When Is The Best Time To Weigh Yourself For The Most Accurate Weight?

When Is The Best Time To Weigh Yourself For The Most Accurate Weight?

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When Is The Best Time To Weigh In?When Is The Best Time To Weigh Yourself For The Most Accurate Weight?

If you are weighing yourself to track weight loss, monitor weight stability or keep tabs on your weight gain (yes, some people do try to gain weight) you will need to know when the best time is weigh in.

Is it in the morning or just before bed? You may have also noticed that you get a different result every time you weigh yourself on the same day.

The simple reason is because you are a different weight at each different time.

It’s nothing to do with “accuracy”.

Your scales are accurately reading what you weigh, but is it your true weight?

Let’s uncover when is the best time to weigh yourself and what is the most accurate type of scale to weigh yourself with.

Quick Tip

For women, there are certain days of the month when your weight will be emporarily inflated due to increased water retention. Probably a good idea to avoid the scales during this time.

When is the best time to weigh yourself?

For accurate and consistent results, when is the best time to weigh yourself?

  • First thing in the morning because you have no food in your system.
  • Make sure you have gone to the toilet first.
  • Weigh yourself no more than once a week.
  • Weigh yourself at the same time each week.
  • Make sure you are wearing the same clothes; or none.
  • Place the scales on a hard flat surface and use the same scale every time.

Never weigh yourself after a meal or during the day and checking and rechecking your weight everyday constantly can lead to you feeling unhappy.

What is the most accurate type of scale to weigh yourself?

Weighing yourself everyday, even multiple times a day is bound to play with your emotions. When you do however, it is worthwhile having scales that are going to accurately measure you, and be consistent.

Have you ever weighed yourself on a set of scales, received one number and then stepped off and back on again only to see a completely different result?

There are basically two major types of scales, mechanical (or manual) and digital.

Mechanical scales operate via a spring and lever system, and display the result using a dial. They can therefore be affected and provide an inaccurate result if you are using the on an uneven surface or on carpet.

Digital scales are considered the most accurate and can range in price from $30, into the hundreds. They also come with varying features. Some have body fat measurement capabilities and some have voice activation. Knowing which one is right for you is a matter of meeting your budget and matching the aspects of your weight that you are hoping to capture. A basic set of digital scales, which simply provides you a number, is all you really need.

If you prefer to measure your weight with your physician they will typically use a balance beam scale where they slide the weights until the bar is level. You may also see these in a fitness center. Their price is quite substantial and probably outweighs the accuracy, particularly when you are just wanting something at home.

Balance beam scales do however provide consistent and accurate readings every time.

Should You Weigh Yourself At All?

You need to consider whether you are aiming to lose fat and excess fluids or to build muscle and tone up. Muscle weighs more than fat therefore the scales may not be a true reflection at all of your achievements.

Listen to your body, and take note of your clothing. It is bound to feel different on you before the scales reflect it in a number.

If scales are a must, remember that a good accurate bathroom digital scale does not have to be expensive.

Should you weigh yourself at all? Now that is another discussion altogether.

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What Causes Dizziness After a Shower?

What Causes Dizziness After a Shower?

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Feeling Faint in the Shower? why do i feel dizzy in hot showers

It’s not uncommon to be taking a shower or relaxing in the bath and to suddenly feel dizzy and light-headed.

It can be a frightening feeling and unless you know the cause, it will definitely startle you.

While in the vast majority of cases, feeling faint while bathing isn’t cause for alarm. But if you notice it frequently, you should consider going to your family physician for a checkup.

Let’s take a look at why people are more likely to feel dizzy after a shower and discover what you can do if it happens to you.

Other Symptoms That Can Accompany Dizziness

  • Nausea
  • Blurred Vision
  • Heart Racing
  • Confusion
  • Muscle tremors or shaking
  • Fainting.

Reasons You Feel Dizzy After A Shower

The following reasons are all possible causes for you feeling dizzy after a shower:

  • Low Blood Pressure: Your blood pressure may be low. Hot water dilates the blood vessels which lowers the blood pressure. This makes you feel dizzy and faint.
  • Pregnancy: It is very common for pregnant women to have low blood pressure causing them to get lightheaded particularly when standing up from a seated position or changing positions quickly.
  • Dehydrated: How is your water intake? If you are not drinking enough fluids you could be dehydrated.
  • Lack Of Food: If you have not eaten for a long period of time, your blood sugar may be too low.
  • Medication Changes: If you have recently changed your level of any medication you may be prescribed, it may be affecting you. Consult your GP.
  • Hot Water: It is possible that your shower was too hot. Hot water can cause the arteries to get close to your skin and to open, allowing you to ‘naturally’ get rid of excess heat. This process lowers your blood pressure, so when you suddenly move up, not enough blood is reaching your lungs and brain, which can cause dizziness.
  • Infection: Dizziness can suggest a possible infection building.

What Should You Do If You Feel Dizzy?

If you experience bouts of dizziness, there are a few things you can do:

  • Sit for a moment and have a glass of water.
  • Make an appointment to visit your doctor to have a checkup.
  • Monitor your blood pressure at home to see exactly what the levels are and relay the information to your doctor.
  • Take a pregnancy test and/or get your doctor to verify.
  • Try taking a shower more slowly and try to avoid frequently looking up and down.
  • Try to take a cooler shower.

Quick Tip

If you are not keen on the taste of plain water, try squeezing in some lemon juice or drinking a flavored vitamin water.

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5 Ways To Clear Oily Skin

5 Ways To Clear Oily Skin

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What causes oily skin?how to get rid of oily skin appearance

Over productive sebaceous glands are responsible for our oily skin. We often have large pores, a frequent greasy appearance and our skin can experience more frequent breakouts and be home to unsightly blackheads.

The positives, yes there are positives to having oily skin, is that it is known to slow the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and skin discoloration.

A reduction of the visible signs of aging are all good and well, but living in the now means there has to be a solution. And there is.

Despite this ‘up’ side, here are 5 basic skincare tips which you can start to introduce today, to help with your oily skin.

This is beauty on a budget and it works.

Hydration

Tip Number 1: Hydration

Your skin is the largest organ in your body so it needs looking after and needs daily nourishment. This includes water.

Drink water regularly during the day, when you are feeling thirsty, to hydrate your skin from the inside out. Carry a refillable bottle with you, such as a vapur bottle, to ensure you have a refreshing drink on hand when even ever you need it.

An overall healthy diet does wonders for skin imbalance including introducing a shot of wheatgrass into a daily juice.

For external hydration, try a facial water sprayer. They are super refreshing on a hot day. You can buy them in handy small sizes which means you can carry them with you and use them discretely if needed.

Cleanse

Tip Number 2: Cleanse

One of the best, and cheapest skin cleansers is water. Even though it sounds simple enough, there is some method to this madness.

The trick is to wash your face clean with warm water first. It will open the pores and allow dirt and residue to be removed. Once clean, splash with cold water to close the clean pores.

If you still feel like you are not achieving a clean enough feel to your skin, you need to choose a face wash very carefully.

One common mistake oily skin sufferers make when choosing a face wash is to pick one that’s too drying.

Product Recommendation

I highly recommend Dr Perricone products, in particular the Perricone MD Cleansing Treatment Bar, a multifunctional face (and body) treatment formulated with glycolic acid.

This is not your typical soap. It gently resurfaces the skin, to reveal a glowing complexion.

In clinical trials, more than 93% of participants saw a reduction in blemishes and an improvement in skin clarity.

More importantly, almost all visibly noticed their skin was less oily and their pores had significantly reduced in size.

Avoid Spreading

Tip Number 3: Only Use What You Can Wash

Sounds weird? Well it is very logical.

Avoid using any form of makeup that utilises a sponge or applicator. These spread oil and potential germs from your skin directly to your makeup and then back to your skin, potentially to undamaged areas. All you are doing is contaminating your makeup and spreading oil to other parts of your face and neck.

Use clean fingers to apply makeup or a brush that can be rinsed.

This also refers to the need to avoid touching your face as much as possible. We all do it, rub your cheek, rest your face on your hand. Have you ever noticed your cell phone screen tainted with oily makeup residue after you have finished speaking? Each one of these instances is spreading your oily deposits around your face.

So wash your hands regularly and wipe down any surfaces that come into contact with your face.

Blotting Paper

Tip Number 4: Blot

If you have never heard of blotting paper for the skin, this is a clever idea. Blotting paper are little sheets of absorbtion paper which you can discretely use throughout the day to blot the excess oil as it appears on your skin.

Continuous re-application of makeup over oily skin can result in a thick appearance which is not appealing. Just blot and discard the paper and you are fresh and ready to continue. These clever little sheets absorb excess oil without disturbing makeup.

Mud

Tip Number 5: Treat yourself to a Mud Mask

Mud masks work by drawing impurities from your skin, leaving it feeling fresh and alive. In particular dead sea mud is incredibly beneficial.

Dead Sea mud contains incredibly nutritional minerals which are not only purifying, but also absorb excess oils. They act deeply, removing purities and clean the skin ever so much.

Make sure you select an oil free mud mask. Ahava oil free mud masks are also non-comedogenic, meaning that they are specially formulated to not clog pores.

In just 2 minutes you will feel brand new.

Treat yourself once a week to a skin treatment of this nature and you will see results. With the main ingredients being water and dead sea mud you cannot go wrong.

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Natural vs Synthetic Vitamins and Minerals

Natural vs Synthetic Vitamins and Minerals

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Not all vitamin and mineral supplements are created equal and for a variety of different reasons, Natural vs Synthetic Vitamins & Mineralssome variations are just not absorbed into the body as quickly as others. For the benefit of your health, and that of your family, it is worth taking the time to find out which supplements or natural forms will have the most beneficial effects in terms of bio-absorption.

Vitamin D vs Sunlight

Ensuring we get enough Vitamin D is difficult at any age however for newborns it is even more difficult. Vitamin D drops are recommended to reduce rickets and help fight off childhood and adult illness. Rickets can cause soft and weak bones which can ultimately lead to fractures.

Vitamin D drops are recommended for babies to ensure this does not happen. Sunlight is the most biologically normal way for us to ensure we get enough Vitamin D.

Depending on where you live in the world 15 minutes of sunlight each day should be enough. (Note: Sunscreen is also not recommended for babies under six months of age)

To ensure that your newborn baby has enough Vitamin D in their system when they are born, make sure you get plenty of sunshine yourself prior to the birth. This will ensure that both you and your baby are healthy and there is enough Vitamin D in the milk supply to supplement your newborn daughter or son.

5-MTHF vs Folic Acid and Folinic Acid

With all the talk of folinic acid, folic acid and folate it is very easy to get confused; basically they are all forms of a water-soluble vitamin, Vitamin B.

  • Folate occurs naturally in food such as peanuts, pinto beans, black eyed peas, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, lentils, spinach, corn, liver and asparagus to name a few.
  • Folate is important as it aids in the production and repair of DNA, red and white blood cells, and neurotransmitter production.
  • Folic acid is the name given to the synthetic form which is generally found in supplements and fortified foods and recommended to pregnant women to avoid neural tube defects in babies.

In order for the body to take advantage of folic acid, it must convert it to folate, combine with a methyl group which will ultimately become 5methyltetrahydrofolate (MTHF). However some people have a MTHFR (Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase) mutation which means that their body doesn’t activate the folic acid so they are more susceptible to sensitivities, allergies, blood clots, strokes and depression.

While scientists are still looking into how this excess may negatively affect the body, there is some school of thought which links it to an increase in various cancers and immune dysfunction. With the increase in fortified foods, we are very much at risk in exceeding the healthy folic acid limit necessary for our bodies to thrive.

  • Folinic Acid is a form of folic acid (also known as calcium folinate) which bypasses some of the steps to covert to MTHF. However similarly with Folic Acid if you have a MTHFR mutation then you will struggle to metabolise the acid into your system. Folinic Acid is commonly used to treat cancers.

If you do have a form of the MTHFR mutation then ideally you need to look to a form of 5MTHF or methylfolate. Methyfolate comes specifically from uncooked leafy greens or from supplements and is more beneficial for those with the MTFHR mutation.

Heme vs Non Heme Iron

Iron is naturally present in many foods and comes in two forms, heme and non heme. Heme iron is derived from hemoglobin and comes from pork, red meat, fish and poultry. Non heme iron is plant based and found in food sources such as vegetables, grains, iron fortified cereals, lentils and beans.

Heme iron is actually absorbed easier than non heme iron and its absorption is not affected by other things you eat. Absorption of non heme iron can be affected by the intake of milk, eggs, tea, peppermint, chocolate, chamomile, coffee and minerals such as calcium, zinc and magnesium. Adding Vitamin C into your diet will help with the absorption of non heme iron as will the consumption of both heme and non heme iron sources simultaneously.

Magnesium Salts and Oils vs Oral Supplements

For many of us our daily magnesium intake is less than the recommended daily average which is not good news for our bones, our heart or our nervous system. Luckily for us when it comes to magnesium we have a number of options and it is fairly easy to correct. Magnesium can be consumed by our food intake – foods such as nuts, beans, brown rice, whole grain breads and green leafy vegetables.

Magnesium bath salts are a preferred method for many as they are designed to deliver magnesium through the skin for rapid cell absorption. For those with sensitive skin, bath salts may be a preferred choice over magnesium oil which is a concentrated form absorbed through the skin. Transdermal options such as salts and oil are preferred by many as there are no negative symptoms such as diarrhea associated with it.

Magnesium supplements taken orally are passed through the digestive tract however it does vary in terms of the absorption rate – anywhere from 4% to 50%. Oral supplements include mineral salts of magnesium, magnesium chloride, magnesium acid complexes and amino acid magnesium chelates, the most expensive of them all.

With any supplement it is worth knowing your options before you start taking something to help with your diet. When in doubt, do your research, ask your doctor and seek advice from a nutrition specialist.

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10 Natural Ways to Induce Hunger

10 Natural Ways to Induce Hunger

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appetiteThere are many reasons why you may not feel hungry or just don’t want to eat as much. It could be that you have been ill, feel depressed or are on some kind of medication which can decrease your appetite. We all go through periods where we just don’t want to eat as much as we normally do, however, there are plenty of natural ways to induce your hunger and get your appetite back.

Caraway Seeds

Caraway has the ability to calm an upset stomach and has been used by the Greeks for hundreds of years. Add some caraway seeds to your tea or into your casseroles to help aid the return of your appetite.

Vitamin D

A lack of Vitamin D can sometimes suppress your hunger so you don’t feel like eating. To counteract, if you increase your intake of Vitamin D, your appetite may return. Be careful however; if you take too much Vitamin D you are at risk in suffering from toxicity which will in turn suppress your hunger as well. It is all about finding the healthy middle ground.

Bitter Greens

Bitter greens consist of such foods as kale, watercress, arugula, radicchio, endives and escarole. These healthy foods help stimulate your digestion system naturally and allow you to start craving food again.

Cayenne Pepper

A number of tests have been carried out which show that eating hot pepper can increase the appetite. If you enjoy your food spicy, then add some cayenne pepper to your dish to help induce your hunger.

Herbs

There are many herbs which are said to help your digestion and aid in increasing your appetite. These include hops, dandelion, ginseng, fennel, tarragon, peppermint, safflower, parsley and horseradish.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a great spice to help stimulate your appetite and even reduce vomiting and nausea. You can add cinnamon to your diet in a number of ways including in your hot drinks and desserts.

Fenugreek

Fenugreek helps to increase your appetite by lowering blood glucose levels. Adding fenugreek seeds or powder in your food is an ideal way to naturally boost your appetite and increase your craving for carbohydrates.

Ginger

Ginger has its roots firmly in folk tradition and works wonders in increasing a dulled appetite and indigestion. You can sip on ginger tea, munch on some homemade ginger snaps or add some ginger to your casserole or stir-fry.

Grapes

Grapes are a wonderful fruit to eat to help get your appetite back. Composed of acidic and sour juices which help in the digestion process, add a handful of grapes between meals to help increase your hunger.

Bananas

Bananas are an interesting food, full of amino acids, sugars and potassium. While they should fill you up in fact the opposite occurs and they can quickly make you hungry.

Adding some of these foods to your diet, eating small regular meals and ensuring you exercise regularly will help you slowly gain your appetite back. Try mixing up your meals, adding lots of colour to your plate and making meal time generally more appealing.

If you do find that the issue continues for an extensive period of time, it may be worth visiting your local doctor and having a chat with them about it.

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9 Natural Ways to Have Whiter Teeth

9 Natural Ways to Have Whiter Teeth

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9 Natural Ways to Have Whiter Teeth

It probably won’t come as a surprise that teeth whitening and health products are very popular… but of course, not all work, and some contain harmful chemicals.
There are many ways to care for your teeth naturally – both stopping, slowing and reversing problems such as tooth decay and gum disease.
For thousands of years people have been searching for ways to whiten and keep their teeth healthy.
The following list is for reference only – for severe problems you should see a dentist. If you plan to try anything listed here, I’d recommend that you research it yourself first, before trying it.

Activated Charcoal

Charcoal has been used for many years for various types of wounds. It can also help by cleaning your teeth of stains and relieving the pain of toothache and abscesses.

Baking Soda

Baking soda has been a long standing remedy for teeth problems – recommendations include mixing it with salt or just brushing in a paste form (mixed with water) onto your teeth.

If you see a cavity in your tooth it’s usually a lot more advanced than the small hole it appears. Remember: Prevention!

Banana Skins

Many people have reported that simply rubbing the inside of a banana peel on their teeth for two minutes, twice a day, has removed staining and left them with brilliantly white teeth.

Oil Pulling

This simple method of swishing oil around in your mouth can help your teeth and gums. Proponents of this method have found that some oils (such as coconut oil) can also reduce staining on the teeth and whiten them. It can also relieve tooth pain.

Sea Salt

Natural sea salt contains many important natural vitamins and minerals that can help your teeth stay healthy and even, in some cases, reverse decay. A simple mouthwash twice a day can help with problems such as sensitivity in your teeth.

Strawberries

Making a purée of fresh strawberries and either brushing your teeth with them or holding the purée in your mouth for several minutes is said to whiten teeth. However this isn’t always recommended for regular use, since the whitening comes from the high acidity content of the strawberries and can result in harm to the teeth.

Visualisation

Many people have claimed that intense visualisation exercises have helped teeth both stop decaying and even slowly repair themselves. The recommendation is to relax and picture the tooth in good condition for five minutes at a time, several times a day.

Waterpiks

Just like the dentist uses, these small machines spray a jet of water at your teeth and can be good for cleaning in those hard to reach places that a toothbrush can’t properly penetrate.

Xylitol

This is a sugar replacement that many claim can prevent and in some cases, reverse tooth decay. About 5-10 grams per day is enough to help your teeth. Some gums are sweetened with it or you can buy it in powdered form.

Other Ways You Can Care For Your Teeth

  • Cut out sugar – sugar is one of the major causes of tooth decay and also has harmful effects on your body. Most people eat far over the recommended DI (dietary intake) of sugar each day. You’d be surprised what contains sugar – ranging from ketchup to fruit juice.
  • Brush or rinse after every meal – food trapped between your teeth can increase the chance of decay. Getting rid of as many of these particles as possible, before they have a chance to cause decay, is important.
  • Floss regularly – food can often hide in places your toothbrush can’t reach – so make sure to floss.
  • Choose a good toothbrush – there are many types of toothbrushes available, including electric ones and ones that have special bristles and functions.
  • See your dentist regularly – a dental checkup can be important in spotting decay before it gets too bad.
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