How to Make Father’s Day a Memorable Occasion?

How to Make Father’s Day a Memorable Occasion?

Making memories on Father’s Day

Father’s Day is a holiday of honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood. We usually show our appreciation by giving gifts to our fathers. Then you’ll notice that your dad’s closet is overflowing with ties. He is ahead of two wallets and has enough shaving lotion and men’s colognes to last him the rest of his life.

So, what to do for Father’s Day? What would you do when your father seems to have everything? That special day can be made a memorable one with a little creative thought. What makes your dad his happiest?

Here are some tips you can do on Father’s Day:

  • Take him to his favorite restaurant and slip a gift card for that special place or another purpose, into his Father’s Day card.
  • Be a slave for a day. Mow the lawn. Wash his car. Cook him a lavish meal and wait on him hand and foot.
  • Most men have a hobby or multiple hobbies. If he likes to garden, get your hands dirty and help him weed the produce patch. If he likes photography, plan a special scenic day trip with you driving, so he can be photographically creative.
  • Does he enjoy finer tastes in life? Some specialty liquor stores have sample-size bottles of single malt scotches or glass-size bottles of wines. Accompany these gifts with food items that act as pallet cleansers for the tastings.
  • Brew him a pot of his favorite coffee, make him breakfast, and prepare a basket full of sample coffees for him to try later. Baskets are always a good choice. You can put one together from various items, like books for reading, CDs, DVDs, or foods he likes but doesn’t usually buy for himself.

Remember, whatever the gift, it’s the thought that counts.

“Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection.”     

– Pindar

Happy Father’s Day!!

8 New and Unexpected Uses for Injectables

8 New and Unexpected Uses for Injectables

Injectable fillers are most commonly used for the face. But generally applies in other body parts as unknown to many.

Samantha Stone from Aedit

 

InjectablesBecause they are non-invasive, dermal fillers have become popular to restore lost volume, smooth out fine lines, or diminish wrinkles. It works by plumping up the injection site to fill out the targeted wrinkle, fold, or line. And the result of it? Leaving patients with a refreshed vibrant look.

Different types of filler’s use are depending on the patient’s goal. Because not every filler is right for every wrinkle or skin type.

Most common types of FDA approved fillers are:

  • Hyaluronic acid (e.g. Juvéderm®, Belotero®, or Restylane®)
  • Collagen
  • Calcium hydroxylapatite (e.g. Radiesse®), and
  • PPLA (e.g. Sculptra®)

While some fillers are approved for a specific area, you’ll find some doctors use them for other sites as well.

8 new and unexpected uses for injectables that may surprise you:

1. To combat cellulite and dimples

While there are natural techniques to reduce cellulite and dimples, there are just as many procedure types too. Typically, when people think about cellulite or dimple procedures, they think of lasers or radiofrequency (RF), surgeries or Lipomassage therapy. Unknown to most, injectables are also a way to minimize divots. It is because they can fill out undesired dimples, even lift up some of the skin to diminish the cellulite.

Sculptra® is one type of injectable that is not explicitly approved for the butt area. Combat dimples and cellulite is sometimes the use of it. It’s a synthetic material called poly-L-lactic acid (PPLA) that is gradually absorbed into the skin to rebuild lost collagen. Patients may usually require treatment administered by a trained specialist monthly for three months. And results lasting up to two years.

2. To plump up earlobes

With statement earrings being on trend and Kris Jenner confessing her insecurity about her ear lobes, this year, ears have been a hot topic in the beauty treatment industry.

Ears may not be the first feature you think of when you think of the signs of aging, but they can also become wrinkly and sagging.

Common among older women who have worn heavier earrings and may even suffer from stretched out earlobes. Luckily, there is a quick fix to rejuvenate earlobes such as filler treatments!

Restylane or other hyaluronic acid fillers can quickly plump up the lobe to mask any wrinkles, sagging, or stretching. Executing by a dermatologist, it takes roughly five minutes and the procedure is practically painless. Costing about $500 and lasts around six months, which comes out to about $1,000/year for young-looking earlobes.

Dermatologists and plastic surgeons are already lifting sagging skin around the face and neck. So the addition of restoring volume in the earlobes makes for a complete transformation.

3. To restore volume in temples

With aging and fat loss, there is commonly facial volume loss, especially in the temples region. They’re located on each side of the face above the top of the cheekbones and below the brow ridge. Loss of volume creates an undesired, tired looking shadow.

There are several different types of injectables to choose from: Hyaluronic acid fillers or collagen-replacing fillers. Your dermatologist should be able to determine the best type or combination of fillers to suit your needs. The injections will plump up the hollowed region and also lift the outer corner of the eyes. Also, contouring the face for a refreshing look. Filler injected into the temples typically lasts six months to a year, depending on the type of filler used.

4. To smooth wrinkles on knees and/or elbows

Another sign of aging can be sagging and wrinkling of the skin around the knees and elbows. While not the most common procedure, it can certainly be done. Smoothing the knees and elbows is quite similar to the one for cellulite or dimples. Sculptra® is one type of injectable that is not specially approved for the knee or elbow area. It is sometimes used to soften the lines around them. Since knees and elbows are less commonly treated areas, it might be appropriate that patients carefully select a practitioner. A professional who has extensive experience in injectables specifically for the knees and/or elbows.

5. To augment the chin and/or nose

Surprisingly, a rhinoplasty (nose job) is not the only way to restructure the nose. Small amounts of dermal filler can lift the tip of the nose and reduce the appearance of dorsal humps. While you can make significant changes to the nose with injectables, it does have its limitations. For instance, you are not able to reconstruct the nose (e.g. make the nose smaller or narrower). Additionally, non-surgical and non-permanent option to augment the chin can be provided by dermal filler. By adding fullness to give the chin more definition.

6. To smooth out scars

Another transformative way to use injectables is to smooth out acne and surgical scars. By lifting up the skin, so it is flush and no longer creates shadows. Because there are so many different types of scars and many varieties of dermal filler that can be used.

By speaking with a dermatologist, you can determine which filler will best lift depression and increase volume from scars. For instance, Bellafill® is a popular choice that specifically corrects acne scars. Bellafill® is FDA approved and is a mix of both collagen and acrylic, which gives long lasting results. Bellafill® lasts around 12 months when treating acne scars and up to five years. When correcting nasolabial folds, making it considered a semi-permanent filler.

7. To rejuvenate the hands

While most cosmetic procedures are focused on the face, one of the most age-telling features is actually the hands. They are constantly at work and unknowingly exposed to sun damage, especially during activities like driving. As a result, the hands can begin to look saggy, bony, and even show vein and/or joint protrusion.

Radiesse® is a versatile facial injection that has become increasingly popular for hand rejuvenation. It restores volume and smooths out the back of the hands. It is currently the first and only filler that is FDA approved to correct volume loss in the hands. Its results are immediate and expected to last one to two years.

8. To slim the face

Unknown to most, BOTOX® injections can do more than just smooth lines and wrinkles. it can actually slim the face too! If liposuction is to reduce fat, BOTOX® is a much less invasive way to achieve similar results in the face. When it is injected into the masseter muscle (the muscle used for chewing), it relaxes the muscle. It can round out a square jawline or slim down “chubby” cheeks. Results typically take around two weeks to be noticeable and can last around three to four months. And with extended results upon completing a few treatments.

 

Remember to do your due diligence

It is an exciting time in the cosmetics procedure industry as new treatments and uses are being approved daily. But it is still so important to do your due diligence. Make sure you ask all of the right questions beforehand and seek out a top injector or dermatologist. Particularly when targeting a less common feature or requiring off-label usage.

Inquire about the name and type of filler. Afterward, confirm a doctor’s perspective if has experience using that type on the desired feature. Once you are confident in your choice of doctor, you are ready to get started!

 

So, did any of these 8 uses for injectables surprises you?

 

How to Achieve Fast Hair Growth and Stop Hair Loss

How to Achieve Fast Hair Growth and Stop Hair Loss

Achieving fast hair growth is the dream of millions who suffer from embarrassing health/beauty issues nowadays-hair loss.  In recent statistics by American Hair Loss Society, approximately, 35 million men and 21 million women who suffer this problem.

Hair shedding is a normal cycle of physiology.  It is considered normal to shed 100-150 strands of hair per day. However, with aging, one is unable to replenish as fast as our loss.  This leads to gradual thinning of hair, receding hairlines,  or eventual baldness in men.

For women, onset can start as teens if one experiences hormonal imbalance due to the polycystic ovarian syndrome. Childbirth or anemia from heavy menses can further contribute to hair shedding. Hair shaft becomes thinner making it more difficult to maintain hairstyle. By the time she notices scalp is visible, over 50% of hair has been lost.

Instances that should raise a red flag if you experience them:

  • Hair fall more than 150 strands a day
  • Hairs shed or fall off at an increased rate
  • Hair thinning or baldness comes at an earlier age
  • Premature graying of hair
  • Strands of your hair are abnormally brittle
  • The appearance of bald patches
  • Slow down on the growth of hair length

Remember, excessive hair shedding can happen to people under certain circumstances. It shouldn’t be a concern if it is temporary, meaning it stops once the trigger is gone.

A serious form of hair loss condition known as “alopecia areata” or spot baldness. It is due to an auto-immune disorder, where the body attacks the hair follicles. This may affect hairs in all areas of the body.

Baldness patches may occur in the scalp, which may no longer regrow. Alopecia treatment would depend on the type of this disease, age of affected of individual and severity of hair loss.

Currently, there is still no single treatment that can be applied and be proven effective for all that have this condition. For mild alopecia, common treatments are applying a topical cream/ointment like Minoxidil, Anthralin, and corticosteroids.

Reported to halt or reverse the progression of alopecia recently:

 

Another form of hair loss is called “Telogen effluvium”, where the hair follicle prematurely enters the resting phase. Causes of this is hair to fall quicker than the normal phase, which could progress into chronic hair loss.

According to American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, the common causes of this hair ailment are – high fevers, childbirth, severe infections, severe chronic illness, severe psychological stress, major surgery or illnesses, over or underactive thyroid gland, crash diets with inadequate protein, and a variety of medications.

Most hair loss from medications is this type and causes include retinoids, beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, antidepressants, and NSAIDs (including ibuprofen).

 

hair loss

There are other known factors that contribute to hair loss such as the following:

 

Genetics

Male-pattern baldness or female-pattern baldness is a hereditary condition of hair loss.  It happens gradually as the individual ages. It can be addressed with prescription medication Propecia or with plant extracts that naturally block enzymes that convert testosterone to DHT, the main etiology of male pattern hair loss.

Hormonal Imbalance

Women are more susceptible to this. Pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause are some conditions that can affect hair health.

Stress

Stress can trigger abnormal cortisol levels from our adrenal glands and disrupt our endocrine system.  By doing so, it will cause an excess androgenic hormone that affects hair growth. For women, this is not an ideal situation as androgens can result in the eventual destruction of hair follicles.

So high-stress level can overstimulate the adrenal glands, leading to autoimmune issues or adrenal fatigue.  One often sees accelerated hair shedding or patchy hair loss. It is recommended to use adaptogens in natural ayurvedic herbs to support adrenal and minimize the abnormal rise in cortisol level.

Medication and Treatments

Also known as drug-induced hair loss. Some drugs can possibly interfere with hair health. Examples are medication for cancer, high blood pressure, anti-convulsants. anti-depressants, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and in some cases antibiotics. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy and hormonal therapy are treatments that were said to cause hair thinning or hair loss.

Nutrition and Vitamin Deficiency

Nutritional issues can also aggravate hair health. Zinc, iron, biotin and protein deficiency can most likely affect hair growth.  Not getting enough vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, and vitamin E can also be the culprit of hair loss. In particular, vitamin D deficiency has been associated with alopecia.

Underlying Health Conditions

Irregularities in hair appearance and volume can signify health problems. Thyroid disorder (Hypothyroidism), anemia, Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are some of the ailments that can cause hair loss.

Environmental stress from overprocessing, exposure to chemicals and over the styling of our hair can damage hair significantly leading to hair loss. So by stripping away natural protective keratin layer, hair becomes dull, brittle and breaks easily.

Hair loss is more than just a physical problem. Those who suffer from this issue may also be subjected to emotional challenges like embarrassment, anxiety, discomfort, and loss of self-confidence. We all know that “Hair is a crowning glory” and hair loss definitely affect a person’s appearance and quality of life.

Fortunately, there are novel hair growth treatments that are now widely available.  Such treatments included medication,  scalp treatments, laser hair therapy, surgical or non-surgical procedures, effective supplements, and topical regimens.

But of course, before using any of these, one must exercise precaution! Knowledge is the key.

So before we go into what products or treatments to do to make our hair grow faster, let’s first go through a fact check about hair growth.

 

Facts about Hair Growth

hair lossHere are few facts according to Mayo Clinic:

  • Normal hair grows is 1 cm per month or six inches per year
  • 3 stages of hair growth: (1) Anagen phase is known as the growth phase; (2) Catagen phase, also known as the transitional phase; and (3) Telogen phase,  or resting phase (also known as shedding phase)
  • Our hair is composed mainly of a protein called Keratin, which forms the building block for healthy hair.
  • A hair follicle is a dynamic organ found in mammalian skin. It regulates hair growth via a complex interaction between hormones, neuropeptides, and immune cells
  • Humans have the longest growth phase of scalp hair compared to hair growth on other parts of the body.

But hair growth is not something that could happen overnight. One needs to be persistent in using effective regimen to see improvement after 2-3 months and optimal result at 6-12 months.

Some tips you can do to help your hair grow faster or minimize hair loss.

1.) Trim your hair regularly

Sounds odd right? Why cut your hair to make it grow? Well, the aim in doing this is to prevent split-ends, which is a sign of damage to the hair strand. If neglected, the split can progress and extend all throughout the strand then make its way to the hair shaft. At this point, the hair strand can no longer be repaired.

Trimming your hair of less than an inch every 10-12 weeks will help to get rid of the unhealthy hair tips. This will allow the hair to regrow healthier ends.

2.) Use a conditioner

Most often than not many of us use conditioner for its beauty effect. Well, actually there are many health benefits of using it like the following:

  • Conditioners act as a moisturizer making our hair soft and manageable. Aside from the easy styling benefit, we can enjoy, it also helps the hair strand to avoid from getting tangled that cause it to break.
  • It helps our hair cuticle in repairing the damage that can lead to hair breakage and also produces a protective coating to give further protection
  • Conditioners also hydrate the hair strands helping it restore oiliness. Dry hairs are easy to break
  • Aids the scalp in clogging pores to decrease hair loss
  • With ingredients to calm the irritated scalp and to stimulate hair growth

It is best to use a conditioner that suits your hair type to maximize the benefits of conditioning your hair. A revitalizing shampoo and conditioner is a good combination to achieve healthier hair growth.

3.) Give your hair a vacation

Some of our hairstyling and daily routines that if we do frequently can damage our hair. Thus, it would be good to change some of these old habits:

  • Heat styling – blow dry, or flat-iron or curling iron can damage the cuticle of the hair and its proteins.
  • Chemical treatments like coloring and perming – exposing your hair to chemicals can affect the keratin of the air which can weaken the hair strands.
  • Wrapping your hair with a towel can cause your hair strands to tangle with the towel’s fibers. Your strands may end up breaking as you unwrap the towel from your hair. Use cotton fabrics instead of an old t-shirt.
  • Brushing your hair immediately after bath is not good for your hair because it is very fragile when wet. Wait a while and use a wide tooth comb.
  • Tying your hair with elastics can lead to what stylers’ call as “chemical cut”. This is when the hair breaks due to tension from the elastic tying. It is encouraged to use clamps, clips, pins or fabric ponytails.
  • Sleeping on an ordinary pillowcase. We spend hours resting our head in our pillows when we sleep, so it won’t be a surprise if hair strands get caught up on your pillowcase. To avoid friction between your hair and the pillowcase, invest on silk or satin one that has a softer surface.
  • Always wearing a ponytail or bun. Constant tension on the hair may cause it to break over time. If it cannot be avoided, frequently change the location of your ponytail or bun.

 

4.) Have a balanced diet and eat nutritious food.

According to studies, Biotin and protein-rich foods can aid to accelerate hair growth.

Commonly known food that is good for the hair:

  • Eggs; nuts (e.g walnut, almonds);
  • Berries; fruits (e.g avocado);
  • Meat (lean chicken or pork);
  • Fish and other seafood (e.g salmon, shrimp, oysters);
  • Green leafy vegetables (e.g spinach);
  • Seeds (e.g chia, flax, pumpkin) and,
  • Sweet potatoes.

 

Vitamins and nutrients that are important for hair growth:

  • Vitamin A
  • B-Vitamin called Biotin
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Protein.

 

5.) Explore hair-growth supplements.

Our body is unable to absorb the nutrients we need at times. And this may be due to factors like stress, trauma or not eating a balanced meal. Supplements can assist the body in getting an appropriate amount of nutrients. Novel hair supplements can block DHT and counter-inflammatory causes of hair loss. Also, it helps boosts anti-age your follicles to boost hair growth cycle.

However, you must talk to your doctor and rule out other medical causes of hair loss before deciding to take hair growth supplements.

6.) Apply oils. Coconut oil, olive oil, and castor oils are the most popular home remedies for hair.

Below are some significant benefits of oils.

  • It can stimulate hair growth since it can enter deeply and quickly into the hair follicles.
  • Has anti-bacterial properties that are good for the scalp
  • Moisturizes hair
  • Helps to reduce protein loss of hair
  • Makes hair shiny

For better results, put on oil on damp hair. Leave it for 5-10 mins. before shampooing and conditioning.

 

7.) Use quality hair serums.

These natural peptide and oil based product has many benefits for the hair including:

  • Making the hair shinier and softer.
  • On the hair care side, serums give the hair fibers added protection against harmful elements that can damage our hair. A protective coating is formed in the hair cuticle when this hair treatment is applied.
  • Hair serum also helps straighten out frizz that could help avoid the use of heating tools to rid out unwanted fly away or unruly hairs.
  • It is very helpful in treating damaged hair since serums also have strengthening features.

Depending on your hair type and hair care needs, there are different types of hair serums in the market.

 

8.) Keep your scalp healthy. Healthy scalp = healthy hair.

Our scalp cradles our hair from the time it is born until it grows, so give your scalp utmost care.

One basic treat you can do for your scalp is giving it a message. Just as body massage relaxes the muscles and improves blood circulation, doing the same to your scalp can also give the same effect. This can be done while applying oils, scalp serums or while shampooing or conditioning.

 

9.) Consider hair growth and hair loss treatments.

The science of hair care has grown and developed immensely, which lead to the introduction of a variety of products. Advance science has aided in producing more innovative hair products that can target as far as hair follicles.

However, you must be critical and wise in choosing what treatment you will take. It is advisable that you do research and read first before deciding.

 

10.) Consult a doctor.

If worrying about your hair health starts to set in, don’t be hesitant to seek medical help.

We hope that reading this article has been helpful. As you continue your hair care journey, let MD Hair products be your partner in achieving healthy hair growth.

Above all, our quality hair products have become a trusted brand by the finest salons and retailers and even medical centers.

 

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CBD and Endocannabinoids Help With Pain, Anxiety, Sleep, and Autism?

CBD and Endocannabinoids Help With Pain, Anxiety, Sleep, and Autism?

When many hear the name cannabidiol (CBD), they think of getting a “high”, “stoned” or otherwise becoming intoxicated and immediately dismiss the therapeutic effects it may offer. Let’s debunk this myth right from the start. It is not cannabidiol that causes these intoxicated states, but rather its close cousin tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly known as THC. CBD and THC behave differently and act on different receptors in the body, therefore you do not experience an altered state of mind when taking CBD. Its therapeutic qualities, combined with its safety and ease of use make

What is CBD and Where Does It Come From?

CBD is derived from the cannabis plant. The strain of cannabis plant designated for CBD oil production has been specially bred to contain less than 0.3% THC. Plants that fall below this level of THC are referred to as hemp plants. Once the plants have reached the ideal level of maturity,  they are harvested. In some states, each crop must be tested to make sure they don’t exceed 0.3% THC before harvest. The harvest is hung in a ventilated barn for three to four weeks to air-dry. Once cured, the flowers (part of the plant where CBD is located) are sent to a processing facility, where they undergo the extraction process.

Once the oil has been extracted and tested, it is ready for use as the main ingredient in a variety of natural remedy products. Look for quality CBD that is processed using cold extraction when purchasing. It should be free from chemicals and have certifications demonstrating that it comes from a nonGMO batch that is free from heavy metals and pesticides.

What Are Endocannabinoids and What Do I Need to Know About It?

Endocannabinoids are specific molecules that seek out and bind to cannabinoid receptors found throughout the body. Currently, there are over 180 known cannabinoids that have been identified and research is ongoing to discover more. They are part of a class of natural compounds that work together synergistically to enhance what is known as the ‘Entourage effect.’

It is important to note that full-spectrum products contain THC, but broad-spectrum products do not contain THC. Many believe that full-spectrum products work better than CBD alone. This due to the fact that too much CBD will oversaturate the receptors. However, broad-spectrum CBD products do not cause negative side effects when they are consumed in high doses.

Research shows that THC has negative effects on dogs when consumed in high dosages. For this reason, it is recommended to only use broad-spectrum products for pets, avoiding full spectrum altogether. Similarly, the long-term effect of THC on the developing brain has not been determined, thus unless directed by an experienced medical practitioner, it is best to use pure CBD isolate or broad spectrum when given to children.

How Does CBD Work?

Endocannabinoid systems exist naturally throughout the human body. Your body naturally produces endocannabinoids and therefore has two receptors for cannabinoids to attach to. They are called the CB1 and CB2 receptors. Although CB1 receptors are found throughout the body, they are mainly located in the brain. CB1 receptors affect the movement and coordination of the body. They also have an effect on physiological states such as emotions, memories, and mood.

On the other hand, CB2 receptors are located primarily in the immune system and have an effect on immune function, specifically inflammation and pain in the body.

CBD does not directly attach to CB1 and CB2 receptors but instead balance the homeostasis of the body’s endocannabinoid system. They promote and replenish the body’s naturally occurring endocannabinoids and encourage them to attach to the CB1 and CB2 receptors. The result is a myriad of natural health benefits to the user.

Woman putting CBD lotion on hands

Benefits of Using Endocannabinoids

Now that you understand where CBD is derived from and how it works in the body, let’s talk about the benefits of using it to address a variety of ailments. 

Temporary Reduction From Pain

CBD oil promotes the body’s endocannabinoids to interact with the CB2 receptors, which have an effect on the inflammation in the body. This means users may temporarily experience a reduction in inflammation which directly translates into a reduction from chronic pain in the body.

Ease the Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and depression is an inward daily struggle for many that can’t be seen on the outside. Treatment with the use of medications can cause unwanted, nasty side effects. The ability of CBD to ease anxiety and depression in individuals is related to its ability to interact with the receptors that control serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical in the brain that has an effect on an individual’s mood and emotional state.

Improved Sleep

Insomnia or the inability to sleep is a common problem among Americans. Some data show that the use of endocannabinoid can make it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep. This can be due to cannabinoids homeostasis to relax the mind and body by easing anxiety and relieving pain, which is two of the most common reasons people are unable to get a good night’s rest.

Treatment of Autism

Autism is a developmental disorder that can range from very mild to very severe. Those who are diagnosed with autism suffer from some level of impaired communications and social skills. According to the CDC, 1 in 59 children will be diagnosed with autism. Boys are much more likely than girls to be diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. Studies show that CBD is a potential alternative for individuals that fall onto the autism spectrum.

Relieve Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating and progressive neurodegenerative disease for which there is no known cure. Research shows that endocannabinoids may be beneficial to those who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease by reducing the inflammation on the brain and cell damage in the brain, which in turn temporarily minimize the progression.

Ease Symptoms Related to Cancer

Nausea and vomiting are two of the most common and unpleasant side-effects of chemotherapy used in cancer patients. CBD has been shown to be effective in providing relief from these two symptoms as well as increasing the overall comfort level of those who suffer from the side-effects of cancer and cancer treatment. Studies show that it has been used effectively to alleviate pain during cancer treatment.

Ongoing Research

The health benefits of CBD seem to spread wide and far with new benefits being discovered on a regular basis. Over 2,000 published medical studies have been conducted on potential beneficial effects of CBD on neurologic conditions, ADHD, antipsychotic properties, skin carePTSD, and veterinary applications.

How To Use CBD

CBD is most commonly taken orally by users with a couple of different options for ingestion. Individuals who are looking for the fastest absorption method that delivers the strongest effect, then placing the recommended amount directly on or under the tongue is the best method. The CBD oil is absorbed by the mouth and digestive tract delivering health benefits to the user quickly. If you prefer a more subtle approach. CBD can be incorporated into baked goods or beverages such as smoothies.

CBD oil can also be incorporated into lotions and soaps, which are then applied to the body and absorbed through the skin. The method you choose depends on your overall goal and personal preferences when it comes to CBD.

Choose Only the Highest Quality Products to Put In Your Body

MD  understands that your health is important to you. Taking several medications that are a trade-off between offering relief for certain conditions while paying the cost of unwanted side effects is not appealing. CBD is an effective natural alternative in many circumstances. You pay attention to the foods you consume and what you put in your body. It’s only natural that you only want the best products made from the highest-quality ingredients. Visit our website and stay up to date with the latest information and our newest products by signing up today!

 

Do Men and Women Need Different Diet When Weight Training?

Do Men and Women Need Different Diet When Weight Training?

Should Different Diet matter for weight management? Men and women generally train in the same way when it comes to strength training. If you think about it, how many different ways are there to lift weights? Not many. So if men and women strength training routines are the same, do their diets have to be that much different?

Yes, and here’s why:

THE DIFFERENCE

Many females also lift weights and do a lot of cardio training as part of their exercise routine. All of those for an effort to lose body fat and thus weight. While cardio training does burn calories, the female body can sometimes react differently. And that is by holding onto body fat instead of getting rid of it. What you eat is far more important than how much you exercise, when it comes to weight loss.

Think about what you eat as being the responsible agent for weight loss. Cardio, on the other hand, is good for your heart. It helps direct more calories toward muscle and fewer to fat cells.

 

So what should a female diet look like?

Not that much different from men, but typically women tend to gravitate having more sugar in their diet than men.

This generally means women are not getting as much protein as they should:

  • A diet that is 80% carbs
  • 10% protein and
  • 20% fat, will create entirely different results than one that is
    • 40% carbs,
    • 40% protein and
    • 20% fat.

 

Protein is the building blocks of the body. An adequate amount of it is responsible for repairing the damage done to muscles when you lift a weight. Don’t worry – the damage is only temporary and necessary for good toning. However, without enough protein in your diet, muscles won’t repair fast. It will take longer to get that sleek lean look.

Without adequate protein, your body could see muscle as a source of calories if you are not eating enough. Thus consuming muscle mass instead of increasing it slightly.

When thinking about diet:

  • Choose fresh wholesome foods over the prepackaged ones.
  • Prepackaged food can be are loaded with added sugar and high in saturated fats.

When on a weight-lifting diet:

  • Counting the types of calories (carbs, protein and fats) is more important than the total number, although it is important that you get enough each day.

To tone muscles:

  • Eat 500 more calories per day than what is recommended for maintenance at your age and activity level.

To lose weight:

  • Go 500 calories less and make sure your diet has at least 1.7 to 1.8 grams of protein per pound of body weight.

 

Keep in mind that weight is mainly controlled by diet; strength and muscle mass by weight lifting. Controlling these two variables will get you the results you seek.

 

What Are The 5 Mistakes That Women Make When Trying to Get Fit?

What Are The 5 Mistakes That Women Make When Trying to Get Fit?

Fitness training in many women is a big thing with the hope that it will help them get into shape. But, there are mistakes women make when trying to get fit that become stumbling blocks to progress.

Here are some surprising female fitness mistakes and steps on how to avoid them:

 

Becoming Obsessed with Cardio

Many women believe that cardio burns fat while strength training contributes to masculine physiques. Aerobics training is dependable among women trying to get fit. But the problem is doing cardio only that burns muscle. And this could result in women becoming ‘skinny fat’. The body appears lean but actually has a higher body fat percentage because of lost muscle mass.

To get a toned and lean body, women need to mix up their cardio workouts with strength training.

 

Not Lifting Weights or Taking up Strength Training

Weight lifting is more often considered for men. Many women tend to stay away from the weights because they fear of bulking up. It’s a huge misconception. The truth is women don’t build muscle as easily as men due to hormonal factors. Adding weight lifting into your routine will help you get toned. Building muscles will increase your fat burning potential by boosting resting metabolism.

 

Inadequate Protein Intake

There is an idea that protein is the staple food for bodybuilders. Most women don’t take up strength training that’s why protein intake tends to be low in females. In reality, women who exercise should be taking more protein to support their active lifestyle. For active women, fitness experts recommend getting one gram of protein per pound of body weight.

Few benefits of sufficient amounts of protein:

First

You’ll feel less hungry during weight loss while trying to cut back on calories through smaller food portions. This is because proteins tend to create a satiating feeling that fills the stomach on less food.

Second

The body will have the nutrients it needs to repair the trauma muscles endure during exercise.

Third

Your body will have the nutrients it needs to build new muscle fibers and increase your strength.

 

Constantly Losing Weight

Typically, the most common fitness goal women have is to lose weight. But, some individuals stop working out after reaching their target. The cycle then resumes all over again after packing on a few pounds above their ideal weight.

When the desired results are achieved, focus on something else like getting stronger or more flexible. It will become easier to maintain a healthy weight as long as you keep exercising. To support your active lifestyle, manage your calorie intake.

 

Cutting Corners to Look Like Fitness Models

A lot of women look at pictures of models on magazine covers and wish they looked like that. Rushing to get that ‘dream body’, they try different diets and fitness programs to achieve fast results. Unfortunately, more often than not, these desperate tries backfire on them.

Fad diets make it harder to exercise as energy levels slump due to low-calorie intake. Metabolism will slow down and cause the body to pack on more weight than before. If you want to get an athletic fit body, work it that goes into achieving this fitness goal. Meaning eating healthy, exercising on a regular basis, getting adequate rest and practicing diligence along with patience. Because body transformations don’t happen overnight.

 

 

Conclusion:

Reading something like these can help you avoid these errors when you workout. The pitfalls shared above may result in a lack of your workout technique’s improvement, insufficient health benefits or reduced motivation. Therefore, make every effort avoiding them. Put more effort in workout methods that maximize your fitness training results.

 

What Are The Foods Rich in Energy and Nutrients Every Mom Needs To Make Them Fit As an Athlete

What Are The Foods Rich in Energy and Nutrients Every Mom Needs To Make Them Fit As an Athlete

A working mom requires more energy. We sometimes neglect our own healthy eating habits due to many important things at hand. From Career, household, children, and community responsibilities. They tackle it all on a daily basis. From a nationwide survey, 70% of moms believe that all the activities they do make them similar to athletes.

Since good nutrition is vital to an athlete’s performance, moms should treat food as fuel for their busy lives.

Foods rich in energy and nutrients

By choosing foods rich in energy and nutrients, moms can ensure a strong finish at day’s end.

Grain-based foods

Grained-based foods such as crackers and tortillas made from enriched white flour. Bread and cereal made from whole grains, provide important vitamins and minerals such as B vitamins and iron. The B vitamins also help convert food to energy. It’s also another way that grains work to increase a woman’s endurance.

The health-promoting properties of grains are many, but they can benefit moms in different ways at different life stages.

For pregnant moms

Folic acid is essential to the proper development of the baby’s spine. Enriched white flour contains twice the folic acid of whole grains. Boomer moms can also benefit from folic acid. Recent research suggests folic acid may help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and heart disease.

Fiber

The high-fiber content of whole grains has a number of health applications. Fiber has been shown to aid in weight management. So moms trying to lose post-baby weight may reap this particular benefit.

Pregnant moms, often afflicted with constipation, should consider whole grains for their insoluble fiber content. It promotes regularity.

Additionally, whole grain consumption has been shown to lower the risk of:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • And some cancers.

 

Grain-based foods provide important vitamins and minerals, such as B vitamins and iron, to give an extra energy boost.

 

Why Is Protein Important in Our Diets?

Why Is Protein Important in Our Diets?

Protein is essential for life! Like the other macronutrients – fat and carbohydrates, we need it for a variety of reasons. But unlike the other two, our body doesn’t store protein, so we need some of those every day and here is why…

Three types of amino acids in our body:

  • Essential
  • Nonessential
  • Conditional

 

The nonessential and conditional types are made by the body as needed. But the essential type has to come from protein in our food and cannot be made by our body.

The essential amino acids in protein keep us healthy by working in the background. It’s by making new cells, enzymes and various hormones. This is to keep our body functioning optimally. Most people recognize it as building muscle and losing weight.

 

Building Muscle

When we exercise, the protein in muscle cells is damaged. Part of the recovery phase is called protein breakdown. It is where the damaged cells are purged from the muscle. The other part of recovery is replacing the purged cells and adding new ones making for more muscle mass.

Because it takes more calories to support more muscle, metabolism is sped up. This makes the body ends up burning more calories than before. Even while at rest, it is known as the Basal Metabolic Rate.

 

Losing Weight

Most diet plans focus on controlling carbs to help their customers lose weight. In the short-term, calorie deduction of 500 per day should result in a loss of one pound per week.

And how protein helps create that calorie deduction?

First:

It keeps one feeling fuller longer. There’s less of a tendency to grab a snack (more than likely one that is not healthy) between meals. And because the craving to eat is not there, fewer calories are consumed.

Second:

It is harder for the body to breakdown than either fat or carbs. So the body uses some of the calories in protein to break it down. This is known as the thermic effect. For every 100 protein calories consumed, 30 are used in the thermic effect.

 

From building new cells for hair, nails, to balancing out enzymes and hormones, to building muscle and reducing calorie intake… it is easy to see why we need some it each day. On average, about 8 grams of protein from meats, dairy, eggs, tofu, and legumes per 20 pounds of body weight is required each day for optimal body performance

 

What are the stretching tips for Seniors?

What are the stretching tips for Seniors?

As a senior, joint flexibility is one of the keys to living a healthy, active and independent lifestyle for as long as you can. While your joints may have stiffened over the last few years, it is never too late to start a stretching program to get back some of the flexibility lost. Without the intervention of a stretching program, muscles will keep getting shorter and continue to lose their elasticity. Stretching can reduce back and neck pain, improve posture and relieve pain caused by arthritis.

While there are several different types of stretching, the one’s seniors should focus on are static and dynamic.

 

Stretching seniorsStatic vs Dynamic: Static stretching is preferred for lasting muscle length and soft tissue flexibility. It places a reduced load on a muscle, but for a longer period of time. The muscle is slowly extended to its fullest length and held there for 10 to 30 seconds.

Dynamic stretching increases range of motion by placing a greater load, but for a shorter period of time. The muscle is still stretched (but at a faster rate) to its fullest length and held there, but for a shorter amount of time, usually 2 to 5 seconds. It more replicates muscle movement when that muscle is in use.

However, because “muscle bouncing” is more of a danger with dynamic stretching, static is a safer choice as far as minimizing the risk of an injury in seniors. If a dynamic stretching program is used to increase joint flexibility and range of motion, only do it on muscles that have been warmed up prior to stretching.

While stretching is commonly used as part of both pre- and post-workout training programs in younger adults, stretching is the whole exercise program for many seniors.

 

How Often Should I Stretch?

 After muscles are warmed, by doing a mild cardio exercise such as walking, stretch each major muscle group 3 to 5 times holding each stretch for 10 to 30 seconds. To maintain flexibility, stretching should be performed 2 to 3 days per week. For maximum, flexibility stretch 4 to 5 days per week.

 

Sample Stretches

Lower Body:

Hip extension

Hip Extension – Stand while holding onto the back of a chair for stability. Extend one leg backward in a sweeping motion keeping your knee straight. Return to the starting position. Repeat 10 times with each leg.

Ankle Circles – Sit in a chair with your feet flat on the floor. Lift your right foot up bending at the knee. Rotate your foot in a circle 20 times. Change the rotation direction and move in a circle 20 times again. Repeat with another ankle.

 

Upper Body:

Bent OverBent Over Rows – From the standing position, hold onto the back of a chair with one hand for support. With your other arm fully extended downward and holding a lightweight in that hand, pull that arm up and back bending at the elbow until the upper arm is parallel to the floor. Repeat 10 times before switching arms.

 

Overhead press

Overhead Press – Seated in a chair with a light weight in each hand (chest level), ensure your arms are bent at the elbow. Forearms are perpendicular to the floor. Push the weights straight up until arms are fully extended. Hold for a second or two before lowering the weights back down to the starting position. Repeat 10 times.

 

Weights can be a bottle of water, unopened soup can or light dumbbells as required. Increasing and maintaining flexibility makes everyday tasks easier along with being less painful.

 

 

Which is the best for weight loss? Diet vs Metabolic Boosting.

Which is the best for weight loss? Diet vs Metabolic Boosting.

When it comes to weight loss, there are generally three schools of thought. The first is extreme dieting. This involves strictly following the instructions of the latest dieting trend to make headlines. The measures are extreme, and the results are generally short-lived. The second is balanced dieting – controlling your calorie intake against the amount of calories you burn during the day. Creating a calorie deficit is said to result in weight loss. The third is metabolism boosting. Your metabolism is the process by which your body turns food into energy. A slow metabolism leads to your body storing food as fat, while a fast metabolism burns through food more quickly. So which approach is best?

1.) Extreme dieting is nonsense.

You might see short term results, but it is generally completely unsustainable. Put it out of your mind.

2.) Balanced dieting vs. working on your metabolism?

Proponents of both are often quick to disparage the benefits of the other. The reality is a balanced diet and boosting your metabolism really go hand in hand. Keeping both in mind is the best way to approach weight loss.

 

There are many ways to boost your metabolism, but the most important is to make sure you are eating enough of the right foods. Severely reducing your calorie intake slows down your metabolism, making weight loss even more difficult. In order to lose weight, you need to maintain your calorie intake. This is being aware of just how many calories you are taking it, and how you are getting them. By substituting fatty, high-calorie foods for greater portions of healthy, low-calorie foods, you will speed up your metabolism and lose weight more quickly.

Another aspect of dieting and metabolism is exercise. Aerobic exercise burns calories, but by increasing your heart rate you can encourage your metabolism to work faster, greatly increasing the benefits. A good way to increase heart rate is to introduce high-intensity periods to your exercise. Joggers can break out to a sprint and walkers can increase to a jog —30 seconds every few minutes.

The truth is there is no definitive answer to the question of dieting vs. metabolism. A balanced diet (not a severe calorie cutting diet) will naturally improve your metabolism. Similarly, foods and activities to boost your metabolism will result in a more balanced diet. The key is in understanding your body. Understand the foods it needs and what positively impacts your metabolism. Keeping both in mind can you see sustained, permanent weight loss.