Revlon, one of the largest cosmetic companies in the country, known for their supportive stance in breast cancer research, is talking the talk but not walking the walk.
A survey put out by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics uncovered the startling news that the cosmetic giant is selling products that contain cancer-causing and endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Even more disturbing is the fact that the company prides itself on being a champion in the fight against breast cancer. As a result of the survey’s findings, Revlon is under scrutiny by several communities and organizations dedicated to safeguarding consumers from the cosmetics we use.
The survey uncovered that many of their products, from hair dyes and mascara to lip gloss and eyeliners, contain toxic chemicals (see full list here). One of the many types of toxic chemicals, butylated compounds (look for BHA or BHT on labels), are antioxidants and preservatives used in cosmetics, food packaging and animal feed, and are actually banned in cosmetics in the European Union.
Ironically, Revlon’s Global Brand Ambassador Emma Stone says on their website, “The best part of being part of Revlon is all that they have done for breast cancer awareness and
New cosmetic product regulations from the state of California are not working. Intended to give consumers more information about the chemicals that are packed into their cosmetics, the new California Safe Cosmetics Program Product Database is failing to deliver.
Companies not reporting to the database
The program, which hit the net about a month ago, tries to rein in the 60-billion-dollar cosmetic industry, forcing transparency into the marketplace.
But some of the problems with this large transparency project include an uncooperative cosmetic industry, delayed participation in a database system and information on chemicals that hasn’t been updated for years.
“There are companies that haven’t been reporting to the state the ingredients that we should know about,” said Alexandra Scranton, director of science and research at advocacy group Women’s Voices for the Earth. Health advocates like Scranton have been a major voice for transparency in cosmetic products, hoping that California’s nine-year effort would help consumers avoid hazardous chemicals in their body care products.
State cosmetic database allows companies to keep “trade secrets”
The most disturbing part of this government program is that it contains a provision that lets companies keep their ingredients secret.
On the surface, the database sounds like
Formaldehyde is a highly toxic chemical that is still used under the guise of different ingredient names that don’t include “formaldehyde” in the title in a large number of products that are frequently in close contact with consumers. More often than not, even if we are diligent in avoiding formaldehyde as a known ingredient, we come in contact with this chemical quite a bit simply by proxy of other ingredients.
This is because many of the preservatives and antimicrobials still popularly used in modern day skin, body, hair and hygiene products are “formaldehyde releasers.” They actually begin to release this toxic chemical as they sit on your shelf. Formaldehyde is highly effective as a preservative; however, it is also highly toxic to our immune system, nervous system and is also a major carcinogen.
The longer these ingredientsage, the more formaldehyde they release and the more toxic your product becomes. This is because they are designed to slowly decompose, providing a more long-lasting preservative effect- and may even continue to do so once they are absorbed into your body.
As you likely already know, many chemicals can stay in the body for years. Logic would dictate
How knowledgeable are you about fitness and exercise? Learn the definitions of fitness terms.
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If you’re going to walk the walk of regular workouts, you also need to talk the talk. Get started by becoming familiar with some of the basic terms of fitness and exercise.
Exercise and Fitness Glossary
Aerobic. Involving repetitive use of the large muscles, temporarily increasing heart rate and respiration.
Balance. The ability to maintain bodily equilibrium while standing still or moving.
Balance training. Activities designed to improve challenges to balance.
Baseline activity. Activities of daily life, such as standing and walking slowly.
Body composition. The proportion of lean mass (composed of muscle, bone, vital tissue and organs) and fat in the body.
Bone-strengthening activity. Physical activities that involve impact or tension on the bones, promoting bone growth and strength. Lifting weights, running, and jumping rope are examples.
Cardio-respiratory endurance. The ability to deliver oxygen and nutrients to tissues over a sustained period of time.
Duration. How long it takes for an activity or exercise to be performed.
Exercise. Repetitive physical activity performed in order to improve or maintain physical fitness or health.
Flexibility. The range of motion possible at a joint, or the ability to use joints and muscles through their full range of
Your ability to manage your clients’ tracker/app data intelligently and sensitively is key to your success, and theirs.
Just as with exercise motivation, what gets some clients enthused doesn’t have the same effect for others. “Your clients will guide you in how much they want to hear [about the data],” advises Jak. “Some of my clients don’t want to know their numbers. Others want to see the data even though they will freely admit they have no idea what it means. Others are very interactive, and we develop a dual coaching relationship.”
Jak explains that the best way to keep data meaningful to clients and to avoid data analysis overload is to select a handful of relevant metrics. “This way, change is focused, goal oriented and not overwhelming to the point where [clients] feel like every move they make is under a microscope,” he notes.
According to Jak, the metrics you choose will ultimately depend on individual clients’ needs and motivations. The numbers that he prioritizes are often revealed in baseline assessments. “Without those baselines, collecting data can be quite meaningless,” says Jak. While data points differ from person to person, the ones that Jak commonly tracks include exercise duration and intensity, diet
Through its hip movements and powerful shimmies, belly dance works on your core muscles and encourages you to embrace your curves.
I discovered belly dance sometime last year. Like most people, I’d resolved to hit the gym regularly at the beginning of the year but the shift from cheesecakes to salads seemed onerous. The very sight of a tread mill made me shudder and soon, I got comfortable with cooking up the most ridiculous excuses to shun workouts. Although I do not suffer from a negative body image, I yearned to love my body a bit more. And so, I gifted myself a belly dance class on my birthday and it turned out to be a life-altering move.
By the end of the class, I had embraced my curves in its entirety, through hip movements and shimmies that alternated between being imperceptible and powerful. My body trembled to the magical beats of the darbuka and the sweet melody of the oud almost instinctively. There was also something utterly appealing about rolling up my tee to reveal my midriff, straightening my shoulders and doing that shimmy, while swaying my arms sensuously. By the end of the class, I knew my body had finally
Are you always trying to find a reason to procrastinate that diet? Did you fall off your New Year’s resolution wagon within the first few weeks of the year? Here are some common excuses that dieters make…
– If you’re among those who blame time for their diet woes, stop right there. While most people lead fast-paced lifestyles, trying to balance jobs, homes and relationships, if you’re serious about losing weight, time should certainly not be an excuse. Don’t go overboard while making your diet meals. Instead, eat small meals at regular intervals and also snack on nuts and salads
– In a bad mood? Think that is an excuse to go on a binge eating spree? No matter how much of a bad day you’re having, never think that food can be the answer to your problems. One bar of chocolate or a scoop of ice cream can lead to several more and you’ll eventually regret it. Instead, divert your mind so that it doesn’t automatically go towards food.
– Going on a diet doesn’t mean you have to spend a bomb on expensive diet food. Remove all junk food from your refrigerator and stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables.
Taking big bites: It is widely believed that people who take big bites while eating, consume more calories as compared to those who take smaller bites. So, when you take a bite, chew it properly so that it gives you the feeling of having eaten enough.
Not drinking enough water: People who consume less water through the day, are susceptible to putting on weight than those who keep drinking water. This is because water flushes out the toxins in your body that makes you feel bloated.
Eating on larger plates: Those who eat off larger plates are believed to put on weight than those who eat off smaller plates. The bigger your plate is, the more food you will put in it. So, the best way to control your hunger is by eating on small plates.
Not getting enough rest: Well, weight gain is not restricted to eating habits alone. One may even pile on kilos if he/she does not get enough sleep. Did you know that your body burns fat even while you are sleeping? So, now you know what ought to be done.
Going out with unhealthy friends: Those who hang out with people who are used to eating and drinking
Whether you want to lose weight, your worries or gain some zen-like state-of-mind, studies claim that a daily 30-minute walk can do it for you. If you make walking enjoyable for you, and take the boredom out of it, it will be easier to shed the unwanted flab away. Here are a few tips that can help…
Track your progress
Investing in a fitness tracker that gives you instant feedback encourages you to take more steps. The timely vibrations and alerts make you want to do extra. There is a wide range available online. Wearable tech, after all is the coolest fitness trend this year.
Go the app way
There are apps you can download on your phone that can help you mark the path or can give you the map of a new one, help you find like-minded walkers, take up fitness challenges with friends and much more. w
Let music therapy work for you
A list of your favourite numbers playing while you walk can make your exercise routine more fun.
Wear strappy, cool fitness gear
Sexy workout wear that provides adequate support to your body is mandatory. w
Snap it up
If you are into photo sharing
With a large number of runners from Navi Mumbai set to participate in Sunday’s Mumbai Marathon, doctors warn that adequate caution and care must be taken while covering the stretch. They advise patients with breathing problems, heart ailments, high blood pressure and arthritis to pay heed to any warning signs.
While all are not advised to participate in the marathon, those who have registered should be watchful. Though foot injuries are most common, even injuries to the back and shoulders cannot be ruled out.
Dr Rajesh Badiyani, orthopaedic surgeon, said “joint problem among runners are most common in joints that bear weights, such as the hips, knee and ankles. If someone suffers an injury, then that person should opt for a compression bandage or splints to stabilize the affected area. An elevation of the limbs to reduce swelling also helps.”
He added that an appropriate intake of vitamin D, calcium and iron is important to maintain the strength of the bones. “In an adverse condition, it is ideal to rest and ferment the area with ice. If the injury is severe, then the runner should slowly return to activity after several weeks of healing and stretching exercises,” he said.
While planning for a comprehensive exercise program, it is extremely vital to establish a relationship among physical fitness, confidence and peace of mind.
A great way to achieve this is by following the age-old holistic routine of Suryanamaskars; references of which are found even in the ancient Vedas and Puranas.
Suryanamaskar or the Indian ritual of saluting the sun comprises a rhythmic combination of yogic postures and breathing exercises. The complete series includes 12 basic postures performed in cyclical pattern to benefit all three levels of human consciousness: Physical, mental and spiritual. However, for beginners to understand the true significance and impact of each position, the entire series should be broken down and practiced one posture at a time. Here are 12 easy-to-perform Suryanamaskar positions to improve your overall fitness level.
Benefits: The benefits of these 12 series of Suryanamaskars or sun salutation postures are manifold. The very fact that the process provides the combined benefits of Asanas, Pranayama and exercise gives a clear idea about its real significance.
Contraindications: Although Suryanamaskar is one of the best techniques to stretch your entire body, you should take certain precautions if you are suffering from certain ailments and health conditions like ulcer, inflamed joints, hypertension and
On the path to fitness, you are bound to pause at many levels and hit some snags. You might suffer from weeks of weight stagnation, where you’ll hit the weight loss plateau at some critical points.
At these life-changing junctions, you must keep yourself motivated by keeping a track of your fitness goal – right from where you started to where you want to reach. Today we are going to reveal the top 10 things that you should track for fitness.
Take ‘Before’ photographs. This will motivate you and help you track your fitness progress. ‘Before’ photographs help in marking a point from where you started and will help in proving to your friends and relatives how you have achieved the new-found weight when you are done.
Maintain a weight loss journal. A study conducted on 1,700 overweight men and women revealed that people who maintained a health journal lost 9 to 10 kilos, compared to a 4.5 kilos loss among those who did not practice journal writing. It acts as a deterrent- i.e. when you know you have to pen down your health journey of the day, you will think twice before bingeing on that second serving of chocolate chip ice cream.
Adults suffering from frequent sore throats might find relief by having their tonsils surgically removed, new research has found.
In the study, people undergoing tonsillectomy (surgical removal of the tonsils) were found to have fewer cases of sore throat, fewer missed working days and an improved quality of life.
Gotz Senska from Marien hospital in Gelsenkirchen, Germany and co-authors analysed the long term effects of tonsillectomy based on patient surveys.
The study, published in the journal Deutsches Arzteblatt International, involved 114 adults who underwent tonsillectomy in 2004.
They filled in several questionnaires, first before surgery and then again at 14 months and then seven years after surgery, with questions about their sore throat incidences and their quality of life.
Comparing their answers over time revealed that participants suffered a sore throat almost ten times a year prior to surgery but only about twice a year after it.
Similarly, after tonsillectomy, the participants’ doctor visits dropped from an average of about five times a year to less than once a year.
Work absences due to illness were also reduced on average from more than eleven days per year to less than two after surgery.