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Drink For Better Skin: 10 Recipes For Busy People

Drink For Better Skin: 10 Recipes For Busy People

You know that a poor diet will make you look tired, washed-out, and unhealthy. But when was the last time you considered the impacts of what you drink on your skin? Even if you lead a busy life with a packed-out schedule, choosing the right liquid nourishment for fabulous skin doesn’t have to be time-consuming or difficult. Check out these ten easy ideas for ways to nurture your skin from the inside out.

1. Cucumber Water

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    Health Benefits: Water is the most important drink for healthy skin. It helps maintain your skin hydration levels, keeping it plump and firm. Dehydration is a key cause of premature skin aging, so drink lots of water and stay looking younger for longer.

    Make It: Fill a large jug of mineral water. Slice a cucumber thinly and stir it through the water before leaving in a fridge for a few hours.

    2. Aloe Vera Juice

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      Health Benefits: Aloe vera has been used for centuries in treating inflamed skin, but drinking the juice is also an excellent way to enjoy the benefits.

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      Make It: Using a sharp knife, slit open an aloe vera plant leaf. Squeeze out the gel and blend with water or the juice of your choice.

      3. Kale Smoothie

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        Health Benefits: Kale is high in vitamin A, which plays an important role in helping your skin repair damage. It also contains vitamin K, which may help alleviate dark under-eye circles.

        Make It: Blend 1 cup of kale, 1/2 banana, 3/4 cup of apple juice, and 1/2 cup of ice in a blender and serve.

        4. Berry and Flaxseed Smoothie

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          Health Benefits: Berries are high in antioxidants, which have restorative properties. Flaxseed is high in essential fatty acids, which encourage your skin to heal itself and glow!

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          Make It: Blend 1 1/2 cup mixed berries, 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed, 1/2 cup natural yogurt, and 1/2 cup of milk and serve.

          5. Pomegranate and Apple Juice

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            Health Benefits: Each serving of pomegranate juice provides significant quantities of folic acid together with vitamins C, E, and A. Its nutrient profile helps skin cells repair and regenerate themselves, and can prevent lines from appearing on the skin.

            Make It: Scoop the seeds from one large pomegranate, blend together with a cored apple, and serve.

            6. Carrot Juice With Apple

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              Health Benefits: Carrots are high in beta-carotene, which promotes clear skin. Apple sweetens the juice and provides a more interesting flavour than carrot alone.

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              Make It: Combine the juice of 4 carrots with the juice of 1 apple and add a touch of ginger for a more complex flavour.

              7. Soy Latte

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                Health Benefits: Make your regular coffee more skin-friendly with the addition of soy milk. Soy contains genistein, a plant hormone that helps the production of collagen in the skin. Why is this important? Collagen is vital in keeping skin flexible and youthful, so ingesting soy on a regular basis may help preserve youthful-looking skin. Soy also contain isoflavones, which research suggests may improve general skin appearance.

                Make It: Simply swap regular dairy milk for soy. Remember, however, that soy milk curdles when mixed with boiling water, so allow your drink to cool slightly before adding it and stirring well.

                8. Pineapple Smoothie

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                  Health Benefits: Pineapple is high in bromelain, an enzyme with anti-inflammatory properties. This means that pineapple may be soothing for skin that is prone to acne and irritation.

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                  Make It: Blend together 3 large slices of pineapple, 1 apple, 1/2 a cucumber, and serve.

                  9. Green Tea

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                    Health Benefits: Green tea is high in antioxidants, which help every organ in your body repair itself. Research suggests it may be protective against the effect of harmful UV rays. As an added bonus, it is calorie-free!

                    Make It: Green tea is available as both teabags and in loose-leaf form, and either will give you the skin-boosting properties you need. Add a splash of lemon juice for an extra tang.

                    10. Skin-Calming Carrot and Fennel Smoothie

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                      Health Benefits: Fennel and evening primrose oil both calm flushed, red skin via their powerful antioxidant properties.

                      Make It: Blend together 1 apple, 1 carrot, 1/2 fennel bulb, a few slices of cucumber, 1/2 a ripe avocado, and a pierced oil of evening primrose capsule.

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                      Last Updated on November 11, 2019

                      How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                      How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                      Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

                      To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

                      Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

                      1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

                      Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

                      Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

                      To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                      2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

                      Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

                      If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

                      Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

                      3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

                      Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

                      Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

                      4. Feed Your Brain

                      Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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                      This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

                      Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

                      Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

                      5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

                      According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

                      Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

                      Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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                      6. Write it Down

                      If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

                      It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

                      You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

                      7. Listen to Music

                      Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

                      8. Visual Concepts

                      In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

                      Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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                      Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

                      9. Teach Someone Else

                      Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

                      Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

                      10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

                      Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

                      So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

                      Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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