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Top 10 Foods for Healthy Hair

 

When it comes to healthy hair, it’s not just what you put on your tresses that count -- it’s what you put in your body, too.

"Lather, rinse, repeat" may be standard advice, but shampoo and conditioner alone won't give you the healthy hair you crave. For the most luxurious locks possible, you'll need to step out of the shower, and into the kitchen.

Our hair grows about 1/4 to 1/2 inch every month, and the foundation of all of our new hair, skin, and nail growth is the nutrients that we eat. If we eat a healthy diet, we will grow stronger and healthier cells throughout your entire body -- inside and out.

If you were born with fine, thin hair, you'll never have rope-thick tresses -- no matter what you eat -- but a well-balanced diet that includes plenty of growth-promoting protein and iron can make a difference, say nutrition and hair experts.

 

Healthy Hair Food No. 1: Salmon

 

When it comes to foods that pack a beauty punch, it's hard to beat salmon. Loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, this high-quality protein source is also filled with vitamin B-12 and iron.

Vegetarian? Include one or two tablespoons of ground flaxseed in your daily diet for some plant-based omega-3 fats.

 

Healthy Hair Food No. 2: Dark Green Vegetables

 

Popeye the Sailor Man didn't eat all that spinach for healthy hair, but he could have. Spinach, like broccoli and Swiss chard, is an excellent source of vitamins A and C, which your body needs to produce sebum. The oily substance, secreted by your hair follicles, is the body's natural hair conditioner.

Dark green vegetables also provide iron and calcium.

 

Healthy Hair Food No. 3: Beans

 

Beans, beans, they're good for your ... hair?

Yes, it's true. Legumes like kidney beans and lentils should be an important part of your hair-care diet. Not only do they provide plentiful protein to promote hair growth, but ample iron, zinc, and biotin. While rare, biotin deficiencies can result in brittle hair.

 

Healthy Hair Food No. 4: Nuts

 

Do you go nuts for thick, shiny hair? You should.

Brazil nuts are one of nature's best sources of selenium, an important mineral for the health of your scalp.

Walnuts contain alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid that may help condition your hair. They are also a terrific source of zinc, as are cashews, pecans, and almonds. A zinc deficiency can lead to hair shedding, so make sure nuts are a regular on your healthy hair menu.

 

Healthy Hair Food No. 5: Poultry

 

Chickens and turkeys may have feathers, but the high-quality protein they provide will help give you the healthy hair you crave.

Poultry also provides iron with a high degree of bioavailability, meaning your body can easily reap its benefits.

 

Healthy Hair Food No. 6: Eggs

 

When it comes to healthy hair, it doesn't matter whether you like your eggs scrambled, fried, or over easy. However they're served up, eggs are one of the best protein sources you can find.

They also contain biotin and vitamin B-12, which are important beauty nutrients.

 

Healthy Hair Food No. 7: Whole Grains

 

Sink your teeth into hearty whole grains, including whole-wheat bread and fortified whole-grain breakfast cereals, for a hair-healthy dose of zinc, iron, and B vitamins.

A whole-grain snack can also be a great go-to food when your energy is zapped halfway through the afternoon, and you've still got hours to go before dinner.

 

Healthy Hair Food No. 8: Oysters

 

Oysters may be better known for their reputation as an aphrodisiac, but they can also lead to healthy hair -- and who doesn't love that?

The key to their love and hair-boosting abilities is zinc -- a powerful antioxidant.

If oysters don't make a regular appearance on your dinner plate, don't despair. In addition to getting it from whole grains and nuts, you can also get zinc from beef and lamb.

 

Healthy Hair Food No. 9: Low-Fat Dairy Products

 

Low-fat dairy products like skim milk and yogurt are great sources of calcium, an important mineral for hair growth. They also contain whey and casein, two high-quality protein sources.

For some healthy hair foods "to-go," try throwing a yogurt or cottage cheese cup in your bag when you head out in the morning to snack on later in the day. You can even boost their hair benefits by stirring in a couple of tablespoons of ground flaxseeds or walnuts for omega-3 fatty acids and zinc.

 

Healthy Hair Food No. 10: Carrots

 

Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, which promotes a healthy scalp along with good vision.

Since a healthy scalp is essential for a shiny, well-conditioned head of hair, you'd be wise to include carrots in your diet as snacks or toppings on your salad.

What makes a bright and cheerful smile?

 

 

A bright and cheerful smile comes with beautiful and healthy teeth that will boost our self-confidence naturally. Today, there are lots of teeth whitening solutions in the form of application of teeth whitening products to laser whitening. With the help of fruits, there is another alternative teeth cleansing solution that promotes a healthy natural lifestyle.

 

Apples

An apple a day, keeps the doctor away? Yes it does. In fact, it also keeps the dentist away. Apples are known for their nutrient for our body and clean the plaques from the roots of the teeth naturally. They are good teeth cleansing tool.

 

Bananas

Generally, bananas are filled with vitamins, minerals and potassium that give much benefit for our body. The fruit are known to be soft and does not harm our teeth. The inner white part of the banana is contains teeth whitening solutions.

 

Strawberry

This delicious sweet and sour fruit contains malic acid which acts as a teeth whitening tool and breaks down bacteria. This natural fruit is best mixed with baking soda by softening the strawberry then blending it with baking soda. Next, spread a little of the mixture on a toothbrush then apply it to your teeth. Remember to rinse and guggle after 5 minutes of brushing.

 

Watermelon

This big, mouth-watering fruit contains loads of nutrient our body and anti-oxidant properties that prevent cell damage and maintain a healthy gums for our teeth. They are play a role in reducing the rate of gum disease.

Oranges

Oranges are known for its high nutrient in Vitamin C. Apart from that, oranges also contain calcium within the droplets of the oranges which are meant to build stronger teeth. Also, the juice as well contains just as much nutrient as by eating the fruit.

Healthy Lifestyle at All Time

 

 

Do sitting long hours in the office makes you feel restless, with your fingers typing away on the keyboard and your backside glued to the chair? Do you feel guilty for eating too much while not exercising? Or are you feeling guilty having a gym membership which you only use once every month? Not to worry, no matter how long the working hours are, there are ways to have all of the above simultaneously.

 

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day

Studies have shown metabolism works best in the morning. This is where your body can take in a meal with a proper digestion rate. It means that you are able to have a little more food. With a proper meal in the morning, you should be able to perform better for the day!

 

Balance your lunch diet

Instead of having microwave’d meals in your pantry for lunch, you can eat out once in awhile despite the work load. Eating out is beneficial to certain extend of our body. For example, walking to one restaurant can keep your body energized and can properly burn calories, just like how a car burns fuel.

 

Get the move on

Despite the hours of sitting in the office, getting up seems to be a hassle and reluctant. In the workplace, you can always start by walking up and down the stairs instead of taking the lift. Also, invite and encourage your colleague to walk with you, this will give you and your colleague motivation.

 

Keep yourself hydrated

Coffee and tea (contains less caffeine) has become a norm in working places. According to research, 43% of Malaysians consumed caffeine. Within the 43%, 35% prefers coffee while 18% prefers tea. Generally, caffeine is used for alertness, awaken and commonly for distress. Besides that, caffeine have other fantastic advantages like keeping your blood and heart beat circulated and have lower chances of getting diabetes. Coffee and tea are also mediums in some of our social life. However, consuming caffeine can be dehydrated and cause headache and extremely alert. In order to keep yourself in balance, you must drink lots of water to balance up caffeine.

These are basic steps into a healthier lifestyle. Remember, the first step is always the hardest.

 

 

 

References:

Caffeine Consumption Statistics,

http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/coffee-break-infographic

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Stressful Lifestyle

 

 

 

In today’s fast moving lifestyle, stress has become a part of our daily routine and this happen to most of us. Stress projects negative energy to our body that will impact our life and others as well in the long-run.

As stress rate among us increases, the more stress release action we have to promote.

First, you take a deep breath, hold it for 10 seconds, and then release it.

 

Now we shall proceed.

 

 

How to reduce stress?

 

Control our eating habits.

During stress period, eating or not eating seemed to be a norm as air tension builds up in your body make plenty of room for food or rejecting food. When this is out of control, stress will increase and your body will lead to other symptoms.

 

Drugs, alcohol and cigarettes are bad tools to reduce stress.

It is known that drugs and alcohol contain anti-depressant substances to treat certain issues. Abusing it will not only cause harm to our body, but raises your stress level and increases your addiction. Smoking on the other hand has nicotine substances that will stimulate your body, which projects more stress to our body. Therefore, the best way is not to consume these items without prescriptions or control your intake.

 

Aroma therapy

Therapeutic variants such as Lavender and Alamanda fragrances can help calm your day. These fragrances release a breeze of therapeutic aroma that will cool and sooth your brain. With these aromas, stress level will be reduced while productivity rises naturally.

 

Exercise Regularly

Exercise seemed like a cliché for releasing, but it does help revitalize your body. This circulates your bloodstream while you sweat. Given the time frame of 1 hour, you will be energized and productive after.

 

Stay Positive

Remain positive at all times, so that we can work towards the positive way as stress is part of the negative category. ‘In order to carry a positive action, we must develop here a positive vision.’ – Dalai Lama

 

Have a productive day ahead!

 

 

 

 

 

References:

 

Stress and High blood Pressure,

http://www.webmd.com/hypertension-high-blood-pressure/guide/hypertension-easing-stress

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Exfoliation makes healthy skin

 

 

Exfoliating your skin is an important routine to maintain youthfulness of your skin regardless of age. This is one of many secrets to achieve everlasting beauty.

Exfoliation helps keeping skin smooth by removing dead skins on the surface of the skin. Dead skin were once the young skin of our body. As time past, they tend to get older and lack nutrients. Unfortunately there is no to turn back time but to regenerate new batch of young skin. The appearances of the dead skin are brown, and flaky at times. These do not cause any harm but unhygienic to our body. It may clog up the pores of our skin and making them tense and unhealthy.

Tools you need are exfoliating gloves and/or soft brush and/or pumice stone. During the cleansing process, we do not just clean our face, but from top to toe.

exfoliation ingredients

Step 1: You can start with your feet and work your way up. Use a pumice stone or a soft brush is recommended for your feet. Gently scrub the heel of your feet, then in between your tiny toes.

Step 2: Now let’s move on to your body. You can use exfoliating gloves, to gently scrub our body using circular motion. A soft brush can be used for hard to reach places. Be careful not to scrub too hard as our skins are delicate. You may use exfoliating products to enhance the process.

*Note that exfoliating products should contain sea salt, sugar, ground almonds, walnuts, seeds or other grainy components.

Step 3: Next will be the facial cleansing of your body. We all know that facial wash is a basic routine and effective, but we do not cleanse away the dead skin on the surface. Not to worry, you can start today. Apply exfoliating facial products to your face and start the gentle scrubbing!

*Note that exfoliating face products and body products are usually different because skins have different thickness.

Step 4: Step into the shower and rinse your body with lukewarm water to wash away all scrubbed.

Step 5: Finally, take a good shower and apply shower cream or soaps to wash off the dead skin and protect of your skin.

After the exfoliation process, young skin will be revealed and shine on the surface. It is recommended to exfoliate once every week.

 

 

 

References:

How to exfoliate your skin

http://www.sheknows.com/beauty-and-style/articles/803596/how-to-exfoliate-your-skin

http://beauty.about.com/od/cleansers/a/How-To-Exfoliate.htm

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