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Unusual Teas to try This Winter

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Who doesn’t love a good cup of tea on a cold winter night? A fantastic alternative to coffee (which can be expensive!) tea is an ideal drink for anyone wanting to step away from their coffee addiction in the new year. There are a ton of different types of teas and each one has its own really awesome health benefits; there’s a flavor for everyone. For all my tea lovers out there who want something a bit different from the classic Earl Grey, here are some unusual teas to try this winter!

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Purple Tea

With half the caffeine of green tea, purple tea is a fantastic drink for anyone trying to pull back on their caffeine intake. It not only looks amazing with its purple color, it also tastes like a cross between black and green tea with a woodsy yet sweet flavor. This tea is full of antioxidants (the most of any tea leaf!), making it a healthy choice this season.

Passion Tea

A personal favorite, passion tea is a delicious blend of hibiscus flowers, orange peel, citric acid, and a few other refreshing ingredients. It can be enjoyed both hot and cold and is both refreshing and fortifying for the winter! With Vitamin C and antioxidants, this tea is ideal for boosting your immune system.

Blue Tea

This lovely tea is made by soaking butterfly-pea flower leaves in hot water and has a ton of health benefits. Full of antioxidants and caffeine-free, this tea is perfect for anyone who doesn’t want to be up all night but wants a nice cup of something warm before bed. It is also said to be a mood enhancer and great for stress relief. Try it with lemon and honey for a sweeter taste!

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Rose Tea

For anyone wanting to up their tea game and feel a bit fancier, rose tea is for you! The taste is delicate and floral with hints of that classic rose smell. With Vitamin E and C, this drink is great for healthier skin and contains no caffeine or calories. Pour it in your fanciest teacup for a totally classy experience.

Tomato Mint Tea

This one may sound like a combination you would never try in a million years, but it is definitely worth a try! With its rich color and slightly spicy aroma, this tea feels like drinking a delicious broth. It’s way more than just another basic black tea! Try it next time you feel a cold coming on.

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How to Always Look Younger and Healthier

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Looking younger and healthier is a constant fight for many, but we’re going to show you how to always look younger and healthier.  This is easily achievable by making smart choices and making a few healthy lifestyle changes.

If you are trying to stave off the effects of aging then you’ll probably need to make some changes to your lifestyle. Following some beauty rituals and using the right skin care products is essential to winning the battle against aging. The following tips can give you some insight on how to look younger and healthier:  

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Watch what you eat and drink

Chips, chocolates, oily and junk food have adverse effects on our health. You can choose healthy food items and still please your taste buds.  Make a smart choice.  Eat superfoods like broccoli, salmon, yogurt, and grilled chicken will help you look younger and healthier.  Have lots of salad, fruits, and vegetables. These foods offer multiple benefits. They slow down aging, lower cholesterol levels, keep your heart healthy and reduce the risk of cancer. So what you can do to always look younger and healthier? 

Look Younger and Healthier

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➢ Make some delicious soups; check some healthy recipes online and you will avoid being attracted to unhealthy foods anymore.

➢ Eat Omega 3 fatty acids, drink green tea, choose organic and give your body healthy proteins which will keep you full throughout the day.

➢ Divide your meals properly. Studies have shown that eating 4 to five meals throughout the day is healthier than eating a lot at one time. Make sure you are getting a lot of variety in your diet. Eat egg whites, brown bread, green vegetables, salad, grilled fish or chicken, fruits, etc. Limit caffeine consumption.  

➢ Avoid refined foods like white bread and pasta as they do more harm than good.

➢ Stay hydrated throughout the day. Have lots of water. Take lemon water in the morning and night. It will clean the toxins and keep your skin beautiful and glowing. Have green tea.

➢ Avoid alcohol and smoking. If you can’t stop smoking, then choose herbal cigarettes or nicotine tablets. Cut down on smoking. If you like to drink then have a glass of red wine. Having a glass of red wine every day keeps the heart healthy.

Switch To vegan beauty products

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Vegan-friendly and cruelty-free clinical grade beauty products transform your skin and hair. Vegan beauty products are made from natural ingredients. They are gluten-free and safe for your skin and hair. You also avoid dead animal by-products from touching your sensitive skin. These are not tested on animals so you are also supporting a wonderful cause.

Let’s check a few features of the following Vegan-friendly beauty products and see how it will keep your skin young and healthy.

Use a vegan friendly Moisturizing Toner to heal and rejuvenate your skin:

It offers intense hydration, is rich in vitamin C and gives antibacterial benefits.  Choose the best skin care vegan company that offers clinical grade beauty products.  A reputed company will give 100 percent authentic vegan beauty products that will provide necessary nourishment and protection to all skin types. They make the toner using botanical extracts like sage, rosemary, orange, aloe, etc. If you find a regular moisturizing cream very heavy then using a vegan-friendly moisturizing toner will benefit your oily and acne prone skin.

Use an eye cream

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Don’t forget the skin of your eyes is very sensitive and prone to wrinkles when you age. A vegan-friendly eye rescue cream which is rich yet lightweight will keep the skin near the eye hydrated. It will diminish the dark circles; minimize puffiness, fatigue and fine lines. If the product has rich Shea Butter and hyaluronic then it will offer long-lasting and deep hydration to the skin near the eyes. It will enhance the collagen production and keep the eye area look brighter and rested.

Exercise Daily

Even a little bit of exercise every day can do wonders. Do cardio, stretch out with Yoga, get sweaty and make your everyday tasks more active.  If you have time, join a gym and find a great exercise program to get involved with. Go for regular walks. Even if you do brisk walking for 30 minutes, it will change your body. Your skin will look fresher and your body will change for the better. So, don’t forget to exercise at least 5 times a week.  

Get enough sleep and reduce stress levels

You need to sleep eight hours a day. You should have a sound sleep and say goodbye to stress. Meditate for 15 minutes daily (in the morning or before going to bed) and you will see great changes in your body. You will wake up fresh, your skin will glow and you will feel healthier.

Conclusion:

So, follow these simple tips and you will feel younger and healthier always. No matter how busy you are, take out some time for yourself. Stick to healthy eating, exercise daily, sleep well, meditate and use vegan-friendly skin care products. In the end, you will lose nothing but extra kilos, few wrinkles, and stress.

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5 Health Benefits of Hot Tubs

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Who doesn’t like soaking in the warm comforting bubbles of a hot tub.  Hot tubs are super popular at resorts, hotels, personal suites and even fitness centers.  They also make a popular addition for those looking to turn their garden into a luxurious space which is perfect for entertaining or unwinding after a long day at the office.  Despite traditional cliche’s, it’s not all fun and games –  inflatable hot tubs, spas or fixed hot tubs can truly offer many health benefits as well.

 

Interestingly, soaking in a hot tub regularly can not only be good for self-care and relaxation – think Champagne and a floating spa bar – but they can also have a significant impact on people’s physical health too.  Despite being a key ingredient for a pool party and summer entertainment, they can be highly beneficial for your health, all while offering you a place of peace and serenity.

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These are the top 5 health benefits of hot tubs, and how using them frequently can have a profound effect on your day to day life.

1. Stress Relief

If you ever find yourself feeling stressed or anxious about an event, whether this be work-related or a family matter, a hot tub can do wonders. Whether you own a hot tub, or visit your local spa, sitting back and immersing yourself in the warm water can really aid getting rid of, and managing your stress – even if it is just for a mere 20 minutes of your day.

2. Aches & Pains

It is common for people to suffer from physical issues, such as chronic pain or muscle and joint aches. You can easily leverage the health benefits of hot tubs by reduce these painful aches and pains. The warmth of the water, combined with the intense massaging action from the jets, and the buoyancy of the water can help your body to heal and feel considerably better. This is most widely known as a form of Hydrotherapy, which is used by physiotherapists around the world, and can help relieve muscles of built-up tension and help reduce long-term pain.

3. Sleep

sleep health benefits of hot tubIf you are an insomnia sufferer, falling asleep is no mean feat. Insomnia or sleeping problems are often induced by stress and anxiety, therefore spending a short period of time outside of your daily routine to relax and take your mind off any stress can do wonders.

4. Mental Health

Around 1 in every 3 people suffer from mental health issues in the UK. There are countless reasons why people may feel stressed, or experience anxiety or depression – it can often be linked to life events and an unequal work-life balance. Allowing some spare time for yourself to practice self-care and relaxation in a hot tub can make a substantial difference.

5. Exercise

Whether you are an experienced gym-goer, or simply want to get active, gaining health benefits of hot tubs is surprisingly easy considering one can perform a multitude of exercises while in the hot tub. From various stretches to water-based yoga, you should tailor your physical activities based on your exercise experience and needs.

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Avoid Midnight Munchies

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The midnight munchie monster has a way of creeping in to my kitchen night after night. Although I eat well during the day and would consider myself a generally healthy person, I just can’t get over the fact that ice cream after 10 PM tastes so much sweeter. Maybe you can relate when I say that I find that boredom, stress and fatigue make the walk to the pantry that much easier. For that reason I have researched ways to avoid this obvious bad habit. I don’t want to put on weight from consuming unnecessary calories late at night, and I know I feel more energized when I am eating well, wouldn’t you agree?

Here are the tips I’ve found that I am working on incorporating in to my lifestyle in order to avoid the midnight munchies:

1. Slow down
As a woman with a busy schedule, I am used to rushing through a meal in order to get to where I need to go. Rushing causes me to be careless with my food intake and consume more than I need to. Rather than waiting for my body to tell me that it’s full, I stuff myself in frenzy. In order to avoid over eating, I need to set aside enough time to sit down and allow my mind to connect with my body, giving myself 15 to 20 minutes for my brain to get the signal that I’ve have had enough. By eating slowly and savoring my meals, I will give my body what it needs, feel satisfied, and not regret indulging.

2. Set a Limit
Although our bodies digest food the same way when we are sleeping and when we are awake, our bodies don’t require a high amount of calories at night. In addition, after dinner we are more attracted to junk food – making midnight snacking a dangerous game. By setting a time limit – like not consuming food after 7 PM – I will lower my calorie intake, be forced to eat a well-rounded dinner, and allow my body to function on a set schedule to increase my metabolism.

3. Keep Perspective
It’s easy for me to get down on myself for buying the carton of Ben & Jerry’s – when I’m scraping the bottom. But everyone has their days, and there is always room for improvement. I need to understand that healthy living is not something that happens overnight, but is a continual learning process. As I learn to have self control and make wise decisions about what I put in my mouth, I need to evaluate at my wellness as a whole. Rather than focusing on “not eating late at night” I should set a standard of healthy choices throughout the day. Making wellness a habit, I will inevitably clean up my late night act, and be happier in all aspects of life.

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Cucumbers are Summer’s Favorite Veggie

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This naturally sweet, refreshing vegetable may seem innocent, but look a little closer and you will find that Mr. Cucumber has many tricks up his sleeve. From simple home remedies to curing diabetes, our friend the cuke is all hands on deck when it comes to making life a little more enjoyable. Here are some of the cucumbers magical abilities you may not have known about:

The Fog Fiend

You know the frustrating fog that haunts your mirror after a long steamy shower? Rather than using a fuzz-ridden towel or tissue to unsuccessfully wipe away the fog, turn to our friend Mr. Cucumber. To avoid fog residue on your mirror, slice a cucumber and rub it across your mirror before showering. Presto! No more fog.

The Hangover Healer
Did you know that cucumbers contain significant amounts of sugar and B vitamins, and have similar contents to aspirin? Because of this, eating half a cucumber before your groggy, booze-filled head hits the pillow will ease a headache the following morning. If you’re going out this weekend, cut up a few slices and store them in an easily accessible Tupperware in the fridge.

The Water Warrior

Because cucumbers are 95% water, they are a delicious way of rehydrating the body while getting rid of unwanted toxins. In addition, cucumbers provide a boost to your mood and supply your body with 10% of its daily recommended vitamin C allowance. So rather than grabbing that Sprite, enjoy natures pick-me-up, keep hydrated and feel good about your body.
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Top 3 Exercises for Bikini-Ready Buns

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Let’s face it. We all want a tight, lifted, cottage-cheese free bum. The question is, are we willing to go the lengths necessary to get it? After many work outs and much research, I’ve found three top of the line exercises that any girl can do in order to shape her bum.

1. Squat Jumps
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Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, arms hanging at your sides. Squat down until your knees are bent about 90 degrees. Immediately swing your arms overhead and jump upward as high as you can. Swinging your arms will give you momentum so you can catch more air. As you land, gently bend your knees and sink back down into the squat position. That’s 1 rep.
Do 10 reps, rest for 30-60 seconds, and repeat 3 times.

2. Deadlifts
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Grab a pair of five-to eight-pound dumbbells and hold them in front of your thighs, feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent. Bend at your hips to lower your torso until it’s almost parallel to the floor, keeping the weights close to your body. Return to standing, keeping the weights close to your body (as if you’re shaving your legs with the dumbbells) and squeezing your butt at the top. That’s one rep.
Do 15-20 reps 3x with a 30 second break between each set.

3. Hip Bridge and Heel Drag
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Lie on your back with your lower legs on a stability ball. Raise your hips until they’re aligned with your feet and shoulders. Raise your left leg until the bottom of your foot is facing the ceiling. Press your right heel into the ball and roll it toward your butt. Roll the ball back out. Keeping your hips lifted, repeat the rolling motion. That’s one rep.
Do three sets of 15-20 reps, resting for 30 seconds between sets.

After this work out your butt is bound to be screaming! By keeping up the hard work, pairing cardio with strength training, and always making healthy food choices, you’ll be on your way to a boosted bum in no time.

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