Healthy Eating And The Great Sugar Scandal

I live in England and first visited America in 1978; not long after cheap transatlantic flights became available for the first time.

Until that point the bulk of my knowledge of the USA came from Hollywood, or the myriad American televisions shows that came our way from early childhood. The TV shows, especially, supplied a kind of shared experience that some parts of the rest of the world have with Americans. In some respects I suppose we felt that we knew America.

When the opportunity came to finally go there I knew that once I was home again there would be lots of questions from family and friends. People would want to know what it was really like: What did I see? Where did I go? Who did I meet and so on? From the moment I arrived I was on the look-out for impressions to take back.

The odd thing was that initially there were none. Or rather there were impressions, but they were mainly that America was a lot like it was on TV. New York looked like New York, the people had American accents and they really did say ‘Have a nice day’.

I began to think that I was going to return to England without any anecdotes or news to swap over a pint in the pub. We will leave the best anecdotes for another day and concentrate instead on the two things that I noticed that never came across on TV – at least not back then.

Firstly, the highly formatted and slick television shows mainly showed attractive and wealthy people in salubrious surroundings. Yet in more than one city in America I found myself in ghetto areas; places you wouldn’t want to be. The poverty and squalor were obvious and back then I felt that it was somewhat under-reported.

The second revelation was the obesity problem. I had never before seen so many fat people in one place. In fact, that was my main takeaway from my whole American vacation,’ Hey everybody, you won’t believe how fat Americans are!’

That was 1978. Just a few years later, around 1984, my company sent me to Aarhus in Denmark, a sea port where the diet seemed to be centred around fish, particularly herring, as I recall.

On that occasion I wasn’t particularly anxious to go home and supply reports on the state of Denmark, but nevertheless, I was left with one overriding impression of my visit: the Danes were very slim compared to the British.

It was then that I put two and two together and realised that we (the Brits) were trailing along on American coattails, yet again. We were definitely becoming obese and the trend started a little while after it happened to America, sometime in the 1970s.

Since that time I have learned that the trigger was the usage of High Fructose Corn Syrup that began in America around 1970 and went on a strong upward curve thereafter, though dipping a little since 2000.

Aside from the hideous HFCS, food manufacturers have for a long time been adding sugar to absolutely everything that comes in a can or a packet. Check the labels of just about anything -even weight loss foods – and you will see that sugar is added. Given that Western society is hopelessly reliant on convenience foods this pretty much amounts poisoning the population.

Reuters recently reported that health related issues are costing America around $200 billion per year and researchers at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania say that obese men will generate around $1,500 medical costs per person per year and overweight women with cost double that amount.

In the 1960s around 13% of the American adult population were obese; today it’s over 35%.

Just how much sugar are Americans loading up with? From all sources it’s around 45 tsp per day per person, or around 152 lbs of sugar per year. That’s about 150 lb more than an early America settler would have consumed.

Clearly, this amounts to a major international scandal. Sugar is tasty and addictive. The food manufacturers well understand the problem that they have created, but left to their own devices they will do nothing about it.

Although some government officials in various countries may whinge and whine on the matter from the margins, there is nothing very positive or constructive being done anywhere.

For the time being if you want to live as healthily as possible, for as long as possible, you will have to take responsibility for your own health and your family’s, otherwise at some point in your lives there will in all probability be consequences.

Issues and Concerns on

Being beautiful is regarded with high market value. For this reason, not only the celebrities and media persons take extras care on their skin, everyone who wants to stand out among the crowd would do all the things to achieve self-esteem by having a flawless skin.

Although various skin care products are out in the market, still many individuals, including celebrities resort to the natural way of maintaining a distinctive appeal. Because of the study which revealed that many commercial beauty products contain harmful ingredients, the cosmetic s and skin care industry has opened its doors to the safer alternative skin care products.

Using is not futile, as some individuals may think. Contrary to other people’s assumption, continuous and habitual use of natural plant extracts can improve the skin’s health. In fact, the antioxidants that are used by manufacturers of skin care products are from plant extracts.

Ideally, natural beauty skin care items are screened and approved by the FDA before it comes out in the market. But because of the increasing demand, several manufacturers illegally distribute counterfeit products which are not approved by the FDA. As a result, some consumers of organic skin care products contend that the use of natural herbs is harmful.

The fact is, majority of the dermatologist recommend the use of skin treatments with organic ingredients because they are less irritating and seldom to produce side effects. Organic ingredients are safe to be introduced in a living cell such as the skin because it is not regarded by our immune defenses as foreign substances. Hence, better absorption of beneficial nutrients is highly attainable.

However, you should remember that consistency in using the product t is an important factor for its efficiency. Some natural beauty skin care product users say that organic ingredients are not effective, but this could be because of two reasons; first, because of short-term usage of the product. Typically, an organic skin treatment would bring significant and visible results in a matter of two months of habitual use. Secondly, expired product. Although natural ingredients are used as an ingredient, preservatives are still needed to keep those it active. However, some manufacturers fail to include the product expiration in the container. Hence, some will mistakenly think that it all natural skin treatments are defective.

How to Own a Successful Profitable Beauty Salon and Spa

It is generally recognized that a crucial element for owning a successful and profitable beauty salon is the creation of impact advertising; in other words, getting your message across to the consumers, who eventually are the decision makers regarding your success!

Unfortunately, many salon owners either advertise in the wrong media or believe they will gain recognition by trial-and-error methods. These are both usually ultimately costly, inefficient and non-effective methods. If you are determined to make a success of your beauty salon business by developing and fully utilizing professional and proven marketing strategies, then getting it in front of the right audience of consumers is critical. A complete online dedicated service can provide you with the tools and expertise to promote and significantly expand your consumer base and salon business.

How to achieve a professional and creative difference

With the Internet facilities available today for practically everyone, everywhere, a useful website is relatively easy to create, attracting an audience from the Internet traffic, is another and critical factor! Yet a more important aspect is once they click on the site, how do you keep them there, get their attention and most important, a positive response that makes them your client or customer? In these hi-tech days, knowledge, awareness, expertise, and experience in any specific service or sales environment is crucial and this is where, for any existing or potential beauty salon owner. This is just one reason why with professional help you can be successful and equally important, profitable.

The first course of action for anyone owning a business is to use a website in marketing and promoting their service or product, but, it must be stressed, that just by this action, consumers will not be clamoring for your offering. Your website serves as a virtual identity for your beauty salon and spa that should be designed with the purpose of creating interest and providing useful information to an audience. In other words, you should be showing future clients who you are, where you are located and critically, how they can benefit by becoming your client!

Here is an example of what your potential clients ate looking for! If you go to a movie, you want to know what you are paying for and what you hope to receive for your money and time. Movie studios spend vast sums of money promoting a new movie and the actors playing the roles. They invest in professionals to get the best available talent because they have to stir up the interest and the desire in their consumers. As a beauty salon owner you are competing in a high volume, artistic and creative environment; are you seeing the comparisons here? You want to send a message that you can make a significant difference to people in not only their appearances but who they are. This is why you need that professional talent and expertise in getting your particular message seen and understood!

Become a Featured Salon or Spa

There has been considerable research conducted regarding the influence that advertising related to beauty and fashion, has on women and their male counterparts. This is a contributing reason why there are highly successful beauty salons and spas and the others! For you, there is the opportunity to place your business ahead of the rest, which should be inviting you to ask the question, how? The professional image you present is critical; therefore, a personalised and dedicated page should be created that will include:

  • A logo that will also be viewed by audiences on a Homepage
  • Your own Tag-line next to your Logo
  • An impressive Full-width Header Image
  • Your own designed description as you want it displayed
  • “Gallery images” showcasing your Salon and Spa faculties and interiors
  • “More Information” such as a Rate card, Brochure, marketing visuals
  • Unique promotion of your Salon and Spa “Special Offers” with innovation

Branding your name

Branding, a term that goes back to the Old and Wild West when cattle ownership was identified by a branding mark, or “logo” on their skins. Likewise, branding your salon or spa must be recognised as a crucial and integral aspect in the development of your business, for long-term success! It is not only a visual promotional impact tool but also one that can stimulate various emotions, including those founded on experiences. By professional brand recognition, you are committing and communicating the basic qualities and service of your business to potential customers. At the same time, you are reinforcing them in the minds of your existing clients.

Your customers have their own desires and expectations from your beauty salon or spa and how you communicate what you are offering to them by way of your website, is of the utmost importance. It should be in the form of answering unasked questions from consumers, such as your salon offering top quality styling and colouring services that may cost more because of the quality, or are you providing a fast, but inexpensive service; for people in a hurry? Your website should be directed firstly, towards impacting your brand name with consumers, with positive associations. This serves the purpose, among others, of enhancing the value they have received and for potential customers, helping to make their selection easier!

Your key element

It has been determined by various research that general usage of the Internet is continually increasing, with an emphasis placed on the younger members of households. People in all walks of life are turning to the convenience and informative power of the internet to find services and products, as well as locating suitable providers in their area. The creation and promotion of a website for your beauty salon or spa should be regarded as an essential marketing strategy and service to consumers. It is also a critical factor in your remaining competitive, not only in the present market conditions but those in the future!

A Natural Beauty Skin Care Product That Works For Me

Every women wants to look beautiful and to achieve that, they need to have a glowing skin, the first impression is very important. However in the quest for the best beauty skin care products, women use a wide variety of creams for different purposes. But there is a big problem with this approach, you are hurting your skin.

Using different creams on your skin can actually do more harm than good, as a matter of fact is much better to use just creams from the same brand name product. But the problem is that most companies use cheap chemicals in their products, which is not healthy for your skin even if it cover up wrinkles.

You may like your cream because it moisturizes your skin and makes it feel good, but be careful, because most beauty products use chemicals, parabens,petrolatum, mineral oil, alcohol and other substances that cause side effects.

For example there are many creams that use alcohol as ingredient to cover up imperfections and wrinkles, that may work as a quick fix, but in reality you are harming your skin because alcohol drys your skin.

Natural Creams

The best option are that not only moisture your skin but provide the nutrients that help to heal your skin from the inside out, cleaning your pores and penetrating deep in to the 7 layers of your skin.

Avocado extract, manuka honey, grape seed oil, jojoba oil, water, vitamin c are some of the best natural ingredients which also have anti aging properties.