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The Price We Pay for a Fatherless Generation

There is no disputing the epidemic proportions and outcomes of fatherlessness in this generation. Whether it be the physical absence of a father or a father’s presence minus the emotional attachment – both have detrimental effects on our communities.

With an increase in sexual promiscuity and single- parent homes, and a corresponding decrease in committed marriages, active fathers and the recognition of the importance of masculinity in society this generation is not only being dubbed the lawless generation but also the fatherless generation. The repercussions of this pervade our culture and are even re-defining the family structure.

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I Can’t Figure Out My Hair Type/ All I See Is Hair

What is my hair type? This is a question that plagues many naturals, considering that it is one of the determining factors in finding the right hair products, hair routines and even styles to suite your hair.

You are either born with naturally curly or naturally straight hair. This is due to the linking of a disulfide bond between hair proteins in the hair shaft. Hence, the amount of curl or wave in the hair would be dependent on the number of links. A person with greater links would have a kinkier pattern and someone with fewer links would have straighter hair.

To put in layman terms, there are two main hair typing systems; The Texture Typing System modelled after celebrity hair stylist Andre Walker and the LOIS Hair Typing System. We shall focus on the Texture Typing System. Continue reading

The Amazing Health Benefits of Running

Running is one of the few things that we do, both as kids -during playtime- and in our adult lives, for various reasons. It is a very accessible form of exercise for most people. However, to really feel the benefits, it’s imperative to keep in good form and pace yourself, as with any other sport.

Some of these benefits derived from running include

Improves Heart Health

A study in the American Journal of Cardiology in 2014 found runners had a 45 percent lower risk of dying from heart disease when compared to people who didn’t run. In addition, running strengthens heart muscles and gives the heart a better resting rate to ensure that you have a better night’s sleep. Continue reading

Be Bold For Change

Every woman should develop healthy habits, including a balanced diet and regular exercise, stress management and routine health screening to detect potential health problems early.

On March 8, we observed International Women’s Day under the theme ‘Be Bold for Change.’ I would like to encourage all women to take that bold step in taking better care of ‘You.’

Women often neglect themselves to care for family, friends and coworkers, among others. You may have adopted healthy practices but when last have you had a physical examination and the necessary tests to ensure you’re on the right track? Sometimes we adopt the notion that if it’s not broken don’t fix it, or I feel well so why go to the doctor. As you transition from one decade to another, many changes occur in your body. These changes could be so subtle you may not realise them until something goes wrong. Make it a habit of visiting your doctor annually. Continue reading

Is Your Diet Making You Sick

When you think of the word ‘diet’ what comes to mind?

First off, it is important to note that diet refers    to the food and drink that a person (or animal) regularly consumes and this can be altered to suit an individual’s specific needs, such as the desire to lose weight or manage an illness.

The food that we eat is responsible for nourishing our bodies. However, all too often we pay very little attention to what we consume and the benefits or consequences of adding or eliminating certain foods from our diet. Unfortunately, it is usually only when we become ill that we pay greater heed to certain foods, hoping that we can use them to ease our pain and discomfort or to simply improve our health.

We, in the Caribbean, are known to have a fondness for bush medicines and the various concoctions that we use when illness strikes. However, how many of us seriously consider the potential risks of certain foods that we eat regularly? Continue reading

How Good is Your Smoothie?

It’s 2017 and many of us have made resolutions for the New Year. Many will decide on lifestyle changes, including healthy diets, weight loss, exercise programmes and the cessation of smoking and alcohol, among many others.

Over recent years, our society has adopted a number of healthy habits and many of us have gone on a smoothie craze. Some have the perception that once I drink smoothies I will lose weight and I’ll be healthier. I’ve seen the look of disbelief on many faces when they’re told you’re overweight, your blood sugar or cholesterol is abnormal. Then I hear the expression, “but I don’t understand, I’m drinking smoothies everyday.”

When we subsequently go through their diet, including the ingredients of these ‘healthy smoothies,’ we discover the large amount of calories being packed into their systems first thing in the morning or after a nice, long workout. Continue reading

CUFFLINKS Yeah – they’re great.

Think about it – when else can a man wear a piece of ‘jewellery’ that’s both functional and ornamental Have you ever tried them?

What Are Cufflinks?

ufflinks are fashion tools used for fastening shirt cuffs. Similar to buttons, cufflinks vary in shapes, sizes, styles, and materials. They usually offer a little more contrast than  a button and are considered a more ornamental option, but they’re not inherently formal or less    formal.

Cufflinks might be traditionally associated with men’s semiformal evening wear (the tuxedo ensemble) but the versatile little fasteners can fill a surprising range of wardrobe roles.

So long as you’ve got a long-sleeved shirt with the requisite holes in the cuffs, you can work cufflinks into just about any outfit. Why not give them a try? You just might discover that they work great for you!

Go Green to Get Slim

Many people try different diets, follow different tips and tricks, looking for the most complicated way to achieve the body of their dreams, and ignoring the truth just because it seems too simple.

Do you remember as a child how our parents tried to make us eat our greens even though we never wanted to? Well, studies have shown that green leafy vegetables hold the secret to rapid fat loss and they are also rich in all the antioxidants, vitamins and minerals our bodies need to burn fat and build muscle.

Whoever believes that you can’t receive protein from greens is absolutely wrong. Greens actually contain more protein per gram in comparison to meat. I guess there is something to the huge vegan phenomenon going on around the world, after all. Continue reading

Sexual Abuse in the Caribbean – are We Doing Enough?

Sexual Abuse in the Caribbean – are we doing enough? The Caribbean is plagued with many issues such as unemployment and poverty.However, the rise in sex crimes, in particular those involving children, is troubling.

This disturbing trend is of grave concern due to the disastrous effects of sexual assault on a victim. Many survivors battle feelings of depression and thoughts of suicide for long periods of time after being abuse, often suffering from post traumatic stress disorder – a condition often associated with veterans returning from war, now common among survivors of abuse. In addition, survivors may have to live with sexually transmitted diseases they have contracted from the perpetrators. Continue reading

The Amazing Health Benefits of Tamarind

Most of us are pretty familiar with the tropical fruit called tamarind and there are plenty of reasons to love it. Before we get to the benefits, it’s important to note that tamarind is quite a popular fruit, even beyond the Caribbean region. Originating in Africa, it is also popular in India, Thailand, South Asia and Mexico.

Lots of Pluses

If the tamarind’s widespread availability does not impress you, its beneficial qualities,   which   are quite numerous, certainly will. First off, it’s rich in the following essential vitamins: Thiamine, Iron, Magnesium, Calcium, Vitamin C, Potassium. Continue reading

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