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Some common misconceptions about skin and its Health »

skin-misconceptionsThere are hundreds or even thousands of evidences throughout the world that proves that people, even highly educated ones are at great misconception in understanding the true nature of our skin. People of all age groups, especially women are so much desperate for having a skin of highest tone, that they get attracted very easily towards the products advertised in a beautiful way. In this article we will be throwing a light on the misconceptions about the skin and will be providing the guidance along the way:

Sunlight – harmful or beneficial:

The importance of the due exposure of the body to daylight or sunlight cannot be too strongly insisted on. Light and warmth are powerful agents in the economy of our being. The former especially is an operative agent on which health, vigor, and even beauty itself, depend. Withdraw the light of the sun from the organic world, and all its various beings and objects would fall short of and gradually lose those charms which make it so attractable. So powerful is daylight, so necessary to our well-being, that even its partial exclusion, or its insufficient admission to our apartments, soon bring with it the feeble health, the liability to the attacks of diseases. Though longer exposures are never advised, but to some extent, everyone should enjoy the blessings of light and warmth for at least 30-45 minutes daily.

Best method to keep our skin clean and healthy is – “Let’s check”:

You might be thinking that it must be baths and ablutions. To some extent you are true, but there are things which you may not be aware of. To most of us, washing the skin seems to be a really simple matter, not to be learned from someone else, but do you know, most of the times, it is only these types of small ignorances that eventually bring something alarming with them. Some of us regard the use of soap and water applied in the form of lather with the hands, and afterwards thoroughly removed from the skin by smooth diapers being highly advertised these days. This is probably okay when the skin is not materially dirty, or its pores or surface is unobstructed or not loaded with the residual solid matter of the perspiration. But when skin gets loaded with these residuals then something more than simple friction with the smooth hand is generally required. In such cases the use of a piece of flannel or serge, doubled and spread across the hand will be most ready and effective. Friction with this—first with soap, and afterwards with water to wash the soap off—will be found to cleanse the skin more thoroughly and quickly than any other method. It also helps in removing the worn-out portion of its surface thus imparting a healthy glow and hue that is most refreshing and agreeable. This effect will be increased by wiping the skin surface thoroughly dry with a coarse and moderately rough, but not a stiff, towel, instead of with the fine, smooth diapers.

The choice of soaps:

The choice of soaps has considerable influence in promoting and maintaining this desideratum. These should invariably be selected of the finest kinds, and used sparingly, and never with cold water for the alkali which, more or less, mingles in the composition of all soaps and has an undoubted tendency to irritate a delicate skin; infrequent use of slightly warm water excites a gentle perspiration, thereby assisting the skin to throw off those natural secretions which, if allowed to remain, are likely to accumulate below the skin and produce roughness, pimples, and even eruptions of an obstinate and unpleasant character. Those soaps which ensure a moderate fairness and flexibility of the skin are the most desirable for regular use.

Paints and cosmetics:-

The use of paints has been very correctly characterized as “a species of corporeal hypocrisy as subversive of delicacy of mind as it is of the natural complexion,” and has been, of late years, discarded at the toilette of every lady.

The use of cosmetics has been common in all ages and in every land. Scripture itself records the painting of Jezebel; and Ezekiel, the prophet, speaks of the eye-painting common among the women; and Jeremiah, of rending the face with painting—a most expressive term for the destruction of beauty by such means. For the surest destroyers of real beauty are its simulators. The usurper destroys the rightful sovereign. That paint can ever deceive people, or really add beauty for more than the duration of an acted charade or play, when “distance lends enchantment to the view,” is a delusion; but it is one into which women of all times and nations have fallen—from the painted Indian squaw to the rouged and powdered denizen of London or Paris.


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Aging Prevention – Golden Rules »

Aging PreventionAging is something none of us look forward to. For men, growing older is typically associated with weakness, dwindling muscle mass and a burgeoning waistline. Why are there such negative connotations associated with aging? Are the aforementioned side effects of aging inevitable or are they a result of lifestyle changes that occur as men grow older? Plenty of athletes have shown that men can maintain good health and muscle mass as they age. MMA fighter Randy Couture was the UFC heavyweight champion at age 44. Former Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre signed a two-year, $25-million contract when he was 39. Aging cannot be avoided, but there are things that men can do to maintain muscle mass and take care of their health.

Golden Rules for maintaining Health and preventing aging:

  1. Adults should aim to get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity cardiovascular exercise per week. Regular aerobic exercise can help maintain and improve heart health, blood pressure, lung function, endurance and increase HDL, or “good cholesterol,” and lower LDL, or “Bad cholesterol”. There are a variety of low-impact aerobic exercises that are gentle on the joints such as walking, stationary bicycling, using the elliptical trainer, water aerobics and the rowing machine.
  2. Men should also resistance train each major group of muscles two to three times a week using a variety of exercises and equipment. Muscular strength and endurance exercises are important to help prevent muscle loss and maintain and improve a person’s ability to perform activities of daily living. Even though weight training is beneficial for men over 40, but light intensity exercise is best for older people or those just starting to exercise. Light intensity weight training includes using body weight exercises, free weights or machines. Many people find it helpful to work with a personal trainer to learn safe and effective exercise for their particular needs.
  3. Besides aerobic and resistance training exercises, men over 40 should stretch to maintain and increase flexibility. Flexibility is key in preventing falls and reduces risk of injury from aerobic and strength training exercises. It is recommended that men should stretch at least two to three days a week to improve range of motion and hold each stretch for 10 to 30 seconds to the point of slight discomfort or tightness and repeat each stretch two to four times, accumulating 60 seconds per stretch.
  4. Balance is another thing men should work on as they age. As men grow older, they lose bone density, which makes it more likely for them to break a bone if they fall. One way to prevent that is by increasing balance. Improving your balance can help maintain your independence and prevent falls. Standing on one leg, using stability balls, doing single leg exercises and practicing yoga are great ways for men to improve balance.
  5. How do men avoid that dreaded “spare tire” around the waistline? The best way to lose or avoid excess fat is to follow a program that incorporates healthy eating, aerobic and strength training exercises. For men over the age of 40, juggling work and family responsibilities can make fitting in fitness seem like a daunting task. Time is one of the main issues that men in this age group complain about. Multiple shorter sessions of at least 10 minutes is acceptable to accumulate the desired amount of daily exercise.
  6.  “Variety is the key,” “Don’t do something that you don’t like. Find something you like, and do it.” For men over 40, getting started with fitness is the key. There are many advantages to get active and making changes with your lifestyle. Some men may feel intimidated or overwhelmed at starting a fitness program later in life, but if they approach it slowly, they should be able to see results in maintaining good health and mobility as they age.

Achieving regular exercise and physical activity are important to physical health, as well as mental health

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Health benefits of Green Tea »

green Tea health benefitsTea is the second most consumed beverage in the world after water. Based on manufacturing process, teas can be classified as:

  1. ‘Non-fermented’ green tea (produced by drying and steaming the fresh leaves)
  2. ‘Semi-fermented’ oolong tea (produced by subjecting the fresh leaves to a partial fermentation stage before drying)
  3. ‘Fermented’ black and red teas (which undergo a post-harvest fermentation stage before drying and steaming)

In comparison to other teas, such as Oolong or Black, Green tea contains more catechins. Catechins are the strong antioxidants that offer great prevention against cells degeneration and certain diseases. In addition, certain minerals and vitamins present in it increase its antioxidant potential. Since ancient times, green tea is recognized as a healthful beverage in the traditional Chinese medicines because of its great therapeutic effects. Although the proportion of caffeine presence in Green Tea is very less when compared with other beverages such as Coffee, cocoa, Black or Oolong Tea; but in more than moderate amounts, it may bring ill effects to your health.

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8 Top Anti-aging Foods »

Although any healthy diet will prove helpful in making you feel younger than your actual age, but if you desire to look like 25 at the age of 40, then you must include the following listed 8 foods in your daily routine that are especially meant for anti-aging.


 Salmon SALMON: Salmon is one of the richest sources of omega-3 fats that help in plumping up skin and also reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease. Apart from this, Wild Salmon also contains essential fatty acids and strong antioxidants such as the carotenoid and astaxanthin that have important anti-inflammatory properties. And very few of us are known to the fact that chronic or sub-clinical inflammation is the biggest cause of all age related diseases. Eat a 120g serve of salmon at least twice a week.
 apple fruit image APPLES : The low GI (Glycemic index) of Apples reduces the risk of insulin resistance, and the high polyphenols in them help protect our skin against oxidative stress. Enjoy two serves of fruit each day, including one medium-sized apple per week.
 spinach image SPINACH: Spinach is regarded as the powerhouse of phytonutrients and antioxidants, including vitamins K, C and E, folate, iron and carotenoids. Eat one cup of spinach each day
 nuts image NUTS: Nuts contain healthy oils, fibre, vitamins, minerals, potent phytochemicals and the amino acid arginine. Eat a small handful each day. 
 blueberries image BLUEBERRIES: The Blueberries are also rich in antioxidants that help protect your skin from damage that leads to wrinkles and also decrease the risk of cancer and heart disease. They are also a great source of vitamin C needed for collagen formation. Chow down on two serves of fruit each day, including one punnet of bluebenies each week.
 garlic image GARLIC: Garlic promotes the growth of white blood cells, the body’s natural germ fighters. Both fresh and dried garlic have been shown to lower harmful LDL cholesterol and high blood pressure. Cook with garlic daily.
 chickpeas image CHICKPEAS: Legumes such as chickpeas have a very low GI, which helps to decrease the release rate of carbohydrates into the blood stream. Research has always proven the importance of low GI foods for Skin health. Low GI foods are uttermost important for clear, vibrant skin and for decreasing insulin resistance. Besides, the presence of iron in them offers double benefits, as it is needed to make collagen and phytoestrogens, which are powerful antioxidants. Cook two vegetarian meals per week with one cup of chickpeas per serve.
 olive oil OLIVE OIL: Olive oil is an excellent source of monounsaturated fats, which help to make your skin smooth and supple. Besides, a diet rich in monounsaturated fats has been found to decrease the risk of heart disease. Olive oil also guards your skin against free radical damage because of presence of vitamin-E and polyphenols. Include one teaspoon of olive oil in your diet each day.

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Common Causes of Headaches »

headache imageIndeed, it is not wrong to say that headache is one among the most annoying pains in the world. But, you may be surprised to know that, it has little to do with the condition of the brain. In fact, it’s occurrence is mainly contributed to the extreme sensitiveness of the nerves of head and face, and are the first one to cry out when gets hurt.

Hence headache is simply the cry of poisoned or starved or over-worked nerves, and invariably a nature’s signal that something is going wrong. Toxins, or poisons, formed anywhere in the body, from any cause, get into the blood, and then carried to the sensitive nerves of the head and face. As a reason, irritate them, so they ache. Thus, it is foolish to try anything on head itself for relief from this pain; although application of cold cloths, or hot-water bottle, may prove soothing in mild cases. Nearly all the things that cause headache do so by poisoning the blood. And the only permanent cure to this is to clear these poisons out of the blood, i.e. remove the cause that causes it.

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Are Avocados Good For You? »

Avocado imageThe avocado, also famous with its second name “dragon’s pear,” is a highly delicious and wholesome fruit. This amazing Super mild, creamy, and rich, avocados can be enjoyed alone or used to add texture and flavor to a salad, and even can be enjoyed as the base of a milkshake. High calories and fat present in them doesn’t necessarily mean that they are bed for you. Not at all …

Proteins in Avocado

Yes indeed, avocados contain all the 18 essential amino acids required by body to form a complete protein. Although the proportion of proteins they provide vis-à-vis meats is very less. But the good thing is that they are easier to digest and will fill your stomach with some much-needed fiber to keep you feeling full and satisfied.

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