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  1. 8 Hair Hydration Techniques to Boost Growth

    hydration hairHair hydration can be just as important to hair growth as what’s happening at your scalp – but so many people forget about this vital step!

    Sure, hair growth is the goal, and we’re not denying that. But healthy hair requires hydration, too.

    Especially considering hair dries out as you age. Just when you need strong healthy hair the most, it starts drying out and breaking off.

    Suddenly, you’re looking at thinning growth at the scalp AND through the length.

    But you can break that cycle and keep your hair hydrated, healthy, and growing, with these eight hair hydration techniques…

    1. Shampoo less often. Unless you’re actively getting it dirty, your hair only needs to be shampooed once or twice a week. Shampoos strip your hair of their natural oils, which causes the strands of hair to become brittle and break. It doesn’t matter how much hair you’re growing if it’s breaking off.

    2. Condition more. Some people even recommend conditioning every single time you’re in the shower. Others may only need it every other time you’re in the shower. The key, though, is making sure you condition far more often than you shampoo.

    3. Read your labels. It’s easy to just grab anything labelled “deep conditioning” or “moisturizing shampoo” off the shelf and think you’re okay. Don’t do that. Take the time to read the labels. Make sure you’re avoiding chemicals and compounds that will dry out and weigh down your hair. If the ingredients include sulfates, non-water soluble silicones, parabens, or waxes, find another option. You’re not doing yourself any favors, no matter what the bottle promises in terms of hair hydration.

    4. Reach for hot oil. Remember the classic hot oil treatment? Well, there’s a reason it’s a classic. And you don’t have to buy anything special product. You can get the same (or better) results from the oils you may have in your pantry. Heat olive oil coconut oil, or sesame oil in the microwave until just warm enough to feel but not hot enough to burn. Comb the oil through dry hair and wrap it in a towel or shower cap for twenty minutes. Shampoo and condition your hair, as usual. For best results, follow the whole routine once a week.

    5. Fats work, too. If hot oil makes you nervous – or makes your hair greasy, rather than hydrated – try one of these high-fat foods: avocado, mayonnaise, or egg. Choose any of these once a week for best results.

    Avocado: Peel an avocado, and combine it with two tablespoons of olive oil, mixing until smooth. Apply to clean, damp hair. Leave it for thirty minutes, then rinse.
    Mayonnaise: Apply one cup of full-fat mayo to clean, damp hair. Wrap in a shower cap for an hour. Rinse with tepid water, and then shampoo.
    Egg: Whip an egg white with two tablespoons of lukewarm water. Apply to clean, damp hair. Massage scalp and length for fifteen minutes. Shampoo with cool water.

    6. Vinegar. Dry hair is often the result of product build-up – conditioner and even shampoo can build-up, even though it’s meant to clean! It’s important to rid your hair of this build-up without stripping it or causing further damage. Wash your hair as usual. Mix ½ c vinegar with one cup water. Rinse clean, damp hair with vinegar solution. Let sit for ten minutes before rinsing thoroughly. Only use this treatment once a week, at most.

    7. Skip the heat. Styling with hair dryers, flat irons, or hot curlers can damage your hair, especially in the winter. Whenever possible, let your hair air dry or use the lowest heat setting possible.

    8. Eat for your hair health. Hair hydration doesn’t have to just come from the outside. Just like your diet effects your skin and nails, it affects your hair, as well. Make sure you’re getting plenty of omega-3s – think salmon and nuts – as well as leafy greens, for their vitamins.

    As important as hair hydration is for growth, it’s not the only step you can take! So, embrace hair supplements, as well.

    You don’t need to undergo surgery or take prescription medications for hair health. Not when we’ve learned which supplements your body needs to promote healthy, shiny hair from the inside.

    Take targeted hair health supplements, like Restore FX, instead so that you get the hair growth you want, the way you want it – naturally!

    Don’t just focus on growth at the scalp. Focus on hair hydration and overall health, for the best looking hair you’ve had in years.

  2. What Good Balance Could Mean for Your Joints

    balance goodBy now you know that movement is key to keeping your joints healthy – even if your instinct is to rest in order to avoid injury.

    Because regular, low-impact aerobic activity is one of the best things you can do to stay mobile and keep your joints fluid.

    So you walk, or swim, or ride…something, almost every day.

    But when was the last time you thought about good balance and how stability affects your joints?

    If you’re like most people, the answer to that very well may be “never.”

    So, we’re about to change that, because good balance is almost as important as low-impact aerobic activity when it comes to joint health.

    Breaking the Cycle

    People with joint discomfort tend to end up in a cycle before they even realize it’s begun. They hurt – or they don’t realize how important good balance is – so they don’t focus on balance.

    Which makes them a little wobbly on their feet. Which makes them afraid of falling. Which keeps them from working on their balance. You see how it goes.

    Connecting the Dots Between Joint Health and Balance

    Good balance comes from strong muscles and bones. They work together to support your joints as you move, twist, lift, squat, or dance.

    Practically every move you make is supported by strong muscles and bones.

    Guess what’s also supported by strong muscles and bones? That’s right – your joints. Without them, your joints can only be so healthy and stable.

    Your ligaments and tendons can only do so much.

    And if your muscles have gotten weak enough that you are struggling with balance, it’s a good bet that they aren’t helping your joints and keeping them as healthy as they should.

    Another connection between good balance and joint health is that moment when you do slip, because everyone slips at some point.

    The difference between catching yourself or tweaking the joint and doing some real damage is often good balance.

    But that also means that healthy joints are important for good balance. It’s a two-way street, after all. Because when you do slip, your joints are part of what helps keep you standing and stable – so long as they are healthy.

    An unhealthy, weak joint will allow you to fall.

    Luckily, it really doesn’t matter which comes first, good balance or healthy joints. Work on one and the other will follow.

    Getting Good Balance

    Balance exercises are the best way to achieve good balance. It’s important, though, to start at your fitness level and not push yourself too hard to start.

    Forget “no pain, no gain.” No pain is good! No pain is the reason you’re working on balance and healthy joints! Work these into your exercise routine at least three days per week for best results.

    Beginning Balance Exercises: Stand on one foot. That’s all you have to do. Grab a chair, a counter, or even rest your hand on the wall. Anything to help you keep your balance. Then lift your right leg off the ground. Hold it for thirty seconds and then relax. Switch feet. Stick with this until you no longer need to depend on the chair for balance and standing on one foot is easy.

    Intermediate Balance Exercises:

    1. Heel-Toe Walking. Think about walking a balance beam. Walk in a straight line, putting the heel of your front foot directly against the toe of your back foot. Extending your arms will help keep you balanced as well. Walk across the room, turn around, and come back. Note: make sure you have a clear path from one wall to the next.

    2. Walk backwards. You might want to keep your hand on the wall for this one, just so you don’t swerve or run into anything. But mixing it up by walking backwards will help improve your balance. Don’t worry about heel-toe walking this time. Just walk backwards down one hall, turn around, and come back.

    Advanced Balance Exercises: Look into taking yoga or tai chi classes. You can even get videos if going to a class doesn’t work for you. They have classes and videos available for every fitness level, so don’t think you have to be a gymnast to start. In spite of the name, you don’t have to be terribly advanced to move into this category, but it would help to be able to stand on one foot before you start classes.

    Getting Healthy Joints

    Since healthy joints are tied to good balance, and good balance is connected to healthy joints, it’s important to work both sides of the equation.

    Keep moving. While these few balance exercises will help with good balance, thirty minutes of moderate, low-impact aerobic exercise, most days a week, is still key. Add the balance exercises to the end of these thirty minutes for best results.

    Eat well. Your entire body needs the right vitamins, mineral, and nutrients – and your joints are no different. Nourish your joints with a healthy diet to keep them strong and healthy.

    Lose weight, if necessary. For some people, weight isn’t an issue. If you’re one of them, you can skip this step. But if you are carrying around more pounds than you should be, try to lose it. The more weight you’re carrying, the more stress you’re putting on your joints.

    Think supplements. While it’s always best to get the nutrients your body needs from food, that’s not always possible. Focus on supplements that are especially designed to promote joint health, like LunaFlex PM, so that you’re targeting your body’s specific needs.

    Good balance is about more than just being stable on your feet. It’s about quality of life, being able to keep doing the things you love, and about being sure of yourself.

    And the best news is that it’s never too late to start working on achieving good balance, no matter your current fitness level. So, stand up, get behind your chair, and see what good balance looks like to you!

  3. 10 Tips to Cure Acid Reflux Naturally

    acid reflux cureThat burning sensation in the middle of your chest.

    That acidy taste in the back of your throat.

    You may think they are the issues, but they might just be the symptoms.

    If you experience these more than twice a week, you could be dealing with more than just heartburn.

    You could be dealing with acid reflux. The good news is, that you can cure acid reflux at home, naturally.

    And in this article, we’ll tell you how…

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  4. 15 Ways to Turn a Lack of Intimacy into Too Much Intimacy

    intimacy lack ofWork. Family. Health. Schedules. Meetings. Life is as busy today as it’s ever been.

    And while your days are full and satisfying, how busy they are may be leading to a lack of intimacy at night that’s less than satisfying.

    Because when daily life gets hectic, your love life can suffer.

    But it doesn’t have to stay this way – and you certainly don’t have to give up your busy, fulfilling days!

    You just have to make turning around that lack of intimacy a priority…

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  5. 12 Tips to Help Restore Energy the NATURAL Way

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    energy restoreNo one ever likes to feel lethargic – but having energy during the summer months seems particularly important.

    The days are long, the sun is out, and the weather is perfect.

    Who wants to be tired and dragging then?

    But you’re also looking to restore energy naturally.

    The goal is to be able to participate and enjoy summer, not bog yourself down with chemicals and artificial stimulants.

    Luckily, if you’ve been feeling a little worn down recently, it’s easy to restore energy and feel great, naturally.

    Just start here –

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  6. Quick and Effective Thyroid Exercises

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    Exercises thyroidWhether you have hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism, thyroid exercises can be an essential part of your treatment plan.

    The key with thyroid exercises is to be smart about them, because, yes, both diseases can make exercising difficult.

    But that doesn’t mean you should stop moving! In fact, it’s just the opposite…

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  7. Safe-Proof Your House: Avoid These 8 Harmful Household Toxins

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    toxins householdIt’s honestly frightening how many household toxins may be lurking in common, every day products.

    Especially when you’ve taken deliberate steps to make healthier choices and eliminate chemicals and toxins from your home and lifestyle.

    But the truth is that there are still products hiding household toxins so that you probably don’t even realize you’ve brought them into your home.

    And scarier still? Some of them aren’t required to be on any label, so you could go your whole life and never know.

    While a comprehensive list is too long for one article, here are eight of the most harmful household toxins, found in some of the most common products –

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  8. Do Glasses Make Your Vision Worse?

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    vision worse do glasses make yourWhen it comes to vision and eye health, there’s one question that never quite seems to go away – do glasses make your vision worse?

    You’ll be pleased to hear that the easy answer is: no.

    But if that’s the case, why has that myth lingered for so long?

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  9. The Ultimate Guide to Preventing Falls

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    falls preventingPreventing falls isn’t just about not embarrassing yourself or feeling clumsy.

    Preventing falls may keep you out of a nursing home, allow you to stay independently mobile, and could even save your life.

    Unfortunately, not many people realize just how important this issue is.

    Or they don’t think there’s anything they can do to prevent falls, that falls just happen to some unlucky people.

    And while, sometimes, this is true – falls can just happen.

    But there are also ways you can minimize your risk of falling.

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  10. A Hard Look at Hair Loss and Stress

    stress and hair lossYou’ve probably heard that hair loss and stress are related.

    But just how worried should you be?

    Well, there’s good news – and not so good news.

    The good news is that a couple bad days, or a few stressful moments are NOT going to cause you to lose your hair.

    The not so good news is that hair loss can be caused by ongoing, long-term stress.

    And it may be unexpected stress, at that.

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  11. How to End to Back Pain While Sleeping For Good

    While sleeping back painBack pain during the day is bad enough.

    But back pain while sleeping seems worse, somehow.

    It’s the one time you’re supposed to be able to find relief.

    Even just a comfortable position.

    Or maybe you’re fine during the day and your back pain doesn’t kick in until you’re in bed, trying to sleep.

    Either way, getting rid of back pain while sleeping just might be easier than you though – or feared.

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  12. 8 Natural Gingivitis Remedies That Will Bring You Relief Today

    remedies gingivitisPeople focus on overall health…heart health…mental health…but rarely do you hear much about oral health.

    After all, there’s not a lot of mystery to oral health.

    You brush your teeth twice a day, floss, and see the dentist.

    Except that, sometimes, that’s not enough.

    Maybe you’re not brushing well enough or flossing often enough.

    However it happens, sometimes you end up with gingivitis and needing a gingivitis remedy.

    The good news is that you’re not alone.

    The better news is that gingivitis remedies are easy to find, and even easier to do.

    Once you know it’s time to step up your oral hygiene routine…

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  13. 7 Toxic Makeup Ingredients You’re Probably Using

    makeup toxicYou wear makeup to feel better about yourself.

    A little blush, some mascara, and of course, a gentle cleanser to keep your skin looking its best.

    But if you’re wearing or using any of these toxic makeup and toiletry ingredients – and they’re widespread enough, you probably are – then you risk making your health worse, even as you think you look better.

    Don’t just assume that everything you use on your face and skin is safe.

    Instead, look for these toxic makeup and cosmetic ingredients on your labels – and avoid them!

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  14. 7 Powerful Health Benefits of Selenium

    selenium health benefitsFor the most part, you know which vitamins and minerals you need in your diet to ensure optimal health.

    But every now and then, it’s important to check and make sure you aren’t missing anything – like selenium.

    Because the health benefits of selenium are too often overlooked – but shouldn’t be!

    The health benefits of selenium are simply too important and too extensive, for more people not to know about them.

    Which is why we wanted to make sure you were aware of just how beneficial selenium can be…

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  15. 7 Sex Drinks to Boost Your Libido

    drinks sexFood has been recognized as an aphrodisiac for centuries – but have you ever thought about how sex drinks might boost your love life?

    Not just a glass of wine to get you in the mood, but actually using known libido boosters to create sex drinks that will do more than just relax your inhibitions.

    Just remember that one or two cocktails can help relax you.

    More than that and the alcohol becomes counterproductive.

    The key is to use natural, rather than processed, ingredients.

    Sure, these take a little bit of prep, but in the end, the flavor – and the results – are worth it!

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  16. How to Avoid These 6 Common Sports Injuries

    When you think about common sports injuries, you probably think about career-ending breaks or dislocations.

    The kind of injuries that happen to professional athletes. Surely you don’t have to worry about sports injuries.

    Except that the most common sports injuries are ones that can – and do – happen to anyone, even if they aren’t necessarily playing sports.

    If you’re playing with the grandkids, swinging a golf club, or think it might be fun to try and shoot hoops with your old high school buddies, these are common sports injuries that you should protect against.

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  17. 10 Must-Have Superfoods for Better Digestion

    Superfoods are all the rage these days, and for good reason.

    They are nutritionally dense, address multiple health concerns at once, and usually taste great.

    But did you also know that some superfoods can help you with better digestion?

    Because sometimes good health isn’t just about your heart, brain, and life expectancy.

    Sometimes, good health is far more basic than that.

    Sometimes, what you want is to get over the discomfort, gas, bloating, and constipation that comes from poor digestion.

    On those days, focus on these superfoods – for overall health AND better digestion.

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  18. The Ultimate On-the-Go Anti-Inflammatory Cookbook

    Inflammation doesn’t just affect your joints.

    Inflammation is one of the leading causes of systemic, physical problems.

    In other words, you should be thinking about anti-inflammatory foods and recipes even if your joints don’t hurt!

    Which is why we’ve designed an anti-inflammatory cookbook, with some general guidelines and very specific recipes for every meal of the day.

    Use the recipes as they are, tweak them to suit your tastes, or just draw from the general section and create your own anti-inflammatory cookbook! The choice is yours.

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  19. 3 Quick Exercises to Ease Your Adrenal Stress

    stress adrenalYou’re exhausted all of the time.

    And you know that exercise is supposed to boost your energy – but it doesn’t.

    In fact, nothing that’s “supposed” to help actually does.

    If this sounds familiar, you may be dealing with adrenal stress.

    Adrenal stress, or adrenal fatigue, is a condition where the constant, ongoing stress of everyday life has simply overworked your adrenal glands until they become as exhausted as you are.

    And when your exhaustion and fatigue are caused by adrenal stress, you’re right – the standard ways to relieve your symptoms won’t work as well, if at all.

    Your body needs more than a good night’s sleep or a caffeine boost. Some – like heavy exercise - may even be making you worse!

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  20. The Ultimate Guide to Great Summer Health

    health summerThere’s really no time like summer.

    The sun is warm, the food is fresh, people are happy – and it’s easy to maintain GREAT summer health.

    It just takes a little bit of planning.

    Because you want to be able to embrace and enjoy every day of summer!

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