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stupidity virus

It may sound like a spam email you will likely delete as soon as you get it, but Stupidity virus is real and it may affect you already! The first thing you will have to know is that the virus was confirmed by the scientists at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Nebraska. The name simply refers to the fact it literally affects your IQ.

Study Proves the Existence and Severity of the Virus

Scientists at aforementioned universities were able to observe and test 90 people and discovered that 44% of them suffer from ATCV 1 or as you know it, Stupidity virus. The virus is present in the form of green algae and it affects the throats of the people. It is also known that it decreases the cognitive functions.

Further research has proved that people who are affected by the virus will lose between 7 and 9 points of their IQ. The same people, who participated in the study did IQ test two times. The first time was before they were diagnosed with the virus and the second time after. It proved that all 44% of them had decreased IQ.

9 points of your IQ can make a massive difference and make you average intelligent, or above the average. It can also reveal its effect while performing complicated tasks or while multitasking.

Luckily, the virus isn’t considered to be dangerous and it doesn’t cause additional, side effects.

An interesting fact is that the scientists were able to isolate the virus and inject it into mice. The findings discovered decreased IQ in mice as well. Mice are commonly used in studies all around the world due to the similarity they have with humans when exposed to a virus or bacteria.

The Origin

Several studies were conducted all over the world in order to discover the origin and more insights into the Stupid virus. Probably the most productive research was conducted in Copenhagen, where scientists determined that this form of the virus is likely developed in a laboratory somewhere in the world.

Although questionable, this is the probable origin of the virus and it does serve a purpose. The same scientists added that the virus will simply make the human population less intelligent, which will make them more probable consumers, easier to ‘’process’’ and effect by the advertisement.

Yes, there are is a lot of debate across the planet about the virus and some scientists still don’t admit its existence, but we know that this form of virus actually exists and it may infect you already.


The Final Word


The next time you hear about the stupidity virus, make sure to check out. There will probably be additional studies and research that will help us prove the origin, the side effects and how to cure this virus. We only hope that scientists will be able to discover a cure and eliminate this virus from our lives once for all. After all, our intelligence is precious.

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colon cleanser, detox


This drink, whose recipe you will read below, will help you to detoxify your body and purify your body.

It will improve your metabolism and will cure problems with the colon. In addition, it will help you get rid of excess pounds.

The main ingredient of this drink is parsley that has many medicinal properties such as:


  • It acts as a natural diuretic and discarding unnecessary contaminated tissue from the body.
  • It is anti-inflammatory
  • Folds antioxidant
  • Provides the spread of cancerous cells
  • Relieves stress and anxiety
  • It neutralizes bad breath (chewing on a fresh leaf)
  • Purifies the blood
  • Provides infections of the bladder and kidneys

NEEDED INGREDIENTS: 

  • 1 lemon
  • 1 hand parsley
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of malic acid
  • 500 ml of water

PROCEDURE: 


  • Put all ingredients in a blender until you get the juice you drink before going to bed. Of course, for positive results, you need to eat healthy and be more physically active.

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rejection

We have all experienced rejection at some point. It can hurt and cut us deeply. As human beings, we innately want to be loved and accepted. A sense of belonging to a community is one of our fundamental ingredients for survival. We were never meant to live in isolation.

Receiving rejection today is certainly not what it used to be, given how far less connected we are in this digital age of technology.

In the split-second instant we post on social media, we’re unconsciously broadcasting our desire to be seen and to connect. But when that Instagram selfie or Facebook post doesn’t receive the number of likes or comments we thought it might, we feel disappointed, overlooked and left behind.

We then flog ourselves with self-blame, debilitating guilt, over-accountability and hopeless thoughts about the future. Romantic rejections are where we tend to be most vulnerable and left raw to our core. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. You can recover.

So how to handle rejection? Here are six ways to help you rebalance the washing machine of emotional and mental turmoil you can be thrown into (sometimes without any warning) so that rejection can become one of the most positive life-changing gifts you can receive.

1. Diffuse the fear of being rejected by acknowledging and expecting it can and will hurt

After twenty-five years of marriage and a couple of adult-age children, being told “I don’t love you anymore” would and should feel like a dagger piercing your tender heart. The psychological blow can hurt just as much as the physical pain of a right hook to your jaw or punch to the stomach.

To overcome the sting of rejection, stop trying to avoid feeling that stings. Stop pretending your unaffected if indeed, you are. Acknowledge that the sharp, heavy emotional pain you feel is as valid and real as any physical pain. Trying to sugar coat what you feel and experience will do you far more harm than good.

Listen to the voice inside you that describes the injustice you feel. Give it air time. Allow that voice to talk and lick the emotional wounds.

If you don’t, that emotional energy will continue to tug at you like the child constantly pulling at the mother’s skirt to grab her attention. Listen to the voice’s mix of rage, sadness, loss and loneliness. You will start to feel relief simply by no longer pretending you’re invincible and allowing the flood of your feelings to flow.

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2. Physically sever your connection with rumination

If your friends are rolling their eyes and sighing when you describe to them for the fifth time in minute detail the story of how you were unfairly treated in your dream job interview process, it’s time to shift. You’re wasting time and energy – theirs and yours – and stopping yourself from moving on. Instead, enlist the help of your partner, family and friends.

Make a contract with your partner, family and friends allowing them to catch you in the throes of verbal diarrhea and stop you purging, yet again. Work out three or four different activities which will distract you and turn your attention to something productive. Choose the activity wisely, though. It’s not simply about distracting yourself and keeping yourself busy.

Choose something that catalyzes good energy within you, occupies your mindset and shifts your mood. Physical activities are great examples. Move your body, listen to music, go and shoot a few hoops with your mates in the lunch break or after work. Consider starting a small project completely unrelated to your rejection experience that engages you to purposefully contribute.

By activating neural pathways that increase a healthy mental state, the shackles of rumination will start to lose their grip. Use your friends and family to keep you accountable and break the debilitating rhythm of rumination.

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3. Regulate the amount of rejection opportunities you expose yourself to

We all have a different threshold of the amount of rejection we can handle. Repeatedly receiving the notice ‘we regret to inform you that your application has been successful’ becomes a soul-destroying exercise before too long if you’re desperate to find a new job.

When times are particularly tough, you need to protect your mental and emotional states. Wisely considering how much more you can handle is essential. Before you take another step forward, ask yourself if you have the right resources and support in place to catch you.

If you have stood at desperation station, hoping to board the train and it keeps passing you by, sometimes the best thing you can do is stop trying to board for a while. Take a rest. Allow your mind and your thoughts to breathe.

Turn your attention to activities and opportunities, which don’t put you at risk again of rejection, at least for a short period. During the rest periods, your muscles repair and become stronger after a weights workout. Your mind and heart are the same. You must allow them to breathe before you put them at risk of future battle and bruising.

Know that you will always have a different capacity and resilience to handle rejection than your neighbor, so be careful of setting goals to step back into the boxing ring before you’re truly ready.

Get familiar with what your thresholds are and honor them. If you need to take a few days off from doing job application after job application, do so. Your mind will be refreshed, better focused and relaxed so that you can put your best foot forward at your next attempts.

Elite athletes experience peaks and troughs throughout their training regimes and competitions. It’s a given fact of their journey. So too is the ebb and flow of recuperating from rejection and then jumping back on the horse and getting going again.

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4. Attach a different meaning to your definition and experience of rejection
Several research studies by Carol Dweck and Lauren Howe at Stanford University have revealed that individuals with fixed mindsets in romantic rejection contexts, experience negative effects of rejection for longer.

Participants who believed personalities were generally set in stone and unchanging, ascribed ‘faults’ in their personalities, as opposed to identifying that the rejection could be an opportunity for positive change or growth. They believed these ‘faults’ were permanent and also worried about how future relationships would be continually affected.

If you feel experiencing a rejection means there is something wrong with you, you’re far from alone. But this doesn’t mean your thinking is accurate. Invite yourself to consider:
  • Is it possible that the deductions I am making about myself are actually not true… that they are simply fueled by the intense, turbulent emotions I am feeling in these moments?
  • Is it possible that this rejection is just an indication that what I wanted to belong to and be part of is not a suitable fit for me?
  • Could this rejection be a guiding rail to steer me back on the course I am truly meant to be on, or something even better I have not yet been able to fathom?
  • Could this actually be a grand opportunity to grow and expand into a better version of myself?

When Steve Jobs was rejected and sacked from his own company in 1985, he went on to generate his first billion dollars with Pixar Animation Studios after purchasing it from Lucasfilm in 1986.[2] Today, Pixar is the most successful animation studio of its kind.

By being rejected and insulted colorfully by the seemingly attractive man or woman you approached at the bar, you could have saved yourself a marriage of heartache and abuse. In fact, the door is now open for you to continue your discovery journey of finding someone who is a much better potential complement and at the very least has far superior manners!

Where rejection is possible, hold a palm card containing the above questions in your pocket to access a reality check. See if you can step into a growth mindset and practice thinking more widely about the consequences of your being rejected.

What have you learned and discovered about yourself? What have you learned from the rejection experience? What opportunities can you now see that perhaps have not been able to see before? When you feel ready to step forward again, will you go in the same direction again or will you pivot? Might you do things differently this time?

Rejection can, in fact, be a glorious unveiling of new possibilities.

5. Learn to recalibrate the rejection experience to reduce its impact on you


Think about times when you have wanted something that has been out of your reach. There has been at least a risk, a gap or an obstacle that is in the way of you getting what you want. Do you want it more? The scarcity of your being able to reach the prize or reward you’re stretching for seems to become more attractive and valuable when it’s harder to obtain. It’s a key sales psychology feature businesses use to effectively sell to their customers; they market to your fear of missing out.

When you get the defining negative answer, the yearning for that thing you so strongly desired somehow becomes stronger. The reality, however, is that nothing specific changed about the person you longed to date. The job description or remuneration package remained the same whether you were the chosen candidate or someone else was. However in your mind and heart, you, for some reason, feel a greater sense of loss.

Can you recognize if you do this? If so, ask yourself these two questions:
  • Could I have idolized the situation or person which has now led me to feel such a deep sense of loss, sadness and unworthiness? Could I have put the person or opportunity on a pedestal which made the fall of being rejected so much harder on impact?
  • Are there negative attributes about the situation that I was not seeing because I was wanting this so badly?

It’s only after you have allowed some time to pass after the initial experience of your rejection, that you will be able to more objectively answer these questions. Only reflect when the initial intensity of the sting has subsided. It’s only then you’ll be able to see the other side of the coin.

Sometimes it’s only through rejection that you can see the grass is not as green as it appeared after all. Your loss is not as great and you’ve not fallen as far as you thought.

6. Learn to build resilience to diffuse the fear of future rejection

You can grow confidence through being rejected. It comes down to proactively reviewing your behavioral patterns and resources and forecasting your recovery strategy should you be in the firing line to take a fall in the future.

After you have licked your wounds, take time to reflect and look at how you reacted and responded. What were your patterns? How well were you resourced to handle the fall? Did you withdraw and isolate yourself to lick your wounds? Was this helpful or might having talked with other close friends or family helped you process the emotional pain faster and more effectively? Did you have a plan prepared for the potentiality of experiencing the rejection?

If you don’t have a plan, develop one.

By predicting how your emotions and thoughts could be sent into a spin, you give yourself a stronger sense of maintaining self-control should rejection hit. You lessen the shock of the blow if you also know you’ve got a first aid plan in place.

Write down what thoughts and emotions you could experience in the face of a rejection. If it’s anger, have a healthy strategy prepared to process the energy of that anger. If it’s sadness, build time in your schedule to allow yourself to feel the sadness either alone or in the company of a supportive friend, colleague, family member or therapist.

Once you’ve managed to process a fair amount of the emotional and cognitive fallout, now invest in things which restore your energy, strength and willingness to bounce back. Then, consider stepping back into the boxing ring.

When you have plans and strategies in place, overcoming rejection and the fear of it becomes more like cruising over a small speed hump rather than giving up hope completely of walking again after tumbling to base camp from the summit of Mt Everest.

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Yоu knоw how ѕоmе fоlkѕ appear tо bе muсh оldеr thаn their асtuаl аgе, whіlе оthеrѕ look, fееl аnd реrfоrm mоrе lіkе реорlе dесаdеѕ уоungеr? The experts tеll us that оnlу 15 tо 30% of this еxtrеmе dіffеrеnсе іn the ѕрееd аt whісh people age саn bе еxрlаіnеd by genetics; thе vast mаjоrіtу оf thіѕ dіѕраrіtу іѕ chalked uр to whаt thеу like tо call “lіfеѕtуlе.”

Whеn wе hеаr lіfеѕtуlе, іn thіѕ regard, wе tеnd to thіnk of thе importance of a good diet, plenty оf еxеrсіѕе аnd аdеԛuаtе ѕlеер. Wе might also іnсludе mоdеrаtіоn іn alcohol consumption аnd smoking habits оr the lack thеrеоf in any еԛuаtіоn designed to slow аgіng. Aѕ extremely іmроrtаnt as аll thеѕе actions are, thеу раlе іn соmраrіѕоn tо thе еffесt оnе’ѕ mental fосuѕ hаѕ on speeding uр or slowing down thе аgіng рrосеѕѕ.

In the article Could your thoughts make you age? by Elizabeth Blасkburn Аnd Elіѕѕа Eреl, thе аnѕwеr is to thіnk thoughts оn a regular bаѕіѕ thаt get Bеlіеfѕ to join Dеѕіrеѕ ѕо thеу саn wоrk ѕіdе bу side tо tаkе уоu еаѕіlу and quicklу tо your dеѕіrеѕ аnd gоаlѕ lіkе thеу dіd whеn уоu were a very уоung сhіld. Lіkе thеу dіd bеfоrе уоu hаd buіlt up аnу оf уоur nеgаtіvе habits оf thоught nоw keeping you frоm hаvіng, dоіng оr being what you wаnt. This is a question you should ask yourself, could your thoughts make you age?

Why do we age?


It’s a quеѕtіоn аѕ оld аѕ science аnd beauty. Why dо we аgе? The answer іѕ-bесаuѕе еvеrу оnе of оur сеllѕ hаѕ a definite сараbіlіtу tо reproduce іtѕеlf-but оnlу a сеrtаіn number оf tіmеѕ. The сеllѕ аll hаvе an “end” оr “tаіl,” the lеngth оf whісh determines hоw many tіmеѕ thаt сеll can еffесtіvеlу reproduce іtѕеlf. Thе ѕhоrtеr thе tail, thе fewer tіmеѕ іt wіll rерrоduсе еffесtіvеlу.

Aѕ the сеll rерrоduсеѕ іtѕеlf, thе tаіl ѕhrіnkѕ. Once іt gеtѕ tо bе tоо ѕhоrt, the cell саn no lоngеr rерrоduсе and еvеntuаllу іt dіеѕ. Thеѕе ѕhrіnkіng tаіlѕ-knоwn аѕ tеlоmеrеѕ-аrе thе reason wе age. Fаѕt and еffісіеnt сеll reproduction hарреnѕ frеԛuеntlу whеn wе аrе уоung. The оldеr we аrе, thе ѕhоrtеr those tаіlѕ аrе, rеѕultіng іn ѕlоwеr аnd lеѕѕ еffісіеnt сеll rерrоduсtіоn аnd eventually сеll death.

Nеаrlу еvеrу cell іn thе bоdу іѕ gоvеrnеd thіѕ wау. This іѕ whу we аgе. But there іѕ hоре, found in thе twо еxсерtіоnѕ tо this shortening telomere rulе, germ (sex) сеllѕ аnd саnсеr сеllѕ. Strange tо find that wе mіght find thе answer tо the problems of aging in саnсеr сеllѕ, isn’t іt? Gеrm and саnсеr cells produce an еnzуmе called tеlоmеrаѕе. Thе еnzуmе prevents thе tеlоmеrе frоm ѕhоrtеnіng. Thus, іn thеоrу, саnсеr and ѕеx сеllѕ саn dіvіdе an іnfіnіtе аmоunt оf times. Thіѕ is good fоr mаkіng bаbіеѕ, bаd іf уоu аrе fасіng саnсеr, gооd іt уоu аrе looking fоr thе аnѕwеr to аgіng аnd the dіѕеаѕеѕ of оld аgе.


Can we fight ageing?

Scientists аrе lооkіng at ways tо tаkе аdvаntаgе оf thе tеlоmеrаѕе еnzуmе. Cаn wе reproduce іt? Cаn we find a wау to distribute іt effectively tо аll thе сеllѕ of thе body? Cаn wе eventually ward оff аgе аnd disease wіth a telomerase еnzуmе ѕhоt, ріll оr cream? Wіll thе enzyme wоrk еffесtіvеlу оn uѕ іf іt is іntrоduсеd frоm thе оutѕіdе rаthеr thаn сrеаtеd by оur оwn bodies? Will it really wоrk еffесtіvеlу оn all the сеllѕ?

Only time and ѕсіеnсе саn tеll; but, іf еffесtіvе therapies аrе dеvеlореd bаѕеd оn tеlоmеrе research, we may fіnd thаt wе саn shut down оur bіоlоgісаl сlосk. Grow to be 22 аnd begin thеrару. Nеvеr аgе аnоthеr day. Never fасе thе dіѕеаѕеѕ оf аgіng. Nеvеr wаtсh thе wrіnklеѕ fоrm. I dоn’t knоw thаt I want tо ѕее thіѕ аnd I dоn’t knоw thаt I dоn’t.

Whаt I dо knоw іѕ thаt science іѕ сhаѕіng it, аnd іf they catch іt, I’ll have nо сhоісе.

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fat, relationship


The many benefits of being in a relationship are, of course, well documented. You’ve always got someone to rub your shoulders at the end of the long day, there’s another pay packet to split the bills with, you never get cold toes in bed…

But apparently there’s one downside – well, at least one – to being loved up.

According to a new study conducted at the University of Queensland in Australia, that old wives’ tale that being in a relationship makes you put on weight is all too true.

In the extensive study, researchers analysed a decade’s worth of data from over 15,000 people and found that couples in happy relationships weighed an average of 5.8kg more than their single counterparts.

What’s more, they also discovered that those coupled-up had an average weight gain of 1.8kg per year.

“Marriage (or de-facto relationships) comes with spousal obligations such as regular family meals,” the researchers said.

“While they may include more healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables and less fast food, people often consume larger portion sizes and more calories in the company of others than they do alone, resulting in increased energy intake.”

relationship, fat

The study continued to explain: “Marriage and cohabiting also carry the potential for encouraging unhealthy behaviours, as couples often perform behaviours like eating, watching TV, and drinking alcohol together,” state the findings.

Participants were asked to answer questions about their lifestyle choices, such as how active they were, how much fast food they ate and how much TV they tended to watch.

The researchers did find that couples tend to eat more fruit and veg, and are less likely to smoke or drink to excess, but it did suggest that people in relationships may feel they no longer need to watch their weight because they’re no longer on the prowl for a mate.

Lead author Dr Stephanie Schoeppe told New Scientist magazine: “When couples don’t need to look attractive and slim to attract a partner, they may feel more comfortable in eating more, or eating more foods high in fat and sugar.”

When you’ve been dating someone for a while, you don’t really have an incentive to go the gym anymore because you already have someone who’ll sleep with you, and ordering takeout and downing two bottles of wine together while binge watching Netflix sounds better than going out and being active… and before you know it, boom! Ten extra pounds.
sitting, sendentary

This isn’t breaking news, but people sit a lot these days — like, a lot a lot. Whether you sit at a desk between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the reg, or you can usually be found on the couch studying for your next midterm, being an adult in the modern world means being sedentary more often than not. You’re probably already aware that your body doesn’t exactly love sitting all day, but you might not know as much about how sitting all day affects your brain. Spoiler: it’s not great. But seriously, don’t panic. The first step to fixing any problem in life is to gain a better understanding of the problem, so let’s talk a little bit about how parking your butt in a chair actually affects you.

For one thing, according to the American Cancer Society, there’s a strong link between “long periods of leisure time sitting and a higher risk of death from all causes,” including cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, digestive diseases, and more. “[Sitting is] something that we all do whether we are sitting and watching TV, resting, reading or working at our computer — and it’s important to know what health risks could be associated with sitting for that long in the day,” Dr. Neha Pagidipati, a cardiologist at Duke University, told NBC News.

If you’re already feeling a little freaked out, take a deep breath and remind yourself that, just because sitting is kind of an unavoidable part of your everyday routine, that doesn’t mean you have zero control over how it affects you. As a 2014 blog post from Harvard Health explains, you can add more standing time to your days in really simple ways, like walking/pacing around whenever you take a phone call (honestly, who doesn’t already do this?), using commercial breaks during your favorite TV shows as workout or stretch breaks, and taking the long way to places you visit regularly, like the office or the grocery store.

And if you need some extra motivation to remind you why it’s important to get up from your chair every once in awhile, here are a few ways sitting can affect your brain.
sitting, sendentary

SITTING CAN AFFECT YOUR MEMORY

It might seem like the two have nothing to do with each other, but if you’re always misplacing your phone, or forgetting to answer important emails, those brain farts could have something to do with how much you’re sitting.

“While sitting seems quite harmless on the surface, its negative impact on blood flow to the head is actually linked to the deterioration of the part of the brain that helps us retain both old memories and new information,” says Beth Shaw, CEO/founder of YogaFit and registered nutritional counselor.

Doing a few mid-afternoon jumping jacks suddenly sounds like a great idea, doesn’t it?

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IT CAN ALSO DECREASE YOUR FOCUS

You ever find yourself just sitting in front of your computer screen and staring blankly ahead, suddenly unsure of what you were doing, or what you were supposed to be doing? I know I’ve definitely been there.

According to Lara Heimann, founder of Movement by Lara and an expert in yoga and physical therapy, those weird, spacey moments can actually have something to do with the fact that you’ve been sitting for too long. “When you are sitting, you are not actively working your musculoskeletal system or your cardiopulmonary system, which all affect how well the brain functions,”.

These long bouts of sitting essentially dial down the volume, so to speak, of your thinking and perspective, says Heimann. “If you are sitting for long periods of time,” she explains, “you are missing out on a potential neurotransmitter boost that comes with varied movement.”
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BEING SEDENTARY CAN ALSO MAKE YOU FEEL SLUGGISH

While it’s mainly your body that feels sluggish after a long day of sitting, neurology specialist Dr. Aida Quka tells us that the reason why you feel that way is because being sedentary can lead to a lack of oxygen in your brain.

Again, I know all of this sounds pretty serious, if not downright scary, but the solution really can be as simple as tweaking a few minor things in your everyday routine. Shaw suggests, for instance, kicking off your mornings by getting upside down in a headstand (side note: using the wall for support is totally fine). That increased blood flow to the brain will feel refreshing, she explains, especially first thing in the morning.

If headstands aren’t your thing, remember, combating the sitting dilemma can still be as simple as pacing around your room the next time your grandma wants to have one of her infamous hour-long chats on the phone.


egg, egg diet

This diet almost does not contain carbohydrates and is therefore so successful. If you want to lose weight, this diet based on boiled eggs can be the right solution for you. 

There is no person in the world that would say no to a fast-weight loss method, and this article will show you a way to do that. You can easily melt the unwanted fats with boiled egg diet. This diet is really effective because it will keep you full for a longer period of time and plus it will speed up the metabolism and that will result in faster process of fat burning.

Most of the cases where the person is all the time hungry are because that person lacks water. That is why you should drink enough water, plus you will boost your energy levels.

This diet is quite simple and everyone can try it. You will need to forget about junk foods when you are on this diet, and you will also need to limit the intake of sugar and salt as much as you can. That is the same for alcohol and soda. If you are doing everything correctly you can lose up to 11 kg in just two weeks.

egg, egg diet
 
Here is the diet:


Week 1


Monday:

  • breakfast – 2 boiled eggs and 1 citric fruit;
  • lunch – 2 slices of whole meal bread and some fruit;
  • dinner – chicken and big serving of salad.
Tuesday:
  • breakfast – 2 boiled eggs with 1 citric fruit;
  • lunch – chicken and salad of green vegetables
  • dinner – 2 boiled eggs, 1 orange and salad of vegetables.
Wednesday:
  • breakfast – the same as the previous days;
  • lunch – 1 tomato, 1 slice whole meal bread and low fat cheese;
  • dinner – chicken and salad.
Thursday:
  • breakfast – the same as the previous days;
  • lunch – fruit;
  • dinner – steamed chicken and salad.
Friday:
  • breakfast – the same;
  • lunch – 2 boiled eggs and steamed vegetables;
  • dinner – barbeque or fish and salad.
Saturday:
  • breakfast – the same;
  • lunch – fruit;
  • dinner – vegetables with steamed chicken.
Sunday:
  • breakfast – the same;
  • lunch – chicken, tomato salad and steamed vegetables;
  • dinner – steamed vegetables. 

egg, egg diet
Week 2

Monday:
  • breakfast – the same;
  • lunch – chicken and salad;
  • dinner – 2 eggs, salad and 1 orange.
Tuesday:
  • breakfast – the same;
  • lunch – steamed vegetables and 2 eggs;
  • dinner – fish or barbeque or salad.
Wednesday:
  • breakfast – the same;
  • lunch – the same as Monday from the second week;
  • dinner – the same as Monday from the second week.
Thursday:
  • breakfast – the same;
  • lunch – 2 eggs, steamed vegetables and low fat cheese;
  • dinner – steamed chicken and salad.
Friday:
  • breakfast – the same;
  • lunch – tuna salad;
  • dinner – 2 eggs and salad
Saturday:
  • breakfast – the same
  • lunch – chicken and salad;
  • dinner – fruit
Sunday:
  • breakfast – the same
  • lunch – steamed chicken and steamed vegetables
  • dinner – the same as the lunch from the same day.
Before starting any kind of diet you should consult with your doctor first. That is what you should remember.

drunk lady, drunk girl

How different is your drunk self and your sober self? The answer might surprise you.

The way that people behave under the influence of alcohol is often believed to be a totally different version of their character. After all, how many people have looked back at their antics the night before and swore that they would have never behaved in such a way if it wasn’t for the demon drink? However, this accepted wisdom may be completely wrong. According to a new study, the way that a person behaves when they are drunk may be a lot closer to the ‘real’ version of themselves than initially thought.

drunk lady, drunk girl

“A man’s true character comes out when he’s drunk.” – Charlie Chaplin

A collaborative team of researchers drawn up from Purdue University and the University of Missouri worked with a group of 156 volunteer participants to figure out how alcohol actually affects behavior.
All of the volunteers were given a survey two weeks prior to the experiment. This survey asked them to self-assess the traits that they associated with the sober versions of themselves and the drunk one. For the experiment, the volunteers were divided randomly into two groups – one of which was given vodka and Sprite and the other group was just given Sprite. Those who were drinking alcohol were told to keep drinking continuously as they were given various tasks to carry out while being observed by sober individuals.

The participants were asked to rate themselves after completing the tasks. They all believed that they were less conscientious, agreeable, open to experience while drunk and more extroverted and emotional stable. However, the neutral observers disagreed and said that there was not a lot of difference between the drunk participants and the sober ones.



One of the psychologist scientists working on the project, Rachel Winograd, said that she and the team were surprised to see that the drunk participants had a completely different view of their behaviour than outside observers who only believed that they were more extroverted that was typical and did not think that they were being unusually disagreeable or careless when they were carrying out their appointed tasks.

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There is evidence to suggest that running may have been instrumental in making us quintessentially human. It relieves anxiety caused by phobias, reduces the risk of death, improves mood, manages chronic stress, promotes better sleep, and even prevents osteoporosis. Running is is also cost-effective and can be done anywhere.

Head to a park at 6 am and you’re bound to have at least one person in sweaty clothes whizz past you with earphones blaring a fast-paced tune. And if that or the track events during the Olympics have you wondering why running is so popular, we’ve got a few answers. Besides having a host of benefits, research has found that when it comes to humans, the roots of this sport run deep. 

Humans Are Biologically Designed To Run


Running comes naturally to humans. Dennis Bramble from the University of Utah and anthropologist Daniel Lieberman from Harvard University link this phenomenon to the human anatomy. They postulated that we look the way we do because our ancestors were more likely to survive if they could run. This included the need to run to pursue their prey before they invented weapons like bows, arrows, nets, and spear-throwers and to beat hyenas and other scavengers to scavenge carcasses of dead animals, as scavenging was an easier and more reliable option to find food.

And their theory went against the belief that running was a byproduct of bipedalism or the ability to walk on two legs. The researchers argued that there were about three million years of bipedal walking by our ancestors–the australopithecines–without them ever looking like a human. If natural selection had not favored running, we would have looked a lot like apes still, they say. Keeping in line with this, here are all the changes seen in Homo erectus, which evolved 1.9 million years ago.

Human heads are stabilized via the nuchal ligament in the neck, which is present only in species that run, and they have a complex vestibular system that becomes immediately activated to ensure stability while running.

The insertion on the heel bone for the Achilles tendon is long in humans, increasing the spring action of the Achilles.

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Humans also have relatively long legs and a huge gluteus maximus muscle.

It was in the 1960s that running (or more specifically jogging) started emerging as a mass physical fitness practice in America. Studies show that it was configured as a counter to the ill-effects of the sedentary habits that arose as a result of industrialization and urbanization. But that isn’t the only benefit it offers. Here’s a reckoner of all the benefits that putting on your running shoes every day will give you.

1. Reduces The Risk Of Death

Running is one of the most efficient ways to burn calories. For every mile you run, you burn about 100 calories and running at a 10 percent incline will double your calorie burn.

According to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, running, even five-10 minutes a day, at slow speeds, even slower than six miles per hour, is associated with markedly reduced risks of death from all causes and cardiovascular disease.

Running can help in a number of ways in addressing both state and trait anxiety. One of the first things a person undergoing a panic attack is advised to do is breathe deeply. Shallow breaths only compound the problem. Regular running has a positive effect on your breathing pattern. As an aerobic activity, it increases your aerobic capacity, that is your ability to take in more oxygen and use it efficiently. Alongside that it normalizes the heart rate and the blood flow. 

Once blood circulation improves, the symptoms of numbness or tingling also subside. The endorphins and the stress-alleviating hormones running triggers also do their part in checking the bad effects of cortisol. Here are various ways running helps alleviate anxiety:

2. Relieves Anxiety Caused By A Phobia

Research states that running can treat several types of phobia, which produces a physiological reaction like anxiety does. This is because most popular treatments for phobias include the respiratory relief technique, in which breathing deeply and slowly after a period of restricted breathing increases the carbon dioxide concentration in the blood and the fluid in the brain and the spine. This, in turn, has a tranquilizing effect. Here’s all the types of phobia your morning run can help. 

Agoraphobia
: In one study, patients with phobia of open spaces (agoraphobia) were made to run till they were almost out of breath and then made to walk or run through an area where their anxiety was naturally aroused. The experiment helped diminish their anxiety.

Phobia of high-level lavatory cisterns
: In another study, patients with a phobia of high-level lavatory cisterns were treated in the same way and were made to enter a situation they usually feared after running vigorously till the limit of their toleration. Their phobia was cured in just five sessions.

Elevator phobia
: In yet another case study, a person with an elevator phobia was made to jog such that it left her fatigued and out of breath, with her heart rate increased and her legs weak, all of which were symptoms she associated with her phobia. She was then made to ride an elevator. The process was repeated for taller buildings until she got rid of her phobia fully. Though this particular case involves jogging, the effect would have been similar, and probably more rapid, had running been used as part of therapy.

3. Improves Mood


Running increases blood circulation to the brain and influences the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis that regulates physiological processes in your body, such as reactions to stress and regulation of mood and emotions. Studies have found that aerobic exercises such as running and even jogging trigger the release of endorphins, popularly referred to as happy hormones and monoamines, the neurotransmitters that play a crucial role in arousal, emotion, and cognition, and thus improve mood and combat anxiety and depression. Besides, exercise in general reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol.
 
4. Manages Chronic Stress


An animal study on the benefit of exercise on mental health showed that wheel running had an effect on the brain of mice. When they were subjected to uncontrollable stress in the form of tail shocks, which usually induces depression- or anxiety-like behavior, mice that had six weeks of running could resist the shock better.

This is because running promoted neuroplasticity in the mice’s striatum, a part of the brain that is concerned with regulating voluntary movements, learning, habits, and cognition—that is, exercise allowed the neurons in the striatum to adapt their activities in response to new situations or to changes in their environment caused by injury or disease. This study showed that running enhances stress resistance and can protect against its harmful effects.

5. Improves The Quality Of Sleep


Studies have found that running every morning for 3 weeks will help you sleep better. It lowers stress and normalizes the sleep-wake cycle by increasing sleep-inducing hormones like serotonin, growth hormone–releasing hormone (GHRH), and thyroid hormones. The drop in your body temperature after a run might also bring in restful sleep so you could opt for a quick night jog as well.

6. Strengthens Knees


It is assumed that running increases the risk of knee osteoarthritis, a joint disease that’s caused by the breakdown of joint cartilage and the underlying bone. However, research has found that running, in fact, strengthens the knees by thickening the cartilage around the bone. According to one study, runners had half the incidence of osteoarthritis as compared to walkers or people who did other forms of exercise. Researchers attributed this to the impact of running which strengthens the muscles around the knee, the hamstrings, and the calf muscle as well as the fact that running leads to lower body mass index, which reduces the chances of hip replacement.

7. Prevents Osteoporosis


As you age, you lose the density of minerals in your bone tissues, especially that of calcium. This leaves you vulnerable to osteoporosis, a condition where your bones become brittle and prone to fracture. One study found that high-impact activities like running may have a greater positive effect on the bone mineral density (BMD) as compared to resistance training exercises like cycling. Researchers also noted that runners had greater spine BMD than cyclists.

Another study presented at the European Congress of Endocrinology also gave more marks to running over other exercises. The researchers noted that an exercise that puts greater strain on the bones, like running, may improve long-term bone health more effectively than non-weight-bearing activities like cycling or swimming.

8. Aids Recovery Post Radiation Therapy


Recovering from cancer treatment can be difficult, especially since radiation therapy leaves many patients with injuries. But running can help with recovery, in terms of both the structure and the function of the cells in the injured area. In fact, a three-month-long research conducted on mice found that after a medium exposure to radiation therapy for cancer treatment, running significantly restored the levels of precursor cells (or stem cells) that are ready to form new blood cells as well as the rate of birth of new neurons (or nerve cells). The study also suggested that running could be used in rehabilitation therapy of childhood cancer survivors.

9. Improves Learning And Memory


If you’d like to improve your memory and learning skills, head on out and buy yourself a pair of good running shoes. Several studies have found that the heart-pumping activity has positive effects on the brain’s structure and function. More specifically, it releases cathepsin B, a protein that aids in the generation of new nerve cells or neurons in the hippocampus, the part of the brain that aids the process of learning and memory. Studies that looked into this benefit were first done on rodents, then on monkeys, and finally on humans before arriving on the final findings. Throughout all of these studies, the individual who had the largest increase in cathepsin levels showed the largest gains in memory and learning.

In addition to this, running and being physically active every day not only keeps you fit as you march into old age but also slows down age-related brain dysfunctions. A large-scale study conducted on over 2,400 respondents over a period of 20 years found that signs of aging like forgetfulness were lesser in those who were more active while they were younger as compared to those who weren’t. This was determined through a memory test that was given to the participants 25 years after they were first examined. In the test, participants were asked to remember words from a list, and it was found that for every additional minute they had been able to run as a young adult, they could remember one additional word from the list.

10. Improves Attention And Focus


Running can improve your attention span. In a study conducted at Spain’s University of Granada, researchers brought together 22 triathletes and 20 people with low aerobic fitness. Both the groups were asked to sit in front of a blank computer screen and react as fast as they could on seeing a full red circle. The triathletes had a faster reaction time as compared to the people with low fitness levels. Researchers attributed this speed in reacting to stimuli to a better transmission of nerve impulses, or what can be called better neuroelectric activity. The triathletes also demonstrated a better ability to allocate their resources (in this case, attention) to the task at hand. This also indicates a sharp focus.
 
11. Boosts Libido


Running and sex life might not always be used in the same sentence, but studies have found that the former improves the latter. One such study found that doing any kind aerobic exercise like running 30 minutes prior to having sex reduced the libido-lowering effects of antidepressants. And considering the fact that running also improves mental health, this is a win-win situation.

This effect extends to people who have low libido not necessarily because of antidepressants as well. This is because running regularly also boosts testosterone levels in both men and women. In men, it’s proven that higher circulating level of testosterone is linked to more engagement in sexual activity. Similarly, in women testosterone levels increase during ovulation, which is when they tend to feel more sexually aroused. This is why men who are endurance runners and women who exercised regularly for 10 hours or more every week were found to have more sex than those who didn’t.

Note:
Just as too much of anything can be bad for you, running for more than 2 hours a day can lead to a drop in testosterone levels. So be sure not to over-train.

12. Promotes Faster, More Intense Orgasms


Running regularly ensures a satisfying climax. A study of over 5,500 Finnish women in their 40s and 50s linked regular exercise with better orgasm experiences.

Another study on women on antidepressants observed that women who exercised 30 minutes before having sex were aroused more quickly and were able to orgasm faster and more intensely. This benefit extends itself to men as well. A study found that running regularly made men report improved orgasms and sexual function.

13. Alleviates Erectile Dysfunction


1 in every 10 men suffers from erectile dysfunction. And if you’re one of them, running can help. Research suggests that since running gets your blood flowing it also fights erectile dysfunction.
 
14. Improves Body Image


Our perception of our bodies greatly affects our sex drive. And studies have found that men and women who ran frequently were more likely to rate themselves higher in sexual desirability.

15. May Lower Hypertension Or Delay Its Progression


A few studies have found that the higher the intensity of the running, the lower the dependency patients have on their hypertension medications. Besides this, studies conducted on rats found that starting physical exercise early on may delay the development of the disorder. And while further research is required to fully support this benefit, including regular exercise in your life is important for patients with high blood pressure anyway and running is the perfect fit.

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Lifestyle Benefits Of Running

Apart from the many health benefits mentioned above, running is a go-to sport for many owing to various practical factors. Some of them are: 

1. Is Cost-Effective

Probably the only time if you take up running will be when you invest in a good pair of running shoes. Running is a simple sport when compared to its alternatives and requires little or no fancy gear. You do not need to commit to a monthly or yearly gym membership and shell out money for it.

2. Can Be Done Anywhere

As opposed to other sports, you do not need a prescribed place to start running. You do not need to go to a tennis court, a golf course, a swimming pool, or a football ground. Wherever you are, you just need to step out in a pair of running shoes to get a good workout. Now, more and more cities are installing running paths to encourage runners and ensure their safety.

3. Can Be Done Solo

Running is also one of those few sports that does not necessarily need the company of a group. Of course, running with others may improve your performance and speed, but running solo also has its benefits. Some runners claim that it is a meditative experience, while others say that it is perfect for introspection and it does away with unnecessary competition. What more, you do not have to try and co-ordinate timings with your colleagues and friends to run. Wear those running shoes and get going.

There is no debating that running is beneficial to our well being. With so many reasons to take up running as a sport, why would we hesitate at all!

celery

Celery is from the same family with parsley and fennel, the Umbelliferae family. It can grow to the height of up to 16 inches. The white celery is grown shaded from direct sunlight, thus has less chlorophyll, compared to its greener counterparts.

The ribs of celery are crunchy and are often used to make soup or salad. It has a salty taste, so celery juice is a good mix with the sweeter fruit juices. Depending on variety, some may taste very salty.

Nutritional Benefits Of Celery
Celery leaves has high content of vitamin A, whilst the stems are an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C with rich supplies of potassium, folate, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and plenty essential amino acids.

Nutrients in the fiber are released during juicing, aiding bowel movements. The natural organic sodium (salt) in celery is very safe for consumption, in fact is essential for the body. Even individuals who are salt-sensitive can safely take the sodium in celery, unlike table salt (iodised sodium) which is harmful for those with high blood pressure.

While many foods lose nutrients during cooking, most of the compounds in celery hold up well during cooking.

Health Benefits Of Celery

Celery has always been associated with lowering of blood pressure. When combined with other juices, it provides different formula that help other conditions.

Recent studies have shown that celery might also be effective in combating cancer.

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Some of the health benefits of celery juice:

Acidity: The important minerals in this magical juice effectively balance the body’s blood pH, neutralizing acidity.

Athletes: Celery juice acts as the perfect post-workout tonic as it replaces lost electrolytes and rehydrates the body with its rich minerals.

Blood Pressure: Celery has organic sodium that actually reduces blood pressure rather than increases it. Drinking celery juice every day for a week significantly helps lower blood pressure. A compound called phtalides help relax the muscle around arteries, dilating the vessels and allowing blood to flow normally. To be effective, drink the juice for one week, stop for three weeks, and start over.

Cancer: Celery is known to contain at least eight families of anti-cancer compounds. Among them are the acetylenics that have been shown to stop the growth of tumor cells. Phenolic acids which block the action of prostaglandins that encourage the growth of tumor cells. And coumarins which help prevent free radicals from damaging cells.

Cholesterol: This humble pale juice has been shown to effectively and significantly lower total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol.

Colon and stomach cancer: The phytochemical coumarins prevent the formation and development of the colon and stomach cancers.

Constipation: The natural laxative effect of celery helps to relieve constipation. It also helps relax nerves that have been overworked by man-made laxatives.

Cooling: During dry and hot weather, drink a glass of celery juice two or three times a day, between meals. It wonderfully helps to normalize body temperature.

Diabetes: Celery juice is an excellent drink for diabetics as it contains flavones (a type of antioxidant) that not only help to lower blood sugar levels, also prevent sugar spikes.

Diuretic: The potassium and sodium in celery juice helps to regulate body fluid and stimulate urine production, making it an important help to rid the body of excess fluid.

Inflammation: The polyacetylene in celery is an amazing relief for inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, asthma and bronchitis.

Kidney function: Celery promotes healthy and normal kidney function by aiding elimination of toxins from the body. While eliminating toxins, it also prevents formation of kidney stones.

Nervous system: The organic alkaline minerals in celery juice has a calming effect on the nervous system, making it a wonderful drink for insomniacs.

Weight loss: Drink celery juice frequently throughout the day. It helps curb your cravings for sweets and rich food.

Urinary stones, breaking of: The diuretic effect of celery juice also aids the breaking and elimination of urinary and gall bladder stones.

You can expect many more healing benefits from celery juice as you consume its natural sodium.

Consumption Tips

Choose green celery where possible for its chlorophyll. Ensure that the ribs are still firm, not limp. To store in the fridge, keep celery in a sealed container or wrap in a plastic bag.

Do not leave it at room temperature for too long as it tends to wilt quickly. If your celery has wilted, sprinkle it with a little water and put it in the refrigerator for a few hours. It will regain its crispness.
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For treating high blood pressure and other ailments mentioned above, drink one or two glasses of celery juice a day, morning and evening, at least 15 minutes before food.

Clean the following ingredients, cut them up and put them through your juicer. This makes two portions for a day:
  • A whole stalk of celery (about 12-16 ribs)
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 green apples
  • ½ lemon with peel
  • 1-inch ginger root

Cautionary Note

Celery is such a succulent plant that it produces its own “pesticide” to protect itself from fungi. This protective layer is called psoralen which although protects the celery, may not go down so well with some people.

If you begin having skin problems after eating celery, it might mean that you have some sensitivity to psoralens.

Some people with low blood pressure had complained that celery makes their blood pressure even lower. I personally didn’t encounter that problem so I believe it is also your overall make-up. But, you might want to avoid celery if you have low blood pressure. Listen to your body when you eat celery.

hair growth


When it comes to hair growth, patience is key, but it’s hard to sit idly and watch your hair fall out. It sometimes takes, not months, but years, for your hair to get to the length you want. What’s a girl to do to speed up the process? Well, a girl could use simple home remedies that boost hair growth.

Aloe vera is pretty much an awesome, easy to use remedy, often overlooked. Aloe vera boasts a vast repository of amino acids and proteolytic enzymes which efficiently help improve scalp health and boost hair growth. And so to make the hair growth process a whole lot easier, I’ve put together a list of the 15 different ways you can use aloe vera to boost hair growth. First, let’s look at how aloe vera benefits hair.

Benefits Of Aloe Vera For Hair

A lot of people frequently ask me “is aloe vera good for your hair?” And “what does aloe vera do for your hair?” The answer to the first question is—Yes! Aloe vera is great for your hair! I might sound like I’m exaggerating here, but aloe vera is one of the most magical and beneficial ingredients you could put in your hair. Don’t believe me? You don’t have to. But you can’t dispute these facts:
  • Aloe vera contains proteolytic enzymes, which help heal and repair the damaged cells in your scalp.
  • This improves the health of the hair follicles and indirectly boosts healthy and faster hair growth.
  • Not only does the proteolytic enzyme help heal the scalp, but it also helps stimulate dormant hair follicles, promoting hair regrowth.
  • It also helps curb hair fall and controls hair shedding, ensuring that your hair remains thick and voluminous.
  • It has anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe your scalp of irritation and aggravation.
  • Its antifungal and antiviral properties to treat dandruff and flaking.
  • Aloe vera’s high content of protein, vitamins, and minerals help it nourish your follicles and hair efficiently.
  • The moisture content of aloe vera helps condition your hair, locking in nutrients and hydration.
With those questions answered, let’s look at the different ways of using aloe vera in your hair care routine.

How To Use Aloe Vera For Hair Growth 

A lot of these remedies involve using fresh aloe vera gel. You can extract your own gel by slicing an aloe vera leaf and scooping out the gel using a spoon. Throw the obtained gel into a food processor to get an even consistency.


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1. Castor Oil And Aloe Vera For Hair Growth


You Will Need

  • 1 cup Fresh Aloe Vera Gel
  • 2 tbsp Castor Oil
  • 2 tbsp Fenugreek Powder
  • Shower Cap
  • Towel
Prep Time

5 minutes

Processing Time


Overnight

Process

  1. In a bowl, mix all the ingredients until you get a smooth and consistent paste.
  2. Apply this mixture to your scalp and hair. Ensure that you’re focusing most on your roots and tips.
  3. Once your hair is fully covered in the mixture, cover it with a shower cap.
  4. Go to bed with the mixture on. You may wrap a towel around the shower cap for added heat and to keep the shower cap from shifting.
  5. In the morning, wash the mixture off with cool water and shampoo. Finish with conditioner.
How Often?

1-2 times a week.

Why This Works

Castor oil is an excellent hair growth treatment that helps boost hair growth while also adding volume. The oil along with aloe vera helps stimulate hair regrowth and also curbs hair fall. This aloe vera treatment helps stimulate hair growth from the dormant hair follicles on your scalp. It also helps nourish and condition your hair strands, preventing breakage and split ends.


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2. Honey And Aloe Vera For Hair Growth

You Will Need
 
  • 5 tbsp Aloe Vera Gel
  • 3 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • Shower Cap

Prep Time


5 minutes

Processing Time


25 minutes

Process

  1. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients until you get a smooth mixture.
  2. Start by massaging this mixture into your scalp and then work it down to the tips of your hair. Focus on the tips as these are the most damaged parts of your hair.
  3. Once all of your hair is covered in the mixture, throw a shower cap on and wait for about 25 minutes.
  4. Wash your hair with cool water and shampoo. Finish with conditioner.

How Often?


Once a week.

Why This Works


Coconut oil and honey make an excellent conditioning combination which helps seal moisture to your hair shafts. This mask will contribute to maintaining your hair, so you won’t have to get trims as often, letting you retain your hair’s length.




3. Egg And Aloe Vera For Hair Growth

You Will Need
  • 4 tbsp Fresh Aloe Vera Gel
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • Shower Cap

Prep Time


5 minutes

Processing Time


25 minutes

Process

  1. In a bowl, mix all the ingredients until you get a smooth and consistent paste.
  2. Apply this mixture to your scalp and hair. Ensure that you’re focusing most on your roots and tips.
  3. Once your hair is fully covered in the mixture, cover it with a shower cap.
  4. Wait with the mixture on for about 20- 25 minutes.
  5. Wash the mixture out with cool water and shampoo. You do not want to use warm water at this point because it will cook the egg in the mixture.
  6. Finish with conditioner.

How Often?


Once a week.

Why This Works


The yolk of an egg contains all the fat, which makes it an effective conditioning ingredient. In combination with olive oil and aloe vera, it helps nourish your hair and boost the rate at which your hair is growing.


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4. Onion And Aloe Vera For Hair Growth

You Will Need

  • 1 cup Onion Juice
  • 1 tbsp Aloe Vera Gel
Prep Time

10 minutes

Processing Time


1 hour

Process

  1. Take about 3-4 large onions and blend them to a puree in a blender. Use a cheesecloth to extract the juice.
  2. To the juice, add the aloe vera gel and mix well.
  3. Massage this mixture into your scalp and work it through your hair until your hair is saturated with the liquid.
  4. Leave it on for about an hour and then proceed to rinse your hair.
  5. Wash your hair with a mild shampoo and finish with conditioner.

How Often?


Once a week.

Why This Works

This is one of the more intense hair growth treatments. It helps curb hair fall and promote hair regrowth. Onion juice is an excellent hair growth ingredient that stimulates your scalp and the dormant follicles on it. Regular use of this mask will give you amazing length and thickness. Just be careful! Onion juice is potent, and can potentially irritate your skin.


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5. Coconut Milk And Aloe Vera For Hair Growth

You Will Need

  • 4 tbsp Aloe Vera Gel
  • 4 tbsp Coconut Milk
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
Prep Time

5 minutes

Processing Time


30 minutes

Process 

  1. In a bowl, combine the ingredients until you get a smooth mixture.
  2. Massage this mixture into your scalp and work it through your hair until your hair is saturated with the liquid.
  3. Leave it on for about half an hour and then proceed to rinse your hair.
  4. Wash your hair with a mild shampoo and finish with conditioner.

How Often?


Once a week.

Why This Works

Coconut milk has wonderful conditioning properties that help maintain the health of your hair. It is also an excellent repository of nutrients that help nourish your scalp and hair. The coconut oil in this mask allows for deep penetration of the hair shafts so that they can be nourished from within.


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6. Hibiscus And Aloe Vera Gel For Hair Growth


You Will Need

  • 2 tbsp Hibiscus Flower Paste
  • 1 cup Aloe Vera Gel

Prep Time
5 minutes

Processing Time


45 minutes

Process
  1. In a bowl, combine the ingredients until you get a smooth mixture.
  2. Massage this mixture into your scalp and work it through your hair until it is saturated with the liquid.
  3. Leave it on for about half an hour and then proceed to rinse your hair.
  4. Wash your hair with a mild shampoo and finish with conditioner.

How Often?


Once in a week.

Why This Works


Hibiscus is commonly used to condition hair. When used in combination with aloe vera gel, it helps boost hair growth while maintaining hair texture.


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7. Lemon And Aloe Vera For Hair Growth

You Will Need
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Aloe Vera Gel
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
Prep Time

5 minutes

Processing Time

20 minutes

Process
  1. In a bowl, combine the ingredients until you get a smooth mixture.
  2. Massage this mixture into your scalp for a couple of minutes and then work it through your hair.
  3. Leave it on for about 20 minutes and then proceed to rinse your hair.
  4. Wash your hair with a mild shampoo and finish with conditioner.
How Often?
 
Once a week.

Why This Works

Lemon juice is rich in vitamin C which is essential for the synthesis of collagen. Boosted collagen levels promote faster hair growth. Lemon juice also helps maintain the health of your scalp by maintaining optimum pH levels.

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8. Henna And Aloe Vera For Hair Growth

You Will Need

  • 2 cups Fresh Henna Leaves
  • 2 tbsp Yogurt
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Aloe Vera Gel
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil

Prep Time


2 hours+ 5 minutes

Processing Time

45 minutes- 2 hours.

Process
  1. Soak the Henna leaves for about 2 hours before you plan on using the hair mask.
  2. Blend the leaves and to it add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well.
  3. Apply the mixture to your hair and scalp. Ensure to focus on your roots and the tips of your hair.
  4. Once your hair is completely covered in the mixture, wait with it on for about 45 minutes. Alternatively, you can leave the mixture on for a couple of hours.
  5. Wash your hair with cool water and shampoo.
  6. Finish with conditioner.

How Often?
Once in two weeks.

Why This Works


Henna is an excellent ingredient to maintain scalp health. It also helps condition and softens the hair. Using this mixture will not only boost hair growth but will also add a tint of red to your hair while covering grays.


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9. Aloe Vera And Vitamin E For Hair Growth


You Will Need
  • 1 tbsp Aloe Vera Gel
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Vitamin E Oil
  • 2 tbsp Almond Oil
Prep Time
5 minutes

Processing Time


20 minutes

Process 

In a bowl, combine the ingredients until you get a smooth mixture.
Massage this mixture into your scalp for a couple of minutes and then work it through your hair.
Leave it on for about 20 minutes and then proceed to rinse your hair.
Wash your hair with a mild shampoo and finish with conditioner.

How Often?

Once a week.

Why This Works

Vitamin E is an excellent antioxidant which helps prevent damage to your scalp and hair by neutralizing free radicals. This helps keep your hair healthy, stretching the time in between trims so that you attain your desired hair length faster.


apple cider vinegar, aloe vera, hair growth

10. Apple Cider Vinegar And Aloe Vera For Hair Growth
You Will Need
  • 1 cup Fresh Aloe Vera Gel
  • 2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Honey

Prep Time


5 minutes

Processing Time

15 minutes

Process
  1. In a bowl, combine the ingredients until you get a smooth mixture.
  2. Massage this mixture into your scalp for a couple of minutes and then work it through your hair.
  3. Leave it on for about 15 minutes and then proceed to rinse your hair.
  4. Wash your hair with a mild shampoo and finish with conditioner.

How Often?
Once in two weeks.

Why This Works


This mask is meant to improve the health of your scalp dealing with issues like dandruff and scalp irritation. It ensures that your follicles remain healthy to boost hair growth.

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11. Baking Soda And Aloe Vera For Hair Growth

You Will Need

  • 4 tbsp Aloe Vera Gel
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 2 tbsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Milk

Prep Time

5 minutes

Processing Time

10 minutes

Process
  1. Combine the aloe vera, coconut milk, and honey in a bowl until you get a smooth mixture.
  2. Rinse your hair with water and then use this mixture as a shampoo replacement. Leave it on for a few minutes longer than you would shampoo.
  3. Rinse it out with water.
  4. Add about a tablespoon of water to the baking soda and use the mixture to scrub your scalp gently. This will help get rid of any grease.
  5. Rinse your hair clean with cool water.

How Often?


Once a week as a shampoo replacement.

Why This Works

Replacing your shampoo with natural ingredients will help improve the health of your hair. Baking soda is an excellent cleanser that will leave your hair feeling clean while the other ingredients in this treatment help moisturize your hair and boost scalp health.


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12. Shea Butter And Aloe Vera Gel For Hair Growth

You Will Need
  • 1/2 cup Raw Shea Butter
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Aloe Vera Gel
  • 1 tbsp Apricot Oil
  • 1 tbsp Grapeseed Oil
  • 5 drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Vitamin E Oil

Prep Time


15 minutes

Processing Time

30 minutes

Process

  1. Melt the shea butter in a double boiler and then let it cool.
  2. To the cooled butter add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
  3. Take about 2-3 tbsp of the mixture (you can store the rest in a jar for later use.)
  4. Massage your scalp and hair with this blend and leave it on for about 30 minutes.
  5. Wash your hair with cool water and mild shampoo. Finish with conditioner.
How Often?

Once a week.

Why This Works

This deep conditioning treatment helps add shine and luster to your hair while preventing issues such as breakage and split ends. This helps maintain the length of your hair.