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Author: Dominique Bynum

5 Tips on Caring for Your Natural Hair!

Beautiful ladies! It’s about time we talk about our hair. I’ve been natural my entire life, but I went through an unhealthy phase where my hair was over manipulated and I had used way too much heat. With that said, I have a few tips for you to not only get your natural hair further along into your journey but also to look cute while doing it! Jamaican Black Castor Oil! Can you say “YASSSS.” This stuff worked wonders for my hair! Because of my continued use of an abundance of heat, my curl pattern was lost, my length was dwindling, and my thickness was nowhere to be found. I started using Jamaican Black Castor Oil in my scalp and roots and saw a dramatic change. It strengthens...

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Does Anxiety Affect Your Heart?

Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress. Although this is natural, many people are subjected to an anxiety disorder which refers to specific psychiatric disorders that involve extreme fear or worry. There are a lot of people who don’t understand anxiety or the many effects it has on a person’s overall health. Some Types of Anxiety Disorders Social Anxiety Disorder: heightened or extreme fear of judgment from others in a social setting.Panic Disorder: suffering from panic attacks or fear of the next panic attack.Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): a condition of anxiety following or triggered by a traumatic event. Some Symptoms of Anxiety Increased Heart RateIncreased Blood PressureDifficulty ConcentratingInsomnia Anxiety on the Heart Anxiety can be so intense, in some cases, that it speeds up the heart rate to...

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Is Sugar or Salt Worse for Your Heart?

I love a sugary treat, but I also love something with a little salt to it. Unhealthy diets tend to lead us to places we dread being, such as having high blood pressure. So, what's worse for our heart? Is it the salt or is it the sugar? Sodium is a necessary nutrient for the body. The daily recommended amount is 2,300 mg of sodium. Studies have shown that a large percentage of people consume way more sodium than we should and that those with low sodium diets generally have lower blood pressures. But evidence has emerged to suggest that salt is not the only reason for high blood pressure. There is a very big difference between natural sugars and added sugars. For example, fruits have...

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I Love My Color, but I Want to Love My Skin!

As I was growing up I noticed that not only did I generally have the darkest skin in social groups but in my family I did as well. My father drilled into my head that my color is beautiful and I should always love it, and I do. There was a difference, however, between loving my color and loving my skin. The skin is the largest organ of your body and undergoes a lot. People don’t generally think about the harm that they do to their skin either by not taking care of it or by doing the wrong things to take care of it. People of color, for example, are affected by eczema more so than Caucasians and don’t know how to help it....

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My Top 5 Carb Substitutes!

I know my body and I know that too many carbs does nothing positive for me. The problem is that so much of what I eat and love to eat has a large amount of carbs. I love rice, bread, pasta, mashed potatoes; you name it I probably love it. If you’re like me and need some help look no further. Here are a few of my favorite carb substitutes! Veggie Noodles I told you I love pasta, but at one point I tried to completely give it up because of the carbs. Thank goodness for my sister because she found noodles made entirely from vegetables. It tastes the same and is a lot healthier. Portobello Mushrooms I was so nervous about trying this one for the first...

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Healthier Valentine’s Day with Sweet Substitutes!

Associated with Valentine’s Day is obvious…. CHOCOLATE! A box of chocolate or a big Hershey’s Kiss always seems to make a Valentine’s Day gift feel complete. For those of us trying to live healthier, I have a few Valentine’s Day sweet substitutes that we can try this year! Dark Chocolate Covered Fruit! I don’t know too many people who don’t like chocolate covered strawberries. This year, why not try dark chocolate covered strawberries? Dark chocolate is healthier than milk chocolate and still tastes really good. This option is not limited to strawberries. You can try it on any kind of fruit you like! Yasso: Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars! Sometimes ice cream is all it takes to fill that sweet void, but afterward, we are left with guilt. This time,...

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Do You Have Space For Love?

It’s the month we’ve deemed, the month of love. We talked about falling in love with ourselves and now we are going to talk about something a little different. Often times we, as women, gripe and groan about not having someone to love. However, the real question is do you even have the space for love? Here are three things you must first observe … about YOURSELF! Attitude How is your attitude? Have you been watching it? Healthy relationships can’t bud if people don’t want to talk to you! I know I have this face. My regular, not thinking about anything, face is not the most pleasant to look at. A lot of people have said that I look mad. After a while, I realized that I needed...

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How the Keto Lifestyle Affects Heart Health

What’s the correlation between Keto & Heart Health? Do you remember when we talked about the ketogenic diet vs. the paleolithic diet? Well it’s coming full circle, sis! The last time we talked about it, I left it up for you to decide whether or not you thought the ketogenic diet or the paleolithic diet was the best for you. Now I’m going to tell you a few effects that the ketogenic diet actually has on heart health. Keto On The Heart The keto diet has introduced a lot of the foods people have been told not to eat back into their diets. Animal products and saturated fats make up the majority of a general ketogenic diet and therefore can cause LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol...

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How Water Fasting Affects Heart Health

There are so many people who carry out fasts for religious or spiritual reasons, for detoxing purposes, and more. I, myself, have carried out the water fast on two occasions when I was in high school. I thought it was the obvious way to shed an abundance of weight because I wouldn’t be consuming any sugars, starches, or carbs. Years later, I wonder what I was possibly risking with my health. What is the Water Fast? Water fasting is the act of fasting all foods and only consuming water. Many people water fast to lose weight or for its health benefits. It is advised that the water fast exceeds no more than 72 hours at a time, however doing so for a longer time should not be...

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How To Fall In Love With Yourself

Valentine’s Day approaches and some of us don’t have any plans. The holiday of love reminds so many women of the fact that they are “without love” but hopefully this year will be a lot different. This Valentine’s Day it’s time to fall in love with yourself! Alone Time: You’re probably thinking “Why on earth would I choose to be alone?” Here’s why. Every relationship requires effort and quality time, so why don’t you have that with yourself? Take some time to get to know yourself and start to enjoy your own company. Get to Know Yourself: As many years as we have alive, very often we think we know who we are and rely on the perceptions of others to alter our own perceptions of ourselves....

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