CURE CULTURE

You Are What You Drink

In a previous post, we listed several nutrients that promote optimal hair and overall health. Wondering how you can easily load your diet with these miracle foods when the year starts getting busy? We’ve got the answer: smoothies!

Try this Green Goddess Smoothie, perfect for an on-the-go, active lifestyle and packed with:

Omega-3 Fatty Acids – for hair growth and prevention of dry scalp (flaxseed)
Protein – for keratin production, which strengthens and structures hair (almond milk)
Biotin – for prevention of brittleness and hair loss (cucumber and raspberries)
Iron – aids in supplying oxygen to hair follicles for hair growth (kale)
Vitamin C – for collagen building and iron absorption (apple)
Vitamin A – for sebum production, which conditions the hair and prevents dandruff (romaine lettuce)
Potassium – for prevention of hair loss (avocado)

Green Goddess Smoothie Ingredients:
½ cup plain, unsweetened almond milk
2 leaves of romaine lettuce
2 leaves of kale
½ cup raspberries
1 cucumber
1 green apple
¼ of an avocado
1 tablespoon flaxseed

Tip: blend the kale, romaine lettuce, and almond milk first as they are bulkier, but tend to break down easily

How to Make 2016 the Year You Stick to Your Resolutions

 

 

The clock strikes twelve; champagne glasses clink as couples kiss and fireworks illuminate the night sky. It’s an annual euphoria that washes over all of us, young and old, bringing us hope as we welcome the future. With a new year comes a plethora of possibilities and the excitement of new beginnings.

While the practice of making resolutions for the year ahead has become a widespread tradition, the commitment involved with keeping them tends to dwindle as days go by. We’ve either completely forgot to keep up with them or found them too difficult to achieve. Though breaking resolutions doesn’t typically affect anyone besides she or he who made it, there are surly more benefits to following through than abandoning the idea all together, specifically for those of us in our twenty-somethings when a list of goals for the near and distant future is required on nearly every job application.

Now that we’re well into January, it may be time to reevaluate those 2016 resolutions. Here’s few tips to help stay on track till December.       

Be specific.
Deciding to get fit or be healthier in the New Year is a great idea and a commendable undertaking (high-five!), however, there’s no way to measure such a broad goal. Hone in on what you truly want to accomplish. Do you want to lose ten pounds or a couple dress sizes? Maybe you want to try a more plant-based diet or train for a 5k? Whatever your end goal is, make it concrete.

Make a plan.
Once you’ve pin-pointed your end goal, you’ll need to figure out the steps to take to achieve it. Let’s say you want to be more knowledgeable on current events with election season quickly approaching – how can you incorporate informal education into your schedule? If you’re an avid reader, maybe an online subscription to a national newspaper is up your alley. If you spend a good amount of time commuting to and from work or school, try-out a weekly podcast while you’re on the road.

In sight, in mind.
The easiest way to keep track of your progress is to write it down: jot it down in your planner, journal about it, post about it on social media. Whether you decide to keep it personal or share it with the world, always keep it visible. Don’t settle for the excuse of forgetting. Make use of the reminder app on your smartphone!

It’s not one and done.
So you make a mistake or fall off the path, like skipping a few workouts or eating an entire box of Valentine’s Day chocolates in one sitting (don’t kid yourself, we’ve all been there before)… and? Get back on that horse and try again! Mistakes are not failures. Just like mom always says, they’re learning experiences. They’re also one of the best sources of motivation.

Quote of the post: “Take your risks now. As you grow older you become more fearful and less flexible, and I mean that literally. I hurt my knee this week on the treadmill and it wasn’t even on.” –Amy Poehler  

You Are What You Eat

 

Health is just as important in the outside as it is in the outside. Besides using high quality hair care products, there are several nutrients you can include in your diet that can help you reach optimal hair health. Here's a few:

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Eat fatty fish like salmon twice a week for hydrated and silky hair. Additionally, Omega-3 is heart healthy and relieves depression. 

Protein

Hair is made up of protein, and a diet scarce in protein will leave hair dry and brittle. For healthy and strong hair, consume meat, poultry, dairy products and eggs. Vegan options are legumes (yes, quinoa!) and nuts.

Biotin

Biotin is an essential B vitamin necessary for hair growth. It’s found in eggs, but if you’re not an egg person, you can always take a biotin supplement daily.

Iron

Iron is a crucial mineral in the blood needed to feed the hair follicles and roots. The highest bioavailiabity of iron is in animal products, such as red meat, chicken and fish. Lentils, spinach, kale and other leafy greens can also be good sources of iron.

Vitamin C

Besides aiding in the absorption of iron, Vitamin C is also an antioxidant that helps in the production of collagen, which strengthens the capillaries to the hair shafts. Best sources of Vitamin C are blackcurrants, blueberries, broccoli, guava, kiwi fruits, oranges, papayas, strawberries and sweet potatoes/

Vitamin A

Vitamin A, an antioxidant also known as retinol, helps produce healthy sebum, an oily substance released by the scalp. Sebum works as a natural conditioner and prevents hair from drying out and breaking off. Vitamin A is in animal products, orange and yellow colored vegetables such as carrots, pumpkins and sweet potatoes.

Bookworm Babe: Our Fall Reading List

The season of sweaters and sweets is only beginning and it’s our mission to bask in the coziness of fall for as long as possible. To keep entertained, as you bundle up at home or hop on the next flight out, we’ve put together a stack of our must-reads. So grab your glasses, sip on your pumpkin-flavored latte and prepare to get transported to another world. 

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

At the age of 15, Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head for refusing to remain silent when the Taliban took over her small Pakistani town. With little hope for survival — she shocked the world with her courage as she transformed from a small town girl to the world’s youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Price. 

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

From the author that brought us To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman is Harper Lee’s earliest work and follows up with the characters of one of American’s most beloved classics 20 years later as Scout adjusts to society in the 1950s.  

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

This self-help book is unlike any other as Charles Duhgigg teaches us about how habits come to be and how they can be changed. Duhgigg proves that in order to make a change there must be an understanding as to how habits work. 

Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

From the first married couple to win a Pulitzer Prize comes a passionate call to arms against the oppression of women around the globe. The authors show the most effective way to fight global poverty is by unleashing the potential of women to turn around their future and as well as their nations. 

#GirlProblems: The Battle of the Blow Out vs. the Gym

There’s nothing that can hinder you from experiencing an endorphin rush at the gym quite like a fresh blow out can. Trust us we’ve fallen into this trap one too many times to the point that #guilty can be written across our foreheads. However, we realize that exercise is an essential part of living a healthy lifestyle. It’s important to embrace the simple tools we have hidden away on our bathroom countertops in order to get our heart pumping, blood circulating and tushy’s tightening. 

Fix your pre-workout routine and we don’t mean the energy drinks

We’re usually so concerned with getting our workout over with that we forget we can take steps to care of our locks before we even hit the stair master. Applying Anti-Frizz Serum before you work out curbs the chances of your head turning into a frizzy mess by sealing your hair from the dampness of sweat. 

Opt for new styles 

The last thing any girl wants is to feel like her hair is turning into something that looks like belongs to Medusa. However, tying your hair into a tight pony tail is usually not the answer. Avoid getting dents by simply choosing to pull your hair away from your eyes and neck differently. Try a loose bun or a fun braid to add not only keep you from turning into a sweaty mess but also to add volume post-workout. 

Moisturize your mane

Shampooing is great and all, but there is such a thing as over doing it. By washing your hair even after every work out you’re stripping the hair of it’s natural oils whilst drying it out as a consequence. If you absolutely feel like you cannot go on rinse your hair out either with conditioner or try the Ultimate Leave-In Potion after wetting your locks for instant hydration.