Treatments for Age Spots

age spotsAge Spots: Treatments & Home Remedies

The treatments and home remedies for age spots include the use of a laser, intense pulsed light therapy, chemical peel, dermabrasion, freezing, and medicines. There are also natural treatments for liver spots like lemon juice, yogurt, aloe vera juice, papaya, among others which are regarded as effective and safe due to the use of all natural ingredients with no side effects.

Are They Dangerous?

Age spots or liver spots are small, highly pigmented areas on your skin. They are primarily seen in the sun-exposed areas of your skin like the face, hands, shoulders, and arms, which is why they are also called solar lentigines. These spots are common in those over 40 years of age, but can also manifest due to overexposure to UV rays, genetics, and increasing age. While they look like cancerous growths, they are mostly harmless and don’t need treatment.

Medical Treatments

There are a number of medical treatments available to lighten or remove the age spots. The pigment causing age spots is located at the base of the epidermis (the topmost layer of the skin), making it necessary to penetrate this layer for any treatment. Here are some commonly practiced treatments for age spots:

Laser and Intense Pulsed Light Therapy

This therapy works to destroy melanin-producing cells without causing any damage to the skin’s surface. This treatment requires more than one sessions to fade away the age spots. Laser Therapy also has a few side effects, like slight discoloration of the skin.

Medicines

Medicinal treatment includes the use of bleaching creams, used alone or in combination with the retinoid. Mild steroids can also be used in the treatment as they help in spot removal over a period of several months.

Chemical Peel

This involves the application of an acid that burns the outermost layer of your skin, and so the age spots. After the treatment, new and flawless skin forms while replacing the burned skin.

Freezing (Cryotherapy)

In this treatment, liquid nitrogen is applied to the age spots. This destroys the extra pigment and thereby helps the skin to get rid of spots. A point to note here is that freezing can also pose a slight risk of permanent scarring or discoloration.

Dermabrasion

Dermabrasion is the process of rapidly rotating a brush over the surface of your skin. It removes the top layer of the skin and a new layer of the skin forms at its place. It can cause temporary redness or scab formation on the skin.

Home Remedies for Age Spots

Let’s take a look at some of the proven home remedy options to get rid of these unwanted blemishes:

Lemon Juice & Yogurt

Both lemon juice and yogurt act as bleaching agents as they help in lightening these spots. Other properties of lemon like citric acid, antioxidants, etc. also help in fading away from the dark spots.

Castor Oil

Age spots can sometimes be rough in texture. If the same is the case with you, apply castor oil on the spots twice a day regularly for few months. You will see a distinct improvement in the appearance where the texture becomes smooth.

Onion & Apple Cider Vinegar

Onion is a good remedy for age spots. Blend an onion and drain it, with the help of a strainer, into a bowl. Mix an equal amount of apple cider vinegar to this and apply over the spots with a cotton swab dipped in this decoction. This will certainly help in removing the age spots. You can also apply onion separately on the spots given to its Vitamin C rich composition.

Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe vera has been found to have great potential n treating dermatological conditions like burns and scars. Gel or juice obtained from aloe vera can be directly rubbed on affected regions to treat them.

Horseradish

Use of horseradish helps clear age spots. Mix some horseradish in a bowl of milk for 20-30 minutes and then apply the mixture on the spots. Because of its richness in antioxidants and other volatile compounds, the appearance of the spots will fade away rapidly.

Olive Oil & Vinegar

A mixture of olive oil and vinegar can be used to erase the age spots. This mixture should be washed off with water within half an hour of its application.

Papaya

Papaya pulp can be rubbed on the spotted area. Wash it off after 15-20 minutes of its application. Daily use of this remedy will help yield maximum results.

Orange Juice & Apple Cider Vinegar

2 to 3 spoons of orange juice can be mixed in a half spoon of apple cider vinegar. If this mixture is applied on the spots for about a month, you can expect a visible result.

Buttermilk & Tomato

Due to the presence of acid in buttermilk and tomato, they prove to be very beneficial in removing age spots. Not just that, they also act as an effective cleanser.

Watermelon

Rich in antioxidant compounds and vitamin C, rubbing the rind of a watermelon on the age spots will help improve the condition.

Garlic

The paste of garlic has been observed to be effective in treating age spots.

Cucumber Juice

The bleaching properties of cucumber’s organic compounds help improve the appearance of the skin by reducing age spots.

Dandelion

The dandelion stem has been proven to cure a number of skin problems. Age spots can also be effectively treated by consuming this powerful plant every day.

Radish, Vinegar, Lime Juice & Rosemary Oil

A concoction of lime juice, radish, rosemary oil and vinegar is prepared and applied to the affected area. This not only cleanses the skin but also brightens it.

Rose Water & Sandal Powder

Make a paste of these and then apply it on the affected areas. Leave it to dry for some time, and then wash it with fresh water.

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Things to do this Summer

things to do this summer

Fun free things to do this summer

Kids are out of school. What to do?

Go geocaching.

“Geocaching” is like a worldwide treasure hunt using a GPS or other mobile device to find secretly hidden containers called “geocaches.” The geocaches usually contain a logbook to let you say, “I found it!” before you re-hide it in exactly the same spot for the next geocacher to find.

Take a free factory tour.

From brewery tours to candy factories and candle makers to toy companies, hundreds of factories and other businesses across the country open their doors to visitors, often times for free or a nominal charge. Bonus: Some tours include free samples.

Visit county fairs instead of amusement parks.

Many county fairs offer rides and other fun activities, usually at a fraction of the cost of amusement parks. Some fairs also offer special discount days as well and will let you bring your own picnic or other refreshments. And, volunteering at the fair might get you a free pass.

Make homemade ice cream.

Homemade ice cream is easy and quick to make with a neat method using two different sized plastic bags, one placed inside the other along with ice and rock salt.

Go fly a kite.

Kite flying can make you feel like a kid again, and building your own kite from inexpensive materials you might already have around the house is half the fun.

Stage a summer film festival.

Choose a theme — like summer romance or vacation road trips — and have everyone bring their favorite flick for a weekend of binge watching with friends. You can borrow DVDs from some public libraries for free. Also, if you or one of your friends have an online movie streaming service, such as Netflix or Hulu, you can save money by watching movies that way.

Have an epic water gun fight.

Rinse out plastic squeeze bottles from dish soap and shampoo to use instead of store-bought squirt guns for a good old-fashioned backyard water fight.

Gaze at clouds.

There’s nothing more relaxing than laying on your back in the summertime on a lush, green lawn and gazing up at the clouds drifting overhead. Make a game of it by snapping pics of formations that remind you of something then playing 20 questions with your friends to see if they can guess what you’re thinking of.

Take a hike.

TrailLink.com, powered by the nonprofit Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, allows you to search for trails in all 50 states and by different activities, including hiking, bicycling, running, horseback riding and even birding.

Camp for free.

Camping in the great outdoors is almost always inexpensive, and there are even plenty of places where you can camp for free — including in National Forests outside of designated campgrounds. Some restrictions might apply, however.

Take advantage of free admission at National Parks.

America’s 400-plus national parks are truly national treasures, and all but 127 of them never charge an entrance fee. On Aug. 25 — the birthday of the National Park Service — every national park will open its gates.

Explore your local library.

Libraries aren’t just about books anymore; they’re multimedia resources with computer access, e-books, audio books, DVDs and free programs for people of all ages. And why not use their air conditioning — rather than your own — to keep cool this summer?

Enjoy a free wine tasting.

If you’re a self-proclaimed wine connoisseur — or if you just love to occasionally indulge in a glass or two — see if there are any free wine tastings in your area. Some wineries in Sonoma County, Calif., for example, offer free tastings.

Learn how to DIY at free clinics.

Home improvement centers offer a wide range of free how-to clinics for folks looking to spruce up their abodes this summer.

Take the kids bowling.

Register with the website KidsBowlFree.com so the kids can bowl two games daily for free this summer at participating lanes. Some restrictions might apply.

Dive into a swimming hole.

Swimming in a natural lake, river, stream or hot spring is literally cool fun. Swimmingholes.org lists 1,600 natural swimming holes nationwide, most of them free and open to the public.

Play in your yard’s sprinklers.

Punch lots of small holes in a two liter plastic soda bottle, then attach it to the end of a garden hose with a male-to-male hose coupling. Hang the bottle over a tree branch, turn on the hose, and enjoy a refreshing outdoor sprinkler shower.

Play a round of disc golf.

Traditional golf is usually an expensive sport to pursue, but disc golf — aka “Frisbee golf” — costs very little and is great exercise. Many public parks have disc golf courses where you can play for free, and a professional quality disc usually costs less than $15.

Volunteer your time.

Volunteering is not only a great way to help others, but it can be a lot of fun and a chance to meet new friends. Visit VolunteerMatch.org for a nationwide listing of volunteer opportunities.

Remember, when outside in the sun during actives, keep hydrated and click here for proper sun screen protection.

Nutritious and Tasty Healthy Snacks

healthysnacksIf you love great flavors in your snacks, you should definitely try healthy and delicious snacks like trail mix, cheese plates, basic burritos and fruit parfaits.

Fruit Parfaits

Yogurt is packed with probiotics and other important nutrients. Additionally, the mineral, vitamin and antioxidant levels of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and cherries are very well-known. Together a basic fruit parfait can boost your energy levels, while also improving digestive efficiency and strengthening the immune system.

Cheese Plate

People often overlook cheese as a potentially healthy snack. A simple combination of apple slices and smoked gouda cheese is not only a nutrient-dense snack but will also provide calcium, vitamin D, probiotics, Vitamin A and Vitamin B-6. However, eat cheese in moderation, regardless of how delicious it is!

Basic Burritos

A combination of brown rice, black beans, grilled vegetables, and spices can make for a great burrito in the middle of the day. This will provide good levels of fiber, key minerals, antioxidants, and proteins, without compromising on your calorie limits for the day.

Dark Chocolate & Almond Butter

Not all chocolates are created equal, and in the case of dark chocolate, a small amount can be excellent for heart health and blood circulation. With a huge level of iron and a notable level of fiber, dipping a few squares of dark chocolate in omega-3 fatty acid-rich almond butter is an excellent snack choice.

Trail Mix

Combining nuts, seeds, granola, dried fruit and dark chocolate into a healthy trail mix is one of the most filling and delicious snacks out there. You will get an invaluable amount of minerals, antioxidants, fiber, organic acids and complex carbs from this often overlooked snack option.

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20 Most Weight-Loss-Friendly Foods

What’s on your healthy menu?

Different foods go through different metabolic pathways in your body. They can have vastly different effects on your hunger, hormones and the number of calories you burn. These 20 foods can make a huge difference in your daily diet.

1. Whole Eggs

Once feared for being high in cholesterol, whole eggs have been making a comeback. Although a high intake of eggs raises the levels of “bad” LDL-cholesterol in some people, they are one of the best foods to eat if you need to lose weight. Eggs are high in protein, and also incredibly nutrient dense and can help you get all the nutrients you need on a calorie-restricted diet. Interestingly, almost all the nutrients are found in the yolks.

2. Leafy Greens

Leafy greens include kale, spinach, collards, Swiss chards and a few others. They have numerous properties that make them perfect for a weight loss diet, such as being low in calories and carbohydrates and loaded with fiber. Eating leafy greens is a great way to increase the volume of your meals, without increasing the calories. Leafy greens are also incredibly nutritious and very high in many vitamins, antioxidants and minerals, including calcium, which has been shown to aid fat burning in some studies

3. Salmon

Fatty fish like salmon is incredibly healthy and very satisfying, keeping you full for many hours with relatively few calories. It is loaded with high-quality protein, healthy fats and various important nutrients. Fish — and seafood in general — may also supply a significant amount of iodine. This nutrient is necessary for proper thyroid function, which is important to keep your metabolism running optimally. Salmon is also loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which have been proven to reduce inflammation, which is known to play a major role in obesity and metabolic disease. Mackerel, trout, sardines, herring and other types of fatty fish are also excellent.

4. Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and Brussel sprouts. Like other vegetables, they’re high in fiber and tend to be incredibly filling. These types of veggies generally contain decent amounts of protein. They’re also highly nutritious and contain cancer fighting substances.

5. Lean Beef and Chicken Breast

Meat has been unfairly demonized. It has been blamed for various health problems despite a lack of good evidence to back up these negative claims. Though processed meat is unhealthy, studies show that unprocessed red meat does not raise the risk of heart disease or diabetes. Red meat has only a very weak correlation with cancer in men and no correlation at all in women. Meat is a weight-loss-friendly food because it’s high in protein, which is the most filling nutrient. Eating a high-protein diet can make you burn up to 80–100 more calories per day.

6. Boiled Potatoes

White potatoes seem to have fallen out of favor for some reason. However, they have several properties that make them a perfect food — both for weight loss and optimal health. They contain an incredibly diverse range of nutrients — a little bit of almost everything you need. There have even been accounts of people living on nothing but potatoes alone for extended periods of time. They’re high in potassium, a nutrient that most people don’t get enough of and that plays an important role in blood pressure control. Sweet potatoes, turnips and other root vegetables are also excellent.

7. Tuna

Tuna is another low-calorie, high-protein food. It’s lean fish, meaning it’s low in fat. Tuna is popular among bodybuilders and fitness models who’re on a cut, as it’s a great way to increase protein intake while keeping total calories and fat low. If you’re trying to emphasize protein intake, make sure to choose tuna canned in water, not oil.

8. Beans and Legumes

Some beans and other legumes can be beneficial for weight loss. This includes lentils, black beans, kidney beans and some others. These foods tend to be high in protein and fiber, which are two nutrients that have been shown to lead to satiety. They also tend to contain some resistant starch. It’s important to prepare Legumes properly for those who may have low tolerance for them.

9. Soups

As mentioned above, meals and diets with a low energy density tend to make people eat fewer calories. Most foods with a low energy density are those that contain lots of water, such as vegetables and fruits. But you can also just add water to your food, making a soup.

10. Cottage Cheese

Dairy products tend to be high in protein. One of the best ones is cottage cheese, which is mostly protein with very few carbs and little fat. Eating cottage cheese is a great way to boost your protein intake. It’s also very satiating, making you feel full with a relatively low number of calories.

11. Avocados

While most fruits are high in carbs, avocados are loaded with healthy fats. They’re particularly high in monounsaturated oleic acid, the same type of fat found in olive oil. Despite being mostly fat, avocados also contain a lot of water and fiber, making them less energy-dense than you may think.

What’s more, they’re a perfect addition to vegetable salads. They also contain many important nutrients, including fiber and potassium.

12. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is incredibly popular in the natural health community. It’s often used in condiments like dressings or vinaigrettes, and some people even dilute it in water and drink it. Several human-based studies suggest that apple cider vinegar can be useful for weight loss. Vinegar has also been shown to reduce blood sugar spikes after meals, which may have various beneficial health effects in the long term.

13. Nuts

Despite being high in fat, nuts are not as fattening as you would expect. They’re an excellent snack, containing balanced amounts of protein, fiber and healthy fats. Eating nuts can improve metabolic health and even promote weight loss. People who eat nuts tend to be healthier and leaner than those who don’t. Just make sure not to go overboard, as they’re still fairly high in calories. If you tend to binge and eat massive amounts of nuts, it may be best to avoid them.

14. Whole Grains

Though cereal grains have received a bad reputation in recent years, some types are definitely healthy. This includes some whole grains that are loaded with fiber and contain a decent amount of protein. Notable examples include oats, brown rice and quinoa. Oats are loaded with beta-glucans, soluble fibers that have been shown to increase satiety and improve metabolic health. Both brown and white rice can contain significant amounts of resistant starch, particularly if cooked and then allowed to cool afterward. Keep in mind that refined grains are not a healthy choice, and sometimes foods that have “whole grains” on the label are highly processed junk foods that are both harmful and fattening.

15. Chili Pepper

Eating chili peppers may be useful on a weight loss diet. They contain capsaicin, a substance which has been shown to reduce appetite and increase fat burning. This substance is even sold in supplement form and a common ingredient in many commercial weight loss supplements.

16. Fruit

Most health experts agree that fruit is healthy. Even though they contain natural sugar, they have a low energy density and take a while to chew. Plus, their fiber content helps prevent sugar from being released too quickly into your bloodstream. Most fruits can be an effective and delicious addition to a weight loss diet.

17. Grapefruit

One fruit that deserves to be highlighted is grapefruit. Its effects on weight control have been studied directly. The grapefruit group also had reduced insulin resistance, a metabolic abnormality that is implicated in various chronic diseases. Eating half a grapefruit about half an hour before some of your daily meals may help you feel more satiated and eat fewer overall calories.

18. Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are among the most nutritious foods on the planet. They contain 12 grams of carbohydrates per ounce (28 grams), which is pretty high, but 11 of these grams are fiber. This makes chia seeds a low-carb-friendly food and one of the best sources of fiber in the world. Because of its high fiber content, chia seeds can absorb up to 11–12 times their weight in water, turning gel-like and expanding in your stomach. However, given their nutrient composition, it makes sense that chia seeds could be a useful part of your weight loss diet.

19. Coconut Oil

Not all fats are created equal. Coconut oil is high in fatty acids of a medium length, called medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). These fatty acids have been proven to boost satiety better than other fats and increase the number of calories burned. Of course, coconut oil still contains calories, so adding it on top of what you’re already eating is a bad idea. It’s not about adding coconut oil to your diet but about replacing some of your other cooking fats with coconut oil. Extra virgin olive oil is worth mentioning also, as it’s probably one of the healthiest fats on the planet.

20. Full-Fat Yogurt

Yogurt is another excellent dairy food. Certain types of yogurt contain probiotic bacteria that can improve the function of your gut. Having a healthy gut may help protect against inflammation and leptin resistance which is one of the main hormonal drivers of obesity. Make sure to choose yogurt with live, active cultures, as other types of yogurt contain virtually no probiotics. Also, consider choosing full-fat yogurt. Studies show that full-fat dairy — but not low-fat — is associated with a reduced risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes over time. Low-fat yogurt is usually loaded with sugar, so it’s best to avoid it.

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Foot Care Tips

Wash your feet often

Keep your feet clean by washing them every day in warm soapy water, but don’t soak them, as this might destroy your skin’s natural oils.

Dry your feet well

Dry your feet thoroughly after washing them, especially between the toes, which is where fungal infections like athletes foot can develop.

Moisturize and file

If your skin is dry, apply moisturizing cream all over the foot, except for between the toes. Gently remove hard skin and calluses with a pumice stone or foot file. Don’t overdo it or you could damage fresh skin underneath.

Cut toenails carefully

Trim your toenails regularly using proper nail clippers. Cut straight across, never at an angle or down the edges. This can cause ingrown toe nails.

Shoe shop in the afternoon

Shop for shoes in the afternoon. Your feet swell as the day goes on and if shoes fit in the afternoon when your feet are at their largest, you can be assured they’ll always be comfortable.

Footwear tips for work

Depending on the type of work you do, you may need to wear specialist footwear, such as shoes with hard reinforced toecaps or anti-slip soles. If you wear high heels at work, wear comfortable shoes on your way to work and change into your heels when you get there.

Limit time wearing high heels

Only wear high heels and pointed shoes for special occasions. If you wear heels, try to vary your heel height. Wearing a heel that’s higher than a couple of inches (about 5cm) on a regular basis can damage your feet.

Wear the right shoes

Always wear the right shoes for the job – so not sandals for mountain climbing!

Change socks daily to avoid foot odor

As well as changing your socks regularly, wear socks made of cotton, wool or bamboo. These allow your feet to breathe and help keep them at the right temperature. Specialist socks are also available for different sporting activities.

Wear socks that fit

Make sure your socks fit properly, paying particular attention to the width for your foot and ankle. If you have swollen feet, look for socks designed to accommodate your swelling. Elastic-free socks are available to help prevent them cutting into your leg. If you have difficulty feeling your feet properly (neuropathy), make sure there are no knobbly seams inside your socks that may rub and damage your skin. Turning your socks inside out can help prevent rubbing.

Protect your feet in communal areas

Wear flip-flops or pool shoes to avoid getting athletes foot and verrucas when using public areas such as gym showers or swimming pools.

Take care with flip-flops

Avoid wearing flip-flops all the time. They don’t support your feet and can give you arch and heal pain if you wear them too much.

A podiatrist can help with foot problems

A podiatrist can help if you have a problem such as unexplained foot pain. It’s very important to have your feet checked regularly by a GP, nurse or podiatrist if you have a health condition that affects your feet, such as diabetes, poor circulation or a low immune system.

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An Hour a Week of Walking will stave off Disability

Just walk briskly, as if you were running late for an appointment. This will stave off disability in older adults with arthritis pain, or aching or stiffness in a knee, hip, ankle or foot. This is less than 10 minutes a day!

It’s estimated that 14 million older adults in the U.S. have symptomatic knee osteoarthritis, which is the most common form of osteoarthritis. Approximately two in five people with osteoarthritis — most of whom have it in their lower joints — develop disability limitations.

An hour of weekly moderate-to-vigorous physical activity allows older adults to maintain their ability to perform daily tasks like getting dressed or crossing a street before a traffic light walk signal changes.

The weekly hour of exercise reduces risk of mobility disability by 85 percent and their risk of activities of daily living disability, such as walking across a room, by almost 45 percent.

Federal guidelines recommend older adults with arthritis should participate in low-impact activity. For substantial health benefits including reducing the risk for heart disease and many other chronic diseases, these guidelines recommend older adults participate in at least 2.5 hours a week of moderate-intensity activity. Go to WebMD for more information on the benefits of walking.

How Can One Find Happiness?

Happiness can be learned. That’s the central idea behind Yale’s most popular class ever. Professor Laurie Santos has collected all the psychological science out there and come up with a step-by-step process for boosting your own happiness.

The 10-week course online through Coursera is free. It’s officially called The Science of Well-Being, and it has already been taken by more than 225,000 students online. One in four students at Yale has taken it since it was first offered.

Santos has designed the course for three reasons: to synthesize what psychologists have learned about making our lives better, to help undergrads overcome stress and unhappiness on campus, and “to live a better life myself.”

Seminars with structured homework centered on daily exercises that are geared toward changing your habits — by identifying and dropping the bad ones while new habits are developed.

Focus on your Strengths

This first homework was all about identifying your signature strengths and refocusing on them each day. I took the “VIA Survey” online (anyone can take this test free here), which revealed my 24 greatest strengths. My top four: love of learning, appreciation of beauty and excellence, leadership, and fairness. If you’re pretty self-aware, the results won’t be a big surprise. The key, though, is to identify them and find situations to use your strengths every day. That’ll lead you down the path to flourishing. Studies show happiness increases and depression decreases when a person uses his or her signature strengths regularly. In my case, Look for simple ways to use fairness, humor, and love of learning throughout the day.

Invest in Experiences

Try spending money on experiences such as live music, vacations, and meals instead of new toys. Going for a walk or traveling to a new place are much better investments in terms of happiness than buying material things.

The Path to Happiness

Remember to also do the things you probably already know are proven to boost your well-being, such as exercising daily and getting as much sleep as possible.

But the key here is to pick up a new positive habit – or habits – that will lead you to feeling happier.

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How to Pamper Your Skin

As the days get longer and temperatures begin to climb, off go the sweaters and boots and on go the shorts and sandals.

But while your spirit may be singing the praises of spring, it’s also likely your skin is still crying out with the winter blues — dry, scaly, rough, spots on heels, knees and elbows as well as stressed- out, overheated, undernourished skin on your face and body.

Knees, elbows, heels, and toes can also suffer from a winter in boots — where too often, says Citron, what we don’t see, we neglect.

When feet and legs aren’t on display the way they are during warmer weather, they are more likely to not be moisturized as much, and less attention to things like dry cuticles. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take long for skin that is neglected to react, becoming dry, dull, and flaky, and sometimes even red and inflamed.

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Why Meditation is Important

When the topic of mindfulness meditation comes up, there are people out there who still imagine that meditation is the domain of free spirits who enjoy zoning out on a woven grass mat somewhere. Meditation practices have been around for a long time, and virtually every spiritual path integrates some form of them. Though it has its roots in Buddhism, meditation as it is practiced today is accessible to people of all backgrounds and beliefs. However, you may wonder “Why should I meditate?” 

Facts about Meditation:

Meditation makes you happier

People who meditate generally are usually happier than those who don’t. Meditation is known to enhance the flow of constructive thoughts and positive emotions. Even a few minutes spent meditating regularly can make a big difference.

Meditation helps you manage anxiety, stress and depression

The transformative potential of meditation shouldn’t be underestimated. The part of the brain that regulates stress and anxiety shrinks when meditation is practiced consistently. By focusing on moment-by-moment experiences, meditators are training the mind to remain calm, even in stressful situations. Along with this, they also experience significantly less anxiety due to uncertainty about the future.

You needn’t be a religious person to meditate

it’s about developing calmness, practicing awareness and decluttering the mind. And although contemplation is a key component of most world religions, you don’t have to be adhere to a religion to practice meditation. This is good news for the one in five Americans who define themselves as spiritual but not religious.

Meditation benefits are almost immediate

The numerous health benefits that result from meditation are another great reason to adopt the practice. Certain benefits can start making themselves felt very quickly after people start sitting. A sense of calmness and peace of mind are common experiences, even if this feeling is fleeting and subtle. Some people worry that meditation is having the opposite effect because their minds seem busier than ever. But just stick with it, and keep your sessions short. Meditation isn’t about wiping the slate of your mind clean, it’s about being aware of what appears there.

Meditation helps you fall asleep

Insomnia is a troubling condition – everybody dreads a sleepless night. Sadly, about a third of the American population suffers from some form of sleep deprivation, whether occasional or chronic. If you’re one of those misfortunate folk who stare at the ceiling and count sheep all night to no avail, meditation just might be a solution. Meditation triggers the relaxation response – which is why some people actually have the opposite problem: they fall asleep as soon as they begin to meditate!

Meditation sharpens your memory

Apart from enhancing your happiness and improving your overall well-being, meditation also helps your memory stay sharp and your concentration remain steady. With mindfulness meditation, you train in remaining aware of the present moment in a non-judgmental manner. Distractions are less and less likely to sweep you away. Just one more reason why you should meditate.

So relax and get started on your mindful path today! Learn more.

It’s All About the Base…

Slice Aloe Vera A Very Useful Herbal Medicine For Skin Care And

In cosmetics the base is everything. Be Natural Organics prides itself on providing high-performance skin care that delivers visible results.  Our propriety organic aloe vera juice base contains a rich supply of amino acids, nutrients and enzymes to intensify the natural repair function of the skin.

Be Natural Organics aloe vera base is capable of penetrating the skin almost four times faster than pure water. This allows other nutrients and botanical actives to sink deeper into the underlying layers of the skin for optimal results. Aloe vera contains almost 20 amino acids, calcium, magnesium, enzymes, vitamins, polysaccharides, nitrogen and other miraculous properties that heal and nourish.

Research has shown aloe vera’s unique ability to regenerate cellular membranes and boost the production of fibroblast cells (responsible for collagen production) six to eight times faster than the rate of normal cellular function. It is capable of penetrating the skin almost four times faster than pure water. This allows other nutrients and botanical actives to sink deeper into the underlying layers of the skin for optimal results.

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