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#Teamnatural: 6 easy-to-do, protective natural hairstyles

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 11:42 AM
Updated: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 11:42 AM

Here are 6 easy-to-do protective natural styles that are worth giving a try Bantu Knots: this funky hairstyle has a rich history that dates back to 1898 Twist Out: this hairdo uses the hair's natural texture and moisturizers to create luscious spiral curls Fan Bun: it's the perfect solution for when you're on the go and need a protective hairstyle Jumbo Braids: these provide less strain on your hair than smaller braids Havana Twist: twist the extension hair into your natural hair, then crossing each twist

Everyone needs a hair makeover from time-to-time. 

Give your natural hair a must needed rest from heat and styling to help protect your locks from damage.

Through protective styling, women of color can achieve beautiful hair styles that aren't difficult to install and don't require much maintenance. Though these styles give your hair a break from heat, according to hair blog Curly Nikki, it’s important not over do it with protective styles. Too many protective styles back-to-back can lead to tangling, dryness and breakage.

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If you’re up for a little hair inspiration, we’ve gathered six easy-to-do protective natural styles that are worth giving a try.

Bantu knots

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Protect your locks by wrapping them up into tight Bantu Knots. Celebrities from Rihanna to Teyana Taylor have been spotted rocking the funky hairstyle, but the hairdo has a rich history that dates back to around 1898, according to Ebony.

To create Bantu Knots, wash, condition and comb hair first. Then spread a product like a pomade onto the hair before twisting the hair into a rope. From there, wrap the hair into knots and fasten it.

Twist out

Achieve luxurious curls without heat or curlers with the popular twist out style. The hairdo uses the hair's natural texture and moisturizers to create luscious spiral curls in just a few hours.

Curly Nikki advises for women to accomplish the twist out look by twisting freshly washed and moisturized hair into around 12-15 sections of twists. After waiting until the hair is fully dry, then it's the perfect time to untwist the hair and to marvel at the result.

Goddess braids

Unveil your inner goddess by braiding your hair up into show-stopping goddess braids, and it's easier to create this hair do than you might think. Section your hair off into two parts first to begin the elegant style . Then, braid in hair extensions for the braids to appear thicker and longer.

Fan bun

The fan bun is the perfect solution for when you are on the go and in need of a protective hairstyle. The hairdo only takes less than five minutes to be mounted. Try to avoid using hair pins for this look, and you can make the bun bigger by adding a bun maker.

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Jumbo braids

Opt for jumbo braids that provide less strain on your hair than smaller braids. The easy to do hairstyle can be executed at home. All you have to do is section off washed and conditioned hair into sections and braid in extension hair for long luscious thick braids. 

Havana Twists

Create gorgeous Havana Twists by creating it with  Havana Twist Hair or Marley Braid Hair. The hairdo is completed by twisting the extension hair into your natural hair and then crossing each twist over the other. When each of the twists is completed, they can last for up to six weeks.

Boy sleeps for 11 straight days, baffling doctors

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 2:55 AM

Boy Falls Asleep for 11 Straight Days, Doctors Don’t Know Why

When a 7-year-old boy fell asleep following a late-night wedding party, his mother expected him to be tired, but she could never fathom what would unfold.

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The boy, Wyatt Shaw, was admitted to Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, during the first week of October after his mother tried and tried and tried to wake up him following the exciting Sunday night wedding festivities.

“Monday I tried to wake him up, and he fell back to sleep,” the boy’s mother, Amy Shaw, told WDRB. “[I’d say], ‘Wyatt, Wyatt, Wyatt!’ And he fell back to sleep again.”

Wyatt slept for 11 consecutive daysAccording to WTVR, medication usually used to treat seizures finally woke the boy up, but doctors are mystified by what happened. Every test performed on Wyatt came back clear.

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“[The doctors] said, ‘We’ll probably never know, but we’re just going to treat him now with rehab to get him better,’” Amy Shaw said.

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Wyatt is having some trouble talking and walking, but he’s improving and is well aware of his story, WDRB reported. The only thing he doesn’t understand is the same thing the doctors don’t — what happened to him.

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His mom hopes he’s back to showing off the energy he’s always exhibited, especially that night cutting up the dance floor at the wedding.

A benefit concert is being held for Wyatt and his family from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 26 at Northside Hall in Radcliff, Kentucky.

6 truths and myths about apple cider vinegar

Published: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 @ 2:33 PM
Updated: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 @ 2:33 PM

Is apple cider vinegar really a miracle home remedy for everything from weight loss to a sore throat? Despite claims that vinegar can be used to clean teeth or dentures, it is actually too acidic But the acidity of apple cider vinegar can help get rid of dandruff Considering apple cider vinegar for weight loss? A study showed people only lost an extra 1/3 pound per week over a placebo However, apple cider vinegar can help keep blood sugar levels down after a starchy meal Soothe a sore throat with apple c

Although apple cider vinegar has long been used as a home remedy to treat various ailments, it's recently been touted as something close to a miracle food. 

Proponents claim it can help with everything from weight loss to a sore throat, but are all these purported benefits true?

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The following are five myths and facts about apple cider vinegar:

It can be used to clean your teeth or dentures

This one's definitely a myth. In fact, when CNN asked an expert about the idea, she said it made her cringe.

"You're putting acid on your teeth," Alice Boghosian, a dentist and American Dental Association spokeswoman said, "the last thing you'd want to do to promote oral health." She also said that cleaning or rinsing your dentures with vinegar can harm your teeth, as well as the metal on partial dentures.

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It can help control blood sugar

This one has some promise, but don't expect a miracle. The acid in any type of vinegar can interact with starch-digesting enzymes, so it can help keep your blood sugar level down after a starchy meal, U.S. News & World Report said

In addition, a study found that people with prediabetes who had vinegar before a meal had several positive effects on their insulin resistance and other aspects of prediabetes. The effect lasted for up to five hours after eating.

It can help control weight

This one might have a kernel of truth to it, but not as much as you may hope. 

CNN said that the study most often cited to support apple cider vinegar as a weight loss aid showed that people actually only lost an extra third of a pound a week over a placebo. So if you were looking to vinegar for some serious weight loss help, you'll probably have to look elsewhere.

It can help get rid of dandruff

This one's true, according to Dr. Oz. He said that dandruff can be caused by excess yeast growth on your scalp, and the acidity of apple cider vinegar changes the pH of your scalp so yeast isn't as likely to grow.

He recommended mixing equal amounts of water and apple cider vinegar together in a spray bottle. Spray it on your hair and scalp (watch out for your eyes and ears!), and wrap your head in a towel. Leave it on from 15 minutes to an hour, take the towel off, and wash your hair. Doing this twice a week can help you treat your dandruff without the harsh chemicals that dandruff shampoos can contain.

Apple cider vinegar has been touted as having a wide variety of health benefits, but not all the claims are true.(For the AJC)

It can soothe a sore throat

According to Reader's Digest, this one's true. Most germs can't survive in the acidic environment that apple cider vinegar creates, so you should use some of it as soon as you notice that your throat hurts. Mix a quarter-cup of apple cider vinegar with a quarter-cup of warm water, and use it to gargle every hour or so.

It can relieve pain

Some people believe that the beta-carotene in apple cider vinegar can destroy free radicals, which can interfere with your immune system. The vinegar is also thought to be able to help arthritis pain caused by acid crystals that form in the joints. Nope on both counts, said the Arthritis Foundation. The amount of beta-carotene in the vinegar is tiny, and gout is the only form of arthritis that involves acid crystals, which can't be dissolved by apple cider vinegar.

The verdict:

To sum it up, CNN said that if apple cider vinegar is used full strength and inappropriately, you could be doing more harm than good. And there's nothing terribly special about apple cider vinegar when compared to other types of vinegar. Ultimately, CNN recommends checking with your doctor before trying vinegar for health reasons.

Let them eat cake: 5 ways to trim the fat from your baking with applesauce

Published: Monday, August 07, 2017 @ 1:56 PM

You can have your cake and watch your fat grams too Here's 3 basic ways to replace oil with applesauce Substitute the amount of oil on the package instructions with the same amount of applesauce Or replace just half the oil with applesauce If a mix calls for vegetable oil, try using equal parts applesauce and low-fat buttermilk in its place If you're substituting applesauce for butter, expect a change in consistency Baked goods might not brown as quickly when you replace fats with applesauce, so watch the

Believe or not, you can have your cake and watch your fat grams, too.

Whether you're watching your weight or focusing on a heart-healthy diet and lowering cholesterol, simple cooking tips can help you reduce excess saturated and trans fats without entirely eliminating treats like baked goods.

One of the best tips, according to the American Heart Association, is using applesauce to replace oil and reduce fat in baked goods.

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  1. Follow the package instructions. The AHA recommends replacing the oil in muffin, cookie, cake and snack bar recipes with pureed fruit, including applesauce. If the package mix directions don't specify a substitution amount, try using the same amount of puree as you would oil. 
  2. Replace half the oil with applesauce. Another simple formula from Michigan Medicine suggests that if a baking recipe calls for butter, shortening or oil, you replace half the amount listed with applesauce.
  3. Use a buttermilk-applesauce mixture in place of the oil. When a recipe for muffins, quick breads or cake from a mix calls for vegetable oil, registered dietitian Elizabeth Burt suggests using equal parts applesauce and low-fat buttermilk in its place. "Because oils are dense with calories and fat, it is important to consume them in moderation," she wrote in Diabetic Living Online. Burt also noted that 1/2 cup oil contains 900 calories and 10 grams fat, while 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce plus 1/4 cup low-fat buttermilk contains only 50 calories and 1 gram fat. 

Keep in mind that while applesauce can be used instead of oil in most mixes, it can't replace the butter in cake mixes, according to the Duncan Hines website. The cake mix maker suggests that bakers seeking lower fat forgo the applesauce and instead follow the lower-fat recipe directions on the back of the box when they use a butter recipe cake mix.

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4. Make "baked with applesauce" still taste great

From the cook's perspective, coming to love baked treats made with applesauce instead of oil is a taste challenge that can require lots of trial and error.

To give you and your family members a better chance of enjoying the taste of baked goods made with applesauce, try some of these tips from Musselman Applesauce:

  • Use a 1:1 ratio for substituting applesauce for oil in baking, except for cookies.
  • If a box mix has separate directions for preparing the baked item with oil and with butter, use the oil recipe when you make the applesauce substitution.
  • If you are substituting applesauce for butter, expect a change in consistency. Bread and cake recipes that call for butter are more forgiving than cookie recipes with the applesauce switch, but you still shouldn't remove more than half of the butter. If, for example, a recipe calls for 1/2 cup butter, change to 1/4 cup butter plus 1/4 cup applesauce.
  • Baked goods might not brown as quickly when you replace fats with applesauce, so watch the bake time and temperature instead of the color to avoid overbaking. Test if it's done with a toothpick.
  • To keep reduced-fat baked goods from crumbling when you serve them, let them cool for 10-15 minutes and then cut using a plastic knife.

One more insider’s tip: For those who really treasure taste in homebaked goods: consider publications that focus on recipes that begin with applesauce as at least part of the fat content in a recipe.

They're easy to follow because the taste has already been tested and you don't have to worry that beloved recipes won't taste the same without the fat you're accustomed to. Beginners will like Eating Well's gingerbread pancakes recipe, which uses 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce and 2 tablespoons of canola oil as its only source of added fat.


Mom shares heartbreaking photo after daughter dies from heroin overdose

Published: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 @ 2:47 AM

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The mother of 22-year-old Elaina Towery shared a gut-wrenching photograph of her clutching her daughter just moments before she was taken off life support at a Detroit hospital.

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Elaina reportedly died due to an overdose of heroin laced with fentanyl. She fell into a coma on Thursday.

Cheryl Towery, 49, told WJBK that her daughter had been battling addiction for seven years.

“She’s my only daughter, my best friend,” Cheryl said. “She was supposed to start her new job today; now she’s on life support.”

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She told WJBK that her daughter and a friend had stopped at a Detroit Burger King last week. Elaina went inside to use the restroom. After about 20 to 25 minutes, her friend thought it was odd that she had not returned. Shortly afterward, a Burger King employee found Elaina unconscious on the bathroom floor.

Only moments earlier, Cheryl said, she had received a text message saying her daughter would be home soon.

“By 6 p.m., 6:30, 7, I finally got a message on Facebook,” Cheryl said.

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She said her daughter had gone into cardiac arrest.

Elaina had survived five previous overdoses and visits to five different treatment centers, Cheryl said.

“I wasn’t prepared for what I saw in the emergency room,” Cheryl said. “Because that’s the worst I’ve ever seen her.”

She said her daughter’s addiction began in 2010, when she started to abuse prescription drugs to deal with an abusive boyfriend. That boyfriend, who was convicted of domestic abuse and other crimes, is also the father of Elaina’s 5-year-old son, Christopher. She gave up her son due to her addiction, Cheryl said.

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Cheryl believes Elaina giving up her baby contributed to her addiction problems. She was also working as a prostitute, Cheryl told WJBK.

“[She was] beat up, being pimped out, being kept in a hotel room on heroin,” Cheryl said.

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Cheryl said she made the decision remove Elaina from life support on Monday after it became clear that her daughter's vital organs were failing and that there was no brain activity.

“I’m going to fight for the rest of my life to make sure the people down here on the street selling this to people need to be locked up,” she said.