Cardio Chronicles: Why Strength Just Isn’t Enough

Cardio Chronicles: Why Strength Just Isn’t Enough

In recent years, there has been a big shift away from cardio and towards strength training. Sure, there is a new niche for long-distance running and other cardio-related activities, but these athletes usually forego strength training altogether. In a world where bodybuilding and strength-related training such as powerlifting and strongman dominate the fitness landscape, is there room for cardio?

Strength Training in the Limelight


Social media websites have made strength training a mainstay of the fitness world. People of all demographics and backgrounds have found a newly-kindled fire that is fueled by Instagram and other visual apps where people are sharing photos and videos of their physiques and accomplishments in the gym.

Although there may be a pinch of vanity in all this, the fact that people are finding the drive to engage in strength training is a positive thing. However, in the pursuit of a better, more muscular physique, cardiovascular activity has been left by the wayside by many. 

Empirical Evidence


The best place to start is with our experiences and observations. Bodybuilding competitions have been around for decades. The sport of bodybuilding has evolved from the pursuit of aesthetic and athletic physiques to packing on as much muscle mass as possible.

Bodybuilders from the so-called golden era of the sport, namely the 70s and 80s, included cardio in their workouts several days a week. As a result, not only could they train for hours but also get through an entire competition with ease.

Today, we see bodybuilders running out of breath mid-competition just from hitting a couple of poses. This happens as a result of the compounds they use in order to achieve their physiques combined with the lack of cardio when compared to their golden-era counterparts.

You might ask: isn’t that an extreme example to use in proving the necessity of cardio? After all, a strength training workout involving weights, when programmed correctly, can provide our heart with the activity it needs in order to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system. So, why do cardio at all?

While the effects of different types of training on our health have surprisingly eluded scientists for years, new findings are beginning to shine a light on how our bodies react to cardio and strength training. Hypotheses that were the products of gym-bro discussions are now being proven or rejected by scientific data.

A 2018 study on the differences between cardio and strength training presented an important distinction. Their research showed that participants that performed cardiovascular training on an exercise bike produced three times the amount of FGF21 than their weight-training counterparts.

Fibroblast growth factor, or FGF21, is a hormone that positively affects metabolism. FGF21 also seems to play a role in cell growth and tissue repair, both of which are instrumental in muscular development and strength gains.

Synergy of Cardio & Strength


The aforementioned study seems to connect cardio to strength training via the FGF21 link. Achieving a higher metabolism means that you can burn more calories at rest. Strength gains and muscle growth require the consumption of adequate protein from your diet. On the other hand, achieving an aesthetic physique requires that you burn excess calories so that you can get to a desirable body fat percentage. This means that by doing cardio, you can boost your metabolism more than by strength training alone.

Another benefit of cardio on your strength regimen is that it can reduce the effects of delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS). Besides hydrating and getting enough sleep, cardio will mitigate the effects of a hard workout with weights. The boost in circulation from a light cardio session will help deal with the lactic acid build-up and inflammation that results from an intense strength training session. 

Finding a Balance

The research is overwhelmingly supportive of strength training for people of all ages. Besides an increase in muscular strength, the benefits of such a regimen include stronger joints, lower risk of diseases such as diabetes, higher self-esteem and lower occurrences of mental issues. The physical and psychological benefits of a program centered on strength training can only be magnified by incorporating some cardio into your fitness regimen.

As with anything in life, your fitness goals are achieved through a balanced approach. Find the right amount of cardio to support your strength training pursuits. If you find equilibrium between cardio and strength training, you will watch your health, strength, muscle mass and endurance gains increase hand-in-hand.

Partner Workouts: A Fast Track to Heart Health

Partner Workouts: A Fast Track to Heart Health

If you’re looking to improve your heart health, working out with a partner may be one of the easiest ways to do it. It requires little to no change to your workout routine, yet offers tons of heart healthy benefits. Accomplish your health goals while spending quality time with someone who motivates you to be your best self!

Increases Motivation

When you work out by yourself, it’s easy to let yourself off the hook when you don’t want to do it. But when you have a workout partner, there’s someone else counting on you to show up and give it your all. Plus, it’s much more difficult to skip a workout when you know someone is waiting for you.

It can also motivate you to work out harder or longer. Even if you’re not a competitive person, knowing that your partner is working harder than you or plans to work out for a few more minutes can motivate you to push a little harder.

Increases Heart Function
Oyxtocin is known as the “cuddle” or “love” hormone because it is released when we feel a strong connection with others. For example, many women have claimed that they don’t remember the pain associated with child birth because of that “feel good” hormone. It is also that heightened feeling of bliss associated with sex.

Oxytocin can affect your blood pressure and heart rate, improving both. These changes lead to better heart function, making the heart more efficient and less susceptible to heart problems. The effects of working out with a partner, double that impact.

More Fun

At first glance, fun might not seem to be a heart health benefit. But it is, in more ways than one.

First, if you’re having fun, you’ll naturally exercise longer without realizing it. The longer you exercise, the more efficient your heart will be at regulating its pace. 

Second, if you’re having fun, you’re also laughing. Laughter decreases stress hormones (as does exercise), increases good cholesterol, and makes artery inflammation better. 

Safety in Numbers
Depending on your specific heart health concerns, working out with someone else can give you a sense of safety. If you’ve had a heart attack or are at risk for having one, it can be reassuring to know someone is there to call 911 or operate an AED in the case of an emergency.

Trying New Things
It’s easy to fall into a routine with exercise. The problem is that our body stops responding to routine when it isn’t being challenged. When that occurs, the benefits of that exercise decline over time. By working out with a partner, you’re less likely to get stuck in a routine.

A partner can encourage you to shake things up and try something new. Doing new and different workouts will challenge your body’s muscles to draw oxygen from circulating blood. This removes some of the stress from your heart so that it doesn’t have to pump as much blood to reach those muscles.

Reduces Stress
We all know that both exercise and spending time with friends can reduce stress. But sometimes we can cause ourselves stress by trying to figure out how to fit in both. Working out with a friend accomplishes both activities. You’ll get all the heart health benefits of working out, plus all the heart health benefits of spending time with a friend.

TIP: You can work out with the same friend each time or different friends now and then, so you get to maximize the quality time you spend with friends.  As a bonus, you’ll have the benefit of working out with different levels of competition, further improving your heart health.

Working out with a partner has many advantages. Whether you work out with your significant other, a good friend, or a buddy you meet at the gym, give it a try. Your heart, and the rest of your body, will thank you. 

3 Healthy Island Smoothies

3 Healthy Island Smoothies

A healthy smoothie makes for a great snack or dessert. You can combine your choice of ingredients into a meal that is portable and delicious.

If you are looking to make a tropical smoothie, you will want to incorporate exotic flavors. Here are some recipes for healthy island smoothies that will provide you with a tropical taste you’ll love.

Island Dream Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut water
  •  1-2 tbsp. raw virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. organic spirulina powder
  • ½ cup frozen pineapple
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 1 packet natural Stevia
  • Handful or ice cubes

Directions: Blend and serve.

Coconut Acai Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or coconut milk
  • 1 frozen packet of acai pulp
  •  2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 packet Stevia powder
  • Optional: Dash of vanilla or coconut flavoring

Directions: Blend and serve.

Coconut Almond Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp raw almond butter
  • 1 tbsp raw virgin coconut oil
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • Optional: 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder
  • Handful of ice cubes

Directions: Blend and serve.

One thing these recipes have in common is that they all use coconut oil. Not only will coconut oil give your healthy island smoothies and great tropical flavor, but it is also beneficial to health.

Coconut oil is considered to be a superfood due to its high content of fatty acids that have a positive effect on health. Here are some of the benefits it can provide:

  • Support burning fat 
  • Satiates cravings
  • Helps raise good HDL cholesterol
  • Protects healthy-looking skin, hair and teeth

If you are interested in adding more coconut oil to your diet, you want to buy it from a reliable source. That way you can feel confident that the oil you’re using is pure and chemical free.

NOW Foods is recommended as a great source for coconut oil as well as other types of natural foods and supplements.

NOW Foods got its start back in the 1940s when the natural food and supplement industry was just beginning to evolve. Since then, it has grown with the industry to provide the very finest in health products targeted to boost wellbeing. The coconut oil the company sells is chemical and solvent free and designed to provide optimal health benefits to consumers.

Healthy island smoothies can provide a relaxing siesta during your busy day. Coconut oil is the secret ingredient when it comes to adding an exotic flavor and a healthy kick. How will you be using this superfood to improve your quality of life?

Getting Your SweatZone Glow On

Getting Your SweatZone Glow On

If you aren’t a big fan of sweating, you’re in good company. After all, it causes your skin to become clammy, and you might not feel very fresh.  It even smells at times, but it also makes you feel like you have accomplished something big.

You might be surprised to find out that sweating is actually a good thing. It can help your body rid itself of excess chemicals, including heavy metals, chemicals and bacteria. Sweat also can help wounds, scrapes and burns heal faster. Sweating also helps release endorphins, which can improve your mood. It’s also natural; sweating is nature’s way of cooling your body. 

But sweating earns the highest marks when it comes to physical fitness. In fact, it’s critical to a good workout. It can make you work harder, recover faster, and lose more weight.

Let’s take those one by one.

Getting A Harder Workout: Sweat helps your body maintain a healthy temperature. Because it keeps your core temperature from getting too high, you can work harder. A prevalent study of cyclists found that the hotter they were, the faster they cycled.

Healthier Recovery: Because sweating increases blood flow to your muscles, it can reduce the time it takes to recover from muscle strains. 

More Weight Loss: That’s what we all show up to the gym for, right? Whether sweating more actually makes you burn more calories is a hotly debated subject, but you can’t ignore the statistics. Typically, for every pint you sweat, you will lose one pound of body weight. According to a recent story in a running magazine, you will lose about 17 ounces during an hour run.

Long story short: The sooner you sweat, the sooner you reap the benefits. That’s why we created SweatZone, a topical gel that enhances your workout by insulating the sweat near your skin and creating a sauna effect. In other words, it helps you sweat more while you work out.

Here’s how it works: you apply the gel to your skin before any type of exercise. This helps insulate the sweat you produce in those areas, which allows your body to sweat even more. It’s great for everyone who want to work out and maximize their time. It’s great for every type of activity: running, walking, cycling, CrossFit and weightlifting. 

Although the product has been on the market for less than a year, it’s getting rave reviews. One recent client review pointed out that SweatZone “not only increased sweating, but it also created a slimming effect.” When applied it before a yoga session, the reviewer found that it was easier to achieve better pose postures. It also resulted in less joint clicking and restriction.

You can get SweatZone almost anywhere—including: www.shopsweatzone.com www.gomedzone.com or in the Sports section of Walmart.

Gyms and fitness centers, along with additional retailers, will be selling SweatZone shortly.

How to Pick the Right Foundation for Your Skin

How to Pick the Right Foundation for Your Skin

The skin is arguably the most sensitive part of your body. It is also the part that is exposed to too many chemicals and the harmful sun rays. Protecting the skin becomes a challenge, and if anything goes wrong or you happen to apply the wrong chemicals, the results can be depressing. You, therefore, have to be very careful about the type of products you use on your skin.

Foundations come in different shades and from different manufacturers. What works perfectly for your friend might not work for you. What worked for you in the summer might not work in winter. This means you have a very difficult task choosing a foundation for your skin. These tips will make your work easier by giving you the best guide to choosing the right foundation.

Know Your Skin Type

One reason why you can’t use the same foundation your friend uses is that you might have completely different skin types. Choosing the right foundation starts with knowing your skin type and how your skin reacts to chemicals and sun exposure. The different skin types include oily skin, dry skin, normal skin, combination skin, aging skin, acne-prone skin, and sensitive skin, among others.

You need to understand the type of your skin and know which foundation suits it best. For instance, you can use a foundation meant for dry skin on oily skin. This will make your skin even oilier because it will moisturize your skin. Likewise, those with sensitive skin should be very careful on the foundation they choose because the skin might react in a negative way causing damage.

Consult a Professional

If you can’t tell your skin type, don’t take chances. Professional help may be necessary. You can either consult a dermatologist or a makeup artist to tell you wants best for your skin. This will help you avoid trial and error, which can cause permanent damage to your skin. You can get free advice from a professional makeup artist if you buy your foundation from a department store.

If you have some money to spare, a dermatologist will be the best choice. They will be able to check your skin type to determine if it has any problems and advise you on the best products to purchase.

Should You Choose Liquid or Powder Foundation?

This is also another dilemma when it comes to choosing the best foundation for your skin. Both are good for your skin. The different narrows back to skin type and coverage. Powder foundation is good for people with oily or acne-prone skin because it will not clog the skin pores with extra moisture. The powder is also good for those who want medium coverage. It only means you’ll need to do regular touch-ups.

If you have dry skin, the liquid foundation will be best for you, thanks to their moisturizing effect. It also files up the fine lines and wrinkles to give you more youthful skin. It is also perfect for those who need a heavier foundation that can add some protective coating and take you throughout the day without any touch-ups.

Match the Shades

I bet you’ve come across people looking weird with different colors for their face and neck. This is simply because they didn’t get a matching foundation shade for their skin tone. A perfect shade is one that makes it difficult for someone else to notice that you’re wearing any makeup. It should perfectly blend with your skin tone. The right shade should not make you look darker or whitish.

Test it

Before you buy your foundation, make sure you test it. This is especially important for beginners since you still don’t know the suitable shade for your skin. While testing, you should remember that your hands might not have the same tone as your face. This is where many people get it wrong because they test on their hands.

Pick shades that are closer to your skin tone and dab on your jawline and neck and pick the closest match. Ensure you only end up with the most natural-looking color. Don’t be afraid to walk out of the store if you don’t find your perfect matching shade. It’s your skin we’re talking about here so you can’t take chances.

Consider the Season

This might be a shocker, but it’s true. Your skin tone changes with the season. This means you won’t use one shade of foundation all year-round. If you haven’t been paying attention to your skin tone in different seasons, then you should start now. Before you set out to buy your favorite foundation, know the season and identify the change in your skin tone.

You will notice that you need a lighter shade during summer as the skin tends to warm up due to exposure. Even if you’re wearing sunscreen and sunblock, you’ll still see the change. Winter calls for a darker shade because the weather is cooler and you tend to be indoors most of the time.

Don’t Ignore the Undertone

Don’t confuse the undertone with your actual skin tone. The undertones are simply other colors that come through your skin. They can be warm, cool, or neutral. You can determine the undertone by looking at the veins inside your arms. A cool tone is indicated by blue veins, while a warm tone shows green veins. If you can’t determine the exact color, then you’re neutral.

Now that you know the undertone, how do you choose a foundation? If you’re lucky enough, you will find foundations with cool, warm, or neutral tone labels. That will make your choice easier. If that’s not indicated, then know that warm skin tones will go with yellow undertones while cool tones will go with pink undertones.

Beauty requires some sacrifices, and when it’s your skin at stake, you’re in for a harder task. You can’t bear to see your previously beautiful skin damaged because of your carelessness. The above are the most important factors to consider when choosing a foundation. Of course, there are other factors such as the brand and the price, but all these will come after knowing your skin tone and the type of foundation you need.

Resources – InStyle, StyleCraze, Bustle

Where Can I Buy Ginger Root Tea?

Where Can I Buy Ginger Root Tea?

When thinking of natural cure-all herbal-based products, ginger root tea is one that tops the list. It is great for drinking on a cold winter’s day and it provides several health benefits within the body.

Many people make their own ginger tea by slicing ginger root into thin slices, boiling it in water, and adding honey to mask the taste of the ginger. But those who don’t have a lot of time will prefer to buy it from a trusted retailer.

You may be wondering, “Where can I buy ginger root tea?” Read on to find out!

8 Potential Health Benefits of Ginger Root Tea

Drinking ginger root tea provides a wide range of health benefits. These include the following:

Relieves Nausea: Ginger root tea relieves nausea associated with motion sickness and any other sort of illness or condition. At first signs of nausea, drink the tea for immediate relief.

Supports Digestion: Drink ginger tea after eating to reduce bloating.

Relieves Inflammation: You can drink ginger tea or soak in a ginger tea bath to relieve muscle and joint inflammation.

Fights Respiratory Problems: Ginger root tea has been known to reduce allergy symptoms.

Promotes Blood Circulation: Ginger root tea’s ability to improve blood circulation make it an effective way to reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems like heart attack and stroke.

Eases Menstrual Symptoms: Women who are suffering from menstrual cramps are advised to soak a towel with warm ginger tea and place it on the affected area.

Supports Immunity: The high levels of antioxidants in ginger tea make it perfect for boosting immunity and reducing the risk of illness.

Relieves Stress: The strong aroma and healing properties of ginger tea may be what’s responsible for its soothing effect.

Where Can I Buy Ginger Root Tea?

There are many retailers that sell ginger root tea, but it is important to buy your tea from a trusted source. This way you can feel confident that it will provide the desired health benefits.

One retailer that is recommended is Tea Source.

Tea Source is known to offer the best values on high quality tea. Their line includes herbal, organic, black and green teas in a wide variety of interesting flavors. Enjoy taste sensations like their Jasmine Green Tea, Lavenderberry Herbal Tea, and Juicy Ginger Mate Herbal Tea to enjoy the health benefits they provide.

There are many types of teas that boost wellbeing, but ginger root tea is one of the most beneficial. So are you still wondering: Where can I buy ginger root tea? Tea Source is highly recommended. Try their products to find out how they can improve your quality of life. 

What is Parental Alienation Syndrome  and What Can You Do About it?

What is Parental Alienation Syndrome and What Can You Do About it?

You’ve been divorced for a few years and something is happening that you can’t quite explain. Your children are afraid to come over and are saying things that are untrue.  Soon they begin to say cruel things about you that are clearly coming from someone else and it is tremendously hurtful.  It’s more than likely that you and your children are victims of Parental Alienation Syndrome.

What is Parental Alienation Syndrome? Certified Divorce Coach and Parental Alienation Specialist Susan Shofer says that P.A.S was defined in 1985 by Dr. Richard Gardner.  “Dr. Gardner concluded that there are 8 clear symptoms that one can use to diagnose this very painful syndrome.

First let’s take a look as Susan Shofer defines P.A.S. using Dr. Gardner’s 8 symptoms, then she’ll discuss what can be done about it.

8 Symptoms of Parental Alienation

Denigration – “This refers to a child who complains in a very consistent way about a parent. Don’t get me wrong, all children complain about their parents at one time or another, but when you can see the pattern and it becomes extreme, then something else is at work.”

Frivolous Rationalization – “When a child is giving a complaint like, I don’t want to go to dad’s, for example, we must ask the question why. If the answer is not grounded in something real, then we can deduce that this might be a symptom of P.A.S.”

Lack of Ambivalence – “This one is so interesting because it can be a very clear indicator that something is wrong. Normally, people don’t look at those close to them in black & white terms. When I hear that a child says one parent is amazing and the other is horrible, my training and experience kicks in and tells me that things are not as they seem.”

Independent Thinker Phenomenon – “When a child comes out by themselves without being asked and says that the complaint is all them and they weren’t influenced at all, guess what? These are not his or her words. It’s so complicated, because the child truly believes that these thoughts are his or her own alone. This is why I say that the child is a victim of P.A.S. too.”

Automatic Support/Reflexive Support – “If a child sides with one parent every time he or she is in an argument with the other no matter the topic, this is a symptom of P.A.S. It will stand out particularly when the child’s judgement comes quickly and harshly.”

Absence of Guilt – “When a child is consistently cruel or disrespectful with no regard for a parent’s feelings and no apology after things calm down, then it’s clear P.A.S. is at work.”

Borrowed Scenarios – “To detect this symptom you must dig a little deeper into a child’s story about his or her parent. If they tell a story and then later tell the exact same story using not similar, butthe exact same language, this could be a symptom of P.A.S.”

Spread of Animosity – “When a child’s hurtful feelings about and actions towards a parent spread to aunts, uncles and grandparents there is clearly a problem. Very often they have done nothing wrong other than perhaps defending the accused parent.”

Now that we understand what Parental Alienation Syndrome is, what can we do about it? Here’s where Divorce Coach and P.A.S. Specialist Susan Shofer says you can begin:

“First of all, it’s important to understand that no two situations are the same and therefore, unfortunately, there is no perfect plan that works for everyone. Now, having said that, there are some things that everyone can do if they suspect they are being alienated. Mindset is everything so get real about what you’re going through. You are a victim, but you don’t need to act like one. Here are a few ways you can be proactive.

  1. Keep records of every interaction with your ex as well as your child.  This means every email and every text. This also means write down every conversation that you believe is relevant to the problem. You may need these for court.
  2. Never bad mouth the other parent. This is crucial, both for court and for your child’s well-being.  Remember your child is a victim too.
  3. Reassure your child you love him/her regardless of the differences you have with your spouse. Be hyper vigilant about this.
  4. Always bring up good memories of the past to remind them of the good times. 
  5. Make sure you use to the court to enforce your visitation rights. 
  6. Always keep your word and be consistent when dealing with your children.

Finally, if you are being alienated from your child, I highly recommend that you seek out a trained professional. P.A.S. is complicated and very specific to the situation. Children and ex-spouses can be unpredictable, and the courts can be very difficult to navigate. I know, because I’ve been through it all myself.”

If you’d like more information click on Parental Alienation Syndrome or Susan Shofer and find out what you can do to get your child back in your life.

Cooking with Essential Oils

Cooking with Essential Oils

Many of us think of essential oils as oils we can diffuse throughout our home or office or put on our skin to boost wellness and provide a soothing scent. But did you know these oils can also be a great addition to recipes?

That’s right, essential oils not only work to boost the taste of food, but studies have also shown their antimicrobial properties are effective in minimizing food-borne illnesses. In addition, essential oils help enhance the flavor of certain recipes.

But not all oils are recommended for cooking. Even though some seem like they will taste yummy, this is not always the case. With that in mind, here are 7 essential oils you can use to elevate the flavors in your meals.

Cooking with Essential Oils: 7 Options

Lavender: Lavender has a delicate floral taste making it the perfect complement for numerous desserts.

Peppermint: This spicy, minty oil makes it the perfect addition to desserts and can also give an energizing zing to tea and lemonade.

Citrus: Taken directly from the peel of the fruit, citrus oils are great for adding to drinks and smoothies as well as casseroles and stir-fries.

Cinnamon: Cinnamon oil is especially strong, so it should be heavily diluted before being used in recipes. It provides a terrific flavoring to French toast and other sweet dishes and desserts.

Cardamom: This oil’s antioxidant properties can kick the health quotient in your recipes up a notch. It has a warm flavor that works well in savory dishes.

Ginger: Ginger’s digestive benefits make it the perfect addition to any dish. Its spicy kick characterizes sweet snacks like gingerbread and gingersnaps, but it also is terrific in savory dishes.

Cilantro/Coriander: Coriander and cilantro come from the same plant; coriander is the seed of the plant while cilantro is the leaf. While both come from the same source, their flavorings are different. Cilantro is great for giving a Latin kick to salsas and dips, while coriander works well with vegetables and sauces.

If you would like to try using essential oils in your meals, there are some important rules to remember. The first is that essential oils are concentrated forms of their original source, so they have very strong flavors. Therefore, you want to be careful about the amount you use, and always be sure to only use food grade essential oils, which are safe for ingestion in small quantities. In general, you want to use a drop for every teaspoon you would use of the oil’s original source.

Essential oils should be diluted before use. This is an advised safety precaution and it also helps the oil disperse evenly throughout the dish.

Finally, if you are cooking a hot dish, the oil should be added at the very end, when you are almost done cooking. Essential oils are volatile and will dissipate quickly in high heat. Therefore, you should wait as long as you can before adding the oil to ensure your dish will be flavorful.

Essential oils provide several potential health benefits when diffused throughout the home, and who knew they could also be used as a delicious ingredient in so many dishes? What oils will you be using to elevate the taste of your recipes?

Fast Ways to Pass a Hair Follicle Drug Test

Fast Ways to Pass a Hair Follicle Drug Test

Hair follicle drug tests are ways to detect if a person uses illegal substances or abuses medications. Know more about it in this link here. The hair follicles are analyzed to detect a wide range of drugs that were used in the past 90 days. Clinicians and healthcare professionals get samples from a person and analyze the hair strands inside a laboratory.

Most employers prefer urine drug tests because it is the norm. However, as many companies become aware that blood and hair follicle test produce more accurate results, they decide that these tests are worth a try. Most employers do not use the hair follicle method because it is expensive. However, some use this no matter how expensive it is because they want to achieve better results.

What’s Next?

If you are a heavy weed user, you must prepare well for a hair follicle test. You don’t want to be in trouble because you came out to be a positive user. Here are some of the things that you need to do in the next days.

1. Shave

Shaving can prove to be tricky. If you are known to have smooth silky hair and you have shaved it all off, you will be under suspicion. If a laboratory can’t get a sample from your head, they will get it on your armpits, or any other hair in other parts of your body. 

Most laboratories, if you can’t provide a sample that is equivalent to 90 days, will simply decide to fail you. Most companies will ask you to take urine and blood drug test instead. Shaving is not recommended but it is still an option.

2. Abstain

You must stop smoking pot for at least 120 days. Your hair grows in about 90 days. In these 90 days, all the drugs and metabolites that a single strand has accumulated will show up on laboratory analysis. The best way to get a negative result is simply to stop using illegal substances. 

If you have smoked marijuana for the past few days, you might have a better chance to pass your hair drug test. The strand that contains the metabolites may not have grown yet. But you should still be wary. Do the research and detoxify your body from any kinds of the toxin. 

3. Do DIY Detox Methods

Strip your hair from toxins with shampoo and home remedies. You can research about vinegar and salicylic acid and apply it while you are bathing. However, these do not guarantee a negative result.

You might want to consider the Macujo method. This is a 7-step method of cleaning your hair. 

  • The first step is to stop smoking weed. But you are free to smoke afterward after you’ve finished and passed the test.
  • The second one is to cleanse the scalp and the strands with warm, water. Most people should have damp hair but not to the point that it is soaking wet.
  • The third is to apply vinegar to the hair. They need to be massaged thoroughly to the scalp.
  • The fourth step is to have a Clear and Clean mix added on top of their head. The solution should be massaged thoroughly to the hair without rinsing the vinegar.
  • The fifth step is to get a shower cap and cover your entire head. Leave the solution for about 30 minutes.
  • The sixth step is to wash the solution thoroughly using an aloe rid shampoo. The rinsing should be very thorough, and your scalp should be completely clean.
  • The seventh and final step is to wash your hair using Tide detergent. The laundry detergent may come in contact with your eyes so you should be careful.

All these washing and cleansing will leave your hair dry and brittle. You should condition your hair afterward. Although this is not a guarantee, most people have experienced records of success with this method. Most experts say that at least 5 washes using the Macujo method are recommended before you take your follicle test.

4. Use Products that Actually Work

If you want to pass everything with flying colors, you need to use product or detox shampoos that will clean your body from drug and alcohol traces. Detox shampoo that is made of aloe are gentler and soothing to the scalp. Most users say that these kinds of shampoo are non-invasive, but it will strip off the cuticle. The result is that it will clean the core and strip it off with metabolites. However, further research is needed to see if this method will guarantee a one hundred percent negative result.

Other Things To Do

Before you can confidently go to the laboratory or the place where the drug test is going to take place, you need to be a hundred percent sure that your results will turn out to be negative. There are a lot of users who order kits online. These kits are similar to how the hair follicles are analyzed. 

When you use a kit, you will also gauge how effective is your regimen. It is recommended to do tests at home at least thrice and each should turn out to be negative. If you are a light user, there’s a better chance of you passing the home kit and the laboratory results will be in your favor.

A Word with Marijuana

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Although it can be a bit saddening that marijuana is still frowned upon by many companies, you still have to do your part to ensure that you will past. Read more about marijuana in this site: https://medlineplus.gov/marijuana.html. Do not become confident that you won’t lose anything because marijuana has been legalized in your state. There are still federal laws in place that mandate all companies to have a drug-free environment.

To get that promotion, get the job that you want, protect your reputation, and not getting trouble with the law, you simply have to pass your test. Pass it using the methods above and do a lot of research. There are things that you should not mess up with and drug testing is one of them. After you have passed, make sure that your company won’t do another random drug testing in the next months and you are free to smoke weed.

Why Choose Natural Skin Care?

Why Choose Natural Skin Care?

If you are passionate about staying healthy and looking your best, it’s likely that you seek out natural skin care products to use in your beauty routine. These are products that are kind to the Earth and to your skin. Here are some reasons to choose these products the next time you’re at the drug store or shopping online.

4 Reasons to Choose Natural Skin Care Products

They are free of toxins: Many brands manufacture skin care products that are full of toxins, such as harsh chemicals, synthetics, parabens, and dyes. These substances can irritate the skin, and some have even been identified as being carcinogenic.

They don’t promote animal cruelty: Cosmetic companies have been known to do harmful animal testing. Those who choose natural skin care products can feel confident that the companies they are buying from are cruelty-free and do not test products on animals.

They are kind to the environment: Many of the chemicals in skin care products can end up in the atmosphere where they can damage the ozone contributing to global warming. Natural skin care products are free of chemicals that can harm the environment.

Sense of transparency: When you buy a natural skin care product, you can read the label and find out exactly what you are getting. This is in comparison to other skin care products that have ingredients that you would need to research to determine whether or not they are safe.

Where to Get Natural Skin Care Products

If you are looking for a brand you can trust for your natural skin care needs, Andalou Naturals is highly recommended.

Andalou Naturals is a skin, body, and hair care company that provides products created with natural ingredients that are GMO-free and 100% organic. Fruit stem cell science is used to create products that repair damaged cells and regenerate healthy cells for the ultimate in skin and hair health. Try their Andalou Naturals Goji Peptide Perfecting Cream or Resveratrol Q10 Night Repair Cream to experience a new you.

We also recommend you try natural skin care products by Derma E – whose face and body products are free of parabens, GMOs, gluten, sodium lauryl sulphate, mineral oils, and dyes, and Alba Botanica, which provides personal care products that are vegan, organic, and 100% natural.

If you are passionate about your skin, your wellbeing, and the environment, you will want to invest in natural skin care products. These brands can help get your skin looking its best and help you feel more confident that you are doing all you can to protect your health and the planet. 

What natural skin care products do you recommend? We’d love to hear your thoughts!