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  1. 14 Dull Skin Remedies Your Ancestors Used

    remedies dull skinThere are commercials for wrinkle reducers and skin tighteners, but you rarely see dull skin remedies.

    Which doesn’t make sense because wrinkles and sags aren’t the only skin issues you deal with as you age.

    At some point, most people are going to look in the mirror and see something…different. It’s hard to identify what’s changed at first.

    There are no new wrinkles. Nothing’s sagging more. But your skin seems duller. Gray. Flat. It’s not your imagination. Your skin does lose its glow the older you get.

    And that’s why you need dull skin remedies, as well as wrinkle reducers and other anti-aging suggestions.

    Luckily, there are dull skin remedies. Ways to counter the dullness and reclaim your youthful glow. And many of them have been around for centuries…

    Masks and Scrubs

    1. Coconut oil. While loved for centuries, coconut oil is only now becoming recognized as a mainstream dull skin remedy. When skin cells die, they become dull and lifeless. Coconut oil helps promote new skin cells, so that your face glows. Use it solo as a moisturizer, or combine it with honey for a fifteen minute face mask.

    2. Honey and oats. The truth is that you can combine honey with just about any of the dull skin remedies in this list and boost their benefits. It’s because honey is an antiseptic, as well as an antioxidant. It may even help reduce swelling and puffiness! For this mask, simply combine two tablespoons honey, three tablespoons powered oats, and an egg yolk. Apply the paste to your face and leave for fifteen minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

    3. Milk. Perhaps the best known of the ancient dull skin remedies, Cleopatra was renowned for her milk baths. You can retain your glowing skin without a full bath, however. Simply mix ¼ dry milk powder with just enough water to form a paste. Spread on your face, and let it dry. Rinse with warm water.

    4. Strawberries and honey. Another great dull skin remedy that includes honey, you’ll want to mash up fresh strawberries to go with a few drops of honey. The antioxidants in this combination will banish dullness. Apply a thick layer to your face and leave for twenty minutes. Rinse with cool water.

    5. Sugar scrub. Even if you’re trying to eat less sugar, you can still reap the benefits from a sugar scrub! It exfoliates without harsh chemicals – and it’s easy. Stir together one tablespoon of brown sugar and one tablespoon of white sugar. Add just enough water for a paste. Rub over your face, using a circular motion. It will remove the dead, dull skin, leaving glowing, beautiful skin behind. Wash your face as usual.

    6. Vinegar. According to legend, Helen of Troy – the face that launched 1000 ships – used vinegar to tighten her skin and keep it bright. Stir one cup apple cider vinegar into one cup of clean water. After you’ve washed your face, apply the solution with a cotton ball and let dry. Who needs a store-bought toner?

    7. Yogurt. The same milk proteins that make milk an effective dull skin remedy make yogurt one, too. Take plain yogurt – you don’t want flavors or fruit on the bottom for this – and coat your face with it. Let it stand for twenty minutes, then rinse.

    Healthy Habits to Do Away with Dullness

    Masks and scrubs can only do so much. Modern women can follow in the steps of their ancestors – and embrace what we’ve learned in the years since!

    8. Clean your face. Every single night. The most important thing you can do to keep your face and skin looking younger is to wash the day off before bed.

    9. Exercise. Working out isn’t just good for your heart and your waistline. It’s also an excellent dull skin remedy! Working up a sweat rinses out toxins and pollutants that have built up, making you look older than necessary.

    10. Exfoliate. The purpose of at least two of the above dull skin remedies is exfoliation. Don’t skip them just because you prefer another option. Exfoliation is key to beautiful skin because it clears away the dead, dull skin that’s giving you a flat complexion and allows new, younger looking skin to shine through. Choose an exfoliating dull skin remedy at least once a week.

    11. Hydrate. Hydrated skin is healthy skin, and healthy skin is beautiful skin. It’s really not hard. Drink plenty of fluids, and love what you see in the mirror.

    12. Moisturize. If cleaning is the most important thing you can do for your face, moisturizing is the second. Luckily, most of the dull skin remedies here will leave you with soft, supple, moisturized skin. Even if these masks take too long for daily use, find a good moisturizer and use it at least twice a day.

    13. Sleep. Your body uses the time when you’re asleep to restore and rejuvenate dry, dull skin. Make sure it has the time by getting the sleep you need. Aim for seven to eight hours per night, every night.

    14. Supplement. Work from the outside in to keep your skin looking gorgeous by taking a supplement that’s specifically designed to help do away with dullness – Lumivella, our anti-aging supplement that works all day, and all night, to keep you looking your very best for years to come.

    Just because you’re getting older doesn’t mean you have to get gray and lifeless. Love how you look again, with these dull skin remedies!

  2. Nutrient-Rich Sweet Treats and Desserts

    rich-nutrientEating empty calories just to sate a sweet tooth is so outdated. But does that mean that you have to give up desserts entirely?

    Not if you follow a few simple guidelines and focus on nutrient-rich sweet treats!

    Guidelines for Making Nutrient-Rich Desserts a Part of a Healthy Diet

    1. Remember that balance is the key. If you completely remove sweets and desserts from your diet, you’re more likely to overindulge rather than just have an occasional treat. So plan ahead and know what and when your next dessert is going to be. That way you never feel deprived and more likely to binge.

    2. Make substitutions in your favorite desserts to make them more nutrient-rich. Use fresh fruit that’s been macerated rather than jam or jelly. Swap whole grain flour for white flour and apple sauce or coconut oil for vegetable oil. The options are endless, and your food will still taste delicious.

    3. Search out nutrient-rich desserts. Sweets and treats can be healthier and still be satisfying. Expand your horizons a bit, and try new flavors and textures. Yes, you can certainly make substitutions in your standbys, but spread your wings and try new desserts, too. You very well may find new favorites to go along with your old favorites.

    4. Remember that portions matter. No one wants to weigh every bite and count every calorie. We get that. But portions do matter, and to stay healthy, you need to remember that. Even nutrient-rich desserts can be high in calories and sugar. So, have a single serving – and make sure it actually is a single serving.

    5. Stay healthy in other aspects of your life. It’s easier to work nutrient-rich treats into your diet without causing damage to your health when you’re generally healthy to begin with. Make sure you’re getting plenty of vegetables, lean proteins, healthy carbs, and good-for-you fats. Move every day. Aim for your 10,000 steps, along with thirty minutes of exercise daily. The occasional indulgence is hardly a drop in the bucket when you’re maintaining health in every other way.

    Nutrient-Rich Desserts to Get You Started

    Now that you’re ready to try nutrient-rich sweets, where do you even start? How about right here! And just in time for the holiday baking season…

    Chocolate Coconut Truffles

    The fresh fruit, dark chocolate, coconut, and avocado all combine to take these from empty calorie treats to nutrient-rich ones!

    INGREDIENTS

    • 140 grams dark chocolate (higher percentage of cacao the better)
    • ½ avocado
    • ¼ cup mixed berries (think blueberries, raspberries, pomegranate and/or cherries , whatever you prefer)
    • Pinch of salt
    • 2 T pure maple syrup
    • ½ t pure vanilla extract
    • Shredded coconut

    DIRECTIONS

    1. Stirring constantly, melt chocolate over a double boiler. Remove once melted, but before chocolate starts to scorch.
    2. Add the avocado, berries and vanilla to a food processor or blender and combine until smooth.
    3. Drizzle in the melted chocolate, a pinch of salt and the maple syrup. Blend until smooth. The mixture will be very runny. Put mixture into the freezer until you can roll it into a ball and have it still hold its shape.
    4. Once chocolate is firm, roll a heaped teaspoon of the mixture into a ball, then roll in the shredded coconut.
    5. Place in a dish lined with parchment paper and refrigerate until ready to serve.

    Apple Oat Crumble

    Fresh fruit and whole grains make this a seasonal, nutrient-rich treat everyone will enjoy.

    INGREDIENTS

    • 2 medium apples (granny smith or macoun have a nice tartness that works well with the sugar, and a texture that will hold up to the baking, but any variety will do)
    • 2 T fresh lemon juice
    • 2 T packed dark brown sugar
    • 1/4 c water
    • 1/4 c old-fashioned rolled oats
    • 1/8 t ground cinnamon
    • 1/8 t salt
    • 2 t cold unsalted butter, cut into bits

    DIRECTIONS

    Preheat oven to 375°F.

    Slice apples into thin slices, or dice into medium sized cubes. Leave the skins on for a truly nutrient-rich dessert.

    Toss with lemon juice and 1 T brown sugar. Transfer to oven-safe baking dish and sprinkle with water. Cook for about 20 minutes.

    While baking, combine dry ingredients. Cut butter into dry ingredients until crumbly. Sprinkle over cooked apples, and return to oven for another 25-30 minutes, or until topping is golden brown and apples are bubbling.

    Serve hot or at room temperature.

    Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Everybody needs a good chocolate chip cookie recipe in their repertoire. So why not make it a nutrient-rich chocolate chip cookie? No one will ever know the difference.

    INGREDIENTS

    • 6 T unsalted butter
    • 1/3 c granulated sugar
    • 1/2 c brown sugar, lightly packed
    • 3 T honey
    • 2 t pure vanilla extract
    • 1/2 t espresso powder
    • 1/2 t butterscotch or butter-rum flavor, optional
    • 3/4 t salt
    • 1 T cider vinegar
    • 1 large egg
    • 1/2 t baking soda
    • 1/2 t baking powder
    • 2 c White Whole Wheat Flour or Organic White Whole Wheat Flour
    • 2 2/3 to 3 cups dark chocolate chips

    DIRECTIONS

    • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment.
    • In a large bowl, beat together the butter, sugars, honey, vanilla, espresso powder, butter-rum flavor, and salt until smooth.
    • Beat in the vinegar, egg, baking soda, and baking powder.
    • Stir in the flour, then the chocolate chips, mixing just until combined.
    • Drop the dough, by tablespoonfuls, onto the prepared baking sheets.
    • Bake the cookies for 10 to 11 minutes until their bottoms are barely starting to brown (gently lift one up to peek). If they look underdone, that’s really okay. These are meant to be soft and chewy.
    • Remove the cookies from the oven, and allow them to cool for 10 minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool completely.

    And want to make these or any of your favorite desserts even more nutrient-rich? Just add a scoop  of BenVia Gold ground chia seed.

    Packed with the vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and fiber to make any recipe nutrient-rich, BenVia Gold is perfect for just about any baked good you’re craving.

    Plus, it imparts a subtle, nutty crunch, making it perfect for your favorite treats!

    Nutrient-rich doesn’t have to mean bland, blah, or boring. Not with these recipes, and not with BenVia Gold ground chia seed!

  3. BP Complete 120 Benefits: Help Improve Your Blood Pressure in 3 Steps

    Benefits BP Complete 120When we set out to develop our new blood pressure supplement, BP Complete 120, we knew exactly what we wanted the BP Complete 120 benefits to be.

    We wanted natural blood pressure support, based on cutting edge research, with no off-putting or frightening side effects.

    And if we could happen to make the last BP Complete 120 benefit be a tightly focused formula that only uses the best ingredients, well, that would be ideal. Continue reading

  4. Fight a Cold With These 5 Ultra-Nutritious Drink Recipes

    cold fightYou wash your hands regularly, use tissues when you sneeze, and make sure to get plenty of sleep.

    But with winter upon us, it’s sensible to wonder if you’re doing everything you can to fight a cold and stay healthy.

    If you’re looking to go the extra mile and supercharge your immune system – and who isn’t this time of year? – try these ultra-nutritious drink recipes, the easy and delicious way to fight a cold. Continue reading

  5. The Ultimate All-Natural Ear Wax Treatment

    treatment ear waxLet’s be honest – ear wax is not something people talk about.

    It’s hardly something people think about.

    But if you’re looking for an ear wax treatment, suddenly you wish more people would talk about it!

    Because even if you’ve never thought about it a day in your life before now, by the time you need an ear wax treatment, you’ve probably been thinking about it a lot! Continue reading

  6. Clean Your Lungs Naturally in 12 Easy Steps

    lungs clean yourDetoxing is all the rage these days.

    You’ll find articles on how to clean your liver, your kidneys, your digestive tract...

    But did you know you could also clean your lungs? And doing so is important!

    So many people smoked when they were younger, before society knew just how bad it was for your health.

    But even if you’ve never smoked a day in your life, you’ve inhaled pollutants, toxins, and chemicals. There’s just no way to avoid them all.

    Luckily, it’s easier than you may realize to clean your lungs. Simply follow these steps, and you’ll clean your lungs naturally, in just three days! Continue reading

  7. 8 Ways to Improve Night Vision At Any Age

    night vision improveMost articles that talk the talk about vision only address daytime vision.

    And they always seem to ignore ways to improve night vision. Why?

    You still need to see once the sun goes down, after all!

    Which is why in this article, we’re going to break out of the usual routine and look at how to improve night vision, so you can still see in the evenings.

    You may learn some new tricks – and be surprised to find out that some of the steps you’ve taken to protect your daytime vision are helping improve night vision, too. Continue reading

  8. Tasty Beauty Recipes Revive Your Skin’s Glow

    recipes beautyTopical ointments can only do so much to help revive your skin’s glow, so it’s important to work from the inside out, too.

    Which means diet, beauty recipes, and supplements are vital to looking your best.

    But what if you’re not the greatest in the kitchen? Or just don’t enjoy making elaborate meals?

    That’s when it’s important to know which foods work to help protect your skin – and have a few simple, delicious beauty recipes you can reach for.

    Mix and match any of these foods to create your own beauty recipes, or try one of ours, as is or for inspiration. Continue reading

  9. What Does Your Tongue Say About You and Your Health?

    health tongueYou can’t always tell much about your health just by looking in the mirror – unless you’re looking in the right place: your tongue.

    That’s right. You may be able to tell what’s going on with your health by paying attention to your tongue!

    Look for any of these tell-tale signs, because your tongue could be telling you more than you ever imagined. Continue reading

  10. Shrink Your Stomach Naturally with 10 Quick Techniques

    stomach shrink yourIf you’ve already turned your health around, or if you’re just looking to start, there tends to be one stubborn area that seems hardest to shrink: your stomach.

    Belly fat has a reputation for being some of the hardest to lose – which is even more frustrating because it’s also some of the most detrimental to your health.

    However, there are ways to shrink your stomach, even if you’ve already changed up your diet and embraced crunches! Continue reading

  11. The Mysterious Link Between Wine and Sex

    sex and wineEverybody knows there’s a mysterious link between wine and sex.

    After all, even when the restaurant’s overcrowded and the meal is mediocre, all it takes is a little wine and the evening can take a decidedly romantic turn.

    And it’s more than just the liquid courage that comes from a couple of cocktails, because hard liquor doesn’t have quite the same effect.

    In fact, at least one study showed that red wine has a greater effect on sexual desire and arousal than other liquors or abstaining completely.

    So why do wine and sex go so well together? Researchers are finally beginning to figure it out… Continue reading

  12. What Does Your Eye Color Say About Your Health?

    You and your doctor use several markers to predict your health, but you may not even be aware of this one – your eye color.

    As it turns out, eye color can indicate health risks you may be facing.

    Now, eye color isn’t a diagnostic tool – just because your eyes are a certain color doesn’t guarantee you’ll have any of these conditions – but it may help you understand and take precautions. Continue reading

  13. Get These 9 Essential Brain Nutrients in Everyday Foods

    nutrients brainNo one thinks about brain nutrients when they’re younger.

    Memories are sharp, decisions are easy, and learning is a snap.

    Then you have your first “senior moment” and you realize that maybe it’s time to start thinking about brain health, specifically, along with overall health in general.

    Those brain nutrients become a little more important.

    Luckily, the brain nutrients you need to stay sharp for years to come are easy to find, and come wrapped in delicious packages! Continue reading

  14. How Much Exercise is Enough Exercise?

    exercise enoughEveryone talks about the fact that staying active is vital to maintaining overall health and independence.

    Nobody talks much about what that means, though.

    How much exercise is enough? What kind of exercise do they mean?

    What’s the difference between exercise and activity? The list of questions goes on and on.

    So we’ve compiled all the information you need in one place.

    From activity to exercise to avoiding over exercising. You’ve got questions. We’ve got the answers… Continue reading

  15. The Foolproof Plan to Stop Dieting for Good

    dieting stopLosing and gaining, and losing and gaining again – there’s reason to believe yo-yo dieting is as unhealthy as being overweight.

    And yet it’s a cycle so many people have fallen into.

    Luckily, others are finally coming to realize the dangers of fad diets and are trying to stop dieting for good.

    If you’re ready to get off the diet roller coaster, you can.

    There are ways to be healthy, lose weight, and stop dieting. Continue reading

  16. Improve Blood Flow in 60 Seconds

    blood flow improveOften, when men are looking to improve performance in the bedroom they focus on two things: stress levels and diet.

    These are essential factors to an exciting sex life, but they aren’t the only ones.

    Too often, men forget about the need to improve blood flow in order to get the physical response they’re looking for.

    Don’t be one of these men!

    Blood flow is the key to a strong, powerful, long-lasting erection.

    But you can’t just focus on what’s going on between your legs.

    Improve blood flow throughout your entire body, and blood flow will increase where you need it most.

    Remember, poor blood flow in any part of the body probably means poor blood flow in every part of the body. Continue reading

  17. Why Am I So Thirsty?

    thirsty soBeing thirsty occasionally is normal.

    Everyone goes too long without a drink of water.

    But if it seems you are just so thirsty all of the time, then you may be wondering what’s going on.

    Let’s look at seven common conditions that might cause you to be thirsty.

    Then, you can deal with them appropriately, instead of guessing! Continue reading

  18. 5 Muscle Trigger Points to Ease Pain

    trigger points muscleWhen you’re in pain, you want it to stop. That’s a given.

    But when you have long-term, ongoing pain, you know it’s not always as easy as popping a pill.

    After all, you want the pain to stop, but you don’t want to live your life constantly on medications, either.

    That’s what makes muscle trigger points that ease pain such an important tool in your pain management skill set.

    They are a completely natural, medication-free way of easing pain.

    You read that correctly: muscle trigger points do not use medicine to ease your pain.

    If you’re familiar with acupressure, those are the muscle trigger points we’re talking about.

    If you’re not familiar, or you want to know more, here’s how it works… Continue reading

  19. Eliminate Bloating and Gas: 9 Quick Fixes That Last

    bloating and gas eliminatingIt’s embarrassing. It’s uncomfortable. It’s bloating and gas.

    And when it hits, you feel like you’re the only one who’s ever experienced anything like it.

    However, it’s incredibly common, and luckily, it’s easy to manage.

    You just have to take some easy steps and you’ll eliminate bloating and gas once and for all. Continue reading

  20. Trouble Staying Hard: 5 Common Habits Hurting Your Erections

    staying hard troubleHere’s the truth: every man has trouble staying hard at some point in his life.

    So know that it’s not just you, no matter how it feels.

    If you’re having trouble staying hard more consistently than you’d like, it’s important that you deal with that.

    So you eat right, get exercise, and try to keep your stress under control.

    But what if you’re still having trouble staying hard?

    Maybe it’s time to think outside the box and look at these common, but unexpected, habits that could be hurting your erections.

    Continue reading

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