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Skin Tags

SKIN TAGS:

        The scientific name of skin tags are Achrochordon, Pendulum fibroma, Soft fibroma, Templeton skin tags etc…..these growth are not harmful to our body.

These tags can be seen generally in any part of the body mostly these tags are appeared on armpits, lower portion of breast, upper portion of chest and neck, generally it will cause there is rapid rubbing of skin with skin. They have no particular shape; they are composed of duct, fatty cells, fibers covered with epidermis.

        These skin tags are common in middle age people, who are suffering from obesity, diabetes & pregnant ladies. These skin tags can be appear in both men and women equally there is no change.

Causes of skin tags:

  •  Bunches of blood vessels are stuck up in the inner bits of the skin and leads to skin tags.
  • By rubbing skin with skin occurs in armpits, folds etc..
  • The main causes of skin tags are hereditary.

Treatment for skin tags:

        Actually we don’t have any problem with skin tags if you feel uncomfortable to do shaving; you got irritation when you rubbed with cloth. we have some treatments that are used to remove skin tags.

  • By using heat you can remove tags, by burning of using electrolysis.
  • By interrupting the blood flow to the skin tag.
  • By using liquid nitrogen.

 Above treatments should be followed by a trained medical (or) dermatologist.

5 Home Remedies For Moisturizing The Skin

Buttermilk
To get a compliment like, “Skin like buttermilk”, you will actually need to bathe in it. Butter milk contains lactic acid. It is one of the hydroxy acids, if you look at the ingredients of skin improving lotions you might find hydroxy acids like alpha-hydroxy and beta-hydroxy on the list.

How can lactic acid work? It works like an exfoliant for the skin, it removes dry and dead skin cells while moisturizing it and making it look younger and fresher.

Now you don’t need to fill your bath tub with buttermilk to get the benefits. Just dab a clean face cloth in cold buttermilk and apply it your face and other parts of the body. Rinse after five minutes gently, leaving some of the lactic acid behind. Voila, instant relief right from your refrigerator.

Shea Butter
Shea butter is one of the natural ingredients that are being used since ancient times for moisturizing skin. The nut from the fruit of shea tree is used to produce shea butter. This rare tree is only found in Africa and takes 15 to 30 years to produce fruit. Lucky for you, to get the beneficial results you won’t have to wait for that long because the moment you will apply it on the face your problem would be solved.

You will find rich contents of vitamin A which is helpful in retaining skin’s natural moisture. Vitamin A can help you to treat eczema, sunburns, insect bites and dermatitis.

Another important component found in shea butter is vitamin F or the combination of two fatty acids i.e. omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids. These fatty acids are helpful in repairing the damaged skin cells and also facilitates the growth of new cells as a result you get rejuvenated skin.

When buying shea butter look for its date of production as a product more than 18 months old would contain less of a healing compounds called cinnamic acid. Look for 100% shea butter, prepared without any filler.

Olive Oil
Lowers blood pressure, reduces the risk of heart attack, fights cancer, improves bone mass, lessens inflammation, keeps weight in control, regulates blood sugar levels and reduces cholesterol, these are the internal benefits of olive, but it can also work wonders if applied externally on your skin.

Since ancient times, the Greeks used olive oil for bathing. You can either pour a few drops of olive oil in your warm bath or simply dab a piece of clean cloth in olive oil and apply to your skin or on dry patches.

The natural compound of skin known as linoleic acid is found in olive oil, which prevents the skin from losing its natural moisture. Linoleic acid cannot be manufactured by the body on its own, so it must come from other sources and olive oil is one such source.

Olive oil is also effective for treating skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, and rosacea. It has been found effective for treating inflammation and for soothing burns. It also protects the skin from the UV rays.

Avocados
Did you know that avocados are good for your skin? The oil contained in avocados work like an emollient, it helps to lubricate the cells forming the outer layer of the skin. Your skin would love to drink it up, as it has “transepidermal penetration capacity”.

Avocados contain high amounts of vitamin A, D and E and fats, these nutrients are essential for keeping the skin moisturized and also reduce wrinkles. All you have to do is take some pureed avocado and apply it to your face or to the problem area for 10 to 15 minutes and then wash off.

Honey
The sweet tasting honey is not only good for your tummy but also for your skin! “It’s a natural humectant, which means that it has the ability to draw water molecules from the air toward your skin, helping to keep it moisture-rich,” says a dermatologist. For this reason it is one of the best remedies for preventing wrinkles.

It has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-septic properties and is one of the best options for healing wounds.

To make the best use of honey for skin, mix together 2 tablespoons of honey in the same amount of water, apply this sweet mixture to your face or effected area for 10 minutes. Your dry skin would be treated effectively.

Uses of Chia Seeds

The origin of Chia seeds dates back to Aztec and Mayan cultures. This desert plant called Salvia hispanica with edible seeds, originated from Mexico and today it is grown abundantly in Australia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina and Guatemala.

The “Chia” is a word used for strength. The ancient folklore tells us how Aztec and Mayan cultures got strength and energy from tiny black and white seeds that we know by the name of Chia seeds. They consumed it as a staple food.

Chia seeds are whole-grain foods that are unprocessed and can easily be absorbed by the body. These tiny, nutty flavored seeds are packed with powerful antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, proteins and vitamins. It contains some essential minerals like calcium, manganese and phosphorus.

2 tablespoon (one ounce) gives you 139 calories, 9 grams of fat, 4 grams of protein, 11 grams of dietary fibers and 12 grams of carbohydrates. The same quantity of chia seeds fulfills 18% of your daily requirement of calcium.

These seeds are abundant in omega-3 fatty acid, 3 ½ tablespoon would provide you with the same amount of fatty acids found in 32 ounces of salmon fish. It also contains omega-6 fatty acids. Both of these nutrients are essential in building up new cells, regulating various processes of the body and also for keeping hair, skin and nails healthy.

Beneficial for Losing Weight

Chia seeds became successful because of their ability to help people lose weight. They are famous for suppressing hunger and at the same time providing the body with powerful nutrients.

How do these seeds work? When you eat chia seeds they expand in the belly, giving you a feeling of fullness, as a result you eat less and shed pounds. The best part is that these seeds are gluten free, so they are easily tolerable and are ideal for people with gluten intolerance.

However, it is suggested not to completely rely on these seeds for weight loss. Take a low caloric diet and take physical activity for more beneficial results.

Chia Seeds Vs Whole grains
As mentioned earlier chia seeds are abundant in powerful nutrients required daily by our body. Michael Roizen, co-author of You Staying Young suggests, “Use chia seeds in foods, not as a supplement, but as an alternative to processed grains like white bread because it is a much healthier whole grain that is great-tasting in foods like muffins,” he also recommend that at least 20 grams of these should be consumed daily to reap maximum benefits. The author also claims that the seeds are abundant in powerful antioxidants; they contain more antioxidants than any other whole food, even more than blueberries. These powerful antioxidants save you from cancer.

Good Source of Natural Fiber
It is recommended by the American Dietetic Association to consume 20 to 35 g of fiber every day. On average Americans consume only 12 to 15 g. Containing 11g of fiber in one ounce, chia seeds can deliver 42% of the recommended daily value of fiber.

Fiber not only helps you to lose weight but it also aids in digestion and save you from constipation.

Saves you from Osteoporosis
An ounce of chia seeds contains three times more calcium than a glass of skimmed milk. Calcium deficiency can caused our bones to become fragile and can also lead to osteoporosis. You can save yourself from this problem by increasing the consumption of chia seeds. Their high calcium content will improve your bone health by strengthening them.

Good for heart health
Consumption of chia seeds shows a positive effect on the heart health. The presence of omega-3 fatty acids help to reduce bad cholesterol and therefore promote heart health.

Cure Depression
The omegs-3 fatty acids found in chia seeds help cure depression and mood disorders. A study conducted on patients with bipolar disorders and depressive disorders revealed that these seeds can treat these symptoms effectively. It supports mental health by improving the brain functions.

Regulates blood sugar
Chia seeds are effective in regulating insulin levels. The abnormal production of insulin can be treated effectively by consuming these seeds as a result blood sugar is also controlled.

How to use Chia seeds
Chia seeds have a long shelf life and they can be consumed over a time period of two years, even without refrigeration.

You can sprinkle chia seeds on your breakfast cereals, add them to your rice dishes, sauces, vegetables, yogurt or even you can bread your fish and chicken with them that you want to bake. Chia seeds are also used in soups to thicken them. Or you can just chew on them as a healthy snack. You can also make gel with them by mixing them in water and replace eggs with this gel in various dishes.

Caution
If you are allergic to foods like sesame seeds or mustard seeds or you are using medicines for high blood pressure or for blood thinning, then it is advised that you consult your doctor before incorporating these seeds to your diet.

Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits of Plums

Plums are relative to nectarine, almond and peach and there are more than 2,000 varieties of this lifesaving fruit. Their season begins from May and lasts till October. But you can find them all year round in the grocery stores. The Japanese variety is available in summers and in winters European variety is found.

There are more than 80 nutrients found in plums. Some of these essential nutrients include vitamin A, C, E and K, tryptophan, potassium, riboflavin, calcium, iron, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium and zinc.

The fruit is low in calories, 100 grams would give you 46 calories only.

Here are some of its health benefits:

Fights cancer
A study was undertaken at the AgriLife Research Center, in Texas, in which the effects of more than 100 fruits were tested on cancer cells. It was revealed that plums had as much powerful antioxidants as blueberry, which is well known for the high powered antioxidants contained in it. The study proved that plums contained some unique phytonutrients that were effective killers of breast cancer cells. They stopped the growth of the cancer cells without doing any harm to the healthy cells. These phytonutrients are only present in some fruits and luckily plum is one of them. Plum is also effective in treating gastrointestinal cancer and respiratory tract cancer.

Prevents Diabetes
Diabetic patients should choose foods with low Glycemic Index. Luckily, plums rank low on the GI.

There are two groups of phenols found in plums, chlorogenic acid and neochlorogenic acid. They are helpful in offsetting the damaging effects of free radicals. Studies reveal that the two components regulate the levels of glucose in the blood, which reduces the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. Try taking plums after your meal for best results.

Improves Bone Health
Plums in dried form, also known as prunes are helpful in restoration of the bone mass. Researches were conducted in Florida State and Oklahoma State University, in which two groups consisting of postmenopausal women were tested for bone density. One group consumed 100 gm of dried apples and the other consumed prunes in the same quantity. It was found that the group consuming prunes had higher bone density in the forearms and spine. These findings make the fruit effective for patients with osteoporosis. Plums contain rich source of potassium which is essential for making the bones strong.

Improves your Heart Health
The risk of high blood pressure and stroke can be prevented by consuming plums. A medium sized plum contains about 113 mg of potassium, a mineral beneficial for maintaining heart health. Vitamin C also known as the heart protecting vitamin is also abundantly found in plums. So to promote good heart health, consume plums regularly.

Improves Vision
Plums contain beta-carotene and vitamin A, both of these nutrients are helpful in improving vision and also prevents macular degeneration.

Sharpens Memory
The anti-oxidants found in prunes are very helpful in neutralizing the damaging effects of free radicals on the memory. Take 3 to 4 prunes daily and get your memory boosted.

Boosts the Immune System
Plums contain high levels of vitamin C, which increases your body’s ability to fight various infections. It is effective for curing common cold. Vitamin C is also good for healthy skin.

Promotes regular bowel movement
The dietary fiber present in dried plums or prunes are very effective for regular bowel movement. One prune contains about 1 gram of fiber. To get the maximum benefits, you can soak some prunes in boiled water, let it cool and then store in the fridge in a covered container. The fruit is good for treating chronic constipation.

How to choose the plums?
Researchers at the University of Innsbruck, in Austria suggests that fully ripen plums should be consumed, which are almost at the point of spoilage. Such plums contain the highest levels of antioxidants.

If the ones you have bought are not ripe, you can keep them at room temperature for two to three days. Once they ripe, you can store them in the refrigerator.

Caution
Plum contains oxalates; people with the history of kidney stones should avoid taking plums. It is also believed that in some people these oxalates decrease calcium absorption.

Magical Benefits of Wheatgrass Juice

Today we are going to tell you about a plant whose benefits have been ignored by you for quite some time. It is a plant that has a cure for unlimited number of diseases. We are talking about the nutritious, Wheatgrass. You can consider it a “gift of nature” for all your health related problems.

The wheatgrass plant comes from the family of Poaceae; barley, oats and rye all come from the same family. Wheatgrass spouts from the seeds of wheat and it is harvested after 7 to 10 days of its plantation. To get the wheatgrass juice it is squeezed by a specially designed juicer.

Why wheatgrass is so nutritious? Wheatgrass is harvested at the jointing stage, this is a stage where the supply of vitamins, proteins, enzymes and chlorophyll is maximum. After jointing stage its nutritional value diminishes. This is the reason why, when you consume one ounce of wheatgrass juice you get nutritional value equal to 2 pounds of leafy vegetables.

Schnabel a scientist in 1940s stated that “15 pounds of the wheat grass can offer nutrients that are comparable to 350 pounds of other common garden vegetables”.

This ordinary looking grass contains a lot of minerals, almost 90, including calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, potassium and sodium. There are almost 19 amino acids contained in it. You can also find 13 vitamins in it including vitamin B12 (rare in vegetables).

 

Symptoms & Treatment of Hepatitis A

Symptoms of Hepatitis A

If the infection is mild, there may not be any symptoms, especially in a child. When symptoms appear, they can include:

• Tiredness
• Loss of appetite
• Fever
• Nausea
• Tenderness in the stomach area
• Dark, tea-colored urine
• Yellowing of the eyes and skin (jaundice)

Treatment of Hepatitis A

There are no drugs to treat hepatitis A. Doctors generally recommend getting bed rest, eating well-balanced meals, drinking plenty of fluids and avoiding alcoholic beverages. It is also essential to avoid medications that can be toxic to your liver, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol).

Home Remedies for SubBurn

Take a Bath
Take a cool bath — not cold — to soothe your skin. Don’t use soap, and leave the loofah behind. You don’t need to irritate your skin at all right now!
For some added comfort, try adding a few tablespoons of baking soda to your bath water. Another soothing option to add is oatmeal: add 1/2 to 1 full cup into the cool bath to soothe your skin. With all forms of bathing, keep the water cool and don’t linger longer than 15-20 minutes or you’ll risk drying out your skin. Always pat dry, do not rub.

Apply Aloe Vera
Take an aloe vera plant (found easily at your local plant nursery) and squeeze some of the gel out of the leaves onto your burn. Rub the gel in gently. It causes your blood vessels to constrict, soothing a painful burn.

Pat Down with Potatoes
Yes, you read that right! Take 1-2 small potatoes and blend them until they are in liquid form. If necessary, add some water. Once they’re completely blended, pat your burn with the mixture and allow to dry. Take a cool shower to rinse the potatoes off your skin.

Apply Vinegar
Soak a cloth in a solution that is half vinegar(try Apple Cider Vinegar), half water and apply to your burn. There isn’t much science behind it, but lots of people swear by this fix!

Soothing Tea Bags
Tea seems to be a miracle-worker, and not just for your cold. When you have a burn, try soaking tea bags in cool water and then applying to your skin. Look for tea that contains calendula, which has soothing properties. Mint tea is cooling, and will help as well.

Drink Up
Heal your burn from the inside out: hydrate your body. Drinking lots of water will help you heal, because it replaces moisture that the sun has stolen from you.

Add Some Vitamin E
Vitamin E isn’t just essential for consuming, it can work wonders on your skin topically too. Break open a capsule and apply the vitamin directly to your burn to encourage the healing process. One editor of ours has even used vitamin E capsules to make a scar disappear faster — and it works.

Watermelon Benefits

Watermelons are an excellent source of several vitamins: vitamin A, which helps maintain eye health and is an antioxidant; vitamin C, which helps strengthen immunity, heal wounds, prevent cell damage, promote healthy teeth and gums; and vitamin B6, which helps brain function and helps convert protein to energy.