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Breast Cancer Early Detection

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While it's important to know the status of your breast health year round, you can start practicing these 3 steps of early detection today. Early detection or finding cancer before it spreads to other parts of the body provides the greatest outcomes of successful breast cancer treatment. The first step of early detection according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation is Breast Self-Awareness. Breast Self-Awareness Breast Self-Awareness is familiarizing yourself with how your breasts normally look and feel. Knowing this will help you identify any potentially alarming changes. Changes to look for include: A lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm area A change in the size or shape of the breast Dimpling or puckering in...

Carrot Salad

If you’re looking for a healthy and delicious carrot salad recipe, look no further! Carrots are a great source of Beta Carotene and are naturally sweet. Try this awesome recipe and most importantly, ENJOY!! INGREDIENTS: 1 bag (10oz ) or 4 cups shredded or matchstick-cut carrots 1/2 cup raisins 2 medium green onions (thinly sliced) 1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise 2 tablespoons orange juice Sea salt to taste DIRECTIONS: In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients. Cover refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving COOKS NOTES: You can add a little sugar If you like it sweeter. This is great for a low-fat snack. I used tricolor carrots in this recipe but regular shredded orange carrots are fine.   #WhatsCookinKJ...

Fabulous Faux Locs

Angel Strong is in our #fabuloushairfriday spotlight this week with her edgy and fun hairstyle. Always one to amaze with a fabulous hairstyle, Angel was looking for a switch up and decided to go with faux locs. "It's low maintenance and I love the hippie vibes," she says. There are many techniques to achieve this look including twisting and box braiding however, Angel took the quicker and easier route of crocheting her faux locs. She first had her hair braided back in straight cornrows and installed the locs herself. She used roughly 6 packs of Bobbi Boss Bomba Faux Locs Dread. Next she shares, "I used a crochet needle and took one loc at a time and looped it through the braid then made a knot to...

Healthy Post-Workout Habits

Hydration and nutrition are key healthy post workout habits. If you skip too many post-workout snacks you could wind up further from your goals. If you're not eating after your workout you may be sabotaging your goals. Experts find replenishing the body with what's its lost through lifting heavy weights and sweating brings positive health benefits. Because exercise uses up your body's available energy it should be refueled within 30 minutes of your workout. Food contains electrolytes, the necessary minerals needed to keep muscle nerves firing correctly. Carbs and protein will restore your energy and repair micro damage done to your muscles during exercise. If you've had a particularly sweaty workout replacing calcium, salt and potassium is very important. The most important thing to replace in your...

Eat Your Way to Healthy Hair

5 foods for longer, stronger hair! We already know that drinking water has tremendous healthy hair benefits but what about foods? There are in fact foods that can be eaten to strengthen, shine and make your hair, nails and skin look amazing. Here's a list of 5 healthy hair foods to eat for luscious locks. Salmon is packed with omega-3 fatty acids that increase hair growth and keep your hair shiny and full. Greek Yogurt contains vitamin B5 that helps the blood flow to your scalp which increases hair growth, prevents hair loss and hair thinning. Spinach also helps prevent hair breakage and keeps hair moisturized as it contains a ton of vitamin A and C, Iron, Folate and Beta Carotene. Guava contains loads of vitamin C and minimizes hair breakage. ...

Curl Defined Wash-N-Go

Audry Phillips’ curl defined wash-n-go lands her in our #fabuloushairfriday spotlight! The naturalista shares how she accomplished her look. If you’re a naturalista or an aspiring naturalista then you know that a wash-n-go requires a lot more than just washing your hair and going. Audry shares her process for achieving her defined hairstyle. “Like most naturals, I have what seems like a million products and [for this look] I honestly grabbed what was available,” she shares. “I started with Garnier Fructis Hydra Recharge shampoo and clarified my hair, using only my fingers to comb through. Then, using the same brand conditioner, I conditioned my hair, finger combed, and rinsed it out.  Next, I put in another round of conditioner and left it in my hair. Immediately after,...

How Reality Star Princess Love Dropped 40 Pounds

When you dedicate yourself to a healthier lifestyle the transformation is phenomenal. Learn the simple changes Princess Love made that resulted in 40 pounds of weight loss in 7 months This week’s #wcw goes to the beautiful Princess Love. We all know her as one of the leading ladies from the hit reality show Love and Hip Hop Hollywood, but these days she is adding the title of “wife” to her resume. She recently married her longtime flame Ray J. While engaged she adopted a new healthy lifestyle that lead to a 40-pound transformation. Princess went from a whopping 163lbs to 123lbs in 7 months. Love took to social media to discuss her weight loss stating that she has a vegan diet regimen and eliminated alcohol consumption...

5 Flat Tummy Foods

It's the old adage we've all heard over and over, "abs are made in the kitchen". Here's a list of 5 foods to get you closer to a 6 pack. Experts agree, a healthy diet is the fastest way to flat abs. You can do 1,000 ab exercises a day, but if you're consuming too many calories or the wrong foods your washboard abs will not be poppin'. Here's a list of 5 foods to get you to your dream mid-section. Plain Yogurt - The probiotic bacteria in most yogurts help keep your digestive system healthy, which translates into a lower incidence of gas, bloating, and constipation, which can keep your tummy looking flat. Hemp Seeds - Hemp seeds, or other sources of clean protein are...

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Healthy Roots are KEY for Healthy Hair Growth!

Dr. Mac is back! This week she’s talking hair roots, explaining some causes of hair loss and what you can do to reverse them. Your hair root/follicle is the most important part of your hair. If your hair roots become damaged or degenerated, there is subsequently no hair that can grow from that area. There are three individual strands that grow per hair root. So just think, every time you lose a hair root, regardless of the underlying reason, that is three strands of hair that are missing. Until your roots become healthy and revitalized from within, they don’t have the potential of growing the hair back. Through further research as a hair expert dermatologists, we have discovered certain key nutrients that work synergistically inside your...

Dive Into Fibromyalgia Pain Relief

If you suffer from fibromyalgia pain, relief is a welcomed luxury. Researchers have found that hopping in the pool can cut your pain intensity in half. Few diseases bring as much generalized pain, fatigue and frustration as fibromyalgia. Luckily, relief can be as close as the nearest pool. Swimming has been linked to improving fibromyalgia symptoms such as pain and quality of life. Researchers found swimming for 50 minutes three times a week can decrease pain intensity by 50% and increase your mental health and social interaction. The same study found that walking for the same amount of time also provides fibromyalgia pain relief. Swimming however is the preferable choice as those walking through their symptoms reported knee problems. As the quest for fibromyalgia treatment continues, pain...