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How to achieve YOUR best shape

How to achieve YOUR best shape

We’ve all heard it – being ‘skinny’ is no longer the ultimate beauty benchmark, fit is the new thin.

Finally, the world is realising that we’re not all the same, and that’s something to be celebrated. If we were all identical, the world would be a very grey place. Some people are naturally thin, whilst others have more curves and that’s fantastic.

Our difference is what makes us human. Our height and body composition is ultimately genetic, something we can’t do much about but we do have control over making the most of our natural shape.

It’s not about what you weigh, so stop beating yourself up about that. Look at professional sportspeople, chances are they weigh more than you think. Your muscle-to-fat ratio is much more important than the number on the scales.

There’s a growing movement in Australia around embracing your own best shape, understanding how to achieve it and in essence, being the best you that you can be.

It’s about finding that exercise regime that works for you – is it Pilates, jogging or smashing out an F45 class? If you don’t like it, try something else. You’re only going to give up if you dread the thought of it.

It’s also about eating well. We all know that a healthy, balanced diet isn’t about starving yourself, cutting out food groups or only eating certain coloured foods. It’s about a balance of fresh fruit and veg, protein, carbs and even fat. It’s about not denying ourselves, but limiting processed foods and refined sugar, and finding alternatives that make us feel good.

So, you’re taking proactive steps to maintain a healthy and active life, but you’re just not getting the results you want. How about giving yourself the extra leg up, with Slenderiiz

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You’re feeling good, but Slenderiiz helps you to feel great.

The extra helping hand complements a healthy lifestyle and exercise regime, increasing muscle mass, tone, and supporting skin hydration.

Firstly, Slenderiiz is a homeopathic formula designed to assist in the specific release of visceral fat and subcutaneous fat — fatty deposits located under the surface of the skin within the body. As a hormone-free and pharmacopeia approved product, Slenderiiz aids in reducing these fat stores simultaneously.

Visceral fat is commonly defined as central obesity and has been linked to a number of degenerative diseases whilst subcutaneous fat is located beneath the skin and is composed of adipocytes that are grouped together in lobules separated by connective tissue. These deposits contribute to the appearance of unsightly cellulite in various places on the body.

This never-before-seen combination has been created to give you an extra lift on your journey to becoming your best self.

Take it daily prior to meals and once before you go to bed.

Find out more here Slenderiiz Day and Night Drops

8 ways to get rid of your acne

Acne is a burden that too many adolescents and young adults face. It creates fear of going out in public and can create long term damage to the skin in the form of scarring.

So what can we do about it?

First, we need to know what it is in order to figure out how to combat it but fortunately there are some great ways to improve if not completely rid yourself of this horrible condition just like Nikki in the picture below. To find out how she did it and what products she used, keep reading.

Meet Nikki: Northern NSW Australia

Meet Nikki: Northern NSW Australia

 

Acne, also known as pimples, occurs due to the overactivity of the oil glands on your skin. This overactivity of oil glands also results in the inflammation of your skin pores. Certain types of bacteria can worsen acne and it can appear on any part of your skin, but in most cases it occurs on the face.

It is worth noting that there is no specific 100% sure-fire way to prevent acne. This is because acne is triggered by androgens, and in some instances, genetics. Nevertheless, there are some methods that you may use to keep them in check and treat the signs and symptoms that we will examine them below.

  1. Proper washing of the face is important

To reduce the occurrence of acne, you must wash your face and keep it clean. Sweat and excess oil contribute to acne so it’s extremely important to keep your face clean but also be aware that washing your face more than two times per day can worsen your acne.

Do not subject your face to the abrasiveness of harsh chemicals. Instead, make use of an alcohol-free cleanser.

Here’s the right way to wash your face:

  • Pour some warm water on your face
  • Gently apply a mild cleanser with your fingers and coat your face with the cleanser.
  • Do not use a washcloth.
  • Rinse well, and dry.

  2. Know your skin

No one is immune to pimples, no matter the type of skin you have. But the skin that is most prone to pimples is oily skin. Generally, a person has oily skin when the sebaceous gland on the individual’s skin produces excess oil sebum.

Combination skin is also prone to pimples. A person with combination skin has both oily and dry areas on his or her skin. Most times, the oily areas are on the nose, chin, and forehead.

Having a good understanding of your skin type will allow you to select the right skincare products. A person with oily skin should go for products that will not block the pores and are oil and fragrance free.

  3. Moisturize your skin

Moisturisers hydrate the skin. But then, some moisturizers contain synthetic fragrance, oil, and other ingredients that can irritate the skin and trigger pimples. For those who suffer with oily skin, you may think that this means your skin is hydrated enough but this is in fact wrong. You need moisture more than anyone!

You can prevent acne by using fragrance-free noncomedogenic moisturizers anytime your skin feels dry or when you wash your face. Peptide Plus is an amazing product that does just that.

Nucerity Peptide Plus Moisturiser

Nucerity Peptide Plus Moisturiser

 

   4. Stay hydrated

If a person is dehydrated, his or her body may send signals to the oil glands in the skin to increase oil production. Dehydration makes your skin look dull and enhances redness and inflammation.

There are multiple ways you can hydrate your skin. One is to hydrate your body properly by drinking up to 8 glasses of water each day. More water should be taken especially after exercise, if you are breastfeeding, or pregnant, or you stay in a hot environment.

To hydrate your skin directly, just like Nikki pictured above, you can use  Skincerity Nightly Breathable Mask

Skincerity Nightly Breathable Masque

Skincerity Nightly Breathable Masque

 

 

   5. Reduce the makeup

The temptation to cover up pimples with makeup may be great but it has a disadvantage. Covering your pimples with makeup clogs the pores on your skin and triggers outbreaks.

If you wish to put on makeup, make it light and avoid heavy and greasy foundation. Use makeup products that are sheer and water based.  Rejuvenating Barrier is the worlds only water based primer which is an essential product in an acne sufferers make up kit.

Nucerity Rejuvenating Barrier

Nucerity Rejuvenating Barrier

 

Oily and greasy shampoos, shaving creams, body washes, and products for hairstyling can all trigger pimples so to minimize outbreaks of pimples, use noncomedogenic, oil-free options.

   6. Avoid frequent touching of your face

Your hands are continually exposed to bacteria and grime and whenever you touch your face, some of these impurities will be transferred to your skin. If you feel an itch, you’re free to scratch it, but then wash your hands regularly and do not touch your face frequently.

   7. Limit exposure to the sun

Exposing yourself to the sun for a short time may dry out the acne, but it complicates issues in the long run. Frequent exposure to the sun causes dehydration of the skin, which in the long run causes the production of more oil and blockage of pores.

You must put on sunscreen to protect your skin but then, most sunscreens contain a lot of oil. An oil-free, noncomedogenic sunscreen will offer protection from both pimples and sun.

   8. Avoid popping your pimples

There’s always the urge to pop the white on your nose tip, but as much as you can try to resist it. Yes! Popping pimples may cause severe scarring, bleeding, or infection. It also increases the clogs around your pores, causes inflammation, and subsequently, worsens the pimple so always avoid the temptation.

 

9 ways to improve your gut health

9 WAYS TO IMPROVE GUT HEALTH

When we talk about gut health, we are referring to the balance of microbes that reside in our digestive tract but why is that so important to our health?

The simple answer is that microbes and more specifically microbiome have been proven to have huge benefits to improving our health. Benefits include improved immunity, decreased anxiety and symptoms of depression, improved weight loss and more importantly, improved cardiovascular health & fitness.

To maintain our mental and physical health, as well as our immunity, it is important that we improve our gut health and also maintain the balance of these microbes. There are about 100 trillion microbes (yeasts, viruses, and bacteria) residing in our gut. They are known collectively as “gut flora” or “gut microbiome.”

Most microbes make positive contributions to human health. As a matter of fact, some are very essential. Others may cause us harm, especially when they reproduce.

In this blog, we will examine 9 evidence-based ways to boost gut microbiome and enhance your health overall. You can also check out these two amazing products below that have been shown to significantly improve your inner health.

                                       

 

Include probiotics and fermented foods in your diet

Probiotics refer to the beneficial bacteria in our gut. Many people boost these probiotics by taking probiotic supplements.

Probiotic supplements can be purchased online, as well as in drug stores and in stores that sell whole foods.

Studies have shown that taking probiotics can boost the health of our gut microbiome, as well as prevent inflammation of the gut and other GIT disorders.

Fermented foods are rich in probiotics and regular consumption of the following can improve our gut health:

  • Kefir
  • Fermented vegetables
  • Kimchi
  • Miso
  • Tempeh
  • Sauerkraut
  • Kombucha

Prebiotic fiber is important

Probiotics thrive on prebiotics. Prebiotics are carbohydrates that cannot be digested. With prebiotics, there will be rapid multiplication of beneficial bacteria in our gut.

A 2017 research has shown that prebiotics may improve the tolerance of probiotics to some environmental conditions, such as temperature changes and PH.

People who desire an improvement in their gut health can add more of the following foods to their diet:

  • Bananas
  • Asparagus
  • Chicory
  • Jerusalem artichoke
  • Garlic
  • Whole grains
  • Onions

 

Reduce your intake of sweeteners and sugar

Eating lots of artificial sweeteners and sugar may trigger gut dysbiosis. Gut dysbiosis is a term that describes the imbalance of microbes in the gut.

A 2015 animal-based study suggested that the American diet, which has high fat and sugar content and impacts negatively on the gut microbiome. This, in turn, can affect brain function and behavior.

A second study showed that aspartame, an artificial sweetener, causes an astronomic increase in the number of bacterial strains that contributes to metabolic disease. Metabolic disease is a term that describes a group of conditions that places a person at risk for heart disease and diabetes.

Studies have also shown that the consumption of artificial sweeteners by humans may have negative impacts on the levels of glucose in the blood due to their negative effect on gut flora. This implies that even though an artificial sweetener may not be sugar, it can still increase blood sugar levels.

Minimize stress

Effective stress management improves most aspects of human health, gut health included.

Research has shown that psychological stressors actually disrupts the gut flora. According to the study, it doesn’t matter if the stress is short-lived or long-lived.

Many stressors can affect our gut health as humans and these include:

  • Poor sleep
  • Psychological stress
  • Stress from the environment, such as noise, cold, or heat
  • Alteration of our circadian rhythm

There are a few stress management techniques that we can employ, including deep breathing, meditation, and muscle relaxation. Regular exercise, adequate sleep, and healthy eating can also minimize stress levels.

Avoid unnecessary intake of antibiotics

I agree that antibiotics help to fight bacterial infections. But then, excessive use of antibiotics can trigger antibiotic resistance.

Antibiotics also have negative impacts on immunity and gut microbiota. Studies have shown that the human gut may still be deficient in some species of bacteria 6 months after using antibiotics.

One study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that 30% of antibiotic prescriptions done by US doctors are unnecessary. Because of this, the CDC recommends that people discuss alternative treatments with the doctor prior to usage.

Regular exercise is important

Exercising regularly boosts heart health, and contributes to weight maintenance or weight loss. Studies have shown that regular exercise may contribute to good gut health, which, in turn, puts obesity in check.

A regular workout may increase the diversity of bacterial species. According to a 2014 research, athletes had a large variety of gut flora compared to nonathletes. But then, the diet eaten by the athletes was different compared to the control group, which could contribute to the differences in their gut microbiome.

According to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, adults should exercise moderately for at least 150 minutes weekly. This should be backed up by strengthening exercises at least twice weekly.

Get adequate sleep

Getting adequate sleep can improve gut health, cognition, and mood. A 2014 study showed that disturbed sleep or irregular sleep can impact negatively on our gut flora, thus raising the risk of inflammation.

The goal is to improve your sleep habits by getting into bed and waking at the same time daily and getting at least 7 hours each night for adults.

Smoking is harmful. Avoid it

Smoking has negative effects on gut health, lungs, and heart health. It also increases a person’s risk of cancer.

A review of studies conducted in 2018 discovered that smoking disrupts the gut flora by boosting the number of harmful microbes and drastically reducing the levels of good gut flora. These may raise the risk of systemic and intestinal conditions, including inflammatory bowel disease.

Switch to the vegan lifestyle

Research has shown that there’s a great difference between the gut flora of vegetarians and that of meat-eaters. A vegetarian diet is rich in prebiotic fiber which explains why it may boost gut health.

For instance, a study found that obese people who followed a vegetarian diet strictly (eliminating essentially all animal products) for a month, had low levels of gut inflammation. They also recorded weight loss.

 

A healthy gut boosts immune function and overall health. By making the right dietary and lifestyle changes, humans can take control of the number and diversity of micro-organisms in their gut.

Simple lifestyle changes can include eating a vegetarian diet rich in fiber (or at least some of the time), minimizing one’s use of antibiotics, and taking probiotics. Regular exercise and adequate sleep are among the other changes that a person can make which will have many different benefits to their overall health.

It is important that you get your doctor’s consent before making drastic changes to your diet or exercise program as well as advice from someone specialized in exercise and nutrition.

How to sneak in extra greens and veggies

Sneak in your greens and veggies

Keep veggies visible
Some switched-on snacking studies, show that people – particularly kids – are more likely to eat what they regularly see. So, all those greens in the fridge? It’s a case of less ‘out of sight, out of mind’ … and more ‘out of fridge, into reach’. Tactic: Bowl of fruit or platter of carrots, front and centre!

If visible veggies doesn’t do the trick then here’s five delicious ways to get some good, healthy and yes – green – food into those fussy little (… and big!) mouths.

Smoothie Operator
Hide all that greeny goodness in a smoothie that’s cunningly dressed with bright fruits like tangy raspberries and sweet banana.

Cheesy veggies
Chop up some broccoli and mix them into a creamy garlic sauce or better still garnish with a healthy sprinkling of grated parmesan. You’ll have cleaner plates than normal we’re sure!

Pick your pesto
Pesto has the heroic garlicy and lemony capabilities to hide the bland flavours of greenies, even the bitterness of kales. Chicken and rice dishes click with it, and there’s plenty of flavoursome pesto to pick from!

Snappy snacks
Carrots and celery… meh! But carrots and celery with hummus, yogurt or cream cheese dip? Now, you’re talking. And dipping. And eating. And loving.

Mix and mash
Switch your usual starchy mashed potato to way-less-starchy mashed cauliflower. The kids (… and adults) will hardly notice the difference, apart from a lovely non-starchy creaminess of cauli. A banger of an idea!

If you are still having trouble getting them in, then try our greens powder. Its delish and packs a punch with 1kg of veggies per serve https://www.beautyofaction.com/product/slenderiiz-giving-greens-drink/

5 Ways To Boost Your Energy Levels

Are You Always Tired? 5 Ways to Boost Your Energy

Are you always tired? You wake up on Monday morning and your first thought is ‘Wow, I’m tired’. Unfortunately it’s a thought that lingers until your first coffee and creeps back in every couple of hours when the coffee wears off, sound familiar? We’re a nation of tired people. So how can you boost your energy levels?

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Dangers of Unfiltered Water While Travelling

Dangers of Unfiltered Water While Travelling

Water is not purified wherever you go, it may seem safe to drink because it comes out of the tap but that is unfortunately not a given for most places that you go. So what are the dangers to human health if you regularly consume unfiltered water?

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Vitamins and Minerals How to Get What You Need

How to get all the nutrients that you need?

Vitamins and minerals are known as “micronutrients” and they are essential nutrients that perform a plethora of important roles in the body. A healthy individual will consume a healthy amount of each nutrient and vitamin from their diet, based on government recommended dietary allowance guidelines (RDAs).

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How essential oils can improve your sleep

How essential oils can improve your sleep?

Falling asleep, staying asleep and snoring can be difficult for a lot of people. In fact, sleep disturbances are one of the most common health concerns. So if you are someone who suffers with poor quality sleep, keep reading this article so you can learn how to use essential oils to improve your sleep and quality of life.

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What is activated charcoal and why is it on trend?

What is activated charcoal and why is it on trend?

Activated charcoal has become increasingly popular in recent times, and for good reason. It’s a powerful yet totally natural treatment for a range of conditions that has a number of pretty amazing benefits. It’s primarily great for detoxification, which is great if you want to cleanse your body and restore balance.

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Why drinking tap water is slowing killing you

Why drinking tap water is bad for you?

There once was a time when the water out of your tap was as pure as you were going to get when it came to the quality of water. But times have changed and our understanding of water purification has developed. Studies have shown the benefits of drinking filtered water over tap water, due to the chemical contaminants hidden in tap water.

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