The Real Cause Of Infertility

Infertility can be defined in two ways:

1) As the inability to conceive after a year of regular sexual intercourse without contraception.

2) As repeated ectopic pregnancies, miscarriages or perinatal loss.

Male and female specific factors account for about 30% of the infertility causes (individually), the combination of male and female causation leads to an additional 20% and the remaining 20% are caused by uncertain origins.

When one is dealing with infertility, as much as it is important to strictly follow the rules of the treatment, it is equally important to make sure that you have the correct diagnosis of the root cause of your condition.

In this article you will find a broad outline, enumerating the various probable causes of infertility.

Why is it important to determine the causes?

Infertility may be caused due to a multitude of factors at a time, or it may be the result of perhaps the deviation of a certain single factor from its premeditated path. Since misdiagnosis can often lead to further fertility complications, the very first step of treating and curing infertility depends largely on indentifying the root cause right in the beginning of treatment.

The broad causes of infertility in females may be listed as follows:

Anovulation:

  • In females, ovulatory problems are the most common causes for infertility. The failure to ovulate may be due to a number of factors:
  • Hormonal imbalance is the most frequent cause of anovulation, when the ovaries produce immature eggs, pregnancy becomes impossible.
  • Women with polycystic ovaries suffer from a decreased secretion of FSH and increased secretion of LH and testosterone, therefore polycystic ovarian syndrome may lead to anovulation in women.
  • Approximately 20% of the cases of infertility occur due to the malfunctioning of the hypothalamus, the gland which controls hormonal stimuli, resulting in immature eggs. The pituitary gland is responsible for the regulation of LH and FSH, and its malfunctioning produces immature eggs.
  • Damage to the ovaries caused by previous surgeries, ovarian cysts, tumors and infections may lead to production of immature eggs as well.
  • Premature menopause and follicular problems are also responsible for anovulation.

Improper functioning of fallopian tubes:

  • Viral and bacterial infections of the fallopian tubes are the primary cause of their malfunction.
  • Appendicitis and colitis are abdominal problems which lead to blockage of the fallopian tubes.
  • Tubal damages may also be caused by previous surgeries, which render the tubes incapable of passing eggs.
  • Ectopic pregnancy, which occurs within the tube, is a potential threat to life that also causes tubal damage.
  • Congenital tubal defects are rare, but not impossible to come across as causes of infertility.

Use of drugs:

  • Smoking, drinking and using other drugs have been known to decrease the chances of getting pregnant.

Problems in the Immune system:

  • This problem includes autoimmune reactions in the body and the creation of antisperm antibodies which exterminate sperms.
  • Natural killer cells, which when present in excess, can damage the embryo in the uterus. The antinuclear antibodies cause inflammation of the uterus when present in excess.
  • The presence of antisperm antibodies in the female’s body kills off the sperms before they can fertilize the egg.

Although the causes of infertility are many, they are fairly easy to overcome, especially when diagnosed in the early stages. Using a holistic approach, comprising of the prescribed medicines, following a healthy diet, regular exercise, abstinence from alcohol, nicotine and other drugs, stress management, acupuncture etc. guarantees positive results.

Due to the complex and multifactoral nature of infertility, the problem can be solved permanently by dealing with it in the holistic way, which tackles all the root causes of this condition rather than focusing on specific triggering elements.

Arms That Are The Envy Of The Party

Imagine yourself preparing for a night out on the town with your friends. Being a warm summer’s eve and all, you confidently put on the sleeveless top that’s been collecting dust in the back of your closet for quite some time.

You head out and soon find yourself the object of a lot of attention and the flattering kind too, I might add

In fact, the number of people commenting how impressive you look initially surprises you. That is until you remember the sleeveless outfit you’re wearing beautifully shows off your sexy, sculpted arms, just one of the transformations your body has undergone since using your new exercise program.

Sounds pretty good, maybe even too good to be true, right?

Well it isn’t. In fact, it’s one of my favorite success stories and is the real life experience of one of my former clients Ally.

Ally came to me as an avid runner and cardio fanatic, and, as to be expected, she wasn’t getting the results she wanted. Worse, she was suffering from compounding aches and pains.

But after only a few short weeks on the Turbulence Training 2K3 program, Ally was no longer a fan of those boring and excessive cardio workouts. It did, however, take a bit of time getting used to…

That’s because Ally was so comfortable with the slow pace of her long cardio sessions, that suddenly switching to the high intensity TT 2K3 program took some getting used to. But once she got it down, did she ever run with it!

The strength building techniques used in the program made Ally a much better uphill runner (a great interval exercise for fat loss). And by the time Ally left me she was pressing 35 pound dumbbells!

Ally was lean, sexy, and had never felt better. She was a true success story. And you can be too!

With the 2K3 program you no longer have to suffer through those boring, time consuming cardio workouts just to get the results you want.

With just three 45-minute workouts a week, you’ll efficiently combine bodyweight and dumbbell exercises with advanced interval training workouts to burn fat and build a lean, sculpted physique.

But these workouts aren’t easy. 

They’re intense and brutally effective, giving you maximum results in minimum time. So if you want arms that are the envy of everyone along with a beautifully shaped physique to match, then look no further than the 3-day a week workout program, Turbulence Training 2K3.

New Program Says It Can Help You Get Rid Of Cellulite (Using Only Natural Methods)

veryone knows how hard it is to get rid of cellulite from problem areas like your back, thighs, legs, neck, stomach and even your butt. But part of the reason is that so many programs designed to do just that don’t understand what causes cellulite to develop in the first place.

Cellulite Factor Solution is something different. Dr. Charles Livingston has developed this foolproof body transformation program that can help you finally live cellulite-free, all without ever having to leave your house. It’s easy to do, because it has nothing to do with how much you weigh.

What Cellulite Factor Solution does is teach you how to increase the blood flow to the connective tissue, strengthening the underlying layer of material below your skin so that the fat cells grow correctly and your skin stays firm.

how-to-get-rid-of-cellulite-naturally-300x191Over the course of several workout videos, the Cellulite Factor Solution teaches you specific exercises to increase blood flow to your connective tissues.

You even get to learn which foods are probably creating the most friendly environment for cellulite to grow in—and which healthy foods you should be eating instead. Even better, all the material is accessible on any kind of device you use, whenever you want to use them.

In 30 days, everything can change about the way you see yourself.

Had enough of the orange peel skin?

GET YOUR COPY OF CELLULITE FACTOR SOLUTION WORKOUTS BY CLICKING HERE

cellulitefactorsolution1* There is a full 60 day money back guarantee for this program, so if you don’t see great results, you don’t risk a dime. It’s your body so do what’s right for it!

10 Makeup Tricks From The Pros

10 Makeup Tricks From The Pros

Bridal-MakeupWe all assume that we’re applying our makeup like experts, until we learn a better way. The truth is that there’s always more to learn, whether you want to know how to execute a killer smoky eye or better, more natural foundation application. Here are 10 tricks from the world’s most famous professional makeup artists:

1. Fresh face

If you find that your foundation is looking unnatural and mask-ish, try a technique from the world’s most famous makeup artist Pat McGrath: after applying foundation all over the face, use a tissue to wipe some off of the cheeks before applying blush – this will keep you face looking natural.

2. Lash love

Has your mascara been failing you lately? Celebrity makeup artist Kara Yoshimoto Bua advises throwing out any mascara that’s older than a month – fresh mascara glides on easier and will flake less.

3. On the run

Are you caught without your favorite product? Makeup can be an excellent multi-tasker. Makeup artist Gucci Westman recommends, “Everyone should have a great fuchsia cheek color that they can pop on their lips and cheeks…Choose a creamy, opaque pink with a bit of gold in it to brighten the face. Mix it with some moisturizer and blend on your cheeks,” she says.

4. Dark to light

There are lots of techniques to conceal under-eye circles. The world renowned makeup artist Bobbi Brown advises, “Prepare the under eye area with a hydrating, fast-absorbing eye cream, which will allow products to go on smoothly. Apply a corrector to cover the purple or green tones in the skin, then follow with a concealer that is one to two shades lighter than your foundation. Finally, set the under-eye area with a pale yellow powder to help it last longer and prevent creasing.”

5. Lips for days

Every girl wants to master the art of a perfect red lip look. Collier Strong tells us how: “Start with a very sharp lip liner, in the same color as your chosen lipstick. As you apply, smile a little so the lips are tight and the liner goes on easier. Fill in the lips using the side of the liner, then take a lip brush and apply the lipstick for precision. If you make a mistake, take a little concealer on a small brush and ‘erase’ it.”

6. Cheekier than nature

We’d all like to have supermodel-grade cheekbones, but we weren’t all blessed at birth. Who cares? Now, you can create the illusion of cheekbones with a sculpting trick used by makeup artist Mally Roncal. All you have to do is brush some shimmer powder along the top of your natural cheekbone line, just beneath your temples. Next, dust a deep nude blush in the hollow of your cheeks. Last, while smiling, apply a peach-colored blush with circular motions, outward from the apple of the cheek. You’ll soon be the recipient of many an envious glance, with your DIY cheekbones.

7. Sparkle Neely!

While we all love glitter makeup, it can be a bit much after a certain age. Keep it classy by following the advice of makeup artist Diane Kendal to keep glitter confined to the middle of the eyelid, while using a matte shade on the rest of the eye. “It’s literally just in the center, within the brown eye shadow so it doesn’t take over the eye – you just get a hint of it when the eyes open.”

8. Bad eye day

If you roll out of bed in the morning to find that your eyes are especially puffy, avoid your light-colored concealer. Instead, take the advice of makeup artist James Vincent and use a darker concealer to hide under eye puffiness. “A darker color will recess something, or make something appear deeper and smaller.”

9. Finger paint

Makeup artist Nico Guilis teaches his clients that foundation should look smooth and well-blended. While brushes might be a great tool, she advises using your fingers to finish off the job; the warmth of your body can heat up the product and help it blend and the precision of your fingers will make for a more natural look. “I always apply foundation to my skin with my hands, as if it is a moisturizer – it allows me to really press it into my skin without looking streaky or spotty.”

10. All eyes on you

Every women would like to know how to get the smoky eyes we see in celebrity makeup jobs. Makeup artist Jake Bailey starts by lining the inner rim of the lower lash-lines with eyeliner. He advises to then close your eyes and line the upper lash-lines, pushing the liner into the lashes, minimizing the space between lashes and line. Then, use a fingertip to smudge the eyeliner, and afterward sweep eyeshadow across lids and up into the creases of the eye, blending outwards and upwards.

The Truth About Birth Control And Your Sex Life

Does birth control affect a woman’s sex drive?

Research shows that while some women report a lesser desire for sex after going on birth control, other report no difference. There have indeed been many studies trying to find the possible effects of birth control treatments on a woman’s sexual appetite, with conflicting conclusions. Science cannot yet prove a direct connection.

A 2013 review in the European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care that compared 36 relevant studies conducted between 1978 and 2011 showed that only 15% of women in those studies reported a change in libido during birth control. What’s more, it’s not conclusive that the change experienced was a result of the treatment, or an extenuating factor.

Research aside, in everyday life, many women seem to believe that birth control affects their appetite for sex. What else could be playing a role in this experience?

Hormonal Birth Control

Many birth control treatments work by releasing hormones which inhibit pregnancy and stop the process of ovulation. While this chemical change in the ovaries prevents pregnancy, it also plays with your body’s levels of testosterone, also regulated by the ovaries.

Birth control methods like the pill, patch and implant also contain estrogen, affecting testosterone levels. All of these hormonal changes could be at play behind a noticeable difference in sex drive.

Furthermore, shutting down the ovulation process stops the testosterone spikes that occur during a woman’s monthly cycle, which have been linked to feelings of sexual desire.

If you often felt extra-sexy around ovulation time before starting birth control, you might notice a change after the hormone regulation that goes along with it.

Vaginal Wetness

Some women on low-dose birth control can experience increased vaginal dryness, which can in turn lead to pain during intercourse and a reduced desire for sex. Commercially available lubrication gels can easily solve this issue.

Before stopping your birth control, always consult a doctor and remember that libido is very hard to measure because of its subjectivity. In addition, there are many factors in the human body and mind that can affect one’s libido and appetite for sex, completely independent of anything related to a birth control regimen. If you find that your libido has taken a nose dive, you might want to consider some of the possible factors, like any antidepressant medicines, stress, and anxiety.

Your doctor can recommend an alternative birth control method which might have a lesser affect on your libido. The various drugs out there can differ quite a bit. Yaz and Yasmin contain drospirenone, which has a strong effect on testosterone, while pills like Lybrel and Lutera contain levonorgestrel, which mimics testosterone and might have less of an effect. Changing medicines in a trial & error manner could solve your problem and still keep you out of pregnancy’s way.

4 Tricks to Avoid Belly Bloat

Most women can attest that sometimes, even if we’ve been really good, our stomach can feel and look bloated. A lot of women resort to fad cleanse and detox regimens that promise to de-bloat your tum – but at what cost?! Instead of putting yourself through dangerous and grueling hoops, there are a few tricks that you can use to avoid bloating:

1. Mindfulness

Try to focus on eating while you’re doing it. Avoid eating while watching TV or having a conversation. Instead, focus on the act of eating, making sure to chew each bite you take very well – smaller pieces of food in the stomach means less exertion and bloating.

2.Hot/Cold

On days you’d like to avoid a bloated belly, stay away from foods that are either extremely hot or cold. Foods at extreme temperatures cause us to chew less.

3. Chew

This bears repeating: chew your food very well, as much as possible. The less stress you put on your stomach during digestion, the less bloating you’ll feel and see.

4. Keep it small

Often when people eat while distracted, they wind up taking massive bites of food. This leads to swallowing before it’s chewed well. Part of a new focus on food should involve consciously taking smaller bites.

How to get a perfect butt just in time for summer (exact plan!)

Spring is almost over…and summer is just around the corner. Is your body summer proof? Meaning—do you feel confident right now rocking your summertime bikini or low-cut summer shorts? If you don’t feel confident…

…I have a fast, and effective solution for you so you can feel 100% ready for those teeny bikinis and short shorts.

I want to introduce you to someone.

andreaMy friend Andrea Albright has been recognized as “America’s Butt Coach” (this is her on the cover of health & fitness)

She is the expert in body sculpting—especially when it comes to getting the perfect booty.

She has helped thousands of women summer-proof their bodies and stay fit all year long with her short workouts designed to sculpt and tone a woman’s body FAST.

And FAST is IMPORTANT, since summer is almost here!!

In fact, Andrea has a free video lesson on exactly how to build a perfect butt in record time—click here to watch it!

It’s worth every minute of your time—I promise!

Some of the things you will learn about in her free “build-a-butt” video workshop include:

  • Why toning your legs and butt is more important than working out the rest of your body when it comes to long lasting fat loss.
  • Why women store so much fat on their butts, hips, and thighs.
  • 3 simple steps to a better butt (you won’t believe how easy they are!).
  • How to activate an enzyme in your body called a “Slimzyme,” which literally gobbles up fat from your tummy, legs, thighs, and butt!

So if you are looking for a fast way to get a bikini body before summer time—without pills, starvation diets or insane hour-and-a-half workout sessions—then you NEED to watch Andrea’s free video presentation.

Click here to watch her informative, 100% complimentary video lesson

Trust me…. Andrea’s system will blow you away with how smart, easy, and fun it is.

Don’t miss out on the summer body you have been dreaming of.

Get it right now with Andrea’s help!

To your ideal summertime body!

Celebrity Cellulite: The Photos to Prove it!

Celebrities are real people. Not only do they deal with the stresses of everyday life, the most famous actresses, models and singers also have unsightly cellulite. Below are the photos, collected from around the Internet, to prove it!

However, if you run into one of these ladies on the beach this summer, you might wonder what happened to the cellulite you saw in the photos. That’s because most of these women have their cellulite removed or reduced. Fighting cellulite isn’t easy: it requires persistence, healthy choices and excellent products. While surgery is an option, most celebrity women prefer noninvasive methods: Kim Kardashian, Kate Hudson and Madonna have all used cellulite cream, while Jennifer Lopez does special anti-cellulite exercises.

Just like these celebrities, you will be able to find the perfect balance of diet, exercise and beauty products that best eliminates your unattractive cellulite. Just remember – you can do it.

Celebrity cellulite evidence photos:

alessandra-ambrosio-cellulite1. Alessandra Ambrosio

Even sexy, Brazilian Victoria’s Secret models struggle with cellulite

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2. Alicia Keys

 

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3. Ashlee Simpson

The singer – and sister of Jessica Simpson – suffers from cellulite on her thighs.

 

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4. Beyonce

This woman of many talents seems to have it all: the voice, the moves, the money, the fame, and even the cellulite on her legs.

 

blake-lively5. Blake Lively

 

britney-spears6. Britney Spears

Britney’s career and personal life have known some rough times, and she’s got the cellulite to prove it.

cameron-diaz7. Cameron Diaz

 

christina-aguilera8. Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera struggled with extreme weight gain a few years ago. While she has slimmed back down significantly, she still has cellulite.

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10. Courtney Cox

 

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11. Donatella Versace

This diva of the fashion world is well known for her “way-too-skinny” look, but still has cellulite.

 

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12. Eva Longoria

 

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13. Felicity Huffman

hayden-panettiere14. Hayden Panettiere

 

jlo-fatty15. JLo

 

kate-moss16. Kate Moss

 

kim-kardashian-cellulite-1617. Kim Kardashian 

 

lady-gaga-is-star-with-cellulite18. Lady Gaga

The super-famous entertainer – known for her wacky outfits and weird behavior – is pretty normal when it comes to cellulite.

 

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Work It! Five Fitness Tips That Will Change Your Body and Your Life

No one has a perfect fitness routine down. There are always a few things that you could be doing differently to make sure you’re getting the most out of your body and your life. With a few tweaks, you could not only be healthier, but happier too.

  1. Ditch the Gym

Gym work outs are good but they’re not the only way to get your body into shape. Try going outside instead. Running, biking, swimming, hiking, rock climbing, power walking—no matter what you decide to do, it will feel like less of a routine chore than going to the gym again.

  1. Be Alarmed

Set alarms that go off every forty five minutes during your workday. When each alarm goes off, get up and do a few exercises. It will make your day pass faster because you won’t feel like you haven’t moved from your seat all day, and the extra energy you get from working out will power you through your day. It doesn’t matter how strenuous the exercise, just getting away from the screen helps. It may even help to have your screen saver kick in along with the alarm.

  1. Snack Hack

Make your own snacks instead of buying stuff to munch on at the store. If you put a little effort into it, you can replicate anything that you find packaged on the supermarket shelf. Making things at home ensures that your snacks have less junk content in them—you know everything that went into them because you put it there. Granola, muesli, chocolate covered raisins, even a guilty pleasure like potato chips can all easily be made at home.

  1. Right on Time

Who says there’s a right time of the day to work out? When you feel like doing it, what works best for your schedule, is more important than how “normal” it seems. Feel like doing your exercises at home right before you go to bed? Go for it. Want to take your lunch hour to run over to the gym before everyone gets there after work? It’s all you. What’s important is that you don’t make the same mistake as the next item on this list.

  1. Don’t Schedule the Impossible

Maybe you think scheduling your fitness time for a part of your day when you usually don’t feel like doing anything will change your habits, but the odds are that you’re setting yourself up for failure. If you aren’t able to get out of bed before 7:00 am, don’t expect to make it to that 6:00 yoga class. The more realistically you schedule workouts, the more likely it is you’ll stick to them.

Instagram Again Refuses to Free the Nipple

After recent public outcry from women’s rights activists, social media platform Instagram updated its community guidelines on Thursday, using clearer, more specific language regarding what kinds of images are allowed on the application.

Until now, Instagram’s guidelines were slightly vague, using language like “keep your clothes on,” and “be respectful.” The new guidelines read as such:

“We know that there are times when people might want to share nude images that are artistic or creative in nature, but for a variety of reasons, we don’t allow nudity on Instagram. This includes photos, videos, and some digitally-created content that show sexual intercourse, genitals, and close-ups of fully-nude buttocks. It also includes some photos of female nipples, but photos of post-mastectomy scarring and women actively breastfeeding are allowed. Nudity in photos of paintings and sculptures is OK, too.”

And on the subject of harassment:

“We want to foster a positive, diverse community. We remove content that contains credible threats or hate speech, content that targets private individuals to degrade or shame them, personal information meant to blackmail or harass someone, and repeated unwanted messages.”

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These clarified guidelines seem to come in the wake of a series of feminist critiques of the site’s seemingly doubt-standard: acceptance of partial male nudity but not similar images of women, as well as its practice of removing images depicting women breastfeeding, without express nudity.

Instagram did not address these critiques directly. However, Nicky Jackson Colaco, Instagram’s director of public policy, rhetorically questioned the Wall Street Journal, “How do we establish a baseline around nudity when you have hundreds of millions of users? We need to create a standard that most people can live by.”

The Truth About Dry Shampoo: Dandruff, Pimples and Cysts

The Truth About Dry Shampoo: Dandruff, Pimples and Cysts

d1e6790d1ac3cb5e53fe68fc210d2b58Lots of women rely on dry shampoo to take care of their hair on what would otherwise be a definite “bad hair day.” Hair that’s due for a shower can usually rely on dry shampoo to add volume, soak up grease and freshen a look. Apparently, it works so well that women have become a little too dependent on the product. Hair experts, in response, have decided to speak up about the possibly unwanted side effects of over-using dry shampoo.

Among the more benign side effects that “a shower in a bottle” can cause is dandruff. The unsightly flakes of dead skin can be a result of  shampoo’s drying effect – it is, after all, specifically designed to grab moisture away from the scalp. It has the opposite effect of moistening the skin of your scalp, which is what we should all, ideally, be doing.

Aside from leaving hair looking dusty, excessive use of dry shampoo can cause blocked pores in the scalp’s skin, much as poor-quality makeup could do to one’s face. These blocked pores could then lead to pimples or even cysts, in the worst cases.

Hair care experts and stylists recommend using a “less is more” approach when it comes to dry shampoo on day-old hair: no more than twice a week. Make sure to also wash your hair thoroughly between uses, to avoid the clogged pores the product can cause. Furthermore, try and find better quality products with safer ingredients; avoid those with too much perfume or powder.

“Six-Pack Mom” Still Looking Good (In Case You Wished Her)

Battling all her scores of haters, the “six pack” mom, who over the past nine months shocked the internet with instantly-viral photos of her ridiculously fit and slightly disturbing pregnant body, is still at it.

Sarah Stage, a previously unknown model, recently gave birth to her son, James, and is filling her social media with photos of him…and her still-lean stomach, just in case you forgot what it looked like.

Here are mom and baby:
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What do you find cuter: baby James or mommy’s six pack?

Stage captioned one photo with, “Being a new mommy has been amazing!”

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What is Cellulite and How Do I Deal With it?

Perhaps the most important thing that any woman can (and should) know about cellulite is that, despite many messages disseminated by low-quality media and popular culture, cellulite is a completely natural and normal phenomenon. It’s part of a natural process that happens in most women’s bodies and not neither “disgusting” nor a reason to hate the way you look.

We at Women’s Life Today realized that a lot women have questions about cellulite: what exactly it is, why it happens, and how to deal with it. These women deserve to have honest, unbiased information about their bodies and to then be able to use that information for whatever purpose they choose, including reducing the visibility of cellulite. We totally encourage giving women the tools to make their own educated decisions about their bodies, free of shame or judgment.

Similarly, we hope that women will always treat their bodies with wisdom and respect, avoiding dangerous gimmicks and behavior – it’s the only one we will ever get, and it is perfect. The best advice we can give you is to learn to love your body the way nature intended it to be and treat it with the respect every creation in nature deserves.

Cellulite is a skin condition that affects around of 90% of women worldwide, no matter their shape, size, weight, genetics, etc.

As a result of today’s popular culture bombarding us with images of “beautiful” women that seem to never include the appearance of cellulite, some women have become so conscious and ashamed of their cellulite that they have stopped wearing shorts or a bathing suit.

What Is Cellulite?
Cellulite is a skin condition which results from several changes in your skin’s normal makeup, combined with problematic blood circulation and fat cells that have undergone a transformation.

While there is no easy cure for cellulite, there are ways to reduce its appearance.

There are many misconceptions out there about cellulite. Lots of people believe that it’s a byproduct of getting older, when actually, even babies have cellulite! In addition, cellulite is not necessarily the result of “bad” diet or lifestyle; women, because of hormones, genetics and body structure often have cellulite starting at a young age or even birth.

The Sciencey bit
The normal development of healthy fat tissue begins when a fetus is in the womb and continues until a child’s 18th month, commencing anew at puberty. People who consume high-fat foods, however, could potentially be in a constant state of additional (already existing) fat cell growth and (new fat cell) creation.

The fat tissue below the outer surface of the skin actually comprises two separate layers: the external or “areolar” layer, which is made up of round, large fat (adipocytes). In this layer lie many fragile blood vessels that feed the fat cells. The second, deeper layer of fat is the “lamellar” layer, where cells are arranged in a different layout.

When a person gains weight, the lamellar layer increases in thickness, as its fat cells increase in size and pass, simultaneously pressing on the outer areolar layer – making it more physically and visually pronounced. With time, the  areolar layer also grows and gives the skin a “lumpy” appearance (1).

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It’s All About Hormones
Puberty marks the real beginning of the battle with leg cellulite. The appearance of the femoral region of the leg (upper thigh) is deeply affected by a woman’s particular hormonal profile.

The hormone estrogen often causes fat cells in the thigh region to convert into “anti-lipolytic alpha receptors,” and stimulates the release of  the enzyme “lipoprotein lipase” into the bloodstream, which causes fat growth. The physical signs of all these complex biological processes, in the form of cellulite, become apparent on the buttocks and abdomen but mostly on the back of the legs.

The hormone prolactin, responsible for regulating breast milk, can also increase the occurrence of cellulite since it causes water retention on fatty tissues, making individual fat cells look larger and lumpier.

Insulin, the well-known hormone that regulates sugar levels in our blood, is also a key player in the appearance of cellulite. Insulin is released into your bloodstream when you eat anything rich in carbohydrates, and ushers the carbs (as glucose) towards muscle tissue to be burned as energy or stored for later use. However, if a woman eats an excess of carb-rich foods or does not live an active lifestyle, insulin often directs carbohydrates to fat cells (instead of muscle cells) to be turned into fatty acids and stored as triglycerides. This process (lipogenesis) is what makes fat cells in the lamellar layer bigger, and instigates a domino effect that makes areolar layer fat look more pronounced.

So, one of the first steps to combating cellulite is to adopt a diet that allows for a lowering of insulin levels. Specific cellulite busting exercises also have an insulin-lowering effect.

Cellulite creams
Lots of creams, advertised on television and in department stores, make big promises about diminishing the appearance of cellulite. These products often prey on women’s sensitivity to the issue and willingness to pay any price for the elimination of cellulite. The bad news is that there are most likely no products in the market today that will make any significant difference – especially in comparison with the effectiveness of an improved diet and exercise.

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Tips for an anti-cellulite lifestyle
Cellulite is the result of both genetics and the environment. While we cannot change our genetics, or make cellulite totally disappear, one can fight it by harnessing the two factors that are within our control: diet and exercise.

The best and most effective thing you can do to reduce cellulite is get up out of your chair and start sweating! Exercise lowers insulin levels in the body and starts muscle tissue burning carbs and fats, aside from its general and wide-ranging benefits to one’s health. While even the activities of daily life (walking, gardening, cleaning) that burn energy will help reduce insulin levels, a daily or weekly regimen of exercise will only multiply the results.

A sedentary lifestyle, without regular physical activity, hampers the blood flow to your thighs , thus contributing to the development of cellulite. Increasing blood flow to the thigh area is as simple as being more active for more time, every day. Start combating cellulite today by simply finding more opportunities in your daily life to be more active. For example, if your job has you sitting at a desk all day, make it a goal to start taking short breaks during the workday to walk around.

Exercise regimen
cellulitersThere is no match for serious, goal-oriented exercise. Increasing the body’s muscle mass increases one’s metabolism and creates a situation where more fat and carbs are being burned for energy around the clock. Increased muscle tissue will simply steal space from fatty tissue.

The best type of workouts you can start using for cellulite reduction are full-body training sessions, targeting both the upper and lower body in one workout. This will increase blood flow throughout the whole body, and increase the ratio of fat it burns for energy. You would be wise to favor this type of workout over a traditional cardio-only approach (treadmill/stairs/elliptical).

Strength training that activates all muscle tissues should incorporate a range of repetitions, sets and weights (amount of weight used). The more you vary the regions of your body that you train, the more results you’ll see because of an increased metabolic effect.

There is an anti-cellulite program by Joey Atlas that shows exactly which exercises are most effective at combating cellulite. We have received generally positive feedback for this from our readers and can therefore recommend it. Click here to find out more, or watch the video below to get an idea what this is about:

Give Your Diet a Makeover
The second tool in your fight against cellulite is your nutrition. Quite simply, anyone interested in reducing cellulite must reduce the amounts of simple carbs, sodium, alcohol, and manufactured fats they consume.

While carbs actually activate insulin (bad for cellulite) – not all carbs are created equal. “Simple” carbs from refined sugar, those in desserts and candy, as well as fruit-based carbs are burned during exercise, but at rest become problematic. If you consume some simple carbs after a workout session, they will be well-used by muscle tissue re-building. However, at other times, these kinds of carbs can be easily stored as fat. So, one must control the levels of simple carbs consumed.

On the other hand, high-fiber carbs from green and colorful vegetables, or “complex” carbohydrates produce minimal insulin in the bloodstream and keep your body’s waste elimination system regular, improving blood flow. Some starchy vegetables (sweet potato, squash and peas) produce a bit more insulin, but remain valuable because of their fiber content.

Your new anti-cellulite diet should also exclude high-sodium foods. Sodium, usually eaten as salt, causes the body to retain water and worsens the appearance of cellulite. Start being conscious of the amount of salt and sodium in the canned, packaged and prepared foods you buy at the supermarket.

Alcohol is equally damaging to an anti-cellulite regimen. Alcohol in the body acts like insulin, causing the storage and creation of fat, instead of burning it for energy. Eliminate alcohol from your diet as much as possible in order to combat cellulite.

Perhaps the most obvious enemy of cellulite-free thighs are fatty foods. More specifically, foods with manufactured fats, including most commercial products. The body mainly stores processed fats instead of utilizing them. They do no good for the body, causing inflammation, water-retention and added fatty tissue.

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Here is your checklist for a cellulite-fighting diet plan:
– Lots of protein, animal or vegetable sources (not containing high amounts of sodium or sugar)
– Green and colorful vegetables, beans and whole grains – a source of healthy “complex” carbohydrates, fiber, antioxidants, and B-vitamins
– Natural fats, as found in avocados, nuts, egg yolks, fish, fish oil and olive oil

(There is a good diet program called the Venus Factor that fights cellulite and is especially geared towards women. Click here to find out more about this.)

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Avoid gimmicks
Instead of wasting your time, money and hopes on commercial products that claim to cosmetically deal with cellulite, you’d be wiser to focus on natural methods that will also improve your overall health. Any honest, trustworthy source will admit that there is simply no magical solution to make cellulite disappear.

What each one of us can do to try and mitigate the situation is eat better and move our bodies more! More importantly, learn to accept your body for all of its amazing individuality – the way nature, not Hollywood, created it.

References

1. Rossi, Ana Beatris R; Vergnanini, Andre Luiz (2000). “Cellulite: A review”. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology 14 (4): 251–62.

Revolutionary Jewelry Makes Your Perfume Last For 7 Days

A women who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.” – Coco Chanel

OK maybe Coco took that one a bit far, but it’s obvious that the effect of pleasant fragrances increases a woman’s overall well-being.

Studies reveal that 90% of women (from teenagers to seniors) feel more confident when wearing fragrance than without. Therefore wearing a fragrance you like will make you feel better about yourself, which will consequently make you more attractive to others.

Humans have been making perfume for thousands of years (the world’s first recorded chemist is a perfume maker from the 2nd millennium BCE in Mesopotamia), but it seems that the technology of wearing perfume hasn’t changed in a very long time.

Until now that is.

The latest revolution in the wearing of perfume actually comes from the world of jewelry. A new company called Scento has designed stylish jewelry which you can spray with your own favorite perfume!

Their slow release technology makes the scent last an incredible 7 days, which means you will be saving a lot of cash on your expensive perfume.

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And you don’t have to be stuck with one scent either. To change the perfume on your Scento jewelry, all you need to do is simply wash it, let it dry and spray on a new perfume of your choice.

Scento’s 18ct. gold plated jewelry also makes it possible for people who suffer from skin irritations or skin discoloration caused by direct sun and perfume interaction to enjoy the luxurious effect of perfume without irritating or harming their skin.

Age Eraser System Claims To Reverse Aging and Get Rid of Wrinkles

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The Age Eraser System was created by Dr. David Struthers, a licensed dermatologist with over three decades of professional experience. It is a comprehensive guide that will teach you simple and painless techniques for reversing the ugly effects of aging and how to feel younger in just a few weeks without the help of expensive medical procedures.

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The system focuses on three topics that are well known in the medical community:

  • Establishing efficient blood circulation in the facial tissues for a more refreshed feeling.
  • Loosening rigid muscles, which are said to be the main culprits behind wrinkles.
  • Removal of toxic substances from the body by treating underlying conditions that cause skin inflammation.

wd_may_coverThe program will show you how to lessen the effects of aging, including the elimination of wrinkles in just two weeks by utilizing little-known Chinese facial massage methods using several useful videos showing the proper ways to massage the different areas of your face.

You probably know that most conventional treatments, like plastic surgery and Botox, offer short-term results only, and also cost a hefty sum of money. What is worse, they could cause minor to major adverse effects.

Relatively Fast Results

From our online research, it seems that the average waiting time to see noticeable results when following the Age Eraser program is around fourteen days. Of course, this could vary for each person, but based on feedback we have found from women using this system, it seems that it does exactly what it says on the tin, which is giving you younger-looking skin and better overall health.

Covered By A 60-Day Money-Back Guarantee

Dr. David Struthers says he is willing to give you back your money if the Age Eraser program fails to deliver its promised results. In other words, you can try out the Age Eraser program for sixty days or less without any risk…

ozskinThe thing we really like about Age Eraser is that it doesn’t involve any invasive procedures, different drugs or topical creams, but instead focuses on all-natural methods which are safe to use and easy to follow.

Visit This Page For More Information About The Age Eraser Program And The Primary Topics That Dr. David Struthers Covers Inside!

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Stop Getting Upstaged and Find Out How to Sing Better

You’ve been practicing and practicing and now it’s your big chance: you’re auditioning for the new musical. But when the singer in line right in front of you gets called and steps up to the mic you suddenly know you’re not going to get the part. You can hear it in her voice right away: perfect pitch, perfect control, perfect range.

The above situation may not have happened to you exactly. Maybe you’re lucky and it hasn’t happened to you yet. Or worse, maybe it happened in front of a whole audience: she had them standing in their seats but you only got polite claps. However you started to doubt your abilities, it doesn’t mean that you should stop singing. All it means is that you need to find a way to sing better.

We checked out the new singing program called Superior Singing Method. Created by master vocal instructor Aaron Anastasi, Superior Singing Method says that if you have the talent, all you need is the right training to break through and start singing like a professional recording artist.

Superior Singing Method has one goal: getting your voice to have that triple threat of perfect pitch, control and amazing range. There is a lot to the program so we can only cover the basics in this review. Unlike most vocal instruction Superior Singing Method doesn’t begin and end with vocal exercises. You get the vocal exercises but you also get step-by-step instructional videos that show you proven techniques that have turned thousands of okay singers into amazing singers.

Part of the method is learning how to target the individual muscle groups that control the different parts of your voice. It’s the kind of training that professional singers and recording artists use all the time—at least, the ones who aren’t cheating with Auto-Tune. It’s all part of what Superior Singing Method calls the 360° Vocal Training Method.

We like that Superior Singing Method gives you a lot more flexibility than private singing lessons. Private lessons cost a lot and they can’t adjust to your schedule. If you’re a student or a busy with a day job, you may not always be able to make it to a class. Not every teacher will be willing to reschedule. That’s why private lessons mean less time singing, and a lot less money.

Superior Singing Method is always ready to teach because it’s all on your computer. Superior Singing Method has 8 vocal-chord boosting modules with over 50 videos that walk you through the whole process, and 31 vocal exercise audio tracks that lay it down for you. Plus, if you change your mind, you get a huge 90-day money-back guarantee.

Overall, we liked Superior Singing Method a lot. It’s ready when you want it, and it won’t cost you much. You can learn how to sing better. Hitting every note with expert precision and control is possible. Get the applause you want and start singing with Superior Singing Method.

The Morning Routines of 8 Women Leaders

We thrive from the consistency and efficiency of routines; they reduce our deliberation and in turn, our stress. So it is no wonder that these 12 extraordinary women adhere to strict ones.

Each of these women is at the top of her industry. On average she wakes up at 6:03 am, she prioritizes breakfast, and dedicates much of the morning to getting her kids up and out. Two of the women here are childless so their wake up times are significantly later. And then there are the empty nesters who tend to wake early as a remnant of the kid years.

While each of their approaches differs, these successful women all view their daily routines in small increments to keep them on track and thriving. Whether it’s the designer, the doctor, or the CFO, their morning rituals are a vital ingredient in their secret sauce.

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1. Stacey Bendet, The Designer

4:45 –  Wake up and have a bowl of quinoa cereal. I do an hour or so of 3rd or 4th series ashtanga yoga.

6:00 –  My little ladies wake up and I make their breakfast—green milk (almond milk with coconut water, banana and steamed baby spinach) and either whole wheat French toast or pancakes. I usually run downstairs to get dressed while they eat and then I get them dressed and do their hair.

8:00 –  We leave the house and I drop them off at school on my way to work.

8:45  –  I’m at the office. I spend the first hour by myself working on design ideas for the day.

Stacey Bendet is the CEO and Creative Director of Alice and Olivia.

 

2. Leslie Hale, The CFO

6:30  – Wake up and express in prayer how thankful I am to have woken up that day because someone went to sleep that night and didn’t wake up.

6:35  – Mentally walk through my priorities for the day. (family priorities, then work)

6:45  –  Head down to the home gym for a workout and watch Squawk Box.

7:15  –  Wake the kids and give/get lots of kisses and talk to them about what they are going to do that day.

7:30  –  Get dressed while continuing to watch Squawk Box.

8:15  –  Head to the office and listen to local news on the radio.

8:30  –  Skim the newspaper (WSJ).

8:45  –  Send at least two networking notes, a follow up note or a new connection note.

9:00  –  Write down the priorities for the day. I have to get all the mental notes that have been piling up in my mind since I woke up on paper before I forget.

9:30 –  Start working on that list.

Leslie Hale is the CFO and Executive Vice President of RLJ Lodging Trust

 

3. Nell Scovell, TV Writer

6:43  –  Alarm goes off. No snooze. Pull on John Eshaya sweatpants and clogs.

6:50  – Make coffee (fair trade); microwave Zen Bakery muffin (vegan) First breakfast.

6:55-7:15  – Check email, Facebook, TalkingPointsMemo, Jezebel while consuming coffee and muffin.

7:15  –  Computer closed.

7:15-7:45    Make breakfast for family. When producing or directing, I rarely made it home in time to cook dinner so I shifted the focus to breakfast. I make buttermilk pancakes, eggs in a frame, and for over a decade, we have Crepes Thursday. I make the batter the night before (so the flour absorbs the liquid) and then customize for each family member with fresh-toasted pecans, nutella, marshmallows, and bananas.

7:45  –  Kids are out the door with husband. Clean dishes and pans.

7:50  – Back on computer for a little more email and news consumption.

8:15- 9:15  – Lifecycle workout (four days a week—other three days are yoga in the afternoon.) I try to only watch TV while exercising and use the hour to catch up on my favorites: Last Week Tonight, The Daily Show, Brooklyn Nine Nine, Orange is the New Black, Broad City and Nashville.

9:15-9:30  – Shower, dress, skip the blow dry (too time consuming and hair dries quickly in Southern California.)

9:30  –  Write, write, write. I’m not on staff at a TV show right now so my work is freelance. My husband calls me an “itinerant worker” because I like to move around, writing in various cafes. Second breakfast. Yes, I’m a Hobbit.

Nell Scovell is a TV, magazine and film writer. She is currently working on the film adaptation of Lean In.

 

4. Sally Susman, The Pharma Executive

5:44  – My internal clock, without fail, always wakes me 60 seconds before iPhone alarm goes off.

6:00  – Check emails and on-line news feeds for any breaking news/issues.

6:10  –  Shower and dress.

6:20  – Drink a quick cup of coffee in my kitchen and spend a few minutes writing…a snippet of a dream, a bit of fiction or a journal entry.

6:45  – Peruse hard copy of newspapers (WSJ, NYT, FT, NY Post)

7:00  – Leave for office – brisk walk for exercise in good weather and take taxi in bad weather.

7:15  – Grab more coffee at the shop beside the office… oatmeal if I feel virtuous and egg burrito if feeling otherwise

7:20  – Arrive at my desk…call head of media

7:30  – Pull out a legal pad and create a list of the things I want to accomplish that day.

7:45  – Dig into the mountain of email.

8:00  –  Begin the day’s meetings with any number of external stakeholders, Corporate Affairs team members or Pfizer colleagues.

Sally Susman is Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs for Pfizer

 

5. Shama Hyder, The Social Media Guru

Since I travel internationally for speaking engagements, every day looks a little different. However, when I am in Dallas, this is what my schedule looks like.

7:30  – Wake up. I’ll be the first to admit that I am not a morning person. I don’t wake up at 5 am. However, I do focus on making my waking hours productive. I check email and respond to any immediate issues which need addressing.

8:30  – Breakfast. I never skip breakfast because chances are with client meetings and shooting in the studio, I often end up skipping lunch.

9:00  – Team meeting with my employees where we touch base and brainstorm client strategies. The digital ecosystem moves so fast that every morning our first question is always, “What changed while we were sleeping and how can we best utilize it for our clients?

Shama Hyder is the CEO of The Marketing Zen Group

 

6. Noel Bailey Merz, The Doctor

5:40  – Out of bed, a hold-over from driving kids to 6am workouts and never changed the habit.

5:45  – Exercise and shower

6:30  – Breakfast with husband

7:15  – Drive to medical center, 30-45 minutes depending on traffic. Frequent conference call with hands-free in the car. Otherwise listen to NPR (Three stations in the LA area so I can avoid fundraising drives as an annual subscriber.)

C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, FACC, FAHA is the Director, Preventive Cardiac Center, Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute.

 

7. Keri Glassman, The Nutritionist

5:45-6:00 – Alarm goes off. I am usually very fast to get up and out. Go to kitchen and pour myself large glass of water and add a lemon wedge. Take my supplements. Turn coffee pot on – on a good morning I already put the coffee in the night before.

Go to the computer and usually edit one or two items. I do my best thinking in the morning so I save these for the early morning. Then I move on to the kids scheduling. Did I respond to so and so’s mom that yes Maizy could play that day, did I make sure to tell the soccer coach that Rex had a dentist appointment?

6:45  – I pour my coffee and make breakfast and then sit by myself in my living room. Sometimes with the Post or WSJ, sometimes the news, sometimes my iPhone. Breakfast could be a smoothie or ezekial toast with cashew butter, or oatmeal with chia seeds and almond butter.

7:00  – Two sets of push ups and then I am in the shower fast.

7:15  – I wake the kids up. While kids are getting dressed (wooohooo this is done on their own now!) I make their breakfast and lunch. I am down to making one lunch so it goes faster.

8:05  – We walk to school to drop Maizy, then I walk Rex to the bus.

8:15  – I say, “Aaahhhh” and then the rest of the day begins.

Keri Glassman is the founder and president of Keri Glassman, Nutritious Life.

 

8. Audrey Puente, The Meteorologist

6:25  – Radio alarm goes off

6:30  – Check emails, social media, & weather websites and post forecast

6:45  – 4 year old climbs into my bed to cuddle

6:50  – Wash up & get dressed

7:00  – Wake up 7 year old & cuddle for 5 minutes

7:05  – Wake up 9 year old & chat for 5 minutes

7:10  – Start making breakfast

7:15  – Tell all 3 kids to get out of bed and get dressed

7:20  – Tell all 3 kids to get out of bed and dressed

7:30  – Make school lunches, serve breakfast & brush everyone’s hair.

7:45  – Pack lunches in backpacks and tell everyone to brush teeth & put shoes on.

7:50  – Tell everyone to brush teeth & put shoes on.

7:55  – Tell everyone to brush teeth & put shoes on, make myself a protein shake.

8:00  – Everyone out the door to walk to parking garage

8:20  – Drop off 9 year old daughter

8:30  – Drop off 7 year old son

8:40  – Drop off 4 year old daughter

8:50  – Arrive home, clean up morning mess, check emails, social media, & weather websites

9:15  – Shower & get ready for work

10:20  – Leave to work at FOX 5

11:00  – Start reporting day at FOX 5

Audrey Puente is a meteorologist at Fox New York.

 

This article was originally published in Forbes.

Business Women: How To Be Productive And Still Have A Fun Weekend

We’d all like to have relaxing weekends, full of leisurely meals and visits with friends. And of course, taking time to recharge is good for us. But most entrepreneurs and business women — who have busy lives, pressing obligations and a desire to grow their businesses — simply don’t have time to check out for 48 straight hours each week. Here’s how to have fun, get refreshed and also be productive during the weekend.

Get your personal priorities straight.

It’s easy to let time slip away on the weekends. The volume of emails slows to a trickle; the phone isn’t ringing. It seems like you have all the time in the world to watch that movie you wanted or window shop. But we have to manage our leisure time the same way we shepherd our weekdays. What’s most important? If you love Grey’s Anatomy and desperately want to watch another season, that’s a great use of your time. But if you haven’t made a plan and flick on the show because there’s nothing better to do, it’s a missed opportunity. Instead, map out your weekend several days in advance. Where do you want to invest your time? If you haven’t seen your friends in a while, perhaps you should use those free hours to invite them for an afternoon cookout or go for a jog. If you need to reconnect with your partner, make dinner reservations and surprise him or her with an evening out. If you’ve been deliberate, when Monday morning rolls around, you’ll feel a lot better about what you’ve accomplished in your personal life.

Be clear on your professional goals.

Successful professionals often work seven days a week — partly because they love what they do and partly because that’s the time they need to invest to become great. (Stephen King, for instance, has discussed how he writes each and every morning.) Your family won’t be pleased if you treat the weekends as just another work day, plugging away at your laptop for 10 or 12 hours. But you can usually make time for a couple of key projects while others are occupied. Identify in advance what success will look like and when you can feel justified closing your computer and enjoying the rest of the day.

Even while he was working full-time as a corporate CEO, the well-known blogger Michael Hyatt would set aside time each Saturday morning to write three blog posts, creating his output for the week. What’s your metric for success this weekend? Maybe it’s completing an important proposal, reconciling your bank accounts or sending out invoices. Get clear on your top priorities, estimate as realistically as possible how much time they’ll take and then carve that out on your schedule.

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Go for the “four-way win.”

In his new book Leading the Life You Want, Wharton School professor Stew Friedman identifies four key spheres of life: family, work, friends and community and health (mental and spiritual). He advises professionals to look for a “four-way win,” which is the quest for activities that help fulfill us on multiple levels (even if we can’t reach all four simultaneously). We only have so much time in the day, and we can’t do it all. But if we combine activities, we can fit more in. Want to work out? Invite your husband or boyfriend to join you. Need to attend an event for the charity you support? Try to get your friends involved, so you can maximize the impact and socialize with them, too. Getting creative about blending these aspects of your life can help ensure you have more time to spend on the things you care about.

Successful professionals don’t have the luxury of wasting time – even “leisure time” on weekends. If you’re strategic about how you invest, you’ll feel great every Sunday evening as you get ready for the week ahead.

This article was originally published in Entrepreneur.

Why Women Are More Effective Team Members At Work

According to a new study, the more women that your workplace has, the better your whole team will perform.

What makes a women-dominated workforce much more capable? was more important than women make groups work better because they are better at gauging how to navigate the social interactions between members of the group.

The research points out that women exhibit higher levels of “social sensitivity.” This quality turns out to be more valuable than just having smart people on a team, or if the team works well together. The most highly performing groups in the study all had women in them who were able to tell what the other people on the team were thinking by using those feminine traits like intuition, care, and sensitivity.

Basically, what these findings mean is that the very traits that many men have claimed hold women back in the workplace are actually the things that make women more indispensable for a company.

This level of awareness is so powerful that women team members are able to know what other people on the team were thinking. In short, these female dominated teams achieved an almost psychic level of cohesion that allowed them to produce more impressive results than any of the other teams in the study. The researchers call this phenomenon a “collective intelligence” and they stressed that it was more important than how smart the individual members of the team actually were.

The study, performed by scientists at MIT and published in Science, included almost seven hundred people who worked in separate groups of up to five people each. The teams with the most women were the most productive, even outperforming teams that had gender parity.

So how can women take advantage of this situation? There are two big takeaways. One is making sure to build teams of women. If you are in a leadership position at work one of the easiest ways to assure that you get good results from the team you are working with is to make sure that it is dominated by women. Not just one woman, not half women, but mostly women. And for even more focused results, if you have a task at work that requires a careful attention to how people react to one another, give that job to a female team.

The other takeaway is that women should take advantage of their heightened social sensitivity for years. Not surprisingly, they have been. Some fields that have traditionally been dominated by women—jobs like human resources, healthcare, customer service, education, and child care—just happen to require more attentiveness to the feelings of others. That doesn’t mean women should stay put in those fields. Finding a way to apply this specifically feminine power of group awareness at work is a problem that all women in non-traditional job roles face day in and day out. If we put our heads together we should be able to figure something out.

Smell Great Everywhere You Go with FLO Atomizer

Wouldn’t it be great if you could always smell as if you had just put on your favorite fragrance? But how is it possible? Imagine taking your perfume bottle with you anywhere you go. Do you think the bottle would be easy to carry? Isn’t it heavy? What if it opened up and spilled inside your bag, or worse, what if it broke? Those bottles may be beautifully designed but that doesn’t make them practical to carry around with you.

These are exactly the reasons why women don’t bring their perfume bottles with them when they leave the house.

That’s exactly why there is the FLO Atomizer.

The FLO Atomizer lets you reapply your scent of choice whenever you want, wherever you are. It’s the same size as a tube of lipstick, which means it fits in any kind of bag you carry—you can even put it in a clutch or stick it in your pocket. Small, discreet and easy to use, the FLO Atomizer will make everyone wonder how you wind up smelling so good all of the time.

The FLO Atomizer is the only universal atomizer available today. Its patented silicon mouth can be used with any type of fragrance bottle, whether it’s spray or pour. Each time you fill the FLO Atomizer it will last for as many as seventy-seven sprays. You never have to take the device apart: The glass receptacle makes it easy to clean out and re-use. And unlike other atomizers that use plastic capsules, the FLO Atomizer doesn’t leak. And since the FLO Atomizer is carry-on approved, you never need to hesitate about whether or not you should bring it with you no matter where you have to travel. In fact, it’s especially designed for women who travel.

Adoram Leshem invented the FLO Universal Perfume Atomizer back in 2005. Since then, it’s become one of the most essential beauty accessories for any woman traveling or always on the move. That’s why it’s been on Sephora’s top ten accessories list for the last three years. Available in a wide variety of vibrant colors and styles, you can be as visually stunning as your favorite fragrance makes you smell.

The FLO Atomizer can be found in some of the best retailers in the world, including Bed Bath & Beyond, Sephora, Avon and the QVC channel, but as of today you can also buy your FLO Atomizer online by clicking here.

10 Weird International Airport Facts

When your next flight gets delayed take a good look at the airport around you, and you might notice one of these or another weird fact about your surroundings – lots of unusual stuff is going on behind-the-scenes!

 

 

1. Chicago’s O’Hare airport is the busiest in the world, based on number of passengers as well as takeoffs and landings. Outside of the US, Dubai holds the title.

2. The world’s tallest control tower overlooks Thailand’s New Bangkok International Airport from 434 feet in the sky.

3. Saudi Arabia’s King Fahd International Airport sits on 192,000 acres of land – the size of some small countries.

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4. In the Caribbean, the island of Saba has the world’s smallest official airport, with a runway only 1,299 feet long, too small for most commercial aircraft.

5. Airports that had two-letter abbreviations got an “X” added to their initials during the international standardization of airport codes, giving us airports like LAX.

6. Bored at the airport?  Hong Kong’s International Airport boasts a nine-hole golf course next to Terminal 2.

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7. Amsterdam is the home of Rembrandt’s legacy. Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport is the actual home of some very important Dutch Master paintings, in its annex of the Rijks.

8. Oddly, the Sao Paulo/Guarulhos airport is home to an in-house dentist, who offers travelers cleaning, whitening, and other services.

9. Need a dose of liquid courage to calm your fear of flying? In Nashville, it’s not a problem. The airport has a property-wide liquor license, which means that you can carry your cocktail all the way to the gate.

10. The Colorado Springs Airport features a “pot amnesty box” for travelers to dump their unused drugs before boarding – consequence free.

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Oxytocin and Why It’s Good For You

People refer to the hormone oxytocin as the “love hormone” because the body produces it in excess when we are cuddling, feeling loved, interacting with an animal or simply in close physical contact with another being. Our bodies produce oxytocin every day, every time you show compassion, feel empathy or hug your children or your dog. In fact, research shows that when people play with dogs, oxytocin levels shoot up in both the human and the dog.

Here is a list of the benefits of oxytocin in the blood:

1. Better outlook

In a scientific study, subjects rated other people as better-looking and more attractive after being given a dose of oxytocin, instead of a placebo.

2. Get what you give

Studies in the field of “neuroeconomics” (in which the brain is analyzed during financial situations and decisions) found that people making money-related choices, when influenced by a dose of oxytocin, became 80% more generous than those given a saline control dosage.

3. Trust

Participants in a trust game who were given an injection of oxytocin displayed higher instances of trust. Out of study participants given a saline placebo, 21% showed the maximal trust level, while 45% percent of oxytocin-influenced subjects showed the maximal trust level.

4. Better digestion

Aside from influencing mood, oxytocin also plays a big role in the digestive system. Research shows that depleted oxytocin levels slow down digestion. Oxytocin has even been linked with IBS.

5. Better healing

Oxytocin also has a job related to in ‘angiogenesis’, the growth or re-growth of blood vessels after an injury. Scientific research shows that it takes longer for a wound to heal when the body is under stress or in the midst of emotional conflict. This is most likely associated with a body’s oxytocin levels.

6. Heart health

Oxytocin is a cardioprotective hormone, which means that it supports the cardiovascular system by keeping blood vessels open and lowering blood pressure, as well acting as an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory.