Saturday, January 23, 2010

Keeping Your Hair Healthy

What you eat can work magic or wreak havoc on your hair. Learn which foods will help keep your locks shiny, full, and healthy.

The food you eat can’t turn straight hair curly, or dark hair blond. Your stylist has to help you with that. But the right diet can help improve your hair’s health at the source, and shiny, vibrant tresses can be the result.

There are many ways that diet affects the health of your hair. Here are a few things you can do to assist nature.

Pay attention to protein.
Your hair consists mostly of protein, so you need protein in your diet to build more hair. Protein deficiencies are uncommon in the United States, but if your diet is low in protein, add more meat, poultry, eggs, legumes, whole grains, and soy.

Seek trace minerals.
As their name suggests, trace minerals are found in foods in small amounts. Silica is just one trace mineral that's important for hair health. Unprocessed foods are the best choice for trace minerals. Organic foods often have higher concentrations of these minerals than conventionally grown foods.

Lose weight slowly.
A diet too low in calories will probably be low in the foods that promote healthy, shiny hair. If you cut back on calories drastically, you might find yourself shedding hair in the weeks and months following your diet. A reasonable weight-loss plan will set both your diet and your hair back on track.

Stay hydrated.
Drink plenty of water, mineral water, unsweetened juice, and herbal tea to stay hydrated, which benefits your body and your hair. These choices are better than soft drinks, carbonated beverages, or sugary juices and sports drinks.

Limit tea, coffee, and alcohol.
These beverages can interfere with the body's absorption of some minerals.

Eat lots of fruits and veggies.
Most fruits and vegetables are high in health-promoting antioxidants.

Consider a multivitamin.
Talk to your doctor to see whether a daily multivitamin might help supplement your diet and support the health of your hair.

For certain hair conditions, there are foods that contain nutrients that may lead to healthy, shiny hair.

Dry hair.
Your diet might be lacking in essential fatty acids if your hair is dry and prone to breakage. Foods that can encourage shiny hair include oily fish like salmon, tuna, trout, herring, and mackerel. Olives, nuts, seeds, and avocados are also high in these fatty acids.

Greasy hair.
Foods high in B vitamins can help fight the grease. Also, it's best to avoid fried foods.

Graying hair.
The link between diet and graying hair isn’t clear, but it’s possible that tyrosine, an amino acid, might help ward off the gray. Vitamin B5 has also shown promise in fighting gray hair — find it in meat, fish, poultry, and eggs.

Thinning hair.
A diet low in iron can contribute to hair loss, so if your iron levels are low, add red meat, beans, fortified cereals, and green leafy veggies to your plate. Protein might also be a problem — hair consists mostly of protein, so reach for protein to help build it. Try meat, low-fat dairy foods, eggs, nuts, seeds, and soy proteins, such as soymilk and tofu. Vitamin E may also help reduce hair loss — find it in green leafy veggies, grains, and nuts. If you suspect that your hair loss stems from a thyroid problem, try iodine-rich seafood.

Choose the right foods, and your body and hair will both thank you.

Watkins offers several products to improve the health of your hair.

Superfood Multiple - Complete Multivitamin, #02260
Optimum nutrition means more than just vitamins and minerals. This vitamin includes antioxidants, enzymes, bioflavonoids, greens and whole food concentrates along with optimum potencies of every important vitamin and mineral to keep you feeling and performing at your very best.

Skin, Hair, & Nails, #02270
Revitalize your skin, hair, and nails with this unique blend of vitamins, minerals, essential oils and antioxidants that protect from aging and help rejuvenate new growth of skin, hair, and nails while replenishing them with essential nutrients for a healthier, more vibrant appearance. A good source of Omega-3

Aloe and Green Tea Shampoo, #23326
Bring out the natural beauty of your hair with J.R. Watkins natural daily shampoo. Our gentle formula contains mild cleansers, which remove dirt and oil without weighing hair down. Our natural formula also contains wheat proteins to strengthen hair.

• 99.42% natural.
• NPA certified.
• Mild formula gently cleanses.
• Rich, luxurious suds.
• Gently removes dirt and oil.
• Safe for use on all hair types.
• Will not weigh hair down.
• Will not weigh hair down.
• Will not harm surface water, safe for aquatic life.

Essential Ingredients
• Aloe Leaf Juice: natural moisturizer.
• Lemon Peel Extract: natural exfoliant.

Aloe and Green Tea Conditioner, #23327
Nourish your hair with a daily conditioner that conditions as it moisturizes, leaving hair shiny and tangle-free.

• 98% natural
• Safe for use on all hair types
• Won't weigh hair down

Monday, January 18, 2010

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Watkins isn’t a “get rich quick” business. Earn "now" income by selling products as you share catalogs and samples with the people in your community, online sales, at fairs or shows, or by sampling products at Living Naturally get togethers. Use the products in your home and sponsor other associates who also use the products and sponsor for residual income. You don't have to buy a bunch of products you won't use or to meet sales quotas. Just replace some of the products you buy locally with products from you Watkins store. By following a proven system you can build a very profitable business in 3 to 5 years. You choose the business methods that go along with your lifestyle and goals. If you are considering a home-based business or a source of additional income Watkins is the company for you.

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Take our free no-obligation online tour. There's no pressure because I want to sponsor people whose goal is to build a profitable business. Follow the business tour at and then email or call me if you have any questions.

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Monday, January 11, 2010

How to Read a Nutrition Label

At the start of the New Year many of us make plans to lose the extra pounds from indulging in our favorite holiday foods.

Even if you don’t count calories, fat grams, carbohydrates, or anything else, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pay attention to the Nutrition Facts label on packaging. If you have a hard time making heads or tails of food labels, take this cheat sheet with you the next time you go to the grocery store.

Understanding the labels will ensure that you are getting enough daily nutrients, which will help you reach your health and weight-loss goals.

Serving Size and Servings per Container
This is the first thing to look at when you are scanning a Nutrition Facts panel. Serving sizes are standardized by product type to make it easier to compare similar foods; they are provided in familiar units, such as cups or pieces, followed by the metric amount (for example, number of grams). It’s important to be aware of how many servings there are in a package. Many products that look like they contain one serving actually contain more than that in a single package.

Calories and Calories From Fat
Calories are a measure of how much energy you get from a serving of the product. Even if you don't count calories you should be aware of them. It’s also useful to see how many of those calories come from fat. If it’s more than half, you should check how much is from saturated or trans fats, which you’ll find farther down on the label (see Total Fat below).

% Daily Value
On the right side of the panel is a column that lists % Daily Value (DV) for each nutrient based on 2,000 calories a day. As the label also points out, your recommended DV needs to be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat
This section is broken down into saturated and trans fat content. Manufacturers are not required to list unsaturated fats; however, they are included in the total fat calculations. Avoid products with 20 percent or more of the daily recommended value of saturated fat, as well as those that contain trans fats. Be aware that a label can say 0% trans fats if it contains less than 0.5 gram per serving — so be sure to check for hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils (which indicate the presence of these bad fats) in the ingredients list if you are concerned.

Cholesterol and Sodium
You should discuss your situation with your own physician, particularly if you have high cholesterol or high blood pressure and are salt-sensitive.

Total Carbohydrate (Dietary Fiber, Sugars)
Total carbohydrate is the heading that lists total grams of dietary fiber and sugars, with the subcategories of dietary fiber and sugar following. Getting plenty of fiber is very important (25 to 30 grams daily is optimal), so pay close attention to this section of the label. When choosing whole-grain breads, for example, select those that contain at least 3 grams of fiber per serving. When it comes to sugars, be aware that this number represents the sum of sugars that occur naturally in foods, like lactose and glucose, as well as added sugars (corn syrup, dextrose, high-fructose corn syrup, and honey, to name a few). Take a peek at the ingredients list to check for these added sugars — and when possible avoid products made with them.

Vitamins and Minerals
Manufacturers are required to list the percentage of the DV of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron supplied by a serving of food. Listing other vitamins and minerals is voluntary, unless a claim is made about the nutrient or they are added to supplement the foods (as in breakfast cereals that supply 100% of your daily need for various vitamins and minerals). If a food supplies less than 2 percent of the DV for the required nutrients, the value does not have to be listed.