Baby – Fitness – Health

Make your own Make Up!

February 12th, 2014 | Posted by nikki in Blog - (Comments Off on Make your own Make Up!)

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.

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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!

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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)

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%

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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)
Bikini Body

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.

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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.

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How to Choose a Baby Monitor

November 11th, 2013 | Posted by nikki in Blog - (Comments Off on How to Choose a Baby Monitor)
Baby monitor

Baby monitors are an essential part of your nursery equipment. While baby naps, you can move around the home or sleep in your own room safe in the knowledge that your little one is safe and sound. You want to choose the right baby monitor so that it works for your situation. You want to make sure that there is no interference, that the batteries last and that you are able to move the monitors around you home with uninterrupted reception.


Check that the monitor you buy has a long enough range to reach all areas of your home. Test out the monitors in the store as some make range claims that go beyond their actual capabilities.


Interference can come in the form of obstacles (walls) and other electronic devices. As a rule of thumb, most higher-end monitors do not suffer from interference issues. You don’t need to hear every sound in baby’s room, but you must be able to hear when they cry clearly. This will enable you to get more sleep if you are confident that you will hear baby when they cry. A good baby monitor like the Avent Baby Monitor SCD 53500 kit provides 100% no interference guarantees. Always keep your receipt so that you can return monitors that don’t work properly.


A talk back features is an excellent addition because it allows you to sooth baby when there is minor disturbance without having to get up and go into the room. It’s also really helpful to have a monitor linked to a baby cam so that you can see what’s happening in the crib at all times. These features enable you to gauge whether you need to go into the room and if baby is OK.

Take your time when selecting a baby monitor. Know the range you need for your home and test out several monitors before making your choice.

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The health benefits of Drinking Tea

October 25th, 2013 | Posted by nikki in Blog - (Comments Off on The health benefits of Drinking Tea)
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Asian cultures have long had the tradition of drinking tea. Teas can be made from every part of the plant including leaves (like orange pekoe), flowers (like chamomile), bark, roots, seeds and stems. When these desiccated parts of plants are steeped in hot water, the medicinal benefits of the plants are infused into the water and the tea drinker can benefit enormously. Here are some herbal teas and their health benefits.

Green tea: This is one of the healthiest varieties of tea as the anti-oxidants can help to cleanse the body and improve digestion and metabolism. Green tea is also said to combat Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Chamomile tea: The antioxidants in chamomile also help to cleanse the body and prevents damage to kidneys. Chamomile also stunts the growth of cancer cells and reduces the complications from type 2 diabetes.

Echinacea: This flower tea is said to help improve immune system functioning and is most often used to fight the symptoms associated with the common cold.

Ginger tea: Boil slices of ginger to make a tea that can be sweetened with honey. Ginger tea helps to reduce inflammation (this is great for arthritis and other joint ailments). Ginger is an anti-bacterial and anti-viral so drink ginger tea to combat sore throats, stomach troubles and nausea. Ginger reduces pain and also has cancer-fighting properties.

Rooibos tea: This is derived from a herb that grows in South Africa. Rooibos tea contains flavonoids that help to fight cancer and act as anti-oxidants.

Peppermint tea: Relives the symptoms of bloating and abdominal pain. Peppermint tea also helps to relive nausea, stomach cramps and vomiting.

Teas can help to sooth and restore your health. Always opt for organic teas wherever possible. For the best health products, visit Healthcheck Systems.


Tips to Diet Success

October 8th, 2013 | Posted by nikki in Blog - (Comments Off on Tips to Diet Success)
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I am sure you have all tried a bunch of different diets, weight loss plans and some may have even tried pills to lose weight. At the end of the day, there is no shortcut to weight loss. Studies have shown that fad diets do allow you to lose weight quickly, but you will just put it back on as soon as the diet is over. What you really need is slow, healthy weight loss that is a result of the adoption of healthy eating habits that will become part of your new lifestyle.

Slowly does it

Forget the fast track; ditch the deadlines and simply decide to live a healthy life. When you look back on yourself in a year’s time, you won’t believe the difference. Like all things, drastic changes are probably not something you will be sticking to. Denying yourself all your favorite things and cutting back heavily on your calorie intake is unlikely to render long-term results. Instead, make slow changes and adopt one new habit every month.

Get moving

You have to move more. That doesn’t mean you have to exercises that you hate and which you will never stick to. Instead, find things you enjoy doing and slowly start including them in your daily routine. Take a walk around the block when you get home from work, or walk to the store on the weekend instead of driving. When you stop driving everywhere and start walking or biking, you will soon make it part of your lifestyle.

Do yoga, or play a sport, swim or play with your kids, move into a home with a garden or get a dog; make changes to your lifestyle that slowly get you out and active. It relieves stress, improves health and mobility.

Cut it out

Slowly start to cut out things that you shouldn’t be eating. When you take something out, put something healthy in its place. Replace sugar with stevia and butter with avocadoes. When you find healthy substitutes for foods which aren’t good for you, you don’t feel deprived and you are more likely to stick to your new regimen.

Its all about finding the balance that works for you. You already know what you have to do to live a healthy life; eat well and exercise. Now integrate this new lifestyle slowly so you have time to still enjoy your life and adapt to a healthier way of living.

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The Healthiest Food in the World

September 3rd, 2013 | Posted by nikki in Blog - (Comments Off on The Healthiest Food in the World)
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Kale; this leafy green packs a health punch that you can’t believe! It’s really high in fibre and nutritional content, so it’s especially helpful for those who wish to reduce their cholesterol and improve their blood pressure. You can keep tabs of your blood pressure with a quality wrist blood pressure monitor from Healthcheck Systems.

Not only will kale help to reduce your cholesterol and stabilize your blood pressure, it is also known to reduce your risk of contracting certain cancers including bladder, breast, colon, ovary, and prostate cancer.

Kale contains a whopping 45 different flavonoids. Flavonoids work as both anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory agents. These help to remove toxins from the body naturally.

One cup of kale only contains 36 calories, but it is packed with vitamins and minerals including 1327.6% of your daily intake of vitamin K, 354% of your require Vitamin A, 88% Vitamin C, 27% magnesium, 9.3% calcium, 69% Vitamin B and 4% of your daily phosphorous to mention a few.

Kale’s high fiber content will leave you feeling full for longer. You can enjoy kale in your soups and stews, as a steamed leafy green, chopped up raw in salads and sandwiches and part of a delicious coleslaw. Here is a recipe for a simple coleslaw that is delicious and nutritious.


1 bunch of kale finely chopped (remove center stalk to reduce bitterness)

3 tablespoons of finely chopped red onion

2 tsp. lemon juice

1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar

3 tablespoons of mayonnaise

2 carrots, grated


Mix ingredients together in a salad bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Kale Chips

If you buy kale in volume, make kale chips which make for a delicious, healthy snack. Lay kale out on a cookie sheet, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt. Bake at 420 for 10-15 minutes or until crispy.

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