Archive for February, 2015

Top 11 Vitamin Deficiencies

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Signs and symptoms of vitamin deficiency include:

  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Pale or yellowish skin
  • Irregular heartbeats
  • Weight loss
  • Numbness or tingling in your hands and feet
  • Muscle weakness
  • Personality changes
  • Unsteady movements
  • Mental confusion or forgetfulness

Vitamin deficiencies usually develop slowly over several months to years. Vitamin deficiency symptoms may be subtle at first, but they increase as the deficiency worsens.

Symptoms of Iron Deficiency Anemia

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Who Is at Risk for Iron-Deficiency Anemia?

Anemia is a common condition and can occur in both men and women, in all ages and ethnic groups. The risk for iron-deficiency anemia is higher in the following groups:

1. women of child-bearing age
2. pregnant women
3. people with poor diets
4. frequent blood donors
5. infants and children, especially those born prematurely or experiencing a growth spurt
6. vegetarians who do not replace meat with another iron-rich food

Symptoms of Iron Deficiency Anemia

Symptoms of iron-deficiency anemia can be very mild at first, and may go completely unnoticed. In fact, most people do not realize they have mild anemia until it is identified in a routine blood test .

Symptoms of moderate to severe iron-deficiency anemia include:

  • general fatigue
  • weakness
  • pale skin
  • shortness of breath
  • dizziness
  • strange cravings for non-food items, such as dirt, ice, and clay
  • tingling or a crawling feeling in the legs
  • swelling or soreness in the tongue
  • cold hands and feet
  • fast or irregular heartbeat
  • brittle nails
  • headaches

 

Warning Sings of Calcium Deficiency

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

You’ll find as a list of calcium deficiency symptoms:

  • Muscle aches & cramps
  • Tooth Decay
  • Weak or deformed bones
  • brittle nails & dry skin
  • Kidney stones
  • PMS
  • Miscarriages
  • Osteoporosis, etc.
  • But did you know that calcium deficiency could also lead to:
  • Cancer;
  • Heart Disease;
  • Allergies;
  • Chronic Arthritis;
  • Headaches;
  • Common Colds, Flu, Infections;
  • Infertility;
  • Low pH, Acidic Saliva/Urine.

8 Warning Signs of Magnesium Deficiency

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

You can have a magnesium deficiency if you don’t consume enough of the nutrient if your diet or if your body doesn’t absorb enough when it goes through your system. Other things, like consuming too much alcohol and certain medication can also deplete your body’s magnesium. Magnesium plays an integral role in your body’s ability to keep your heart, kidneys, and muscles healthy. It also regulates nutrient levels, and keeps bones strong.

1. Fatigue

But one of the most common and early symptoms of a magnesium deficiency is fatigue. Because just about everyone feels tired at some point and the cause could be from so many different things, it’s difficult to come to the correct diagnosis – a magnesium deficiency likely isn’t the first thing your doctor is going to check. And unfortunately, the fatigue won’t go away until your body gets the right amount of magnesium in its system.

Since magnesium helps produce and transport energy, an insufficient level can easily result in feeling tired and weak. To keep your energy levels where they should be, you need to be getting enough magnesium. If you aren’t low in magnesium but experience fatigue often, sometimes magnesium supplements can be used to relieve fatigue.

2. Muscle Spasms and Cramps

Muscle spasms and cramping can not only be uncomfortable, but also quite painful. They’re uncontrollable and unpredictable, and they’re not something you can simply ignore and get on with your day. While athletes often suffer from muscle cramps due to inadequate stretching, dehydration, over-exertion, and lack of proper diet.

When a magnesium deficiency worsens, muscle spasms and cramping can be a sign of the lacking nutrient. So if you suffer from regular cramping and spasms, this could be a warning sign of low magnesium levels.

3. Arrhythmia

Magnesium plays a vital role in overall heart health. It’s vital for proper muscle contraction, and a low level can affect your body’s most important muscle, your heart. Arrhythmia is an irregular heartbeat, and magnesium directly helps you maintain a normal heart rhythm.In fact, magnesium is often used in medical settings when managing patients with arrhythmia.

4. Dizziness

Sometimes dizziness hits you when you stand up too fast and it quickly goes away. But when you have a magnesium deficiency and you experience dizziness because of it, it unfortunately doesn’t disappear–it can last all day without relief, and it can be hard for your doctor to diagnose properly because so many things can cause dizziness. As a result, magnesium deficiency is often overlooked when trying to diagnose and fix the problem. Low magnesium levels can give you similar feelings as vertigo, making you feel not only dizzy, but completely off balance. If you’re experiencing dizziness, it could be a warning sign of magnesium deficiency.

5. Nausea and Vomiting

Similar to vertigo, if you have a low magnesium level, you may experience nausea and even vomiting. Though these symptoms are considered an early, but not necessarily severe symptom of magnesium deficiency. Constantly feeling nauseous and vomiting is quite simply unpleasant – even if they aren’t considered severe symptoms – and can greatly impact your routine.

6. Numbness

Magnesium is one of the most abundant and important minerals in your body, responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions. So it’s not hard to believe that having a deficiency can greatly impact your overall health. Since magnesium impacts your nervous system, tingling and numbness can be a warning sign of a deficiency, particularly as it worsens. Without sufficient magnesium in the body, it can prevent nerve and muscle functions to act and react properly. A lack of magnesium can also prevent your body from sending the proper signals, resulting in numbness and tingling. It’s common to feel these symptoms in your face, feet and hands.

7. Personality Changes

Personality changes are a warning sign of magnesium deficiency. Significant personality changes, including abnormal amounts of confusion and irritability, can seem to come out of nowhere. Simple things can seem overwhelming and you may feel out of sorts, and you’re likely to notice the change but are unsure of how to fix it or what’s causing it. And since many things can cause symptoms like this, a magnesium deficiency is often not considered when trying to diagnose the change in personality.On top of these personality changes and periodically mood swings, magnesium deficiencies can make it difficult to sleep.

8. Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Everyone experiences a bout of anxiety or panic once in a while, but if you’re experiencing it regularly, it could be due to a magnesium deficiency. You may be quick to blame anxiety on the everyday stress of balancing your personal and professional life and schedule, but you could consider the role a magnesium deficiency has in causing anxiety and panic attacks, especially if you aren’t typically prone to panic and anxiety.

 

There are a lot of different symptoms of a panic attack, some of which include difficulty breathing, a racing heart, chest pains, an intense rush of fear or dread, tingling in your limbs and trembling, among other uncomfortable and terrible feelings.

The 7 Identifying Symptoms of Rosacea

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Rosacea is often misdiagnosed as eczema or dermographia, and unfortunately, the longer it’s undiagnosed and untreated; the worse it can become. That’s why it’s vital to recognize rosacea and its seven most telltale symptoms .

1. Tiny Facial Bumps

Most rosacea patients develop a smattering of red, inflamed bumps, or pustules, along their cheeks, nose, and chin. Many doctors can mistake this pattern of bumps as general acne due to the fact that the bumps are often pus-filled (like whiteheads). The differentiating factor is that rosacea bumps will be hot to the touch and often extra tender as well.

2. Exaggerated Facial Blood Vessels

One of the most identifying characteristics of rosacea is the persistent redness that’s often caused by swollen blood vessels. These tend to become exaggerated and visible in the center portion of the face—including along the bridge of the nose and across the cheeks.

3. Facial Flushing

The most common and telltale sign of rosacea is the deep blush or flush caused by the condition in its earliest stages.  Periods of flushing will come and go, often accompanied by a very hot or feverish feeling across the area of skin it affects. Rosacea flushing can linger for 5 to 10 minutes, but the heat and red color will dissipate and return to normal afterwards.

4. Persistent Red Skin

For many victims of this chronic skin condition, rosasea flushing can oftentimes be accompanied with lingering and persistent facial redness. It’s often mistaken for a deep blush or sunburn, but it’s caused by the swelling (or dilation) of a grouping of blood vessels under the skin, particularly in the center of the face.

5. Engorged Nose

Far more common to male sufferers than it is to female sufferers, rosacea can cause the skin on and around the nose to become thick, red, and bulbous, similar to a condition called rhinophyma, which is the ruddy effects often thought common to binge drinkers.

6. Hyper-Reactive Skin

One thing that all rosacea sufferers have in common is sensitive skin. This can occur due to many factors—including friction, touch, or environmental stimuli (i.e., temperature or sunlight)—which causes the blood vessels to become painfully inflamed. However, its sensitive blood vessels and not sensitive skin that causes this reaction in those with rosacea.

7. Chronic Eye Problems

About 50-percent of those who suffer from rosacea also suffer from some type of eye issues—ranging from a mixture of dry eyes to swollen eye lids, and from irritated and tender eyelids to eye ball redness.

 

10 Acne Trigger Foods: Avoid These Foods to Prevent Breakouts!

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Below is a list of trigger foods for acne. If you’re experiencing breakouts, try eliminating one or two foods at a time (eliminate dairy for one week, greasy foods the next etc) to see if removing these foods helps to keep your skin clear. If you want to make sure you don’t breakout, avoid all of these foods altogether as much as possible. Here are 13 trigger foods for acne.

1. Chocolate

2. Spicy Foods

3. Cheese

4. Nuts

5. Peanut Butter

6. Sushi

7. Milk

8. Pizza

9. French Fries

10. Potato Chips

22 Foods to Avoid with Diabetes

Friday, February 20th, 2015

These top food offenders contain high amounts of fat, sodium, carbs, and calories that may increase your risk of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, uncontrolled blood sugar, and weight gain.

Think Twice Before Eating These Foods

  • Nachos
  • Coffee Drinks
  • Biscuits and Sausage Gravy
  • Battered Fish Dinners
  • Fruit Juice Beverages
  • Deep-Fried Chinese Entrees
  • Cinnamon Rolls
  • Restaurant French Fries
  • Purchased Cookies
  • Fried Chicken
  • Purchased Pie
  • Purchased Smoothies
  • Processed Lunch Meat
  • Restaurant Hamburgers
  • Purchased Doughnuts and Baked Goods
  • Frozen Meals
  • Regular Soft Drinks
  • Purchased Cakes
  • Flavored Water
  • Frozen Pizza
  • Milk Shakes
  • Restaurant Pizza

How Can I Get Rid of My Blackheads?

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

  • Use a gentle, water-soluble cleanser and a gentle washcloth to add a bit of manual exfoliation, but don’t overdo it. No irritating or drying cleansers should ever touch your face.
  • Avoid overly emollient or greasy moisturizers in blackhead-prone areas. As much as possible, use only gel, light fluid lotion, or liquid skin-care products because most of the ingredients that give lotions and creams their thick consistency can clog pores.
  • Use a well-formulated, leave-on salicylic acid–based exfoliant (also called BHA) that contains absolutely no irritants.
  • Absorb excess oil. Those with oily skin will benefit from irritant-free clay masks and oil-blotting papers.

Follow these steps for gentle, at-home blackhead extraction:

  • Wash your face with a gentle, water-soluble cleanser and follow with a  well-formulated toner containing niacinamide to improve the shape of the pore.
  • Place a slightly warm (not hot), wet washcloth for about 2 to 3 minutes over the area you want to squeeze, and then pat the area dry.
  • Use a comedone extractor. First, center it over the blackhead and then gently press down and pull forward at the same time.
  • Next, to get more of the blackhead out, use a tissue over each finger (to prevent slipping and accidentally tearing your skin) and then apply even, soft pressure to the sides of the blackhead area, gently pressing down and then up around the affected pore.
  • Repeat this process only once. If nothing happens, it means that the blackhead cannot be removed with this first treatment, and continuing will most likely cause a wound and scabbing. You can try again in a few days.
  • Follow up with a  well-formulated BHA  (salicylic acid) exfoliant.

Blackheads

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

The Real Cause Of Blackheads

  • Hormones cause excess oil to be produced inside the pore, which prevents it from flowing naturally to the surface.
  • That excess flow of oil gets backed up, and then it mixes with built-up dead skin cells that cannot be shed normally.
  • The combination of too much oil and dead skin cells is then exposed to air, which causes it to oxidize and turns black.

What Can You Do to Get Rid of Blackheads?

To start getting rid of blackheads, you need products that can do all of the following:

  • Restore a normal flow of oil out of your pore by improving the shape of the pore lining.
  • Reduce and absorb excess oil.
  • Remove dead, built-up surface skin cells that aren’t shedding normally.

Why Won’t My Blackheads Go Away?

Blackheads tend to be stubborn no matter what you do. Often, however, the problem persists or becomes worse because of the skin-care routine you are using. Here’s what you may doing wrong:

  • Shockingly, lots of products claimed to address blackheads contain irritants–alcohol, peppermint, menthol, lemon, lime, eucalyptus–that actually increase oil production and make matters worse!
  • Irritation of any kind stimulates nerve endings in the skin that lead to the release of hormones that cause oil production, leading to more blackheads!
  • You can’t scrub blackheads away. Blackheads are too deep in the pore to be removed by surface scrubbing, and the irritation of the scrubbing can cause more oil production.
  • Blackheads cannot be pulled out of the pore by using pore strips. Pore strips remove only the very surface part of a blackhead, so you’ll see it again soon.
  • Microdermabrasion cannot reach the root of the problem, so any benefit you see from this procedure is only temporary.
  • Bar soap is a problem for fighting blackheads because the very ingredients that keep bar cleansers in their bar form can clog your pores. Your skin might feel squeaky clean with bar cleansers, but that feeling is drying and irritating, and that won’t help any blemish on your face.

Healthy Benefits of Baby Corn

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Low-Calorie Corn

Baby corn is a low-calorie vegetable with 25 calories per 1/2-cup serving. By comparison, a 1/2-cup serving of regular corn kernels, which is considered a starchy vegetable, has 80 calories. The baby corn has a similar calorie content to other non-starchy vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and green beans. As a low-calorie food, baby corn can fill you up without costing you too many calories, making it a good choice for those trying to lose or maintain a healthy weight.

Low-Carb, High-Fiber Corn

Just like the calories, baby corn also has a lower carb count than regular corn, but is still a good source of fiber. A 1/2-cup serving of baby corn contains just 4 grams of carbs, versus 15 grams in 1/2-cup of regular corn kernels, and 2 grams of fiber. Getting more fiber in your diet offers a number of health benefits, including a lower risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Fiber in foods such as baby corn also help keep you feeling full and have been associated with lower body weights.

Some Protein and Fat Free

A 1/2-cup serving of baby corn contains 2 grams of protein and 0 grams of fat. Both protein and fat are essential nutrients. It is recommended that you get 10 to 35 percent of your calories from protein and 20 to 35 percent of your calories from fat. Protein is needed to make new cells, and fat acts as a source of energy.

Watch the Sodium

As a canned food, baby corn is a source of sodium. A 1/2-cup serving of baby corn contains 280 milligrams of sodium. If you’re concerned about the sodium content, you may be able to find fresh baby corn at your local farmer’s market. Too much sodium in the diet raises blood pressure and may cause fluid retention. Ideally, your daily intake of sodium should be less than 2,300 milligrams a day.

Vitamins and Minerals

Baby corn is nutrient-rich, and a 1/2-cup serving meets 4 percent of the daily value for vitamin A and iron, and 2 percent of the daily value for vitamin C . As essential nutrients for your immune system, both vitamins A and C help your body fight off infection . Your body needs iron to transport oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body .

 

 

 

Factors which Affect Iron Absorption and Retention

Saturday, February 14th, 2015
    • The most important factor is your existing iron level. A low iron level will increase absorption, while a high iron level will decrease absorption. In general, you absorb 10-15% of the iron from foods.
    • Vitamin C will increase the absorption of nonheme iron by as much as 85%.
    • Tannins, oxalates, polyphenols, and phytates found in tea and coffee can reduce the absorption of non-heme iron by up to 65%. Black tea reduces absorption more than green tea and coffee.
    • The following teas and beverages also inhibit iron absorption: Peppermint tea, penny royal, cocoa, vervain, lime flower, chamomile, and most other herbal teas with polyphenols.
    • Calcium, polyphenols, and phytates found in legumes, whole grains, and chocolate can reduce absorption of nonheme iron.
    • Some protein from soy products may inhibit nonheme iron absorption.
    • Calcium, milk, and antacids can inhibit absorption of iron supplements.
    • High fiber foods, such as whole grains, raw vegetables, and bran can inhibit absorption of iron supplements.
    • Foods or drinks with caffeine can inhibit absorption of iron supplements.

 

How to prevent Toothache

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Most people can avoid severe dental problems with regular dental care.

  • Maintain a healthy diet, brush and floss often. Bacteria thrive on refined sugar and starch and need this in order to burrow through the enamel on teeth. One should watch what they eat and be careful about food that sticks to and between the teeth. Regular brushing habits can be key to tooth pain prevention. Brushing after eating or adding foods that can act as a natural toothbrush should be part of one’s preventive care routine (end meals with a salad or apple).
  • Prevent tooth decay with fluoride. Fluoride is effective in preventing tooth decay in children. Fluoride is a natural element and is found in many water supplies and vegetables. Check and see if tap water is fluoridated. If the water is not fluoridated, the dentist can prescribe fluoride tablets or fluoride supplements for children younger than 10 years of age.
  • One should arrange to have the teeth cleaned by a dentist or dental hygienist at least twice a year. This has been shown to be effective in preventing both decay and gum disease. Dental X-rays may be needed every year to identify problem areas.
  • One should keep their bridge or dentures clean. The dentist can offer suggestions. Even if one does not have all of their original adult teeth, they can prevent new dental problems if they try these preventive tips.
  • Wear a protective dental guard or headgear while playing sports to help prevent injury.
  • Do not smoke. Tobacco smoking may make some dental conditions worse.

Fantastic Homemade Hair Conditioners

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

1. MAYO, EGG WHITES & YOGURT

Ingredients:

1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup mayonnaise
egg whites from 1 egg

Directions:

Whip all that deep conditioning goodness around in a bowl, and you’re ready to rock. Lather it onto your hair, focusing on the ends where you’ll likely have the most damage, and make sure to really coat all the strands of hair.It needs to sit on your head for about 30 minutes.Rinse REALLY well using LUKEWARM water.

After you rinse you can opt to shampoo your hair, or wait and let the conditioner keep working its glorious magic.

2. HONEY

Ingredients:

1/2 cup honey (you may substitute any local or organic honey)

4 tablespoons light olive oil (depending on hair type, use lesser amount for oily hair)

Directions:

In a small bowl, mix together honey and olive oil until full integrated. Pour mixture through a funnel into a plastic bottle with a squeeze top lid.

When ready to use, gently shake mixture and massage into your hair until evenly covered. Cover your head with a shower cap and allow the conditioner to stay on your hair for at least 30 minutes and up to an hour. Shampoo and rinse your hair thoroughly.

3. COCONUT OIL

Coconut oil is one of the few oils that can make your hair not only smell awesome, but also that will make your hair shiny and so, so soft. This coconut oil conditioner is designed specifically for oily hair. It’ll get rid of the excess oil and truly leave your hair feeling so light and natural!

Ingredients:

1 cup water
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon of coconut oil (find it in the baking section of a grocery store, health food store, candle store)

Directions:

A whisk and a bowl

Start by whisking the egg yolk until it becomes frothy, add the coconut oil, and whisk it a little more.

Add the water and then stir it until it becomes smooth. Apply the mix to your hair and scalp, massage it thoroughly then let it rest for 2-5 minutes.

Rinse your hair with clean cool water.

4.AVOCADO

Avocados actually are rich in good fats, which means that you’ll have hair that is super shiny, super manageable and totally light and airy.

Here’s what you need:

one avocado
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons heavy cream

Directions:

Mix all that up, comb it through your gorgeous hair and cover with a shower cap. Keep it for about 20 minutes and rinse well.

5. COCONUT MILK

All you need is avocados, coconut oil and coconut milk. Just mix all of the ingredients on up and leave on for about 10 – 15 minutes for really deep conditioning!

Ingredients:

1 avocado
1 cup of coconut milk
2 tablespoons of coconut oil

Directions

Peel, pit, and mash your avocado. Add the coconut milk and coconut oil and mix until smooth. Work this conditioner through your hair (you can let it hang out for 10-15 minutes for deeper conditioning). Rinse and then shampoo.

How to Care for Your Nails at Home

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Taking care of your nails not only improves how your hands look, but also helps you stay hygienic and healthy. Here are some tips to help!

Trim your nails when they get too long. Cut nails when they reach a point that’s to high for you. If you don’t clip them when needed they can tear or get caught on things. Even worse it can scratch things…. like you.

  • Take special care with your toenails. For true nail care, trim your toenails in a straight line and not in a curved manner. Inappropriate toenail cutting, toe injuries and even ill-fitting boots or shoes might result in minute pieces of these toenails splitting up at the corners. This can also lead the problem of ingrown nails.
Follow a good diet for nails. Fragile nails can be caused by iron deficiencies. Foodstuffs abundant in iron include liver, trim red meats, species of fish, soy products, beans, lentils, whole grain products, green spinach, fresh vegetables, asparagus, parsley, poultry along with turkey, nuts, egg yolks, dry fruits like raisins, dates and apricots, etc. Eat a lot of these to help keep your nails healthy!

  • Beetroots usually contain more calcium and also vitamin D to supplement healthy nail growth. Day-to-day consumption of beetroots is likely to make all your finger nails incredibly healthy and sturdy.
  • Likewise for daily nail care, incorporate additional calcium loaded food items for instance milk products into your daily diet.
Use some tricks and remedies to clean your nails and remove stains.

  • Squeeze a tbsp. of freshly squeezed lemon juice in a cup of normal water and dip all your fingernails or toenails in this particular solution as for a couple of minutes. Then thoroughly clean these with hot water and then use a moisturizer. This really is a helpful nail care tip to get rid of stains on your nails.
  • For nail care dip all your fingernails and toenails into lukewarm mustard oil as for 8-10 minutes. Then rub each of them slowly and gradually to ensure that circulation of blood is as usual. This really should be executed each day to help make all of your fingernails and toenails fit and strong.
  • Dip your fingernails through warm and comfortable olive oil just for 15-20 minutes on every alternate day. This is a beneficial nail care tip to help harden tender fingernails and toenails.
Massage your nails. Use a cotton ball dipped in fresh lemon juice and rinse them all right out after short while. By following this kind of procedure, an individual’s fingernails or toenails will end up being firm as well as radiant.

What Are The Benefits Of Putting Cucumber On Eyes?

Monday, February 9th, 2015

  • Cucumber on eyes will revitalize the skin. Any  skin cream , or cleanser, that contains cucumber is good for firming the skin .
  • Cucumbers have a subtle, mild skin lightening effect. This is why cucumber on eyes is so often used for the dark circles under the eyes. This skin lightening effect can also make your skin appear youthful and glowing.
  • The ascorbic acid and caffeic acid in cucumbers brings down the water retention in the eyes. This will reduce the swelling and puffiness around the eyes.
  • Using cucumber on a sunburn can provide instant, cooling relief. If you experience sun burn on your facial skin, you can rub a freshly sliced cucumber on your skin to cool it down.
  • Cucumber pulp can improve your skin’s complexion, especially if you are experiencing redness or irritation. Cucumber pulp can also help  rej uvenate the skin .
  • Cucumbers can help tighten open pores. Cucumber extract can be used as a toner or skin tightener. This is what makes it perfect in the LifeCell cleanser.
  • Oddly enough, cucumber is not just beneficial on the face and eyes. It can be used on cellulite! Mix ground coffee with cumber juice, and some raw honey. You can apply this to cellulite and wrap it in cloth. Leave it on for 30 minutes before rinsing.
  • Cucumbers are 95% water, so in essence they are a  great moisturizer for the skin .
  • Cucumbers are high in vitamin E and potassium to  reduce fine lines , act as an  anti wrinkle treatment , reduce blemishes and many other signs of aging.
  • Cucumbers on eyes also works well because cucumbers are high in silica and  antioxidants . This abundance of antioxidants is what makes it one of the  best anti aging products.
  • Cucumbers are natural, so when you use cucumber on eyes you can be sure you are not applying anything that will irritate your eyes.

Top 5 benefits of Banana for skin

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

 

1. Skin Moisturizer. Rich in potassium and moisture, banana hydrates and moisturizes dry skin, making it soft and supple. If your skin is peeling and dry, simply apply a banana face mask on your face. Get a small bowl, mash up a ripe banana with the back of your fork and apply to your face, avoiding the area around your eye and mouth. Rinse with cold water after 10 to 15 minutes and enjoy the soft feel of your skin!

2. Oil control. If you’ve got oily greasy skin, use a simple banana face mask with lemon juice and honey. Banana is a great exfoliator which helps slough off excess sebum on skin surface. It also contains and contains moisture, potassium and vitamins e and c which all promote clear glowing skin. Mash a ripe banana with the back of a fork and combine 1 tablespoon of raw honey and 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice to make an amazing face mask. Rinse off with a wet cloth or cold water.

3. Anti aging. Bananas, also known as Nature’s botox contain super wrinkle fighting nutrients that helps fade age spots and prevent fine lines and wrinkles from forming. Coupled with other wrinkle busting kitchen ingredients, you can gently nourish, exfoliate and protect mature skin. Slather on a thick coat of a powerful anti aging banana face mask containing one mashed banana, 1 teaspoon orange juice and 1 teaspoon thick yogurt.

4. Treat Acne. Banana and banana peels re excellent homemade remedies for treating acne and pimples. You can directly apply the inside of a banana peel onto your acne to reduce inflammation and destroy bacteria. Also use a face mask with mashed banana, honey and turmeric to brighten skin, reduce acne and moisturize your skin. Wash off with cold water and pat your face dry. Remember to be consistent to see results.

5. Lighten dark spots. Whether it’s acne scars, tiny moles, age spots or just dark spots which make your face dull, you can reduce them and even out general skin discolorations applying mashed banana onto your face at least twice a week.

Treatment of Schizophrenia

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Medicine for Schizophrenia

Prescription drugs can reduce symptoms such as abnormal thinking, hallucinations, and delusions. It’s thought they work by regulating certain brain chemicals and receptors that influence thinking, perception, and behavior. Some people have troubling side effects, including tremors and weight gain. Schizophrenia drugs can also interact with other medications or supplements. In most cases, long-term medication is essential to managing schizophrenia.

Psychosocial Therapies

Counseling can help people cope with their problem behaviors and thoughts, and improve how they relate to others. In cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), people learn to test the reality of their thoughts and better manage symptoms. Other forms of therapy aim to improve self-care, communication, and relationship skills. These strategies are not meant to replace medication, but can help people already stable on medication manage everyday challenges.

Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation may include job training, money management counseling, and guidance in using public transportation or shopping for groceries. The goal is to help people with schizophrenia stay employed and maintain as much independence as possible. Rehab programs are particularly effective when combined with psychotherapy.

Relapse Prevention

People with schizophrenia sometimes quit their medications because of side effects or a poor understanding of their illness. This raises the risk of serious symptoms returning and triggering a full psychotic episode. Regular psychosocial therapy can help people stay on medication and avoid a relapse or the need for hospitalization.

Causes of Schizophrenia?

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

What Causes Schizophrenia?

The exact cause is not known, but scientists suspect genes and environment both play a role. Inside the brain, levels of the chemical messengers dopamine and glutamate may be out of balance. And brain structures may be abnormal, too. For example, brain scans of identical twins show that the fluid-filled “ventricles” can be larger in a twin with schizophrenia, compared with a twin who does not have the illness. Activity levels can also be higher or lower than normal in some areas of the schizophrenic brain.

Diagnosing Schizophrenia

There are no lab tests to detect schizophrenia, so a diagnosis is usually based on history and symptoms. Tests may be ordered to rule out other medical causes of symptoms. In teenagers, a combination of family history and certain behaviors can help predict the onset of schizophrenia. These behaviors include withdrawing from social groups and expressing unusual suspicions.

 

Guide to Schizophrenia

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

What Is Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a chronic, disabling brain disorder that affects about 1% of Americans. It may cause people to hear voices, see imaginary sights, or believe other people are controlling their thoughts. These sensations can be frightening and often lead to erratic behavior. There is no cure, but treatment can usually control the most serious symptoms.

Schizophrenia Symptoms

Symptoms of schizophrenia may include:

  • Hallucinations — hearing or seeing imaginary things
  • Delusions — wildly false beliefs
  • Paranoia — the fear others are plotting against you

Some symptoms, such as lack of enjoyment in everyday life and withdrawal from social activities, may mimic depression.

How Schizophrenia Affects Thoughts

People with schizophrenia often have abnormal ways of thinking. They may have trouble organizing their thoughts or making logical connections. They may feel like the mind is racing from one unrelated thought to another. Sometimes they experience “thought blocking,” a feeling that thoughts are removed from their head. Despite popular belief, schizophrenia is not dissociative identity disorder (multiple personality disorder.)

How Schizophrenia Affects Behavior

Schizophrenia causes a wide range of behaviors. People may speak incoherently or even make up words. They may act agitated or appear stone-faced. Many people have trouble maintaining basic hygiene or orderly homes. Schizophrenia can also cause repetitive behaviors, such as pacing. In contrast to common stereotypes, the risk of violence against others is small.

Who Gets Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia affects men and women at the same rate, and occurs almost equally in all ethnic groups around the world. Symptoms usually begin between ages 16 and 30. The onset tends to be earlier in men than in women. Schizophrenia rarely begins during childhood or after age 45. People with schizophrenia in their family may have a higher risk for the illness.