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4 Healthy Habits to Stop Now!

When it comes to healthy living we want to work towards our goals. Being overzealous may seem like it will get you to the finish line first however we've found some healthy habits that actually work against you. Have you ever set the mantra "go hard or go home"? It turns out, doing the most has its downside. Here are 4 "healthy habits" that are actually sabotaging your health and wellness goals. Too Much Exercise How long are your sweat sessions? Too much exercise can result in the production of too many free radicals (cells that cause everything from cancer to heart disease) and lead to damage of our muscle cells and cause fatigue. Professionals recommend 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week equal to 30 minutes 5...

Coming CLEAN About What You Eat

Dr. Jamie Hardy breaks down clean eating and provides tips for cleaning up your diet. Have you tried every diet and get skinny quick program known to man but failed to lose the weight and then keep it off?  Are you disappointed with the way you look and feel?  I have heard those same frustrations and concerns from thousands of individuals during my 12-year career as a clinical pharmacist.  Let me be clear.  There is no magic pill, secret potion, or special drink that will instantly transform your body and overall heath.   Transformation is accomplished by making deliberate and consistent changes in your lifestyle. Clean eating creates the foundation for staying fit and fabulous during your fast paced life. You may be wondering what the heck is...

Drinking Water for Healthy Hair

The answer to your hair goal dreams is as close as the palm of your hand. Drinking a sufficient amount of water is the most effective way to stimulate efficient, healthy hair growth. Throughout our lives we've heard about the importance of drinking water for our health. Our bodies are made up of 50-65% water so replenishing it is imperative. So, what additional reasons do we need to wean off coffee, soft drinks etc.? How about healthy hair benefits? Ding, ding, ding - jackpot! To help you put down the pop, we've put together a list of benefits drinking water has for your hair. Water supports vitamin intake and assists in healthy hair growth. Water makes up almost 25% of the weight of a hair strand. Hair grows...

Body Weight and Cancer Risk

A revolutionary study takes a look at the effects of a woman's weight and her risk for cancer. Big boned? BBW? Pleasantly Plump? If these adjectives describe your body type, listen up! It's time to transform your lifestyle and shed excess weight. New research shows as the pounds drop off, so does your risk for certain cancers! The study was conducted to determine a woman's duration of obesity with her incidence of breast cancer or endometrial cancer. Here's what they found: For every 10 years of being overweight, the risk of developing obesity-related cancers increased by seven percent. The postmenopausal breast cancer risk rose by five percent for every 10 years of being overweight and the risk of developing endometrial cancer jumped by 17 percent. With these...

#FABULOUSHAIRFRIDAYS: The Switch Up!

Lisa Campbell is in our #FabulousHairFriday spotlight this week. She tells us how she accomplishes her various looks all while keeping her hair healthy. When it comes to hair Lisa loves the versatility of a good weave. "Change goes without being said for a shapeshifter [laughs]. I get bored with my hair looking the same month after month. About every 6 months I'm ready for a new look. Weave allows me to change my color while keeping my hair underneath healthy." Lisa's gets her hair relaxed every two or three months. Her exposed hair, or the hair that shows in her styles, is dyed blonde. "In reality if you would like to change the color of your hair (especially on relaxed hair), I highly recommend a professional be...

5 Activities for Fit Families

Healthy living should be a priority for the whole family. Proper Fitness and nutrition have been proven effective in preventing a wide range of chronic illnesses. Try Incorporating these fun physical activities to help protect your family. We're not the only ones who need to maintain active, healthy lifestyles. Our children reap the same benefits of healthy living as we do. In fact, it's recommended that children engage in 60 minutes of physical activity a day - a whole half our more than the recommendation for adults. If you want your child's activity level to exceed his or her school physical education class, make it a family affair. incorporate some fitness fun into your household's routine. Here are some family activity ideas from Michelle Obama's Let's Move!...

Cucumber Salad with Dill and Lemon Dressing

This is the perfect quick and light salad for the summer and a great dish to take to a cookout.  ENJOY!! INGREDIENTS: 1 English cucumber (sliced) 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1-2 Tablespoon olive oil or grapeseed oil 1 Tablespoon fresh dill (chopped) 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1-2 teaspoons of cane sugar of agave nectar Sea salt and pepper (to taste) DIRECTIONS: In a medium bowl, toss together cucumber, oil, vinegar, dill, lemon juice, sugar, salt, pepper. Let chill for 10-15minutes. Cook notes: This salad is great with grilled chicken or fish. Add more sugar if you want it sweeter and more vinegar and lemon juice if you want it tangier. Double or triple recipe if making for a cookout. #WhatsCookinKJ...

Get Up and Get On The Scale!

When you roll out of bed and drag your pre-caffeinated feet to the bathroom, the last thing you may want to do is step on the scale. But you should. We breakdown why you should check your weight in the morning, every day. Experts agree that morning weigh-ins are the most accurate and impactful when it comes to the healthy choices you make throughout the day. Here are the facts. You lose water weight overnight so weighing yourself in the morning provides you with the most accurate number. Doctors and scientists also believe knowing your weight on a daily basis helps you make healthier decisions whether they be eating less or exercising more. Stepping on the scale consistently is also linked to preventing age related weight gain...

Getting Fit: Good Pain Vs Bad Pain

If you're accustomed to great workouts then you know there is some pain associated with getting fit. Of course, all pain isn't good pain - it's important you know the difference between good and bad. On the path of reaching your fitness goals it's easy to go from poppin' to popped hamstring (or any other muscle for that matter). The good news, your body will give you plenty warning before serious injury. To help you out we summarized a physical therapist's guide to recognizing good pain vs bad pain. Good Pain Muscle soreness is a good, natural thing as long as you feel the soreness in areas targeted in your last workout. That achy feeling the day after a really good sweat session is the result of DOMS or...