday season. Santa will be here before you know it bringing good cheer. Let’s be slimmer when he comes down the chimney this year.

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Superfoods to Boost a Healthy Brain

 

At times, my sweet tooth gets the best of me. Since my mother is from the south, she constantly had sweets on the table since her mother had sweets in house. A couple things help me out when I have a craving. When it’s summer, fresh fruit does the trick and during the winter, I always enjoy hot tea.

Sometimes a snack is not enough. I also need to exercise my brain and become more active. Exercising the brain by challenging it with puzzles and other methods isn’t the only way to maintain brain health. There are some foods you should add to your diet plan which will boost your brain power and also add to your overall physical good health.

The seven most popular superfoods which have been proven to boost brain power include:

  1. Walnuts – Eating a handful of walnuts increases the amount of omega-3 fatty acids which are essential to the proper functioning of the brain’s neurotransmitters. I can eat these by the handful.
  1. Wild Salmon – Our brains consist of approximately 60% fat and require fatty acids to keep its ability to function properly. Wild salmon contains DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) which provides the ability to resist Alzheimer’s disease and to prevent inflammation in the body and mind. To switch mine up a bit, I chop mine into bits and a make a quick sandwich for lunch.walnuts-and-shells
  1. Broccoli – High in the nutrient, choline, which helps with the continued growth of brain cells and connecting neurotransmitters, broccoli is also rich in Vitamin K which helps in brain functioning such as cognitive skills. These go good dipped in balsamic dressing as a quick snack before dinner.
  1. Green tea – Known for years to help the neurotransmitters in the brain communicate with each other, green tea can effectively boost your concentration ability as well as prevent dementia. Drinking two to three cups of green tea per day may also reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease. I add a small drop of lemon to wake me up.
  1. Tomatoes – Tomatoes contain lycopene, a fighter of free radical damage to the brain cells which normally affect dementia. They can also reduce risk of stroke and improve your mental acuity. If you can’t eat these straight, you can always put it in with your soups. My mom makes hers into gravy and pours it over her rice.
  1. Turmeric – Adding some turmeric to your diet can help to keep your brain active and strong and also help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Sprinkle some turmeric over your food or add it to beverages. This healthy spice contains curcumin, which is essential to brain health. It brings a different taste to your meal.
  1. Dark Chocolate – Your entire body can benefit from the addition of dark chocolate to your diet plan. It’s especially good for the brain because of its powerful antioxidants and also contains flavonoids which increase blood circulation – especially to the brain. It may take some getting used to, but it’s really good.

Another food which can significantly play a role in the health of your brain is acorn squash, which contains the B12 vitamin and folic acid. Both of these help prevent nerve damage and shrinkage of the brain.

Blueberries are also known to keep your brain at its very best with the flavonoids it contains which protect against free radicals and also play a significant part in improving cognitive skills and boosting memory. Add these brain power foods to your diet plan to stave off the effects that aging has on your brain and body.darkchocolate

So you can that hearty and dense foods added to your diet can improve body and mind. Can you think of any other foods that will add to your brain power?

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B Vitamins: The Anti-Aging Vitamin

As I look at the vitamins at my local drug store, I can see how deficient we are in our supplements. I can only imagine how our bodies are craving the proper nutrients. One vitamin I’d like to know more about is B vitamins. First, they can help prevent premature aging and also rejuvenate your skin and your health. When we understand how B vitamins operate, we can check out the various types of B vitamins available and which supplements we want to ingest.GarlicCloves

Unfortunately, our bodies probably don’t get enough B vitamins unless we intake a diet rich in this nutrient. Vitamin B is complex and each type contributes to your well-being in different ways. Some help reduce the risk of cancer, another may help stabilize the nervous system and others may enhance your skin or help your metabolism function properly. Vitamin B also encourages the development of red blood cells, combats the harmful results of stress, and helps calm and maintain a healthy nervous system.

Three B Vitamins are folate, vitamins B6 and B12. They are the three of the most effective vitamins that can help your skin look younger and healthier. You can get them in your diet by eating foods such as greens (spinach and mustard), fish, garlic, eggs, milk and others.

Probiotics is another way to assist your anti-aging regimen. They contain vitamin B and B12 and are found in fermented foods and drinks and such foods as yogurt and help you resist diseases and slows the aging process.

Since B vitamins are diluted by water, it’s difficult to get too much – so overdosing isn’t a problem. You should know that Vitamin B12 is found in animal products, so if you’re a vegetarian or vegan, you may need supplements getting enough.

If you don’t get enough vitamin B, you may develop a vitamin deficiency and that could result in lowering your body’s immune system which helps fight illness and diseases. Your organs’ functions depend on B vitamins to stay healthy and robust.

Nutritional aspects of B vitamins include Thiamine, also known as Vitamin B1, Niacin, better known as vitamin B3, Pantothenic Acid, or Vitamin B5, Cobalamin, which is commonly called B12, Pyridoxine – or Vitamin B6, Inositol, which is actually B8, Biotin – important for hair and nails, which is B7, Folic Acid – or Vitamin B9 and Riboflavin – also known as Vitamin B2.baby-spinach

Each of these nutrients are unique, but act together to contribute to your body’s overall health. Your skin can also benefit from B vitamins. B12 can rejuvenate your skin and help it produce new cells and slough off the old ones. B12 is also known to boost brain acuity by helping develop brain cells and to improve memory.

Some B vitamins can be found in liquid moisturizer form to help keep your skin soft and supple and prevent dryness, fine lines and wrinkles. A blood test can verify if you’re getting enough vitamin B in your normal diet plan or if you need to enhance it with supplements.

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Five Factors to Consider for Better Looking Skin

As an esthetician, I see many different skin types and conditions. There are ways to protect our skin from natural elements. The first thing that comes to mind for most of us when thinking about what may harm the skin is the sun.

Still, the population seems obsessed with tanning and lying in the sun for hours at a time. You don’t have to be one of them. So don’t forget your sunscreen and possible wear long sleeved tops during those harsh summer days. The toll on your skin is tremendous and being prepared will give your skin a better chance to look clear and more vibrant.

In addition, consider these other factors when monitoring your skin. Of course not all factors will have the same harmful results, but knowing them will help you and those you love.

1. Lack of hydration. I have a hard time remembering to drink as much water as I should. I get so caught up in my day that I may eat instead. Shame on me. I know water is essential to keep the skin supple and moist. Water helps digestion and circulation which are two elements important to clear, healthy skin.

I can tell during a facial or while I am waxing a client if they have been drinking enough water. The texture of the skin or the way the wax responds to skin is a telltale sign. Without water, no organ in your body will function as it should and since the skin is an organ, it will become dry and wrinkly if not properly hydrated.

2. Cold and windy climate. I am from Chicago, and don’t miss those long, cold winters. Those days of layering before work are in my past since I longed for warmer weather on the west coast. If not careful, winter is detrimental to your skin’s condition unless you prepare properly for it. Dry and itchy skin is the result of a brutal winter, but a good moisturizer and proper skin care will help combat these conditions. As we’re coming up on the winter months, seek moisturizers that offer deep conditioning without clogging your pores.

3. Pollution. One of the silent problems for your skin is living in a polluted area of the world. Since our skin is the largest organ with many pores, we collect a lot of pollutants. Pollutants such as chemicals in the air break down your skin by attacking its natural protection mechanisms. Always cleanse your face thoroughly and be sure to keep hydrated and moisturized. An exfoliant is a safe way to effectively rid your body of pollutants along with staying hydrated.
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4. Diet and exercise. One without the other negates part of the positive aspects of each. We have heard in one form or another how important diet and exercise is to our health. Well, our skin will benefit as well. If you practice a diet lacking in nutrients you may experience malnutrition, which affects the skin, hair and nails. Exercise helps distribute the good nutrients in your diet to aid circulation and provide oxygen to the skin. This will go a long ways toward beautiful skin well into older age.

5. Age. You can’t do a lot about getting older, but you can be aware of the inevitable changes which occur with age and address those problems. Taking the previous factors into consideration will keep you feeling and looking your best as you age. The sooner you start, the better you’ll feel. You can combat aging skin by keeping it hydrated with water, clean and supple by using the correct moisturizer.

There are other factors – such as hormones, genes, smoking, alcohol and stress, which definitely take a toll on the health of your skin. Some (such as genes) you can’t help, but you can use the latest scientific findings and beauty treatments to combat the harmful results. Your esthetician will gladly recommend the proper treatment.

If you constantly neglect your skin, you’ll be exacerbating the effects of everything you can’t control – such as air pollution. Maintain a good skin care regimen – both inside and out – to ensure your skin keeps its elasticity and glow.

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