Home Remedies for Hair Growth

by Head Health Nutter on October 20, 2014

Who doesn’t want a head-full of full, luscious healthy hair? If you do, check out today’s guest article by Madhavi Dandu about natural ways to grow healthy hair!

Having long luxurious locks is everyone’s dream and taking care of hair for proper growth is very important. Your hair is made up of dead cells filled with keratin (a type of protein). So it is a given that as you increase the amount of protein in your diet, you see your hair grow better.

Pure Beauty. Portrait of Young Brunette with Glossy MakeupBut this is not always easy and many factors like the harsh weather, stress or chemicals cause hair fall out, leading to premature balding.

Here are some home remedies for hair growth:

  • Onion Juice: Boil an onion in water and use this water to wash your hair every week. Or, you can juice an onion and apply this juice in your hair, leave it for an hour and then wash it off. Onion contains many types of natural sulphides which are very good for the hair and promote good hair growth.
  • Eggs: Eggs are full of protein and applying these on your hair will ensure good and natural hair growth. You can take 2 egg whites and use them on your hair after shampooing, as a conditioner. Wash this off after a whole day. Another method is to take 2 egg yolks and beat them. Apply this paste on your hair as a hair mask. You need to cover your hair tightly as eggs tend to drop and wash this off after an hour or two. Use eggs every two weeks on your head to improve the quality of hair and promote growth.
  • Yoghurt: Yoghurt is made from milk and has essential nutrients like calcium, fats and proteins. It is a very good form of milk and very beneficial for any type of hair growth. Lightly beat a cup of yoghurt and apply this on your hair an hour before you go for a bath. Try not to apply any shampoo and simply wash the yoghurt off with water. The next day, follow your regular shampoo and conditioner routine. Do this regularly every week to see good hair growth.
  • Vinegar: There is something about vinegar that is very good for your hair. It contains a very mild form of acetic acid and washes off all the dirt and grime from your hair leaving them looking smooth and shiny. In a mug full of water, mix 1 tablespoon of vinegar and after you have washed your hair; pour this water on your hair. If you do this every time you wash your hair, you will notice a very good change in the quality and shine of your hair.
  • Hot oil Treatment: Take a tablespoon of almond oil and 2 tablespoons of olive oil, heat them up. This should be warm to touch and not burn you. Now, apply this hot oil in your scalp, massaging gently till you have oiled all of your hair completely.

Cover your hair with a hot towel and leave it overnight. The next day wash your hair and deep condition them. When you do this religiously for a month, you will notice that the oil in your scalp promotes good hair growth.

Good hair growth is not just about applying nutrients and natural substances (or champoos and chemicals) in your hair but also about following a good diet as well. Do not eliminate all fat from your diet. Eat healthy nuts, oily fish and all types of proteins. Follow these home remedies for hair growth for the all round health of your hair.

About the Author

Madhavi Dandu is a senior editor at UrbanWired with deep love and passion for all things health, wellness, fitness and fashion. Given how uninformed people were about personal health, fitness, she saw the need to educate average joe and jane about healthy living through her writing. http://urbanwired.com/health/

Do you have any home remedies to grow hair that you’ve tried that work? We’d love to hear them! 

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The Truth about Drinking Flavoured Water

by Head Health Nutter on October 16, 2014

Have you turned to commercial flavoured water to get your required H2O intake? Before you spend a ton of money and ingest liters of this substance, read this guest article by Dixie Somers to make a more informed decision. 

Soft drink moguls Coca-Cola and Pepsi have both found a winner in flavoured water. Accounting for over $300 million dollars in sales a year, this popular drink is a hit amongst people trying to lose weight or live a healthier lifestyle. But how healthy is it? There has been more and more debate lately on what ingredients are added, and how they affect the human body. Keep reading to get an inside look at how your favorite “healthy” drink might not be doing your body any favors.

blackberry-mint-infused-waterSugars
The unfortunate truth about flavoured waters is that to achieve a strong flavor, there is going to be either natural or artificial sugars involved. While not necessarily at high levels, they could still be plenty enough to cause cavities and other dental problems. It’s still not a reliable alternative to getting your vitamins from the proper intake of vegetables, fruits, and other foods. Some of these drinks actually use high fructose corn syrup, which has the ability to suppress the body’s natural ability to recognize when it isn’t hungry, making you think you still must eat.

Calorie Count
If you’re in the business of calorie counting, it may interest you to know that many bottles of flavoured water are on average packing about 120 calories. This makes it a poor alternative to regular water or other beverages when attempting to lose weight. It’s true that some have zero calories, but they are few and far between. If your flavoured water contains natural sugar, this may be a high source of those calories.

Flavoured Water Effects on Teeth
Unfortunately, these drinks do have food coloring in the water to give them the unique color associated with each flavor. Food color will stain teeth, even if only a small bit. The food colorings also contain traces of harmful elements lead, arsenic, chromium, and mercury, albeit small amounts that are deemed acceptable by the FDA. Additionally, according to Dr. Murray Knebel, a dentist in Calgary, the flavoured water that boasts Vitamin C may be problematic since the vitamin is acidic enough to harm tooth enamel (especially if consumed in large quantities.)

Alternatives
A healthy alternative to flavoured water can be found at most grocery stores. There are sparkling water choices that are injected with natural juices in lieu of sweeteners, which effectively kills the calorie count. Regardless, it’s important to check out the ingredients and nutrition label before finalizing any purchase. Pay special attention to the ingredients used: nutrients, sweeteners, and flavorings. Additionally, check to see if the container uses one or more serving on its listing. A cheaper option is to experiment and make your own flavoured water at home with natural, and truly healthy ingredients.

While some people find water too “plain,” drinking flavoured drinks, be they soda, sports drinks, or flavoured water, typically means making an unhealthy choice. If you drink ample amounts of water every day, the occasional sugary drink will not do you in—however, those who constantly replace natural water with artificial alternatives may suffer the consequences over time. When it comes to liquid consumption, just remember that plain water is always the best choice for nourishment, hydration, and overall health for the body.

About the Author

Dixie Somers is a freelance writer from Arizona. You can find her on Google+.

Do you have any infused water recipes you’d like to share? I blogged a few of them on G Force Home Fitness’ blog: 5 Refreshing & Healthy Summer Drink Recipes.

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My Mom was recently diagnosed with dementia, and because I’ve been made aware of it, it seems very prominent these days. As I’m learning about this illness, it’s heartbreaking in so many ways. In advanced cases, you may not even know who you are let alone the people around you! Can you imagine the level of fear you would have under these conditions? I’m positively pleased to present today’s guest article by regular contributor, Chelsea Sawyer.

Dementia is a condition which impairs memory, communication, focus and reasoning. Although it can affect anyone, the most common occurrence is in older adults and seniors. People afflicted with dementia can show aggressive behaviour and irritability that can, at times, be a problem for loved ones.

Senior Woman Having Massage In SpaMost patients, due to a combination of age and degenerating mental and motor functions, are housed in nursing homes where they can be taken care of 24/7. In the absence of loved ones and friends who can look out for their well-being, homes often employ the services of massage therapists to give dementia patients some form of relief.

Nicolle Mitchell, the leading proponent and trainer of massage for people with dementia, has been preaching the value of massage and therapy in the improvement of patients. She reveals how a combination of time, touch and the right mode of communication can impact those afflicted with dementia.

Therapeutic touch expresses affection

Studies show that dementia patients are quite receptive to massage, particularly the feeling of being touched and caressed. This is somewhat taken by patients as a form of affection and is often reciprocated with proper behaviour and more relaxed response. Part of this positive impact is the release of happy hormones during the massage session that improve well-being.

Massage eases anxiety and erases past fears

Patients may have had several bad episodes in their past that remain hidden during their conscious states, but come back during the degenerative stages of dementia. For those who are experiencing these fears, a gentle massage can help create a feeling of safety and security, much like how kids are reassured when having bad dreams and nightmares. Others with a nervous or apprehensive nature may also be comforted by massage.

Constant treatment builds a trusting environment

As massage sessions become more frequent or as the treatment progresses, patients will feel more welcoming of the easing sensation that the therapy brings. Those with dementia, who are often reserved and easily irritated, will improve their reception of other people wanting to share with their space and environment. Patients become more open and trusting, which consequently leads to a calmer and relaxed persona.

The School of Natural Therapies usually holds training sessions, run by Nicolle Mitchell, for Massaging People with Dementia. Apart from this patient-specific course, they also offer classes in more generalized areas such as clinical sports, reflexology, and deep tissue massage course. London therapists have been flocking to their classes to earn certifications required for practice. They even hold weekday classes for pregnancy massage courses.

About the Author

Chelsea Sawyer is a certified health coach and a content creator. She writes about health and fitness, beauty, weight loss, anti-aging solutions and other topics that can help improve health. She draws inspiration from this site for today’s article. Know more about dementia massage courses.

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5 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Oral Cancer

by Head Health Nutter on October 9, 2014

Part of living a healthy lifestyle is being aware of what you can do to prevent illness. Prevention is worth a pound of cure, they say, and they are correct. Read today’s article by guest blogger, Bonnie Coberly, for her top 5 ways to prevent oral cancer.

Despite new studies and advancements in oral cancer treatment, the survival rate remains remarkably low, because most people discover the condition too late. This year alone the Oral Cancer Foundation predicts that close to 43,000 Americans will be diagnosed with some form of oral cancer, which affects any part of the mouth, including the lips, tongue, cheeks and throat. Of those diagnosed, approximately 8,000 will die from the condition — nearly one person per hour, every hour of the day.

Young woman at the dentistThe good news is that oral cancer is both largely preventable and, when detected early, highly treatable. Here are five things you can do to help minimize your risk for oral cancer.

1. Say no to tobacco.

If you use tobacco, quitting can significantly reduce your chances of getting oral cancer. That’s because cigarettes and other types of smokeless tobacco, such as snuff and chewing tobacco, are the strongest risk factors for oral cancer. Putting an end to your tobacco habits now will not only lessen your risk for oral cancer, it can also help reduce your likelihood of getting other types of cancer, lung disease or heart disease.

2. Eat a well balanced diet.

The foods you put in your body also play a significant role in your fight to prevent oral cancer. Many studies have found that there is a strong correlation between a diet low in fruits and vegetables and an increased risk for cancers of the oral cavity. Conversely, plant-based, whole food diets have been linked to lower cancer incidences. The American Cancer Society recommends eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily; avoiding refined grains and sugars; limiting consumption of red meats; and choosing foods that help maintain a healthy weight. Your healthy diet combined with exercise can help keep your immune system strong to ward off cancers and other serious health conditions.

3. Drink alcohol in moderation.

Research has found that you also have a greater risk of developing oral cancer if you drink alcohol excessively. In fact, roughly 70 percent of those diagnosed with oral cancer are heavy drinkers. Like smoking, this risk increases with the frequency and duration of time alcohol is consumed. When heavy drinking is combined with smoking, a person has a substantially higher chance of developing oral cancer in their lifetime. The American Cancer Society advises that men should limit their alcohol intake to no more than two drinks per day and women no more than one drink per day to lessen the risk of developing cancer.

4. Practice sun safety. 

We all know that spending too much time in the sun without wearing sunscreen can increase our likelihood of developing skin cancer. But did you know your lips are at risk, too? Many SPF lip balms are available which makes it easy to protect your lips from the sun’s harmful rays throughout the day. Avoiding the sun’s highest rays in the middle of the day, wearing a hat and seeking shade can also help reduce your risk of skin cancer.

5. Routinely examine your mouth and visit your dentist.

One of the best ways to prevent oral cancer and identify problems early is to routinely examine your mouth for warning signs. It takes just a few minutes, but it could save your life — many symptoms of oral cancer are presented early on if you know what to look for. Talk to your dentist right away if you notice any abnormal or persistent changes in your mouth, such as:

  • A sore in the mouth that doesn’t heal or bleeds easily
  • Whitish or reddish patches on the lining of your mouth
  • A lump or thickening of the skin in the mouth
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together or loose-fitting dentures
  • Unexplained bleeding in the mouth
  • Numbness in the mouth
  • Earaches, chronic sore throat or jaw pain
  • Difficulty speaking or a change in your voice

It is also important that you visit your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings and check-ups, as your dentist can also be a first line of defense in discovering oral cancer. During routine exams, dentists can identify abnormalities in the mouth in their earliest possible stages, which is key to avoiding the life-threatening implications of oral cancer.

Oral cancer claims thousands of lives every year. But the good news is this: When detected early, oral cancer has a very high survival rate and is highly curable. Improving your overall awareness about the condition and making necessary lifestyle changes now can help you reduce your risk for oral cancer while promoting an overall healthier you.

About the Author

Bonnie Coberly is a health counselor and Certified Health Counselor at Natural Horizons Wellness Centers. Natural Horizons Wellness Centers offers services in oral health, addiction abuse, and weight loss.

Isn’t it interesting that most cancer prevention tips are the same as healthy living tips?

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Do Video Games Affect Your Health?

by Head Health Nutter on October 6, 2014

If you or a loved one play video games, you’ll love this guest post by blogger, Jamal Asskoumi. Keep reading to discover what he found researching if and how video games affect health.

Too much of anything is bad for you. Even water, the unsung hero of life, has the ability to kill you. In today’s society, all claims to do with health should be taken with a pinch of salt and an added measure of scrutiny, just in case. With research being the way it is, public opinion is very easily and very often swayed. However, an assumption that a lot of people seem to agree with in terms of health is that video games are not, in any way shape or form, good for you. happy,family,playing,video,games,home,house,young,dad,children,child,kid,boy,caucasian,livingroom,living-room,smiling,console,sofa,couch,relaxing,having,fun,three,modern,woman,female,mom,mother,daddy,dad,relationship,families,mammy,

Here, we’ll examine the evidence behind such sweeping generalizations.

Let’s begin with the most common notion thus far: video games are bad for you, simple as that. A phrase a lot of today’s generation will have had spouted to them many a time by concerned parents. This notion isn’t entirely baseless, however. In one study, scientists monitored aggression in players and found that those engaged in violent games exhibited a higher heart rate, more nausea/dizziness and more aggressive thoughts during and after. Not exactly what one would describe as “healthy”.

However, none of this was reported to develop into aggressive behaviour even though the patterns were verified. Perhaps a temporary side effect?

Alright, so disregarding the violence aspect of it, it can still lead to an addiction, right? Right. It can. It is especially dangerous in children who bypass all “normal” social interaction (i.e. playing outside with friends) to sit inside and engage in virtual reality instead. Now, with almost a third of 10-11 year olds being overweight, parents have a right to worry over how much time their children spend on their consoles. It would be easy to assume that video games are the root of such a lazy mind-set that seems to have gripped kids and adults alike.

However, it is unfair to focus on these reasons alone and completely bypass all the positives that come with normal amounts of gaming. In young children, video games have been found to improve a number of cognitive functions such as multi-tasking, problem solving and pattern-recognition. Contrary to popular belief, these games are also highly social. With the recent developments in consoles, players can now interact with friends during these games, promoting leadership and team work skills.

The effects weren’t only psychological; hand-eye coordination, finer motor skills and spatial awareness can also be improved by playing video games. With all this in mind, it is presumptuous and illogical for video games to receive all this bad rep when it comes to health. In controlled and manageable amounts, the positives greatly outweigh the negatives.

Colloquially, linking ‘video games’ and ‘health’ almost always equates to a not-wholly correct view that video games can be detrimental to our well-being, especially during important developmental phases in children. This is a view that probably won’t change for a while yet.

However, let me reiterate: this is incorrect. It is so incorrect, in fact, that scientists have now begun to tentatively but surely support video games as a good tool in AID of child development. Thirteen hours a week on video games is certainly NOT to be advertised, however a couple of hours won’t hurt. In fact, it’ll probably do a lot of good!

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About the Author Jamal Asskoumi is a Blogger and Video Game Addict.

Do you play video games? Are you happy with Jamal’s findings?

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Stay Fit With the Right Fit of Runners

by Head Health Nutter on October 2, 2014

Whether you run, walk, bike, climb, jump or skip, you want to be good to your feet – they’re the only ones you’ll have your entire lifetime! So here today we have guest blogger, Silvia Marks, who helps us with how to choose the right runners for us as well as cleaning them.

care for beautiful woman legs If you are a frequent runner you know how important is to have the proper running shoes. They have to be comfortable and to offer stability. They also have to fit your feet perfectly. The problem with shoes is that when you are at the store, they all feel comfortable, but when you test them on the street, you soon realize they are not the best bargain ever.

Take a look at this article:

How to choose running shoes

When buying a new pair of runners, take into consideration the following factors:

Types of Runners

Before you head for the store, take your time to determine the proper type of shoes for you. There are two basic types of runners: trail runners and road runners. If you’re a road runner, you need road running shoes. They are flexible and light and can be used on hard surfaces such as pavements. They are designed to stabilize your feet while running.

Trail running shoes are made for off-road routes. They are especially good for obstacles that you may encounter off-road such as rocks, roots, holes and mutter, as their soles are solid and aggressive. These shoes are further fortified.

Size and Shape of Feet

Another thing to take into account, you need to know your shoe size. If your foot is wider or larger, you may have to use a man’s shoe even if you are a woman, and vice versa.

Take into consideration your arch shape. How do you know what your foot is like? Just take a look at your footprint as you’re getting out of the shower. There are three types of arches: normal arch, flat-footed and high arch. If your footprint is straighter and wider, then you are flat-footed. If it is curved and narrow, then you have a high arch. If it is somewhere in between those two, then you have a normal arch.

Pronation

A crucial factor for choosing the proper shoes is pronation. What is pronation? This is the foot’s inward roll while running or walking. pronation
Normal or basic pronation is when your heel contacts the ground first (in the picture: see pisada normal). Normal pronators’ old running shoes will most likely be worn along the forefoot and heel. Thus such people need stability or cushioning shoes. Here the foot may roll approximately 15% inward. Normal pronation is common in people with normal arches.

When it comes to overpronation (in the picture: see pisada pronadora), the percentage is much higher than 15. With overpronation, stabilising of the body while walking or running is difficult. Just as it is with normal pronation, the heel is the first to touch the ground. However, old running shoes of overpronators will be worn along the inside of forefoot and the heel. This is why stability shoes or motion control shoes are recommended for this type of pronation. Runners with low arches (flat-footed) are likely to have overpronation.

And finally, underpronation (in the picture: see pisada supinadora) is when the roll of the foot is less than 15%. This means that there is less rolling here. Runners with high arches are more likely to have underpronation. If you look at an underpronator’s old running shoes, they will be worn along the outside edges of the sole. Which is why neutral cushioned shoes are recommended for this type of pronation.

In conclusion, types of running shoes according to type of pronation:

  • Motion control shoes: for runners with severe or moderate overpronation
  • Stability shoes: for runners with basic pronation
  • Cushioning shoes: for mild pronators

Why is it important to clean your running shoes?

The answer to this question is very simple. Because it’s healthy. Perhaps you heard about or even experienced foot or nail fungus. What usually causes fungus is moist and warm environments. When you run, your temperatures rise and your feet start sweating.

Fungi can easily thrive in your shoes if they are dirty, moist, warm and dark. That’s why it’s necessary that you sanitise them every now and then, preferably after each use. This will ensure that you prevent fungi from forming. Another reason why fungi are likely to invade your shoes and nails is because your immune system is not always capable of detecting infection, especially on toes, as they have low blood circulation. But if you’re running, you’re circulating your blood! (Another reason to get your heart-rate up!)

And finally, it is important to keep your shoes clean so they will look much better.

How to clean running shoes

Keeping your running shoes clean is very important, especially if you’re running outside. You can stumble upon all sorts of dirt while being out such as leaves, puddles, mud and grit. All this gets stuck on your shoes making them dirty, exposed to germs and bacteria, and look worn out. Cleaning your shoes is simple and easy, you just need a washing machine, old toothbrush, soap or detergent.

If you’re planning a thorough wash of your shoes, remove the laces in the first place, Shiny London suggests.They can be washed by hand with water and a dab of detergent. You can also launder them in the washing machine. The third option is to replace them with new.

As for your running shoes, you have two options. If you don’t feel like cleaning them by hand, put them in the washing machine. Many people do it, however, this may damage your shoes, so it’s better to stick to option #2. And that is: wash your shoes by hand. It takes a little effort. Before you begin, be sure to remove all the mud and dirt. Use a nail brush to carry out the task. If this isn’t working, add some soap and water and keep scrubbing. You can also use an old toothbrush.

Repeat the procedure as many times as necessary until all the dirt is gone. When you’re ready, let the shoes dry. You can stuff the inside of the running shoes with newspaper or kitchen paper. It will make drying faster. If the weather is warm, your shoes will be ready to use in approximately 12 hours or so. However, if it’s winter, it might be a good idea to use two pairs of shoes so that you always have a pair at hand while the other one is drying.

Tip: never place your running shoes near a radiator. Make sure you dry them naturally.

About the Author

Miss Marks is an owner of Top Domestic Cleaners SW17. Writing is a very important part of her life, though she can’t afford to spend too much time on it.

How do you clean your shoes? Or do you?

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7 Awkward Moments Invisible Braces Can Help You Avoid

by Head Health Nutter on September 29, 2014

Ready for a funny article? Whether you’re looking into getting braces or just want a laugh to lighten up your day, read today’s guest post by British writer, Lauri Pete!

Even in the 21st century cultural stereotypes abound. From the French being seen as masters of the culinary arts to Brits being viewed as a nation of reserved tea drinkers. And when it comes to those from the good old US of A, pearly whites and quarterbacks are seen to be the order of the day once you head stateside.

OrthodontistUnfortunately for us Brits one stereotype that seems to have persisted in the eyes of our American counterparts is the notion that those on UK shores sport less than pristine smiles. Think Austin Powers on a bad day! However, the good news is that us Brits are changing the way we are perceived across the Atlantic, one smile at a time. This is because many more people in Britain nowadays are opting to get braces fitted on their teeth.

While everybody has known for decades that wearing braces for a period of time can help to straighten teeth and rectify overbites, many people have been reluctant to go down this route, mostly because they didn’t want to spend months or years displaying a mouthful of metal whenever they smiled.

Fortunately, the introduction – and easy availability – of so-called invisible braces has turned this way of thinking on its head entirely. Indeed, the fact that invisible braces are, well, pretty much invisible, means those who wear them don’t need to feel in any way self-conscious about their appearance when they smile. Moreover, the many advantages they afford makes many of the problems commonly associated with metal braces redundant.

All of this ensures that those who opt to have invisible braces fitted can avoid encountering moments which may otherwise prove to be a little awkward. Moments like:

1. Half-hearted smiles

There are times when a photo calls for those in it to flash big broad smiles. To be sure, events like meeting a friend or relative’s new born baby for the first time, or being the guest of honour at a surprise party, demands a super-sized grin. Needless to say, a half-hearted, self-conscious smile will not go down well in these situations as it will make photos look less than memorable and perhaps even offend those for whom the event is a big deal.

2. Whimpering at dinner

Metal braces are notorious for causing discomfort during meals. Indeed, it is often the case that chewing can make the wires on metal braces poke around the inside of the mouth, causing those wearing them to whimper from time to time. While whimpering at dinner is no big deal when eating at home, it is likely to create more than a bit of awkwardness when out on a romantic dinner date.

3. Frustrated flossing & brushing

Anyone who has ever worn metal braces will know just how much of a chore brushing and flossing can be. This is because the metal brackets and wires make it hard to get a toothbrush or piece of floss exactly where it needs to be without it getting caught. As well as being far less cumbersome, invisible braces can be easily removed, thus making brushing and flossing duties far less frustrating affairs.

4. Not laughing at jokes

It is common for people who are self-conscious about their teeth to deliberately refrain from laughing whenever they find something funny in the company of others. Suffice to say; not laughing at someone’s joke can cause eyebrows to be raised and feathers to become ruffled in certain circumstances. Imagine staying straight-faced when a prospective father-in-law tells an anecdote at that all-important first meeting? Or how about giving a less than enthusiastic snigger when a potential new boss cracks a funny during an interview? Awkward…

5. Refusing food

It’s one thing for someone to refuse food simply because they don’t care for it. However, refusing universally enjoyed foods – such as popcorn, crisps, bagels, hard-crusted bread, pizza crust, pretzels, nuts, apples, carrots, and corn on the cob – for no other reason than they are difficult (or impossible) to eat with metal braces is something else entirely.

6. Kissing

Locking lips with a special someone can be an anxious time for individuals with traditional braces as they often cannot help but wonder whether their partner will feel a degree of trepidation at the thought of getting intimate with a collection of metal brackets and wires. Obviously, the potential for awkwardness is magnified exponentially when both parties have metal braces fitted as the likelihood of ‘locking iron’ increases markedly..!

7. Being short of cash

The fact that invisible braces price tags have come down significantly in recent years means there are now options available to suit all budgets. Indeed, it is very much the case that practically anyone can opt for this form of dental care without having to worry about whether or not it will leave them short of cash come payday.

About the Author

Lauri Pete is a writer and editor for Cheshire Dental Centre. She has written many articles about dental health, health care tips and much more.

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Have you heard the artificial sweetener controversy? If you’re wondering about it, then read today’s guest article by Dixie Somers. 

Sugar. It is a buzzword that has plagued the media and health-nuts alike. Since we know an over-indulgence of sugar is bad, companies have wracked their brains and laboratories to create sweeteners that add sweetness to the food or beverage without spiking sugar levels. Thus, the popularity of artificial sweeteners have boomed since they are viewed as a way to get your sugar fix without actually consuming sugar. Yet, all is not as it appears. Often times, these chemical remedies can cause more problems than they fix.

Aspartame traffic warning signKeep reading to learn about the dangers that artificial sweeteners pose to those who are looking for a loophole for sugar intake.

Weight Gain
There is evidence to support increased weight gain related to artificial sweeteners. Although the fake sugar does produce an insulin effect, it does not increase the blood sugar either. This then triggers abnormally low blood sugar which leads to overeating during the next meal. This is a rather ironic effect since most people use artificial sweeteners to avoid gaining weight from real sugar, however, due to the overeating caused by low blood sugar following artificial sugar intake, you will slowly but surely gain weight.

Cancer
Both saccharin and aspartame are linked to the development of cancer, namely bladder cancer. This happens because the sugar substitute forms a precipitate in urine that then damage the cells lining the bladder. As they regrow to try and heal the wound, a tumor forms. If a lot of saccharin or aspartame is being consumed daily, it is harder for the damaged cells to regrow properly.

Methanol Poisoning
Because these fake sugars are produced through the combination of various chemicals, it makes sense that certain components are not good for the human body. Aspartame, for instance, is methyl ester which is turned into methanol, a well-known toxin used in paint remover. Even in small doses, it affects the nervous system which eventually leads to issues in the respiratory system, blood and eyes.

Taste Reception
Evidence is also coming forward that artificial sweeteners overstimulate the taste buds. Eventually they are altered to the point where fruits are less sweet and vegetables are absolutely disgusting. Additionally, according to the dental professionals in Red Deer at the Parkland Mall Dental Centre, the faux sweeteners will keep you continually eating foods and drinking highly acidic beverages that are terrible for the teeth.

Type 2 Diabetes
Oddly enough, the reason many people switch to diet sodas and fake sugar is to avoid diabetes, yet a study that reviewed diet soda intake and type 2 diabetes across various ethnicities showed a correlation of the rise of the disease with the consumption of diet soda. Like weight gain, this is another ironic effect of artificial sweeteners—consumers are eating/drinking these product to avoid sugar, yet other side effects are just as serious as they are will real sugar.

Whether you are looking to lose weight or avoid the evils of sugar, turning to a fake sugar might mean that you are continuing to eat and drink things that are equally as bad for your body as regular sugar. If you are looking to create a healthier diet or to lose weight, ditching sugar altogether (or nearly altogether) is your safest bet.

There are likely some other less-than-healthy foods and habits in your diet that will make a difference once you discontinue eating or drinking them. Eating fruit is a great way to get a natural sugar fix, and avoid the chemicals. Just make sure you have all the facts about real sugar and artificial sweeteners before you indulge your sweet tooth and possibly damage your body more than you realize.

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Dixie Somers is a freelance writer from Arizona. You can find her on Google+.

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How To Prevent & Manage Back, Neck & Shoulder Pain

by Head Health Nutter on September 22, 2014

If you’ve ever experienced back, neck and shoulder pain, you’ll want to read this article by guest blogger, Chelsea Sawyer. She explains for us the common causes of pain in these areas, ways to prevent that pain and some natural treatment options!

A change of activity or staying active is an important part of pain (in your back, neck or shoulder) management. Whether this pain is caused by injury, inflammation, tension, muscle strain, osteoporosis, trauma, arthritis or lifestyle factors, this can be prevented or usually treated with physical activities over oral medication. Some lifestyle factor causes are stress, bad work practices, sitting for a long period of time, being overweight, poor posture, lack of exercise and so on. Generally, treatments like physiotherapy, osteopathy or remedial massage can help alleviate the pain.

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The back gives support for the pelvis, legs, rib-cage, arms and skull. It is a complex structure that also allows body movement.

Although not actually a serious disease for most, back pain is a very common problem. If not managed well, it will develop into further episodes. It can be classified into acute, chronic, or neuropathic pain. Understanding the type of pain can help you control it better. Exercise, manual therapy, massage and medication are the usual treatment. And more often, all you need to recover is a change of lifestyle activity.

Ways of preventing back pain

  • Exercise. Regularly doing so can improve posture and increase muscle support of the spine. Although it can be an effective approach to reducing pain, it should be done under the supervision of a trusted health professional.
  • Manage your weight. Avoid putting extra strain on your back. Maintain a healthy body weight.
  • Correct Body posture. Don’t slump. Keep your back upright and use support if necessary. Practice the correct way of lifting and carrying safely.
  • Relaxation techniques. Learn to reduce stress levels and related muscle tension. An essential component of most back treatment programs includes some combination of consistent stretching, exercise and relaxation.
  • Restore the balance of your body or promote mobility through osteopathy.

More Information About The Neck and Shoulders

Because it is less stable than the other parts of the body, the neck is more susceptible to injury. The shoulder on the other hand is a ball and socket joint with a large range of movement. It relies heavily on the shoulder muscles for stability.

One common condition where the neck suddenly becomes stiff and painful is called wry neck. The cause can be due to sudden flicking of the head, carrying heavy unbalanced load, poor sleeping posture, viral infection, and exposure to cold breezes.

Some of the conditions that commonly cause shoulder pain are pinched nerves, ‘frozen’ shoulder, dislocation, strains due to overexertion or fractures of the collar bone or upper arm.

Treatment: Neck and shoulder conditions can respond well to treatment in a few days with heat, massage and mobilization, if applied early on.

Ways of preventing posture-related pain for the neck and shoulder

  • Always correct your posture when standing or sitting.
  • Lift your chest gently, nod your chin slightly and relax your shoulders.
  • Stretch and change position frequently while you are working.
  • Do regular exercise to improve muscle tone and posture.
  • Combat the muscle-tightening effects of stress by learning several relaxation techniques.

About the Author

Chelsea Sawyer is a certified health coach and a content creator. She writes about health and fitness, beauty, weight loss, anti-aging solutions and other topics that can help improve health. She draws inspiration from this site http://sydneyosteopathicmedicine.com.au for today’s article. Learn how to change your lifestyle to prevent pain in your back, neck and shoulder.

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Useful Tips For Developing Healthy Eating Habits

by Head Health Nutter on September 18, 2014

If you’ve been reading Live Lighter from the start, you’ll know we teach that a healthy lifestyle is all about replacing unhealthy habits with healthy habits. I’m very pleased to present today’s guest blogger, Nataliya Semenchuk, who gives us 4 fantastic tips in how to develop healthy eating habits.

One thing I know for certain about developing healthy habits, is that it can be tough. Changes are difficult, and difficult changes can be straight up intimidating. No matter what your goals are, in order to successfully reach them you need in the very least two things: dedication and consistency.

Man standing by his cycle at the seaWhy is it so hard to develop healthy habits, you might ask. Well, for one, you might need to give up some things that make you happy and comfortable, like your favorite foods – who’d like that, right? Then there are things you might need to start engaging in, like fitness, and for those of us who are not used to being physically active, this can be a really hellish experience. Let’s not forget the issue of time: with so much going on in our busy lives, it can prove difficult to make time for new commitments.

Forming a healthy eating habit (or habits, if you are really diligent) is no exception to the rule. It is a long-lasting process that is both physically, mentally and emotionally demanding. In many cases, building a new healthy habit requires breaking one or more not-so-healthy ones, subsequently adding more stress to your undertaking.

They say that your body is your temple, and so, it should be treated with an equal amount of respect. Recklessly, with very little thought put into it, trying to change your eating habits bears some real health risks, which may ultimately lead to various eating disorders and body image issues. In order to avoid these risks, it is important to practice kindness and patience towards yourself and your body.

Developing healthy eating habits is all about making positive lifelong changes, so trying to rush or shortcut through the process will more likely than not result in failure, with all the effort gone to waste.

Practice positive self-regard

Do you remember when you were little and would ask your mother for a toy or a play-date, what her “No” would do to you? That’s right, it would make you want it even more, make you want to rebel, throw yourself on the floor and start roaring-crying. No’s make people upset, clearly. And what about that time, when someone had something negative to say about you? You were hurt, as anyone would. Prohibiting yourself from having certain foods and constantly telling yourself that you are not slim, not good enough is sure to have the same effect. Feeling hurt and upset is a lousy foundation for making major changes in life – the two just don’t go well together. Remaining positive towards yourself, acknowledging the progress you have made and celebrating even the smallest achievements are going to help you stay positive and driven to reach your goal.

Remember that food is your friend

Don’t be afraid of food. It’s not there to sabotage your efforts, it’s there to nurture and energize you. Good food, that is. Proteins, carbs and, yes! fats should all be part of a balanced diet, as your body needs them on a daily basis. What your body doesn’t particularly need though, is an extra-large coke and double-glazed donut for breakfast, or a chocolate chip cookie in the middle of the night. That said, unless health-related, no foods should be off-limits, all is good in moderation. As long as you commit to following a healthy lifestyle, having a little reward now and then is actually a good thing – it keeps you going.

Simplify your life

Great Isaac Newton once said: “Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things”. Isn’t that so true? Simple things are easy to understand, simple rules are easy to follow, and simple tasks are easy to complete. Don’t overcomplicate your job by trying to do everything at once and expect to get immediate results. You must be certain about what your aim and priorities are. Pace yourself and concentrate on accomplishing one thing at the time. Sorting out the clatter in your mind will bring more clarity to your purpose and help you stay focused and motivated.

Rely on a support group

Fighting your battles alone, while possible, can be incredibly taxing. Having some support on your journey can prove helpful in two ways. On one hand, there will be someone other than yourself to hold you accountable for sticking to your commitments. On the other hand, there will be someone by your side, who can pick you up when you get discouraged, stumble or fall. In both cases, your odds for success will increase substantially. Your support group will always act as a safety net that will keep you going and won’t let you stop until the goal is reached. So, go ahead and reach out to your friends and family members, ask for their succor and don’t shy from relying on them, as many great things will follow form that.

About the Author

Nataliya Semenchuk is a rising senior at Suffolk University studying Marketing and Global Business, and she currently works for a Legal Department Management firm in Boston.

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