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HarrySong,Terry Apala, Okemute & Co Shuts Down Super Play Pool Party June Edition

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The pool party experience has finally taken over the mainland, courtesy of Super Play Pool Party aka S.P3, which is unarguably MAINLAND’s BIGGEST MONTHLY POOL PARTY ever since its inception in April 2017.And every month’s edition has always been super fun packed and entertaining.
JUNE’s edition just like its theme was “EXTREMELY” fun and entertaining, as people defiled the rain and came out in droves to party hard at the event.The whole party was taken to another level by HarrySong, TerryApala, Fefe and others who came out to entertain their fans.
Below are pictures from JUNE edition, anticipate the fire we are bringing with in this JULY edition:
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5 Reasons Why Guys With Beards Make The Best Boyfriends

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Beard gang has become a rave among guys now and we can’t stop getting obsessed with the beard gang because a lot of people including celebrities have given us more than enough reasons to drool over the beard gang.  “If you’ve dated a clean shaven chocolate boy before and now dating a bearded hunk, you sure know the difference”.

The bearded guys are stealing the show presently and if you haven’t dated a guy with beards yet, you are seriously missing out.

They look amazing: Let’s be truthful ladies, guys with beards look hot and sexy, they are a killer in anything they wear.

Fortitude and maturity: Beard signifies maturity, even if a guy is young with beards he will look more matured and resilient (whether he is matured mentally is another case). With a little grooming, beards can take ages off you and it can also add few years to your look.

He values grooming: “The fact that he has taken the effort to grow his beard and style it in a particular way indicates he is patient and understands grooming, he personally spends a good amount of time at salons to trim and groom his beard so he will understand when you take hours to dress up before a party”.

Kissing is amazing: “If you haven’t kissed a guy with a beard, you’re missing the actual feeling, it may sound uncomfortable in the beginning but once you have experienced it, kissing anyone without a beard feels like kissing a baby, the needling effect of a groomed beard on your neck or face feels just too s3xy”.

Masculinity: A guy with beards is considered prestigious and macho, girls also look at them with envy.

Guys with beards love grooming products so it will be easy for you to give them gifts.

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New research claims Instagram is bad for young people’s mental health

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According to a new report by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) in the UK, Instagram is the most detrimental social networking app for young people’s mental health, followed closely by Snapchat.

Their study, #StatusofMind, surveyed almost 1500 young people aged 14 to 24 on how certain social media platforms impact health and wellbeing issues such as anxiety, depression, self-identity and body image. 
YouTube was found to have the most positive impact, while Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter all demonstrated negative affects overall on young people’s mental health.
In a chat with CNN, Matt Keracher, author of the report said, ‘Instagram draws young women to compare themselves against unrealistic, largely curated, filtered and Photoshopped versions of reality’.
“Instagram easily makes girls and women feel as if their bodies aren’t good enough as people add filters and edit their pictures in order for them to look ‘perfect” an anonymous female respondent said in the report.
To tackle the problem, the RSPH has called for social media platforms to take action in order to help combat young users’ feelings of inadequacy and anxiety by placing a warning on images that have been digitally manipulated.

“We’re not asking these platforms to ban Photoshop or filters, but rather to let people know when images have been altered so that users don’t take the images on face value as real. We really want to equip young people with the tools and the knowledge to be able to navigate social media platforms not only in a positive way but in a way that promotes good mental health,” Keracher said.

The survey concluded that while Instagram negatively affected body image, sleep patterns and added to a sense of “FOMO” — the fear of missing out — the image app was also a positive outlet for self-expression and self-identity for many of its young users.
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Must Read: Woman Shares Heartbreaking Story Of How She Endured Abusive Marriage For 2 Years

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A 34-year-old woman shares an emotional story of what she endured at the hands of her husband for two years. In the story the woman said her husband was a cool headed individual when they started only for him to become a monster when he lost his job.

She narrated how she was beaten, defiled and all sorts. According to her, the last straw on the camel’s back was when she found her husband unclad in the bathtub with her daughter and also when her husband asked their daughter to massage his man-hood with a vaseline.

Read her story below:

 

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You can catch std’s from your man’s beard!

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Wearing a beard seems to be the rave of the moment among men, especially the young men.

These days, men scrape off their heads while spotting buoyant, well-nurtured beards.

Yet, experts are saying that though a well-groomed beard may appear sexy, it also  has the potential to be a breeding ground for germs, causing fungal infections and herpes.

Indeed, physicians warn that they can even carry pubic lice!

Dermatologists indeed say that a very thick beard may disguise symptoms of skin disease, and anyone who comes into close contacts with it risks being infected.

A dermatologist, Dr. Debra Jaliman, notes, “If a guy doesn’t groom his moustache and beard properly, they can become a breeding grounds for germs.

“Though the risk is small, chin and cheek hair can harbour germs that can cause infections such as herpes, fungal infections, or even a dangerous Staphylococcus infection. If you come in direct contact with any of these infectious agents, you may end up with skin problems.”

Jaliman adds that the problem partly has to do with the wiry hairs that trap sweat, bodily fluids, even bits of food, all of which serve as breeding grounds for microbes.

Another problem, Jaliman says, is that thick facial hair can camouflage symptoms of a transmissible skin issue that isn’t directly related to the beard or moustache itself, such as redness that could be from yeast or a herpes sore.

If the man doesn’t notice the signs, he could inadvertently infect his sex partner with it.

Other things you can get from hipster facial hair include warts and impetigo.

Again, she says, a bristly beard can cause irritation and a rash when rubbed against his partner’s face, which can trigger pink bumps and chafing.

How to groom facial hair

• Wash with soap at least once a day

• Inspect it regularly (say, after meals, for instance) to make sure no particles or dirt are trapped between the hairs.

• Before you engage in any direct contact with his beard, ensure that the skin around and under it is healthy, with no redness, bumps, or blisters.

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LADIES, GET IN HERE! MISS TOURISM NIGERIA FINAL AUDITION IS THIS WEEKEND IN LAGOS.

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Ladies get in here! The Grand Final Auditions of the 2017 Miss Tourism Nigeria Pageant is this weekend and you surely dont want to miss out on this years edition cos I can tell you for free its going to be epic. *wink…
So, If you are beautiful, Intelligent, fluent in English, 5ft” tall and above, ages between 17 – 27 years as well as entrepreneurship oriented and can represent Nigeria at any of these international pageants:

*Miss Tourism World 2017 in Spain
*Miss International 2017 in Tokyo
*Miss Globe International 2017 in China

Then make sure you are present this SATURDAY, 29th April  @CITILODGE HOTELS, by Elf bus stop, (after the 2nd roundabout), Lekki By 11:00am prompt.

This years edition is tagged the #SelfMadeQueen…  in strategic partnership with Linda Ikeji Social… Also, one lucky contestant will receive the opportunity of a business start-up fund…So, what are you still waiting for?

For More Info/Participation/Support/Sponsorship, Call: 08133466916, 08096265901
IG: @MissTourismNigeria
Twitter: @MissTourismNig
Facebook: Miss Tourism Nigeria World
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Email: MissTourismNigeriaWorld@Gmail.com

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7 Tips To Perfectly Enjoy A Lagos Owambe Party

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Lagos Owambe Party: Whether you’re planning on celebrating a wedding, birthday, anniversary or joyous moment, you definitely will want to invite people to celebrate with you. If you do get invited to an‘owambe’ party in Lagos, there’s a need for you to know what is expected of you so that you can have the best experience possible.

Owambe’s are serious business in Lagos and you don’t want to be caught missing in action at such events. Dump your pride at home and follow these steps to experience the best at every single party.

Don’t Be Late

With African Timing ingrained into the DNA’s of a typical Nigerian, be rest assured the party will start late. It is however important you arrive early if you up to get a good seat from where you can take in everything that’s happening at the party. Don’t forget to go with a fully charged phone and perhaps a power bank, if you hope to capture photographs and still have your phones charged.

The Aso-ebi is Important

If you want to get special treatment at the party and leave the place with all the branded and unbranded souvenirs shared at the place, make sure you purchase the Aso-ebi which may be Ankara, or lace materials. Doing this guarantees the food to get to you first ahead of people not wearing the aso-ebi.

Get Some Clean Notes
You’d definitely want to indulge in the Nigerian culture of spraying money on the celebrants. If you can’t get clean Naira notes, don’t worry as there would be some women at the entrance to the hall who will change your dirty notes into clean ones for a fee. Get your money changed into any denomination you’re comfortable with and spend the much you can. The celebrants will appreciate you for this gesture and you can walk away with pride.

Owambe’s Are About The Food

One of the reasons why people throng to owambe’s is that they want to eat a good ‘party meal’. You will hear a lot of people forming bosses say that “I can buy this food outside if I want” but the truth is there’s something special and different about the party meals which makes everyone long for it especially the party jollof rice.

Eat as much as is available and savour the moment because the party is mostly about Item 7.

Tip The Food Servers
If you find the food and drinks servers strolling past you, get the attention of one and give him a small tip. Your story at the party will have an immediate turn around and you’d get the best of food, drinks and wine available at the party. If you’re even lucky enough, you may get a packed meal and drinks to take home with you.

Set Your  Home Training Aside
While you may have been properly groomed and trained by your parents to be as subtle and dignified as possible, it is best you set aside your home training when you attend an owambe party. Call the attention of food servers if you’re not being served on time or you may just leave the party hungry.

When you finally get served, dig into the meal like it’s your last especially if you decided to order semo, pounded yam or any of the local delicacies requiring you to eat with your hands. Forget your home training and eat like it’s your last, everyone is probably busy with their food to take note of you anyways. If you are not satisfied with the first plate, order for an extra plate. Enjoy your meals and remember to dance your heart out when your favourite song comes on.

Remember To Eat The Party Jollof

No matter your choice of food, never pass off an opportunity to have a taste of jollof rice at the party. Nothing feels better than eating party jollof rice which has its own unique flavour and taste and you definitely don’t want to miss that for anything in the world.

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Signs You Are Drinking Too Little Water

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There are really very few things in this world as precious and as refreshing as water. However, despite this, there are still a good number of people that deprive themselves of the many benefits of water by not drinking enough water on a daily basis. This damages their bodies in ways they might not even realize. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency shares 9 signs to help identify when you are not drinking enough water.

DRY MOUTH

If your mouth is always dry, it’s a clear sign you might not be drinking enough water. However, there are certain medications that cause dry mouth. In this case, the dry mouth might be a side effect of the drug and not caused by dehydration.

HEADACHES

If you are experiencing slight headaches, check yourself. Assess your water consumption in the past hours and determine if it has been less than adequate. Dehydration may be the cause of the slight headaches. A glass of water, preferably cold but not too cold, may help get rid of that headache.

REDUCED URINATION AND DARK-COLOURED URINE

If in a day, you rarely have to pee, it is likely you are dehydrated. Also, when you eventually pee, if your urine is dark yellow or worse, dark brown, it is a sign you are probably dehydrated and need to drink more water.

SLIGHT HUNGER PANGS

Slight hunger pangs especially after just eating not too long ago, may be caused by dehydration. Before grabbing a snack, try drinking a glass of water. If the hunger pangs recede, then chances are you were actually thirsty not hungry.

SLEEPINESS

This can be caused by many things but one of the causes is dehydration. In a bid to conserve the water in your body, your body slows down; this leads to lethargy and overall sleepiness. A cool glass of water can help perk your body up and give it what it needs to remain active.

DRY SKIN

Dry skin is one of the early signs of dehydration. If your skin always feels flaky and dry, and you seem to always have to apply lotion or lip balm to moisturize your skin when the weather is relatively humid, you could be dehydrated. This is also accompanied by lack of sweat, which leads to the body’s inability to wash away excess dirt and oil accumulated throughout the day.

DRY EYES

Without water in the body, your tear ducts dry up, a lack of or inadequate water in the body thus leads to dry bloodshot eyes. If you always experience dry eyes, a likely cause of this is dehydration.

DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS

Without proper hydration, the amount and strength of mucus in the stomach lessens, this allows stomach acid to eventually damage your insides, leading to heartburn and indigestion.

CONSTIPATION

When there isn’t enough water in your body system, the water that should be used by the intestines in the digestive process is used up by the colon. This lack of lubrication in the intestines leads to constipation.

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6 Things Successful Entrepreneurs Have In Common

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Being an entrepreneur is not a child’s play. It takes a lot of guts and conviction for you to take the bold step to become an entrepreneur. More so if you are in Nigerian. When these entrepreneurs are eventually successful, there are certain things that they do or have in common that result in these achievements. So what are these things? Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency identifies some of these things. This will help budding and young entrepreneurs to take similar actions or steps.

They believe in their ideas

Successful entrepreneurs don’t wait for anyone to validate their ideas. This is because they have invested a reasonable time in researching the workability and practicability of the ideas before sharing it with potential investors and friends. So, whether your friend or investor believes in your idea, they are not worried, they pursue it to a viable conclusion. Their positivity will always rub off on those around them.

They find solutions to problems

Entrepreneurs easily find solutions to problems and provide answers via a product or service. This is why it is essential to conduct market research to test your solutions. When you have a market, be sure that your solution will solve the problem your target market has.

They delegate

Successful entrepreneurs don’t do everything on their own. Except you want to experience entrepreneurial burnout, you will always delegate. What you should delegate are the things you have little or no knowledge about.

They go the extra mile

Entrepreneurs are never satisfied with doing things haphazardly. They are exhaustive and if they need to go the extra mile, they will. In going the extra mile, they sacrifice a quite a number of things.

They schedule everything

As a business man, your schedule is always tight. You are always in one meeting or another. The only way you can manage yourself and time is by scheduling everything. Don’t postpone anything. Be at home when you are supposed to and go on vacation to Obudu Resort when you are meant to.

They invest in their own skills

Whether you are an entrepreneur or not you should always hone your skills. Successful entrepreneurs never hesitate to educate themselves.

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45 Tips To Live a Healthier Life

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Good health isn’t just about healthy eating and exercise — it also includes having a positive mental health, a healthy self-image, and a healthy lifestyle. In this article, I share 45 tips to live a healthier life. Bookmark this post and save the tips, because they are going to be vital in living a healthier life. 🙂

  1. Drink more water. Most of us don’t actually drink enough water every day. Water is essential for our bodies to function — do you know over 60% of our body is made up of water? Water is needed to carry out body functions, remove waste, and carry nutrients and oxygen around our body. Since we lose water every day through urine, bowel movements, perspiration and breathing, we need to replenish our water intake.Water

    Furthermore, drinking more water aids in losing weight. A Health.com study carried out among overweight/obese people showed that water drinkers lose 4.5 more pounds than a control group. The researchers believe that it’s because drinking more water helps fill your stomach, making you less hungry and less likely to overeat. I agree with that, and I have an added take that your body tries to retain whatever water you have when you don’t take in enough water, leading to increase in weight. Whereas when you regularly drink water, your body knows that it’s going to get its supply of fluids, so it doesn’t try to retain more water.

    The amount of water we need is dependent on various factors such as humidity, your physical activity, and your weight, but generally we need 2.7-3.7 litres of water intake per day. Since food intake contributes about 20% of our fluid intake, that means we need to drink about 2.0-3.0 litres of water, or about 8-10 glasses (now you know how the 8 glasses recommendation came about!). One way to tell if you’re hydrated — your urine should be colorless or slightly yellow. If it’s not, you’re not getting enough water! Other signs include: Dry lips, dry mouth, and little urination. Go get some water first before you continue this article!

  2. Get enough sleep. When you don’t rest well, you compensate by eating more. Usually it’s junk food. Get enough rest and you don’t need to snack to stay awake. Also, lack of sleep causes premature aging, and you wouldn’t want that.
  3. Meditate. Meditation quietens your mind and calms your soul. If you don’t know how to meditate, don’t worry — learn how to meditate in 5 simple steps.Meditation at the field
  4. Exercise. Not just a few times a week, but every day. Movement is life. Research has shown that exercising daily brings tremendous benefits to our health, including increase of life span, lowering of risk of diseases, higher bone density, and weight loss. Increase activity in your life. Choose walking over transport for close distances. Climb the stairs instead of taking the lift. Join some aerobics classes. Take up a sport of your liking (see tip #5)
  5. Pick exercises you enjoy. When you enjoy the sports, you’ll naturally want to do them. Exercise isn’t about suffering and pushing yourself; it’s about being healthy and having fun at the same time. Adding variation in your exercises will keep them interesting.
  6. Work out different parts of your body. Don’t just do cardio (like jogging). Give your full body a proper work out. The easiest way is to engage in sports, since they work out different muscle groups. Popular sports include basketball, football, swimming, tennis, squash, badminton, frisbee, and more.
  7. Eat more fruits. Fruits contain a plethora of vitamins and minerals. Do you know that oranges offer more health benefits than Vitamin C pills? Taking in synthetic supplements is not the same as consuming the foods directly from nature. Satisfy your palate with these nutritious fruits: Watermelon, Apricots, Avocado (yes, avocado is technically a fruit!), Apple, Cantaloupe, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Guava, Papaya, Strawberries.Fruits
  8. Eat more vegetables. Like fruits, vegetables are important for good health. Experts suggest 5-9 servings of fruits/vegetables a day, but unfortunately most people don’t even have 5 servings! Some of my favorite vegetables include kidney beans, black beans, asparagus, long beans, french beans, sprouts, button mushrooms, and carrots. What are your favorite vegetables and how can you include more of them in your diet today?
  9. Pick bright-colored foods. Fruits and vegetables with bright colors are usually high in anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants are good for health because they remove free radicals in our body that damage our cells. So get your fill of fruits/vegetables of different colors: White (Bananas, Mushroom), Yellow (Pineapples, Mango), Orange (Orange, Papaya), Red (Apple, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Watermelon), Green (Guava, Avocados,  Cucumber, Lettuce, Celery), Purple/Blue (Blackberries, Eggplant, Prunes). Here’s a full list under the color wheel.
  10. Cut down on processed food. Processed foods are not good because (1) most nutritional value is lost in the making of these foods and (2) the added preservatives are bad for our health.  Many processed foods contain a high amount of salt content, which leads to higher blood pressure and heart disease. Processed foods are anything that is not in its raw form. In general, most food in supermarkets are processed — the more ingredients it has on the label (especially the ones ending with ‘ite’ or ‘ate’), the more processed they are. Watch out for those with salt/sugar in the first 5 ingredients and go for natural, whole food as much as possible.
  11. Love yourself. How much do you love yourself on a scale of 1-10? Why? How can you love yourself more starting today? Read: How to Develop a Positive Body Image (series)Pink hearts
  12. Barefoot walking/running. There have been many proven positive benefits of barefoot walking/running, from better posture, less stress for your feet, less stress for your joints, etc . I’ve been running barefoot since May 2010 and loving it. Read: 10 Reasons To Run Barefoot
  13. Purge negative people from your life. Positive mental health is an important part of a healthy life. You don’t need toxic people in your life. If you feel that a friend is overly criticalor negative, let him/her go. If you’re dealing with backstabbers, let them go too. Watch my video: How to Deal with Backstabbers
  14. Purge negativity from yourself. You don’t need negativity from yourself either. Listen to the thoughts that come up in your mind and get rid of the negative thoughts that you hear. A lot of eating happens because one feels unhappy, so by staying in a positive state yourself, you cut out that unhealthy dependence on food to be happy.
  15. Journal out unhappy thoughts. One great way to purge negativity from within is to do brain dumping exercises whenever you feel frustrated. This is something I do with my coaching clients as well, where I ask them to journal out their deepest thoughts so that we can address them. Don’t keep these thoughts pent up inside you — it’s not healthy.
  16. Avoid trigger foods. Trigger foods are the foods that make you go berserk and binge like crazy after you eat them. Everyone’s trigger foods are different (mine used to be doughnuts, pastries, and chips), but generally trigger foods are candy bars, chocolate, confectionery, chips, cookies, or anything with a high level of refined sugar, salt, fat, or flour. These foods cause a blood sugar imbalance, hence triggering one to eat more. What are your trigger foods? Identify them and remove them from your diet.
  17. Breathe. Deeply. Oxygen is a vital source of life. You may know how to breathe, but are you breathing properly? Most of us don’t breathe properly — we take only shallow breaths and breathe to 1/3 of our lung capacity. Athletes are coached proper breathing techniques to get their best performance. A full breath is one where your lungs are completely filled, your abdomen expands, and there’s minimum movement in your shoulders.Woman breathing
  18. Address emotional eating issues. Emotional eating is eating to fill an emotion rather than real hunger. Do you eat when you feel stressed out, down or frustrated? Do you reach out for food when you hit a block at work? Chances are, you’re emotional eating. However, emotional eating will never make you feel happy, because you’re trying to fill a void that has nothing to do with food. Food doesn’t give you love or happiness; it’s just food. Why do you reach out for food when you’re down? How can you address it? Get to the root of the issue and address it. Read: How to Stop Emotional Eating (6-part series)
  19. Eat small meals. Choose several small meals over a few big meals a day. This balances out your energy distribution throughout the day. In general, eat when you feel hungry, and stop when you’re full (see tip #20). You don’t need to wait until official meal times before you start eating. Listen to your body and what it tells you.
  20. Stop eating when you feel full. Many of us rely on external cues to tell when we’re full, such as whether everyone has finished eating and whether your plate was empty or not. These are irrelevant: you should look at internal cues, such as whether your stomach feels full or not. Don’t feel obligated to eat just because there’s still food on the plate. Personally I like to stop when I feel about 3/4 full — if I eat till I’m totally full, I’ll feel uncomfortable as my digestive system goes into overdrive. Use your gut as your indicator (literally). 😉
  21. Go for brown carbs vs. white carbs. White carbs are refined grains like white rice, pasta, white bread, crackers, noodles, tortillas, wraps, anything with white flour and breading. The nutrients have been removed in the production process, leaving them rich in calories but low in nutrients. They also cause unhealthy spikes in our sugar levels. Go for brown carbs (unrefined complex carbs) instead, like brown rice, whole grain, oats, oatmeal (not the instant kind), and legumes. These come with nutrients and vitamins intact.Legumes
  22. Live a life with purpose. Positive health starts from within! Are you living a life of meaning? Are you living in line with your purpose? Since I started living in line with my purpose years ago, I’ve never ever been happier. And you can experience that too. Read: Discover Your Purpose in Life (series)
  23. Say no to oily food. Reduce your intake of fast food, fries, doughnuts, chips, wedges, and foods that have been deep fried. Not only are they very fattening (1 tablespoon of oil is 120 calories), deep fried food contains acrylamide, a potential cancer-causing chemical. According to a BBC report, an ordinary bag of crisps may contain up to 500 times more of the substance than the top level allowed in drinking water by the World Health Organisation (WHO)! I personally find that when I consume oily foods, I feel sluggish. There are better alternatives, such as grilled, steamed, stir-fried, or even raw food (see tip #41).
  24. Cut out sugary foods. These are your candy bars, your pastries, chocolate, cookies, cakes, and jelly donuts. Not only do they not fill you, they trigger you to eat more due to the sugar rush they cause (see tip #16). Go for healthy snacks instead (see tip #36) — you’ll be more satisfied and happier.
  25. Go organic. Organic foods are foods produced without “synthetic inputs such as pesticides and chemical fertilizers, do not contain genetically modified organisms, and are not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives.” (Wiki) The organic movement is slowly catching on, with more supermarkets, especially in the US, offering organic options. Organic food tends to cost more, but hey — would you rather save some money and feed your body with pesticides or pay a few extra dollars for a cleaner, healthier body?
  26. Improve your posture. Good posture improves your breathing (see tip #17) and makes you look more smarter and more attractive. Read more: Benefits Of a Good Posture (And 13 Tips To Get One)
  27. Cut out soda and caffeine. Drinks with caffeine are diuretics, meaning they speed up the rate of urine production. Hence, these drinks do not contribute to your 8 glasses of water/day requirement — they actually take away from it! Furthermore, soda is unhealthy, causes weight gain, and is an artificial stimulant, among other reasons. Ditch your soda and go for plain water or vegetable juices instead! Read more: 5 Reasons To Quit Soda (And How to Do It)Soda Drinks
  28. Don’t drink alcohol. Like caffeine, alcohol is a diuretic. Not only that, alcohol is repeatedly proven to have negative effects on our body and health — impacting the proper functioning of our brain, liver, lungs, and other major organs. If you drink alcohol regularly, it’s time to cut it out, or at the very least, drastically reduce your consumption.
  29. Prepare your meals. Lately I’m beginning to appreciate the value of preparing my own meals. When you prepare your meals, you control what goes into them. No more being in a dilemma between eating healthy  and choosing between sub-optimal food choices. Get some quality kitchen equipment — it will be your best investment ever. I bought my blender 3 years ago and it’s been such a breeze making my own fruit juices!Home prepared meal
  30. Learn to say no. Don’t feel like you need to eat just because you’re out with friends or because other people offer you food. Simply say no and say you’re not hungry if you don’t feel like eating. Read: How to Say No To Others
  31. Bring a water bottle when you go out. That way, you can replenish your fluids whenever you want to. It saves you money as well and you don’t need to subject yourself to poor alternatives like soda, which increases your fluid outtake instead since caffeine is a diuretic (see tip #27).
  32. Dine at salad bars more often. Lately I’m falling in love with salad bars. Salad bars work like this: you pick your greens, you select X number of toppings (usually 6 or unlimited, depending on the outlet) and you finish off with a dressing. The variety is huge, it’s filling, and it’s extremely healthy.Salad bar
  33. Go for low-calorie, low-fat alternatives. There are many low-fat / non-fat alternatives today — from yogurts, to salad dressing, soy milk, spreads, ice cream, etc. Check out this comprehensive list: Lower Calorie, Lower Fat Alternatives. Of course, keep an eye on the overall calorie and other ingredients. Some food that is packed as “low/non-fat” may actually still be unhealthy, so you want to stay clear of them as well.
  34. Stop smoking. It has been extensively proven that smoking is detrimental to health, severely increasing the risk of lung cancer, kidney cancer, esophageal cancer (of our gullet), heart attack, and more. Smoking “light” cigarettes do not decrease health risks either. Bottom line: if you’re a smoker, quit for better health of not just yourself, but also your family and friends. If you don’t smoke, stay that way and don’t start.
  35. Avoid passive smoking. Second hand smoking (breathing in air from smokers) causes many of the same long-term diseases as direct smoking (Wiki). And did you know? According to CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), there is no risk-free level of passive smoking; even brief exposure can be harmful to health. Get away from smokers and avoid cigarette smoke where you can.
  36. Have healthy snacks. If you’re hungry at work, eat healthy snacks like fruits, salads, and vegetable juices. These are nutritional and don’t give you that sugar rush. Have them readily available so that you can get a munch and stop when you’ve your fill. Stay away from cookies and candy bars.Fruits
  37. Drink fruit/veg smoothies. I love smoothies because it’s a quick way to get vitamins and nutrients. Simply throw my favorite fruits and vegetables into the blender, wait for 30 seconds, and it’s done! I recommend to use a blender for fruits, rather than a juicer, as juicing generally remove the fiber of the fruit and creates large sugar spikes in your body (which is not healthy) due to the loss of fiber.
  38. Juicing. Juicing is where you extract the juice from vegetables/fruits (via a juicing machine). Since the fiber is stripped away, you are literally drinking the nutrients and minerals directly from the juice. Juices and smoothies complement each other — the former gives our digestive system a break while the latter gives us the fiber which aids our digestion. I recommend juicing for vegetables as it’s a great way to quickly get vitamins and nutrients without having to munch through a huge volume of fiber. If you’re new to juicing, learn more about it here and check out these sample juicing recipes.
  39. Try a vegetarian diet. First off, going vegetarian doesn’t necessarily lead to better health, because there are many unhealthy vegetarian food out there (fried food, white carb laden diets, etc). On that note, there are many proven health benefits of a vegetarian diet. I’m a vegetarian today because I tried it for 30 days many years ago and saw the positive effects for my mental and physical health. Try it out for 21 days and see how it works out for you. Get started here.
  40. Try a vegan diet. A vegetarian is someone who does not consume animal products. A vegan is someone who doesn’t consume animal or animal-derived products. This means no dairy, honey, cheese, milk, etc. So in that sense, it seems stricter in very meat-biased eating cultures, but it brings about even more positive benefits than a vegetarian diet. Learn more about veganism here and here.Salad
  41. Try a raw vegan diet. A raw vegan consumes only non-processed, raw vegan food: mainly fruits, vegetables and nuts. Notice the progression from vegetarian → vegan → raw vegan diet is toward foods that are naturally occurring. There are many reported benefits of switching from veganism to raw veganism, including increased youth, weight loss, increased energy, increased health benefits, and more. It’s an area that I’m exploring at the moment and learning more about. Learn more about raw veganism: Here, herehere and here.
  42. Get out more often. If you have a regular 9-5 job, chances are you spend much of your time holed up in the office and not a lot of time going out and having fun. During weekends, you’re probably busy with work or running errands. Make it a point to go out with friends at least once a week. Get some sun. Go out and have a change of environment. It’ll be great for your body and your soul.
  43. Exercise good dental hygiene. Not only does good hygiene make you a lot more desirable, it is linked with better health. Brush your teeth twice a day, rinse your mouth after each meal, and floss your teeth at night. Read: How to Attain Healthier Gums and Teeth: Path To Better Oral HygieneWoman brushing teeth
  44. Join classes. Dance classes, aerobics classes, tennis classes, ballroom dancing, scuba diving, and wakeboarding courses are all places to start. Going there also lets you socialize with a new group of people.
  45. Hang out with healthy people. You’re the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with, so the more time you spend around healthy people, the better it is. Eat with people who are health conscious and get workout buddies. It makes healthy living even more fun!
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10 weird but true health tips

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Though unbelievable, these health tips are absolutely true

There are several health tips and it’s very difficult to know which ones are true and which ones are false. Beyond all that, there are some that challenge our knowledge of health and we present ten of such weird but true health tips.

Drink coffee to have a better nap

In a Japanese study that examined how to make the most of a nap, people who took a “coffee nap”—consuming about 200 milligrams of caffeine (the amount in one to two cups of coffee) and then immediately taking a 20-minute rest—felt more alert and performed better on computer tests than those who only took a nap.
Why does this work? A 20-minute nap ends just as the caffeine kicks in and clears the brain of a molecule called adenosine, maximizing alertness. “Adenosine is a byproduct of wakefulness and activity,” says Allen Towfigh, MD, medical director of New York Neurology & Sleep Medicine. “As adenosine levels increase, we become more fatigued. Napping clears out the adenosine and, when combined with caffeine, an adenosine-blocker, further reduces its effects and amplifies the effects of the nap.”

For healthy teeth, don’t brush after eating

Don’t brush your teeth immediately after meals and drinks, especially if they were acidic. Acidic foods—citrus fruits, sports drinks, tomatoes, soda (both diet and regular)—can soften tooth enamel “like wet sandstone,” says Howard R. Gamble, immediate past president of the Academy of General Dentistry. Brushing your teeth at this stage can speed up acid’s effect on your enamel and erode the layer underneath. Gamble suggests waiting 30 to 60 minutes before brushing.

To wear a smaller size, gain weight

Muscle weight, that is. If two women both weigh 150 pounds and only one lifts weights, the lifter will more likely fit into a smaller pant size than her sedentary counterpart. Likewise, a 150-pound woman who lifts weights could very well wear the same size as a 140-pound woman who doesn’t exercise. The reason: Although a pound of fat weighs the same as a pound of muscle, muscle takes up less space, says Mark Nutting, fitness director of SACO Sport & Fitness in Saco, Maine. “You can get bigger muscles and get smaller overall if you lose the fat,” he says. “The bulk so many women fear only occurs if you don’t lose fat and develop muscle on top of it.” Cut back on calories and add weight to your workout to lose inches.

To eat less, eat more

Grabbing a 100-calorie snack pack of cookies or pretzels may seem virtuous, but it’s more likely to make you hungrier than if you ate something more substantial, says Amy Goodson, RD, dietitian for Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine. “Eating small amounts of carbohydrates does nothing but spike your blood sugar and leave you wanting more carbs.” Goodson recommends choosing a protein such as peanut butter or string cheese with an apple. “They are higher in calories per serving, but the protein and fat helps you get full faster and stay full longer—and you end up eating fewer calories overall,” she says.

Skip energy drinks when you’re tired

Energy drinks contain up to five times more caffeine than coffee, but the boost they provide is fleeting and comes with unpleasant side effects like nervousness, irritability, and rapid heartbeat, says Goodson. Plus, energy drinks often contain high levels of taurine, a central nervous system stimulant, and upwards of 50 grams of sugar per can (that’s 13 teaspoons worth!). The sweet stuff spikes blood sugar temporarily, only to crash soon after, leaving you sluggish and foggyheaded—and reaching for another energy drink.

Drink water when you’re bloated

When you feel bloated, drinking water sounds as if it would only make matters worse, but it can often help, says James Lee, MD, gastroenterologist with St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif. If you’re on a high-fiber diet, for instance, then your body needs more water to work more efficiently, says Dr. Lee. “Water mixes with water soluble fiber and makes it into a gel like substance. This affects the motility of the gut and reduces the symptom of bloating.” Drinking more water also relieves bloating caused by dehydration. When you’re dehydrated, your body clings to the water your body does have, causing you to puff up.

Ditch diet Coke to lose weight

You should ditch all soda, including diet. Research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health revealed that overweight and obese adults who drank diet beverages ate more calories from food than those who drank regular soda. Additionally, a University of Texas study found that diet soda drinkers had a 70% greater increase in waist circumference than non-drinkers over the course of about 10 years.

“In addition, many people think ‘low-fat,’ ‘low-sugar,’ or ‘light’ means fewer calories, but that’s not always true,” says Goodson. “Typically when manufacturers cut something out and the end result tastes just as good, they’ve added something like additional sugar.”

Drink a hot beverage to cool off

Which will cool you off faster on a steamy summer morning: iced coffee or hot? Two recent studies say the latter—and so do other cultures where drinking hot tea in hot weather is the norm, like in India. When you sip a hot beverage, your body senses the change in temperature and increases your sweat production. Then, as the sweat evaporates from your skin, you cool off naturally

Exercise when you’re tired

After a long, exhausting workday, exercising sounds like the last thing you’d want to do, but getting your sweat on will actually energize you. Fatigue along with mood and depression improved after a single 30-minute moderate intensity exercise session, according to a study published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. “Everything we do uses oxygen, so when you exercise it helps you work more efficiently and you don’t tire as easily,” says Nutting. “You also function better mentally.”

Handwrite notes to boost your brainpower

Typing notes enables you to jot down more material, but you’re more likely to remember those notes if you handwrite them, according to research from Indiana University. “To learn something means you have processed it,” says Dr. Towfigh. “And when you take handwritten notes you ‘process’ or learn more information. You begin the learning process as you listen to the lecture.” Plus, since you look at the page on which you are writing, you naturally review the material and reinforce the information you’ve already processed, Dr. Towfigh says.

antibacterial soap to prevent illness

Reaching for the soap bottle labeled “antibacterial” won’t necessarily reduce your risk of getting sick or passing illness to others—in fact, there is no evidence that antibacterial soaps are more effective than regular ones. What’s more, long-term exposure to some ingredients in these products, such as triclosan, may pose health risks like bacterial resistance or hormonal effects,

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