The Power of a Smile

smileA smile is a non-verbal language that says a lot.It’s power is often under estimated .It demonstrates warmth empathy and cooperation.
It’s natural for people to want others to care for them.Everyone wants to be accepted and a smile will help you help others to feel this way.
When smiled at,some people often smile in return.Basically,we mirror each others expression unconsciously.Lagbaja’s Feyin E still makes me smile every time,your dentition doesn’t have to be perfect to give a warm smile.Don’t let your decision to smile be based on how you feel,just like the masked one says “Put a smile on your face no matter your condition”.
Even a smile on the telephone produces positive results.
A smile has the power of melting away insecurities and troubles you may have.
It makes others feel welcome,special and appreciated.
It’s a very powerful tool of persuasion.
It can make people feel liked and disarm others in time of conflict.
It makes you approachable.Giving away some smiles will boost your image and personality.
Smiling makes you look beautiful.Surely,it is the best make-up you could wear.
When someone is pissing you off – smile,it prevents you from saying something you will regret later(I would know because I use that method all the time).
A smile can change the atmosphere around you.
You can make someone’s day just by smiling at them,you never know who needs a smile so keep smiling.
It’s the secret to charisma.

The reason a smile is so effective is because you reflect goodness to someone.Some people don’t smile more or hardly smile because they are afraid to show their vulnerability ans soft side.
Smiling releases Endorphins(feel good hormones) which calm you and make you happier.So true.Been there
A smile has to be sincere and the eyes have to smile too,people can tell if you’re faking it you know and in my opinion, that’s even worse than not smiling at all.

In conclusion,SMILE
Even when you don’t feel like it -SMILE
If you’re toothless- SMILE
If your dentition is terrible – SMILE
When passing through Yaba market -DON’T SMILE.Been there,you don’t wanna hear what those boys have to say to you.lol

Peace out.Keep Smiling

Body Types & Shapes

body-types1Everybody is born with a different body type and it is important to know what your body type is to get the best the best exercise and die routine for yourself. Different body types develop different levels of body fat and muscle mass. Your body type is completely determined by genetics so there is little or nothing you can do about it.

Not everyone likes the body type or shape they were born with, but there are ways to make the best of what you have.

There are 3 different body type classification:

1)Endomorphs: Endomorphs have bigger bones than other body types. These men and women usually have round faces with larger thighs and hips. Most of them have comparatively small hands and feet and a high waist. Endomorphs have higher levels of body fat than the other body types, but they can also build muscles and lean mass easily. Weight loss is more difficult for the endomorph body type.

To keep fat gain to a minimum, endomorphs must always train cardio as well as weights. High protein intake is also good in their diet.

2) Mesomorphs: Mesomorphs are usually described as having an athletic build. They usually have an hourglass or ruler shape and gain muscle mass easily. The majority of them have broad shoulders and a narrow waist. They have a fast metabolism and can lose weight easily than endomorphs.

Mesomorph body type responds best to weight training. They tend to gain fat easily than isomorphs. This means they must watch their calorie intake. A combination of weight training and cardio work best for Mesomorphs.

3) Ectomorphs: Ectomorphs have a thin, linear appearance. Most isomorphs look like rulers, with narrow waist, hips and shoulders. Ectomorphs can lose weight easily and tend to have low levels of body fat. However, they also have a harder time gaining lean muscle mass. They have a fast metabolism which burns up calories very quickly.

They need huge amounts of calories in order to gain weight. Workouts should be short and intense, focusing on big muscle groups. Ectomorphs should eat before bed to prevent muscle catabolism)breakdown) during the night.

Very few people have a distinct body type, most people usually have a combination of 2 body type.

BODY SHAPE

In addition to your body type, you will notice that you also have a particular body shape. Your body shape is dependent on your overall appearance and balance of your body.

Men and women have different body shapes. Men usually have rectangular or cone-shaped bodies. While women have hourglass, pear, apple or ruler body shapes.

Hourglass: This is the typical “standard” women are measured against in the society. This is because they have well-proportioned upper and lower bodies, with narrow waist. Hourglasses tend to gain weight all over their bodies, especially at the hips and chest area. Hourglasses tend to be endomorphs or mesomorphs.

For Hourglasses, cardio and resistance exercises are good for overall fitness. Keep the resistance exercise light and vary the repetitions of your work outs.

You may want to try;

Slow jogging

Stationary biking

Jumping jacks

Swimming

Biceps curls, shoulder presses and squats

Pear:

Pear-shaped women have larger lower bodies and smaller upper bodies. Hips are slightly wider than shoulders. Pear-shaped women tend to gain weight below their waist. Pears tend to have small chests and flat stomachs. Most pears are mesomorphs.

For Pears: you will want to focus more on exercises that will balance out the top half of your body with the bottom half. Focus on aerobic activities that will work out your lower body and resistance exercises that will build your upper body. Use light weights and perform high repetitions of exercises.

You may want to try;

Walking

Cycling

Elliptical training

Jumping rope

Leg lifts and dips

Push ups, chin ups and shoulder presses

Apple:

Apples are bigger on the top half than the bottom half. They have slim hips and a large chest and stomach. Apples tend to gain weight above the waist or along the backside. Majority of apples are mesomorphs or endomorphs.

For Apples, focus on aerobic training in order to slim down and lose body fat. By working on the lower half of your body,you can help balance out your chest and shoulders.Perform exercises that are low-resistance and involve low repetitions.

You may want to try;

Stair climbing

Walking on an incline

Running

Leg squats, leg presses and dead lifts(lifting loaded barbell)

Ruler: women with a ruler shape tend to be waif-life and slim. Rulers have no large differences between the size of their hips, waists and shoulders. Rulers tend to put on weight in their stomach and backside, while maintaining slender arms and legs. Most rulers are isomorphs.

For Rulers; you can perform any exercise activity you want to.Perform cardio to help you lose weight in problem areas,such as the buttocks and stomach.

You may want to try;

Stretching

Sit ups

Spinning

Walking or jogging on an incline

Squats

Bench presses and shoulder presses.

All in all, no matter what your body type is, love your body and treat it right.

Look to your health and if you have it, praise God and value it next to your conscience; for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of, a blessing money cannot buy.— Izaak Walton

Ginger

gingerGinger is one of my favorite spices.It can transform the taste of anything from ordinary to special. i use it in almost everything,meat,chicken,soups,,stews,drinks,custards,ice cream,I candy them too and eat them like that or as a topping for cupcakes,or dipped in chocolate,in any way,it tastes great.

 

Ginger is a hot,aromatic and pungent spice.it is the rhizome of the plant Zingiber officinale.In other words,it is the underground stem (not root) of the ginger plant.Ginger is grown in most tropical countries

Composition

It is rich in Dietary fiber,Proteins,Essential fats,Vitamin E,B6 and C,Potassium,Magnesium,Calcium,Phosphorous and Iron.

It is also rich in antioxidants.

 

Health Benefits

Ginger is used as a digestive-aid.It helps to increase the peristaltic movement of the intestine.

It helps to relieve tummy pain,morning sickness,nausea,diarrhea and travel sickness.

It has a high level of gingerol which acts as a pain killer or anti-inflammatory,reducing pain,inflammation,stiff joints and arthritic pains.

It has a boosting effect on the immune-system and helps you feel better faster.

It relieves heart burn and menstrual cramps.

It boosts digestion.

It sharpens the senses and gives you an energy boost.

The enzymes in ginger enhances the metabolism of fats and proteins and helps the body utilize them better.

It is effective in alleviating cold,cough,asthma,allergies,migraine and ulcers.

It has hypoglycemic properties and helps to regulate blood sugar.

The gingerol in ginger dilates the blood vessels and improves circulation.it lowers the risk of blood clots

Ginger lowers cholesterol and increases the efficiency of the heart.it also lowers blood pressure and the risk of stroke.

 

it does not stop there…..

It has preservative qualities due to the presence of antioxidants and anti-microbial properties,which keeps food fresh longer.

It helps to tenderize meat due to the protease which attacks the proteins.

 

That’s not all……

It promotes smoothness and even skin tone.

It lightens age spots.

It is a natural acne fighting ingredient.

It protects and conditions hair,speeds up hair growth,reduces dandruff and prevents hair loss.

to condition your hair,grate a little bit of ginger,add sesame oil to it.massage into scalp and leave for 10 mins.rinse and shampoo. regular use of this might lighten your hair.

Now you know,Ginger is good for you!

lets make some tea

Grate a knob (about 2 inches) of ginger into a mug,add some lemon and honey.pour in some boiling water.Adjust to taste.if you want it less gingery,add more water.