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Although a common cold is considered harmless, it's usually not how it feels at the time. If it's not a sore throat plus a cough, it's a runny nose, watery eyes, and congestion. Maybe it's all of these symptoms.

How are you feeling right now: do you feel a cold brewing? If so, it's important rather than relaxing on the couch and doing nothing but sipping tea, you fuel your body properly. While the last thing you might feel like doing is eating right now, if you eat the best foods to give your body the energy it needs to fend off that cold, you might just find you reduce the severity and duration considerably.

Healthy Eating - Nourish Away Your Cold

If you want to be back to your usual self as quickly as possible, here is what you should be doing...

1. Load Up On Vitamin C Rich Produce. The first step you'll want to take is eating plenty of vitamin C rich produce. Vitamin C acts as a powerful antioxidant and will help boost your immune system, which is what will defend against that cold or flu. Foods such as...
  • oranges,
  • grapefruits,
  • berries,
  • peppers or
  • broccoli
are all excellent choices during this time.

2. Down some Yogurt. Next, you'll also want to add probiotics to your eating plan. While you could supplement with these, whole foods do tend to be the superior way to go about getting your needs met. Plain yogurt (or kefir if you prefer) is an excellent source of probiotics and will ensure your immune system is in top working order.

Far too many people think probiotics are only for gut health, but what they fail to realize is most of their immune function comes from the gut. By sustaining an optimal environment, you will be putting up your best defence.

3. Add-In Beans or Barley. Finally, was well as eating yogurt, also be sure to consume some barley or beans. These are both great sources of prebiotics, which help to ensure you are breaking down your foods properly, reaping all the nutritional benefits they have to offer. Also adding beans or barley to your eating plan will help give your body the energy it needs to fend off a cold, getting you back to normal functioning sooner.

Beans, barley, as well as oats, quinoa, bananas, and flaxseed are all excellent sources to consider.

Next time you feel a cold brewing, get smart with your nutrition. Choose to eat healthily over supplementing with every cold medicine under the sun and you'll come out much healthier and happier.

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Healthy Eating - Nourish Away Your Cold

Exercise in the morning
Most important of all in maintaining a detox regimen is to keep a schedule. We are trying to form healthier habits and break away from old comforts. At first, this can seem like a radical overhaul, but it is essential to give it at least a week.

Time management problems make us feel rushed and stressed, irritable and eventually "hangry." Here are seven tips to help you stick to your goals:

1. Exercise in the morning when you have more energy. It's even better if you can get outside and enjoy good weather!

2. Stretch, meditate, pray, or do breathwork at night when it can calm you down to sleep easier.

3. Plan your meals and anticipate obstacles in advance. If you are meeting a friend that may tempt you astray, think of responses and countersuggestions in advance. Invite them over to try some of your home-cooked food! When are you usually craving snacks? Try to have healthier alternatives prepared beforehand so the throngs of hunger are relieved before you can rationalize yourself away from your intended goal.

4. Try a television fast. Sometimes at the end of the day we may find ourselves wanting to lay down on the sofa and watch television. When this becomes habitual it can lower productivity and take us away from quality time with family. Instead of relying on TV "escapism," we might try turning on the radio and reading, writing, or talking with family. Less light at night also allows us to sleep easier and more restfully. Getting adequate rest is essential to restoring energy reserves.

5. Try scheduling specific times to return calls, emails, and respond to other social media. With few exceptions, let all calls go to voicemail and return them when it fits into your schedule better. If you stick to it, you may be pleasantly surprised at how much time this frees up.

6. Try multitasking when you do mundane tasks. Got headphones or bluetooth for your phone? Try calling mom, friends, or work contacts while on the treadmill, cooking, or doing dishes. Try audiobooks and newscasts while you commute.

7. Honor your schedule as you would your boss. The more we make exceptions for others, the more we sacrifice our true desires-time for ourselves and loved ones.

Keeping a schedule can be difficult at first, especially when it entails getting up earlier to workout, but after a few days, it molds us into stronger, more efficient people. After a few weeks, the new regimen becomes habit. Good Luck!

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Detoxification & Permanent Weight Loss Made Easy: 7 Tips for Staying on Task

If you are carrying a few extra pounds whether in the form of belly fat, love handles, a beer gut or potbelly, you're not alone. In recent years, the number of people who are overweight has increased dramatically worldwide. Two-thirds of American men are overweight or obese. But this is one case where following the crowd is not the best idea, because extra weight especially belly fat can be downright risky. And while women often put on extra pounds in the hips, thighs and legs, men are much more likely to gain belly fat.

Lose the Belly Fat

Why is losing belly fat important?

Although the link between belly fat and health is not entirely clear, experts do know that people with a lot of belly fat are at higher risk of health problems than are people who accumulate fat in other areas and men are more likely than women to put on weight around the waist.

Our bodies are designed to store fat for release during times when there is not enough food. But when we put on weight and never have these lean times, fat cells begin to release fat molecules into the blood at a higher rate. This affects normal metabolism and the way the body uses insulin. These metabolic changes can worsen or increase your risk of health problems, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Some types of cancers
  • High blood pressure
  • Abnormal lipids
  • Insulin resistance
  • Metabolic syndrome

When you lose fat through exercise and improved eating habits, you improve your metabolism. This reduces your risk of health problems and may improve existing health problems.

i) How can you tell if you have too much belly fat?

Not surprisingly, how big around you are at the waist is a good indicator of whether you have too much belly fat. Although measurements that compare your hip and waist circumference (waist-to-hip ratio) or compare your height and weight (body mass index) are more precise and can be useful for research, your waist size alone can give you a pretty good idea of how much belly fat you have.

For most men, the risk factors for heart disease and other diseases increase with a waist size over 40 inches

To accurately measure your waist:

  • Place a tape measure around your bare abdomen just above your hipbone.
  • The tape measure should be snug but not so tight it pushes into your skin.
  • Check to make sure the tape measure is level all the way around.
  • Relax, and measure your waist after you breathe out no sucking in your belly!

ii) What role does exercise play in losing belly fat?

To lose weight and keep it off you have to get regular exercise. This means doing something active most days of the week. Most people need at least 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise to stay healthy. But to shed the pounds in the first place, you may need longer periods of activity.

iii) Can you reduce belly fat with sit-ups?

Sit-ups will make your abdominal muscles stronger, sure. And, you may look thinner by building your abdominal muscles because you can hold in your belly fat better. But strengthening your stomach muscles alone will not specifically reduce belly fat.

iv) Does age play a role in gaining belly fat?

Men tend to put on more belly fat as they get older. While some men struggle with their weight their whole life, a lot of men start to notice their increasing waistline in their 30s and gradually put on pounds as the years go by. For many men, the eating and exercise habits that kept them thin in their youth are just not enough to keep the weight off as they get older. As you get older, you have to change the way you eat and how active you are to stay slim or lose weight.

v) What role does diet play in losing belly fat?

Diet plays an important part in losing weight. Getting more exercise is important, but it is really tough to get enough physical activity to lose belly fat without changing your eating habits.

vi) Can you really get a beer belly from drinking?

We do know that there is a link between drinking excess alcohol and gaining belly fat the "beer belly."

However, it isn't just beer that can increase belly fat. Drinking too much of any kind of alcohol can have that effect. We know that alcohol is high in calories and increases appetite, but still aren't exactly sure why drinking too much causes increased belly fat in particular.

vii) Is belly fat inherited?

While some men are more likely to put on extra pounds because of their genes, for the vast majority of men, the problem has a lot more to do with lifestyle than inherited traits. Simply put, when you take in more calories than you burn the excess calories are stored as fat.

viii) What is the secret to losing belly fat?

More activity and eating less are key. The good news is that while there's no easy trick or shortcut, with more exercise and fewer calories, belly fat is the first kind of fat to go.

The only tried-and-true method to lose fat of any kind is:

a) Reduce the amount of calories you take in. You can do this by eating smaller amounts of food, or stick to foods that have fewer calories.

b) Burn fat by making physical activity part of your daily routine.

An important part of staying healthy is not only losing weight, but also keeping it off, this means after you lose weight, you still need to watch what and how much you eat and get regular exercise. However, it takes more effort to lose weight in the first place than it does to keep it off.

Don't despair, you can lose the spare tire it just takes patience and effort. And once you shed even a few extra pounds, you'll feel better and lower your risk of health problems.

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Learn Why Belly Fat is Unhealthy and What You Can Do to Lose the Belly Fat

OK so, you're obviously searching for some good information on 'how to lose fat on hips'. Well you've found what you were looking for.

How To Lose Hip Fat

In this article I'll share with you three excellent methods on how to skim the fat off your muffin top, and sculpt the perfect curves you've always wanted. I'll discuss the best cardio workouts and ideas for exercising at home for free, even for busy mums and workaholics. I believe the key to losing weight and keeping it off is such a simple one.

I know you've heard this before, but that's cause it's true...

It's all about making those small changes to your life. Changing diet habits and maybe stepping out of your comfort zone now and again. Research shows that it takes 21 days for your mind to embrace these small changes as habits. And you know habits are tough to kick.

The simple fact is, people usually become overweight because they eat and drink more calories than they burn off. Although many people that have had a weight problem most of their lives would have you believe that their just big boned, or heavy set. This is simply not true. Everybody can have the slender body they desire. It all comes down to what we eat and how active we are. So lets get started...

1. Think healthy eating: If you have unwanted excess fat around you hips, chances are your a bit chunky else where. Of course we can target these specific area with exercise, but first lets talk about how we can start to drop a few pounds...

Its important to know: An average woman should consume about 2000 calories a day, and a man around 2500 calories. You should always check you BMI (body mass index) to get an accurate count. Get use to reading food packaging for calorie information to get a good measure of the amount you consume with each meal.

To start losing weight, drop 500 calories of your daily requirement. Do this and you'll shed pounds quickly and healthily. It's a good idea to make realistic weekly goals and write them down. Keep a record of your progress too, and write down any recipe ideas you have to spice up the odd, weeknight meal.

Take an interest in food in general. There's so much information out there about what's good for you. You could start by swapping breads, cereals, rice and pasta for wholegrain varieties. These contain more fibre which can make you feel full for longer.

Also, raid the kitchen for any high fat, high sugar foods. These must go if you want to eliminate all temptation. Well, you could always find a lower calorie version, if you can't live without some of them.

2. Membership fitness: So what does the word 'exercise' mean to you? This is a question you should ask yourself. Was there a time in you life when you enjoyed going to a fitness or dance class? Were you a regular gym goer or part of a sports team? Is there something you once enjoyed doing but life got in the way?

One exercise I would recommend to lose fat on your hips is dancing. Where I live in the UK, dancing is the fastest growing art for, and is certainly sweeping the nation. From Hip-Hop to the foxtrot, millions of people are regularly attending community dance groups and loving every minute of it.

Dancing has to be one of the most enjoyable ways to get some exercise. It's a perfect workout for losing weight, improving posture and firming up your body, all while your having fun.

Going to the gym or attending a fitness class is not only fantastic for losing weight and shaping your body, it will also give you drive and motivation. A great advantage here is to go with a friend or family member. This will encourage you both. On the other hand, if exercising in public is not your thing, this next tip is for you...

3. DIY fitness: There are many exercises you could do outside the confines of the gym. In fact, you could easily workout your hips, legs, bum, and pretty much everything else in the privacy on your home.

For me, the best free workout to burn calories, get fit and strip the fat off your hips is running. Don't be scared to try it! For some, the idea of some much exertion puts them off. But running is like anything else, the more practice you put in, the better you get. You simply start by walking. Then brake into a light jog. Do this in small bursts (depending on your fitness level) until you are comfortable with one or two miles.

My advice would be to run three or four days a week, a few miles at a time. Increase your weekend run (the long run) by, maybe 20% once a week, but keep your weekly runs the same distance throughout. One more thing: Your weight WILL drop dramatically!

If running isn't for you, try brisk walking. If the outdoors don't appeal at all, here's a great exercise you could do, even if you've got the busiest lifestyle with the kids or career. All you need is a flight of stairs and a pair of legs...

Walk up and down your stairs several times for two minute, or until you feel the burn. Then rest for 1 minute and repeat. Do this four times and that's your twelve minute workout, which can be repeated a few times a day (when kids are in school or gone to bed).

Also try step exercise on the first step. Step up and down for one - two minutes, then rest for one minute and repeat. You could easily design your own 45 minute workout using these simple exercises, or brake them up into morning, afternoon, evening sessions. I've tried these stairs exercises myself, and believe me, you will feel your hips, bum and legs turn to jelly. A small price to pay to feel fantastic for the rest of the day.

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How To Lose Hip Fat: 3 Killer Methods!

Numerous people are in quest for ways to lose weight at a quick rate. Apparently, infinite formulas have been developed and formulated by experts to help people reduce their body weight. The important thing that needs to be taken into account is that how long this loss of weight is sustained. All the rapid weight loss mechanisms are really crazy in that they make you lose weight temporarily. There are good and natural ways to lose 10 pounds permanently that are not widely known by people.

How to Lose 10 Pounds in a Week

Never Opt for Starvation

Take this as a ground rule. Never starve and think of losing weight. One can never deny the fact that eating less for a period of time can drain out your body weight by quite some margin. At the same time, it is a transient effect and the imbalance that creates to the internal mechanisms of the body is huge. The worst idea that many of the weight loss plan include is the drastic reduction in the food intake which should not be followed at any cost.

Starvation Effects

If you set a goal of losing 10 pounds in a matter of fifteen days, it is a very absurd goal. The hidden fact is that you can achieve this goal quite easily with the starvation plan. But this is not good for health as it can bring out numerous side effects which are as follows. You will feel really tortured in this period when you restrict yourself from eating food that you like. It will be difficult to cross this time period and it will look as a very long duration. The metabolism rate of the body slows down miserably in this time period as you provide the body with lesser food every day. All the other chain reactions related to body metabolism will also get subdued. There is no other way but to get back to normal diet after a lean period as you cannot survive and persist starving. Now comes the big problem where your body metabolism rate has gone done below normal, it cannot churn out the food that you intake which results in drastic increase of your weight with food molecules getting stored in all parts of the body.

Positive Ways

When you take up the above mentioned idea to lose weight, you will have to suffer a period of starvation and then you will be forced to eat well. Again you will have to try starving and this cycle goes on which is really not good for your health. In the mean time, losing just one or one two pounds per week is also tiresome is it not? This article brings up very effective ways to lose 10 pounds in a fairly short period of time.

Drinking Water

Consume water every day and very often. If you wish to know how much water you must take in a day, divide your own body weight by two. Take the body weight in pounds and divide. The resulting value would be the amount of water in ounces that you will have to take up every day. Our body comprises of sixty to seventy percent of water. It is the main source that transports nutrients to all parts of the body and also helps in disposing waste. When enough quantity of water is not consumed, the body makes effort to conserve water within the body. This adds up more weight to the body and the only way to lose 10 pounds from the body by getting rid of water weight is to drink more water and see that it is getting disposed off. You can really feel the difference when you consume more water regularly. If you do not like to take plain water all the time, there is always option to add lemon to it and consume. You can also prefer taking herbal tea which is much better than the regular tea which contains ingredients like caffeine that reduces water from the body.

There are many seasonings available too for making iced tea.

Eat Often

Eat as many as six times in a day to keep your body metabolism rolling all the time. You can also take three main meals along with two snacks each day. If you stay without eating for eight to nine hours, the entire body metabolism collapses and it is no good for you. Never let your body to feel hunger and keep it filled with limited quantities of food. You must take efforts to keep the body metabolism alive.

Reviving Body Metabolism

Do not worry if you have made the mistake of sticking to starvation ideas and your body metabolism has gone down. You can bring it back at a considerably less time by two methods. Those methods are listed below which you will need to follow and keep a watch on all the time to lose 10 pounds.

Breakfast and Late Night Meals

Be sure to abide by the following two rules. One is the breakfast and the other is eating late at nights. The former has to be taken at all cost and the latter has to be avoided. Always keep in mind to have something in the morning within one hour after you wake up. The breakfast that you take in the morning kicks off the body metabolism which is very essential. The next tip is that, you must avoid eating late at night as the food will not be exhausted properly without any physical activity.

Muscle Building to lose 10 pounds

One way of losing 10 pounds in a good manner is to try and build lean muscles in the body with few weight training exercises. Grab a dumbbell straight away and start doing exercises for just two to three times every week. This can really put you in a comfort chair where you need not do any separate physical activity to get rid of excess weight from the body. When muscles in the body increase, the body metabolism will go higher and this comes in handy when you are trying to lose 10 pounds. There is a point to be made here that when you opt for starvation ideas, energy will be generated in the body by the breakdown of cells in the muscle.

This again is a receding process and you will need to start from the scratch to build muscles.

Cardio Exercises

Add a few cardio exercises to your daily routine like walking, running, skipping and jumping. Be cautious; Never overdo these exercises as you need to give some time to the body to recover and build muscles. Limit cardio exercises to just three days a week.

Gain Momentum

Add momentum to what you are doing by exploring easy options to give your body some physical exercises.

You can walk some distance instead of taking your vehicle right at the place of shopping spot. You can use stair cases to climb a few steps instead of using elevators. Gardening is an interesting physical exercise that you can look to do and cleaning your house is not a bad idea either. Dancing is a good option which can work out your muscles and make you lose some calories. Keeping yourself active add more positives to your health and make sure that you are having fun when you are doing these exercises rather than pressurizing yourself.

The Approach

You must adapt yourself to the ideas of weight loss plans. Believe and stick to the plans as much as you can which will definitely bring results. The diet industry has grown so high and is so compulsive that you are inclined towards it with remarkable belief. It is not that you will lose 10 pounds only when you go for those products prescribed by dietitians. You can follow your own food habits and look for a balanced intake of food and with exercises falling in place; you will surely achieve the target.


Having a monotonous diet is not helpful. Body will look to conserve calories in the food that you intake.

Keep varying your diet to a possible extent. This will nicely improve things towards losing 10 pounds. This variation is also applicable for doing exercises. If you stick with same set of exercises all the time, body will adapt and spend lesser calories towards it. Keep changing the type of exercises as well.

Home Cooking and Cravings

Cooking at home and eating it has advantages of cost effectiveness and health improvement. You can shun the artificial flavors, the fried foods and those saturated food materials that are profusely used in foods that are cooked in restaurants. Satisfy your cravings when they are small. If you feel like tasting a piece of candy, go ahead with it. This is much better than allowing your cravings to aggravate which in turn will become more difficult to control.

Do Not Compare

You must not get infatuated with the exaggerated results shown in the media. Every person is unique in his physique and attitude. No two persons can experience the same changes over a given period of time accurately. Never bother about results of others and try to concentrate on your ways to lose 10 pounds.

Be Realistic

Goal setting is the first step and you have to be quite cautious when setting your goal. Think practically and set objectives that you can accomplish quite easily. Running behind impractical goals can only drain down your confidence levels. You must be mentally and physically comfortable to you achieve your target. This is very important as unless this is done properly you will not enjoy your results of losing 10 pounds.

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How to Lose 10 Pounds in 2 Weeks

7 Steps to a Healthier, Thinner You

Step One - Never Skip Breakfast.

A good breakfast sets the precedence for your eating habits that will last the entire day. Eating something high in protein will reduce your urge to snack as well as boost your metabolism. Not only will you have less cravings, but you are more likely to choose healthier food options. Eating a healthy breakfast places your will power on autopilot.

Step Two - Pack a Lunch Each Day. 

Packing a lunch each day will not only help you drop pounds, it'll fatten your wallet. Don't forget the weekends. I have a nine-year-old son and before we head out to run errands on the weekend, I pack him a sandwich and grab myself a protein shake for the road. Don't risk having a starving (and whiny) kid which can lead you to McDonald's drive-through. Next thing you know, you're ordering hamburgers and french fries. The key is always being prepared.

Step Three - Keep a Food journal. 

I am a strong believer that writing is therapeutic. It can help identify trends in your eating habits. For example, are you eating more during your period? During stressful times? During the weekends or holidays? Once patterns are identified you can establish a game plan. Time of the month approaching? Surround yourself with lots of healthy food alternatives.

Step Four - Go Shopping. 

With the money saved from packing your lunch each day, treat yourself to something nice. Go for something that hugs your body and shows off your best assets - great legs, great butt, etc. Plan to wear it at your next big event. The thought of looking amazing alone will keep you fighting off dreadful cravings. Good old retail therapy... Can never go wrong with that.

Step Five - Water, Water, Water. 

I know, I know. It's on every eat right, get fit list. Increasing your water intake can be hard and even intimidating in the beginning. However, once you become familiar with drinking the right amount of each day, it's becomes second nature. To ease into things, I usually start by drinking two glasses of water with each meal and one glass with each snack.

Here's a good rule of thumb. Try drinking half of your body weight in ounces each day. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, you should be drinking at least 100 ounces of water per day.

Step Six - Dinner is at 6 PM. 

Get in the habit of preparing enough dinner for two days. Sunday dinners should be extendable to Monday dinners. You can also do what I like to call "stock dinners". Stock dinners are dinners prepared the night before and ate the next day. You can prepare the entire meal or just the prep work so dinner is ready in a flash. We are all busy human beings with real lives - let's be realistic. It's not possible to eat before six each day. On those days, opt for a meal replacement or protein shake. The goal is to eat your last meal as early in the day as possible.

Step Seven - Free days!

We are going to indulge. We are going to cheat. Free days allows us to plan for those "cheats." The entire week you are determined to eat well in anticipation of your cheat day. It's our little reward. Since it's controlled, you typically won't go overboard. You have been training your body the entire week to eat healthier so when the day finally comes along your cravings are less severe. You'll see over time the amount of "bad food" cravings diminish.

Just following these seven non diet steps can get you on track to a thinner, more healthier you.

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7 Steps to a Healthier, Thinner You

As the mother of the bride and second most special woman on the big day, it is important to include yourself and your appearance in the wedding planning. Needless to say, wedding planning can be extensive and all but overwhelming with the millions of details to attend, so it's imperative to include appointments and activities during this special timeline for yourself.

The following are seven beauty tips to help you as you get through the maze of things to do in perfect time and look beautiful on the wedding day.

7 Beauty Make-Over Tips to Be a Beautiful Mother of the Bride

1. Elegant Dress

What defines the perfect mother of the bride dress? An elegant dress that you feel both comfortable and beautiful in is the first step in becoming a beautiful mother of the bride.

A dress that coordinates with the formality of the wedding, the wedding colors and with the mother of the groom is also important. These wedding criteria are also referred to as the "wedding dress code".

A dress that looks good on YOU (both the color and the fit) and not just looks good in the wedding is of the utmost consideration. You can never go wrong with a tea length dress for the wedding, but it is nice to be able to show off a pretty long gown if the wedding is a formal affair.

It is highly recommended that the mother of the bride select her dress at least four months in advance. (or as soon as the bride has picked out her dress and the bridesmaid dresses.) That leaves enough time for the mother of the groom to pick out her dress and follow suit. Traditionally, the mother of the bride sets the outfit trend and tone of dress for the two.

2. Beautiful Hair 

While many magazines show the mother of the bride wearing her hair in a formal style such as an elaborate up-do or sprayed, curled and set, this can often be aging. If this look is your desire and makes you feel gorgeous, then by all means, wear your hair that way.

If an up-do isn't "you", however, it's a wonderful idea to wear your hair more 'casual'. Looser, flowing hair can definitely look more youthful.

3. Updated Makeup

Think about the last time you updated your makeup. If it's been a while, now is a great time and reason to do so. You can get this done at your beauty salon or at your favorite department store beauty counter.

Let the makeup artist know if the wedding is a daytime or evening affair. Watch carefully and have her explain the techniques and products as she does your make-over. Also, be sure to let her know the color of your dress. This is really important for the best blush color and lip color. If you already have your dress, you could even take it with you in order to pick out the most complimentary colors.

If you plan to have a makeup artist apply your makeup on the wedding day, be sure to have it done once prior to the wedding so that you get it exactly the way you envision and like it. The wedding day is not a day for makeup surprises.

4. Perfect Manicure

Studies show that next to your face, people look at your hands secondly. Our hands transmit our emotions and thoughts as well as our own well-being to others.

Have your manicure done the morning of the rehearsal dinner (if the rehearsal dinner is the evening before the wedding) and be sure to buy the exact color to keep on hand for any last minute touch ups for the wedding.
A subtle manicure is best and also the most youthful.

5. White Smile

A white smile can make you look 10 years younger! With today's cosmetic dentistry options, a white smile is more possible than ever.

If you have front bridges or crowns, however, it's a little more difficult and time consuming to achieve a brighter whiteness, so you'll need to start well in advance of the wedding date to get the white smile perfect for you. It can be a true gift to yourself and can greatly add to your self confidence. A beautiful smile is nature's most perfect accessory and can go far in creating a beautiful mother of the bride impression.

6. Physical Fitness

Most brides plan their weddings at least six months in advance, if not twelve to fourteen months. (12-14 months is the average wedding planning timeline.)

Most any woman can 'get fit', meet reasonable weight loss goals and look her best with six to twelve month's notice. So - if you don't feel fit and beautiful upon the announcement of your daughter's wedding plans, start your fitness program that day! You can make huge strides in fitness and in beauty with that much time.

A simple program of walking a few miles a day and counting calories will result in weight loss and a more fit body. And, it's free! It's up to you what you do during the pre-wedding days, but the investment of time in yourself will pay off in big dividends if you've been neglecting any of the fitness and/or beauty areas of your life.

Do it now. Start today and can rejoice that you did when you walk down the aisle during the ceremony and greet the wedding guests at the reception. Your gain in fitness will also be noticeable to you since your stamina will increase by being more fit. It will take you through the day with ease and grace!

7. Self Confidence

The feeling that comes from within once you look your best AND feel your best are two of the greatest confidence builders there are. Confidence and beauty (both inner and outer beauty) will enable you to focus more on others as the hostess of the wedding instead of being self-conscious or worrying about what others are saying and thinking about you (when you don't look and feel your best). This inner self assurance that you can achieve by the wedding date will also be present in your life long after the special day is over. Go for it!

Treat yourself to the beauty and fitness plan in these seven steps during the wedding planning days. Once you do, the results will be fabulous for the big day and not only show in the loads of photos that will be taken, but will also show for many years to come.

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Is there a natural way to cure infertility when you reach into your late 30's or 40's? Most women assume that the only way to do this is through expensive drug treatments such as IVF. In today's society, more and more women are feeling the need to have babies when they are settled in their career, and are choosing to have children in their late 20's or 30's. This doesn't necessarily fit in with the body's ideal time clock to conceive.

Is Aging a Fertility Barrier?

So by the time career driven women are trying to have a child, they can come across infertility issues.

There is no doubt that the age of a woman determines her egg cell qualities. Unfortunately once a woman hits 30, the egg cell quality declines, by the time they hit their mid-thirties, chances of miscarriage and infertility increase substantially. Once a woman reaches their forties, approximately only 50% percent have the capability to conceive a healthy child.

Thus the method to reverse infertility in your latter years becomes more intricate, and should be cured in a holistic manner. Generally, treatment should look to eliminate the build-up of toxins to induce hormonal balance. The consumption of raw clean foods, and quality supplements will help boost the declining progesterone and oestrogen levels.

As for the men, their fertility seems to work a little different. Even men who are 60 plus and above, still have the ability to father a child. Though, this does not mean they are not affected by poor fertility as well. When a man reaches his mid-thirties, he has approximately 15% less chance of fathering a child. And it continues to gradually decrease as a man reaches his later years.

To reverse infertility in men, testosterone levels are the key to solving the problem. Testosterone levels must be kept high, and sustained at a healthy rate. Dairy consumption has been shown to be a key contributor to decreasing fertility in men. This is mainly due to artificial hormones it contains, which have a countering effect on testosterone. A man's BMI can also have also have ramifications to the male hormones. A male's waistline should not go over 40 inches, as a rough rule of thumb. In addition, the male scrotum should not be overheated, and look to be kept in cooler conditions. It is suggested that prolonged hot showers are not encouraged, with cold showers being the preference to increasing testosterone. Studies have also shown it is a good idea not to place laptops directly above the crotch area. As laptops can emit heat, and directly affect this area.

There are certain natural products you can consume, to greatly increase your fertility health. Raw honey and cinnamon have been recognised to help treat fertility issues in cases of mature men and women. Ceylon cinnamon has been shown to greatly decrease a woman's insulin resistance. Ceylon cinnamon is preferred over normal cinnamon. Insulin resistance can contribute negatively, causing higher cases of miscarriage. It also plays a role in food cravings, increasing food intake. Thus, this can result in weight gain. The suggested dosage of Ceylon Cinnamon powder is up to 4 grams each day.

Raw honey has been shown to have improve sperm quality in men, Just 2 tablespoons a day, for a few weeks can have a dramatic increase in sperm quality. Another product to have shown great results is royal jelly and bee propolis. If taken in tandem with raw honey, it has been shown to increase libido levels in both men and women. Studies also show royal jelly improves a woman's egg cell quality.

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Is Aging a Fertility Barrier?

Constipation is more of a symptom, rather than a disease. A person is usually considered to be constipated if he is having fewer bowel movements than usual, takes a long time to pass stools, and if bowels are hard.

Constipation is a common digestive tract disturbance, which restricts regular bowel movement. It is broadly defined as less than three bowel movements per week. Severe constipation is less than one bowel movement per week. Nearly everyone becomes constipated at one time or another; and older people are more prone than younger people.

The number of bowel movements generally decreases with age. Majority adults have bowel movements between three and 21 times per week, and this is considered normal. The best habit is one bowel movement a day, but most people are irregular and do not have bowel movements every day or the same number of bowel movements each day.

Constipation mostly lasts for a short time and is not serious. If you can make out what is causing constipation, you can take steps to prevent it.

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  • No bowel movement at least once a day
  • Difficulty in eliminating fecal matter - may lead to anal fissures
  • Mucus coated tongue
  • Foul breath
  • Pain in the lower legs
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headache
  • Dizziness, nausea
  • Vertigo
  • Diarrhoea alternating with constipation
  • Acidity
  • Wind formation

Causes of constipation:

  1. Faulty diet - Lack of dietary fibre like vegetables, fruits and whole grains leads to hard stools, which slows the passage of waste food through the bowel. Eating a lot of high-fat meats, dairy products and eggs, or rich desserts and sweets also may cause constipation.
  2. Lack of fluids - Without adequate fluids, waste matter in the intestine dries out, making it difficult to pass.
  3. Lack of exercise - If you follow a sedentary lifestyle, muscle contractions that move waste matter through the bowel slow down.
  4. Overuse of laxatives - causes damage to the nerves and muscles.
  5. Hormonal and physical changes - pregnancy, menstrual cycle, menopause.
  6. Smoking, consuming too much tea or coffee.
  7. Anxiety.
  8. Aging - bodily functions including digestive system usually slow down with age.
  9. Certain medicines - such as some anti-allergies, anti-histamines, painkillers, iron tablets and some antacids.


A change in what you eat and drink and how much you exercise daily will help relieve and prevent constipation. The easiest solution is the increase of fluids (preferably water) and dietary fibre. This may be achieved by consuming more vegetables, fruits and whole grains to one's diet. The routine use of laxatives is to be discouraged as this may result in bowel action becoming dependent upon their use.

Avoid all types of processed and refined foods such as white flour, rice, bread, cakes, pastries, biscuits, white sugar.

Increase intake of wholegrain cereals, whole wheat, green vegetables, spinach, cabbage; and fruits such as guava, grapes, apples, orange, and papaya.

Drink lot of fluids - Drink between ten to twelve eight glasses of fluids/water a day to prevent constipation. Avoid alcohol or caffeine containing drinks.

Get adequate exercise - as it helps prevent constipation by stimulating the colon. Do things that keep you moving and active as it also promotes overall health.

Use laxatives only if advised by the doctor.

Check medications - Certain drugs can cause constipation such as medications to relieve high blood pressure, antipsychotic drugs and even some over-the-counter pain relievers. If you are regularly taking any such over-the-counter drugs, discontinue them for a while and notice the difference.

Constipation requires immediate treatment if it is accompanied by symptoms such as rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, cramps, vomiting, and involuntary weight loss.

Home remedies for Constipation:

  • Drinking a glass of warm milk before going to bed helps in easy bowel movement in the morning. In case of severe constipation, mix two teaspoons of pure castor oil in the milk. This remedy is one of the most useful Home Remedies for Constipation.
  • Drink one litre of luke warm water on an empty stomach, and take a light walk for a few minutes immediately after waking up early in the morning.
  • A common Ayurvedic medicine for constipation is Triphala Churna. A teaspoon of this powder to be taken with warm water or milk at the time going to bed. This remedy is another effective and good Home Remedy for Constipation.

  • Guava is helping in relieving constipation, if eaten with seeds. One or two guavas to be taken daily, as it provide good roughage to diet.
  • Eat only when hungry and give a gap of at least 4 hours between meals.
  • Food should be slowly and properly chewed. Hurried meals and meals at odd times should be avoided.
  • Use spices like cumin, coriander, turmeric powder, fennel as they make the food easy to digest.. This is helpful in Constipation Cure.
  • Fried foods, beans, wind-forming vegetables like cauliflower, radish and dried fruits should be avoided. Do not mix too many kinds of foods in one meal.
  • All fruits, like guava, grapes, papaya, figs, orange (except banana and jackfruit), are beneficial constipation cure.
  • A teaspoon of linseed swallowed with water before each meal provides both roughage and lubrication.
  • Ginger tea is a very good Home Remedy for constipation. It helps start bowel movement.
  • Avoid milk and milk products as they contain casein, an insoluble protein that tends to block up the intestinal tract.
  • Take 10/12 pieces of raisin (Munakka), and then boil them in a glass of milk. Cool it, eat the raisins and drink the milk. This is very good and effective Home Remedy for constipation.
  • Turmeric powder boiled in milk along with figs also helps in relieving constipation and constipation cure.

Expert's advice - constipation is usually easier to prevent than to treat. Therefore, try and follow a healthy life style.
Dr James Sameul is an Ayurvedic doctor having years of experience in the field of Ayurveda and Alternative medicine. Find out more Home Remedies for Constipation at http://www.natural-homeremedies.org/ He has an exclusive website on Home Remedies for various diseases. You can also contribute to the Home remedies by visiting the website
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Contagious infections, viral in disease, and enforced by coronaviruses and picornaviruses are the forces that prey upon individuals, generally infecting them with acute viral nasopharyngitis or acute coryza, as they strike upon the upper respiratory system with a vengeance. This vial disease that has been described in clinical terminology is generally referred to as the common cold. The plaguing symptoms of the debilitating ailment can last for up to a week at their most intense, and linger on up to two weeks. These agonizing symptoms include cough, fatigue, fever, headache, loss of appetite, malaise, muscle weakness, nasal congestion, sore throat and sneezing. The potential looms as to the afflicted individual missing a few days of either school or work. As there is not a single vaccine available, home remedies for cold are the most optimal modes of treatment.

Home Remedies For Cold

Its susceptible individual, through direct and indirect interactions with other individuals possessing such virus, contracts a common cold's virus. Aerosols, that contains the viruses of colds, which are imparted with such germination through coughing or sneezing is one form of contracting. The other form is by the susceptible individual's contact with either nasal or saliva discharges, either by way of direct contact with an infected individual, or by sharing or handling the same object or surface. Frequent and proper hand washing is a good precautionary measure, amid home remedies for cold.

In providing all individuals with natural and defensive ammunition, in combating the rigors of a cold, are a number of home remedies for cold that bear such effectiveness.

Lemons are a resourceful option among home remedies for cold. Mix a portion of lemon juice, along with some honey and hot water, and drink, as a type of tea. Lemon juice added to a bowl of cold water, and, by the mode of a washcloth compress, can be applied to the forehead to aid in the event of a presented fever, as a supplemental home remedies for cold. The vitamin C properties contained with lemons infuses into the body through the forehead in providing support to the body's immune system.

Among home remedies for cold is the usage of honey. It can be taken, by the teaspoon full, or mixed with hot water and lemon, as a sort of tea.

A popular choice among home remedies for cold is the implementation of garlic. Five garlic cloves are to be chopped and peeled. Drizzle the garlic with half a cup of honey. Then mix in either a small amount of cayenne pepper or ginger. Let it marinade for an hour or more. Administer one teaspoon full, orally, as needed.

Cayenne pepper, in small measurements, added to food or within a home remedies for cold formulation, such as earlier described, is yet another among home remedies for cold option.

For relaxation, rest and fevers, chamomile tea is within among home remedies for cold.

As an herbal type, among home remedies for cold, is peppermint tea. Such tea is effective in clearing up sinuses. This tea can also be added, by containment of tea bags, into bath water.

In an effort to combat chills and tiredness from a cold, cut off a one-inch piece of fresh ginger root, and peel it. Grate the piece of root into a cup or mug, and then pour into the container, and over the grated ginger, one cup of boiling water. Let the filled cup or mug steep for five minutes. A teaspoon full of honey can also be added to such blend, all, as another among home remedies for cold.

A favorite choice of many individual, in yet another recommended among home remedies for cold, is thyme.

To implement this herb into treatment for a cold, prepare a tea, using one cup of dried thyme and one cup of water. Allow this form of tea to steep for fifteen minutes. Strain the hot liquid through a strainer of sorts, in order to remove the thyme. Add some honey, to both taste and benefit, to such tea. Refrigerate, and administer, by mouth, one teaspoon each hour. Suggested usage of this particular tea is only for one to two days.

Dr John Anne is a herbal specialist with years of experience in the field of Alternative Health Care. Read more Home Remedies for Cold at Home Remedies. Also visit [http://www.answers.natural-homeremedies.com/] to ask and share your own Home Remedies.
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Losing belly fat is a real challenge and age ups the difficulty quotient further. There are several reasons for it.

The first is reduced physical activity due to decreasing energy and bone strength needed to workout.

Secondly, after the age of 30, the body automatically starts losing lean muscle tissue and replaces it with fat. It is visceral fat (the fat surrounding the internal organs) and not subcutaneous fat (providing the cushioning effect under the skin). Typically, it is concentrated around the midsection accounting for an expanding waistline. Third, metabolism slows down with age.

So, if you are a woman above 35 and want to burn fat from the stomach area, you will have to put up a tough fight against your own body. And, diet and exercise habits are the only two strategies that can help you win.

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How to Lose Belly Fat Fast - 10 Tips
  • Create the much needed calorie deficit. It is important to understand how much is considered a safe amount. The safest measure to stick to is 20% of your daily calorie intake. Thus, if you eat 2500 calories per day, you should reduce your intake by 500 calories.
  • Use smart eating tricks to control how much you eat at every meal. For instance, you can drink a tall glass of water before a meal. Another option is to start you meal with salads.
  • You cannot expect to lose stomach fat if you do not increase your intake of protein. Protein has fewer calories compared to fat and carbohydrates. Also, it builds muscle which helps burn a few extra calories. Lean meat, low-fat dairy, green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts, egg whites and skinless poultry are good source of dietary protein.
  • Eat healthy fats such as those obtained from avocados, olive oil and nuts.
  • Avoid sodas and carbonated drinks that supply the body with empty calories. Drink water, green tea or fresh lemon water instead.
  • Aim for 8-10 hours of sleep daily to burn fat and keep it off for good. It has been proved that those who slept less felt tired and exhausted the next morning. They automatically went for the sugary snacks to get the much needed energy surge. Lack of sleep also slows down metabolism.
  • Learn how to manage your stress effectively through exercise, prayer and meditation. Excess stress increases the amount of Cortisol. This hormone plays an important role in how the body burns and stores fat.
  • Cardiovascular exercise is another factor that will help women above 35 lose ugly belly fat. The cardiovascular exercises you undertake should be intense and varied. There is a list to choose from including walking, jogging, swimming, stair stepping, cycling and dancing. You should dedicate minimum 20-25 minutes, 3 times a week.
  • Weight training exercises are also important as because they build muscle and support natural fat burning in the body. Muscles need more calories for their maintenance and therefore influence fat burning and storage in the body.
  • Finally, throw in a few abdominal exercises. They will tone the muscles in the midsection and also support fat burning initiated by cardio and weight training exercises.
Thus, as you see it, there is no miracle cure on how to lose belly fat fast; you have to be persistent and honest throughout.

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