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  1. 9 Surefire Ways to Fade Sunspots

    sunspots fadeAt this point in your life, you know to wear natural sunscreen and stay in the shade as much as possible.

    But what about the sunburns you got when you were younger, and either didn’t know or, let’s be honest, didn’t care?

    Is it possible to fade the sunspots that are on your skin?

    The answer is yes! Absolutely!

    And it doesn’t even require peels, or chemicals, or anything that has to be done in an office.

    These ways to help fade your sunspots can be done right at home, with all natural ingredients that you may already have.

    What You’re Reversing

    The reason that sun exposure ages you is because it slows the production of collagen and elastin.

    These are the two proteins that keep your skin firm, tight, and supple, bouncing back day after day.

    As you age, your body stops making as much collagen naturally – and sun exposure slows it even further.

    The sun also slows the natural exfoliation of your skin. The dead skin cells don’t slough off as readily, and the new skin cells don’t grow in as quickly.

    And sun causes permanent discoloration – known as sun or age spots – that can make you look far older than you really are.

    Unfortunately, the impact is cumulative, so you have years of days in the sun to reverse. Luckily, you also have these ten ways to do it.

    1. Aloe Vera. The malic acid in aloe vera improves skin elasticity to reduce wrinkles. Its zinc helps shrink pores to keep skin looking younger. And aloe vera helps form collagen, to fade sunspots. This versatile plant still isn’t done. It helps moisturize, but won’t cause breakouts because it reduces excessive oils in the skin. Scrape the gel from a leaf of the plant – or buy 100% aloe gel at the store – and apply to clean skin, by massaging in a circular motion for five minutes. Let sit for twenty minutes. Wash face as usual.

    2. Avocado. If you want smooth, creamy skin, reach for this smooth, creamy fruit. All the nutrients – the vitamins B, C, E, and K, the selenium, potassium, and more – that make avocado so good for your health make it equally as good for your skin and diminshing sunspots! Not only does avocado moisturize, it repairs old, aging skin and encourages new skin cell growth, all while helping flush toxins from the cells. Mash the flesh of one whole avocado until it’s paste. Apply to clean skin, and leave on for thirty minutes. Wash as usual.

    3. Bananas. What does your skin need? Hydration? More collagen? Better elasticity? How about all of the above? Plus, fighting free radicals to further fade sunspots? Because the potassium, and vitamins B, C, and E deliver all that, and more. Mash two ripe bananas into a creamy paste. Apply as a mask onto clean skin, and leave for thirty minutes. Wash and moisturize as usual.

    4. Egg whites. This classic face mask is classic for a reason. Egg whites tighten skin and shrink pores, so skin looks smoother. The proteins, magnesium, potassium, and riboflavin in egg whites support tissue repair and help fade sunspots. Just separate the whites from the yolk, then apply only the white to clean skin. Let dry and sit for fifteen minutes. Rinse with water.

    5. Honey. If there’s a single, natural way to fade sunspots that’s even better than banana, it’s honey. Honey keeps skin hydrated…exfoliates to minimize sun spots…promotes new skin cell growth…AND keeps skin elastic, so it bounces back. Apply one teaspoon of organic honey to clean face, using a circular motion. Let it sit for twenty minutes, then wash as usual.

    6. Lemon juice. Don’t be afraid of the citric acid in lemon juice. It’s perfect for reducing sunspots and other signs of aging! First, lemon juice is an exfoliant, so fresh skin can be revealed. But then it also acts as a toner and shrinks pores, so skin looks smoother. It increases skin’s elasticity, and it’s still not done. Lemon juice also gives skin a youthful glow. So squeeze the juice of one lemon and dab it on with a cotton ball. Leave it for thirty minutes, then wash as usual.

    7. Olive oil. If you haven’t started using olive oil on your skin yet, you’re missing out. Not only is it a deep moisturizer, but it’s packed with vitamins A and E, powerful antioxidants that counter the effects of free radicals, beat back oxidative stress, and practically turn back the hands of time. Simply massage organic, pure olive oil into your face and neck for about five minutes before bed. Wash your face as usual as part of your morning routine.

    8. Pineapples. Since pineapples are loaded with antioxidants, they are excellent at fading sunspots and minimizing signs of aging. Put ½ c pineapple in a blender until you have a paste. Massage into your neck and face, then leave for twenty minutes. Wash as usual, making sure to use warm water.

    9. Yogurt. You probably didn’t realize that your favorite mid-day snack could also help fade sunspots, did you? And it does so on many levels. Yogurt can exfoliate and moisturize, smooth out blotchiness and discoloration, dissolve dead skin, and tighten pores – all combining to give you a clean, glowing complexion. Be sure to use organic, plain yogurt. No fruit, and no flavor. Apply as a mask to clean skin. Leave the yogurt in place for twenty to thirty minutes, then wash as usual.

    One Step Further

    You really can fade sunspots and other signs of aging right in your kitchen, but if you’re looking to go a step further, it helps to work from the inside, as well as from the out.

    Use whichever of these topical applications you like best – or several of them – but then add Lumivella to your beauty routine.

    Our specially designed anti-aging formula helps fade sunspots and so much more by boosting collagen production, and reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles, so you’ve got that glow of youth.

    Yes, working from the outside in to fade sunspots works. But why stop there when you don’t have to? Combine these tricks with Lumivella and keep them guessing at your true age!

  2. Erase Stiff Neck Pain For Good With These 6 Techniques

    neck pain stiffIt’s hard to explain what makes stiff neck pain so difficult to live with.

    You’re not sick. You’re not really injured. There’s no need for a cast or a brace.

    You can still move, go to work, and live your life. But it hurts, all the time.

    Which means stiff neck pain will take its toll on your mood, your energy level, and your quality of life. Even though “nothing’s wrong.”

    Well, we think if something is affecting your quality of life then something is wrong. And if something’s wrong, you deserve to have it managed.

    So, we’ve come up with these six ways for you to erase stiff neck pain and get your – pain-free – life back!

    1. Stay hydrated. Few people realize that dehydration can contribute to stiff neck pain, but it’s true. Your spine and neck are made up of discs, and young, healthy discs are made up of mostly water. As you age, they begin to dry out – and that’s when they can start getting stiff and painful. But when you drink water, you hydrate all of you, including the discs in your neck. Also, dehydration affects the muscles in your neck, making them stiff as well. Make sure you’re getting six to eight glasses of water a day. Your whole body, including your neck, will feel the benefits.

    2. Watch your phone usage. People get into trouble with their phones in a couple of different ways. First, be aware of how often you tuck your home phone between your ear and your shoulder. Yes, it gives you both hands free to do around the house while you’re on the phone, but it also contributes to stiff neck pain. But you’re not out of the woods just because you have a smart phone. Not if you’re holding your phone chest-height and looking at it with your neck bent down. That position is fine every now and then, but not as often as most people check their phones. When you’re using your home phone, hold the receiver to your ear rather than cradle it on your shoulder. And whenever you check your smart phone, bring it to eye level. Yes, every time.

    3. Stretches. Maybe you didn’t think you could stretch your neck. Or maybe you were afraid to move it too much because stiff neck pain hurts. However, the right stretches, done gently, can make all the difference. The key is to not force anything, and to not rush. You should be in control of the motion. Don’t just sling your head around. The starting position for all three of these is: sitting upright in a chair, feet flat on the floor, hands resting on your thighs, chin up, and shoulders relaxed.

    • Slowly lower your chin to your chest. Hold. Return to upright. Slowly raise your face to the sky. Hold. Return to upright. Repeat 10 times.
    • Gently press your right ear towards your right shoulder. Do not lift your shoulder, and do not push your ear farther than it can go comfortably. Return to upright. Repeat on the left side. That’s one cycle. Perform the cycle 10 times.
    • Without moving your shoulders, turn your head as far to the left as it will go. Return to neutral. Turn your head as far to the right as you can. Return to neutral. Repeat 10 times.

    4. Use temperature therapy. Ice packs and heating pads can be an excellent way to reduce stiff neck pain, as both help alleviate pain AND address the possible physical causes of the pain. Use ice within the first 48 hours of experiencing stiff neck pain. Simply wrap ice in a towel, and rest it on your neck for fifteen to twenty minutes. Take it off for at least twenty minutes before reapplying, and never put ice directly on your skin. The ice helps numb the pain and reduces swelling. If, after two days, you’re still feeling some stiff neck pain, try heat. Use a heating pad on your neck, also for fifteen to twenty minutes. Never apply heat directly to your skin, and make sure to leave it off for at least twenty minutes before reapplying. Heat restores blood flow and helps relax muscles. During this time, you can alternate between ice and heat if you want, as well.

    5. Change sleep positions. Try to only sleep on your sides or back, not your stomach. When you’re on your sides and back, your neck is aligned and supported. When you’re on your stomach, your neck is forced into a hard right angle for hours at a time, which can cause stiff neck pain. Retraining yourself to fall asleep in a new position isn’t easy, but it could be worth it.

    6. Stock up on Soothanol X2. When you hurt, you want it to stop. Immediately. And that’s where Soothanol X2 comes in. Specially designed with a delivery system that speeds relief to the source of your pain, Soothanol X2 works in mere seconds. Because it’s a topical pain reliever, you don’t have to wait for it to work its way through your body. Instead, it targets your stiff neck pain directly. All without the scary side effects of prescription drugs.

    Don’t live with stiff neck pain. You know how bad it is, even if others don’t quite understand it.

    So erase it, and get back your quality of life.

  3. Coffee and Headaches – Is the Caffeine Helping or Hurting?

    headaches and coffeeWhenever there are two schools of thought on a topic, it’s hard to know which is true and which is false – as is the case with caffeine and headaches.

    Some people swear by caffeine’s ability to relieve headache pain.

    Other people swear that coffee is the cause of their headache pain.

    So which is it? Will coffee help your headache – or make it worse?

    The truth is: it depends.

    Read on, and we’ll look at how caffeine helps your headaches, and why it might cause them, too.

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  4. Achieve Better Joint Mobility With These Tips and Tricks

    mobility jointJoint mobility probably isn’t something people think about often – until they’ve started to stiffen up and lose mobility.

    At which point, joint mobility becomes more important than they ever expected.

    So don’t wait to deal with joint mobility until you’ve started to feel the effects of losing it.

    Start now, with these tips and tricks, and stay moving for years to come…

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  5. 4 Deadly Effects of the Beer Belly – And How to Lose It!

    beer belly theYou’re carrying a little extra weight around your middle, a bit of a beer belly, but that’s okay right?

    Because it’s just the beer belly, and your weight is fine otherwise.

    Sadly, no. The beer belly is a larger problem than you may realize.

    In fact, having a beer belly can be more dangerous to your health than a higher overall BMI.

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  6. My Doctor Gave Me the Wrong Diagnosis – Now What?

    diagnosis wrongGetting the wrong diagnosis for a medical condition isn’t just an irrational fear.

    It’s a fact of life for 12 million Americans every year.

    That’s almost 1 in 20 people who are given the wrong diagnosis.

    Suddenly, that concern feels far more plausible.

    In this article, we’re going to look at some of the most common misdiagnoses, and then empower you to get the medical advice you need in the aftermath of a wrong diagnosis.

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  7. Why a Lack of Fiber Could Be Killing You

    fiber lack ofThe average adult needs between 25 and 30 grams of fiber per day.

    Unfortunately, the average American adult only gets about 15 grams of fiber per day – just about half the amount you need!

    And it turns out this lack of fiber could be killing you.

    Sound alarmist? That’s because it’s alarming – but it’s also the truth.

    Getting enough fiber isn’t just about feeling fuller, longer, so you stick to your diet.

    It’s not even only about the sustained energy that comes from the healthy carbohydrates where most people find their fiber.

    Getting enough fiber is about fighting off diseases that can actually kill you.

    Now that we’ve gotten your attention, let’s look at what a lack of fiber is doing to your health…

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  8. The Ultimate Guide to Getting Crystal Clear Vision

    vision crystal clearDo you think that aging automatically means thicker glasses?

    Does it mean giving up sharp focus for blurry lettering?

    If so, we’ve got good news for you – you really can keep your crystal clear vision, even as you age!

    Yes, you have to be willing to make a bit of a commitment, but you’ve already committed to your health, so this is not much different.

    Getting crystal clear vision even has the same three commitments you make for overall health: diet, exercise, and behavior.

    And we’re about to look at all three of them –

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  9. 8 Critical Metabolism Vitamins Missing From Your Diet

    vitamins metabolismYou don’t worry about metabolism vitamins because you’re healthy.

    You eat well most of the time with a treat or two just often enough to keep you from feeling deprived.

    So you don’t worry about metabolism vitamins because you don’t have to.

    Except you probably should. Here’s why –

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  10. Stop Thinning Hair With These 9 Salon Secrets

    thinning hair stopIf you’re hoping to stop thinning hair, you’re not alone.

    60% of women experience thinning hair by age 70.

    And for men, those numbers are even higher – 85% of men are thinking about how to stop thinning hair by age 50!

    Don’t wait until thinning hair becomes a bald spot – or wide part – or an island.

    Listen to the experts, salon stylists, and stop thinning hair starting today.

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  11. The Answer to Instant Pain Relief is in Your Kitchen

    pain relief instant The drugstore is full of products promising instant pain relief.

    Unfortunately, that instant pain relief comes along with scary side effects and questionable ingredients.

    You can roll those dice and hope your health doesn’t suffer just because you needed instant pain relief, or you could stick to the all-natural route and look to your kitchen…

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  12. The Secret to Stronger Erections: How Your Health Affects Your Erections

    You know you should take better care of your health.

    You do. But there’s always a reason to order another round… or the chili fries… or sit and watch the game instead of go for a walk.

    Would it help make taking care of your health easier if we told you that doing so could support stronger erections and a better sex life?

    Now that we’ve got your attention, it’s true – your overall health is directly linked to your sexual health.

    Stronger erections. More powerful orgasms. Greater drive. You can get it all, by taking care of your health.

    Let’s look at how…

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  13. What Correcting Bad Posture Could Mean For Your Health

    bad posture correctingWhen you were younger, you were probably taught to sit up straight, walk with your shoulders back, and generally maintain proper posture.

    But that was years ago, and you’ve let it slide a bit.

    You don’t really think about correcting bad posture these days. That’s okay, right?

    Interestingly enough, it might not be. It turns out that correcting bad posture may have positive effects. And not just on your height, but on your overall health.

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  14. 9 Tips to Get the Best Urinary Function of Your Life

    function urinaryUrinary function is an aspect of health that most people never consider – until it becomes an issue.

    Suddenly, it seems you’re going all the time…not going completely enough…haven’t slept through the night in weeks…

    Whatever the specific reason, once you become aware of urinary function, it becomes important to deal with it!

    Or, you could take steps to keep your bladder healthy so you never have to worry about urinary function.

    Either way, if you’re looking to deal with restoring urinary function or you’re looking to maintain urinary health, these tips will get you back where you want to be – not worried about it!

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  15. 12 Quick and Fun Exercises to Improve Brain Function

    brain function improvePhysical function is important. Absolutely!

    It’s what keeps you mobile, independent, and active.

    But it’s not all there is.

    Brain function is just as important as physical function and health.

    Yet so many people just focus on the one and hope for the best when it comes to their brains, minds, and memories.

    Don’t roll the dice and hope for the best. Improve brain function and stay in shape mentally, as well as physically! It’s easier than you think…

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  16. 6 Vitamins to Turn Poor Sex into Marathon Sex

    sex poorYou don’t want to admit it, but your rich sex life has turned into a poor sex life in the last little while.

    Nothing’s stopped completely – it’s just not quite what it used to be. Or what you want it to be again.

    Your wife is patient, and as sexy as she ever was, so it’s not her. And you’re not happy with a poor sex life, so it’s not that you’ve checked out.

    It’s just that the body isn’t responding the way it used to.

    Before you give up and resign yourselves to a life of snuggling and falling asleep, check and make sure you’re getting enough of these powerhouse vitamins that are bound to turn poor sex into marathon sex!

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  17. 12 Tricks to Naturally Boost Your Body’s Collagen Production

    production collagenWant to know an anti-aging secret? There is no anti-aging secret.

    That’s right – when it comes to preventing and minimizing wrinkles, researchers have known what to do for generations.

    The key is to boost collagen production. It’s collagen production that keeps your skin smooth, plump, and wrinkle-free.

    And when you’re younger, your body makes all of the collagen it needs.

    As you age, collagen production slows down, just like so much else. But if you can boost collagen production, you can practically turn back the hands of time.

    No shots, no fillers, no harsh chemicals. Just the natural collagen your skin has depended on your whole life. So start here –

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  18. 17 Quick Ways to Thoroughly Cleanse Your Liver

    liver cleanse yourIn an ideal world, your body is designed to cleanse and detoxify without any help.

    But in today’s real world, it’s a different story.

    Your liver is exposed to chemicals, preservatives, and toxins that it was never designed to handle.

    Which is why it’s important to give your body the support it needs and cleanse your liver, so that it can function smoothly and well.

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  19. 5 Unknown Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid

    hyaluronic acid benefitsThere was a time, not long ago, that the only people who could reap the benefits of hyaluronic acid were people willing to risk painful, temporary injections.

    Luckily, that time has passed. Now, everyone can benefit from hyaluronic acid.

    The only problem today is that so few people know they should be considering the benefits of hyaluronic acid!

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  20. The Ultimate Guide to Stronger Joint Cartilage

    cartilage Joint There’s a lot of information out there about how to keep your joint cartilage – and in turn, your joints – healthy and strong.

    But sometimes, when there’s so much information, it’s easy to get confused. How much should you be moving your joints?

    Is there a way to protect joint cartilage? Which is better: ice or heat?

    You’ve got questions, so we’ve got answers. It’s time to cut through all of the noise, which is why we developed the ultimate guide to stronger joint cartilage!

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