Healthier Skin Naturally in 7 Days or Less

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Healthier Skin Naturally in 7 Days or Less

By: Burgundy Shank

Many people think that drastic measures are required in order to have flawless, youthful skin. Nothing could be further from the truth. It's possible to have better looking skin starting with things you already have in your home; no cosmetic surgery or expensive makeup required!

Healthy skin is moist and produces adequate amounts of oil from the sebaceous glands, producing a natural " glow. " Plump skin cells fit together like a carefully constructed mosaic, where each one has its own place. When skin cells dry out, however, they begin to lift and separate at an angle, giving skin a dull, flaky look that makes the skin appear older.

The two main causes for dry skin are environmental factors (weather, chemicals, the use of the wrong personal care products) and poor diet. In order to look great on the outside, you must first treat yourself right from within. A regular balanced diet is the number one defense against wrinkles, outbreaks and dry skin conditions. However, certain foods have properties that are most important for that glow that we crave. Here we'll talk a bit about some of these foods, and you'll see how quickly you can achieve radiant skin without breaking the bank.

Most moisture for your skin is provided through your bloodstream. The bloodstream is responsible for pumping nutrients and minerals into your system which are carried through that moisture. Without being properly hydrated, nutrients and minerals in your bloodstream may never reach your skin, making them useless in keeping your skin youthful. The oil that your skin produces is not directly responsible for moisturizing, but instead helps to keep moisture in. An inadequate amount of oil will allow excessive evaporation or the moisture in your skin, allowing it to dry out quickly.

Foods rich in protein are essential for skin regeneration and repair. Not just any protein will do. The Atkins diet, which boasts of it low carb dieting results, allows for many types of protein that can cause damage to your skin. Any kind of processed meat, such as bacon, hot dogs or deli meats are loaded with preservatives and salt that will do nothing but pull moisture from your skin. Better sources of protein would include seafood (salmon in particular is a very good choice), lean fowl (turkey, chicken) and vegetable protein. Veggie protein is often overlooked, as American society is accustomed to " meat with every meal. " Try tofu or beans as a high quality protein source. Morningstar Farms makes an excellent veggie burger that even meat lovers would crave if given a try!

Another healthy practice is to eat lots of raw foods every day. Canned and frozen vegetables may provide some nutrients, but only raw veggies and fruits will contain the enzymes necessary to prevent free radical damage. If you absolutely must cook vegetables, steam them lightly and eat al dente.

Certain vitamins and minerals are crucial to youthful skin, including sulfur. In its natural form from foods such as garlic, onions, eggs and asparagus, sulfur with help to keep skin smooth and youthful. You can also take an L-systeine supplement which will also provide adequate amounts of sulfur for healthy skin. A lack of either Vitamin A or B can make your skin chapped or cracked. Beta-carotene is as good for your skin as it is for your eyes. Don't limit yourself to carrots; any type of yellow or orange vegetable is loaded with them. Good examples are squashes and peppers.

Alpha-hydroxy acids are responsible for keeping your skin pH balanced. You can get them from foods such as apples, grapes, blackberries, citrus fruits, tomatoes and milk. Essential fatty acids (EFAs) found in fish (especially salmon), dark leafy vegetables (kale, collards, dandelions) and flax seeds are also extremely important for your skin. Lactic acid helps to improve your skin's moisture content, while glycolic acid removes dead skin cells that make your skin look dry and flaky. Eating foods containing these two EFAs will assist in healthy, glowing skin.

If you're willing to spend a little (just a little), there are a couple of supplements that will powerboost your healthy eating habits. If you find that you can only take one supplement, let it be Vitamin E. It prevents the formation of free radicals and helps repair skin cells damaged from scrapes, burns and bruises. Aloe Vera is another skin healer as well as moisturizer, and can be used topically from the aloe plant, or consumed as a juice found in supermarkets and health food stores. Kelp is an excellent source of nutrients due to its absorption from sea water and is available in several forms.

Junk foods should especially be avoided when trying to maintain healthy skin. Eliminating soda, sugar and other empty-calorie foods will not only improve your skin's appearance, but will help take off the extra pounds. Fried foods are especially bad, because hot-processed oils (such as those found in the supermarket) actually create free radicals and can destroy that look you've been working so hard for. Alcohol and caffeine should also be avoided, as these and other types of diuretics make the body lose fluids and essential minerals, which dries out your skin.

Each of these foods and supplements are easy to find in your local supermarket or health store, and will cost you much less than the myriad of skin care products which promise unrealistic results. In just a few days, you'll notice that your skin will begin to produce adequate amounts of oil naturally, and will no longer show signs of being dull, scaly, flaky or tight. Chapping and cracking during the winter will be much less likely to occur as well. Most importantly, these tips will help you to slow down the effects of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles, brown spots, enlarged pores and sagging skin.

About The Author

Burgundy Shank designs Nutrient Rich Handmade Soaps that contain skin-loving Vitamins such as A, B, C, D, E, and K. She specializes in custom soaps for those with allergies and sensitive skin conditions. You can download the FREE Report " The Top 10 Ingredients to Avoid in Your Personal Care Products " by joining her online newsletter, " Beauty Secrets from Around the World " at http://www.burgundysoap.com.


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Chris 21.12.2010. 13:48

How do you get naturally straight hair? I'm 15 and I straighten my hair EVERY SINGLE DAY, And it continues to damage my hair, of course. I do not use heat protectant, should I? I heard if I use that everyday when I straighten my hair will go back to being natural straight from when I was 1-12 years old.I cannot afford the Japanese or Brazilian treatment. Any products of foods I can eat? Thank Please answer! No silly answers please. This is serious!

Chris

Admin 21.12.2010. 13:48

Everyone deals with what they're born with. Less damage to the hair. If you've got curly or wavy hair, deal with it. The more you fuzz with it, the more you damage your hair. Tampering with what you're born with, combined with chemicals can result in hair loss. http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ByAudience/ForWomen/ucm118527.htm
or worst cancer. Google Hair dyes & cancer.

You heard "heat protectant doesn't protect hair 100%. Like sunscreen, you still get sunburned. Same with hair. . . . who were your source? People your own age? People who've damaged their hair? Or from people who are trying to sell you products, who do not give money back guarantee for damaged hair or hair loss due to 'abuse'? Or from People on youtube, who can't predict the future of their hair?
The hair industry is a billion dollar business, their main job is to sell and make profits. They sell products that cleans & conditions the hair, they also sell products that kills the hair, and even worst if you've got allergic reactions.

ALL HAIR STRAIGHTENERS, no matter what brand, who sells them, how much you paid for them, ALL damage the hair. Even the most expensive salon products: Hair loss, hair falling, split ends, hair not growing normally. I've responded to many girls under 15, experienced in hair falls 7 in 2 hours, 9-3-10.
Your hair won't look like those advertised, after you leave the house. And it won't look like that, after you've used it for awhile. It's all part of the business, to sell products
There are many brands of hair straightening out there and they call them anyway they want to get your attention. Coco is another name brand. Some Japanese hair straightening processes can damage the hair and leave it flat and lifeless.
None is better than the other.
Ex. of one relaxer: http://monicabtheorganicstylist.wordpress.com/tag/hair-relaxers/

Keratin are not approved by the FDA. Visit their website & search for it in their web. If you're thinking about the Brazilian treatment, there's a danger about using formaldehyde, a chemical that causes cancer. The FDA does not restrict the use of that chemical in cosmetics.

A hairstylist in Portland, Or. is blowing a whistle on the treatment.
"A big red flag: About a month after she started using Brazilian Blowout on clients, Scrutton had the first nosebleed of her life."
http://www.oregonlive.com/health/index.ssf/2010/10/
after_hair_stylist_becomes_sus.html
(Type it in if they moved the page. "After hairstylist becomes suspicious of Brazilian Blowout, tests find formaldehyde".

Stylists and clients often wear gas masks or other protective equipment and still may feel the ill effects of this potentially fatal gas. Many customers and stylists do not know that this Brazilian treatment often contains high concentrations of formaldehyde, a cancer-causing chemical.

Google: "Foods for Healthy Hair" - the website had moved, type it in. Two others also:
http://www.webmd.com/skin-beauty/feature?
http://www.menshealth.com/spotlight/hair?

Growing healthy hair doesn't come from a bottle or pills and hair products do not speed hair growth. Any hair oil, is another form to keep hair moisturized, nothing more. If you're in HS, your hair & nails should be growing normally, and as healthily as possible, since you're eating healthy foods. But when hair isn't growing as fast, it's because they've been tempered with: chemicals, hair straightening, etc. . .

Sources:
I know hair. I have over 4 decades of hair know-how. I have silky, shiny, soft, smooth very healthy hair down to my knees. Previously damaged by perming & dyeing in the 80's & 90's. I've known people in their 30's whose hair stopped growing from ironing their hair in the 70's. When I was in HS, my hair grew from bob to waist length in 3 1/2 to 4 years, and cut 2x a year.

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Aaron 13.05.2012. 14:00

I want to ask indian girls how do you keep your hair healthy and shiny? These days more indian girls have shiny hairs which I don't think is done naturally . So what you use to make your hairs shiny.

Aaron

Admin 13.05.2012. 14:00

I'm NOT Indian, but we take care of our hair like any Indian girls THE SAME WAY: from our good genes, good hair care & all the healthy foods from Mother Nature - not made by man.

BTW: Survey says two-third of women in UAE suffer from hair loss
This is significantly more than the other most-reported beauty problems experienced by UAE women, including weight gain (45 per cent of those surveyed), dark circles (31 per cent), eye wrinkles (28 per cent) and aging (26 per cent), said the research which was commissioned by INVERSION and conducted by research experts Nielsen.
The research is based on a survey of one hundred Dubai and Abu Dhabi-based women aged 25?60. It includes UAE nationals, Asians, Western and Arab women.
The survey results showed that hair-fall concern was highest amongst expat Arab women, with 92 per cent experiencing some degree of hair loss in the UAE.  Expat Asian women were similarly affected with 80 per cent experiencing hair loss.
Many different environmental culprits are held responsible for the concerns of the UAE?s ladies, who are thought to be amongst the most beauty conscious women in the world.  Whilst some blame the UAE?s desalinated tap water, others hold the extreme climate of the Emirates responsible.  The truth is probably more complicated, according to esteemed tricologist (hair specialist), Mike Ryan. 3-7-12.

Back when I was little, all we've ever used in Asia, was a bar of soap, for our hair, bodies & laundry, and mom had started perming our hair by 1st grade! We didn't use hot water, or hair dryer, we didn't have that.
We DID set our hair in plastic curlers or styled it when it's damp, and it remained styled until we get home from school. Curlers have been around since the 50's, and they're still USED today! Tames curly/wavy hair, makes them softer, silkier, shinier, & smoother.

CARE: 1. Washing less often, builds the natural oil your hair needs, to get them smoother, shinier, silkier, softer. Man-made products are just temporary, until you wash them again, and at the same time washing off the natural oil your hair NEEDS. Hair products just absorb on your hair if they're dry, like a sponge. Shampoo & condition is all you need.
Jessica Simpson have figured it out, she said she wash her hair every week. She used to abuse her hair, then start selling hair extensions because her hair starting falling from all the chemicals, but she woke up and found out how to keep her hair healthy AGAIN. Before the 80's, the ONLY products used was shampoos & conditioners.

DIET: If you've straightened your hair in the past, it may grow slowly or none at all.
Google: "Foods for Healthy Hair" - Your hair may be the fastest-growing tissue in the body but, unlike the skin, it cannot repair itself. That is why getting the right balance of vitamins and proteins is imperative. Don't expect to look like you've stepped out of a hair commercial the day after you've changed your diet. It is likely to take at least three months before you actually see tangible results.

Growing healthy hair doesn't come from a bottle or pills and hair products do not speed hair growth. Any hair oil, is another form to keep hair moisturized, nothing more. If you're in HS, your hair & nails should be growing normally, and as healthily as possible, since you're eating healthy foods. But when hair isn't growing as fast, it's because they've been tampered with: chemicals, hair straightening, etc. . .

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Naddy 04.07.2012. 00:36

What is the best primer for oily skin? I have SUPER oily skin! Like i mean REALLY BAD! I put my makeup on at like 630 am and by 8 my face is super oily. Im buying all new makeup to help this problem but I can't find a good primer. What is the best primer to keep skin matte almost all day? Or at least 6 hours. Thanks!
Oh and by the way price doesn't matter! It just can't be like $50. $35 is my max.

Naddy

Admin 04.07.2012. 00:36

I like Pur Minerals primer. Also their 3-1 makeup would be good for you since it's a powder foundation. Don't use liquid for oily. Also here are some ways to reduce oily skin.

1. Getting rid of sulfate cleansers. I use Neutrogena Naturals now. It's sulfate free and it doesn't have any parabens or crap like that. Sulfates dry out the skin which in turn can make you produce more oils. So this is the easiest to start with. Also acne washes can have the same effect.
2. Getting a light weight moisturizer. Again I like Neutrogena for this. Theirs is light weight but not super watery to where it's like you didn't put anything on at all. If you don't moisturize your skin will again produce a lot of oils to replenish your skin.
3. A good Vitamin Toner. I use Pur Minerals Fulvic mineral mist. It's packed with tons of vitamins that helps your skin stay healthy. It also contains vitamin C which helps with oilyness. Vitamin toners are just great overall.
4. Get rid of cheap makeup. Cheap makeup is bad for your skin. It can create acne, rashes, excessive oil, dullness and irritation. Like I said I use Pur Minerals because their makeup doesn't have harsh chemicals in it either. It's also good for sensitive skin. I use their 3-1 which is a foundation, concealer and finishing powder. If you get their kit(it's 39) you get the 3-1 in your shade, their foundation brush(which you need to use it as a foundation), primer, bronzer and mascara. So it's a good deal for the 3 things you really need. The rest you can use or give to a friend.
5. Drink more water and cut out sodas and junk foods. What you eat and drink impacts your skin a ton. I cut out juices, soda, diet drinks and junk foods. I saw a huge difference but was still breaking out more than I wanted. So I dug even more and found out that wheat, even whole wheat, is actually bad for you. Yeah you need carbs and fiber but you get those from fruits and veggies. So cutting grains out of your diet as well can help with your skin issues, mostly acne if you have it. If you want help with how to eat without grains go to Marks Daily Apple. You can search whatever you want there. It's a huge site and very resourceful when it comes to healthy eating.
6. Work out. Stress can cause acne and make your body produce excessive oils and guess what is a huge stress reliever? Working out. Doesn't have to be like 2 hours of cardio. You could go for like a 30 minute swim, walk or whatever you enjoy.
7. Get at LEAST 7 hours of sleep. Anything less and you will be tired and your body will not function like it should which means guess what isn't taken care of like it should? Your skin. Instead your body will use the vitamins it gets to help your vital organs function, aka, lungs, heart, brain etc.
8. Get oil blotting sheets. Humans produce oils naturally and while you can reduce it greatly you can't get rid of it. So get some oil blotting sheets from clean and clear to help with oil you do get. It also doesn't take off makeup. :)

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chelseeaa 09.01.2009. 20:32

How do I make my skin paler? I want to make my skin paler, I'm naturally relatively fair but I tan easily. Are there any natural ingredients to make my skin paler?

chelseeaa

Admin 09.01.2009. 20:32

Stay out of the sun. Skin pales in the dark and tans in the sun. Stay out of the sun or wear the highest SPF you can find. Always head for the shade.
Wear more clothes. The less skin exposed to the light, the less chance you will have to tan.
Alter your appearance. Dark clothing and hair will contrast with your skin and make you seem paler. This is entirely optional.
Take Care of Your Skin. Wash, moisturize, exfoliate and ensure your skin is healthy. Healthy skin will help.
Use a whitening cream. Whitening creams are amazing, and can really lighten skin. Choose a safe product and read all warnings! Alternatively, you can look up natural methods for whitening. Milk, for example, is a natural skin whitener.
Apply lemon and amounts of water to even out with the lemon on the parts of the body that you want the pale complexion to be. It will only take a few days for your skin to be pale be sure to do it about 3 times a day.
7. Sprinkle an ounce of baking soda in your bathtub so you can soak for 10 minutes ONCE a week.

Tips:
If you must be outside, wear a high SPF, wrap up and stay in the shade as much as possible.
Simplifying the steps you take to getting and preserving your pale skin will help you stick to your routine.
Drinking green tea is good for your skin (antioxidants). Clear skin accentuates paleness.
If you're a guy then get a clean shave or wax on your face so you dont have dark skin around the areas where excess hair grows.


Makeup to make you look pale:
Having a fair complexion can be difficult to deal with. Pale/fair/porcelain skin doesn?t have the ability to use just any color or shade when it comes to makeup. But just because your skin is on the paler side doesn?t mean you have to settle for looking like a ghost. With smart makeup tips, there is a way to make your complexion work for you and allow you to shine with the best of them. Knowing what colors work for your face and how to apply them is the best way to bring out a pale complexion.



Don?t be afraid to use foundation. Visit a makeup counter and get different shades tested out on your skin so you get the perfect match. For a flawless finish, build up your foundation color in layers and blend with a brush. This will give you a softer and more natural look that will add some color to your face without it looking like a mask. Translucent colors with reddish undertones serve pale skin well.



To add more color you can use a bronzer or blush. If you feel you are too pale, try a cream blush in a pink shade - but not too pink. This will give you a naturally rosy glow. If you?re going to use bronzer, use a light touch by sweeping it across your forehead, cheeks and the bridge of your nose. Remember when using a bronzer, don?t choose a color that is too bronze or you?ll end up looking unnaturally tanned compared to the rest of your body. Be wary of too much shine or glitter if you really want a natural look. Tinted moisturizers are an excellent option if you aren?t a fan of foundation.



Playing up your features using makeup can enhance your natural beauty and draw attention away from your pale skin. Mascara and lip color are two of the best ways to make your complexion work for you. Black mascara can tend to look too dramatic on fair skin so opt for brown mascara for a lighter touch. When it comes to eye shadow, choose shades that complement your eye color to better enhance this feature. Red lips tend to work really well for fair skinned gals but if that color is a little too much for you, then try a softer shade of red or pink with added gloss so your pout stands out. In this case, shimmer can be your friend. A striking eye color palette and shimmering lips against fair skin always makes for a stunning transformation that can be pulled off without much effort.



You never want to appear overdone when it comes to the makeup you use so play around with colors and shades and make your pale complexion work in harmony with your makeup, not against it.

Good luck, hun!!!!!!!!

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Ann 29.04.2007. 19:54

What is the best way to curb my appetite naturally? I'm trying to lose weight but I like to eat a lot of carbs. I can't afford any diet pills or any surgery. Does anyone know more natural ways to curb an appetite?

Ann

Admin 29.04.2007. 19:54

You probably will not believe this. But please do try it a few times, before throwing the thought away. Since i have experience in this with myself, and the people i have helped out.

Getting cravings of any kind, is more to do with boredom and the free mind, than actually being hungry. To kill that extra "needing of food" i strongly reccomend, fill up your time with VERY productive work. This can be studying a subject of your interest. This could be taking up a new hobby (which is not eating lol). This could be joining a type of club where you can meet new friends.

Before i continue i have a small story to tell you to give as an exmaple of why boredom can be a big issue. When my cousins came over from abroad to visit me. We were out all day in the car. We talked, joked and just relaxed. We even slept late on many occasions. Most of what we ate was KFC almost every single day. we didnt have that much money so we only ate a bit of it. But during the 3 months they were there, i lost 7 kilos without even trying. I did not workout, i did not purposely eat less. Only thing was, i was busy everyday. Too busy to binge eat anytime.

Now other medically proven ways to reduce appetite.

- Exercise : This can be jogging, fast walking and i strongly reccomend weight training. You will be tired by the end of the day, that you will sleep on time. And not have those late night cravings we all get at times!! (Late night eating is why many ppl stay fat).

Drink plenty of water: Okay im not saying flood ur system with water here. Only 8-12 glasses of water. This will not only reduce appetite. It will boast your skin quality, your eyes will shine some how (happened to me!! and others i know). Your mood will be so much better, you wont care about eating as much.

Social Life: i know i said this above. but This is important. If i havent spoken to that many people in the day. i will feel hungry for some strange reason. Even saying hi to the person sitting next to you on the bus!! lol i know sounds weird, but every little helps.

Eat Healthy: Aim to eat healthy. But dont feel guilty if you eat something that you know is unhealthy. guilt will make you more hungry! So just enjoy your cheat days, but also aim to eat healthy. To start with, Eat an apply before every meal. This will reduce appetite greatly. You may not feel like eating an apple, but once you force yourself a few times, you will generally eat less.

Before i go. I have to say, this will be hard in the first week or so. But your body will adjust. Your stomach intestines will decrease in size (its natural) and you will then have less of an appetite in generall. I did this, and i couldnt even eat a whole burger at one point!! Which scared me since i could eat 3 burgers easyly!!

BEST OF LUCK!!!! :D

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**Handsome Dude** 10.01.2012. 21:40

What type of fruits are the healthiest? I like bananas, melons, watermelons, grapes, and oranges. What are other fruits that are very healthy?

**Handsome Dude**

Admin 10.01.2012. 21:40

The so called "superfoods" are best for you - stuffed with anti-oxidants and vitamins you cant go wrong with them :) not all fruit but they are the best foods for you :)

1. Apples
Over 7,500 varieties of apple are grown throughout the world. They are packed full of antioxidants, especially vitamin C for healthy skin and gums - one apple provides a quarter of your daily requirement of vitamin C.
Apples also contain a form of soluble fibre called pectin that can help to lower blood cholesterol levels and keep the digestive system healthy.
An apple is also a carbohydrate with a low glycaemic index (GI) type.
Low GI foods are digested slowly; once they are finally broken down in the intestine they are gradually absorbed into the bloodstreams as glucose, causing a gradual rise in blood sugar levels.
They may help with weight control, as well as improving diabetics' long-term control of blood sugar levels.

3. Broccoli
Just two florets - raw or lightly cooked - count as a veggie portion.
Not only does broccoli contain antioxidants including vitamin C but it's a particularly good source of folate (naturally occuring folic acid).
Increasing your intake of folic acid is thought to be of major benefit in preventing heart disease.
Broccoli also contains an antioxidant called lutein that can delay the progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This affects 10 per cent of people over 60 and is a major cause of impaired vision and blindness.
Finally, broccoli also contains a phytochemical called sulphoraphane that has specific anti-cancer properties.
4. Olive oil
Several large studies suggest that the monosaturated fat in olive oil is good for the heart. Olive oil lower bad cholesterol levels and increases the good levels.
Olive oil is also rich in antioxidants - it's probably one of the key protective aspects of the so-called Mediterranean diet.
Watch out for the calories - a little goes a long way. A tablespoon of oil contains 120 kilocalories, which is the same as a large slice of bread and butter.

5. Wholegrain Seeded Bread
Breads containing a lot of seeds and wholegrain have a low GI, which can protect against heart disease, reduce hunger pangs, and help with weight control.
They are also packed with fibre, which keeps the gut working efficiently; and seeded breads contain essential fatty acids.
Studies show that including four flices of soya and linseed bread a day can give a does of phytoestrogens, through to relieve "hot flushes" in menopausal women.
The downside is that bread contains a lot of salt. However, the good news is that bread manufacturers have started to use less salt in their pre-packaged bread.
6. Salmon
All fish is a source of good-quality protein, vitamins, and minerals, but oily fish such as salmon also contains omega 3 fats that reduce blood clotting and inflammation.
Studies show that eating oily fish dramatically recues the risk of having a heart attack, even in older adults.
Omega 3 fats also help to prevent depression, and protect against the onset of dementia. Yep, it's true, fish really is an all-round brain food.

7. Tea
The drink loved by all Britons has a range of useful properties. The caffeine content is helpful for stimulating alertness, mood and motivation.
Tea counts towards the recommended eight cups of fluid daily, which is the minimum to avoid dehydration.
Tea, whether black or green, is a rich source of the antioxidant called catechins. Studies suggest that catechins protect the artery walls against the damage that causes heart disease and prevents formation of sticky blood clots.
Some population studies suggest as little as one cuppa a day seems to offer some protection.
8. Yogurt
Yogurt is an easily absorbed source of calcium. It's also a useful milk subsitute for people who can't digest large amounts of the milk sugar, lactose.
Yogurt has long been credited with a range of therapeutic benefits, many of which involve the health of the large intestine and the relief of gastrointestinal upsets.
The bacteria Lactobacillus GG, added to some yoghurt, are not digested, and reach the large intestine intact where they top up the other friendly bacteria living there.
The friendly bacteria fight harmful bacteria, including Clostridium difficile that can cause diarrhoea after a course of antibiotics.


10. Brazil nuts
All nuts are generally full of essential vitamins, minerals and fibre. Recent studies suggest that eating a small handful of nuts four times a week can help reduce heart disease and satisfy food cravings.
Brazil nuts are one of the few good sources of selenium that may help protect against cancer, depression and Alzheimer's disease.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-369042/The-10-super-foods.html#ixzz1j5vXzjv7

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Olliecyde 16.02.2010. 09:43

How do I get rid of my acne naturally? So i have semi bad acne and i want to get rid of it asap but i want to go about it in a natural way..... Like household item wise.
Links to videos or tips wouldbe nice!
Thnx!

Olliecyde

Admin 16.02.2010. 09:43

Step 1

One of the most popular home remedies is to put toothpaste on your pimple before you go to bed .Make sure it is the paste and not the gel.

Step 2

Place strawberry leaves on the acne ,the alkalinity helps reduce the swelling.

Step 3

These are one of the smellier home remedies for getting rid of a pimple overnight.Crush a couple of garlic cloves and dabbed on the face 1-2 times daily.

Step 4

Grind orange peel with some water to a paste and apply on the pimple.Your pimple should disappear overnight or become less visible.

Step 5

Mix 1 teaspoon of finely ground cinnamon powder and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and apply to your pimples frequently this should also do the trick.

Step 6

Put ice on the pimple before going to bed ,by morning it should be noticeably smaller.This works best on larger pimples that have not yet formed a head.

Step 7

Mix mint juice with turmeric powder and apply on affected area.Leave for about 15 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water.

Step 8

Combine together in a bowl some vinegar and salt in a bowl,dab this mixture on your pimples ,leave for about 15-20 minutes and the rinse off.

Step 9

Grind some nutmeg with milk and apply to affected area,this will make your pimples vanish without leaving any marks.Poof and it is gone.

Step 10

Apply juice of raw papaya including the skin and seed on swelling acne to get rid of overnight.

Step 11

Apply the pulp from ripe tomatoes on your blemish and leave for a hour,then wash and get rid of your pimple overnight.

Step 12

Apply grated potatoes on the skin to treat pimples and reduce swelling.

Step 13

Follow any one of the instructions above ,I am sure one will work for you and good luck.You going to need it because some pimples are very stubborn.


Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil is obtained from the Melaleuca alternifoliais tree from Australia. It is very effective against Acne as it contains bacteria-fighting substances called Terpenes. Acne is often caused by bacteria and the Terpenes either outright kill them or weaken them enough to be destroyed by protective antibodies. There are very little side effects from using Tea Tree Oil.

Aloe Vera
The watery gel from Aloe Vera plant is also a highly effective natural cure against Acne. The enzyme-rich gel has very soothing anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It can also be taken internally and helps clean up and detox the digestive tract. This in turn can help clear up the skin.

Zinc
Zinc is taken in the form of capsules. It helps to strengthen the human immune system and to repair the skin.

Vitamin A
Vitamin A tablets are also a natural and effective Acne cure. Vitamin A promotes healthy skin.

Vitamin E
Vitamin E also helps in countering Acne. It is a natural antioxidant and beneficial for the skin. Vitamin E comes in soft gelatin capsules that contain Vitamin E, Soybean Oil, Glycerin, and Water.

Some Natural Homemade Cures to counter Acne
The most important thing to do if you suffer from Acne is to drink at least four pints of water every day. Drinking a lot of water is very beneficial to your skin. Including fresh fruit and leafy green vegetables in your daily diet will also bring about a marked improvement in the quality of your complexion.

Before bathing, apply a mixture of tomato pulp ? real tomota pulp, not packaged one ? honey and rose-water to your face and keep for twenty minutes before washing off.

At night, before going to bed, apply a mix of cream, glycerine, and lemon juice to your face and again keep it on for a short while before washing.

Regular Yoga exercises will also improve skin and overall health.

Things to Avoid
Avoid touching your face all the time, keep your hair away from your face, and avoid picking at pimples.

Another important thing if you're prone to Acne is to avoid using heavy make-up ? in fact, it is preferable to avoid make-up altogether. For an effective cure, stay as natural as possible.
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STUKUP 28.08.2008. 03:58

How can make my hair grow super long?!!? I have naturally curly hair, and mixed with puerto rican and black. My hair has always been long but after I cut it short, it seems like it stopped. Am I supposed to eat certain things, stop smoking, take vitamins?? What do I do?

STUKUP

Admin 28.08.2008. 03:58


first of all quiting smoking is essential

Cigarette contains 4,000 deadly chemicals that are fatal for your health. When you smoke cigarette you inhale all these toxic substances; especially, nicotine and carbon monoxide. The carbon monoxide gas which is carried through in your blood seizes the red blood cells. The cells are prevented from carrying and delivering the adequate amounts of oxygen to all parts of your body including your hair. Because your hair do not get enough nutrients and fresh oxygen from the blood stream they become unhealthy. Due to malnourishment the top layers of your hair become brittle and subsequently they fall off.

Q. How can I have longer hair??

A. Well, having longer hair really consists of two things. The first is maximizing/promoting growth and the second is retaining length. Here are the absolute basics to growing longer stronger hair.

To maximize or promote growth, I would suggest:

1) Eat a protein rich diet and lots of fruits and veggies to ensure you are growing strong healthy hair.

2) Keep your body healthy and hydrated by drinking at least 64 oz of water a day and exercising at least 3-5 times a week.

3) Massage the scalp at night with a drop or two of essential oils to help stimulate the hair follicles. Make sure to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night.

4) Take a Hair, Skin and Nails vitamin to help supplement your diet. These vitamins are available at your local drugstore or health food store.



To retain length, I would suggest:

1) Wash and deep condition at least once a week to remove the accumulation of sebum from the scalp and hair.

2) Reduce direct heat (such as blow drying, flat ironing and hot curling). Instead, dry the hair using a low to no heat styling method (such as air drying in buns, braids or twists, roller-setting or flexi-rodding) to help reduce stress to the hair.

3) Make sure to moisturize nightly with a water based moisturizer like ORS Olive oil to help keep the ends lubricated. Trim as needed.

4) Keep the hair and ends protected during the day with loose styles like buns, twists, french rolls and twists.

The basic idea is to make sure that your body is healthy so that you are growing strong hair. After that, its just a matter of keeping it! This is why we want to reduce heat, keep the hair hydrated and protect the ends. This will help reduce unnecessary breakage and split ends, which can allow you to trim less often and retain length.

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Ameenah 21.09.2008. 08:50

what are the benefits of drinking green tea ? i have a green tea every morning & i know its a great way of getting rid of toxins in the body, but are there any other benefits?

Ive heard many claims and i was wondering which were true ?

Thanks.

Ameenah

Admin 21.09.2008. 08:50

This is from my collection of healthy tips:


25 Reasons Why You Should Start Drinking Green Tea Now ..

Green tea has increasingly become a very popular drink worldwide because of its immensely powerful health benefits.
It is extraordinarily amazing what green tea can do for your health.
And if you're not drinking 3 to 4 cups of green tea today, you're definitely NOT doing your health a big favor.

Here Are The 25 Reasons Why You Should Start Drinking Green Tea Right Now:

1.) Green Tea and Cancer
Green tea helps reduce the risk of cancer.
The antioxidant in green tea is 100 times more effective than vitamin C and 25 times better than vitamin E.
This helps your body at protecting cells from damage believed to be linked to cancer.

2.) Green Tea and Heart Disease
Green tea helps prevent heart disease and stroke by lowering the level of cholesterol.
Even after the heart attack, it prevents cell deaths and speeds up the recovery of heart cells.

3). Green Tea and Anti-Aging
Green tea contains antioxidant known as polyphenols whichfight against free radicals.
What this means it helps you fight against aging and promotes longevity.

4.) Green Tea and Weight Loss
Green tea helps with your body weight loss. Green tea burns fat and boosts your metabolism rate naturally.
It can help you burn up to 70 calories in just one day.
That translates to 7 pounds in one year.

5.) Green Tea and Skin
Antioxidant in green tea protects the skin from the harmful effects of free radicals, which cause wrinkling and skin aging.
Green tea also helps fight against skin cancer.


6.) Green Tea and Arthritis
Green tea can help prevent and reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis.
Green tea has benefit for your health as it protects the cartilage by blocking the enzyme that destroys cartilage.
http://www.finegreentea.com/green-tea-and-arthritis.html

7). Green Tea and Bones
The very key to this is high fluoride content found in green tea.
It helps keep your bones strong.
If you drink green tea every day, this will help you preserve your bone density.

8.) Green Tea and Cholesterol

Green tea can help lower cholesterol level.
It also improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol, by reducing bad cholesterol level.

9.) Green Tea and Obesity
Green tea prevents obesity by stopping the movement of glucose in fat cells.
If you are on a healthy diet, exercise regularly and drink green tea, it is unlikely you'll be obese.

10). Green Tea and Diabetes
Green tea improves lipid and glucose metabolisms, prevents sharp increases in blood sugar level, and balances your metabolism rate.
http://www.finegreentea.com/diabetes-and-green-tea.html

11). Green Tea and Alzheimer's
Green tea helps boost your memory.
And although there's no cure for Alzheimer's, it helps slow the process of reduced acetylcholine in the brain, which leads to Alzheimer's.

12). Green Tea and Parkinson's
Antioxidants in green tea helps prevent against cell damage in the brain, which could cause Parkinson's. People drinking green tea also are less likely to progress with Parkinson's.

13.) Green Tea and Liver Disease
Green tea helps prevent transplant failure in people with liver failure. Researches showed that green tea destroys harmful free radicals in fatty livers.
http://www.finegreentea.com/green-tea-liver.html

14). Green Tea and High Blood Pressure
Green tea helps prevent high blood pressure.
Drinking green tea helps keep your blood pressure down by repressing angiotensin, which leads to high blood pressure.
http://www.finegreentea.com/green-tea-and-high-blood-pressure.html

15). Green Tea and Food Poisoning

Catechin found in green tea can kill bacteria which causes food poisoning and kills the toxins produced by those bacteria.

16). Green Tea and Blood Sugar
Blood sugar tends to increase with age, but polyphenols and polysaccharides in green tea help lower your blood sugar level.


17). Green Tea and Immunity
Polyphenols and flavenoids found in green tea help boost your immune system, making your health stronger in fighting against infections.

18). Green Tea and Cold and Flu
Green tea prevents you from getting a cold or flu.
Vitamin C in green tea helps you treat the flu and the common cold.

19). Green Tea and Asthma
Theophylline in green tea relaxes the muscles which support the bronchial tubes, reducing the severity of asthma.

20). Green Tea and Ear Infection
Green tea helps with ear infection problem.
For natural ear cleaning, soak a cotton ball in green tea and clean the infected ear.

21). Green Tea and Herpes
Green tea increases the effectiveness of topical interferon treatment of herpes.
First green tea compress is applied, and then let the skin dry before the interferon treatment.

22). Green Tea and Tooth Decay
Green tea destroys bacteria and viruses that cause many dental diseases.
It also slows the growth of bacteria which leads to bad breath.
http://www.finegreentea.com/green-tea-tooth-decay.html

23). Green Tea and Stress
L-theanine, which is a kind of amino acids in green tea, can help relieve stress and anxiety.

24). Green Tea and Allergies
EGCG found in green tea relieves allergies.
So, if you have allergies, you should really consider drinking green tea.
http://www.finegreentea.com/green-tea-allergy.html

25). Green Tea and HIV
Scientists in Japan have found that EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate) in green tea can stop HIV from binding to healthy immune cells.
What this means is that green tea can help stop the HIV virus from spreading.
http://www.finegreentea.com/green-tea-hiv.html

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Anonymous-JC 09.04.2010. 10:48

How can I be extremely healthy and immune from diseases? Any tips or suggestions will be appreciated.

Thanks

Anonymous-JC

Admin 09.04.2010. 10:48

You can't actually be immune from disease unless your body naturally produced or inherited antibodies that battle infection, and likewise had a mechanism for dealing with viruses. That said, there are a number of ways to minimize your chances of getting infections or getting over them quickly.

1. Healthy diet: This one is easy to follow as long as you know some basic nutrition facts. You will want to follow guidelines but vary your diet according to your own needs and allergies (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nutrition). Some people have an adverse reaction to sugar that isn't even an allergy, and these things you can't find out about until you try the food in question. The key is in not eating prepackaged and especially oily processed foods where possible, and to limit your daily intake of salt. Drink plenty of water, but spread it out over the day.

2. Exercise: Your heart is a muscle, and many of your body's functions depend on you being in a fit state. A half an hour of solid power-walking is all you really need if you're already at a good weight. Combined with a good diet, your body will be at tip top condition for dealing with disease.

3. Supplements: You should be careful with this one and do some research about available minerals in foods grown in your area. If you're Australian for example, you may find you need some Selenium in your diet since the soil in Australia lacks it. This varies from area to area and it's better to make up the loss with a diet change where possible (the Selenium deficit is in the soil, so vegetables simply lack it in Australia).

4. Sunlight: Get enough sunlight while protecting yourself from worse effects, try to get your sun during the less harsh hours of the day, early morning or near dusk (more mosquitoes that way though). Sunlight is essential to the creation and reabsorbing of Vitamin D.

5. Avoid contact: Even diseases such as the common cold spread much more frequently when a sufferer touches a healthy person than if they simply were in the same room together. If someone is ill, try to avoid having to touch their skin, especially their hands and their face.

6. Get your shots: Vaccination is a good way to hold off diseases, though remember that flu vaccines are often not fool-proof, and for some less serious illnesses it's better to get sick and let your body produce its own antibodies.

7. Good hygiene: Brush your teeth, floss often, shower often and wash hands before meals or snacks. These are very basic rules to good personal health, but very easy to overlook also.

8. Smoking and novelty drugs can also be very detrimental to your health, so stay away from those if you intend to be very healthy.

9. Be aware: Many products we use have toxic chemicals or heavy metals. These include but are not limited to: some antiperspirants, shampoos, cleaning products, fast foods, snack bars and candies, and insect sprays. Find out what the flavorings and colors mean by googling the code/long names given on the packaging and you can see if there are bad effects associated with it.

10. If you are sexually active, go and take a STDs scan every six months. Even if you're monogamous your partner is not necessarily so (though we'd of course all love to trust our partners). Some disease also have dormant periods and it is unfair to your partner if they catch a disease you had but were not displaying symptoms for.

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