Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Eczema treatment: Put more of this natural food on skin to soothe painful rashes

ECZEMA treatment for rashes on the skin is possible by rubbing cream into effected areas. However, symptoms can also be reduced using natural products. Rubbing this on your skin this food can help treat eczema and reduce symptoms.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Best supplements for skin conditions: 2p capsules could prevent dry skin

SUPPLEMENTS could be used to prevent some dry skin conditions, including eczema, psoriasis, acne and dandruff. Adding this cheap capsule to your diet everyday could lower your risk of dry skin symptoms.

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Eczema treatment: Three NHS-recommended ways to soothe symptoms and reduce painful rash

ECZEMA treatment can be accomplished by using creams, or taking simple precautions. the NHS said sufferers could try these three methods to reduce eczema rash and symptoms.

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

The Living Experiment: Purpose vs. Pleasure

Too often it feels like an either/or choice: Do the big, important, mission-driven thing, or do the fun, enjoyable, self-indulgent thing.

Choose “purpose,” and you can check something off your good-person list or make meaningful progress toward an important goal. Choose “pleasure,” and the doors of delight — or at least relief — swing open.

There’s satisfaction available in purpose and pleasure, of course, and both can help you tap into your own sense of why life is worth living. But when one is done to excess, or to the exclusion of the other, the result can be profoundly dissatisfying, even destructive.

So in this installment of The Living Experiment, we explore the art of synchronizing purpose and pleasure, of intertwining them, and of creatively balancing them in the ways that work for you.

Two Approaches, One Goal

  • Ancient philosophy and modern psychology present two contrasting — and in our view, interconnected — paths to happiness: hedonism (the pursuit of happiness via sensory pleasures and comforts) and eudaemonism (the pursuit of happiness through efforts to live a virtuous life and become a better person).
  • The art of living well involves continually harmonizing and refining these two aims. But this isn’t something our culture teaches very well. Instead, society glorifies hedonic self-indulgences (junk food, luxury goods, escapist entertainments) while simultaneously framing them as a danger to moral decency.
  • In the absence of any wise and widely accepted philosophy explaining how to live a worthwhile life, most of us struggle to sort it out. Disconnected from what the Japanese call ikigai (loosely translated as “a reason for being”), we suffer from a pernicious case of existential dread. We push too hard, or we settle for what we can get. Either way, we end up feeling like we’re missing out on something. The result: runaway anxiety, depression, and chronic disease.

Cravings and Longings

  • Our dual attractions to pleasure and purpose have their roots in our biological drives for survival, and they serve us in different ways.
  • The cravings we feel for food, sex, comfort, and sleep are programmed into our most basic physiology; they’ve helped us survive and thrive as a species.
  • Our deeper longings — to connect emotionally, to learn and grow, to feel one with a bigger purpose or a higher power — also contribute to our “survival of the fittest” instincts. They enhance our ability to sustain and advance stable social groups, and they can help tame some of our more destructive impulses.

Order and Balance

  • An “all work, no play” approach to life can leave us feeling so drained, damaged, or despondent that we cannot feel, much less respond to, our higher callings.
  • Similarly, when our deepest longings (for social connection, self-expression, and contribution to a greater good) go unmet, it can set up an unquenchable desire for all sorts of “second-best” pleasures, including addictive foods, drugs, and distractions.
  • To find the sweet spot where pleasure and purpose meet, start tuning in to your own instincts with compassionate curiosity rather than judgment and mistrust. Investigate your own appetites.
  • Notice when experiences provide a sense of both pleasure and purpose. Use those as guideposts for creating more of these moments in your daily life.


Dallas suggests: Read up on the Japanese concept of ikigai (a good book to peruse: Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles). Reflect on what you love, what the world needs, what you can get paid for, and what you’re actually good at. If you’re a visual person, draw a Venn diagram representing the intersection of these areas, and take time to do some introspection around this.

Pilar suggests: Watch the video “How to Discover Your Purpose in Less Than 5 Seconds” by Brian Johnson. Then complete the suggested exercise. Share what you learn with a friend, document your findings in a journal, or both.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Can Intermittent Fasting and Protein Cycling Slow Down the Aging Process?

The words detox and cleanse are used so often that, to many, they have become meaningless. You know they are used to tout juices and spas and all things healthy. But while these words are often used to promote healthy behavior, nothing they are being used to promote will actually flush out toxins.

That’s OK, because you can get your body to “detox” and “cleanse” itself. And you can control that process.

All you need to do is get your body to eat itself. I’m talking about “autophagy,”which literally means “self-eating,” and it is a natural detox process that allows for the removal of toxins from your cells. In addition to the natural wear and tear that our bodies experience, environmental toxins accumulate in our cells, accelerating the signs of aging. Autophagy is the cellular process that removes those toxins and repairs the damage left behind — and it is a fundamental process that helps keep your cells acting young.

So how do you get your cells to self-cannibalize? The answer, strangely enough, is in what and when you feed them. Understanding how nutrition can activate autophagy gives you the power to detox your cells and slow aging.

My Glow15 protocol is not a diet. A diet is all about numbers: the number on the scale, the number of calories you eat and burn, and the number of foods you’re allowed to eat. On a diet, success is defined in terms of how well you stick to your numbers. Instead, this plan is all about results: energy, vitality, and strength. I’ll give you the guidelines and nutrients to add to your existing food plan for maximum youth benefits. On Glow15, success is defined in terms of how well you feel, look, and thrive.

Eat, Drink, Glow

So how do you get your body to eat itself? Autophagy is activated in “stress mode,” so you’ll want to stress your cells a little bit in order to get them to start dining on your fat, wrinkles, brain fog, and exhaustion. One of the best ways to do this is through smart nutrition.

Smart nutrition starts with understanding that there’s value in all the macronutrients (protein, fat, and carbohydrates) and micronutrients (vitamins, polyphenols, and minerals) found in natural foods. Again, instead of getting into a laundry list of “do” and “do not” and “don’t you dare” foods, it’s best to think about what foods will do the most to boost your youthfulness. It’s also important to learn more about timing as it relates to your diet, because when you eat can make the biggest impact on how youthful you look and feel.

IFPC may sound like it stands for some kind of international health organization, but it serves as the Glow15 approach to eating to activate your youth. IF stands for Intermittent Fasting, and PC stands for Protein Cycling. While it may sound complicated, it’s not in practice. Together, IF and PC serve as your autophagy on-off switch, the ignition that gets autophagy going. As with any fire, you need the spark to start it — and IFPC is it. As your body cycles through IFPC, you create a rhythm to your nutrition that allows autophagy to do its job — and this makes your cells act younger and healthier than they actually are.

Let’s take a look at how IF and PC work separately and then what happens when you put them together.

Intermittent Fasting (IF): IF is the practice of shifting between periods of unrestricted eating and restricted eating and is a key activator of autophagy. This is the most natural way to enhance your stress-response mode and put your cellular cleanup crew to work. If you’re constantly eating — which is the case for many of us as we graze throughout the day — it doesn’t give your cells a chance to repair and clean up the waste and toxins they have accumulated. Short periods of fasting give them the time to take care of those tasks.

Specifically, IF works by activating glucagon, which works in opposition to insulin to keep your blood-glucose levels balanced. Think of a see-saw: If one side goes up, the other goes down. In your body, if insulin goes up, glucagon goes down, and vice versa. When you give your body food, insulin automatically rises and glucagon starts to decrease. But the opposite happens when you deny your body nutrients — insulin goes down and glucagon rises. An increase in glucagon triggers autophagy. This is why temporarily denying your body nutrients, or intermittent fasting, is one of the best ways to boost the youth of your cells.

Research has shown that many of the benefits of IF — like burning more fat, providing more energy, and decreasing your risk of developing diabetes and heart disease — can be attributed to the activation of autophagy.

A fascinating finding from the journal Obesity is that, in many cases, IF encourages the body to burn more fat while sparing muscle. In fact, it is four times better than caloric restriction at helping your body burn fat while preventing lean tissue loss.

In practical terms, here’s how IF works on the Glow15 plan: On three nonconsecutive days (your “Low” days) you will fast for 16 hours and eat during an eight-hour period. You can begin your fast after dinner the night before so the majority of your fasting hours occur during sleep. For example, if you stop eating at 8 p.m. and fast overnight, your first meal will be at noon the next day, so essentially, you’ll only be skipping breakfast. As long as your fast lasts for 16 hours, you can adapt your IF to your schedule. If you prefer to eat breakfast, you can start your fast earlier by skipping dinner the night before. Make the hours work for you, your body, and your lifestyle.

There is no need to fast for any longer than 16 hours. Research shows that 16 hours is optimal for creating the caloric restriction that happens during fasting and can activate autophagy through different nutrient pathways. A study published in the journal Cell Metabolism, led by Valter Longo from the University of Southern California with the participation of other researchers and clinicians from around the globe, reported that cycles of intermittent fasting have numerous positive effects, such as decreasing visceral fat, reducing cancer rates, improving the immune system, slowing down the loss of bone mineral density, and increasing longevity.

Protein Cycling (PC): PC is the practice of alternating between periods of low protein consumption and normal to high protein consumption. On Glow15 you will limit your protein intake to about 25 grams on the same three days you practice IF (your “Low” days). The other four days (your “High” days), you will eat normal to high amounts of protein.

PC has an effect similar to fasting. Creating protein deficiency also lowers your insulin levels — it’s that seesaw again — and that, in turn, boosts your glucagon and activates autophagy. This means your body will not store the foods you eat as fat, but instead work to build muscle and burn fat.

One of the main reasons PC works to enhance youth is because your body can’t create its own protein. Instead, it is forced to find every possible way to recycle the existing protein you’ve already provided it. If you deprive your body of protein, it will enhance autophagy, kicking your body’s recycling program into overdrive.

The problem is, we don’t normally deprive ourselves of protein. Actually, we generally eat enough protein to keep autophagy in “maintenance” mode. On average, we eat 70 grams of protein daily, which is more than one and half times the recommended amount for women. But our bodies can handle periods without protein — if you think about it, this goes back to our ancestors, the hunter-gatherers who often had to survive for periods without a successful hunt. (Interesting note: Breast milk, the ideal and most complete food for babies, meant to be consumed when tiny bodies and brains need the best possible nutrition and are growing the fastest, derives only 6 percent of its calories from protein.) Now we have to choose to deny ourselves protein.

To be clear, “low” is not always the way to go. Being in a constant state of low protein will actually contribute to aging in the form of muscle wasting accompanied by increasing weakness, and immune deficiencies. So you need to have both high- and low-protein days — that’s the cycling part — and there is evidence that protein cycling can help reduce the risk of diseases, such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease, in addition to enhancing autophagy.

IFPC: Picture the ocean. Those waves, big or small, are mesmerizing as they roll up onto shore, then retreat back. The beauty of the ocean comes from that serene rhythm. Autophagy — like the ocean — is driven by cycles and rhythms. It needs to have an ebb and flow, which is what IFPC allows your body to do — rolling in and out of autophagy cycles. Remember, you want to turn autophagy on and off — inducing autophagy without inhibiting it is like always inhaling without exhaling.

When autophagy is turned on by intermittent fasting plus protein restriction, it creates a true shortage in your body that can only be corrected by your cellular cleanup crew doing its job. Of course, eventually the restriction must end to prevent overworking the system and damaging your cells, but for the entire restriction period, autophagy will be at work, since human cells must constantly make new proteins, regardless of conditions, in order to function.

Research shows that depriving your body of specific nutrients is actually better for your metabolism than continuous caloric restriction: Markers of metabolic health experienced greater improvements, including improvements in cholesterol, blood pressure, and inflammation, from intermittent fasting and protein restriction than from calorie restriction alone.

Excerpted from GLOW15 by Naomi Whittel. Copyright © 2018 by Naomi Whittel Brands, LLC. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Eczema: This natural substance could help in rash treatment

ECZEMA is diagnosed when areas of the skin form a painful, red and flaky rash. The condition often affects babies, although it can appear in people of any age. Treatment includes creams and some natural substances. Use this plant extract to help reduce eczema rashes.

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Reclaim Your Weekends

Sometimes it can feel as if there’s no time for downtime. Our hectic weeks are bookended by more-hectic weekends spent managing household chores and squeezing in as many scheduled activities as possible, all the while tethered to our smartphones and monitoring our work email. As a result, having two days of open time in which to rest, play, and connect may seem like a thing of the past.

Even the word leisure has acquired a bad rap, says Katrina Onstad, who explored the cult of overwork and the benefits of time off in her book The Weekend Effect. For many, leisure conjures an image of luxury that’s available to only the wealthy. Or, paradoxically, it connotes sloth.

“Leisure used to be something to aspire to,” says Onstad. “But now being overworked is a sign of success. We equate ‘not working’ with laziness.”

So we aim to be constantly productive — to our detriment. A recent study showed that people who don’t clearly separate their work life and free time are less likely to participate in activities that encourage relaxation and recovery from work. They feel exhausted and suffer from a diminished sense of overall well-being.

We all need rest and rejuvenation. Without deep, restorative time, we power through jam-packed weekends (or aimlessly surf the net), only to wake up on Monday mornings feeling tired and dissatisfied.

Disappearing Weekends

As a society, we are rapidly ceding the gains labor activists won during a centuries-long effort to expand workers’ rights. We’ve forgotten the hundreds of union organizers and protesters who lost their lives in the struggle to establish an eight-hour workday. Congress passed the Fair Labor Standards Act in 1938, and a couple of years later limited the workweek to 40 hours. The American worker earned two days devoted to rest — protected by law.

Fast-forward several decades. Widespread corporate downsizing during the 1980s and 1990s engendered a workplace culture that demanded more productivity from fewer employees. The Great Recession in the mid-2000s only heightened that pressure.

People today feel the need to be “on” all the time to protect their jobs, says Onstad. Indeed, many companies expect employees to be available on evenings and weekends.

We’ve also seen the explosive growth of a freelance “gig” economy, with its unpredictable hours and dependence on customers who expect round-the-clock service.

“We’re under constant pressure to perform,” says Onstad, whose research revealed that most North Americans spend their weekends on work, chores, and screens. “Work can bleed into every pocket of time you have.”

In 2012, the Center for Creative Leadership found that smartphone-using professionals spent about five hours on work email each weekend. This is on top of 13.5 hours of work-related interactions each weekday — bringing their job-related contact to a whopping 72 hours per week.

“Being connected 24/7 can trick you into losing sight of your true contribution. You begin to think your value lies in your accessibility versus your talent,” says Julie Morgenstern, author of Time Management From the Inside Out and the forthcoming Time to Parent. “But you can’t problem-solve if you don’t rest and recharge. You can’t innovate when you’re burned out.”

What Is Rest?

Everyone needs adequate sleep. Our brains require it to process information, and our nervous systems and muscles use it to rest and repair. But no single definition of “rest” suits everybody, all the time.

Passive rest — lying on the sofa daydreaming — can be restorative. It can also become a way to numb out or, worse, ruminate. “Too often,” warns Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, PhD, author of Rest, “this kind of passive activity, or simply trying to do nothing, translates into thinking about work.”

For some, the most restorative activities are what Pang calls active, or deliberate, rest. “People who learn to practice deliberate rest have longer, more fulfilling careers,” he observes.

Active rest might mean full engagement in a low-key hobby such as knitting or reading. Or it might be something more extreme.

“You’re not going to be worrying about office politics if you’re rock climbing and you’re 30 feet in the air,” he says. “What’s most important is to figure out what you really enjoy doing.” Then do it.

“All too often we think of rest as something we’ll do when we’re done with everything else,” he explains. “But we’re never done with everything else! If we don’t take rest seriously and devote time to it, then we never get it.” (Learn more about Pang’s concepts at “Deliberate Rest“.)

Why Restoration Matters

Many of us feel we can justify rest if we think we’ll be more productive and effective. After all, research suggests that we not only get more done when we get enough rest but we’re also more creative, strategic, and precise.

But resting on the weekend is about more than just getting lots done and improving our performance, says Onstad. “It’s about our humanity.”

She argues that it’s time to rethink the meaning of leisure. “Making sure people have time to come together to break our social isolation and build lasting bonds is a real investment in our own personal futures and in the future of society,” she says. “It is a question of what kind of world you want to live in. Hopefully, the answer is a world where we’re taking care of each other. And we can’t do that if we’re always working.”

The mindset change required to reclaim our weekends for pleasure and leisure is worth it. “Kids see how work is the axis around which our whole society and our families are organized. They get the message that they need to be productive and active — all the time,” says Onstad. And that doesn’t give them the rest and play they need.

“If we don’t have leisure, what happens on a societal level? How do we connect to one another?” she asks. “We need sacred time off work, where we can be human for at least one day a week.”

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