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The Skin Game Newsletter is a new and innovative concept that delivers information to 'savvy' individuals who are interested in achieving and maintaining Healthy, Youthful, Beautiful Skin, Mind and Body. I will advise you with professional helpful hints, step-by-step instructions, recipes, stories and general informative tips to help you in your quest for Healthy, Youthful, and Beautiful Skin, Mind and Body.

This is my Commitment! This is what I offer! This is what you get!!

My name is Sylvia L. Ossa, and I am an Arizona Licensed Aesthetician and Skin Care Consultant. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, raised and schooled in New York, England and Switzerland. I speak fluent Spanish and a little French. In 1991 I graduated from the College of Beauty, Arts and Science, in Flagstaff, Arizona with a Degree in Aesthetics. To my credits I have added Certificates in Clinical Aromatherapy, Advanced Peeling and Pigmentation Techniques, Retail and Marketing Strategies. I am a Licensed Arizona Aesthetician, a Certified Reflexologist and a Reiki Master.

How 8 Glasses Of Water A Day Keeps The Fat Away

Incredible as it may seem, water is quite possibly the single most important catalyst in losing weight and keeping it off. Although most us take it for granted, water may be the only true "magic potion" for permanent weight loss.

Water suppresses the appetite naturally and helps the body metabolize stored fat. Studies have shown that a decrease in water intake will cause fat deposits to increase, while an increase in water intake can actually reduce fat deposits.

Here's why:

The kidneys can't function properly without enough water. When they don't work to capacity, some of their overload is dumped onto the liver. One of the liver's primary functions is to metabolize stored fat into usable energy for the body. But, if the liver has to do some of the kidney's work, it can't operate at full throttle. As a result, it metabolizes less fat, more fat remains stored in the body and weight loss stops.

Drinking enough water is the best treatment for fluid retention. When the body gets less water, it perceives this as a threat to survival and begins to hold on to every drop. Water is stored in extra cellular spaces (outside the cells). This shows up as swollen feet, legs and hands.

The best way to overcome the problem of water retention is to give your body what it needs ~ plenty of water. Only then will stored water be released.

If you have constant problem with water retention, excess salt may be to blame. Your body will tolerate sodium only in a certain concentration. The more salt you eat, the more water your system retains to dilute it. But getting rid of unneeded salt is easy ~ just drink more water. As it's forced through the kidneys, it takes away excess sodium.

The overweight person needs more water than the thin one. Larger people have larger metabolic loads. Since we know that water is the key to fat metabolism, it follows that the overweight person needs more water. I am overweight and I calculate my water intake by dividing my weight in half, and that is the amount of ounces I drink a day.

Water helps to maintain proper muscle tone by giving muscles their natural ability to contract and by preventing dehydration. It also helps to prevent the sagging skin that usually follows weight loss ~ shrinking cells are buoyed by water, which plumps the skin and leaves it clear, healthy and resilient.

So far, we've discovered some remarkable truths about water and weight loss:

    • The body will not function properly without enough water and can't metabolize stored fat efficiently.
    • Retained water shows up as excess weight.
    • To get rid of excess water you must drink more water.
    • Drinking water is essential to weight loss.

How much water is enough?

On the average, a person should drink eight 8-ounce glasses every day. That's about 2 quarts. However, the overweight person needs on additional glass for every 25 pounds of excess weight. The amount you drink also should be increased if you exercise briskly or if the weather is hot and dry.

Water should preferably be cold ~ it is absorbed into the system more quickly than warm water. And some evidence suggests that drinking cold water can actually help burn calories.

To utilize water most efficiently during weight loss, follow this schedule:

  • Morning: 1 quart consumed over a 30-minute period
  • Noon: 1 quart consumed over a 30-minute period
  • Evening: 1 quart consumed between five and six o'clock

When the body gets the water it needs to function optimally, its fluids are perfectly balanced. When this happens, you have reached the "breaking through point".

What does this mean?

  • Endocrine-gland function improves.
  • Fluid retention is alleviated as stored water is lost.
  • Natural thirst returns.
  • There is loss of hunger almost overnight.
  • Promotes healthy beautiful resilient skin.

If you stop drinking enough water, your body fluids will be thrown out of balance again, and you may experience fluid retention, unexplained weight gain and loss of thirst.

References - Donald S. Robertson, M.D., M.Sc.

Conscious Breathing and Mindfulness - Meditation

I will be happy to give you any suggestions along with my expertise that would help you to achieve Healthy, Beautiful skin. It only takes a few moments a day to work your way to a more Healthy, Beautiful and Youthful looking skin. I will supply all the suggestions and know-how, but the ultimate commitment comes from you.

Meditation can be practiced anywhere, while sitting, standing, lying down or on a serene mountain top. Breathing and knowing that we are breathing is a basic practice. When practicing meditation if the body is calm the mind is calm. Conscious breathing makes the body and mind one.....

  1. Breathing in, I calm my body Breathing out, I smile.
  2. Breathing in, I dwell in the present moment, Breathing out, I know it is a wonderful moment.

This exercise can be repeated for about 15 minutes, silently, with conscious breathing. This is how I try to start my day. I must say the days I practice this before rising, my days are smooth and calm.

Well, we have come to end of another newsletter and I hope that I have made your time a little more enlightening with all my savvy hints and articles. I have kept the article on "Your Face Never Lies" ~ "Some Underlying Skin Disorders and Their Causes," because of the overwhelming response to that article by many visitors. I am glad to be of service to you. I am grateful for the many responses to my web pages and hope to see you soon. I am here, to answer any skin care or Reflexology questions that are of interest to you. This is a complimentary feature of The Skin Game Newsletter.

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