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Whole Food Vitamins

Help Your Daughter Love Her Hair!

When my daughter was born, she didn’t have a bunch of hair. By the time she was 2, it seems as if she had even less. She suffered from eczema causing all of her hair to fall out, except a little poof at the top of her head. She also had extremely dry, fragile, thin sandy brown hair! I just knew that this poor child would always be bald and forever suffer the stigma of being the girl with itsy bitsy pigtails.

As my daughter turned from a baby to a toddler, I did everything to try to grow her hair back. She was getting taller and bigger; she was at the age where she should be wearing beads or pretty burettes instead of a tiny, dry, auburn . I purchased a “wonderful” moisturizer and applied it daily, sometimes twice a day. I would even deep conditioner her and have her run around with a processing cap on for hours. Whenever I would see a little girl with long pretty ponytails or beads, I would stop her mother and ask her what she was using on her daughter’s hair and then I would run out to pick it up. It NEVER failed, when I got to the beauty supply store, I would see that the product was packed with nasty ingredients and I would leave it on the shelf, frustrated and back at square one.

By the time my daughter turned 4, I had gotten so frustrated with both of our hair issues that I started to make my own concoctions. Over the next year, her hair had thrived like crazy. The nutrient rich diet that I was feeding her follicles had her hair growing like wild fire! Now, we had a NEW problem; her hair had gotten so thick that doing it became overwhelming at times. It seems as if she just woke up one morning with a ton of hair that had massive shrinkage and just took forever to do! We went from 4 beads per braid, to 10, to 20 (I wouldn’t put any more than that, but there was room for several more). For the next year and a half, she exclusively wore braids so that I didn’t have to handle her hair too often. Each time I took her braids out, it seemed as if her hair had grown a bit more.

When Khyli turned 7, she no longer wanted to always have her hair braided; she wanted to try new styles, which required more upkeep. It seemed as if every time I did her hair, we would fight and I would threaten to cut it all off or make her get Sisterlocks. Doing her hair became a battle; a dreaded event. I had to figure out a way to make this more pleasurable; I didn’t want her to start hating her hair, start thinking that it was “bad” because I complained about doing it so much. Here I will share some of the tips and techniques I discovered that helped me with managing my daughter’s MID BACK LENGTH hair.

The first thing I did was make a conscious effort to be patient with myself. I would schedule her hair just like I would schedule a meeting. Do it on a day where I knew I had enough time to take it down, wash it, condition it, and then put it back up, which could easily take 6 hours.

As her hair grew and became denser, I started to wash her hair in sections. I would put 5-7 puffs in her hair and wash each one separately; this would cut down on tangles. I did the same with conditioning her hair.

Comb the hair in sections as well; starting from the ends to the root. Take small sections for very dense course hair. Use a detangling spray such as

Although Khyli is very tall, I still washed her hair in the kitchen sink, while she would lie across the kitchen counter. This made it so much easier to wash her hair; as she was more comfortable.

I also decided that I would make the day a bonding experience. We would spend the time to catch up! This was a time for just the two of us with very minimal interruptions. We talked about everything; how school was going, how my job was going, tell her stories about when I was a little girl or when she was a little girl; and I would make it a point to tell her several times throughout the day, how much I loved her hair!

You may also pick up her favorite movie or book; if your daughter is anything like mine, she will want to talk about the movie, amongst a million other things. I allow her to …

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Good Health

Taking Care of Your Straightened Hair

If you have got your hair treated and straightened then it is much more delicate now than before. Therefore it is important that you take good care of them so that they remain strong and healthy. A few of the things that can be done in order to take care of straightened hair have been explained below.
First and foremost handle your hair with the utmost care i.e. avoid rough treatment. This includes no brushing wet hair, no tight roller sets, avoid vigorous shampooing, clips and other styling methods. Thus let your hair to remain as natural as they possibly can.
Relaxed hair can simply be felt when you run your hands down your tresses. Also, there are a number of uniquely formulated hair products such as shampoos and conditioners that come especially for straightened and chemically treated hair. Such products only help retain the moisture and shine of your hair making them healthier and less fragile.
Also use the right kind of styling products. Again go for the products designed specifically for chemically treated hair. However do keep its usage within limits or it might lead to hair turning grimy. Also avoid those products that lead to dehydration of the hair strands such as lotions, gels and sprays.
Finally, go slow with the heat styling procedure. That is a bow dry or straightening or curling irons and hot rollers only weaken the hair leading to breakage, especially if these are used on a regular basis. However their occasional usage is fine as the damage is negligible and therefore can be overlooked.
Going for straightened hair might turn out to be a great thing for you, but it is also important that you take good care of your hair so that the benefits are long lasting and truly fulfilling.…

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Healthy Nutrition

The Acai Berry Super Food

This super berry has gotten much media attention lately and it leaves us with many questions. Where does this berry come from? Why is it good for us? Will it really keep us healthy and help us lose weight? Based on the latest research, let’s explore all we know to be true about this berry.
Acai berry, pronounced (ah-SAH’ee) is said to be one of the most nutritious foods in the world. So what is this berry and what does it exactly do? Acai is a small purplish, blackish-looking berry. It is a cross between a grape and a blueberry but smaller and darker. The fruit has a large seed and a small amount of pulp. It’s now being used in the United States in energy drinks, bars, juices, and even yogurts and ice-creams. It comes from the Amazon palm tree in Brazil and the native people there have been traditionally using acai berries to treat digestive disorders, skin conditions, and insomnia, to name a few.
The berries are actually found in some of the large palm trees that grow in the thick forests. Unlike cherries which grow individually in trees, the acai berry grows in bunches, more like bananas would.
These berries have gotten lots of media hype lately and have been featured on talk shows such as Oprah, Rachel Ray, NBC, CBS, and ABC. An Oprah guest, health expert Dr. Perricone, promotes Acai berries as one of the best foods you may have never heard of. He considers it a super food with many reasons to back it up.
These berries are packed with antioxidants, amino acids, and essential fats which are the perfect trifecta when looking at the nutritional profile of any food. Essential fats, which nutritionists speak of quite frequently, help to kick start metabolism, absorb more nutrition from your food, help with brain and heart health, as well as a host of other things. It also contains amino acids which are the building blocks of protein, and of course antioxidants. We speak of antioxidants all the time but most people aren’t really sure what they really are and why they’re so vital. We just know that they must be good for us because we talk about them so often.
Antioxidants help to defend the body against free radicals which are harmful byproducts produced by the body with the help of pollutants like cigarette smoke, pesticides, air pollution, and so forth. Eating foods high in these anti-oxidants such as fruits and vegetables, interferes with the aging process and disease process by neutralizing these free radicals. By lessening the destructive power of free radicals, we can help reduce the risk of diseases like heart disease and of course, cancer. The USDA has a way of measuring these antioxidants in foods called the ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) scale and it’s used by many nutritionists. The acai berry has surpassed many foods on the ORAC scale by leaps and bounds. Examples of other foods that are high on this scale would be blueberries, goji berries, and cranberries, and from the research we’ve seen so far, Acai surpasses them all in that department.
The other thing all these foods have in common would be the different blueish, purplish, pigments which is a measure of the anthocyanins and flavonoids they contain. Anthocyanins comes from 2 Greek words, “plant” and “blue”, so these are responsible for the pigments in fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Foods that are richest in these would blueberries, red grapes, red wine, and acai.
There is lots of discussion about these berries and how they pertain to weight loss. It is true that any fruit that is high in fiber and antioxidants which help you feel full and rid the body of toxins would be great for energy and weight loss. There is still much research that has to be done as far has prevention of illness and extreme weight loss so promotion of these berries as a miracle solution or a quick fix is highly pre-mature until more research is done. They’re simply a very nutritious fruit that can certainly be a part of any weight loss plan. In fact, it is sometimes given in extreme weight loss facilities to help give clients energy to get through challenging workouts.
Where and how to we get the acai berry? The best advice would be to try and purchase it as a juice that has been freeze dried as the fruit is extremely perishable, therefore would never last the trip over to the United States in its natural form. Therefore any brand you buy should say “freeze dried powder” or extracts such as what you would find in the products like Monavie, and the brand Earthfruit which has a freeze dried powder. Don’t fall for things that say 4:1, …

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Health Products

The Best 3 Flat Irons On The Market

Flat irons are one of the significant necessities of people these days. With increase in the trend of hair straightening, so many unique flat irons have been introduced in the markets that have advanced features.
Although all types of irons are designed perfectly and every iron has some unique features that are useful for specific types of hair but it is not possible for a iron to meet the needs of every one or all types of hair. Yet there are some irons that are very versatile and are liked by majority of people. There are some famous brands of irons that are known because of introducing quality products. Some famous brands of the irons are babyliss, QKC, GHD, cortex, NP group and Avanti. These brands introduce different types of irons like tourmaline ones, ceramic, titanium irons and lots more.
Almost all types of flat ones are versatile and have diverse features but apart from their functionality, their time period of warranty is also considered to rate them as the top flat iron. KQC X-heat is the best one that is multifunctional flat iron. It can straighten the hair as well as tame rebellious hair for shiny results. The KQC X-heat is a iron that has ceramic heater which provides stable heat. It heats up very quickly and reaches up to 410A�F in seconds.
Avanti wet to dry iron is another one that is among the top 3 on the market today. These have combination of advanced technologies that are very useful for all types of hair. Temperature is displayed on the screen so it becomes easy to set the temperature according to the needs of the hair type. Avanti wet to dry ones save the time of blow drying because hair can be dried as well as straightened with this one. H&R tourmaline and ceramic iron is another best iron that has many useful features. It helps comfortable styling and is very affordable.…

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Healthier

Safe Diet Pills For Weight Loss

Diet pills are only helpful in your weight loss plan if they make you lose weight faster without jeopardizing your health. The best weight loss pills are herbal diet pills with very little of no side effects. Most of them work as an appetite suppressant. When you take them they send a message to your brain that you are full. This can be very helpful for emotional eaters. Some natural weight loss supplements work as a fat binder, eliminating portion of the fat from food intake. With a natural diet pill you can safely lose 1-2 lbs a week. 
Here is list of safe weight loss pills: 
Proactol is a fat binder. This dietary supplement is made from the nutritious leaves of the Opuntia ficus-indica cactus. Proactol binds up to 28% of the fat in your food intake. It also works as an appetite suppressant and controls your food cravings between meals. Proactol doesn’t have any side effects so it can be used long-term to reach your weight loss goal. 
Acai Berry is an appetite suppressant made out of the fruits of palm trees grown in Central and South America. Acai Berry comes in the form of powder, juice of fresh berry. Acai is very nutritious and its antioxidants help to lose weight. Acai loses some of its potency during processing. It works best when it’s fresh. Acai also boost your energy level and slows down the aging process. It has no side effects so it can be used in long-term. 
Resveratrol became popular in weight loss fairly recently. Resveratrol is very rich in antioxidants. Besides weight loss it has many other benefits such as fighting cancer and slowing down the aging process. Resveratrol is found mainly in grape skin and seeds. Red wine is also a good source of resveratrol. Resveratrol can be used long-term. 
Hoodia gordonii is made out of a leafless spiny succulent plan originally from South Africa. It’s a very strong appetite suppressant and it can reduce your calorie intake by 50%. Unfortunately 99% of hoodia diet pills are fake. Hoodia users have reported liver problems and stomach cramps but these side effects could be the results of fake pills.…

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Health Products

What is the Best Diet Plan?

Today I am going to address a common question; what is the best diet plan? The short answer is there is none. I have to digress here and explain what I mean, so stay with me.
Losing weight is the easy part. Can you believe I just said that? It’s true, the hard part is keeping it off! You can temporarily change a behavior,a fad diet, and achieve weight loss; sometimes substantial. The problem is the word temporary. When you go off this diet most people revert to their old habits. When you do this, you will regain all of your weight, PLUS 5-10%. Therefore a fad diet is actually counter productive. That’s why there are no best diet plans.
You always need to eat, it’s not like giving up smoking, that’s why obesity is the number one problem in America. Millions are spent on advertising and Billions are spent on weight loss products and services. So how do you know what diet plans are reputable? This is what I am going to share read on. Remember there really is no best diet plan.
Let me ask you a question. Why are there over weight movie stars and wealthy people? Surely if weight loss was easy and these gimmicks worked all these people would be skinny. No one wants to be obese. Our society reminds of of this everyday. The reason these people are not skinny is none of these fad diet plans work. Qualifier, if it is something you can do forever it’s fine to do, but you have to continue that lifestyle change forever!
Weight loss is a simple, yet unfair formula. There are 3500 calories in a pound of fat. We all have the dreaded wild card, a metabolic rate. Obese people tend to have low metabolic rates. A metabolic rate is the amount of calories you would burn if you slept for 24 hrs. It is the amount of calories needed to sustain your bodily functions. Then there is activity, generally termed mild, moderate, sometimes it’s high. A desk job is an example of mild activity and a construction worker or athlete are the extreme or high activity folks.
So how does this affect me?, you ask. You eat a variable but predictable amount of calories daily and this can be averaged to find a daily number. Huh, you say; if you wrote down everything you eat for a week and divide by 7 you will get a number, say 2800 calories. If your metabolic rate plus activity equals that number your weight will stay the same. Go over it, you gain, and under you lose weight, get it?
So out of all this confusion comes a solution. You can’t calculate your metabolic rate, nor activity easily. But now you know how many calories you eat so you don’t need to know these variables. Remember there are 3500 calories in a pound of fat. To lose 4 lbs a month average you need to eat less or exercises more; this needs to equal -500 calories/day. Initially you may lose more weight because your body is 80% water weight. When you burn fat you will also lose fluid weight thus you could have a 10 lbs weight loss. this is why there are no best diet plans. You need to change how you eat or exercise FOREVER!
Well enough for today a few quick recommendations:
1) Do your own calorie count and eat less and exercises more, trying to equal -500 calories a day.2) Use a reputable weight loss program that you can do FOREVER. Weight Watchers or Weight Loss Centers come to mind3) Still need help? If you find it hard or too costly to use these suggestions I have HELP for you.A FREE E-Book…

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Men'S Health

Start Losing Belly Fat Now

Belly fat is one of the biggest complaints among people who are out of shape. What we eat directly affects how are bodies will look like both on the inside and on the outside. It’s only up to us as an individual how quickly we lose weight. The harder a person works, the faster the excess weight will come off.
Cut the Crap Food
Crap food, or what most people probably call junk food, does horrible things for us. When I say junk food, I’m talking about foods high in calories, high in fat or both. Even diet soda isn’t as great as its cracked up to be. It may not contain any calories, but it does contain ingredients that our bodies don’t know what to do with. This causes our bodies to hold onto it and store it as fat. Not only can these fatty foods elevate blood pressure and increase the risk of developing other health problems, they also cause us to gain excess fat all over the body and that includes belly fat.
Start Moving
Exercise is the only way you can burn calories. The more you exercise the more calories you burn and the more calories you burn, the more weight is lost. It’s really a simple science and basically comes down to how bad you actually want to lose belly fat. If you make a promise to yourself to burn an extra 500 calories per day, you can lose one pound every week. Burning an extra 500 calories a day is fairly easy and can be achieved by jogging at a moderate pace for 45 to 60 minutes. You don’t have to jump right in and start running for that long. It is okay to start out lightly. The important thing is to maintain a routine and do it regularly. That’s the only way you’ll ever get the results you’re looking for.
Liposuction is for the Rich & Lazy
Liposuction is the easy way out and it doesn’t teach us anything. It’s a quick fix for those who can afford it and many of us can’t. Losing belly fat can be done naturally, without surgeries or diet pills, but people do need to be prepared to put a bit of work into it. The more you put into it, the more you’ll get out of it.
Belly fat can be a stubborn thing, but if you make the decision to start eating healthy foods, stay active and keep your caloric intake within the recommended range, losing belly fat and fat all over the rest of your body will become easier. You can’t expect to just sit around and eat whatever you want and not have belly fat.…