Month: January 2018

Blackheads – Causes and Prevention

Our skin releases sebum on a regular basis to prevent it from drying. Under specific circumstances,  there is spike in the production of sebum from skin pores.  Blackheads take place when the extra sebum gets deposited inside skin pores along with dirt and dead skin cells. These deposits take the form of tiny plugs and turn black in colour when they come in contact with air. These tiny plugs in skin pores are called blackheads.

Blackheads flourish in oil prone regions of skin such as face, back, arms and thighs. They greatly downplay facial beauty, if they appear on your face.  Forehead, nose and chin are the prominent locations on face where blackheads form. Unlike acne,  blackheads are painless and non-inflammatory in nature.

Blackheads CAUSES

Blackheads are caused by hardening of grime which gets collected inside skin pores. This grime is composed of sebum,  dead skin,  air pollutants and dirt. We have mentioned some factors that lead to build up of grime on skin surface.

Overactive Sebaceous Glands

One of the main reasons that trigger blackhead eruptions is overactive sebaceous glands. These glands are located inside skin pores. Their main function is to produce sebum for skin lubrication. When sebaceous glands become overactive,  they begin to produce excess sebum,  which gets accumulated on skin surface and clogs pores leading to blackheads.

Enlarged Pores

The size of skin pores plays a crucial role in development of blackheads.  Those who have enlarged pores are more prone to be afflicted with blackheads as all the sebum,  dirt and dead skin easily settles inside large pores.

Hormonal Fluctuations

Changes in hormone levels trigger blackheads.  Whenever there is spike in progesterone,  there is surge in sebum release. This increase in sebum production causes eruption of blackheads on skin.

Improper Skin Care

Blackheads can also suface if proper skin care routine is not practised. All that grime that accumulates on the skin needs to be cleansed regularly to prevent it from getting entrapped inside skin pores. If skin is not cleansed on a regular basis,  it may lead to development of blackheads.

Cosmetics

If you use make up, your chances of getting blackheads manifold if you do not cleanse it properly.  Sleeping with makeup on your face increases your chances of contracting blackheads which have a likelihood of turning into acne.

Medicines

Some blackheads appear as a side effect of certain medicines including anticonvulsants,  corticosteroids and contraceptives. These medicines alter the level of hormones in the body thereby resulting in excess sebum release which causes blackheads.

Pollution

Blackheads are also attributed to environmental factors. If our skin remains exposed to smoke, chemicals and other pollutants constantly,  it may show up in the form of blackheads on skin.

Blackheads PREVENTION

Blackheads are mortifying for people who get this condition on their face. It is a common skin problem that troubles millions of people. This condition can be controlled to a large extent by practicing a regular skin care routine meant for your type of skin.

Cleansing

Cleansing your skin to rid it of the daily build up of grime is pivotal to prevent blackheads from flaring up. Follow a cleansing routine twice or thrice depending on the extent of sebum released on your skin. If you wear makeup,  it’s important to cleanse it before you sleep to prevent it from clogging skin pores.

Toning

Once you cleanse your skin of all harmful substances collected on its surface,  its important to tone your skin to remove any residue left on the skin from the cleanser and to tighten skin pores. This step is beneficial for shrinking enlarged pores that lead to formation of blackheads.

Moisturising

Moisturising your skin is crucial for prevention of blackheads, no matter what your skin type. If you have oily skin,  you can use a water based moisturizer to maintain ph levels of your skin.

Exfoliation

The regeneration process of skin causes a build up of dead skin on its surface.  This layer of dead skin has to be removed to let the new skin breathe.  Exfoliating your skin with a mild scrub helps in removing dead skin and other residue collected on skin surface.  It also averts formation of blackheads.

Choosing Right Products

The products you incorporate in your skin care routine play an important role in  warding off blackheads. Use water based non-comedogenic products to keep blackheads at bay.

Facial Peels

Facial peels play a significant role in preventing blackheads.  They gently peel away impurities and dead skin tissue to reveal clear skin.  Choose facial masks and peels with alpha hydroxy acids or salicylic acid for skin prone to blackheads.

Steaming

Before using a mask, steaming your face once in while will help in clearing deep seated grime from your skin pores and prevent the occurrence of black heads. It also softens blackheads which can then be removed easily with a blackhead removal tool.

About the Author

Harvey Lee is a health and beauty blogger and works with various industry leading health and beauty product 
brands e.g. Tagband USA: USA's leading brand for skin tag removal devices. He has an interest in building the 
knowledge and self – confidence of people who really want to improve their lives by following proper health 
guides and staying fit for life.
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10 Simple Though Effective Ways to Improve Your Brain in 2018

Improving your cognitive abilities probably doesn’t rank high on your list of things to do but it should. After all, there is no organ more critical to your health than your brain, but so many of us neglect to exercise this all-important nexus of activity. Luckily for you, research shows that there are certain activities you can do to improve your cognitive functioning. Continue reading “10 Simple Though Effective Ways to Improve Your Brain in 2018”

How To Keep Your Young Athlete Healthy and Happy

Organized sports are becoming more and more a part of American childhood, with an estimated 35 to 40 million children ages 6 to 18 taking part in team sports and other recreational activities. All over the country, kids are donning uniforms and heading to fields, rinks, courts, and pools — with parents in tow.

Overall, this is good news. With the rise in childhood obesity, the need for exercise is even greater. Organized sports offer a chance to learn teamwork and sportsmanship, meet new friends and connect with other families in the community. Here’s how to make sure organized sports really are a good thing for children both physically and emotionally.

Preventing Injuries

Every activity carries risk and sports are no exception, but most sports injuries are preventable. Here are some injury-prevention tips adapted from the American Academy of Pediatrics to keep kids out of the doctor’s office.

  • Use the appropriate protective gear (helmets, shin guards, mouthpieces) — and use it correctly.
  • Do exercises to stretch and strengthen muscles. Not only will they make your child less prone to injury, but they will make them better at the sport.
  • Follow the rules. Using proper technique and playing safe is crucial.
  • Take breaks. Kids should have a chance to rest during practices and games.
  • If something hurts, stop playing. Continuing may lead to a worse injury.
  • Watch out for heat injury. Children should drink lots of fluids (water is generally fine) before, during, and after exercise, and dress in light clothing. If the weather is particularly hot and humid, stopping practices and games may make the most sense.

Emotional Health Matters, Too

We’ve all seen those parents yelling at their child from the sidelines, or read in the news about parents assaulting coaches and officials. We tell ourselves that we’d never be like that. But it’s all too easy to start comparing your child to others or pushing a child just a little too hard.

Parents usually do it for the best of reasons: They want their child to succeed. But if your child is unhappy, success isn’t going to mean much. Sometimes parents push their children in the hope that they might get a college athletic scholarship, or even become a professional athlete. While some kids are indeed very talented and having a dream is great, the statistics are sobering: Only about 1% to 2% of high school athletes get Division I or II scholarships. Even fewer make it to the professional level. Are those odds worth stressing your child out — or endangering your relationship with him? Probably not. But you can ask them to join the yoga classes. It helps them with their physical health as well as mental. Yoga teacher training can be very helpful for them.

Here are some general guidelines:

  • Be supportive and positive. Every child is different and makes progress at his or her own rate. There is always something you can praise (“That was a great pass in the third quarter!” “You did a great dive.” “I could tell you were trying really hard.” ) Be positive about other players, as well.
  • Stress effort and fun, not performance or winning.After practice or a competition, your first question should be: “Did you have fun?” If the answer is frequently “No,” it’s probably time to rethink your child’s participation in the sport or the team.
  • Don’t criticize the coach or officials in front of your child. If you are unhappy with something, talk to the person directly. Be respectful and fair. Most are volunteers and are doing their best.
  • Don’t be your child’s coach. It’s fine to throw the ball around, shoot baskets in the driveway or otherwise play and practice with your child. But that’s as far as it should go. You are the parent, not the coach, and it should stay that way. One exception: If you have the time and energy to volunteer as a coach in your community (and are willing to invest equally in all the players), then go for it!

The Serious Athlete

Early “specialization” in a particular sport is becoming more common as well. Parents should be wary of this. Research shows that young athletes who participate in various sports have fewer injuries and play longer than those who specialize in puberty.

If, however, your child has truly fallen in love with a sport, here are some suggestions from the American Academy of Pediatrics to help prevent overuse injuries — which account for 50% of sports-related injuries — and burnout:

  • Make sure your child takes 1 to 2 days off from practice each week.
  • Have your child take a 2 to 3-month break from the sport each year to rest (and regain perspective). She doesn’t have to sit around; it can be a good opportunity for some cross-training.
  • Limit your child to one team each season (either of the same sport or different ones). If there is some compelling reason to be on two teams — your child is chosen for a select team — then the practice time for each should be adjusted.
  • Be alert for signs of burnout, such as nonspecific aches and pains, fatigue, falling grades.
  • Make sure your child’s doctor knows about his sports participation, so he or she can work with you to prevent problems. A visit with a nutritionist may also be a good idea.

With the right perspective, and the love and common sense that are crucial in all aspects of parenting, organized sports can teach wonderful lifelong habits — and build wonderful lifelong memories.

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TIPS TO LOSE WEIGHT QUICKLY

If you are up for losing weight and not losing it quickly, relax, take a deep breath, and continue. Delayed results never mean failure, remember that. Losing weight has always been different for all of us. Few people lose their weight in days while for some people it takes months or even more. When people do not see instant results, they start asking questions like what is that they are doing wrong. But to understand that every person’s metabolism is different is the key here and the age factor is also there to be kept in mind.

But in some cases, people actually do wrong things while thinking they are on the right track. Here are few tips for everyone who are struggling with weight loss and want quick results. And I have personal experience on these.

  1. TAKE A HEALTHY BREAKFAST

Start up your day with a healthy breakfast that makes you feel full for the longest time. Oatmeal is considered to be the best breakfast for any of us however changing the menu once in a while is always good. Protein intake early morning has also proven to be highly effective. 

  1. EAT SLOW AND TAKE SMALL BITES

You may be thinking that I have lost my mind, what is the relation between slow eating, small bites and weight loss. But there is, our brain takes up to 20 minutes to realize that we are full, so eating a small portioned meal in small bites takes several minutes for our brain to realize that we need no food anymore.

You may also feel bloated due to quick eating habits. Make slow eating your practice, and you will see wonders happening. 

  1. GREEN TEA WITH LEMON ZEST AND GINGER

I am crazy about my fitness and health. Last summer when I started to put on some weight, I was going in an awful place mentally, then an Asian friend of mine introduced me to this tea. And within ten days the extra mass on me was shredded, but of course, it works differently for everyone.

This tea just has four ingredients

  • Lemon zest
  • Ginger
  • Water
  • Green tea leaves (open, not those tea bags)

What you have to do is take two cups of water, put a teaspoon of lemon zest and a teaspoon of crushed ginger in it, put that water on the flame and wait for it to reduce it to one cup. When only one cup water is remaining, add green tea leaves and close the flame that very instant. Drink it thrice a day after every meal. To sweeten it up add honey but this is optional.

  1. DRINK COFFEE

Yes, drink it, but with lesser sugar. We all know that coffee has the highest portion of caffeine in it and caffeine helps in increasing our metabolism. The higher the metabolism, the better it is. 

  1. CUT DOWN PROCESSED SUGAR

We all love sweets; life seems to be incomplete without sugar. But you have to cut it out if you really want to fit in that strapless dress you always loved. Try to take natural sweetener like honey or satisfy your cravings through sweet fruits instead of chocolates.

  1. SLEEP

Studies have proven that people who take less than 8 hours of sleep actually gain weight. So sleep stress-free and for at least 8 hours.

Isn`t these tips simple and amazing, you just need to stick to it to see the results.

Author bio: Michelle Hannan is a nutritionist, and she's on a mission to give you all the information you need to lose weight successfully. 
She also blogs regularly at  https://www.hcgdietinfo.net/

Probiotics for Constipation

A healthy diet and lifestyle are indispensable for a healthy body.   It is commonly phrased “you are what you eat.” If the diet one consumes is rich in proteins, fibers and nutrition it will boost the digestive system as well as metabolism. Poor diet choice and lifestyle habits can lead to digestive problems like diarrhea, heartburn, and constipation. Consumption of processed food and high sugar content causes an imbalance in the habitation of probiotics present in our intestines. In these circumstances, probiotics for constipation should be considered.

  1. Phillips’ Colon Health Daily Probiotic Supplement

It consists of three different probiotics as well as magnesium that makes it one of the best probiotic supplement present in the market for all types of digestive problems. It consists of a mixture of Lactobacillus gasseri KS-13, Bifidobacterium bifidum G9-1, and Bifidobacterium longum MM-2.  It aids in relieving constipation, diarrhea, bloating and gas.  The mineral magnesium present in it softens the stool and attracts water to the stool to ease its pass off.  The supplements are blister packed that aids in retaining freshness and easy to swallow. However, it is a little expensive, and it comes in the form of a pill instead of the capsule.

  1. Naturenetics Flora Pro-Health Probiotics

It is a vegan probiotic supplement that comprises of five particular Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium strains that aids in relieving constipation and other problems. It also re-colonizes the small intestine and rehabilitates balance of intestinal flora.  It consists of the double amount of good bacteria in contrast to any other probiotic supplement. It is vegan and gluten-free. It is easy to use while traveling as it does not require refrigeration. It is blister sealed to ensure the potent till expiration. However, it should be considered that it contains double the amount of bacteria, which might not be suitable for regular consumption.

  1. Enzymatic Therapy Probiotic Pearls Acidophilus

It is in an easy to swallow pearl form with the triple coating that survives the hardest stomach environment. Each serving consists of 1 billion CUFs of Lactobacillus Acidophilus and Bifidobacterium Longum. It aids in easy digestion and intestinal function. It also balances the yeast level in the body. The pearls protect against light, moisture, and oxygen and expend the shelf life. It is gluten free, yeast free, wheat free and does not contain artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. However, it is not suitable for vegans as it contains milk proteins and soy lecithin.

  1. Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics original formula.

This product is distinct for its prolonged fermentation of the bacteria. It goes on for three years’ process of fermentation that enhances the survival of the vital bacteria. It also has the shelf life as it does not require any refrigeration. It also contains biogenic ingredients that support unique probiotic. It is encapsulated with culture material of vegetable, fruits, mushrooms that nourish the bacteria. It is a comprehensive supplement and consists of probiotics, prebiotics, enzymes and organic acids that aids in digestion as well as enhances the absorption of nutrients and increases the metabolism and effectiveness of the immune system. It is a vegetarian product, gluten, diary and chemical free.

  1. Renew Life Colon Care Probiotic Ultimate Flora

It is the most potent probiotic and provides 80 billion liver cultures with one dose. It gives instant relief from digestive problems. Also, it also contains fourteen distinct probiotic strains of Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus that enhances the digestive health and relieves constipation. It is free of artificial flavors, diary, soy, and gluten. The potency of this supplement is guaranteed till expiration. However, it needs to be refrigerated to maintain the potency.

Author Bio

Jane Scott, is a nutritionist, with excellence in home remedies for a variety of health concerns. She also blogs regularly at https://homeremediesforlife.com/.