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LATEST NEWS: ADULTERATION IN “DOLLAR TREE” MEDICINES

The US Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning letter to Dollar Tree for receiving over-the-counter drugs produced by foreign manufacturers that have been found to be adulterated, including acne treatment pads and Assured brand drugs. The letter outlines “multiple violations” of manufacturing practices at those contract manufacturers used to produce Dollar Tree’s Assured Brand over-the-counter drugs as well as other drug products sold at Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores. The warning letter notes how some of the drug products came from Shanghai Weierya Daily Chemicals Factory and Hangzhou Zhongbo Industrial Company Ltd., which the letter details have shown a pattern of serious violations of the law, such as not testing raw materials or drugs for pathogens and quality. The FDA encourages health care professionals and consumers to report any adverse events that might have occurred while using over-the-counter drug products from the contract manufacturers.

Takeaway: To be on the safe side, check your cabinet and discard dollar tree medicines.


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ILLS OF NAIL BITING

Onychophagia or nail-biting is a habit that consumes a whopping 20-30% of the human population, including 45% of teenagers at any given point. Nail-biting can be dangerous not only to your social standing but also to your health.

1. Germs
Your fingers are already a magnet for every kind of germ out there, picking up bits and pieces of every single place, person and thing you encounter. Now, the biggest remedy for that is simply washing your hands with a little bit of soap. However, regardless of how much you wash your hands, your fingernails continue to gather, collect and store dust, dirt, and grime that can be much harder to remove, even for the diligently clean souls. Every time you bite your nails, you are likely ingesting most of these germs, which can then cause throat and gum infections and more.

Speaking of infections, the various kinds of germs gathering under your nails can be of a more complex variety. You would think that a habit like nail-biting would be relatively harmless besides a few throat infections. Unfortunately, these germs under your nails may also be capable of causing far more serious ailments like salmonella and E Coli, which result in severe gastrointestinal distress and give your entire system a major upheaval.

Another infectious disease hiding under your fingernails is the illness known as Human papillomavirus (HPV). For those who bite their nails day in and day out, this is an ailment that you’ll definitely want to be careful of. It can be identified by the unique and somewhat painful warts that tend to grow on the fingers of the affected person. This virus can be especially dangerous because, once warts begin to grow on your fingers, they can spread to your mouth and lips if you continue to bite your nails.

The constant intake of germs experienced by most nail-biters can do some damage to your immune system. It increase your exposure to the flu and fevers, and on rare occasions, even more serious illnesses like hepatitis. People who habitually bite their nails are known to experience the common cold more frequently than persons who don’t bite their nails. While the common cold is not particularly threatening on its own, continually being infected with a cold can weaken your immune system and leave you open to more dangerous ailments.

2. Protect your teeth
Believe it or not, your nails are a lot tougher than you realize. For a nail biter who is constantly chewing on his or her fingers, not only does the calcium in your nails get worn down, but the calcium in your teeth does as well. Constant nail-biting can weaken your teeth severely and may even cause them to shift position and protrude awkwardly and sometimes even painfully. Much like with thumb-sucking, the alignment of the top and bottom rows of your teeth may also be negatively affected by this habit, which may become more prominent when you bring the two rows of teeth close together. Nail-biting can also drastically wear down your molars.

3. Biting beyond the nail
Since we’re on the topic of extreme and excessive nail-biting, sometimes it’s hard to know when to stop. It’ll start with biting the tips of your nails, but often when there’s no nail left, many with this habit may end up biting the skin around their nails. This can be especially dangerous as it can create open wounds on your fingers that are extremely susceptible to the collection of germs and infections, such as paronychia, which could potentially lead to septic arthritis. So it’s important not to let this bad habit progress beyond a certain point.

4. Mental health risks
One of the biggest hurdles that a habit like nail-biting can leave you facing is a serious mental issue. It was determined by the American Psychiatric Association in 2012 that nail-biting is a symptom of OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder).

Nail-biting is believed to be another manifestation of OCD, much like compulsive cleaning and repetitive counting. It’s important to keep in mind that such compulsions tend to worsen over time and often can escalate to far more detrimental behavior like skin picking and hair-pulling. However, you can rest easy knowing that there are a few simple solutions to overcome this nasty habit!

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LATEST NEWS: BEWARE OF ULTRA-PROCESSED FOOD

Ultra-processed foods are often high in salt, added sugars, saturated fat and other substances associated with increasing the risk of heart disease, per the latest CDC report today.

Ultra-processed foods are made entirely or mostly from substances such as modified starches, hydrogenated fats, added sugar, and other compounds and include additives such as artificial flavors, colors or emulsifiers. Examples include soft drinks, packaged salty snacks, cookies, cakes, processed meats, chicken nuggets, powdered and packaged instant soups and many items often marketed as “convenience foods.”

Researchers have found that for every five per cent increase in calories from ultra-processed foods a person ate, there was a corresponding decrease in overall cardiovascular health.

Takeaway: Avoid store-bought convenience foods


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Latest News Brief: Take Pneumonia seriously

Pneumonia claimed the lives of more than 800,000 children under the age of five last year, or one child every 39 seconds, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday. Most deaths occurred among children under the age of two, and almost 153,000 within the first month of life. More than half of child pneumonia deaths were in Nigeria, India, Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia.


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LATEST NEWS: Early FLU MAP – 2019-20

Early tracking of flu cases is key to containing outbreaks, and according to the data, October saw increased activity across parts of the South when compared to the same period last year.

Here are the worst areas so far:

  1. Lafayette, Louisiana
  2. New Orleans, Louisiana
  3. Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen, Texas
  4. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  5. Montgomery-Selma, Alabama
  6. Laredo, Texas
  7. Waco-Temple-Bryan, Texas
  8. Victoria, Texas
  9. Tyler-Longview, Texas
  10. Las Vegas, Nevada

You can check out the index and interactive map here.


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HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILD WITH DEPRESSION

Depressed people don’t share their stories easily. So be compassionate. A report last year from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that 54 percent of Americans who died by suicide between 1999 and 2016 did not have a diagnosed mental health condition, and instead struggled with other issues such as adversity and trauma.

How can we help?

Watch their words:
If they are talking about feeling trapped, like they’re a burden to others, overwhelmed, hopeless, desperate, in pain, any of those indicators, there is your cue.

Trust your gut:
If you see one’s behaviors change or they start to withdraw and you feel worried, there is your other cue.

Talk directly
If you just ask the person directly, sometime it’s a relief for them to be able to talk about their intention of committing suicide.

In many cases, you don’t have to solve their problem. Just listen. And link them up with National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Their five steps for communicating with someone who may be suicidal:

* Ask, “are you thinking about suicide?”
* Keep them safe by reducing their access to lethal means such as firearms; * Be there for them, whether in person or any other way;
* Help them connect by offering to call or text a crisis line or accompany them if they are referred elsewhere; * Stay in touch to offer ongoing support.

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SIMPLE, HEALTHY SNACKS FOR YOUR KIDS

Healthy food can also come in mouth-watering flavors, whether salty, sweet, zesty, spicy, bitter or nutty. Here are a few from common ingredients easily found in your kitchen.

And most of these are under 100 calories.

Sweet Snacks

  • Chocolate Banana

Melt 2 teaspoons of dark chocolate chips and dip 1/2 frozen, chopped banana in it for some sensational bitter-sweet bites.

  • Honeyed Yogurt

Fill half a cup with non-fat Greek yogurt, sprinkle a dash of cinnamon and add 1 teaspoon of honey – an unusual yogurt treat with a twist.

  • Stuffed Figs

Grab 3 small dried figs and stuff them with 1 tablespoon of part-skim ricotta each. Sprinkle with cinnamon for the ultimate appetizing combination.

  • Maple-Pumpkin Yogurt

Combine 1/2 cup non-fat plain yogurt (try Greek for extra protein) with 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree and 1 tablespoon of maple syrup – truly succulent.

  • Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Find 7 strawberries and dip each of them in 1 tablespoon of dark chocolate to make yourself one juicy treat.

  • Tropical Juice Smoothie

For a thirst-quenching summer snack, grind together natural pineapple, orange juice, apple and ice.

  • Vanilla and Banana Smoothie

Create an outstanding yogurt drink by combining 1/3 cup sliced banana, 1/4 cup vanilla Greek yogurt, and 1 handful ice, and blending the mixture until smooth.

  • Baked Apple

Remove the core from 1 small apple and fill it with 1 teaspoon of brown sugar and a dash of cinnamon. Leave it to bake in the oven until tender and you can enjoy a warm, juicy treat that easily beats your everyday regular apple snack.

  • Fruity Waffles

Spoil yourself with a satisfying snack by toasting 1 multigrain waffle and top it with 1/4 cup mixed berries. Simple, yet irresistible.

  • Cinnamon Graham Crackers and Peanut Butter

Spread 1 teaspoon peanut butter onto 2 graham cracker squares, and sprinkle them with cinnamon to spice up your delicious mouthfuls of delight.

  • Warm Spiced Cider

For a gorgeous drink treat, warm up 6 ounces of apple cider and add some cinnamon and nutmeg. It makes the perfect alternative for your usual winter beverages.

  • Maple-Cashew Pear

Add some extra flavor to your usual pear fruit snack by slicing it in pieces and using maple syrup and cashew butter to dip them in. Fruit snacks never tasted so fulfilling before.

  • Make your own Popsicle

Prepare yourself a lemon popsicle by pouring 6 ounces of bottled lemonade in an ice pop mold or a small paper cup and leaving it in the freezer to freeze over – and have yourself a healthy, home-made popsicle to beat both your cravings and the summer heat.

Savory Snacks

  • Cucumber Salad

Make a quick and easy salad by tossing 1 sliced large cucumber with 2 tablespoons of chopped red onion and 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Enjoy a fresh and crunchy home-made snack made in just a few minutes.

  • Curried Sweet Potato

Microwave 1 small sweet potato for 6 minutes and mash it with 1 teaspoon curry and salt and pepper for some extra taste, and satisfy your tummy with a truly scrumptious, healthy and easy snack ready in minutes.

  • Greek Tomatoes

For one fresh, luscious salad snack, use 2 medium chopped tomatoes and 2 tablespoons feta cheese. Mix them together and add 1 squeeze of fresh lemon juice – the perfect combination for a warm summer afternoon.

  • Cheesy Roasted Asparagus

Rather than having your asparagus plain, sprinkle 2 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese over 6 spears of asparagus, spritzed with olive-oil spray, and bake everything at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Expect lip-smacking results.

  • Carrots and Hummus

What better way to spice up your carrots than dipping it in some tasty hummus? All you need is 12 medium baby carrots and 2 tablespoons hummus for the right amount that will keep your appetite at bay for some time.

  • Grilled Garlic Corn on the Cob

The much loved corn on the cob is easy to make: Simply grab 1 small corn cob and brush it with 1 teaspoon sautéed minced garlic and 1 teaspoon olive oil to enhance its taste. Grill the cob until tender and devour the juiciness of your warm snack.

  • Spicy Black Beans

Make a snack out of black beans by adding some interesting flavors to it. Combine 1 tablespoon of salsa with 1 tablespoon of non-fat Greek yogurt and a 1/3 cup of black beans for a tasty blend.

  • Caprese Salad

Create an appetizing salad from 3 simple ingredients: Use 1 ounce (about 1 hockey puck) of fresh mozzarella with a 1/3 cup of cherry tomatoes and 2 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar for an extra delightful tinge.

Sweet and Salty Snacks

  • Carrot Raisin Salad

Fuse the taste of carrots with the sweet taste of raisins by creating a unique-tasting salad. Fill 1 cup of shaved carrots and mix it with 1 1/2 tablespoons raisins. Add some balsamic vinegar to give it a tangy finish.

  • Apples and Peanut Butter

Add one simple ingredient to your apple to make your snack all the more exciting. Slice 1/2 an apple into pieces and dip them in 1/2 a tablespoon of natural peanut butter for an added nutty taste.

  • Tropical Cottage Cheese

Relish a unique combination of cheese and fruit with this simple recipe: Grab 1/2 a cup of non-fat cottage cheese and 1/4 a cup of chopped mango and mix together for an unusual tropical salad with an irresistible cheesy touch.

  • Blue Cheese-Stuffed Apricots

If you’re a lover of blue cheese, try this toothsome mix. Find 3 dried apricots and stuff them with 1 tablespoon of crumbled blue cheese for some heavenly bites.

  • Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Pecans

Take pleasure in one light and healthy snack by getting 5 pecans and roast them with 2 teaspoons of maple syrup and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.

  • Strawberry Salad

Combine fruit and vegetables in a delightful way. Get 2 cups of raw spinach and combine it with 1 cup of sliced strawberries. Add 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar for a final touch of flavor.


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STEPS TO IMPROVE YOUR GUT MICROBIOME

  • Chew your food thoroughly and eat slowly: this ensures better digestion and favorable environment for the good bacteria to work.
  • Stay hydrated: water plays a supporting role in digestion. Adequate water is required for good digestion and healthy gut bacteria.
  • Consume prebiotic and probiotics: these are natural supplements. Prebiotics are foods that promote the growth of good bacteria in the gut such as banana, onion, garlic, asparagus and many more. Whereas probiotics are a supplement containing good live bacteria such as yogurt.
  • Eliminate foods you can’t tolerate: if eating certain foods such as dairy, eggs or wheat causes a change in digestion, eliminate it from your diet. Your gut bacteria or gut lining may be allergic to it.
  • Adopt a good diet: eat healthy for a healthy gut – your food should include more green veggies, fruits, whole grains and quality proteins; and less sugar, processed foods and excess fats.


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Latest News: FAT NATION

Here’s a look at the top 10 fattest states in the U.S. For the full list, click here.

  • Mississippi
  • West Virginia
  • Kentucky
  • Tennessee
  • Alabama
  • Oklahoma
  • Louisiana
  • Arkansas
  • Delaware
  • Ohio

Obesity is dangerous. It is associated with health conditions, namely heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer and stroke.

According to Harvard, in 1990, obese adults made up less than 15 percent of the population in most U.S. states. By 2010, 36 states had obesity rates of 25 percent or higher.

Per CDC, the estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the United States was $147 billion in 2008 US dollars; the medical cost for people who have obesity was $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.

From CDC

Source: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

What can you do?

  • Choose your plate carefully.
  • Eat less. Exercise more.
  • Avoid sugary drinks
  • Keep a food diary


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LATEST NEWS: 2019-20 FLU SEASON

The last severe U.S. flu season was the 2017-2018 season with an estimated 48.8 million people falling ill and 79,400 deaths, according to the CDC.

A surge in influenza cases in Australia this year and at least three of them resulting in deaths in the U.S. in recent weeks have some physicians worried that this year’s flu season could be a bad one for Americans.

Takeaway: The CDC recommends everyone over the age of 6 months to get vaccinated each year, with rare exceptions.


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LATEST NEWS: GUT BACTERIA IMPACTS YOUR CHILD

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Gut bacteria, are microorganisms in your stomach that helps digest food and fight disease. They also secrete mood-regulating chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, and gamma-aminobutyric acid or GABA.

Ohio State University researchers have found that gut bacteria can affect a toddler’s temperament. After examining the stool samples of 77 kids ages 18-27 months, the researchers concluded that it was time for kids to play outside. They also concluded that mood, curiosity, sociability, impulsivity, and extroversion were linked to more genetically diverse gut bacteria species. Abnormalities in gut bacteria, on the other hand have been linked to anxiety, depression, and even autism and hyperactivity.

Takeaway: Talk to your doctor about probiotics


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NATURAL APPROACH TO LOWER NAUSEA

Treating nausea isn’t difficult at all, and the foods you eat can really speed up the recovery process and soothe the stomach.

Here is a list of foods that will help you reduce nausea:

Follow the BRAT Diet

The BRAT diet is commonly prescribed by doctors to people suffering from food poisoning and other digestive issues, but it’s also effective at reducing nausea. BRAT is an acronym of the 4 foods that are included in this diet: Bananas, Rice, Apple sauce and Toast.. All of these foods are easy on the stomach and very well tolerated by most people experiencing nausea.

Keep in mind, however, that eating these 4 foods alone for more than a few days is a bad idea, as this diet doesn’t contain enough key nutrients, so try incorporating other foods, such as protein sources, as soon as you can.

Protein-Rich Foods

It may seem counterintuitive to eat protein-rich foods when you’re feeling nauseous, as proteins are more difficult to digest than carbs, but it’s very important to maintain proteins in your diet when you’re nauseous because they are the building blocks for essential enzymes whose job it is to help you digest food better.

Doctors recommend incorporating fish, lean protein and plant-derived protein sources first since they’re lighter on the stomach, so opt for foods like unsweetened peanut butter, boiled eggs, fish, chicken breast and turkey. You can combine these with other foods we list in this article to get a more wholesome meal.

Dry Foods

Plain, dry foods, such as crackers, pretzels, and rice cakes are another great option for people experiencing nausea. These are excellent to combine with protein-rich foods we listed above and will be easy to digest. They’re also quite plain, which is a good thing, as you’re especially sensitive to strong odors and spices when you’re nauseous.

Chicken or Vegetable Broth

You likely know that staying hydrated when you’re nauseous is very important, but gulping down glass after glass of water can further irritate your digestive tract and make you feel even worse. Instead, it’s best to slowly sip on water, or even better, sip on some warm vegetable or chicken broth. Broths are much better than just water because they contain many essential nutrients that will help your stomach recover and keep you nourished when you don’t feel like eating. A bonus is that it’s much easier for your stomach to digest chicken broth than it is solid foods, so it’s one of the best foods to incorporate when you feel sick on your stomach.

Add Ginger to Your Drinks

The last, but definitely not least ingredient to keep in stock for when you’re feeling nauseous is ginger. You can add fresh or powdered ginger into teas, broths or just warm water to reduce nausea. Ginger has been proven experimentally to reduce nausea in different populations ranging from pregnant women to cancer patients and people experiencing seasickness, so it’s definitely worth a try.

Something Cold

Cold foods, such as plain unsweetened yogurt, egg salad or even vanilla ice cream are often tolerated better than hot foods by people experiencing nausea. Doctors aren’t sure why this is the case, but one possible explanation is that cold foods smell less than hot ones. Also, keep in mind the portion size: it’s better to eat small meals often than to eat one large meal.

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Natural Remedies for a sprained ankle

A sprained ankle can be a very aggravating thing since most of the time it happens when we least expect it, and almost always becomes a hindrance to our life. This annoying injury can put us down for a long time, and, despite the ever-increasing risk of doing it again, there are effective home remedies that can help you heal faster from a sprained ankle, or just ward off the beginning of tear on your ankle straps. If you get ankle pain often or sprain it, you may want to hold on to this important information and find out about some effective treatments you can do at home.

Initial, basic treatments:

As you well know, ice can help heal a sprained ankle because cold can fight off inflammation and also reduces pain – using ice helps decrease that pain gradually. All you need to do is take a glass of ice cubes, wrap them in a moist cloth towel and put it on the sprained ankle for 10-20 minutes a day for a week. Note that if you see the color of the skin changing to bright white – remove the ice immediately, because you may cause a cold burn. Do not put the ice directly on the skin, as it may damage it, and if you suffer from diabetes, you should consult your doctor before trying this.

Bandaging

One of the important things to do after spraining your ankle is to avoid and remove the shoe to examine the injury closely. You want to keep that ankle as rigid as possible, and so try not to remove your shoe until after you’ve gotten home and can bandage it right away. Bandaging the ankle avoids further damage and also helps mitigate the pain (by not allowing the injured area to move) and the swelling of the injured area.

The sprain should be wrapped with a strong elastic bandage, but not so tightly that it stops the flow of blood. It’s best to leave the bandage on the area all hours of the day, and take it off at night to sleep and so the injured area can "breathe". It’s important you check on your condition now and again because if the bandage makes you numb, you must remove it immediately. Once you’ve sprained your ankle, it’s a good idea to bandage it before embarking on an activity where it might get damaged again.

One of the first things you need to know if you’ve sprained your ankle is to rest; for the first 48 hours, it’s best not to put pressure on the injured area and it’s best not to do any physical activity at all. The swelling and pain usually go down significantly after this period of time, and then you can start to, very gradually, put weight on the injured ankle, but it has to feel comfortable doing it. If you feel your ankle can’t handle the weight, you have to stop, lie down and keep your leg raised. Put your leg on a big pillow, this will also reduce pain and swelling.

1. Onions

The onion, being a natural anti-inflammatory agent, can really help your ankle and reduce that strong pain. All you need to do is take one big onion and put it in the fridge for 2 hours. Then, cut it into small pieces and mix it with a tablespoon of salt in a small bowl. Put the mixture on the injured area, bandage it and leave it like so for 8 hours. After that period of time, you should replace it all – mix and bandage. You can do so as much as needed until relief is achieved.

2. Garlic

Garlic can be a very quick home remedy for ankle sprains, it will calm the pain, improve recovery times and strengthen your immune system – all at once. All you need to do is clean the injured area, dry it well, then take one tablespoon of garlic juice and mix it with one tablespoon of coconut or almond oil. The mix should be gently massaged into the injured area for about 10 minutes and then cleaned well. This should be repeated twice a day for 2-3 weeks for best results.

3. Olive oil

Olive oil contains phenomenal materials that can alleviate the inflammation and hasten the healing process of a sprained ankle. All you need to do is take a teaspoon of olive oil, heat it up and then allow it to cool a bit until it is only warm. When the oil is lukewarm, massage it into the injured area for several minutes. This can be done 3 times a day until you get relief from pain and your muscles relax.

Alternatively, you can mix one tablespoon of olive oil with one egg yolk and smear the mix on the injured area, wrap with a clean cloth and keep the bandage for two days. Afterward, remove the cloth bandage, clean the area well and repeat the process if needed.

4. Turmeric

Turmeric does a lot more than give our food a unique taste. It can also subdue our pains and alleviate the inflammation caused by the sprain. In addition, it can also prevent blood clots, improve the blood flow and deal with skin and digestion issues. All you need to do is to mix turmeric powder with warm water to get a balm-like texture. Add a bit of lemon juice and hit the mixture; then, smear it on the injured area, wrap in a bandage and take it off 10 hours or a night later. For best results, repeat this action continuously for 3 days. If you’d like more help with the pain, you can add a teaspoon of turmeric powder to a warm glass of milk, mix well and drink it – you can do so twice a day for a week.

5. Castor oil

Castor oil contains an extraordinary amino acid that was found to have anti-inflammatory properties. It is called oxalic acid. This acid and the castor oil, in general, have been used by traditional medicine men to help people dealing with ankle problems. All you need to do is pour some castor oil into a bowl and dip a cotton piece of cloth in it; then, you need to put the cloth on the hurt area of the ankle and bandage it. Now heat some water, pour it into a hot rubber water bottle and put it against the painful area. Keep it there for 30 minutes, with your leg lifted up. Afterward, remove the bandage and the hot water bottle and massage the area gently. Repeat this process 3 times a day for 2-3 days.

6. Magnesium Sulfate (English Salt)

Magnesium Sulfate, or English Salt, is a mineral compound found in many pharmacies. Used externally, it can be used to treat rashes of the skin, inflammations, local pollutants or small ulcers, and is considered an excellent home remedy for sprained ankles. All you need to do is fill a cup with English salt and pour it into a tub filled with lukewarm water. Then mix the water well to completely melt the salt crystals and soak your ankle for 30 minutes. Repeat this twice a day for 3 days to get the best results.

7. Cabbage

Yes, the familiar cabbage is also a good remedy for a sprained ankle. It is an anti-inflammatory and it can reduce pain. It is rich in vitamins and phytonutrients – compounds that serve as antioxidants and help the injury heal faster. All you need to do is remove the outer leaves of the cabbage and squeeze all the juice out of them. The squeezed leaves should be heated a bit in the oven, covered in tin foil, then put on the injured area and wrapped with a bandage. To keep the area well warmed, you should cover the legs with a blanket or a towel and sit with the bandage for 30 minutes, twice a day, for at least 2 days.

8. Ginger Roots

Ginger roots are very efficient at reducing the symptoms of a sprained ankle – including swelling, pain, etc. All you need to do to gain this benefit is to fill a pot with 8 cups of water and add a cut ginger root about 2-3 inch (5-8 cm) long. Boil the water in the pot for 5 minutes, turn off the flame, and then leave the liquid in the pot until it reaches room temperature.

Now, soak a clean cotton cloth in the ginger water and wrap the injured ankle with it. It’s important to start this treatment within 2-3 days of the moment of injury. Also, do not use the liquid when it is too hot, since it may irritate the skin and cause tissue damage.

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TIPS for SUMMER TRAVEL

Summer is the time for travel. Traveling should be a relaxing experience, an opportunity to change the mundane setting to something new and exciting, and a chance to enjoy yourself. Sadly, while we do enjoy ourselves, typically by trying new foods, drinking more than usual and relaxing on the beach, it often happens that vacation ends up being a challenge for your body, especially for your gut, with over half of vacationers experiencing some sort of digestive problem. The majority of travelers suffer from such issues as diarrhea, constipation, heartburn and bloating, and anything starting from the food you eat to air travel to your activity levels can affect your digestive health. These annoyances can be extremely uncomfortable and can even ruin your vacation plans, but they don’t have to. You can prevent these common traveler’s gut issues by taking into account a few things and following the tips we suggest in this article.

Do Your Research

Before traveling to a certain country, research food safety in that destination, as in many countries, restaurant and street food, as well as tap water may not be as safe as in your home country. If any of the above-mentioned are an issue, always avoid street food and choose restaurants carefully.

If water is an issue, also avoid ice cubes in your drinks. Some doctors even recommend sticking to bottled water no matter where you’re planning to go, as the composition of the local tap water may differ from what your body is used to, which can upset your stomach.

It’s also safer to stick to cooked rather than raw foods, as well as to choose pasteurized products to make sure your food is free from harmful bacteria. We have written an article about 10 foods that typically cause food poisoning you can check out. Also, you can access CDC’s food recommendations for travelers here, which we also find quite helpful.

Wash Your Hands (Often)

Washing your hands with soap as often as you can is a great way to prevent food poisoning, as, despite popular belief, we catch a lot of bad gut bacteria and viruses from our own hands and not infected food per se. Pools, bathroom stalls, doorknobs, planes, and buses are all a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, with often thousands of people passing by these places each day.

Even if you can’t wash your hands before and after every meal, make sure to carry around wet wipes, napkins and a hand sanitizer on you at all times and use them constantly. When washing your hands, make sure to use soap and avoid closing the tap or touch any doorknobs directly with your hands in a bathroom after washing your hands (use a towel or napkin instead), as bathrooms are notorious for spreading all kinds of harmful microorganisms.

Water and Herbal Teas are Your Friends

Becoming dehydrated while traveling is easy, as we tend to forget about our water intake when we’re on the beach or exploring a new and exciting place, and it might be a hassle to drink enough on a plane or while driving. Those are exactly the pitfalls that can cause constipation and worsen your diarrhea symptoms, and so we recommend to drink enough water and then some more to prevent those issues.

And while replacing your water with cool soft drinks, coffee or cocktails may sound tempting, don’t submit to that temptation, as all of these drinks can actually trigger digestive issues ranging from heartburn to diarrhea. Finally, it might also be a smart decision to stock up on some peppermint tea if you’re prone to constipation, bloating and gas, as it may help relieve the bloating and calm your gut.

Watch Your Fiber Intake

Fiber is essential for our digestive health in so many ways, so making sure you’re eating plenty of it is important every day. Sufficient fiber intake is especially crucial when you’re traveling, as up to 48% of vacationers were reported to experience traveler’s constipation, and fiber helps to keep things moving even when you’re stressed and not very active. To make sure you’re getting enough fiber, you can make a rule for yourself to eat plenty of fruit and veggies while you’re traveling, or include more whole grains into your diet, even if you mainly eat out. Packing an apple and a whole grain energy bar into your bag as a healthy snack is also a great way to increase your fiber intake.

Avoid Trigger Foods

Even if you know 100% that the food you eat while on your vacation is safe and properly cooked, you’re not clear of digestive issues. This is because we tend to sleep less, eat more and change our meal schedule while on vacation, all of which makes our gut more sensitive to the types of foods we eat. And we all know what kind of food we indulge in on vacation: everything that’s too sweet, too salty, veg-free, and preferably fried. And while trying new local foods and cooking the least amount of food possible is certainly part of any adventure, we recommend you to be mindful of the type of foods you choose to eat. Oily, greasy and overly-processed foods can cause constipation, and sugary foods and drinks, as well as dairy, can trigger diarrhea. Eating portions that are too big, too fast, or overindulging in coffee and acidic foods can cause acid reflux, whereas consuming a lot of beans, broccoli, and cabbage can make you bloated. There are also some trigger foods that worsen your symptoms specifically, so if you know, for example, that milk chocolate often makes you constipated, steer clear of it even on your vacation.

Don’t Ignore Your Gut

If you’re used to a certain meal schedule, try to keep it up while you’re traveling as much as you can. This will make sure you have plenty of energy and keep your digestive flow steady. Another common mistake people are guilty of is ignoring the urge to go to the bathroom, which can lead to constipation. Even if you don’t feel particularly comfortable using a public bathroom or the one at your hotel, it’s important to listen to your body, otherwise, you are risking turning your entire vacation into an extensive and often painful bathroom break.

Stay Active

Now, it makes sense to give your exercise routine a break when you’re traveling, but you still have to stay active when you’re on vacation, otherwise, your digestive system may become more sluggish and slow, which can bring about a variety of digestive symptoms.

Doctors point out that medium intensity exercise can improve digestion and prevent constipation (obviously, not only when you’re on vacation). Even if you’re relaxing on the beach 24/7, try to take regular walks (or swims) each day to keep your body, and especially your gut, active and happy.

Stock Up on These (Just in Case)

As you may have noticed, all the tips we mentioned previously were ways to prevent an upset stomach and gut, which is, of course, optimal, but what can you do if there you are, in the tourist destination of your dreams, suffering from a digestive issue? For that purpose, you should have a well-stocked first-aid kit that will get you back on your feet in no time.

The same works for people who know that they always suffer from a certain issue while traveling, and this way they will be well-stocked ahead of time. Here are some OTC meds you might want to pick up:

1. If you suffer from persistent traveler’s constipation, you will benefit from psyllium husks or bulk-forming laxatives, which, unlike other laxatives, don’t cause dependency and are not likely to have complications. Do keep in mind that you will need to drink a lot of water if you’re taking these, or else they can worsen your symptoms.

2. If heartburn is your main concern, you can take antacids, which will improve the symptoms, but keep in mind that you shouldn’t take them for more than a week.

3. If you experience mild traveler’s diarrhea, you can stock up on Pepto-Bismol or loperamide (Imodium).

Do keep in mind, however, that persistent or severe symptoms will require professional medical attention, especially if they are accompanied by a fever, cramps, blood in the stool, etc.


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Tips for Developing Self Confidence in Your Child!

Self-confidence is the path to success – it is the inner belief in your ability to control yourself, your body, your behavior, and the challenges that the world places before you. Therefore, it is clear to us, as parents, that one of our most important tasks is to develop this trait in our children and to instill in them the faith, self-confidence and spiritual strength that will help them succeed in life. But although this knowledge is in our minds, the big question facing us at this stage is how can we build this significant trait in our small child, who may not yet have the skills and understanding to appreciate how important it is?

1. Ignore your fears

In order to build your child’s confidence, you must put aside all your fears and do the things that are right for your child that work for them as well as for your benefit. Ultimately, you have to choose whether to continue feeding your fears and risk transferring them to your child, or rather to cultivate your hopes and desires and focus on the positive qualities that can make them successful.

2. First try to understand them before trying to be understood

One of the most important things for your child’s development of self-esteem and self-confidence lies in the fact that you will first need to understand them rather than seek to be understood by them. What does this mean? The more you can identify your child’s feelings and understand their words and actions more effectively, the more you will see that they’ll have a greater desire to listen to you and believe what you say and communicate to them.

For your child, you are a lot more than just the two people providing them with food, shelter, and love, you are the ones who serve as an example for them. They watch you and does what you do, not necessarily what you tell them to do. Therefore, the important point here is for you to be able to identify and absorb their mindset, which will give you the tools to convey and project their self-confidence.

3. Expect their confidence to be challenged

You should start by recognizing that there is no child who can be 100% protected from mistakes, failures, and mishaps along the way. We can say with confidence that your child will also reach a certain point where they will suffer a severe blow to their self-confidence, and it may even seem harder and more intense than what other kids go through. However, it is almost inevitable, and we should always be prepared for when it happens.

You must have faith that your child can cope with difficult times and challenging tests and get through them successfully – because only if you tell them that you’re sure they’ll land on their feet and make you proud, will they. You should understand that while parenthood is no walk in the park, your child’s growing process isn’t either. You have to work hard with them to let them be who they want to be; All they need is to be led down the right path and given the space to grow, and they’ll have the confidence they need to get through everything.

4. Teach your child to be a problem solver

Research suggests that even the youngest child can be educated to solve his or her own problems. The key is to just bite your tongue, stop your natural urge to intervene in your child’s favor and let them manage the situation.

For example, if your child comes to you complaining that another child has taken their toy without permission on the playground, don’t rush to argue with that child or with their parents, rather ask your child what they think is the best way to get their toy back. Even if the first idea that comes to mind is to take the toy back by force, challenge it and explain what might happen in that situation, and then continue to ask, "What other ways can you think of getting the toy back?" – You’ll be surprised to see what original and interesting solutions may come up in such situations, which of course will greatly enhance your child’s self-confidence.

5. Practice positive self-talk

You are your child’s role model, meaning whatever behavior it is that you exhibit – you can expect that they will eventually learn from you and imitate you. Therefore, it is important that you focus on the things that come out of your mouth just like you should be conscious of your actions, making sure to create a positive atmosphere for yourself and your child when they are around. Positive self-talk, for example, is a good way to improve our ability to overcome difficulties – as opposed to sarcastic comments many people speak to themselves when they do something negative. Bottom line, to develop self-confidence in your child, you should also treat yourself most positively.

6. Make sure that your child spends their time surrounded by other adults

Children naturally like to spend time and play with friends their own age, but know that it is important to ensure that your child spends part of his or her time around older people, so that they can expand their worldview and way of thinking. Doing so will give them the power to speak, deal and even connect with people older than them who are not you, which of course will increase their self-confidence. Know that various studies have also examined and found that close relationships with adults – such as a teacher, uncle, a babysitter or a parents’ friend – make children more resilient and stronger.

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MINERAL CONTENT IN COMMON VEGGIES

Artichoke

Artichokes are great for the liver, digestive tract and can even help reduce inflammation throughout the body. The leaf, stem, and root are also extremely healthy and is often used to make plant extracts. The plant itself contains the following minerals:

  • Calcium: 53 mg/100 grams
  • Copper: minor amounts
  • Iron: 1.5 mg/100 grams
  • Magnesium: 22 mg/100 grams
  • Manganese: minor amounts
  • Phosphorus: 103 mg/100 grams
  • Potassium: 353 mg/100 grams
  • Selenium: minor amounts
  • Sodium: 47 mg/ 100 grams
  • Zinc: minor amounts

Asparagus

Asparagus is an incredibly great vegetable for your body and can be enjoyed in a number of different ways. It’s best known for being an aphrodisiac and can cleanse the urinary tract. Consumption of asparagus can help neutralize excessive amounts of ammonia in the urine, which is usually responsible for a lowered libido and even fatigue. Asparagus contains:

  • Calcium: 15 mg/100 grams
  • Copper: minor amounts
  • Iron: 0.6 mg/100 grams
  • Magnesium: 10 mg/100 grams
  • Manganese: minor amounts
  • Phosphorus: 48.5 mg/100 grams
  • Potassium: 200 mg/100 grams
  • Selenium: minor amounts
  • Sodium: 200 mg/ 100 grams
  • Zinc: minor amounts

Avocado

Avocado is a delicious treat for anyone dieting, as it is high in a particular type of fat that helps reduce cholesterol. Avocados can be prepared in a number of ways, and they are also low in sugar and high in Vitamins B, C, and E.

  • Calcium: 15 mg/100 grams
  • Copper: minor amounts
  • Iron: 0.7 mg/100 grams
  • Magnesium: 29 mg/100 grams
  • Manganese: minor amounts
  • Phosphorus: 82 mg/100 grams
  • Potassium: 377 mg/100 grams
  • Selenium: minor amounts
  • Sodium: 3 mg/ 100 grams
  • Zinc: minor amounts

Broccoli

This vegetable is a member of the cabbage family, which has a large flowering head and a stalk. It’s great for the colon, the bladder and is chock full of Vitamins C, E, and A, which helps to improve skin and boost your immunity. It is aided in this venture by the following:

  • Calcium: 100 mg/100 grams
  • Copper: minor amounts
  • Iron: 1.5 mg/100 grams
  • Magnesium: 18 mg/100 grams
  • Manganese: minor amounts
  • Phosphorus: 46 mg/100 grams
  • Potassium: 340 mg/100 grams
  • Selenium: minor amounts
  • Sodium: 12 mg/ 100 grams
  • Zinc: minor amounts

Brussels Sprouts

Here is yet another Cruciferous vegetable, a member of the mustard family, and the relatedness to cabbage is not surprising, as it looks like a miniature cabbage and is closely related to kale. It is high in Vitamins A, C, and K, which helps bone growth and also contains large amounts of fiber along with the following minerals:

  • Calcium: 30 mg/100 grams
  • Iron: 0.6 mg/100 grams
  • Magnesium: 20 mg/100 grams
  • Potassium: 382 mg/100 grams
  • Sodium: 3 mg/ 100 grams

Cabbage

This cruciferous vegetable can give you increased health, and help reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and other similar issues. Thanks to the following minerals, cabbage is also great for boosting immunity and strengthening the digestive tract.

  • Calcium: 75 mg/100 grams
  • Copper: minor amounts
  • Iron: 1 mg/100 grams
  • Magnesium: 12 mg/100 grams
  • Manganese: 0.5 mg/100 grams
  • Phosphorus: 36 mg/100 grams
  • Potassium: 300 mg/100 grams
  • Selenium: 1 mg/100 grams
  • Sodium: 10 mg/ 100 grams
  • Zinc: minor amounts

Carrot

This is a delicious root vegetable that comes in a number of colors, though orange is the most common one. It is excellent for oral health and it is a great source of antioxidants. Of course, it’s most well-known benefit is the improvement of eye health and sight. Carrots contain the following important minerals:

  • Calcium: 29 mg/100 grams
  • Copper: minor amounts
  • Iron: 0.4 mg/100 grams
  • Magnesium: 7 mg/100 grams
  • Manganese: minor amounts
  • Phosphorus: 23 mg/100 grams
  • Potassium: 218 mg/100 grams
  • Selenium: minor amounts
  • Sodium: 35 mg/ 100 grams
  • Zinc: minor amounts

Cauliflower

Cauliflower is an extremely versatile plant, not only in terms of its uses and recipes but also in its health benefits. It can help to ward off a wide range of diseases and aids the body to fight inflammation. Along with all other cruciferous plants, like cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and kale, it can also play a major role in cancer prevention, all thanks to the minerals it contains:

  • Calcium: 15 mg/100 grams
  • Copper: minor amounts
  • Iron: 0.5 mg/100 grams
  • Magnesium: 12 mg/100 grams
  • Manganese: minor amounts
  • Phosphorus: 20 mg/100 grams
  • Potassium: 250 mg/100 grams
  • Selenium: minor amounts
  • Sodium: 8 mg/ 100 grams
  • Zinc: minor amounts

Corn

Corn, also known as Maize, is a grain that has come to be used in a hundred different ways due to its texture, taste, and ability to pop (which is my personal favorite). Eating corn at regular intervals can help to prevent painful hemorrhoids, lower cholesterol and even improve your skin and eye health, loaded with these heavy minerals:

  • Calcium: 11 mg/100 grams
  • Copper: minor amounts
  • Iron: 2.71 mg/100 grams
  • Magnesium: 127 mg/100 grams
  • Manganese: minor amounts
  • Phosphorus: 210 mg/100 grams
  • Potassium: 287 mg/100 grams
  • Selenium: 0.6 mg/100 grams
  • Sodium: 35 mg/ 100 grams
  • Zinc: 2.21 mg/100 grams

Cucumber

Believe it or not, Cucumbers are actually a fruit, belonging to the same family as melons and squashes and have many uses. As such they are low in calories and high in nutrients. Cucumbers can act as both an anti-inflammatory and an anti-oxidant if enjoyed regularly. It can even assist in the prevention of many diseases and strengthening of the immune system.

  • Calcium: 14 mg/100 grams
  • Copper: minor amounts
  • Iron: 0.2 mg/100 grams
  • Magnesium: 10 mg/100 grams
  • Manganese: minor amounts
  • Phosphorus: 1.4 mg/100 grams
  • Potassium: 124 mg/100 grams
  • Selenium: minor amounts
  • Sodium: 5 mg/ 100 grams
  • Zinc: minor amounts

Green Paprika

A single serving (one cup) of green pepper (also known as green bell peppers or green capsicum) contains approximately 120 mg of Vitamin C, as well as 0.6 mg of Vitamin E, along with the minerals listed below. Capsicum is also incredibly good for maintaining eye health, even at an older age, and acts as a significant anti-oxidant.

  • Calcium: 15 mg/100 grams
  • Copper: minor amounts
  • Iron: 0.5 mg/100 grams
  • Magnesium: 11 mg/100 grams
  • Manganese: minor amounts
  • Phosphorus: 14 mg/100 grams
  • Potassium: 200 mg/100 grams
  • Selenium: minor amounts
  • Sodium: 5 mg / 100 grams
  • Zinc: minor amounts

Leek

Chock full of Vitamin A and Vitamin K, leeks are an amazing garnish that can help improve your vision. They also act as excellent anti-oxidants and support the development of healthy blood cells, which assist the body in fighting infections. Consumption of leeks can also help to prevent cataracts and muscle-related degeneration.

  • Calcium: 60 mg/100 grams
  • Iron: 1 mg/100 grams
  • Magnesium: 10 mg/100 grams
  • Potassium: 250 mg/100 grams
  • Sodium: 5 mg/100 grams

Onions

Onions are an absolutely fantastic source of nutrients, and the best part is, they’re great in everything. Consumption of onions can aid in digestion, regulating blood sugar, managing cholesterol levels, and can also improve bone density. Finally, onions are considered an anti-inflammatory.

  • Calcium : 30 mg/100 grams
  • Copper : minor amounts
  • Iron : 0.5 mg/100 grams
  • Magnesium : 9 mg/100 grams
  • Manganese : minor amounts
  • Phosphorus : 23 mg/100 grams
  • Potassium : 200 mg/100 grams
  • Selenium : minor amounts
  • Sodium : 10 mg/ 100 grams
  • Zinc : minor amounts

Peas

Increased immunity, weight management, and blood sugar control, is there anything peas can’t do? As a major source of Vitamin C and E, as well as antioxidants, it can help in anti-aging by staving off or treating symptoms of osteoporosis, arthritis, and even prevent wrinkles.

  • Calcium : 29 mg/100 grams
  • Copper : minor amounts
  • Iron : 1 mg/100 grams
  • Magnesium : 13 mg/100 grams
  • Manganese : 1 mg/100 grams
  • Phosphorus : 187 mg/100 grams
  • Potassium : 126 mg/100 grams
  • Selenium : 3 mg/100 grams
  • Sodium : 220 mg/ 100 grams
  • Zinc : 2 mg/100 grams

Potato

While potatoes are typically found in unhealthy snacks and meals (usually in the fried form) and are known to be heavy in carbs, there are still numerous health benefits associated with them. It contains numerous antioxidants and can help if weight gain is the goal. Potatoes, being rich in minerals and nutrients can be cooked in numerous ways to make them healthier.

  • Calcium : 6 mg/100 grams
  • Copper : minor amounts
  • Iron : 0.5 mg/100 grams
  • Magnesium : 22 mg/100 grams
  • Manganese : minor amounts
  • Phosphorus : 78 mg/100 grams
  • Potassium : 450 mg/100 grams
  • Selenium : 0.5 mg/100 grams
  • Sodium : 2 mg/ 100 grams
  • Zinc : 0.5 mg/100 grams

Pumpkin

This is one friendly (sort of) face that comes around the most during Halloween and Thanksgiving, and is technically a fruit, as it contains seeds. It is extremely good for one’s health and can aid in improving your eyesight and immunity. It has Vitamins A, B2, C and E,

  • Calcium : 20 mg/100 grams
  • Iron : 0.5 mg/100 grams
  • Magnesium : 10 mg/100 grams
  • Potassium : 350 mg/100 grams
  • Sodium : 8 mg/ 100 grams

Radishes

Radishes are a somewhat unique vegetable as they have the interesting benefit of purifying the blood, which helps oxygen levels in the bloodstream rise. They are also good for treating jaundice and urinary disorders, as they help promote liver and kidney function.

  • Calcium : 2 mg/100 grams
  • Copper : 11 mg/100 grams
  • Manganese : 250 mg/100 grams
  • Potassium : 25 mg/100 grams

Red peppers

Red Peppers comes in all kinds of flavors and these vegetables are absolutely packed with nutrients, which include vitamins A, E, C, B6 and K. The vitamin content keeps the eyes and energy levels stable, hile other minerals contribute to anti-inflammation, anti oxidation, cardiovascular strength, and even improved digestion.

  • Calcium : 15 mg/100 grams
  • Iron : 0.5 mg/100 grams
  • Magnesium : 11 mg/100 grams
  • Potassium : 250 mg/100 grams
  • Sodium : 6 mg/ 100 grams

Spinach

If you want to know what this vegetable is best for, just ask Popeye, the sailor man. However, besides strengthening your muscles, spinach has many many other benefits, like improved blood clotting, blood pressure, and bone density. Spinach can also help keep the immune system and the digestive system working right and maintain excellent eyesight.

  • Calcium : 125 mg/100 grams
  • Copper : minor amounts
  • Iron : 1.2 mg/100 grams
  • Magnesium : 48 mg/100 grams
  • Manganese : minor amounts
  • Phosphorus : 15 mg/100 grams
  • Potassium : 400 mg/100 grams
  • Selenium : 0.3 mg/100 grams
  • Sodium : 25 mg/ 100 grams
  • Zinc : minor amounts

Zucchini

The most well-known benefit of zucchini is in weight loss, but it also has a major role to play in promoting your immune system, your heart, and your general health. A natural pain reliever, it is also known to have varied effects for men, though all are mostly positive.

  • Calcium : 30 mg/100 grams
  • Copper : minor amounts
  • Iron : 2.4 mg/100 grams
  • Magnesium : 6 mg/100 grams
  • Manganese : 0.4 mg/ 100 grams
  • Phosphorus : 7 mg/100 grams
  • Potassium : 200 mg/100 grams
  • Selenium : 0.4 mg/100 grams
  • Sodium : 1 mg/ 100 grams
  • Zinc : 0.5 mg/100 grams


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Natural Remedies to Remove Scars

Let’s be honest – scars are a morale deflater. Scars are typically the result of a cut, laceration or burn. They can also be caused by stretch marks from pregnancy or significant weight changes, or an incision due to surgery. Acne may also be a cause. They can be flat, or they may protrude. While they can be difficult to live with, especially if located on the face or the hands, there are, thankfully, many natural scar treatment options available without having to resort to surgical procedures. In addition, many of these home remedies are also used to prevent acne, which will leave your skin feeling healthier all over.

1. Shea Butter and Coconut Oil

If you’ve experienced a cut, laceration or a burn, keep the area moist and cover it, allowing the scar to heal. To keep the wound moist you can use shea butter or coconut oil. This will help prevent the scar from getting too large, deep or itchy.

One of the benefits is that the omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants in both the shea butter and the coconut oil have been shown to inhibit keloid scar tissue and repair the skin. They are also very effective at moisturizing the skin and can be used as a continued regimen to help minimize the scarring. All you need to do is apply the shea butter or the coconut oil to the skin two to three times a day. You don’t need to wash it off, however, do be careful when wearing silk garments, as it may stain.

2. Silicone Gel Sheeting

Silicone gel sheeting is another option you can use to help get rid of scarring. It is a sticky, clear pad that goes over a cut and can speed the healing process up. It also makes the scar less red and painful. They have been widely used in clinical practice since the early 1980s.

Although gel sheeting can be an effective treatment, there are some downsides to some of the conventional gel sheets. According to some patients, skin reactions to the tape, excessive sweating and difficulty and frustration in its application were reported. Furthermore, the visibility of the treatment on scars located in visible areas like the face, can be both obvious and unattractive.

3. Onion Extract/Gel

Another natural option is an onion extraction which can be used because it contains several unique bioflavonoids, such as quercetin, kaempferol, and cephalin.. A study in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology asked six subjects to apply onion extract to the affected areas for a period of four weeks. It was reported that while some subjects experienced mild stinging, it resolved pretty quickly. At two weeks, the subjects rated the gel-applied scars to be significantly softer than the control scars. After applying the onion extraction for four to eight weeks, all appearance variables of the gel-applied scars had significantly improved. Thus, it was decided that the onion extract gel is safe and significantly improves scar appearance after four weeks of daily application.

4. Pressure Garments

Pressure garments are another treatment option. A mechanical compressive force exerted by pressure garments to treat scars in burn patients was first prescribed in 1860. Currently, elastic compression using elastic garments is the predominant means of using pressure garments.

However, some studies suggest no noticeable healing, but others, like a 2010 study published in the Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery, have claimed that pressure therapy achieves regression success rates of 60 to 85% in scarring.

5. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has long been used as a great natural remedy to help heal many skin conditions, including the treatment of scars. It soothes damaged skin and can help regenerate the damaged tissues by boosting the healing process. Be sure to opt for pure aloe vera gel, which can be purchased from a health food store, and simply apply directly to the scarred area. Leave it on for about 30 minutes or longer. You can also sleep with it as it dries up quickly. Apply two to three times a day, and this will help diminish your scars and give a nice glow to your skin, making it tighter whilst reducing wrinkles.

6. Essential Oils: Tea Tree and Helichrysum

For an amazing natural remedy to heal scars, use tea tree oil. It’s effective because it has antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. It is also effective in treating and healing acne scars. But its biggest benefit lies in healing hypertrophic scars, in fact, it may gradually diminish the scar. Simply take two to four drops of tea tree oil combined with coconut oil and rub onto the affected area twice a day.

Another alternative would be to use helichrysum essential oil which is a great choice for helping to diminish the appearance of scars because of its antibacterial properties, much like tea tree oil. Due to its antioxidant properties, helichrysum helps prevent and regenerate damaged skin.

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NATURALLY BEAUTIFUL SKIN REMEDIES

Most women seek the best methods for flawless skin. Below, we’ve compiled the ultimate collection for natural skin remedies from around the world.

Beauty Secrets in France:

• Rub ice cubes on the face to stimulate blood circulation, giving you healthier and glowing skin.

• Alternate between a hot and cold face pack. This will give you a healthy complexion, increase blood circulation, improve skin elasticity and saturate your skin with moisture. Repeat this alternating technique several times.

• Use lemon juice to reduce inflammation. Apply lemon juice over acne to make pesky pimples appear smaller and less red.

Beauty Secrets in Chile:

• Try red grapes for glowing skin. The antioxidants found in grapes will make your skin look radiant. To do so, make a paste by mixing red grapes with two tablespoons of flour. Apply to the face and leave for 10 minutes before washing it off. The mask is best applied in the morning.

Beauty Secrets in Sweden:

• Eat foods that are high in antioxidants. Foods such as fish and berries.

• The heat of a sauna is also an effective method that will remove toxins from the body.

Beauty Secrets in Japan:

• Use rice water. This will cleanse you face, stimulate collagen production and give your skin a smoother texture. To do this simply grind white rice in a blender, add warm water to create a paste with a yogurt-like consistency, than wet your face and use your fingertips to massage into your skin. Rinse well.

• A daily facial massage will help improve the skin’s elasticity, infusing it with oxygen.

Beauty Secrets in Brazil:

• Carrot juice is a wonderful home remedy that will help get rid of pimples. Fresh carrot juice is packed full of beta carotene which will help soothe acne.

Beauty Secrets in Spain:

• Potatoes are used to get rid of dark circles under the eyes. Chop a raw potato into thin slices and lay over your eyelids for 10 minutes.

Beauty Secrets in Korea:

• Snail slime is one of the most popular skin remedies in Korea. Its considered to have good healing properties and contains collagen and elastin.

• Coconut oil or Argan oil are also used before applying a cream or facial mask.

• Alternate your beauty products regularly to help prevent your skin from getting accustomed to certain ingredients.

Beauty Secrets in Turkey:

• Quince-based lotions and masks are ideal for oily skin. Simply grate the quince on a fine grater and add a whipped egg white to it. With light massage movements, apply the mixture to your face and leave for 10 minutes. Then wash the mask off thoroughly.

• Use a jade roller on your face to improve blood circulation and skin tone.

Beauty Secrets in Israel:

• A sea salt skin scrub is used to remove toxins from the body. For better results combine 1/4 cup of sea salt with 13.5 fl oz (400 ml) of seaweed powder, 1/2 cup of massage oil, and 10 drops of lavender oil.

Beauty Secrets in China:

• Herbal and berry teas are believed to be a great way to cleanse your skin. Let the berries steep for at least 10 minutes before applying to your face. Goji berries in particular are a rich source of vitamin C, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids.

Beauty Secrets in India:

• Honey and a lemon face mask is used. Lemon reduces bumps on the forehead while honey soothes the skin. Combine the two together and leave on the skin for 20 to 30 minutes a day.

Beauty Secrets in Russia:

• An oatmeal scrub is used to scrub and cleanse the skin as well as tighten pores.

• Try steaming your face by pouring 2 tablespoons of chamomile flowers into 2 cups of boiling water and steam your face for about 20 minutes.

• Use iced water to promote skin cell renewal and to stimulate the synthesis of natural collagen and elastic fibers.

• Mix one part turmeric powder with one part raw honey and apply the mask twice a week. This mask has strong antibacterial and antiseptic properties.

• Massage olive oil into the skin to help make your skin healthy, supple and moisturized.

Beauty Secrets in Egypt:

• Try a white clay mask used to cleanse, nourish, and whiten the skin.

• Aloe vera creams are also used to actively moisturize, nourish and protect your skin against premature aging.

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MINERAL CONTENT IN COMMON FRUITS

Apple

Apples are extremely healthy and, as the saying goes, can help keep the doctor away. There are a number of different apples, that come in sweet and sour flavors. Regardless of the type, however, the mineral content remains the following:

  • Calcium: 3mg/100 grams
  • Copper: minor amounts
  • Iron: 0.1 mg/100 grams
  • Magnesium: 3 mg/100 grams
  • Manganese: minor amounts
  • Phosphorus: 9.5 mg/100 grams
  • Potassium: 129 mg/100 grams
  • Selenium: 0.4 mg/100 grams
  • Sodium: 1 mg/100 grams
  • Zinc: minor amounts

Apricots

This juicy and sweet fruit has a big pit in the middle, and it’s rich in Vitamins A and C. There are so many reasons why apricots are fantastic for the body. An apricot also contains the following minerals:

  • Calcium: 20 mg/100 grams
  • Iron: 0.8 mg/100 grams
  • Magnesium: 12 mg/100 grams
  • Potassium: 283 mg/100 grams

Bananas

Here’s a fruit that’s great for any quick breakfast or snack and keeps you strong. It contains immense amounts of potassium, but also significant quantities of other important minerals, which include:

  • Calcium: 5 mg/100 grams
  • Copper: minor amounts
  • Iron: 0.4 mg/100 grams
  • Magnesium: 29 mg/100 grams
  • Manganese: minor amounts
  • Phosphorus: 27 mg/100 grams
  • Potassium: 358 mg/100 grams
  • Selenium: 1.3 mg/100 grams
  • Sodium: 2 mg/ 100 grams
  • Zinc: minor amounts

Blackberries

Blackberries are not only sweet and sour deliciousness but also incredibly good for you. It can help improve your brain function, reduce inflammation, and make your skin healthier. It can also be great for your heart and for women’s menstrual health. It contains the following important minerals:

  • Calcium: 30 mg/100 grams
  • Copper: minor amounts
  • Iron: 1 mg/100 grams
  • Magnesium: 17 mg/100 grams
  • Manganese: 2 mg/ 100 grams
  • Phosphorus: 30 mg/100 grams
  • Potassium: 175 mg/100 grams
  • Selenium: 1 mg/100 grams
  • Sodium: 2 mg/ 100 grams
  • Zinc: 0.4 mg/100 grams

Cherries

Cherries aren’t just great on sundaes, they are perfect in many different dishes. Cherries can help you sleep better, reduce body fat efficiently, lower one’s risks of cardiovascular problems, gout, and even Alzheimer’s disease, among many other uses. Its mineral content is fairly simple, as you can see below:

  • Calcium: 20 mg/100 grams
  • Iron: 0.5 mg/100 grams
  • Magnesium: 10 mg/100 grams
  • Potassium: 248 mg/100 grams
  • Selenium: minor amounts
  • Sodium: minor amounts

Grapefruit

Here’s another sweet and sour delight, and this one is considered one of the 20 healthiest breakfast foods. Grapefruits are low in calories and high in water content. Eating grapefruits can improve your blood pressure levels, your immune system, lower LDL cholesterol, and can even speed up the healing process of the body.

  • Calcium: 21 mg/100 grams
  • Iron: 0.6 mg/100 grams
  • Magnesium: 10 mg/100 grams
  • Potassium: 165 mg/100 grams
  • Sodium: 1 mg/ 100 grams

Grapes

These tiny little balloons of juice are not only the major ingredients in delicious wines sold the world over, but have an endless number of health benefits. Grapes can help treat migraines and diabetes, reduce symptoms of fatigue, and even aid in treating kidney disorders. A regular supply of grapes can also help keep your immune system strong, with these minerals:

  • Calcium: 14 mg/100 grams
  • Copper: minor amounts
  • Iron: 0.3 mg/100 grams
  • Magnesium: 8 mg/100 grams
  • Manganese: minor amounts
  • Phosphorus: 9 mg/100 grams
  • Potassium: 203 mg/100 grams
  • Selenium: 0.3 mg/ 100 grams
  • Sodium: minor amounts
  • Zinc: minor amounts

Kiwi

Talking about the fruit, of course, and not the bird native to New Zealand, kiwis have anti-microbial properties, which can deeply strengthen and boost the immune system. It improves heart health, vision, and despite having low amounts of iron, as can be seen below, it helps the body to absorb more iron. It can also assist in the treatment of Cystic Fibrosis.

  • Calcium: 29 mg/100 grams
  • Copper: 0.3 mg/100 grams
  • Iron: 0.3 mg/100 grams
  • Magnesium: 13 mg/100 grams
  • Phosphorus: 71 mg/100 grams
  • Potassium: 326 mg/100 grams
  • Selenium: 1 mg/100 grams
  • Sodium: 2 mg/ 100 grams
  • Zinc: 0.3 mg/ 100 grams

Lemon

This wonder is the main ingredient to everyone’s favorite summer drink, lemonade, so make sure to stock up on lemons at home. Packed full of Vitamin C, lemons can help treat everything from respiratory diseases, throat infections, and fevers to high blood pressure, as well as improve digestion. It can even be used to cleanse the body.

  • Calcium: 10 mg/100 grams
  • Copper: minor amounts
  • Iron: 0.1 mg/100 grams
  • Magnesium: 9 mg/100 grams
  • Manganese: minor amounts
  • Phosphorus: 9 mg/100 grams
  • Potassium: 193 mg/100 grams
  • Selenium: minor amounts
  • Zinc: minor amounts

Lime

Lime, the counterpart of lemon, much like it’s brethren is excellent as a digestive aid, great for the skin and boosts the immune system to better aid the fighting of infections. It is also used in the treatment of a number of ailments, such as peptic ulcers, gout, piles, and scurvy.

  • Calcium: 22 mg/100 grams
  • Copper: minor amounts
  • Iron: 0.4 mg/100 grams
  • Magnesium: 4 mg/100 grams
  • Manganese: minor amounts
  • Phosphorous: 12 mg/100 grams
  • Potassium: 68 mg/100 grams
  • Selenium: minor amounts
  • Zinc: minor amounts

Lychee

Filled with fiber and antioxidants, lychees support the immune system and the digestive system. It is also extremely good for your skin, not just cosmetically, but physically as well, strengthening your blood vessels so you won’t bruise as easily. It does this and many other things for the human body with the help of:

  • Calcium: 5 mg/100 grams
  • Iron: 0.3 mg/100 grams
  • Magnesium: 8 mg/100 grams
  • Potassium: 182 mg/100 grams
  • Sodium: 2 mg/100 grams

Mango

Sweet, soft, luscious and juicy mangoes can completely satisfy anyone’s craving for sweetness, as well as help delay signs of aging and pockmarks. They also aid in increasing the iron content in the body for pregnant women and can even promote the health of your brain!

  • Calcium: 14 mg/100 grams
  • Copper: minor amounts
  • Iron : 0.2 mg/100 grams
  • Magnesium : 11 mg/100 grams
  • Manganese : minor amounts
  • Phosphorus : 23 mg/100 grams
  • Potassium : 143 mg/100 grams
  • Selenium : minor amounts
  • Sodium : 1 mg/100 grams
  • Zinc : minor amounts

Melon

Melons can help your heart, kidney and digestive tract. They are also a great way to cool off in the summer, as they have an extremely high content of H2O. The high mineral content can also do wonders to your skin and hair.

  • Calcium : 7.6 mg/100 grams
  • Copper : minor amounts
  • Iron : minor amounts
  • Magnesium : 7.6 mg/100 grams
  • Manganese : minor amounts
  • Phosphorus : 12 mg/100 grams
  • Potassium : 213 mg/100 grams
  • Zinc : minor amounts

Oranges

A sweet quick snack, oranges are great at any time of the day, plus they can reduce the risk of a number of illnesses and ailments, like various respiratory diseases and rheumatoid arthritis. It can also aid in treating kidney stones and ulcers, though they are most well known for their high Vitamin C content along with these other vital nutrients.

  • Calcium : 37 mg/100 grams
  • Copper : minor amounts
  • Iron : 0.1 mg/100 grams
  • Magnesium : 10 mg/100 grams
  • Manganese : minor amounts
  • Phosphorus : 18 mg/100 grams
  • Potassium : 154 mg/100 grams
  • Selenium : 0.7 mg/100 grams
  • Zinc : minor amounts

Olives

Olives help to keep blood cells healthy and naturally alleviate pain. They are also extremely good for increasing the production of antibiotics in the body, which reduces the risk of infections and can even aid in decreasing the likelihood of developing Osteoporosis. Olives are also a great source of Vitamin A, E, and K along with this mineral content:

  • Calcium : 61 mg/100 grams
  • Copper : minor amounts
  • Iron : 1.8 mg/100 grams
  • Magnesium : 22 mg/100 grams
  • Potassium : 91 mg/100 grams
  • Sodium : 2250 mg/ 100 grams

Pineapple

Pineapples tend to be high in sugar and calories, so not a great option for weight loss. They are, however, low in cholesterol and fat, and high in manganese and dietary fiber that can ease digestion. Pineapples are also great for promoting bone strength and better immunity.

  • Calcium : 12 mg/100 grams
  • Iron : 0.4 mg/100 grams
  • Magnesium : 17 mg/100 grams
  • Potassium : 180 mg/100 grams
  • Sodium : minor amounts

Plum

Plums are a fruit that supports the body during pregnancy. Plums can also restore the lustrous shine to your hair and your skin while boosting your immune system simultaneously. Vitamins A, C, and E are present in plums. This sweet fruit helps promote weight loss and steady blood flow.

  • Calcium : 8 mg/100 grams
  • Iron : 0.3 mg/100 grams
  • Magnesium : 7 mg/100 grams
  • Potassium : 197 mg/100 grams
  • Sodium : minor amounts

Peach

These fruits are small, fuzzy and pink, with pits in the center and lots and lots of minerals and nutrients. No wonder James wanted a giant one of these. Peaches act as antitoxins and are also full of antioxidants. They keep the kidneys clean and the heart strong, and they can even aid in weight loss.

  • Calcium : 4 mg/100 grams
  • Copper : minor amounts
  • Iron : 0.2 mg/100 grams
  • Magnesium : 8 mg/100 grams
  • Manganese : minor amounts
  • Phosphorus : 12 mg/100 grams
  • Potassium : 178 mg/100 grams
  • Selenium : 4 mg/100 grams
  • Sodium : minor amounts
  • Zinc : minor amounts

Pear

One of the biggest benefits of pears is the high amount of fiber that assists digestion. Having a single pear on a daily basis can reduce the risk of stroke, heart disease and even help in reducing the risk of diabetes by aiding in blood sugar control.

  • Calcium : 6 mg/100 grams
  • Copper : minor amounts
  • Iron : 0.1 mg/100 grams
  • Magnesium : 5 mg/100 grams
  • Manganese : minor amounts
  • Phosphorus : 11 mg/100 grams
  • Potassium : 112 mg/100 grams
  • Selenium : minor amounts
  • Sodium : 1 mg/ 100 grams
  • Zinc : minor amounts

Raspberries

The heart, blood vessels, and the brain all benefit from raspberries. These sweet berries are known for helping to prevent memory loss and other damage to the brain that may be caused by aging. Raspberries also promote fertility in both women and men and keep skin tissue strong and thriving.

  • Calcium : 15 mg/100 grams
  • Iron : 1.5 mg/100 grams
  • Magnesium : 22 mg/100 grams
  • Potassium : 228 mg/100 grams
  • Sodium : minor amounts

Strawberry

These berries come in the shape of my heart (and yours), and are chock full of Vitamins C and K. It is a cardiovascular aid, a cognitive aid, and in some ways even a cosmetic aid, as it keeps your skin looking good. It can also boost your immune system to prevent many ailments as well as provide pain relief for certain conditions, such as arthritis.

  • Calcium : 53 mg/100 grams
  • Copper : minor amounts
  • Iron : 0.5 mg/100 grams
  • Magnesium : 13 mg/100 grams
  • Manganese : minor amounts
  • Phosphorus : 27 mg/100 grams
  • Potassium : 183 mg/100 grams
  • Selenium : 1 mg/100 grams
  • Sodium : 3 mg/ 100 grams
  • Zinc : minor amounts

Tomato

Bright, red and delicious, these juicy fruit/vegetables naturally flavor any dish and must be in every dish as tomatoes can help to prevent constipation and keep your digestive tract running smoothly. As it acts as a disinfectant, gall bladder stones, and kidney stones may also be avoided.

  • Calcium : 32 mg/100 grams
  • Copper : minor amounts
  • Iron : 0.5 mg/100 grams
  • Magnesium : 23 mg/100 grams
  • Manganese : minor amounts
  • Phosphorus : 63 mg/100 grams
  • Potassium : 397 mg/100 grams
  • Selenium : 1 mg/100 grams
  • Sodium : 11 mg/ 100 grams
  • Zinc : minor amounts


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SIMPLE ALTERNATIVE FOR MEAT EATERS

Becoming a vegetarian is easy. The most important point to remember is “think of adding substitute for meat in your food, instead of simply removing meat from your diet”.

Little by little, people are starting to internalize what has been common knowledge for a long time now: processed and red meats are bad for us. Eating a lot of deli meat and steaks can increase your odds of developing heart disease, diverticulitis, Alzheimer’s and bowel cancer. But, as in all things, old habits die hard, and many of us have gotten accustomed to juicy red meat and hot dogs.

Luckily, we are living in an era of unparalleled food technology and innovation, and plant-based meat substitutes that appeal to the palates of meat addicts have never been as readily-available. And just in case you’re thinking of a bland vegetable patty, we’re talking protein rich, juicy and savory products that taste just like the real thing.

1. Mock meat

One of the fastest-rising food industries is mock meat, manufactured by companies like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods. Their popular burgers are based on plant-protein and are lab-engineered to have many of the same qualities of real beef patties, including texture, succulence and taste. Imitation burgers are cholesterol free, are rich in protein and vitamins and are 100% meat free. Numerous restaurant chains now offer mock meat options, and various retail stores either already have these products or will have them in the near future.

2. Tofu

Tofu is probably the most famous meat substitute and one that has the longest history, as it was invented for that purpose around 2,000 years ago in China. Extra-firm tofu, if treated with rub or marinade can make for a great replacement for chicken or even steak, and can be a delicious centerpiece for a healthy version of a hoagie.

3. Legumes

Legumes are savory, chock-full of proteins and vitamins and are actually really good for your heart. As such, they’re a great candidate for meat replacement and can easily be ground up into delicious hamburger patties. All you need are some cooked grains, bread crumbs and eggs, and you’ve got a wonderful burger. For a vegan patty, replace the egg with flax meal or chia seeds.

4. Carrots

Carrot dogs are different to other meat replacements in that they don’t try to be something they aren’t. Carrots aren’t anything like highly-processed hot dogs, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t preferable. A roasted and seasoned carrot is great in a bun with mustard and sauerkraut, and has none of the health downsides of a real frankfurter.

5. Jackfruit

This relatively obscure fruit is about the size of a very large watermelon and is native to South Asia. Its flesh is soft and sweet when ripe, but when unripe, it is meaty, with a milder taste and is often locally used in curry. As such, young jackfruit is great as a replacement for pulled pork recipes or gyros/shawarma.

Other alternatives includes: Portobello mushrooms, seitan, tempeh etc.

Source: Internet & others


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BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW THAT YOUR CLOTHES WERE TOXIC

Your clothes are probably toxic. Today’s clothing industry is a seven trillion dollar a year industry that uses an astounding 8,000 synthetic chemicals. Toxic chemicals are used excessively for processing garment fibers and also for manufacturing clothes. For example, after clothes are made, they are often covered with formaldehyde to keep them from wrinkling or becoming mildewed during shipping. Several severe allergic reactions to formaldehyde have been reported, and investigations have discovered up to 900 times the recommended safe level of formaldehyde in clothing shipped to brand name clothiers from factories in China and Southeast Asia.

Modern clothing is often formulated and treated with compounds that help soften them or prevent them from getting stained, wrinkled, or soggy. Those same compounds have been linked to adverse health effects such as skin irritation, developmental issues, and even cancer.

Take a look at some of the common chemicals lurking in your jeans, T-shirts, and workout clothes, among other items.

  1. Raincoats, or any waterproof item, could contain "forever chemicals." Clothing that’s "waterproof" or "stain resistant" might seem like a bonus, but these words could be a tip-off that an item contains a toxic class of chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). PFAS became popular in the US around the 1940s when manufacturing companies realized they could resist heat, grease, stains, and water. They’re often referred to as "forever chemicals" since they can linger in the environment for thousands of years. Though many PFAS have been phased out of the manufacturing industry, the chemicals can still be found in leather and textiles. Labels that contain the words Gore-Tox or Teflon may signal the presence of PFAS, which are commonly found in outdoor gear and "moisture-wicking" workout clothes. Exposure to PFAS has been associated with kidney and testicular cancers, liver damage, and developmental issues, but humans are more likely to be exposed by ingested contaminated food or drinking water. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) considers skin contact a "minor" source of exposure, though breathing in dust from PFAS-contaminated clothing can also constitutes "low level exposure."
  1. Popular brands have manufactured T-shirts and underwear with phthalates.: Phthalates are known for making substances like plastic durable and flexible. Although Congress instituted a federal ban on phthalates in toys and children’s products in 2008, the chemicals continue to be used in manufacturing. In 2012, the environmental watchdog Greenpeace sampled more than 140 clothing items and detected phthalates in 31 garments. Three t-shirts and a pair of underwear from popular clothing brands had "very high" concentrations of phthalates, meaning the chemical comprised up to 38% of their weight. Phthalates have also been found in jeans, raincoats, and artificial leather. The chemicals have been linked to ADHD, asthma, diabetes, and breast cancer, along with a number of reproductive issues, including decreased reproductive functions in men and endometriosis in women. For now, phthalates pose the greatest risk to children, who might put contaminated clothing in their mouths.
  1. Metals: Children are particularly susceptible to toxic chemicals since their bodies are still developing. They also weigh less, so their exposure can be higher. That explains the public outcry in 2006 and 2007 when the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) found lead in vinyl baby bibs sold at Walmart and Babies R Us. Five of the bibs contained lead levels above 600 parts per million — the safety threshold set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission at the time (the threshold has since been lowered to 100 parts per million). The products were quickly recalled nationwide. Children exposed to lead can suffer permanent brain damage, which often results in learning disabilities and increased violent behavior. While bibs made of vinyl (a shorthand for polyvinyl chloride, or PVC) aren’t sold as often today, it’s still possible to buy them. Metals are ubiquitous in the textile production process, and one study found 20 different ones in clothes of all different styles and materials. These metals don’t present health risks at low doses, but high concentrations of them can be seriously dangerous.
  1. The chemical smell of new clothing could signal the presence of formaldehyde.: If your new clothing smells like chemicals, it’s likely due to formaldehyde, a colorless gas that’s frequently associated with embalming. The chemical helps to keep clothes free of wrinkles, static, or stains, even after multiple washes. That means that formaldehyde can’t always be scrubbed off with detergent and water. In 2010, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its findings after testing 180 pieces of clothing for formaldehyde. The office found that most of the samples were below 20 parts per million — what’s considered a "nondetectable" level of formaldehyde. While inhaling the chemical has been linked to asthma, nausea, and even cancer, wearing clothes with formaldehyde is more commonly associated with dermatitis, which tends to affect those already allergic to the chemical. Symptoms of dermatitis include rashes, blisters, and itchy, dry skin.
  1. Azo dye, found in blue jeans, can be carcinogenic.: The blue dye that rubs off your new pair of jeans is likely azo dye, the most common form of dye used in textile production. Azo dyes can release cancer-causing chemicals called amines, though some have been found to be carcinogenic because of other chemicals. Certain forms of azo dyes have already been banned from clothing in the European Union. Some also require a warning label under California’s Proposition 65 — a state law that requires businesses to alert residents about significant exposures to toxic chemicals — though there is no ban in the US. Additionally, black clothing and dyes for leathers often contain p-Phenylenediamine (PPD), which can produce allergic reactions. Thus far, scientists have determined that the health risk to consumers is relatively low, but the potential link to cancer warrants further study.
  1. Organic compounds called NPEs lurk in many clothes.: Of the more than 140 clothing samples that Greenpeace tested in 2012, almost 90 garments showed evidence of a chemical group called nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs). In addition to being used during clothing production, NPEs are found in laundry detergent. EU manufacturers have been banned from producing clothing with NPEs since 2004. The chemicals have been associated with reproductive and developmental issues in rodents and have been found in human breast milk, blood, and urine. The bigger concern is what happens when they’re washed off your clothing. NPEs have been known to leech into waterways, posing a severe danger to aquatic animals.
  1. Leather jackets could contain chromium.: Animal hide is treated by a process called tanning that turns it into leather. Since the days of the Industrial Revolution, tanning has relied on chromium, a chemical that makes leather stretchy and pliable. In 2014, a slew of products were either withdrawn or banned from entering the EU because they contained hexavalent chromium, a form of the chemical that’s considered dangerous to human health. Though hexavalent chromium can cause skin irritation, a 2015 Swedish study found that the chemical becomes less potent over time when it comes into contact with skin through leather.
  1. NPE: Another commonly used clothing or textile factory chemical is nonylphenol ethoxylate (NPE). Known as endocrine disruptors, like BPA, nonylphenos have been dumped into adjacent waterways, killing a lot of fish and wild life. This negative effect on sea wildlife is primarily why various concerned agencies in Europe and America restrict its use. But there are no restrictions where the clothing and textile factories are located in China

TAKEAWAY

Your skin is the largest organ of elimination and absorption—what goes ON the skin goes IN the body. When toxins are absorbed through your skin, they are taken-up by the lymphatic system, then into the blood stream and eventually the liver—the chemical-processing plant of the body responsible for removing toxins. Your skin also keeps you healthy by actually venting approximately one pound of toxins daily.

There are still some simple measures you can take to reduce toxic exposure.

· Wash your clothes before you wear them. It will take a few washings to remove the residual toxic detergent ingredients completely. Even used clothing purchased from thrift stores may be sprayed with some chemical before they’re put up for sale. Wash and dry them at least once. Some folks add baking soda (not baking powder) to help neutralize new clothing chemicals while using natural detergents, of course. Also, avoid those dryer sheets that prevent clinging unless you can find them without toxic chemicals.

· When buying new clothes, look for ones that are as close to natural as possible. That means more organic cottons and wools and fewer synthetics like polyester and nylon. Read clothing labels and try to avoid synthetic materials such as Rayon, Nylon, Polyester, Acrylic, Acetate or Triacetate as much as possible. Also avoid no-iron, wrinkle free and preshrunk items. Basically, try to stay in the 100% pure cotton zone, or hemp clothing if you see any.

· Stay away from dry cleaners that use perchloroethylene, commonly known as PERC. There are actually some that don’t. Find them or forget dry cleaning.


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LATEST NEWS: EPA DECLINES TO REGULATE CHIMICAL HARMFUL FOR CHILDREN

Shame on you EPA.

In 2000, the agency banned the indoor use of chlorpyrifos from indoor use. But it has now allowed the chemical to be used in the agricultural industry to protect crops, especially corn, from insects.

Chlorpyrifos and organophosphates (OP) is dangerous to children’s neurological development. A 2006 study that shows that children who are exposed to chlorpyrifos in the womb are at risk of delayed physical and mental development as well as attention and hyperactive disorder problems. In a 2016 memorandum, the EPA itself stated, “there is evidence of delays in mental development in infants (24-36 months), attention problems and autism spectrum disorder in early childhood, and intelligence decrements in school age children who were exposed to OPs during gestation.”

Something about Chlorpyrifos

  • The largest agricultural market for chlorpyrifos in terms of total pounds of active ingredient is corn.
  • It is also used on soybeans, fruit and nut trees, Brussels sprouts, cranberries, broccoli, and cauliflower, as well as other row crops.
  • Non-agricultural uses include golf courses, turf, green houses, and on non-structural wood treatments such as utility poles and fence posts. It is also registered for use as a mosquito adulticide, and for use in roach and ant bait stations in child resistant packaging.

The decision by the new Environmental Protection Agency to rebuff the advice of its own scientists to ban the brain-damaging pesticide chlorpyrifos has prompted protests from farm worker communities.

According to the EPA, it is okay to poison our children’s food so Big chemical companies can continue their business. Shame on you – EPA.


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PARENTING: HOW TO PUNISH YOUR CHILD

Statistics show that most parents are convinced that they are doing a good job raising their children and teaching them lessons. However, it’s not always all that simple. Most of the time, adults have a hard time controlling their emotions and often punish their children more than they deserve. This has negative consequences for the children, causing them to develop fears and stereotypes, making their childhood scarier. Still, there are times when punishment is absolutely necessary. So here are recommendations from experts on how to handle punishments:

1. If a child didn’t have bad intentions, they shouldn’t be punished

More often than not, children aren’t trying to harm anyone, they just want to discover things. So, when a child is simply trying to learn, they should be supported even if their actions led to something bad. So, in situations like this, sympathize with the child, letting them know how to fix the situation. Keep in mind that when punishing kids for accidents, you are risking raising an indecisive person. They can do things on command very well because they are used to behaving in the presence of someone powerful. However, the consequence of this is that this adult cannot make their own decisions and they grow to not be very responsible.

2. Punishment should not be emotional

There are instances that when a child doesn’t want to obey, and this can cause some parents to get angry, to the point where they can’t control it even though they love their children. This is often caused by huge expectations from the children. And when these expectations fail to meet reality, parents become unsatisfied. Parents must remember at all times that punishment is not emotional, but logical and just. It should fit the crime, and it should not be given in anger. Parents need to wear many hats, and one of those is that of the impartial judge.

3. Public punishment is to be avoided

Public punishment causes children to become embarrassed and angry. For this reason, psychologists do not recommend using popular phrases like, ‘what will other people say?’ The same thing also happens when children are rewarded in public, they become arrogant. A child who is punished in public always feels humiliated and expects the situation to repeat. As a result, in their adult life, they can turn into a person who completely relies on the opinion of others, making them unable to make their own decisions.

4. If you threatened to punish, you should punish

If an adult said that they would punish a child then they should do it. A threat that you only promised, according to child psychologists, is worse than no punishment at all. Children quickly realize that parents just say words but then they stop trusting them. Consequently, their system of values becomes damaged. They can’t understand the difference between good and bad because they don’t have a regulation system. Still, you can neglect the punishment if the anticipation of it was already effective. If this is the approach you take, explain to the child that this behavior is not normal and it is only a rare exception.

5. When you don’t know who is guilty, punish everyone

If you are unsure which of your children is guilty, don’t just punish one of them. And if your child was with a friend, you should not criticize the other children at all. If they were with they were with their brother or sister, then everyone should be punished. Not using this technique may cause the person you punished to become a scapegoat in the future, while the other children will have an inflated self-esteem and a sense of full immunity that cannot have a positive impact on their future life.

6. Children should not be punished for past mistakes

The most important rule in dealing with punishments are punishment, forgiveness, forgotten. A child who is punished often for their past mistakes is unable to grow to be a strong person as they will be scared of doing something new and will prefer a routine. It can also be hard for them to learn from their own mistakes. So, instead of analyzing their mistakes, they will fixate on them. Timing is incredibly important when giving punishment or reward.

7. Punishment should be appropriate for their age and hobbies

Punishment should be clear and balanced. Do not give the same punishment for bad grades and a broken window. Small things deserve small punishments, while big things require a more serious punishment. Take the child’s age and preferences into account too. For instance, if they enjoy social media, limiting their usage time will be a good punishment. But if a child doesn’t use it and think of a different way to punish them. A child who gets the same punishment for different things cannot build a good system of moral values because they cannot tell the difference between the importance of things.


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KID’s SUNSCREEN MYTHS

  • Myth 1: SPF100+ sunscreen provides three times the sun protection of SPF 30: A higher SPF sunscreen may block 99% of UVB rays, though it’s only a very slight increase. Use a high SPF if you do not apply enough sunscreen, or if you do not reapply it often.
  • Myth 2: You can’t get a sunburn on a cloudy day. The FDA says that even on an overcast day, up to 80% of the sun’s UV rays can get through the clouds. So even when the weather is overcast, your kids need sunscreen to avoid getting a sunburn.
  • Myth 3: If the sunscreen is waterproof, you don’t need to reapply it: According to the FDA no sunscreen is truly waterproof or sweat-proof. However, it can be water-resistant. All sunscreens, even those that are said to be waterproof should be reapplied after a swim.
  • Myth 4: Sunscreen doesn’t work on my child. If despite using sunscreen your kids are still getting a tan, you are likely not applying enough sunscreen, or not reapplying it often enough.
  • Myth 5: My child is allergic to sunscreen. It is highly unlikely for a child to be allergic to sunscreen. They may instead be allergic or sensitive to a particular sunscreen ingredient. Under the direction of your pediatrician, consider switching to a different sunscreen with different ingredients and apply a small amount to one part of your child’s body to see if it is safe to use.
  • Myth 6: My kids use sunscreen, so they are safe from the sun. Sun safety goes beyond protecting your kids from ultraviolet radiation using sunscreen. Sun safety tips include using a broad-spectrum sunscreen, wearing sunglasses that offer 99 to 100 percent UV protection as well as wearing as much protective clothing as possible, including a hat. Seek shade when available and limit exposure to the sun when it’s strongest – between 10am and 4pm.
  • Myth 7: My kids already have a tan, so they don’t need sunscreen. There is no such thing as a healthy tan. Your kids need to use sunscreen to prevent further skin damage from the sun’s UV rays.
  • Myth 8: I shouldn’t use sunscreen so my kids will get more Vitamin D. There are safer ways for kids to get vitamin D. Include vitamins, milk and other vitamin D fortified foods in their diet.
  • Myth 9: My kids have dark skin and don’t need sunscreen. When going out in the sun, everyone should use a broad spectrum of sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 to 30. Even if your skin is dark, or rarely burns, it is important to use sunscreen as according to the Environmental Protection Agency, ‘everybody, regardless of race or ethnicity is subject to the potential adverse effect of overexposure to the sun.
  • Myth 10: SPF measures how much protection sunscreen offers. SPF may stand for sun protection factor, however it is only a measure of the sunscreen’s level of protection against UVB rays, which typically causes sunburn. However it does not take into consideration whether the sunscreen protects against UVA rays. UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin and cause premature aging of the skin.
  • Final Tip: Look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 to 30 to ensure that it offers both UVA and UVB protection.