Monday, January 30, 2012

Heal Rosacea with Rosacea Relief Serum

What is rosacea?

Rosacea and facial redness are proof that life's not always fair. While some of us go through life with clear skin and not a facial worry in the world, others trudge forward with that dreaded redness. And the burning sensation and the itching.

The problem is made worse when you consider that people prone to rosacea tend to suffer from sensitive skin. Anything can trigger an outbreak, whether it's sunlight, the wind, stress or spicy foods. That's not an exhaustive list, mind you, but it includes some of the more common triggers of facial redness in people who suffer from this embarrassing condition.

Rosacea is a chronic condition that manifests itself in form of facial redness. This condition is most often experienced by Caucasian women between 30 and 60, although it can also hit men. You're more vulnerable to rosacea if you're fair-skinned and easily blush.

Those who suffer from rosacea can certainly attest that it sucks. And for those it hits most severely, outbreaks can be hard to avoid.

Fortunately, you can reduce rosacea outbreaks and facial redness with Skinception Rosacea Relief Serum which was formulated for people who suffer from weather changes, stress and foods that can cause redness.

Skinception Rosacea Relief Serum is clinically proven to:
  • soothed skin with faded redness
  • improved circulation (spider veins fade with continuous use)
  • restored normal sensitivity to skin
  • improved skin tone and firmness
  • softened skin texture
    Skinception Rosacea Relief Serum may prevent outbreaks from occurring in the first place. All thanks to an effective and proven formulation of active ingredients that soothe and calm.

    Best results are achieved when the Serum is used for at least 90 days. Here's what you can expect:
    • Boosted Skin Barrier Function – People who suffer from rosacea tend to have skin that's easily angered by many skin care products. That's why we've formulated Skinception Rosacea Relief Serum to protect your skin with natural ingredients like green tea extract, so you're not at the mercy of common rosacea triggers.
    • Reduced Skin Sensitivity – More good news for rosacea patients, there's less redness with Rosacea Relief Serum, because it's designed to calm the blood vessels just under the skin that are so easily inflamed. Better vascular health, better protection against free radicals, better skin sensitivity, and yes, less redness.
    • Fights Inflammation of the Blood Vessels – Repeated inflammation can age the skin, as the blood vessels lose ability to dilate and contract. Then the walls between adjacent blood vessels break down, resulting in spider veins, blood pools and damaged skin function. The good news? Rosacea Relief Serum prevents inflammation of the blood vessels, for visibly healthier skin.
    • Reversed Premature Aging – All that redness takes a toll on your skin, as repeated inflammation can damage the collagen matrix and hasten the aging process. Rosacea Relief Serum is specifically formulated to reduce that redness, and even stimulate collagen production.

    Active ingredients:

    Skinception Rosacea Relief Serum has been scientifically formulated with a series of ingredients that work synergistically to reduce the symptoms associated with rosacea outbreaks including facial redness, inflammation, and prickling heat.
    • Renovage -  The trade name for teprenone, a new breakthrough in skincare, anti-aging, and rosacea treatment that works on skin cells at the DNA level. Renovage™ protects the threads of DNA from unraveling so that a cell can continue to divide without harm to DNA, which triggers the death of the cell. In so doing, Renovage™ has been clinically proven to prolong the life of cells by one-third. Renovage™ is reported to improve skin function (i.e., hydration, barrier function, and pigmentation) as well as skin structure (i.e., firmness, elasticity, wrinkles, fine lines, pore size, and erythrosis). In a clinical study conducted with a group of 25 women, all of whom were age 45 or older, Renovage™ was applied twice daily for six months. The women’s skin was evaluated at one month, three months, and six months. A number of anti-aging effects were observed, and most interesting to rosacea sufferers were a decrease in redness in over 90% of test subjects by an average of 30% or more.
    • Actiflow - A product of Silab, Actiflow® is comprised of saccharomyces cerevisiae extract, otherwise known as baker's or brewer's yeast. The main purpose of Actiflow® is to improve blood circulation in the tiny blood vessels just beneath the skin, and to improve vascular congestion. Because blood circulation, vascular congestion, and the degeneration of vascular health are major contributing factors to rosacea, Actiflow® is a useful active ingredient in the treatment of rosacea as well. Actiflow® has been clinically proven to have anti-inflammatory and anti-redness properties to help address the ultra-sensitive skin conditions of rosacea sufferers, and soothe and calm inflamed, discoloured skin. It has been especially formulated for sensitive skin and will not aggravate the rosacea condition, but instead works to soothe and calm the factors that cause redness and inflammation.
    • Mediacalm- Produced by Silab, Mediacalm® is particularly useful for rosacea treatment because its active ingredient Boerhavia Difussa Root Extract significantly reduces inflammation, soothes irritated skin, and restores a normal sensitivity threshold to the skin. Since hyper-sensitivity and inflammation are at the root of rosacea, this ingredient is key in addressing rosacea concerns. Once inflammation is soothed and regulated, rosacea-prone skin not only looks and feels better but is better protected against triggers that cause episodes of rosacea. Mediacalm® is also known to reduce erythema (redness) in the process of reducing sensitivity, while also reducing the instance of “prickling skin” common to rosacea. It is being hailed as the “neurocosmetic answer for sensitive skin.”
    • Allantoin - Also known as vitamin U, Allantoin has been used to treat dry and damaged skin since the 16th century. Allantoin is a moisturizer and a kerolytic - which means it softens the keratin in the skin (the key structural protein in the epidermis), allowing skin to heal more quickly and to absorb moisture more effectively. Known for its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and soothing properties, Allantoin is often used in rosacea and acne treatment. As well as being a natural anti-irritant, Allantoin is used to stimulate regeneration of healthy skin cell tissues. At the same time, it acts as a chemical “debrider,” which means it helps slough off dead and damaged skin cells and tissues. Together, these actions help speed the general healing of the skin. The red, inflamed, and thickened skin of rosacea is softened, calmed, and healed through topical use of Allantoin.
    Don't let rosacea ruin your day. Try Skinception Rosacea Relief Serum and regain confidence! Be proud of your skin at any age! Safe, affordable and designed specifically for the hypersensitive skin of customers prone to rosacea outbreaks, Skinception Rosacea Relief Serum is a gentle and effective alternative to all moisturizing creams and lotions.

    Article courtesy of Skinception™ Rosacea Relief Serum website. Visit the website to learn more about rosacea.

    *This information is for educational purpose only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.

    Monday, January 23, 2012

    Natural Treatment for IBS

    Irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic condition that makes life miserable to those it affects. Some estimates put the direct costs of IBS between $1.7-$10 billion in the United States each year. One study suggests that IBS costs patients $5,049 in out of pocket expenses annually, and 13.8 hours lost per 40 hour work week.

    Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a proof that life is not always fair. While most people live their lives in relative harmony with their gut, IBS strikes victims with pain and discomfort at the worst of times, be it at work, in public or out with friends. Symptoms include:
    • abdominal pain and discomfort
    • bloating
    • diarrhea
    • constipation
    • irregular bowel movements
    Eighty percent of IBS patients are women. And with 14% of the American population complaining of IBS symptoms, irritable bowel syndrome has serious implications, to the patient and the economy. Although irritable bowel syndrome rarely progresses into a dangerous condition, it may be a sign of another, more urgent illness. Coeliac disease, parasitic infections (like giardiasis) and several inflammatory bowel disease are not uncommon in IBS patients.

    Four Triggers of IBS

    IBS is a highly unique disorder. What sets off irritable bowel syndrome in one patient may
    leave another unscathed. Having said that, some causes of IBS are more common than others:
    • Lack of Hydrochloric Acid - Your digestive system is a delicate creature that requires an optimum balance of hydrochloric (stomach) acid and digestive enzymes. Without sufficient stomach acid, many IBS patients experience poor nutrient absorption, develop bacterial and protozoal infections and allergic reactions to partially digested food.
    • Inflammation of the Gastrointestinal System - Another common IBS trigger, inflammation of the GI tract begins an ugly cycle of food allergies, fatigue, toxic substances leaking into the bloodstream and, notably, gas, constipation and diarrhea. Gotta love those.
    • Stress - Studies suggest that up to 60% of IBS patients have a psychological disorder - often anxiety. And more proof that problems of the gut are linked to the brain: 95 per cent of the body's serotonin receptors are located in, you guessed it, the gut.
    • Bad Bacteria - Your gut is home to naturally occurring bacteria. Some, like probiotics, are beneficial. Yet, when dangerous bacteria take over, bad things happen, including IBS. Down the road, dangerous bacteria can cause weight gain, chronic pain and perhaps even cancer.

    Treatment for IBS

    You can’t cure IBS, but you can minimize its symptoms as part of a comprehensive, long-term ongoing strategy, of the lifestyle, dietary, stress-related, medical and psychological factors that can cause irritable bowel syndrome. The two foundations for this strategy are:
    • Maintain an open, long-term communication with your doctor, and
    • Keep a journal of your IBS symptoms, and its triggers
    While it’s tempting to think that diet is the leading cause of irritable bowel syndrome, a variety of factors can cause IBS, including stress, lifestyle habits, even psychological issues.

    Healthy lifestyle habits can reduce IBS symptoms and make it bearable:
    • Exercise – regular walking, running, swimming and other exercises can reduce stress and encourage regular bowel movements.
    • Stress management – a common factor in irritable bowel syndrome is high levels of stress. Meditation, stress management and psychological intervention or counselling can reduce IBS symptoms.
    • Medications – while there is no one-size-fits-all medical treatment for irritable bowel syndrome, some medications can alleviate specific symptoms. Stool softeners and laxatives can encourage comfortable bowel movements and prevent constipation. Oddly enough, some anti-depressants can reduce IBS symptoms, but consult with your doctor before pursuing this route.

    The diet connection

    Dietary management of irritable bowel syndrome is usually a case-by-case basis, as foods that can trigger IBS in one patient might not affect another, and there’s not enough evidence of foods that cause IBS to craft a generic diet. That said, some foods tend to trigger IBS more than others. Therefore, dietary treatment for irritable bowel syndrome might incorporate the following guidelines:
    • avoid caffeine and alcohol
    • limit intake of fatty foods
    • limit dairy, fruit and artificial sweeteners (if constipation’s a problem)
    • increase daily fiber intake to 20 grams
    • avoid beans, cabbage and uncooked cauliflower and broccoli
    Curiously, the countries with the highest rates of irritable bowel syndrome place a large emphasis on spicy foods in their diets. Mexico and Pakistan are among the nations with the highest reported cases of IBS, at 46% and 34% of their populations claiming IBS symptoms respectively.

    Irritable bowel syndrome is an ongoing, yet manageable condition. While it can cause pain and discomfort, remember that it’s rarely dangerous. Watch your triggers closely. Note your symptoms, talk to your doctor, and always seek medical advice if your symptoms change. Take notes, err on the side of caution, and use common sense. More likely than not, it’s not a life-changing problem, and with good planning and a bit of common sense, a minimal one at that.

    Article courtesy of Natural Health website

    *This information is for educational purpose only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.

    Wednesday, January 18, 2012

    An Apple a Day...

    Health Benefits of Apples

    The old saying "An apple a day keeps a doctor away" is not just a worn out phrase. The modern research confirms what our grandmothers knew about this amazingly versatile fruit.

    Apple is the fruit of an apple tree that belongs to the species of Malus domestica in the rose family or the Rosaceae. Apple tree is not only one of the most widely cultivated fruit trees but also the best known one among all the members of the genus Malus. There are more seven thousand varieties of apples known to us and most of them have been cultivated since the Iron Age (around 1200 B.C.) Older archeological evidence suggests that apple trees might have been known in Ancient Egypt much earlier than that.

    In ancient Greece apple was attributed to the goddess Aphrodite and, thus, was considered to be a fruit of love and passion. In the Norse mythology, on the other hand, apples were the symbol of eternal youth.

    Although those who consume apples cannot expect to stay young forever, the health benefits of apples cannot be underestimated as the apples are most certainly one of the healthiest foods easily available to us all year round.

    Apples are nutritional powerhouses. They contain powerful nutrients such as vitamins, antioxidants, fiber, and various phytochemicals that have an incredible disease fighting potential. Research shows that apples may help prevent many diseases including lung cancer, cardiovascular disease, asthma, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia.

    The apple peel contains triterpenoids which possess strong anti-cancer activity and may help prevent breast, colon, and liver cancer.

    Apple stem cells from a rare species of a Swiss apple were found to stop skin cells from dying and are currently used in topical solutions to prevent wrinkles. The reported test results are quite spectacular.

    So, what exactly can apples do for our health?
    • In Chinese Medicine apples are believed to strengthen the heart, quench thirst, lubricate the lungs, decrease mucous, and increase body fluids, while in the West apples are most often used to help digestion. The high fiber content helps regulate the bowel movement and prevents many digestive disorders such as chronic constipation, hemorrhoids, diverticulitis, and possibly even the cancer of the colon. Apple pectin helps the intestinal flora to multiply thus improving the overall digestive health.
    • Apples can help regulate blood sugar through a variety of mechanisms. The apple pectin, for example, delivers galacturonic acid to the body - a compound known to lower the body's need for insulin. The flavonoid quercetin can inhibit enzymes such as alpha-amylase and alpha-glucosidase which are involved in the metabolism of complex carbohydrates into simple sugars. This results in fewer sugar spikes in the blood. The apple polyphenols also reduce the absorption of glucose from the digestive tract. They stimulate the beta cells in the pancreas to secrete insulin and help increase the glucose re-uptake from the blood through stimulation of the insulin receptors in the body. 
    • Research shows that apples and fresh apple juice may help prevent cardiovascular disease by reducing the levels of LDL, or bad cholesterol, in the blood and improving the function of blood vessels. Both, the fiber and the flavonoids in apples, improve the overall heart health. 
    • Apple flavonoids may help reduce the risk of asthma. Researches found out that people who consumed at least two apples per week had reduced bronchial sensitivity and decreased risk of asthma. Apple consumption reduced the overall susceptibility to respiratory diseases.
    • Apples may help reduce weight in many ways. As mentioned above, apples help improve digestion. The apple fiber is also responsible for the feeling of satiety and help reduce craving. With about 80 calories per fruit, apples deliver so called negative calories. This means that the body uses more calories to digest apples than the amount of calories that apples provide.
    • Researchers found out that apples can prevent breast cancer and the cancer of the colon. Countless studies also demonstrated that apple is the only fruit that can inhibit lung cancer. Scientists suspect that it is the anti-oxidadative and anti-inflammatory action of various compounds working in synergy that is responsible for the anti-tumor activity. 
    • Recent studies demonstrated that the bioflavonoid quercetin in apples may prevent Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. Apples may also increase production of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine thus preventing cognitive decline in aging adults. 

    Other health benefits include improved immune system, effective detoxification of toxins from the body, improved vision, and better dental health.

    Unless you are allergic to apples, an apple or two a day will certainly contribute to a better overall health and prevent many ailments and conditions associated with aging.

    Buy organic apples whenever you can. Wash them well and eat with skin for maximum health benefits.

    By Dominique Allmon

    *This information is for educational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.

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    Saturday, January 14, 2012

    Natural Support for Digestion

    We’ve all had those embarrassing digestion problems. The acid reflux. The heartburn, and that disgusting irritable bowel syndrome. Digestion problems make it feel like there’s an evil little gremlin deep down who hits, pulls and tugs on your insides.

    Herbs and natural ingredients have been used as digestion supplements since ancient times. There’s a reason for that. Herbs are a potent and natural method to reduce ailments of the body, be they of the mind, stomach or other. Readily available without a doctor prescription, most herbs are affordable and can easily blend into a busy lifestyle. It’s no wonder herbs have stood the test of time as digestion supplements!

    Below are eight of nature’s best, used since antiquity for relief to digestion problems and the embarrassment they cause. But a word of caution, while herbal extracts are natural and generally safe, some herbals can trigger allergic reactions in those predisposed to allergies, particularly to ragweed and related pollens. Always consult with your doctor when starting a new therapy.

    Probiotics: Friendly Bacteria – Friendly bacteria? Yes. Probiotics are a good bacteria in the gut that can help proper digestion. They’re good for general digestive health and are believed to reduce diarrhea and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Add probiotics to milk or yogurt.

    Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice (DGL): For Heartburn Relief – An extract of licorice without the glycyrrhizin, DGL may reduce heartburn and acid reflux. DGL is potent and can alleviate symptoms of indigestion, but is not recommended for pregnant women.

    Peppermint Oil: Eases IBS – Peppermint oil appears to reduce pain, bloating and related symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. For best results, use peppermint oil coated in enteric capsules, to pass through the stomach and release in the intestines, where it goes to work.

    Chamomile: An Herbal Jack of All Trades – Your mother may have given you chamomile tea to help you sleep as a child, but chamomile can also help with digestive problems like colic, upset stomach and nausea. That said, chamomile may trigger an allergic reaction in people with plant-related allergies. Check with a doctor first.

    Ginger: Peace to Your Stomach – Commonly used in Asian cultures to treat stomach aches, ginger may relieve vomiting from nausea and pregnancy. Ginger is widely available, in powder, capsules, tablets or as fresh root. You’ll also find that ginger’s one of the safer herbals, at small doses, of one to three grams a day.

    L-Glutamine: Your Intestines Will Thank You – While not an herb, l-glutamine is a natural amino acid that supports functions of the intestines and other organs. L-glutamine is available as a supplement and may relieve diarrhea from chemotherapy. L-glutamine may also help absorption of nutrients in some patients, especially people with excessive bacteria in their digestive tracts.

    Psylllium: Relief From Constipation – Used in bulk laxatives, psylllium is very high in fiber and absorbs water into the intestines, which makes passage easier. Drink plenty of water when taking psylllium or risk worse constipation. In addition, people with pollen or melon allergies could have a serious reaction to psylllium.

    Artichoke: Soothes an Upset Stomach – Artichoke leaf extract can relieve dyspepsia and indigestion. When used daily, it can also reduce nausea, vomiting, gas and abdominal pain. That said, artichoke may set off allergies in people allergic to ragweed and pollens.
    Remember that the FDA does not closely monitor dietary supplements, and therefore there’s often no guarantee of their purity or effectiveness. Always read labels with natural digestion supplements and be particularly cautious if you’re pregnant, have an existing medical condition or are taking medications, herbs or supplements.

    Having said this, the supplements listed here have stood the test of time. When used judiciously and with caution, they’re an effective and relatively safe way to alleviate digestion problems and reduce those embarrassing runs to the bathroom. Be safe, be smart, and try natural digestion supplements equipped with knowledge and an open mind. You’ll probably feel better for it.

    Article courtesy of Natural Health Source

    *This information is for educational purpose only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.

    Tuesday, January 10, 2012

    Food for Healthy Skin

    Diet and health are intertwined. Eat well to feel good, fend off ailments and, among others things, to look young. Skin is your largest organ. Treat it well, and reap the rewards.

    This isn’t rocket science. Nutritionists have long advocated the benefits of healthy diet to raise life expectancy and boost quality of life. Add healthy skin to that list. Few factors make you look younger than what goes in your mouth. Choose the right foods, and you’ll have young skin.

    The foods listed here are multi-taskers. Not only will they make your skin glow, they’ll keep your weight down, ailments away and maybe keep a few marbles upstairs. Remember that there’s no substitute for a healthy, balanced diet. But this is a skin care article, on food for healthy skin, and with that in mind, these foods are all-stars.

    Low-fat dairy – For vitamin A and the benefits it brings to your dermal layers, it’s hard to beat low-fat dairy, particularly for those with diabetes or thyroid conditions, who can’t convert beta-carotene. Vitamin A is essential to healthy skin, and low-fat products, including skim milk and low-fat yogurt, may also assist in digestion health. If it’s good for digestion, you’ll see it in your skin.

    Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and plums – We’ve been hearing the benefits of antioxidants for years, for their ability to fight free radicals and slow the aging process. There are plenty of antioxidant-rich foods, but these guys are the champs. Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and plums burst with antioxidants, more so than any other food. Eat those berries, and have healthy skin.

    Salmon, walnuts, flax seed – High in essential fatty acids omega-3 and 6, salmon, walnuts and flax seed strengthen the cell membrane, accept nutrients and keep out harmful toxins. A strong cellular membrane retains water and promotes taut, healthy skin.

    Healthy oils – Not all fats are bad. Healthy oils, including olive oil and canola oil may raise calories, but they also lower cholesterol levels and deliver essential fatty acids to skin cells. Look for oil products with the words “cold-pressed”, “expeller-processed” or “extra-virgin”, as they’ve got the most nutrients.

    Whole-wheat bread, muffins, cereals, turkey, tuna, brazil nuts – At first glance, these foods don’t look like they have much in common, other than being healthy. But look closer. They all have selenium in abundance, which is vital to skin health and may even reverse sun damage. Anti-aging at its best.

    Green tea – With enough health benefits to fill a dictionary, drinking green tea is just a good idea, period. But you should also drink green tea for what it does for your skin; it’s an anti-inflammatory that protects the cell membrane, and might even lower risk of skin cancer.

    On a related note, lie down and put used green tea bags over your eyes to get rid of dark circle and eye bags. Green tea contains polyphenols, which tighten skin, and some believe, reduce under-eye circles.

    Water – What good is a healthy food list without the most abundant and essential nutrient in the human body? No water, no life. Pretty simple. Water hydrates the skin, transports nutrients and excretes harmful toxins from the cell. Your skin will thank you if you drink eight glasses a day.

    No question about it, what goes in your mouth shows in the skin you wear. A balanced diet helps, but consuming these foods can fill in nutritional gaps often missed in today’s fast-paced lifestyle. So eat right, with skin-friendly, happy foods. Healthy skin will follow, and you might even get asked for your ID at the wine store.

    Article courtesy of Natural Health Source

    *This information is for educational purpose only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.

    Saturday, January 7, 2012

    Lose Weight with Alkaline Diet

    Understanding How Alkaline Diet Works

    Alkaline diets are a popular choice for people who want to achieve optimum good health. However, many people don't actually understand this diet or how it works. The concept is actually fairly simple - the diet just focuses on regaining the balance that was lost when man started to eat a more domesticated diet. Instead of focusing on foods that are high in sugar, fat, and cholesterol, an alkaline diet primarily consists of fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy whole grains, wholesome protein sources such as soy, beans and legumes, and healthy oils such as canola, olive and flax seed. These foods may be either alkaline or acid in their natural state, but they all produce what is termed as an "alkaline ash" once digested and metabolized by the body. When the body's pH is kept at a slightly alkaline level, all the systems can work more efficiently.

    Understanding pH of the Body

    The pH level of the body has the ability to affect every single cell of the body. When the blood has an alkaline pH instead of an acidic pH, it will have a positive effect on how every bodily system functions. The brain, circulatory system, nerves, muscles, respiratory system, digestive system, and reproductive system can all benefit from a proper pH level. On the other hand, when the pH of the body is too acidic, it is susceptible to many diseases and problems. Weight gain, heart disease, premature aging, fatigue, nerve problems, allergies, muscle disease and cancer are all more prevalent when the body's pH is not optimal. Because these problems are all more likely to occur when the body's pH is too acid, it makes good sense to eat a diet rich in alkalizing foods. The primary goal is usually to eat approximately 75-80% alkaline foods along with only about 20-25% acidifying foods. If this level is maintained in the diet, the end result is a slightly alkaline pH in the body, which is perfect for optimum good health.

    How to Chose Foods for Alkaline Diet

    It's actually quite easy to eat a diet rich in alkaline-producing foods. Most fresh fruits and vegetables are excellent choices. Red meat is not a good choice, but you can add plenty of protein to your meals by using soy products, delicious beans, legumes, and nuts such as almonds. You should eliminate unhealthy fats from your diet, but you can use good fats such as olive, canola, and flax seed oil. High fat dairy products should be avoided, but you can drink soy milk and goat's milk. Cheeses made from soy milk and goat's milk would also be good choices. Replace the empty calories of soda with delicious iced herb tea, green tea and lemon water. Coffee should be avoided, but you can drink hot herbal or green tea. Replace pasta with healthy whole grains such as wild rice, millet and quinoa. When sweetening your foods, focus on natural products such as raw sugar, Stevia and maple sugar. As you can see, you'll have many nutritious choices that are both delicious and high in alkalizing properties.

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    *This information is for educational purpose only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.

    Tuesday, January 3, 2012

    How to Live with IBS

    Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a proof that life is not always fair. While most people live their lives in relative harmony with their gut, IBS strikes victims with pain and discomfort at the worst of times, be it at work, in public or out with friends. Symptoms include:
    • abdominal pain and discomfort
    • bloating
    • diarrhea
    • constipation
    • irregular bowel movements
    Eighty percent of IBS patients are women. And with 14% of the American population complaining of IBS symptoms, irritable bowel syndrome has serious implications, to the patient and the economy. Estimates suggest that IBS costs the typical patient over $5,000 in annual medical costs, with close to 14 lost work hours each week.

    That’s the bad news. Fortunately, irritable bowel syndrome, though embarrassing, is a manageable condition.

    Frame your IBS strategy

    Irritable bowel syndrome requires a management strategy, to know your symptoms and identify your triggers, and when and where they hit. And that strategy starts with your doctor. Discuss your symptoms with your physician, and ask questions. Don’t be embarrassed – they’re perfectly suitable questions for a doctor’s office. The more you know, the better off you’ll be.

    Learn about IBS. Read pamphlets, books and reliable sources of information on the internet. You can also contact the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD) at, as they’re a good source for IBS help and can refer you to specialists and support networks.

    Know your symptoms

    Watch your symptoms. Keep a journal and record your stomach pain, discomfort or bowel movements as they develop. Note what you were doing when they occurred, how you felt prior and the type of food or medications you took before your symptoms flared up. This information may help you modify your diet and lifestyle accordingly.

    Be open about your IBS

    Know that you’re not alone. Tell your family and friends and a trusted co-worker about your condition. They`ll be more understanding when they know that IBS is a real illness, and they’ll know for example, why you might be late for an event.

    In addition, it is advisable to tell your employer about your symptoms, and that when they flare up, you have no control over them. You may need to bring educational material to work. Tell your employer that you have a strategy to manage your IBS, including your diet and IBS medicine, and that you remain a dedicated worker.

    You may find that most people are generally sympathetic to your plight, but bring a doctor’s note, explaining the disorder and symptoms, if your employer is not understanding.

    Prepare for flare-ups

    A little prep work can put your mind at ease before going to an event. Know where restrooms are in advance, before you go out. If you’re at a concert or movie, sit in the back row so you can quickly dart out if your symptoms flare up. If you go to a restaurant, find out what’s on the menu in advance so you can avoid trigger foods.

    Accept that embarrassing symptoms are part of the condition. An honest “Sorry, I have an illness” can explain the awkward yet inevitable flare-ups when they occur. Remember that no one is perfect. Most likely they haven’t noticed your frequent runs to the bathroom because they’re dealing with their own issues.


    Meditation and stress management may reduce your symptoms. If they arise in a meeting, for example, you might relax with deep, meditative breathing to put your mind at ease.

    Psychotherapy is one of the more effective IBS treatments, with many patients reporting a 50% reduction in symptoms. Psychotherapy is a form of behavioral therapy, which also includes relaxation therapy, hypnotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.

    Perhaps the best way to manage irritable bowel syndrome is to learn how to cope. You can’t cure IBS, but you can manage your symptoms and the effects they have on your life. Yes, you can manage your symptoms. Don’t let them manage you.

    Article courtesy of Natural Health

    *This information is for educational purpose only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.

    Sunday, January 1, 2012

    Lose Weight with Hoodia!

    The beginning of a New Year is a great time to begin a diet. Many people are making New Year's resolutions to break old habits or to introduce new and healthy ones. One of the most often made and broken resolution is the one to lose weight.

    Although very often some radical changes in one's lifestyle must be made if a person wishes to keep the weight off permanently, starting a diet with a help of a diet pill or a weight loss supplement is probably one of the most popular ways to achieving a weight loss goal.

    Weight loss supplements such as hoodia will help to curb appetite and jump start the metabolism. It must be said, however, that pills cannot replace healthy nutrition. They should not be taken indefinitely!

    What is hoodia?

    The South African Hoodia Gordonii Cactus is known by many names. It is called xshoba or xhooba by the San Bushmen who have used it to treat indigestion, minor skin infections and as an appetite and thirst suppressant during long hunts. The scientific name is Hoodia Gordonii. It is actually a succulent so the names Hoodia cactus and South African desert cactus are actually misnomers, but they are commonly used. The plant resembles a cactus when seen growing wild in the Kalahari Desert.

    There are problems associated with growing the South African Hoodia cactus for commercial purposes. First, logically, is temperature. In order to thrive the Hoodia cactus requires desert like temperatures. Second is time. It takes four or five years for the African Hoodia Gordonii cactus to reach full maturity. Quantities of the wild plant are extremely limited and are protected by the governments of South Africa from harvesting. Phytopharm, the first company to research the properties of the African hoodia cactus, has established plantations in South Africa, but will not begin to sell their patented product for at least a couple of years.

    It is important to note that there are more than twenty different varieties of hoodia, but only Hoodia Gordonii is believed to contain the natural appetite suppressant. Some companies may be selling products that are purported to contain the African hoodia cactus, but if it is not Hoodia Gordonii, then it may not work. As with all health supplements, it is best to buy hoodia products from a reputable company that sells a complete line of products. In addition, dieters are advised to remember to drink plenty of water since hoodia suppresses thirst, as well as appetite.

    By any name, the African hoodia cactus is a beautiful plant. Flowers are pale purple and appear after the plant reaches maturity. Even though dieters would love to have a large immediate supply, it is important to protect the wild African hoodia cactus from over-harvesting, so that it can be enjoyed by future generations.

    How does hoodia work in the body?

    In 1937, a Dutch anthropologist studying the San Bushmen noted their use of hoodia gordonii to suppress appetite. In 1963, scientists at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa's national laboratory, began studying hoodia. They claimed that lab animals lost weight after they were given hoodia gordonii.

    The South African scientists, working with a British company named Phytopharm, isolated what they believed to be an active ingredient in hoodia gordonii, a steroidal glycoside, which they named p57. After obtaining a patent in 1995, they licensed p57 to Phytopharm. Phytopharm has spent more than $20 million on hoodia research

    It must be said that despite its popularity, there are no published randomized controlled trials in humans to show hoodia is safe or effective in pill form.

    One study published in the September 2004 issue of Brain Research found that injections of p57 into the appetite center of rat brains resulted in altered levels of ATP, an energy molecule that may affect hunger. The animals receiving the p57 injections also ate less than rats that received placebo injections. However, this was an animal study and injections in the brain are different from oral consumption, so it cannot be used to show that oral hoodia can suppress appetite in humans.

    The manufacturer Phytopharm cites a clinical trial involving 18 human volunteers that found hoodia consumption reduced food intake by about 1000 calories per day compared to a placebo group. Although intriguing, the study wasn't published or subjected to a peer-review process, so the quality of the study cannot be evaluated.

    There have not been any side effects reported from eating Hoodia or from taking the P57 molecule. Remember, for thousands of years that Bushmen have eaten Hoodia Gordonii plants with no ill side effects.

    How pure is your hoodia product?

    There are widespread reports of counterfeit hoodia products. Mike Adams of News Target, estimates that 80 percent of hoodia products are contaminated or counterfeit. It is impossible to know if a hoodia product contains pure hoodia and the active ingredient, unless it has been tested by an independent laboratory.

    To avoid scam purchase products from credible sources only!

    *This information is for educational purpose only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.
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