All- – How to Identify Them and Avoid Harmful Chemicals

One of the main problems you will face when shopping for natural beauty and skin care products is determining which products are truly natural. There are literally thousands of products on the market these days claiming to be “natural.” But just because a product has the word “natural” on the label doesn’t necessarily mean its ingredients are 100% natural and free from synthetics.

It can be quite a challenge to figure out the real composition of the product, even if you are fairly well versed in reading product label jargon.

Unless you are familiar with the scientific names of every single ingredient, it can be quite tricky to figure out which ingredients are synthetic and which are natural. Some manufacturers use different names for the same or similar ingredients. And when it comes to natural ingredients, some use the common name, while others use the scientific names for plant extracts, so you might not even recognize a natural ingredient when you see it. (Helpful Tip: Look for the words “extract” or “oil” following the long scientific name – these will be natural plant extracts.)

Some manufacturers (Burt’s Bees, for example) may list the percentage of natural ingredients right on the label, which makes it a lot easier to judge. But most don’t, and even those that do don’t necessarily include this information on all of their products.

Even more confusing is the fact that some manufacturers change formulations rather frequently. So even if you find a company that does make truly all-, they may unexpectedly change their ingredient list and include synthetic ingredients where once there were none. This can be both confusing and frustrating for consumers, as you may find your favorite all-natural product line suddenly contains chemicals you don’t want on your skin.

So what is a health-conscious shopper to do?

There are a number of databases where you can find information on both man-made chemicals and plant extracts., If you are prepared to put in some time, you can find these online or at your local library. It can be a time-consuming process, at first, to look up every single ingredient you run across that you don’t recognize, but as you become familiar with the terminology, you will start to recognize certain prefixes and words that occur as components of other chemical names. Then when you see a variation of these you will at least know whether they are synthetic or natural.

You can also find databases on cosmetic safety, and natural product rating websites are becoming easier to find these days as natural beauty and person care products become more popular and mainstream.

With a little research and a keen eye, you can begin to differentiate for yourself which products are truly natural, and which ones are deceptively using the “natural” label, while still including potentially harmful synthetic chemicals in their formulations.
 
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Beauty Salon Floor Plans

A beauty salon has become an almost iconic image in Western culture. It is a place where people go for beauty treatments and to purchase beauty products. Women frequent beauty salons to get their hair trimmed and nails polished.

A beauty salon is also a center for community news and confessions. No two beauty salons have the same environment. Each salon tries to have its own distinct identity and ambience. Some cater to a particular section of the society, while others meet the demands of certain ethnic communities.

There are hundreds of attractive possibilities for designing your salon with creative and well-organized working floor plans. To begin with, make a rough sketch of the salon with proper dimensions. The floor layout is drawn using a grid paper or an architectural scale. For a good beauty saloon, the normal space required per stylist is around 125 to 150 square feet. The salon should also contain rooms for facials, massages, skin care, or electrolysis, as well as a men’s hairstyling space with small waiting area, and a tint room.

Many beauty salons are now remodeled in order to make the interior as well as the floors more attractive. Even though one can undertake the remodeling planning and designing by oneself, it is better to consult an architect or interior designer for professional assistance. An architect’s advice will help a lot in the structural redesigning of a beauty salon. Take special care in designing the reception area as it creates the first impression regarding the salon.

Various versions of floor plan software are available for free on the Internet. These can be easily downloaded to create great looking floors for the salon.

Who is More Overweight – Men Or Women?

No one can say for sure whether men are fatter or more overweight than women. Men and women gain weight differently when exposed to different conditions. 

There is a link between gender and weight gain. Men burn off more calories than women, and therefore gain weight slower. Biologically women have a higher average body fat content compared with men. During pregnancy, women tend to gain weight to provide sufficient nourishment for the growing baby.
 
Men and women grow fat in different parts of their bodies. For women it is normally at the hips and thighs and for men, more often than not, their pot bellies. So men look more like “apples” and women like “pears”. Most doctors agree this is due to a number of factors, including genetics, hormonal differences, body-fat distribution as well as the environment. 

Men and women gain weight very differently when they are exposed to stressful situations. Researchers found that women gain weight when they have problems with finances, rigid job routines, and strained family relationships. On the other hand, men gain weight mainly in response to work related problems and stress.  

According to scientific research, men and women also have different eating habits and preferences. In general, men prefer eating meat and poultry while women are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables. Men view food as a matter of enjoyment whereas women tend to be more concerned about their health and seek nutritional advice.
 
A new study by the Centre for Medical Education at McGill University in Montreal found that women eat more when they eat with a large group of female friends. However, when they eat with a smaller group of female friends, or dine with men, they eat less. This may be due to social conditioning. Women who eat less and who are thin are viewed as more feminine and attractive.  

Whether you are a man or woman, you should learn to manage your weight. Here are some tips:

  • Be aware of the stressors in your life and manage them
  • Exercise regularly
  • Adopt a routine of deep breathing, meditation, or yoga
  • Eat a balanced, healthy diet and include fruits and vegetables
  • Get enough sleep; I would recommend at least 7 hours
  • Replace salty food with herbs and spices to enhance the taste
  • Reduce intake of fat, oil, salt and sugar
  • For those with bad appetite, try eating small but frequent meals
  • Take high-quality multivitamin, especially vitamin B, C and D each day
  • Avoid or minimize alcohol

 
If you have weight-related problems and know how to overcome them or have tips on healthy living, please share them with us.

Women’s Hormone Replacement Therapy – Are You In Balance?

It has been two years since the Women’s Health Initiative Estrogen plus Progestin (WHI) arm of this large trial was stopped early because it caused harm. The WHI showed the opposite of what was expected–Estrogen (Premarin) plus Progestin (Provera) caused heart disease and breast cancer as well as blood clots and strokes. WHI results show that estrogen does not improve the quality of life for women. WHI estrogen plus progestin results are “evidence-based.”

We now have evidence-based proof that “HRT” is harmful to women. But people are still taking Hormone Replacement Therapy and are concerned about estrogen deficiency. Why? “Little has changed because the fundamental, negative ideas about women and about menopause have not changed. Universal menopausal hormone therapy … (is) based on a cultural belief that women are inferior and need fixing. For over twenty years I have been saying that menopause is a natural part of women’s life cycle, the low estrogen levels after menopause are healthy and not abnormal. This made me unpopular–I have been labeled as “way-out” or worse. Therefore the WHI results for me were a vindication”, says Jerilynn C. Prior BA, MD, FRCPC Professor of Endocrinology, Scientific Director, Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research, University of British Columbia. And, she is correct.

Two years after the WHI study little has changed. If you go to your doctor today and request HRT most will prescribe it for you. Despite the fact that The Women’s Health Initiative, the largest controlled trial of ovarian hormone therapy ever performed, provided the strongest proof that Medicine (which has been strongly influenced by the Pharmaceutical Industry) causes harm for women. The website for the WHI study said, “Women should stop their study drugs immediately.” Following that order led to hot flushes in many women who were on hormone therapy because their body had adjusted to that higher level of estrogen. Women who heard the news of the study in the media also often stopped their therapy abruptly. That led to severe hot flushes in hundreds of thousands of women and in virtually all women who had previously experienced them. “Because it is well known that rapid withdrawal from estrogen causes night sweats and hot flushes, all physicians should have been ready with advice for women wanting to stop estrogen.” Says Dr. Prior.

For Lack of helpful information, and because the resulting symptoms of night sweats/hot flushes were so miserable, many women, in desperation, reluctantly restarted unwanted HRT treatment. It seems logical to now say that the WHI results require re-thinking of the concepts on which menopausal “replacement” and “estrogen deficiency” were based. The primary assumption that all women needed estrogen because they were deficient still needs to be addressed. I like what Dr. Susan Love said, “If estrogen deficiency is a disease, all men have it!” Destroying the concept of estrogen deficiency will be hard and may take many years to achieve. In the mean time where does that leave you and I?

Estrogen Dominance not estrogen deficiency, according to Dr. John Lee is at the crux of our dilemma and bringing our hormones back into balance will be the key to hormonal health.

STEP 1. Become informed. The “Let’s Talk About Hormones” video provides valuable information on hormone balancing. Dr. Lee’s “What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause” has just been updated. Information is the key to your power!

STEP 2. Evaluate your own hormones with a saliva test whether you are on hormones currently or not. Find out if you have adequate hormone levels or are truly deficient.

STEP 3. Work with someone who understands the issues. Dr. Lee felt that most women can themselves oversee their hormonal challenges. If you must select a healthcare provider choose one who like Dr. Prior says, “I will never again prescribe estrogen as a pill. There is now overwhelming controlled trial evidence that pill forms of estrogen cause unacceptably high rates of clots and perhaps, through clotting, also increased strokes and heart disease. There are not yet strong data but it is likely that estrogen given through the skin (as a gel, crème or patch) will be less likely to activate liver clotting factors and thus safer. To me it means “bio-identical” or “natural” kinds of estrogen and progesterone both given in physiological doses.”

STEP 4. Just know that balancing hormones is not just about taking additional hormones but about diet and lifestyle changes. I believe that we have a unique opportunity, right now, as women on this second anniversary of the initial WHI results. We can become pro-active about our own hormone health and share with those women around us who are struggling with their hormone challenges. Women reaching out to other women will have a greater effect than waiting for the research to catch up. Each of us must practice living with these important ideas. Then hormonal health will be ours.

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