Archive for January, 2013

What Are Mandarin Oranges Good for?

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  1. Liver Cancer

    • The carotenoids that are contained in mandarin oranges, due to the high vitamin A content, have been shown to reduce the risk of liver cancer. According to a study by scientists at the Kyoto Prefuctural University, out of a group of 75 patients with viral hepatitis, the group of 30 people who consumed mandarin orange juice had no liver cancer more than a year later.

    Skin

    • Mandarin oranges are good for the health of the skin. Vitamin C improves the skin both when taken internally and applied topically to the skin. As mandarin oranges are chock full of vitamin C, they make your skin glow. In addition, the antioxidants protect the skin from free radical damage, which leads to aging of the skin.

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    Cholesterol

    • Mandarin oranges are good for lowering cholesterol levels. They produce synephrine, located underneath the orange peel, which reduces the body’s production of cholesterol. In addition, the antioxidants in mandarin oranges lower bad cholesterol levels. They fight the free radicals that make cholesterol stick to artery walls.

    High Blood Pressure

    • Mandarin oranges are good for lowering high blood pressure. They contain nutrients such as potassium that work to lower blood pressure. The free radicals in mandarin oranges also keep the blood flow moving through your arteries, which keeps blood pressure from getting high. Antioxidants are responsible for the free radicals contained in mandarin oranges.

http://www.ehow.com/list_7466248_mandarin-oranges-good-for_.html

IS EAR CANDLING EFFECTIVE?

Got Earwax?

Forget Q-Tips. To get rid of extra earwax, many people practice ear “candling” (or “coning”), an alternative medicine technique to clear wax and other debris out of the inner ear. But is ear candling safe? Or even effective? These questions are up for debate. Read on to find out more about ear candling and if it is right for you.
 
Ear Candling
Walk into your favorite manicure and pedicure stop and you are bound to see “ear coning” or “candling” as an option on the spa menu. While sticking a candle in your ear doesn’t sound like a smart thing to do, people swear by this ancient practice to remove built up wax and toxins from the inner ear. Here is some information to help you decide if you want to stick a candle in your ear.

WHAT IS EAR CANDLING?

This ear clearing ritual has been around for thousands of years, from ancient Egyptians to Native Americans having practiced ear candling as a necessary part of their personal hygiene. Today, many holistic centers and spas continue to offer the technique through 15-minute to one-hour sessions that cost around $50.

HOW EAR CANDLING WORKS

An aesthetician will insert a lit, cone-shaped candle, made of muslin and dipped in paraffin, about a quarter-inch into each ear. As the candle burns, warm smoke fills your ear, loosening wax and other debris. A vacuum-effect sucks the wax into the cone, which is then removed from your ear.

RISKS OF EAR CANDLING

If you ask your doctor whether ear candling is a good idea for you, she will most likely respond with a resounding no. Many experts in the medical field say the process is pointless and only invites potential problems like burns to the ear canal, or damage to the eardrum that may cause temporary or permanent hearing loss. Inexperienced practitioners may also slip and burn the outside of your ear or your hair, underlining the importance of seeking out a spa or center with a solid reputation if you plan to try ear candling.

IS EAR CANDLING EFFECTIVE?

Considering the risks, many experts advise against the practice, encouraging less drastic ways to get rid of earwax and debris (like cotton swabs, drops, or other ear-cleaning techniques). However, proponents say it is a safe, simple, and relaxing remedy for many ailments, including sinus pressure, migranes, chronic earaches, TMJ, ringing in your ears (tinnitus), and even stress.

So if you are battling any of these maladies and modern medicine isn’t helping you out, you might find relief through this ear-cleaning procedure. But keep in mind there is no proof that ear candling actually works. If you decide to go for it, be sure to go to a respected, high-end facility with experienced practitioners.

Face Packs And Face Masks

Face Packs And Face Masks

Homemade Face Masks For Different Skin Types:

4.Clay And Mud Masks:

The main ingredient in face masks is Mud or Clay. Clay has been used both internally and externally for healing purposes with excellent results for many centuries. Clay is a solid, fat and moist earth that can be red, green, brown, grey, pink, yellow or white. Each type has its own properties which are determined by where it comes from and how deeply it is mined. Clays are naturally occurring, finely ground rocks composed of various minerals. Most clays are deposited from water and found near river banks and deltas or ocean beds. Loess is deposited from airborne dust. Clays are detoxifying and have a “drawing” action due to their electrically charged particles. Traditionally, clay has been used for its healing, detoxifying and germicidal actions.

The colour in Green Clay comes from the 44.5% Silica content which is the most important mineral for the skin. Clay is rich in minerals and active enzymes. Clay treatments stimulate the circulation of blood and lymph, remove dead skin cells and absorb dirt and other surface fats. They also tone and strengthen the connective tissues. Clay stimulates blood circulation and draws toxins and superfluous fat from the skin. It contracts and tones the skin and strengthens the connective tissue. Clay is used for dirty and flaccid skin, acne, for poor blood circulation and to soothe eczema and sunburn.

Types Of Clay Masks:
A.Fuller’s Earth Clay:
A sedimentary clay that has been widely used as a skin-lightening agent and is best known for its ability to be applied as a “facial bleach”. Because of its enormous drawing capabilities, Fuller’s Earth is the number one choice for oily skin and those prone to acne, acne problems, blemishes, spotting. It literally draws oil from the skin and has been used industrially for this exact purpose. Also works nicely as a bulk ingredient for skin clay recipes.
B.French Green Clay: French Green Clay (AKA Illite Clay or Sea Clay) has enormous absorbent powers due to the constitution of its micro molecules. It literally “drinks” oils, toxic substances, and impurities from your skin. Its toning action stimulates the skin by bringing fresh blood to damaged skin cells, revitalizing the complexion, and tightening pores. French Green Clay is marvelous for helping to clear problem skin. Use it daily on trouble spots, or weekly as part of a complete facial treatment. Mined from bedrock quarries in France, it is completely natural, unscented and fragrance free.
C.Bentonite Clay: An edible clay from naturally occurring volcanic ash sediments here in the US, a good quality Bentonite should be of a grey/cream color. Traditionally used as an internal supplement to assist in mineral deficiencies, and to help bind toxins making them more soluble. Because of its naturally soft nature it also makes an invigorating skin and facemask. Suitable for food use. Add 2-3 ounces of Bentonite clay to your bath and thoroughly mix in, soak and enjoy. For external packs add one part clay to three parts water or until you reach desired consistency, mix thoroughly to an even paste and apply to skin area.
D.Rhassoul Clay: A truly exquisite Spa quality clay from ancient deposits unearthed from the fertile Atlas mountains of Morocco. Rhassoul is a mineral rich clay that blends extremely well with water making its application to the face and skin a smooth and delightful experience. The best Spas across the globe utilize the toning and enriching benefits offered by Rhassoul and now it’s just as easy to enjoy this splendor within your own home. High in Silica, Magnesium, Iron, Calcium, Potassium and Sodium content, this clay is surely one of the finest treasures for the pampering of your skin.
E.White Kaolin Clay: The most versatile and easily applied clay that is most commonly found in standard skincare preparations and cosmetics. White Cosmetic Clay which is also traded as White Kaolin Clay is a very fine and light clay that has natural absorbency properties and is frequently found in powders, body packs, skin care products, and deodorants.
F.French Pink Clay: Superfine French Pink Clay is a combination of Red and White clay. When using Superfine Pink Clay add purified water, or floral water, mix into a paste and apply to the face or body. Allow to dry, rinse it off, and use your favorite moisturizer to finish. We recommend that you also try adding your preference of essential oils or dried herbs to compliment the mix. Caution to be exercised as clays may stain fabric.
G.French Clay Yellow: Superfine French Yellow Clay obtains its colour from iron oxides and small particles (this clay does not contain aluminum). When using Superfine Yellow Clay add purified water, or floral water, mix into a paste and apply to the face or body. Allow to dry, rinse it off, and use your favorite moisturizer to finish. We recommend that you also try adding your preference of essential oils or dried herbs to compliment the mix. Caution to be exercised as clays may stain fabric.
H.French Clay Red: Superfine French Red Clay comes from Hematite Iron, its colouring the result of the copper oxides contained in this rock. When using Superfine Red Clay add purified water, or floral water, mix into a paste and apply to the face or body. Allow to dry, rinse it off, and use your favorite moisturizer to finish. We recommend that you also try adding your preference of essential oils or dried herbs to compliment the mix. Caution to be exercised as clays may stain fabric.

Clay Masks For Different Skin Types: For sensitive skin the best type of clay to use is White Clay.
For dry and sensitive skin use Pink Clay.
For all kinds of skin problems and most skin types and conditions use Green Clay.
For normal skin use Red Clay.
For normal and oily skin use Yellow Clay.

How To Prepare Masks: When we use Clay in a Recipe we should always sprinkle it over the liquid. Leave it to soak in for 5-10 minutes and then whisk it together. Clay disperses easily with water, but not with oil. In oil, clay feels hard and grainy – almost like wet rough sand on the skin. For this reason it is best use Clay in products that contain either only water, Hydrolates, Infusions, etc. or products with water and fats together. Don’t use it in Ointments, Lip Balms, Massage Oils, etc.

You can mix Kaolin, Fullers earth or any cosmetic clay with a suitable liquid to form a mud mask. Mix the clay with the liquid to form a paste. Wash your face Pat dry your face Apply the paste on your face Leave to dry Rinse off completely.
Liquids to use:
Distilled Water
Spring Water
Rose Water : For sensitive skin
Witch Hazel : For oily skin
Herbal Tea : To treat your skin conditions
Aloe Vera juice : For soothing the skin
Egg white : For firming the skin
Egg Yolk : For nourishing the skin
Honey : For attracting moisture to the skin
If you blend Clay with distilled water, a Hydrolate, Essential Oils, or raw materials such as Aloe Vera, Glycerine or NFF Moisturiser, you don’t need a Preservative, you can keep it in a fridge and it will last a few months. If however, you want to keep your product on the shelf and sell it, you will have to add a Preservative. Similarly, if you blend Clay with tap water or herbal infusions, or with something fatty like Vitamin E Oil, Carotene or Vegetable Oils, then you will need a Preservative.

http://www.101beautysalon.com/skin/facemasks8.html

My stars

star-anise

Star anise (Illicium verum) fruits. Note for rust-red color husk. The seeds are encased inside the husk.

Star anise (Illicium verum) is the spicy fruit, obtained from evergreen tree native of South-West China. It has similar flavor and taste like that of anise seed. The tree bears star-shaped fruits, which turn rust-red color when ripen and envelope inside amber-colored seeds. Both the seed as well as the husks are used as spice in cooking.

Health benefits of anise

  • Exotic anise spice contains some of the important plants derived chemical compounds that are known to have been anti-oxidant, disease preventing, and health promoting properties.
  • The chief component that gives the characteristic sweet, aromatic flavor to anise is anethole, the essential volatile oil present in the seeds. Other important compounds found in these seeds include estragol, p-anisaldehyde, anise alcohol, acetophenone, pinene and limonene.
  • Anise seed oil obtained from extraction of the seeds is found application in many traditional medicines as stomachic, anti-septic, anti-spasmodic, carminative, digestive, expectorant, stimulant and tonic.
  • The seeds are an excellent source of many essential B-complex vitamins such as pyridoxine, niacin, riboflavin, and thiamin. Pyridoxine (vitamin B-6) helps increase GABA neuro-chemical levels in the brain.
  • The spicy seeds are the great source of minerals like calcium, iron, copper, potassium, manganese, zinc and magnesium. 100 g dry seeds contain 36.96 mg or 462% daily required levels of iron. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Copper is a cofactor for many vital enzymes, including cytochrome C-oxidase and superoxide dismutase (other minerals function as cofactors for this enzyme are manganese and zinc). Copper is also required in the production of red blood cells.
  • The spice also contains good amounts of anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin-C and vitamin-A.

http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/anise-seed.html

I am a senior, how can smog affect my health?

 

I am a senior, how can smog affect my health?

  • If you are a senior who suffers from heart disease or lung conditions such as asthma, emphysema, or chronic bronchitis, smog can make your symptoms worse
  • Smog can decrease the lung’s working capacity. On a Smog Alert day, breathing can be more difficult. You may find your daily activities harder to do, and you may be more tired.
  • Smog reduces the respiratory system’s ability to fight infections and remove foreign particles, increasing your risk of getting sick.
  • Seniors may be less able to sense the presence of ozone, and may have a delayed response to the early warning signs of smog exposure such as breathing difficulties, shortness of breath, and tightness in the lungs and chest.

How do I protect my health on a smog alert day?

  • Relax and take it easy. Avoid physical stress and activity.
  • Avoid strenuous outdoor work or exercise.
  • Stay indoors in a cool, well-ventilated place.
  • If you must be outside, try to schedule your activities early in the morning when pollution levels are lowest.
  • Avoid being outside around high traffic areas or during peak rush hour times to minimize your exposure to smog.
  • Avoid the sun and drink water and natural juices frequently.
  • If you experience symptoms such as tightness in your chest, wheezing, or shortness of breath, seek medical attention.

Adapted with permission, from the Smog Alert materials produced by the City of Toronto and by the Ontario Ministry of Health.

http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/public-health/healthy-living/seniors-and-smog

Healthy Sex Tips

Healthy Sex Tips

The plight of the typical young man isn’t the inability to have sex; it’s usually the inability to find someone to have sex with.

Fact is, though, if you think you don’t have to worry about erectile dysfunction (ED) until your hair starts to turn grey, think again. Even in your early 20s, chances are your arteries are already undergoing changes that may culminate years from now in ED.

Fundamentally, erection depends on blood flow into the penis. The more blood, the more reliable and firm your erection. But when arteries become narrowed by cholesterol-rich atherosclerotic plaque deposits, less blood flows into the penis and erections wilt. This becomes apparent by the time a man hits 50.

Harvard researchers tracked 31,742 middle-aged men for 14 years and found that ED is strongly linked to lifestyle factors that spur the growth of atherosclerotic plaques: smoking, obesity, heavy drinking and lack of exercise.

But plaques don’t pop up out of nowhere when you hit 50. They start to develop in childhood. Autopsies of men killed in their late teens and 20s in accidents or in war consistently show the beginnings of atherosclerotic plaques, which means the beginning of ED.

Meanwhile, a healthy lifestyle keeps blood flowing freely through the arteries and preserves erection function. Healthy living doesn’t mean you’ll have the ability of legends at 90. But if you want to function sexually when you’re drawing your pension, you’d be wise to adopt a healthy lifestyle now. Here’s how:

Get regular, moderate exercise Exercise is crucial for arterial health and blood flow into the penis. Exercise lowers cholesterol, which minimizes the deposits (plaques) on artery walls that narrow them and reduce blood flow. A study of middle-aged men at the University of California, San Diego, shows that as regular, moderate exercise increased, erections become more reliable. ED-preventive exercise doesn’t require extreme sports, but rather the equivalent of brisk walking for about an hour a day. “No question about it”, says Hank Wuh, M.D., author of Sexual Fitness. “Regular exercise improves erection function and sex”.

Eat less meat, cheese and junk food, and more fruits and vegetablesMeat, cheese and junk food are high in saturated (animal) fat. Like cholesterol, this fat narrows the arteries, limiting blood flow to the penis. Fruits and vegetables, on the other hand, contain antioxidant nutrients that minimize plaques and improve arterial blood flow. Italian researchers identified 65 men with incipient ED and asked half of them to eat less meat and cheese, and more fruits and vegetables. After two years, those who maintained a high-fat diet continued to have erection difficulties. But those who increased their fruit and vegetable consumption reported significantly less ED.

Lose excess weight According to the Harvard study of middle-aged men, obesity is strongly associated with ED, and weight loss improves erection function. That’s not surprising. As we’ve seen, exercise and a diet low in saturated fat improve erections. They are also cornerstones of weight control. Studies at the Duke University Diet and Fitness Centre show that as men lose weight and become more physically active, they report better erections.

Stop smoking Cigarettes greatly accelerate the growth of artery-narrowing plaques. A study at the New England Research Institute in Watertown, Mass., shows that smoking almost doubles the risk of ED. Australian epidemiologist Christopher Millett, Ph.D., says, “Health promotion programmes should use the link between tobacco and ED to help convince men to quit smoking”.

Manage your stress Many young men feel like they have heavy weights on their shoulders. In one recent survey of 11,000 corporate workers internationally, 57% of the Indian respondents reported an increase in stress.

The biological result of this emotional stress: the release of two hormones (cortisol and adrenaline) that constrict arteries, reducing blood flow into the genitals.

The erection-firming antidote is an ongoing stress-management programme. Proven stress relievers include exercise — aerobic or non-aerobic (e.g., yoga) — meditation, music (playing or listening to), massage, laughter, hot baths, gardening, caring for a pet, visualization (of relaxing scenes) and quality time with friends, family or a lover. Incorporate one or more into your daily life, or even better, combine them: Exercise with friends or bathe with your girlfriend, for instance.

http://www.carryfitness.com/healthy-sex-tips/

How to Get Curvy Figure

How to Get Curvy Figure

Stop worrying to know how to get a curvy body figure, and get the solution you need right here…

Every young feminine wants to have a curvy sexy figure, as women who have beautiful curves appear more attractive to most of the men. When someone says that you have a toned body with great curves then it’s a huge compliment.

You can get the perfect sexy figure in just 2 easy steps.

To attain a curvy body shape you only need to follow proper Diet and regularWorkout.

Step 1: Diet

Keep in mind that every figure is unique personality and has its own individuality.

May be the diet that works for your friend could not have the similar effects on you.

Do not take any kind of weight loss diet without the advice of experts. Be smart with your food. Prepare a diet plan according to your body shape and hunger.

Do not suppress your appetite instead take balanced diet, prefer to take homemade food and natural vegetarian diet. Do not skip your breakfast. Try to include fruits, milk, vitamin and mineral supplements.

Avoid cups of coffee and tea. Prefer fruit juice and plenty of water to drink. Packaged and processed foods are not good for your health and skin so avoid them.

Step 2: Workout

Yoga is very helpful to get curvy figure.

Pranayam yoga can do magic for you.  It makes your skin and body in perfect shape.

Take long walk and hold your body in different postures to get energy and right figure.

Do exercises that target your shoulders, arms, chest, back and hips.

These are few tips. When these are used along with proper cardio exercise and a balanced diet, you will see your body into a hot curvy shape in very short span of time.

http://www.carryfitness.com/how-to-get-curvy-figure/