Paper Books Beat Tablets for Parent-Child Interactions


MONDAY, Sept. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Parents seeking quality reading time with their toddlers would do well to choose an old-fashioned book over a newfangled e-reader, a new study argues.

Parents and kids appear to have a better shared experience when they're reading a book together than when they read with a tablet, researchers report.

Parent and child tended to tussle over the tablet, explained lead researcher Dr. Tiffany Munzer, a fellow in developmental behavior pediatrics at the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.

"In this study, print books were great for promoting an environment that was rich with reciprocity, but the tablet appeared to create some conflict between parents and toddlers who were both trying to control the tablet," Munzer said.

This study isn't the first by Munzer to raise questions regarding the value of e-books when reading to young children. Another study published in last March looked at verbal interactions when parent and child shared an e-book.

In that study, parents and toddlers talked more when reading print books, and were more likely to hold the book or turn pages together. Toddlers presented with an e-book became focused on tapping or swiping the screen and didn't pay as much attention to either the story being told or the parent reading to them.

Munzer's latest study focused on nonverbal signs of "social reciprocity" -- the back-and-forth exchanges that happen between parents and children when they're sharing a task.

This act of sharing "creates moments of joy, and is the foundation for child development. It is how children learn new words, gain emotional competence, and builds on their problem-solving abilities," Munzer said. "Social reciprocity is how relationships are nurtured and is important for our future generation's development and achievement."

In the latest study, Munzer and her University of Michigan colleagues observed 37 parent-toddler pairs reading together in a laboratory using three different book formats -- print, basic e-readers and enhanced e-books on tablets.

The enhanced e-readers contained extra elements like sound effects and animation. The basic e-books allowed for swiping to turn the pages and tapping illustrations to elicit the appearance of words, but there was no auto-narration or sound effects.

Face Masks 101: Benefits, Types And How Often You Should Use One

There’s nothing quite like a face mask to step up your skin care routine. The right mask is not just an indulgent treat - it can also tackle key skin concerns and conditions, from dryness and dehydration to large pores and acne. Read on to learn how often to use a face mask and choose the right one for your unique complexion.

Benefits Of Masking

Just like a serum or moisturizer, a face mask is a skin care vehicle. It delivers highly concentrated actives, vitamins and nutrients to the skin to improve its overall health. The difference: Face masks are occlusive - they create a physical barrier that locks in beneficial ingredients, allowing them to absorb more efficiently.  

Face masks are designed to be used intermittently to give your skin an instant boost. Depending on what your skin needs, there is a mask that can do one (or a combination) of the following:

  • Hydrate and moisturize dry skin
  • Refine large pores
  • Improve skin texture
  • Absorb excess oil and dirt
  • Decongest clogged pores
  • Minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Enhance elasticity
  • Improve the look of breakouts
  • Brighten dark spots
  • Types Of Face Masks

    With so many options out there, how do you choose the right face mask for you? Here’s what you need to know about each type.

    Cream 

    Think of the texture of a rich moisturizer - that’s the best way to describe the feel of a cream-based mask. These face masks do wonders for adding moisture and nutrients back into the skin, helping it remain plump and hydrated. Eminence Organics International Educator Brian Goodwin lets us in on a skin care secret: “An insider tip is that most of our cream-based masks can be used as a leave-on treatment.” A cream-based mask like the Snow Mushroom & Reishi Masque is a great pick to replenish and smooth dry, dehydrated or aging skin overnight.

    Gel 

    Gel masks, on the other hand, have the consistency of a jam or jelly. With their lightweight texture, they are an excellent choice for normal to oily skin types. Many gel masks include astringent ingredients like raspberries and blackberries which minimize oil and tighten pores. Others are formulated with soothing and hydrating ingredients like stone crop and honey which replenish dry and dehydrated skin. 

    Whichever you choose, you can amplify your results with this skin care tip from Brian: Apply your favorite gel-based mask (our pick is the Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Masque) before hopping in the shower to make it an active in-shower treatment. 

    Clay 

    It’s no secret that clay is a miracle worker for acne-prone skin. With its absorbent, exfoliating and astringent properties, clay tackles the root causes of acne as well as treats ongoing symptoms such as excess oil and inflammation. Pro tip: Did you know a clay mask can double as a spot treatment? Eminence Organics Lead Skin Care Trainer Natalie Pergar recommends using the Acne Advanced Clarifying Masque to spot treat bumpy and congested skin: “It’s nice and creamy in texture, and you literally need a little bit… Just hit those little areas and let it dry.”

    Stimulating

    Stimulating masks contain active spices like paprika and cinnamon to stimulate circulation and oxygenate the skin. These masks get to work instantly: They increase circulation, causing the skin to tingle intensely and turn bright red. The immediate effects last from 20-60 minutes before revealing a healthy, rosy glow. In the same way that stimulating your body’s circulation is a benefit of exercise, increasing the circulation in your face provides a great workout for your skin. 

    Note that these masks aren’t for everyone: If you have sensitive skin, you’re better off choosing a cream or gel-based mask that won’t exacerbate your symptoms. 

    Exfoliating

    Exfoliating masks are formulated to remove dead skin cells and enhance your skin’s natural turnover process. This type of face mask may take the form of a peel which employs alpha hydroxy or beta hydroxy acids to dissolve dead skin cells and clear them from the skin’s surface. Or, it may use finely ground particles like the maize flour in our Rosehip & Maize Exfoliating Masque to gently buff and polish your complexion.

    How Often Should You Use A Face Mask?

    Now that you’ve learned the basics, how often should you use a face mask? We recommend adding a face mask to your skin care routine once or twice a week. Masking should follow cleansing, toning and applying a facial essence. These steps clear impurities and excess oil, provide a base layer of hydration and prep your skin to better absorb the benefits of your face mask.

    Once you’re ready, follow these tips to apply a face mask properly:  

    1. Apply Mask Evenly

    It may be tempting to slather on an inch-thick layer of product, but more isn’t necessarily better. A quarter-sized amount is plenty to achieve the right results. Natalie advises evenly applying this amount in a “pantyhose-thin” layer over the entire face. Pro tip: Use facial massage techniques to amp up the benefits of this part of your routine!

    Remember, Eminence Organics face masks contain concentrated amounts of beneficial vitamins and nutrients. We recommend adding two to three drops of water to your product and warming it between your hands before massaging it into your face - especially if the product is gel-based. This will allow for more slip, easier application and (bonus!) less product waste.

    2. Remember To Include Your Neck & Décolleté

    That quarter-sized amount is just enough to also include your neck and décolletage. These areas take on the visible signs of age much earlier than the face due to their exposure to environmental stress - and they’re easily forgotten in a skin care routine. Pay these areas a bit of extra attention by including them in your face mask application.

    3. Leave On For 5-10 Minutes

    Most masks can be kept on for 10 to 15 minutes, but the duration can vary from mask to mask. Some face masks act quickly and can be removed after a short period of time; others can be left on as an overnight treatment to deeply hydrate your skin while you sleep. We always advise reviewing the directions to apply your particular product so you know just the right time to remove it.

    4. Remove Gently With A Damp Cloth

    Don’t undo the benefits of your face mask by aggressively scrubbing it off. Instead, be delicate with your complexion. Use lukewarm water to gently remove the mask from your face. If you choose to use a washcloth, ensure it’s clean and has soft fibres that won’t irritate your skin.

    Watch this video for a step-by-step guide for how to apply a face mask:

    How To Mix & Match Your Face Masks

    Now, for the fun part. One of our favorite ways to mask is with mixologies that layer and blend a variety of treatments. Here are a few tips and tricks to cocktail your favorite Eminence Organics face masks:

    Layering

    Mask layering involves applying one mask, then layering another one directly over top. The trick with this technique is to choose two face masks that complement each other. If you layer opposing masks (for example, a clay mask over a hydrating mask), you’ll cancel out their benefits (the clay mask will soak up all the moisture from the hydrating mask underneath). Instead, seek out products with ingredients that will work together to optimize your results. 

    Eminence Organics Product Support Representative Alicia Hawthorne recommends layering the Lime Stimulating Masque over our Rosehip & Maize Exfoliating Masque: “This combination is great for congested skin! And, the Rosehip & Maize Exfoliating Masque contains zinc which will minimize the intensity of the heat you feel from the Lime Stimulating Masque.”

    Blending

    Some face masks complement each other so well that you can blend them together. Simply combine a quarter-sized amount of each mask with two to three drops of water and mix them together between your hands. For this technique, it’s best to choose masks that have the same consistency (for example, gel with gel or cream with cream). 

    Alicia and Brian both suggest blending the Bamboo Age Corrective Masque and Snow Mushroom & Reishi Mushroom Masque. This blend is particularly beneficial for ultra-dry skin types as the Bamboo Age Corrective Masque enhances the hydrating qualities of the Snow Mushroom & Reishi Mushroom Masque with deeply moisturizing coconut, nutmeg seed and argan oils. Bonus: You get the added benefit of our Natural Retinol Alternative. 

    Multi-Masking

    Multi-masking involves applying different masks to specific areas of your face at the same time. This allows you to tackle multiple skin concerns at once. For example, if you have combination skin, you may want to choose an oil-control mask that will soak up excess oil from your T-Zone paired with a moisturizing mask that will deeply hydrate dry cheeks.

    Our Balancing Masque Duo is made for multi-masking. One side of its split jar contains a Charcoal T-Zone Purifier that clears impurities, controls oil and refines large pores. The other side contains a Pomelo Cheek Treatment which replenishes moisture and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

    One After The Other

    You can also apply two face masks back-to-back. Simply apply one mask first, remove it and apply the second mask immediately after. For this technique, it’s best to follow up your first mask with one that will provide additional benefits. 

    Our pick: Try a spicy treatment like the Eight Greens Phyto Mask (Hot) which leaves your face glowing and tingly, followed by the soothing sensation of our Calm Skin Arnica Masque.

    The Best Face Mask For Your Skin Type

    If you prefer to use one mask at a time, it’s important to choose the right face mask for your skin type and skin concerns. For a product recommendation that is tailored to your unique complexion, we suggest having your skin assessed by a licensed esthetician at an Eminence Organics partner spa. 

    To get your wheels turning, here are our suggestions for each skin type:

  • Dry Skin: Strawberry Rhubarb Masque
  • Oily Skin: Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Masque
  • Normal Skin: Stone Crop Masque
  • Combination Skin: Balancing Masque Duo
  • Sensitive Skin: Calm Skin Arnica Masque
  • And, for particular skin concerns and conditions:

  • Acne: Acne Advanced Clarifying Masque
  • Aging Skin: Snow Mushroom & Reishi Mushroom Masque
  • Hyperpigmentation: Bright Skin Masque
  • Large Pores: Raspberry Pore Refining Masque
  • Dullness: Lime Stimulating Masque
  • Do you have any favorite mask mixologies? We’d love to hear them! Share them with us in the comments below and join the conversation on social media.

    What Happened To My Foot & Talking To Strangers Podcast 118 - Run Eat Repeat

    I’m injured!! And I need to talk about it… All the show notes will be up on RunEatRepeat.com and make sure to follow @RunEatRepeat on Instagram for the latest updates.

    Warm Up: 

    I saw Brittany Runs a Marathon!

    Loved… that it’s about running! Made me want to run the New York City Marathon again! It’s really amazing. 

    I started to worry the movie focused on her weight loss and the scale too much – but it changed focus before the end.

    Okay… maybe I did a little spoiler but it’s because I’m currently injured and she get injured and I had to mention it.

    If you’re mad… go for a run to get it off your mind.

    Too bad I can’t run since I’m INJURED and very SAD so don’t be mad anymore. K. Thanks.

    Check out more about the movie Brittany Runs a Marathon here 

    Listened to “Talking to Strangers” by Malcolm Gladwell 

    My condo sold!

    New Q&A from Instagram includes:

    Advice for a 1st time marathon runner?

    Do you talk to Ben? New romance?? 

    Since RnR LA is not happening – what race do you suggest?

    Follow @RunEatRepeat on Instagram so you don’t miss me and then one day I die and you think, I regret not following her…

    Foot Injury – How/When I Hurt It and Update

    What happened with my foot…

    Friday… 2 weeks ago.

    Saturday… Long run cut short.

    Sunday… Long run attempt #2 – and when the pain turned up big time and I couldn’t walk and limped home.

    Monday… I went to urgent care.

    Tuesday… My primary care doctor. 

    You can read the posts about my injured foot here: 

    I Hurt My Foot! 

    Update on my Foot.

    Resources for Runners with Foot Pain

    Awards: 

    1. Get Well Spoon!!
    2. Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend Podcast… is it a redhead thing to not have friends?
    3. Diego for letting me try different Halloween costumes on him.

    Questions?

    Email: [email protected]

    Leave a voicemail: 562 888 1644 

    And I really appreciate when you tag @RunEatRepeat on Instagram and let me know you’re listening!! 

    How Macadamia Oil Benefits And Nurtures Your Skin | Botani

    To nurture your skin, we go directly to nature. Botanical oils throughout our organic skin care products Australia include acai berry, lemon myrtle, lemon scented tea tree, jojoba, sweet almond, avocado, grapefruit, roman chamomile, rose hip, rose geranium, blackberry seed, carrot, cranberry seed, cucumber seed, coconut, evening primrose, shea butter, myrrh, olive, passionfruit rose, and macadamia oil. Macadamia oil offers your skin incredible hydrating benefits and your health some deliciously wholesome goodness.

    Skin Benefits Of Macadamia Oil

    Macadamia oil is a non-volatile oil expressed from the nut meat of the Australian macadamia tree, where it thrives in rainforests and close to streams mainly in south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales. It is a vegan emollient and fragrance fixative consisting primarily of the glycerides of fatty acids. A healing oil to help keep your skin supple and hydrated.

    Smoothes and strengthens and shines your hair, but it is also fantastic for your skin, especially dry and dehydrated skin. Macadamia oil is similar to the sebum of your skin, so it can deeply penetrate through all the layers of your skin. We use macadamia oil in our Nourishing Body Oil, and we have also added it to our Healing Lip Balm because it is excellent for skin cell regeneration and healing chapped lips. Its essential fatty acid content makes it useful for dry and mature skin, balancing your sebum production, creating a natural protective barrier and healing wounds, scratches and burns and soothing itchiness and redness. Although macadamia oil contains fewer nut proteins that trigger an allergic reaction, if you have a nut allergy, check with your healthcare professional before using

    Health Benefits Of Macadamia Oil

    Clear, slightly amber-coloured with a delicate nutty smell macadamia oil is liquid at room temperature. It’s excellent essential fatty acid composition, and the absence of cholesterol is what’s driving its popularity in the wellness world. Compared to olive oil and canola oil, macadamia oil contains the highest percentage of essential fatty acids offering useful anti-inflammatory benefits. We love using it to add a nutty taste to homemade mayonnaise, salad dressings and drizzled over our veggies. Macadamia nut contains protein, carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, vitamin A1, B1, B2, niacin, calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium.

    Botani’s Nourishing Body Oil

    Our Nourishing Body Oil contains macadamia oil with an uplifting, fresh lemon and sandalwood oil smell containing antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-irritant properties. Also in our nourishing body oil, you will find sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, olive squalene, natural vitamin E, carrot seed oil, Australian lemon scented tea tree oil and Australian sandalwood oil. Suitable for all skin types. Nourishing Body Oil creates a protective film over your skin without leaving a greasy residue to deeply nourish your skin with vitamins A, C and E. These nutrients also soothe and protect your skin from environmental toxins and free radical damage. Your entire body will love our oil.

    Excellent for extra dry, flaky and rough skin such as your elbows and heels. It locks in moisture for long-lasting nourishment, leaving your skin feeling soft and silky, without being greasy, giving you a beautiful harmony of ingredients for relaxing your senses.

    At Botani we use natural, wild-harvested and organic certified ingredients from the highest quality plant sources from Australia and the globe.

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  • It Takes Less Weight to Trigger Diabetes in Minorities Than Whites

    By Serena Gordon

    TUESDAY, Sept. 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- One of the biggest risk factors for type 2 diabetes is excess weight. But you don't to be overweight to have the disease -- and new research revealed that some racial and ethnic minority groups are more likely to have diabetes at lower weights.

    "Patients who belong to one of the high-prevalence racial or ethnic groups may be at risk for diabetes or prediabetes even if they are not overweight or obese," said Dr. Assiamira Ferrara, senior author of the new study. She's associate director at Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, Calif.

    "This study suggests that along with screening patients who are overweight and obese, minorities should probably be screened even if they have a normal body mass index, particularly as they get older," Ferrara said. Body mass index (BMI) is an estimate of body fat based on height and weight. Any measure over 25 is considered overweight, and over 30 is obese.

    The researchers found rates of diabetes in normal-weight people were:

    • 18% in Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders,
    • 13.5% in blacks,
    • 12.9% in Hispanics,
    • 10.1% in Asians,
    • 9.6% in American Indians/Alaskan natives,
    • 5% in whites.

    Why might certain groups be more likely to develop diabetes at a lower weight?

    Ferrara said the reasons aren't yet clear, but an individual's body composition and physiology likely play a role.

    "For instance, it has been shown from previous studies that Asians have a higher percentage of visceral fat [fat that accumulates around abdominal organs] than whites at a given body mass index," and visceral fat can affect how the body metabolizes blood sugar, she explained.

    The observational study does not prove a cause-and-effect relationship, just an association. But the findings suggest the importance of looking beyond obesity to other causes of type 2 diabetes, Ferrara noted.

    The study included 4.9 million people. The group was diverse. Fifty percent were white; 21.6% Hispanic; 12.7% Asian; 9.5% black; 1.4% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander; and 0.5% American Indian/Alaskan native. Just over 4% were multiracial or unknown.

    Are Personalized Diets Ready for Prime Time?

    Sept. 19, 2019 -- When Howard Wolinsky was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, he expected to kiss bagels goodbye -- too many carbs. But a personalized diet based on his own gut microbiome offered a pleasant surprise: “It turns out those little bugs in my guts seem to like bread, if it’s combined with fats and proteins,” he says.

    Wolinsky’s diet came from DayTwo, a company that uses research from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel to create customized advice for people with diabetes. From his home in suburban Chicago, Wolinsky, 71, sent the company a stool sample and a completed questionnaire, and he got back guidance about precisely which foods would spike his blood glucose and which would keep it steady. He was also taking an oral medication for his diabetes.

    “I could have a bagel, with cream cheese and lox,” he says. “That combination got a really good rating on the DayTwo scale.” He was amazed to find that when he followed DayTwo’s advice, his blood sugar remained within a normal range. It didn’t spike the way it would for foods outside their recommendations.

    DayTwo has plenty of company in the personalized diet business. At least a dozen outfits offer nutrition advice customized to your body, based on DNA or blood tests, microbiome profiling, or a combination of those. Several promise weight loss, while others focus on specific conditions or just general “wellness.” Each uses its own proprietary process, and for some, the science behind it gets murky. Costs range from under $100 to nearly $1,000 for different services. DayTwo, for example, charges $499 for a microbiome testing kit, personalized app, orientation call with a registered dietitian, and microbiome summary report.

    Earlier this year, a new study about personalized diets made headlines. Called the Predict Study, it found that different people respond to exactly the same food in different ways -- even identical twins, who have almost the same genetic makeup. So, a muffin that spikes one person’s blood glucose might not affect someone else’s. The study captured data by closely monitoring how 1,100 people, more than half of them twins, responded to various foods, including prepared items provided to them. Researchers tracked details like blood sugar, insulin, and triglycerides (fat) as well as sleep patterns, activity levels, and gut bacteria. Using that data, they began to create a model to predict how anyone might respond to a particular food, based on their own microbiome and DNA.

    At this point, none of the personalized diets on the market gather enough information about you to pinpoint what you should eat for overall health -- you’ll only get a partial picture. And there’s no consensus about what they should be gathering.

    “I find the genetic factors and the microbiome effects too confusing at this point to make any solid recommendations,” says Schwarcz. “People are putting the cart before the horse.”

    Trying to Conceive? Both Dad and Mom Should Give Up Drinking in Months Before

    By Steven Reinberg

    FRIDAY, Oct. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Women have long been told to cut out drinking if they are pregnant or think they might become pregnant.

    But a new study suggests that men hoping to become fathers should also stay away from alcohol for at least six months before trying to conceive.

    If would-be moms and dads drink in the three months before pregnancy, and if mom drinks during the first trimester, they run the risk of having a baby with congenital heart disease. Men's drinking boosts the risk 44%, and women's, 16%.

    Binge drinking -- that's five or more drinks at one time -- raises men's risk by 52%, and women's, 16%.

    "Binge drinking by would-be parents is a high risk and dangerous behavior that not only may increase the chance of their baby being born with a heart defect, but also greatly damages their own health," said study author Dr. Jiabi Qin, a researcher in the school of public health Central South University in Changsha, China.

    The study doesn't prove that drinking causes heart defects, only that the two appear related.

    For the new study, the researchers analyzed 55 published studies, which included nearly 42,000 infants with congenital heart disease and nearly 298,000 without.

    "We observed a gradually rising risk of congenital heart diseases as parental alcohol consumption increased. The relationship was not statistically significant at the lower quantities," Qin said in a news release from the European Society of Cardiology.

    Compared with not drinking, maternal alcohol use was also linked to a 20% higher risk of a baby born with a combination of four structural heart abnormalities known as Tetralogy of Fallot.

    More than one million babies a year are born with heart defects. These conditions are the main cause of infant death and increase the likelihood of future heart disease.

    "Although our analysis has limitations -- for example, the type of alcohol was not recorded -- it does indicate that men and women planning a family should give up alcohol," Qin said.

    The report was published online Oct. 2 in the .

    10 Super Easy Arm Exercises To Melt Arm Fat & Build Muscles - Truweight

    Apart from affecting self-confidence, disproportionate or flabby arms tend to disrupt the visual orientation of the human body. However, relevant and scientifically proven arm exercises can help one do away with that extra fat once and for all.

    Scientifically speaking, a balanced proportion of fat is essential to the body. However, excess secretions of hormones such as cortisol tempt fat to accumulate, especially in the belly. Since surplus fat is associated with metabolic asymmetry, exercise helps to keep a check on a string of cardiometabolic risk factors.

    The following are some of the most recommended exercises to keep your arm in shape:

    1. Triceps Dips

    A highly recommended arm exercises, triceps dips are quite popular among fitness enthusiasts and gym rats. This is a strengthening exercise especially focusing on arm muscle.

  • Take a chair/bench with a good grip. Turn around and grasp the seat of the chair on either side. Remember your back should face the front of the chair.
  • With hands still grasping the chair, take a step away from the chair and bend your knees. Mimic the sitting position. To make it hard, you can keep your legs straight but make sure you hold the chair tightly and place your feet firmly on the ground.
  • Now slowly dip keeping your back straight. When you are doing this, neither hunch your shoulders nor dip too low. Your movement must be controlled and you should feel the stretch on your arms and not shoulders. 
  • Come back slowly to the original position and repeat the process. Do thrice with 10 reps each.
  • 2. Biceps Curls

    Another great upper body strengthening exercise, all you need is a pair of dumbbells. If you are a beginner, pick lighter weight dumbbells and gradually increase the weights.

  • Place your feet hip-width apart and hold the dumbbells vertically with an underhand grip.
  • Keeping your back straight and chest up slowly curl the dumbbells towards your collarbone and lower it down in a controlled motion. 
  • While doing this exercise, squeeze your abs and tuck in your elbows for a fuller effect. 
  • Do the exercise thrice with 10 reps each.
  • 3. Push-Ups

    A pushup is the kind of exercise even a novice would be familiar with. One of the biggest advantages of the pushup is that it is an excellent bodyweight exercise – that is, you don’t need any equipment at all and you can do it anywhere and anytime.

  • Lying on the ground face down, place both palms on either side near the chest. 
  • Now raise your body into a plank position. Your hands should be directly beneath your shoulders. Keep the legs apart and straight, fingers flexing.
  • Lower down the body gently. Your body should not touch the ground while lowering but should hover just above the surface. Gently push up keeping your alignment intact.
  • While doing this, keep your glute and abdominal muscles squeezed for better results
  • Repeat the exercise thrice with 10 reps each.
  • 4. Triceps Kickbacks

    Triceps are another great exercise for leaner and muscular arms. It also helps to increase strength.

  • In a bench, place your left hand and knee and bend your body forward. 
  • Keeping your back straight and flat, using the right hand, lift a dumbbell vertically towards your right shoulder and extend it behind and bring it back to the initial position. 
  • Repeat the exercise in your left hand by placing a right-hand knee on the bench.
  • Do the exercise thrice with 10 reps on each side.
  • 5. Plank

    Planks are one of the most recommended exercises by fitness experts especially for losing belly fat, rectifying back posture and for weight loss in general. Planks are incredibly hard but also is equally rewarding when religiously done.

  • Get on the pushup position and place your forearms on the floor in a 90-degree angle. 
  • The legs must be straight and fingers curled. Your forearms and legs must support your entire body weight.
  • Keeping your back straight, tuck and squeeze your abdominal and glute muscles. 
  • Hold on to this position as long as possible. Repeat for another five times at the least if you are a beginner.
  • 6. Extensions

    Extension exercise is not only good for your arms but also helps to strengthen the core. It is always best to do this exercise in a standing position to get the full effect.

  • Stand on a mat or floor with both the feet hip-width apart.
  • Grasp a dumbbell vertically on your right hand and take it behind your head bending your elbows.
  • Slowly move your arm upward, straightening and stretching it. Lower it back down to the initial position. 
  • Repeat the exercise thrice with 10 reps and then move on to the left arm.
  • 7. Lateral Arm Raises

    This is another great exercise for burning arm fat and can easily be squeezed in during quick morning workouts or strengthening workouts.

  • Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Keeping the arms down the side of the body, hold a dumbbell vertically on each hand.
  • Slowly raise the dumbbell to the sides levelling with the shoulders and bring it down to the sides. 
  • Both your arms, back and shoulders must be straight. Tuck in your abdomen and glute muscles. 
  • Do this thrice with 10 reps.
  • 8. Overhead Press

    A seemingly simple exercise, overhead press works great for toning arms. The exercise focuses on all the three muscle in the shoulders as well as the triceps.

  • Sitting on a bench, pick the dumbbells horizontally with an underhand grip and palms facing out.
  • Position it just above the shoulders; slowly extend your arms till your arms are thoroughly stretched. 
  • Do not lock your elbows since its might damage your joints. 
  • Slowly bring your arms backs to the shoulders creating a 90-degree angle.
  • Keeping your core muscles taught and tight is the key to gain as much as possible from this workout.
  • Repeat the exercise thrice with 10 reps each.
  • 9. Bent-over Row

    Bent over row exercise is another feather to the hat of many arm exercises. It not only focuses on arm muscles and sheds the extra fat; it also helps to strengthen the lower back when done regularly. 

  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Bend your torso down by slightly bending your knees. Your body should resemble a 90-degree angle more or less.
  • Pick a dumbbell vertically on each hand and slowly bring the dumbbells towards your chest. Keep your elbows wide, squeezed and tucked. Lower back to the original position
  • While doing this exercise, it is important to keep your head aligned with your spine and back straight.
  • Do thrice with 10 reps each.
  • 10. Skull Crushers

    Skull crushers are a great workout for the triceps and shoulders. When done regularly, it tones and strengthens the arms.

  • Lie on your back with the knees bent and hold a dumbbell in each hand horizontally.
  • Slowly raise your arms above your head keeping your elbow straight.
  • Now bring the dumbbells towards either side of your head by bending your elbows and forming a 90 degree. 
  • Now stretch your arms again above your head and bring it back to either side of your head.
  • Repeat the exercise thrice with 10 reps each.
  • While dealing with weights, it is important to note that you should be extra careful and pick weights that you are comfortable with. Though it is important to push your comfort level, do not lift weights that you cannot handle. By doing this, you save yourself from getting injured or knocking yourself accidentally.

    Another thing to bear in mind is, always have control over your emotions while doing strengthening exercises using weights.  This can help you avoid muscle spasm and joint pain. 

    A lot of us tend to hold our breath while doing bodyweight exercises or strengthening exercises. But do not do this. Breathe in while your movement is in line with gravity and breathe out when you are working against gravity. 

    And last but not least, enjoy your workout and eat clean. Appreciate yourself for taking the step forward. You will not see a toned and leaner arms overnight but you’ll one day see good results if you keep up the pace and determination. 

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    New medication advances treatment for chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps - Harvard Health Blog

    Chronic rhinosinusitis is a long-lasting medical condition, usually caused by infection or exposure to irritants, such as allergies, that affects one in seven American adults. Symptoms include nasal obstruction, nasal congestion, nasal drainage, loss of smell and taste, and facial pain and pressure. Some people with chronic rhinosinusitis also develop additional symptoms, such as asthma and nasal polyps, that are exacerbated by underlying allergies. A nasal polyp is a noncancerous tumor that grows from the lining of the nose or sinuses and affects the drainage system of the sinuses.

    While chronic rhinosinusitis is not a life-threatening condition, the chronic nature and progression of the disease can have a significant impact on quality of life, affecting work, productivity, and sleep, and leading to social and emotional consequences, such as depression and anxiety.

    Recently, a new medication has been approved in the treatment of chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps.

    What is the new medication and how would it be used?

    Current treatment includes a combination of therapies that target symptoms. These include medical and surgical treatments, such as antibiotics, short-term oral corticosteroids, steroid nasal sprays, sinus irrigation, and endoscopic sinus surgery. However, many people continue to experience symptoms despite treatment.

    Earlier this year, the FDA approved dupilumab (Dupixent) to treat chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps that is not adequately controlled with standard treatment. It is intended to be used together with the other established treatments.

    Dupilumab is a human-derived monoclonal antibody, a type of drug that enlists the body’s immune system to help it do its job. It specifically inhibits IL-4 and IL-13 cytokines, chemicals involved in the inflammatory allergic response that leads to symptoms. It is given by injection, under the skin, every other week. It can be administered in a doctor’s office or self-administered at home.

    Several clinical trials, including this study published in JAMA (and funded by the drug’s manufacturer), have looked into the effects of dupilumab on chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps. In the JAMA study, participants received either dupilumab plus a steroid nasal spray or a placebo plus a steroid nasal spray, for 16 weeks. Those treated with dupilumab had significant improvements in nasal congestion and obstruction, sense of smell, and overall decreased need for oral corticosteroids and surgery. In those study participants who also had asthma, lung function improved. There were also reductions in nasal polyp size and improved appearance of the sinuses on imaging studies. Patients experienced improvement of symptoms as early as four weeks into treatment, and continued to experience greater improvement than the placebo group for up to one year.

    Dupilumab is not a cure for chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps. However, it is an exciting advancement in the treatment of a chronic condition that significantly impacts physical and emotional health.

    How do I know if I have chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps and if I am a candidate for dupilumab?

    Chronic rhinosinusitis is commonly diagnosed by a primary care physician who can then refer you to an otolaryngologist, or ear, nose, and throat (ENT) physician, for specialty care. The ENT may perform a nasal endoscopy exam and recommend additional testing, such as imaging studies, to make the diagnosis of chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps. Depending on the treatments you have tried, the ENT will assess whether you are an appropriate candidate for dupilumab.

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    Natural Skin Care Products You Need To Know About | Botani

    There’s no denying we’re in the midst of a tidal wave sized shift towards natural beauty. The industry has been turned on its head with modern Australian women (and men!) embracing natural skincare products with gusto. Along with the trend, we’ve seen many brands claim they too are all about organic skin care. As a brand who’s been producing all natural skincare since 1998, we want you, our audience, to be armed with all the information so you can make informed choices. Green branding and the words ‘Organic Skincare’ don’t necessarily mean the brand uses all natural products. 

    Today we want to chat through natural ingredients and how you can decipher hard to read labels. We want to give you the downlow on what you actually need for a top notch skincare regime (hint: it doesn’t have to be complicated!). And most importantly, we want to educate you on what organic actually means so you can purchase ethically. 

    Transparency is crucial in our industry so if you have any questions about our methods, we’re only too happy to answer your questions. 

    Without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about natural skincare products.

    What is the best natural ingredient for skin? Natural Ingredients That Will Up Your Skincare Game 

    Not all ingredients were created equal. In fact, many ingredients may sound appealing and have little impact on your skin health and appearance. The Botani difference lies in our formulation. Each and every one of our products have been naturopathically created to holistically treat your skin.  The ingredients work in tandem to deliver – we don’t choose ingredients which will cancel each other out. 

    If you research our ingredients, you’ll notice each and every one of them is organic, vegan, plant-based and free of toxic chemicals. We say no to silicones, mineral oils, animal derived ingredients, synthetic fragrances, parabens, PEG’s, animal testing and GMO’s. We say YES to natural organic ingredients that nourish from the inside out. 

    Our favourite ingredients work double time to heal your skin from within and give you a natural, beautiful glow. The following ingredients are ones you really need to know about.

    Olive Squalene

    Olive Squalane mimick’s our own skin’s built in moisturiser. We are all born with squalene, newborns actually have the highest quality of it in their blood. As we age, the quality and quantity of squalene depletes. This is when we start to experience dry, ageing skin. To combat these common skin concerns, we must treat our skin. Olive Squalene is naturally anti aging and deeply hydrating. It helps promote the production of new cells which refreshes skin, naturally.

    We use it in our Olive Skin Serum. 

    Calendula Extract 

    This powerhouse botanical ingredient comes from the marigold. It has many uses the most impressive being its ability to heal wounds and skin infections in record time. Calendula Extract is also an anti-inflammatory which can help with skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.

    We use it in our Facial Scrub, Olive Hand & Body Cream, Olive Repair Cream, Boost Balancing Moisturiser, Spirulina Salt Scrub, Purify Facial Cleanser, Radiant Rose Mask, Healing Lip Balm and PhytoBody Wash.

    Rose Geranium Oil 

    100% plant-based, our Rose Geranium Oil is sourced from nature. This ingredient balances skin tone, is an anti-inflammatory, heals acne and calms sensitive skin. The scent of rose has been shown to increase feelings of wellness.

    We can’t get enough of it and use it in our Olive Hand & Body Cream and Radiant Rose Mask.

    Of course, we use many ingredients in our products that are sourced in nature and backed by science. These three are our favourites due to their multi-functional uses. 

    What Is The Best Skin Care Regimen? The Best Skincare Regimen For Glowing Skin

    Here’s an industry secret other companies don’t want you to know, skincare doesn’t have to be hard. You don’t need a million and one products to achieve healthy, glowing skin. In fact, what you don’t use is just as crucial as what you do use. 

    12 step skincare routines may sound wonderful however, too much of a good thing will irritate your skin and strip of it natural oils. Rather than complicating your routine, we suggest stripping it back so the products you are using have maximum impact.

    Step #1: Cleanse 

    Choose an all-natural cleanser which will penetrate the pores to provide a deep, hydrating clean. 

    Our Purify Facial Cleanser is suitable for all skin types, especially for oily, combination, blemish and acne-prone skin. The lightly foaming formulation will gently clean skin and remove impurities, minimising irritation and dryness without stripping the skin of its vital oils. 

    Our Olive Soothing Cream Cleanser is suitable for all skin types including ultra-sensitive, scarred and damaged skin. The gentle creamy texture will remove makeup, clean skin and calm irritation all at once. Made using olive squalane for extra nourishment. 

    Step #2: Treat 

    Once you’ve effectively cleansed your skin, it’s time to treat any skin concerns you have. Rather than going nuts and stocking up on every serum, oil and treatment under the sun, choose key products aligned with your needs. 

    Fine Lines & Dark Circles Under The Eye – Rescue Eye Treatment 

    After cleansing, using ring finger, place 4-5 drops on the orbital bone just below & above the eye, starting at the outer corner of the eye and dab inwards. Our rescue eye treatment will improve tightness in the eye area, revitalise and soothe tired eyes while reducing the appearance of puffiness and dark circles. 

    Acne: Rescue Acne Cream 

    If you suffer from acne, applying our all natural, organic acne cream morning and night has been shown to kill the bacteria that causes acne in just 30 minutes, 99.9% of the time! 

    Step #3: Hydrate 

    Dehydrated skin lacks vitality and can lead to premature aging. Luckily, you can combat this with drinking lots of water and choosing a deeply nourishing moisturizer/serum. 

    Olive Skin Serum 

    Our Olive Skin Serum is sourced from the humble olive and is clinically proven to increase and seal moisture levels in the skin within 24 Hours. If you’re looking for natural, turbo-charged skincare, this serum is for you. ?

    Olive Repair Cream 

    An intensive, daily moisturiser, Olive Repair Cream delivers deep hydration and healing to dry, ageing skin types and damaged skin due to environmental stressors. With a high concentration of Olive Squalene – Botáni’s signature intelligent ingredient, this highly penetrative and versatile cream can be used day and night offering multi-purpose benefits for optimal skin health.

    Boost Balancing Moisteriser 

    Our Boost Balancing Moisturiser is a lightweight formulation which is rapidly absorbed into the skin, providing your skin with long-lasting hydration. Cleverly formulated with anti-bacterial properties, such Australian Lemon Scented Tea Tree Oil and Echinacea, it also combats those dreaded blemishes and hormonal breakouts  that appear.  

    It’s that simple! Don’t forget a twice-weekly hydrating mask to amplify your skin’s wow factor. What Does Organic Skincare Mean? What Does Organic Skincare Actually Mean?

    What Does Organic Skincare Mean? What Does Organic Skincare Actually Mean?

    What’s organic? What’s natural? Truth be told, there’s a whole lot of information out there that’s not correct so today, we’re going to break it down for you. 

    In order for an Australian Beauty Brand to receive organic certification, they need to prove each product is actually organic. All ingredients must be certified and strict regulations must be met. 

    In Australia, almost anyone can start a skincare brand. Before you purchase, please keep the following in mind: 

  • In Australia, you don’t need a licence to manufacture cosmetics. 
  • There is no mandatory accreditation for manufacturing goods. 
  • Your products don’t need to be submitted for assessment or safety testing prior to selling them. 
  • There are limited restrictions on toxic chemicals, safe chemicals and labelling in Australia. 
  • As a result? There are many beauty brands out there claiming they are organic without certification. It’s up to you, the consumer to do your research and ensure the brand you’re purchasing from has relevant certification to back up their claims. 

    Botani Skincare is proud to be:

  • Vegan
  • 100% Plant Based
  • Naturopathically Formulated
  • Cruelty-Free
  • Australian Made & Owned
  • Organic Certified Ingredients
  • Safety Tested
  • Eco-Friendly
  • You can read about our relevant certifications and research our ingredients. We’re proud of our process and integrity. We’re so passionate about bringing you the very best in natural, organic, skincare products. We hope you love them just as much as we do! 

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