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Intermittent Fasting: The Science of Going Without

Intermittent Fasting: Feature Photo

If you’ve recently had a conversation about dieting and weight management, then you’ve probably heard talk of intermittent fasting. But what is intermittent fasting? And is it healthy? Currently, this is quite an under-researched topic, with limited research in humans.

In other words, the answer is a little complicated, but let’s break it down together.

The Science of Going Without

Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern where you cycle between periods of eating and fasting. It’s a way to manage your weight and promote overall health, not by limiting what you eat, but by limiting when you eat.

There are several different intermittent fasting methods, such as:

  • Daily intermittent fasting: 16-hour fast followed by an eight-hour eating period each day.
  • Alternate day intermittent fasting: Cycle between 24-hour periods of eating and fasting.
  • The 5-2 method, eat regularly for five days during the week and restrict food during 2 days to about 500 to 600 calories during the fasting days.

How does intermittent fasting work? To put it simply, when your body is digesting food, it’s in the “fed state.” This typically lasts three to five hours after your last meal. During this state, your body doesn’t burn fat as efficiently because your insulin levels are high and you are getting needed energy from food.

But if you don’t eat for around eight to 12 hours after your last meal, your body will enter the “fasted state.” Your insulin levels are low because your body has stopped absorbing food and, as a result, your body burns stored food energy (fat) more easily.Intermittent Fasting: Scale

The Pros and Cons

So we know what intermittent fasting is and what it does, but the real questions are—is it healthy? Is it safe? Is it something you should do?

Your body is unique. And so is everyone else’s. Many people have tried intermittent fasting with great results, and they happily want to share their success with others.

But for many people, intermittent fasting is not the answer they’re looking for. For some people, it could even be a danger to their long-term health.

Let’s look at just a few of the many possible pros and cons of incorporating intermittent fasting into your daily life.

Pros:

  • Promotes health and weight management. Some studies show intermittent fasting may be a promising way to lose weight and improve metabolic health.
  • No calorie counting. With intermittent fasting, you don’t have to change what you eat in order to stay under your daily calories. By controlling when you eat, you have the freedom to eat what you want.
  • It’s simple. Intermittent fasting makes your day simpler. When on a fasting program, you plan for and cook less meals. Some people find this simplicity liberating, as they have more time to devote to other activities they love.

Cons:

  • Dropout rate is high. Recent studies show people may be more likely to quit an intermittent fasting routine before it can provide any real benefit to their health.
  • You could develop bad eating habits. Intermittent fasting can be very stressful for some people. This, coupled with a lack of satisfaction, means they end up eating much more than they should during non-fasting periods.
  • Dangerous for people with certain conditions. While safe for most people, intermittent fasting can have negative effects if you have diabetes, are pregnant or breastfeeding, or take certain medications. Make sure to always consult your physician before introducing any fasting routine or change in diet as part of your everyday life.

The Choice Is Yours

Intermittent Fasting: Plate

At the end of the day, there is not yet enough scientific evidence to prove or disprove intermittent fasting as superior to traditional dieting, nor to prove or disprove it promotes long-term health better than counting calories. On the flip side, there also isn’t any strong evidence it’s harmful to average adults, either.

If you have the willpower for an intermittent fasting routine, then more power to you. If not, there’s nothing wrong with a more traditional method of weight management.

 

Research is ongoing and, hopefully, we’ll soon know the benefit of intermittent fasting. Until then, the best diet is one you can maintain consistently—along with plenty of exercise.

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Essential Oils 101

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East Coast Life Solutions has regular Essential Oils 101 classes. These classes are fun and informative to give you quality information on how to use and experience oils safely for you and your family. Please check our Specials for up-to-date dates and locations. If you are so inclined, we can do a presentation in your home or for clubs and organizations.

 

What Are Essential Oils?

If you have ever enjoyed the scent of a rose, you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. These naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. Essential oils provide plants with protection against environmental threats and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and being beautifully fragrant to people, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health-care practices.

How Do I Use Essential Oils?

Essential oils are used for a very wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used a single oil at a time or in complex blends in one of three methods:

Aromatic

Certain essential oils, when diffused, can be very stimulating, while others can be calming and soothing. Diffusing essential oils can also cleanse and purify the air of unwanted odors.

Topical

Essential oils are easily absorbed by the skin and can be safely applied topically.

Internal

Certain essential oils have a rich culinary history and can be used as dietary supplements for targeted wellness.

Essential oils are both exciting and promising when it comes to taking care of your own and your family’s health. Whether you’re applying essential oils topically, enjoying the aromatic benefits through diffusing, or taking essential oils internally, the positive effects of essential oils are boundless.

That’s why you’ll want to ensure that the essential oils you are using are capable of delivering on their promise. You’ll want to make sure that you are choosing essential oils for their potency and their purity.

Frankincense
Frankincense
Lavender
Lavender
Lemon
Lemon
Melaleuca
Melaleuca
Oregano
Oregano
Breathe
dōTERRA BreatheTM
DigestZen
DigestZen®
On Guard
dōTERRA On Guard®
Deep Blue
Deep Blue®

There’s an Oil for That!

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Is It Safe to Ingest Essential Oils?

Contributed by Dr. Joshua Yorgason, MD – Otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon)
Member of doTERRA Medical Advisory Board 

Introduction

 

Each type of oil contains a mixture of natural chemical compounds unique to that species of plant and to the environment in which the plant is grown. For thousands of years, humans have ingested plants in the form of food as well as plant parts and extracts as herbal health products and teas from leaves and flowers, which contain essential oils.

One could argue that it should also be safe to ingest essential oils in small quantities, just as we have been doing when ingesting plants containing essential oils. Because they are produced naturally by plants, essential oils are found in naturally balanced mixtures. Then why is there an ongoing concern about the internal use of essential oils? Internal use can not only be very effective, but is also safe.
Local Tissue

Oils first have an effect on local tissues. The local effect may be felt more strongly when applied internally compared to when applied to the skin because the nerves in the mucosa are closer to the surface, often more numerous, and can be more easily stimulated compared to the nerves in the skin. Although the skin is thicker and seems to be less fragile than the mucous membranes, the reality is that similar to the skin the mucosa has many features that are protective, and therefore conducive to the use of essential oils.

Like skin, the mucosa has many layers designed to protect the body against disease and toxic exposures. And similar to skin, the mucosa has an ability to constantly restore itself and to regenerate after harmful exposures, such as trauma from teeth or heat from foods that can cause ulceration.

The mucosa heals an open sore very quickly, so it can resume its protective function. The mucosa also has thousands of mucous glands that secrete mucous to create a protective film over the tissues. The mucous is continually being produced and continually migrating as the cilia beat, limiting any local exposure.
Mucosa Absorption

When essential oils contact the mucosa, they are absorbed to some degree at the initial point of contact, but much of the oil will be continually diluted by the mucous. Rapid absorption and constant dilution allow the oils to have a dramatic yet temporary effect, which explains why any sensation you have in the mouth or throat from essential oils taken internally is temporary. Because the mucosa is designed to be protective, essential oils can be safely used internally.

The premise of all of these discussions is that essential oils could be harmful when taken internally. However, studies suggest just the opposite. Essential oils may actually be protective to the mucosa. Many studies show that essential oils can have a positive effect when there is a problem with the stomach’s mucous membranes.* For example, limonene, found in citrus oils, was shown to help protect the stomach mucosa in a preclinical study.This protective effect was shown without affecting normal stomach acid secretion, gastrin enzyme secretion, or antioxidant glutathione production.3 Many other studies have also demonstrated similar effects.1–6*

Avoiding hot oils that may be irritating to the mucous membranes, using small single use amounts, or using less than the maximum daily amounts recommended, are all safe practices that can help us have confidence in using essential oils internally. If we are using the oils for a local effect, such as to soothe the mouth and throat, then the oils can be appropriately diluted. Internal use of essential oils may be the best method to help improve function of the gut and improve digestion, because the oils can get to the area of need.
Conclusion

Taking essential oils internally may be a very effective method to get the oils to be absorbed into the body to promote health and wellness, for an overall soothing effect on the body, and for a calming effect on mood. Using the appropriate amount of oils in Veggie Caps or prepackaged in the appropriate amounts in softgels can be an effective way to take essential oils internally so that they can be maximally absorbed by the gut for a whole body effect.

East Coast Life Solutions has two Wellness Advocation who are ready to serve you any time, if you have questions and need assistance in ordering.

Pop on over to our Upcoming Events pages and have a look at our regularly scheduled 101 Essential Oil Education class in our local area.

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Simple Steps to Stop Oily Skin

Break Up with Oily Skin for Good

Oily Skin: Feature

Real talk: Oily skin is annoying. If you have it like I do, you know the struggle. It’s my biggest skin insecurity and, sometimes, it’s the first thing I notice in a mirror.

If you’re fed up with oily skin, you could get a laser treatment or chemical peel, but medical spa remedies may not be your answer. The look of oily skin can be conquered by refocusing your skincare regimen with some simple steps.

Purify with an Oil Absorbing Cleanser

Gone are the days on one-fits-all face cleansers (Praises!). So many brands are offering face washes with oily skin formulas. These cleansers have stronger ingredients to fight oil build up in your pores. Try switching to an oily skin cleanser and give your skin time to adapt. If you’re noticing irritation, try cleansing your face with your hands instead of a washcloth, and dial back the water from hot to warm.

Balance It Out with Toner

Please, put down the astringent and lock it away in the medicine cabinet. I know oily skin can be infuriating and you think it needs to be dried up with aggressive astringents, but over-drying your skin can have unsightly side effects. Dehydrated skin will look flaky, red, even oilier than before. And, most importantly, it’s unhealthy.

Oily Skin: Toner

To help with your shiny situation, you need a quality toner to rebalance your skin and calm down the visible oil production. Toner will restore your skin’s natural moisture and balance out your pH levels. According to an article by Ask the Scientists, when your skin is properly cleansed and balanced, your cells can absorb the treatments that follow.

Lighten Up on Creamy Moisturizers

Those of us cursed with overproducing oil glands might look at moisturizer one of two ways. One, never use it. Moisture causes oil and oil cause unflattering skin. The result: Dry, flaky, dull skin that’s screaming for its moisture back. Or two, we know our skin is dried out from extreme methods of drying up the oil, so we lather on thick, creamy moisturizer and night creams. The result: We still have oily skin and feel defeated.

Your skin needs moisture to have a healthy glow and function properly. Give it what it wants, just try lotion instead of cream. Find a lotion-based moisturizer for your oily face. Better yet, find one with SPF protection. If you like using regular sunscreen on your face instead, make sure your brand of choice is oil free.Oily Skin: Day Cream

Oil production fluctuates by hormones, mood, even the weather. Oil isn’t just a total skin villain though, it’s also your skin’s natural anti-aging mechanism. So, we don’t want to totally eradicate it from our skin.

Tips From an Oily Face:

Aside from updating my skincare regimen, I’ve discovered these tips to help keep me glowy, not oily.

• Hands Off

Picking at blemishes, pushing on blackheads, and pinching your face just makes it look angry. Your hands come in contact with a lot during the day. From keyboards to coffee cups, door handles, and strangers’ pens, there are plenty of germs and grime all over your fingers. If you’re constantly touching your face, all that dirt is transferred to your pretty pores.

• Eating Healthy Fats

Eating greasy foods and eating foods with healthy fats and oils are two distinct food groups. Your skin needs healthy oils like the Omega3 in salmon, virgin olive oil, avocado, or grapeseed oil. Try focusing on adding these to your diet to see the difference it makes.

• Pick Up Some Blotting Papers

Midday shine or sweat glisten can be aggravating. Purchase a pack of blotting papers and tuck them in your pocket, keep them in your desk at work, or slide them into your purse. Ladies, put down the powder every time you get a little shiny. Makeup can clog your pores more, causing your skin to produce more oil. So counterproductive.

Conquer Oily Complexions

Oily Skin: Washing Face

Know you’re not alone in the fight against oily skin. There are plenty of tips, tricks, and products available to help fight the shiny nemeses. Celavive® can transform your oil slick complexion into something smooth and vibrant. See for yourself how this brand is going beyond what you see in skincare.

Take up the fight and face the day with a glowing complexion, less oil, and more confidence.

Are you interested in experiencing the Celavive skin care line, call us today to make arrangements for a private one on one consultation or have a group get together?  East Coast Life Solutions is always ready to give you the answers to any of your skin care or supplement questions.  We have a team with ledge edge research and technology that can be easily accessed anytime, anywhere.

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Clean Eating for Energy

Elevate Your Cells with Clean Eating

Clean Eating: Sleepy We all have those tired moments when we could use a little extra oomph. It’s 3:00 p.m., an important project is due, and the motivation to rally through is lacking. Many people turn to coffee, energy drinks, candy bars, and other quick fixes to push them through the afternoon lull. But these “solutions” can have serious side effects: caffeine too late in the day means restlessness at night, added sugars cause a sharp rise and fall in blood sugar levels; many energy drinks have a laundry list of artificial ingredients. You may feel a boost of energy initially but will ultimately be worse off than if you hadn’t eaten that Snickers at all (no offense, Snickers lovers; I’m right there with you).

 

So, what’s the best way to get your fix? The most effective way to address a lack of energy is to prevent the problem in the first place. Shoot for the long term, creating consistent energy through proper nutrition. Conscious (or goal-oriented) grocery shopping/eating and utilizing supplements to make up for deficiencies will super-charge your cells. There are also several options for a quick boost that are healthier and more natural than the ones listed above. Read on to learn more about using clean nutrition for energy.

Food for Thought

With food, timing is everything. It’s important to have a steady eating schedule. Eating snacks high in protein and complex carbs between meals can keep the energy steadily flowing. Foods like cottage cheese, tuna, hard-boiled eggs, or a protein bar can provide a controlled amount of energy. Such foods will satisfy your hunger for longer periods of time than quick-digesting sugars or other simple carbs. Protein bars, or even powdered protein, are also good substitutes when you’re unable to eat on your normal schedule. They are both portable and don’t need to be refrigerated. Make sure to stay hydrated, too, as any amount of dehydration can leave you feeling light-headed or fatigued (and continually debating that trip to the vending machine).

Out Shopping

Clean Eating: Groceries

When shopping for groceries, sometimes all it takes is reading the label to know whether a food item will contribute or detract from your long-term nutritional goals. I know when I shop mindlessly (aka, if it looks good I buy it), it inevitably leads to some poor purchasing decisions and, worse, I often completely omit an important food group or nutrient. Planning ahead not only saves time but could also save you money, by committing you to just the items on your list. Luckily, there are many ways to keep track of your shopping list; I use Google Keep, but there are plenty of great apps available.

Supplements: An Essential Foundation

Of course, it isn’t always easy to get all of your nutrition from food alone. For example, if you wanted to get the American Heart Association’s recommended amount of omega-3 fatty acids, you’d have to eat two servings of fish per week. This might not seem like a big deal to a seafood fanatic but, if fishy flavors aren’t your thing, it’s just not realistic to fit in those fatty acids. That’s where supplements come in. For omega-3s, you could try BiOmega™, an ultra-pure fish oil supplement that offers both omega-3 fatty acids and a dose of vitamin D.*

Another benefit to supplements is they can go above and beyond when it comes to full-body health, especially at the cellular level. CoQuinone® 30, one of USANA’s high-quality nutritional products, contains coenzyme Q10, which is key to the production of natural energy (ATP) in cells. It’s a cleaner, more sustainable option for energy on a cellular level. It has also been shown to support a strong and healthy cardiovascular system and contributes to overall antioxidant protection.* Nothing can completely substitute a balanced diet, but you can certainly enhance your nutrition—and energy levels—with the right supplements.Clean Eating: healthpak

If you’re like me and don’t have time to manage all of your supplements, it’s worth checking out the HealthPak™ from USANA. It’s a 28-day supply of core nutritionals, separated into individual AM/PM packs. It definitely beats trying to keep track of four, five, or more individual supplements multiple times a day. If you want a more custom solution, check out the MyHealthPak™. It’s similar to the regular HealthPak, except you get to build your own daily supply of nutritionals by selecting which supplements to include—and how many. My favorite part is you can choose which supplements go in the AM and PM packs, making once-a-day supplements easier to incorporate.

Quick Fixes

We all know, even with the best preparations, life has a way of throwing a wrench in things. Maybe you wake up late and don’t have time to make your high-fat, high-protein avocado toast. Perhaps work or life stresses are draining you, preventing you from eating when you’d like. Whatever the issue, sometimes we just need a quick pick-me-up. Whole fruit is a great, clean energy source that’s perfect for these situations. They have carbs, fiber, and the good kind of sugar that will give you a more sustained energy boost—unlike that Snickers bar we had earlier. So wolf down an apple or orange (or, my favorite, grapefruit) and get to it! Even if you need to go on a fast food run, a lot of restaurants offer fruit or vegetables as a side in place of those deliciously devilish fries.

If you do cave and go for that Snickers bar, it’s not the end of the world. Moderation is both fine and healthy (even those maybe-not-quite-so-evil simple carbohydrates I keep hounding on). Just make sure these little fixes don’t become long-term habits. In reality, the more you focus on getting the proper nutrients at the proper times, the less likely you’ll feel the need to turn to that late-afternoon chocolate bar.

Clean Eating: Recipe

Here at East Coast Life Solutions, we know that food and energy are synonymous with good health. Please feel free to shop for any of the above-mentioned supplements on our site, which will be delivered to your door.

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5 Tips for Eating Healthy While Traveling

5 Tips for Eating Healthy While Traveling: Feature

Whether it’s for business, fun, or family, we all pack for travel from time to time. From an overnight trip to that month-long adventure abroad, there’s a lot to bring along: bath and beauty products, clothing, chargers, the Kindle/iPad/Switch. But there’s one bit of travel prep many people dismiss until it’s too late: nutrition. In the hustle and bustle of packing, it’s easy to forget about hunger until it strikes.

Instead of perceiving food as just another hassle while on the go, it’s time to view nutrition as a tool to help you power through your trip. Let’s go over five tips for eating healthy while traveling.

Tip #1: Pack Your Staples / Shop When You Touch Down

When I’m daydreaming about my next vacation, I love to think about all of the delicious, decidedly unhealthy food I’m going to eat. There’s nothing wrong with looking forward to extravagant eating, but it’s important to balance these out with “staple” nutrition to keep your body in check. Consider the foods you eat often. Which are the healthiest? Bonus points if they don’t need to be refrigerated. For me, it’s roasted almonds and eggs. Plan a grocery list for your arrival at your destination and buy whatever’s reasonable for your accommodations.

Another travel concern is the number of new people, and germs, you’ll be coming into contact with. Even if you aren’t flying (and especially if you are), give your immune system a boost with a supplement such as Booster C 600™, which uses USANA’s propriety Poly C® complex to provide higher levels of vitamin C over time.* There’s nothing worse than getting sick on the first day of a sun-kissed cruise.

Tip #2: Enjoy Fresh, Local Cuisine

5 Tips for Eating Healthy While Traveling: Market

One of the best parts of visiting unfamiliar places is having the opportunity to experience local cuisine. Fruits, vegetables, cheeses, meats, all with their unique local flair. Skip the McDonald’s and head to a locally owned restaurant or, if you have the time and accommodations, make a trip to the local farmers market to stock up on fresh ingredients to craft your own meals.

Of course, you’re going to be eating and drinking things that are either a little, or a lot, out of the norm. This can mess with your belly’s biology, causing uncomfortable temporary bloating or other mild digestive issues. I always pack USANA® Digestive Enzyme to help maintain gut health and, hopefully, prevent the infamous “beached whale” feeling after eating—especially if you happen to be going to the beach!* Even on business, you want to avoid the uneasiness of a rumbling stomach during your workshop.

Tip #3: Split Meals or Order Half Portions

Most trips involve eating out often, which can be a fun break from cooking. And, c’mon, you have to live a little—it’s not always about eating healthy while traveling. Many restaurants are notorious for serving larger portions than most would want to eat in one meal. The problem is, biologically speaking, we don’t really feel full until 20 to 30 minutes after we eat, which is why it’s so easy to overindulge.

There are a few solutions to this problem:

  • Drink water 10 minutes before the meal. It will help speed up the satiated feeling while eating.
  • Order a half portion, if available. You might not save a lot of money, but it’s better than going overboard.
  • Split the meal with someone else at the table. Request an extra plate to make sharing easier.
  • The last tip, and one I use often, is to get a to-go box at the time the food is served. I’ll split the meal and commit to only eating the portion on the plate. If I wait to get a box, I’m already two-thirds of the way through the plate and will definitely eat more before the box makes its way to the table.

5 Tips for Eating Healthy While Traveling: Snacks

Tip #4: Snack Often

Keep yourself fueled throughout the day and avoid binge eating by snacking on satisfying, high-protein treats. Have plenty of water and a serving of nuts, berries, cheese, or other satisfying, natural foods between meals to keep yourself at the top of your game. If you decide to go for something processed, like jerky, make sure it’s the healthy kind.

5 Tips for Eating Healthy While Traveling: Checklist

Tip #5: Utilize the Glycemic Index

In a perfect world, your body would recognize it was in “vacation mode” and adjust how it utilizes the food you eat for energy. Since this is definitely not the case, it’s important to recognize what kinds of foods will help you thrive while on a trip and which ones will leave you feeling tired and unmotivated. One factor to consider is the glycemic index, which determines how much a particular food will affect blood sugar levels.

Processed foods such as white bread, white rice, soda, and raisins cause a sharp rise, then fall, in blood sugar levels. Other foods, like oats, most fruit, peanuts, and carrots, cause a steadier rise in blood sugar levels, meaning a more consistent level of energy throughout the day. Our very own Matt Jaggi wrote a great article breaking down the dos and don’ts behind the glycemic index.

Bonus Tip: Heading Home

5 Tips for Eating Healthy While Traveling: Travel

Even the most amazing adventures must come to an end. When it’s time to head home, what you eat and drink during your final hours of travel could impact how you get back into your daily routine. Some people try to beat jet lag by drinking lots of coffee for extra oomph on the last day of the trip. Caffeine has a half-life of five to six hours on average, meaning you may still be jittery at the end of the day.

As you begin to wind down from your travels, your body might not be on the same page. Avoid stimulants like alcohol, sugar, and caffeine. To help realign yourself back to your natural sleep and wake cycle, try a melatonin supplement like Pure Rest™ for the first night or two back home.*

We might like to add, if you interested in a travel location that has the best of all worlds maybe you should try a trip to Nova Scotia, Canada. Our playground will give you a diverse touch of coastal living, with laid-back hospitality that is warm and friendly. Look us up, and stop by we are sure to make you feel right at home.

Healthy Travels, Friend

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Boost Your Confidence with 4 Summer Skincare Tips

4 Summer Skincare Tips: Summer StuffYour Instagram feed is bursting with sunbathers, pool parties, and warm hiking trails. Snapping plenty of summertime selfies is great until you’re too self-conscious to post anything because your skin looks like a juicy tomato instead of a radiant glow.

Radiant and Protected Is the Ultimate Skin Goal

As you enjoy summer days, your skin can suffer from too much sun exposure. Skin damage appears as discoloration, a change in texture, and even blisters or dark blemishes. Our skin protects us, but it’s a fragile barrier we need to nourish.

Although a sun-kissed glow makes skipping makeup a breeze, it doesn’t mean you should get lax with your skincare routine. Soak in these four summer skincare tips to keep you glowing and help you maintain your beautiful selfie skin.

The Good, The Bad, and The Sunshine Vitamin

Sunshine can feel invigorating and brighten your mood thanks to the powerful vitamins in its rays. Vitamin D enriches our bodies with so much goodness there’s a reason it’s called the sunshine vitamin.

That being said, your skin can easily get burned, flushed, and irritated from the dangerous side effects of the sun. Going on a date, or giving a presentation at work, with your face peeling or flaking is sure to make anyone self-conscious. There’s even an increased risk of skin problems, and possibly skin diseases, if your skin is exposed to too much sun over the years.

4 Summer Skincare Tips: Lady with hat

Make sure you’re using a moisturizer in your summer skincare regimen with at least a 15 SPF to keep your skin moisturized and protected each day. The skin on your lips is ultra-sensitive to the sunshine, so pick up a chapstick or lip balm made with UV protection to keep them kissable. If you use a product with a higher SPF, you won’t need to reapply it as often.

Get Shady to Save Your Skin

I have very fair skin that freckles rather than tans. Just 15 minutes outside with my skin unprotected, and I get sunburned. If you forgot to apply sunscreen before heading out the door, there are several hideouts for your skin if you’re caught outside without UV protection.

Keep your skin glowing while still enjoying the fresh air.

  • Keep a wide brim hat or baseball cap in your trunk
  • Choose umbrella-covered seating
  • Host a dinner party under your covered patio
  • Wear light-weight, breathable cotton long-sleeved shirts

Your skin can keep its summer glow if you’re careful about how long it’s in the sunshine.

Hello Hydration, Goodbye Lackluster Skin

4 Summer Skincare Tips: Water Bottle

No one wants to look like a dry piece of coral at the beach. While you’re out enjoying the long summer days, remember to keep hydrated . Your skin loses moisture more quickly when there’s a heat wave. If your skin loses moisture, it’s bound to look older and lackluster.
It can become so dried out and flaky you may want to hide behind oversized sunglasses and a scarf all day.

Drinking plenty of water is easier than you think. Pack plenty of H2O to take to with you on summer activities. Throw a few water bottles in your beach bag or pack a small cooler the next time you spend the afternoon soaking in sun rays. By staying hydrated, you’ll have more energy to enjoy the day—and look good doing it.

Get Summer Strong

Summer is the perfect time to change your daily workout scenery. Go for a jog around the neighborhood, bike to the park, or hit up your local tennis or basketball court. I love going to my local water aerobics class to exercise outside. Your skin will probably sweat a little more in the higher temperatures. I always joke with my friends that I “sparkle” May through July. But if you’re drinking extra water as a part of your new, outside summer skincare routine, you’ll likely keep your supple summer glow.

4 Summer Skincare Tips Infographic Get #SkinConfident

Rub in your SPF, drop some lemon in your water bottle, grab your tennis racket, and take on this summer with simple skincare tips to keep you glowing. By taking care of your skin, your body will shine with vitamin D and you’ll rock this summer with stellar confidence.

Snap all those selfies! Show off your summer skincare tips for glowing skin in the comments or send us a pic via USANA social.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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It’s Raining Men’s Health Tips, Hallelujah

 

June is Men’s Health Month.  And sometimes us manly-men, guy’s guys have trouble acknowledging our health issues or that our bodies need different care as we get older.

And unfortunately, rubbing some dirt on it or a stiff drink can’t solve all our ailments.

That’s why it’s so important to recognize men’s health and the issues we may face and how to help ensure a lasting, healthy life.

Our dad’s or that special hunk in our lives are so important to us and just being conscious of the health risks men face as they get older can make a difference.

I personally can’t wait to be a dad, mainly to drop some corny dad jokes.

Knee slappers such as:

“Did you hear about the restaurant on the moon? Great food, no atmosphere.”

Or “I’ll call you later. Don’t call me later, call me Dad.”

And the classic, “Dad, did you get a haircut? No I got them all cut.”

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So during this Men’s Health Month, here are a few tips to keep in mind to support a healthy, rugged, manly body and lifestyle.

Testing, Testing

Taking a visit to the doctor’s office or hospital usually isn’t considered a one way trip to fun town, but when it comes to checkups and exams, it can be extremely vital to your health.

Father's Day Mens Health Tips: Doctor's Visit As a man in his younger years, I don’t visit the doctor that often. I even try to avoid them most of the time. People of my ilk think we are invincible and don’t need to waste our time at the fancy doctor’s office. But I am not invincible (probably), and I know that when I get older and eventually have a wife and kids to take care of, going to the doctor for tests and examinations is absolutely crucial.

Starting around the age range of 40–50, it is considered very important for men to get tested. Specifically for things like high blood pressure, cholesterol, colon cancer, prostate cancer, glaucoma, and skin cancer. I know what goes in (literally) to some of these exams, and it sounds scary, to be honest. But having the peace of mind of good health makes it all worth it.
And maybe, if you’re good, the doctor will give you a sucker when it’s all over.

Kicking the Habit

We all know that smoking and heavy drinking are never ever good for us. The consequences of those actions can catch up to us real fast as we get older.

Quitting smoking can be one of the hardest things to do, but the health benefits of doing so are quite impactful on the overall health of your body.

Your blood pressure, heart rate, risk of heart disease and stroke all have the possibility to be positively impacted when you quit smoking.

It’s always a good idea to drink in moderation. Having one to two drinks like red wine every so often is thought to even have some positive health benefits. But it’s important to remember — especially in social settings — to not drink excessively. The consequences of doing so could be detrimental to your health and your morning the next day.

Do You Even Lift, Bro?

Getting sufficient exercise is a necessary step in staying healthy. But throwing around huge weight becomes more difficult and could be harder on your body as you progress with age.

Father's Day Mens Health Tips: Weight LiftingOne key thing to remember when you work out, is to focus on getting the technique. A perfect technique helps prevent pulling muscles and damaging joints. There are many articles and YouTube videos to help teach you the safest and most effective ways to do an exercise.

Another area for aging men to focus on while working out is doing isolation exercises. These are lifts that prioritize one area— like bicep or hamstring curls. Isolation exercises can help with your technique and aren’t as strenuous as bigger lifts, so you can do more reps.

Lastly, change it up! Doing anything from using weights one week and resistance training the next, or something as small as changing your grip, stance, or rep scheme — can be enough to help prevent injuries and increase muscle growth and activity.

Whether you are a father of human children —or like me — the father of furry animal children, I hope you have a great Father’s Day!

Healthy Cove

Guys Being Dudes, Learning About Celavive Skincare

Fellas, it’s 2018. In 2018, we care about our skin and how we look. It’s cool to moisturize and tone and use a sheet mask. It’s time for us to grow up and glow up.

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I’ve always been interested in skincare but always thought it was too much of a chore and I was young, so I didn’t need to worry about my skin yet. Well guess what, I got older and now my skin doesn’t have that youthful, baby glow it used to. So what better time to start caring for my skin than around the manliest holiday of them all, Father’s Day?

The biggest disconnect between men and skincare is the lack of understanding of the different skincare terms and the staggering number of products you can use.

“What is combination skin?” “What is a toner?” “What are T-zones?” “Can I use a sheet mask over my beard?”

Let this blog be your Mr. Miyagi, your Phil Jackson, your Bill Belichick, your coach in this manly-man’s intro to skincare. We will go over the basics that will help us all make the most informed choice for our new skincare regi-MAN.

Get the Skinny on Your Skin type

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Okay, you’ve decided to get your man pants on and try out this whole men’s skincare thing.

What now?

When starting your new skincare regi-MAN, finding your skin type is essential. Your skin is complex and delicate, so using cleansers and creams that are meant for the opposite of your skin type can yield negative results.

Using the wrong kinds of products can lead to signaling in your skin to produce more oil, when you already have an excess of oil in your skin, or to decrease oil production in your drier skin.

But before you figure out your skin type, let’s take a quick dip into the fountain of knowledge to learn about what the different skin types actually are.

Dry Skin

First, there’s dry skin. That tight, flaky jerk that makes your skin feel uncomfortable and can be quite aggravating. If you’ve ever experienced dry skin, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Dry skin comes from many different factors, including genetics, dehydration, the weather, and lifestyle.

Oily Skin

Next up is oily skin. And just like dry skin, this one is pretty self-explanatory. Excess oil in your t-zones (the area from your forehead down the middle of your face to your chin, it looks like a T, trust me) can clog your pores leading to breakouts. There is good news for those with oily skin though, the moisture can be a natural deterrent to those horrific wrinkles everyone is so worried about.

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Combination Skin

To most people it seems pretty obvious what combination skin is, but I had no idea until recently. Combination skin is the combination of drier skin on your cheeks and oilier skin in your T-zones (there’s that word again).

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is reserved for those who have a negative reaction to a lot of different chemicals and products they use on their skin. It’s important to find products and ingredients that work for your skin, look for anything free of parabens, fragrances, or detergents. A good way to test your skin’s reaction to a product is to do a “patch test” where you place a small amount on a less visible part of your body, like your neck or forearm, then wait and see how your skin responds.

Okay. So we’ve gone over the skin types, now let’s figure out which one we are. Determining your skin type can be as easy as a click of the mouse. There are tons of quizzes online that you can take to help figure out your skin type. Or you can do it the old fashioned way like your grand mammy and pappy used to do.

Start by cleansing your skin with any face wash you can buy at the store and wait an hour after drying to see how your skin takes. If you skin starts to feel tight and dry, then you most likely have dry skin. If your cheeks are dry but your T-zones are moist, then you have combination skin. And moisture all around is oily skin.

For those of you dying to know, my skin would be considered combination.

Tone Up on Your Knowledge of Skincare Products

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You’ve finally figured out what skin type you are. You’re almost there! Now you just need to figure out what all the different kinds of skincare products do.

Moisturizers

Moisturizers do exactly what you would expect them to. They hydrate and moisturize your skin while increasing its water content and reducing water loss.

Cleansers

Cleansers are designed to clean your skin and remove and oil, dirt, or any other nasty gubbins you don’t want on your skin. Cleansers can unclog pores and fight against acne, while leaving your skin with that fresh, immaculate feeling.

Toner

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Toners work similarly to cleansers in that they are designed to cleanse and purify your skin, but they also help maintain proper moisture levels, and balance the pH levels in your skin. Toner is also applied differently than a cleanser, where a cleanser is applied all over your face then washed off, toners are typically applied around your face using a cotton ball and not rinsed off.

Creams vs. Lotions

Ah, the age old question of, what’s the difference between a cream and a lotion? While both moisturize to keep your skin at its optimal softness and smoothability, they are formulated differently and affect certain skin types differently. The difference in lotions and creams comes from their viscosity levels. Lotions are more common and thinner and work best with oily or combination skin, while creams tend to be thicker and oiler, making them perfect for dry and sensitive skin.

Serum

Serums are light moisturizers that are designed to deliver higher concentrations of active ingredients. Serums are used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the skin, along with combating discoloration, large pores, and loss of elasticity. Serums are typically the priciest types of skincare products, but they are also some of the most effective and scientifically-advanced.

Sheet Masks

While they may be terrifying and make for great Instagram story content, sheet masks are a huge trend taking the world by storm. Sheet masks are cotton sheets saturated in moisturizers or serums designed to boost hydration and provide lift to your skin to give you more youthful-looking, radiant complexion.

And for those bearded-bros such as myself, we can still use sheet masks, but just need to cut the mask where our beard hair is and only apply to the parts of our face not covered in man-Brillo.

If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again

Just like every person on earth has their own unique fingerprint, everyone also has unique skin and reactions to certain skincare products. So if you are taking my advice and starting your new skincare regi-MAN, don’t be discouraged if the first moisturizer you try doesn’t work or you don’t react well to a specific cleanser. It takes time to find the perfect products for you, so don’t give up!

Once you find those products that are in perfect harmony with your skin, I promise you will be thanking me for making you glow like the star that you are!

East Coast Life Solutions would like to wish all the father’s out there a very Happy Father’s Day.

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