Expert Approved Ways Essential Oils Can Help Your Weight Loss Efforts

There are many people out there who are all excited to buy the essential oils! But, what next? What after buying them? Bringing them home from the nearest grocery is still easy but not all of them are aware of how these essential oils can come in hand to improve your diet. Using something without knowing its true advantages wouldn’t be of much use. This article will help you know the expert-approved ways essential oils can help your diet!

Essential oils to get your hands on for losing weight

  1. Peppermint oil

This essential oil is easily available at any grocery store and has more benefits than we think it has! When peppermint oil is added to our diet, it boosts our body’s metabolism, thus soothing the upset stomach and keeping our digestive health better. This oil can be taken either through inhalation or by drinking it on mixing with water. Simple as that! Experts say that by inhaling the peppermint (by putting some drops on cotton) the appetite is suppressed. So, time to add some peppermint oil to your regular diet!

  1. Ginger oil

Experts say that ginger has an essential element gingerol. This gingerol is an organic compound which is found to have anti-inflammatory properties. Gingerol present in this essential oil increases thermogenesis which boosts our metabolism. Experts suggest drinking ginger oil by just mixing it with a little water. But if you feel yikes, then a better alternative is by adding 3 to 4 drops of ginger oil to your evening tea.

  1. Bergamot oil

The very scent of bergamot oil helps our body to relax and make our mood better. It is richly packed with polyphenols which are found in abundance in green tea helping to burn fat and sugar in your diet. Bergamot oil is scientifically proven that by consuming bergamot oil, the psychological problems like mood swings are uplifted. It can be used by adding few drops of bergamot oil while preparing food or simply by mixing it with plain water. Besides, it is also believed that the endocrine system is relaxed by including it in your diet.

  1. Lemon oil

Lemon oil is known for its ability to improve digestion and reduce unnecessary appetite. This is also proved to improvise your metabolism. It can be taken by adding it to your diet. Or you can also mix it with your regular food stuff! The essential vitamins in lemon oil also help in removing the dead cells from your body and thus help to regenerate new cells giving you a healthy and glowing skin.

  1. Cinnamon oil

Cinnamon oil is a rare essential oil to find. It breaks down the sugar in your diet and converts into essential lipids which are stored as fat in your body. Cinnamon oil is also known to increase the metabolism. It helps in proper blood clotting. So, if you are a regular consumer of cinnamon oil, and you have a wound, the chances of you recovering are higher and your wounds heal quicker too!

So, add these essential oils to your regular diet to reap various advantages offered by them. Trust the experts when they say including essential oils to your regular diet benefits in much more ways than you can ever imagine!

5 Moisturizer Myths You Should Stop Believing Right Now

The relation between women and moisturisers has been going strong for generations.

Undoubtedly, moisturiser is a critical part of a healthy skin routine, however, there are a few tales going around which advise you to avoid moisturiser completely.

But, lovelies, let that not bother you. The moisturiser has always been an integral part of our daily skin regime, and do not let anyone tell you otherwise.

Here we are all-set to bust a few popular moisturizer myths for you.
Let’s get started.

  • Myth 1: All creams are same

If you feel that all creams are same, you might need to reconsider your views. It is true that all moisturisers contain water and other ingredients in a certain proportion. However, the basic difference lies in the proportion of the ingredients used.

Thus, there is nothing like one fit standard solution. A moisturizer might work wonders for dry skin and can be a complete disaster for the oily skin.

This is why it is highly recommended to choose a moisturizer which is in line with your skin type and skin needs.

  • Myth 2: Your skin gets addicted to moisturizer

Our skin tends to lose its moisture quite quickly than you might think. It gets dehydrated due to harsher climates, air conditioning systems at our homes, water exposure and genetics.

Since you overall cannot escape these unavoidable factors, it is essential to keep your skin moisturized with the help of a moisturizer on a daily basis.

Thus, it is wrong to conclude that our skin gets addicted to moisturiser, instead, moisturiser helps our skin to stay hydrated.

  • Myth 3: People with oily skin should avoid moisturiser completely

No, you should not avoid the moisturiser completely, but be careful while choosing a moisturiser. Choose a moisturiser which doesn’t add oil to your skin but just hydrates it enough.

You should investigate the ingredients present in your moisturiser for best results. Essentially look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid which keep your skin hydrated without making it look oily.

  • Myth 4: You don’t need sunscreen if your moisturiser has sufficient SPF

Well, this depends.
In winters, a moisturiser with enough SPF might work, but in summers, and especially when you are visiting warm places like the Caribbean, you should always apply a high quality sunscreen for full proof UVA protection.

  • Myth 5: You should always apply moisturiser to a dry skin

This again is a myth. Your skin absorbs the moisture best when it is slightly damped. Thus, make it a point to apply the moisturiser once you have taken bath and within 3 minutes of patting your body dry with a towel.

Otherwise, you won’t be able to lock in the moisture of the skin.

Your Turn

We hope that this article would have cleared a lot of myths we often hear and there. So, stay confident and slay with your beautiful skin!

5 Tips on Selecting the Right Outfit for Gym

When it comes to choosing the right outfit for the gym, it can be tough to decide. With seasonal weather and ever-changing fashion trends, it is difficult to keep pace with fitness fashion industry.

As a matter of fact, we would highly advise you to focus more on comfort, and less on fashion. This is perhaps because what you wear while working out can impact your body in a range of ways.

Thus, let’s get started and have a quick look at how to select the right outfit for the gym.

Take a look!

  • Is it comfortable?

It is highly recommended to wear clothes that let you move and don’t constrict you. Simply put, choose fabrics that allow your skin to breathe.

Further, pay attention to the fitting of the clothes because outfits that are not too tight and fit just perfectly will let you move in all directions. However, this doesn’t mean that you should choose baggy clothes as those will come in your way while you exercise.

  • Can it be layered with other outfits?

Make your wardrobe versatile by including outfits suitable for both hottest and the coolest months. Avoid overspending as seasons change. You can do this by layering your outfits during winters. You can start with a t-shirt or a top and then add a pullover over it. For wind-proofing, cover yourself with a windbreaker. Further, try shopping in off-seasons to save your money.

  • Is it flexible enough?

Try purchasing clothes that provide you enough flexibility like gym shorts, sweat pants, track pants or yoga pants. Such flexible cloths will let you stretch your hands and legs easily during workouts. Along with flexibility, do take care that the clothes are breathable enough.

  • Are the chosen outfits in line with your daily exercise regimen?

                                                                                                                                                              Make sure that the outfits you buy are a perfect fit for the activity you are performing. You should always make a trial by performing activities you intend to do in order to gauge if it is the right fit.

  • Do you need any advanced features?

If you like to keep pace with technology, it is important to mention about a new range of outfits that are available today. Outfits today come with in-built treatments that fight the microbial action on the skin due to sweat. This helps you in fighting the body odor.

Further, you can also choose the outfits that provide ultra-violet protection to fight sun’s harmful UV rays. Similarly, gym outfits with permethrin, that is an insect repellant, are also available in the markets today. Such clothes protect you from all the ups and the downs you while exercising in the gym.

Your Turn

The more frequently you exercise, the more important it is for you to wear the right kind of clothes. Keep yourself as comfortable as possible with the perfect clothes.

So, do a proper inspection of the clothes before buying and select the right one for yourself.

What is Making Your Skin Dry And What To Do About It?

Dry skin is one of the most difficult problems to tackle. When external phenomena and sometimes internal ones wipe out the moisture from your skin, you are left with a dry patchy skin. The skin needs a good amount of moisture in order to breathe and stay healthy. But the question is what exactly the causes behind dry skin are?

  • The weather

The first thing which is attributed for dry skin is the weather, especially the winters. During the winters the weather is on a drier side and there is a lack of humidity. Both these things rob the natural moisture from your skin and results in dry skin. The air which blows during this period is known to parch the skin which is also detrimental to it. If you think that staying indoors and using the heater would help then you are sorely mistaken as it also adds in stripping the much-needed moisture from the air.

  • The location

It is true that winters can actually leave your skin dry but the location i.e. the geographical location is more often than not responsible for this skin related problem. For instance, if you are living in a region which exhibits desert like conditions then it is pretty normal for you to experience high temperatures. The problem with these places is that although the temperature here is pretty high, but there isn’t much humidity in the air; hence, chances of having dry skin increases.

  • Showers

If you are one of those who like to take long steamy showers, then it is time to rethink. It has been observed that these showers can be soothing for you but are pretty dangerous for your skin. What they essentially do is accelerate the process of drying the natural oil in your body which is important for keeping your skin healthy and moist. Moreover, if you like to swim, then you should be careful about the pool you are using for this purpose. If the pool is highly chlorinated then it can also contribute in the process of drying your skin.

  • Soap

It is true that you need to clean your body to remain healthy. But you also need to be careful about the soap you use for this purpose. If you are using a soap which is made of elements which have an affinity of consuming moisture then it would be prudent not to use it on your skin. What these soaps do is rob the natural moisture in the skin and make them dry.

  • Sunlight

You have to be careful when you step out of your house, especially in the mornings and afternoons. The sun has a tendency of drying up your skin. Thus iprotecting your skin at all times is necessary. The reason you have to be careful here is the UV rays emitted by the sun can penetrate deep into your skin. This extinguishes the moisture within and leaves it drying and saggy.

  • Skin issues

Another reason why you might have dry skin is due to issues or existing skin diseases. If you are already suffering from skin related diseases like psoriasis and eczema, then chances of having dry skin increases.

8 Healthy Eating Tips for the Busy College Student

You will agree with us – college days are busy and stressful.

Back to back assignments, and assessments keep all of us busy that we often forgot to eat healthily.

What’s more, a lot of us even tend to compromise between eating and sleeping.

Not anymore!

Get a hold on your life, and give your health the topmost priority.

Here is how you can manage your time and change your lifestyle and indeed stay fit and healthy even on the busiest of days.

  • Cook in abundance

Let’s admit: you are not busy 30 days a month. There are some days when you are relaxed, use this to your advantage. Dedicate more time in cooking food that could be kept for days when you are too busy to cook for yourself. You can start off with soup. You can also choose to freeze foods in the refrigerator such as bananas, kale, red grapes, and others.

  • Avoid energy drinks

Avoid energy drinks over drinking water, tea or coffee . Thinking why? Well, these energy drinks are more about calories and less about actual energy content. It would be better if you take help of cold water, tea or coffee to wake yourself up in the morning and drink juices during other parts of the day to keep yourself hydrated.

  • Pack snacks for the day

By snacks, we mean the healthy ones. Instead of buying unhealthy stuff like chips, switch to smarter snacks like pretzels, fruits, dry cereal, or dry fruits and like. They will actually keep you energized. Bonus: they are also healthy for your skin.

  • Don’t forget to devote time to exercise

Exercising is the most neglected task when you are running late. Treat exercise as a gift for your body. Prefer walking down the path instead of driving.  Also, some intensive exercising can build up your body stamina and strengthen your muscles. If you purposely set a specific time for exercise each day, you are more likely to take out time for it.

  • Eat just enough

Eat enough and don’t let yourself starve purposely. On the other hand, eating enough does not mean overeating. Eat as much as your body requires to stay healthy and active.

If you are eating healthy and exercising up to the mark, don’t stress about your body shape. Give your body the nutrients it needs. Be comfortable in who you are as long as you are fit and healthy.

  • Reward yourself

The best motivation factor that keeps you going is rewarding yourself in return for your achievements despite too big or small. Even if you have a big day the next day, relax the day before to de-stress yourself by going out with friends.

  • Don’t take things to heart

Don’t overthink and stress yourself out over insignificant things. This can affect your performance and health. Always be light-hearted and enjoy life wholeheartedly.

  • Take naps

Naps are magical potions that can keep you bright when you can’t get a good night’s sleep. They can make you feel more refreshed and help you in tackling your daily responsibilities easily. Trust us on this!

These were some of the tips you can accommodate to make your busy college days feel light for you.

In-Season Foods That Taste Better In Fall

Do we need to stress enough on how important role nutrients play when it comes to getting a glowy skin?

Definitely not!

If you want to catch up on the essential nutrients, fall is the right time to do so. Undoubtedly, each season brings in certain foods that simply taste better during that particular time and fall is no stranger to this. The fruits and vegetables that grow during fall, are said to be frost resistant which means that the cold weather does not harm them but actually makes them taste better.

When these fruits and vegetables are exposed to frost, the stored starches get converted into soluble sugars so that they do not freeze and this is what makes them taste sweeter than usual (think, pumpkins!). On that note, here is a list of foods in fall that you must have in fall. What’s more, they are delicious and extremely healthy.

  • Apples

Pick out the freshest apples from your local farmer’s market or go on an apple picking trip to nearby orchard with your family to bring home the season’s best. Apples can be enjoyed as a quick snack, or you can bake them into a classic apple pie.

  • Pumpkins

Fall produce would be incomplete without pumpkins! Enriched with alpha and beta carotene, pumpkins are a part of many fall recipes, sweet and savory alike.

  • Mushrooms

The local market will have an abundance of mushrooms during fall. There will be different varieties and this is the best time to find your favorite mushrooms. Incorporate them in soups, broths, and even pies, because the fresh produce will be wholesome and delicious.

  • Cranberries

Cranberries are very healthy and they have some wonderful benefits. You can bake them in tarts, make some fresh cranberry juice or even impress your guests at Thanksgiving dinner by presenting them with some homemade cranberry sauce!

  • Pomegranates

Pomegranates are harvested from August to December and you will easily find them in the market during these months. It is best to eat them raw, and you can also scatter a few over your yogurt or oatmeal.

  • Shellfish

Oysters, mussels, and clams hibernate in winter. Thus, during fall, they consume a lot to build up their glycogen levels. This makes them sweeter and therefore, this is the season when you will find shellfish with some really rich flavor.

  • Rutabaga

This fibrous root vegetable ripens well in cold weather and is one of the best that the fall has to offer. Rutabaga is similar to turnip but tastes much sweeter. It can be used in casseroles and soups.

  • Grapes

Having grapes during autumn is a must. Grapes make for a quick, light lunch or you can also bottles some up to make delicious jams and jellies.

  • Leeks

Fall is the right time to have a bowl of rich, warm soup. Leeks are the ultimate comfort vegetables that can add taste to your broths and soups.

  • Salmon

Before the spawning season, salmons taste the best because they feed on saltwater crustaceans. Therefore, in early fall you will get salmon that is packed with flavor.

Stock yourself with these seasonal foods, and stay healthy!

8 Ways to Maintain Wellness in Autumn

Autumn is almost here! We are sure, you all love this weather as much as we do.

Finally, summer days are slowly beginning to make way for the winter chill, and everything is looking beautiful.

However, this transition can affect your health, especially because the days are shorter and there might be a sudden onset of cold weather. Therefore, take care of your health and enjoy autumn to the fullest with the tips given below!

  • Get your health check-up done

When the weather changes, you might find yourself suffering from cough and cold or you might even catch the flu! Avoid this by getting a complete health check-up and a flu shot so that you do not have to spend the season coughing and sneezing.

  • Pop up some vitamin D supplements

During autumn, the heat of the sun wanes and the chill sets in. You will not have much opportunity to soak up any sunshine, which means, your body’s Vitamin D intake will go down. The best way to assure that this does not affect your health is by taking some Vitamin D supplements.

  • Layer yourself properly

You might feel a pleasant warmth during the day but when evening falls, it’s bound to get chilly. Make sure to wear layers and scarves so that you do not catch a cold. Throw a coat over your regular clothes and wrap a scarf around your throat. If you are going out at night, then wear earmuffs or a knitted hat.

  • Keep your skin hydrated

As the temperature drops, the weather will become rather dry. This will definitely affect your skin. Remember to moisturize well and keep your skin hydrated at all times. Use a moisturizer that is specially formulated for winter months so that you can keep your skin protected.

  • Get creative

Autumn is a season for relaxing and unwinding. Changes in your surroundings slow down and you should too. The leaves slowly change colour before the trees turn bare and the change in the weather is tangible. Take some time off for yourself, and enjoy these changes. Create mood boards and start a bullet journal for the season. This is the perfect time to explore your creative side.

  • Indulge in seasonal produce

This is one of the ultimate ways of maintaining wellness. Have soups and sautéed seasonal vegetables, especially roots and dark green vegetables and don’t forget pumpkins! These along with spices like freshly ground turmeric and ginger are extremely nourishing.

  • Boost your immunity

You are more prone to fall sick during autumn when the weather changes. Boost your immunity by taking supplements and herbal remedies (like reishi mushrooms or passion flower) and drink lots of water.

  • Take proper rest

The days slowly begin to get shorter during autumn and this means that you need to adjust accordingly. It is very important to stay active but it is also necessary to get adequate rest. Make sure to get a lot of fresh air, and regulate your sleeping patterns according to the changing natural environment.

The Wrap Up

This is all that you need to do to take care of your health in autumn. Stay healthy!

What Can Binge Eating Do To Your Body?

Today with the advent of increasing restaurants and food joints, our eating habits have turned into the Hogging Trend. Binge eating is a disorder in the eating habit wherein a person feels extremely compelled to overeat on a daily basis. There are people who Binge eat every day, consuming food in large quantities in a very short period. And this is true even when they are not really hungry! The people who Binge eat cannot control their eating. And it is one of the serious problems as it can pave the way for various other diseases if continued.

Binge eating can do a lot of mess to your body. The after effects of Binge eating are worth knowing! Knowing them might also help to overcome the compulsion of eating excessively. Here, we go!

Harmful effects of binge eating

  1. Once the binge eating is cultivated as a habit, it is very hard to overcome it and this will make the blood sugar levels increase resulting in food cravings. So, though you are not really very hungry you would consume excessively.
  2. Even when you are not hungry, false messages are sent to your brain due to an immediate rise in sugar levels.
  3. If a person binges excessively, it can also impact the mental health. Fear of being embarrassed or laughed upon can bring your self-confidence down.
  4. Low self-esteem and unhappiness follow people who binge eat and feel ashamed to do so. They binge eat in private.
  5. Binge eating causes unhealthy weight gain which will eventually convert to obesity. The unnecessary fat might also lead to disturbance in the blood circulation.
  6. You may go into depression and face various anxiety problems. People who binge eat get really anxious about smallest of the things and thus they end up overreacting!
  7. Binge eating might lead to Diabetes as the sugar levels in the bloodstream is increased dramatically.
  8. There are instances where people who binge eat have developed osteoarthritis which is a disorder causing swelling and pain in joints.
  9. Studies also reveal that excessive binge eating causes bowel cancer and breast cancer.
  10. High blood pressure would be developed increasing the risk of heart diseases like stroke or coronary cardio disease.
  11. Binge eating might gradually turn into another eating disorder called bulimia wherein the person after binge eating attempts to puke all the food by vomiting or by consuming laxatives.
  1. The perfect body which was obtained by rigorous gym training is found to be spoilt in just a few days. Irregular and improper body shape may be developed because of excessive unhealthy fat.

In Nutshell

And the list goes on! Thus, if you feel you might be binge eating, please seek help immediately. Ignoring the problem would only worsen it. Who would want to develop deadly diseases like cancer just because they over eat? So, before binge eating, think of all the impacts of and don’t forget to consult your doctor.

Why Are Some Women Always Sick Explained!

Linda: Hey! How is your headache?

Rachel: Oww its still there! Feel like someone is hammering my head.

A week later…..

Linda: Hi Rachel. How have you been?

Rachel: Not good. I am having a severe stomach ache. (wincing)

Two days later…….

Rachel: Hey Linda! Do you have any pill for nausea? I am feeling nauseous and bloated today, since the morning.

God knows why are some women always sick!

Does their body’s immune system grow weaker day by day? Or is this some kind of a psychological syndrome where the woman always feels sick but there is actually no sickness dwelling in her?

Girl, Why Are You Always Sick?

If you really get sick all the time, then let’s find out why and how.

  • Maybe you end up consuming wrong foods every time

There is a saying—‘You are what you eat’. Maybe you are not eating what you should. You fall sick due to the consumption of wrong foods like something too spicy, or too sweet or too sour.

You might not know about some undiagnosed allergies and you might have been continuing to take the food that you are allergic to, without its knowledge. That is why you end up falling sick frequently. Women these days choose to stay svelte and skip meals in order to regulate their calorie intake. Skipping breakfast has almost become a usual habit for the women of the 21st century, irrespective of the fact that whether they are employed or homemakers. Skipping your breakfast or any other meals is too unhealthy and this might cause you to feel sick all round the clock.

To be precise, the deficiency of nutrition and the invasion of wrong elements or allergic compounds in a woman’s body may cause frequent sickness and major fatal diseases.

  • Maybe you do not sleep enough

Always falling sick? Do something. Sleep on it! Nothing can be more replenishing and beneficial than a good night’s sleep of seven to eight hours.

Have you ever guessed that your frequent sickness and fatigue might be caused due to the lack of sleep and rest? Modern women are so caught up in their busy schedules that they are never ‘unplugged’ from their electronic gadgets, work files, etc. You sacrifice your night’s sleep for some unfinished project or work file, movies, etc. Maybe this is why you always feel sick and exhausted.

Other conditions that push you towards sickness

There are various other possibilities of women always sick. You can get sick if you are always exposed to unhygienic environments or if you are suffering from immune system disorders, non-allergic rhinitis, and stress.

Wrapping Up

We all have that one friend, colleague, sibling or family member who is always sick. One day it is fever, the other day it’s a stomach ache, the following days it is a back pain, and the list goes on.

Often, it makes us wonder that why are women always sick or it is just a maneuver to grab attention or seek sympathy.

Though there are chances of both the possibilities, remember to be compassionate.

How Hydration Plays An Important Role in Weight Loss?

How often do you remember to include hydration as an integral part of your weight loss diet regimen?

This is very common in the individuals to neglect the aspect of hydration when preparing a diet routine.

You never forget to calculate how many calories, carbohydrates or fats you are consuming every day. Then why forget to be meticulous about the quantity of water to be consumed each day?

Importance Of Hydration While Dieting

Whether you are on a weight loss diet, hydration is the most crucial component of it. But unfortunately, many of you choose to remain ignorant about this fact.

Hydration is so important for your body that a mere 2% dip decrease of water in your body can cause your brain to shrink. It can also decrease your concentration by affecting your neuromuscular coordination, resulting in a slow muscular response, cramps in the abdomen and reduce of strength.

Hydration In Weight Loss Diets

Weight loss diets can be really demanding and taxing because in such diets you are always in a continuous state of a fight with your own appetite. You may have heard that low-calorie diet is enough for you to cast off those extra pounds of your body.

But those diets hardly work in the absence of proper hydration. Until and unless you keep your body hydrated, the weight-loss diets would not be effective enough. This way you lose faith on the diets and those extra fats remain unattended.

Drinking water before every meal in a day would help you bring down your appetite and also the consumption of calories. Water keeps you filled, reducing your cravings and accelerates the rate of metabolism in your body. This fact has been validated by a study in 2003 published by The Journal Of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Hydration In The Bodybuilding Diets

It is truly important to drink water if you are training yourself in the gym to build muscles and do weight-training. Adequate hydration in your bodybuilding diets enables the flexibility of your muscles.

Since the muscular responses of your body are controlled by the neuromuscular co-ordination, so a good quantity of water in your body will balance itself with the electrolytes and enhance the body’s muscle control and strength.

Hydration also increases the toning of your muscles and prevents cramps, contractions, and sagging of the skin.

Wrapping Up

You should always keep your body well hydrated to reduce the risk of diseases like bladder cancer, colon cancer or safeguard the urinary tract from any infections or the formation of stones in the kidneys.

Well, in terms of diet, hydration has proven to be essential as it nurtures the body with vitamins, minerals and keeps the body weight in control by lowering down the calorie intake. Hydration also helps to wash out the toxins and harmful compounds from your body through excess water and ensures a healthy digestive system as well.

So do not wait to feel thirsty and then get up for a glass of water. Place the water bottle in front of you and keep drinking water within hours.

Stay hydrated. Stay healthy!