Natural Bristle Brushes Vs Synthetic Bristle Brushes

Many people have asked this question about brushes. Now that I have used both types of brushes, I can tell you the differences between them. Although I will only tell you from my experiences. I haven't researched of what everyone else' opinions are. For example I have used Ecotools Retractable brush that has synthetic bristles and Inglot brush (4SS) with natural bristles. Both are good in terms of application depending on the type of coverage you want. Read more to find out which brush type suits you the best...

Ecotools Retractable Synthetic Brush:

  • It gives you higher coverage.
  • Suitable for winter time when you want full coverage.
  • Gives smooth and flawless application.
  • Doesn't cover the pores anyhow.
  • The bristles are a little harder than natural bristles.
  • Can be identified by the colour of bristles. It has that ombre colour effect on the bristles. (you can see in the photos above).
  • The bristles somehow separate among themselves while applying foundation. This gets really annoying sometimes.

Inglot (4SS) Natural Brush:

  • I like this brush because it gives medium coverage which is great for summer.
  • It can make your pores invisible. If you want to learn the trick of getting pores invisible with natural brushes then scroll down and watch the linked video.
  • You need more product to work with this brush because somehow I think natural brushes absorb some product like a sponge.
  • The bristles are sooooo much softer than the synthetic ones.
  • This brush gives you a flawless doll look since it can hide away the pores effectively. 
  • Can be identified by the dark coloured bristles like shown in the picture above. 
  • These are more expensive than synthetic brushes but I think they are worth it. 
Btw Inglot sells both synthetic and natural brushes.

I hope now you know which brush will suit you the best :)
Comment below if you have any questions!

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Breastfeeding problems tied to moms’ depression

NEW moms who have particular difficulty breastfeeding may be at greater risk of postpartum depression, a new study suggests. 

The findings, reported in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, do not prove that breastfeeding problems are the cause of depression symptoms. But researchers say that new mothers and their doctors should be aware that the two can go hand-in-hand. 

The study found that of nearly 2,600 mothers who had ever breastfed, just less than eight percent screened positive for major depression two months after giving birth. And that risk was higher among women who either had severe breast pain or generally “disliked” breastfeeding during their baby’s first weeks of life. 

Whether the breastfeeding difficulties are to blame is not clear, according to lead researcher Stephanie Watkins, an epidemiologist at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. A limit of the study, she said, is that there was no information on whether mothers had suffered depression during pregnancy. 

So it could be that women who were already depressed had a tougher time with breastfeeding. “Everything is harder when you’re depressed,” said Dr. Alison Stuebe, an obstetrician/gynecologist at UNC who also worked on the study. “It may be that some women were depressed during pregnancy, and that made breastfeeding harder.” 

On the other hand, she said in an interview, it’s possible that underlying hormonal factors contribute to both breastfeeding issues and depression. Stuebe and her colleagues are doing further studies to look into that question. Whatever the reasons for the connection, the researchers said the main message is that early breastfeeding problems could serve as a warning sign of postpartum depression in some women. 

Both Watkins and Stuebe suggested that new moms talk with their doctor about any breastfeeding problems they are having. And doctors, they said, might think about screening those women for postpartum depression. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) says there is not enough evidence to support routinely screening all new mothers for postpartum depression. (The major downside of any medical screening is that it can lead to over-diagnosis, and treatment of people who do not need it.) 

On the other hand, ACOG also says that depression screening can benefit new mothers and their families, and “should be strongly considered.” Focusing screening on women with risk factors for postpartum depression could be the best route, Stuebe noted. “And our study suggests that this (breastfeeding difficulties) may be a risk factor,” she said.
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Twelve Surprising Uses for Vicks VapoRub

By: Shyla Batliwalla

Here are two scents that remind me being a sick kid: brandy and Vicks VapoRub. Whenever I had a cold, those were mom mom’s go-to remedies. She would make me a glass of hot water, honey, and brandy and then rub Vicks on my chest. I always felt instantly better (and slightly tipsy).

Vicks is an age-old mentholated topical cream intended to relieve head, throat, and chest stuffiness. It uses menthol to elicit a response from receptors in the nose and chest and can work wonders on children with colds or chronic bronchitis. Vicks has been around for over one hundred years and is one of the most widely used over-the-counter decongestants. Lately, there’s been a lot of buzz about unique and unconventional ways to use this odiferous ointment. You’ll be surprised to learn that Vicks VapoRub is a supposed treatment for so much more than just a congested chest.

1. Decongest Your Chest 

The most common use of Vicks is to decongest your chest and throat area. When applied to the upper chest, it provides excellent relief of cough and congestion symptoms.

2. On Your Tootsies

Applying Vicks to your feet provides nighttime cough relief. Generously rub VapoRub all over your feet and cover them with socks. Within moments your cough will subside—in the morning you’ll wake up a new, hacking free woman.

3. Achy Breaky Muscles

Vicks relieves sore, overworked muscles. It increases circulation and provides almost instant aid. Use a generous portion and apply it all over the aching area. (Be sure to warn your bedmate as the stench can ensure a nookie-free night.)

4. Get Rid of Nasty Nail Fungus

Rub VapoRub on your toenails if you suspect you have a fungus. Within days, the nail will turn dark—this means the Vicks is killing the fungus. As your toenail grows out, the dark part will grow off and you will have fungus-free feet. Keep applying the ointment over a period of two weeks to fully cleanse nail beds of any remaining bacteria.

5. Stop Your Cat from Scratching 

Cats are notorious for scratching every hard surface they get their claws on. To prevent Miss Kitty from ruining your doors, walls, and windows, apply a small amount of VapoRub to these areas. Cats detest the smell and will steer clear. Vicks can also be applied to your arms and legs if your kitty is prone to scratching you.

6. Pet Pee-Pee Deterrent

If your dog or cat is not yet potty trained, put an open bottle of Vicks on the area he or she likes to mark as their territory. The smell will discourage them from lifting their legs and wetting your rug.

7. Headaches Be Gone

Rub a small amount of Vicks VapoRub on your temples and forehead to help relieve headaches. The mentholated scent will release pressure in your head and instantly relieve pain.

8. Humidify Your Sleep

Vicks VapoRub can be used in special types of humidifiers and vaporizers. Ensure your humidifier has an aromatherapy compartment before using. The humidifier will circulate Vicks throughout the air and keep you breathing easy all night long.

9. Paper Cuts and Splinters

To prevent infection and speed up healing time, dab a small amount of Vicks on any small cut or splinter.

10. Ticks and Bugs

If you get bitten by a tick, apply Vicks immediately. The strong odor might help get the critter to release itself and stop bugging you.

11. Reek-free Racehorses

Professional racers smother VapoRub under the nostrils of racehorses on race day. The strong stench deters the stallions from the alluring odor of the female pony and keeps them focused on the race.

12. Go Away Mosquitoes

Vicks wards off mosquitoes. Apply small dabs of Vicks VapoRub to your skin and clothes and mosquitoes will steer clear. If you do get bitten, apply Vicks to the area and cover it with a Band-Aid to relieve itching.


According to WebMD, there have been a few complications in children when Vicks is used inappropriately. A few children reacted negatively and ended up hospitalized when Vicks was applied directly under the nose. Though this is extremely rare and only happens to those who are sensitive to Vicks, consumers should use caution when applying it to the face or on young children.

Even though its strong stench may cost me a few friendships, I am definitely heading to the nearest drugstore to stock up on this little blue smelly bottle. After all, I never know the next time I’ll have a headache, or am heading to the racetrack.

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Hope for more effective TB treatment

Hopes of a new, more effective therapy for tuberculosis have been raised following the results of early trials.

The study showed three drugs given in combination killed more than 99% of TB bacteria after two weeks of treatment.

The therapy appeared to be equally effective on the drug-resistant form of the disease in the trials of 85 patients, a team led by Stellenbosch University in South Africa reported.

Larger studies are now taking place to further test the technique.

'Better, faster'

TB is one of the oldest and most deadly infectious diseases.

About 1.4m people a year die each year from it, mainly in developing countries.

Current treatments usually involve people taking drugs daily for six months.

The drug-resistant strain is much harder to treat and can involve up to two years of therapy.

Of the three drugs used in this study, published in the Lancet, one is new, while another is not yet licensed.

Andreas Diacon, lead researcher for the trial, said: "The results of this study give healthcare providers on the front-lines of the TB epidemic hope for better, faster tools needed to stop this disease."

Mario Raviglione, a TB expert at the World Health Organization, said: "The results look strongly promising from this early trial.

"We could shorten drug regimens substantially for everyone, regardless of whether the form of TB is sensitive or multi-drug resistant."
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Best Hair Product Review

I have used this product for almost 2 years now and it is the BESTEST thing ever. And another thing is that it is not even expensive at all. It was around €3-5. Sorry I don't remember the exact price. Its like a multi task product.
So it is a Anti- frizz serum AND a heat protectant so you don't have to load your hair with products.

Its called Wella Shockwaves Style Serum and below are its pictures.
It has kind of a watery-gel like consistency (you can see in the last picture).
It is really light weight so it doesn't weigh my hair down at all.
It makes my hair look so healthy and I always get compliments when I apply this.
It has UV Protection.
It has conditioning formula with Vitamin B5.
So many advantages in one :O Now you can see why I realllyyyyy like this.
This product has saved my hair-life because my hair used to be sooooo dry until I found this :)


You can buy this online if you don't get this in American Drugstores. It totally worth it for €3-5.
I am NOT sponsoring this product at all. I never have done that. This is my HONEST opinion and I love it :)

Take Care. 
shockwaves serum
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Genetic entrepreneur to compete in Genomics X Prize

By Helen Briggs
BBC News

A race to unlock genetic clues behind living to 100 is set to begin next year, after a US team announced it will compete for the $10m Genomics X Prize.

Genetic entrepreneur Dr Jonathan Rothberg is entering the challenge to identify genes linked to a long, healthy life.

His team - and any other contenders - will be given 30 days to work out the full DNA code of 100 centenarians at a cost of no more than $1,000 per genome.

The race will start in September 2013.

Under the rules of the Archon Genomics X Prize, teams have until next May to register for the competition.

Dr Rothberg's team from Life Technologies Corporation in California is the first to formally enter the race.

Being able to sequence the full human genome at a cost of $1,000 or less is regarded as a milestone in science.

It is seen as the threshold at which DNA sequencing technology becomes cheap enough to be used widely in medicine, helping in diagnosis and in matching drugs to a patient's genetic make-up.

One hundred people aged 100 have donated their DNA for the project.

Scientists believe people who reach a very old age may have certain rare changes in their genes which protect against common diseases of later life, such as heart disease and cancer.

If these genes can be identified by analysing the DNA codes of centenarians, it will help scientists search for new medical treatments and perhaps ways to prolong life.

However, many sample DNA sequences will be needed in order to get the accuracy needed to pinpoint changes on the scale of a few genetic letters among the three billion in the human genome.

Dr Jonathan Rothberg, a geneticist and entrepreneur, said the DNA of 100 centenarians is a good start towards finding "the fountains of youth".

He told BBC News: "One hundred people will give you a hint. One thousand will make you reasonably sure. Ten thousand will let you say, 'Hey, these are the genes involved in cancer or heart disease'".

Dr Craig Venter is the originator of the prize and one of the main players in the race to sequence the first human genome, which was completed in 2003.

He said he could never have imagined that genome sequencing would come this far in so little time.

He told the BBC: "I can't emphasise [enough] how impressed I am with the progress of technology and the dropping of the cost.

"If they can do a human genome in two hours with one little machine, it's just stunning. We have come a long way."

The X Prize Foundation offers awards for solutions to modern scientific challenges, from space to the human genome.

Any data gleaned from the X Prize will be shared with other scientists in the field, to aid the quest for insights into ageing.
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Artificial jellyfish created from heart cells

Scientists in the US have created a free swimming artificial jellyfish.

The team members built the replica using silicone as a base on which to grow heart muscle cells that were harvested from rats.

They used an electric current to shock the Medusoid into swimming with synchronised contractions that mimic those of real jellyfish.

The advance, by researchers at Caltech and Harvard University, is reported in the journal Nature Biotechnology.

The finding serves as a proof of concept for reverse engineering a variety of muscular organs and simple life forms.

Because jellyfish use a muscle to pump their way through the water, the way they function - on a very basic level - is similar to that of a human heart.

"I started looking at marine organisms that pump to survive," said Kevin Kit Parker, a professor of bioengineering and applied physics at Harvard.

"Then I saw a jellyfish at the New England Aquarium, and I immediately noted both similarities and differences between how the jellyfish pumps and the human heart.

"The similarities help reveal what you need to do to design a bio-inspired pump."

Mechanical movement

The work also points to a broader definition of "synthetic life" in an emerging field of science that has until now focused on replicating life's building blocks, say the researchers.

Prof Parker said he wanted to challenge the traditional view of synthetic biology which is "focused on genetic manipulations of cells". Instead of building just a cell, he sought to "build a beast".

The two groups at Caltech and Harvard worked for years to understand the key factors that contribute to jellyfish propulsion, including the arrangement of their muscles, how their bodies contract and recoil, and how fluid dynamics helps or hinders their movements.

Once these functions were well understood, the researchers began to reverse engineer them.
They used silicone to fashion a jellyfish-shaped body with eight arm-like appendages.

Next, they printed a pattern made of protein onto the "body" that resembled the muscle architecture of the real animal.

They grew the heart muscle cells on top, with the protein pattern serving as a road map for the growth and organisation of the rat tissue. This allowed them to turn the cells into a coherent swimming muscle.

When the researchers set the Medusoid free in a container of electrically conducting fluid, they shocked the Medusoid into swimming with synchronised contractions. The muscle cells even started to contract a bit on their own before the electrical current was applied.

"I was surprised that with relatively few components - a silicone base and cells that we arranged - we were able to reproduce some pretty complex swimming and feeding behaviours that you see in biological jellyfish," said John Dabiri, professor of aeronautics and bioengineering at Caltech.

"I'm pleasantly surprised at how close we are getting to matching the natural biological performance, but also that we're seeing ways in which we can probably improve on that natural performance. The process of evolution missed a lot of good solutions."

Lead author Janna Nawroth from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena commented that the field of tissue engineering was "still a very qualitative art".

She said researchers tried to copy a tissue or organ "based on what they think is important or what they see as the major components without necessarily understanding if those components are relevant to the desired function or without analysing first how different materials could be used".

The team aims to carry out further work on the artificial jellyfish. They want to make adjustments that will allow it to turn and move in a particular direction.

They also plan to incorporate a simple "brain" so it can respond to its environment and replicate more advanced behaviours like moving towards a light source and seeking energy or food.
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Youtube Video: Nails Tutorials

So I got requests to do a YouTube Nail Tutorial from my last post on Summer Nail Designs.
And here it is.
I love flowers but sometimes they are really difficult to do on nails.
But not to worry because this tutorial is VERY easy to do.
It literally took me 10 mins :)
So check it out below. 

Another video on nails will be coming up so if you wanna check it out keep your eye on the blog :)
If you have any request to do a nail tutorial, you can send me a picture of those nails and I can do a tutorial on it :) 

Send me on my e-mail:

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Complete food supplement for better health

Hareem Deeba

It is truly said that a glass of milk is a complete food supplement. One of the greatest blessings of nature, milk is cost-efficient and nutritious, and provides calcium, proteins, vitamins and minerals which are essential components for our health and make our bones healthy and stronger. 

From early childhood, it is considered important to consume sufficient amount of milk throughout your life to avoid weakness and prevent diseases like osteoporosis from occurring at a later stage of life. 

There is a general public opinion that drinking milk is only good for those who are young of age, but reality is totally opposite to this perception. Milk consumption is equally important for people of other age groups; as milk is a concoction of essential nutrients which plays an important role in fortifying developing bones, teeth and brain tissue. Milk also helps in absorbing both calcium and phosphorous for the stability of our bones and provides support to our digestive system.

For teenagers as well, milk ingestion is a must, due to the extraordinary physiological changes that adolescents undergo, it is important for them to have sufficient amount of milk to provide them energy and nutrition for preeminent development of hormonal, muscular, circulatory and reproductive systems. This requirement of milk consumption continues to develop with the growing age therefore, milk remains essential for adults as well, as deficiency of vitamins; proteins and calcium may lead to the degeneration of bones. 

According to a research report published by the Harvard School of Public Health in 20101, consumption of full fat dairy milk has found to decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes in adults. Other benefits of milk consumption include increased fertility, prevention of hypertension, cancer and other diseases. Regular milk consumption also promotes muscle growth and improves post exercise muscle recovery. Being a good source of calcium it also helps in the fortification of bones, reducing the risk of diseases like Osteoporosis and Osteomalacia.

Even with all its rich nutrients and countless benefits there are still negative perceptions regarding milk consumption. A very common misperception is that regular dairy consumption leads to dental caries. Not only it is incorrect, but by regularly consuming dairy products such as milk and cheese, our bodies receive the necessary calcium required to protect teeth from cavities. 

In Pakistan, where loose milk is regularly supplied to a majority of households, there is a common perception that by boiling loose milk, one can eliminate all harmful bacteria from the dairy product. Not only does conventional boiling fail to kill all germs present in liquid milk, but according to a report by PCSIR, it also results in the reduction of important vitamins that harm its nutritional value significantly.

In Pakistan, our local milkmen lack the proper equipment to refrigerate liquid milk when it is being transported from their dairy farms to different urban centres. Allowing the temperature of milk to exceed 4 degrees centigrade permits the bacteria within to multiply at exponential rates, significantly hampering the hygiene and nutritional value of the dairy product. In comparison, Ultra-High Temperature (UHT) processed milk, is protected through aseptic packaging, making it safe, secure and full of nutrition. This is an important difference which needs to be understood, accepted and spread widely so that people could be informed regarding taking decisions for the consumption of safe dairy products for good health. 

There’s a dire need of educating the people about the importance of milk intake to remain fit and healthy, such corporate intervention is a value addition and would definitely play a significant role in promoting secure and safe milk consumption. This will lead to a healthy and happy life and also would result in a noticeable decline in rate of nutritional insufficiency and the number of osteoporosis patients in Pakistan.

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New Forum

Hey Girls. I know its so late and what am I doing. Well couldn't sleep :( so thought to share something with you.

As you can see on the tabs on top that I have a new FORUM :O
So you can post all your questions, queries etc... there.
So if you have any problems, there is the whole world who can help you and not just me :)
You get more opinions, views, interests etc...

I hope this helps you a lot because in a few days I am going on holidays so I won't be able to blog as much :(
I will miss you all though.
So you can use this forum when I am not there, maybe others can reply :)

Take Care.
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DIY: Body Sugaring to Remove Body Hair from Roots

Helloo Girls! So a few days back I posted Ancient Egyptian Beauty Secrets where I mentioned about Body Sugaring. I couldn't fully explain about Body Sugaring in that post because it'd take really long. So I am making a separate post for that.

A lot of Egyptian and Indian women used this Body Sugaring technique to remove hair from the roots. They had a lot of problems from lice so they preferred to keep themselves hair-less. They even shaved their heads and wore a wig instead to avoid lice. Read more how to remove body hair from the roots with this technique...
This is very similar to waxing except this is a natural approach.

All you Need:

1 cup Sugar
Juice from one half Lemon
1 cup Honey

A Popsicle stick or a Spatula
Cotton Fabric Strips (You can use old jeans fabric and cut it into strips).


1.     Mix all the ingredient in a sauce pan and turn on the heat to medium. 
2.     Once it starts boiling turn the heat to low and start stirring.
3.     Turn off the heat after 2 mins of stirring and let it sit until it gets warm enough to touch. 
4.     Please be careful here and make sure you don't get burnt by the hot mixture :)

How to Apply:

1.     Dust your skin with talc powder or cornstarch. This will prevent the paste from sticking to your skin.
2.     Use the popsicle stick or spatula to apply the paste in direction of hair growth. 
3.     Cover the applied paste with cotton/ jeans strips and rub the fabric in direction of hair growth. 
4.     Hold the skin tight and pull the strip off in opposite direction of hair growth.

And that's it :) I told you its very similar to waxing except the paste is home made. 
Let me know how it worked for you :)

Take Care.
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Slower walking speed a sign of dementia

Three new studies have found that changes in walking patterns of the elderly are closely linked to memory loss and may actually be an early clue to dementia.

One group of researchers studied the strides of a group of elderly patients at Basel Mobility Center in Switzerland.

The study led by researcher Dr. Stephanie Bridenbaugh, found that those participants with declines in cognition tended to walk more slowly than their memory-savvy counterparts, particularly when asked to perform a simple task — such as counting backward — while walking.

"Gait analysis can simply, quickly and objectively measure walking. When problems emerge, this may provide early detection of fall risk and the earliest stages of cognitive impairment in older adults," ABC News quoted Bridenbaugh as commenting in a news release.

Other doctors not directly involved with the research agreed that it could be difficult for older patients to perform tasks while walking.

"Someone with mild troubles trying to remember things, they might not be focused as much on walking," said Dr. William Hu, assistant professor of neurology at Emory University.

"I hear this all the time from patients: 'I was rushing to go to the grocery store, and I left my purse at home.' Asking a person to do another thing while walking really tests their cognitive reserve," he noted.

Another set of researchers at the Mayo Clinic found similar results. The scientists looked at the changes in the pace and the stride of their patients over the span of 15 months. They found that these changes in walking were directly correlated to their memory loss.

Heather Snyder, senior associate director of the Alzheimer's Association, reports that these studies "continue to build the evidence that there is a connection between gait and cognition."

The studies were presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Vancouver, Canada, on Sunday.
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Reducing salt in your food can cut cancer risk

LONDON: Cutting down on salty foods such as bread and breakfast cereals may reduce the risk of developing stomach cancer, a study has found.

Eating too much salt is not all about sprinkling it over fish and chips or Sunday lunch, the vast majority is already inside food.

WCRF, a UK charity that gives advice on how cancer can be prevented through diet, physical activity and weight, said that people should take less salt and the content of food should be labelled more clearly.

Too much salt is bad for blood pressure and can lead to heart disease and stroke, but it can also cause cancer, the 'BBC New' reported.

The recommended daily limit is 6 g, about a level teaspoonful, but the World Cancer Research Fund said people were eating 8.6 g a day.

Some food labels list the sodium content instead of the amount of salt — sodium is a component of salt. To work out how much salt a food contains, multiply the sodium content by 2.5.
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7 'Health' Foods That Aren't Healthy


Fake. Phony. Scam artist. No matter what you call it, being at the wrong end of a health hoax is never fun. 

You might expect sneaky marketing claims from fast-food chains, but these seven foods are more along the lines of a sucker punch.



Sure, their commercials make the spread sound like a wholesome mix of hazelnuts, skim milk, and a touch of cocoa, but it turns out Nutella's about as healthy as a Milky Way. One woman was so appalled when she realized that two tablespoons of her go-to breakfast spread packed in 200 calories, 21 grams of sugar, and 11 grams of fat, that she took the company to court…and won. (In fact, if you bought a jar of Nutella between January 2008 and Feb 3, 2012, you're entitled to a refund.)

But Nutella isn't the only nutrition sham at the grocery store. No matter how you slice it, a number of "healthy" foods fall seriously short on their promises. How many of these fast-talkers are fooling you?

"All-Natural" Breakfast Cereals

Kashi, Kellogg's "natural" brand, is currently under fire from consumers over the fact that the ingredients used in their cereals aren't completely natural as their marketing implies. In fact, scientists from the Cornucopia Institute recently detected GMO material in 100 percent of the soy in Kashi GoLean.

Sports Drinks

While Gatorade may be beneficial if you're putting in an extremely hard workout—like marathon hard—most of us are just getting an unwelcome dose of sugar, salt, and loads of sketchy artificial food coloring. Plus, a new study in the journal General Dentistry suggests that sports and energy drinks are responsible for serious tooth enamel damage and decay.

Energy Bars

The reason you feel a boost from your bar is most likely due to the copious amounts of sweetener added to it. Many companies disguise just how much sugar is hidden inside by using various types of sugar—like high-fructose corn syrup, brown sugar, and cane juice—to try and fool you. Case in point: PowerBar ProteinPlus Chocolate Brownie bar, which offers up 30 grams of sugar from at least three different sugar sources.

"No Artificial Preservatives" Meats

Oscar Mayer recently announced that it will no longer be using artificial preservatives in their "Selects" line of hot dogs and deli slices. While we applaud the weiner company for taking out nasty chemicals like potassium chloride and sodium nitrate, that doesn't mean that these foods are now healthy. Processed meat is still processed meat, and a daily serving of bacon or salami can up your risk of death 20%, according to research from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Bottled Green Tea

We've touted the benefits of green tea for years, but those sweetened, bottled beverages aren't what we've been talking about. Some mass-produced bottles have only a miniscule amount of the powerful catechins, and they're loaded with sugar. SoBe Energize Green Tea, for example, offers up more than 50 grams of sugar in one 20-ounce bottle.

Egg Substitute

We're not saying that egg substitute is necessarily bad for you, but they're not necessarily better for your cholesterol than the real thing—something most of us assume. A new study from the University of Connecticut found that people who ate whole eggs actually increased their HDL (the healthy cholesterol) more than those who ate egg substitutes.

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Egg allergies 'treated with egg'

Omelettes, meringues and pasta could one-day be back on the menu for some people with egg allergies after they are treated with the very food they are allergic to, say US researchers.

The only option for patients is to completely avoid foods containing egg.

A study on 55 children showed some were able to eat egg after minuscule amounts were gradually added to their diets.

However, the treatment is still experimental and doctors say it should not be tried at home.

Egg allergies are one of the most common allergies and are thought to affect up to 2.5% of children.

Gradually introducing the food which causes an allergic reaction has been successful in other foods such as such as peanuts.

Parents were given powdered egg to mix into their children's food, building up to about a third of an egg every day.
This study gives us hope that we're closer to developing a treatment”
Dr Wesley Burks
University of North Carolina
The findings, presented in the New England Journal of Medicine, report that after 22 months of egg therapy, 75% of the children were able to eat the equivalent of two eggs without reacting.

The children were tested again after at least a month of no longer having the daily egg treatment. Of these, 28% could still eat egg without reacting and were considered allergy-free.

One of the researchers Dr Wesley Burks, from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, said: "This study gives us hope that we're closer to developing a treatment.

"Almost a third of the children had a permanent change and were no longer egg-allergic."

Dr Stacie Jones, from University of Arkansas, said: "Reducing these kids' allergic response to egg also lessened parental anxiety over how their children might react if accidentally exposed to egg at school or at someone else's house."

However, about 15% of children did not finish the treatment, mostly due to allergic reactions.

Lindsey McManus, from the charity Allergy UK, said: "This is a very exciting development into immunotherapy for food allergy.

"Similar to recent trials being carried out into immunotherapy for peanut allergy at Addenbrookes hospital, the results are very promising.

"It is however very early days and more research will be needed before this is used as a regular form of treatment. We would echo the warning in the report that this should never be tried at home due to the risk of serious allergic reactions."

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13 Ancient Egyptian Beauty Secrets

I did a post before on Ancient Ayurvedic (Indian) Secrets. And this is the second on on Egyptian. I absolutely LOVE searching for Ancient Secrets and not just for Beauty purpose but also because I think Historic stuff is really reliable than nowadays. I can trust the historic beauty recipes rather than today's lotions and potions. And we all know the reason why :)

When we think of Egypt, Cleopatra comes in our mind first. The woman who is an iconic symbol of Beauty. She wrote books on Beauty Secrets she found throughout her life. Things like Exfoliants, Eye Creams, Hair Extensions are all coming from Ancient Egypt. But they were pure and natural in those times unlike now. So keep on reading to reveal those secrets...

Secrets Revealed:

  • Many Egyptian women used Sea Salt from The Dead Sea. Cleopatra used this salt in her bath. This Sea Salt was a skin rejuvenator and it combats skin problems like eczema and psoriasis. I did a blog post on DIY: Pure Sea Salt Facial Toner and I absolutely love it :)
  • The combination of Milk and Honey was really popular as a face mask or body wash. I use honey with cinnamon so I might give this a try too.
  • A hair mask was made with Coconut Milk and warm Extra Virgin Olive Oil to strengthen and condition hair. It sounds so luxurious <3
  • Aloe Vera played a HUGE part in Egyptian and Indian beauty routines. It was used for skin, hair, healing burns etc... This ingredient was like All in 1 ingredient. And I absolutely agree. They even ate it  sometimes to improve digestion and lose weight.
  • Avocado was used to reduce the puffiness under eyes.
  • A technique called Body Sugaring was used to remove Body Hair. It removed the hair from roots and when it grows back, there will be less of it and it will be softer. I will do a separate post on this technique because it will take VERY long to explain. 
  • Rosemary Oil, Castor Oil and Almond Oil was used to stimulate hair growth. 
  • Egyptian women used a lot of Aromatic Oils for a clean hygiene. The most popular were frankincense and myrrh essential oils. These were their treasured scents and the most adored <3
  • The combination of Honey and Natron (or Baking Soda) was used as a facial scrub. 
  • Coconut Oil, Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter was used as hair gels and to hold their hairstyles in place. 
  • This was the most surprising secret I found. Cleopatra used crocodile's dung and Donkey's milk together as a Body Wash. Well no one is really going to adapt this tip nowadays but I just thought to put it down because I think its pretty strange. 
  • Henna was popular to give their nails and hair a tinted colour of yellow-red tones. 
  • They made eye liner out of galena and lead sulfide. The spice saffron was used as an eyeshadow. Burnt almonds were used to darken eyebrows. And Red Ochre was used to color lips.
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Why Soda Drink is so Harmful for Our Health

Soda drink is quite famous with the name of soft drink. Its sparkling and cooling taste attracts people to have it in large amounts. 

But can you believe that, this party-flair has so many dreadful side effects!! This one can really damage your whole body system, forever! Although, its made with water, but its mixed with innumerable harmful ingredients. Here is a list of some of the main damages that a soft drink can cause. Knowing them will help you discover a shocking side of this beverage..

Weak bones

A high content of phosphoric acid in this drink turns your bones weak and causes tooth decay. After its prolonged use, you can get into the trap of some severe bone disorders like osteoporosis.

Artificial sweeteners

This crafted sugar is rich in only empty nutrients and found in sodas. So, even after having 4-5 cans of this drink, you may not get a 'fuller' feeling which may make you crave for more drinks. So, this habit can lead to an overweight issue.

Caramel color

Its a cosmetic color containing cancer-causing properties. Soft drinks are made with caramel just to increase the flavor.


After the digestion of diet sodas, they break into formaldehyde, a carcinogenic element.

Fructose corn syrup

Its taken out from corns and added to soft drinks. This one can enhance your body fat, cholesterol level and triglycerides. They can invite the troubles of heart and high blood pressure disorders.


This beverage contains a preservative called potassium benzoate. It breaks down into benzene which turns into a cancerous substance when kept in the sun.

Food dyes

They are added in this drink and have the tendency to cause the problems of impaired brain functions, hyperactivity, poor concentration and unbalanced impulse rate.

So, the decision is solely Yours, whether you continue with the habit of drinking these soft-drinks or shift on to some healthy beverages, which will be enlisted in our next article !! Keep in Touch!! TC

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