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Insomnia by Rajesh Gupta

Insomnia is a sleep disorder. People with insomnia have trouble sleeping: difficulty falling asleep, or staying asleep as long as desired. While the term is sometimes used to describe a disorder as diagnosed by polysomnographic or actigraphic evidence, this is often practically defined as a positive response to either of two questions: "do you experience difficulty sleeping?" or "do you have difficulty falling or staying asleep?"

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Cure High B.P. with Garlic

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Relaxation tips to relieve Stress

  Relaxation tips to relieve Stress Relaxation can help to relieve the symptoms of stress. It can help you calm down and take a step back from a stressful situation.                                                                                                                                               Although the cause of the anxiety won’t disappear, you will probably feel more able to deal with it once you've released the tension in your body and cleared your thoughts. All relaxation techniques combine breathing more deeply with relaxing the muscles. Don't worry if you find it difficult to relax at first. It's a skill that needs to be learned and it will come with practice. Yoga and tai chi are both good forms of exercise that may help to improve breathing and relaxation.

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Tips to prevent the Baldness:

      Tips to prevent the Baldness: Here are few tips which help to promote hair growth. ·         Massage your hair with olive oil, coconut oil or almond oil at night time before you go to bed and leave it for overnight. ·         Regularly wash your hair with cold and clean water, rubbing your scalp with your fingertips. ·         Massage the hair roots with few drops of coconut milk. ·         Avoid sharp clips, spiky brushes, tight rubber bands, etc. ·         Avoid over combing the hair as this makes the hair dry and damaged.

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Baldness and Yoga

Baldness and Yoga Any style of yoga will help reduce stress; however, the most effective for stress reduction is Hatha and Kundalini yoga. Both yoga styles incorporate asanas and mediation. The asanas will relieve tension throughout your body. Meditation will help relieve tension in your mind. Mediation will probably be the most effective in relieving stress that may help in reducing your hair loss. Yoga postures can help you overcome stress, anxiety, and indigestion, poor blood circulation in head, which are considered as main causes of hair loss. Headstand yoga pose can be very helpful as it contributes blood circulation in head as well as relieves tension. Yoga also helps to increase self-awareness, enabling you to address physical symptoms before they become severe.    YOGA POSES FOR BALDNESS - HAIR LOSS  Camel Pose  Ushtra means a camel. In this asana almost all the limbs of the body are arched like those of a camel. So it is called Ushtrasana.The Camel Yoga Pose helps stretch the front of the body including the chest, abdomen, and quadriceps. It improves spinal flexibility. It is best to practice it later in your asana routine after most of the muscles are limber and you have worked the back and shoulders. Downward-Facing Dog Pose  This pose controls breathing and constricts the chest and the entire body, adding flexibility to the spine. To come into this posture, position yourself on the ground on all fours, knees under hips and hands in front of your shoulders. Inhale, bringing head and tailbone slowly upwards. Exhaling, rise from the floor with your knees bent. Straighten your arms and legs, but keep your head lowered. Hold this pose for 30-60 seconds, continuing to inhale and exhale throughout. Cobra Pose  The basic movement of the cobra pose is to arch the spine backward as you lie on the floor on your stomach. While a great stretch, it poses special concerns for people with back pain. Shoulder Stand Pose  This yoga pose is for thyroid & parathyroid glands, located in the neck region, since due to the firm chin-lock in sarvangasana their is increased fresh blood supply to this glands. This ample supply of blood increases their working efficiency. These glands regulate protein, carbohydrate and fat metabolism, affecting how human cells use energetic compounds.     YOGA ASANAS FOR BALDNESS - HAIR LOSS MAKARASANA A simple posture, the crocodile pose is relaxation posture. While doing this posture, the body resembles a crocodile, thus, it’s known as the crocodile pose. ‘Makar’ is the Sanskrit word for crocodile. A relaxation pose, Makarasana is done between other yoga pose to relax the body and calm the mind. For those who cannot lie on their back because of medical reasons, can do the crocodile pose to relax instead of the corpse pose.    Steps  Start lying on belly, feet turned out. Bend your elbows, holding onto opposite elbows and placing your elbows on the floor forward from your shoulders. Drop your forehead to your forearms. Your chest should be off the floor and your head should comfortably reach your forearms, while your neck and shoulders remain comfortable. Make any adjustments to the position of your arms that you need to make. Begin breathing deeply into your belly, breathing through your nose. Your belly should press against the floor as you inhale and relax as you exhale. This provides a gentle massage to your internal organs, helps strengthen your diaphragm and helps to stimulate circulation throughout your torso. Stay in this position for 8-10 long, slow belly breaths.

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8 natural remedies for better eyesight that actual

8 natural remedies for better eyesight that actually work! Vision problems are quickly becoming a common disease in this day and age. Learn how to care for them naturally!   Vision problems are quickly becoming a common disease in this day and age. With an exponential increase in the number of hours we spend in front of a screen, the phenomenon comes as no surprise. Even children are spending more time in front of computer or TV straining their eyes for no reason. Before knowing how you can improve your eyesight naturally, here’s what you need to know – Why do your eyes get strained? When we look at an image, the eyes focus on it and the light rays enter the eyes through the iris; this is then focused on the cornea or lens of the eye. The image formed is then transmitted to the brain, which tells us what we are seeing. All this activity needs the coordination of both the structures of the eyes and their muscles. When we look at objects like a computer or phone screen the eyes and the muscles around the eyes are worked excessively as they are trying to adjust to the light that is emitted from the screen. This constant adjustment to quickly changing images or text is what causes the structures within the eye to get strained. Here are 4 easy tips to prevent eye strain and computer vision syndrome. According to leading eye surgeon Dr Rohit Shetty of Narayana Netralaya, ‘The human eye was not made to look at images we see on the television or phone. The adjustment it has to make is one of the greatest reasons for their deterioration.’ In order to rectify this damage Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says, ‘It is necessary to improve the circulation to our eyes and the optic nerves to keep them healthy, as they are constantly at work.’ Here’s what you can do to improve eyesight naturally While visual errors are mitigated by a large number of factors one of the leading causes is strain and fatigue of the eye. To help you help your eyes recover, here are some ayurvedic tips according that will keep the damage to your eyes in check. #1 Stimulate your eye muscles It basically involves stim

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Natural home remedies: back pain by Rajesh Gupta

  Natural home remedies: back pain Back pain often strikes when something's amiss with the delicate column of bones, muscles, ligaments and joints that holds you up. But many other conditions, like strains, arthritis, hairline spine fractures and even kidney infections, can cause your back to throb.   What you can do Ice first, heat later. As a pain reliever, ice works great. It temporarily blocks pain signals and helps reduce swelling. Several times a day, lay an ice pack wrapped in a towel on the painful area for up to 20 minutes. Alternatively, you can use a bag of frozen peas or corn. During the first few days of home treatment, apply the ice pack as frequently as necessary. Later you may still want to use ice after exercise or physical activities. After about 48 hours, switch to moist heat to stimulate blood flow and reduce

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Can you improve your eyesight naturally?

Can you improve your eyesight naturally? i More than 25 million people worldwide are affected by age-related macular degeneration and cataracts, which according to the American Optometric Association is the leading cause of blindness in people over age 55. These diseases are often caused by oxidation and inflammation of the eyes, but research has found that foods rich in the nutrients lutein and zeaxanthin can reduce the risk of chronic eye diseases. Other studies have found that a diet rich in vitamins C and E, beta carotene, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids can also prevent age-related eye diseases. Here are six top sources you should start eating now to improve eyesight. Kale i Rich in cancer-fighting antioxidants and vitamins, kale is also a good source of beta-carotene and is the top combo of both lutein and zeaxanthin; one cup of greens contains 23.8 mg of lutein and zeaxanthin.

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11 Foods and Natural Remedies For Healthy Hair Gro

11 Foods and Natural Remedies For Healthy Hair Growth Hair loss affects both men and women.  While genetics plays a role, there are other factors, including hormonal imbalances, an underactive thyroid gland, nutrient deficiencies and insufficient scalp circulation. In addition, there are many foods that offer vitamins and minerals that support healthy hair.  Here are the top 11 foods and natural remedies that can help boost healthy hair growth. 1. Get Enough Essential Fatty Acids Essential fatty acids are specific fats that are critical to the proper function of your body. Your body is not able to produce these fatty acids on its own, so it is necessary that you eat foods containing them.  Essential fatty acids from walnuts, flaxseeds, fish and avocado are great foods to eat for healthy hair.     2. Ramp Up Collagen Production With Vitamin C Collagen surrounds the hair strands but as we age collagen breaks down, causing hair to be more vulnerable to breaking.  The best way to boost collagen is not through some expensive medical procedure, it’s by getting more vitamin C.   Foods high in vitamin C include citrus fruits, strawberries and red peppers.  Supplementing with 250 mg daily can help boost collagen production which has the added bonus of reducing wrinkling.

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Vegetarian Foods: Powerful for Health

Vegetarian Foods: Powerful for Health World-renowned figures as diverse as philosophers Plato and Nietzsche, political leaders Benjamin Franklin and Gandhi, and pop icons Paul McCartney and Bob Marley have all advocated a vegetarian diet. Science is also on the side of vegetarianism. Multitudes of studies have demonstrated the remarkable health benefits of a vegetarian diet. “Vegetarian” is defined as avoiding all animal flesh, including fish and poultry. Vegetarians who avoid flesh, but do eat animal products such as cheese, milk, and eggs, are ovo-lacto-vegetarians (ovo = egg; lacto = milk, cheese, etc.). The ranks of those who abstain from all animal products are rapidly growing; these people are referred to as pure vegetarians or vegans. Scientific research shows that health benefits increase as the amount of food from animal sources in the diet decreases, so vegan diets are the healthiest overall. Preventing Cancer Vegetarian diets—naturally low in saturated fat, high in fiber, and replete with cancer-protective phytochemicals—help to prevent cancer. Large studies in England and Germany have shown that vegetarians are about 40 percent less likely to develop cancer compared to meat-eaters.1  In the United States, studies of Seventh-Day Adventists have shown significant reductions in cancer risk among those who avoided meat.  Similarly, breast cancer rates are dramatically lower in nations, such as China, that follow plant-based diets.  Interestingly, Japanese women who follow Western-style, meat-based diets are eight times more likely to develop breast cancer than women who follow a more traditional plant-based diet.  Meat and dairy products contribute to many forms of cancer, including cancer of the colon, breast, ovaries, and prostate. Harvard studies that included tens of thousands of women and men have shown that regular meat consumption increases colon cancer risk by roughly 300 percent. High-fat diets also encourage the body’s production of estrogens, in particular, estradiol. Increased levels of this sex hormone have been linked to breast cancer. A recent report noted that the rate of breast cancer among premenopausal women who ate the most animal (but not vegetable) fat was one-third higher than that of women who ate the least animal fat. A separate study from Cambridge University also linked diets high in saturated fat to breast cancer. One study linked dairy products to an increased risk of ovarian cancer. The process of breaking down the lactose (milk sugar) into galactose evidently damages the ovaries. Daily meat consumption triples the risk of prostate enlargement. Regular milk consumption doubles the risk and failure to consume vegetables regularly nearly quadruples the risk. Vegetarians avoid the animal fat linked to cancer and get abundant fiber, vitamins, and phytochemicals that help to prevent cancer. In addition, blood analysis of vegetarians reveals a higher level of “natural killer cells,” specialized white blood cells that attack cancer cells. Beating Heart Disease Vegetarian diets also help prevent heart disease. Animal products are the main source of saturated fat and the only source of cholesterol in the diet. Vegetarians avoid these risky products. Additionally, fiber helps reduce cholesterol levels and animal products

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Surprising health benefits of warm water

These 11 surprising health benefits of warm water will shock you Ever wondered what will happen if you drink warm water? The answer might surprise you! Most of us prefer to start our day with a warm cup of tea or coffee. However, when it comes to water, we usually prefer to grab a cold one. If Ayurvedic experts are to be believed, you are doing more harm to your body by doing this. Although drinking warm water does not entice your taste buds as warm tea or coffee, regular consumption of warm water provides a myriad of health benefits, including weight loss and pain relief. Here are top eleven reasons warm water is so great for your health. #1 Helps in weight loss  Planning to lose weight through a diet? Well, you could drink some warm water instead. By drinking warm water, there is a slight increase in your body temperature, which in turn accelerates your metabolic rate. Being a zero calorie drink, warm water prevents hunger pangsand also satiates your senses, making it an excellent weight loss aid. To hasten the weight loss process, here are 10 diet habits you should implement in your life. #2 Detoxifies your body

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Some Home Remedies for Weight Loss

Some Home Remedies for Weight Loss Whether you are a youngster, teenager, parent or an employee, you are concerned about your weight. It is due to the kinds of food we are exposed to as a result we gain weight then we all try to loss the weight. At same time this is not possible to avoid all delicious foods. However you can try to use a few home remedies for weight loss, that will help you cut down the extra flab. Cinnamon Tea You will need… -1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon -1 cinnamon stick -8 ounces of fresh water Directions Place the cinnamon in a mug and cover with 8 ounces of boiling water. Steep for 15 minutes before straining. Drinking 1-2 times a day. Green Tea & Ginger You will need…

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Headache Treatment : Tips to Cope

When your head is pounding, you just want it to stop. Get the facts about effective headache treatment, including medications and quick-acting coping tips. Headaches are one of the most common forms of chronic pain (second only to back troubles). Anyone who's suffered the splitting pain of a headache — especially a migraine — knows how difficult it can be to drive, work, and even carry on a conversation while your head is pounding. But when a headache strikes, you can do more than just crawl into bed and wait for it to go away. There are effective headache treatments available and ways to find quick relief. Headache Treatment: Medications Just about any over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever can offer relief for non-migraine headaches, also known as tension headaches, says Jack M. Rozental, MD, PhD, a migraine specialist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Medications that contain only one drug (acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin) are an effective headache treatment, he says, as are those that include a combination of aspirin, acetaminophen, and caffeine. For those who suffer from frequent or recurring headaches, doctors sometimes recommend prescription-strength doses of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen. Indomethacin, an NSAID that is available only by prescription, is "usually used for arthritis, but can also be very useful as a headache treatment," Dr. Rozental says. "Indomethacin's downside is that it is among the drugs most likely to cause gastric irritation," including

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How to Avoid Migraine Headache Triggers at Work

Migraines on the job could be from anything that causes stress or goes along with stress. Find out how to pinpoint your personal triggers to limit these debilitating headaches.   If you always love your job and your workplace is a totally relaxing environment, you don’t need advice on migraines and stress. But if, like the rest of us, you experience a fair amount of stress at work, that can spell migraine.  To make living with migraine headaches easier, you want to figure out what and where your migraine triggers are. For many people, the workplace is a trigger-happy environment. You can pinpoint your office triggers by keeping a migraine headache diary and including interactions with coworkers and your boss. Studies show that the type of stress most likely to trigger migraine is everyday stress, not occasional big deal stress like getting married or having a baby. “Stress is by far the most common trigger for migraine,” says Noah Rosen, MD, director of the Headache Center at North Shore-LIJ’s Cushing Neuroscience Institute in Manhasset, N.Y. “The reason stress is such a big trigger is because it often comes along with lots of other triggers like change in diet, loss of sleep, skipped meals, or too much caffeine.” A lot of those can result from dealing with a high-stress job or a heavy workload.

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Easy Home Remedies to Get Rid of Dandruff

Easy Home Remedies to Get Rid of Dandruff The most embarassing thing that could happen when you’re dressed up for an interview or a formal dinner, is an all-consuming need to scratch an itchy scalp  and also  know  that a cascade of white flakes would follow, onto a  jet black blazer- laid bare for all to see. Dandruff is a medical problem that has managed to unite over half the adult population across the world – beyond gender, age and race.   What causes dandruff? This scalp condition is caused by a fungus, Malassezia, which feeds on sebum (the oily matter secreted by the sebaceous glands on our scalp) and the dead skin cells which occur naturally due to formation of new skin. Although this microbe is a normal part of the scalp, this is when it turns problematic- the fungus feeds on sebum,  breaking it down into fatty acids that may irritate the sensitive scalp of many. This is also the reason for dryness and itchiness on the scalp, leading to the dead skin cells accumulating into visible flakes. The level of sensitivity of people to these fatty acids determines whether they develop acute or mild dandruff. Malassezia thrive in moist environments and thus, become a nuisance during summers and monsoons due to excessive humidity and sweating. However, the cold wind during winters robs the scalp of moisture and leads to dryness that results in itching and flaking. Clearly, dandruff is on duty all year round. Although there is no way to completely banish it from our lives (and hair) there are a lot of remedies that can be used 'at home' to keep it under check (so you don’t have to shy away from those dark tees or dresses, in fear of that unsightly ‘chalk

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11 Benefits of Black Tea that You Didn’t Know Abou

11 Benefits of Black Tea that You Didn’t Know About Have you ever heard people criticizing your choices in having caffeinated drinks like tea and coffee? Though over-indulging in anything will have negative consequences, having an extra cup of black tea might not be as bad as you might have imagined. Personally I love my perfect cup of tea. It’s how I like to begin my day—not to help me wake up, but rather I like to enjoy a tasteful cup of bliss first thing in the morning. When it comes to herbal, green or black tea, different things suit different people and a doctor’s recommendation should never be overlooked, but for most of us, indulging in a cup or two of black tea might in fact be a healthy life choice, as some studies have shown. Both green and black tea are made from a shrub called Camellia Sinesis, but with different processing methods. In addition to the leaves being withered, rolled and heated, black tea leaves are fermented before the final heating process. Below are 11 health benefits of having a cup or two of black tea on a regular basis, though it should be noted that it is recommended that black tea should be consumed without any additives like milk or sugar to truly harness its benefits. 1. Oral Health:

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Benefits of Lemon Tea with Honey

Benefits of Sweet and Sour Honey Lemon Tea Honey not only acts as a natural energy booster but improves the immune system. It provides strength to the body because of its carbohydrate content. Honey has the power to keep the sugar levels constant, and the glucose in the honey can be absorbed easily by the body. Besides, honey is a natural remedy for several ailments like cuts, burns, hangovers, sore throats, sleeplessness, etc. Lemon also has antiviral and antibacterial properties and it is a good antioxidant. Thus, both lemon and honey with their immune strengthening properties help to fight common ailments. Benefits of Honey Lemon Tea Honey and lemon tea uses the benefits of both honey and lemon to help the body and mind. The benefits of lemon honey tea include the following: Honey lemon tea acts as a body cleanser and removes toxins from the body. It aids in digestion and provide a calming effect on the stomach.

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HOW TO GET SIX PACK IN 1 WEEK !

 

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Benefits of Apple

Health Benefits of Apples The health benefits of apples include the following: Digestion: Apples, being rich in fiber, help in the digestive process. Regular consumption of apples ensures smooth bowel movements and helps in preventing constipation and various stomach disorders. Fiber is an important part of any diet. It adds bulk to the stool and helps food pass through the digestive tract smoothly. Furthermore, it stimulates peristaltic motion so the muscles contract appropriately and move food along. Finally, it stimulates the release of gastric and digestive juices to ensure efficient uptake of nutrients, while simultaneously scraping excess cholesterol out of your veins and arteries to ensure proper heart health and reduce chances of atherosclerosis. Cancer Prevention: The role of apples in cancer prevention has been a subject of study for some time, and while they have shown moderate improvement in various types of cancer, particularly breast and colon cancer, the most significant discoveries have been regarding lung cancer. Most fruits and vegetables have some sort of anti-cancer effects, but apples stand head and shoulders among the rest in terms of commonly consumed fruits. They show a distinct and undeniable capacity to reduce lung cancer and slow its spread if it does develop. Hypotheses usually speak to the high phytonutrient content, including kaempferol and quercetin, but the exact mechanism for apples’ impact on cancer is still largely unclear. Digestive Health:  One of the most essential and overlooked parts of human health is the beneficial bacteria living throughout our body. Apples specifically help improve the functioning of the bacteria living inside of our large intestine, and early studies show that apples change the metabolism within the digestive tract, and change the balance of bacteria, which leads to improved health by maximizing nutrient uptake and eliminating harmful bacteria and toxins. Anemia: Apples are useful in treating anemia since apples are a rich source of iron. Anemia is a deficiency of hemoglobin in the blood, which can be fixed by increasing your intake of iron, which is an integral part in the metabolism of red blood cells. By increasing the amount of red blood cells in the body, you not only prevent anemia, but also ensure proper oxygenation of essential organ systems to keep them functioning properly. Weakness:

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Relief from Bed Bugs by Home Remedies

Home Remedies to Prevent Bed Bugs Steam Cleaning: One of the best way to eliminate these irritating little parasites is with extreme heat. Therefore, steam cleaning your bedding or other fabrics that may be infested with bed bugs is a great strategy to kill the critters quickly. Any temperature above 150 degrees Fahrenheit makes it impossible for them to survive, which makes steam cleaning one of the most effective and surefire ways to clear up the issue. Lavender Oil: Through endless trial and error and generations of trying to eliminate these pesky creatures, it has been found that bed bugs absolutely despite the smell and taste of lavender oil. The same is true of all other essential oils as well, but lavender oil is the most effective. Sprinkle some on your sheets and pillows, and the bed bugs will literally run the other way. Caulk: While this isn’t a direct treatment for the bed bugs, it is a wonderful way to prevent the bugs from ever entering (or returning) to your home. You can put extra caulk on the door frames, cabinets, and any other entry points into your home. That way, bed bugs won’t be able to find their

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The best homemade beauty remedies for your

  Ten of the best homemade beauty remedies for your skin, hair and nails   Looking after your skin, hair and nails is certainly important, but it can seem like a burden with the amount of products available, meaning the cost of taking care of yourself start to skyrocket. The best beauty remedies boast of their natural ingredients, so could it actually be easier to make them at home using the natural ingredients themselves? Forget putting cucumbers on your eyes, you can get avocado, olive oil, honey and even eggs to work wonders for your hair, skin and nails, and save yourself a bit of money at the chemist at the same time. We've picked out the easiest remedies that you can make with the contents of your fridge. Use olive oil as make up remover This may sound counter-intuitive, as oil is known to be the natural enemy of skin, but olive oil actually counteracts greasy skin by naturally dissolving excess skin oil. It also gently removes make up, leaving you fresh faced. Shop bought cost: £3.25 for 125ml of a bestselling make up remover Homemade cost: £3 for a 500ml bottle of olive oil Make a hand cream from coconut milk If you keep coconut milk in the fridge for a few days, it will thicken and become the con

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Natural Treatments For Dry Skin During Winter

Natural Treatments For Dry Skin During Winter Winter is one such season which not only brings some pleasurable experiences for heart and mind but also brings uncomfortable dryness to the skin of the face, hands, and feet. With the temperature drop, the humidity level drops as well and our skin becomes parched due to dry air. We should be very careful and attentive to our skin as it readily reacts to the atmospheric humidity and dampness. This leads to skin dryness and unnecessary pimple growth. Reasons for Skin Dryness The reasons for skin dryness are several. Here we have listed out a few common causes. Strong winter winds lower the level of skin’s natural lipids, which are the most important part of the skin barrier and keep skin from drying out. Cold air has less moisture than warm or hot air. Therefore cold air during winter can immensely affect our skin by making it dry. A hot shower during winter can leave the skin dry, flaky, and itchy. Hot drinks like coffee contain caffeine that can dry the skin from the inside. Warm winter clothing can cause irritation and can leave the skin itchy. Although we do not feel the heat of the sun during winter, yet the presence of ultra violet radiation can damage our skin. Top 10 Natural Home Remedies for Dry Skin During winter our skin needs extra care. Extreme temperatures, harsh winds, winter sun, centrally-heated homes and workplaces are responsible for skin problems during winter. Milk Cream Milk cream is one of the most well known home remedies for dry skin. The presence of lactic acid in milk helps improve our skin health. Lactic acid exfoliates the dry dead surface of the skin and accelerates collagen production too. Milk is a great source of Caprylic Acid which helps maintain the proper pH balance for our skin. Milk cream is also an amazing moisturizer that is really needed for dry skin care. Ingredients: Lemon Juice-few drops Milk- 1 teaspoon Milk cream- 2 teaspoons Add lemon juice and milk to milk cream. Apply the paste on the face, hands and legs. Leave it for 15 minutes and thereafter wash off with water. Honey Perfect dry skin tips should include honey which contains properties that benefit dry and flaking skin. It is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are chemicals that transfer electrons or hydrogen from a substance to an oxidizing agent and can prevent or slow cell damage. Our skin is the largest organ of our body and it should be looked after very affectionately. Antioxidants protect the skin by controlling the production of free radicals that can be the main reason for damage or death of a cell. Ingredients: Honey-2 tea spoons Olive oil-few drops Mix a few drops of olive oil and honey. Before taking a bath apply the pack all over the body. Leave it for 10 minutes and there after wash

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Best Exercises To Lose Arm Fat At Home

10 Best Exercises To Lose Arm Fat At Home – Best Arm Toning Workouts Flabby or big arms can really put you down and ruin your image! They are hard to carry in a slim fit dress and going sleeveless is a huge embarrassment. Both girls and guys have the same problems with their arms. Girls want toned and slim arms, whereas guys want huge muscles. No one likes saggy arms as they make your arms look bigger than they actually are. It is never too late to begin exercise for arms and the best calisthenics programoften include arm toning exercises. It does not just reduce the fat around the area, but it also gives you toned arms. You will start feeling confident about yourself. Many people have fat accumulated only in this region. The whole body is normal, but your arms maybe on the heavier side. Just follow these simple exercises for arms and you will be happy you did so. There is no need to become a member of a well-known gym and burn a hole in your pocket. You can perform these exercises in your house itself, using the things available. With these arm toning exercises you can make your flabby arms – fabulous in just 2 months. But you need to be determined enough to do so. 10 Best Exercises to Reduce Arm Fat The back parts of the arms are called triceps and these are the most affected areas on the arms. They are fat guzzlers, they can get really annoying. You need only a table or chair to tone these. You don’t need to buy extra pairs of clothes for exercising. You can do these in your comfort, at your home. So do try these simple exercises to lose fat fast from your arms. Weight Lifting This is a time tested exercise to reduce arm fat and have toned arms. It is also an effectiveexercise to remove belly fat which strengthens the core. For this exercise, you need to select an item from your home to use as a weight. You can use a 2 liter cold drink bottle or a water bottle for this exercise. If you have a pair of dumbbells at home it works out just fine. The aim is to reach out for something which weighs around one kilo. Avoid using something breakable or valuable. It may fall down and break, so be very careful with your choice. Hold that item with both your hands and lift it over your head. Your arms should be straight, as this is your starting position. Now lower the weight, by taking it behind your back. You need to reach it as low as you can. Make sure that you don’t hurt yourself. Bring up the weight above your head, again. The slower you move your arms, the more toned your arms will get. It is important to keep your upper arms close to your head and ears. Also try to practice this exercise in front of the mirror if you can, it will help you improve the style. You need to do 3 sets of 20 reps, which means you will move the item 60 items above your head. After every set you can take a rest of one minute. Increasing the weight or time after every week will help you to tone your muscles, effectively. Don’t Miss: 5 Best Cardio Workouts to Lose Weight Chair Dips This is an effective fat reduce exercise that not only tones the arms, but also the back muscles. For this workout you need to choose a bed or chair, which is a little higher to the ground. Anything that will be stable on the ground is a good choice. A soft cushion sofa may not be the best idea; it will make the toning exercise harder to perform. The furniture should be at least 2 feet higher than the ground. You should have 3 feet of free space in front of the item, to perform this exercise with ease. Face away from the furniture and place your hands on it. Your arms should be shoulder width apart. Move three to four steps away from the furniture; keep your upper body straight. This is your starting position. Bend your knees to match the furniture. Bend your elbows and move your whole body to the ground, the aim is to touch the floor. Come back into your normal position. You need to do 3 sets of 20 reps, every day. This is undoubtedly one of the best exercises to do to lose weight fast. Counter Push Ups

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home remedies for acidity for quick relief!

home remedies for acidity for quick relief! Suffering from acidity? Instead of reaching for the antacid, try these home remedies that really work! Suffer from acidity or acid reflux too often and are tired of havingantacids? Well, there are natural remedies you can get rid of the problem. Thought to be due to increased pitta or the lack of digestive fire, Ayurveda prescribes a number of remedies for the condition. Not only are these home remedies sans any side-effects, they will also help resolve the discomfort that comes with hyperacidity in jiffy. So to help you beat heartburn, here are 10 home remedies that actually work. You can also get quick relief from acidity with this yoga pose. (Beware, sometimes what seems like acidity could actually be a heart attack, especially in women). Home remedy for acidity #1: Bananas How do they help? They are a rich source of potassium and help keep the level of acid production in your stomach in check. Certain components in the fruit also help increase the production of mucous in your stomach, which helps protect it from the harmful effects of excessive acid production. Are high in fibre content which helps speed up digestion, preventing the recurrence of acidity. ] Tip for relief Eat a ripe banana for some relief. You could also eat an overripe banana to beat an especially bad bout of acidity, as they tend to contain more potassium which makes it the perfect antidote. Here areeight foods that can help you detox naturally and aid digestion.  Home remedy for acidity #2: Tulsi How does it help? Tulsi leaves help stimulate your stomach to produce more mucous Has antiulcer properties and reduces the effect of gastric acids, Tip for relief

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Sheran Di Kaum Punjabi Song

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Benefits & Techniques of Meditation for Beginners

Benefits & Techniques of Meditation for Beginners Meditation is an approach to training the mind, similar to the way that fitness is an approach to training the body. But many meditation techniques exist. So how do you learn how to meditate? “In Buddhist tradition, the word ‘meditation’ is equivalent to a word like ‘sports’ in the U.S. It’s a family of activity, not a single thing,” University of Wisconsin neuroscience lab director Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D., told The New York Times. And different meditative practices require different mental skills. It’s extremely difficult for a beginner to sit for hours and think of nothing or have an “empty mind.” But in general, the easiest way to begin meditating is by focusing on the breath — an example of one of the most common approaches to meditation: concentration. Concentration meditation A concentrative meditation technique involves focusing on a single point. This could entail watching the breath, repeating a single word or mantra, staring at a candle flame, listening to a repetitive gong or counting beads on a rosary. Since focusing the mind is challenging, a beginner might meditate for only a few minutes and then work up to longer durations. In this form of meditation, you simply refocus your awareness on the chosen object of attention each time you notice your mind wandering. Rather than pursuing random thoughts, you simply let them go. Through this process, your ability to concentrate improves. Mindfulness meditation

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Home Remedies for Depression

Depression Depression leads to feelings of intense sadness that can persist for long periods of time. This is different from temporary unhappiness or discontent that most people experience occasionally. Individuals who are depressed may find it difficult to even perform daily activities. Depression is a common illness and affects a large number of people. Studies indicate that women are more prone to depression than men. Studies have also shown that men are more likely to commit suicide due to depression. This is probably because men tend to avoid seeking help for the illness. Other circumstances such as drug abuse or unemployment could also be the cause. Even children can suffer from depression. Depression may have a genetic link and those with a family history of the illness may be at a higher risk. Depression may be manifested in various mental, physical and social symptoms. It is a treatable condition and most people experience complete recovery with the appropriate medical attention and support. Therefore it is important to seek help from your doctor if you feel you may be experiencing depression. Symptoms of Depression Depression results in many complex symptoms. Most depressed individuals start to lose interest in activities they earlier enjoyed. Depressive feelings may also disrupt work and social life. The symptoms of depression may be classified as psychological, physical and social. The psychological symptoms of depression include the following: Persistent sadness Low self-esteem Hopelessness Feelings of guilt Irritability Anxiety or worry Tearfulness No motivation or interest in activities Inability to make decisions Low sex drive Suicidal thoughts The physical symptoms of depression include the following: Constipation Increase or decrease in appetite Weight gain or weight loss Sluggish movements Low energy levels Disturbances in the menstrual cycle

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Home Remedies For Asthama

Asthma Asthma is a chronic condition that affects the airways. It is an inflammatory disease that leads to a variety of symptoms. The causes of asthma may vary from one individual to another. The main cause of the inflammation is exposure to asthma triggers. The airways fill with mucus and become narrow and inflamed when they come into contact with such triggers. When an individual experiences an asthma attack, the mucus membranes swell and become inflamed. There are also spasms in the muscles of the airways. The increased production of mucus makes the airways narrow and this leads to difficulty in breathing. Symptoms such as coughing and wheezing also occur as the body reacts to the irritants present in the airways and tries to eliminate them through the mucus. Symptoms of Asthma An asthma attack takes place when the airways get irritated or inflamed. Asthma attacks may occur suddenly or develop gradually over a few hours or days. The primary symptoms of an asthma attack include: Tightness in the chest Pain or a sensation of pressure in the chest Coughing Wheezing Breathing difficulty The symptoms of asthma are likely to vary from case to case. You may not necessarily experience all the symptoms. The symptoms may also vary from one asthma attack to another. Many individuals with asthma may remain symptom-free for some time and then experience periodic attacks. Some people may develop symptoms only during physical activity or when they come in contact with irritants. In most cases, asthma attacks are mild as the airways open up after a brief period of time. Severe attacks may persist for longer periods of time and require medical attention. There are some signs and symptoms which occur when an asthma episode is about to occur. These are not very severe, but addressing them can help to prevent an attack from worsening. They early warning signs include: Shortness of breath Coughing especially at night Tiredness while performing any physical activity Irritability Symptoms of allergies or a cold such as nasal discharge, sore throat and headache Difficulty in sleeping If the above symptoms are not treated in a timely manner, severe symptoms are likely to follow. These symptoms may affect your daily functioning. They include:

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Home Remedies for Alcoholism

Alcoholism Alcohol addiction is probably the most common type of addiction and one that is prevalent across the world. Alcoholism is described as a disease or a condition in which the individual cannot function normally without the regular consumption of alcohol. The dependence or addiction could be psychological or physical or both. In severe cases or prolonged abuse of alcohol a physical dependence is most likely to be present. Alcoholism is highly problematic because it can even be life threatening in severe cases. Moreover, alcoholism doesn’t just affect the alcoholic. It poses a threat to the family members, co-workers and society at large because of the behavioral changes that it can cause and other effects. In cultures that are more liberal, alcoholism can be a lot more prevalent and problematic, and it is believed that up to 13% of all adult Americans experience some form of alcohol abuse or dependence. The treatment of alcoholism is challenging not just because of social factors and attitudes, but also because alcoholism creates a dependence and the effects of withdrawal can be a lot more sever than those narcotic drugs or even heroin. Alcoholism is recognized as a problem when alcohol abuse interferes with and begins to affect your health, your abilities to perform at work and causes failure to meet other social and household obligations. It could also be a problem when you feel compelled to consume alcohol or begin to consume alcohol even in situations in which it may be hazardous not just to you but to others as well – such as while driving or operating heavy machinery. Alcoholism and alcohol abuse can also cause legal problems and can severely damage social relationships with family members, co-workers and other members of society at large. Alcohol dependence is a lot more severe and could include changes to tolerance levels, with a need for higher consumption to achieve the same results. When there is dependence, any withdrawal can cause symptoms like nausea, sweating, vomiting, hallucinations, anxiety or even seizures. Alcohol dependence may also involve a loss of control over consumption to the extent that you drink for longer periods than planned or consume more than intended. You may also find it difficult or impossible to cut down or abstain from alcohol despite the desire to do so. Treatment for alcoholism will always depend on the severity of the problem and could accordingly require complete abstinence or significantly reduced consumption of alcohol. No treatment for alcoholism can be truly successful if the individual does not recognize and accept the presence of a problem. Counseling and therapy are therefore essential aspects of treatment. The support of family members and loved ones can also make a huge difference to treatment and recovery. Symptoms of Alcoholism You would notice these symptoms if afflicted with alcoholism: The individual continues to drink despite the harm caused to health, family and career. What was once social or recreational drinking becomes habitual, to the extent that you even drink alone. Violent or emotional outbursts whilst drinking Hostile and defensive when confronted about drinking Inability to restrict and moderate alcohol consumption

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Survivor - Burning heart (Rocky IV)

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Home Remedies to Cure Piles

Piles Piles or hemorrhoids is a painful condition of inflammation and swelling that affects the veins around the anus or rectum. Although the pain can often be unbearable, in most cases the condition itself is not threatening. The condition is characterized by severe pain, especially with the passage of stools, and in some cases there may also be bleeding. Hemorrhoids may disappear by themselves without any treatment or may become itchy or inflamed and cause a significant amount of discomfort. Piles can also recur and cause internal bleeding and in some cases there may be a need for surgical intervention. There are two main types of piles – internal piles that develop inside the anus and rectum (and can be felt and not seen) and external piles that occur outside and around the anal opening (that can be easily seen). When an internal hemorrhoid protrudes outside the anus, it is known as a prolapsed hemorrhoid. It is also possible that you may develop both types of piles at the same time. Internal hemorrhoids are rarely painful and you may not even be aware of them. External hemorrhoids however can be painful and uncomfortable and may bleed along with the itching and inflammation. Due to the embarrassing nature of the problem, many patients avoid visiting or even consulting health care specialists about the problem. Piles or hemorrhoids is not an uncommon problem however and its one that is prevalent among men and women alike and can be treated easily if diagnosed in time. Symptoms of Piles Symptoms are not always present and in many cases patients may not even be aware of the presence of piles because of the absence of symptoms. In most cases of hemorrhoids however the typical symptom is rectal pain. Mild cases usually resolve naturally within a few days and may not even require any treatment. Commonly observed symptoms of piles include: The presence of flecks of blood in the stool or on tissue paper, and possible bleeding after passage of a stool Severe pain Irritation and itchiness around the anus Swelling and tender lumps in the anal region Increased pain or pain whilst seated Presence of pain when passing stools In cases of internal piles where the inflammation or lump is not visible the piles may move on to the outside, called a prolapsed, during the passage of stools and may need to be pushed back in There may also be a discharge of mucus that follows the passage of stools Patients may also experience feelings of fullness and feel like the bowels still need to be emptied even after the passage of stools Whether dealing with internal or external piles there are certain circumstances under which you should seek immediate medical treatment: In the case of internal piles the inflammation and lumps typically develop inside the lining of the anus and are not visible. These lumps may however become visible on the outside, typically during the passage of a stool. In such cases of prolapsed hemorrhoids where the lump cannot be pushed back in you need prompt medical treatment. Similarly if you suffer from external piles you may notice small, itchy and painful lumps on the outside of the anus, referred to as perianal hematoma. If blood clotting occurs inside you will need to seek immediate medical treatment. The condition of blood clotting in such external hemorrhoids is referred to as thrombosed external hemorrhoids.

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Home Remedies : Arthritis

Arthritis Arthritis is a progressive inflammatory condition caused when the soft muscles in the joints become inflamed, severely restricting the movement of the joint and causing a lot of pain and discomfort. In older people, who are most susceptible to this condition, arthritis is the leading cause of restriction of movement or immobility. Arthritis is a condition that we are all quite familiar with and even if you haven’t been afflicted with the condition it is most likely that you are acquainted with someone who is. Arthritis is a degenerative condition that affects the joints causing severe pain and greatly reducing mobility. In severe cases and if neglected the effects can be debilitating. Arthritis is typically associated with old age and although most prevalent among the aged it can affect almost anyone, but this it is uncommon among young adults and children. Arthritis may not be a life threatening condition but it is a dreaded condition because of the extent to which it affects your life. Simple tasks and routines that we normally take for granted can become quite a challenge. For example, arthritis in the hands, wrists or fingers can make working at the computer near impossible. While it can be quite debilitating it is not unmanageable. Arthritis can be managed and controlled to minimize its impact on your life. But to effectively control and treat the condition you need to be well informed and understand the condition. The word 'arthritis' means 'inflammation of the joints'. It is derived from two Greek words: athron, meaning joints; and itis, meaning inflammation. It is, generally, a chronic disease process. Arthritis occurs in various forms, the most frequent being osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease which usually occurs in the older age-group. Rheumatoid arthritis is a serious disease which affects not only the joints of the fingers, wrists, hips, knees, and feet, but also the muscles, tendons and other tissues of the body. There are a lot of different kinds of arthritis, categorized according to the extent of wear and tear in the joints and the cartilaginous tissues. Sometimes, the inflammation could be caused due to excessive wear and tear of the joints. However, the inflammation could also be caused due to autoimmune disorders. Such disorders, in which the immune system attacks the joints, are one of the leading causes of arthritis and rheumatism. There are various types of arthritis but most forms of the condition do cause some amount of swelling and pain the joints, so if you do experience pain and stiffness in any of the joints in your body on a regular basis then it is possible that you may be suffering from arthritis. All of our bodily movements and our mobility or flexibility is dependent on the proper functioning of the joints. Swelling or inflammation of the joints, which is typical of most types of arthritis, can however cause the joints to get severely damaged over time. Some forms of arthritis can even cause problems in organs like the eyes or skin. Osteoarthritis is one of the most common manifestations of arthritis and this usually develops as a result of aging or due to some injury. Some types of arthritis may also develop as a result of your immune system turning on your own body. The immune system which normally protects against infections may begin attacking your own body’s tissue in this type of arthritis, with rheumatoid arthritis being the most common. Although arthritis is by and large associated with old age or aging, the condition can also affect children. Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is fortunately a very rare condition. At times arthritis may develop as a result of an infections spreading from one part of the body to the joint, and this is termed as infectious arthritis. Arthritis may be a degenerative condition to which there is no permanent cure, but treatment can help to manage and control arthritis, reducing its effect on your everyday life. The main focus of arthritis treatment, whether with conventional treatment or with natural arthritis remedies is towards preventing further deterioration of the joints and to increase and preserve mobility, while restricting arthritis pain. Arthritis pain relief and management is best achieved through a combination of medical treatments and natural remedies or self care that could include specialized arthritis diet plans, lifestyle routines, and physiotherapy that may include specific exercises like yoga or pilates. Arthritis in the hands and feet or hips can be particularly problematic during pregnancy. Women suffering from arthritis should give serious thought to a decision to get pregnant because of the risk of complications. Symptoms of Arthritis Pain and Stiffness in the Joints, Anaemia, Colitis The main symptoms of osteoarthritis are pain and stiffness in the joints. The pain usually increases after exercise. Rheumatoid arthritis is often called the 'cooked food disease'. lt usually develops gradually over several months, with persistent pain and stiffness in one or more joints. Ultimately the whole body is affected. Symptoms include anemia, colitis, constipation, deformed hands and feet. The gradual onset of osteoarthritis will typically cause symptoms like a progressive stiffening of the joints and some amount of pain but there is unlikely to be any noticeable swelling, or fever and chills. Rheumatoid arthritis can cause symptoms like painful swelling and inflammation of the joints with stiffness, usually affecting the fingers, legs, arms and wrists. These symptoms are generally most severe when you wake up each morning.

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Home Remedies for Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism Hyperthyroidism can be described as a condition in which the thyroid gland is overactive, causing it to produce excessive amounts of a hormone known as thyroxin. In case you do suffer from hyperthyroidism, you are quite likely to see a significant increase in your metabolism, which in turn will probably lead to other visible symptoms like sudden weight loss, irregular or rapid heartbeat, irritability, excessive perspiration and nervousness. While anyone can suffer from hyperthyroidism, it is generally found to be a lot more prevalent in women, as compared to in men. There are several different factors that could cause the thyroid gland to become more active than normal. However studies indicate that most people who have hyperthyroidism are genetically inclined to developing hyperthyroidism. Therefore, in case there is any member in your family who has thyroid, it is best for you to consult a doctor and undergo a checkup too. There are many individuals who think that hyperthyroidism is not really serious and therefore, does not require any medical treatment. However, if left unchecked, there are several complications that could arise because of the excess production of the thyroxin hormone. Some of the common health complications that may be seen because of hyperthyroidism include heart conditions, brittle bones, eye problems, skin ailments and thyrotoxic crisis. Therefore, in order to prevent such complications from cropping up, it is best to seek medical attention as soon as the symptoms of a thyroid disorder become evident. Fortunately, there are many different ways in which hyperthyroidism can be treated. In rare cases the doctor may advise you to undergo surgery, where a part of the thyroid gland may need to be removed. Once the condition is diagnosed and treated, you may notice a drastic improvement in your health. Therefore, it is advisable to consult a doctor and identify the best possible treatment options. Based on factors like your age, overall health, medical history as well as the severity of the condition, it could take weeks or even months for the condition to get better. Make sure that you follow through with the treatment and regular checkups, whether or not you believe the condition has improved. Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism Diagnosing hyperthyroidism can be a bit of a challenge for many people, mainly because of the fact that its symptoms can very often be confused with those seen in other conditions. There are several different signs that could be indicative of hyperthyroidism. Given below are some of the most common symptoms for hyperthyroidism: Drastic weight loss, even though there are no changes in appetite and the diet remains the same or perhaps increases Arrhythmia or irregular heartbeats Palpitations, which are characterized by shortness in breath and pounding heartbeat Tachycardia or rapid heartbeat, usually more than 100 beats to a minute Emotions like nervousness, irritability and anxiety Tremors mainly in the hands and fingers Excessive perspiration Alteration in menstrual cycles and patterns Increase in sensitivity to heat Changes in bowel movements, especially where they become more frequent

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Home Remedies : " Thinning Hair "

Thinning Hair It is absolutely normal for you to lose a few strands of hair each day. You have nothing to worry about in case you see anywhere between 20 and 100 strands of hair falling each day. But how would you feel if you find that the hair fall has caused your hair growth to become thinner? What if the new strands of hair are not growing at a fast enough pace to replace the strands that are falling out? Thinning hair is a very common problem seen in many men, women and even children around the world. Studies indicate that almost 35% of all men suffer from severe hair fall problems, which leads to thinning hair and perhaps even baldness. While anyone can suffer from thinning problems, this occurrence is a bit more common in men. Older people too are more prone to hair thinning, as compared to those who are younger. In some cases, the hair fall and thinning is only a temporary occurrence that gets rectified after a period of time. However, in several people, thinning of the hair is a chronic and recurrent problem. In some instances, hair thinning could be an indication of a serious medical problem. Therefore, it is best to get thinning hair checked by a doctor to identify what the possible causes can be. Thinning of the hair can be a sudden or gradual development. There could be some factors that cause large chunks of hair to fall out, leading to bald patches, a receding hairline or scantiness all over the scalp. When this happens, you will see drastic changes in your hair volume within a matter of a few weeks. On the other hand, thinning of the hair can be a slow and gradual process where it takes months to become evident. This form of hair loss usually starts off with a few extra strands on the comb, towel or sink, which slowly and gradually progresses towards a bare scalp. There are many who are perfectly comfortable with letting the hair fall and thinning process continue, without making any efforts to conceal or control the problem. However a majority of the people take steps to stop the thinning, by using a variety of treatments, products or services. The association of hair with beauty and appearance makes it a concern for most people, which is why there are various hair care products easily available in the market, most of which claim to prevent hair loss and thinning issues. However, not all of these products deliver the results that they promise and therefore it is important to be careful when choosing any hair care products. Symptoms of Thinning Hair In many cases, thinning hair does not become evident immediately. You may only realize that you have a problem, after having lost a significant amount of hair. By then, reversing hair loss is like to be a lot more difficult if possible and could also be a lot more lengthy a procedure. Nevertheless, it is best to control the problem as soon as it becomes evident. There are several signs and symptoms that could be regarded as an indication of decrease in hair volume. Given below are some of the common signs and symptoms that could indicate a hair thinning problem: An increase in the visible number of strands that fall each day Changes in the quality of hair, where the individual strands actually seem finer than before Appearance of bare patches of skin on the scalp Receding hairline or excessive broadening of the forehead

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Home Remedies : "Constipation"

Constipation Constipation refers to the condition where bowel movements are irregular and the process of passing stools can be painful. Most people suffer from constipation at some point of time but some may complain of more frequent bouts than others. For most people constipation is a discomfort that's best not discussed as it is in most cases temporary and for most people it's an awkward subject. If the problem is severe or frequent and causes you a great deal of discomfort however it is important that you discuss it with your health care provider. In most cases dietary and lifestyle modifications alone suffice and there is no real need for medical treatment. Our perceptions of constipation can also vary as this depends on what one views as regular bowel movements. While some individuals need to pass a stool at least twice or thrice a day, for some others regular bowel movements may simply include passing a stool once in two or three days. In most cases however an individual is said to suffer from constipation if there is straining to pass stools most of the time, if stools are hard most of the time, if the bowels are not completely evacuated a lot of the time and if bowel movements occur just once or twice a week. For chronic cases, where the problem of constipation frequently recurs or is long lasting, a more aggressive form of treatment may be necessary. Infants, children and adults can all suffer from constipation due to a variety of reasons. Symptoms of Constipation Other symptoms of constipation may include: Irregular or less frequent bowel movements or anything less than thrice a week (severe constipation refers to only one or less bowel movements per week) Sudden change in regularity Harder stools that are more difficult to pass A bloated feeling in the lower abdomen Straining while passing stools Coated tongue Bad breath Depression and anxiety Headaches Insomnia Loss of appetite Dark circles under the eyes Mouth ulcers Dizziness Nausea Feeling of fullness in the abdomen Gas and bloating Varicose veins Heartburn Children who suffer from constipation may be easily fatigued and have no appetite Infants tend to be uneasy and fussy and suffer from gas and bloating

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Home Remedies Insomnia

Insomnia Insomnia is one of the most common and widespread of all disorders. Most of us would have experienced an episode of short term insomnia at some point. Mild cases of short term insomnia may not pose much of a problem, but frequent bouts of severe insomnia or chronic insomnia can be quite problematic. Short term insomnia is clinically referred to as acute insomnia, while episodes of insomnia that involve problems with sleep for at least three nights in a week, spanning a period of four weeks, would be classified as chronic insomnia. Chronic insomnia can take a toll on your health and also your quality of life. So What is Insomnia? Insomnia refers to a sleep disorder that could involve an inability to go to sleep or to stay asleep. Lack of sleep or impaired and disturbed sleep can severely affect your ability to function normally through the day. Insomnia can therefore be quantitative or qualitative. Short term insomnia is a lot less serious as compared to chronic insomnia, but can last for more than a week. It usually resolves within three weeks however. Transient insomnia is the mildest insomnia disorder, with the symptoms just lasting for a week or less. While insomnia may be classified as acute or chronic, it is also identified by the causes or underlying reasons for the condition. This could range from common causes like stress, the presence of some other sleep disorders, sleep hygiene, or the presence of some other underlying condition that causes sleep disturbance and insomnia as a symptom. If the problem of impaired sleep is not caused as a direct result of some other health condition or disease, then it is termed as primary insomnia. In cases where sleep is affected because of some other health condition thereby resulting in insomnia, it is termed as secondary insomnia, as it is the secondary condition. Treatment would need to address the underlying condition or primary condition, which could include various conditions like asthma, bronchitis, heartburn, arthritis, cancer, depression or certain medications or drugs. Effects of Insomnia The most noticeable effect of insomnia is the feeling of tiredness when you awake in the morning, despite adequate time for sleep. This not only saps your energy levels, but it also takes a toll on your state of mind and emotional well being. As a consequence your performance at work and other activities suffers, your health begins to suffer, and social relationships are also affected. Incidence of Insomnia Insomnia is so common that it is estimated that up to half our population may suffer from symptoms of insomnia, with up to ten percent affected by chronic insomnia. Over dependence on medications for insomnia may also be one of the causes of the problem as it increases dependence but does not address the underlying cause. Self treatment with over the counter drugs is therefore best avoided. Insomnia generally affects adults, becoming more common as you age. Insomnia can be treated quite effectively however, with both natural methods and medical treatment. Symptoms of Insomnia The diagnosis of insomnia is not necessarily as straight forward as you may think it to be. This is because there are various possible symptoms and warning signs of insomnia, many of which can overlap with other medical conditions. Here are some of the general symptoms

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Home Remedies For Low Blood Pressure

Low Blood Pressure While many of us are aware of the hazards of high blood pressure, low blood pressure is equally prevalent and dangerous. When blood pressure falls below the normal pressure level, which is 120/80 mmHg, it is regarded as low blood pressure or hypotension. Hypotension occurs due to the insufficient supply of oxygen (via the blood) to the heart and brain. Consequently, these vital organs cannot function properly, and as a result, they may be suffer damage that could be temporary or even permanent. The force with which blood pushes against the walls of the arteries is known as blood pressure. When the heart pumps blood into the arteries, the pressure exerted on the arterial walls is known as systolic pressure. When the muscles relax and refill with blood, the pressure falls, and this is known as diastolic pressure. Both systolic and diastolic pressures are important. The normal pressure value is 120/80 mmHg, where 120 denotes the systolic pressure and 80 refers to the diastolic pressure. If blood pressure is 90/60 mmHg or less, it is referred to as low blood pressure. It should be noted, however, that blood pressure varies among people, and hence, if someone has a low blood pressure value, but shows no other signs or symptoms of low blood pressure, then he/she is not considered to have low blood pressure. In order to better understand or deal with low blood pressure, it is therefore important to understand the related signs and symptoms of low blood pressure. So, is low blood pressure as bad as high blood pressure? Well, low BP lowers the risk of stroke, kidney disease, and heart diseases, but while this may make it appear to be almost desireable it does pose very serious health risks when it is considered low . If low blood pressure is accompanied with related signs and symptoms, it could lead to organ damage. In general, people who have an ideal body weight and who workout regularly tend to have lower than normal blood pressure. Low blood pressure as a health condition however does not refer to such individuals, but pertains to individuals in whom low blood pressure readings are low enough to pose a health risk. Symptoms of Low Blood Pressure Most people with low blood pressure show no symptoms. For such people, there are no underlying conditions causing the low blood pressure, and hence, no treatment is necessary. However, medical attention is vital when low blood pressure also leads to insufficient supply of blood to the brain and other vital organs. In such a scenario, underlying health conditions lead to hypotension. The common symptoms of hypotension are as follows: Giddiness Blurred vision Palpitations Fatigue Increased thirst Pale skin Fainting Shortness of breath Irregular heartbeat

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Home Remedies : Allergies

Allergies An allergy occurs when the body overreacts to triggers that under normal circumstances do not pose any threat to most individuals. Such triggers are referred to as allergens. Various signs and symptoms occur when the body comes in contact with such allergens. Hay fever is a common allergy that occurs when the body reacts to allergens such as pollen and dust. It often becomes difficult to understand which allergens are responsible for the body’s reaction. Therefore it helps to keep a record of the symptoms you are experiencing so that with your doctor’s help you can identify the triggers and take the necessary precautions to avoid them. Symptoms of Allergies The nature of an allergic reaction depends on the area of the body that is affected. Some allergic reactions may be restricted to just one part of the body while others may involve larger areas or multiple bodily systems. The reactions to an allergen may also vary from one individual to another. In rare cases, a sudden and severe allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis may occur. In such cases it is important to seek immediate medical attention. The symptoms of anaphylaxis are as follows: The bodily organs do not receive an adequate flow of blood and this leads to a state of shock. The individual may display symptoms such as sweating, dryness, confusion, anxiety and loss of consciousness. Shock can also lead to death in case timely medical care is not administered. There may be difficulty in breathing. The individual may breathe in a raspy or labored manner. The common symptoms of an allergic reaction are as follows: Itching, redness, rash, hives or blistering on the skin Coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and breathing difficulty Swelling of the eyes, throat, face, lips Runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion Redness in the eyes Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea Sore throat, tiredness Causes of Allergies An allergic reaction may occur due to any allergen or trigger. When there is exposure to an allergen, the white blood cells of the body release certain antibodies. These antibodies attempt to seek out and destroy the substance that is threatening to cause illness or infection. They carry out this function by producing certain chemicals and hormones known as mediators. Histamine is an example of a mediator. The mediators affect the localized area and also stimulate the release of additional white blood cells. This complex combination of reactions results in the symptoms of an allergic reaction. Anaphylaxis occurs when there is a sudden production of mediators. The time taken by the body to react to triggers differs among individuals. Some of the common triggers of an allergic reaction include: Foods such as peanuts, shrimp, wheat, soy, eggs, nuts and dairy products. Food allergies differ from food intolerances. Food intolerances occur as a response of the digestive system, while food allergies occur as a response of the immune system. Medications

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Home Remedies : High Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure What is High Blood Pressure (HBP) As the heart pumps blood to various parts of the body, the force of blood flow puts pressure on the arterial walls. High blood pressure or hypertension can cause irreversible damage to your heart, kidneys, blood vessels, and other parts of the body. If you monitor your blood pressure regularly, you can manage your high blood pressure through medication and lifestyle changes. However, left untreated, high blood pressure may result in adverse health effects. Over time high blood pressure may result in hardening of the arteries. Continuous flow of blood and oxygen requires your heart to pump blood with more force through these narrow arteries. The result: chest pain or angina. As the heart fails to function optimally, there is reduced flow of blood and oxygen to various organs. This may result in organ failure. A heart attack may occur, as the heart is no longer able to pump blood and oxygen. Cell damage from lack of oxygen may even affect your brain leading to a stroke. Although many adults suffer from hypertension as they get older, high blood pressure is not a sign of aging alone. Individuals with a family history of high blood pressure, obese or diabetic individuals, patients with other cardiovascular diseases and kidney disease or pre-hypertensive individuals are at an increased risk of suffering from high blood pressure. Symptoms of High Blood Pressure According to WHO estimates, high blood pressure kills nearly 8 million people globally in a year. Signs and symptoms of high blood pressure are hard to identify, which is why it is commonly referred to as the silent killer. Early detection and action to control high blood pressure readings can help avert more serious heart disease. Following symptoms may point to high blood pressure, although it would be best not to rely on these signs alone. Individuals may experience heart palpitations, headaches, anxiety, excessive sweating, sleep disorders, and flushes. Symptomatic headaches or migraines were considered to be a result of high blood pressure. However, recent neurological studies state that damaged nerve organs may result in a lack of pain. High blood pressure patients may actually experience fewer headaches. Nosebleeds, considered a symptomatic condition of high blood pressure, may be a myth too. Nosebleeds can result from other conditions such as dry air allergies, deviated septum, and sinus disorders. Optic nerve

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Home Remedies For Influenza

Influenza Influenza is one of the most common health problems affecting thousands of men, women and children, living across the United States. It can be described as a viral infection that attacks your respiratory system, which includes organs like your lungs, throat and nose. Most people commonly refer to this infection simply as “the flu”. This type of infection is different from the viruses that lead to stomach problems, characterized by vomiting and diarrhea. While a seasonal flu can affect just about anybody, it is more commonly seen in children or seniors who are over the age of 65. Because this infection is highly contagious, it has been observed that health care providers and child care personal are more prone to this condition. Your risks of contracting the flu can increase considerably, if you have a weakened immune system due to any reason. Some of the factors that compromise your immune system and weaken it include conditions like HIV/ AIDS, cancer treatment and the use of anti-rejection drugs or corticosteroids. In case you suffer from health conditions, which include asthma, diabetes and heart diseases, your chances of flu could also increase significantly. It has also been observed that pregnant women are likely to develop influenza and the complications related to it, especially in the second and third trimesters. In most instances the flu is not a serious problem and can be cured within a few days or within a week. However, at times, it is possible for the flu to last for a longer period of time, including several weeks, or it may recur, mainly because of other health problems. In spite of the fact that the flu is so common, it can lead to some severe complications. An estimate from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the US claims that every year, tens of thousands of people die because of complication arising from the flu. Young and healthy adults do not stand a very high risk of influenza-related complications. However, children with under-developed immune systems or senior citizens could develop ear infections, pneumonia and bronchitis, because of the flu. Symptoms of Influenza Most people mistake the flu for a common cold in the initial stages, mainly because their symptoms are very similar. However, one of the main differences between the two conditions is that a cold takes a while to develop, but the flu comes on rather suddenly. Moreover, a cold is not as severe and uncomfortable as the flu can get. Given below are some of the common symptoms for influenza: Runny nose, accompanied by repetitive sneezing Sore throat and throat irritation Congestion in the nasal passages Muscle pain, especially in the legs, back and the arms Mild to severe headaches Fever that is over 100 degrees F (38 degrees C) Weakness, tiredness and fatigue Dry cough Sweats and chills

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Menstrual Cramps

Menstrual Cramps Remedies for Menstrual Cramps Most women leading active lifestyles cannot afford to let menstrual cramps affect their daily routine and performance much. Therefore, it is quite common for them to relieve these cramps with the help of medications or home remedies. There are several over the counter Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen or naproxen, which relieve menstrual cramps, pain and discomfort. However, in order to avoid any side effects that are usually associated with medication, many women prefer using simple and natural home remedies for menstrual cramps. Heat therapy is very effective for relieving cramps caused by the menstrual cycle. You can apply a heating pad or a hot water bag directly on to the lower part of your abdomen. This not only helps to get rid of the cramps but also alleviates the other uncomfortable symptoms. There are many women who prefer to soak in a hot bath instead, as it reduces the discomfort and enables them to feel more relaxed. This remedy is fairly safe if used correctly and can be quite effective. This treatment poses no risk and so can be turned to as frequently as needed without any worry about after effects. It has been seen that many women tend to cut down on physical activity during the course of their menstrual cycle. However, studies indicate that being physically active can actually reduce the pain caused by menstrual cramps. Acupuncture, which is a part of traditional Chinese medicine, has been used for alleviating many health problems. Menstrual problems, like cramps can also be relieved with the help of this practice. However, it is essential to visit a qualified and experienced acupuncturist for this purpose. While the remedies for menstrual cramps mentioned above are quite safe, it is best to use them after consultation with a doctor. In case they do not bring about the desired results, you may need to consult your health care provider. If the cramps are a result of underlying disorders, you may even need to go through a treatment routine, therapy program, or in some cases surgery. Introduction Menstrual cramps, also medically known as dysmenorrhea, can be described as a dull and throbbing pain, experienced by women, in the lower abdominal area. It is possible for a woman to have menstrual cramps during her period, or even just before she begins her cycle. Most girls and women who have reached puberty have experienced menstrual cramps at some time or the other, but their intensity may vary. For some, these cramps may be no more than a minor inconvenience or source of discomfort. However, in others these menstrual cramps can be severe enough to disrupt regular activities, like going to school or work, participating in sports, exercising, and so on. There are also many women who do not have these cramps at all. Although anyone can experience menstrual cramps, either as a one-off or on a monthly basis, it has been seen that some women are more prone to cramping, as compared to others. Some of the factors that increase the chances of suffering from menstrual cramps include: Reaching puberty at an early age, - 11 or younger Metrorrhagia, more commonly known as irregular menstrual bleeding Genetic factors, like a family history of dysmenorrhea Being below the age of 20 or never having been through childbirth Menorrhagia or heavy bleeding during periods Unhealthy habits like smoking, leading a sedentary lifestyle, consuming excess alcohol and taking illegal drugs Even though menstrual cramps are very common, they should be checked by a doctor, particularly if they are a cause for severe pain and discomfort. This is because at times, these cramps could be caused by hormonal imbalances or health conditions that are severe. In such instances, the intensity of the cramps can be reduced considerably, by addressing the underlying cause. If the cramps are not caused by a severe health problem, simple home remedies can also be quite effective in

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" Impotence "

Sexual Impotence Sexual impotence is also referred to as erectile dysfunction and affects more than 10 million men in the country today. Impotence refers to the inability to produce and maintain an erection in order to perform sexually. Sexual impotence is a surprisingly common problem and most men have experienced this condition at least once in their life. While nearly eight percent of men between the ages of 20 to 39 have reported cases of erectile dysfunction, nearly sixty percent of men over 70 suffer from sexual impotence. Cases can range in severity and incidence depending on the underlying causes of the condition. Unfortunately, impotence is surrounded by social stigma and many men choose to suffer in silence rather than consult with a specialist or doctor to treat the situation. Impotence can be classified into three different types: Primary Impotence: Implying chronic erectile dysfunction from the beginning of any type of sexual activity. Secondary Impotence: The most common form of sexual impotence, where incidents of impotence occur in between normal sexual activity. Impotence with Age: A gradual decline in the sexual performance and the ability to maintain an erection due to age. Symptoms of Sexual Impotence Sexual impotence is marked by the repeated inability to achieve or maintain an erection for sexual intercourse. Other impotence symptoms include loss of interest in sex, fatigue, feelings of guilt or anger, and depression. Relationships also tend to suffer due to impotence. Causes of Sexual Impotence Sexual impotence or erectile dysfunction is caused by a lack of blood supply to the penis. While this is the primary biological or physical cause for impotence there are several other conditions that can cause impotence. In many cases the presence of some other condition may also cause impotence because of its interference with blood circulation. Some common causes for sexual impotence include: Vascular Disease – Vascular disease is a condition that affects the veins and arteries, causing a thickening of arterial walls. This causes the blood flow to get restricted and weakened affecting the extremities and also the genitalia. This in turn leads to difficulties in maintaining an erection or even achieving one. Diabetes – Studies show that there is a definite link between diabetes and sexual impotence, though the exact causes are not clearly understood. Experts believe that diabetes affects the blood flow and causes nerve damage that can lead to impotence. Alcohol and Smoking – Excessive drinking and smoking can lead to erectile dysfunction by hampering blood

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Birth Control

Birth Control What is Birth Control? According to the medical dictionaries, contraception refers to the methods used to 

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Know about Dark Circles!

Dark Circles Dark circles, also called dark rings or shadows, can be described as the darkening of the skin between the lower eyelid and the top of the cheek. These shadows can affect men and women in their adulthood, though kids can also develop dark circles. As you grow older, the skin under your eyes becomes thinner and loses collagen. This augments the appearance of blood vessels beneath the eyes and makes the area seem darker than it is. Most of us try our best to getting avoid dark circles, because they usually make us look tired, exhausted, unhealthy and maybe even old. We also tend to assume that a person who has dark circles isn’t getting enough sleep during the day. However, dark circles are not necessarily a sign of fatigue, insomnia or any serious illness. There are several different factors that could cause you to develop dark rings under the eyes. At times, shadows under the eyes crop up suddenly and then disappear just as quickly. This usually occurs when you are suffering from a mild reaction to dust to animal dander, or perhaps if you are under the weather. However, in some cases dark circles develop over a period of time and may not go away. This is usually an indication of anemia or chronic dehydration. Dark circles are almost never a cause for concern, though if you’d like to get rid of the unsightly shadows under your eyes, it is best for you to consult a dermatologist as soon as they appear. Your dermatologist may recommend a wide range of topical products, home remedies, dietary changes and skincare tips, to lighten the dark circles. However, if these options do not yield the desired results, you could also choose to opt for laser therapy or surgery. In case you notice the sudden appearance of a dark circle under one eye only, it is best to seek prompt medical care. Symptoms of Dark Circles Dark circles are not a skin or medical condition; instead they can be described as symptoms of underlying problems or deficiencies. Depending upon the causes, at times the shadows or discoloration under your eyes may be accompanied by other signs and symptoms, such as: Eczema or atopic dermatitis, caused by allergies Irritability, fatigue and anxiety because of poor sleep quality Itchy skin and rash in case of allergies Mild swelling or puffy bags under the eyes Pain or pressure in the face because of sinusitis Severe headache because of sinus infection Watery and itchy eyes, sneezing and nasal congestion In some instances the occurrence of dark circles, along with a few other symptoms could be an indication of a severe, life-threatening condition. These severe symptoms include: Breathing difficulties like shortness of breath and wheezing Bruising or redness around the eyes Changes in levels of consciousness like passing out or becoming unresponsive Constant itching in the throat or the mouth Decline in the ability to move the eyes normally and vision changes Feeling of tightness in the throat High fever Swelling, deformity or bleeding of the nose Warmth in the eyelids and the eye area Call an ambulance or have someone drive you to the emergency room in case you happen to notice any of these symptoms. Causes of Dark Circles Many people wonder why they have dark circles in spite of getting an adequate amount of rest and sleep each day. However, there are several different factors that could cause you to develop dark rings under the eyes, some of which include: Diseases, Disorders and Medical Conditions Orbital or peri-orbital cellulitis (an invasive eye infection) Irregularities in pigmentation, mainly evident in Asian and Black populations

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Home Remedies for Gastroparesis

Gastroparesis Gastroparesis is a condition also known as delayed gastric emptying or stomach paralysis. Under normal conditions, food passes into your gastric tract with the help of strong contractions of the stomach muscles. In gastroparesis, these muscles do not work well or not at all and this prevents the stomach from emptying its contents effectively. This delay in the emptying of the stomach can lead to an overgrowth of bacteria and the formation of bezoars (clumps of indigestable fibers).  Gastroparesis can also cause serious problems with digestion and lead to symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, malnutrition and an imbalance in blood sugar levels. Gastroparesis is a chronic disease with symptoms recurring over time. There is no known cure for it, but the symptoms of the condition can be reduced or treated by changing your diet or through medication. Symptoms of Gastroparesis Symptoms of gastroparesis can be mild or severe and can vary from person to person. Symptoms for gastroparesis include: Distention of the abdomen Nausea Vomiting of undigested food Heartburn Premature feeling of fullness after eating Hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia (if you suffer from diabetes) Unexplained weight loss Bloating and gas Pain in the upper abdomen Loss of appetite Stomach spasms Gastroesophageal reflux Causes of Gastroparesis Diabetes is one of the most common causes of gastroparesis. When this develops it is known as diabetic gastroparesis and is caused by nerve damage and muscle failure in the stomach due to high levels of blood glucose. Anorexia nervosa or bulimia Stomach surgery Surgey on the vagus nerve in the stomach Viral infections / Post viral syndromes GERD or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Diseases of the nervous system such as Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and brain injury

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Know about Bird Flu : Reasons & Prevention

Bird Flu Bird flu occurs due to infection by a type of influenza virus. This condition does not usually affect humans, but when it does develop it can be serious. For a large number of people, the bird flu pandemic has been fatal. Recently, outbreaks of the bird flu epidemic have taken place in Asia, Africa and regions in Europe. People who experience symptoms of the disease usually have had close contact with infected birds. In some cases, the infection has spread from one individual to another. Health experts warn that if the virus responsible for bird flu undergoes mutation and turns into a form that spreads more easily among people, a global bird flu outbreak is possible. Currently research is underway on vaccines that can offer protection from this disease. Symptoms of Bird Flu The symptoms of bird flu usually develop about two to five days after infection. In many cases, these symptoms appear similar to those of influenza. Some of the common signs and symptoms of bird flu include: Coughing Sore throat Muscle ache Fever Nausea Vomiting Diarrhea Eye infection It is important to seek medical care immediately if any of the symptoms above are detected. It is also advisable to consult your doctor if you have recently visited an open-air market, farm or region where bird flu is prevalent. Causes of Bird Flu Bird flu usually develops in wild waterfowl, but can also spread to domestic chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys. The infection spreads due to contact with the feces of infected birds. Secretions from the eyes, nose and mouth of infected birds can also cause the disease to spread. Bird flu is rampant in open-air marketplaces where poultry is sold in unsanitary conditions. This can cause the condition to spread to the other areas of the community as well. Eating poultry meat is safe and does not cause infection provided that the meat or eggs are cooked properly. The meat should be cooked preferably to 165F while eggs should be cooked until the white and yolk become firm. The main causes of bird flu are direct contact with infected birds. Exposure to surfaces contaminated by infected saliva or droppings can also place a person at risk for bird flu. In rare cases, bird flu spreads from one individual to another. The reason for such human transmission is not fully known. Bird flu can lead to the following complications:

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Leucoderma : Causes & Cure

Leucoderma Leucoderma, also known as vitiligo, is a distressing skin condition. The word literally means white skin. There is a gradual loss of the pigment melanin from the skin layers which results in white patches. These patches look ugly, especially in persons with a dark complexion. The condition does not cause any organic harm. This disease is caused neither by any germs, nor is it due to bad blood. It is considered to be neither infectious nor contagious. Symptoms of Leucoderma Small White Patch Appear in Beginning The problem usually starts with a small white spot which later develops into patches. These patches are pale in the beginning, but become whiter and whiter as time passes by due to loss of pigment. As the spots enlarge, they merge into each other and, in course of time, form a very broad patch. In some cases, most of the skin of the body may be covered with white patches. Causes of Leucoderma Excessive Mental Worry, Chronic or Acute Gastric Disorders The main causes of leucoderma are said to be excessive mental worry, chronic or acute gastric disorders, impaired hepatic function such as jaundice, worms or other parasites in the alimentary canal, typhoid, a defective perspiratory mechanism, and burn injuries. Heredity

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Anxiety : Symptoms, reasons & Suggestions

Anxiety Anxiety is something that we all experience sometimes. All of us experience a wide range of emotions, both positive and negative. Negative emotions such as anger, fear, and apprehension are normal human responses to unpleasant or dangerous situations, and are in fact necessary for survival. Sometimes however, these emotions get out of hand and occur without any stimulus, even to the point of disrupting our daily activities and harming our health. Symptoms of Anxiety Like many psychological problems, an anxiety disorder is a little difficult to detect, particularly as many of the symptoms are normal human responses. The key difference however is that these responses occur without any stimulus. Sometimes the individual is almost constantly in a state of worry, while others may experience sudden, unprovoked “anxiety attacks”. Some of the symptoms of anxiety disorder include: Constant state of apprehension Irritability Restlessness Fatigue and exhaustion Inability to concentrate/ Chest pain Headaches Breathlessness Nausea

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Eating Disorders : Reasons & Solutions

Eating Disorders Medical conditions that involve abnormal eating habits where the person may either eat insufficient or excessive quantities of food are referred to as eating disorders. Eating disorders are detrimental to both the physical and mental health of an individual. The most common eating disorders in the US are Anorexia and Bulimia which affect almost 5-10 million people. Eating disorders are not really age or gender specific and can affect men, women and even children in some cases. They generally tend to arise more often in teenagers however because of the awkwardness and self esteem issues that torment you in adolescence. Although cases of eating disorders have been recorded almost all across the globe, studies have shown that men and women in the western countries are more affected or are at a higher risk of developing these disorders as compared to people in other parts of the world. Eating disorders have also become common among young people who are very self conscious about their appearances. This is especially true during puberty where young people go through various physical and mental changes and are also subject to more social pressures. Eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia can cause drastic fluctuations in body weight, start interfering with everyday life and even damage important functions in the body. People suffering from anorexia are under the constant fear of gaining weight and as a result they start restricting their food intake by starving, dieting or extreme exercise. On the other hand people who suffer from bulimia resort to purging and binge eating and also experience fluctuations in weight. People with these eating disorders also resort to self induced vomiting and excessive use of laxatives. Symptoms of Eating Disorders Increased awareness and health consciousness have helped us improve the quality of our lives, but our unhealthy obsession with weight and external appearances as well can be quite devastating to those with low self esteem. While we are all concerned with our appearances, teenagers are particularly self- conscious about their looks it becomes difficult to distinguish the symptoms of eating disorders in most cases. It is also not necessary that people who are dieting or exercising rigorously have eating disorders. However, individuals who do suffer from eating disorders may show particular physical signs or abnormal behavioral changes that can be recognized as symptoms of the condition. People who suffer from anorexia may start to become very emaciated, frail or thin. Obsession with weight control and eating habits may be one of the biggest indicators of eating disorders. Erratic behavior like weighing oneself constantly, counting food portions and extreme exercising can all be symptoms of eating disorders. Those suffering from anorexia may also start avoiding social gatherings especially gatherings that involve dining out. They also start showing signs of depression and lethargy. On the other hand those suffering from bulimia also have the constant fear of putting

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Dark Skin : Causes & Remedies

Dark Skin Skin with a bronze or darkened hue is highly coveted by men and women across the world, especially in the western world, with predominantly Caucasian fair skinned populations. People of all ages have been known to spend several hours in the sun or on the beach, just to achieve the perfect sun-tanned appearance. This is probably why the market is full of sun tan lotions, tanning parlors and other products or techniques that can help acquire an even and a natural tan. However, there are many other factors too that could cause your skin to become darker in color. Unfortunately, not a lot of people realize the difference between a suntan and a skin problem. The cells of our skin contain a substance known as melanocytes, which produce melanin. It is the presence of melanin that gives the skin its color. A lack of melanin or low levels of it can cause your skin to appear pale, which is known as hypopigmentation. However, in case there is a high amount of melanin present in the skin, the skin gets a darker color, which is known as hyperpigmentation. Another factor that could cause your skin to darken faster than normal is overactive melanocytes. In case your skin begins to get dark because of hyperpigmentation, the discoloration usually begins at the knuckles, elbows as well as the knees and spreads to the other parts of the body from there. At times, you may also see bronze or darkened patches on the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet. The degree of discoloration could vary from person to person, based on the underlying causes. The darkening of the skin may not necessarily be permanent at times. There are several conditions that could cause your skin to get darker for a certain period. For example, most women see changes in the tone of their skin during the course of pregnancy. However, after childbirth, the color of the skin usually returns to normal. Similarly, darkening of the skin because of hormonal imbalances or other short term conditions is also temporary. The color of the skin returns to normal once the condition is resolved. Contrary to what many people believe, dark skin caused by hyperpigmentation is not exclusive to any specific race. People of all nationalities, living in just about any region could suffer from hyperpigmentation, which causes their skin to darken unevenly. Fortunately, dark skin is not usually a symptom of a life-threatening health problem. However, in case there are other accompanying symptoms like fatigue, weakness, spells of depression or loss of appetite in addition to hyperpigmentation, it could be an indication of an underlying health condition that requires immediate medical attention. Symptoms of Dark Skin For many of us darkening of the skin doesn’t even raise an eyebrow, even though the darkening may be uneven. However, in most cases, darker skin caused by hyperpigmentation is uneven and appears in the form of dark patches on the joints, palms, soles and perhaps even the face. Some of the common symptoms of dark skin caused by hyperpigmentation include: Uneven light brown or dark brown colored patches on the skin Appearance of blemishes on the face and other parts of the skin Differences in skin tone, mainly on the face, neck, throat, elbows and knees In case your skin is naturally dark due to the presence of melanin then the symptoms may not be noticeable immediately. However, over a period of time, as the discoloration spreads or becomes darker, it is bound to become evident.

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Home Remedies for Cracked, Chapped and Dry Lips

Cracked, Chapped and Dry Lips Cracked and chapped lips are usually a result of dryness. The skin of the lips may also peel off in some cases. When the lips become too dry, tiny tears may appear on the surface and this can lead to bleeding and considerable discomfort. Chapped lips are rarely a serious problem and mainly develop during the cold winter months, and due to wind exposure or sunburn. Those who have a habit of constantly licking the lips may also develop chapped lips. Breathing through the mouth can also cause your lips to become dry. In some cases, certain mild health conditions such as a common cold, nutritional deficiencies, allergies and dehydration may cause the lips to become dry and cracked. It is very easy to care for chapped and dry lips and there’s a lot that you can do to reduce the severity of the problem, such as increasing water intake, avoiding cold or sun exposure and using simple home remedies. Under the rarest of circumstances, cracked, chapped and dry lips may require medical care. This mainly occurs when the body is severely dehydrated. If the condition is accompanied by other symptoms such as confusion, cold skin and lethargy, it would be a good idea to seek medical attention. Symptoms of Cracked, Chapped and Dry Lips The lips are so prone to chapping and dryness because the skin is very thin and does not have any protective hair growth. There are also no sweat or oil glands present beneath the surface. Therefore the lips are stripped of moisture much faster than other areas of the body. The common signs and symptoms of chapped lips include: Dryness Redness Pain or tenderness Rough skin Bleeding Peeling and flaking Oversensitivity Causes of Cracked, Chapped and Dry Lips Following are the causes of chapped, cracked or dry lips Over exposure to the cold or windy conditions, Over exposure to the sun, Allergies to cosmetic products, Infections, Drugs, Dehydration, Kawasaki disease, Macrocytosis, Riboflavin deficiency, Sjogren's syndrome, Frequent use of soaps and other chemicals, Deficiency of vitamin A, B and C, Smoking, History of skin disorder When the lips are chapped or dry do not attempt to lick them, this will make you feel better only for short time. Once the saliva evaporates the condition will worsen. Your lips could be in problem because of your ill-fitting dentures, in such case consult your dentist. In severe cases, where there is excessive cracking, dryness and redness, one can use a medicated lip balm. It is best to avoid using flavored chap sticks and balms as this could induce frequent licking. One can also protect the lips from sun exposure and cold, dry winds by covering the mouth with a scarf when going outdoors. Increasing the humidity in the house can also alleviate chapped lips. It helps to wash the mouth frequently and then follow it up with an application of lip balm. In some cases, the condition may worsen so much that bleeding may also occur. In such cases, one must consult a doctor. Prescription lip balms may then be used to treat the condition. The lips may become chapped and dry due to various factors. Most cases of chapped lips are due to the following: Exposure

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Cough : Remedies

Cough A cough is not always a medical problem, although coughing can at times indicate the presence of some health condition or infection. Coughing is not really a condition in itself, but is simply a natural reflex to keep the throat and airways clear. When caused by some condition, then coughing is simply one of the many possible symptoms of that condition. At other times a cough may simply develop as a result of irritation to the throat or respiratory passages. Because of the frequency with which we are afflicted with coughs and colds most people prefer using natural methods of treatment to deal with a regular cough. A severe, persistent cough or one that is accompanied by other symptoms should however be examined and investigated by a health care professional. Cough remedies for children, toddlers, babies and infants are particularly popular, because many over the counter drugs can be quite strong and are not ideally suited to frequent administration particularly in children. The same holds true for pregnant women, which is why there is a widespread usage of cough remedies for kids and cough remedies while pregnant for pregnant women. A cough is not usually a threatening condition and will resolve naturally, but it can be troublesome, particularly when coughing at night keeps you up and prevents you from recuperating. This can lead to fatigue, irritability and exhaustion, serving to further weaken your immune system, leaving you more vulnerable to illness. While natural cough remedies may be extremely useful and can greatly help facilitate and hasten healing it should be kept in mind that even the best cough medicine will do no good if you do not take other measures to protect your throat and respiratory system. For example, if you were to try out a variety of sore throat remedies or dry cough remedies for a sore throat or cough, but continued smoking or spending time in an environment with a lot of smoke or pollution, the remedies would be of little effect. Likewise, some amount of caution needs to be exercised in terms of your diet as well. It should be pointed out that a cough may be productive or dry. A productive cough would be one in which phlegm or sputum is present and such a cough helps to clear mucus from the lungs or respiratory passages. A cough suppressant should therefore never be used on a productive cough. Commonly used cold remedies or runny nose remedies and chest congestion remedies can however offer considerable relief and help clear the passages. In some cases however the cough may be extremely severe and the individual may even experience difficulty breathing, in which case medical attention should be sought immediately. Bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia or a whooping cough are just a few of the possible serious causes of a cough. The air passages of the lungs are lined with cells secreting mucus, which normally traps particles of dust. When the membranes get infected and inflamed, the secretion of mucus increases and the lining of the air passages is irritated. Coughing is the action by which excess mucus is driven out. Remedies for Cough Cough Treatment Using Grapes

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Common Cold : Remedies

Common Cold Common colds regularly affect both adults and children and are more likely to occur during the months of fall or winter. Common colds refer to an infection of the upper respiratory tract and are caused by a virus. There is no known cure for the common cold, and treatments are generally aimed at providing relief from the symptoms. Most colds however tend to disappear on their own in five to seven days. If your cold lasts longer than that and the symptoms do not reduce over time, consult your doctor, as it may be an indication of a more severe medical condition. Symptoms of Common Cold A few days after the cold virus enters the body, symptoms become evident. Different people may experience different symptoms for a common cold and these symptoms may range from mild to severe and can last for a few days to several weeks. These include: Running nose (discharge may change from clear and watery to thick and yellow or green as the infection increases) Stuffy nose Watery eyes Sneezing Sore or hoarse throat Mild or hacking cough (with or without phlegm) Low-grade fever Headache Body ache Fatigue Chills Causes of Common Cold The common cold is caused by a number of different viruses. The most common viruses are the rhinoviruses and the coronaviruses. There are nearly 110 different types of rhinovirus that are responsible for more than 30% of all colds. There are nearly 30 different types of the coronavirus though only three or four of these strains affect humans. Adults are more affected by colds caused by the coronavirus. You can get a cold by making direct contact with another infected individual (shaking

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Toothache : Causes & Remedies

Toothache Anyone who has suffered from a toothache will understand the intensity of the pain involved. A mild toothache may simply be a bother and a source of near constant irritation, but ignore it for too long and you could have on your hands a severe toothache that could prevent you from eating, sleeping, talking and going about your normal routine. Toothaches can affect children and adults and can range from mild twinges to unbearable pain. They can appear suddenly or slowly develop over time. Ideally, at the first sign of a toothache, you should visit a dentist and treat the problem. Unfortunately, for many people this is easier said than done. A fear of dentist's and dental treatments often keep people from tackling the issue at hand and a simple cavity can escalate into a nerve-throbbing root canal or worse. Symptoms of Toothache The symptoms of toothaches typically involve some kind of ache or pain in the jaws or gums, which may vary greatly, from dull and constant to sharp and sudden pain, sometimes in response to specific stimuli and in other cases being ever present. Common symptoms include: Sharp sudden pain Deep throbbing pain Pain that is localized around a particular tooth Pain that radiates to the jaw or ears Pain that radiates to the shoulders, head, or neck Increased sensitivity to heat or cold Toothache that worsens when chewing A tooth or gums that is tender to the touch Pain that is aggravated by movement or exercise Tooth pain that prevents you from sleeping Pain that reduces with painkillers or the use of a heating pad Toothache accompanied by fever, sweating, chest pain, nausea or sweating Bleeding gums Redness around the gum line Swelling of the gums or jaw Pain that is felt in the jaws or gums may not always be indicative of a toothache however. Common ENT disorders like sinusitis or throat and ear infections can also cause tooth pain, a phenomenon referred to as radiating pain or referred pain. If the prospect of a dentist's appointment is distasteful make it a point to at least consult your general physician who will be able to identify the cause of the pain. Make

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Conjunctivitis : Remedies

Conjunctivitis Conjunctivitis, also commonly referred to as pinkeye, is an inflammatory condition that affects the eyes. To be more specific it affects the conjunctiva, which is how it takes its name. The conjunctiva is actually a membrane that covers the whites of the eyes and the inner surface of the eyelids. This membrane contains tiny blood vessels that only become visible when inflammation sets in. This is why the whites of the eye appear red when you are afflicted with conjunctivitis. As alarming as the condition may appear, it is usually not very serious threat and poses little to no risk of long term damage. Conjunctivitis can be a source of significant discomfort however, and it is quite a problem because of the ease with which it can spread. Misconceptions and myths spread and perpetuated through ignorance and a lack of education unfortunately compound the problem. The notion of conjunctivitis being spread through eye contact with an infected person's eyes is as preposterous as the notion of leprosy being a curse from god! The truth is that there are different types of conjunctivitis and while some may be spread rather easily others are not contagious at all. Symptoms of Conjunctivitis Conjunctivitis may be caused by different factors and could be of different types. Depending on the underlying cause and the type of conjunctivitis, the symptoms that appear may vary. Symptoms that are generally observed include: Inflammation, swelling and reddening of the whites of the eyes Tearing or yellow/green discharge Itchiness of the eyes Burning sensation Crusting over the eyelids and eyelashes Blurriness Increased photo-sensitivity See your eye doctor if you have any of these symptoms of pinkeye. Your eye doctor will conduct an exam of your eyes and may use a cotton swab to take a sample of fluid from the eyelid to be analyzed in a lab. Bacteria or viruses that may have caused conjunctivitis, including those that can cause a sexually transmitted disease or STD, can then be identified and proper treatment prescribed. Causes of Conjunctivitis

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Advantage and Disadvanage of Ginseng

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Ginseng : Advantage & Disadvantage

Ginseng | Panax Ginseng Common Name: Perhaps one of the best known herbal medicinal exports of the Far East, the ginseng is not actually one species of plant In fact, the term ginseng refers to any one of a species of eleven plants that come under the Genus panax Occurrence: The panax ginseng genus is a perennial plant that grows in the cooler climates of the countries of East Asia Another variety of ginseng, the Panax quinquefolius is mostly grown in the United States and Canada This variety of ginseng is popularly known as American Ginseng.

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Benefits of Lemon Grass

Lemon Grass Other Names of Lemon Grass Gavati chaha Hierba Luisa Tanglad Fever grass Cha de Dartigalongue Citronella grass Silky heads Barbed wire grass Useful Parts of the Plant: Leaves

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Remedies for Ear Infection

Ear Infection Ear infection or acute otitis media is a condition caused by bacteria or viruses that affect the middle ear. The infection occurs more commonly in children. Ear infections are characterized by fluid buildup and inflammation in the middle ear and can lead to significant pain and discomfort. Ear infectionstypically subside by themselves. Treatment may be administered to alleviate the pain and manage the symptoms however. Antibiotic treatment may be necessary in case of severe ear infections or infections that occur in babies. In some cases severe or persistent ear infections caused by constant fluid buildup in the middle ear can lead to problems in hearing and other complications. Symptoms of Ear Infection The common signs and symptoms of a ear infection are as follows: In Children Pain in the ear which may worsen while lying down Tugging at the ear Difficulty in sleeping Persistent crying Irritability Headache Poor response to sounds Loss of balance Appetite loss High fever Drainage of fluid Vomiting Diarrhea In Adults Pain in the ear Sore throat Fluid drainage Problems in hearing The symptoms of a ear infection may sometimes be indicative of other underlying conditions. Therefore it is better to see a doctor for a proper diagnosis and early treatment especially if such symptoms are observed in children. Seek prompt medical attention in case of the following: The symptoms persist for more than one day The pain is severe

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Peptic Ulcer : Remedies

Peptic Ulcer A peptic ulcer develops when the lining and tissue of the digestive system has been worn away or corroded by an excess of stomach acids and gastric juices. The mucous membrane lining wears down and this creates an erosion or hole in the lining or tissue that can cause considerable pain no matter what the size may be. Peptic ulcers can be formed in the stomach (gastric ulcers), duodenum or upper part of the small intestine (duodenal ulcers) or the esophagus (esophageal ulcer). One in ten people suffer from peptic ulcers in the country today and more worryingly almost 6,000 people die from complications that arise due to peptic ulcers. The cost of medications and treatments towards ulcers runs into billions of dollars every year. Peptic ulcers should therefore be treated very seriously. Better awareness and obtaining medical attention promptly can help to control the condition effectively, significantly reducing the risk of complications or fatalities. Fortunately research and medical technology has led to a better understanding of why these types of ulcers occur and this has resulted in more effective methods to treat and cure peptic ulcers. Symptoms of Peptic Ulcers Peptic ulcer symptoms can run the gamut from mild discomfort to acute abdominal pain. Most bouts of pain occur a few hours after eating, or during the middle of the night when sleeping. Indigestion, acidity, and even hunger pangs are associated with the symptoms of peptic ulcers. Depending on the severity of the erosion or the size of the ulcer, patients may complain of chronic or sporadic episodes of pain and discomfort. Even after treating an ulcer, there is a tendency for the symptoms to reappear. In some cases, patients may not even be aware of the existence of an ulcer and experience no pain at all. Ulcers also tend to appear and disappear on their own accord and many times and patients may have periods of pain interspersed with periods of normalcy. In severe cases, bleeding and perforation of the ulcer may occur and may require immediate medical attention. General symptoms indicating the existence of a peptic ulcer include: Pain in the upper part of the stomach that can extend to the back Pain that lasts for a few minutes or a few hours Pain is reduced with antacids, vomiting or even eating Heartburn and acidity Nausea and vomiting Vomiting of blood Stools that are dark or black in color Stomach pain that is aggravated when the patient is hungry or sleeping Loss of appetite Weight loss Constant feeling of fullness Chest pain

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Premature Ejaculation : Remedies & Suggestions

Premature Ejaculation Premature ejaculation is said to occur when a man ejaculates before either partner attains satisfaction. It is generally not a cause for worry if it occurs infrequently. But men who experience premature ejaculation regularly may suffer from reduced confidence and low self-esteem. It can also lead to relational conflicts. Premature ejaculation is a common complaint that affects a large number of males from time to time. Studies show that 1 out of 3 men may suffer from this condition at some point in their life. The causes of premature ejaculation may be a combination of physical and mental factors. Although many men refrain from seeking treatment due to embarrassment, it must be noted that this is a treatable condition. Treatments for premature ejaculation include medication, counseling and sexual techniques. In most cases, a combination of therapies works well. Symptoms of Premature Ejaculation The main symptom of premature ejaculation is the incidence of ejaculation that takes place earlier than both partners would like. This may then lead to feelings of stress or worry. The condition can even occur during masturbation. Premature ejaculation may be categorized as primary or lifelong and secondary or acquired. Primary or lifelong premature ejaculation is said to occur when a man ejaculates within a minute of vaginal penetration. The man may also be unable to delay ejaculation and negative feelings of frustration and avoidance may develop as a result. Secondary or acquired premature ejaculation has the same symptoms as primary premature ejaculation except for one. It occurs after a man has had satisfying sexual interactions previously without facing any problems in ejaculation. Premature ejaculation does not lead to any serious health complications, although it may contribute to concerns in personal life. A strained relationship is a common outcome of premature ejaculation. It may also lead to problems in fertility and may make it difficult for a couple to conceive. If the condition is not treated properly, it may become necessary for a couple to undergo fertility treatment. It is advisable to consult a doctor if ejaculation occurs prematurely during most sexual interactions. Many men feel that they will be able to rectify the problem themselves, but it helps to discuss the matter with a doctor and seek treatment if necessary. Causes of Premature Ejaculation The exact causes of premature ejaculation are not completely

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What are the benefits in taking garlic?

the benefits in taking garlic? ( Garlic has long been in use as traditional remedy for a variety of ailments. Many people claim it to a 'wonder drug' for many diseases, but there are not many conclusive evidences supporting those claims. However, it is generally found that use of garlic can definitely give some benefits to the health. Garlic is known

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Snoring : Causes & Remedies

Snoring Snoring occurs when there is a vibration of your soft palate (the back part of the roof of your mouth). A number of factors cause this. The muscles supporting the opening of the upper airway in the back of the throat relax during sleep. Extra tissue in the palate and uvula, the fleshy piece between the tonsils-vibrates with each breath, and these vibrations actually cause the sound of snoring. In some people, the airway has a tendency to close at any point. Narrowing of the airway will cause turbulence and the noises of snoring. Symptoms of Snoring Low to high pitch , irregula or regular pattern sound when you sleep. May be accompanied by heavy breathing. Causes of Snoring Muscle Tone of the Tongue During sleep the muscle tone in your tongue and soft palate tends to decrease. They become more relaxed and can collapse together. This contributes to snoring. Other soft tissues, such as tonsils and tongue, can produce sounds that add to or change the quality of the snoring. The position of the sleeper affects the amount of snoring. Lying on your back allows your tongue to fall back toward your throat and block your airway; so you are more likely to snore when you are lying on your back. Blockage of Airway Anything that obstructs your airway will also contribute to snoring. For example, you are more likely to snore if you have large adenoids or a large tongue or if your nasal passages are swollen from a cold or allergies. Enlarged tonsils and adenoids are the primary cause of snoring in children. Age and Other Factors Age is also a factor. Older people tend to snore more because muscle tone tends to decrease with age. Other factors also aggravate snoring; alcoholic beverages, certain medications, and sheer physical

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High Blood Cholesterol : Remedies

High Blood Cholesterol High cholesterol levels put you at significant risk of heart disease and the higher the level of cholesterol, the greater your risk of a heart attack or heart disease. In many countries, heart disease is the number one killer of men and women; this holds true in the United States as well, coming out on top of cancer. Cholesterol is a fat – like substance that is finely dispersed in the blood, and if it is present in excess, it is deposited in a film layer on the inner walls of the arteries. If this condition of excess cholesterol is allowed to continue, the layer gets thicker, the arteries get narrowed and the flow of blood to the heart is reduced. When the supply of blood to the heart or any portion of it is completely blocked off it will result in a heart attack. High cholesterol on its own does not cause any symptoms so most people are oblivious to their risks unless they undergo tests for cholesterol levels. It is important to know your cholesterol levels, so that you can control them through your diet, and maintain it at a healthy level. Maintaining a healthy level of cholesterol is necessary for everyone, male or female, young or old, with or without heart problems. Symptoms of High Blood Cholesterol Most diseases give us some indication or some kind of warning about their presence. Cholesterol is not a disease however and is simply a type of lipid fat that is naturally present in our bodies. Unfortunately, it becomes threatening when these levels get too high due to the intake of certain foods. There are no specific symptoms that can help you to determine whether you have high cholesterol however. Regular blood checks will keep you informed of any underlying problem though and this can make a huge difference to the outcome. Cholesterol, though antithetical to good health, is necessary for the proper functioning of the body, but in very small amounts. These miniscule quantities of cholesterol are utilized by the body to produce the many hormones that are vital for the body to digest fat. Excessive cholesterol in the blood or lining the arterial walls will narrow the passageway of the arteries and restrict the normal circulation of blood throughout the body. Individuals with a family history of high blood cholesterol or who are at a higher risk of heart attacks due to various other factors should regularly test themselves to stay on the safe side. Age is a factor that influences cholesterol levels. Before menopause, women have lower cholesterol levels as compared to men, whether they are overweight or not. But once menopause comes on, cholesterol levels rise to overtake men of the same age. Regular testing after forty years of age should be done by both sexes, because this is when cholesterol tends to become a danger mainly because this is when people begin slowing down and lead a less active life, thus burning less calories. Causes of High Blood Cholesterol There are various risk factors that could contribute to the problem of high blood cholesterol and most of these conditions can be controlled to a large extent. Food Intake: Foods that are high in saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol are the main culprits. These typically include animal products like

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Health Benefits of Chamomile

Chamomile Holistic benefits - Cures wounds, Skin Problems & other diseases Common Name: Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) is known as Hungarian camomile, Sweet Chamomile, German Chamomile, Mayweed or single camomile. Occurrence: Wild Chamomile is an herb that flowers annually and is originally thought to have grown in Europe. Today, camomile is naturalized on almost every continent. It is commonly seen growing on fence rows, waysides, and in bright open fields from Southern Canada to Minnesota.

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Premenstrual Syndrome : Causes & Remedies

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) Premenstrual Syndrome, more commonly referred to as PMS can be described as a very common condition that affects most women, when they are going through the ovulation process. There are several signs and symptoms experienced by women during this period and unfortunately most of them can be quite unpleasant. A woman going through PMS usually goes through a combination of physical, psychological, emotional and mood disturbances soon after the ovulation period. These unpleasant feelings usually come to an end with the onset of the menstrual flow. The severity of PMS can vary from one woman to the other. There are some who may not even be able to go about the day to day activities because of PMS, whereas for others, it may be no more than an inconvenience. A more severe form of PMS, known as Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) has been known to affect a small amount of women. In this disorder, the symptoms are so severe they could lead to a considerable loss of function. Most of the symptoms of PMS follow a predictable pattern; however, the intensity of the symptoms may vary from one month to the other. For example, PMS symptoms may be quite severe during a couple of months but barely noticeable in the others. Studies indicate that around 75% to 80% of all women experience some form of PMS or the other. While just about any woman can be affected by PMS, this affliction is a bit more common in those who have crossed their late 20s. However, severe PMS, which affects a woman’s functioning, has been observed only in around 20% to 30% of all women. The most severe variant, which is PMDD, is seen in only around 2% to 6% of all the women living across the United States. Fortunately, this problem is rarely ever life-threatening; yet most women choose to adopt ways and means that can help them overcome the symptoms and unpleasantness they go through. This means that if you do suffer from PMS month after month, you do not have to let the discomfort control your life. There are several approaches to treatment, involving dietary measures and lifestyle adjustments that can help reduce the symptoms of PMS, till they are barely noticeable and easily manageable. Symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) PMS is characterized by several symptoms, that can be classified into physical signs, emotional signs and psychological signs. Given below are some of the most common behavioral and emotional symptoms for premenstrual syndrome: Social withdrawal Changes in appetite, food cravings or even aversions Crying bouts and spells Increase in tension and anxiety Lack of concentration Trouble falling asleep, fitful sleep or other sleep-related disorders Intense irritability or even outright anger Depression and mood swings The physical signs and symptoms for premenstrual syndrome could actually cause you more trouble and could also be the factors that affect your day-to-day activities

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Fungal Infections : Causes & Remedies

Fungal Infections If the word “fungus” is enough to make you cringe or go green in the face, rest assured that you are not alone. Most people feel sick at the thought of suffering from a fungal infection. However, are you aware that we all have several different types of fungi living on our skin at all times? These fungi could live on your skin for years without causing any problem. There are some factors though, that could cause the fungi to overgrow or change and lead to an infection. Data shows that there are more than 50,000 different species of fungi in the environment. Out of that around 200 species of fungi can be associated with diseases and only around 20 to 25 species lead to an infection in humans. A fungal infection can be described as an invasion of one or more species of fungus on the tissues of the body. These infections are usually categorized by the type of microorganism causing the problem, the body part that is affected, the depth to which the body has been penetrated and the form that is taken by the fungi. While there are several types of fungal infections, they can be broadly divided into two types, superficial infections and systemic fungal infections. A fungal infection could occur on the surface of your skin, within a skin fold or any other area that is kept warm by your clothes and shoes. Some of the parts that are prone to fungal infections include the mucus membranes, the lungs, the sinuses and injury sites. Some of the most common types of fungal infections include Tinea Versicolor, Jock Itch, Athlete’s Foot, Barber’s Itch, Ringworm, Fungal Nails, Intertrigo, Oral Thrush, and Vaginal Yeast Infection, to name a few. Some of these fungal infections are more common than the others. Moreover, men are more likely to suffer from certain infections such as Jock Itch and Athlete’s Foot, whereas Vaginal Yeast Infections are obviously prevalent in women. The severity of an infection may vary from person to person. It is more common for infections to remain confined to a small area of the skin, like the toes or nails. However, this does not mean that the infection cannot spread; if left unchecked and untreated it is possible for the fungal infection to spread on to a wider area of the skin. Alternately, the infection could also penetrate deeper into the tissues. In fact, it is absolutely essential to control a fungal infection, because it can also easily spread from one person to the other. While some fungal infections do get resolved on their own, most of them require medical treatment. Unfortunately, the treatment for fungal infections could go on for a long period of time and may require medication, topical creams and ointments, home remedies and dietary changes. Symptoms of Fungal Infections When it comes to treating mono, rest is one of the most important factors. Unfortunately, mono takes a couple of weeks to resolve completely and most individuals do not wait for the required period of time. Exerting yourself physically because of work or school can increase the risks of a relapse. A strep throat can easily lead to mono, which is why it should be treated as soon as possible. The best way to deal with a strep throat is by gargling with warm saltwater a couple of times a day. For best results, try to use an entire glass of warm water in one go. You can relieve some of the symptoms of mono by keeping your throat moist at all times. This also helps reduce throat irritation or inflammation to a great extent. You could suck on a piece of candy, some ice or a Popsicle for this purpose. Drink a lot of water during the course of the day, to flush any toxins from your body and strengthen the immune system. Warm liquids will also help alleviate the irritation in the throat and fever. In case you have the habit of smoking, you are strongly advised to quit smoking for a few weeks at least. Smoking can aggravate the symptoms of mono and therefore should be strictly avoided.

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Benefits And Medicinal Uses Of Kaffir Lime

Kaffir Lime | Citrus Hystrix Common Name and Occurrence: Kaffir Lime or Citrus hystrix or Citrus amblycarpa belongs is a type of lime native to Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia It is popularly known as makrut in Thailand and limau parut in some regions of Southeast Asia. Everyone at some point in their gastronomic adventures has eaten Thai red curry or the green one; sipped on the spicy Tom Yum and the Tom Kha soups and wondered what is it that makes these dishes so zesty and flavorful? It's the lime leaves in the food that lends them that distinct flavor typical of the Southeast Asian cuisine.

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Dizziness

Dizziness Dizziness refers to a sensation of lightheadedness or weakness. When dizziness makes you feel as if you or your surroundings are spinning, it is known as vertigo. Many people also use the term dizziness to describe a feeling faintness or unsteadiness. Dizziness is rarely a cause for concern and is very common in adults. There could be a variety of factors that lead to dizziness, and only in rare cases, does it imply a serious condition. In severe cases, frequent dizziness can affect an individual's ability to perform daily functions. The treatment for dizziness depends on the cause and severity of the condition.   Symptoms of Dizziness Dizziness can result in the following symptoms: Vertigo which gives you the sense that you or things around you are moving Lightheadedness A feeling that you are about to faint Loss of balance A sensation of heaviness in the head A feeling of being light or even floating These symptoms may be caused by various health problems. Some conditions can also disrupt the communication between the sensory systems in the body (such as the eyes, inner ears, sensory nerves) and the brain. It is important to seek medical attention if you experience frequent dizzy spells and lightheadedness. Also consult your doctor if you experience any of the following dizziness symptoms: Sudden dizzy spells A head injury Severe stiffness in the neck Disturbances in vision High fever Loss of hearing Speech problems Difficulty in walking Frequent falling Weakness in the limbs Loss of consciousness Chest pain Slow heart rate Causes of Dizziness Dizziness is characterized by vertigo, faintness, and loss of balance. Some common causes of each of these key sensations are as follows:

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Female Sterility

Female Sterility Female sterility or infertility is said to occur when a woman is unable to get pregnant after trying unsuccessfully for at least a year. This is a common problem that affects a large number of couples who wish to have a child. Infertility is also likely to be diagnosed when a woman experiences repeated miscarriages. The cause of infertility may be attributed to various factors such as age, underlying medical conditions, diet and lifestyle. In some cases, the cause is never found while in others, multiple causes may be detected. Proper testing is required to determine the nature of the problem. This will pave the way for appropriate treatment. Symptoms of Female Sterility Most women realize that something is wrong when they are unable to get pregnant even after a year of having unprotected sexual intercourse. During that time, there may be no other symptoms. Some women may notice certain warning signs. One of the most common symptoms of infertility is an irregular menstrual cycle. However this can be associated with many other conditions as well and hence a medical examination and testing is necessary to check for infertility. Menstrual bleeding that lasts from 3 to 7 days is considered normal. But if there are changes such as very light or heavy bleeding, then it is better to consult a doctor. Some women may also suffer from severe cramps during menstruation. A woman’s chances of conceiving start diminishing as she advances in age. Therefore women, who have crossed the age of 35 and are unable to get pregnant after trying for six months should see a doctor soon. Infertility may even be related to weight and being either overweight or underweight may be a cause or warning sign of infertility. Recurrent miscarriages are another sign of female infertility and doctors usually make the diagnosis after three successive miscarriages have occurred. Causes of Female Sterility The causes of female sterility are varied. Some of the most common causes include: There are also some behavioral factors that can interfere with fertility. Poor diet Smoking Alcohol consumption Drug abuse

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Benefits of Lavender Herb

Lavender Herb Stuff your pillows with the flowers like in ancient folklore; scent your baths with its oil Add them to your potpourri sachets or just use them as ornamental plants to beautify your home From relaxing your senses to giving you a great looking skin, lavender herbs can work wonders. Common Name And Occurence: Lavender is typically known as a soothing herb and is most popularly known for its calming the nervous system and benefiting the skin Today every cosmetic house and practioners of natural medicine has some product or treatment, which incorporates lavender in it Lavender herb is native to the mountainous regions of the mediterranean, north and east Africa, south Europe and parts of India It is easily cross-pollinated and hence has close to 39 species.

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" Coronary Heart Disease "

Coronary Heart Disease A coronary heart disease occurs when certain factors cause your coronary arteries to become diseased or damaged. The coronary arteries are the main blood vessels that supply blood, oxygen and important nutrients to your heart. Coronary Heart Disease can also be referred to by other names, such as Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), Ischemic Heart Disease (IHD) & Arteriosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease (ACVD). This disease is the result of atherosclerosis, which can be described as the buildup of fatty deposits, within the coronary arteries. When the accumulation of plaque in the arteries, increases, your heart receives a lower amount of blood. This diminished blood supply leads to several health problems, which could include chest pain, shortness of breath or perhaps even a heart attack. Heart diseases are a lot more common in older people, as compared to those who are younger. In fact, as you age, your risks of suffering from a coronary heart disease increase considerably. Both men and women can face heart problems, but studies indicate that they are more common in men, as compared to women. Some of the other factors that increase the risks of coronary heart disease in men and women are a family history of heart problems, obesity, following a diet that is high in fat or cholesterol, leading a sedentary lifestyle, being under excess stress and engaging in unhealthy practices like smoking. You are also at a very high risk of developing heart problems if you already suffer from medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Heart diseases are the prime cause of death in the United States. In most instances, coronary heart diseases take decades to develop and therefore go unnoticed, until the affected person actually suffers from a heart attack. Of course, there are many individuals who realize that they are at a very high risk of heart problems, when they go through a routine checkup or if they undergo medical tests for other health conditions. This is probably why most health care providers advise people to go in for regular medical checkups after the age of 35. Once you are diagnosed with a heart disease, the condition does not just go away. You need to undergo treatment, to prevent it from getting worse. At the same time you will also be advised to incorporate certain lifestyle and dietary adjustments, to minimize the risks of heart attacks. If left unchecked an untreated, this condition can lead to severe health problems, some of which include arrhythmia (irregular heartbeats), angina (chest pain), heart failure, or even heart attack. The complications that could arise from coronary heart disease are severe and could also be fatal. Therefore, it is absolutely essential for you to consult your doctor, if you notice any of the symptoms of coronary heart disease. Symptoms of Coronary Heart Disease During any physical activity, your heart beats faster and harder than normal. However, with narrowed arteries, it still receives a less than adequate supply of oxygenated blood. In the initial stages, the restricted blood flow to the heart may not trigger off any noticeable symptoms. However, as the buildup of plaque in the arteries increases, you may begin to see the signs and symptoms for coronary heart disease, which include: Severe pain in the chest area, which may be fleeting or sharp. Pain in the back, abdomen and left arm are also an indication of heart problems. At times, it may not necessarily be pain that you notice; you may just feel some amount of tightness or pressure in the chest. Moreover, this sensation is usually triggered off by emotional or physical stress. Once you stop the activity that was causing the problem, the feeling of tightness usually disappears. Breathing problems, especially shortness of breath, accompanied by extreme weakness or tiredness. Heart attack, in case the artery gets totally blocked by the buildup of plaque. This is characterized

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Loss of Hair

Loss of Hair While not all of us are endowed with a mane of gorgeous locks or silky lustrous hair, we all value our hair, and no matter how much we crib about, we’d be miserable if it were gone. Hair does add greatly to our appearance, and as self conscious thinking animals it’s only natural for it to matter a lot to us. Hair loss can be extremely worrying, but it isn’t necessarily always so. On an average, there are at least 100,000 hairs on your scalp. Hair grows at the rate of approximately a centimeter a month in a normal cycle of hair growth. At any point in time, ninety percent of the hair on your head is actively growing, while the remaining ten percent is ‘resting’. This ‘resting’ hair will fall out naturally in three to four months and be replaced by new hair that grows in its place. It is completely normal to have some amount of regular hair fall. However, in some cases, there is an abnormal rate of hair loss, with not enough new hair being produced to replace the amount that is lost. In such cases, this can lead to partial or total loss of hair or baldness. Medically, this condition is referred to as alopecia, but is also known as baldness, hair fall or hair loss. Hair loss can affect men, women, and even children. There are different types of loss of hair depending on the cause of the hair fall. Androgenic alopecia or Male Pattern Baldness (for males) and Female Pattern Baldness (for women) are the most common types of hair loss. Largely due to genetics and heredity, androgenic alopecia is a permanent type of hair loss and is considered incurable by the medical fraternity. Other temporary types of hair loss may develop as a result of certain medications or illnesses and even stress. Once the underlying problem is treated, the hair loss stops and hair growth resumes at a normal rate. Symptoms of Loss of Hair Men who develop Male Pattern Baldness or androgenic alopecia see the symptoms in the form of a receding hairline early on in life. Following a receding hairline is a bald patch on the top of the head that may or may not increase in size as one ages. With Female Pattern Baldness, the hair loss is evident all over the head and there is an overall thinning of hair that can be very distressing to most women. Some types of hair loss are centered on small patches of hair, whereas others may affect large areas of the scalp. Causes of Loss of Hair Besides genetics and heredity, there are a number of different factors that may lead to hair loss. These include: Surgery: A few months after any major surgery, you may suddenly witness a large amount of hair fall. This happens in response to the stress and strain on the body after the illness / operation and will stop naturally after some time.

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Benefits of Cone Flower

Echinacea purpurea - Build the immune system and boost the body's fight against infections Common name for Purple coneflower: Purple coneflower or Echinacea purpurea is commonly known as coneflower and is a genus of nine species of herbaceous plants in the family Asteraceae. Occurrences: All are strictly native to eastern and central North America. Purple coneflower is one of the most popular herbs in America and was discovered and used by the Native Americans in the early days. It is named so because of its prickly scales in its large

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Common Cold : Remedies

Common Cold Common colds regularly affect both adults and children and are more likely to occur during the months of fall or winter. Common colds refer to an infection of the upper respiratory tract and are caused by a virus. There is no known cure for the common cold, and treatments are generally aimed at providing relief from the symptoms. Most colds however tend to disappear on their own in five to seven days. If your cold lasts longer than that and the symptoms do not reduce over time, consult your doctor, as it may be an indication of a more severe medical condition. Symptoms of Common Cold A few days after the cold virus enters the body, symptoms become evident. Different people may experience different symptoms for a common cold and these symptoms may range from mild to severe and can last for a few days to several weeks. These include: Running nose (discharge may change from clear and watery to thick and yellow or green as the infection increases) Stuffy nose Watery eyes Sneezing Sore or hoarse throat Mild or hacking cough (with or without phlegm) Low-grade fever Headache Body ache Fatigue Chills Causes of Common Cold The common cold is caused by a number of different viruses. The most common viruses are the rhinoviruses and the coronaviruses. There are nearly 110 different types of rhinovirus that are responsible for more than 30% of all colds. There are nearly 30 different types of the coronavirus though only three or four of these strains affect humans. Adults are more affected by colds caused by the coronavirus. You can get a cold by making direct contact with another infected individual (shaking

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Common Fever : Remedies

Common Fever A fever is not a disease in itself, but is a symptom of various possible infections. The term is used to refer to the rise in body temperature, which generally occurs when your immune system is fighting to overcome or prevent and infection. In babies and young children, even a slight rise in temperature may be a cause for concern. In adults, a fever may be considered serious when it rises to 103 F or above. However in many cases, even minor conditions can cause a high fever, while serious ailments can result in a low grade fever. A fever usually subsides in a few days and there are many over-the-counter medications that can help to treat one. Mild fevers may also be left untreated. If a fever is accompanied by other signs and symptoms that you are unfamiliar with however, it would be best to seek prompt medical attention. Symptoms of Common Fever A fever develops when your body temperature crosses its normal range. The average normal temperature is considered to be 98.6 F. A temperature that is slightly lower or higher than this is also considered to be normal. The symptoms of a fever will depend on the underlying condition that is causing it. But there are some general signs that are usually indicative of a fever. These may include: Headache Body ache Sweating Appetite loss Weakness Shivering Dehydration In most cases, fevers are not life threatening. If a fever rises rapidly and the patient’s temperature rises too high however, serious complications could develop. A high fever may result in the following symptoms: Confusion Abdominal pain Coughing Convulsions Swelling or redness in a body area Shortness of breath Swelling of the throat Skin rash

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Health Benefits of Rosemary

Rosemary   The rosemary herb is also known by other names such as rosemarine, garden rosemary and incensier. The useful parts of the rosemary herb besides the leaves are the flowers as well as the essential oils. Some of the health benefits and therapeutic uses of rosemary are:  Enhancement of Mental Capacity: The use of rosemary herb is known to help in enhancing the flow of blood to the brain and the head which helps in improving one’s concentration levels. In fact one of the rosemary health benefits is that it is known to be an excellent natural treatment for the various symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and also acts as an effective remedy against mental fatigue and depression. In fact simply inhaling some rosemary oil is known to lift ones spirits immediately.

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Introducing First Song on Empowr : Rapper Shivi

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" Common Digestive Disorders "

Common Digestive Disorders Digestive disorders are common ailments affecting millions of men, women and children around the world. You can suffer from such a disorder in case a faulty function takes place during the digestive process. This fault prevents some part of your digestive system from working like it normally does. The main function of the digestive system is to process all the foods and liquids you consume and then turn them into nutrients or energy required by the body. Alternatively, the food that cannot be digested gets converted to waste matter, which gets expelled from the body, when you have a bowel movement. However, in case there is a problem with the digestive system, this regular process cannot be carried out in the normal way. These factors that can cause your digestive system to malfunction are known as digestive disorders. While some digestive disorders are rather mild and resolve naturally, without any medical intervention, others may be severe and could require immediate or long-term medical attention. Most of us are aware of common digestive disorders such as heartburn or Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), constipation, diarrhea, gastritis, hemorrhoids, Irritable Bowel Disease (IBS) and gallstones. However, there are many other types of digestive disorders too, which include Celiac disease, peptic ulcers, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and Diverticular disease. In fact, colon cancer, rectal cancer and stomach cancer are also a part of digestive disorders, but they are the more serious type. The causes and symptoms of the different types of digestive disorders vary. The severity of the digestive condition may also vary, as it is based on factors like the type of disorder, its causes and the patient’s overall health condition. Almost all of us have suffered from a digestive problem at some point or the other. In some cases, these problems are a one off occurrence, which usually lasts for a short period of time, like a couple of days or so. However, in several instances, digestive problems can be chronic, where they last for a long period of time. Some chronic digestive disorders can also be recurrent; their symptoms may come and go. In many instances, it is quite easy to get relief from the uncomfortable symptoms of a digestive order, using simple home remedies, herbs and over the counter medication. However, it is important to consult a doctor and undergo a medical test to identify the type of disorder, as well as its possible causes, so that the appropriate treatment can be adopted. Therefore, you should visit your doctor, as soon as the symptoms of digestive disorders become evident. Symptoms of Common Digestive Disorders The symptoms for common digestive disorders are bound to differ, based on the type of digestive problem you are suffering from. Heartburn or GERD Symptoms: This is a chronic digestive disease, which occurs when the stomach acid or bile flows back into the food pipe. This backwash of the acid aggravates the lining of the esophagus, triggering off symptoms like: Regurgitation of sour liquid or food Dry cough Chest pain Sensation of a lump in the throat Sore throat or hoarseness Dysphagia, which is difficulty in swallowing Burning sensation in the chest, which could spread to the throat Constipation: This disorder refers to the absence of regular bowel movements. You could have constipation in reaction to something you ate, as a one-off occurrence, but many people suffer from chronic constipation. The symptoms of constipation include: Experiencing a feeling of rectal blockage Passing stools that are very hard Having less than three bowel movements in a week

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Gall Bladder Disorders

Gall Bladder Disorders The gall bladder is an organ in the human digestive system that helps to digest fats by collecting and concentrating the bile that is produced by the liver. This organ is situated below the liver, and collects bile as it is produced by the liver. When fats are consumed, the bladder releases the concentrated bile into the duodenum, from where it can mix with the food and aid digestion and absorption. The most common gall bladder problems involve gall stones. These stones are basically crystallized bits of one or more of the components of bile (typically cholesterol or pigments). Gall stones can take years to show any symptoms, but when the symptoms do develop they can be rather unpleasant. Abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting soon after a meal are the main signs of gall stones. Other gall bladder disorders such as porcelain gall bladder and gall bladder cancer are also known to occur, but these are less common. The good news about gall bladder diseases is that they can usually be treated quite easily. Even if a disorder requires removal of the gall bladder, the impact on your life will be minimal, since the gall bladder is not an essential organ. Symptoms of Gall Bladder Disorders Since the organ that is affected is the same for every disorder of the gall bladder, symptoms too are usually the same. However, there are differences between each gall bladder disorder, so we shall look at the symptoms of each one separately:   M.M Moga, Alternative treatment of gallbladder disease, Medical Hypotheses, Volume 60, Issue 1, January 2003, Pages 143-147, ISSN 0306-9877, 10.1016/S0306-9877(02)00351-1. Gall Stones: The condition in which gall stones are present in the gall bladder is known as cholelithiasis. Gall stones are usually “silent” – they are asymptomatic for years, and do not require any treatment. However, if the stones continue to grow in size, symptoms are bound to develop. The classic symptom of cholelithiasis is intense pain in the upper right

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" Henna "

Henna   Henna is an herb which is known for its various medicinal benefits and this herb is also known by various other names such as mehendi, panwar, shudi, henna and so on. In fact henna is being used as a medicinal plant over the centuries on account of numerous benefits such as: Cooling Agent: Henna is known to be an excellent cooling agent and hence it is applied to scrapes and burns. Henna is also used as a home remedy to lower the body temperature while suffering from a high fever or to treat heat exhaustion. Skin Problems: The medicinal uses of henna also include it being used  to treat various types of rashes such

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Menstrual Problems : Solutions

Menstrual Problems Typically, a woman's menstruation cycle begins when she hits puberty and continues until menopause. This means that most women will experience their monthly period right from the time they are 13 to the time they are 50! For many women, their monthly period is nothing more than an annoyance; but other women may suffer from cramps, nausea, and migraines. Dysmenorrhea is a menstruation problem that induces severe cramps and pain during menstruation. Underlying problems like endometriosis or fibroids are sometimes present, and add to the discomfort. Amenorrhea is a more serious menstrual problem as it is the delayed onset of menstruation in young girls. Sometimes, women who have had regular menstruation suddenly miss their period for two to three months - this is called menorrhea. There could be just one cause for menorrhea or there could be a combination of causes including pregnancy, an imbalance in hormones, or physiological deformities in the reproductive system. Symptoms of Menstrual Problems It is not always easy to separate normal menstruation symptoms from the symptoms of menstrual problems such as dysmenorrhea or menorrhea. Normal menstruation symptoms include digestive problems such bloating and constipation, headaches and muscle pain, and tenderness in the breasts. PMS or Premenstrual syndrome is very common and it covers a variety of physical and emotional symptoms that a woman may experience before she has her period. Stress, anxiety, tension, and unhappiness are common PMS symptoms. On the other hand, the symptoms of menstrual problems generally includes a change in menstrual patterns such as the absence of bleeding, or an unusually light flow, or an unusually heavy flow. Sudden pain or cramps can also be a cause for concern and dizzy or fainting spells require medical attention. Causes of Menstrual Problems When there are menstrual problems in the cycle, they can be due to any of a number of causes. There can be no periods, too frequent periods, very painful periods, or periods with unpredictable menstrual bleeding. Any one of a host of conditions can cause menstrual irregularities. Amenorrhea is not a disease, but a symptom of another condition which is wider in scope and would call for extensive study. It could be the result of eating disorders, physical or psychological stress, hormonal imbalance or tumors. It is important to see your doctor to identify the cause of your amenorrhea, because treatment will depend on the underlying cause. Menstrual bleeding can last for anywhere between 2 to 8 days. If the period of bleeding is more that that or less it could mean that there is a menstrual problem. Painful menstruation is an accepted condition known as dysmenorrhea. Sometimes the pain is felt a couple of days before, or immediately before, or during the flow. This could be due to a hormone imbalance or due to the onset of menopause, which is a natural occurrence. At any other time it is abnormal

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Osteoporosis : Symptoms, Causes and Remedies

Osteoporosis Osteoporosis is a common degenerative condition that is a cause of concern for most people as they age. Osteoporosis is a deteriorative condition that causes loss of bone mass and tissue, leading to a weakening of the bones. The increased fragility of the bones puts you at greater risk of suffering bone injuries like fractures, particularly in the hip, wrist and spine. Osteoporosis is widely thought of as a condition restricted to elderly women, but this isn’t necessarily the case, and the origins of the condition may be traced back a lot earlier. Resorption is the process by which bone tissue is taken away from the bones, but this effect is offset by bone formation. Bone formation typically peaks by the age of thirty, after which the rate of resorption increases beyond that of formation. In most healthy individuals, this is of little consequence, but in some individuals the process of resorption occurs a lot more quickly or the process of formation may be a lot slower than normal. For this reason, it’s important to pay more attention to bone health and development earlier in life so that your bones remain strong as you age. Calcium intake is important to this end. The effects of osteoporosis on your quality of life can be quite severe, depending on the severity of the condition off course. Osteoporosis can cause the bones to become so brittle and weak that they may they may suffer damage even from mild falls or stresses like severe coughing or bending over. A low intake of calcium and essential minerals will accelerate the process of bone loss, leaving you more vulnerable to the effects of osteoporosis.  Osteoporosis is largely age related, with at least a third of all women past fifty and an eight of all men in the same age group being likely to suffer from some type of osteoporosis related fracture. It’s never too early to take steps to prevent osteoporosis. Even if you are past the age of thirty or fifty, there’s still a lot that you can do to strengthen the bones and minimize the risks of osteoporosis. Symptoms of Osteoporosis When dealing with osteoporosis it’s important that you keep in mind that steps should be taken to prevent the condition or to minimize the effects of osteoporosis prior to the development of symptoms. In almost all individuals, symptoms of osteoporosis only appear when the condition is in an advanced stage, and there can be little done to reverse the damage. For this reason, preventive measures and precautions are extremely important. Here are some of the common signs and symptoms of osteoporosis: You may literally seem to be shrinking as you age, as there is a gradual loss of height over time. A stooped or hunched posture. Fractures of the hips, wrist or spine resulting from seemingly minor falls. Frequent back pain, which may be extremely severe because of fractured vertebra. Don’t wait until you experience symptoms of osteoporosis to seek diagnosis and treatment. It would be advisable to consult your doctor and go in for a bone density test if any of these conditions are applicable to you: If you are past the age of sixty or sixty five, whether or not there are any risk factors or symptoms present. If you have gone through menopause and are exposed to even one risk factor. If you have gone through menopause and have only recently gone off hormone therapy. If you have experienced early menopause.

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Saffron Herb

Saffron Herb Other Names: Autumn crocus, bastard saffron, dyers saffron, American saffron, thistle saffron, saffron seed Useful Parts of the Plant: The stigmas with only the anthers The saffron herb is basically a flowering plant that is used across the world as a culinary spice as well as for various health benefits. It has a golden yellow color and is grown in areas where the climate is cool and dry. The spice was first grown in the southern part of Europe, but is now found in other major parts of the world as well especially in Italy, turkey, Spain and India. This is also known to be one of the costliest spices and is therefore highly prized. It is especially used in cooking and also for other purposes. Nutritional Information and Properties The nutritional properties of saffron make it a widely used herb in the entire world. The nutritional benefits have been verified by the USDA association and proved to be safe for consumption. Saffron is rich in Vitamins; mainly Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Riboflavin. It is also a rich source of protein and carbohydrates. It has almost no cholesterol and provides the body with the required energy. It is rich in minerals such as iron, copper, manganese and magnesium. Potassium and sodium are important electrolytes that are found in the

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Alzheimer : Solutions & Remedies

Alzheimer Alzheimer’s disease can be described as a progressive and irreversible condition that causes a slow destruction or degeneration of the brain cells, resulting in a gradual loss of memory. This symptom of accelerated memory loss is what we are most familiar with. A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s for you or a family member can be quite devastating and hard to deal with. The idea of having our memories slowly disappearing is equated with a slow loss of self. Our memories are the fabric that binds our social relationships, and the prospect of this loss of connection is unimaginable. This is why Alzheimer’s is such a dreaded disease. While the condition may not reversible, there are measures that you can take to put the brakes on this degenerative process. New and ongoing studies into the condition offer us more hope of restricting the damage, with the help of both conventional and alternative treatments. Alzheimer’s is one of the most common causes of dementia around the world. Dementia refers to the loss of cognitive functioning, where a person can lose the ability to think, recall, remember or even reason. While anyone can experience memory loss as a part of the ageing process, the effect of dementia is such that it affects a person’s daily life and activities. Therefore, it is hardly surprising that people suffering from this disease do not even have the ability to carry out the easiest and simplest of tasks. This condition usually affects seniors and makes its first appearance once an individual is past the age of 60. Right from the time a person is affected by Alzheimer’s disease, the brain cells begin to degenerate and die, because of which there is a steady decline in brain function and memory. The exact factors that trigger the onset of Alzheimer’s disease are still not clear. Clinical studies show that the brain could undergo damage caused by this condition for around 10 to 20 years before any of the signs become evident. There is an area in the brain known as Entorhinal Cortex and the tangles usually begin to develop in that area. At the same time, this condition could also lead to the formation of plaque in the other areas of the brain. As higher amounts of these tangles and plaques develop in areas of the brain, the healthy neurons may lose their efficiency. This affects their ability to communicate with each other or function in any way, because of which they eventually die. The damage could also spread to a structure which is quite close and is known as the hippocampus. This structure is important in the formation of memories and therefore, any damage to it can affect the ability to remember even the most basic things. Since it is a progressive disease, you may notice the symptoms in different stages and the signs may not be severe enough to cause concern in the initial stages. However, as a person reaches the final stage of Alzheimer’s disease, the brain tissues may have shrunk a lot and the condition will be quite evident. This condition got its name from Dr. Alois Alzheimer in the year 1906. Although estimates may vary a bit, studies indicate that as many as 5.1 million people in the United States suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. There is no cure for this condition as yet and patients suffer from the adverse symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease on a lifelong basis. Symptoms of Alzheimer In the initial stages of Alzheimer’s disease, the symptoms you may notice usually include forgetfulness and mild confusion. As time goes by, the disease has a stronger impact on the

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Boils : Solutions & Remedies

Boils A boil or a skin abscess refers to a skin infection that is localized. The infection starts of as a tender area of the skin that is red and may or may not be slightly raised. After some time, this area becomes harder but with a soft pus-filled center. The pus in the center of a boil consists of white blood cells, bacteria and proteins. The pus then collects into a head of the boil and this head can be surgically drained and opened. There are many different types of boils that can be found on the skin such as: Cystic acne is a type of skin boil or abscess that is caused by blocked oil ducts. Deeper layers of skin are affected by cystic acne as compared to common acne. Cystic acne is found in teenagers and adults. The Staphylococcus aureus bacteria cause carbuncles or furuncles. Furuncles are generally formed in hair follicles. Carbuncles refer to a larger boil that forms over a group of hair follicles. When multiple boils or abscesses form in the armpits or the groins, it is referred to as Hidradenitis suppurativa. This occurs when sweat glands get inflamed and infected. Pilonidal cysts refer to abscesses formed in the buttock crease. Pilonidal cysts start off as an infection in the hair follicle and develop into a firm boil that causes pain. Symptoms of Boils Boils typically develop as symptoms in themselves, so it would be absurd to list down the symptoms of boils. We are all well aware of what a boil looks like, but we’re not always sure about the type of boil. Boils may develop as a result of various possible skin conditions and dietary factors, but boils could at times be symptoms of a more serious infection. This said, there are some warning signs that may alert you to the development of a boil, as well as accompanying symptoms: Boils start off as a tender red nodule on any part of the body. As time passes the boil becomes bigger and firmer while the center gets filled with pus and is soft to touch. This also gives it a whitish appearance. The skin around the boil may also be painful and swollen. Boils may be itchy or painful. Boils can occur as a single eruption or a collection of boils over an area of skin.

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Hangover : Solutions & Remedies

Hangover Alcohol can affect the body in a number of behavioral and physiological ways and if you drink until the point of intoxication, you may experience what is often referred to as a hangover. Hangovers result in symptoms such as nausea and vomiting, headaches, sensitivity to light and sound, exhaustion and dizziness. Most of these symptoms last for about 24 hours, or until the effects of alcohol in the body are reduced. Hangovers can range from mild discomfort for a few hours to frequent bouts that have a long-term effect on the body’s metabolism of alcohol. Surprisingly, hangovers have still not been scientifically investigated and treatments remain in the realm of home remedies and natural cures. Symptoms of Hangover While symptoms may vary from person to person depending on the ability to handle alcohol, the number of drinks consumed, and the type of alcohol consumed, classic hangover symptoms include: Headache and muscle pain Weakness and fatigue Excessive thirst and dehydration Electrolyte imbalance manifested in form of dizziness and lightheadedness Nausea and vomiting Stomach pain and inflammation of the stomach lining Disturbed sleep patterns Inability to concentrate Decreased attention span Mood swings and depression Irritability and anxiety Tremors and elevated pulse rate Sweating High blood pressure Excessive urination Low blood sugar Disruption of normal biorhythms Dry mouth or bad taste in the mouth Drowsiness Memory lapse

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Fenugreek Seed : " Health Benefits"

Fenugreek Seed Common Name: Fenugreek is part of the Fabaceae family and is closely related to the bean and pea family. Fenugreek has a number of medicinal and culinary properties and has therefore been valued since ancient times. It has been used by ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians. The leaves are frequently used as fenugreek herbs while the seeds are used as a spice. Occurrence And Parts Used: Fenugreek leaves are widely used in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine. Fenugreek has a strong aroma and imparts a distinct flavor to curries and sauces. The fresh leaves are usually eaten as greens while the dried

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Psoriasis : Solutions

Psoriasis Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune skin disease that causes irritation and redness on the surface of the skin. People suffering from psoriasis generally have thick reddish colored skin with silver white flaky patches known as scales. Psoriasis may be mild, moderate or severe based on factors such as total area of the affected skin, activity of the disease, response to therapies and impact on the patient’s health. There are 5 main types of psoriasis, namely plaque, inverse, guttate, erythrodermic and pustular. Plaque is the most common form of psoriasis and is characterized by white and red scaly patches on the topmost layer of the skin. Plaque psoriasis generally affects the elbows and knees but may also be seen on the palms, feet, scalp and genitals. This is a chronic skin condition that may either be seen on some parts of the body or may cover the entire body. Even the nails on the fingers and toes can get affected by this form of psoriasis. Joint inflammation can also be caused by psoriasis which can lead to psoriatic arthritis. Erythrodermic psoriasis on the other hand is characterized by an exfoliation and inflammation of the skin all over the body. Patients affected by this form of psoriasis often experience pain, swelling and severe itching. Plaque psoriasis can turn into erythrodermic psoriasis especially when treatment is discontinued before the symptoms start subsiding. If left untreated erythrodermic psoriasis can even be fatal as the extreme inflammation can hinder the body from regulating temperature. Pustular psoriasis is characterized by pus filled raised bumps on the skin surface and generally affects random body parts. Guttate psoriasis refers to small red or pink scaly teardrop shaped lesions that are typically visible on larger areas of the body such as the scalp, trunk and limbs. Symptoms of Psoriasis The onset of psoriasis may be slow or sudden varying from person to person. The most visible symptom of psoriasis is inflamed red patches of skin that can generally be seen on the trunk, knees and elbows, but may also appear on other parts of the body. These pink or red patches of skin could be dry, itchy, thick and raised with silver flaky scales. Other symptoms of psoriasis include joint pain, genital lesions in the case of men, changes in the color and texture of the nails and severe scalp dandruff. Psoriasis can occur on any part of the body and its appearance and intensity would differ based upon the type of psoriasis. Depending on the location and severity of psoriasis an affected person may experience some disability and extreme discomfort. Day to day functions like walking and sleeping can also get disrupted by the pain and itching caused by psoriasis. Psoriasis can be easily diagnosed by a qualified dermatologist or healthcare expert. The diagnosis is generally made based on the location and types of skin changes on the body. Unless there is some confusion regarding the diagnosis, no further tests are required to confirm this condition. A skin biopsy may be recommended in very rare cases to make an accurate diagnosis. Conditions like eczema may also have similar symptoms and hence it is important to rule out such problems before a diagnosis of psoriasis. Psoriasis must be treated promptly to avoid other complications like psoriatic arthritis, secondary fungal or bacterial infections of the skin, inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes and atherosclerosis. Therefore an early and acute diagnosis is very important for treating this condition and avoiding related complications.

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Anaemia

Anaemia Anaemia is a very common blood disorder and is related to hemoglobin levels in the blood. It is important to understand the exact role of hemoglobin in order to fully understand this condition. The blood circulating in our bodies contains red blood cells. These red blood cells contain hemoglobin molecules that combine with oxygen to be transported to the various organs and tissues of the body. If your red blood cells have insufficient hemoglobin, they cannot transport the require amounts of oxygen to the rest of the body. As your body is starved of the oxygen it requires, you become listless and your energy levels decrease. There are several types of anaemia based on the root cause of the problem and so a definite diagnosis is essential. Anaemia can aggravate existing ailments or it can increase your risks of succumbing to a variety of illnesses. Anaemia can generally be treated and prevented through dietary changes. Symptoms of Anaemia Most people who experience symptoms of anaemia simply attribute it to to normal everyday fatigue and think no more of it. As the deficiency becomes more severe, the individual may experience a feeling of loss of energy and dizziness, inertia, and their ability to focus and concentrate will be affected. With the further progression of this condition, the body is forced to increase cardiac production in order to meet the body’s oxygen requirements. This could induce palpitations and mild symptoms of a heart attack and claudication of the legs. Individuals may experience dyspnea –unusual shortness of breath. Sometimes there are clear signs of anaemia such as jaundice, bone deformities, or leg ulcers. Anaemia symptoms in women may be more obvious as compared to anaemia symptoms in men.   Those who experience tiredness without exertion appear paler in complexion, become short of breath, noticeable hair loss, or an increase or worsening of existing heart problems should seek medical advice to find out whether they are anemic. Please note that in chronic anaemia which is long standing, sometimes the body adjusts to the lower levels of oxygen, in which case the individuals does not notice any difference. The symptoms of anaemia are not restricted to anaemia alone but it is safer and more prudent to study the symptoms closely.  The symptoms would include those listed below. Chest pain Dizziness, particularly when standing or during physical activity Listless  or fatigue Difficulty in concentration Regular headaches Other forms of anaemia may have different symptoms like: Constipation Difficulty in paying attention on one’s thoughts Tingling sensation especially in the extremities Impaired neurological development in infants can lead to chronic anaemia. Children with anaemia often exhibit poor academic performance and an inability to concentrate for even short periods. In rare cases, the individual may experience swelling of the legs, heart burn, unusual sweating, vomiting, and sometimes blood in the stool. These symptoms tend to be more common in women as compared to men. Severe anaemia can cause accelerated heart rate which indicates a hyperactive circulation, a murmur, or an even an enlargement of the heart. Pica is the

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Thyroid : Symptoms & Solutions

Thyroid The thyroid gland is one of the most important glands of the human body located in the throat. The location of the thyroid gland is just below the lump that appears in the male throat known as the Adam’s apple. The thyroid gland produces hormones that are responsible for managing the process of metabolism. Metabolism is the process that produces energy from food. Food is processed in a chemical reaction with oxygen to produce heat and energy. This is the way in which the body is able to provide energy for its various functions. The thyroid gland stimulates this function based on various factors such as the need for energy as well as the availability of fuel for energy production. There are other important areas where the thyroid gland works as well. The hormones released by the thyroid gland control important functions such as the body’s use of vitamins as well as the body’s production of muscle tissue. There are two different conditions that can affect the thyroid gland. These are hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Hypothyroidism indicates the slow functioning of the thyroid gland. This would mean that metabolism and muscle growth tend to slow down. Hyperthyroidism, on the other hand, occurs when the thyroid gland is functioning at an excessively high speed. Both these conditions are treatable if they are caused by some hormonal or chemical imbalance. However, in some cases, cancer could cause one of these problems. This involves a different and usually less successful course of treatment. Symptoms of Thyroid People who suffer from thyroid problems display a number of different symptoms. These symptoms can be used to figure out the underlying cause of their medical condition. People who suffer from hypothyroidism or low thyroid function will display symptoms that include poor cold tolerance, low energy levels, rapid onset of fatigue, low appetite and constipation. These conditions will happen fairly quickly as the condition sets in. There are other conditions such as dry skin, weight gain, hair loss, depression and loss of cognitive efficiency that come in at a later stage when patients are plagued with the condition for long periods of time. The problem of weight gain occurs because the body does not end up using its available energy resources. Some of these resources are therefore stored as fat for later use. This is what leads to weight gain. For hyperthyroidism, there are some symptoms that affect the person which need to be understood. People with hyperthyroidism tend to suffer from insomnia, nervousness, frequent bowel movements, loss of weight, sweating, tremors and the feeling of being hot even

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Brain Hemorrhage : Remedies

Brain Hemorrhage Hemorrhage in the brain refers to bleeding in the brain that can occur in the brain, between the membranes that cover the brain, or between the skull and the brain covering. Brain hemorrhages are also known as intracranial hemorrhages, cerebral hemorrhages, or intracerebral hemorrhages. A brain hemorrhage is a type of stroke caused when blood vessels burst resulting in localized bleeding in the brain. The leakage of blood kills the brain cells surrounding the area and the patient becomes critically ill. Brain hemorrhages require immediate medical attention or they can be fatal. Symptoms of Brain Hemorrhage Depending on the location of the bleeding, the amount of tissue affected by the bleeding and the severity of the bleeding, symptoms of brain hemorrhage can vary from person to person. In some cases, symptoms may become evident only over time, whereas in other cases, they can appear suddenly. Brain hemorrhage symptoms may also worsen in severity over time. If you experience any of the following symptoms, call 911 or get to an emergency room immediately as a brain hemorrhage is a life-threatening condition that requires prompt medical attention: A headache that is severe and occurs suddenly is the main symptom of a brain hemorrhage. The pain associated with a brain hemorrhage is often so severe that patients have referred to it as ‘the worst headache of their lives.’ A headache caused by a hemorrhage feels worse if you lay flat, change position, strain, bend or cough. Seizures may be observed, despite no previous history of seizures, when the blood comes in contact with the brain cells. This causes irritation to the brain tissue and leads to nerve cells firing off involuntarily, resulting in a seizure. Feelings of weakness, of numbness in your arm or leg Feeling of paralysis Unexplained nausea or vomiting caused by the increased pressure in the brain Lethargy and excessive drowsiness Decreased alertness Lack of concentration Disturbances in vision Tingling feeling in the arms of legs A ‘blown pupil’ where the pupil of one eye is completely dilated and does not react or constrict when light is shined into the eye. Inability to speak clearly or understand what is being said Difficulty swallowing Difficulty in normal skills such as reading or writing Tremors in the hand Breathing problems Slurred speech Loss of fine motor skills Lack of coordination Inability to balance

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Dark Underarms : Remedies

Dark Underarms A dark underarm is a skin condition that is caused due to a number of reasons. This dark pigmentation of the underarms can be very embarrassing and prevents people from wearing sleeveless or revealing clothes. Dark underarms are also known as Acanthosis Nigricans and can be attributed to factors such as various lifestyle choices and health factors. The best way to treat dark underarms is to determine the underlying cause first. Symptoms of Dark Underarms Naturally, the main symptom of dark underarms is the presence of darkened skin in the armpit area. This discoloration can vary up to several shades darker than your normal skin tone and can thus be very prominent and for many people embarrassing as well. In addition to the pigmentation of the region, other symptoms include itchiness, excessive perspiration, and bad body odor. Due to the itchiness, there can also be redness, sensitive skin, and further discoloration due to excessive scratching. Causes of Dark Underarms There are several health and lifestyle factors that can cause dark underarms. These include: Shaving your underarms regularly can cause the skin to darken. This happens as shaving merely cuts off the hair at the surface of the skin and the area tends to look darker than the normal skin tone due to the dark hair just below the skin surface. If you do not maintain proper levels of hygiene, there is a tendency for dead skin and cells to accumulate in the underarms. This can cause dark spots and bumps on the skin when the dead cells then get trapped under the skin. Regular exfoliation is required to prevent this from happening. Some ingredients in commercially available deodorants and perfumes could cause pigmentation of the skin. Shaving gels and soaps could also cause a skin irritation in the area and lead to darkening of the underarms. A medical condition known as acanthosis nigricans could be responsible for dark underarms. This condition leads to dark marks forming on the body. Most of the pigmentation is found around the underarms, the groin and inner thigh and the neck. Acanthosis nigricans is associated with people who are obese, having a problem with their glandular functioning, and who suffer from type 2 diabetes. A high level of insulin can cause an overproduction of skin cells that can result in pigmentation. Acanthosis nigricans may be inherited or develop because of medications such as certain oral contraceptives. A hormonal imbalance or disorders of the endocrine system can also lead to this

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What is Hepatitis C

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Kidney Failure

Kidney Failure The kidneys are responsible for cleansing the blood and removing excess minerals, fluids and waste matter from

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Diabetes Mellitus : Causes, Solutions & Remedies

Diabetes Mellitus Diabetes mellitus, better known to most of us simply as diabetes, refers to a group of metabolic disorders. If a person has high blood sugar, it is probably due to diabetes. Diabetes mellitus generally refers to the body’s inability to produce insulin that controls the release and absorption of sugar or glucose in the blood stream. Persistent hyperglycemia refers to a state in which the blood sugar levels are consistently high, even during fasting. This is generally an effect of diabetes mellitus and is in fact the defining symptom of the disease. Resistance to generated insulin or low insulin levels at the cellular level are generally the root cause of diabetes mellitus. Insulin is a hormone that facilitates the body’s conversion of glucose to energy producing glycogen. Resistance to the same can lead to difficulties in removal of excess glucose from the body. This in turn leads to high blood sugar levels. The human body only needs as much glucose as is required to meet its energy requirements. Different types of diabetes are serially numbered and vary in terms of causes and treatments. For example, Type 1 diabetes results from the body's failure to produce insulin. Its treatment requires insulin injections into the blood stream. Type 2 diabetes on the other hand is a result of insulin resistance. In this case, cells either fail to use insulin properly or lack sufficient quantities of the same. Type 1 diabetes can occur at any age while Type 2 diabetes is generally an adult onset disease and develops gradually over a period of time. A third type of diabetes is Gestational diabetes. This refers to a condition in which pregnant women experience an elevation in blood glucose levels during the gestation period. Such women have never been diagnosed with diabetes before. Congenital diabetes is caused due to genetic defects of insulin secretion. Cystic fibrosis-related diabetes, steroid diabetes, various forms of monogenic diabetes are other types of diabetes primarily distinguished by the causes that lead to the conditions. Symptoms of Diabetes The typical symptoms of high blood sugar are frequent urination, increased thirst and increased hunger. In most types of diabetes, the symptoms are likely to be similar to the symptoms of high blood sugar. The primary symptoms of Type 1 diabetes are nausea and vomiting. In type 1 diabetes, symptoms generally develop rather quickly. In type 2 diabetes, on the other hand, they develop at a much slower rate and could even be so subtle that they go unnoticed. Often in cases of early childhood illnesses such as urinary tract infections or viral infections, Type 1 diabetes is the diagnosis. In such cases, dehydration and changes in potassium levels in the blood often follow. Symptoms of type 2 diabetes are often confused with symptoms of obesity or ageing. Such symptoms include irritability, itchy skin, yeast infections, dry mouth and leg pain. Some symptoms that are associated with diabetes mellitus as a group of diseases include: Fatigue Unexplained weight loss Poor wound healing Infections Altered mental status Blurry vision Diabetes suppresses the immune system. This, paired with the presence of glucose in the tissues acts as a growing ground for bacteria, leads to poor wound healing

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Cracked Heels : Solutions & Remedies

Cracked Heels Cracked heels, also known as heel fissures, are a common problem affecting men and women all over the globe. Cracks on the soles can develop on one, or both feet. This affliction is more common in those who are elderly. You may also suffer from cracked heels if you exert an excessive amount of pressure on the soles of your feet, over a prolonged period of time. This problem may worsen during the winter months, or if you live in dry climates. People often regard cracked heels as a sign of inadequate foot care and hygiene. However, there are several different factors that could lead to the development of fissures or lesions on the heels. At times, heel cracks may also be an indication of certain nutritional deficiencies. For many, the appearance of cracks on the heels is nothing more than an embarrassment or an inconvenience. However, at times these fissures could cause you to experience an immense amount of pain. This could make it difficult for you to stand, walk or wear certain kinds of footwear. Left unchecked, cracked heels can also start bleeding or get infected. Therefore, it is important to try and control this problem as early as possible. Fortunately, most cases of cracked heels can be easily treated with the help of simple remedies and self-care measures. Alternately, you could also consult a dermatologist or a podiatrist for medical treatment options. Symptoms of Cracked Heels It could take several days or even weeks for cracks on the heels to develop completely. In fact, by recognizing the early signs of fissures on the heels you may be able to prevent or at least control them to some extent. You will know that you are about to develop heel cracks if you notice symptoms like: Dryness & Itching: The appearance of flaky and peeling skin is one of the first signs of cracks on the heels. Excessive dryness causes the skin to turn white and then perhaps red in color. The dryness and flakiness may be worse in certain parts of your heel. You may also experience severe itching around the rim of your heel. Development of Vertical Lesions: In case the skin continues to remain dry, you may notice the appearance small cracks around the edge of the heel. Pain and Tenderness: While walking, the pressure you place on your feet can cause the lesions to split further, because of which your heels may feel sore, tender and painful. Hardening of the Skin: As your skin continues to lose moisture, the skin tends to become tough and hard, especially around the edges of the fissures. This causes a delay in the healing process as the skin does not easily “knit” together. Do consult your doctor in case you experience any of the signs and symptoms mentioned above. As the cracks on the heels continue to develop, you may also notice bleeding, white discharge or signs of an infection. Causes of Cracked Heels You are probably aware of the fact that the skin on your heel is thicker than the rest of your foot. Therefore, you need to moisturize it often and thoroughly, in order to keep it healthy and supple. For any reason, if the skin covering the heel becomes excessively dry, the lack of moisture

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"Drug Abuse"

Drug Abuse According to the medical dictionary the definition of drug abuse is, "the use of a drug for a non-therapeutic effect. Drug abuse may lead to organ damage, addiction, and disturbed patterns of behavior." The use of some illicit drugs often incurs criminal penalty in addition to the potential for physical, social, and psychological harm. Drug abuse or addiction is the condition where one has an overwhelming desire to continue using a drug. Repeated consumption in turn

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Wormwood Herb - Benefits of wormwood oil and extra

Wormwood Herb - Benefits of wormwood oil and extract Common Name for Wormwood Herb Wormwood is also referred to as Artemisia absinthium and is an herb that is pleasantly aromatic, but bitter to taste. Occurrence: Wormwood is usually found growing in a natural state in climates that are mild and temperate especially in the climate zones of Europe, North Africa, and in Asia. Wormwood is also cultivated in North America. The herb has an attractive appearance and a pleasant aroma and is often used to enhance aesthetic beauty in some residential and commercial landscaping. The wormwood herb possesses grayish-green leaves and the herb usually grows to a height of about three feet height. Wormwood as a plant has tiny hairs all over the plant and in summer produces yellow flowers.

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Jaundice : Causes, solutions and Remedies

Jaundice Jaundice is a symptom that can develop as part of various diseases. It refers to the yellowish discoloration of the skin and whites of the eyes. This happens when levels of the chemical bilirubin increase in the bloodstream. Mild elevation in bilirubin levels causes the skin to become yellow. When bilirubin levels are very high, the skin takes on a brown or yellow hue. Jaundice can be categorized into three main types, hepatocellular, hemolytic and obstructive jaundice. Hepatocellular jaundice occurs when injury or disease affects the liver. Hemolytic jaundice develops when the breakdown of red blood cells takes place at an accelerated pace. Obstructive jaundice is the result of a blockage in the tubes that transport bile between the liver, gallbladder and small intestines. Such an obstruction does not allow the bilirubin to leave the liver and this leads to jaundice. Symptoms of Jaundice The most prominent of all jaundice symptoms is the yellowish staining of the skin and whites of the eyes. This discoloration first becomes discernible in the facial region and then spreads across the body. Some of the other common symptoms of jaundice include: Tiredness Itching Appetite loss Weight loss Abdominal discomfort, in case there is obstruction of the bile duct Nausea Vomiting Lethargy Pale colored stools Fever Dark yellow urine Bitter taste in the mouth Jaundice commonly develops in babies, usually soon after birth. Infants affected with jaundice may have yellowing of the skin, but this may be difficult to identify since the skin tone of babies is different from adults. Jaundice tests are usually done 36 hours after birth. One can also tell if a baby has jaundice by gently pressing the infant's forehead. If the skin appears yellow in the area that was pressed, it is possible that the baby has jaundice. In case other symptoms such as persistent crying, listlessness and poor feeding are present, it is important for the child to receive medical care. Causes of Jaundice Jaundice mainly occurs when an underlying condition affects the bilirubin levels in the blood. In some cases, the liver is unable to remove bilirubin while in other cases; bilirubin may accumulate in the tissues. Some of the underlying disorders that may result in jaundice include: Liver Inflammation: When the liver becomes inflamed, it may be unable to dispose of bilirubin.

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Bed Sores

Bed Sores Bed sores commonly known as pressure sores, skin ulcers or decubitus are cuts, lesions or swelling caused due to prolonged pressure on any part of body and usually affect parts of the body over bony areas. Bed sores commonly occur among handicapped, disabled, paralyzed or bed ridden patients as they are unable to change their position frequently and continuous pressure on specific parts of body lead to bed sores. Bed sores can be treated effectively if found early but can become a life threatening disease as it cuts off blood circulation to parts of the body. Bed sores commonly occur around the buttocks, heels, lower back and the hip bone area among bed ridden individuals while spine, ankles, knees, head , shoulders are also susceptible to pressure sores depending on the fixed position of the patient. It is important to note that bedsores, if small and detected early can be treated by regular dressings while large or deep bedsores need plastic surgery techniques. Symptoms of Bed Sores Based on the severity of the condition, bed sores go through four different stages and the symptoms seen during each stage vary. Stage I The skin remains intact, even in the initial stages In case of lighter skin color, the skin appears darker and does not lighten briefly (blanch) when it is touched In case of darker skin, no changes in the actual skin color, but the appearance of bluish or purple spots Pain, softness, tenderness and change in temperature around the skin Stage II Ulcers or open wounds Loss or damage in the underlying layer of the dermis as well as the epidermis Appearance of pinkish, shallow and basin-like wounds Ruptured fluid-filled blisters on the skin Stage

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Autism ???

Autism Definition and Facts about Autism According to the ASA or the Autism Society of America, the definition of autism is, “a complex developmental

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Pepper Herb

Pepper Herb Other Names: Piper Nigrum, Kalimirch (Hindi), and Maricum (Sanskrit) Useful Parts of the Plant: Fruit Pepper is called the king of spice and has been used since ancient times in cooking as well as for its medicinal properties. Back in the day, it was a very valuable spice, used as currency and also to appease the gods as a sacred offering. It still holds an important place in the modern world and accounts for about a quarter of the spice trade. Native to India, the pepper plant is a vine that grows in tropical climate to about thirty feet. Its fruit is dried at various stages, which brings about difference in the color of the black, green, and white peppercorn. Nutritional Information and Properties of Pepper Herb: Nutritional benefits of black pepper include a healthy amount of vitamins,

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Angina : Causes and Remedies

Angina As we age we become increasingly susceptible to a variety of health conditions, the most common of these being cardiac disease. You may doubt the possibility with great conviction, but if there is a chance, no matter how big or small, you need to keep yourself informed about the risks and symptoms. Angina refers to pain and discomfort in the chest area. This is the most common type of heart disease. It occurs when the blood flow to the heart muscles reduces. Angina is one of the symptoms of coronary artery disease. In individuals with this disease, the heart is unable to receive an adequate amount of oxygen-rich blood and this may result in chest pain. The discomfort in the chest can be described as a tight, squeezing or heavy sensation. Angina is also known as angina pectoris and is classified into two categories, stable and unstable. Stable angina is usually experienced when the individual exerts himself and it occurs as a recurring, lingering chest pain. Unstable angina refers to sudden pain or changes in the previous pattern of chest pain. This could be indicative of a heart attack. There is another type of angina that is quite rare. This is known as variant angina and it occurs when there is a spasm of the coronary artery. Angina is known to be a common condition but it may sometimes be difficult to differentiate it from other causes of chest pain. It is advisable to seek medical attention when any kind of unexplained chest pain is experienced. Symptoms of Angina The main symptoms of angina include pain or discomfort in the chest region. The pain may also extend to the shoulder, back, neck, arms or jaw. The individual may also experience symptoms such as nausea, sweating, dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath and anxiety. Individuals with angina complain of a sensation of pressure or fullness in the middle of the chest. The symptoms may vary in intensity and duration. Changes in the pattern of pain must be reported to a doctor immediately. The most common type of angina is stable angina. This usually begins when the heart starts pumping harder such as when exercising. It tends to last for short periods of time and will subside even sooner if the individual rests or take appropriate medication. Sometimes angina may be similar to indigestion. Mental and emotional stress may contribute to angina. Angina may be experienced differently by women. The pain tends to be sharper and pulsating. Symptoms such as nausea, abdominal discomfort and shortness of breath are also more likely to occur in women. Chest pain that continues for more than a few minutes or persists after taking medication and rest requires immediate medical attention. It could be a sign of an impending heart attack. Some of the other common symptoms of a heart attack include pain that radiates to the arm, shoulder, jaw and teeth, sweating and fainting.

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Amoebiasis : Causes and Remedies

Amoebiasis Amoebiasis is an inflammatory condition which affects the intestines. It is caused by the parasite – entamoeba histolytica – a microscopic organism which is ingested through contaminated food and water. Amoebiasis is a common condition in regions where sanitation is poor and the living conditions are unhygienic. The parasite is able to remain in the intestines without triggering any signs. But in some cases it can cause severe symptoms. Symptoms of Amoebiasis Amoebiasis can affect individuals of any gender and age, but is more common in children and young adults. It is also more prevalent in developing countries with a large population and sub-standard sanitary conditions. The parasites responsible for amoebiasis infest food and water. Amoebiasis may not always show up in tests, but it does lead to some tell-tale symptoms. If left untreated, the condition could get serious and even become life threatening. The symptoms of amoebiasis range from mild to severe and not all infected persons display them. When the symptoms do occur, they may take different forms such as: Vomiting: This may occur when there is a severe infection of the gastrointestinal tract. Diarrhea: Mild infection may cause loose motions. In some cases there may be slight mucus or blood discharge through the stools. Bloody Stools: This is usually indicative of a severe or chronic infection. There may be passage of bloody stools about 10 to 20 times a day. Some of the other symptoms of amoebiasis include: Sudden weight loss Abdominal cramping Abdominal pain Nausea Loss of appetite Flatulence Tiredness Dehydration Pain during bowel movements Fever The toxic excretions of the parasites may also lead to certain allergic symptoms on the body.

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What is Abortion ? ? ?

Abortion Definition of Abortion

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Benefits of Fennel Herb

Fennel Herb Common Name And Occurrence: Fennel is a perennial herb that comes from the Umbelliferae family. The fennel plant is indigenous to Europe but is now widely cultivated in other parts of the world such as in India, China and Egypt. The fennel herb is highly aromatic with a variety of culinary and medicinal uses. Fennel gets its aromatic flavour from anethole, an aromatic compound found in anise and star anise as well. However, this distinct liquorice flavour is much milder in fennel than in anise. Cooking fennel is relatively easy and it can be added to a variety of dishes such as curries and pasta. Fennel recipes form an integral part of

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Athletes Foot : Remedies

Athletes Foot Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that affects the feet. It is medically referred to as tinea pedis, belonging to the same group of fungi (dermatophytes), responsible for various other common fungal infections like jock itch or tinea cruris and ringworm or Tinea corporis. The fungus tends to thrive in warm and moist areas such as the region between the toes. Athlete’s foot is a fairly common condition that results in symptoms such as itching and flaking of the affected skin. The infection is more common in men. Individuals with a compromised or weak immune system are more prone to the infection. Even children may be susceptible to athlete’s foot. The infection spreads easily through contact with an affected individual or from the sharing of personal items. Even walking barefoot on a contaminated surface can put you at risk of developing the infection. This is the reason why athlete’s foot usually occurs in individuals who use common swimming pools or locker rooms. Athlete’s foot also tends to recur and many individuals are likely to suffer from the infection again after a period of time. Symptoms of Athletes Foot There are several signs and symptoms of the infection. Some of the most prominent indicators of athlete’s foot are as follows: Itching between the toes Burning sensation Blistering Peeling of the skin Dryness of the soles of the feet and toes Thickening and discoloration of the toenails In some cases, the toenails may develop a fungal infection Most cases of athlete’s foot are can be dealt with quite effectively at home by simply using over the counter anti-fungal medications and ointments. There are many natural treatments for the infection as well, but their efficacy is often questionable. In case the symptoms worsen, it is advisable to see a doctor. Also seek quick medical care in case there are symptoms such as persistent skin rash, swelling, redness, fever and drainage. Diabetic individuals should also consult their doctors, as they may experience problems in healing. Causes of Athletes Foot Athlete’s foot is caused by the growth of fungus on the skin. In addition to the feet and toes, the infection may also affect the palms and fingers. There are certain risk factors that increase the possibility of fungal infections. These include: Excessive sweating Minor injuries to the skin or nails Wearing closed shoes Keeping the feet wet for long periods of time Like most other fungal infections, the infection can spread very easily through direct contact or through

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Sprains : Symptoms, Causes and Remedies

Sprains A sprain occurs when the ligaments tear or stretch. The ligaments are the fibrous tissues that connect the bones in the joints. A sprain may occur when there is tearing of one or more ligaments. The nature of the injury and the number of ligaments damaged will determine the severity of the sprain. Symptoms of Sprains There are some common signs and symptoms of a sprain. These include the following: Pain Swelling Bruising Inability to move the affected joint Instability The symptoms may vary depending on the severity of the sprain. In some cases there may be a popping sound or sensation when the injury occurs. Your doctor will need to examine the affected area and gather information about your symptoms, so that the extent and severity of the injury can be diagnosed. The different types of sprains and the symptoms they produce are as follows: Mild Sprain – This occurs when the ligaments tear or overstretch. The joint does not become unstable and there is less pain and swelling. The individuals may have no or little difficulty in moving the affected area. Moderate Sprain – The ligament tears incompletely and there may be swelling, pain and bruising. The individual will not be able to bear any weight on the injured joint. An x-ray will be needed to determine if the swelling and pain is due to a fracture. Severe Sprain – This occurs when the ligament tears or ruptures. It leads to considerable pain, bruising and swelling. The doctor will order an x-ray to determine the location of the fractured bone. Causes of Sprains Sprains can occur in any area of the body. An ankle sprain is one of the most common conditions. The joint of the ankle is supported by several ligaments. A sprain usually occurs when the foot twists inwards due to a fall or jerky movements. This is known as an inversion injury. Sprains also commonly occur in the knees and wrists. Some of the causes of sprains include: A fall Walking or running on an uneven surface Wearing high-heeled footwear Lifting heavy objects Accidents

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What is Anthrax?

What is Anthrax? Anthrax is an infectious disease that affects animals such as sheeps, goats, and horses. Exposure to the spores of a type of bacteria known as Bacillus anthracis

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Bamboo Herb

Bamboo Herb Other Names: Bambusa vulgaris, Phyllostachys edulis, Bans (Hindi), zhú sǔn jiān (Chinese), take no ko (Japanese) Useful Parts of the Plant: Bamboo shoots and essential oils Bamboo is found in Asia and is used extensively in Asian cooking, especially Chinese food. The most edible part of the plant is the shoots, and they are found in the market in various forms—fresh, canned, dried, and frozen. Several varieties of bamboo shoots are edible and available for consumption, depending on the region in which it is grown. People in Asia eat it in various forms, like a vegetable, pickled, or fried. Other than its culinary uses, bamboo is also used as a raw material for building furniture and even houses. Facts about bamboo state that it is one of the fastest growing plants in the world and therefore, abundantly available in Asia.  In the nutritional department, bamboo shoots are good source of dietary fiber. Fiber has many benefits some of which help to prevent diabetes and heart disease. It also relieves constipation by providing adequate roughage. It also contains potassium, protein,

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Amnesia : Symptoms, Suggestions & Remedies

Amnesia Amnesia is a condition that implies total or partial loss of memory. This loss of memory comes naturally with old age or may be associated with some mental disorders but there are also several different types of amnesia that may require medical attention and constitute an emergency as well. Some of the different types of amnesia are: Retrograde Amnesia: In this type of amnesia, often caused by an injury or brain trauma, the patient is unable to remember any events that occurred before the amnesia set in. Anything that happens after the injury or trauma is remembered normally. Anterograde Amnesia: Just like retrograde amnesia, this type of amnesia can also occur after any type of head injury or brain truama. Anterograde amnesia means that the patient is unable to retain any new information. Short-term memory disappears and things that have happened recently are forgotten. Events prior to the injury however are remembered clearly. Transient Global Amnesia: This is a severe form of anterograde amnesia where in the patient loses all new memories. Part memories are vaguely or barely remembered. This is a rare form of amnesia and is generally found in older patients and those who have had chronic vascular problems. Traumatic Amnesia: A hard blow to the head could bring on this type of amnesia. This can happen during an accident or even a sports injury. This trauma can cause a loss of consciousness or even a coma in some patients. Traumatic amnesia is generally temporary, and is often regarded as a symptom of the concussion. How long traumatic amnesia lasts normally depends on how severe the injury was. Wernike - Korsakoff's Psychosis: Amnesia caused by this progressive psychosis is usually brought on by alcohol abuse, malnutrition, or thiamin deficiency. Patients suffering from Wernike-Korsakoff's psychosis also tend to develop other neurological problems such as numbness and loss of feeling in their extremities and poor co-ordination. Hysterical Amnesia: Also known as Fugue amnesia this is a rare condition. This causes the patient to lose his/her memory including knowledge of his/her own identity. This type of amnesia is caused due to an inability to cope and may be triggered by a traumatic event. In most cases, memory will return over time. Studies show that the event that triggered off the amnesia is completely forgotten even after recovery. Childhood Amnesia: Or infantile amnesia is associated with the development of language skills. People suffering from childhood amnesia have no memory of their early childhood. This may be attributed to the immature development of certain parts of the brain during childhood.

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Abrasions : Remedies

Abrasions In the field of medicine, the word “Abrasion” can be described as a wound or an injury that causes superficial damage to your skin. Since it only affects the uppermost layer of your skin, an abrasion usually goes no deeper than the epidermis. Many people believe that an abrasion is the same as a laceration, but this is not true. Abrasions are a lot less severe, as compared to most other types of skin injuries and wounds, including a laceration. There are different types of abrasions that you may go through at some point or the other and the severity of each type may vary. Medical experts usually classify the types of abrasion, by degrees, to include: First degree abrasions, which involve no more than epidermal injury to the skin. Second degree abrasions, in which the epidermis, as well as the dermis get affected. There may be a small amount of bleeding that is evident with such abrasions. Third degree abrasions, where the damage involves the subcutaneous layer, as well as the skin. In some instances, abrasions have also been known to bleed a bit or leave scars. Mild abrasions are very common in children as well as in adults. In fact, most children tend to incur these milder abrasions like scrapes or grazes on a daily basis, while playing or performing their everyday activities. Fortunately, such abrasions neither have the tendency to scar, nor bleed and they require minimal care. While the milder abrasions may cause some amount of pain and discomfort, they usually heal on their own, within a few days or weeks at the most, depending upon their severity. However, in some cases, you may notice the formation of a scar on your skin, especially if the abrasion is too deep. At times, an abrasion can be so deep and severe it can remove all the layers of your skin. Such severe abrasions are known as avulsions. Symptoms of Abrasions Since abrasions are relatively shallow wounds on the skin, they are noticeable almost immediately, especially since they may be accompanied by pain in some cases. However, it is quite common for a person to confuse an abrasion with a cut, or other similar skin wounds, mainly because the signs and symptoms for abrasions are not exclusive. Some of the symptoms for abrasions are actually common to other skin-related bruises too. Given below are some of the milder symptoms for abrasions on the skin: Pain and swelling Oozing of fluid or bleeding at the site Tenderness on and around the area, which worsens when touched

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"Addictions"

Addictions

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Babul

Babul Other Names of Babul: Gum acacia, gum arabica, prickly acacia, thorn mimosa, scented thorn, barbara, vavari, karivelam, babbar, babola, babla, babur, kikar, bamura, bawal, fali, gabur bakar, baval, gobalu, kalikikar, karrijali, gobli, jali, karuvai, meshwal, tamma, nella tuma, natta tuma, tuma, Egyptian thorn, sant tree, vedi-babul, al-sant Useful Parts of the Plant: Leaves, bark, pods, gum, roots, resin, and wood Babul tree is widely seen in Arabia and West Asia. In India, it grows wild in the forests of Punjab and parts of Rajasthan. It is known for its gum, which is made from the hardened sap taken from the tree. The tree is planted for its bark, which yields the babul gum. This gum has several other uses apart from being used for the treatment of injuries and for therapeutic purposes. Babul trees can flourish in dry and arid regions. They are medium-sized trees, reaching an average height of about 12 m. Babul trees find use in households as well as in farms and fields for shelter and foraging purposes. Nutritional Information and Properties of Babul Babul trees contain crude protein; up to 20% can be found in the leaves

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Amenorrhea : Symptoms , suggestions and Remedies

Amenorrhea Amenorrhea refers to the absence of menstrual bleeding. The condition can be one of two types – primary or secondary. If a girl by the age of 14 is still not menstruating or exhibiting any secondary sexual characteristics such as breast development and pubic hair, or if a girl by the age of 16 years is not menstruating, but has normal development of secondary sexual characteristics, it is referred to as primary amenorrhea.  Secondary amenorrhea on the other hand refers to a woman who has started menstruating normally but later stops for three or more months. Pregnancy, lactation, oral contraceptive pills, or menopause do not cause this absence of menstrual bleeding. Symptoms for Amenorrhea The symptoms of amenorrhea are indicative of another underlying condition or disorder. Depending on the medical issue causing the absence of menstruation, symptoms will vary from case to case. Some symptoms of amenorrhea include: Absence of menstrual periods Galactorrhea – when the breasts produce milk even if the woman is not pregnant or breastfeeding Nipple discharge Hair loss Headaches Disturbances in vision Increased hair growth caused by an increase in androgen levels Vaginal dryness Distrubed sleep Hot flashes / night sweats Fluctuations in weight (either weight gain or loss) Anxiety If you miss more than three periods in a row and have ruled out pregnancy or menopause, contact your doctor at the earliest. Girls of 16 who have not yet started menstruating should seek medical attention as well. Causes of Amenorrhea The causes of primary amenorrhea are generally attributed to abnormalities of the reproductive or pelvic organs. Other causes of primary and secondary amenorrhea include: Ovarian failure Hormonal imbalance Genetic defects Infections in the reproductive system that may occur in the womb or after birth Birth defects Tumors Abnormalities in the hypothalamus and pituitary gland Anatomical defects in the genital tract

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Appendicitis : Symptoms, Suggestions & Remedies

Appendicitis For a condition that is so common and that we have all heard of it, appendicitis is still strangely misunderstood. You probably know that appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix, but what is the appendix? The appendix is a worm like structure that dangles down from the cecum, which is pouch like structure that connects the large intestine and the abdomen. The function of the appendix, if any, is not really understood, which is why most of us don’t really hear much of this inconspicuous structure unless it begins to act up. An inflammation of this structure is known as Appendicitis. Most experts believe it to be a vestigial organ, or an evolutionary leftover with no real purpose. Others believe that it may be a leftover, but one that is still present for an immunological function. Whatever the purpose or lack of one may be, appendicitis is a very common health problem these days and generally requires emergency abdominal surgery. In severe cases the entire inflamed appendix may have to be removed either through laparoscopy or laparotomy. Appendicitis may either be acute or chronic and needs immediate treatment. If left untreated it can even rupture resulting in shock or peritonitis, which can be fatal for the sufferer. This can occur anytime between 48-72 hours once the symptoms start. A ruptured appendix is treated as a medical emergency as it may form an abscess or even spread to the entire abdomen. Appendicitis which is non-acute is generally referred to as “rumbling appendicitis”. On the other hand pseudo appendicitis is a medical condition that mimics the symptoms of appendicitis. Research has shown that almost 7-8% of people in the US are affected by this condition at some point in their lives. Studies have shown that almost 8.6% men and 6.7% women suffer from appendicitis during their lifetime. Some studies have also shown that there is a relation between skin color and appendicitis. White Caucasian populations are more prone to this condition in comparison to populations of African descent. In the initial stages of appendicitis the appendix tends to become occluded and distended with secretions. As the condition progresses the patient starts experiencing sharp lower abdominal pains. Symptoms of Appendicitis The most prominent symptom of appendicitis is pain in the abdominal region and a loss of appetite. The patient usually experiences of pain around the navel region in the middle of the abdomen. This pain gradually starts moving downwards to the lower right side of the abdomen, which corresponds with the location of the appendix. Physical activities like moving, coughing, jumping and deep breathing can lead to an increase in this abdominal pain. Patients of appendicitis develop a fever and experience other symptoms like nausea, vomiting and appetite loss. As the condition progresses the pain also increases significantly. It is very important to treat appendicitis promptly as it can lead to rupture of the appendix, which can cause further complications like abdominal infections. This can make treatment even more difficult. Some

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What is Thalassemia ?

Thalassemia The word 'Thalassemia' is derived from the Greek words, 'thalassa' meaning 'sea' and 'emia' meaning 'blood'. This is to infer that the disease is more prevalent in people living in the Mediterranean region. Thalassemia is an autosomal genetic disorder (caused by mutation of recessive genes). This disorder is primarily characterized by prevalent anemia, attributed to the underproduction of globin proteins

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Hawthorn Herb-Medicinal uses of...

Hawthorn Herb-Medicinal uses of berry, flowers, fruit & leaf Common name: The Hawthorn plant, popularly known as haw, mayblossom, or mayflower is a shrub that is thorny in nature and grows up to five feet tall. Occurrence: Usually found near hillsides and in sunny wooded regions, Hawthorn trees are commonly observed in North America, Europe, Asia, and North Africa. The Hawthorn herb bears small berries, also referred to as haws that sprout in the month of May after the flowers of the Hawthorn plant have bloomed. The Hawthorn berries are usually

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Autoimmune Diseases: Suggestions and Remedies

Autoimmune Diseases The human body has a complicated and extensive immune system that protects it against various foreign substances and organisms, including diseases and infections. The presence of the immune system limits the extent to which we are affected by harmful germs and threats that are abundant in our surroundings. While our immunity does serve as an effective defense against common infections and ailments, it also safeguards us against more serious diseases. There are various bacterial, fungal, viral or even parasitic threats however, that may at times overcome your immune system, allowing infection to take hold. This is particularly likely to occur when your immunity is low. What is an Autoimmune Disease? An autoimmune condition is a condition where the immune system itself causes the medical condition. In such a situation, the immune system attacks seemingly healthy cells and tissues of the body because it suspects that there is some sort of foreign substance, disease or infection that is present in this area. This abnormal reaction usually leads to the development of inflammation in the affected area. Immune system activity in such individuals is heightened. There are many different types of autoimmune conditions. The underlying cause for these conditions may not always be known.   The severity of an autoimmune condition differs from patient to patient. As there are nearly 100 different known autoimmune conditions, it is obvious that each case must be treated individually. Although our understanding of autoimmune conditions is still lacking, there are some things that we do know for certain, and there are a lot of other areas where we may speculate with some degree of certainty. Autoimmune conditions are a lifelong affliction and there is no known cure for autoimmune diseases. The only medical strategy for treatment of autoimmune disorders is through control and management of the condition so as to minimize the impact of the disorder on the patient’s life. Treatment strategies to manage autoimmune disorders generally involve medication, most importantly modifications to diet and lifestyle. It must be noted that there are some autoimmune conditions that affect the nervous system. Unfortunately autoimmune conditions of this nature tend to deteriorate over time, as they are progressive. Symptoms of Autoimmune Diseases As explained above, there are many different types of autoimmune conditions. This would quite naturally imply the symptoms of autoimmune diseases could also vary greatly, depending on the cause. This said there are some basic warning signs that are common to most types of autoimmune disorders. In most cases, the condition appears gradually. The symptoms at this stage would therefore be rather mild, but continuous. Unfortunately, diagnosis of autoimmune disorders is rather tricky, and no matter how well informed you it may be impossible to recognize the signs of an autoimmune disorder. Health care professionals would be able to make an accurate diagnosis, but this is no easy task and in most cases, patients will go through a series of different diagnoses before they the condition is detected.

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Bacterial Vaginitis : Suggestions and Remedies

Bacterial Vaginitis Bacterial vaginitis refers to inflammation of the vagina. It occurs when there is a growth of bacteria. Certain bacteria are normally present in the vaginal area. When the levels of these bacteria rise, an infection can occur. The condition mostly affects women during their reproductive years, but can also occur at any time. The exact cause of bacterial vaginitis is unknown but certain factors can place you at risk for the infection. These factors include excessive douching and engaging in unprotected sexual intercourse.   Symptoms of Bacterial Vaginitis The symptoms of bacterial vaginitis may include the following: Itching Swelling Painful sexual intercourse Vaginal discharge. The discharge may be thin and grayish in color Unpleasant odor Burning while urinating Vaginal bleeding In many cases, the infection may not produce any symptoms. It is advisable to consult a doctor in case you develop symptoms of a vaginal infection. Causes of Bacterial Vaginitis Bacterial vaginitis occurs when the microorganisms that normally live in the vagina start multiplying. Under normal circumstances, there are certain ‘beneficial’ bacteria present in the vagina which keep the levels of harmful bacteria in check. However if this balance is affected it could result in an infection. Bacteria may transfer to the vagina during sexual intercourse. But bacterial vaginitis is also known to occur in women who are not sexually active. Some of the risk factors involved in the development of bacterial vaginitis include: Bacterial vaginitis is an easily treatable condition and does not pose a serious risk. However in some cases, certain complications may occur:

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What is Mesothelioma ?

Mesothelioma What is Mesothelioma?

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foxglove plant (Herb) : Benefits

Treat internal hemorrhage, inflammatory disorders, epileptic cases, acute mania using Foxglove Common name: The foxglove plant is commonly referred to as the following names, witch gloves, dead men's bells, fairy's glove or fairy's caps etc. Occurrence: The Foxglove scientifically known as digitalis lanata is a beautiful looking indigenous herb that is widely seen throughout Europe. It is commonly observed as a wild-flower in Great Britain, and grows freely in some of the eastern counties of England. The foxglove herb grows best in siliceous

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Bloating : Causes and Remedies

Bloating Bloating can be described as a feeling of discomfort and ‘fullness’ in the abdominal area. Sometimes marked by a tightness, swelling, and mild distension of the stomach, bloating can also be accompanied by an excess of stomach gas that can be very embarrassing. Bloating can affect your daily activities and if the condition is chronic, it may require medication and a change in diet and lifestyle to tackle the problem in the long-term. Bloating makes you feel that your stomach has swollen is size and can be caused by a number of factors that range from overeating, medications, obesity, and other illnesses. In all cases, intestinal gases build up in the stomach causing it to enlarge. Bloating is often accompanied by stomach pain, as relief is not usually achieved through flatulence or belching. Remedies for Bloating One of the best cures for bloating is the avoidance of all foods that cause gas and flatulence. Keeping a food diary will help you track what foods cause an aggravation in the digestive system and what foods should thus be avoided. Foods such as legumes, cauliflower, cabbage, sprouts, fizzy drinks, chewing gum, melons and apples can all lead to gas and stomach distension and should either be cut out from your diet or eaten only in small controlled quantities. Certain high fiber foods can also cause excessive gas to build up in the intestine and should be avoided until the spell of bloating passes. Regular exercise and even some light exercise after a meal can aid digestion. Try not to lie down immediately after eating to avoid belching and gas. Home remedies for bloating include using herbal supplements such as sweet fennel and Burdock to offer natural relief against bloating. Herbs can be used quite effectively in the treatment of bloating, as follows: Natural remedies for bloating include Alfa Alfa which is high in chlorophyll and can reduce gas, or Caraway and Anise seeds that are eaten to relieve flatulence and bloating. Cooking herbs such as dill and fennel and spices like ginger and cinnamon can be used as natural remedies for bloating. Cinnamon and ginger in fact stimulate the digestive system and can improve the absorption of food. Dill and fennel are used as stomach bloating remedies, but they also reduce other symptoms such as acidity and heartburn and ease flatulence and gas. Linden tea and peppermint tea sipped on after a meal or whenever you feel uncomfortable are excellent home remedies for a bloated stomach. Other bloating relief home remedies include using antacids to minimize gas and flatulence or trying out over-the-counter natural medications to treat acidity, indigestion, and gas. Certain yoga positions or asanas can also help relieve stomach problems such as bloating. An easy exercise to try if you suffer from gas and bloating is to lie on your back and extend both legs out in front of you. Bend one leg at the knee and hug it to your chest while keeping the other leg on the floor. Switch legs and alternate at least five times on each side till you feel some relief. Symptoms of Bloating Bloating of the stomach rarely occurs in isolation. Some other symptoms that accompany bloating include: A Feeling of tightness of ‘fullness’ in the stomach area

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Body Odor : Causes and Solutions

Body Odor Body odor is a normal phenomenon, and it isn’t really much of a problem under normal circumstances. Excessive or unpleasant body odor can also be extremely common however and this can be a source of great discomfort to others and Body odor refers to strong, unpleasant odors that emanate from the body. This mostly occurs when the sweat glands are overactive. It may also be caused by metabolic changes. Body odor develops when the sweat combines with the bacteria on the skin. The body produces sweat in certain circumstances such as in hot weather, during physical activity or in response to anger or fear. This helps to cool down the body and regulate its temperature. Overactive sweat glands are medically known as hyperhidrosis. The condition can be classified as primary or focal hyperhidrosis and secondary hyperhidrosis. In primary hyperhidrosis, there is excessive sweating in the armpits, hands and feet. In secondary hyperhidrosis, there is excessive sweating in the entire body or in one particular area besides the armpits, hands and feet. Secondary hyperhidrosis may arise due to underlying conditions such as diabetes, lung diseases, high blood pressure, anxiety disorders and tuberculosis. Overactive sweat glands rarely constitute a serious condition. However if you are troubled by strong or persistent body odor, it is advisable that you consult your doctor. Symptoms of Body Odor The primary symptom of body odor is an unusual, pungent smell arising from the body. This odor may be stronger during warm weather. The odor also tends to linger on clothing. In many cases body odor occurs along with other underlying conditions. Depending on the type of condition, the symptoms may vary. In some cases body odor occurs along with conditions that affect the endocrine system and includes the following symptoms: Unexplained, excessive sweating Weight loss Night sweats Cold hands In very rare cases, body odor may occur along with more serious symptoms. In such cases, immediate medical care is essential. Such symptoms include: Chest pain Feeling of pressure in the chest Disturbances in vision Shortness of breath Confusion Loss

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What is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinsons Disease What is Parkinson’s Disease? One of the most common neurodegenerative diseases, Parkinson's disease figures only second to Alzheimer’s disease. This is a movement disorder, which directly affects loco motor skills. The condition itself is characterized by rapid loss of control over the limbs

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Health Benefits of Onions

Onions  Onions are typically available in three main colors – red, yellow and white. Red onions are used in most parts of the world for cooking which involves char-broiling and grilling. On the other hand white onions tend to impart a sweet flavor to the dish when they are sautéed and are a staple ingredient in most Mexican cooking. Similarly yellow onions are known to go well with almost any style of cooking on account of their wholesome flavor. The onion is one of the most commonly cultivated species of the Genus Allium which is also referred to by other names such as garden onion, bulb onion, common onion, shallots, green onion and spring onions. Onions are basically a group of modified leaves of the onion plant that are centred on a relatively short stem base. Besides the onion itself, another one of the useful parts of the plant are the stems which tend to be very tasty and beneficial to one’s health especially if they are consumed when they are tender and young. With regards to the nutritional and medicinal uses of onions, they are known to be an excellent source of fiber, chromium, biotin, vitamins B6 and C. Onions are also known to have a high content of vitamins K and B1 as well as folic acid. The various health benefits of onion juice or even whole onions

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Blemishes : Causes & Solutions

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Bedwetting : Remedies

Bedwetting Bedwetting, also known as nocturnal enuresis and nighttime incontinence, is a very common problem affecting thousands of children living across the United States. It can be described as the act of urinating involuntarily during the night. Almost all children have wet their beds while sleeping at some time or the other. However, when this becomes a habit, or a regular feature, it can cause a lot of embarrassment to the child. As embarrassing as this problem can be for a child, it is the parents that go through the stress, hassle and inconvenience of changing the child’s bed sheets and pajamas, usually in the middle of the night. What makes it worse is that most parents and other family members have the tendency to look at bedwetting as a sign of poor toilet training skills. However, this is not true at all; the habit of bedwetting is a part of the developmental stage in many children. Although enuresis is prevalent in children of both genders, it is a bit more common in boys. In case of those kids who are very young, bedwetting is not even a cause for concern. Children who are below the age of 6 may not have established an adequate amount of control over their bladders. This often becomes evident during the night or when the child takes a nap. However, in case your child continues to wet his or her bed after crossing the age of 7, it may be best for you to take notice of it and establish the possible causes without any delay. While some children wet their bed for no apparent reasons, in others this habit could be an indication of an underlying condition. Fortunately, you can seek professional help to treat bedwetting in your child. However, the process is quite lengthy and requires a lot of understanding, patience and commitment. Bedwetting cures recommended by doctors include therapy, medication and home remedies. In many cases, children do not even need to go through any treatment. Simple changes in lifestyle and dietary habit can help alleviate this problem to a great extent. However, before administering any form of treatment for bedwetting in your child, it is important to identify its possible causes. Symptoms of Bedwetting Most parents and caregivers strongly believe that children should be fully toilet trained by the age of 4. However, it may not always possible to set a target, for a child to develop bladder control completely. Studies indicate that bedwetting is prevalent in around 15% of the children who are between the ages of 5 and 6. This problem also affects approximately 5% of children between the ages of 8 and 11. Most children do outgrow this habit on their own, without any help. However, in some cases, parental or perhaps even professional intervention may be required. Involuntary urination or nighttime incontinence in many children may not actually be a problem on its own; it could indeed be the symptom of a deeper underlying condition, which requires immediate medical attention. It is best to consult a doctor, in case the habit of bedwetting is accompanied by: Painful urination Increase in thirst Snoring Changes in the color of urine Rashes on the bottom or genital area Sleeping problems Daytime drowsiness In case your child begins to wet his or her bed all of a sudden or after a period of being dry during the nights, it could be a sign of a problem that needs to be checked without any delay.

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Brain Cancer ? ? ?

Brain Cancer

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Benefits of Ashoka Herb

Ashoka Herb Other Names of Ashoka Latin Name: Saracaka Indica English Name: Ashoka Tree Ayurvedic Name: Ashoka Useful Parts of the Plant Flowers- Dried Stem- Dried Bark- Fresh and dried The Ashoka tree belongs to the family of legumes and is a part of the subfamily Caesalpiniaceae. The Ashoka tree is a rainforest tree. It was originally found mainly in the central part of the Deccan plateau and in the middle part of the Western Ghats in western India. The Ashoka flowers from February to April. The flowers appear in lush and heavy bunches. The color of the flowers is bright orange-yellow and they turn red before wilting. This tree has an important role in Indian cultural traditions.

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Armageddon • I Don't Want to Miss a Thing • Aerosm

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Canker Sores: Causes & Remedies

Canker Sores Canker sores are blisters that develop in the mouth and result in pain and discomfort. They can be of two types, simple canker sores and complex canker sores. Simple canker sores persist for about a week and usually affect individuals between the ages of 10 and 20 years. These sores may develop up to 3 to 4 times in a year. Complex canker sores mostly affect individuals who have had them before. They are less common than simple canker sores. Canker sores are often confused with cold sores. While canker sores generally develop inside the mouth, cold sores occur outside the mouth. Symptoms of Canker Sores Canker sores appear as reddish round ulcers with a whitish center. They usually form beneath the tongue, on the insides of the cheeks and on the gums. You can tell when canker sores are about to develop due to the tingling sensation that occurs 2 to 3 days earlier. Canker Sores symptoms include: A tingling or burning sensation in the area where the sores are about to develop Round or oval shaped ulcers that are red around the edges and white or yellow in the center Fever Swollen lymph glands Sluggishness It is advisable to see a doctor in case any of the following symptoms occur: Large sores Recurring canker sores that develop before the earlier ones have healed Sores that persist for more than three weeks Sores that develop on the lips Severe pain Difficulty in moving the mouth while eating or drinking High fever Sometimes the sharp edges of a tooth or poorly fitted dental fixtures may contribute to the sores. In such cases, it is advisable to consult your dentist. Causes of Canker Sores The exact causes of canker sores are not clearly understood. There could be a variety of factors that play a role in an outbreak of these sores. Some common causes of canker sores include:

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What is Breast Cancer ? ? ?

Breast Cancer

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Pokeweed (Herbs)

Pokeweed  Pokeweed is a species of plant that is found in South Central America. It is common throughout the US, Mexico, and parts of Latin America. It is a broad-leafed shrub that can grow to a height of about 9 feet. It is perennial and has wide tolerances for climatic conditions. It, however, prefers loose soil and is found growing as a weed in mud that has been turned over. Pokeweed has been used both as an ingredient in fresh green salad and as medication by Native Americans. The berries were used mostly as a dye, and were rarely consumed. Regardless, pokeweed herb is not very important either as a medicinal herb or as a food plant, and only recently, studies are being done to determine its use for medicine. Poke Root Benefits Many people consider the root of the pokeweed plant to be of medicinal value. It is thought that different preparations of the poke root are useful to cure tonsillitis, laryngitis, swollen glands, and other inflammations. Traditionally, however, pokeweed root was very rarely, if at all consumed. The most common use of pokeweed root in Native American medicine was as a laxative or toinduce vomiting. Another common use for pokeweed was by dairymen who made a tincture that reduced swellings in cows'& udders. The

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Sexual Disorders

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Lack of Physical Desire

  Lack of Physical Desire Almost all men and women have faced lack of sexual desire or sexual response problems at some time or the other. In most cases such problems are simply a temporary phenomenon and you don’t really need to worry about your sexual prowess! However, in the event that such problems occur on a persistent or recurrent basis, then you probably suffer from a sexual disorder. Before you hit the panic button and jump to unpleasant conclusions, keep in mind that most sexual disorders are simply temporary and can be resolved quite easily with treatment. Also known as sexual dysfunction, sexual disorders can be described as the inability to experience a state of arousal or to achieve sexual satisfaction, under normal circumstances. Medical experts explain a sexual disorder as any problem that affects a man or a woman’s sexual desire, functioning or performance. There could be several different types of sexual disorders that affect people of both genders. Some of the most common sexual problems that affect men include impotence or erectile dysfunction, ejaculation disorders (premature, retarded or retrograde) and inhibited sexual desire. The types of sexual disorders that are observed in women include a lack of desire or arousal, difficulty achieving an orgasm and dyspareunia (pain during intercourse). Types of sexual disorders could also include vaginismus or gender identity disorder, to name a few, in case they interfere with a person’s ability to engage in normal acts of sexual intercourse. Some of these sexual disorders last only for a short period of time and get resolved without any medical treatment. However, in many instances, these problems are a lifelong occurrence. It is necessary to consult a health care provider and undergo proper treatment, in order to get over a sexual disorder. There are many sexual disorders that do not get resolved at all, if left unchecked and untreated. So although it may not help to worry about your libido, some concern would be reasonable. Although anyone can be affected by sexual dysfunction, it is more prevalent in older people, as compared to others. There are many individuals, who develop a sexual disorder later in life, - after they have experienced a long phase of satisfactory functioning. However, it is also possible for a person to suffer from sexual dysfunction problems right from the time they become sexually active. Some of the factors that could trigger off sexual disorders include a history of sexual abuse, use of certain drugs, excess stress or depression, or even medical conditions. Many women have been known to suffer from sexual disorders after having a baby, or going through some major changes in life. Because this problem is quite sensitive and perhaps even embarrassing in nature, most people shy away from discussing it with others and refuse to even seek help. Overcoming your inhibitions and approaching your doctor could actually save you a great deal of embarrassment in the bedroom. Sexual disorders are quite common in both men and women and your health care providers have in all likelihood dealt with hundreds of cases like yours. In most cases, the problem is not really serious and can be treated quite easily. However, at times, sexual disorders could actually be symptoms of other underlying medical conditions. Therefore, it is important to consult a doctor as soon as the symptoms of any type of sexual disorder begin to arise. Symptoms of Sexual Disorders There are different warning signs and symptoms that indicate the presence of a sexual disorder or dysfunction. There are many men and women who develop the symptoms of sexual disorders suddenly, after enjoying a normal and healthy life. This usually occurs in case of women who have just been through a pregnancy. Men and women could also develop sexual disorder symptoms after being in an accident, undergoing a major life change or being diagnosed with an illness. Some of the most common symptoms for sexual disorders include: Total absence of sexual desire or a low sex drive An inability to get aroused or maintain an arousal for the duration of sexual activity Recurrent ejaculation with minimal sexual stimulation Inadequate lubrication in spite of sexual excitement Not achieving an orgasm, after going through the normal excitement phase Pain while having intercourse Most people tend to overlook the symptoms of sexual disorders in the initial phases, chalking it down to stress, being overworked, fatigue, and so on. However, if these symptoms are present during most sexual acts or perhaps even interfere with a relationship, then it is best to consult a doctor and seek medical treatment. Make an appointment with your doctor, without any delay to identify what the possible causes can be and how the problem can be overcome.

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What is Postpartum Depression ? ? ? ? ?

What is Postpartum Depression ? ? ? ? ? Postpartum depression or PPD is a common problem that affects women within four weeks of childbirth. It is characterized by depression and affects approximately

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Elderberry : Sambucus ( Herb)

Elderberry : Sambucus Common Name: Elderberry is known as Sambucus and some of its species like S.nigra and S.canadensis are well-known. Occurrence Of Elderberry: Also known as elder flower, elderberry bears cream-colored flowers and then dark purple berries during the autumn. These trees are believed to be native to Europe, though they have adapted well in the Americas, and are also grown in England In the UK, elderberry is used for its medicinal properties and for making pies and wine. Uses Of Elderberry Plant: The flowers and the berries of elderberry are extensively used in making medicines for curing various health problems. An essential oil is extracted from the flowers Buttery

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Alcoholic Liver Disease

Alcoholic Liver Disease The dangers of alcohol are known all over the world despite the fact that the habit is still very prominent in a number of houses in each country. The chemicals within any alcoholic drinks plays a role in disorienting an individual for short periods of time and can significantly influence the heart rate, breathing and temperature centers of the body as well. Extreme cases of alcohol abuse can even go so far as to slow down breathing patterns to such an extent so as to be fatal. Some of the other effects of alcohol on the body include an irritation of the lining of the stomach, an increase in the blood flow of the skin, a reduction in the flow of blood to the muscles as well as increasing the toxic content of the body. One of the conditions most commonly associated with alcohol is known as alcoholic liver disease. The condition of alcoholic liver damage

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Hysteria : Causes, Solutions & Remedies

Hysteria Hysteria is a mental disorder arising from intense anxiety. It is characterized by a lack of control over acts and emotions, and by sudden seizures of unconsciousness with emotional outbursts. It is often the result of repressed conflicts within the person. This disease appears in both sexes, but it is far more common in young women between fourteen and twenty five years of age. One of the primary reasons cited for women in this age group experiencing traces of hysteria is the fact that their bodies undergo rapid changes during the child bearing period, causing a number of hormonal imbalances that set off these instances of hysteria. When someone is experiencing a bout of hysteria, it is necessary that people around do not panic, and remain calm themselves. A person who gets hysterical would usually cause others to panic, further worsening the situation. Outbursts of hysteria are not uncommon, but it is necessary to identify the stimulant that is causing the hysteria before attempting to assist the person to overcome his or her fears. Symptoms of Hysteria Heaviness in the Limbs, Cramps The symptoms of hysteria include heaviness in the limbs, severe cramps, a strong feeling of ascending abdominal constriction, continual sighing, difficulty in breathing, constriction in the chest, palpitations, feeling of a foreign body lodged in the throat, swelling of the neck and of the jugular veins, suffocation, headache, clenched teeth, and generalized and voluntary tensing of muscles of locomotion. There are, however, various other symptoms of hysteria, such as an inexplicable urge to perform rigorous activities that will help to let off steam. However, when one tries to perform these activities, such as shouting, one experiences an inability to do so, because of a shut down of the muscular-skeletal system caused by the hysteria. Wild Painful Cries, Loss of Consciousness In severe cases, additional symptoms are noticeable; these may include wild and painful cries, incomplete loss of consciousness, an enormously swollen neck, violent and tumultuous heartbeats, involuntary locomotor muscle contraction, frightening generalized convulsions, and violent movement. A prominence of the veins in the neck area is a frequent occurrence when one experiences hysteria. Although you may want to cry out in despair, it is often felt that you are unable to do so, causing you further anxiety and fear that do not help in any way. Weakness, Emotional Instability The physical symptoms include a weakness of the will, a craving for love and sympathy, and a tendency towards emotional instability. Hysterical trances may last for days or weeks. A patient in a trance may appear to be in a deep sleep, but the muscles are not usually relaxed. Emotional instability and a weakness of the will can become extremely dangerous for persons suffering from hysteria disease, because it causes them to have rash and imbalanced thoughts that are depressive. These thoughts of depression cause them to take drastic steps that cannot be corrected. Causes of Hysteria The most common causes of hysteria are sexual repression, perverted habits of thought, and idleness. Heredity plays an important part in its causation. A nervous family background and faulty emotional training when young are predisposing causes. The emotional situations may be mental,

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Hyssop Herb

Hyssop Herb Common Name: Hyssop is considerably popular and is widely known by its common name, hyssop. While there are several species of hyssop, such as giant hyssop, anise hyssop, and water hyssop, the most popular and best-known among all the different species is the herb hyssop. The official name for hyssop is Hyssopus Officinalis, and it is a member of the Lamiaceae family. Occurrence: While the hyssop is native to the Mediterranean

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Wrinkles : Causes and Remedies

Wrinkles The skin undergoes dramatic changes as you age. As the fat cells begin to shrink and the skin loses the elasticity it had from a young age, lines and furrows begin to form. These fine lines and furrows are wrinkles and they tend to occur on the face, under the eyes, around the eyes and on the forehead. Wrinkles can have a considerable effect on a person’s self esteem and with good reason. Our society places an inordinate amount of importance on looking good and there is a stigma attached to aging. Thanks to this, the skin care and cosmetic industry is flourishing and we are bombarded with products and treatments that promise us eternal youth. While some products may help reduce wrinkles and other skin problems, a large number of them do nothing much at all. So, what does work? Symptoms of Wrinkles Wrinkles fall into two types – fine lines and deep furrows; and they mostly occur on the face, neck, hands, and upper arms. Causes of Wrinkles The main cause of wrinkles is sun exposure. Exposure to harmful ultraviolet rays of sunlight (UVA and UVB) is responsible for nearly all the symptoms of premature aging. Research shows that even a small amount of sunlight can trigger off the process that causes wrinkles. Apart from the sun, other factors that may increase your chances of developing wrinkles include: Smoking – Smoking increases the production of harmful free radicals in the body that contribute to the premature aging process. Pollution – Pollutants in the air may deplete the amount of vitamin E in the skin. Vitamin E is an important antioxidant necessary for maintaining smooth and undamaged skin. Rapid Weight Loss – Losing too much weight too fast can cause the skin to sag and droop and increases the amount of wrinkles. Poor Diet – People who eat an unhealthy diet of junk food, fatty foods and refined sugar tend to age faster than those who eat healthier.

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Nicotine Addiction and its treatment

Patch Work - Does it Really Work? by Garreth Myers   Nicotine is a habit forming drug just like other substances such as morphine, cocaine, alcohol and so on. Nicotine is known to act as a stimulant as well as help the individual relax when consumed. It has been observed that the physical and mental state of an individual at the time of smoking will strongly influence the extent to which the nicotine in the cigarette will affect the psychological perceptions of that individual. Nicotine is known to become addictive as it triggers the release of a chemica

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"7 Tips to Help You Fall Asleep faster

7 Surprisingly Helpful Tips to Help You Fall Asleep Faster By Larry Schwartz A new study confirms suspicions that poor sleep lowers immunity. Human beings need sleep. We don’t know exactly why that is, except to say that if we don’t get enough of it, our brains and our bodies get mad at us. During the course of a day, the brain takes in a remarkable amount of information, sights, sounds, smells, facts, feelings, fears, and pleasures. It seems that during our sleeping hours, the brain actually makes sense of this information, almost as though piles of paper are dumped on the desk during the day, and carefully filed away in their proper place at night. The brain is not the only part of our body that needs sleep to operate efficiently.A new study, the first of its kind, published in the publication SLEEP, highlights the importance of a good snooze in enabling our bodies to fight off infections. In the study, researchers exposed volunteers to a cold virus, via nasal drops, and then carefully monitored their sleep. The results were eye opening. Volunteers who slept less than five hours were found to have a 4.5 times greater chance of developing a cold, and those who slept between five and six hours had a 4.24 times greater chance of getting a cold, compared to volunteers who got at least seven hours of sleep (which is the National Sleep Foundation recommended amount  of sleep for adults). The stu

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Shopping Addiction

Shopping Addiction - Say No To Retail Therapy by Sam Malone Shopping is something that everyone indulges in from time to time. It can either be a tedious chore or a pleasure depending on what we are shopping for. Many men would consider shopping for groceries to be a tedious chore, best left to their wives. Shopping for a new car on the other hand or a new home theater system is another thing altogether! Sheer unadulterated pleasure! All of us have felt the joy of buying and subsequently owning something we have long sought after. It gives us something akin to a high, a heady feeling of accomplishment, of a goal accomplished. Such is the feeling that many people swear by what is popularly known as ‘retail therapy’ as a cure for feeling low or depressed. So when does regular shopping degenerate into shopping addiction? Where do you draw the line? There are no fixed criteria by which a person

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OLD IS GOLD : George Michael - Father Figure

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Selena Gomez & The Scene - Who Says

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Madonna - Like A Virgin ( Old is Gold)

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Low Blood Sugar : Causes and Remedies

Low Blood Sugar The human body gets a necessary and sufficient dose of energy from glucose – a well known form of sugar. Post consumption of glucose from sugar rich foods such as fruits, dairy products and vegetables, the glucose is absorbed into the blood through the digestive track. Excess sugar is stored in muscles and in the liver. In the event that blood sugar levels begin to fall – due to stress or exercise, the liver releases glucose that it stores. If this phenomenon does not raise blood sugar levels, it might lead to a condition called Hypoglycemia or Low Blood Sugar. In hypoglycemic patients, blood sugar levels can fall dangerously low. When blood sugar levels are lower than healthy levels, the resulting condition is medically termed as hypoglycemia. Low blood sugar or hypoglycemia is a result of abnormalities in the consumption and metabolism of carbohydrates by the blood. Although there are standards that define thresholds on the serum glucose level below which an individual can be diagnosed as suffering from hypoglycemia, it varies from individual to individual. Blood sugar levels from 50-70 mg/dL are generally considered to be at the lower limits of blood sugar levels, while any higher reading would be normal. Glucose is one of the primary sources of energy for the body. Most mammals derive glucose from carbohydrate rich foods such as fruits, vegetables and grains. It thus follows that a deficiency of glucose can lead to weakness and headaches. Hypoglycemia is often credited as a side effect of diabetes medications. Consumption of sugar rich foods or drinks can provide temporary relief. However, repeated occurrences need to be addressed medically. Symptoms of Low Blood Sugar Since hypoglycemia is directly related to blood sugar levels, it is important to know and watch out for signs of low blood sugar levels. Common symptoms include the following: Hunger Shakiness Dizziness Confusion Difficulty speaking Feeling anxious or weak Hypoglycemia produces many different symptoms and effects. In extreme conditions, it results in an insufficient supply of glucose to the brain. This, in turn, could result in impairment of function – also known as neuroglycopenia. These constitute the most serious problems occurring as a result of hypoglycemia. Mild dysphoria and dizziness can extend to seizures or unconsciousness. In rare cases, it can also lead to permanent brain damage or death. Hypoglycemia symptoms can be different depending on how low your blood sugar level has dropped. Mild hypoglycemia can cause: Hunger Fatigue and weakness Vomit like reflexes Jitters Nervousness or anxiety

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Foot Massage Therapy and Its Health Benefits

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Computer Eye Strain: 10 Steps for Relief

Computer Eye Strain: 10 Steps for Relief With so many of us using computers at work, computer eye strain has become a major job-related complaint. Studies show that eye strain and other bothersome visual symptoms occur in 50 to 90 percent of computer workers. These problems can range from physical fatigue, decreased productivity and increased numbers of work errors, to minor annoyances like eye twitching and red eyes. Here are 10 easy steps you can take to reduce your risk of computer eye strain and other common symptoms of computer vision syndrome (CVS): 1. Get a comprehensive eye exam. Having a routine comprehensive eye exam is the most important thing you can do to prevent or treat computer vision problems. According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), computer users should have an eye exam before they start working on a computer and once a year thereafter. During your exam, be sure to tell your eye doctor how often you use a computer at work and at home. Measure how far your eyes are from your screen when you sit at your computer, and bring this measurement to your exam so your eye doctor can test your eyes at that specific working distance. 2. Use proper lighting. Eye strain often is caused by excessively bright light either from outdoor sunlight coming in through a window or from harsh interior lighting. When you use a computer, your ambient lighting should be about half as bright as that typically found in most offices. Eliminate exterior light by closing drapes, shades or blinds. Reduce interior lighting by using fewer light bulbs or fluorescent tubes, or use lower intensity bulbs and tubes. If possible, position your computer monitor or screen so windows are to the side, instead of in front or behind it. Many computer users find their eyes feel better if they can avoid working under overhead fluorescent lights. If possible, turn off the overhead fluorescent lights in your office and use floor lamps that provide indirect incandescent or halogen lighting instead. Sometimes switching to "full spectrum" fluorescent lighting that more closely approximates the light spectrum emitted by sunlight can be more comforting for computer work than regular fluorescent tubes. But even full spectrum lighting can cause discomfort if it's too bright. Try reducing the number of fluorescent tubes installed above your computer workspace if you are bothered by overhead lighting. 3. Minimize glare. Glare on walls and finished surfaces, as well as reflections on your computer screen also can cause computer eye strain. Consider installing an anti-glare screen on your monitor and, if possible, paint bright white walls a darker color with a matte finish. Again, cover the windows. When outside light cannot be reduced, consider using a computer hood. If you wear glasses, purchase lenses with anti-reflective (AR) coating. AR coating reduces glare by minimizing the amount of light reflecting off the front and back surfaces of your eyeglass lenses. If your older monitor is causing computer eye strain, replace it with a flat-panel LCD screen that is easier on the eyes. 4. Upgrade your display. If you have not already done so, replace your old tube-style monitor (called a cathode ray tube or CRT) with a flat-panel liquid crystal display (LCD), like those on laptop computers. LCD screens are easier on the eyes and usually have an anti-reflective surface. Old-fashioned CRT screens can cause a noticeable "flicker" of images, which is a major cause of computer eye strain. Even if this flicker is imperceptible, it still can contribute to eye strain and fatigue during computer work. Complications due to flicker are even more likely if the refresh rate of the monitor is less than 75 hertz (Hz). If you must use a CRT at work, adjust the display settings to the highest possible refresh rate. When choosing a new flat panel display, select a screen with the highest resolution possible. Resolution is related to the "dot pitch" of the display. Generally, displays with a lower dot pitch have sharper images. Choose a display with a dot pitch of .28 mm or smaller. Flicker is not an issue with LCD screens, since the brightness

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Benefits of Dried Ginger (Herb)

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Health Benefits of Mustard

Mustard Other Names for Mustard: Rajakshavak, kali mohari, banarasi rai, rai, safed rai, kale sarason, sarisha, soriha, sasave, aasur, asuri, kadugu, avalu, soriso Useful Parts of the Plant: Leaves, seeds Mustard is a commonly used spice since days of old. The mustard plant is an annual herb with bright yellow flowers that yield hairy pods. Mustard is available in three varieties: black, brown and white. Mustard seeds are harvested when the pods of the plant look developed, but not in a wholly ripe condition. Mustard seeds, which are widely used in the kitchen, have a sharp and fiery taste. White mustard is extensively seen in North America and Europe. Mustard plant possesses a unique property of growing at a rapid pace, wherever it is planted. Nutritional Information and Properties The mustard plant is a source of volatile oils, which possess antimicrobial properties. Mustard seeds rate high on their antioxidant content and presence of selenium, which is believed to be an anti-inflammatory agent. Omega-3 fatty acids, omega-6 fatty acids, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium are also found to be constituents of mustard. Glucosinolates and mirosinase enzymes

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Top Foods To Help You Reduce Belly Fat

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Health Benefits of Castor Herb

Castor Herb Other Names of Castor Herb: Castor bean, Ricinus communis, Mexican seed, mole bean, and palma Christi Useful Parts of the Plant: Seeds Castor plant is native to the Mediterranean region, India, and Eastern Africa. It is an annual plant, which usually blooms between July and September. The plant has ramified roots with an erect green stem. It has large glossy leaves that are long and segmented. The male flowers are green in color, while female flowers have red stigmas. The part of the plant that used therapeutically is the seeds, which are colloquially referred to as beans, albeit they are not scientifically beans. The seeds are used to extract castor oil, which is used to impart a variety of health and other benefits. Castor oil is thick and sticky. Nutritional Information and Properties of Castor Herb Castor oil is primarily rich in triglycerides, particularly recinolein, which is not found in anything other than castor oil. The total fat content is up to 50%. After fats, the next nutritional component that forms a major chunk of the castor oil is protein,

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10 Self help tips to stop Smoking

10 Self help tips to stop Smoking If you want to stop smoking, you can make small changes to your lifestyle that may help you resist the temptation to light up.   Think positive You might have tried to quit smoking before and not managed it, but don't let that put you off. Look back at the things your experience has taught you and think about how you're really going to do it this time. Make a plan to quit smoking Make a promise, set a date and stick to it. Sticking to the 'not a drag' rule can really help. Whenever you find yourself in difficulty say to yourself, "I will not have even a single drag" and stick with this until the cravings pass.

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Amazing Indian Inventions That Changed The World

Amazing Ancient Indian Inventions That Changed The World Today.   India has to its credit one of the oldest civilization in the world. There are a lot of significant contributions that India has made to the world in the field of art, science, mathematics and so on. A lot of modern day inventions are based on the principals that were created in India right from the mythological age. Take a look at the amazing ancient Indian inventions that changed the world today. 1. The number system was invented in India. Aryabhatta invented Zero 2. India established world’s first university in Takshila in 700BC. Nalanda University was established in 4th century BC       3. Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry and Calculus originated from India Source:   4. Most of the European languages are originated from SanskritSource:     5. Ayurveda, one of the oldest school of medicines was invented in India     6. Binary number system used in computers and digital devices was invented in India 7. The value of ‘pi’ was first discovered in India by Budhayana. He also explained the concept of what is known as the Pythagorean Theorem in the 6th century, ages before the European Mathematicians   8. Bhaskaracharya calculated the time taken by the earth to orbit the sun in the 5th century, many years before the astronomer Smart   9. Ancient Indian philosophers were well aware of the theory of relativity     10. USA based IEEE has proved that wireless communication was first invented by an Indian scientist Professor Jagdish Chandra Bose   11. Astronomy originated in India

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Health Benefits of Poppy Seeds

Poppy Seeds Other Names of Poppy Seeds The botanical name of poppy seeds is Papaver somniferum L. from the family Papaveraceae. Other names include: Kashash Khuskhush Khasksi Khus khus Gasalu Adermidera Pavot Mohn Opiumvallmo Slaapbol Papavero Dormideira Keshi Ying Shu Useful Parts of the Plant: :Poppy seeds are hard, tiny grains. The western variety is slate blue and the Indian one is cream or off-white. Seeds are generally used in their dried form. Other useful parts include seedpods, latex, and poppy straws. The flowers are largely used for ornamental purposes. Poppy seeds are the dried seeds of the poppy seed plant - an annual herb with a thick waxy stem, numerous leaves and colorful flowers. Poppy seeds are found within the capsule-like fruit and are used as a herb or spice in cooking. Poppy plants are widely cultivated in the Mediterranean, India, Russia, Eastern Europe, Japan, China, and Argentina for commercial and medicinal purposes. In countries such as Burma, Laos, Thailand, Afghanistan and Pakistan, the poppy plant is grown illegally for its narcotic properties. The name itself - somniferum - means to induce sleep and the plant is often grown for the opium it yields. However, poppy seeds used commercially have no narcotic properties or side effects and can be consumed safely. Nutritional information and Properties Poppy Seed Nutrition Facts: One tablespoon of poppy seeds (approximately 9 grams) has only 45kcal. Poppy seeds are rich in calcium, potassium, phosphorus, and magnesium. They are also a source of protein, carbohydrates, and sodium. Poppy seeds also contain high levels of vitamin B, folic acid, thiamin, and riboflavin. Poppy Seeds Other Names of Poppy Seeds The botanical name of poppy seeds is Papaver somniferum L. from the family Papaveraceae. Other names include:

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Simply Irresistible - Robert Palmer

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Health Benefits and Uses of Barley

Barley Other Names of Barley: Jau, malt, barleycorn, barley grits, barley flakes, pearl barley, naked barley, Scotch barley, pot barley, two-row barley, six-row barley, arpa, common barley, cebada, gerst, kung mai nieh, kung mai, mai ya, ta mai, and orzo. Useful Parts of the Plant: Kernel (grain), stem (straw), plant stalk Barley is a plant that can grow up to 3 feet in height. It is derived from a grass that is commonly seen in temperate regions. The United States, Germany, France, Spain, Canada and the Russian Federation are extensive cultivators of barley today. This cereal has a rich, nut-like taste and a chewy, pasta-like texture. When sprouted, it gets rich in maltose that is used as a sweetener. Its property changes on being fermented, and it is then used as a component in beer and other alcoholic drinks. Barley is available as pearled barley (when the hull is removed) and malt (the sprouted type). Of late, barley is becoming a heart healthy choice at many dining tables across the globe, owing to its high fiber value and zero cholesterol content. Nutritional Information and Properties of Barley

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The Most Successful Techniques for Rising Early

The Most Successful Techniques for Rising Early ‘The proper response to life is applause.’ ~William Carlos Williams BY LEO BABAUTA Waking early is one of my favorite things in the world. The morning is quiet as the world hasn’t begun stirring, the perfect time for meditation, writing, exercise and some quiet reading. Waking early can give you an hour or three of extra time for focus and creativity. While you could do those things later in the day, most people don’t (with exceptions of course). I haven’t written about waking early for awhile, mostly because my waking time is in constant flux. Some months I enjoy rising with the sun, other times I’ll get up early on purpose for awhile and enjoy the extra quiet time. I’ve learned a thing or two about how to change your wake-up time with joy, and today I’ll share the most successful techniques in my many experimentations. The Gradual Method The best method for changing the time you wake up is to do it gradually — 10-15 minutes earlier for 2-4 days, until you feel used to it, and then repeat. If you get up at 8 a.m. normally, don’t suddenly change it to 6 a.m. Try 7:45 a.m. first. That might seem too slow to most people, and you’re free to disregard this advice. However, in my many experimentations, the most enjoyable and long-lasting change in sleeping schedules have been slow and gradual. Sudden changes of an hour earlier or more in your waking time are difficult, and not likely to last. If you get up 1-2 hours earlier, on Day 1, then you’ll have a tough time, and not enjoy it. The next day, you’ll have a big sleep deficit, and it’ll be even tougher (assuming you’re able to do it 2 days in a row). Day 3 is even harder. Eventually you either make it through the tough times (it’ll take at least a week of suffering), or you crash and sleep in late and have to start over or you give up. Sleeping patterns are difficult to change, and so the gradual method works much better. This is true, by the way, of eating habits, exercise habits, clutter habits and more. 3 Steps to Actually Get Up So you’ve set your alarm for 10-15 minutes earlier than normal, and maybe got through the first few days, then set it another 10-15 minutes earlier, and soon

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10 Ways to Remove Negative Thoughts From Your Mind

  10 Ways to Remove Negative Thoughts From Your Mind It isn’t that you have a mind full of over-eager negative thoughts. Our mind is always on red alert to speak with a negative voice. Next time you will be prepared. Check out these 10 go-to strategies to send negative thoughts on their merry way. 1. Read it out There has been a trend for celebrities to read their negative social media tweets out loud, and when you see that you realize how absurd and ridiculous they truly are. Try it out with the negative voice inside your head. Call up a friend, share your negative thoughts with them, and then laugh at how ridiculous the mind can be. 2. Tell a joke or funny story Laughter always moves you to a better mindset. Smile, tell a joke, or remember a funny story. Laughing at yourself can never be a bad thing either! 3. Speak back

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Health Benefits and Therapeutic Uses of Cumin Seed

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9 Ways to Remove Anger

9 Ways to Remove Anger If we feel anger but do not want it, then there are many ways to get rid of it. By itself anger will not stay for a very long time because of the natural changes in body chemistry. So if we do not feed anger with our thoughts it will go all by itself. Be on the watch for anger’s friend: Fear. Work to overcome the fears that make us angry through feeling helpless. Keep these guidelines around to use when you need them! Here are nine practical ways to remove the biochemical basis for anger: 1. Slowly drinking several glasses of cool water (not icy cold) is a sure way to get rid of Anger. Soft drinks, with a lot of sugar, acids, and often caffeine will not do. 

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Health Benefits of Black Locust

Black Locust Other Names of Black Locust: Robinia pseudoacacia, acacia blanc, robinier faux-acacia, false acacia, robinia, white acacia, yellow locust, valse acacia, honey locust, locust tree, white locust, acacia locust, black locust Useful Parts of the Plant: Flowers, wood, bark, leaves, seeds Black locust, scientifically known as Robinia pseudoacacia, is a melliferous tree which grows easily on any type of soil. It originates in North America and is popular for its therapeutic uses. Its trunk attains a height of 30m and its leaves grow to about 20 to 30m in length. The fruit of black locust is a flattened pod which is reddish-brown in color. It blossoms between May till June. The wood obtained from the black locust tree is strong and moisture-resistant and hence is commonly used for construction purposes. The flowers and leaves are picked, dried and then used in natural pharmacy.

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Health Benefits of Black Sesame seed

  Black Sesame Seed Other Names of Black Sesame Seed: Sesamum Indicum; Til; Tahini (butter made from sesame seeds) Useful Parts of the Plant: Seeds Black Sesame seeds are one of the oldest condiments known to man. Their use dates back to approximately 1600 BC and they are prized primarily for their high oil content. Sesame seeds come in many different colors, with the white ones being popular in the West and the Middle East and the black seeds being popular in the East. Black sesame seeds have been used as a spice in many Asian dishes, imparting a nutty flavor to the food. The seeds are harvested and dried during early autumn and are also used for their medicinal value. The oil which is extracted by crushing the seeds is highly valued because of it resists rancidity. Nutritional Information and Properties of Black Sesame Seed

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New way to make battery parts with Bread Mold

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25 ways to conserve water in home

25 ways to conserve water in the home and yard Water conservation has become an essential practice in all regions, even in areas where water seems abundant. In addition to saving money on your utility bill, water conservation helps prevent water pollution in nearby lakes, rivers and local watersheds. Conserving water can also extend the life of your septic system by reducing soil saturation, and reducing any pollution due to leaks. Overloading municipal sewer systems can also cause untreated sewage to flow to lakes and rivers. The smaller the amount of water flowing through these systems, the lower the likelihood of pollution. In some communities, costly sewage system expansion has been avoided by communitywide household water conservation.  Water conservation in the home... 1. Check faucets and pipes for leaks A small drip from a worn faucet washer can waste 20 gallons of water per day. Larger leaks can waste hundreds of gallons. 2. Don't use the toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket Every time you flush a cigarette butt, facial tissue or other small bit of trash, five to seven gallons of water is wasted. 3. Check your toilets for leaks Put a little food coloring in your toilet tank. If, without flushing, the color begins to appear in the bowl within 30 minutes, you have a leak that should be repaired immediately. Most replacement parts are inexpensive and easy to install. 4. Use your water meter to check for hidden water leaks Read the house water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a leak.  5. Install water-saving shower heads and low-flow faucet aerators  Inexpensive water-saving low-flow shower heads or restrictors are easy for the homeowner to install. Also, long, hot showers can use five to ten gallons every unneeded minute. Limit your showers to the time it takes to soap up, wash down and rinse off. "Low-flow" means it uses less than 2.5 gallons per minute. You can easily install a ShowerStart showerhead, or add a ShowerStart converter to existing showerheads, which automatically pauses a running shower once it gets warm.  Also, all household faucets should be fit with aerators. This single best home water conservation method is also the cheapest! 6. Put plastic bottles or float booster in your toilet tank To cut down on water waste, put an inch or two of sand or pebbles inside each of two plastic bottles to weigh them down. Fill the bottles with water, screw the lids on, and put them in your toilet tank, safely away from the operating mechanisms. Or, buy an inexpensive tank bank or float booster. This may save ten or more gallons of water per day.  Be sure at least 3 gallons of water remain in the tank so it will flush properly. If there is not enough water to get a proper flush, users will hold the lever down too long or do multiple flushes to get rid of waste. Two flushings at 1.4 gallons is worse than a single 2.0 gallon flush. A better suggestion would be to buy an adjustable toilet flapperthat allow for adjustment of their

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Health Benefits of Mullein Herbs

Mullein Herbs Common Name: Mullein is known as verbascum thapsus It is also known as Beggar's Blanket, Adam's Flannel, Jupiter's Staff and Velvet Plant. Occurrence: Mullein is found in Turkey, Spain, South America, India and Haiti It grows extensively in the United States, where it can be found growing wild in fields and roadsides This herb grows well in dry soil, waste ground and uncultivated fields with plenty of sunshine Mullein is excellent to combat the symptoms of flu This fuzzy and tall plant grows up to two to seven feet in height and has yellow flowers. Parts Used: A versatile herb, it can be applied, drunk, smoked or inhaled for medicinal purposes The mullein leaf and the flowers of the plant are used in tinctures, syrups, oils, and even used to gargle Mullein oil can cure ear pain and is good for curing eczema, hemorrhoids and wounds Mullein tea is

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Health Benefits and uses of Clove

Clove Other Names of Clove: Eugenia Aromatic, Caryophyllus Aromaticum, Clove Oil, Eugenol Useful Parts of the Plant: The flower bud Cloves refer to the dried aromatic flower buds that are derived from the Myrtaceae tree family. Cloves are mainly found in India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Pakistan and Madagascar. This is a spice that is widely used by people all over the world for different culinary as well as medicinal purposes. Cloves are available all through the year and therefore can be obtained quite easily. Cloves once dried are dark brown to black in color and are about half an inch long. Cloves are very helpful and beneficial to the body and can be used by all. Nutritional Information and Benefits With regards to the nutritional information and properties of cloves, they are known to be an excellent source of calcium, manganese, dietary fiber, vitamin C and K. One of the most important ingredients in cloves is Eugenol, the essential oil along with certain flavanoids that are known to give cloves their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Health Benefits and Therapeutic Uses One of the medicinal benefits of cloves is that it is very effective against a variety of digestive problems. Thus cloves are used in the natural treatment for indigestion, loose stools, flatulence and nausea. In fact cloves are also effective in gaining relief from vomiting, gastric irritability and

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The Things You Can Do to Reduce Global Warming

The Things You Can Do to Reduce Global Warming   Burning fossil fuels such as natural gas, coal, oil and gasoline raises the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and carbon dioxide is a major contributor to the greenhouse effect and global warming. Global climate change is certainly one of the top environmental issues today.   You can help to reduce the demand for fossil fuels, which in turn reduces global warming, by using energy more wisely. Here are 10 simple actions you can take to help reduce global warming.   Alberto Guglielmi/The Image Bank/Getty Images 1.  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Do your part to reduce waste by choosing reusable products instead of disposables - get a reusable water bottle, for example. Buying products with minimal packaging (including the economy size when that makes sense for you) will help to reduce waste. And whenever you can, recyclepaper, plastic, newspaper, glass andaluminum cans. If there isn't a recycling program at your workplace, school, or in your community, ask about starting one. By recycling half of your household waste, you can save 2,400 pounds of carbon dioxide annually. David H. Lewis/E+/Getty Images 2.  Use Less Heat and Air Conditioning Adding insulation to your walls and attic, and installing weather stripping or caulking around doors and windows can lower your heating costs more than 25 percent, by reducing the amount of energy you need to heat and cool your home.   Turn down the heat while you're sleeping at night or away during the day, and keep temperatures moderate at all times. Setting your thermostat just 2 degrees lower in winter and higher in summer could save about 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide each year.

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Health Benefits and uses of Stevia (Herb)

Stevia Other names of Stevia: Sweet leaf, sugar leaf Useful Parts of the Plant: Leaves Stevia is considered a replacement for sugar because it is extremely sweet. The herb is extensively grown and harvested in order to be used as a substitute for sugar. To maintain the sweetness of the herb, there is careful selective cultivation of the herb. The sweetness of the herb stems from the chemical known as stevioside. Stevioside is about 300 times sweeter tasting than sugar. This chemical is extracted from the leaves of the plant and has chemical properties similar to those of sucrose. Due to its sweetness, stevia is used in a lot of everyday products such as confectionery, soft drinks, and table sugar. This is an excellent alternative for diabetics, who can consume small quantities of stevia, without raising the glucose levels in their blood. Nutritional Information and Properties

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How to Get More Respect and Love from Your Spouse

How to Get More Respect and Love from Your Spouse   If you don’t feel loved, you may not be earning your spouse’s respect If your spouse does not respect you, he (or she) has learned that he doesn’t have to.  And, he learned this from you.  This often happens to people who fear their spouse’s reaction if they speak up or do something.  They rely too much on being patient.  This does not mean, however, that you should ever nag or criticize your spouse.  Those behaviors will make your spouse feel controlled and may end up doing more damage than the behavior you are complaining about.  Fortunately, there are good ways of building respect and dealing with problems that don’t involve either being patient or being controlling.       How Respect Is Lost Respect is lost from the first time that you allow your spouse to mistreat you or damage the relationship.  If your spouse is using his cell phone at the dinner table for the first time, you might not like it, but let it slide.  The longer it goes on, however, the more your spouse will feel entitled to use the cell phone at the dinner table.  If you complain about it, you will at first be given excuses.  As you complain more about it, you will be told that you are controlling.  In your initial effort not to make waves, you let something go on to the point that your spouse no longer cares what you want.  That is loss of respect.  It happens with cell phones, staying out without calling, lies, name calling, and many relationally toxic behaviors.  These behaviors erode the love in your partner as well as yourself.  If it goes on long enough, there will be no love left.   Protective Thinking and Reactive Thinking Prevent Respect Building Behaviors When I work with my clients on building respect, they have to learn to stop both protective thinking and reactive thinking.   Protective thinking

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Lily Flower Other names for Lily Flower: Oriental Lily, Asiatic lily, Lily Constancy, May Bells, Jacob's Ladder and Male Lily Useful Parts of the Plant: Leaves, flowers and even the whole herb in some cases The lily flower is basically a trumpet shaped flower that is known to be found in various colors such as pink, yellow, red and orange and some varieties of lilies are even known to have a deeper color on their inner petals. These are mostly found in the northern hemisphere, but spread throughout the northern sub tropics too. These are mainly garden plants and culturally very important. The plant easily adapts to various climatic conditions and are easily found in the United States. Nutritional Information and Properties: Dried lilies are a rich source of fiber and also rich in sodium and carbs. Lily bulbs have proteins and starch and also small quantities of iron, calcium, phosphorous, and vitamins B1 B2 and Vitamin C Health Benefits and Therapeutic Uses One of the

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'Health Benefits of Coriander

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Tips for Living a Happy Life Starting Right Now

Tips for Living a Happy Life Starting Right Now     It doesn’t matter your age, how much money you have in your bank account, your marital status or what you do for a living, we all want to be more successful in our lives. Of course, defining success is different for each us, but here are 16 proven ways that can make you more productive, happy and successful in life.   1. Be committed. No matter what goals you have set for yourself in life, you have to be committed. It’s through commitment that you’ll continue to make the improvements needed to better yourself. Whether it’s taking a chance on launching a startup, getting a gym membership to improve your physical well being, or taking a cooking class because you want to become a chef, commitment is what drives us all to become more successful.   2. People care about you, not your success. Let’s be honest. People don’t care about the expensive clothes you wear, how big is the house you own or the car your drive. That’s not to say that they don’t respect your achievements or possessions. Instead, they care you as an individual and they’ll support you no matter what -- because they love you. Believe it!   3. Be grateful everyday. According to researchers Martin Seligman, Robert Emmons, and Michael McCullough, being grateful can result in feeling better about your life, more enthusiastism and more willingness to help others. Being grateful may even reduce coronary artery disease. Take the time to write down what you're grateful each and every day.   4. Take action. In an article in The Atlantic, authors Katty Kay and Claire Shipman share studies on the confidence gap between men and women.  The researchers discovered that confidence is just as important as competence. It was concluded in the article that "[T]aking action bolsters one's belief in one's ability to succeed."

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Health Benefits of Red Poppy

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'Avril Lavigne - Girlfriend

  Girl Friend : Avril Lavigne   Writer(s): Avril Ramona Lavigne, Kenneth Edmonds, Andy Swan, Lukasz Gottwald, Antonio Reid   Hey! Hey! You! You! I don't like your girlfriend No way! No way! I think you need a new one Hey! Hey! You! You! I could be your girlfriend Hey! Hey! You! You! I know that you like me No way! No way! You know it's not a secret Hey! Hey! You! You! I want to be your girlfriend You're so fine, I want you mine, You're so delicious I think about you all the time, You're so addictive Don't you know what I can do to make you feel all right? Don't pretend, I think you know I'm damn precious And hell yeah, I'm the mother fucking princess I can tell you like me too, and you know I'm right She's like, so whatever You can do so much better I think we should get together now And that's what everyone's talking about Hey! Hey! You! You! I don't like your girlfriend No way! No way! I think you need a new one Hey! Hey! You! You! I could be your girlfriend Hey! Hey! You! You! I know that you like me No way! No way! You know it's not a secret Hey! Hey! You! You! I want to be your girlfriend I can see the way, I see the way you look at me And even when you look away, I know you think of me I know you talk about me all the time again and again (and again, and again, and again) So come over here and tell me what I wanna hear Or better, yet, make your girlfriend disappear I don't wanna hear you say her name ever again (and again, and again, and again) Because... She's like so whatever You can do so much better I think we should get together now And that's what everyone's talking about Hey! Hey! You! You! I don't like your girlfriend No way! No way! I think you need a new one Hey! Hey! You! You! I could be your girlfriend Hey! Hey! You! You! I know that you like me No way! No way! You know it's not a secret Hey! Hey! You! You! I want to be your girlfriend In a second you'll be wrapped around my finger 'Cause I can, 'cause I can do it better There's no other, so when's it gonna sink in She's so stupid, what the hell were you thinking? In a second you'll be wrapped around my finger 'Cause I can, 'cause I can do it better There's no other, so when's it gonna sink in She's so stupid, what the hell were you thinking? Hey! Hey! You! You! I don't like your girlfriend No way! No way! I think you need a new one Hey! Hey! You! You! I could be your girlfriend Hey! Hey! You! You! I know that you like me No way! No way! You know it's not a secret Hey! Hey! You! You! I want to be your girlfriend Hey! Hey! You! You! I don't like your girlfriend No way! No way! I think you need a new one Hey! Hey! You! You! I could be your girlfriend Hey! Hey! You! You! I know that you like me No way! No way! You know it's not a secret Hey! Hey! You! You! I want to be your girlfriend Hey Hey!   Avril Ramona Lavigne (/ˈævrɪl ləˈviːn/; French: [avʁil laviɲ]; born 27 September 1984)[4] is a Canadian singer-songwriter and actress. She was born in Belleville, Ontario, and spent most of her youth in the town of Greater Napanee. By the age of 15, she had appeared on stage withShania Twain; by 16, she had signed a two-album recording contract with Arista Records worth more than $2 million. In 2002, when she was 17 years old, Lavigne entered the music industry with her debut album, Let Go, becoming one of the most popular pop punk artists, a reason she earned her reputation of a "skater punk" persona and "pop punk princess"[5][6]. Since her professional debut, she has sold more than 30 million albums and over 50 million singles worldwide.[7]

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Health Beneifts and uses of Kava Kava Root

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How to calm down your angry wife?

How to calm down your angry wife?  Running a family is not an easy business. It needs lots of patience. You have to understand, two different personalities, two different human beings are living together. No way, they will think in the same way. Their likes and dislikes will never be alike. There will be annoying situations. But the success of marriage lies on how we tune our self to over come these situations. In this short article, I will share with you some tips (for men) how to calm down your angry wife, anger management tips. Your wife is angry? Does she shout at you. Don't worry, it is very normal. Ask your dad how many times your mom shouted at him. We all shout. It is human nature. If she doesn't shout. It is a dangerous situation because, then she is suppressing her feelings, which will come out in different forms. Here are some tips for temper management.

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Ways to Help Your Husband with His Anger

Ways to Help Your Husband with His Anger More than anything, your husband needs to know that you’re on his side, that you’re not against him. You need to communicate, more than you probably think necessary, that you accept him and love him, even though you may not be satisfied with some of his behaviors or responses. Separate the actions from the man; affirm the man. His search for peace may begin sooner if he knows that you’re satisfied with him and willing to walk through the steps of healing. BE HIS FRIEND, NOT HIS MOTHER Trudy and Phil have been married nine years, and they both work full-time. Phil’s high stress job in the intensely competitive computer industry requires a lot of overtime. Trudy spends many evenings just trying to help Phil feel better about himself and his job. She fixes him a nice dinner, draws him a hot bath, cleans up the kitchen while he relaxes, then listens to him complain about work until bedtime. She irons his shirt, picks out a matching tie and socks, and makes his breakfast. If he doesn’t leave for work on time, she calls his secretary to tell her he’ll be late.Trudy is trailing after him like a mother. He doesn’t need a mother; he needs a friend who’ll treat him, and insist on being treated by him, as an equal. He needs a friend who’ll gladly share life’s responsibilities with him but not live his life for him, someone who’ll encourage him in his problem solving but not solve all of his problems for him. If you find yourself playing a mothering role to the man in your life, he will never fully deal with the causes and crisis of his anger. The scared little boy will whine and fuss until you make it all better. You can transition from mother to friend in his life by lovingly placing in his hands those responsibilities and problems that he should deal with. APPRECIATE HIM; DON’T NAG HIM It’s estimated that upwards of 90 percent of men today are unhappy and angry in their jobs to some degree. Most of them feel fortunate to be working, but they often languish in their dead-end jobs, feeling less that fully masculine because they’re not in control of their own lives.It’s likely that a significant portion of your man’s anger springs from a sense of lack of control in his work. Nagging him to buck for promotions or beg for raises may only intensify his anger. Bugging him for a bigger house or newer car will only deepen his frustration that he has no more control at home than he has on the job. But if you become a wellspring of appreciation for the work that he does and the living he provides, you will lift some of the pressure from his life. Find many ways to say, “I appreciate that you work hard at your job and that you hang

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Health Benefits and uses of Marshmallow

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Health Benefits of Banyan Tree

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Tips To Put Romance Back Into Your Marriage   Take a minute and close your eyes, breathe deeply and think about the phrase, "over and over again." Are you thinking what I’m thinking? What comes to my mind is something very romantic and sensual. Think about how the love in your relationship is going and be honest with yourself.  Are you taking good care of one of the most important aspects of your marriage? I’m not talking sex and the three-minute thrill. However, I would like to say, "Bravo" if you are still having the best sex ever… that’s awesome. If you’re not, the best way to get the sparks flying and the flame rekindled over and over again is to remember the romantic aspect of true love. Romance is often lost in our busy routines, and now that many of our most romantic holidays are over, is romance and the box of chocolates a lost art in your marriage? There’s a difference between sex and romance, but they are the perfect match and a recipe for a steamy, delightful married sex life.  Romance is often defined as an adventure, like the excitement of a new relationship. It is beautiful, authentic and selfless. As for sex, well I don't have to tell you what it is; you can define the art for yourself. 

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  6 things a woman should NEVER do for the man she loves There are many things women will do for the men they love. Some go so far as to sacrifice their happiness. However, just because something might be done in the name of love does not make it the right thing to do. Here are 6 things that a woman should never do for the man she loves: 1. Compromise her standards Your standards and beliefs are a part of who you are. They reach into the very core of your being. When someone attempts to change those standards or beliefs, they are showing you they do not truly love who you are. It is important for a woman never to settle for a man who does not respect her standards, no matter how high or strict. Instead, a woman should search for someone who either shares her standards or admires her because of them. It might take a while to find him, but he is out there.

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'Health benefits of Asparagus

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Home Remedies for Shoulder Pain

Home Remedies for Shoulder Pain Note: For severe and chronic shoulder pain, consult a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. Shoulder pain may occur in any of the many muscles, ligaments or tendons in and around your shoulder. Once your shoulder starts hurting, it can be hard to concentrate on anything else. People of all ages can experience shoulder pain. However, people who use laptops, tablets and smartphones for extended periods are more prone to this problem. A number of factors and conditions can contribute to shoulder pain. The most prevalent cause is injury to the soft tissues, including the muscles, tendons and ligaments within the shoulder. This could be due to repetitive use or overuse injury. Sometimes, the pain is due to some kind of injury to the neck or bicep. Other causes of shoulder pain include arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis, bone spurs, torn cartilage, a broken shoulder bone, frozen shoulder and spinal cord injury. Certain diseases can also cause shoulder pain, such as diseases of the cervical spine in the neck as well as liver, heart or gallbladder disease. In addition to pain, one may experience symptoms like swelling and difficulty moving the shoulder and tenderness around the joint. You can treat minor shoulder pain at home. However, it is advisable to consult a doctor if the symptoms seem to be worsening. Here are the top 10 home remedies for shoulder pain.  1. Cold Compress Cold compresses are highly beneficial in alleviating shoulder pain. The cold temperature helps numb the area, which in turnreduces inflammation and pain. Put some ice cubes in a plastic bag and wrap the bag in a thin towel. Place it on the affected area for 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat a few times daily for a few days. You can also soak a towel in cold water and apply it on the shoulder. Note: Do not place ice directly on the skin. It can cause frostbite. 2. Hot Compress Just like cold compresses, hot compresses also help treat shoulder pain, inflammation and swelling. It is best to use hot compresses after 48 hours of the injury occurring. Hot compresses also help relieve the pain of stressed out muscles. Fill a hot water bag with hot water and apply it on the aching shoulder for 10 to 15 minutes while you lie down comfortably. Repeat a few times a day until you get complete relief.

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5 Tips for Handling a ‘Difficult’ Mother-in-Law 1. Remember that your gain can feel like her loss. Try and practice empathy with your future MIL. While you are excited about the beginning of this new phase of life with her son or daughter, for your MIL, this new phase can serve as a reminder that their “baby” is no longer a baby and all of the complicated feelings that go along with that. It may stir up resentments, feelings of aging, anxiety about their relevancy in their child’s life, fear of you shutting them out, a feeling of being “replaced”... even if these things are irrational. So, when you feel that your MIL is attempting to assert herself in ways that push your buttons, take a moment to remember that it is likely less personal to you than it is personal to her. Empathy can only diffuse a situation as you remember that this woman is less your combatant than potentially you in another 25-30 years.

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Ranking Of Bollywood Actress 10 Best Female Actors In Film Industry 2016 Ranking Of Bollywood Actress - Top 10 Female Actors 2015 We have created a comprehensive Ranking of Bollywood Actress for Year 2016. These 10 Best Actresses are currently top female actors active in Hindi Film Industry. Ranking will be updated every month based on Popularity, Success and Acclaim received by heroines of Bollywood. These are Top 10 Current Super Stars of Hindi Film This ranking of Bollywood Actress is based on various factors like Box Office Success, Critical Acclaim received by star, User rating on IMDB. This is perfect and most accurate list of Top 10 Most popular or famous Actress of Bollywood for 2016. Ranking Of Bollywood Actress – Top 10 of 2016 We are considering Last 5 Film of all actresses to make this ranking more accurate. 1. Deepika Padukone Number one in Ranking of Bollywood Actress is Deepika Padukone Previous 5 Films: Bajirao Mastani, Tamasha, Piku, Happy New Year, Finding Fanny Box Office Success: Bajirao Mastani Was A Super Hit, Happy New Year and Piku also did tremendous business on box office and declared as Super Hit. Tamasha did above average business and Finding Fanny was a flop Critical Success: Piku, Finding Fanny and Tamasha and Bajirao Mastani were critically acclaimed movies, especially performance of Deepika Padukone was praised heavily. Though Happy New Year, Deepika was praised for her acting skills. Average IMDB Rating of 5 Film: 6.7   2. Katrina Kaif

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Top 10 Review Of Best Bollywood Actors (18 Apr )

  Top 10 Review Of Best Bollywood Actors Of 2016   We made the top 10 best Bollywood Actors of 2016 last time, and this is the list of top 10 best Bollywood actors that we promised to do for you. It takes a lot of time to view and see their performances and consider which actors receive the most vote to the best actors of the year. These 10 actors have done great performance and their movies are highly supported in India which is why they are voted to be the best. The votes are from their hard work, their talent, and skill of each movie they starred in. Popularity is also included in the vote since some of them are well-known and liked by people from different places worldwide which is the pride to be one of the actors of Bollywood. Below, we will show you the list of top 10 best Bollywood actors including with the brief of their personal background along with their latest five movies and the critics as well as the reviews of those movies so that you will be able to see even clearer about who is should be the best actor of Bollywood actors in 2016. Take a look at our review of top 10 best Bollywood Actors of 2016 below and share your thoughts. 1.Aamir Khan Aamir Khan is an Indian film actor, director and producer. Through his successful career in Hindi films, Aamir has established himself as one of the most popular and influential actors of Indian cinema. Being the first rank of best Bollywood Actors of 2016, it is not surprised that Aamir Khan maintains the rank. 3 Idiots is the movies that everyone from around the world know him. Since the movie is so meaningful and funny, we never get tired of watching it no matter how many times we already seen that movie. Also, the previous 5 films that starred by Aamir Khan including 3 Idiots, PK, Dhoom 3, Talaash, and Ghajini, they are all supported by watchers and given high stars. PK and 3 Idiots were highly appreciated by critics and led him to the number one best actor of Bollywood. 2.Salman Khan When you hear the name of Salman Khan, 5 movies that remind you of him are Prem Ratan Payo, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Kick, Jai Ho, and Dabangg 2. Abdul Rashid Salman Khan is better known as Salman Khan is an Indian film actor, producer and television personality. This man is so talented and his movies are all received positive reviews. Among the 5 movies, almost all of them are of the same genre while Bajrangi Bhaijaan received an absolute positive review, and the other four got mixed reviews. Many people voted for him, and that makes him become the number two rank of best Bollywood actor in the list. 3.Shahrukh Khan

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Health Benefits and uses of Endives

Endives Other Names of Endives: Scientific Name: Cichorium endivia. Different varieties of Endives are called Frisee, Escarole, Belgian Endive, French Endive, Red Endive, Sugarloaf, Witlof, and Witloof. The name is also used when referring to other leafy greens such as Chicory or Radicchio. Useful Parts of the Plant: Leaves, stems, and roots. The leafy green endive is a vegetable that belongs to the Daisy family. It is a narrow plant with outer leaves that are either curly or broad and pale depending on the type. The loose leaves of the Endive plant are eaten and form an important component of the Raw Diet. The leaves tend to be crunchy and bitter and provide dishes like salads and sandwiches with a delicious bite. Nutritional Information and Properties of Endives Irrespective of the type of endive, the leaves of the plant are an excellent source of minerals such as calcium, zinc, iron, manganese, thiamin, and potassium. It is also rich in vitamins A and C that

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Health Benefits of Velerian Herb ( 17 April)

Valerian Herb - Treat hypertension, insomnia and other sleep disorders Common name for Valerian Herb: Valerian or Valeriana officinalis is also popularly known as amantilla, garden valerian, baldrian, Jacob's ladder, phu, blessed herb, capon's tail, all-heal, heliotrope, and herba benedicta among others. Occurrences : The Valerian herb is native to Europe

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Health Benefits of MeadowSweet (18 Apr)

MeadowSweet   Meadowsweet is a tall and fragrant plant with flowers exuding a scent similar to that of almonds. In ancient times, the flowers of the meadowsweet plant were used to flavor mead, a drink that is made out of honey. Thus, the name meadowsweet became the common name of the herb, Filipendula ulmaria. The meadowsweet herb is found in abundance in Europe and Asia. In the North American regions, meadowsweet serves the purpose of an ornamental plant with a sweet fragrance in the garden where it is planted. Its stem is erect and in furrows. The leaves are dark green on the upper side and downy white on the lower side. It grows rapidly in damp meadows, and it flowers between June and early September.  Nutritional Information and Properties   The green parts of the meadowsweet herb possess an aromatic fragrance, and hence, it was extensively used as a strewing herb. This implied that the leaves and flowers of the plant would be strewn on the floors or any other surface to ward off unpleasant odors. Since it was often used in wedding halls and churches, it earned the name bridewort. It is also widely used as a flavoring agent in wines, mead, or vinegar. The flowers add aroma to stewed fruit or jams, and when they are dried find their place in pot pourri. Meadowsweet is a good storehouse of salycilic acid, flavone glycosides, essential oils, and tannins. Hence, meadowsweet has become renowned for its medicinal properties as well. Queen Elizabeth

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Health Benefits and uses of Tamarind (19 April)

Tamarind Other Names of Tamarind: Tamarindus indica, Imli, Ambli, tamar indie and so on Useful Parts of the Plant: The parts of the tamarind plant that are typically used are the seeds, pulp of the fruit, flowers, bark as well as the leaves Tamarind is a fruit that has been found majorly in the tropical areas of Africa. It is a green fruit when young and gets a brown color as it matures. The fruit is sour by nature, however the pulp slowly gets sweeter. The word tamarind refers to an Arabic word tamar which means dry date fruit. The pulp is covered by a hard brown cover in the outside. Nutritional Information and Properties: Tamarind nutrition facts and properties state that this herb is rich in various minerals, volatile chemical compounds, vitamins as well as dietary fiber. Health Benefits and Therapeutic Uses One of the health benefits of tamarind is that the dietary fiber obtained from this herb is beneficial to naturally treat digestive problems such as loose motions and also for the prevention of constipation as the fiber tends to add bulk and which is required

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Benefits of Morning Walk (19 April)

  Benefits of Morning Walk   If there’s one healthy habit you must keep, it’s walking regularly in the morning. The benefits of morning walk are numerous and every person who does it will attest to how it keeps them physically, emotionally and mentally healthy. If you are not yet into the habit of walking in the morning, read this article to learn more about its benefits. 12 Benefits of Morning Walk You Should Know For many people who hate to get out of bed early, walking in the morning may seem to be a real challenge. However, with all these benefits of morning walk, you might as well try it. 1. It’s a Great Way to Start the Day Everyone who walks in the morning will tell you that it is a great way to start the day. Whether you are going to your office or doing some chores at home, waking up early and starting your day with a morning walk will surely energize you and get you in the mood to start the day. So, next time, instead of jumping out of the bed and hurrying off to work, start the day early with an easy morning walk. 2. It Freshens Up Your Mind This is actually one of the best benefits of morning walk. Whether you had a good night’s sleep or not, waking up for a morning walk is guaranteed to help you start the day with a fresh mind. The morning sun and cool air will boost your mood and prevent stress from setting in before all the worries of the day begin.

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Benefits of Rye (20 April)

Rye Other Names of Rye: Secale cereale L, Cereal rye, common rye, Cultivated annual rye, Cultivated rye, Mountain rye, Winter rye, Summer rye Useful Parts of the Plant: Whole rye berries Rye grains

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Health Benefits of BayBerry (21 April)

Bayberry In a world that is focusing more and more on natural treatments and remedies when it comes to healing medical ailments, having a basic understanding on the various herbs and other plants that offer good medicinal value as well as the drawbacks that they offer will go a long way into helping you have a more informed idea of the treatment that you may choose to follow. The bayberry plant is a shrub that is more prominently found along the Atlantic coast and Lake Erie. The shrub is known by a number of other names including Morella Cerifera, Arbre a Cire, Arbol de Cera, Myrica heterophylla , southern Bayberry and Southern Wax Myrt. The primary healing factor in bayberry is the fact that contains chemicals that are widely known as tannins which tends to have a drying  effect on the skin. The plant itself also giv

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Health benefits of Redcurrant (22 April)

Redcurrant Other Names of Redcurrant: Red currant, Ribes rubrum Useful Parts of the Plant: Fruit Redcurrant plant is a deciduous shrub, native to the western parts of Europe. Redcurrant belongs to the genus Ribes and family Gooseberry. The redcurrant bush grows up to a height of 1-1.5 meters. Its leaves are yellowish-green in color and are arranged spirally on the stems in bunches of five. The redcurrant berries are most popularly used in making jams and jellies. Raw fruit has a characteristic delicious taste and is an essential part of salads in many kitchens in European countries. In addition to its culinary uses, redcurrant is also known for its excellent health benefits and medicinal properties. Nutritional Information and Properties Redcurrant fruit is a good source of dietary fiber and several other essential nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin B, vitamin E, beta-carotene, iron, phosphorus, copper, potassium, magnesium, calcium, zinc and manganese. The facts and figures for the nutritional values of redcurrant berries (per 100 gm) are as listed below: Energy: 56 calories

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Health Benefits of Olive Leaf (23 April)

Olive Leaf Other Names of Olive Leaf: Olea Europaea Useful Parts of the Plant: Leaves, Fruit The olive leaf is the leaf of the olive tree. The olive fruit along with olive oil, oil got from this tree is very healthy and very popular. The leaf from this tree also has many health benefits. The tree belongs to the family of Oleaceae and family Olea europa. This plant typically has been used for its therapeutic properties for many centuries now. Extract of this leaf is commonly used. Extract from fresh leaves can contain 400 per cent of antioxidants as compared to green tea.  This extract is very popular in alternative healing treatments so the medical and scientific community does not recognize it.  You can have olive leaf in many different ways. You can have in a liquid concentrate, dried leaf tea, a powder, a decoction and even a fresh leaf extract. The olive leaf extract is even available in a capsule form, made commercially. The plant also provides many health benefits including the olives which are also a powerhouse of nutrition. Allergies, colds, chronic symptoms, people have found relief from all these and more by include more olives and olive leaf extract. Nutritional Information and Properties: The leaves contain secoiridoids, ligustroiside and oleacin.  Along with these, the leaves also contain triterpenoids, flavonoids, and other phenolic acids. All these chemicals make the leaves largely antiseptic and astringent in nature. The leaves of an olive tree are also astringent in nature.

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Health Benefits of Peepal tree

Peepal With the increasing focus on the dangers of chemically based medicine and the short term or long term side effects that could possibly develop, there is a developing interest in natural treatment options because of the fact that any risks are usually minimal when compared to the chemical alternatives. The peepal tree is known to be one of the most abundant plants when it comes to medicinal property. Some of the other names by which the tree is known as include Bo tree, Bodhi tree, Jari, Pipalla, Bodhidruma and Arani amongst many others. The tree itself is a rather large, fast growing deciduous tree that has very prominently heart shaped leaves. The branches are widespread and shed its leaves in the months of March and April. The tree is most commonly found in India, where it is also worshiped

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Health Benefits and uses of Watercress

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Health Benefits of Curry Leaves

Curry Leaves Curry leaves are probably most widely known for their popularity when it comes to food preparations, especially the Indian dishes. Originally from the sub continent, where it is widely cultivated in an altitude of up to 1500 meters, the leaves of the shrub is known to possess the qualities of herbal tonics and are regularly mixed in with other herbal treatments in order to concoct a herbal treatment that is more focused on treating specific illnesses. The nutritional value of curry leaves show 66.3% moisture content as well as 6.1% protein and 1 fat and other carbohydrate presence in addition to the 6.45 fiber content. Curry leaves are also highly regarded for the fact that they have high quantities of iron, phosphorous, vitamin C and nicotinic present.  The medicinal aspect

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Health benefts of Butea tree

Butea More widely known as Butea Superba, the plant is of the vine family and grows primarily in Asia in countries such as Vietnam, India, china and Thailand. The plant is known by a variety of names throughout the world such as Butea Gum tree, Kwao Krua dang, Red Kwao Krua and Red Kwao krua Daeng. Also known as ‘flame of the forest’, the tree itself is a medium sized one that features compound leaves that fall during the winter and bloom between February and March. The parts used for medicinal properties include the gum extract, the seeds and the leaves.  The gum of the butea tree is rich in gallic and tannic acids. Galiic acid is considered to

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Health Benefits of Buckthorn

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Health Benefits of Laminaria

Laminaria   Other Names of Laminaria: Seaweed, Kelp, Bladderwrack, Fucus vesiculous L, Laminaria japonica Useful Parts of the Plant: All parts of the plant can be used This plant family includes a variety of marine water algae, popularly known as marine algae or seaweed or kelp. This plant is popularly used in many alternate treatments as seaweed is considered good for many treatments, external and internal. It is usually a green plant that grows underwater and in some cases, is brown in color due to pigmentation. Its mineral count is much higher than seawater though it is usually found in seawater. Today seaweed or kelp is gaining a lot of popularity. Seaweed can be consumed by adding it to the food like soups, salads and stir frys. Seaweed is also available in capsule and powder form which can be had like a nutritional supplement. It is also a big part of cuisines like Japanese where nori sheets are regularly used.  There have been no reported adverse reactions on seaweed and is being used a lot in alternate therapies. There are complete spa treatments dedicated to the use of seaweed. As research is still being done, you should eat seaweed carefully and if possible, get advice from a specialist. Nutritional Information and Properties

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Health Benefits of Ophiopogon

Ophiopogon   Other Names of Ophiopogon: Aztec grass, monkey grass, Mondo grass, snake’s beard Useful Parts of the Plant: Tubers, roots Ophiopogon is a grass like herb, actively used in landscaping and other horticultural activities. It is also used for its tuberous roots, which can be dried and consumed for their many benefits. The roots of ophiopogon appear very similar to those of asparagus. They also have therapeutic properties that are very similar to those of asparagus. They are primarily used as a yin tonic, but can also be used for healthy functioning of the heart and lungs. It can also be used for moisturizing dry, scaly and itching skin. Ingestion of the herb can cool you off internally and is therefore ideal for those who experience acidity, gastric reflux, and other gastric problems. It is also intoxicating and is considered a spirit tonic.    Nutritional Information and Properties  

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Maitake Mushrooms

Maitake Mushrooms Other Names for Maitake Mushrooms: Grifolafrondosa;Grifola; Hen-of-the-Woods; Ram's Head; Sheep's Head; Signorina mushroom; Dancing mushroom; Monkey's bench Useful Parts of the Plant: Whole mushroom Maitake mushrooms grow in Japan and in the northeast regions of the US. It grows from a tuber-like structure under the ground and the fruiting body can grow as large as 100 cm. It forms a cluster of greyish-brown caps that are often curled into a spoon shape. The underside of the caps contain up to three spores per millimeter. The milky white stalk toughens as the mushroom matures. In Japan the maitake can grow up to 50 pounds

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Thorn Apple  ( Datura)

Thorn Apple  ( Datura) A naturally occurring plant of ubiquitous nature, thorn apple is found in the American regions, France, Germany, and Hungary. The plant is also cultivated in some places for the therapeutic benefits derived from it. The plant has purple stems, irregular leaves, and white or purple-colored flowers in the shape of a trumpet. Thorn apples are walnut-shaped fruits with thorns all over them. When ripe, the fruits explode and release small black seeds that germinate, and the plants grow rapidly over a large area. The thorn apple plant owes its growth to its environment. It can be a leafy bush in moist soil and a thin plant in arid soil. Apple thorn plant is known for its toxicity if too much of the plant is consumed.  Nutritional Information and Properties   Thorn apple is rich in alkaloids like hyoscine and hyoscyamine, glutamic acids, enzymes, organic acids like oxalic, malic, citric, fumaric, succinic, and lactic acids, ethereal oil, and mineral salts. Some of the alkaloids in thorn apple show similar characteristics to those in another poisonous herb called night shade, which decreases secretions in the body and loosens up soft muscle tissues. The leaves and seeds of thorn apple show anti-asthmatic, anti-malarial,

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Dang Gui

Longan Other Names of Longan: Dragon's Eye Eyeball Mamoncillo Chino Useful Parts of the Plant: Wood Seeds Rind Fruits Leaves Longan is a small tropical fruit that closely resembles the lychee, both in terms of taste and appearance. This fruit is believed to have originated in either the area between India and Burma or in China. It is now grown in various parts of the world such as Sri Lanka, South India, several Southeastern Asian countries as well as South China. The fruit is either round or oval with a translucent pulp and contains one single, black seed. The longan tree is an evergreen tree which grows to a height of about 9-12 meters. There are many varieties of the Longan fruit now, such as "Kohala" which is found in Hawaii and 'Hei ho shih hsia' and 'Chin ch' i ho shih hsia'. Nutritional Information and Properties of Longan: The Longan fruit is a rich source of many vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. This fruit contains vitamins B1, B2 and B3 as well as Vitamin C. It has a high content of minerals

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Post May 2016

5 Yoga for Skin Diseases An ancient Indian exercise, yoga is popular for the many benefits it offers for our health, spiritually, mentally, and physically. But something that is often overlooked is how there is also yoga for the health of your skin. It makes skin smoother, treats skin diseases, and provides it with a healthy glow. Yoga for Skin Diseases 1. Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) This is a very common yoga exercise that, as suggested by its name, is performed in the morning as the sun rises. The routine does wonders for your face, keeping your skin free of impurities and improving blood circulation. This yoga exercise contains several poses. Read to learn how to do each of them. Facing the sun, stand with your spine straight. Fold your thumbs in a namaskar pattern touching your chest. Raise your hand, inhale, and exhale, folding your palms together. Inhale deeply as you slowly raise your hands. Stretch your arms and keep your feet flat on the ground as you bend backwards in the Ardha Chandrasana, or Half Moon Pose. Bend forward and touch the ground with your hands. Your forehead should touch your knees. This position is the Padangusthasana, or Hand to Foot Pose. To do the Surya Darshan, or Sun Sight Pose, sit with bent knees. Support your weight with your palms. Inhale deeply and pull your left leg back away from your body. Raise your head towards the sun. For the Purvottanasana, stretch your right leg backwards parallel to your other leg, maintaining your hands' position and arching your hips into an arch. Exhale fully. Lie face down and stretch your torso. Put your hands on the floor on either side of your chest. This is the Saashtanga Namaskar pose. Breathe normally and gently turn your head on either side so each ear comes into contact with the floor. Inhaling deeply, slowly raise your upper body from the floor. 

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Post June 2016

Can Depression Be Cured? Among all the mental and physical illnesses, depression is one of the toughest to treat. Over 38 million Americans are struggling with depression. The numbers are on the rise. According to the WHO, by 2030, the amount of life lost and disability caused by depression will be greater than that from accidents, war, stroke, cancer, or any other health condition. While there are over 26 different antidepressants available to deal with depression, only a third of patients experience a full remission after treatment.   Can Depression Be Cured? It mainly depends on the severity of your depressive symptoms. How persistent they are will also have an impact on how easy it is to treat your depression. Always reach out for help because your doctor will determine the severity of your condition and help determine the best course of treatment. Your doctor may also help you make certain lifestyle changes and recommend talk therapy to treat mild depression. The combination of medication and therapy may improve the chances of recovering from depression. How Long Will It Take to Recover from Depression? You usually require treatment for at least nine months for completely remission. There is no specific end-point of treatment defined yet. Stop treatment only when you do not experience any symptoms for at least two months, especially if you have had an acute first episode.

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Blogs 15 June 2016 ( Wednesday )

Took Birth Control 2 Hours Late   Both men and women can try different methods to prevent unwanted pregnancy. Most women rely on "the pill", which is a form of hormonal contraception and is to be taken orally. The good thing is that when taken correctly, this form of contraception is 99.9% effective. It means you have to take it in the right way or else you increase your chances of becoming pregnancy even after taking the pill. Many women ask, "What are the chances to become pregnant if you took birth control 2 hours late?" Let's discuss more about it. Is It Still Effective If I Took Birth Control 2 Hours Late? Yes, the pill is effective even if you take it a couple of hours after the recommended time. You usually need to take your pill once a day if you are on combined-hormone pills. The good thing with combined-hormone pills is that you do not have to take them at the same time every day. You will increase your chances of becoming pregnant though if you do not take the pill for a week or so – this usually happens when a woman does not start a new pack on time. In this case, you need a backup method to avoid unwanted pregnancy, and there are quite a few actually.     You can always use the condom – both male and female condoms are available today. You can also use sponge or diaphragm when having vaginal intercourse. The morning after pill is also available to prevent pregnancy if you have unprotected vaginal sex – you need to take the pill within five days of having sex.   Still, many women have questions about what will happen if they miss any pills from a 21-day or 28-day pack. Will you become pregnant if you took birth control 2 hours late? No, you won't, but there are other possibilities as well. For instance: What Happened When in the Pill Pack? What Should I Do? Should I Use Backup Birth Bontrol or Avoid Sex? Took a hormone pill late, but less than a day's delay Anytime Take the pill as soon as you remember and continue with the rest of your pills as usual – you will have to take two pills in 1 day in this case.

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Blogs 16 June 2016 ( Thursday)

How Much Vodka to Get Drunk It is true that the best way to consume alcohol is to drink it in moderation. However, you may find yourself in a different situation when you actually want to get drunk quickly to forget about an unhappy incident. So, imagine you have vodka in front of you and you want to get drunk. Do you know how much vodka to get drunk? Keep reading to find the answers. How Much Vodka to Get Drunk The answer to how much vodka to get drunk may vary from person to person. Generally, it is easier for women to get drunk quickly as compared to men. It usually takes 2-3 shot glasses for women to feel a little bit drunk and they usually reach their limit after 5-6 shot glasses. They are completely drunk after 7 shots glasses. Men usually feel a little bit drunk after they have drunk 3 shot glasses of vodka, but it usually takes 8-9 shot glasses for them to feel really drunk. Some men may even need 10 shot glasses to get to a point when they forget everything. It is, however, not true for everyone because some men can actually drink 0.5 liter without feeling much drunk. Note

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Blogs 17 June ( Friday)

  Will Squats Make My Butt Bigger?   Squats are a popular exercise, designed to workout your leg, back, butt and abdominal muscles. They are very effective in toning and strengthening these areas and more. Often referred to as a compound exercise for a whole body workout, squats are often used to measure strength. Because of the intensity of this exercise, people often wonder if squats will make butt bigger. Will Squats Make My Butt Bigger? Squats can increase the size of your butt, but how much depends a lot on how you perform them and the type of diet you follow. However, keep in mind that in all reality, the shape and size of your rear end is greatly determined by genetics. Just like the other muscles in your body, you can mold your butt with the right exercises. When you are trying to bulk up your glutes, it is important that you perform squats correctly or they will be ineffective. When you lower your hips below the knees, your butt will get the majority of its workout when you lift back up. This fact is evident when you gaze upon bodybuilders or athletes that incorporate squats into their workouts. Do the Squats in a Proper Manner to Make Your Butter Bigger Will squats make my butt bigger? Probably, but you need to do them properly if you want to get the results you seek. The right form and stance is needed for the exercise to work. To perform squats correctly, you should stand straight with your feet a little further apart than the width of your hips. Clench your glutes muscles, pull your abdomen in and stand with your shoulder blades back. As you bend at the knees, allow your hips to pivot back as your butt descends towards the floor. Let your torso lean forward a little. When your thighs are parallel to the floor, stop descending. While holding the position for a count of one, be sure to keep your knees situated behind your toes and your back upright. Use your butt muscles in assisting your legs to straighten up and go back to the standing position. Create a Routine When creating a routine that incorporates squats, plan on including the exercise about three times a week about every other day, but no more as you will overwork the muscles. The best course is to take the weekends off from intense workouts and keep to light cardio. Initially, do sets of 5 body weight only squats. Work up to reps of 15. Once you have mastered

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Blogs 18 June 2016 ( Saturday)

How to Feel Better When Sick with 18 Home Remedies Being sick is a horrible feeling. You feel off and you do not want to do your normal activities. The common cold, flu, allergies, nausea, and upset stomach will all throw you off your game. However, there are many ways that you can feel better when sick other than letting the illness run its course. How to Feel Better When Sick 1. Drink Clear Liquids Drink plenty of clear liquids such as water, juice, broth, or lemon water with honey. These will help you stay hydrated. If you heat them, they will also help clear congestion. Avoid dehydrating beverages such as alcohol and caffeinated drinks. 2. Soothe Sore Throat Having a sore throat? Mix½ teaspoon salt with 8 ounces of water and gargle. You can also use ice chips or cough drops to soothe the throat. 3. Use Nasal Drop or Spray How to feel better when sick with stuffy nose? Use over-the-counter nasal drop or sprays to help with the stuffiness. For young kids, you can put several drops of saline water into one nostril and then use a bulb syringe the suction the drops. 4. Ease Pain Over-the-counter medications which contain acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or aspirin are great for relieving pain. Pay special attention when giving aspirin to children due to the some life-threatening side effects it can cast on children. 5. Add Moisture to Your Home Using a misting vaporizer or humidifier will help loosen the mucus and you’re your congestion. Make sure you change the water daily. 6. Take OTC Medications Over-the-counter decongestants and antihistamines can aid in relieving the symptoms. Always read the label before taking

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04 Blogs on 21 June 2016 (Tuesday)

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03 Blogs 23 June 2016

Psychological Facts About Boys   Girls need more than just experience to understand what a guy really wants. So, dating a few boys will not put you in a better position to understand them better and you have to get in conversation with them. But, you may not have that much of time to get to know a boy in your life. Don't worry. Here we tell you how boys think to help you get into the mind of your boy. Interesting Psychological Facts About Boys You work in an office with men of your age or even older. How do you know what exactly they think about different things and how they react in different situations? You may have someone in your life who you want to know better. Well, you can understand them better now. 1. They Love Women with a Bone Structure Similar to Their Mother's It has something to do with sexual imprinting, which is a process used by young animals to learn the characteristics of a desirable mate. It means a boy will feel more attracted to you if your bone structure resembles that of his mother. 2. They Always Find Younger Women More Attractive Biologically speaking, men get attracted towards younger females because they believe they are at their peak of reproductive years. 3. They Think an Hourglass Figure Is More Attractive Okay, that is not a surprise entry, is it? But, why do you think men get attracted to slender waists between large breasts and hips? That may be mainly because these features directly correlate with reproductive ability.

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03 Blogs 24 June 2016( Friday)

How to Deal With Negative People   Think about it howsoever you may please, but the truth is that nobody likes having a negative person in their lives. After all, who would want to listen to complaints all day long, along with comments that can practically drain all the positive energy from your mind? Such an attitude is bad because not only does it affect that person, but also you. So the best thing to do is help them achieve a more positive attitude. However, if the said person is not very close to you, then maybe avoiding them altogether may not really be that bad of an idea. How to Deal With Negative People If you’re wondering how you can deal with negative people in your life without being too obvious or rude, don’t worry. Just follow these simple 15 methods. 1. Relax and Keep Calm Remember, it’s not you but them. So let them say whatever they’re saying and don’t take their words too personally. Keep a smiling face and maintain a good posture, which help release chemicals like serotonin and dopamine that help you feel better. 2. Find Ways to Make a Positive Change You can do some sweet things to those negative persons in your life that you love. The sweet tasks can be something as simple as a lunch date, a simple walk, breakfast in bed or a gift card to an all-day spa parlor. These actions flood positivity into the other person’s life, making them feel good and think about good things for a change. And just do all these things without giving them a lecture! Sometimes, acts like walks or breakfast in bed are not enough. You need to understand the root cause of the behavior of that negative person. Try to reach out and talk about what’s bothering them at the moment. Be calm, if at all

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03 Blogs 25 June 2016

Positive Attitude at Work Maintaining a positive attitude in the workplace can be difficult at times because you may have to deal with stressful tasks and challenges on a daily basis. You may easily feel fatigued and frustrated before the deadlines and obstacles. However, positive attitude plays a big role in your career life. With a positive attitude, you are more likely to see career success and a reduction in stress. You will have healthier body and enjoy better interpersonal relationships. Given all the benefits, you may want to foster a positive attitude as soon as possible. Now let's find out how to do it. How to Maintain Positive Attitude at Work Keeping a positive attitude in the workplace is quite challenging considering the stressful nature of modern day business. Still, you can try the following tips to maintain an overall positive attitude. 1. Know Your Negative Thoughts Identifying your negative thoughts will help make necessary changes to your attitude to think positively. Ask yourself why you are unhappy with your job. Try to figure where your complaints and hatred come from. This is the first step to build a positive attitude. 2. Improve Your Assertive Skills Do not shy away from experimenting a little with communication strategies. Say something positive in response to everything you hear to make your conversations more positive. Maintaining a positive outlook will make others do the same–you will be amazing to see how contagious it really is. 3. Respect Your Coworkers

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03 Blogs 26 June 2016

Are Vegetarians Healthier? Vegetarians are people who don't eat meat such as beef, pork and fish. Some of them do not eat animal products either. There are several reasons why people do not eat meat; it can be due to religious belief, moral or health reasons. Deciding to be a vegetarian is a choice and it helps to know the facts about it before becoming one. There are also many types of vegetarians like vegan, lacto vegan, pollotarian, semi-vegetarians, pesci-vegetarians. Are Vegetarians Healthier Than Non-Vegetarians? Yes, vegetarians can be healthier but not always. Vegetarian diets are generally low in saturated fat, animal protein and cholesterol but have higher fiber and folate compared to a non-vegetarian diet or ordinary diet. As a result, they are less likely to acquire bone diseases, heart diseases, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, lung cancer, colon cancer and other forms of cancer. In fact, it has been reported that vegetarians live longer in western countries. However, eating habits isn't the only factor working here, the reduced risks and the longer life may also be due to healthy lifestyles vegetarians take. Most vegetarians are seen to exercise routinely, do not smoke and have a healthy weight than those who do not follow a vegetarian diet. When It's NOT That Healthy Are vegetarians healthier? That depends. Not all vegetarians follow the same diet. Some vegetarians may substitute meat with unhealthy foods high in fat, sugar and calories such as ice cream, high-fat cheeses, potato chips, etc. Poor food substitute can really be detrimental as this may lead to serious illnesses in the long run. Protein deficiency, iron, calcium, zinc and B vitamins especially B12 are all essential to one's health and if you lack one of these vitamins and minerals especially during pregnancy, it may lead to a more serious condition for you and your baby. Vegan type vegetarians who do not eat poultry products need vitamin B 12 supplement. However, excessive dosage of supplement may also cause problems. Therefore, good meal planning is recommended for better physical and mental health. So, before deciding on becoming a vegetarian, seek professional advice first. How to Plan a Healthy Vegetarian Diet Overall, vegetarian diet can be considered healthy if it contains essential nutrients. Being a vegetarian decreases the risks of acquiring certain diseases like heart problems, type 2 diabetes and even some forms of cancer. Vegetarian diets just need to be well-planned and followed to make sure that nutrients found in meat and other poultry products are replaced with nutrient rich food substitute. So, are vegetarians healthier than non-vegetarians? Vegetarians can be healthier; however, your vegetarian diet should include the following: 1. Calcium Calcium helps keep our teeth and bones strong and healthy. The best sources are milk and dairy products. But if you don't consume them, go for other sources such as plant and calcium-fortified products. These include dark green vegetables such as turnip, kale, broccoli andcollard greens. You may also include soy milk, soy yogurt, cereal, tofu and fresh fruit juice to substitute meal products. 2. Vitamin D Just like calcium, vitamin D helps nourish our bones and teeth. Check the food label to make sure that vitamin D is added to your cow's milk, soy, cereals and margarine. You need to have fortified foods and enough sunshine to get enough vitamin D. If not, take some supplements in case of deficiency. 3. Protein Protein rich food like eggs and cheese are necessary to keep your skin healthy. It also keeps the muscle, bone and other internal organs stronger. You can get enough protein by eating plant based products such as legumes, soy, lentils, nuts, beans, whole grains, seeds, and oats and whey.

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03 Blogs 27 June 2016

Best Direction to Sleep Sleep is of immense importance for your health. Your body needs rest to repair cellular damage. Your aim should be to take at least 8 hours of sleep every night. To make that happen, you need to ensure that you have a peaceful environment in your room. Moreover, it is important to ensure that you choose the best direction to sleep or else you will not get a good night's sleep and may even have to deal with several health problems as well. Why Sleeping Direction Matters? Many people think they should not be too much concerned about finding the best direction to sleep, but that is not true and there is evidence why sleeping direction matters. 1. Eastern Medicine Belief Eastern medicinal practices believe that it is important to maintain a healthy sleep pattern for physical and mental well-being. According to the Indian Ayurvedic tradition, your sleep positions determine what kind of energy you want coming into your life. They believe that you will get maximum benefits by sleeping facing the east and south. It is even mentioned in Hindu religions texts that you will become ill if you lie down in certain position. The Chinese Feng Shui system also explains the importance of finding the best direction to sleep. According to this system, you need to pay attention to the direction of your bedroom furniture as well as the location of your bedroom in your house to let the positive energy flow freely.

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03 Blogs 28 June 2016

How to Be More Social Most people consider socializing as an enjoyable and leisurely adventure. To others, it can feel very tedious or even anxiety-provoking. Some people are insecure, embarrassed, or too shy to be more social. Other people are too taken up by school or work and don't remember how to socialize. This article intends to help you solve these problems so that you can have many friends and acquaintances. How to Be More Social Being more social doesn't happen overnight. Here are some simple tips that you can try to use in your everyday life for improving. 1.  Use Body Language Whenever you find yourself at a social gathering such as a party, use your body language to indicate that you are approachable. Be sure to always make eye contact with others and be sure to wave or nod at them. Look directly in front of you instead of looking at the floor or at your feet. This is one effective way about how to be more sociable. Try to stop frowning, crossing your arms, or standing in a corner. These are various gestures that push people away and make others feel as though you wish to be left alone. Always keep your cell phone shut off. If you are busy with your phone, people think you are too busy to have any fun with them. 2.  Ask Questions and Show Interests Ask others about themselves. If you want to try and be more sociable, you need to start conversing with the people around you and then you need to let them know that you are interested in what they have said. Ask them how they are feeling, how their day is going, and what things are coming up in their future. You shouldn't try to be nosy or pry into other people's personal business. Instead, let them know you care about them by asking them to tell a few things about themselves. Wait for their turn before having your own turn. 3.  Smile

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03 Blogs 29 June 2016

Pressure Points on the Body There are believed to be around 400 pressure points on the body, some of which, when manipulated in the correct manner, can offer relief from pain for people of all ages, such as headache, backache, neck pain, etc. Continue reading to find out where these pressure points are to relieve your problem. Pressure Points on the Body for Common Pains As mentioned, many common pain problems may be helped by stimulating the right pressure points across the body. Some common pains and the corresponding pressure points to stimulate are listed below: 1.   Headache Headaches are very common amongst many individuals, whilst they are often mild, they can cause much discomfort on occasions, as well as cognitive and physical impairment. Pressure points to headache relief include: ŸThird eye point, between the two eyebrows that the bridge of the nose connect with the forehead ŸThe base of the skull, the back of your head where your skull meets your neck ŸWelcome fragrance, both sides of the nostril.   2.   Toothache Toothaches can be extremely painful at times, and the pain can be hard to subdue. Many factors can cause toothache, including bad oral hygiene and gum disease. Pressure points on the body that can help with toothaches include: ŸJaw chariot, between the lower and upper jaw, you can feel it when slightly clenching the back teeth

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03 Blogs on 30 June 2016

How to Not Be Nervous Feeling nervous at times can actually be a very normal emotion. Our bodies have physical changes when we react to situations that are stressful. You may feel like your heart is going to beat out of your chest. You may have racing thoughts and sweating palms. If you get nervous to the point you feel like you can’t move, or you want to run out of a room, it is helpful to find ways to cope with it. Learning how to not be nervous can help you find a calming peace in times of stress and keep your cool. This article has some helpful tips to help you ease your nerves. How to Not Be Nervous There are several techniques that can help teach you how to stop being nervous. If you have problems with your nerves under pressure, try establishing an easy routine to prepare yourself. Try these tips: 1.       Learn Breathing Techniques You can learn from Yoga techniques on how to adjust your breathing to bring peace and calm to your mind and body. If you take long and deep breaths, you can teach your body not to react to stress. If you take quick and shallow breaths, your body will become tense. Try this: Sit comfortably and close your eyes. Slow your breaths and relax yourself. Count as you breathe or repeat the mantra, “I am breathing in, I am breathing out.” 2.       Spend Some Time Alone Sensory overload can make anyone nervous. Picture this: a room full of people, music blaring, every light on, lots of movement, and three different people vying for your attention. This will overload your senses and can elevate your nerves responses to the overload. How to not be nervous? Take a time-out in a dark and quiet room for five minutes. You will feel more relaxed and calm. 3.       Use a Visual Technique

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03 blogs 01 July 2016

How to Stop Overthinking The American Psychological Association describes overthinking as a prolonged, recurrent and repetitive thought about one’s concerns, experiences and self. Overthinking may lead to worry, rumination and self-reproach. People are not born over-thinking. It is a habit they form over time. Here is an insight on how to stop overthinking. How to Stop Overthinking           1. Create Awareness When thinking too much, one normally gets carried away such that they are not aware of how much they are engrossed. Creating awareness involves recognizing negative thought loops whenever they occur. Be intentionally aware of overthinking. You will manage to stop overthinking if you observe your thoughts and behavior. Make sure not to judge your thoughts or worry about overthinking. 2. Wear a Rubber Band to Interrupt the Pattern

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03 Blogs of 02 July 2016

Voss Water with Fruit Bottled water is always a great option to stay hydrated, and many who love to drink it swear by Voss. It’s a brand of bottled water from the village of Vatnestrøm in Norway. The water is not actually bottled in the municipality of Voss, but it does carry the name that has now become famous. Voss water with fruit is a common enjoyment, whether the fruit is added to still or sparkling forms of the water. How to Make Voss Water with Fruit The Water Voss water is artesian water. That means that it has come from an underground aquifer that is confined, so that there are very few impurities in the natural product. It is naturally filtered, has little contact with the air, has little opportunity to collect pollutants, and has a low mineral content. All of this gives it a very clean taste, one that is quite distinct from bottled

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Almond Milk Ice Cream Recipe 03 July 2016

  Almond Milk Ice Cream Recipe Ice cream is very popular, due to its refreshing texture and versatility of flavors. Itis perfect for a dessert, as a snack, or to accompany other tasty foods, such as chocolate brownies, or cookies. As ice cream is often made with cream and milk, it naturally has a high fat content. This can be avoided by substituting the cow’s milk with a healthier alternative, such as almond milk. The final product will be just as tasty, and far more healthier. Read on to discover the perfect almond milk ice cream recipesthat you can try at home. 2 Best Almond Milk Ice Cream Recipes Dairy-Free Vanilla and Almond Milk Ice Cream This almond milk ice cream is suitable for vegans. Ingredients: 1 ½ cups almond milk (homemade is best) 1 can full fat, organic coconut milk 1 vanilla bean, soaked overnight 1 tbsp vanilla extract 1/2 cup sweetener (coconut sugar, stevia, dates) Gelatin, for thickening

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Benefits of Morning Walk 03 July 2016

Benefits of Morning Walk If there’s one healthy habit you must keep, it’s walking regularly in the morning. The benefits of morning walk are numerous and every person who does it will attest to how it keeps them physically, emotionally and mentally healthy. If you are not yet into the habit of walking in the morning, read this article to learn more about its benefits. 12 Benefits of Morning Walk You Should Know For many people who hate to get out of bed early, walking in the morning may seem to be a real challenge. However, with all these benefits of morning walk, you might as well try it. 1. It’s a Great Way to Start the Day Everyone who walks in the morning will tell you that it is a great way to start the day. Whether you are going to your office or doing some chores at home, waking up early and starting your day with a morning walk will surely energize you and get you in the mood to start the day. So, next time, instead of jumping out of the bed and hurrying off to work, start the day early with an easy morning walk. 2. It Freshens Up Your Mind This is actually one of the best benefits of morning walk. Whether you had a good night’s sleep or not, waking up for a morning walk is guaranteed to help you start the day with a fresh mind. The morning sun and cool air will boost your mood and prevent stress from setting in before all the worries of the day begin. 3. It Counts as Physical Exercise

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Get Rid of Spiders? 03 July 2016

Does Peppermint Oil Really Get Rid of Spiders? Not many people are a fan of spiders; in fact, they just hate this eight-legged company. If you also worry about the presence of spiders in your home, you can try many different ways. Spiders are something most people are not crazy about and they certainly do not want them in their home. This is especially true if you live in an area with more dangerous spiders, such as the black widow spider or brown recluse spider. Both of these spiders are quite common in the United States and their bites can cause very painful and uncomfortable symptoms. Keep reading to learn how you can use peppermint oil to get rid of spiders. Does Peppermint Oil Really Get Rid of Spiders? It is true that peppermint oil helps get rid of spider because it has some repellant chemical that keeps spiders away. But the oil is volatile, so you need to use more of it after regular intervals to make it work. The only issue is to understand the fact that the strength of the oil begins to deteriorate in 12 hours or so, it means you need to apply it constantly. How to Use There are a number of ways to use peppermint oil to kill spiders, but the best way is to add some oil to bottle and mix water in it to prepare your homemade insect repellant. Just take a spray bottle, add 10-15 drops of peppermint oil to it and fill it up with water. Take a whiff to ensure that water smells minty – add a few more drops if required. Now, spray it in the cracks and

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03 Blogs on 04 July 2016

Why Do I Get Sleepy After Eating Many people wonder about "why do I get sleepy after eating?" Feeling sleepy after eating is disturbing when you are supposed to work after lunch. Some people blame it on fatigue, drowsiness and tiredness. Feeling sleepy after a meal is normal. However, you may require medication attention if you end up sleeping after every meal. The reasons why you feel sleepy after eating and their remedies are outlined below. Why Do I Get Sleepy After Eating? 1. Digestive Pattern and Brain Hormones We require energy to perform normal functions such as breathing. Food provides this energy, which is broken down by the digestive system into glucose or fuel. The body releases hormones such as amylyn, glucagon and cholecystokinin (CCK), which increase blood sugar levels, satiety, and produce insulin, which move into cells to provide energy. At the same time, brain also increases its hormones like serotonin, which leads to drowsiness. Besides, food is also indirectly related to the production of melatonin, another hormone that leads to sleepiness. 2. What You Eat The body digests all foods in the same way but they affect your body differently. Your diet answers your question, "Why do I get sleepy after eating?" High proteins such as turkey, eggs, fish, spinach, tofu, cheese and soy contain tryptophan which is used by the body to produce serotonin. A balanced diet combined with lots of water and frequent, smaller meals sustain energy. 3. Sleeping Habits Your sleeping pattern affects your body's response after a meal. It is difficult to stay alert after a meal if you did not get enough rest at night. Your body's automatic response is at rest and you tend to feel sleepy when you are full and relaxed, especially if you had a bad sleep the night before.

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03 Blogs of 05 July 2016

Pros and Cons of Stem Cell Research Stem cell research has become a hot topic in the recent years. There are both proponents and opponents who present their views with evidence. Before you pick a side, it is important that you learn a bit about the existing pros and cons of stem cell research. Keep reading and this article will help you make a decision. Pros and Cons of Stem Cell Research - the Technology There are lots of debates about whether stem cell research is mature, whether rejection can happen, etc. Here are some pros and cons about this. Pros Adult stem cells can be reprogrammed and are less likely to be rejected when used in transplants. Embryonic stem cells can grow for at least a year in some cases, especially when established protocols are used. These cells can also be used to generate more cell types. Induced pluripotent stem cells help avoid issues of histocompatibility in transplants, and research on these cells will help reprogram diseased or damaged tissues. Cons Adult stem cells have limited ability to differentiate from others and are extremely hard to grow for long period in culture. There is still no technology available that would help generate these cells in large quantities. Embryonic stem cells may not be accepted when used in transplants because there is no process to generate them. They can even cause tumors when used directly from undifferentiated culture prep. Induced pluripotent stem cells usually have no certain method of maintenance and reproducibility. Pros and Cons of Stem Cell Research - the Use of This Research Many people think it is important not to continue with stem cell research, but others think the

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03 Blogs for 06 July 2016

Cholesterol Levels by Age Cholesterol is an essential type of fat, it is present in the body and a certain amount is necessary for optimal body functions. Many diets contain cholesterol as well. However, excessive cholesterol present in the body can get deposited in the blood vessels causing narrowing and blockage. This can result in heart attack and stroke. According to Centrefor Disease Control and prevention, people with high cholesterol levels are at a greater risk of developing hear diseases. Cholesterol Levels by Age The term total cholesterol refers to the total amount of cholesterol in the blood. This mainly consists of different types of cholesterol, which include LDL (Low Density Lipo Protein), HDL (High Density Lipo Protein) and Triglycerides. LDL and Triglycerides are the bad forms of cholesterol and tend to deposit in the vessels resulting in heart disease and other problems while HDL is the good form of cholesterol which protects against heart diseases. Higher LDL and triglyceride levels are associated with greater risk of cardiovascular diseases. The following two charts of cholesterol levels by age will help you to get a better idea of a normal range that one should maintain. Children Physically active kids with no family history of cholesterol disorders or obesity who take a balanced diet are very less likely to have high cholesterol levels.According to the latest guidelines, all children must get their blood cholesterol levels checked between the ages of 9-12 and then get a repeat test between the ages of 17-21. Children with any risk factors like diabetes, obesity or a positive family history should get these tests earlier, first between the ages of 2-8 and then again at 12-16. Total Cholesterol Good: 170 mg/dL or lower Borderline: 170-199 mg/dL High: above 200 mg/dL LDL Good: 110 mg/dL or lower Borderline: 110-129 mg/dL High: above 130 mg/dL HDL

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03 blogs for 07 July 2016

How Does Acupuncture Work? Acupuncture is a medical practice that involves the stimulation of specific body points with needles. The needles are inserted into the target site to help treat various medical problems and provide local anesthesia. Acupuncture was developed thousands of years ago in China. Studies have shown that the practice is useful in treating nausea and pain. So, how does acupuncture benefit us? Find out below. How Does Acupuncture Work? Acupuncture is more than a placebo and does provide relief for those suffering from chronic pain. 1. What the Chinese Think The Chinese believe that disease is caused by the disruption of the energy flow in the body – also referred to as qi. Acupuncture helps stimulate specific points or acupuncture points in the body to help release qi, which then travels through channels referred to as meridians. 2. What the Western Think In the Western world, acupuncture is carried out in hospitals and other health facilities. However, the principle behind it is not the same as those of ancient China. Doctors believe that acupuncture works through the neurohormonal pathways. When a needle is punctured into a specific point in the body, it stimulates the nerve. This sends signals to the brain leading to the release of neural hormones such as beta-Endorphins, which bring about feelings of happiness and euphoria. Acupuncture also increases the threshold for pain, meaning patients feel less pain after going through this process. Another hypothesis states that acupuncture reduces pro-inflammatory markers such as TNF and IL-1β in the body, which helps decrease inflammation and reduces pain. It is also believed that acupuncture helps heal nerve damage, such as chemo-induced peripheral neuropathy, a condition that causes weakness or numbness in the hands and feet. The theory behind is that acupuncture helps to stimulate the brain into releasing some nerve growth factor that helps with nerve regeneration. Watch the following video to know how acupuncture is done with points on face, arms, hands and feet:    What Health Condition Does Acupuncture Work for? Knowing what condition can be soothed by acupuncture is an important part in answering "How does acupuncture work?" First, you should know that acupuncture is virtually pain free and takes only about 20 minutes to an hour per session. Patients can start with 2 to 3 sessions per week and reevaluate the needs thereafter. If you are considering acupuncture as a treatment option, it is best to work with a licensed practitioner. Look for someone with at least 4000 hours of training in your area. If you suffer from a bleeding disorder, it is not advisable to go through acupuncture. Here are some of the conditions that can be treated with acupuncture: Pain in the body

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03 Blogs on 08 July 2016

How to Have Good Dreams Typically, human beings spend 2 hours dreaming at night. But can you tell what exactly dreams are? Unfortunately, no one could ever. Several theories have been brought forward for dreams. Some people are of the opinion that dreams happen as a result of the brain responding to cues in the environment during REM sleep stage. According to others, they are a tool for memory consolidation and regulation of moods. How you dream at night can influence your day, for instance,bad dreams can ruin your day. Lucky for you, the article will discuss how to have good dreams. How to Have Good Dreams Most people do not realize that they have the ability to control what they dream about. This has been proved by scientists. The details on how to go about it depend on what dream you hope to have. It may be a lucid dream or a particular content you wish to dream about. Here are a few useful tips on how one can have good dreams. 1.  Play Good Sounds What tinkles your fancy? Is it the roaring sound of the ocean? Would you like to dream to be in a beach? Getting a sound machine that releases the sound you fancy could trigger a dream related to that environment. However, remember to watch the volume. It should calm you to sleep, not keep you awake. 2.  Consume the Right Food

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02 Blogs for 09 July 2016

Sunglasses for Round Faces Most people wear sunglasses only to make a style statement, but they don't know that this accessory offers several healthy benefits as well. If you're interested in buying a pair of sunglasses just to look great, you may want to make a choice considering the shape of your face. With so many types of sunglasses available in the market, it is obvious to become confused and you may select a pair that doesn't suit your face shape or personality. So, it is important to identify your face shape first and then select a pair of sunglasses with a few points in mind as listed here. Features of Fit Sunglasses for Round Faces Before you start looking for some sunglasses for round faces, it is important to ensure that you really have a round face. The characteristics of a round face are a rounded chin, fuller cheeks and a wide forehead. Your face will also be proportional in length and width. Once you know you have a round face, consider the following points to select the right sunglasses. 1. Sharp, Angular, Wide Frames When you have a round face, you should put your money on sunglasses with sharp, angular frames. The angled frames will reduce the roundness of your face and provide your face with better definition. You can achieve the same effect with square sunglasses, rectangle shaped sunglasses and high framed sunglasses. They will make your round face appear a bit thinner and longer. Sunglasses with wide frames will also make your face look slimmer. Just be sure to avoid soft or round shaped sunglasses because they will accentuate the roundness of your face. 2. Light Lenses

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02 Blogs on 10 July 2016

Dreams About Losing Teeth Are you having dreams about losing teeth and wondering what they mean? Dreams are often a message from our subconscious. By studying our dreams, we can interpret the symbols and messages they contain. Here is a brief overview of what your dreams about losing your teeth really mean. 10 + Meanings of Dreams About Losing Teeth Typical teeth losing dreams involve scenarios where your teeth fall out one by one, crumble in your hands, start to rot or grow crooked. Here's what the dreams mean. 1. Vanity It is often an indication that you are worried about your looks. A healthy set of teeth is deemed attractive and plays an important role in attraction. Remember the last time you saw a member of the opposite sex flashing his or her pearly whites? It must have made an impression on you. The dreams may, therefore, stem from a deep seated fear of rejection, feeling sexually unattractive or growing older. 2. Communication Issues People with missing teeth tend to be poor communicators as they have a hard time pronouncing some words. The dreams about losing teeth may just be a pointer to your communication issues. This could be the fact that you are afraid of speaking out on something or are not able to do it for one reason or another. 3. Embarrassment Do you have a fear of embarrassment? If so, this fear of being embarrassed or making a fool of yourself in a situation could

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02 Blogs on 11 July 2016

How to Cut Sugar out of Your Diet Sugar is a type of simple carbohydrate that our cells use for cellular energy. There are many types of sugar that can be found naturally in dairy products, vegetables and fruits. Because sugar is added to many processed foods, you are probably drinking and eating too much sugar, even if you also take in natural forms of it. The added sugar only adds calories to your diet without giving you any good type of nutrition. The American Heart Associationrecommends limits on the amount of added sugar in your diet. For men, this is about 37.5 grams (9 teaspoons) per day and for women, it is about 25 grams (6 teaspoons) per day. Knowing how to cut sugar out of your diet can help you achieve sugar amounts much less than this. Why Is Too Much Sugar Bad for You? Before deciding how to cut sugar out of your diet, you need to know why sugar is so bad for your health. Sugar leads to poor nutrition. If you tend to eat foods that are high in sugar, it limits the amount of nutritious foods you take in, such as those high in vitamins, nutrients, and minerals. Sugar causes weight gain. Eating too much sugar can contribute to gaining weight. Sugar contains 4 calories per gram and is likely to cause you to take in too many calories. Sugar increases triglycerides. Triglycerides are a fatty substance that can be increased by eating too much sugar. Elevated triglyceride levels can contribute to an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases. Sugar promotes acne. Acne bugs thrive on the sugar you take in. Reducing sugar has been known to decrease the incidence of acne in susceptible individuals. Sugar can cause cavities. Excessive sugar consumption can cause you to have cavities by allowing the bacteria in the teeth to grow and multiply. Even if you take in a lot of natural sugar, your risk of dental caries is still higher, especially if you fail to brush your teeth regularly. Sugar leads to diabetes. People who eat too much sugar put themselves at risk for high blood sugar, which can lead to diabetes mellitus.

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02 Blogs for 12 July 2016

Calories Burned When Running If you are a runner and are trying to lose weight, sometimes running more isn’t the answer. The calories burned running is about eight and one-half calorie per minute. This is good but as you run more, your body begins to conserve calories. So, at first you will lose some weight. Then you begin to plateau and your weight loss will level off. Running too much for too long can also cause strain on your body and you may even get burned out with your favorite workout. You just need to figure out what increases the intensity and gives you better results. This article will help you find a way to increase calories burned running with some helpful tips. Calories Burned When Running As mentioned before, generally you burn 8.5 calories per minute when running. Running speed is a big factor with calorie burn. The other factors include height, weight, whether you are male or female, and your age. Men tend to burn less calories than women and if you weight more, you will burn more calories. There are also factors that come from where you choose to run. Treadmill vs. Open Road When you run on a treadmill there is a difference from running outside. Running outside gives you a slightly higher calorie burn. So if you feel like you need to run inside due to weather or safety, put your treadmill at 1% incline to burn the same amount of calories. This is actually to replace the “air resistance” you get when running outside even on flat surfaces. You have to have your treadmill set at about 6.5 mph for this trick to work.  Men vs. Women: Calories Burned Running Here are the calories burnt for both men and women at different weight, running for an hour’s time at 6.5 mph. Gender 125 lbs. 140 lbs. 160 lbs.

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01 Blog for 13 July 2016

7 Couple Sleeping Positions and What They Mean The way we sleep is controlled by our subconscious mind and things we can't state while being awake can be easily understood through our body language while we are asleep. Couple sleeping positions and what they mean are secrets that can reveal pretty important things about the general direction of a relationship. Changes in sleeping positions can provide much more accurate information about the status of a relationship than permanent habits. Couple Sleeping Positions and Their Meanings The way in which a couple sleeps highlights a number of significant things about the status of their relationship. Following are some of the main couple sleeping positions and what they mean. 1. Spooning The spoon is the sleeping position adopted by the majority of couples. It is quite an intimate and sexual sleeping position with the most amount of physical contact. This position allows a partner to protect the other and also shows the trust of a partner over the other. 2. The Loose Spoon

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01 Blog for 14 July 2016

Sleeping Without a Pillow You have probably been told many times that pillows will help support your neck and spine. The propaganda will persuade you that pillows provide orthopedics benefits for the neck. Pillow companies, alikewith foot orthotic retailers, try to convince you that your body is not resilient and needs constant external support; however, this might be simply a myth. Just like your feet don't need orthotics, your head and neck don't need a pillow.But don't remove your pillow right away – be sure to follow some specific steps we've listed to have the best transition to a pillow-free night's sleep. Is Sleeping Without a Pillow a Good Choice? Yes, it is. Not only will sleeping with no pillow save your money, but it will also lead to less neck, back, and shoulder pain, higher quality sleep, and even less wrinkles! When you were a child, you could fall asleep anywhere without a pillow. The body is resilient and adaptable when we're young. Even as we age, our body, including heads and necks, is able to rest comfortably without the support of a pillow. We constantly hear about the body aches and pains in modern society and a lack of resting support is often to blame, but today we have access to the most supportive bedding ever. We've been

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01 Blog on 15 July 2016

How to Reduce Sodium Intake In modern lifestyles, people are consuming more sodium than they should. It is estimated that the current level of sodium intake per person is about 3,400 milligrams every day. This is excessive when you consider the fact that doctors recommend 2,300 milligrams or less per day. High salt intake results in an increase in blood pressure, a condition which in turn increases the risk of a stroke or heart attack. How to Reduce Sodium Intake Controlling sodium intake might seem to be just another trivia of life. However, it requires a lot of dedication and motivation, most of which should stem from the health benefits of the decision to cut down on sodium intake. Here are a few ways through which you can reduce your sodium intake: 1. Eat Unprocessed Foods Eating fresh and unprocessed foods is one of the best strategies that can be applied to achieve lower sodium levels. Most of the salt consumed today is from foods that have been processed and packaged, though many food companies are trying to reduce the salt in their foods. For this reason, a good way of cutting down on the amount of salt you consume every day is to center your diet on fresh and unprocessed foods. These include fresh fruits and vegetables, dried beans, dried peas, dried legumes, whole grain foods, nuts and seeds and fresh meat. The foods are best purchased fresh, or preserved but without the use of salt. 2. Check the Nutrition Information of Products If you like to shop in a hurry, you should take time to adjust to a habit of carefully checking what

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01 Blog for 16 July 2016

Cinnamon and Honey for Weight Loss You may have already used a number of remedies to keep your weight in check. Have you ever thought of using cinnamon and honey for weight loss? While it may not help you lose weight overnight, it can definitely prove quite beneficial when used with proper exercise and balanced diet. It will help you lose weight fast and keep food cravings at bay. Honey is quiteeffective to maintaina healthy body weight, mainly because it contains enzymes and antioxidants. Health benefits of cinnamon are equally impressive. That's the reason why combining these two seems to be a good idea. It boosts your metabolism and helps you lose weight more efficiently.  How Do Cinnamon and Honey Work for Weight Loss? Due to the enzymes they contain, the cinnamon and honey work for weight lossand both offer certain health benefits, mainly. Here's more about why you can expect great results when using cinnamon and honey for weight loss. The combo helps lower your blood sugar and cholesterol levels – this keeps hunger pangs in control and save you from overeating. The combo helps get rid of bacteria, fungus and parasites in your digestive tract, which helps you with better digestion. Hence the combo work for weight loss. Drinking it regularly will keep your body from accumulating fat. It helps cure chronic cholesterol, which in turn helps you yield more from your weight loss efforts. It boosts your metabolism and ensures that your body burns calories faster. The combo provides you with a variety of nutrients like proteins, water, sugar, fiber, and various other nutrients that help you with weight loss. It improves your digestive system and prevents gas that makes you feel light, and encourages you to be more active when exercising. How to Take Cinnamon and Honey for Weight Loss

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01 Blog for 17 July 2016

Sleeping on the Floor The reasons people sleep on the floor may vary. While some people do it for therapeutic reasons, others do so because of their culture. Still others claim they simply get a better night sleep and feel more refreshed in the mornings. Whether or not sleeping on the floor is good for you depends a lot on the reasons behind your choice, and the preparations that you make. Is Sleeping on the Floor Good? Depending on the health of a person, the answers can be both yes and no. While some people are comfortable enough sleeping on the floor, others with joint problems often find the experience downright painful. History has shown that many cultures practice sleeping on the floor, and many still do today, so the preferences may be cultural and personal. It's Said to Be Good for Back and Spine Amazingly, scientific information is very difficult to find on this subject. What is known is that soft mattresses do not provide the kind of support leading to proper posture during sleep and often increases the chances of misalignments of the spine. Sleeping on a hard surface can be very beneficial for your back and spine, because it helps keep your back strait while lying down for extended periods of time. Those that have tried this say they found it to be extremely beneficial and wake up with less pain in their backs than before. Ideally, the best way is to lie flat on your back without a pillow to keep your spine in the most neutral position possible. It Tends to Be A Sort of Cultural Preference Then there are those that choose sleeping on the floor for ergonomic and cultural reasons. They believe that health and sleep are intricately related and support each other. The Japanese are a good example of this. Many believe that through exercise and other practices, such as sleeping on a hard surface, helps with spinal alignment and circulation, thus leading them too healthier,

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01 Blog for 18 July 2016

How to Touch Your Toes If you have no injury but still cannot touch your toes, this usually indicates poor flexibility in your lower back, hamstrings or both. In order to learn how to touch your toes, you first need to understand certain ways to make your body more flexible. The best ways is to stretch your muscles regularly. There are exercises that help increase your flexibility, help you touch your toes and make you less susceptible to injuries. Keep reading to learn them all. Why Can‘t You Touch Your Toes? So many things other than an injury can make it difficult for you to touch your toes. Here are some of the main reasons to give you a better understanding: Body shape: Your upper body has to travel more when your torso is short and your legs are relatively longer. In other words, you are going to find it difficult to touch your toes if you are tall due to long legs. Tight muscles: One obvious reason of why you cannot touch your toes is having tight muscles. If your hip joint is not flexible enough, you will never be able to touch your toes because it tries to keep your lower and upper body straight when you are bending down. Your hip flexors tighten up when you sit all day or do not stretch them often. Tighter hip flexors slightly tilt your pelvis forward and make it even more difficult to bend and touch your toes. How to Touch Your Toes Now that you understand why you cannot touch your toes, it will be easier to understand how to touch your toe with ease. Here are some simple steps to take. 1. Stretch Your Back Your back muscles run from the top of your spine and go all the way down to your tailbone. Any stiffness in this muscle group will make it difficult for you to bend your torso and spine. You can try the Camel-Cat exercise to improve lower and upper back flexibility.

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01 Blog for 19 July 2016

Calories Burned in Spinning Spinning is one of the most popular workouts across the country right now. It is also known as studio cycling and is a great way to make your heart stronger while toning your legs. Spinning classes usually involve up to 20 participants sitting on special stationary bikes. They have a unique weighted flywheel which will pick up your speed while pedaling. The handlebars and seats are both adjustable. During the class, your instructor will guide your "ride", leading you over an imaginary route that includes hill climbs, sprints, intervals, circuits, and more. Most classes are set to music and last 45 or 50 minutes. How Many Calories Are Burning in Spinning? Studio cycling is a great way to burn calories, but it is hard to pinpoint the exact number of calories burned in spinning. That is because it depends on numerous factors, such as your intensity and weight. The average 40 minute workout will burn between 400 and 600 calories depending on these factors. The amount of "distance" you travel on the bike will depend on the calories. In most cases, however, a 40 minute class will have a cadence of 80 to 110 rotations per minute, which equals between 15 and 20 miles worth of cycling. To help you better guess how many calories you burn while spinning, consult the following chart. Weight (pounds) Time (minutes) Calories 125 30 210 125 60 420 155

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01 Blog for 20 July 2016

Waist Training : Before and After Women in today's world are very particular about their figure and how their bodies look in fancy dresses. Thus waist training has fascinated many, especially after seeing the magnificent transformation of Kim Kardashian and her quick waist-reduction with a popping perfect hourglass figure. Inspired by this miraculous change, some people started to believe that it was a worth-trying way of rapidly disposing off the waist fat. However, some other people argued that waist training could put one's entire internal body structure at risk. Learn more about waist training, before and after results in this article. Does Waist Training Work? Waist training is a way of achieving the desired waist size by wearing a tightly fitting undergarment or corset, initially for a period of 3-5 hours a day and gradually progress it up to 12 hours a day. The corset compresses the lower ribs so that the waist area is actually made slender just like a funnel. It also constricts the stomach a bit, thereby causing early satiety and less craving for food. Increased perspiration help shed weight, too. Besides, it gives an additional advantage of improving one's posture. This idea is not a novelty though. It is the modification of a method practiced by the nineteenth century women who used to wear a taut and compact piece of clothing for many hours. African women have also been using this technique for decades, especially to regain their figure after pregnancy with minimum workout. However, health experts believe that waist training has not been proven medically or scientifically. It is only dislocating the fatty tissue around the waist upwards and once the user stops wearing it, the fat would return to its original place. What's worse, regularly wearing corset may hurt inner organs and lead to serious medical issues in the long run. Waist Training Before and After Photos

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01 Blog for 21 July 2016

Water Fasting Before and After Pictures Water fasting is an ancient cleansing method used to heal and detoxify the body. As you fast, your body begins to consume everything within it that isn’t essential to its functionality, entering a similar detoxification cycle to that which is entered when you sleep. Below you will find water fasting before and after pictures, water fasting results pictures, as well as information on how to water fast correctly and most efficiently. What Does Water Fasting Involve? Water fasting is the process of consuming only water. As mentioned, water fasting is used to detoxify the body; it may also be practiced for religious reasons and requirements. It is important to remember that prolonged periods of water fasting can lead to serious health implications. 1.     Decide the Duration Decide how long the water fast will last. This can be anywhere from three to thirty days, although if you are new to water fasting, it is best to start off with short fasts first, to gauge your bodies reaction. 2.     Planning Decide when to carry out the fast. Try to avoid fasting when it may interrupt your daily routine. Pick a time that is suitable, and that will allow you to avoid any instigators of stress. 3.     Rest When fasting, you may have feelings of tiredness and loss of stamina. Ensure to rest often and try to not overwork yourself. 4.     Drink Plenty of Water Ensure to drink at least seven 8 oz. glasses of water each day.  This can be spring bottled water, or tap water. Notes and Tips: Alternate Between Juice and Water Fast If you wish to fast for an extended period of time, replacing water with juice is a great way to ensure your body is being delivered essential nutrients during the fast. Break Up the Fast with the Right Food If you feel the undying urge to eat solid food, ensure to break your fast only with easily digestible foods. This means the avoidance of processed foods in favor of fruits and vegetables. Avoid Intense Exercise Heavy exercise is best avoided during the fasting process. Light forms of restorative yoga may be practiced instead, or light walks. Light exercise will help with the overall detoxification process, as well as help to build strength. Prepare Your Body Preparation is key to any successful task, including fasting. The best thing you can do is ensure to each a fruit and vegetable based diet for three days before the fast begins. This will help to reduce any of the nasty side effects (such as fatigue) that may ensue once you begin fasting. Water Fasting Before and After Pictures “After fasting for almost a month, the changes I notice were incredible. The first and most impressive physical change I spotted was the brightness within my eyes, which lead to many compliments on a daily basis, as well as a decreased sensitivity to sunlight. I also managed to shed a lot of unwanted pounds during my fast, and I feel as though my body has been sufficiently cleansed. My skin feels incredibly smooth, and some scars have slightly dissipated. My hair feels far healthier than it did before fasting, and my teeth appear much whiter than they once did. Both my hair, and

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01 Blog for 22 July 2016

Changes Between Running Before and After with Photos Running is a favorite form of exercise to burn calories, tone the muscles and improve the cardiovascular system. Running regularly can help keep excess weight off. However, your weight will also depend on how many calories you consume versus how much you burn. The key to any weight-loss program is to burn more calories than consumed. To benefit from exercise, you must eat a healthy diet regularly. Eight Running Before and After Stories with Photos Here are some personal stories about how running helped some individuals lose excess weight: Fiona's Story "You won't believe it, but I only started running when I turned 50. I ran my first race (first photo) in Ohio. Since then I got hooked into running and lost 30 pounds. The second photo shows me running in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, healthier than ever." Marcus's Story "I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2013. I realized that I needed to eat less and exercise more to bring back my health. With some soul searching, I began a life journey that led to regular running until I lost more than 75 pounds. Myrunning before and after photos prove it: from over 300 pounds to just 220 and counting. I have been running in many races and marathons." Darren's Story

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01 Blog for 23 Jul 2016

Apple Cider Vinegar for Dandruff Many people think they get dandruff because they don't drink enough water or they shampoo their hair a little too often. This isn't true though. It is not easy to get rid of dandruff, but you can find some natural remedies that help to improve the condition extensively. Using apple cider vinegar for dandruffis one such remedy that helps eliminate dandruff and makes things manageable. Keep reading to learn why apple cider vinegar (ACV) works against dandruff and how you should use it. Apple Cider Vinegar for Dandruff: How Does It Work? Dandruff can make your hair look dull. People get dandruff due to an overgrowth of a naturally occurring yeast-like fungus, called pityrosporumovale. Stress, allergies, and many other factors can lead to the overgrowth of this fungus that accompanies with itchiness and scaling. The dandruff is not, as commonly believed, caused by too much washing or lifestyle issues; instead, it is due to the over productive scalp yeast, and the dead cells get together on the scalp resulting in bacteria accumulation. With time passing by, the dead cells turn into white flakes and you will feel itchy on your scalp. ACV contains powerful enzymes that make it an effective dandruff remedy, for the enzymes can kill the fungus and bacteria. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties as well. It eliminates the fungus that causes dandruff and brings back life in your hair. How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Dandruff If you are trying to use apple cider vinegar to cure your dandruff, below are some good options for you to refer to, including the simplest way and some other suggestions for better effects. 1. General Guide for Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Dandruff To enjoy the most benefits of apple cider vinegar, it is equally important to follow the right method to use apple cider vinegar for dandruff. Here are the steps: Take enough ACV according to the thickness of your hair.

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01 Blog for 24 Jul 2016

Strawberry Infused Water Benefits and Recipe You probably have heard of fruit infused water, which is considered a healthy way of detoxifying the body. One of the favorite fruit flavored waters is the strawberry infused water, which is as delightful and nutritious as other preparations using various fruits, herbs, and vegetables. One reason why this beverage has become popular is that it helps people lose weight while maintaining good health. The Benefits of Strawberry Infused Water Water is not only essential to our survival, but also promotes health by supporting most bodily functions and maintaining the balance in metabolism. In fact, drinking lots of water is key to boosting metabolism, which helps you lose weight. For people who want to enjoy good taste without the added sugars or empty calories contained in many beverages, drinking strawberry infused water is the perfect answer. Strawberries are packed with vitamins, minerals and other anti-oxidants, which are excellent anti-aging weapons that help restore health to your skin, hair, and nails.The fruit used simply infuses through the water without releasing its calorie content. Therefore, your drink is calorie-free, but definitely delicious and healthy. Other health benefits of drinking strawberry infused water include: It helps improve your mood. It promotes weight loss by boosting your metabolism. It helps flush toxins from your body. It makes you feel full so you don’t have to eat much. It helps release fat cellsnaturally. It helps keep food moving in your digestive system. It helps you sweat more during exercise. It helps reduce muscle fatigue during workouts. It helps you recover faster from exercise. How to Make Strawberry Infused Water Below are a few recommend recipes to get you started. Strawberry-and-Lemon Water Ingredients: Fresh strawberries, sliced Lemon slices Water

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01 Blog for25 Jul 2016

Causes of Eating Disorders Eating disorders are conditions that relate to continuous eating behaviors that affect your functionality, health and emotions negatively. Commonly known eating disorders include binge eating, bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa. Most causes of eating disorders originate from the victim's over thinking about their body shape, weight and food. This results in dangerous eating behaviors. Such behaviors can cause a deficiency of nutrients required for growth and functionality. Eating disorders can cause harm to your mouth and teeth, bones, digestive system, heart and lead to other illnesses, too. Causes of Eating Disorders 1.    Genetics Studies have shown that genetics contribute to eating disorders. Individuals with specific genotypes are at a higher risk of developing eating disorders. This also shows that eating disorders can be inherited. If you have a family member with an eating disorder, you are 7-12 times more likely to have one yourself. Newer studies are exploring the possibility of epigenetics influencing eating disorders. 2.    Temperament Genes that have been linked to eating disorders are related to particular personality traits. Such aspects of personality are deemed to be heritable and often seen before eating disorders begin. People who develop eating disorders might have the following traits: Excessive persistence and rigidity, particularly in anorexia nervosa Impulsivity, particularly in bulimia nervosa Neuroticism (hypersensitivity and emotional instability) Harm avoidance, sensitivity to punishment or reward Perfectionism Obsessive thinking 3.    Biology Even with healthy people, a state of semi-starvation can trigger obsessive behavior around food, anxiety, depression, as well as neuroticism that foster a continued starvation cycle. Studies have shown people with eating disorders have tampered with the brain circuitry, which causes eating disorders. This can explain why some people are able to inhibit their appetite (anorexia nervosa) and why others are prone to overeating (binge).

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26/07 How to Get Back in Shape?

How to Get Back in Shape? You’ve been working out and trying to control your diet for a while, then something comes up and disrupts your routine. You go into a slump, miss some workouts, and let go of your diet. Before you know it, you are out of shape, and you wonder what to do. Getting back in shape may not be that easy, but here are some tips to help you get back on track. How to Get Back in Shape 1. Start from the Stomach Getting back in shape usually starts from the stomach. You have to eat the right amount and type of foods to lose excess weight and maintain a healthy body. Experts recommend eating a variety of foods that contain the right nutrients, usually from whole foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, meat, eggs, fish, and dairy products. It is also best to avoid processed foods, which contain lots of added sugars, fat, and salt. Remember, it takes a lot more discipline to eat a healthy diet than to work out regularly. 2. Build a Routine Build your own routines, which must include cardio exercises as well as resistance exercises. You can also play your favorite sports. Remember to include other aspects of a healthy lifestyle, such as eating a healthy breakfast daily and getting enough sleep.

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01 Blog for 27 July 2016

Wheat Free vs. Gluten Free Diet What do you associate with the term gluten? If you, like most people, believe that gluten is synonymous with wheat, then you are wrong. Gluten is not wheat, nor is it only found in wheat. Gluten is a protein present in wheat as well as rye and barley, while wheat is a grain used in the production of flour, pasta, bread, etc. That is to say, if you are on a gluten-free diet, you are on a wheat-free diet at the same time. However, if you are on wheat-free diet, you don't have to avoid gluten, because you can get it from rye and barley. Wheat Free vs. Gluten Free: Target Group Now that you are in agreement that wheat free and gluten free are not synonymous, let us find out what kind of people fall within each segment. 1.     Who Needs a Wheat-Free Diet? People who suffer from wheat allergy need to eat a wheat-free diet. Wheat allergy presents with skin itch, swelling in the throat, teary eyes, breathing difficulties, congestion and sometimes anaphylaxis. A large portion of children suffering from allergy to wheat outgrow the condition by the time they are three to five years old. But some people suffer allergy to wheat throughout their lives. 2.     Who Needs a Gluten-Free Diet? People who suffer from gluten intolerance need to eat a gluten-free diet. The worst form of gluten intolerance is celiac disease, a condition where a gluten intolerant individual who continues to eat gluten suffers an autoimmune attack against the small intestines. This causes serious inflammation, bloating and diarrhea, which will lead to weight loss and malnourishment in the long run. Besides those who suffer from celiac disease, studies indicate that six percent of the population has gluten sensitivity. It makes people to experience uncomfortable symptoms whenever they eat food containing gluten.   Wheat Free vs. Gluten Free: What to Avoid As with all the allergies, intolerance and sensitivities, the best way to stay clear of the symptoms is to avoid the specific foods. 1.     Foods to Avoid in a Wheat-Free Diet If you are allergic to wheat, you need to stay away

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01 Blog for 28 July 2016

Drinking Water After Eating It is impossible to live without water. Even if you are drinking water but are not drinking enough, you will still end up dealing with complications. It is important to increase your water intake to prevent dehydration, but you can also drink water at certain times to maximize its benefits. Drinking water after eating your meals has its benefits, but how? Is Drinking Water After Eating Okay? Yes, and drinking water after a meal has its benefits. In many cases, it helps improve your digestion by making it easier for your body to break down food and transport it easily through your digestive tract. If your diet includes plenty of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, it is important to increase your water intake to enjoy the amazing benefits of these veggies and fruits. The reason is that they contain fiber that adds bulk to your stool and prevents constipation and other digestive problems. But, you need to drink water to ensure that fiber passes through your digestive system as smoothly as possible. How Water Aids the Digestion Process To understand it, you have to understand the process of how food travels to your stomach, intestines, and then out of your body. When you eat something, it passes through your esophagus and reaches your stomach. The whole process takes no more than 2-3 seconds. After it reaches your stomach, it is

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01 Blog for 29 July 2016

How to Build Arm Strength Well-strengthened arms are always impressive. Men want them to be bigger and stronger, while women want to have slender and toned arms. But building arm strength is not just for a good looking. It is also important in daily life activities like driving, lifting children, or even carrying groceries to home. As a young adult, it is very important to exercise regularly to train your muscles and make them fit to prevent injury in aged years. Arm strength is something hard to get. Learn how to build arm strength with the arm exercises.  Exercises to Build Arm Strength 1.   Chair Dips Benefits: Chair dips are a good exercise for the triceps that covers the back of your upper arm and a part of your shoulder blade. Directions: Sit on the edge of the chair and put your feet flat on the floor.  Place your hands on each side of the chair, close to your thighs.  Bend your elbows into a 90 degree angle and lower your body to the floor. Lift your body with your hands firmly grabbing the chair to the starting position. Repeat the exercise 8 times. 2.   Forearm Plank Benefits: Forearm plank is an exercise for the deltoid muscles and core muscles of your upper arm. Directions: Get into a push-up position. Place your elbows horizontally beneath your shoulders. Make sure your body is in a straight line. Focus your body weight on the forearms and toes. Hold yourself in such a position for 20 seconds. Rest for 20 seconds and then repeat the exercise 6 times.  3.   Dumbbell Curl Benefits: Dumbbell curl exercise will mostly work the biceps muscles of your arms. 

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01 Blog for 30 July 2016

Foods that Make You Horny The famous lover from the 18th century, Casanova, used to eat 50 oysters for breakfast everyday so that he would always have increased libido. Many cultures in ancient times understood the power of foods that make you horny. For instance, the Aztecs believe that an avocado tree was actually a “testicle tree”. This article will introduce some foods that are believed to be aphrodisiacs that may increase your sexual desire. 15 Kinds of Foods that Make You Horny Pomegranates The pomegranate is actually the symbol of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love in Greek mythology. It is said that she planted the very first tree. This fruit increases the production of nitric oxide in the body that can increase blood flow, which then reaches your sexual organs and increases sexual responses. Oysters Oysters have been a popular aphrodisiac since ancient times. They contain high amounts of zinc and protein that increases your body’s production of testosterone. They are also high in dopamine, which affects the brain’s sexual arousal centers. They are a perfect “date night” food, and delicious with some nice wine and soft music next to the fire. Avocados Avocados are one of the foods that make you horny. These tasty fruits are filled with healthy fatty acids and vitamin E that increase the production of testosterone and boost blood flow to the sexual organs. The Aztecs name the trees they grow on “ahuacuatl” or “testicle-tree” because the fruit does kind of resemble the male genitals. Figs The Greeks thought of figs as a symbol of fertility and love. Even Cleopatra loved figs. It is said that they are

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01 Blog for 31 July 2016

Pressure Points on Feet Reflexology is the study of feet pressure points in Chinese medicine. These points are believed to cure ailments and diseases. Feet have numerous pressure points that are powerful in regulating or maintaining good health. According to the theory, every part of the body is connected to one of the pressure points on feet. 15 Pressure Points on Feet 1. Tai Chong (LV 3) Location: This pressure point can be located by pressing your finger in the indented spot between your big and second toe. When you are close to the point where the tendons meet, it is located where it is sorest when pressure is applied. Uses: Stress, anger, headaches, irritability, anxiety and menstrual pain. 2. Yong Quan (KD 1) Location: There is a depression below the joint of the big toe which can be located by pressing along your foot. Located between your second and big toe, you will find it where the pressure can be most felt. Uses: Palpitations, insomnia, poor memory, anxiety, night sweats and hot flashes. 3. Da Dun (LV 1) Location: This point can be found on the inner side of your big toe about one inch from the corner of your toenail. Uses: Dizziness, hernias and stomachaches. 4. Tai Bai Location: On the middle side and near the ball of your foot, you can find this pressure point. It can be found by pressing along the side until your reach a depression and where the pressure is felt the strongest. Uses: Abdominal distension, stomachaches, diarrhea, dysentery and vomiting. 5. Tai Xi Location: One of the many pressure points on feet, it can be found in the indention between the Achilles' tendon and the top of the medial malleolus (inner bony bump) of your ankle. Uses: Kidney disease, sore throat, bronchitis, toothaches, asthma and arthritis. 6. Shen Mai

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01/08/2016 How to Release Tension

How to Release Tension As we go about our daily activities, we meet challenges and obstacles that cause some level of tension in our bodies. Tension is mostly caused by anxiety and stress. Both chronic and intermittent tension can end up being a real pain for you. For this reason, it is important to learn how to release tension from both your mind and body. How to Release Tension in 10 Easy Ways 1.    Try a Massage Massage removes the physical change that occurs in muscles due to tension through relaxation. A professional masseuse is able to feel the tension and knots in your muscles and massage them away. Studies have shown that massage is capable of lengthening and releasing tension. There are several types of massage to choose from, but deep tissue and Swedish massage are the best for releasing tension. You can also try massaging yourself if you cannot get a masseuse. 2.    Take a Hot Shower When you feel tense, take a hot shower. Tension will be relieved by the warm water, and you will get an instant feeling of relaxation. Ensure the water is between 36 and 40 degrees Celsius to avoid burning your skin. A steam room can also come in handy in relieving tension. If you can, take a warm bath and add Epsom salts, they will help you relax much faster. A whirlpool tub is also a good idea as the jets will massage the tension off your muscles. 3.    Do a Slight Stretching Another great tip on

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02/08/16 How to Tone Your Body

How to Tone Your Body Who does not want a toned body? You may be tying the knot in a couple of months' time and thinking of ways to get in the best shape. You may also be hoping to get in shape before you go to your next beach holiday destination. The truth is that everyone wants a great body, but not many people know how to tone their bodies in the right way. The good thing is that it isn't very difficult, especially if you incorporate some specific exercises into your daily routine and pay a little attention to what you eat. How to Tone Your Body by Exercises Whether you think you do not have sexy arms or your legs are not lean, you can always try some exercises to get great results. Here are some exercises to tone your body in the right way. 1. Get Sexy Arms If you are not happy with the way your arm looks right now, you can try the following two exercises for great effects. Perform three sets of each exercise. Narrow to Wide Pushup Get in a plank position but keep your hands slightly wider than your shoulders. Slowly lower your body to the ground but press back up as soon as your chest is about to touch the ground. Do it again by keeping your hands further away from your shoulders. Go for as many as you can in 30 seconds. Tricep Pushup Start by getting in a plank position but lift your feet off the ground while keeping your knees on the floor. Keep your hands under your shoulders with fingertips facing forward. Keep your arms close to your torso and lower your chest until it almost touches the floor. Push back up to complete one rep. Continue for 30 seconds.

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03/08/2016 Lemon and Ginger Water

Lemon and Ginger Water Are you looking for a way to boost your immune system and relieve stress? Try a cup of ginger lemon water and you will love the way it makes you feel. The right combination of sweetness and spiciness makes it one of the very best drinks during the winter. Do not take it just as a combo of lemon and ginger because it is much more than this. It is loaded with nutrients and antioxidants that will improve your health in every way possible. How Does Lemon and Ginger Water Benefit You? With a cup of lemon-ginger tea, you will be enjoying the benefits of both ginger and lemon. Here are some of the benefits you get from this tea. 1. It Improves Immune System The best thing about ginger lemon tea is that it improves your immunity. It happens mainly due to the antioxidants found in ginger and the vitamin C found in lemon. There are bioflavonoids in lemons that help prevent cancer growth in the body. Lemons are also rich in antioxidants and help eliminate free radicals from your body. 2. It Soothes Digestive System A cup of lemon and ginger water will help strengthen your digestive system and relievesymptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, heartburn and indigestion. Drinking it before travelling can help prevent motion sickness. It also works effectively in treating vomiting related to pregnancy and chemotherapy. Simply mix a teaspoon of mint juice and a teaspoon of lemon juice with one-half teaspoon of ginger juice and a tablespoon of honey, and have it twice a day to relieve morning sickness during pregnancy. 3. It Keeps Diabetes at Bay Regular consumption of ginger lemon tea may reduce kidney damage and even lower the effects of diabetes on your body. Ginger is

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04/08/2016 How to Put Someone to Sleep

How to Put Someone to Sleep According to the statistics of the National Sleep Foundation, almost 60% of people in the U.S. suffer from insomnia or other sleep-related problems, with symptoms ranging from difficulty falling asleep to staying awake the whole night. There may be many reasons why someone might be unable to fall asleep. It could be a result of stress from the previous or upcoming day, or from surroundings that are not conducive to a relaxed atmosphere. No matter what leads to a restless night, knowing how to put someone to sleep is helpful, as insufficient rest at night is likely to cause the sufferer to be cranky, sleepy, and hard to be around the following day. Fortunately, there are a number of helpful techniques you can try. How to Put Someone to Sleep Bedroom Environment 1. Temperature Experts believe that a cool bedroom of about 65°F (18°C) is best for sleeping. Some strategies for controlling the room temperature include: Close the blinds and close the windows if the temperature outside is higher than inside. For cooler summer sleeping, prepare during the day to avoid heat build-up in your house. As the air outside cools, open the windows and let a cross breeze through the bedroom. Sleep in the bedroom on the lowest level. Use a fan, or place a fan near an open window, and open other windows in the house to allow air flow. 2. Light Have you ever wondered why people sometimes wake up without the help of an alarm clock? The thing is, we have an internal clock that mimics the natural cycles of night and day. Located deep in the brain, the hypothalamus regulates many of our body's functions including sleep. Daylight is detected by cells in the retina of our eyes and sends messages to our brain that keep us in a roughly 24-hour wake-and-sleep cycle. With the help of morning light and other chemical changes such as an increase in the hormone cortisol, we feel ready and alert for the day. 3. Noise While you are sleeping, your brain will continue to process and register

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05/08/2016 Loss of Taste and Smell

Loss of Taste and Smell Taste and smell are two of our most important senses and we often assume that we will always be able to use them. These precious senses help us enjoy foods and appreciate their delicious flavors. Besides, being able to taste and smell can also protect us against potential dangers such as poisons, fires, or gases. The loss of taste and smell can be very alarming. The two are closely linked together and, in fact, without the sense of smell we are not able to fully taste things. How Dose Taste and Smell Work? Taste involves five different types, including salty, sour, sweet, umami, and bitter. Beyond that, taste is limited without smell. We detect taste through our taste buds that are mostly located on the top of the tongue. Our brain registers signals from the taste buds to tell us what we are tasting. The subtle part of taste actually comes from smell receptors, located in the upper part of the nose. We can put things in our mouth and detect their specific tastes as the smell from the food goes up into the nose. The senses of taste and smell are chemical in nature and are a part of chemosensation. What happens during the act of taste and smell is that the small molecules emitted by the food we eat stimulate cells in the throat, nose and mouth. The cells are neurological in nature and send signals to our brain so that the brain can identify what the tastes and smells really are. The olfactory cells in the nose are activated by the smells we experience, such as the aroma of a rose or the smell of roast chicken. These cells are located above the cribriform plate in the nose and are connected closely to brain cells. The gustatory cells are located within the taste buds inside our throat and mouth. When we eat, foods and beverages are mixed with saliva and the molecules from them are picked up by the cells in the taste buds, which in turn interact with nerve fibers connected. It is these nerve fibers that send messages to the brain to help identify the taste of what you eat. What Could Cause Loss of Taste and Smell?

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06/08/2016 Why Do Couples Look Alike?

Why Do Couples Look Alike? You've probably seen it before--two elderly people walking hand in hand down the street or sitting at a café, resembling each other so strongly that they could be siblings. When looking at two people who are so completely in love, you probably notice that they look quite a bit alike. Do these couples actually look alike, and if so, what's caused them to develop this way? The question is often posed when referring to happy couples. According to psychologists, there is a completely relatable reason for why this happens. Why Do Couples Look Alike? According to some psychological studies, the more time couples spend together, the more likely they are to look similar to each other as their behaviors and style can “rub off” on each other. The concept is referred to as the convergence of appearance. Some of the reasons behind the answer to why do couples look alike are as follows: 1. You Look Like Each Other to Begin With Most individuals already find different traits about themselves attractive. As such, when we are looking for a partner, we are also looking for those similar features which we find attractive. This can vary from person to person, depending on what you are looking for in a companion. A few examples and reasoning behind these phenomena are: Body Appearance. You have probably noticed that the size and shape of couples is often similar. This is because our brain associates with symmetrical features and tells us that this person is a “good choice”. This is also why we find couples where there are stark differences in the body-types so intriguing and often “fail to compute” how the relationship happened. Women Seek out Their Fathers. Perhaps one of the best and worst compliments that a woman can give you is that you remind her of her father. It might sound strange, but women who have strong, healthy relationships with the parental figure will seek out something similar in that partner. People seek out those who are able to provide the same love, adoration, and support in their lives. Caste/ Religion. Socially speaking, those who fall into the same group are more likely to be in a successful relationship. It gives a certain type of bond for both individuals to be connected with someone who is their equal. This can include religion, social class,

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07/08/2016 Carbohydrate Deficiency

Carbohydrate Deficiency Carbohydrates are essential nutrients which provide fuel and energy for the body to perform day to day activities, they are essential for development, growth and a strong immune system. These days many people have the misconception that carbohydrate consumption can lead to weight gain and they avoid taking carbohydrates in adequate amounts, which can lead to carbohydrate deficiency and can result in serious health problems. Symptoms of Carbohydrate Deficiency Carbohydrates play a vital role in maintaining normal body function. The symptoms of carbohydrate deficiency can be transient and short lived or more long term based on the extent of deficiency. Since they are the major energy suppliers to the brain cells, a lack of them can result in lack of concentration and can affect memory and learning abilities. Since the brain cells work all the time they are in constant need of a steady glucose supply. Severe carbohydrate deficiency can lead to serious problems like seizures or paralysis. Main symptoms of carbohydrate deficiency are: Exhaustion, fatigue and irritability Headache Nausea Muscle ache and cramps Smelly breath Lack of concentration and mental sharpness Dehydration Altered bowel habits (diarrhea or constipation)

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08/08/2016 Lemon Juice in the Morning

Lemon Juice in the Morning You may have already been using lemon as a base for salad dressings or while baking and cooking, but you may have not been aware of its health benefits. Lemons are a great source of vitamin B6, folate, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, thiamin, vitamin A, and many other nutrients. Including lemons in your diet and especially having lemon juice in the morning may bring a number of health benefits. Let's check out more about it. Benefits of Drinking Lemon Juice in the Morning Drinking lemon juice anytime during the day is beneficial, but having it in the morning can maximize its impressive effects. 1. It Detoxifies Your Body Lemons may look acidic in nature but they actually work amazingly well to balance your body's pH. Drinking it in the morning will help stimulate your liver and makes it easier to flush out toxins from your body. It also promotes urination and works as a diuretic to remove toxins from your body. Lemon juice contains citric acid that improves enzyme function and aids in detoxification. 2. It Lowers Body Weight Lemon

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11/08/2016 How Much Milk Should I Drink a Day?

How Much Milk Should I Drink a Day? Milk is packed with essential nutrients. It is an excellent source of calcium which is needed for optimal bone health; it plays a vital role in forming and repairing bones and teeth. Milk is rich in calcium; every 8-ounce serving of milk contains up to 300 milligrams of this mineral which is needed not only for bone formation but is also crucial for their repair and maintenance. How Much Milk Should I Drink a Day? The milk requirement varies depending on age and gender. Women usually are at greater risk to suffer from osteoporosis and so their daily recommended intake of calcium is greater than that for men. 1. For Women Females who are between 19 and 50 years of age need roughly 1000 milligrams of calcium every day. This daily calcium requirement increases to 1200 milligrams for women who are beyond 50 years of age. In simpler terms, if you were to drink three to four glasses of milk every day, you will be easily meeting your calcium needs. 2. For Men Calcium needs per day for men are quite similar to the requirements of their female counterparts. Those who are between 19 and 70 years of age, 1000 milligrams of calcium per day would suffice for them, whereas this amount would go up to 1200 milligrams every day if the male is beyond 70 years of age.

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12/08/2016How Many Calories Should a Teenager Eat?

How Many Calories Should a Teenager Eat? Foods and drinks contain energy that can be measured in kilocalories (kcal) or kilojoules (kJ). They are simply called calories. You have to pay attention to how many calories you eat to make sure nutrients intake and also keep your body weight in a healthy range. The calorie intake is even more essential for teenagers because their bodies are still growing. You need to give your teenager nutritious foods during the age of 13 to 19 to help him/her become taller and gain weight as well. The foods sources contain protein, vitamins, essential minerals and others. Then how many calories should a teenager eat? It depends on many factors actually. Let's find out more about it. How Many Calories Should an Average Teenager Eat? Your teenager between the age of 13 and 19 should get 1600-3200 calories. The variations depend upon age, gender, growth rate, body size, and activity level of teens. Check the following table to find how many calories your teenager needs to eat. Gender Age Sedentary Moderately Active Active Male 13 2,000 2,200 2,600 14 2,000 2,400 2,800 15 2,200 2,600 3,000 16 2,400 2,800 3,200

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13/08/2016 Top 10 Benefits of Eating Raw Garlic

Top 10 Benefits of Eating Raw Garlic The notion of eating raw garlic is enough to have you shuddering in revulsion. In popular folklore, garlic has been used to keep vampires away but the smell itself will keep everyone at bay, regardless if they're vampires or not! The benefits of garlic have been extolled through the ages. From ancient Egyptian and Indian culture to Vikings–all these cultures used garlic in some way or the other. Today, there are even garlic supplements to maximize its positive effects on health. Benefits of Eating Raw Garlic Garlic is a vegetable from the onion (Allium) family and is rich in many vital nutrients essential for a healthy functioning body. Apart from using garlic to flavor foods, garlic has long been recognized as a treatment for certain illnesses. The healthy component of garlic is a sulphurous compound called allicin, which can also be credited for the distinctive smell. This compound is easily absorbed by the digestive tract and transported all over the body. Here are the reasons why you should eat more raw garlic. Garlic is very high in antioxidants. These are important in the body to mop up any free radicals that can cause cell damage which can lead to some diseases. One of the ways in which free radicals can affect the body is the process of aging. The antioxidants protect the body from diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and dementia which occur as a result of aging. Another use of garlic's antioxidant activity is in acne treatment. Allicin can be used in acne products to minimize inflammation caused by free radicals and kill the bacteria present in blemishes. Studies have found that regular consumption of garlic can lower the total and unhealthy LDLcomponent of cholesterol by about 10-15%. There appeared to be no noticeable effect on HDL cholesterol or the triglycerides.

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14/08/2016 10 Rappers with Severe Illness

10 Rappers with Severe Illness In many people's eyes, rappers are those people who almost have everything from fame to fortune. However, they are also human beings, and some of them are suffering from diseases that common people suffer from. Have a look at these 10 rappers with severe illness. You will be surprised! 10 Rappers with Severe Illness 1. Ghostface Killah Dennis Coles, better known as Ghostface Killah, was born on May 9, 1970 in New York. Unfortunately for Ghostface, he has been suffering from type-1 diabetes since 1996. Ghostface said to public that his disease inspired him to reach out to others. He started up a nonprofit organization  in 2011, providing support, education, and treatment for people with diabetes. 2. Trick Daddy Maurice Samuel Young, better known as Trick Daddy, was born on September 23, 1973 in Miami. This American rapper, actor, and producer announced that he was suffering from discoid lupus in 2009. Discoid lupusa is a debilitating immune system disease which makes the rapper highly sensitive to sunlight. He also refused to receive any medical treatments for his disease. 3. DMX DMX, whose original name was Earl Simmons, was born on December 18, 1970

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15/08/2016 What Causes Bags Under Eyes?

What Causes Bags Under Eyes? Are you frustrated because you just cannot seem to get rid of those unsightly bags under eyes? This common problem makes people try to figure out what causes bags under eyes in the first place. Even if you've been taking proper care of your skin, these eye bags may appear out of nowhere, making you look older than your age. You can surely find certain ways to treat these eye bags, but some of these options can be quite irritating and even expensive. It is; therefore, better to start taking some steps to avoid having them in the first place. To begin with, some information about the causes of bags under eyes will be needed in preventing them from making you look haggard. What Causes Bags Under Eyes? If you don't understand the reasons behind those unsightly eye bags, you just cannot take any steps to prevent them. So, get to find out the possible cause of developing eye bags in your case. 1. Aging That's right – you may be getting old. Your muscles and ligaments become weak with age, making it difficult for your skin under the eyes to hold fats in place. The fat will accumulate underneath your eyes and make them look puffy. These eye bags may become even more prominent when you have other issues, such as stress or a sickness. If you also notice layers of fat on your lower eyelids with eye bags, you're just getting old. 2. Heredity Some people will have eye bags irrespective of their age because they have this issue in their genes. If it runs in your family, you may develop bags under eyes even if you're still very young.

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16/08/2016 How to Make Swelling Go Down

How to Make Swelling Go Down   An abnormal enlargement of organs or any part of body due to fluid accumulation resulting from an injury or illness is known as swelling. It can occur anywhere and is often accompanied by pain and irritation. Swelling can be very well managed at home with various remedies and therapies and it's not advisable to leave it untreated. How to Make Swelling Go Down Swelling can be very well taken care of by being cautious, avoiding uncomfortable positions and most importantly through various remedies and therapies. 1. Elevate It Swelling is a result of fluid accumulation, and if fluid is removed from the affected area, swelling would naturally subside. One effective way of doing this is by elevating the affected region above the level of heart to drain fluid away from the swelling site. 2. Apply Compression Swelling can also be kept under control by not allowing fluid to enter the region that appears swollen. This can be done by tightly wrapping the affected part with a towel or bandage, but not too tight to restrict the blood flow. 3. Rest It The ultimate solution to every health issue is rest. Be it due to an injury or any other reason, rest the swollen area and avoid all activities that may affect it. You can: Use crane or crutches to avoid exerting pressure on the injured part;; Ask for others' assistance; In case of an arm injury, use the other arm for performing tasks.

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16/08/2016 How Does Yoga Relieve Stress?

How Does Yoga Relieve Stress? Stress can mess up your health and your life. You can experience headaches, pains and become unfocused. Yoga is a good method to cope with stress through its meditative and stretching practices. There are many different types of classes available out there, and you can talk to an instructor to find out which one is suitable for you. Don't have time for a complete class, or not into yoga? Try yoga breathing to bring your stress levels down. How Does Yoga Relieve Stress? 1. Its Meditation and Breathing Calm Your Mind Yoga relieves stress by helping the mind, body, and spirit come together as one. Yoga focuses on breathing and finding the right space for your body and your heart, like meditation which has proven results to help with severe stress and anxiety. You can use the breathing technique of yoga at home when needed to reduce stress level and improve concentration.  2. It Cooperates Your Body and Mind In the modern life, we usually push ourselves over the limit. Yoga can help us become more aware of our minds and bodies, focusing on each area such as the heart, toes, fingers, or stomach. When your body and mind are in harmony again, the stress is naturally reduced.  3. It Has the Factors of Relaxing Exercise Research has found that a physical exercise can effectively reduce stress if it has the following four characteristics: aerobics, non-competitiveness, predictability and repetitiveness. Fortunately yoga has all the four features and thus can provide you with relaxation and help you reduce stress levels.  4. It Improves Self Acceptance Although stress is mostly found to be part of the workplace, stress can also occur from low self-esteem and awkward social interactions. How does yoga relieve stress? According to some studies, yoga, whether practiced in a class or on your own, can help you accept yourself in a better way and reduce social

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17/08/2016 (Morning) How to Wake Up Easier

  How to Wake Up Easier   Do you start your days with terrible mornings, feeling tired like you just get into bed? This should not be happening to you. And it won’t happen once you develop better sleep habits. In fact, you can put the terrible morning feeling to a stop and get up feeling well rested. By following a few easy strategies, you can enjoy a good night’s sleep, so you'll wake up refreshed. Maybe when you can wake up easier, mornings will turn out to be your best time of the day. How to Wake Up Easier 1. Form a Routine In order to wake up on time, you need to develop a routine that includes sleeping and waking up at the same time every day. For most people, the temptation to sleep a little longer during the weekend is too strong. But when Monday comes, it’s payback time. Your sleep system is confused and tends to stick to your latest rhythm. While you might think little about sleeping longer than usual, it can terribly interrupt your sleep-wake system. Stick to regular bedtimes for your circadian clock to remain steady. 2. Do Not Check Email Are you one of the people who start reading their emails the moment when the alarm goes off? If you read a stressful message early in the morning, it might set you up for an anxious day. In this state, you may want to stay in bed a little longer, pretending the day has not begun. If your urge to check mail

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17/08/2016 (Evening) How to Smile for a Photo

How to Smile for a Photo A camera ready smile is great when learning how to smile for a photo. Nowadays, you can take selfies and have your camera instantly share taken photos with your friends. When taking photos, people often give a forced smile. Everyone’s natural smile is slightly different, but most people have a few common features. Here are a few tips for smiling for the camera. 1. Get Light on Your Face Getting light on your face is vital when learning how to smile for a photo. Light produces clearer pictures. Conceal facial blemishes with skin foundation and clear skin powder for a good photo shoot. To get light on your face when indoors, focus cameras near windows and take photos closer to the windows. Background choice also matters a lot when taking photos. 2. Look Confident Trust yourself to be good looking. Confidence makes your face relax and as a result, the smile comes out beautifully. Avoid worrying too much about your appearance. This brings about tension and you may look disturbed in photos. 3. Avoid a Double Chin When taking a photo, the camera position is vital in learning how to smile for a photo. Make sure the camera lens is or above your eye level. For a better photo, bend your knees to be on an even level with the photographer. People who are taller than the photographer should sit on a chair and look up towards the camera. It is also very important to project your chin out an inch to avoid a double chin. 4.

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18/08/2016 (Morning) High Calorie Vegetables

High Calorie Vegetables   In general, fruits and vegetables are considered low-calorie foods. Most people think you can indulge as much as you want in these fresh foods, but you must use caution as some are actually calorie rich. High calorie vegetables are great for you if you are trying to put on weight, but if you are trying to shed a few pounds you should limit or monitor your consumption of them.   High Calorie Vegetables 1.      Artichoke One artichoke contains about 100 calories, but don't let that scare you. The inside of this thorny vegetable is packed full of minerals, antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate and fiber. It is so rich in health benefits, artichokes are in the top 20 USDA ranked antioxidant-rich foods. While they require careful preparation, this vegetable can be eaten in a wide-variety of dishes. Typically, artichokes are steamed and then the inner portion called the heart is removed and eaten. This is the meaty part, which can be added to dips, salads and main dishes like casseroles. 2.      Potato A popular side dish, a medium size potato contains approximately 110 calories. Often considered a starchy food and one of the high calorie vegetables, potatoes contain resistant starch which is a carbohydrate similar to dietary fiber. They are rich in antioxidants like vitamin C, anthocyanin and carotenoids. They are also a source of vitamin B, potassium, magnesium, and are naturally fat and sodium free. There are a wide variety of potatoes – red, yellow, purple, russets, and fingerlings and on and on. Potatoes are a very versatile vegetable and can be prepared in numerous ways. They can be boiled, baked, mashed, fried and roasted. You can season potatoes with a little salt, pepper and herbs for a wonderful side dish. 3.      Corn One ear of corn contains around 80 calories, 10 of which are from unsaturated fat. This

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18/08/2016 (Even)Protein Rich Food for Vegetarians

Protein Rich Food for Vegetarians Vegetarians frequently worry about getting enough protein in their diets, but there is more protein rich food veg people can eat than many realize. Protein is one of the many macronutrients our body needs and it is responsible for repairing and building muscle, among other functions. When the body doesn’t have enough fat and carbohydrates, protein can also provide energy. Protein also works to boost metabolism and control blood sugar levels, which it does by slowing down the speed with which carbohydrates are released into the bloodstream. To maintain and build muscle, you should aim to eat a gram of protein daily for every kilogram of bodyweight. If you are vegetarian, you will need to pay special attention to your diet to make sure you meet this goal. Top 10 Protein Rich Foods for Vegetarians 1. Seitan Amount of protein: Seitan, or wheat gluten, has 75 grams of protein in a 100-gram serving. As a bonus, seitan is also low in carbs, fat, and sodium; high in iron; and provides you with calcium. Try eating this delicious protein in any dish that you would normally use turkey or chicken. Simply swap the traditional meat for seitan and enjoy. 2. Lentils Amount of protein: Lentils will give you 26 grams of protein per 100 grams you eat. That same amount will also give a great deal of fiber as well as vitamins and minerals like potassium, magnesium, and iron. They are even low in sodium and fat and cholesterol free. You probably won’t eat a full 100 grams of lentils in a single sitting, but you can add make them a side dish alone, add them to your favorite vegetables, or make them into protein rich food veg-friendly patties. Consider adding lentils to your next pot of chili or soup. 3. Peanut Butter Amount of protein: Every 100 grams of peanut butter gives you 25 grams of protein. It also provides a great source of fiber and a high potassium content. The potassium combines with peanut butter’s magnesium to give your body plenty of nutrients. You even get vitamin B6 to boost metabolic processes and provide liver benefits. Just remember that peanut butter is high in fat so it is best enjoyed in moderation. Instead of the traditional sandwich, consider adding some peanut butter to a smoothie or simply dipping celery or apples in it. 4. Black Beans Amount of protein: Black beans have long been a favorite among vegetarians for their 21 grams of protein in each 100 gram serving. They also help ensure your blood sugar levels stay healthy, making them a great choice for diabetics. Your body digests the slowly so you feel full for longer, helping with weight loss. The ratio of protein and fiber even helps your digestive tract. Through in their low fat, and you have the perfect protein rich food veg people can enjoy. You can easily add black beans to everything from Tex-Mex to side dishes to stir fry or bean dip. 5. Almonds Amount of protein: Almonds not only have 21 grams of protein for every 100 grams, but they are also highly portable. This nut is also high in fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, and magnesium. Although almonds have a lot of fat, it is nearly all healthy fat. You should still try to avoid eating a full 100 grams in a sitting. Opt for raw almonds to avoid extra sodium and oil that is added to dry roasted ones. If you don’t want to snack on plain almonds, chop them to mix in baked goods or vegetables. 6. Quinoa Amount of protein: Eating 100 grams of quinoa gives you 14 grams of protein. It also has all of the necessary essential amino acids we need. It even has vitamins and minerals like potassium as well as fiber. It is a low option on the glycemic index and lowers blood sugar levels, blood pressure, and cholesterol. Try subbing quinoa for pasta or rice. 7. Yogurt, Milk, and Soymilk Amount of protein: Greek yogurt has 10 grams for each 100 grams you eat. Try using it instead of sour cream or mix it with some fruit. Drinking 100 grams of milk or soy milk will give you 3.3 grams of protein. Either option provides calcium for bone and teeth help and can promote weight loss. Drink milk alone, make a shake, or have some in hot chocolate. 8. Eggs (Especially Egg Whites) Amount of protein: Eating two large eggs gives you 100 grams of the food and 13 grams of protein. Remember to eat the entire egg, not just the whites or yolk. You can make eggs however you want and hard-boiled eggs are easy to transport. You can also use eggs in baking or other dishes like casseroles. 9. Tofu Amount of protein: 100 grams of tofu has 8 grams of protein. You can use it however you want, replacing meat for tofu. It is also delicious in stews and soups and great as part of a meat-replacement burger or hot dog.It is also an excellent source of iron and calcium and the minerals manganese, selenium and phosphorous. In addition, tofu is a good source of magnesium, copper, zinc and vitamin B1. 10. Hummus Amount of protein: With the main ingredient of chickpeas, hummus gives you 8 grams of protein in 100 grams. Hummus also gives you benefits of other ingredients, such as lemon juice, olive oil, and tahini. This means you get antioxidants, healthy fats, and calcium. If you eat chickpeas by themselves, 100 grams would give you 19 grams of protein. Hummus is more delicious and is a great dip and dressing.   More Protein Rich Vegetables Getting more protein from plant-based sources will lower your risk of diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Try to eat a wide range of vegetables every day to get protein and other nutrients. Great choices include nuts, seeds, whole grains, soy products, peas, spinach, broccoli, kale, mushrooms, sprouts, Brussel sprouts, asparagus, artichokes, and corn. More Protein Rich Fruits While fruits don’t offer too much protein, they do have a lot of vitamins and minerals such as antioxidants that strengthen the immune system by fighting free radicals. Good fruit choices for a protein rich food veg diet include guava, kumquat, avocado, jackfruit, currants, peaches, bananas, grapefruit, figs, and cantaloupe.       Credit  :  http://www.newhealthadvisor.com/Protein-Rich-Food-Veg.html    

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19/08/2016 (Eve) Does Your Heart Stop When You

    Does Your Heart Stop When You Sneeze? You already know how it feels to sneeze – you feel that insidious tickle in the back of your nose first followed by the gasping intake of breath and a cathartic blast in the end. Anything that irritates your nasal passages can make you sneeze. Irritation in your nasal passages signals the brain, and then your body responds by coordinating the muscles in your nasal passages to expel air forcefully. There are several myths and interesting facts associated with sneezing. Some people say sneezing makes your heart stop. Is it true?  Does Your Heart Stop When You Sneeze? The simple answer is no! Sneezing does not make your heart stop. There is an increase in the intrathoracic pressure when you sneeze. When this happens, the blood flow to your heart is decreased. This in turn makes your heart change its regular heartbeat for a short time to adjust. What it means is that your heart does not stop when you sneeze, and actually there is a change in the rhythm of your heartbeat, which may make you feel as if your heart has skipped a beat. Does your heart stop when you sneeze? Now you know the answer. 6 Interesting Facts About Sneezing Does your heart stop when

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19/08/2016 (Morning) Deep Conversation Topics

Deep Conversation Topics Don't you hate it when you really want to get to know a person but the discussion topic is dull? People with cerebral personalities usually complain that most conversation topics are fluffy and superficial, which is why they don't last for a longer period of time. Needless to say that deep conversation topics and discussions are important for people who prefer quality not quantity in their socializing approach. There is no rule of thumb that rates a conversation deep and significant but you can definitely feel the difference with experience. Some ways to help you talk deep conversation topics are discussed in this article. How to Have a Deep Conversation Deep conversation topics can help you read the mind of the people without making any scientific efforts. But what to discuss and how to do it? Find out the ways to have a deep conversation here: 1. Start with Small Talk Choose a simple, casual topic to start, like asking a question or passing a compliment, which helps in building a heart-to-heart conversation. The next step is to build the foundation of your deep conversation with a strong topic that can lead to much more broader topics. A broad topic can make you learn a lot about one person. 2. Make Your Conversations Emotional One of the most important needs of people is to be heard, but many are scared to admit that. You can break the ice by asking questions about their life events to get them engaged and feel connected so that others will look forward to having more conversations with you. Shy people may start feeling comfortable once you ask them reflective questions. 3. Listen Without Judgment You should never criticize and judge if the other person opens up. You' better show curiosity and interest in the topics and provide room to let them express more. Psychiatrists use this technique to dig into deep conversation topics by asking questions. People feel more comfortable in talking and communicating when they have room to speak and know they won't get judged. 4. Let the Speaker Be the Expert Ask for advice to allow the individual to share his wisdom and life experiences. Ask them about their routine, business activities and experiences to learn about their views and beliefs on life, which you can either agree or disagree with. You don't have to know much about what others do to have a deep conversation; instead, you just need to let them be the expert and talk about it. 5. Try to React Honestly It is necessary to be honest while answering questions and sharing views by asking yourself what your real opinion is, if you are hiding something, etc. To increase honesty in views, it is good to slightly push the boundaries, when the time is right. You should avoid using the same phrase or word in your responses to let others feel that you're listening carefully and react honestly.

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20/08/2016 (Mor) Drinking Alcohol While Sick

Drinking Alcohol While Sick   Roughly one billion Americans suffer from the common cold each year. This means coughing, headache, sore throat, sneezing, runny nose and congestion. This illness can last as long as two weeks. During that time the sufferer may or not have a fever. If you feel good enough to head out and meet friends while sick, you may be wondering if you could drink alcohol while sick. Can You Drink Alcohol While Sick? It is not advisable for you to be drinking alcohol while sick. There is some sort of myth stating that the viruses and bacteria present in the body will be killed by alcohol. However, in order for that to be true, your bloodstream would have to hold over 60 percent alcohol, and that is a death sentence. The human body cannot tolerate such a high concentration of alcohol, so it is better to drink another day. Reasons Why You Shouldn't Be Drinking While Sick 1. Eliminate Distraction for the Immune System Your immune system is already battling the illness that is making you feel under the weather. Therefore, do not add alcohol to the mix, as it can overload

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20/08/2016 (Eve) How to Sleep with Your Eyes Open

How to Sleep with Your Eyes Open The majority of people sleep with both eyes closed. However, some people—children especially—are capable of sleeping with both of their eyes open. Sleeping with your eyes open is actually a symptom of a sleep disorder. When you sleep with your eyes open, you are not actually asleep, but in a trance-like state. The best way to learn how to sleep with your eyes open is to practice meditation—you can do it anywhere and anytime. It’s guaranteed to leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Is It Possible to Learn Sleeping with Your Eyes Open? Generally, sleeping is about lying in a recumbent position while your body and mind are at rest. When we sleep, we usually can’t see or respond to external stimuli and we tend to keep our eyes closed. Some people do not close their eyes completely during sleep; thus, the white part of their eye (sclera) remains uncovered. Sometimes this occurs in healthy people. Therefore, it may be possible to learn how to sleep with your eyes open. Sleeping with your eyes open is largely harmless. However, your eyes may be red or dry the next morning. If this is the case, coat your eye with a lubricant and patch it overnight. Other people who can’t close their eyes are due to medical problems. This is known as lagophthalmos and it occurs most commonly due to a condition called Bell’s palsy which is known to cause facial weakness. It is also

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21/08/2016 (Mor) How to Sleep with a Snorer

How to Sleep with a Snorer Most people think that snoring is not a significant problem socially, yet, it can be a real pain in many marriages. Besides, snoring is associated with higher risks of developing a heart attack and stroke. A person who snores is more likely to be irritable, drowsy, suffer from sleep apnea and low libido. If your partner snores a lot, he or she should see a sleep disorder specialist for assistance. Before the snoring is cured, here are ways to manage the situation.    How to Sleep with a Snorer 1. Try White Noise White noise has a wide wavelength range to eclipse or envelope the snoring sounds. This way, your partner’s snoring is less apparent and you will sleep easier. You can buy a white noise generating machine or download white noise apps online. White noise may include sounds from nature or machines. You can also use a fan or even a computer monitor as a source of white noise. Simply place the fan or monitor near the bed and switch it on to produce the more gentle and steady sound that is less distracting than snoring. 2. Listen to Music You can drown the snoring by listening to cool music on a set of earphones or headphones. Pick a particular type of music that makes you feel relaxing. Another tip on how to sleep with a snorer is to download sleeping apps that generate beats and gentle sounds that help you to sleep. Buy headphones that are comfortable for you. 

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21/08/2016 (Eve) How to Use Derma Roller

How to Use Derma Roller Derma rollers can be used to benefit the skin, including reducing the appearance of wrinkles, acne scars and other flaws. Derma rollers are rolling devices that contain several rolls of tiny, thin needles. Users roll the derma roller over problem areas and the needles puncture the spot, helping build up collagen, create new cells and break down scar tissue. Even though derma rollers are often used at spas, salons and dermatology clinics, they are also available for home use. How to Use Derma Roller Learning the correct ways to use a derma roller is very important, as the roller does pierce the skin. Therefore, preparation matters! Since the derma roller should be rolled in every direction over the problem area, pain can become an issue. Make sure to have a lidocaine cream (an anesthetic) handy to use about 20 minutes before using the derma roller. Preparations You will need to have a sterile environment when you begin. Learning how to use derma roller at home doesn’t mean anything if you wind up with an infection during the first time you use it. To prepare, ensure your hands are clean – wash well with soap and water, or you can wear disposable gloves. Clean and disinfect a table on which you will place the pertinent items: the derma roller, a bowl of ice water, clean cloths and towel, paper towels, moisturizing cream, numbing gel, a timer, and more disinfectant, preferably in a glass. Ensure the skin where you will use the derma roller is entirely clean. If you will be using the derma roller for the first time, follow instructions on how to sterilize it before you begin.

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22/08/2016 (Morn) How to Become Anorexic

  How to Become Anorexic Anorexia nervosa is a disturbing eating disorder that often originates when people are in their teens. People suffering from anorexia purposely withhold eating food from their diet, so they can lose weight. They suffer from the perception that they are fat when the mirror indicates they are actually thin. About 5 percent of teenage girls in Great Britain suffer from anorexia; about 4 out of 10 will skip their meals in order to look more like movie stars and fashion models. What's more, girls are not the only ones who have anorexia and boys sometime develop the disorder, too. This article is about how to become anorexic for losing weight only, we know you want to lose weight quickly instead of becoming anorexic. 4 Tips to Become Anorexic Anorexics have specific exercise and eating habits you may want to learn about before making your decision. However, because anorexia can lead to serious health problems, you should talk to your doctor before embarking on becoming an anorexic. Anorexia can be particularly dangerous for those who suffer from chronic diseases, such as cancer, HIV, and diabetes. Your doctor might give you some advices about losing weight wisely and here are some helpful tips for that. 1.  Be Prepared You need first to help keep your mind and body in proper shape. Too many people try to jump in and do it quickly. Unfortunately, the brain and body need to go at a slower pace in order to fight off hunger. Although there are several different types of tips on how to become anorexic, you need to select one that you can manage. You can try to be anorexic for just a couple of days and not commit right away to doing it for a whole week. 2.  Diet Plan

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22/08/2016 (Eve) Does Diabetes Make You Tired?

Does Diabetes Make You Tired? Blurred vision and frequent thirst are some of the most common symptoms of diabetes, but sometimes, people who have diabetes feel extremely tired. Then here comes the question: Can diabetes make you tired? Also, what could be the reasons if your diabetes is making you feel tired? Let's find out more.   Does Diabetes Make You Tired? The answer is yes. You may feel tired, especially after meals if you are a diabetic. The reason is that your body does not get enough energy from the food you eat when you have diabetes. When you feel tired, it becomes difficult to handle your diabetes self-management tasks. That is the reason why it makes sense to learn how you can deal with this condition.   Why Does Diabetes Make You Tired? 1. Abnormal Blood Sugar Levels Both high and low blood glucose levels can cause tiredness. High blood sugar levels: In type-1 diabetes, your body fails to produce enough insulin to keep blood sugar levels low, while your body fails to utilize insulin properly if you have type-2 diabetes. Insulin transports glucose into your cells to provide you with energy. When insulin is not enough or is not working efficiently, the sugar in your blood cannot be transferred into cells, so cells can't get enough energy to function well, making you feel tired. Low blood sugar levels: Your tiredness could be due to hypoglycemia or low blood sugar, which is the result of too much insulin in your body. This may happen when you consume too much insulin or diabetes medications. Besides, eating quickly digestible carbs will make your blood sugar level go up and then crash quickly within

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23/08/2016 ( Mon) Will My Hair Grow Back?

Will My Hair Grow Back? It can be hard on your self-image to not have any hair. There are millions of people in the United States dealing with hair loss. It is very common for natural hair loss to occur after age 40, but some people lose their hair very early on. It could be attributed to medical treatments, health conditions, or even poor diet. Hair loss occurs when the hair follicles lose their ability to produce keratin, a substance that contributes to hair growth. If you do not have enough keratin, you will not be able to regrow hair. This article will take you through the basics of hair and why it falls out. Will My Hair Grow Back? Whether your hair will grow back or not depends on the cause of the hair loss. There are two different type of hair loss: non-permanent hair loss that does grow back, and permanent hair loss. Non-Permanent Hair Loss Stress: Intense stress can cause your hair to fall out. Understand that it has to be a severe type of stress over a long period of time, not just a few days. Your body under stress can actually cause your hair follicles to go dormant for a few months, and then a sudden hair loss. If you learn to control stress, your hair will begin to grow back. Alopecia Areata: Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune disorder where the body fights itself off thinking your own tissues are a foreign invader. This autoimmune disorder specifically attacks your hair follicles and makes your hair fall out, and can flare during stressful times in your life. If you have this disorder you may wonder, will my hair grow back? In some cases, the hair doesn't grow back, but most do have regrowth with treatment. Pregnancy: Most women enjoy thick and illustrious hair during pregnancy. Your hair cycle actually stops during pregnancy. In some women, it can be the opposite and may not be a positive sign. Most often it is a sign of nutritional deficiency. Getting your nutritional status optimized will help your hair grow back. Thyroid disease: Low thyroid hormone can make your hair fall out, and high levels of thyroid hormone can cause thinning hair. Some thyroid medications may cause hair loss in the beginning. Your hair will show signs of improvement as the hormone levels are stabilized.

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23/08/2016 (Eve) Essential Oils for Hair Growth

Essential Oils for Hair Growth Essential oils are extracted from plants by means of distillation and are very concentrated in nature. These oils are very potent and require carrier oils before being used for application. Some of the carrier oils are – almond, jojoba or apricot kernel oil. They can be used to make the hair stronger and healthier and for hair loss problem as well. Here we will look at some essential oils for hair growth. 5 Essential Oils for Hair Growth To dilute essential oil or have concentration of 1%, mix 8 drops of essential oil in one ounce of carrier oil. 1. Cedarwood Oil This oil should be used in concentration of 0.5 – 1% for fine to normal hair. It is helpful in cases where hair loss is caused due to bacterial infection, atropia areata or deficiencies of the immune system. 2. Chamomile Oil It should be used in concentration of 0.5-1% for fine and normal hair. It is good for conditions where hair fall is caused due to inflammation of scalp and follicles and reduced cellular function. Chamomile oil helps in cooling and is an anti-inflammatory oil.  3. Rosemary Oil It can be used in 0.5 – 2% concentration and is one of the best essential oils for hair growth. It is especially good for increasing stimulating hair growth by increasing cellular metabolism. It is good for treating Atropia Areata. 4. Ylang Ylang Oil This oil is helpful in increasing the hair shaft thickness and for getting thicker hair. It is also helpful to deal with split ends and can balance the production of scalp oil. Ylang Yland oil is similar to Lavendar and reduces stress.

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24/08/2016 (Eve) Relaxation Techniques for Sleep

  Relaxation Techniques for Sleep   Occupied mind, heavy workload, and watching too much television all are the contributing factors to low-quality sleep or insomnia. There are various techniques and devices to help in the situation, including eye masks, earplugs, and sleeping pills. However, they are only short-term solutions to sleep deprivation and sleep disorders. On the contrary, relaxation techniques will go a long way in helping you find a better sleep. Relaxation Techniques for Sleep 1.   Progressive Muscle Relaxation You can fall asleep faster by relaxing muscles. During this process, focus on each muscle group in the body; tense the selected muscles for several seconds before relaxing them gradually over 20-30 seconds. The whole relaxation progress takes about 10-15 minutes. To do this, you need a quiet space free from any kind of distractions.  Face – lift the eyebrows to aid in wrinkling the forehead; thereafter relax and let out the tension in the area. Close the eyes tightly and then relax and open them slowly. Tense the cheeks, lips and jaw muscles by putting a grimacing face, and then relax the facial muscles. Shoulders and arms – bring the shoulders towards the ears by tensing the muscles; thereafter relax them slowly. Start with the upper arms by flexing the biceps; then relax them before letting out the tension in the muscle group. Tense the forearms before slowly letting them out. Chest and abdomen – take a deep breath and then tense the muscles on your abdominal and chest area, slowly exhaling as you release these muscles. Back – flex the muscles on the back in a way as you arch on a bed or floor; thereafter relax and let the stress and tension out of the back muscles. Hips and buttocks – tighten the muscles of the buttocks and hip area, then slowly release the tension and feel the comfort as stress leaves. Legs and feet – flex the leg muscles and squeeze the legs together before relaxing them slowly. Curl the toes and relax them slowly to a normal position. After stretching the muscles systematically as indicated in the procedure, you should feel calm and relaxed. 2.   Deep Breathing

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24/08/2016 (Morn ) Deep Breathing Benefits

    Deep Breathing Benefits   Deep breathing exercises can improve your life in more ways than you can imagine. Your breathing change with your emotions or you can say it works the other way round. Your breaths become short and shallow when you are angry or when you are under control of your negative emotions. Making a conscious effort to take deep breaths in times of stress and anxiety can actually help you save your sanity. So, what exactly are deep breathing benefits? What is the right way to do these exercises? Let's find out more now!   Benefits of Deep Breathing    Deep breathing can improve your overall health. So many people do not realize it but they only take a few deep breaths throughout the day. Here are some of the most common yet impressive deep breathing benefits:   1. Improved Energy Levels You are going to have a more fulfilling life by maintaining better energy levels throughout the day. You can achieve this through deep breathing. You will feel more energetic when you have deeper, fuller breaths, and that is mainly because deep breathing allows you to provide more oxygen to every cell in your body. 2. Reduced Stress You will feel calmer when you practice deep breathing exercises. It relaxes the mind by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system. Shallow breathing is one of many symptoms that you are dealing with stress. The shallower your breaths are, the higher the chances of you experiencing tightness in your muscles. Your breathing helps regulate your

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Foods to Avoid for Abs

Foods to Avoid for Abs Do you ever wonder why some people manage to get those well sculpted six-pack abs, and you just can’t seem to get there? You’re not alone. Unfortunately, many dietary fitness guides only provide general statements and descriptions. They inform you all about proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, but neglect to provide any meaningful information about the specific products themselves. If you don’t know which foods to avoid, and which foods you should eat, then you’ll have a tough time achieving your goal. Foods to Avoid for Abs           Processed Foods                                                                                                          Processed foods are foods that have been stripped of their nutrient content and fiber, such as canned soups, chips and snacks. Processed meats preserved by smoking, curing, salting or adding chemicals such as sodium nitrite, including ham, corned beef, bacon, bologna, salami, pastrami, hot dogs and bratwurst should all be avoided while trying to achieve a six pack. Processed foods are also usually high in sodium, refined carbohydrates or fat, and only provide a small amount of protein.                 Refined Sugars                                                                                                                Included in the foods to avoid for abs are refined sugars (carbohydrates), such as maltose dextrose, sucrose, lactose, glucose, high fructose corn syrup, honey, molasses, and fruit juice concentrates, should be avoided while trying to achieve a six pack. Refined sugars can cause blood sugar levels to spike, which in turn causes insulin levels to rise, and if sugar is not quickly used for energy, it can be stored in the body as fat. Fatty Foods                                                                                                                            Our bodies need some fat from food. It's a major source of energy, and it helps us absorb certain vitamins and minerals. However, you’ll want to avoid some forms of fat. The bad fats include trans fat,

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Exercises That Age You

    Exercises That Age You Keeping the blood flowing in the body is important for your health, and exercising is a great way to maintain healthy blood circulation. What many people do not know is that exercising too hard can actually age you faster and even make it difficult for you to burn fat. Exercises That Age You Overall, staying active and engaging in physical activities will help you stay healthy, but certain exercises put unnecessary stress on your bones, muscle, and even cardiovascular system. This stress can lead to injuries and other complications. Here are some possible exercises that age you quickly. 1. Cardio Exercises Doing cardio exercises will lead to an increase in the number of free radicals in your body that break down cells and even cause damage to the DNA of cells. The damage is usually irreversible. This usually happens when you continue with moderate intensity workouts on the treadmill for an hour or longer. You will be better off doing higher intensity exercises for 25 minutes or less a day to stay in shape and prevent serious free radical damage. 2. Slow Weight Lifting Weightlifting is good for many things, but it may not be the best way to keep yourself fit and young. You will be putting your muscles and tendons under serious stress and this may lead to injuries, which can age you quickly. If you really want to pump iron in the gym, be sure to include lunges and squats in your routine. Similarly, an intense weightlifting workout for a shorter span is more effective than slow weight lifting exercises

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26/08/2016 What Organs Can Be Donated?

What Organs Can Be Donated?   Organ donation is a practice of donating your organs for transplant. Organ donation is divided into two categories – living and deceased. Anyone with an organ too damaged to work properly can have that organ replaced with the one donated by someone else. It means an organ donation can actually help save a person's life or at least improve the quality of life. If you think you should donate an organ, you should first learn more about the organs that can be donated. What Organs Can Be Donated? Donated organs are used during transplantation to help save someone's life, but not all the organs can be donated. Some common organs that can be donated include: Heart: Your heart is a muscular organ with a role to pump blood through the body. It can be donated and helps people suffering from heart failure. It may also help babies born with heart defects. Liver: This large organ secretes bile and helps metabolize fats, carbs, and proteins. It also forms certain blood proteins. Liver transplants help people with liver failure survive. Kidneys: The role of your kidneys is to maintain electrolyte and water balance. It also filters the blood and regulates

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Why Am I Always Tired No Matter How Much Sleep I G

Why Am I Always Tired No Matter How Much Sleep I Get? Most people think they feel fatigued because of their busy lifestyle, and they are quite right in saying so. However, it is important to understand that there is something else going on if you are always tired no matter how much sleep you have. You can always make some lifestyle changes to see if things change. But if you still feel tired, talk to a doctor for further evaluation. Why Am I Always Tired and What to Do? Here are some of the most common medical conditions that can lead to extreme fatigue. 1. Anemia About 3.5 million Americans are dealing with this blood disorder and experience symptoms such as dizziness, irritability, feeling cold, and fatigue. In this condition, you do not have enough red blood cells in your body, which could be due to a disease, such as ulcers, hemorrhoids, or kidney disease, etc. Women experiencing heavy menstrual cycles, uterine polyps or uterine fibroid tumors are more likely to develop anemia. Treatment You need to take a blood test to confirm if you have anemia. Sometimes, iron deficiency is the reason why you feel tired all the time. In this case, you will have to take iron supplements and eat more of iron-rich foods such as broccoli, spinach, and red meat. Vitamin C supplements may help with the absorption of iron. 2. Allergic Rhinitis Apart from being tired, some of the most common symptoms of allergic rhinitis include itchiness, headache, fatigue, drainage, and nasal congestion. Your doctor will make a diagnosis after considering what triggers your allergy – it could be due to insects, pollen, molds, animal dander, or weather changes. Treatment Avoid exposure to what causes the allergic reaction. Moreover, you may also consider using topical nasal steroids, leukotriene modifiers, antihistamines, and mast cell stabilizers. You may also get positive results from allergy shots.

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Anxiety Attacks at Night

  Anxiety Attacks at Night Have you ever been jolted awake by a grip of anxiety attack at night? This type of attack is commonly referred to as nocturnal or nighttime panic attack. It usually occurs with no obvious triggers in place. Just like daytime panic attack, victims of this problem experience rapid heart rate, sweating, shortness of breath, trembling, hyperventilation, sense of impending doom, chills, or flushing. Although the anxiety attack may only last for a few minutes, it may take you some time to get back to sleep. What Causes Anxiety Attacks at Night? The causes of night panic attack include but not limited to the following. Genetics. People are more likely to experience the problem if a member of the family has it. Vitamin B Deficiency. Research has shown that people with low levels of vitamin B tend to have anxiety attacks. Chemical Imbalance. The body is composed of various neurotransmitters. When their balance is disturbed, it may lead to fear, depression, anxiety, causing panic attacks at night. Obstructive Sleep Apnea. This is a situation where the airway is blocked, which causes lack of breath or hypoventilation. However, it is important to note that people with obstructive sleep apnea often wake up and go back to sleep after the attack without realizing the problem. Nevertheless, some people hyperventilate and this contributes to panic attacks at night. Acid Reflux. Acid reflux manifests itself with various symptoms which may include chest pains, a pressure in

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Headaches When It Rains

  Headaches When It Rains   eadaches can be felt anywhere in your head, face, scalp, or neck. They can also be caused by a number of factors. When you have a headache, you may not feel like working or doing anything. Many people suffer headaches when it rains, or get headaches due to weather conditions. This article will help you understand why headaches occur when it rains and some helpful tips on how to deal with them.   Why do You Get Headaches When It Rains? Rainstorms are a beautiful thing, but for headache sufferers it could mean hours of pain. You may even be able to tell what kind of weather is coming by the onset of a headache. People who suffer from weather related headaches notice a 31 percent increase in headaches during thunderstorms within 25 miles of their homes, according to a study done in 2013 by the University of Cincinnati. There is always the question, why do people suffer from headaches when it's raining? The answer is in the sensitive nature of your brain. Weather changes cause: Serotonin imbalances that can trigger headaches and migraines High rates of humidity that can pull fluids out of the body Sun glare against dark clouds that can cause light sensitivity Then there is the issue of barometric pressure which researchers aren’t completely sure why it affects headaches, but it seems to be an issue. What they think is that when the barometric pressure drops prior to a rainstorm, it affects the part of the brain that blocks out headache pain. Studies do show that most headaches occur when it is cloudy and overcast. What Can Be Done? There are a few things you can do next time there is a rainstorm on its way to prevent those headaches when it rains. These include: 1. Buy a Barometer Learn to keep track of barometric pressure changes and at what number your headaches are triggered. When you see the pressure dropping you can do other techniques to prevent the headache from happening

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Seven Benefits of Chocolate

  Seven Benefits of Chocolate People love chocolate. They turn to chocolate for consolation when life let them down. It helps enhance mood and even works as a romance-inducer in many circumstances. While chocolate is popular and has some specific benefits, you may still have to keep an eye on how much you consume. You will lose many benefits of chocolate if you scoff lots of it. Still, you can include dark chocolate in your diet to enjoy amazing benefits – it should come with a cocoa percentage of 70% or more. Let's find out some of the best benefits. Impressive Health Benefits of Chocolate Eating good chocolate, like dark chocolate, is not always bad, especially if you eat in moderation. Here are some impressive health benefits of eating chocolate. 1. It Lowers Risk of Cardiovascular Disease Studies show that you lower your risk of dying from heart attack by 50% or more by having a few squares of dark chocolate daily. Blood platelets clot slowly if you consume chocolate more often. You increase your risk of having a heart attack or another cardiovascular disease when your platelets clump and form a clot to cause blockage in a blood vessel. Chocolate reduces platelet clumping mainly because of the flavanols found in cocoa beans. It also reduces risk of heart disease by decreasing LDL oxidation, lowering blood pressure, and having an anti-inflammatory effect on your body. 2. It Lowers Blood Pressure

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Changes Between Running Before and After with Phot

  Changes Between Running Before and After with Photos Running is a favorite form of exercise to burn calories, tone the muscles and improve the cardiovascular system. Running regularly can help keep excess weight off. However, your weight will also depend on how many calories you consume versus how much you burn. The key to any weight-loss program is to burn more calories than consumed. To benefit from exercise, you must eat a healthy diet regularly. Eight Running Before and After Stories with Photos Here are some personal stories about how running helped some individuals lose excess weight: Fiona's Story "You won't believe it, but I only started running when I turned 50. I ran my first race (first photo) in Ohio. Since then I got hooked into running and lost 30 pounds. The second photo shows me running in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, healthier than ever." Marcus's Story "I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2013. I realized that I needed to eat less and exercise more to bring back my health. With some soul searching, I began a life journey that led to regular running until I lost more than 75 pounds. Myrunning before and after photos prove it: from over 300 pounds to just 220 and counting. I have been running in many races and marathons." Darren's Story

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30/08/16 How to Dissolve Gallstones

How to Dissolve Gallstones Being diagnosed with gallstones can be a scary thing, but before you start worrying about possible surgery, remember there may be other alternatives. Your doctor may have recommendations on how to dissolve gallstones with home remedies. Changes in your diet may help you naturally pass them from your gallbladder, helping alleviate the abdomen, shoulder or back pain you may be experiencing. Unless you need emergency surgery, you should give these remedies a chance. 8 Home Remedies to Dissolve Gallstones 1. Apple Cider Vinegar Apple cider vinegar is acidic in nature and can assist in reducing your pain while dissolving gallstones. The vinegar can also help prevent the stones from developing in the first place by keeping your liver from making cholesterol deposits. Add one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to one glass of apple juice. Drink the mixture. In about 15 minutes, you should start to feel relief. Or mix one teaspoon of lemon juice and two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with a glass of warm water. Drink first thing in the morning before you eat. 2.  Lemon Juice Lemon juice has multiple properties that makes it a great alternative on how to dissolve gallstones. It contains vitamin C, which promotes the body's disposal of waste products. It inhibits your liver's ability to make cholesterol and makes the existing amount in your system water soluble. Pectin in the juice can help relieve pain. Squeeze four lemons and drink the juice every day for a week. Make sure to do so on an empty stomach and drink a full glass of water after. Or add four tablespoons of lemon juice to an 8-ounce glass of warm water. Drink on an empty stomach every day for a few weeks or until your body eliminates the gallstones. 3.  Peppermint Peppermint has long been known to help with digestion. In addition to encouraging the flow digestive juices and bile, it contains terpene. This compound is considered effective in dissolving gallstones. Peppermint can also help relieve gallbladder pain and muscle spasms related to an attack. Bring one cup of water to a boil. Remove from heat and mix in one teaspoon

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30/08/16 Stress and Constipation

  Stress and Constipation You have constipation when you fail to have a bowel movement for more than three times a week. Considering the symptoms, such as straining, bloating, pain, and cramps, most people think constipation is only a physical problem. The truth is that your emotions have a role to play here.  Can Stress Cause Constipation? Yes, there is a link between stress and constipation, and that is mainly because of the connection between your digestive system and your brain. Being under stress, or having an episode of depression will have an impact on the duration and regularity of your bowel movements. Here is more about why stress may cause constipation. Prioritized responses: Your body starts prioritizing functions when you are under stress, and it thinks you are under stress because you are facing some sort of danger. In this case, digestion is not the priority, while some functions that can help fight danger become priorities. Therefore your digestive system is slowed down, which will eventually cause constipation. Bacteria: The good bacteria in your gut become stressed as well when you are feeling anxious, and this gives bad intestinal bacteria opportunities to take charge of things. This causes indigestion and you end up developing constipation. General behaviors: Being constantly under stress will force you to change your lifestyle. You will exercise less, drink fewer glasses of water, and eat unhealthy foods. All these changes will negatively affect your digestive system and cause constipation over time. How to Reduce Stress Constipation can be very uncomfortable and when left untreated, it can lead to serious complications. Since stress and constipation are interlinked, it is important to take steps to manage stress to treat constipation. Here are some ways to help you manage stress better. 1. Know the Causes of Your Stress Knowing what makes you feel stressed is important to determine the best treatment. Take your time and think about things that make you feel anxious. Take a notepad if possible and write everything that leads to stress. This will put you in a better position

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Is It Better to Shower at Night or in the Morning?

    Is It Better to Shower at Night or in the Morning? People may have strong opinions about which time is better to shower – at night or in the morning. Some like to begin the day with a fresh, clean feeling, but others want to slip into bed knowing they are squeakily clean all over. What’s the better option? Actually both have pros and cons; different people suit different shower time. Keep reading to make your own decision. When Is It Better to Shower in the Morning? When deciding between night shower and morning shower, science does offer answer to the conundrum. Consider these arguments for showering in the morning. 1.   You have oily skin The oil on your skin builds up during the night, and a shower in the morning can make you feel fresh and clean. It can make it easier to put on makeup, or you might be able to keep oil from marking your clothes. 2.   You have frizzy hair If your hair is frizzy, a morning shower can tame it. The hairstyle is easier to manage with newly washed hair. Going to bed with your hair wet can lead to even more frizz. Make sure it’s dry before you go out. 3.   You are definitely not a morning person If you are the kind of person who wants to sleep all day, is it better to shower at night or in the morning? In this case, a shower in the morning is definitely for you. The shock of water on your warm body, right after getting out of bed, will jolt you fully into the land of the living.

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How to Stop Intrusive Thoughts

How to Stop Intrusive Thoughts   Intrusive thoughts are unwelcomed traumatic flashbacks, ideas, or memories that frequently enter into a person’s mind. These disturbing or uncomfortable thoughts may include losing control, committing perverted acts, hurting other people, fearing death, etc. It is usually normal for everyone to have the fearful, unpleasant, or disturbing thoughts on one occasion or another. However, intrusive thoughts become a problem when the affected person cannot distinguish between imagination and reality. How to Stop Intrusive Thoughts Intrusive thoughts are always annoying. The following measures can help eliminate them. 1.   Pen Down Your Thoughts If you want to stop thinking about the intrusive thoughts, you need to first ask yourself several questions, which will guide you on identifying problems that are affecting you. You should write the thoughts and possible causes down, as well as how it affects your development and overall health. Make note of the thoughts that make you fearful or make you happy. Once you have identified all the thoughts, continue the following steps. 2.   Accept Your Thoughts After you have identified all the

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01/09 Signs of High Intelligence You Need to Know

Signs of High Intelligence You Need to Know     It is proved that there are something in common among geniuses, for example, many of them have similar peculiar behaviors. What else can indicate that you or your friends have very high intelligence? Read the following list and you may find that you are just a genius!   Signs of High Intelligence 1. You Are a Night Owl Researchers have found out that people who work efficiently at night have a higher intelligence than the early birds. People with high intelligence just like to work during night time. When others are sleeping, they can read a book or learn an instrument. Many things can be finished during night, which may be a surprise to other people. 2. You Are the Dumb Type Whether you call them introverts or socially awkward, the duff kids in your class or the silent friend are more likely to score higher in intelligence tests. This is because smart people are generally more aware of the fact that they could be wrong, and therefore keep dumb to assess the situation. They won't speak until they find a perfect response. And, if there is nothing more to add, they just keep quiet to avoid a pointless conversation.

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01/09/2016 Importance of Bathing

  Importance of Bathing   Bathing is a part of human lives, and different countries have different bathing traditions. Some cultures enjoy bathing in cold water, while Roman people love baths so much that they have designed big bathing facilities with under-floor heaters to keep the water warm. Many people love it because they feel comfortable and relaxed while bathing. Actually, there are many other benefits related with bathing. The Importance of Bathing 1. It Can Improve Our Blood Circulation When you put your body in hot water, you are working out your blood vessels. The water puts pressure on your body, therefore the amount of blood flowing to your heart will be increased, which means that your heart will work stronger and faster. So a hot water bath is just like a light exercise which can improve our blood circulation. 2. It Can Help Us Fall Asleep The hot water helps your body relax, thus allowing you to fall asleep easier. The heat from the water will relax your muscles and increase your body temperature. When your muscles are relaxed, your mind also becomes more relaxed. This is why it is best to take a bath at the end of a long stressful day. Be sure to limit your bath to no longer than

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02/ Sep 16 How to Reduce Potassium

  How to Reduce Potassium   Potassium plays an extremely important role in human body and the normal potassium level in blood should be 3.5 to 5.0 m Eq/L, or milliequivalents per liter. Potassium is essential for optimal functioning of nerves and muscles. Certain diseases like chronic kidney disease can lead to electrolyte imbalance and result in high potassium levels in blood. This is termed as Hyperkalemia and it can be life threatening if not treated promptly. The good thing is that there are certain ways to lower blood potassium levels. How to Reduce Potassium High potassium levels can be avoided and these are some simple things to follow: 1.     Be Careful About Your Fluids Reduce your milk intake: Dairy milk has a high potassium content, try to limit the intake and keep it less than a cup every day. A good substitute is rice milk and you can enjoy tea or coffee with non-dairy creamers. Stay away from juices: Fruit juices do have high potassium content and if you already have high blood potassium levels these can be harmful. Try to avoid them. The same applies on vegetable juices. Smoothies are also not a good choice because most of them have bananas which are a rich source of potassium. 2.     Avoid High Potassium Foods

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Can You Put Vaseline on Tattoos?

  Can You Put Vaseline on Tattoos?   A tattoo is one of the most dynamic ways to express your true self. If you have just had your very first tattoo, you need to understand the dos and don'ts to avoid dealing with any complications. You need guidance for the proper aftercare of your tattoo. You need to know what precautions to take and the steps to take to promote healing. So is it okay to use Vaseline on tattoos? Let's find out more about it. Can You Put Vaseline on Tattoos? No, you should not. Even if you have went to a modern studio where they have used sterilized instruments and pigments for tattooing, you should still take serious care of your tattoo after the process. The long life of your tattoo is heavily dependent on the care you give it during the first few days and weeks, and during that time, you should stay away from putting Vaseline on your tattoo. Why you should not use Vaseline? The answer is that it clogs the pores and has no antibiotic effects. It keeps your skin from breathing and increases your risk of infections. Any Vaseline used on the day of the tattoo is usually to keep the plastic wrap or bandage from sticking to your skin. Never think about using Vaseline again on your tattoo though. You will be better off using antibiotic ointments, such as Bacitracin, Neosporin, and generic Neosporin. Even when using these antibiotic ointments, you should try to apply a thin layer only. You can apply it thrice a day for the first three days though. Do not apply ointments after the first few days because your skin needs to breathe. You can, however, apply a protective coating of plastic wrap whenever going out. But, when you are at home, you should keep it open and consider walking around without your shirt to promote healing. Tattoo Aftercare Guide

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Do Hernias Heal Themselves?

Do Hernias Heal Themselves? There is a weak part in abdominal muscles where the abdomen joins the thigh, known as the inguinal canal. Normally this canal is tightly closed and only some nerves and blood vessels pass through it. Sometimes a part of the sac containing intestines passes through it and can be seen or felt, this is known as an inguinal hernia. It becomes prominent when sneezing, coughing, during pushing down or straining. These develop spontaneously, but do hernias heal themselves? Let’s find out. Symptoms of Hernia A visible or palpable lump is usually the only symptom of hernia. The symptoms depend upon the site and extent of hernias. The most common symptoms associated with all hernias are presence of a lump, pain, discomfort and pressure. In case of inguinal hernia, this can be felt or seen on the side of the pubic bone, at the junction of thigh and groin, and is more prominent while straining or standing. An umbilical hernia can result in a bulging belly button and in babies it is more visible when they are crying. A hiatus hernia can lead to acid reflux, difficulty in swallowing or chest pain. These are not visible and are discovered during medical checkups. Do Hernias Heal Themselves? No, hernias do not heal by themselves and require surgical correction if the symptoms are severe. Some hernias do not need treatment immediately and only observation is required, but they won't go away. Surgery

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Are Cockroaches Dangerous?

Are Cockroaches Dangerous? With their long legs and antennae, cockroaches look quite like beetles. These bugs are scavengers and have to go out to collect food. They continue to move until they can find food, which means that keeping your home clean is one big step to keep cockroaches away. Still, it is easier said than done, many people can find cockroaches in their houses. Are Cockroaches Dangerous? Yes, they are. Cockroaches may not cause diseases on their own, but they can spread bacteria and infectious agents, which can cause several diseases from food poisoning to diarrhea. Here are the explanations of why cockroaches are dangerous. 1. They Contaminate Food Cockroaches can eat anything to survive. Except form the food you eat, they can also live by feeding on dead plant, fecal matter, animals, paper, soap, glue, and leather. While looking for food, they crawl around and contaminate your food by defecating on it. They can also contaminate food by regurgitating their own digestive fluids and saliva, which can cause several diseases such as sepsis, urinary tract infections and other digestive problems. They are also carriers of the bacterium Salmonella which can cause food poisoning and typhoid. 2. They Bite You Along with contaminating your food, they can also bite you and cause wounds. Although the cases of cockroaches biting humans are quite rare, there is still a possibility that you will develop a wound after being bitten by these bugs. They can nibble on toes, fingernails, and soft parts of the skin. Moreover, they can enter your nose and ear while you are sleeping, which of course can cause discomfort. 3. They Cause Allergies and Asthma The saliva of cockroaches contains hundreds

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04/09/16 Dream About Killing Someone

Dream About Killing Someone   Do you dream about killing or murdering someone? When something like that pops up in your dreams, it can be unsettling, especially if the person you dream about killing is someone you know. Of course you know that dreams have no limits – you can do anything in them. But if you kill someone in your dream, you are probably rather worried about what it might mean about your subconscious feelings. What could this dream reveal about your true self? What Could Dream About Killing Someone Mean? Dreams about murder often have some sort of psychological basis. To see what these dreams might mean, read on. Repressed anger. You might be dealing with anger that you haven’t been able to let out in some way. It doesn’t have to be toward a person – it could be about a situation or an inanimate object. Losing your temper. A dream like this might indicate that you are slowly losing your temper against someone else. Think about the person in the dream: do you have hatred or jealousy toward him/her? Turning it on yourself. The dream might be about something concerning you, something you have been trying to 'kill' but haven’t succeeded.

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Signs of a Nervous Breakdown

Signs of a Nervous Breakdown There are many situations and causes that can result in a nervous breakdown. Defined as acute emotional or psychological collapse, this term is not medical jargon. Instead, it is a term the general public uses to broadly describe a range of mental illnesses that render the individual incapable of dealing with daily life. A nervous breakdown occurs when people tend to seem disconnected from reality and unable to function and socialize, usually resulting from prolonged stress. Signs of a Nervous Breakdown People who find themselves suffering from a condition that prevents them from handling daily tasks struggle to deal with work situations and their home life. They also may present physical and emotional symptoms in relation to the condition, which is primarily related to mental issues. Physical Symptoms Headaches: Because most people are tense and unable to relax, they tend to have headaches. Once you find a way to calm your emotions, the headaches tend to alleviate. Physical pain: Pain in the muscles and throughout the body can also be related to having a nervous breakdown, as the individual holds himself tense until areas of the body send pain signals. Sudden appetite change: Appetite change is one of the signs of a nervous breakdown. People who are highly stressed tend to forget to eat or not feel hungry during that period. While for others people, when feeling depressed, eat vigorously as a method of burying their feelings. Slumped posture: This happens gradually over time. However, usually you can see a shift in a person's posture when they are stressed.

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05/09/2016 When to Eat After Workout

  When to Eat After Workout It is quite natural to feel lethargic and hungry after a workout. It happens because your body uses up energy to burn calories and leaves you feeling tired. What you eat after a workout will help your body refill its glycogen stores and stabilize your blood sugar levels. You may wonder how long you should wait after a workout to eat something. Keep reading to learn more about when and what to eat after a workout. When to Eat After Workout Research shows you can eat after 1-4 hours of your workout. You should avoid eating for at least an hour after your workout because your body is still working and may not be able to utilize any nutrients effectively. You can eat a snack that contains carbs and protein exactly after an hour of completing your workout. This is usually enough to provide you with sustainable and fast-acting energy. What If I Work Out Late in the Evening? If you exercise late in the evening, it usually means that you may not be able to wait for another hour to eat something. So when to eat after workout in the evening? The best thing is to avoid eating anything if you work out late in the evening and only eat in the morning. Your internal processes will slow down when you sleep and you'll have a very good appetite in the morning. What If I'm Not Hungry After Workout? Another common situation is that you don't feel like eating after the workout. If you feel dizzy or nauseous after finishing your workout, you should consider giving your body some water and carbs to raise your blood sugar levels. A glass of sports drink that contains electrolytes will help a lot – be sure to

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Does Salt Make You Fat?

  Does Salt Make You Fat?   Salt or sodium chloride is a common ingredient used in most dishes. While dieters pay attention to getting nutrients from different foods, they usually ignore salt in their diet. What they do not understand is that salt is among the deadliest ingredients in the food supply. A high-salt diet can always raise blood pressure and lead to hypertension that in turn may cause strokes or heart attacks. New research has found that salt is a lot more dangerous than people think. Excessive intake of salt may be linked to dementia, osteoporosis, cancer, and many other health issues. Does Salt Make You Fat? Yes, salt and salty foods, such as cookies, chips, cheese, processed soups, etc. can make you fat because they are loaded with sugar and fat. When consumed in large amounts, these processed foods can always lead to weight gain. There are some other reasons why salt makes you fat. For instance: It increases your hunger. When you eat salt, it triggers the release of a neurotransmitter called dopamine that is associated with your brain's pleasure center. That is the reason why salty foods can be as addictive as alcohol or nicotine. You always crave more, and since salty foods like French fries, potato chips, etc., are also high in calories and fat, they can make you fat in a short time. It increases thirst. The problem is that when people feel thirsty after loading up on salt, they do not drink water but reach out for sugar and calorie-rich beverages. This behavior contributes to weight gain. It increases insulin production. Excessive salt intake may change the way your body metabolizes fat and lead to weight gain. This increases the production of insulin that changes the way your body stores excess sugar as fat, which in turn increases your weight.

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Does Salt Make You Fat? by Rajesh Gupta

  Does Salt Make You Fat?   Salt or sodium chloride is a common ingredient used in most dishes. While dieters pay attention to getting nutrients from different foods, they usually ignore salt in their diet. What they do not understand is that salt is among the deadliest ingredients in the food supply. A high-salt diet can always raise blood pressure and lead to hypertension that in turn may cause strokes or heart attacks. New research has found that salt is a lot more dangerous than people think. Excessive intake of salt may be linked to dementia, osteoporosis, cancer, and many other health issues. Does Salt Make You Fat? Yes, salt and salty foods, such as cookies, chips, cheese, processed soups, etc. can make you fat because they are loaded with sugar and fat. When consumed in large amounts, these processed foods can always lead to weight gain. There are some other reasons why salt makes you fat. For instance: It increases your hunger. When you eat salt, it triggers the release of a neurotransmitter called dopamine that is associated with your brain's pleasure center. That is the reason why salty foods can be as addictive as alcohol or nicotine. You always crave more, and since salty foods like French fries, potato chips, etc., are also high in calories and fat, they can make you fat in a short time. It increases thirst. The problem is that when people feel thirsty after loading up on salt, they do not drink water but reach out for sugar and calorie-rich beverages. This behavior contributes to weight gain. It increases insulin production. Excessive salt intake may change the way your body metabolizes fat and lead to weight gain. This increases the production of insulin that changes the way your body stores excess sugar as fat, which in turn

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Are Breast Calcifications Dangerous?

Are Breast Calcifications Dangerous? As a woman gets older, she will experience so many changes, such as grey hair, impaired vision, less elastic skin and so on. Breast calcifications are among all of them, which affect the breast tissues. Depending on their pattern and size, these depositions can either be benign or a cause of breast cancer. Successive mammograms need to be taken to rule out all harmful possibilities. What Is Breast Calcification? Breast calcifications can be defined as depositions of calcium salts in a woman's breast tissue. The depositions are so small that they cannot be felt and cause no pain. Generally, this condition is benign in nature and is no cause of concern. However, in certain cases, breast calcifications can be early signs of cancer. There are two types of calcifications that can be detected through a mammogram: Macrocalcifications appear as large white and round spots on a mammogram and are randomly dispersed in the breast tissue. They are fairly common among women, especially above the age of 50, which are natural signs of breast ageing. These are benign (not cancer) in nature and cause no concern. Microcalcifications appear as numerous small white spots on the mammogram. Generally they are harmless. However, if they appear in clusters or have certain pattern, they can be signs of cancer and need to be further investigated and diagnosed. What Causes

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Can You Catch Up on Sleep?

Can You Catch Up on Sleep? It’s very easy to miss your bedtime when you are busy with finishing project from work, enjoying a glass of wine on a night out with friends or watching a late night movie. Whether you have lost just an hour or two of sleep, those lost hours quickly pile up over the course of a week. This is what prompts people to sleep in for an hour or two during the weekends. Can you really catch up on sleep by doing that? Can You Catch Up On Sleep? You could probably make up for a night’s loss of sleep but it becomes harder for anything longer than that. When you are deprived of sleep, you enter into “sleep debt”. This is the gap between the right amount of sleep needed and the amount you end up getting. Sleep debt (also known as sleep deficit) comes with a truck-load of disturbing characteristics, such as; emotional, physical and mental fatigue and inability to efficiently handle daily tasks (especially the high cognitive tasks executed in the frontal lobe of the brain). Can you catch up on sleep if you stay up late for just a night? Well, sleep debt is an accumulative process where less than 6 hours of sleep each night declines body function and performance to a level that is equal to a 24 hours lack of sleep; a week’s sleep of four hours per night is the same as not sleeping for 2-3 days. Daily performance will continue to decline as the sleep debt rises. Each time we consume part of our bedtime by staying awake, sleep debt increases. When you lose sleep for an extended period, sleep debt rapidly grows and you can only do little to remedy the situation. The more you strain your body by starving it of sleep, the more difficult it becomes

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07/09/2016 Feet Go Numb When Running

Feet Go Numb When Running   Do you run all the time or you have just started? Either way, a numbing sensation in your feet while running can occur. Usually, this numbing sensation is accompanied with a tingling sensation on your legs, a pain in the legs, muscle soreness, blisters, etc. Don’t worry about it as numbness while running is not uncommon. Usually, it is easily treated.   Why Do Feet Go Numb When Running?   Foot numbness is usually a result of a compressed nerve. Sometimes, your nerves get trapped between the bones and the soft tissue, resulting in nerve compression. Then your nerves can’t function normally, which can make your feet lose a complete sensation or make you feel like your feet are on pins and needles. The numbness is usually localized only on the toes, even though the entire feet may feel numb.   What causes nerve compression? The possible reasons include:   Trauma and Injury of the Foot. The nerves can get damaged and compressed by the injuries and trauma to the surrounding tissues.  Poor Foot Structure. Over

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Working Out Before Bed: Good or Bad?

  Working Out Before Bed: Good or Bad?   Staying fit is very important, especially for your lungs and heart. But what if the only time you can get to the gym is right before your bedtime? Working out before bed has often been advised against, as many misconceptions surround it. Does it disrupt our sleep? Does it render the exercise less effective? You might be surprised to learn that late workout isn’t all that bad for you. Is Working Out Before Bed Good or Bad? The most important thing to remember is that working out is necessary – even if you have to work hard to fit it in. It might be the only time that you have to exercise. Working out before bed doesn’t have to be bad, as long as you do it properly. That means not working out too hard, having a small snack after your workout, and taking a shower before bed.

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08 Sep 2016 Eating Less but Gaining Weight

Eating Less but Gaining Weight   Do you always wonder why your friends can eat anything they want without having to worry about putting on weight, and why you gain weight even if you have been eating less than ever? What keeps some people slim irrespective of what and how much they eat? What happened to you?  Why Are You Eating Less but Gaining Weight? 1. You Are Not Eating the Right Food It means that even though you are eating less, you are eating the wrong foods. Snacking less often or having smaller meals are not going to help if your diet includes calorie-dense foods. Certain foods are considered healthy, but they can also be high in calories. Pecans, for instance, can improve your cardiovascular health, but an ounce of pecans contains 200 calories. Only a small amount of such kind of food can provide you with lots of calories. Therefore you need to eat less and eat smart too. 2. You Are Not Eating Enough Eating less but gaining weight is a common complain of people who want to lose weight. Actually, eating too little can also affect your weight-loss results. Eating less is not going to help if you are not providing your body with all the nutrients it needs to function properly. In this condition, your body may go into starvation mode and slow down your metabolism. Moreover, you can

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Do Bananas Make You Fat?

Do Bananas Make You Fat?   To undergo weight loss, people have to carefully plan all the meals and eliminate the junk like burgers and soft drinks. Some people suspect that bananas are fattening while other people refer to bananas as super foods for weight loss. So do bananas make you fat? We shall look at the answer in this article along with some other facts about bananas. Do Bananas Make You Fat? The answer is no. You get around 110 calories from a medium size banana which has little fat. Bananas contain other nutrients like potassium (450 mg), dietary fiber (3 g), protein (1 g) and vitamin C (15% of DRI). Around 30 g of carbohydrates are present in bananas, of which 19 g comes from sugars, 8 g from starch and the remaining from fiber. Bananas were thought to be fattening because they contain high amount of starch, however, they contain fiber which is not absorbed in the body. It gives a feeling of having the stomach full and prevents eating, thus aids in weight loss. According to some researches, the starch in banana can actually help in burning fat after having a meal. It contains butyrate which nourishes the friendly bacteria and can speed up digestion. The only time when you need to worry about bananas making you fat is when you eat bananas like a chimpanzee! You should limit yourself to 2 bananas per day, if you eat them on a daily basis. How to Eat Bananas to Lose Weight There is a weight loss diet with bananas which became so popular in Japan in the year 2008 that there was a shortage of bananas in stores. The belief is that eating a banana every morning along with some dieting will help in weight loss. Here are some of its basic principles.

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Coconut Oil for Arthritis

Coconut Oil for Arthritis   Arthritis is a common joint disease that can cause serious pain and inflammation. The excruciating pain can actually affect the quality of your life. Your mobility may greatly reduce due to the stiffness and swelling caused by the disease. Considering the pain, many people turn to prescription medications. Others follow a different approach due to the side effects associated with prescription medications. A large majority of arthritis sufferers is now turning to coconut oil, which is considered a low-cost alternative to medications. Should you really be using coconut oil for arthritis? Is it really effective? Let's find out now! How Coconut Oil Helps with Arthritis? More and more people are now turning to natural remedies to overcome pain and discomfort caused by different ailments. Coconut oil is now a popular choice. Many studies have confirmed that coconut oil may work for arthritis sufferers and they explain it why. For instance: It reduces inflammation. Studies show that regular use of virgin coconut oil may help reduce inflammation mainly because it contains medium chain fatty acids (MCFA).These fatty acids circulate in your body for a longer duration as compared to other fats. The only recommendation is that it works when you opt for the oil extracted used a wet-milling method.

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Coconut Oil Blackheads

Coconut Oil Blackheads Those blackheads nestled happily in your skin pores that you just can’t seem to get rid of, are nothing but accumulated dirt and oils produced by your own skin clogging your skin pores. They appear black because of the fact that these oils and dirt oxidize upon exposure to air, just like potatoes and apples do when left out in the air for some time. So why is it that no amount of effort works to get them off your skin for good? Can Coconut Oil Really Help Get Rid of Blackheads? With an effective remedial measure like coconut oil blackheads are but history. Coconut oil is a rich source of lauric and caprylic acid, medium-chain fatty acids that possess potent anti-microbial, especially anti-fungal and anti-bacterial, potential that helps you say goodbye to all those nasty skin problems like blackheads, pimples and acne for good. The natural goodness of coconut oil seeps into your skin to strengthen the structural components of your skin. It nurtures your skin from within, removing all the dead skin cells that make your skin appear dull and parched and restores the health and natural glow of your skin. Nature bestowed coconut oil with the following beneficial ingredients.   1.      Lauric acid With a concentration of about 40% to 59%, coconut oil is the richest natural source of lauric acid. Lauric acid has miraculous anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties that ward off a myriad of skin problems by killing the harmful microbes plugging the skin pores. No wonder, lauric acid has been hailed as one of the most effective agents for healing eczema, fungal skin infections, allergies and inflammatory skin disorders.  2.      Capric acid Another incredible component of coconut oil, capric acid, is a miraculous anti-microbial agent that keeps various sorts of bacteria, viruses and fungi at bay. Capric acid also helps lock the moisture inside the skin, keeping it soft and supple. Being a natural emollient, capric acid also aids the healing of skin wounds. 3.      Antioxidants

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Can Your Stomach Explode?

Can Your Stomach Explode? The stomach is a hollow organ and an extremely important part of your gastrointestinal system. Your digestion starts in the stomach, and continues through small and large intestines where digestive enzymes through pancreas, liver, and gall bladder also play a role in digestion. The digestive tract is where the foods and fluids are processed to extract nutrients from the food and send waste products out of your system through stools. You may have heard people say that your stomach will burst if you keep stuffing it with mashed potatoes, turkey, sweet potatoes, and all sorts of foods. Is it possible?  Can Your Stomach Explode? While it is very rare, it is possible to rupture your stomach by eating too much. Under normal circumstances, your stomach can hold up to one-and-a-half liters, and if you exceed this, you may start to feel nauseous. Most people stop here and never experience any issues with their stomach. However, some people with eating disorders can override their natural gag reflex and continue to eat beyond that point where others would feel nauseous. This may lead to a ruptured stomach. Some people's reflexes stop working normally when they eat too much. When this continues to happen for years, their stomach loses the ability to use its muscles and vomit the food out. If your body does not throw the excessive food out and you keep putting more in it, this may again lead to a ruptured stomach. Moreover, the more you eat the higher the pressure on the stomach's walls, which can cause your stomach tissues to weaken and tear. Stomach content may go into the body and cause infections. Surgical intervention is usually necessary in this case to repair the stomach. It is rare but very much possible for a person to eat so much in one sitting that it damages the stomach or leads to the esophageal tear. These may cause life-threatening consequences. Some reported cases of stomach rupture were in people who have been suffering from a congenital disease called Prader-Willi syndrome, which is an eating disorder and causes an intense craving for food, resulting in morbid obesity. Can your stomach explode? While it is rare, people

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Why Am I Always Hungry?

Why Am I Always Hungry? Constant feelings of hunger can throw you off your weight loss plan. Why am I always hungry? It seems like you never feel full enough to stop thinking of food or eating. This can be frustrating, especially if you want to achieve a certain weight goal. The first step to managing your weight control is to understand the reasons for your constant hunger and what you can do to beat it. Why Am I Always Hungry? 1. Fast Metabolism Some people burn more calories in a small amount of time. According to one study, more that 30% of the general population have fast metabolism which allows them to burn up to 400 more calories per day than most people do. If your metabolism is fast, you will tend to feel hungry all the time. 2. Processed Foods You are probably eating a lot of processed or refined foods like cookies, white bread, or salad dressings that cause your blood sugar levels to increase within short periods of time. These can make you feel hungrier than you were before eating. Research shows that foods that are high in fat and sugar interfere with the chemicals in the brain that regulate mood, leading to depression, anxiety and and overeating. Experts believe that refined sugar is the most common cause of increased appetite throughout the day. 3. Hormonal Problems Hormonal changes associated with menstrual periods (PMS), overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) and diabetes

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11 Sep 2016 Swollen Ankles After Flying

  Swollen Ankles After Flying   Flying over long distances can be very uncomfortable. You can’t move your legs sufficiently; your legs and ankles may swell after flying. In fact, this problem is common among long distance fliers. But it can also be a symptom of serious medical conditions in some cases. Seek medical help if you are concerned. Fortunately, you can take some measures to manage and prevent this problem.   What Causes Swollen Ankles After Flying?   Swelling in the feet is a result of accumulation of fluid within the body. Because of the restricted movement, blood flow within the legs slows down so that it neither gets to or from these limbs at the normal pace. This leads to body fluid accumulating within the lower limbs, which causes the swollen ankles.   People who are overweight and menstruating women are at a higher risk of suffering swollen ankles. In addition, women who are having their periods may suffer from blood clots, a serious condition. Individuals who exercise regularly are at minimal risk of leg or ankle swelling after flying. They are also unlikely to get life-threatening blood clots.   When to See the Doctor If you experience short breath or chest pain besides swollen ankles after flight, you need to seek immediate medical care. Similarly, if your swelling persists for hours after getting back to your normal routine, it may be a symptom of a serious medical condition – deep vein thrombosis (blood clot in the leg). This is more likely if the swelling only affects one leg and is accompanied by pain. Should you experience such symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.   If you take birth control pills or recently had major surgery, you may have a higher risk of getting blood clots. For this reason you need to consult your doctor ahead of your flight. The doctor may advise you to wear compression socks during the flight, or prescribe blood thinning medications. How to Relieve Swollen Ankles After Flying 1.     Apply Ice Ice is a handy home remedy for swollen ankles. It works by constricting

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Resting Blood Pressure

Resting Blood Pressure   Your blood pressure tells a lot about your general health. High blood pressure or hypertension can lead to several heart related issues and other medical conditions. One in every three US adults have hypertension, and only about half of these people take steps to keep their blood pressure under check. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to stroke. It usually has no symptoms and is, therefore, considered the "silent killer".   What Resting Blood Pressure Means Your blood hits the walls of the arteries with some force, which is called blood pressure. Similarly, the heart pushes the blood out when it squeezes itself, and this creates a pressure against the walls of the blood vessels. Your resting blood pressure is the reading taken when you cease from effort for a time. Systolic Blood Pressure When your heart contracts and pushes blood through your arteries while maintaining some pressure. This pressure on the arteries is systolic blood pressure – it is the upper number in your blood pressure reading. Your systolic blood pressure is considered normal if it is 120 or below. If your systolic blood pressure is 120-139, it means your blood pressure is normal but is higher than ideal. It is not that high but it still puts you at a greater risk of developing heart disease. You have high blood pressure if your systolic pressure is consistently higher than 140.   Diastolic Blood Pressure The bottom number in your blood pressure reading is diastolic blood pressure that indicates the pressure within the arteries

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12 Sep Migraine and Neck Pain by Rajesh Gupta

Migraine and Neck Pain Migraines are pulsating headaches and may greatly affect the quality of your life. You usually experience the pain on one side of your head and it becomes severe with physical activity. There may be a great variation in symptoms from one attack to the next. The severity of symptoms may also vary from person to person. Most people experience migraine and neck pain together along with other symptoms such as vomiting, nausea, and extreme sensitivity to sound and light. Find out how to make your condition manageable.     Can Migraine Cause Neck Pain? Yes, it can. Migraine attacks can cause serious pain that may continue from hours to days. You may experience some symptoms before this disabling pain hits you hard. These symptoms are known as aura that may occur before the headache, which may include blind spots, flashes of light, or tingling in the arm, leg, or on one side of the face. Since the neck and head work together, it is common for migraine sufferers to experience neck pain at the same time. Neck pain may include the nerves and muscles in the neck, and they may affect the bones in the spine. Some people find a connection between migraine and neck pain and say that their migraine pain seems to radiate from the neck to head. It is important to understand that people with migraines are at a greater risk of developing occipital neuralgia, which is a throbbing pain behind the ears or in the upper neck. This may also be the reason why you experience neck pain whenever you have a migraine attack.   Ways to Manage the Pain 1. Stay in a Calm Environmen

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7 by Rajesh Gupta

7.  Headaches When It Rains Headaches can be felt anywhere in your head, face, scalp, or neck. They can also be caused by a number of factors. When you have a headache, you may not feel like working or doing anything. Many people suffer headaches when it rains, or get headaches due to weather conditions. This article will help you understand why headaches occur when it rains and some helpful tips on how to deal with them.   Why do You Get Headaches When It Rains?   Rainstorms are a beautiful thing, but for headache sufferers it could mean hours of pain. You may even be able to tell what kind of weather is coming by the onset of a headache. People who suffer from weather related headaches notice a 31 percent increase in headaches during thunderstorms within 25 miles of their homes, according to a study done in 2013 by the University of Cincinnati.   There is always the question, why do people suffer from headaches when it's raining? The answer is in the sensitive nature of your brain. Weather changes cause:   Serotonin imbalances that can trigger headaches and migraines High rates of humidity that can pull fluids out of the body Sun glare against dark clouds that can cause light sensitivity Then there is the issue of barometric pressure which researchers aren’t completely sure why it affects headaches, but it seems to be an issue. What they think is that when the barometric pressure drops prior to a rainstorm, it affects the part of the brain that blocks out headache pain. Studies do show that most headaches occur when it is cloudy and overcast. What Can Be Done? There are a few things you can do next time there is a rainstorm on its way to prevent those headaches when it rains. These include: 1. Buy a Barometer   Learn to keep track of barometric pressure changes and at what number your headaches are triggered.

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12 Sep 2016 Headaches When It Rains

7.  Headaches When It Rains Headaches can be felt anywhere in your head, face, scalp, or neck. They can also be caused by a number of factors. When you have a headache, you may not feel like working or doing anything. Many people suffer headaches when it rains, or get headaches due to weather conditions. This article will help you understand why headaches occur when it rains and some helpful tips on how to deal with them.   Why do You Get Headaches When It Rains?   Rainstorms are a beautiful thing, but for headache sufferers it could mean hours of pain. You may even be able to tell what kind of weather is coming by the onset of a headache. People who suffer from weather related headaches notice a 31 percent increase in headaches during thunderstorms within 25 miles of their homes, according to a study done in 2013 by the University of Cincinnati.   There is always the question, why do people suffer from headaches when it's raining? The answer is in the sensitive nature of your brain. Weather changes cause:   Serotonin imbalances that can trigger headaches and migraines High rates of humidity that can pull fluids out of the body Sun glare against dark clouds that can cause light sensitivity Then there is the issue of barometric pressure which researchers aren’t completely sure why it affects headaches, but it seems to be an issue. What they think is that when the barometric pressure drops prior to a rainstorm, it affects the part of the brain that blocks out headache pain. Studies do show that most headaches occur when it is cloudy and overcast. What Can Be Done? There are a few things you can do next time there is a rainstorm on its way to prevent those headaches when it rains. These include: 1. Buy a Barometer   Learn to keep track of barometric pressure changes and at what number your headaches are triggered.

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How to Heal Scabs Fast

How to Heal Scabs Fast   In case of injuries and bleeding, the body forms a hard cover or scab to protect the area and prevent infection or further injury. The appearance of scabs indicates that the natural healing process of the wound has begun. Scabs prevent the exposure of wounds to the environment, keeping it dry and not allowing further bleeding or other discharges. However, when the healing process starts, scabs may tend to itch and irritate you. They can even look quite ugly if they are on visible parts of your body. Learn how to heal scabs fast with easy home remedies. 11 Suggestions on How to Heal Scabs Fast Though it may seem very tempting, resist picking the scabs as it can lead to further scarring. Some of the methods described below help to heal scabs faster. 1. Epsom Salt Epsom salts can be very effective while trying to heal scabs. They provide relief to the injury by soothing the wounded area and reduce tenderness of or surrounding the scab. Besides, Epsom salts tighten the scab while the water moisturizes the region.     How to Do: Soak your injured region in water containing Epsom salts for an hour, and then dry it off. Repeat the procedure until the scab is removed. 2. Potassium Alum Potassium alum is a natural aluminum salt and is used as a deodorant and astringent. It constricts the blood vessels surrounding the scab, which tightens it, allowing it to be loosened and lifted from the skin.     How to Do: Grind a small amount of potassium alum to make a paste, apply it to the affected region after a bath and let it dry. Repeat it till the scab is gone. 3. Warm & Moist Compress

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How to Avoid Loose Skin by Rajesh Gupta

How to Avoid Loose Skin So many life experiences like pregnancy, losing weight, and simply getting older can make your skin lose its elasticity. Sagging skin is always a concern for people, but learning how to avoid loose skin will greatly help minimize the problem. How to Avoid Loose Skin There are a number of things to keep in mind to avoid loose skin. Here is more about it. 1. Add Weight Training You can improve the overall quality of your skin by adding strength training to your workout routine. You can try different methods of resistance, such as tubing, machines, free weight, or body weights to strengthen your muscles. Aerobic exercise is also effective because it helps burn fats while weight training creates a thin layer of muscle underneath your skin. Combining strength training with aerobic exercise will make the skin appear tighter. Warning: If you're losing weight, do take it slow. People always want to shed pounds quickly. However, if you lose weight too fast, you would end up dealing with loose skin. So you'd better lose weight slowly and your aim should be to lose no more than two pounds every week. 2. Brush the Skin Get a soft boar bristle brush and use it before you take a shower. It can exfoliate your skin and improve blood circulation. The increased circulation will make nutrients available to your skin, which will help enhance its elasticity. 3. Keep a Balanced Diet How to avoid loose skin? Actually, what you eat will have an impact on your skin. Therefore, keeping a balanced diet is very important. Your diet should include adequate protein because it is essential for skin elasticity, and the lack of collagen will lead to skin degradation, wrinkles, and other serious skin problems. Adding lean protein to your diet will help build lean muscle which will make your skin look tight. Avoid crash dieting because it hurts the store of protein and collagen. 

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Panic Attack vs Heart Attack

Panic Attack vs Heart Attack   A panic attack can be frightening and resembles a heart attack. Chest pain is a common symptom of both and sometimes it gets confusing to differentiate between the two. It is important to understand that these two are very different conditions and if you compare the symptoms of panic attack vs heart attack carefully you can identify whether a person is having a panic attack or a heart attack.  Panic Attack vs Heart Attack Here are a few distinguishing features: 1-     Definition   Panic attacks are caused by extreme anxiety, fear or apprehension. The common symptoms include palpitations, dizziness and shortness of breath. These symptoms can vary in severity and can last for minutes or hours. A panic attack is not dangerous or life threatening. Heart attack or myocardial infarction can be life threatening if not detected and treated urgently. There is severe chest pain and the reason is a blockage in any of the arteries supplying blood to heart muscles. 2-     Symptoms Symptoms of panic attack:   Fast pulse and increased heart rate. Very sharp chest pain lasting for less than ten seconds. The chest pain is localized and confined to a small area. The area of chest pain can be tender to touch. The chest pain usually occurs at rest. The pain gets better by itself and changes its intensity with changing posture. A feeling of extreme anxiety.   Symptoms of heart attack:

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Allergies and Depression

Allergies and Depression   It is a well-established fact that depression can be hereditary, and some people are more prone to have depression than others. Sometimes depressive episodes can be triggered by certain life events in individuals with no previous history of depression. Depression can also be linked to some other medical problems as well. However, people rarely put allergies and depression together. Can Allergies Cause Depression? The answer to this question is yes, allergies can lead to depression. Allergies to various chemicals and foods can badly affect the mood and behavior in susceptible individuals, and can cause depressive illness in three ways. 1. Allergic Symptoms The symptoms of allergy such as red and itchy eyes, constant sneezing and sniffing can be a nuisance and are generally persistent. It becomes very difficult to breathe easily or have peaceful sleep with a blocked and stuffed nose. This can be exhausting, making people with allergies twice more likely to get depressed as compared to those who are not allergic to anything. 2. Its Effects on Central Nervous System Allergies and depression are related. One of the reasons is that allergies can affect any system of the human body and the central nervous system is no exception. Allergies can slow down the thought process, leading to irritability and agitation. The effects of allergies on central nervous system can also lead to learning disabilities, aggressive behavior, nervousness, anxiety, schizophrenia and depression. 

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15 Sep How to Overcome Stage Fear

How to Overcome Stage Fear If you have fear of speaking in front of a large audience, you are certainly not alone. So many people experience this issue, and stage fear is quite a normal phenomenon actually and affects almost everyone to some extent. For some people, it is nothing more than anxious jitters before a performance. For others, it can be so serious that they just cannot go on the stage, let alone speak. It is possible to learn how to overcome stage fear. All you have to do is follow some simple tips. How to Overcome Stage Fear While it seems like you cannot overcome your stage fear, it is very much possible. You just need to make yourself understand that a few tweaks and a change of mindset can turn you into a good public speaker.  Here are a few tips to help you out. Know that Audiences are Not Here for You Making yourself understand that the audience does not really care much about you can make you feel relaxed. That is especially true if you are not a famous person. Remind yourself that the people are just here to know more about the topic you have selected and you are just another person speaking about it. Handle Your Anxiety It is natural to feel anxious before a presentation in front of a large crowd, and there is nothing wrong in it. You just have to understand how to make the anxiety work in your favor, not against you. Being anxious may actually help you be more focused and it is a good thing. One way to feel better is to avoid resisting the anxiety and you will feel more comfortable. Take Passion Utilize the passion and emotion you have for

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Psychological Facts About Boys

  Psychological Facts About Boys   Girls need more than just experience to understand what a guy really wants. So, dating a few boys will not put you in a better position to understand them better and you have to get in conversation with them. But, you may not have that much of time to get to know a boy in your life. Don't worry. Here we tell you how boys think to help you get into the mind of your boy. Interesting Psychological Facts About Boys You work in an office with men of your age or even older. How do you know what exactly they think about different things and how they react in different situations? You may have someone in your life who you want to know better. Well, you can understand them better now. 1. They Love Women with a Bone Structure Similar to Their Mother's It has something to do with sexual imprinting, which is a process used by young animals to learn the characteristics of a desirable mate. It means a boy will feel more attracted to you if your bone structure resembles that of his mother. 2. They Always Find Younger Women More Attractive Biologically speaking, men get attracted towards younger females because they believe they are at their peak of reproductive years. 3. They Think an Hourglass Figure Is More Attractive Okay, that is not a surprise entry, is it? But, why do you think men get attracted to slender waists between large breasts and hips? That may be mainly because these features directly correlate with reproductive ability. 4. They

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How to Manage Incontinence After Prostate Surgery

  How to Manage Incontinence After Prostate Surgery   According to the Prostate Cancer Research Institute, there are over 200,000 cases of prostate cancer in the US each year. People who choose to have their prostate gland removed may find that they have incontinence after prostate cancer surgery. The majority of men will recover within 6 to 12 months, yet incontinence is a huge challenge for these men to face. It is important, during this time, to get professional help for bladder weakness. Why Do I Have Incontinence After Prostate Surgery? Men control their bladders using two different types of sphincter muscles, the internal sphincter and the external sphincter. The incontinence usually occurs as the internal sphincter muscle is completely removed when the prostate is taken away. While this sphincter doesn’t give you full control of your bladder, its removal can lead to the weakening of the external sphincter (the muscle that gives you all the control). During the surgery, your nerves, blood supply or supporting structures around this muscle may also be damaged, so the external sphincter may struggle to work and it might be difficult for you to control your bladder. Types of Incontinence After Prostate Surgery Urgency Incontinence

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6 Foods That Irritate the Bladder by Rajesh Gupta

  6 Foods That Irritate the Bladder Suffering from overactive bladder (OAB) and incontinence? Paying attention to your food and drink can help. While there is no specific diet for OAB, what you eat or drink could be worsening your symptoms. The amount of food and drink that you take can also determine how well you control your bladder. By making certain lifestyle changes, such as avoiding foods that can irritate your bladder, you can improve your bladder control as well as your response to treatment. Keep reading to discover strategies to improve bladder control. Foods That Irritate the Bladder                                                           1. Coffee While your morning coffee could be so dear to you, it can be irritating to your urinary tract. The caffeine in your coffee is known to aggravate bladder and urinary tract symptoms. For people with chronic bladder inflammation (interstitial cystitis), drinking coffee worsens the symptoms. Instead of coffee, go for non-caffeinated herbal tea. And don't forget that cocoa and chocolate contain lots of caffeine as well. 2. Alcohol If you have stomach reflux, you may be aware that wine, beer and other alcoholic drinks are irritating to your stomach. Alcohol also irritates the bladder. While you need to take lots of fluids if you have a urinary tract infection (UTI), you need to stay away from alcohol. 3. Soda Soda is known to irritate the bladder in people who have chronic bladder inflammation. Soda can also worsen symptoms in a person suffering from a UTI. Caffeinated and citrus-flavored sodas are the most irritating for people suffering from UTI. If you are recovering from a UTI or have OAB, drink cranberry juice or plain water instead. 4. Acidic

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17/09/2016 How Much Niacin Is Too Much?

How Much Niacin Is Too Much?   Also known as vitamin B3, niacin plays a very important part in a healthy diet. It aids in digestion, helps create hormones, promotes healthy skin and hair, converts food to energy, and ensures proper nerve function. When there is too little niacin in the diet, problems happen, such as vomiting, fatigue, diarrhea, indigestion, dry and cracked skin, a bright red and swollen tongue, canker sores, depression, forgetfulness, and a burning sensation in the mouth. Niacin can be found in numerous foods, including meat, fish, eggs, yeast, grains, green veggies, beans and dairy. It can also be taken in multivitamin supplements. However, just as too little niacin is a problem, so is having too much of it in your diet. How Much Niacin Is Too Much?   Though your body definitely needs niacin, too much of it can actually be toxic. Adults should not exceed 35 milligrams in a day. Teenagers up to the age of 18 can tolerate 30 milligrams at most per day, while those between the ages of 9 and 13 shouldn’t have more than 20 milligrams per day. Most people get enough niacin in their diet and do not need a supplement; only those who have a true niacin deficiency, as diagnosed by a physician, should consider taking niacin supplements. To help you understand the standard of taking too much niacin, here is a table explaining the exact RDA for each age group.   Age Males (Mg/Day) Females (Mg/Day) 0-6 months 2 2 7-12 months 4

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Disadvantages of Smoking by Rajesh Gupta

Disadvantages of Smoking   Cigarette smoking is responsible for one out of every five deaths in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Unfortunately, even after warnings from friends and loved ones, negative advertisements about smoking on TV, and the advice of the doctor, some people start smoking and later find it is difficult to quit. Anyhow, you need to know smoking cigarettes is dangerous to you as well as people around you and there are many disadvantages of smoking. Like affecting your lungs, all organs of the body can be affected by cigarette smoking. 11 Reasons to Stop Smoking Now   There are many ingredients in tobacco that are chemically active. In fact, there are more than 4,000 active chemicals in cigarette smoke that can lead to serious and sometimes fatal changes inside the body. Some of these ingredients include carbon monoxide, tar, hydrogen cyanide, nitrogen oxides, ammonia, metal substances, and radioactive compounds that can do you serious harm. Here are some body areas affected by cigarette smoking. You'll see how it affects your body thoroughly: 1.   Eyes Research has shown that many different chemicals in cigarettes can result in damage to the macula of the eye, which is the most sensitive aspect of the retina. There can be small blood vessels bursting through the macula, leading to the damage that is often irreversible. Smoking also results in structural and functional changes in the lens of the eye and in the retina, because it causes atherosclerotic plaques that can lead to thrombosis and eye damage from the capillaries of the eye. 2.   Digestive System

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My City Gurdaspur

  My City Gurdaspur Gurdaspur (Punjabi: ਗੁਰਦਾਸਪੁਰ) is a city in the state of Punjab, situated in the northwest part of the Republic of India, between the rivers Beasand Raavi, 10 km from the international border between India and Pakistan. It houses the administrative headquarters of Gurdaspur Districtand is in the geographical center of the district, being situated on the Amritsar – Jammu National Highway, 36 km from Pathankot and 32 km from Batala. Head offices of all district departments are located in Batala and Gurdaspur. Gurdaspur city was named after Mahant Guriya das ji.[1] The Emperor Akbar was crowned at Kalanaur, which is 26 km from the city. Behrampur town, where the Maqbara (mausoleum) of Bairam Khan is situated, is 10 km away. Dinanagar town, which was the capital of the kingdom of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, is 12 km away. The well-known woolen mill located in Dhariwal, is also 12 km from the city.   Demographics[edit] According to the 2011 India census,[2] Gurdaspur had a population of 2,299,026 (1,212,995 males and 1,086,031 females). There was a 9.30% increase in population compared to that of 2001. In the previous 2001 census of India, Gurdaspur District had recorded a 19.74% increase to its population compared to 1991. The average literacy rate of Gurdaspur in 2011 was 81.10%, compared to 73.80% in 2001. The male and female literacy rates were 85.90% and 75.70%, respectively. For the 2001 census, the rates were 79.80% and 67.10% respectively. The total literate population was 1,668,339, consisting of 928,264 males and 740,075 females. Sex ratio is about 895 females per 1000 males. Population Density was 649 per square km. [2]   History[edit] Gurdaspur, a major city of Punjab, was founded by Guriyaji Mahant in the 17th century. The place forms the northernmost part of the state. Resting within Jalandhar division, and flanked by the rivers Beas and Ravi, it shares its boundary with the districts of Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala,Amritsar and Pathankot. Guriyaji laid the foundation of the city on land that he had bought from the Jats. Almost no evidence of the ancient history of the place is available, so not much is known about it. For a long period it was under the rule of the Shahi dynasty. A ruler named Jasrath Khokhar was defeated by Malik Sikander. With the fall of the Mughal Empire, the city came under the supremacy of the Sikh gurus. The place is linked to many eminent Sikh Gurus including Guru Gobind Singh, Guru Hargobind and Guru Nanak Dev. Maharaja Ranjit Singh made it one of his strongholds. After partition, a major portion of the city was ceded to India. Seven kilometers to the west of the city, is Gurdas Nangal, a holy place linked to the heroic battle of Banda Bahadur with the Mughal armies. A gurudwara, a place of worship, whose entrance has an inscription describing the famous battle, is located here. It lies 10 kilometers from the city and was the site of a great massacre of Sikhs in 1746. During the Misl period, Gurdaspur remained the centre of activity of Kanheya Misl and Ramgharia Misl. Maharaja Ranjit Singh conquered Ramgharia Misl in 1808, and Kanheya Misl in 1811, so they became a part of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s empire. The British East India Company annexed Punjab on 29 March 1849, after the second Anglo-Sikh war of 1839-49. After annexation, a need arose for recognition of districts for administrative purpose. As a result, Gurdaspur district was formed on 1 May 1852. The district of Adinanagar was renamed to Gurdaspur. So, from a tiny village, Gurdaspur became a district headquarters. The mutiny of 1857 also affected Gurdaspur. The mutineers from Sialkot proceeded towards Gurdaspur. The British forces intercepted these mutineers at Trimmo Patan and defeated them in the battle of Trimmo Patan (12–16 July 1857). The prisoners were hanged in Bole Wala Bagh, situated behind Government College Gurdaspur.   Partition of 1947[edit] During the partition of India in 1947, the future of Gurdaspur could not be decided for many days, as the majority of the population of this district, 51.14% was Muslim. The Radcliffe boundary awards transferred only Shakargarh Tehsil of the Gurdaspur district to Pakistan. The rest of the district was transferred to India against the agreement. The Muslim population of the district forced to migrate to Pakistan. Many refugees, the Hindus and the Sikhs of Sialkot and Tehsil Shakargarh, migrated to Gurdaspur after crossing the Ravi bridge. They settled and spread throughout Gurdaspur district. The transfer of Gurdaspur to India soon proved to be advantageous to India. It offered the only viable route to Kashmir for Indian army to take control of kashmir after partition ((cite)).

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Behavior Management Techniques

  Behavior Management Techniques   Knowledge about safe and effective behavior management strategies enables you to be in full control of your behavior in tough and challenging situations. Whether you are managing a team in the office or you are a teacher with a large class, it always pays to understand how to keep everyone motivated and make them think positively about everything. Let's find out more about it. Behavior Management Techniques for Adults You can make use of six effective and safe behavior management strategies to remain professional during challenging situations. Here are the details. 1. Always Know How Your Behavior Affects Others In other words, you need to be mindful of your own reactions when dealing with difficult people and situations. How you react to a situation will affect other's decisions too. Your response will determine whether the behavior of someone else stops or escalates further. With that in the back of your mind, you will understand the importance of staying calm and working on respectful management strategies. 2. Learn to Be Rationally Detached It helps you understand how to maintain an attitude, telling others that you are not open to negative comments or actions. Not having this ability is only going to make things difficult because team members are likely to react defensively or instinctively. With this ability, you will be in a better position to encourage positive behavior and defuse challenging behavior at the same time. 3. Be Attentive All the Time

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Why do I Cry When I Laugh?

Why do I Cry When I Laugh? People cry over pain, and laugh in joy right? So why do I cry when I laugh? Well, it turns out that it's not that simple. Although the phenomena isn’t fully understood, people sometimes laugh until they cry and/or can cry until they laugh. Laughing or crying at inappropriate moments, or out of context to the circumstances is something many people experience at least once, and there can be a variety of underlying reasons for these ill-timed outbursts. Why do I Cry When I Laugh? Experts really don’t know. However, there are some possibilities. Laughing and Crying Is Similar One thing to take into consideration is that crying and laughs are similar psychological reactions to high states of emotional arousal, they have lingering effects, and they don't necessarily come and go cleanly. People connect crying with sadness; however, crying is even a more complex human response. Tears are caused by a variety of reasons, such as sadness, pain, and in sometimes even extreme amusement. It's just the way humans have evolved. Pathological Laughter and Crying (PLC) Pathological laughter and crying (PLC) is a medical condition that is marked by apparently uncontrollable outbursts of crying, laughter, or both. The episodes are caused by an event that wouldn’t have led the person to cry or laugh prior to the onset of the condition, or does not have any apparent motivating factor. People that have PLC have damage in the motor areas of their cerebral cortex travelling all

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Toothpaste Color Code by Rajesh Gupta

Toothpaste Color Code For several years, there has been a graphic that has been circulated online trying to explain the colored squares that are found on the packaging of various products. It is said that different colors represent the chemical content of the product. Today we will verify if the toothpastecolor code rumor is valid. What Do Color Codes on Toothpaste Mean? The colors on toothpastes are another consumer tip that has been circulated on the internet and apparently it should provide information concerning the toothpaste to those who know where to look and what to look for on the packaging.  And as with most indicators, what they are deemed to mean is not normally correct. Rumor has it that toothpaste color code means:

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What Is Arsenic Used for?

What Is Arsenic Used for?   Arsenic occurs naturally in several forms, usually as a compound mixed with other elements. It is a poisonous substance with varying toxicities, depending on the type of compound it is. It is most toxic in its inorganic form mixed with chlorine, oxygen, or sulfur, and least toxic in its organic forms. Solid arsenic tarnishes the air and comes as a brittle silver-gray semi-metal. What Is Arsenic Used for? 1. Materials Preservation Chromated copper arsenate, which is a type of organic arsenic, is primarily used as an agent to preserve and extend the life of pressure-treated wood. It is used by injecting the arsenic into the wood's cellular structure. Because of its poisonous properties, it works well to kill any bacteria, fungi, and insects that can eat away at the wood, causing it to deteriorate more quickly. However, the use of arsenic on consumer products has been banned in many countries because of its high toxicity levels. Similarly, arsenic is also being used in the leather industry as a way of preserving tanned leather. 2. Electronics and Engineering One example of "what is arsenic used for in engineering" is as a doping agent. Doping is a process in which arsenic or any other impurity is added to a semiconductor, such as a transistor

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Hepatitis B Vaccine Side Effects

  Hepatitis B Vaccine Side Effects Hepatitis B is a liver disease caused by a virus. The hepatitis B virus spreads through bodily fluids in sexual contact, through blood transfusion or by sharing needles with an infected person. The infection can also be passed on by a mother to a baby during childbirth. However, the disease can be prevented by getting a hepatitis B vaccine which exposes you to small amounts of the virus and helps your body to develop immunity. But are there any hepatitis B vaccine side effects? Hepatitis B Vaccine Side Effects Like any other medication, this vaccine has its benefits and side effects. You must remember, however, that its benefits outweigh its disadvantages. Here are the known side effects of hepatitis B vaccine that you must be aware of: Emergent Side Effects If you experience these side effects after your vaccination, call your doctor immediately: Ÿ   High fever (37.7 °C or 100 °F) or higher Ÿ   Joint pains Ÿ   Skin rash or hives Ÿ   Blurred vision or other vision changes Ÿ   Confusion Ÿ   Dizziness, faintness or lightheadedness Ÿ   Sweating Ÿ   Itching of the feet and hands Ÿ   Muscle weakness Ÿ   Numbness/tingling of arms and legs Ÿ   Swelling of the eyes, face or nose Ÿ   Difficulty breathing or swallowing Ÿ   Sudden, severe unusual tiredness/weakness General Side Effects Some hepatitis B vaccine side effects do not need immediate treatment. These may go away as you adjust to the medicine. Your doctor may also advise you on how to prevent/reduce these side effects. Consult your doctor if these side effects do not get better or if they get worse: Agitation Increased sweating Stomach cramps Back pain

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Coconut Oil and Lemon Juice for Grey Hair

  Coconut Oil and Lemon Juice for Grey Hair Grey hairs are considered to be the first sign of old age. There are many ways to cover and dye grey hair, but most of these colorants have harsh chemicals and toxins in them, which can damage your hair. In this condition, you can use some natural remedies such as coconut oil and and lemon juice for grey hair coverage. Why Coconut Oil and Lemon Juice Are Effective for Grey Hair? The hair gets its color by pigment cells present in the hair follicles. With time passing by, the number of pigment cells decreases, resulting in grey hair. The coconut oil and lemon juice mixture nourishes the scalp and protects the pigment cells, which can delay the appearance of grey hair. There are a lot of medium chain fatty acids present in coconut oil; it is rich in lauric acid, and has strong antimicrobial properties. Lemon juice contains a lot of nutrients and vitamins like vitamins C and B. All these nutrients make the hair follicles healthy and strong. Due to these properties you can rely on coconut oil and lemon juice for grey hair coverage and strong healthy hair. How to Use Coconut Oil and Lemon Juice for Grey Hair The use of coconut oil and lemon juice for grey hair prevention is well practiced and gives great results. Here are a few ways you can try these natural ingredients for preserving your hair color. 1. Coconut Oil and Lemon Juice Rinse   Things you need: 2 teaspoons of lemon juice 2 tablespoons of coconut oil Directions: Warm up the coconut oil, it should be lukewarm and not too hot.

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Braces Bracket Came Off

Braces Bracket Came Off Most people think their braces will stay in place unless they go to their orthodontist to have them taken off, which is usually at the end of the treatment. While it is true that your brackets maintain their position most of the time, it is still possible to see them come off. Your orthodontist uses special orthodontic glue to affix brackets to teeth, but the bond can fail occasionally and the bracket comes off. Possible Reasons Why Your Braces Bracket Came Off There can be three main reasons of why your brackets may come off. It can happen due to the placement of the bracket, the tooth itself, or the patient. Here is more about it. The Placement: Before applying the brackets, it is important to clean and dry your teeth thoroughly to keep it in place. When your teeth are partially cleaned, the brackets are more likely to come off later. Where the bracket is placed may also affect how long it will stay in place. The quality of cement also plays a role here. The Tooth: Your tooth may have certain type of enamel that weakens the cement. You may notice your brackets becoming dislodged from the tooth if you have them placed on teeth that have a white or chalky look to them. Any dental deficiencies may also help to explain why your braces bracket came off. Patient's Negligence: Your bracket may fail when you do not pay attention to the instructions of your orthodontist. They will explain what you can or cannot eat after having your brackets placed on your teeth. They will also explain how to clean your teeth when you have braces. Not paying attention to these instructions may affect the brackets and loosen

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Bitter Taste in Mouth

Bitter Taste in Mouth Have you ever woken up in the morning with a bitter or acidic taste in your mouth? What caused the bad taste? This common condition may indicate a high number of bacteria in your body or a poor diet. Read on to discover all the possible causes and treatments for bitter taste in mouth. What Causes Bitter Taste in Mouth Many factors leave a metallic or bitter taste in your mouth. In this section, the main causes of this bitter taste are outlined. 1. Poor Oral Hygiene Ignoring your oral hygiene may lead to gum diseases and teeth problems such as tooth infection, periodontitis and gingivitis, which may leave a metallic taste. But the infection and bitter taste clear up with prescription medicine. 2. Certain Medication Some prescription drugs used to treat cardiac and psychiatric cause a bitter taste. These include lithium, antibiotics like tetracycline, and allopurinol. The medicines come out in your saliva after absorption. The prescriptions and antidepressants may lead to a dry mouth and affect your taste buds. 3. Vitamin and Supplements Multivitamins and prenatal vitamins with high amounts of heavy metals such as zinc, copper or chromium will cause a bitter taste in mouth. Calcium and iron supplements have the same effect. The taste disappears after the supplements and vitamins are absorbed in your body. The taste might persist if you overdose. 4. Inhaled Substances Smoking affects your taste buds, which leads to a bitter taste

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How to Smell Your Own Breath

  How to Smell Your Own Breath Bad breath is something that can unintentionally spoil your day anywhere, even when you are impeccably dressed in your best suit and tie. People often remember to have a quick check of their appearances in the mirror, but it is not common to see someone swiftly checking upon their breath before going for an important meeting. Checking and smelling our breath sounds obnoxious, right? Well, it's better than getting embarrassed in front of masses. But do you know how to smell your own breath? Because sometimes we get so used to our breath that it gets highly difficult for us to point out when we smell bad. Let's crack this issue in this article. How to Smell Your Own Breath Contrary to popular belief, smelling and checking upon your own breath is not a rocket science. You can easily follow a few of the below pointers to get it done aptly. 1. Smell Your Saliva One of the commonly used methods is to smell your saliva, as it is easy to do anytime anywhere. First lick your wrist, let the saliva dry for 5-10 seconds and then smell the area. The smell you get is more or less similar to what is coming out of your mouth. Don't use this method just after you have brushed your teeth or had some mints, as it will disguise the actual odor and fool you with a pleasant smell. 2. Tongue Swabbing Method To use this method, you should put down a finger or some cotton gauze deep into the mouth without molesting your gag reflex and wipe the surface of the tongue at the back of the mouth. Then take out the finger or the piece of cotton and smell it to know your real mouth odor. This method gives more accurate results when compared to that of licking the saliva because it directly cleanses out the bad-breath bacteria lurking in that area. Besides, if you get a yellow stain on the cotton, it may indicate your system over produce sulfide, another cause of bad breath.

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Mood Swings in Children

Mood Swings in Children   very child experiences mood swings from time to time. These might include a sudden change in mood for no apparent reason, or an unexpected change in their overall behavior. In most cases, these changes are rather mild and don’t last long, so there is nothing to worry about. However, in rare cases, mood swings could indicate something more is going on. Mood swings that occur frequently, are extremely severe or are accompanied by violent behavior could be cause for concern. These mood swings might start as early as age five or six, but as a child gets to the adolescence age, mood swings might become more common. What Causes Mood Swings in Children? The causes can be wide and varied. Mood swings might occur due to the environment a child is raised in, any nutrition needs that are not being met, or lack of physical health. They might also be affected by an unappealing physical appearance or some characteristics about themselves they don’t like. In some cases, kids can actually inherit mood swings – if their parents have mood swings, children are more likely to have them too. Sleep issues such as inadequate sleep or too much sleep can also cause mood swings. Both can make a child lethargic and as a result, irritable. A child who has difficult parents, has trouble with learning abilities, faces bullying in school, or has otherwise troubling issues might be more prone to mood swings. In some cases, the mood swings in children can be related with disorders which need special attention and professional treatment.   Causes Symptoms Treatments ADHD Environmental factors Genetic factors Brain injury Excessive sugar or additives in the diet Trouble sitting still Constant fidgeting Inability to pay attention Distraction Hyperactivity Psychotherapy

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Coconut Oil for Babies

Coconut Oil for Babies   Mature coconut flesh is the source of the sweet smelling coconut oil that is a perfect natural moisturizer. Coconut oil can be used in many ways including treatment of diaper rash. Coconut oil is nourishing and soothing and helps heal your baby’s bum and does not cause irritation or itching. If anything, it will leave the skin shiny and smooth. Different Types of Coconut Oil for Babies There are 5 main varieties of coconut oil. They include: Pure coconut oil: The oil is obtained from dried coconut flesh. The coconut meat is milled and crushed to extract the oil. Nothing is added to it and is thus considered pure. Refined coconut oil: The oil goes through a process of refining, bleaching and deodorization. This is done through chemical and mechanical processes and it is made odorless and colorless. Virgin coconut oil: This oil is obtained from the coconut milk and not the dried coconut meat. Since it is not heated during extraction, this oil has a pleasant taste and smell. It also retains the antioxidants since it is not heated. Organic coconut oil: This type of coconut oil is extracted from coconut palms that have been raised without any chemical fertilizers

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Constipation in Babies

  Constipation in Babies   New parents are always anxious about their baby's health. They constantly look for small assurances such as frequent smiles and laughs that their babies are okay. As a new parent, you cannot ignore your baby's poop. Regular poop indicates that your baby is feeding well. If your baby does not poop as usual, it could signal a problem. How do you tell that your baby has constipation? The signs, causes, and treatment options for constipation in babies are outlined below. How to Tell If Your Baby Is Constipated Babies do not follow any schedule in their bowel movements. Their bowel movements and poo texture vary from time to time. The following signs suggest that your baby is constipated: Pain, discomfort, crying, and irritation before bowel movements The baby's belly is hard Poo resembles hard and dry pellet and is difficult to pass Less than three bowel movements in a week Lack of appetite Poo and wind with a foul smell Very liquid poo is also a sign of constipation. Sometimes liquid poo passes a blockage of hard poo in the baby's lower intestine. It may appear as diarrhea but, is in reality, a sign of constipation. What Could Be the Causes? 1. Solid Foods Constipation in babies is common when you first start your babies with solids as their bodies are learning how to digest and manage the newly introduced foods. Solid foods such as rice cereal that are low in fiber may cause mild constipation. This is common when weaning your baby for the first time as weaning your baby from breast milk sometimes leaves your baby dehydrated and leads to constipation.

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What Causes Headache After Orgasm?

  What Causes Headache After Orgasm?   Do you get a headache after orgasm or during intercourse? Could this be causing you to worry and probably affecting your sex life? If yes, you are not alone. Severe headache during sex happens to a lot of people. It occurs more in men than women, although headaches in general are more common in women than men. Several studies indicate that sex headaches are more likely to occur in people who suffer from migraines. Why Do I Get a Headache After Orgasm? In general, sudden headaches during or after sex may be associated with the following: Medications including some birth control pills Intracranial aneurysm: dilation or bubble within an artery in the head Inflammation due to some infections Arteriovenous malformation: abnormal connections of arteries and veins in the brain leading to bleeding into the spinal fluid-filled space surrounding the brain Dissection: bleeding in the wall of one or more arteries leading to the brain Stroke Coronary artery disease In some cases, sex headaches are accompanied by a stiff neck, vomiting, loss of consciousness and some neurological symptoms. There may also be severe pain that lasts for more than

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Why Does My Head Hurt?

Why Does My Head Hurt? Head pain, or headaches, are highly common and can be caused by numerous conditions. It can strike at any time, and can cause you to feel overwhelmed, incapacitated, and even sick right down to your stomach. When a headache starts, you may ask yourself why and wonder whether it is serious or not. This article will detail the possible and most common causes. Why Does My Head Hurt? 4 Common Possibilities 1.     Tension Headaches Tension headaches are one of the most common types of headache experienced by individuals. The exact cause of this type of headache is unknown, although it is believed to be associated with things such as poor posture, dehydration, missing meals, and stress. These headaches affect the whole head, but generally don’t cause enough pain to cause impairment. Over-the-counter pain killers such as ibuprofen and paracetamol could be taken to treat tension headaches. Lifestyle changes, such as drinking more fluid to keep hydrated, reducing stress, and getting adequate sleep are also helpful in some cases. 2.     Migraines Migraines are more severe than tension headaches and are often accompanied by increased sensations of pain, nausea, vomiting, and an increased sensitivity to sound and/or light. This type of headache can cause individuals to have difficulty in carrying out day-to-day activities. Migraines are often treated successfully by over-the-counter medications, although, in more severe cases, prescription medication may be required to help treat and prevent migraines. 3.     Hangover Headache Many people who consume alcohol in the evening may experience a headache the next day. For many people, this is unavoidable, except by the avoidance of the consumption of alcohol. The alcohol is likely caused by a build-up of the breakdown product of alcohol, or dehydration. A good method that many have found to help ease a hangover headache is coffee, the consumption of which is believed to block the cause of the headache when consumed.

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Headaches All the Time

Headaches All the Time Everyone has had a headache at one time or another. Some can experience a headache in the middle of your forehead or on both sides at the same time, or they can start at one point and travel to another side of your head providing you with a pounding pain or a dull ache. You can have a headache for several days or for less than an hour. Fortunately, there are many ways to handle having a headache that don't require any major medical assistance. Some may ask: what if I have headaches all the time? What Do I Have Headache All the Time? 1. Headaches from Tension As one of the most common kinds of headache, it refers to a regular headache and feels as though you have a band around your head that is stretched to the limit. Generally, a tension headache can persist around from 30 minutes to a couple of days and won't bother your regular activities. Even though the exact cause has not been determined, a tension headache may be attributed to dehydration, stress, skipping meals and even poor posture. You can easily seek relief from aspirin or ibuprofen as well as drinking plenty of fluids, getting a good night's sleep, and alleviating stressful situations. 2. Migraines While a migraine isn't as common as a tension headache, the symptoms can be quite severe. You can expect nausea, vomiting, throbbing pain on both sides of your head, and sensitivity to sounds and light. A migraine usually lasts from several hours to a couple of days. You may be bedridden until it comes under control. If over-the-counter pain killers don't work, your physician can prescribe medication with stronger effects to ease migraines. 3. Cluster Headaches This type of headaches seems to happen around the same time of year and last for one or two months at a time. The cluster headaches are very painful and usually affect one eye and result in a runny or blocked nose. Prescribed medications won't help with this kind of headaches, and you'd better seek for medical help. 4. Sleep Deprivation or Stress When you get tense and have bouts of anxiety issues your head may begin to ache. It will start at your neck and move up to your scalp. You could also be suffering from sleep deprivation or changes in your sleep patterns. 5. Hypoglycemia You will experience headaches all the time if you are dehydrated or are hypoglycemic. If either of these situations describes the reason for your headache, it will go away once you hydrate yourself again or your blood sugar levels get back to normal. 6. Exposure to Lighting Sitting under fluorescent lights at work, lighting that is not bright enough or sitting too close to your computer screen are

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How to Make Yourself Sleepy

How to Make Yourself Sleepy More than 40% of American adults experience symptoms of insomnia each year, making it one of the most common disorders in the United States. You may have trouble sleeping due to stress, environmental causes or even due to a physical condition. While there are many different ways to learn how to make yourself sleepy, there is no way to confirm if a particular technique will work for you. A warm bath makes someone feel sleepy while others may feel sleepy after drinking a glass of warm milk. How to Make Yourself Sleepy 1. Avoid Noise or Light Keeping your bedroom quiet and dark will help a lot. Distractions caused by light or noise will make it hard for you to sleep. You may consider using a low-volume white noise producer to cover animal noises and other irregular sounds. Do not keep lights on while sleeping because light can halt the production of melatonin, the hormone responsible for making you feel sleepy. If you have been using tablets, smartphones or even bright electronic alarm clocks at night, stop right now.  2. Regulate Your Room Temperature You cannot sleep when the temperature in your room is not comfortable. Use a thermometer to know the temperature in your room and bring it to normal using a fan or heater. Most people sleep well when the air temperature is around 68-72 °F (20-22.2 °C). It is difficult to sleep in temperatures above than 75 °F (23.9 °C) and lower than 54 °F (12.2 °C).

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Detox Your Relationships

Detox Your Relationships   Source: Matej Kastelic/Shutterstock                       The term toxic is defined as “containing or being poisonous material especially when capable of causing death or serious debilitation,” according to the Merriam-Websterdictionary. The word is often used to describe chemicals, but it is also commonly used to describe people and relationships.   Most of us have been involved in a toxic relationship at one time or another in our lifetimes. We all have been in the company of others who did not act for the greater good of anyone besides themselves. Toxicity comes in all forms: name-calling, physical abuse,lying, gossip and all the internal turmoil that results from being in an unhealthy relationship. Whether it is a personal relationship involving a family member, lover or a friend, or a professional relationship involving a co-worker or a boss, toxic relationships can damage and leave

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Seat Belts: How They Save Lives by Rajesh Gupta

  Seat Belts: How They Save Lives Do you snap in your seat belt as soon as you get in the car? Do your children have the right safety seats for their weight and age? If you've answered no, even just once, you need to read on. It's been proven time and again, on back roads and superhighways: A seat belt can save a life in a car accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 15,000 lives are saved each year in the United States because drivers and their passengers were wearing seat belts when they were in accidents. Seat Belt Safety: 5-Way Protection “Seat belts prevent occupants of the vehicle from serious injury in five ways,” says Angela Osterhuber, director of the Pennsylvania Traffic Injury Prevention Project in Media, Pa. A seat belt: Keeps the occupants of the vehicle inside. “It’s clearly a myth that people are better off being thrown clear from the crash,” Osterhuber says. “People thrown from a vehicle are four times more likely to be killed than those who remain inside.” Restrains the strongest parts of the body. “Restraints are designed to contact your body at its strongest parts. For an older child and adult, these parts are the hips and shoulders, which is where the seat belt should be strapped,” Osterhuber says.

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Home remedies to increase the hair volume naturall

Home remedies to increase the hair volume naturally Volume increase in hair will give you spectacular benefit to get beautiful, attractive and appreciable hair tone. These days’ people complain about excessive hair fall, hair damage and frizzy hair. Due to this, the natural volume of hair loses. Let us find out some natural remedies with the help of which hair volume can be boosted naturally. If you want to get thicker and healthier hair, the best way will be availing the natural remedy. Many ladies can see limitless hair strands falling out while combing their hair. First of all there will be unnoticeable hair fall. But gradually the volume of hair fall will predominantly increase. This can become a very serious problem at times as some people can also go bald with excessive hair fall. But, with every problem there must be a probable solution. Today, you can also get a permanent solution of hair fall as well. The natural home remedies can work wonderfully in the process of restricting hair fall and increasing hair growth to develop its volume.  You can now get the luster lock with some safe and effective solution. But, it is now possible to get beautiful hair without spending much from your pocket. Every 8 out of 10 people are complaining about the problem of hair loss today. This has become a serious problem in the changing environment. Market is flooded with many products that speak about hair fall rescue. But, all cosmetic products are not good for hair. If you really wish to treat the problem of hair loss, the best way will be to find out its root cause. Different people have different reasons for losing their hair. Reasons for hair loss You must have been thinking about spending money after buying the hair care product. But, it is the time to leave this idea and concentrate on natural ingredients. It is possible to get beautiful and thick hair after the use of natural products available at home.Hereditary Using wring hair care product Hormonal imbalance Allergies, Emotional stress Physical stress Pollution Nutritional deficiencies etc Home

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Hair Growth: 7 Natural Tips to Make Your Hair Grow

  Source : http://food.ndtv.com/beauty/go-natural-7-home-remedies-for-quick-hair-growth-772764 Hair Growth: 7 Natural Tips to Make Your Hair Grow Faster   With the monsoons right round the corner, it is time you start paying a little more attention to your hair. Get rid of those expensive, chemical leached hair products, and say hello to natural remedies. There’s nothing like making the most of what nature has to offer. Our hair is made up of a protein called keratin that is produced in the hair follicles. As follicles produce new hair cells, old cells are being pushed out through the surface of the skin at the rate of about six inches a year. The hair that you can see is actually a string of dead keratin cells. An interesting fact is that an average adult has about 100,000 to 150,000 hair strands and loses up to 100 of them a day. Therefore, finding a few stray hairs on your hairbrush is not necessarily a cause for alarm. Initially, hair loss was seen as a sign of ageing, but in the urban scenario with everyone leading a hectic lifestyle, it has become a reason for worry for many. There are various causes for hair loss, ranging from medication, hormonal imbalance, the kind of diet you consume work stress. As a habit, we all look for an instant chemical remedy for hair loss for quick results despite being aware of its many harmful consequences. Going natural is the best solution for hair problems, since it doesn’t have any side effects and its results are long lasting. (

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Benefits of Morning Walk by Rajesh Gupta

  Benefits of Morning Walk If there’s one healthy habit you must keep, it’s walking regularly in the morning. The benefits of morning walk are numerous and every person who does it will attest to how it keeps them physically, emotionally and mentally healthy. If you are not yet into the habit of walking in the morning, read this article to learn more about its benefits. 12 Benefits of Morning Walk You Should Know For many people who hate to get out of bed early, walking in the morning may seem to be a real challenge. However, with all these benefits of morning walk, you might as well try it. 1. It’s a Great Way to Start the Day Everyone who walks in the morning will tell you that it is a great way to start the day. Whether you are going to your office or doing some chores at home, waking up early and starting your day with a morning walk will surely energize you and get you in the mood to start the day. So, next time, instead of jumping out of the bed and hurrying off to work, start the day early with an easy morning walk. 2. It Freshens Up Your Mind This is actually one of the best benefits of morning walk. Whether you had a good night’s sleep or not, waking up for a morning walk is guaranteed to help you start the day with a fresh mind. The morning sun and cool air will boost your mood and prevent stress from setting in before all the worries of the day begin. 3. It Counts as Physical Exercise If you don’t have the time to go to the gym, a morning walk will give you the chance to do some exercise. It can also be a form of a warm-up

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How to Release Tension by Rajesh Gupta

  How to Release Tension As we go about our daily activities, we meet challenges and obstacles that cause some level of tension in our bodies. Tension is mostly caused by anxiety and stress. Both chronic and intermittent tension can end up being a real pain for you. For this reason, it is important to learn how to release tension from both your mind and body. How to Release Tension in 10 Easy Ways 1.    Try a Massage Massage removes the physical change that occurs in muscles due to tension through relaxation. A professional masseuse is able to feel the tension and knots in your muscles and massage them away. Studies have shown that massage is capable of lengthening and releasing tension. There are several types of massage to choose from, but deep tissue and Swedish massage are the best for releasing tension. You can also try massaging yourself if you cannot get a masseuse. 2.    Take a Hot Shower When you feel tense, take a hot shower. Tension will be relieved by the warm water, and you will get an instant feeling of relaxation. Ensure the water is between 36 and 40 degrees Celsius to avoid burning your skin. A steam room can also come in handy in relieving tension. If you can, take a warm bath and add Epsom salts, they will help you relax much faster. A whirlpool tub is also a good idea as the jets will massage the tension off your muscles. 3.    Do a Slight Stretching Another great tip on how to release tension is slight stretching. Tension is caused by bunched up muscles and knots in the muscles. Stretching will relieve

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Why Is Salt Bad for You?

Why Is Salt Bad for You? The average adult currently consumes 9g to 12g of salt per day, according to the World Health Organization. This is substantially larger than the 6g or a teaspoon of salt we are encouraged to eat in a day. Much of the salt we get in our diet daily is "hidden". In fact, nearly 80% of our daily salt is from foods like breakfast cereals, biscuits, bread, processed foods, fast foods and prepared meals. People only get about 20% of the salt from what they add either while cooking or when eating. Proper consumption of salt isn’t bad. It provides flavor, preserves food, and is a good source of the chloride and sodium ions our body needs. Why is salt bad for you? It is the overabundance that causes problems. Why Is Too Much Salt Bad for You? Eating too much salt can cause the following problems. 1.   Kidney Diseases Kidneys serve an important role in removing unwanted fluid and filtering blood. Through osmosis, extra fluid is moved to the bladder for urine. When you consume extra salt, the balance is wrecked and your kidneys have to work harder to remove the water. This can cause higher blood pressure and over time, kidney failure. This happens when your kidneys are no longer able to act as a filter, therefore slowly poisoning the blood. 2.   Thickened Arteries When you live with high blood pressure caused by excess consumption of salt, you are putting a strain on your arteries. To cope with that strain, your artery walls will become thicker and stronger, reducing their elasticity and leaving less space in the arteries. This causes bursting arteries and clogs. The clogs can bring damage to other organs as they are left with less oxygen. 3.   Heart Diseases When your blood pressure is raised by eating too much salt, you can end up with damage to the heart’s arteries. This can mean a slight reduction in the blood flow to the heart. You may experience sharp chest pains when active. Your heart will also be not able to perform optimally because it’s starved for nutrients and oxygen. Over time, the damage may become so severe that part of your heart can die, causing a heart attack. 4.   Brain Damage Another reason to consider "why is salt bad for you" is that it can lead to brain damage when over-consumed. With long-term high blood pressure and thickened arteries, less blood can reach the brain, leading to vascular dementia. 5.   Water Retention When you have an incorrect balance of sodium and potassium, you will start to see problems. Sodium outside of your cell walls helps to determine the amount of water your body retains. When you eat too much salt, your kidneys won’t release as much water to urine.

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Top 9 Benefits of Drinking Salt Water

Top 9 Benefits of Drinking Salt Water Sole, pronounced "so-lay", is a salt water solution that contributes to the body’s natural regulation and healing processes. The benefits also include improvement of your body’s ability to eliminate waste and toxins and overall digestion. To get maximum benefits, you need to use 100 percent natural sea salt. Dissolve two teaspoons of the salt in one quart warm water. Take the resultant solution first thing in the morning for one week, stop for one week before repeating. It is advisable to talk to your doctor before taking salt water. Health Benefits of Drinking Salt Water 1. Electrolyte Balance While you need to take enough water, too much plain water can make the body over-dilute. This can lead to slow metabolism. Furthermore, cellular health, which depends on specific mineral and electrolyte concentration, can be negatively affected by consumption of excess water. Besides, diluted extracellular fluid can lead to release of excess adrenaline. By adding natural sea salt to your drinking water, you help your body to better absorb and use the water. 2. Better Digestion Digestion starts in the mouth by the action of amylase, an enzyme produced by the salivary glands following stimulation by salt. Once food reaches the stomach, it is broken down further by the action of a protein-digesting enzyme and hydrochloric acid. Salt also helps in the production of other digestive secretions by the liver and within the intestines. Drinking salt water helps to regularize digestion and assimilation

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Famous People with Anxiety

Famous People with Anxiety Anyone can find it difficult to handle the stress of day-to-day life and end up dealing with anxiety. It can affect the poor, the young, the sick, the old, and more. Many people think that only the poor can develop anxiety, but that is not true, especially considering the fact that a number of famous people have spent years dealing with anxiety disorders.  Famous People with Anxiety 1. Jennifer Lawrence Jennifer Lawrence has always been quite open about her battle with anxiety. She was just a teen when she started experiencing the symptoms of anxiety disorder. Like most people, she was not aware of what it was. Finally, she went to a therapist and started taking prescription medication. The combination of medication and therapy really helped her deal with the stress of being a celebrity. 2. Lena Dunham Lena Dunham first talked about her anxiety disorder in 2014. She explained that things were not in perfect shape up there in her head. Through her character Hannah Horvath, she also showed people how it feels like to live with an obsessive-compulsive disorder. Now she still sees the therapist and is on prescription medication, but she also talks a lot about how exercise has helped her take control of her life. 3. Emma Stone As an academy award-nominated actress, she has already shared her bad luck in the past. She has admitted that she has been

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Top 10 Acupressure Points for Pain Relief & Other

  Top 10 Acupressure Points for Pain Relief & Other Problems   Here are the top 10 acupressure points for relieving pains and other problems.  1. Joining the Valley-for Headaches The Joining the Valley (L 14) acupressure point is popular for getting rid of headaches. It also helps relieve toothaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, arthritis, constipation and hangovers. This point is located in the fleshy area between the thumb and index finger, at the highest spot of the muscle when both the thumb and finger are brought close together. Press and massage this point for a couple of minutes and then repeat on the other hand. Do this as needed. Note: Do not press this acupressure point during pregnancy. 2. Pericardium- for Nausea and Vomiting The Pericardium (P6) acupressure point is considered useful for getting rid of nausea and vomiting caused by a variety of reasons including motion sickness, pregnancy, post-surgery and post-chemotherapy. It also relieves upset stomach, headaches, chest pain, and carpal tunnel syndrome pain and discomfort. It is located between the two large tendons on the inside of your wrist, about three finger-widths below the base of your palm. Press the point with your index and middle fingers for a couple of minutes. Repeat several times, as needed. You can also get acupressure wristbands from a drug or health food store and use them.   3. The Third Eye- for Chronic Fatigue and Eye Strain The Third Eye acupressure point (GV 24.5) is good for calming your mind, improving memory, relieving stress, chronic fatigue, headaches, eye strain and insomnia. It also helps relieve sinus pain and congestion. This point is considered beneficial for spiritual and emotional imbalances as well. Close your eyes and locate the Third Eye pressure point on the knobby spot on the bridge of your nose between your eyebrows. Using your middle finger, gently press it for a few seconds to 1 minute and then release. Repeat several times a week. 4. Sea of Tranquility- for Emotional Healing Also known as Conception Vessel 17 (CV 17), the Sea of Tranquility acupressure point helps 

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Lemon and Cayenne Pepper Water

Lemon and Cayenne Pepper Water   In this day and age, being overweight or obese is one of the biggest concerns in people’s lives. Based on the statistics, these issues are common in individuals who consume processed and junk foods in high portions. It has been observed that people’s consumption of processed foods have replaced fruits and vegetables, thereby aggravating the risk of suffering from multiple metabolic diseases. Such unhealthy foods leave junk and toxin in our body, compromising energy generation as well as other metabolic processes, thereby leading to accumulation of fat deposits.   Detoxifying diets are now widely accepted by health-conscious people as a supplement to boost the body’s processes of eliminating toxic compounds. These diets are also helpful in cleansing the bodily systems to increase the basal rate of metabolism. The lemon and cayenne pepper water diet is one popular choice among such cleansing diets. What Is a Lemon and Cayenne Pepper Water Diet and How to Make It?

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Why Is Porn Addictive?

Why Is Porn Addictive? So many people watch porn but not all of them become addicted to it. Still, the idea of watching porn often affects your thoughts about sex, women, marriage and children. Interestingly, people who become addicted often have other emotional problems that let the addiction become a serious problem. The thing is, why? Why would anyone want to see it again when you know it involves? Let's find out more about it. Why Is Porn Addictive? Just like drugs, the exposure to porn also creates neural pathways, which activate whenever you view an erotic image. These neural pathways become wider when you consistently watch porn. Overtime, they replace the pathway through which your interactions with women are routed. It means that when you become a porn addict, you do not watch porn just for sexual enjoyment. It actually becomes your way to escape from stress and other emotional issues in your life, such as anxiety, depression, unresolved trauma, and low self-esteem. Why is porn addictive? One answer could be because it helps people control what they are feeling emotionally in their lives. Moreover, pornography triggers a response in your brain that feels extremely pleasurable – this usually happens due to the release of dopamine, but others biochemicals, such as adrenaline, oxytocin, endorphins, and serotonin, are also involved. When you begin to abuse this naturally occurring reaction, you become a porn addict. Sings You Are Getting Addicted to Porn Both men and women can develop porn addiction, but they may prefer different kinds of porn. Most men often feel

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Why Does Rain Make Me Sleepy?

Why Does Rain Make Me Sleepy?   If you are wondering why the rain makes you sleepy. Be assured that you are not the only one who feels drowsy and sleepy when it rains. This weather can make you more sluggish and less energetic. Lots of researches have done to study this negative effect of weather on mood and personality.   Why Does Rain Make You Sleepy? 1.      Hormone Changes Sunlight stimulates the optic nerve and the production of melatonin is decreased by this stimulation. Melatonin makes us sleepy and when there is not enough sunlight, the hormone production is not reduced, so we feel sleepier. Serotonin, which is a mood elevator, is also produced in the presence of sunlight. When there is less sunlight, serotonin production is reduced, making you feel sleepy. 2.      The Smell Why does rain make me sleepy? Another reason could be the smell. We all are familiar with the smell of soil after rain. This musky scent is soothing and refreshing. It is produced when a substance named geosmin interacts with plant oils present in the soil. These oils are secreted by the plants to prevent the seeds from germination when the weather is dry. When it rains, these oils get dissolved and the seeds can grow. Besides, the smell after a thunderstorm can also be a reason. This smell which resembles a lot to freshly laundered bed sheets is the aroma of ozone. When lightning strikes, the oxygen molecules break and reform. Many of them resume the original double molecule structure of oxygen, but some get converted to the triple molecular form of ozone. The smell of ozone is soothing and can induce sleep.

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How Does Depression Affect the... by Rajesh Gupta

How Does Depression Affect the Brain? It is not unusual to become depressed after stressful experiences. When something happens, your brain controls your psychological and behavioral responses by evaluating how threatening an event is. The way your brain reacts to stress is usually essential for your survival, because it gives you extra energy to fight or flee from dangerous situations. However, if brain chemical levels that increase during stressful situations stay elevated for a long period, it may cause problems such as depression. Depression can make a person feel sad and even cause damages to the brain. How Does Depression Affect the Brain? 1. Shrink of Hippocampus The hippocampus is an important part of your brain and is usually considered the center of memory, emotion, and the autonomic nervous system. It responds to stress hormones, and the production of new neurons slows down due to repeated stress. Therefore mental disorders such as depression can cause it to weaken or shrink, which can lead to several complications. 2. Shrink of Prefrontal Cortex Located at the front of your brain, the prefrontal cortex plays a big role in executive functions such as decision-making, judgment, and problem solving. It also helps control emotions and memory. Depression can affect its function and weaken it over time. This leads to atrophy of neurons in this area and the prefrontal cortex eventually shrinks. 3. Enlargement of Amygdala

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Causes of Mood Swings

Causes of Mood Swings Mood swings are exactly what they sound like: your mood can swing wildly from one emotion to another. For instance, you might be incredibly happy one minute and terribly sad the next, and then go back to happiness. Sometimes the causes of mood swings are clear, such as a particular situation or event that has put you into an emotional tailspin. But some mood swings just happen for no apparent reason. Those who suffer from severe mood swings might notice other problems as well, such as suicidal tendencies, unhealthy attachments to others, and issues with their personal and professional lives. Understanding the causes is the first step toward treating them. What Causes Mood Swings? The causes mainly fall into the following aspects. If you can’t clarify the reasons by yourself, consult your doctor. 1.   Hormonal Changes Significant hormonal changes, such as those endured during puberty, menstrual period or pregnancy, can lead to mood swings. During these times, hormones affect the neurotransmitters in the brain that control mood. The low levels of estrogen in the body due to menopause can also cause a mood problem. 2.   Substance Abuse or Medications Anything that goes into your body has the potential to change it, including having an effect on mood. Common causes of mood swings include using illicit drugs of any kind. Illicit drugs tend to change the chemistry of the brain, which can lead to issues with mood. Sometimes using legal prescription drugs might have the side effect of messing with hormones. These might include antidepressants, drugs for cholesterol control, Ritalin, blood pressure medications, and some antibiotics.

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Food for Eyesight Improvement

Food for Eyesight Improvement   What you eat has a huge impact on your overall health. Your diet also plays a big role in determining how good your eyesight is. Foods good for eyes include certain minerals and antioxidants that not only lower your risk of getting cataracts and macular degeneration but also improve your eyesight. You just need to develop a better understanding of how to shop for eye-friendly foods. Let's find out more about the foods that prevent eye deterioration and save you from dealing with serious eye problems. Food for Eyesight Improvement Certain foods are good for your eyes because of their antioxidant content. Fruits and vegetables are loaded with minerals that also help improve your eyesight. Here are some great options you should consider adding to your diet. 1. Carrots Foods that contain beta-carotene are great for your eyes, and carrots are packed with beta-carotene. Your body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A, which not only boosts your immune system but also improves your eyesight and skin. By eating an average carrot, you provide your body with about 5,000g of vitamin A, which in turn helps keep your eyes healthy. 2. The Three Bs Brussels sprouts, bell peppers, and broccoli are the three Bs that should be there in your diet to prevent vision problems. These foods are packed with vitamin C, which is essential for your immune system as well as your vision. This powerful antioxidant works amazingly well to prevent cellular damage in the eyes. Regular consumption of these foods also lowers your risk of age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts. Even a cup of Brussels sprout or broccoli or a half-cup of bell pepper a day will do the trick. 3. Turkey

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How Does Music Affect Your Mood?

  How Does Music Affect Your Mood? Many people do not realize how effective listening to your favorite music is – it helps chase all the blues away and uplifts your mood. You can get the same euphoric high from music that you get through antidepressant medications, and without the side effects. The question is, exactly how does music affect your mood? Are there things to consider when using music as a way to relieve depression and anxiety? Let's find out now! How Does Music Affect Your Mood? Experts believe that music can tap into different parts of the brain, which is the reason why it may help people deal with anxiety and depression. One explanation could be that music works to relieve anxiety because the timber, meter, pitch, and rhythm of music are processed in the same areas of the brain (the hippocampus, the parietal lobe, and prefrontal cortex) that deal with mood and emotions. Here is what these different areas do: The hippocampus is actually a structure of the limbic system and helps consolidate and navigate through new memories. The prefrontal cortex

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10 Great Ways of Passing Kidney Stones

10 Great Ways of Passing Kidney Stones   You may develop kidney stones for many different reasons. They may develop when your urine becomes concentrated, which in turn makes acid salts and minerals to stick together and form stones. These stones can affect different parts of your urinary tract system from your kidneys all the way down to your bladder. You may find some relief by passing kidney stones, but the process of passing these stones can itself be quite painful. The good thing is that they do not cause permanent damage while passing, which means you sometimes need to drink lots of water and take pain medication to pass a kidney stone. That is not always the case though. How to Know If I Have Kidney Stones Before trying any method of passing kidney stones, you need to ensure that you really have them. You usually experience no symptom until the stone starts moving around in your kidney. It may sometimes pass into your ureters and cause certain signs and symptoms, such as pain on urination, pain in the back and side, below the ribs, and pink, brown or red urine. Pain may be quite severe but usually comes in waves. You may start urinating more and experience some other symptoms such as nausea, cloudy and foul-smelling urine, chills and fevers, and urinating small amounts of urine at a time. You may have to see your doctor if pain is so severe, you notice blood in urine, or you have pain with fever and chills. Home Remedies for Kidney Stones While there are different methods available for passing kidney stones, what works for you usually depends on the size of the stone. You will get good results from home treatments if you have stones less than 3 mm in size. Only 20% of stones may pass with home treatment if they are at least 8 mm in size. You will require professional medical treatment to get rid of stones larger than 1 cm in size. Here are some effective home remedies you can trust for

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Stress and Joint Pain

Stress and Joint Pain   It is natural to develop joint pain as you get older. Your joint pain could also be the result of some injuries from exercise or sports. However, many people find it quite surprising that your mental health can also affect the health of your joints. In fact, there is a direct connection between stress and joint pain. Stress can affect your body in many ways you might not know, and the joint pain caused by stress can actually have significant effect on your day-to-day life.  How Does Stress Cause Joint Pain? You may develop anxiety joint pain due to many different causes. Here are some explanations of how stress causes joint pain. Altered Movement: Panic or anxiety attacks can change the way you sit, move, and act. Overtime, it can lead to functional disabilities in certain areas of your body. It may become difficult for you to exercise. You may be spending more time resting, which in turn aggravates your anxiety and even causes other complications, including joint pain. Stress Inflammation: When you have inflammation in the body, you are likely to experience joint pain along with many other issues. Stress can produce an inflammatory response in your body that can cause your joints to swell and become less mobile. The stiffness can make it difficult to move and do your day-to-day tasks. Immune System Dysfunction: Stress and joint pain are linked because stress has a direct effect on your immune system, and a weakened immune system can make you feel joint pressure and distress. Muscular Tension: You develop muscular tension when you are under stress for a long time. This makes your muscles become stiff and compels your joints to work harder. Pushing your joints too hard can cause inflammation and further discomfort. It is important to mention that sometimes you have no underlying issue, but you may still sometimes experience joint pain. This could be the result of how you slept last night, or how long you have been sitting and working in front of your computer. However, you are likely to become more sensitive to these aches when you are under stress or have anxiety. It means you start feeling pain and aches that you would not feel when you do not have anxiety. How to Deal with Stress Related Joint Pain When you have

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16 Oct How to Avoid the Stomach Flu

How to Avoid the Stomach Flu   iral gastroenteritis, commonly known as the stomach flu, occurs when you get a germ or contamination in your intestines and it results in an infection. Most of the time, individuals contract the illness by eating or drinking something bad. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps. It is hard to treat so it is important to know how to avoid it in the first place. How to Avoid the Stomach Flu with Dietary Tips 1. Drink Lots of Water Nothing flushes germs out of your system faster than water. Drinking enough fluids and making sure you are properly hydrated is key to keeping you out of the emergency room. If you cannot eat solids, drink vegetable or fruit juices to replenish lost vitamins and nutrients. By staying hydrated, you will recover more quickly.   2. Take More Vitamin C Strengthen your immunity by adding more vitamin C to your diet. Germs cause havoc in your system when you are at weakest, so eating nutrients that boost your immune system is great for preventing infection. Vitamin C is available in capsule, syrup, tablet and effervescent form, and the recommended daily dose is 500 mg. Doing so should increase your immunity. Vitamin C not only comes in supplement form. You can get your daily dose by eating food rich in the nutrient. Some of these foods include oranges, tomatoes, broccoli, cantaloupe, peppers and kiwi. 3. Eat Yogurt Eating more yogurt, particularly probiotic yogurt, has been shown to prevent the stomach flu. Half a cup per day can actually prevent the recurrence of the illness and goes a long way in maintaining a healthy gut. Probiotic yogurt consists of good bacteria that fight illness-causing bacteria in your intestines and stomach. It also helps produce more of the good bacteria to keep the bad ones away. Did you

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7 Wonderful Benefits of Banana

    7 Wonderful Benefits of Banana   An instant energy booster, banana is one fruit that is commonly available across the globe. In India, it is given much importance where various regional cuisines use it in making sinful desserts - kheer, malpua, halwa, payasam, sheera, and paniyaram, to name a few. The raw fruit too is not left behind. Cut into smaller chunks or thinly sliced using a mandolin, it gets used up in making wafers, subzis, kebabs, pakoras, and the famous curries of Kerala such as Avial and Kalan. If you travel towards the East and the Northeast, you will come across it in the local breakfast cereal, known as jolpan in Assam, which usually contains puffed or sticky rice mixed with curd and jaggery, and topped with banana pieces. It is a common feature in breakfast menus, and it is definitely with good reason. It provides you instant energy to kickstart your day, and is said to be very good for the stomach. Most natural home remedies in India circling around an upset stomach, call for using bananas as a remedy along with a few other ingredients. A single piece of banana is said to contain only 90 calories, which also makes it a great (and healthy) snack to munch on rather than sugar loaded goodies or deep-fried treats. Carry one in your tiffin bag, and you will be thanking

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Dealing with Midlife Crisis

  Dealing with Midlife Crisis   Midlife crisis is a mental state which occurs between the ages of thirty and sixty. It happens because you are worried about their mortality, and it is a condition that leaves you hopeless, anxious and frustrated, and also affects your relationship with family and friends. Learning ways in dealing with midlife crisis is important for you to return to a normal life. Symptoms of Midlife Crisis We sometimes overlook the major symptoms of this crisis. It is important that we know the symptoms of midlife crisis so that we can deal with it before it loses control. Below are some of the symptoms: Fatigue Loss of appetite which results in loss of weight Sadness, anxiety, and depression Always feeling guilty Always thinking of death Avoidance of friends and social gatherings Emptiness Difficulty in sleeping Abuse of drugs and excessive intake of alcohol Cry a lot Pains and aches that come back even after treatment How to Deal with Midlife Crisis 1. Do Not Always Think You Are Sick Do not consider every symptom you notice as an indication of a serious problem. Visiting your general practitioner frequently will make the midlife crisis worse. Although your GP may tell you that you are totally

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Relationship Between Hypoglycemia And Exercise

  Relationship Between Hypoglycemia And Exercise Have you ever felt extremely weak after exercise? You probably had a bout of hypoglycemia, a condition arising from low blood glucose levels of 70mg per deciliter or less. When you eat food, your body converts it to glucose for immediate use as a source of energy. Any excess is converted to glycogen and stored in the liver and muscles for later use. When you engage in heavy exercises, the stored glycogen may be used up leading to hypoglycemia. But how are hypoglycemia and exercise related?   Part 1:Non-Diabetic Hypoglycemia After Exercise While hypoglycemia after exercise is most common in diabetics, it also occurs in non-diabetics who engage in strenuous exercise without eating adequate food. Symptoms No two people get the same symptoms when they have low blood sugar. However, the following are the most common signs: Lightheadedness or dizziness Sudden hunger pangs Tremors or shaking Sudden anxiety Drowsiness Blurred vision Uncharacteristic emotional outbursts, mood swings and irritability Poor concentration Sweating profusely irrespective of temperature Disturbed sleep including nightmares, night sweats and confusion Slurred speech It is critical that hypoglycemia is treated immediately; otherwise the condition may lead to complications such as coma, seizure or death. Treatment Ensure that you have at hand, drinks or snacks containing carbohydrates such as fruit juice, glucose tablets, sweets or sugar. These will provide rapid relieve in case of hypoglycemia. Follow rapid relieve carbs with longer acting carbohydrate foods such as fruits, cereals, rice and bread. In case you are unable to eat or drink, a healthcare professional may give you glucose intravenously (IV). Your blood sugar level may also be raised through administration of glucagon hormone. Prevention To prevent a bout of low blood sugar, have a snack or breakfast before your exercise session. In case you sweat

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How to Say I Love You Without Saying It

  How to Say I Love You Without Saying It   When you are deeply in love with someone, all you want to do is tell them how much they mean to you and how much you love them every single day. But love isn't just about speaking. It is in every action you do. Don't just tell them you love them. Show them that you mean to be with them till the end of time. How to Say I Love You Without Saying It Actions speak louder than words. Here are a few ways by which you can say I love you without actually saying it: 1. Leave Reminders Leave notes around the house with messages like "See you soon" or "missing you" or "happy breakfast" or "thinking about you". If you are out of town, you can also send them postcards telling them that you miss them. Handwritten messages require more efforts than just sending a text message. It adds a personal touch to them and makes it more special. 2. Cook Foods There is something very special about cooking for a person you love because this food has the secret ingredients of love and care added in it. Preparing a meal does not mean extensive cooking that takes up hours. Just a sandwich or a salad can work wonders too. 3. Listen to What They Are Saying Everyone comes across difficulties in their everyday life. Sometimes it may become too much to cope with. Lend an ear to your partner and ask them about their problems at work or with family or with friends.

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How to Lower Platelet Count by Rajesh Gupta

How to Lower Platelet Count Thrombocytes or platelets are essential to carry out the blood clotting process. Without enough platelets in the body, it would be difficult to stop bleeding. Platelets not only prevent bleeding injuries but they also promote proper blood circulation in the body. You need to have your platelet count anywhere between 150,000 and 450,000/mcL, but certain health conditions can push your platelet count up, which can cause serious complications. You may have to take medications and learn how to lower platelet count to manage your condition better. 8 Easy Ways to Lower Platelet Count Your platelet count could be too high or too low due to several medical conditions. You can try some natural remedies to lower your platelet count. Here are some suggestions. 1. Try Ginkgo Biloba Marketed as a memory enhancer, ginkgo biloba is an increasingly popular herb used in China and many other parts of the world. Its leaves contain terpenoids that help improve blood circulation. It has a thinning effect on your blood that lowers your risk of developing internal blood clots. Regular use of this herb helps remove excess platelets from your system. Be sure to talk to your doctor before using gingko biloba if you are already taking anticonvulsant medications. 2. Enjoy Ginseng Wondering how to lower platelet count? Try ginseng. Known as energy-boosting

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Does Coffee Count As Water Intake?

  Does Coffee Count As Water Intake? We all know that drinking plenty of water during the day is very necessary. Water is one of the most important things for the well-being of our body – water is important for our blood pressure, heart rate, and body temperature as well as for our hair, skin, and nails. But, we do not just drink plain water during the day. What about other beverages such as coffee? Does it count as water intake? Does Coffee Count As Water Intake? Normally, yes! Some people may think coffee is diuretic because it makes people urinate. So you might end up with losing water instead of taking water by drinking coffee. Actually, according to the studies, only people who seldom drink coffee but then drink too much coffee at one time can feel the urge to urinate. Among people who drink coffee habitually, they won't have more urination. Therefore, coffee can count as your water intake. Does Alcohol Count As Water Intake? No, alcohol does not count as water intake. In fact, excessive consumption of alcohol can lead to dehydration. Normally, your body releases anti-diuretic hormone (ADH) when it feels the need to conserve water. When you drink alcohol, the release of the hormone will be blocked. This means that the more alcohol gets concentrated in the blood, the more urine will be produced, eventually leading to less hydration and even dehydration. Unlike coffee, people do not develop a tolerance to this effect of alcohol.  What Other Drinks Can Count As Water Intake? Does coffee count as water intake? Yes. How about other drinks? The drinks and foods that also count as water intake are listed below. Note that water is the only natural fluid with no calories, but

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Meanings of Lines on Forehead

  Meanings of Lines on Forehead   Wrinkles, sun spots and facial lines, what a wonderful part of life. They are almost impossible to prevent, often determined by genetics and lifestyle choices. They are good indicators of our age, which is probably why so many of us fight to prevent them. However, in terms of lines on forehead meanings can reveal quite a bit about your mental and physical state if you know how to read them. What Are the Meanings of Lines on Forehead? 1. Vertical Lines on Forehead Single Vertical Crease If you are a person with a single crease vertically placed between your eyebrows, you are thought to be both persistent and stubborn. You have a level of determination that many admire, not giving up easily. Seen as selfish, unromantic and egotistic, you are also a serious person. Two Vertical Creases If you have two vertical lines on forehead meaning they run between your eyebrows, you are a kind, empathetic, caring and sympathetic person. You typically get along with almost anyone. You can see other people's side of things and are likeable.   However, if you have angled lines, you tend to have a quick temper and can overreact. If you have multiple vertical lines, you can be somewhat of a perfectionist. You analyze things before making decisions and are hardworking. 2. Horizontal Lines on Forehead There are seven horizontal lines on forehead meaning there are seven different representations. You may have one or all of them. Each is associated with astrology, from the hairline traveling to your eyebrows in the name order of Saturn down to Moon. If you have the Saturn line, it means you may be interested in foreign languages, mining or agriculture. It also means you are reserved in nature. The next line down is the Jupiter line, which indicates a person who enjoys food to the point of overeating and money to

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Why Does It Itch When Hair Grows Back

Why Does It Itch When Hair Grows Back   Do you get ingrown hair in the days following shaving? The irritating condition affects both adults and teenagers. In most cases it occurs on the face, pubic area, buttocks, armpits, legs and neck, but it can affect any part of the body. After shaving, the hair will normally grow outwards. But this does not always happen. Sometimes, shaved hair grows inwards resulting in the irritating ingrown hair condition. But why does it itch when hair grows back? Let us discuss the causes and treatments.   Part 1: Why Does It Itch When Hair Grows Back? The skin itch that occurs as recently shaved hair grows back is a result of inflammation and irritation. This occurs when the growing hair curls back towards skin instead of growing outward and away from skin. Once the tip of growing hair presses into skin, the body’s immune system perceives it as an intruder, and starts fighting against it. The result is inflammation and irritation that lead to localized itching, pain, redness and swelling. This may present as a single skin bump. However, when many hairs grow inwardly, the result is a cluster consisting of many skin bumps or pimples. Part 2: How to Stop the Itchiness Caused by Ingrown Hair Itching stops once the affected hair follicle heals. This normally happens without treatment, but in case you have an irritating itch you can treat it in the following ways: Avoid scratching and instead soak a washing towel in hot water and press it against the itching skin area for about five minutes. The heat and moisture softens the skin and stops the itch. Apply black salve (ichthammol) ointment to the affected area. This helps clear skin infection and softens the skin so that the ingrown hair is released. Once this happens, the irritation, itching and pain start to subside. You can buy black salve from most chemists. Soak a washing towel in hot water and cover the skin area treated with black salve. Hold it in place until the towel cools down. The hot, moist towel accelerates penetration of the ointment into the hair follicle and the release of the ingrown hair. Wipe the ointment off with the towel to expose the released hair. Avoid using your fingernails to release the hair. Release the trapped hair with tweezers and a sterilized needle. You may pluck out the hair. Clean the affected skin area with hydrogen peroxide and you are free from itching and ugly skin bumps. In case your ingrown hair is infected, consult your doctor to answer the question: why does it itch

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7 Sinus Pressure Points for Ins... by Rajesh Gupta

  7 Sinus Pressure Points for Instant Relief   Sinuses are located inside the skull. They occupy hollow spaces filled with air. At times, when the membrane lining your nasal passageways is damaged, the sinuses can become infected and create a condition called sinus pressure. This is when the sinus passages swell up and block the natural path of the air and mucus. Sinus pressure may also be accompanied by pain, and the condition is then called sinusitis. There are various causes of sinus pressure, all of which can be treated using the method of sinus pressure points. Bringing relief to sinus pressure as soon as it starts can be helpful as it prevents the condition from worsening and becoming sinusitis. Pressure Points to Relieve Sinus Pressure There are various pressure points on the face, all of which are known for alleviating sinus pressure. Find out where these sinus pressure points are and how you can apply the right amount of pressure to them. 1.     Between the Eyes The first pressure point is located between the eyes and just above the bridge of the nose, as shown in the image below: You can do one of two things: tap the point or press it for about two minutes. You can use any of your fingers. This helps the mucus to run out instead of drying up and creating infection in the sinuses. This pressure point can also help alleviate the discomfort brought about by a cold. 2.     Both Sides of the Nostrils First, locate the two points on either side of your nostrils as shown in the picture below: Next, use your index fingers to press both points firmly and at the same time. Your fingers should be at right angles to the point in question. This is particularly effective for any pain behind the cheeks. Keep pressing for

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Does Sparkling Water Make You Fat?

Does Sparkling Water Make You Fat?   Made by mixing carbon dioxide to water under pressure, carbonated water or sparkling water is a low-calorie substitute to sugar sodas and other similar types of beverages. However, there certainly are concerns associated with the idea of drinking sparkling water. Experts are of the view that carbonation promotes calcium loss in bones and leads to many problems, including tooth decay, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and more. Let's find out if these claims are valid. Does Sparkling Water Make You Fat? Many people believe sparkling water can make you gain weight even though it does not contain sugar, calories, and flavor. However, the truth is that plain carbonated water has no direct connection with weight gain. This is true so long as you know your carbonated water does not contain any bottled seltzers and flavor enhancers. Carbonated water may contain natural acid, sodium, sweeteners, flavors, and other additives. Those hidden calories and extra sodium can make you fat over time. That is the reason why you need to pay a close attention to the labels and know what you are buying in the form of sparkling water. Choose Sparkling Water Carefully Does sparkling water make you fat? No, it does not, so long as you know what is included

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10 Best Essential Oils for Ticks

  10 Best Essential Oils for Ticks     It is important to do something to protect your family from ticks and fleas, but it is not a great idea to use harmful chemicals to achieve the goal. A better way is to use essential oils. You can find many types of botanical oils that you can apply on your skin to repel ticks and fleas. Other types of oils work effectively when sprayed directly under rugs or on clothing. While essential oils are effective, you need to practice care when using around pregnant women and children. Essential Oils for Ticks It is true that essential oils offer many benefits, but you need to understand that they may not provide long-lasting protection against ticks, fleas, etc. they certainly cannot compete with chemicals like DEET when it comes to protecting yourself against insects, but they are less dangerous as compared to most chemicals. 1. Lavender Essential Oil Lavender has a sweet smell and works great to repel most insects including ticks. Not only does it keep ticks out of your house but it also works great to keep tick eggs from hatching. You can use lavender in lotions, soaps, potpourris, spray repellents, and under rugs/cushions. Some studies have found that formulas containing properly diluted lavender at rates of 10-20% may work better as a tick repellant as compared to artificial DEET sprays. 2. Pennyroyal Essential Oil It belongs to the mint family and is an effective flea repellant. You can also rely on it to repel ticks. Be sure to sprinkle it under your rugs, cushions,

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Shortness of Breath After Quitting Smoking

Shortness of Breath After Quitting Smoking   Smoking results in cumulative harm to your body, causing lung cancer and other diseases. It’s never too late to quit smoking. The sooner you do it, the healthier you’ll be. After quitting smoking, you’ll experience many changes. But some could seem counterintuitive. For example, you might experience a shortness of breath or chest tightness. How can this be? What Causes Shortness of Breath After Quitting Smoking? As soon as you quit smoking, your body will begin to fix itself. Your lungs will start repairing damaged tissues by removing chemicals and toxins that have accumulated during your smoking time. While this happens, you may experience flu-like symptoms (such as a sore throat and stuffed nose) and start to cough up mucus, which is your body’s attempt to purge the toxins from your respiratory system. Besides coughing, it’s not uncommon to also experience tightness in your chest and shortness of breath. Depending on how long you’ve been smoking and your overall health, these symptoms may last several weeks or more. Other possible explanations for shortness of breath once smoking has ceased include: Increased Feelings of Stress or Anxiety. This is particularly true with ex-smokers who used smoking as a form of relaxation. Few Chances for Deep Breathing. Shortness of breath after quitting smoking can also be caused by taking fewer deep breaths. With no more cigarettes to force you to breathe slowly and deeply, it’s common to find yourself short of breath. Certain Underlying Lung Sensitivities. They can show up once smoking has stopped. For instance, those who have sensitive lungs might have gotten used to a tar coating inside the lungs. Once that tar coating is gone, lungs aren’t used to feeling air that

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Apple Cider Vinegar for Cough

  Apple Cider Vinegar for Cough     Most people reach for an OTC cough suppressant when they struggle to deal with a persistent cough. What causes a cough is important to determine, but you may feel better by using apple cider vinegar for cough. The best thing about apple cider vinegar (ACV) is that it helps relieve cough without leaving you with a cloudy-headed feeling. Cough syrups and suppressants contain a compound called dextromethorphan that can make your head swing. Let's find out when and how to take apple cider vinegar to treat your cough. How Does Apple Cider Vinegar Help Cough? The combination of apple cider vinegar and honey works amazingly well to treat your cough, unless there is a serious underlying medical condition. Nevertheless, it is worth trying ACV to treat your cough, especially when you have dry cough. It works mainly because vinegar has astringent properties and keeps the infection from spreading. Therefore, it is especially beneficial against dry cough associated with a bacterial infection. Moreover, vinegar creates a soothing effect on your throat and reduces inflammation at the same time. How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Cough While ACV is beneficial in cough management, it is important to understand how to use it properly. You can use it raw or mix it with honey or other things to make it more effective. Here is more about how you can use it for cough. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar You can take a small dose of raw apple cider vinegar on a regular basis to resolve a dry cough. If you are going for raw vinegar, be sure to take 2-3 teaspoons thrice a day for better effects. You can take more considering

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Best Tea For Digestion

Best Tea For Digestion   Nothing can beat a nice and comforting cup of tea after a tiring and busy day. Tea is a favorite drink for a lot of people for many reasons. It can keep you alert and awake and can provide many health benefits. Herbal teas are known to cure digestive problems such as indigestion, tummy ache and gas trouble. Many herbal teas provide relief from such disorders and you can select the best tea for digestion from the following list. Best Tea For Digestion 1.      Chai Chai tea is prepared in a very traditional way by adding milk and spices in it. It can contain black or green tea and the spices added in it include ginger, fennel, aniseed, cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper and cloves. According to latest scientific research fennel, ginger and anise are very effective to provide relief from digestive disorders. By the addition of all these ingredients, chai tea becomes the best tea for digestion and can cure many digestive disorders. 2.      Peppermint Peppermint tea is known for its ability to relieve nausea, indigestion and the feeling of fullness and heaviness in tummy. It can surely be called the best tea for digestion. It relaxes the intestinal muscles and is very effective in irritable bowel syndrome.  It was confirmed in a recently conducted study that patients of IBS, who consumed peppermint oil regularly, got significant relief from abdominal pain than those who did not take it. 3.      Green Tea Green tea has a lot of antioxidants and due to the high concentration of catechins

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Why Does Coffee Make Me Tired? by Rajesh Gupta

Why Does Coffee Make Me Tired?   When it is late at night and you have a big project due in the morning, most people hope to already be done. In this case, you can simply relax, knowing that your work is complete. If, however, you are a procrastinator, you may be ready to turn to coffee to fuel an all-nighter. This method doesn’t work for everyone, however, and some people may find themselves wondering, why does coffee make me tired? 3 Reasons Why Coffee Makes You Tired Coffee is traditionally a method of boosting energy, but for many people, it can make them tired. Caffeine affects people differently, and while there are multiple explanations, three possible answers to the question "why does coffee make me tired?" hold the key in the majority of situations. 1. Effects on Adrenal Glands When you consume caffeine, this stimulates your adrenal glands so they release adrenalin, the hormone your body uses in "fight or flight" situation. This in turn increases the breathing and heart rate, increases blood flowing to your muscles, and dilates your pupils. This adrenalin release is designed to happen only in some cases when you have severe physical stress. If, however, you consume excessive quantities of caffeine, you encourage an adrenal response which is sustained and exhausts the glands. This means that the glands can no longer produce the small quantities of adrenalin you need to maintain concentration and focus, leading to malaise and physical fatigue. 2. Effects on Insulin If you are wondering "why does coffee make me tired?" another reason is the way the caffeine affects your insulin,

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Why Does Pineapple Hurt My Mouth?

  Why Does Pineapple Hurt My Mouth?   Pineapple is delicious and offers so many health benefits. It is beneficial because it contains vitamins and minerals, such as copper, potassium, manganese, calcium, vitamin C, thiamin, beta-carotene, and folate. It is also a great source of soluble and insoluble fiber. However, pineapple can be painful as well, especially if you overeat. But why? Some people believe it could be because they are allergic to pineapple, others believe they feel that burning sensation because pineapple contains citric acid. Let's find out the answer. Why Does Pineapple Hurt My Mouth? You may feel that burning sensation because of an enzyme in pineapple called bromelain. This enzyme helps your body digest protein. While bromelain is beneficial for your health, mainly because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it causes the tissue to become inflamed and sore when breaking down protein in your mouth. However, there could be other causes as well. Sometimes, your mouth hurts because you have an underlying condition such as oral allergy syndrome or burning mouth syndrome. Burning Mouth Syndrome If you have this problem, you will experience unpleasant feelings in your mouth, including numbness, rawness, burning, and stinging. You may even experience bleeding on your tongue, lips, or cheeks. You usually experience these symptoms soon after you eat fresh pineapple core or flesh. No treatment is needed though. You

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Why Is Everything I Eat Giving Me Gas?

    Why Is Everything I Eat Giving Me Gas?   When you have gas, understand that everyone reacts differently to different foods. Your kids or spouse may be able to eat anything you put on the table, while the same foods make you gassy after you eat. You may even feel bloated, and have indigestion. If everything you eat blows up your stomach after meals, you may be sensitive to certain types of foods. Knowing the causes of gas will help you avoid the things that do this to you and make mealtimes more pleasurable. Everything I Eat Gives Me Gas, Why? When you get gas from everything you eat, there are a number of conditions or foods that can cause this to happen. The best way to find out is to eliminate any foods that may cause gas, first. If this doesn’t solve the issue, you may need to see your doctor to be evaluated for any conditions that may be causing the problem. Some causes of gas after eating include: 1. Fluid in the Abdomen If you have a condition that causes fluid buildup, you may experience excess gas in the abdomen. These include cirrhosis of the liver, congestive heart failure, or even your monthly period that causes bloating. 2. Intestinal Obstruction A hernia or scar tissue in the abdomen may cause excessive gas. An intestinal obstruction keeps waste products from leaving the body, which continues to break down in the body. This will cause too much air in the intestines no matter what you eat. 3. Digestive Diseases "Everything I eat gives me gas, why?" You ask. Certain digestive diseases will slow down digestion and create excessive gas in the abdomen. These include gallbladder disease, pancreatitis, Crohn’s disease, cystic fibrosis, and abdominal cancers. 4. Digestive Bacteria Bacteria

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What Happens If You Eat Too Many Cough Drops?

  What Happens If You Eat Too Many Cough Drops? Just like any other medicine, cough drops have negative effects when consumed more than prescribed. So, you should be careful whenever you take a medicine, even though they may look like a candy to you. Cough drops, in general, contain many ingredients that affect not just only your cough. Some cough drops contain pharmacological ingredients which tend to quell your cough, while others contain ingredients which tend to moisten a dry cough. Have you ever wondered about what happens if you eat too many cough drops? What Happens If You Eat Too Many Cough Drops? Menthol is the primary active ingredient in almost all of the medicated cough drops. In cases of an overdosage with cough drops, menthol is the one causing possible side effects. The overdosage with menthol varies from one person to the other. Age, weight, as well as current health condition play an important role. On average, cough drops contain about 5 mg to 10 mg of menthol. What happens if you eat too many cough drops? The common symptoms of menthol overdosage are as follows: Heart and Blood Nervous System Stomach and Intestines Lungs Bladder and Kidneys Heart palpitations Unsteady walking Nausea and Vomiting Rapid breathing Blood in the urine Rapid heartbeat Dizziness Diarrhea Shallow breathing No urine output   Tremor Abdominal pain       Convulsions

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Burning Sensation in Nose

  Burning Sensation in Nose   There are several reasons why that burning sensation inside your nose can happen. It is a common symptom, and many people have experienced it along with a runny nose, sneezing and nasal congestion. Due to the increased sensitivity of the nasal passages, any burning sensation that happens inside can be felt as something quite bothersome. Even though it is not something serious, it is important to always identify the causes and the symptoms accompanying them. What Are the Causes of Burning Sensation in Nose? 1. Allergies A very typical cause of discomfort among people. Substances called allergens are the ones responsible for triggering an hypersensitive response from the immune system. One of the most common reactions in regards to the nose is known as allergic rhinitis, this condition usually appears in certain seasons for some people, while for others, is almost perennial. Pollen, spores, house mites, dust and smoke are some of the most common allergens. The best way is to avoid any kind of allergen as they can worsen your condition. It is best to go to an expert physician in order to treat the symptoms on time, they most likely will prescribe an antiallergic drug. 2. Dry Weather Nasal passages have moisture levels that are important to the good functioning of the nose. These levels are maintained by the production of mucus which helps keep airbone irritants away from reaching the lungs. Dry weather makes it difficult to maintain an appropriate humidity inside the nose which leads to several symptoms like nasal congestion or

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Top 12 Fruits for Hair Growth

    Top 12 Fruits for Hair Growth   For a great head of hair, use expensive hair products. But food can also help the growth of healthy, strong and rich hair. Particularly, some fruits loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, can give exceptional results. So, what are these fruits for better hair growth? Fruits for Hair Growth 1.     Citrus Fruits You need vitamin C to grow healthy hair and the citrus family of fruits contains large amounts of this antioxidant vitamin. Vitamin C is also important in the production of skin collagen. Eating lemons, oranges, grapefruits and lime regularly will provide you with enough vitamin C for healthier hair and overall health. You can also benefit by rubbing your scalp with lemon juice to get rid of dandruff. 2.     Berries Berries contain large stores of vitamin C and other hair-supporting nutrients. Vitamin C protects blood vessels, including those supplying blood to the scalp and to the hair follicles. They also contain B vitamins which aid in the oxygen supply, slow graying and reduce hair loss. Try eating gooseberries, strawberries, raspberries, loganberries and boysenberries as regularly as possible for rich colored hair. 3.     Avocados Avocado is one of the leading fruits for hair growth. It is a rich source of vitamins B, C, E and beta-carotenes. It helps in the growth of healthy hair, supply of oxygen and strengthen of the blood vessel walls. The result is healthy scalp and shiny, rich hair. Besides taking avocado

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When You Eat Pineapple, Burn Tongue Is Caused by W

  When You Eat Pineapple, Burn Tongue Is Caused by What?   Pineapple is a refreshing and healthy treat during the hot days of summer. It is particularly delicious, but some people would experience a strange sensation when they consume it. After a few bites, they feel scratchy, rough closely resembling burning feeling on their tongue and their mouth. Why does this happen? Why Can Pineapple Cause a Burn Tongue? When people eat the pineapple, burn tongue is something really annoying. Here are the explanations: The human skin has oils which help block the absorption of chemicals that can irritate it. These oils contain plenty of proteins. Pineapple has a chemical compound named bromelain which is able to break proteins in skin oils. So, when they come in contact in your mouth, they will cause this unpleasant feeling of burning. Furthermore, pineapples also have a higher content of citric acid & malic acid which are known to be capable of causing itchiness, irritation, redness as well as other burning sensations. In fact, it’s rather common to feel an itchy and gritty sensation after eating pineapple. You do not have to be worried as the proteins will be restored and rebuilt in a few hours, and the effects are not permanent. Note: However, if you develop significant pain as well as burning or swelling after you eat pineapples, you should talk to your doctor immediately.  How to Avoid a Burning Tongue Caused by Pineapples? When you eat the pineapple, burn tongue is actually can be prevented. The first thing is to eat only fully ripe pineapples. Most of the times, the condition happens because the fruit isn’t ripe. Make sure to correctly rinse it before eating. You can also cut the core of the pineapple

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How Long to Wait After Eating to Sleep

  How Long to Wait After Eating to Sleep   Sleeping immediately after eating is very common in our lives. After finishing a meal, the drowsiness kicks in and after that, we usually lie in bed and tend to take a long nap. However, this is unhealthy, and most people are told that they should always walk around and wait for some time before going to sleep.  How Long To Wait After Eating To Sleep Several researches recommend waiting for at least 1 hour before going to sleep and after any meal in order to avoid any digestive system issues. It is better to wait 2 to 3 hours if any kind of sugary or spicy food has been eaten. If you have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), you'd better avoid foods for 3 hours before going to bed. It is imperative to wait for some time before sleeping in order to help your body digest the food properly. The right way to do so is to be in an upright position. These are some of the reasons as to why it is better to wait after having a meal before sleep. 1. Eating Before Bed Can Disturb Your Sleep Food is considered to be very disruptive to the sleep pattern. You can wake up several times at night due to the bloated feeling after a heavy meal. Spicy and fatty foods can cause uncomfortable symptoms such as heartburn, making you hard to fall asleep. 2. Eating Before Bed Can Make Your GERD Worse There is an orifice at the bottom of the esophagus called the sphincter, and when it fails to properly constrict, it allows stomach acids to rise, causing a condition called acid reflux.  When you are standing or sitting, gravity can help keep the acid down. However, if you lie on the bed, stomach acid

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How Much Flaxseed per Day Should You Take?

How Much Flaxseed per Day Should You Take?     Have you ever eaten flaxseed in any form? If not, it should interest you to know that flaxseeds, also known as linseeds, are the richest plant source of omega-3 fatty acids. The small seeds that come in brown, golden or tan colors have been in use in various parts of the world for about 30,000 years. The shiny seeds have many health benefits including weight loss, regulation of blood sugar and control of inflammation. This is interesting for anyone who is keen to enjoy a long, healthy life. But how much flaxseed per day is good for you? Part 1: How Much Flaxseed per Day   Most nutrition experts recommend a daily intake of one to two tablespoons of ground whole seeds. These give maximum benefit compared to flaxseed oil or the whole seeds. Following are suggestions on how to take flaxseeds: 1.     For Weight Loss The abundant fiber in flaxseed helps in weight loss by giving you a feeling of fullness for longer, while the omega-3 fatty acids enhance metabolism. This combination helps you to eat less, stores less fat on your body and breaks down stored fat for energy supply. How much? Take 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseeds for each 100 pounds body weight. You may begin with ½ tablespoon and build it up as your body gets accustomed to it. 2.     For Constipation Flaxseeds contain mucilage, a slimy material that temporarily covers the lining of the gut. Mucilage, together with the fiber in flaxseed helps to eliminate constipation by aiding movement of the contents in the digestive system. How much flaxseed per day? Take two to three tablespoons of ground flaxseed, and a lot of water (about 10 times the amount of flaxseeds). Flaxseed fibers are very absorbent and may worsen your constipation if you don’t take adequate amounts of water. 3.     During Pregnancy Flaxseed contain many nutrients necessary during pregnancy, including fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. Fiber enhances digestion, prevents and relieves constipation, while together with omega-3 helps to lower cholesterol levels. This reduces your risk of high blood pressure. Flaxseed also help to stabilize blood sugar levels, protect against irritable bowel disease and hot flashes. How much?

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Are Alcohol and Joint Pain Related?

  Are Alcohol and Joint Pain Related?   Alcohol in moderation has few negative effects on the body and can actually have positive effects when taken in small amounts. Serious health effects can occur with drinking too much or for long periods of time. Alcohol and joint pain due to arthritis can occur, as well as other serious conditions like: Heart Disease Hypertension Increased risk of stroke Gout Liver Disease Pancreatitis Increased risk of cancer There is sometimes a question whether alcohol and joint pain are connected, or if you have joint pain can it worsen your condition. Some do say they may have painful joints after drinking, but research cannot make a conclusion if alcohol is the actual cause. This article will look at the relationship between alcohol and joint pain. Can Alcohol Cause or Worsen Joint Pain? Alcohol can affect joint pain if you are at risk of certain types of arthritis. If taken in larger amounts over long periods of time, it can cause different effects on the body that can lead to increased inflammation, nerve pain, and build up of certain substances that can irritate the joints. There are a few different ways that alcohol and joint pain may be connected. How does Alcohol Affect Your Bones and Joints? Alcohol can cause certain reactions in the body in sensitive people, people with arthritis, and people at risk for certain conditions. These include: Gout Beer and certain types of liquor are high in purines that can lead to increased uric acid levels. If you are at risk for gout, the increased uric acid levels can form uric acid crystals near the joints. This is most common in the great toes, knees, and elbows. Research has not shown wine to cause increased

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Healthiest Indian Foods

    Healthiest Indian Foods   Even though very popular, Indian food is often misunderstood. We mostly think that Indian food is spicy, fatty, hot, oily and creamy. But, Indian food is mostly food that includes proteins, carbohydrates, fats and many other nutrients needed for a healthy life. This food includes the use of many healthy spices, which when used to prepare a dish, helps the food retain their healthy nutrients. Read on about healthy Indian foods and certain healthy Indian dishes. Healthiest Indian Foods Poha Poha is a popular dish recommended for toddlers, pregnant women, diabetics, etc. This dish is very healthy, low in gluten and high in carbohydrate. Poha could be a great breakfast or even a snack. Poha is made from beaten or flattened rice and 20 mg of iron, as well as 244 calories, are provided from one Katori of poha. Masala Chai Indians start their day with a Masala chai. It is a cup of tea, packed with a range of spices like cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, clove and tulsi leaves. Masala chai is not just a refreshing drink to start the day. It is also a great drink to prevent viral infections, improve digestion and boost the immunity system. Idlis One among many healthiest Indian foods is idlis. It is very low in fats and carbohydrates made from rice and black gram. Idlis is a great combination of carbohydrates and amino acids. Khaman dhokla Just like most of the Indian foods, Khaman dhokla is very healthy, nutrient, low in calories and fat. Khaman dhokla is made from fermented gram flour, very easy to digest and rich in proteins. Chaas

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Complications of Losing Weight Too Fast

    Complications of Losing Weight Too Fast   Have you ever tried to lose weight, lost some but put it back on? Chances are that you tried to do it too fast. Experts say that losing weight too fast is not sustainable. It can lead to complications such as low libido, loose skin, hair loss, liver disease, increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and weight gain. If you want to shed some weight, follow a sustainable weight loss program that works steadily without shocking the systems of your body.   Part 1: What Happens If You Lose Weight Too Fast? 1.     Loss of Body Fluid A lot of people celebrate losing five or so pounds in a few weeks. Unfortunately, all they’ve lost is body fluid and dissolved electrolytes. Body fluid is a transport medium, while electrolytes are involved in electrical conduction that controls the workings of your muscles, including the heart. When you lose body fluids and electrolytes below a certain level, your body organs cannot perform well enough to maintain your health. 2.     Low Metabolic Rate When you go on a low fat diet, your body reacts by reducing the metabolic rate and hoarding stored fat to support its survival. This leads to low energy and minimal weight loss. The reduced metabolic rate may be sustained even after you discontinue the low fat diet, resulting in even more weight gain. 3.     Loose, Sagging Skin An obese person who loses a large percentage of body weight in a few weeks will be left with folds of sagging skin in several parts of the body. This happens because losing weight too fast robs the skin of adequate time to adjust to the new dimensions. As a result, the skin loses its elasticity, leaving it sagging and loose. Painful chafing may also occur. Besides these physical issues, sudden weight loss can lead to depression. 4.     Formation of Gallstones Rapid weight loss can lead to the formation of gallstones as cholesterol deposits harden. The risk is even higher for obese people who go on diets to shed weight rapidly. Gallstones

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Are Omelettes Healthy?

  Are Omelettes Healthy?   Omelets (or omelettes) are a common breakfast food. They are versatile and not complicated to make. They consist mainly of eggs and whatever you put in them. But are omelettes good to health if you eat them every day?   Are Omelettes Healthy? Omelettes are a good part of a balanced diet. They are mainly composed of eggs which are rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals. When people wonder if omelettes are healthy, they may be concerned about two things: calories and cholesterol. Calories The U.S. Department of Agriculture states that one omelet (about 61 grams) contains approximately 94 calories. This is about 4.7% of a woman’s total recommended daily calorie intake and around 3.9% of a man’s caloric intake per day. This estimate does not include any fillings in the omelette. To keep your overall caloric intake low, fill your omelette with vegetables and low/reduced-fat cheese. Cholesterol Eggs contain cholesterol (186 milligrams/egg). However, dieticians say that it is healthy to eat one egg a day if you do not have a history of high cholesterol, heart disease, or diabetes. If you do have any of these medical problems, limit egg consumption to just two pieces per week. How to Make Omelettes in a Healthier Way Are omelettes healthy? Yes, if you make them in the following ways. Choose eggs that come from free-range chickens. These chickens produce eggs that have lower cholesterol and saturated fat, but higher omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins. Cook using healthy oils than processed oils. You can also try cooking with less oil. ŸAdd vegetables, such as bell peppers,

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Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey for Weight Loss

    Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey for Weight Loss   Apple cider vinegar and honey have many health benefits. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has a stabilizing effect on blood sugar levels. It also aids in digestion and improves the working of the cardiovascular system. Honey is anti-inflammatory and helps relieve pain, nausea and vomiting. When combined together, they can positively affect many organs and systems in the body. But, would an apple cider vinegar and honey weight loss program work? Let’s find out.   Can Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey Help You Lose Weight? Several studies suggest that a combination of ACV and honey can help in weight loss. But more research needs to be done. Moreover, note that the combination is not a miracle cure. For a better weight loss effect, you need to incorporate a balanced diet and regular exercise. 1.     Apple Cider Vinegar Most dieticians state that more evidence is required to prove that ACV has weight loss properties. ACV may help you lose weight in the following ways. Researchers say that the acetic acid in vinegar interferes with the digestion of carbohydrates. So fewer carbohydrates are broken down into calories. When this happens over a period of time, there is a change in body weight. ŸACV contains enzymes and organic acids which help increase your rate of metabolism so that your body burns more fat. ŸSome ingredients in ACV have appetite suppressing properties. This helps you to feel full and eat less, which leads

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Natural Digestive Enzymes and Ways to Improve Dige

    Natural Digestive Enzymes and Ways to Improve Digestion   Enzymes are certain substances which are found in all of our living cells. They are designated to act as catalysts in certain processes like metabolism. While all of the enzymes needed to digest carbs, fat and protein can be produced by your body, you can get certain natural enzymes from food. People who are suffering from digestion problems can get benefits from them. 4 Natural Digestive Enzymes 1. Bromelain in Pineapple You may have experienced an unpleasant mouth burn after consuming significant amounts of pineapple, this is because of the enzyme exists in the pineapple, namely bromelain. Bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme which helps you to digest proteins properly, and it is usually found in the stem of the pineapple. This particular substance is used to treat a range of different issues including pain associated with arthritis. 2. Papain in Papaya Just like the bromelain, the papain in papaya can also help you to digest protein. It is usually used to serve as a tenderizer for different meat. Meat contains strong fibers which make them difficult to cut and process. In this case, using papain can cleave the protein chains that maintain these strong fibers, thus tenderizing the meat. 3. Amylase in Mango If you buy some hard mangos and let them stay on the counter, you will find that they will start to get soft in a few days. This is because

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Is Taking Multivitamins Before Bed a Good Idea?

  Is Taking Multivitamins Before Bed a Good Idea?   If you are concerned your body isn't getting all the nutrition it needs, taking a multivitamin can be an excellent way to insure it does. Multivitamins help boost immunity, keep your bones strong and prevent deficiencies that can cause problems like beriberi or scurvy. There are also reports that multivitamins boost memory and energy levels as well as assist response to stress. These supplements are not to replace food groups, however. If you are considering taking them, you may also wonder if taking multivitamins before bed is a good idea. Can You Take Multivitamins Before Bed? Technically, you can take your vitamins anytime during the day. There are some who like to take theirs with breakfast while others prefer before bed. But they are recommended to be taken with food. Whichever time you take yours, you should stay consistent. They Can Affect Your Sleep There are some studies that indicate that some ingredients in multivitamins can interfere with your sleep. Taking a B6 vitamin before you go to bed can make you have vivid dreams. It will cause less effect on your sleep if you take it during the day. This will allow your body to release any excess vitamin B6. Melatonin levels can be affected by vitamin B12, making you more awake. In addition, there are some studies that suggest vitamin D can negatively impact your sleep, so it is better to be taken in the day. If you’re having sleeping trouble, instead of taking multivitamins before bed, you should try taking them in the morning. Actually, many people like taking their multivitamins with breakfast. This is a great way to start your day right and is a convenient time to remember them. Additionally, the B vitamins will help you metabolize food, giving you an extra energy boost. There is an exception to the rule, however. If you take calcium with your multivitamins which contain iron, you should separate the two. Calcium can interfere with the absorption of iron. If you are taking a multivitamin with iron in the morning, take your calcium later in the day. Vitamin C can help with absorption, so take your multivitamin with some orange juice.

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Lungs After Quitting Smoking

  Lungs After Quitting Smoking   Anyone who smokes would do their lungs and body a huge favor by quitting as soon as possible. Smoking causes damage to the lungs, heart, and other body tissues. Your lungs after quitting smoking immediately start to heal and it only takes an average of 21 days without nicotine to shake the actual addiction. Once you hit that 21-day mark, the cravings will be gone and you will learn how to live without your smoking habit. This article outlines how your lungs and body heal after you quit smoking. Lungs and Other Organs After Quitting Smoking    Lungs Prior to Quitting Smoking Before you quit smoking, your lungs basically have a rough time doing what they need to do: process and send oxygen out to your body. Smokers tend to take more shallow breaths and get less oxygen to the heart, brain, and other organs. Prior to quitting smoking, you are at a higher risk for heart attacks or strokes. It raises your blood pressure and heart rate, actually giving you anxiety rather than calming you down. 20 Minutes After Your Last Cigarette The healing effects of quitting smoking start almost immediately. As soon as 20 minutes after you quit, your heart rate resets to a more normal rate. 2 Hours After Your Last Cigarette If you can go at least 2 hours without smoking, you are already experiencing a more normal blood pressure and heart rate. Your heart is also pumping blood to your organs and extremities. After The First 24 Hours Your lungs after quitting smoking for a full 24 hours can now inhale and exhale deeper and more effectively. You also are at a much lower risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

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Eliminating Sugar and Weight Loss by Rajesh Gupta

  Eliminating Sugar and Weight Loss   When you want to lose weight, you have to limit your intake of sugar. Eliminate sugar and weight loss has a direct connection actually, and that is mainly because just a teaspoon of sugar provides you with 16 calories. You need to be careful about how many calories you put in your system when you are trying to lose weight. Things can become worse if you also have soda and sweetened beverages in your diet. You are going to put on weight when you are ingesting more calories in your system than you can burn. Let's find out more about why it makes sense to limit your sugar intake to lose weight effectively. Link Between Eliminating Sugar and Weight Loss It makes sense to cut sugar from your diet because it would help limit the number of calories you consume daily. You need to bear in mind that you actually need to eliminate sugar-laden foods from your diet and not just the plain white sugar. Those products do not just contain sugar, but they also have refined starches and fat. Eliminating them from your diet can actually help you cut many calories from your diet, which translates into weight loss. It is important to eliminate highly processed foods from your diet to lose weight efficiently, and eliminating sugar means you will end excluding highly processed foods from your diet as well. It means you no longer can enjoy chocolate biscuits, lollies, fizzy drinks, cupcakes, Magnums, caramel frappucinnos and much more. It is actually good because these foods just provide you with empty calories and no nutrition. How Much Weight Can You Lose by Eliminating Sugar? You already know the

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Signs and Treatment of Too Much Yeast in Body

  Signs and Treatment of Too Much Yeast in Body   Candida is a fungus, which is actually a form of yeast. You have a very small amount of this fungus in your digestive system, and usually it is harmless. You may experience certain problems if the yeast overgrows in your system and breaks through your intestinal wall to enter your bloodstream. The condition is called candidiasis. Your body experiences free radical damage when yeast overgrows and produces a by-product called acetaldehyde. Antibiotics, alcohol, birth control pill, and sugar are some of the most common causes of having too much yeast growth in body. Stress and drugs may also cause this problem. What Will Happen If You Have Too Much Yeast in Body? 1. Chronic Fatigue If you always feel tired and exhausted, irrespective of how many hours of sleep you get, chronic fatigue syndrome may be the culprit. You may also experience other problems, such as joint pain, headaches, sore throat, and difficulties with concentration and memory. You are at an increased risk of developing chronic fatigue syndrome if you already have a candida infection. 2. Mood Disorders People with candida overgrowth are likely to deal with anxiety, mood swings, depression, irritability, and panic attacks. 3. Vaginal and Urinary Tract Infections Candida overgrowth may well be the underlying cause of recurring vaginal or urinary tract infection. Many people do not know that they can get candidiasis by having a sexual intercourse with someone who already has it.  4. Oral Thrush Caused by the same strain of candida, oral thrush is a type of yeast infection that affects your mucous membranes. You are likely to develop this infection because of the use of oral corticosteroids. When left untreated, the infection can spread to the lungs, digestive tract, and heart valves. If you have this infection, you can easily pass it to others through the saliva.

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Stuffy Nose When Lying Down: Causes and Treatments

  Stuffy Nose When Lying Down: Causes and Treatments   A stuffy nose can be a real problem. Everyone has experienced the discomfort of lying down with a stuffy nose and being impossible to breathe through the nose. In fact, this is one of the oldest and most common complaints, especially during the winter season or seasonal allergies. Continue reading about the causes and treatments of nasal congestion when lying down. Stuffy Nose When Lying Down: Causes and Treatments To get the right diagnosis, you will need to get a medical checkup by your doctor. He/she will perform an examination of your nose, accompanied by a blood test, sputum culture test, X-rays of the sinus or chest as well as allergic skin tests to see if you are allergic to any allergen. Here are some of the most common causes of stuffiness when lying down: 1.   Gravity The cause can be merely gravity. During the day, we produce about 1 to 2 quarters of mucus which regularly flow down to the back of the throat and get swallowed. When lying down, the mucus has a harder time getting down the back of the throat. We also tend to swallow less frequently while sleeping, so the mucus can easily build up in the throat and the back of the nose, eventually leading to a stuffy nose. Also, the blood flow to the nose while lying down gets impaired due to gravity, contributing to nasal congestion. Treatment In order to avoid a stuffy nose due to gravity, try sleeping with an elevated head, maintaining a position where your head is more elevated than your heart. This will help relieve the nasal congestion caused by gravity. 2.   Dry Air Dry air tends to aggravate nasal soreness, leading to an increased secretion of the mucus which is released to overcome insufficient dampness. As explained, excess mucus can cause nasal congestion when lying down. Dry air might get worse depending on a certain location or time of the day. Treatment Air humidifiers may help you solve your nasal problems related to dry air. Make sure to change the filters and the water of the air humidifiers constantly. 3.   Cold, Flu and Acute Unwellness Common

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When to Eat Protein Bars

  When to Eat Protein Bars   Protein bars are a great source of energy when needed. However, when is the best time to consume them during a day? Should you eat protein bars in the morning, at lunch, dinner or are protein bars a meal replacement? Read on and learn about protein bars. When to Eat Protein Bars 1.   Before Workout Having a meal before working out is not recommended, as it will often make you feel sluggish and cramped. However, whenever you need some energy and an instant boost of nutrients, you can eat a protein bar approximately about 45 minutes before starting to work out. Protein bars are always a healthy option compared to junk food or to not eating at all before a workout. 2.   After Workout After intense workout, your body needs nutrients to repair and build muscles. In order to maximize the workout potential, it is recommended to eat a protein-rich meal within the first 30 to 60 minutes after completing an intense session. However, sometimes it is not possible to get a protein-rich meal. Instead of ending up eating something casually, you can choose protein bars. They can taken along to the gym, providing you the necessry protein after a workout. 3.   At Breakfast When to eat protein bars? The breakfast time. When in rush in the morning, getting a healthy breakfast can be a problem. Protein bars are an acceptable choice whenever you are not able to have a breakfast. Normally, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, as it provides us with energy to go through the day. Breakfast should be rich in proteins. Just a protein bar might not be enough, so try to eat some fruits as well or a shake to help you get through the morning until lunch time comes. 4.   As a Snack If you are hungry and crave for a snack, choose protein bars as they are healthier than other snacks such as candy, cookie, cake, donuts, chips, etc. You can always take some protein bars

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How Is Lactose-Free Milk Made?

    How Is Lactose-Free Milk Made?   Lactose is a milk sugar that requires a special enzyme to properly digest and convert it into glucose and galactose. This special enzyme is called lactase and is found in the intestines. When individuals don’t have enough lactase, they are considered lactose intolerant. People with lactose intolerance can suffer from a variety of stomach discomforts when drinking regular milk. Luckily, there is specially designed lactose-free milk. How Is Lactose-Free Milk Made? Lactose-free milk can theoretically be made in two ways. The first is to remove the lactose from the milk. However, this is difficult; an easier, second option exists. Instead of removing lactose, manufacturers just add the enzyme, lactase, to the milk. This changes the lactose into glucose and galactose, two sugars that lactose intolerant individuals can digest without a problem. This is because the glucose and galactose sugars are smaller than lactose and can therefore be absorbed by the intestines. Differences Between Lactose-Free Milk and Regular Milk 1.   Difference in Taste Lactose-free milk is sweeter than regular milk. That’s because the human tongue can more easily taste glucose and galactose than lactose. Human taste buds simply aren’t designed to recognize complex sugars like lactose as easily as simpler sugars. Many people who drink milk with no lactose note that it tastes more “processed” as a result of its sweeter taste. 2.   Shelf Life How is lactose-free milk made? It has been answered. Lactose-free milk lasts longer on the shelf than regular milk, but it has nothing to do with the lack

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What Happens If You Don't Exercise?

  What Happens If You Don't Exercise?   Whether you are young or old, it’s a good idea to get regular exercise. Many assume that only athletes need to be physically active but the truth is that it’s important for everyone. Being physically inactive will not only affect your looks, your bone density and immune system will also weaken. Read to learn more. What Happens If You Don’t Exercise? 1.   Obesity The World Health Organization reports that those who aren’t physically active have the double risk of becoming obese. This is a serious health concern for anyone, young or old. There are numerous diseases related to obesity, such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and sleep apnea. 2.   Higher Chance of Gallstones Without exercise, the speed at which waste goes through the colon will slow down. This can cause gallstones, especially when there are increased triglycerides involved as well. If you have gallstones, you may see symptoms like nausea, fever and pain in stomach. 3.   Increased Risk of Osteoporosis If you aren’t using the bones in your body, you may start to lose bone mass. The longer you are inactive, the more likely you are to see your bones weaken. You will then develop osteoporosis and become more prone to fractures. This is more commonly seen in elder adults. Being active can help to strengthen your bones and prevent osteoporosis. 4.   Greater Chance of Hypertension When you don’t exercise, your blood will press against the artery walls more forcibly, causing hypertension. It is a sizeable risk factor in developing other diseases such as kidney disease and stroke.

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Simple Remedies to Try When Fingernail Won't Grow

  Simple Remedies to Try When Fingernail Won't Grow Back   When you lose a fingernail, you would want to grow it back as soon as possible. But sometimes, it seems that your fingernail won't grow back. Well, that’s because fingernails grow back really slowly, sometimes taking 6 months or even longer. Luckily, here are simple tips that may help fingernails grow back quickly.   Methods to Help Your Fingernail Grow Back If your fingernail doesn’t grow back as quickly as you want it, you’ll have to take care of your fingers more carefully. The first step is protect your nail. Protect the Nail The skin beneath your nail may be exposed, so you need to put a band-aid around it at daytime and expose it during nighttime. Band-aids can help fight off infection and protect the sensitive skin from getting rubbed against other surfaces.  When your nail starts to grow, don't disturb it or chip it. You might be tempted to pull off bits of nails, but try to resist the temptation. Use rubber gloves if you are going to wash dishes or do some gardening to protect your fingernails from harsh chemicals and to reduce your risk of infection or breakage. Promote Nail Growth Moisturize your nail by using a cotton swab to dab it with coconut oil, flaxseed oil, or olive oil.

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How to Use Ginger for Sore Throat

  How to Use Ginger for Sore Throat   A sore throat can be really uncomfortable and can hurt like hell. We never notice how much we swallow on daily basis until it starts getting painful. There is no need to suffer this pain, as there are many things you can do to ease the discomfort and one of the most effective ways is by using ginger.  Why Ginger Helps? Ginger has a very intense and spicy flavor and you might think that it is not a good idea to swallow something with such a strong taste when your throat is already hurting. Don’t worry, the practice of using ginger for sore throat is a tried and tested one. Ginger is loaded with a lot of helpful substances which can ease the pain very effectively. Not only does it make the throat better it also fights with cold effectively. Since cold is generally the main reason for an aching throat, the benefit is doubled. Another reason why your throat can feel sore is the collection of extra mucus and ginger is an excellent expectorant. It loosens up the thick mucus and helps in clearing it out. The aroma of ginger helps to open up the sinuses which is an additional plus point. Ginger boosts the blood circulation in the respiratory system and the increased blood supply helps to flush away the toxins and speed up the healing process. It is an excellent anti-inflammatory and can also kill microorganisms like virus and bacteria and the best thing is you can get all these benefits of ginger in a nice, warm and comforting cup of tea. Ways to Use Ginger for Sore Throat 1.      Ginger Water To make ginger water take fresh ginger, about an inch of it, peel and chop it finely and put in a mug. Pour over some boiling water and let it steep for two to four minutes. After that strain it and add some honey, lemon juice or cayenne pepper for added flavor and extra benefits. You can drink this ginger infused water to soothe the sore throat. For maximum results use fresh ginger only. 2.      Ginger & Honey Tea You will need:

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What Happens to Your Heart When You Exercise?

  What Happens to Your Heart When You Exercise?   The Cardiovascular system undergoes certain changes and adaptations during physical exercise and intense activity. These changes occur during physical exercise but also immediately after intense exercise. It is all individual how much a heart rate will increase in a person while performing physical exercise. Remember that every time you think you are overdoing it and your heart is beating very fast, take a break or take it easier on the exercises. As you continue to exercise regularly, your body, as well as your heart will start to get used to physical activity, making physical exercise feel easier.  Continue reading to learn more about what happens to your heart when you exercise. What Happens to Your Heart When You Exercise? Normally during physical exercise the heart rate increases. Since oxygen is transported through the bloodstream and since it is needed for energy production, the heart pumps more blood to maintain and supply the working muscles with oxygen. Although a certain amount of energy is produced from anaerobic metabolism, especially during an extended and intense physical activity, aerobic metabolism is needed to produce the necessary amount of energy. The intensity of physical activity determines how much the heart rate will increase. To improve your cardiovascular fitness the heart rate needs to be substantially higher than while your heart is at rest. An improved cardiovascular fitness will improve your heart rate while at rest and during recovery. Have you ever wondered what happens to

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Where Do You Lose Fat From First?

    Where Do You Lose Fat From First?   People worldwide tend to have problems with their weight, many of them being overweight or obese. However, fat is not proportionally shared all over the body. Some tend to have a fatty stomach while others may have fatty thighs or bottoms. Losing weight throughout the body will help you lose weight and reduce fat from your targeted area. It is impossible to lose fat on a certain area of the body without losing fat in other body parts too. Where Do You Lose Fat From First? This is a really hard question as there is no right answer. It is all individual where do you lose fat from first. A couple of factors play a key role when it comes to losing weight, among which the genetic profile and gender are the most important one. Men tend to gain weight around the abdominal area, making them have a big stomach. This is not just subcutaneous fat, but a visceral fat too, meaning that the internal organs are surrounded by fat as well. On the other hand, women tend to gain more weight on their hips, thighs, and bottoms. In women, this is biologically determined due to the fact that the woman’s body undergoes certain changes during pregnancy. Overweight men tend to have a shape of an apple, while overweight women tend to have a shape of a pear. Losing weight for both men and women from these critical areas is sometimes really hard. Fat usually sticks longer in these areas. However, if you notice that you are losing body weight, just continue with your diet and exercise plan. You are in a good way of achieving your desired goals. Even though it might seem hard, nothing is impossible. Genetics is an important factor when it comes to losing weight among men and women. Genetics determines where a person loses weight first, but also where they gain weight first. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one-third of Americans are obese. In order to lose weight a balanced diet accompanied with regular physical activity for at least two and a half hours a week are recommended. You can choose whichever activity or sport you prefer ranging from biking, swimming, jogging, hiking, speed walking, etc. Why You Can’t Spot Reduce Fat Losing weight from just one are of the body is impossible. According to the Yale Scientific Magazine, this is impossible due to the way that fat cells are composed. Muscles for a normal functioning rely on triglycerides. Triglycerides exist within fat cells all over the human body. Muscles can’t use these triglycerides directly from fat cells. Instead, triglycerides convert into free fatty acids and glycerol, which enter the bloodstream and work like a fuel for muscles all over the body. The Bottom Line

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Sore Legs from Running

  Sore Legs from Running   It is normal to have soreness if you start using some muscle groups that you have not used for a while, or if you over-exercise some muscles that you use on an everyday basis. So, if you have sore legs after running there is nothing to worry about, it will fade over the next few hours after the physical activity is done. This usually occurs due to small tears in the muscle fibers that are necessary for subsequent muscle regeneration, strengthening and growth. When the muscle soreness prolong more than a day, is called delayed onset muscle soreness or DOMS, this is also normal and can take several days to get better with or without home treatment.  Why Do You Get Sore Legs from Running? Regular Soreness This situation occurs when you start a new workout routine, muscles that have not been used so frequently before tend to have small tears. This is normal but will cause you to have a bit of pain for the fist few hours. It is OK to continue running through the soreness. There is nothing to worry about, as it will disappear by itself or with the help of a little rest.  Shin Splints If you have muscular imbalance, tend to over-pronate your foot or have flat feet, then you have an increased chance of shin splints. This can also occur while running in very hard surfaces or with the use of inappropriate shoes. In this case, the pain is moderate and will appear some minutes after the running has begun, forcing you to eventually stop the activity. The pain usually begins in the inner part of your lower leg, but it can irradiate to the front and outer part too. It is imperative that you do not continue running through the pain as it can get worse and lead to an even more serious injury. Rest and local ice packs will be needed in order for your leg to completely heal, you can practice some exercises to strengthen your muscles and perhaps buy new running shoes that adapts to the form of your feet. Stress Fractures Stress fractures are injuries caused by a prolonged pressure or repetitive movement over an area, causing the bone to crack. In this

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Guidelines On How To Read Expiration Dates

  Guidelines On How To Read Expiration Dates   Locating the expiration dates on products can be a difficult task. But even when the dates are present, it may be hard to understand what the figures mean. In the United States, other than infant formula and baby food, there is no standard coding system for expiry dates for food products. This means that manufacturers decide whether or not to add expiration dates. For your safety, it is important to know how to read expiration dates especially when buying food items.   Part 1: How to Read Expiration Dates Look out for any of the following types of dates: ŸSell By: It addresses the store and its employees on the date beyond which an item should not stay on the shelf. Buy items before their sell by dates. ŸBest Before / By: Shows the last date a product will still be at its optimum freshness. To ensure good quality of such a product, buy and use within prior to the best before date. ŸUse By: Shows the date the product quality and flavor are expected to start deteriorating. It does not indicate safety, so buy for use before the ‘use by’ date for best results. Coded or Closed Dates: These are not expiry dates but product packaging and tracking codes. They contain a series of numbers indicating place of manufacture, time and date of packing or dispatch in a form similar to: 021C159 March 21, 2015. Do not assume these are expiry dates. Safety After Date Expires  Except for ‘use-by’ date, dates on products do not always indicate the suitability for use after purchase and storage at home. ‘Use-by’ dates indicate the date up to which a product is at the peak of quality. Even after this date, a product is usually good enough and safe to consume provided it has been stored and handled hygienically. Refrigeration charts are a good guide on storage of various products especially when you are unsure about how to read expiration dates. Observe and follow ‘use-by’ dates where they are indicated. Where products don’t have expiry dates or have ‘sell-by’ dates, freeze or cook as per the guidance of the refrigeration charts.   Spoilage odors, flavors or appearance may develop when bacteria grow in foods. Such foods may not be good enough to eat. They may cause food poisoning and should therefore be discarded. Mishandling foods may cause food-borne bacteria to develop. If these include pathogens, such food may lead to poisoning and food-borne illness whether it is used before or after the expiry date. One example is where hot dogs are carried for use during a picnic and left for hours. It will not be safe to eat them thereafter. Other cases of mishandling include: Defrosting food products at room temperature for longer than two hours Handling food without practicing good hygiene Cross contamination To ensure good quality and safety of food, always follow handling and preparation procedures on the package. Here’s a video to show you how to read expiration dates and handle food to ensure safety: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0t-Q3p8oGY Part 2: How to Store Your Foods Properly Here is general guidance, and later a guide for storing specific foods: Buy foods before their expiry dates. After purchasing perishable foods take them home and refrigerate immediately. If you don’t plan to use it soon, freeze it. Note that frozen food at below 0 degrees Fahrenheit remains safe to use beyond the expiration date. Read and apply handling instructions on food packages. Meat, Poultry and Fish Meats are extremely perishable and will normally have ‘sell by’ dates beyond which stores cannot display them. Always look for the date on the package and buy well before the expiration date. Follow the ‘freeze by’ or ‘use by’ date, where present; otherwise follow the recommendations in the storage chart below. Refrigerate meats at a maximum of 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Refer to the chart below for the recommended periods of refrigeration. If you plan to keep the meat for longer, freeze and maintain at not higher than 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Defrosted meat should be cooked in one to two days. Defrosting within the refrigerator is recommended to defrosting in the open. Properly frozen food can remain safe to use for longer so that you don’t have to wonder how to read expiration dates. However, after the periods recommended on the chart, texture and quality may change. 

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Why Can't I Make Decisions?

  Why Can't I Make Decisions?   You have to make hundreds of small decisions in a day. You have to decide what you want to wear, what you want to eat for lunch, where you want to go later in the day, how you want to respond to an email, etc. Some people can make these decisions without an issue, while others have problems, and often ask, "why can't I make decisions?" The truth is making decisions is not always easy, especially when you have to consider outcomes first.  Why Can't You Make Decisions? It is true that making decisions can be tricky, but some people find it extremely difficult. They spend so much time deciding what they should do. They keep vacillating back and forth and wonder if they have made a right decision. Here are some common reasons for this condition. 1. Misconceptions About Decision Making Some people think decision making is a complicated task because they have several misconceptions about it. Here are some of the most common misconceptions: You have to make the right decision: This is not true actually. It is more important to make the best possible choice instead of being correct all the time. You just need to make a good choice even when you do not have much information to decide. That is what good leaders do.

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Is Sweet Tea Better Than Soda?

  Is Sweet Tea Better Than Soda?   While most people are aware of the fact that soft drinks are bad for health, they still cannot find it difficult to kick soda out of their lives. Sodas can be quite addictive; in fact, there are people who drink it with every meal and even in between meals. Those who understand that sodas can be very high in sugar and contain caffeine look for an alternative and often switch to sweet tea. Is sweet tea better than soda