Are The Various Different Kinds of Olive Oil Created Equally?
Nov30

Are The Various Different Kinds of Olive Oil Created Equally?

To start off you need to realize that there are many different olive oils on the market and they are each differentiated by the method of processing that they have to endure. 1. Virgin Olive Oil Any olive oil that you see being classed as virgin is something that’s good quality because it has been produced by physical means rather than using any sort of chemical treatment. The really good stuff will have been made using the ripest olives which are taken and then smashed into a paste using tools such as millstones or steel drums. The only so called methods of processing that a virgin olive oil is going to be able to go through is that of washing, decanting, centrifuging and finally filtering. While none of these processes are actually required to make the final oil, these are the only ones that are allowed to be used. 2. Refined Olive Oil Any olive oil that has been classed as being refined is generally of poor quality. This is because it’s essentially made from virgin oil that has some kind of impurities in it, and in order for this oil to be edible, it has had to go through the long process of refining. This process of refining involves using methods that involve things like charcoal filters and other chemical treatments, and while the end product will come with a longer shelf life, it will essentially be oil that will be totally void of any good taste. 3. Olive Pomace Oil This sort of olive oil is created from the leftover crushed olives from the virgin olive oil that was made. In order to get whatever remaining oil is in these pressings, chemical solvents have to be used. To be honest you can’t really say that this is real olive oil because it isn’t meant to be consumed. Rather you’re going to find that the vast majority of the time it’s used as a base ingredient in many of the soaps you see on supermarket shelves. 4. Blended Olive Oil If there’s any olive oil that you’re going to want to avoid then it has to be blended olive oil. The reason why you’re going to want to avoid it is because it’s essentially a mixture of various different kinds of oil, predominantly a bit of olive oil along with some other kinds of vegetable oils. The end product will indeed come with an increased shelf life but it will also contain a whole lot more polyunsaturated fats which is exactly why you’re going to want to avoid it! 5. Extra Virgin Olive Oil If you really want...

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Power Up Your Workout – For Free
Nov28

Power Up Your Workout – For Free

Some people think that getting fit has to be expensive.  Gym memberships.  Fancy clothes.  So much stuff to buy, thanks to so many ads eager to sell.  But we don’t have to buy, at least not much, to get fit. In fact, the most traditional forms of fitness are all free – jogging, push-ups, hiking, rope jumping, sit-ups, stretching, dips, lunges.  Today we’ve enlisted David Leonhardt, who writes about fitness and nutrition at http://thehappyguy.com/category/fitness/, to share with us three very basic and very traditional ways to build muscle on the cheap – and to power it up a notch or two without spending more. Make push-ups more powerful. Push-ups are one of the most basic traditional forms of exercise.  Great for arms, shoulders and back, they take advantage of your body weight.  Let’s face it, instead of having to buy weights or find something heavy that is easy to grip, you just push your own body weight up. If you keep doing push-ups daily, and keep pushing the envelope, you might find before long that you are doing 50 or 60 – or 150 and 160.  This might start getting boring and you might find it is not challenging you anymore.  Or you might be impatient for quick results.  Either way, there are two ways to power up your push-ups that cost absolutely nothing. Raise your feet.  This is quite simple.  Place your feet on the bottom step of a staircase, so that in your starting position your feet are higher than your hands.  Or on the second step.  Or on a chair.  The higher your feet, the harder the push-ups will be and the better for building muscle. Raise your hands.  This might sound counterintuitive, but it works.  It is just a little more complicated.  You need to raise your hands, but keep the floor at the same level so that you bring your nose down to the ground – lower than your hands.  You could buy those as-see-on-TV handles for this that also swivel.  It is not a big expense, and it might just be worth it. But you can use short lengths of wood , such as a 2 by 4 or a 4 by 4 post, one for each hand.  They won’t swivel, but they do add power. Make sit-ups more powerful. Sit-ups are great for building your core.  But, like push-ups, you might find before long that you are doing 50 or 60 – or 150 and 160 and it is getting boring and you need new challenges.  Try these variations. Hold something heavy on your chest to increase the weight.  Make sure it...

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Breast Enhancement: Natural & Plastic Surgery Options
Nov25

Breast Enhancement: Natural & Plastic Surgery Options

Personal Appearance and Satisfaction It is well-known for everyone that most women are not satisfied with their looks. It is natural that we compare ourselves to others, and make the conclusions not favorable to us. The fashion industry, tons of glossy covers and beauty magazines, cosmetic companies impose their own vision of beauty on modern women all over the world, making them dream about what they do not have. And one of the things they dream about is beautiful breast. From the very beginning of human civilization woman’s breast was a symbol of fertility, fecundity, and women with well-developed bust were considered to be good genetic material for continuing of human generation. Since that time the world has changed a lot, but some things stayed the same. And women’s breasts are still getting a lot of attention in most countries. There is no surprise that women of any age dream about making their bust their real pride. And here are some ways you may use to enhance your bust. The reasons may be different – no matter if you are a young woman, or you are already a mother of one or more children and you wish your breasts regain the shape they had before childbearing – these methods will work for you and make you feel yourself attractive. Visual Effects Can Be An Enhancement The easiest way to enhance your bosom is visual effects. Sometimes, even appearance of fuller bust makes women feel happy and more attractive. Here you may use a great number of tips and tricks that were invented for you in last decades. First of all, you should choose the right bra for the type of blouse or dress that you are wearing. It should not be too tight, as long as it will slow the blood circulation and thus traumatize the tissue. Push-up bras are always helpful in case you want to draw more attention to your breast area. It may be a surprise for you, but the position you are sleeping in may influence the looks of your breast, and the worst choice is sleeping on your stomach. Those women that are not satisfied with the illusion of full bust, opt for Herbal breast enlargement. On the shelves of beauty markets there are a lot of natural herbal therapy systems and packages consisting of natural ingredients that are massaged into the skin of breast area. Palmetto, one of the most popular natural ingredients, when getting into woman’s body, increases the level of main hormone for female – estrogen, which is in charge with lots of processes, and breast size as well. And the...

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Natural Ways to Prevent Acne Breakouts
Nov19

Natural Ways to Prevent Acne Breakouts

Acne and skin problems commonly occur during the pubescent period and in some cases, during adulthood, too. It is a disease affecting the skin’s oil glands and when these glands clog up due to hair, sebum and skin cells, bacteria builds up and a pimple grows. Acne should not be ignored and should be treated promptly as soon as it occurs. Treat skin problems early on to avoid acne scars treatment in the future. With thousands of products in the market, people are likely to spend loads of money on expensive medications that may or may not work. Use natural things that can be found around the house rather than manufactured products containing chemicals. Natural and homemade remedies, usually healthier and comparatively cheaper, are a great way for finally treating unwanted breakouts.   1. Garlic Despite its pungent smell, garlic has antiseptic properties killing the bacteria present in pores. Try cutting a clove of garlic in half, or mince it and rub the juice on your acne. Leave on the face for about 15 minutes then rinse with warm water. 2. Baking soda Hollywood actress Emma Stone has a budget approach when it comes to her beauty regimen and it includes exfoliating her skin with baking soda. It’s coarse texture makes it a great exfoliant to neutralize acids on the skin and slough away dead skin. Mix baking soda and water to a pasty consistency and apply onto acne individually. Use fingers or apply with Q-tip. Let it sit for ten minutes and wash your face with cold water to close your pores. 3. Aspirin Because aspirin contains salicylic acid, it can dry out acne and fight the bacteria to further prevent it. Crush the aspirin and turn into a paste with a few drops of water. Again, apply on acne, let it set and rinse afterwards. 4. Honey Aside from putting in tea and slathering on pancakes, honey can be used to treat acne with its antibacterial properties. Simply apply on acne and leave it overnight to get rid of a flaming pimple. If there’s more than enough honey to use, it can be utilized as a full facial mask for a clearer complexion. 5. Ice Check the freezer for ice cubes and pack in a plastic bag or bundle it up in a hand towel. Ice will freeze and close up the pores and gets rid of oil, dead skin cells and dirt. Place the bag or towel on acne for five to ten minutes and wash your face with cold water afterwards. As the saying goes, prevention is better than a cure. And yes, it is...

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Best Exercises and Diet to Get Rid of Cellulite
Nov14

Best Exercises and Diet to Get Rid of Cellulite

Most women experience cellulite at some point in their life. The most common areas cellulite shows up is around the legs, buttocks, thighs, and stomach area. This problem can cause a lack of confidence and make you feel unattractive. This is why most women are actively trying to find ways to get rid of cellulite. The truth is, cellulite is something you can’t completely get rid of. The only thing you can do about it is reduce the appearance of it. When it comes to cellulite treatment most women turn to creams that contain stretching agents. However, most of these creams are expensive and don’t work very well. Also, some creams can do more harm than good because some skin types aren’t compatible with them. The best way to fix this problem is to turn to certain lifestyle changes like exercising and following a specific daily diet. Yoga Yoga is one of the best cellulite exercises because it helps stretch out your entire body. Yoga has a double benefit because it will stretch out your body and connective tissues so the dimpling appearance that cellulite causes will get reduced, and the stretching will also improve your lymph flow to the problem areas. If you don’t know what lymph is, it is the bodily fluid that has white blood cells in it that will help get rod of toxins responsible for cellulite. To stimulate your lymph flow and stretch out your connective tissue you can perform inversions, which is an upside down pose. Cardio Doing cardio is important because it will help get rid of most the fat deposits under your skin causing cellulite to show up. Some of the best cardio exercises include running, jogging, jump roping, cycling, or even swimming. You could play a sport that you like to play like racquetball, basketball, or tennis. Just make sure your heart keeps pumping and you keep sweating. Squats If you have cellulite around your thigh area then these are the exercises you need to start doing. Not only your thighs, but doing squats will help tone your legs and buttocks, which are some of the main areas cellulite shows up. You should probably get an experienced trainer to help you if you don’t know how to perform them properly. Lunges Just like squats, lunges are one of the most effective ways to get rid of cellulite naturally through exercise. Get a trainer to show how to perform them properly so you speed up the cellulite removal process. Once you get the hang of it add some free weights to your reps for even better results. Another effective exercise for cellulite is...

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