Can’t Keep Your Muscles Anymore? Try This.

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Want to have stronger bones and greater energy? The Warrior Method Reveals Ancient Secrets

Well first, it’s time to hit the gym! There are plenty of men over 40 who wish to achieve a lean physique and enjoy better health. A balanced workout program can lower your risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and insulin resistance. Not to mention that it’s a great way to keep fit!

So, here are 10 workout tips for the middle-aged man:

Strive for Progress

The key to building lean muscle is to challenge your body every time you work out. This can be done by increasing the resistance, changing the number of reps, or trying new exercises. Keep your workouts varied and the results will come.

Challenge Yourself Each Time

Each time you work out the resistance needs to be challenging, if you are not fatigued at the end of each set you are not challenging the muscles. Volume training will create the biggest impact on your muscles. A volume training example would be 6-10 sets of 10 repetitions at a heavy enough weight to cause fatigue by repetition number 7 of each set.
Use proper form at all times, especially if you’re new to exercise. This helps prevent injuries and brings you closer to your goals.

Total Body Workouts

Let’s face it as middle aged men time is limited. To maximize results and not have to live in the gym, perform total body workouts, at least 3-4 days of the week. Cardio should also be performed 3-4 times a week, which does not have to be performed in the gym.

Avoid 20 Weight Lifting Mistakes

When you lift weights, focus on the muscles that are being worked. Squeeze every muscle until you feel it burning. Leave your smartphone in the locker room and avoid distractions.

Train Smart Plan Everything

Random training yields little or no results. Before hitting the gym, decide what exercises you’re going to do (remember to have alternatives if the gym is busy) and how many reps and sets you’ll complete.

Alternate Steady State Cardio and HIIT

By alternating Steady State Cardio (Maintain a steady heart rate that’s high enough to burn fat) and HIIT (High intensity interval training) you will maximize results because your body will have a chance to perform active recovery, which will still help you lose body fat while healing the muscles.

Keep Cardio to a Minimum

Keep your sessions between 30-45 minutes a session.

Get Enough Rest

Rest is just as important as nutrition and exercise. Give your body time to recover between workout sessions.

Listen to Your Body

Middle-aged men need to take it a little easier on their bodies than they did 20 years ago. Make one step a time and don’t push yourself too hard.

Stretch Daily

In addition to your gym workouts you will need to stretch daily. Stretching will keep you from tearing muscles, joints and tendons. Perform dynamic stretches prior to your workout and static stretches after. Dynamic stretches are where you lightly bounce in the stretch. Static stretches are where you hold each stretch for 30-60 seconds and never bounce.

 

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Can’t Keep Your Muscles Anymore? Try This!

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Want to have stronger bones and greater energy? The Warrior Method Reveals Ancient Secrets

Well first, it’s time to hit the gym! There are plenty of men over 40 who wish to achieve a lean physique and enjoy better health. A balanced workout program can lower your risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and insulin resistance. Not to mention that it’s a great way to keep fit!

So, here are 10 workout tips for the middle-aged man:

Strive for Progress

The key to building lean muscle is to challenge your body every time you work out. This can be done by increasing the resistance, changing the number of reps, or trying new exercises. Keep your workouts varied and the results will come.

Challenge Yourself Each Time

Each time you work out the resistance needs to be challenging, if you are not fatigued at the end of each set you are not challenging the muscles. Volume training will create the biggest impact on your muscles. A volume training example would be 6-10 sets of 10 repetitions at a heavy enough weight to cause fatigue by repetition number 7 of each set.
Use proper form at all times, especially if you’re new to exercise. This helps prevent injuries and brings you closer to your goals.

Total Body Workouts

Let’s face it as middle aged men time is limited. To maximize results and not have to live in the gym, perform total body workouts, at least 3-4 days of the week. Cardio should also be performed 3-4 times a week, which does not have to be performed in the gym.

Avoid 20 Weight Lifting Mistakes

When you lift weights, focus on the muscles that are being worked. Squeeze every muscle until you feel it burning. Leave your smartphone in the locker room and avoid distractions.

Train Smart Plan Everything

Random training yields little or no results. Before hitting the gym, decide what exercises you’re going to do (remember to have alternatives if the gym is busy) and how many reps and sets you’ll complete.

Alternate Steady State Cardio and HIIT

By alternating Steady State Cardio (Maintain a steady heart rate that’s high enough to burn fat) and HIIT (High intensity interval training) you will maximize results because your body will have a chance to perform active recovery, which will still help you lose body fat while healing the muscles.

Keep Cardio to a Minimum

Keep your sessions between 30-45 minutes a session.

Get Enough Rest

Rest is just as important as nutrition and exercise. Give your body time to recover between workout sessions.

Listen to Your Body

Middle-aged men need to take it a little easier on their bodies than they did 20 years ago. Make one step a time and don’t push yourself too hard.

Stretch Daily

In addition to your gym workouts you will need to stretch daily. Stretching will keep you from tearing muscles, joints and tendons. Perform dynamic stretches prior to your workout and static stretches after. Dynamic stretches are where you lightly bounce in the stretch. Static stretches are where you hold each stretch for 30-60 seconds and never bounce.

 

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Detox and Beautify Your Skin and Hair with Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal is being used in cleanses to detoxify and re-energize; is it also the secret to healthy hair and skin? We think so…

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Activated charcoal: an unlikely ingredient for skin and hair care’ that works!
Putting charcoal in your hair and on your face might not seem glamorous, but it’s proven to have many health and beauty benefits when used safely and properly.

Activated charcoal is not what’s used for grilling’ though it is a medical grade version of what’s used in air filtration systems. Activated charcoal is administered in hospitals as emergency treatment for poisoning; as chemicals bind to it, it can help remove them from the body. These days, people are using food grade activated charcoal internally to detox, in supplements and juices; it’s even being used to whiten teeth. What does this have to do with glowing skin and deep cleaned hair? Read on and find out.

Introducing the gritty black ingredient that will purify your skin and hair
It’s true: we’re suggesting you rub charcoal powder on your precious skin and hair. But we’re giving you this advice for good reason, as more and more people are finding themselves thrilled with the results of adding activated charcoal to their beauty routine. This is how it works: because toxins stick to the activated charcoal, it makes a good candidate for a deep cleanser and detoxifier. It’s all-natural and won’t add new chemicals to your skin and hair when you use it. Which means, less for your skin and hair to have negative reactions to’and less risk of your hair being weighed down or your pores being clogged with a new ingredient meant to clean.

Here are the best ways to use activated charcoal for the health of your skin and hair.
1. Make pores smaller and cleaner
Throughout the day, toxins from the world around us clog our pores. When your pores aren’t clear, neither is your complexion. Activated charcoal’when used in a face mask‘binds to and helps pull the dirt out of your pores, making them less visible (it’s the oil and dirt that makes them appear bigger). This leaves your face feeling fresh. (Use it with an exfoliating scrub to get the dead skin off and experience an even deeper clean.)

2. Take care of oily skin
Oily skin? Activated charcoal may be just the ingredient you need to balance things out. Used in a cleanser or mask, activated charcoal can pull the unwanted excess oils from your skin, leaving it smooth. You’ll want to do this sparingly’once or twice per week at the most’so that you don’t over-dry your skin. If you already have dry skin, best to steer clear of it for this use, as you don’t want to dry it out even more.

3. Treat acne
Depending on the specifics of your acne’how severe it is, what’s causing it and what else is going on’activated charcoal may be able to help. In soap form, it’s slightly gritty, which might provide just the gentle exfoliating you need. It will also absorb oils and toxins on and below the skin. You can use it as a spot treatment if you don’t want to use it on your whole face’just think of it as a mini mask for your blemish.

4. Deep clean your skin
Send your chemical-ridden deep-cleaners on a little vacation. You can find cleansers that contain activated charcoal in bars or bottles. It’s important that you don’t use these daily, as you don’t want to soak up the healthy oils and moisture your skin needs. Check out the other ingredients if you’re buying a liquid cleanser’some are designed to neutralize the acidity in your skin, others have deodorizing properties; some can even double as shaving cream. Buy the product that best suits your personal combination of needs and follow the directions on the bottle.

5. Soothe and heal bites, cuts and skin irritations
Whether you were stung by a bee or had a cut from the kitchen that’s wound up infected, activated charcoal can help speed the healing and relieve the symptoms. For minor skin ailments’including insect bites, stings, cuts, scrapes and minor infections’activated charcoal can be applied topically. The activated charcoal, when applied as a paste, helps absorb venom and infection. It will also bring down swelling and lessen pain. To make the paste: slowly add water to a bit of activated charcoal powder and mix until it is a spreadable consistency.

6. Rid your hair of toxins
Activated charcoal, when used on your hair, can pull out oil, dirt and toxins’just like it does for your skin. You can find regular and dry shampoos that contain activated charcoal. If you have very light hair, you won’t want to use the dry shampoo, as it may stain. In any case, try a test patch before using it on all of your hair at once. If you want to try activated charcoal on your hair, but aren’t sure you want to buy a bottle of a pre-made product just yet, you can make your own as you go. Just empty a capsule’or add a teaspoon’of activated charcoal to your regular shampoo and use as you normally would. The only thing you may need to switch up would be adding an extra since to your routine to get the colour fully out. The advantage to buying activated charcoal in powder or tablets is that it’s multi-purpose.

7. Add volume to your hair

When your hair feels weighted down it’s usually not only a feeling. If you’re carrying around enough dirt, your hair will start to sag and regular shampooing may not be getting it all out. Regular shampoos remove surface dirt, but activated charcoal will pull out even more. The other difference, and this is big, is that activated charcoal isn’t going to leave the residue regular shampoos will, so your hair will feel lighter and have more volume.

8. Remedy scalp conditions
Dandruff, redness, oily and itchy scalps may be relieved with activated charcoal. You can use it as a scalp treatment before you shampoo or can be mixed in with your shampoo. The activated charcoal will work on your scalp the way it does on your skin and hair: pulling out toxins and purifying. It’s unclear how deep into the hair follicle is being cleaned, but the results should be noticeable.

Get your very own activated charcoal from LUSH:

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Detox and Beautify Your Skin and Hair with Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal is being used in cleanses to detoxify and re-energize; is it also the secret to healthy hair and skin? We think so…

activated-charcoal-beauty-benefits

Activated charcoal: an unlikely ingredient for skin and hair care’ that works!
Putting charcoal in your hair and on your face might not seem glamorous, but it’s proven to have many health and beauty benefits when used safely and properly.

Activated charcoal is not what’s used for grilling’ though it is a medical grade version of what’s used in air filtration systems. Activated charcoal is administered in hospitals as emergency treatment for poisoning; as chemicals bind to it, it can help remove them from the body. These days, people are using food grade activated charcoal internally to detox, in supplements and juices; it’s even being used to whiten teeth. What does this have to do with glowing skin and deep cleaned hair? Read on and find out.

Introducing the gritty black ingredient that will purify your skin and hair
It’s true: we’re suggesting you rub charcoal powder on your precious skin and hair. But we’re giving you this advice for good reason, as more and more people are finding themselves thrilled with the results of adding activated charcoal to their beauty routine. This is how it works: because toxins stick to the activated charcoal, it makes a good candidate for a deep cleanser and detoxifier. It’s all-natural and won’t add new chemicals to your skin and hair when you use it. Which means, less for your skin and hair to have negative reactions to’and less risk of your hair being weighed down or your pores being clogged with a new ingredient meant to clean.

Here are the best ways to use activated charcoal for the health of your skin and hair.
1. Make pores smaller and cleaner
Throughout the day, toxins from the world around us clog our pores. When your pores aren’t clear, neither is your complexion. Activated charcoal’when used in a face mask‘binds to and helps pull the dirt out of your pores, making them less visible (it’s the oil and dirt that makes them appear bigger). This leaves your face feeling fresh. (Use it with an exfoliating scrub to get the dead skin off and experience an even deeper clean.)

2. Take care of oily skin
Oily skin? Activated charcoal may be just the ingredient you need to balance things out. Used in a cleanser or mask, activated charcoal can pull the unwanted excess oils from your skin, leaving it smooth. You’ll want to do this sparingly’once or twice per week at the most’so that you don’t over-dry your skin. If you already have dry skin, best to steer clear of it for this use, as you don’t want to dry it out even more.

3. Treat acne
Depending on the specifics of your acne’how severe it is, what’s causing it and what else is going on’activated charcoal may be able to help. In soap form, it’s slightly gritty, which might provide just the gentle exfoliating you need. It will also absorb oils and toxins on and below the skin. You can use it as a spot treatment if you don’t want to use it on your whole face’just think of it as a mini mask for your blemish.

4. Deep clean your skin
Send your chemical-ridden deep-cleaners on a little vacation. You can find cleansers that contain activated charcoal in bars or bottles. It’s important that you don’t use these daily, as you don’t want to soak up the healthy oils and moisture your skin needs. Check out the other ingredients if you’re buying a liquid cleanser’some are designed to neutralize the acidity in your skin, others have deodorizing properties; some can even double as shaving cream. Buy the product that best suits your personal combination of needs and follow the directions on the bottle.

5. Soothe and heal bites, cuts and skin irritations
Whether you were stung by a bee or had a cut from the kitchen that’s wound up infected, activated charcoal can help speed the healing and relieve the symptoms. For minor skin ailments’including insect bites, stings, cuts, scrapes and minor infections’activated charcoal can be applied topically. The activated charcoal, when applied as a paste, helps absorb venom and infection. It will also bring down swelling and lessen pain. To make the paste: slowly add water to a bit of activated charcoal powder and mix until it is a spreadable consistency.

6. Rid your hair of toxins
Activated charcoal, when used on your hair, can pull out oil, dirt and toxins’just like it does for your skin. You can find regular and dry shampoos that contain activated charcoal. If you have very light hair, you won’t want to use the dry shampoo, as it may stain. In any case, try a test patch before using it on all of your hair at once. If you want to try activated charcoal on your hair, but aren’t sure you want to buy a bottle of a pre-made product just yet, you can make your own as you go. Just empty a capsule’or add a teaspoon’of activated charcoal to your regular shampoo and use as you normally would. The only thing you may need to switch up would be adding an extra since to your routine to get the colour fully out. The advantage to buying activated charcoal in powder or tablets is that it’s multi-purpose.

7. Add volume to your hair

When your hair feels weighted down it’s usually not only a feeling. If you’re carrying around enough dirt, your hair will start to sag and regular shampooing may not be getting it all out. Regular shampoos remove surface dirt, but activated charcoal will pull out even more. The other difference, and this is big, is that activated charcoal isn’t going to leave the residue regular shampoos will, so your hair will feel lighter and have more volume.

8. Remedy scalp conditions
Dandruff, redness, oily and itchy scalps may be relieved with activated charcoal. You can use it as a scalp treatment before you shampoo or can be mixed in with your shampoo. The activated charcoal will work on your scalp the way it does on your skin and hair: pulling out toxins and purifying. It’s unclear how deep into the hair follicle is being cleaned, but the results should be noticeable.

Get your very own activated charcoal from LUSH:

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Detox and Beautify Your Skin and Hair with Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal is being used in cleanses to detoxify and re-energize; is it also the secret to healthy hair and skin? We think so…

activated-charcoal-beauty-benefits

Activated charcoal: an unlikely ingredient for skin and hair care’ that works!
Putting charcoal in your hair and on your face might not seem glamorous, but it’s proven to have many health and beauty benefits when used safely and properly.

Activated charcoal is not what’s used for grilling’ though it is a medical grade version of what’s used in air filtration systems. Activated charcoal is administered in hospitals as emergency treatment for poisoning; as chemicals bind to it, it can help remove them from the body. These days, people are using food grade activated charcoal internally to detox, in supplements and juices; it’s even being used to whiten teeth. What does this have to do with glowing skin and deep cleaned hair? Read on and find out.

Introducing the gritty black ingredient that will purify your skin and hair
It’s true: we’re suggesting you rub charcoal powder on your precious skin and hair. But we’re giving you this advice for good reason, as more and more people are finding themselves thrilled with the results of adding activated charcoal to their beauty routine. This is how it works: because toxins stick to the activated charcoal, it makes a good candidate for a deep cleanser and detoxifier. It’s all-natural and won’t add new chemicals to your skin and hair when you use it. Which means, less for your skin and hair to have negative reactions to’and less risk of your hair being weighed down or your pores being clogged with a new ingredient meant to clean.

Here are the best ways to use activated charcoal for the health of your skin and hair.
1. Make pores smaller and cleaner
Throughout the day, toxins from the world around us clog our pores. When your pores aren’t clear, neither is your complexion. Activated charcoal’when used in a face mask‘binds to and helps pull the dirt out of your pores, making them less visible (it’s the oil and dirt that makes them appear bigger). This leaves your face feeling fresh. (Use it with an exfoliating scrub to get the dead skin off and experience an even deeper clean.)

2. Take care of oily skin
Oily skin? Activated charcoal may be just the ingredient you need to balance things out. Used in a cleanser or mask, activated charcoal can pull the unwanted excess oils from your skin, leaving it smooth. You’ll want to do this sparingly’once or twice per week at the most’so that you don’t over-dry your skin. If you already have dry skin, best to steer clear of it for this use, as you don’t want to dry it out even more.

3. Treat acne
Depending on the specifics of your acne’how severe it is, what’s causing it and what else is going on’activated charcoal may be able to help. In soap form, it’s slightly gritty, which might provide just the gentle exfoliating you need. It will also absorb oils and toxins on and below the skin. You can use it as a spot treatment if you don’t want to use it on your whole face’just think of it as a mini mask for your blemish.

4. Deep clean your skin
Send your chemical-ridden deep-cleaners on a little vacation. You can find cleansers that contain activated charcoal in bars or bottles. It’s important that you don’t use these daily, as you don’t want to soak up the healthy oils and moisture your skin needs. Check out the other ingredients if you’re buying a liquid cleanser’some are designed to neutralize the acidity in your skin, others have deodorizing properties; some can even double as shaving cream. Buy the product that best suits your personal combination of needs and follow the directions on the bottle.

5. Soothe and heal bites, cuts and skin irritations
Whether you were stung by a bee or had a cut from the kitchen that’s wound up infected, activated charcoal can help speed the healing and relieve the symptoms. For minor skin ailments’including insect bites, stings, cuts, scrapes and minor infections’activated charcoal can be applied topically. The activated charcoal, when applied as a paste, helps absorb venom and infection. It will also bring down swelling and lessen pain. To make the paste: slowly add water to a bit of activated charcoal powder and mix until it is a spreadable consistency.

6. Rid your hair of toxins
Activated charcoal, when used on your hair, can pull out oil, dirt and toxins’just like it does for your skin. You can find regular and dry shampoos that contain activated charcoal. If you have very light hair, you won’t want to use the dry shampoo, as it may stain. In any case, try a test patch before using it on all of your hair at once. If you want to try activated charcoal on your hair, but aren’t sure you want to buy a bottle of a pre-made product just yet, you can make your own as you go. Just empty a capsule’or add a teaspoon’of activated charcoal to your regular shampoo and use as you normally would. The only thing you may need to switch up would be adding an extra since to your routine to get the colour fully out. The advantage to buying activated charcoal in powder or tablets is that it’s multi-purpose.

7. Add volume to your hair

When your hair feels weighted down it’s usually not only a feeling. If you’re carrying around enough dirt, your hair will start to sag and regular shampooing may not be getting it all out. Regular shampoos remove surface dirt, but activated charcoal will pull out even more. The other difference, and this is big, is that activated charcoal isn’t going to leave the residue regular shampoos will, so your hair will feel lighter and have more volume.

8. Remedy scalp conditions
Dandruff, redness, oily and itchy scalps may be relieved with activated charcoal. You can use it as a scalp treatment before you shampoo or can be mixed in with your shampoo. The activated charcoal will work on your scalp the way it does on your skin and hair: pulling out toxins and purifying. It’s unclear how deep into the hair follicle is being cleaned, but the results should be noticeable.

Get your very own activated charcoal from LUSH:

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10 Reasons Every Home Needs A Bottle Of Eucalyptus Oil

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Eucalyptus Essential Oil, distilled from the Australian native Eucalyptus globulus tree, boasts a long list of traditional uses.  Aboriginal Australians used Eucalyptus to heal wounds, cure fungal infections, and as a fever reducer.  Chinese, Greek, European, and Ayurvedic medicine later adopted Eucalyptus as a disinfectant and expectorant.

Present day medicinal applications of Eucalyptus Oil may be seen in the majority of grocery stores and pharmacies around the world including the oil’s use in vapor chest rubs, over-the-counter cough and cold medications, sore throat sprays, topical pain relievers just to name a few. (UMMC)

In the following list, we’ll reveal the top ten health benefits and uses of Eucalyptus Oil as well as some recipes and tips on how to use this versatile essential oil.

1. Sinus Decongestant

Use Eucalyptus Oil to relieve sinus congestion by adding a few drops of the oil to hot water and inhaling the steam.  Just remember to close your eyes the entire time your face is over the water to avoid burning them with the powerful Eucalyptol fumes.  Follow the guide provided by UMMC for the appropriate dilution ratio of Eucalyptus Oil to water.

Eucalyptus Oil may also be applied topically diluted in a carrier oilas a chest rub for extended relief of upper respiratory congestion and other symptoms.

2. Control Coughing

Eucalyptol, the active ingredient in Eucalyptus Oil can also help to control a cough. (PubMed)

Again, steam inhalation is an effective method to loosen mucus and facilitate its removal from the body.  Eucalyptus Oil chest rubs are another effective remedy for this purpose.  Also, you may want to take Eucalyptus lozengesthroughout the day to manage your cough between steam treatments.

3. Joint & Muscle Pain Reliever

Prepare Eucalyptus Oil as a cream or warming balm for topical application to soothe sore joints and muscles. (PubMed)

Follow this recipe by onegoodthingbyjillee.com to make your own homemade pain relieving cream using Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Camphor, Menthol Crystals, and Eucalyptus Essential Oil.

Or learn how to make a DIY warming rub for sore muscles using Eucalyptus Oil and a few other all-natural ingredients from Mommypotamus.

4. Sore Throat Spray

Eucalyptus Oil is anti-bacterial, in addition to being excellent for pain relief.  To help reduce pain and swelling of a sore throat, try this recipe for a DIY soothing throat spray, compliments of ohlardy.com using all natural ingredients including Pure Himalayan Salt and the Four Thieves Synergy Blend (essential oils of Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Lemon, Rosemary, and Eucalyptus.)

5. Disinfecting Cleanser

Eucalyptus Oil is a powerful anti-microbial, making it ideal for preventing the spread of bacterial and viral infections, as well as for general cleaning. (Wiley Online Library)

Mix Eucalyptus Oil with Castile Soap for an all-natural disinfecting powerhouse.  Also, be sure to read How To Replace 10 Household Products With Castile Soap for more great natural cleaning tips and recipes.

Remember that pure Eucalyptus Oil can easily burn sensitive skin.  If you intend to use this antimicrobial oil topically, be certain to dilute it in a carrier oil before applying it to your skin – especially for dry, irritated, or sensitive areas.

6. Dental Anti-microbial

Anti-microbial Eucalyptus Oil is perfect for killing germs in mouth, reducing plaque, and helping to prevent gum disease. (PubMed)

Mix your own Eucalyptus Mouthwash using this great guide by BreathMD.

Also you may want to try out this DIY Eucalyptus Toothpaste recipe, compliments of simplegreensmoothies.com.

6 tbsp Coconut Oil
6 tbsp Pure Aluminum-Free Baking Soda
25 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
1 tsp (approx.) Stevia powder

1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.  (Jen Hansard of simplegreensmoothies.com recommends whipping the ingredients together with a SmartStick to get a good creamy toothpaste texture.)  Then pour the mixture into a resealable glass jar and store it in your bathroom cabinet until it’s time to brush your teeth.

Because coconut oil is solid at room temperature, you may need to use a butter knife or popsicle stick to get your homemade paste from jar to toothbrush.

Remember that Eucalyptus Oil is toxic if swallowed in large enough quantities.  For this reason, oral care products containing Eucalyptus oil are not recommended for small children.

7. Immune Stimulant

Eucalyptus Oil is known to increases phagocytic activity, meaning that it can be used to boost the immune system. (PubMed)

If you’re concerned at all about getting sick during cold and flu season or if you know you’re going to be exposed to people who may already by carrying a bug, prepare yourself with Eucalyptus Oil by itself or with the Four Thieves Synergy Blend (essential oils of Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Lemon, Rosemary, and Eucalyptus.)

Aromatherapist KG Stiles of kgstiles.com recommends using Eucalyptus as an inhalant or in your diffuser to deliver the healing vapors directly into your circulatory system via the lungs.  For more information on using Eucalyptus Oil for immune support, check out her expert article on the topic.

8. Asthma Relief

Due to the anti-inflammatory properties of Eucalyptol, use of Eucalyptus Oil has been studied and confirmed to be effective in the treatment of Bronchial Asthma. (resmedjournal.com)

Use Eucalyptus Oil either by inhalation or in a diffuser to help reduce inflammation and clear congestion from airways.  Again, it is important to remember that Eucalyptus oil is toxic when taken internally.

Please Note: No herbal remedy is meant to take the place of prescribed medications.

Always consult with your doctor first before using herbal remedies containing Eucalyptus to treat Asthma as this oil is known to have adverse interactions with some Asthma medications.

9. Insect Repellant

Eucalyptus Oil can be effectively used either as an area treatment or as part of a topical insect-repelling spray. (EPA R.E.D. Facts)

Try out this All-Natural Bug Spray Recipe using Witch Hazel as well as essential oils of Citronella, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, and Peppermint.

10. Aroma-Therapeutic

The Wonders Of Eucalyptus Oil - Top 10 Health Benefits & UsesLast, but definitely not least – Eucalyptus Oil provides a wonderful aromatherapy experience.  Eucalyptus is refreshing and powerfully stimulating.  Use Eucalyptus Oil in your diffuser or create scented room fresheners by adding a few drops of oil to a hanging object.  This oil is perfect for boosting concentration and keeping your energy level elevated.  Use Eucalyptus Oil on a rainy or cloudy day to clear the fog and lift your spirits.

Get Your Eucalyptus Oil and Find Out What All The Fuss Is About!

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Detox and Beautify Your Skin and Hair with Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal is being used in cleanses to detoxify and re-energize; is it also the secret to healthy hair and skin? We think so…

activated-charcoal-beauty-benefits

Activated charcoal: an unlikely ingredient for skin and hair care’ that works!
Putting charcoal in your hair and on your face might not seem glamorous, but it’s proven to have many health and beauty benefits when used safely and properly.

Activated charcoal is not what’s used for grilling’ though it is a medical grade version of what’s used in air filtration systems. Activated charcoal is administered in hospitals as emergency treatment for poisoning; as chemicals bind to it, it can help remove them from the body. These days, people are using food grade activated charcoal internally to detox, in supplements and juices; it’s even being used to whiten teeth. What does this have to do with glowing skin and deep cleaned hair? Read on and find out.

Introducing the gritty black ingredient that will purify your skin and hair
It’s true: we’re suggesting you rub charcoal powder on your precious skin and hair. But we’re giving you this advice for good reason, as more and more people are finding themselves thrilled with the results of adding activated charcoal to their beauty routine. This is how it works: because toxins stick to the activated charcoal, it makes a good candidate for a deep cleanser and detoxifier. It’s all-natural and won’t add new chemicals to your skin and hair when you use it. Which means, less for your skin and hair to have negative reactions to’and less risk of your hair being weighed down or your pores being clogged with a new ingredient meant to clean.

Here are the best ways to use activated charcoal for the health of your skin and hair.
1. Make pores smaller and cleaner
Throughout the day, toxins from the world around us clog our pores. When your pores aren’t clear, neither is your complexion. Activated charcoal’when used in a face mask‘binds to and helps pull the dirt out of your pores, making them less visible (it’s the oil and dirt that makes them appear bigger). This leaves your face feeling fresh. (Use it with an exfoliating scrub to get the dead skin off and experience an even deeper clean.)

2. Take care of oily skin
Oily skin? Activated charcoal may be just the ingredient you need to balance things out. Used in a cleanser or mask, activated charcoal can pull the unwanted excess oils from your skin, leaving it smooth. You’ll want to do this sparingly’once or twice per week at the most’so that you don’t over-dry your skin. If you already have dry skin, best to steer clear of it for this use, as you don’t want to dry it out even more.

3. Treat acne
Depending on the specifics of your acne’how severe it is, what’s causing it and what else is going on’activated charcoal may be able to help. In soap form, it’s slightly gritty, which might provide just the gentle exfoliating you need. It will also absorb oils and toxins on and below the skin. You can use it as a spot treatment if you don’t want to use it on your whole face’just think of it as a mini mask for your blemish.

4. Deep clean your skin
Send your chemical-ridden deep-cleaners on a little vacation. You can find cleansers that contain activated charcoal in bars or bottles. It’s important that you don’t use these daily, as you don’t want to soak up the healthy oils and moisture your skin needs. Check out the other ingredients if you’re buying a liquid cleanser’some are designed to neutralize the acidity in your skin, others have deodorizing properties; some can even double as shaving cream. Buy the product that best suits your personal combination of needs and follow the directions on the bottle.

5. Soothe and heal bites, cuts and skin irritations
Whether you were stung by a bee or had a cut from the kitchen that’s wound up infected, activated charcoal can help speed the healing and relieve the symptoms. For minor skin ailments’including insect bites, stings, cuts, scrapes and minor infections’activated charcoal can be applied topically. The activated charcoal, when applied as a paste, helps absorb venom and infection. It will also bring down swelling and lessen pain. To make the paste: slowly add water to a bit of activated charcoal powder and mix until it is a spreadable consistency.

6. Rid your hair of toxins
Activated charcoal, when used on your hair, can pull out oil, dirt and toxins’just like it does for your skin. You can find regular and dry shampoos that contain activated charcoal. If you have very light hair, you won’t want to use the dry shampoo, as it may stain. In any case, try a test patch before using it on all of your hair at once. If you want to try activated charcoal on your hair, but aren’t sure you want to buy a bottle of a pre-made product just yet, you can make your own as you go. Just empty a capsule’or add a teaspoon’of activated charcoal to your regular shampoo and use as you normally would. The only thing you may need to switch up would be adding an extra since to your routine to get the colour fully out. The advantage to buying activated charcoal in powder or tablets is that it’s multi-purpose.

7. Add volume to your hair

When your hair feels weighted down it’s usually not only a feeling. If you’re carrying around enough dirt, your hair will start to sag and regular shampooing may not be getting it all out. Regular shampoos remove surface dirt, but activated charcoal will pull out even more. The other difference, and this is big, is that activated charcoal isn’t going to leave the residue regular shampoos will, so your hair will feel lighter and have more volume.

8. Remedy scalp conditions
Dandruff, redness, oily and itchy scalps may be relieved with activated charcoal. You can use it as a scalp treatment before you shampoo or can be mixed in with your shampoo. The activated charcoal will work on your scalp the way it does on your skin and hair: pulling out toxins and purifying. It’s unclear how deep into the hair follicle is being cleaned, but the results should be noticeable.

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Can’t Keep Your Muscles Anymore? Try This!

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Want to have stronger bones and greater energy? The Warrior Method Reveals Ancient Secrets

Well first, it’s time to hit the gym! There are plenty of men over 40 who wish to achieve a lean physique and enjoy better health. A balanced workout program can lower your risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and insulin resistance. Not to mention that it’s a great way to keep fit!

So, here are 10 workout tips for the middle-aged man:

Strive for Progress

The key to building lean muscle is to challenge your body every time you work out. This can be done by increasing the resistance, changing the number of reps, or trying new exercises. Keep your workouts varied and the results will come.

Challenge Yourself Each Time

Each time you work out the resistance needs to be challenging, if you are not fatigued at the end of each set you are not challenging the muscles. Volume training will create the biggest impact on your muscles. A volume training example would be 6-10 sets of 10 repetitions at a heavy enough weight to cause fatigue by repetition number 7 of each set.
Use proper form at all times, especially if you’re new to exercise. This helps prevent injuries and brings you closer to your goals.

Total Body Workouts

Let’s face it as middle aged men time is limited. To maximize results and not have to live in the gym, perform total body workouts, at least 3-4 days of the week. Cardio should also be performed 3-4 times a week, which does not have to be performed in the gym.

Avoid 20 Weight Lifting Mistakes

When you lift weights, focus on the muscles that are being worked. Squeeze every muscle until you feel it burning. Leave your smartphone in the locker room and avoid distractions.

Train Smart Plan Everything

Random training yields little or no results. Before hitting the gym, decide what exercises you’re going to do (remember to have alternatives if the gym is busy) and how many reps and sets you’ll complete.

Alternate Steady State Cardio and HIIT

By alternating Steady State Cardio (Maintain a steady heart rate that’s high enough to burn fat) and HIIT (High intensity interval training) you will maximize results because your body will have a chance to perform active recovery, which will still help you lose body fat while healing the muscles.

Keep Cardio to a Minimum

Keep your sessions between 30-45 minutes a session.

Get Enough Rest

Rest is just as important as nutrition and exercise. Give your body time to recover between workout sessions.

Listen to Your Body

Middle-aged men need to take it a little easier on their bodies than they did 20 years ago. Make one step a time and don’t push yourself too hard.

Stretch Daily

In addition to your gym workouts you will need to stretch daily. Stretching will keep you from tearing muscles, joints and tendons. Perform dynamic stretches prior to your workout and static stretches after. Dynamic stretches are where you lightly bounce in the stretch. Static stretches are where you hold each stretch for 30-60 seconds and never bounce.

 

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What Can You Do To Keep Your Skin Beautiful During Winter? EAT!

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Healthy and glowing skin is what everyone dreams of. Several magical foods help you maintain your skin glowing and very healthy and give relief from lifeless and dull skin. Smart and young look can be obtained by consuming some foods, which gives radiance to the skin. Once we are healthy from inside the skin automatically glows. If your skin is glowing, it defines that you are having good health and rich in nutrients. The secret lies in what you eat daily. Fast foods, junk foods, caffeine are highly processed that your skin looses the radiance and make you look unhealthy. Vitamins make your skin look beautiful, healthy and radiant which are mainly present in the foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains etc.

We cannot expect our skin to glow and maintain good health if we are not taking necessary care for it. Many factors such as stress in work balance, harsh sunlight, taking improper diet in improper time keeps us away from healthy and glowing skin. We to form essential nutrients that take care of the skin to make it look healthy should spend enough time.

Our diet is to be modified in order to make the skin look healthy. The processes like cleansing, moisturizing, toning should be carried out frequently which results in making the skin look natural and beautiful.

A naturopathic doctor named Ian Koo from Mississauga gives us a view that why we wonder that how nutrients that affect inner health like weight and healthy body helps in improving the skin quality. Explaining this he states an example that, “A good durable product can be obtained only if we start with a better quality of raw material” which defines that good health and proper diet is only the main cause that makes your skin look healthy and glowing.

These are some of the beauty foods containing skin-friendly components, which we can choose to take for the better results in making our skin look beautiful and glowing:

Tomatoes

Tomatoes contain as phytochemical called Lycopene, which gives red color to it. Eating tomatoes or any tomato-based foods will help you in combating with stubborn spots or acne. It is good to include tomato-based foods like sauce, tomato juice etc. to your daily diet distributed over 3 to 5 times every week. It also helps you in protecting your skin from UV rays.

Red-colored fruits such as oranges contain lycopene and other carotenoids will help you in improving antioxidant level in the skin, which helps in combating free radicals that are produced due to extreme sun exposure.

Green Tea
Green tea for glowing skin
Green tea has the ability to reduce the levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is an acne-producing hormone. It is recommended to take 3 – 5 cups of this beverage daily to reap full skin care benefits of it.Green tea contains vitamin C, vitamin D, and vitamin K, which helps in growing hair naturally. Essential minerals such as copper, zinc, calcium, magnesium and iron are also present in this brew. It helps you improve your skin complexion in one week.

Green tea is packed with lots of antioxidants that help you in making your skin look a lot healthier and younger too.

Berries
blueberries and cherries
Cherries, blueberries and other deeply colored berries are best sources for antioxidants. They help you in fighting off blemishes. Generally acne causes local oxidative stress, which results in the depletion of antioxidants. So if you are suffering with severe acne, then you’ll have very low levels of blood antioxidants.

Brown Rice
Brown Rice for glowing skin
Ceramides are generally present in the ingredients list of your skin care products. Generally these lipid molecules are present in brown rice. These help you maintain your skin’s moisture levels. When you consume these ceramides, which occur naturally in foods they get integrated into your skin’s outer layer, helping it to maintain its hydration. Thus brown rice i.e., ceramides will help you improve hydration significantly.

Fish and Seafood
Fish and seafood for glowing skin
Fish and other seafood are good for skin, as they prevent the skin from showing signs of aging. Omega-3 fatty acids that are found in these foods will help you reduce skin wrinkling process. Omega-3s stops the production of inflammatory chemicals which act like acid rain on your skin’s collagen.

Omega-3 fatty acids also help you in combating with acne by regulating the mood and controlling the stress component that result in acne. It is recommended to consume 4 – 5 servings of oily fish every week to get the acne condition in control. You can take fish oil supplements instead of fish every week.

Dark Green Leafy Vegetables
Dark Green Leafy Vegetables
Green leafy vegetables will help you in enhancing the radiance of your skin. These veggies are packed with essential vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients. Some of the green leafy vegetables include Swiss chard, arugula and spinach. These provide the simplest way to remove dullness of your skin and give you a natural glowing skin.

Kiwi
Kiwis are best foods that bestow you with healthy and smooth skin. They are rich sources of Vitamin C that helps you prevent wrinkles and boosts collagen synthesis. Vitamin C is mostly found in foods such as oranges, guavas, grapefruit, bell peppers, strawberries etc. help in protecting the skin from the exposure of sun and promotes cell turnover, thus maintaining the youthfulness and beauty of your skin.

Wild Salmon & Nuts
Omega-3 fatty acids rich in foods like fishes such as wild salmon, trout and herring and nuts such as almonds and walnuts. These omega-3s provide you a healthy skin with sufficient dose of good fats or natural oils, which in turn help you, get rid of acne, inflammation, redness and scaly skin. These foods are considered to be the perfect sources for glowing skin.

Carrots
Carrots are one of the skin-friendly foods that flush out toxins present inside your skin. They contain high levels of Vitamin A, beta-carotene, and antioxidants. It helps you maintain a healthy skin and protects it from sun-induced damage. It also helps you ward off from various signs of aging and wrinkles. Carrots help you in delaying the process of aging.

Water
Drinking plenty of water will help your stay hydrated throughout the day. It flushes out the harmful toxins present in our body and make the skin glow. Water also helps you in keeping signs of aging such as wrinkles at bay, giving you naturally glowing skin. So always try to keep a water bottle handy and drink whenever you feel thirsty.

Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin Seeds are great skin-beautifying agents. They get their power of skin beautification from zinc, the beauty mineral and essential fatty acids (omega 3, omega 6, and omega 9). Similar to hemp seeds, these pumpkin seeds also help you in reducing the inflammation in your body. You can eat them by sprinkling them on to your favorite salads, smoothies, or you can eat a handful of seeds directly.

Arugula
Arugula is one kinds of dark green leafy vegetable. It is a rich source Vitamin A and sulfur, these two are the keys components to get gorgeous skin. It acts as a potent detoxifier, because of the chlorophyll presence.

You can top you favorite salad with fresh raw arugula along with other foods to get a glowing skin.

Radishes
Radishes are one of the skin beautifying foods. They contain a lot of minerals and compounds that are more beneficial to your skin. Radishes are packed with Vitamin C, sulfur and silicon, which helps you get glowing skin by working together. They also boost collagen, help in skin strengthening, and stimulate the blood circulatory system. You can have them by adding slices to your salads or eating them directly as snack.

Avocados
Avocados are creamy fruits that contain many vitamins. You can pair up an avocado with any carotenoid-rich food, like carrots, bell peppers, or tomatoes. They help you in absorbing the antioxidants – beta carotene and lycopene, five times more.

Hemp Seeds
Hemp seeds are made up of a huge quantity of protein, along with the sulfur-bearing amino acids like cysteine, cystine, and methionine. These are used to make your muscle, hair, skin and nails stronger.

They contain strong antioxidants and posses an ideal ratio (1:3) of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids and include omega 9 also. Due to the anti-inflammatory properties of hemp seeds, you get rid of many skin woes, such as acne, blemishes and wrinkles. Sprinkling hemp seeds with salads or blending them in a smoothie will help you get rid of many skin issues.

Almonds
Almonds are foods that are rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids. Vitamin E protects the skin from harmful Ultra Violet (UV) rays, anti aging, wrinkles and also helps you build collagen. Fatty acids such as omega 6 and omega 9 help you in maintaining the elasticity of skin. You can take about five to six almonds as the first thing every morning before having breakfast. This not only makes your skin glow but also maintains healthy hairs.

Strawberries
Strawberries are one of the skin beautifying agents that is rich in fiber content and low in sugar content. Strawberries contain more amounts of vitamin C when compared with other fruits like grapefruit or oranges with fewer calories. These fruits play an essential role in skin elasticity and collagen. Alpha hydroxyl acid present in strawberries will help you in eliminating dead skin cells and rebuild new skin cells.

Walnuts
Adding walnuts to your diet makes your skin pink and rosy. It is loaded with many necessary minerals including iron, zinc and copper, which helps you in maintaining the collagen in your skin. It also contains high amounts of omega 3 fatty acids that help you maintain the elasticity of your skin. Consume about six walnuts as the first thing early in the morning, every day before breakfast. Eating walnuts help you making your skin look younger, fresher and rosy red.

Dark Chocolates
Dark chocolate is an excellent of cocoa, which acts as a natural skin hydrator. Cocoa helps to radiate making the skin a lot healthy and also makes it look more younger by freeing it from pimples and wrinkles. Eat around two to three pieces of dark chocolate every day and make your skin look younger.

Yoghurt
Yoghurt is an emulsification of both calcium and minerals. It is loaded with huge amount of proteins and calcium that makes your skin smooth and removes age spots, fine lines and wrinkles. It is recommended to take yoghurt that is made out of whole milk. Yoghurt helps you in the removal of toxins making your skin softer and smoother.

Pomegranate
Pomegranates are rich sources of poly phonies that make your skin shinier. It also helps you fight against anti aging cells and gives you rosy cheeks and a flawless skin. Drink one glass of pomegranate juice on daily basis to attain shiny, healthy and flawless glowing skin.

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