Inflammaging: How Inflammation & Stress Prematurely Age Your Skin

It’s no secret that stress shows on your skin. From forehead lines to breakouts, stress has a way of showing its wear and tear on your face. But, did you know that it can also lead to premature aging? Internal and external stressors can set off a cycle of inflammation that accelerates the aging process. Read on for our guide to inflammaging and how to minimize its effects. 

Two Types Of Inflammation

Inflammation is a defense mechanism. It serves as the body’s natural way of protecting itself against injury and infection. However, when it occurs on a loop, it can cause damage that stresses your skin cells and accelerates the aging process.


There are two types of inflammation that affect skin health: acute and chronic. Acute inflammation is your body’s immediate response to negative stimuli. It typically has a rapid onset and lasts a few days before normalizing. 

As an example, think of how your body responds to a bump on the knee. You feel immediate pain and over the next few hours may experience swelling, warmth and redness as your body sends fluid and white blood cells to the area. After several days, these symptoms minimize, and it’s like your injury never happened. 


Chronic inflammation, on the other hand, doesn’t quit. Environmental stressors and unhealthy lifestyle habits are to blame for this type of inflammatory response. In such cases, negative stimuli linger and set off an unhealthy cycle of inflammation that goes largely undetected. 

Take pollution as an example. When you are exposed to pollution on a daily basis, your skin doesn’t have an opportunity to fully repair and heal itself; as a result, it exists in a constant state of mild inflammation. Eminence Organics Product Development Manager Patty Connor describes how this occurs: 

“Modern (often urban) living means we are often inundated by stress - whether that’s UV damage, pollution, lack of sleep or poor diet choices. Inflammation is our body’s natural defense mechanism to combat the effects of these stressors. As we age, our body becomes less efficient at ‘turning off’ the inflammatory response and the body goes into a chronic low-grade inflammatory status that damages tissue.” 

What Is Inflammaging & How Does It Happen?

Another name for this process is inflammaging. In short: Inflammation + aging = inflammaging. Here’s how Patty breaks it down:

“Inflammaging is a term used to describe aging induced by chronic, persistent, underlying inflammation that ultimately exhausts the skin’s defense system. This weakens skin structure, results in the degradation of collagen and elastin and impairs the skin’s barrier function. One of the most impactful things one can do to slow the effects of aging is to find ways to get off the hamster wheel of inflammaging.”

How does this happen? External stressors such as pollution, chemicals, artificial fragrances and even weather changes initiate a key enzyme in the skin called COX-2. You can think of this enzyme as an alarm system - it identifies a threat and initiates an inflammatory response. 

Usually, the threat subsides and the alarm shuts off. However, if the threat is persistent, the alarm is triggered over and over until eventually it just stays on. This leaves the skin in a constant state of low-grade inflammation that continues to damage skin cells.

The Effects Of Inflammaging

Inflammaging causes a number of skin changes that accelerate the aging process. 


Hyaluronic acid’s primary function is to capture and retain water to keep your tissues well-lubricated. This powerful humectant can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water and is critical for keeping your skin healthy and hydrated. 

As you age, your skin’s stores of hyaluronic acid naturally deplete (by up to 50 percent by age 40!). Chronic inflammation brought on by exposure to environmental stressors accelerates this process. It causes an increase in the enzyme hyaluronidase which breaks down hyaluronic acid even further. 

Lacking sufficient water content, the skin becomes dry, dehydrated and inflexible. Inadequate hydration contributes to dullness, uneven skin tone and texture and the emergence of fine lines and wrinkles.

Collagen & Elastin Degradation

Chronic inflammation also damages your skin’s fibroblasts. These cells reside in the skin’s connective tissue and are responsible for producing collagen and elastin. Fibroblasts give skin its “tensity” and the ability to rebound from being depressed and folded (for example, by repeated facial expressions).

When inflammation becomes chronic, it sets off metalloproteinases (MMPs) in the skin. These enzymes which are found in the spaces between skin cells break down proteins such as collagen and elastin and inhibit their production. 

When MMPs are triggered over and over, they degrade the skin’s structural proteins at a rapid rate. At such a speed, it’s difficult for your skin’s fibroblasts to keep up. Because collagen and elastin are broken down more quickly than they are repaired and replaced, your skin loses firmness and elasticity.


Your skin gets its shape and volume from fat cells. When you’re young, these cells are plentiful (think chubby baby cheeks) but over time, they naturally deplete. As your skin loses its ability to build and retain fat, it becomes less and less plump.

Inflammaging exacerbates this by triggering glycation. Through this process, the sugar in your bloodstream gloms onto fats and proteins and produces harmful free radicals called advanced glycation end products (AGEs). As AGEs accumulate, they damage the cells around them and cause your skin to, well, age.

When glycation attacks your fat cells, it causes them to become misshapen. As your face loses volume it can begin to appear flat and sunken, as though it is falling. The high, plump cheeks typical of a youthful complexion eventually give way to a more bottom-heavy face shape. 

How To Minimize The Look Of Inflammaging

What can we do about inflammaging? As well as making healthy lifestyle changes (buh-bye cigarettes, alcohol and sugary treats), you can apply topical skin care to improve the appearance of damage. Here’s our advice for preventing and reducing the visible signs of inflammaging.

Minimize Triggers

The first step in tackling inflammaging is to minimize its triggers. One of the best ways to do this is with a skin detox that clears inflammation-causing impurities and environmental irritants. Eminence Organics Product Support Representative Alicia Hawthorne explains the benefits: 

“Detoxifying the skin allows the skin a fresh start. Detox stimulates a healthier environment for the skin and can encourage increased production of collagen and elastin. These changes can help increase cell turnover and improve the skin barrier overall.”

You can calm the look of inflammation by staying hydrated, eating a diet rich in healthy fats and fresh produce and using skin care that contains purifying ingredients. Our Birch Water Purifying Essence contains birch water, a powerhouse sap that is packed with electrolytes, flavonoids, amino acids, proteins, enzymes and vitamins. Eminence Organics Lead Skin Care Trainer Natalie Pergar calls birch water “nature’s sports drink” for its ability to replenish the skin and optimize its health.

Protect Collagen & Elastin

Collagen and elastin play an essential role in keeping your skin plump, elastic and youthful. However, they take a beating when faced with inflammaging. Enter, adaptogens. These mushrooms, plants and roots help the body (and skin) adapt to changes in its emotional and physical state. Rich in antioxidants, they help minimize inflammation and neutralize free radicals that attack collagen and elastin.

Reishi mushrooms are great for stimulating the immune system and liver function, producing an anti-inflammatory effect on the body.

One of the most powerful adaptogens is the reishi mushroom. Known as the “mushroom of immortality,” this mushroom’s superpowers come from its more than 400 bio-active compounds. As Rachel Gargiulo, certified nutrition consultant, tells Well+Good: “Reishi mushrooms are great for stimulating the immune system and liver function, producing an anti-inflammatory effect on the body.”

You can add reishi to your skin care routine with the Pure Forest Collection. Inspired by the healing power of the forest, each product in this collection includes adaptogenic reishi mushroom to protect the skin from the visible effects of inflammaging.

Fortify & Repair Your Skin Barrier

You can counter the dehydrating effects of inflammaging with botanicals that protect the skin’s hydration and moisture content. Another adaptogen, snow mushroom, rivals hyaluronic acid in its ability to rehydrate and moisturize the skin.

Also known as a “super-humectant,” this gelatinous mushroom contains high levels of polysaccharides which help it draw moisture deep into the skin. It holds up to 500 times its weight in water, but its small particles can penetrate the skin more deeply than hyaluronic acid, enabling it to provide even more potent hydration.

Here's a closer look at snow mushroom's incredible abilities:



This deeply hydrating ingredient can also be found in the Birch Water Purifying Essence, Snow Mushroom & Reishi Masque and Snow Mushroom Moisture Cloud Eye Cream. Together, these products help rehydrate skin that has lost water and moisture through inflammaging.

Are you ready to put a stop to inflammaging? Experience the Pure Forest Collection at an Eminence Organics partner spa near you. 

Foot Pain for Runners - Tips & Resources for Training Injuries - Run Eat Repeat

I hurt my foot!! And when I asked Dr. Googs what my symptoms might be it provided a list of potential diagnosis that didn’t apply to my symptoms or health history. It did scare me with a few potential causes of the pain that are serious medical conditions. (So in addition to foot pain I had a mild panic attack, no big.)

The reality is runners get little aches and pains and sometimes BIG ones or injuries. But your training situation and health are relevant to help figure out what’s going on with your body.


So while I was looking for information on my foot pain I bookmarked some websites to share.

And I posted some updates on @RunEatRepeat instagram and received some great thoughts and feedback from other runners who have experienced similar pain. Thanks!

Tips and Resources for Runner Foot Pain

Search smarter to find the best information. 

When researching your symptoms – Include the activity that may have contributed to the pain. Even if the injury didn’t happen while running – it may be caused by running, your running gear OR show up while not running. Overuse injuries, pain or fatigue can pop up at any point during training.

Example: Don’t just search – – ‘Pain on top of foot ‘

Instead search = ‘ Pain on top of foot after running ‘  <- include running or the activity you were doing in the search if applicable.

Talk to other runners.

Ask your runner friends (IRL or on social media) if they’re familiar with your particular injury or pain. If so, how did they deal with it? Do they have any local doctors or resources to suggest??

I don’t have a friend that’s had this exact foot pain, but one friend has had a stress fracture and said it started similar to my current pain… it was just a little achy and then went to too painful to walk during a run.

Check your Running Log / Journal & take it to any appointments.

Ideally you use a Running Log and have been noting any challenges, fatigue or messages your body is sending. See if you can identify some helpful information:

How/When did it start?

Has it gotten worse? How so?

Have you changed your training?

Have you changed your gear?

Are you running on different terrain? 

And any other info that can be helpful to diagnosis the issue. 

Don’t Run on an Injury. 

Don’t do it. Running on an injury will not fix it and probably make it worse.

The pain in my foot was on the top of my foot near the base of my toes. It hurts when I step and try to push off the ground.

It seems like the more common foot injuries are achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis. So when I was searching for information on what my foot pain might be and how to help it – I kept getting search results that weren’t applicable. So I bookmarked some of the best websites with information on the two most likely injuries I have – extensor tendonitis OR a stress fracture.

It’s hard to diagnose a stress fracture in the front area of your foot and often it won’t show up in an x-ray (or may show up in a few weeks once it starts to heal). The symptoms are similar…

Pain in the foot, Swelling, Pain with activity – lessens when rested, Tender to the touch…

Best sites with info on Pain on the top / front of foot:

Foot Pain Explored : Top of Foot Pain List of Possible Causes & Symptoms – List of all the common top of foot pain issues with links to more info. Covers bone, soft tissue, athletic causes, health, etc.

Sports Injury Clinic – Extensor Tendonitis : Symptoms, Causes, Treatment, Exercises

Sports Injury Clinic – Metatarsal Stress Fracture : Symptoms, Causes, Treatment, Exercises

Very Well Fit : How Runners Can Prevent Top of Foot Pain

Health Line : Everything You Need to Know About Extensor Tendonitis 

Foot Pain Explored : Stress Fracture causes, symptoms, treatment 

*Also this @RunEatRepeat Instagram Post has several comments from runners who’ve experienced foot pain with their thoughts and experience.

Check out the 2 previous posts on my foot pain here:

Run Eat Repeat : I Hurt My Foot

Run Eat Repeat : Pain on Top of Foot Update

Question: Have you had foot pain or a similar issue?

How did you help heal it? 


Note: Information on Run Eat Repeat & it’s related social media accounts are not intended to serve as medical or health advice. Please see your physician for all your health, fitness and injury questions and concerns. Always consult your doctor before starting any diet or exercise plan. 

Study Links Menopausal Night Sweats to Impaired Thinking

By Steven Reinberg

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Menopausal women who get night sweats sleep longer and the longer they sleep, the more trouble they have thinking straight, a surprising new study concludes.

Earlier studies have drawn a link between daytime hot flashes and worse memory. In this study, researchers looked at sleep time and night sweats among women with a history of breast cancer.

To their surprise, the investigators found that more frequent night sweats were associated with longer sleep -- and that the longer women slept, the more their attention and thinking skills ("cognition") decreased. However, the study only found an association and could not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

Sleep time, however, did not affect memory. And daytime hot flashes did not affect total sleep time, the researchers noted.

"This work presents novel insights into the influence of menopausal symptoms on cognitive performance among women with a history of breast cancer and raises the possibility that hot flash treatments could benefit cognition in these women through effects on sleep," lead author John Bark said in a news release from the North American Menopause Society.

Bark is a doctoral student in behavioral neuroscience at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The findings are to be presented this week at a meeting of the North American Menopause Society, in Chicago. Research presented at meetings is typically considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

The Winners Of Our HUGE Life Liner Giveaway Revealed

Hey my loves! As you guys can probably tell from my snaps, I am soooooo excited about our latest launch; the first EVER Huda Beauty eyeliner: Life Liner! My team and I spent two years creating the perfect formula and I’m in love with the final product; it’s the blackest, mattest, most intense liner I’ve ever used!

So to celebrate I didn’t want to do a regular giveaway, instead, we gave five winners a year’s supply of Life Liner, as well as the Makeup Remover Balm, and Hoodie Lash. Plus, a brand new Louis Vuitton Makeup bag to stash all of your new goodies in! As always, we were blown away by your love and support, thank you so much to everyone who entered!

If you’re one of the five winners, congratulations! We’ll be contacting you via direct message on Instagram.


Thank you for entering, and make sure you’re following us on Instagram and Facebook to stay up-to-date with all our giveaways. Oh and don’t forget to signup to our newsletter, for all the latest beauty tea!

10 Cheap Makeup Products We Swear By (And Use Daily)

Miracle products made from diamonds and encased in gold are amazing, but a great formula at a low price can make our heart skip a beat. The thing is, you don’t have to splurge to find a makeup product that’ll beat your face to perfection, there are tons of amazing drugstore options! Here are 10 cheap makeup products we use in our everyday routine…

1. Elf 16HR Camo Concealer, $5

The 16HR Camo Concealer has been labeled a dupe of the infamous Tarte Shape Tape concealer, which for like 17% of the cost, is pretty insane! Just like Shape Tape, the e.l.f. formula is a full-coverage, super creamy concealer with a matte finish that’ll cover everything from dark circles to pimples. The formula isn’t super lightweight but blends out beautifully with a damp makeup sponge. Set it with a loose setting powder for a crease-free finish that lasts all day long! We also love that there are 18 shades that range from fair to deep so you can easily find a color match. We like to go one or two shades lighter for brightening the under eyes.

2. Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation, $8

Source: Maybelline

This foundation has been one of our fave drugstore products for years! The foundation is ideal for normal to oily skin types as it contains micro-powders to mattify and blur out large pores or imperfections. It’s easily buildable so you can cater the coverage and it blends out really well. There are 40 shades in total ranging from fair to deep, which is pretty impressive! It also comes in an amazing Dewy and Smooth finish, which is ideal for normal to dry skin types and offers light to medium coverage for a natural finish.

3. Real Techniques Makeup Brushes

There are makeup brushes and then there are the Real Techniques makeup brushes. Not only are they super cute but the synthetic brushes perform just as well as most luxe brushes, which is why you’ll often see them used by celebs in their Vogue makeup routines. They also come in the most amazing bundles, so you don’t have to buy a set of 16 to find the brush you’re looking for. They blend, they build, they buff, all while helping you achieve the most flawless, airbrushed finish at a fraction of the cost. Read our full breakdown of the Real Techniques brushes here.

4. L’Oreal La Vie En Glow, $12

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No makeup look is complete without highlighter, and this L’Oréal highlighter palette with four shades offers the ultimate glow-up. The formula is super smooth, crazy pigmented and provides just the right amount of shimmer. Layer it up so you can be seen from the stars or lightly dust it on with a fan brush for a soft glow. To apply, we use the Real Techniques 402 Setting Brush,  which easily picks up the powder and softly diffuses it. For our top highlighting tips, check out this post.

5. Maybelline TattooStudio Brow Pomade, $10

We’re always on the hunt for affordable brow products, so when we tried this brow pomade, it was a dream come true. It does it all (for just $10) – it’s super pigmented, buildable, and once it’s on, it’s transfer-proof, waterproof, and even smudge-proof. It also comes with a double-ended tool: at one end is a densely-packed, angled sculpting brush, and at the other end a spoolie to tame and blend. There are eight shades in total, ranging from Light Blonde and Auburn to Ash Brown and Black Brown – we found a perfect match for everyone at HB HQ.

6. Milani Amore Satin Matte Lip Crème, $9

We love everything about the Amore Satin Matte Lip Crème, $9; the shades, the formula, the finish! It’s super pigmented, transfer-proof and it doesn’t leave your lips feeling dry like other liquid lipsticks. Application is also really easy thanks to a rounded wand, which makes overlining and quick application extra easy! The shade collection is stunning, and they work well on all skin tones; we just wish there were more!

7. Maybelline Lash Sensational, $10

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If Meghan Markle uses a drugstore mascara, you know it’s the real deal! And this drugstore mascara will transform your lashes; the fanning brush has ten layers of bristles so it’ll separate and build the lashes, giving that full lash effect. The formula is infused with three different essential oils; rose oil, argan oil, and safflower oil to soften and nourish your lashes, leaving them looking super fluttery. Finally, it’s easily buildable so if you’re looking for major drama, all you need to do is lash it on. We’re low key obsessed! Read our full review here.

8. RCMA No-Color Powder, $12

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If you’re looking for value for money, this powder should be at the top of your list. The product was developed over 50 years ago for use by professional makeup artists in Hollywood. It’s basically an MUA’s secret weapon as it gives a soft-focus airbrushed finish while locking in your look. The translucent formula works for all skin tones; from fair to deep. For more deets, check out this post.

9.  Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup Foundation, $15

This glowy liquid foundation offers the ultimate dewy, healthy skin look. It blends like a dream and offers light to medium coverage, but it can also be built up easily for more coverage. The formula is packed with skin-enhancing antioxidants and has SPF 20 (YAY!) although we still recommend wearing a sunscreen with SPF 30. Check out this post for more foundation hacks.

10. Aquaphor Healing Ointment, $12

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We realize this may not look like your typical makeup product but it does have AHHHmazing makeup powers. In fact, it’s a celeb fave and each celeb has their own way of using the ointment to amp up their makeup game. Zendaya claims it’s the magic step in her regime as it gives her skin a luminous glow; to apply, simply dab it onto your cheekbones, brow bone, and on your Cupid’s bow. Whereas Hailey Bieber uses it as a brow gel and a lip balm. Find out how more celebs are using Aquaphor here.

Have you guys tried these products? Let us know in the comments below.

Amazing Post Workout Meal Ideas - Eat Healthy Be Fit Experience Happiness

Rigorous workout regimes can be tiring.  To regain your energy and to replenish the calories burned, it is very important to include nutritious meal post your workout. It is important to understand that physical exercises and post workout meal are a package and one cannot be effective without the other.

Here we list you the things you need to consider and incorporate it after your workout session.  [1]

Timing matters

Staying consistent regarding food timings is important for a healthier lifestyle and post workout meal is no exception. After any rigorous exercise, the body’s ability to rebuild glycogen and protein is enhanced. Hence, it is generally recommended to consume carbohydrates and proteins after workouts. 

Although there is no set timing, it is better to have a post workout meal within forty-five minutes of the exercise. Similarly, if you have taken a pre workout meal, it is also going to benefit your body after the workout.

Foods to eat before a workout

Before starting your workout, it is good to eat a small amount of nutritious food to energize the body and avoid fatigue. Below are some of the recommended foods that can be considered:

  • Overnight soaked oats
  • Home-made energy/protein bars
  • Bananas
  • Fruit smoothie
  • Apple with peanut butter
  • Dates
  • Whole grain bread
  • Foods to eat after a workout

    Since glycogen and protein surge after a workout, the following are some of the most recommended foods to be eaten after a workout: [2]

  • Greek yoghurt
  • Grilled paneer
  • Egg whites
  • Milk/ Soy milk
  • Nuts
  • Grilled chicken
  • Sprouts with coconut water
  • Meals to eat after a workout

    Some of the ideal post-workout and healthy meals include:


  • Oats porridge with fruits and nuts
  • Bread toast with egg white omelette
  • Yoghurt-Fruit smoothie with chia seeds
  • Lunch

  • Mixed dal khichdi with vegetable raita
  • Chapatis with paneer curry, curd and salad
  • Paneer peas pulao with yogurt-vegetable salad
  • Mix grain Chapatis with palak paneer and cucumber-tomato salad
  • Dinner

  • Scrambled tofu with sautéed vegetables
  • Chicken soup with salad and whole-grain toast
  • Brown rice with rajma, onion-tomato salad
  • Broken-wheat Paneer Upma with bhindi sabzi and fruit shrikhand
  • The meals above are some of the most recommended post workout meal. Apart from that, there are others such as cereal with skim milk, Greek yogurt, berries, and granola, to name a few.

    Drink plenty of water

    Drinking at least three to four litres of water a day is very good for overall health and people indulging in exercises should drink even more. 

    While working out, the body sweats losing its water and electrolytes. As a result, it is important to hydrate your body by replenishing it with fluids.

    However, it is better to drink only water for hydration and not the likes of fruit juice. For a healthier body, it is wise to eat fruits whole. Wholesome fruits control hunger pangs and prevent unhealthy snacking between meals. 

    Other popular post-workout meals 

    1. Protein Popcorns

    Low fat or fat-free popcorn is a popular post workout meal these days. Popcorn is the richest source of glycogen storage while a spoonful of chocolate whey protein powder can nourish the muscles after exercises.

    2. Apple with Almond Butter

    This is a widely popular post-workout meal these days. A plate of apple with almond butter is recommended by many fitness experts. The combination of apple and almond replenishes the weary muscles to a considerable degree.

    3. Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

    As the name suggests, this is one of the most interesting and quirky post-workout meals. Packed with protein, banana and peanut butter ensures a good deal of long-lasting energy. Add a pinch of cinnamon to make the smoothie flavoursome. Apart from that, fitness experts also recommend including useful additions to the drink like kale.

    4. Sun-butter and Dates

    Another rich and wholesome post workout meal is a combination of sun-butter and dates. 

    Since dates are packed with potassium, it is considered a great post-workout food. Dates are also known for flushing out excess sodium and water content out of the body. [3]

    Additionally, sun-butter is an important source of proteins. Since sun-butter is extracted from sunflower seeds, people with nut-allergies can consume it without any worry.

    5. Turmeric and Sardine fish

    After an intense exercise, it is natural for the muscles to inflame since it stores lactic acid. Including turmeric in a post-workout meal is essential since it has tremendous anti-inflammatory properties

    Sardine fish is another great post-workout food.  Sardines are loaded with omega 3 and calcium apart from scores of other essential nutrients. Therefore, they are considered as great post-workout meals.

    It is important to understand the fact that both post and pre-workout meals are essential for the rejuvenation of the body. However, pre-workout meals determine the consumption of a post-workout meal. If you have had sufficient food before exercise, it is generally recommended to limit your food intake post-exercise.

    'Jeopardy!' Host Alex Trebek 'Not Afraid of Dying'

    By E.J. Mundell

    HealthDay Reporter

    MONDAY, Oct. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek hinted in an interview that chemotherapy for stage 4 pancreatic cancer is taking a toll on his ability to host the popular game show.

    The 79-year-old Trebek resumed chemotherapy last month after losing a large amount of weight and having his cancer-related numbers rise sharply, he told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Sept. 17.

    And in an interview on Friday with Canadian television network CTV, Trebek said he's still on the job -- but some days are tough.

    On the day after a chemo treatment, his vision "gets messed up a little," Trebek told the network, and another day later joint pain can set in.

    His treatment has also led to sores in his mouth that can interfere with speech, Trebek added.

    For the time being, however, he said he'll keep hosting "Jeopardy!" "as long as my skills do not diminish."

    "I'm sure there are observant members of the television audience that notice also, but they're forgiving," he told CTV. "But there will come a point when they [fans and producers] will no longer be able to say, 'It's okay.'"

    Trebek first announced his diagnosis of stage 4 pancreatic cancer in March.

    Two months later, he and his doctors announced that he appeared to be winning his battle against the disease. He responded incredibly well to treatments and was in "near remission," his doctors said in May.

    "It's kind of mind-boggling," Trebek told at the time. Even though the overall survival rate for pancreatic cancer is just 9%, Trebek responded well to chemotherapy.

    "The doctors said they hadn't seen this kind of positive result in their memory -- some of the tumors have already shrunk by more than 50%," he told the magazine.

    In late August, Trebek seemed to be doing so well that he returned to taping the 35th season of "Jeopardy!"

    "Yup, [I] went all the way down to numbers that correspond with a normal human being without cancer," he told CTV. "[But] then all of a sudden, it blew up and went 50% higher than when it was first diagnosed. Go figure."

    Why Adaptogens Will Give Your Skin What It REALLY Needs

    You might have heard the buzzword, “adaptogens,” floating around on websites, Instagram, and your fave beauty aisles over the last year or so. What started out as a niche sector in the market for boutique wellness has since exploded into a full-blown beauty category, and lots of notable brands are getting in on the game. With some expert insight, we’re breakout down what adaptogens are, how they work, and who benefits from them most of all (spoiler: all of us). We’re also hitting you with some fun products that are worth your bread.

    WTH is an Adaptogen?

    In short, an adaptogen is an ingredient that helps your body adapt – hence the name – to the whirlwind of stressors you’re subjected to on the daily. They’re not going to solve your BF woes or get your boss to bug off already, but they can help you in other ways. (And maybe even indirectly regarding the aforementioned.) You can take them both as supplements to help with things like stress (Ashwagandha has been used for centuries for this purpose), sleep or you can find them in skincare products that help to balance and soothe your skin.

    “An adaptogen is essentially a botanical that adapts to your body’s needs by reducing the effects of stress on the body – like fatigue, jitters, and inflammation. These adaptogenic ingredients have been used for centuries in eastern modalities like Chinese Traditional Medicine and Ayurveda. Today’s wellness trend has made people much more aware of the wisdom of these ancient practices,” says Kerry Benjamin, a licensed esthetician based in Los Angeles and the founder of StackedSkincare.

    In a way, you might even consider adaptogens to be skincare ‘mind readers’ since they have the ability to “read” your body and then help you adjust accordingly.

    The Most Common Adaptogen Ingredients

    Adaptogens come in two primary forms: ingestible supplements and skincare topicals. Benjamin says, “When taken internally adaptogens help bring your body back to balance. For topical adaptogens, the benefits really depend on the ingredient.”

    For instance, some adaptogens – such as ashwagandha and ginseng – are rich in antioxidants that prevent free radical damage and therefore help ward off dark spots and other signs of sun damage. Other ingredients, including holy basil, have antibacterial properties that are ideal for people who struggle with acne, notes Benjamin. She adds that reishi mushroom is also a popular topical, and that it’s “an anti-inflammatory that contains polysaccharides to help quench dry skin.” 

    “In general, almost every skin type can benefit from ingredients that combat skin stress, which is a major cause of aging and breakouts,” says Benjamin. “If in doubt, look at the adaptogen-infused product you’re considering and see if it aligns with your skin type. If not, find one that is specifically designed to address your concerns.”

    4 Adaptogen Products We’re Obsessed With

    Curious to try for out adaptogens for yourself? Start with these suggestions.

    1. Herbivore Emerald CBD + Adaptogens Deep Moisture Glow Oil, $58

    Leave it to Herbivore to make a hella pretty skincare product that combines two of the industry’s most hyped trends: CBD and adaptogens. Emerald is formulated with a combination of meadowfoam seed, CBD, hemp, coconut, and sunflower oils, which are highly nourishing and moisturizing for the skin. The hero adaptogen is ashwagandha, which specifically helps your skin deal with pollution, UV rays, daily stress, and even a deficiency in ZZZs.

    2. Youth to the People Adaptogen Soothe + Hydrate Activated Mist, $42

    This mist is great for on-the-go, or you can even keep it at your desk for an afternoon pick-me-up. Its primary goal is to calm your skin down and give you a hydrating boost. You’ll notice a decrease in redness and inflammation thanks to reishi, reduced stress thanks to ashwagandha, and plumped skin via hyaluronic acid.

    3. Moon Juice Power Dust, $38

    If you’re game for an adaptogenic supplement, you’ve got a lot of options via Moon Juice. All their products are formulated to help rebalance specific areas of your life, but the Power Dust just might be our fave (close second: Sex Dust). It contains a potent blend of cordyceps, ginseng, eleuthero, astragalus, ashwagandha, ahodiola, and schisandra that tackles stress, amps stamina, and helps keeps your immune system in good shape.

    4. Four Sigmatic Mushroom Matcha Drink Mix with Lion’s Mane & Ginger, $33

    A mushroom-based beverage may sound real gross but trust us when we say that this ingestible adaptogenic drink by Four Sigmatic is surprisingly yummy. It’s also loaded with adaptogens, including astragalus to help you deal with daily stress, ginger to help your digestive tract along, and matcha, a form of green tea that’ll give you a slight, non-jittery caffeine boost.

    One more thing about adaptogens. As Benjamin pointed out, these ingredients have ancient roots, and they’ve long been used in modern-day skincare, too. Now that consumers are more familiar with them, though, these adaptogenic ingredients are getting the top-billing they deserve. In that sense, it’s not like this is a new, shiny category of skincare. Adaptogens have been around forevs; it’s just that we’ve all finally opened our eyes to them!

    10 Best Herbal Shampoos For Hair Fall And Hair Growth

    Ravaged by heat styling tools, exposed to pollutants and constant coloring; these factors can burden your hair with dryness, frizz, and hair fall. Sad, we know. But since you cannot give up on it altogether, we suggest you to consider herbal anti-hair fall shampoos. These natural formulas can revive lack luster tresses in a single wash.

    We’re sold by the 10 organic shampoos suggested below. Keep reading so you can choose the best one that’s suitable.

    Reverse Hair Fall Problem with these 10 Herbal Shampoos:

    Your hair deserves one of these herbal shampoos formulated for hair fall. Take a look:

    1. Biotique Bio Kelp Protein Shampoo for Falling Hair Intensive Hair Growth Treatment:

    Hair trends are constantly changing and it’s hard to keep up with it especially without damaging hair. The truth is new treatments require some maintenance. To balance off hair fall while drenching fried hair with hydration, this protein shampoo is infused with bio kelp that works as nourishment for falling hair.

    2. Khadi Amla and Bhringraj Shampoo:

    This herbal shampoo works straight on parched tresses in desperate needs of moisture. The amla seals in moisture while the bhringraj helps to boost thinning hair. The shampoo works from the first wash itself making it easily justifiable. Get ready for silky, smooth locks.

    3. Himalaya Herbals Anti-Hair Fall Shampoo:

    In just a single wash, the goodness of this shampoo will counteract the signs of hair damage including hair fall, split ends, and dry hair. It can leave hair super silky you literally cannot stop stroking it.

    4. Indulekha Bringha Hair Anti-Hairfall Shampoo:

    Teeming with natural extracts, this anti-hairfall shampoo will magically drink up your dry tresses, leaving it in its healthiest and smoothest state yet.

    5. Shahnaz Husain Shamla plus Hair Cleanser:

    Want to strengthen your hair and replenish your roots? This weekly hair cleanser treatment won’t break the bank but will boost healthy growth. Work the restorative formula to stimulate your hair, boost circulation to hair follicles, and achieve healthy hair growth. This natural cleanser by Shahnaz Husain is a popular choice receiving great reviews online too.

    6. Vaadi Herbals Amla-Shikakai Shampoo:

    Not only is the Vaadi Herbals shampoo one of the best herbal choices, but is instant nourishment for tackling fizzy, rough hair, and deeply hydrates each strand. It reduces the problem of hair fall in just a few washes.

    7. VLCC Hair Fall Repair Shampoo:

    Double whammies of naturally hydrating ingredients that can instantly transform your hair in one wash, eliminating falling and dehydrated hair. Big yes to the VlCC Hair fall Repair Shampoo please!

    8. Forest Essentials Hair Cleanser – Japapatti & Brahmi:

    When wash after wash using other hair fall shampoos can become a bit discouraging, turn to this brilliant product. Apply the Japapatti and Brahmi infused extract cleanser to wet hair and rinse out as normal. You don’t have to worry about falling hair ever again.

    9. MCaffeine Naked Detox Green Tea Shampoo:

    If you’ve ever tried the other MCaffeine Naked Detox products, you already know this brand is God sent. A steal at only Rs. 495, this smoothening treatment can take you to hair heaven.

    10. Lotus Herbals Kera-Veda Soyashine Shampoo:

    Extra nourishment and thick, your hair will feel amaze’ just at a single wash. For optimum results, use it with the Lotus Herbals conditioner, but the product is also brilliant on its own.

    These top ten herbal shampoos for hair growth and hair fall are worth investing in. They will nourish, strengthen, and boost hair volume. We suggest you to sign up with online beauty retailers and see what they have to offer.

    Extreme Weight Loss Diet: The Bane Of That Needs To Be Banished - Truweight

    There is a misconception among numerous weight loss enthusiasts that following a strict and extreme diet will yield better results. However, many experts have dismissed this myth time and again. 

    Fitness enthusiasts and health experts have stressed that losing weight by following an extreme diet is of no use since this method is not only inconsistent but also extremely unhealthy. To make things worse, it is proven that this method had resulted in weight gain when the person reverts back to their old ways. 

    Extreme dieting poses a number of dangers to the human body. From making you weak to moody, sluggish, tired, achy and nauseated, its side-effects are endless. Adding to this, when you deprive your body of the essential nutrition in the long run, it can lead to metabolism issues; leave you severely malnourished and even bring life-threatening conditions. This is why it is very important to follow a healthy and well balanced diet.

    Table of Content

  • Extreme Body Dehydration
  • Fluctuations in Blood Sugar Levels
  • Muscles Break Down
  • Slow Metabolism
  • Malnutrition
  • Refeeding syndrome
  • Suffering of Brain
  • The adverse of the extreme diet on your body can be as follows:

    Extreme Body Dehydration 

    Your crash diet being a successful one is nothing but an illusion. When you deprive your body of carbohydrates, essential nutrients and much needed calories, body burns the glycogen first and not fats. Glycogen is a carbohydrate stored in muscles and liver with every gram of it containing water. When body takes the stored glycogen to function, it also takes the water leaving the body dehydrated. Extreme weight loss diet can make your body lose its water which can lead to dizziness, nausea, fatigue, and headache. [1].

    Fluctuations in Blood Sugar Levels

    It is vital to have a constant supply of carbohydrate, fats, and proteins for maintaining the blood sugar and insulin levels. However, people start a crash diet for losing weight quickly. Being on a cleansing or detox diet lead to an influx of high-sugar and low-fibre juice can lead to the rise and drop in blood sugar level that can lead to insulin resistance. For this reason, one should always follow the best diet plan to lose weight healthily.  

    Muscles Break Down

    When you lose 1% of body weight on a weekly basis by following a slow and steady weight loss plan, the lost weight consists of 75% fat and 25% water and muscle. However, taking an aggressive approach by cutting down calories between 1,000 and 1,200 will result in the body breaking the muscles since it needs the energy to function. 

    Moreover, losing weight real quick can lead to the atrophy of the muscles of the heart. Low calorie diets including liquid diets can also lead to ventricular arrhythmias and can even cause death. 


    Slow Metabolism

    Studies have revealed that extreme dieting can result in slow metabolism. Due to fewer muscles, your metabolism is also likely to drop. It means that you are likely to burn fewer calories while exercising. Your metabolism will drop considerably; that you stop losing weight and when you get back to your normal diet, your metabolism will be more sluggish than it was before starting your crash diet.  

    The brain tells the body to store fats in order to prevent you from starving to death, thinking that there is a shortage of food. Hence, it leads to the accumulation of fats instead of weight loss. [2]


    Calories are fuel and cutting down too many calories means depriving the body of the essential food needed for its functioning. Stripping of good fats from the body means that the body is not able to get essential fuel for absorbing other vitamins like A, D, E and K. 

    However, these vitamins are essential for your body for preventing the disease and inflammation along with supporting gene expression, cognitive ability, immune system function, cell growth, and bone health.

    Refeeding syndrome

    If you are following an unbalanced or extremely low-calorie diet, abruptly starting your normal diet can lead to a drop in magnesium, phosphorus and potassium levels which can lead to heart failure. It is an extremely lethal condition and is known as refeeding syndrome. It is usually seen in those suffering from anorexia, but it can also occur in those who abruptly cease crash or/and liquid diets. 

    Cutting down carbs intake to about 100g per day can lead to breaking down of fatty acids for getting ketones and carbon-containing compounds. Hence extreme dieting can lead to malnutrition. 

    Suffering of Brain

    Running of the brain on ketones means it is running below its capacity. Hence, a crash diet can adversely affect the functioning of the brain. Such a situation can lead to decreased brain growth and long-term impairments in visual-spatial memory. 

    Moreover, any crash diet, even if it contains sufficient amount of carbohydrates helps in increasing the level of stress hormone corticosterone in your brain making you more prone to stress. It will lead to making you more depressed, and you are likely to binge more. Thus it can lead to weight gain instead of weight loss.

    Hence, you should follow a healthy diet plan for losing weight wisely. Such a diet plan should have slow and realistic goals for helping you to maintain your ideal weight in the long run. 

    Think about a diet which has sufficient amount of carbohydrate, good fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals, as ignoring any essential nutrient can affect overall health. An ideal weight loss plan should work in the long term and help you sustain it. It is important to know that taking baby steps towards your goal is the key.



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