What is Glycerin, Its Use, and Its Health Benefit

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Do you know what your soap, your sweetener, your ink, and your cosmetic have in common with dynamite? They contain the same chemical substance called glycerin.  This is a multi-purpose compound and various industries, from food industry to warfare industry, need glycerin for their product. Not only that, medical world also get a lot of benefits ever since glycerin is found. Keep reading to know more about glycerin, its use, and its health benefit.

Glycerin - What is Glycerin, Its Use, and Its Health Benefit

What is Glycerin

Glycerin, also called glycerol, is an organic compound originated from both animal fat and oil extract. Glycerin producer usually use animal tallow or oil extract from plant, typically palm and soybean. Of course, glycerin is also available in synthetic form, usually derived from petroleum jelly or sugar corn syrup.
In room temperature, its form is thick, colorless, and odorless liquid. It tastes very sweet; in fact its name is derived from Greece word glukeros, means sweet. It has boiling point of 554°F or 290°C and melting point of 65°F or 18°C. Glycerin’s another distinct is its capability to absorp water. In fact, it can absorb water up to 20% its body weight. Because of this capability, glycerin is often used as moisturizer.
Glycerin is generally safe to use, both as food additive or cosmetics. Adults and children are safe to consume glycerin. So far, there is no carcinogen (which can cause cancer), mutagen (which can cause mutation or change in DNA), or teratogen (which can cause birth defect) found in glycerin. Despite that, some people prefer to strictly use vegetable glycerin for their cosmetics

Its Use
Glycerin is used in various products, from food until explosive. In food industry, glycerin is used as humectants to keep things moist, as solvent to dissolve other substance, and also as sweetener due its sweet taste.
Glycerin is also the main component of e-liquid in electronic cigarette. When it is heated, it produces the flavor of cigarette. Antifreeze industry also uses glycerin because when mixed with water, glycerin can slow down the forming of ice unless the temperature is very low. Chemical laboratory and automotive industry uses glycerin for this purpose.
Explosives such as dynamite and gelignite use glycerin a lot to produce nitroglycerin, it mains ingredients. Personal care products, such as soap, skin moisturizer, shaving cream, toothpaste, and even lube.

Its Health Benefit
Glycerin also has plenty of health benefits. They can act as medicine for some illnesses, some of them are:

  • Skin Disease: The humectants quality in glycerin will help your skin from drying, getting rough, getting scaly, or other minor irritation. Diseases with these symptoms are usually minor skin disease such as diaper rash or sunburn. According to this research, glycerin is more suitable to treat dry skin compared to another popular moisturizing agent urea/sodium chloride.
    According to another research, glycerin is not only excellent at keeping moisture that can ensure your skin hydrated well, but it can also bring your youngest layer of skin to go up and mature. That way, it can produce enough lipid that will protect your skin from foreign object infection. Glycerin as humectants can help aiding to cure psoriasis and even non-melanoma skin cancers.
  • Eye Disorder: Patient of eye disorder caused by pressure in the interocular area, such as glaucoma, can get help from glycerin. Glycerin can reduce the pressure occurred in the eyes when it dehydrates the tissue in the body. There are other dehydrating agents for this purpose, such as dextrose, sucrose, magnesium sulphate, and sorbitol; but they come with side effect such as anorexia, nausea, vomiting, change in electrocardiogram, and hardening of local trombosit. This research shows that glycerin is safer option for glaucoma, because its side effects are usually only consist of nausea and vomiting.

Because of this quality, eye disorder can also reduce pressure before and after ocular surgery, or when doctor wishes to perform a diagnosis for patients. For these patients, their doctor will usually prescribe glycerin as oral medicine.

  • Constipation: Another use of glycerin in medicine is as laxative for constipated person, because glycerin is hyperosmotic agent. It means that glycerin will help the intestines to keep more water inside, which will induce osmotic reaction in the digestive system and finally causing bowel movement. This particular use of glycerin is already proven effective and so it is widely practiced.

Doctors will usually prescribe glycerin for this disease in a form of suppository to insert into patient’s rectum or in a form of enema liquid. But, it could also cause some side effect in the form of irritation in rectal area.

  • Cerebral Edema:Cerebral edema or brain swelling is caused by various diseases, for example stroke, meningitis, central nervous system trauma, and so forth. Doctors also uses it to reduce brain volume before surgery. Many research have been conducted to confirm the effectiveness of glycerin for this purpose, this research is one of them. Usually doctors will give glycerin to patients by infusing it via IV.
    Glycerin’s humectants quality will absorbs water into the bloodstream and then prevents them to be re-absorbed in the kidneys. This will lessen intracranial pressure it dehydrates the tissue and reduces blood volume.
  • Angina : Some diseases are caused by the constricting of your blood vessel due to various reasons. These diseases are collectively called coronary artery disease (CAD). One of these diseases is angina, a condition where your blood vessel gets narrower in the heart.

Nitroglycerin is the recommended medicine for angina and it is derived from glycerin. Nitroglycerin can relax your blood vessels, allowing blood in your body to flow better in the short time. In the long term, according to this research, using nitroglycerin before exercising will increase your physical exercise tolerance. Exercising is important to burn fat that clogs your blood vessels, so if you manage to exercise longer and better than before, you can recover from CAD, including angina.

  • Improve Exercise Performance: Athletes need to hydrate themselves before exercise to prolong their endurance time and increase their power. But, hydrating themselves using water or common beverages usually don’t work because their body can get rid of those liquid rapidly, particularly during exercise.
    Again, because of its ability to absorb water, glycerin can solve this problem for athlete. This research shows that beverages containing glycerin can increase endurance time by 24% and power by 5%. Glycerin prolongs their endurance time and lowers their heart rates. It also reduces urine volume and increases sweat rate. All of those will help an athlete to keep their tissues well hydrated during exercise, thus improve their performance.
  • Medium for Other Medication: Because glycerin can act as humectants, solvent, and also emollient, it is often combined with other medicine as their medium. For example, medication in the form of ointment and cream will add glycerin in its ingredients. In this case, glycerin will not add its value as medicine but it will prevent the ointment from drying out too fast, ensuring the other ingredients last longer to heal.

Glycerin made from natural source is generally safe to use. There is less risk from glycerin when you use it topically, or by applying it on your skin, rather than when you consume it orally. The side effect is usually bloating, nausea, vomiting, headache, diarrhea, and thirst.
Because of its sweetness, people who consume glycerin often get hyperglycemia. Its humectants ability can also absorb water from your system, causing you to dehydrate. So, people with diabetes, heart disease, and kidney disease should use glycerin only when their doctors prescribe it.

What is glaucoma, symptoms and treatment

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Eyes are delicate and one of the most complex organs of human body. Various emotions can be conveyed through eyes. Presence of cone shaped cells in eyes enable us to perceive rainbow of colors. It is revealed through study that human eye can identify around lacs of colors and can distinguish between 100 shades of every color. Human eye is particularly sensitive to green color.

Glaucoma is eye disorder that causes damage to optic nerve of eyes. Optic nerve is responsible to transmit images and information to brain. Glaucoma also results because of pressure buildup in the interior part of eyes. This increase in pressure is called as intra-ocular pressure.  Glaucoma if not treated on time can lead to permanent loss of vision. Let us study various aspects related to glaucoma.
Glaucoma - What is glaucoma, symptoms and treatmentWhat is glaucoma?
When too much pressure builds up in the intra-ocular region, it can damage optic nerve. This increase in pressure can be attributed to improper circulation of fluid in front part of eye. Aqueous humor is the fluid that lubricates eyes through a mesh like channel. This mesh-like channel is called as trabecular mesh-work. When these channels get blocked, flow is obstructed leading to increase in pressure. Prolonged presence of glaucoma can lead to loss of vision. Glaucoma can be hereditary and people above the age of 40 are more susceptible to the disorder.

What are the symptoms of glaucoma?
Glaucoma generally exhibits no symptoms at all. It is diagnosed when there is noticeable vision loss. One may not even understand that damage has occurred to optic nerve as it does not reveal any physical symptoms in early stage. For this reason, it is called as “silent thief of sight”. One must pay attention to certain indications that can develop into glaucoma. These indications are enlisted below:

  •  Blurry vision
  • Intense pain in eyes
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Unable to see bright lights
  • Tunnel vision (narrowing of vision- able to see only those objects that are aligned in straight line)
  • Redness in the eyes
  • Hazy eyes

Regular eye checkup is highly recommended as it will diagnose glaucoma disorder when it is in initial stage.

Who are more susceptible to glaucoma?
Glaucoma can develop in any age range from infants to elderly people. People above the age of 40 are more likely to develop glaucoma. Below are some points enlisted that can increase risk of glaucoma:

  • African-americans, Russian, Japanese, Irish, Hispanic or Scandinavian descents are more prone to develop glaucoma
  • Above the age of 40
  • Family history of glaucoma
  • Diabetes
  • Injury to eyes
  • Certain medications like prednisoneHow is glaucoma diagnosed?
    Glaucoma can be diagnosed by performing vision tests in combination with detail examination of eye anatomy. Let us understand some diagnostic techniques.
  • Use of tonometer:
    Tonometer is an instrument that is used to examine intra-ocular pressure i.e. how much force is exerted on certain area. It is also useful in determining aqueous fluid flow in the eye. Eye region is made numb by putting few eye drops. Intra-ocular pressure of healthy eye should be below 21mmHg. If its below 15mmHg, then it is considered highly safe. But, if it exceeds limit of 30mHg, there are very high chances of developing glaucoma. Patient having intra-ocular pressure above 30mmHg is at three folds higher risk than the person having intra-ocular pressure of 15mmHg. If high pressure is detected, ophthalmologist has to check circulation of watery fluid and whether there is blockage in trabecular mesh.
  • Visual field testing:
    Visual field testing is used to determine if there is any vision loss because of glaucoma. All you have to do is look straight into the machine and on noticing blinking light, you have to click on button. Doctors will then analyze extent of vision loss.
  • Gonioscopy:
    gonioscopy is used to check circulation of watery fluid in eye. Biomicroscope along with special lenses is used to examine drainage angle which controls and regulates flow of watery fluid.Other techniques such as optical coherence tomography, scanning laser polarimetry and confocal scanning laser opthalmoscopy are also used in combination with above mentioned diagnostic tests to confirm presence of glaucoma.What are the treatments available for glaucoma?
    Various treatments are available to cure different types of glaucoma. Treatment depends on the intensity and extent of glaucoma. Here are some treatments enlisted that are used commonly to treat glaucoma.
  • Most of the types of glaucomas are first treated with medications and use of eye drops. If these treatments do not show any sign of improvements, then doctor generally opts for laser surgery.
  • Surgery is the only option used to cure congenital or birth glaucoma.
  • Eye drops: Eye drops are commonly used to treat glaucoma. They are used to either decrease the flow of aqueous fluid or regulates its flow. Some patients may however face certain side-effects in form of redness and irritation of eye, allergy, blurred vision etc. Let your doctor if you are taking any other additional medications, suffering from any allergy or having any disorder.
  • Laser surgery: Laser surgery helps in eliminating blockages formed in eyes or helps to increase outflow of fluid in eye. It is used to treat both open-angle glaucoma and closed-angle glaucoma. Laser surgery is divided into different categories like trabeculoplasty- used to clear trabecular mesh drainage area,  iridotomy- to allow fluid to move freely by making a small hole in iris and cyclophotocoagulation- a beam of laser is used to treat middle layer of eye to reduce production of watery fluid.
  • Microsurgery: In this type of surgery, a new path is created to allow drainage of fluid; thereby reducing intra-ocular pressure. It is not the safest option as there are some risks involved. Thee may be chances of temporary or permanent loss of vision. Patient may as well suffer from infection or bleeding.How can glaucoma be prevented?
    There are no such specific precautions that reduce chances of glaucoma. However, early diagnosis of disorder helps tremendously in curing the disease. Early diagnosis leads to less pain, less turmoil and speedy recovery. Glaucoma can be hereditary. Check if there is any medical history of glaucoma in your family. If there is, chances are that you may as well suffer from glaucoma. So its always better to go for regular eye check-ups. Also ensuring that you consume foods rich in vitamin A will keep your eyes healthy. Vitamin A (retinol) is used to maintain good eyesight and keep vision related issues at bay. Beta carotene is a component of vitamin A and is commonly found in orange-yellow colored foods like papaya, mango, carrot, cantaloupes, squash etc.  Lack of vitamin A results in night blindness.Is glaucoma hereditary?
    Yes, glaucoma can be hereditary that means it can be passed down from parents to children. If your parents suffer from glaucoma, you are also at higher risk of developing glaucoma.

    What is the outlook for people with glaucoma?
    If there is vision loss because of glaucoma, it cannot be repaired. However, temporary vision loss and partial loss of vision can be treated and its progress can be stopped. Most of the patients with glaucoma have reduce chances of blindness if they rigorously follow treatments and take suggested medications on time.

    What is the cost of treatment for glaucoma?
    Cost of treatment depends on how far vision has affected and damage done to optic nerve. Cost is also dependent on type of treatment chosen. Glaucoma treatment cost in India are quite affordable and may range in thousands. To more information and cost about glaucoma surgery in India click here.

    To conclude, best way to avoid occurrence of glaucoma is to go for regular eye checkups and live healthy life. It is very important that we take good care of our eyes. Wear glares when traveling in sun to avoid ultraviolet rays to enter into eyes. If your occupation demands you to sit continuously in front of computer, wear spectacles that block rays emitted from the screen. Wash your eyes after  every hour. These certain precautions will not only help to maintain healthy vision but also keep vision problems at far distance.

    Author Bio:

Pousali is an M.Phil in English literature and likes to explore genres related to arts and aesthetics. She is an ardent believer of the ‘learning, unlearning and relearning’ process. i would love to write a article on all health related topics.

Top Ways to Keep Your Child Healthy

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When we are taking care of children we always go above and beyond to make sure they are living the best life they possibly can. This can be through giving them the best possible education or the best home and environment to grow up in, but one of the most important things to take care of is their health and well-being. In the modern age there are constantly new studies and tests that take place that try to give guidance for how best to do this, but these following tips are things to do that will always be important when it comes to your child’s health.

 
Keep Your Child Healthy - Top Ways to Keep Your Child Healthy
Make a Sleeping Schedule
Sleep is one of the most vital aspects of any person’s health, and when it comes to children who are still learning and developing, it is even more important. Getting a good amount of sleep allows the body to recover from illness and protect the body from any other illnesses that may be developing. Additionally, it boosts metabolism and keeps emotions and the mind-set in correct order. For a child it is important that they get around 10-13 of hours a sleep a night dependent on their age. So you should try and set a clear bed time for your child to follow each night, and if this breaks on any occasion you should allow them to sleep in the next morning.

Promote Germ Avoidance
Keeping your child away from germs is something which is imperative to keep your child in fit and healthy condition. It is very easy for germs to spread and especially when your child is playing with toys. You should therefore take action and encourage them to wash their hands frequently and keep their hands away from their mouth. One trick to use when they’re washing their hands can be to get them to sing the ‘humpty dumpty’ nursey rhyme whilst they are washing their hands as this is the amount of time their hands need to be cleaned for to make sure that all the gyms are fully removed. Also, it is important that the temperature of the water is warm and that hand wash is used as cold water with no soap can have little effect when it comes to killing germs.

Healthy Foods
This is one of the more obvious points, but to keep your child in a good condition – it is important that they are eating the right foods. It is important their diet is well balanced and that they are getting the correct nutrients they need. This means that they are getting the vitamins required for development as well as taking the correct actions to stay away from foods with excess fats and carbohydrates. This includes snacks such as chocolates, biscuits and sweets. Of course, children are naturally more interested in eating these types of foods so it can be a good idea to try and make healthy foods seem more appealing. This can be done fairly easily by something as simple as positioning their carrots into a smiley face on their plate.

Encourage Exercise
To make sure that your child’s physical health is taken care of, it is very important that they partake in some form of sport. There are a host of sports which are fun and enjoyable for children and they can make sure that the child receives the recommended daily amount of 1 hour a day. These can be sports such as swimming, dancing, soccer or even just a simple game of ‘throw & catch’. When it comes to sports you should be prepared for a few moments of trial and error as it is unlikely they will find a sport that they enjoy straight away. So the challenge is making sure they don’t lose interest in sports all together – so as the parent you should keep encouraging them until they find something they do like. As well as physical health, there can actually be a number of ways sports can take care of a child’s mental health too. For example, martial arts teaches people about focus and staying in control of their actions.

Protect Them from In-Home Hazards
One way to make sure that your child is safe is to make sure they can’t be harmed by anything in your home. This can be by making sure all chemicals and cleaners in the home are not within reach of the child. So a good idea to prevent this can be to place them in a cupboard which is out of reach from the child – or you can make sure that there is a stopper placed on the cupboard that the child will be unable to open. You should also take care to make sure there is no loose wires or cords that they can trip over, and additionally you should make sure that there is nothing that the can drop on the child such as furniture or ornaments.

Regular Trips to the Doctor and Dentist
You shouldn’t only take your child to the doctor when they are ill, but instead you should aim to take them every 4-8 months so that the doctor can give them a regular check to make sure that they are in a healthy condition and possibly identify any illnesses they may have that aren’t apparent to yourself. Also your child’s oral health is extremely important and as they will be losing teeth and getting new ones, they will need regular trips to the dentist to make sure their teeth are coming through properly. In regards to both of these, it is important that if there is any issue that comes up it is dealt with quickly before anything potentially harmful can disrupt your child’s health.

To Sum Up
These are just some of the ways to make sure your child is kept in healthy and good condition. But the importance of this topic shouldn’t be underestimated, there is now certain regulation that has been brought in to make sure that children are kept healthy. This can be extra important for parents who adopt or foster a child as they will be legally bound to make sure the child is fully healthy.

About Body Odor and How to Get Rid of Naturally

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Body Odor - About Body Odor and How to Get Rid of Naturally

There are several factors causing body odor. First, it is caused by bacteria on our skin which then spreads some unpleasant smell. Microorganisms like corynebacterium, Staphylococcus hominis, Propionibacteria, and Staphylococcus epidermidis usually live and multiply in moist condition and heat. As the sweat gland becoming overactive, it can cause some chemical reaction. Body odor can also occur from foods we usually consume, stress, dirt, lack of hygiene and alcohol drinking. Health problems like diabetes, liver, and obesity.

Having body odor is normal. However, it can be problem when the condition bothers you and especially people around you. People suffering from chronic body odor have several symptoms like excessive sweating, weight loss, night sweat, and cold hands.

Fortunately, we can overcome the body odor problem by doing practical ways and natural formula. It contains useful substance which prevents the bacteria from growing. It can also reduce abnormal sweating.

We can get the formula presented in this article from your surrounding. The formula is feasible, simple, and it has no side effect.

  1. Rosemary: Rosemary is not only good for food, but also for overcoming body odor. It hinders the growth of bacteria causing unpleasant smell on our skin. Its menthol and chlorophyll work like deodorant, that is,minimizing body odor. Menthol gives freshness on to your body and can be used as relaxation agent.
    Rosemary Plant - About Body Odor and How to Get Rid of NaturallyThe nice natural aroma of rosemary makes your body smells better. Its fragrance lasts for hours so you can do any activity you want with confidence.
    We can get rosemary at grocery store or market. We can use rosemary for bathing. Pour one-half cup of dried rosemary into about a liter of hot water. Let them for about ten minutes, then mix the water to your bath water. Soak in the rosemary-blended water for fiteen minutes to half an hour. We can bath in rosemary brew once in the morning or twice a day, morning and evening.
    For more practical and faster way, use rosemary essential oil. Blend ten drops of rosemary oil with a cup of water then use it as deodorant.
  2. Lemon juice: Lemon Juice - About Body Odor and How to Get Rid of NaturallyLemon juice contains substance that can balance skin’s pH level. When the pH is balanced, then it will be difficult for bacteria to replicate. Lemon is relatively easy to get. It is available at almost all of vegetable market.
    To make lemon juice, cut the lemon into two halves or any portion you need. Rub the smaller cut of lemon to rub your underarms. Let it dry for about ten minutes.
    For more sensitive skin, you can add some water then apply the brew on your armpit. Wait for 10 minutes, then rinse your skin with clean water. You have to do it regularly to get better result.
  3.  Baking Soda: Baking soda is well-known to reduce body odor. It can absorb excessive sweat and leave your body drier and fresher. It can also prevent bacteria from growing.
    Baking soda - About Body Odor and How to Get Rid of NaturallyJust like the previous remedies, you can easily get baking soda at markets. Mix baking soda with lemon oil. Then applied it onto your skin where sweat usually occurs. Leave the mixed formula for about five minutes. After that, wash it with water or take a bath.
    You can also mix baking soda with cornstarch. Apply it underarms before you begin your activity and use it on dry skin. The blend of baking soda and cornstarch can prevent sweating and reduce body odor.
  4. Apple Cider Vinegar 300x231 - About Body Odor and How to Get Rid of NaturallyApple Cider Vinegar: Another natural anti-bacterial agent can be found in apple cider vinegar. It works by reducing body odor and and balancing skin’s pH.
    There are three ways of using apple cider vinegar to naturally prevent body odor. The first is by soaking cotton ball in the liquid then rub it on your armpits. Wait for some minutes before taking a bath. So this ritual twice a day for maximum effect. Another way is to mix a cup of apple vinegar to lukewarm bath water. Soak your body in this formula for about ten minutes everyday. The last but not least, you can consume the apple vinegar by adding two teaspoons of it with a little honey and a glass of warm water. Drink it three times a day before meals.
  5.  Witch Hazel 300x208 - About Body Odor and How to Get Rid of NaturallyWitch Hazel: The way witch hazel works is rather similar to baking soda: absorb sweat. It also lower skin pH so it will not easily moist. Therefore, the bacteria will not easily grow. It is because witch hazel has astringent-like agent.
    It is easy to apply witch hazel. Prepare a small cup of witch hazel. Then, soak a cotton ball in it. apply it in our armpits. Do this every time you need. Witch hazel will work like antiperspirant.
  6. Turnips 300x225 - About Body Odor and How to Get Rid of NaturallyTurnips: Turnips contains antibacterial agent to prevent body odor. They also have several other nutrition to overcome the odor problem. Their vitamin C is useful to accelerate the medication process.
    Applying turnips is easy. Prepare some turnips, then cut them in to  small pieces. After that, blender the herb until it forms a kind of paste. Then, extract the paste to make turnip juice. After its ready, apply the formula onto your armpits and/or groin area. Leave it dry and then rinse it with warm water. Do this step at least once a day in the morning. It is said that the effect of the formula lasts for ten hours.
  7. Sage 300x225 - About Body Odor and How to Get Rid of NaturallySage: This plant is famous for its nice smell. No wonder that it can reduce body odor. The way it works is by minimizing gland activity. It works as anti bacteria.
    Blend sage, lavender, and coriander essential oil along with witch hazel extract. Put the blended formula into a spray bottle. Use it as daily deodorant. It can lasts for some hours as long as you don’t do extreme activity.
    Take some dried sage and then dip it into a liter of hot water. Leave the liquid dry, then use it to rinse your armpits twice a day.
    If you like, you can drink brewed sage twice a day. You cannot increase the dose, because it may cause some irritation or allergic.

How? Which one do you prefer? The key to cure your health problem is by do it regularly everyday, in considerable duration.

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Why You Should Avoid Skipping Your Daily Workout

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Does this scenario sound familiar: You skip one workout session that leads to three months of avoiding gym altogether, leaving you out of shape and gasping for air simply walking to the car?

Don’t worry, you’re not alone. No matter your fitness motivation, life sometimes gets in the way and you feel too overwhelmed, overworked or stressed to go to gym.

However, if your off days are surpassing your gym days, then you should reconsider your strategy.
Working out regularly and staying fit is key to enjoying both good mental and physical health. In fact, it’s been proven that being active can help you feel less stressed and overwhelmed.

A week of skipping gym won’t get you into trouble. Many professionals even encourage occasionally resting your body. However, studies have shown that within 14 days of skipping gym in a row, your body’s fitness levels, lean muscle mass and insulin sensitivity significantly lowers.

Gym Girl - Why You Should Avoid Skipping Your Daily Workout

Here are a few reasons why you shouldn’t skip gym:
You become unfit: Depending on your fitness levels, it takes on average two weeks for your body’s cardiovascular fitness and lean muscle mass to decrease. To avoid losing out on all the hard work you’ve put into reaching your fitness goals, go to gym as soon as you’re able to.

Habit: Humans are creatures of habit and if you don’t keep to your routines, chances are that you’ll abandon them altogether. Therefore, it’s best to set out a workout routine and stick to it. Skipping gym sessions regularly can be a slippery slope.

Exercise high: After a good workout your body releases ‘feel good’ chemicals: endorphins, serotonin and dopamine. These chemicals help relieve stress and battle depression. Regularly skipping gym can only make problems appear bigger than they are, while a good workout session can help you put things into perspective.

Long-term benefits: Exercising isn’t a one-day solution, it should be a lifestyle. The benefits of long-term exercising include lower chances of contracting chronic diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. So, for the sake of your body and mind, don’t miss out on your workouts too often.

It’s clear that skipping gym too often isn’t ideal. We’ve put together a few simple tips on how you can stick to your workout schedule:

Make gym fun again: many people get bored by the monotony of going to gym and doing the same routine every day. Spice things up by joining a new class like Zumba or trying new ways to keep fit like going on a hiking trip with friends.

Start small: learn to walk before you run, or in other words, don’t overdo it. Avoid over exhausting your body as this can negatively affect your fitness motivation. Set smaller reachable goals and gradually increase them.

Try the buddy system: working out with the support of a friend not only makes exercising more fun, but making a commitment to go to gym with someone else makes it harder to skip sessions. Find below a list of things to look out for when choosing your workout buddy.

Workout Dumbles - Why You Should Avoid Skipping Your Daily Workout

What you should look for in a workout buddy
Having a workout buddy can benefit you: they can motivate you to exercise even harder, thereby reaching your goals quicker.

However, looking for a perfect workout partner should be a process and not a whim. It needs to be someone you trust and feel comfortable with. Look out for these when choosing your next partner:

Get along with your partner: Your workout buddy should ideally be someone you enjoy spending time with. If you don’t get along with them, then you’ll end up finding reasons not to work out together. But if you enjoy spending time with your exercise partner, then you’ll be more inclined to work out, getting through your routine faster.

You should be equally fit: It helps if your partner is at the same fitness level or even fitter than you. A fitness buddy can act as a mentor, providing a tangible example of what you’d like to achieve. And by studying your partner, you’ll also gain more knowledge and be more familiar with fitness, exercise routines and form.

Have a positive attitude and be a go-getter: When your fitness partner assists you during a workout or pushes you to your limit, then you can end up being even more motivated. It’s beneficial for partners to believe in each other and share this positivity with one another.

Share similar motivational styles: The motivation style that you need must match those of your buddy. They need to push you to what you are comfortable with. Otherwise you’ll overexert yourself which may cause you to lose your drive to exercise further.

Match your schedule: Because we all have busy lifestyles, you must ensure that your schedules don’t clash. Your workout buddy should have a training schedule that matches yours. This way you’ll always be available for each other.

Spot a bad workout partner: Having a workout buddy should be an advantage to your life. If a partner is usually late, spends more time on their phone or uses illegal performance enhancing drugs, then it’s best to cut your losses. The goal of working out with another person is to build and grow together, but as soon as you’re feeling dragged down, then it’s time for you to find someone else.

Next time you feel like skipping gym, think about what you could be missing in terms of health and fitness, especially if it’s a workout with someone there to help push and motivate you.

Author Bio
Ryno is the content coordinator for GetSavvi Health medical insurance. He regularly writes about health and lifestyle topics and manages GetSavvi Health’s social media pages. A Journalism graduate from the University of Pretoria, he worked as a hard news journalist before making his way to marketing. He loves his two beautiful Labradors, and when he is not walking them on the beach, he’s probably trying to follow his own health and lifestyle advice by trading in the take-aways for a healthy, home-cooked meal.

7 Do-It-Yourself Pregnancy Tests: Practical and Feasible

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Pregnancy can be good news, bad news, or something in between. Good news for people who actually yearn for having a kid. Bad news for those who do not want the pregnancy due to certain problems. People may also consider pregnancy as the so-so news if they have some kids before.

Whatever people may interpret pregnancy, it is important to validate whether a woman is pregnant or not. Pregnancy is still an important issue. By knowing if a woman is pregnant, people related to it can make some strategies to deal with the pregnancy.

Pregnancy Tests - 7 Do-It-Yourself Pregnancy Tests: Practical and Feasible

Usually, a woman will do pregnancy test if she feels something different with their body. Unexperienced women may not realize that they fall pregnant until the doctor says so. But it is important to notice some physical signs after the last time she got along with her spouse.

The most common way to see if a woman is pregnant is by looking at her menstrual cycle. Women with regular cycle will not find any difficulty. However, other women may have irregular menstrual cycle. It can be difficult to see if she falls pregnant or not. Other symptoms of pregnancy are rather similar to pre-menstrual signs. They include nausea or morning sickness, frequent urination, losing or gaining appetite, swollen or more sensitive breasts, fatigue, weakness, mood swings, abdominal bloating, and unusual sensitivity to smell.

Things may get more complicated because some women do not feel any symptoms in their first trimester. It can be confusing especially for those who are wondering their pregnancy status. Therefore, pregnancy test is the best way to confirm.

Even though you can purchase pregnancy tester at drugstores or pharmacy, you may want more economical and practical way. Good news, you can do homemade or do-it-yourself pregnancy tester. It does not cost you any fortune because all tools and things you need are there in your home. Here are some ways you can try as pregnancy test.

  1. Powder - 7 Do-It-Yourself Pregnancy Tests: Practical and FeasibleBleach: Do you have bleach for your clothes? If yes, you can use it as homemade pregnancy test. If the bleach is in the form of powder, then you need to dissolve the ¼ cup of powder bleach into fresh water. If you have the liquid bleach, then you simply need to put ¼ or ⅟2 cup of bleach.
    Then, you have to add some of your urine. It is recommended that you use morning urine because it is believed to be more concentrated. See the reaction. If it forms a kind of foam, bubbles up, or produce hissing sound like coke after the bottle is opened, then it is a sign that you are pregnant. It results the otherwise if there is no reaction of bleach-and-urine mixture.
  2. Tylenol and Peroxide
    Tylenol is usually used to get rid of headache and peroxide is important as anti-infection agent. People may use peroxide to overcome acne. That is why you may have these two ingredients in your home.
    Peroxide - 7 Do-It-Yourself Pregnancy Tests: Practical and Feasible If you need immediate result of pregnancy test, you can use the tylenol-and-peroxide formula. You will also need a plastic cup or bowl. You can use recycled mineral water then cut the upper part so it will be like a plastic glass. Put about ¼ cup of peroxide into the plastic, followed by two tylenols. After that, put your urine into the mixture. Wait for some seconds. Does it turn into blue liquid? If yes, then you are positively pregnant. However if the mixture color remains the same, you are not pregnant.
  3. Toothpaste
    Toothpaste - 7 Do-It-Yourself Pregnancy Tests: Practical and FeasibleThe best toothpaste is the one having white color. It is because some toothpastes come in green or blue. Put some toothpaste into a special tiny jar or bowl. Remember, do not use the same jar or bowl for foods, it is repulsive. Then, add small amount of your urine (it is best that you put the first morning urine) into the toothpaste in the bowl or jar.
    Watch the reaction after some moment. Be patient as the reaction may be longer than you think (three minutes or so). If the toothpaste turn into bluish or bubbles up, then you may be pregnant.
  4. Sugar
    sugar 150x150 - 7 Do-It-Yourself Pregnancy Tests: Practical and FeasibleAgain, you will need a special tiny jar or bowl and your first morning urine for taking this test. Put two or three tablespoons of sugar into the bowl, then add the urine.
    To see if you fall pregnant, wait for a moment. When the mixture clots then you are pregnant. If the sugar is immediately fused with the urine, it means negative.
  5. Soap Bar
    Soap Bar - 7 Do-It-Yourself Pregnancy Tests: Practical and FeasibleYou do not need to use the whole soap bar for this. Instead, cut a part of the soap. It does not need to be too tiny, though – two or three inches will do. After that, go to bathroom and put some urine on the top of the soap. You can hold the soap on your palm or using bowl. If the soap begins to bubble up, it means positive. Otherwise, you are not pregnant.
  6. Simply urine and a jar
    urine - 7 Do-It-Yourself Pregnancy Tests: Practical and FeasiblePut some amount of your urine in a jar. Again, it is best to do it right after you wake up in the morning. After that, put the jar containing the liquid on flat surface, yet make sure that it will not be contaminated by other substance like water or dust. Leave it for 24 hours. Then look at the urine. If it have slightly white layer on the surface, you are likely to be pregnant. If not, it can be negative or you can repeat the step from the beginning. This test is for people who are patient enough to see the result.
  7. Vinegar and Tuna Mixture
    Vinegar - 7 Do-It-Yourself Pregnancy Tests: Practical and FeasibleHow to use it? It is not that you will make sushi because you will need to blend vinegar and tuna. After that, put the blended formula into a special bowl then leave it overnight at room temperature. Do not put it into the fridge. In the next morning, immediately after waking up, pour some of your urine into the vinegar-and-tuna mixture.
    See carefully if there is any color change in the blend. If the liquid changes into dark green color, then you may fall pregnant. If there is no change in liquid color, the result is on the contrary.

Remember, those tips are for alternative and private use. If you want more accuracy, go see a doctor after doing homemade pregnancy test. It is important so that the doctor will guide you or suggest some advice’s to go through your pregnancy phase in healthy way.

Top 10 Foods to Reduce the Risk of Heart Attack

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Heart disease is a common problem that might put the life of both men and women in danger. The symptoms of this problem  are various, ranging from face drooping to headaches.

There have been many people that find it hard to get rid of this health issue as it can not be gone in one day or so. The advice for you in such case is to start to live healthily, starting from your diet and the exercising process. You can start from today by simply cutting down on the processed food that you eat as well as to eat as much as vegetable and drink as much as water as you can. Besides, you should have your own timetable to do workout every day.

Heart Disease - Top 10 Foods to Reduce the Risk of Heart Attack

In fact, people who eat healthy and lead a good lifestyle tend to stay away from heart attacks or strokes.

Given below are some typical foods that are beneficial for your health and work wonders in helping you to reduce the risk of getting heart disease. The truth is, if you are patient with this method, you will eventually lower the risk of heart attack by about 28%.

And they are still good even when you do not have any heart attack since they are good for your overall health. Here are top 10 recommended foods for you to protect your heart.

  1. orange - Top 10 Foods to Reduce the Risk of Heart AttackOranges: Oranges are packed with a high amount of antioxidants and vitamin C, which are beneficial for the immune system. More than that, these properties can be good for your heart health for it helps you to stay away from diseases and keeps blood pressure under control. The advice for you is to take oranges every day by eating it or simply taking orange juice every day.
  2. Kale - Top 10 Foods to Reduce the Risk of Heart AttackKale: This common ingredient is both good for overall health and the health of your heart . The dark leafy greens have long been considered as the super food as it helps patients to reverse the cardiovascular diseases. The food can offer people with antioxidants, omega – 3 fatty acids and fiber. This is not to mention that they are rich in potassium and vitamin E as well. If you find it hard to consume, you can totally opt for kale snacks and lemon juice so that it can help you to get the best result.
  3. garlic - Top 10 Foods to Reduce the Risk of Heart AttackGarlic: This herb is not only a great spice that everyone needs in their daily diet but also works wonders to reduce chances of getting heart diseases. It is super beneficial to solve the problems of unwanted clotting or simply replace your aspirin. It does not bring any side effects and you can be free from worries.
  4. chocolate - Top 10 Foods to Reduce the Risk of Heart AttackDark Chocolate: The ingredient is beneficial for people who want to lose some weight as it helps control the weight and blood pressure. It enables the body to stay away from diseases from obesity to inflammation. Thus, dark chocolate is one of the best ways to prevent heart attack. The key properties helping it to do so is the flavanols, which improve blood vessel flexibility so that it can replace some food supplements.
  5. Sardines - Top 10 Foods to Reduce the Risk of Heart AttackSardines: It is the high amount of omega fatty acids in the ingredient regarded as the cold-water fish. These fatty acids are essential for the heart health. Besides, the good fats can help to prevent the triglycerdies, to raises HDL as well as to reduce the heart failure. All you need to do is to take it on regular basis to replace the water you take in every day.You can consume this ingredient alone or simply add it to your daily meal or drink the juice. This is a better way to find satisfied results in just a short period of time.
  6. Lentils - Top 10 Foods to Reduce the Risk of Heart AttackLentils: Lentil is one of the key ingredients that are essential for your heart health. The trick with this is to take in a decent amount of it every day to receive a sufficient amount of vegetable protein and fiber to fight against hypertension, one of the most common signs of heart attack.
    Some people prefer to take lentils in the raw form. The other add them to their daily meals to make it taste better. You should keep this as the good habit for you will find the better health, not to mention to reduce the risk of heart attack.
  7. almonds - Top 10 Foods to Reduce the Risk of Heart AttackAlmonds: The wonderful nuts are great to lower the cholesterol level. Therefore, once you eat this, you do not have to worry about the absorption of cholesterol. The trick is to lower LDL level and generate more HDL more than ever.
    Normally, it would be much more convenient if you take almonds in packages. Alternatively, you can just add it to porridge or to replace the snacks with almonds.
  8. cherry - Top 10 Foods to Reduce the Risk of Heart AttackCherry: Another common food to lower the risk of heart attack and other cardiovascular diseases is cherry. According to some research, uric acid levels in the blood might be lower thanks to the consumption of cherries. In addition, cherry contains anthocyanins which are believed to prevent heart attack effectively. Therefore, you had better use cherries on a regular basis, including both raw cherries and its juice.
  9. beans - Top 10 Foods to Reduce the Risk of Heart AttackBeans: The consumption of beans on a daily basis is a secret for those who want to stay away from heart attack. Folate plays an important role in the nutrition of beans with more than 300 micrograms. It is the crucial nutrient to fight against cardiovascular diseases. If you are not a big fan of beans, spinach or tomato might be great alternative choices. They also provide a huge amount of folate.
  10. Water - Top 10 Foods to Reduce the Risk of Heart AttackWater: Last but not least, water is an important part of the strategy to protect you from heart attack. Several scientific evidence proves that if you drink about 5 cups per day, you are more likely to avoid heart attack than others who drink only 2. Dehydration is a very dangerous condition and not everyone is aware of its potential risks. Therefore, make sure that you have enough intake of water every day to prevent dehydration. Another benefit of water is to stimulate the blood flow to the heart.Besides, these foods only aim to improve your cardiovascular health. In the long run, you still have to be committed to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Obesity is a highly potential threat to heart attack. As a result, you should have a stable weight and keep an eye on the level of your blood sugar.

    Author Bio: Erin is a freelance writer who has been working for AuthorityRemedies.com  for over 2 years, where she shares reliable information on Home Remedies, Nutrition and Fitness. She enjoys writing, doing yoga and extensive traveling.

Monitoring the Patients Heart Health with Routine ECG Testing

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Heart Health - Monitoring the Patients Heart Health with Routine ECG TestingMany people consider high blood pressure and pretty much any other kind of cardiovascular disease as traitorous ailments. Their onset produces very few palpable and detectable symptoms but could actually result in instant death, especially in the case of sudden cardiac arrest. Indeed, it is this lack of any apparent and alarming symptoms that makes most people forego any testing and treatment.

This practice should be discouraged as this is pretty much like consigning yourself to ignorance, which only ever leads to untoward consequences. You shouldn’t disregard any aspect of your health, all the more so if it concerns your heart. There’s also practically no reason for you to not avail of an electrocardiogram (ECG) test, which serves as a good window to your heart’s overall health. Delaying further, especially if you have already exhibited symptoms of heart ailments, could mean the difference between life and death.

Preliminary Facts about Electrocardiogram Testing
Portrait of a doctor - Monitoring the Patients Heart Health with Routine ECG TestingECG testing is termed as such because it monitors the electrical activities in your heart. The heart, after all, has its own natural electrical system, which is responsible for pumping blood to vital parts and regions of your body. As the test is being conducted, its findings would be rendered as line tracings, which would be shown on a piece of paper. A normal ECG test would exhibit waves that spike or dip consecutively. The test is applicable for both at rest and exercise examinations.

As for how the test is actually done, a complete ECG test commonly involves placing up to 10 electrodes on different regions of the body. Most (usually 6) of the electrodes are placed on the patient’s chest; some are placed on the arms and legs as well to be able to give a full view of one’s cardiac state. These electrodes are the ones that pick up the electric signals issued by the heart. These signals are then relayed to the main ECG machine, which then proceeds to print it out.

What Can You Learn from An ECG Test?
This test is a potent gauge of the heart’s overall state as it is able to

  • Detect the underlying cause of chest pain, which could be the result of a heart attack, angina, or other inflammatory heart ailments like pericarditis.
  • Determine whether common symptoms like dizziness, shortness of breath, and palpitations, to cite a few, are due to an already developing serious heart disease or not
  • Heart ECG Test - Monitoring the Patients Heart Health with Routine ECG TestingDetermine whether there is a thickening on any of the heart’s main chambers, which is a primary symptom of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH).
  • Detect heart abnormalities and clogging of the arteries.
  • Check the effects of chronic diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol on the heart.
  • Find out whether certain medications and devices (like pacemakers, for instance) would be advisable and more efficient for a patient.
  • Help doctors plan the course of treatment for a patient, based on the precise findings that it is able to make.

The Importance of ECG Testing in Patient Management

ECG - Monitoring the Patients Heart Health with Routine ECG TestingMonitoring cardiac activity is one of the important steps that ensures the effectiveness of patient treatment and management. In fact, many procedures like open-heart surgery as well as cathlab rely primarily on the findings on ECG tests. Many of today’s advanced monitoring systems readily incorporate features that could interpret and report results. They often include a screening device, which is the one that is mainly responsible for monitoring the patient’s heart functions. It is complemented by a printer that automatically prints out the findings. Some even include a built-in recording system, which is able to archive every test done on a patient. These, of course, serve as valuable tools for the doctor’s future reference.

Once a problem has been detected by an ECG test, it is only then that other diagnostic methods are performed. These could be echocardiograms, x-rays of the chest, magnetic resonance or a simple stress test, to name a few. Certain medical procedures require consistent monitoring of the patient’s heart, as well. For instance, during courses of surgeries and catheter procedures, doctors always make it a point to prioritize cardiac monitoring. The same goes for post-procedure or if a patient has been placed under intensive care.

Why You Should Not Hesitate to Have Your Heart Tested Regularly
Preventive screening of the heart is crucial to maintaining its health, as evidenced by the rising number of cases of cardiac ailments in these modern times. In many countries around the world, heart disease is almost always the top cause of death in both males and females. Efforts to mitigate mortality from these ailments may already be showing signs of success. However, this doesn’t erase the fact that stroke and heart attack numbers are still on the rise.

Heartbeat - Monitoring the Patients Heart Health with Routine ECG TestingIt is for this reason why early detection of possible illnesses of the heart is nothing short of necessary. It has to be reiterated beforehand, though, that patients who have exhibited warning symptoms of heart disease are the only ones who are advised to undergo regular ECG testing. The facts stated above should convince anyone, who doesn’t want to have to deal with a more serious heart complication in the future, to settle for nothing less. Even if you are not showing any of the usual symptoms, it would still be wise to undergo an ECG test if you already have some of the risk factors (e.g. family history and smoking and alcohol use).

This is because, in the end, it certainly wouldn’t hurt to be always certain of your current state of well-being. The heart is one of the body’s most vital organs; it is also one of its hardest working as well. This fact alone provides sufficient reason to opt for the surer and safer option. Regular heart checkups via ECG tests and other related tests that would be able to help you keep your heart in tip-top shape are but some of the many important practices you need to start adapting. Complement it with optimal lifestyle changes and other well-known healthy practices, and you pretty much have a solid equation that would be able to completely solve something as chronic a problem as heart disease.

Author Bio:
Sathya Kumar is the Founder & CEO at Techindia Infoway Pvt Ltd., Chennai. Techindia focused on accelerating productivity and provide flexible solutions for an ever-changing healthcare landscape by assisting the patient’s of the radiology department/Labs, diagnostic centers, Hospitals, individual radiologists and the private healthcare sector to receive the highest quality off site diagnostic reports.

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Effective Home Remedies to Fight Oral Thrush

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Oral thrush, also known under the scientific name of oral candidiasis, is triggered by the overgrowth of fungus Candida albicans in your mouth and tongue. In fact, there is always a certain amount of fungus candida in the mouth and it is kept perfectly harmless by other bacteria in our body. However, from time to time the balance is messed up by many factors such as medication or weakens immune system, leading to the excessive accumulation of yeast. The symptoms of oral thrush vary from white patches, redness and even bleeding on the inside of the mouth including the inner cheeks, throat, and tongue.

Oral thrush can be a serious threat, not only because it is contagious, but also it can weaken our immune system and allow more health problems to grow. When you are diagnosed with oral thrush, you will probably be prescribed with an antifungal medication. This kind of treatment can cure the symptoms, but in the long run, it can cause you serious problems such as liver damage, allergy or the imbalance of estrogen level. The key of treating oral thrush lies in balancing the pH level of the mouth, strengthening our immune system and promoting the development of good bacteria in our body. Luckily, there are many natural ways to cure oral thrush without risking your health in all these above side effects. Below are some home remedies you can practice to combat oral thrush.

Oral Thrush 20 - Effective Home Remedies to Fight Oral Thrush

  1. Fermented Vegetables: Packed with lactic acid, fermented vegetables are capable of producing probiotic bacteria.  Probiotics is extremely effective to reinforce the immune system and restore the balance of bacteria in the mouth and body. So it is very beneficial to add fermented vegetables like kimchi and pickles to your daily meals.
  2. Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil deserves to top the list of natural remedies to treat oral thrush. Tea tree oil is a powerhouse of antifungal properties which help control the development of yeast. It is also filled with antioxidants which will be of great help in improving the immune system and preventing yeast infections.
    How to use:
    •    Make a solution of 5 drops of tea oil and glass of warm water, gargle your mouth for 2 minutes.
    •    Repeat this action 4 to 5 times a day, you will see the difference in no time.
  3. Baking Soda: It seems that baking soda is one ultimate home remedy for many health problems. And no wonder, it can be used to treat oral thrush too. Sodium bicarbonate found abundantly in baking soda is able to effectively balance the pH level of the mouth and kill harmful bacteria while leaving friendly ones.
    How to use:
    •    The simple way is to rinse your mouth 2 times a day with a solution of ½ teaspoon of baking soda and a glass of warm water until the yeast is gone.
    •    Another option is to make a paste out of baking soda and water, use a cotton ball to apply it in the infection area and rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water after 2 minutes. To have best result you can choose to do this action 3 times a day
  4. Garlic
    If you are a keen practitioner of garlic, you are probably familiar with allicin compound which is a great source of antibacterial, antifungal and antibiotic properties. Therefore, garlic is one great remedy to combat oral thrush. Garlic can kill harmful bacteria and improve body’s ability to fight infections.
    How to use:
    •    Add 2 to 3 cloves of raw garlic to your daily diet to enhance immune system.
    •    If you cannot bear the smell and suffer from garlic breath after eating, you can try raw garlic tablets or other supplements under the consultation of doctors
  5. Cinnamon: Cinnamon is another important remedy to consider if you are an oral thrush sufferer. Its power origins from the high concentration of anti-candida and antifungal properties which are prove to be able to control the overgrowth of yeast and relief the symptoms.
    How to use:
    •    You can drink cinnamon tea 2 to 3 times a day.
    •    Mix a few drop of cinnamon oil in olive oil or any carrier oil then directly apply the mixture to the infected area and rinse off thoroughly with warm water after 5 to 10 minutes.
  6. Salt: The saline solution from salt holds the power to create an unfavorable environment in your mouth that candida bacteria cannot thrive in. Salt can also relief the pain and reduce the severity of the symptoms. So simply gargle your mouth water warm salt water several times a day until you feel the positive changes.
  7. Coconut Oil: Coconut oil gains its popularity to cure oral thrush by its antioxidant, antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial effect it can make to our body. Besides, the combination of lauric acid and caprylic acid found in coconut oil can also do the magic in blocking the development of yeast and improving the immune system.
    How to use:
    •    Directly apply coconut oil to the infected area. It’s perfectly safe to repeat a few times a day and you don’t even have to rinse off.
    •    You are advised to use coconut oil in your cooking.
  8. Good Oral and Denture Hygiene
    As obvious as it sounds, good denture hygiene is very essential to control the development of yeast because plaque and sugars building up on dentures can feed candida to overgrow and overpower good bacteria. It is advisory for people who use dentures to take them out before going to bed and soak them in vinegar. Practicing consistent and thorough brushing and mouth washing, consulting dentist periodically are also a must if you want to combat oral thrush.

When to Visit the GP
You need to have the GP advised if you incur any symptoms of oral thrush. In case, it is left untreated, those symptoms will prolong and your mouth will be constantly under discomforts.

If it is getting more severe and still untreated, you are under great risk of having infection spread throughout your body and it can be lethal.

The GP can easily diagnose oral thrush through the examination of your mouth. Occasionally, there might be blood test required in order to check if any specific condition is involved like deficiency of nutrition or diabetes.

How to Prevent Oral Thrush
There are numerous activities which you can practice that can help you significantly lower the risk of developing oral thrush such as:

  • Have your mouth rinsed after having meals.
  • Have your teeth brushed twice every day using fluoride toothpaste as well as flossed or cleaned interdental regularly.
  • Check-up with the dentist regularly even when you have dentures or no natural teeth.
  • Have your dentures removed every night, cleaned using soap, paste and water, then have them soaked in the solution of tablets for dental cleaning and water.
  • Have your dentist advised in case the dentures are unfit.
  • Quit smoking in case you are doing it.
  • Have your mouth rinsed using water and then spit the water out later using the corticosteroid inhaler. Also remember to use the spacer which is the plastic cylinder attached to the inhaler when you have the medicine.
  • Make sure to have every underlying conditions like diabetes under control.

It is essential to equip yourself with the knowledge and information regarding oral thrush. Even though, it might not be as harmful as other conditions and diseases, there are chances that it can get worse and eventually, negative affect your health. Therefore, it is necessary to remember those natural tips above as well as practice good oral hygiene.

Author Bio:
This article is written by Lyndsie Beresford – Senior Editor of Authority Remedies.

Lyndsie is the apprentice at Nutrition Society of Australia after finishing her bachelor degree of Human Nutrition at La Trobe University.

She is also pursuing her master degree of Food Science at University of Melbourne.

With the great passion for nutrition and healthy diet, her future is brighter than ever in becoming one of the finest nutritionists and dietitians.

How to Get Rid of Blackheads on the Nose

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start our day refreshed - How to Get Rid of Blackheads on the NoseWe all aim to start our day refreshed, strong, and confident. “I am beautiful!”, you say to yourself as you stretch your arms and look forward to everything you will accomplish for the next hours.

Then, you see yourself in the mirror and the sight of those new pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads make your enthusiasm waver. Acne is not deadly to your body — but it surely can shatter your self esteem.

Blackheads are especially troublesome and difficult to get rid of. Worse, they are icky black spots mostly prevalent on the nose — right in the middle of the face you present to the world.

This is why most people cannot resist the temptation of self-extracting their blackheads at home — a big no-no according to dermatologists and skin experts. Specialists, such as dermatologists, should conduct proper diagnosis before determining the best course of action to safely extract those stubborn blackheads.

Improper blackheads extraction may cause skin trauma, open and raw skin, scarring, and infection. It takes time and patience to get rid of blackheads the proper way — but keep in mind that it is a cosmetic issue, just like stretch marks and ugly nails caused by nail fungus infection, that does not affect how awesome you are inside.

Below, we discuss what blackheads are, what causes them, and explore several treatment options.

Blackheads on Nose - How to Get Rid of Blackheads on the NoseWhat are blackheads and what are their causes?
Blackheads, a mild kind of acne, are tiny spots that are typically visible on your face. They appear most frequently on the nose because it is one of the oiliest part of our skin.

Each follicle consists of one hair and sebum, a gland that produces oil that helps in keeping your skin soft. When your body generates too much amount of dead skin cells and sebum, their combination forms a soft clog in the hair follicles where bacteria can grow.

The clogged pore may lead to a production of a bump called a comedone. When the surface of the clogged pore is exposed to the air, it causes it to look dark. The black color of these spots is caused by clogged pores that are filled with dirt, skin cells, and oil that are mixed with oxygen.

Blackheads can also form on the chest, arms, neck, back, and shoulders. The American Academy of Dermatology stated that acne is the most common skin disorder in the US that affects 40-50 million Americans.

You are more susceptible to developing blackheads if:

  • developing blackheads - How to Get Rid of Blackheads on the NoseYour body is producing too much oil, which may be caused by your diet or hormonal changes during puberty, menstruation, or through birth control pill intake.
  •  There is build up of propionibacterium acnes bacteria on your skin
  • There is irritation of your hair follicles due to irregular skin cells shedding
  • You are taking specific medications such as androgens, corticosteroids, and lithium, among others
  • You are using oil-based makeup, or wearing noncomedogenic makeup and sunscreens while sweating/working out
  • You are not regularly cleaning your phone and unconsciously touches your face

There is a belief that dairy and foods rich in carbohydrates that increase blood sugar levels may also be one of the triggers of developing acne and blackheads. However, researchers still haven’t found a strong evidence that backs up this belief.

What are the safe and proven treatment options for blackheads?
You may feel very frustrated when your chosen treatments for blackheads do not work. That is why it is very essential to understand the right kind of treatments, and not just go with the hype of what is being marketed as instant solutions for your skin dilemmas.

Over-the-Counter Treatments (OTC)
OTC - How to Get Rid of Blackheads on the NoseNumerous medications for acne can be bought without a prescription. These can be in the form of a cream, pad, and gel that are applied directly to the skin.

Dermatologists, doctors with skin care expertise, recommend retinoids which are among the leading ingredients for eliminating blackheads. Some of the retinoids are available over-the-counter, while some require a prescription. A low dosage of retinol in a minimum of 6-8 weeks is suggested.

Other ingredients of OTC treatments are the following:

  • Salicylic acid: This is an ingredient that causes pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads to dry up when applied to your skin. It also facilitates the peeling of the top layer of the skin.
    Another benefit of salicylic acid is that it helps prevent pores from becoming plugged. Salicylic acid is often found in pads that can be rubbed on your skin in strengths from 0.5%- 5%. It may cause side effects such as mild tingling and redness of the skin.
    It is recommended to use it less if you experience above-normal redness and dryness of the skin.
  • Benzoyl peroxide: This wipes out bacteria-causing acne and blackheads that also aids in taking out the excess oil from your skin. This also eliminates dead skin cells which can block your pores.
    Products with benzoyl peroxide are available in 2.5%-10% strengths. It may cause side effects such as scaling, burning, and can cause a tingling feeling, redness, and scaling. You are more prone to these side effects if your skin is sensitive.
    It is recommended to apply this with caution as it can also bleach clothing and hair.
  • Resorcinol: This is commonly combined with other ingredients such as sulfur which eliminates dead skin cells that can cause pore clogging, as well as excess oil.

Cleansers, peels, serums, and moisturizers with a combination of salicylic acid and alpha hydroxy acids are also dermatologist-suggested but are not recommended to use with products that contain retinol. Retinol hinders the blocking of pores by skin cells and in loosening up the existing dirt from the pores.

Chemical Peels
There are two types of chemical available: mild peels, which can be done at home; and stronger peels, which should be done by dermatologists or skin care specialists.
A chemical peel is done by applying a strong chemical solution on the skin. It helps get rid of clogs and dead skin cells that lead to blackheads. Peels that contain retinoic or salicylic acid are known to be beneficial for blackheads reduction.

Prescription Medications - How to Get Rid of Blackheads on the NosePrescription Medications
If there are no improvements after undergoing over-the-counter treatments, a visit to a dermatologist is suggested. They can properly diagnose your blackheads and prescribe the best treatments for your skin problem.
Prescription topical medications that consist of adapalene, tretinoin, and tazarotene, among others, helps in keeping the clogs from forming. These also boost faster skin cell turnover.
In addition, dermatologists may also prescribe treatments that contain antibiotics and stronger benzoyl peroxide which also help combat pimples and acne cysts apart from blackheads.

Manual Removal
Using a special instrument called a round loop extractor, dermatologists creates a small opening in the blackhead and applies the proper amount of pressure with the tool to remove the clog in the pores.
As mentioned above, manual removal should be done by dermatologists and specialists to avoid additional problems such as scarring and other skin trauma.

Microdermabrasion
Just like in manual removal, specialists also use a special tool for this treatment with a rough surface. This tool will be utilized in sanding out the skin’s top layers to eliminate the clog that causes your blackheads.
Suction is also involved in other microdermabrasion procedures, which can also aid in releasing blackheads.

Laser and Light Therapy
Laser and light therapies also help eradicate blackheads, and even large pores that may appear as blackheads. These two types of treatments utilize the right amount of beams of intense light to wipe out bacteria and diminish the production of oil.
Both light and laser beams have the ability to reach below the skin’s surface to treat acne and blackheads without damaging the skin’s top layers.

prevent blackheads - How to Get Rid of Blackheads on the NoseCan we prevent blackheads?
The good thing is: there are several ways to prevent blackheads without breaking the bank. Here are some options:

  • Use oil-free products: Avoid using oil-based makeup, sunscreens, and lotions as any product that has oil can trigger the production of new blackheads.
  • Wash your face regularly: Make sure you wash your face the moment you wake up and before you go to bed to remove the oil that can cause blackheads. However, washing your face over two times a day can cause skin irritation. It is recommended to use a gentle cleanser to avoid redness and irritation. There are also acne cleansing products with antibacterial ingredients that are safe and suggested to use.
    Others also recommend washing your face after eating oily foods, as it is believed to be contributing to clogged pores.
  • Don’t forget to wash your hair everyday: Oil from your hair can also cause the clogging of your pores.
  • Avoid touching your face: Apart from producing new blackheads, oil and dirt from your hands may also lead to other skin problems. Ensure that you always have clean hands when there is a need to touch your face.
  • Exfoliate: Use exfoliating masks and scrubs to remove your face’s dead skin cells. This can help reduce blackheads and acne. Just make sure that these products do not have ingredients that may irritate your skin.

With all these knowledge and education to properly get rid of these spots, you can finally put an end to this stubborn and irritating skin problem. Are you ready to say goodbye to your blackheads?

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Sandy Getzky  - How to Get Rid of Blackheads on the NoseSandy Getzky – Sandy Getzky is the executive coordinating editor at The Global Nail Fungus Organization, a group committed to helping the 100+ million people suffering from finger and toenail fungus. Sandy is also a registered Herbalist and member of the American Herbalist’s Guild.
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