Homemade Natural Beauty Solutions

by Head Health Nutter on April 15, 2014

Don’t you just love recipes? Whether they’re for dinner, desserts or even homemade cleaning products, you end up saving money AND being healthier! Check out today’s guest post by Stu Lieberman as he shares three recipes for homemade skin-care solutions!

Walk into any skin care store looking for natural beauty products and you could spend more than $100 per product. The salesperson will likely tell you that natural beauty formulas cost more, and then give you some line about how you have to spend more to look younger.

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It doesn’t have to be that way. You don’t have to drain your bank account in order to enjoy smoother, more vibrant skin. Here are some easy and quick natural solutions you can make right at home.

Rejuvenating Papaya Facial Mask

The papaya fruit is loaded with skin nourishing vitamins and antioxidants. Due to its high concentration of the enzyme papain, papaya is also a natural and gentle skin exfoliator, helping to scrub away dead skin cells so that new fresh skin can be revealed. When you exfoliate your skin, the look of fine lines and wrinkles is reduced, and your skin appears younger. Interestingly, a papaya’s level of papain is highest when the fruit is not yet ripe.

What you’ll need:

  • ½ unripe papaya, peeled and seeded
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

Directions: mix ingredients together in blender or food processor until smooth, with a paste-like consistency. Apply to face, and neck, if desired. Leave mask on for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Skin Brightening with Lemon

If you have dark spots, age spots, or hyperpigmentation, lemon juice can help. The citric acid in lemon juice naturally reduces the look of dark spots on the skin, and helps to even out skin tone. Be careful using lemon juice on open wounds or cuts, as the juice will sting. Also, note that lemon juice may dry out the skin if you apply it too often. So, it’s best to limit the lemon juice application to 3-4 times per week.

What you’ll need:

  • ½ lemon

Directions: squeeze the juice of the lemon into a bowl. Remove any seeds that fall into the bowl. Using a cotton ball or swap, apply lemon juice to entire face, or just the trouble spots you’re looking to brighten. Leave lemon juice on the skin for about 20 minutes. Rinse off with water.

Coffee Cellulite Scrub

Take a look at the ingredients in any natural cellulite product and you’re sure to find one common ingredient—caffeine. Caffeine has been shown to reduce the look of cellulite by dilating blood vessels, which in turn, tightens and tones skin tissue. Note that the changes are not permanent. But, if you’re headed to the beach or pool soon, give this a try to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

What you’ll need:

  • ¼ cup freshly ground coffee
  • 3 tablespoons of warm water
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil

Directions: Mix the coffee and water together and then let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes. It should form a paste. Add olive oil and mix. Apply scrub to freshly cleaned skin. Leave on skin for 2-4 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

About the Author

This article is written by + Stu Lieberman the writer for Nutri-Health.com, an online High Quality Probiotics and Health Store. Assisting people and helping them find quality natural health supplements and health products online is what Stu has been doing for over 2 years. Nutri-Health.com carries Digestive Supplements to Probiotics to Joint Health.

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Summer Travel Tactics to Benefit Your Body & Your Budget

by Head Health Nutter on April 12, 2014

It’s starting to feel more like summer! So why not start thinking about making this summer one of the best with the family? Check out these vacation ideas from Kaity Nakagoshi that will help you, the family and your pocketbook stay lean and healthy.

Before we know it, the kids will be out of school and summer time will be upon us! You’ve probably already started plotting potential vacation destinations in your mind. After all, a family vacation requires all sorts of advanced-planning, so the sooner you can iron out the details the better.

healthy-family-summer-vacationThis year, consider a fun-filled family getaway that will also nourish your mind, body, and soul. Often times, we associate vacations with indulging and splurging, both in regards to food and finances. It is certainly ok to splurge and indulge a little bit, but be careful not to go overboard. Nobody wants to return from a relaxing trip with a wallet and waistline that are filled with regret.

There are plenty of ways that you and your family can enjoy the benefits of traveling without having to renew your passports or forfeit your healthy diets. Keep in mind that a summer vacation is meant to provide relaxation, rejuvenation, and real time memories. Here are some ideas to guide you through the process of planning your souped-up summer vacation:

  1. Consider the Campfire Classic – Camping is certainly not a new outdoor activity, but it is not something that everyone has experienced. Keep location and climate in mind when it comes to a summer camping trip. If you don’t want to “rough it” completely in a tent, you can rent an RV or stay at a campsite that has some amenities available. Participate in family activities during the day – volleyball, hiking, swimming, hide and go seek, tennis, etc. – and cook healthy hearty meals from the foods you bring along.
  2. Make the Most of the Mountains – Renting a cabin in the mountains for a week provides more than breathtaking views. Being in this kind of environment during the summer time allows you to eat out minimally and partake in all kinds of outdoor adventures, such as: whitewater rafting, mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, and casual downtown strolling.
  3. Ode to the Ocean – If your family craves the water and sunshine then vacationing on or near the ocean can certainly be a healthy experience for everyone. Some of the saltwater activities to take advantage of include stand-up paddle boarding, snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, kayaking, beach yoga, sandcastle building, sailing, and fishing. Each day can be filled with physical activity.
  4. Pound the Pavement – Renting an RV makes it financially possible to travel to many different places in one trip. In addition, you get to expand your family’s cultural horizons, learn about historical landmarks, and participate in local activities. Since you end up spending a significant amount of time road-tripping, be sure to stock the recreational vehicle with healthy snacks and indoor activities that will ward off boredom.
  5. Revise the Resort – If staying at a luxurious resort is what tickles your fancy, this can still be a viable option for a summer vacation. You just need to revise the typical resort experience. Look for room options that include a kitchenette, so that you don’t have to eat out for every meal. Avoid the elusive all-you-can-eat buffets and don’t waste away every day lounging by the pool with a fruity-cocktail in your hand. Most resorts offer an array of onsite activities, as well as transportation to nearby attractions.

About the Author

This guest article was written by Kaity Nakagoshi, the Online Community Director for a mom-and-pop outdoor adventure and sporting goods store in Tampa. Kaity’s favorite outdoor activities include golf, fishing, and mountain biking, even though Florida is not equipped with any mountains. She graduated from the University of South Florida and is borderline addicted to online shopping.

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The Lean Philosophy In Healthcare

by Head Health Nutter on April 8, 2014

Where are you in the world? What is your healthcare system like? Does it need some improvement? Today guest blogger, James, shares some information on a lean healthcare system.

The American healthcare is facing a crisis. The industry has many issues that it is struggling with. There are skyrocketing costs as well as issues with the quality of health care. Nurses are in short supply and employees are dissatisfied. These are symptoms that indicate a deeper problem in the system. Healthcare providers are realizing the imperative need for improving quality and safety and cut costs at the same time. That points a finger towards waste management. That is why many healthcare organizations are looking at the lean philosophy to find a way out for such problems.

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Applying Lean Principles In Healthcare

In many production or manufacturing setups, lean philosophy has been implemented by way of Kaizen and six sigma principles. The same is now being applied for the healthcare industry. It is not being seen as simply another project or a way to judge the performance of the people. It is a way to transform or bring about changes in the entire organization and the way of working.

The healthcare delivery system need to be of high quality and high on performance, and maintain profitability as well. There are many obstacles that lie in the healthcare systems, which stop them from achieving excellence in their work. Indeed, manufacturing of products can be streamlined efficiently, but service organizations like healthcare provide other challenges that need to be overcome.

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An Intro to Meditating with Singing Bowls

by Head Health Nutter on April 5, 2014

Are you looking to learn how to meditate? Have you tried and feel that you can’t do it? Maybe you need a little assistance from a tool many people don’t know about! Today guest blogger, James Lynch, tells us about singing bowls and how to use them to help us get into a meditative state.

If you’ve never heard of a singing bowl, don’t worry, most people haven’t. In brief, a singing bowl is an inverted bell used primarily with meditation. They originated thousands of years ago in Asia and were incorporated into Buddhist ritual. Singing bowls became popular in Western culture around the same time that Buddhism did in the mid-Twentieth century as many prominent Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama, became well-known for advocating against Communist China. As Westerners came to embrace Buddhism, the practice of meditation grew as well.

singing-bowlWhen a lot of people start practicing meditation, they find it difficult. A common assumption is that you just sit in a quiet space and don’t think; but that’s not really what it’s all about. Real meditation is a strengthening of the mind. It’s gaining control of your thoughts and not letting them run amok… and it can be real challenging at first!

My early attempts to form a consistent meditation routine failed. But through a little research, I discovered that the use of a meditation aide, such as a singing bowl can help a ton (or any other bell and gong for that matter).

My first singing bowl is still the one I use to this day. It was a plain copper singing bowl that I’d purchased from a local Buddhist-themed bookstore in town. For awhile, I would just sit and let the bowl “sing”. This is done by gently circling the rim of the bowl with a short wooden ‘striker’. It causes a beautiful resonance that can bring about a sort of momentary hypnosis in many people; that’s one way to find focus with these bowls.

The primary method for using singing bowls with meditation is by simply striking them once to begin your meditation and then once again to signal the end.

I’ll explain how I use it:

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Dealing with Heavy Menstrual Cycles

by Head Health Nutter on April 2, 2014

This might not be a post for everybody, but for those who are interested, I know you`ll enjoy this article by guest blogger, Ashley Hardway. Share it with others who you think might benefit from it!

Down through the generations of our family we have all dealt with menstrual problems. We have a history of heavy bleeding at least as far back as my great-grandmother. Followed by my grandmother, mother, myself, and now even my daughter is suffering from this problem. Over the years things have changed a great deal as far as treatment goes but the suffering attached with these menstrual cycles has not changed.

Blond woman having a stomachache in her bathroomI have heard stories from my mom about how menstruation issues were handled in the past and I have to say that I am very thankful that we have advanced in the area of sanitary products. I cannot imagine dealing with heavy bleeding before having the more modern sanitary products. I shudder to think of it!

I know that the answer in my grandmother’s day for heavy bleeding was a hysterectomy and this was the case for my mother as well. Hearing about the details of my grandmother’s hysterectomy and her suffering afterwards made me cringe. It was almost to the point of being barbaric in nature. But then my grandmother was born in the early nineteen hundreds and most women were still having their babies at home as well. My mother reassured me that times had changed and that her hysterectomy was not as gruesome.

Just a couple of years ago now my doctor advised me that I should also have a hysterectomy because of heavy bleeding. He explained that they no longer had to cut through the stomach muscles and that they actually only had to make a few small cuts. They now use a scope to see what they are doing and can do everything without a major surgery and long recovery periods.

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Increase Your Longevity with These Vitamins & Supplements

by Head Health Nutter on March 30, 2014

Do you believe in vitamin supplementation? If you do, are you wondering which ones you should be spending your money on? Today’s guest blogger, Jefferey Morgan, shares with us a list of 6 supplements he considers the most important.

What do we need to do to stay young, feel energized and live longer? Specialists say that the recipe for a healthy body depends on three main factors: nutrition, regular exercise and vitamin supplementation. Unfortunately, very few people consider the last factor important.

Believe it or not, the body can’t absorb all necessary vitamins and nutrients from food only. Supplements are needed, yet it’s important to know exactly what the system lacks and not start popping pills at random. Here’s a list with several essential vitamins and supplements that are known to increase longevity.

Herbal supplements

ALA (alpha lipoic acid)

Alpha lipoic acid is a compound that occurs naturally inside the body. It has a vital role in the function of one’s cellular level (energy production for example), and as long as the body is healthy, it can produce enough ALA. However, when the body can’t produce enough ALA you are advised to take supplements. Specialists are claiming that alpha lipoic acid can treat conditions like diabetes and it might even help people lose weight.

Calcium

Calcium is a mineral found in abundant amounts in the bones and teeth. Natural sources of calcium are dairy products, orange juice, spinach, kale, and we must admit that the compound is vital for the general health of our system. In the US, more than 10 million people suffer from osteoporosis, a condition that affects the bones. That’s because very few pay attention to how important calcium can be for their general well-being. [click to continue…]

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New Exercises & Their Benefits for Your Mental Well-Being

by Head Health Nutter on March 27, 2014

We all know diet and exercise are the cornerstones to physical health. But what about exercises to strengthen the mind and heart? Today, guest blogger Matthew Morris tells us about 6 physical exercises that recent research has shown to be beneficial to both mental and emotional well-being. 

Along with diet, daily exercise is cited as the most effective way to promote health and increase longevity. Want to be healthier and live longer? The answer is simple: get fit! We know–almost intuitively–that good physical health is related to physical activity. If we want to feel better physically, exercise has to be part of our daily routine.

Pretty woman doing yoga exercises in the autumn parkBut what about good mental health? We spend so much time thinking about our physical well-being, that we often overlook the just-as-important aspect of our mood and our outlook.

Luckily, the same tools we have to build physical health allow us to achieve mental stability, as well. Studies have shown that physical activity can have a tremendous effect on mental health, and can alleviate symptoms of depression, lessen feelings of anxiety, and increase life satisfaction and self-esteem. That’s some pretty wonderful news!

But what kind of exercise is right for you? Let’s take a look at some activities that are known for the positive effect on mental health, and how you can incorporate them into your day.

Yoga. The incredible growth of yoga is astounding. Not long ago, yoga was seen as a foreign and mystical practice, and finding classes was very difficult (my first class, in 1986, was in the attic of a yogi’s house, and it was one of the only classes offered in my state!). Now, ashrams and yoga centers are everywhere, and most gym memberships include classes.

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How to Set Fat Loss Goals

by Head Health Nutter on March 25, 2014

“The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results”

It’s still winter in many parts of the world and many are concerned about how to lose weight to look fascinating in their swimsuit. Regardless, it can be hard to make working out a habit.

losing-weightOne of the most striking features of losing weight is to pass the station: “I have to start it!”

To start, let’s get rid of the attitude: “I have to” or “I must.” Deal? Go from “I must” to “I want to do it by all means” and make a list of goals. Visualize what you want to achieve. Once you achieve each of the goals, cross them off your list and it’ll give you a sense of victory! For instance, if you wish to return to good shape, calculate how many pounds you want to lose and how much time you want to do it in.

A word of caution, though: focus on achievable results. Avoid wishing to look like skinny models; each lady has her own weight standard. Choose someone or something that coincides with your natural tendencies and visualize the results for yourself. For instance, you may have the potential body type of Halle Berry or Marilyn Monroe. Hang her photo somewhere to catch your eye constantly. This will remind you of your end goal and preferable appearance.

The most important part of your action plan is to focus on nourishment and begin (or continue) to eat healthy meals. Proper, healthy nourishment helps your body lose extra weight. Eat a wide variety of wholesome foods that agree with your digestion. You don’t have to forego all your favourite foods, but if they are processed, then limit them to once a week in small portions.

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Benefits From Going Gluten-Free

by Head Health Nutter on March 23, 2014

I work in a restaurant in Renfrew and I’ve noticed a gradual increase of guests who come in requesting gluten-free menu item alternatives. These people are obviously benefiting from a gluten-free diet. Maybe we could, too? Check out today’s post by guest blogger, Chris Bekermeier, who shares with us the issues of modern wheat and the possibility we may have an undiagnosed gluten sensitivity!

In today’s society, gluten-free is becoming more than a buzzword. In fact, for an increasing number of individuals who haven’t been diagnosed with celiac disease, cutting out gluten has become a way of life — do you know why this is? While avoiding gluten may not be for everyone, here’s the truth: there are some real benefits that may come from the gluten-free lifestyle.

Relief from Undiagnosed Celiac Symptoms

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According to one study, more than 80 percent of people with celiac disease don’t know they have it. That means, for many individuals suffering from unexplained digestive issues, cutting out gluten could be a solution.

Relief from Modern Wheat’s Side Effects

As Alessio Fasano, M.D., is cited for explaining in a Parents Magazine article, “The grain our grandparents ate was very different from what we eat today.” In other words, today’s wheat has been bred to yield higher crops, with higher concentrations of gluten — and those changes may have negative side effects. “The result is that even if you are not a celiac disease sufferer or gluten sensitive, you still could be suffering from the ill effects of wheat and other grains,” says P.F. Lewis at NaturalNews.com. Therefore, by cutting out gluten, you may be able to cut out the potential side effects of these highly processed grains.

Negative Side Effects from Wheat

What are some of the negative side effects associated with modern grains? Consider the following:

  • Digestive Problems (etc.): In an article at Info Wars, Dr. Marcia Alvarez, a nutritional problem specialist, says “In my practice of over two decades, we have documented that for every ten people with digestive problems, obesity, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, arthritis, and even heart disease, eight out of ten have a problem with wheat. Once we remove wheat from their diets, most of their symptoms disappear within three to six months.”
  • Inflammation: According to Kris Gunnars at Authority Nutrition, “When gluten reaches the digestive tract and is exposed to the cells of the immune system, they mistakenly believe that it is coming from some sort of foreign invader, like a bacteria.” For people with sensitivities to gluten (many of whom are undiagnosed), this leads to inflammation and associated digestive problems.
  • Inflammation-Related Health Problems: According to Dr. Mark Hyman, as quoted at Natural Health 365, “Dwarf wheat contains ‘super gluten,’ a chemical capable of setting off body-wide inflammation. Gluten can help trigger celiac disease along with insulin resistance, weight gain and diabetes. In fact, there are substantial collaborative studies that see the rise in autoimmune diseases, irritable bowel syndrome, and the list goes on and on.”
  •  Weight Gain: “Most cereal grains, including wheat, contain a biochemical compound called lectin,” says Aglaee Jacob at Live Strong, quoting results from a study in the December 2005 issue of “BMC Endocrine Disorders.” “A research done with pigs showed that a diet rich in grains and lectins was associated with insulin resistance, higher blood pressure and higher inflammation levels, as measured with the C-reactive protein.”

The Whole Story

Still though, even despite the potentially damaging side effects of wheat, going gluten-free is not a cure-all for health problems. While avoiding modern gluten may cure some digestive symptoms, going gluten-free should be approached with a full understanding of what one eats. Eating a steady diet of gluten-free junk food will not make a person healthy.

“Focusing only on gluten as the problem in wheat makes people do something really bad for health: eating gluten-free foods made with gluten replacements cornstarch, rice flour, tapioca starch and potato starch — among the few foods that have more potential for sending blood sugar through the roof than wheat,” said Milwaukee cardiologist William Davis, author of the book “Wheat Belly.”

Your Thoughts

Do you subscribe to a gluten-free lifestyle? Why or why not? If you’ve experienced digestive or other inflammatory health concerns, have you considered cutting out gluten to manage them? What have you found?

About the Author

Chris Bekermeier is Vice President, Sales & Marketing, for PacMoore, one of the leading contract food manufacturing companies and certified to produce gluten free products. Headquartered in Hammond, Indiana, PacMoore’s capabilities include blending, spray drying, re-packaging, sifting, and consumer packaging.

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New Year’s is long over with now, nevertheless, it’s always a good time to consider stopping smoking (at least, that’s what I keep telling myself but my subconscious is arguing with me)! I’ve tried almost all of the smoking cessation methods except the following three, graciously presented to us by Juliana Weiss-Roessler. 

If you’re a smoker, you already know that regularly smoking cigarettes is bad for you. You’ve likely already heard some of the frightening statistics from well-intentioned friends and anti-smoking ad campaigns, but the problem is, just hearing the facts isn’t always enough. You may want to quit smoking and may have even tried several times before, but the addictive properties of nicotine have made it seem like an impossible feat.

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Quitting cold turkey, the most common method of smoking cessation, doesn’t work for everyone because the withdrawal symptoms become too difficult to cope with. What’s worse, attempting and failing to quit cold turkey can be demoralizing and may make you feel like you’re not in control.

Nicotine replacement therapy, which gives the body nicotine through gum or a patch, is another popular approach, but only 25-35% of the people who use this approach are still smoke-free after six months. Some smoking cessation counselors suggest that this approach is often ineffective because it just serves as a temporary crutch and prolongs the withdrawal period.

So what can you do if you’re one of the many smokers who hasn’t been able to quit by using one of the most common methods? Luckily, there are plenty of alternative motivational techniques that you may never have even thought to try. Here are 3 that are certainly worth considering: [click to continue…]

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