Downsides of Having a Straight Hair

Most people think that it is very fortunate to have naturally straight  hair. I usually get nice compliments because of it. Since I was younger, I have always been taking care of my hair naturally. I am scared of going to salons and give my hair a treatment. I only use shampoo and conditioner. It may be favorable to have straight her, however, there are also downsides to having one.Long-straight-hair

Curling. Curling my hair is one tough challenge. I would spend an hour or two to make curls. Sadly, It immediately  falls flat.

Making it Stay. I love styling my hair. But making it into a style that I want is very difficult. I need to use a lot of hair sprays to make it stay. It does hold my hair but not long enough though.

Fluffing. Fluffy hair is one of the hairstyles I love. Adding some volume to my hair is like a dream. It makes me feel voluptuous and look gorgeous. Unfortunately, this is one major disadvantage of having a straight hair.

Fly aways.  When I want to keep your straight hair at shoulders’ length, it will most likely will fly away. Another major downside.

Static. My hair is very static especially in cold weather conditions.

Hairstyling. Hairstyling with straight hair is very difficult to do. As much as I want to add tendrils on my face as an added accent in an evening look, it is very difficult to accomplish. Ponytails are also not easy to do on straight hair since, the tie will eventually slip off my hair.

I may be lucky to have straight hair because it is one of the most desired look of women. However, it can also be a daunting experience especially when you want to play with your hair in different styles. Now that I have learned about Aveeno Nourish, it answered all my hair style needs. Aveeno Nourish gives volume to my straight hair. With volume, my hair looks lively and light. I paired it with Aveeno Nourish conditioner and my hair has never been more manageable than before.

If you have a straight hair and are experiencing the above downsides, avail of Aveeno Nourish + Volumize Shampoo and Conditioner. Get discounts on these products at iherb.com when you avail of Aveeno Coupons.

Healthy Meals with Quest Bars

Tired of making almost the same menus every meal? For someone on a special and healthy diet, it is not easy to think of recipes  that will go with your needs. Sometimes, the preparation is so extensive.  Good thing, Quest Nutrition has a list of recipes that you can follow. You do not need to worry about taking too much calories, Quest has confidently guarantee that their recipes are nutritious and delicious too.where to buy quest bar

Their menus include recipes for meals and snacks. They have combined their healthy products in every recipe which makes it more delightful. Quest bars made sure that their ingredients are of highest quality and have engineered their products to be good for health without compromising the taste.

Looking at the list of  recipes in their blog, you can see menus ranging from main meals, desserts, to drinks, all of which are very nutritious. If you are a chocolate lover, Quest has a lot of recipes that will surely satisfy your taste. They have included their protein bars and protein powders in each recipe. It is an excellent guide to every meal preparation. Other protein bar flavors are also used in their recipes. One of my favorites is their Quest Pina Colada Cups which has Coconut Cashew Quest Bar. It brings out the tropical taste of pineapple and the flavors  of other ingredients.

Quest recipes does not go around desserts only. Their products can also become ingredients for your main course. Try Quest Crispy Cheddar Chicken and Creamy Pumpkin Quest Pasta. Other Quest mouth-watering recipes can be read in this link: http://blog.questnutrition.com/category/recipes/

If you keep on asking, “where to buy Quest bars?,” you can find it at iherb.com. Use Quest Bar Coupons to avail big discounts on your purchases. Truly, every meal becomes exciting and with Quest Nutrition recipes, you can innovate your ways of making each meal easy and enjoyable.

Desserts for the Holidays

“‘Tis the season to be jolly…” Truly, it is indeed the season for celebrations. Parties are everywhere and banquets are too tempting.  Everyone will be preparing their special entrees  and of course the dessert is something that we all look forward to. Most of us will probably gain some weight and eventually feel uncomfortable with ourselves.

 

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Not to worry, did you know that protein bars like Quest bars have recipes that you can feast and enjoy? Quest bars is known for their nutritional snack bars specifically protein bars and have since aspired for everyone to enjoy healthy food. What’s more remarkable, these protein bars can become an ingredient to your desserts. Here are five of Quest Bars delicious and healthy dessert recipes I recommend for to serve to your family and guests this holiday season. Enjoy!

  1. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Swirl Cheesecake. This recipe is packed with pieces of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Quest Bar complemented with Quest Vanilla Protein Powder that makes the cheesecake rich and creamy. For full recipe click on this link: http://blog.questnutrition.com/quest-nutrition-chocolate-chip-cookie-dough-swirl-cheesecake/
  1. Chocolate Strawberry Quest Nutrition Cake. Chocolate and strawberry is a great combination. In this recipe, layers of strawberry cake and Chocolate Brownie Quest Bar are baked together to create the best, flavorful, and guilt free experience. For full recipe, read more on this link:

http://blog.questnutrition.com/chocolate-strawberry-quest-nutrition-cake/

  1. Holiday Apple Pie. Holidays would not be complete without an apple pie. This classic recipe includes Apple Pie Quest Bar. It’s pleasurable and irresistible, you’ll be wanting for more. The full recipe can be read here.

http://blog.questnutrition.com/healthy-holidays-recipe-quest-nutrition-apple-pie/

  1. Peanut Butter S’mores Blondie. With Vanilla Milkshake Protein Powder, this recipe is a kitchen hero. Visit http://blog.questnutrition.com/quest-nutrition-peanut-butter-smores-blondie/ for full recipe.
  1. Aloha Sunrise Protein Cake Bars. This recipe includes White Chocolate Raspberry Quest Bars. It is fruity and flavorful. This dessert adds a twist to your holidays, making you feel like it’s summer. Full article for this recipe can be read at http://blog.questnutrition.com/aloha-sunrise-protein-cake-bars/

You can get great savings on Quest Bars with their coupons. Get a Quest bar coupon code and enjoy a discount on your savings. Try their recipes and enjoy every sumptuous meal.

Lusaka Declaration on Mainstreaming Organic Agriculture into the African Development Agenda

We, the 300 participants from 35 countries gathered at the 2nd African Organic Conference (AOC2) held in Lusaka, Zambia 2-4 May 2012 on the theme “Mainstreaming Organic Agriculture in the African Development Agenda”.lusakacity_72dpi_lowres

We agree that organic agriculture[1] plays a key role in sustainable development, food security, poverty reduction, environmental security, climate change adaptation, human health, preservation of indigenous knowledge, plant varieties and animal breeds as well as socio-cultural development. We shared international research results confirming that the adoption of organic agriculture practices significantly increases yields and improves livelihoods and food security in Africa. Based on locally available renewable resources instead of purchased chemical inputs (over 90 percent of which are imported in sub-Saharan Africa), organic producers are less vulnerable to international input price volatility. Moreover organic agriculture is climate smart agriculture, as it produces lower emissions and also provides much greater resilience in times of climate extremes such as drought and heavy rains.

We applaud the great efforts made by all national, regional and international organizations to support the development of organic agriculture in Africa.

We welcome the institutionalization of AfroNet (African Organic Network) – the umbrella organization uniting and representing African ecological/organic stakeholders. We encourage all stakeholders to engage in and support AfroNet. We also welcome the strengthened networking within African subregions as well as the Network for Organic Agriculture Research in Africa (NOARA).

We call for the implementation of the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government Decision on Organic Farming (Doc. EX.CL/631 (XVIII). The Summit decision requests that the African Union Commission (AUC) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) to initiate and provide guidance for an AU-led coalition of international partners on the establishment of an African organic farming platform based on available best practices; and to provide guidance in support of the development of sustainable organic farming systems.

We call upon the AU to mainstream organic agriculture into all areas of its work, including the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) and to take the lead in implementation of the African Organic Action Plan (and its associated Pillars), in close collaboration with AfroNet and other partners.

We highlight the importance of the six pillars of the African Organic Action Plan:

1.Research, training and extension: To conduct participatory, interdisciplinary, multi-cultural research that informs stakeholder training and offers appropriate knowledge and skills and innovative solutions to the community.

2.Information and communication: To develop information and communication strategies to sensitize the stakeholders and the general public on the value and practices of ecological organic agriculture.

3.Value chain and market development: To increase trade in organic products from Africa on domestic, regional and export markets.

4.Networking and partnership: To strengthen synergies among stakeholders and beneficiaries to support ecological organic agriculture through networks and partnerships.

5.Supportive policies and programmes: To support the development and implementation of enabling policies and programmes.

6.Institutional capacity development: To establish, develop and support ecological organic agriculture institutions in Africa

We appreciate all support received to date. We note that the coordination and implementation of the African Organic Action Plan will require strengthening the capacities of AfroNet, the AU Commission and other institutions.

We call upon all African stakeholders and development partners to support the implementation of the African Organic Action Plan from technical, financial and institutional perspectives. These partners include but are not limited to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), International Trade Centre (ITC), World Bank, the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), the European Union (EU), the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, Sida, HIVOs, Grow Organic Africa, NORAD, Swiss Development Cooperation and the Government of Austria.

We request continued funding of existing initiatives falling under the framework of the Action Plan, including the Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative. We further encourage the design and implementation of more initiatives at every level, from continental to grassroots communities.

We call upon the Regional Economic Communities to mainstream organic agriculture into existing Regional Agricultural Frameworks and Initiatives including the Regional Compacts, research for development, advocacy, outreach and communication, publications, capacity building, technical cooperation and intergovernmental meetings.

We applaud the efforts made by the increasing number of African member States that have embraced the concept of organic agriculture and in developing policies and programmes to support the organic agriculture sector.

We urge all African Governments to include organic agriculture in their policies and agricultural development agenda, including their CAADP Country Compacts and Investment Plans, in consultation with the organic agriculture stakeholders in their countries. The UNCTAD-UNEP “Best Practices for Organic Policy” (UNCTAD/DITC/TED/2007/3) can provide useful guidance.

We urge African stakeholders developing national or regional organic standards/ regulations to use the principles of harmonization and equivalency to facilitate the flow of organic products in Africa in order to support the growth of the African ecological organic sector.

We request the EU, other global trade partners and international organizations to take all possible steps to facilitate the participation of Africa in global organic markets in particular by applying equivalency. This includes a request to recognize as equivalent the East African Organic Products Standard (EAOPS), which was developed through a consultative regional public-private partnership and adopted as the official East African Community organic standard in 2007. We also request that all possible steps be taken to ensure that equivalency agreements among regulators of major organic markets directly improve the market access of organic products from Africa and other developing countries.

We express interest in exploring and harnessing the potential of possible synergies with other related initiatives, programmes and projects in Africa, while remaining true to our core values.

We thank the organizers of this conference, including the AU Commission, Organic Producers and Processors Association of Zambia (OPPAZ), Zambian Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, UNCTAD, IFOAM, FAO and those who provided financial and technical support.

We express our sincere appreciation of the support and attendance of Kenneth David Kaunda, OPPAZ Patron and First Republican President of Zambia.

We look forward to continuing our work together as one open, united and ever-growing African Organic Team.

The Definition of Organic Agriculture

Organic agriculture is a production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people. It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of inputs with adverse effects. Organic agriculture combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote fair relationships and a good quality of life for all involved.organic-farming

The principles of organic agriculture

  • Principle of health:
    Organic agriculture sustains and enhances the health of soil, plant, animal, human and planet as one and indivisible.
  • Principle of ecology:
    Organic agriculture is based on living ecological systems and cycles; it works with, emulates and helps sustain them.
  • Principle of fairness:
    Organic agriculture builds on relationships that ensure fairness with regard to the common environment and life opportunities.
  • Principle of care:
    Organic agriculture is managed in a precautionary and responsible manner to protect the health and well-being of current and future generations and the environment.

Supplements and Foods You Need When You’re in to Fitness

We are constantly being bombarded with commercials on TV, the internet and fitness magazines promoting the latest supplements for health, fitness and weight loss. Many people have begun to believe that supplements are important to health and fitness.

I absolutely HATE that message.

The truth is that one should be able to get all the vitamins and minerals the body needs from a healthy, balanced whole food diet. Many people believe that healthy foods are too expensive and that is why they choose fast food with bad nutrition. For that reason, we recommend shopping for coupons and especially the iherb coupons from iherb.com.  In the instances when we are running low on a particular nutrient and altering our diet does not achieve the desired results, a supplement may be necessary.

Walk into any gym nowadays, and you’re just as likely to hear the rattling of a shaker bottle as the clanking of weights. Powders, bars and other supplements have become so ingrained in our culture that it’s hard to imagine not following up a great workout with a shake of some sort. Protein powder is, in many ways, leading the supplement charge. Created by various sources, from whey to soy to pea, and popping up everywhere you look, from GNC’s to neighborhood grocery stores, the popular supplement has cemented its place in our minds and in our diets. One of those is Pure Protein, which can be bought from iHerb.com.

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Because most Western diets are lacking in essential vitamins and minerals, a good multivitamin will ensure that the body gets all the vital nutrients it needs for good health. Women, in particular, will benefit from a calcium and magnesium supplement and in certain cases, may need additional iron. Vitamin B12 will boost low energy levels and it is recommended to take certain vitamins and minerals together for improved absorption. If you are running low on a particular vitamin, consult a dietician or a doctor as they are qualified to determine exactly what supplements you need and for how long. Doctor’s Best vitamin supplements are also a hit nowadays.

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Protein bars, protein shakes, multivitamins and other products can easily be found in online stores today. You can even save money by getting those coupons. Make sure to purchase only what you need and be wise about spending.

 

Whole Foods For Health and Fitness

Whether you are a vegan, a vegetarian or love your red meat, chicken and seafood like me, any diet can benefit from the addition of more plant-based whole foods. Whole foods are foods that have not been altered in any way and in most cases, appear just as they were in nature, for example fruits and vegetables. Such foods contain all the nutrients, including vitamins and minerals, in perfect balance, that the body needs to stay healthy.

Basic whole foods include fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds. The human body does best on food in its natural form as it is easier to extract the essential nutrients and transform it into energy. Whole foods also contain fiber, which is essential for proper digestion and elimination. When choosing whole foods, it is best to buy organic fruits and vegetables that are in season and locally grown.

Here are tips on how to maximize your diet by eating right.

  • Eat fresh fruits and vegetables as soon as possible within a day or two buying for the best nutritional benefits.
  • Buy whole foods from local markets or farm stalls where they are always fresher than grocery bought produce. Many farmers now offer their product online and will deliver locally.
  • Purchase a variety of different types and colors of fresh fruits and vegetables to get the best nutrient value.
  • Eat a variety of whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains (quinoa, brown rice, oats, lentils) every day.

 

Whole Foods and Supplements to Use to Stay Fit and Healthy

Most people who strive for health believe that whole foods and supplements play an important role in fitness and health. Well, they are 100 percent right. There are constantly new studies that are revealed on minerals and vitamins that can improve your health. However, all your mineral and vitamin content should be coming from the food you eat. Sometimes when you find you are low on a specific nutrient and you can’t change your current diet, it is sensible to use a supplement.

The only people who can prescribe or diagnose what supplements you may need should be a dietician, nutritionist or doctor. This is because various supplements may have an interaction with any medication or other supplements you may be taking. Never, I repeat, never try just mixing up some supplements and think that’s just what you need. It may be dangerous for you.

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A supplement category that is regarded as dangerous and in most instances useless is the weight loss and meal replacement supplements. Many of the weight loss supplements on the market contain dangerous ingredients that contain very high doses of minerals and vitamins that have the ability to build up to a highly toxicity level when taken over extended periods. Diet shakes and pills do nothing to teach you how you should be exercising and eating properly. Eventually, the only way to find true health is to eat the correct food types along with the right exercise program.

Unfortunately we live in a world where most of our foods are manufactured or processed that there is a great confusion around what is considered to be whole foods. A whole food is described as a fruit or vegetable that you eat in its absolute natural state. These food types come intact with all the minerals, vitamins and other types of nutrients. This is the paramount type of whole food compared to bits that may remain after the processing and refinement processes.

Many dietitians believe that eating healthy whole foods is associated with a lot of benefits. They are of course right. The nutrients present in whole foods that have not undergone any changes or treatments contain the right amount of nutrients to assist in maintaining the immune system and to assist in protecting you from diseases. For individuals who are striving to stay fit, a great place to begin would be to include as much whole foods in the diet as possible. Go explore your local market and see which fruits and vegetables are in season. But, if you need supplements and it’s advised by your dietician,  then go ahead. You can save up on extremely high supplement costs by checking out some supplement sites with discounts like an iHERB coupon code. However, upplements should be a last resort to solve a nutrient deficiency. All natural is still the best solution available.

 

Check this video to get some tips on how to eat healthy if you are on a diet.

Truth Or Hype – Supplements Help Prevent Heart Issues

If you talk about supplements, many people may raise their eyebrows and say that these products may have adverse effects to the health. The role of supplements is not above controversies, a lot of studies along with observational methods suggest that different supplements that are on sale in today’s market bring changes to people’s lifestyles and treat some certain medical ailments. It’s even on John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight, did you see that episode?

However, this issue is highly reliant on consumers beeing  able to pick them up consciously and wisely. In recent times, different research papers and seasoned experts claim that some supplements can significantly help lower the level of cholesterol and improve the regular blood pressure. Even, some clinical studies claim that those supplements diminish other risk factors associated with our heart. However, there is hardly anyone who can guarantee that supplements help people enjoy recovery or prevention from heart disease. Still, doctors recommend that consumers have good reasons to take the following substances to stay away from different heart problems.

Green sprout from pillsSterols and fiber for a healthy heart – Fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains are some of the most authentic sources of fiber. As we eat foods every time, our body soaks up a particular amount of cholesterol. If we have nothing to stop the storage of cholesterol, we become vulnerable to heart issues. Fiber is the best thing to cut down that cholesterol. And it is more often than not, tasty too! While it is advisable for anyone to get as much fiber as possible from foods, fiber supplements can be a quick option. The recommended amount of fiber that one should take is around 30 grams a day. Blond psyllium husk is a common ingredient in a fiber supplement. Based on the researches, the good thing about it is that lowering the “bad” cholesterol while raising the “good” cholesterol can be possible if it is taken regularly. Always remember that we should keep everything in moderation.

Stanols and sterols – Nuts and grains are the most common sources of these natural compounds which contribute to the reduction of cholesterol storage. Sterols and stanols can be bought as supplements and they are added directly to different foods like orange juice, yogurts and some margarine. To have a lowered level of LDL cholesterol, 2 grams of these compounds can be taken each day.

Supplements are often said to have the capability to help people avoid heart diseases. So, you may obtain the essential nutrients either from foods or their respective supplements, but always consider checking with a seasoned dietitian or physician. Remember, a professional’s advice is almost always good advice.


How You Can Read Between The Lines Of Supplements And Their Sources?

Our health which is always on the go even when we sleep needs different nutrients to function properly. Like the fuels and other additives to an automotive engine, these nutrients enable us to stay healthy as they serve multiple purposes. Vitamin D and calcium protect our bones whereas; folic acid not only produces but also maintains new cells. Vitamin A supports the visionary power while preserving for us a healthy and strong immune system. Is the knowledge about the benefits of these nutrients enough? Of course, you should find something more, and this is the sources that are rich in these nutrients.

Usually, getting these nutrients, vitamins or minerals directly from foods is more conducive to our health than obtaining them from supplements. However, supplements provide us with some quick ways to achieve what we call dietary benefits.

Are foods and supplement at war?

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Fish, fruits, vegetables, along with other nutritional foods are rich in health value and nutrients as well as other beneficial substances that produce synergistic effects which we may not find in just a dietary pill. All the active ingredients found in a healthy diet work together nicely to make us practically healthy and more capable of fighting diseases. Many people who have aversion to dietary supplements may conclude that supplements are no good than just some chemical contents. While supplements have been helping a lot of people with their dietary issues for the past few decades, the fact that it is possible to get the same level of synergistic effect from a dietary supplement is not substantiated. Despite the fact, the number of success stories ensured by supplements is quite overwhelming.

Which foods or items to choose for naturally bred nutrients?

The best thing about our day-to-day food items is that we are not required to spend extra money only if we create our diet plan including the following nutrients along with their sources.

 

  • For calcium, you can take yogurt, tofu, sardines, milk and fortified orange juice.Fruits and Vegetables
  • For folic acid, you can rely on beef liver, spinach, fortified cereal and lentils.
  • For iron, there are a few reliable sources like turkey, chicken liver and oysters.
  • For Omega-3 or fatty acids, you can eat soybeans, walnuts, salmon, flaxseed and sardines.
  • For Vitamin A, you have a lot of vegetables like spinach, tomatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes and cantaloupe.
  • For Vitamin B6, you should eat chicken breast, salmon and chickpeas.
  • For Vitamin B12, you have some nice options like trout, beef liver, clams and fortified breakfast cereals
  • For Vitamin D, you should eat fishes like tuna and salmon. Other sources can be fortified milk and yogurt.
  • For Vitamin E, your picks should be peanut butter, sunflower seeds, almonds and wheat germ oil.

Though there are a lot of good sources for nutrients, supplements are not to be excluded from your wishlist. But you should be watchful before trying a supplement. You must be thoroughly informed of the pros and cons of the supplement you plan on using.

The best ways to judge supplements:

Prior to trying any supplements, you must know whether the supplements have potential benefits which can easily outweigh the risks. A collection of well-designed studies can help you make a good decision. According to a recently taken randomized trial in both men and women, multivitamins offer some obvious benefits to those trying to get prevention from cancer. However, the study cannot alone get you a true picture of what those supplements will do to you. More or less, doctors or pharmacists are knowledgeable about supplements and the ways you can benefit from them.

So, do not risk avoiding those experts before taking anything that you do not know much about.