Anti-Aging Skincare Review: MD Complete

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Anti-aging skin care products are some of the most widely sought after goods on the market today. With promises of cost-effective cosmetic results, some are a solid non-invasive alternative to more costly peels, injections and medical procedures often used for aging skin.

Amid the benefits some skin care products offer, there are also risks associated with the chemicals used in some of these creams and serums. More than ever, people are looking for natural products, free of parabens and other harmful chemicals.

When Should You Start Using Anti-Aging Products?

There is no magic age when you should begin if you choose to at all. Everyone is different depending on their unique skin needs and preferences. In fact, according to well-known esthetician Renee Rouleau,

“Anti-aging products, particularly those with antioxidants, can be used as early as age 21, but the most important thing is to use anti-aging products that are appropriate for your skin type,”

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Anti-Aging Skincare Review Of MD Complete Wrinkle Radiance Trio

It is important to consider natural products that are free of parabens and other harmful chemicals. You can go to EWG.org to learn which products are the safest and which ones should be avoided.

What Was Included

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1. Wrinkle & Radiance Remedy

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2. Eye Wrinkle Corrector

 

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3. Retinol Vitamin C Concentrate

They contain “high-potency Retinol” along with a long list of natural products, including Red Raspberry, Pomegranate and Cranberry Seed Extracts, ceramides, essential fatty acids, peptides and ascorbic acid (vitamin C).

Does It Work?

MD Complete was created by the founder, Dr. Zelickson, a dermatologist. The company seeks to provide affordable, “dermatologist-level results.”

I was skeptical at first that the products would do everything they promised. It turns out that I was pleasantly surprised by their effectiveness. According to the MD Complete website, the products are more concentrated than most.

I was concerned the Wrinkle & Radiance Remedy might make the skin look oily, but it didn’t at all and was readily absorbed into the skin.

The Eye Wrinkle Corrector is my favorite of the three. It does everything it promises, including:

  • reducing crow’s feet and wrinkles
  • firming the skin around the eye
  • brightening the skin tone beautifully, without looking greasy

If you try this set, be sure to apply the Eye Wrinkle Corrector first, per the MD Complete application instructions.

The Retinol Vitamin C Concentrate smells great and has a slight orange tint so it gives your skin a healthy-looking glow. It feels so nourishing when you put it on but can leave an oily residue on your skin if you use too much. I did this one night and woke up with it in my hair too. Just make sure not to apply too much and you should be fine.

My skin is very sensitive and always gets dry in the winter. A word of caution if you’re prone to easily irritated skin also. Make sure and only use a drop of each product. As advertised, they are quite concentrated and if you use too much you may end up with dry, irritated skin as I did until I figured this out. A little goes a long way!

Pros: 

  • All 3 gave my skin a healthy glow, especially the Eye Wrinkle Corrector.
  • The Vitamin C Serum smells wonderful and citrusy.
  • The dark circles under my eyes are diminished.
  • All 3 plumped up my skin and made it look smooth and healthy.
  • Brightens the skin
  • Paraben-free
  • Cruelty-free

Cons:

  • May cause redness and/or irritation to sensitive skin if you use too much. (A little dab’ll do ya.)
  • The Vitamin C Serum can make your skin feel oily if you apply too much.

The Bottom Line

I’m impressed with the quality and effectiveness of these MD Complete Wrinkle Radiance Trio. I really love how they brighten my skin, especially the eye cream. The citrusy scent is delicious and my dark undereye circles are noticeably diminished. When I use the correct amount of product my skin looks smooth, healthy and radiant.


Do you have a favorite skincare brand? Have you ever tried MD Complete?

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The Effects Of Caffeine On The Body: Pros And Cons

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Drinking coffee has been a part of everyday living for most, if not everyone. The addictive taste and aroma, and the relaxing feeling it can bring to people make this a primary choice for those who are stressed out or looking for extra energy to boost their day and become more productive.

With this in mind, let’s take a look at the impact caffeine can have on your health.

Effects Of Caffeine On Your Body: The Good And The Bad

The Good Effects Of Caffeine

There are many good reasons why one would continue taking caffeine or coffee in particular. Below are a few of the beneficial effects you can get from caffeine.

1. Drinking Coffee Increases Your Fiber Intake

A study shows that coffee has soluble fiber, the cellulose found both in apples and oatmeal, that helps digestion, aids in the vital nutrient absorption of the body and keeps a lid on cholesterol.

Drinking a cup of coffee, specifically brewed, represents a contribution of around 1.8 grams of fiber.

Take 20 to 38 grams of fiber daily to fulfill the daily recommendations. Just keep in mind that this should not all come from coffee. Nevertheless, taking a cup or two can help you sustain or complete the recommended amount of fiber intake.

2. Caffeine Reduces Suicide Risk And Depression

According to studies performed by researchers at HSPH (Harvard School of Public Health), drinking several cups of coffee seem to reduce suicide risk for both men and women by about 50%. Caffeine, which is highly active in coffee, may work as a mild antidepressant, as it boosts production of different neurotransmitters in the brain, like dopamine, noradrenaline, and serotonin.

Although helpful, researchers do not recommend depressed adults increase their caffeine consumption too easily because people may adjust their intake to an optimal level and sudden or too much increase could result in unpleasant side effects.

3. Reduces Colorectal Cancer Risk

You may choose to drink decaf, black coffee, even half-caff or instant. Whatever you choose to consume may help decrease the possible risk of colorectal cancer, as per a recent study. It was found that the more coffee you drink, the lower the risk you may face colorectal cancer.

Drinking a cup or two of coffee may reduce the possibilities of developing colorectal cancer by 26%. And the risk of colorectal cancer may decrease to possibly up to 50% if you’re taking 2.5 cups of coffee in a day. The sign of decreased risk is observed in all types of coffee, both decaffeinated and caffeinated.

This particular conclusion was gathered by Stephen Gruber, the director of the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, together with the senior authors of this particular study.

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A cup of coffee contains 95 mg of caffeine.

The Bad Effects Of Caffeine On Your Body

Anything taken more than recommended may result in negative effects. Each body has its own requirement. Thus, it is right to calculate BMR, consult a specialist or know your limit before you decide to adjust your coffee intake.

Below are a few negative effects that caffeine may bring to your body:

1. Caffeine May Cause Insomnia

All around the world, people take caffeine, not only coffee but tea, chocolate, cocoa and some soft drinks. Since caffeine is a known stimulant, most people take caffeine, mostly coffee, after waking up or to stay alert all throughout the day.

Although you need to know that coffee cannot replace sleep, it can temporarily make you feel more alert as it blocks the sleep-inducing chemicals in your brain and increases adrenaline production.

Too much coffee consumption may result in insomnia; because it is a stimulant it impedes sleep. Having trouble staying asleep or falling asleep are two of the things one may experience.

2. Caffeine Can Cause Headaches

Caffeine does not directly cause a headache. However, too much consumption of the substance triggers ‘coffee rebound’. A rebound headache happens from the withdrawal of caffeine once the sufferer continues to consume a high volume of the substance.

If you experience this dilemma, it’s recommended that you contact a specialist promptly to be treated and not worsen.

3. Caffeine Can Cause Indigestion

Indigestion can be experienced when you consume caffeine, particularly coffee. Coffee may increase stomach acid production, which can lead to indigestion as one of its normal side effects. This symptom should only last for a few hours. If the symptom persists you need to contact your doctor.

To Sum Up

Just like anything you consume, not limited to only caffeine, too much consumption can serve you bad side effects. There are good things caffeine, coffee to be specific, can bring to your body.

You do not need to completely stop consuming something that can bring your body good. It is only necessary that you take it in the right amounts.

Seek professional advice if you feel worse from taking caffeine. Ask about the right amount your body can consume to make sure you get all the benefits of coffee and not the other way around.


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The Importance Of Oral Hygiene When You Have Diabetes

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Oral hygiene is important for everyone, but when you’re living with diabetes, it’s especially imperative that you take good care of your teeth and gums. This is because high blood sugar can affect every part of your body, and it can cause dry mouth, mouth sores, gum disease, and other infections.

Brushing and flossing three times a day will help you get control of your oral health, but there’s a bit more to it than that.

You also need to maintain your blood sugar, eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly and see the dentist at least every six months to make sure your teeth and gums are in good shape. Creating a routine that will help you stay on track is important, so it might be a good idea to carry a travel toothbrush, floss, and toothpaste with you daily.

Since some research suggests that the link between diabetes and oral health is a two-way streetmeaning one might introduce the other — it’s important to think about getting control over oral health even if you haven’t been diagnosed with diabetes.

Here are a few tips on how to have a healthy mouth and why it’s so important.

How To Care For Your Teeth When You Have Diabetes

1. Create a routine.

Creating a routine will help you keep track of your oral health. As many of us know, it can be hard to remember to floss every day or to brush after every meal. Likewise, when you’re pressed for time it can be difficult to keep up with these tasks. Sometimes it’s necessary to get into healthy habits so you’ll automatically remember that you need to carve out time to get it done.

2. Keep your blood sugar in check.

It’s not always easy, but it’s important to try to keep your blood sugar levels where they need to be. Whether your doctor has you on insulin or has suggested you keep your levels down with a special diet, stick to his orders explicitly and use your medication only as directed.

Avoid refined sugars, such as those found in white bread, rice, and white potatoes. Instead stick with plenty of veggies and protein, found in meat, nut butters, eggs, fish and whey protein isolate. Check your blood sugar often throughout the day if you’re having trouble regulating it; your doctor may suggest trying a different medication.

3. Take care of existing issues.

If you’re currently dealing with dental issues, take care of them right away. Poor oral health can lead to cavities, periodontal disease, and loss of teeth or erosion of gums, which can, in turn, lead to heart disease. It’s all connected, and diabetes can only make things worse.

Keeping things under control requires preventative care as well as the care of existing problems, so talk to your dentist about your options, particularly if your oral health has significantly declined. It might be time to take additional measures like considering dental implants.

4. Quit smoking

Habits such as smoking can greatly affect your oral health, so taking steps to quit now could save you myriad problems down the road. Smokers are more likely to produce plaque, which leads to gum disease; because smoking pulls oxygen out of the bloodstream, the infected gums can’t heal.

Not only can it cause gum disease, it can lead to other oral issues, such as cancer. Check out this article for more information on smoking and oral health.

To Sum Up

Great oral health begins with you. Taking steps immediately to undo past damage, repair issues, and prevent new ones will make sure that your mouth stays healthy even if you’re battling a disease like diabetes.

Talk to your doctor and dentist about the best ways to care for your teeth and gums and take an active role in making it happen. Plus, making your dental health a priority can give you a brighter, healthier smile, and who doesn’t love that?


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My 15 Health And Wellness Goals For 2018

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Not surprisingly, January is the most common month for people to make health resolutions. The first of the year is a great time to reevaluate where you’re at in your life and where you want to be. Keep in mind that you can set goals for yourself any time of year. So, if you find that you’ve fallen off the wagon with your New Year’s resolutions, it’s important to reevaluate your goals to make sure they are realistic and attainable.

Something I’ve learned over the past few years is to give myself grace. This isn’t something that comes naturally to me. In fact, my natural tendency is to be my own worst critic. Maybe you can relate?

Thankfully, I’m learning to remind myself that nobody is perfect. As a matter of fact, if you expect to stick with your goals 100% perfectly every single day it can set you up for major disappointment.

Many of us (myself included) start out following our plan conscientiously. But then the inevitable adversity comes along and everything seems wrecked. If we’re not careful, we can allow that off day to derail our goals and hold us back. So, instead of throwing in the towel and giving yourself a hard time at the first sign of trouble, let’s try a different, more effective approach.

Tell yourself the truth.You simply had an off day. So, (in the words of Frank Sinatra)

“pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start all over again.”

We can learn and grow tremendously from our mistakes. So, instead of giving up at the first sign of failure, be persistent and keep moving forward.

Below are the health and wellness goals I’m focusing on for the new year. I hope they inspire you to consider what goals you would like to meet for yourself.

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My Health And Wellness Goals For 2018

1. Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is amazing…I can’t say enough great things about it, guys!

I’m focusing on the 16/8, 18/6 and 24-hour fasting methods. If intermittent fasting is a new concept for you, you can learn all about it here:

2. Read!

My goal for the year is to read at least 24 books. Last year I read over 40 but now I’m busier with the blog (#thankful!) and other opportunities so 24 is a good number for me to aim for.

3. Make sleep a priority.

Getting a good night’s sleep can improve your energy, mood and memory, whereas inadequate sleep can make you more susceptible to obesity, depression and diabetes.

Getting enough sleep has always been a challenge for this night owl. Even though my body feels exhausted, many nights I have to make myself go to bed because my brain is on overdrive. I’d rather stay up and read all night long but I know that I would regret it in the morning. Been there. Done that.

So, learn from my mistakes, set a sleep schedule and stick to it. 

16 Quick Tips To Help You Sleep Better Tonight can help.

4. Eat more vegetables.

They are colorful and delicious! The benefits of eating vegetables are impressive and include

  • better skin
  • improved mood
  • weight control
  • boosts energy
  • a healthier gut
  • rich in fiber
  • improved endurance for athletic activities
  • stronger immune system

5. Reduce sugar intake.

Research shows that sugar is our nutritional nemesis. Shown to be “as addictive as cocaine” sugar makes you hungrier and drastically increases your risk for serious diseases and mood disorders. Cutting out the sweet stuff is a great choice for your health and longevity.

20 Proven Reasons Why Refined Sugar Is Bad For Your Health will help you learn more about the evils of sugar.

6. Avoid overcommitment.

Are you burning the candle at both ends? Saying yes when you want (or need) to say no can cause fatigue, burnout and stress. Learning to set boundaries in life is healthy. Plus, doing so allows you to focus on the people and projects that are most important to you.

7. Do a kettlebell workout 2 to 3 times per week.

Kettlebells give the perfect full-body workout, incorporating both strength training and cardio-respiratory work. You can exercise all your major muscle groups in a few short minutes. We’re talking about a short 10 to 20-minute commitment, twice a week.

In my experience kettlebell workouts are quite possibly the fastest, easiest way to increase your strength. If you’ve never done a kettlebell workout I encourage you try it for yourself and let me know how much you love it!

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Journalling is an excellent way to reflect on what you are grateful for.

8. Practice gratitude every day.

Practicing gratitude has this amazing way of transforming your thoughts and reframing your life in a positive way. Aim to speak words of gratitude to at least one person a day.

Write in a gratitude journal. It doesn’t have to be fancy; a simple notebook will do. I bought my latest journal at Wal-Mart for under $2…and it’s cute. Be thankful for the special people in your life as well as all the little things.

I highly recommend reading Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts for inspiration.

9. Cut down on EMFs.

We are exposed to harmful EMFs every day from:

  • power lines
  • cell phones
  • microwave ovens
  • old metal plumbing
  • electrical appliances
  • smart watches
  • wireless routers

This year I’m focusing more on earthing or grounding and taking regular digital detoxes.

You can learn more about the hidden dangers of EMF exposure and what you can do to protect yourself.

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10. Drink more water.

Increasing your intake of water, especially water with lemon has some amazing health benefits. Add fresh lemon juice or a drop of therapeutic-grade lemon essential oil to your water for an energy-boosting, refreshing beverage.

11. Be more consistent with meal prep.

Prepping ingredients all at once for the week ahead enables quick and easy meals throughout the week. Plus, you spend less time in the kitchen overall. The Beginner’s Guide To Healthy Meal Prep has everything you need to know to get started.

12. Focus on improved health, not deprivation.

Concentrate on nourishing your body with healthy, whole foods for improved health instead of counting calories. It has taken me many years to figure this out. I’m still working to make this a more consistent mindset because it’s important to me.

13. Take a daily multivitamin.

A high-quality multivitamin can fill in the nutritional gaps in your diet and give you stronger nails and healthy hair. They also provide essential vitamins and minerals to improve your overall health, protect against disease and boost your immune function.

If you saw how many supplements I take every day some of you would freak out…But if you don’t want to go all out, simply taking a multivitamin is perfect.

14. Move more!

Walk. Run. Jump. Swim. Lift. Peddle. Row. Dance.

It really doesn’t matter what you do as long as you’re moving. So do something fun!

15.  Get regular checkups and health screenings.

Making your health a priority is vital and visiting the doctor for regular checkups is part of the equation. Check out the infographic below for valuable information about preventive screenings you need at different stages of life.

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What health and wellness goals have you set for this year? 

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20 Proven Reasons Why Refined Sugar Is Bad For Your Health

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You’ve heard it said before…Sugar is bad for you. But what does that really mean?

The research continues to stack up against our biggest dietary enemy…refined sugar.

In fact, no matter how much we crave the sweet stuff sugar is our nutritional nemesis. Processed sugar (not fat) is the cause of many modern diseases and plays a major role in several major health problems, including fatty liver disease, obesity, cancer, heart disease, diabetes and asthma.

So let’s take an inside look at the facts.

20 Proven Reasons Why Refined Sugar Is Bad For Your Health

  1. Sugar causes tooth decay (1).
  2. Eating excess sugar can cause fatty liver disease (2).
  3. Sugar depletes the body of nutrients and suppresses the immune system (3).
  4. Sugar, not saturated fat, raises cholesterol and causes cardiovascular disease (4, 5, 6). I’m glad they finally cleared this up!
  5. Consuming sugar can cause insulin resistance as well as metabolic syndrome (7).
  6. Sugar can cause mood disorders and depression (8).
  7. Sugar causes inflammation which can lead to disease (9).
  8. Eating sugar causes wrinkles (10).
  9. Sugar is highly addictive, “as addictive as cocaine” (11).
  10. Sugar increases the risk of cancer because it causes metabolic changes (12, 13).
  11. Consuming sugar causes obesity, a leading cause of mortality and chronic disease in the United States (14).
  12. Sugar is a leading cause of Type 2 diabetes (15).
  13. Sugar impacts the brain and is linked to Alzheimer’s disease (16).
  14. Eating sugar can cause osteoporosis (17).
  15. Sugar causes high blood pressure (18).
  16. Eating and drinking sugar increases your appetite (19).
  17. Sugar consumption can cause kidney stones (20).
  18. Sugar can cause food allergies as well as asthma (21).
  19. Dietary sugar produces free radicals and damages DNA (22).
  20. Sugar may contribute to poor eyesight and macular degeneration (23).

If you are wondering how much sugar you eat feel free to visit SugarStacks.com which measures common foods people eat in sugar cubes.

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The Takeaway

Refined sugar is full of empty calories and is highly addictive. Eating it makes you hungrier and increases your risk for an array of diseases, chronic health conditions and mood disorders.

Eating sugar (or not eating sugar) is a personal choice.

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Fruit is a fiber-filled, healthy alternative to foods high in processed sugars.

If you want to cut down on your sugar intake but still crave something sweet, try substituting fruit. It’s fiber-rich, packed with antioxidants and is naturally sweet.

Also, if you’re looking for a natural sugar substitute that is actually good for you, I recommend Stevia. You can learn more about it in Stevia Health Benefits, Safety And Inside Information.


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