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How having small moments with your children make a big difference

How having small moments with your children make a big difference

Small Moments With Your Children Make a Big Difference

Studies confirm that fathers play a central role in their children’s lives

There are about 74 million children in America today. If you’re a parent, here’s something you should know:

Involved fathers—whether they live with their kids or not—can help their children lead happier, healthier and more successful lives. Children who feel close to their fathers are two times more likely to go to college or find a job after high school, 80 percent less likely to end up in jail and 50 percent less likely to experience depression. The small moments kids enjoy spending with their fathers can make a big difference in their lives. If you’re like most fathers, you’re already doing what you can to be a great dad. Here’s a look at five easy ways to keep it up.

What You Can Do

  1. Spend time with your children.
  2. Be a positive role model.
  3. Send a text to stay connected when far away.
  4. Read to your children.
  5. Remember #DadJokesRule!

Over decades there has been a massive growth in fatherhood involvement. Fathers now spend nearly triple the amount of time with their children than fathers did in the 1960s.

What Dads are Already Doing

Recent research suggests fathers are already very involved:

  • 90% consider the role of dad is to be rewarding every day.
  • 78% talked to their child’s teacher about progress in school.
  • 61% have attended a PTA or other school meetings.
  • Over half have helped with a class trip, special project or activity.
  • Over a third of fathers have helped with coaching their children’s sports teams.

 

Even though fathers are largely more involved than in previous generations, dads today still want to be more engaged. Half say they don’t spend enough time with their kids and want to do a better job at parenting.

To help more fathers understand the importance of their role in their children’s lives, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse and the Ad Council have partnered on a national Responsible Fatherhood Campaign.

“All dads should be supported and celebrated for their efforts on Father’s Day and year-round because we know how the story ends for the kids whose fathers show up for them consistently—these children and families thrive,” says Kenneth Braswell the Director of National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse and Fathers Incorporated.

The campaign drives to Fatherhood.gov a free resource that offers information, tools and more. Dads can visit the website for ideas to get involved and stay involved in their children’s lives. Other resources include activity suggestions, homework help, online games and a long list of dad jokes! No matter how busy you may be, make time for your children. It only takes a moment to make a moment.

Learn More. For helpful tips, tools, information, jokes, and resources, visit www.fatherhood.gov.

 

How to Make Father’s Day a Memorable Occasion?

How to Make Father’s Day a Memorable Occasion?

Making memories on Father’s Day

Father’s Day is a holiday of honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood. We usually show our appreciation by giving gifts to our fathers. Then you’ll notice that your dad’s closet is overflowing with ties. He is ahead of two wallets and has enough shaving lotion and men’s colognes to last him the rest of his life.

So, what to do for Father’s Day? What would you do when your father seems to have everything? That special day can be made a memorable one with a little creative thought. What makes your dad his happiest?

Here are some tips you can do on Father’s Day:

  • Take him to his favorite restaurant and slip a gift card for that special place or another purpose, into his Father’s Day card.
  • Be a slave for a day. Mow the lawn. Wash his car. Cook him a lavish meal and wait on him hand and foot.
  • Most men have a hobby or multiple hobbies. If he likes to garden, get your hands dirty and help him weed the produce patch. If he likes photography, plan a special scenic day trip with you driving, so he can be photographically creative.
  • Does he enjoy finer tastes in life? Some specialty liquor stores have sample-size bottles of single malt scotches or glass-size bottles of wines. Accompany these gifts with food items that act as pallet cleansers for the tastings.
  • Brew him a pot of his favorite coffee, make him breakfast, and prepare a basket full of sample coffees for him to try later. Baskets are always a good choice. You can put one together from various items, like books for reading, CDs, DVDs, or foods he likes but doesn’t usually buy for himself.

Remember, whatever the gift, it’s the thought that counts.

“Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection.” 

– Pindar

Happy Father’s Day!!

8 New and Unexpected Uses for Injectables

8 New and Unexpected Uses for Injectables

Injectable fillers are most commonly used for the face. But generally applies in other body parts as unknown to many.

Samantha Stone from Aedit

 

InjectablesBecause they are non-invasive, dermal fillers have become popular to restore lost volume, smooth out fine lines, or diminish wrinkles. It works by plumping up the injection site to fill out the targeted wrinkle, fold, or line. And the result of it? Leaving patients with a refreshed vibrant look.

Different types of filler’s use are depending on the patient’s goal. Because not every filler is right for every wrinkle or skin type.

Most common types of FDA approved fillers are:

  • Hyaluronic acid (e.g. Juvéderm®, Belotero®, or Restylane®)
  • Collagen
  • Calcium hydroxylapatite (e.g. Radiesse®), and
  • PPLA (e.g. Sculptra®)

While some fillers are approved for a specific area, you’ll find some doctors use them for other sites as well.

8 new and unexpected uses for injectables that may surprise you:

1. To combat cellulite and dimples

While there are natural techniques to reduce cellulite and dimples, there are just as many procedure types too. Typically, when people think about cellulite or dimple procedures, they think of lasers or radiofrequency (RF), surgeries or Lipomassage therapy. Unknown to most, injectables are also a way to minimize divots. It is because they can fill out undesired dimples, even lift up some of the skin to diminish the cellulite.

Sculptra® is one type of injectable that is not explicitly approved for the butt area. Combat dimples and cellulite is sometimes the use of it. It’s a synthetic material called poly-L-lactic acid (PPLA) that is gradually absorbed into the skin to rebuild lost collagen. Patients may usually require treatment administered by a trained specialist monthly for three months. And results lasting up to two years.

2. To plump up earlobes

With statement earrings being on trend and Kris Jenner confessing her insecurity about her ear lobes, this year, ears have been a hot topic in the beauty treatment industry.

Ears may not be the first feature you think of when you think of the signs of aging, but they can also become wrinkly and sagging.

Common among older women who have worn heavier earrings and may even suffer from stretched out earlobes. Luckily, there is a quick fix to rejuvenate earlobes such as filler treatments!

Restylane or other hyaluronic acid fillers can quickly plump up the lobe to mask any wrinkles, sagging, or stretching. Executing by a dermatologist, it takes roughly five minutes and the procedure is practically painless. Costing about $500 and lasts around six months, which comes out to about $1,000/year for young-looking earlobes.

Dermatologists and plastic surgeons are already lifting sagging skin around the face and neck. So the addition of restoring volume in the earlobes makes for a complete transformation.

3. To restore volume in temples

With aging and fat loss, there is commonly facial volume loss, especially in the temples region. They’re located on each side of the face above the top of the cheekbones and below the brow ridge. Loss of volume creates an undesired, tired looking shadow.

There are several different types of injectables to choose from: Hyaluronic acid fillers or collagen-replacing fillers. Your dermatologist should be able to determine the best type or combination of fillers to suit your needs. The injections will plump up the hollowed region and also lift the outer corner of the eyes. Also, contouring the face for a refreshing look. Filler injected into the temples typically lasts six months to a year, depending on the type of filler used.

4. To smooth wrinkles on knees and/or elbows

Another sign of aging can be sagging and wrinkling of the skin around the knees and elbows. While not the most common procedure, it can certainly be done. Smoothing the knees and elbows is quite similar to the one for cellulite or dimples. Sculptra® is one type of injectable that is not specially approved for the knee or elbow area. It is sometimes used to soften the lines around them. Since knees and elbows are less commonly treated areas, it might be appropriate that patients carefully select a practitioner. A professional who has extensive experience in injectables specifically for the knees and/or elbows.

5. To augment the chin and/or nose

Surprisingly, a rhinoplasty (nose job) is not the only way to restructure the nose. Small amounts of dermal filler can lift the tip of the nose and reduce the appearance of dorsal humps. While you can make significant changes to the nose with injectables, it does have its limitations. For instance, you are not able to reconstruct the nose (e.g. make the nose smaller or narrower). Additionally, non-surgical and non-permanent option to augment the chin can be provided by dermal filler. By adding fullness to give the chin more definition.

6. To smooth out scars

Another transformative way to use injectables is to smooth out acne and surgical scars. By lifting up the skin, so it is flush and no longer creates shadows. Because there are so many different types of scars and many varieties of dermal filler that can be used.

By speaking with a dermatologist, you can determine which filler will best lift depression and increase volume from scars. For instance, Bellafill® is a popular choice that specifically corrects acne scars. Bellafill® is FDA approved and is a mix of both collagen and acrylic, which gives long lasting results. Bellafill® lasts around 12 months when treating acne scars and up to five years. When correcting nasolabial folds, making it considered a semi-permanent filler.

7. To rejuvenate the hands

While most cosmetic procedures are focused on the face, one of the most age-telling features is actually the hands. They are constantly at work and unknowingly exposed to sun damage, especially during activities like driving. As a result, the hands can begin to look saggy, bony, and even show vein and/or joint protrusion.

Radiesse® is a versatile facial injection that has become increasingly popular for hand rejuvenation. It restores volume and smooths out the back of the hands. It is currently the first and only filler that is FDA approved to correct volume loss in the hands. Its results are immediate and expected to last one to two years.

8. To slim the face

Unknown to most, BOTOX® injections can do more than just smooth lines and wrinkles. it can actually slim the face too! If liposuction is to reduce fat, BOTOX® is a much less invasive way to achieve similar results in the face. When it is injected into the masseter muscle (the muscle used for chewing), it relaxes the muscle. It can round out a square jawline or slim down “chubby” cheeks. Results typically take around two weeks to be noticeable and can last around three to four months. And with extended results upon completing a few treatments.

 

Remember to do your due diligence

It is an exciting time in the cosmetics procedure industry as new treatments and uses are being approved daily. But it is still so important to do your due diligence. Make sure you ask all of the right questions beforehand and seek out a top injector or dermatologist. Particularly when targeting a less common feature or requiring off-label usage.

Inquire about the name and type of filler. Afterward, confirm a doctor’s perspective if has experience using that type on the desired feature. Once you are confident in your choice of doctor, you are ready to get started!

 

So, did any of these 8 uses for injectables surprises you?

 

How to Achieve Fast Hair Growth and Stop Hair Loss

How to Achieve Fast Hair Growth and Stop Hair Loss

Achieving fast hair growth is the dream of millions who suffer from embarrassing health/beauty issues nowadays-hair loss.  In recent statistics by American Hair Loss Society, approximately, 35 million men and 21 million women who suffer this problem.

Hair shedding is a normal cycle of physiology.  It is considered normal to shed 100-150 strands of hair per day. However, with aging, one is unable to replenish as fast as our loss.  This leads to gradual thinning of hair, receding hairlines,  or eventual baldness in men.

For women, onset can start as teens if one experiences hormonal imbalance due to the polycystic ovarian syndrome. Childbirth or anemia from heavy menses can further contribute to hair shedding. Hair shaft becomes thinner making it more difficult to maintain hairstyle. By the time she notices scalp is visible, over 50% of hair has been lost.

Instances that should raise a red flag if you experience them:

  • Hair fall more than 150 strands a day
  • Hairs shed or fall off at an increased rate
  • Hair thinning or baldness comes at an earlier age
  • Premature graying of hair
  • Strands of your hair are abnormally brittle
  • The appearance of bald patches
  • Slow down on the growth of hair length

Remember, excessive hair shedding can happen to people under certain circumstances. It shouldn’t be a concern if it is temporary, meaning it stops once the trigger is gone.

A serious form of hair loss condition known as “alopecia areata” or spot baldness. It is due to an auto-immune disorder, where the body attacks the hair follicles. This may affect hairs in all areas of the body.

Baldness patches may occur in the scalp, which may no longer regrow. Alopecia treatment would depend on the type of this disease, age of affected of individual and severity of hair loss.

Currently, there is still no single treatment that can be applied and be proven effective for all that have this condition. For mild alopecia, common treatments are applying a topical cream/ointment like Minoxidil, Anthralin, and corticosteroids.

Reported to halt or reverse the progression of alopecia recently:

 

Another form of hair loss is called “Telogen effluvium”, where the hair follicle prematurely enters the resting phase. Causes of this is hair to fall quicker than the normal phase, which could progress into chronic hair loss.

According to American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, the common causes of this hair ailment are – high fevers, childbirth, severe infections, severe chronic illness, severe psychological stress, major surgery or illnesses, over or underactive thyroid gland, crash diets with inadequate protein, and a variety of medications.

Most hair loss from medications is this type and causes include retinoids, beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, antidepressants, and NSAIDs (including ibuprofen).

 

hair loss

There are other known factors that contribute to hair loss such as the following:

 

Genetics

Male-pattern baldness or female-pattern baldness is a hereditary condition of hair loss.  It happens gradually as the individual ages. It can be addressed with prescription medication Propecia or with plant extracts that naturally block enzymes that convert testosterone to DHT, the main etiology of male pattern hair loss.

Hormonal Imbalance

Women are more susceptible to this. Pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause are some conditions that can affect hair health.

Stress

Stress can trigger abnormal cortisol levels from our adrenal glands and disrupt our endocrine system.  By doing so, it will cause an excess androgenic hormone that affects hair growth. For women, this is not an ideal situation as androgens can result in the eventual destruction of hair follicles.

So high-stress level can overstimulate the adrenal glands, leading to autoimmune issues or adrenal fatigue.  One often sees accelerated hair shedding or patchy hair loss. It is recommended to use adaptogens in natural ayurvedic herbs to support adrenal and minimize the abnormal rise in cortisol level.

Medication and Treatments

Also known as drug-induced hair loss. Some drugs can possibly interfere with hair health. Examples are medication for cancer, high blood pressure, anti-convulsants. anti-depressants, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and in some cases antibiotics. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy and hormonal therapy are treatments that were said to cause hair thinning or hair loss.

Nutrition and Vitamin Deficiency

Nutritional issues can also aggravate hair health. Zinc, iron, biotin and protein deficiency can most likely affect hair growth.  Not getting enough vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, and vitamin E can also be the culprit of hair loss. In particular, vitamin D deficiency has been associated with alopecia.

Underlying Health Conditions

Irregularities in hair appearance and volume can signify health problems. Thyroid disorder (Hypothyroidism), anemia, Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are some of the ailments that can cause hair loss.

Environmental stress from overprocessing, exposure to chemicals and over the styling of our hair can damage hair significantly leading to hair loss. So by stripping away natural protective keratin layer, hair becomes dull, brittle and breaks easily.

Hair loss is more than just a physical problem. Those who suffer from this issue may also be subjected to emotional challenges like embarrassment, anxiety, discomfort, and loss of self-confidence. We all know that “Hair is a crowning glory” and hair loss definitely affect a person’s appearance and quality of life.

Fortunately, there are novel hair growth treatments that are now widely available.  Such treatments included medication,  scalp treatments, laser hair therapy, surgical or non-surgical procedures, effective supplements, and topical regimens.

But of course, before using any of these, one must exercise precaution! Knowledge is the key.

So before we go into what products or treatments to do to make our hair grow faster, let’s first go through a fact check about hair growth.

 

Facts about Hair Growth

hair lossHere are few facts according to Mayo Clinic:

  • Normal hair grows is 1 cm per month or six inches per year
  • 3 stages of hair growth: (1) Anagen phase is known as the growth phase; (2) Catagen phase, also known as the transitional phase; and (3) Telogen phase,  or resting phase (also known as shedding phase)
  • Our hair is composed mainly of a protein called Keratin, which forms the building block for healthy hair.
  • A hair follicle is a dynamic organ found in mammalian skin. It regulates hair growth via a complex interaction between hormones, neuropeptides, and immune cells
  • Humans have the longest growth phase of scalp hair compared to hair growth on other parts of the body.

But hair growth is not something that could happen overnight. One needs to be persistent in using effective regimen to see improvement after 2-3 months and optimal result at 6-12 months.

Some tips you can do to help your hair grow faster or minimize hair loss.

1.) Trim your hair regularly

Sounds odd right? Why cut your hair to make it grow? Well, the aim in doing this is to prevent split-ends, which is a sign of damage to the hair strand. If neglected, the split can progress and extend all throughout the strand then make its way to the hair shaft. At this point, the hair strand can no longer be repaired.

Trimming your hair of less than an inch every 10-12 weeks will help to get rid of the unhealthy hair tips. This will allow the hair to regrow healthier ends.

2.) Use a conditioner

Most often than not many of us use conditioner for its beauty effect. Well, actually there are many health benefits of using it like the following:

  • Conditioners act as a moisturizer making our hair soft and manageable. Aside from the easy styling benefit, we can enjoy, it also helps the hair strand to avoid from getting tangled that cause it to break.
  • It helps our hair cuticle in repairing the damage that can lead to hair breakage and also produces a protective coating to give further protection
  • Conditioners also hydrate the hair strands helping it restore oiliness. Dry hairs are easy to break
  • Aids the scalp in clogging pores to decrease hair loss
  • With ingredients to calm the irritated scalp and to stimulate hair growth

It is best to use a conditioner that suits your hair type to maximize the benefits of conditioning your hair. A revitalizing shampoo and conditioner is a good combination to achieve healthier hair growth.

3.) Give your hair a vacation

Some of our hairstyling and daily routines that if we do frequently can damage our hair. Thus, it would be good to change some of these old habits:

  • Heat styling – blow dry, or flat-iron or curling iron can damage the cuticle of the hair and its proteins.
  • Chemical treatments like coloring and perming – exposing your hair to chemicals can affect the keratin of the air which can weaken the hair strands.
  • Wrapping your hair with a towel can cause your hair strands to tangle with the towel’s fibers. Your strands may end up breaking as you unwrap the towel from your hair. Use cotton fabrics instead of an old t-shirt.
  • Brushing your hair immediately after bath is not good for your hair because it is very fragile when wet. Wait a while and use a wide tooth comb.
  • Tying your hair with elastics can lead to what stylers’ call as “chemical cut”. This is when the hair breaks due to tension from the elastic tying. It is encouraged to use clamps, clips, pins or fabric ponytails.
  • Sleeping on an ordinary pillowcase. We spend hours resting our head in our pillows when we sleep, so it won’t be a surprise if hair strands get caught up on your pillowcase. To avoid friction between your hair and the pillowcase, invest on silk or satin one that has a softer surface.
  • Always wearing a ponytail or bun. Constant tension on the hair may cause it to break over time. If it cannot be avoided, frequently change the location of your ponytail or bun.

 

4.) Have a balanced diet and eat nutritious food.

According to studies, Biotin and protein-rich foods can aid to accelerate hair growth.

Commonly known food that is good for the hair:

  • Eggs; nuts (e.g walnut, almonds);
  • Berries; fruits (e.g avocado);
  • Meat (lean chicken or pork);
  • Fish and other seafood (e.g salmon, shrimp, oysters);
  • Green leafy vegetables (e.g spinach);
  • Seeds (e.g chia, flax, pumpkin) and,
  • Sweet potatoes.

 

Vitamins and nutrients that are important for hair growth:

  • Vitamin A
  • B-Vitamin called Biotin
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Protein.

 

5.) Explore hair-growth supplements.

Our body is unable to absorb the nutrients we need at times. And this may be due to factors like stress, trauma or not eating a balanced meal. Supplements can assist the body in getting an appropriate amount of nutrients. Novel hair supplements can block DHT and counter-inflammatory causes of hair loss. Also, it helps boosts anti-age your follicles to boost hair growth cycle.

However, you must talk to your doctor and rule out other medical causes of hair loss before deciding to take hair growth supplements.

6.) Apply oils. Coconut oil, olive oil, and castor oils are the most popular home remedies for hair.

Below are some significant benefits of oils.

  • It can stimulate hair growth since it can enter deeply and quickly into the hair follicles.
  • Has anti-bacterial properties that are good for the scalp
  • Moisturizes hair
  • Helps to reduce protein loss of hair
  • Makes hair shiny

For better results, put on oil on damp hair. Leave it for 5-10 mins. before shampooing and conditioning.

 

7.) Use quality hair serums.

These natural peptide and oil based product has many benefits for the hair including:

  • Making the hair shinier and softer.
  • On the hair care side, serums give the hair fibers added protection against harmful elements that can damage our hair. A protective coating is formed in the hair cuticle when this hair treatment is applied.
  • Hair serum also helps straighten out frizz that could help avoid the use of heating tools to rid out unwanted fly away or unruly hairs.
  • It is very helpful in treating damaged hair since serums also have strengthening features.

Depending on your hair type and hair care needs, there are different types of hair serums in the market.

 

8.) Keep your scalp healthy. Healthy scalp = healthy hair.

Our scalp cradles our hair from the time it is born until it grows, so give your scalp utmost care.

One basic treat you can do for your scalp is giving it a message. Just as body massage relaxes the muscles and improves blood circulation, doing the same to your scalp can also give the same effect. This can be done while applying oils, scalp serums or while shampooing or conditioning.

 

9.) Consider hair growth and hair loss treatments.

The science of hair care has grown and developed immensely, which lead to the introduction of a variety of products. Advance science has aided in producing more innovative hair products that can target as far as hair follicles.

However, you must be critical and wise in choosing what treatment you will take. It is advisable that you do research and read first before deciding.

 

10.) Consult a doctor.

If worrying about your hair health starts to set in, don’t be hesitant to seek medical help.

We hope that reading this article has been helpful. As you continue your hair care journey, let MD Hair products be your partner in achieving healthy hair growth.

Above all, our quality hair products have become a trusted brand by the finest salons and retailers and even medical centers.

 

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Do Men and Women Need Different Diet When Weight Training?

Do Men and Women Need Different Diet When Weight Training?

Should Different Diet matter for weight management? Men and women generally train in the same way when it comes to strength training. If you think about it, how many different ways are there to lift weights? Not many. So if men and women strength training routines are the same, do their diets have to be that much different?

Yes, and here’s why:

THE DIFFERENCE

Many females also lift weights and do a lot of cardio training as part of their exercise routine. All of those for an effort to lose body fat and thus weight. While cardio training does burn calories, the female body can sometimes react differently. And that is by holding onto body fat instead of getting rid of it. What you eat is far more important than how much you exercise, when it comes to weight loss.

Think about what you eat as being the responsible agent for weight loss. Cardio, on the other hand, is good for your heart. It helps direct more calories toward muscle and fewer to fat cells.

 

So what should a female diet look like?

Not that much different from men, but typically women tend to gravitate having more sugar in their diet than men.

This generally means women are not getting as much protein as they should:

  • A diet that is 80% carbs
  • 10% protein and
  • 20% fat, will create entirely different results than one that is
    • 40% carbs,
    • 40% protein and
    • 20% fat.

 

Protein is the building blocks of the body. An adequate amount of it is responsible for repairing the damage done to muscles when you lift a weight. Don’t worry – the damage is only temporary and necessary for good toning. However, without enough protein in your diet, muscles won’t repair fast. It will take longer to get that sleek lean look.

Without adequate protein, your body could see muscle as a source of calories if you are not eating enough. Thus consuming muscle mass instead of increasing it slightly.

When thinking about diet:

  • Choose fresh wholesome foods over the prepackaged ones.
  • Prepackaged food can be are loaded with added sugar and high in saturated fats.

When on a weight-lifting diet:

  • Counting the types of calories (carbs, protein and fats) is more important than the total number, although it is important that you get enough each day.

To tone muscles:

  • Eat 500 more calories per day than what is recommended for maintenance at your age and activity level.

To lose weight:

  • Go 500 calories less and make sure your diet has at least 1.7 to 1.8 grams of protein per pound of body weight.

 

Keep in mind that weight is mainly controlled by diet; strength and muscle mass by weight lifting. Controlling these two variables will get you the results you seek.