Protecting Your Family from Cleaning Compounds

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When it comes to keeping a house clean, most people tend to turn to commercial cleaning products. However, many of these can actually be quite toxic, producing fumes that can irritate the eyes, lungs, and heart. While it is possible to make your own cleaning products, commercial cleaners are sometimes unavoidable, so, if this is the case for you, you need to know how to protect your family from the damaging compounds that are released.

Keep Your Home Ventilated
In order for fumes to be able to leave your home, you need to keep your home well-ventilated. This means keeping all of your windows open and placing fans in strategic positions around your house to optimize the air flow.

Do Not Mix Cleaning Products
While it may be tempting to mix a few different cleaning products together, especially if they are all designed to target different types of dirt, this can be extremely dangerous. The different ingredients in said products can end up reacting with one another, causing fumes that are even more toxic than they would have been.

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Spend Some Time in Nature
If you have just given your house a deep clean with commercial cleaning products, then it is likely that your family will have already inhaled these toxic fumes. A great way to clear these from your lungs while giving them a chance to dissipate from your house is by taking a walk in nature, as this enables your lungs to pump in fresh oxygen while pumping out the chemicals. However, make sure that you choose an area that contains plenty of green trees and plants, and spend at least one to two hours there.

Drink Water and Leafy Greens
As you likely already know, water flushes out the system, meaning that you can reduce the toxicity of any chemicals inhaled by drinking extra water to dilute them and wash them out. In addition to water, you should also be juicing leafy greens and drinking those, as these are great for detoxing the system and will help to move any chemicals out of your body.

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Vitamin C
In the same way that vitamin C protects the body from colds and the flu and speeds up healing when these illnesses do occur, it is also able to help protect the body from any damaging effects that the cleaning chemical compounds may have. Whether you give your family vitamin C supplements or simply increase their intake of fresh foods that contain vitamin C, this is a great antioxidant to have on your side.

Check the Label
When purchasing cleaning products, always remember to check the label, as this will give you some idea of exactly how toxic the product is. If it states that the product’s vapors are harmful, then try to find an alternative product to use.

Commercial cleaning products can be so dangerous, and the best way to protect your family from them is by using products that are natural and safe. If you cannot find these at your local store, try making some yourself, as effective cleaning ingredients, such as vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice, are easily available everywhere.

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I Dream of Wrinkle-Free Aging

While aging may be an inevitable part of life, this does not necessarily mean that you have to deal with wrinkles and fine lines. By stepping up your anti-aging efforts from now, your dreams of wrinkle-free aging could very likely come true.

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Antioxidants
In addition to UV rays, the sun also emits infrared radiation, and studies carried out over recent years point to the way in which IRA is able to penetrate the skin even deeper than UV rays. However, just like with UV rays, IRA creates free radicals within the skin, which damage cells in many different ways. The best way to neutralize these free radicals is through the use of antioxidants, as they provide free radicals with the electron that they are missing, meaning that they no longer have to attack skin cells in order to acquire this electron. Vitamin C is the very best antioxidant for neutralizing free radicals, but try to ensure that the product that you use also contains vitamin E, as this helps to stabilize the vitamin C, keeping it potent for much longer. You should also be incorporating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet, as these are packed with a whole range of skin-boosting antioxidants.

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Sun Protection
Studies have shown that UV rays from the sun are responsible for up to 80% of skin aging, meaning that if you want to put a stop to the development of fine lines and wrinkles, you need to put a stop to the amount of sun exposure that your skin receives. There are now many different options out there when it comes to choosing a sunscreen, and you are bound to be able to find one that works for your lifestyle. For those who use skin care products, whether it be lotions or creams, that already contain an SPF, this may be sufficient, but you need to ensure that you apply a thick layer of it onto your skin in order for your skin to be fully protected. Otherwise, your main choices lie between a chemical or a mineral sunscreen. Chemical sunscreens create a chemical reaction, turning UV rays into heat and then emitting this heat from the skin, while mineral sunscreens sit on the surface of the skin, deflecting UV rays away. Each will have their own pros and cons, so look into these carefully before making your decision.

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Keep It Clean
Your skin comes into contact with so many pollutants on a daily basis, and it does not take long for these to cause your skin to begin prematurely aging, bringing about deep wrinkles far sooner than you expected. From air pollutants to the bacteria that surrounds you every day, each of these can degrade the skin’s collagen supplies, as well as blocking future collagen production, and, without this protein, the skin is not able to maintain its firm and tight appearance. The best way to prevent this is by ensuring that your face is always kept clean. This means regularly cleansing it every evening, as well as doing a deeper cleanse, whether this may be professionally or at home with a facial mask, on a weekly basis. You should also be exfoliating a couple of times a week, and taking steps to minimize the number of unclean surfaces that your skin comes into contact with.

Wrinkles are a part of aging that everybody dreads, but these are not inevitable. By using effective products and keeping your skin protected from the sun from as early on as possible, you really will be able to enjoy wrinkle-free aging in the future.

Can a Daily Cocktail Slow Aging?

While the consumption of excess amounts of alcohol can drastically speed up the aging process, there are certain concoctions that can actually do your body some good. From the age-defying antioxidants of a sangria, to the UV-protecting qualities of a bloody mary, these cocktails could quite possibly help to slow down the rate at which you age.

Bloody mary

Bloody Mary
The Bloody Mary is a truly classic cocktail, with tomato juice and carrot juice giving it its distinct flavor. Tomatoes are known for containing an antioxidant called lycopene, which has fantastic UV-protecting properties. In addition to this, carrots are packed with beta-carotene, which is not only incredibly effective at repairing damaged skin, but is also able to transform the vitamin A in your body into a form that is more easily accessible. By mixing in some freshly cracked black pepper, which is considered to be one of the healthiest foods in the world, you will also be enjoying an extra dose of iron, manganese, potassium, vitamin C and vitamin K.

Green Tea Martini
Green tea is known for having some incredible anti-aging properties, and can be used to make a number of different cocktails. A green tea martini is a refreshing drink, and only contains a few ingredients, making it easy to whip up at short notice. Rather than using a standard vodka, opt for Shochu instead, which is a Japanese vodka that is much lighter than western varieties. Mix this with your brewed green tea, adding a touch of Manuka honey for some sweetness, as well as for the many health-boosting properties that this wonder food brings.

Walnut Chocolatini
A walnut chocolatini is ideal for satisfying any sweet tooth out there, and brings with it some fantastic anti-aging benefits. Walnuts are known to be able to dramatically halt the aging process, fighting free radicals while keeping the body looking and feeling young. To make this cocktail, spread out your crushed walnuts and wet your martini glass, turning it upside down so that the crushed walnuts stick to the rim. Pour in a well-mixed concoction of Irish cream liqueur, dark chocolate liqueur, and vodka, before sprinkling some high-quality dark chocolate shavings on top, to enjoy the health benefits that dark chocolate is known to bring.

Sangria

Sangria
A classic Spanish summer beverage, sangria is primarily made from red wine and fruits, but there are many different versions out there that you can experiment with. When it comes to creating an anti-aging sangria cocktail, be sure to pack in a wide variety of different fruits. A strawberry and peach sangria will ensure that you are consuming your daily allowance of vitamin C, which does wonders for slowing down the aging process, while the peaches will also provide you with plenty of vitamin A. Berries contain a whole host of age-defying antioxidants, so try to use as many as you can. When choosing which wine to use, opt for a high-quality red wine, as this will contain several antioxidants, including resveratrol and quercetin, that have been proven to help fight cancer and heart disease.

 

While the majority of cocktails will only accelerate your aging process, there are most definitely some that will play a helping hand when it comes to anti-aging. Whether you choose to make a fruity sangria or a creamy walnut chocolatini, be sure to strictly regulate the amount of alcohol that you include, and pack your drink with more of the health-boosting ingredients instead.

Skin After 40

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Once you reach the age of 40, your body will be undergoing some rapid changes, and these all have an effect on your skin. From cutting back on the amount that you cleanse to increasing the amount of antioxidants that you use, these tips will help you to take the best possible care of your skin once you have passed the age of 40.

Skip the Morning Cleanser
Cleansing twice a day is not something that is recommended for certain skin types out there, and the same applies to those with more mature skin. Assuming that you have cleansed your face at night before going to bed, skip the cleanser in the morning, and simply rinse your face instead. Cleansers, even if they are gentle, strip your skin of sebum, and since sebum production will start to decline at this age, using a cleanser too often is something that you now need to avoid.

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Antioxidants
Investing in quality skin care products at this stage is absolutely vital if you want to preserve your youthful complexion for as long as possible, and this means using products that are rich in antioxidants and will truly nourish your skin. Vitamin E is one of the most popular antioxidants out there, as it protects cell membranes from damage and works beautifully with vitamin C, which is important for treating wrinkles, dark spots and dullness. Retinol is another antioxidant that is extremely effective, as it has been proven to increase the skin’s production of collagen, even after it has begun to decline with age. Retinol also enhances your skin’s natural barrier, which therefore leads to firmer and plumper skin. To protect your collagen even more, look for products containing green tea, and always keep in mind that these antioxidants work even better when they are combined with each other, rather than being used individually.

Stimulate Cell Turnover
Cell turnover is the process at which dead skin cells are shed from the body and new, healthy skin cells are created. However, this process naturally slows down with age, leading to a rough and dull complexion, but, fortunately, there are ways in which you can stimulate cell turnover to avoid these issues. Removing makeup and cleansing before bed is essential, as this allows the pores and skin cells to breathe, while a toner that contains glycolic acid will help to remove any dead skin cells, speeding up the rate at which new ones are created. Exfoliation should also be a key component to your skin care routine, and you should be doing this two or three times a week without fail, but only using exfoliants that are gentle enough so as not to cause any damage.

When it comes to taking care of your skin after the age of 40, there are many different methods and techniques that you can try, but the most important aspect to remember is to continue protecting your skin from the sun. Since the skin thins with age, it is much more susceptible to damage, and unless you are providing it with constant sun protection, you will not be able to stave off the effects of aging for much longer.

Donkey Milk & Beauty

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Legend has it that, for cosmetic reasons, Cleopatra used to bathe in donkey milk every day, with 700 donkeys needed to produce her daily baths. Donkey milk was used by many others throughout history, and while it may seem quite unconventional, it is actually the closest to human breast milk when compared to any other mammal milk out there, and is packed with unique properties that make it extremely effective in many cosmetic uses.

Vitamin-Rich Composition
Donkey milk contains high levels of protein, phospholipids and ceramides, which work wonders on the skin. The protein is great for boosting the structure of the skin, while the ceramides, which are usually lost with age, help to bind together the protective cells that are contained in the skin’s outer layer. Phospholipids are a type of fat, and are essential when it comes to providing support for the skin, as well as in the functioning of cell membranes. These three components of donkey milk also make it exceptionally soothing, making it a fantastic ingredient for those with sensitive skin to use.

High in Vitamin C
Donkey milk contains up to 60 times more vitamin C than cow’s milk, which is a vital component when it comes to the appearance of your skin. When donkey milk is used in skin care products instead of cow’s milk, your skin will be receiving all of the benefits of this extra vitamin C, such as an increase in the production of collagen, which then leads to added firmness and skin strength. This makes donkey milk a popular ingredient when it comes to anti-aging products, as collagen production is a process that naturally slows down with age, resulting in visible wrinkles and fine lines.

Soothes Certain Skin Conditions
Donkey milk is extremely high in lactoferrin and lysozyme, while cow’s milk only contains traces of these. These two components have the potential to dramatically soothe certain inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne, eczema and psoriasis.

The Price of Donkey Milk Beauty Products
One of the main reasons that donkey milk has not yet hit the mainstream market is due to the fact that it faces one serious limitation, and this is in regards to the amount of milk that can actually be produced on a daily basis. While a cow can produce up to 40 liters of milk in a single sitting, a donkey will only produce around 2 liters a day in total, making it quite the premium ingredient. However, due to an increase in demand for the product, especially since the cosmetics industry has been turning more and more to natural ingredients in recent years, donkey farms are now on the rise, and this ingredient is likely to make its way into many more beauty products soon.

The cosmetics industry is always experiencing trends, especially when it comes to popular ingredients. While donkey milk may be quite a new idea to you and seem like a crazy trend, this is far from the case, as this ingredient can actually work wonders when it comes to skin care and beauty.

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.