Healthy Hair – Naturally!

A beautiful and attractive hairdo enhances your natural beauty and makes you the eye candy among your friends. However, when your hair is damaged and full of visible dandruff flakes, you’ll still attract attention, but for the wrong reasons. If you’re currently struggling to achieve and maintain healthy and beautiful stresses, these natural hair care tips can help you:

 

Treat Your Hair Gently

 

However strong your hair is, it will certainly break if you always handle it roughly. That is why you need to treat it with gentle loving care. If possible, totally avoid washing your hair with water that is too hot, as this not only strips your hair of its natural moisture, but also damages its tips. Use lukewarm or cold water instead.

 

On the same note, be gentle when drying, styling or combing your hair, as harsh movements cause significant damages to it. Avoid the hair dryer, especially during summer time, and let your hair dry naturally. Combing your hair when wet is a recipe for disaster, so avoid this too if you want to reduce hair breakage. If you can’t stay away from chemical-based hair treatments and hair styling products, try to reduce their usage as much as you can to prevent hair damage.

 

Apply Deep Conditioning Hair Masks Regularly

 

If your hair is damaged, applying deep conditioning hair masks at least once a week, will significantly help to improve how it looks and feels. Some of the best natural oils that have proven to add shine, volume and promote healthy growth are coconut oil, olive oil and caster oil.

 

Choose whichever you like best and warm it up a little bit (lukewarm not hot), and then massage it into the roots of your hair, working your way up to the lengths. Cover your hair with a plastic cap and leave the treatment for at least 1 hour. If you have more time, you can leave it overnight and wash your hair in the morning.

 

Your hair will also benefit immensely from an aloe vera hair mask treatment. To do this, just apply an adequate amount of aloe vera gel on your hair, and leave it for at least 30 minutes, and then wash off. With regular use, your locks will be more voluminous, healthy and shiny.

 

Get Enough, Regular And Restful Sleep

 

Lack of enough sleep can have devastating effects on your general health, including your hair. Stress, anxiety, poor concentration and other side effects of not sleeping properly, will generally make you unhappy. When you’re not happy, you won’t be able to take good care of your hair the way you should. Therefore, ensure you sleep well every night (or day if you work at night).

Eat A Healthy, Nutritious And Well Balanced Diet

 

The kind of foods you eat directly affects the health of your hair. To promote healthy hair growth, eating a nutritious, healthy diet every day is very important. Whole grains, lean meat, and fresh fruits and vegetables should be part of diet regime. Foods like carrots, green leafy vegetables, lentils etc. encourage healthy hair growth when eaten consistently. Don’t forget to drink lots of water too to keep your skin and hair sufficiently hydrated, and help flush out toxic wastes from your body.

 

Overall, if you’re committed to taking good care of your hair naturally, your efforts will be rewarded eventually with healthy, shiny and gorgeous locks that you’ll certainly be proud of.

You are what you eat (and drink!)

Eating and drinking healthy foods and drinks is one of the pillars of a healthy life. Nothing could be more valuable than the idea that you are what you eat (and drink)! If you thrive on a consistent diet of fatty foods, therefore, be prepared to develop a layer of fat in your body. If you survive on liquor, it will pack lots of empty calories and therefore increase the likelihood of lifestyle illnesses such as diabetes and cardiovascular infections. To make some meaning out of this knowledge, therefore, the following tips should be adopted for a healthy living.

Watch what you drink

There are certain drinks that have more calories than the usual burger and as it turns out, we like them most. Some of these drinks are littered with unhealthy ingredients such as preservatives. Most of the beverages such as soda, beer and processed juice can trigger several gas reactions. If you consume lots of these, therefore, be prepared to handle issues such as bloating, abdominal discomfort and stomach upsets. Pay attention to your health by switching to healthy fluids such as water, organic milk, yogurt, fruit juice and vegetable juice.

Take plenty of fruits and vegetables

Green leafy vegetables are highly nutritious. In combination with fruits, they will nourish your body with the most essential nutrients that you need. Fruits and vegetables should make a greater proportion of your diet especially when you are struggling with weight. Besides their nutritional value, they will fill your stomach faster and reduce the need for frequent snacking that is rather unhealthy. The next time you sit for your breakfast, therefore, include some vegetable juice and a fruit.

Go slow on fatty foods

Foods that contain a lot of fat are not healthy to your body. Too much saturated fats will pile up bad cholesterol in the body and increase the risk of cardiovascular infections. Red meat is packed with most of these fats, besides highly processed foods that most people prefer. Rather than going for the meat chops, therefore, give preference to white meats such as fish and chicken.

Talking of fish, it is one of the healthiest food groups because it has a significant amount of Omega 3 fatty acids that prevent heart complications. Pick oily fish types such as sardines, fresh tuna and mackerel.

Take starchy foods

Starchy foods are central to your health because they contain the necessary dietary fiber. Before it gets to a point where you are required to supplement this fiber, it is important to consume foods such as potatoes, bread and all the cereals that you will come across. They have a good amount of fiber, and will leave you feeling satisfied so that you avoid the unhealthy fries and snacks. (No one knows this better than our friends at Northwest Tree Pros, who have to maintain lots of energy all day, and therefore must be sure to eat foods that are both filling and nutritious at the same time!)

Conclusively, what you eat and drink has a significant impact on your health and energy levels. A number of people have the tendency of skipping breakfast on the pretext that they are busy. This is where most people have it wrong because breakfast is the most essential meal in a day. It gives the body enough energy reserves to sustain the day’s activities. As you adopt the healthy eating habits on the other hand, stay away from the conservative idea that you have to clear your plate. Sometimes the body does not need quantity but rather quality.

Exercise – do I HAVE to, and how much??

You must have discovered by now that exercise is vital if at all one is to lead a healthy and more natural lifestyle. Not only does engaging in regular exercise improve one’s general health, it also helps maintain body fitness, promotes sleep quality, helps in weight loss, promotes blood flow, improves heart health, and among others, slows down the process or effects of aging. But then again, there are different kinds of exercise. From the gym, aerobics, heavy weight lifting, jogging, and much more; all these are great for one’s health and fitness.

The main question however is how much exercise should one get each day? Well, a specific or perfect answer to this question might not be available. However, it all depends on what you want to achieve from your exercise routine. Some other factors such as your medical history, occupation, and personal health among others may also come into play here. Additionally, different people may respond differently to different kinds of exercise. To help solve the mystery, here are a few scenarios on how much one should exercise depending on their targeted achievement.

Exercising To Lose Weight
In this age and day, even our kids or siblings know that being overweight isn’t healthy. If losing weight is your end goal, and exercising is your main method, you definitely need to work out a few minutes to an hour each day for about 5 days in a week. Rest is important, so giving your body about 2 days in a week to heal and the muscles to rejuvenate is recommended by experts. About 60 minutes a day of cardio, along with strength training will help you burn that excess fat layer. But then again, you also need to observe your diet for you to reap the spoils. The secret here is to maintain the routine and ensure you burn more calories than you take in.

Exercising To Improve Sleep Quality
In overall, exercising helps improve sleep quality. It enhances the neurological functions involved in the synthesis of sleep promoting hormones. As little as 25-30 minutes of exercise each day has been shown to work in improving the sleep quality, especially for people who had been experiencing difficulty in falling or staying asleep. With improved sleep quality, one is able to feel fresh, energetic and with fewer concentration difficulties especially in the morning. Some light exercises such as push ups, stretches, and cardio are good for promoting sleep.

Exercising To Stay Toned Up
2-4 days a week of resistance training exercises 1-2 hours each day can be a great way to tone up your body and maintain fitness. However, this depends on whether you have a fat layer to work on first. Chin-ups, pull ups, sit ups, crunches and squats are some of the important exercises you can engage in with the help of an instructor if you get one. However, you don’t have to go to the gym to keep fit. If your work schedule is somewhat tight, 20 reps for 2-3 times of the following combined exercises can be done from home without any equipment. These include: – Body weight Squat, Incline Push-Up, Walking Lunge, Standard Push-Up, and Crunch.

Any of these exercises can help improve your heart health and reduce the visible effects of aging. They can leave you looking younger and more natural. To reap the desired benefits, consistency and dedication are highly essential. And remember that you don’t have to exercise each and every day, your body needs to rest. However, it is always advisable that one seeks their doctor’s approval or consultation before embarking on any exercise routine for medical reasons.

 

Natural Skincare Tips

There are several skin care products in the market that promise to give you flawless and glowing skin. However, it is what goes on the inside that creates a truly healthy and beautiful skin. With healthy lifestyle choices and good skin care, you’ll not only keep common skin problems at bay, but you’ll also delay your natural aging process. Make these natural skincare tips part of your everyday life, and achieve that radiant skin you’ve always wanted:

Treat Your Facial Skin Gently

Activities such as exfoliating and cleansing can take a toll on your skin when done in excess. Therefore, keep things simple and gentle by doing the following:

  1. a) Limit Washing Time

Wash you face 1-2 times daily. Anything more than this is excessive and can result in rebound overproduction of oils as well as breakouts. Excessively hot water strips your skin of its healthy natural oils, so use warm water instead. Ladies, don’t sleep with your makeup on no matter how tired you’re, as this will clog your pores and make you breakout.

  1. b) Avoid Strong Soaps

Soaps and detergents that are too strong, also strip away natural oils from your skin. So, use a gentle cleanser that works well in removing dirt, excess oil and germs from your face.

  1. c) Pat Dry

After washing our faces, most of us often use what’s closest to us (the top we’re wearing, a dirty cloth nearby etc) to hurriedly wipe our faces. But, this is wrong. The facial skin is very delicate and should be treated with utmost care. It’s recommended that you use a clean, gentle towel to blot or pat dry your face to allow some moisture to remain on your skin.

Moisturize

Moisturizing is a crucial part of maintaining a healthy looking skin, so look for a good moisturizer based on your skin type and use it daily. If possible, look for a good moisturizer that has sunscreen in it.

Exfoliate Sparingly

Exfoliating the face and other body parts helps in removing dead skin cells and increasing blood circulation. When done regularly, exfoliation will make your skin clearer and glowing. It’s advisable to exfoliate gently once or twice a week maximum.

Shave Carefully

Apply a shaving cream, gel or lotion before saving to lubricate and protect your skin. And be sure to use a clean and sharp razor to shave gently in the direction your facial hair grows.

Protect Yourself From The Sun

A lifetime of exposure to harsh sun rays can cause age spots, wrinkles and other skin problems, besides increasing your risk of getting skin cancer. So, daily use of a good sunscreen with at least SPF 15 is mandatory. If you can, stay away from the sun between 10 am and 4 pm when it’s hottest. However, if you have to be outside during these hours, wear a wide-brimmed hat, shades, long pants and long-sleeved shirts to give yourself extra protection from UV rays.

Live a Healthy Lifestyle

Living healthy can have a dramatic effect on your skin in general. For a clearer and younger-looking face, eat a healthy diet containing fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains. Drink lots of water daily to help eliminate toxic wastes from your body and keep you hydrated.

And don’t forget to exercise regularly to help you maintain a healthy weight and relieve stress. Also, avoid unhealthy habits like smoking, excessive drinking and stress, which can have a negative impact on your skin and health.

Make these natural skincare tips part of your skin care routine to help keep your skin healthy for years to come.

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Filtering your water

Welcome to our site! I hope you’ll enjoy sharing in my journey to live more naturally, while still taking great care of myself. If you follow our tips, you’ll be feeling like a beautiful rock star in no time!

Why natural? – I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “you can pay your grocer now, or your doctor later.” I know people who complain about the cost of “health food” (not understanding that fresh produce is one of the most affordable things you can buy!) while spending small fortunes on their prescriptions, not to mention health insurance, doctors’ bills, medical supplies, and sometimes even hospital equipment for the home. I started out on this journey wanting to look good. I consumed a bunch of processed supplements, thinking that would magically make me healthy, when the truth is, I felt like crap. I then pushed myself to my limit at the gym, but I wasn’t doing anything I loved…just hours of self-inflicted torture (yes, I really looked at it that way, and at myself like a martyr). I ate little 100-calorie packs of processed junk, drank buckets of aspartame and other chemical cocktails, and wondered why I didn’t feel healthy or look skinny. Now I understand the importance of FEELING healthy, of BEING healthy, not just looking good, being thin, having nice hair or skin. And those qualities are an inside job. I’ve really done my research, and I’m doing my best (more so all the time) to implement holistic, healthy changes into my lifestyle. So that’s my story, and every week I’m going to look at an aspect of living a healthier, more balanced life.

First we will explore filtering your water.

For a lot of people, it isn’t really clear whether they should make an effort to filter their tap water. After all, you couldn’t really put it past certain organizations to put this message out for the sake of selling water filters.

Most modern countries have trustworthy treatment systems in place designed to strip tap water of its more destructive elements, protecting citizens against waterborne diseases.

For this reason, one couldn’t be faulted for shunning the idea of filtering tap water, especially if they wholeheartedly trust the efforts of those government entities responsible for ensuring the safety of the water supply.

However, it would be dangerous to dismiss this whole issue of filtering water as another desperate campaign to sell more water filters, not when you consider the dangers that tap water poses even after it has been exposed to water treatment systems.

+Why should you Filter your Water?

It is true that most modern nations have water treatment sytems that protect citizens from serious waterborne diseases. However, while you can consume your tap water with the confidence that it has been stripped of any parasites that might cause disease, you are ignoring the chemicals used in the treatment process, chemicals that add toxic elements to the water.

Of the many chemicals used to treat water, chlorine and chloramine are the most common, with chlorine making an appearance in the majority of water supplies worldwide.

Chloramine is especially suspect; a combination of ammonia and chlorine, not only does chloramine remain in water for longer periods but no amount of distilling or boiling is going to remove it.

And while you can certainly trust this chemical to kill pathogens in water, chloramine is also notably toxic. This isn’t even taking into account its corrosive effect on pipes, the presence of this chemical essentially increasing the quantities of lead in the water flowing to older homes.

Add to the equation the issue of fluoride and it is easy to see why many a homeowner is receiving encouragement to filter their tap water.

+The Fluoride Factor

Governments around the world have been adding fluoride to water supplies for several decades now, the practice becoming widespread in the 1960s. First introduced as a powerful advancement designed to combat cavities in children and presently playing a role in the efficacy of toothpaste, a curious debate about the necessity of fluoride has arisen in recent times.

The number of groups lobbying for the reduction of fluoride levels in drinking water has grown in the last ten years, especially following studies which suggested that fluoride ingestion could damage the thyroid gland.

While fluoride poisoning doesn’t happen overnight, a considerable portion of the world’s population has spent their entire lives consuming water with low concentrations of fluoride. As fluoride continues to accumulate in the systems of many of these adults, one can understand why so many people are asking their governments to stop adding the poisonous element to their water supplies.

While arguments have been made by some circles about the importance of fluoride in water for children, studies have come out to suggest that fluoride consumption has had such an insignificant impact on the cavity problem that it isn’t worth incurring the negative side effects of fluoride.

The majority of European and Asian nations have already banned the use of fluoridated water and there is no scientific evidence to suggest that their populations have suffered as a result.

With studies bringing to light the risks associated with the consumption of fluoridated water such as brittle bones and chronic joint pain, one would be accurate to conclude that not only does the human body not require fluoride but fluoridated water is a danger to human health.

For this reason, homeowners are encouraged to invest in Reverse osmosis systems to ensure that the water they are consuming is properly filtered for elements such as fluoride and chlorine.

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