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Natural Ways to Protect Yourself this Cold and Flu Season

You see it advertised everywhere: “get your flu vaccine!”  But what you don’t see advertised as often are the many other ways you can naturally decrease your susceptibility to influenza and the common cold.  Here are some of the easiest and most effective things you can do: Wash your hands often.  We all know that it’s important to wash hands after using the restroom, but don’t forget all the public places that bacteria and viruses can get passed from person-to-person. Objects like shopping carts, gas station pumps, restaurant chairs, door knobs, and bus handles don’t get washed very often! Say “no” to sugar and alcohol. It may be tempting when it’s cold outside, but that baked treat and spiked hot cocoa are your immune system’s worst enemies....

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: PROTEIN SHAKE

Protein is great before or after a workout. This protein shake also has some extra health benefits, which include chia and hemp seeds. ENJOY!! INGREDIENTS: 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder 11/2 cup of almond or coconut milk 1 banana 2 dried pitted dates, coarsely chopped 1/4 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract 1 teaspoon of chia seeds 1 teaspoon of hemp seeds 1 teaspoon ground flax seeds Agave nectar or grade b maple syrup (optional) DIRECTIONS: Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed until smooth. Pour in a glass or a smoothie shaker for on the go. COOK’S NOTES: You could also add kale or spinach and other fruits. Feel free to be creative with it! #WhatscookinKJ  ...

WHAT TO DO IF WINTER IS WREAKING HAVOC ON YOUR NAILS

Cold weather can be quite fun. Snow tubing, skiing, throwing snow balls, but the last thing we think about is how the cold dry air can be damaging and drying to your nails, causing them to break, split, and chip. Here are a few tips how to keep your nails strong, healthy, and looking great!                                                   Cover up your hands- Covering up your hands is the most important tip you can do to keep your healthy nails. Washing dishes can be damaging to your nails, so remember putting on gloves when you wash dishes or going out in the cold dry air...

GETTING IN SHAPE DOESN’T HAVE TO STRESS YOU OUT

Is getting fit on a budget stressing you out? Well it doesn’t need to be that way to achieve your weight loss goals. Dave Ramsey, a financial author and motivational speaker gives great advice on how to achieve financial peace. Ramsey is making a huge impact on my life as I’m learning how to budget while living a healthy lifestyle. Click on the link below for his tips on how you can get in shape on a tight budget. http://www.daveramsey.com/article/how-to-get-fit-and-healthy-on-a-budget/lifeandmoney_budgeting/ #Stressfreesundays ...

MISS BLACK MARYLAND’S BEAUTY QUEEN RULES TO LIVE BY

DeJanee' Fennell: As a Beauty Queen I always try to go out looking my best. One time I went to Target dressed down in my “Sunday I'm not going anywhere clothes,” to grab some snacks and a movie. Someone recognized me from an interview I did on channel 8. It's was something to laugh about, but from that point on, I promised myself I would never leave out the house super dressed down again. Not only do I make sure I’m dressed nicely when I step outside the house, but my facial appearance is also something that I try to maintain.  Some of the beauty tips that I live by is always drink water!!! I wash my face in the morning and at night. As well...

A NEW YEAR CALLS FOR 5 NEW HAIR RESOLUTIONS

 I will wrap my hair up at night. As a hairdresser and weave wearer, I hate seeing and doing weaves that are ‘laid for the Gods’, but the next day look like they took a trip on the Underground Railroad.  Ladies we must do better.  I will drink water! And not just when I am brushing my teeth, but actually try to get down 8 glasses a day. As it purifies your body by pushing harmful toxins out, water also moisturizes your hair, skin, and nails, they will thank you when you are 60! I will endorse the “its quality not quantity” mindset. 8 bundles of Peruvian weave for $100 sounds crazy. You get what you pay for ladies, spend the extra on good...

EXERCISE OF THE WEEK: STEP UP YOUR GAME W/ MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS

It's a New Year so why not a new you? We are stepping up our game by combining 2 exercises and just revving up your metabolism.  The first one is mountain climbers, perform 30 seconds to a minute. Mountain climbers raises your heart rate, targets your chest, shoulders, legs and core.  Move right along to wall sits.  Make sure your back is flat against the wall, knees are not past your toes, legs shoulder width apart, grab a set of dumbbells or (small bags of rice, or any food cans you may have at home) and perform your bicep curls.  Do your bicep curls for 12 repetitions, place the weights on the ground and stay on the wall for the remainder of time left.  Start with...

Stacey Dash Is Never “Clueless” When It Comes To Health

Stacey Dash screams fresh, beauty, and elegance. Who would ever guess that this beautiful actress is 47 years old? Yes, that’s right she is 47 and can easily give some 20 year old a run for their money. She has kept herself so youthful that in her 30’s she was casted to play a teenager in the Hollywood smash Clueless. Most people don’t know that Dash is half African American heritage she is also half Mexican and loves her Spanish culture.  So what’s her secret to her youthful and vibrate exterior….CLEAN EATING. Stacey sticks to a high protein diet and stays away from starchy carbohydrates, such as white breads and flour. She also works out at least 4 times a week no excuses. Dash takes extreme pride...

FIND OUT THE HAIR ACCESSORIES THAT CA– USE HAIR LOSS

Every woman enjoys changing their hairstyle by using a variety of hair accessories. However, they can lead to hair thinning and hair loss if used excessively and inappropriately.  The commonly used hair accessories include: ponytail hair attachments, scrunchies, barrettes, banana clips, rubber bands, rollers and even wigs and weaves of all types. The type of hair loss can range from simple hair breakage to extreme patches of hair loss. Most hair pieces can be attached to your existing hair with either a comb attachment or a pulled string.  However, tension alopecia can result if the hair is pulled so tightly that it causes damage to the hair root/follicle. In some cases, the root can become permanently damaged due to scarring within the scalp. The string attachments...

WHY YOU SHOULD EXFOLIATE YOUR SKIN

Your skin's job is to protect you day and night from the elements of the outside world, and that means it can take a heavy beating from time to time. There's actually a lot that goes into keeping your skin healthy, and part of the process involves the constant regeneration of cells. You might not be aware of it, but your body produces new skin cells nonstop around the clock. It has to because an average adult can shed up to 50,000 dead skin cells every minute!!! Gross right?  It's an important process, but sometimes cells don't slough off as well as they should, so they can end up clogging pores, which leads to breakouts. You can do your part to help facilitate the shedding of...