Today, throughout most of the Western world there is a huge problem. No pun intended but the problem has to do with obesity. Obesity in many countries has reached epidemic proportions. The reason is quite simple. Many people today are overweight either because of what they are eating or because they do not have a regular exercise program. One of the main reasons for this is that it is just not easy for many to lose weight because of their busy lifestyle. So what can a person do? How can they lose weight and keep up with their busy lifestyle at the same time?

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Many want to lose weight, but they simply do not know where to turn for the answers. Maybe they need to only lose a few pounds. Or could it be a larger project and they must lose a lot of weight. Where do you start? Where do you begin? A good place to start off is by going to the Internet. There is so much information on the Internet today that it is mind-boggling, confusing and you just don’t know which information is true or false. Well let’s see if we can get you started in the right direction.

First of all we need to understand why do we want to shed some pounds? For many it is because they are concerned about their health. Before being obese becomes a major health issue in your life you need to make a plan. You need to revise your food intake, your exercise routine, and your attitude. It’s time to stop struggling with those constant diets that are here today and gone tomorrow. It is time to stop trying to lose weight from those fad diets and exercise products that so many people are trusting in. You have been to the gym, you have tried every type of diet, you have bought every piece of equipment that promotes losing weight in an easy manner and still you cannot keep the weight off.

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If you consider yourself to be overweight then the effects can be devastating on both your mental and physical health. It will affect your confidence and how you react with others. It can cause your self-esteem to tumble lower and lower. You never like to go shopping because all of the clothing that you want to buy makes you feel fat. Everything that you’re wearing everything seems to be uncomfortably tight. You constantly avoid taking vacations to tropical places because of the chance that you may be required to wear a bathing suit. You cringe if someone suggests that you have your photograph taken. It is frustrating because you feel lost with nowhere to turn for help. What can you do?

The bottom line is that you need a plan. You need a plan and someone to motivate you to lose weight and keep it off. You will have to make a decision on what proven weight loss program best suits your lifestyle. If you have a busy lifestyle, eat too much and have very little time to go to the gym, then you too are part of this huge problem.

Men who are starting to show pattern baldness is a problem that is very common in today’s day and age. By the time most men reach the age of 60, the appearance or the lack of appearance of their hair is a reality that most men fear. Similarly, in women, hair loss and pattern baldness effects an increasing portion of women each year as well.  It has been estimated that almost 1 billion dollars per year is spent of ways to fix this baldness problem. The hair loss industry has grown in leaps in bounds which give way to the many myths about hair loss and how to recover from this condition.


Myth #1 – Baldness Occurs from the Genes of the Mother

The first common myth about baldness that is not 100% true is the myth that your baldness is a result of the genes that were passed down from your mother. Although the chromosome (x) that men receive from their mother is in fact the baldness gene, however recent studies have shown that men that experience pattern baldness, in fact have fathers who are bald.  It seems that if your father is bald then you are more likely to become bald yourself later in life.

Myth #2 – Wearing Hats Cause Baldness

Wrong. This myth, while popular, has no basis in reality and should be classified in the category of “an old wives tale” than actual science.  Wearing hats of any shape and size will not cause hair loss. While this may be a relief to some people who love sporting baseball caps of their favourite team, the potential if scalp infection is very real if your hats are dirty. Dirt and grime cause the scalp to become infected which can speed up the hair loss process, so be sure to wear clean hats at all times and you will not have a problem.

Myth #3 – Hair Sprays and Gels Cause Hair Loss

While some people have noticed an increase of hair loss when sprays and gels have be overused, the fact is that it’s not the spray that’s the issue but the way you use it that negatively impacts hair growth.


Myth #4 – All Men Go Bald When The Age

The common myth surrounding baldness in men is that all men will eventually go bald.  The ageing process is a fact of life, but just because you get old doesn’t necessarily mean that you will go bald. While it’s true that hair loss is common in men over 50, baldness has been noted to be a problem in teens as well. Usually stress is the main factor in causing pre-adult baldness, but in this case genetics can play a factor.  If your young and find yourself going bald be sure to monitor your stress levels because premature balding could be a sign of added stress in your life.

Hair loss is a fact of life for numerous people, but most of the myths surrounding hair loss are just that. Myths.

Many are seeking ways to prevent hair loss. The truth is, our hair changes as we age. As we get older we lose more hair and we tend to begin noticing it more and more. It’s normal to lose at least 100 hairs each and every day. Over the course of a year, this can really add up.

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Protecting your hair through a healthy diet is a great start to help prevent hair loss. Maybe there is some truth to the old adage “you are what you eat”. Eat more of these foods to help keep your healthy head of hair.


A healthy diet with some walnuts in it will help improve your locks. Walnuts contain an oil that helps hair growth. But beware, if you eat too many you’re hair will have too much of a healthy thing and look dull and oily.

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Eat your spinach. A diet deficient in iron is another cause for hair loss. Rich in minerals and vitamins, spinach will help to keep your hair follicles healthy and strong.

Eat For The Halibut

Halibut is rich in magnesium which can help prevent hair loss. Many other kinds of fish also have an abundance of magnesium so eat up.


Not only healthy for your eyesight, this tuber vegetable is rich in Vitamin A which can strengthen your hair. Have you ever wondered how models get those gorgeous locks of hair? They eat a diet laden in healthy foods that will benefit their entire bodies including their hair.

Bok Choy

When a dermatologist looks at hair loss, they also check your ferritin levels. Ferritin levels will detect good levels of iron and healthy hair. Rich in iron, bok choy is an ideal vegetable for healthy hair. So go ahead and make that favorite salad of yours. Try using some bok choy along with the spinach for a unique flavor treat and for a healthier head.

Greek Yogurt

For all you yogurt fans out there, Greek yogurt packs a powerful dose of Vitamin B5 and Vitamin D. Both of these vitamins are important for healthy hair and follicles. Try topping your green yogurt with some walnuts or granola for a healthy start to the day.



Eggs are another great source for Vitamin D. No matter how you like your eggs, if you try to eat one per day you’ll have healthier hair. Try a morning omelette with some spinach, Bok Choy and perhaps a few walnuts across the top. Combining these healthy foods will benefit your overall well being.

Making healthy dietary choices as we age can not only prevent diseases and medical conditions, it can also strengthen our hair and our bodies. These choices are simple to make. While we are out shopping for food we can simply choose to buy more of the healthier alternatives in lieu of the junk food that’s so readily available. Our food choices can benefit us for many years to come.

Hair loss is quite distressing for males and females and the root cause of the problem varies.  Other than medication prescribed by your doctor or over the counter remedies, you should consider using alternative methods to stop your hair from falling out.  The other methods you can try include massage, Chinese herbs and aromatherapy, among others.



Mesotherapy was originally used to treat vascular diseases, but doctors have discovered that it is suitable as a hair loss prevention method.  It not only maintains hair that exists, but it also stops continued hair loss. It has been proven to be effective for women who suffer from post-menopausal hair loss.


Massage is used to stimulate blood circulation which will boost a healthy scalp.  Vitamin E oil is recommended to strengthen fragile follicles.  Regular massage of the oil will prevent dry, flaky skin on your scalp.  An alternative oil to use for massage is coconut.  Mango oil has been known to improve the texture of hair and is ideal if you have coarse, dry hair.

There is an Indonesian massage method that will relieve scalp tension which aids in the promotion of healthy hair.  

  • Stand with your feet apart and commence slow in and out breathing.
  • Lean your body forward from the waist to a point where your head reaches to a couple of inches below your waist.
  • Do not bend your knees.
  • Use your knuckles to gently rub your scalp for about half a minute.  
  • Stand up straight and repeat the process a few times.

Do not use vigorous movements whilst massaging your scalp as this could cause your hair to break and may damage the hair follicles.


Essential oils that are beneficial to prevent hair loss include jojoba, lavender, grapefruit, cedarwood, lemon, rosemary and Roman chamomile.  Add two drops of an essential oil into the water you use to rinse your hair.  


You could add the essential to a suitable vegetable oil such as olive or coconut and use the mixture to massage your scalp.  Either wrap a warm towel around your head or cover your head with a shower cap.  Leave this mixture on your head for a period of 2 to 3 hours.  If you are comfortable sleeping with this on your head, you could leave it overnight.  Thereafter, shampoo and condition your hair as usual.

You can use this oil blend as a recipe to promote hair growth.

  • Add a half teaspoon of jojoba and 4 teaspoons of grapeseed oil to a jar.
  • Add 2 drops of cedarwood, 3 drops rosemary, 2 drops thyme and 3 drops lavender to the oils in the jar and mix well.
  • Massage this combination of oils into your scalp for a minimum of two minutes each night.
  • Wrap your head with a warm towel and leave for a couple of hours.

You should take care when you use essential oils as some aromatherapy oils may trigger epileptic seizures.

These methods to prevent hair loss are effective if you do it on a regular basis.  Continue treating your scalp and use gentle products to wash and condition your hair.

Dieting can be a slow process.  At times it can be so slow that it almost seems as if there is no progress made at all.  So it is no surprise that diet supplements are used by many Australian adults to help give their weight loss a boost.  There’s an entire weight loss sub-industry devoted to supplements which stops fat absorption, increase metabolism, and decrease appetite.  

While it is true that most weight loss experts will not recommend most of the products that are sold as weight loss supplement, there are some which do seem to work.  There are six products which can be bought at drug stores or health food stores and which have scientific evidence behind them that they help with weight loss:


Several studies have shown weight loss benefits from eating three servings of low-fat dairy foods daily. The studies found more weight loss when the calcium was received from food than when it was gotten from pill supplements.  

Green Tea Extract

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Not only is green tea loaded with antioxidants, it also helps with weight loss.  Green tea extract contains caffeine, theanine and catechins and these have shown to help with weight loss. Decaffeinated green tea does not seem as effective as regular green tea.


Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)

This is a fatty acid which occurs naturally in red meat and dairy products.  As a diet supplement it seems to work, but it also may have side effects which can be a concern.  CLA may raise cholesterol levels and adversely impact liver tests.  Before an individual takes a CLA supplement, they should discuss it with their doctor.


When trying to lose weight, a supplement that makes the individual feel full can help with weight loss. Fiber is definitely good at this and makes it much easier to not eat as much.  One thing to be careful of, though is not to eat too much fiver because it can cause constipation.

Meal Replacements

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These are the weight loss supplements with the best science behind them. These supplements include replacement shakes and bars.  They must be used as directed and a fairly strict diet must still be followed.

Over-the-Counter Orlistat

This is technically a medicine, but since it doesn’t need a prescription, it is considered a supplement.  It is sold under the brand name Alli and is proven to work.  This supplement blocks 25% of all fat calories which are eaten from being absorbed.  Those who take Orlistat and who also follow a sensible eating and exercise plan will lose weight.  Orlistat does have some inconvenient side effects including gas and anal leakage.

When using weight loss supplements, be aware that most of the weight lost supplements sold today are not regulated by the FDA nor are they really very effective.  

Before using any weight control supplement, it is important to discuss the decision with a doctor.  Also try to avoid any products that have excessive levels of caffeine because they can cause side effects such as increased blood pressure or heart rate.

When it comes to hair loss, you may feel that you have tried everything. You may have tried all kinds of lotions, potions, changing your overall hair care routines and practices, implants, wigs, caps, etc. to no avail. There are many alternative treatments for conditions like alopecia. One that is gaining in popularity and has been effective for many people is acupuncture. Learn more about it below.

How is alopecia caused?


It has been discovered that there is a gene that is responsible for alopecia. Unfortunately, little more is known than that, so there still isn’t a cure for it. More and more people are feeling the affects of this condition and it doesn’t matter what sex the sufferer is. The number of products and the amount of money spent each year continues to rise. Sadly, this is wasted on products that mostly do not work, make matters worse, or cause other issues. That’s why many people are turning back to ancient Eastern medical practices. One that is common for many of physical treatments is acupuncture, and now this is being used for treating alopecia. Research has found that the cause of alopecia is related to DHT, which is what is causing the shortened lifespan of hair due to shrunken follicles and inhibited hair growth. It is assumed that prostaglandins may be the culprit, but that is just a theory at this point.

How does acupuncture help alopecia sufferers?


It is quite similar to how it is used for other conditions. Hair loss is linked to vital substances like other parts of the body. Two of these are the health of the internal organs and blood. Unlike some other types of acupuncture, the affects can be more successful when using internal and topical herbal treatments as a part of the acupuncture treatment plan. In this case, most likely specially formulated shampoos and scalp washes. One acupuncture technique widely used to treat this condition is micro-current stimulation near the scalp. The pins placed properly in this area help improve nutrients and blood circulation to the scalp that help with encouraging new hair growth.

How long does the treatment take?

These treatments take a little bit of time like most acupuncture treatments. It may take between six and nine months of treatment to start getting positive results, although signs of improvement should start appearing early on in the treatment. That said, the six to nine month expected treatment is generally for those that have just discovered their hair loss. If you have been losing hair for a longer period of time, you should expect treatments to last longer. Your qualified acupuncturist should create a personal plan and treatment for your specific needs instead of one that  is a “one size fits all” treatment. Every alopecia sufferer has different causes and needs, therefore they need a customized treatment plan.

While Eastern medicine usually gets a bad reputation as being unfounded, unsafe, or just ridiculous, do not discount it for treating your hair loss. Many of the naysayers are proponents of western treatments that prove year after year that they are ineffective, but able to sell like there’s no tomorrow. If you have exhausted all of these resources, you should try going to a qualified acupuncturist to treat your alopecia.

Weight loss is a big issue for an important part of the Australian population. Even from young age we are subject to temptations such a fast food, sweets and carbonated soft drinks, which are poor in nutrients but rich in sugar, preservatives and empty calories. Once an individual passes a certain weight limit, controlling it becomes practically impossible.

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What is it considered rapid weight loss?

Traditional diets state that everything that’s more than 2 pounds a week is considered rapid. The calculation is based on the conversion of pounds into calories. If a weight loss program assumes a calorie deficit bigger than 1000 calories per day, it will be very hard to compensate with exercise, therefore the person won’t be able to secure the minimum amount of nutrients the body needs.

It’s funny what people would do to lose a few pounds as fast as a couple of days. They have short term objectives. For instance, a girl might want to lose a three-four pounds from Monday to Sunday, because she’s going to a date or a party and she wants to fit inside a certain dress she loves. For that matter, she’d starve herself for five days, without considering she might harm her stomach or even trouble her metabolism. If she doesn’t make sure she drinks enough water, she might also experience dehydration. This is a big price to pay for simply fitting into a dress.

Effects of a long term low protein diet

A long term low protein diet will cause malnutrition. It will also lead to diminishing the muscular mass, because the body will consume its own protein when it doesn’t find it in the food. Protein is found in muscles. When you lose weight, you want to get rid of the fat, but keep your muscular mass intact. This is why you need a minimum protein intake no matter what diet you choose.

Experience shows that rapid weight loss significantly increases the risk of developing gallstones. This risk occurs whether or not the weight loss is intentional. If it is unintentional, a visit to a physician is recommended as soon as you notice it, even if you were overweight, so losing weight without doing anything for it seems awesome.

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There might be situations when rapid weight loss is actually needed and recommended by a doctor. Weight loss surgery, for instance, may require the patient to lose a significant amount of weight in order to become eligible. However, such cases will always be closely monitored by doctors, so the risk of developing secondary conditions is minimized.

If you were just thinking to start some rapid weight loss diet, consider talking to your doctor first. Your body will thank you.

Do you want to whiten your skin without exposing your body to harsh chemicals and snake oil remedies that will only drain your wallet? If you said yes, then this is probably one of the best things you will read today because we’re going to share with you some professional tips on whitening your skin. You might be surprised at how easy skin whitening can be, and how effectively you can accomplish it in the comfort of your home. Lets start!



Ever wondered why buttermilk is great for growing kids? It’s packed with nutrients and natural fats, which is perfect for children who are still growing in height and building lots of new muscle tissue throughout the years.

Buttermilk is not only good for the bones and muscles- it is also excellent for whitening the skin! You can apply buttermilk on your face, hands or even soak your feet in it.

Lactic acid

Lactic acid, which is naturally present in buttermilk and regular milk, has the capacity to lighten and soften the skin. This is the main reason why many manufacturers use milk in skin care products – because it acts directly on the skin and products glowing results.

Jojoba oil

Jojoba oil has been used for centuries to renew and rejuvenate tired skin. Licorice extract, on the other hand, has natural pigment-inhibiting compounds that reduce the production of melanin once it is applied topically.


When you combine these two effective skin remedies, you will get naturally lighter skin in about 2-3 weeks. To create your own mix at home, you will need 1 teaspoon of licorice extract for every 2 teaspoon of jojoba oil.

Feel free to increase the volume of jojoba oil to dilute the licorice extract further. As always, it’s best to test the new mixture by dapping a small quantity on your arm and leaving it there for a few hours.

If redness or irritation occurs, do not apply it on your face, as you are allergic to one or both of the ingredients. This allergy test should be standard practice when you are trying out both natural and commercial skin whitening remedies. Don’t just slather stuff on your face without testing it on the skin on your arm first!

If you do not like the idea of using oils on your skin regularly and leaving them on for half an hour or so you may want to try alternative plant extracts to whiten your skin.

Papaya and lemon juice

A good option in this situation is to use raw papaya extract and freshly squeezed lemon juice. You will need three or four papayas (the biggest ones you can find) and two big lemons. Slice the raw papayas and place them in a food processor to separate the pulp and the juice.

You can also use a commercial juicer to obtain the juice of both the lemons and raw papayas. Combine the two juices and apply the resulting concoction to parts of your skin that you wish to lighten. Use cotton balls to gently apply the whitening solution to your skin.

For a female, having a full head of hair is a symbol of beauty and virility. It can be styled, colored and brushed until it gleams and is generally a source of great personal pride. However, what do you do when your hair starts to look dull and lifeless, or even worse it starts to come out of your head all together? Read on for a few things that you should know about female hair loss.

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On average, a human loses 50 to 100 hairs per day so to see a little in your hairbrush or sitting in the bottom of the shower is not a situation to be alarmed about. New hair will replace that which is lost and is a part of the hair’s natural cycle. Excessive hair loss though can be a sign of something more serious occurring within the body.

There are several medical reasons why hair loss may be occurring. After pregnancy is one time when it is quite normal for more than average numbers of hair to come out. If you have had major surgery  or lost a large amount of weight, the body may be feeling stressed and will shed hair as a result. Additionally, certain types of medication will also cause hair loss so if you have experienced any of these situations, do not be overly concerned at this stage.


The way your hair will behave is hereditary and can be based on either your mother or your father. However, if both parents have suffered hair loss in the past then your chances are high too. Within females this will show up as a thinning around the hairline and behind the fringe. It could begin as early as your 20’s and it could be severe enough that it will spread over the whole scalp. A dermatologist can examine this type of hair loss and will rule out any medical condition through blood work.



Millions of people suffer from this medical condition which occurs when the body is not producing enough of the thyroid hormone. One of the effects of this are that skin, nails and hair can all become quite brittle and break a lot more easily than normal. If you suspect that your thyroid is not doing its job properly, seek the advice of your medical practitioner so that they can prescribe the appropriate medication as needed.

Iron deficiency

Females are prone to iron deficiency anemia if they suffer from heavy monthly cycles or do not eat enough iron rich food. One of the side effects of iron deficiency includes hair loss. A blood test can measure your iron levels and this can be remedied by way of supplements in the diet.

This is just a small list of things that could be behind your hair loss if you are seeing more than the average number flowing down the drain. Take the time to discuss this situation with your physician to rule out any medical conditions. While hair loss can certainly be a situation that is cause for concern, do not let a temporary loss of follicles overtake your life as it most likely can be remedied over time.

Why is my pain worse at bedtime?

Before we look at pain management, let’s quickly look at why your pain levels may seem worse when you lie down to sleep.

During the day, you are distracted by any number of things. Work, kids, and so much more keep your mind occupied from the time you wake up until the time you are ready for bed. But when you lie down to sleep, you are deprived of many of these distractions. So then, it is easier to focus on your pain.

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Additionally, your pain levels may be worse at night due to factors like poor posture and excessive sitting.

Minimizing bedtime pain

No single treatment works for everyone, but any of the following methods may help minimize your bedtime pain.


In your mind’s eye, try picturing a relaxing scene such as gentle waves rolling onto a beach. You can try counting the waves as you slowly drift off to sleep.

Deep breathing

You can practice deep breathing in any number of ways, but to begin simply inhale until the count of 4, and then exhale for the same amount of time.

Heat therapy

A disposable heat wrap can deliver pain-relief over the course of several hours to help you fall asleep.


This technique involves separating your pain from the rest of your body. For example, you can visualize your pain sitting on your dresser, and you can tell it to remain there for the night.

What to do if the pain won’t stop

If the above strategies fail to bring you enough relief from your pain so that you can fall asleep, make sure to schedule an appointment with your doctor. She or he can review your sleep habits, and they may recommend the temporary use of sleep medication.

I hope all of the above advice will help you find relief from your bedtime pain so you can wake up feeling rested and ready for your day.

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