Sunday, 27 November 2016

Tips: How To Get Clear And Beautiful Skin Naturally.

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Gone are those days when we didn't even have to lift a finger to look attractive. I don't know about you but I was young, cute, my skin was smoother than a baby's bottom and life was fun. Then came puberty to ruin my life with hair growth, broad shoulders and...You know the rest.

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At that same period, I lost the beauty of my skin (admit it, we all did). At some point in time in our lives, we would have given anything to have that clearer, fresher and younger looking skin again. We spend so much money on cosmetics and facial products, some of which could eventually do more harm than good, just to look attractive again but we never get 100% satisfaction. Well, it can be achieved without spending a lot of money (Yes, I really mean this) and it can happen naturally! What you must do is persevere and over the course of three weeks, your skin will begin to look fresher and clearer. Enough talk, here's how to get clear and beautiful skin naturally;

1. Keeping your skin clean is your first priority! You must cleanse your face morning and night with a gentle, natural cleanser that rids the skin of dirt and grime; then treats it with an antibacterial ingredient like tea tree oil. If you're free, you can even make that 3 times a day for better results. Do not use Antibacterial soaps and creams as it could lead to the problem of antibacterial resistance.

2. After cleansing the skin, pat dry and then spray a fine toning mist. A mist toner is a gentle, aromatic hydration mist applied to deliver instant moisture to the skin of any type. Spray over the face to cool and help close the pores while they are clean. Let this mist dry on the face.

3. When the toner has dried apply a very small amount of moisturiser over the entire face and neck. Look for a moisturiser that is made for problem skin types and contains antibacterial ingredients like tea tree oil and lavender essential oil. These ingredients are gentle but very effective at clearing the skin from blemishes and pimples.

4. Getting the right amount of restful sleep your body needs every night will reflect on the state of your skin. Seven-eight hours is generally adequate. Not enough sleep over a period of time will result in problems that are hard to cure such as loose skin under the eyes and dark circles.

5. The food you eat is of utmost importance for healthy, clear skin! Make sure you are getting a good amount of fresh fruits and vegetables and limit your red meat intake to three or four times a week. Foods that are easily digested will help your system keep your skin nourished and promote new cell growth. Drink lots and lots of water too but don't overdo it and risk having the problem of water intoxication.
6. Cleanse the skin on your body and face with a weekly scrub. When using a body scrub start at your feet and work towards the heart, this helps eliminate toxins. Doing it the opposite direction will push the toxins back into your system. Use a very gentle facial scrub on your face and neck as these areas can be easily damaged.

7. Try an Aspirin face mask! This mask is generating fantastic results for people with open pores, pimples and acne. Crush about 15 aspirin tablets to powder, mix with a little water (less than 1 teaspoon) till it becomes paste and then apply to your cleansed face. Leave for twenty minutes to work its way into the skin and then rinse off and apply a light moisturiser. Try this weekly, after a face scrub. Never leave your face dry, always apply suitable moisturiser after washing the face.

8. Once a month, use a home steam treatment to thoroughly draw out impurities from the face. Add boiling water to a basin or bowl and add two drops of tea tree oil. Place your face over this with a towel covering and gently let the steam open and cleanse the pores. Be careful not to let the steam burn your face. Finish with a tepid face wash.
9. Get out into the fresh air and take a walk, swim in the sea, ride a bike and have fun! The exercise will boost your system and your skin will love it.

10. Take a fish oil supplement daily. Cultures that eat a lot of fish have clearer skin and the fish oil helps eliminate toxins from the body and by now you know that is fantastic for your skin!

These ten easy tips will help you get that clear skin you so desperately want, remember to make the lifestyle changes you need to and enjoy the benefits that will come with it! A fresher, clearer more youthful look is possible with hard work and desire.Thanks for reading, endeavour to share this with your friends using the share buttons below. Subscribe to our newsletter to get more amazing updates sent directly to your email. Do you have your own remedy for clearer skin? Share it with us in the comments below.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Fact: 10 Types Of Bad Friends You Should Remove From Your Life.

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You're probably wondering how the type of friends you keep correlates with living a healthy life. Well, considering the fact that current statistics on suicide shows that up to 15% of those who are clinically depressed die by suicide. In 1997, suicide was the 8th leading cause of death in the United States. 10.6 out of every 100,000 persons died by suicide. Now these numbers wouldn't have been so high if these unfortunate people had really good friends to talk them out of it, don't you think? However, instead of talking you out of it, many of our friends actually drive us crazy with their annoying, difficult, demanding, or otherwise unpleasant attitude.

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These toxic friends, as I prefer to call themmay seem like fun at times or even feel like thrilling risk takers, but when the going gets tough, true character is exposed and you are unfortunately at the receiving end of things. Below are 10 types of bad friends you should remove from your life.

1. The Cheater: Many friendships have crumbled because a best friend hit on a friend’s romantic partner. There's nothing more disheartening than losing your girlfriend (or boyfriend) to your best friend. To avoid making best friends with this type of people, avoid the sneaky flirts, the sweet talkers and generally, people who try flattering you and talking like you mean the world to them. You’d be better off with someone who’s more true and down to earth with their claims. Cheating leads to breakup, which is very hard to get over except you're strong emotionally. On the morning of April 24 in South West England, an unfortunate incident occurred involving 19 year-old Harry Stallworthy, who committed suicide after he struggled to get over the break up with his former girlfriend.

2. The Competitor: Any kind of competition is healthy in a relationship but when claws start to come out and things get extremely competitive between friends, things can get very ugly. Avoid friends who see everything as competition and are more than willing to go the extra mile to ensure they come out on top.

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3. The Leech: A friend who constantly borrows your stuff or money or depends too much on you is one that definitely needs to be avoided. No one wants a one sided relationship. If all your friend does is take from you, without giving anything back in the friendship, there’s no point in being friends anymore. If they’re looking for one, tell them to take a one way trip out of your life.

4. The Copycat: Imitation is considered to be the sincerest form of flattery, but a friend who looks or behaves like your photocopy machine can be very scary. It clearly shows he/she lack self-esteem and self-worth and this is just totally not the type of person you should associate with if you want to improve yourself.

5. The Shrink: All of us confide in our friends and ask for advice, but when your friend starts acting like a paid shrink who always picks flaws in your life or relationships, it can get very annoying and depressing especially if you already suffer from low self-esteem. Depression is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and may eventually lead to suicide.

6. The Selfish Friend: This type of friend can go to any lengths for their benefit, but behaves passively when you ask for help.

7. The Wild Child: Dangerous and unstable is how you define this type. You usually get in trouble or always end up having to save your friend from trouble. We all have these kind of friends in our lives. It may seem fun sometimes, but eventually the fun crashes and you both could get into serious trouble.

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8. The Whiner: This type of friend is never satisfied with anything they have, and they spend all their time whining and grumbling about how the world is so unfair to them. This behavior can easily be copied unconsciously so stay away from Whiners if you don't want to be one.

9. The Mood Killer: This friend intentionally or unintentionally kills the mood as soon as they enter into a conversation with you. They always seem to find a flaw in anything you say, do or have, be it your clothes or your love life. They are like the dark cloud hovering over you on a sunny day. Nothing positive ever comes out of their mouth. They are never short of sarcastic comments or depressing thoughts.

10. The Crazy: This friend is partially bonkers because their mood swings change from being nice to totally snappy in seconds without any provocation. And this friend may just use you like a punching bag to express their feelings, be it frustrations or happiness. Who needs to be around someone whose moods swing like a pendulum?

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Life can be a bed of roses when you have the perfect friends to share it with, but if you have to put up with these ten types of friends, all you’d find is frustrations, depression and complete insanity. Spot the toxic friends in your life and stay away from them, for your own good.
Thanks for reading. This isn't the usual health or science tip you were expecting but it's something I really had to share. We must fight depression and low self-esteem and this fight begins with you. Share this with your Friends using the share buttons below and help them identify and Terminate Toxic friends to ensure they live a healthy life.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

10 Amazing and Unexpected Sources Of Antibiotics Used By Scientists.

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Antibiotics play a huge role in keeping humanity from going extinct. Providing our bodies with the necessary firepower required to fight invading pathogens and their associated diseases. Ever since they were first discovered by Scottish biologist, pharmacologist and botanist, Sir Alexander Fleming, these wonder-drugs have continued to be discovered in all sorts of weird places and derived from really strange sources. A lot of the medications that we depend upon today were discovered in some unexpected places. It all started as far back as 1928 when Alexander Fleming discovered the very first antibiotic, penicillin G from the mould Penicillium notatum; the bacteria-killing fungus was growing in an open petri dish that had been accidentally exposed to the air when he went on vacation with his family.

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Another important antibiotic, vancomycin (used to treat an infection of the intestines caused by Clostridium difficile), was first discovered in 1952 when a missionary in Borneo sent a sample of dirt from the jungle to a friend, who happened to be an Organic Chemist.
Cephalosporin, another important class of antibacterial drugs, was first discovered by Giuseppe Brotzu in 1948 from a sewage outfall off the Sardinian coast. And you still think Antibiotics were discovered by Scientists in white coats, working 24 hours non-stop in the lab mixing sugar, spice and everything nice to form a miracle drug.

The search for new antibiotics has taken upon additional urgency, because of warnings that new strains of bacteria are increasingly resistant to our tried-and-true drugs and the problem of Antibacterial resistance is posing a significant threat to our existence killing nearly 700,000 people annually. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 2 million people in the U.S. become infected with drug-resistant bugs each year, and at least 23,000 of them die as a result. That's why scientists, in their exhaustive effort to find replacements drugs, are looking in places that you wouldn't suspect — from Mucus to insect brains. Here's a look at 10 of the weirdest and unexpected sources for antibiotics that researchers have discovered in recent years.

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1. Cockroach Brain.

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I know, weird right? You might think that cockroaches are nasty little creatures (I think they are too), but eventually, they may help to save us from some very deadly infections. In a study conducted in 2010, researchers from the University of Nottingham reported that they had obtained an extract from the crushed brains of both Cockroaches and locusts and this brain-extract was used to kill several different microbes, including a strain of Escherichia coli (E. coli) known for causing bacterial meningitis which is a potentially lethal brain infection, and also methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). That's possible because the central nervous systems of American cockroach species produce natural antibiotics that can kill off bacteria often deadly to humans, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and toxic strains of Escherichia coli. The extract's effectiveness against MRSA was particularly good news because the so-called "superbug" is resistant to most existing antibiotics.It's pretty straightforward if you think about it. These insects are able to survive even the most pathogen-infested environments, they certainly must have a mechanism for self-protection.

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2. Alligator Blood

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Even after thousands of hours watching Dr Brady Barr battle it out with Alligators and Crocodiles on National Geographic Wild, I still cannot say I'm not scared of these reptiles and I have really good reasons to be – their teeth are sharp with a bite force capable of snapping your leg in two. Researchers, though are interested in the creatures' powerful immune systems, which help them to recover from injuries sustained in wild territorial combat with other Alligators. They see Alligators as a potentially valuable source of powerful new antibiotics that could be used to fight infections associated with diabetic ulcers and severe burns, as well as many superbugs.

In 2008, a study by researchers from McNeese State University and Louisiana State University found that proteins extracted from the white blood cells of Alligators were capable of killing a wide range of bacteria that pose a significant threat to humans. There is one particular alligator blood protein that the McNeese researchers are now trying to replicate that reportedly attaches to the surface of a microbe and then tears a hole in its outer wall to kill it.

3. The Mucus of Catfish.

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Catfish are a diverse group of special fish that are named for their whisker-like sensory organs, which resembles the whiskers of a cat. Catfish range in size and behaviour and they are bottom feeders that root around in the muck for smaller creatures to eat, catfish continually are exposed to all sorts of disease-causing microorganisms. But that doesn't seem to hurt them much, which excited scientists' curiosity. Eventually, after carefully conducted research, they discovered that the slimy mucus catfish secrete onto their skin protects them against the bugs that they encounter in their environment.

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In a study published in World Applied Sciences Journal in 2011, Indian researchers collected mucus from the catfish caught in that country's Parangipettai coastal region and tested it against 10 different types of disease-causing bacteria and 10 different fungi. The researchers found that the mucus was very effective in inhibiting the growth of various microbes dangerous to humans.

4. Frog Skin

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Frogs are animals well known for their jumping abilities, croaking sounds, bulging eyes, slimy skin and more importantly, the fact that they can live in both land and fresh water habitat. They may look kind of comical with those big bulging eyes and long tongues, but Frogs who have been around for about 300 million years seem to thrive even in polluted waterways that are infested with pathogenic organisms. These animals are amazingly tough, resilient. That's why researchers have started looking to frog skin—or rather, the chemicals found in it—as a potential source of new antibiotics to protect humans against certain disease.

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In 2010, researchers at United Arab Emirates University after studying 6,000 different frog species, claimed they had identified more than 100 potentially bacteria-killing substances that eventually might be developed as drugs. Developing antibiotics from chemicals on frog skin is a difficult feat to achieve because some of the chemicals can be toxic to human cells as well as bacteria. The researchers are trying to get around that problem by gently altering the chemicals' molecular structure to make them less dangerous for people, while still retaining their bacteria-killing properties.

5. Ocean Sediment.

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Anthrax is an infection caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis and It can occur in four forms: skin, inhalation, intestinal, and injection. This microbe can cause a victim to develop a fatal buildup of fluid in the lungs and it is something that we're all afraid of and for good reason. When some malicious person sent a bunch of letters tainted with anthrax through the mail in 2001, 11 people were hospitalised, and five of them ended up dying.
And although anthrax infections can be treated with existing antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin, there's always the possibility that terrorists might create a strain resistant to those drugs. That's one reason why researchers were excited about the discovery of a new compound, anthracimycin, that initial testing showed to be a potent killer of both anthrax and MRSA. Anthracimycin, oddly enough, is produced by a microorganism that the researchers discovered lurking in ocean sediments, just off the shores of Santa Barbara, Calif.

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Possibly because it comes from such an unlikely place, anthracimycin's chemical structure is very different from existing antibiotics. That might make it a lot tougher for microbes to become resistant to it.

6. Panda-panda-panda-panda...

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Ahhh, The Dragon Warrior to the rescue again. With those large, chubby bodies and black-and-white faces and a love for Martial arts and Kung Fu (Kung Fu Panda), pandas seem like the epitome of cute and cuddly. But researchers at China's Nanjing Agricultural University, who studied the endangered animals' DNA, found that their blood contains a powerful antibiotic compound called cathelicidin-AM, which helps to protect them against bacteria and fungi.
The chemical is so potent that it can kill bacteria in less than an hour, about a sixth of a time that it takes most familiar antibiotic drugs to do the job. Researchers are trying to figure out how to turn the chemical into a drug that would work in humans. Fortunately for pandas, whose numbers in the wild are down to an estimated 1,600, scientists don't actually need to extract the substance from actual panda blood. They can make a synthetic version in the lab.

7. Leafcutter Ants

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Ever since I saw a Chinese movie where a boy served his Mum Ant soup, I knew from that moment that anything was possibleSouth American leafcutter ants are known mostly for their strength, illustrated by their ability to march through the rainforest while carrying leaf twice their size. But what interests drug researchers, even more, is the tiny creatures' power to thwart microbes. It all has to do with how the ants prepare their food by transporting the leaves underground, where they decay and form a garden of fungus that supplies nutrients to their larvae and queen. To protect their home from unwanted microbes and parasites, the ants have developed an antibiotic-producing bacteria on their bodies. British researchers have discovered that the ants actually produce and use multiple antibiotics, in a way similar to doctors using multi-drug therapy to treat infections in humans.

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One of the chemicals produced by the ants is similar to an antifungal drug already used in modern medicine. But researchers also have hopes of discovering completely new substances that could be useful in fighting human disease

8. LCD Television Screens.

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Old TV sets could eventually play a role in protecting you from dangerous infections and researchers at the University of York in England reported in 2010 that they had discovered a way of transforming a chemical compound used in making liquid crystal display (LCD) sets into an antibacterial substance. The chemical from the sets, polyvinyl-alcohol or PVA, was found to destroy microbes such as E. coli and some strains of Staphylococcus aureus. Sounds crazy right? Tell that to the unfortunate microbes involved in these experiments.

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In order to convert the chemical waste into an antibiotic, researchers heated and cooled the PVA, then dehydrated it with ethanol. Next, they added silver nanoparticles to enhance its antimicrobial properties. Researchers may use the chemical to develop antimicrobial cleaning products that could reduce hospital patients' risk of infection.

9. Marijuana:

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Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States. Its use is widespread among young people all over the world. Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is a preparation of the Cannabis plant intended for use as a psychoactive drug or medicine.Though illegal generally, Marijuana has been legalised in many U.S. states for medical purposes only, such as nausea relief and as a treatment for anxiety. But there's also a possibility that Cannabis sativa, the plant from which marijuana is produced, may also have antibacterial properties.

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In 2008, researchers in Italy and Great Britain reported that five different chemicals extracted from marijuana were effective in killing MRSA. The cannabinoids, as the chemicals are called, attacked the microbes in a manner that was different from conventional antibiotics, which suggests that they might work on other germs that have developed drug resistance as well.

10. Lechuguilla Killer Cave Bacteria.

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Remote Lechuguilla Cave,  as of June 2013, is the seventh-longest explored cave in the world and the deepest in the United States (1,604 feet or 489 meters), but it is most famous for its unusual geology, rare formations, and pristine condition. It's not just the cave's size or its breathtaking 20-foot (6-meter)- tall gypsum chandeliers and other exotic rock formations that fascinate scientific researchers. The cave is also home to an assortment of rock-eating bacteria that feed on the sulphur, iron and manganese deposits found inside
Scientists have been collecting samples of these microorganisms in an effort to find new potential antibiotics. One promising example is a microscopic predator that goes after other bacteria. Scientists hope that one of these microorganisms may extend the life of Cubicin, currently a drug of last resort against MSRA.

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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): Why You Feel Regular Discomfort in Your Belly Hours After A Meal.

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The name 'Irritable Bowel Syndrome' may sound like a name that fell from space but trust me it's a problem a lot of us are very familiar with (I'm not pointing hands...) and often misdiagnose as 'common' diarrhea or constipation, although, diarrhea and constipation are actually associated symptoms of Irritable bowel syndrome.

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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects the large intestine (colon) commonly causing cramping, recurrent abdominal pains, bloating, gas, diarrhoea and constipation. All these really annoying symptoms are as a result of changes in the pattern of bowel movements without any evidence of underlying damage. Despite the fact that signs and symptoms are uncomfortable, Irritable bowel syndrome doesn't bring about changes in bowel tissue or increase your risk of cancer. Just a little number of individuals with Irritable Bowel Disorder have extreme signs and side effects. A few people can control their symptoms by completely changing their eating habits, way of life and anxiety.
According to a recent study, about 10 to 15% of people in the developed world are believed to be affected by Irritable bowel syndrome. It is more common in South America and less common in Southeast Asia.  Sorry ladies, It is twice as common in women as men and typically occurs before age 45. The condition appears to become less common with age. Irritable bowel syndrome does not affect life expectancy or lead to other serious diseases. The first description of the condition was in 1820 while the current name of the condition "irritable bowel syndrome" came into use in 1944.

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If you can relate to this image above after a nice meal of Beans Porridge, my guess is that you already understand what I'm talking about here. If you suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, you must have discovered by now that the symptoms are triggered by certain things you eat or do, not just beans.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome Causes

The causes of irritable bowel syndrome are not really clear, but a variety of factors contribute to triggering the symptoms. The walls of the intestines are lined with layers of muscle that contract and relax in a coordinated rhythm as they move food from your stomach through your intestinal tract to your rectum. That's what happens in the body of 'normal people'. If you have irritable bowel syndrome, the contractions may be stronger and last longer than normal, causing gasbloating and diarrhoea. Or the opposite may occur, with weak intestinal contractions slowing food passage and leading to hard, dry stools. In summary, you're going to have a really bad day.

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Abnormalities in your gastrointestinal nervous system also may play a role, causing you to experience greater than normal discomfort when your abdomen stretches from gas or stool. Poorly coordinated signals between the brain and the intestines can make your body overreact to the changes that normally occur in the digestive process. This overreaction can cause pain, diarrhoea or constipation.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Triggers

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Just like most disorders, triggers for irritable bowel syndrome vary from person to person. Stimuli that don't trouble other people can trigger side effects in individuals with irritable bowel syndrome— however not all individuals with the condition respond to the same stimuli. Normal triggers include:
  • Foods: I don't know about you but I know Food to be a major cause of irritable bowel syndrome. The role of food allergy or intolerance in irritable bowel syndrome is not yet clearly understood, but many people have more severe symptoms when they eat certain things. A wide range of foods has been identified — chocolate, spices, fats, fruits, beans, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, milk, carbonated beverages and alcohol to name a few. You must have noticed that whenever you enjoy a meal containing any of the above foods, your body seems to always reject it. It's like something in the food irritates the epithelial lining of the intestine and it starts with bloating then gas... then...You know the rest.
  • Stress: The vast majority with irritable bowel syndrome find that their signs and symptoms are worse or more frequent during periods of increased stress, such as the final week of exams or the first weeks on a new job. But while stress may aggravate symptoms, it doesn't cause them.
  • Hormones: Since ladies are twice as liable to have irritable bowel syndrome, scientists trust that hormonal changes assume a part in this condition. Numerous ladies find that signs and symptoms are worse during or around their menstrual periods.
  • Different ailments: Sometimes another illness, such as an acute episode of infectious diarrhoea (gastroenteritis) or too many bacteria in the intestines (bacterial overgrowth), can trigger irritable bowel syndrome.
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A lot of people have occasional signs and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, but you're more likely to have irritable bowel syndrome if you:
  • Are young. Bad news young people, irritable bowel syndrome tends to occur in people under age 45.
  • Are female. Overall, about twice as many women as men have the condition.
  • Have a family history of irritable bowel syndrome. Studies suggest that people who have a family member with irritable bowel syndrome may be at increased risk of the condition. The influence of family history on irritable bowel syndrome risk may be related to genes, shared factors in a family's environment or both.
  • Have a mental health problem. Anxiety, depression, a personality disorder and a history of childhood sexual abuse are risk factors. For women, domestic abuse may be a risk factor as well. 

 Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatment and Management

Because it's not clear what causes irritable bowel syndrome, treatment focuses on the relief of symptoms so that you can live as normally as possible. In most cases, you can successfully control mild signs and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome by learning to manage stress and making changes in your diet and lifestyle.

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It's quite simple, try to avoid foods that trigger your symptoms and you should be fine. Also try to get enough exercise, drink plenty of fluids and get enough sleep.
If your problems are moderate or severe, you may need more than lifestyle changes. Your doctor may suggest medications. 

Dietary changes that could help include:
  • Eliminating high-gas foods. It's a no-brainer. If you have this constant bloating or are passing considerable amounts of gas, your doctor may suggest that you cut out such items as Beans, carbonated beverages, vegetables— especially cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower — and raw fruits.
  • Eliminating gluten. Research shows that some people with irritable bowel syndrome report improvement in diarrhoea symptoms if they stop eating gluten (wheat, barley and rye). This recommendation remains controversial, and the evidence is not clear.
  • Fibre supplements. Taking fibre supplements, such as psyllium (Metamucil) or methylcellulose (Citrucel), with fluids may help control constipation. The fibre obtained from food may cause much more bloating compared with a fibre supplement. If fibre doesn't help symptoms, your doctor may prescribe an osmotic laxative such as milk of magnesia or polyethene glycol.
According to mayoclinic, possible medications you can take to control symptoms of Irritable bowel syndrome include;
  • Anti-diarrheal medications. Over-the-counter medications, such as loperamide (Imodium), can help control diarrhoea. Some people will benefit from medications called bile acid binders, such as cholestyramine (Prevalite), colestipol (Colestid) or colesevelam (Welchol), but these can lead to bloating. Metronidazole, marketed under the brand name Flagyl among others used either alone or with other antibiotics may also be effective in IBS control.
  • Antibiotics. Some people whose symptoms are due to an overgrowth of bacteria in their intestines may benefit from antibiotic treatment. Some people with symptoms of diarrhoea have benefited from rifaximin (Xifaxan), but more research is needed.
  • Counseling. You may benefit from counselling if you have depression or if stress tends to worsen your symptoms.

You Could Change Your Lifestyle

In many cases, simple changes in your diet and lifestyle can provide relief from irritable bowel syndrome.

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Although your body may not respond immediately to these changes, your goal is to find long-term, not temporary, solutions:
  • Avoid problem foods. If certain foods make your signs and symptoms worse, don't eat them. It may seem like torture but you're actually doing yourself a lot of good. These may include Beans, alcohol, chocolate, caffeinated beverages such as coffee and sodas, medications that contain caffeine, dairy products, and sugar-free sweeteners such as sorbitol or mannitol. If gas is a problem for you, foods that might make symptoms worse include beans, cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli. Fatty foods also may be a problem for some people. Chewing gum or drinking through a straw can lead to swallowing air, causing more gas.
  • Take care with dairy products. If you're lactose intolerant, try substituting yoghurt for milk. Or use an enzyme product to help break down lactose. Consuming small amounts of milk products or combining them with other foods also may help. In some cases, though, you may need to stop eating dairy foods completely. If so, be sure to get enough protein, calcium and B vitamins from other sources.
  • Drink plenty of liquids. Try to drink plenty of fluids every day. Water is best. Alcohol and beverages that contain caffeine stimulate your intestines and can make diarrhoea worse, and carbonated drinks can produce gas.
  • Exercise regularly. Exercise helps relieve depression and stress, stimulates normal contractions of your intestines, and can help you feel better about yourself. If you've been inactive, start slowly and gradually increase the amount of time you exercise. If you have other medical problems, check with your doctor before starting an exercise program.
  • Use anti-diarrheal medications and laxatives with caution.If you try over-the-counter anti-diarrheal medications, such as Imodium or Kaopectate, use the lowest dose that helps. Imodium may be helpful if taken 20 to 30 minutes before eating, especially if you know that the food planned for your meal is likely to cause diarrhoea.
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In the long run, these medications can cause problems if you don't use them correctly. If you have any questions about them, check with your doctor or pharmacist. Overall, It's recommended you see your Doctor before taking any form of medication. Thanks for reading. Endeavour to share this post with your friends using the share buttons below and let them learn something new. Subscribe to our newsletter to get more amazing updates directly to your email.

Monday, 21 November 2016

25 Essential Health Benefits of Eating Mushrooms Every Day.

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What are the health benefits of eating mushrooms? How often should you eat Mushrooms? If you ask yourself these two questions then you have come to the right place for answers. This information you're reading is very important and Top secret. You have definitely stumbled upon a real life Fountain of youth (or Food of youth, considering the Mushroom is a food).

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The reason is because eating Mushrooms is one of the oldest ways to prolong your years on Earth naturally. Well, it wouldn't make you immortal but it could push your end farther away. Mushrooms (or toadstools) are the fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting bodies of fungi, typically produced above ground on soil or on its food source. Of all the 72-80 species of Mushrooms in existence, only a few are actually fatal when ingested and many of these poisonous mushrooms bear an unfortunate resemblance to edible species and are thus especially dangerous. Not to bother about those guys, here are 25 Health Benefits of Eating Mushrooms every day.

1. Mushrooms are a good source of nutritional components of food such as protein, carbohydrate, fats, inorganic compounds and essential vitamins. It is a good source of high-quality proteins and minerals. It is an ideal food for the vegetarian population. The mushroom protein contains adequate quantities of most of the essential amino acids compared to those of egg protein, which is supposed to be a standard complete protein. A few essential amino acids, which are lacking in cereals, are present in high concentrations in mushrooms.
2. Mushrooms are good for people trying to lose weight, this is because they not only contain a few calories, but they are also packed with plenty of dietary fibre. Dietary fibre slows down digestion, so you feel full for a longer period of time.

3. Mushrooms are highly valuable for their anti-pathogenic properties. They are natural sources of antibiotics which help prevent you from food-borne diseases and other infections and inflammations. (read more about Antibiotics and antibiotic resistance). Having these mushrooms is an easy way to boost your overall immunity.

4. Mushroom consumption inhibits the HIV virus in vitro.

5. Mushrooms are used in the treatment of chronic bronchitis (inflamed bronchial tubes of the respiratory system producing a lot of mucus.).
6. The consumption of mushrooms can also improve your liver and colon functions, reduce your body’s toxicity and your chances for cell mutation and cancers. Reishi in Mushrooms protect the liver from damage by chemical toxins such as carbon tetrachloride

7. Mushrooms enhance longevity, its consumption adds years to your life.

8. Mushrooms have been scientifically proven to have antibacterial and antiviral properties which assist the body in fending off diseases like Polio, Hepatitis B, HIV, Influenza, HSV-1 and HSV-2 as well as the smallpox virus.

9. Research had indicated that mushrooms have potential anti-microbial, anti-cancer, anti-hyperglycemic, cardioprotective, and anti-inflammatory activities. The mushroom isolate pleuromutilin was used to create the antibiotic retapamulin. Conjugated-Linoleic Acid (CLA) in mushrooms help ward off the growth of bosom cancer cells, lowers oestrogen in the body, and inhibits an enzyme, aromatase, which otherwise would have helped the body to make oestrogen.

10. Mushrooms along with the effect of CLA on bosom cancer cells also improves the overall body’s immune system and may block the onset of tumours. CLA also increases metabolism, fights obesity and prevents fat deposits. It also fights the hardening of the arteries, prevent food allergies and improve the immune system. In addition to stimulating the immune system, it makes the immune system more effective by providing some of the 'essential body-friendly sugars.'
11. Mushrooms are a good source of B vitamins, including riboflavin, niacin, and pantothenic acid, which help to provide energy by breaking down proteins, fats and carbohydrates. B vitamins also play an important role in the nervous system. Riboflavin is also known as vitamin B2 and it plays an important role in metabolism and cell growth. It also helps with producing energy in the body.

12. It is A great source of Heart-Healthy Copper: Copper is one of the less talked about minerals that is essential to the body, but that the body can not synthesise on its own. Copper has properties that help protect our cardiovascular system, and just one small serving of mushrooms contains more than 20 percent of the copper we need daily. This copper also helps your bones stay strong, maintain iron and regulate sugar. If you don’t get enough copper, you may become anaemic. Anaemia means you lack adequate red blood cells.

13. Osteoporosis is another condition caused by the lack of copper. Osteoporosis causes brittle bones that break easily. It usually happens when you lack calcium in your bones, but copper works to protect bone health as well.

14. Mushrooms contain Niacin. This awesome nutrient increases your good cholesterol levels and lowers your bad cholesterol. It creates energy from carbohydrates and promotes healthy hair, nail and skin. It also reduces high blood pressure, and help to stabilise blood sugar levels.
15. Carbohydrates of mushrooms do not contain starch. Glucose is present in very small quantity and they contain fat in small amounts. Therefore, mushrooms can be recommended as a 'Slimming diet'.

16. Mushrooms are rich in selenium. Its appearance, taste, and aroma, sometimes can stimulate one’s appetite.

17. An Excellent Source of Potassium: Most people think bananas are the high potassium food, but it may surprise you to learn that mushrooms outrank bananas on the potassium chart. Potassium helps the body process sodium and lower blood pressure. So people with hypertension or a high risk of stroke can enjoy tremendous health benefits from a regular dose of mushrooms in their diet

18. The mushroom extract has been linked to some treatments for both migraines and mental disorders.

19. Mushrooms are the only plant food that is a source of natural Vitamin D.
20. Mushrooms can be used as a treatment for colds and flu.

21. Mushrooms are known to help reduce your blood cholesterol, especially the artery clogging by low-density lipoproteins (LDL). They contain a tremendous amount of B vitamins which promote more efficient energy production, blood oxygenation and prevent the accumulation of body fat.

22. Mushrooms contain eritadenine, a compound that decreases cholesterol levels. It means that if you have an elevated cholesterol level and you want to lower it naturally, you can try eating mushrooms regularly. If your cholesterol level is back to the normal range, you are at a lower risk for atherosclerosis, heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular problems.

23. Mushrooms prevent thrombosis which is a health condition that produces blood clots in your veins that lead to restricted blood flow.

24. Mushrooms are rich in iron, a mineral which is essential for maintaining good health. Iron improves the circulation of oxygen through your blood. As a result, oxygen and other nutrients are effectively supplied to your muscle cells, brain and other parts of the body.
Iron is also used to treat anaemia, so if you are anaemic as a result of menstruation or pregnancy, make sure you incorporate plenty of mushrooms into your diet. Iron can also boost your energy level and prevent fatigue.

25. Frequent intake of mushrooms can significantly reduce the occurrence of acne breakouts and skin allergies.
Now you have the secret to long life, no need to sail the seven seas in search for the fabled Fountain of Youth. Also, find out the Health benefits of Garlic to ensure you live a strong and healthy life. Thanks for reading, endeavour to share this with your friends using the share buttons below. Subscribe to our newsletter to receive more amazing updates directly to your mail. Have anything to share? Do so in the comments below.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

13 Essential And Proven Health Benefits Of Eating Garlic Everyday.

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Used and approved by our forefathers and fathers till this present day, authenticated by Science to be the most powerful root plant ever known to man; scientifically proven to cure and prevent most diseases and sicknesses than any natural herb in the world. The Garlic is really a wonderful plant that can do 'everything' and it has many health benefits.

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Health Benefits of Garlic.

The only natural herb known to contain enough power potent enough to fight Cancer cells in the human body is GARLIC. Recognised by its unpleasant smell, Garlic is very rich in sugars, proteins, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iodine, silicon, vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B3, sulphur compounds, and oil soluble nutrients. The Presence of Sulphur in Garlic is the cause of its pungent smell and the reason you get that awful breath. However, the quality of Garlic cannot be overridden due to this smell. Allicin (an organosulfur compound obtained from garlic) is a natural antibiotic. Proven to be stronger than tetracycline and penicillin. Ajoene is another compound found in Garlic which impedes the formation of blood clots in the arteries. Thus, helps to prevent stroke and control cholesterol levels in the blood. Garlic is also very rich in Selenium.

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This indispensable element is used in the neutralisation of free radicals which helps to prevent several illnesses. Selenium is an antioxidant, helping to slow the effect of cell oxidation and Ageing. Combined with vitamin A and E, the rejuvenating power of Selenium and Ajoene are increased.
Another compound found in Garlic is called Saponin. This compound also helps to lower blood pressure, thus preventing stroke. Fructose is also found in garlic. It helps to stimulate the immune system. Below are 13 essential and proven health benefits of eating Garlic every day.

1. Reduction of Fat in the Blood:  It has been demonstrated and proven that Garlic promotes a decrease of low-density lipoprotein (dangerous) from about 7% to 22% and increases high-density protein (favourable) from 15% to 31%. In addition, it lowers cholesterol and triglycerides from 15% to 20%.

2. Prevents Hypertension – Garlic acts as a vasodilator which helps to widen the blood vessels, making blood flow easier. This helps to lower blood pressure. Experiments show signs of this effect in more than 75% of people and patients.

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3. Heart Relaxant: Garlic regulates the cardiac rhythm of the heart, helping to avoid Arrhythmia. This is beneficial for people who have accelerated heart rate and Cardiac Arrhythmia.

4. Anti-Diabetic: Garlic can be a huge help to people living with diabetes and helps to prevent it as well because it helps to lower the glucose in the blood. This is due to the fact that it increases the secretion of Insulin. Insulin is in charge of regulating normal sugar levels in the blood.

5. Digestive Aid: Taking Garlic prevents the blockage of gastric pancreatic and intestinal juices which are responsible for digesting the nutrients. It also helps to promote, relax and tone the Digestive system.

6. Muscle Toner: Muscles can be toned by taking Garlic which then can sustain an extra amount of work. It is also a great muscle relaxant. The Babylonians in 3000BC can attest to the vigour and extra vitality Garlic gives to their workforce.

7. Lungs Decongestant: Garlic works as a great lung decongestant helping to loosen the harmful, infectious secretion of bronchial tubes. In addition, it helps to prevent head colds and flu. Garlic plus some Chilli-pepper work as good expectorants.

8. Antibiotic and Germicidal power: Garlic is very effective in destroying bacteria like staphylococcus, streptococcus, salmonella, and other germs that cause diarrhoea, Gastrointestinal and Bronchio-pulmonary infection. It also works on fungi like Ringworm and Candidiasis.

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9. Hyperthyroidism: Garlic contains a lot of iodine which helps people who suffer from Hyperthyroid, a deficiency of this mineral.

10. Anti-rheumaticGround garlic mixed with hot aloe lotion calms and eases pain caused by inflamed and aching joints, a result of Rheumatism.

11. Parasitic Worms: Cloves of garlic have been used to get rid of Oxyuriasis (intestinal worm) in children, working quite well to completely eliminate amoebas.

12. Diuretic: Garlic is highly diuretic due to its essential oils and its low molecular weight sugars.

13. Arteriosclerosis and Thrombosis: Studies reveal that the ingestion of Garlic daily during the month diminishes coagulation and the destruction of clots from 72 % to 85%.

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The Health benefits of garlic certainly are numerous but I think the above 13 should do. So, the question is: would you rather choose to stay alive and smell foul or would you smell nice while your health is foul? Go ahead, take a bold step, bite on garlic and let the smell chase away diseases and sickness, this is more important than the people it will chase away! Thanks for reading, endeavour to share this post using the share buttons below. Join our newsletter to get more amazing updates directly to your mail. At ScienceHealth24, your comment is Gold and share is Silver. Let us know what you think in the comment below

Friday, 18 November 2016

Hypnic Jerk: Why You Get The Feeling of Falling In Your Dreams and Wake up with a Jolt or Twitch.

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Have you ever wondered why you get the feeling of falling in your sleep? Yes, I've had them too. A hypnic jerk or sleep twitch is an involuntary muscle twitch which occurs just as a person is beginning to fall asleep. often causing him or her to awaken suddenly for a moment.

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Have you ever been jolted awake by the sensation of falling, just as you were drifting off to sleep? If so, you’re not weird or crazy. These involuntary muscle twitches in the arms, legs or entire body are called hypnic Jerks. Sudden jerking motions of the legs or whole body occurring at the moment of falling asleep, and they’re very common. Up to 70 percent of people experience them occasionally—but no one knew exactly what caused them... Well, now we do.
I don't know about you, but this happens to me a lot. Most often, I find myself either falling off a cliff after carelessly stepping on a banana peel or I'm suddenly attacked by a creature that looks a lot like something that crawled out of Resident Evil. Hypnic jerks are associated with a rapid heartbeat, quickened breathing, sweat, and sometimes "a peculiar sensory feeling of 'shock' or 'falling into the void.' A higher occurrence is reported in people with irregular sleep schedules.

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Hypnic Jerk Causes

Physically, hypnic jerks resemble the "jump" experienced by a person when startled, often accompanied by a falling sensation. A higher occurrence is reported in people with irregular sleep schedules. A Hypnic Jerk, also known as a ‘Hypnagogic Jerk’, a ‘Sleep Start’ and a ‘Night Start’ – is an involuntary twitch which happens during hypnagogia. This is the stage just as a person is about to fall asleep and it often causes them to suddenly wake up for a moment. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, there is a lot of potential causes as to why this happens, these include anxiety, caffeine, stress and strenuous activities in the evening.

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‘Hypnic Jerks’ are more frequent in childhood with 4-7 per hour at the age ranging from 8 to 12 years old, and it decreases toward 1-2 per hour at 65 to 80 years old.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine claims that there is a wide range of potential causes, including anxiety, caffeine, stress and strenuous activities in the evening. However, most hypnic jerks occur essentially at random in healthy people.
A study at the University of Colorado has suggested that a hypnic jerk could be "an archaic reflex to the brain's misinterpretation of muscle relaxation with the onset of sleep as a signal that a sleeping primate is falling out of a tree. The reflex may also have had selective value by having the sleeper readjust or review his or her sleeping position in a nest or on a branch in order to assure that a fall did not occur."

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Hypnic Jerk Cure or Treatment

Okay I wouldn't use the word 'cure' or 'treatment', but here are some tips to help reduce the occurrence of Hypnic jerks:

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  • Follow good sleep hygiene, develop a routine and follow it every night.
  • Watch what you eat before bedtime. Maybe this is where my problem lies.
  • A magnesium, calcium or iron deficiency may be to blame. First, try to improve your diet, take lots and lots of fresh fruit and vegetables or try a supplement, with those minerals and vitamin C.
  • Heavy exercise too close to bedtime can have an effect. Try to limit heavy weights or cardio sessions in the evening (your quest for six packs can wait). Conversely, a gentle walk an hour before bed may help.
  • Meditation can help relieve those negative feedback loops that will make you dread going to bed.
  • Maintain a positive outlook, and get some tips of relaxation or yoga. The techniques taught in even the most basic class may be enough to allow you to get your mind in a state where sleep comes naturally.
  • A relaxation CD played at night may be the answer. It will give your brain something to do instead of worrying and may quickly become an essential part of your sleep routine. Try listening to something cool, Adele's 'Hello' before sleep will probably send you to heaven for hours.
  • If you're a student, cutting back some of the time you spend studying late will probably help you a lot.
  • If the sleeping disorder is having a negative effect on your life then see a doctor, who may prescribe some medication to help you get that much-needed sleep.
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Hypnic jerks are really nothing to worry about. If one wakes you up, simply roll over and go back to sleep. But keep in mind: a high caffeine intake, strenuous evening activities, emotional stress, or sleep deprivation may increase the frequency and intensity of hypnic jerks. If you suspect that one of these factors may be worsening your nighttime muscle twitches, try cutting back on caffeine, using relaxation techniques to help you decompress, or practising better sleep hygiene. And if the jerks themselves—or your anxiety about having them—prevent you from getting enough sleep, talk to your doctor. I really don't find it funny when this happens at school or in public. Imagine what everyone will think when I jump up all of a sudden with so much fear while taking a nap on the school bus. Okay, enough imagination, thanks for reading. Endeavour to share this with your friends and share your Hypnic Jerk experience with us in the comment box below.