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The benefits of water in healthy nails

How much water do you drink a day? If it is not at least an 8- ounce glass, then you are not drinking enough. The average adult body is made up of 50-75% water. Nails need plenty of water to stay strong and healthy. Without plenty of water your nails can become brittle and dry. During certain seasons such as winter and summer you should drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. Certain seasons such as winter and summer can make your skin and nails become dry and brittle due to lack of water in your body. Water has a big effect on your nails, and I recommend you drink plenty of it....

Almond butter toast with bananas and flax seeds

This dish tastes as good as it sounds. To make it extra healthy go for sprouted bread made from whole grains, and flax seeds for extra fiber, with all natural almond butter. ENJOY!! INGREDIENTS: 2/3 cup crunchy almond butter or creamy butter 1 tablespoon agave nectar or honey 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract 1/8 teaspoon sea salt 2 tablespoons whole flax seeds 2 bananas 4 slices sprouted whole grain bread DIRECTIONS: In a medium bowl, stir together the almond butter, agave nectar or honey, vanilla, until nice well blended. Toast the bread slices, spread the almond butter mixture over the slices of toast. Top with bananas slices and sprinkle each slice of toast with flax seeds. COOK’S NOTE: peanut butter can be used instead of almond butter and for more sweetness you can drizzle each toast...

CRYSTAL REDUCES PAIN AND INCREASE ENERGY

Crystals have been worn and used for numerous reasons over thousands of years. The tradition and knowledge has bled over into modern times and is blooming. Though, many people are unaware of their many traits and benefits.  Crystals (or rocks, gems, minerals) have within their structure, moving particles called atoms. You may remember that atoms are the same particles that make up every living and non-living thing in the universe. These moving atoms cause small, but mighty vibrations. These vibrations affect the vibrations inside you in thousands of ways, very much similar to how music affects you. They can essentially alter your energy fields (chakras) in the same way. If your energy is vibrating at energy or body is vibrating at any given frequency (measurement of vibration), a given crystal can...

FROM BOOT CAMPS TO BEAUTY PAGEANTS- MISS BLACK USA JASMIN ALEXANDER TELLS HER STORY

Being apart of the military was never my initial plan. To be honest I hated the thought of going into such a structured environment, however my father stressed the benefit of getting a scholarship and having a stipend every month. In order to remain independent and support myself I joined ROTC and I  was commissioned as an officer in May 2010. Being in the military can have its own set of struggles and demands. I’ve learned to try not to stress over the little things and take time to pamper myself, whether it’s a pedicure, massage, or simply taking a hot bath after a long day. As far as pageants, I guess you can say I've been a "beauty queen" since I was in elementary school. I...

#BlackLoveMatters

"There are more funerals than weddings," my grandmother said as I sat with her at her dining room table. We were discussing the fact that there was a high rate of black-on-black crime and very low rates of the ultimate testament of black love -- marriage. My grandmother and my grandfather had been married for close to 50 years. Their union was emblematic of the times. However, those times are long gone. According to a 2012 analysis of Census data by the Pew Research Center, 1 in 5 adults aged 25 and older (about 42 million people) had never been married, compared to 1 in 10 adults in 1960. The Pew analysis found that men were more likely than women to have never been married (23 percent vs. 17 percent...

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: GUACAMOLE DIP

This is an absolutely delicious dip that requires no mayo, oil, or sour cream! ENJOY!! INGREDIENTS: 2 medium avocados 3 green onions sprigs (chopped) 1/2 cup frozen corn (thawed) 2 lime (juiced) Sea salt and pepper to taste DIRECTIONS: Slice the avocados lengthwise and remove the pit.  Scoop out avocado flesh add to a mixing bowl with lime juice and mash avocado and lime juice together using a fork.  Then add corn, green onions, salt, pepper mix all together until smooth. COOK’S NOTE:  If you like your guacamole chunky don't mash too much. You can also add chopped tomatoes. For a spicier dip you can add some chopped jalapeño peppers! Eat with natural corn chips or veggie sticks. #Whatscookinkj ...

FOODS THAT STIMULATE NAIL GROWTH

Do you feel that your nails are not healthy or growing? Well I have a solution for your dilemma! Vitamin B also known as Biotin, helps promote hair growth and healthy nails? And there are plenty of foods that are enriched with Biotin. BIOTIN ENRICHED FOODS Mushrooms Tuna Fish Peanut Butter Avocados Bananas Also drink plenty of water to help stimulate nail growth. Some fantastic ways to incorporate these foods into a tasty diet can be great quick options. As a snack you can eat bananas w/peanut butter, avocado w/ corn chips, a tuna fish sandwich, and steak with some sautéed mushrooms. These are just some of the many foods and meals that are rich in Biotin. Hope this is helpful in your journey to healthier stronger nails. #Manicuremondays ...

ESSENTIAL OILS ARE ALL THE RAGE

Essential oils are all the rage. Companies (like DöTerra) are trying to attract you to their "pure" essential oil collections. Problem is, you don't have a clue what to do with them. Sure they smell great, but what are they? What can they do to improve your health? FIRST, essential oils are plant/ flower extracts that have within them, therapeutic and medicinal properties. Many years ago before doctors prescribed you pills (awful!) care providers found ailment cures with simple food changes as well as use of plant and herbal extracts. (Examples: Lavender to calm, oregano for digestive health, Frankincense for anti-inflammatory) Modern oils seek to offer the same goal: optimal health without chemical interaction. SECOND, Oils can be used in many ways, such as on the Skin; for blemishes, burns, skin tags,...

JASMIN ALEXANDER PROVES PEOPLE WRONG ABOUT THE STEROTYPICAL PAGEANT GIRL

I love performing and being under the lights. It’s fascinating to meet new people and have a reason to dress up. It’s almost my guilty pleasure. I also like to prove people wrong about the stereotypical pageant girl; I've never been her and it surprises people when I meet them and they realize I’m part of pageants. Normally the typical pageant girl is what you would call a girly girl; this girl lives for the spotlight and can be known as a crown chaser. In other words, they will do anything to get the crown. They don't necessarily like getting their hands dirty and they have to be dolled up 24/7. That's not me at all. Yes, I love dressing up and my face beat to...