All About Semi Permanent Cosmetics

Semi-permanent makeup, also called micro pigmentation is a procedure that places tiny particles of pigment below the surface of the skin. The process is similar to tattooing, but there are important differences. Tattooing is permanent, and micro-pigmentation or semi-permanent makeup, as the name suggests, isn’t. The reason that tattoos are permanent and micro pigmentation isn’t, comes down to how deep the pigment is placed. Tattooing is much deeper, placing the pigment in the hypodermis (the third layer of the skin). Semi-permanent makeup (micro pigmentation) places the pigment in the epidermis and the dermis (the top two layers of skin). Here it can be broken down over time by the body, and this causes it to fade over time. Typically it takes about 18 months to fade.

Semi-permanent cosmetic can be used to enhance eyebrows, lips and eyelash line. It can also be used to create the appearance of hair stubble for men who have lost their hair and want to look shaven rather than shiny bald. More advanced forms of micro pigmentation can be used to cover scars and even to reconstruct the areola for women having undergone mastectomy and breast reconstruction.

Before the procedure begins, cosmetic pencils are used to simulate the results of the final treatment and to provide a template for the technician to follow. The technician will also discuss your skin tone to make sure the correct pigment colour is chosen.

For some areas, an anaesthetic cream may be necessary so that you have a comfortable treatment. The pigment is then applied to the skin with the micro pigmentation device. The device uses a very fine needle to push the pigment into the dermal layer of the skin. A further treatment is usually needed around two weeks later to perfect the results.

Your micro pigmentation technician should give you full after care instructions. Generally, they will advise you not to expose the area to sunlight and avoid swimming for several weeks, avoid makeup, don’t pick any flaking skin, don’t wear contact lenses if the eye area has been treated for the week or so after treatment. They may advise you use Vaseline over the treatment area for a few days.

The micro pigmentation will last somewhere between 12 and 18 months on average.The initial results may look a little dark, but the pigment will lighten after a few days. There may also be some initial swelling or minor bruising which will resolve fairly quickly after treatment.

All in all semi-permanent makeup is a fairly low-risk procedure with many benefits. For those wanting to look gorgeous straight out of bed in the morning, then it is the ideal solution. It is also a huge benefit to those who may be sight impaired or those who don’t have a steady hand, relieving them of the chore of trying to apply makeup. Whatever your reason for wanting semi-permanent makeup, always check the credentials of the technician who will be performing your procedure and check they are fully insured. It is also a good idea to ask them If they have a portfolio of their work to show you.


How To Get Rid Cellulite

There are many factors which can influence cellulite visibility. Some of the factors which can make your cellulite become more visible include skin color, skin thickness, heredity, gender and body fat. You will easily prevent the appearance of cellulite if you will know the real cause and avoid it. For instance, if your main cause of the marks is too much body fat, you can exercise and avoid the formation of the fats in your body.

Do cellulite leggings really work?

You may have heard about cellulite leggings, they are leggings which have been designed in such a way they will help you lose weight. Being overweight is linked to cellulite development. This means you can reduce the appearance of cellulite if the main cause is related to being overweight. The leggings will compress your legs where they will enhance fluid movements and finally help you get rid of excess weight. This can work if your main cause of cellulite was due to being overweight. But, if you develop cellulite due to other factors apart from weight, then you cannot get rid of the cellulite even if you will wear the cellulite leggings.

Pros of wearing the leggings


The leggings have been made out of elastic compressed fabric. The fabric is very helpful in helping you reduce weight. They are warm and thick, hence suitable for wearing in different weather conditions. If you will like to lose weight and slim, you will find the leggings very helpful. They can be worn under jeans or under skirt to help you lose weight in different seasons of the year. Even during extreme colds of winter, you can still wear the leggings.

Helps get rid of back pain

If you suffer from back pain, you can get great help through wearing the leggings. They have been designed in such a way they make it very easy for you to get rid of back pains due to the lumber support provided. They are softer and warmer than pants hence playing a great role towards getting rid of your disturbing back pain.

Continuous massage

Massage therapy is very helpful in getting rid of cellulite as well as improving your blood circulation. You will enjoy the benefits of massage after you wear the leggings. They are made out of molded plastic fabrics which will massage your body and enhance capillary microcirculation in your body. This will improve your health greatly. The massage plays a great role in draining retained liquids which are the main cause of cellulite in the body.

Ideal for workout and fitness

If you will like to perform great in your workout routines, then you need to buy the leggings. They are very helpful in increasing your blood circulation and holding the muscles under the skin firm. This results in increased performance in your workout routine.

In order to achieve great results out of the leggings, ensure you buy the right size for your body. This is necessary for you to achieve the right compression, which will help you in losing weight and achieve the right body shape.


Why You Should Use Castor Oil

In recent years, there have been rumours as to its ability to prevent greying hair, reduce arthritis symptoms and boost immunity – so it seems there is no ailment this natural ingredient cannot cure.

It is stable oil, making it great for use in cosmetics as it last for years without turning rancid. It has excellent moisturising properties due to its high fat content, which is absorbed into the skin very slowly, creating long-lasting shine and moisture.

For reasons widely unknown, the substance has been used for many centuries to induce labour in pregnant mothers. These days, however, it is not recommended that the substance be ingested due to its unpleasant side effects such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. For this reason, it is often used in folk medicine as a natural laxative to treat chronic constipation.

In some cases, it has actually been known to cause foetal complications in pregnant women, so it’s best avoided as an induction technique. If you’re not pregnant, however, the ingredient can be used as an effective stomach cleanser when mixed with milk. Rumour has it than when combined with orange juice, castor oil can also be a great hangover cure.

However, it does have a variety of other uses, all of which are incredibly beneficial to the body, skin and hair. It is regularly used in massage blends to treat the whole body due to its slow absorption. It also draws in dirt, so it is ideal for cleaning or cleansing products.

Its sticky consistency means that is provides hair, nails and skin with a beautiful shine. It is ideal when combined with sweet almond extract, apricot kernels or jojoba. These combinations can help revive tired skin or hair and even reduce eye bags. It can also be used in rejuvenating face masks with ingredients such as camelina, avocado or moringa.

It can also dramatically reduce pigmentation marks or spots on the skin’s surface and improve the overall quality of the skin. You’ll need to mix 90ml of it with 8g melted beeswax, 1ml Vitamin E and 25 drops of lemon essence. These ingredients can be found in most health food stores or through an online specialist in natural cosmetic ingredients.

To create your own Castor Cleanser for use at the end of a long day, you’ll need to combine 60ml of organic castor oil with 29ml of apricot kernel, 10ml of jojiba, 1ml of Vitamin E and a small amount (0.5ml) or any other essence of your choosing. This last step is optional, but can provide the cream with a nice scent – for example, lavender or chamomile.

Alternatively, if you intend to use your product for massage purposes, you can create a moisturising Swedish Massage Blend by combining 30ml of castor oil with 29ml of jojoba; 20ml of olive oil; 10g of coconut butter; 0.5ml vitamin E and 10ml of thistle.

Castor oil is incredibly thick, sticky and resistant, so it should only be used in very small quantities. If in doubt, find a natural ingredient supplier online and ask them which concentration you should use it in for your chosen homemade product.

If you’re keen to reap the benefits of this natural ingredient, there are plenty of online recipes that will also offer instruction and guidance.


How To Detox Your Body in A Week

Spring is very much happening now and we’re approaching summer. Sunshine is reminding us about all nature’s beautifulness and power to change. Unless you’re super healthy during winter months, exercise everyday and drink green juices, have no sugar cravings, don’t drink alcohol and love everything about yourself, don’t read this article and perhaps go and make another smoothie.

But I believe everyone needs a little (or big) change with the power of our Mother Nature. When the plants are awaking from the winter dormancy, the new energy is in the air. The plants, in some mystic way, know when to start popping up and growing and be ready for blooming just in time for bees and butterflies. Let us “steal” a bit of this mystic energy and feel wonderful. The Spring clean is the time when our winter bodies need some fresh air, vitamin D from the Sun and blood vein rush. As we’re currently halfway through the Spring and the Summer is what we’ll be seeing soon, we need to catch this energy quickly and be sure to be fully charged for the summer time. It’s time to detox, gain new strength and feel marvelous.

Here are 3 quick fix (or long time life arrangements if you like them) steps to follow. You’ll feel totally different in just a week.

Number 1 – GIVE IT UP – Most of us have some bad habits: sugar, smoking, drinking alcohol, junk food, eating after 8pm (unless you live in Spain and have your siesta in the middle of your day, that might not be considered as a bad habit). Set yourself a challenge to abandon as many addictions as possible for a week and see how you’re doing. There is a huge chance that the following week will be “sin free” too. Of course giving up one thing is the easiest when it’s replaced by something else and in this case we’d need to put in this place something good for ourselves. Keep reading the following steps and you’ll find out what replacement is the best for you.

Goal number 1 – choose what you’re giving up, write it down, announce it and be positive about it!

Number 2 – KEEP MOVING – Ideally, we should be doing at least 30 minutes of high impact (when your heart rate is faster) exercises daily. Some of us do, some don’t, some do them only sometimes. Whatever your routine (or lack of it) is, let’s get the most of it. As I mentioned above, our body needs reimbursement. After giving up bad habits we shall pick up a good ones. It’s a time to sign up for fitness classes, buy a gym membership or start jogging around the park. The life transformation coaches say that the best motivation to keep it happening is to pre-pay for your classes and if you do so, you won’t be wanting to waste your money and you’ll actually attend your classes.

Goal number 2 – choose what activity (or activities) you’ll be doing in the next few weeks!

Number 3 – WATCH YOUR PLATE – Of course the type of food we’re eating is contributing to our health. As in step 1 we’ve eliminated junk food from our diet, we need to focus on what to actually eat to benefit from it. Some foods have higher value than others and can provide our body with even more nutrients. Most of us, without knowing, may have an inflammation in some parts of our body. It might be a leaky gut syndrome, candida, hormone imbalance, IBS or silent food allergies. A week is not enough to do a food elimination testing, but perhaps it might be worth doing specific blood tests to find out which food to avoid to be sure that our detox is done accurately and accordingly to our body needs. I’d suggest making a breakdown list which includes foods that might be causing a digestive issues. Obviously, if you know already that you’re allergic to peanuts that’s good, but by bypassing most allergens for at least a week will benefit your body and may help you decide to abstain from them for longer.

The worst enemies are:

Gluten (wheat, barley, rye) – but gluten is not only in the obvious products like flours, breads and cakes; it might be hidden in less evident places like sauces, broth stocks and cereals so the best way is to always read the list of ingredients.

Dairy – when we were kids parents were telling us “drink milk for healthy bones” and the truth is that dairy products do contain some amount of calcium, but studies have proven that some dark leafy vegetables and legumes contain even more calcium than milk. In addition the bad news is, apart from an adult human body not digesting casein and many people are lactose intolerant without knowing it. Also most of U.S. cows are given hormones and antibiotics and live in unhealthy conditions. Also their food is based on GMO soy and corn, which is why milk products, especially in U.S. are considered a junk food. I’d strongly suggest either stop eating dairy at all and replace it with plant based products. Or, if you’re allergic to legumes, at least buy organic milk, kefir and cheese.

Sugar – food technologists say that refined sugar is the most addictive substance for human body. When we eat foods that contain a lot of sugar, a massive amount of dopamine is released into brain and we get a feeling of being “high”. In addition, consuming refined sugar encourages a growth of bad bacteria in your guts and that causes inflammations, aggravations and imbalances the immune system. It’s very important to avoid white and refined sugar totally, but if you really need to have some sweetness, go for stevia, xylitol, honey or a fruit.

Goal number 3 – make a list of food you won’t be consuming for (at least) a week and focus on the ones that actually help your body to detox and which brings valuable minerals to your system. Find healthy recipes using gluten-free and sugar-free keywords.

To go ahead with your Goal number 3, after you eliminate certain food and produce, you may wish to consider few changes in your eating habits. There are recommendations to drink at least one green juice or smoothie a day. It’s also good to have at least two meat free meals a week (and of course make sure if you do eat meat, that it’s free range and/or grass-fed and/or organic). A big bowl of raw homemade salad a day is a must for anyone who wants to rejuvenate their body and feel that summer power of plants.

After a week you’ll feel fresh and ready for that bikini time. Don’t ruin it by jumping into junk food train again, but instead mindfully look at your achievement and make a decision of what you really want.


How To Get Rid Your Sleeping Problem

If you were able to clear the gravitational pull of the Earth’s atmosphere your body might thank you. No more pressure, just the total freedom to float around the cabin. Entirely weightless, it would take relatively little energy and effort to perform your everyday tasks; And how you would sleep. If only, you might think… If only my body could feel like this back on Earth perhaps I wouldn’t have so much trouble sleeping at night.

Well, go jump in the deep end of a pool. Relax your muscles and closely observe how your body responds. It will assume a fetal position, knees drawn up with arms out front. It’s the body’s line of least resistance to pressure. An astronaut in space will similarly adopt this posture. It’s called the Zero Gravity position.

With the arrival of the space shuttle program and after exhaustive research, NASA made certain that astronaut seating had replicated that position and that would assist the human body overcome the incredible G-Forces during take off. All of their research eventually found itself utilized by specialty seating, and bedding businesses. The popularity of the Zero Gravity/adjustable bed concept took off and it has been climbing ever since!

These Are Not Your Parents Adjustable Beds!

In the past adjustable beds have endured a mixed reputation. To some, they evoke a hospital stay, and to others they are a product for the elderly or infirm. Not ready for that? Well if you’re looking for great sleep you just might want to keep an open mind because true zero gravity sleeping is a wonderful experience. You’ll need a modern pressure relieving, preferably foam mattress sitting atop an adjustable foundation. If you already have the mattress you’ll need only to purchase the adjustable part or you can buy a complete package from your bedding retailer. Lay on one on your back and with the use of the remote raise the foot portion until you can feel the release of pressure from your lower back, then raise the head portion slightly to complete the mattress angles. If you have the right bed it will have already molded itself to your exact shape and that combined with subtle elevation will complete the picture. With practice you will become a back sleeper. That’s much easier on an adjustable bed because with the head raised your breathing will improve and instead of putting all of your body’s pressure on to a shoulder it will be equally distributed across the width of your back. Sound good? Try it and perhaps trouble sleeping at night may just become a thing of the past!


All About Back Acne

So, you love wearing strapless and backless dresses. You have lots of tank tops, too! But the thing is, you get so stressed whenever you wear them. Why? Well, you need to spend a lot of time applying makeup on your shoulders and back. Oh, that back acne! It is such an eyesore and it ruins your overall getup! So of course, you want to get rid of it. You feel really tired of having to apply makeup on your back to cover them up. But no, you don’t want to say goodbye to your favorite dresses. What do you do now? Those bumps seem so stubborn!

What Causes Bacne?

Technically, it is called folliculitis. It is a condition that occurs when hair follicles become infected. It is a little different from facial acne, although they look the same. For this, you may notice that some people get acne on their faces but don’t have any single bump on their backs; and vice versa. Below are the common causes of bacne:

• Summer time

Here’s a fact: Your body sweats more and produces more oil during summer. Well, oil plus sweat on the back equals bacne! Moreover, sunscreen products can also cause breakouts, and you apply more of them during summer.

• Some products and clothes

Sunscreen, conditioner, body cream, etc. – these products can clog pores; hence the acne. Meanwhile, tight-fitting clothes can irritate and infect the hair follicles.

• Neglect

So, what does this suppose to mean? Well, let’s say you take a bath regularly. But are you sure you’re doing it the right way? Most people don’t pay much attention to their backs because they’re not easy to reach.

• Poor diet

Do you love burgers and dairy products? Sure, you can eat them; but do it moderately. Too much consumption of these foods can cause the appearance of those unwanted bumps.

• Genes

Do your parents have bacne? If so, then you are most likely to have it, too.

How do You Get Rid of It?

In reference to the abovementioned causes of bacne, here are some things you can do to banish it:

• Apply skin products that are quick to dry, and avoid leaving conditioner residues on your back.
• Don’t wear tight-fitting clothes (like sports bra and gym shirts) for too long, or immediately take a shower after workouts.
• Don’t forget to properly wash and exfoliate your back.
• Get around your genes by trying certain products – over-the-counter salicylic acid wash or oral antibiotic (with prescription).
• Eat a balanced diet.

Now, you know! Keep these things in mind and say goodbye to back acne! You won’t have to apply makeup on your back, too! And yes, you can wear all those pretty dresses without having to be stressed. Apart from being an eyesore, acne can lower you self-esteem. For this, you need to act quickly. Learn more, and apply more tips. Don’t let those bumps ruin your confidence and completely rob that healthy glow from your skin. Take care of your back in the same way that you do for your beautiful face.


How To Prevented Snoring

Do you snore? Or do you sleep with someone who does?

Not only does snoring make you sound as though you’re cutting wood with a chainsaw – hence the term sawing logs – but it can also be dangerous.

Whether you snore or you know someone who does, here the possible causes of snoring and a few solutions so that you can alleviate the problem for good.

What Causes Snoring?

Snoring is caused by one or more of the following problems, in many cases.

• An anatomical defect, such as a narrow breathing passage
• A tongue or jaw that is positioned too far back and closes off the airway
• Larger than average tonsils
• A bulky uvula (the part that hangs down in the back of your throat)
• Too much fat tissue blocking your airway

Other causes of snoring include being overweight, allergies or deformities of the cartilage of the nose.

“In addition to biological factors, there are a few lifestyle choices that can also contribute to snoring.”

She points out that smoking, drinking alcohol and taking certain medications can cause a person to snore even if they weren’t prone to otherwise.

As she puts it, “These cases of snoring are harmless, for the most part. Sure, it’s annoying for anyone sleeping near you, but it’s unlikely to harm your health.”

There is one case of snoring that isn’t so harmless, and that’s when you suffer from sleep apnea.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea, while common, is nothing you want to ignore.

The condition causes you to stop breathing while you slumber.

If you’re thinking that can’t be good, you’re right.

Some people who experience sleep apnea only quit breathing for a second or two.

But then there are those cases where people stop breathing for several long minutes. That’s when things can take a turn for the worse.

What is really frightening is that some sufferers of the condition experience traumatic sleep disturbance several times during the night, sometimes over 30 times an hour.

Sleep apnea not only keeps you from resting properly, but it can wreak havoc on your entire day. You’ll wake up groggy, and you may find yourself falling asleep at odd times during your daylight hours. It increases your risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes and many other illnesses.

If you have a job, like construction, truck driver or pilot, you will want to get tested for sleep apnea right away so that you don’t put yourself or anyone else in danger.

Unfortunately, many people who suffer from sleep apnea are never diagnosed.

But what if you want to get diagnosed? What can you do?

How Do You Know If You Have Sleep Apnea?

If you are wondering if someone you know is suffering from the condition, listen carefully as he or she sleeps. You’ll hear the person wake up suddenly with a loud snort or inhale as they struggle to breathe.

If you fear that you might be suffering from the condition, have someone listen to you while you sleep to see if you do the same thing.

Of course, there are more scientific ways of finding out if you are suffering from this debilitating disorder.

Testing for Sleep Apnea

To get to the bottom of your snoring condition and to test for sleep apnea, you might want to ask your physician to refer you to a sleep clinic.

An alternative is to ask your dental professional about a home test.

The Medibyte Machine

The Medibyte is a portable polysomnography (PSG) machine that can test for sleep apnea.

You will be given the machine to take home with you. While you sleep, the machine will test for things like apneic events, pulse rate, oxygen levels, sleeping positions and your snoring volume.

Many people prefer this because they can sleep in the comfort and privacy of their own bed and home. However, only a physician can diagnose sleep apnea but a dentist can use a portable PSG device to establish a baseline of their sleep behavior so treatment can be adjusted and verified.

Oral appliances made by a dentist are a great way to treat snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea. They can be adjusted as needed and are a wonderful alternative to a CPAP machine.

How to Alleviate Snoring

If you snore, or you suspect that you do (as in others have told you), you can try to diminish the problem by:

• Losing weight
• Avoiding cigarettes and alcohol before bed
• Try resting on your side as opposed to your back to prevent your tongue from blocking your airway

You can also get fitted for a custom oral appliance that can be made to hold the lower jaw forward so that your tongue can’t block your airway.

My patients prefer this type of appliance because it feels much more comfortable than the traditional CPAP machine, which has long been used to treat patients with sleep apnea.

If you suspect that you have sleep apnea, take the sleep apnea questionnaire, then make an appointment with a dentist.

By eliminating snoring and by getting help with your sleep apnea, you’ll successfully restore your sleep and improve the quality of your life.


Read This Before Take Acne Laser Treatment

Having a face or body that is covered in inflammation and infected pimples is an embarrassing condition that affects millions of Americans, resulting in low self-esteem and embarrassing scars. In order to effectively treat this condition, it is vital that patients fully understand the causes of this skin condition, how to prevent future breakouts, and the pros and cons of acne laser therapy.

What is Acne?

Before rushing to the nearest spa to schedule an appointment, it’s important to make sure that you actually suffer from the condition. Everyone gets a pimple or two every so often. This embarrassing skin condition is much more than a mere pimple. Instead, it is the result of oil breeding bacteria under the skin, resulting in severe infected pimples, inflammation and tenderness.

To tell if you have this skin condition, simply look at your skin and keep in mind your skin history as time goes on. It is marked by red, inflamed skin and a multitude of infected pimples. A local spa or dermatologist that specializes in this skin condition will be able to tell you during a consultation if you are still unsure.

Preventing Breakouts Before They Start

Instead of waiting until your face is covered in a layer of pimples, certain steps can be taken to prevent breakouts before they start.

First, make sure to wash the face two times a day. A mild soap with warm water will do the trick, but many people see positive results with anti-bacterial face washes that are specially formulated to kill the bacteria that causes pimples.

In addition to washing the face properly, avoid anything that may increase oil product or make the skin greasy, such as touching the face. This increases the bacteria on the face and can make your skin more prone to breakouts.

Last, but certainly not least, it is important to consider any underlying conditions, such as a hormonal imbalance, a diet that tends to increase breakouts, etc.

Acne Laser Treatment

Sometimes, it does not matter what the patient does, breakouts still come out of nowhere, making the skin inflamed. These patients often seek the advice of a dermatologist or spa that is experienced in acne laser treatment due to its reputation of providing patients with fast, impressive results. While this is true, patients should take care to consider the pros and cons before shelling out their hard-earned cash.


The pros behind this form of therapy are obvious to patients: this therapy helps to decrease inflammation and cut scars. It is not extremely painful, and is completely bloodless, unlike dermabrasion. The immediate results are one of the biggest pros that patients enjoy.


There are a few more cons than pros, unfortunately. First, acne laser therapy does not work well on all skin types. Patients with darker skin may not see results, or may need more sessions to see the same results that a patient with pale skin will see in just one session. Second, if the entire facial area is not treated, it will be obvious which areas were treated and which were not.

Patients that are considering this to help scars become less noticeable are encouraged to schedule a consultation first to make sure that their skin type will show positive results that will leave them looking better than ever.

Laser therapy is a wonderful way to treat this skin condition, but patients are advised to decide underlying causes to prevent reoccurring breakouts. Hormonal therapy can give relief from skin conditions caused by a hormonal imbalance, diet changes have proven to help and medicated face washes will greatly benefit some patients. Once the underlying cause is addresses, patients can rest assured that their skin will look beautiful, and stay beautiful.


Tips Diet With Smoothies

A smoothie is a blended sweetened drink made mostly from fresh fruits.

Others are made from vegetables too. In some cases, a smoothie can have cookies, raisins, peanut butter or chocolate. Yes, they’re sweet and cold and fruity and delicious, but the best thing about smoothies is that if you have a blender and two minutes to spare, you can make one in a jiffy. Once you do, you’ve got just -about a perfect snack.

Most smoothies are fruit based, which automatically makes them an excellent source of the disease-fighting nutrient. Many of these fruits, especially the tart ones like citrus, kiwi and strawberries are packed with tons of vitamin C, and others like the brownish-yellow -colored apricots, cantaloupe and mangoes are a powerhouse of beta-carotene, another strong antioxidant. Still other compounds like the quercetin, a flavonoid or a phytochemical that is found in grape skins, are powerful protectors in their right, helping to fight heart disease. The veggies most often used in smoothies, like carrots and tomatoes, are well-known for their nutritional punch. For the weight watchers and conscious diet aficionados, smoothies are a great meal substitute. Provided that there are no contraindications to having this as a food substitute, a dieter can surely incorporate smoothies into his or her meal plan.

Weight loss cocktail smoothies became very popular in the 1990’s and 2000’s. They have been widely available in almost all cafes and coffee shops for some time now and are even accessible in grocery stores which come in pre-bottled versions. What makes them so delectable, aside from the nutritional content, is the way these are prepared. All sorts of fixings can be placed on top of the smoothie such as peanuts, chocolates, cereals, marshmallows, chocolate cream, and lots of other mouth-watering decadences. For dieters, though, these delicious toppings are substituted by organic and dried fruits such as raisins, plums, walnuts, and herbs which are used on top of the smoothie as a garnish.

Originally, the smoothie began its popularity in the 1970’s.

It was coined by the hippies in the late 60’s, but it surged commercially during the 80’s as a sports and fitness supplement-fortified health food. Because consumers at that time wanted to have the same drink as most athletes were drinking at that time, it then became so popular in supermarkets and grocery stores that it eventually became a multi-billion dollar industry.

To date, there are thousands of smoothie companies around the world. Some of the most popular businesses in the United Stated nowadays are Jamba Juice, Smoothie King, and Orange Julius to name but a few.

Making a smoothie part of the marketing strategy of most smoothie companies today is their use of frozen yogurt, which is available in various types and flavors so that those who are watching their weight can opt for the non-fat or low-fat version. Indeed, the smoothie has come a long way regarding how it is prepared and presented. In Asia, smoothies are commonly mixed with tropical fruits like coconut, pineapples, rambutans, and avocados. They have some authentic local vegetables incorporated to the typical mango or banana smoothie, a unique mouth-watering treat that will surely wake up the foreign palate.

If you are looking for a nutritious energy booster drink that is low in fat and is suitable for weight reduction, here are some of the top five super smoothies for weight loss. These will not only fill up your stomach and sweet cravings, but it will also give you all the vitamins and nutrients that you need for energy and muscle build-up. These easy recipes are all-custom-blended to fit your life, whether you want a kick-start workout energizer, a post-workout refueling stop or even a cure for those PMS cravings. They are certainly guaranteed to taste great so dig out that blender and start sipping!

Beta boost drink, our first recipe, is made up mainly of carrots to boost up your beta-carotene levels and a powerful antioxidant that helps you fight off ill-health, ranging from memory loss to cardiovascular disease and cancer. It is good for weight loss because it only has 132 calories per serving (1 medium tall glass), 32 grams of carbohydrate, 1 gram fat, 2 gram protein and 5 grams of fiber. It is consists of the following ingredients:

1 cup diced mango
1 cup chilled carrot juice or freshly blended carrot juice already prepared
1 cup frozen, unsweetened strawberries and,
1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper.

Don’t be afraid of the bell pepper because of its natural sweetness gives this smoothie a wonderful unique flavor. Combine the mango and carrot juice in a blender and add the strawberries and red bell pepper. Blend until smooth. Top with a swirl of carrot ribbon/strips, if desired and serve immediately.

The second weight loss drink is a hydro-tonic drink. The energy boosting sugar and carbohydrates in this refreshing honeydew and lime concentration make it a mean, green, pre-workout machine. It’s actually a sports drink. It adds a dose of essential electrolytes to help the muscles last just as long as your exercise does. Best of all, it fights fat because of the reducing actions of the honeydew melon. Each serving contains 112 calories, 29 grams f carbohydrates, 5 grams of fat, 1 gram of protein and 1 gram fiber. All you need are these food products:

Pre-Workout Drink

1 ½ cups dices honeydew melon
1 cup of lemon-lime Gatorade sports drinks (or any brand as desired)
¾ cup frozen green grapes
Pinch of salt.

Combine the honeydew melon and sports drink in a blender. Add the frozen grapes and salt. Blend until smooth and serve immediately.

Very berry smoothie – If you are looking for an antioxidant smoothie and a drink that is also useful for weight control, here’s a refreshing drink for you. This yummy blend of berries and cherries is packed with Vitamin C and anthocyanins, which help protect against some kinds of cancer. All you need are:

1 cup low-fat cherry yogurt
¼ cup cranberry juice
1 cup frozen pitted cherries
¾ cup frozen unsweetened blueberries

Just combine the yogurt and cranberry juice in a blender. Add the cherries and berries and blend until smooth. This makes two servings. A serving has 230 calories, 49 grams of Carbohydrates, 2 grams fat, 5 grams protein annd 3 grams fiber.

Our next top candidate is a power punch. The fruits used in this recipe, which is pineapple and creamy soy protein make a healthy post-workout Pina Colada. It is a healthy creamy dose of muscle-building soy protein, pineapple and sweet pear that makes it rich-tasting, satisfying and a perfect for post-workout replenisher. It has food reducing actions too and low-in-fat, which makes it an ideal drink for weight loss. The ingredients are:

½ cup soft silken tofu
One ¼ cups pear nectar
½ cup frozen diced pineapple
½ frozen banana, sliced, and
One teaspoon lime juice

Combine the tofu and pear nectar in a blender. Add the remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth. This makes two servings and is packed with 170 calories, 38 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fat, 3.5 grams of protein and 3 grams fiber.

Combo smoothie, our last smoothie, is a great fitness combo health drink. It can either be replaced as a meal, used to energize your workout or simply quench your thirst; this super healthy treat can easily become part of your daily routine. It is called the FITNESS Peach Blitz. To prepare this drink, all you need are the following items:

1 cup peeled and chopped peaches
½ cup strongly brewed almond spice tea
¼ cup apricot nectar
¼ cup nonfat frozen vanilla yogurt
¼ to ½ cup crushed ice

Put all the ingredients in a mixer and puree until smooth. Serve immediately. This makes one serving of 16 ounces. Each serving contains 154 calories, 38 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams fat, 3 grams protein and 36 mg of sodium.


All About The Braces

A lovely smile is a great asset which all of us should have irrespective of who we are, what we do or at what stage in life we are. It matters not whether you are a child or a teenager, a student or a professional, you can find a suitable choice of braces. Canberra orthodontists are experienced in providing all kinds of braces from standard braces to invisible braces. You can, therefore, be helped in getting the braces that will treat your condition effectively.


If you need to have your teeth straightened, you need to identify an experienced orthodontist and book an appointment with him. The orthodontist will ask about your medical history and will conduct a thorough examination of your mouth and teeth. He will take x-rays of your mouth, take impressions of your teeth and may also take pictures of your teeth and face. He will then prepare a treatment plan for you based on this information.

It is possible for the orthodontist to recommend the use of retainers for minor cases and surgery may be required for very severe cases of misaligned bites.

About Braces

Braces are made up of a number of components which work by applying pressure continuously to your teeth during the treatment period. This pressure causes your teeth to move gradually to the required position and as this happens, the shape of the bone also changes. Depending on your condition and preference, the orthodontist will guide you on the most suitable braces. Canberra orthodontists have the expertise to provide you with either fixed or removable braces.


Brackets are small squares which are attached to each tooth using special dental glue. Metal braces use stainless steel brackets while ceramic braces use brackets made from ceramic alloys which are tooth colored. Clear braces, on the other hand, use plastic brackets which can either be clear or tooth-colored and are therefore not easily noticeable.

If you want your braces to be completely out of view, the lingual braces are a good option for you. The brackets for lingual braces are attached to the back surfaces of your teeth instead of at the front. They are therefore referred to as invisible braces.


Bands are materials which are attached to each tooth using special dental glue. Brackets are then attached to the bands. Bands, like brackets, can also be made from different material, either metal, clear or tooth-colored. Some braces do not require bands since the brackets are attached directly to the teeth.

Arch Wires

The arch wires are attached to the brackets and guide the movement of the teeth to the required position. Depending on the braces, the archwires can be made from metal, or can be tooth colored or clear. The archwire is held to the brackets by ties which are tiny rubber rings or by ligatures which are tiny rubber bands made from elastic.

Removable Braces

Invisalign uses clear removable aligners which are made from smooth plastic. These aligners are not noticeable and you can remove them when eating and brushing your teeth. Invisalign is a form of high technology braces. Canberra has qualified Invisalign providers who will examine you to find out whether the treatment is suitable to treat your condition.