Archive for September, 2012

Anti aging properties of vitamins

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Anti aging properties of vitamin, vitaminsPeople often take vitamins since they believe that they have anti aging properties in them but the fact is you must have the proper supplements along with the vitamins to enhance those anti aging properties. Vitamin C and Vitamin E are the 2 main vitamins whose properties help reduce the deterioration of the cells.

Basic anti aging properties of vitamins

Here are some of the anti aging properties of vitamins which will help you to understand the concept better:

  • One of the most important vitamins that people tend to lack as they grow old is vitamin B12. This vitamin is responsible for producing the various chemicals in the stomach. What happens is people do not completely absorb the vitamin B12 and this result in poor digestion. This is one of the reasons why people tend to grow old earlier than usual.
  • With time the capacity to produce vitamin D starts to decline. This results in early crinkles on the skin which is obviously a sign of aging. That is why it is better if you get some amount of vitamin D on a daily basis. For that you can spend some time under the sun. Sun light is the best source of vitamin D but make sure that do not stay too long because then the UV rays may affect you which is bad in a way.
  • You can also get an appropriate percentage of vitamin C and E if you eat the right kind of vegetables and fruits.

Tips to cure acidity at home

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

digestion problems, cure acidityAcidity is a very common problem that we face in our daily life and it is really irritating. There are various symptoms such as digestion problems, heart burning, and many others. Unhealthy eating, poor sleeping habits, bad lifestyle and work fatigue are some of the main reasons why acidity happens to people. The general science of acidity is that when the stomach starts to secrete hydrochloric acid in high quantities the result is acidity in our stomach.

Ways to cure acidity at home

There are many ways of treating acidity. You can take the help of medicines or start some homely procedures that will get rid of this situation. Here are some of the ways how you can treat acidity just by sitting at your home:

Ø   One of the best ways to cure acidity is to get enough sleep daily. There are times when you over work or do not get time to sleep at all. That is the time when acidity can attack you. So to avoid that you must sleep at least for some hours.

Ø   Secondly you must check the food you are eating. Eating foods that have high quantity of fat often leads to acidity. You may find such foods to be tasty but they are the cause of acidity in a person.

Ø   Drinking of water when you are having a meal can also prevent acidity. You can also stop consuming coffee, tea, chocolates or alcohol. Of course you can have them once in a while but consuming them regularly would often lead to acidity.

Importance of makeup removal for your skin

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

makeup removal tips, skin careIt is a common idea to apply makeup when you go out because you would obviously want to look good among the crowd. But one thing that you have to take care of when you get back home is that the makeup should be removed. Keeping makeup for a long time is very unhealthy for your skin. It can become the cause of various skin problems.

Importance of removing makeup from your skin

If you are using makeup for sometime then you must know that it is made of chemicals that are harmful for the body. Here are some of the reasons that would make it clear why the removal of makeup is so important for your skin:

  • Firstly if you do not remove makeup the pores of the skin will get blocked and that would make it very tough for you to breathe properly. There can also be clog breakouts which is very bad for the skin.
  • Removal of makeup from the skin will also ensure that your skin does not fall prey to crinkles sooner than the normal time. There are many people who look more aged than what they should just because they do not want to remove the makeup from the skin.
  • Your clothes may get dirty if they come in contact with the makeup. Take for example if you have gone to bed without removing the makeup then there are high chances that it will cause the pillow cover and the bed sheet to be dirty.

Benefits of oiling your hair

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

hair care, oliy hairWe all want to have a good hair style and in order to get that we use so many styling products. One thing we don’t notice in this buying and using of the products is whether the product will have long term effect on the hair or not. If you search the market you will hardly get any such product which will give you a long term effect. But one thing you can be sure of is that if you use oil in your hair it is bound to look beautiful and stylish and it will also have a long term effect. One of the main points that you should remember is that your body should function properly to the oil too which in most cases it does.

Advantages of using oil in your hair

After searching for the best product in the market it is guaranteed that you will not get any product that will give you a long term effect on your hair. That is why it is best if you choose oil. Oil has many benefits when it comes to hair. They are as follows:

Ø   Oil helps to sustain and improve the overall health of the hair which results in good looking hair.

Ø   Applying oil in your hair will also prevent hair fall. This is a common problem of many people and therefore using oil will help to avoid that problem.

Ø   Dandruff is another thing that keeps a person in constant irritation. Using of oil in your hair will solve this irritation and will keep your hair stylish.

Causes of numb finger

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

numb finger, finger careNumb fingers are a common problem for people who are growing old. There are various reasons for that.

Main causes of numb fingers

There are different symptoms of numb fingers and so are the causes. Here are some of the causes that are discussed below:

Ø   Carpal tunnel syndrome- this not only creates numbness in the fingers but also causes pain as well. This generally happens when the nerves are compressed and as a result blood supply to the fingers starts to slow down. When this starts to happen the thumb, middle finger and the pointing finger does not receive blood at all which causes paresthesia and ultimately results in numbness.

Ø   Arterial insufficiency- this happens when the back of the hand does not receive proper blood supply. The ulnar and radial are the two arteries which are responsible for the supply of blood but when that does not have the person starts to have a tingling sensation and as a result his fingers gradually starts to get numb.

Ø   Diabetes Mellitus- when the blood in the fingers gets very thick due to the high content of glucose the person starts to suffer from diabetes mellitus. When such a thing happens to a person the circulation of blood in the body becomes poor and as a result it affects various parts of the body and one of the main area among them is finger.

Ø   Frost bite- this happens when the person has stayed in extreme cold conditions for a prolonged period of time. The blood circulation tends to stop in such cases.

Treating sinus congestion naturally

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

sinus congestion, sinusAt some point or the other we have all experienced severe blockage of the nose and that sometimes leads to unnatural breathing. If you have this symptom then it is likely that you have sinus problems. Therefore before it gets too bad it is better you consult a doctor and start your treatment soon. Usually sinus congestion starts to grow after you have allergies, common cold or flu. It is often a habit for us not to treat such disease and therefore these develops to form sinus congestion. The most common effect of sinus congestion is that they are responsible for the inflammation of the blood vessels that are in the nasal cavities.

Best ways to treat congestion naturally

Once you have sinus detected you must get rid of it as soon as possible because this disease is very irritating. You can either treat it by proper medication or you can try the natural way out. Here are some of the ways to treat sinus congestion naturally:

  • Taking a hot shower for a long time has a great effect on nasal congestion. It provides proper moisture for the nasal cavities. You can also try to put warm and damp clothes on your nose.
  • Secondly eating of spicy foods will help you very much. This will give you a running nose and therefore the nose will remain moist.
  • You can apply saline sprays if you want. There are various herbal sprays that helps to keep sinus congestions away and they are very effective too.

Dealing with a chronic back pain

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

chronic back pain, back painPain can be experienced at various levels and it depends on the person how much pain he can tolerate. But sometimes the pain can become unbearable and that is the time when the pain starts to become chronic. Now if you have a chronic back pain then it is likely that it is there to stay. The pain can be constant or occur at regular intervals and that can be really irritating as well as painful. These types of back pains are very uncomfortable and are hard to deal with.

Tips to deal with chronic back pain

Since this pain is an ongoing one you will have to take care of yourself properly and follow each and every detail that is prescribed to you. Here are some of the ways how you can treat your chronic back easily:

  • First of all you need to be positive and think that the pain can be treated fully. This positive mind set will help you a lot to face the treatments well.
  • If you know any person who has had chronic back pain then you can talk to that person and discuss what he has or what he is doing to deal with the back problems. This will give you an idea about how to proceed with the treatment in the initial stages.
  • Thirdly you will have to exercise properly in order to keep yourself fit. This will also relieve you from the constant pain that you have in your back.

How does stress affect your vision

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

vision, mental stressIt is quite normal for everyone to be in stress but the thing is you need to get rid of it as soon as possible. There are many bad effects of stress and one of them is it affects the vision of your eye. You may be a person with a low tolerance level but that does not mean you will let it affect your body and that too the eye. There can be many reasons of stress and there are times when you get really annoyed. This is where you go wrong. Yes it is difficult to relax at the heat of the moment but if it is tried for some time then the results will be positive.

Effects of stress on your vision

You may have various questions as to how stress can affect your vision. Well here are some of the points that are discussed below:

Ø   The first of a defect in your vision due to stress will be headache. This is the most common symptom that people have and if it continues for a prolonged period then it is possible that you might have a sinus problem too.

Ø   Another point where stress can affect your vision is the eye muscle. They get to get taut when there is too much of stress on you. You may not get direct effect but gradually there will be eye sight problems and that can be a long term effect.

Since your eyes are your prized possessions it is important that you take care of them in any possible way because if you lose them the suffering will be unbearable.

How to prepare an effective diet chart

Friday, September 28th, 2012

 diet chart, diet controlStaying in shape is a very important for the overall benefit of the body and its functions. Having your own diet chart to follow is a good way to eat right and stay in shape. An ideal diet should contain all the macro and micronutrients which a body needs and that’s why you should make sure that the food you eat should have all these ingredients which are needed for the growth and proper functioning of the body.

Your body mass index or BMI

In order to have a healthy diet you should know your BMI or the Body Mass Index. This can be even calculated online at several medical websites. Knowing your BMI can help you determine if you fall under the normal category or not. The number of calories which you should consume depends upon your age, height and BMI.

The four major components which your daily diet should have are-

        i.            Macronutrients

  • Proteins
  • Carbohydrates
  • Fats

      ii.            Micronutrients

  • Vitamins
  • Mineral

    iii.            Fiber

    iv.            Water

If you have any sort of deficiencies then you can really develop some serious diseases and conditions. Malnutrition occurs if macronutrients are missing fro the diet and many deficiencies occur if micronutrients are missing. Micronutrients are needed by the body in very small amounts so make sure that you don’t is out on them. Most of the micronutrients are present in fruits and nuts.

So keep in mind all these factors when you create your own diet chart. Always remember that a healthy and well balanced diet is the way to stay in shape and steer clear of diseases and deficiencies.

Tips to Quit Alcohol

Friday, September 28th, 2012

quit alcoholDrinking is a habit which if done in excess is very bad for health. People who drink in excess have several medical complications and the most common problem is having a bad liver. This can lead to many other complications like low immunity and bad breath. In many cases, even the pancreas is affected. If you want to get rid of this habit then you should try out a few things in order to get things under control.

Get rid of the habit of drinking

  • If you have a group of friends with whom you tend to drink then try to avoid them.
  • Don’t go to bars and restaurants where you usually go for a couple of drinks.
  • Throw away all the bottles of alcohol which you keep at home.
  • Tell your friends that you are going to quit drinking so that they can help you through it and they can also help you get through it and stop it when you get weak.
  • Save up the money you used to spend on alcohol and get yourself something special.
  • You can also take some medication which a doctor suggests in order to control your urges and cravings.
  • Keep reminding yourself why you quit drinking. You can also keep a small list which can remind you of the things which you want to gain by quitting drinking.

You don’t have to completely get rid of alcohol. When you think that you have gained enough control, you can start drinking again, but in safe and limited amounts.

Special eye care during conjunctivitis

Friday, September 28th, 2012

eye care tips, conjunctivitisConjunctivitis is a common eye infection in which the eye tends to get red along with swelling in the eye lid. There are certain things which you can do which in turn can help you take care of the condition and help you steer clear of conjunctivitis in the future as well. Pink eye is another common term which is used for conjunctivitis. Mostly it has been seen that this condition affects the sclera, which is the white area of the eye.

What causes conjunctivitis?

  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Pollen and dust
  • Using contact lenses for extended periods of time without cleaning them properly
  • Since conjunctivitis is a communicable disease you can also get it from a person who has this disease

When pink eye contagious?

When conjunctivitis is caused due to bacteria and virus it could be contagious. But if conjunctivitis is caused due to an allergy then it’s not a contagious case.

How to take care of your eye during conjunctivitis

  • Put hot and cold compresses on the affected eye
  • Wash your eyes with clean water at least 6 times a day.
  • Disinfect common items around the household which you touch daily. This could help the condition to be in control and other members of the family can be saved.

Keep these few things in mind when you have pink eye disease. A hygienic and clean lifestyle can help you steer clear of many common diseases along with conjunctivitis. You can also take some special eye drops to get rid of the disease.

How to Take Care of Irritated Skin after Shaving

Friday, September 28th, 2012

after shave skin careMany a times, men have complained that after shaving they have irritated skin. Some men develop rashes and swollen skin which has a reddish tinge. This happens even after they change the brand of their shaving creams. This is a common problem and if you have faced this problem, you’re not alone. There are some simple homeremedies which you can make use of in order to keep the irritation under control.

Causes

Mostly rashes and irritated skin occurs due to a kind of allergy which the skin develops fro m the razors and shaving creams which men se as everybody’s skin is not the same and everything thus, doesn’t suit everyone.

Simple home remedies

  • You should take a piece of alum and rub it gently over the irritated skin in order to keep the rashes from coming.
  • Use a good after shave lotion. It’s the best to try out some kind of medicated or herbal after shave lotions as they are soothing to the skin and also are safe so that you won’t develop any further allergies.
  • You can also apply Aloe Vera gel to the affected area and wash it off after 15 minutes.
  • Another well known remedy is the application of witch hazel which you can even find at a few online herbal stores.
  • Use a good quality razor as that could also cause such skin problems and rashes.

If you see that none of this is working, you could have a kind of allergy to shaving cream. In this case consult with the doctor and opt for medicated shaving creams to keep the rashes and burning irritated skin at bay.

 

Causes and cure of chronic bad breath

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

chronic bad breath, bad breathBad breath is something which can happen to anyone at any age.  Medically this condition is called halitosis. There could be many reasons why someone could have bad breath.  The main thing to keep in mind is that contrary to popular belief, mostly bad breath occurs due to internal problems and not due to poor hygiene. Poor oral hygiene does cause bad breath but mostly it doesn’t last long if a person brushes twice a day. If you see that the problem persists for more than a week, there could be other reasons.

Main causes

  • Liver problem
  • Gum diseases
  • Smoking
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Excessive drinking
  • Dry mouth disease
  • Pneumonia
  • Bronchitis
  • Acid reflux

To find out the right cause of bad breath you should first check what’s internally wrong with your body. You should understand which kind of disease you have so that you can cure it in order to take care of bad breath.

Cure

  • Have good oral hygiene
  • Do not smoke, don’t drink excessively
  • Remember to floss
  • Visit the doctor if you have bleeding gums
  • Try to stay well protected in winters to steer clear of bronchitis or pneumonia
  • Clean your tongue
  • Drink plenty of water go for an oral health checkup once every 3 months

Once you find out the cause you can cure bad breath. Just make sure that you follow the daily oral healthcare needs and take medication if necessary.

First aid for broken arm

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

broken arms, first aid armKnowing first aid can come in very handy in any kind of situation. You should be able to help some one who faces any kind of emergency medical condition or an accident so that he or she can have some amount of relief until medical help is given to the patient. If you are ever in a situation where someone’s arm is broken, then here are some simple first aid tips which might help the patient in such a situation.

i.            First, check if the victim is unconscious or not. If so, ensure if the person can breathe properly. Loosen buttons and clear his or her airway

ii.            After that you need to check the wound in order to understand whether to call a doctor or call for emergency help.

iii.            You need to call for emergency help if you see that the bone is sticking out of the skin. This is called an open fracture.

iv.            If the injury occurs in the head, spine, or hip, then the patient would need immediate medical help. Don’t try to move the victim in such cases and let a professional take care of the situation.

v.            Try stopping the bleeding if there is any.

vi.            If it’s not an open fracture and the patient is in his or her senses then gently take the broken arm or leg and place it on a soft cushion or pillow. You could also apply an ice pack to the affected area until a doctor comes for help.

Always remember to check if the patient reacts normally and if he or she can breathe properly. Always call for a doctor’s help immediately in such situations as a broken bone needs immediate medical attention.

How to remove blackheads at home?

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

remove blackheads, blackheadsHaving blackheads is a common condition. Medically it is termed as open comedo. Blackheads usually occur on the face and back and they appear as black or dark yellow colored rashes or spots. These occur when the pores of the skin get blocked due to oil deposition from excessive secretion from the sebaceous glands on the skin. There is nothing to worry about as this can be taken care of at home itself.

Some easy ways to get rid of blackheads

i.            Take half a lemon and some sugar. Put the sugar on the lemon and rub it gently on the affected area till the sugar melts. Do this twice a week.

ii.            You can also grate raw potato and cool them and rub it on your blackheads. Wash off with normal water after 15 minutes for best results.

iii.            You can make your own homemade scrub by crushing almonds and besan and oatmeal powder. This scrub can show positive results within 14 days of use. Doing this twice a week should be enough.

iv.            Using rose water daily can even prevent the occurrence of black heads.

v.            Baking soda and bezoyl peroxide also can work well for such conditions. But always use them in very less amounts otherwise you might develop rashes and other kinds of skin problems.

vi.            When you use a face pack at home, mix a little amount of honey in it to keep blackheads at bay.

These natural home remedies can be very beneficial. A healthy diet and hygienic lifestyle should be followed in order to have clean and fresh looking skin at all times.