Healthcare

Shea Butter- An all-star superfood for skin and hair!

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We’ve all heard of using coconut oil to keep our skin and hair moisturized. Another commonly-found natural moisturizer you can use is shea butter! Something about the name just sounds luxurious, doesn’t it?

What is shea butter?

Shea butter is a superfood that comes from the seeds of the fruit of the Shea (Karite) tree and is naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F. It’s Vitamin E content makes this butter a good anti-ageing agent.It offers UV protection (it is SPF -6) and keeps your skin in optimal health.

Check out the benefits shea butter has on your skin and hair below!

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Benefits of Shea Butter for the Skin

 

  • Moisturizes Dry Skin
  • Treats Acne And Blemishes
  • Reduces Skin Inflammation
  • Is an Anti-Aging And Anti-Free Radical Agent
  • Provides Relief To Itchy And Peeling Skin
  • Reduces stretch marks
  • Helps Soothe Skin And Baby Diaper Rash
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Benefits of Shea Butter for Hair

 

  • Repairs Damaged Hair
  • Prevents Hair Loss
  • Treats Split Ends And Breakage
  • Effective Natural Conditioner
  • Keep Rebel Curls In Place
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Additional Benefits of Shea Butter

 

  • Soothes Muscle aches
  • Wound healing
  • Treats Insect bites
  • UV Protection

Ask your dermatologist or a skin specialist before using shea butter – especially if you suffer from skin conditions. Store it out of direct light or heat, because shea butter normally expires within 12-24 months.

 

Have you ever used shea butter? Did it work for you? Let us know in the comments below!

 

References:

https://wellnessmama.com/27324/shea-butter-benefits/

Does stress cause grey hair?

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Have you ever looked at photos of a president? Any president?

 

At the beginning and the end of their terms, have you noticed something common in all of them? — They have gone grey, haven’t they?


Part of this could be due to ageing. But could it also be due to stress? Are the two related? Let’s find out!

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What causes grey hair?

 

As hair grows, a group of cells called melanocytes creates melanin that comes in two colors — dark brown or black (eumelanin), and yellow or red (pheomelanin) — and combines to create our hair colors.

If melanin does not get delivered to your hair, it triggers the growth of grey hair.

 

Does stress also cause grey hair?

Greying of hair normally happens due to ageing. The rate of this progression is largely influenced by genetics and inheritance.

 

However, another major cause for the onset of grey hair is due to stress. Stress hormones can impact melanocytes and as a result melanin will not deliver pigment to your hair. Stress is likely to cause hair fall and hair damage as well. Any stressful event in the body is perceived as a burden that includes physical, mental and emotional stress. Anything that interrupts your well-being or causes mental and emotional stress can cause non-pigmentation of your hair shaft.

 

In addition, a recent study has found that a lack of Vitamin B and the presence of grey hair is correlated. Lack of Vitamin B can be influenced by stress.

 

How can you prevent the premature growth of grey hair?

 

  • Stop stressing, start living
  • Oil your hair frequently
  • Follow a healthy balanced diet
  • Quit harsh shampoos
  • Check your thyroid levels

 

Try these tips to control the premature growth of grey hair and let us know if they worked for you. If you have any tips that you have used to fight grey hair, let us know by commenting below!

 

References:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5688021/Stress-really-DOES-turn-hair-grey.html

https://www.stylecraze.com/articles/what-leads-to-premature-greying-of-hair-and-how-to-prevent-it/#gref

How to Get Rid of Stretch Marks Easily

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Do you have stretch marks on your body? Don’t worry, everyone gets them – models, celebrities, even Kim Kardashian posted on Snapchat about having her stretch marks removed!

 

So let’s have a look at what stretch marks actually are, how they are caused and how we can get rid of them.

 

What are stretch marks?

Stretch marks, or striae, develop when your skin suddenly needs to stretch beyond the limits of its natural growth rate. They initially appear as pink, red or reddish-brown lines on the skin. They may be raised or flat, and their appearance can vary depending on your skin tone.

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What causes stretch marks?

 

  • Sudden weight loss/ weight gain
  • Genetics
  • Puberty
  • Certain medications

 

Where do stretch marks appear?

 

  • Thighs
  • Arms
  • Hips
  • Back
  • Abdomen
  • Breasts

 

How can you get rid of them?

 

1. Aloevera

Apply aloevera gel onto your stretch marks twice a day and massage.
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2.Egg Whites

Whip up the egg white alone and apply to your stretch marks. Wash it off with cold water after it dries.

 

3.Lemon Juice

Apply lemon juice. Let it dry for 10 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water.

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4.Olive Oil

Olive oil is a great hydrator to massage onto your stretch marks.

 

5.Shea butter or Cocoa Butter

Commonly found these days at regular stores, buy a lotion and apply it on your stretch marks daily, twice a day.

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As with anything, consistency is key! Make sure you incorporate a good moisturizing regimen into your daily routine to stay one step of those hard-to-beat stretch marks – always!

 

References:

https://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Stretch-Marks-Fast

https://www.healthambition.com/get-rid-stretch-marks/#more-10879

What is sleep hygiene and why is it important?

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Sleep hygiene is a combination of different practices and habits which are important to be able to get a good night’s sleep, and ensure full daytime alertness. Good sleep hygiene can improve the quality and quantity of sleep you get.

 

Sleep hygiene takes into account what you do during the day and the night, how much exercise you get, how organized you are, how you manage stress and what you put into your body.

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Recommended sleep

Experts from the National Sleep Foundation have recommended sleep ranges for all age groups:

 

  • Newborns (0-3 months): 14-17 hours each day
  • Infants (4-11 months): 12-15 hours
  • Toddlers (1-2 years): 11-14 hours
  • Preschoolers (3-5): 10-13 hours
  • School age children (6-13): 9-11 hours
  • Teenagers (14-17): 8-10 hours
  • Younger adults (18-25): 7-9 hours
  • Adults (26-64): 7-9 hours
  • Older adults (65+): 7-8 hours

              

Why is a good sleep hygiene important?

Research has indicated that lack of sleep can result in increased blood pressure, high heart rates and increased risk of diabetes. In addition, inadequate sleep has been linked with increased anxiety, panic attacks, low mood and depression too.

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How do you develop good sleep hygiene?

Here’s our guide to what you can do to improve your sleep hygiene:

 

  • Take naps during the daytime
  • Cut caffeine out of your diet
  • Keep yourself active
  • Get your daily dose of daylight
  • Practice meditation
  • Have a regular sleep routine

 

What to do if you can’t sleep

If you remain awake for more than 10-15 minutes, try something different. Get out of bed, get comfortable, and try to relax. If you want to, you can listen to some calming music or quietly read a book. Avoid using electrical devices before going to sleep; they’ll make your brain think it’s time to wake up, and can make it much more difficult to get back to sleep.

So start improving your sleep hygiene today. Making the change now can help you in the long run to be more energetic, mentally aware, and stress-free.

References:

https://sleepfoundation.org/excessivesleepiness/content/how-much-sleep-do-we-really-need-0
https://www.healthambition.com/sleep-hygiene/#more-11078

 

A new mother’s guide to breastfeeding

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Set every August for the first seven days of the month, World Breastfeeding Week aims at highlighting the huge benefits that breastfeeding can bring to the health of both the baby and the mother.

Breastfeeding is always encouraged by medical professionals, as it truly is the most ideal, natural food for a baby. Not only does breastfeeding provide nutrition from proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, but also contains antibodies that boost the baby’s immune system.

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Many people find breastfeeding to be challenging at first, but don’t worry. It is completely normal. We have compiled a list of tips to help nursing mothers get through what can sometimes be a bumpy start:

 

 

  • It is normal for the first few weeks to be tough – Similar to on-the-job training, do not expect to be an expert immediately. Every feed will not go great, but this is normal, and not something to stress about.
  • Be comfortable – Make sure you are comfortable while breastfeeding. Learn about the various positions you can hold your baby to ensure both of you are comfortable.
  • Alternate which breast you start with at each feed. – Make sure both breasts receive equal stimulation so they are emptied. This, in turn, tells the body to make more milk. Most women put a safety pin on the bra strap of the breast they finished on to remember to where to start the next feed.
  • Don’t keep the baby on one breast for more than 20 minutes – This can cause sore/bleeding nipples which can make your next breastfeed difficult and painful.
  • Make a schedule – 8-12 nursings are required in 24 hours. This translates into feeding approximately every 2-3 hours.
  • If the baby is asleep, wake him/her up when it’s time to feed. – You need to ensure that 8-12 nursings are completed in one day, even if that means waking your baby up from a nap.
  • Make sure the baby is getting enough milk – Babies tend to lose weight after birth until they are breastfed. Keep in mind that the goal is for your baby to be back to birth weight at around two weeks of age.
  • Take care of yourself – It is important to hydrate, eat healthy and rest well while you’re breastfeeding. How you take care of yourself will translate to your baby.

 

 

You are recovering from delivery, and with all the changes your body is going through, it can be a challenging time. Consult with your doctor if you feel worried or if you need support during the stages of nursing. Most of all, be happy & grateful. After all, holding your little one in your arms makes it all worthwhile.

References:

https://babychangingstation.com/breastfeeding/

 

What’s causing my swollen feet?

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What’s causing my swollen feet?

There are various factors that cause swollen feet. Generally, they are temporary, and not a cause for concern. However, if your feet are swollen, accompanied by other symptoms, it could be the sign of another health condition. Read on to learn about what causes swollen feet, as well as how to identify whether or not you need to seek professional help.

 

Swelling of the feet can be caused by a number of things:

 

  1. Edema – Edema is a condition where excess fluid is trapped in your body’s tissue which causes swelling and puffiness of the tissue directly under your skin in your feet, ankles, and legs.
  2. Pregnancy – Some swelling is common during pregnancy since your body retains more water and produces more blood and body fluids.
  3. Alcohol – If you are a frequent consumer of alcohol, and if swelling occurs in your feet,it may be a sign of a problem with your liver, heart, or kidneys. This means that you’re consuming too much alcohol.
  4. Injuries – Foot injuries such as bone injury , strains, and sprains can cause swelling. When you hurt your foot, swelling occurs as a result of blood rushing to the affected area.
  5. Blood Clots – Blood clots can form in the veins of your legs. This hampers blood flow up to your heart and leads to swollen ankles and feet. Most often it occurs on one side of your body.
  6. Medication side effects – Certain medications can cause swollen feet as a side effect because they cause fluid to collect, especially in the lower part of your body. Consult a doctor immediately if this happens.closeup-female-foot-pain-health-care-concept_53476-47

 

See your doctor right away if you have swollen feet accompanied by the following symptoms:

 

  • Stretched skin in the affected area
  • Pain and swelling that doesn’t get better
  • Leg ulcerations or blisters
  • Chest pain, pressure, or tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling on only one sideclose-up-of-woman-doing-foot-massage-at-spa_1150-3095

Now that you know what to look out for, you can be assured that you will know what steps to take in the case of unexplained swelling. If you are still unsure, don’t be hesitant to contact your doctor to run further tests and determine a diagnosis and treatment plan for you.

 

References:

https://askopinion.com/swollen-feet-causes-remedies

 

4 lifestyle factors that promote good health in daily life

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These days, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can seem difficult among so many activities during the day. We work hard, eat what we can where we can and there is no time to rest, but maintaining a life in balance means organizing your schedules to incorporate these 4 lifestyle factors that promote good health and make you feel full and happy.

Active Lifestyle

A sedentary lifestyle is one of the great evils of our times. In order to maintain a  healthy lifestyle, you should include regular physical activity and exercises in your routine. On the other hand, it also has psychological benefits and improves the quality of life.

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 Eating Regular Well-balanced Meals, Including Breakfast

A healthy balanced diet can keep you energetic throughout, lower your risks for the leading killer diseases such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and cancers and also help you maintain a normal weight.

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Consuming Alcohol in moderation or Not At All

Moderate alcohol consumption can still lead to lower risk of heart diseases but if alcohol is consumed in high levels, it leads to health and behavioral problems, including an increased risk for high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, some cancers, accidents or violence.

Getting Adequate Amounts Of Sleep

Getting a regular amount of sleep is important to give your body a chance to restore and regenerate. Sleeping can help regenerate old cells and repair cell damage. Sleeping less than seven hours a night has been shown to have negative effects throughout your body.

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References-

http://www.thehealthfullifestyle.com/10-lifestyle-factors-that-promote-good-health-daily-life/

Recognizing and Treating Wound Infection

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Small hazards that lead to minor cut or injuries can sometimes be unavoidable. A cut can appear anywhere on the body. When germs get into the sensitive tissues via the cut, it is quite possible the cut may become infected. Watch out because an infection could spread any time between two or three days after the cut has occurred.

Read this blog by #SliceOfHealth to learn how to identify an infected cut, how to treat it and prevent this condition.

 

How to identify the cut

The skin that surrounds the cut is often red and may make you feel uncomfortable. You’ll likely notice some swelling in the affected area. As the infection develops, it may begin to discharge a yellow substance called pus.

Seek immediate medical attention if you have these signs of infection:

 

  • Redness from the infection spreads to other areas, often in streaks
  • You have aches and pains or a fever
  • You feel a general sense of malaise

 

These symptoms indicate that the infection has begun to spread.

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How to treat an infected cut at home?

If you’ve only just begun to notice that your cut is looking a little red around the edges, you may be able to treat it at home.

  • Wash the infected area with soap and water
  • Use antiseptic solutions on the first day (not more than once)
  • After cleaning the wound, let it dry and apply an antibiotic ointment
  • Cover the wound with a bandage until new skin has developed over the wound

Tip- If the redness continues to spread or the wound begins to discharge the pus, seek medical attention ASAP.

See a doctor immediately if:

  • you suspect there may be a foreign body inside your cut
  • you can’t stop the bleeding
  • the cut is very large
  • the wound is caused by an animal or human bitemedical-bandage_1098-11953 (1)

Monitor your cut closely and if you find the slightest sign of infection, treat it immediately. The earlier an infection is caught, the more quickly and easily it can be treated.

How to Make Natural Homemade Hand Sanitizer

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For the times when soap and water are unavailable and your hands need to be cleaned,  make sure you keep a homemade hand sanitizer handy always. On this blog by #SliceOfHealth,  learn how to make hand sanitizer that is non-chemical and naturally scented. Our version of hand sanitizer can be made right at home with powerful essential oils and a few other ingredients.

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Here are the go-to hand sanitizer recipes!

 

1.Gentle Hand Sanitizer Recipe (safe for kids)

 

Ingredients

 

  • ¼ bottle of aloe vera gel
  • 20 drops of germ destroyer oil (kids safe)

Instructions

 

  • Mix all ingredients and store in a reusable tube
  • Use when needed to naturally remove germs from hands.

2.Strong Hand Sanitizer Recipe

Ingredients

 

  • 1 tb Aloe Vera
  • 2 tb Alcohol
  • ½ tb Vitamin Oil
  • 16 drops of tea tree oil
  • 8 drops lavender essential oil

Combine all ingredients together in a bowl. Store it in a small jar or a squeeze tube

Arm yourself with those natural hand sanitizer recipes. Tell us if you have ever made your own hand sanitizer! If yes, how did it turn out?

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References:

https://livesimply.me/2014/09/17/diy-hand-sanitizer/

Can You Use Tea Tree Oil for Skin Tags?

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Tea tree oil and skin tags

Tea tree oil is an essential oil for skin that is derived from the leaves of the Australian tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia). It has been proved that tea tree oil dehydrates skin tags, causing them to dry up and fall off. Skin tags are not harmful but they can be unsightly and uneasy when they grow in delicate locations such as on your face or armpits.

You can find tea tree oil in any leading cosmetic stores or online shopping sites.

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Dehydrating effects of tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is also an effective treatment for acne. It helps kills bacteria and helps dry up pimples. It’s possible that tea tree oil could also help dry up skin tags.

How to use tea tree oil on skin tags

  1. Use a tea tree oil solution:
  • Soak a cotton ball in tea tree oil
  • Use a bandage or a piece of tape to secure the cotton ball to your skin tag
  • Let it sit overnight
  • Repeat nightly until the skin tag falls off.

Tip- Discontinue if you experience any kind of irritation.

  1. Use a combination of 100 percent tea tree oil and apple cider vinegar:
  • Soak a cotton ball in the apple cider vinegar and add a few drops of tea tree oil
  • Use tape to secure the cotton ball to your skin tag.
  • Leave in place for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Rinse the area with soap and water and repeat thrice a day625-skin_625x350_71446192979

Tip- Never use this vinegar mix near your eyes.

If you have skin tags, try these two effective DIY methods to get rid of your skin tags and tell us if they worked!

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