STYLECRAZE http://www.stylecraze.com India's Largest Beauty Network Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:18:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 13 Reasons Why Physical Exercise Is Important http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/reasons-why-physical-exercise-is-important/ http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/reasons-why-physical-exercise-is-important/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:17:06 +0000 http://www.stylecraze.com/?p=279595 Do you feel lethargic most part of the day? Have you ever felt the need to do something that can keep you upbeat and excited all day long? Then physical exercise is the key. But then, how many of us do it every day? Physical exercise is one of the most important habits anyone needs [...]

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Do you feel lethargic most part of the day? Have you ever felt the need to do something that can keep you upbeat and excited all day long? Then physical exercise is the key. But then, how many of us do it every day?

Physical exercise is one of the most important habits anyone needs to inculcate, because the benefits it offers are immense. Would you like to know more? Read on!

Benefits Of Physical Activity:

Moderate physical activity can be a boon especially if you are starting off from scratch. We do not advise you to start intensive workouts at the very outset. This can put you at risk, rather than enhancing your health. Starting off intensive workouts before your body is ready can lead to joint pains (1), sprains, muscles stress and even cardiac events.

We suggest that you take professional advice before starting even a moderate physical exercise programme if:

  1. You are over 45 years.
  2. You have pain in your chest during exercising.
  3. You experience dizziness and/or fainting spells.
  4. You experience breathlessness even after moderate physical exercise.
  5. You are pregnant.

Pre- exercise screening can be availed of at your physiotherapists’ and even doctors clinics. This acts as a safety net that prevents any harm to your body while exercising.

If you get the go-ahead for starting on a moderate exercise regime, hop on the exercise bandwagon and enjoy the benefits.

Moderate physical exercise can be super healthy for you because of the following reasons:

1. Helps Control Your Weight:

Who doesn’t want to lose weight or to maintain an ideal body weight for an entire lifespan? We all know that the right diet and physical exercise regime can help you with both. Exercise can help you burn off extra calories. These calories are the ones that are responsible for you piling on the extra kilos, one pizza a time.

So what do you do to maintain your weight? You can start by walking as it is the safest physical activity. Walking does not harm your body in any way. It is healthy for your joints, heart and muscles. You can make walking more intensive by increasing the pace and duration of your walk. Aerobic exercises and playing games can be the next on your list. This can help you by keeping your weight constant. We suggest that you do at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise every day to stay healthy and to maintain your weight. And you can accomplish this by simply being more active at home.

If you can’t join yoga classes or gym every day, just get more active throughout the day — take the stairs instead of the lift or fire your housemaid and clean your house instead of watching TV.

However, if you want to lose weight, just brisk walking for 30 minutes a day will not do the job. You will have to work up some sweat doing aerobics and also cut down on fats and calories to trim the flab.

2. Reduces Your Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease:

Moderate exercise cuts down on the risk of both heart disease and stroke, leading causes of death. Just 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise can lower your risk for these 2 killers.

Regular physical activity can also lower elevated blood pressure and also get your rampant cholesterol levels back in control keeping your heart healthy.

3. Reduces Your Risk For Type 2 Diabetes And Metabolic Syndrome:

We all know that regular physical activity can bring down blood sugar levels and thus lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and also metabolic syndrome (2). Metabolic syndrome is an extremely dangerous condition where you can have a combination of too much abdominal fat, high BP, low good or HDL cholesterol, high triglyceride levels responsible for heart disease, and high blood sugar.

Research shows that regular exercise lowers your propensity to suffer from diabetes and metabolic syndrome after just 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise. You can reduce your risk further by increasing the time of physical activity.

If you already suffer from diabetes, regular exercise will help you control your blood glucose levels and prevent damage to your vital organs.

4. Reduces Cancer Risks:

Being physically active can keep you safe from breast and colon cancer. Research shows that people who regularly exercise have lower risks of colon cancer as compared to sedentary people. Similarly, physically active women carry lower risks of breast cancer.

There are linkages between endometrial (3) and lung cancer too. Although the research is not yet over, few findings suggest that if you regularly exercise your risk of endometrial cancer and lung cancer may be lower.

5. Strengthens Bones And Muscles:

Osteoporosis is common in post menopausal women because in absence of optimum levels of the hormone estrogen which protects bones (4), the bones start leaching out calcium. This makes bones weak and fragile and can lead to fractures and breakages of bones due to small injuries. Research shows that women can lower their risk for osteoporosis through regular exercise. Even moderate exercises like walking and swimming protect women from osteoporosis.

Evidence also suggests that older people in general benefit the most from doing moderate muscle and bone strengthening activity daily. Oldies that do about 130 min. moderate aerobic exercise have a lower risk of hip fractures, a life altering condition for older adults. Regular exercise can also help you manage pain due to arthritis and other conditions affecting the joints.

6. Builds Strong, Healthy Muscles:

Exercise especially weight training increases and maintain muscle mass. You must have noticed that as we age, we kind of shrink. We lose both height and girth. This can be attributed to muscle shrinkage. Exercise can take care of this effectively. This helps you to maintain proper balance and prevent falls as you age.

7. Keeps You Happier:

Exercise is the best bulwark against mental diseases like depression. Regular exercise releases mood enhancing endorphins into the blood stream which help keep the blues away (5).

Endorphins trigger a happy feeling in your body, similar to that of morphine. Ask runners and they describe a “euphoric” feeling after a workout. That’s their endorphins speaking. This is also known as a “runner’s high,” and can be accompanied by a positive outlook on life.

Endorphins act as analgesics, which mean that they reduce pain. They also act as sedatives.

This is perhaps the main reason that regular exercise has been proven to reduce stress levels and ward off anxiety and feelings of depression.

Physical activity is very good for the brain too. This is the reason that when low, it’s always better to go for a stroll, preferably in a garden.

You may also feel good and more confident about the way you look and about yourself in general when you exercise regularly as physical activity improves your self-esteem.

Exercising with others in a gym or yoga studio also boosts social contact and this is vital for alleviating symptoms of depression. And if you have less aches and pains, it also improves your outlook and mood, doesn’t it?

8. Life Saver For The Oldies:

Exercising is the single biggest gift you can give yourself if you are over 50 years. You can prevent lethal falls, improve balance, improve your functional abilities that help you carry on doing the day-to-day chores like as climbing stairs, cooking, shopping etc. You will experience lower risk of functional limitations if you exercise than people who are inactive.

9. Increases Life Span:

If you want to be alive till the age of 100, exercise may be your best bet. Exercise prevents cancers, heart disease and diabetes. Just 30 minutes of moderate activity like brisk walking can cut down on the risk of you dying prematurely. Just think about that!

10. Energy Booster:

If you feel winded by just taking a round in your colony park, it may be a sign that you may be missing out on proper exercise. Regular exercise improves your muscle tone and strength, and also boosts your endurance levels. This happens because exercise increases the delivery of vital oxygen to cells for conversion into energy. Exercise also helps your cardiovascular system to work more efficiently. When your heart and lungs work in tandem, you naturally have more energy to do work, think and memorize.

11. Helps With Sleep:

Insomniacs, try exercising more. Regular physical activities can do both- help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. But, don’t exercise close to bed time as this will energize you rather than soothe you.

12. Revs Up Your Sex Life:

Well, if your sex life is going steadily downhill, lack of physical activity may be to blame. Remember, sex needs active muscles too. Exercising regularly will ensure that your energy levels are high and you feel better about yourself. This helps increase intimacy. But that’s not all! Physical activity can lead to enhanced sexual arousal in women and men who exercise regularly have less erectile dysfunction than sedentary men.

13. Exercise Is Fun:

Exercise is seriously fun. Just find the kind of exercise that is most interesting for you. If you are an outdoors person, exercise in a park. If you like to exercise in an AC environment, visit a gym or aerobics studio. Take a dance class, go for treks and hikes or play cricket. Don’t sit around watching TV, find a physical activity you enjoy, and do it. Switch to something else, if you get bored. Exercise is also a great way to connect with friends and family as you can go for picnics or treks together.

So, each one of you can gain the health benefits of exercise whatever your age, fitness level, sex, shape, size or colour.

Just aim to do 30 minutes of exercise a day. This should be your mantra for ensuring a healthier life. And we also have the Australian Government’s Physical Activity Guidelines reiterating the same (6).

It also is found that doing some physical exercise is better than doing none. So if you are not doing any physical activity right now, this should motivate you to get up and go for a brisk 30 minute walk around your block, for starters. If you can’t force yourself to do this, start with a 15 minute walk and build up to 30 minutes of walking every day. The key to good health is being active each day of your life.

If you have arthritis, cardiovascular disease or any other problem, you can still exercise and we want to make it clear that this will be beneficial for you, provided you work arm in arm with your doctor. Just avoid being inactive.

But what do you do if you are in a sedentary job? Take a break every 20 minutes or so as your life depends on it. This will also work as an antidote to stress and keep postural strains and injuries at bay.

And don’t stop at just 30 minutes of activity – build up to more intensive and longer workouts. Try to incorporate 3 hours of vigorous physical activity every week. This can include jogging, Ashtanga or Power yoga, weight training, Pilates, or a combination of both moderate and vigorous activities, each week. We recommend muscle strengthening activities for seniors and ladies on at least 2 days each week.

The ways to increase activity is to make small changes throughout your day, such as walking or cycling instead of using the car, getting off the bus, train or metro a stop earlier and walking the rest of the way home, or even walking your kids to school.

Please do tell us if you found this article helpful and don’t forget to share the benefits of regular exercise right here in the comments section. As usual, we are listening!

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10 Sugar Free Fruits And Vegetables http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/sugar-free-fruits-and-vegetables/ http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/sugar-free-fruits-and-vegetables/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:00:57 +0000 http://www.stylecraze.com/?p=279584 Does the thought of diabetes scare you? Do you often find yourself checking out how much sugar each food item you eat contains? Well, when you are diabetic, fruits and vegetables are the best bet! And when such foods are sugar-free, you just don’t have to worry at all! This post talks about those fruits [...]

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Does the thought of diabetes scare you? Do you often find yourself checking out how much sugar each food item you eat contains? Well, when you are diabetic, fruits and vegetables are the best bet! And when such foods are sugar-free, you just don’t have to worry at all!

This post talks about those fruits and veggies that are sugar-free and are super-healthy as well! Would you like to check them out? Go ahead and read!

1. Lettuce:

Lettuce

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Another one of our sugar-free vegatables, lettuce is incredibly crunchy and is a regular ingredient in most kinds of green salads. You can binge on lettuce leaves and not even gain an inch on your waistline. Lettuce is especially healthy for boosting immunity as it is a rich source of folate, manganese and iron. Lettuce also contains essential B-vitamins and others like Vitamins A, C, D, E and K. Lettuce contains around 0.8 g of sugar per 100 g serving, which is less than 20 times the sugar in a pastry (1).

2. Asparagus:

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Asparagus has been used in many cultures to treat a variety of diseases. Asparagus contains zero fat and virtually no sugar, while containing many other important nutrients, which are quite beneficial for the body. Although it has been primarily used as a diuretic, it has also been used to quicken metabolism.

It contains vitamins A, C, E, K, B6 and minerals like iron, copper, folate and is also rich in protein (2).

3. Broccoli:

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This dark leafy green is virtually free of fat and contains little sugar. However, whatever its shortcomings are, it more than makes up for the nutrient counts with other essential nutrients. Broccoli is crammed with vitamins A, C, D, E, K, dietary fiber, calcium and other nutrients including iron, phosphorous, zinc and potassium. Broccoli also contains one of the strongest antioxidants and its health benefits include curing skin problems and purging the body of damage-inducing free-radicals (3).

4. Brussel Sprouts:

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Another one of our zero fat and low sugar vegetables, brussel sprouts are used in many salad recipes and are one of the healthiest options you can consider. Brussel sprouts also possess anti-carcinogenic properties which make them effective as a cancer-prevention agent. They are crammed with phytonutrients that lend them their anticarcinogenic tendencies. Also known as little cabbage, brussel sprouts are one of the health foods that aren’t popular with kids due to their relative tastelessness. However, if you are a diabetic looking for a low sugar and zero fat diet, these are one of the healthiest options on this list (4).

5. Cabbages:

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We know that the little cabbages have featured on this zero fat and sugar-free list. Well, along with brussel sprouts, their equally important elder cousin is also a viable low-sugar and low-fat food option. This vegetable contains many nutrients and has many health benefits. Cabbage is rich in vitamins A, C, D, E and K. It also boasts of minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and sodium, among others (5).

6. Grapefruit:

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Grapefruit is one of the most effective remedies for cough and cold. The presence of the all important Vitamin C ensures that this fruit also protects you from scurvy. This is another one of the zero-fat value foods, which you can eat without once thinking or worrying about gaining extra pounds (6).

7. Avocado:

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One of the most nutritious foods around, and christened the ‘complete food’ by nutritionists across the globe, avocado is another one of our low-sugar and low-fat foods. It is especially in rich dietary fiber, and minerals like potassium and copper, and essential vitamins like E, A, K, B6, and C. Avocado also contains trace amounts of folate, copper and protein. It has many health benefits and is used regularly in skin and hair treatments (7).

8. Papaya:

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Papaya has numerous health benefits, apart from the fact that it teases the palate superbly and tastes delicious. Papaya helps promote digestion through Papains, the chemicals in Papaya that stimulate the digestive processes. It is also rich in essential vitamins; most notably vitamin A. The presence of carotene makes papaya a preventive food for cancer. Its low sodium quality is good for people with cholesterol problems. Papayas improve skin color and prevent pigmentation and discoloration. Papayas contain antioxidants that help slow down aging. They also prevent balding and control dandruff (8).

9. Tomatoes:

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Probably one of the most hotly debated subjects is whether tomatoes are fruits or vegetables. What is certain is that tomatoes are low-fat and virtually sugar-free foods. They contain decent amounts of Vitamin K; which is essential for building and strengthening bones. Vitamin K ensures that you maintain good bone health. It also stimulates a non-collagen protein called osteocalcin, which is necessary and acts as a catalyst, helping calcium strengthen your bones. Tomatoes also contain decent amounts of Vitamin A, which helps prevent night blindness and other diseases (9).

10. Beets:

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Beets help cure and prevent many afflictions. They are probably one of the other complete foods on our low sugar foods list. Beets are full of minerals like potassium, iron, fiber and dietary fiber. They get their rich color from a potent antioxidant called betanin. To top it all, beets taste sweet. So, even if you have to avoid sweets and other sugary foods, you can safely gorge on beets and still not be worse off than you are (10).

So, now that you know about these amazing low sugar foods, why wait! Include them in your diet today and control your blood sugar levels. Tell us about any other low sugar foods that you enjoy eating. If you know of any recipes or salads involving low-sugar fruits or vegetables, please share them with our fellow readers here. Leave a comment below.

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10 Serious Side Effects Of Starving http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/serious-side-effects-of-starving/ http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/serious-side-effects-of-starving/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:37:20 +0000 http://www.stylecraze.com/?p=279600 Did you know that the starvation diet you are on can lead to serious complications? Starvation is dangerous to deal with and leads to all sorts of problems, both mental and physical. Want to know what they are? Read this post and find out about the harmful and potentially dangerous side effects of starving yourself. [...]

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Did you know that the starvation diet you are on can lead to serious complications? Starvation is dangerous to deal with and leads to all sorts of problems, both mental and physical. Want to know what they are? Read this post and find out about the harmful and potentially dangerous side effects of starving yourself.

Starvation is a condition that is often accompanied by severe deficiency in your calorie intake. Starvation can be self-inflicted (hardcore dieters) or due to the presence of other conditions like anorexia or bulimia. Starvation can also lead to severe malnutrition and may permanently damage your internal organs (1).
Starvation isn’t something pleasant, and you should try and refrain from starving yourself, especially under the pretext of following a diet regime. To discourage you further, let’s look at some of the adverse effects of starvation in detail:

1. Malnutrition:

This is perhaps the most damaging effect of voluntary or forced starvation. Malnutrition is a terrible condition, and it affects most children in developing countries. Starvation usually means that you don’t eat much at all. This leads to many essential nutrients and vitamins being excluded from your diet. Malnutrition can lead to various mineral and nutrient deficiencies like Night blindness (vitamin A deficiency), Scurvy (Vitamin C deficiency) and even Anemia (Iron deficiency) (2).

2. Dehydration:

The second most obvious result of starvation; just like a lack of food induces malnutrition, a lack of water can induce dehydration. This dehydration may in turn aggravate other problems and lead to cracked and exceedingly dry skin, along with other conditions like constipation, among others. Thus, it is important to remember to drink enough water, even if you are on a starvation diet. Starvation and dehydration depletes glycogen levels and disturbs electrolyte balance (3).

3. Decreased Resting Metabolic Rate:

Starvation can lead to a reduced resting metabolic rate. Your Basal metabolic rate or BMR is defined as the minimal rate of energy expenditure per time unit while you rest. Tests found that fasting prior to rest can lead to an increase in white adipose tissue (WAT) and decrease in flow to the brain. Other studies determine that starvation can induce a decrease in your basal metabolic rate.

4. Loss Of Monthly Menstrual Periods:

Starvation leads to many problems. One of these problems is it upsets how your periods are regulated. So, for those of you thinking about starvation diets, you might want to consider this before you begin. In some cases, if you are too underweight your body may simply cease to produce estrogen. A lack of fat can restrict your cells from converting cholesterol to extra estrogen. As starvation can lead to organ damage, body processes tend to slow down, which usually causes menstruation to stop (4).

5. Constipation:

Starvation can also induce constipation in many individuals. Studies on many anorexic individuals conclude that people who suffer from the disorder may suffer from severe starvation, which can lead to many disorders and requires the use of regular laxatives to be treated wholly. A case study on three severely anorexic women found that these women needed regular laxatives or enemas to help flush their colon. These women also ran a higher risk of suffering from rectal prolapse due to the overuse of laxatives (5).

6. Bone Loss:

A starved or starving individual may continue to lose weight at an alarming rate. Although the changes in your skin and musculature are quite obvious, but what about the changes in your bone structure! Did you know that starvation may lead to bone density loss? Well, usually when you consume a calorie-restricted diet, your bones are remodeled. The older bone breaks down and new bones form rapidly. However, your bone density reduces, which can lead to fragility (6).

7. Fatigue:

One of the most common effects of starvation is fatigue. You have all heard about ‘eating to keep your strengths up,’ this idiom cannot ring any truer as eating a balanced diet helps provide energy for the body primarily, while helping keep diseases and infections at bay. Starvation upsets the balance of essential vitamins in your body and slows down physiological processes, which can also lead to fatigue and a feeling of faintness. Starvation is often associated with a feeling of lightheadedness (7).

8. High Blood Pressure:

Malnutrition and starvation can subject your body to many conditions, including high blood pressure. When you starve, essential nutrients like potassium and vitamin D aren’t consumed, which leads to a spike in blood pressure and many other deficiencies. All these factors ensure that starvation inevitably raises your blood pressure. In a study conducted on three groups of children, it was found that two groups: one malnourished and one recovering from malnourishment had significantly higher blood pressure readings than the children who weren’t malnourished at all.

9. Electrolyte Imbalance:

Starvation leads to a loss of nutrients, which results in the consumption of fewer electrolytes with each passing day. Heart-healthy Minerals like potassium, sodium, calcium and magnesium that promote proper heart function and heart health aren’t consumed when you don’t have enough food. Starving not only results in lesser nutrients, but also promotes electrolyte imbalance. Thus, remember to have mineral supplements if you are on a starvation diet.

10. Affects The Brain:

There have been many studies on how starvation can affect cognitive abilities and make you feel depressed. Try and recall how your friend snaps at you when she’s on a starvation diet. When we miss a meal, we often find ourselves dwelling on food and how it would feel to be properly fed.

You know that starvation can lead to many other physical symptoms like dehydration and fatigue that can impair your thinking abilities and also make you aggressive and jumpy. Starvation can also affect how you react to stress and can induce feelings of anxiety, irritability and even lead to chronic or clinical depression in some cases.

Now that you know how starvation can adversely affect your body, we hope that you will rethink about those starvation diets. They are just a quick fix and offer little long term benefit. Opt for a balanced regimen to lose weight.

Tell us about your own experiences with starvation or malnutrition. Have you ever gone through with a starvation diet? If you have, tell our readers about your experiences here. Leave a comment below.

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5 Quick And Easy Easter Egg Recipes You Must Try http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/quick-and-easy-easter-egg-recipes-you-must-try/ http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/quick-and-easy-easter-egg-recipes-you-must-try/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:28:37 +0000 http://www.stylecraze.com/?p=279605 This Easter, how great it would be if your young ones have the time of their lives, right? Prepare these wonderful easter eggs using these amazing recipes; they are delicious, pretty and incredibly inexpensive and healthy as well! Can’t wait to read on, can you? Continue! 1. Hard-Boiled Easter Eggs: Ingredients: 1 dozen eggs Directions: Place [...]

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This Easter, how great it would be if your young ones have the time of their lives, right? Prepare these wonderful easter eggs using these amazing recipes; they are delicious, pretty and incredibly inexpensive and healthy as well!

Can’t wait to read on, can you? Continue!

1. Hard-Boiled Easter Eggs:

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Ingredients:

  • 1 dozen eggs

Directions:

  1. Place the eggs in a pot with salt water and bring to a boil (5 minutes only).
  2. After 5 minutes, take the eggs off the heat and cover the pot for another 10 minutes.
  3. Now proceed to drain the water out.
  4. Set the eggs among ice cubes or run them under cold water.
  5. Peel the eggs and quarter them.
  6. Make these eggs 2 days before Easter.

2. Traditional Easter Marbled Pace Eggs:

Traditional Easter Marbled Pace Eggs

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Ingredients:

  • 6-8 eggs
  • 6 -8 red and yellow onion skins
  • 6-8 small rectangles of aluminum foil
  • Butter (optional)

Directions:

  1. Begin by randomly wrapping bits of onion skins around the eggs partially.
  2. Proceed to encase the eggs in the rectangular pieces of aluminum foil covering them completely.
  3. Now boil the eggs for 5-7 minutes.
  4. Take the eggs off the heat and run them under cool water.
  5. When they cool off, peel away the layers of aluminum foil and onion skin.
  6. Consider polishing the eggs with some butter to deepen the color.

3. Chocolate Cream Filled Easter Eggs:

Chocolate Cream Filled Easter Eggs

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Ingredients:

  • 45 gram semisweet chocolate
  • ½ cup condensed milk (sweet)
  • ½ cup softened butter
  • ½ tsp corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6-7 cups sugar
  • Yellow food coloring

Directions:

  1. Mix the butter, condensed milk, corn syrup, vanilla and salt in a bowl.
  2. Add the sugar in 3-4 stages, stirring well so that there are no granules or lumps.
  3. Knead the mixture and add any more icing sugar if needed, until it forms a smooth paste that holds shape and is like dough.
  4. Take ¼ of the mixture and color it yellow. Make around 5-10 small balls with it.
  5. With the remaining mixture, make 5-10 larger balls.
  6.  Flatten the larger ball in your palm and cover the smaller (yellow) ball with it.
    Work around the dough until it resembles an egg and set it aside.
  7. Let the eggs cool down until they become firm.
  8. Once they have cooled down, melt the chocolate bar in a small pot set inside boiling water and using a fork (fondue fork) dip the eggs into the chocolate one by one.
  9. Let the eggs cool down until the chocolate hardens.
  10. Serve chilled.

4. Tie-Dye Easter Eggs:

Tie-Dye Easter Eggs

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Ingredients:

  • A dozen hard-boiled white eggs
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • Food colors (red, blue, green, yellow)

Directions:

  1. Place the hard boiled eggs in a colander and splash vinegar over them.
  2. Drip the food color onto the eggs, do this gradually, around 2-3 eggs at a time.
  3. Shake the colander gently so that the color spreads.
  4. Let the color set on the eggs for 30 seconds.
  5. Repeat the steps with as many shades as you want. (stop if the colors get too muddy)
  6. Once the colors set, rinse the eggs lightly with water.
  7. Dab them dry on paper towels and set aside.

5. Onion Skin Easter Eggs:

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Ingredients:

  • 6-8 fresh eggs
  • 10-18 onion skins (red or yellow, not both)

Directions:

  1. Place a thick layer of onion skins in a pot.
  2. Now add a layer of 3-4 eggs.
  3. Cover the eggs with another layer of onion skin.
  4. Repeat the above steps with the rest of the onions.
  5. Fill the pot up with water.
  6. Begin cooking the eggs on medium heat and keep checking on them until they turn a light burgundy.

So, this holiday season, impress your friends, family and kids all at once. Use these Easter egg recipes and spread cheers. To tell our readers about any other recipes you may have, leave a comment below.

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15 Bridal Updo Hairstyles To Inspire You http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/bridal-updo-hairstyles-to-inspire-you/ http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/bridal-updo-hairstyles-to-inspire-you/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:57:31 +0000 http://www.stylecraze.com/?p=279561 Looking for a perfect hairstyle this wedding season? Whether you’re having a high-drama wedding or a simple, relaxed ceremony, take inspiration from our leading ladies and wow your guests with these 15 bridal up-dos that are any brides’ fast-track route to instant glamour. Read on to find out more! 1. Mod, Twisted High Bun: Always [...]

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Looking for a perfect hairstyle this wedding season? Whether you’re having a high-drama wedding or a simple, relaxed ceremony, take inspiration from our leading ladies and wow your guests with these 15 bridal up-dos that are any brides’ fast-track route to instant glamour. Read on to find out more!

1. Mod, Twisted High Bun:

Mod, Twisted High Bun

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Always one to think outside the beauty box, Diane Kruger’s Grecian up’do looks phenomenal. This unique wedding hairstyle is feminine and glamorous, and it looks amazing with both medium and long hair.

Before twisting your hair into a side up’do, tease it slightly for extra body. Keep your perfect wedding ‘do in place with a thin, sparkly headpiece adorned with floral details.

2. Bridal Coif:

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A romantic twist on the traditional up ‘do, actress Maria Menounos’s dreamy coif would be a good match for vintage wedding gowns.

Score the look by gathering hair high on top of your head, leaving a small section of bangs hanging. Create a big twist loosely and pin down the bun. Sweep your bangs to the side and pin the ends to the bun. Set the style with a light hairspray. End result? A perfect va-va-voom look.

3. Braided Updo:

Braided Updo

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Les Misérables actress, Amanda Seyfried oozes sex appeal with her thick milkmaid braid up’do. This is a great take on the classic bun; pull your hair into a high ponytail at the centre of your head. Next, separate your ponytail into three sections and braid all the way to the tips and secure with clear elastic.

Wrap the braid into a bun to give the effect of a longer, braided style that gives extra height to the top of the head. Set the look with hair spray, and you’re the star of your own fairytale.

4. Messy Updo:

Messy Updo

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We just love Pineapple Express starlet Amber Heard’s romantic and gently curled blonde up’do. The strong contrast between her messy hair, her flawless makeup, as well as her small sparkly earrings gives it a bit of subtle glamour.

To duplicate Amber’s relaxed up’do, tease hair at the crown of your head before securing it into a loose bun, and embrace flyaway hairs.

5. Sleek Chignon With Tiara:

Sleek Chignon With Tiara

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Emmy Rossum shows us how to ditch the veil for the perfect statement headpiece this season. The Phantom of the Opera actress looks effortlessly beautiful with her sleek chignon and a gorgeous tiara. A refreshing alternative to soft and wispy wedding hairdos, this sleek chignon is glam and classy with a little bit of an edge.

6. Updo With A Headband:

Updo With A Headband

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Castle actress Stana Katic keeps her look chic and sophisticated with a loose elegant updo with wispy bangs and delicate flyaway hairs. We love how the touch of gold embellishment complements her dirty blonde locks, bringing out the wheat-blonde highlights. Secure your bun at the nape of your neck for an elegant wedding hairdo.

7. Elegant Updo:

Elegant Updo

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Fashionista Olivia Palermo looks chic and stylish with her elegant and slightly poofed up’do. The middle-parting accentuates the perfect symmetry of her face, drawing attention downwards cheekbones.

To recreate Olivia’s sophisticated wedding look, take sections of hair from above each temple, twist them, and secure them to your head.

8. Retro-Inspired Bun:

Retro-Inspired Bun

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Mad Men actress Dita Von Teese’s simple and sexy retro-inspired bun is perfect for those looking to amp up the glamour on their big day. This hairdo adds a significant amount of depth to the hair, giving the appearance of voluminous and thicker locks. It’s a gorgeous style with plenty of versatility that can be worn day or night, with any outfit.

9. The Hot Bun:

The Hot Bun

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Pep up the glamour á la this model at Rolando Santana runway with this elegant, interwoven bun. The simplicity of this hairstyle makes the grown-up version of the other length bun looks superb when paired with a hair accessory. For a more glamorous look finish it with a jewelled barrette—perfect for brides with short, straight hair.

10. Low Twisted Bun:

Low Twisted Bun

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Songstress Selena Gomez keeps her look simple and chic with a big, twisted bun as her up’do of choice. She sports bold bronze highlights in her brunette locks that brighten her complexion. A great wedding hairstyle for long hair, this classic bun keeps hair out of your face while giving it some romantic touches. You can always add some extra glam for the special occasions.

11. High Bun:

High Bun

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Model Ariadne looks flawless with her espresso-brown locks pulled up into a daring high bun. If you have medium-length hair, this is your great go-to style if you’re short on time. To get this look, pull your hair into a high ponytail and then wind your ponytail into a tight high bun. Secure it with discreet pins for a polished look, and set it with a light hairspray for a sleek finishing touch. The look would flatter a unfussy gown and simple veil to perfection.

12. Voluminous Updo:

Voluminous Updo

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Actress Scarlett Johansson looks vibrant and fresh with her voluminous up’do. Her blonde-beautiful bun with retro height and modern texture, secured with an elegant hair slide, leaving a few wispy strands to soften her features. Her rosy cheeks and berry-stained lips add some final touches to a classy and simple wedding hairstyle.

13. Messy Criss-Cross Braids:

Messy Criss-Cross Braid

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For Kristen Stewart’s feminine look, think added volume at the roots, with relaxed, side-braids framing the face, then simply scoop back into a loose, messy chignon. It’s also worth thinking about colour – brunettes like Kris will benefit from caramel highlights to add interest and depth to this style.

This striking hairdo is perfect for a garden wedding – you can even embellish it by adding little bling into the braids! Keep your makeup soft for a whimsical look.

14. Sleek Side-Swept Chignon:

Sleek Side-Swept Chignon

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We are totally jealous of The Amazing Spider-Man actress Emma Stone’s perfect sleek chignon. This ultra-feminine wedding hairstyle ticks every box – gorgeous hair colour, amazing texture, romantic wispy flyaway hairs, and a flattering side-swept fringe.

15. French Braid Crown:

French Braid Crown

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Hayden Panettiere’s flawless up’do with her thick French braid crown is perfect for glamorous autumnal affairs or winter weddings.

To recreate this look, separate hair into two low pigtails, braid both sections and secure with pins. Next, pull one braid up over your head and pin it an inch back from your hairline. Repeat on the opposite side, positioning the second braid behind the first. This versatile and striking braid is easy to tweak for a unique and romantic touch.

Take a look at our picks for celebrity bridal hairstyle inspirations above, and then tell us which updos you’ll be trying out! Type in the comment box below!

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Need some hair inspiration for the summers? From a messy bun à la Selena Gomez’s to a perfect tousled updo like Julianne Hough’s, we’ve picked out the ten most gorgeous messy updo’s for you to try at home. So, go ahead and give it a whirl — we dare you!

1. Wavy Bun:

Wavy Bun

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Nothing screams “keeping it elegant and glamorous” quite like this classy wavy look from actress Jessica Stroup.

Replicate this feminine style by applying mousse to damp hair, and then blow dry with a round brush to create some volume at the roots. Next, take a curling tong and curl your hair in small sections. Allow the curls to cool, and then break them up with your fingers and spritz a texturiser to finish the look. There you have the best go-to bun for fancier occasions!

2. Blunt Bangs With Side Swept Bun:

Blunt Bangs With Side Swept Bun

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Is there anything more cute and chic than bangs and messy bun? Of course not! And that’s exactly why we absolutely fell in love with Zooey Deschanel’s adorable updo. The messy high bun adds some sass and fun to the look, while the fringed bangs give this style a burst of coolness and energy. Needless to say, this look works wonders in every situation it’s worn – whether it’s a casual day out with the ladies or a formal event where dressing sharp is key.

3. Messy Topknot:

Messy Topknot

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If you want to add a little oomph to your boring topknot, try adding a little volume on the loose topknot like Vanessa Hudgens. The best part about this laid-back hairstyle is it can be worn anywhere – to parties, out with friends or even to the gym! To create it, you simply gather your hair into a ponytail on top of your head. Loosely secure with a band. Wrap hair around the loose band and secure with another band for a tight, yet messy look and voilà: a cool look that barely takes any extra time at all.

4. Loose Bun:

Loose Bun

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Actress and singer Selena Gomez’s bun is messy to perfection. The Heart Wants What It Wants singer looks beautiful with her loose bun and wispy flyaway hairs.

To replicate her look, create a centre part and brush all your hair into a loose and messy bun. Secure your bun at the back of your neck for a contemporary look, and for added fun –leave your bangs loose to frame your face. And if you still need even more glamour, add a pair of flashy earrings to the mix.

5. Effortlessly Messy:

Effortlessly Messy

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Actress Nikki Reed’s effortlessly messy bun is a versatile look that can be worn to a glam social event or just out to the movies. The deep side part and loose sweep makes it a go-to style for ladies looking for elegance at its finest. To recreate this look, simply wrap small sections of hair loosely around the curling iron, spritz some hairspray and tie them into a ponytail. Wrap this ponytail to create a loose side bun, pin hair in place with bobby pins, as you twist. Perfecto!

6. Braided Low Bun:

Braided Low Bun

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Actress Gwyneth Paltrow demonstrates how to work a dishevelled bun with wavy hair at the Golden Globe Awards. The low, loose braided bun is subtle and the simple curled bang around the face adds a significant layer of beauty and bliss. To pull off this simple and fun style, create a side part and brush all your hair into a ponytail. Once your hair is in a simple pony, begin braiding. Next, wrap the braid around the elastic to create a bun. Secure with bobby pins and a strong-hold hairspray. The perfect candidate to go with your favourite little dress.

7. Teased Updo:

Teased Updo

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We can’t get enough of actress Maria Menounos’s brilliantly teased updo. To recreate her impressive messy look, begin with teasing your hair by combing it backwards until you have a bouffant. Then, brush hair all the way back and gather into a messy ponytail. Take hold of the pony, twist it around the rubber band and secure the bun with bobby pins. Pull strands of hair from the bun for that perfect hairstyle for fancy events.

8. Voluminous Bun:

Voluminous Bun

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Singer and actress Miley Cyrus’s updo is a perfect example of how to look glamorous, not over styled. This edgy style adds a significant amount of dimension and depth to the hair, giving the appearance of fuller and thicker locks. To duplicate Miley’s look, pull your hair back from your face, twist it a bit, and give it some extra volume by misting light hairspray. Match the hairdo with your favourite dress or even wear it with a pair of jeans and a crop top for a fresh look.

9. Tousled Updo With Hairband:

Tousled Updo With Hairband

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WOW. There are too many reasons to love this style. Let’s begin with the adorable loose updo. So obviously trendy and they frame Julianne’s face beautifully. And check out that blonde hair color! To get this look, pull your hair into a loose ponytail and secure it with elastic at your crown. Twist and wrap your hair into a messy bun, then loop the ends through the elastic. For an obvious win – finish with a contrasting-colored hair band. So, if you’re not already dreaming about giving this style a try, you should think again.

10. Bun With Curls:

Bun With Curls

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Country singer Taylor Swift let us know it’s absolutely fine to go natural once in a while with her gorgeous curly look. This particular style calls for plenty of natural waves throughout the hair, and threw it into a medium-high bun. The end result? A completely natural hairstyle with added volume and a splash of femininity. So, if you’re a woman with beautiful wavy or curly hair, feel free to switch it up and throw your naturally stunning locks into a bun that will make everyone’s heads turn.

So, get your curling tongs ready and start twisting — you’ll feel infinitely chic. Do let us know how this post has helped you. There is a comment box below!

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15 Amazing Health Benefits Of Camel Milk  http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/amazing-health-benefits-of-camel-milk/ http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/amazing-health-benefits-of-camel-milk/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:42:10 +0000 http://www.stylecraze.com/?p=279551 You would have been consuming cow milk most of the time. But did you ever know how much beneficial camel milk is? And are you aware that camel milk treats many other ailments that cow milk cannot? To know more, continue your read! Camel Milk Vs Cow Milk: There are many benefits of camel milk [...]

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Health Benefits Of Camel Milk 

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You would have been consuming cow milk most of the time. But did you ever know how much beneficial camel milk is? And are you aware that camel milk treats many other ailments that cow milk cannot? To know more, continue your read!

Camel Milk Vs Cow Milk:

There are many benefits of camel milk over other types of milk like that of a cow or buffalo. Studies conclude that camel milk is healthier than cow milk. It mirrors human mother’s milk which makes it easy to digest and consume, not to mention making it highly nutritious and better than cow’s milk (1).

What Are The Differences?

There are many fundamental differences between the nutritional makeup of camel milk and cow milk. Let’s look at some of the significant ones here:

  1. Camel milk contains a higher concentration of minerals like iron, zinc, potassium, copper, sodium and magnesium.
  2. It contains higher vitamin A and B2 levels. It also contains more protein than cow milk.
  3. It contains thrice the amount of Vitamin C than cow milk.
  4. Camel milk contains more unsaturated fatty acids and essential B-vitamins than cow milk.
  5. It also contains lower cholesterol than cow milk.
  6. Camel milk contains a different composition of whey proteins and caseins when compared to cow milk, which is a big reason why it has more healing properties than cow milk.
  7. It contains a lower amount of lactose which makes it easier for lactose-intolerant people to digest and consume.
  8. Camel Milk has more effective antibacterial and antiviral characteristics than cow milk.
  9. Camel Milk does not solidify easily and is easier to digest than cow milk.

Health Benefits Of Camel Milk:

Now that we know how camel milk has more nutrients and more effective properties than regular cow milk, let’s look at some of the health benefits that camel milk offers:

1. Good For Allergic Children:

Camel Milk is an ideal home remedy for children who suffer from mild to severe allergies from many types of foods. Scientific studies on a small group of eight children who were severely allergic to milk and other kinds of food  showed that they were successfully able to overcome their allergies by following a diet consisting of camel milk. All eight children overcame the allergies with no side effects (2). This is owing to the presence of disease-fighting immunoglobulins, which help reduce allergies and their symptoms.

2. Fights Autoimmune Disorders:

Camel Milk is rich in immunoglobins or antibodies which target foreign bodies and disease-inducing substances, or antigens, effectively purging them from the immune system. Camel milk has many immune-system components that help fight autoimmune disorders like Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis and other conditions. Traditional autoimmune disorder medicines usually suppress the immune system, while camel milk boosts it. Dr. Reuven Yagil, physiology professor at University of Israel, mentions that camel milk can control and even heal autoimmune disorders.

3. Autism:

Camel milk has been found to help curb autistic symptoms and even help eliminate autism in some case studies. Controlled studies on autistic individuals conclude that autistic symptoms gradually got better and autistic people turned more docile, less hysteric and less self-destructive. Many studies, though, have been inconclusive and these controlled studies can’t prove how camel milk helps curb this condition. It is believed that the antioxidant properties of camel milk usually help reduce autistic symptoms (3).

4. Antioxidant Rich:

Camel Milk is rich in antioxidants, which makes it a great remedy for eliminating free-radicals, helping cure afflictions like pigmentation and cancerous cells. This property ensures that camel milk combats oxidative stress. The antioxidant property of camel milk also makes it quite effective in controlling and reducing the symptoms of cancer (4).

5. Anti-Aging:

Camel Milk contains a compound called alpha-hydroxyl acid which helps smoothen fine lines and prevents wrinkles, thus delaying the onset of aging. Alexander Jumbo’s book, Push Back Aging, highlights camel milk as an anti-aging substance (5).

6. Anti-Inflammatory:

Camel milk is an effective anti-inflammatory agent which makes it quite useful in treating inflammatory conditions like cough and bronchitis. It also relieves arthritic and rheumatic pains (6).

7. Anti-Diabetic:

Camel Milk is an effective anti-diabetic agent. It contains many agents which contribute to its efficacy in controlling and preventing diabetes. It has an insulin-like protein, which helps reduce the effect of diabetes. The insulin present in Camel Milk makes blood absorption easier (7).

8. Cures Tuberculosis:

There have been many studies on the efficacy of camel milk when it comes to curing tuberculosis. Camel Milk is a strong antibacterial and antiviral agent that helps purge the body of mycobacterium tubercoli.

9. Good For Weight Loss:

Camel milk is effective in controlling diabetes. Not only because of the different insulin-like proteins present, but also because it is low in fat. The low-fat value means that you will not put on unwanted weight or struggle with high levels of cholesterol. Camel milk is rich in most nutrients and minerals and insulin. The insulin regulates blood sugar and keeps it balanced. Autistic people, or people who don’t want to have too much fat in their food, can opt for camel milk as the perfect solution for their problems.

10. No Extra Chemicals:

We know that Camel milk contains more than 4-times the amount of Vitamin C than other types of milk. Camel milk is high in iron, folate and other essential nutrients. This means that camel milk does not need any added preservatives. It also has a decent shelf life, and it can stay good for up to 3 weeks. With so many health benefits discovered and so many yet to be discovered, there remains no doubt as to how effective and healthy camel milk is. If you or any of your loved ones suffer from severe allergies or are simply looking for a healthier alternative to cow’s milk, you might want to give camel milk a try. To tell us about your experiences with camel milk, leave a comment below. We would love to hear from you.

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Cancer

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What would you do if you get to know one fine day that you have cancer? That thought itself is terrifying, isn’t it? Owing to our poor eating habits and mechanical lifestyles, cancer has now become unpredictable. But what if there are certain ways you can alleviate the pain of cancer or even prevent it? That is what this post is about – home remedies for cancer. Would you like to know more? Read on.

What Is Cancer?

Cancer is the name given to a group of diseases, which involve abnormal cell growth with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body. The disease is characterized by a malignant cell-growth that may appear in the form of lumps, if not detected in the early stages, the growth can and does eventually spread to other parts of your body, through the bloodstream or the lymphatic system. Cancer is a fatal disease, one that has no permanent cure. It can only be controlled and suppressed for some stages. If cancer isn’t detected early, it may not be cured at all (1).

Types Of Cancer:

Cancer manifests itself in many ways, depending on the origin or the mode of cell growth. Usually, most cancers that occur widely include:

  • Leukemia or cancer of the blood
  • Sarcoma or cancer of supportive tissues like cartilage or blood vessels
  • Lymphoma or cancer of the immune system
  • Carcinoma or cancer of the skin or outer-tissues
  • CNS or Cancer of the central nervous system including the spine and the brain.

The National Cancer Institute lists many different sub-types of cancers, including germ cell tumors and AIDS-related cancers (2).

Symptoms Of Cancer:

The causes of cancer remain unknown, but it usually occurs from either external or internal reasons, or a combination of both; substances and foods are called carcinogenic, but nothing is certain. The symptoms of cancer thus are equally diverse like the causes of cancer. However, some commonly occurring symptoms usually associated with cancer include:

  • Unusual body discharge
  • Chronic Indigestion
  • Sudden changes in bladder and bowel movements
  • Persistent Cough
  • Lumps near or around the tumor
  • Excessively slow healing
  • Moles that change shapes or sizes
  • Nodes (3)

Home Remedies For Cancer:

Cancer is a killer and it can only be put into dormancy or suppressed for a period of time. However, it almost always recurs, and the treatment of cancer is one of the most important medical researches conducted today. So, what can you do about cancer? Certain home-based remedies and foods that can help reduce the effects of cancer, either through stimulating the immune system or acting on the cells directly. Here, we look at some inspired home remedies:

1. Salmon:

This fatty fish called salmon is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, among other essential nutrients. Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-carcinogenic qualities and usually slow the spread of cancerous cells. Omega-3s are excellent for boosting your immunity. Salmon is a rich source of essential vitamins like B12 and Vitamin D. These properties of salmon make it an effective fighter of cancer (4).

2. Turmeric:

Turmeric is best known as an effective anti-carcinogenic spice. It contains an active compound called curcumin, which specializes in attacking cancer cells. Curcumin also exhibits antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and cell protectant properties, which make it an ideal home remedy for easing the symptoms of cancer. The high antioxidant content helps eliminate cancerous free radicals from your body (5).

3. Tomatoes:

Tomatoes are also some foods that are good at preventing cancer. They contain a special antioxidant compound known as lycopene. Lycopene is a strong antioxidant, which purges your body of cancer-causing free radicals and prevents cancer cell growth. Lycopene also inhibits the spread of tumor by inducing abnormal cell growth. Lycopene has been found effective in dealing with cancers of lung, breast and endometrial cancer (6).

4. Garlic:

Garlic does more than keep Vampires at an arm’s length. Studies conclude that garlic contains flavones and flavonols, which are sulfur compounds that help, kill cancer cells. Garlic is another spice that helps prevent the onset of cancer and it is widely used as a home remedy to prevent and treat breast, colon, stomach and oral cancer.

5. Flaxseed:

Another good source of dietary fiber, flaxseed helps lower cholesterol, provides roughage to your body and even helps prevent cancer; it is a super-food. Flaxseed is rich in lignans; chemicals that help prevent and protect you from carcinoma and other types of cancer. Flaxseed, like fatty fish is rich in omega-3s, which also have cancer preventing abilities (7).

6. Broccoli:

Not only is this food low in fat and sugar, but it also possesses many health benefits. Broccoli contains many antioxidant compounds like most foods on this list, along with a special compound called indole-3-carbinol that is especially good in preventing the spread of carcinomas like breast cancer (8). Broccoli helps prevent the spread of other types of cancer like prostate and cervix cancer as well.

7. Spinach:

Spinach is another extremely good option to prevent cancer. It contains many essential nutrients and antioxidant compounds that prevent oxidative stress, skin problems and purge the body of free-radicals. Spinach contains a special antioxidant called lutein, which protects the body from specific types of cancer like breast, oral, stomach and colon cancer. The presence of carotenoids and zeaxanthin in spinach helps prevent and reduce the effects of cancer.

8. Blueberries:

Loaded with vitamins and other essential nutrients, blueberries are an excellent remedy for cancer prevention. Blueberries contain ellagic acid, an antioxidant that is an especially strong anti-carcinogenic. They contain other antioxidant compounds, which eliminate free radicals. Blueberries are rich in phytochemicals that usually prevent the growth of most forms of cancer. Always remember to choose raw and unprocessed blueberries instead of the packaged varieties. Other berries that exhibit similar anti-carcinogenic properties include blackberries, cranberries, raspberries, and strawberries (9).

9. Pomegranate:

Pomegranates are good preventive foods for preventing cancer and treating its various other symptoms. Many studies conclude that pomegranate is rich in compounds like urolithin B. Urolithin B is a known suppressor agent, which inhibits hormone related cancers like breast cancers. Pomegranates also contain ellagic acid, an antioxidant that is an especially strong anti-carcinogenic (10).

10. Walnuts:

Walnuts are crammed with cancer-fighting omega-3s and other nutrients. They help purge the body of free radicals and also ease inflammation. Walnuts have been found to restrict the growth of breast cancer tumors. Studies found that consuming 2 cups (2 ounces) of walnuts a day helped induce remarkable changes in genes that lead to carcinomas like breast cancer (11).

11. Green Tea:

Another natural remedy for treating and preventing many conditions, like inflammation and respiratory conditions, green tea also exhibits anticarcinogenic properties. Rich in an entire array of antioxidants, green tea helps purge the body of free radicals. Have a cup of green tea everyday to keep cancers at bay. An independent study by a team of Japanese researchers found that people who consumed more than three cups of green tea in a day had a reduced risk of contracting pancreatic cancer (12).

12. Red Grapes:

Another excellent remedy for providing relief from the symptoms of cancer, grapes, especially red ones help prevent the onset of pancreatic cancer and other forms like lung cancer. Grapes are rich in Vitamin C, and help purge the body of cancer-causing free radicals. They contain special compounds known as proanthocyanidins, which reduce estrogen production and help cure pancreatic and lung cancers (13).

13. Aloe Vera:

Aloe Vera gel has many uses. It is used as an ingredient in moisturizers and in many home-based facial masks. Aloe vera helps keep inflammatory disorders in check. It contains many nutrients and is rich cancer-fighting antioxidants which help keep cancers like pancreatic and prostate cancer away. Consume fresh aloe vera gel once every day to reduce the risk of contracting cancer (14).

14. Lycopene:

Another effective homebased remedy, lycopene is found in fruits like watermelon, apricot and guava. It is one of the best remedies for treating stomach based and pancreatic cancers. You should consume fruits that are rich in lycopene to get relief from the effects of cancers like pancreatic cancer (15).

15. Fresh Fruit Juice:

Fresh fruit juice is something most people love, unless you swear by Coca-ColaCola! Drinking fresh fruit juice has many benefits, especially if you are suffering from cancer. Depending on the fruits, fresh fruit juice contains essential vitamins and minerals, which help prevent and fight cancer as well. Usually, you should have apple, cherry, orange or mango juices, as these fruits are crammed with cancer-fighting compounds. Fresh fruit juice also helps boost your immunity and tastes great as well. It contains antioxidants that attack carcinogenic free radicals and pathogens.

16. Soya Bean:

Soya bean is an extremely effective anti-carcinogenic, which inhibits the cancerous cells from utilizing estrogen. Cook soya bean or have raw soya bean sprouts in a salad to prevent pancreatic and breast cancer. Soya bean is especially rich in anticarcinogenic enzymes (16).

17. Ginseng:

This popular herb has many health benefits, including boosting immunity and helping curb and treats many forms of cancer (17). Remember that these are home remedies and cannot be substituted as cancer treatment. The ideal thing to do is use these natural remedies along with your cancer treatment. Do tell us about your experiences with cancer here. Leave a comment below.

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Dead Sea Mud Mask- How To Prepare It And What Are Its Benefits? http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/dead-sea-mud-mask-prepare-and-its-benefits/ http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/dead-sea-mud-mask-prepare-and-its-benefits/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:45:55 +0000 http://www.stylecraze.com/?p=279457 Did you know that a Dead Sea Mud Mask can help you get rid of acne and soothe skin ailments? Well, it’s true! The mud found around Dead Sea, one of the biggest salt lakes in the world, is especially therapeutic, and it has many uses in soap and other cosmetic products around the world. [...]

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Dead Sea Mud Mask

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Did you know that a Dead Sea Mud Mask can help you get rid of acne and soothe skin ailments? Well, it’s true! The mud found around Dead Sea, one of the biggest salt lakes in the world, is especially therapeutic, and it has many uses in soap and other cosmetic products around the world.

So, would you like to know how to use this mask to get glowing and flawless skin? Continue with your read!

Benefits Of Dead Sea Mud Mask:

Dead Sea mud has many amazing health benefits, which help refresh and revitalize your skin. Dead Sea mud reduces wrinkles, has emollient and anti-acne properties, and it is also used to ameliorate conventional medical therapy.

Apart from these amazing healths benefits, Dead Sea mud has some essential properties that help reduce and treat conditions like psoriasis, eczema, and acne. Soaps made with Dead Sea mud help cure itching, while they also cleanse the skin and remove dead skin.

Usually, you can add any essential oil to the Dead Sea mud face mask, but this recipe will use lavender, chamomile, and peppermint essential oils. Let’s look at why these ingredients are the best possible additions to this face mask.

Other ingredients that make up Dead Sea Mud face masks include:

Lavender Essential Oil:

Lavender essential oil has a calm and soothing effect. It has been used in many cultures as a sleep aid. The especially alluring scent of lavender essential oil enchants most people. It is used widely by chemists and beauticians as an ingredient in lotions, gels and other body and face packs. Lavender oil not only helps reduce and relieve tension, but it also disinfects your skin. Lavender essential oil has been known to treat respiratory problems.

Chamomile Essential Oil:

This is another effective skin soothing essential oil. Its calm and naturally soothing effect helps you relax, while it also exhibits anti-inflammatory properties. Chamomile essential oil helps relax skin irritation like eczema and acne. You can even use it to reduce the irritation.

Peppermint Essential Oil:

This essential oil is mostly used in chewing gum, ice cream, tea, soap, and shampoo. Peppermint oil has many varied health benefits, which include the treatment of nausea, reducing headaches and clearing respiratory tract and respiratory problems. This essential oil is crammed with minerals and nutrients like iron, manganese, magnesium, folate, calcium, copper and potassium.

Dead Sea Mud Mask:

Now that you know about the benefits of Dead Sea Mud and other ingredients of this face mask, let’s take a look at how you can make this incredible moisturizing mud mask for your face and your body:

The Ingredients:

To begin with you must gather your ingredients, obviously. These ingredients include:

  • A glass jar with a lid
  • ½ cup Dead Sea mud
  • 1 drop peppermint essential oil
  • 3 drops chamomile essential oil
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil
  • A mixing bowl
  • Spoon
  • Cloth
  • Water

Directions:

To prepare the face mask:

  1. Pour the ½ cup Dead Sea mud in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add the lavender, chamomile and peppermint essential oils to the mixing bowl.
  3. Mix the ingredients well until you get a smooth paste.
  4. Now pour the paste into the glass jar with the lid.
  5. This face mask paste can now be stored and kept aside for further use.
  6. Now that the mask paste is ready, take one tablespoon of this paste in your hands.
  7. Using your first two fingers proceed to apply the paste evenly over your face.
  8. Remember to avoid the delicate area around your eyes and mouth.
    If your skin begins to get inflamed or get irritated remove the mask with water.
  9. Once you have applied the mask, leave it on for 10 minutes.
  10. Proceed to wipe it off using a gentle face cloth dipped in warm water.

Well, use these steps and make your own amazing Dead Sea mud face mask at home. Please tell us about any other recipe variations or your experiences using Dead Sea mud here. Leave a comment below.

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10 Messy Bun With Braid Hairstyles To Inspire You http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/messy-bun-with-braid-hairstyles-to-inspire-you/ http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/messy-bun-with-braid-hairstyles-to-inspire-you/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:21:40 +0000 http://www.stylecraze.com/?p=279370 Fan of snazzy bun, braids and messy hair? Ta-da! We have compiled a list of top ten messy hairstyles, taking inspiration from some fabulous hairdos worn by the hottest female celebs for you to hop on the bandwagon. Would you like to know what they are? Read on and get amazed! 1. Messy Milkmaid: You [...]

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Fan of snazzy bun, braids and messy hair? Ta-da! We have compiled a list of top ten messy hairstyles, taking inspiration from some fabulous hairdos worn by the hottest female celebs for you to hop on the bandwagon.

Would you like to know what they are? Read on and get amazed!

1. Messy Milkmaid:

Messy Milkmaid

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You cannot beat an ethereal messy plaited halo braid during the summer months. Beautiful, stylish and oozing elegance, its little wonder actress Jennifer Lawrence is such a fan of them.

To duplicate this ‘do, begin by sectioning out bangs and a few longer strands around the face. Next, pull your hair back and collect it all at the nape of the neck. Braid this section, wrap it around the head and pin the ends into place to form a halo. When you’re finished braiding, wrapping and pinning, mist with a little hairspray.

2. Crown Braid With A Headband:

Crown Braid With A Headband

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Kirsten Dunst’s braided ‘do with a chic headband is excellent from all angles. The Spiderman actress looks gorgeous with her undone, golden blonde locks done up in a cute crown braid. She doubles the glam factor by adding a tiny string of floral as a headband – simply glamorous.

3. Braided Updo:

Braided Updo

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The red carpet is usually all about the pretty dresses, but we think Jessica Alba’s supersize braid at the Oscars stole the show. We love everything about this hairstyle – the French braid, the messy bun, the wispy flyaway hairs, and the perfect dual tone colour.

From the front, it looks like your regular updo, but take a look at the side and back and suddenly it turns into a fun, flirty bun that creates a classic silhouette. Dreamy!

4. Big, Undone Halo:

Big, Undone Halo

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We love a classic halo braid, and this gorgeous wraparound detailed one on Vanessa Hudgens is a perfect hairdo to copy any weekend.

To duplicate Vanessa’s look, divide hair equally at the back, and braid each section separately. The two sections are then pulled forward above the ear and across the crown, and secured to form a gorgeous, halo-like effect. A few strands of hair are left loose to frame her face.

5. Double Plait ‘Do With A Headband:

Double Plait ‘Do With A Headband

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Hottie Minka Kelly looks divine with her double plait ‘do and a sparkly hairpiece. We love the contrast between Minka’s ombre braid and the natural texture of her braided hairstyle.

For this look, simply create two side-braids and secure them with discreet pins to keep them in place all day long. Make sure you skip the anti-frizz serum for a natural and whimsical braided hairstyle. Who says neat is always best?

6. Messy Side Braid Chignon:

Messy Side Braid Chignon

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Beautiful actress Sarah Michelle added a care-free finish to her outfit courtesy of this messy hairstyle. It’s really a simple messy updo that leaves a few strands of hair around the face for a softer look. And the French braid from one side to the other creates a great look to emulate with second-day hair when you’re short on time.

7. Double Braid With Bangs:

Double Braid With Bangs

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Sometimes, the prettiest styles are the simplest — like this gorgeous double braid and full fringe combo on actress Bella Thorne. To recreate this look, section out the bangs, then create two normal braids crossing over each other to make an X on top of the head. Secure the two braids at the nape of the back, taking care to hide the pins and create the illusion of intertwined braids.

8. The Heidi Braid:

The Heidi Braid

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Actress Julianne Hough has given us some major hair-spiration with her pretty and romantic braid. We love how her rich, undone textured hairdo is simple yet undeniably stylish. Position your braid directly at the forehead and skip the anti-frizz serum for a classic and natural look.

9. Reverse-Braided Topknot:

Reverse-Braided Topknot

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For the ideal party hairstyle, copy Colbie Caillat’s messy topknot idea: sleek from front, but messy and creative from the back.

To copy her look, create a reverse-braid beginning at the nape to the top of the head and tie it off with an elastic hair tie. Next, gather the remaining loose hair and the braid together at the top of the head into a high ponytail using another elastic hair tie. Wrap the ponytail and braid into a messy topknot, secure it with bobby pins and spritz a light hair spray to keep the hair in place while still maintaining a messy look. Pair your braided topknot hairstyle with pretty earrings and flawless makeup for a flirty and feminine final touch.

10. Romantic Braided Up’do:

Romantic Braided Up’do

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Bombshell and actress Blake Lively knows that the easy way to de-fuss an embellished cocktail dress is with a messy updo. In this look, we love the way her braid blends effortlessly along with the wispy texture of her hair. She further secured her braids with subtle hairpins, and left a few flyaway hairs loose for a more romantic look.

So, how cool are these latticed braided updo’s? The intricate style may take a lot of patience to create, but it’s definitely worth trying at home. Do let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

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