Controversial Studies Say It’s OK to Eat Red Meat

Sept. 30, 2019 -- A group of papers about red and processed meat and human health, released today by Annals of Internal Medicine, says it’s OK to eat them because researchers couldn’t find any links to health problems like heart disease and cancer.

Not surprisingly, the studies have created an uproar among leading health and nutrition researchers who have long said eating too much of them is bad for your health. Several groups, one of which includes an author of one of the papers, sent letters to the journal’s editor requesting that publication be postponed for further investigation.

“It’s the most egregious abuse of data I’ve ever seen,” says Walter Willett, MD, DrPH, a professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, who was among the signers of the letter. “There are just layers and layers of problems.”

The papers gathered data from existing studies to analyze the links between eating red and processed meat and life-threatening conditions like cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. They found that the evidence was too weak to say for sure if there was a link. The articles included five meta-analyses -- or studies of studies -- and reviews of existing data plus a set of guidelines. NutriRECS, which describes itself as “an independent group with clinical, nutritional and public health content expertise,” produced the studies. An editorial about the findings accompanied the articles.

The NutriRECS guidelines recommend that adults don’t change the amounts of red and processed meat they’re eating. That contradicts the federal government’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans, advice from the World Health Organization, and numerous studies and books published over the last decade, all of which point to the health and environmental benefits of eating less meat and more plant-based foods.

“Our approach has been very different than previous approaches,” says Bradley Johnston, PhD, an author on all six papers and a co-founder of NutriRECS. “We’ve taken the individual approach rather than societal. We believe that people should be fully informed when they make health care decisions based on best estimates of data, how certain we can be in that evidence base. What has come before us often has no assessment of certainty of evidence, or if there is, it’s often unreliable.”

10 Foods That Will Instantly Boost Your Mood (And Your Skin!)

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Whenever you’re feeling low, it’s SO tempting to turn to unhealthy foods. We’ve all been there… After a stressful day, you settle into the couch and Ben & Jerry’s is literally calling your name. And while we’ll never tell you not to enjoy that delicious indulgence, there are tons of healthy foods that are scientifically proven to actually boost your mood. Especially as those salty, sugary foods we often crave often leave us feeling bloated and sluggish, even if while you’re eating them they temporarily make you feel better. So, the next time you’re feeling ‘meh’ ‘eugh’ or ‘ugh’, get into the kitchen, turn on some Beyoncé and prep these healthy foods that’ll make you feel a whole lot better. Oh, and there’s an added bonus: a lot of these foods will amp up your glow game too.

1. Salmon

Starting with a triple threat; salmon, a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. Not only will salmon help boost your mood but it’s also good for your heart AND your skin. Victoria Beckham has thanked her daily salmon intake for her youthful glow. But it’s not just Posh Spice, in a study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, researchers examined 26 previous studies that observed the connection between fish consumption and the risk of depression and found that people who ate the most fish were less likely to have symptoms of depression. Try adding salmon on top of your avocado and toast or tuck into some salmon sashimi to get your daily dose.

2. Probiotic-rich foods like yogurt or kefir 

Everyone in the skincare community is obsessed with probiotics and improving their gut game – it’s the secret to happier and healthier skin. But probiotics aren’t just great for skin, they’ll instantly enhance your mood. In a review published in Annals of General Psychiatry, researchers examined 10 studies and found that the majority found positive effects of probiotics on depression symptoms. In one study, after six weeks, 64% of those taking the probiotic had decreased depression symptoms, compared to 32% of those taking the placebo. Foods like yogurt, kombucha, and kefir are packed with probiotics and they make a delicious snack or breakfast meal. Check out more deets on probiotics here.

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3. Breakfast!

Okay, so this isn’t a specific food, but interestingly, research shows that by regularly eating breakfast, you’ll feel happier and healthier. A 2017 study analyzed the survey responses of over 200,000 people aged 20 years and over and discovered that those who ate breakfast “sometimes” or “hardly ever” had higher depressive symptoms than those who ate breakfast “always.” The age-old saying; “ it’s the most important meal of the day” ain’t lyin’!

4. Green veggies and avocado

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Green vegetables like spinach or avocado are bursting with vitamin B folate, which is super important as low folate levels have been consistently associated with depression. This is because it can impact the production of serotonin (the happy hormone) dopamine (the sleep hormone) and noradrenaline (neurotransmitters that are important for mood).  Load up on folate-rich vegetables like spinach, edamame, artichokes, okra, turnip greens, avocado, and broccoli… We know they may not be as tempting as a burger but think about the end game!

5. Green tea and matcha

While this technically isn’t a food, we had to include a mood-boosting drink for when you’re feeling thirsty, and green tea is the bomb. Research has linked drinking green tea daily to lower rates in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. One type of green tea is particularly beneficial; wellness staple, matcha. Matcha is a rich source in amino acids, which will help you relax and maintain calm energy. Find out more about the amazing benefits of green tea and matcha tea here.

6. Bananas

If you’re ever victim to that 3 pm slump, grab a banana. A study in the British Journal of Nutrition discovered that high potassium, low sodium diets had a positive impact on mood. In just one banana there’s 450 mg of potassium (you should aim for roughly 1600-2000 mg a day). Due to their high potassium levels, they’re also a great natural relief for period pains, which is an added bonus. That’s not all, as they’re rich in vitamin b6, which helps your body produce the happy hormone, serotonin. Bananas are also super easy to work into your diet: you can throw them in a smoothie, have them on toast, or eat them solo on the run.

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7. Whole-grain foods like quinoa or brown rice

Trade-in white sugary carbs for whole grains and your mind and body will seriously thank you. White carbs like rice and pasta will make you feel bloated and lethargic, whereas whole grains like quinoa, brown or wild rice will make you feel full and give you a boost. This is because whole grains are important sources of B vitamins, which are essential for brain health. For example, vitamin b6 helps convert amino acid into serotonin (the happy hormone) and vitamin b1 is involved in turning glucose into energy.

8. Dark chocolate

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No mood-enhancing grocery list would be complete without chocolate. For one thing, it’s delicious, but secondly (and scientifically), it contains phenethylamine, which triggers the release of serotonin, the same endorphin that’s re-released when you fall in love. It also stimulates the response of dopamine, a neurochemical associated with sexual arousal and pleasure. Just make sure you don’t overload on chocolate, and if you like the slightly bitter taste, opt for dark chocolate rather than milk.

9. Blueberries

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Berries are bursting with antioxidants that will make you feel happier, while also leaving you with healthier-looking skin. Blueberries, in particular, are rich in flavonoids, which studies have shown can improve your mood. Plus, they make for a great snack and will curb your sugar cravings!

10. Eggs

We all know how good it is to feel the sun on your face, well that’s because of vitamin D. But the good news is you can eat vitamin D by including foods like salmon, eggs, and cheese in your diet. If you’re wondering, why vitamin D? Well, it increases your levels of serotonin, the hormone responsible for your mood. Research also suggests that vitamin D deficiency is a risk factor for depression in older adults.

For more health and diet foods, check out these 5 foods that will help you detox fast.

Juul Halts Funding For Vaping Ballot Initiative

Oct. 1, 2019 -- On Monday, San Francisco-based Juul Labs Inc. said it will no longer fund an effort to quash an anti-vaping law in the city, effectively ending the campaign.

Juul, the largest maker of e-cigarettes, is ending support for the measure after giving nearly $19 million, according to the Associated Press.

Juul's decision follows closely on major changes at the company, including replacing its CEO.

The proposition, however, will still be on the ballot in November.

The law, called proposition C would permit the sale of vaping products to adults. If it passes, it would override a law passed in June banning the sale of any e-cigarette that has not been reviewed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

"This could very well be yet another of a series of lies and exaggerations from Juul and Big Tobacco," Larry Tramutola, who directs the No on Prop C campaign said in a statement.

"Until they return the $7 million unspent dollars that is in their political account, until they suspend their mail, their advertising, their paid phone calls and lay off their consultants, we do not believe them," he said.

5 Tips To Remove Dark Circles Under Your Eyes - Botani

Wondering how to rid yourself of stubborn dark circles under your eyes? You’re not alone. It’s a common skin concern that is caused by many factors. Firstly, let us address what actually causes these pesky dark circles. 

What causes dark circles under your eyes? 

Dark circles can be the result of hereditary and lifestyle factors. 

Common lifestyle factors: 

  • Dehydration 
  • Nicotine 
  • Caffeine 
  • Lack of sleep 
  • Seasonal allergies 
  • Alcohol 
  • Stress
  • Hereditary concerns: 

  • Pigmentation in the skin 
  • Ageing rate 
  • So now you know what’s causing those dark circles, what can you do about them? 

    Sleep 8 hours per night 

    The most obvious culprit is lack of sleep. Even missing out on an hour of your usual slumber can make the area under your eyes dark. The truth is, a lack of sleep can affect your overall skin appearance – they don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing! 

    Without enough of it, your skin will become dull and pale which allows the dark blood vessels to under the skin to show. 

    The very best way to stay on top of your sleep hygiene is to make it a priority. Commit to turning in the same time each night. Stay away from sensory stimuli (phones, TV’s, coffee) in the evening and make your nightly routine a calming one. 

    You’ll notice a difference not just in your skin health but in your overall mood stat! 


    Dehydrated skin looks duller and as a result, allows skin discolouration to shine through. Cue heavy, dark circles. To combat this you need to address both your skin health and your inner health. 

    Drinking at least eight glasses of water a day is imperative to keeping your body happy and healthy so make this your goal. 

    For your skin, you should choose products that help your skin retain moisture such as our Boost Balancing Moisturiser. Also, add a serum to turbocharge that hydration. We suggest our Acai Berry Active Antioxidant Serum to protect your skin against environmental stressors and hydrate at the same time. 

    Increase Vitamin C Intake

    Did you know collagen production will keep dark circles and fine lines at bay? Vitamin C kickstarts the process of collagen production internally and keeps it working for you. Nature really does provide everything you need to stay gorgeous! Simply include these nutritious superfoods in your diet and you’ll notice a difference. 

  • Avocados
  • Carrots
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Berries
  • Dark Green Vegetables
  • Oysters
  • Tomatoes
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Garlic 
  • Apply Frozen Cucumber To Your Eyes

    You’ve likely seen this little trick feature in movies and in your favourite beauty magazine but that’s because it works! Applying a cold compress (aka frozen cucumber slices!) can help reduce swelling and shrink the dilated blood vessels under your eyes.  

    Simply slice a cucumber in thick slices and allow them to freeze for half an hour before applying them to your eyes. Lie down for 10 minutes and enjoy the peace! Repeat as needed. 

    Add an eye serum to your beauty routine 

    Beauty really does start from within but that’s not to say a great eye serum isn’t a crucial step in reducing the appearance of puffiness and dark circles under the eyes. 

    Our Rescue Eye Treatment is a high performing, hydrating, anti-ageing plant-based eye gel enriched with acacia senegal gum which provides a visible lifting and firming effect on the delicate eye area. In fact, Ancient Egyptians used it to treat wounds, inflamed tissue and burns it’s that effective! 

    You’ll also find some of our signature hero ingredients like Aloe Vera, Chamomile, Eyebright Extract, Horsetail Extract and Licorice Root which when used in conjunction, work their magic to calm puffy skin and smooth fine lines. 

    Better still, in clinical tests, 77% of testers said it reduced puffiness, 71% noticed dark circles were less visible, 87% said it improved hydration and 83% said it left their skin feeling softer. Pretty impressive right?! 

    It’s a must-have in your beauty routine that’s for sure! 

    Bottom line? If you want healthy, supple skin start from the inside and work your way out. Your inner beauty is always more important than physical appearance.

    Be beautiful, be you x

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    PrEP prevents HIV — so why aren’t more people taking it? - Harvard Health Blog

    Each year, 1.7 million people globally are newly infected with HIV — more than 38,000 in the United States alone. This year, President Trump announced a 10-year initiative aimed at reducing new HIV infections in the US, and ultimately ending an epidemic that has plagued this country, and the world, since HIV first emerged in the early 1980s. A key part of that plan is pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP, a daily medication to help prevent HIV that is recommended for people at high risk. Recently, the FDA approved a new formulation of PrEP for many — but not all — of those at risk.

    What is PrEP and who should consider it?

    PrEP is a daily pill taken to lower a person’s risk for getting HIV. It works best as part of a program of preventive services that includes regular HIV testing.

    Global research during the past decade shows that a combination of two antiretroviral medicines is more than 90% effective at preventing HIV. These medicines, emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate, are known by the brand name Truvada. Along with other medicines, they are also used to treat HIV.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and many expert guidelines recommend PrEP for those at high risk for HIV, including

    • men who have sex with men
    • heterosexual men and women who have high-risk exposure (such as having a partner with known HIV infection, exchanging sex for drugs or money, or having sex with a person at high risk for HIV)
    • people who inject drugs
    • transgender women.

    Currently, 50% of new HIV cases in the US occur among Black and Latino gay and bisexual men. Slightly more than 15% occur among heterosexual women, roughly three-quarters of whom are women of color.

    The CDC estimates that 1.1 million people in the US would benefit from PrEP, including 175,000 women and 780,000 people of color. Yet prescriptions for PrEP are sluggish, particularly in populations at increased risk. Since 2012, only 135,000 PrEP prescriptions have been filled in the US. Almost all were for men — largely, white men in the Northeast and on the West Coast who have sex with men.

    The new formulation of PrEP

    In August, an FDA advisory panel voted 16 to 2 to recommend a new formulation of PrEP for men who have sex with men and transgender women, while voting 8 to 10 against approval in cisgender women. The panel was presented with data from a single study sponsored by Gilead, the manufacturer of the drug, which is a combination of emtricitabine and tenofovir alafenamide (brand name Descovy). This new formulation is less likely to affect the kidneys and bones, yet is just as effective as Truvada in preventing HIV.

    The DISCOVER trial enrolled 5,387 participants across 92 study sites. Nearly all were cisgender men. Less than 10% of the study participants were Black. Only 74 transgender women were enrolled, and the study explicitly excluded cisgender women.

    The FDA panel members acknowledged these limitations. Dr. Lindsey Baden, an infectious disease physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, noted “we’ve failed women,” and Dr. Roblena Walker, a consumer representative on the panel, voted against approval, citing the poor representation of Black men in the study, calling this “a lost opportunity to provide substantial data reflective of the community that is impacted by HIV.”

    How else might the 10-year initiative help?

    Four key strategies are emphasized in the 10-year initiative and backed by the global research community:

    • Increase access to HIV testing, and ensure that all people living with HIV know their diagnosis.
    • Expand access to effective treatment to get people on medication and virally suppressed, which helps prevent HIV transmission.
    • Respond quickly to sites of potential HIV outbreaks and populations at increased risk.
    • Prevent those at risk for HIV from becoming infected.

    The bottom line

    The fact is that PrEP works. Studies in men, women, and people who inject drugs have repeatedly demonstrated substantial decreases in HIV incidence after PrEP programs are rolled out. So if you’re concerned about your risk for HIV, talk to your doctor about taking PrEP or find a provider near you. If you’ve tried PrEP, but had trouble taking it regularly, discuss those issues with your provider, too.

    Given the low numbers of PrEP prescriptions, we should encourage anyone who might benefit from PrEP to consider taking it. Globally, estimates suggest less than 350,000 people are on the medication, far short of the World Health Organization goal of three million PrEP users by 2020. We can lobby for additional investment in PrEP programs, innovative implementation projects, and clinical trials for new drug development. And we can insist that those investments reflect the nearly 800,000 new global infections in women and the racial disparities in HIV diagnoses that persist in the US.

    We can, and we must, push for broader access to PrEP and clinical trials that enroll all of those at risk for HIV. We cannot settle for the status quo that has seen continued spread of the virus. As individuals and as a community, we can, and we must, act now to truly end this epidemic.

    Related Information: Harvard Health Letter

    How To Create Your Ultimate Nude Makeup Look

    A nude eye is a beauty staple; it’s simple, it’s sexy, and it literally looks good on everyone. That’s why when we created our Nude Obsessions Palettes, we wanted to make sure it catered to all skin tones, while also giving you the freedom to play and experiment, to define your own nude. As a result, we created three palettes: Light, Medium, and Rich, each filled with gorgeous shades ranging from peach to warm rich browns for the ultimate nude glam.

    We love that you can use these palettes to create really subtle nude makeup looks, but that you can also amp up your look with shimmers and smokey shades to create drama too. For some major nude inspo, check out our quick and easy step-by-step guides for sexy, nude glam. Nudes never looked so good…

    The Ultimate Nude Makeup Look With Our Light Nude Obsessions

    Watch the Tutorial:

    Recreate the Look:

    Shop the look: Light NUDE Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette, $29.

    Check out this other tutorial using the Light Nude Obsessions!

    The Ultimate Nude Makeup Look With Our Medium Nude Obsessions

    Watch the Tutorial:

    Recreate the Look:

    Shop the look: Medium NUDE Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette, $29.

    The Ultimate Nude Makeup Look With Our Rich Nude Obsessions

    Watch the Tutorial:

    Recreate the Look:

    Shop the look: Rich NUDE Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette, $29.

    Find out more ab0ut our Nude Obsessions Palettes here, and don’t forget to tag your nude makeup looks on Instagram with #HudaBeautyObsessions.

    $8 Billion Award in Risperdal Lawsuit

    A lawsuit over the antipsychotic drug Risperdal has led to an $8 billion punitive damages award against Johnson & Johnson and one of its subsidiaries.

    The award was handed out Tuesday by a Philadelphia jury. The plaintiff's attorneys argued that the drug is linked to abnormal growth of female breast tissue in boys, the reported.

    In a statement, attorneys Tom Kline and Jason Itkin said Johnson & Johnson used an organized scheme to make billions of dollars while illegally marketing and promoting the drug.

    Johnson & Johnson said the award is "excessive and unfounded" and that it would take immediate action to overturn it, the reported.

    Why You Need To Seriously Rethink This Skincare Step | Huda Beauty | Makeup Tips, Reviews & Skincare Advice

    Cleansing is a fundamental part of any skincare routine, but it’s often not the most popular. There’s something about splashing your face and potentially stinging your eyes with suds that puts people off. Nether-the-less, like eating your five-a-day, it’s an important daily ritual that’s essential for your skin.

    But as with anything, there’s a proper way to do it. Choosing the right cleanser for your skin type and actually going through the process of cleansing properly (20 seconds is not enough!) is crucial. Even more importantly, listening to (or feeling) what your skin needs is number one, and that’s why we believe having more than one type of cleanser is essential.

    Why One Cleanser Just Isn’t Enough

    Emily Parr, Founder of new cleansing brand HoliFrog is passionate about skin and the important role the right cleanser plays: “During this brief and very important period [cleansing] is when the foundation of your skincare regimen begins, setting your skin up for the rest of what’s to come.” This is why Emily created what she calls a “washing wardrobe” with four key cleansers. She explains “Skin gets cranky, it gets thirsty, it has different needs at different times, so one-and-done is never going to cut it. I like to think of it as having a cleanser routine by situation, which we refer to as Situational Cleansing. What your skin needs when you wake-up is very different than what it needs after a workout or at night when you have makeup on and a day’s worth of grime on your face!”

    Skin’s dry and tight? You need a hydrating gel, soothing cream or milky cleanser. Skin is oily or rough? A gel or foaming cleanser with AHAs or enzymes will be your best friend. Right now, you’re probably thinking this sounds boujee af and unnecessary, but in the long run, your skin will thank you for it. Harsh cleansers on dry skin will only dry it further and thick or mild cleansers on oily or acne-prone skin will only lead to clogged pores. You probably think that sounds doubly expensive, but it just means you always have two cleansers handy and they both last longer!

    We’re also going to throw it out there, that in an ideal world you might even have three cleansers – hear us out! Ever since we started following the Korean double cleansing method our skin has been so much better. This method involves cleansing first with an oil-based cleanser, then a water-based cleanser…

    The Double Cleansing Ritual

    1. First, cleanse by massaging an oil or a balm (starting on a dry face), which will dissolve and melt SPF, makeup, and dirt. Oil attracts oil so it binds with sebum, grime and makeup most effectively – sometimes you can even feel sebum plugs being pushed out of pores. Massage for at least one minute!

    2. The second step is to use a cleanser that works for your skin type, and of course, how your skin feels that day (which is why it’s worth having two). If the weather’s getting cooler or you’ve used too much retinol and your skin is feeling drier, you may want to alternate evenings that you use an AHA (exfoliating) or foaming cleanser, with something gentle like a hydrating gel, milk or cream cleanser. Aim to wash your face for at least 60 seconds, that way the formula can penetrate pores before it’s washed away.

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    How to Build a Cleanser Wardrobe:

    Our advice? Have three cleansers at all times. This way you can choose one that suits your skin’s needs.

    For morning: You only need to use something very gently (or even a splash of water) because you’ve already thoroughly cleaned your skin the night before, and applied your skincare – no need to do a deep clean (unless you were naughty and didn’t remove your makeup).

    For evening, step one: Use your oil or balm cleanser first – these work for ALL skin types and don’t strip the skin, so you don’t need to choose two. We recommend the Huda Beauty Makeup Remover Balm, $15, which gets rid of everything before transforming into a milky texture that washes off. We also love the Pai Light Work Rosehip Cleansing Oil, $56, which feels incredibly nourishing and moisturizing on the skin.

    For evening step two: Use one based on your skin’s needs…

    How to Choose the Right Cleanser

    We’re going to break down which cleansers to use based on how your skin feels and recommend some of our fave tried and tested cleansers (guilty secret – we have seven cleansers in our bathroom rn!):

    Skin feels tight and dehydrated (or for your morning cleanse): A gentle cleanser

    You need something nourishing and soothing, and for the morning, if you prefer to wash (sometimes we just splash with water) then choose something gentle. A cream, milk or hydrating gel cleanser is perfect (when we say hydrating gel, we mean no AHAs), so something like the H20+ Elements Keep It Fresh Face Cleanser Normal To Dry Skin, $20. For a super soothing cream cleanser, we LOVE the Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser + Cloth, $50, or the Burt’s Bees Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream, $7.

    Our newest fave is the HoliFrog Tashamoo Water Lily Nourishing Milky Wash, $38, which Emily says is a great wash for dry skin, as it “gently removes debris but leaves your natural hydration intact and even adds to it. You can think of this one as a lotion that also cleans. It’s also a nice way to wake up any type of skin in the morning because it floods your skin with amino acids and hydration from apricot oil, sunflower seed oil, Vitamin E, water lily and lotus!” Another great, derm fave is the CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser For Normal To Dry Skin, $15.

    Gentle cleansers with lots of hydration are also ideal for mature skin types, as when we get older, our skin stops producing as much sebum.

    Skin feels extra oily or textured or pimples & blackheads are saying hey: A foaming or AHA-packed cleanser

    If your skin is typically oily or your skin gets congested easily, cleansers that contain enzymes, AHAs, and BHAs are the best for getting deep down into your pores and dissolving all that sebum. These formulas typically come in gel or foam formula and are most effective for clearing away blackheads. Our fave AHA gel formulas are the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Pore Perfecting Cleansing Gel, $38, and the new HoliFrog Shasta AHA Refining Acid Wash, $38, which feels super gently on pores, while the Dr. Gross formula is slightly more intense.

    Emily told us that their Shasta AHA Refining Acid wash is “Ideal for those with rough texture, clogged pores or acne-prone skin and overall dullness. Think of this one as a serum for your skin. It has 5% AHA acid, so I use it to de-gunk my skin after an intense workout. It’s counterbalanced with tamanu and rosehip seed oils, so it will give you all the brightening glow without any dryness.”

    Two more potent washes that boast pore-detoxing salicylic acid are the Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash, $10, and The Inkey List Salicylic Acid Cleanser, $10. Another new fave is the Kate Somerville EradiKate Daily Cleanser Acne Treatment, $38, which is a foaming cream wash that contains 3% sulfur to address acne and blemishes, draw out impurities, and target congested pores, while honey, oat, and rice bran extracts calm and soothe the skin.

    Skin feels good, you just want to balance: A neutral gel or foaming 

    Finally, if your skin is feeling kinda normal, you have no major skin concerns but just want to clean and keep your skin feeling balanced and nourished, then we love the Neutrogena Hydroboost Hydrating Cleansing Gel, $11, and the antioxidant-packed Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser, $34. We’re also BIG fans of the Mother Dirt Biome-Friendly Face and Body Cleanser, $15, which is created to work harmoniously with your skin so that it doesn’t unbalance or disrupt your skin’s unique ecosystem or the delicate moisture barrier (read more about the amazing Mother Dirt brand here).

    Finally, an option that’s super deep cleaning but doesn’t strip pores, is the HoliFrog Superior Nutritive Gel Wash, $38. It’s the only foaming gel in the HoliFrog washing wardrobe, and it’s packed with probiotics, fatty acids, and vitamins that feed the skin.

    Face Washes to Avoid

    “It’s best to look for face washes with coconut or sugar derived surfactants. Fragrance will also dry out your skin; most people love that sensorial aspect but it’s not doing your skin any favors!” Emily tells us.

    Another thing to be aware of is that not all cleansers are created equally. Emily warned us: “Stay away from cleansers that will leave your skin feeling ‘squeaky clean’. If your face feels tight after you wash, it’s definitely too drying for your skin. Typically, that’s the case when you’re using a cleanser that foams or has a high lather. Here’s the reality: the higher the foam, the more surfactant (surfactant is short for surface active agent. Surfactants degrease and emulsify oils and dissolve dirt, allowing them to be washed away); the more surfactant in a cleanser, the more it’s stripping your skin. The majority of cleansers on the market use 30-40% surfactant in their formula; we use 3-8% surfactant. The best advice I can give is: clean smarter, not harder!”

    Our final words about cleansing: Don’t stress. If you’ve got one cleanser and your skin is looking great and doing everything you want it to, then stick with that. If your skin is up and down like a yoyo or your skincare routine is packed with ingredients like AHAs, retinol, peels, and mud masks, then you might just find that switching up your cleanser as your skin changes is the best thing your skin’s been missing.

    Check out all our tips and tricks for getting the cleansing process right, here, and let us know any questions in the comments below. Happy washing!

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    Amazing Post Workout Meal Ideas - Eat Healthy Be Fit Experience Happiness

    Rigorous workout regimes can be tiring.  To regain your energy and to replenish the calories burned, it is very important to include nutritious meal post your workout. It is important to understand that physical exercises and post workout meal are a package and one cannot be effective without the other.

    Here we list you the things you need to consider and incorporate it after your workout session.  [1]

    Timing matters

    Staying consistent regarding food timings is important for a healthier lifestyle and post workout meal is no exception. After any rigorous exercise, the body’s ability to rebuild glycogen and protein is enhanced. Hence, it is generally recommended to consume carbohydrates and proteins after workouts. 

    Although there is no set timing, it is better to have a post workout meal within forty-five minutes of the exercise. Similarly, if you have taken a pre workout meal, it is also going to benefit your body after the workout.

    Foods to eat before a workout

    Before starting your workout, it is good to eat a small amount of nutritious food to energize the body and avoid fatigue. Below are some of the recommended foods that can be considered:

  • Overnight soaked oats
  • Home-made energy/protein bars
  • Bananas
  • Fruit smoothie
  • Apple with peanut butter
  • Dates
  • Whole grain bread
  • Foods to eat after a workout

    Since glycogen and protein surge after a workout, the following are some of the most recommended foods to be eaten after a workout: [2]

  • Greek yoghurt
  • Grilled paneer
  • Egg whites
  • Milk/ Soy milk
  • Nuts
  • Grilled chicken
  • Sprouts with coconut water
  • Meals to eat after a workout

    Some of the ideal post-workout and healthy meals include:


  • Oats porridge with fruits and nuts
  • Bread toast with egg white omelette
  • Yoghurt-Fruit smoothie with chia seeds
  • Lunch

  • Mixed dal khichdi with vegetable raita
  • Chapatis with paneer curry, curd and salad
  • Paneer peas pulao with yogurt-vegetable salad
  • Mix grain Chapatis with palak paneer and cucumber-tomato salad
  • Dinner

  • Scrambled tofu with sautéed vegetables
  • Chicken soup with salad and whole-grain toast
  • Brown rice with rajma, onion-tomato salad
  • Broken-wheat Paneer Upma with bhindi sabzi and fruit shrikhand
  • The meals above are some of the most recommended post workout meal. Apart from that, there are others such as cereal with skim milk, Greek yogurt, berries, and granola, to name a few.

    Drink plenty of water

    Drinking at least three to four litres of water a day is very good for overall health and people indulging in exercises should drink even more. 

    While working out, the body sweats losing its water and electrolytes. As a result, it is important to hydrate your body by replenishing it with fluids.

    However, it is better to drink only water for hydration and not the likes of fruit juice. For a healthier body, it is wise to eat fruits whole. Wholesome fruits control hunger pangs and prevent unhealthy snacking between meals. 

    Other popular post-workout meals 

    1. Protein Popcorns

    Low fat or fat-free popcorn is a popular post workout meal these days. Popcorn is the richest source of glycogen storage while a spoonful of chocolate whey protein powder can nourish the muscles after exercises.

    2. Apple with Almond Butter

    This is a widely popular post-workout meal these days. A plate of apple with almond butter is recommended by many fitness experts. The combination of apple and almond replenishes the weary muscles to a considerable degree.

    3. Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

    As the name suggests, this is one of the most interesting and quirky post-workout meals. Packed with protein, banana and peanut butter ensures a good deal of long-lasting energy. Add a pinch of cinnamon to make the smoothie flavoursome. Apart from that, fitness experts also recommend including useful additions to the drink like kale.

    4. Sun-butter and Dates

    Another rich and wholesome post workout meal is a combination of sun-butter and dates. 

    Since dates are packed with potassium, it is considered a great post-workout food. Dates are also known for flushing out excess sodium and water content out of the body. [3]

    Additionally, sun-butter is an important source of proteins. Since sun-butter is extracted from sunflower seeds, people with nut-allergies can consume it without any worry.

    5. Turmeric and Sardine fish

    After an intense exercise, it is natural for the muscles to inflame since it stores lactic acid. Including turmeric in a post-workout meal is essential since it has tremendous anti-inflammatory properties

    Sardine fish is another great post-workout food.  Sardines are loaded with omega 3 and calcium apart from scores of other essential nutrients. Therefore, they are considered as great post-workout meals.

    It is important to understand the fact that both post and pre-workout meals are essential for the rejuvenation of the body. However, pre-workout meals determine the consumption of a post-workout meal. If you have had sufficient food before exercise, it is generally recommended to limit your food intake post-exercise.


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