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Understanding What Your Wrinkles Tell About Your Skin

Aging is a natural process that manifests itself with the presence of wrinkles on your skin. It is also a sign of a life well lived. However, wrinkles can also offer insight to your individual health. This means that not all wrinkles are signs of aging or life well lived; they can also signal issues that the skin is facing from within. Also, the wrinkles tell more about your health conditions. Better wrinkle care is recommended for better care of your skin and your general health. Here are some of the health issues that wrinkles can tell about your skin and general health:

Stress

The appearance of wrinkles can be as a result of being anxious or stressful for longer periods of time. Stress is one of the ingredients of acquiring permanent wrinkles that are not age related. Stress is said to pump a hormone to that area of your skin i.e. the forehead. The hormone cortisol in this case is said to degrade or diminish the amount of collagen and elastin in the skin. As a result, the strength of the skin and the firmness that result from the presence of collagen and elastin is lost leaving deep stress wrinkles. It is important to let go of stress and reduce frequent worries or else you will age faster than you think.

Sugars

The high amount of sugar intake is quite dangerous for your skin. If you want to ensure better wrinkle care, one of the steps is to reduce the amount of sugar you take on a daily basis. Researchers have found that sugar, when ingested, attaches itself to the skin peptides or proteins forming an Advanced Glycation End Products or the AGEs. The Advanced Glycation End Products lead to the breakdown of the collagen and the elastin in the skin leading to the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. This damage is reversible by taking sugars in fruits such as mangoes. The sugar present in the fruit is anti-glycating making it perfect for reversing the properties of other forms of sugars in the skin. See also Anti-glycation treatment needed to fight skin aging effects of sugar.

Heart Disease

Imagine the presence of a wrinkle that indicates that you have a heart condition; apparently, this is true, and the appearance of wrinkles can offer an early diagnosis for you. The appearance of a skin wrinkle behind your ear lobe is a clear indication of a heart condition as described or discovered by T. Frank in the year 1973. The wrinkle is said to be a result of a capillary collapse that can indicate the failure of vessels that surround your heart. The research has also been verified by another research conducted by pertinent health facilities or medical centers such as Cedars-Sinai.

Osteoporosis

Skin and bones both operate on the same principle and require the same hormones to keep them firm and to operate for longer periods. The hormone decreases as time goes by and its production becomes less and less with passing time; collagen resulting in the presence of wrinkles on the skin. Research conducted among women aged 40-50 years, found that they had low bone densities i.e. osteoporosis especially for those who had the deepest wrinkles. This means that better wrinkle care (through diet and lifestyle; not aniti-aging creams) indirectly results in increasing your bone density.

Blood Pressure

The presence of wrinkles on the skin can indicate the presence of high blood pressure. Leiden University conducted research aimed at verifying this fact, and it was found that people who look younger, have low blood pressures. In fact, those who showed signs of aging were found to be prone to high blood pressure compared to those who had clear skin with no apparent signs of wrinkles or fine lines. The study also indicates that people who come from families with a very long lifespan were not prone to high blood pressure as the aging process is not similar to that of others.

Conclusion

Research continues to amaze people and sometimes, some of the issues displayed and discovered through it can be astonishing. As discussed, it is true that wrinkles indeed offer a variety of information in regards to your skin and health. With the knowledge indicated above, it is essential that we improve our skin care process and basic routines that we engage in. Also, the skin is fundamental, and if any signs such as discussed above manifest themselves, it is always to be on the safer side by seeking medical attention or reversing our daily habits. With that, we can better take care of our skin and our health at the same time.


Author: Ella James Writer at Consumer Health Digest

Author: Ella James Writer at Consumer Health Digest

Why Are Your Breast Size Different?

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Breast is the protruding part on a woman’s chest. It can also be defined as the part of your body between your neck and your stomach. Breasts are of different sizes; others big while some are small. Breasts differ in size from one woman to other depending on the amount of fat deposited in a woman’s breast. There are facts about boobs that most women don’t know that make them upset about their breast’s sizes. This is dangerous especially among adolescents who are really influenced by what people around them are saying. In this case, we are going to look at why one woman’s breasts are not of the same size as one boob may appear to bigger than the other or one boob may appear to be hanging lower than the other. This condition is referred to as breast asymmetry. It is very normal because it affects more than half of all women, but at times, it may be caused by other factors.

Reasons why one boob may appear to be larger than the other one

1. Breasts start growing from age 8 to 13 for most girls. At this stage, a girl may notice that one boob may start to grow before the other, or one boob may start growing faster than the other. This is very normal, and no girl should be frustrated about it. They should be patient and wait till they have fully developed let’s say at about age 17 to 20 and notice the changes and see that their boobs will almost be of the same size.

2. During the menstrual cycle, you can also experience some changes in your boob size since the hormone estrogen is working. When you are ovulating, your breasts tend to become fuller and become more sensitive. This makes them bigger due to water retention and additional blood flow. Since the boobs may not have the same supply of the hormone during the first day of ovulation, one boob may appear to be fuller than the other.

3. In a woman’s life, the hormone estrogen is constantly being produced and your breasts at their early stages of development may not receive the same amount of this hormone. Therefore, one of the budding breasts will tend to grow faster than the other. This hormone is not only produced during menstruation.

4. Physical injuries can also cause one boob to grow faster than the other. When girls are young, they play a lot and get injured quite a lot too. This may affect their breast development when their breast bud area gets injured. If one boob is injured, it might grow at a very slow pace compared to the other, so definitely one boob will ends up being bigger than the other one.

5. Breast lumps – A lump is a small hard swollen area that sticks out from someone’s skin or grows inside their body due to an illness. When a lump grows in your boob, it might mean you have breast cancer or any other infection. It is good to constantly feel your boobs so that you can notice any change in your boobs. If one of your boobs grows a lump, this means it will definitely be bigger in size than the other.

6. Some medical conditions can cause juvenile or virginal asymmetry of the breast in which one breast grows to become larger than the other.

What Women Feel About Having Different Breast Sizes

If you ask around, most women will tell you that they are not happy with one breast being larger than the other. Most have psychological stress and trauma especially after getting all those negative comments from their friends. They experience a problem when it comes to purchasing a bra as one boob may not fit in the bra properly. Some of these bigger breasts are so big that they may cause pain in the chest and the shoulder due to the heavy weight. Most women find a problem when it comes to lying down; since the boobs are not symmetrical they can’t lie on their stomachs, and they have to use their elbows.

Conclusion

These facts about boobs should make you feel comfortable about your boobs not being symmetrical as this is so normal. Most of our body parts are not symmetrical like legs, arms and even ears. Love yourself with what you have and whenever you are counting your blessings, count your boobs as the best of them no matter their shortcomings.


Author: Ella James Writer at Consumer Health Digest

Author: Ella James Writer at Consumer Health Digest

Sleep Deprived State

A Sleep Deprived State Can Make You Eat More

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Insufficient sleep has its outcome, from small to big, based on the built up sleep debt. Temporary, insufficient sleep is likely to include an instant impact on your emotional and mental condition.

Apart from  the short-term, poor sleep may play a role in some long-term health issues, from diabetes and obesity to the immune issues and even an increased risk of cancer? Also, it increases your danger of accidents and even work-related mistakes.

Regrettably,most of us do this to ourselves. We have a tendency of utilizing artificial electronics and lighting at night, combined with obtaining inadequate exposure to natural sunlight throughout the day time.

It detaches us from the normal cycles of night and day, sleep and activity, and may cause a chronic condition of sleep deprivation.

Luckily the solution is easy, and in case, you follow the suggestions by the end of this particular post,  you will have the ability to have a healthier relation with sleep and weight loss. Without it  you cannot be suitably healthy – although you do everything else perfectly. Proper sleep can help you make weight loss seem easy.

Excellent strength depends on a good night’s sleep. And Logging all those 7-9 hrs of shut-eye every day assists us in

  • staying psychologically well-defined,
  • fixes all the harms done to our bodies throughout the day time,
  • decrease stress and,
  • attain much more achievements in life.

But you may be wondering what occurs whenever you do not provide your body the sleep it needs and the relation between sleep and weight loss.

Listed here are 5 ways sleep deprivation might be adversely influencing the dietary health.

1. Sleeping much less? You are most likely to eat more than usual:
A 2012 Mayo Clinic research investigated the eating routine of people who slept as much as they required to all those who just had two-thirds of their needed rest time for 8 days. Subjects who had been sleep-deprived ate a typical of 549 more calories every day (which resulted in the increase of 1 pound weekly). Some other experts have assigned this particular overeating reaction to our body’s simultaneous decline of leptin, the hormone that impulses the feelings of fullness, plus excessive production of ghrelin, the hormone that impulses the feelings of hunger whenever you happen to be sleep-deprived. This study also proved that less sleeping can be an impediment to your weight loss plan.

2. You snack more regularly – particularly late at night:
Although some dietitians recommend that eating some smaller, and snack-sized foods all through the day time could be a much healthier dietary way of life, sleep deprivation may take this to a new ( and also not too healthy and balanced ) extreme. Usually, sleep deprivation may result in  reduced in physical activity and even an increase snacking behavior. As outlined by the 2008 study, this kind of intake usually results in further, undesired weight gain.

3. You crave fatty foods and extra carbs:
Let’s face it – all those late-night snacks happen to be rarely celery sticks or carrots. And a 2013 study discovered that we do not just desire high-carbohydrate, harmful, and even higher -fat foods when exhausted, we also fall short to psychologically register the implications of this kind of food options as time passes. And also it does not require long for the cravings to kick in. A new study from the University of Pennsylvania discovered that one night of inadequate sleep might result in  cravings for fatty foods in the almost instantly.

4. The disrupted sleep cycle will certainly change the eating patterns (just for the worse):
The particular disruption of the inner clock that determines your normal sleep patterns also decides the times in which you will feel hungry throughout the day time (exactly how hungry you  feel too ). And A 2011 study discovered that people who are regarded as “late sleepers” are more likely to experience a hold off in their meals all through the day time, eating supper right after 8 p.m. and even eating much more calories compared to a regular meal. Usually, all those late-eating habits stop the body from drifting off to sleep in the following night, and also perpetuating the particular cycles of sleep deprivation and even poor eating habits.

5. You might be losing out key nutrients:
Simply because you overeat whenever you are sleep-deprived does not mean you are offering your body  nourishment that it requires. A 2013 study discovered that besides over-consuming harmful foods, sleep-deprived people consumed 1/2 the vegetable and fruit servings of an ordinary sleeper; dropping key nutrition from their total diet plan. All these dietary instabilities may result in feasible mineral and vitamin insufficiency and those impact the normal functions of the body and also include some undesired symptoms.


Author: Ella James Writer at Consumer Health Digest

Author: Ella James Writer at Consumer Health Digest

 

Setting Your Intentions for 2017- Reflection Questions to Support You

Hi Gorgeous Soul,

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I am a huge goal setter and I love that feeling of going on the journey, experiencing the challenges and that amazing feeling of ACCOMPLISHMENT once I’ve achieved the goal. I also emphasize the importance of celebrating the mini triumphs in your journey, because it’s all about embracing the journey and learning about yourself.  It’s incredible to see what you’re made of when you achieve something that you see as totally outside of your comfort zone and/or a goal that you weren’t sure you were going to be able to achieve.

It really helps build that confidence muscle.

So I personally sat down and journalled about the following reflection questions, and I encourage you to do the same to help you celebrate your own successes of 2016, what you’d like to let go of, and where you’d like focus on for 2017.  (Source: Michael E. Angier)

  1. What did I learn? (skills, knowledge, awareness, etc.)
  2. What did I accomplish? A list of my wins and achievements.
  3. What would I have done differently? Why?
  4. What did I complete or release? What still feels incomplete to me?
  5. What were the most significant events of the year past? List the top three.
  6. What did I do right? What do I feel especially good about? What was my greatest contribution?
  7. What were the fun things I did? What were the not-so-fun?
  8. What were my biggest challenges/roadblocks/difficulties?
  9. How am I different this year than last?
  10. For what am I particularly grateful for?
  11. List all the things in your life of which you’d like to let go—anything that no longer serves you. Give thanks for what they’ve brought you in terms of learning and usefulness and then burn the list. It’s a symbolic gesture to help you release the old and be open to the new.
  12. List what you do want—experiences, knowledge, material things, relationships, healings, etc. 

My word for 2016 was ABUNDANCE. I wanted to manifest Abundance in all forms: love, friendships, connections, speaking, writing gigs, events, clients, contributing to society by giving back, and opportunities to help me grow personally and professionally.

I just wanted to share and celebrate with you my top personal and professional accomplishments for 2016, as it’s been the best year of my life so far!!!🙂

Creating multiple online Body Love programs:

  • Webinars
  • Holistic Body Love Food, Body Image and Self Love Transformation Online Program
  • Mapping Your Strong Self Program
  • Holistic Body Love Detox & Mindset Program

Two magazine covers and written articles on Self-Love and Goal Setting

  1. December issue of International Women’s Fitness Magazine Gorgo
  2. Local magazine featuring my boys and I🙂
  • First international Talk at Gorgo Fitness Bootcamp in KY
  • Increased professional wellness speaking events
  • Completed my 11th facilitation of “Transform & Deepen Your Relationship with Food & Body” Women’s Group
  • Started Holistic Body Love Philanthropy Program to give back and help young girls and boys develop self-esteem, confidence & self-love!
  • Completed 3 levels of Personal Development- learned how to increase my vibration and spiritual connection to my Highest Self (continuing this for 2017!)
  • Learned how to manifest my dreams (and continuing to do so for 2017).
  • Become more present in my life, especially as a parent (toughest job ever!)
  • Started a new company, Holistic Body Love Coaching Inc. on top of maintaining my successful psychological private practice!

Here’s the thing: all this was only possible because I took the courage to work through some major mindset roadblocks, my own fears and allow myself to make mistakes. This required me to hire coaches, become vulnerable, look deep within myself and ask for and receive support. I truly discovered what I am made of (I have done some things that I never imagined doing!), and I am tremendously grateful for all the support I have in my life to help me achieve what I have achieved in 2016. 

I encourage you to go through these reflection questions. Having a coach and support is important and crucial part of the growth process.

I’m here to support you when you’re ready.  Book in your complimentary coaching strategy session to see how I can best support you here

Wishing you all the best for 2017.

Xo,

Rosalyn Fung, M.Sc.

Body Love Coach & Registered Psychologist

http://www.holisticbodylove.ca

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Tips to Thrive During Holiday Season

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Going into the holidays invites excitement, but for a lot of people, it also means feeling a lot of stress…particularly stress around family relationships and stress around gaining weight.

There is often a vicious cycle that happens: feeling stress–>turn to food for comfort—> feel guilty—> beat self up—-> feeling stress; repeat cycle.

For those of you who are conscious eaters or have a certain eating style (paleo, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, weight watchers, insert your eating style here), it can be increasingly stressful since there may be many holidays meals shared at friends and family members’ homes.

It’s not uncommon for my clients to feel more anxious around food and weight gain around this time of year.

So here are some tips to support you to stay grounded through the holidays, regardless of your eating style.

  1. SET BOUNDARIES

Boundaries are about stating the imaginary lines of your personal comfort zone to create and maintain mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

When it comes to maintaining healthy boundaries to stay out of family “drama”, proactively have assertive heart to heart chats with the family members to let them know what your boundary is, and that if they cross your boundary, you will cue them with a code word, and how you will behave (e.g., walk away), shall they continue to cross your boundary.

When it comes to food policers (“Are you going to eat all that?!”, “Wow you eat a lot!”, “you’re not eating enough!”) and food pushers (“Come on, have another bite!”), you will definitely need to state your boundaries.

For food policers, you can state: “I would appreciate it if you just let me choose what I want to eat and not comment about it. Let’s talk about something more important than what I’m eating”.

For food pushers, politely state “Thank you but I am feeling satisfied right now and would like to hold off. I may try it in a bit” and redirect the attention to another topic.

2) HYDRATE with H20 and Drink Green Tea

Most likely you will be eating food with more salt and sugar, so drink a lot of water and green tea. Green tea has plenty of antioxidants and there are studies that show that green tea has been shown to boost the metabolic rate and increase fat burning in the short term. Plus, I personally find green tea soothing to drink.

3) BRING YOUR OWN DISH TO SHARE

When it comes to family dinners, if you have a certain eating style that you know may not be met at the guests’ home, bring a dish of your own that accommodates your eating style to share with the guests.

Now I also have a disclaimer with this suggestion because it really depends on your mindset. If you have a very strict, structured, rigid way of eating and you’re “afraid” of eating other foods because you will “get fat”, bloat, gain weight, etc. (and not because of healthy reasons like having a severe allergic reaction), then I caution you to check in with yourself to ask yourself, “Am I bringing this food because I fear eating foods outside of my eating style?” If the answer is yes, then I suggest connecting with me to coach you to stop fearing food for good😉

4) PUT SOCIALIZING IN THE FOREGROUND and FOOD IN THE BACKGROUND

Food is very central to holiday events, and of course it is associated with love and celebration. There is nothing wrong with this. What isn’t helpful is when people focus so much on the food in ways that gets them obsessed about it, and forgetting that holiday events are also about connecting with others, having fun, and being grateful for things in life. So I encourage you to focus on social relationships, and have 3 questions in mind to ask people so that you can focus on learning more about them (and think less about food).

5) EAT MINDFULLY

When it is time to eat, check in with yourself using a mental hunger scale from 1-5, where 1 = hungry and 5= almost uncomfortably full. You want to eat to the point of 4, which is energy. You could have another bite, but you could also leave it and move on to the next activity. This is a practice, and it will take some trial-and-error to figure out what a 4 feels like for you.

6) KEEP YOUR SELF-CARE RITUALS

Even if you’re away from home, proactively create some self-care rituals to help you stay grounded. So for me personally, I like to make sure I get at least 20-30 minutes exercise time in daily.

If I’m away, I will- ahead of time- research where the gym is or yoga classes or even just know that I can go outside for a walk/run or YouTube 20 minute workout videos that involve body weight (or my kids as my weights!)

Moving my body is really important for me to stay energized, relieve stress and get those endorphins going (which creates the “runner’s high”). Plus it’s just nice to have some personal space away.

I also continue to start my day with  positive affirmations and breathe in my Young Living Essential Oils. And for my nighttime self-care ritual, hot showers are a must.

So I encourage you to think of 3 self-care rituals to engage in throughout the day to keep those as your grounding points.

Enjoy your holiday season, from my family to yours!!!

Rosalyn Fung, M.Sc., Holistic Body Love Coaching

http://www.holisticbodylove.com

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Holistic Body Love Coach & Psychologist on A Women’s Fitness Magazine Cover Inspiring you to Flex Your Self-Love Muscle

WOW WOW WOW!!!!!!

A DREAM COME TRUE!!!!

Ever since I was a teen, I’ve always dreamed I’d be on the cover of a fitness magazine…

However, I NEVER dreamed it to be when I have a fuller, curvier and softer shape, with stretch marks on my “squishy” belly (as my son likes to describe it) until I learned to LOVE MY BODY 

After almost a decade of chronic dieting to finally achieve a lean, 6 pack physique to compete in a figure competition in 2008, it was my “A-ha moment” that having what our society would see as an “ideal body” only brought on, for me, extreme obsession and rigidity with eating, binge eating behaviors, self-consciousness, constantly beating myself up and never feeling good enough – not to mention comparing myself to others to see if I measured up (and what do you think I felt? Yep- still never felt as pretty, as fit looking, muscular and lean enough…

Unfortunately, we live in such a society that focuses so much on WEIGHT and IMAGE.

So I had enough of trying to chase and maintain the perfect body, and decided to just learn to love myself and my body, and SEPARATE MY WORTH as a person FROM MY BODY’S SHAPE, SIZE & WEIGHT.

And today, I am so proud to be on a cover of GORGO Fitness Magazine, an AMAZING women’s international online fitness magazine that embraces STRONG, HEALTHY, FIT, INSPIRING AND EMPOWERING WOMEN in every shape and size!!! I wouldn’t want to have my first fitness cover be any other magazine!!!

I chose purposely to wear a tiny sports bra so I could show my belly-the part of my body that I HATED for most of my life (even when it was smaller and flatter)… and now, my belly being the biggest it’s probably ever been (not counting pregnancies), is a part of me that I have grown to love, no matter what it looks like.

Thank you GORGO Fitness Magazine for NOT retouching my photo, I LOVE my tiger stripes and my soft round gorgeous belly. There is so much loving energy that is held here.

I am SO DEEPLY HONORED and in ABUNDANT JOY to be able to be part of a BODY LOVE MOVEMENT and show off my INNER STRENGTH & CONFIDENCE on a cover of a magazine!

My body doesn’t have to be lean, streamlined, muscles popping to be strong, lift more than my body weight, sprint fast, be flexible, agile, do weighted burpees regularly, squat jumps, run half a marathon on trails, and kick butt in martial arts.

Words cannot describe how AWESOME it is to feel so FREE with food and feel ROCKIN’ in my naked body 

Go and download your very own copy, in which I also wrote a powerful article on Flexing Your Self-Love Muscle on p.22!!!

There’s so much juicy stuff in this magazine from self-love, to nutrition, to moving your body, inspiration and so much more! I HIGHLY suggest you subscribe 

And while you’re at it, contact me here for a complimentary body love coaching strategy session so you can feel FOOD FREEDOM and feel ROCKING in your naked body too!!!  

7 Ways Workforce Analytics Will Increase Productivity and Sales

A topic that is a bit different than usual. Nevertheless it is about being efficient in life and work so it seems appropriate for The Zeit.
Data can be used for lots of different things: to streamline production, spotlight customer service issues, even illuminate budget strategies. But one thing that’s getting more use by managers with their data is analyzing how their workforce is used—and how it can be optimized.
Yes, data can point out ways to automate your work processes—but that’s not the only goal. It can coalesce information on habits or time management, for example. It can also help you create schedules that better adapt to not only your customers’ needs, but your employees’ strengths, too.
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