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10 MOST POPULAR HEALTH MYTHS BUSTED!




We have all heard the same myths about certain habits, foods or behaviors that can help or hurt our health.

When myths are repeated from generation to generation we begin to accept them as fact.



Here are the 10 most popular health myths that we are going bust!


Myth #1:  “Starve a cold, feed a fever.”


Do you starve a cold and feed a fever when you're feeling under the weather? Or is it the other way around?

Starving is never the correct answer especially when you are sick.

When you eat a nutritional, well-balanced diet, many other factors fall in place that keep your body functioning optimally.

Foods that are rich in nutrients help fight infections and may help to prevent illness.

Nutrients in foods are essential for wellness.




Myth #2: “Reading in dim light damages your eyesight.”


Good news, according to researchers, reading in dim light doesn’t lead to permanent eye damage.

While it may cause eyestrain and temporary dryness; you can read a menu in a dimly lit restaurant without it causing any long-term impairment.

The common belief that sitting too close to the TV set will ruin your eyesight is yet another old wives’ tale.




Myth #3: "Can’t sleep? Drink warm milk.” 

(I always do this one)


Today there's no scientific evidence that milk has the slightest impact on drowsiness.

Milk does contain the nap-inducing amino acid tryptophan, but only in trace amounts.

Eggs and cheese have more, but even an egg and cheese sandwich won't knock you out.

However, if a hot-milk nightcap seems to help you catch z's, drink up. A little placebo effect never hurt anyone.



Myth #4: “Cold weather will make you sick.”


Infectious illnesses are caused by germs, not cold weather.  

To catch a cold you have to come in contact with rhinoviruses and you need to be infected with influenza viruses to contract the flu.

Rhinoviruses peak in spring and fall, and influenza viruses peak in the winter.

While there isn’t a connection between being chilled and getting sick, cold air may contribute to conditions that lead to illness.



Myth #5: “You can catch something sitting on a public toilet seat.”


Our fear of sitting on the public washroom toilet seat is overblown.

There's no question that germs can inhabit the seat, the bulk of the organisms found are basically fecal-borne bacteria.

These can include E. coli streptococcus (the bug behind strep throat), or S. aureus (linked to serious skin problems or pneumonia). 

Germs on the seat doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll make you sick.

Your skin acts as a very effective barrier to keep germs out.

Organisms leading to STD’s such as the herpes virus, HIV, or other sexually transmitted diseases don't survive for long outside the human body, especially not on a cold, hard toilet seat.


To infect you, they need to enter either through an open cut or sore or via a mucous membrane (your mouth or rectum), which wouldn't normally come into contact with the seat.


The odds of infection from just sitting down on a toilet seat are tiny.





Myth #6: “Chocolate causes pimples.”


Chocolate will not make you break out, there is little evidence that chocolate or any specific fatty foods will cause acne.

But a high-sugar/high-fat diet can increase sebum production and promote inflammatory responses in the body which can lead to acne.

Although there is not a direct connection between acne and foods that are high in sugar and fat, overindulging in these kinds of food may displace other nutrients that are critical to the skin’s health.


Continue eating skin friendly foods like fruits and vegetables and indulging in chocolate once in a while.





Myth #7: “Chewing gum sits in your stomach for seven years.”


Swallowed gum passes through your digestive tract in a couple of days.

Chewing gum is made from gum base, sweeteners, coloring and flavoring.

It’s true that your body cannot digest gum given its mixture of elastomers, resins, fats, emulsifiers and waxes, some of which resist your stomach’s digestive juices.

It doesn’t remain stuck inside you, your gut just keeps them moving through your system until they come out the other end.





Myth #8: "Excessive hat wearing leads to baldness".

You can ignore this myth unless you wear hats that are way too tight, ripping hair away.

The X chromosome is the gene associated with causing baldness.

Some male bodies become sensitive to androgens (a male sex hormone) and hair loss becomes common.




Myth #9: “Don’t swim for 30 minutes after eating”.

Any strenuous exercise after a big meal is tricky and will cause stomach irritation.

If you’re set for a long dip in the pool, a healthy snack is a useful energy boost.






Myth #10: "Your urine should be almost clear".

Dark colored urine typically means you’re dehydrated and clear urine may mean you are over hydrated.

Urine that is a light yellow indicates a healthy urinary tract with healthy bacteria.





Share this info with anyone in your life who has imposed these “words of wisdom” on you.


They are busted!



~Jennifer

Holiday Nail Art Series: Winter Wonderland






This year the weather has been so nice in Edmonton, AB. It has just started getting cooler.

It hardly feels like winter but now that December is here I figured I should do some Winter / Holiday nails to get me in the Holiday Spirit.


This design looks like it would take a lot of skill but in a few steps it can be done.

I used a toothpick for my nail art tool but if you have a nail striper that is great too.

The great thing is that it doesn’t have to be perfect, the lines don’t have to be super straight.

Some of the steps are optional because it adds definition to the design but is completely optional.  





Here’s what you need:

-         Base Coat
-         Light Blue Nail Polish
-         Black Nail Polish    
-         White Nail Polish
-         Silver Glitter Polish (optional)
-         Top Coat
-         MatteTop Coat (optional)
-         Nail Striper (optional)
-         Or a toothpick




Step One:
Apply a base coat to help protect the nails. Apply White base color. Let dry completely.




Step Two:
Using a light blue nail polish, apply 2 – 3 triangles on the nails. This represents trees.





Step Three:
Using a black nail polish, apply 2 – 3 triangles in between or overlapping the blue triangles. This will give definition.




Step Four:
Using White nail polish with very little nail polish, apply small dots and lines to the triangles representing snow.

Optional: Use the same technique with Silver or Glitter nail polish.



Step Five:
Apply a fast drying top coat and you’re done!

To give it a velvety finish, apply a Matte Top Coat.





I thought it looked really pretty!




If you would like to recreate this design, please use #BU10nails and follow me on InstagramFacebook or Twitter.





~Jennifer

Highlighting Tips for Makeup Newbies (Guest Post)


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In case you didn’t know, highlighting is a massive hit in the beauty industry these days. In fact, it’s been quite popular for a few years now, which says more than enough about its importance. It gives you a dewy and youthful glow all the celebrities are striving for, and if you haven’t tried it yet, it’s high time you did! Here are five useful highlighting tips for makeup newbies.


Understand the term

Highlighting is often mentioned together with contouring – these two techniques were truly groundbreaking when they first appeared a couple of years ago. And let’s be honest, these are pretty much inseparable for a good reason. Whereas contouring means adding shadows to the face in order to sculpt and outline it, highlighting is just the opposite. It requires adding light to the face and making certain areas more prominent. Just think of Kim Kardashian, our contour and highlight goddess, and you’ll know what we’re talking about!


Know your face shape


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Determining your face shape is the most important step before you actually start. A highlighter is to be applied differently depending on the six face shapes, so make sure that you have that covered.

Types of highlighters

As for the types of highlighting products, high-quality ones are essential for a fabulous, snatched look. Highlighters come in creams, powders, baked, or liquid products, so you can choose from a variety of them depending on your skin type. No matter which one you choose, you’ll get a dewy, sparkling look that brightens your face and steps up your whole makeup routine. You should also know that cream and liquid products are often a bit heavier, which makes them perfect for photo shoots, glamorous events, or if you prefer full coverage. On the other hand, powdery ones are good for ‘no makeup’ makeup look, since they are really light and simple to use.

Tools you need


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When it comes to tools, there is one type of brush that’ll be more than enough for your highlighting needs. It’s a fan brush that picks up the right amount of the product and makes your cheeks pop out. However, if you don’t want to buy a brand-new brush just for highlighting, you can always use a small one meant for applying blush or even eye shadow. These will deposit more shine upon first application, which is great if you are up for a glamorous blinding look! On the other hand, makeup sponges are amazing for blending your creamy highlight products, so make sure you have one of these in your makeup bag.

Where to apply highlight

As already stated, highlighting is a technique that makes certain parts of the face more prominent by adding light. Your cheeks are the first place to apply a highlighter – do it right above your contoured cheekbones. Here’s a little tip: add blush between your bronzer and highlight for a perfect gradient look! Some other areas appropriate for illuminating are Cupid’s bow, the center of the chin, under the brow bone, and down the center of the nose. After all, if you’re not quite sure how to do it, you can always look up useful makeup tips online. There are thousands of step-by-step tutorials, so that you can’t go wrong with your highlight!

If you’re a highlighting newbie, we believe that you’ll find our tips more than useful. Once you have picked appropriate products and tools, all you have to do is to practice – repetition is the mother of learning, right? When you master this fabulous technique, you can think of yourself as of the queen of highlighting!


Author Bio:
Peter is a beauty editor at High Style Life magazine, living between UK and Australia. Beside writing, he loves cooking, making DIY cosmetics and to travel around tropical destinations. Follow Peter on Twitter for more beauty tips.




This guest post is by 
Peter 



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~Jennifer

7 Ways to “Flip the Script” on Your Skincare Regimen




While most of us look forward to the cooler autumn weather, our skin tends to suffer as it retains less moisture because of the drier air, resulting in a dull skin tone, flaking, irritation and dryness. 

To maintain that beautiful summer glow, it’s important to take preventative measures. 


One of the best ways to be proactive is to switch up your daily skincare regimen this fall!




Warren B. Seiler III, M.D., a board certified cosmetic laser surgeon, the executive director at the American Board of Laser Surgery and medical director at Seiler Skin Cosmetic Laser & Aesthetics Center, has developed seven highly effective ways that you can “flip the script” on your skin care regimen, and better protect your skin during the Autumn cool-down.


  

1.       Don’t neglect sunscreen: 


It’s easy to think you no longer need sunscreen once the summer heat subsides, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. 

While it is true that our skin does not have as much direct sun exposure, the UV index may still be high and we constantly receive incidental sun exposure – whether it be through our car windows or reflected from the sidewalk when walking – it is of the utmost importance to wear a medical-grade, broad spectrum sunscreen that contains zinc every day, all year long. 


Sunscreen is the best anti-aging product on the market, hands-down.


 TRY THIS: 

elta MD UV Daily Broad Spectrum SPF 46  – it’s a high-quality, medical-grade daily sunscreen that contains pure ingredients, won’t clog the skin and provides the complete protection you need. 

An alternative option is to use Sunforgettable by Colorescience, a mineral makeup brush with broad spectrum SPF 50 for added sun protection all day long.





2.       Change up your masque: 


As the weather cools, consider switching from a purifying or clarifying masque to a more hydrating masque. 

If you are using a clay masque that hardens or cracks when it dries, stop immediately! 

You’re putting your skin at high risk for dehydration and the associated complications. 


A hydrating masque contains high levels of moisturizing oils that help to better hydrate the skin and protect it from the cool, dry air.  



TRY THIS: 


One of my favorites for this time of year is SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Masque, which infuses dehydrated and stressed skin with optimal amounts of hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5 to replenish depleted moisture levels.




3.       Add an extra boost of hydration: 


Remember – drier air equals drier skin! 

It is crucial that you continue to rehydrate your skin during the drier fall months, and there is no better way to do so than by adding a hydrating serum underneath your moisturizer to help draw moisture further into the skin. 

If your skin gets particularly dry, you may need to change to a more emollient moisturizer at night to help replenish cellular lipids.



TRY THIS: 


One of best hydrators on the market is SkinMedica's HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator

Not only will this product help add additional moisture to your skin, but it will also – within eight weeks – teach your skin cells to produce 50 percent more hyaluronic acid (a powerful moisture-binding ingredient that keeps skin plumped, hydrated and youthful) on their own.




4.       Prevent dry and cracked lips: 


When it’s cold outside, it doesn’t get much worse than dry, cracked and chapped lips – a common, uncomfortable occurrence for many. 

Lips are particularly sensitive to environmental changes, and need to be cared for intensively during the fall and winter months. 

I recommend using a daily lip treatment that contains antioxidants and vitamin E to neutralize free radicals and soothe and heal the lips when they start to become dry or irritated.


TRY THIS: 


One particularly powerful product is Antioxidant Lip Repair from SkinCeuticals, which not only helps the lips retain more moisture, but also repairs environmental damage to rejuvenate, reshape and replenish lip tissue. 

I use it every day without fail!




5.       Add a retinol: 

Many people fear using a retinol during the summer because it heightens the skin’s sensitivity to the sun; however, retinol is one of the primary pillars of an effective anti-aging regimen. 

Retinols work to prevent the formation of free radicals and increase collagen production, giving you a more youthful look. 

The truth is that you can use a retinol all year long, as long as you also use a broad-spectrum sunscreen – which you should be wearing anyway! 


Remember, consistency is the key – once you start, keep using it and your skin will reap the benefits.





TRY THIS: 

The gold standard of retinol is Revision Retinol Complete, which contains the power of five antioxidants and includes a proprietary blend of botanical extracts that enhance the retinol’s effects.




6.       Fall in love with a new fall product: 


Hot weather can wreak havoc on our skin, and unfortunately many of us end up suffering from heat-induced skincare laziness. 

If your regimen took a back seat this summer, fall is the perfect time to give it the special attention it deserves with a brand new product!




TRY THIS: 


One of the most impressive new products for fall is Revox™ 7 by Revision Skincare, a new serum that combines seven peptides to stimulate biological activity in the skin, and addresses lines and wrinkles caused by repetitive muscle movement. 

Four of the peptides are neuromodulator peptides, and relax the muscles to reduce movement on the forehead, between the eyebrows, around the eyes (“crow’s feet”), on the lips and the in nasolabial folds. 

The three additional peptides help repair deeper lines and wrinkles that are present in the skin at rest. 


As a bonus, this serum is perfect to pair with Botox® as it helps it work better and faster. 



7.       Hit the reset button: 


Over time, the biological processes in our skin begin to function less efficiently, resulting in the visible signs of aging. 

A major source of this “slowdown” is that your skin’s extracellular matrix – a collection of extracellular molecules that provide structural and biochemical support to surrounding dermis cells – becomes clogged with damaged and aged proteins. 

When the extracellular matrix becomes clogged, the skin’s normal regenerative processes no longer perform like they did when you were younger.




TRY THIS: 



Alastin Restorative Skin Complex with TriHex Technology is a brand new, peptide-rich serum that is backed by the strongest science I have ever seen in a skincare product. 

Not only does Alastin Restorative Skin Complex clear the extracellular matrix to help your skin’s cells communicate better, it also stimulates collagen and elastin production, protects and grows adipose fat cells, controls inflammation, reduces oxidative stress and upregulates the growth factors that become depleted as you age. 


It’s the ultimate script-flipper for your skincare regimen.


~Jennifer

Chorus Supernatural Wellness Products Review




Chorus Supernatural is a skincare line from British Columbia.

It uses a wide range of pure botanical extracts, essential oils and plant and vegetable oils have been blended to create a high quality skin care line. 

They use natural elements from their surroundings – like Giant Kelp from the waters of Vancouver Island and Clay from volcanic caves and mountain slopes.

All Chorus skin care products include no petro-chemicals, artificial fragrance, color, or other toxic synthetics.

They have products for men, baby, hair care, body care, aromatherapy, wellness and nutrition.


Recently they have won the Clean Beauty Awards held in Toronto and had 3 products selected as Best in Category and 2 named runner-up.


The Key Ingredients that are used in the products are Natural Lithia Mineral Spring water, a nutrient-rich peat called Moor, Giant Kelp and mineral-rich Clay.



Here are the products I was able to try:

Chorus Moor Bath Essence


Chorus Moor Bath Essence is dark in color, it looks and feels like mud but it easily dissolved in water.

It didn’t stain my tub or body.





It immediately relieved tension in my neck and shoulders, relaxed my mind after a stressful day.

It has a very light scent and gave me the feeling of peace and serenity. It calmed both my mind and body and I had the best night’s sleep.

It leaves my skin feeling smooth, soft, moisturized and hydrated.


You could also use the leftover water to water the plants – no wasting J






Chorus Soothe


This joint balm is made with ingredients like organic Sulphur, devil’s claw extract, Lavender and Coconut Oil and Giant Kelp to promote a sense of comfort and relaxation.

I have found it very useful for my wrist and lower back pain from being at a computer desk most of the day.

It applied like a lotion, has a light scent and it soaks into the skin quickly.





 Chorus Release


This Muscle Balm (my favorite) combines soothing botanical extracts and oils like Rosemary, Lavender and Peppermint creating a feeling of relaxation when massaged into tense areas of the body.

It gives a cooling, tingling sensation that lasts for hours when applied and immediately relaxed my muscles.

Before applying to my neck and shoulders, I would rub the balm between my hands and take a few deep breaths - the smell of peppermint relaxed me right away.




This brand is certainly great for tranquility and relaxation – I never felt so great!

I liked that not only did my muscles relax but my mind was able to relax as well.

All the products are affordable - especially considering a little product goes a long way and the use of high quality ingredients.  

All the products I tried ranged from $23.00 - $30.00 CAD.  


It’s definitely a skincare brand I would recommend trying!




To find more information on Chorus Supernatural or purchase yourself some products, visit their website at




*This product was provided to me for free for testing purposes
courtesy of  Chorus Supernatural
My opinion is not influenced in anyway and I will still continue to only post and link to products that fit my personal style*




~Jennifer
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