Lifestyle

Try a whole food diet for improved physical and mental fitness

By on May 23, 2017

A whole food diet plan limits the intake of refined flour and sugar, encourages the consumption of unprocessed foods, and includes moderate amounts of carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Such a diet fulfills your daily nutritional requirements naturally.

A whole food diet plan can be beneficial for people suffering from:

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Obesity
  • Elevated triglycerides
  • Impaired glucose tolerance

As with any weight loss or fitness program, it is absolutely necessary to check with your doctor before you start, especially if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.

Basic components of a whole food diet

Eat and drink as much of the following foods as you need to satisfy your thirst and hunger:

  • fresh fruit(except bananas) and canned fruit without any sugar or artificial sweeteners
  • low-calorie juice
  • Salads and fresh, non-starchy vegetables
  • Egg whites
  • Fish
  • Low-fat cheeses, such as cottage cheese
  • Nuts
  • Legumes
  • Tea and coffee without sugar
  • Condiments, such as sour pickles

Restrict consumption of carbohydrates

This is the key way in which a whole foods diet plan promotes healthy weight loss and decreased blood sugar and triglycerides levels.

A whole food diet allows for five carbohydrate (CHO) servings of 15 grams per day, such as:

  • 2 slices of reduced-calorie or one slice of regular bread
  • ½ cup of pinto beans, potatoes, corn, lima beans, green peas, or black-eyed peas
  • ½ cup of spaghetti, oatmeal, macaroni, non-sugary breakfast cereal, or rice
  • 3–4 fluid ounce of wine, 8–12 ounce of beer, or 1 ounce of any hard liquor

Other foods allowed on a whole food diet

  • 6 servings of mono-saturated or poly-saturated fat per day
  • 2 cups of either: low-fat milk; fat-free, sugar-free instant pudding mixed with low-fat milk; low-fat sugar-free yogurt; or sugar-free ice cream

While on a whole food diet, remember to

  • Weigh yourself weekly
  • Eat only 3 meals per day with only ‘green light’ snacks in between
  • Increase physical activity
  • Drink 8 glasses (8 fluid ounces, for a total of 64 ounces) of water
  • Read labels in order to avoid processed foods
  • Eat ‘green light’ foods to combat hunger instead of aiming for a certain number of calories

Check your progress

  • Take stock of your present eating habits. This includes all crackers, chips, fast foods, cookies, snack foods, soft drinks, cakes and deserts. Be careful about the quality of the food that you buy and prepare apart from the amount of calories. Eat whole grains, lightly-cooked or raw fresh vegetables, fruits, low-fat or no-fat dairy products, and lean protein.
  • Set a realistic weight loss goal. Losing pounds is a gradual process, so be patient.
  • Try to follow your whole foods diet at least 90% of the time while treating your taste buds with your favorite foods every once in a while.
  • Devise and stick with a healthy eating plan; you’ll soon find yourself in a better mood, with more energy, and sleeping soundly.
  • The next time you visit your doctor, look for improvements in your cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels.

So try this approach to eating and set your fitnessgoals. The right diet can set you and your family on the path to health for the rest of your life.

 

 

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Bonmarche Targets a Younger Audience through Television Advertisements

By on April 26, 2017

High street giant Bonmarch has started to target younger shoppers by using modern television advertisements. This is the first time they have done so since joining forces with Mark Heyes, TV fashion celebrity. Heyes made his claim to fame through the Lorraine Kelly show.

Bonmarche, one of the UK’s oldest and best known clothing retailers, has entered into a partnership with Mark Heyes, celebrity fashion icon who gained fame on the Lorraine Kelly show. Their first order of business was to target a younger audience, which is why the store has launched a brand new advertisement.

The average age of a shopper at Bonmarche currently stands at 65. However, the store, headquartered in Wakefield, would prefer to attract younger women as well. Mark Heyes is now targeting women in their early 50s, therefore, who, if perhaps not “young” in the conventional sense of the world, are certainly still in the prime of their life.

40% of women in Britain, or 12.7 individuals, are now over the age of 50. By 2020, this will have risen to 50%. Attracting this audience, therefore, is a very strategic move. The advertisement was piloted in 90 different locations, and it was hugely successful. As a result, it was rolled out nationally, as well as being supported by a press advertising and magazine campaign.

The move came after it was announced that there was a significant drop in the pre-tax profits of the store. However, these figures were not discouraging as they were weather-related, and Bonmarche did perform better than many of its competitors. In fact, in terms of like for like sales, they actually saw an increase.

A representative from Bonmarche says: “Because our audience is slightly older than your average high street store, the weather plays a huge role on whether or not people shop with us, and on what they buy. In 2016, there was little to no reason for anyone to purchase clothes that were seasonal. While this certainly affected us, it affected other stores, which traditionally have only seasonal clothes, far worse. All in all, therefore, it was actually a pretty good year for our store, and we believe that, through the partnership with Mark Heyes, we will continue to go from strength to strength.”

Bonmarche has been a feature of the British high street for a very long time. Unlike other stores, which continue to a certain demographic only, the store has grown with its original customers. When they first started, they were hip and trendy, but they decided to grow and age alongside its original shoppers, with the consequence of now having a traditionally older audience. Now, the company feels, it is time to change that to a degree, enabling women in their 50s to become the new trendsetters.

The Bonmarche representative adds: “50 is the new 30, as they say, and yet it is a forgotten demographic. You will find few 50 year old women who are happy to wear a crop top and ripped skinny jeans. But at the same time, we cannot expect them to wear pleated skirts to just above the ankles and flowery blouses either. What we believe is that, if we can target these women, they can become the trendsetters for those older than them. What a woman in their 50s can wear, a woman in her 60s can wear as well. In so doing, we aim to remain relevant to an ever-widening audience. These are exciting times, and we’re so happy to see how well-received our television advertisements have been so far. Working with Mark Heyes was truly an amazing idea!”

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10 Reasons to Get Fitter on Your Daily Commute

By on March 13, 2017

The New York Subway and daily exercise are two phrases that rarely go side by side, unless we consider the daily aggravation that comes with climbing over fellow commuters to reach a rush hour train. There is a simple incentive being offered to users of the New York Subway to get off seats and get into shape. The carrot on the end of the rod takes the form of a calorie burning calculator, which has been developed by physician Wayne Osborne and health website Treated.com.

 

New York Map of Calories illustrates the total calorie expenditure for the average man and woman from one train stop to the next on all major subway lines. Dr Osborne took it upon himself to research the most beneficial means of recreating the same subway journeys without a mode of transport and therefore produced results for the distance and calorie count when walking, jogging and cycling between each and every train stop. The correlation between transportation and exercise has always been a tough nut to pin-point, but this new calorie map may be the bridge exercise enthusiasts who lead busy lives have been waiting for.

 

For many, this information will come as a welcome shock as to just how many calorie burning opportunities have been missed by sitting aboard a train day in, day out. Others, however, may be quick to draw attention to the length of time a journey on foot takes compared to the equivalent using public transport. Regardless of opinion,n theres no denying that the calorie map is food for thought.

 

Its more abundantly clear than ever that walking, jogging and cycling are vital activities for regulating good health and fighting off common illnesses and disease that stem from a lack of exercise and regular physical activity. Thousands of people die each year owing to health complications associated with being inactive, overweight and exhibiting poor cardio vascular health. As the obesity crisis looms, actions must be taken by men and women across the country. Theres no better city to lead the charge than New York. Shown below are the top to calorie-burning journeys of the New York Subway by walking, jogging and cycling:

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Wine, Women, and Woe: Is Wine Drinking Becoming A Dangerous Social Trend?

By on March 3, 2017

There appears to be a growing trend in the number of women who love wine. In “Real Housewives” several members have parlayed their own screen imbibing into marketing their own wine brands. There are numerous Facebook groups for women who like wine.

Although this may not seem like anything unusual, women have not always had such a keen appreciation for the delicacy and flavor of wine. Clever wine marketing is actually behind the popularity of wine drinking among women.

This is how the trend started and gained momentum over the decades:

After the prohibition, most of the Californian wineries had perished. In an attempt to recover, the wine industry decided to promote to women because postwar housewives were frustrated by the fact that wine was considered a symbol of male power. In classy restaurants, for example, where wine was most often consumed, when waiters approached a couple, they addressed the man, and it was the man who viewed the wine list and took the first taste after the bottle was uncorked.

One successful promotion was introducing wine in supermarkets. Middle-aged housewives were hired as wine samplers. When younger women shopped, they were offered them a sip of wine. After the sampling, they were trained on how to educate the younger women on what wine went best with the dinner they were preparing that evening.

Another successful promotion was wine tips in women’s magazines. These articles taught women how to order wine in restaurants and how to serve it at home. It also promoted wine as a way to relax and unwind after a stressful day.

Over time, public perception about wine changed. Women began to associate it with equality, entry into college, economic status, and stress relief. It became seen as a symbol for women who were entering male-dominated colleges and working in male-dominated professions like technology and finance.

However, wives and mothers also began to associate wine as a positive thing. They saw it as an antidote to their boring lives. Although not vying for status or recognition with men, imbibing wine offered relief from the dreariness of staying at home and looking after children.

Is this a sign of growing alcoholism among American women? Not necessarily. According to an article in the Greenhouse Addiction Programs blog, entitled “Binge Drinking: Do You Have an Alcohol Use Disorder?” there is a defining difference between “low risk drinking” and “binge drinking.” This site refers to the definition offered by the National Institution on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA): “Moderate drinking is defined as having up to one alcoholic beverage each day for women and up to two drinks per day for men.”

Statistics on Women Who Imbibe

While social drinking is innocent enough if it is done in moderation, things become a little more alarming nationwide when you look at the statistics.

According to Gabrielle Glasse, who wrote an article in the the Wall Street Journal, entitled “Why She Drinks:”

  • Women are the primary drinkers of the 800 million gallons of wine sold annually in the US.
  • Between 1998 and 2007, the arrest rate for drunk drivers rose 30% for women while it dropped to 7% for men.
  • Between 1999 and 2008, the Emergency Hospital admission rate for dangerously intoxicated people rose 52% for women while it only rose to 9% for men.

She also discussed how Gallup Poll studies showed the following trends:

  • Well-educated, affluent women were more likely to drink.
  • White women drank more than black women and Hispanic women.
  • The percentage of women who had come to imbibe rose over the years. For instance, in 1992, 37% of White women out of a sample group of 85,000 American drank. Then in 2002, the percentage had risen 10%. (The percentage of all racial groups increased over time.)

Women’s Tolerance for Alcohol 

Although the rate of alcohol consumption can be correlated with the rising social and economic equality of women, the effect of alcohol on women is not the same as that for men.

Women who drink the same amount of alcohol than men experience a stronger effect. This is because they have more fat and less water. The fat makes them absorb more alcohol while there is less water to dilute it.

What’s more, men have more of an enzyme which breaks alcohol down before it slips into the bloodstream.

Since women experience the toxicity of alcohol more than men, they are also more quickly impaired by it. This means that liver and brain damage is more acute in women than men.

When Is Wine Drinking Problematic?

According to the NIAA, addiction problems arise when low-risk drinking becomes excessive drinking. They define low-risk drinking “as no more than three drinks in a day for women or four drinks per day for men.” And they define excessive drinking as anything “more than the recommended daily drinking levels – or more than seven drinks in a week total for women or 14 drinks for men – is termed “excessive drinking” and may increase the drinker’s risk for developing chronic health problems caused or worsened by alcohol or experiencing an accident under the influence.”

 

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My Favorite Fashion Tips of All Time

By on February 19, 2017

I really love to play around with different styles and fashion pieces to create new and interesting looks. I don’t suppose I’d put myself into a category when it comes to style at all; I like a bit of everything! That being said, there are a few fashion tips that I feel help me when I’m feeling stuck sometimes. Take a look at them and see if they can help you!

Dress to Suit Your Body Shape

There are a few different body shapes, and it will really help if you know yours. Once you do, you can pick the perfect items to show off your shape and enhance you in all of the right places. There are no real rules. If you really like something, feel free to wear it. But I think you’ll always look your best if you wear clothes for your specific body shape!

Layer Your Outfits

Layering outfits is one of my favorite things to do. It’s perfect when the weather doesn’t really know what it’s doing, as you can add or take away layers as you need to. It also looks much more polished and thought out. I think it makes for an overall better looking outfit, with lots of interest!

Create Interest With Texture

I love to use different textures to add interest to my outfits. There’s nothing worse than an outfit all in similar materials. It just looks flat and boring! Use a couple of different textures to make things look more interesting and add more depth!14455111565_74a45b5f5c_z

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Don’t Forget to Accessorize

Accessories can make or break outfits. You should always accessorize, whatever you’re wearing. You can use all kinds of things, from a statement watch from Shinola to a statement necklace. You can even use more delicate pieces if you’d rather not distract from the outfit you’re wearing.

Wear Colors to Suit Your Skintone

Everybody has a different skin tone, and therefore different colors that suit them. Know your skin tone and the colors that look great on you, so you stand out for all the right reasons. Wearing the wrong colors can wash you out! However, feel free to wear colors that you really love if they make you feel good about yourself! Feeling good is the most important thing about fashion. If you don’t feel great, it’ll likely show.

Have a Versatile Scarf on Hand

A versatile scarf can be used for a number of different things. If you’re not using it, it can be used as a simple bag charm. You can grab it if you need it to make a cute headscarf or band, or wear it as a traditional scarf. You could even wear it as a belt! I recommend everybody has a scarf they love!

As long as you love what you’re wearing, you’ll look incredible. Confidence is the key to looking amazing in everything that you wear. I’d love to hear any tips of yours. Leave them in the comments box below for me!

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2015 Fall Fashion Must Haves

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With autumn in full swing, now is the time to stock your wardrobe with a few essentials. As the temps start to fall, layering becomes more and more important. Anyone can look great in a tank top and shorts during the summer, but it takes a real fashion expert to look fly during the fall. So, open up a bit of closet space and ready yourself for the flood of compliments you are sure to receive after rocking some of these 2015 Fall fashion must haves.

The Biker Jacket

The leather biker jacket is back in full force this year. However, if you have your old 80’s jacket waiting in the back of the closet, you’ll be better off to keep it there. The modern biker jacket is all about the fit. The more fitted, the better you’ll look. Look for jackets where the bottom sits at the top of your hips while the sleeves cover your entire arms. This gives you a few play options for layering underneath. it also looks fantastic over a cocktail dress for those chilly walks from the car to the party where an oversized coat just won’t do.

Boyfriend Jeans

These jeans give you a bit more room in the legs. Now, keep in mind that while these jeans are baggy, you need to keep everything else fitted, otherwise the entire outfit just looks oversized and lazy. Pairing the boyfriend jeans with ankle boots and that leather biker jacket (or a bomber jacket) helps complete a fantastic fall look. Plus, if you’re heading out to any campfires, you’ll feel so much more comfortable than with the tight, confining jeans you left at home.

Over the Knee Boot

Doesn’t it seem like boots just keep stretching higher and higher? Well, meet the over the knee boot. These boots are fantastic if you are rocking a skirt ending several inches above the knee but you still want to cover up most of your legs (plus, you can wear heavier, taller socks and nobody will know). The longer boots also work well with an oversized sweater as the boots help elongated your legs and draw more attention to them.

Tuxedo Jacket

You know how you always see male rock stars hitting the town with a finely-cut blazer and a screen-print t-shirt underneath? Well, now it’s your turn. The tuxedo jacket is a fantastic look as it can go over a favorite tank, t-shirt or most other simple tops and instantly class it up. The tuxedo jacket comes in both regular and shrunken varieties, both of which looks good. Try to go for a jacket with a different colored lapel. This creates an accent point and, as it cuts in to a point right below the chest, it creates a thinning appearance while also showcasing your curves. A win-win.

Trench Coat

Trench coats have never really gone out of style, but women have tended to go away from these jackets in the past. Now, however, is the time to embrace the trench coat. A lighter, brighter color for fall is perfect, plus it can be layered with almost anything and works exceptionally well in the rain, snow or any other weather condition. If you want to add some accent to the trench, remove the regular strap and use a thicker, hip-hugging belt of your own. It is all just part of the layering process, so have fun with it.

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5 Best Hair Care Products You Haven’t Heard Of

By on January 19, 2017

Anyone can grab a brand name hair care product off the shelf, after all, your hair doesn’t know the difference, right? Wrong, your hair health relates directly to what you use on it. Shampoo, conditioner, hairspray, gel – they all contribute to the frizz and split ends you swear at in the mirror each day. The good stuff costs too much and still you can’t be sure it is the right product for you. As with most things, it is the little-known brand that has the most to offer. Consider five of the best hair care products that fly under the radar.

1. J.R. Liggett’s Old-Fashioned Shampoo

It is a little different than what you are used to from a shampoo. The J.R. Liggett’s brand is actually a bar, but one that has all the natural ingredients hair needs to shine like essential oils. The bar shampoo is made without harsh chemicals and comes in a variety of formulas like tea tree and hemp oil for sensitive scalps or virgin coconut and argan oil for an anti-microbial treatment.

2. Redavid

Redavid offers an entire line of hair care products that promises to give your hair some tender loving care. The Volumizer improves the thickness of your hair while strengthening it strand by strand. Try the texture creams instead of a drying gel next time you want to make a bold statement.

3. Kerastase

Kerastase is a product you buy at your favorite salon. The company offers an entire line of products dedicated to beautifying your hair. Resistance Therapiste is a cleansing treatment for hair that is over processed. Discipline keeps normal hair looking its best. There are even treatments to relax rebellious hair and to volumize those flat strands. Kerastase promises to protect your hair in just three steps: cleanse, treat and prime.

4. Gold Medal Hair

Gold Medal Hair offers products designed specifically for the problems African Americans face each day. The Carbonoel deep cleansing shampoo helps relieve dry, itchy scalps. Try Head Strong if your hair is damaged or Power Gro for body and volume. There are even products designed just for kids.

5. Fekkai

Fekkai is a high brand that offers a variety of hair care essentials. The company tagline says it all: What’s Your Hair Hang Up? Fekkai offers a line to that helps dull hair shine and one that volumizes flat hair. Over processed locks will benefit from the Repair Regimen offered by Fekkai. Figure out what your hair’s hang-ups are and find the line that fixes them.

Look beyond the obvious brands that jump off the grocery store shelf. Isn’t your hair worth a little research? Not all hair care lines spend their money on celebrity ad campaigns and glossy print. Some actually put it into doing research to figure what hair needs to be healthy. Who knew?

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Signs Your Best Friend Could Be Dealing with Addiction

By on January 16, 2017

Your best friend since high school has started acting strange and you can’t really put your finger on it. One thing you do notice is the fact that she’s been drinking a lot more than usual when you’re around her. You want to help, but you want to be sure that there is a problem before you approach her. Determining whether someone you care for has a problem with alcohol is easier said than done.

Despite what you might know about the stereotypical drunk who acts belligerent and can barely stand is not necessarily what you’re going to see when you’re around your friend. Likely if there is an issue she’s ashamed, embarrassed, and afraid to come forward and get help. This means they can be very good at hiding the signs from you. That’s why knowing what to pay attention to can help you recognize the signs of alcohol abuse or addiction in your friend and support her in getting the help that she needs.

Learn as Much as You Can

Before approaching your bestie about her potential issue, it can be beneficial to first learn a bit more about addiction and the treatment options. This way you can be a great source of support for her when she is ready to get help. Aside from talking with a doctor, one of your best sources of information about alcohol addiction in women and treatment options is specifically tailored rehab for women. A rehab facility will have trained abuse and addiction counselors as well as medical personnel on staff to answer your questions and give you reliable tips on how to help your friend.

Signs Your Friend is Hiding an Alcohol Problem

1.  Increased Quantity

One of the first signs that your best friend could be hiding an alcohol problem is her increased consumption. With alcohol dependency and addiction, the person’s body develops a high tolerance for the substance requiring a person to use more. Examples might include you noticed your friend refills her glass more than once at girl’s night or always seems to have a wine bottle ready to open.

2.  Missing In Action

Increased isolation is another sign that your friend could be dealing with an alcohol problem. If she’s missing events that she would normally make or seems to be turning down your offers to hang out, it is possible that she’s trying to hide her addiction from you. Loss of interest in activities and people is fairly common when suffering from addiction. There simply becomes a point where their addiction seems to consume their lives leaving little room for much else.

3.  Money Trouble

Someone who is suffering from addiction will often fall into financial troubles. The cost of affording alcohol on the consistent basis can be enough to cause necessary bills to fall behind. If your friend has been stressed about finances lately, or seems to be asking you for financial assistance, they could be trying to pay for their vice.

4.  Physical Changes

If a person has been suffering from addiction for a while, they could start to change physically. Though alcohol affects everyone differently, some changes you might notice include drastic changes in their weight, decreased overall health (getting sick more often), changes in the skin, and so on.

If you’ve noticed any of these signs when interacting with your best friend she could really need some help. When approaching her on the matter, be sure that you communicate with her in a loving and supportive way as addiction can be very difficult to admit and deal with. Once she is ready to receive help, pointing her in the direction of rehab facilities for treatment would be the best option. Though it may be hard to deal with, knowing that she has her bestie there every step of the way will make the treatment and recovery process a lot easier to get through.

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How Fashion Marketing Has Changed In The Past 50 Years

By on December 9, 2016

The fashion industry is extremely fast paced – blink and what is “in fashion” will have changed.

Fashion goes full circle and we often see styles we thought were long gone (those worn by our parents or even those we wore in our younger years) come back into fashion – this year has been no different as we stepped back in time and filled our wardrobes with clothes, shoes, accessories from the 70s and 90s.

However, whilst fashion is constantly looking back to the past and revisiting old styles, fashion marketing only looks forward. Over the last 50 years fashion marketing has had an incredible makeover.

Our attention has moved away from traditional advertising domains of TV and print and towards our electronic devices – as we spend more time on our mobiles, tablets and laptops.

Smartphones, which enable us access to the internet and brands apps 24/7, have increased at such a rate that a quarter of the world are expected to be using them in 2016. That number is only expected to continue growing, as it reaches more than 2.56 billion or a third of the world’s population by 2018.

Marketing must, of course, be directed at potential customers, so as they move where they are, marketing must move with them. This rise in technology has changed marketing in all areas, including fashion, and with it comes innovative ways of advertising products. Smartphones, for example, enable direct communication with the customer through either e-mail or text messages. Brands could send sms with GlobalMessaging for a personalised campaign, which will arrive directly to the phone, in the same way a message would be received from a friend or relative.

In recent years, alongside the rise of the smartphone is the arrival and continuing growth of social media (which is available on said phones) and allows fashion brands to have real-time conversations with their customers and potential customers. The challenge for them is to utilize this correctly and create campaigns that work across social media, display advertising and e-commerce.

ASOS are a great example of a fashion retailer using this new platform and using it well. They have recently announced a significant increase in sales and revenue, a large part of which they attributed to the growth of their social engagement.

They unveiled revenues of £1.5bn in August, up 18% from the same time the previous year. Plus retail sales of £1.2bn, which was 17% ahead.

The primary reason for these fantastic figures appears to be their mobile platform. In the last year the brand has been running mobile only promotions, and optimising its checkout for mobile. It definitely worked as 60% of their traffic came from mobile devices over the year, whilst 44% of transactions were placed on mobile platforms. This only goes to show how imperative mobile is to the success of a marketing campaign in 2015.

50 years ago, we didn’t have the technology we have today, advertising appeared in print and TV alone. It could reach a large audience, but Marketers weren’t able to have direct contact with consumers in the way they are able to today. With new technology being made available to us all the time, we can only imagine how different fashion marketing will look in a further 50 years.

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Treating Unwanted Growths On Aging Skin

By on October 31, 2016

The older your skin, the more susceptible it is to unwanted skin conditions, including moles, liver spots, freckles, wrinkles, etc. The strength of skin cells to resist these conditions declines with age, and they give in because they are unable to renew themselves more often.

How the skin ages and the type of unwanted growth depends on several factors, such as the diet, lifestyle, and personal habits. For instance, females that have greater exposure to the sun are more apt to developing cancerous moles or spots. Smoking and consumption of processed food can lead to the creation of free radicals inside the body, which can damage cells and lead to premature wrinkles.

That said, the following are the most common types of skin growths:

·  Actinic & Seborrheic Keratoses

Actinic keratoses refer to brownish or red colored scaly spots that appear on the skin as it grows older. These spots can turn cancerous if they become acute and the victim of the growth fails to seek treatment at an early stage. Seborrheic keratosis are warts that can be black or brown in color, and are usually benign growths that look as if they’ve fastened themselves to the skin’s surface. The most common growth areas include the back of the hand, forearm, or face.

·  Moles

Nevi or moles are tiny skin marks that result due to the increase in pigment-producing cells in the skin. They can be rough, smooth, flat or raised, and accompanied by some hair. Most of them are brown or black in color, but a few can be yellowish or skin-colored. They respond to hormonal changes and change overtime; exposure to the sun after growth can darken their appearance. Another type of mole is the atypical mole, which is larger than the normal mole and can be tan or pink. Moles can appear anywhere on the skin.

·  Cherry angiomas

This is a skin growth that affects mostly middle-aged women. Chery angiomas is classified as a small, bright red, benign, elevated bump that is caused by dilated blood vessels. Fatty deposits may also contribute to their formation. They are quite small in size, the usual being pinhead size to on quarter inch. Most growths are smooth, but some can stick out from the skin. The fortunate aspect of this growth is that it is noncancerous, and doesn’t harm the health.

How to treat these skin growths

Several measures can treat or reduce the symptoms of unwanted skin growths. You should always start with natural and external treatment options. For instance, moles can be removed with surgery or through the duct tape method, but using mole removal products is recommended because they are made from high quality plant extracts allowing for homeopathic treatment without any side effects. It is possible to take care of benign moles right from the comfort of your home, which saves you expensive visits to the dermatologists.

Likewise, topical ointments can be used on actinic & seborrheic keratoses. Home remedies can also be applied to see results before the option for a dermatologist is considered. For example, Apple Cider Vinegar is recommended for removal of cherry angiomas, but the skin needs to be open. Cryotherapy or freezing can also treat many of these growths.

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