Recommendations for a Productive Sick Day

Woman down with the flu

With flu season well underway, many people will be finding themselves under the weather and needing to take one of those precious sick days. While you may feel as though this will put you way behind, there are actually many ways in which you can go about having an extremely productive sick day.

Fluids and Nutrients
While you may not feel like eating or drinking much, your body still needs to function, and your immune system needs to be able to battle whatever may be ailing you. In order to be productive while you are feeling sick, you need to keep your body constantly supplied with fluids and nutrients. Whether this means keeping a pot of soup bubbling on the stove or spending a few minutes juicing a day’s supply of oranges, stock up on fluids and nutrients early in the day so that you can spend the rest of the day focussing on productivity.

Woman reading
Reading
Reading a trashy novel is not the most productive way to spend your sick day, but catching up on a few professional business books is a great way to learn something new. Whether you already have a stack that you have been meaning to read, or quickly download a few interesting titles onto your tablet, these types of books will help you to further your own professional development, and may even fill your head with fresh inspiration for when you return to work. You could also spend some time catching up on industry news, whether this means that you buy a few issues of trade magazines or read several articles online.

Documentaries and Educational Videos
Rather than binge-watching Netflix the entire day, spend your sick day watching a documentary or an educational video on a topic that you want to learn about in more detail. From short business talks on YouTube to longer, inspiring documentaries, this will take your mind off of being sick, and provide you with plenty of motivation to get back to work.

woman on laptop
Tidy Up Your Inbox
There are some people that have managed to master the art of keeping their email inbox tidy and well-organized, but if you are not one of these people, then spend some time doing so on your sick day. However, make sure that you do not actually start responding to emails, unless it is something urgent, as you need to give your body the chance to recuperate. Simply work on tidying up that inbox, creating folders for different categories, as this will help to boost your productivity in the future.

If you are hoping to make the most of your sick day, then make sure that, in addition to keeping a steady supply of nutrients and fluids around, you also have your smartphone, tablet and laptop within easy reach. However, if you begin to feel sicker at any point during the day, then take that as a sign that your body, and mind, could really do with some down time, and just sit back and relax, no matter how difficult this may be for you!

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Getting Your Skin Crop Top Ready

Crop tops have recently been seen on all of the major runways, with experts predicting that the crop top will be one of the hottest looks for this summer. While there may be a number of different ways to wear and style a crop top, you are most likely going to be baring some flesh, which makes now the perfect time to begin to get your skin crop top ready.

Woman getting an exfoliation treatment

Exfoliation
While you may exfoliate your face on a regular basis, chances are that you often forget to do the same for your stomach, but this is necessary if you plan on adding a few crop tops to your summer wardrobe. Not only does exfoliating clear away the dead skin cells that build up on the surface of the skin and lead to a rough complexion, but it also ensures that the skin is able to receive all of the vital nutrients and oxygen that it needs. When it comes to your stomach, there are many exfoliating body scrubs that you can choose from, or you could also opt for dry brush or a mineral or salt scrub, as this will also help in tightening the skin while reducing the appearance of cellulite.

Skin-Firming Ingredients
The stomach is an area where many women tend to experience loose skin, but there are a number of ingredients that you can look out for that are able to help with this. Products that contain vitamin A and vitamin E will help in tightening the skin, as will products that contain collagen, as this is the protein that forms the main structure beneath the skin.

Skin Masks
Skin masks are designed to target all sorts of different issues, and while you may not see many that are aimed specifically at the stomach, there is no reason why you cannot use a mask here that is intended for another part of the body. These masks will not only provide your skin with a deep clean and some extra nourishment, but will also work to strengthen the skin, leaving it firmer and smoother.

Woman adding bath salts in the water

Salt Water Bath
Salt water is known to bring about some fantastic benefits, and spending a bit of time soaking in a tub that contains a couple of teaspoons of sea salt can make quite the difference to your stomach. The salt works by drawing out any toxins or impurities that lie within your skin, clearing away anything that may be blocking the production of collagen, and resulting in skin that feels and looks firmer and tighter.

Nutrient Rich Foods
The food that you eat has a huge impact on the state of your skin, and if you are seeking skin that is healthy and glowing, you need to pay more attention to the ingredients that you are putting into your body. Citrus fruits, strawberries and vegetables are great at boosting the body’s production of collagen, while healthy fats add to the skin’s moisture content, helping to prevent your stomach from looking dry, cracked or stretched. From salmon and olive oil to nuts and seeds, try to incorporate as many nutrient-dense foods into your diet as possible.

Before wearing a crop top, you need to ensure that your skin is ready to be shown off, so that you can rock your new look with confidence and style. Whether you dry brush your stomach three times a week, or apply a skin mask to it every few nights, these tips will ensure that your skin remains crop top ready all summer long.

What to Add to Your Winter Diet

Research has shown that the food that you eat in these colder months has a significant impact on the way in which your body, as well as your mind, deals with this harsher weather. To keep you in the healthiest shape possible, OROGOLD has put together a quick guide on what you should be adding to your winter diet.

Clementine

Winter Fruits
There are certain winter fruits, especially of the citrus variety, that bring the body some amazing health benefits. Clementines are packed with vitamins, nutrients and plenty of fiber, all of which help to boost the immune system – something that is needed in the winter. Grapefruit is full of antioxidants, and will also lower cholesterol and curb hunger, while stimulating collagen production for fresh, glowing skin. Pomegranates are another fruit that help to stimulate collagen production, while lemons contain some powerful electrolytes.

Walnuts.

Nuts
Nuts are low in saturated fats and high in vitamins and minerals, as well as the mono-saturated fats that are required for a healthy heart. OROGOLD recommends stocking your pantry with a variety of nuts, from walnuts to pecans to almonds, and incorporating them into as many meals as possible.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal
A warm bowl of oatmeal is a fantastic snack during the winter, as oatmeal is a complex carbohydrate that is high in fiber, meaning that it will give you more energy for longer. Winter is also the time of the year when the serotonin levels in our body are quite low, as this feel-good chemical needs sunshine for maximum production. Luckily, certain foods, oatmeal included, are able to boost serotonin production within the body, helping to restore the levels in your brain to what they were at the height of the summer.

Beet salad

Root Vegetables
Root vegetables are able to warm the body, and most of them contain high levels of beta-carotene, which is essential for your immune system during the winter. Beets are packed with nutrients, and also contain tryptophan and betaine, two chemicals that are able to create a sense of happiness within the brain. Sweet potatoes are another root vegetable that have so many different benefits, and since they have a relatively long shelf life, you don’t need to eat them all straight away. Many root vegetables are also able to withstand the cold, meaning that you are likely to be able to find fresh produce throughout the winter.

Broccoli.

Broccoli and Cauliflower
Broccoli and cauliflower are both packed with vitamin C, which your body needs in large doses throughout the winter t keep your immune system in top shape. These two vegetables are a great defense against those pesky winter sniffles, and even if you can’t find them fresh, OROGOLD advises that you still look for frozen varieties, as these are still extremely nutritious.

With a slight adjustment to your diet, it does not need to be hard to stay healthy this winter. From incorporating a range of winter fruits into your daily diet, to sticking to healthy snacks, such as oatmeal or nuts, these winter foods are guaranteed to get you through even the coldest of months.

Healthy Ways to Detox Your Body – OROGOLD Reviews

Detoxification is all about eliminating toxins from your body, whilst giving it a rest and some much-needed nourishment at the same time. The body cannot survive without detoxification, and although it can usually regulate this itself to some extent, it often becomes overwhelmed due to the increasing amount of toxins that we put into our bodies everyday. Luckily, there are some simple and healthy ways to detox your body, which you can easily incorporate into your daily skin care routine to maximize the many health benefits that detoxification can bring.

Woman squeezing lemon juice in water.

Room Temperature Lemon Water
A glass of room temperature lemon water is a good way to start your day, as lemons are not only full of nutrients, but also give a huge boost to the immune system and curb hunger cravings. Lemon also stimulates the liver, helping your body to flush out toxins. Squeeze half a lemon into a glass of water, and wait for 15 minutes before drinking it. It is important to make sure that the water is room temperature, as cold drinks slow down the digestion process.

Woman having green tea in a natural background.

Green Tea Instead of Coffee
The idea of drinking green tea instead of coffee may seem horrifying to the serious caffeine-addicts, but even if you replace just one cup of coffee with green tea, it will make a big difference. Green tea contains important antioxidants, and still has some caffeine, meaning that you can still get your much-needed caffeine boost but in a healthy way, encouraging your body to naturally detox.

Woman eating a fresh vegetable salad with a fork.

An Organic Plant-Rich Diet
Foods that come in boxes or packets are never going to be as good for you as fresh produce. A diet that is rich in plant-based foods, containing organic fruit, vegetables, whole grains, seeds and nuts, will again help your body to naturally detoxify. While it can be hard to only eat organic foods, there are some foods where this is now a necessity, due to the vast quantities of toxic chemicals that are sprayed onto the non-organic varieties. Generally, if you are going to be eating the outside of a fruit or vegetable, such as with strawberries or tomatoes, it is best to buy organic, as no amount of washing is going to fully eliminate the chemicals.

Cut Back on Snacking
The best way to cut back on the amount of snacks that you consume is to make sure that you are having three full meals a day. By eating all your nutrients in one go, and then not eating again until your next proper meal, your body will be able to fully digest the food and then focus on cleaning out the toxins once your digestive system is resting. When planning your daily meals, try to include as many herbs and spices as possible, such as turmeric, ginger and cinnamon, as these all help your body to reach its natural saturation point much quicker, whilst being extremely cleansing at the same time.

Integrating a simple but regular detoxing program into your lifestyle will give you a huge array of health benefits, allowing your body to look and feel its best. In addition to clearer skin and more energy, regularly detoxifying your body will also help your major organs to function better and improve the circulation of the blood in your body.