Tag Archives: Health

Sleep Your Way to Great Skin

Woman sleeping

Sleep is one of those things that most of us don’t pause and think about how vital it is to our health. We get used to “cheating” when it comes to making sure we get enough sleep. Sure, we do our best to make sure that we get a full night’s sleep, but coffee, tea, and other sources of a wake-up jolt of caffeine are all waiting for if things don’t go exactly right. A strange, modern sort of fear of being disconnected also means we tend to work against ourselves when it comes to getting enough sleep. This just won’t do. It hurts our body and mind in a lot of little ways that we might not notice at first, but there are eventually signs enough that make it clear that we need to get some sleep. Making the effort to get a healthy amount of sleep is actually one of the ways we can all work towards having great skin. Admittedly, that effort can be a little harder than we might like.

Sleep and Great Skin
The connection between your skin and getting enough sleep is surprisingly simple despite them not seeming immediately connected. We keep moving all day long as we burn energy to get through our days and cause wear and tear on our entire body. Our skin quietly takes a lot of unspoken damage in this period of time. When we finally lay down to get some sleep, our bodies get the chance to actually try to heal all of that damage. Yes, they patch things up some during the day, but the truly intensive healing happens at night. That’s because we’re no longer moving and actively damaging our bodies. It allows all that energy we’d otherwise be using to go directly towards repairs. This is necessary for your skin to look its best as it needs to have the time and energy to get your skin’s natural repair functions to do their jobs. Giving it that time allows your skin to look healthier, firmer, and all the more youthful. Getting all the necessary sleep may be difficult, but there are techniques you can use to make it more likely.

Hacking Your Brain
Getting enough sleep can be a frustrating affair. It always seems like something conspires to wake us up or makes it hard to sleep. The latter one can be worked against by training your brain to behave more naturally. This involves giving it definable patterns of rest that allow it to know when it is time to sleep without making it harder on ourselves. A good way to approach this is just to go to sleep at the same time every day. Your body will recognize there is a pattern to when you wake and sleep. This, in turn, becomes gradually ingrained in your mind until it becomes second-nature. Sticking to the pattern will make it far easier to rest. Additionally, you can rely on your brain’s sophisticated internal clock to help you sleep too. It knows when light levels begin to get low that rest needs to happen soon. Swapping to dimmer lights at night will help give your brain the signal to calm down and prepare to sleep even if you’ve had a hectic day. Both of these are effective ways to “hack” your brain’s systems to help you sleep a little easier. There are some more direct approaches though.

Woman reading on bed

Avoiding Bad Habits
Most of us are attached to our personal bits of technology in ways we wouldn’t have fathomed a couple of decades ago. Technology has become so common and convenient that it is hard to imagine our lives without it. We do need to make the effort to disengage occasionally if we want to get enough sleep though. Technically, we should try to disengage from any pieces of technology with an LCD or similar screen a couple of hours before bed to avoid sleep disturbance thanks to the “blue light” the tech emits. Additionally, it is best to turn off all our alerts and alarms on our smartphones, desktops, and other bits of technology. These can startle us back into waking at unwelcome times or otherwise wake us up randomly and make it harder to get a full night’s rest. It takes some adjustment to make these habits for our evenings, but they will help most of us sleep far easier. Trying to read a book in the two hours before bed is believed to help people relax as well and a good way to have an engaging form of entertainment without it being something that makes it hard to sleep.

Working to create an environment suitable for sleep is actually a piece of the skincare puzzle. A good night’s sleep helps your skin have the resources it needs to keep our skin healthy each day and slow the signs of aging. We have to be willing to put in the effort to actually have a good night’s sleep though. Without it, many of us will keep struggling to get enough sleep and that struggle will show on our skin.

Nix Dull Skin With These Healthy Habits

Pretty woman

Dull skin is one of those telling things that are clues for us and other people that we may not be caring for our skin as well as we could. It generally happens when we neglected crucial skincare advice. Most of the time we tend to see dull skin as a sort of natural escalation on the part of your skin and body. It is often the result of an overabundance of dead skin cells being left on the skin. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Your skin naturally has several layers of dead skin between the surface and healthy, new skin. It helps to protect the skin. Too much of it looks bad though. Similarly, dull skin can be the result of various kinds of damage too. You can work against it by cultivating a number of healthy habits. There are some habits that deserve a little more of your attention than others though and we’ve got a quick overview of each of them.

Get Some Sleep
Most of us have to admit that we’re probably getting less sleep than we should. There’s this modern idea that we need to always be available and connected that has lead to us establishing plenty of bad habits that reinforce it. Alerts and alarms at all hours combined with bright lights everywhere take a clear toll on our ability to sleep through the night and otherwise get an uninterrupted night’s sleep. This isn’t good as sleep is your body’s “repair mode” where it goes through and checks to make sure everything is still working properly. That includes your skin. Your skin needs that time to help work against any damage done to it as well as to ensure proper distribution of resources throughout it. Without regular sleep, your skin stops being able to do any of this and begins to visibly suffer. Our color looks off, our skin gets thinner, and it overall gets dull and unhealthy. Beauty sleep, it turns out, isn’t just a throwaway joke. All of us literally need it.

Woman exercising at home

Exercise Regularly
Distributing resources to your skin properly is another important factor. Sleep does a lot to help with that and makes the most use of this, but we need to do our parts to help it. That means exercising regularly. This doesn’t make much sense to most people on the surface. The best way to understand these benefits is to think of what exercise does to your body. It puts a stress on your body that in turn leads it to make demands for more resources and oxygen for your muscles. This leads to you breathing heavier as well as increased blood flow to get the oxygenated blood where it needs to go. The increased blood flow is where the benefits to your skin come in. Our bodies typically give a lower priority to our skin than our internal organs. The skin gets enough to keep it healthy, but not necessarily enough to thrive. This sort of regular increase in blood flow offsets this problem and ensures our skin gets more of the share of nutrients and that in turn allows it to look healthier and less dull.

Eat A Healthy Diet
Of course, your body needs all those nutrients to properly distribute to your skin to help ensure it has a healthy glow to it. The only way to achieve this is to work on eating an overall healthier diet. Changing one’s diet is an incredibly difficult task to undertake. After all, most of us are perfectly comfortable with how we eat. The combination of tasty treats and delightful meals help to give up some of the happiness that defines our lives. Changing that seems like a threat to our well-being. Unfortunately, most of us aren’t already eating as well as we could. Talking your diet over with your doctor is one of the best options here. They can help you narrow down necessary dietary changes while isolating them from ones that would be good, but not necessarily required. Armed with this plan, you can work your way towards a healthier diet that will help you feel better and your skin to look better.

These tips are highly effective, but they all rely on willingly committing to better habits. That isn’t always easy even if it pays off in the end. All of them need to be being done alongside good skincare too. This means remembering to regularly cleanse and exfoliate, moisturize, and wear sunscreen. Making this kind of effort will help prevent your skin from being too dull. It just requires a little bit of patience and a lot of dedication to stick to things long enough to see the positive effects.

The After Workout Glow

Woman at gym

Exercise is one of those things that is absolutely crucial to our health. We have to constantly utilize our muscles or they can and will start falling into disrepair. Consistent, moderate exercise has countless health benefits that reflect this ranging from less chance of injury as we age to maintaining healthy cognition to simply being at less risk from various ailments. Interestingly enough, you can also include looking a little better with the effects of a good workout. Most of us are familiar with a kind of after workout glow that fades as our bodies cool down, but there’s no denying it looks wonderful while it is there. The benefits to your appearance don’t stop at that though. Longer term benefits to your complexion exist as long as you’re willing to make the effort to ensure some of the downsides don’t catch up to you. With that said, let’s take a quick look at some of the dos and don’ts of looking your best during and after a workout.

Two friends at gym

The Prep
Making proper use of the after workout glow means being ready for it. It isn’t uncommon for many of us to wear makeup when we exercise. This is especially true if we’re going to a gym and have a chance of being potentially made to feel less than confident about ourselves. Light makeup is one’s best friend in this situation. Exercise necessarily means that we’re going to sweat and sweat tends to result in running into the unenviable position where thicker makeup can run or smear. You end up far more likely to cause a breakout later than you are to enjoy looking your best. Sticking to lighter foundations or largely eye makeup can go a long way to keep feeling confident without creating a situation where your skin ends up suffering later. The glow will complement this light touch after you’ve finished exercising and make you look all the better. Admittedly, what that glow means is already a sign that you’ll be looking a bit better, but that requires a little more detail to explain.

Boosting Your Skin
That natural glow most of us experience after exercising is actually just increased blood flow beneath out skin. Your body doesn’t actually give your skin as high of a priority as your internal organs. This makes perfect sense for keeping you alive, but it has the unfortunate side effect of meaning your skin typically isn’t as healthy as it could be without exercise helping things along. The glow is, in essence, being able to see that blood flow through the layers of your skin. It brings with it all the nutrients you’ve eaten recently. This is how you keep your skin properly fed and ready to care for itself. Providing it with a share of the nutrients means it will be able to repair itself properly and keep everything looking its best. That in turn helps you skin to be just that much more resilient to any damage it faces as well. There’s one last thing you need to know to make the most of that after workout glow.

Woman after shower

Clean Up
You can extend the glow with a nice shower after you exercise. It will still fade soon enough, but warm water will keep it apparent for longer than leaving things on their own will. Additionally, you’re going to want to remove all that makeup as well as the sweat of the workout. Sweat itself is a healthy activity on the part of the body that is trying to prevent you from overheating. The problem is that the sweat can accidentally pick up unwelcome debris in the form of dirt and makeup along its path along your skin. This can end up slipping into your pores and mixing with your natural oils. That’s the sort of mixture that ends up clogging your pores. Washing after you shower and ensuring that the sweat and makeup are gone will let you prevent any added risk of having a breakout from regularly exercising with makeup on. Remember this will let you make the most of that lovely glow without paying for it later.

It doesn’t take very much to keep looking your best during and after you exercise. A little makeup goes a long way towards complementing the natural glow that results from increased blood flow. Making the most of it can let you look absolutely radiant for a short while after you exercise. Don’t forget to wash all that sweat and makeup off later to ensure you keep your skin healthy though.

Drinks That Help Reduce Belly Bloat

Woman drinking water

How comfortable we are on a given day tends to be complicated by a host of factors. Things we eat, drink, and do end up impacting our well-being in ways we don’t necessarily think of at the time. This is particularly true when we eat something we enjoy only to later be reminded that it ends up causing bloating. This uncomfortable, full and overall unpleasant sensation tends to be highly unwelcome for most of us and all we want to do is get it to go away. There are always people who claim they know how best to deal with bloating, but the truth is that most of the time the best any of us can do is work to minimize the problem. There are plenty of quick and easy things that you can do to try to ease the problem if you move quickly enough. In fact, relief could be a drink away in the right circumstances.

Strangely enough, water is one of the best things available for helping to fight back against bloat. This is unfortunate since so many people find water boring and overall uninteresting. We can all deal with the so-called lack of taste to deal with discomfort though, right? The fact is that water is both easily usable by your body and naturally soothing as it doesn’t bring much of anything extra along with it. Yes, trace minerals give water its faint flavors, but overall it is more or less a calming drink that helps to maintain that balance of fluids in your body. A good benefit from all that is that it reduces overall water retention as well. This can both help you look and feel less bloated overall. Water is excellent for long term weight loss goals as well given regularly drinking water with your food will help contribute to feeling full for longer. Admittedly, there are better options if you want a quick way to deal with more short-term bloating.

Ginger tea

Ginger Water or Tea
This quick way to soothe one’s insides has been used for ages. The trick to it is that the potent taste doesn’t always agree with everyone. Ginger is good for bloating, nausea, gas, and similar issues and is known to work relatively easily. You just need to figure out what kind of dose is best for you and your taste buds if you don’t like ginger. A tablespoon of powdered ginger in a glass of water has widely been purported as a quick fix of sufficient potency. That does subject you to a highly intense ginger flavor that can be hard to manage if it is the first time you’ve ever experienced the taste. Ginger tea tends to be an overall better option. The intensity is lower and typically mixed in with other flavors, but might not be as effective as you might like. Tea is a good place to start though and work up from there. A single cup should typically be enough to see if you’re going to get decent results from the ginger tea.

Peppermint tea

Peppermint Tea
While not as famous for it as ginger, peppermint tea is also known for having digestive benefits. The effects of peppermint tea are seldom as fast as, rather than helping to release gas and soothe, it simply encourages faster digestion. This helps in its own way, yes, but the slower results might not suit everyone. As with ginger tea, a single cup will generally be enough to get the results you want from the tea. Anyone using peppermint tea to soothe digestive issues such as bloating is strongly encouraged to have the tea plain. Don’t add sugar or anything else that might potentially contribute to bloating at all. This will allow it to act as naturally as possible without interruption. Peppermint tea is also known for helping to manage appetite in some cases. This will further allow you to sidestep any mistakes such as having a snack that might further upset your insides.

Quickly solving digestive distress such as bloating can be the difference between a long and uncomfortable evening and a pleasant one. We don’t always want to have to reach for a medication to help though. These simple, natural options give you a way to simply have a drink to help settle bloating and other issues. While they may not act as quickly as a medication in many cases, they will at least be relatively easy to come by in many places.

Protect Yourself From Lyme Disease This Summer

Lyme disease is generally one of those concerns that tend to largely come up for people living in rural areas. Tall grass, pets, and abundant trees tend to be the key elements of ensuring there is a thriving tick population. As the most common vector for Lyme disease, ticks enjoy a healthy respect from people who know about them and the disease itself. They also enjoy a healthy level of revulsion as one never knows when they’ll actually turn up. Protecting yourself from Lyme disease necessarily means protecting yourself from ticks. If you weren’t raised in an area where they’re common, you likely never received clear instructions on avoiding tick bites. Fortunately, the age of the internet means that it isn’t that hard to make sure everyone is properly informed. We’ve got a quick list of things you can do to help feel safer during and after you outdoor excursions this summer.

Woman keeping folded clothes

Treated Clothing
Treating whatever clothing you intend to wear with certain kinds of insect repellent can go a long way towards protecting you from unwelcome guests. What you’re going to be looking for are permethrin insect sprays. They are designed to bind to the fibers in clothing and provide protection for a little while. Clothing is available that has been pre-treated with the compound, but it is worth noting that no treatment, even this one, lasts forever. You’re better off with the “treat your clothing yourself” option as it gives you more versatility in your outfit choice as well as allowing you to apply it again if it seems the treatment isn’t working as well as it could. Remember to get your socks and shoes as well. Keep your socks rolled out and protecting as much of your leg as possible when doing this. It will be further surface area that ticks won’t be able to survive on. Don’t forget to apply bug spray to all of your skin too. Just don’t use the permethrin for it. All of this can go a long way towards protecting you, but you still need to be already to the potential danger represented by ticks.

Woman checking self in shower

Be Proactive
A big step that no one should forget is the need to check themselves after being out in tick-infested areas. This means disrobing and checking every inch of your body with a special attention paid to any out-of-the-way or difficult to see places. Ticks enjoy the backs of legs, hiding in hair, and hiding behind ears. All of this makes a self-check vital to ensuring there isn’t one crawling around on you. We strongly encourage you to toss all your outdoor clothing into a separate bag or hamper for washing as well. While you take a shower, set the clothing to spin in a hot dryer for fifteen to twenty minutes. This should help kill or mostly kill any ticks somehow left clinging to your clothing. It will help prevent that self-check you’ll be doing from being all for nothing as a new tick drops onto your skin while handling the clothing. We recommend the self-check be done in the shower and to be mindful of any issues at all. If you find an embedded tick, grab the head as close as possible to your skin with a pair of tweezers and pull it free. Dispose of the tick in rubbing alcohol to kill it.

Be careful of tick sign in meadow

Stay Alert
Taking all the previous steps is about trying to minimize contact with ticks to avoid getting bit in the first place or stopping the bite to reduce the chances of Lyme disease getting passed along. We all still need to stay alert after all of this though. This is especially true for anyone who found any ticks. You’ll want to stay alert for the tell-tale sign of a Lyme disease infection: a bullseye rash. This is a clear central bite with an apparent circle or circles around it. That is a sign to get immediate treatment from a doctor to help minimize any long-term impact exposure to Lyme disease might have on your health. Unfortunately, the bullseye rash doesn’t appear without fail. You will also need to stay alert for feeling like you have the flu coming on. This is another sign of Lyme disease settling into your body. If you feel sick soon after finding a tick, see your doctor regardless of any rash to help ensure that you take care of any possible infection that might have been passed along to you. It will help you stay happy and healthy.

Ticks are one of those annoying parts of nature that many of us try to forget. Even though we dislike them, we should always remember to factor them into our plans. Staying prepared for them each time you go out and into tall grass or a wilderness area is necessary for your long term health. We also suggest staying alert if your yard has a lot of trees with long hanging branches as well. Keeping alert will keep you healthy.

Common Causes of Eye Inflammation and Irritation

Woman rubbing eye

There are plenty of common health problems that can bother us all. The cold is one of the most famous ones simply because it seems like there’s no way to truly escape it. After all, all our efforts just seem to delay when we start coughing and sneezing and that’s if we’re lucky. Similarly, sunburn, the sniffles, and all these little problems are just part of the human experience. The little annoyances are things that we can all share with one another. Our eyes getting irritated or inflamed are another one of these shared experiences. It can also end up being one of the most annoying and frustrating ones as well. After all, it tends to be a little painful thanks to the sensitivity of the eye and fixing the problem can end up being troublesome for those of us fond of makeup. It does help to be aware of some of the common causes of this sort of thing though as you can then take steps to protect your eyes. Let’s take a quick look at some of them.

This is the only most of us end up leaping to whenever we see our eyes looking a little red or feeling one in pain. The idea that something must be in one’s eye makes intuitive sense and is a good first step to address. “Debris” encompasses a lot of potential culprits though. Stray eyelashes, particulate matter, and anything else you can think of that might blow into and affect the eye tends to fall into this category. The general idea is simply foreign matter touching the sensitive surface of the eye. You can generally figure this one out relatively easily with large debris. It tends to be visible and able to be removed if you’re careful. You can also flush your eyes with water to help clear them our as well. This is typically your best option when you’re dealing with finer dust and particles that you can’t actually “pick” out of your eyes. Irritation in this case tends to radiate out from the spot where the debris got caught too. As a result, this problem is easy to solve.

Pollen can technically fall under debris, in some cases, but most of the time it is going to be a less direct effect. Allergies a problem for almost everyone. If there’s a sufficient concentration of pollen in the air, it doesn’t matter if you “don’t have any allergies” as you’ll likely still be feeling it. Allergies affect us in varying ways with various kinds of irritation and inflammation to the eyes being relatively common. The level of irritation and inflammation is going to vary depending on the severity of the allergy though. Most of the time you’ll likely just experience a little redness and itchiness, but sometimes it can become a full reaction. You can end up with swollen and watery eyes on top of all that. The good news is, as with debris, this problem is relatively easily solved by taking an antihistamine or using antihistamine eye drops. These will generally soothe the problem away and let you return to going about your business.

We generally don’t think much about eye infections until the words “pink eye” come in up conversation. Those words alone are enough to strike fear into the hearts of parents and office workers alike. There are plenty of other kinds of eye infection though. Most of these come from accidental exposure to an unwelcome bacteria. The exact symptoms tend to vary, but they tend to result in redness and irritation as with most things that bother your eyes. Infections are resistant to most other treatments though and end up requiring you to go to your doctor. You can also expect symptoms to progress. That’s why we strongly urge you to always take the time to make sure to make the appointment with your doctor if irritation in an eye is not going away as it could lead to permanent damage of the eye if you’re not careful. Fortunately, these infections tend to be difficult to spread if they aren’t pink eye. Following whatever treatment your doctor prescribes and doing you best not to touch your eyes will help you recover from this sort of problem.

Inflamed and irritated eyes are pain, yes, but the most common issues are relatively easy to treat. They simply require you to address them appropriately. Medication, antihistamines, or even just washing out your eyes can be all it takes to ease irritation and inflammation. Just try to figure out what’s causing the problem and approach it properly. You should be able to get back to seeing just fine without any nagging irritations easily enough.

Fair and Festival Food That Will Ruin Your Waistline

Woman holding weighing scale

There’s something deeply enchanting about fairs and other festivals. They exist to help us celebrate various things ranging from the local flavor to important dates. No one ever really feels the need to question them until they aren’t there. After all, many of us have important and positive memories associated with the various fairs and festivals of our youth. That’s enough to draw many of us back to them in hopes of drawing those memories closer to the front of our mind. Some of those memories are inevitably caught up in the foods available at these celebrations. They are often incredibly unhealthy while at the same time offering a delightful taste that is hard to come by anywhere else. There’s no shame in wanting to revisit a taste that you adored when you were younger, but at a certain point we need to keep in mind fair and festival foods are bad for our overall health and our waistline. Some are a bit worse than others regardless of how wonderful they taste.

Fried Candy Bars
There’s a lot to be said for a good candy bar. They can have every bit of sweet flavor that we could want in them as well as a bit of extra crunch. It makes them infinitely appealing when we get hungry even if they aren’t the most nutritious options on the menu. The sheer familiarity of many candy bars is enough to drag many of us back to our childhoods simply because they seem like they never really change beyond the packaging. Unfortunately, candy bars tend not to do our health any favors with all of their sugar. Fairs and festivals take this and make it even better/worse by deep-frying candy bars to give them a flaky yet crispy outer layer that gives them a special flavor all their own in addition to the one we’re expecting. The end result is an oily, sugary mess with more calories than any of us really want to contemplate.

Funnel Cake
This staple of fairs and festivals is one of those things that never seems to go out of fashion. They’re relatively easy to make and yet remain highly versatile. Various kinds of dough are usable to generate custom-flavored kinds of funnel cake. You can have everything from plain funnel cake to more exotic kinds depending on the particular vendor. Most of them tend to be served fairly simply with powdered sugar or a similar topping added to them to give them an extra bit of sweetness to go with the fried dough.

Funnel cake

The downside here is best captured by the words “fried dough”. Funnel cake is incredibly unhealthy given the amount of oil it has been friend in and adding further sweet topping to it just raises the calorie levels even more. This is to say nothing of any styles of dough that are sweeter than average. Funnel cake may taste good, but there’s no escaping that your waist won’t thank you if you have too much.

Giant Turkey Legs
Depending on the fair or festival, you may see people preparing giant turkey legs. These tend to be marketed under a number of different names depending on the overall theme of the gathering. Some people like to call them “caveman” turkey legs while others favor calling them “medieval”. The end result is the same though. These turkey legs tend to be massive, messy, and surprisingly tasty to eat. Unfortunately, that’s a lot of meat in any given sitting. We never really think about how many calories are in meat, but the protein tends to mean that any meat is already calorie dense. A large concentration of it makes it even less healthy. It also doesn’t help that these aren’t always prepared in the most health conscious way. These turkey legs will certainly be delicious, but try not to eat even half of one of you may find you’re eating drastically more than you need to in a single day.

To be fair, let’s pause and consider that most fair and festival foods are inherently unhealthy. They’re often deep-fried and frequently in larger portions than is advisable. We know this already before we get it. Fairs and festivals are not constant occasions though. They’re times to enjoy something outside of the usual. That’s something to keep in mind before you decide you shouldn’t have some of these foods. Yes, they’re a bit much, but indulging on a very rare occasion is good for the soul. Just try to remember to take something to settle your stomach afterwards as things that are good for the soul aren’t always good for digestion.

The Benefits of Adding Yogurt To Your Diet

Woman eating yogurt

Yogurt is one of those foods that people end up having strong feelings about for no apparent reason. Some people absolutely can’t stand it because of the texture. Everything else about it gets ignored because they can’t understand why anyone would eat it. Others might have dietary restrictions that prevent them from eating it. For the majority of us, it can be a decidedly healthy addition to our diet and a pleasant treat. We just need to find a yogurt that we actually want to eat. The benefits of yogurt tend to vary among varieties, but most of the time we can all derive at least a few benefits from any give kind of yogurt. Most of us probably leaped at the idea of “probiotics” when seeing we were going to be talking about the benefits of yogurt. We’re going to touch on this, yes, but there are other benefits we should all be aware of too and a few things need to be cleared up about probiotics along the way.

Probiotic Support
The dominant pitch for eating yogurt lately is getting support for your gut flora, the bacteria in your intestines, by eating yogurt. It has spread from a few select kinds of yogurt to most of them at this point and is more than a little misleading. Every kind of yogurt is not going to give you probiotic support. Additionally, not every brand advertising that they have it is actually giving it to you. Yogurt needs to have an active culture of bacteria in it to actually be of any use as a probiotic. Finding the right brand for this requires a little research to help you pin down exactly who is telling you the truth and what brand is best for the support you want. Fortunately, the information is out there and easy to acquire. Probiotic support of this kind will help ease your digestion and overall make the entire process easier on your body overall. Additionally, it can help make you more resistant to certain kinds of invading bacteria. The fact a single thing can support your health in so many ways is why probiotics are so popular. There are other ways yogurt can help though.


A Little Bit Of Everything
Yogurt is actually a good, general purpose addition to many diets. Regardless of the type, the food tends to be fairly rich in plenty of vital nutrients. These help to support the body in countless little ways across various systems. Notably, you can customize what you’re getting out of the yogurt in some cases by picking the fruit yogurt that you’re eating carefully. This will allow you to control for some of the more dominant nutrients that you want in your yogurt. It is simply another way to get a little bit of fruit in your diet in this case. Eating a fruit yogurt does detract from the other potential benefits of yogurt though. This is because there is less room for just the plain yogurt in the container at that point. Fruit, after all, is a little bulkier than a gel-like food. Regardless of the kind of yogurt you’re eating, it is a relatively healthy addition to your diet as long as you’re not eating to excess. We recommend sticking with low-fat yogurt for the most of the benefits with as few issues as possible for a dairy product.

Staying Dense
Osteoporosis is a serious issue that ends up affecting all of us over time. This is especially true for older women and others with higher estrogen levels. It simply becomes harder over time to maintain our overall bone density. That’s why many women begin taking vitamin D supplements earlier in their lives and eating to include more calcium in their diets. It helps to counteract the higher rate of osteoporosis later in life. Other people need to worry about the problem too. It becomes a pronounced issue for many of us as we age. Yogurt, as a dairy product, tends to be a fairly good source of calcium. This is good on its own, but many companies fortify their yogurts with vitamin D as well. Vitamin D helps your body to absorb and utilize calcium more effectively. That makes yogurt one of the better foods you can be eating for long term bone health. It is also relatively simple as far as goods go and easy to process. This is also useful as we get older.

Yogurt is one of those foods that is surprisingly healthy for you. Most people reach for probiotics as the reason why, but people are overly willing to throw that word around without fully understanding what it requires to be meaningful. Genuine probiotic yogurts are useful for your health, yes, but other yogurts can support bone and general health easily too. We recommend including a little yogurt in any healthy diet where you can actually consume dairy. It will support you more than you know.

Professional Advice for Reducing Under Eye Puffiness

Woman focusing on eyes

Puffy eyes are a fairly common beauty problem. They can come up for any number of reasons, but the results tend to always be the same: they detract from your chosen look. We all learn quick ways to try to hide puffiness, but after a certain point we just want to be rid of it rather than applying a quick fix. Reducing under eye puffiness takes a little work though. Changing various habits can help to reduce the overall rate at which you experience puffy eyes. We all know how hard it is to break habits though. With that in mind, we’re going to review some of the advice that professionals regularly give people to help them learn to control puffy eyes. These tips will be relatively basic and something any of us can do unaided. You may need to work at them though to help make any lifestyle changes stick. These tips should hopefully be enough to help you get the puffiness back under control.

Getting Some Rest
It doesn’t take long for most of us to figure out that puffy eyes tend to show up preferentially in the morning. There’s a reason for that too. One of the primary causes for puffy eyes is literally fluid pooling beneath the thinner skin of the eyes. The end result is the all too apparent puffiness. Most of the time it only really starts to accumulate when you’re sleeping on your side or stomach. The positions allow gravity to be able to pull fluid and make it pool in the area beneath your eyes. You can fix this entirely be sleeping on your back. It uses gravity to help prevent the pooling at the same time that it helps avoid bunching your skin together and encouraging wrinkles. Learning to sleep on your back can be difficult if you’ve never done it before though. An appropriately contoured pillow can help aid the transition to your new sleeping position, but it will take a little time and effort to make it stick.

Protect Your Eyes
Sleeping on your back is a good go-to measure when it comes to ensuring that you can prevent or minimize puffy eyes, but it isn’t your only option. It isn’t even an option for some of us. You can achieve a lot by properly protecting the area around your eyes though as any damage contributes to the likelihood of puffiness. That’s why many professionals recommend ensuring that you’re applying a sunscreen or moisturizer with SPF around your eyes to appropriately protect the sensitive skin. This will help keep the skin thicker and stronger than it would be from continual damage. It will overall simply be more resistant to puffiness.

Woman using sun protection

You can build on this by remembering to wear sunglasses as well when you’re out and about. Try to remember to use products that encourage the health of the skin around your eyes as well to keep them as healthy as possible. This step works especially well when combined with sleeping on your back, but there is yet another option available if neither of these appeal to you.

Cooling Down
We’ve been largely covering preventive measures that can help reduce a regular problem, but we all need a quick fix now and again when they aren’t a regular occurrence. A good way to go about this is actually to chill some of your favorite eye cream. You can take it out and apply it whenever you’re dealing with puffy eyes to calm and nourish the area quickly. This tends to last longer than most other options because the nourishing part of the eye cream will offer a longer term solution for settling the area. You can achieve similar results with any kind of suitable product kept cold and put around the eyes. The cold is what will be doing most of the work by calming the area around your eyes, but quicker fixes like an ice cube don’t work as well as a product as the effect dissipates faster with nothing left over to help continue to calm the skin. It is worth noting that you may need to apply the cold product more than once for it to be fully effective, but you will get results.

Combating eye puffiness isn’t that difficult of a task, but the best way to do it is prevention. Sleeping on your back and protecting the skin around your eyes tends to do most of the preventive work without any additional help. Sometimes things will creep by though and a cold eye cream or similar option will be all you need to banish the puffiness away again. These tricks have been recommended by professionals for ages and will likely continue to be passed along. Their simplicity is ultimately the key. Hopefully these tips will be all you need to avoid dealing with puffy eyes ever again.

How Estrogen Levels Impact Skin Health

Woman touching face

Your skin’s health is influenced by a variety of factors. The ones we tend to most common think about are environmental factors that we can control for through good habits. For instance, we put on sunscreen to avoid sun damage and remember to moisturize daily to prevent dry skin. These are common habits that indicate good skincare. Many of us also work to control various aspects of our health that can end up impacting our skin as well. We eat right while making sure to enjoy a healthy exercise routine. These work to maintain the health of our body and skin by ensuring enough nutrients are available and circulating in the body to keep it well stocked on what it needs. One thing that we can’t really control for are fluctuations in our hormone levels. Estrogen in particular is directly tied to our skin’s health in a number of ways and without a sufficient amount it tends to suffer.

A Different Balance
Before we get into exacting detail, let’s take a larger scale look at the effect of varying hormone levels between men and women and what it does to the skin superficially. Every human has a mixture of both testosterone and estrogen in their body that allows the body to function properly. You genuinely need both if you expect to live a healthy life. Their purposes are what help define some of the easily noticed differences. Skin differences can be particularly pronounced. Men are prone to ruddier, rougher skin that is oilier and has far more noticeable pores than women. That’s because their balance of hormones favors testosterone over estrogen. Women, by contrast, are credited with smaller pores, smoother skin, and an overall more even complexion thanks to being estrogen dominant. Shifting these balances at all will affect the skin and flipping the balances, as is done in hormone replacement therapy for transgender people, likewise flips how skin looks, feels, and behaves. Let’s take a closer look at why.

Woman smiling

Oil and Company
Ruddier skin is generally a hallmark for most men. This is because estrogen levels are lower. Testosterone tends to promote a fairly consistent release of your skin’s natural oils. The constant drip helps to protect the skin, yes, but it also creates some of the clear signs of ruddy skin: larger pores and oily skin. Higher estrogen levels actually constrict pores and as a result not as much oil can get out of them. In turn, pores are visually smaller as they don’t allow as much oil out and as a result don’t end up picking up as many dead skin cells or as much debris from exposure. Estrogen is also tied deeply into the production of collagen and fat distribution in the skin. This helps it to support a youthful look for a longer amount of time than does testosterone. One of the most important takeaways from this for those of us fond of anti-aging products is that estrogen is a natural collagen booster that helps minimize wrinkles. That’s part of why menopause can be so hard on the skin.

Tweaking The Levels
Unfortunately for all of us, hormone levels are hardly consistent across our lifetimes. Illness, pregnancy, menopause, and other life changes can all cause the expected levels of hormones in our bodies to shift around. Menopause is one of the more lasting changes though and tends to have the most dramatic impact due to falling estrogen levels. This causes a lot of problems for many women who aren’t used to figuring out how to do skincare with less estrogen supporting their skin’s health. This is one of the other instances where hormone replacement therapy is often used. It helps to take the edge off of menopause, but hormone levels will never really return to the ones that were had in youth. As a result, we all need to make an effort to moisturize and nourish our skin to support collagen and elastin production. Anti-aging products are your friend as they can make up for the shortfall of natural help to a degree and help ease the overall impact falling estrogen levels have on the skin.

Estrogen is important for skin health. It helps to maintain an overall more youthful appearance even if it makes skin a bit thinner overall. Without expected levels, skin begins to shift towards a new normal that reflects how the balance as changed. Many women will experience their skin getting a bit ruddier after menopause for this very reason. Good skincare will help decrease how much of an impact this has, but ultimately cannot stop the effects of shifting hormone levels.