Tired all the time? Change your diet!

The good news is avoiding fatigue and tiredness is not really rocket science. Here are some things to avoid and simple changes you should be making to your diet right now.

Carbs

Choose your carbohydrate intake carefully. Avoid sweets, drinks with high sugar content, to prevent high sugar levels and ultimately keep away fatigue. However, the carb-rich foods you must choose are milk, oatmeal, soy, apricots, etc. These are usually low-glycemic.

Water

The most simple and basic must on the list. At least 10 cups of water must be consumed every day, to reduce dehydration and keep tiredness away. A tip to remember about liquids – cut down on caffeine. Do not consume more than 300 mg to keep drowsiness away.

Fruits & Vegetables

Orange, Bananas, Apple, Pears, and vitamin-rich food should be a part of your diet. Also, cooked vegetables and salads are great!

Breakfast

Never skip breakfast. Your breakfast should always be protein-rich. Consumption of cereals, smoothies, oatmeals, whole-grain rich food, yogurt, etc is the best way to start your day.

Meat

Low meat, especially missing red meat in your diet might be the reason you are tired! Always include steaks in your diet. Also, protein-rich and fatty foods like fish, turkey, eggs, pork, and bacon must be on the list. For the vegetarians, there is always tofu and nuts to keep you energetic.

Snacks

Snacking and eating at regular intervals is compulsory. Don’t let your calorie intake drop by skipping meals. Three meals a day and snacking with lentil soup, nuts, avocado, berries, and other fiber-rich fruits and vegetables is the way to go!

5 Hair care myths debunked

Your beautician, friends, family, colleagues, almost everyone you know would have offered you these hair tips and tricks at some point in your life. It is time to debunk all those and keep it simple.

Shinier hair with a cold rinse

Did you know? Hair doesn’t really react to water temperature. So, a cold or hot rinse isn’t the key for shinier hair. Conditioner is the tip to shinier hair.

Frequent trimming for lengthy hair

Here’s the truth guys, regular trimming does not help in hair growth. It sure does keep the ends healthier and cuts off split ends, but has nothing to do with length. The growth is happening from the scalp and the root. So, growth irrespective of trimming doesn’t alter. Trimming once in 3 months is more than enough, that too not for faster growth, remember!

Products stop suiting hair texture

We think beyond a point, certain products stop suiting our hair. Now, this is the myth we need to debunk. So, if weather conditions, hormones, and habits change, that’s when your shampoo starts working in different ways. Also, straightening, coloring, makeovers or other changes to length and texture is the reason products give varied results. Switching brands is not the key, maintaining the texture by avoiding heat and other changes around is.

Hair dyeing can cause damage

Don’t worry about coloring your hair, especially if the hair is not healthy or damaged. Dyeing doesn’t tamper the health of the hair. Remember, the hair in the scalp is always newer than damaged ends, so coloring doesn’t cause further damage.

Brush your hair when wet

Firstly, excessive brushing is not recommended at all. Secondly, brushing while hair is still wet can cause the most damage. It is better to detangle hair with your fingers. Brushing your hair will easily cause breakage. Most importantly, avoid brushes with sharp edges and use more wide-toothed combs.

5 essential oils you should stock up on

Lemon Oil

Since summer is almost here, we thought we must begin with lemon, a perfect essential to beat the heat. Apart from being antibacterial and helpful for digestion and the immune system, lime oils also help in uplifting your mood. So, this summer here is all you have to do

– Mix lemon oil with your shampoo.

– Detox by drinking a glass of water mixed with a few drops of lemon oil every morning.

– Spray around, and on yourself, some lemon oil mixed with water helps with fragrance and also keeps the bugs away from clothing.

– Break free with lemon oil massages, relieves stress, and improves concentration.

Lavender Oil

Lavender oil is smooth and is the best thing to let your hair down and break-free from all the stress. Not only that, but the oil also helps in easing pain. From migraines to burns and stings, lavender oil is a great remedy for many purposes/healing.

Also, guess what? This one is also recommended for the kids! Lavender oil is a must-have for your child, both during bedtime and a bath. Massage it for your kids every night before going to sleep. Around two tablespoons will do. Plus, the fragrance will give you and your kid a good night’s sleep.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is an excellent antifungal! Being antiseptic it helps in curing cuts and infections. Also, this essential oil helps in keeping the acne away. Beneficial for both dry and oily skin, this oil can be combined with your daily soaps and shampoos. Not only that, when mixed with coconut oil, tea tree oil also works as an anti-dandruff agent.

Tip: Stay lice-free by spraying some tea tree oil mixed with water on your hair!

Eucalyptus oil

Eucalyptus oil has the cure for more than just one problem. The oil works as an insect repellant (works great when mixed with tea tree or lemon oil) and protects the skin from itching. It is popularly known to aid chest congestion, treat arthritis, and acts as a reliever for muscle aches. The oil also rejuvenates your sense and takes away the strain from your body.

Tip: A steam with eucalyptus oil mixed with hot water is always an excellent remedy!

Sandalwood Oil

Sandalwood oil is one of the best essentials to tackle sleep problems. It also works to reduce stress, anxiety, and is highly recommended for depression. And like most oils, sandalwood too helps address skin conditions and relieves back pain as well.

Tip: Add the oil to cotton and place it under your pillow for sound sleep.

 

All you need to know about nail care

You must be wondering why nail care is so important, considering a manicure or pedicure is just a doorstep away. But, once the pampering is done, it’s time to maintain the nails. So, here are some tips that will surely come handy in keeping those nails healthy and strong.

Don’t let the polish stay

Sometimes, we tend to let the nail polish stay for too long. Don’t wait for it to wear off by itself. The key is to make sure nails don’t turn brown. So, remove your nail polish every 3 weeks at least to avoid staining of nails.

Regular Moisturizing

This one is really simple. Just moisturize your hands every night before going to bed and you are good to go. This not only keeps the nails strong but also helps with healthy cuticles.

Dry Mani/Pedi

Yes, while most of us soak our nails in water in the process of pampering, we are forgetting one important thing. The chemicals used in the water more than often enter the skin, making it vulnerable. So, the best thing to do is to opt for dry manicures and pedicures, which are hygienic and also last longer.

Except at times, saltwater soaking helps with nail injuries and kills germs.

Keep them short

Keeping nails short and regular clipping will help in maintaining them dirt-free. Though long nails seem fancy and are the trend of all times, short nails are hands down the winners. Short nails help from breaking, avoids ingrowth, and definitely reduces infections. Also, you don’t have to worry about broken nails or bruises anymore!

Avoid/sterilize metal tools

How about nail brushes instead of metal grooming tools to clean them up? Clean up with brushes to escape cuts from other tools. Also, if you feel there is no escaping from all of them, then don’t forget to sterilize the grooming tools. Make sure the stuff used to remove cuticles and dead skin is always clean, both at home and the parlor.