Some Common Healthy Activities to Slow Aging

Researchers in the field of gerontology support the positive effect of the following life activities on our health and aging.

  1. Since a high stress environment is dangerous to health and longevity, the practice of mental approaches to reduce stress are the cost effective and safe way to control stress, and have been proven effective for centuries.
  1. An active life—having a reason for living—can prolong life. We know that people who are young have eager, inquisitive minds. They are curious, always seeking and evaluating answers. They are willing to try something new–a new approach to a job, a new kind of music, a new response to a recurring situation.
  1. I leave out the sex hormone testosterone and aging that may be inappropriate for some…
  1. Good marriage and social life can prolong life. For example, married couples live longer than single people with an otherwise similar social life. These effects may be due in part to reduced stress as compared to lonely people.
  1. Mental exercises such as reading and crossword puzzles, and physical aerobic exercises for about 15 minutes, three times a week can go a long way towards preserving the body and mind. However, exertion can actually shorten lifespan. So the message is to do but don’t overdo.

    Note: Between 1930-1960 the medical profession regarded vigorous exercise as a form of stress that would wear out the body. We know now that in contrast to machines which wear out with use, human organs and tissues develop an adaptive increase in function with use that runs counter to the changes which occur in aging.

  1. Seven guidelines, some of which are familiar to us, have been suggested by various health experts to prolong life. These include no smoking, moderate weight, moderate drinking, physical activity, eating breakfast, regular meals, and sleeping seven or eight hours–but not less than six or more than nine.

In the overall conclusion, safe habits to prolong life include proper nutrition, a diet rich in fiber, and low in animal fat, sugar and refined foods. Certain aging theories suggest a possible role of vitamin E and C and foods rich in nucleic acids as another nutritional aspect of long and healthy living. However, some of the ideas of the eastern world such as yogic breathing for vigor and vitality, postures to keep youthful body flexibility, and the effect of mind on our health and performance, are very important for healthy and youthful living. These ideas of the eastern world that are based on centuries of experience, are certainly safe and effective as compared to the modern aging theories which are still in the exploration stage.

Courtesy: Forever Young: How To Fight The Aging Process



Source by Dr S. S. Dhillon

Go Natural – Face, Hair, Hand, And Nail Care

We all love to have perfect clear skin tones and lustrous hair… And this does not seem to be difficult if we understand what our body demands everyday – a few moments of care and of course nutritious diet. You will be surprised to know that everything you need is already stack in your kitchen. Follow this beauty regime to get the more beautiful you – THE MORE CONFIDENT YOU.

FACE CARE

If you have oily skin – A mixture of curd and gram flour to form a thick paste turns out very handy in this case. Just apply the consistency on your face and leave it to dry for a few minutes.

If you have dry skin – Instead of using curd all you do is switch to full-cream milk. Apply a mixture of the milk and gram flour onto your skin and leave to dry.

Dark Circles around the Eyes – the only remedy for the dark circle under the eyes is a whole lot of sleep, the right diet and regular exercise.

To lighten dark circles under your eyes, wrap a grated raw potato in cheesecloth and apply to eyelids for 15-20 minutes. Wipe off the residue and apply an eye cream.

You can put cucumber slice on closed eyes for relaxation.

Peach-and-Honey Mask – This revitalizing peach and honey mask is almost good enough to eat. However, what you’ll really love about it is how it leaves your skin feeling soft and supple.

Ingredients: 1 large peach-skinned, 3 teaspoons honey, 2 tablespoons yoghurt

Directions: Mash the peach and honey together, add 2 tablespoons yoghurt until you have a workable paste. Pat evenly over your face and neck and around the eyes. Lie back and relax for about 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water, pat dries and then tone and moisturize as you normally would.

Cool-Cucumber Deep Cleansing Facial Mask

Cucumber and mint are natural refreshers; oats and bran exfoliate; buttermilk, yoghurt, and cream cleanse and soften; lemon juice tones and refreshes.

Ingredients: 1 cup oats, 2 tablespoons buttermilk, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 tablespoon plain yoghurt, 1 teaspoon fresh mint leaves, ½ medium cucumber, cut into small pieces.

Directions: Place oats in a blender; grind to a fine powder. Add remaining ingredients. Mix until consistency is smooth. Apply to just-cleansed face and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

HAIR CARE

Bouncy and soft hair is in, as usual and there isn’t any better way to get them than with your favourite beverage beer! Beer is a popular and safe way to deep conditioning for hair. The right way to use it would be to put it on your hair after shampooing as a rinse. It works wonders as it leaves your hair soft and shiny.

Yoghurt & Egg Treatment

Yoghurt cleans and softens; egg yolk adds shine; honey moisturizes and smooths.

Ingredients: ½ cup plain yoghurt, 1 egg yolk, 1 tablespoon honey.

Directions: Shampoo your hair, towel-dry. Mix ingredients together and rub into hair and cover with a shower cap. Leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse, then shampoo thoroughly.

HAND AND NAIL CARE

Nail polish, if applied once too often is harmful and can leave your nails brittle and discoloured.

Brittle Nails: Rubbing almond oil or olive oil on your nails every night before retiring to bed is a bonus as it keeps your nails from chipping and breaking.

Discoloured Nails: Limejuice, if applied to your nails, helps the yellow discolouring disappear and leaves your nails white and naturally pink!

Effective Hand Exfoliant: Say goodbye to dry cracked hands the next winter. This easy-to-make Exfoliant will slough off all those dead skin cells. In addition, it cleanses and moisturises; leaving hands soft and smooth.

Ingredients: 1 ounce ground almonds, 1 teaspoon clear honey, 2 teaspoons walnut or almond oil, 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Directions: Mix all ingredients together into a thick paste. Rub a heaping teaspoon all over the hands for two to three minutes and rinse off.



Source by Andy Gibson

Drone Use In The Marine and Yachting Environment

Introduction:

Modern Drones are incredible machines that are capable of doing amazing things in the marine and yachting environment. They can be used to spot schools of fish, locate a mooring or open area in a marina to drop anchor, locate an assigned slip, preview an unspoiled beach or island, locate items or persons that dropped overboard, capture great video and still photos of the boat either at anchor or underway, or even drop safety or other equipment to remote locations.

However, Drones need to he handled differently when used in the terrestrial or land use environments, in addition to specific models that are better suited for the marina and yachting environments.

1: Types and Models of Drones

There are a number of issues that should be considered when selecting a Drone for this environment: DJI and Yuneec make a number of Drones capable of use in this environment. The Splash Drone is waterproof and makes a great Drone for this environment. GoPro and DJI have just introduced small new models that “fold” and fit in small backpacks and are capable of flying for 20+ minutes in 20+ knots of wind!

A: Size – consider how and where you will store your Drone aboard your yacht – on a bunk, in a storage locker, in the cockpit. The Drone should be stored in a safe location where guests and crew will not drop items on the Drone or knock or kick the Drone.

B: Flight Time – consider flight time and battery capability. Small Drones may have less then 10 minutes flight time while bigger Drones fly up to 25 minutes. For casual videos, 10 minutes flight time may be enough, however if you plan to use the Drone to locate schools of fish or remote moorings, then consider purchasing a Drone with longer flight times.

C: Camera- Many Drones come equipped with their own camera, while others are able to make use of external cameras like a Gopro or DSLR. Included cameras range from low resolution with images stored on a memory card while others are capable of 4K resolution (broadcast quality) and relaying live images via WIFI to a smart phone, tablet, or controller LCD screens. External cameras generally offer the owner more options and higher resolutions, but may not be fully integrated with the included controller system.

An example is the Yuneec Typhoon G set up to use the GoPro Hero3 or 4 4K cameras. This is a great set up capable of unusually stable video in most windy conditions. However, while the operator can see what the camera sees on the Typhoon controller LCD screen, the controller is not able to control any of the features of the GoPro camera- and the operator needs to activate the video record button on the GoPro prior to taking off and then can only shut off video recording after the Drone is retrieved. Integrated cameras usually can be controlled from the controller.

D: Ability to handle windy conditions – This is a significant issue that operators need to keep in mind when purchasing a Drone. Many of the small and older Drones, like an older Parrot AR Drone or a newer SYMA X5SW Drone lack many features and do not have the capability to stabilize flight when faced with more then 5-10 knots of wind. Additionally, these Drones do not have stabilized gimbled camera mounts to smooth out the wobble and gyrations in windy conditions. Larger Drones and Drones with better electronic systems and gimbled camera mounts aboard have better high wind video capabilities.

E: Retrievable – many small Drones do not have “home” capability and are difficult to land in any condition. Most new Drones have a highly developed “home” capability and are able to land back to their starting location automatically.

Most, if not all Drones today, utilize GPS. Other Drones use a hand-held or wrist mounted device so the Drone can “home in” on the controller or other device location. Newer Drones incorporate a combination of Optical Recognition and the GPS location of the controller. The latest DJI Drone has a down-looking camera that takes thousands of photos as it takes off and then compares the photos to the landing location. In my opinion, this is fantastic technology if you are using the Drone from a moving yacht or boat!

Another feature that newer Drones incorporate is object collision technology that allows the Drone to “see” and avoid ships sides, radar arches, and other structures that may interfere with the flight or landing.

2. Safe Use of a Drone aboard – A Drone is a robot that uses high powered motors to turn propellers – propellers that are capable of significant harm in the event that the Drone makes contact with the operator or guests aboard. Operators must be aware of who is near the Drone, both taking off and landing. Additionally, operators must avoid hitting radar arches, outriggers, flags, fly bridges and other yacht and ship structures. Operators must be sure to plan how they will use the Drone – from the bow, from the stern, from an open bridge or bridge top.

3. Safe Storage of A Drone Aboard – I highly recommend that a padded soft or hard case be used to transport and store a Drone aboard a yacht, boat or ship. Bringing a Drone aboard a yacht, boat or ship without storage protection is asking for damage to happen.

4. Maintenance of Your Drone While Aboard – Be sure to include a small tool kit with tools for use on a Drone: small pliers and screw drivers, small Allen wench set, spare screws, small wrench set, nuts and propeller locks, propeller removal tool, small pocket knife, zip ties, tape, terminal cleaning spray, silicon spray to protect your Drone from salt water and salt air, etc. A large fresh water spray bottle will be needed to wash off salt water in the event your Drone goes swimming!

Be sure to add spare propellers – lots of them – spare landing feet, spare CHARGED batteries, 12V AND 110V battery, battery connect cables, spare controller batteries and/or controller charger and spare propeller guards.

5. Drone Limits While Piloting a Drone Over Water – The operator MUST be aware of their battery use and flying time of their Drone. Most controllers show the battery charge level of the Drone. At 50% level, I highly recommend that the operator initiate the return process for retrieving the Drone or the Drone may go for a swim! Additionally, the operator should attach a stopwatch to the controller so that the operator is aware of the flight time.

Keep in mind, that while launching the Drone is relatively quick and easy, landing and retrieving the Drone can be very challenging and consume all of the remaining battery capacity.

6. Drone Batteries – most, if not all batteries used for Drones and their controllers are LIPO batteries and are subject to generating a great deal of heat and require very specific charging and storage techniques. LIPO batteries should be transported in special foil packages and definitely not in the Drone. Special chargers are required to charge LIPO batteries. Additionally, it may take up to 2 hours to recharge depleted batteries so the Drone operator should be sure primary and spare batteries are charged when the operator and Drone arrive aboard. The Operator should allow enough time to recharge the batteries after use. Operators should consider purchasing a multi-battery charger.

7. Use of Smart phones and tablets – Operators should practice how to link up the drone to their Smartphone and /or tablets of the Drones controller. Onboard a moving vessel is not the time to get acquainted with how the operators Drone works. It is especially important if the operator is using a GoPro camera since the operator will need to learn the WiFi “pairing” procedure so that the Drone, Controller and GoPro camera communicate.

A Screen Hood is a must have accessory for operating a Drone in bright sunlight! Operators should know how to attach the hood to the device and how to use the touch pad with the hood in place.

Operators should consider adding a lanyard attached to the controller – prevents losing the controller overboard and allows the operator to use both hands to work with the Drone during landing.

8. Use of Propeller Protector Guards – I highly recommend operators make use of propeller guards on their Drone. They are available from most manufacturers or from 3rd party vendors. Most simply snap in place, like the guards for the Yuneec Typhoon G, while others, like the propeller guards for the SYMA series, require very small Phillips head screws and screwdriver for attachment.

Not only will the guards prevent the Drone’s propellers from harming guests and crew, but they also aid in avoiding the Drone becoming tangled in sailboat standing and running rigging, fishing boat outriggers, radar arches, radio antennas and domes, navigation lights, and safety rails! Propeller guards are a MUST HAVE accessory!

9. Drone recover Strategies for Windy Conditions – Drones are difficult, if not impossible to safely land in windy conditions. In most cases, the operator either hits the “home” button and hopes for the best. Another technique is to line up the Drone overhead and “drop the Drone out of the sky” hoping it will land on the deck or cockpit.

An alternative technique is for the operator to “hover” the Drone within the operators reach and then the operator simply grab the landing gear and bring the Drone down. The operator should be sure to wear gloves as the operator could easily get a finger cut from the propellers.

Another technique is to attach a thin weighted line to the Drone so that when the Drone is close, the operator simply grabs the line and “pull down” the Drone.

New Drones include Optical Recognition cameras and software that should have the capability of landing the Drone in very windy conditions and onto a moving yacht or ship.

Keep in mind that in windy conditions or if you are operating on a moving yacht or even a passenger cruise ship, you may need to fly the Drone out in front of the yacht or ship and then let the Drone “drift” back into landing position while slowly bringing the Drone down to the deck. I witnessed a Drone operator attempting to land his Drone on a cruise ship that was moving at 20+ knots. Instead of employing the above technique, the operator panicked because his Drone battery was running low (!!) and attempted to land the Drone by moving the Drone mid-ship and then flying the Drone sideways to land on the upper deck. The operator had absolutely no control trying to run sidewise in 20+ knots of wind and totally destroyed his $4,000 drone when is crashed into the steel upper structure of the cruise ship!

Conclusion: Drones are magnificent tools for yachting or marine use, however, operators must be aware of their limits, set up procedures, safety, have the required tools and spare parts aboard to fully enjoy and make us of Drones incredible capabilities.



Source by Randall Burg

Non Surgical Body Contouring, Which Method Works Best?

Non surgical liposuction alternatives are big business. Perhaps you have undergone one of these treatments or you are thinking about it. There is a lot of hype around so it is important to know what each treatment can achieve before you take the plunge and pay out a not inconsiderable sum of money for a treatment.

There are several methods of body contouring. Most work on the idea of spot removing subcutaneous fat cells (fat just under the skin as opposed to inside the body). One method, the Contours Body Wrap however works by stimulating the muscles to give a temporary tightening effect and using mineral clays applied to the body to supposedly leach out toxins from troublesome cellulite areas. (Cellulite according to some people has a dimpled appearance because of the toxins it contains). The treatment does indeed provide inch loss which can last around 30 days. In fact it guarantees inch loss or your money back. Beware however the company claim that you will lose six inches and this is a point that many treatment practitioners are guilty of; because measurements given are cumulative. In other words the practitioner will measure you over several different areas and add them all up! Treatment involves electrodes being applied to the skin for muscle stimulation and also the application of a clay body treatment. it can be a bit messy! Typically of 1 or 2 cm loss can be measured immediately after treatment for single measurement.

Of the spot fat reduction techniques there are three contenders. Laser Lipolysis, Ultrasonic Cavitation and Cryo Lipolysis or ‘Coolsculpting’ as it is sometimes called. (Coolsculpting is actually a trade mark of Zeltiq but it described very well what the procedure does).

Laser Lipolysis or Laser Lipo for short has been a popular salon treatment for a while now. The treatment works by using a particular frequency of laser light which penetrates about 6 cm down into the subcutaneous fatty layer and causes the fat cells to release their stored content thus deflating them and therefore causing inch loss.

How it actually works is a bit more involved. Each fat cell contains a mixture of fat, sugar and water, this mixture is called triglycerides. In each cell there are basic structures called mitochondria which are the cell’s powerhouse. When the body exercises and has run out of available fuel derived from food the mitochondria in the fat cells signal the cells to start releasing their fatty content for the body to use as fuel. Changes then occur in the cell membrane; it becomes more permeable and this allows the fat to be released. This fat is taken up by the lymphatic system and transported to where it is needed.The frequency of laser light used in Laser Lipo mimics this signal and it triggers the mitochondria to release the fat from the cells.This fat is then taken up by the lymphatic system and slowly used by the body as fuel.

The desired area is treated by applying paddles that are embedded with cold laser diodes, the light from which penetrates the skin down into the subcutaneous fatty layer causing the fat cells to release their contents. With Laser Lipo it is important to exercise after treatment to ensure the fat is burned off as the fat cells may re-absorb it. You will need eight to ten sessions to achieve good results. Session prices are typically as we speak around the £40 to £60 mark for a single treatment on a single area. You would have no more than two areas treated at a time. Treatments can be done twice a week. It can be used on any area of the body except breasts. Vigorous exercise is required post treatment for up to an hour to minimise the risk of the fat cells refilling. Small results, typically of 1 or 2 cm loss can be measured immediately after treatment.

Ultrasonic Cavitation is a completely different treatment from laser lipolysis. As the name suggests it uses ultrasound. Cavitation is the term given to the spontaneous formation, expansion and contraction of tiny micro bubbles within liquid. Cavitation is in fact a phenomenon that in most cases we look to avoid because it is destructive. The phenomenon is known in engineering where it can cause serious structural damage to moving parts such as ship propellers. However, in a medical setting where it is applied in a very controlled way it can be used to selectively destroy fatty tissue. What makes this treatment very different from Laser Lipolysis is the fact that is doesn’t just empty fat cells, it destroys them meaning those cells can not simply refill with fat. The body will have to make new fat cells and as long as your weight is stable this is something it doesn’t want to do. New fat cells are only produced by the body when old fat cells have reached a certain capacity. The area is treated by massaging it with an ultrasound transducer. The ultrasound waves penetrate the selected areas and cause the fat cells to be destroyed.

You will need around five to eight treatments to achieve good results. Treatment prices are around the £80 to £100 mark per treatment per area but you have to bear in mind that this may offer you a more permanent fat loss treatment than laser lipolysis. You would have no more than two areas treated at any one time. One treatment every week to ten days to allow the body to properly dispose of the fatty tissue as metabolic waste. It can be used on any area of the body except breasts. No post treatment exercise is required. Small results, typically of 1 or 2 cm loss can be measured immediately after treatment with further reductions for up to a week as the body breaks the cells down.

Cryo Lipolysis again this works differently from Laser Lipolysis or Ultrasound Cavitation but like Cavitation it results in the fat cells being destroyed rather than just emptied. Cryo Lipolysis uses extreme cold to selectively kill fat cells. The method was developed by Harvard University after scientists there were looking at old data from the 1960’s which referred to studies done into a condition called Popsicle Panniculitis. Popsicle Panniculitis developed in children who ate lots of ice-pops. They lost some of the fat in their cheeks and the link was made between cold and fat cell death. This phenomenon has been refined and honed into one of the most innovative treatments in recent years. The area is treated by sucking the fatty tissue into an applicator where it is chilled down to a point that causes the fat cells to be killed but doesn’t harm the skin or other tissues. The treatment can reduce fat cells by up to 25% in a single treatment session. However, the down side is that it can only be used on loose fat that it can suck into the applicator. So a flabby tummy is an ideal treatment zone while firmer fat on the thighs for example is not.

You will need a single treatment per area and you could have up to six areas treated at any one time. Prices are around £600 to £1000 per area. Only suitable for softer fatty tissue such as stomach, flanks (love handles) tops of arms and possibly inner thighs or inner knee areas. No post treatment exercise is required. results take about eight weeks to develop but are well worth the wait.

Radio Frequency. Although not specifically a fat reduction treatment it deserves a mention here because it can treat and improve the appearance of cellulite. It does act on the fatty layer and reduce it but not significantly enough to be used alone as an inch loss method. However, because it works so superficially it is ideal for treating cellulite. Cellulite is the firm but dimpled fatty areas typically found on the thighs and buttocks of women. Radio Frequency waves penetrate into this layer and cause micro trauma to the connective tissues (collagen) embedded within the fatty tissues causing new collagen production. This new collagen replaces the old damaged collagen structures giving a much more even look to the area. Radio Frequency will also act to a small degree on the fat cells causing them to release their contents thus helping soften and smooth the area. Radio frequency will also help tighten post weight loss loose skin. No post exercise treatment is required. Results, not inch loss but smoother outline as cellulite is reduced.

So which method is best for body contouring? Well it very much depends upon what you are trying to achieve. If you just want a temporary fix to look good for a special occasion a contour body wrap works well.

If you are a very active person who just wants a minor adjustment to your waist circumference, laser Lipolysis will work well.Your activity levels should keep the fat cells from refilling and the treatment is now quite inexpensive compared to the other methods.

For general reduction in size of an area, e.g. waist circumference, thigh circumference etc then ultrasonic cavitation is a good choice especially if you are not keen on exercise!.

For targeting fatty pockets such as that tummy bulge then cryo lipolysis works better than any other non surgical treatment available today giving significant fat reduction in one treatment. Though it’s not cheep, the cumulative costs of the other treatments can add up to as much as a cryo treatment and remember you only need one treatment to get the results you want.

Radio Frequency is great for targeting cellulite ridden areas and also post weight loss loose skin.



Source by Catherine M Blackburn

Rehabilitation Using Acupuncture: Post-Surgical and Pre-Surgical

A major surgery can be debilitating and keep you from doing the things you want and need to do for a long time. Using acupuncture as part of your pre-surgery preparations and post-surgical recovery can shorten your rehabilitation time. Joint reconstruction, spinal surgery, oncological, liposuction, gastrointestinal and cosmetic are just a short list of the kinds of surgery that would benefit from pre- and post-surgical acupuncture treatments. Depending on how minor or major your surgery is, these treatments will take weeks to months off your rehabilitation time and get you back to living life fully again.

Before any patient goes in for any kind of surgery, it’s important that their immune system is strong. Pre-surgical acupuncture treatments are a great tool to help patients give their immune system a boost. While all acupuncture treatments seem to help boost the immune system, using specific points, such as ST36, LI4, Ren12, UB13, UB17 and Du14 are all particularly effective in boosting the immune system or, in terms of Traditional Oriental Medicine (TCM), tonifying Qi and Blood. A better functioning immune system will benefit you through the surgery and accelerate your recovery time.

After a surgery, varying factors can determine the speed of a patients recovery. Their initial health, the extent of the injury, amount of trauma incurred from the surgery and types of therapies used in the rehabilitation process can make a huge difference in how the patient recovers. It’s possible to start acupuncture treatments the same day or day after the surgery. Well before a patient can start physical therapy, acupuncture treatments can expedite the recovery process. Practitioners are able to use distal points, around bandage or casted areas, helping to promote circulation, drain lymph, reduce swelling, increase immune system and control/lower pain-levels. These treatments performed early in the recovery process can make it easier, if and when a patient starts physical therapy, by supporting blood flow to the ligaments and tendons, reducing stiffness and maintaining the maximum range of motion of the joints.

Treatments can be continued through all four phases of the rehabilitation process. Patients reported recovery times anywhere from weeks to two months faster than standard rehabilitation times (depending on the surgery). If it’s important for you to get back to work sooner, back in competition faster or back to living a normal life, pain-free and without annoying physical limitations, as quickly as possible, then acupuncture should definitely be a part of your pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation plan. For more information on acupuncture and recovering from surgery, please visit our website.



Source by Bret Ellington

Is Anti-Aging Actually Possible?

If you believe the news reports then we are only a moment away from an anti- aging pill.

Sadly there are a few problems with these reports.

1. They are wrong. Most news agencies will run a story on a mere sniff of a story, and most medical news is years away from reality.

2. Aging isn’t seen as a disease and so doesn’t attract the interest of governments and funding. A proper disease can attract corporate and public sponsorship.

3. There isn’t even a fixed understanding of exactly what causes aging. If we look at the term anti-aging, we could say that it’s something that is against aging or bringing some Latin into the understanding, something that comes before aging.

At this point we can see the consequences of aging much more easily than the causes.

The easiest way to think about aging is by looking at the things which we do know contribute to the breakdown in human bodies.

4. Excess sun exposure causes collagen confusion in your skin resulting in the thick heavy wrinkled look of the sun worshiper.

5. Smoking causes cancer which will stop you aging in a bad way, but has such a serious effect on circulation that your skin suffers like tanning but without the colour.

6. Sugar consumption creates advanced glycation end products which drive inflammation.

7. Industrial vegetable oils severely affect circulation even more than smoking.

8. Gluten causes leaky gut in all humans which also drives inflammation.

9. Alcohol is not a health food it is a poison which disrupts the ability of your liver to detoxify and process fats and chemicals.

10. Environmental chemicals, including house hold cleaners.

11. Excess exercise is a stress on the body and causes increased oxidation.

12. Junk foods and processed foods which are mostly a chemical cocktail mixed in with a little of the original food mentioned on the label. Every cell in your body has to process and survive this toxic onslaught.

13. Many anti-aging creams and potions are just processed food for the skin and often contain ingredients unfit for human consumption.

So if you avoid these 13 issues you are in effect creating an anti-aging process for yourself without having to add anything into your diet or lifestyle.

Sometimes it’s what we stop doing is even more important than what we add in. Of course the marketing world is trying to convince you that all your aging solutions lie in spending money on their products, and the more you spend the better.



Source by Ian Newton

Top 4 Things to Consider Before Having Rhinoplasty

Physical appearance is one of the vital aspects of one’s life. Almost every human strives to look good and smart and try end number of things to enhance outer beauty. The increasing number of cosmetic products both for men and women is one of the relevant proofs to this. Another most important and technologically advanced way of enhancing self-beauty is cosmetic surgery.

This post deals with one of the most popular and highly preferred surgeries known as nose surgery. Thousands of people have opted for this surgery and they have significant results. But before having the surgery it is important to consider certain things. Read the post to check out the pointers related to nose surgery or Rhinoplasty-

1. Rhinoplasty is more than a Cosmetic Surgery

Rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, is one of the complex and intricate surgeries. This is also one of the oldest plastic surgery and is difficult to execute. This nasal surgery often deals with the preservation and correction of the nasal airway. Sometimes the surgeon blocks the nasal support which is important for nasal airway, during the surgery which results in the feeling of congestion as well as breathing congestion. But it is must to mention that with the use of modern technology people can now have a successful surgery.

2. Refrain from Doing Exercise for One Month

Swelling and bruising are one of the most common forms of disorders you may face after the surgery. So increased heart rate can result in more swelling this is what you would definitely not want to face after having nose surgery. A heart rate of more than 100, which is common in any given cardio, possibly could be one of the significant reasons for your nose to swell, bruise and even bleed.

3. Spare Minimum Ten days off from your work

I have spoken to some of the patients who have undergone Rhinoplasty. According to them, three days are enough to take rest and to heal the surgery. But in reality, it is merely just not possible. A person undergone nose surgery will feel even worse on the third or fourth as compared to the first day. So three days are not enough and one should spare at least ten days from the regular schedule of work.

4. Have Decent Knowledge about the Surgeon

If you are planning for the nose job then you have to very critical for choosing the surgeon. The success of the surgery entirely depends on the skills, experience and ability of the surgeon. You will get some well-known and reputed surgeons for Rhinoplasty and they have some excellent skills.

Apart from all these tips, it is also important to enquire about the price reason of the surgery because nose surgery is as one of the expensive surgeries. Hope the readers’ find this post quite helpful and use consider before having the surgery.



Source by Rajib KR Saha

How to Remove Underarm Stains – Get Rid of Underarm Sweat Stains and Darkness in 15 Days Naturally

The appearance of dark underarm stains can be embarrassing. It can cause lots of discomfort. Most people feel shy of wearing a sleeveless with these problems but these marks can be prevented. There are various causes of underarm stains such as negative reactions to deodorants, constant rubbing against tight clothing, dark hair follicles or genetics.

The area around your underarm is very delicate. There are various products in the market, which can diminish this complication, but it is always advisable to use nature-based products and techniques for treating your skin naturally. Hydroquinone is one of the most effective bleaching agents but one should avoid its usage because it can cause various side effects. Deadly diseases such as leukemia, thyroid problems and liver damage can be caused due to this ingredient.

Natural remedies for diminishing Underarm Sweat Stains

* Exfoliation of underarms with a nature-based scrub can inhibit the production of Melanin. You should perform this technique twice in a week for getting rid of these stains.

* Lemon is an extremely effective lightening agent. You can rub lemon in your armpits, which will reduce dark spots. It mostly makes your skin dry which can be later treated with Vitamin E oil.

* You can also apply sandalwood paste in your armpit for at least 20 minutes for removing dark stains.

* Some of the most effective skin whitening ingredients are kojic acid, lactic acid, mulberry extract, lactic acid, emblica powder, Alpha Arbutin and licorice extract. You can apply pigment-reducing creams containing the above constituents for treating sweat stains naturally. Meladerm is the only cream which contains all the above ingredients. This cream not only diminishes your underarm sweat stains but also cures age spots, melasma, birthmarks etc. with ease.

* You can also perform waxing for removing the dark hair follicles. This technique will help you in attaining a clean and spot less armpit.

* You should maintain a healthy regime for diminishing these complications. Drinking enough water is extremely important for hydrating your body. You should at least drink 10-12 glasses of water daily.

* Eat high fibrous foods for flushing out toxins from your body. You should include lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet.



Source by Jessica Norman

Unhealthy Scalp – Is Your Scalp Healthy? Find Out About the Symptoms

Scalp Health: When one’s scalp lacks good health, misery is often close by. But how would you know if your scalp lacks good health?

What is considered good Scalp Health?

Scalp Healthiness is a very simple concept to understand, although it’s rarely ever used in conversation. But the fact of the matter is, scalp health is very important. If your scalp isn’t healthy, you will definitely know by the many irritating and embarrassing symptoms you will have to deal with on a regular basis.

How can you tell if your scalp is healthy or unhealthy?

You can tell that your your scalp is healthy or unhealthy by answering the following questions:

1. Do you frequently feel discomfort on your scalp (ex. chronic itching or a dry/tight feeling, burning sensation)?

2. Do you see or feel any unnatural sore spots on your scalp (ex. sores, pimples, blisters etc)?

3. Are there evidences of dandruff, flaking or grainy/gritty-like residues on your scalp?

If you can’t answer NO to all of these questions, I STRONGLY SUGGEST you begin taking your scalp health seriously starting now!

Reason why I’m putting so much emphasis on this is because of the relentless irritation that awaits those who refuses to act quickly thinking the issue will go away on its own.

You see, the scalp health problem that I had to deal with started off small. But like anyone who is uninformed would do, I ignored the early symptoms of my condition thinking the issue would go away on its own. Well, it didn’t go away and I suffered through years and series of medications before I was able to finally get rid of my problem.

If you wish to avoid the sure agony that awaits you, take control of your scalp problem now. Take it from me, you don’t want to wait till the symptoms become unbearable before you act.

So to summarize, what exactly is Scalp health?

Scalp Healthiness is when you don’t have any unnatural symptoms on your scalp. What are these symptoms?

There are many signs that will indicate a scalp is unhealthy. Some of these signs include mild to extreme itching on the scalp, dandruff or flaking, scaling, dryness, bleeding, scalp bumps, scabbing, pimples, sores, blisters, scalp ringworm, thinning of hair due to a tight/dry feeling on the scalp.

Do you have any of these symptoms? If so, you definitely have a scalp health problem that needs attention.

What about Hair loss?

Can this also be considered a symptom of an unhealthy scalp? No. In most cases, hair loss SHOULD NOT be considered a symptom of an unhealthy scalp. Hair loss, without the incessant itching that often accompanies a real unhealthy scalp, is not a health issue.

However, if your hair is falling out as a result of scalp dryness or some type of infection/disorder related to the symptoms listed in the previous paragraphs, then yes, your scalp is unhealthy.

So how can one deal with an unhealthy scalp and its many miserable symptoms? Well, you can certainly go to a doctor or dermatologist for help but you will quickly discover to your dismay, that even these health-care professionals don’t have the answers that you need.

I discovered the actual working remedy for an unhealthy scalp after spending slightly over $1000 while experimenting with a variety of medicines. I had no choice but to experiment. The doctors I had visited were just clueless and I had been battling my issue for years with no lasting success. I took matters into my own hands, and thankfully, I’m here to report to you that a cure has been found.

What is the cure for an unhealthy scalp?

I was able to conquer the chronic symptoms of my unhealthy scalp by using the following medicines in a COMBINED fashion:

(1) A Certain B-Lactam Antibiotic – Must be prescribed

(2) TWO specific Medicated Scalp Ointments – Must be prescribed

(1) A Specific Baby shampoo – Can be purchased at any major supermarket

These four items, when used in a combined fashion, are the magic weapons that can actually DESTROY scalp health related problems. The antibiotic will internally combat your problem from within your body, while the medicated external ointments will attack and eradicate the external symptoms directly on the surface of your scalp.



Source by Jonathan Rayson

Rosacea: When Damaged Blood Vessels Affect Facial Skin

KNOWING ROSACEA

Rosacea is a disorder of the blood vessels. It is a common skin disorder. Approximately 48 percent of the world population suffers from Rosacea. However, Rosacea is one of the most misunderstood states of the skin.

FAMOUS PERSONS SUFFERING FROM ROSACEA

If you are having Rosacea, you are then in the august company of eminent persons. A few of the noted personalities suffering from Rosacea are JP Morgan, WC Fields, Cameron Diaz, Bill Clinton, Prince Harry of England, besides the late princess of Wales and mother of Prince Harry – Diana.

ROSACEA SYMPTOMS

The common symptom of rosacea is transformation of the skin color into red. The body portions most affected by rosacea are the cheeks, nose and forehead. At times, such redness and flushing of skin can also spread to the ears, scalp, chest or the neck.

As Rosacea progresses, the reddish tinge can turn into a permanent condition. There can also be a marked visibility of the small blood vessels particularly at the skin surface, stinging or burning skin sensation, eyes turning gritty and reddish, and pus-filled or simple bumps that appear red. Among these severe symptoms are bulbous noses. The maiden rosacea symptoms are nagging redness which is often wrongly attributed to cleansing, exercising or temperature changes.

SIMILAR SKIN DISORDERS

Many confuse rosacea with seborrheic dermatitis or/and acne vulgaris. Mentionably, rosacea can co-exist with acne vulgaris and seborrheic dermatitis.

THE ROSACEA VULNERABLE SECTION

It has been generally noticed that the people with fair skin are the most vulnerable section with reference to rosacea. Therefore, rosacea does have a hereditary strain. Those having a descent from the Celtic or the fair-skinned European stocks are genetically inclined to suffer from rosacea.

Notably, both the sexes can fall prey to rosacea. People of all ages can be affected by rosacea. It has also been noticed that people in the age group of 30-50 are easily affected by rosacea. Nonetheless, women in their middle ages are the most vulnerable section of the populace. The reason is, of course, menopause-abetted hot flushes. However, rosacea symptoms are more severe with reference to men.

CAUSES OF ROSACEA

There is no unanimity among the medical researchers as to the exact rosacea pathogenesis. Nonetheless, there is a concurrence in views insofar as to the cause of rosacea. Rosacea occurs when stimuli repeatedly dilate the blood vessels, and as a result of which the blood vessels get damaged. The damaged blood vessels dilate rather easily. Besides they either remain permanently dilated or stay dilated for a considerably long time. The consequence is redness of the affected portion and its flushing.

ROSACEA PAPULES OR INFLAMMATORY PUSTULES

The papule or inflammatory pustule can be I the form of a boil, or a pimple, or an eruption for that matter. In rosacea (papulopustular), the mediators (inflammatory ones) as well as immune cells ooze out from the skin bed that is basically micro-vascular by nature. This, in turn, leads to the inflammatory pustule or papule.

OTHER CAUSES OF ROSACEA

Various conditions can also lead to rosacea. One thing is for sure: strenuous movements cause blushing and flushing. A few of the situations where such flushing or blushing can be formed are as follows: Stress, cold weather, acute sunburn, and extreme heat exposure especially from the sun. Rosacea can also be caused by sudden changes in temperatures while traveling, or in heated rooms especially in winter.

FOODS CAN ALSO CAUSE ROSACEA

Certain food items that contain very high quantity of histamine have been identified as responsible for the eruption of rosacea symptoms in many people. Similarly, spicy food besides alcoholic substances can definitely trigger off rosacea.

MEDICATIONS TOO CAN LEAD TO ROSACEA

Several topical irritants and medications may at times cause rosacea. Take for example several drugs people take to hide wrinkles or to deal with acnes. Among these chemicals those particularly responsible for causing rosacea are tretinoin, benzoyl peroxide, isotretinoin, microdermabrasion, and certain chemical peels.

Obviously, one should immediately stop the use of any such irritants the moment any rosacea symptoms appear.

INDUCED (STEROID) ROSACEA

The term ‘steroid induced rosacea’ points to such rosacea symptoms that are caused by steroids, particularly nasal and topical. Notably, these types of steroids are generally prescribed for patients suffering from seborrheic dermatitis.

First aid: In such circumstances, immediately consult the physician. Moreover, one should begin the medication discontinuing process over a period of time. Decrease the dosages slowly. Else there may be a flare up of the rosacea symptoms.

MITES & BACTERIA CAN CAUSE ROSACEA AS WELL

A considerable number of rosacea people have been found to possess the species of mites known as demodex. This is more so the case with those people who have rosacea from steroids. Mentionably, the presence of a large number of these demodex mites can only cause rosacea. But, they cannot by themselves cause the rosacea condition. The demodex mites will have tom act in conjunction with other factors to be able to trigger off the rosacea states.

Bacteria, especially the intestinal bacteria, can cause rosacea. These intestinal bacteria reside in our digestive highways. This is a neurological dysfunction. Such rosacea conditions can erupt after the intestinal bacteria activate the plasma kakllikrein-kinin system.

THE KAKLLIKREIN-KININ SYSTEM

The kakllikrein-kinin system or the kinin-kallikrein system or just the kinin system is a not well delineated structure of blood proteins. The blood proteins have a major role to play in causing pain, coagulation, control of blood pressure and inflammation. Mentionably, the major mediators of the kinin system are bradykinin and kallidin. Both of them act on different cell types. Both are vasodilators

DIFFERENT FORMS OF ROSACEA

Researchers have identified four forms of rosacea. Each of these subtypes can have its typical symptoms. More importantly, one person can have more then one of the subtypes at the same time.

THE ROSACEA SUBTYPES

The four rosacea subtypes are Ocular rosacea, Phymatous rosacea, Papulopustular rosacea and Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea.

OCULAR ROSACEA

Ocular rosacea mainly affects the eyes. The Ocular rosacea symptoms are burning and itching besides sensations as if there are foreign bodies within the eyes. When anyone is affected by ocular rosacea, the eyes and the eyelids turn dry and red. Irritation of the eyes and the eyelids is also very common.

PHYMATOUS ROSACEA

Phymatous rosacea affects the nose, ears, cheeks, forehead, chin and the eyes. Phymatous rosacea is also linked with the nose enlargement dysfunction called rhinophyma. Another disorder closely connected with phymatous rosacea is the visibility of small blood vessels near the skin surface. Other symptoms of phymatous rosacea are appearance of irregular surfaces on the skin and which may be also accompanied by nodularities. The skin can get thick as well.

PAPULOPUSTULAR ROSACEA

Many confuse Papulopustular rosacea with acne. However, Papulopustular rosacea remain reddish while acne do not. The common Papulopustular rosacea symptoms are papules (red bumps) filled with pus. Such bumps are called pustules. Papulopustular rosacea papules with or without pustules generally dissolve within five days.

People having Papulopustular rosacea usually have permanent redness of their skin. This state is described medically as erythema. Another symptom of Papulopustular rosacea is they tend to flush or blush quite easily. Moreover, the patient can also have burning or itching sensations.

ERYTHEMATOTELANGIECTATIC ROSACEA

Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea causes the small blood vessels to appear rather prominently near the surface of the skin. This typical state is known as telangiectasias.

TREATING ROASAEA

There are various treatments for rosacea people. The strategies vary depending on the acuteness and the rosacea subtype that a particular person may be suffering from. Hence, there can be different treatments for different persons suffering from the rosacea symptoms. Hence, the dermatologists opt for the sub-type-directed method to diagnose, analyze and treat rosacea.

LASER TREATMENT

Laser treatment in dermatology is variously known as Broad spectrum (Intense Pulsed Light), or Single wavelength (Vascular laser). Laser treatment is one of the most popular treatment methods of rosacea. In laser treatment, light is made to infiltrate the epidermis. The light hits the skin’s dermis layer. It targets the dermis capillaries.

The oxy-haemoglobin gets heated up after it absorbs the light. The process heats up the capillary walls till 70 degree centigrade. This heat destroys the capillary walls. The damaged walls are then absorbed by the body via its defence mechanism.

CO2 LASER TREATMENT

Focused thin beams of CO2 laser are manipulated to defocus or cut (as scalpels) the tissues. Then these tissues are vaporized. CO2 lasers are used to get rid of the excessive tissues formed by phymatous rosacea. In this method, our skin directly absorbs the CO2 lasers wavelength.

SIMPLE STEPS TO TACKLE ROSACEA

(i) Gentle skin cleansing regime

Always deal with the skin gently and lovingly. Go for only those cleansers that are non-irritating.

(ii) Shielding skin from sun

Never venture out in the sun-bated beach sans protection shields. Regularly use sunscreens. Choose such a sunscreen that consists of a physical blocker agent. Such active blockers are titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.

(iii) Trigger avoidance

It is important to maintain a diary of the foods and the climatic or other factors that generally lead to rosacea. In fact, The National Rosacea Society promotes this habit. This approach also goes a long way in identification and reduction of the triggers. Moreover, trigger avoidance is ideal to control the onset frequency of rosacea. But, all alone it cannot check rosacea. Nonetheless, the mild rosacea attacks can be effectively checked if a patient avoids the factors that triggered off the rosacea symptoms.

One can get flushing after consuming red wine or food items having high quantities of histamine. Then, go for antihistamines. Some common antihistamines are loratadine or cetirizine.

(iv) Eyelid hygiene

Eyelid hygiene is especially recommended for persons complaining of eyelid infections. Practice eyelid hygiene frequently. Here are some easy eyelid hygiene steps.

Gently scrub the eyelids daily;

You can use baby shampoo in a diluted form;

Or, you can also opt for any across-the-counter eyelid cleaner.

Apply the cleaner in warm compresses. But, mind you, never should it be hot.

Carry on the practice several times in a day.

MEDICATIONS

(ii) Topical & Oral Antibiotics

To get instant relief from the rash, redness, inflammation, pustules and papules, you can go for topical and oral antibiotics. An effective topical antibiotic is metronidazole. Similarly, ideal oral antibiotics are the tetracycline antibiotics. Some examples of tetracycline antibiotics are minocycline, doxycycline, and tetracycline.

The oral antibiotics are rather effective in treating ocular rosacea symptoms. Isotretinoin is generally given to patients who complain of persistent pustules or papules. However, there are several side effects of isotretinoin. Therefore, isotretinoin is prescribed only in acute situations. It is also given to treat acute acne. Nevertheless, for patients suffering from phymatous and papulopustular rosacea, low dosages of isotretinoin have been delivering the goods.

BETA BLOCKERS OR α-2 AGONIST

The commonly used α-2 agonist is clonidine. It is helpful to deal with blushing and flushing. But it has side effects. One can feel drowsy or/and one’s blood pressure may also plummet. So, to neutralize this effect, one can use monoxidine as an alternative. Monoxidine has lesser side effects. But many do not find it as effective as clonidine.

Propanolol is an ideal beta blocker. It is akin to α-2 agonists. And, it has been found to be effective in dealing with recurrent social blushing rather than the general rosacea flushing. It is also ideal to tackle anxiety.



Source by Nilutpal Gogoi