7 Foods For Shiny, Healthy Hair

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Hey Everyone,

Besides using the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair, the food that you eat plays an important role to leave your hair shiny and healthy too.

1. Protein

Prevents: Dry, split-ends, weak

Food to eat: Chicken, steaks, fish, eggs, nuts

2. Carbohydrates

Prevents: Hair loss, dull

Food to eat: Rice, wholegrain bread, oats

3. Iron

Prevents: Hair loss

Food to eat: Red meat, chicken, fish, vegetables (spinach, kale, broccoli, salad greens)

4. Omega-3

Prevents: Dry

Food to eat: Salmon, herring, sardines, trout, mackerel, avocado, walnuts, pumpkin

5. Multivitamins & Minerals

Prevents: Hair loss, split-ends, weak

Food to eat: 

Vitamin C (produce collagen to strengthen your hair) – Orange, kiwi, blueberries, papaya

Vitamin A (promotes cell growth) – Carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, green vegetables

6. Biotin

Prevents: Hair loss, dry

Food to eat: Eggs, yogurt, wholegrain cereals, chicken

7. Zinc

Prevents: Hair loss, dry, dandruff

Food to eat: Wholegrain cereals, eggs, kidney beans

Last but not least, don’t forget to drink plenty of water and take your daily supplements everyday.

x,
Leanne

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3 Handy Home Remedy Tips To Get Rid of Eye Bags

Eye Bags be gone!

Eye bags happen for 2 reasons:
1. Not getting enough sleep
2. Aging

Fortunately we can reduce the appearance of eye bags and here I’m going to share with you the 3 handy home remedies which I find it effective:

1. Cucumbers

Slice the chilled cucumbers  and place it on your eyes for half an hour. Cucumbers are one of the most natural remedies to reduce puffiness of your eyes. Tip: You can just leave it on while taking a nap!

2.  Green Tea bags

Green tea are well known as an anti oxidant and the natural properties of these green teas will help to bring puffy eyes back to their original size. First you have to pour warm water and let it settle down for 10 mins. After that, place the chilled green tea bag over your eyes and relax.

3. Ice

Ice, ice baby! One of the most easy, fast and simple trick. Another trick is you can also leave the metal spoon in the fridge! Same method, you can place the spoon over your eyes for 2 mins. As for the ice, you can place it on your eye bags and roll it in circular motion. Or if you don’t want it to drip all over the place, simply place it in a small towel and rest them over your eyes.

The 3 methods above helps to reduce your eye bags, but it does not stop you from aging. We still have to rely on a good eye product, that can help us to reduce the fine lines around our eyes. For this, I use eye serum and eye gel. You can see from my previous post on what I bought on BodyShop online here.

BodyShop_Eye_Gel

BodyShop ElderFlower Eye Gel – Cooling and soothes your eye bags area. I would normally apply this before I apply my concealer. This is my all time favourite eye gel.

BodyShop_Eye_Serum

BodyShop Moisture White Shiso Eye Serum – An anti oxidant moisturising serum that helps to brighten up your eye bags area. In other words, it helps to reduce the dark spots that appears under your eyes. And after using this product for 2 weeks, I noticed my eye bags are getting brighter.

Last but not least, make sure you get an adequate amount of sleep and drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrate all the time.

Is there other home remedies out there that helps to get rid of eye bags? Feel free to share below!

x,
Leanne

Healthy Snacks to Snack On When You’re (Still) Hungry

Hey Everyone,

One thing about living in Malaysia is that we are surrounded by delicious local food. And best part is, most of them are opened till late up to 24 hours! From restaurants or hawker stalls place like in Jalar Alor that serves nice local foods (bbq chicken wings, fried noodles, fried rice, etc.), and 24 hours mamak restaurants (roti canai, roti telur, etc) to fast food chain restaurants like McDonalds and KFC (although only a few open 24 hours).

Sometimes when we feel hungry at night (after dinner), we would start craving for yummy Nasi Kandar Kayu’s roti canai, McD’s french fries and instant noodle Indo Mee. I know, this is so not healthy.

That is why I want to share with you today on healthy snacks to snack on when you’re still hungry. This was what I would normally eat when I’m still hungry:

1. Oatmeat

Quaker-Oats-OatmealI normally take oats with milo because oats are tasteless. You can also mix with milk, honey and fruits. Take it warm so that you can have a good night sleep with warm belly. I would normally take up to 2 – 3 scoops. You can take more if you want because fret not, oats are free from fats, sugar and cholesterol.

2. Milo

MiloNot the 3-in-1 sachet please. You should swap those 3-in-1 with the one straight from the Milo tin. In case you didn’t know, the normal Milo tin already have milk and sugar compared to 3-in-1, they have higher sugar contain in it. So you should skip that and take the original one.

3. Fruits

FruitsApples, grapes and bananas. Or any other kind of fruits that you like. They are all water-based and fat free. Plus, they are healthy too.

4. Yogurt

Yogurt-Fat-FreeYou can buy a plain yogurt and mix it with honey and berries, or you can get a low fat or fat free yogurt. They have many flavours but I like the one with mixed berries.

5. Cereal

CornflakesI take cornflakes original. This is a good substitute if you are craving for potato chips or french fries, or if your mouth are feeling “itchy” and you just want to munch on something.

6. Wholemeal bread

Massimo-Whole-MealI don’t enjoy eating wholemeal bread but if I’m really that hungry, I would either dip it in my milo or I would spread my bread with fat free butter. You can spread it with peanut butter, jam or kaya. Just make sure that whatever you spread on is fat-free and low sugar content!

We can still enjoy all the Indo mees, roti canais and McD french fries mentioned above,

ONCE IN A WHILE *LoL*

Just don’t forget to stick to your routine: drinking at least 3 litres of water in a day because water helps to boost your metabolism, cleans bowels and flushes out all the unwanted toxins. Drinking lots of water also makes you feel full in a way, so that you won’t crave for more food. You can read about benefits of drinking lots of water here.

How about you? Any other ideas or advice that you would like to share? Let me know on your thoughts below!

x,
Leanne

5 Foods To Beat The Bloat (Naturally)

Hey Everyone,

Most of the time the bloat occurs every after meal. To hide that bloated tummy, you will have to cover with loose shirts or dress, or drink less water. Fret not, today I’m going to share with you natural way of reducing the bloat by consuming 5 healthy food:

1. Water With Lemon

Lemon-Water

Water itself helps to eliminate fat cells, flush out the unwanted toxins, keep us dehydrate, boost your metabolism and beats bad breath. You can read my post here. Having said that, you can add in lemon in your warm water and drink it everyday to reduce the bloat. Lemon contains citric acid, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium which also helps our digestion.

2. Celery

Celery-Cucumber-Apples-Juice

I used to not like celery because of its smell. So, I take it with my juice: I will mix celery with cucumber and green apples. Celery and cucumber contains a lot of water thus, it helps in digestion as well. If you don’t like to take celery just like that, then just mix it with other juices and down it! Plus celery has a high level of antioxidants, which is helps to beat bad radicals and promotes anti-aging.

3. Banana

Banana

Banana a good source prebiotic fiber, which helps to feed good bacteria and improve digestive health. They are also have rich potassium, which in addition to helps to reduce blood pressure, supports body muscle and relieve water retention and bloating.

4. Yogurt

Yogurt

Yogurt contains “good bacteria”. It facilitates efficient digestion and prevention of bloated tummy. Go for low-fat or non-fat yogurt. The best is to take with plain yogurt, and add your own fruits in it, like strawberries and blueberries to add in natural sweetness. For lazy people like me, I always go for low-fat yogurt. (Hehe)

5. Ginger Tea

Ginger-Tea

Ginger tea assist in improving digestion and increasing absorption of food. This can prevent bloating after eating too much. It’s so easy to make this: 1 inch ginger to put in hot boiling water. Once the water begins to boil, you can pour it into a mug with 1 teaspoon of honey. You can also drink plain ginger tea if you want to. Plus, don’t forget the lemon!

So here it is, all the 5 foods that can assist us in reducing the bloat. If you have any other alternatives, feel free to comment below!

x,
Leanne

5 Best Reasons Why Water Is Important

Hey Everyone!
I’ve been making a habit to drink at least 3 litres (yes, 3 litres!) of water everyday. I have a 1.5 litre water bottle at my workplace and 3 litre water bottle at home. At my workplace, I drink at least 1.5 litre in the morning and 1.5 litre in the evening. And back home, another 1.5 litre to 2 litre at least before I go to bed. Most beauty gurus said that we should drink less water at night to avoid puffy eyes the next morning, but what the heck? After reading the best 5 reasons, I couldn’t care less:
1. Water helps us to lose weight

  Slim woman after diet.
When you drink plenty of water, it fills up your stomach and reduces your craving to eat more. Water increases our body’s fat burn rate, thus it eliminates all the fat cells in our body.
2. Water flushes out all the unwanted toxins from our body
Drinking Water Splashing
Water is a natural detox. It helps in digestion and relieves constipation. And prevention from kidney stones!
3. Water promotes healthy skin
Water-Promotes-Healthy-Skin
When we are exposed to air conditioning, it tends to dry up our skin and we will get dehydrated. When our skin are dry, fine lines will appear, which we will not want that! Drink plenty of water helps to keep our skin subtle and smooth. It can help to prevent acnes too! You see, water helps to replenish our skin tissues, moisturisesskin and increase the elasticity of the skin. So why drink less at night?
4. Water boosts your metabolism
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Drinking plenty of water will help to boost your metabolism and hence, regulates your body’s bowel movements. In particular, is good for digestive health.
5. Water beats bad breath
Water-Beats-Bad-Breath
Always gargle your mouth with water after you had your meals. Else, the food that stuck between your teeth will cause bacteria which leads to bad breath. Now, you don not want to have bad breath when talking to your crush, right? So there it is: 5 best reasons why water is important. It is not necessary to stick to 3 litres a day or whatsoever. Just make it a proper routine whereby drink at least 3 litres a day to promote good health.
There are many reasons on the importance of drinking of plenty of water everyday. These are my 5 best reasons why. What about yours? Let me know on your thoughts below!