Careful choices of food and dietary supplements ensure that your body has the building blocks it needs to produce the strong membranes that are the prime marker of younger, healthier, high-functioning, water-rich cells. For example, a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, like those found in cold water fish, provides the body with healthy lipids that are one of the fundamental components of water-tight cell membranes. When cells can hold the water they need to function, they can support all systems in the body.
Exercise does more than help you lose weight; it actually hydrates your cells. Exercise provides chemical and mechanical stimulation that has a positive impact on the cellular health and function of every system in the body including the digestive, circulatory, lymph, endocrine, excretory and nervous systems. Plus, being physically active helps us shift to a higher ratio of muscle to fat, which improves overall hydration since muscle cells hold more healthy water than fat cells.
Cellulite is an unaesthetic skin condition that many women have to struggle with. These unwanted fat deposits under the skin tissue appear as an amalgam of small bumps or “orange peel”, especially on the thighs, buttocks, abdomen and arms. While cellulite is basically the appearance of the fat layer under the skin, it is actually caused by the structural conformation of the connective tissue that is supposed to hold the fat layers in place. In most cases, cellulite usually appears on body areas where the circulation is decreased. Factors like reduced physical activity, sedentary lifestyles, heredity, nutritional deficiencies and poor skincare can all contribute to the formation of cellulite. The reason why only women seem to have it while most men don’t is because men’s skin in the same areas is thicker while their upper fat cell layer is thinner and has a different anatomy.
To combat cellulite, a comprehensive approach to treating the causes and the symptoms is best. Here are a few things you can do: Read the rest of this entry »
If you want to build muscle, then you need to eat a lot of protein, but you also have to work out consistently. Unfortunately not all exercises will build your muscles, which means you need to do the right ones in order to see results. Luckily there are a lot of great at-home exercises you can do that don’t require you to have an expensive gym pass! You can do these workouts right in the comfort of your home so you can get buff, tone your body and see your body change in ways that you’ve been wanting to.
1. Barrel Chest Workout
You can do this in any room where you have enough space to lay down on the ground. Start by doing pushups for 10-15 reps. After that, do pullups with your doorframe or any equipment that you have for as many reps as you can. From there, hold a plank for 60 seconds. Once you are done with that, do 10 reps of renegade rows to finish. Repeat this entire workout five times to get the best muscle-building results possible.
2. Total Body
Start this workout by doing jump roping for 60 seconds to get your entire body moving. After that, do 10 reps of burpees. Next, do 15 reps of dumbbell curl-to-presses and 50 seconds of a bear crawl. Once you’re done, rest for a couple of minutes and then start all over again. You should repeat this five times so that you do the workout six times total.
3. Upper Body
Start with doing 3 sets of three minutes of pushups. After that, do 3 sets of 60 second planks, giving yourself 1 minute in between to rest. Next, do a body weight squat followed by three sets of dumbbell curls. Rest for 90 seconds and then do 5 sets of 5 reps of pullups in your doorframe. Repeat this as many times as you can, increasing the number that you do as you get stronger. Read the rest of this entry »
The new year is here to stay and it’s time for resolutions. Staying healthy is one of the best goals you can set for yourself in 2014. Treat your body as a temple and enjoy everything else around you for years to come. Try five habits to keep you healthy this year and in the future.
Habit Number One: Get Out in the Fresh Air and Sunshine
It’s important to get your fill of the great outdoors. According to the US National Library of Medicine, sunlight can do much more than simply brighten your day.Take care with sunscreen to avoid the damaging effects of UV rays so that you can reap the many benefits that come with your daily dose of sunshine. Sunlight promotes the production of vitamin D in your body. This vitamin is vital for optimal functioning of many systems. It’s believed to be instrumental in the functioning of your immune system, neuromuscular functioning, and the metabolism of calcium. Get out and soak up a little sun. Walk the dog or take a stroll around the block on your lunch break. Play with your kids after work. Not only will it benefit your body, you’ll feel more upbeat as well. Read the rest of this entry »
It should be no surprise that a healthy diet can help us achieve great looking skin. Skin is the body’s most extended organ and it needs some equally extended care. Fruits, vegetables and the much vital water are guarantees for a healthy skin, not only a healthy body. Unhealthy foods, toxins and poor nutrients will quickly show effects on your skin as well; most skin problems are consequences of an internal nutritional deficiency.