Beauty Issues That Are Embarrassing To Talk About (But You Should!) April 6, 2016April 7, 2016The DivaGals Leave a Comment We know you sometimes worry about what makes you beautiful inside and out. So you make improvements in your workouts and eat more healthy. We admit, this is a good place to start when you’re trying to improve how you look and feel — but it’s not the complete story. You could eat healthy, exercise regularly and still be checking your efforts to factors that you’ve completely overlooked. What are these factors we hear you ask? Let’s break ’em down for yah! Your Sleep Pattern Many people don’t realize just how important a good night sleep is for your body. It’s not just about making sure you are ready for work the next day. Sleep helps keep the body healthy. Sleep is your body’s chance to regenerate and rejuvenate from all the negative impacts of the day. A good rest can leave you looking radiant. Skimp on sleep and your skin will look dull. Sleep experts believe you need to get at least eight hours of sleep per day to function at your best level. You can probably function at significantly less than this, but less sleep can affect your productivity. And did you know inadequate sleep can disrupt your weight loss efforts? So what keeps you up most of the time? Physical factors, like a sore back, can affect your rest. If that’s the case, one of the first things that you should be looking at is your mattress. If it’s not providing enough support, it could be the culprit for the sleep problem. Tempur + Sealy mattresses, which are designed to deliver a topnotch night’s sleep, could alleviate some of your problems. And then there’s stress! Stress can have a massive impact on sleep. Stressful thoughts can keep you awake, completely throwing off your sleeping pattern. So what can you do? You can make sure that you’re eating, at least one banana a day. Bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, which is known to help you to relax, improve your mood and cause you to feel happier. You might also want to try switching off any electrical devices in the room. Research has shown laptops, tablets and phones can disrupt a sleeping pattern, so shut them down. Trying having a warm drink, close your eyes and let yourself slip away. You may want to have a look at www.helpguide.org/articles/sleep/how-to-sleep-better/ for some more helpful tips. Your Bowel Movements Yep, we are getting into some serious ish – literally! Your bowel movement plays an integral part in the health of your body. It allows you to get the minerals and nutrients you need from food before passing the waste. If you’re constipated or you’re having issues with your bowel then it could point to a more serious problem. Or, as shown on www.TheAlternativeDaily.com/best-way-to-poop/, it might be the way you’re pooing. A busted gut can contribute to the development of acne, rosacea, eczema and a variety of other skin rashes. Problems with bowel movements can commonly be treated by changing the diet. Drink more water and eat less junk food. Eat a little healthier, and you should see your bowel movements come out just fine — and your skin glow! Your Immune System Do you ever think about your immune system when you think about your health. Your immune system is important as it helps you fight off bugs and illnesses. It’s the reason you can’t catch the same illness twice. Once you get it the first time, your immune system naturally fights it off. Many people are unaware of the damage they can do to their immune system, and the biggest culprit is overdoing antibotics. As a society, we’ve grown accustomed to taking too many antibiotics. We take drugs for everything, from a minor headache to a common cold. When we do this, we are weakening our immune system because it is no longer fighting viruses. The issue, of course, is what happens when the body meets a virus drugs cannot fight against. The immune system fails as well, and suddenly we’re in serious trouble. It’s for this reason that you shouldn’t immediately reach for a pill when you have a medical issue. See if your body can handle it on its own for you first. Your Skin Care Some of us do worry about the health of our skin, though perhaps for the wrong reason. Many worry about the rate at which our skin ages rather than actual damage. And as brown girls, we sometimes feel we don’t need sunscreen. But the sun is always dangerous to our skin. This site www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/ has info on the best lotions to use, and can help you find the right one for your skin tone. If you don’t use protection it could allow cancer or melanomas to develop. It’s one of the reasons that experts advise you to wear suntan lotion whenever you’re under the sun’s rays. Your Stress We’ve already talked about the impact stress can have on our sleep. But stress can also have a profound and severe effect on our physical and mental health. When this happens, you might start to see physical symptoms of stress on the body. Symptoms could include hair loss or weight gain. This can happen even when an individual is eating right. That’s why you should always be trying to reduce levels of stress in your life. One idea for reducing stress is a yoga practice. Yoga clears the mind and rejuvenates the body at the same time. People who complete yoga often speak of how refreshed they feel afterwards. From the stretching to the breathing exercises, the body can feel relaxed and calm, even after a vigorous practice. Share This!