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2011-06-26T06:36:34+02:00

The benefits of using body cleanser

Posted by Eunice

The body cleanser has been popular for the past few years, and more people seem to be embarking on this.

All about body cleansers

Due to daily pressure in life, the body absorbs numerous toxins. The body luckily has organs to deal with the toxins, such as the liver and kidney.

Body cleansing increases the efficiency of your body's cleansing system, resulting in clearer blood and more oxygen and nutrients, being transported in the blood stream

Acai berry body cleanse

Acai berry, the fruit used in the cleanse is a small dark purple fruit that looks like a grape.

Scientists have found the acai berry, to contain more than 300% more antioxidants than fruits, such as the common grapes and berries.

The anti-oxidants present in the acai berry reduce the amounts of free radicals in the body and hinders the ageing process.

Acai berry also contains fatty acids, like Omega 6 and Omega 9, helpful in reducing the risk of heart problems.

Useful vitamins, like Vitamin B1, B2, B3, C, E and minerals, such as phosphorus, iron, and calcium are also present in the acai berry, which all aid in the proper functioning of the body.

Natural colon cleansing

Dating back back to ancient Greece, natural colon cleansing is a great way to restore restore health to this vital body organ.

A natural colon cleanse will usually involve fasting (not eating solid food for a specific period of time), and drinking liquids to keep the body hydrated. Fasting is a time of rest for the body's digestive system.

You may also embark on a body cleansing diet and abstain from certain foods, such as fast food, potato chips, cakes, cookies, ramen noodles and caffeinated beverages.

It is important to take supplements, such as probiotics, while doing this to replenish the good bacteria in your intestines, which can be removed by colon cleansing.

Benefits of body cleanse

The benefits go beyond weight loss and feeling great. Body cleansing can make your skin look healthy, clear your mind, and provide anti-ageing benefits.

Other benefits include:

  • Improving the immune system
  • Reducing the risk of colon cancer
  • Increased vitality
  • Fewer allergic reactions

Before you embark on a body cleanse, be sure to:

  • Contact your physician, especially if you have any health concerns, or take a medication
  • Research into the best body cleanse that suits your lifestyle. There is much information on the web about numerous skin cleansers, internal body cleansing, intestinal cleansing and full body cleanse.
  • Get the ingredients to be used in the body cleanse and check these with your health practitioner. Some herbs are linked with serious medical conditions
  • Drink fluids to avoid dehydration.
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2011-06-24T22:09:25+02:00

A guide to eye health

Posted by Eunice

This article elaborates ates on everything that you need to know about eye care and eye conditions

Taking care of the eye

Vitamins for eye health

Vitamin C found in fruits and vegetables such as oranges, strawberries, and broccoli can reduce glaucoma pressure, slow down muscular degeneration and reduces the risk of developing cataracts.

Deficiency in Vitamin A, found in carrots, liver and sweet potatoes can lead to blindness, corneal blindness, cataracts, and night blindness.

Vitamin E, found in nuts like almonds, and hazelnuts prevents against cataract.

Taking care of the eye

Eye tests

Regular eye tests can prevent loss of sight by detecting eye conditions before they can cause loss of sight. Eye test also look out for general health conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure which also affect the eye.

Eyes should be examined by an optician (optometrist) every two years. An eye test should take about thirty minutes and can be obtained at a certified optician's office.

Eye conditions

Acanthamoeba Keratitis

Caused by poor contact lens hygiene

Eye twitching (Blepharospasm)

A blinking disorder which can be very irritating, often caused by stress, high caffeine levels, pink eye, fatigue and nervous system disorders.

Eye twitching may be experienced in one or both eyes, or under the eye.

Experts recommend resting and reducing causes of stress for mild eye twitching, and Botox and eye surgeries for severe eye twitching.

Stye eye infection

An infection due to blockage in the hair follicle of an eyelash that results in a small bump inside or outside the eye.

An eye stye usually matures and heals in less than a week.

Conjunctivitis

Also known as pink eye, the mucus membrane lining the inside of your eye experiences inflammation or swelling.

Conjunctivitis is the most common eye problem in school going children and is also highly contagious.

There are numerous types of conjunctivitis, caused by chemicals, virus, bacteria and allergens, among others.

Most common symptoms include: redness, itchiness, blurred vision, sensitivity to light, excessive tearing and discharge from the eyes that form a crust.

Experts recommend taking antibiotic eye drops or ointments, which usually cannot be purchased over the counter.

Cataracts

This is the most common eye problem that causes blindness in people older than fifty.

The eye lens become clouded and blurred, preventing the eye from seeing clearly. In severe cases, patients require surgery to partially or completely restore vision.

Dry eye syndrome

This is a common eye problem, the eyes feel dry and scratchy because of the inability of tear ducts to produce the right quality and/or quantity of tears.

If not treated effectively, dry eye syndrome can weaken vision and cause eye infections.

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2011-06-24T02:15:57+02:00

A guide to natural remedies for yeast infections

Posted by Eunice

Unpleasant and irritating, no one wants to talk about it. Yet, 75 percent of women will suffer from this condition at some point in their life.

What is a yeast infection?

What is a yeast infection?
 

Yeast is a fungus scientifically referred to as Candida. Yeast is commonly present on normal human skin and in areas of moisture, such as the mouth, around dentures, under the breast, lower abdomen and vagina. It is estimated that 20 to 50 percent of healthy women carry yeast in the vaginal area.

Vaginitis
 

Vaginitis is the inflammation of the vagina. 75 percent of women report vaginitis at some point in their lives.

Causes

A number of infections could cause vaginitis, such as bacteria (gardnerella and gonorrhea), protozoans, and yeast.

Natural remedies for yeast infections

Probiotics
 

Probiotics are a popular natural remedy for yeast infection. They are live microbial organisms naturally present in the digestive tract and vagina. Sometimes referred to as friendly bacteria, probiotics suppress the growth of potentially harmful organisms. Probiotics are available as oral supplements, and in food such as soybeans, raw oats and unrefined wheat.

Boric acid
 

What is boric acid? Boric acid is a weak acid of Boron, often used as an antiseptic, insecticide and flame retardant, among other uses. It exists in the form of colourless crystals which dissolve in water.

Safety concerns are raised while using boric acid to treat yeast infections. Boric acid is toxic and should never be ingested internally (orally) or placed on cuts or open wounds. It also should not be used for prolonged amounts of time, and by pregnant women.

Tea tree oil
 

Tea tree oil can be applied to the vaginal area, although there have been no studies showing the effect of tea tree oil on yeast infections.

Yogurt
 

Eating an eight ounce serving of plain yogurt daily reduces your chances of developing a yeast infection. Look out for yogurt which has L. acidophilus in it, which is key to fighting yeast infections.

Garlic
 

Placing a garlic clove in the vaginal region every few hours will provide much needed relief. It can also be taken internally as well. Garlic is also great for lowering blood pressure and reducing bad cholesterol.

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2011-06-17T04:59:56+02:00

How quickly do eyelashes grow back after they have fallen out?

Posted by Eunice

Something horrific happened: a couple of eyelashes fell off. Maybe you can even see a gap in your lash line and you are panicking by wondering when your lashes would grow out fully and start looking normal again. Well, worry no more - this article gives you the answer.

Eyelash 101

The eyelashes protect the eye from dirt, and is sensitive to touch. In many cultures, long eyelashes are a sign of femininity. Nowadays, eyelash extensions are becoming more popular and can be done at regular salons. Some eyelash diseases include madarosis, trichiasis and blepharitis.

How long does it take to grow back?

It is perfectly normal for your eyelashes to fall out from time to time, just like the hair on other parts of your body.

Some activities such as makeup removal, the rigorous wiping of your eyes (a mechanical cause), heavy mascara, eyelash curlers, pillows and false lashes may trigger this.

How long does it take for eyelashes to grow back?

Just like the hair, eyelash growth occurs in cycles which includes a growing phase and a resting phase. Hair falls out at the end of the resting phase, hence making way for new hair to grow in the follicle.

On the average, eyelashes grow back in the space of one to six months. The rest fall out and begin all over again.

Taking care of your lashes

  • Firstly, be gentle with your lashes and do not rub vigorously.
  • Throw out the makeup, especially eye makeup every four to six months.

How to get long eyelashes

The easiest way to do this is by taking good care of your eyelashes. Always clean them with makeup remover, olive oil, soap, etc after wearing makeup. Also, learn to apply eye makeup properly.

Just like your hair, your eyelashes also need conditioner. A natural eyelash conditioner is olive oil. Rub some olive oil on your finger tips, and rub along your lower lash line, extending to the length of your eyelashes in a vertical motion. This will also make your eyelashes longer.

Natural products that promote lash growth

Other natural products that encourage eyelash growth include castor oil, fruits, vegetables and nuts.

Eyelash growth products

There are many products out there that promise to grow your eyelashes. This is quite controversial as some users have said that it worked for them while some saw absolutely no results.

Tip:

Applying some loose powder on your lashes before you use mascara makes your mascara last longer.

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2011-06-17T03:32:24+02:00

Health benefits of organic green tea

Posted by Eunice

It's all over the news: green tea for weight loss, green tea to prevent cancer, it suppresses headaches and depression, high cholesterol, cardiovascular diseases, the list goes on. In this article, I break down some of the benefits of organic green tea and why you should have at least a cup a day.

What is organic green tea?

Description

Green tea originates in China, and has been associated with cultures in the Middle East, Japan and South Korea.

Green tea comes from the plant Camellia sinensis, and is dried, but not fermented. It also has a shorter processing time, keeping the beneficial chemicals intact.

Due to the harmful effects of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, it is more and more common to see it produced without the use of chemicals, resulting in a richer taste and healthier consumption.

Ingredients in green tea

Ingredients

Green tea contains Catechin Polyphenols, which contains powerful oxidants known to fight cancer. Green tea also contains polysaccharides, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Fluoride.

So what does green tea do?

Health benefits of green tea

Some health benefits of green tea include cancer protection, suppressing ageing, restrain the growth of disease causing bacteria, stopping cavities due to its rich fluoride content.

Cancer
 

Catechins in green tea can neutralise cancer-causing free radicals in our system.

Anti-ageing

Polyphenols in green tea are responsible for its wonderful anti-ageing properties. This also gives green tea its slightly bitter taste. Studies have shown that antioxidants help the body get rid of damaging free radicals responsible for the ageing process

Weight loss
 

Green tea enhances your metabolism rate, hence getting rid of the fat stored in your body faster.

Anti-bacterial

Catechins present in green tea prevent bacterial virus from attaching to the cell walls and can be used to treat acne, and protect against colds.

Buying green tea

Purchase of green tea

Maybe you're wondering where you can buy green tea,

Green tea can be bought at your local grocery or health store, in the form of green tea bags, organic tea bags.

Alternatively, you can go to a local tea store where you can smell, feel and taste the tea. Buy a tiny sampling of about three to five green tea varieties and try them out at home. This should give you an idea of your green tea preferences.

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2011-06-16T04:52:29+02:00

Get rid of oily skin using olive oil: The facts

Posted by Eunice

You've got oily skin, so why would you put more oil on skin that is already as oily as it is? As contradictory as it sounds, olive oil stops the skin from producing excessive oil of its own, making it perfect for oily skin.

Over-active sebaceous glands produce too much sebum, which makes the skin oily and can result in block pores and nourishment for bacteria. Olive oil in itself dissolves oil well, and will do so without drying it out or leaving your skin feeling oily or greasy. Olive oil has been used for centuries to moisturise and cleanse the skin.

So why exactly should you use olive oil on your skin? There are many reasons:

Anti-aging

Olive oil is high in oxidants, one of which is hydroxytyrosol which is extremely rare and can slow down the aging process by stabilising the cell plasma membrane.

Oily skin

If you suffer from oily skin, it may sound odd to apply more oil on it but on the contrary, regular treatment of your skin with oil sends a message which makes your skin produce less oil of its own. Makes sense doesn't it?

Sensitive skin

One great thing about olive oil is that it is extremely gentle and non-irritating, perfect for sensitive skin. It leaves your skin hydrated, soft and supple. Extra virgin olive oil is the least processed and also contains the the highest nutrient value, hence this type of olive oil is best for delicate skin.

Application

After going ahead with your regular night facial routine which should consist of makeup remover (if you wore makeup), cleanser/exfoliator and moisturiser, pour some olive oil in your palms and massage it into your skin with your fingers. Don't worry about your skin looking too oily at first, just let the oil dissolve into your skin.

Author's advice

Don't stop on your face: go ahead and use it on other parts of your body that may need some moisturising.

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