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HOW TO KEEP YOUR DIGESTIVE SYSTEM HAPPY FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Poor digestion is very common, and especially so during the holiday season.  How do you know if you’re not digesting well? Some signs might be: Abdominal discomfort after eating or acid reflux, gas, abdominal bloating, and/or belching, the feeling that food is just sitting in your stomach after meals, or your stool that has undigested food, is oily, or floating in the toilet.   If any or these symptoms sound familiar to you, you’re probably a good candidate for taking digestive enzymes. Your body naturally makes enzymes in the pancreas, small intestine, stomach and saliva to help you break food down into elements that can be absorbed into the bloodstream. Your natural digestive enzyme production could be low for many reasons including stress, pancreatic disease, inflammation in the...

CHAPPED LIPS AND LIPSTICK DON’T MIX

Nobody likes chapped lips and many women don’t realize; if you have chapped lips, your lipstick won’t go on good or look good! So when you’re chapped here’s an inexpensive remedy!!! INGREDIENTS: Olive oil Honey Sugar Flavoring (optional) you could use vanilla. Food coloring (optional) DIRECTIONS: Step 1: Put a tablespoon of caster/granulated sugar into your mixing bowl. This is what will actually scrub the lips and make them smooth. You can add more than that, but this makes a good amount. If you do wish to change how much of any ingredient you put in, make sure you change the amounts of the other ingredients accordingly. Step 2: Add the Olive Oil. About half a teaspoon should be enough, but there is not really any fixed amount. The olive oil is the moisturizing...

Make Your Own Nail Wraps

Nail wraps are trending BIG TIME! Nail wraps comes in many different designs from polka dots to animal prints. You can buy nail wraps at your local beauty store. However, why buy nail wraps when you can make your own nail wraps at home. You can create your own unique designs that no one else can duplicate because they were made by you. All you need to make your own nail wrap is parchment paper/wax paper, clear nail polish (specifically a top coat), acrylic paint, and a small tip paint brush. On the parchment paper, paint a beautiful design, making sure that the design fits the length and width of your nails. Allow your design to dry for at least ten minutes. Next, brush 2 coats...

HAIR GOODIES THAT MAKE THE PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT

‘Tis the season to treat yourself to a few hair goodies ( if your Santa won’t who will?). Here are a few must-haves. A hair steamer and or steam treatment. Steaming your hair let’s you thoroughly moisturize your hair while allowing your favorite conditioner to do double time! Do it regularly, and you will notice the health of your hair improve. You will have to endorse your own silk pillow cases and bonnets which will help protect your natural oils and moisture from leaving your hair while you sleep. While we never imagined ourselves doing anything, but a duby wrap at night, the good ol’ grand mom rollers have made a comeback and they are doing numbers on enhancing sisters natural and relaxed looked. Hair rollers and perm...

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HYLEAS FOUNTAIN’S TRICKS TO KEEPING HOLIDAY POUNDS AT BAY

I know it’s the holidays, but it is still very important to eat healthy and continue your workout regimen. I will let you know my tricks to keeping the pounds off. I first drink a glass of water. Water fills the belly up and you don't feel as hungry. I then look for the fresh fruits and veggies (Stick with a small plate if you can’t find any). This will help with portion size. Eating slow and savoring every bite. I like to wait at least 10mins before heading back for seconds. Finally, plan a walk or run with friends to get any of the bad food you may have consumed off. ...

Exercise of the Week: Set Those Legs On Fire With Sumo Squat Boxing

Here's another great exercise! Not only are you targeting your inner thigh muscles, but you are working your entire leg muscles as well as your arms while practicing upper cuts and jabs. Make sure you are standing with your legs wide apart (summo stance) squat it down as far as you are able, while keeping your back straight. Stay in that position while you box (front jabs, upper cuts) use 3 lb dummbbells to start and work your way up to heavier weights. Start with 30 seconds holds and work your way up to a minute, for a total of 4 sets. Remember to always keep your core engaged at all times while performing any exercise. Now it's time to set those legs on fire! As always...

FERGIE’S APPLE CIDER VINEGAR DIET

“Fergie”  Stacy Ann Ferguson, a singer and songwriter is well known as being a part of the group Black Eye Peas. I think Fergie’s dietary habits are very interesting. She revealed she consumes two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar everyday to keep and maintain her amazing figure. Fergie feels as though it made a huge difference in her body shape and especially around her waistline. Apple cider vinegar is said to make a person feel full fast, so that you don’t over eat. To learn more about Fergie’s "apple cider vinegar" dietary habit, check out the link below! http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Reality-Check-What-Deal-Fergie-Vinegar-Shots-1535330 #Womancrushwednesdays...

MISS BLACK NORTH CAROLINA TURNS STUNT DOUBLE TO FIGHT OFF HOLIDAY FAT

Yasten Burton: I struggled with my weight being that I had a growth spurt in the 5th grade. I couldn’t understand why my body was more developed than all my other classmates, which lead to much insecurity. Thankfully I had a great family support system that instilled in me that I was beautiful inside and out. As I got older weight management is something I constantly had to work on. My dream is to become a stunt double actress. So, I’m trained in stage combat; therefore I have to keep myself very active and healthy. I make sure that after along day of training that I give my body a chance to recover from all the physical demands from that day. Every night, before I go...

Ask Dr. Mac: FACIAL ROUTINE 101

It is extremely important to follow a ‘routine’ facial care system twice a day to keep skin fresh and healthy. Facial skin is thinner than other part of your body and sensitive, so it is important to ‘baby it’! CLEAN FACE Wet face with lukewarm water. Use a facial soap or cleanser,  but NOT your body soap which is too harsh leading to skin irritation. Lather using circular motions over entire face with a facial washcloth, NOT your body washcloth or facial wipes. Your hands have great texture too for facial cleansing!  Splash your face with cool water then pat dry with a face towel, NOT your body towel!  Do this in the morning and again before bedtime. If too lazy before bed, keep baby wipes handy...

BEST SHADES OF RED LIPSTICK FOR YOUR SKIN TONE!

BGH Readers! So I get asked this question A LOT, How do I figure out which shade of red lipstick works for me? Check out my examples below to help get you started! If you have Fair Skin: Coral-reds look most beautiful on you; they add a shot of color, but aren’t overpowering. Lipsticks to try are the following: A true classic Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fire & Ice, $8. Nice color and SPF YSL Rouge Volupté in No. 16, $34. Looks velvety smooth Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lipstick in Are You Red-dy, $7.50. If you have Medium Skin: Anything from true red to pinky-cranberry shades will work well with your golden undertones. Lipsticks to try are the following: Really stays put Rouge Dior Lipstick in Red Premiere, $28 Sheer...