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Vitamins for gorgeous looking skin

By on May 17, 2013 in Diet, General, Health with 0 Comments

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Understanding the role played by vitamins that help your skin look younger and better is important. Make sure you get in a lot of fruits and veggies because they are full of anti-oxidants and vitamins useful for healthier skin.

  • Vitamin A:

Softens and smoothens the skin, decreases dark spots and wrinkles. Has anti-aging properties.

  • Vitamin B3 for redness.

Hydrates the skin by promoting f.a and ceremides synthesis.  It is great for dry and sensitive type of skin and it strengthens the quality of the skin.

  • Vitamin C

Best free radicals fighter not letting radical produce aging signs such as wrinkles and saggy skin etc. It smoothens the roughness of the skin making it firm and soft to touch and also lightens spots.Also improves discoloration and damage caused by sunlight exposure.  Vitamin C may sound more like Vitamin A because both work to alleviate the skin complexion and texture.

  • Vitamin E

Acts as a pretty amazing natural moisturizers which stops dryness of skin and hence decrease damage caused by dry skin. Also acts as a potent anti-oxidant chemical which does not let free radicals cause any disturbance is cellular function.

  • Vitamin K

Much popular for its ability to lighten the dark circles under the eyes. Dark circles may be due to lack of sleep or they may be hereditary, but if you wish to get rid of those ugly dark circles around your eyes, and possess beautiful eyes then you better trust Vitamin K for this purpose. Vitamin K has a role in clotting of blood and therefore, because dark circles are caused by leaking of minute blood capillaries under the eyes, vitamin K can be of huge help.

Tips for relieving constipation

By on May 13, 2013 in Diseases, General, Health with 0 Comments

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Fullness, pain in the stomach, tight waist and restlessness caused due to constipation is usually one of the most uncomfortable feelings ever. Infrequency in bowel movement may be due to many different reasons. Mild or severe stomachache may make you wonder when the last time you went to the bathroom was. The following tips may help you bowel get moving.

  • Don’t omit a meal and don’t overload you diet with fibers all of a sudden. When you don’t eat for a long time, your GIT refuses to push the waste out. Speaking of fibers, too much of them all at once may even cause diarrhea. Take a moderate amount of fiber in diet for it makes the stool soft and pushes it forward. .
  • Sometimes constipation might be due to decreased water intake in diet. Consume six or more H2O minimally to soften the stool so that it is easy to be excreted out.
  • Plan a specific time of the day preferably in the morning after breakfast as you bathroom time.
  • Applying strain to get it out won’t help you. You may increase your chances of hemorrhoids.
  • Research reveals that physical activity and exercise has the power to improve bowel movement. Indulge in activities such as jogging, walking or swimming. When paying attention to workouts and exercises, just make sure you don’t forget to take enough water.
  • There are many foods that act as laxatives and should be added to your diet. These include apple, banana, beans, carrots, oats, mangoes, watermelon etc.

What are Keloids?

By on April 20, 2013 in Diseases with 0 Comments

There are different terms you come along regarding skin conditions and I’m sure ‘keloids’ must be one of them. What are keloids?

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Answer to what keloids are:

The human body is very efficient in dealing with any sort of injury, wound and trauma. Healing and repair of the injured tissue involves many different procedures and one of these procedures is fibrosis which is mostly followed by another procedure called scar formation. Keloid precisely is the result of excessive scar formation in response to injury or wound.

What else?

Keloid appears as painful and thick, dense nodule-like structure at the site of injury. Keloids can be itchy at times. These are more common in people with dark complexions than those who have light colored skin. They might get bigger and become very unpleasant to the eye which is why most people prefer it to be removed.

It is said that keloids have a connection with body piercing but this hasn’t been proven yet. Keloid formation may take place due to many different reasons.Conditions like acne, piercing in any part of the body, burns, injection sites etc may result in keloid formation.

Keloid formation is common in both males and females irrespective of age. The best thing about them is that they don’t commonly appear on the face and are mostly seen in areas like shoulders, back, chest and earlobes.

Make sure you see a doctor if you see any unusual spots or raised nodules on your skin. A skin specialist will help you get rid of any abnormal skin conditions.

Causes of poor eyesight

By on April 15, 2013 in Diseases with 0 Comments

Poor vision is a common problem that people have to deal with, irrespective to age and sex. The colors of life fade as the eyesight becomes weaker and poorer. This is because eyes are extremely important for us in almost everything that we do. Therefore, proper and accurate vision power is a blessing that most people are gifted with.

As children grow, their eyes grow too. Therefore, if you correct the eyesight of a child by making him wear glasses, it is most likely that the problem would be corrected with time. Eyes grow up to a certain age, after that, there is no growth.

Age has a significant impact on eyesight. Along with all the senses, the sense of sight is also affected greatly due to the phenomenon of aging.

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Poor eyesight makes life miserable. Constant headache and imperfect vision hinders in normal day to day life. Do you know what the basic causes of poor eyesight are? No? Let us see.

Refractive Errors:

Refractive Error is defined as a fault in the eye to focus the light entering it resulting in unclear vision. Blurry vision due to refractive error may cause:

Myopia: It is also known as Short Sightedness. In this condition, person cannot see clearly things that are too far way but things that are present at a short distance can easily and clearly be seen.

Hypermetropia:  It is also called long Sightedness. In this condition, one can see distant objects clearly and are unable to see objects that are close.

Astigmatism: In this condition, the eye resembles are rugby football rather than a soccer ball. Problem occurs in focal power of vertical and horizontal planes.

Presbyopia: Flexibility of the lens is affected.

Other pathological causes of poor vision include the following:

Cataract: Lens becomes opaque.

Glaucoma: There is damage to the optic nerve.

Macular Degeneration: Loss of central vision.

Diabetic Eye Disease: Retinopathy caused due to diabetes.

Conjunctivitis in toddlers and small children

By on April 2, 2013 in Diseases with 0 Comments

 

Conjunctivitis in toddlers and small children

Conjunctivitis is redness and inflammation of the conjunctiva (the tissue that covers the eyes). Often referred to as ‘red eye’, the symptoms include itchiness and watering of the eyes, a burning sensation, a feeling of grit in the eyes, and sometimes a sticky coating on the eyelashes. There could also be an enlarged lymph node in front of the ear.

Types of conjunctivitis

Irritant conjunctivitis – when the inflammation is caused by an irritant substance which came in contact with the eyes, such as chlorinated water or shampoo, or a loose eyelash rubbing against the eye.

Allergic conjunctivitis – caused by an allergic reaction to dust mites, animal fur, pollen or even contact lenses;

Infective conjunctivitis – when the inflammation is caused by a viral or bacterial infection;

Treatment for conjunctivitis

Irritant conjunctivitis: This type of conjunctivitis is very straight forward to treat, as all is needed is to remove whatever is causing the irritation. Cold compresses can be applied after the removal of the irritant object.

Allergic conjunctivitis: Avoiding the substance that triggered the allergy and the use of anti-allergy medications, such as antihistamines, is the usual treatment for this type of conjunctivitis.

Infective conjunctivitis: Although the symptoms will usually clear up within a week or so, it is viable to consult your physician as antibiotic eye drops can be necessary to clear the infection.

Please note: a newborn baby should be seen by her doctor immediately when presenting symptoms of any type of conjunctivitis.

If you are experiencing one of the symptoms below, consult your doctor immediately:

–          Eye pain

–          Intense eye redness

–          Disturbed vision

–          Sensitivity to light

 

You can read more about allergic conjunctivitis here.

Fight and prevent diseases with a daily apple

By on April 1, 2013 in Health, Prevention with 0 Comments

 

Fight and prevent diseases with a daily apple

An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is a proverb from the 19th century, popularized by fruit specialist J.T. Stinson during a lecture at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. But how can one daily apple help you?

Rich in Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, C, E, K, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese and phosphorus, antioxidants and fibers  the fruit should be eaten regularly for so many benefits:

– Apples can help reduce the risk of many types of cancer, including colon, prostate and lung cancer. Research has also shown a reduction of the risk of healthy adults developing pancreatic cancer by up to 23%.

– Research studies on rats consuming a diet full of apple peels showed increased levels of skeletal muscle and brown fat (the good fat, which burns the bad (white) fat). The same studies showed a decrease in white fat, obesity, glucose intolerance and fatty liver disease.

– Apple juice concentrated, administered to mice, showed higher levels in the production of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine in studies. This neurotransmitter can help keep Alzheimer’s away and lower heart rate, among other important functions.

– Fruit flies which fed from an apple extract daily had an increase of 10% in longevity compared to other flies having a normal diet.

– Red apples contain quercetin, an antioxidant that can boost your immune system especially in times of stress.

– People who consume a diet full of antioxidant rich fruit are 10-15% less likely to develop cataracts.

– The fibers found in apples fight against diarrhea and constipation. Fibers absorb excess water from your stools to slow your bowels down, and they can also pull water out of your colon and into your stools to keep things moving when you are constipated.

 

 

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