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America’s Black Prophet Docuseries

America has undeniably been built and influenced by Black people. The impact of Black culture and talent exists across the arts, science, business, education, athletics, and more. America can no longer deny and hide the contributions made by Blacks in the United States.

Within the Black church, the prophetic has played an important role. The time has come to recognize and celebrate the prophetic voice affectionately known as “Your most trusted name in prophecy”. The documentary, America’s Black Prophet, will walk you through the anointed ministry of Master Prophet E. Bernard Jordan.

Executive Producer: Kenneth Cook & Naomi Jordan Cook

Director: Gaudens Zulu

Associate Producer: Snyder Derival

Self Conscious To Self Confidence

 

Sometimes, it is easy to forget we are made in God’s image because we live in the age of comparison culture. Unfortunately, it is common for people to be negatively self-conscious in their own skin. People might pick up a magazine or go on social media to reaffirm their low-self esteem. Believe it or not, this type of self-perception is a result of social conditioning and does not have to be one’s reality forever. This article will shed light on three ways to become comfortable in your own skin. 

 

 

1. Know thyself 

When one has not taken the time to truly get to know themselves, they will be susceptible to what other people might label or identify them as. This could result in someone feeling lost or low. The bright side is, you are always with yourself and can decide when to start getting to know the amazing person you truly are. A couple of ways to become familiar with yourself can be through keeping a thought journal or an audio diary of your life or even taking yourself out on dates. When people are introspective, it gives them the compassion and grace they need to get through anything! Once you build a better relationship with who you are, you are able to be more accepting and therefore comfortable in living your own life. 

2. Positive affirmations & mirror work

For some reason, society has praised self-degrading content in mainstream media. Whether people think it is funny or trendy, one must be aware of how this can affect the way they view themselves. The Bible says that there is life and death in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). Therefore, whatever we say over our own life, that is who and what we become. With this in mind, it is so important to use our words for good. We can uplift ourselves through standing in the mirror and declaring the beauty we see. Although this practice might be uncomfortable or a little difficult at first, strength will build overtime and then confidence is born. When we use positive words to affirm who we are and what we look like, the whole world starts responding accordingly. 

3. Be physically active

It is proven that physical activity can boost your mood. When you 

feel good, you start acting from those positive feelings and can affect how you live your life. Doing different exercises can help you gain confidence from the inside, considering it just takes a little faith to even begin a workout. Not only will you start being proud of yourself for putting effort into moving your body, but you will also feel more comfortable in your own skin. 

 

Conclusion 

Remember, you are fearfully and wonderfully made and there is no one else like you. Have patience with yourself on your personal journey to accepting and loving yourself. When you start seeing your body and mind through the eyes of God, you will see the beauty and perfection in every inch. Confidence is something that you have to believe in, speak, and receive as your birthright. True confidence is not something that you can buy through material things. Being comfortable in your own skin happens from the inside-out. 

A DASH of Good Health

 

Improve your Heart with the DASH Method 

While heart disease is the leading cause of death for all Americans, Hispanics and African-Americans face a greater risk of heart disease. African-Americans have increased rates of high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure- all of which increase the rate of heart disease. 

Moreover, researchers have found out that African-Americans can inherit a gene that makes them more salt-sensitive. The gene may also be associated with raising their risk of heart disease and obesity, both of which increase the risk of high blood pressure. 

DASH is an acronym for “Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.”  The DASH diet plan adheres to heart-healthy standards, including restricting saturated fat and cholesterol. The diet focuses on increasing the consumption of foods high in nutrients to help decrease blood pressure. The diet includes foods rich in minerals (such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium), fiber, and protein. DASH diet also incorporates nutrient-dense meals to ensure that other nutritional requirements are met.

DASH recommends avoiding meals that elevate blood pressure. Foods that elevate blood pressure include salt, red meat, saturated and trans fats, and sugary beverages or meals.

Some examples of heart-healthy foods that lower the risk of heart disease includes bananas, legumes, unsalted popcorn, dark chocolate, raspberries, garlic, quinoa, avocados, fish, potatoes, chicken, legumes, spinach, pomegranates, olive oil, low-fat dairy, oats, grains, and seeds. 

 

Heart-Healthy Recipes for Hypertension

1. Oats with Peanut Butter 

The recipe consists of proteins and healthy fats, as well as fruit. That means the ingredients meet all of the DASH diet’s requirements for a breakfast meal. Additionally, it requires only five minutes of active preparation time, making it a time-saving recipe.

2. Bowl of Brown Rice with Southwestern Flair

This dish contains ingredients such as avocado, olive oil, and black beans. The recipe’s base is brown rice, which counts as nutritious grains. It is also topped with shredded cheese, which counts as a dairy dish on the eating plan.

3. Low-Sodium Chicken Fajitas

Since the DASH diet is frequently used to help people manage their blood pressure, it is critical to use a small amount of salt during the preparation process. You can use a variety of additional spices to enrich the taste of the meal. The herbs like onion and garlic can contribute to the meal’s nutritional density.

4. Chicken Sesame

This sesame chicken dish is a low-fat variation of your favorite Asian cuisine.

Rice vinegar, sesame seeds, soy sauce, and ginger combine to create a delicious protein main course. You can serve with cauliflower rice or brown rice for a complete dinner.

5. Pressure Cooker Chicken with Veggies, And Honey Garlic Glaze

The meal is made with chicken thighs, green beans, baby carrots, and potatoes, covered in a tangy, flavorful sauce.

This recipe is packed with vegetables, protein, and healthy fats, making it an ideal dinner.

 

Conclusion 

The dash diet is nutritious and well-balanced. The diet is high in vegetables, seeds, fruits, lean meat, and nuts, promoting a healthy gut microbiome. Additionally, it provides you with the nutrients and fiber needed for optimal health. 

The diet also helps maintain a healthy blood sugar level, lowers sugars and saturated fats, and promotes the consumption of healthy fats like oily fish. All these help reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.

3 Essential Oils for Hair Growth & Thickness

 

You might’ve used essential oils before to freshen up the air in your home or even as a makeshift perfume. But have you ever used essential oils in your hair before? 

Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts that capture the essence and scent of their sources, such as peppermint or tea tree oil. Not only do these oils contain aromatic properties, but they also offer health benefits and have been used medicinally in the middle ages and even prior to that. 

So, to learn how to use essential oils to promote hair growth, keep reading because we’re uncovering the benefits of peppermint, rosemary, and cedarwood oil: 

1. Peppermint Oil

You might want to put the jojoba oil down if that’s your go-to hair oil because one study that applied four different topicals on groups of mice found that peppermint oil promotes hair growth the best. 

Use it for yourself as a pre-shampoo treatment by mixing two drops of peppermint oil with another regular oil of your choice, like castor or olive oil, and leave it on your scalp for 10 minutes. 

 

2. Rosemary Oil 

If you want a natural alternative to minoxidil, the over-the-counter hair growth treatment, try rosemary oil because it works just as well to promote hair growth and thickness—but without the itchy scalp side effects

You can use this also as a pre-shampoo or co-wash treatment up to twice a week by mixing several drops with olive or coconut oil and then applying it to your scalp for 10 minutes. 

 

3. Cedarwood Oil 

Suffering from hair loss or dealing with a sensitive scalp? Cedarwood oil has antibacterial and hair growth properties. You can mix a few drops of the cedarwood with two tablespoons of a carrier oil of your choice and use it as a 10-minute pre-shampoo treatment. 

 

Use your essential oils wisely 

As you try out these hair growth concoctions for yourself, remember that essential oils must be diluted and mixed with carrier oils for safety. There are many ways to use these oils to your advantage, so do some research and get creative with your DIYs! 

America’s Black Prophet Docuseries

America has undeniably been built and influenced by Black people. The impact of Black culture and talent exists across the arts, science, business, education, athletics, and more. America can no longer deny and hide the contributions made by Blacks in the United States.

Within the Black church, the prophetic has played an important role. The time has come to recognize and celebrate the prophetic voice affectionately known as “Your most trusted name in prophecy”. The documentary, America’s Black Prophet, will walk you through the anointed ministry of Master Prophet E. Bernard Jordan.

Executive Producer: Kenneth Cook & Naomi Jordan Cook

Director: Gaudens Zulu

Associate Producer: Snyder Derival

Self Conscious To Self Confidence

 

Sometimes, it is easy to forget we are made in God’s image because we live in the age of comparison culture. Unfortunately, it is common for people to be negatively self-conscious in their own skin. People might pick up a magazine or go on social media to reaffirm their low-self esteem. Believe it or not, this type of self-perception is a result of social conditioning and does not have to be one’s reality forever. This article will shed light on three ways to become comfortable in your own skin. 

 

 

1. Know thyself 

When one has not taken the time to truly get to know themselves, they will be susceptible to what other people might label or identify them as. This could result in someone feeling lost or low. The bright side is, you are always with yourself and can decide when to start getting to know the amazing person you truly are. A couple of ways to become familiar with yourself can be through keeping a thought journal or an audio diary of your life or even taking yourself out on dates. When people are introspective, it gives them the compassion and grace they need to get through anything! Once you build a better relationship with who you are, you are able to be more accepting and therefore comfortable in living your own life. 

2. Positive affirmations & mirror work

For some reason, society has praised self-degrading content in mainstream media. Whether people think it is funny or trendy, one must be aware of how this can affect the way they view themselves. The Bible says that there is life and death in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). Therefore, whatever we say over our own life, that is who and what we become. With this in mind, it is so important to use our words for good. We can uplift ourselves through standing in the mirror and declaring the beauty we see. Although this practice might be uncomfortable or a little difficult at first, strength will build overtime and then confidence is born. When we use positive words to affirm who we are and what we look like, the whole world starts responding accordingly. 

3. Be physically active

It is proven that physical activity can boost your mood. When you 

feel good, you start acting from those positive feelings and can affect how you live your life. Doing different exercises can help you gain confidence from the inside, considering it just takes a little faith to even begin a workout. Not only will you start being proud of yourself for putting effort into moving your body, but you will also feel more comfortable in your own skin. 

 

Conclusion 

Remember, you are fearfully and wonderfully made and there is no one else like you. Have patience with yourself on your personal journey to accepting and loving yourself. When you start seeing your body and mind through the eyes of God, you will see the beauty and perfection in every inch. Confidence is something that you have to believe in, speak, and receive as your birthright. True confidence is not something that you can buy through material things. Being comfortable in your own skin happens from the inside-out. 

A DASH of Good Health

 

Improve your Heart with the DASH Method 

While heart disease is the leading cause of death for all Americans, Hispanics and African-Americans face a greater risk of heart disease. African-Americans have increased rates of high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure- all of which increase the rate of heart disease. 

Moreover, researchers have found out that African-Americans can inherit a gene that makes them more salt-sensitive. The gene may also be associated with raising their risk of heart disease and obesity, both of which increase the risk of high blood pressure. 

DASH is an acronym for “Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.”  The DASH diet plan adheres to heart-healthy standards, including restricting saturated fat and cholesterol. The diet focuses on increasing the consumption of foods high in nutrients to help decrease blood pressure. The diet includes foods rich in minerals (such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium), fiber, and protein. DASH diet also incorporates nutrient-dense meals to ensure that other nutritional requirements are met.

DASH recommends avoiding meals that elevate blood pressure. Foods that elevate blood pressure include salt, red meat, saturated and trans fats, and sugary beverages or meals.

Some examples of heart-healthy foods that lower the risk of heart disease includes bananas, legumes, unsalted popcorn, dark chocolate, raspberries, garlic, quinoa, avocados, fish, potatoes, chicken, legumes, spinach, pomegranates, olive oil, low-fat dairy, oats, grains, and seeds. 

 

Heart-Healthy Recipes for Hypertension

1. Oats with Peanut Butter 

The recipe consists of proteins and healthy fats, as well as fruit. That means the ingredients meet all of the DASH diet’s requirements for a breakfast meal. Additionally, it requires only five minutes of active preparation time, making it a time-saving recipe.

2. Bowl of Brown Rice with Southwestern Flair

This dish contains ingredients such as avocado, olive oil, and black beans. The recipe’s base is brown rice, which counts as nutritious grains. It is also topped with shredded cheese, which counts as a dairy dish on the eating plan.

3. Low-Sodium Chicken Fajitas

Since the DASH diet is frequently used to help people manage their blood pressure, it is critical to use a small amount of salt during the preparation process. You can use a variety of additional spices to enrich the taste of the meal. The herbs like onion and garlic can contribute to the meal’s nutritional density.

4. Chicken Sesame

This sesame chicken dish is a low-fat variation of your favorite Asian cuisine.

Rice vinegar, sesame seeds, soy sauce, and ginger combine to create a delicious protein main course. You can serve with cauliflower rice or brown rice for a complete dinner.

5. Pressure Cooker Chicken with Veggies, And Honey Garlic Glaze

The meal is made with chicken thighs, green beans, baby carrots, and potatoes, covered in a tangy, flavorful sauce.

This recipe is packed with vegetables, protein, and healthy fats, making it an ideal dinner.

 

Conclusion 

The dash diet is nutritious and well-balanced. The diet is high in vegetables, seeds, fruits, lean meat, and nuts, promoting a healthy gut microbiome. Additionally, it provides you with the nutrients and fiber needed for optimal health. 

The diet also helps maintain a healthy blood sugar level, lowers sugars and saturated fats, and promotes the consumption of healthy fats like oily fish. All these help reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.

3 Essential Oils for Hair Growth & Thickness

 

You might’ve used essential oils before to freshen up the air in your home or even as a makeshift perfume. But have you ever used essential oils in your hair before? 

Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts that capture the essence and scent of their sources, such as peppermint or tea tree oil. Not only do these oils contain aromatic properties, but they also offer health benefits and have been used medicinally in the middle ages and even prior to that. 

So, to learn how to use essential oils to promote hair growth, keep reading because we’re uncovering the benefits of peppermint, rosemary, and cedarwood oil: 

1. Peppermint Oil

You might want to put the jojoba oil down if that’s your go-to hair oil because one study that applied four different topicals on groups of mice found that peppermint oil promotes hair growth the best. 

Use it for yourself as a pre-shampoo treatment by mixing two drops of peppermint oil with another regular oil of your choice, like castor or olive oil, and leave it on your scalp for 10 minutes. 

 

2. Rosemary Oil 

If you want a natural alternative to minoxidil, the over-the-counter hair growth treatment, try rosemary oil because it works just as well to promote hair growth and thickness—but without the itchy scalp side effects

You can use this also as a pre-shampoo or co-wash treatment up to twice a week by mixing several drops with olive or coconut oil and then applying it to your scalp for 10 minutes. 

 

3. Cedarwood Oil 

Suffering from hair loss or dealing with a sensitive scalp? Cedarwood oil has antibacterial and hair growth properties. You can mix a few drops of the cedarwood with two tablespoons of a carrier oil of your choice and use it as a 10-minute pre-shampoo treatment. 

 

Use your essential oils wisely 

As you try out these hair growth concoctions for yourself, remember that essential oils must be diluted and mixed with carrier oils for safety. There are many ways to use these oils to your advantage, so do some research and get creative with your DIYs! 

America’s Black Prophet Docuseries

America has undeniably been built and influenced by Black people. The impact of Black culture and talent exists across the arts, science, business, education, athletics, and more. America can no longer deny and hide the contributions made by Blacks in the United States.

Within the Black church, the prophetic has played an important role. The time has come to recognize and celebrate the prophetic voice affectionately known as “Your most trusted name in prophecy”. The documentary, America’s Black Prophet, will walk you through the anointed ministry of Master Prophet E. Bernard Jordan.

Executive Producer: Kenneth Cook & Naomi Jordan Cook

Director: Gaudens Zulu

Associate Producer: Snyder Derival

Self Conscious To Self Confidence

 

Sometimes, it is easy to forget we are made in God’s image because we live in the age of comparison culture. Unfortunately, it is common for people to be negatively self-conscious in their own skin. People might pick up a magazine or go on social media to reaffirm their low-self esteem. Believe it or not, this type of self-perception is a result of social conditioning and does not have to be one’s reality forever. This article will shed light on three ways to become comfortable in your own skin. 

 

 

1. Know thyself 

When one has not taken the time to truly get to know themselves, they will be susceptible to what other people might label or identify them as. This could result in someone feeling lost or low. The bright side is, you are always with yourself and can decide when to start getting to know the amazing person you truly are. A couple of ways to become familiar with yourself can be through keeping a thought journal or an audio diary of your life or even taking yourself out on dates. When people are introspective, it gives them the compassion and grace they need to get through anything! Once you build a better relationship with who you are, you are able to be more accepting and therefore comfortable in living your own life. 

2. Positive affirmations & mirror work

For some reason, society has praised self-degrading content in mainstream media. Whether people think it is funny or trendy, one must be aware of how this can affect the way they view themselves. The Bible says that there is life and death in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). Therefore, whatever we say over our own life, that is who and what we become. With this in mind, it is so important to use our words for good. We can uplift ourselves through standing in the mirror and declaring the beauty we see. Although this practice might be uncomfortable or a little difficult at first, strength will build overtime and then confidence is born. When we use positive words to affirm who we are and what we look like, the whole world starts responding accordingly. 

3. Be physically active

It is proven that physical activity can boost your mood. When you 

feel good, you start acting from those positive feelings and can affect how you live your life. Doing different exercises can help you gain confidence from the inside, considering it just takes a little faith to even begin a workout. Not only will you start being proud of yourself for putting effort into moving your body, but you will also feel more comfortable in your own skin. 

 

Conclusion 

Remember, you are fearfully and wonderfully made and there is no one else like you. Have patience with yourself on your personal journey to accepting and loving yourself. When you start seeing your body and mind through the eyes of God, you will see the beauty and perfection in every inch. Confidence is something that you have to believe in, speak, and receive as your birthright. True confidence is not something that you can buy through material things. Being comfortable in your own skin happens from the inside-out. 

A DASH of Good Health

 

Improve your Heart with the DASH Method 

While heart disease is the leading cause of death for all Americans, Hispanics and African-Americans face a greater risk of heart disease. African-Americans have increased rates of high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure- all of which increase the rate of heart disease. 

Moreover, researchers have found out that African-Americans can inherit a gene that makes them more salt-sensitive. The gene may also be associated with raising their risk of heart disease and obesity, both of which increase the risk of high blood pressure. 

DASH is an acronym for “Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.”  The DASH diet plan adheres to heart-healthy standards, including restricting saturated fat and cholesterol. The diet focuses on increasing the consumption of foods high in nutrients to help decrease blood pressure. The diet includes foods rich in minerals (such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium), fiber, and protein. DASH diet also incorporates nutrient-dense meals to ensure that other nutritional requirements are met.

DASH recommends avoiding meals that elevate blood pressure. Foods that elevate blood pressure include salt, red meat, saturated and trans fats, and sugary beverages or meals.

Some examples of heart-healthy foods that lower the risk of heart disease includes bananas, legumes, unsalted popcorn, dark chocolate, raspberries, garlic, quinoa, avocados, fish, potatoes, chicken, legumes, spinach, pomegranates, olive oil, low-fat dairy, oats, grains, and seeds. 

 

Heart-Healthy Recipes for Hypertension

1. Oats with Peanut Butter 

The recipe consists of proteins and healthy fats, as well as fruit. That means the ingredients meet all of the DASH diet’s requirements for a breakfast meal. Additionally, it requires only five minutes of active preparation time, making it a time-saving recipe.

2. Bowl of Brown Rice with Southwestern Flair

This dish contains ingredients such as avocado, olive oil, and black beans. The recipe’s base is brown rice, which counts as nutritious grains. It is also topped with shredded cheese, which counts as a dairy dish on the eating plan.

3. Low-Sodium Chicken Fajitas

Since the DASH diet is frequently used to help people manage their blood pressure, it is critical to use a small amount of salt during the preparation process. You can use a variety of additional spices to enrich the taste of the meal. The herbs like onion and garlic can contribute to the meal’s nutritional density.

4. Chicken Sesame

This sesame chicken dish is a low-fat variation of your favorite Asian cuisine.

Rice vinegar, sesame seeds, soy sauce, and ginger combine to create a delicious protein main course. You can serve with cauliflower rice or brown rice for a complete dinner.

5. Pressure Cooker Chicken with Veggies, And Honey Garlic Glaze

The meal is made with chicken thighs, green beans, baby carrots, and potatoes, covered in a tangy, flavorful sauce.

This recipe is packed with vegetables, protein, and healthy fats, making it an ideal dinner.

 

Conclusion 

The dash diet is nutritious and well-balanced. The diet is high in vegetables, seeds, fruits, lean meat, and nuts, promoting a healthy gut microbiome. Additionally, it provides you with the nutrients and fiber needed for optimal health. 

The diet also helps maintain a healthy blood sugar level, lowers sugars and saturated fats, and promotes the consumption of healthy fats like oily fish. All these help reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.

3 Essential Oils for Hair Growth & Thickness

 

You might’ve used essential oils before to freshen up the air in your home or even as a makeshift perfume. But have you ever used essential oils in your hair before? 

Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts that capture the essence and scent of their sources, such as peppermint or tea tree oil. Not only do these oils contain aromatic properties, but they also offer health benefits and have been used medicinally in the middle ages and even prior to that. 

So, to learn how to use essential oils to promote hair growth, keep reading because we’re uncovering the benefits of peppermint, rosemary, and cedarwood oil: 

1. Peppermint Oil

You might want to put the jojoba oil down if that’s your go-to hair oil because one study that applied four different topicals on groups of mice found that peppermint oil promotes hair growth the best. 

Use it for yourself as a pre-shampoo treatment by mixing two drops of peppermint oil with another regular oil of your choice, like castor or olive oil, and leave it on your scalp for 10 minutes. 

 

2. Rosemary Oil 

If you want a natural alternative to minoxidil, the over-the-counter hair growth treatment, try rosemary oil because it works just as well to promote hair growth and thickness—but without the itchy scalp side effects

You can use this also as a pre-shampoo or co-wash treatment up to twice a week by mixing several drops with olive or coconut oil and then applying it to your scalp for 10 minutes. 

 

3. Cedarwood Oil 

Suffering from hair loss or dealing with a sensitive scalp? Cedarwood oil has antibacterial and hair growth properties. You can mix a few drops of the cedarwood with two tablespoons of a carrier oil of your choice and use it as a 10-minute pre-shampoo treatment. 

 

Use your essential oils wisely 

As you try out these hair growth concoctions for yourself, remember that essential oils must be diluted and mixed with carrier oils for safety. There are many ways to use these oils to your advantage, so do some research and get creative with your DIYs! 

America’s Black Prophet Docuseries

America has undeniably been built and influenced by Black people. The impact of Black culture and talent exists across the arts, science, business, education, athletics, and more. America can no longer deny and hide the contributions made by Blacks in the United States.

Within the Black church, the prophetic has played an important role. The time has come to recognize and celebrate the prophetic voice affectionately known as “Your most trusted name in prophecy”. The documentary, America’s Black Prophet, will walk you through the anointed ministry of Master Prophet E. Bernard Jordan.

Executive Producer: Kenneth Cook & Naomi Jordan Cook

Director: Gaudens Zulu

Associate Producer: Snyder Derival

Self Conscious To Self Confidence

 

Sometimes, it is easy to forget we are made in God’s image because we live in the age of comparison culture. Unfortunately, it is common for people to be negatively self-conscious in their own skin. People might pick up a magazine or go on social media to reaffirm their low-self esteem. Believe it or not, this type of self-perception is a result of social conditioning and does not have to be one’s reality forever. This article will shed light on three ways to become comfortable in your own skin. 

 

 

1. Know thyself 

When one has not taken the time to truly get to know themselves, they will be susceptible to what other people might label or identify them as. This could result in someone feeling lost or low. The bright side is, you are always with yourself and can decide when to start getting to know the amazing person you truly are. A couple of ways to become familiar with yourself can be through keeping a thought journal or an audio diary of your life or even taking yourself out on dates. When people are introspective, it gives them the compassion and grace they need to get through anything! Once you build a better relationship with who you are, you are able to be more accepting and therefore comfortable in living your own life. 

2. Positive affirmations & mirror work

For some reason, society has praised self-degrading content in mainstream media. Whether people think it is funny or trendy, one must be aware of how this can affect the way they view themselves. The Bible says that there is life and death in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). Therefore, whatever we say over our own life, that is who and what we become. With this in mind, it is so important to use our words for good. We can uplift ourselves through standing in the mirror and declaring the beauty we see. Although this practice might be uncomfortable or a little difficult at first, strength will build overtime and then confidence is born. When we use positive words to affirm who we are and what we look like, the whole world starts responding accordingly. 

3. Be physically active

It is proven that physical activity can boost your mood. When you 

feel good, you start acting from those positive feelings and can affect how you live your life. Doing different exercises can help you gain confidence from the inside, considering it just takes a little faith to even begin a workout. Not only will you start being proud of yourself for putting effort into moving your body, but you will also feel more comfortable in your own skin. 

 

Conclusion 

Remember, you are fearfully and wonderfully made and there is no one else like you. Have patience with yourself on your personal journey to accepting and loving yourself. When you start seeing your body and mind through the eyes of God, you will see the beauty and perfection in every inch. Confidence is something that you have to believe in, speak, and receive as your birthright. True confidence is not something that you can buy through material things. Being comfortable in your own skin happens from the inside-out. 

A DASH of Good Health

 

Improve your Heart with the DASH Method 

While heart disease is the leading cause of death for all Americans, Hispanics and African-Americans face a greater risk of heart disease. African-Americans have increased rates of high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure- all of which increase the rate of heart disease. 

Moreover, researchers have found out that African-Americans can inherit a gene that makes them more salt-sensitive. The gene may also be associated with raising their risk of heart disease and obesity, both of which increase the risk of high blood pressure. 

DASH is an acronym for “Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.”  The DASH diet plan adheres to heart-healthy standards, including restricting saturated fat and cholesterol. The diet focuses on increasing the consumption of foods high in nutrients to help decrease blood pressure. The diet includes foods rich in minerals (such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium), fiber, and protein. DASH diet also incorporates nutrient-dense meals to ensure that other nutritional requirements are met.

DASH recommends avoiding meals that elevate blood pressure. Foods that elevate blood pressure include salt, red meat, saturated and trans fats, and sugary beverages or meals.

Some examples of heart-healthy foods that lower the risk of heart disease includes bananas, legumes, unsalted popcorn, dark chocolate, raspberries, garlic, quinoa, avocados, fish, potatoes, chicken, legumes, spinach, pomegranates, olive oil, low-fat dairy, oats, grains, and seeds. 

 

Heart-Healthy Recipes for Hypertension

1. Oats with Peanut Butter 

The recipe consists of proteins and healthy fats, as well as fruit. That means the ingredients meet all of the DASH diet’s requirements for a breakfast meal. Additionally, it requires only five minutes of active preparation time, making it a time-saving recipe.

2. Bowl of Brown Rice with Southwestern Flair

This dish contains ingredients such as avocado, olive oil, and black beans. The recipe’s base is brown rice, which counts as nutritious grains. It is also topped with shredded cheese, which counts as a dairy dish on the eating plan.

3. Low-Sodium Chicken Fajitas

Since the DASH diet is frequently used to help people manage their blood pressure, it is critical to use a small amount of salt during the preparation process. You can use a variety of additional spices to enrich the taste of the meal. The herbs like onion and garlic can contribute to the meal’s nutritional density.

4. Chicken Sesame

This sesame chicken dish is a low-fat variation of your favorite Asian cuisine.

Rice vinegar, sesame seeds, soy sauce, and ginger combine to create a delicious protein main course. You can serve with cauliflower rice or brown rice for a complete dinner.

5. Pressure Cooker Chicken with Veggies, And Honey Garlic Glaze

The meal is made with chicken thighs, green beans, baby carrots, and potatoes, covered in a tangy, flavorful sauce.

This recipe is packed with vegetables, protein, and healthy fats, making it an ideal dinner.

 

Conclusion 

The dash diet is nutritious and well-balanced. The diet is high in vegetables, seeds, fruits, lean meat, and nuts, promoting a healthy gut microbiome. Additionally, it provides you with the nutrients and fiber needed for optimal health. 

The diet also helps maintain a healthy blood sugar level, lowers sugars and saturated fats, and promotes the consumption of healthy fats like oily fish. All these help reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.

3 Essential Oils for Hair Growth & Thickness

 

You might’ve used essential oils before to freshen up the air in your home or even as a makeshift perfume. But have you ever used essential oils in your hair before? 

Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts that capture the essence and scent of their sources, such as peppermint or tea tree oil. Not only do these oils contain aromatic properties, but they also offer health benefits and have been used medicinally in the middle ages and even prior to that. 

So, to learn how to use essential oils to promote hair growth, keep reading because we’re uncovering the benefits of peppermint, rosemary, and cedarwood oil: 

1. Peppermint Oil

You might want to put the jojoba oil down if that’s your go-to hair oil because one study that applied four different topicals on groups of mice found that peppermint oil promotes hair growth the best. 

Use it for yourself as a pre-shampoo treatment by mixing two drops of peppermint oil with another regular oil of your choice, like castor or olive oil, and leave it on your scalp for 10 minutes. 

 

2. Rosemary Oil 

If you want a natural alternative to minoxidil, the over-the-counter hair growth treatment, try rosemary oil because it works just as well to promote hair growth and thickness—but without the itchy scalp side effects

You can use this also as a pre-shampoo or co-wash treatment up to twice a week by mixing several drops with olive or coconut oil and then applying it to your scalp for 10 minutes. 

 

3. Cedarwood Oil 

Suffering from hair loss or dealing with a sensitive scalp? Cedarwood oil has antibacterial and hair growth properties. You can mix a few drops of the cedarwood with two tablespoons of a carrier oil of your choice and use it as a 10-minute pre-shampoo treatment. 

 

Use your essential oils wisely 

As you try out these hair growth concoctions for yourself, remember that essential oils must be diluted and mixed with carrier oils for safety. There are many ways to use these oils to your advantage, so do some research and get creative with your DIYs!