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Fruits for Your Face

Fruits are recommended to be a part of your daily diet.

You have probably heard this a number of times,

‘A(n) [insert fruit here] a day keeps the doctor away.’

This is not just some quip. There’s truth to this — regular fruit eaters are generally healthier than people who are not. Read more

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Vegan Lifestyle, Why go for it?

Today, heart diseases and cancer rates are getting high. These resulted mostly from unhealthy lifestyle and consumption of processed food products.

In a busy city, ready-to-eat food and flavored drinks are extensively available. Yes, they can fill you up and satisfy your taste buds at an instant but most of them are loaded with harmful ingedients which could chip away your health. Before you know it, you are already a candidate for lifestyle-related diseases. Read more

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Health and Fitness This Holiday Season? It’s Not Impossible

It’s Christmas Time!

Streets are getting busy with shoppers, decorations, parties, and festive food.

Since ‘tis the season to be jolly,  it means you’ll be spending extra money and time to achieve your own idea of a perfect Christmas with family and friends.

During the holidays you are likely to overdo eating and drinking, which means fitness and your waistline will take the back seat. You’ll find yourself struggling to stay focus in maintaining your diet and how to insert workouts in your busy holiday schedule.

What do you expect right? Read more

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Honey and all its Health Benefits

Honey had already been popular centuries before modern civilization begun. For centuries, it has been used by many cultures around the world. It served various purposes – in religious ceremonies, embalming the deceased, medical treatments and of course, used in cooking food preparation.

In Germany, it is know as Honig; in Italy, it’s Miele; India, Shahad; France and Spain, it’s called Miel; Portugal, Mel; and in Denmark, it’s Honing. Read more

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Top 7 Fruits You Shouldn’t Peel

Eating fresh fruits everyday is vital to your health, that’s no secret. They are excellent sources of important nutrients for your physical and mental wellness.

Because of this fact, fruits are always included in your daily diet. But sometimes, you missed on how to eat these fruits the right way.

Mostly, you peel fruits as a traditional way of preparing them, and these skins end up in the compost or in trash cans. You know what you did? You just stripped away a layer of the fruit which has great nutrient value.

To understand better, here are some facts why you need to consume the following fruits without peeling the skin off. Read more

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Essential Oils, Perfect Christmas Gift for Dads and Husbands

Dads and husbands, as men of the house, are often very busy to keep the family and the entire house functioning. Aside from work, they do plenty of stuff at home like fixing things, painting, plumbing, gardening among others.

As appreciation, you would want to give him the perfect present — something that shouts, “Thank you for being the man!”.

But this is easier said than done. Finding the perfect gift for the man can get tricky. The generic ties and mugs just wouldn’t cut it.

Carpentry tools? Toys for the big boys? It’s tough, right? Any other ideas?

This Christmas, why don’t you give your dad or husband something special — something he doesn’t expect, but still shows how much you care for him.  Read more

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Costume Parties Harm Skin – Here’s How to Keep Them Healthy

Halloween, All’s Hallows Eve or All Saint’s Eve is here. You hang spooky decors in your house and plan something surprising (hopefully scary) for your costume.

Makeup for this occasion is thicker and more aggressive than usual. This may also require putting colors on some of your body parts to make the whole get-up a mind-blowing one.

Makeup and paint are difficult to remove after a costume party, especially if you use greasy makeup. Redness and irritation may occur and it can be a party pooper.

Here are some tips so you won’t have to deal with unsightly skin blemishes after your costume party. Read more

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Healthy Halloween Treats – Organic Candies

Trick-or-treating is one event which kids love and enjoy to do during Halloween. They love dressing up into different costumes, doing face painting and applying scary makeup.

Children are very excited to hop from one house to another, doing tricks or collecting candy treats. Speaking of candy treats, every year you usually prepare candies just bought from nearby grocery stores or candy shops to avoid any hustle-bustle during halloween. Read more

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How Nutritious is Black Rice

Oryza sativa or commonly known as rice, has different varieties – most popular ones are white rice, brown rice and red rice. The rare type is the black rice.

Black rice is an ancient grain in Asian countries. It is known as the forbidden rice, because way back  in China thousands of years ago, only the emperor or wealthy families could eat black rice. Read more

Heavenly Benefits of Devil’s Claw

Devil’s claw is a type of an herb with a botanical name of Harpagophytum procumbens. The name “Devil’s claw or Devil’s claw root” was derived from the appearance of its fruit, which is covered with hook-like structures meant to catch animals in order to spread its seeds. Thus, most Greeks called it ‘Hook Plant’. Read more

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Vervain, the Healing Herb

Vervain is a verstile herb. It belongs to Verbenacea plant family with a botanical name of Verbena officinalis.

Others call it with names like Juno’s Tears, Pigeon’s Grass, Wild Verbena or Wild Hyssop. Other varieties of vervain are Verbena Hastata (blue vervain) and Verbena Urticifolia (white vervain).

Vervain is native to the Mediterranean region in Europe, but grows wildly on bare and dry grounds often along roadsides. It is a slim plant with hairy leaves alternatively arranged in a square-like stem and with a beautiful lilac-colored flowers. Read more

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Baby Wipes Safety and How to Make Homemade Natural Wipes

Baby wipes are mothers’ bestfriend!

As the name implies, they are commonly used to clean babies. They are very handy, easy to use and so economical.

True indeed that these baby wipes are so convenient to use, especially when you’re always on the go, but you must still scrutinize every ingredient included in these wipes.

You have to bear in mind that baby skin is super sensitive and even the so-called “baby-safe” wipes might cause skin allergic reaction. Read more

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6 Immediate All Natural Remedies for Fever

Actually, having fever is considerably a ‘good’ thing. It usually goes away within a few days.

But then again, fever can make you feel uncomfortable and weak. And most of you want to be relieved from it, as soon as possible to feel better.

Usually, you would take over-the-counter antipyretic meds to stop the fever. But you should know that there are other remedies which are safer and they are just right in your kitchen. Read more

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Top 6 Health-Risk Substances in Cosmetics

Wearing makeup has become an everyday routine by most people, especially women. Various techniques and styles were applied to enhance the features of the face. The goal is to look attractive — it’s a no-brainer.

Beauty comes at a price, and we’re not talking about the monetary expense of make-up. But the potential dangers to your health. Read more

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All About Bra Size – Why You Need to Have a Good-fitting Bra for your Health’s Sake

Most women buy bras for aesthetics. More often than not, women just want to look and feel sexy and bras are women’s favorite item to use for expressing their sexuality.

Women are especially partial to those which are made of lace, net and underwired. Unfortunately, women tend to buy wrongly-sized bras just to achieve a certain feel or look.

It is very important that you should pick the right bra size. At first, the size seems like not a big deal at all but the effectiveness is hugely dependent on the size.

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Feminine Wash and Douching – Is it Safe?

Personal hygiene is synonymous with better health. It is probably the most effective way to protect yourself from any health problems — just be clean and you are good to go!

To add, having proper hygiene boosts your self-confidence and lessens your feeling of awkwardness in social circles.

One known personal hygiene habit of most women is douching. Read more

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How to Keep Mosquitoes Away Naturally

Insect bites like that of mosquitoes are very itchy, plus the redness and swelling — it can be a huge bother. The bite can make you feel uneasy and irritable, that sometimes you would scratch it again and again until it gets infected.

Furthermore, mosquitoes are carriers of alarming diseases like hemorrhagic fever or yellow fever, malariae, West Nile virus and others. Read more

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Pink Himalayan Salt – What about it?

You might have heard about this unique and prime salt from Himalayas Mountain Range. It is known for its nutritional and therapeutic qualities..

Its uses are overwhelming — from body scrubs, bath soaks, water flush and salt inhalation therapy. It is also a healthier option in cooking, and in preserving meat and fish. Lately, lamps made of Himalayn salt are trendy, saying that they have health benefits. Read more

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Karela – Bitter is Better

Karela (Momordica charantia) is a unique fruit-vegetable food. It derives from a flower and usually bears seeds, and in culinary classification, any part of a plant can be a vegetable – roots, stems, flowers, fruits and leaves.

But whether it’s a fruit or a vegetable, one thing is certain. Karela is a healthy food. Read more

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4 Natural Treatments for Sciatic Pain

Ever woken up with a throbbing pain that might have started from either side of your lower spine, which traveled through your pelvis and buttocks and all the way to the lower limbs?

And this kind of pain that keeps nagging you and wouldn’t subside easily; the more pressure you put on, the more this nerve gets irritated and may cause feeling of numbness, weakness, and tingling sensations going to the entire legs.

This is likely Sciatic Pain or ‘Sciatica’.

This pain can worsen by prolonged sitting, coughing, sneezing, lifting or bending. It is usually repetitive, often felt in one leg (sometimes both extremities) and often described as intolerable similar to having a terrible toothache.

The Sciatic Nerve

Quick science lesson: The sciatic nerve is one of the biggest in the body. Starting from either side of your lower spine; passing through the pelvis, buttocks, divides at each knee and ending down to the lower limb of the foot.

Its location makes it responsible for the feeling, strength and movement of legs.

 

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Sleeping Position Tips for Better Sleep

Sleeping is not easy when you have body aches and pains. You feel the need to toss and turn but when you do, pain shoots and disturbs you. The pain can be annoyingly dull or excruciatingly sharp. Either way, it’s a bummer.

One good tip to get a satisfying sleep at night is to observe good sitting posture during the day – do not slouch, and make sure that you stand frequently to increase blood flow.

Good day habits should be complemented with healthy sleeping positions. You should learn how to have a healthy sleeping posture and support so that have quality zzz’s.

With specific aches however, the optimum position may vary.

Take note that there are certain sleeping positions that can put added strain on the already aching muscles, but there are other tricks to help you find relief as well. Find those positions that work for you and help you the most.

Sleeping On your Back

Back sleeping benefits spine and back health.

If you are comfortable sleeping on your back, lie in a neutral position instead of arched or curved, for this will increase pressure on your spine.

Slightly bent your knees upward and place a pillow under your knees, or you can use a McKenzie night roll under the curve of your back for lumbar support.

It is also suggested to use a small rolled up hand towel right under your neck to add support, or use a contoured pillow to alleviate neck strain.

Moving around a bit while you sleep is normal and a good thing. Minimal movements can lessen burden on your back rather than staying in one position the whole night.

Sleeping On Your Stomach

What’s good about stomach sleeping is that it reduces snoring and eases sleep apnea.

However, stomach sleeping is not really a good sleeping position for it causes awkward bends and twists in your spine’s natural curve, putting more tension on your back muscles. Moreover, your neck is ninety degrees rotated to the left or right, which can actually result in neck, back and shoulder pains.

Now, if you really favor sleeping on your tummy, you can put a pillow under your hips to keep your pelvis slightly elevated. Select a firmer mattress type for your pelvis to have better support.

For your neck, it is better to move from left to right from time to time and do not let it stay for a longer moment on either side. A thinner, low loft pillow (than thicker pillow) can be of help, to prevent your neck to bend upwards and reduce unnecessary pressure.

Sleeping on Your Side

Side sleeping is the most desired position because it promotes best spine alignment from the neck all the way down.

In a side-sleeping position, draw your legs up slightly toward your chest and have a pillow between your knees. The pillow will keep the spine-pelvis alignment throughout the night and maintains comfort to the knees.

It is better also to alternate sides often to prevent organ strain and arm numbness. A rolled-up towel under your waist can be an advantage against back pain.

As much as possible, keep your top leg from falling over your bottom leg to restrain more weight on the lower leg.

 

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Health and Beauty Benefits of Acai Berry

Superfoods — you know them and you need to try all of them.

You probably have grown some of them in your own garden. Some have made a business out of them and at the same time experiencing the numerous health benefits they provide.

Every year, more and more organic products with marvelous effects to your health are being discovered. One of the most notable in recent memory is the Acai Berry. Read more

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How to have quality sleep, rest, and recovery

Sleep is everyone’s basic need. Putting your body at rest in between sheets for at least six to eight hours is heaven. It soothes and refuels your body after a day’s work — and play.

But a lot of people cannot get the sleep quality they deserve. Many find it extremely difficult to fall or stay asleep — such as insomnia or sleep apnea which would later result to narcolepsy. Read more

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The Health Risks of Skinny Jeans and Tight Pants

Women, and a lot of men, love fashion. Millenials love to style and dress themselves up with trendy clothing, shoes, apparel and jewelry.

The whole point, of course, is to look attractive and appealing.

In recent years, one fashion trend that has gained and maintained popularity is the skinny jeans. These types of pants are tight, with narrow and tightly tapered leg, and would need you to do some wiggling to squeeze into it.

Most glamorous celebrities, supermodels, moms and even men were fond of wearing  skinny jeans for different reasons – controls wobbling tummies, hide extra fats in your thighs, or flaunt body.

Skinny jeans do have a place in fashion but there are serious health risks associated to regularly wearing them. The tighter they get and more frequently you wear them exposes you to health hazards that range from slightly annoying to seriously debilitating.

Here are some of those hazards that you should know about: Read more

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Before and After Meal Habits

Whether we are aware of it or not, we all have our routines after eating a sumptuous meal, a ritual of some sorts. Some of these habits are gradually formed by nurture or taught by our elders.

When asked why we do such things, we all have our reasons — whether they are based on scientific fact or simply from myths or total ignorance, which was handed down from one generation to the next.

However one thing is for sure. We need to optimize our digestion and make most of the nutrients we consume and what you do after a meal has a significant effect on the process of digestion and metabolism of food. Read more

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How to Get Your Kids to Eat Vegetables

When you were a kid, your mom would always remind you,

“Eat vegetables! They’re good for you.” or “Eat this, not that.”

Those words would start countless of drama in your home. This usually ends up with you in tears as you forced yourself to eat the greens on your plate.

But you had your tricks. You had made your mom believed you finished your plate of veggies but little did she know that those green beans were in the dog’s bowl and the celery and asparagus were thrown out of the window.

As parents, it’s so challenging to make your children understand the idea of eating healthy foods such as vegetables. Sometimes you just want to give up and throw in the towel, and let the children eat their own way.

What is with these veggies that kids find so disgusting? Is it the texture? The color? Or the general taste?

Here are some tips to get your children to eat vegetables. Read more

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10 Health Foods to Get your Sexy On

You have been into different diet plans to achieve and support your fitness goal — which is to feel good and look even better.

To go along with your dieting, you also hit the gym to look hot and attractive. Moreover, wear cute clothes and try out new beauty tricks to come out pretty and elegant. The quest to look and feel sexier is within our nature.

There are plant-based foods that will help prepare your body and brain to feel and look sexier. Foods untainted with chemicals and that will surely improve your sex appeal and vigor. Hey, these foods can turn the heat up in your intimate relationships.

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Essential Oils For Your Nails

Your finger nails (and toenails) are as precious as the other parts of your body. Healthy and better-looking nails reflect overall health and good grooming. Some just love to care and art their nails while others just do not care.

Some of the causes of thinning nails are your everyday household chores — washing dishes, use of detergents, and of different cleaning solutions around the house. Furthermore, unhealthy diet and Vitamin A deficiency can also be the culprit for poor nails.

To prevent the weakening and thinning of your nails, add using essential oils to your beauty. These oils are not just limited to hair, and skin, or for aromatic bath or spa treatments. They also make your nails naturally healthy and beautiful. Read more

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How to properly wash your hair – The right way

After a hard day’s work and exposing your hair on the road, you’d long for a good relaxing shower. It not only cleanses your hair, it’s therapeutic too.

Washing hair is rather mundane — you might not put too much thought on the process but you’d be surprised that there’s more to just “wash-rub-rinse”. There’s a good chance that what you are doing right now could cause more damage to your strands.

Read on and see what you’ve been missing or doing wrong. Read more

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Bamboo for skin care?

Bamboo plants are known to be the tallest grass. In fact, other varieties can reach up to 151 feet (46 meters). They self-propagate, and this is the reason why they are one of the fast growing plants in the planet. They are also a great help to soil quality, and are eco-sustainable.

These plants widely grow in Asia but are now cultivated everywhere, except of course in polar areas, because of their popular benefits – health and beauty advantages. Usually, they are nurtured as source for building materials, clothing fibers, and crafted into a beautiful furniture, or home decor.

Many also include bamboo plants in their garden to simply add beauty and a sense balance. Others love to have bamboo at home because it symbolizes longevity, tenacity, strength, and flexibility.

You might have not thought that bamboo could be a beneficial skincare ingredient. But today, bamboo plants are gradually making their way into the beauty industry. Read more