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For The Love Of Life - Life Styles

The bold beading and eye-catching colours of necklaces make a statement and lift even an ordinary dress to stylistic heights

Frills and flouces

The gypsy look is all the rage worldwide. With major international designers showing frills, flounces, scooped necklines, smocking and lots of trinkets and beads on the ramps this season, the world is indeed adopting the look of the nomads. So, hoops are out; try dangling gypsy earrings and numerous trinkets as necklaces. Do away with straight hair; try the tousled or crimped style instead. Smoky eyes and shimmering, pink lips are recommended.

Beads

Keeping in line with the haute gypsy looks, another fashion must this season is funky pendants on beaded chains. These are being worn by such trendsetters as Sandra Bullock, Tea Leoni, and Cindy Crawford. The celebrity stylist Deborah Waknin says, “Pendants are hip, pretty and fun; these make a statement without being ostentatious.”

Designer Sage Machado says that these necklaces are “often crafted from down-to-earth materials like wood, amber and semi-precious stones, and have a very positive energy and a personal vibe to them.” The bold beading and eye-catching colours of these necklaces make a bold statement and lift even an ordinary dress to stylistic heights. Try them.

Sedentary lifestyles

A World Health Organisation report confirms that physical inactivity can be dangerous for people’s health. Nearly two million deaths per year are attributed to physical inactivity, prompting WHO to issue a warning that a sedentary lifestyle could be among the 10 leading causes of death and disability in the world.

A sedentary lifestyle doubles the risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and obesity, and increases the risks of colon cancer, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, lipid disorders, depression and anxiety. According to WHO, 60 to 85 per cent of people in the world from both developed and developing countries-lead sedentary lifestyles. An estimated two-thirds of children are also insufficiently active, with serious implications for their future, health.

Moderate physical activity for up to 30 minutes every day, giving up smoking and healthy nutrition is recommended.

Get fishy

A recent study reveals that eating fish twice a week can keep heart disease at bay. It found that women who ate fish two to four times a week reduced their risk of heart disease by 30 per cent. Women who ate fish five or more times weekly reduced their risk by 34 per cent.

Past studies showed similar benefits for men, but this study was the first to concentrate on the effect in women. Last year, it was observed that women who ate fish two to four times a week cut their risk of ischemic or clot-related strokes by 48 per cent.

However, beware, some types of fish contain high levels of mercury and may be harmful to health. In fact, pregnant women and those planning a pregnancy should avoid eating shark, swordfish, king mackerel or tilefish as the mercury could hurt the foetus’ developing brain.

Botox

Ageing, wrinkling babyboomers are sitting up at all the splash the Botox news is making all over the world! Botox, a botulin-based drug is being injected into faces to help banish or at least reduce wrinkles. And there are a lot of takers.

Doctors have used Botox injections for years to help eliminate wrinkles from the faces of Hollywood stars and others who want to stay younger-looking. The decision taken on April 15, 2002, by the Food and Drug Administration, formally approving Botox for cosmetic use, cleared the way for Allergan Inc. to begin advertising it as a wrinkle-smoother, exposing it to many more people.

The drug should be injected no more than once every three months, using the lowest effective dose possible, the FDA cautioned. What remains to be seen now is whether, as one expert suggests, wrinkles become as much a social stigma soon as bad teeth! And soon, the numbers of those who frown their way to doctors to come smiling back and wrinkle-free increases by thousands. Who knows, soon wrinkles may disappear off the face of America