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What To Eat More This Fall To Keep Your Skin Healthy

What To Eat More This Fall To Keep Your Skin Healthy

What can you eat this fall to keep your skin healthy, soft and smooth while preventing wrinkles from forming? Ask a dermatologist or a nutrition expert. They will tell you that a well-balanced diet containing antioxidants will really help to keep skin supple, glowing and firm. These antioxidants are also going to be protagonists in fighting the aging skin battle. The link between nutrition and skin aging is well established by extensive research.

One useful way to start is to read the book called Ageless Face, Ageless Mind by Nicholas Perricone who is a dermatologist. To save you time, I can tell you about 10 superfoods that are going to give your skin a real boost this fall.

1. Blueberries

Of all the 40 fruits and vegetables which contain these antioxidants, blueberries come out on top as having the most, according to the US Department of Agriculture.

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Have you ever seen a peeled apple turning brown? This is the process due to oxidation and is set in motion by the free radicals in the body. They cause a lot of damage to body and skin cells. The best way to fight them is by eating foods which are rich in antioxidants which can slow down that process. The best antioxidants are the main vitamins A, C, B, and D together with lycopene, selenium, and lutein.

2. Carrots

These have lots of Vitamin A and other antioxidants which can help to reduce aging of the cells all over your body. Vitamin A is really useful in preventing those wrinkles and helps maintain smooth skin while keeping all those blemishes at bay.

3. Cauliflower

Did you know that the French king Louis XIV was a great cauliflower fan? This great and versatile vegetable has got loads of vitamin C which helps our bodies to make more collagen. Collagen comes from the Greek word for glue which is “kolla”. It is a protein which acts as a kind of glue and keeps ligaments, bones, tendons, and skin together. It gives skin its elasticity and structure.

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4. Cucumbers

Normally field cucumbers are available up to the end of October. They have two great elements for healthy skin. One is that they contain lots of vitamin C which is also great for protecting your skin from sun damage. They also contain caffeic acid which helps protect the skin cells from harmful UV radiation.

5. Turnips

Turnips contain lots of the vitamin B group. These include folate, thiamine and pantothenic acid. These are essential for a healthy nervous system but also healthy skin and hair. Vitamin B12 can keep skin pigmentation regular and even. Vitamin B5 is great for helping to keep acne and reddened skin under control. You may prefer to ramp up your vitamin B intake by using topical creams or supplements.

6. Wild salmon

One of the great values of Omega -3 fatty acids is that they can keep your skin moisturized. Wild salmon has lots of these so forget about the farmed salmon. As an added bonus, this wild salmon also has selenium which also protects the skin from the harmful effects of too much sun exposure.

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7. Oysters

There is some research which suggests that a zinc deficiency in your diet may contribute to acne and other skin problems. Ramping up on zinc through diet can help. Most fish like tuna and herring contain zinc but oysters are the best source of all. Chicken, beans, and chickpeas are great alternatives if you cannot get oysters. Zinc can be useful when skin cell renewal and repair are necessary.

8. Strawberries

Lots of vitamin C in these as well. There is now research that shows people have better skin and fewer wrinkles if they eat lots of foods which have high levels of vitamin C, according to a paper in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. If you can get strawberries this fall, go for them as they are better for your skin than oranges and other fruit.

9. Tomatoes

Another antioxidant we have mentioned above is lycopene and tomatoes have loads of them! Tomatoes can help to reduce reddening of the skin, can also help in keeping your skin moist, and are great for fighting cellular damage.

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10. Olive oil

You cannot go wrong with olive oil. It has anti-inflammatory properties as well as being in the top ten as a powerful antioxidant. You can apply it to the skin and of course you can consume it in salads and other dressings and sauces. Italians love olive oil poured over a piece of bread as a delicious, healthy snack. It is a staple of the Mediterranean diet which is one of the healthiest on the planet.

“Ancient Romans massaged olive oil into their skin….when used topically, olive oil results in smoother, more radiant skin.” – Dr. Perricone, dermatologist.

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Last Updated on September 28, 2020

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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Con #2: Less Human Interaction

One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

Con #4: Unique Distractions

Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

Final Thoughts

Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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