Losing weight, especially in this day and age, can be pretty hard. And with millennials today so used to instant-everything, long-term goals like weight-loss can be aggravating to achieve. That's why a lot of people nowadays resort to slimming pills, thinking that it’s the easier and simpler way to weight-loss. Others take them because their doctor prescribed it to them, maybe due to obesity-related health problems, or that they're allergic to certain foods and unable to go on a diet, or maybe even have a heart problem rendering them incapable of doing any exercise regimes. That’s what these pills are intended for. To help people who are physically unable to become healthy weight-wise. But for people who are capable.     I hope you’ll reconsider gobbling up that next pill after you read this. The risks in taking non-prescribed medication could range from uncomfortable to downright dangerous:
    1.    Old habits die hard.
Striving for long-term goals like weight loss are life-changing and can lead you to good eating habits, well-needed practice of exercise, and in turn, a healthier lifestyle. It’s not easy but it’ll be worth it in the long run. Pills are made for quick-fixes but just that. They’re temporary. They’re not meant to be sustainable and when stopped, you’ll just go back to square one.

    2.    You’re just shedding water weight. Not actual fat loss.

slimming pills


Notice how when you take diet pills, you tend to go to the bathroom more often? You’re not flushing out fat. It’s just water weight, since most slimming pills are a combination of diuretics and caffeine.

    3.    Dehydration
Now that I’ve mentioned how these pills only flush out water, the bad thing is, not only will that water weight eventually just return back but you could actually be in danger of dehydration.

    4.    You could be at risk of a heart attack.

slimming pills
Studies have shown that people taking certain popular diet pills have put themselves at much greater odds for stroke compared to their non-partaking counterparts. You see, most of these drugs’ main ingredients are stimulants (phenylpropanolamine or PPA for one), which can be seen in prescription level drugs.

    5.    Mood swings

dehydration
Get ready to swing… mood swing that is. Some pills have been sold as appetite suppressants. These work as stimulant drugs; they help curb your appetite by increasing certain chemicals (like adrenaline) in your brain, the ones that control your desire for food. You’ll feel more easily satiated and are not likely to overeat. Good for people suffering from obesity, but other than that, it’s not such a good idea. The elements affecting your appetite are also responsible for a lot of other things. Tampering with them may cause insomnia, anxiety, irritability, heart rate, etc. hence the mood swings.

    6.    You can get addicted.
As I’ve mentioned earlier, some pills have stimulants as their core component. Stimulant drugs, like amphetamine, can lead to psychological dependence if abused. Watch out for yourselves or your loved ones taking these; see if they’re becoming obsessive with their weight and taking medication more than they should.

    There’s no magic bullet, or in this case, pill, to instant weight loss. Better to just stick with the classics, to what’s proven and tested: some good-old fashioned reduced-calorie high-fiber diet and a carefully planned exercise routine. Sure, it’s not instantaneous, but the journey will be well-worth it.
 

    It’s almost next to impossible nowadays to be truly healthy, let alone, lose weight and be healthy at the same time. With fast food joints popping up everywhere, eat-and-run meals sadly seem to be discouraging people to take the time to cook a healthy meal, and also inadvertently encouraging obesity by giving customers the tempting option of upsizing their meals for lesser the price.     Not only that, people are crazy over these fad/crash diets, even if at the expense of their health, so long as they lose weight fast. But fret not! There’s still hope. You can be both healthy and lose weight. The key is really just having a healthy active lifestyle. Here are 4 things to consider if you want to lose weight healthily:
    1.    Eat breakfast. eating breakfast
Don’t trick yourself into thinking that skipping the first meal of your day will lessen your overall weight in the long run. It’s not called breakfast for nothing, darlings. It’s not only the first; it’s actually THE most important meal of the day. Why? Because you’re essentially breaking the overnight fast, the time your body was asleep. In doing so, you wake up your body and give it the necessary jolt for the day.
Missing breakfast will actually make you hungry throughout the whole day whereas eating properly will minimize those pangs until the day finishes. So don’t be afraid. Also, don’t eat sweets and junk food. Eat healthy. A well balanced breakfast of protein, fiber and good carbs will give your health much wealth.
    2.    Don’t do fad or crash diets.

crash diets
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Fad diets are the type of diet where you’re promised to lose weight quickly without any hassle and exercise. They’re usually popular; the reason for this is because a lot of celebrities endorse this kind of diets and could be just a marketing strategy for a company’s new product/s. Some examples of this diet are high-protein diets, liquid diets, grapefruit diets, and others. The thing with fad diets is that it may seem quick and easy but it may actually endanger your health as it can lead you to unhealthy and unbalanced routines.

    Crash diets also offer you quick weight loss results in a short amount of time. But unlike fad diets, crash diets are extreme to the point of nutrient deprivation and restriction of particular foods, especially your calorie intake.
To point simply, quick weight loss programs, whether fad or crash types, won’t give you long-term results but can lead you to an unwholesome lifestyle. Bear in mind, if a diet seems too good to be true, it usually is.


    3.    Drink water first before a meal.

drinking water to lose weight
Research has shown that drinking water at the right time of the day can greatly maximize its effects on your body? 1-2 glasses of water 30 minutes or an hour before a meal can help you get better digestion and cause your stomach to absorb nutrients better. The added H2O can also make you feel fuller, thus lessening your food intake. Not only that, choosing to drink water, instead of those so-called empty-calorie beverages will be beneficial to your health. Say goodbye to rough and dry skin! Also, did you know drinking water can energize your day? More than drinking those energy drinks, water is still the best and original drink that could help empower your body.
    4.    Find the perfect exercise and diet that will match you and your health.
Proper exercise and proper food go hand in hand towards the road to healthy weight loss. These are the common mistake that people make: some exercise too much but eat too little. Others want to skip the exercise and just focus on eating right. However, you can’t have one without the other. Also, what works for one person may not be good for another. It’s important to know your limits; finding the right method may take a while. Be committed, experiment with different exercise regimes and diets until you find the one that fits your lifestyle.
    Here are some easy hacks to trick your body into eating healthy and still lose a couple of pounds:
    a.    Do not lead yourself into temptation but deliver yourself from “evil”. In this case, JUNKFOODS. Don’t stock up food in the fridge that will easily lure into an eating binge.
    b.    Use smaller plates OR when you place the food, get only smaller portions. You can easily get a second helping if you want. But most of us only eat and finish what we usually place on our plates the first time.
    c.    Have moral support. Having someone encourage you to be a better you would mean a lot.
    d.    Get plenty of sleep. Not getting enough sleep will automatically rouse your body to eating more than usual to keep you energized for the day.
    e.    Don’t eat because you’re bored! Comfort eating is okay every now and then but watch out that this doesn’t become a habit. Here are some ideas to avoid emotional eating:
    •    Get in touch with some friends or family when you need to talk things out. Don’t you dare touch that fridge.
    •    Calm down by taking a long soothing bath or doing meditation.
    •    Try taking a nap or go on a brisk walk while listening to energizing music.
    f.    Eat small portions of healthy food (5 times at least, instead of only the 3 major meals. Try these:
    •    Potato chips (yes! These are okay actually)
    •    Peanut butter
    •    Hard-boiled egg
    •    Raisins
    •    Tangerines
    •    Popcorn
    •    Frozen yogurt
    •    Fresh avocado
    •    Chestnuts
    •    Fresh fruit salad

    It is very important to lose weight if you think you are already out from the normal body mass index. It should be the primary reason in losing weight rather than for aesthetic purposes. People should be more concern of health rather than the physical appearance because a beautiful body is useless if it’s an unhealthy one. A body can be beautiful and at the same time healthy it should be the goal. These two things should come hand in hand to promote a healthy and a positive lifestyle. 

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    There are hundreds of ways to lose weight. In fact it is one of the most discussed or searched topic in the internet.  One of which is through dieting. Dieting doesn’t mean you have to starve yourself and forget about having meals for the entire day. That is not dieting, that is actually suicide. Dieting means you have to cut off some of the unhealthy foods that you eat so that you can lose weight effectively. You are still allowed to eat but the list is now restricted and it take discipline for it to happen.

stop drinking soda


    Sugar is one of the biggest culprit of obesity, diabetes, hypertension and other types of lifestyle diseases that are now slowly killing people. How can you say no to sugar when it is the sweetest thing on earth, literally and figuratively? Although it may appear really difficult it can actually give you great results.

sugar calories


    Did you know that the amount of calories that a single bar of chocolate contains is already equivalent to two cups of rice or a large slice of meat? This is the main reason why you can easily gain weight and become fat if you don’t eliminate sugar from your diet. Although it comes in small sizes, but the calories it contain are much bigger than your usual meal. Aside from this, sugar also impairs the receptors in your body that are responsible in giving signals to your brain that you are already full. This is the reason why you don’t feel satisfied at all after eating several bars of chocolates and you would even want more.


    Sugars are not limited to chocolates alone, donuts, cakes, ice creams, soft drinks, and many more are still part of the list. Sugar is a small but terrible compound that has the ability to transform your body into something you wouldn’t really want to be. 

sweet foods


    If you are not yet convinced, you better watch this video below. This was uploaded by Youtube uploader Health TIPS

    In every nation or country there are stories that are very much pleasing to know such as its history, culture and tradition. Each country possesses a unique story that sets it apart from any other places such as Japan. Japanese people are much known for their patriotism and their strong ties with their culture and tradition. They are the ones who would literally die to give honor to their country. They give importance to nature and life as a whole. They strive for wisdom and pride. They honor their forefathers as much as they honor their country.

cherry blossoms in japan


    One of the most iconic symbols for Japan is the Cherry Blossom Tree. In fact in became one of the tourist attractions in Japan. Although this tree can actually grow in other countries, cherry blossoms from Japan are incomparable to others because it holds one of Japan’s important culture and tradition. Japanese view cherry blossoms as a symbol of life itself. For them, they believe that their lives can be of similar to these trees. For them life has its seasons and it is as beautiful as this tree. Just like trees, the human life has its expiration or end and that they are reminded to love and cherish their family member because nothing is permanent in this world. 

cherry blossoms in japan


    These trees start to bloom as early as February and its peak takes place during April. Large number of families gathers to witness the cherry blossom trees in full bloom. It is a special moment for everyone and family members see to it that they could spend time with each other during this season. Watching the cherry blossom tree with its soft pink color is greatly appreciated in Japan. It is a way of honoring their beliefs and history as a whole. 

cherry blossoms in japan


    As much as Japanese people would like to share this important event to tourists, they are persistent in reminding the public especially the tourists to follow certain laws and proper etiquette when they wish to be part of this celebration. No one is allowed to hold the Cherry Blossom Tress, or shake them because it is a sign of disrespect and humiliation. Although it may seem an ordinary tree for some tourists, for them it is part of their identity and they would like to preserve this belief no matter what. Tourists are then expected to be very cautious and just enjoy watching these tress and not cause any trouble at all. 

    Pimples are naturally occurring type of skin problem. It is normal to have pimples once in a while. However if your pimple seems to occupy a space on your face on daily basis, then you are suffering from acne already. Acne or severe pimple breakouts are totally undesirable. It is painful and it makes your skin red, making your face a bit uglier than how you really look like. Nobody wants to have acne problems but not all are doing the right way to prevent themselves from having one.

acne mapping


    The best thing to counter an acne attack is to know the reason why you got them. They don’t grow on your face because they just feel like breaking out. There has to be a reason and you need to find out. If you check on your acne you will probably notice that your pimples usually grown on the same spot over and over again. This is because a significant place in your face corresponds or is linked to a particular organ in your body. This is the reason why your anti-acne products appear to be not that effective at all. Proper cleansing must also take place on the inside not only on the outside. 
    It is great to know that the pimple areas in your face actually represents a specific organ in your body, thus you will be able to finally figure out the cause and know the ways on how you can get rid of it. 


    1.    Acne growing in your cheek has something to do with the respiratory system. If you consider yourself as a smoker then you better quit this habit and live a healthier lifestyle. Aside from smoking, being exposed to areas with high level of air pollution can also be a probable cause. Another reason why you have acne in your cheeks is due to a poor hygiene. Change your pillow covers regularly and sanitize your things including your cellular phones. 

acne growing on cheeks


    2.    Acne found near your chin or along your jawline can be caused or due to hormonal imbalance. One way to counter hormonal imbalance is by taking the right type of contraceptive pills. However if you started taking pills and noticed acnes growing on his area then it could be the reason as well. Better change your pill and ask your doctor about it. 

acne growing on jawline


    3.    The pimple staying all over your nose has something to deal with your heart. This can be reduced by eating less meat and spicy foods. 

acne growing on nose


    4.    Acnes that are growing just along your eyebrows or in between could be due to allergic reaction. This region reacts immediately if you have been exposed or ingested something that you might be allergic with.

acne growing on along the eyebrows


    5.    Your forehead is the widest area in your face next to your cheeks. There could be multiple reasons why you develop acnes on it. If you often use hair products such as gel, hairspray, or hair wax and others that need to stay in your head for the entire day, then any of these could be the culprit. Moreover another reason for the acnes in your forehead is due to stress. You will know that you’re really stressed out if you see pimples growing on this area.

acne growing on forehead


    6.    This may sound odd, but some people actually acquire or develop pimples near the ear region or even inside the ears. This indicates problems in the kidneys. You might not experience any problems with your kidneys or symptoms perhaps, but if your start having  persistent pimples along your ears then you should have yourself checked right away. 
 

acne growing on behind the eras

 

    The hair is absolutely a person’s crowning glory regardless of gender. A hairstyle can make a huge difference in a person’s aura and even mood. This is the main reason why we have this “bad hair day” quotes that often means a not so good mood. Choosing the perfect hairstyle for you is one of the most challenging yet difficult things to do especially if your hair requires a longer period of time for it to grow. Sometimes it takes a risk to change a hairstyle from what you have been used to. This is one of the common dilemmas that women experience every time they cut their hair. 

average hair growth


    If you would want to grow your hair a bit faster than the usual it could be because you mistakenly cut your hair and you would want to bring back the old one. Regardless of the reason your hair will eventually return to your desired length as long as you can wait for it. Sometimes your patience is being tested especially if your hair seemed not to cooperative at all. However there must be something that you missed or done something wrong that prevents your hair from growing back in the normal rate.

average hair growth


    The average hair grows about 1.25 centimeters per month. If you convert that into inches which is often used as a standard unit in measuring things that is 0.5 inches per month. If you want to know how long your hair can grow within a year of waiting, so that’s 6 inches. It seems unbelievable but that is the average hair growth of a human being. If you think you are not part of this average then it’s time to learn the trick on how to grow your hair faster than ever. 
    1.    You can actually promote hair growth by having your hair trimmed at least once a month. Although this may sound outrages because you would want to grow your hair in the first place so why cut it? The reason is that you need to get rid of your split ends that can actually cause further damage to your hair. It is the culprit of hair breakage and possible hair loss so you better deal with it properly.

trim your hair


    2.    Do not wash your hair every day. Allow the moisture in your hair to stay in your scalp. The natural oil helps in the growth of your hair. 

washing hair


    3.    Always tie your hair, but not too tight. By doing this, every time you need to pull your hair to tie it, your hair roots are stimulated which can make your hair grow faster. 

tying your hair


    4.    Refrain from using too much shampoo and applying heat to your hair. If you are going to shampoo your hair make sure to dilute it in water first before applying it to your hair. Even the most popular shampoos can actually make your hair dry if you use it every day. Give your hair a break from potential damage due to the use of chemicals. 
 

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    Dysmenorrhea, irregular menstruation cycle, acne breakouts, and muscle cramps during menstruation, are just few of the common problems that women experience all due to hormonal imbalance. Once hormones act in, every single thing is affected. A woman’s mood is even affected by hormones as well. It is the reason why when women are on their period or about to have their period, they are quite irritable and are usually in bad mood. It is too much to handle especially that it happens every single month. Good thing there are now ways to correct this problem.

contraceptive pills


    Basically contraceptive pills were designed as a type of birth control method. It comes in a 28day series where in you need to take one pill a day for 21 days only and no pill shall be taken on the next seven days. During the seven days of not taking a pill, this is when you will have your period. You can actually be in control of your period once you know how to use it properly. The bleeding that you will have within that seven days allowance is actually the withdrawal result of not taking the pill. After the seven days you will then have to start on another pack and so on and so forth. One must also keep in mind that you have to take it on the same time of the day to preserve its efficacy.

effects of contraceptive pills


    Aside from being an effective birth control method, contraceptive pills can also help to eliminate or lessen your problems during menstruation. By taking pills, irregular periods can become regular because your body will receive the right amount of hormones that it needs. It can also be a cure for dysmenorrhea because less blood will come out during menstruation. You will no longer experience heavy periods and the possible threat of anemia. 

effects of contraceptive pills

    Acne breakouts have been proven to be connected with hormonal imbalance. There are specific type of contraceptive pills that contain a certain amount of hormone that can actually get rid of such skin problem. 


    Although the effects are really promising and buying contraceptive pills can be done without prescription, it is best to consult your doctor first before deciding on what type of pill will you use. It is not advisable to self-diagnose and just choose something which is often bought by majority of people. Health wise, every patient has a different medical history, thus it requires a case to case basis approach in order to find the best suited type of medicine.


    Also, be sure not to be fooled by contraceptive pills sold online. Some online sellers sell it way lower compared to the pharmacies. Others would even say that these pills came all the way from Thailand and they are selling it direct from their supplier, a reason for its low price. Better buy medicines from authorized pharmacies rather than take chances and risk your health to the illegitimate ones. 
 

    At this point of time it is much easier to influence other people without revealing your real identity. It is also the main reason why people who do and discuss unlawful acts are brave and confident in tempting others. Primarily because they know they won’t be held liable for their words and actions. And most of these unlawful acts involve things that shouldn’t be encouraged such as ways to commit sexual assault.


    Despite the campaign to end violence and to promote gender equality, there is this very odd and disturbing act surfacing in the internet that has caught the attention of the majority of people particularly those who are using the social media. Several groups around the world are now showing their great concern for this act to be considered as a form of sexual assault.

 

stealthing


    Stealthing is the act of removing one’s condom in the middle of a sexual activity without the knowledge of his partner. The term actually came from the root word “stealth” which means being sneaky or doing something without making others aware of it. It actually represents its exact definition; however this became a very controversial issue because this could be considered as a form of sexual assault and a serious matter to deal with.

used condom


    Condoms are primarily used as a form of birth control; even more it also protects you from sexually transmitted disease such as AIDS, and many more. By using condoms, both partners gained the confidence and assurance of being safe from diseases and conception. However some twisted and perverted individuals came up with the idea of stealthing. According to them condoms take away men’s control and dominance over his partner. Thus, by performing stealthing they could regain their control and dominate their partner without their knowledge.


    Stealthing can be considered as a sexual assault because the other person or the partner is not aware of what his or her partner is doing, thus no consent was given at all. Although it happens without applying force, it is still an assault because only one person is benefited and other is harmed.

 

sexual assault


    Individuals or victims who experienced this activity said they were traumatized and became depressed because of the threat of being infected by sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies. It was hard for them to move on especially for those who engaged in casual sex. These victims are warning the public to be very careful in picking or choosing their partners as stealthing triggered several individuals’ curiosity to try it despite of the depressing result. 
 

    If there’s one thing everyone can agree on, it’s the desire to never get sunburn: Your skin becomes red, hot and painful to the touch; plus there’s that icky peel a few days after. Summer is coming… And with it comes the need to be extra prepared. People tend to give so much attention buying that right swimsuit, exercising for that perfect abs, getting rid of some extra flabs, but when it comes to skin care, they just buy anything that has SPF15 on it and slather it all on their faces and skin. Sorry to break it to you, honey, but what’s the point of having rock-hard abs if you don’t know how long you can stay out in the sun before getting toast?

 

    Different types of skin have different ways of care. To know your skin type, we recommend the Fitzpatrick Scale, which is a skin classification system, made by Thomas Fitzpatrick in 1988. Despite it being almost 30 years old, this system is still being used by dermatologists all around. Get your pen and paper ready! Before you hit the beach, save time and money, not to mention your health, by using this easy guide:

Thomas Fitzpatrick

 


    Now before I give you some tips in skin care, let’s take note of two very important things to consider:


    SPF – means Sun Protection Factor; this indicates how long a sun screen product can protect your skin from ultraviolet rays.

spf

    UPV – means Ultraviolet Protection Factor; this indicates how much ultraviolet radiation your clothes’ fabric can absorb.

UPV


TIPS ON HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR SKIN:

1.    Type I (0-6pts) or “Ivory”
This skin type will always burn and never be able to tan in the sun. Without protection, you can only stay out for 5-10 minutes. But with a sunscreen having SPF 30+ and clothes with UPF 30+, you can stay out for 1-3 hours.

2.    Type II (7-12 pts) or “Beige”
This skin type will almost always burn and rarely get a tan in the sun. Without any protection, you can only stay out for 10-20 minutes. But with a sunscreen having SPF 30+ and clothes with UPF 20, you can stay out for 3-6 hours.

3.    Type III (13-18 pts) or “Light Brown”
This skin type will sometimes burn and tan eventually in the sun. Without any protection, you can only stay out for 10-20 minutes. But with a sunscreen having SPF 15+ and clothes with UPF 20, you can stay out for 3-6 hours.

4.    Type IV (19-24 pts) or “Medium Brown”
This skin type will lightly burn and always tan well in the sun. Without any protection, you can only stay out for 20-30 minutes. But with a sunscreen having SPF of 15+ and clothes with UPF 20, you can stay out for 3-6 hours.

5.    Type V (25-30 pts) or “Dark Brown”
This skin type will rarely burn and easily tans in the sun. Without protection, you can only stay out for 40 minutes. But with a sunscreen having SPF of 15+ and clothes with UPF 20, you can stay out for 6-10 hours.

6.    Type VI (31+ pts) or “Very Dark Brown”
This skin type will never burn but can become deeply pigmented if exposed too much. Without protection, you can only stay out for 60-90 minutes. But with a sunscreen having SPF of 15+ and clothes with UPF 20, you can stay out for 20-30 hours.

Summer is almost here! With longer days and shorter nights, it’s a great time to have some fun in the sun with family and friends. It may be great for your mood but maybe not for your skin… This would seriously curb the fun factor. Here are 3 well-known skin problems you will most likely get in summer time and ways to treat them or much better, avoid them (as they say, “prevention is better than cure”, right?):
1.    Sunburn
 

sunburn


How you get it: Hello sunburn, my old friend. It’s like being run over by a sun truck. Depending on your skin, staying out too long can make your skin red, hot to touch, and painful or itchy at best. In severe cases, you can run a high fever and get chills.
How to prevent it: Invest in good quality sunscreen that would match your skin type. Don’t stay out too long in the sun but find shade. Wear the right gear as much as possible, like wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, UPF clothing, etc.
How to treat it: As soon as you feel your skin getting tingly or looks pinkish, get out of the sun immediately! For instant relief, place a cold compress, like a damp towel, on the skin. Drink lots and lots of water. Taking a cool shower would help tremendously as well; just gently pat the skin afterwards. For the face, splash cool water and gently pat with a soft towel. For skin and face, use moisturizer containing soy or aloe vera (pure ones would be awesome too). Stay away from lotions containing these: petroleum, benzocaine, lidocaine.

2.    Irritated Skin and Dry Hair
 

Irritated Skin and Dry Hair


How you get it: Staying too long in the pool and sun can dry up your body’s natural oils. Chlorine from the swimming pool can leave your skin tight and itchy and your hair dry and giving it split ends.
How to prevent it: Before swimming, protect your skin by applying water-proof sunscreen. For your hair, get it wet with clean water first and coat it with some hair conditioner so that it won’t absorb the chlorine once you dive in the pool. Time yourself and learn to know your limits.
How to treat it: Because of the chlorine, it should’ve already got rid of any sweat and dirt on you so you don’t really need to scrub. Just some gentle bathing and rinsing with a mild soap would do the trick to remove the smell.

3.    Acne Break-out

 

 Acne Break-out


How you get it: Because of the excess sweat and summer heat combined with surrounding dirt and your body’s natural oils, your pores will get clogged. This results into every teenager’s nightmare.
How to prevent it: To avoid this perennial monstrosity, make sure to wipe away sweat with a clean towel and to take a shower if need be. Also, don’t forget to wash sweaty clothes before wearing them again.
How to treat it: If the problem started because of clogged pores, the solution is simply the opposite. Unclog them by cleansing and exfoliating. One cannot go without the other. Cleansing will help stop buildup of bacteria in your pores. If you have oily skin, better wash your face first thing in the morning and before you go to sleep. Exfoliating, on the other hand, will get rid of the dead skin inside your pores. You should do this 2-3 times a week.

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     It is again September and all eyes and ears are waiting for the release of Iphone’s latest member, the Iphone 7. So what are the new things that buyers should anticipate or expect for this device? Is it just similar to its predecessors or it has something very unique to offer? Much of these hunches, it seems like there are things that will totally surprise the people. The questions of will people be glad or mad about it, is surely something any interested buyer should take note.      One thing that is remarkably new about this device is the loss or absence of the headphone jack. Iphone7 did drop off the historic headphone jack in exchange of the iphone earpods. Users should expect for a wireless lightning earpods that works through bluetooth connection. Choosing to go wireless has drawn so much controversy to the Apple Company, yet their Marketing Chief Phil Schiller, stood firm and proud of the dynamic change of the Iphone7. According to Schiller, they decided to get rid of the traditional analog type of headphones not due to superficial reasons or perhaps to elicit an elegant style, but because the traditional design is consuming too much space for the device’s new processor. They have to let go of it and had the courage to go wireless.      However, although it’s for the device’s own good in order to optimize its capacity, these lightning earpods are actually sold separately. Yes, you heard it right. Unlike the usual package when you buy a new device, Iphone7’s lightning earpods are not for free. So what’s the deal if you opt only for the device and you find it too costly to go for the lightning earpods? Well, you can still use your old headphones but it will take a quite turn before you can use it. You need to use an adapter that you have to connect through the charging port and connect your headphones on that adapter.      Which would look like this:      It’s indeed quite a job and a bit hassle, especially when you choose to walk around with your headphones on. With this, one will surely decide to go for the lightning earpods, if and only if you have the budget for it.
It’s summer time! And what better way to enjoy the season than a walk on the beach with family and friends. But where would be the perfect spot to go to? In the Philippines, you don’t just get to choose from a thousand and one islands, make that 7,107! As the Philippines Department of Tourism has said, IT’S MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES! We’ll help you narrow down your choices by sharing with you the top 3 beaches to visit (this is done in no particular order): 1.    EL NIDO, PALAWAN Philippines has a lot of reasons to be proud of; El Nido is one of them, having been awarded by CNN International as “The Best Beach and Island Destination in the Philippines” in the year 2012 and yet again in 2016. Also it’s one of Hollywood’s favorite places; did you know that the final movie for the “Bourne” series was filmed there? Also it became one of the pit stops on “the Amazing Race”. Overall, what makes El Nido special is because of its beautiful views and sceneries. With its extraordinary ecosystem, beautiful forests, prehistoric caves and majestic waterfalls, secret lagoons and beaches, rich abundant sea life, plentiful different bird species, it’s a heaven and haven for adventurers all around. Did I mention it is even has about 50 white sand beaches and three marine habitats? 2.    BORACAY, AKLAN  Boracay, the “blessed island”, is one of the most well-known beach destinations here in the Philippines. with its 4 kilometer stretch and over 350 resorts and 2,000 rooms to accommodate guests, tourists of all shape and sizes flock together to enjoy its white sand beaches. During the day time, why not explore the bars, restaurants, resorts, hotels, malls, and even spa massage stations. Wear your trusty snorkels and go scuba diving and snorkeling to appreciate the aquatic life. At night, the place is transformed as candlelit sand castles take center place, with gorgeous nightlong clubs and pubs. In summer time, try to partake in the International Funboard Cup. It’s a celebration where you get to watch or join several hundreds of kite-boarders and windsurfers.   3.    CORON, PALAWAN Palawan, also known as “the City of Gods”, offers yet another beautiful beach resort. Coron Island has been listed as one of the top 10 best scuba diving sites in the whole world by Forbes Travel Magazine. It also boasts of having seven mountain lakes, white sand beaches, crystal clear lagoons, and limestone cliffs. Another thing that makes this place stand out is the chance to explore some Japanese shipwrecks from World War II.
     A woman’s hair is her crowning glory. With the right do, it would greatly amplify one’s beauty and aura. Women in the past centuries would take hours and hours to prepare their hair for just a simple event, not just once, but every time. Yet in this modern age comes the invention of hair rebonding: a one-time-big-time offer that will save endless hours of preparation. In just a few hours, you’ll get instant straight, silky smooth, almost impossible-to-ruffle hair. Note that this look could actually last all year long if taken care properly.     But the question is, is it worth it in the long run? Is hair this good just too good to be true? Won’t there be any repercussions and consequences? Here you’ll read why rebonding your hair will do you more harm than good, despite how tempting it looks: 1.    Dry Hair  This is by far the biggest and most common side effect of rebonding your hair. Your hair will lose its natural capability to retain moisture, thus, making it dull and frizzy as time goes by. Also, with dry hair comes split ends.   2.    Hair Loss / Hair Fall To put it bluntly, rebonding your hair is literally soaking your hair in high quantities of chemicals and then heating it to sheer straight obedience. Thus, your hair loses strength and is now almost irreversibly weak and will break away easily.  3.    Baldness With weak hair, you may end up getting bald through hair loss. In some cases, if the treatment goes awry and isn’t done properly, your hair and scalp could get burnt and/or leave you with patchy bald spots. 4.    You Can’t Have Any Other Hair Style Depending on the type of treatment, some hair rebond are permanent. This means you’ll only get to have one hairstyle for the rest of your life. And if it’s just temporary, it will still take a while to make your hair healthy enough for a new style.     Ever heard of delayed gratification? It means resisting the temptation of an immediate reward and be willing enough to wait for a better one. Easy come, easy go but anything worth having is worth the wait. This would especially apply to our hair. Always aim for healthy hair, not just a good-looking one. Invest in taking care of it and do so naturally. Browse the web and search for a guide that best fits your lifestyle. A simple daily regimen could do wonders. Don’t go for fast and easy. Play it cool to make it last.  
    Although there are no official statements yet from globe telecom about them putting an end to their free Facebook promo on mobile data, people seemed to figure out quickly. When this promo started, people got the chance to enjoy using Facebook without spending anything for it. It is in all honesty free for its users. However who is actually funding this free subscription promo and why are they stopping it all of a sudden?     In 2013, globe launched its free Facebook for mobile data users. This was their best move considering that a growing number of users were already using smartphones rather than desktops or laptops. They wanted to be part of the convenience of having everything on your mobile device. And it was indeed a success because they were able to reach 140% of revenue growth a year after they launched the promo. They have even mentioned that free Facebook under globe telecom will forever stay as long as it gives them stable revenue.     But who is actually funding this promo? According to globe telecom, they are paying for the total cost of the bandwidth consumed by the free Facebook users. Although it may seemed like they are giving it for free, they were convinced that they are still making profit out of it. This could happen since a user will be charged right away once he or she goes out of the app by clicking a certain link.      The number of smartphone users at this moment is still increasing, but why is it that globe decided to retract its free Facebook promo, when more users would mean more growth in their revenue? Although they claimed that they are alone paying for the bandwidth of their users, this seems to be different in other network providers in different countries who decided to team up with the owner of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg. It is actually the owner of Facebook himself who shoulders the cost of the bandwidth in order to provide free access for its users and in return gain more number of users and more profit for his team.      Almost all websites that you can find in the internet rely on advertisers for monetary gain. If you have been fond of watching videos in Facebook you will notice ads being inserted in the middle of some videos, this is actually how Facebook makes money. But with globe’s free Facebook promo, you can barely view a picture and how much more for a video? The only thing that works on free Facebook is its messenger, but unlike the Facebook app, it does not contain ads.   
    The Philippines has caught the attention of several humanitarian groups because of the alleged extra judicial killings happening in the country. Those who are against of the present administration’s campaign to eradicate drugs all over the country raised their concerns up to the international or foreign bodies. Because according to them the Philippines is being managed under President Rodrigo Duterte’s dictatorship.     In response to this call, there are indeed several international groups even the UN who immediately showed disagreement towards the Duterte administration without even validating the reports being brought to them. This is actually one of the biggest conflicts within this country. Media is no longer a source for credible and genuine news. The integrity of those who are working in media companies have been already stained because of their biased reporting. It has been already proven several times even during the campaign period.      During Duterte explained and defended his governance and the alleged extra judicial killings. In counter to what the critics and the international groups were saying, Duterte then showed photos of the Budajo. These photos were not even documented in Philippine history books. Majority of the Filipinos are not aware of the existence of this unfortunate event. Only few people knew about this and luckily the President is one of these people. He revealed the almost-forgotten sentiments of those people who were part of the said history.      Budajo, is one of the most bloody encounters of all time. Although this wasn’t documented, it remains in the memory of the Tausug Tribe who has kept in their memories up to now. There were pictures recovered of what actually happened during that time. It was absolutely a massacre were helpless individuals were slaughtered.  The tribe resisted the American colonization in return they did this to them. However it was not documented at all. Americans managed to build a false image of them being good to Filipinos.      This is the main reason why Duterte believes that there is strong and undying sentiments in Mindanao that very few people are aware of. Finally the time has come that it has been revealed to the public and how bloody it was for our brother and sisters. It was even suggested that history books for public schools must contain and cover the details of this horrific event and to make every Filipino appreciate and enrich his or her own culture rather than those of other races.   

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    Although there are no official statements yet from globe telecom about them putting an end to their free Facebook promo on mobile data, people seemed to figure out quickly. When this promo started, people got the chance to enjoy using Facebook without spending anything for it. It is in all honesty free for its users. However who is actually funding this free subscription promo and why are they stopping it all of a sudden?     In 2013, globe launched its free Facebook for mobile data users. This was their best move considering that a growing number of users were already using smartphones rather than desktops or laptops. They wanted to be part of the convenience of having everything on your mobile device. And it was indeed a success because they were able to reach 140% of revenue growth a year after they launched the promo. They have even mentioned that free Facebook under globe telecom will forever stay as long as it gives them stable revenue.     But who is actually funding this promo? According to globe telecom, they are paying for the total cost of the bandwidth consumed by the free Facebook users. Although it may seemed like they are giving it for free, they were convinced that they are still making profit out of it. This could happen since a user will be charged right away once he or she goes out of the app by clicking a certain link.      The number of smartphone users at this moment is still increasing, but why is it that globe decided to retract its free Facebook promo, when more users would mean more growth in their revenue? Although they claimed that they are alone paying for the bandwidth of their users, this seems to be different in other network providers in different countries who decided to team up with the owner of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg. It is actually the owner of Facebook himself who shoulders the cost of the bandwidth in order to provide free access for its users and in return gain more number of users and more profit for his team.      Almost all websites that you can find in the internet rely on advertisers for monetary gain. If you have been fond of watching videos in Facebook you will notice ads being inserted in the middle of some videos, this is actually how Facebook makes money. But with globe’s free Facebook promo, you can barely view a picture and how much more for a video? The only thing that works on free Facebook is its messenger, but unlike the Facebook app, it does not contain ads.   
   Losing weight, especially in this day and age, can be pretty hard. And with millennials today so used to instant-everything, long-term goals like weight-loss can be aggravating to achieve. That's why a lot of people nowadays resort to slimming pills, thinking that it’s the easier and simpler way to weight-loss. Others take them because their doctor prescribed it to them, maybe due to obesity-related health problems, or that they're allergic to certain foods and unable to go on a diet, or maybe even have a heart problem rendering them incapable of doing any exercise regimes. That’s what these pills are intended for. To help people who are physically unable to become healthy weight-wise. But for people who are capable.     I hope you’ll reconsider gobbling up that next pill after you read this. The risks in taking non-prescribed medication could range from uncomfortable to downright dangerous:     1.    Old habits die hard. Striving for long-term goals like weight loss are life-changing and can lead you to good eating habits, well-needed practice of exercise, and in turn, a healthier lifestyle. It’s not easy but it’ll be worth it in the long run. Pills are made for quick-fixes but just that. They’re temporary. They’re not meant to be sustainable and when stopped, you’ll just go back to square one.       2.    You’re just shedding water weight. Not actual fat loss. Notice how when you take diet pills, you tend to go to the bathroom more often? You’re not flushing out fat. It’s just water weight, since most slimming pills are a combination of diuretics and caffeine.     3.    Dehydration Now that I’ve mentioned how these pills only flush out water, the bad thing is, not only will that water weight eventually just return back but you could actually be in danger of dehydration.     4.    You could be at risk of a heart attack. Studies have shown that people taking certain popular diet pills have put themselves at much greater odds for stroke compared to their non-partaking counterparts. You see, most of these drugs’ main ingredients are stimulants (phenylpropanolamine or PPA for one), which can be seen in prescription level drugs.       5.    Mood swings Get ready to swing… mood swing that is. Some pills have been sold as appetite suppressants. These work as stimulant drugs; they help curb your appetite by increasing certain chemicals (like adrenaline) in your brain, the ones that control your desire for food. You’ll feel more easily satiated and are not likely to overeat. Good for people suffering from obesity, but other than that, it’s not such a good idea. The elements affecting your appetite are also responsible for a lot of other things. Tampering with them may cause insomnia, anxiety, irritability, heart rate, etc. hence the mood swings.     6.    You can get addicted. As I’ve mentioned earlier, some pills have stimulants as their core component. Stimulant drugs, like amphetamine, can lead to psychological dependence if abused. Watch out for yourselves or your loved ones taking these; see if they’re becoming obsessive with their weight and taking medication more than they should.     There’s no magic bullet, or in this case, pill, to instant weight loss. Better to just stick with the classics, to what’s proven and tested: some good-old fashioned reduced-calorie high-fiber diet and a carefully planned exercise routine. Sure, it’s not instantaneous, but the journey will be well-worth it.  
    It’s almost next to impossible nowadays to be truly healthy, let alone, lose weight and be healthy at the same time. With fast food joints popping up everywhere, eat-and-run meals sadly seem to be discouraging people to take the time to cook a healthy meal, and also inadvertently encouraging obesity by giving customers the tempting option of upsizing their meals for lesser the price.     Not only that, people are crazy over these fad/crash diets, even if at the expense of their health, so long as they lose weight fast. But fret not! There’s still hope. You can be both healthy and lose weight. The key is really just having a healthy active lifestyle. Here are 4 things to consider if you want to lose weight healthily:     1.    Eat breakfast.  Don’t trick yourself into thinking that skipping the first meal of your day will lessen your overall weight in the long run. It’s not called breakfast for nothing, darlings. It’s not only the first; it’s actually THE most important meal of the day. Why? Because you’re essentially breaking the overnight fast, the time your body was asleep. In doing so, you wake up your body and give it the necessary jolt for the day. Missing breakfast will actually make you hungry throughout the whole day whereas eating properly will minimize those pangs until the day finishes. So don’t be afraid. Also, don’t eat sweets and junk food. Eat healthy. A well balanced breakfast of protein, fiber and good carbs will give your health much wealth.     2.    Don’t do fad or crash diets. photo by yourecards Fad diets are the type of diet where you’re promised to lose weight quickly without any hassle and exercise. They’re usually popular; the reason for this is because a lot of celebrities endorse this kind of diets and could be just a marketing strategy for a company’s new product/s. Some examples of this diet are high-protein diets, liquid diets, grapefruit diets, and others. The thing with fad diets is that it may seem quick and easy but it may actually endanger your health as it can lead you to unhealthy and unbalanced routines.     Crash diets also offer you quick weight loss results in a short amount of time. But unlike fad diets, crash diets are extreme to the point of nutrient deprivation and restriction of particular foods, especially your calorie intake. To point simply, quick weight loss programs, whether fad or crash types, won’t give you long-term results but can lead you to an unwholesome lifestyle. Bear in mind, if a diet seems too good to be true, it usually is.       3.    Drink water first before a meal. Research has shown that drinking water at the right time of the day can greatly maximize its effects on your body? 1-2 glasses of water 30 minutes or an hour before a meal can help you get better digestion and cause your stomach to absorb nutrients better. The added H2O can also make you feel fuller, thus lessening your food intake. Not only that, choosing to drink water, instead of those so-called empty-calorie beverages will be beneficial to your health. Say goodbye to rough and dry skin! Also, did you know drinking water can energize your day? More than drinking those energy drinks, water is still the best and original drink that could help empower your body.     4.    Find the perfect exercise and diet that will match you and your health. Proper exercise and proper food go hand in hand towards the road to healthy weight loss. These are the common mistake that people make: some exercise too much but eat too little. Others want to skip the exercise and just focus on eating right. However, you can’t have one without the other. Also, what works for one person may not be good for another. It’s important to know your limits; finding the right method may take a while. Be committed, experiment with different exercise regimes and diets until you find the one that fits your lifestyle.     Here are some easy hacks to trick your body into eating healthy and still lose a couple of pounds:     a.    Do not lead yourself into temptation but deliver yourself from “evil”. In this case, JUNKFOODS. Don’t stock up food in the fridge that will easily lure into an eating binge.     b.    Use smaller plates OR when you place the food, get only smaller portions. You can easily get a second helping if you want. But most of us only eat and finish what we usually place on our plates the first time.     c.    Have moral support. Having someone encourage you to be a better you would mean a lot.     d.    Get plenty of sleep. Not getting enough sleep will automatically rouse your body to eating more than usual to keep you energized for the day.     e.    Don’t eat because you’re bored! Comfort eating is okay every now and then but watch out that this doesn’t become a habit. Here are some ideas to avoid emotional eating:     •    Get in touch with some friends or family when you need to talk things out. Don’t you dare touch that fridge.     •    Calm down by taking a long soothing bath or doing meditation.     •    Try taking a nap or go on a brisk walk while listening to energizing music.     f.    Eat small portions of healthy food (5 times at least, instead of only the 3 major meals. Try these:     •    Potato chips (yes! These are okay actually)     •    Peanut butter     •    Hard-boiled egg     •    Raisins     •    Tangerines     •    Popcorn     •    Frozen yogurt     •    Fresh avocado     •    Chestnuts     •    Fresh fruit salad
    Safety and security are two of the most important things that you need to put into consideration if you are about to make a decision that requires your identity and personal details. Majority of the people nowadays have social media account. An average person even has two or three social media accounts from different sites or apps. This is now how things are done. People communicate more in social media rather than in person. It is quite convenient because you can stay connected to all of your friends without leaving your place or home.      However this convenience may also risk your own security if you fail to secure your identity and leave your privacy settings in public. It is important that you know how to change and secure your personal details on social media because you might just be a victim of identity theft. Since it’s now very much easy to let people know about yourself and the things you do, others might just take advantage of it without you noticing it. There are individuals who would want to fish on details about yourself such as your complete name.      Although using your complete name in any account that you use, allows your friends to recognize you easier, you are also giving the bad guys the chance to make use of it. By just having your complete name they can create fake accounts and do unlawful business while using your name. These guys will not be held liable on possible crimes that they do because they hide under our name. Although you are truly innocent, still you need to present or submit yourself to authorities. This could be very stressful for anyone and for sure nobody wants to experience such ordeal.      It is indeed flattering to have hundreds of followers but this could only happen if you set your privacy settings into public. By choosing to have a public profile you are putting your identity in a great risk. Does an unknown follower really matter? It is better to have few friends on your list as long as you know all of them and you don’t have to worry about your privacy. The things you share in your social media account are all personal, so why share it to someone you barely know?
    It is very important to lose weight if you think you are already out from the normal body mass index. It should be the primary reason in losing weight rather than for aesthetic purposes. People should be more concern of health rather than the physical appearance because a beautiful body is useless if it’s an unhealthy one. A body can be beautiful and at the same time healthy it should be the goal. These two things should come hand in hand to promote a healthy and a positive lifestyle.      There are hundreds of ways to lose weight. In fact it is one of the most discussed or searched topic in the internet.  One of which is through dieting. Dieting doesn’t mean you have to starve yourself and forget about having meals for the entire day. That is not dieting, that is actually suicide. Dieting means you have to cut off some of the unhealthy foods that you eat so that you can lose weight effectively. You are still allowed to eat but the list is now restricted and it take discipline for it to happen.     Sugar is one of the biggest culprit of obesity, diabetes, hypertension and other types of lifestyle diseases that are now slowly killing people. How can you say no to sugar when it is the sweetest thing on earth, literally and figuratively? Although it may appear really difficult it can actually give you great results.     Did you know that the amount of calories that a single bar of chocolate contains is already equivalent to two cups of rice or a large slice of meat? This is the main reason why you can easily gain weight and become fat if you don’t eliminate sugar from your diet. Although it comes in small sizes, but the calories it contain are much bigger than your usual meal. Aside from this, sugar also impairs the receptors in your body that are responsible in giving signals to your brain that you are already full. This is the reason why you don’t feel satisfied at all after eating several bars of chocolates and you would even want more.     Sugars are not limited to chocolates alone, donuts, cakes, ice creams, soft drinks, and many more are still part of the list. Sugar is a small but terrible compound that has the ability to transform your body into something you wouldn’t really want to be.      If you are not yet convinced, you better watch this video below. This was uploaded by Youtube uploader Health TIPS