Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A Guide to Your Excessive Sweating Medical Condition by Lynsey Carter

Should you happen to be sweating more excessively than you normally would, it is probable that you could do have an excessive sweating medical condition. While an excessive sweating medical conditions may be with you only temporarily, there are other conditions that could be with you permanently. You may be able to have treatment for both forms of these medical conditions but unfortunately, the permanent form may not respond too well or at all to treatment. Because you need to understand what form of an excessive sweating medical condition you may have, it is vitally important for you to learn as much as possible about your condition. With this knowledge of your condition, you should be able to better determine which condition you have, and therefore what could be the best treatment for you.

What Is The Main Excessive Sweating Medical Condition

First up, excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, (( Hyperhidrosis is the condition characterized by abnormally increased perspiration, in excess of that required for regulation of body temperature. Hyperhidrosis can either be generalized or localized to specific parts of the body. Your hands, your feet, your armpits, and your groin are among the most active areas of perspiration due to the relatively high concentration of sweat glands; however, any part of your body could be affected. - thank you Wikipedia )) is a condition that for many people will be incredibly embarrassing and debilitating, though this could depend on how serious your condition is. This is a condition that can determine the people who will sweat more than their body should to maintain their proper body temperature.

This condition of hyperhidrosis does affect how a person will work productively, their level of confidence, any social comfort they have, their emotional well being, and of course, and their clothing or wardrobe choices. There have been studies that have shown how this condition will severely impact on every individual's quality of life. This situation is similar to some well known dermatological conditions, conditions such as acne or psoriasis.

(( Acne vulgaris (commonly called acne) is a common human skin disease, characterized by areas of skin with multiple non-inflammatory follicular papules or comedones, and by inflammatory papules, pustules, and nodules in its more severe forms. Acne vulgaris mostly affects the areas of skin with the densest population of sebaceous follicles; these areas include the face, the upper part of the chest, and the back. Severe acne is inflammatory, but acne can also manifest in noninflammatory forms. Acne lesions are commonly referred to as pimples, blemishes, spots, zits, or simply acne. Acne lesions are caused by changes in pilosebaceous units, skin structures consisting of a hair follicle and its associated sebaceous gland, changes which require androgen stimulation.

Acne occurs most commonly during adolescence, affecting more than 96% of teenagers, and often continues into adulthood. In adolescence, acne is usually caused by an increase in male sex hormones, which people of both genders accrue during puberty.For most people, acne diminishes over time and tends to disappear—or at the very least decrease—after one reaches one's early twenties.

Psoriasis is a chronic, autoimmune disease that appears on the skin. It occurs when the immune system sends out faulty signals that speed up the growth cycle of skin cells. Psoriasis is not contagious. It commonly causes red, scaly patches to appear on the skin, although some patients have no dermatological symptoms. The scaly patches caused by psoriasis, called psoriatic plaques, are areas of inflammation and excessive skin production. Skin rapidly accumulates at these sites and is a silvery-white appearance. Plaques frequently occur on the skin of the elbows and knees, but can affect any area including the scalp, palms of hands and soles of feet, and genitals. In contrast to eczema, psoriasis is more likely to be found on the extensor aspect of the joint.

This disorder is a chronic recurring condition that varies in severity from minor localized patches to complete body coverage.

Fingernails and toenails are frequently affected (psoriatic nail dystrophy) and can be seen as an isolated symptom. Psoriasis can also cause inflammation of the joints, which is known as psoriatic arthritis. )) thank you Wikipedia...

Hyperhidrosis has different categories such as -

* axillary hyperhidrosis - your underarm sweating;

* palmar hyperhidrosis - your hand sweating;

* plantar hyperhidrosis - your feet sweating;

* facial hyperhidrosis - your face sweating.

Whereas focal hyperhidrosis is better known for being the primary form of excessive sweating, and it is normally localized to one or more of these four listed areas of your body.

What Treatment Is There For You?

Of course there is treatment available for your excessive sweating medical condition, but you may not able to do anything productive until without speaking to your doctor. Your doctor will probably want to give you a full physical examination, do some diagnosis to judge your condition, and then determine what the proper method of treatment should be. It is worth remembering that excessive sweating can be a difficult condition to get remove or get control of. It could well be a simple form of trial and error at first. You could very well need to try a variety of different treatments before you could see any positive results.

Remember that working alongside your doctor is important. but it is not always the only solution. You may need to work with your doctor so that they can keep their eye on you, where your progress is tracked, notes made of what treatments work or don't work, and generally how you are progressing in your treatment.

You should also note that there are natural, and holistic, treatments available that may not impact on you and your life as severely as some prescribed medications may. These treatments should also be far more cost-effective for you than continual appointments with your doctor to chart your progress and re-prescribe medications. The beauty of natural alternatives is that they will have a very minor impact on you, cost you very little in money, and normally have no long-term side effects to get over. What have you got to lose in trying natural before chemical? Your doctor will always be there should natural treatments not be as successful for you as you wish.

Copyright (c) 2010 Lynsey Carter

10 Steps to a Healthier Heart by Laura Ng

Cardiovascular disease is the top killer in the world. So, start knowing your risk factors and adopt a healthy lifestyle to protect your health. Here are the 10 tips for you.

1. Stay Hydrated - Our body is made up of about 50 - 70% of liquid, so it's crucial to make sure you maintain enough fluid in your body to help keep your body function normally. Drink 5 - 8 glasses of water daily depending on the weather and your body condition. After you exercise, you definitely need more water for replenishment.

2. Eat Healthy - Make it a point to consume more whole foods like fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, whole grains etc. Meat contains toxins, bacteria and antibiotic residues that can pose risk to your health. So, reduce your meat intake, or even better, remove it totally for a better heart health. Go vegetarian.

3. Exercise - Working out can strengthen your internal organs, especially heart. Start by doing some simple stretching exercises in the morning for 15 minutes, then progressively raise the intensity level to cardio state. Make it a habit and work out at least 3 - 5 times a week.

4. Watch Your Fat Intake - Keep your cholesterol down by eating foods low in bad saturated fat like all animal and most vegetable oils out there. Good fat like flaxseed oil, olive oil and coconut oil promote good health. Don't think that eating lean meat will save you from the disease, it won't. Include more whole foods in your daily diet.

5. Lower Your Salt Intake - Lower your blood pressure by reducing your salt intake. It gives your kidney less workload too.

6. Stop Smoking - How cool is smoking to you? When you get admitted to hospital and start taking 17 different medicines per day, you'll know it it's not cool at all. Smoking not only harms your lung, but the rest of your organs as well. You get clogged arteries more easily than those who do not smoke. Quit smoking and lead a risk-free life starting now.

7. Maintain a Healthy Weight - If you don't eat healthily, very easily you'll fall prey to weight gain. Overweight will put more load on your heart, raising the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Reduce your weight gradually by eating more low-calorie foods like vegetables. Remember to factor in exercises for better fat loss effect.

8. Stay Motivated and Disciplined - Cravings for junk food and / or cigarette can make you lose your grip easily. Always stay health-conscious and urge yourself back on track to fight those temptations.

9. Track Your Progress - Getting positive results from weight loss and quitting smoking will keep you motivated and stay on track. So, track your progress regularly.

10. Regular Check-ups - Make an appointment with your doctors every 6 months to get your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels checked. This will help you detect symptoms early.

All in all, watch your diet, adopt healthy habits and lead an active lifestyle. This is the only way to keep your heart healthy and extend your life.

Disadvantages of Olive Oil by Laura Ng

All along you've heard way too many health benefits of olive oil. But did you know that this liquid gold can also impair your health in its most original form? Also, when handled improperly, your risk for cancer and other degenerative diseases will increase. Here I show you the disadvantages of olive oil - what turns it from beneficial to health-damaging, and how you can eat it to gain health benefits without suffering from its harmful effect. Are you ready? Here we go.

Disadvantage #1 - Olive Oil Hampers Blood Circulation

All saturated and unsaturated fatty acids (except for omega-3 fatty acid in flaxseed and medium-chain fatty acid in coconut oil) may increase blood stickiness due to clumping of platelets, which in turn causes blood clotting that may upset the normal blood flow.

Olive oil carries about 77% of oleic fatty acid, which belongs to monounsaturated fat that promotes blood clotting.

But fortunate enough, the oil contains some good guys too to balance the act - anti-inflammatory compounds such as hydroxytyrosol, oleocanthal and omega-3 to counteract blood clotting, thereby reducing the risk posed by oleic fatty acid. That only applies to extra-virgin olive oil. Other lower-graded oils may have these healthful inflammatory compounds removed partially or fully depending on the harvesting and refining process.

More expensive to buy extra-virgin olive oil no doubt, but well worth the money spent if you want good health. You get what you pay for.

Disadvantage #2 - Olive Oil Reacts with Free Radicals

Because of its predominant monounsaturated fat structure (containing the unstable C=C component - double bond between 2 carbon atoms which breaks easily upon heated), olive oil can readily react with free radicals and other chemicals (oxidation) to form hydrogenated oil, and may even produce trans fatty acid during the chemical reaction.

That said, you should never use olive oil (particularly extra-virgin olive oil) in cooking, stir-frying, sauteing, or any other form of heating since it's so sensitive to heat.

Forget about those so-called "experts" who told you that you can apply minimal heat on extra-virgin olive oil. If that's the case, then why bother to keep it away from heat? Why it's best to hold the oil in a tinted container to keep out light? Keep a clear mind and apply some common sense, and you'll see the truth.

Verdict: Eat olive oil in its raw, natural form and you'll reap its full benefits without risking your health. But if you want to cook your food, use coconut oil or palm oil instead which bear stable fatty acid structure that won't break down so easily upon heated.

Disadvantage #3 - Olive Oil Makes You Fat

After all, it's still a fat and carries 9 calories per gram. So, if you overeat the oil, your body fat level will rise. I suggest that when you're starting out with olive oil, add one tablespoonful to your food. Then gradually increases to 1.5, to 2 tablespoonfuls daily. Moderation is the key to effective weight loss with olive oil.

Tip: Though some brands use non-reactive plastic container to hold olive oil, I advise that you go with those that use tinted glass container. Again, you pay more, but you gain more in terms of health, in return.

How to Eat Coconut Oil for Health Benefits by Laura Ng

If I ask you to recommend a recipe using coconut cream, you probably thought of curry. What if I change it to coconut oil, what recipe comes to your mind then? Indeed, both provide similar nutritional and health benefits but coconut oil provides stronger health benefits due to its concentrated healthful components.

This nourishing fat protects you against heart disease (yes, contrary to what we're led to believe), diabetes, cancers, liver and kidney diseases, osteoporosis, dental decay and skin infections, viruses, yeast and fungi. It does wonders to your skin and hair too. And an excellent tool to help you lose that excess body fat.

Let's take a look at how you can eat coconut oil to reap its full health benefits. You'll be amazed at how you can apply it to your daily health needs.

Raw Coconut Oil Diets for Natural Health Benefits

Salad Dressing - Dribble virgin coconut oil over your favorite salads to enhance the aroma and texture. But when you serve chilled salads, it's best to mix coconut oil with olive oil to help lower coconut oil's melting point so it won't solidify easily when in contact with chilled salads.

Spread - I love to spread 2 to 3 tablespoons of the flavorful coconut oil on two slices of wholemeal bread with a generous sprinkle of ground flaxseeds. It's a simple yet appetizing spread with high nutritional values.

Cooking with Coconut Oil to Reap Health Benefits

Sauteing, Stir-frying and Deep-frying - Coconut oil can withstand cooking temperature of up to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) without breaking down into toxic substances or releasing free radicals due to its very stable saturated fat structure. Basically, you can cook anything and in any way you want with this healthful oil as long as you don't overheat it.

No matter what kind of oil, once overheated (beyond its smoke point), will produce toxic by-products that can cause cancers. How do you know if you've overheated the oil? Look out for this telltale sign - it starts to smoke.

Also, foods deep-fried in it don't absorb as much oil as in other vegetable oils. So, you don't have to worry about ingesting excessive coconut oil that may turn into your fat deposits and leave an oily aftertaste when reaping its health benefits.

Baking - Substitute butter, vegetable oil and shortening with coconut oil in baking as it adds sweet-smelling coconut fragrance to baked goods. As a guide, use 3/4 cup of coconut oil to replace 1 cup of shortening. Don't worry about setting the oven temperature at slightly above its smoke point. The moisture in the food will keep the inside temperature well below 212 degrees F (100 degrees C).

Adding Coconut Oil to Beverages

You can simply mix it in your hot beverages, be it tea, coffee, hot chocolate or hot soup. Though it doesn't mix well and floats on surface, it won't taste oily or leave an oily aftertaste in your mouth. In fact, I enjoy the rich coconut flavor in my drink very much.

Eating Coconut on Its Own for Health Benefits

I recommend a daily dosage of 3 - 4 tablespoons of coconut oil for greater health benefits for adults when you prefer to eat the oil on its own. But it'll be fine if you keep to just 1 or 2 tablespoons daily.

I'm merely giving you some ideas over here to help you maximize the health benefits of coconut oil. You can in fact, generate more ideas when you explore coconut oil cookbooks and recipes, create your own recipes, and learn from your friends.

Painless Piles Therapy by Sheric Lucilena

Piles are tiny pouches that form inside or outside your anus. It may perhaps be in singular or numerous clumps which have been typically aggravated by stress (e.g. sitting or standing). Discomfort linked with Piles is typically unbearable - all of the much more explanation why you could like to avail a painless piles remedy. There are numerous piles treatments which have been safe and painless.

Prior to, medical procedures has often been the much better alternative when compared with drugs. Medical improvements on hemorrhoid therapies pushed aside invasive protocols. It paved way for painless hemorrhoid remedy to take more than invasive Medical procedures with much better benefits and much less risks.

Occasionally, hemorrhoids are treated with some alterations within your eating plan. Frequent constipation can bring about pressure in blood vessels on your own reduced entire body aspect. Continual pressure about the blood vessels can weaken its walls, therefore the pouch formation. To stay clear of this, you'll want to consume fiber abundant food to combat constipation. Fiber abundant foods like pineapple, oatmeal, full grains, beans and legumes are some you could need to include within your eating plan. Adequate fluid intake ought to boost the consequences of fiber.

Your physician may possibly also recommend bipolar coagulation wherever it uses direct coagulation by means of bipolar electrotherapy. Electrotherapy is directed for the mucus membrane near the piles that produces clotting outcomes. It stops internal bleeding produced by ruptured piles. This is a ideal procedure for those with internal piles.

HAL or Hermorrhoidal Arterial Ligation is a different painless cure for hemorrhoids. This method uses a Doppler ultrasound flowmeter as well as a protoscope. Employing a needle along with a thread, it forms a knot throughout the piles and obstructs blood flow towards impacted blood vessel. This stops the circulation of blood to that vein till it shrivels and falls away from.

One more painless hemorrhoid treatment is rubber banding. This can be a widespread method used for outside piles or clumps protruding outside the anus. This functions a modest rubber band placed round the hemorrhoid and obstructs blood flow. This permits the hemorrhoid to shrink and fall away from in about a week. This can be conveniently completed from the doctor's clinic and doesn't need extensive preparation. Rubber banding is much more productive if used in conjunction with sclerotherapy injection.

Super freezing is often a strategy utilised to treat hemorrhoids as well. It employs liquid nitrogen to freeze the impacted area. Freezing brings about constriction of blood vessels, cutting away blood supply to that area. This obstruction brings about the piles to fall away so nutritious tissue can develop. This strategy is powerful in treating outside piles.

Painless piles treatment may well be greater than medical procedures and drugs. It is safer, quicker and cost-efficient. You need to avoid recurrence of hemorrhoids by changing some life-style aspects. Exercising and consuming wholesome meals are some approaches you'll be able to fight off piles relapse. It is greater in the event you seek clinical consultation promptly to avoid complications.

Is there an even far better healthy way of getting rid of Hemorrhoids?

In brief yes, as you are able to see you'll find many distinct methods to treating hemorrhoids/piles. Even so determining on which treatment is ideal genuinely is dependent on your existing circumstances and can prove tough to know what to accomplish. I know many people who have suffered, and tried doctors, creams and numerous other methods which have not worked.

What's necessary is usually a action by action information that can help you fully grasp what your trouble is and What's the quickest and very best healthy strategy to deal with your hemorrhoids. Nicely I searched substantial and low when I endured from hemorrhoids, and at some point uncovered an excellent action by action information.

Fly Away Bat Wings by Robert Dyer

The Triceps Brachii or small muscle at the back of the arms sometimes referred to lovingly as bingo wings or bat wings can be quite problematic for both men and women. It is an area that is often forgotten until those summer months when you want to go sleeveless and by then it could be too late to start knocking those arms into shape.

Not to worry - Your London Personal Trainer - has a handy tip that can help to shape and tone the arms with just a few minutes a day.

Firstly, sitting on the floor with a light hand weight or tin of beans, raise one arm straight up towards the ceiling, keep your elbow facing forward in-front of you and let your arm fall down behind your head to a 90 degree angle. Now keeping the shoulder and elbow as still as possible just slowly straighten your arm up and the back down to 90 degrees again. Repeat this ten times on each arm then change over to the other side. As your triceps become stronger you can increase the weight to maximize the benefit.

Once you have mastered ten repetitions on each arm this will represent ‘one set’ you can increase the workload by moving onto two sets (ten on each arm repeated twice), then three sets (ten on each arm repeated three times).

Continue to challenge the muscles and after six to eight weeks, - Your London Personal Trainer - promises you will start to notice a difference in the shape of the muscles at the back of your arms!

One to one fitness training has been proven to be the most effective way to reach your fitness goals. No more paying for gym membership that you never use, no more standing around waiting for machines and no more going along to boring repetitive classes where everyone knows the moves except you.

With Your London Personal Trainer, you will receive individual training specifically designed to meet your requirements. His approach means that he does not just tell you what to do, but work alongside you to motivate and encourage you all the way. He does not one of those 'boot camp' type instructors who like to bellow at people. He likes to take time to understand each person he trains with and get to know what motivates him. Only then can he ensure that this investment in your health, will be the best one you have ever made.

How to Lose Weight as a Vegetarian by Laura Ng

How to lose weight as a vegetarian? I've been bombarded with questions like this by many desperate overweight vegetarians. Now, I'm gonna clear everything one shot with you, to give you the basics on how exactly to lose weight the proven vegetarian way.

Let's get down to the basics. We all know these fundamental equations:

1. Calories in > Calories out = Weight Gain (due to fat gain)

2. Calories in < Calories out = Weight Loss (due to fat loss)

3. Calories in = Calories out = Weight Maintenance (ideally, your fat composition should not change)

Now, they're not just meant for non-vegetarians. They work on vegetarians too. Obviously, you've been taking in more calories than the amount you need, so you gain weight.

What you need to do now is consume less calories than your body expends. In other words, you need to apply equation 2 to help you lose weight as a vegetarian. But how to achieve "calories in < calories out"?

Restricting your calorie intake on purpose and leaving your stomach hungry for more food is never a healthy solution. Moreover, this could make you even fatter by increasing your calorie absorption power. Let's see how you can control your calorie intake by natural means which are healthy and safe, and most importantly, help you lose weight effectively.

Proven Tip to Lose Weight as Vegetarian #1 - Fiber

Fiber-rich vegetarian foods, especially whole foods like vegetables and fruits give you the bulk and make you feel full very easily. Because many processed vegetarian foods have been stripped off of their fiber content, you tend to load on excess calories without realizing when eating them.

Moreover, fiber slows down the breaking down of food, thereby releasing energy slowly to sustain your activities over longer period so you won't feel hungry easily. And of course, you won't crave for food so soon. Oh, fiber helps to flush out toxins amassed in your body, which is also a vital component in the process to efficiently help you lose weight as a vegetarian.

Proven Tip to Lose Weight as Vegetarian #2 - Thermogenic

Chili pepper and virgin coconut oil are 2 sure-fire fat loss foods that vegetarians should not miss. Both generate thermogenic effect that will boost your metabolism to help you burn fat off your fat stores. So, spice up your vegetarian weight loss diet with some chili (moderation is the key) and virgin coconut oil. You'll lose more fat in less time.

Proven Tip to Lose Weight as Vegetarian #3 - Activity

Exercise is one effective way to increase your energy expenditure. Imagine you're already taking in lower calories via food consumption based on the 2 natural vegetarian weight loss tips above, you'll need even more energy to fuel the surge in physical movements. And where will your body get the extra energy from?

Your fat storage, of course! Meaning, you burn even more fat with exercises on top of eating a low-calorie vegetarian diet for weight loss.

Some vegetarians only include 1 or 2 proven tips here in their quest to lose weight as vegetarian. They do get some results, but not so rewarding. If you want to lose fat faster in the shortest time possible, fit these 3 proven weight loss tips in your vegetarian weight loss diet plan. I guarantee you'll get amazing results when you look yourself in the mirror 2 weeks from now.

Becoming Vegetarian to Lose Weight by Laura Ng

You've probably seen people becoming vegetarian to lose weight, but will it work for all, or more to the point, will it work for you too? What you actually see from other people's success is the end result. What about the transitional phase when they're progressing to becoming vegetarian?

Admittedly, some non-vegetarians do find it easy to convert quickly. But for most people, if you do it the wrong way, you can end up worse than before you take up the vegetarian diet. Let me share with you on how you should prepare for a vegetarian lifestyle. You may or may not lose weight after becoming vegetarian, depending on how well your transition is.

You don't quit cold turkey on your meat consumption. That's way too difficult. Even if you're able to do so, you may face meat cravings after few days. The effective way of phasing out meat is to do it gradually and progressively so that your meat cravings will vanish all by itself.

Take away the meat you like least for a few days, say 5 days. Then advance to remove another meat up your "The Meat I Like" list. Give yourself at least 3 - 8 weeks to phase out meat totally. The good news is, while you're eliminating the meat from your list one after another, and upgrading to the whole natural vegetarian food, you might experience some positive weight loss along the way, naturally.

By the time you become a full vegetarian, you would have lost some amazing pounds then. That's not all, after becoming vegetarian, you'll probably continue to lose weight if you stick to a healthy vegetarian lifestyle which includes a vegetarian diet in its most natural form plus an active exercise routine.

On the contrary, your effort to becoming vegetarian to lose weight may backfire if you lead a sedentary lifestyle, at the same time, indulging in high-sugar, high-sodium and high-fat processed vegetarian foods.

You need to know the truth - becoming vegetarian doesn't guarantee you'll lose weight. As I said, it depends on how well you transition to a vegetarian. In your transitional phase, choosing the right types of vegetarian foods is of utmost importance. Done right, it will set the stage for your future healthy vegetarian lifestyle and help you lose weight, thereafter maintain your weight for life. Done wrong, you may grow even fatter than before you become a vegetarian, which does happen to some people, admittedly.

Symptoms of Lice - Do You Know What They Are? by Carl Anthony

Head lice are parasites that often reside on the scalp of an infected person. Once settled, this person will then become their host and nesting place, where they can lay eggs to increase their number. It is essential to come up with an effective treatment that can cure a head lice infestation. This can affect the entire household and be very bothersome at the same time.

When dealing with head lice, you should be aware that this does not mean that you lack personal hygiene. In fact, lice prefer clean hair, as this can provide them with a healthy blood supply and the warmth that they need to survive. Lice do not fly nor jump. They are transmitted through head-to-head contact, or by lending your personal stuff to someone infested with it.

Itching is the main symptom of lice. But, it is very possible that a person can be infested with lice and not even know. To confirm that you are infested with head lice, make sure to check for nits stuck at the hair shaft or for wandering lice on the scalp. Another symptom of lice is moving dandruff. Of course, dandruff does not move. These are actually the lice moving.

Treatments for lice and nits include various home remedies, such as white vinegar. Apply a small amount of white vinegar onto the hair and scalp and allow it to seep in for 30 minutes before rinsing. When rinsed, use a nits comb to work through the hair. Make sure to divide the hair into sections, so that you will not miss an area. As an alternative, you may also use mayonnaise or olive oil.

Treating symptoms of lice with chemical-based shampoos can also be helpful, although this procedure is not recommended. These chemicals may be harmful, particularly to children who have a sensitive scalp. But, if you prefer this kind of treatment, make sure to carefully follow the instructions given on the label to safely perform the treatment. Over-the-counter medicines are helpful as well but, just like the chemical-based shampoos, are not recommended due to safety issues.

If you want to make sure that you are treating the symptoms of lice in a safe manner, you should opt for alternative home remedies instead. Some home head lice remedies that you may use include various essential oils, such as lavender oil, rosemary oil, peppermint oil, coconut oil, eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil and neem seed oil. In addition, butter and petroleum jelly can be used as well. Nit combs are also useful when it comes to eliminating head lice. Besides the ordinary plastic or metal nits comb, electronic head lice combs can also be used. The electronic lice comb works by literally electrocuting head lice and killing them.

When you are done treating the person infested, make sure to treat their personal stuffs as well. Stuffed animals, recently used clothing and bed linings should be washed and dried on a hot setting. Combs, brushes and other hair accessories should be placed in boiling water or in a sealed plastic bag to make sure that the lice and nits will be killed. It is also important to vacuum your furniture, car upholstery, carpets and curtains to make sure that no head lice or nits are left alive. Check out http://www.headliceremovalsecrets.com/ for more details.

The Many Uses of Aronia Chokeberries by Matt Hazel

The chokeberries or Aronia plants are commonly used as attractive ornamental plants in the garden. They grow very well when they are planted under tall trees as they are naturally understory and woodland edge shrubs. They exhibit high tolerance level against drought, pollution, pest infestations and plant diseases. These plants are capable of self-fertilization, and thus, only one plant is required to produce a fruit.

The juice derived from the chokeberries is not sweet and stringent. However, it was found out to contain high amounts of vitamin C and antioxidants. The fruit or the berries are being used in making wine or jam after cooking. Aronia is also being widely used as colorant and flavoring agent for yogurts and other beverages.

The black chokeberry Aronia melanocarpa has gained much attention in the field of science and medicine because of its deep purple to almost black pigmentation that was due to the solid contents of phenolic phytochemicals, specifically the anthocyanins. The overall anthocyanin content of the black chokeberries was estimated to amount to 1480 mg per 100g of fresh berries, whike the proanthocyanin content was estimated to be 664 mg per 100g of fresh berries.

These values indicate that the black chokeberries have the highest amounts of these substances measured among plants to date. These pigments were produced by the plants in order to protect the pulp and seeds from the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation. They do not only contribute to the astringent characteristics of the chokeberry but it also provides that peculiar antioxidant properties.

Lose Weight with Vegetarian Diet - Facts You Need to Know by Laura Ng

Does vegetarian diet help you lose weight? Like many other diets out there, there's no guarantee that a certain diet will help you lose weight 100%, even vegetarian diet also. Why did I say that? Isn't vegetarian diet a commonly last resort for people to lose weight after they failed in other dieting attempts?

I'm a vegetarian and I lose weight successfully with eating a vegetarian diet, but I'm going to tell you that it all depends on what sort of vegetarian diet you're eating. Done right, you get the shape you want. Done wrong, you grow bigger in size. Period.

A vegetarian diet will help you lose weight effectively provided you cut down on your processed vegetarian food intake, or cut back on your toxin-laden meat consumption if you're still not 100% meat-free yet.

Usually those prepackaged foods are packed with sodium, sugar and bad saturated fat, and processed with lots of artificial chemical additives (can you remember those funny names on the label?), so eating too much of them impedes your blood circulation and causes metabolic disorder, which then results in weight gain.

That's why a "processed vegetarian" can't lose weight easily and gain weight instead. Have you seen an overweight vegetarian yet? Look yourself in the mirror, that's you! Ask yourself what you've eaten all this while, I'm willing to bet more of your food consumption comes from processed food.

If you're not fully meat-free yet, you're going to become even worse due to the toxins generated by dead animals when they got slaughtered. Ingesting those toxins will have some trapped in your fat tissues if your body can't fully purge them all out. That explains why a Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) loaded with meat creates so many obese.

So, a vegetarian diet does help you lose weight when you eat the right type of vegetarian food. Fruits, vegetables, wholegrains, nuts and seeds, legumes, seaweed etc - these are what you should eat more, if not in all.

I understand that it's difficult to stick to a vegetarian diet with all the whole natural foods as the ingredients unless you're working in the comfort of your own home. So, do your best to reduce your unhealthy food consumption to as minimal as possible. Don't try to do it over few days. Make the changes gradually and progress step by step until you totally grow sick of processed food. The key is, apply changes naturally.

Vegetarian Weight Loss - 7 Sure - Fire Habits to Slim You Down by Laura Ng

Becoming vegetarian doesn't guarantee weight loss, especially when you simply change to a meat-free diet but yet continue to lead a lifestyle that promotes weight gain. What motivates you to go vegetarian? If you can change to a vegetarian diet after so many years of munching on meat, I reckon you shouldn't have much difficulty to change your vegetarian lifestyle to a healthier one and then lose weight as a vegetarian successfully.

By the way, these 7 habits I'm gonna show you are really extremely easy to change and follow through. You won't believe that losing weight can actually be so easy and within your means. Are you ready? Here we go.

1. More Meals in Your Vegetarian Diet Help to Lose Weight

Break your 3 larger vegetarian meals into 3 smaller meals + 2 light snacks so you won't pile up excess calories.

Take your breakfast at 7 - 8 A.M., lunch at around 12 - 1 P.M. and dinner at 6 - 7 P.M. Slot one light snack each in between your breakfast & lunch, and lunch & dinner, to stimulate your metabolism and increase fat-burning activity, at the same time, provide long-lasting energy to keep you going.

2. Eat More Nutrient-Dense Vegetarian Meals

Our body is made up of trillions of cells. It is those cells that control every single function, including weight gain or weight loss. When you feed them junk, disorder triggers and you gain weight. When you feed them quality nutrients, they'll help take care of your weight nicely. Simple as that.

3. Eat When Hungry. Stop When 70% Full.

Fasting can result in greater caloric absorption and fat storage. That's because your body fears it might go hungry for long period again, so as soon as it gets food, it'll store as many calories as it can for future survival needs.

Hence, once you feel hungry, eat. And eat slowly so that your stomach gets ample time to register satiety with your brain. Once you feel 70% full. Stop. Not 80% or 100%. But don't waste food. Ask for smaller portion where possible.

4. Quit Supper

Several scientific researches have proven that your body manages caloric intake differently at different timing - your metabolism runs faster in the day than at night.

Hence, stop eating supper if that's part of your night activity to avoid storing more calories in your fat cells while you're sleeping like a bear. When you eat a quality vegetarian diet (with lots of fiber and various other nutrients) at dinner, it should last you till the following morning.

5. Fiber, Fiber, Fiber!

Fiber can flush out excess calories from your body. Even though vegetarians tend to consume more fiber than non-vegetarians, you must still ensure you're getting around 25 - 30 grams of dietary fiber in your daily intake for optimum weight loss.

Include in your vegetarian weight loss diet particularly these high-fiber foods such as black beans, guava, avocado, prunes, beetroot, bitter gourd, field beans, lentils, red kidney beans, pinto beans, flaxseeds, almond nuts, sesame seeds etc.

6. Avoid Drinking Excessive Water

Water is essential for effective vegetarian weight loss and excellent health. But if you drink more than your body needs, you'll probably suffer from water poisoning (hyponatremia), which can damage your brain or worse, cause death.

Thus, drink just sufficient water, say one glass in between 1 - 2 hours. Drink slowly to give your body enough time to absorb its minerals and hydrate your body properly for optimal fat-burning response. Don't blindly follow what others say, like drinking 8 glasses or 2 liters a day. No one knows better than yourself on how much you need daily.

Check the color of your urine. If it shows clear or pale yellow, that means your body has enough water. When it becomes yellow, then you need more water.

7. Lose Weight While Sleeping Soundly

Sufficient deep sleep will keep your body functions normal. When everything goes well, your metabolism will run at full speed. At full speed, you'll burn more fat and lose more weight. I suggest that you try turning in before 11 P.M. every night. This is the best timing to obtain quality sleep, as shown in many TCM studies.

Warning: These 7 tips are powerful to help you lose weight as a vegetarian. But to prevent too fast a weight loss and get into trouble with loose skin and health problem, check your weight every week to make sure you keep to a healthy pace of 1 - 4 pounds per week. Bear in mind.

Lose Weight for Vegetarians the Easy Way by Laura Ng

If you're looking for easy ways to lose weight as vegetarian, you must know that it'll probably take you slightly longer time to achieve your weight loss goal. You want faster result, you'll have to use somewhat hardcore techniques. Simply put, there's no such thing as losing weight fast and easy, to be honest. However, I encourage vegetarians to begin with the easy way before they progress to the hardcore techniques for smoother transition. Of course, if you want to stick to the easy ways throughout, by all means, you'll still lose weight as a vegetarian at the end of the day, albeit slower.

1. Phase Out Junk Food One by One

One of the main reasons for most overweight vegetarians stems from eating too much prepackaged vegetarian foods. They're convenient, indeed, but too convenient for your belly fat to grow easily.

It's hard to quit them overnight to lose weight due to your already habitual cravings for these vegetarian foods which are high in sugar, sodium and fat. So, list out the vegetarian foods you normally eat in order from the one you like most to the one you like least. Then starting from the bottom, phase out the one you like least and replace it with a healthier choice.

For example, you generate 10 names and the last one is chocolate cookies. Now, replace that with wholegrain crackers. 3 days later, move up the list to get rid of another one or two more, until you replace all your junk vegetarian foods with the healthier options. This way you'll lose weight more easily than those who quit all junk foods in a week. You won't likely suffer rebound effect. And your cravings for them will vanish.

2. Raise Your Metabolism to Burn More Fat

Making wise food choices gradually is one easy way to lose weight as vegetarian, another easy way is raise your metabolism by increasing your physical activities, again, progressively.

Have you been stopping exercising for months? It's not easy to get your butt off the cozy couch and start working out like an athlete. You need to start off with something easy, say, walking.

For example, on Monday morning, you spend 30 minutes for that. In that 30 minutes, you walk at your normal pace for 3 minutes then brisk walk for 1 minute and then normal walk again. This is what we called interval training. This may not result in much fat loss as compared to higher intensity interval training, but it's definitely a good start-off point for you to begin with, especially when you've not been working out for so long.

As you progress through to lose weight the vegetarian style with interval training, you can increase the intensity level week by week such that instead of walking-brisk walking, you can go with jogging-running and so forth. Do the same for any other sports, you'll burn more fat in due course.

3. Find a Weight Loss Vegetarian Buddy

When you have someone having the same goal to lose weight as you, wouldn't that make you even more motivated than working alone? You two can watch over what each other have been ingesting and then remind each other about the goal. But if you can't find one since you may not have an overweight vegetarian buddy, then use your room mirror as your weight watcher. Put your scale near the refrigerator or kitchen where junk vegetarian foods are that you can reach for easily. This way it serves as a reminder for you to stay away from them if you want to keep your weight in check.

Now, these vegetarian weight loss tips may look simple, but it does require certain degree of self-discipline from you to execute to succeed. Start doing now or you'll never get to where you want to be.

How Does Evaporating Sweat Cool You Down? by Lynsey Carter

Your body's sweat does primarily consist of water, along with some other additives such as salt, sugars, urea, and ammonia. But when the water in your sweating turns into gas as it heats up on your body, it does goes through a process called evaporation, and it is because of this evaporation process that the evaporating sweat will cool you down.

Now, as those water molecules turn into a gas through evaporation, they will move away from your body, this is what gases do, flow about. It is a little bit like a chemistry lesson here because when you sweat, you excrete water along with minerals and salts, and these compounds need to be replaced otherwise you could end up dehydrated. Which is not too good.

So it's back to the chemistry lesson then. When the water in your body's sweating turns into a gas, it's state will change from a liquid to a gas ( all just basic chemistry, right? ), but to turn from a liquid to a gas it needs heat, and it takes this small amount of heat with it when it leaves your body. Your body will have thousands, if not millions, of sweat molecules over your body and as they all heat up to convert to gas, each taking a little of that heat with them, you will begin to feel cooler. Just think, when the millions of sweat molecules are multiplied during the cooling process, this is the reason why you cool down through sweating. If only one molecule at a time was to evaporate, you wouldn't notice any change at all.

The body temperature should be 98.6єF, and if your body temperature rises for any reason - exercising, climate, environment - then your body will react to maintain a stable core temperature. This is where you begin to sweat, to regulate your body temperature. You have what is called the 'hypothalmus gland' in your brain which is the organ that detects the change in your body temperature and therefore gets your body and your skin to react, by sweating.

Now, if your environment is too humid, too moist, then the sweat on your body may not evaporate totally or only slowly. There is not enough dry air to allow your sweat to dry off your skin. The only solution for you then is to either fan yourself, to stand in a breeze, or be in an air-conditioned room.

The Asian countries suffer from high humidity for most of their year and a lot of tourists do find it uncomfortable visiting as they are unable to sweat effectively to cool down. The humid environment is worse for you if you suffer from excessive sweat, or you sweat profusely from particular sections of your body.

Copyright (c) 2010 Lynsey Carter

How Good Are You At Dealing With A Night Sweats Condition by Lynsey Carter

If you will have noticed that you have excessive sweating at night, which turns out to be a common problem for both men and women. The odds are such that you may have a serious night sweating problem that has somehow been overlooked. The night sweats condition that you suffer from, commonly called sweating at night, is a quite oftenly reported problem in society today, and the first step with this sort of sweating problem is to find out if your night sweats arise from a medical condition or because your surroundings may be too warm.

What Causes My Night Sweats

If you find yourself sweating at night, then there are quite a few different causes that may be responsible for it.

Menopause night sweats is one of the most major, and most common, as are the hot flashes that accompany the menopausal condition often occurring at night and therefore causing your sweating. This phase may happen that often that it becomes extremely uncomfortable and quite often unbearable. This may be the most common cause of night sweats in perimenopausal (in biomedicine, perimenopause is the term describing the menopause transition years. In women who have a uterus, perimenopause describes the years both before and after the final period (although it is only possible to determine in retrospect which episode of flow was indeed the final period - thanks Wikipedia)) women.

Infections can be another common cause of your nightly sweating, and tuberculosis is the most common infection that is mostly associated with night sweats. However, some bacterial infections are also often reported causes. These can include diseases such as -

* endocarditis - which is an inflammation of the heart valves;

* and osteomyelitis - which is caused by inflammation within the bones.

The taking of some specific medications can also be responsible for your sweating at night. This comes about because where there appear to be no other physical symptoms or signs of any infection, then medications are often determined to be the main cause of night sweats. Many antidepressants could cause your night sweats, as too could some psychiatric drugs. If you do taking any of these drugs then this could be the reason that you are sweating at night.

Hormone disorders can be related to sweating problems too, along with neurological conditions (neurology is a medical specialty dealing with disorders of the nervous system. Specifically, it deals with the diagnosis and treatment of all categories of disease involving the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems, including their coverings, blood vessels, and all effector tissue, such as muscle - Wikipedia.), and hypoglycemia, which is caused by low blood glucose levels. One very important thing to take note of is that night sweats may often be early symptom of some cancers, and so it is important that you get checked by a medical professional.

What Can Help

You can try something as simple as drinking more water. This water replenishes what has been lost during your night sweats and also helps to cool down your body's core from within. Make sure the water is either chilled or at room temperature.

Do not exercise in the evenings, as this will only keep your body warm to hot before you go to bed, causing you to perhaps overheat while trying to get to sleep.

Try using an antiperspirant deodorant before going to bed, this may assist you refrain from sweating.

Try to wear thicker more absorbent pajamas instead of cotton. Cotton will absorb your sweat but when your pajamas evaporate that sweat, they will cool down causing you chills, which may even develop into a cold. This too will cause you to wake up, interrupting your sleep pattern again.

If you do happen to have a sweating problem, regardless of if it an excessive sweating problem or a night sweat problem, and even if it takes place during the night or not, you will still need to get help for your condition. This will mean arranging an appointment with your doctor, or medical professional, as soon as you possibly can. They can then make an accurate diagnosis and you can receive the correct treatment.

A sweating problem can be permanent, which means that you may never be able to get a cure for it, but commonly this is only when it is hereditary.

Sweating problems that can quite often be caused by -

* stress;

* anxiety;

* and medications, to name a few,

and other causes are most often helped by removing the trigger. You just have to find out what that trigger is!

Copyright (c) 2010 Lynsey Carter

Sweating Aerobics And You by Lynsey Carter

Aerobics - is a form of physical exercise that combines rhythmic aerobic exercise with stretching and strength training routines with the goal of improving all elements of fitness (flexibility, muscular strength, and cardio-vascular fitness). It is usually performed to music and may be practiced in a group setting led by an instructor (fitness professional), although it can also be done solo and without the musical accompaniment.

With the goal of preventing illness and promoting physical fitness, practitioners perform various routines comprising a number of different dance-like exercises. Formal aerobics classes are divided into different levels of intensity and complexity. Aerobics classes may allow participants to select their level of participation according to their fitness level. Many gyms offer a wide variety of aerobic classes for participants to take. Each class is designed for a certain level of experience and taught by a certified instructor with a specialty area related to their particular class. - thank you Wikipedia

Another definition for aerobics is 'any activity that increases your heart rate'. When you think of aerobics and sweating you will probably imagine lots of people who dance and kick to a soundtrack of pumping 80's music (Eye of the Tiger - is one great song...yeh!). This is normally the stereotypical image, but it shouldn't always be the way we think of aerobics. The health benefits of sweating and aerobics should never be overlooked, although it is pertinent to note that leg-warmers are no longer the favorite piece-of-kit for aerobic enthusiasts.

Aerobic exercise is not just limited to running, walking, sport, martial arts, biking, hiking, or even bouncing on the trampoline ( Tip - be careful of using the trampoline though, as most physical accidents in the home are caused on the trampoline ). So, any time that you decide to exercise, you will probably sweat, and your body goes through the process of ridding itself of all of the damaging toxins in your system. Your overall health and well-being will surely benefit from exercise as a result. As a bonus to improving your health, you will almost certainly lose excess weight, you will become more flexible, and you will even find your breathing is easier and your energy level is higher.

So, nearly any form of exertion or exercise that you are involved in, that gets you sweating can be defined as 'aerobic'. Now it is up to you to use your unlimited imagination, get out there and have fun, you will only prosper if you do.

When you sweat, it doesn't have to be viewed as a negative. No body wants to have those dark sweat-stain rings under their arm pits, especially when you are at an appointment or on a date. But by performing aerobics and working up a sweat, the fact is that all you that you are doing is getting healthier. With aerobics, think about what exercises you enjoy doing and build them in to your routine. Your routine could be as simple as going for a brisk daily walk, playing with your dog down at the park, messing around with the kids in your yard, or even getting more intimate with your main loved one, that can usually work up a sweat too. So simple, so easy, so satisfying.

When you do something, including exercise, that you really enjoy, there is generally a high probability that you will continue to perform those actions on a regular basis. If you do not enjoy your training or exercises, you know that there is every likelihood that you will peter out after a while and you will probably stop exercising. If you want to experience a new activity, other than join an aerobics class and sweating with other like people, try joining in a dvd/video at home with people like Billy Blanks, Jane Fonda, or even the latest craze, zumba! The one problem with exercising at home is that you can miss the interaction and companionship of other people. And therefore you may not continue with your exercises.

An aerobics class is a great social venue advancing companionship, think of the new and interesting people that you can meet who may become your friends...and as a bonus, you will become healthier too, a win / win / win situation.

Please do not let your bias or prejudices get in the way of your healthy living. Nearly any exercise is a good thing to happen to you. Your sweating and aerobics can also assist you to -

* help relieve your stress;

* help address your depression ( if you suffer from this..);

* help alleviate panic or panic attacks;

* help to strengthen your heart and body organs;

* help you to concentrate better ( aids in better blood flow to the brain );

* and when you start to achieve these conditions, you can also then begin to attain peace of mind.

If you believe you are healthy and you want to begin to exercise, then you will need to incorporate some aerobic activity. If you believe you may suffer from some medical condition, see your doctor first for a checkup. No sane or competent doctor will advise you not to exercise, unless you have a medical concern.

Aerobic exercise and sweat go hand-in-hand, both are good for you, but monitor your sweating, in case you have excessive sweating, and your body odor too, take the precautions beforehand so that you aren't too pongy around the other people, and save your embarrassment, but go to have fun.

At the end of the day, give it a shot - all of the benefits I have listed above are a collection of great reasons to exercise and to get sweaty....having a good healthy sweaty body is a really satisfying feeling.

Copyright (c) 2010 Lynsey Carter

Massage Therapy Can Help Elderly Stroke Patients in Warrington PA by Chris Lontok

One of the greatest dangers that the elderly are vulnerable to is suffering from a stroke. Strokes are the most common cause of disability among adults in the United States. The after effects of a stroke are often debilitating to senior citizens. These after effects can be eased, however, through proper massage therapy as long as this is given by professionally trained massage therapists. Among the modalities that can be used in this regard are reflexology massage therapy, deep tissue massage therapy, sports massage therapy and Swedish massage therapy. They are often given by the same therapists who also provide pregnancy massage therapy. Such therapists can be found in reputable professional therapeutic massage spas in Warrington PA that can serve elderly patients in Bucks County, Doylestown, Warminster, Horsham, Willow Grove, Abbington, Ambler, Chalfont, New Hope, Newtown, Richboro, South Hampton and Lansdale.

According to official statistics, one person gets a stroke every 40 seconds in the United States, with an average of 795,000 people suffering from strokes every year. This includes people who experience a first attack and also those who have recurrent attacks.

Slow stroke back massage can lower the heart rate, blood pressure and levels of pain and anxiety of elderly stroke survivors significantly. This was shown in the findings of the study conducted by researchers Esther Mok and Chin Pang Woo of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University Department of Nursing and the Wong Chuk Hang Hospital in Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong. The study was subsequently published in the Complementary Therapies in Nursing & Midwifery Journal.

The study observed 102 elderly stroke survivors with an average age of 73. The youngest participant was aged 65. All of them were suffering from shoulder pain but were not under pain medication or any other means of pain relief.

Participants were randomly assigned to a control group that was given only the standard care for stroke survivors, and a massage group that was given10 minutes of bedtime back massage for seven successive nights. The back massage involved slow strokes given while the patients were lying prone, sitting down or leaning on pillows.

The participants were assessed before the start of treatment, after the week long treatment and three days after the week long treatment. Assessments involved the measurement of heart rate, blood pressure, anxiety levels and pain levels. The State-Trait Anxiety Inventory and the Vertical Visual Analogue Scale were used.

Findings showed that after the week long treatment and even three days after that, participants in the massage group consistently showed significantly decreased heart rates, blood pressure and levels of pain and anxiety.

A truly professional and highly trained massage therapist from a reputable therapeutic massage spa can easily customize reflexology massage therapy, deep tissue massage therapy, sports massage therapy and Swedish massage therapy to meet the needs of elderly stroke survivors by incorporating slow stroke back massage in every session. Elderly stroke patients from Bucks County, Doylestown, Warminster, Horsham, Willow Grove, Abbington, Ambler, Chalfont, New Hope, Newtown, Richboro, South Hampton and Lansdale can readily avail of such customized massage therapy sessions regularly at a therapeutic massage spa in Warrington PA.

Buy Olive Oil - How to Choose the Best Olive Oil Off the Shelf by Laura Ng

When buying olive oil, how do you choose the best quality olive oil off the shelf?

As opposed to plant, olive oil dreads light, heat and air. Over-exposing the oil to these environmental factors can expedite the breaking down of oil nutrients and make it turn rancid easily. Worst of all, consuming such rancid oil may elevate your risk for heart disease and cancer.

So, better be safe than be sorry when choosing olive oil.

Unfortunately, most stores are brightened with light, and most olive oils are bottled in clear containers that expose the oil to the light for as long as they stand on the shelf. By the time you enter the store and reach out for it, it could have stayed there for months.

Here's a tip - choose the one that stands in the shade at the back instead of the one in front. Also, don't pick those on the top shelf where it's exposed to direct light.

Plastic container is less resistant to heat and may produce toxic residue when the oil reacts with it, causing a harmful change in the oil's chemical and healthful properties. So, don't pick olive oil that is kept in plastic container.

Get the type that uses tinted glass to hold the oil. Tinted surface can help the oil keep out light. Though it costs you more, it's the wisest choice.

Take note though, if you suspect the olive oil has been left unsold on the shelf for too long after noticing the production or pressing date or "use by" dates on the label, or you even see thick layers of dust collected on the bottle, don't buy.

In addition, make sure the cap is tightly sealed without any sign of tampering, to make sure no air seep through the cap to spoil the oil.

By the way, there are some differences between refined olive oil and extra-virgin olive oil in their endurance to heat and light. Refined oil bears relatively higher smoke point and thus can withstand prolonged heat and light. They hold longer shelf life too. However, you won't get as much health benefits as you would from extra-virgin class.

I always recommend people to buy extra-virgin olive oil and eat it in its most natural form without cooking in order to reap its full nutritional benefits. And when you buy, remember to follow the aforementioned tips to get the best olive oil off the shelf.

Buy Coconut Oil - Things You Need to Know by Laura Ng

When buying coconut oil, you want to make sure you get the best bang for your buck, and more importantly, get the right type to serve your needs.

Which Type of Coconut Oil Best Fits Your Needs

There are basically 4 different types:

1. Hydrogenated

2. Fractionated

3. RBD (refined, bleached and deodorized)

4. Virgin

Unless you're using it as a varnish coating to protect your home furniture or any other things except using it as food or on your skin, never buy hydrogenated coconut oil. Coconut oil undergoing hydrogenation can harm your health and cause irreversible damages. So first thing when you buy coconut oil, pick up the bottle and scrutinize its label and every single word including the fine prints. Make sure it shows no hydrogenation.

People normally buy fractionated coconut oil for skin care or as carrier oil for essential oils for massage. You can eat it too but not advisable. It won't give you as much health benefits as compared to consuming virgin coconut oil because fractionated oil contains almost entirely of both caprylic and capric fatty acids only. The health-promoting lauric acid is removed for other uses.

As for RBD type, people buy it only because they don't want the natural coconut scent emitted from virgin oil to overpower the food they cook, or they simply don't like the smell. RBD bears almost no flavor and odor. But it's almost as nutritious as virgin oil, provided you get the pure RBD oil that never undergoes any hydrogenation.

Here comes the best quality - virgin. This oil is extracted without the use of chemical and high temperature, and retains its full nutritional values in its most natural form. Hence, it gives you the most health benefits of all coconut oil types.

What about extra-virgin coconut oil? Unlike olive oil, coconut oil doesn't come with any official classification. Hence, 'extra-virgin' means exactly the same as 'virgin' in terms of coconut oil.

Price Determines Quality

Virgin type generally costs more than any other coconut oil types due to its full oil-based nutritional values. There are some (in the name of "100% pure coconut oil" or "virgin coconut oil") from India selling at very low prices (few bucks only). This belongs to refined oil (aka cochin oil) which emits a slight smoky smell. When you pour it out onto a transparent container, it shows yellowish or slightly gray in color. Most people in India use it for hair care. I rub it on my skin and it leaves a slight sticky and dirty feel.

Anyway, when you want to eat coconut oil for health benefits, choose only virgin oil. Best, buy organic virgin quality. It costs 10 - 20 times more than that so-called cochin oil, but it's worth the money spent as far as your health is concerned.

Buy Small Quantity of Coconut Oil

My first bottle of virgin oil didn't come in small bottles, so I bought the big bottle. It tasted awful yet expensive. But I didn't want to waste it so I use it on my skin instead of eating while trying out other brands.

So my advice for you is, choose those brands that come with different sizes so that you can choose the smallest bottle for first trial with a new brand. It costs slightly more comparing to buying big bottle, but it gives you peace of mind. Also, in case this is not the type of coconut oil you like, you can still finish it off quickly and try another brand.

Once you locked on to the brand you love, you can start buying coconut oil in gallons for long-term health benefits and usage, so that you don't have to keep replenishing your inventory and save more money in the long run.

These are the 3 key points to take note when you buy coconut oil. Follow them and you'll soon get the one that suits your needs the best, and provide the most health benefits for you.

Free Vegetarian Weight Loss Plan by Laura Ng

An effective vegetarian weight loss plan must encompass 3 things - a proven vegetarian weight loss diet, a set of sure-fire fat-burning workouts and easy-to-follow weight loss tips. They work just like your brain, heart and kidney. Short of one and your weight loss regimen will likely fail. Let's run through a free sample of vegetarian weight loss plan to show you precisely what you need so that you can use it as a guide to customize your own vegetarian weight loss diet plan.

To make it easy for you to follow through this free vegetarian weight loss plan, I'll insert tips alongside the vegetarian weight loss diet as well as the fat-burning workouts.

Free Vegetarian Weight Loss Plan - Diet

You need 5 vegetarian weight loss meals to power your day - boost metabolism, burn fat, feed energy to fuel your activities. In this meal plan, your breakfast, lunch and dinner should contain about 40 - 60% fibrous food. If you feel too much for your condition, you can do some adjustments accordingly. You'll insert snack in between them to help you remain metabolically active and keep you going.

In each of these main vegetarian weight loss meals, your breakfast, lunch and dinner should each keep you full up to 70% only, while your snack 30 - 40%. When you fill your stomach to the brim in every meal, you'll abuse your insulin level, and over time you'll suffer from diabetic condition. Also, as more blood flows to aid in food digestion, less blood carrying oxygen will flow to your brain, resulting in sleepiness. Therefore, 70% for main meal is the ideal level. Bear in mind.

Here's a brief sample vegetarian weight loss diet to give you an idea.

Breakfast - Oatmeal. You can sprinkle some dried apricots, dried cranberries, pistachio nuts, flaxseeds over to improve its nutritional value and make it look more appealing.

Morning Snack - Mixed fruits.

Lunch - Veggie burger. Use pan-seared Portobello mushroom as the meat substitute (you can prepare this early in the morning before you leave for work). Then top the mushroom with some shredded veggies. Add a piece of vegan cheese and a dash of curried lentil sauce. You can also spice it up moderately with cayenne pepper which produces thermogenic effect to help you burn more fat.

Afternoon Snack - Mixed grains, nuts and seeds.

Dinner - Rainbow salad. Include any salad vegetables and chopped fruits of your favorite. Mix 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar and 2 tbsp virgin coconut oil as salad dressing.

You should make your dinner rich in fiber so that you won't crave for supper or night snack, and should last you till the following morning.

Free Vegetarian Weight Loss Plan - Exercise

You can go with any exercise so long as you feel comfortable. But if you want to maximize your vegetarian fat loss, you should do high-intensity interval training. For example, you'll cycle at normal speed for a minute, and then on next minute you increase the speed. After a minute, you drop your speed back to normal again. Scientists and researchers have proven that such low-high-low intensity pattern will help you burn more fat.

For best fat loss effect, do it in the morning, preferably before 7 A.M. Any other times in the day works fine if you can't make it so early. The truth is, you'll still burn fat, albeit lesser.

Bonus Vegetarian Weight Loss Tips

Take this free vegetarian weight loss plan and do some customization to fit into your own needs and schedules. You may need to find out the list of foods available in your nearby stores to make sure you always have the ingredients at your disposal to whip up delicious fat loss meals.

For fat-burning workouts, you need not buy expensive equipment or gadgets (if you want to save on that). You can use full bodyweight exercises such as jumping jacks, plank, side plank, pushups, lying hip extension, step-ups, bicycle crunch, mountain climbers, Spiderman climbs, prisoner squat etc. You can perform them in the comfort of your own home. You'll lose fat just as effective.

Last but not least, your vegetarian weight loss plan should also include getting quality sleep and consume adequate amount of water for proper hydration, so that you can detox optimally and lose weight effectively as a vegetarian with half the effort and time.

Healthy Weight Loss - Best Way to Lose Weight by Laura Ng

With so many weight loss diets, plans, programs and unusual methods popping up like popcorn, it's really getting difficult to identify the best way to lose weight.

I'm a big advocate of healthy weight loss, so I don't like methods that produce weight loss result at the expense of your health. If you want to stay slim, at the same time, healthy, stay with me and I'll show you what constitutes a healthy weight loss and the best way to help you remove those ugly slabs of fat off your belly, thighs and buttocks.

What is Healthy Weight Loss?

Just bear this in mind, you should never attempt any weight loss method that requires unnatural jab (like B12 shots) or eating tons of meat (like those low-carb high-protein meat-laden diet) and lack the absorption of various nutrients or whatsoever.

Our body is very sensitive to anything that tries to destroy our health. Just a little side effect is enough to show that you're not doing the right thing. For example, you laze around the whole day doing nothing but stuffing chips into your mouth. When you get up and move, you feel sluggish and clumsy.

What does that tell you? Your body doesn't like such sedentary lifestyle. You need to move a lot to keep your body actively healthy.

You take B12 shots, then you feel bloated at your tummy, or your menstrual cycle becomes heavier and longer (for women), or your visit to the bathroom becomes more frequent due to an upset stomach, or you feel pain all around the injection area.

What does that tell you? Your body cannot take in vitamins via such unnatural jab, unless your health is at stake due to B12 deficiency, not injecting for the purpose of weight loss.

You eat lots of meat for 3 full days in consecution for your high-protein weight loss diet, then you find hard to get those wastes staggering inside your tummy out of your butt.

What does that tell you? You're not getting enough fiber for proper excretion. Obviously, this is not the best way to lose weight.

These are just few examples of adverse effects produced by unnatural means of losing weight. There are a whole lot which will take forever to list, but I'm not going into that.

Just remember, the best way to lose weight is through eating the right foods (particularly whole natural foods) that cover the entire spectrum of nutrients for your body and couple your healthy weight loss diet with regular exercises.

That is the ultimate solution for permanent fat loss and good health for life.

Best Way to Lose Weight

I highly recommend eating vegetarian diet for weight loss. This is by far the most natural method for healthy weight loss because you're not ingesting anything that can harm your health, but yet you're getting all essential nutrients your body needs for optimal cell growth and maximum fat loss. It's the best way to lose weight, indeed.

You can try eating whole natural plant-based foods for 3 consecutive days without any meat, you'll realize you become more energetic, your body feels great and your visit to the bathroom for waste excretion becomes more frequent and smoother.

What does that tell you? Your body loves it!

3 days is not enough to see much weight loss. Do it for 10 days at least, and you'll jump with ecstasy. You'll find your skin improving and smoother too. What do those positive "side effects" tell you? Vegetarian diet is what your body wants for healthy weight loss.

You don't have to take my word for it, go try it out yourself. But make sure you ingest the right type of vegetarian diet for weight loss. Some vegetarian diets can be harmful too. So, exercise precaution when selecting.