Are you annoyed by that the laugh lines you see when you look in the mirror? Then it’s time to do something about them. You can reduce them with natural home remedies for laugh lines. You really don’t need any face lifts or injections to look beautiful and have smooth skin.

  1. Facial Exercises

By exercising your facial muscles regularly they stay toned and the skin is firmer. So by all means don’t stop laughing. It is great for your facial muscles. But do other exercises as well, for example making a surprised expression and hold it for 10 to 20 seconds. Then switch to another extreme facial expression, for example with your mouth wide open.

  1. Get Rid of Chemicals

Many of the chemicals you find in today’s face creams can actually cause more signs of aging. Products containing alcohol, mineral oil, and chemical preservatives should not be used if you want to keep your skin smooth.

  1. Nutrients for Rejuvenation

Much of the rejuvenation of your skin is actually an inside job. Without the right nutrients your body can’t create healthy skin cells and keep your facial skin firm and smooth. But most of the food today contains less nutrients that it did before so it is wise to take a natural multi vitamin supplement as well as molecularly distilled omega-3 fish oil, which is vital for healthy youthful skin.

  1. Stay Hydrated

You may know that most of your body is actually water, but it is also true that a lot of us walk around dehydrated most of the time. Dehydration causes your skin to age prematurely so be sure to always keep those water levels up. You can do it with other liquids to, for example fresh fruit juice or fruit smoothie.

  1. Say NO to Toxins

For effective rejuvenation of your skin avoid toxins as much as you can. This naturally means avoiding things like smoking cigarettes, drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, eating junk foods on a regular basis, and even stressing. Yes, even being in a state of stress and worry impacts your skin.

  1. Try a Face Mask

It is good to give your skin an extra intensive treatment every now and then. You can even make your own face mask at home with nourishing ingredients like oatmeal, raw egg, and cold pressed plant oil.

  1. Moisturize with Natural Cream

Daily care of your laugh lines should include moisturizing with a natural cream. It should be made of ingredients that are proven safe and effective. For best effects on laugh lines and wrinkles, the cream needs to stimulate the growth of collagen and elastin, so that your skin becomes smoother and firmer.

 Culled from MJ Magazine

Magnificently Easy Ways to Look Young No Matter Your age


Every woman wants to look younger, whether she is 30 or 60. As we get older, we tend to lose the natural, beautiful glow of our skin. Fortunately, there are some tips and tricks to use to look younger no matter your age. The main tip to follow is to take good care of your skin every single day. Remember, the healthier your skin is, the younger it looks. Read on to find out some of the most effective ways to look younger regardless of your age.

  1. Increase your vitamin C intake

One of the best ways to look younger is to increase your vitamin C intake. Vitamin C stimulates the production of collagen in the skin, which means it’s good for keeping your skin looking fresh and young. Vitamin C is good for the skin all over the body so it’s important to add foods rich in Vitamin C to your eating plan. Consider eating oranges, bell peppers, kiwis, grapefruits, tomatoes and strawberries.

  1. Boost your protein intake

Protein plays a significant role in almost each aspect of the skin, including collagen production, appearance, cell turnover as well as structure. This makes it a vital nutrient in your eating plan. Opt for lean protein like fish, sirloin steak, pork loin chops and chicken breast. Low-fat dairy foods, eggs, nuts and beans are also wonderful sources of protein.

  1. Use oil in your salads

Try combining a bit of canola or olive oil with a bit of vinegar on your healthy salad. When you mix greens with some oil, not mayo, your body absorbs Vitamin C, E and any other antioxidants much better. Plus, it’s super healthy! Such salad will help combat free radical damage and help keep your skin looking glowing and youthful no matter your age.

  1. Don’t use your powder

Although powder has its wonderful value, using it when you are trying to look younger is not advisable. The longer your powder is on your face, the more it creeps into your fine lines and small wrinkles, making them even more visible. You can still use your foundation to hide blemishes and even things out, but try not to use your powder.

  1. Add bronzer

All those age spots and sunspots that tend to crop up on the skin can easily be hidden with bronzer. Not only does bronzer mask all those discolorations, it also gives your skin a beautiful glow. You can add a little bit of bronzer to your foundation, or apply it on your nose, cheeks and forehead using a large brush.

  1. Care for your hands daily

While it’s important to care for your face every day, don’t forget about your hands. Make sure you care for your hands properly every single day. If you are on a budget, try rubbing your facial products into them. It’s not necessary to use special hand creams. Also, don’t forget to use sunscreen daily. This is a huge step to look younger no matter how old you are.

  1. Wear the right makeup

Did you know that some colors you might be wearing can wash you out and even emphasize all your wrinkles and fine lines? To look younger, make sure you wear the right colors on your lips, eyes and cheeks. Go for a more natural look and stay away from the bright, bold colors.

Culled from MJ Magazine





In part one of this article we started looking at how we can learn to express our “Negative Feelings” in a constructive manner. It is very important to express negative feelings because it helps couples to adapt and adjust to each other’s specific needs. If we do not express our negative feelings and decide to bottle it up, it will do more harm than good. It will build up tension within us just like an old fashioned pressure cooker.


Let us illustrate this with the example of Andrew and Bekky. Andrew has the unfortunate habit of expressing his negative feelings in a rather violent way. Whenever his wife got him angry, he would lash out at her with such verbal venom and with such hateful face that often left Bekky terrified. One day after such an outburst, he went to his wife the following day in a sober mood to apologise. Sulking in shame, he pleaded and promised his wife that he would never repeat such embarrassing outburst.


Andrew kept his promise, or so he imagined. He kept swallowing up every comment from Bekky which he perceived as being both disrespectful and demeaning. Then one day, he had it. One day as he was in the kitchen, Bekky “stepped on his toe” by running him down in a rather unfair manner.

Andrew lost all control. He said nothing, but gently walked over to the sink, grabbed a dishwashing liquid and in an uncontrolled fury poured it all into a pot of soup Bekky was preparing and he hurriedly stormed out of the house.


Where did Andrew get it all wrong? Andrew erroneously imagined that he can achieve peace in his marriage by restraining all of his feelings and not speaking out. Even after several months, Andrew was still struggling to pick up the pieces of the shattered trust and peace between him and Bekky.


Therefore, what would you say Andrew did wrong? What were his mistakes? How should Aaron have communicated his hurt feelings without hurting Bekky so badly?


In part 3 of this series; we’ll examine 4 tips and tricks to communicate your negative feelings to your spouse without hurting him or her.




Stroke or Cerebrovascular Accident(CVA) is the third commonest cause of death in developed Countries. It is uncommon below the age of 40yrs and is more common in Males.However,16% of Women compared with 8% of Men die of a Stroke. The incidence of Stroke is decreasing in in the age range of 30-60 years as Hypertension is recognized and treated.In the Elderly population,Stroke remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality. It is usually of rapid onset and by definition, it lasts longer than 24hrs if the Patient survives. Stroke atimes occurs at rest or during activity. There could be- A COMPLETED STROKE :is when the neurological deficit has reached its maximum usually within 6hrs A STROKE ‘IN-EVOLUTION’;is when symptoms and signs are getting worse,usually within 24hrs of onset A MINOR STROKE: These Patoents recover without a significant deficit usually within 1 week TRANSIENT ISCHAEMIC ATTACK (TIA). This is a focal deficit lasting less than 24hrs.There is COMPLETE recovery. The attack is usually of sudden onset.TIAs have a tendency to recur.

Stroke may also be caused by tumour,abscess,subdural haematoma etc


Signs of a Stroke are many but the common ones are -Inability to lift either the upper or lower limb or both on same side of the body -Weakness of the affected side of the body. Loss of sensation on the affected side Deviation of the Tongue and mouth to one side. Loss of furrows on the forehead Inability to whistle or puff out the cheeks Slurred speech or inability to complete sentence


Risk Factors are Hypertension Diabetes Mellitus Obesity Family history Cigarette smoking Hyperlipidemia Oral contraceptives Alcohol Age( advanced age)


Prevention: Avoid the risk faactors When stroke occurs, take the affected individual to a Standard hospital for treatment or management.


Sickle cell anaemia (SCA) is an Hemoglobinopathy with Autosomal dominant inheritance. Individuals with Sickle Cell Disease have abnormal Genotype S i.e HbSS-SS genotype. It usually manifests in Children often after fall in fetal hemoglobin (HbF) levels @ about 3-6months. Normal Red blood cells usually become sickle in shape when there is lack of Oxygen(Hypoxia),acidosis,low temperature,  etc. Typical Sickle cell crises include; -Bone pain(commonest) -chest pain -passage of blood in urine(haematuria) -priapism in males -kidney and liver problems -chronic leg ulcers

Some triggers of the Sickle Cell Crises are -Stress and Exercise -Low temperature -Dehydration -infections -Acidosis Prevention of Crises -Avoid the triggers -Treat any infection especially Upper Respiratory Tract Infections fast -Use of Antimalarials regularly -Drinking of liberal fluids to prevent pain and red blood cell sickling, some People advocate for 3litres of water -Management of crises in the hospital with Intravenous fluids, Antibiotics and Pain killers –Don’t be far from your Doctor or hospital for check upDoki


Asthma is an Acute or Chronic obstructive airway disease due to swelling or inflammation which makes the airway to be hypersensitive to irritations and allergies. As inflammation increases, there’s narrowing of the airways reducing the amount of air that goes to or comes out of the Lungs leading to Symptoms such as Wheezing(a hissing sound while breathing), chest tightness and cough. People who suffer from Asthma are known as Asthmatics and the attack is usually worse at night. Major causes of Asthmatic attacks are smoke, fumes, dust or dirt, powder and cement particles, allergies, cold temperature, stress, collagens, flowers, some insects especially Cockroaches, and exercises. Asthmatic attacks can be fatal as there’s Respiratory failure due to:

1. Production of more mucus in the airways and atimes form mucus plug thereby undermining the airflow.

2. Less air is able to pass through the airways.

3. The respiratory muscles around the airway tighten up and narrow the airway.

4. Increased inflammation of the airways continues.


1. Prevention of attacks is to know early that you are Asthmatic.

2. You will need to see your Doctor regularly.

3. Control your Asthma by going about with your Inhaler.

4. Avoid the causes mentioned above or those peculiar to you, that includes avoiding things you are allergic to.

Women-issueAsthma is incurable but with good treatment or management, an Asthmatic patient can live a normal and active life

How to Lose Weight Fast During Ramadan – How to use Fasting for Weight Loss

I receive a lot of questions in my email asking me how to use Christian fasting for Weight Loss and since Ramadan is upon the Muslims, I will be sharing some secrets on how to use Ramadan for Weight Loss and any kind of spiritual fast for weight loss. So Christians take some notes as well and apply.

Ramadan is an excellent opportunity to lose some weight, although it can be a tough time to keep to a diet plan whether it is weight loss or muscle building but it CAN be done. For those of you who don’t know what’s involved with Ramadan, Ramadan is a month long dawn to dusk fast observed as part of the Muslim religion. This year it started on 20th July and finishes on the 18th of August.

During the daylight you do not drink any liquid (not even water) and you don’t eat any food. The origins of Ramadan are for increased spirituality and as a time to practice self restraint. Some Christians have a similar tradition with Lent where they are encouraged to give up something for 6 weeks.

When you do any form of prolonged fast, you are already resetting your metabolism by the protracted, long overnight fast, as well as the daily fasting. Your metabolism resets and your body begins to change the way it does things.

Weight loss during the first few days is just dehydration. It may be exciting to see that you lost 2-3 pounds in the first day or two, but that’s all water loss and dehydration. No human can lose 2 pounds of fat overnight. It’s just water. But it’s still exciting!


So how can we maximize weight loss during Ramadan?

The most important factor is to avoid gorging or “binge eating” at night. We have found that gorging once a day is the fastest way to gain weight. Your body thinks it’s in a state of famine, and will store everything you eat as fat, because it is worried about food supply. Further, eating once a day scares your body and your body starts to shut down and slow down your metabolism. You don’t want to slow down your metabolism or you will gain weight. I already explained all these in detail here.

As an exercise, restricting yourself from not eating for a period of time is a good one to go through, whether you are Muslim or not, it can help give you confidence that you can cope with hunger and stick to a plan and not give into any cravings you may have. If you are a Muslim and can go without food and drink for this length of time then you should have added confidence that you can stick to any diet plan at any time of the year.


Weight Loss During Ramadan

On the face of it being on a fast you have a real opportunity to lose weight and get ripped if you really want to. However depending on your background and family situation you might be confronted with a lot of treat-like foods when you break your fast. You need to have a mental and physical strategy of how you are going to deal with this, otherwise you could end up in trouble overeating.

The obvious thought process is that ‘I’ve been good all day I’ve stuck to the fast, I can eat whatever I want can’t I?’ Not really, you still need to keep an eye on how many carbs you consume if you want to lose weight. So let’s assume you have free will over what you eat, and your auntie is not going to force feed you samosas and the likes.

What ideally are you going to eat and drink?


1. Drink Water First

As soon as you break your fast, concentrate on getting rehydrated first by drinking water. You are going to be thirstier than you are hungry and hunger often disguises itself as thirst. By rehydrating first you are helping to prevent yourself from overeating. Don’t drink water just by itself, it’s quite hard to try and drink a lot of plain water no matter how thirsty you are. As a minimum you can squeeze some lemon or lime you’re your water to give some flavor, helps you rehydrate and also helps you drink more.

2.  Another option to rehydrate is to have a whey protein shake

Don’t add any extra carbs like fruit or the extras as you may end up feeling full as a result of the shake, just mix whey with water. This will help you get protein into your muscle cells as well as help with hydration.


4 Tips on Foods to eat to break your Ramadan Fast


Tip 1: Once you have rehydrated then its time to think food. Traditionally there may be a lot of ram to eat during Ramadan. Lamb or ram can be quite a fatty meat so if you are going to have this then make sure what you have with it does not have too much additional fat. If possible, the best options are to have chicken and fish. Eat it with the low carb vegetables like cabbage, ugwu, green/spinach, lettuce etc as are recommended in The 4-Week Detox Diet

Other foods you can eat include oats, millet, semolina, beans, lentils, brown rice, “moi-moi”, “akara”, chicken, beef, “suya”, eggs, milk, “ewedu”, “efo”, “tuwo”, “masa”, dried seeds and nut like dates. Vegetables and fruits like oranges, watermelon, banana, pine-apple, apples, celery, lettuce, cucumbers, onions, spinach etc. In the Salad Cookbook of my 101 Flat Belly and Fat Loss Nigerian Cooking 12-set Cookbooks, you would find over 15 different fat-burning delicious salad recipes you can enjoy during Ramadan.


Tip 2: Now that I’ve talked about what to eat, if you really want to lose weight during this season then you must limit the intake of sweets, fried and fatty foods such as bread and baked goods.


Tip 3: You can eat a slightly larger meal but you don’t really need to. You may think ‘I need to overeat to help me get through the whole day without eating’. If you want to lose weight then what is the point of that? The truth is you should want to utilise your excess fat stores to fuel yourself through the day during the fast instead, so no need to overeat.


Tip 4: If you overeat too much at night you could end up creating more fat than you then burn off during the rest of the day to get back to the same starting point when the fast is over. You are going to need to overeat to some degree but just make sure the extra consumption comes from more protein like fish, chicken, eggs etc.

What to eat before daybreak


You have a second feeding opportunity before your daily fast starts.  Again it is important to hydrate yourself fully as you are going to be going all day without a drink so I would make sure that you have a whey protein drink, this kills 2 birds with one stone as you get hydration as well as nutrition. You could also drink lots of water with lemon or lime.

A good option for food is to eat is chicken and spinach omelette (Check the The 4-Week Detox Diet for that), you could make this the evening before and have it ready to eat when you wake up. Eggs are a good option to have as they help keep you feeling fuller for longer. For your meal, drink plenty of water, start with soup and salad, Even a few nuts and an apple is fine. Or you could eat a banana and dark chocolate.

Exercise and training for fat loss during Ramadan


Ah, did you think I would leave this out? *wink, *wink* If you plan to use the Ramadan fasting season as an opportunity to burn off some unwanted fat from your body, then you would have to do some sort of exercising. Just keep it light.

As you will already be de-hydrated by not drinking since when you first woke up, this could affect you especially if you exercise too hard you are likely to become more dehydrated which could result in dizziness and light headedness and lead to passing out. Be sensible and listen to your body and stop at the first signs of any different sensations.

2 ways to exercise for weight loss during any type of Spiritual Fasting


1. Train before you break your fast in the evening

2. Break your fast, drink and eat and then train.

If you are going to train before you break your fast in the evening then let it coincide close to the time you break your fast. So if the fast ends at 6pm then train between 5-6pm. It’s more beneficial to exercise closer to breaking your fast rather than at lunch time because you are then able to get food into your system much quicker after training to start the recovery process and you will be dehydrated for a shorter period of time during the day.

Have a snooze after work

Another good strategy is to have an early evening sleep from when you get home from work until you are ready to exercise. This will help you produce more growth hormone which will aid both fat loss and muscle gain, it will also help take your mind off not being able to eat.

When it comes to exercising for fat loss start with more gentle forms of training like treadmill, bike, rowing machine rather than high intensity intervals, to begin with at least, if you find you can handle the higher intensity then by all means do it but just be careful you don’t dehydrate too much.

When it comes to losing weight if you manage yourself properly particularly eating well then you could get really lose weight during Ramadan or any kind of fastng.

If you have any questions or comments regarding this article, then use the comments form below to discuss.

Go on! Lose Weight!

Dr. Ela Maris

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The Benefits of Massage

Massage therapy is a practice that dates back thousands of years. There are many types of massage therapy; all involve manipulating the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. Massage therapy is fast becoming a key part of conventional medicine. People use massage therapy as a form of alternative healing for a variety of health-related purposes, from treating specific diseases and conditions to general wellness.

What exactly are the benefits of receiving a massage?

Massage therapy is useful for all of the conditions listed below and more, massage can:

1) Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
2) Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
3) Ease medication dependence.
4) Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.
5) Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
6) Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
7) Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.
8) Increase joint flexibility.
9) Lessen depression and anxiety.
10) Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
11) Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
12) Reduce post surgery adhesions and swelling.
13) Reduce spasms and cramping.
14) Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
15) Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
16) Relieve migraine pain.

We could go on and on with the list…

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Results are motivating. If fact, there’s absolutely nothing more motivating.


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