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Growing Old With Beauty and Grace Or With Masculinity and Strength

We can grow old with beauty and grace. Slowing down the aging process is easily possible by lowering our exposure to causes of cell destructive processes. And poor choices. We all know that all the cells of the body die off and are replaced regularly. However, when our food and lifestyle choices cause the cells to die outside of their own order, then the cells DNA is changed. That change over time can lead to strange and erratic new cells, which leads to illness and disease. It’s really that simple.

Many of our choices relate to our desire for ease and convenience, which my Mom was always suspicious of. (I was talking with a friend recently about how Mom never trusted convenience items and instant foods (She said “What?, how hard is it to boil a potato to make mashed potatoes”, and, “What is tanggggg anyway?” Or, when I offered to buy her a microwave oven to replace the toaster oven that conked out, she said ” not in MY house!!!”) So, needless to say, at age eighty-nine, she was still able to walk around the block every morning, and wanted to work in the back yard. )

We really can slow the aging process and help stop heart disease, cancer, and diabetes in this country, today, and actually live better, simply by the choices we make. Here are some for your consideration. This list is not at all complete, but will give you something to think about.

Certain foods and behaviors attack the body at the cellular level, damaging the DNA. We can limit our exposure to this type of destruction by avoiding processed foods, charred foods, over indulgence in meats and sweets, trans-fats, cigarette smoke and alcoholic drinks.

Choosing more Organic fruits and vegetables, buying close to home – in season, or, growing some of our favorites, will limit our exposure to pesticides and herbicides. Choosing kosher meats, cage free chickens and wild caught fish, will help you tremendously.

Inflammation is a major cause in many chronic diseases, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s. Choose the Mediterranean-style diet.

Some of the best anti-inflammatory foods also are high in Anti-oxidants, such as turmeric, mustard, dark chocolate, grapes and greens. Adding exercise to the mix, is also a great way to lower inflammation.

What happens when we mix sugar with protein and fats? It forms glycated molecules which promote premature aging. Avoid this ‘free radical’ accelerant by limiting high sugar foods, and lowering the heat in cooking. (We see that eating more raw foods, is to our benefit, more and more).

When we talk about the principals of health, stress management, rest, and hydration, can not be over looked. If you want to slow the aging process, bathe your cells in plenty of water (inside and out). Drink water all day. Half your bodies weight in ounces of water, per day, is the new standard.

Get the rest you need. Not just sleep at night, but also some relaxing down time, some play time, some fun time, in your days.

That said, understand the need to find ways to manage the stress we all face day to day. Stress releases many hormones that send us into the fight-flight response. Chronically elevated cortisol levels, not only causes you to look older than your years, but can cause weight gain and hinder weight loss. Also causing injury to every area and system in the body, stress wears on the heart, brain, bones and digestive systems.

Great ways to manage stress include hobbies, volunteering, listening to music, meditation, exercise, gardening, laughter, and keeping a gratitude journal. Do what works for you, something you enjoy. Get started today changing your life.

How To Water Orchids For Successful Flowering And Health

So how important is it to correctly water orchids? Very!

Adequate orchid watering is on top of the list in importance to maintain vigour and flowering productivity. The appropriate amount and frequency of watering orchids varies with the different orchid types. Therefore, it is important to know your orchids origin and overall needs before setting up the desired home orchid growing environment.

Orchids, in a very short span of time, have become globally acclaimed as one of the most popular among the house plant family for their captivating beauty and exotic fragrance. This elegant flowering plant with subtle scents has about a thousand species that have been successfully hybridized and variegated in distinct sizes, shapes and colors. If proper growing requirements and attention is given, caring for orchids is definitely not a troublesome task.

Most common orchid species are native to tropical rainforests where the overall climate is hot and humid. And so these types of orchids grow well in a humid environment of up to 80% humidity content. But any higher is in fact not desired as it will affect the plants adversely. Keeping your orchids moisture level correct is very essential for their optimal growth. An obvious way to maintain the right moisture conditions for your orchids is regular hydration. If necessary, when days are quite warm and dry or your orchids are kept in an especially drying environment such as an air conditioned room, you can also set up an artificial high humidity climate by placing the orchids’ pots over a deep saucer or tray with pebbles and water. As the water evaporates from the water container it increases the moisture content of the air surrounding the orchids. With this method you will have created a suitable micro climate for optimum orchid health. However, be careful that the water does not have any contact with the bottom of the orchids pots or else the orchids roots might take in too much water which could cause them to rot.

Some orchid species grow on trunks and branches of trees. As tropical orchids’ native conditions have a typical humidity they have evolved to extract and store water from the natural air “wetness”. Many orchid growers have been misinformed and their growing efforts have been thwarted because of two main errors in their orchid care. The first error being over watering. Usually, it is thought that when the soil in the orchid plant pots look dry, the orchid plants need to be watered. But that isn’t necessarily always the case when it comes to orchids. Even if the outer potting soil looks dehydrated, the bark itself still holds moisture. The basic principle for watering your orchids is once a week or once every other week with careful restraint. When domestically growing orchid plants in your home, you should allow the potting medium to dry out thoroughly before giving them water.

The second error is over-fertilizing. Orchid plants require to be fertilized in order to reach their full flowering potential. But it must be applied in the appropriate amount. Orchid fertilizers which list recommended application rates are available at most garden shops within your area. By providing the right consistent method of watering and fertilizing your orchids will enjoy good growth and a long flowering period.

If given proper care, which includes the right amount of watering and fertilizing, light and air conditions, and a fertile potting media, truly without doubt, you will enjoy vibrant orchids that will continue yielding magnificent flowers for your home over a long period. However, take note that orchids can sometimes be quite sensitive which is why it is so important to have a good understanding of how to properly care for them.

Skin Care Beauty And Anti-Aging Tips

Looking after your skin is one of the most important things you can do for your body, and this becomes truer the older you become. Although skin cells are constantly being replaced (we actually shed up to 400,000 skin cells a minute!), if you get damage to your skin sometimes it can be irreversible. So implementing skin care beauty techniques to look after your skin can be priceless.

As well as being healthier, your skin will look healthier and can help you look younger. Here are some very useful anti-aging tips. Love the skin you’re in!

The first tip is to avoid using creams that have unhealthy ingredients. Women are obsessed with creams, whether they are hand lotions, face moisturizers or even hair removal creams. And even though a number of them are great for making your skin look and feel better, some can do more harm than good.

Using natural skin care solutions is a good idea. But if you use something that has been manufactured in a laboratory, make sure there are no nasty substances that can actually damage your skin. A number of companies include ingredients in their products that are not only unnecessary, but actually have an adverse affect on you. They may be cheap, smell good or simply just get put in for no good reason. Here are ingredients you should avoid:

1. Alcohols – Alcohol dries out your skin and can lead to infection or irritation. It can also make your skin look older and strips away natural protection on the surface. Steer clear of products that contain alcohol.

2. Fragrances – When you think of fragrances you think of sweet smells, with no negative connotations attached to them. However they are made from toxic ingredients and even though they can make a skin care product smell nice, you do not want them absorbed into your skin. You should target products that have natural scents.

3. Mineral Oil – This substance is consistently used in many skin care products, for the reason that it is cheap. Again, people do not associated mineral oil with being bad or damaging however it can clog your skin pores, causing irritation and even acne. Mineral oil reduces your body’s ability to get rid of toxins, so extensive use can be harmful. It is also known as paraffin wax, so look out for it, and steer clear.

4. Parabens – These are used as preservatives in skin care products and helps them last longer. However their obvious effects are allergies and skin irritations. Less obvious is their link to cancer, as studies have shown they may influence carcogenic effects on the endocrine system. Parabens may increase the shelf life of a product, but at what cost?

As you can see, beauty skin care products aren’t always healthy and natural and can contain harmful ingredients. Look after your skin (and health as a whole) by avoiding these and only using natural products.

Four Kinds of Fruits Make You Beautiful and Slim

Introduction: This article will mainly introduce four kinds of fruits, which not only are very nutritious, but also can make people beautiful and slim.

First: Tomato

Tomatoes can prolong human life. This is mainly because tomatoes contain a large number of lycopene. Lycopene is known as “the gold in plants.” It is a kind of carotenoid, and is also the most powerful antioxidant in nature. The antioxidant effect of lycopene is twice than that of carotene. It not only has a strong effect in clearing away the free radicals in human body, but also can promote the growth and regeneration of cells, so as to play a role in delaying the aging process. However, nutritional experts point out that, cooked tomatoes are more nutritious than raw tomatoes.

Second: Mulberry

Mulberry is a kind of very nutritious fruit. It contains amino acids, vitamins, organic acids, carotenoids and other essential nutrients needed by human body. What’s more, it is rich in mineral substances, which is much more abundant than other fruits. These minerals mainly include potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, manganese, copper, zinc, and so on. Modern medicine has proved that, mulberry has a lot of health-care effects on human body, such as enhancing human immunity, promoting the growth of artificial red blood cells, and improving the metabolism of the body.

Third: Grape

Grapes are called “the king fruit for skin beauty.” It contains a lot of grape polyphenols, which have an antioxidant effect. It can block the proliferation of free radicals, and effectively delay the aging process. What’s more, it also contains tannic acid and citric acid, which have a powerful convergence effect, and can soften and moisturize the skin. In addition, grape pulp contains vitamin B3, and is rich in mineral substances, which can deeply moisturize the skin, slow down aging, and promote the rehabilitation of skin cells.

Fourth: Red Pomegranate

Red pomegranate is one of the best antioxidant fruits, which is very effective in skin beauty. It has been proved that red pomegranate has strong antioxidant ability. It contains a component called as ellagic acid, which can protect the cells from the damage caused by the pollution in the environment and UV radiation. In addition, it can also nourish the skin cells and slow down the aging of human body. Research has shown that, the anti-radiation effect of ellagic acid is much more effective than the polyphenols contained in red wine and green tea.