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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Let's talk about women and OBESITY (Part 2)

Some young mothers despite normal delivery gain weight steadily because they are fed on fatty & starchy food in place of proper nutritious food under the erroneous notion that the weakness caused by labour can only be compensated by a rich diet. Sometimes young mothers, after delivery is also make rest more than it is necessary. Just as exercises is a must till almost the last stages of delivery for easy delivery, mild exercise after delivery is necessary for the contraction of the uterus to its original size. But exercise becomes more difficult if there is a weight increase. There fore, obesity worsens the condition. Women, who use contraceptive devices, oral contraceptives on a regular basis also tend to become obese. This is due to the effect on the hormones contained in those drugs.

Menopause:

Some women tend to gain weight during their menopause. Due to hormonal imbalance, obesity sets in, even though they had maintained normal weight previously. Menopause is a natural phase in a woman's life. Some women seek medical solutions in the form of hormone supplement for their irregular monthly cycles, disturbing symptoms & mild discomforts. Obesity caused by hormone pills is a bit difficult to get rid unlike other forms of obesity. Yet unani medicines successfully treated these hormone pills related obesity.

Mind over body:

Some women suffer from obesity for identifiable psychological reasons that manifest themselves as expressions of their underlying unhappiness and for no other reason. Such persons feel unwanted at home & outside. They develop severe complexes, become discontented with every one around & become indifferent towards anything & everything. They lose interest in every activity, which provide a pleasant diversion. In such cases, unless the under lying cause is attended to, they remain obese. Whenever they feel tense, overcome with unknown fears they seek a diversion in frequent eating. This type of eating gives them only a false sense of their tension being eased. At such times due to the absence of actual hunger, they resort to eating snacks, which please their palate. This naturally ads bulk the body.

Hormonal influence:

Endocrine glands are organs, which pour internal secretion into our blood. But for these glands, the growth of our body & mind becomes defective & results in various disorders & diseases, obesity being one of them. The glands produce some chemical substances, which are called hormones. Hormone is a circulating chemical substance that is capable of acting on distant organs from its original site. The glands that function in a unique way need a mention in this chapter because a few glands & other functions are responsible for causing obesity. These are the pituitary, thyroid, adrenals, pacers & gonads. Hormones are the agents that stirrup activity and bring about psychological changes in our behavior & bodily functions. Abnormal conditions of our health, is the direct result of an excess or deficient secretion of these hormones.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Talk about women and OBESITY (Part 1)

Some girls, who used to be slim prior to their marriage, gain weight gradually after marriage. This is due to the changed eating habits or eating rich food to which they might not be used to previously. Perhaps a more care free & comfortable life is also to be blamed for this. This is acceptable to them as well as to their spouses now to consider their weight gain as a sign of good health until they become pregnant.

Obesity right from the first month of pregnancy has its own disadvantages. The fatty tissues in the abdomen make it difficult for the expanding uterus, as the months advance exert great pressure on the bladder & bowels, disturbing the function of these waste eliminating organs. Wrong conceptions about the needs of a pregnant woman that she should eat double the amount of food to feed her and her child to be born and she should rest and relax more to preserve her energy for the time of labour. Nothing is near the truth, because the correct way of sensible eating & mild exercises & activities till the time of delivery facilitated a normal & comfortable delivery of a healthy child.

While in some cases there is reduction in weight after childbirth, in other, the young mothers keep gaining weight & remain obese for the rest of their lives. Generally two reasons can be attributed for obesity after childbirth. If normal delivery of the child is not there then this deprive the young mother of normal activities & exercises after delivery, resulting in the uterus not shrinking as it should, and gradually distention of abdomen takes place. The additional nourishment consumed undergoes poor digestion and the weight keeps increasing.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Reasons for Hair Loss

Both men and women lose hair for similar reasons. Hair loss in men is often more dramatic, and follows a specific pattern of loss which has been termed "Male Pattern Baldness". This loss is caused by dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Factors for male hair loss include: heredity, hormones, and aging.

This may also apply to women but to a lesser degree. Women may experience loss of hair after menopause and 2-3 months after having a baby. Other contributing factors include: poor diet, poor circulation, acute illness, radiation, chemotherapy, high stress, thyroid imbalance, certain drugs, coming off the contraceptive pill, diabetes, high doses of vitamin A (more than 100,000 IU), sudden weight loss, high fever, iron deficiency, ringworm, some fungal infections, chemicals and hair dyes, vitamin deficiencies, and lack of proper nutrition.

Drastic or premature hair loss may be caused by:
1. Stress and bodily weakness from overwork.

2. Dietary imbalances or nutritional deficiency.

3. Using abrasive shampoos, hair lacquers, dyes and bleaching, etc.

4. Endocrine disorder.

5. Genetic factors.

6. Infectious diseases.

7. Hormonal metabolic changes in lactating women.

8. Nutrient and protein deficiencies in the hair cells.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Weekend Beauty Read

Best articles from my favourite beauty blogs for the last weekend :

All Lacquered Up : Summer Nail Trends

Beauty and Fashion Tech:
New Sunscreen Database from the Environmental Working Group

Beauty and Personality Grooming:
Lose weight by reading sensational novels

Canadian Beauty : Bobbi Brown Makeup Facelift

Elke Von Freudenberg : Some Great Bath & Soap Products

Face Candy : C-Shock with EVE + Live Chat

Hello Dollface:
Bourjois Paris, Part Two: Another look at Bourjois

Lipstick, Powder 'n Paint:
Two Great Websites with Products to Glam Up Your Toes

The Life of a Ladybug:
Initial Reactions to the MAC C-Shock Collection

The Mineral Makeup Blog:
Mineral Makeup for a Fresh Summer Look

The Perfume Bee : The Perfume Bee Goes Green

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Eye Care

Fundamental rule:

Listen to your eyes. Whether they are sore, tearing, itchy or tired, they are sending you a message. Listen to them. If your eyes hurt when you have been working at the computer for too long, stop and take a break. Be receptive to your eyes.

Palming :

A simple technique called palming can refresh your eyes when they are feeling tired( Remember the first rule! ).

The term 'palming' was coined by William Bates, the author of 2 books on vision improvement (The Bates Method for Better Eyesight Without Glasses/With Eye Chart) and (The Cure of Imperfect Sight by Treatment Without Glasses).

You just close your eyes and cover them with your palms, resting them on your cheek bones. Make sure you do not put pressure on your eyeballs. Relax and think of pleasant images. A variation is to imagine the 'blackest' black that you can. But the important thing is to keep your mind relaxed. There are more eye exercises available on the Vision Improvement Site.

Computer work:

Nowadays, people spend a lot of time in front of the computer screen. Thus it is even more crucial to give your eyes adequate rest. Here are some things you can do:

If possible, do computer work without wearing your glasses. I know this is difficult for most people but this is enormously beneficial. I can only see the screen about 8-10 inches away, so I move the monitor nearer and shift my chair forward. Now my eyes don't feel as tried as before.
Look up across the room or out of the window every few minutes. Take a few deep breathes before continuing your work.

Stop work after every 40 minutes or so. Get up from your seat and take a walk around the place. Palm for a few minutes before going back to face the computer screen again.
Whenever possible, make use of your distant vision. Extended periods of time spent at the computer can really spoil one's eyesight, as you may have noticed. Seek out opportunities to see things that are far away.

Reading:

When you are reading, do try to read without wearing your prescription glasses. Most people will find they can do so at a comfortable distance. Put the material you are reading far away just so that the letters can be seen clearly. Gradually, the distance at which you can read will increase.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Homemade Facial Mask

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For oily-normal skin

Red and brown exotic facial2-3 large carrots
4 1/2 tablespoons honey

Cook carrots till soft. Mash and mix with honey. Apply gently to the skin, wait 10 minutes. Rinse off with cool water.


Did You Know? Carrots are very high in vitamin A and a source of vitamin C, folacin and potassium. A good fortifier of skin cells.

For dry skin

Banana Facial Mask
2 medium bananas
Honey optional

Mash bananas with a spoon. Let is not be too smooth. Let the mashed mixture be lumpy. Add honey if need be. Apply and keep on for 10 minutes. Rinse with cool water.

Did You Know? Bananas are a good source of ascorbic acid (Vit. C), Vitamin B 6 , and potassium and honey is primarily composed of fructose, glucose and water. It also contains other sugars as well trace enzymes, minerals, vitamins and amino acids. They make excellent moisturizers.



Pearl Peach Mask (for renewal skin)

1 medium peach
1 tablespoons honey
1 tbs oatmeal

Cook peach and mash in the soft insides into the honey and oatmeal mixture. Apply and keep on for 10 minutes. Rinse with cool water.

Did You Know? Peaches are great exfoliates and remove dead skin cells. Peaches speed up cell renewal, leading to healthier skin tone. The AHAs in these fruits help soften wrinkles, sun spots, age spots, blemishes and can even unclog pores.

For oily skin that is acne prone

1 medium size apple (grated)
5 tablespoons of honey

Mix the grated apple and mix with honey to make a mask. Smooth over skin and rinse off with cool water after ten minutes.

Did You Know? Apples - One medium 2-1/2 inch apple, fresh, raw, with skin has 81 Calories, 21 grams Carbohydrate, 4 grams Dietary Fiber, Soluble Fiber, Insoluble fiber, 10 mg Calcium, 10mg Phosphorus, .25mg Iron, 0.00mg Sodium, 159mg Potassium, 8 mg Vitamin C, 73 IU Vitamin A, 4mcg Folate. Source USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory

Weekend Beauty Read

All Lacquered Up - OPI Fall Preview
A Touch of Blusher - "An Unprecedented Masterpiece": A New Breed of Powder
Beauty and Fashion Tech - Beauty and Fashion Tech Reviews L'Oreal Self Tanners and Corrector
Beauty and Personality Grooming - Homemade face masks to lighten skin blemishes
Beautynomics - The Anti Aging Pillow!
Bon Bons In The Bath - Non Drugstore Deodorants. Do They Exist?
Canadian Beauty - Henna from Canadian Beauty gives you a sneak peek on Estee Lauder's new fall collection!
Elke Von Freudenberg - Elke kicks off the Ebay auctions for Comments4aCure with a bang!
The Life of A Ladybug - Toya's Tip: Bend over and shake 'em (or, if the bra fits, wear it)!
Mineral Makeup Blog - A Review of Bare Escentuals Prime Time
The Perfume Bee - "Razala" Natural Perfume Review
Yummy411... get it here! - FLIRT Far Out Mascara!
FASHIONCouture in the City - Tips On Buying The Perfect Swimsuit by Lisa Curran
Second City Style Blog - Celeb Designer. Ashley Judd Throws Her Hat into the Ring of Cheap Fashion.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Homemade facial cleanser

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Here are some easy-to-make facial cleansers. All you need to do is raid your kitchen and follow the recipe for some very effective cleansing effect!

1. Oat-yogurt combo You will need:
1/2 cup oatmeal or cornmeal
Plain yogurt
Mix the two to form a paste. Spread it over your entire face and scrub gently. Wash with warm water and enjoy bright sparkling skin. Ideal for daily use.

Did You Know?
Oat grains
and straw appear in shampoos, dusting powders, moisturizers, and cleansing bars? Oatmeal is highly absorptive, hypoallergenic, and aids in softening skin. Oats have the best amino acid balance of all the cereal grains and have been clinically proved to help heal dry, itchy skin. Source: Oatmeal: Not just for breakfast anymore2.

Yogurt Walnut Scrub You will need:
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup very finely grounded walnuts
Mix ingredients together. Wet your face then gently work the scrub into your skin. Rinse off with warm water.


Did You Know?

Walnuts - During Medieval times, walnuts were considered a medicine. A potion containing walnut leaves was used to treat muscular aches and pains and walnuts were believed to soothe the digestive system.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

How to find your skin type

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1. Cleanse your face with cleansing milk.

2. After an hour, take a clean tissue and wipe your forehead, nose, chin and cheeks. If you find oily residue from all of the above mentioned areas, then you have oily skin.

3. If you find oily residue on the tissue only from forehead, nose and chin then you have combination skin.

4. If the tissue picks up dry, flaky skin then you have dry skin.

5. Those lucky few Scooty girls who pick up neither oil nor dry flakes can be said to have normal skin.

6. There are others who have very sensitive skin which reacts quickly and often adversely to hot and cold temperatures, common place chemicals found in soaps, detergents and cosmetics. Those with sensitive skin have to be careful before choosing any product.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Do's and Don'ts for hair care

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1. Do you really know how to shampoo your hair? When washing your hair, work the lather from roots to ends. Always massage scalp well with your fingertips — never with fingernails.

2. Don't condition your roots. No matter what type of hair you have, you do not need conditioner there. Roots are close to the oil glands and that's plenty of lubrication. Besides, roots don't get damaged like the rest of the tresses. Apply conditioner at the nape of your neck and work up and through hair, concentrating on the ends.

3. DO make sure you completely coat your ends with conditioner.

4. DO rinse with cool water to help seal the cuticle and lock in more shine.

5. DO dry your hair without damaging it. Pressing your dryer directly on your hair will not dry it faster or make it straighter. This technique causes the hair shaft to expand and the outer layer to curl up, which produces a fuzzy look. Wrap your hair in a towel until it is about halfway dry. Then, hold your dryer five inches away from your hair aiming from roots to ends.

6. When straightening your curly hair with a flat iron, always have a leave-in conditioner spray on your side. The direct heat from flat irons can cause damage to your hair. To combat this damage, spritz a leave-in conditioner on each hair "chunk" before putting the flat iron on it.

7. When adding curl to your straight hair with a curling iron, always have a leave-in conditioner spray on your side.The direct heat from curling irons can cause damage to your hair. To combat this damage, spritz a leave-in conditioner on each hair "chunk" before applying the curling iron.

All hair types need to use a conditioning treatment at least monthly. From blow-drying to coloring, and from flat-irons to swimming, we all do things that are damaging and dulling to our hair. Pamper your stressed hair at least once a month with hot oils and other deep conditioners that will restore it to its best condition.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Protein in diet

Definition
Proteins are complex organic compounds. The basic structure of protein is a chain of amino acids.

Alternative Names
Diet - protein; Complete protein; Incomplete protein

Function
Protein is the main component of muscles, organs, and glands. Every living cell and all body fluids, except bile and urine, contain protein. The cells of muscles, tendons, and ligaments are maintained with protein. Children and adolescents require protein for growth and development.

Food Sources
Proteins are described as essential and nonessential proteins or amino acids. The human body requires approximately 20 amino acids for the synthesis of its proteins.
The body can make only 13 of the amino acids -- these are known as the nonessential amino acids. They are called non-essential because the body can make them and does not need to get them from the diet. There are 9 essential amino acids that are obtained only from food, and not made in the body.
If the protein in a food supplies enough of the essential amino acids, it is called a complete protein. If the protein of a food does not supply all the essential amino acids, it is called an incomplete protein.
All meat and other animal products are sources of complete proteins. These include beef, lamb, pork, poultry, fish, shellfish, eggs, milk, and milk products.

Protein in foods (such as grains, fruits, and vegetables) are either low, incomplete protein or lack one of the essential amino acids. These food sources are considered incomplete proteins.
Plant proteins can be combined to include all of the essential amino acids and form a complete protein. Examples of combined, complete plant proteins are rice and beans, milk and wheat cereal, and corn and beans.

Side Effects
A diet high in meat could lead to high cholesterol or other diseases, such as gout. Another potential problem is that a high-protein diet may put a strain on the kidneys. Extra waste matter, which is the end product of protein metabolism, is excreted in the urine.

Recommendations
A nutritionally balanced diet provides adequate protein. Vegetarians are able to get enough protein if they eat the proper combination of plant proteins.
The amount of recommended daily protein depends upon age, medical conditions, and the type of diet one is following. Two to three servings of protein-rich food will meet the daily needs of most adults.

The following are the recommended serving sizes for protein:
For recommended serving sizes of protein for children and adolescents, see age appropriate diet for children
2 to 3 ounces of cooked lean meat, poultry, and fish (a portion about the size of a deck of playing cards)
1/2 cup of cooked dry beans, lentils, or legumes
1 egg or 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, which count as 1 ounce of lean meat
Select lean meat, poultry without skin, fish, and dry beans, lentils, and legumes often. These are the protein choices that are the lowest in fat. For more information, see the food guide pyramid.