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6 Easy Tips for Beautiful Hair

Watch your diet-
Your diet plays a vital role in determining both-how you feel and look. A healthy diet devoid of processed foods, coupled with moderate exercise can literally make your skin and hair glow from within! Experts recommend adding more Vitamin A and Vitamin E rich foods to the diet to promote hair health.

Drink up!
Water makes up for around 70 percent of your body, and deprived of this vital substance, you can start to look and feel no-so-good. Make sure you drink at least 7-8 glasses of water a day; it’ll help nourish and keep your hair looking healthy.

Skip the blow-dry-
Blow drying, among other heat treatments can strip your hair of its natural moisture, making it look dull, dry and frizzy. Avoid using extensive hair treatments as far as possible, and if you must, make sure to compensate with good hair care afterward.

Use home remedies-
For different hair problems like dandruff, itchiness, hair fall etc, stick to using home remedies. As opposed to chemical-based products, home remedies work better and don’t lead to scalp or hair damage.

Dry hair needs oil-
Mom was right; even the most highly regarded beauty experts today consider moisturizing the most crucial step of hair care; and oil does it best! A 20-minute warm oil massage is excellent for dry, rough and frizzy hair. It moisturizes the hair and the scalp, unlike damaging it like other store-bought conditioners.

Be Gentle with Wet Hair-
You must be careful when dealing with wet hair. Wet hair is very fragile and can break easily. When your hair gets wet, the shaft and roots of your hair are more prone to sustaining damage.
Some practical tips when dealing with wet hair are: don’t be too rough when you are putting shampoo and conditioner in your hair. Don’t immediately brush your hair after you get out of the shower, give your hair some time to dry. Finally, if you are looking to straighten your hair with a flat iron, never use the flat iron on wet hair. Always blow dry your hair first, and then straighten it.

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8 Weird Reasons You’re Tired All the Time

YawnintNtiredWhile many of us accept droopy lids and constant yawning as a daily reality, your lagging daytime energy could be a bigger deal than you think. Whether you feel lethargic during the day or consistently have trouble falling and staying asleep at night, these symptoms of exhaustion could be indicators of a number of health problems, from over-exercising, to a chronic infection, to depression and many more.

Not sure what’s causing your drowsiness? Here are 8 weird reasons why you may be feeling tired all the time.

You could be bored
If you’re bored with your job or your personal life, you’re going to feel tired. It’s amazing how much your attitude towards life will affect how you feel.

Here’s an example, you come home from work and just collapse on the couch because you’re so tired. You have no desire to move and don’t want to do anything. The phone rings. It’s your best friend and he’s just won backstage tickets to a band that you love. How do you feel now? Five minutes ago you were dead tired. Now that you’re getting the chance to do something exciting and new, you’re full of energy again. You don’t even think about being tired anymore. The difference is that you have something exciting and fun to look forwards to now.

So, take a good look at what’s happening in your life. Do you feel like you’re trapped doing the same thing every day with no hope for escape? I used to feel like my whole life was “get up, go to work, come home, make dinner, do a few chores, go to bed, repeat again tomorrow”. When I came home I would just be so tired. Once I realized what was happening and changed it, it was absolutely amazing how much energy I suddenly had. Life is way too short to spend it bored out of your mind. So, what’s happening in your life? Is it time to look for a new job? Do you need to try something new?

You’re low on B12
Your body needs vitamin B12 to make red blood cells and keep neurons functioning properly. Deficiency decreases the amount of oxygen your blood can carry through your body, leaving you with that sleeping-with-your-eyes-open feeling. As you age, you produce less of a protein called intrinsic factor, which helps you process the nutrient.

You’re overwhelmed with stress
Trying to do it all comes with a huge downside. Normally, your levels of the stress hormone cortisol run highest in the morning and dip down at night, helping you maintain a normal daily rhythm. But chronic stress throws this pattern out of whack in either direction, says Marc Bubbs, ND, CSCS, founder of Naturopathic Sports Medicine in Toronto. If your body remains on constant alert, your cortisol levels may never fall off at night, disrupting your sleep. Or, your adrenal glands may eventually fall behind in cortisol production, leaving you sleepwalking through your morning.

You have hidden heart disease
In a study in the journal Heart & Lung, half of women who had heart attacks said they had trouble sleeping and felt unusually fatigued in the weeks beforehand. Weariness and shortness of breath when you exercise, climb stairs, or otherwise exert yourself should also raise a red flag, Dr. Hussain says. Blocked arteries or a weak heart muscle reduce blood flow, preventing your muscles and tissues from getting the oxygen they need to function properly.
Your fix: Get to the doctor, especially if you’ve suddenly lost your get-up-and-go or if you have other strange symptoms, such as chest pain, anxiety, or trouble concentrating. He or she may recommend a stress test or an echocardiogram to screen for heart disease, Dr. Hussain says.

Your iron levels are too low–or too high
Most women know anemia leads to fatigue. But don’t assume popping iron supplements will pep you up. Yes, low iron levels lead to poorly formed red blood cells that deprive your body of refreshing oxygen. However, getting too much iron can wear you down as well. Your body uses vitamins, minerals, and energy to rid your system of the excess, leaving you with little left to run on, says Dr. Sirchio.

You’re not working out
Especially when paired with chronic stress, too much time spent sedentary drains your fuel tank even though you’re merely idling, Dr. Bubbs says. Picture it: A stressful day at work cranks up your cortisol and blood glucose levels, triggering your knee jerk reaction to fight or flee. But when you spend your afternoon and evening barely moving between your computer screen and your couch, you never release that energy and tension. This can keep your engine revved and disrupt your sleep at night–or burn out your body’s cortisol factory so much that you’re dragging the next morning.

You’re exercising too much
On the flip side, you can have too much of a good thing. If you’re sweating every day or doing heavy-duty training for an event like a triathlon, fatigue and trouble sleeping can serve as a sign that you’re pushing your body beyond its limits. Workouts–and especially endurance sports like long-distance running and cycling–also cause a spike in cortisol. If you’re not striking the right balance between activity and rest, you can overload your system with physical stress just as you can with emotional or mental pressure, Dr. Bubbs points out.

You have a urinary tract infection
If you’ve had a UTI before, you know the burning urgency that comes when you pee. But about half of women who show up with UTIs also report fatigue and a general sense of illness, and the rate increases among those 40 or older, says Ashley Carroll, MD, an assistant professor of urogynecology at Virginia Commonwealth University. “Basically, it’s your body’s way of forcing you to rest in order to focus energy on fighting the infection,” Dr. Carroll says.

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Ginger Root and its Health Benefits

ginger-root-200x300Ginger root has long been known to be very effective against many illnesses and diseases. Ginger root is a natural herb, or spice and can be safely consumed without any side-effects.

Ginger is a culinary spice known to add its pungent taste and aroma to whatever dish it is added to. It has a long history as a culinary spice and medicinal herb for thousands of years in Asia, and has been exported to the West thanks to Eastern traders. Since then it has become a staple in most kitchens around the world.

There are many known health benefits of ginger root and other plant foods, but because they are safe for frequent use in reasonable amounts, The medicinal properties of ginger are huge.

Here’s a list Health Benefits of Ginger that you will find interesting.

1. Ovarian Cancer Treatment: According to the study of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center that Ginger powder induces cell death in all ovarian cancer cells to which it was applied. It will be a powerful weapon for treating ovarian cancer.

2. Colon Cancer Prevention: According to the research done at university of Minnesota that Ginger slows down the growth of colorectal cancer cells.

3. Control Diabetes: Ginger lowers the blood sugar levels. Drinking one glass of water mixed with one table spoon of ginger juice in the morning helps to regulate the sugar level.

4. Morning Sickness: A review of several studies has concluded that Ginger just works like vitamin B6 in the treatment of morning sickness.

5. Migraine Relief: Ginger has the ability to stop prostaglandins from causing pain and inflammation in blood vessels which helps us to get relief from Migraine. Make ginger paste by adding ginger powder in the water and apply on the forehead.

6.Prevents Cold and Flu: Ginger has been used as a natural treatment for cold and flu, It boosts the immune system of our body by inducing sweating. When you are suffering from cold and flu, you must consume ginger several times a day.

7.Menstrual Cramp Relief: Ginger is a natural pain killer which can be used to reduce menstrual pain. When you are suffering from menstrual cramps, you must drink ginger tea with brown sugar.

8. Heartburn Relief: Ginger promotes healthy heart, It lowers cholesterol and helps blood from clotting. Ginger can be used as a natural heart burn remedy. Try to drink ginger tea several times in a day to get instant relief.

9. Reduces Pain and Inflammation: Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and works as a powerful natural painkiller.

10. Settles Upset Stomach: Ginger calm down an upset stomach because of its carminative properties. It boosts the immune system of our body. Experts are recommended that eat ginger after a large meal to improve digestion.

11. Ginger for sinus problems: Brew a warm ginger spiced tea and sip slowly for a soothing effect or use a ginger tea compress by dipping and squeezing the towel in ginger infused warm water and applying it to the face to aid with the swelling and pain.

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8 Ingredients to Avoid at all Costs

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Take a buyer’s beware approach of the damaging additives, GMOs and synthetic chemicals in the foods before you buy and eat them. Become an avid label reader and familiarize yourself with the following common and harmful ingredients.

Become familiar with misleading marketing claims. Items labeled as “all-natural, organic, sugar-free or gluten-free” are not necessarily healthy.

1. High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is the number one source of calories for most Americans. Estimates are that Americans consume 70 pounds of corn sweeteners annually, which is the equivalent of 30 teaspoons of HFCS every day! Aside from weight gain, HFCS has been linked to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), diabetes, inflammation and several other diseases. Products with HFCS also contain high levels of mercury. You’ll find HFCS in processed, packaged and fast foods, fruit drinks, sodas, syrupy coffee drinks, chewing gum, baked goods, and in hundreds of other processed, packaged food items.

2. Partially hydrogenated oil (trans fats) found in thousands of packaged and processed foods (breakfast cereals, cookies, chips, crackers) are proven to cause heart disease and obesity. Restaurant food, especially from fast food chains often serve food loaded with trans fats. Consequences of a diet high in trans fats include decreased IQ, increased inflammation, immune dysfunction, neurological damage, obesity, cancer and diabetes. In addition, avoid vegetable oils and other frankenfats such as margarine and fake butter products, canola and soybean oil.

3. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a chemical food additive associated with seizures, rashes and hives, infertility, depression and panic attacks, migraines, permanent damage to the endocrine system, linked to obesity and other serious disorders.

Especially harmful to developing fetuses, children and the elderly, MSG is an excitotoxin, overexciting brain cells to the point of death. MSG is found in frozen meals, ramen noodles, soups, chips and numerous packaged foods. MSG is used as a taste enhancer and has over 50 different names that are used to disguise it on food labels.

4. Sugar is more addictive than cocaine altering brain, behavior and psychological function. Consuming sugar (grains, wheat, candy, juice, cereals, soda, bagels and more) promotes inflammation and oxidation, triggers cravings and increases appetite, increases risk of depression, diabesity and other diseases, is a fuel source for yeast and parasites, causes magnesium, vitamin B and other nutrient deficiencies, accelerates aging and the production of free radicals, which cause collagen to breakdown creating wrinkles.

Avoid all items that end with –ose (a sugar), evaporated cane juice, barley malt, brown rice syrup and hidden sources of sugar found in processed, packaged and fast foods and beverages.

5. Sodium chloride (commercial table salt) found in microwave dinner, take-out items and processed foods is highly processed containing aluminum, chemicals and additives that are toxic and cause neurological disorders, multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune disorders. Opt for a healthier version: unprocessed sea salt.

6. Artificial sweeteners (Aspartame, Splenda, Equal, Sweet ‘N Low, Sucralose, Saccharine, TruVia, Acesulfame-K). This includes the little blue, yellow & pink packets too!

Splenda consists of sucralose, which contains chlorine, originally a pesticide and fillers maltodextrin and glucose. It’s about 600x sweeter than sugar. Splenda is toxic to the brain and thymus, causes GI distress, weight gain, thyroid dysfunction, alters gut microflora, and destroys beneficial bacteria in your gut. Splenda affects expression of certain enzymes known to interfere with nutrient absorption and medications.

Aspartame is an excitotoxin and neurotoxin that comes with a laundry list of side effects.

Aspartame and artificial sweeteners stimulate appetite, intensifies carbohydrate and sugar cravings, cause bloating, digestive and liver dysfunction, migraines, weight gain, microbiome problems, increased risk of depression, bone loss, stroke, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, ADHD, brain seizures and tumors, rashes, hives, and cancer.

You’ll find artificial sweeteners in thousands of items including desserts, gelatins, low calorie foods, kool-aid fruit drinks, breath mints, sugar-free gum, energy and sports drinks, wine coolers, flavored bottled waters, cereals, cold remedies, medications, some vitamins and protein powders and of course, diet sodas.

Healthier sweeteners: SweetLeaf stevia, coconut nectar, raw organic honey

7. Sodium nitrate is a preservative, coloring, and flavoring commonly added to bacon, ham, hot dogs, luncheon meats, smoked fish and corned beef. Studies have linked it to various types of cancer.

8. Genetically modified (GM) foods are foods derived from a process in a lab where genes are taken from one species and inserted into another in an attempt to obtain a desired characteristic or trait. Often referred to as Frankenfoods, GMOs alter and disrupt DNA. Children, newborns and pregnant women face the greatest potential hazards from GM food.
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Chocolate Chip Cookies with a Coconut Twist

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Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup unsalted creamy almond butter or peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips


Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In the food processor, add in almond or peanut butter, coconut sugar and coconut oil; process until it comes together, about 1 minute. Add in eggs and process again.
  3. Then add in coconut flour, baking soda and salt; process again until a dough forms.
  4. Fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Use a cookie scoop to drop dough onto prepared cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until cookies turn slightly golden brown around the edges.
  7. Allow them to cool on cookie sheet for at least 5 minutes, transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. Repeat with remaining dough.

Makes 20 cookies

Nutritional Analysis per cookie: 111 calories, 7g fat, 9g carbohydrates, 1g fiber, 6g sugar, 3g protein

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