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Make your own Make Up!

February 12th, 2014 | Posted by nikki in Blog - (Comments Off on Make your own Make Up!)
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There are tons of harmful chemicals in your makeup products. We know you already look great, but if you do want to wear makeup, you don’t need to compromise your health to do so. Now you can make all your own beauty products with things you may have in your home or can get from your local health food store. The health and beauty experts at Healthcheck Systems are bringing you a new series on how to have your makeup and enjoy good health too. Here are some lip balm recipes that come from the ebook, Eat My Makeup!

Beeswax lip balm

5 teaspoons jojoba oil
3 tablespoons grated unbleached beeswax
6 drops essential lavender oil (you can use a different oil if you prefer)
1 teaspoon honey

Melt the beeswax and the oil together over low heat in a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler, place a metal or glass bowl in a small pot of water. Now add the honey and lavender oil and stir gently. Pour into containers and allow to cool for 20 minutes before use.

Sensational Lips

1 tbsp. avocado oil
2 tbsp. sweet almond oil
1 tbsp. coconut oil
1 tbsp. + 1 teaspoon beeswax
1 tsp vitamin E oil
5 drops essential oil (lavender and peppermint are good choices)

Melt beeswax with avocado, almond and coconut oil in a double boiler over low heat. Remove from heat and add essential oil and vitamin E. Stir well and pour into containers. Leave to cool for 20 minutes before you use it.

Get all of the products you and your family need to live a healthy life from Healthcheck Systems. They have products for baby, toys for kids, fitness products for you and health products the whole family can enjoy. 

Make your own natural Mascara

February 12th, 2014 | Posted by nikki in Blog - (Comments Off on Make your own natural Mascara)
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If you like to wear makeup, but are concerned about the chemicals it contains and about animal testing, then you are not alone. Many women are turning to natural products and makeup as an alternative that better suits a healthy lifestyle. We think you look great just the way you are, but if you are going to wear makeup, we want you to be safe. That’s why the experts at HealthCheck Systems are bringing you a series on natural beauty products that you can make yourself in your kitchen.

This recipe for mascara comes from the ebook Eat My Makeup

To make your own mascara, you need a few ingredients which you can get from your local health food store (even the charcoal).

1 tsp coconut oil

1 1/2 tsp beeswax

1 tsp shea butter

4 tsp of aloe vera gel

1-2 capsules of activated charcoal

How to make it:

Put the coconut oil, beeswax shea and aloe vera in a small pot and heat very slowly over a very low heat. Stir continuously until all the ingredients have melted. Now take your pot off the stove and add the charcoal. Stir it really well. Use a funnel to pour the liquid into an old mascara tube. Before you reuse the old mascara tube, make sure you have sterilized it by leaving it in hot water.

If you don’t have a funnel, leave the mascara to cool a little, then pour it into a plastic bag. Cut a small hole in the plastic bag and squeeze the liquid into the mascara tube.

This is a great way to enjoy your makeup without the chemicals!

We know you are committed to helping you and your family to live a healthy lifestyle. Now you can get all your health and fitness products from HealthCheck Systems.com.

6 Easy ways to Speed up your Metabolism

January 31st, 2014 | Posted by nikki in Blog - (Comments Off on 6 Easy ways to Speed up your Metabolism)
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You want to speed up your metabolism because it helps you to access more energy from your food and it also helps to burn more calories in a day. A sluggish metabolic rate will leave you feeling fatigued and will make it extremely difficult to lose weight.

Spice up your life

Chili peppers, jalapenos and other hot pepper varieties contain capsicum which really gets your metabolism going. In fact, your metabolism increases by a whopping 25% after you have enjoyed a spicy meal. This increased metabolic rate lasts for up to 2 hours after a meal. You can add cayenne pepper and chilies to your meals, cayenne pepper to your hot beverages and hot sauce to your sandwiches.

Apple cider vinegar

This mild vinegar also helps to get your motor running. You can enjoy apple cider vinegar on your salads or drink two teaspoons in a cup of warm water twice a day. Can’t stand the taste? You can get apple cider vinegar tablets from your local health food store.

Get moving

Exercise increases your metabolism. You can start with gentle exercises like walking and yoga, but the more aerobic the exercise, the more it improves your metabolism. It’s also important to keep moving throughout the day, so take mini breaks and stretch or walk around.

Cool down

Turn your thermostat down from 21 to 17 degrees. This will help you to burn an extra 300 calories a day. As your body cools, your metabolism kicks in to help warm you up so you can lose weight and save on energy.

Increasing your metabolism and moving more will help you to lose weight too. You can follow your progress on a bathroom scale from Healthcheck Systems. They have the widest selection at the best prices.

 

Are you Overweight? Use the BMI to find your ideal weight

January 6th, 2014 | Posted by nikki in Blog - (Comments Off on Are you Overweight? Use the BMI to find your ideal weight)
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What is your ideal weight? Don’t look to the unrealistic and healthy examples set by the fashion and beauty industry for inspiration on your ideal weight. Instead you need to find the perfect percentage of body fat to ensure a healthy figure.

Nutrition has a profound effect on your health. If you are getting too few nutrients and not eating enough, you can suffer from kidney problems, bone density issues, poor immunity and premature aging. Eating too many calories can result in obesity which has an equally negative effect on health and results in diabetes, heart disease, cholesterol and blood pressure issues.

You need to find the weight that suits your height and provides you with a healthy, attainable target that you can strive towards. The best way to find the body fat percentage that will result in your idea weight is to utilize the body mass index or BMI.

The BMI index works as follows:

  • Underweight: Below 18.5
  • Normal: 18.5-25
  • Overweight: 25-30
  • Obese: Above 30

Use calipers to measure you by clamping folds of skin on various places on your body. You can also use bioelectrical impedance which is a more accurate measure of your body fat. Here an electrical current is run through the body and the speed with which is moves indicates the amount of fat in the body. These are a feature on high end bathroom scales.

Once you know your BMI, you can more accurately determine your idea weight using the BMI index below:

Men Body Fat Percentages:

  • Ages 20-39: 8% to 19%
  • Ages 40-59: 11% to 21%
  • Ages 60-79: 13% to 24%

Women Body Fat Percentages:

  • Ages 20-39: 21% to 32%
  • Ages 40-59: 23% to 33%
  • Ages 60-79: 24% to 35%

Get both calipers and high end bathroom scales from Healthcheck Systems.com

Lose That Holiday Weight in Four Easy Steps

January 2nd, 2014 | Posted by nikki in Blog - (Comments Off on Lose That Holiday Weight in Four Easy Steps)
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Over the festive season, everyone is inclined to overindulge. If you have been tucking into the eggnog and gingerbread cookies, you may need to start the New Year with a healthy eating plan that will see you back to your ideal weight in no time at all. The secret to losing weight and keeping it off is to practice healthy eating and exercise regimens rather than fad diets.

Don’t say the ‘D’ word

Diets are awful. The very word fosters dread and when you constrain yourself to a diet, you are more likely to cheat. Diets also get us into the mindset that resources are limited and this encourages binge eating. Instead of using the dreaded ‘D’ word, focus on healthy eating instead. Eat seven helpings of fruit and vegetables every day and drink 8 glasses of water. Filling up on healthy foods will make it less likely that you will require snacks.

Positive affirmation

When you go on a diet, you are focused on all the negative things about your body. You need to focus instead on the things you love about your body. When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself, stop and change that thought to something positive.

Have fun

Be nice to yourself, take long baths, play your favorite music, treat yourself to a manicure. When you start to value yourself and feel like you deserve the best, you will start to feed yourself better too.

You like to move it!

Part of having fun and being kind to yourself is exercise. You don’t have to sweat it out in the gym and hate every moment of it – instead you can go for a swim, take a walk with a friend, have a ½ hour dance party at home or do yoga.

 Keep track of your progress with a digital bathroom scale from Healthcheck Systems.com.

How to Make New Year’s Resolutions and Stick to Them

December 23rd, 2013 | Posted by nikki in Blog - (Comments Off on How to Make New Year’s Resolutions and Stick to Them)
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Recently, the tradition of making New Year’s resolutions has come under fire. Perhaps it’s because so many people fail to keep their New Year’s resolutions, but I would like to resurrect this valuable tradition. Any time you make a commitment to live a healthier, happier life is a good thing. This year, make New Year’s resolutions that are realistic and stick to them so that 2014 really is a better year for you and your family.

Set realistic goals

One of the most common reasons people don’t succeed in their goals is that they set ones that are unrealistic. If you haven’t done any exercise in the last ten years, it’s unlikely you are going to appear in the April edition of Best Bikini Bodies. That’s ok. You can set realistic goals that will see you looking better, feeling more energetic and living a healthier life by April.

Set fixed goals

Don’t set goals that don’t have fixed and tangible outcomes. Wishing that you ‘loose a little weight’ isn’t enough. Instead, decide on what your goal weight will be. Then set easily attainable short-term goals for each week and month until you reach your final goal. Smaller victories along the way will help to inspire you to stick to your diet.

Treat yourself

Set rewards for each goal that you attain. If you reach your weekly weight, treat yourself to something special. Have a really big reward set for the day you reach your ultimate weight or health goal.

You will fail

Everyone falls for that slice of chocolate cake once in a while. Don’t let this be the reason you kick your New Year’s resolutions to the curb. Instead, forgive yourself and just keep moving forward to your goals.

Check your progress with a quality bathroom scale and other health products from HealthCheck Systems. 

Gift ideas for the health-conscious

December 11th, 2013 | Posted by nikki in Blog - (Comments Off on Gift ideas for the health-conscious)
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Do you have someone special in your life who enjoys a healthy lifestyle? Do they love sports, run marathons or enjoy a healthy diet? If you do have someone in your life like this, here are some of the best gifts for the health-conscious this Christmas.

Bathroom Scales

Get the latest state-of-the-art digital bathroom scales that also measure body fat and calories. This is a really useful tool for those who are working to a health goal. You can get a wide range of models at a variety of prices from Healthcheck Systems.

Heart Rate Monitors

This is an essential tool for the serious athlete as well as the novice. When you are training for a triathlon, marathon or bike race, you need to monitor your heart rate to know when you should train harder and move faster. The heart rate monitor helps athletes to get the most out of every workout. Get the best technologically advanced heart rate monitors here.

Blood Pressure monitor

These help you to regulate your blood pressure by keeping accurate readings. You can get a wide range of blood pressure monitors for the wrist or arm from the experts at Healthcheck Systems.

Pedometers

These nifty little gadgets help to keep track of how many steps you have taken in a day. They can tell you how far you have traveled and how many calories you have burned. Most come with a stop watch so that you can record your times as well. Get the widest range of pedometers at the lowest prices here.

Fat Calipers

Get more accurate readings of your body fat index with these fat calipers. Fat calipers help you to regulate your body weight to the right weight for your height and age for a healthier lifestyle. Find a wide range of fat calipers here.

Healthy Christmas Recipes

December 11th, 2013 | Posted by nikki in Blog - (Comments Off on Healthy Christmas Recipes)
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The festive season is rife with cookies, eggnog, chocolates and huge meals. It’s easy to see how most people gain weight and so dread the holiday ‘gobble til you wobble’ that it’s difficult to be festive. Instead of trying to avoid all your favorite meals this festive season, why not make some of your traditional classics, but with a healthy twist. That way you don’t have to spend the holiday season saying no to your favorite foods.

Stuffing: You can still enjoy your stuffing, but instead of heaps of butter and fatty sausage, make a few changes that will help you to reduce the calorie intake. Instead of butter, use olive oil (you will need much less) and substitute your pork sausages for turkey sausages instead.

Side dishes: Instead of beans slathered in butter or carrots dripping in sugared butter, opt for stuffed acorn squash. This is a really yummy and pretty way to do a squash. Just cut the squash in half and stuff with onions, mushrooms, green peppers and other items. You can even sprinkle a little low-fat cheese on the top and then bake in the oven.

Mashed potatoes: Use less butter and fat-free cream to get the same yummy texture with less fat. You can also opt for roast potatoes instead of mashed ones.

Gravy: use a gravy separator to remove all the fat from your gravy. If you don’t have one, just leave your drippings to sit on the counter for about half an hour. Then use a spoon to scoop off all the excess oil. You can also use broth to make your gravy instead of drippings.

If you want some healthy recipes to make your Christmas dinner a happy one, see more options here.

You can also find healthy pumpkin pie recipes here.

Keep track of your progress with a bathroom scale from Healthcheck Systems.

A great way to start the day

October 23rd, 2013 | Posted by nikki in Blog - (Comments Off on A great way to start the day)
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What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? For most of us its coffee and a rushed breakfast before we head out to start our day. You know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but few of us actually get everything we need. What this does, is slow down our metabolisms as our bodies switch to store mode instead of burn mode.

Over time, the slowing of your metabolism will make it harder for your body to get the most nutritional value from the food you eat and you will feel tired and listless. Not only will your energy levels suffer, but it will also make it more difficult to stay at a healthy weight.

You should wake up feeling hungry, have a hearty breakfast and feel energized for your day. You can get your motor running in the morning, get a great dose of antioxidants and get your metabolism humming with morning shots. Here are two recipes for quick drinks that will start you day the right way.

Turmeric shot

Turmeric is a very effective anti-oxidant and helps to jump start your metabolism early in the morning. Start with a 3” slice of ginger. Slice it up and put it in a pot with ½ cup water. Bring to the boil and then put the lid on your pot and simmer for 5 minutes. Pour into a cup and add ½ teaspoon of turmeric and 1 teaspoon of honey. Drink first thing in the morning and last thing at night. This will not only boost your metabolism, but your immune system too.

Cayenne shot

Mix ½ teaspoon cinnamon, a pinch of cayenne pepper and the juice from half a lemon in a cup of warm water. Add honey to taste.

Follow your progress with a top-of-the-line bathroom scale at the best prices from Healthcheck Systems.