Five Foods To Put On Your Head For Healthy Hair

glossy hairThe secrets to healthy hair might be no farther than your kitchen. Eating a healthy diet and meeting at least the minimum recommendations for vitamins and minerals every day will help keep all of your body healthy, including your hair. There are lots of vitamin-packed foods, however, that can do wonders for your hair not by eating them, but by actually smearing them all over your head. The next time you want to do a deep-conditioning or cleansing treatment, don’t go to a pricey salon – just raid your kitchen for these five foods.

Avocado is a fruit that’s packed with healthy fats and vitamins like Vitamins E and B. It’s not only good for you to eat, it’s also great for conditioning your hair. Just mash up the insides of a ripe avocado, and smear it on your hair in the shower after you’ve washed with shampoo. Leave it in for a few minutes, and then rinse. Avocado will make your hair so soft, shiny, and healthy, that you could replace your regular conditioner with it entirely.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is often used in anti-aging and stress-reduction treatments, and it’s also a great strengthening oil for your hair. Rub a little bit of coconut oil through your hair a couple times per week, and your hair will be healthier. It also helps ward off dandruff, hair loss, and split ends, not to mention that fact that it smells great. You can rinse the coconut oil after an hour or two, or you can leave it in all day as a smoothing, anti-frizz oil. If you’re going to leave it in, however, be careful – too much will leave your hair looking greasy.


Egg yolks, believe it or not, can be used as a very effective shampoo. Just beat together a few egg yolks, and massage them into your hair in the shower. Leave them in for about 10-15 minutes, and rinse with cool water. Your hair will be quite clean and shiny. You could even use egg yolks in place of your shampoo a couple times per week.

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice works wonders on hair, and it’s one treatment you just have to try. After washing your hair as you normally would in the shower, rinse your hair with lemon juice, and rinse again with cool water. The acidic nature of the lemon juice will help strip your hair of any build up and impurities, and it will leave your hair amazingly soft and incredibly shiny. For people who suffer from unmanageable hair, a lemon juice rinse can also significantly reduce frizz.


Honey may be sticky, but it’s also great for your hair. Give your hair a conditioning treatment by mixing two tablespoons of honey with about two-thirds of a cup of olive oil (which can also be used for your hair like coconut oil) and spreading it all over your hair. Wrap your head with a warm towel. Rinse after about half an hour, and your hair will be very shiny.

Cayla Crenshaw is a beauty expert and stylist who is a fanatic when it comes to the health of her hair. She loves to write when she can and often covers anything from cosmetic brushes to the hottest new trends.

Hip Replacement Surgery

Who Should Go Under The Knife?

about hip replacementsAfter many years of daily activity, our hip bones have the utmost potential to become brittle or diseased. The NHS offer hip replacement surgery (or arthroplasty as it is known within the industry), to remedy patients with this problem within the UK. If you opt to receive surgery at one of the many private hospitals, The whole surgical procedure will cost anywhere between £7500 and £13500 depending on the span of bone to be replaced. Artificial parts integrated into the hip are called the prosthesis. Hip replacement surgery benefits include; increased mobility, improved function of the hip joint and most advantageously, pain relief.

People suffering with hip problems will encounter numerous difficulties with a multitude of normal daily activities such as walking and even sitting down may cause abnormal aches and pains within the hip area. These people are all appropriate candidates for hip replacement surgery. The most common origin of damage to the hip bone is caused from Osteoarthritis. Other existent conditions include rheumatoid arthritis, osteonecrosis. Fractures and bone tumors also result in weakened and deteriorated hip joint structure.

Up until recent years, doctors and surgeons reserved the judgement that hip replacement ideally be an option for older people over the age of 60 years old. However, it is now realised that the operation can be just as successful in younger people. The artificial parts that are implanted are now capable of withstanding the stress put under them from daily activities of a younger person.

The success of hip replacement surgery depends greatly on a persons’ general physical health and activity engagement; exercise is an all important factor in determining the outcome. Obviously the more active the person, the more chance of lasting benefits post-surgery.

Age is of course an important factor but not necessarily the major factor. Hip troubles can affect anyone of any age, for example; people who suffer from chronic disorders such as Parkinsons’ disease or conditions that cause mass weakness in the muscles. These people are unfortunately many times more likely to dislocate or damage an artificial hip than people without chronic diseases. This will also affect recovery rate after the operation, possibly affecting the ending result also. All of these factors must be taken into consideration before a patient is marked as suitable for surgery. In this, as in many other cases, prevention is better than cure. Studies show that those who opt for hip replacement prior to advanced bone deterioration generally see better quality of life in the long run.

By Sam Hurley Junior Digital Marketing Consultant at FDC studio

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Menopause And Gum Disease

menopause helpWomen become more prone to dental and oral health issues during menopause and at other periods of hormonal change. Altered oestrogen levels along with the natural aging process are thought to give rise to a higher incidence of oral health issues at this stage in women’s lives.

It is a good idea to be mindful of the potential dental and gum related issues that you are more likely to face as you get older. This post will help you to identify any potential issues by identifying the riskiest problems, giving their symptoms and giving some tips (that you probably know already) about how to avoid these problems.

Possible Risks

The menopausal transition increases the risk of a number of issues with your teeth, gums, mouth and taste buds, ranging from dry mouth to full blown gum disease. The more severe oral health risks you may face include:
• Gum bleeding
• Bone loss/Osteoporosis
• Gum Disease
• Mouth Cancer

Gum diseases are more prevalent during menopause. They range from mild gingivitis, to more severe periodontitis, and more uncommon but serious acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis, which can be life-threatening.


Gingivitis is probably the most common form of gum disease and results in inflammation of the gums surrounding the teeth. Gingivitis is one of many gum diseases that affect the health of the periodontium (those tissues that surround the teeth and include the gums, soft tissues, and bone). Chronic gingivitis leads to receding gums and can cause permanent damage to teeth. Gingivitis can lead to more severe periodontitis.


As we get older bone loses some of its ability to regenerate itself so it starts to weaken. This is a condition known as osteoporosis when the bones become quite fragile. It is often symptomless but excessive bone loss from your gums willcure menopause become noticeable as your face may take on a sunken appearance. It is made worse if you are missing teeth as the tooth acts as an anchor and helps the bone to regenerate. Dental implants can help you to stop this bone degeneration.

Mouth Cancer

Mouth cancer is more prevalent in people as they get older. Mouth cancer is usually curable if it is identified at an early stage and has not yet spread outside the mouth. If it has spread outside the mouth, the chances of survival are significantly less. Mouth cancer is attributed to smoking and the consumption of alcohol in a lot of cases.

If you experience any issues with your gums during the menopause, it is best to speak with a dentist or GP. Although, it is likely that a visit to the dentist will be the only way to confirm any gum problems, it is a good idea to be mindful of the following symptoms:
• Sensitive or soft gums
• Swollen or painful gums
• A change in colour of your gums
• Gums bleed more easily than usual
• Tooth decay

Good Practices

To avoid dental problems during the menopause, the following good habits will help to keep your teeth and gums healthy:
• Brush twice daily and floss regularly. You should brush for at least two minutes at a time.
• Visit a dental hygienist for a professional clean twice a year.
• Visit the dentist regularly and discuss all problems there. It is important to let the dentist know about any new medications you are taking.
• Be vigilant about any changes in your mouth, to your teeth or gums.
• Eat healthy – dairy products, meat, fruit and veg are all good for your teeth and gums.
• Dental implants are a good way to keep the bone in your gums strong.

If you have maintained good oral health so far, you should not have too much to worry about. Keep up the good habits and maybe visit the dentist a little bit more to be safe.

Lignans for Osteoporosis

We were told a real good news story at market last weekend and thought it was important to share especially with “ladies of a certain age”. It’s well know that linseed is great for balancing ladies’ hormones; at market on Saturday a lady and her husband told us and our customers how it had helped them. 16 years ago the lady had been diagnosed with osteoporosis, the doctor wanted her to go on HRT but she wasn’t having that! So she took linseed instead and improved her diet; the result as her husband put it “it cleared it up a treat” and now aged 74 she hasn’t got osteoporosis and he, aged 78, had survived an aggressive cancer.

There are things you can do to reduce your chances of developing Osteoporosis

About half the women in the UK are destined to develop osteoporosis and many will suffer life-threatening fractures. Maintaining bone density plays an important role in preventing this danger. A good diet helps, but surprisingly a lot of meat, fish and dairy foods in the diet can increase your chance of developing osteoporosis. Increasing your omega-3 and linseed is an excellent source helps with maintaining health y bones.

Beware of Milk, Cheese and Yoghurt

Don’t think all that calcium in milk, cheese and yoghurt will automatically be used by the body to strengthen bones, it can actually weaken them (the US has the world’s highest intake of dairy and the highest incidence of osteoporosis!) Too much protein food and not enough vegetables is a big part of the problem as it unbalances and acidifies the blood chemistry resulting in calcium being leached from the bones as the body tries to correct the blood chemistry. (Eskimos find their diet rich in omega-3 helps protect them from heart disease but osteoporosis is a real problem.)

In young people their hormones fight hard to keep the bones strong, but as women age, more so after the menopause, our hormones levels reduce, calcium is no longer replaced in the bones and bone strength diminishes.

Osteoporosis is symptomless as it progresses until there is a fracture, by which time the problem advanced.

Linseed (Flax) Lignans for Ladies

Linseed is called Nature’s HRT, it is a traditional remedy used by many women during the menopause because it makes them feel better and helps alleviate the usual symptoms but what we often forget is it can also help maintain health in our bones.

The great benefit of linseed for ladies hormones comes from compounds in the husk called lignans. These are powerful antioxidants which also have a gentle oestrogen-like effect and this is what pro-actively helps keep the bones strong.

How to use Linseed for Strong Bones:

Add 1-2 ounces of Ground Linseed Meal to your food every day. See our recipes for ideas.

Other Tips for Healthy Bones:

Try to reduce the cheese, yoghurt and milk
Reduce Meat
Don’t overdo the sugar or alcohol.
Increase vegetables, especially the leafy green ones.
Take plenty of exercise. Don’t overdo it but include walking, weights, jogging, dancing, Pilates, aerobics. (It is always best to check with the doctor first before undertaking vigorous activity you are not used to.)