K-Pop Hairstyles to Ask from Your Favourite Korean Hairdresser

If you’re like me who’s been following K-Pop celebrities for quite some time now, I’m pretty sure their hairstyle is one of the many things that fascinated you the most.

These stars of the Land of the Morning Calm are always camera-ready, relying on their fabulous and hip hairstyles to get them through any paparazzi.

Well, you no longer have to be envious of these superstars as you can have a fabulous Korean hairstyle of your own.

The trick is to ask for the latest trends from your favourite Korean hairdresser. To get you started, may I suggest the following K-Pop hairstyles for you to try?

High Ponytail

If you already have extra-long tresses, this is a hairstyle that should bring wonders to your personality.

While it is true that Ariana Grande is best known for sporting a high ponytail, there’s something in the way Korean superstars do it.

Check out Lisa and Sunni of Blackpink and you will see that the Korean version is more appealing in this part of the globe.

Ask your hairdresser to add volume to your hair by accessorising it with a number of textured and cuff-like hair accessories. This will give your crowning glory a thicker section.

Conventional ponytails require the use of hair extensions. With this Korean high ponytail version, you’re doing it in a more natural way.

Wispy Bangs

Girls who fret about their bangs can take the advice of Korean superstars. When it comes to managing the fringes on your forehead, it is best to keep the hair strands separated.

Most Australians do not like managing their bangs this way. But you will never know the difference if you will not give it a try. The wispy bangs, in the hands of an expert Korean hairstylist, will make you look fresher and more youthful.

The best thing about this hairstyle is that it can provide a wonderful breeze to your face. This is one great way to manage the humid weather of Australia.

Bobby Pins

Okay, so this is not a hairstyle in itself, but it is always a great take on creating a more graphic element in your hair. This is perfect for those who are not yet decided on what kind of hairstyle to take.

Bobby pins are all about putting hair pins in random and irregular patterns. To make it more successful, you have to part your hair so that one side will be available for the hairpins.

What you are doing is presenting this side of your hair as a work of art. It’s all about showcasing your creativity, using your hair as the canvas for the hairpins.


Kids love tiny braids on their locks. Now, just because we are already adults doesn’t mean we cannot also rock this hairstyle. The key here, of course, is to never overdo it.

You do not want to become the next Whoopi Goldberg when all you wanted is to become Twice’s Cho Tzu-yu. The maximum number of microbraids you can do is three.

It is also critical that you create braids only to one side of the head. You do not want to look like you are trying to become a Rastafarian.

Textured Curls

If you have a flat iron for the hair at home, then you should at least try this hairstyle. It is ideal for adding a stylish bend or sexy curve to your locks.

You only need to work one section of your hair at a time and give the flat iron a simple twist every few inches. This hairstyle provides a messy yet super-elegant textured hair that is perfect for those selfie shots.

Aside from these hairstyles, you can also ask your Korean hairstylist about the Pinched Roots, the Ribboned Top Knot, and the Faux Bob. I am pretty sure a true Korean hairdresser will be able to help you find the right Korean celebrity hairstyle for you.

Why Pampering Yourself Is Important

The concept of “girl boss” is so common these days. You see shows having female leads and you see them conquer their jobs, companies, and relationships. I wouldn’t say I’m a girl boss, but I’m pretty sure that I’m on my way to becoming one.

Work, Work, Work

I’m one of those women who have a full schedule every day. I wake up early, I work out, I prepare my meals, and then go to work. When I get home, I usually just pass by a store to buy food and then I watch a few shows on the TV. At first, I thought this routine was working for me, but there are days when I feel like I was just being a robot to my dreams.

So, little by little, I felt burnt out. My friends would tell me I’m a workaholic. Aside from the gym, I don’t splurge or treat myself to anything. That’s when someone recommended me to try Beaute 2001.

How I Learned to Treat My Self

Beaute 2001 is a beauty clinic around my neighborhood. It specializes in body treatments such as massages, facial treatments, hair removals, and even skin tanning. I’m not a fan of facial treatments, but I do love their massages.

Beaute 2001 offers four different kinds of body treatments. Being a newbie, the first thing I tried was their aroma massage. The staff told me that this massage was meant to relax both my body and my head. It’s a 60-minute massage. During this time, you’ll experience various types of massages that are mixed together to give you the ultimate relaxing experience.

I have to say that during my first time here, I didn’t see how different it would be from other massage salons. But when I actually tried the aroma massage, I understood why it’s a staple for every first customer. The masseuse was very professional. She obviously knows the art of massage. Plus, it came with oils and scents that just relaxed my mind. I could have sworn I fell asleep at least twice.

Because I couldn’t have enough of it, I went back for a second visit to Beaute 2001. This time, I tried a specialized massage. It’s the “stress-melting Swedish massage”. Apart from the massage, you’ll get to pick the kind of oil and scent you want based on your mood that time. You have a lot of oils to choose from and they will gladly help you decide. If you are stressed like me, this is the massage you should try.

Why Pampering is Important

You probably know now that pampering myself was never a priority. But when I tried getting regular massages at Beaute 2001, I couldn’t imagine my routine without it. With the amount of stress I handle every day, it only felt fitting to indulge myself in a 60-minute spa treatment at the clinic.

This time alone treating myself was not only good to relax my muscles and my mind. It was also good for me to appreciate myself. The time I spent smelling the essential oils and listening to the calming sounds in the clinic allowed me to have that mental space. This then made me more grounded. It somehow reminded me that these self-care moments are important to refocus myself for the week to come.

But the massages weren’t the only services that I tried. There are hand and feet services like manicure and pedicure. So when I have an event to go to or I just want to start the week with a power look, I make sure to drop by Beaute 2001. They have a mani-pedi service that only lasts for 45 minutes. If you’re very busy, you can also try their “express manicure” that only lasts for 20 minutes. It’s a perfect lunch break errand during the weekdays. I can’t stress enough how important pampering yourself is. There are times that you’ll be so caught up at work that you end up looking so stressed and fatigued. If you can’t commit to a weekly self-care treat, you can try visiting Beaute 2001 once a month. It’s going to be something you’ll look forward to.

Designing Your Clinic for a More Positive Patient Experience

physio clinicThe hospitals and medical practices of today are no longer like they were before. Back in the day, they were plainer and more about functionality than design. This actually led to the impression of these places back then as sad, or at least unfriendly. Nowadays, designers work with administrators to make their facilities more welcoming and relaxing. The goal is to also give patients a more positive experience when visiting them and look forward to coming back. This can be achieved through good medical clinic interior design ideas.

A friend of mine who also owns a physio clinic in Werribee decided to upgrade his offices to attract customers and make existing clients more comfortable during every visit. At the same time, he wants to be able to showcase the new design online, so that when prospective clients visit Wyndham Physio and Rehabilitation website, they can be drawn to come by for a real look. After all, the idea is to redesign the practice to look more spa-like, or a center of fitness and well-being.

To be honest, I never realized the impact of the interiors on the patient’s perception of the clinic. I always thought that the most important thing was how the therapists or professionals work with them. However, the designer made a great point in saying that visitors get their first impression the second they enter the practice. At the same time, for a business that promotes a healthy lifestyle, an office that looks relaxing and promotes healing put clients in the mood during their appointment.

In fact, based on my experience helping my friend, here are some key points to consider when medical professionals want to redesign their clinics:

Comforts of Home

Patients want to be comfortable when going to the doctor or to other medical professionals. Feeling like they are at home makes sense because we are most relaxed when we are at home. More and more clinics are going for designs that imbibe this. For example, individual rooms can be designed to look like bedrooms, with matching cabinets, bedside tables, and others. 

At the same time, more public areas of the practice use artwork, colors, and textures, as well as natural light to make it as homey as possible. Lounges or café areas can also be designed to be more inviting, giving them space to sit and have a coffee while maybe checking on their laptops or phones. This is a stark contrast to the old-style waiting areas with stiff chairs that have the opposite effect on visitors.

A Balance of Open and Private Spaces

Gone are the many confusing hallways that are boring and plain. More and more clinics are opting for an open design that looks more like a spa than a medical facility. Even the group exercise areas are roomy, light and inviting, more like your nearby gym than a physio practice. At the same time, private treatment rooms are still available, for massages or other procedures. Offices for practitioners are also designed with enough space for consultations and other administrative tasks and needs. 

The Significance of Sanitation

The choice of furniture and other important parts of the design is critical to keep the clinic sanitary for all, whether patients or practitioners. After all, infections do normally spread in such environments, and every surface can easily breed some nasty organisms. In addition to offering hand washing or sanitizing stations in public areas, every chair, sofa and table should also be easy to clean and disinfect. Materials like vinyl textiles and Crypton finishes are best when choosing what to use in your clinic re-design. Even better are items that have anti-microbial finishes like silver ion in metal and wood, which can stop these bacteria from growing there in the first place. Though your office will not anymore look like the white, sanitary hospitals of the past, it does not mean it is less hygienic.

Providing Access to All

Physiotherapy practices, in particular, tend to cater to patients with mobility issues. After all, their services include rehabilitating those who had injuries, or who have existing back pain or problems. It makes it even more crucial that their clinics make it easy for those who are in wheelchairs or other walkers to access their offices.

In fact, the whole point of the redesign has much less to do with aesthetics as it has to do with improving the patient experience. This is simply achieved by making the practice more comfortable, open and relaxing, that visitors always have a good experience and memory of going to your treatments. Your designer will help you incorporate your clinic’s mission and key values into design concepts that your clients will see and feel every time they have an appointment.

Buying an Apartment Off-the-Plan – An Eye-Opening Experience Shared with a Friend

buying an apartmentShould you buy an off-the-plan apartment or is it a lot better to just buy something that is already existing? There are quite a number of advantages as well as disadvantages of either systems. There are those who dislike the idea of not being able to see the actual physical property prior to making a decision to purchase. Others simply would like to capitalize on the net savings that they can derive from purchasing a brand new, soon-to-be-completed, real estate property. One example of the latter type of people is my friend, Marie, who decided that buying off-the-plan simply made perfect sense. How it made perfect sense, I have to admit I don’t know.

Well, I have read something about buying off-the-plan properties such as townhouses and apartments before but I clearly wasn’t paying any attention. Nevertheless, Marie asked me if I could help her look for a real estate agent that have off-the-plan apartment projects. Ever the helpful friend, I said I’d help her out.

One of our friends suggested getting in touch with Peter Davies from Chilli RealtyThis common friend of ours said that one of her relatives recently bought an off-the-plan apartment from Chilli. She goes on to share that the people whom her relative met were very helpful enough in determining her needs in order to narrow down her options. Not wanting to spoil the fun of discovery, Marie and I decided to get in touch with Mr. Davies and set up an appointment.

That weekend, we met Mr. Davies at their office in Melbourne. After a few pleasantries we proceeded down to business and the very first thing Mr. Davies did was to ask if we already know anything about buying off-the-plan. We said that we surely would like to learn more.

Peter explained that buying off-the-plan means purchasing a property – an apartment or townhouse – that has not yet been built based on the premise that the development of the area where the property will be located is projected to post substantial growth in the future. This means that clients will have to rely on plans and models in order to have an idea of how the property will look once completed. Peter acknowledged the fact that it is this lack of a real, physical property that puts off some buyers. However, he did reassure us that there are several ways in which this particular concern can be addressed.

Choosing a real estate company that has an excellent reputation for building high quality properties that are at par with global standards of quality construction is one of them. Unfortunately, doing so literally means going through all the different real estate companies in Melbourne and doing research on their individual real estate development projects. To address this, Peter suggested looking for a real estate agency that has a superb track record of partnerships with these real estate development companies. And this is where Chilli Realty can help.

Peter also identified many benefits that can be derived from buying off-the-plan apartments. Since this is my friend’s first time to buy a property, she can enjoy exemptions as well as stamp duty concessions. He added that Marie can also benefit from government grants. For example, buyers of off-the-plan properties in Victoria are entitled to a $10,000 grant for properties that are valued up to $750,000.

Peter went on explain that more and more Australians are opting for off-the-plan apartments as a very good investment. For example, if we are going to buy an off-the-plan apartment now for $600,000 and then sell it for $800,000 after 5 years, then we will be making a nice profit of $200,000. And even if Marie is not going to sell her apartment, she can live in a property right in the middle of a growing community. Peter explained that their real estate development partners study carefully their projects in order to provide the best value for their clients. He added that issues about quality as well as insurance implications are adequately addressed by the Chilli Realty and their respective partners.

After the very informative and truly enlightening discussion, Peter asked us if Marie has already an idea in mind as to what kind of apartment she might be interested in. Marie spelled out her expectations and Peter dutifully noted each one of them. He said that they will narrow down their recommendations based on the needs and requirements of Marie.

In short, Marie felt more confident about getting the apartment of her dreams. Come to think of it, the experience also taught me a thing or two about buying off-the-plan properties. It can be risky but, if you can be assured of the quality provided by both the developer and the agency, then it should really be an excellent choice.

We will be returning to Chilli Realty this weekend to finalize Marie’s contract. I am thinking of following suit.

I hope you’ve learned some helpful ideas from this post of mine. Should you want to read more, just click here.

Improving Fertility Rates Thru IVF Acupuncture

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A naturally conceived pregnancy is what most women hope once they are prepared and have decided to get pregnant. However, there are certain conditions where going natural is not possible. When you visit FCM clinicyou will learn about alternative methods to successfully conceive and these methods were proven to be effective.

Infertile couples are becoming desperate when it comes to finding means to achieve conception. Fertility clinics, in return, have thought of ways and made studies about assisted reproduction and they do not look solely at what the modern approaches can do. Rather, they are delving on the use of traditional techniques to enhance the current approaches for infertility.

The realm of medicine, both western and alternative, has so much to offer in terms of helping women conceive. Top fertility centres around the world encourage an integrated approach wherein a modern method is combined with the traditional ones to increase its effects. Such is true with IVF acupuncture where the Chinese practice of inserting needles to relax the body is added to an IVF therapy.

During a typical In-Vitro Fertilization, a woman receives multiple injections in a course of several weeks in order to support the implantation. With such a daunting experience, it would be impossible to convince the woman to undergo acupuncture where needles are to be inserted into specific parts of the body. However, research shows that an IVF procedure that is coupled with acupuncture proved to be effective and beneficial.

What Makes Acupuncture Effective with IVF?

It is not fully understood how this traditional Chinese procedure helps a woman undergoing an IVF but doctors agree that it can indeed contribute to a favorable environment for conception. The primary benefit is that the procedure has a calming effect. Fertility treatments can be quite stressful, especially for the woman. With acupuncture, stress hormones are eliminated, thereby reducing the likelihood of failed fertilization. A relaxed patient will most likely have a total wellness plus a faster recovery.

There are also studies on the effects of acupuncture in the uterine blood flow. It shows that with the procedure, there is an increased ovarian blood flow, which is a must for a healthy follicle development. It will also improve egg quality as well as enhance the likelihood of implantation. Given that these reasons contribute to fertility, acupuncture then is beneficial for this purpose.

It should also not to be discounted that acupuncture therapy is always correlated to wellness. It evokes a “feel good” emotion that is psychologically helpful. Anxiety is a contributing factor to failed implantations so its effects on the woman’s emotions are highly regarded.

What is the Stand of Modern Medicine Practitioners Regarding this Integration?

There is an explosion of fascination with the use of acupuncture to back up IVF for the last 20 years. Even modern doctors can’t help but be interested in its effects on assisted reproduction. The mystical nature of acupuncture is being considered worthy of in-depth research and thorough analysis because of its potentials.

But does it really improve IVF outcomes?

Because there are many techniques, timing, and controls used during the research about IVF and acupuncture, problems in making a conclusive analysis about it remain to be a problem. The skeptics insist that the results are not convincing enough. They do, however, agree that acupuncture done during an IVF is perfectly safe. There is little to no harm for the woman to try it if only to have its relaxing benefits.

Considering that the results of the studies done on acupuncture effects to IVF are inconclusive especially to modern medicine, it is not guaranteed that it will work in all cases. Many are still not sold on the idea and are skeptical about it. But for infertility clinics that recognize its benefits, the procedure is not harmful, so it is really worth a try. Recent studies are currently making in-depth examinations of the evidence that needle stimulation during acupuncture improves blood flow to the vital organs in conception. This research can prove how the procedure can help by making the uterine wall receptive to the embryo.

Many couples who are on the verge of desperation are encouraged to try this Chinese traditional procedure. They can’t be blamed because although there is no proven scientific evidence of its effects, acupuncture is regarded to be effective in managing stress especially at the crucial stage of IVF. One thing is for sure, acupuncture is a natural way to calm the body because acupuncture is a great relaxation technique that anyone can rely on so a woman on IVF can most likely have a stress- free and successful fertilization.

Fertility Acupuncture – Relief to Couples Having Difficulty Bearing Children

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For married couples, the culmination of the marriage is in the creation of a family. For a woman, nothing is more monumental than conceiving a child and bringing him into this world to be loved and raised in pretty much the same way as his parents were born, raised, and loved by their respective parents.

Unfortunately, there are couples who, despite all attempts at conceiving a child, fail miserably because of reasons still poorly understood. Some have attempted undergoing in vitro fertilization or IVF and yet there have been no guarantees that it will turn out as expected. Some women have resorted to quack medicine practices while others have gone searching for the ultimate infertility cure. However, there is growing evidence that a certain kind of centuries-old Traditional Chinese Medicine – acupuncture – can help improve the overall success rate of in vitro fertilizations and other similar fertility treatment procedures. It should be understood that acupuncture will not make you pregnant. It will simply make your reproductive system a lot healthier and more receptive to the idea of conception. As there are simply so many important things to know about fertility acupuncture we have prepared this article just for you.

What’s Wrong in Infertility?

Getting pregnant requires the union of an egg cell from the woman and a sperm cell from the man. The egg cell is released by the ovaries only once every month, usually around 14 days before your first day of menstruation. They call this period ovulation or the time when the egg cell, the ova, is released from the ovaries. This is often in response to stimulation from the pituitary gland at the base of the brain. Infertility occurs if you simply cannot conceive either because of failure of ovulation or because of some other factors like medical problems and partner issues. Four to 5 out of 10 infertility cases have been found to be related to problems in women while 1 in 5 cases are directly related to male problems.

What Causes Infertility?

Among women, the major cause of infertility is a problem with ovulation which can be brought about by premature ovarian failure, polycystic ovary syndrome, problems in thyroid function, increased prolactin levels, and poor quality of the ova especially among older women. Some studies also point to a possible genetic origin. Problems in the fallopian tubes and the uterus may also prevent a woman from conceiving or carrying with the pregnancy to full term. This can be due to endometriosis, submucosal fibroids, previous surgery, and previous sterilization. Other causes of infertility among women include marijuana and cocaine addiction, chemotherapeutic medications, and radiation therapy.

Among men, infertility is often caused by problems with the semen such as low sperm count, complete absence of sperm, low sperm motility, and unusual sperm morphology and physiology. The latter is often caused by testicular infection or cancer, retrograde ejaculation, varicocele, undescended testes, mumps, and cystic fibrosis among others.

It should be understood that while these causes of infertility may be systemic, the risk factors are totally preventable. These include smoking, alcohol consumption, obesity, eating disorders, strict vegetarianism, over-exercising, sedentary lifestyle, sexually transmitted infections, and mental and emotional stress.

How Acupuncture can Help

Acupuncture works by regulating the normal flow of life energy or qi across the body in order to establish and maintain physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual balance. Traditional Chinese medical practitioners believe that infertility is brought about by the blockage of the life energy that naturally flows between the reproductive organs and the part of the brain that controls these functions. Acupuncture stimulates the meridian that unblocks this pathway to allow the resumption of the normal flow of the life energy. However, it should be understood that the results from fertility acupuncture are not immediate and should be done regularly and only by a licensed practitioner.

Fertility acupuncture reduces stress which helps balance the hormones in the body. When you are under stress, you produce a lot of cortisol which somehow affects the release of other hormones by the pituitary gland particularly those related to ovulation and reproduction. Establishing a balance in these hormones can help facilitate a healthier reproductive system. Additionally, fertility acupuncture increases the blood flow to the ovaries and the other reproductive organs in order to provide the adequate oxygenation and nourishment necessary to produce higher quality egg cells or even healthier sperm cells. Additionally, since blood supply is also increased to the uterus, a fertilized egg will be able to latch onto the surface of the uterus which will carry it through 37-38 weeks until it is time to deliver.

A Tel Aviv University study revealed that fertility acupuncture can increase the rate of getting pregnant by as much as 26 percent especially when combined with modern fertility treatments such as the use of clomiphene citrate or Clomid. Acupuncture is clearly no longer merely confined to the management of pain and the induction of relaxation. It is now considered one of the best possible solutions to couples who have problems conceiving.

Beneficial Services That Chiropractors Offer


Chiropractic therapy or treatment is a method that adjusts and manipulates the vertebral column to correct certain problems related to posture, bones, and muscles. The extremities are also included in the adjustment and manipulation. In this way, an individual can be free of body problems like lumbar disk degeneration, occupational injuries, muscle cramps, nerve entrapment, insomnia, strains, sprains, whiplash, migraine, sports injuries, numbness in different body parts such as legs, arms, shoulder and neck, and diseases like arthritis.

How to Choose a Good Physio? 

Though chiropractic therapy promises effective treatment and relaxation, you need to look for a good and reliable physio or chiropractic therapist. If not, you won’t be reaping the benefits of the therapy. If you’re living in Australia, there are numerous physio that you can consider. You can visit www.oztop10.com to have access to chiropractor in Melbourne directory list. Though the list may include the best chiropractic therapists in town, you also need to consider other tips so you can really end up with the physio that will work best for you.

One reliable tip is to ask friends or other people you trust whom you know have already tried the therapy. Asking them will give you an idea about the therapists you can rely on. Another tip is to read feedback from clients online. You can read them on websites or forums where chiropractic therapy and therapists are being discussed. When you interact with other web users who are interested or have already tried chiropractic therapy, you’ll be able to have enough knowledge about the therapists who really deliver good service. You may also gain information about the clinics that are known for their professionalism and expertise in the field.  

What are the Chiropractic Services Available Today? 

The services that chiropractic therapist offer vary according to the part of the body that needs treatment. One is the service or treatment for back injuries, which is called spinal decompression therapy. Among the common problems related to back injury are sciatica, facet syndrome, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and bulging discs. Advancement in technology has allowed for the development of a decompression table that is operated using computer. The table is used to help the problematic areas decrease the amount of pressure. This results to an improvement in blood and oxygen flow. The problematic areas also heal much faster because of an improvement in the flow of nutrients as well. The FDA has approved the therapy as safe many years ago.

Another problem that requires a different service is fibromyalgia. This is one of the common problems that many chiropractors deal with. The condition is experienced through various symptoms such as numbness, fatigue, hypersensitivity to cold or heat, stiffness, abdominal pain, chronic headaches, and many others. The therapists usually offer solutions to eliminate the pain without medication and surgery. This is one major reason why many are choosing therapies that don’t rely on synthetic drugs and complicated surgeries.

Another advancement in the chiropractic therapy field is the development of cold laser. This is why there is now a service called cold laser therapy. The device is used for the effective treatment of numerous medical conditions such as soft tissue injuries, neuropathy, chronic pain, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, sprains, and many others. The laser works in the improvement of the cells’ performance. With the cold laser, the cells become more efficient in the stimulation of the immune, vascular, and lymphatic systems. Most importantly, the laser treatment helps cells to become better in cellular repair.   

Leg-length deficiency is also a problem that chiropractic therapists encounter. Other related problems are subtalar instability and flat feet. These require the service pelvic stabilization, which involves the use of a small hell lift. The lift is usually placed inside the shoe of the affected leg. A supplement to the treatment is the use of a corrective arch to help in the stabilization of the pelvis.

Aside from the services, there are also other services such as ergonomics, infrared radiation, traction, electrical muscle stimulation, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, diathermy, and hydrotherapy.

With the many and advance services that chiropractic therapy offers today, you can definitely treat back related pains and injuries and many other problems related to muscles and bones without the fear of any invasive method. It is worth noting that chiropractors have gone through extensive education. Hence, you can surely rely on their method of treatment.

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How Good Diet and Right Supplements Can Help Your Health in 2016

healthy dietA well-balanced diet focuses mainly on two things; eating the right kind of foods and eating them in the right amount. According to essentialhealthfoods.com.au, eating the right types of foods in limited quantities will not be effective, and neither will it help when they are consumed excessively. It is simply common sense that an individual who is less active should eat less, while someone who is more active has to eat more.

A diet that prevents you from eating a certain food group should not be followed. Every single food group consists of a variety of nutrients, and our body system needs every one of these, though in different quantities, and it is also different from person to person. With regard to following a healthy diet, one plan does not apply to everyone. Every person leads a different diet and lifestyle, originates from different backgrounds, has different occupations and levels of fitness.

All foodstuff is good when taken according to your body requirements, including fats and carbohydrates. The following are some of the essential components of a good diet, for it to be considered effective and healthy.

Vitamins and Minerals

Vitamins and minerals do not give you energy, but they are vital to ensure that your body can make use of the energy that it acquires from fats, carbs and proteins. They are found in all fruits and vegetables in large amounts . They have an important role to play in your body as co-enzymes and catalysts. You need them for a variety of reasons, which range from the development and growth of the body to regulating the bodily hormones.

Vitamins B and C are water soluble vitamins, which should be taken daily. On the other hand, vitamins A, D, E and K are fat solubles that are present in oats, milk, whole grains, green leafy vegetables, vegetable oils and colored fruits. Because they are fat soluble, they can be stored easily in the body, and so should not be eaten in excess amounts. 

Magnesium, zinc, iron, copper and calcium are essential minerals for the body. They help in maintaining the health of your joints and bones, in preventing acne and wrinkles, as well as in regulating blood pressure, etc. These are found in green leafy vegetables, whole grains, eggs, fish, meat, milk and milk products.


The fruits and vegetables that you purchase from the market undergo various types of processing before they reach to your home. During the process, their nutritional contents get relatively low. The poor storing conditions contribute to this matter even further. In addition, you add various types of seasonings while cooking them. Consequently, the nutrients that your body absorbs is extremely low, which result in nutritional deficiencies. To ensure proper nourishment of the body, you need to take the right supplements to make up for the lack of nutrients. The supplements that your body requires on a regular basis are vitamin supplements A, B, E and C, and mineral chromium, calcium, selenium and zinc supplements. You may consult your doctor before you start taking dietary supplements.


Protein is a vital part of a good diet as it helps in repairing and building body tissues. Every cell in your body, including your nails and hair, is composed of mostly proteins. The body requires proteins to make muscles, cartilage, bones, hormones, blood, enzymes and skin. A diet that is rich in proteins can also be useful for weight loss, so include plenty of proteins in your diet plan. Studies have revealed that consuming a diet that is rich in protein, helps to keep hunger away for a quite a while, resulting in lesser calorie intake and so, weight loss. Some of the foods that are protein rich are beans, whole grains, nuts, fish and poultry without the skin.


Carbs are viewed as basic and complex. However, what you should also know is that they are also categorized as fast and slow carbohydrates based on their glycemic index. Fast carbs convert to fat instantly, while slow carbohydrates do not get stored as fat and give you energy. Fast carbs contain high glycemic index and low fiber. It is recommended that you do not eat them together with another meal, but rather eat them as a meal alone. You can find them in white rice, pastries, biscuits, sugar, cakes and cold drinks. Slow carbs contain high fiber and have a low glycemic index. They are present in whole wheat bread, oats, barley, brown rice, pasta and dried beans. All these give your body the energy it requires for performing daily activities.

Basically, there is no source of nutrients that can be effective by itself. The above-mentioned should be consumed in combination in order to experience optimum benefits. You can enjoy health and wellness only when you consume vitamins, fats, carbohydrates, proteins, supplements, and the like, in the right amounts.

Balayage and Choosing the Best Balayage Treatment in Melbourne

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Many of the world’s who’s who in the fashion, movie and film, and music industries, as well as those in the upper echelons of society has been seen sporting a kind of hair-do that is neither too loud nor too subtle. This kind of hair highlighting technique has been around for many decades yet it is now making a huge comeback particularly because of its unique ability to bring out the best in anyone’s hair. Balayage is such a wondrous technique that it is now finding its way into hair salons of every major city all over the world.

In Melbourne where style is at a premium, individuals can get the full benefit of having this kind of hair highlighting technique from many of its top notch and truly world class hair salons. These are fully staffed by professional hairstylists who have mastered the delicate art of hair highlighting using the balayage technique. For example, Melbourne balayage expert – Rakis on Collins have a team of highly skilled and duly certified balayage specialists to make sure that the hue applied onto your hair is just the right type, amounts, and colour so that it naturally blends with the rest of your hair.

But what is balayage in the first place?

Balayage is a hair highlighting technique that involves the application of highlights or colours on your hair. What makes it truly unique is that it is applied by hand wherein section of your hair is placed onto a backing board where it is hand-painted with your chosen lightening or colouring agent. Since you cannot ascertain the evenness of the paint applied onto the hair, it creates a sun-kissed appearance, more like the hair that you had when you were still a kid. Balayage is a less systematic yet equally effective way of giving you the look of grown out hair, perfect for strutting anywhere.

The overall result of a balayage hair highlighting technique is hair with more body, more random highlights, less symmetrical, more casual, and more beach-y finish. Just look at Rihanna, Jessica Biel, Jessica Alba, Drew Barrymore, Olivia Wilde, and Jared Leto, just to name a  few and you will understand just how naturally looking their hair look.

But where can you get the best balayage treatment in Melbourne?

There are plenty of hair salons in the Melbourne area that provide excellent balayage treatment. However, like any consumer in search of only the best that money can buy, it is best to perform a thorough research of the different hair salons in the area.

First off, research. It pays to seek advice from friends who may already have had a balayage from any of these hair salons. Or, you can just look among your friends or office co-workers if any of them is sporting a balayage that you truly adore. Ask them where they had their treatment and, voila you already have a lead. Ask as many recommendations as you can and then individually check them out yourself.

Second, try to drop by in any of them and get a feel of the quality of their services. Search the internet forums and look for client feedback. Check for recommendations as well as the reasons why they would recommend one hair salon over the other. Check their website so you will also have an insight on their level of professionalism.

Lastly, when you have already narrowed down your search to two or three, pay them a visit and ask whatever questions you may have in mind. Look for their latest sample of balayage work and determine if that is what you require. If you are satisfied with what you see, then make an appointment and get ready to take on a balayage journey.

If you simply do not know where to start, give Rakis on Collins a try. Give your crowning glory a new twist and you will surely enjoy getting nice remarks from friends and loved ones.

Benefits of Playing Music (Especially Drums) for Health

drum lessonsIf you are one of those people who think that drumming is just all about music beats and noise, then you are wrong. In fact, drumming provides a wide variety of benefits in every aspect of the daily life. Many of the techniques and skills acquired in drumming can be applied to various other situations. And for the parents with hyper energetic children, it may just be the solution to bring back focus in the little ones. Many have enrolled into drum lessons without knowing its health benefits because their main goal is to hone their skills. If you belong to these individuals, then you will be delighted to know that there’s more than just developing a talent or skill.

A lot of research has supported the positive effects of drumming on social behaviors, self-esteem, behavioral issues, self-expression, grief, group cohesion, depression, bi-manual coordination, and many others, for adults and children alike.

Physical Benefits of Drumming

The physical aspect is one obvious benefit to drumming. Obviously, drumming is considered a physical activity, which takes a lot of energy. Try sitting on a stool, and move your hands and feet at rapid speed, for a few hours. Do you feel tired? It is definitely not an easy job. But, the drummers in the best drum lessons studio in Melbourne, Victoria have cardio muscles that are more developed compared to those non-drummers. So if you have trouble getting some exercise but would like to develop some muscles, then try to play drums. Not only will you get the exercise you need, but you will also have fun. In other words, you are having so much fun playing the drums that you do not feel you are actually exercising.

Mental Benefits of Drumming

The main reason that rhythm is an effective tool is that it spreads throughout the whole brain. For example, speech is in one section of the brain and vision in another part. But drumming has access to the entire brain.

The brain is built to easily recognize music and rhythm patterns. It activates limbic and frontal parts of the brain, helping the brain attract attention to the sound. For some people, it is calming and therapeutic, similar to other types of music.

Drumming takes a lot of time, work and energy that is quite rewarding when done right. These reward can be identified easily, and drummers are self-motivated. This focus and determination that is learned through drumming can be applied to any situation. While performing a beat, a drummer uses all parts of the brain to ensure that they are playing on time.

For the children, this helps develop basic skills in channeling their thought process, and focusing on a specific thing. For parents who have children experiencing ADD or ADHD, playing drums is beneficial for them. Getting the youngsters to begin playing the drums is an effective way for them use their excess energy on something that is physical and useful. By engaging both the body and mind in performing music, the whole activity will be exhilarating and enjoyable, not exhausting.

Reduce Stress, Tension and Anxiety

The same as what you call a runner’s high, a drummer’s brain discharge feel-good hormones shortly after playing music. It is the dynamic performance of music that creates this endorphin high, not really the music by itself.

Playing drums can relieve stress, frustration and disappointment. It does not matter if you are using a drum kit, beating a djembe, or hitting a marching band bass drum, drumming is a great stress reliever. Playing music can boost your mood even for just a short while. So, if you are feeling a bit down or a burned out, then grab those drum sticks and start drumming.

Playing Drums Helps Manage Chronic Pain

Chronic pain has a tremendously draining effect on the way of life of a person. Reports indicate that drumming acts as a distraction from grief and pain. Also, it stimulates the production of endorphins and endogenous opiates, which are the morphine-like painkillers of the body, and thus aid in controlling the pain.

Whether you are young or grown up, playing the drums can be the most gratifying experience for you. It will help keep you active, keeping you thinking and keeping you in the know. It is strongly recommended that parents encourage their kids of any age to play drums. It will help shape their personality and character by teaching them some essential skills in life. Indeed, drumming is for everyone, regardless of age and gender.

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