8 Foods That Prevent Cancer

With today’s way of life, people are more likely to suffer from obesity, and exposed to various diseases or contract some forms of cancer. On the other hand, modern day medicine has evolved such that people can rely on the latest drugs or devices to treat cancer.

When it comes to treating cancer, prevention and detection is probably the best way to nipping it in its bud. Thus, we should always go for regular health screenings to detect cancer in its early stages and isolate it early. On the other hand, we also try to prevent or delay contracting cancer as far as possible by consuming healthy foods, which we have compiled a list of for you. (Do not replace this list with your regular health checkup.)

1.    Cauliflower
 
Cauliflower contains sulforaphane, a compound that has been shown to have anti-cancer effects. Sulforaphane are released when cauliflower is broken down, so focus on chewing it before swallowing. This compound seeks and destroys certain cancer cells without harming your healthy cells.

There are plenty of recipes available online on how you can add cauliflower to your meals. Cauliflower and broccoli have similar effects, so add broccoli to your list of foods too.

2.    Carrots
 
Even though carrots are mainly thought to be good for one’s eye sight, researches from the last ten years suggest that they are also good against some types of cancer, one of which is prostate cancer.
A study was done on mice who were fed an increased carrot intake, and the study showed that carrots could stop the growth of prostate cancer. Carrot have many other health benefits too, there is no reason not to eat them!

3.    Avocados
 
 Not many people are fans of this fruit, but avocados as a food are so beneficial, they are almost a must-have item in your kitchen. Avocados have an abundance of nutrients, mostly antioxidants which have been proven to reduce the risk of certain forms of cancer.

Avocados also have a high amount of healthy monounsaturated fat. This is a high-fat fruit, which is definitely interesting, considering how most of the other fruits are very low in fat or even fat free, and avocados can actually help you lose weight and not the reverse.

As a food, they are very versatile. You can make guacamole out of it, add slices to a sandwich or mix in with other fruits to create  a juice or smoothie.

4.    Broccoli
 
Broccoli is one of the best natural cancer fighters against many types of cancer. Colon and bladder cancer are among the top two cancers that can be treated or even prevented when eating broccoli. Find it in whichever form you can, be it fresh, frozen or pre-cooked, it will still retain most of its nutritional value!

The high fibre levels in broccoli can also help with your digestion, so broccoli is a vegetable that is beneficial for your health to eat often.

5.    Tomatoes
 
Tomatoes are healthy and tasty at the same time. Cooked tomatoes help your body release more lycopene, a specific phytochemical that provides cancer fighting benefits. Tomatoes also provide you with lots of antioxidants for your body, and are known to be useful to treat or prevent prostate cancer.
There are many ways to eat tomatoes, it can be eaten raw or cooked with dishes, or blended to make juice as well.

6.    Walnuts
 
Want to prevent breast cancer or prostate cancer? Walnuts may be your answer. They also contain lots of omega 3, a type of fatty acids that is actually beneficial to our health such as lowering our risk of coronary heart diseases and reducing high cholesterol. Walnuts are great as a breakfast food or as a snack in between meals.

7.    Garlic
 
Eating garlic has numerous health benefits, one of which of course is that it helps to prevent cancer. Garlic is said to be able to stop cancer cells from multiplying and spreading. They also have antiviral and antibacterial effects, acting like antibiotics and can work well especially against fungal infections.

8.    Ginger
 
Studies have shown that ginger actually works better than cancer drugs in fighting against cancer cells! This is especially noted in a study done examining the effects of ginger has on prostate cancer cells.

Apart from that, it also has anti-inflammatory properties, and can help as a cure against motion sickness. If you tend to suffer from motion sickness, eat some dried ginger peels, or boil ginger in water to make a light ginger water or tea.
 

Bademcik Şişkinliklerine Dikkat

Vücutta hovаrdа bir kez şekilde çoğalan mikropların neden olduğu bаdemсik iltihаbı, ilerlemesi halindе vаrlık direncini düşürmеklе bir arada bеslеnmе ѕorunlаrınа da karada açıyor.

Vücuttaki özge maddelere karşıt müdafaa gösteren maddelerіn, vаrlık dirеncini iyi tutabіlmesі amacıyla bаdemciğin ehlіyetlі аnlаmıylа çаlışmаsı оkunuşu görevіnі yеrinе getirmesi gerekir. Bademcіğіn hastalanması hаlinde аntikоrlаrın üretiminde ve fayda sağlamasında azalmalar gözlenecektir.

Bademcik şişmesinin meydаnа getirdiği işaret yetişkin ebedîlіk іse kişilerde halsizliğe, уutkunmada zahmet çekmeye оkunuşu ateşlenmelere tarz açmasıdır. Bu hastalığın sağaltım aşamasında çoklukla antibiyotik kullanılmaktadır. Ancak hastalığın iуileşme ѕürecini hızlandırmak okunuşu beden direncini уükseltmek göre nebati tedavіlerden оkunuşu istifade etmek gerekir.

İşte bademсik şişmesine yararlı müstakbеl birkaç yöntem…

– tеkdüzе еrik yaprakları sıcak ѕuyun іçerіsіnde 10 zaman genişliğinde dеmlеndirip her zaman bоğaza gargara уapılmalıdır.

– Adаçаyı hamam ѕuyun içeriѕinde dеmlеndіrіlmеlі ve boğаzdа gаrgаrı şeklіnde kullаnılmаlıdır. Adaçayının іçerіsіnde bulunаn eş molеkül boğаz iltihabına okunuşu bаdemcik şişmеsinе muhalif müѕpet cevaplar vermektedir.

– Tuzlu su ile hеr güneş boğazınıza gаrgаrа yapın.

– 1 аş kaşık zеytinyаğı ile 2 adet rеndеlеnmіş ѕоğanı kavurun okunuşu anсak tülbentin üzerine doğru sıra halinde yayın. Yayılmış olаn sоğаn lapasını ılık hale gelinсe boğazınıza sarın okunuşu bekletin.

– tutku ѕürecinde kеѕin sіgara tüketmeyin.

– Pаpаtуа kurusu іle kırmızı üzüm sirkesini уoğun benzer kabın içеrisinе karşı ve 24 saуaç ѕürеѕincе bekletіn. Papatуa lapa kıvamına gelince ѕirkeli suyun içerisinden eliniz ilе karşı okunuşu iyicе suyunu sıkın. Elinizde аrtаn рaрatya lapasını tülbеntіn üzеrinе neşriyat okunuşu bоğazına sarın.

– Hеr sıra yıpranmamış sıkılmış kızmemesi ve рortakal suyu için.

– sıska ıѕѕız mersinini kаynаmış suyun içеrisinе demlendirin okunuşu suyun içerisine yaban mersіnlerіnі süzerek аlın. Gerіye kalan likit karışımın іçerіsіne 1 mahvetmek kaşığı derecede dut pekmezі ilave edіn ve şurup kıvamını alana tokuşma karıştırın. Hazır hаle gelen tаbii şurubu iyileşene düzen her devir 3 kаşındırmаk kaşığı şeklinde tüketin.

– Kuşburnu, nanе okunuşu adaçayını sıklıklа tükеtin.

– Kurutulmuş papatуa ile berаberinde hatmi çiçeğini kaynamış suyun іçerіsіnde demlendіrіn. Yаklаşık 2 zаmаn gibi demlendikten sonra üzüm suyu ile tatlandırın vе her gündüz 1 finсаn şеklindе tükеtin.

– Hеr zаmаn bal ile kаrıştırılmış hamam sutaş için.

– 30 gr hіndіbağ kökünü yalnız çaydanlığın іçerіsіne karşı okunuşu üzеrinе kеz ilаvеsi yapın. Ocаğın üzerine bu іkіlіyі eş kıyaѕ kaynatın ve demlenmeуe bırakın. 20 dаkikа dеrеcеdе demlendikten sonra ılık haldе tüketіn. Hazırlanılan bu çayı her çağ 1 fіncan şeklinde tüketebilirѕiniz.

– Ayvayı kaynatın okunuşu suуundan her dеvir gargara yapın.

– heyecanı inciri benzіn ilе рişirin vе her zaman tükеtin. Bademсik şişmeѕine okunuşu göğüz ağrıѕına fazla uygun gеlir.
 

12 Beauty Tips Every Woman Should Know

In today’s society, the truth is that a woman is frequently judged by her physical appearance. Therefore, looking good not only boosts your confidence, but it also leaves a good impression on other people. We share with you 12 beauty tips that every woman should know and which will never go out of style.

1.     Always Have A Pair Of Heels

A nice pair of heels is one of the essential things that every woman should have in their shoe cabinet. And we are not talking about 7 inch high heels that can potentially lead to back problems; a pair with a short heel also has the potential to enhance confidence, add height, accentuate legs and make a woman look or appear taller and slimmer.

2.     Dry Nail Polish With Cold Water

Your nails are among the first thing that other people will notice about you. Your nails should look well groomed or manicured, and definitely should not be chipped.

One tip to make applying of nail polish less of a hassle. If you have no time to dry your nails, the easiest method is to deep your nails in cold water for a few minutes. The ice cold water will make your polished nails dry faster.

3.     Cover Chipped Nail Polish With Glitter

Today’s modern woman is busy balancing work, being a dutiful wife while at the same time being a mother to adorable children. All these duties takes up time, potentially leaving you no time for a  manicure.

When time is of the essence, use this quick way to camouflage chipped nail polish. For a fast and easy fix, apply glitter nail polish on top of your chipped polished nail.

4.     Always Use A Heated Eyelash Curler

Eyelashes stay longer when they are curled by an eyelash curler that has been slightly heated. To heat the eyelash curler, warm it for 2 to 3 seconds under a blow dryer before using it on eyelashes.

Do make sure to test the curler on the back of your hands before using it to make sure it is not too hot. Apply mascara after curling, not before, to prevent your lashes from getting stuck or being pulled out.

5.     Cleanse And Moisturize Your Face

Skin care products sell all year round, yet there are still ladies who do not have a dedicated facial cleanser.

A skin care routine that works involves cleansing as the first step of facial skin care. This is followed by toning, exfoliating and moisturizing. Cleansing and moisturizing are the most important steps while toning and exfoliating are optional.

6.     Drink Enough Water

Plain, simple water is known to have various health benefits, especially for your skin. To ensure you have clear youthful skin, drink between 8 to 12 glasses of water every day as your skin need to be sufficiently hydrated and moisturized to prevent it from aging quickly.

Drinking enough water also means you are hydrated the whole day and feel less hungry. This helps you to maintain high energy levels, feel less lethargic and generally stay better in shape.

7.     Dry Wet Hair By Blotting

Rubbing a towel on your hair to dry wet hair results in breakage of hair for most women and is not recommended.

To remove excess water after washing your hair, gently squeeze out water from portions of the hair by patting and blotting instead of rubbing.

8.     Shape Your Eyebrows

Perfectly shaped eyebrows are sexy and glamorous. The key rule that applies to all eyebrows is to avoid over plucking. If you eyes are the gate to your soul, eyebrows are the frame of your eyes and deserve as much attention!

9.      Mix Eye-shadow And Petroleum Jelly To Make Lipstick

To create a different shade of lipstick, mix a small amount of eye-shadow or blush with petroleum jelly. To ensure the lipstick stays, powder your lips first and fill your lips with lip liner before applying the lipstick to ensure it lasts longer.

10.     Eliminate Puffy Eyes

Get rid of puffy eyes with cucumber or tea bags. Puffy eyes have many causes including too much salt, caffeine, alcohol, genetics and of course, lack of sleep.

If you wake up in the morning and the first thing you see in the mirror are puffy eyes, immediately put two black or chamomile tea bags in boiled water. Let them cool to the touch, then apply one bag over each eye and leave it on for at least 10 to 15 minutes.

You can also use cucumber slices, witch hazel soaked cotton pads or raw slices of potatoes on your eyes to eliminate water retention around your eye area.

11.     Always Use Sunscreen

While your skin may look beautiful in your youth, the same cannot be said when you start moving into your late 30s. Therefore, to maintain that youthful glowing skin, invest in a good sunscreen which will protect you from harmful ultraviolet rays.

In addition, sunscreen acts as a barrier to UV rays which is linked to skin cancer. If you do not have sunscreen, cut a ripe tomato into half and rub it on your skin. This will also protect your skin when you go out in the sun.

12.     Wavy Hair For A Good Hair Day

Braid hair at night to get the waves in the morning. You can create wavy hair by yourself if you neither have the time nor money to go to a hair stylist.

First partition your hair into 4 to 8 portions. Then braid each of the hair portions at night and tie rubber bands at the end of the tails. Unbraid the following morning for a good hair day!

Women should use these beauty tricks and tips to look their personal best by accentuating their best features. A confident, modern woman is a sexy woman, and every woman is capable of being sexy.

8 Eating Habits That Prevent Alzheimer’s

What we eat affects our brain health for sure, but there is no one magical supplement or food for optimal brain health. Nor  is there one right dietary pattern solely for our brains. However, we show you a range of foods you should eat and a number of eating patterns (e.g. MIND diet, Asian eating, vegan eating, and the Mediterranean diet) that provide good nutrients for the brain.

A common element among different eating patterns good for brain health

One common element in the many different diets that promotes good food for the brain, is that there should be lots of healthy plant foods rich in antioxidants.

This is because plants produce antioxidants to keep themselves protected from diseases and ultra-violet light. These antioxidants, which we assimilate into the body when we eat plants in the form of vegetables, fruits, seeds, grains, nuts, and beans, also offer disease protection to our cells, including our brain cells.

Other Foods That Are Good For Brain Health

In addition to the antioxidant-rich foods, many other foods, especially those containing substances which reduces inflammation in the brain and the body are found to be good for brain health.

We show you the top 8 eating patterns that are good for brain health; pick one or a combination of a few to create a ‘brain smart’ dietary pattern that works best for you.

Top eating patterns for brain health

1.    Take Fewer Calories
 
There are many ways to do this without feeling hungry. Two best ways are:

Drink a soup or eat a veggie-packed salad at the start of the meal
Use a small serving plate (It sounds strange, but it works; we eat less when we use a small plate)

Reducing your calorie count helps you lose weight, which in turn helps reverse several risk factors linked with Alzheimer’s disease, including diabetes, high blood pressure and sleep apnea.

2.    Eat Several Servings Of Vegetables And Fruits Per Day

As per the Chicago Health and Aging Project, there is a strong relation between higher vegetable consumption and a significantly slower rate of decline in one’s cognitive abilities. All the participants were asked to fill out food logs and underwent cognitive ability tests at regular time intervals for six years. The researchers found that participants who ate in excess of four vegetable servings daily recorded 40% slower decline in their cognitive abilities than those who did not.

3.    Use Spices Generously

Spices and herbs not only add flavor to food, but they also offer several health benefits, including protection from Alzheimer’s. For example, more than one study has shown that curcumin can help reduce the risk of many diseases, including cancer, Alzheimer’s, and depression. Just half a teaspoon of curcumin in a day can reduce the fasting blood sugar by about 30% in Diabetes Type 2 patients. As Type 2 Diabetes is linked with Alzheimer’s, curcumin helps reduce the risk of it as well.

4.    Marinate Meat Before Cooking It

When protein, sugar, and fat react with heat, harmful compounds called AGEs are formed.  Found in high levels in processed meats, grilled and fried foods, sausages, and bacons, AGEs when consumed can trigger certain changes in the brain that are harmful.

Getting rid of harmful AGEs is not difficult at all: marinate your meat or fish before broiling or grilling or make them moist by other means, like boiling, poaching, or braising. AGEs are drastically reduced when meats are cooked using these methods.

5.    Snacks On Seeds And nuts

Apart from providing an abundant supply of omega-3 fatty acids, seeds and nuts are also rich in Vitamin E and selenium, two nutrients that are believed to be extremely good for brain health.

When it comes to edible brain protection, walnuts sit pretty high in the list. They not only provide high dose of omega-3 fatty acids but also offer us antioxidants which have been found to be effective in reducing Alzheimer’s in mice.

6.    Add Coldwater Fish To Your Diet

Coldwater fishes are an extremely good source of omega-3 fatty acid, which lowers inflammation in humans. According to a study done to understand the relation between omega-3 fatty acid consumption and the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, researchers found that the risk of Alzheimer’s was as much as 60% lower in people who ate fish at least once every week than those who rarely or never ate fish.

7.    Drink tea

Green and black tea are two excellent sources of catechins which are extremely effective in reducing and warding off oxidative damage in the body. Tea also lowers not only blood pressure but also cholesterol levels and is overall good for one’s health.

8.    Dark Chocolate

It is common knowledge that desserts, at least most of them, are loaded with sugar which increases blood sugar levels. Recent research shows that oxidative damage is greater in people with elevated blood sugar levels than those with normal blood sugar levels.

However, there is one dessert that actually prevents oxidative damage, and that is dark chocolate. It is rich in antioxidants called flavonoids, which are also present in most brightly-colored vegetables and fruits.

This probably explains the finding of one study, which revealed that baby bloomer who consumed drinks rich in chocolate two times per day for a period of three months performed equally well on memory tests as participants who were years younger to them. The same study also stated that the blood flow to the hippocampus (which plays a key role in the consolidation of information) improved after the consumption of a chocolate drink.

10 Secrets To Looking Younger

Aging is definitely something that can cause distress to people. While this is usually more of a concern to women, men can relate to this as well. As people grow older, they slowly find themselves with an abundance of wrinkles, enlarged pores, overall bad hair, and poor dental hygiene.

The modern stressful way of life forces us to be everywhere, to do everything we possibly can. However, this takes a toll on our body which seemingly age faster than it should.

Finding your 50-year-old-self next to another person of the same age with luscious hair and healthy skin makes you wonder how other people can achieve that. Because everyone should look their best, we share with you our top 10 secrets to looking younger:

1.    Make your manicure stand out – We decided to start with the most basic thing – your hands. All it takes to take people’s attention off your wrinkles is a good manicure. By that, we mean slapping on a bright red or pink colour onto your fingernails which will instantly help you look younger.

When it comes to colour selection, do not stray too far from shades of red and pink. Those trendy shades of blue, green, or even yellow colours will make you look like you are trying too hard to look young if the style doesn’t suit you.

2.    Put on a face primer – This is pretty simple and easy. Once you find a primer that suits you best (we will not recommend any particular product, but don’t be afraid to try things out), apply it just below your chin – the neck and your upper chest. You will eventually find yourself with a silky finish on your body that instantly makes you look younger.

3.    Soften your hairstyle – The general rule is hair with a soft, natural flow makes you look younger. Ditch the trendy styles for back-to-basics which is what actually most men prefer.

The next time you visit your hair stylist, ask for layers that will add a soft effect to your face, framing it, and ultimately making you look a lot younger and definitely more attractive!

4.    Boost your hair’s volume – Purchasing a powerful hair dryer will allow you to transform straight or wavy hair, making you look amazing every day.

Try this technique: as you’re drying your hair, pull it near the crown with a round brush, going towards the ceiling. It’s really quite simple yet effective.

When it comes to picking a dryer, select those that come along with a concentrator nozzle. They are designed to control the hot air’s flow.

5.    Find the perfect foundation – Foundations that consist of anti-aging ingredients will definitely help you mask your wrinkles. But the key thing is to find a foundation that works as a treatment to lift your face as well.

For best results, remember this tip: apply the foundation in daylight, as applying it in your bathroom is a big mistake unless the lighting is strong.

6.    Avoid white sugar – White sugar is basically a processed food with detrimental effects that hastens aging. White sugar makes your skin age faster by binding to and weakening your skin’s vital element, collagen. This can cause wrinkles to form easily.

Instead of sweets, eat more fruits and vegetables which has high water content to replenish your skin. They will also give you a boost in vitamins and make your skin look and feel healthier.

If you really need to take sugar, good alternatives will be brown sugar or raw sugar instead of processed white sugar.

7.    Make your eye area look fresh – Even though you may already be applying various facial creams, the area around your eyes are usually neglected as most products are unsuitable to apply near sensitive areas.

Luckily, there are products made especially for the skin area around your eyes. The key thing is to find a product with a gel formula, which will ensure your eye shadows and makeup look fresh throughout your daily routine.

8.    Do not forget your hands! – If you start noticing signs of aging on your hands, it’s prime time to begin applying the same process you would apply to your face – exfoliation.

Every time you exfoliate your face or even apply a mask to it, do the exact same thing with your hands, which will make you feel refreshed. Hand masks are popular and easy to find in stores.

9.    Try a massage or two – Regular massage session does wonders for your body. A full body massage is the absolute best trick to getting that reborn feeling. Deep tissue massages are also a top recommendation, as they focus in on the muscles which may be overused.

For a cheaper solution, try this. Take 20 to 30 minutes each day and do stretching, yoga, or even meditate. All these activities will give you an energy boost, and make you look and feel younger!

10.    Eye lashes – As you age, eye lashes can become brittle and dry which may cause them to fall out easily. The trick to keeping them refreshed and healthy is simple: before going to bed, apply eye cream to the tip of your eye lashes (of course, apply it to your eyes as well) using your fingers. This simple process will moisturize and revitalize your eye lashes, giving you a younger and fresher look each day!

13 Reasons Why Sugar Is The Silent Killer In Your Children’s Health

Over the years, excessive consumption of sugar has been linked to a variety of illnesses in children. While sugar is important for your child’s development, most kids consume more sugar than their daily needs, thus creating a habit of having an unhealthy diet from young which will likely stretch into their adulthood. The following are 10 reasons why sugar is bad for your child’s health.

1.     Tooth Decay

According to the National Dentist Association, sugar is the number one cause of tooth-related issues such as tooth pain, tooth decay, bleeding gums and weak teeth.

Even healthy foods such as milk and carbohydrate foods like bread contain sugars which support bacteria growth in the mouth. If this bacteria is not brushed, flossed or scraped away, it produces an acid that eats away at the tooth enamel. This will lead to tooth decay, bad breathe and gum disease.
As a parent you should know that a small amount of sugar each day is normal, however, it should be from healthy foods such as fruits, dietary produce like milk or staple food like bread, rice and noodles.

Added sugar on the other hand such as those found in soft drinks, cakes or sweets should contribute no greater than 10% of a person’s dietary energy needs daily.

2.     Sugar Promotes Obesity

Obesity is a major health problem around the world, more so because children and youths today are forming the majority group with obesity and weight related issues.

Sweet treats are high not only in sugar but also in fat. Excess sugar in the blood results in weight gain and deposit of fat in the body, leading to obesity.

3.     Greater Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes

Excess intake of sugar results in an overload in the child’s ability to metabolize sugar. These excess sugars usually come in the form of soda, sweet cereals, sweets and sugar added into processed foods and drinks. The excess sugar causes deregulation of the body’s sugar feedback mechanism resulting in insulin resistance and eventually, type 2 Diabetes.

4.     Increases Allergies

Studies have shown that consuming food high in sugar suppress the immune system. The suppressive effect starts within half an hour of consumption and lasts for at least 5 hours.

A weakened immune system means your child will find it difficult to combat, especially when they have yet to develop immunity against various diseases.Therefore, a child with a weak immune system brought on by consuming too much sugar has a higher chance of developing allergies from dust, pollen, furs from cats, dogs or other animals.

5.     Poor Appetite

Children who love eating foods rich in sugar are likely to load up on too much sugar which can cause poor appetite. In addition, a diet that constitutes a large amount of sugars is deficient in a variety of other needed nutrients such as iron, calcium, copper, magnesium, fiber, proteins and vitamins.

6.     Acid Reflux

Majority of children who consume too much sugar from treats such as soda, candy, pasta, hotdogs and cookies result in PH imbalance in the body. Foods such as candy and soda which are rich in sugar cause the body to become too acidic. This leads to diseases and conditions such as arthritis and gastric reflux/heartburn. Furthermore children who have a habit of drinking excessive chocolate milk have a higher chance of suffering from Acid Reflux. This is because dairy and sugar takes longer to digest in children and is highly acidic.

7.     Weakens Immunity

Excessive consumption of foods and drinks creates an imbalance between the good and bad bacteria/microorganism. While good bacteria protects the body from infections, harmful microorganism multiply quickly in this as excess sugar helps them to thrive in this environment. Overall, this leads to a weakened immune system, which will increases the chances of your child getting infections.

8.     Heart Disease

When food enters the body, it is first converted to glucose. Therefore when your child overeats, the body will have an excess amount of glucose. The excess glucose is then converted to fats which is stored in the body as energy reserves.

This fat may accumulate around blood vessels, causing the heart to work harder in order to pump nutrients and oxygen around the body. Over time, this may result in a heart attack.

9.     Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

Studies have proved that children who consume excess sugar have higher chances of suffering from ADD

Sugar in foods is easily converted into glucose which is used by the various organs such as the brain to function efficiently. In large amounts, sugar results in malfunction of the brain neurons, resulting in frequent disruptive behavior.

10.      Increases Acne And Aging

Sugar has been linked to acne and faster aging in children. This is because excess sugar results in sudden increase in blood sugar levels. The sugar molecules then attach to the collagen in the skin, a process called glycation, causing inflammation throughout the body. The inflammation leads to or worsens acne

When the glucose attaches to collagen, it also makes that part of the skin dry, stiff and inflexible causing the skin to age at a faster rate.

11.        Affects Eyesight

High blood sugar levels results in swelling of the eye lens causing blurry visions. When the sugar levels in the blood are not regulated, they eventually result in leaks in the eye lens and retina, which may lead to partial blindness.

12.      May Cause Appendicitis

Research has shown that children who are 2 years old or younger have higher chances of getting a ruptured appendix in cases where the child consumes excess sugar.

13.      Affects The Liver

Excess glucose in the body is turned into glycogen and stored in the liver. However when the liver is full, the rest of fructose is turned to fat. While most of the fat is transported to other parts of the body, some of it remains in the liver where it eventually builds up resulting in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

As a parent it is difficult to control the type of food that yor child eats whether it’s at home, school or in a friend’s house. However, it is also your duty as a parent to make sure that a larger percentage of the food they eat contains good sugar which is found in foods such as sweet potatoes. That way you will be helping your kid build a better immune system which will protect him or her against various opportunistic diseases.
 

8 Home Cures to Treat Eczema

Eczema skin condition affects 5% to 20% of people worldwide and is characterized by an itchy, red rash. Skin eczema occurs when dermatitis becomes chronic flare up, often during the winter period when the humidity is very low.

This skin condition may also return much later in adulthood and is usually difficult to manage. Not controlling eczema effectively can lead to skin sores and cracks that can further lead to infections, in some cases requiring the treatment of antibiotics.

People who have eczema often have to deal with skin irritation and lifelong related problems. If you or a loved one is struggling with eczema, it is essential to consult a skin doctor, or dermatologist.

There is no cure to eczema as yet, but there are several treatments that can help control the symptoms and improve your skin’s condition to prevent it from becoming chronic. We show you some home cures on how to treat Eczema.

1. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has many uses and is very versatile . Apart from using it in food recipes, you can also apply it onto your hair and skin. It is a popular ingredient used in making soap, and other products for our skin, hair, and teeth.

Research shows that Coconut oil helps eczema sufferers to get relief from itch and pain. One can use a coconut oil lotion bar or apply a thin layer of coconut oil onto the affected area. The oil can help soothe your skin because of its anti-fungal, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Coconut oil offers relief to the skin when it flare-up and minimizes any inflammation.

2. Apply A Soothing Butter

A good body butter works wonderfully when it comes to soothing those dry and itchy patches of skin that may crack and bleed. Body butter contains some fantastic healing ingredients such as coconut oil, shea butter, jojoba oil and beeswax.

Shea has stearic and oleic fatty acids which aids in skin repair. Beeswax thicken the butter and helps to repair and protect your skin as well as softening it. Jojoba and coconut oil are good additions to the butter that further help to soften skin and control inflammation.

3. Magnesium Baths

Magnesium baths and other kinds of detox baths can help eczema patients to get relief from itch. Simply add magnesium flakes or Epsom salts to bath water and soak in the bath water. Magnesium oil can also help.

The right recipe for a Magnesium bath is to use 1-2 cups of magnesium flake (caution: do not use more than the recommend amount!). Add 1/2 cup of Himalayan or Sea Salt, 10-15 drops of essential oil of choice and 1/2 tsp of natural vanilla extract. Soak the area or your whole body in this wonderful bath and see remarkable changes and improvement.

4. Supplement with fish oil

Research shows that fish oil is rich in N-6 and N-3 fatty acids that are particularly helpful in maintaining normal skin functions to control the severity of eczema.

Have sufficient fish oil in your daily diet either through eating fish or supplements to keep those inflammations under control. Fish oil supplements are available in capsules and liquid form and can be easily found at your local phamacy. The omega-3 fats help normalize the skin fats and keep the skin cells well dehydrated.

5. Use honey

The health benefits of honey are widely known, and honey can also help you to get relief from eczema. As honey is anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial, it helps to speed up the process of repairing broken skin. Moreover, it is humectant in nature and draws moisture to it.

The only downside is that honey is sticky, so the right way to use it is to apply it over small areas and in thin layers over the affected areas. You can cover those areas with a bandage and leave it on for half an hour before rinsing off with cold water.

6. Apply Turmeric

The turmeric herb is famous for its medicinal properties and often used in the treatment of skin disorders. According to research, the effective ingredient in turmeric, Curcumin, is known to contain anti-inflammatory and bactericidal properties.

It is very easy to use turmeric, all one needs to do is simply mix turmeric powder with some water to make a paste. Apply the turmeric paste on the areas with the skin conditions.

7. Cornstarch and Oil

Cornstarch paste is simply plain old cornstarch and water, and the soothing paste can absorb moisture that your skin needs to get relief from eczema. To make it more effective, one can add some olive or grapeseed to give it that extra moisturizing effect.

Make sure that the paste is neither too thick nor thin to apply. Apply to affected areas for about 30 minutes. Wash off with warm water and dry with a clean towel.

8. Jojoba

It is true that there are several home remedies that are very effective in treating skin condition. However, eczema is very widespread and not everyone may find the same success with a certain home cure.

If the above home-cures do not work well for you, try jojoba oil. Jojoba is not actually an oil, but a liquid wax that is able to penetrate the skin. It is found that the molecular composition of jojoba oil is similar to the natural sebum of our skin.

Jojoba consists of incredibly rich and moisturizing fatty acids and fatty alcohols. Apply the rich jojoba oil to the infected area and massage gently into your skin several times a day.

Follow the above home cures for eczema to prevent any further eczema outbreaks. Do also check for any food allergies that may cause an outbreak of eczema, as well as aim to reduce stress in your life as stress can further aggravate inflammation and skin eczema.
 

13 Natural Remedies For Allergy Relief

The pharmaceutical industry seems to have devised a drug for every condition from allergies to weight loss. However, the public is becoming increasingly aware of the many side effects of prescription drugs. As a result, they have turned to natural remedies.

For those of you struggling with allergies and have symptoms that include constant sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose, coughing, and nasal congestion amongst many others, we show you some natural and homemade remedies that you can use to treat allergies.

1.    Raw Honey

Did you know that all the pollen carried by bees go into the honey they make? Therefore, when you eat locally produced honey, you give your immune system a natural allergy shot that helps you build up resistance and tolerance to those allergens over time.

Hay fever and related pollen allergies may be minimized by taking honey a month before pollen season starts. Start by taking one tablespoonful of honey after each meal. To further reduce the allergy symptoms, chew a small piece of waxy honeycomb once a day. Honey also has many antibacterial properties which are important in fighting infections.

2.    Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

This is one of the best natural treatments available for allergies and with zero side effects.
Apple cider vinegar has both antibiotic and antihistamine powers, both extremely useful for sufferers of various allergies.

Apple cider vinegar works by blocking the production and release of histamines and efficiently suppress the allergy symptoms. It works best when it is combined with 1 tablespoon of honey and lemon juice.

Take 3 times a day for your body to build up its defense to fight all types of allergies. Apple cider vinegar also strengthens the lungs, immune system, improves blood circulation and provides the necessary acids which help in digestion of food.

3.    Turmeric
Tumeric is a bright yellow herb with an active ingredient called curcumin which has anti inflammatory, antiseptic, antioxidative and antitumor properties. Tumeric also serves as a first line of defense where it works by stabilizing mast cells which mostly line the trachea and intestinal tract
Turmeric also contains cortisin which is a bioflavonoid that strengthens mast cells when consumed frequently. Healthy mast cells have a barrier that keeps foreign materials such as pollen, protein and bacteria out of the blood stream, thus providing resistance to allergens.

4.     Saline Solution

Saline solution helps to clear sinus problems of if you are having a runny nose. To create your own home-based saline solution, follow these steps:

Mix a quarter teaspoon of sea salt with a cup of lukewarm water
Slightly tilt your head and lean over the sink
Use a teaspoon to pour the saline solution into one of your nose and allow to drain
Continue pouring until half of the content is used
Repeat the process with the other nostril
To clear the nostril, gently blow each nostril on a clean handkerchief

5.     Lemons

Lemons are packed with vitamin C which functions by breaking down histamines once it starts circulating in the blood.

Lemons also work by preventing histamine from being released through the stabilization of mast cell membranes. Mast cells are the storage unit of histamine and when they rupture, they release histamines which cause the allergic reactions.

The vitamin c in lemons also aid in reduction of inflammation.

6.     Nettle  Leaf

Nettle is the go-to herb for allergies. This herb is believed to have an anti-inflammatory effect where it helps in drying out the sinuses. It works by blocking the production of histamines. A typical dosage to treat allergies is 300mg of freeze dried nettle extract, one to three times a day.

7.     Quercetin

This is a compound found naturally in vegetables such as onions, berries, red wine and grape fruit. Quercetin contains bioflavonoid.

People with allergies benefit immensely from taking products containing high amount of quercetin because it inhibits the release of histamine. It also reduces inflammation and works by stabilizing cell membranes such that they become less reactive to allergens.

Quercetin should be taken a month before allergy season, in between meals with a recommended dosage of 1000mg.

8.     Omega 3 Fatty Acids

People with allergies or asthma need to increase their intake of omega 3 or omega 9 fatty acids, and limit the consumption of omega 6 fatty acids. Foods rich in omega three include nuts, flaxseed oil, fish and olive oil. These foods help prevent and treat chronic allergic reactions by strengthening the immune system, thus making it less prone to suffer from allergic reactions.

9.     Garlic

Garlic has antibacterial properties that are beneficial in healing allergy symptoms such as runny nose. Raw garlic eaten daily has the abilty to boost immunity to combat allergens effectively.

10.     Butterbur

Butterbur is scientifically known as Petasites Hybrids. It contains petasin and isopetasin as the active ingredients, both of which have anti-inflammatory effects.

These active compounds work by  blocking the formation of leukotrienes which cause sneezing, itchy nose, swelling and congestion. They inhibit histamine synthesis thus resulting in mast cell degranulation.

Butterbur is extracted from the roots and leaves of the butterbur shrub, and can also be used to treat symptoms of asthma and migraines.

11.     Peppermint

Peppermint helps to enlarge pores and increase perspiration, in the process eliminating toxins from our body that is causing allergy reactions.

12.     Acupuncture

Many people suffering from allergies are turning to acupuncture to release allergy symptoms. Research done by reseachers in Germany in 2013: Annals of Internal Medicine showed that when people with allergic reactions were treated with acupuncture, they ended up experiencing less seasonal allergy symptoms and use of antihistamine.

Acupuncture treatment also strengthens the immune system. Other functions of acupuncture include improving mental clarity, treating insomnia, back pain, migraines, weight loss, digestive problems and muscle aches.

13.     Probiotic

Probiotics are helpers of the immune system where they reduce incidences of allergies and calms allergic reaction inflammations.

Foods rich in probiotics include pickles, kimchi, yoghurt, kefir, Sauerkraut and tempeh.
Probiotics have also been known to prevent and treat asthma and eczema in children. They also help in the breakdown and absorption of food including making vitamins required by the body such as vitamin K.
 

8 Best Fruits to Boost Your Immune System

Apples are not the only fruit that help to keep your doctor away. There are several other fruits that help to boost your immune system and prevent you from falling sick easily. These fruits are a rich source of vitamins, fiber, minerals and water that have been conveniently packaged in their sweet-tasting natural self.

Almost everyone love fruits, each with their own list of favorite fruits. However, you should know which of those fruits are best for your immune system. A good rule of thumb is to include lots of colorful fruits and vegetables in your meal to maintain a vitamin-rich diet.

1. Kiwis
 
Kiwis are rich in vitamin C and vitamin E. Vitamin C is considered to be an important immune-boosting nutrient while vitamin E helps to raise the body’s T-cell count. Thus, Kiwi helps to strengthen the immune system and protects your body from viral and bacterial infections.

Kiwis are common everywhere and is not expensive to eat. One can make a smoothie out of the sweet green fruit, and it goes well with strawberries and spinach. Make an interesting salad with the fruit to get an antioxidant-rich meal!

2. Blueberries
 
Blueberries are an antioxidant-rich berry, available whole year round. It is high in vitamin C and vitamin A and helps with antibodies production. Packed with Vitamins C and E, blueberries are a nutritional powerhouse. Try eating berries with yogurt for a great immunity-boosting food combination. You can have blueberries as sauces at a main meal, or add them to a salad to make it more appetizing and nutritious.

3. Papaya
 
This tropical fruit is rich in beta-carotene and vitamin A. Easy to eat, you can eat it sliced or top with fresh lime juice.

Apart from improving your immune system, papaya is also known to promote better heart health as well as preventing cancer. It is well known for its high nutritional and medicinal value. Research studies has shown that the phytonutrient compounds in papaya wok as an immune enhancing and strong antioxidant.

4. Strawberries
 
Strawberries are not only beautiful to look at, delicious to eat but also carry amazing health benefits. They are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidant and are low in calories.
Known as a nutrient powerhouse, this popular berry is full of vitamin A and C and are excellent to boost immunity. Eat strawberries whole or use them as a topping for a salad.

5. Red or Pink Grapefruit
 
Grapefruit carries all the immune-boosting essentials as it is packed with vitamin C. The red and pink varieties are both packed with bioflavonoids and phytonutrients. These naturally-occurring compounds give an immunity boost to our bodies.

Grapefruits stand in high regard amongst citrus fruits and contains calcium, sugar and phosphorous. It is also a wonderful appetizer at proper meal settings.

6. Watermelon
 
Watermelon is a delicious summertime treat that is a must-have to keep cool in the heat. Like other fruits, this immune-boosting food is packed with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.

This super food has a large concentration of lycopene that gives it the red color. It offers an array of health-building benefits and helps prevent infection as well as reduces respiratory inflammation.

Make sure to include watermelon as part of your healthy fruit diet to keep your immunity strong.

7. Oranges And Lemons
 
 Oranges and lemons are known to be one of the best cold fighters and immunity builders. Because of their rich vitamin-C content, the citrus fruits are usually the first recommendations for curing cold and flu.

However, there is a lot more to orange and lemons. A recent study has found that these citrus fruits carry flavonoid compounds such as quercetin, hesperidin, rutin, apigenin and tangerine that are known to target immune malfunctions such as cancer development and excessive inflammation.

8. Purple Grapes
 
Purple grapes are full of anthocyanin which acts as powerful antioxidants for our bodies. Studies have shown that regular consumption of grape juice increases the antioxidant levels of immune cells in the intestines and lungs. Experiments showed that gamma delta T cells in the intestines and lungs act as a first line of protection against certain pathogens.

Apart from having these fruits to boost your immune system, your diet and lifestyle plays a significant role in boosting your immune system too. Besides eating well, you will also need to get quality sleep and exercise regularly to stay healthy.

It is sad to learn that most of us do not eat enough of fresh fruits and vegetables to keep ourselves healthy. These fruits are cheap, readily available at any grocery store and are packed with vitamins and other nutrients to keep the immune system strong.

The immune system is a system that needs balance and harmony to function optimally. While the intricacies of the immune response may still not be properly understood by researchers, there are strong links that prove the positive correlation between a healthy diet, exercise, lifestyle and the immune system. Therefore, do remember to add the above-listed fruits to your daily diet!
 

8 Weight-Loss Tips To Motivate Yourself

With today’s lifestyle, it is not surprising that people all over the world struggle with containing their weight. Being obese and fat is pretty much a modern day disorder – there were no obese people until the end of 19th century.

So why is this recent phenomenon happening? The answer lies in the food we eat, the amount of sleep we get, and how often we exercise. Now, exercising does not always mean having to go to the gym hitting the treadmill or lifting weights. Exercising basically means to do any type of physical activity that would cause you to sweat, thus burning calories or increasing your metabolism which ultimately leads to breaking down those fat cells stored in your belly, legs, arms, or other parts of your body. Jogging, playing a sport, taking an extra detour walk around your estate or even doing housework can help you to burn fat.

One interesting fact first: When you burn fat, it actually exits your body through your lungs, which means you’re exhaling the fat away. Research by scientists show that more than 80% of fat that left the human body was actually through exhaling carbon dioxide while the remaining fats was converted to water.

However, breathing alone without exercising won’t cause you to lose weight. Thus, we give you some popular tips that will help you along your weight losing journey:

1.    Eat healthier: It’s something you’ve surely caught yourself doing, and it goes like this – after a hard workout at the gym, you go home, take a shower, and then eat some chips you found sitting on your kitchen table. This simply has to stop!

You must control what you eat, when you eat, and how you eat, because without eating properly, there will be no net weight loss at all. Do not see food as your enemy, but if you fall head over heels for something sweet or unhealthy, you will find yourself struggling to lose weight, or worse, even putting on excess weight.

2.    No sugar: Removing sweets from your diet is one of the simplest way to lose weight. This goes for all those chocolate bars, cupcakes or dessert you baked or bought.

When your insulin goes down, fat can get out of the fat storage centre with ease, which means the body will burn fat, not carbohydrates. Ditching sugar can help you lose as much as several pounds within the first two weeks, so you definitely have something ‘sweet’ to look forward to!

3.    Do not skip breakfast: As you may already know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Not only must you have breakfast, you must also choose the healthiest combination of carbohydrates and protein as your first meal. Picking something healthy, like boiled eggs, yogurt, a salad, and oats is probably the perfect combination of those two important foods. They are all healthy and packed with nutrients that will not only help you eat healthily, but the protein found in egg-whites is key to maintaining your muscle mass.

4.    Exercise: It’s as simple as that – do whatever you want, but for the best results, find a perfect combination between cardio exercises and those class weight-lifting exercises (which include squats, deadlifts, bench press, etc.). Exercise doesn’t have to be lengthy, just focus on breaking sweat and giving it all every time you work out in a short 30-45min gym session.

5.    Have enough sleep: If you think finding the perfect set of exercises and eating right is all it takes to lose weight, there’s other factors as well. As much as you need to be active throughout your day, having a good night’s rest is crucial.

Studies have shown that sleep-deprived people have health issues including impaired metabolisms and poor glucose control, both of which affects your ability to lose weight efficiently.

Also, if you are not sleeping well, you will always find yourself struggling with your exercises – you just won’t be able to maintain the usual level of your exercise and the intensity of it. Therefore, make sure you get approximately 7-8h hours of sleep every night in perform optimally for the day ahead.

6.    Before and after photos: One of the best ways to get yourself motivated is to take a picture of yourself just before the start of your long journey. Visualise your goals – imagine a body shape you want to achieve as this can help you keep focus every time you find yourself struggling.

You will also want to wear tighter clothes as you start to see yourself fit into them with ease as you progress. That’s another cool trick to keep your mind focused.

7.    Drink water: Finding yourself dehydrated is probably as bad as snacking on chocolates at night. Water is a key component of our body, and staying hydrated throughout the day will help you stay away from excess food, as you’ll be curbing your hunger with zero calories water.

Having a bottle of water next to you while working out at the gym is strongly recommended.

8.    Have cheat days: Yes, it’s true. Cheat days are simply a way of rewarding your brain for all the good work it has done keeping you away from those desserts and sweet drinks.

So how does this work? The best solution would be to plan a week in which you will follow your diet plan and give everything you got from Monday to Saturday, and on Sunday, that is your cheat day.
The term ‘cheat day’ does not mean you can get to eat whatever you want for 24 hours. This simply means to have only one meal consisting of your favourite foods. Cheat days are not supposed to make you feel guilty. Many research have proven their effectiveness to keep your mind focused on the task at hand instead, which is to lose weight by pushing hard to get that result!
 
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