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SEVEN RULES FOR A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

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A healthy lifestyle is key when it comes to a long and happy life, but when it comes to making healthy lifestyle choices, many people end up struggling, and then give up on their healthy lifestyle aspirations. If you have been looking to make a few healthy changes in your life, here are seven rules to get you started.

Regular Exercise 

Regular exercise is key when it comes to healthy living, with the recommended amount being 30 minutes of aerobic exercise at least five days a week. Even if you do not enjoy working out at the gym, make the effort to take a brisk walk every evening, as even this small step will have a huge influence on your overall health.

Diet and Nutrition 

The food that you eat has a direct impact on your health, and you should really be trying to eat as many fresh and whole foods as possible. From a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, in a wide range of colors, to brown rice and whole wheat bread, instead of the refined alternatives, start making healthier choices when it comes to the food that you put into your body.

No Smoking 

Every year in the USA, smoking kills one in five people, and even if you would only consider yourself to be a social smoker, smoking occasionally is still causing irreparable damage to your body. This is the most preventable cause of death and disease out there, so, if smoking is one of your vices, then this is a habit that you need to kick as soon as possible if you are trying to be healthier.

Get Enough Sleep 

Sleep is just as important as nutrition and exercise when it comes to healthy living, as sleep deprivation will quickly lead to a variety of health problems, from heart disease to diabetes. The average adult needs about seven to nine hours of sleep each night, and you should wake up feeling fresh and energized rather than tired and groggy.

Manage Your Stress Levels 

Chronic stress keeps the body’s cortisol levels elevated, which then results in a range of health issues, from a decreased metabolism to depression. There are many ways in which you can manage your stress levels, and the key here is to find the method that works best for you, whether this may be doing some exercise or spending time on a hobby that you love.

Drink Enough Water 

Water plays so many crucial roles within the body, from eliminating toxins to increasing energy to stimulating brain functions, and is actually your most important nutrient. The recommended water intake for the average person is two litres a day, so make sure that you are drinking at least that.

Take Some Time Out 

Your brain works so hard each and every day, and deserves to have a breather once in a while. Whether you regularly enjoy a weekend getaway, or take up yoga and meditation, try to find ways in which you can encourage your brain to relax and unwind.

Healthy living does not need to be difficult, no matter how unhealthy your current lifestyle may be. By setting yourself small, achievable goals, you will slowly be able to work towards a healthier, and happier, lifestyle.

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THE JOY OF GROWING OLDER

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There are certainly many issues that arise as an individual ages, but there are also many advantages to this too. From physical health to emotional health, these are some of the aspects of growing older that you will no doubt find some joy in.

Emotional Stability

Recent studies have shown that seniors have far better control over their emotions than younger age groups, and are able to prevent themselves from focussing on negativity. Rather than allowing negativity from others to affect them, those who are older are able to transform this anger into motivational thoughts, using them to achieve personal goals.

Declining Allergies

While the exact cause of allergies is still not known, research has shown that symptoms decrease in severity as an individual ages. Allergies tend to peak during childhood, and then again in a person’s 30’s, but, after this, symptoms die down, and, once you reach your 50’s, will become extremely uncommon.

Greater Sexual Satisfaction

While this may be hard for some to believe, there are several studies out there that show that people over the age of 60 experience far greater sexual satisfaction than younger generations. Experts put this down to the fact that, as a woman ages, she tends to have less insecurities, enabling her to better express her sexuality.

Decrease in Migraines

Migraines can be extremely detrimental, not only physically but also mentally, as they can really take their toll and grind an individual down. However, as you age, not only will the frequency of your migraines dramatically decline, but so will the intensity of the pain experienced, as well as the duration of the actual migraine.

Brain Plasticity

While it was once believed that brain cells die off as the body ages, science has now disproved this, showing that the opposite is actually true. Instead of declining with age, the brain continues to produce neurons, shaping itself in response to what it is learning. This means that you can have a direct impact over everything from your memory to your hand movements as you age, by training your brain with new activities, whether this may be learning a new language or learning how to play a new instrument. Vocabulary also becomes richer with age, meaning that you will be able to express yourself much better than before. In addition to this, brain scans have shown that while younger people only use one side of their brain for certain tasks, those that are older use both hemispheres, meaning that they are able to harness the full power of their brain to solve problems.

There is no denying the fact that aging can often bring about many downsides, but there are still many positives that you can look forward to. From an increase in brain function to greater sexual satisfaction, these are just a few of the reasons as to why you no longer need to dread growing older.

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LIFESTYLES OF THE HEALTHY AND AGELESS

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It can be all too easy to develop unhealthy lifestyle habits, and while this may not seem like too big of a deal in the short run, they can have severely detrimental effects on your overall well-being in the long term. From Courtney Cox to Madonna, these are some lifestyle tips from some of those ageless stars out there.

Physical Exercise

When it comes to the stars out there who never seem to age, regular physical exercise is usually always their main secret. While many choose to spend hours at the gym, there are several others that enjoy a more diverse range of physical activity, such as Sheryl Crow and her love for sports, from paddle surfing to tennis. Courtney Cox recommends physical activities such as yoga, martial arts and bike riding, while Liv Tyler encourages others to find a way to make exercise fun, which is what she did when the hula-hooping craze recently came around.

Mental Stimulation

As important as regular physical exercise may be when it comes to your health, mental stimulation is just as vital, as your brain needs to be constantly challenged in order to truly thrive. There are many different activities out there that will help to give your brain a workout, whether this may be reading, which is what celebrities such as Will Smith and Emma Watson turn to, or chess, which is one of Madonna’s favorite games.

Healthy Diet

It goes without saying that a healthy diet is essential for a healthy lifestyle, and this is something that almost all of the ageless stars out there have recognized. A whole foods, low sugar diet is popular amongst many of those who seem to be ageless, while others, such as Sharon Stone, take it a step further by avoiding caffeine and excess alcohol. There are also many celebrities out there that have adopted a plant-based diet, from Natalie Portman to Alicia Silverstone, and they have all reported significant health benefits from doing so, with the latter proclaiming that a vegan diet helped do away with her acne, puffy eyes, insomnia and asthma.

Meditation

There is no denying that meditation has become so much more mainstream in recent years, and this is hardly surprising when you take into account the number of scientific studies now available that prove the many health benefits that meditation can have. Some of the most ageless celebrities out there, from Jennifer Aniston to Hugh Jackman to Katy Perry, regularly practice meditation, keeping their mind, body and soul in top shape.

When it comes to adopting a healthier lifestyle, the key is to make small and subtle changes, building up on these until you have reached your goal. Put together some short milestones that you know that you will be able to achieve, so that you are setting yourself up for success in the long run.

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WHY CHECKING IN WITH A DERM IS SO IMPORTANT

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Dermatologists are trained to care for a wide variety of issues, from skin diseases to cosmetic problems to issues relating to the nails, hair and scalp. Even if there may not be a specific issue that is bothering you, it is extremely important to check in with a dermatologist at least once a year, as it could potentially save your life.

Skin Cancer Screening

Skin cancer is the most prevalent type of cancer, and, for a better chance of successful treatment, early detection is a must. Visiting a dermatologist for a skin cancer screening is recommended on an annual basis, as your derm will not only be able to detect whether there is cancer present in your skin, but will also be able to advise you on ways that you can prevent it from developing in the future. A dermatologist that you see on a regular basis will also be able to keep track of any moles or sun spots on your skin, measuring them with each visit to ensure that they are not growing at an abnormal rate. Skin cancer can show itself in a number of ways that you may not even be aware of, from itchy spots to scabbing to pain to non-healing sores, making an annual skin cancer screening absolutely essential.

Acne

Acne is an extremely common issue, even in adults, but all too often, adults blame their acne on stress and assume that it will eventually clear on its own. While there are many acne creams and over-the-counter treatments available, a dermatologist will be able to diagnose whether or not you need a more aggressive form of treatment, as many are only available by prescription only. There are also a variety of skin conditions that closely resemble acne, but are actually not acne, meaning that any products you may be using to target this would be completely ineffective. Your dermatologist is the best person to diagnose this, and correctly advise you on the treatments that you could most benefit from.

Chronic Skin Conditions

If you have noticed that your skin has been red, itchy or flaky, then this could be a sign of a chronic skin condition, such as eczema or psoriasis. A dermatologist will be able to quickly diagnose and treat these conditions, prescribing strong moisturizing lotions and steroid treatments, both of which will significantly relieve the itching and minimize any damage. Even if you may already be using specific creams for your red patches, it is possible that you have diagnosed them incorrectly – some conditions, such as lupus, can cause red patches, but also have a whole host of internal symptoms.

Many people consider dermatologists to be ‘acne doctors’, but they are actually trained in so much more than this. From giving you comfort by relieving chronic skin conditions to spotting a cancerous mole early enough for you to take advantage of the best forms of treatment, visiting your derm regularly is hugely important, so if this is not something that you do, then it is time to make an appointment immediately.

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DIGESTION AND YOUR SKIN

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The statement reads “you are what you eat” and it couldn’t be more true. By the time you discover that what you eat is one of the most important things for your skin and decide to get serious about your diet, it could already be too late. But, at the same time, you can take pleasure in the fact that it isn’t too late to start repairing the damage that has already been caused to your skin. The only thing that you need to understand is that it is no longer about what you eat. It has more to do with what your digestive system allows you to eat! This beautiful infographic from OROGOLD Cosmetics highlights the connection between digestion and your skin.

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VITAMINS

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One of the articles to look forward to this week is an article titled “How Vitamins Affect Your Appearance”. This article shall be posted on OROGOLD.com later on during the week and it shall offer you with insights on what role vitamins play in beautifying your skin and exactly how each vitamin affects your overall appearance.

When there are so many vitamins out there, how can you know which ones you need? OROGOLD is here to help! OROGOLD WordPress shall be discussing the answer to precisely this question with the “Which Vitamins are Worth Taking” article.

Another article that we are really excited about is scheduled to be posted on OROGOLD Stores. Titled “Historic Look at Vitamins”, this article takes you back into time and talks about how these vitamins were first discovered by mankind. Researcher William Fletcher might have discovered the importance of vitamins while researching on the causes of a disease known as Beriberi in the year 1907, but there were a few others who also played a huge role in bringing vitamins to the forefront and educating the world about their importance.

How To Use OROGOLD is scheduled to post an article titled “Can you Overdose on Vitamins?” This article is a must read for anyone using skin care products to treat their skin because it helps you to understand how important it is to use skin care products as directed by specialists. In this article, OROGOLD tells you why the excessive intake of vitamins can have negative consequences on the body and helps you to choose the right amount of vitamins for your skin care routines.

An article titled “Vitamin D Helps Your Mood” that will be posted on OROGOLD School shall talk about the importance of Vitamin D in the human body. Although the sun’s rays can be quite damaging to our skin, they are the best source of Vitamin D. And it turns out that Vitamin D has now been linked to a chemical known as Serotonin. For those of you not in the know, Serotonin is a brain chemical that is extremely crucial to fighting anxiety and regulating your moods.

Finally, OROGOLD Giveaway features Vitamin E in an article titled “A Vitamin That Fights Aging?” In this article, OROGOLD helps you to understand exactly why Vitamin E is so important for your skin as well as your health.

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ANTI-AGING DRINKS

Anti-Aging Drinks Infographic

There are many drinks out there that you may reach for to quench your thirst. If you choose wisely those drinks may offer more benefits to you, including anti-aging! Reach for the beverages in our handy infographic to drink your way to a younger mind and body. The first and most important beverage is water. People really do not drink enough water. You do not need to feel thirsty to drink water, just drink it throughout your day. If you wait until you actually feel thirsty you may already be dehydrated. 6 to 8 fluid ounces of water are recommended per day. If you are active or spend a lot of time in the sun you should drink even more! Juices are also great for better healthy and younger looks. Try carrot or pink grapefruit juice. Pink grapefruit juice contains lycopene which enhances cell communication and protects your body’s supply of collagen. Drink about 7 ounces a day for maximum benefits. Just be aware that pink grapefruit juice may interact with certain medicines, please consult with your doctor if you are any medications. We all know that carrots, and carrot juice, is good for our eyes, but did you know that this natural source of Vitamin A reduces problems caused by skin conditions such as Eczema and improves collagen levels? Drink about 12 ounces a day for a healthy glow. If you love to drink milk or have it with your cereal try using soy milk. About 3 cups a day will provide you with isoflavones to help prevent collagen breakdown. On the other hand, if you like a nice cup of tea with breakfast than grab a mug of green tea. Studies have shown that the antioxidants in green tea reduce inflammation and may even enhance sun protection. Go for 2 – 3 cups a day. Finally, for a nice treat go for a glass of red wine. Resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant found in red win helps protect skin from UV damage and reduces the appearance of aging. But more is not better, you should only indulge in 1, maximum 2 glasses of wine per day.

Next time you reach for a beverage to refresh yourself, choose one of our anti-aging drinks to keep body and skin looking and feeling great!

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