Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Tips To Better Eye Care

Dark Eye Circles are most commonly caused by lack of sleep, but in addition, ageing, heredity, fatigue, allergies (like eczema and asthma), sun exposure and stress can darken the pigment around the eyes as well. Many studies have shown that smoking or drinking too much alcohol, coffee, soda and other highly-caffeinated beverages will only worsen dark circles.

It is extremely important that we use preventative measures in protecting this vulnerable part of our faces, but for those of us who have not been historically diligent in this area we should use products for skin protection, as well as products specifically formulated to address our concerns.

As the eyes are one of the most precious part of the body, one should not feel shy in spending a little more amount for this type of product. It's important to note, when applying an eye cream, only a small amount is necessary. About the size of a pea is more than enough for each eye. Always use your ring finger and apply with light patting motions inside the orbital bone (that’s the bone you feel surrounding your eye socket). Do not put it on eyelids or over-apply as irritation may occur

Proper application of eye treatments will enhance your product experience and produce the best results. Use the product as directed by the manufacturer’s label. And remember, no eye product should cause burning or stinging in the eye – if this occurs discontinue use immediately.

In addition to use of a high quality eye treatment there are some other ways to protect and maintain the skin surrounding your eyes, including the following:
  • Get a sufficient amount of sleep.
  • Use sunscreen.
  • Wear sunglasses that provide sufficient protection to your eyes and the surrounding areas.
  • Maintain adequate hydration by drinking plenty of water.
  • Limit your intake of caffeine, soda and alcohol.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

What Causes Someone to Become Obese?

The Simple Truth

The core reason people become overweight or obese is fairly simple:

If you take in more calories than are required by your body on a daily basis (known as "energy imbalance"), those surplus calories will be converted into fat.

If this energy imbalance continues for an extended period of time, it will lead to overweight or obesity.

Tendency for weight gain differs from one person to another due to pre-existing factors like genetics, health problems, general activity level, and mobility issues. Your metabolism dictates how effectively the calories you take in are used. Each person has their own individual daily caloric needs, called the Basal Metabolic Rate.

Calories In/Calories Out

When you take in more calories than your BMR requires, those excess calories turn into excess weight. Think of your incoming and outgoing calories as a checking account that must be balanced. When you eat and drink, the food or beverage's calories are either used or banked.

If you do not spend the calories efficiently, the "extra income" is stored in your body as fat. Your fat cells grow and multiply ... and you gain weight.

Other Possible Causes

It's important to remember that there are other, underlying causes that can contribute to one's tendency to become overweight or obese.

There are some factors in weight gain that we simply have no control over. For example. some illnesses may lead to weight gain, such as Cushing's disease.

Certain medications like steroids and antidepressants may also cause weight gain.There are also other underlying issues that often lead to weight gain, such as genetics, environmental factors, psychological issues, physical inactivity due to injury or illness, and eating disorders, such as BED (binge eating disorder).

The Bottom Line

The good news is, regardless of the cause(s) -- including any uncontrollable contributing factors -- monitoring calorie intake and increasing activity levels is an effective way for almost anyone to reach and maintain a healthier weight.

Saturday, June 7, 2008



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