Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Skin Care with Herbs - Treatment for Oily Skin, Sun-burns, De-hydration of Skin

Summer is at its fag end. Take care of your skin. Dehydration of the skin is a major concern with all of us. Apart from this, we have to deal with oily skin, breaking out of acne and sunburns. drinking plenty of water of course is important bt not sufficient. Rehydration should also be done through plenty intake of fresh fruit jusices and other fluids. herbs are a good source of nourishment during summertime and there are some which are particularly good in protecting the skin from the harsh summer sun. The natural healer, Aloe, is a fantastic herb for skin nourishment.

In fact it is believed that Egyptian queens rated it highly as a beauty therapy. Aloe is a powerful healing agent against wound burns and skin infections. The pulp of Aloe can be used as a face pack along with turmeric to help reduce oiliness and suntan. Drinking 10 ml aloe juice daily also helps cleanse your skin.

And what about the terrible burning sensation and redness of eyes. Here again the pulp of aloe leaf placed on each eye can help cool the eyes and rid them of this sensation.
Courtesy: Indian Express

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Safety Measures on e-Medicine - Know your medicine

Easy information can be found on the internet regarding health, diseases, treatment and medicines. Do we know how reliable this information is. Not to deny, the information available on the Net is very resourceful, but it is always safe to consult the family physician before commencing any treatment.

We can find emails, website ads that offer medicine sale, some claiming cure for ailments of certain diseases of which no cure is available. One should be aware that buying medicines from other countries via internet is illegal. Before using such medicine, consult your health care professionals, else it may risk your health.

The medicines that are offered for sale may not be approved for use in our country. The country of origin may have poor regulations and the medicines get into market without rigorous trial to test its safety and efficacy. Thus quality of such medicines cannot be assured. If a consumer experiences any hazard, it may not be possible to claim compensation, as the identity and source of location of such medicines cannot be established.
The product of the same name (especially brand name) may contain different components in different countries. Lack of such awareness will lead to buying a wrong product. The medicines that are offered for sale may be fraudulent. Treatment with such products may not only be just ineffective, but may be harmful to health. Sometimes it could be wasting your resources, valuable time and money.

Appropriate medication or medical treatment for a disease is important for your health. Medicines can cause harm if not properly used and some medicines should be used only under direct supervision of doctors. Reliable health information is useful for the consumers to take decisions but are not the substitute to medical advise given by doctors.

The information that one gets in the internet is to be verified by finding out the source of information. The information site run by government organizations, institutions, voluntary associations, etc can be trusted while the website of individuals need to be scrutinized. Be careful while sending money to buy a medicine or even other products. Always counter check the information with another source to verify the authenticity.
Courtesy Indian Express, Health Supplement

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Tips for exercise - Watch the Glycemic Index

Fitness freeks once --- turned trainers, have their story of excellent fitness and physique. Added to it, have a sobbing story of their current situation of weekness in the knees and their journey becoming a loser.
“This common occurrence, could be in competitive sports, or in the midst of a simple work out. Active guys are mostly simple machines. For them, an active lifestyle is merely a number game like distance covered, total repetitions, amount of weight lifted, kilometers per hour and sticking to quantities of performance supplements. One set of numbers every fit guy should be familiar with, however, is the Glycemic Index (GmI), a system that rates the speed at which glucose from carbohydrate sources enters your blood stream. Why is this important to your game, no matter what it is? Because glucose, the primary fuel for your muscle and brain, is derived from carbohydrates (carbs) you ingest. Yet not all carbs are created equal, and eating the right kind before, during and especially after a workout can play a major role in how you feel and perform.

Starting your Engines:
What you eat before a race, a cricket match or a workout, will depend upon the nature and the duration of the activity. For long endurance events like one-day cricket match for example, foods that are low on the glycemic scale (more slowly absorbed) which produce a constant flow of energy long after consumption are recommended. For events of 90 minutes or more, one gram of low-glycemic carbohydrate per Kg. of body weight two hours before hand is recommended.

On the Run:
For shorter sprint-type races or fat-burning cardio workouts, high to moderate glycemic choices preferably in liquid from may be answer. You want that stuff getting into your blood stream constantly so you can maintain blood glucose levels. The whole concept of any drink is to start sipping as soon as you begin exercising, and every 10 minutes or so after. That’s even if you are in the gym pounding weights hard for an hour. Weightlifting is somewhat neuro-muscular, so the whole idea is that your nervous system and your brain functions best on glucose. 30 – 60 grams of carbohydrates per hour during exercise is recommended. Even if you had a glucose drink, which is high glycemic, sipping it slowly will create the same effect as low glycemic choices. Blood glucose and insulin levels will remain level throughout. You don’t want a quick surge and then a downfall during an event.

Keep’em coming:
When your activity ceases, high glycemic carbs are highly necessary and, the sooner the better. Primarily within the first hour, you want one gram of high glycemic carbs per pound of body weight. As soon as you’re done with your workout is when you should start eating and rehydrating. Insulin is also crucial for putting on muscle, as it helps blunt the muscle breakdown that comes with intense exercise. Lifting weights produces stress hormone cortisol, which impedes the entry of amino acids into the muscle cells for growth. Insulin, on the other hand, moves these growth-promoting nutrients into your hungry muscles more smoothly than Huge Hrfner greets guests at a Vigra Cocktail party. Now, before you install the Glycemic Index as martial law in your kitchen, pay heed to this table.

Food Rating: Glucose-100, Baked potato-91, Water melon-72, white bread-70, Banana-62
Moderate: Orange juice 57, White rice 56, Popcorn 51, Oatmeal 49, Orange 43.
Low: Apple 36, Yogurts (Sweetened) 33, Skim milk 32.
Courtesy: Indian Express, Health Supplement

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Late Pregnancy - Tips for first 3 months

Pregnant? Above 30 years? First time Pregnancy?
Then this could be considered as late pregnancy. The very normal question at a party, while you meet some one new is ... Are you married? How many children do you have? Sometimes it is very embarrassing for someone without kids to answer that question.
Many married couples are still struggling to have a child and a few have succeeded, may be a little late. While there is late pregnancy, there should be more care taken during the first 16 weeks.

Care must be taken towards good health, nutritious food and happy atmosphere. During this period many women face problems like feet pain, vomiting sensations, unable to eat food, uneasiness after food, etc. If care is not taken during this time, this could lead to weight loss and sometimes could affect the baby too.

Tips to follow

1) Consumption of food - You can eat whatever you like to eat. Consumption of pomegranates, apples, orange juice along with regular food will help a lot. Avoid certain food like papaya or as per doctors advice.

2) Liquor and smoking during pregnancy is not advisable. Also request your husband to be away from you while smoking.

3) You can have cute photographs stuck around the house. Talk positive, think positive, watch pleasant and positive movies or programs on television. Avoid horror and terror movies.

4) Spread your meal into 6-7 times a day. You can eat in small amounts multiple times. Never over eat.

5) Consumption of dry fruits like Almonds, Pista, Raisings, Figs, etc., can help in good health.

6) Travelling at this point could be a risk. Avoid it as much as possible.

7) Visit your doctor every week and take advice.

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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Dental Care - Myths and Realities of Tooth Care

There are a lot of misconceptions about dental care. Here are a few information’s that would help you fight the myth and know the reality.

MYTH: Teeth once extracted do not need to be replaced.

REALITY: If the missing tooth is not replaced by an artifical tooth, the tooth next to the missing one, over a period of time, tip over into the empty space. This would create more space in between the remaining teeth. Food will then get accumulated between the remaining teeth resulting in tartar and decay.

Further, the pressure from chewing will not be properly distributed among the remaining teeth. This would destroy gums and bone and result in an unhealthy change in the chewing pattern of the patient. Hence an artificial fixed replacement or a removable replacement is mandatory.

MYTH: Cleaning of teeth by the dentist causes loosening of teeth or gum damage.
REALITY: This is a popular misconception among many individuals. Professional dental cleaning entails removal of food debris, stains and tartar, followed by polishing of the teeth. This may initially cause a slight soreness in the gums and tooth sensitivity. This is however, temporary and would go soon.

MYTH: Brushing as hard as possible prevents stains and tartar accumulation.
REALITY: Brushing of teeth in the correct manner, that is, the upper teeth in a downward direction and lower teeth in an upward direction, without applying pressure, will certainly benefit the teeth. However, brushing hard in a horizontal sweeping manner, will affect the enamel adversely. This would lead to dental sensitivity and the tooth may break at the neck.

MYTH: Dental fillings last life long.
REALITY: There is not a single dental filling material that would last life long. Fillings have to periodically be evaluated by the dentist.

MYTH: Dentures, once made, are permanent.
REALITY: Removable, complete or partial dentures are usually made of acrylic or related materials and rest on the soft tissues in the mouth. The soft tissues and bone change with time and denture also wear out. Therefore, it is mandatory to get the dentures periodically evaluated by the dentist and replaced accordingly. Also, never try to repair your own dentures at home.

MYTH: Milk teeth do not need professional dental care, since they are anyway going to fall.
REALITY: Milk teeth act as the foundation stone on which a healthy, permanent tooth would develop. If the milk teeth become infected due to severe dental decay, they need to be extracted. The infection from the decayed milk tooth can affect the healthy development of the permanent tooth.

MYTH: Ulcers, red areas and white areas can be ignored until they cause unbearable pain.
REALITY: These are signs of cancerous or pre-cancerous lesions. So consult your dentist and do not ignore these troubles.

MYTH: Heat fomentation relieves toothache.
REALITY: Never apply heat to the affected area. This aggravates the problem and leads to diffusion of the swelling to massive proportions.

MYTH: Eating sweets and sticky chocolates causes dental decay.
REALITY: Chocolates and sweets do not cause decay by themselves. If you brush immediately and effectively after eating sweets, then nothing can stick to your teeth and cause them to decay.
Courtesy: Indian Express, Health Supplementary