The Dangers of Wearing High Heels

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Shoes … shoes … shoes … almost all women have an obsession with footwear especially high heeled shoes. High heeled shoes appeal to a woman’s vanity and one can spend hours lingering inside a shoe store, checking out the goods (I am personally guilty of this). Just looking at a pair of Manolo Blahnik stilettos can make every girl salivate.

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Parts of a high heel

But beauty comes with a price. Wearing high heels can cause a lot of health problems and for those who say, “No pain no gain” are in for an awful amount of pain that can last a lifetime.

Wearing High Heels for an Extended Period of Time

Oh yes, the higher the heels the better looking you look but wearing high heels over an extended period of time with your foot/feet at an awkward angle can exert so much pressure on your toes. Shoes that have 2 inch heels or more places your feet at an unnatural angle and your weight is unevenly dispersed on your feet. With the pressure exerted on your toes, your nails dig in deeper into the skin resulting in ingrown nails and you may even damage your leg tendons.

Also, like Cinderella’s ugly step sisters who tried to cram their feet into the glass slipper, a lot of women who have wide feet would endure the pain of cramming their toes into the narrow toe cap or toe box of the shoe which leads to either the development of ugly bunions, painful blisters, or nerve damage.

With the additional height and unnatural angle of the feet, the muscles on the legs get overworked and can cause plantar fasciitis, lower back pain, and osteoarthritis of the knee.

Remember, when we are standing up, our feet and legs all bear the burden of carrying our body weight. And that weight is unevenly distributed to our lower parts so it forces more pressure to our toes and not only that we are even putting pressure on our nerves and spine because when we wear high heels, our bodies tend to tilt forward and then we lean backwards to compensate to adjust our posture. This action and posture gives more pressure to the nerves on the spine which can develop into a condition called sciatica or chronic pain.
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Home Remedies to Grow Your Hair Fast

Growing hair fast is quite a feat and not all woman are blessed with locks that seem to grow an inch long overnight. There may be artificial alternatives to sport long hair like wearing a wig or weave or hair extensions but nothing beats the all-natural long hair.

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The main dilemma in growing hair fast is finding a way to stimulate hair follicles so that it would be encouraged to produce and grow hair. Once those follicles get stimulated, expect fast growing hair.

And to stimulate those follicles and your scalp, here are 10 home remedies that you can do at home and rest assured you can expect great results:

The Scalp Massage

Blood carries nutrients to the different parts of our bodies and that would include the scalp. Maintaining a healthy blood flow to the scalp can be achieved by massaging the scalp regularly. Blood flow stimulates the hair follicles which in turn promotes hair growth. Massaging a deep conditioning hair mask or hot oil treatment into the scalp once a week can guarantee faster growing hair.

When applying oil to your scalp or hair, preferably it should be warm. Afterwards gently rub your scalp with your fingers in a circular motion for 3 to 5 minutes and then rinse off.

A Healthy Diet

You cannot have fast growing hair or even beautiful hair without proper nutrition. The saying that “you are what you eat” is definitely true in this case. You’ll needs rich in Zinc, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Vitamin B complex, Selenium, and Vitamins A, B, C to grow your hair faster.

You can find these vitamins and minerals in foods like eggs, chicken, cheese, milk, grapefruit, avocado, salmon, broccoli, yogurt, cabbage, bell peppers, whole grains, and green leafy vegetables to name a few. Foods that are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids are the best for hair growth since the hair shaft is comprised of about 3% omega-3 fatty acids.

The Aloe Vera Treatment

Aloe vera is a very popular plant when it comes to growing hair faster and not only that it is also known to fight dandruff. Since the time of the Egyptians, aloe vera has been used for many medicinal and beauty purposes. It is rich in Vitamin C, A, B1, B2, , B6, B12, and contains at least 20 minerals which are the main elements for hair growth.

Notice that many shampoos and conditioners contain this cactus-like plant as the main ingredient. You can directly use the aloe vera plant by:

  • Squeezing its gel into your hair, massage it into your hair and leave it on for a few minutes.
  • Chop the leaves into several pieces put it in a basin of water, leave it overnight and use that water to wash your hair
  • You can also mix aloe vera with honey, apply it onto the scalp, leave it on for about 20 minutes and rinse.

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Reducing Wrinkles Naturally

Everyone wants to look young and vibrant but when those fine lines and wrinkles start appearing on your face, you probably feel that you are getting old and much worse, look old.

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Fine lines and wrinkles can make you look older than your actual age

Aside from genes and health, lifestyle is a main factor that can speed up the process of aging. When you are young, you feel that you are invincible and a source of endless energy. Activities like partying, smoking, and drinking are so much fun when you are still in the prime of youth and many people can’t seem to get enough of it but these activities will eventually take its toll on your looks and will make you look older faster.

You can either get rid of wrinkles through botox injections, facelifts, and other types of plastic surgery but the ends results does not really guarantee that your face will look younger. More often, plastic surgery has negative side effects and will make your face look plastic, hard, and expressionless. Also, note the fact that surgery can cost thousands of dollars.

If you have a hard time aging gracefully or you just want to maintain a youthful appearance, maybe delay or turn back the clock a couple of years or so, here are ways to naturally get rid of wrinkles:

Avoid Smoking, Drinking, and Too Much Partying

This is something you already probably know but has a hard time following. Cigarettes contain harmful ingredients like tar and cigarette smoke contains free radicals. Free radicals damage healthy cells and can even cause cancer.

Too much alcohol can cause damage to the liver.

When you party too much, you’ll encounter lots of people drinking and smoking which is will not be good for your skin and health.

Avoid Too Much Sun

Having that bronzed, sun-kissed tan is the dream of many fair-skinned women but soaking in too much sun can age your skin fast, as in very fast. Sun rays contain harmful UV rays which damages the skin, speeds up aging, and can cause skin cancer, remember tanning mom?

Make sure you always use sunblock and avoid staying under the sun during midday. Use hats, scarves and wear sunglasses. The skin under the eyes are particularly sensitive and can wrinkle easily.

Use Cosmetics with Care

Cosmetics and makeup contain chemicals and many of those chemicals can be harmful to our skin. Paraben is a chemical widely used as a preservative for pharmaceutical and cosmetic products. Parabens has drawn controversy because research has shown that this chemical can cause cancer having been found in breast cancer tumors.

Some cosmetics, like lipstick contain lead which can have harmful effects like poisoning and damaging the skin.
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Some Tips On Stress & Hair Loss

Stress is the number one enemy that takes away enthusiasm and energy. It also causes lots of health problems, and even beauty problems like hair loss. Once that stress hits and you start to lose your hair, suddenly you find yourself wondering if those hair treatments work, and saying to yourself “does rogaine foam work”? Well, you should avoid those issues altogether and reduce stress right away. Stress can make one lose the motivation, a cause of major fatigue, and a symptom for the onset of an illness.

Almost all are prone to stress. The way men handle stress is the important thing. There are lots of resources found in print media and the internet that recommend ways on reducing stress. Some suggest a proper nutrition, doing a certain exercise, or performing meditation. All of these are all good choices in reducing stress. What you need is to make the choice.
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