Category Archives: Care and Beauty

Fall Care. For the Cold Season.

Sweaters, boots, hoodies, Thanksgiving, Halloween, falling leaves, pumpkin spice ?!?!? Yes, pumpkin spice. If you haven’t noticed yet, fall is here and it is here to stay. Along with the perks of Fall, our bodies and minds have to adjust to this transitioning season.  Although it is hard to let go of the blazing sun and the great ordeals of summer, Fall brings great things. We promise! 

images-103

The season is breaking and AfroMadu is here to help you stay healthy and safe through the cold weather!

  1. Vitamins Double Time:
    images-100
    A diet rich in antioxidant vitamins and nutrients can boost immunity to help fight infection.
    Top antioxidants include vitamins C and E, plus beta-carotene and zinc. To get enough of these antioxidants in your diet, step up the intake of unprocessed fruits and vegetables. This isn’t realistic for everyone, with obstacles like budget constraints and busy schedules. Thankfully there are many supplements for these antioxidants at your local drug store, which come in the form of chewy candy, gum, pills or drinks.
  2. Rest Up:
    Our T-Cells or T lymphocytes count decreases when we are sleep deprived. These cells play a major role in the mechanism of our immune system. Getting adequate amounts is imperative – usually 7 to 9 hours for an adult.
  3. Water, Water, Water!:
    images-101
    As if AfroMadu doesn’t stress this enough, too little fluid in our body hinders the efficient working of the blood and lymph systems which reduces energy and contributes to a sluggish feeling.  You’re probably thinking about when you can get to your next cup of coffee or warm apple cider but you need to stay hydrated, and the only way to properly do so is with water! Eight to ten glasses a day is recommended.

4. Exercise:Regular exercise increases the level of leukocytes, an immune system cell that fights infection. Exercise also is associated with increased release of endorphins, natural hormones that pump up your sense of well being and improve sleep quality, both of which have positive effects on your immune system.

images-102

5. Hygiene: This goes without saying, wash your hands often! Keep a bottle of hand sanitizer on deck! Keep a pack of tissues on hand!

No excuses. I wish you all a healthy, prosperous cold season!

Advertisements

Protect Your Feet!

Summer is slowly leaving and Fall is beginning to approach. And with the thought that your favorite flip flops will be put in the back of a closet and those fall boots and flats will be back on the scene, might put a little hole in everyone’s heart. But before we decide to put those fall shoes to work, or even buy new ones, let’s begin to make better decisions on the two things that are the most important for your lifetime: Your feet! 

images-85

It is BEYOND important to worry about your foot health. I mean think about it this way, if you don’t, who will? Making sure that finding the perfect shoe, for example, along with the perfect fit can not only make your feet feel super comfortable but will save them for your later years.

People who suffer from things like arthritis, muscle and tendon problems, toe and joint injuries, and just overall jacked up feet are very popular today. In fact 7 out of 10 people will eventually have drastic foot conditions, all of which can be preventable. How is it preventable you ask? AfroMadu always knows….

Unknown-17Understanding the strain point in your feet, for starters, is really crucial to maintaining good feet health. When you are on your feet all day, what part of your foot hurts the most? whether it is the heel, arch or the front of your foot, finding that shoe that supports your strain points will not only your strain points, but it will allow you to stay on your feet a little longer. 

Exercise, as always, is another good way to protect your feet. Cardio and recreational activities keeps the blood flow and muscles moving, while it straightens and tones the shape of your feet. 

Yoga, especially, has been a great practice to take care of your feet. Having yoga instructors called them the “root of the body”, their are poses and different techniques used in yoga to maintain and circulate blood flow in feet, and along the spinal cord and back.  

All in All, these strategies can strengthen and heal your feet. Longevity is super prominent for the two walkers that will keep you well and active. Training and toning might not be the first thing you think about when you want to get healthy, but it should be. Pay attention to those feet, you are going to need them forever!   

Working out the New Trend?

Unknown-14

Obesity rates are rising and the government seems to be clueless as to why great amounts of Americans are becoming overweight and healthy. It is because they choose to become obese? Can people afford to be healthy?

Maintaining health in America today is another burden that citizens have to worry about. Between high priced health care in order to obtain daily checkups and proper treatments, to the high cost of organic and healthy food, the odds of living a healthful life is SUPER hard. People result in surviving off of the things that they can afford which means consuming fatty, processed food and sugary drinks that are in their price range rather than fresh fruits, vegetables and essentials to proper eating.

images-74

..But there is hope. Trends of working out and staying fit has been the latest talk, especially during the summer, for people to work out on beach bodies and keeping fit for the summer. More gyms and weight rooms are making a come back in business and stores are  promoting and selling more workout clothes and paraphernalia. Is working out the new trend?

It is definitely time for us to wake up when it comes to our health. In the Black community ESPECIALLY we lack the desire to eat healthier and stay fit. Its time for a change. The constant excuse of being to busy or not having a budget for working out is probably the lamest one. We cannot continue to let our laziest control us!

Unknown-15

In the beautiful summer season, really think about your eating and fit habits. It doesn’t take a lot to develop healthy habits and stay fit. Here’s a few small tips for take control of your health!

Exercise: Running is one of the best ways to start your work out journey. Waking up 30 mins before work or school and running around the block every morning can make a huge difference in dominating cardio and beginning to get healthier. If running is too hard to start at first, walking can always be the beginning. Not only will you look better but feel better from the energy that was used.

Water: A free natural source that everyone has access to? WATER! Enough with the sugary drinks. All they do is give you more muffin to the top. Substitute water for every time you decide to drink a can of soda are a juice drink. It works in a million ways.

Educate Yourself: Nothing is better than learning more about your health and what you can do to improve it. Continue to read about tips, testimonies, workout plans, and other health and fitness stuff you can find. Knowing is Power!

It is clear that working out is becoming a trend so why not hop on this healthy bandwagon! This is could be the start of something life changing so start today!

The Health Risks of Soda!

images-67

Everyone thinks that a cheap soft drink can do the trick to quickly quench a bad thirst, but is it worth risking your health? Check out the danger that your body can be in by choosing that bottled soda!

1. Weight Gain: As you may know, the amount of sugar in a can a soda is ridiculous! added sugar, with added calories ultimately puts more pounds on your body. Want to gain unhealthy pounds? keep chugging that coke!

2. Osteoporosis:  Studies have shown that a leading ingredient, phosphoric acid, in a cola sucks calcium out of bones, causing osteoporosis to some soda drinkers. Simply drinking 4 sodas a week can increase your chances of  loosing calcium in the bones by 4%.

3. Diabetes: Because of the huge sugar intake and consumption from more than one can of soda, diabetes is twice as likely to develop type 2 in your system.

*additional risks include heart attacks, stroke, cell damage, rotten teeth, and PLENTY of others.* 

Not to scare you about your life as an avid soda drinker, but its time for a change. Begin to substitute those “cans-of-death” with things that are actually good and healthy for you. Water? why not?!  Need something sweet? 100% fruit juice. Still want more sweets? Grab a fruit. 

Take control of your health. 

Veggieville: Becoming a Vegetarian.

Thinking about becoming a vegetarian? Well AfroMadu is here to help you with the information you need to decide whether this would be the decision for you!

images-53

Vegetarianism is becoming a popular trend in 2013 with many different pop figures supporting it. Names spreading from Justin Timberlake with his lyrics speaking on “Veganville” to former President Bill Clinton and his story of his transition to a full vegan diet and how it has helped him tremendously with his heart problems.
Over 4 percent of teens are vegetarians, which may not seem like much, but that is a 1 percent rise from 2007 and only 5% of our TOTAL population is vegetarian, so teens are playing a huge part in this trend and will continue to do so.

Vegetarians at minimum refrain from eating all animal flesh, including meat, poultry, fish and other seafood.Vegetarians do eat beans,grains, fruits, and vegetables, but disagree about animal-derived foods other than flesh. Lacto vegetarians accept dairy, Lacto Ovo vegetarians both dairy and eggs. Vegans refrain from eggs, dairy and often honey. There are about 6-8 million vegetarians in America today,and that number is growing as many people are starting to want to cleanse themselves physically as well as spiritually.

Vegetarian diets are “healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment” of diseases like type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and cancer. Veggie diets are “appropriate” even during “pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood and adolescence and for athletes.” Being a vegetarian also helps the environment as you are cutting down on the use of greenhouse gases, pesticides, and the slaughtering of over 10 BILLION animals yearly. It is by far one of the greatest steps you can take against these issues. Vegetarians also live longer as being vegetarian expands your life expectancy by 3.6 years. There is even research stating that vegetarians are 40% less likely to develop cancer than meat eaters.

images-54Vegetarians must pay particular attention to eating enough protein, iron, calcium, omega 3 fatty acids, and Vitamin B12. Vegans need B12 supplements or B12-fortified plant foods to maintain their health, according to the Vegetarian Resource Group. Vegetarians must also be careful for  hidden animal-based ingredients such as rennet or the milk protein  casein.  If you aspire to be a vegetarian you should also work on menu and holiday planning, grocery shopping, being open to the questioning and skepticism of meat eaters.
These are challenges but realize that you are joining a minority group of people and have to deal with the obstacles the majority places in front of you (which should be nothing new for the black community).

From a personal perspective, I see little to no negatives to becoming vegetarian. It seems like a major step in maintaining a healthy and energetic body, you avoid so much of this world’s fillers and processed garbage. It is a huge step and I haven’t even taken the final step as I still eat chicken. Breaking a habit as strong and
consistent as eating is extremely difficult but the benefits outweigh the cons by a longshot and it’s all worth the reward to me. This article feels like the final step for me and could and probably will mark the beginning of my vegetarian journey. Hopefully this article will help you decide if this is the move for you.

Regardless, be happy, be healthy, be empowered.

Summer’s Hottest Workout: The Plank.

No need to kill your neck doing sit-ups or buy expensive machines in hopes of strengthening your core any more! The latest fad of the plank allows you to do this basic exercise practically anywhere and anytime. But what are its benefits?

images-50

 

 

The body’s core is essential to human health. It develops posture, stability, and a start to becoming a better walker or runner. Core exercises help to support our back and abdomen, which is key in something we need especially with the running around and on-your-feet life that we live today.

The plank satisfies all of the back and abdomen needs as well as helping the pelvic and hip floors, and shoulders and arms. Did i mention that it tones your legs in great places along with the sculpting of your abs?!?

They are different modifications of the plank to challenge the body and strengthen different areas as well. Planking in the position of using the forearms is great, but raising this workout and using hands to stay up is quite a challenge! What about planking on a side and using one arm to balance the core? The plank is super beneficial!

So how can you incorporate the incredible plank into your lifestyle? Super easy. Start with a plank for 30 seconds. Take a mini break and continue. try it for 5 times, then repeat for the next day, hiking up the seconds you plank for and the amount of times you do it. You will never go wrong with it!

images-51

The Benefits of Drinking of Water.

Something so simple, but hard for people do on a daily basis? drink water. Now that spring is slowly approaching and the sun will be getting hotter, it is BENEFICIAL to drink water and stay hydrated all the time. But creating the habit of keeping water in your diet can also have some perks throughout every season of the year!

images-41

SKIN: looking for that natural glow? continuing to use the same chemicals to try to clear your skin? Drinking water habitually will NATURALLY treat your skin by detoxing and moisturizing cells in your body.

LIPS: always wondered why you have to apply those extra coats of lip moisturizer? just like your skin, drinking water will moisturize the cells in your lips, decreasing the amount of outside moisture to keep moisture locked in.

METABOLISM: slow metabolism? drinking water can regulate a sufficient metabolism and digestive tract!

EATING HABITS: Drinking water before a meal can actually reduce the amount of food you eat. Trying to eat smaller portions throughout the day? Water is your friend.

images-40

BECOMING HEALTHY: Overall, restoring your body with the nutrients and liquids it needs to function properly is always beneficial. Trading in a soda for a glass a water each day can be the fewer changes you need to complete the journey of living a healthier. Besides, who wouldn’t want to live healthy?

The average water intake is 7-8 glasses a day. To reduce spending money on the Earth’s biggest resource, invest in a water bottle, and fill it up every time you run out of water!

Water is beneficial to one’s life. Stop playing with yours and take a sip, you’ll live longer!