Archive | July, 2017

Adaptogens Restore Hair Naturally

At 30 years of age I began to lose my hair. At first I noticed the clumps of hair in the brush, then my hairline receded, followed by the obvious thinning. Concerned, I began using over-the-counter topical solutions to try to stop my hair loss. When that didn’t work, I went for the expensive shampoos and leave-in rinses. In their defense these products did seem to slow the hair loss down, but it didn’t stop the problem like the products claimed they would.

In the meantime, I was in Traditional Chinese Medical College. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), is a holistic approach to health and wholeness. It incorporates every aspect of our lives. There are several therapies or modalities under the TCM umbrella that are used to heal the body and mind. Herbalism and acupuncture are the most well-known.

Early on in school, I became highly interested in herbs — not just any herbs, but tonic herbs. These are commonly known in Western medicine as adaptogens. I was looking for something that could give me extra energy, and help with personal growth.

Adaptogens help the body to “adapt” to all kinds of stressors, whether mental, emotional, physical, or environmental. They do so by restoring the adrenals, the body’s primary mechanism for dealing with stressors. Since the adrenals are the primary mechanism for regulating our energy, which in turn affects personal growth, I started using these herbs.

After using them for a short while, I noticed that less hair was falling out when I showered. And, my hairline was returning! At first, I didn’t realize it was the herbs. I figured it was the result of using the shampoos and other topical formulas. Until one day while studying for an herbal exam, I ran across a story about one of the herbs I was using. Depending on the version of the story, it varies a bit. As many stories, this one was most likely a myth more than actual truth, a myth designed to convey a hidden truth.

The story is about an old man named He (pronounced Huh). One day while walking in the woods Old Man He got lost. He wasn’t a strong man, in fact, he was known as the runt of the litter. Feeble and slumped, Mr. He had a very gray beard and thinning, white hair. While searching for a way back home, he stumbles onto two trees with their vines intertwined together. Being hungry, he dug up the roots and prepared them for food.

Some time passed until one day he found his way back home. Upon entering his village, all of those who knew him before were astounded by what they saw. His countenance was that of a much younger man. His white, thinning hair, and gray beard turned thick and black. After they heard him tell his tale, they all figured that his youthful change had do to the herb that sustained him while he was lost in the forest. Therefore, they named this herb, He Shou Wu, which translates to He’s black hair.

Coincidentally, this herb was one of the main ingredients in my homemade formula. I knew it had powerful restorative and energy effects, but I had no idea that its chief function was to stop hair loss and restore hair growth.

He Shou Wu is actually the Polygonum Multiflorum plant. The Chinese commonly refer to it as Fo Ti. There are trace minerals in Fo Ti that play a significant role in the prevention of graying hair. Fo Ti is rich in the necessary trace minerals, calcium, manganese, and iron, which keep the hair strong and maintain its normal color. Fo Ti is also an adaptogen. Like other adaptogens, it restores the adrenals — the storage place for our sex hormones. As we get older, these hormones become depleted through stress.

Western science is beginning to understand what the Chinese Physicians have known for thousands of years regarding these hormones — they are responsible for keeping us youthful and help us maintain our vitality. This means they are also responsible for a healthy head of hair!

Intrigued, I did a more in-depth research of the herbs and found that many more of these adaptogenic herbs existed! I began adding them to my formula. Ten years later the results speak for themselves! I have a healthy head of hair. In all actuality, I don’t take the herbs for hair loss; I take them for their overall restorative effects. But, if I can keep a full, healthy head of hair as a result, then I am all for it!

Here are some things to consider when looking for adaptogens or adaptogenic supplements:

1. Make sure of the quality; know your sources and the manufacturing process. Many manufacturers denature the herbs in order to mass-produce them.

2. Also, know how much of the product is actually adaptogens and not fillers or other ingredients. Some products say they have many adaptogens in their products, and they do; but, the real question is what is the quantity of the herbs? Check for the milligram dosage to know for sure.

3. Look to see how much of the total product the adaptogens account for in relation to the other ingredients? The ratio may show that though there are adaptogenic herbs in the product, there are more of other ingredients, which means the herbs are like condiments in the product–just a dash.

If you truly are interested in more information regarding adaptogens. Visit ShenTrition online.

Here’s to your healthy mane.

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5 Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Your Workouts

The benefits of exercise are vast not only for the body but also the mind. If you want to get the most out of your workouts there are a few key things that should be high on the priority list.

Tip 1: Plan

When you have a solid plan of action to reach your goals you are more likely to be successful. Hire an experienced coach or find a workout program on a reputable site. If you have a plan when you step into the gym your workouts will be more effective because you won’t waste time trying to figure out what to do next.

Tip 2: Fuel

We need energy to exercise and the fuel we put in our bodies on a daily basis is important. Be sure to include a variety of whole foods especially your green vegetables and limit how much processed food you eat. With a diet full of nutritious foods you will have more energy to perform in the gym. Another point to note is about pre-workout nutrition – everyone is different when it comes to what they need to eat and when so you may have to experiment. If you are not exercising for two hours after you eat, your meal could be a healthy balance of protein, fats and carbohydrates. If you plan to exercise within 30-45 minutes of eating then you will want simpler carbohydrates such as fruit to give you the energy you need quicker.

Tip 3: Form

You will get the best bang for your buck when you perform exercises properly. Pay attention to your form and be sure to make the necessary adjustments. When your form is correct you are not only safer and preventing injury but you’ll be targeting the muscles groups more efficiently and effectively. Hire an experienced personal trainer or watch a few video clips online from a reputable source to ensure your form is correct.

Tip 4: Intensity

If you don’t break a sweat, feel a burn or your heart rate doesn’t increase, you might not be pushing yourself hard enough. It’s true that for some people exercise simply feels very uncomfortable but change doesn’t happen in our comfort zones. Some people will lackadaisically go through their workout but this is not using your time efficiently. Push and challenge yourself each and every time you begin your workout or else you will never improve and your results will suffer.

Tip 5: Recovery

Allow your body and muscles time to recover and heal so you’re primed to give it your all in your next workout. Healthy, nutrient-dense nutrition plays a role in recovery but sleep and stretching are just as crucial. Set up a sleep schedule to improve sleeping habits so that you’re getting adequate amounts of rest. The body does its repair work while you sleep so don’t neglect this aspect of recovery. The other big key in recovery is stretching which is often over-looked. Take five to ten minutes after every workout session to really stretch out and elongate the muscles you just contracted. For releasing deeper muscle knots try using a foam roller – they are very inexpensive to purchase.

If you want the best results from your workouts try implementing these tips to see improvements in your health, fitness and strength.

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Mentally Passing A Driving Test

Nowadays, driving is considered as a very important skill. You could use this skill in cases of emergencies or even for something as simple as getting a change of scenery. Some people learned to drive by enrolling in driving schools while others were taught by their parents or friends. In any case, you would soon require a driver’s license to be considered as road-worthy. This can be accomplished by passing a driving test.

It is not surprising that you would become apprehensive when taking a driving test for the first time. Even if you are confident in you driving abilities, you may still feel nervous or anxious. This is quite normal especially if you are one of those people who hate failing in anything. On the other hand, the seriousness of the test can naturally make you worry. Aside from passing a written exam, you will also have to succeed in the practical test. Becoming apprehensive would certainly make you look unprepared.

Driving tests are relatively easy to pass as long as you have prepared for it physically and psychologically.

When preparing for a driving test, you should try getting enough sleep the night before to help you fell refreshed and relaxed the following day. Getting enough sleep would guarantee that your concentration is at its best. To be mentally prepared for your driving test, you should review what you have learned at least two days before. You can even ask a friend to help you with your reviews.

Aside from these, you will have to deal with your nervousness and anxiety. They can be managed through relaxing techniques such as breathing deeply, exercising or meditating. Once you are relaxed you can focus on your driving test effectively. In some cases, the anxiety is so intense that you might feel like you will never be able to finish the written driving test and perform well in the practical part. If this happens, you can always try hypnotherapy before taking the test.

A relatively new technique n treating anxiety, hypnotherapy involves hypnotizing the person and making suggestions to the subconscious. It is believed that when a person is hypnotized, the subconscious is more receptive of ideas. A qualified hypnotist can determine the cause of your anxiety and try to manage it. As soon as you wake up, you will be less anxious of the driving test. Hypnotherapy works best if you undergo at least three sessions.

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Yoga in Modern Times

The current world is too difficult to deal with. The jobs we have, the economies of the world, and the lack of peace in the world tend to become more than a single person can handle. As a result, most people develop physical and physiological problems, stress if you will. However, as the problems grow so do the solutions to the same. Yoga has been around for a very long time. Even though at its initial stages it had not become very popular among most people, there were certain cultures that received its benefits.

Yoga in modern times is a combination of simple postures; postures that any person can handle without a struggle no matter their physical state. The simple combination of postures helps a person relax their mind and bodies and gain harmony with their environment. This simple exercise is the most effective way for a person to initiate and maintain a connection between them and their inner selves thereby maintaining their sanity and maintaining focus on their goals, dreams, and purposes in life. The exercise will help any person, of any age, to get rid of all other distractions that might prevent them from being who they should be in life.

One common attribute about problems is that a person needs to deal with them and not ignore them. Facing problems can be a tricky process, a process that can even break your sanity and physiological state. Yoga provides the best way to solve all your problems without increasing the stress in your body. There are three most common ways that Yoga in modern times benefits your body.

Physically

Yoga is not all about the benefits of spirit and mind. In fact, the most common reason why people practice yoga in modern times is to receive certain physical benefits. Yoga helps people improve their physical state, in that; you will become more physically fit as you continue to practice yoga. However, there are more benefits apart from just physical fitness. Yoga has become one of the most effective solution to illnesses. For instance, there are studies and proof that have concluded that yoga has helped to heal people with physical bruises, AIDS, asthma, arthritis, high blood pressure, constipation, epilepsy, respiration problems, back pain, among other very serious diseases.

Spiritually

There are very few solutions to spiritual problems. Yoga is one of the recognized form of meditation that helps people gain spiritual health, spiritual realization, and spiritual calmness. Yoga has been in use for a long time; helping people find peace in themselves, know their potential, and increase their abilities in terms of knowledge. This simple practice is highly recommended for people who have spiritual conflicts. It is one of the most effective ways to bring inner peace and happiness.

Physiological

Our lives contain many activities, some positive, and some negative. For instance, there are people who have very stressful days at work; some people have troubles in their lives such as divorces or financial crisis. These problems are capable of breaking the physiological calmness of a person. Yoga is the best solution for people looking to maintain physiological calmness. It helps people keep focus, concentrate on the importance of their lives, relax their minds, and relieve most of the stress in their minds.

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Early Menopause and Lupus

Early menopause occurs most often in women who are 30 to 40 years of age. It may occur in women younger than that with underlying causes. It very important that if you are suffering the signs of early menopause that you consult a doctor to rule out anything else that may be happening or a consequence of other health conditions. This is especially important if you have lupus and are experiencing signs of early menopause.

Lupus Symptoms

There are a few types of lupus including Discoid Lupus and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Discoid Lupus most often affects the skin. It will present as a red rash that could have raised edges. It commonly occurs on the face and scalp. The rash is not itchy but scarring on the scalp can cause irreversible hair loss. Up to approximately 10% of those who have Discoid Lupus will develop Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.

The most common complaints of those who suffer with systemic lupus erythematosus include fatigue, loss of appetite, muscle pain, arthritis and mouth/ nose ulcerations.

A facial rash (butterfly rash), photosensitivity and inflammation of the lining that surrounds the heart-pleuritis and the heart-pericarditis are also symptoms of lupus. Problems with circulation to the fingers and toes when it is really cold are also called Raynaud’s phenomenon. Inflammation of the brain, liver, and kidneys also occur in SLE. There may be a decrease in white blood cells and clotting factors. This increases the risk of infections and bleeding.

More than 50% of those with SLE will develop the flat red butterfly rash. Most SLE sufferers will develop a type of arthritis that is very similar to rheumatoid arthritis. The small joints of the hands, the wrists, and feet may swell, become painful, stiff and sometimes deformed. Inflammation of the blood vessels especially those that supply oxygen to tissues can cause nerve injury, injury to the skin, or injury to an internal organ.

These are some of the major and most common symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus. Within each symptom is a set of sub-symptoms that result from the main symptoms. Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can be very treatable. It may also cause death depending on which body organs are affected.

The diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus is determined if a patient has four or more of eleven criteria. They are: malar-butterfly rash, discoid rash with patchy redness, photosensitivity (sensitivity to light), mucus membrane ulcers, arthritis, pleuritis and pericaridits-inflammations of the linings of the heart lungs along with pain when breathing, kidney abnormalities including an abnormal quantity of urine protein or clusters of cellular elements (casts), brain irritation, blood count abnormalities, immunological disorders-abnormal results of such tests as Anti-DNA, or anti-Sm, testing positive for antinuclear antibody.

Other tests could include a Sedimentation Rate, blood chemistry and evaluation of body fluids, as well as tissue biopsies. SLE can also cause one to enter early menopause

Treatments of systemic lupus erythematosus include get more rest during the active phases of the disease. Inadequate sleep is key in the progression of fatigue in SLE patients. A doctor must focus on poor sleep and the effects of depression, insufficient exercise and patient’s personal care coping abilities on their over-all health. Drugs that are used to relieve symptoms of SLE include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that help muscle, joint and other body tissue pain.

Corticosteroids are stronger in lessening inflammation and restoring the ability to function when SLE is active and they are helpful when internal organs are involved. They can be delivered in a number of forms but they have some serious side effects in long-term use at high doses. Thinning skin and bones, weight gain, infections, diabetes, facial puffiness, cataracts and even death (necrosis) of large joints are also possible. There is a wide variety of types of drugs used to treat mild to severe cases of SLE.

Symptoms of Early Menopause

Lupus and early menopause have some common symptoms. Sleep problems, heart palpitations, headaches and hot flashes that can occur in lupus and the patient not are menopausal. Irregular periods and bleeding are classic signs of beginning menopause. If you are a woman with lupus menstruation can continue but as has been mentioned become irregular and cease altogether catapulting you into early menopause. Other symptoms of it include appetite changes, weight gain, body aches, and mood swings all of which can also occur in lupus.

Early menopause in lupus can occur as a result of the disease itself. It can also be a result of the medications used to treat lupus. It can also be a result of heredity as opposed the disease or treatments of the disease.

Treatment of these symptoms can be HRT- hormone replacement therapy, anti-depressants, and anti-inflammatories. These treatments can have some very serious side effects such as increased risk for heart attack and some cancers. Most women seek to avoid these side effects and turn to natural treatments such as herbal supplementation.

Herbal supplements may also include vitamins such as B-complex and C vitamins and minerals such as magnesium and zinc. In order to get the highest quality supplement there should be no fillers or preservatives. The ingredients will have had the molecular path tested at the molecular level and their interactions evaluated as well. Only standardized herbal extracts are used and they are made to meet pharmaceutical grade standards. This all helps to guarantee top quality and consistent dosing from capsule to capsule.

Conclusion

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can attack the skin discoid lupus erythematosus and systemic lupus erythematosus that affects the joints and internal organs. It is a connective tissue disease. Either the disease itself or the medications that are used to treat lupus can put a woman into early menopause. A doctor’s examination will help to determine the best course of treatment including the possible benefits of herbal supplementation.

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How to Increase Your Male Libido Naturally

To increase male libido naturally, you should try the supplements outlined here – not only will they increase male libido they will also make you feel happier and healthier.

So here are the best supplements for increasing male libido:

· L argentine

This nutrient is highly important for peak sexual performance. In fact, it is probably the most effective natural supplement for increasing male libido.

Current studies support the use of argentine supplements to ensure that nitric oxide secretion is sufficient to keep blood flowing to the penis.

Nitric oxide insufficiency can stop the penis from becoming erect, as it relaxes smooth muscles in the penis during sexual stimulation, allowing increased blood flow to the penis – so it’s needed to produce and sustain an erection.

A study published in 1994 showed an 80 percent improvement in the erectile function of men given 2.8 grams of argentine a day for two weeks.

· L Tyrosine

Supports and assists neurotransmitters in the brain. Reduced levels of L-Tyrosine are present when your body’s under stress, aged, or tired.

L-Tyrosine supplementation helps reduce stress, improves mental alertness, and enhances mood, which in many instances manifests itself in increased male libido.

· Gingko Bilbao

Used to improve blood flow around the body, and functions as an anti-oxidant in the body.

Ginkgo is a standard herbal remedy for male sexual dysfunction and increasing male libido, due to its affect on blood circulation.

· Ginseng

Korean Ginseng – used in China as a sexual balancer and revitalizing tonic for over 7000 years – an adaptogen, and believed to help maintain balance in the body and help the body adapt to stress.

Korean Ginseng is widely known for its ability to boost energy (including sex drive) and support the immune system.

As an adaptogen, it also helps you adapt to physical or emotional stress and fatigue.

Ginseng also has a normalizing effect on hormone imbalances, and boosts metabolic rate, as well as improving blood flow to the genitals.

· Selenium

Selenium – believed to be good for sperm production and mobility – nearly 50% of the selenium in a man is in the testes and seminal ducts; men lose selenium in their semen.

Getting enough selenium is therefore vital for peak sexual performance and male libido.

· Zinc

Zinc is required for the production of testosterone, and the zinc content of the prostate gland and sperm, is higher than in any other body tissues.

A deficiency of zinc is associated with numerous sexual problems, including sperm abnormalities and prostate disease.

Zinc not only helps produce testosterone, but also helps to maintain semen volume and adequate levels of testosterone, therefore maintaining sex drive and keeping sperm healthy.

· Magnesium

Magnesium is a trace mineral that is important for the production of sex hormones such as androgen, estrogen and neurotransmitters that modulate the sex drive – such as dopamine and nor epinephrine.

· Essential Vitamins

Vitamin A

Helps regulate the synthesis of the sex hormone progesterone.

Vitamin B1

Thiamine (B1) is essential for optimal nerve transmission and energy production throughout the body – which means it’s essential for sex.

Vitamin C

Participates in the synthesis of hormones that are involved in sex and fertility: androgen, estrogen and progesterone

Vitamin E

Often referred to as the sex vitamin, is a powerful anti-aging antioxidant that protects cell membranes from free-radical damage.

Vitamin E is also required for the synthesis of hormones, and hormone like substances known as prostaglandin.

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And1 the Professor, Or How to Increase Vertical Jump

In case you didn’t know – the skinny 5’10” guy from the And1 streetball squad called The Professor who is well known for his outstanding ball handling actually can dunk! And right, he is white!

As many outstanding ball players Grayson Boucher aka The Professor has a fix workout he sticks to.

“Everday I’m in the gym for a minimum of 2 hours. I’ve been getting up at 5am everyday lately knocking my basketball workouts out early in the morning. Then I run 2 miles and lift for about an hour. Too me, whatever you put into working on your game is what you get out of it. Its all about your time investment and dedication. When I go to the gym its not going to ever be some sweet ass workout. You can’t just go to the gym and shoot around casually and expect to improve. I get up at least 500 every time I’m in there and go hard with full court dribbling drills, then end the workout with some free throws. When I run 2 miles I try and keep one hard pace the whole time. Right now I get in 2 miles at 1330, which is tough to get done every morning, but when you start seeing results you begin to like it and go harder. I used to lift for bulk and got heavy at one point and found that quickness is more important for me then bulk weight. This year I’m concentrating on working my legs harder then I ever have before, because my goal for this upcoming season is to dunk on the regular.” – The Professor

In case you ask yourself which exercises will make your legs stronger, here are a couple:

Jump rope:

Almost every NBA player uses this “old” exercise. Jumping rope is a great way to build stamina, and work on your leg strength. In addition, it builds jumping ability (explosiveness, calf strength, etc.).

Wall sits and squats:

These exercises will help you build leg strength, which is a key component of athletic fitness, and therefore jumping ability. Remember to only use a weight that is comfortable for you, and to always have a trainer or training partner work out with you.

But remember that vertical leap is part leg strength and part explosiveness. And the explosiveness part is the more important of the two. Just like The Professor said it, it’s not about the size of your leg muscles, or how much weight you can put up in the gym. It’s about your athletic ability, coordination, and your ability to explode up and off the ground.

If you seriously want to improve your vertical and look for concrete exercises, I highly recommend The Jump Manual:

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Is Pruvit The Best Weight Loss Program?

Pruvit, is a diet supplement manufactured and distributed exclusively via network marketing, by KetoOS. The product claims to be a new and scientifically based way of producing ketones in the body, which is believed to assist in healthy loss of excess weight. The product can be purchased in a range of sizes and prices, including a caffeine-free version: thirty servings of “on the go,” in a package which is $160. It is also available in canister form for $144. You’ll be offered a lower price if you enroll with a monthly autoship, with thirty “On the go” servings at $144 and the canister at $133. The best bargain would seem to be the VIP package, which gives you 30 servings in a canister and 45 “on the go” for a total of $350.

How Does It Work?

The goal of Pruvit’s products is to start the process of ketosis inside of your body through the use of ketones derived from outside (the body) sources, instead of having to try to achieve that state yourself, by consuming a very low carbohydrate diet. Pruvit comes in the form of a drink mix so that it may be easily mixed with water.

Pruvit Keto-OS Ingredients

Though the amounts of the various ingredients in Pruvit are not made readily available, their website lists the key active ingredient as Beta Hydroxybutyrate, a substance produced by the body and is classified as a ketone body. This substance is naturally produced by the body during ketosis. The premise is that is that by consuming it directly, your body will enter ketosis state more easily, and you will reap the benefits. Putting the body is in a continuous state of ketosis can be dangerous, over a substantial period of time, because ketone bodies are acidic and can cause a condition called ketoacidosis. But so far, there have been no documented side effects from the product. Pruvit also contains vitamins and minerals, Stevia powder, and caffeine, in some of the versions. The exact amount of these ingredients are not listed. Their website describes some studies on the benefits of ketosis. There is currently no clear research on this product.

Pros

  1. Pruvit comes in a range of sizes.
  2. Drink mixes are generally easy to take.
  3. Autoships may be a convenient option.
  4. Stevia is a natural sweetener.
  5. Both the caffeine and caffeine-free versions are priced the same.
  6. It comes with a 90-day, money-back, return policy.

Cons

  1. The product is fairly high priced.
  2. There is currently no clinical research provided regarding the product’s formula

Key Features

This product has the goal of keeping the body in a state of ketosis to stimulate weight loss without having to eat a low-carb diet.

The manufacturers recommend it be taken along with a low carb diet.

Pruvit Side Effects

To date, there have not been documented side effects from this product, when it is used correctly. The manufacturers recommend that you consult your doctor if you have a history of kidney stones or a sensitivity to salts.

Amount

The manufacturers recommend easing into taking Pruvit, with a goal of taking one “serving” three times per day.

Conclusion

Pruvit seems to be based in some clinically backed physiology. It comes in various sizes. They have a good money-back guarantee. However, there is no clinical studies citing their specific formula. Their price is fairly high.

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Revive Your Weave With Apple Cider Vinegar

We all know that apple cider vinegar has many remedies. If you’ve spent any time online, I’m sure you’ve come across the main uses from curing ailments to removing stains. What you may not know is that you can revive your weave with apple cider vinegar.

The key element in using apple cider vinegar (ACV) is it restores the pH balance that often gets out of whack in your hair when using chemicals and heating appliances. When this happens, you can bet your hair will go from fabulous to frightful in no time at all. Dull and frizzy, flat and matted – just plain messy and a horrible sight.

So how does ACV work on weaves you ask? Well, when you purchase high quality virgin hair the cuticles are intact and fully sealed. No chemicals have been used so the hair is nearly perfect. However, as soon as you start using shampoo, coloring, hot curlers, combs, and other chemicals and tools, the cuticles will begin to strip down until you have unmanageable hair that’s just sitting on top of your hair.

I’m sure you’ve been there – standing in the mirror with your weave looking a hot mess. It feels like you have a couple of inches of new growth, but it’s a weave. No girl, it shouldn’t be that way, so let me tell you how to fix it.

You see, ACV helps reseal the cuticles of your hair because the pH balance is lower than the pH balance in the weave. Using ACV and rinsing sort of brings the pH balance back to its normal level, thus rejuvenating your hair.

So how much apple cider vinegar do you need? Well, it is recommended you use three parts water to one part apple cider vinegar. Put hair in a large bowl and leave the hair in for.75 min. to one hour. If your hair is on your head, put it on and put a cap on top for the same amount of time.

When the time is up, rinse the ACV out and use a deep conditioner. Conditioning the hair plays a big role in the final outcome so please do not try to cut corners. A little time will save you the cost of buying new bundles, at least for this time.

When you’re done, you will find your hair is sleek, slick, and beautiful just like when you first got it.

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9 Natural Tips to Win the Battle With Anxiety and Restore Emotional Health (From a Holistic Nurse) – The Purple Society

1. Probiotics. Probiotics. Probiotics. If you aren’t taking one. Start! Gut bacteria has a powerful influence on anxiety and emotional health. More than 80% of the body’s serotonin is produced in the gut. The important thing to remember is to only purchase a high quality probiotic, preferably from a medical provider. Not all probiotics are created equally.

2. Meditation. I know, it’s trendy, all over social media, and you’ve heard it a million times. “But it’s boring! And I barely have time to pee, how do I fit in meditating?” Until you start meditating every day, you can’t comprehend the powerful physical and emotional effects it produces. Consistency is key when it comes to meditation. Meditate every day for 10 minutes. After one month (probably less) you’ll feel a significant difference, you’ll experience decreasing episodes of anxiety. And after one month (probably less), it no longer seems boring and actually becomes an essential respite.

3. Acupuncture. Medical research clearly demonstrates that acupuncture has a dramatic impact on emotional health. It can be a godsend for people with severe anxiety. If you are suffering, try it. The effects are amazing and it certainly can’t hurt. If you have anxiety about needles (like me!), find a therapist you are comfortable with, and have someone go with you to hold your hand (I made my mom come, not even kidding).

4. EFT. The emotional freedom technique was developed by a modern psychologist and functions under the same principles as Chinese Acupressure. It’s easy to learn, you can do it anywhere and best of all its free! My 8-year old uses this technique frequently.

5. Essential Oils. Lavender, Chamomile are my go to soothers but there are quite a few different essential oils that have an anti-anxiety effect.

6. Exercise. Especially Yoga. Yoga grounds, centers, and calms both the mind and body. But any exercise is extremely beneficial. Before my injury, I was an avid runner. Running had a profound effect on my emotional health. Research has repeatedly linked increased exercise to decreased anxiety.

7. Chanting. OK, I don’t mean to go all new-age, hippie on you. But there is some science supporting the benefits of chanting. The act of chanting, causes your tongue to stimulate meridian points on the roof of your mouth which has a physical effect. Meridian points are the energy channels accessed during acupuncture/acupressure. My personal experience with Kundalini Yoga illustrated that chanting does calm the mind.

8. Nutrition. Ditch the sugar and processed flours. It shoots your blood sugar up and then you crash. This roller coaster wreaks havoc on your hormones, falsely calming you and then shooting up your anxiety. Artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives do even worse damage. Studies have shown a direct connection to ADHD, ADD, hyperactivity, and anxiety. (Not to mention consuming sugar, processed flours, artificial colors & flavors increase your risk for many diseases.) Stay away from processed foods. Switch to whole grains. Sweeten with honey, agave or turbinado sugar.

9. Caffeine. Quit drinking coffee. For many people this is the most difficult option on the list. Caffeine is truly an addiction. You may not want to admit it but deep down you probably already know the connection caffeine has to your anxiety. Once you stop drinking coffee, you’ll wonder why you ever drank it at all. Switch to green tea. It will give you a delicate boost of caffeine and loads of antioxidants as well.

Anxiety impacts every area of life. Please speak with your medical provider, even if you choose to address your anxiety naturally before trying pharmaceuticals, you should do it with guidance. I hope you find solace and emotional health.

by Jessie Gill

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