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4 Ingredients That Will Help You Get a Flat Belly Fast

There isn’t any magic pill that will help you lose 30 pounds a week without compromising your health. However, we at Bright Side would like to share a recipe for a delicious and healthy drink that’ll help you lose weight faster than you would without it.

You will need:

  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 medium-sized cucumber
  • 1 glass cut parsley
  • 3 pieces fresh pineapple

Thoroughly wash the vegetables, and remove the skin of the pineapple. Mix them all in the blender. Do not add salt, pepper, sugar, or its substitutes to the drink.

You should drink the pineapple and vegetable juice within 15 minutes of making it so that it doesn’t lose its properties. Drink it in the morning and only in a fasted state.

If you combine this drink with sports and a healthy diet, you’ll see the results in a week – your belly will become visibly flatter.

So what’s the secret of this juice?

  • Celery is a very low-calorie vegetable, containing only 16 kcal per 100 g. The dietary fiber swells inside the stomach, making you feel satiated. In addition, a study has shown that an increase of fiber in your diet is an essential component of a weight-loss regimen.
  • Like celery, cucumbers contain lots of fiber and are almost similarly low calorie. 95% of a cucumber is water, so they help you drink your essential 2 L of liquid, recommended by nutrition specialists to all who want to stay in shape.
  • Parsley contains a lot of fiber (3.3 g per 100 g – to compare, the same amount of cucumber and celery only contain 0.5 g and 1.6 g correspondingly). It also has a mild natural diuretic effect.
  • 100 g of pineapple contains 1 g of nonsoluble fiber, while its energy value is about 50 kcal. The fruit is sweet, so it also improves the taste of the drink.
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10 Things to Do for a Brighter Relationship

Starting off a new relationship with someone you really enjoy being with is fun, cheerful, exciting and comforting. Yet, no matter how well you manage to complete each other or how deep your feelings are, relationship can get monotonous, tiring, bothersome and sometimes even conflicting with your individuality, personal needs and wants.

The truth is that the initial state of bliss that “wraps” any new relationship is mainly determined by the enthusiasm of novelty. You get to know each other profoundly on multiple aspects of your life or various situations, you come to meet one another’s friends and families, exchange opinions, try out the other’s hobbies, basically you both start painting a pink future together.

No one can deny the power and excitement of discovering another person to the depth of their soul and at the same time, rediscovering yourself in a new relationship.

Still, as time often wears off most things in life, it can radically affect your feelings and interest, your level of connection and your attitude to each other, as well as your desire and willingness to keep things rolling.

The wise couples (you know the ones that most people say “they were meant to be”) turn into wine and keep on getting better with age. Yet, lots of relationship fade away after the excitement phase is over and separate themselves like oil and water.

If you want your relationship to have the long life it deserves, have a look at our 10 things to do for a brighter relationship.

1. Have a positive attitude towards life

Everyone wants to be around cheerful people that seize the moment and take the best of everything.

A constant attitude of dissatisfaction, complaining and nagging – attracts negative emotions creating a terrible mood, and implicitly creating bad relationships between people.

Having and keeping a positive attitude towards life makes you a more attractive partner while at the same time, makes you a happier person overall.

2. Love yourself

Your partner doesn’t want to be the object of your sacrifices. He wants you to be happy with him just as much as he wants to feel good with you.

You both need to be pleased and fulfilled with your own individualities in order to be able to draw the same emotions in your relationship. And, more importantly, you need to preserve your own personality above and beyond the things you’re doing to please the other person.

For instance, it’s ok to occasionally wear an outfit they love on you, yet it’s detrimental for both of you to change your style and wardrobe for what the other one likes or hates.

This is the secret of feeding vitality and continual interest in your relationship: preserving your own self while also sharing it to another person.

Do the things that you enjoy separately (practicing your hobbies, seeing your friends, continuing your studies), strive on remaining the fun and wonderful person you were when you met, and altogether continue investing and improving upon your own self.

3. Pay attention to your partner’s wants and needs

Men and women are different and inherently share different perspectives on relationship and what makes them happy in life. Acting controlling and trying to change your lover around to like the things that you do and undertake the actions and reactions you see as righteous – is an instant major turnoff for your partner and extremely frustrating for you.

You need to acknowledge that your partner is neither your loyal reflection nor your possession. It is only natural that your other half wants different things and has separate needs from you. Can you accept them? Can you fulfill some? If so, then act accordingly. If not, be honest about it and see where things go from there.

4. Show admiration and gratitude

If you are in a relationship with someone – it goes without saying that you appreciate them for a series of qualities, the way they treat you, how they make you feel etc.

The key here is to REMIND your partner CONSTANTLY just how much you admire the things he/she does for you and the way those makes you feel.

5. Be careful with words

“Words cut deeper than swords” is more than just an idiom. It is a universally valid truth.

You cannot take back an offense, an insult, a humiliation, a lie or any verbal abuse. No matter how much you’ll excuse yourself after the storm has passed. It will irreversible linger in the back of your partner’s head and “scar” her/his feelings or opinions about you.

6. Show respect

Any kind of healthy relationship needs to be built on mutual respect.

Respect is multi-leveled and shows that you have common-sense and value the person for what they are and stand for. Therefore, you need to respect them verbally (see item 5), you need to respect their opinions and decision even when you don’t agree with them, you need to respect their friends and family even if sometimes it’s just for the single reason that “they come with the package”.

7. Be empathetic

We all go through stressful periods, have bad days and lazy moments and get affected by various factors which alter our spirits and self-worth. Having someone besides you who accentuates your awful mood rather than ameliorating it – is even worse.

So, try to cheer up your other half when they’re down, accept that your partner might be upset by something that does not impinge on you (and vice-versa) and show them compassion. Bear in mind that once in a while, we all need some time alone.

8. Make memories together

There is nothing that brings you two closer than going through happy, adventurous and also less joyful experiences together. Try to make an effort towards taking some trips, lessons (dance/music), doing whatever you find exciting and fun (scuba-diving, camping, participating in a contest) as long as you do them TOGETHER.

Take a lot of pictures and souvenirs to reinforce your good times and to remember that blissfulness, if and when things become tedious.

9. Fight routine

Sometimes, life just seems too demanding and tiring to find the time, patience and will to fight daily routine.  Still, as I said previously, memories are what make your connection deeper and more meaningful. Sitting in front of the TV the whole afternoon and ordering dinner every evening is not too much of an experience.

You need to invest personal and external resources to bring quality and diversity in your life and relationship.

Make an effort to surprise your partner with something small, regularly. Try to bring some novelty in the relationship as often as you can.

10. Spice up your love life

Routine is again a turnoff when it comes to your most intimate moments. Once again, being adventurous and open to trying new things can make a huge difference.

You need to constantly find new ways to appeal to your partner’s senses and outreach his or her desires.

Try new positions and / or locations, anticipate the moment (through messages, notes, phone calls) and value foreplay in order to relate at a deeper emotional level. Dare to dive into each other’s fantasies and be that person that he or she never had and never wants to leave.

There’s nothing wildly spectacular about the pieces of advice shared throughout the article yet that’s precisely the reason why they work – always! They fit with any person and any type of personality, it’s what people in successful relationship do, and what keeps them in those relationships.

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11 Secrets the Beauty Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know

Have you ever wondered how celebrities always look stunning in spite of age or troubles? We at Bright Side confess to being a little jealous of them, but we understand they’ve got an army of personal beauty experts to help.

However, the fundamentals of effective care are simple and available to anyone. Let’s take a look together!

1. Don’t discount the benefits of sunscreen.

Beautiful and healthy skin can’t be achieved without regular use of sunscreen. Mamie McDonald, a cosmetics expert who worked with Madonna, says that any other efforts you make will be in vain if you neglect this rule. Another celebrity cosmetologist, Dr. Lancer, advises the use of cream with SPF no less than 30, reapplied during the day.

2. Don’t overdry your skin if there’s an inflammation.

Most anti-spot creams contain benzoyl peroxide that dries the skin, aggravates inflammation, and increases production of sebum. Alcohol acts similarly, so you won’t get rid of spots like this. Dr. Harold Lancer recommends turning your attention to exfoliating with salicylic or lactic acid and cleansing masks with clay.

3. Never forget about your neck.

The neck is one part of a woman’s body that gives away its owner’s age almost at once, so it’s very important to take good care of it. The skin here is thin and requires care as delicate as your face does. Go further than your chin, and you’ll be fine.

4. Rub an ice cube into your skin.

Santa Monica dermatologist Dr. Ava Shamban advises rubbing your face with an ice cube for a few seconds to prevent a dull complexion. This simple trick stimulates circulation, and your skin starts positively glowing.

5. Store your beauty accessories correctly.

Dr. Debra Jaliman warns against storing your beauty items in the bathroom because the warm and humid air makes them expire more quickly. Face creams and other beauty accessories you don’t frequently use should be stored in the fridge.

6. Keep everything that touches your skin clean.

Dr. Lancer says you shouldn’t ever touch your face with dirty hands. Change pillowcases at least once a week if you have dry or normal skin type or once every three days if your skin is oily. Clean your smartphone screen from time to time.

7. Don’t use scrubs and face sponges, especially if you’re prone to acne.

Christie Kidd, a skin care specialist from Beverly Hills, recommends never using any abrasive skin care products (scrubs, sponges, brushes) if you have acne: this only leads to graver inflammation. Any skin type needs delicate cleansing without soap, and to reduce reddening and inflammation, apply a water-and-aspirin paste to the spots.

8. Facial massage will help get rid of circles under your eyes.

Ole Henriksen recommends lymph drainage massage against circles under the eyes. The procedure stimulates lymph flow, the skin smoothes, and the “bags” disappear. Besides, you can even do it at home – it’s not difficult to learn.

9. Take care of your hands.

Hands require as much care as the neck because the skin there is thin and delicate. Try doing your chores in gloves, and regularly moisten your skin with cream. You can also apply anti-age creams to your hands as well as your face. And don’t forget sunscreen!

10. Cleanse your skin thoroughly.

Dermatologist Debra Jaliman points out that you shouldn’t ever go to bed with makeup on. If you do that, you’ll end up with blocked pores and inflammations. Simple as it sounds, many still neglect this advice.

11. Always take off your bra before going to bed.

As much as you might be tempted to leave your bra on before sleep, hearing all the stuff about your breasts becoming perkier thanks to this, doctors warn against it. A bra, especially a tight or wired one, constricts your blood circulation, leading to health problems. In addition, it causes skin irritation, restlessness due to discomfort, and darkening of the skin under the straps and wire.

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23 Clever Beauty Tips That Will Help You Look Gorgeous Every Day

Every girl wants to look perfect everywhere and anywhere. Whether it’s a date night, a night out with the girls or even a day at the gym, we want to look ideal in every way, down to the smallest detail. Unfortunately, living our crazy busy lives, we almost never have time for ourselves.

We here at Bright Side have rounded up some of the best beauty tips that will make your life a whole lot easier, saving you time, energy and money. Get ready to impress everyone you meet!

  • Cinnamon and peppermint essential oils are very effective in making your lips appear fuller and brighter. If you are not allergic to these ingredients, you can simply add a few drops of them to your lip balm or lip gloss.
  • Coconut and olive oils are great for removing water-resistant makeup. Try this trick and you’ll see that washing your makeup off is easy, even without a face cleanser. 
  • If your foundation is too thick, you can thin it out by adding some of your favorite moisturizer to it. You can also intensify your too-light foundation by mixing it with some liquid bronzer.
  • If you want a fresh, dewy complexion, apply a little bit of cream highlighter on the most prominent parts of your face (nose bridge, cheekbones, chin, center of forehead). In order to visually lift your eyebrows and eyelids, apply a highlighter above the eyebrows and blend it towards your forehead.
  • When it comes to getting glowing, radiant skin, mix one tablespoon of baking soda to your gel face wash or cleansing milk. Apply this mixture on your face, gently massage it for a few seconds, and then wash it off with warm water. Repeat this procedure 2-3 times a week.
  • When your favorite mascara starts getting dry, you can revive it by adding a few drops of saline solution to the tube or by placing it in a bowl of hot water for 5 minutes.
  • You don’t have to throw away your broken powder makeup (powder, eyeshadow or blush). In fact, you can easily fix it. Just add a few drops of rubbing alcohol to the compact, smooth the powder and alcohol with a knife and let it dry overnight. The next day, all the alcohol will have evaporated and you won’t have to buy new makeup.
  • If some of your favorite polishes have become hard to open, too thick, or difficult to apply, try fixing it with hot water. Place the bottle in very hot water for a few minutes, then take it out, shake, and apply on your nails while it is still warm. 
  • Twist your hair and cut all the stray hairs that are sticking out. This is a great way to get rid of split ends at home without going to a hair salon.
  • Hairspray works great to tame your eyebrows and keep them in place. Spray a little hairspray on an old mascara wand and run it across your eyebrows. 
  • Baby powder or cornstarch are perfect for using as a dry shampoo. Use this trick when you need to refresh your hair quickly. 
  • In order to create vertical curls, twist sections of hair and iron from the roots towards the ends with your straightener. Then spray your hair with hairspray. 
  • A classic skincare cream applied to the ends of your hair before going to bed will make your hair shiny and smooth.
  • In order to prevent blisters when you’re wearing new shoes, apply some clear deodorant on your feet or use a crumbly powder. 
  • Warm your eyelash curlers with a hairdryer for a few seconds before using them. This trick will help you keep your lashes curled longer.
  • When doing your nails, use Vaseline or an ordinary school glue around your nails. The excess polish comes off easily once it’s dry. 
  • Paint your nails with your base color. Then attach tape with holes firmly and apply a different colored polish. Let the polish dry and remove the tape. Your nail design is ready! Enjoy!
  • Softly rub Vaseline all over your perfume points before applying fragrance and your scent will last longer.
  • Take two elastic bands and separate your hair into two ponytails, one above the other. This simple trick can visually add thickness and texture to your hair, making it look longer.
  • Pimples always seem to show up at a time when you need them the least. Don’t panic! Soak cotton pads in eye drops, put them in the freezer for a few minutes, and then gently press the cotton pad on top of the zit. In 20 minutes, your blood vessels will contract, thereby taking away the redness and bringing down inflammation.

Dissolve 2 aspirin pills, a vitamin A capsule, 1 tbsp of sea salt and some vegetable oil in 200 ml of water. Put your hands into the dish for 10 minutes and then blot them with a paper towel.

If your deodorant suddenly runs out, you can use mouthwash instead. Apply some mouthwash to a cotton pad, and use it like deodorant. Mouthwash will kill all bacteria and keep your armpits fresh during the day.

If you want to get rid of unwanted hair, it is necessary to exfoliate your skin well. Melt a bar of regular soap, and then add a tablespoon of chickpea flour, a tablespoon of lentil flour, and a tablespoon of turmeric. You will get a fully natural soap bar that will help to exfoliate dead skin cells and eventually lead to the loss of unwanted hair.

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16 Reasons Why Lemons Are the Most Useful Thing in the World

A lot of ordinary things you probably own already can be very helpful when it comes to doing a thorough clean of your home — you just need to know the correct ways to use them.

We here at Bright Side have put together a list of 16 unusual uses for an ordinary lemon. They will help you look at this sour fruit in a whole new light!

16. Making an all-purpose cleaner

Peel a lemon, pour 5 fl oz (150 ml) of vinegar over it and leave it overnight. In the morning, add 5 fl oz (150 ml) of water. That’s it! Pour the mixture into an empty spray bottle and use it as an all-natural cleaning solution throughout your home.

15. Cleaning your cutting board

Keep your cutting board clean and give it a long life using a halved lemon as a sponge and salt as a scrub. After this is done, leave the board for 10-15 minutes then repeat this procedure one more time.

14. Brightening whites

To get your white laundry the whitest it can be, soak it in a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda for at least half an hour before washing.

13. Manicures

Prepare a rejuvenating bath for your nails to keep them strong and healthy. The recipe is very simple: just add a few drops of lemon juice to warm water.

12. Getting rid of freckles

Lemon can also help to lighten unwanted freckles or age spots. Just slice a lemon and gently rub it across your face.  

11. Improving digestion

Drinking a glass of warm lemon water with honey in the morning on an empty stomach helps to improve digestion and boost your immune system.

10. Setting a table properly

When the table is set with foods to eat with your hands, it is nice to provide small finger bowls filled with lemon water for washing fingers.

9. Refreshing appliances

Try to wipe your fridge with a sponge soaked in lemon juice and you’ll forget about unpleasant smells. Using lemon, you can also make your own homemade air freshener. Just add lemon juice to the dishwasher when it’s empty and let it run a cycle or add a bit of lemon juice to the humidifier. 

8. Growing sprouts

Lemons can also be used for growing sprouts. Squeeze the juice and put the seeds into the lemon half. Then plant the seedling in the ground together with a lemon pot.

7. Getting rid of shoe odors

Leave fresh citrus peel in your shoes overnight to absorb odors.

6. Making candle holders

Halves of lemon, lime or orange are great, nice-looking materials for making your own unique candle holders. You need to remove the pulp and fill the halves with melted wax. And don’t forget about the candle wick! Glue it to the bottom of your candle holder.

5. Improving your overall health

The combination of lemon juice and baking soda has alkalizing, digestive and depurative properties. It regulates the level of bad cholesterol, purifies the liver, and gives us a good dose of vitamin C. Add a teaspoon of baking soda and juice of half a lemon to a glass of mineral water and drink it in the morning. Take it for two weeks in a row, and then rest for two more.

4. Cleaning stainless steel

Lemon peels and baking soda will make your stainless steel shine.

3. Removing berry stains

When you are preparing fresh berries, you’ll probably stain your hands. Lemon juice will help you remove the color from your skin. Removing berry stains from your clothes is also easy. First, wash the fabric in cold water, and then soak your clothes in lemon juice for a few minutes.

2. Repelling insects

To keep ants out of your home, pour a little lemon juice on window sills and doorways. And to get rid of mosquitoes, stick cloves into a lemon cut in half.

1. Bleaching underarms

Nothing is better for bleaching dark underarms than a lemon. Its acidity will help to lighten your skin and exfoliate dead skin cells. Every day before your bath or shower, rub your underarms with a thick slice of lemon. Don’t forget to apply some moisturizer after your bath because lemons can also make your skin drier. You’ll see the result after 7 days.

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12 Important Signs That We Don’t Drink Enough Water

There’s not much in this world more refreshing than a tall, ice-cold glass of water. I don’t think there’s anyone alive that can deny that sometimes, a simple glass of water can be more satisfying than a cup of coffee or a can of soda. Despite this, too many of us don’t drink enough water on a daily basis. By depriving ourselves of the world’s most natural resource, we are continuously damaging our bodies. If you recognise any of the following signs in yourself, we recommend you go and drink a glass of H2O straight away.

1. Your mouth is dry

This seems pretty obvious, but the ramifications might not be so. Of course, any time you feel that sticky, nasty feeling in your mouth, you’d obviously reach for some sort of liquid. But sugary drinks are only a temporary solution to a larger problem. Drinking water lubricates the mucus membranes in your mouth and throat, which will continue to keep your mouth moist with saliva long after that first sip.

2. Your skin is dry

Your skin is your body’s largest organ, so of course it needs to stay hydrated. In fact, dry skin is one of the earliest signs of full-on dehydration, which can lead to much larger problems. A lack of water means a lack of sweat, which leads to a body’s inability to wash away excess dirt and oil accumulated throughout the day. If you want to stave off breakouts, your first recourse should be to drink more water.
 

3. You’re overly thirsty

We went over dry mouth already, but thirst goes beyond a desert-like tongue. Anyone who’s ever had a hangover can tell you that, upon waking up, your body just can’t get enough water. Alcohol dehydrates the entire body, and drinking water sends ‘YES PLEASE!’ signals to the brain until your fluid levels get back to baseline.  Listen to what your body is telling you; it knows what it’s talking about!
 

4. Your eyes are dry

By now it should be clear that drinking water affects more than just your mouth and throat. A lack of water intake leads to dry, bloodshot eyes (again, think of that last pounding hangover). Without water in the body, your tear ducts dry up. If you’re thinking ‘So what if I can’t cry?’, realize that this could cause much more harm to your eyes, especially if you wear contacts on a daily basis.
 

5. You experience joint pain

Our cartilage and spinal discs are made up of about 80% water. This is an absolute necessity to keep our bones from grinding against each other with every step we take. By keeping your body hydrated, you ensure that your joints can absorb the shock of sudden movements, such as running, jumping, or falling awkwardly.
 

6. Your muscle mass decreases

Your muscles, also, are comprised mostly of water. Obviously, less water in the body means less muscle mass. Drinking water before, during, and after a workout not only keeps you hydrated and comfortable, it also brings water to the right places in your body, and decreases the chance of developing inflammation and soreness related to exercise and weightlifting.
 

7. You stay sick longer

Drinking water allows your body to continuously flush out toxins. Your organs work to filter our certain waste products like a machine, but if you don’t fuel the machine with water, it cannot work properly. What ends up happening in a dehydrated body is organs start to pull water from stored areas like your blood, which leads to a whole new set of problems.
 

8. You feel fatigued and lethargic

As we just mentioned, when a body is dehydrated it “borrows” water from your blood. A lack of properly hydrated blood leads to a lack of oxygen being brought throughout the body. Of course, a lack of oxygen leads to sleepiness and outright fatigue. A lack of stamina means you’ll start to experience that 2pm crash earlier and earlier in your day (and remember, coffee won’t help in the long run).
 

9. You experience hunger pangs

When you’re dehydrated, your body might start to think it needs some food. This happens throughout the day, and overnight when you wake up craving that midnight snack. However, eating food creates more work for your body, whereas drinking water purifies and your organs and supplies it with the fuel it needs to go through the other processes a body goes through.

10. You experience digestive problems

We spoke before about the mucus in our mouth and throat, and how keeping hydrated allows the membrane to function correctly. This also applies to the entire digestive system. Without proper hydration, the amount and strength of mucus in the stomach lessens, allowing stomach acid to do some major damage to your insides. This leads to what we commonly refer to as heartburn and indigestion.

11. You experience premature ageing

The amount of water our bodies retain naturally decreases as we age. Obviously, what this means is that, as we get older, we should consciously increase our water intake. While premature ageing is more evident on the outside, the damage it does to our insides will ultimately be felt over time. To decrease the risk of running your body raw, it’s important to continue to drink water throughout your lifetime.

12. You’re reading this and have gotten this far

I drink water all the time. I almost always have a glass or bottle of water next to me, whether I’m working, working out, or vegging out in front of the TV. If you clicked on this article, chances are you thought to yourself ‘Hmm, I don’t think I drink enough water.’ So if you don’t think you do, pour a glass right now! Don’t overdo it, of course, but if you’re not getting the recommended amount (which is higher than you’d think), there’s no harm in drinking more.

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10 Foods That Boost Your Metabolism

It is important to keep in mind that everyone has a different metabolic rate. Doing regular exercise, getting enough sleep, and drinking plenty of water are three of the best things you can do to speed up your metabolism. However, you can also make it work effectively by eating right.

Today, we at Bright Side share a list of foods that have been shown to help give your metabolism a boost. Add these foods to your daily diet, and watch the pounds drop off.

10. Hot peppers

Studies have shown that eating hot peppers can speed up your metabolism by 25%.

If eating spicy foods makes you sweat more than usual, this is due to capsaicin, a compound that stimulates pain receptors in the body. It increases blood circulation and metabolic rate, making your body burn fat faster.
Where do you find it? In chili peppers, jalapenos, cayenne peppers, and other forms of spicy peppers.

9. Whole grains: oatmeal and brown rice

The intake of grains and cereals is always recommended in a healthy diet. The secret is to choose whole grains – for example wheat, oatmeal, rice, and corn.

Whole grains have nutrients and complex carbohydrates that accelerate your metabolism by stabilizing insulin levels.

Do remember that having low insulin levels is not good, since the imbalance of this chemical tells the body that it needs to store extra fat. Therefore, be cautious with the consumption of these foods.

8. Broccoli

Broccoli might not be your favorite vegetable, but it is an important source of calcium, which accelerates your metabolism. It is also rich in vitamins C, K, and A.

One serving of broccoli will provide you with an important amount of folate and dietary fiber and a variety of antioxidants. It is one of the best detox foods you can add to your diet.

7. Soups

Numerous studies confirm that soup consumption is linked with a lower risk of obesity. In most diets, this food is incorporated before the main meals. Why? Researchers conclude that people who start with soup consume less solid food when it comes to their main meal.

In fact, a study at Penn State University determined that the combination of liquids and solids in soup generates a reduction in appetite, thus reducing too much food intake and helping to burn fat more quickly.

6. Coffee and green tea

Many studies have shown that coffee and green tea speed up metabolism, as well as providing other health benefits: they possess a great amount of antioxidants, help lower blood sugar level, help to burn more fat, and reduce the signs of cellulite.

5. Apples and pears

Apples and pears can be great allies when it comes to losing weight, not only because of their low caloric content but also because these two fruits can boost your metabolism. This is supported by a study conducted at the State University of Rio de Janeiro, which confirms that women who ate three apples or small pears a day lost more weight than those who did not.

4. Spices

Spices like black pepper, mustard seeds, garlic powder, and ginger can keep your metabolic rates high. It is proven that people who incorporate spices into their diet can burn up to 1,000 more calories daily.

3. Citrus fruits

Citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits, and lemons also help to burn fat and keep your metabolism high. In addition, because of the high amount of vitamin C, citrus fruits regulate the level of insulin.

2. Foods high in calcium

If you want to increase your metabolic rate, it is very important to eat plenty of foods high in calcium.

A study at the University of Tennessee confirmed that people who consume between 1,200 and 1,300 milligrams of calcium a day lose twice as much weight as those who consume it in smaller amounts.

1. Omega-3 fatty acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are primarily found in fish, but they are also present in nuts and seeds, flax, and hemp seed oil.

These foods speed up your metabolism because they reduce the production of a hormone called leptin (a natural chemical that slows down your metabolism).

In fact, a study by the Mayo Clinic found that African tribes that included plenty of fish in their diet had five times lower leptin levels than those that did not consume it.

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7 Super Effective Yoga Poses for Beautiful Breasts

We at Bright Side are positive that everyone is capable of building the body of their dreams. We have collected the most efficient yoga poses that will not only improve the shape of your breasts and the volume of your lungs, but also make you feel strong and healthy.

Warrior Pose

Virabhadrasana, or the Warrior Pose, will not only make you feel your strength, but also help you extend your thorax and make it elastic and active:

  1. Place your feet wide apart, parallel to each other.
  2. Turn your left foot to the left 90 degrees and your right foot inside. Breathe out, and bend your left knee.
  3. Your right leg should stay straight. Raise your arms, and put them in line with your shoulders. Turn your head left, looking at your wrist.
  4. Repeat 7-10 times, then do the same to the right side.

Triangle Pose

Trikonasana, or the Triangle Pose, will release and strengthen your thorax, stretch your spine, and improve your blood flow:

  1. Place your feet wide apart. Turn the left one 90 degrees and the right one 15 degrees.
  2. Touch your left ankle with your left hand (with time, you’ll be able to put your open palm on the floor), and stretch your right arm upwards so that your arms make a straight line. Keep your knees and spine straight too.
  3. Turn your face up, and look at your fingers. Then repeat the exercise with the other side.

Cobra Pose

Bhujangasana, or the Cobra Pose, helps increase the lung volume, stretch the thoracic muscles, strengthen your abdominal muscles, and improve your posture:

  1. Lie on your stomach and inhale deeply. Slowly raise your torso, and keep your lower body to the floor at the same time. Balance on your legs and arms.
  2. Raise your head and look up.
  3. Slowly breathe out and assume the initial position. Try increasing the time you stay in the pose with each repetition.

Bow Pose

Dhanurasana, or the Bow Pose, is advised to all those who have backaches. This exercise helps stretch the whole spine and beautifully shapes your breasts:

  1. Lie on your stomach, breathe out, bend your knees, and raise them behind you to your head. Try holding your ankles with your hands.
  2. Now slowly breathe out again, and pull your legs and arms upwards as far as you can. Your hips and breasts should lift from the floor, and you should balance on your stomach.
  3. Try to stay in this position for 30 seconds.

Wheel Pose

Chakrasana, or the Wheel Pose, helps you stretch your thorax, spine, and neck, lifts fatigue, and cures headaches:

  1. Lie down on your back, and place your feet a bit more than shoulder width apart, then pull them to your buttocks.
  2. Put your hands behind your head palms down with your fingers pointing to your back. Breathe out and raise your breasts and hips as high as you can.
  3. Try straightening your arms completely. Stay in this position for 30 seconds.

Supported Headstand

Salamba Sirsasana, or the Supported Headstand, is helpful for the ligaments and muscles of the spine and thorax. It improves breathing and blood flow, but is advised for the experienced:

  1. Stand on your knees and put your forearms on the floor. Knit your fingers together to form a bowl, then put the top of your head on the mat so that the back of your head is in the ‘bowl.’
  2. Bend your knees, breathe out, and raise your feet off the ground.
  3. Stretch your legs upwards, and stay like this for 30 seconds to 2 minutes, depending on your ability.

Camel Pose

Ustrasana, or the Camel Pose, is effective against backaches. It also increases the lung volume and strengthens the thorax:

  1. Stand on your knees and pull your feet together.
  2. Slowly bend backwards and put your hands on your heels. Then arch your back and stretch your ribs. Your head should be pulled to the floor.
  3. Stay like this for 30 seconds and assume the initial position.
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13 Situations Where Parents Hurt Their Children and Don’t Even Realize It

Nowadays, there are so many different recommendations about how to raise children correctly and they are often quite controversial. But doctors and psychologists continue to conduct new experiments, analyze the results, and then make new lists of recommendations. In the beginning, these tips may sound strange, but when you learn more about the details, they turn out to be quite useful.

Bright Side has reviewed the studies about children’s health and made a list of things that are harmful to children, according to experts. And at the end of the article, we added a recommendation for all grandmothers, to help them worry less about their grandchildren.

1. Tickling children

It has happened many times that adults have wanted to make children laugh and so they start ticking them. But a researcher from the University of California found out many years ago, that tickling doesn’t cause the same sensation of happiness as a funny joke does. It is only an illusion of happy laughter.

In this case, children laugh uncontrollably as the result of a reflex. Almost all people laugh when they are tickled. But the problem is, children laugh, even if they hate being tickled.

2. Putting toys in the baby’s bed

Not all parents realize that for a good sleep, babies only need a good mattress, a sheet, and a small blanket in case it gets cold in their room. Sometimes, a pillow can be used (a small and flat one). However, according to studies, before a certain age, children don’t need pillows.

Also, children don’t need any special decorations for the place where they sleep because soft toys, or toys of any kind, can become a problem at any moment. They may wake the child up or even cause breathing problems if the baby accidentally puts their face onto the toy.

3. Using a night-light when your baby is asleep

Leaving even the dimmest light on in a child’s room for the whole night is not a good thing. The growth hormone that is produced while you’re sleeping, is better manufactured by the body in total darkness. The reasons for using a night-light can be different. Most of the time, parents do it for their own comfort: it is easier to change diapers this way. Some moms and dads are just scared of darkness, so they leave the light on to prevent the baby from developing these phobias and they think night-lights can help.

Tracy Bedrosian, a neurologist at Ohio State University, recommends that people who can’t stop using the light should replace it with the right kind of light. Experiments showed that green light moves the biological clock for about 90 minutes and the blue light moves the clock for about 180 minutes, so it becomes much harder to sleep well. The red and the orange light don’t suppress the production of melatonin as much as green, white, and blue light do and don’t disrupt your circadian rhythms.

4. Shaking your baby

Every parent has been in a situation when it was hard to put children to bed without shaking them. Sometimes, this process takes such a long time that moms and dads are already exhausted, but their baby still isn’t.

Pediatricians claim that it is possible to avoid these problems if you teach your baby to follow a sleeping schedule from birth and get rid of any external and internal irritations like hunger, wet diapers, noise, uncomfortable clothes, and things of this nature. If you can’t avoid shaking them, make sure you don’t do it for a long time and that your motions are smooth.

5. Hiding mirrors from children because of popular superstitions

There is a popular superstition that warns parents against showing children mirrors because “they might get ill.” This is a really strange concept, according to pediatricians and psychologists from all over the world. Doctor Suzy Green, the founder of The Positivity Institute, recommends that parents play with their children using a mirror because it helps with the development of self-awareness, something that is rare in the animal world.

At different ages, children have different reactions to their reflection in the mirror, but it is always a fascinating and positive experience for them.

6. Creating a sterile environment for children

We are used to thinking that cleanliness is extremely important. But researchers from different countries agree that when the environment is too clean, it is bad for the child’s development. Sterile environments slow down the formation of a strong immune system that is ready to fight infections, and they promote allergic reactions like asthma, rhinitis, and atopic dermatitis.

The biggest mistakes that parents make are cleaning the apartment too often and too much and prohibiting their children from coming into contact with pets. The earlier a child deals with a potential allergen, the faster their immune system will learn to treat it as a normal thing.

7. Teaching children to use the potty too early

The potty is a very controversial topic. The most important thing is to not follow the recommendations from people that are not experts. Don’t expect your children to just start using the potty when they are one or one and a half years old. At this age, they still don’t know how to properly react to the signals of their bodies.

Child urologist Stephen Hodges says, “Sooner or later, the child will learn to control their signals. This is when they will start to use the potty. The bladder needs about 3 or 4 years for normal development. Free urination — for example, in the diapers, actually helps the development of the bladder.”

8. Letting children walk barefoot on flat surfaces

Children start to walk at about the age of one, on average. When this happens, some parents rush to stores to buy some home shoes and other parents let their children walk barefoot. Researchers still don’t agree on which is best, but they do agree that not all surfaces are good for walking.

It is great if children have a chance to walk barefoot on sand, grass, or smooth rocks. But it is not very useful to walk on perfectly flat tiles at home. This way, the muscles of the feet don’t develop properly and the entire load is put on the tendons. This may lead to problems in the development of the foot.

9. Making children finish their meals

Many grandmothers (and some parents) become really sad when their children don’t want to finish their meals. They start trying to convince the children, blackmailing them, or even threatening them. So, the plate ends up being clean, but the only people who are happy are the parents.

Few people know that this behavior contributes to the development of bad food habits. There is no way they can learn to understand their bodies, but they do learn how to overeat.

Besides, there is absolutely no need to give children a lot of food at once, because it’s too much work for their digestive system. They need just one meal and one drink.

10. Spoon-feeding

Amy Brown, associate professor of child public health at Swansea University, says that we shouldn’t help children to eat when they can already use a spoon by themselves.

“The children that are spoon-fed longer than they should be, are more likely to have extra weight problems in the future. In the process of feeding, it is hard to tell when the children are full. As a result, they overeat.”

According to researchers, children that eat on their own, have the ability to eat at their own pace and study the taste of the foods, which helps them to develop the right attitude toward food.

11. Protecting children from allergens

Swedish experts claim that in order to reduce the risk of developing an allergy to some foods, parents should limit their children as little as possible when it comes to the foods they eat.

Göran Wennergren, professor of pediatrics at the University of Gothenburg, says, “It is not only not harmful to give children foods with allergens at an early age, but it’s quite beneficial. The immune system learns to react to them properly. A typical example is fish. This is why we recommend giving children crushed fish fillet from the age of 4 months.”

The opinion of the professor was proven by another study that was done recently by Israeli and British scientists. Parents from the Jewish community in London didn’t give their children peanuts and children in Israel tried peanut butter before they were even one year old. Statistics don’t lie: the children from Israel were less likely to have allergic reactions than the children from London.

12. Forcing children to share

At the age of 2, children start to treat themselves as people and the things they own are perceived as things that belong to them. This is why anyone who wants to take something from a child is treated as an intruder. Unfortunately, very few parents actually understand this. Moms and dads don’t want their children to be seen as greedy people. This is why they might force them to share toys or food.

Psychologists, however, are convinced that by doing this, we raise “convenient” children. They are not able to hear their own desires and they act against their own wishes. In the end, they grow up to be men and women that can’t say “no,” even when it is in their best interests.

13. Wrapping children in clothes when their hands and legs are cold

If the feet, palms, or the nose of a child are not very warm, it doesn’t mean that the child is cold: because of the unique features of blood circulation and vascular tone in children, it is okay for these body parts to be cooler than the rest of the body. The normal room temperature in the children’s room should be between 68°F and 72°F. In these conditions, children don’t need hats, socks, or gloves: the skin should be able to breathe and have contact with the air.

By the way, it is much easier and way more dangerous to overheat a child, than it is to make them cold. The most obvious signs of overheating are a wet neck and the color of the skin, which should be pale pink under normal circumstances. If the skin is overly pink or even red, it means that the baby is too hot and that they need to take off some of their clothes.

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9 Double Standards Women Often Face

Double standards are the eternal reason for human suffering. For example, studies have proven that because of gender inequality in the financial market, men have more advantages over women. Time goes by, but it seems like prejudices stay stuck in many people’s heads.

We at Bright Side believe that one day, our society will outgrow stale stereotypes and people will become kinder. We hope that our honest illustrations will help you reconsider some things.

1.

There are double standards in society when it comes to makeup. When people see a woman who wears makeup, they may perceive her as fake and even “cheap,” but if a woman doesn’t apply any makeup at all, she may be considered a wallflower who doesn’t want to attract men’s attention.

2.

Women are still being told that their main duty is taking care of the family. But even housewives suffer from people who like to say spiteful things about them and judge, let alone women who put their careers first.

3.

For some reason, it might be hard for some people to imagine that a fan of classical literature may not be a boring, timid person, but rather, the funniest woman at the company. And conversely, a hard-core party girl may not be a dumb bimbo, but rather, a straight-A student and the pride and joy of a prestigious university!

4.

Today, so many people are willing to give unsolicited advice that everyone is at risk of being attacked. There will be no mercy — a woman who loves cooking will be advised to go to the beauty salon as soon as possible, while a woman who doesn’t have time to spend in the kitchen will be blamed for feeding her family with ready-made food.

5.

Beauty ideals are rapidly changing, and society tries to impose them on all people who are at least a little bit different. A toned body, light eyes, and blonde hair — people may think that this girl is attractive no matter what she’s doing. But a girl who doesn’t fit into society’s beauty standards may be judged for doing the same things.

6.

The appearance of a person often plays a key role in our attitude toward them. So a cute girl who has numerous cats at home may be seen as an ideal of kindness and sympathy for animals. But an older woman who takes care of these fluffy creatures may be strongly advised by society to get a husband instead of cats.

7.

A curvy woman who decides to wear an outfit with a low-cut neckline may be seen as an example by many because wearing what you want without the fear of being judged is a sign of bravery. But the natural process of breastfeeding is still a taboo in society.

8.

Who has ever faced the dilemma of whether to finally buy an elegant dress or save some money for a vacation? No matter what you decide, it’s impossible to avoid public disapproval. A woman who would decide to buy an expensive outfit to please herself is likely to be labeled as a spender. And a woman who would save some money to go on a beach vacation may be called a cheapskate.

9.

Kindergarten teachers are ready to help families who can’t take care of their children full-time because of their employment. And sometimes, parents have to fully take responsibility for their child’s education. But “experts” in psychology will find something terribly wrong with each of these situations. In the first case, they might say that the mother just doesn’t want to take care of the child, and in the latter — that she doesn’t care about her child’s future.