July 22, 2014

What fruits can diabetics eat? This is indeed an anxious question put by anyone prone to diabetes or pre-diabetes. But when you are suffering from diabetes, you may raise a reasonable doubt about the consumption of fruits for diabetes and the risk in it. It's partly a genuine attitude to know the influencing factor in fruits helping to keep normal blood sugar levels. The American Diabetes Association emphasises that eating fruits loaded with vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber is good to keep off diabetes for healthy living. The prime key is to pay concern for portion sizes of what you consume to add energy to your body.
In this juncture, it is warned that fruits canned in syrups should not be considered to replace whole fruits. When you have concern for glycemic index (GI) for managing diabetes with ease, you should have the right choice of fruits with low glycemic index. You can just check your blood sugar by eating fresh or frozen low carb fruits. Hereunder you have the alphabetical A,B,C,D fruits described in order.
Apricots
Sweet but low carb apricots are indeed wonderful summer fruits that can be listed as the best fruits for diabetics. Adding apricots in diabetes meal plan is nice for the good reason that one apricot weighing 15 grams contains just 18 calories to revitalize body energy. Including four apricots can ensure one serving to provide you 70 percent of the vitamin needs for your body. Apricots are high in fiber source. You can relish a delicious salad by adding some cut pieces of apricots and cereal to hot or cold milk.
Berries
You have blueberries, strawberries, and other varieties in berries family. Irrespective of your taste, choosing berries to consume is good for the simple reason that they contain benefitting antioxidants helping the diabetics. The vitamins and fiber contents are of low carb nature. Regarding the calories, a small cup of blueberries can give 60 calories and 15 grams of carbohydrates.
Cherries
Cherries are friendly diabetic diet fruits a diabetic can eat without hesitation because they comprise low-carb components and have low glycemic index. They are sweet but just evolve 60 calories with 15 grams of carbohydrates. You have also bitter tasting cherries loaded with antioxidants helping to fight not only type 2 diabetes but also cancer and a few other diseases. Cherries are available in fresh pack canned, frozen, or even dried form. But it is better to avoid canned and dried form as they are packed with added sugar detrimental to diabetes. However, by checking the label about the amount of added sugar content you can have a nice purchase.
Durian
Durian is identified as the king of fruits. When it comes to diabetes, the choosing fruits low in glycemic index is the best. In this list, Durian is a better choice among fruits good for diabetics as the GI is 49 +/-5 whereas it is 55 +/-3 for watermelon. Sulphur helps to keep balanced blood sugar in the blood cells and nullify hypoglycemic effects. As such, the organosulphur components contained in Durian fruit stimulate antioxidant activities to maintain normal sugar levels in the blood cells. Also, sulphur ingredient reacts with thiamine and biotin to promote normal metabolism. In spite of all these, it will be safe a diabetic consumes durian in any form in moderation because of high nutritious values comprised in durian fruit.
A final say: Though 'fruits for diabetes' is a good concept helping to maintain normal sugar levels, fruits low in sugar is best suggested. If at all you have cravings for consuming sweet fruits, no harm, you are safe if you are consuming one or two slices.
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Makeup for Droopy Eyes

Has anyone ever told you that you have "puppy dog" eyes? If they have, then you have the "droopy eye" eye shape. This eye shape is where the outer corners of your eyes are turned slightly downward, or they seem lower than the inner corners of your eyes. There is a pretty simple way to apply eye makeup to de-accentuate that eye shape and make your eyes appear more open and lifted.
The trick is simple. You want to keep all eye makeup off of the very outer corners of your eyes. If you apply makeup in the outer corners, it drags them down more and actually makes your eyes appear droopier than they already are.
Here is a step-by-step easy way to apply your eye makeup. You will use at least three shades of eye shadow: highlight is the lightest shade, midtone is darker, and the accent is the darkest shade. In order to provide a visible "lift" to the outer corners of your eye, do the following:
1. Apply the highlight shade to the brow bone and eyelid as well as the inner corner of the lower lash line.
2. Be careful with the midtone shade, proper placement will lift the outer corners of your eyes. Apply the midtone shade slightly in from the outside corner of the eye. You will then sweep the color upwards and in across the crease and into the inside corner of your eye - (but not onto the sides of the bridge of your nose!) Also apply the midtone shade along your lower lashline using a thin, flat eyeliner brush. You will start slightly in from the outside corner and brush it across to the inside corner. I know I said don't put anything in the outside corners, however, applying a little midtone shade across most of the entire lower lashline will help it blend with the accent shade later on.
3. Apply the accent shade slightly in from the outside corner and sweep it up and into the crease, not going as far across the entire eyelid as you did with the midtone shade. Just like with the midtone shade, go over the lower lashline with an eyeliner brush, but you will start slightly in from the outside corner (go slightly further in than you did with the midtone shade). If you start at the beginning of the outside corner, you will only accentuate that part of the eye, drawing it down.
The best trick for applying makeup for droopy eyes is to make sure that the eye shadow on your top lash line and bottom lash line to not meet at the outer corner of your eye. This is the perfect way to give the outer corners a lift. Also, you will create a softer look by using an eye shadow across the lower lashline instead of an eyeliner. Using an eyeliner here will make your eyes look too harsh and will tend to drag the eye downward.
Also, when using mascara, concentrate the color on the middle and inside lashes. If you place a lot of mascara on the outer lashes, guess what happens? The corners are accented and your eyes will look droopy again.
One of the greatest secrets to eye makeup application is to use brushes designed for that purpose! Next, be sure you are using a good skin care program. Your skin will have a healthier glow and your makeup will glide on easily. To learn how to do this, grab your Free Guide titled "Guide to Healthy, Beautiful, Wrinkle and Blemish Free Skin." 
Kaelyn Hales is a well respected skin care consultant who shares the best secrets to take care of your skin. She has helped hundreds of people care for and remedy their skin problems, while helping others find the right color cosmetic combinations for their personality type and skin tone.
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July 21, 2014

Diabetes has almost become an epidemic in today's world. Diabetes is a disorder that affects the way your body uses food for energy. Whatever sugar we take is generally broken down into simple sugar called 'glucose' in our body.
This glucose circulates within the blood and enter into the cells with the help of insulin. Insulin is a hormone, made within the Beta-cells of Pancreas. Due to sedentary life style and genetic predisposition, the beta cells are not able to make enough insulin, which is a key for glucose to enter into the cells. The key is not there and the glucose keeps on circulating within the blood.
This is called Diabetes.
There are two main types. Type I & Type II .
There is another condition known as Pre-Diabetes.
There are two main types of full-blown diabetes. People with Type 1 diabetes are completely unable to produce insulin.
People with Type 2 diabetes can produce insulin, but their cells have become resistant to it. In either case, the glucose can't move into the cells and blood glucose levels can become high. When these levels remain high for long time, they can cause serious complications.
Pre-Diabetes:
Pre-diabetes is a condition in which the cells in your body are becoming resistant to insulin or your pancreas is not producing as much insulin as required. Your blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be called diabetes. This is also known as "impaired fasting glucose" or "impaired glucose tolerance". Every individual who has a Diabetic father or mother must go for glucose tolerance test or GTT. This can help in diagnosing pre-diabetic condition. A diagnosis of pre-diabetes is a warning sign that diabetes will develop later.
You can prevent the development of Type 2 diabetes by losing weight, making changes in your diet and exercising.
Type 1 Diabetes
In case of Type I (Insulin Dependent Diabetes) the person can't make any insulin. Type 1 most often occurs before age 30, but may strike at any age. This is typically caused by genetic disorder. The pancreas produces very little or no insulin anymore. Frequent insulin injections are needed for Type 1. However there are certain herbs like Salacia oblonga and Pterocarpus marsupium which are found to be useful even in Type I diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetes
People suffering from Type II diabetes are having enough insulin but the cells have become resistant to it. This type of Diabetes has become very common and is spreading like an epidemic everywhere around the world. The most important reason for the cells to become resistant to insulin is sedentary life style which is being followed by modern age people.
95 percent of all diabetes cases are Type 2. What can be the reason? It's a lifestyle disease, triggered by obesity, a lack of exercise, increased age and to some degree, genetic predisposition.
So the only way to prevent diabetes is to change the life style, which is the basic theory of Ayurveda to fight any disease. According to Ayurveda, Stress and life style is the reason for most of the illnesses including Type II diabetes.
Factors for developing Type II diabetes and herbs for them
As we know that there is no problem with the insulin production. It is there in the body in enough quantity, but the only problem is that it is not able to open the cells to make the glucose enter into them. All the glucose keep circulating within the blood. The cells become resistant to insulin. The reasons for Insulin resistance are -
1. Obesity
The number one risk factor for Type 2 diabetes is obesity. Nearly 40 % of the patients suffering from Type II diabetes are obese.
Excessive fat interferes with body's ability to use insulin properly. According to Ayurveda this is called " Stroto-avarodh" i.e. blocked channels. This blockage in the channels of passage of Insulin is reason for greater insulin resistance.
Food and life style which cause blockage in the channels or " Stroto-avarodh " are curd, banana, heavy greasy diet, overeating, excess daytime sleep.
There are herbs which are useful in clearing the blockages and opening up the micro channels. These remove excessive fat from within the body. Herbs like Katuki (Picrorrhiza kurro), Vidang (Embelia ribes), Amalvetas (Garcinia cambogia), Triphala are useful in Type II diabetes because they open up the channels and helps in reducing the insulin resistance.
2. Sedentary Lifestyle
According to Charaka- an ancient Ayurvedic healer, lifestyle is damaging to health and bears responsibility for the growing obesity and diabetes. Inactivity and being overweight go hand in hand towards a diagnosis of Type 2. Muscle cells have more insulin receptors than fat cells, so a person can decrease insulin resistance by exercising. Sushruta another ancient Ayurveda surgeon explains by giving an analogy that who suffers from diabetes should walk at least 100 kilometers a day to keep his sugar level under control.
This indicates that one must walking and being more active also lowers blood sugar levels by helping insulin to be more effective.
3. Unhealthy Eating Habits
90% of people who have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes are overweight. Unhealthy eating contributes largely to obesity. Too much fat, not enough fiber, and too many simple carbohydrates all contribute to a diagnosis of diabetes. Eating right is can turn the diagnosis around and reverse or prevent Type 2.
4. Family History and Genetics
It appears that people who have family members who have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes are at a greater risk for developing it themselves. Indians have a higher than normal rate of Type 2 diabetes. Having a genetic disposition towards Type 2 is not a guarantee of a diagnosis. Lifestyle plays an important part in determining who gets diabetes. So it can be prevented if we go for changed life style to avoid diabetes.
5. Increased Age
It's a very sad but true fact. The older we get, the risk of Type 2 diabetes is increased. Even if an elderly person is thin, he/she still may be predisposed to getting diabetes. As we age, the pancreas ages right along with us. It doesn't make enough insulin it did when we were younger. Also, as our cells age, they become more resistant to insulin as well.
6. Stress, High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol
The hormones are under the control of our thought and our attitude towards events in life. The stress hormone immediately releases pool of glucose, corticosteroid hormones in our blood. There is immediate release of adrenal hormones, causing blood pressure and constriction of arteries.
Not only do they damage your heart vessels but they are two key components in Metabolic syndrome, a cluster of symptoms including obesity, a high fat diet, and lack of exercise. Having metabolic syndrome increases your risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
HERBS FOR DIABETES-
Following are the herbs, which have been extensively researched by modern parameters by various research scholars. They have also been described in ancient Ayurvedic texts as herbal solution for diabetes. These are -
1. Saptrangi - Salacia oblonga
2. Vizaysaar - Pterocarpus marsupium
3. Gurmaar - Gymnema sylvestrae
4. Jamun - Syzigium cumini
5. Bilva Leaves- Leaves of Aegle marmelos
6. Karela - Momordica charanatia
7. Methi - Trigonella foenum graecum
8. Neem - Azadirachta indica
9. Tulsi - Ocimum sanctum
10. Daruhaldi - Berberis aristata
11. Haridra - Curcuma longa
12. Sadabahar- Vinca rosea
13. Amla - Emblica officinalis
1. Saptrangi - Salacia oblonga
This is a wonderful remedy for diabetes. It is a tree whose bark is effective in controlling diabetes. It is extensively studied in the western herbal schools, but in Ayurveda it is being used since ages. The herb have been found to have diabetes controlling properties.
2. Vizaysaar - Pterocarpus marsupium
This is a big tree whose bark is very useful for diabetes. The bark of the tree is made into a wooden glass and the glass is termed as "The miracle cure for diabetes". Some water is kept in the wooden glass overnight and is consumed early morning by diabetes patients. The color of the water changes to brown and glass is changed after around 1 month when the water color does not change. Diabetes support contains extract of bark of this miracle tree.
3. Gurmaar- Gymnema sylvestrae-
In Hindi language, 'Gur' means Sugar and 'Maar' mean Kill. Gurmaar means "The sugar killer". It is a twine that is known since ages in Ayurveda for its sugar controlling properties. Recent studies show that it contains Gymnemic acid molecules responsible for its anti-diabetic action. They bind with glucose molecules in the intestines and inhibit their entry into the blood stream. Thus it is effective in controlling sugar levels.
4. Jamun - Syzigium cumini-
It is a popular fruit tree growing wild in plains of India. The seeds of this tree are dried up and then a powder is made of them. The powder of the seeds of Jamun fruit is very effective in controlling sugar levels. It is astringent in taste which is opposite to sweet. Anything astringent in taste is useful for diseases caused by excessive sweetness like obesity and diabetes.
5. Bilva - Aegle marmelos-
This tree has three leaves together on its branches. Any tree who has combination of three leaves is considered in Ayurveda as divine and seat of Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. The leaves are offered every Mondays in Shiva temples. This fruit of this tree is useful in irritable bowel syndrome. The leaves of Bilva are excellent for diabetes. The leaves are dried and powder is made and mixed with other herbs for better results.
6. Karela - Momordica charanatia-
The juice of this fruit is a miracle in treating and preventing diabetes and its complications. 30 ml of Karela juice every morning empty stomach is recommended for best results. It can be taken along with Amla juice for better results, as Amla is rich in natural vitamin C and is also effective in diabetes. Karela contains natural chromium and other micronutrients, whereas Amla is also rich in natural anti-oxidants like vitamin C and others.
7. Methi- Trigonella-foenum-graecum-
Since ages Fenugreek is being used as a medicine in India, Egypt, Middle east and other ancient civilizations. Fenugreek has excellent properties to bring sugar levels as well as cholesterol levels under control. The seed powder of Methi is used to lower down sugar levels. It can be mixed with herbs described above.
8. Neem - Azadirachta indica-
Azadirachtin, Nimbin and Nimbidin are effective alkaloids found in neem. They act not only as blood purifiers but also controls sugar level very effectively. Neem is also useful in many skin diseases like eczema, psoriasis, rashes. The skin diseases associated with diabetes also respond to this herb quickly. It also helps in clearing away the blocked channels and maintains the flow of bile from within the liver and improves liver function.
9.Tulsi - Ocimum sanctum-
It is popularly known as 'The Holy Basil' is a sacred plant according to Hindu mythology. People in India worship this plant as it has tremendous medicinal properties. Regular use of leaves of this plant controls blood sugar levels very effectively. It is also useful in many types of cancers, viral and bacterial infections, sore throat, cough and cold etc.
10.Daruhaldi - Berberis aristata-
This is a rhizome growing mainly in South India. The roots of this herb are taken out and grinded well. The herb powder stimulates pancreas to pump more insulin into blood. It also helps in preventing insulin resistance among cells. It acts as a channel opener for glucose into the cells. This also purifies the blood.
11.Haridra- Curcuma longa-
This is very popular herb and is commonly called Turmeric. Turmeric powder is an effective anti-allergic, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and one of the best natural anti-diabetic. It works in the same way as Berberis aristata. It helps in purifying the blood, channel opener, helps in reducing the insulin resistance and thus making the way for glucose into the cells.
12.Sadabahar- Vinca rosea-
It is always flowering plant, growing almost in every house in India. It is known as periwinkle in English. The plant contains very precious alkaloids ' vincristine' and 'vinblastine' which are used in allopathic medicine as anti-cancer injections. The herb leaves are very useful in controlling the diabetes. The herb leaves are mixed with other herbs described above to get good results.
13. Amla - Emblica officinalis -
Amla is world's richest natural source of vitamin C and is nature's super anti-oxidant. One amla contains 30 times more vitamin C than an orange. It prevents ageing and therefore delayes the onset of complications of diabetes. Amla powder, Amla juice can be consumed regularly to get the benefits in diabetes and other diseases.
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July 20, 2014

Getting this very simple recipe right is crucial to your ultimate result.
Ingredients for the Lemon Detox Drink
  • 2 Tablespoons Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup Grade B
  • 1/10th Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 8 fl Oz's Pure Water
Mix all of the ingredients together in a glass and enjoy! Initially you may find the cayenne pepper a little hot, especially if you are not used to spicy food but this is something that you also become accustomed to very quickly.
I was quite surprised at how hot it was when I first tried it but I was soon adding extra cayenne for an even stronger detox towards the end.
You'll need to drink a minimum of 6 detox drinks throughout the day. Somewhere between 8 - 12 is ideal. Make sure that you are also drinking plenty of fresh pure water throughout the day too.
Whenever you start to feel a bit hungry, go and mix yourself a drink. This tends to keep hunger pains at bay pretty quickly. Once you get past day 3, you'll probably find that you will experience very few actual hunger pains although about 1 in 4 people do say that they have regular hunger pains throughout. But don't worry, I've got a good feeling that you'll be one of the lucky other 3!
The drink is best made fresh each time that you want to drink it but this sometimes isn't possible, especially if you are heading off to work. To try and maintain the cleaning power of the lemon enzymes, make a concentrate of the maple syrup and the lemon juice and just add water when you want to drink it.
**TIP**
So if you were planning on drinking 3 drinks whilst you were out, you would need to make up a concentrate of 6 tablespoons of lemon juice and 6 tablespoons of maple syrup.
To make life easier on yourself, take 3 separate bottles of water each containing 8 fl Oz's of pure water but with the capacity for 10 fl Oz's as you will be adding your concentrate to it.
You'll need to pack a tablespoon for measuring and your cayenne to add at the end. (you can add 3/10ths of a teaspoon of cayenne to the concentrate but cayenne tends to get hotter when it hits liquid and is left for a period of time).
Once you're ready for a drink, just get your concentrate out and give it a good shake, then measure 4 tablespoons into the bottle, add your cayenne, shake and drink!
**Tip**
If hunger creeps in just distract yourself. I decided to detox my house whilst I detoxed my body. There is nothing quite like cleaning to keep you focused and distracted. My house had never looked so good by the time I had finished my detox and of course it helps when you get so much more energy than you normally have.
If you don't have a house to clean try some light exercise as this will make you feel great and keep your mind off food. Don't forget to keep drinking the detox drink and replenishing your water supplies.By
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July 17, 2014

How to Whiten Dark Underarms

Dark underarms can occur for several reasons, and usually no one cause is to blame. The darkening of skin in this area is commonly due to a combination of sweating, deodorant use, and shaving. Thankfully, though, this problem can be resolved. Here are some examples of how to whiten dark underarms:
Lemon Slices - The simplest solution is to rub lemon slices on your underarms. Then, let the lemon juice sit for 20 to 30 minutes and rinse off. You can also add a bit of honey to this mixture to help it act more like a mask. This should be done twice daily until results are seen.
Armpit Peeling - Armpit peeling is like a chemical peel for your armpits. It can be done by a dermatologist and effectively removes the outermost layers of skin, which are the darkest. However, several treatments may be necessary for full results to be seen.
Bleaching - As the name suggests, there are products available for bleaching dark armpits. Some of these can be very harsh.
Keep them Clean - Perhaps the most effective example of how to whiten dark underarms is to change your deodorant habits. Since the dark coloration is caused by a combination of sweat and the products used to stop it, it is a good idea to change to a more hypoallergenic soap and deodorant. You may also want to switch from antiperspirant, which blocks pores, to a deodorant-only product and use talcum powder to absorb sweat.
Arbutin Cream - If your underarms are dark because of hyperpigmentation, an arbutin cream may provide most safe and effective results. Be sure the cream you use contains "alpha arbutin." If it just says arbutin, it's probably beta arbutin which is not nearly as effective.
If your dark underarms are caused by hyperpigmentation, you should probably try an arbutin based lightening cream. By
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July 16, 2014

The Problems With Diabetes And Hair Loss

The connection between diabetes and hair loss was established long ago.
Diabetes is a hormone related disorder that often leads to hair loss or thinning of the hair.
Frequent loss of hair is often considered one of the early symptoms of diabetes, which requires prompt treatment in order to avoid further complications. The growth of hair is affected by diabetes, which gradually leads to thinning of hair.
Stress is directly related to diabetes and hair loss, as the disease causes excessive anxiety, which in turn becomes the prime cause of hair loss.
Diabetes Leads To Hair Loss:
Diabetes occurs when it becomes difficult for the body to metabolize carbohydrates properly. Diabetics are highly sensitive to skin ailments, as their blood circulation and blood sugar levels are impaired.
Bruises and small wounds often take a relatively long time to heal; therefore, the recovery rate is comparatively slower and obstructs the re-growth of hair.
This causes visible hair reduction, as diabetics cannot maintain the normal cycle of re-growth process. Bacterial and fungal infections on the scalp because of diabetes could also result in hair loss, thereby making diabetes and hair loss inter-related.
Normally, a healthy person would lose around fifty to hundred strands of hair every day. Therefore, if hair loss increases rapidly, you could require medical assistance, since untreated diabetes can escalate hair loss further.
The process:
Diabetes often leads to diffused hair growth that could be a result of medical stress or side effects of certain prescribed medicines to diabetics. It usually depends on the individual's body, as each person responds differently to specific medications. The stress caused by chronic diabetes reduces the growth of hair.
After a period of seven to eight months, hair follicles undergo a resting period and are gradually replaced with the growth of new hair. The replaced strands push the old hair to the surface of the scalp, and the hair falls out, this is known as telogen effluvium.

An autoimmune problem:
The other cause of hair loss due to diabetes is an autoimmune problem, which leads to one or more small bald patches developing on the scalp. This ailment is called alopecia areata.
Other additional autoimmune problems like a dysfunctional thyroid gland, the skin rash vitiligo, pernicious anemia, or Type 1 diabetes, often accompanies it.
Generally, Type 2 diabetes occurs when a hormonal imbalance causes polycystic ovary syndrome. Both the conditions are related to insulin resistance, which refers to the reduced ability of cells in the body to react to insulin.
Early detection and monitoring:
Diabetes often remains undetected because the symptoms at the early stage are not considered significant.
This is a major problem because early detection could slow down its harmful effects. Some of the symptoms of diabetes could be blurred vision, frequent urination, acute hunger, increased thirst, unusual weight loss, fatigue and unnecessary irritation.
Early detection of any of these symptoms, and early treatment could help in early recovery from both diabetes as well as excessive hair loss.
Careful monitoring of blood sugar levels provides relevant information that helps maintain control, which would consequently delay the development of various long-term complications.
Some of these long-term complications of diabetes could be the damage of blood vessels and nerves, loss of functioning of the kidneys, loss of sensation, heart disease and strokes.
Hair loss normally begins at the onset of diabetes and gradually becomes worse after the disease takes charge of the body.
It is very important to get the hair loss symptom diagnosed, to know the root cause of hair fall.
You need to seek a qualified doctor's advice, so that you can avoid further problems, and to desist from using hair lotions and conditioners, which will not help to solve the problem.By
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July 15, 2014

Can exercise get rid of cellulite?
If you are serious about losing the orange peel skin and cottage cheese thighs, then exercise should definitely be part of your plan to get rid of your cellulite. But before you are able to remove cellulite it is important to have a basic understanding of what cellulite is.
What is Cellulite?
The lumpiness and dimpling appearance of cellulite is caused by fat deposits that push and distort the connective tissues beneath the skin. Cellulite may appear whether you are fat or skinny since the main contributing factor is a genetic difference in how connective tissue and fatty tissue form. In order to get rid of cellulite you must lower your body fat percentage and tone the muscle to tighten skin.
What Exercises Get Rid of Cellulite?
So you want to know how to get rid of cellulite naturally? In order to reduce the appearance of cellulite your exercise routine should focus of burning fat and toning lean muscle. By doing this you are reducing your overall body fat percentage and building and toning your lean muscle acts to tighten and smooth the areas where cellulite appears.
The first mistake most women make is to think that they will just exercise their legs to get rid of cellulite on thighs. Our bodies just don't work this way. Targeting one specific area does not cause that area to burn fat any faster. Therefore, the best way to get rid of cellulite is to implement a full body workout.
Your workout should always begin with proper stretching. You will want to include some aerobic exercise in your routine such as walking, jogging, cycling, swimming or aerobic videos. Strength training should also be included in your routine and is arguably the most important. This can be any form of resistance training or weight lifting (don't worry we're not trying to become body builders here). You should work the muscle extra hard where the cellulite tends to accumulate.
Try developing a routine that suits you. 30 minutes a day 3 times a week is a good start. Try mixing up your routine and shifting exercises and days around for added effect. This keeps your body from adapting to the routine.
Faster Cellulite Removal
While exercise alone can help, I have found that the best cellulite treatment is a combination of things.
First off you should make sure to eat a healthy balanced diet. Some may claim there are foods that get rid of cellulite but the most important thing is to eat a balanced diet. Don't starve yourself as this will only put your body into fat storage mode, making your progress slower.
In addition to diet and exercise you can use topical anti cellulite creams, gels or lotions. These are formulated to supply nutrients and reduce fat cells below the skin surface to create firmer, smoother skin. I like to apply mine after I shower in the morning, after work-out and before bed.By
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July 14, 2014

Today I'm going to talk about the top colorectal cancer symptoms and a few herbs that can really reduce your chance of getting it. If you're not sure what colorectal cancer really is, have you ever heard of colon cancer? They really are the same thing. According to the Colon Cancer Alliance it is the second leading cause of death when it comes to cancer.
In your body you have something called the colon or large intestines. It's main job is to add the finishing touches to digestion. This includes absorbing any water, storing anything of value and eliminating the waste. In the colon there are cells that are constantly dying and being reborn. With a cancerous cell instead of it dying and being reborn like a normal cell, it starts to grow out of control.
The bad news is that oftentimes there really are no symptoms of this disease. Anytime there is a problem in the body one of the most common signs is going to be discomfort. So there might be pains in the stomach or pelvic region. Another sign of this disease could be changes to a person's stools. This could include constipation, diarrhea, bleeding in stools or they can look long and thin sort of like a brown pen. Another sign would be fatigue, losing weight and not being very hungry.
Have you ever heard the expression "kill the monster while it's small?" It definitely applies to cancer because the sooner you discover it; the easier it is to treat. This is why it's a good idea to get screenings so you can catch the disease early before big problems develop. A lot of health experts recommend getting a screening after the age of 50 every 3 to 10 years depending on the results.
Speaking of killing the monster while it's small, how about not getting the monster in the first place? It's not a bad idea right? The best way to prevent this problem is to try to be healthy. This includes things most people already know such as not being overweight, not using tobacco, not abusing alcohol and not eating a very unhealthy diet.
Another idea, which is often overlooked when it comes to cancer is a multivitamin. There are some vitamins such as vitamin D, folate and calcium that really lower the risk of this health problem. Sure you can get vitamins through food, but the truth is that our food isn't the same as it was hundreds of years ago thanks to chemicals.
There are also a few herbs that can really help such as garlic and onions. In one study by the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition they looked at men and women from 10 different countries. They found that higher intakes of both onion and garlic were connected to a reduced risk of intestinal cancer.
Another herb to consider is something called ginseng. There was a study in the BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine Journal. Researchers took mice and split them into 2 groups. Both groups ate a very high fat diet, but one group received 250 ppm of ginseng. The result was that ginseng significantly reduced inflammation of the colon as well as the growth of cancer tumors.
To sum everything up the top colorectal cancer symptoms are.
  • Pain in the stomach or pelvis area
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Bleeding in stools
  • Stools that are thin and long
  • Fatigue, weight loss and a loss of appetite
3 Herbal remedies that can help prevent colorectal cancer are.
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Ginseng 
Colorectal Cancer Symptoms - Signs of This Disease and 3 Herbs That Can Prevent It!
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Sleep Wrinkles - Preventing and Repairing Them

As we age, the appearance of sleep wrinkles, those facial lines that develop from sleeping with your face against a pillow, becomes much more prominent. This should come as no surprise if you consider how much of one's life is spent sleeping. If you are getting the recommended 8 hours of sleep per night, you sleep 1/3 of your life. Consequently, by age 60, you will have slept 20 years. It is obvious why sleeping on our face eventually leads to creases that become permanently etched in the surface of the skin. Sleep wrinkles are much easier to prevent than they are to repair. As a result, you should make every effort to keep from getting them in the first place.
The most effective and least costly method for preventing sleep wrinkles is to sleep on your back. People who sleep in this position simply do not develop these wrinkles. Chinese women recognized this fact ages ago, and always slept on their backs using concave porcelain pillows. If you are unaccustomed to sleeping in this position, you might try placing a pillow under you knees to decrease stress on the lower back and increase your comfort.
If you are unable to sleep on your back, using a pillow that minimizes facial wrinkling is another possibility. Sleep on a big, soft, non-synthetic pillow that you are able to fluff and squish. Those with natural fill, such as down and feathers, offer the most comfort, long-term performance, and adjustability. This type of pillow supports the head while providing softness, eliminating pressure points, and increasing facial circulation to reduce squashing and sleep wrinkles. There are also pillows available made specifically for preventing sleep wrinkles. They support the head while keeping the face and eye tissue away from the pillow.
Choosing the correct pillowcase on which to sleep can also deter the formation of sleep creases. If you awaken with these unsightly lines in the morning, your cotton pillowcase may be to blame. Instead of cotton, sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase that allows your face to slide across the pillow thereby minimizing skin wrinkling. Another option for not only preventing sleep lines, but also repairing those which you already have, is to use a copper technology pillowcase. It is imbedded with copper micro fibers which serve to repair your skin as you sleep. Copper has been proven to stimulate collagen production thereby helping reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Unfortunately, if you already have sleep wrinkles, they may be difficult to alleviate. As we age, our skin loses its elasticity. When the skin becomes creased while sleeping, it no longer readily snaps back when the head is not resting on the pillow, as it did when we were younger. Since these wrinkles are not the result of muscle contractions, such as worry lines or crow's feet, products with Botox-like benefits are ineffective. In order to correct them, new collagen needs to form under the wrinkles to push up the skin from below. There are many skin care products on the market that contain various peptides that promote the formation of collagen. If topical formulations are ineffective, you might want to consult your dermatologist about a wrinkle filler such as Restylane.
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July 13, 2014

Natural Remedies for Carpel Tunnel Syndrome

Back in the days before computers carpel tunnel syndrome only seemed to happen to dairy farmers and needle-workers. Now with many of us mousing and keyboarding this disorder of the nerve of the wrist seems to affect thousands.
Carpel tunnels syndrome involves the median nerve which passes between the bones and the ligaments of the wrists through what is called the carpel tunnel. When it is strained or repeatedly compressed it reacts with an inflammatory reaction and swells.
Typical symptoms of carpel tunnel syndrome include:
o tingling feeling in the fingers,
o weakness,
o pain upon gripping,
o shooting pains that go into the fingers or up into the forearm,
o a sensation of tingling when the wrist is tapped or
o increased pain at night, especially if the wrists are bent.
The disorder can occur in one or both hands.
The condition is associated with repetitive strain but more importantly nutritional imbalances of calcium, magnesium or silica and this is often accompanied by a vitamin B6 deficiency. The condition is closely related to rheumatic and arthritic problems and needs to be treated in a similar manner.
What you can do to treat carpel tunnel syndrome
In the acute stages and at the onset of the condition it is necessary to rest the wrists and hands - this may mean no more typing for a while!
o Diet: the basis of the problem is often a diet that is lacking in sufficient fresh fruit and vegetable and contains too many refined carbohydrates and sugary and salty foods. This means that there needs to be the adoption of a healthy diet. Vegetables, particularly the green and root vegetables, should be eaten in abundance. This should include: cabbage, celery and turnip. The condition is also associated with food allergies and any food allergies need to be determined and eliminated.
o Nutritional supplements: the use of a quality, non-contaminated vitamin and mineral supplement  that provides all the needed nutrients in a balance so that they can be absorbed and utilized is highly beneficial. In particular vitamin B 6 seems to assist the maintenance of suppleness in joints. Omega 3/DHA fish oil is beneficial in maintaining nerves and the flexibility of joints - it should also be taken.
o Detoxification: there needs to be a cleansing of accumulated toxins from the body. Cleansing the colon, liver and kidneys assist in removing toxins from the body. The cleansing will enable the removal of toxins that have accumulated in the wrist area. This will eliminate the tissue irritation and facilitate joint and nerve healing.
o Herbs that have been considered useful are turmeric, ginkgo biloba and boswellia.
o Exercise: while you are working on computers (or any other repetitive operations), make sure that you take frequent breaks and stretch your wrists and neck when you do. One exercise that you can do is to rest your forearm on the desk or table. With the other hand take the resting hand's fingertips. Pull back gently for 3 - 5 seconds. Repeat with the other hand.
The following juice will assist in keeping your joints flexible and pain free.
o 16 ounces pineapple juice
o 4 ounces grapefruit juice
o 4 ounces celery juice
o 1-2 teaspoons turmeric
o 1-2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
o 1-2 pinches ground cardamon seeds
o ground black pepper or cayenne pepper (optional)
In a blender mix the pineapple, grapefruit and celery juice. Add the turmeric, ginger and ground cardamon and pepper of using and blend until well mixed and smooth.
The following herbal tea will provide pain relief - if this is needed.
o 2 teaspoons cloves
o 2 teaspoons turmeric
o 1 teaspoon coriander
o 1 teaspoon cinnamon
o small amount fresh ginger
o pinch basil
o 1 quart water
o lemon (to flavor)
Place the herbs in a suitable sized saucepan and add the water. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain out the herbs. Add the lemon to taste if desired. Drink a cup at the time that it is needed. Refrigerate the left over so that it can be used later.
In order to effectively deal with the problem of carpel tunnel syndrome it is necessary to fix the underlying problems - toxic build up (because of an unhealthy diet and possible food allergies) and nutritional deficiencies. This means changing the diet, cleansing the colon, liver and kidneys and taking nutritional supplements to provide the nutrients needed. Herbal remedies are able to assist in the cleansing process and provide immediate relief form the pain associated with the problem.
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is defined by overwhelming fatigue, not relieved by rest, and at least four of the following symptoms for at least six months:
  • Impaired short-term memory of concentration, which significantly affects normal activities
  • Sore throat
  • Tender lymph nodes in the neck or underarms
  • Muscle pain or pain in multiple joints with no joint swelling or redness
  • New onset of headache
  • A good night sleep
  • General malaise following physical exertion that lasts more than 24 hours
The Centers for Disease Control officially recognized this condition in 1988. Chronic fatigue syndrome is more common in women than men, and the majority of patients are in their thirties.
What Is The Cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
The cause of chronic fatigue syndrome is unknown and there are no specific lab tests to diagnose this condition. Some holistic practitioners believe that the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome is infectious. Others believe that multiple factors promote the development of chronic fatigue, including:
  1. Nutritional deficiency
  2. Toxicity from environment, food, and drugs
  3. Stress
  4. Hormone imbalance, especially thyroid and adrenal
  5. Lowered immune function
  6. Bacterial, viral, or fungal infections
Many people with chronic fatigue syndrome have had a history of exhausted adrenal glands and produce low amounts of cortisol and other adrenal hormones. Some holistic experts also find a high incidence of Candida yeast infection, leaky gut syndrome, food and environmental sensitivities and liver toxicity.
Chronic fatigue is a diagnosis of exclusion, meaning that it is only considered after other medical conditions have been ruled out.
Chronic fatigue syndrome can sometimes be confused with the following conditions that also result in fatigue. These include:
  • Anemia
  • Allergies
  • Candidiasis
  • Adrenal Insufficiency
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Infections
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Hepatitis B And C
  • Orthostatic Hypotension
  • Sle
  • Narcolepsy
  • Cancer
  • Severe Obesity
  • Cushing Syndrome
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Substance Abuse
  • Generalized Anxiety
  • Dementia
  • Schizophrenia
  • Depression
Successful holistic treatments for chronic fatigue
Holistic Testing
In order to help determine the underlying factors contributing to CFS, a number of tests are often conducted, including darkfield blood microscopy, electrodermal screening, stool analysis, unrinalysis, blood test, hair analysis, liver detoxification profile, adrenal stress test, nutritional analysis, antioxidant profile.
Lifestyle and Environmental
Develop health sleep habits. Try to get to establish a regular bedtime. Gentle restorative exercise such as tai chi, swimming, yoga, and walking is important, even though many people may not feel like it. Research has shown that two-thirds of people with chronic fatigue syndrome benefit from exercise, although it is critical not to overdo it.
Diet
Detox and cleansing diet for one to three weeks. Avoid all foods and chemicals that may be worsening symptoms. Wheat, dairy, corn, gluten-containing products (rye, oats, etc), sugar, and fermented foods are some of the most common food sensitivities. After the cleansing diet, the excluded foods are often re-introduced into the diet systematically to identify any aggravating foods. For CFS patients with Candidiasis, all Types: of sugar, including milk products and fruit, should be avoided. Caffeine, alcohol, and refined carbohydrates such as white flour and white rice should be avoided.
Ayurvedic Medicine
A typical Ayurvedic approach may be to improve digestion, eliminate toxins. Use a detox and cleansing program to purge toxins. Ayurvedic herbs include ashwagandha, amla, bala, triphala, and lomatium, which are combined according to the patient's dosha, or constitutional type. The vata dosha is susceptible to chronic fatigue.
Supplements & Vitamins
Probiotics
Beneficial bacteria can greatly improve digestion and reestablish a healthy microbial balance in the intestines. A typical dose is one to two capsules two to three times per day, taken on an empty stomach.
Digestive enzymes
Pancreatic or vegetable-derived enzymes can supply your body with additional enzymes to digest fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. Products differ greatly - some contain lactase to digest milk, others contain hydrochloric acid to assist the stomach, and still others contain ox bile to help with the emulsification and digestion of fats. A typical dosage is one to two capsules with meals.
Vitamin C
Vitamin C helps with the immune system, is required for healthy adrenal gland function, and helps liver detoxification pathways.
Magnesium
Magnesium is involved in more than three hundred enzyme reactions in the body. It is found in green leafy vegetables and whole grains. Magnesium is essential for energy production, muscle function, nerve conduction, and bone health. People with chronic fatigue syndrome often have a deficiency in magnesium. Some people find that is improves energy, emotional states, and decreases pain.
Coenzyme Q10
Coenzyme Q10 is necessary for energy production and cell function. It also helps with the repair and maintenance of tissues. A typical dose is 60 to 100 milligrams daily.
NADH (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide)
NADH is a naturally occurring chemical that plays a significant role in cellular energy production. In supplement form, NADH has been used to improve energy in athletes and in individuals with chronic fatigue. In one preliminary study, 26 people were given 10 mg of NADH for a four-week period. Some showed some improvement in symptoms during NADH treatment compared to placebo.
Carnitine
Carnitine is used by the body to convert fatty acids into energy. Some studies have found decreased carnitine levels in people with CFS. However, more research is needed in this area.
Adrenal Support
People with chronic fatigue syndrome often have adrenal fatigue or weakness. Supplements that tonify the adrenal glands are:
  • Licorice herbal supplement: DGL is a form of licorice that will not affect aldosterone levels in the body, used for people with high blood pressure
  • Siberian ginseng
  • Adrenal glandular supplements
  • Vitamin C
  • Pantothenic acid (B5)
Primitive and ancient civilizations relied on herbs for healing, as do many contemporary cultures throughout the world. In fact, the World Health Organization has estimated that 80% of the world's population continues to use traditional therapies, major parts of which derived from plants.
Remember, if you are taking other medications, refrain from taking herbal supplements without first checking with your doctor. Herbal supplements and over-the-counter medications or prescription drugs can combine to cause adverse side effects. Just because an herbal supplement is extracted from, a "natural" source does not render it any less potent than any other chemicals you may ingest.
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July 11, 2014

Remedies for Dry and Peeling Skin

Dry, cracked, peeling, bleeding skin can be extremely painful. Every time you put your dry skin into water it can be an excruciating experience. Clothing chafes, cold air stings, sweat burns; it is just a miserable experience to have raw and peeling skin. In addition to this, cracked and peeling skin is very difficult to cure.
The number one cause of dry and peeling skin is sun damage. Other causes can include environmental factors such as extreme weather, harsh working conditions, and cold air. Your dry skin may even be caused by a medical condition such as hypothyroidism, diabetes, Hodgkin's disease, and numerous types of skin conditions including eczema and psoriasis.
For the purpose of this article, we will assume that any underlying health conditions are being treated as part of the healing process. If you have not sought medical condition for a particularly troublesome dry skin issue, do so. Your skin condition could be caused by an underlying disease or disorder that needs medical treatment.
Remedies for Sunburned Dry Skin
The number one cause of aging and dry skin is the sun. Despite this grim fact, millions of people fail to protect their skin and suffer sunburn year after year. Sunburn not only causes dry and peeling skin, it also causes wrinkles, sun spots, and skin discolorations. This is why it is so important to protect your skin from the sun each an every time you go outdoors. If you forgot and are now fighting sunburn, here are some remedies for your plight:
* Cold compresses - At the first sign of discomfort, begin applying cold compresses to your burnt and dry skin. Apply cold therapy for 15 minute intervals taking 15 minute breaks in between.
* Vinegar - vinegar is a good home remedy for sunburns. Many people who use it claim that it takes the sting out of the burn.
* Cool shower - Be sure to take plenty of cool showers. Use an exfoliating sponge to remove dead skin cells. This will help prevent the appearance of peeling.
* Aloe Vera - Aloe Vera is great for healing sunburns. Apply Aloe Vera to clean dry skin frequently until all evidence of the burn is gone.
Remedies for Dry Skin Conditions
Many cases of dry cracked skin are caused by skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis. In severe cases, these skin disorders require prescription medications, but there are some things that you can do to soothe your irritated skin:
* Avoid excess sweat - Excess sweat can irritate these skin disorders and make dry skin more prevalent. Strive to stay cool on hot days. If you are active, take plenty of showers to remove sweat from your skin.
* Wear light clothing - Wearing cool clothing made with light materials can help reduce eczema flare ups and the dry skin associated with them. You should also avoid wearing scratchy materials such as wool. The more you scratch your skin, the more irritated and cracked it will get.
Intense Treatments for Dry Skin
In especially tough cases of peeling and cracked skin, it may be necessary for you to apply several intense treatments to the affected area throughout the day. These treatments include emollients and salves that are specifically formulated to sooth and heal cracked and peeling skin. Here are a few more ideas to sooth your dry skin:
* Paraffin wax - Heated paraffin wax can do wonders for cracked dry skin on your hands and feet. The heat associated with the treatment is also ideal for people who suffer from arthritis and joint pain.
* Silicone creams - If your dry skin is caused from frequent hand washing or harsh work conditions, a cream that contains silicone might be your best bet. The silicone is water resistant and forms a barrier between your skin and the elements.
The key to curing cracked, dry skin is consistency. Be sure to use all treatments regularly and do all you can do to avoid conditions that will make your skin worse. Never tug and pull on loose skin as this can cause more irritation and damage to deeper skin tissues. Instead, allow your skin to peel naturally or use an exfoliating sponge.
Never apply scented lotions to the affected areas as these can cause burning and stinging. You should also keep all cracked skin clean to avoid infection. If you suspect that an infection has set in or your condition gets worse, see a doctor immediately. You may need a prescription to heal your dry peeling skin.
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