Finding A Healthier You

Becoming a mom is one of the most physically gruelling things you can do to your body, though sadly without the end result of washboard abs or a pert booty. When you have a young family, it’s so easy to let fitness fall on your list of priorities but this only leads to low self-esteem and even lower energy levels.. You can make the decision to prioritise your fitness regime, and one that works for you by making smart choices, and working out for a small period of time, every day. Here are some ways you can do so quickly, and effectively, even with a busy lifestyle.

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Power walk to victory

Walking is the best thing you can do for your body to slowly build strength and fitness without putting unnecessary stress on it. If you can’t neglect your everyday chores to make time for a stroll, then build walking into your day’s routine. Park a few blocks away from the supermarket and make up the distance on foot. Walk the kids to school if it’s in the local neighbourhood, vow to take the dog on a brisk walk every morning, and make play dates with other moms for a stroll rather than a sedentary hour in the park. At the weekend, a hike is the perfect way for your family to get healthy together. Make sure everyone is well-equipped with good quality walking socks and boots, and work together to navigate to make it engaging.

Add a Multivitamin Complex

Our body does not always get all that it needs from our diets and lifestyle, so we sometimes need to give it a helping hand. Adding a multi vitamin from Epsilon Life could be the answer if we feel we need to give our immune and digestive system a boost. Epsilon’s Multivitamin and Mineral complex is Vegan certified, and  has, among other ingredients Iron, B-complex, Ginkgo Biloba and Ginseng. It will give you all the vitamins you need in one tablet, and not only will you feel better, but you will look better too, with healthier looking hair and skin.

Resolve to eat well

Your fitness is about 30% exercise and 70% diet, so the importance of what foods you choose to put in your body cannot be overstated. If you have a busy lifestyle, aim to eat small meals, often, to sustain energy and concentration. Ditch sugary, processed food, and anything you have been using as a crutch to get you through the day, whether it’s that third cup of coffee, cans of diet soda or chocolate bars. Exercise and a positive attitude will eventually replace these. Snack on fruit, veg, boiled eggs, nuts and cottage cheese, and whatever you do, don’t skip breakfast.

Make some time for you

You can power walk and chow down on granola bars all day long, but if you’re mentally frazzled, it probably won’t help much. Allocate a set time every day (or every few days) which is just for you. This might be an hour in which you go for a massage. You may want to indulge in an evening yoga class, or spend the morning painting. It could be a creative writing class, or a book group. Whatever it is that helps you reconnect with yourself, make time for it. Your sense of personal well-being depends on it.

 

 

Most Effective Natural Remedies to Remove Blemishes

Skincare is one of the most lucrative markets in beauty, it is easy to see this when you view just how many products there are available. Just check out the number of potions, creams, and medications that promise a miracle cure for acne, or the number of cleansers, or moisturisers there are. While these options are effective in some cases, utilising a natural treatment is less harsh on skin tone and texture. When it comes to safely treating spots and blemishes, you may be better to consider an effective, natural remedy, rather than a shop bought treatment.

These days, when we look towards being more Eco conscious when it comes to our beauty products, we are being ever more encouraged to create our own lotions and potions. It certainly costs a lot less than the expensively packaged products that you can buy on the High Street and in the department stores, and as we can now buy reusable plastic containers in bulk, we can avoid have endless ’empties’ to throw away at the end of each month. Add in that we can create our own labels, and opt for pretty bottles with plastic screw caps, then we could also create cheap and yet personal Christmas presents for friends and family.

Here are a few products that you probably have at home that could help with banishing skin blemishes.

Apple Cider Vinegar

A common item in many homes, apple cider vinegar offers many health benefits. Due to its acidic properties, vinegar is naturally antibacterial and antiviral. Fortunately, vinegar is also a safe, gentle way to remove blemishes.

Combine 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar in a bottle with 1/2 cup of warm water. Shake to mix and then add to a clean, soft cloth. Use the damp cloth to wipe the skin where blemishes are present.

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Honey

Most people have honey in their home, as well. Not only is it delicious, but it also effectively kills bacteria. For blemished skin, wash the face with warm water and apply a thin coat of honey to the skin. Allow the honey to sit for 10 minutes before washing off with warm water. Pat the face dry.

After a few uses, the honey will decrease the bacteria that is causing the acne. In addition, it will soothe and heal the redness on the skin after weeks of ongoing use.

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Olive Oil

Olive Oil can make a brilliant cleanser for dry skin and you don’t even have to add anything to it. Simply rub it into your skin, and cover with a warm cloth to give it time to sink in, and then wipe off the excess. It will help to cleanse and clean your skin and will make your dry skin feel softer.

Using these effective remedies to remove blemishes, skin will be clean, healthy, and attractive.

Interior Design For An Accessible Bathroom

Your bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your home, a place to relax and chill and unwind as well as a place where you wash and pamper. This is still true, whether you are young or old, able bodied or with disability and mobility issues. But increasing age, and any sort of mobility issue means that accessibility within your bathroom can be an issue, and that you may need to look carefully at the design and layout of your bathroom space and furniture.

If you need to use mobility aids to get around your home, then a downstairs bathroom is a must. A spacious room is also more useful and practical for your needs to help you get around if you use a wheelchair or a walking frame. The rest of the design is really up to you, there is always a bathroom solution,  whether you opt for a bath or shower or both.

Below are some examples of ways you can make sure your bathroom is accessible to all the family.

Walk in Showers

A shower is a practical, enjoyable and time saving way to wash, and with the walk in shower options, they are easily accessible to all, Many have a fold away seat that means you can sit down and shower if you need to, but this can also be folded away when the rest of the family wants to use it.

Another feature that can be incorporated is a half door. This means you can offer assistance to someone taking a shower or may lack mobility in their arms or hands, without actually having to get into the shower with them.

A Walk in Bath

For those who prefer a bath, and worry that mobility issues might mean the end of a relaxing soak, the good news is that a walk in bath is also an option. A door in the side of the bath make getting in and out very simple and comfortable, with a chair inside the bath as an added option.

The taps are thermostatically controlled, so you can fill the bath safely, and once you have finished your bath, you can simply open the door and step out.

A Wet Room

An option that works well for wheelchair users is a wet room. This has everything on one level, with the shower accessible from the floor, which is slip resistant as a safety feature. This stops the problem of having to climb over the shower tray, but the shower is also safe and waterproof.

Whatever choice you make, you can create a beautiful, stylish and accessible bathroom space that is perfect for you and your family.