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The Most Important Benefits of Hot Yoga

Many claims are made about the benefits of hot yoga. These ideas are often publicized by enthusiastic hot yoga devotees expressing their fanatic love of the program of their guru. To evaluate the truth of these claims it’s necessary to move beyond bias and take an honest look at the nature of hot yoga.

According to the teachings of Patanjali, the ‘father of modern yoga’, the asana is one part of an eight-limbed system leading to greater understanding. Asana is meant primarily to purify and strengthen the body, preparing it for lengthy meditations and raised levels of energy. In this setting, hot yoga is best suited to assist in the removal of ama, or waste.

Ama is considered the cause of all diseases. It is a byproduct of improper metabolic processes. This is not only related to digestion, but also includes the creation of all parts of entire body. Ayurveda clarifies that there are seven tissue systems formed in the making of the human body. Any fault in the creation of these tissues can result in the accumulation of ama, causing disease. Heat helps to stoke the Agni, and aids in the efficient fabrication of these building mechanisms.

The body removes ama in three ways: sweating, urination and defecation. Hot yoga improves metabolism, which helps to direct toxins to their proper removal areas. Only small amounts of toxins are actually sweated out. Most leave in urine and feces. The urinary system is the body’s temperature regulator, so practicing hot yoga will promote frequent urination, thereby expelling the ama that has been stored in this system.

Hot yoga directs added heat to the digestive fires, insuring that food will be broken down properly and ama removed. Cleansing through asana is not limited to the physical realm. Once the gross ama is removed, prana, subtle energy, is allowed to surge freely throughout the energetic body. Subtle ama is also known as karma. Removing karmas from the subtle body is the overall goal of any asana practice. This starts the awakening process described by Patanjali.

A person who practices yoga is called a yogi, someone aspiring toward higher understanding. Yoga demands that you look closer at your actions and intentions. Enjoy your asana class, but be careful not to become complacent. Explore the rich wisdom at the foundation of yoga. The benefits of hot yoga are the top most tip of the iceberg.

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Polynesian Diet Strategies – 7 Tips to Help You Lose Weight Permanently

I am constantly amazed when I hear stories of Polynesians who suddenly passed away from heart attack, diabetes, and even colon cancer, at such a young age. My grandfather was very young when he died from colon cancer. My mother who is now 62 has suffered from a long history of chronic illnesses, arthritis, stroke, and now has diabetes. Outside of my immediate family, I see other Polynesians suffering from diet induced diseases, and I fear they will not live to see their grandchildren. So what is happening to our people, and what can we do to stop it?

I am going to give you seven of the best tips you can implement to lose weight, and get back your health starting right now, but first I want to tell you a little about myself.

I am a Polynesian male in my late thirties. I was born and raised in New Zealand to loving parents of six children. I came to the United States in the late nineties to attend school. After the first year of College, I had gained some extra weight, about 15lbs. No big deal right, wrong. As each year passed I was gaining more and more unsightly body fat.

This was extremely abnormal for me, since I was fairly active and played a great deal of competitive sports, such as rugby, basketball, tennis and volleyball. I have always had a good sense about being in shape and was growing frustrated at the elusive body fat accumulating day to day. I ignored it for a long time until one day I was flipping through some photos I just developed. I saw a shot of myself where my back was facing the camera. For a brief moment I was confused as to who that was. I didn’t even recognize myself. I was embarrassed and ashamed to realize that the way I thought I looked, and how I actually looked were completely different. Is this what people were seeing?

At this point I bought a pair of scales to assess the damage. After three years of denial I weighed a hefty 246lbs. I was stunned. This wasn’t the worst part. I was beginning to have bad chest pains, and experienced dizziness and shortness of breath. I felt tired all the time. I was also becoming more and more depressed. So what was going on? Well, in a nutshell, I was eating the wrong foods, at the wrong times, and way too much of it.

I decided I was going to embark on a mission, to lose 30lbs, after all how hard can that be right. I mean I am a hard worker, should be a snap. So I did what most people do, head out to the local gym, sign up for a membership and personal trainer, bought all the protein bars, shakes and supplements they recommended. I even subscribed to a fitness magazine and purchased products they recommended. All in all I had spent a small fortune in order to get started, but this was fine because I was really committing myself.

I spent the next 3 months working out with my trainer twice a week, and on my own four times a week, with only Sunday off. My workouts consisted of 35-45mins of cardio six days a week and weight training for 60 Min’s 5 days a week. At first I started to lose weight by 4-5lbs a week. I was really excited, then slowly but surely, it started to drop to 2lbs a week, then not even one. My trainer told me ‘we need to tweak your diet a little, and work a little harder’. Believe me when I tell you I was busting my butt to get in shape. There were days when I was the only one in the gym at 1.30am doing cardio. The cleaners would joke around saying I needed to pay rent I was there so much.

And then it happened, at my next weigh in day I had actually gained 2lbs. My trainer assured me this was muscle gain, and not to worry as the scales don’t distinguish between muscle gain, and fat gain, or muscle loss and fat loss for that matter. I was skeptical because I felt so much weaker. I couldn’t bench or leg press what I could 3 months earlier, and if I was really gaining muscle, shouldn’t I be stronger. It didn’t make sense to me. Nevertheless I continued on to the end of our scheduled training program. When all was said and done I weighed 227lbs. I had lost 19lbs, not bad, but a far cry from my goal of 30lbs.

The worst thing about it, was that I didn’t look much different, just smaller. It was discouraging to me to think I had worked so hard for 3 months and was still not happy with the way I looked. I was still flabby, still undefined, and still felt tired all the time, some days even more tired than when I was heavier. Then it dawned on me, the trainers at the gym had taken specific courses and certifications to help their clients get into better shape. Perhaps they were not specific enough for me. I started to pay a lot more attention to the things I ate, the types of foods, as well as how they affected me, even the foods recommended by my trainer which I had taken as gospel. Here is what I found.

1. Many of the carbohydrates I was eating, even the healthy fibrous carbs, had an adverse affect on me.

2. I could stuff myself with veges and fruits all day long and still be hungry.

3. I would eat less then 36g of fat a day for weeks and still be flabby

4. Eating the forbidden red meat made me feel strong and induced powerful workouts

5. Eating coconut, a food rich in saturated fats curbed my hunger, and accelerated my fat loss

6. Eating larger meals less often, gave me unbelievable energy, despite the accepted idea of eating smaller frequent meals.

7. Healthy grains, such as oatmeal, and wheat bread slowed my weight loss.

8. Cardio sessions left me feeling weak and depleted, and you guessed it, still smooth, not cut

9. Weight training energized me

10. All the protein shakes I was using were making me fat

11. White rice surprisingly did not

12. Although yams were sweeter than potatoes, they helped my progress, where potatoes hindered

13. I could eat a lot, and I mean a lot of fish, and still get lean

I realize now that there is a uniqueness to the Polynesian body and how many of the accepted laws and practices of the fitness industry do not apply to us.

Last year I travelled to Cambodia. While I was there I couldn’t help but notice how slender and healthy the people of that culture were, despite being a third world country, or perhaps due to it. Obesity was practically non existent, and I thought to myself there must be something to the way they eat. I really doubt the average Cambodian has a membership to Golds Gym, and I didn’t see them out running all the time. Many of them where just sitting around on the streets.

When I flew back to the US my first stop was San Fransisco Airport, and there was no mistaking being back in America. Eight out of ten people I saw were either overweight or obese. I thought more about the Cambodian culture. What did they eat so ordinarily that kept them in shape? Then it came to me. They eat the foods their bodies have evolved to assimilate. It was an epiphany of mass proportion. Once I realised this I could apply it to myself right. Well, I couldn’t have been more right.

I began to research more and more about my heritage. Where did I come from? Who are my parents? Where are they from? What did the people from that region of the world eat before the introduction of commercially processed foods? Now I was getting somewhere. It all led to genetics.

I researched several case studies from the early sixties concerning cultures from the isles of the sea. It was amazing to see the differences in what they ate and how they obtained their food. It was also sad to see how their health has plummeted as they have strayed from that food. It has long been understood that in order to discover truth, you must go to the source. Unchanged and untainted, it is the wellspring from which all knowledge will flow. Cheap imitations may mimic the truth, but from their fruits, they will be revealed.

What I am speaking of are fake foods, fake fats, fake sugars, engineered additives, harmful chemicals, and unnatural preservatives, powders, shakes, and meal replacements to name a few. All in all they eventually reveal themselves through unsightly bodies, crippling health issues, and the loss of quality of life. As soon as I started eliminating all processed foods, refined sugars, and all so called health foods, my fat loss skyrocketed. In just a few weeks, I had lost 14lbs, and the weight continued to come off. My energy levels were very high, and this made me more excited and motivated to exercise. Over the next 3 months I had lost a significant amount of body fat and a total of 38lbs not including the 19lbs I had lost working my butt off. Funny thing was that I was working out half as much as I was to lose those 19lbs, as I did to lose the 38lbs. I was really onto something. All in all I had lost a total of 57lbs.

One day at the gym, a trainer was blown away by how I looked. He had the audacity to ask me ‘what happened?’, as if I had survived a life threatening disease. He then asked ‘what’s your secret’, and I found myself caught in the irony of telling a trainer that my secret was diet and exercise. This was the same advice I had paid over $900 for three months earlier. If only that advice were the right diet, and the right exercise for a Polynesian. Well, back to genetics.

I discovered something very interesting about my heritage. My parents are from the Polynesian islands. My father was born in Lotopa Upolu, and my mother in Suva Fiji. Genetic mapping shows that these cultures have strong links to the indigenous people of Taiwan, and that they are more closely linked to this culture than any other. I thought, hm, seems plausible; Polynesians love chop suey, eat a lot of rice, love their fish, even eat it raw like the Asian cultures. All I did was eat more of the foods they would have eaten on those islands fifty years ago, and why, because these are the foods my body has evolved to assimilate, despite the fact that my diet can contain as much as 60% saturated fats. Yep, you read it right. I can eat a lot more fat and be lean and healthy if they are natural fats, but I cannot eat a small amount of sugar and get away with it.

I went on to discover many important aspects of health that are specific to Polynesians, which cannot be addressed in the scope of this article, but here are some guide lines to help you lose weight safely and permanently.

Tip #1 You must lower your carbohydrates and eliminate processed foods

Before the white man showed up on the islands, organic foods were called ordinary foods. Nothing was processed, and the work effort alone to provide food for your family would be enough to keep anyone lean.

Tip #2 Increase your fiber intake

Tip #3 Drink more water

Get rid of sodas, sports drinks, alcohol, diet beverages, and caffeinated drinks, with the exception of green tea. Polynesians can benefit a great deal from green tea as it has been used by their ancestors (Asians) for medicinal purposes for more than 2000 years. Can’t be wrong.

Tip #4 Eat more protein

Eat whole foods in the form of organic pork, organic beef, and fish. Hey this is the best part. It’s what we love and our bodies are designed for it.

Tip #5 Replace your olive, vegetable and corn oils with coconut oil

Although olive oil is highly recommended and a mainstay of most diets, last time I checked no islanders descended from Italians. Again believe me when I say, our bodies have evolved to assimilate coconut oil better than any other. Various studies show that although there is little nutritional value in coconut oil, many people lose weight by eating it.

In the islands coconut and coconut cream is used in everything. Sixty percent of the normal diet is comprised of saturated fat compared to the typical western diet of thirty five to forty five percent fat, yet the islanders had less heart disease and less blood cholesterol. Diabetes, and colon cancer were completely absent before the introduction of processed foods. Problems arise when you combine these high natural oil diets with refined sugars, and processed foods containing chemicals, additives and preservatives that wreak havoc on the typical Polynesian body type. Things like spam, and canned corned beef that use fake fats are dangerous, and should not be eaten.

Tip #6 Avoid these foods at all cost

High Fructose Corn Syrup

Refined sugar

Fake fats such as trans fats and partially hydrogenated oil

Artificial sweeteners and diet foods

Dairy

Soy products

If you are eliminating all processed foods you will not have a difficulty with most of these. Also avoid processed meats, such as bacon and deli meats as they can contain modified salts, sugars and dangerous nitrates.

Tip #7 Keep a food journal

You may be surprised at how much you eat, or how little. If you keep a journal, you will have an accurate record of how your body is affected by different foods. This is a very useful tool.

Obviously there are so many things you can learn that break down the very specifics of dieting techniques, but trust me, these simple techniques will work for you as they have for me. I have kept the weight off for six years now, and feel terrific. I do recommend that you do more research as I did, to learn everything you can about successful weight loss, and how it relates to you specifically. Don’t be disheartened by all the information that is available out there. A lot of the diet strategies and work out programs won’t work for us, but some of them will. Educate yourself, for knowledge is power. Nothing is more important than investing in your own health, and that of your family.

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Bike Riding for Weight Loss – Tips for Beginning A Bicycling Plan

If you are one of those people who leisurely pedal around the block or over a flat stretch of scenic road, you’ve probably been riding for sheer pleasure. Riding bikes for pleasure is a good form of aerobic exercise. But unless you map out a plan to “push yourself,” you probably won’t lose much weight.

I really get sick of hearing people say, “No pain, no gain!” But the old adage is true when it comes to riding bikes to lose weight. By pushing your cycling distance or speed, you are sure to feel some pain in your leg muscles, your hands, wrists, and your derriere– even some pain in your throat and lungs as your body tries to accommodate your increased demand for oxygen.

HEALTH TIP: Stretching exercises prior to exercising are helpful in preventing injury!

GETTING YOUR BICYCLE READY…TO ROLL OFF THE WEIGHT

Your first concern will be outfitting your bicycle. If you need an excuse to purchase a new bike, this is an excellent opportunity! I went from a 3-speed bicycle for leisure riding, to a 24-speed bicycle for more committed exercising. Once I learned how the different gears worked, I was very thankful for the extra speeds. They make my ride faster and the hills a lot easier to handle.

We’ve found the guys at the bicycle shop to be very helpful, and concerned for our unique cycling needs. Rather than simply steering us toward the most expensive bicycle available (as I had expected), they asked how much riding we would be doing, whether we were trying for speed or leisure, and whether we would be riding on paved roads or dirt trails. When you honestly share your goals and level of experience, the sales clerks can match you with exactly what you need. They want you to be successful in your biking venture!

Some state laws require bicycle lights. But if you will be riding anytime from dusk to dawn, common sense demands that you have lights on your bicycle. These little accessories are battery-operated and last a long time. There are a variety of lights to choose from. My tail light has different blinking speeds, and is designed to make my bike visible to cars approaching from both the rear and the sides. Check for brightness before you buy one. Install the light where it makes the most sense.

We held off on buying a speedometer and odometer unit for our bikes, but once we got serious about losing weight and getting in shape, this feature became a “must have.” You simply cannot track your progress without knowing how far and how fast you’re riding.

If you already have a bicycle, take it to the bike shop for a safety inspection each season. They should check the gears, tires and brakes to make sure everything is working properly. They can adjust your seat to fit your height and adjust the handlebars to fit your reach, making your ride more comfortable. If you’re lucky, they might even clean and polish your bike!

If you want to save money in the long run, you can find books and videos that teach you how to care for your own bicycle. It’s always a great idea to know how to change your own flat tire and adjust a loose chain.

Another must have is a bicycle pump. Ask your bike dealer how many pounds of air pressure to put in your bicycle tires. Check the tires each time you get ready to ride! We guessed at the air pressure one summer day, and lived to regret it. We rode the bikes to the swimming pool, not realizing that one tire was too full. While we were cooling off in the water, the hot sun was rapidly expanding the air in the tires-one tire blew as it sat in the parking lot. The day in the sun was not so fun, once the pool closed and we had to wait for a truck to haul us home!

HEALTH TIP: Talk with your doctor first, and get his or her blessing before you increase your rate of physical activity!

STAYING COMFORTABLE ON YOUR BIKE

Sitting for long periods of time on a bicycle seat can cause pain, discomfort, and even serious blood circulation problems in avid bicyclists. At your local bike shop, you’ll find a variety of bicycle seats made specifically for your comfort and health. The salespeople at our local bike shop encouraged us to try out new seats on our bikes for a few days. My husband found the split seat to be more comfortable for himself, while I opted to keep my old gel seat. Someone has even invented seats that look more like a bird perch than a bicycle seat!

HEALTH TIP: Get off your bicycle seat and walk around every 25 minutes or so to get the blood flow to important unmentionable parts of your body.

Think about your clothing…you don’t have to have padded biker shorts and special clothing to start riding bikes. There are actually scientifically engineered fabrics designed to pull sweat away from your body in the summer and to keep you from getting hypothermia in the winter. But for now, just wear layers of comfortable sports clothes.

Make sure your clothes aren’t so tight that you are miserable trying to pedal. But they shouldn’t be loose enough to become entangled in the bicycle chain, either! If you become overheated, strip off a layer. If you get cold, add a layer. Wear light or bright colors to allow drivers to see you easily.

It really helps to have a small cargo rack on the back of your bike. Mine looks like a little shelf over the back tire. It has two bungee cords to keep any cargo securely fastened to the bike. I’ve used it to tote a small picnic cooler, a shopping bag or extra clothes.

I had the bike shop attach a water bottle holder to the bike under my seat. I can grab a quick swig as I ride or pour some water over my pulse points to cool off a bit. Take small sips of water when needed during your bike ride, rather than chugging huge gulps.

A helmet is almost a must. Life is filled with hazards-and biking has its share. Be smart. Wear a helmet. You can buy a cool rear-view mirror for your helmet. The mirror helps you see when it’s safe to turn and lets you observe traffic coming up from behind.

I recommend wearing sunglasses-both for the sun and for bugs! At certain times of the year, the air is thick with flying insects. Getting a tiny bug in your eye is a painful event. For contact wearers, carry a contact case and lens cleaner on bike rides for just that reason. Some day you’ll be glad you did!

HEALTH TIP: Shake your hands downward frequently to get the blood flowing and to prevent pain or numbness in your arms and hands.

MAPPING OUT A WEIGHT LOSS PLAN

You will want to keep a record of your daily diet and food intake, your weekly body measurements and weight, as well as your bicycling miles and time.

The web site http://www.OpenFitness.net is an excellent way to track your progress. It is very easy to use-simply type in your information you wish to track. As the only community fitness web site of its kind, you’ll find it to be a fantastic motivation tool that will print out charts and graphs to show how much progress you’ve made in a few days, a week, or a month!

It keeps track of your food, vitamin, and supplement intake. Thousands of foods have already been analyzed by experts for number of calories, fat, carbs, and protein. You simply select the foods you ate from a pull down feature, and the daily total is tallied for you. Make sure you don’t exercise when you’ve just eaten, or when it’s almost meal time. Both times will slow you down.

No matter how humiliating it is, measure your arms, legs, chest, waist, neck, hips and thighs once a week. The software keeps track of your weight and body measurements. The thrill of seeing those same inches melt away in the coming weeks will be worth the effort. It’s especially impressive seen as a graph!

Consider investing in an instrument that actually measures body fat-there are inexpensive pincer-type instruments that measure fat by pinching you, or buy a set of bathroom scales that cost more but calculate body fat quite painlessly.

Try to ride 4-6 days per week. When you map out your weight loss plan, your short-term goals will change as you change. You’ll quickly develop stamina for longer distance. As fat turns to muscle, your speed will increase. Each week, try to increase either your mileage or your speed.

You know how far you’ve been able to ride, thus far. Start keeping track of the exact route you are taking, the total mileage, and the length of time it took you. Make notes in your records for special circumstances. Did it get dark outside so you were forced to cut your ride short? Did the road crews dump a layer of gravel on your normally paved road?

What was the weather like? Was it dangerously hot? Was it windy? The wind can be your friend or your enemy. When the wind is behind you, your ride is a breeze…but coming from any other direction, be prepared to huff and puff. Accept any length of time as a job well done and simply get the ride accomplished!

Finally, add an upper body workout three times per week. Bicycling works your legs, but to get the rest of your body firm and trim, you’ll need to exercise your upper body, as well. The http://www.openfitness.net web site, created by a certified personal fitness trainer, has excellent features which allow you to design and track this portion of your fitness program, as well.

Bicycle riding is a fun, inexpensive form of aerobic exercise-it’s good for every part of you. But be warned-you will need to buy a whole new wardrobe for the thinner, more beautifully fit body that emerges!

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Canine Natural Remedies For Anxiety

It is quite common for dogs to suffer from separation anxiety. Dogs afflicted with this stress disorder panic when they think that they have been left alone. This fear causes anxiety which can lead to undesirable behaviors such as chewing, scratching, howling and potty accidents in the house.

When we adopt a dog from a shelter, as my family and I do when we are looking for a pet, some dogs may harbor baggage from an abusive past. It is impossible to know how a dog has been treated. Bad treatment, even cruelty can lead a dog to have anxiety and stress. The best way to deal with these disorders is by teaching behavior modification techniques.

Sometimes local shelters will offer obedience training lessons. There are also experienced trainers available who you can find online or via a recommendation. The right professional can help you to build the bond between man and best friend by teaching you and your dog techniques designed to deal with bad behaviors.

However, while you are in the midst of training and things are not quite at the level of calm that is the ultimate goal, there are some natural anxiety remedies for canines that can be of great help in making the situation more livable.

These anxiety natural remedies might help to fill the gap while you are undergoing behavior modification training with your dog.

Bach Flower Essences – extracted from the Bach flower, these oils work naturally to help reduce stress. You can find the essence in cream or oral supplement form. If you have difficulty administering an oral supplement to your dog, the cream version may be more practical.

Pheromones – this hormone, which induces attraction in humans, is released from the mother at dog birth. It relaxes dogs and induces calm. A plug-in diffuser is available that was developed by veterinarians especially for dogs. It is simple to use. The plug-in diffuses the pheromones associated with territorial and primal instincts. These are pheromones that are very familiar to dogs. As an anxiety natural remedy they are quite effective.

Homeopathic formulas – formulations are available in pet and health food stores. There are many options to choose from. Some are more effective than others. Always be certain that what you are buying is pure and natural and does not contain any substance that may be harmful to your dog. Read all product labels carefully. You may be able to get recommendations for over-the-counter homeopathic remedies from your behavior modification coach.

German Chamomile Essence – you can make this herbal combination right at home. It is an effective natural herbal sedative for your canine friend. The herbs required to make this formula are readily found in health food stores.

Ingredients: 1 teaspoon of German chamomile, 1 teaspoon of catnip, 1 teaspoon of skullcap, 2 tablespoons of honey, ½ cup of water

Heat water to a simmer. Remove the water from the stove and add the herbs into the pot. Cover the pot and let the mixture steep for 5-10 minutes. Once they have steeped, strain out the herbs squeezing the juice out of them before discarding. Mix in the honey until dissolved. Let formula cool then move to an airtight container to store.

This formula will keep for about two weeks when refrigerated. Unrefrigerated discard after one day. Allow your dog to lick the formula off of a spoon. Offer him 2-3 spoonfuls. Typically, the taste of the honey will attract the dog. However, if he will not take the formula, use a squeeze syringe and administer to the back of the dogs throat.

Signs of relaxation should be visible within 30 minutes. Use as needed.

Many dogs have been abandoned due to problems with separation anxiety and the destructive behaviors they exhibit as a result. Sometimes, good intentioned dog owners just do not know how to handle the situation and for lack of knowledge give up on their dogs. This should be a last resort.

Help is available and should be considered. Behavior modification and anxiety natural remedies can provide the help you need to make the situation work for all involved. It is an inherent quality of dogs to want to please you and obey. Sometimes he just needs the understanding from you to get there. Building that relationship and bond between man and dog can sometimes be a challenge. But once it is there, your dog will be a loyal and loving member of your family.

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The Best African American Hair Care Tips For Long Healthy Hair

No matter what your hair texture, you can benefit from these African American hair care tips. Natural hair or relaxed hair needs special treatment and gentle handling to achieve optimal health. I hope these are helpful to you.

Watch the Heat

  • Make sure your hair has been freshly washed and conditioned before using a heated styling tool. Do not redo your hair mid-week if it frizzes up. This can cause damage due the build up of styling products and dirt on your hair
  • Take a break from the heat! Retain more of your hair length by styling your hair with heat free styles like braid outs, French rolls, and buns.

Proper Bed Time Care

  • Do not go to bed without wrapping your hair or pinning it up. Remember to wear a scarf to maintain your hairstyle and keep your hairline smooth.
  • Always detangle your hair before bedtime. Remember to use a wide-tooth comb. This will make it even easier to style your hair in the morning.
  • Use an oil or serum on your hair ends at night. Do this before rolling your hair or wrapping it in the scarf. Your hair will retain moisture and it will help you to hold a better curl.

Regular Maintenance

  • Don’t go longer than a week without washing your hair. A common myth among African American women is not to wash your hair too much because it will lead to dryness. Far from the truth. Water will keep your hair moisturized and clean. Having a clean scalp and hair will promote hair growth. And it smells much better!
  • Depending upon the health of your hair, you should get your ends trimmed every 2-6 months. Start with this tip immediately. It’s a good start to your healthy hair journey.
  • Deep conditioning should be done at least every other week using the heat of a hooded dryer. The heat will help the conditioning penetrate. Use a protein deep conditioner once a month to strengthen your hair.

This list of African American hair care tips should help you get started on your journey to healthier and longer hair.

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8 Workout Tips You Can’t Afford To Miss

Living a healthy life is the dream of each one of us, but in order to live this dream, you need to stick with your workout plan. Initially, it looks difficult to follow your regular plan of getting up early, doing exercise and having a strict diet chart for every meal, but eventually all these efforts gives you the perfect healthy and fit body. Here you can find some precious tips for your workout that you can’t afford to miss out:

1. Consistency

A work out is not a job for a few days or for a few weeks, it’s a continuous effort that you need to put for the long term. Once you decide to work out, you should be consistent in following it. You should set your target that how much weight you want to lose and what exercises you will include to achieve that target.

2. Set Up Exercise Routine

You should set up a routine for your exercise that you will do. If you are planning multiple exercises, allocate time for each, such as one hour of running, half an hour of treadmill or half an hour of lifting.

3. Make Healthy Friends

Try to develop friendship with those people who are conscious about healthy life style. This practice enables you to enjoy the company of healthy people and you will be encouraging each other for exercises and other healthy practices.

4. Utilize Time

You should plan each activity and allocate time as per your capacity for each. This is very important to follow the timetable so you will stick to the path of being healthy. Watch the clock during exercise so you will analyze that how much time you need to properly complete an activity.

5. Follow A Healthy Diet

Along with exercise, healthy intake of food is vital. Try to minimize the use of unhealthy food and drink. Increase the use of nutrients such as vitamins, protein and minerals. Eat fewer spices and adopt a habit of drinking fresh water.

6. Enjoy Your Fitness Plan

If you are not happy and satisfied with your workout plan, it will not give you desired results. Once you have decided to follow a plan, you should be happy with it and enjoy its benefits after all its going to give you good health and a sound body.

7. Read Healthy

You should develop a habit of healthy reading, which means to read material that is completely related to health. There are healthy magazines and journals that publish researches of different organizations showing results of healthy living. You should read them regularly to stay up to date with new healthy practices.

8. Be Patient

Finally, the last thing you should need is to be patient during the whole time period. You need to understand that your workout plan is not going to give you results over the night. It takes time and of course ups and downs will come in its way, but you should not give up. Stay active, patient and calm will give you solid results.

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3 Tips in Maintaining a Perfect Body Shape

I will be revealing secrets to maintaining a perfect body shape. If you follow these tips and stick to the plan, maintaining your weight or even losing more weight will be easy. Now that you have lost the weight after working really hard, I think maintaining your body shape shouldn’t be much of a problem.

1. Exercise.

What is exercise? Exercise can be defined as fitness, gymnastics, and physical movements: a physical movement or action, or a series of them, designed to make the body stronger and fitter or to show off gymnastic skill.

You are going to need stairs for this one. Now just to maintain your body weight, all you have to do is go up and down the stairs for 5 minutes. If you want to lose more weight, then do this exercise for 20 – 30 minutes a day.

2. Consume at least one apple in between your meals.

Apples have a lot of roughage and water content in them. in addition to having water and fiber in them, this will fill you up and you will not feel like eating snacks between meals.

3. The eating of lentil or black beans daily.

Lentil is a plant of the pea family native to the Mediterranean areas and to western Asia and grown for its edible seed. With the black beans, you need to consume half a can for two meals per day or you can add to 2-3 ounce of lentil a day. These two foods contain fiber and protein that help in maintaining blood sugar level in the body.

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Acne And The Colon – An Unlikely Partnership

Acne cannot accomplish much against the colon. It is too vast a system. Acne instead bides its time and lies in wait until the synergy between the colon and the liver is sufficiently impaired. How does this happen? What makes acne and the colon such an unlikely pair?

The Role Of Acne In The Partnership

The internal body should be cared for just as well as the external body. Acne pounces when the internal environment is sufficiently laid low. At this time, key organs are sluggish and overtaxed. Acne does not assist itself in showing up.

The internal environment must be just so, then acne shows up. The role of acne in partnership with the colon is initially a latent one. But left unchecked, acne then spreads to the neck, back and chest areas.

The function of the colon gives us a clearer view of how acne and the colon eventually link up to form an unlikely partnership.

The Function Of The Colon

The colon is the final stop in the digestive process. It absorbs water and electrolytes from the digested food. It moves waste products, and stores it until evacuation. I cannot escape explaining peristalsis.

Simply put, it is the movement of material through the colon using involuntary wavelike contractions.

Peristalsis is made easier when fiber is present. Yes, you help your colon do its work when you eat plenty of roughage (fiber). Moreover, fiber absorbs harmful toxins and fat. It also moves waste along faster and easier.

Herein lies the key to a healthy colon. Quick movement and evacuation of waste.

An important sidebar must now be included.

Stress!

Too much stress would shut the entire digestive system down. Peristalsis would then slow down. Waste products would remain in your system too long.

Check your stress. It may be a trigger for your acne!

Foods that lack fiber, like white flour, sugar, meats, and saturated fats are hard on the colon. Fast foods are brutal on the colon. These types of food tend to stick to the inside of the colon.

It is then that they become a breeding ground for toxin-producing harmful bacteria. These harmful toxins are absorbed by the blood. Guess where the blood carries these harmful toxins?

Correct…the liver.

The liver is already overloaded and overtaxed because the colon has been sending this toxic blood for a long time. Other major elimination organs like the kidneys and the lungs come to the livers rescue. But soon they too are overwhelmed.

Toxins are then eliminated through the sweat pores of the skin. And guess who we have a problem with now…acne! The colon is only doing what it is supposed to do, eliminate waste. However, in eliminating toxins through the skin, the colon has become an unlikely partner with acne.

A word must now be said about water in this process. Water keeps the colon lubricated and the material soft and easy to move. So drink plenty of water in your battle with acne.

Conclusion

Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, formerly of the Battle Creek Sanitarium, Always believed that 90 percent of the diseases of civilization are due to improper functioning of the colon. Acne and the colon merge into an unlikely partnership because of our poor dietary choices.

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3 Tips to Get the Same Body As the Hottest Fitness Models

If you want the same body as the hottest fitness models you see in the magazines, on TV, or at fitness expos then you need to follow 3 tips. They are simple in concept, but you must have discipline in order to execute them properly.

First, you must get your nutrition and health in order. Get checked out by your doctor and a licensed nutritionist in order to make adjustments which are best for you. Just because the top fitness models look great, it does not mean that they are in terrific health. Work with your doctor and nutritionist to rid yourself of unnecessary ailments, heal up injuries, eat properly for your blood type, and develop your body for optimum health.

Second, understand your motives for wanting a body like the top fitness models. If it is to impress someone else, get back at somebody, or to look better than someone else then consider changing your motivations. The motives just listed are fueled by revenge and/or are dependent on someone else. Change your motives toward positive intentions such as remaining healthy for your kids, having the athleticism needed to experience physical challenges most people will never accomplish such as rock climbing, running a marathon, competing on a bodybuilding stage, etc. Be motivated by health, the ability to experience wonders of the world, and having the physical gifts to enjoy time with your family, friends, and teammates if you play a sport.

Third, train properly. The hottest fitness models don’t necessarily only lift weights, only do yoga, or are only runners. Take a good, long look at your body and what its gifts are. If you are gifted with big, strong muscles then go for the look of a bodybuilder or figure competitor; or if you are gifted with long limbs and a swimmer’s body then train in such a manner.

These three tips will get you started on the journey of looking like the top fitness models. Just remember to do training for your mind, emotions, spirituality, and all of the other “intangibles” as well!

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Use Pineapple And Yogurt In Your Diet To Lose Excess Weight Easily

There are probably as many diets and weight loss scams in the world today as there are people. Everyone wants to be soon, magically, by eating whatever they want, whenever they want and doing nothing. However, there is a unique opportunity out there that will help you lose weight, provided you take very small steps and implement this simple plan into your daily life. Most people diet and exercise feverishly for a few weeks, and lose a few pounds. The problem is, they put that weight right back on, because most people simply cannot make such drastic changes in their lives and stick to them. Instead of completely overhauling your life and expecting these new and better habits to stick, take small steps, make it easy and slowly change your life for the better.

Not surprisingly, there is a correlation between yogurt and weight loss. Yogurt provides the body a number of benefits, by increasing the number of good bacteria in your digestive tract. This includes your stomach and intestines, and these good bacteria directly affect your body’s normal functions, including those for immunity and digestion. What is even more exciting is that when you add yogurt to pineapple, you will experience success. Why? The reason is that pineapple contains a proteolytic enzyme, bromelain. Bromelain is vital in helping your body digest the proteins that you give it much more efficiently, and also helps your body with symptoms of sinusitis, arthritis and can also rid your body of intestinal worms. Simply stated, when you decide to be a couple pieces of pineapple instead of a candy bar or a doughnut, you will be able to take advantage of some weight loss.

There are so many scams available, both on TV and on the Internet, that it is difficult to find out which ones actually work and which ones are simply interested in taking your money and running. Instead, you can make simple changes in your life, and begin by adding yogurt and pineapple to your daily diet, and taking advantage of natural and effective weight loss. In addition to snacking on pineapple versus candy or pastry, once you are ready, you can impact your health and your weight loss by eliminating artificial sweeteners, unhealthy foods and more in your home, and filling your fridge and pantry with healthier food choices. You want to do this very slowly, because dramatic changes often simply do not work. In addition, you do not have to worry about eating less or adding excess exercise, when you can simply add pineapple. The correlation between yogurt and weight loss is real, and when you add pineapple, your body will naturally work harder for you, and eliminate excess fat and weight. This is not a wild and crazy weight loss breakthrough, this is based on experience, and if you are interested in learning more about how you can use pineapple and yogurt to lose weight, you can quickly and easily do so online with help from Bob Miller.

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