Thursday, March 29, 2012

Suzanne Somers Hormone Cream

Women all over the world were encouraged to view aging in a new light when the media picked up the story of the Suzanne Somers hormone cream. This beautiful and ageless actress made the world sit up and take notice when she told Oprah that she was using bioidentical hormones to cling on to her youthful good looks for as long as possible. In fact, she can be said to be the unofficial ambassador of the use of bioidentical hormones to treat a variety of ailments.

Until the story of the Suzanne Somers hormone cream broke women thought that they had no option but to accept the fact that life would change with the onset of menopause or because of hormonal imbalances brought upon by a hysterectomy. The most common problems they would have to deal with would include hot flashes, weight gain, memory loss, reduced libido, insomnia and osteoporosis. In addition, their skin would lose its elasticity and they would also experience a lot of hair fall.

Conventional hormone treatments were not very popular because of the side effects involved. However, the news that Suzanne Somers used hormone creams containing progesterone and was looking radiantly beautiful as a result of it definitely created a lot of interest in the subject. Somers has taken great pains to elaborate the differences between bioidentical hormones (which she uses) and regular ones that are made artificially. Bioidentical ones have fewer negative side effects since they are exactly like the ones that the body creates on its own.

Suzanne Somers said that hormone cream supplements are very easy to obtain and to use. She also cautions that they have to be used in limited quantities in order to avoid endometrial build up that can lead to health issues. Lots of women are now leading sexy, healthy and active lives because of her efforts.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Eat Healthy - Eat Chocolates.

While growing up as kids you must have heard a lot of times: Don’t eat chocolates, it will ruin your teeth! Well what if I now tell you that there are actually several advantages of chocolates. More importantly, if eaten properly and in right quantity, chocolates are actually beneficial for your health. That’s right. Read more to learn more…

Studies have shown that chocolates - especially dark chocolate – are very beneficial for health. However, as they excess of anything is bad so just because chocolates are good for health does not mean that you now get the license to go on chocolate spree. No more than 100 grams of dark chocolate (about the size of a small bar) should be consumed in a day. Also note that on an average 100 grams of dark chocolate contain about 400 grams of calories. So in order to balance your diet in proper means, you may want to cut on other source of sugar/sweet on days you consume chocolates.

Having said about the appropriate consumption let me tell you the health benefits that come along the sweet glory of chocolate:

1. Low Blood Pressure
For people with high blood pressure, 100 grams of dark chocolate on a daily basis helps in bringing their blood pressure down and maintains it at consistency rate

2. Lower Cholesterol
Studies have shown that dark chocolates reduces LDL cholesterol, which is the bad one, and helps you stay healthy

3. Chocolates stimulate endorphin production in human body and gives you a feeling of pleasure and happiness

4. Chocolates contain serotonin which works as an anti-depressant and also provide guilty pleasure [Remember feelings of newly being in love … result of high serotonin]

5. Two-thirds of fat in dark chocolate is good for your health: oleic acid and stearic acid
Oleic acid - healthy monounsaturated fat (also found in olive oil)
Stearic acid – although saturated fat but proven to have neutral effect on cholesterol

6. Dark chocolates are powerful antioxidant agents. Just to list a few benefits of antioxidants out of the uncountable ones:

a. improved digestion
b. relief from arthritis
c. prevent cancer
d. natural anti-aging product
e. weight loss
f. many many more…

So now you know better to include a small bar of dark chocolate in your daily diet as opposed to avoid chocolates altogether.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

What is tea tree oil?

Tea tree oil is an extract from the leaves of the melaluca alterbifolia plant. In the last decade, many health benefits have been ascribed to tea tree oil. In many tropical countries, tea tree oil has been sued for centuries to treat and prevent a number of skin disorders including infections. Some studies show that tea tree oil may have anti-bacterial properties. Some studies in humans show that tea tree oil may help eradicate fungal infections of the nail and athlete’s foot, vaginal infections and even acne. Unfortunately, there are just as many studies, which show that tea tree oil has no health benefits.

There is no formulation of tea tree oil that can be taken by mouth. Tea tree oil is only to be used for application on the skin. It should be avoided on open area of the skin, eyes, mouth, ears, and nose. The oil is also known to cause skin irritation and allergic contact dermatitis.

Can tea tree oil help my acne?

Although tea tree oil is widely sold to treat many skin ailments including acme, there is only weak evidence that it has any anti acne activity. However, in some people tea tree oil may decrease the skin redness associated with acne.

Can tea tree oil help cure my athlete’s foot?

Unfortunately, there is no evidence that tea tree oil can be used to treat athlete’s foot. Several small studies have shown that it may reducing itching but does not cure the fungus infection. At the moment tea tree oil is not a recommended treatment for athlete’s foot.

Are there any medical disorders where tea tree oil is recommended?

No, except for its use as a mild moisturizer there is no medical disorder that can treated with tea tree oil. Tea tree oil has been recommended for bad breath dandruff, dental plaque, eye infections, genital herpes, lice, vaginitis, and thrush. In all these cases, there is minimal evidence that tea tree oil actually works. All consumers should be warned that tea tree oil is toxic when applied in the mouth, eyes, nose, and ears. Best advice if you have any of the above problems, go and see your physician. When ingested tea tree oil is known to cause severe stomach upset, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Even though tea tree oil is sold as mouth wash, it should never be swallowed.

Is tea tree oil safe?

There are many reports that tea tree oil when applied on the skin can cause allergic reactions. Some people may develop a mild dermatitis but others can develop a severe blistering and painful rash. People with allergy to any components of tea tree oil or related plants like balsam of Peru should not use tea tree oil. Since tea tree oil has not been thoroughly investigated, pregnant women or those who are breast-feeding should refrain from using this product. Tea tree oil should not be applied on the breast or nipples as it can be absorbed by the breast-feeding infant.