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Is there any way to eliminate the “cottage cheese” on your thighs and rear end? No, not really. But there are steps you can take to get rid of cellulite..

Cellulite, also known as gynoid lipodystrophy, is an aesthetic condition where fat deposits are visible underneath the skin, giving a dimpled effect. It can show up in any location, but the legs and bottom are most notable. Cellulite occurs in over 80% of the female population, with much fewer occurrences in men.

There are a number of different factors that cause cellulite. Excess estrogen, caused by hormonal imbalances or excess weight, can be a factor in cellulite production. Another hormone tied to cellulite is insulin. Imbalanced blood glucose levels found in people such as diabetics and pre-diabetics can cause cellulite. Stress also plays a huge roll in the development of cellulite.

Other factors that can cause cellulite are genetic predispositions, your sex, your race, underlying medical conditions, and your lifestyle. Scientists argue that there may be no cure for cellulite, but we can battle its appearance.

“Everyone has strands of connective tissue that separate fat cells into compartments and connect fat to skin. In women, these fibers form a honeycomb-shaped pattern, so any increase of fat tends to bulge out like stuffing in a mattress. You see less cellulite in men because their fibers run horizontally, forming a criss-cross pattern that prevents bulging or dimpling.”

“Though cellulite can pop up any time, it is true that cellulite does seem to appear out of nowhere and get worse with age. That’s because our tissues change. Those strands of connective tissue thicken with age, and our skin gets thinner, making cellulite more noticeable. More importantly, we gain fat with age. The average woman loses 5 lb of muscle and replaces it with about 15 lb of fat every decade of her adult life.”

Source: Target Cellulite

*Exercises for Cellulite:

  • Side to Side

Muscles worked: Quadriceps, abductors, adductors, hamstrings, and glutes. 

  • All-Fours Kickback

Muscles worked: Gluteal muscles. Wear ankle weights to intensify the workout.

  • Lying Inner-Leg Lift

Muscles worked: Inner thighs

  • Squat and Side Lift

Muscles worked: Glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, and abductors.

  • V-Leg Pull

Muscles worked: Outer thighs

  • One-Legged Lunge

Muscles worked: Glutes, quadriceps, and hamstrings

  • Butt Kicks

Muscles worked: Glutes, lower back, hamstring 

  • Squats with Weights

Muscles Worked: Thighs, inner-thighs, glutes

*Dry Rubbing

“When we’d heard dry skin brushing was an effective method for reducing cellulite, we knew we had to include it in our anti-cellulite road test. Sure enough, it was indeed one of the more succesful ways to smooth away less-than-perfect spots on your legs. But the more we looked into it, the more benefits we learned this relatively simple routine had to offer. Not only does it buff away dead skin, but it’s fantastic at boosting circulation and lymphatic drainage, and ultimately ridding the body of toxins. Your skin is your biggest organ, after all.”

“Dry skin brushing effectively opens up the pores on your skin. This is something you can — and should — be doing daily, even twice a day. Your skin should be dry, so the ideal time is in the shower before you turn on the water. Just a reminder, don’t get the brush wet.”

“You should only brush towards the heart. Making long sweeps, avoid back and forth, scrubbing and circular motions. Start at your feet, moving up the legs on both sides, then work from the arms toward your chest. On your stomach, direct the brush counterclockwise. And, don’t brush too hard: Skin should be stimulated and invigorated but not irritated or red.”

Benefits: “In addition to sloughing away dry skin on areas like knees, elbows and ankles, body brushing promotes tighter skin, cell renewal and blood flow. This also helps the lymphatic system release toxins and aids in digestion and kidney function. You’ll also notice a glowy, smooth complexion. We love it because it’s one of the easiest, cheapest and most effective things we can do for promoting healthy skin.”

Source: Anti-Cellulite

  • Homemade Treatments


Essential Oils for TMJ

Essential Oils for TMJ

  • TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome) is inflammation and tightness of the joint that connects the jaw to the skull.”

“The ability to open the mouth completely can be hampered and the jaw can get “stuck” open or closed. Clicking each time when the mouth is opened is often a frequent symptom of TMJ.”

“TMJ causes include any unusual pressure placed on the jawbone such as habitual gum chewing, grinding of the teeth, and misalignment of the teeth or jaw. If TMJ is severe, it can even cause pain in the neck, shoulder and cause headaches.”

“TMJ is frequently worse with stress where more grinding or clenching of the jaw may occur.”

“The good news is there are natural TMJ treatment home remedies that are highly effective for fast relief.”

  • Top Foods for TMJ Diet

“If you want to overcome TMJ, then following a mineral rich anti-inflammatory diet is essential:”

  • Foods easy to chew – While there is jaw pain, include foods that are easy to chew such as soups, stews, smoothies or cooked vegetables.
  • Small meals – Eat small meals to help stabilize blood sugar. Fluctuations in blood sugar can increase grinding of teeth.
  • Wild-caught fish – Omega-3s can help reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Steamed vegetables – These foods are easy to chew and provide important nutrients for healing.
  • Protein shakes – If you have difficulty chewing protein, try for a protein shake instead while the TMJ is flared.
  • Magnesium rich foods – Magnesium is known as the relaxation mineral and can release tension in tight muscles.
  • Foods to Avoid
  • Sugar – Increases inflammation and lowers immune response.
  • Caffeine – May increases muscle tension by dehyrating the muscles.
  • Alcohol – Increases teeth grinding at night.
  • Gum or caramels – Any hard to chew candy can make TMJ worse.
  • Tough foods – Be careful with any foods that are difficult to chew, like dry cuts of meat.

Top 5 TMJ Treatment Home Remedies

#1 Magnesium (250 mg 2-3x daily) Helps relax the muscles and nervous system.

#2 Calcium (500 mg 2x daily) Works with magnesium to aid in muscle relaxation.

#3 Kava (70 mg 3x daily) Helps reduce anxiety and relax the muscles.

#4 MSM (1000 mg 3x daily) A natural anti-inflammatory and reduces muscle spasms.

#5 B-complex (50 mg 2x daily) Helps relieve the effects of stress.

Source: TMJ


Get Rid of that Migraine!

Get Rid of that Migraine!

Did you know that there are four stages to a Migraine? Yes! There are ways to tell you’re getting a migraine, in which case, you should start trying to kick it before it takes over! 

Essential Oils are my favorite way to relieve something naturally. And there are plenty of oils for a headache or migraine. 

Do you know how or where to put the essential oils?

Yoga is another natural way to get rid of your migraine.

Lastly, but probably most important is your diet. Foods can cause your migraine. And there are foods that relieve it too. Check it out! 


Contraceptive injection for men could end need for vasectomy

Contraceptive injection for men could end need for vasectomy

Oh My God! I have been waiting for this day for over 15 years! Male Birth Control is here ladies and gents, and with almost 100% effective, women can finally almost give up having to take contraceptives! That is, if you’re in a relationship that where you know your mate has taken care of taking the Male Birth Control. I’m no doctor, so read this and find out what science has come through on. Finally! Women, this is awesome news for you if you have always had to take the birth control, now you can make your man go through with this procedure and no more birth control for you! Now, this will most likely help married couples, and lots of others too. I am just too happy, my whole life I have been on the pill since 17. Now my husband can get this male birth control and everybody wins! My husband is in the medical field and told me how unintrusive the procedure is, and can be done quite quickly. 

“If free of side effects then this novel approach has the potential for great promise as a male contraceptive. It is essential to know that the reversibility remains, irrespective of the duration of use.”

For those of us who don’t want this: 

Tired of using everything to not get pregnant? 

Need something to finally kick all those swimmers out?

“The end of the vasectomy is on the horizon after scientists announced human trials for a new contraceptive injection for men.”

“The simple process, which takes just a few seconds, involves injecting a harmless gel into the tube which transports the sperm to create a blockage.” 

“It is the same tube which is severed or tied during a vasectomy, but crucially the new process can be reversed by a second injection which quickly dissolves the gel barrier and restores fertility.”

“Scientists at the Parsemus Foundation in California are beginning trials on men to see if the process is equally successful in humans. There are currently no long-acting, reversible contraceptives available for men, whose only options are condoms or a vasectomy.”

“Although vasectomies are 99 per cent effective they can lead to painful swelling as well as ongoing discomfort for men and are increasingly being rationed by Clinical Commissioning Groups to save money.”

“The new injectable gel, called Vasalgel, is made from a dense web of molecules which form a viscous barrier when entering the tube connecting the testicles to the penis.”

“The team behind the gel is a not-for-profit organisation so the injection is likely to be fairly cheap once it comes to market, and could eventually be offered on the NHS if is passes regulatory approval.”

“British scientists said that if human trials proved effective there would be a “worldwide market” for the product, and said the initial tests showed “great promise”.”

“Prof Adam Balen, chairman of the British Fertility Society, said: “This is an interesting technique that achieves a reversible vasectomy by blocking the passage of sperm with a substance that later can be flushed out.”

“If free of side effects then this novel approach has the potential for great promise as a male contraceptive. It is essential to know that the reversibility remains, irrespective of the duration of use.”

Source: No Need Vasectomy

“Vasalgel, the male birth control that’s due out in 2018, will begin studies in human males later this year, and expand its studies next year. But how does Vasalgel work? Good question. It’s a gel that’s injected into a guy’s vas deferens, otherwise known as the tube the sperm swim through to get to the egg. As I mentioned in this piece, it’s like football — the gel is the defense to the aggressive sperm trying to score. (Pun intended.) Seminal fluids will still be released, but no sperm. (No sperm!) The sperm are too big to get through the gel and, instead, they’re reabsorbed into the body. What will science think of next?!”

Read the whole Vasagel article to find out more about Vasagel and how it works.

Source: Vasagel


Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – 2

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Every year when it turns fall, I begin to worry about getting depressed. For me, I am affected by SAD every year, mostly in the winter time. And since I live in Florida, my seasonal affective disorder is disrupted by the disappearance of hot temperatures, and hot, humid weather. People hate the humidity here, but for me, it’s like a shield for my skin. I am only 4’10” and weigh 100 lbs. The doctors have always told me I’ll be forever cold because of my petiteness, and there wasn’t much to do for it. Well over the years, I began taking Iron as part of my daily diet and now I do not suffer as bad from being too cold in places such as restaurants and movie theaters. If I am not warm, I am not happy. And I can get into a depressive state very easily. This is why I must control (as much as I can) my internal temperature. 

But as the months draw closer and it becomes winter, I have such a hard time doing almost everything. That’s what it literally feels like. When I wake up and it’s too cold, I won’t be able to get out of bed. Not because I am lazy, no, it is because the winter temperatures and less light during the days, make my psyche turn into feelings of depression. I don’t want to leave the house when it’s winter time compared to other times during the year. In the summer, I love being outside! But the fall and winter strip colors and temperatures from nature and take the happiness I usually receive from the heat.  My SAD is very much controllable. If I really put effort into making sure I dress with all my needed layers and go outside to get natural sun, I can feel less depressed almost instantly. Sometimes when I feel depressed and I look up at the sun and feel the warmth, during the cold, my head will almost feel euphoric for a few moments. Now that is happiness. 

*Now here are some facts about SAD:

1.” Did you know that between 60% and 90% of people with SAD are women? It’s true. If you are a female between 15 and 55, you are more likely to develop SAD. Great, so not only do women have PMS, Menopause, and child labor to worry about, add SAD to the list, too.”
2.” Even though the harsh chill in the air might bring you down, SAD is believed to relate more to daylight, not the temperature. Some experts believe that a lack of sunlight increases the body’s production of a body chemical called melatonin. Melatonin is what helps regulate sleep and can cause symptoms of depression.”
3. “SAD can be treated. If your symptoms are mild, meaning, if they do not interfere in and completely ruin your daily life, light therapy may help you beat SAD. Using light therapy has shown highly effective. Studies prove that between 50% and 80% of light therapy users have complete remissions of symptoms. However, light therapy must be used for a certain amount of time daily and continue throughout the dark, winter months.”
4. “Some say that light therapy has no side effects, but others disagree. We think it simply depends on the person. Some people experience mild side effects, such as headaches, eyestrain, or nausea. However, these light therapy users say that the side effects are temporary and subside with time or reduced light exposure. Most scientists agree that there are no long-term side effects, but remember to consult your physician before any treatment decisions are made.”
5. “There are some things to consider if you want to try light therapy in your home, otherwise you will not receive all the benefits that this type of therapy offers.”

  • When purchasing a light box, do not skimp as far as money is concerned. Buy a larger one so that you will receive enough light to be beneficial.
  • The best time for light therapy is in the early morning. (If used late at night, it could cause insomnia.) So, even if it means waking up earlier, set aside some morning time to relax and use your light box.
  • Many people are not aware of this, but you must have your eyes open and face the light during therapy. Do not stare at the light. That would be silly. Simply face the light, eyes open.

6. “It takes more than just one winter depression to be diagnosed with SAD. Individuals must meet certain criteria:”

  • The symptoms and remission of the systems must have occurred during the last two consecutive years.
  • The seasonal depressive episodes must outnumber the non-seasonal depressive episodes in one’s lifetime.

7. “SAD can be treated with certain medications that increase serotonin levels in the brain. Such medications include antidepressants, such as Paxil, Prozac, and Zoloft.”

* I do not believe in any bipolar patients being on anti depressants, but that’s only from knowing what they did to me for so many years, until I got off of them. 
8. “There is actually a device that conducts light therapy and allows you to walk around while treated. The device is called a light visor. Just wear the light visor around your head and complete your daily chores and rituals. A light visor still can potentially have the same side effects as the standard forms of light therapy, so only simple activities, such as watching television, walking, or preparing meals is advised. We do not recommend you operate heavy machinery while wearing a light visor. (You would look pretty silly with it on out in public, anyway.)”
9. “If you have a friend or loved one who suffers from SAD, you can help them tremendously.”

  • Try to spend more time with the person, even though they may not seem to want any company.
  • Help them with their treatment plan.
  • Remind them often that summer is only a season away. Tell them that their sad feelings are only temporary, and they will feel better in no time.
  • Go outside and do something together. Take a walk, or exercise. Get them to spend some time outside in the natural sunlight. Just remember to bundle up!

10. “Although not as common, a second type of seasonal affective disorder known as summer depression can occur in individuals who live in warmer climates. Their depression is related to heat and humidity, rather than light. Winter depression does cause petulance in many cases, but summer depression is known to cause severe violence. So, it could be worse.”


Peach Raspberry Smoothie

Peach Raspberry Smoothie

Oh my goodness! This smoothie is delightful and exploding with flavor! I made it last night for myself and I feel like I’m hooked now! Peach Raspberry Smoothie, you stole my heart! Please try and make one today. 


Wake-Up Workout and Tips

Wake-Up Workout and Tips





* Jumping Jacks


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