Sunday, March 8, 2015

Best natural oils to use for your hair

Argan oil

Argan oil is a fantastic natural sunscreen, heat protectant and an intensive repair treatment all in one! In fact, if you’re looking for a multi-purpose natural
 hair product, this is something you should definitely try. It will improve the elasticity of your dry, brittle hair, help reduce the frizziness of your locks making them softer and more manageable, repair damaged tresses and reduce further breakage as well as aid hair growth! Sounds unbelievable? No wonder argan oil is one of the most popular natural oils for hair!

Coconut oil

A well known secret of 
hair growth, beautiful healthy hair and healthy scalp - this natural oil for hair is a product ladies swear by! Give it a go in case you’re into organic hair care and love to experiment with natural hair products or in case you wish to try something new. Coconut oil works wonders for both dry and oily scalp, promoting that healthy balance, helping your damaged hair regain its natural shine and vitality, protecting it from both inside and outside!

Avocado oil

You know that avocado is good for your health because of all the wonderful nutrients it contains. It turns out that those nutrients can also do wonders for your 
hair. Packed with vitamins A, D and E, as well as B vitamins and protein, avocado oil can help combat dry, brittle strands by moisturizing each and every one. In addition, avocado oil also provides nutrients for your scalp so your hair can grow in healthy and strong. Use it alone or look for hair care products that contain it.

Olive oil

You might not think to use olive oil for anything besides cooking a fabulous meal, but you should. Olive oil is an easy to find and affordable option for conditioning your hair. It works to moisturize your locks as well and is more lightweight than many of the other oils on this list. The fatty acids and vitamin E that olive oil contains infuses your hair and hydrates each strand for shinier, healthier looking locks any day of the week. So use a little to cook and a little in your 
hair and you're all set.

Almond oil
If you want something that is going to make your hair smell good in addition to keeping it looking lustrous and healthy, almond oil is the choice for you. In addition to its yummy scent, almond oil is packed with fats, which makes it a great choice for getting rid of dry hair and fighting off the brittleness that comes with it.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Choices to help you stay healthy!

The main benefit of these lifestyle choices is that in the future you are less likely to develop heart disease, stroke, diabetes, liver problems, lung problems, and certain cancers.

You should not smoke

If you smoke, stopping smoking is often the single most effective thing that you can do to reduce your risk of future illness. The risk to health falls rapidly as soon as you stop smoking (but takes a few years before the increased risk reduces completely). If you find it hard to stop smoking, then see your practice nurse for help. Medication may be advised to help you to stop.

Do some regular physical activity

Physical activity that gets you mildly out of breath and a little sweaty is fine - for example, jogging, heavy gardening, swimming, cycling, etc. A brisk walk each day is what many people do - and that is fine. However, it is thought that the more vigorous the activity, the better. To gain most benefit, you should do at least 30 minutes of physical activity on most days. Two shorter bursts are thought to be just as good - for example, two 15-minute bouts of activity at different times in a day.

Eat a healthy diet

Briefly, a healthy diet means:
  • AT LEAST five portions, or ideally 7-9 portions, of a variety of fruit and vegetables per day.
  • A THIRD OF MOST MEALS should be starch-based foods (such as cereals, wholegrain bread, potatoes, rice, pasta), plus fruit and vegetables.
  • NOT MUCH fatty food, such as fatty meats, cheeses, full-cream milk, fried food, butter, etc. Use low-fat, monounsaturated or polyunsaturated spreads.
  • INCLUDE 2-3 portions of fish per week, at least one of which should be 'oily' (such as herring, mackerel, sardines, kippers, pilchards, salmon, or fresh tuna).
  • If you eat meat it is best to eat lean meat, or poultry such as chicken.
  • If you do fry, choose a vegetable oil such as sunflower, rapeseed or olive.
  • Try not to add salt to food, and limit foods which are salty.

    Try to lose weight if you are overweight or obese

    You don't need to get to a perfect weight. If you areoverweight you can gain great health benefits by losing 5-10% of your weight. This is often about 5-10 kg. (10 kg is about one and a half stone.)

    Don't drink too much alcohol

    Keep an eye on the amount of alcohol you drink. Men should drink no more than 21 units of alcohol per week, no more than four units in any one day, and have at least two alcohol-free days a week. Women should drink no more than 14 units of alcohol per week, no more than three units in any one day, and have at least two alcohol-free days a week. Pregnant women should not drink at all. One unit is in about half a pint of normal strength beer, or two thirds of a small glass of wine, or one small pub measure of spirits.