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Does restricting sugary drinks sales lower obesity?

Does restricting sugary drinks sales lower obesity?

This is interesting…

New York’s mayor Michael Bloomberg, otherwise known as Nanny Bloomberg, intends to impose a far-reaching ban on the sale of large sugary drinks. Calling for a sales restriction of sugary drinks to minors is common globally, however, the mayor’s plan applies to kids, adults and even businesses. That certainly raised a few eyebrows especially those who manufacture, sell, and consume them in large scale.

The Mayor has an ambitious plan to ban sugary drinks exceeding 500ml in restaurants, movie theatres and street carts. If the Bloomberg administration is successful, this ban will be effective by March 2013. The proposed ban would virtually change Continue reading

Hair Care – Treat Hair Loss Naturally with Curry Leaves

Curry Leaves

Perhaps this is why the Indians have such thick beautiful, natural hair.

To prevent and treat hair loss naturally, you get some curry leaves and heat it in either coconut or olive oil. Stop heating when the leaves turn colour. Allow the oil to cool down before you apply onto your head. Massage your scalp and hair for a while. Leave the concoction on your head for 20 min and wash it off. You may like to shampoo off if you choose not to have the oil to remain on your hair.

Take care of your natural hair and let it shine with glory.

For more expert advice on hair loss, check out
Hair Loss No More by Jonathan E Phillips of Stanton House Publications
Unravel the Mysteries of Female Hair Loss by Melanie Vongabuesnig

Hair Care – Treating Oily Hair Naturally with Mint Leave

Mint Leaf

Mint Leaf

OK, I didn’t experiment this on my own but heard it from a girl friend that it works for her.

This is one of the ways of treating oily hair naturally. With these types of treatment, there are no strong active chemicals to harm your hair. These are natural hair treatments that are safe and easy to follow.

Take a handful of “mentha” mint leaves and boil it with one glass of water for 15- 20 minutes. Add this to your shampoo and use it as per normal. Leave it on your hair for 10 minutes.

Hair Care – Treating Dry Hair Naturally with Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

This is the raw material for your natural hair treatment. If you are suffering from dry hair and you are looking for a hair treatment that does not involve a lot of chemicals, then try this natural hair treatment for dry hair.

Plant aloe vera in your garden or a pot somewhere in the house. They just need good sunlight and ample water. Easy to care. More importantly, they are great for your health.

Break a leaf, squeeze out the liquid inside and apply this onto the scalp. Keep the aloe vera juice on your head for an hour before washing off.

You will be amazed that the dryness is gone or almost gone depending on the severity.

Additional Reading on Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera – Fight 80 Disorders from Your Own Kitchen!

Hair Care – Treating Damaged Hair Naturally with Honey

If you take care of your hair, you will find that hair can be very strong. But once you neglect it, damaged hair can be difficult to treat. If you are looking for a natural treatment for damaged hair, take a cup of honey, half cup of olive or sesame seed oil and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Mix them well and keep it overnight in a glass jug. Next day, massage a little of this mixture to your hair before shampooing. Do your best to keep the concoction on your head for 60 minutes before washing them off.

Honey has been known to have many curative properties. Of course, using it on your hair as a natural hair treatment might seem a little strange, but you must remember, all chemicals are derived from plants or animals in many instances. These natural hair treatment are safer, both for you and for the environment.

Hair Care – Relief from Dandruff using Lemon & Coconut

Coconut & Lemon

We will face dandruff problem at least once in our life time. However, if you have this challenge most of the time, you may like to experiment with this natural hair treatment.

You can add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to 2 teaspoon of coconut oil. Apply on your head and massage thoroughly. Leave the concoction on for the next 20 minutes or so before rinsing off. This is good for itchy scalp too.

Sometimes expensive potions from the shops seem to work better, however, they contain a lot of active ingredients and many of them are harmful to the environment. Many times, mum’s formula can be the best. Try this natural hair treatment and let us know if you round it effective!

Hair Care – How to Improve Hair Length Naturally

We like our hair long and thick. It might be tougher to make our glory crown thicker, however, we can definitely enhance hair growth with a bit extra help from our kitchen.

Concoct your own natural shampoo from aloe vera. This wonderful green plant can help clear blockages in the pores of the scalp and balance the pH level of your hair, the two critical factors that help in hair growth.

Another recipe is from the Native American Indians. You are to mix equal amounts of wheat germ oil, aloe vera and coconut milk and use the mixture just like any other shampoo.

For more expert advice on improving hair length, read
Increase Hair Length 5x Faster Naturally by Gloria Stephens, Salon Research Analyst

Hair Care: Natural Hair Mask using Egg and Milk

Milk & EggI shared about a Parsley Hair Mask a few days ago, and now here’s another natural hair treatment that is equally easy to make from the ingredients in your kitchen.

This natural hair mask is for all hair types. Mix an egg yolk in half cup of milk. Apply a little oil (if you have dry hair) and apply this mask on your entire head. Massage for about 10 min, leave the mask on your head for another 10 min and then rinse off with warm tepid water. Shampoo as per normal

Take time to pamper yourself with home made beauty potions such as this to make you look fabulous. Looking good very often lift one’s mood and make us feels good too.

Hair Care – Weekly Hair Mask using Parsley

ParsleyHeard of weekly facial? Did it? How about adding hair mask as your regular beauty regiment?

This hair mask is for all hair types. Prepare a juice of parsley. Mix half a cup of parsley, 3 teaspoon of olive oil and apply this on scalp and hair. Massage the scalp for 15 min and then rinse off.

Take time to pamper yourself with home made beauty portions such as this to make you look fabulous. Looking good very often lift one’s mood and make us feels good too.

Hair Care – Quick Protein Treatment using Egg, Olive Oil & Vinegar

This is another easy home made remedy to have a quick natural protein hair treatment.

Beat 1 egg and slowly add 1 teaspoon of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of vinegar. Apply it on your hair and leave it for 10- 15 min. Apply shampoo and rinse well. This is for all hair types.

Take time to indulge in simple home made beauty potion that may work wonders for your natural hair. Protein treatment for hair is very common in the market. But using a natural hair treatment that can be easily made at home not only gives you a sense of satisfaction, it also gives you a lot of cost savings!

Hair Care – Treat Grey Hair Naturally

Some call it salt and pepper but I prefer my hair not to have streaks of white and grey anytime.

Again, this is a hair care treatment that you can make out of your kitchen. Take 100 gms of curd. Add about 1 gm of black pepper to it. Mix it well and apply it evenly on the hair and scalp. Keep it for 60 min and then wash with warm water and mild shampoo. You may do this once a week and witness the remarkable difference.

For more expert advice on greying hair, read
Grey Hair No More by Alexander Miller

Hair Care – Quick Protein Treatment using Soy Sauce

Though soy sauce may not be a staple in western kitchen, this marvelous sauce can be easily bought from Asian supermarket. Good for enhancing food flavour as well as for your hair.

Mix one ounce soy suce in 1 cup of warm water. After you shampoo, pour this dilution over your hair, leave it for 10 min and rinse out.

Take time to indulge in simple home made beauty portion that may work wonders for your manes. No better than taming your manes naturally with home made remedies that can give you fabulous hair.

How to Tenderise Beef Naturally

This is easy. Use fresh produces like pineapple, grated green papaya or mashed kiwi fruits.

The natural fruit enzymes will help to break down the meat fibre and thus making the meat more tender.

Alternatively, you can buy tender cuts such as fillet and tenderloin. Remember to always cut against the grain.