You know that personality test that we all took in high school that told us what kind of people we were? The one that classified us into type A, B, or C personality types?
Research has long shown that people with Type A personalities, who are more often chronically angry, anxious, and depressed, have higher risks of heart attacks.
New research at Harvard University shows the flip side to this knowledge – that being upbeat and optimistic can help protect your heart from heart disease. Optimism in particular showed great heart protecting benefits. Multiple studies have shown that the most optimistic people actually have half of the risk for a first heart attack than people who are less optimistic.
Studies show that “stress associated with negative psychological traits can lead to damage of the arteries and heart itself.”
People who are more optimistic and who have a better sense of well-being tend to have healthier blood pressures, lower cholesterols, and weigh less. These people are also more likely to exercise, sleep the right amount, avoid smoking, and eat healthier. These are factors that affect your heart health.
The big question mark that is still lingering is about cause and effect. Are optimistic people more likely to make heart-healthy decisions, or is it the healthy living and heart healthy decisions that are making people more happy and optimistic.
It can be difficult to think positive when you are a natural pessimist. But maybe it’s time to start thing positive, not only because you will be happier, but because it may boost your heart health. Rather than just thinking about how to decrease the negative risks, maybe it’s time to think about how to boost the positive protection.
Losing my mind or really losing the capability to think clearly and remember things when I get older scares me. I don’t want to be one of those people that have no idea what is going on, no clue what year it is, and memory of who anybody is.
Did you know that many experts say that you can delay dementia and signs of Alzheimer’s disease, even if you have a genetic propensity for them? Experts also say that if risk factors for diseases like Alzheimer’s were decreased by a mere 25%, about a half a billion cases of the disease could be prevented.
What are you doing to prevent brain deterioration? Nothing? Well, it’s not too late to start. Here are a few things you can do to boost your brain’s health.
Your hippocampus (the part of your brain involved in memory formation) shrinks as you age. Exercise can prevent and actually reverse this process according to some experts. Exercise can reduce your risk of dementia by 30-40%. Active people also tend to have better cognitive function than inactive people.
Learn New Skills
Keith L. Black, M.D, chair of the neuropsychology department at the Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in LA, stated that you can increase the number of brain cells and connections between brain cells by keeping your brain stimulated and learning new things.
Having friends and socializing with them can help you lower your risk of dementia. By maintaining a social network, you are provided with emotional and mental stimulation – some things that can help your stay strong.
Just like a car, your brain needs fuel to work correctly. By eating a healthy and balanced diet you are ensuring that your body and brain get the nutrients it needs to function properly.
It is never too late to start taking care of your brain. There is probably nothing more important either. So go for it – try learning something new or make a new friend. That may save your brain.
Finding the right acne treatment for your unique skin can be both challenging and frustrating.
There are so many different products on the market that all promise a clear complexion, and yet it is next to impossible to really tell which ones will actually give you the results you want.
On top of all that, how are you supposed to tell which ones will be gentle on your skin? You do not want to have to deal with itchy, red, dry skin from harsh chemicals in addition to your breakouts.
What you need are safe, natural acne treatments that you can trust; here are some at home skin remedies that are not only safe but also effective!
Chamomile tea is a natural, anti-inflammatory ingredient that has a big impact on breakouts, possessing the power to reduce the swelling and redness of your acne. In order to use it effectively, soak a chamomile tea bag in cold water and apply it to your skin for thirty seconds.
You can also use chamomile tea as a mask–combine a few teaspoons of it with a banana until it makes a paste. Then smooth that paste onto your skin.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has acne-healing properties that are comparable to those of the strong acne-fighting ingredient benzoyl peroxide. Though tea tree oil technically works a bit slower than benzoyl peroxide does, it cures your acne without the dryness, stinging skin, and irritation that comes with benzoyl peroxide’s harshness.
Tea tree oil is most effective on acne when it is diluted and can be found in health stores.
Saw Palmetto is an all-natural herb that is a common ingredient in many popular acne products. Like tea tree oil, Saw Palmetto supplements can be bought at health stores.
You may be surprised to hear that one of your favorite fruits possesses the ability to cure acne, but it is true: strawberries really can fight acne! Strawberries are a natural source of the acne-fighting ingredient salicylic acid.
You can create an effective acne-fighting mask with strawberries. Once a week, mix 1/2 cup of strawberries with a tablespoon of sour cream and applying it to your face.
Strawberries are so effective at eliminating your zits and clearing your complexion that even simply cutting a strawberry in half and rubbing it on your affected areas can have an impact on your skin.
Try Them Out!
Now that you know the best at home skin remedies to get rid of your acne problems, get to the grocery store and turn those acne woes into things of the past!
Do you want even more information about skin remedies–both at home treatments as well as over-the-counter products? Click here to find out more!
There just aren’t enough hours in the day to get things done. You are staying up later and waking up earlier. Rather than cutting down your to-do list though, you cut down on sleep. Although you are getting more done during the day, you are missing out on the benefits that a good night’s sleep can give you.
How Much Sleep Do You Need?
How much sleep you need, really depends on how old you are. As a newborn, you need anywhere from 12-18 hours of sleep every day. The amount of required sleep decreases with age. As an adult, it is recommended that you get about 7-9 hours of sleep every night.
Notice that said “every night”. It didn’t say “all week” or “every couple nights.” Some adults would laugh at the thought of being able to get that much sleep, but it is very important to their health that they try.
Benefits of Sleep
Sleeping has many benefits. There isn’t enough room in this blog post to list them all, but I can list a few important ones.
• Healthier Cardiovascular System. Your cardiovascular system is constantly under pressure. By getting the sleep recommended, you allow your system to rest as well.
• Weight Control. Sleep helps your body regulate the hormones that affect hunger and appetite. Without enough sleep, these hormones become out balance and can increase your cravings and appetite.
• Improved Memory. Your brain is busy organizing and correlating information while you sleep. Your brain is also better able to process new experiences, knowledge and information. After a good night’s sleep, you don’t have that foggy feeling that makes if difficult to think at all.
Sleep On This
Sleeping is very important and has many health benefits. Not getting enough can have many negative effects. You may not get the same amount of work done during the day by making yourself sleep a little more, but your body will thank you.
Many people find that despite the fact that they’re working out more and eating less, they still can’t lose weight, and in some cases they might even be gaining it.
In this CNN article, Triathlete Nina Lovel talks about her weight loss success and gives tips on how to eat for fuel rather than out of habit. This has helped many people lose more weight and get past those roadblocks.
Surprisingly, one of the ways to lose weight is by eating more? Confused? We were too, but it turns out that if your body is in starvation mode you aren’t going to be able to lose any weight.
In fact, your body will most likely produce more of the stress hormone that causes you to gain weight, rather than lose it.
By eating every three hours you will be able to tell your body that it doesn’t need to store excess calories at food, meaning that you will store less as fat.
Workout as a Reward
Too often we fall into thinking that we can eat whatever we wanted as long as we went on a run that morning. However, as many dieters find out the hard way, this usually doesn’t result in weight loss.
Instead, change the way you think into believing that having the opportunity to workout is the reward, not the cupcake at the end of the treadmill.
You don’t have to eat something that is laden in butter and sugar in order for you to feel happy while you’re eating it. Think of kale potato chips and spinach smoothies for a more natural way to satisfy your sinful tastes.
If you think that the only healthy foods out there are ones that come from the salad menu, simply expand your recipe repertoire and you’ll be rewarded with diets that aren’t miserable and weight loss as well!
After the drama of H1N1 in previous years, it’s been nice to see somewhat of a lull in the activity of the common flu.
In fact, experts say that they have seen a surprisingly low number of people reporting cases of the influenza virus in the United States.
“If you look at the nation as a whole, we are seeing low activity across the country,” says the spokesman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.
Lull Could Pick Up
However, before you get your hopes up, some people think that February might be the month that gets the flu ball rolling.
Angela Golden, president elect of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners says that the season may simply be kicking into gear a little later than usual.
This guess is supported by the fact that the second week of January saw a slight uptick in flu activity, although it was still relatively low compared to other years.
Not Even the Experts Know
Unfortunately, as much as we’d like to be able to predict the surges and lulls of the flu season, the virus’ behavior is notoriously unpredictable.
This means that we won’t really be able to understand its movement around the country until after the season is over.
But it could just be that the strains being seen this year aren’t particularly virulent and don’t affect people as much as they have in the past.
So if this year was the year you decided to opt out of getting yourself vaccinated, you may have hit the flu virus jackpot!
Statistics show that with the New Year, not only will most of us be buying new calendars, but we’ll most likely be looking for new diets and new exercise equipment in order to get healthier, newer bodies.
Despite the fact that most diets are doomed to fail, based on research done throughout the decades, the more knowledge you have about what makes you gain weight, the more likely you are to use it to your advantage.
So we’ve compiled some recent studies to see what can help you burn the most calories to help you deplete your fat stores and start shaping up in the new year.
Your Body Is Designed to Burn Calories
Even though sometimes it can feel like you never burn any of the calories that you eat and that every ounce of energy goes directly to your problem areas, you were made to burn calories.
Every single thing you do, whether you’re sleeping, eating or just breathing, requires calories to be burned.
We Are All Unique
This phrase usually inspires some warm, cuddly feelings in most people, but it can actually mean that the same exercises that your neighbor does to stay so fit and trim can actually burn fewer calories when done in your body.
Although there are many uncontrollable things that determine your basal metabolic rate, or the rate at which you burn calories while completely at rest, there are a few that can be tampered with.
Increase Your Cardio
It’s been said before, but not only do cardio workouts help you burn calories in the moment, but they can keep you burning calories all day long.
In fact, one study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise reported that people who pedaled a stationary bike as hard as they could for 47 minutes were shown to burn 190 more calories for 14 hours after.
Ever wondered why men can typically eat more than women without gaining as much weight? Most of it is due to the fact that one pound of muscle fries 3 times as many calories as one pound of fat.
This means that by building more muscle in your body, you’ll be able to burn more calories even when you’re not doing as much.
Although it might run contrary to what so many crash dieters believe, eating more throughout the day can actually help you lose weight rather than gain it.
Allowing your blood sugar levels to dip will mean that your body will break down any tissue, including muscle to get glucose to supply your brain with energy.
In fact, even eating a healthy snack before bedtime can keep your blood sugar levels high enough to ensure that you’re even burning a good amount of calories while you sleep.
Most people grew up hearing the adage, “what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.” But research done at the Yale Stress Center has revealed that those stressful times might not have made you stronger, but might have hurt you in the long run.
“The stress and motivational systems in the brain are really susceptible to learning and adaptation,” said Sinha. As children we begin to adapt to our environment and learn things from it.”
So essentially, if a child has a pervasive sense of adversity in his or her childhood for whatever reason, the brain responds to that kind of hardship by becoming more sensitized to stress.
“The brain gets hard-wired to react much more strongly than someone else who didn’t experience a lot of turmoil. So, to some extent, you will always have an elevated level of stress.”
Since most of us have experienced some sort of stress while growing up, whether it may be, Parents’ conflict, physical and emotional abuse, sexual abuse, witnessing violence, loss of a parent, divorce or even bullying, this news can be somewhat disconcerting.
But this news isn’t without a light at the end of the tunnel. Sinha explains that as we are extremely adaptive beings our ancestors have given us one of the most effective coping mechanisms: family and friends.
Luckily for us, we’re social animals and being part of a group or any larger entity helps us manage our stress better and not unwind when everything seems to be falling apart.
Another one is having a lot of education. When your brain is more developed and challenged in different areas it will have more ability to cope with difficult situations.
The bottom line is that life is hard. Whether you’re a child or an adult, you’re going to be facing some sort of adversity, but thanks to this research, we have a better idea of what helps us manage the hard times.
Although this might look like an Everything Bagel from one of your favorite bakeries, one bight into it would reveal that this dish is actually made with ice cream.
Wylie Dufresne, chef and owner of wd~50 in New York is toying with which of our five senses we actually use to taste.
After some extremely creative dishes, he’s finding out that we use closer to all of them rather than just our tongue.
Before our food ever hits our mouths we’re using our eyes and our sense of smell to to recall memories and decide if we like the dish even before we eat it.
Even though you might not use your hands to eat, you’ll still use your sense of touch, whether it’s with a fork or chopsticks, to decide if the texture is up to par.
If you were to close your eyes and bit into this dish you might be turned off by the savory nature of this ice cream. However, when it is presented in this way, your sense of sight allows you to revel in the flavor of the bagel and smooth smoked salmon cream filling.
Taste Is Wired Before You’re Born
But it’s not just the memories you’ve had in your own lifetime that can affect what you choose to eat, but it is also what your mother ate while she was pregnant with you that can change what’s on the menu.
As the food that your mother eats is digested the flavors and aromas change the flavor of the fluid that surrounds you in the amniotic sac.
Although this doesn’t work for flavors that can just be tasted, but it only affects those that can be smelled. This is why mothers who ate healthier generally have children that are more disposed to eating healthier foods.
So if you’re ever wondered why you hate tomatoes but love salt, it might be more psychological than you once thought.
You’ve probably flipped through a number of baby magazines and seen the adorable faces of babies giggling, laughing, and just plain being cute. After all, that’s what babies do best when they are not crying.
Along those lines, have you ever wondered how these babies actually make it into these magazines? Better yet, do you have a cute and cuddly one at home that would make for the perfect baby model?
Now, we know that modeling one’s baby isn’t every person’s dream, and that some parents are totally against using their baby for money.
That is totally fine, but you should also know that baby modeling is not all about money. More important than money, are those frowns that you can turn into smiles when someone sees that cute face of your toddler on a billboard or magazine cover.
So if you’re interested, we’ve dedicated this article to giving parents an idea of how they can get their baby’s foot in the door when it comes to baby modeling.
Find a Trustworthy Photographer
First of all, you’ll need to know that casting agencies, themselves, do not physically go out and seek promising babies and children to be their clients.
Rather, all these casting agencies have to do is sit back, relax, and wait for photographers to come to them.
And why is this?
Well, photographers don’t actually make any money off of the baby photos they take. Rather, their money is made when they take their baby photos to casting agencies.
From there, photographers can make a sizable commission from the casting agency, if the agency decides to cast the baby that the photographer has introduced to it.
That being said, you should never trust a photographer, talent scout, or manager who ASKS FOR MONEY! They should be willing to take pictures of your baby for free – after all, it’s these pictures that will earn them the fat paycheck at the end of the month if they can find an agency that likes there photos.
So the rule is this: Never, ever, agree to pay a photographer who wants to take pictures of your baby. In most cases, these “photographers” are probably not professionals, but rather scam artists trying to prey on naïve parents.
Secondly, you’ll also want to look for a photographer who has built strong relationships with credible casting agencies. The more connections your photographer has, the more your cute child will be seen.
Again, when looking for a photographer, look for someone who will take your child’s pictures for free, and someone who has a sizable list of casting agencies that they are familiar with.
The Face and Personality is Everything
Switching gears a bit, baby modeling is all about your baby’s face and their personality. This is what you, I, and casting agencies look for when they judge a baby picture.
You know what I mean – people want to see that devilish grin, or that hair that stands straight up, or that half-smile that tells us a little bit about that baby.
So if you’re either taking a picture of your baby on your own, or having a photographer at a studio do so, make sure that either you or them, don’t cover your baby up with too many props.
A hat, here or there (or even a blanket like the picture above), is fine depending on the shot. But more often than not, props will just detract from the cuteness of your baby. Agents aren’t looking for how cute the props look on your baby, they want to see how cute the baby is!
According to some experts, mothers (and fathers) who want to capture great shots of their toddlers shouldn’t even worry about having professional shots of them done until they are at least 4 or 5 years of age. The most promising shots are those that happen at the spur of the moment, since they normally capture a baby’s personality the best.
Start Small and Then Think Big
Many mothers make the mistake of believing that there baby has no chance of finding a job unless they live in L.A. or New York City.
And while it’s true that these are the main hubs for baby modeling, most agents in fact, like scouring the local countryside for talent.
Basically, every village, town, and city in the western world is in need of cute babies to snap photos of.
So if you live in the middle of Kansas or Iowa, have your baby start modeling in its very own hometown.
Then, if he or she starts to make it big, you can start thinking about making trips out to LA and NY to give your child more exposure in bigger shoots.
Sadly, that’s all the space and time we have for this article. Of course, there are other strategies, how-to’s, and do’s and dont’s of baby modeling that we haven’t gone over.
But the most important thing is this that you’ll need to remember, every baby (even your own) has the chance to make it as a baby model.
They don’t need to be good speakers, or have perfect hair or teeth, or have any special talent. All they need to do is be themselves, and to be cute…which every baby can do!
All you have to do is find your baby exposure and someone who will take a second and third look at them. From there, the sky is the limit!