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Monthly Archives: December 2017

Spot a Quality Heel

WEAR YOUR real SHOE SIZE
If you are an 8 ½, wear an 8 ½, and not an 8. Don’t focus on the number think about how you would look after a couple of hours in that too small shoe. Your face would be a lot happier if your feet were. Get your size! Plus you won’t have to stretch them out which extends the life of your shoe also.

LOOK AT HOW THE SOLE IS ATTACHED TO THE SHOE.
If the sole is stitched on, make sure the stitches are even and look secure. If it’s glued on, check to make sure that there is no space around the edges where the sole could start to peel off. You want a bottom that’s seamless and isn’t going anywhere.

More expensive shoes are usually sewn to the sole, hand-stitching, or more likely machine stitching is more time consuming.

PAY ATTENTION TO THE LINING.
In high-quality shoes, the insole lining is usually made of leather, not a synthetic material, and goes all the way around the inside of the shoe. If the shoe only has padding on the bottom but not the sides (that’s where people get confused on stretching their shoes if it doesn’t have a full leather insole it’s not going anywhere).

MATERIAL MATTERS.
The leather is the most popular material for high heels. Make sure that you buy shoes that aren’t made out of synthetic fibers like nylon or plastic. These will be extremely uncomfortable after a few wears, and won’t last nearly as long.

Make Hair Grow Back

Hibiscus Flowers for Hair Fall

Hibiscus flower is the great remedy for hair fall issue; it is rich in vitamin C, phosphorous, riboflavin, and calcium which decrease the hair loss. Take 150-200 ml of coconut oil and crush the petals of 3-4 hibiscus flowers and add into the oil, heat the oil until the quantity becomes half. Cool the oil and use this as a conditioner. Apply the infused oil 2-3 times in the week for effective results.

Eggs Reduce Hair Fall

An egg is the power pack of multiple nutrients such as proteins, minerals, and B-complex vitamins that are essential for healthy hair growth. Egg yolks are rich in lutein, which hydrate your hair and improve its elasticity and protect from damage. Take 1 whole egg and 2 teaspoons of Aloe Vera gel; whisk the ingredients in a bowl to get a smooth mixture and then apply to head gently. Leave it for 30-45 mins and then wash with normal water.

Apple Cider Vinegar Acts as Antimicrobial

The acetic acid in ACV makes it a potent antimicrobial agent. Microbial infection is the common underlying cause of dandruff which causes hair fall. ACV stimulates better blood circulation to the hair follicles that is vital for encouraging hair growth and preventing hair loss. It strengthens the roots and promotes growth. Dilute the ACV with water, massage your scalp with the diluted ACV, cover the head with a wet towel and leave it for 15-20 mins. Then rinse with normal water.

Curry Leaf for Hair Fall Control and Hair Regrowth

Curry leaf is rich in antioxidants that moisturize the hairs and prevent hair loss and thinning. It helps to strengthen follicles and keep them healthy. Take a handful of curry leaves and blend into a blender until you get a paste. Add 2 teaspoon of curry leaf into thick curd, mix these two ingredients until they form a paste of smooth consistency. Apply the paste to your scalp and hair. Ensure that all of your hair is covered in it from the roots to the tips. Leave it on for 30 minutes and wash it off with shampoo.

Follow Healthy Lifestyle

Include more of green leafy veggies and fruits, drink lots of water which flushes out the toxins. Practicing meditation and yoga reduce the mental stress and balance the hormone functions

Comfy Feet

Brazilians value their foot health, and they treat their feet with the utmost care. Although every culture is different, some of the most serious side effects of bad health are neglected feet. For example, in diabetes, we check feet on every exam. This is because the first signs of complications from diabetes can often be seen in feet. What are your feet telling you about your health? Go ahead and buy those shoes that give them the extra comfort they need. Who knows, maybe that will help you be as active is you want to be as well. Here are some pointers on picking the right shoes, directly from Harvard:

Shop for shoes in the afternoon, as your feet expand throughout the day.
Wear socks that you would normally wear.
Walk in the shoes before purchasing, and trust your own comfort fit more than size!

As I think about the past 10 years in medical missions, I think the best stories are of being able to give someone the gift of new shoes. For many of us it’s easy to take for granted that we can have the right shoes we need. But, this is definitely a luxury in many parts of the world.

I think particularly of a woman I met in Africa, who walked five miles every day to work. Her feet looked so worn and tired, and all she had to wear were flip flops. Once I realized we wore the same size, I gave her my favorite running shoes that I was wearing that day. The colors looked so cheery on her feet, and definitely gave her an extra bounce as she walked the dirt road home. The look of relief on her face was priceless when I handed her those shoes. She could now walk to work with shoes that supported her. As I watched her step turn into a bounce, I was reminded how easy it is to take something as simple as good shoes for granted.

Body and Soul

The correlation between body and mind belongs to the main pillars of alternative medicine. Theoretically, if we resolve the problem residing in our soul, that psychological issue that forces us to eat abnormal doses of unhealthy food, we should be able to change our eating habits once forever with a smile – and be happier, healthier and more satisfied with ourselves.

What kind of psychological issue are we talking about? Well, it probably varies from person to person. Everybody has a unique personality and unique life journey. We can just try to have a closer look at five most common categories.

FILLING THE EMPTINESS

If we consider the food to be a drug that substitutes something we are missing in our life we can compare it to the classic drug addict problem. Instead of seeing exciting points of life and focusing on relationships, carrier or hobbies, drug addicts put themselves under an exciting feeling the drug brings them, escaping from daily routine, escaping from responsibility to solve problems, escaping from real life. We sometimes hear overweight people complaining: “This skinny woman tells me she forgot to eat. How can you forget something like that? I forget my phone at home, I forget to organize a meeting, but I would never ever forget to have my meal!”

But it is not actually that difficult to forget to eat if you are busy with something that really overwhelms your mind. If you focus on something that keeps your brain occupied, if you are doing something you believe it’s worth doing. At that moment you naturally don’t think about food… until your stomach makes you realize you are seriously hungry.

In other words, you need to discover an activity that will help you to fill the life with something more meaningful than just burger and chips.

STRESS RELIEVE

Take the opposite extreme – if you are busy TOO MUCH but your activities are not making you happy at all. You don’t follow your daily routine with passion, you just do things because you HAVE TO. They chase you at work to your limits, you have never break, you are starving but no time to eat, then it’s still shopping, screaming kids, demanding husband/wife and when it’s finally quiet and everybody is sleeping, you watch your favorite TV show till one o’clock… and here comes your time. To calm down and relax, to forget there is another morning coming, you attack the fridge in attempt to get all the stress off your shoulders and to feel satisfied at least for that half an hour.

Here we need to look for the stress factors that are causing your overall frustration. Changes will be needed in your every day life. You will have to learn how to satisfy other needs and desires, apart of the stomach ones.

LACK OF CARE

Alternative medicine usually claims it is a certain emotional problem that’s causing obesity. For more detailed explanation we will have to make a little journey into the deepest layer of our psyche and try to figure out the meaning of “food” in the archetypal symbolism.

Everybody needs to eat in order to survive, therefore “food” is a significant part of collective Unconscious, an archetype every single person alive needs to deal with.

We receive the first food just after we are born – it is usually our mother who supplies us with the very first feed. The taste of the first food comes along with the first mother’s touch and it takes an essential role in creating bond. The silent message of every nurturing mother can be basically expressed as: “I love you, I take care of you, I feed you.” The duty to prepare the food for the family was traditionally assigned to the mother – in traditional society the father had to make sure there was enough money to obtain groceries but the mother was the one who physically cooked the meal and served it on the family table. Is it just coincidence that our western population became so obese in decades when women started working full time, concentrating on their carrier and losing time to plan a proper family menu?

And it can’t be just the plain replacement of home made meal with fast food – one slice of pizza or one burger won’t make you fat. The weight gets picked up with overfeeding and addiction to junk food. Why do we have such a need to eat, eat and eat like if our stomach got never satisfied with its content? Well, maybe because our body is not satisfied with the nature of the food we are accepting – and that’s why we still stay “hungry”.

There is something about making food. Specially, there is something about making food FOR SOMEONE. Many people would say: “If I am at home alone, I don’t cook. Why should I cook for myself?” When your family leaves for a weekend and you have to stay at home alone, you will probably open a can of baked beans, toast two slices of bread and you are done. But if you are preparing meal for your loved ones or for friends that come to visit you play with the food way more – to make sure they enjoy it. And what can give a chef bigger pleasure than watching people enjoying his meal? The message “I made a nice meal for you because I like you and I care about you” is still there, although we don’t realize it. If we cook with love and our food is accepted with joy we are exchanging important feelings and strengthening bond between each other.

If the bond gets holes and starts breaking up our subconscious believes we can repair it with eating. But in fact, we are not hungry for food. We are hungry for that emotional connection we are missing in our relationships.