Archive for April, 2015

Neem & Diabetes

Friday, April 24th, 2015

 

Neem is widely prescribed by contemporary Ayurvedic physicians for the treatment of diabetes mellitus.

The general impression is that maybe neem enhances insulin receptor sensitivity since it seems to work well on Type II diabetics.

Neem tree has been used since time immemorial in treating large number of diseases. Its uses have been mentioned in the early vedic texts as a naturally occurring wonder drug curing diseases like blood pressure and diabetes. The traditional system of medicine such as ayurveda has been making use of this herb to cure the disease. In the modern times, diabetes is more of a life style disease rather than anything else; neem is being widely used by herbal medicine manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies as more and more people all across the globe fall victim to it. It is a cause of number of other diseases like heart disease, blindness etc.

Part of Neem Used in Diabetes

Neem leaf extracts and seeds are used as an active ingredient as an effective cure for diabetes. It has been scientifically proven after a number of tests and research by leading medical institutes, that neem parts have high efficacy in treating the disease. Natural neem tablets are being manufactured and exported the world over for treating large number of patients. Neem leaf extracts improve the blood circulation by dilating the blood vessels and also helpful in reducing the need for hypo-glycaemic drugs. According to scientific research undertaken neem leaf extracts and seed oil help to reduce the insulin requirement. Neem tablets help to lower the blood glucose levels.

Neem tablets can also be taken as a dietary supplement for prevention of the disease. The basis of the neem capsules can be traced to the early ayurvedic use of the herb, which is further strengthened due to research and clinical trails being undertaken by leading research organisations.

Reason for popularity of Neem in Diabetes Curing Drugs

The popularity of neem based anti diabetes drugs is due to the fact that not only they are more effective in curing the disease but also have no side effects. There are no synthetic materials used in the production of the drugs. Neem is considered to be one of the safest medicinal herbs available; FDA’s database does not include any references to neem having any adverse effects when used in medicines.

How to Preventing Eye Redness

Friday, April 24th, 2015

 

  1. Determine the cause of your eye redness. See an eye specialist for a professional opinion on why your eyes are red and irritated. Be able to provide answers to the following questions to help him or her make an accurate diagnosis:

    • Is this a chronic problem or is this the first occurrence?
    • Do you have any symptoms other than red eyes?
    • How long has this particular occurrence been present?
    • What medications do you take? Include any vitamins or supplements.
    • Do you drink alcohol or use any drugs?
    • Do you have any chronic diseases?
    • What allergies do you suffer from?
    • Have you been under a lot of stress lately?
    • Have you been sleeping enough?
    • Are you eating less, or do you feel dehydrated?
  2. Reduce the amount of time you look at screens. Studies show that our blinking rate decreases 10-fold when we’re staring at screens. Blinking is important to eye health because it keeps our eyes moisturized. Staring at laptops, TV monitors, and other electronic screens can cause your eyes to dry out and redden. If you have to look at screens for extended periods of time, take these precautions:
    • Consciously remind yourself to blink.
    • Follow the 20-20 rule: every twenty minutes, take a break from your screen and do something else for 20 seconds to a minute. Give your eyes a little breather.
    • Lower the brightness on your screen. Change the screen color to sepia or light gray if possible.
    • Place the screen 20-40 inches away from your eyes.
  3. Adjust your electronic screens. If you have a job for which you have to use a computer or watch TV, you may not be able to reduce your screen time. You can still make small adjustments to lessen the burden on your eyes.
    • Place the screen somewhere it is level with your eyes. You don’t want to be looking up or down at the screen.
    • Leave a distance of about 20-40 inches (50-100 cm) between your eyes and the screen.
    • Wear eyewear design to fight eye strain from the glare of light off the screen. If you wear prescription lenses or glasses, ask your eye care expert if the time you spend looking at screens calls for a new prescription.
  4. Avoid smoking. Irritants like smoke bother your eyes and cause unnecessary redness. Smoking also increases your risk for a variety of eye diseases, including cataracts, macular degeneration, uveitis, diabetic retinopathy, and dry eye syndrome. Smoking while pregnant can even cause infant eye disease in an unborn child.
    • If you’re unwilling or unable to quit smoking, make sure to smoke outside to keep your house smoke free. You can also purchase air cleaners to keep your home smoke-free if you smoke indoors.

  5. Limit your alcohol intake. Drinking too much alcohol dehydrates the body.You lose nutrients important for tear production through increased urination. The combination of dehydration and nutrient loss causes dryness and redness in the eyes.
    • Use a drink calculator to figure out if you’re drinking more alcohol than you should.
    • When drinking alcohol, drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated. You need enough water in your body to keep your eyes moisturized.
  6. Eat a balanced diet.The food you eat can impact your eye health, along with the other organs in your body. Eat a balanced diet rich with omega 3 fatty acids (salmon, flaxseed, nuts, etc.) to ensure healthy eyes and prevent inflammation.
    • Vitamins C, E, and zinc prevent eye problems that arise with age. You can find these vitamins in bell peppers, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, strawberries, oranges, cantaloupe, cabbage, tomatoes, raspberries, celery, and spinach.
    • Vitamins B2 and B6 reduce age-related eye diseases and help prevent cataracts. Eat foods like eggs, fresh vegetables, whole cereals, dairy products, sunflower seeds, and meats like tuna, liver, and turkey.
    • Lutein and zeaxanthin protect the eyes from harmful lights. To boost these nutrients in your diet, eat plenty of green peas, green beans, orange bell peppers, corn, tangerines, oranges, mangos, eggs, and dark, green leafy vegetables such as kale, collard greens, broccoli, and spinach.
    • Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water each day.
  7. Get plenty of sleep. Though this is a common cause of eye redness, it’s often ignored. Sleep replenishes your entire body, including your eyes. You should sleep 7 to 8 hours every night.Getting too little sleep can leave eyes dry and irritated, and also result in problems like eye twitching and bags under the eyes.
    • Another benefit of sleep is that it allows time for white blood cells to fight harmful pathogens.
  8. Manage your allergies. Allergies are a common cause of dry, red, irritated eyes. Seasonal allergies usually kick in at the beginning of spring, when pollen counts are high. The irritation comes from the body releasing histamines to fight off the allergy. The side effect of histamines is dry, itchy eyes. Buy over-the-counter antihistamines to treat your allergies, and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
    • You may also be allergic to pet dander. If you notice dry, itchy, or swollen eyes when you’re around certain pets, avoid those animals. You can also see a doctor for injections to fight your dander allergy.

How to Get Rid of a Red Eye

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Have you ever looked in a mirror and noticed that your eyes were red? Whether you’ve been staring at a computer or TV screen for too long or are suffering from allergies, red eyes can be painful and ugly. Fortunately, there are many ways to reduce the irritation and swelling. Eye redness usually goes hand-in-hand with dry eyes, so treatments address both issues.

 Getting Rid of Red Eyes

  1. Do your research on eye drops. There are many different types of eye drops, each one recommended for different circumstances. For example, if you have red eyes and wear contact lenses, a blood vessel constricting drop may not work. It wouldn’t be able to get through the lens to treat your redness.
    • Most eye drops work by constricting the blood vessels in the eyes. By making the blood vessels smaller, they reduce eye redness.
    • Always use the drops as recommended, since overuse can cause more problems. For example, “rebound redness” happens with the eye drops make your blood vessels dilate more than usual. This makes your eyes look bloodshot.
  2. Consult your eye care professional. The best way to choose the right drops is to talk to you a specialist about the cause of your redness. Let him or her diagnose you and choose the best treatment method.
    • If your redness is due to allergies, look for eye drops with antihistamines.
    • If you have an infection, see your doctor for prescription eye drops that have antibiotics.
    • Be careful with “bacteria-fighting” eye drops. Many people have an allergic reaction to the preservatives in them. You might make your eyes even worse!
  3. Use water on your eyes. Cold water will decrease the swelling that causes bloodshot eyes, and will also soothe on your irritated eyes. You can just splash some cold water onto your face, or you might hold a damp compress over your eyes for 2 minutes.
    • The most common cause of red eyes is allergies. The body releases histamines that dry the eyes, causing blood vessels to swell.
    • Cold water reduces blood flow to the eyes and treats some of this inflammation.
  4. Use ice, if available. Ice or freeze-packs are another common and effective way to soothe bloodshot eyes. They work the same way cold compresses do, by relieving swelling and reducing the amount of blood flow to the eyes.
    • If you don’t have a freeze-pack, place some ice cubes in a clean washcloth. Hold it over your eyes for 4 to 5 minutes.
    • When using extremely cold products like ice or a freezer-pack, always protect your eyes with a thin cloth towel. This prevents ice burn.
  5. Place cucumber slices over your eyes. Just like cold compresses, refrigerated cucumber slices reduce redness and puffiness. The cucumber’s cold surface makes the eye’s blood vessels constrict, making them less visible.This also reduces the body’s natural response to allergens in the air.
    • Make sure the cucumber is cold by keeping it in the fridge for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing it.
  6. Apply rosewater to your eyelids. Rosewater’s lovely, relaxing scent alone will go a long way toward making you feel better. But it also has antibacterial and antiseptic qualities that will treat your irritated eyes.
    • Soak a cotton pad or cotton ball in rosewater and place it in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
    • Place them over your closed eyes for redness relief.
    • For an even better result, soak two cucumber slices in rosewater and refrigerate them. Place them on top of your eyelids and relax.
  7. Place used tea bags over your eyes. Tea has chemicals called “tannins” in it that reduce swelling and tighten the skin around the eyes. The caffeine in it also makes blood vessels smaller. As such, used tea bags are a great way to reduce redness and irritation. Make sure you’re using caffeinated black tea, as green teas don’t have tannins.
    • Steep the tea bag in hot water like you’re brewing a cup to drink.
    • Refrigerate it for 15 minutes to cool it down.
    • Place the tea bag over your eyelids for 4-5 minutes.
  8. Wait out a burst blood vessel. If you sneeze or cough too hard, or even just rub your eye vigorously, you can cause a blood vessel to burst. Doctors call this “subconjunctival hemorrhage.” In most cases, only one eye will be affected, and you won’t feel any pain. The blood vessel should heal itself naturally. It can take anywhere from a few days to two weeks.
    • See a doctor if you have any pain, or if you have a chronic disease like diabetes.
  9. See a doctor if you have pink eye. Just like its name says, pink eye (also known as conjunctivitis) causes your eye to look pink or red. Speak with your doctor immediately if you think you have pink eye. He or she can prescribe antibiotic eye drops or even oral pills, depending on the cause. Pink eye is contagious, so wash your hands with antibacterial soap, clean contact lenses well, and don’t rub your eyes. To make sure you have pink eye, check the following:
    • The dryness and redness is only in one eye, or at least began for the first few days as one-sided before spreading.
    • You recently had a viral or bacterial infection (i.e. ear infection, cold or flu)
    • You’ve been around someone who had pink eye recently.

10 Benefits to Drinking Warm Lemon Water Every Morning

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

 

1) Aids Digestion. Lemon juice flushes out unwanted materials and toxins from the body. It’s atomic composition is similar to saliva and the hydrochloric acid of digestive juices. It encourages the liver to produce bile which is an acid that is required for digestion. Lemons are also high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen ama, or toxins, in the digestive tract. The digestive qualities of lemon juice help to relieve symptoms of indigestion, such as heartburn, belching and bloating.

2) Cleanses Your System / is a Diuretic. Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials in part because lemons increase the rate of urination in the body. Therefore toxins are released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy. The citric acid in lemons helps maximize enzyme function, which stimulates the liver and aids in detoxification.

3) Boosts Your Immune System. Lemons are high in vitamin C, which is great for fighting colds.  They’re high in potassium, which stimulates brain and nerve function. Potassium also helps control blood pressure. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) found in lemons demonstrates anti-inflammatory effects, and is used as complementary support for asthma and other respiratory symptoms plus it enhances iron absorption in the body; iron plays an important role in immune function. Lemons also contain saponins, which show antimicrobial properties that may help keep cold and flu at bay. Lemons also reduce the amount of phlegm produced by the body.

4) Balances pH Levels. Lemons are one of the most alkalizing foods for the body. Sure, they are acidic on their own, but inside our bodies they’re alkaline (the citric acid does not create acidity in the body once metabolized). Lemons contain both citric and ascorbic acid, weak acids easily metabolized from the body allowing the mineral content of lemons to help alkalize the blood. Disease states only occur when the body pH is acidic. Drinking lemon water regularly can help to remove overall acidity in the body, including uric acid in the joints, which is one of the primary causes of pain and inflammation.

5) Clears Skin. The vitamin C component as well as other antioxidants helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes and it helps to combat free radical damage. Vitamin C is vital for healthy glowing skin while its alkaline nature kills some types of bacteria known to cause acne. It can actually be applied directly to scars or age spots to help reduce their appearance. Since lemon water purges toxins from your blood, it would also be helping to keep your skin clear of blemishes from the inside out. The vitamin C contained in the lemon rejuvenates the skin from within your body.

6) Energizes You and Enhances Your Mood. The energy a human receives from food comes from the atoms and molecules in your food. A reaction occurs when the positive charged ions from food enter the digestive tract and interact with the negative charged enzymes. Lemon is one of the few foods that contain more negative charged ions, providing your body with more energy when it enters the digestive tract. The scent of lemon also has mood enhancing and energizing properties. The smell of lemon juice can brighten your mood and help clear your mind. Lemon can also help reduce anxiety and depression.

7) Promotes Healing. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C), found in abundance in lemons, promotes wound healing, and is an essential nutrient in the maintenance of healthy bones, connective tissue, and cartilage. As noted previously, vitamin C also displays anti-inflammatory properties. Combined, vitamin C is an essential nutrient in the maintenance of good health and recovery from stress and injury.

8) Freshens Breath. Besides fresher breath, lemons have  been known to help relieve tooth pain and gingivitis. Be aware that citric acid can erode tooth enamel, so you should be mindful of this. No not brush your teeth just after drinking your lemon water. It is best to brush your teeth first, then drink your lemon water, or wait a significant amount of time after to brush your teeth. Additionally, you can rinse your mouth with purified water after you finish your lemon water.

9) Hydrates Your Lymph System. Warm water and lemon juice supports the immune system by hydrating and replacing fluids lost by your body. When your body is deprived of water, you can definitely feel the side effects, which include: feeling tired, sluggish, decreased immune function, constipation, lack of energy, low/high blood pressure, lack of sleep, lack of mental clarity and feeling stressed, just to name a few.

10) Aids in Weight Loss. Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings.

Lime For Bloating

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Bloating is caused when intestinal gases get trapped in the stomach. These gases are usually produced after digesting meals containing fatty foods or high-fiber carbohydrates. Consuming lime during and after these meals can reduce bloating and relieve stomach discomfort. It is best to consult a physician for prolonged gas pain and bloating.

Lime Over Lemon

One of the sour citrus fruits, limes typically take a back seat to their more popular relative lemons. Although they are both an excellent source of vitamins C, B6 and potassium, limes have higher levels of acid. This acid causes an alkaline environment in the stomach which helps break down the foods and gases trapped in the intestines. Once they are broken down, the belly bloat begins to decrease and the stomach appears flatter.

How to Use

The most common use of lime is freshly squeezed in warm water. Try drinking a glass in the morning before meals to clear the intestines and keep the bowels regular. Add lime to beverages such as tea, seltzer and water during and after meals for flavor and to reduce belly bloat. Squeeze lime juice into foods like fish and lean meats or zest the peel into yogurts and salad dressings.

Lime in Recipes

The use of lime in juices, smoothies and soups can further reduce belly bloat and relieve mild constipation. For breakfast try freshly squeezed lime and apple juice with ginger, or a lime and avocado smoothie. Soups made with limes, carrots and ginger are used as part of a cleansing diet to clean the intestines and help flatten the belly. Adding honey can also help with bloating and act as a sweetener for smoothies and soups.

Additional Benefits of Lime

Limes provide many other benefits to the body as well. When added to body scrubs, the acid in lime juice helps to exfoliate the skin and clear rashes, and it can cure dandruff when added to shampoos. The amazing vitamin C contained in limes can heal ulcers, gout and gum disease. Best of all, the limonoids found in limes help fight certain types of cancers, especially in the mouth, stomach and colon.

What Are the Treatments for Low Blood Pressure?

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

 

For many people, chronic low blood pressure can be effectively treated with diet and lifestyle changes.

Depending on the cause of your symptoms, your doctor may tell you to increase your blood pressure by making these simple changes:

1.Eat a diet higher in salt.
2.Drink lots of nonalcoholic fluids.
3.Drink more fluids during hot weather and while sick with a viral illness, such as a cold or the flu.
4.Have your doctor evaluate your prescription and over-the-counter medications to see if any of them are causing your symptoms.
5.Get regular exercise to promote blood flow.
6.Be careful when rising from lying down or sitting. To help improve circulation, pump your feet and ankles a few times before standing up. Then proceed slowly. When getting out of bed, sit upright on the edge of the bed for a few minutes before standing.
7.Elevate the head of your bed at night by placing bricks or blocks under the head of bed.
8.Avoid heavy lifting.
9.Avoid straining while on the toilet.
10.Avoid prolonged exposure to hot water, such as hot showers and spas. If you get dizzy, sit down. It may be helpful to keep a chair or stool in the shower in case you need to sit; to help prevent injury, use a nonslip chair or stool designed for use in showers and bath tubs.
11.To avoid problems with low blood pressure and lessen episodes of dizziness after meals, try eating smaller, more frequent meals. Cut back on carbohydrates. Rest after eating. Avoid taking drugs to lower blood pressure before meals.
12.If needed, use elastic support (compression) stockings that cover the calf and thigh. These may help restrict blood flow to the legs, thus keeping more blood in the upper body.

How to Remove Age Spots

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Age spots are the flat brown, black or yellow spots that appear on the neck, hands and face. They are primarily caused by sun exposure, and usually start to appear once people hit 40. Age spots are not dangerous in any way, so there is no medical reason to get rid of them. However, they can reveal a person’s age, so many men and women want to remove them for aesthetic reasons. You can get rid of age spots using a number of different methods: using OTC and prescription products, using home remedies, or using professional skin treatments.

Method 1 of 3: Using OTC and Prescription Products

  1. Use hydroquinone. Hydroquinone is a very effective bleaching cream which can significantly reduce the appearance of age spots.
    • It is available in concentrations up to 2% over-the-counter, but higher concentrations will require a prescription from your doctor.
  2. Use Retin-A.  Retin-A  is an excellent anti-aging skin care product which is used to combat fine lines and wrinkles, improve the skin’s texture and elasticity and fade discoloration and sun damage, including age spots.

    • Retin-A is a vitamin A derivative which is available in cream or gel form, in a variety of different strengths. It is only available by prescription, so you will need to see your doctor before you start using it.
    • It helps to eliminate age spots by exfoliating the skin, removing the outer hyperpigmented layer and revealing the fresh, new skin underneath.
  3. Use products containing glycolic acid. Glycolic acid is type of alpha hydroxy acid which is commonly used in chemical peels. It works by exfoliating the skin, diminishing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.

    • When sold OTC, glycolic acid is found in cream or lotion form, which is usually applied and left to sit on the skin for a few minutes, before being rinsed off.
    • Glycolic acid can be quite harsh on the skin, sometimes causing redness and discomfort. You should always moisturize your skin after using glycolic acid products.
  4. Use sunscreen. Sunscreen won’t actually help to reduce the appearance of your existing age spots, but it will prevent new ones from forming (as they are caused primarily by  sun damage).

    • In addition, the sunscreen will prevent your existing sun spots from becoming any darker or more noticeable.
    • You should wear a sunscreen with a zinc oxide base and an SPF of at least 15 everyday, even if it’s not hot or sunny.

Method 2 of 3: Using Home Remedies

  1. Use lemon juice. Lemon juice contains citric acid, which can help to bleach age spots. Simply dab a little fresh lemon juice directly onto the sunspot and leave to sit for 30 minutes before rinsing off. Do this twice a day and you should start to see results in a month or two.

    • Lemon juice makes your skin more sensitive to sunlight (and could make the age spot worse) so never leave lemon juice on your skin if you’re going outside.
    • If you have very sensitive skin, the lemon juice might be irritating on your skin, so try diluting it to half strength with water or rosewater before applying.
  2. Use buttermilk. Buttermilk contains lactic acid, which bleaches the skin in the same way as the citric acid in lemon juice. Apply a little buttermilk directly onto your age spots and leave for 15 minutes to half an hour before rinsing off. Do this twice a day.

    • If you tend to have very oily skin, it’s a good idea to mix the buttermilk with a little lemon juice before applying, as this will prevent your skin from becoming greasy.
    • For added benefit, mix a little tomato juice in with the buttermilk, as tomato also contains bleaching properties which can help to reduce age spots.
  3. Use honey and yogurt. A combination of honey and yogurt is believed to be beneficial when it comes to reducing age spots.

    • Simply mix equal parts of honey and plain yogurt together and apply directly onto the age spots.
    • Leave for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing off. Do this twice a day.
  4. Use apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is an important ingredient in many home remedies, including one for age spots! Apply a little apple cider vinegar directly onto the age spots and leave for 30 minutes before rinsing off.

    • Only use this treatment once a day, as apple cider vinegar can be drying on the skin. You should start to see an improvement in the appearance of the age spots after about six weeks.
    • For added benefit, mix one part apple cider vinegar with one part onion juice (which you can extract by pushing chopped onion through a strainer) and apply this to the age spots instead.
  5. Use aloe vera. Aloe vera is commonly used to treat a number of skin ailments, including age spots. Simply rub a little fresh aloe vera gel (taken directly from the plant) onto the affected area and leave to soak in.

    • As aloe vera is very gentle, there is no need to rinse it off. However, you may want to rinse it off if it starts to feel sticky.
    • If you don’t have access to the gel from an aloe vera plant, you can bu fresh aloe vera juice at the market or health food store. This works just as well.
  6. Use castor oil. Castor oil is known for its skin healing properties and has proven effective in the treatment of age spots. Apply a little castor oil directly onto the age spots and massage into the skin for a minute or two until absorbed.

    • Do this once in the morning and once in the evening, and you should start to see an improvement in about a month.
    • If you suffer from dry skin, you can mix a little coconut oil, olive oil or almond oil in with the castor oil for added moisturization.
  7. Use sandalwood. Sandalwood is believed to contain effective anti-aging properties, and is often used to reduce the appearance of age spots.

    • Mix a pinch of sandalwood powder with a couple of drops each of rose water , glycerin and lemon juice. Apply this paste onto the age spots and leave to dry for 20 minutes before rinsing off with cold water.
    • Alternatively, you could massage a drop of pure sandalwood essential oil directly onto the age spots.

Method 3 of 3: Using Professional Skin Treatments

  1. Use laser technology to remove age spots. During the treatment, an intense laser light penetrates the epidermis and causes the skin to rejuvenate. The intensity of the light scatters the skin pigments and destroys the discoloration.

    • The laser treatment is not painful, but may cause minimal discomfort. An anesthetic cream is applied 30 to 45 minutes before the procedure to ease the discomfort.
    • The number of sessions required will depend on the size of the area and number of spots to be treated. Generally, 2 to 3 sessions will be required. Each session can last from 30 to 45 minutes.
    • The treatment requires no downtime, but redness, puffiness and sensitivity to sunlight may occur.
    • Although laser treatment is extremely effective, its major downside is the cost.
  2. Try microdermabrasion treatments to remove age spots. Microdermabrasion is a noninvasive skin treatment that uses a wand with air pressure. The wand blasts crystals, zinc or other abrasive materials directly against the skin, exfoliating the top layers to remove the dark, hyperpigmented skin.

    • Microdermabrasion requires no down time and there are no side effects.
    • A session can be from 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the area being treated. Treatment sessions are given in 2- to 3-week intervals.
    • Typically, 2 to 3 sessions will be required. Prices range can be $75 or more per session.
  3. Get a chemical peel. A chemical peel works by dissolving dead skin so new radiant skin will surface. During a chemical peel, the area to be treated is thoroughly cleansed and a gel-like acidic substance is applied. The area is then neutralized to stop the chemical process.

    • Side effects include redness, peeling and sensitivity, which may require down time.
    • Generally, two treatment sessions are required, which are given in 3- to 4-week intervals.

How to Remove Plaque

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Plaque is the accumulation of bacteria on your teeth. It is invisible to the eye, but is harmful to the teeth as it interacts with certain foods, releasing an acid which causes tooth decay. Built-up plaque can also turn into tartar, which is much harder to remove. Removing plaque is very easy to do, as it involves little more than an effective cleaning!

Method 1 of 3: Brushing Away the Plaque

  1. Locate plaque using a stain. Plaque is practically invisible, so it can be very difficult to know how much is on your teeth. To overcome this, you can purchase “disclosing tablets” in the grocery or drugstore. Once chewed, these tablets will stain the plaque on your teeth bright red, making it easy for you to examine your teeth for plaque and identify the areas you need to target with a toothbrush.

    • Green food coloring applied to your teeth with a q-tip will have the same effect, staining your teeth green for easy plaque identification.
  2. Use the right kind of toothbrush and toothpaste. To effectively brush your teethand ensure that you are getting rid of as much plaque as possible, it is important that you have the right tools. Although there are many fancy toothbrushes on the market, the American Dental Association states that any “soft nylon brush with rounded-end, polished bristles” will do the trick.Hard bristled toothbrushes can be too abrasive and wear away tooth enamel. In addition to the right toothbrush, you will also need a good fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride strengthens teeth and protects them from decay and the formation of cavities.

    • Electric toothbrushes are not any more effective at cleaning teeth than regular manually-operated ones. However, some people find that they are inclined to brush their teeth more regularly and for longer when they own an electric toothbrush, so investing in one may not be a bad idea.
    • Dentists recommend that you should replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months, as they become less effective at cleaning over time.
  3. Use the correct brushing technique. When brushing your teeth, hold the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle against the gum line and sweep the brush away from the gums, in a short vertical, back-and-forth, or circular motions. Try not too scrub too hard, as this can actually damage the enamel on your teeth.
  4. Focus on each tooth individually. Pay attention to each tooth as you brush, making sure that you don’t miss any. Remember to brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces and the chewing surfaces, and pay some special attention to those hard to reach teeth at the back. Brushing your teeth properly should take about two minutes — try using a stopwatch to get a feel it, and hum a song to yourself to pass the time.
  5. Remember to brush your tongue. Plaque can easily build up on the surface of the tongue due to food residues, so make sure to give it a little gentle scrub too. This will also help to freshen your breath.

Method 2 of 3: Practicing Good Oral Hygiene

  1. Brush your teeth twice daily. Brushing your teeth is by far the most effective way of removing plaque, and brushing properly and regularly will help to ensure that less plaque builds up over time. This is important as built-up plaque can calcify into tartar, which is a lot harder to remove. You should brush your teeth once a day at the very least, but dentists recommend brushing twice; once in the morning and once before bed.
  2. Floss between your teeth. Flossing is an essential component of effective oral hygiene, though unfortunately it is often neglected. Flossing removes bacteria and food particles from between the teeth, helping to prevent the formation of plaque. It should be done once a day, at bedtime, before brushing your teeth. Floss between teeth using a gentle sawing motion, and avoid “snapping” the floss into place, as this can irritate the delicate gum tissue.

    • Make sure to use a clean section of floss for between each tooth, otherwise you are just moving bacteria from one part of your mouth to another.
    • If you find dental floss awkward to use, try using a dental pick instead. This is a small wooden or plastic stick which can be inserted between the teeth, achieving the same results as flossing.
  3. Use a mouthwash that targets plaque. Though plaque-busting mouthwashes are not effective enough to  remove plaque  all by themselves, when used as part of a teeth cleaning routine involving brushing and flossing, they can help to loosen plaque, while giving you minty-fresh breath in the process.
  4. Avoid sugary and starchy foods. The bacteria found in plaque thrive on sugary and starchy foods. In fact, every time you eat these kinds of foods, the bacteria release an acid which leads to tooth decay and cavities. To avoid this, try to minimize your consumption of these types of processed foods and pay special attention to your brushing and flossing routine if you decide to indulge.
  5. Get regular, professional cleanings. Even if you implement the most rigorous oral hygiene routine at home, you can still benefit from a visit to the dentist every six months or so. Only a dentist can give you the thorough, professional cleaning which will remove the most hard-to-reach plaque and stubborn tartar.

Method 3 of 3: Trying Home Remedies

  1. Use baking soda. This is one of the oldest natural remedies for home plaque removal. Simply shake a small amount of baking soda into a bowl, wet your toothbrush, then dip the bristles into the baking soda to coat. Brush your teeth as normal. If you like, you can also mix a pinch of salt into the baking powder.
  2. Eat apples and melons. Eating an apple or some melon directly after a meal will help to clean your teeth naturally and prevent plaque from building up on the surface of your teeth. This will also help to keep gums healthy and prevent them from bleeding.
  3. Rub orange peel on your teeth. The vitamin C in citrus fruits such as oranges may help to prevent microorganisms from growing on the surface of teeth. Try rubbing the rind of the orange over the surface of your teeth before going to sleep at night.
  4. Chew sesame seeds. Chew a spoonful of sesame seeds, but do not swallow. Then use a dry toothbrush to brush your teeth, using the sesame seeds as a kind of toothpaste. They will help to remove plaque and polish your teeth at the same time.
  5. Apply tomatoes and strawberries to your teeth. Tomatoes and strawberries, like oranges, are rich in vitamin C. Cut them open and rub the juice on the surface of the teeth, leaving it to sit for about five minutes. Rinse out your mouth with a solution of baking soda dissolved in water.
  6. Make a homemade toothpaste. If you prefer to stay away from the array of chemicals found in most store-bought toothpastes, it is possible to make your own plaque-busting natural version, using just a few simple ingredients. Combine 1/2 cup of coconut oil with 2 to 3 tablespoons of baking soda, 2 little packets of stevia powder and 20 drops of your chosen essential oil, such as peppermint or cinnamon. Store your homemade toothpaste in a small glass jar and use just like regular toothpaste.

8 Foods That Help Lower Blood Pressure

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Skim Milk

It truly does a body good! Drinking heart-healthy low-fat milk will provide you with calcium and vitamin D — the two nutrients work as a team to help reduce blood pressure by 3 to 10 percent. Although this doesn’t sound like much, it could add up to about a 15 percent reduction in risk for cardiovascular disease.

Spinach

A green leafy delight,spinach is low in calories, high in fiber, and packed with heart-healthy nutrients like potassium, folate, and magnesium — key ingredients for lowering and maintaining blood pressure levels.

Sunflower seeds

Sunflower seeds are also a great source of magnesium. A quarter cup of these super seeds make a nutritious snack — but be sure to buy them unsalted, since you’ll also want to minimize your sodium intake.

Beans

Nutritious and versatile, beans (including black, white, navy, lima, pinto, and kidney) are chock-full of soluble fiber, magnesium, and potassium, all excellent ingredients for lowering blood pressure and improving overall heart health. Add beans to your favorite salads, soups, or wraps; as a bonus, they’re pretty inexpensive.

Baked white potatoes

Baked white potatoes are rich in both magnesium and potassium, two vital nutrients for heart health. When potassium is low, the body retains extra sodium (and too much sodium raises blood pressure). On the other hand, when you eat a potassium-rich diet, the body becomes more efficient at getting rid of excess sodium. Like potassium, magnesium is also a key player in promoting healthy blood flow. Therefore, maintaining a healthy balance of both minerals can help keep high blood pressure at bay.

Bananas

This functional fruit is packed with potassium, so it’s a great choice for an on-the-go snack. Add a banana to your breakfast or for an evening treat, slice a banana into several half-inch wheels, place them in a small plastic bag, and freeze.

Soybeans

Soybeans are another excellent source of potassium and magnesium. Look for soybeans in the pod (edamame) in the freezer case at your grocery store; for a healthy snack, boil one cup and pop them directly out of the shell into your mouth. If you miss the salt, lightly sprinkle with salt substitute.

Dark chocolate

Eating about 30 calories a day of dark chocolate — just one tiny square — was shown to help lower blood pressure after 18 weeks without weight gain or other adverse effects, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Choose dark chocolate consisting of at least 70 percent cocoa powder. Because chocolate is also high in calories, you’ll want to be very careful not to overdo it.

How to Whiten Skin With Fruits

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Method 1 : Papaya

1.Take a ripe papaya and cut a medium sized piece out of it.
2.Mash it with the help of the back of a spoon.
3.Add a teaspoon of fresh dairy cream or organic yogurt.
4.Apply this mask on cleaned face and neck.
5.Wash off after 15-20 minutes with lukewarm water. (Do not use soap for washing the mask).

Method 2 : Strawberries

1.Crush 2-3 fresh strawberries and apply them on your face as a mask.
2.Leave it on your skin for 15-20 minutes.Whiten Skin With Fruits Step 9.jpg
3.After it dries, gently rub it off the skin. Wash with plain water. (Again, avoid using soap to wear off any whitening mask.)

Skin Care Beauty Tips with Strawberries

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

  • Under-eye puffiness. Worry no more, when you wake up after a restless nice with those dark circles glaring back at you! Strawberries have astringent properties that help diminish puffiness and dark circles under the eyes. Just like you do with cucumbers, select big strawberries and cut them into big slices which you should apply to your eyes while lying down. Relax for 15 minutes before removing the slices and enjoy the amazing results.
  • Facial Cleanser. Strawberries are an excellent natural exfoliant, which is essential in removing dead cells that make up the upper surface of our skin. Strawberries contain salicylic acid that helps clear away dead cells, as well as inhibit the growth of those notorious blackheads.
  • Rough ‘n’ Tough Foot scrub. Strawberries can be used to make a simple but very effective foot scrub at home. They will not only give your feet a soft feel but also prevent roughness and cracks which appear at the heel.
  • Sweet Strawberry face mask. Strawberries contain a high concentrates of a chemical known as alpha-hydroxyl acid which is very effective in helping slough off dead cells on the outer surface of the skin and eliminating excess oils. Making a purely strawberry facemask can do many wonders in repairing skin as well as nourishing it.
  • Strawbellicious Lips! Plump, juicy, clean and kissable lips? Oh yeah, Strawberry! Make a quick lip scrub at home by mashing 2 ripe strawberries with 2 teaspoons of sugar. Rub this on your lips for a minute and rinse off. The sugar will exfoliate and soften your lips while the fruit acids in the strawberry will help liven up and plump your lips.
  • Whiten your teeth. While your at it, why not give some attention to your teeth, as they form a great part of your facial beauty. Treat your whole face to some strawberry goodness, including your teeth as a bonus! For some powerful teeth whitening treatment, simply rub half a strawberry back and forth your teeth and hold that smile – let all the goodness sink in for a minute. Rinse off and enjoy your shiny white teeth!
  • Luxurious Skin Scrub. Make a skin scrub fit for royalty by mixing 1/2 a cup of sugar, 4 -5 ripe strawberries and 3 teaspoons of olive oil. Generously massage your skin with this scrub before you take a bath. Your skin will look fresh, soft and hydrated like never before!