Do you take a holiday?

DO YOU TAKE A HOLIDAY?         

Holidays and vacations mean different things to different folks.  Your time away from home should be a joyous event for you.  As a family or solo.

 Destress Before you go, take the time for a massage to destress, so everyone can enjoy your company.  Especially you!

Holidays may be a time to reflect, journal and plan for some changes and improvements in your daily life.  Celebrate what has gone well, whether alone or with a partner.  Take time to connect to know what works in your life and what needs change.  Plan it!

Holidays offer great benefits for your health.  Getting extra sleep, soaking up a little extra sun and enjoying the tastes of different food can make your holiday burst with memories.  Lowering high blood pressure and weight loss makes a holiday a great idea and the benefits can last for months.

Employers and employees often decline to take a holiday.  This can cause a loss of productivity and increased glucose levels.  Not to forget your heart, so keep your blood pressure checked.  If you think you are too busy to go on a holiday, what about your wellbeing, and the stress relief.  It has been proven that holidays are the best way to boost productivity, longevity, and makes you happier.

Plan your holiday with a purpose.  It’s a great way to get away from it all.  It doesn’t matter where you end up, as long as the destination was amazing to you. Maybe you want to choose a once in a lifetime holiday or repeat the same one you did the year before.   Change is always a better option it doesn’t let boredom or fatigue set in.  Don’t be a slave to your holiday, it takes time to plan and pack so don’t replace your routine for a routine.   Is your holiday going to be an adventurous vacation doing white water rafting or more subtle by spending time with family and relatives?  If you spend time with other family members as part of your holiday, make sure you take a day or two for just your selves.  This lets you have quality time as a family and connect. No matter the holiday make sure it has a purpose.  Leave the stress behind and rejuvenate.

If you have staycation whether at home or close to it, there are lots of leisure activities within driving distance and you can still sleep in your own bed. Make a plan and don’t get stuck in the same routine just because you are at home.  So leave that messy pantry and cloths on the floor, it will be there at the end of your staycation.  This is a great way to cut back on spending.  You can visit local museums, fairs, go to the pool or lake and have a picnic, a movie with date night, golfing or take a bike riding adventure.   This may be time to develop an exercise routine, or sit back and read a thick book.  Best of all, spend time with your kids, doing kid things like a board game, talking and laughing.

Holidays may be a time to reflect, journal and plan for some changes and improvements in your daily life.  Celebrate what has gone well, whether alone or with a partner.  Take time to connect to know what works in your life and what needs change.  Plan it!

Reflect back on whatever holiday you experienced.  Smile and laugh at the memories and appreciate your time well spent.  Dream and plan for the next one.

Saskatchewan has some beautiful places to visit and things to do.  There is a Saskatchewan discovery guide to help along the way!  Visit this website to find out about more excitement in our province.

https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Attractions-g155038-Activities-Saskatchewan.html

20 Signs You Aren’t Drinking Enough Water

20 Signs You Aren’t Drinking Enough Water by Janice Taylor

The human body has a built-in mechanism for telling us when we need to drink water – the feeling of being thirsty. Unfortunately, with an alarming two out of three individuals living with some form of chronic dehydration, many people have simply become numb to the sensation. If you are among the majority and have an ongoing water deficit, there are some other less-obvious signals which indicate that your body is parched.

Read over the following 20 common symptoms of chronic dehydration. If any of them apply to your day-to-day life, it could be that your body is trying to warn you that you’re not drinking nearly enough water.

  1. Chronic Fatigue

Blood and other bodily fluids are comprised mainly of water. When you get dehydrated, your blood becomes thicker and your heart has to expend more energy to keep oxygen and nutrients moving throughout the circulatory system. If you feel tired every day and there doesn’t seem to be a cause, drinking more water could be the solution.

  1. Cholesterol Imbalance

Dehydration signals your body to increase its production of cholesterol in order to thicken cellular walls and preserve the fluid contained in them. As a result of this defensive process, blood-cholesterol levels also increase and can easily become imbalanced.

  1. High or Low Blood Pressure

The decrease in overall blood volume caused by dehydration may manifest as consistently low blood pressure. Over time, the increase in blood-cholesterol can cause arterial build-up and eventually plaques which increase blood pressure to potentially unsafe levels.

  1. Impaired Memory and Concentration

Slackened blood flow caused by chronic dehydration robs your brain of the oxygen and nutrients it needs to perform at peak capacity. As a result, you may find that your memory and concentration become severely impaired.

  1. Light-Headedness, Dizziness or Vertigo

Living in a constant state of dehydration can cause you to experience frequent dizzy spells and light-headedness due to lack of blood flow and oxygen to the brain. In severe cases, vertigo and nausea may result.

  1. Frequent Headaches

Both lack of oxygen and increase in blood pressure are the perfect recipe for frequent headaches. If you notice that you seem to be getting them more often, try drinking more water on a daily basis to ease the strain on your brain.

  1. Mood Swings or Irritability

Just as is characteristic of being hungry, the need for water tends to make people unusually moody and more easily irritated. Also, with all of the other possible negative effects on your brain and other organs, chronic dehydration can throw of your hormone balance and cause persistent depression, anxiety and other mood disorders.

  1. Stomach Pain or Ulcers

Water acts as a buffer between the acidic contents of your stomach and the stomach lining. Being in a state of constant dehydration leaves the inside of your stomach largely unprotected and the constant acid exposure can easily result in ulcers or frequent stomach aches.

  1. Constipation or Poor Digestion

In order to properly process the foods you eat, your intestines need a steady supply of water. Without adequate fluids, digestion can slow down causing constipation, gas and bloating, or even the passing of seemingly undigested food.

  1. Craving Sweet or Salty Foods

Your liver requires water in order to break down fat cells and use the energy stored there to fuel your body and maintain stable blood-glucose levels. When you get dehydrated and your liver can’t perform this important function, you’ll start to crave foods like sweets and salty foods which your body recognizes as easy sources of energy.

  1. Inability to Lose Weight

Because it saps your energy, impairs digestion and frequently causes unhealthy cravings, dehydration can also make it nearly impossible to lose weight. Furthermore, since your body can’t break down fat stores without adequate hydration, even if you force yourself to exercise, you probably won’t be getting the results you want out of your workout.

  1. Urinary Tract Infections

A good supply of water is absolutely crucial for the proper function of your urinary tract. When you become dehydrated, your kidneys and bladder will try to stretch what little water it does have last as long as possible. Unfortunately, without a semi-constant stream of fresh urine to flush them out, bacteria have more time to replicate and overpopulate inside the cozy, warm environment inside of your urethra and bladder.

The most obvious sign that your kidneys and bladder are at risk of becoming the next big vacation hotspot for unicellular organisms can be found in the color of your urine. If your flow is consistently darker than a pale shade of yellow, you need to up your water intake, asap!

  1. Gout Flare-Ups

Gout is caused by a build up of uric acid which crystallizes around the joints – usually in the hands and feet – which cause intense sharp pain. Because your kidneys need water to flush excess uric acid out of your body, dehydration is one of the biggest factors which contribute to gout flare-ups.

  1. Muscle Cramps and Joint Pain

Water is your body’s natural lubricant and cooling system. Without it, your muscles will overheat and seize up and your joints will start to grind. Keep your body in good working order with a constant supply of hydration.

  1. Itchy Dry Skin, Chapped Lips and Dandruff

Because your skin is in constant contact with the surrounding environment, it loses water faster than the rest of your body. As such, probably the most obvious warning signs of chronic dehydration are persistent dry skin, chapped lips and dandruff.

  1. Eczema Outbreaks

Eczema outbreaks can be triggered by a variety of different factors, both environmental and internal. Excessively dry skin – such as that caused by constant dehydration – ranks at the top of the list for many people with the condition.

  1. Premature Aging

Without adequate hydration, skin loses its elasticity. Also, due to hampered blood flow (which we discussed briefly in #1), a long-term lack of water also robs your skin cells of the nutrients they needs to regenerate. Consequently, living in a constant state of dehydration accelerates the formation of wrinkles, fine lines, crows feet, sagging or loose skin, and other signs of aging.

  1. Frequent Respiratory Problems

From the inside of your nose down into the lower reaches of your bronchi, our entire respiratory tract relies on mucus to keep its tissues moist and supple and to prevent foreign particles out of your lungs. A lack of adequate hydration hinders mucus production, thus hindering your respiratory system’s ability to deflect allergens like dust, pollen and pet dander or to defend itself against infection from viral and bacterial invaders.

  1. Chronic Bad Breath

One of the most common symptoms of dehydration manifests in the mouth. Xerostomia, more commonly known as ‘dry mouth’ results from a decrease in saliva production due to dehydration or other factors (such as medications, tobacco use or certain medical conditions). Saliva is a necessary component for regulating the population of microorganisms which live in your mouth. Dehydration and the consequential lack of saliva allows yeast and bacteria to flourish unchecked around your teeth, gums and tongue which can quickly transform a healthy mouth into a miasma of chronic bad breath.

  1. Foul Body Odor

Water facilitates the transport of waste materials out of the body. When you’re constantly dehydrated, said waste materials don’t necessarily make it out, but instead get stored away in cells for future removal. Over time, all of that leftover gunk can change your body chemistry for the worse. (Imagine it’s like leaving a full bag of kitchen waste in the garbage bin for too long.) Furthermore, dry and damaged skin caused by dehydration creates a perfect environment for odor-causing bacteria to kick back, relax and reproduce like microscopic rabbits.

Healthy Cuticles Start with Jessica

Healthy Cuticles Start with Jessica

Jessica Cosmetics CEO Talks Treatments

Founder and CEO of Jessica Cosmetics International, Jessica Vartoughian believes cuticles and fingernails must be cared for and maintained like the skin with a regimen unique to the individual.

Founder and CEO of Jessica Cosmetics International, Jessica Vartoughian believes nails must be cared for and maintained like the skin with a regimen unique to the individual. Sold worldwide, the Jessica product line boasts a wide assortment of treatment products, more than 230 Custom Colors, Phenom, Effects, the GELeration Soak-Off Gel System, Zen Spa Pedicure, and Fusion 2.5.2 Pedicure. NAILS asked Vartoughian for advice about nail treatments.

 

What is your advice to nail techs on how to assess their clients’ nails to know what kind of treatment products would be most beneficial?

Vartoughian: Analyzing your clients’ nails is the cornerstone of my system and a key benefit in keeping lifelong clients. Dry and brittle nails require much needed moisture in a base coat treatment, as well as daily cuticle care. It is essential to massage cuticle creams daily and oils at night. (We always recommend our Nourish Cuticle Crème and Phenomen Oil for healthy nail growth.) Nails that are soft and weak need strengthening agents to help reinforce them. These products should only be used for four to six weeks until the nail condition improves. We offer a complete Nail Analysis Chart that explains the properties of each nail condition and will help you determine nail types and appropriate solutions.

Why do you say that strengtheners should only be used on a limited basis?

Vartoughian: If you choose to only use a strengthening product, this will adversely affect the nails after extended use. The nails will become too hard and strong and eventually break. It is important to be conscious of the products you regularly use and be sure you monitor the nail condition from appointment to appointment.

What sorts of nail treatment products are most helpful for older hands?

Vartoughian: Moisture, moisture, moisture…it’s the key ingredient for the nails, skin, and hair. Choosing base coat treatment products with conditioners and water helps keep the nails flexible and healthy. We have a few products that treat this condition — Rejuvenation Basecoat for Dry Nails, Recovery Basecoat for Brittle Nails, and Bend Don’t Break, which keeps nails strong yet flexible. As I mentioned earlier, cuticle care is just as important; the added conditioning and moisturizing helps feed the matrix and allows for the new nail to grow in healthy.

What about restoring the natural nail after enhancements? What approach is best?

Vartoughian: I have learned over the years that it is best to treat the new nail growing in before removing the enhancements. This allows the client time to adjust during the transition. Sometimes if you remove enhancements entirely before beginning the natural nail restoration, it shocks the client as well as the nail and may take longer. Using our Restoration after acrylic/damaged nail base coat treatment, we treat the new nail growing in while trimming and managing the enhancement. The process should take approximately four weeks.

How have gel-polishes impacted consumers’ treatment needs?

Vartoughian: Gel-polishes have certainly impacted the nail industry and allowed consumers to have a manicure of convenience. I think the biggest impact for the client is everyone offers gel manicures but they don’t necessarily follow the proper protocols to apply and remove them. This causes much more damage to the nail and we are seeing many people shift from gels back to natural nail care. One of the key benefits of our GELeration line is that we come from a place of my natural nail philosophy. It is a gentle gel, but procedures must be followed to ensure damage-free nails.

Do you have an upcoming event? Are your nails in poor condition?

Please remember that your concerns sometimes can not all be addressed with one visit. Your nails may require weeks or even months of treatment prior to an event.

Call and book a manicure at least 3 months prior to your celebration to receive a full hand and nail consultation and treatment plan. 306 – 228 – 2808