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Mercury, Candida and the Die-Off Reaction

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Mercury and Candida can be dangerous mix. Many people have levels of Mercury contamination in their bodies, zero is the only healthy level. A common source of exposure to Mercury is Dental Amalgam used in filling cavities and root canals. Two types of Mercury may be absorbed by the body, inorganic (elemental) and organic. This Mercury comes from various exposures over time, many of which weren’t suspected to be dangerous until the 20th century.

Here are some sources to consider:

The U.S. Code of Federal Regulations does not classify amalgam as a drug, but as a prosthetic device. Mercury from any source is still Mercury; dental amalgam is capable of any of the same effects on physiology as any other type of Mercury.

Considered by many to be an alloy, Dental Amalgam is not a true alloy. A true alloy contains metals and other compounds fused together in a molecular bond. Mercury amalgam does not fit this definition.

According to the Australasian Society Of Medicine And Toxicology (ASOMAT) fact sheet. Dental amalgam is NOT really an alloy. To be an alloy the contents need to be bonded at a molecular level. Amalgam allows the escape of Mercury in the form of vapor, ions and particles. Inhaled Mercury vapor is 80% absorbed by the lungs and reaches the brain within minutes.

The EPA findings on Mercury are interesting: Metallic Mercury causes health effects when the vapor is breathed and absorbed by the lungs. Even more dangerous is organic (Methyl) Mercury. Children are more effected as their bodies are still development. http://www.epa.gov/hg/effects.htm

From the Study – ‘Dental Amalgam Fillings and the Amount of Organic Mercury in Human Saliva’: Presented By –

J. Leistevuo, P. Huovinen, M. Österblad The National Public Health Institute, Antimicrobial Research Laboratory, Turku (Finland);

-J. Leistevuo, J. Tenovuo

Institute of Dentistry Turku University, Turku, Finland;

-H. Helenius

Institute of Dentistry, Department of Biostatistics, Turku University Turku, Finland;

-T. Leistevuo

Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Turku University Hospital, Turku, Finland;

L. Pyy

Oulu Regional Institute of Occupational Health, Oulu, Finland;

Conclusions:

Amalgam fillings may be a continuous source of Methyl-Mercury which is absorbed by the body.

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Diet can also be a source of Mercury. Many seafoods are sources of Mercury in our diets. This is dependent on the type of seafood and the environment in which the living organism existed. Mercury works its way up the food chain from microbes, reef feeders and bottom feeders and becomes much more concentrated in carnivorous fish at the top of the food chain. These levels may be millions of times more concentrated than the low level found in the ocean, lake or stream where they lived. There are warnings in many regions against consumption of specific types of seafood by infants and pregnant women. Quite often these warnings go on to say nobody should consume some types of fish from effected areas more than a specific number of times a month.

Thimerosal has been used for years as a preservative in vaccines for many diseases including standard vaccines for childhood diseases. There is still much debate over the use of Thimerosal although there are indications that its Mercury content is not benign. http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/abstract/107/5/1147

When bacteria are allowed to interact with elemental Mercury, (organic) methyl Mercury can result. This is a process that takes place in the digestive tract; yeast/fungus, staph, strep, and E. coli in the gut all convert elemental Mercury into methyl Mercury.

From the Study – ‘The level of Mercury in human dental plaque and interaction in vitro between biofilms of Streptococcus mutans and dental amalgam’

by H. A. Lyttle and G. H. Bowden Department of Restorative Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.

Conclusion:

The Mercury level in dental plaque on Amalgam fillings was much higher than in the plaque on enamel surfaces and no mercury was found in dental plaque in people without Amalgam fillings or root canals. 2 micrograms and more of Mercury were found in plaque in a 24 hour period.

The Mercury used in Dental amalgam restorations and root canals is just as poisonous as any other Mercury, it is also available for conversion to an even more potent poison, methyl Mercury. Candida converts dental amalgam Mercury to methyl Mercury.

From The Article

‘Methylation of Mercury from dental amalgam and mercuric chloride by oral streptococci in vitro.’ by Heintze U, Edwardsson S, Dérand T, Birkhed D.

Conclusion

Organic Mercury compounds may be formed in the oral cavity.

Once established in the body symptoms of Mercury poisoning may present in varying forms.

Mercury poisoning can have so many seemingly unrelated symptoms, many of which take months to years to develop that it is extremely hard to diagnose Mercury poisoning. Mercury’s effects are subtle because one of the symptoms of Mercury poisoning is short term memory loss. With no immediate symptoms and if the patient didn’t notice or isn’t able to remember an incident which may have involved Mercury exposure, how would they think to tell the Doctor, if the Doctor even asked.

Among the plethora of symptoms related to Mercury poisoning are: tremors, emotional changes (e.g., irritability, mood swings, nervousness, excessive timidity), neuromuscular changes (such as muscle atrophy, weakness, muscle spasm), insomnia, headaches, Bell’s palsy, tinnitus, blurred or haloed vision, chronic headaches, neuralgia of facial nerves, severe depression, poor performance on cognitive function tests, changes in sensation, and altered nerve responses. There may be kidney or liver damage, respiratory degradation and complications leading to death. [Source Calpoison.org ]. Any of these symptoms may be caused by other factors. The question must be asked, ‘Are there other factors besides Mercury common to all or most of these symptoms?’ People concerned about exposure to Mercury should consult their physician.

From the mid-17th to the mid-20th centuries Mercury was used in the making of felt hats giving rise to the phrases ‘Mercurial Personality’ and ‘Mad as a Hatter’. The symptoms are defined as erethism (as defined in Miriam Webster’s OnLine Dictionary: abnormal irritability or responsiveness to stimulation). Once Mercury was removed from the process these symptoms disappeared from this workplace.

The Canadian Edmonton Journal, March 27, 2001, states in its headline – “Mercury Fillings Toxic — Report U of C Researchers Say ‘Visual Evidence’ Brain Cells Affected,” by Robert Walker. The article further states – “New research vividly demonstrating the damage Mercury has on brain cells — in concentrations seen in people with amalgam fillings”.

Mercury is the only substance ever shown to induce antibiotic resistance in bacteria (other than the antibiotics themselves). Source Douglas A. Heise, D.C., D.A.C.B.N.

Electrical properties of Mercury in Amalgam – The human body contains a large quantity of water, containing salts. This makes us a great conductor of electricity. At ionic molecular level, electrical charges cause currents in the micro amp range. This is natural, but metals introduced for amalgams bring their own ionic charges facilitating ionic changes in the body. It naturally follows that an electrical anomaly introduced in the mouth will have effects in many other electrically sensitive areas of the body. Consider these facts: the nervous system functions on electricity; cellular metabolism at a molecular level functions on electricity. This would indicate that all nervous system and cellular metabolic interactivity is effected by electro voltaic potentials in the mouth. As a side note, medical treatment is recommended if for any reason internal electrical current over 3 micro amperes or voltage over 100 millivolts is encountered from an outside source. What of a lesser level? At cellular level what is considered disruptive?

Did you ever chew on a metallic gum wrapper? If you have amalgam fillings you would remember that experience. The metallic paper disrupts the circuits caused by the difference in charge between the amalgam and the normal electric state of the body. Discomfort is experienced when the metal touches different parts of the mouth and dental restorations, forming accidental electrical circuits, small, but noticeable voltages and currents are involved.

Instances of Mercury contamination in the human body can amplify the effects of otherwise innocuous maladies. While normally present in the human body, the yeasts Candida Albicans and Candida Tropicalis can have extreme changes when exposed to Mercury.

From the Study – Transformations of inorganic Mercury by Candida albicans and Saccharomyces cerevisiae (Brewer’s Yeast). By: S. Yannai, I. Berdicevsky and L. Duek of Department of Food Engineering and Biotechnology, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa. This study found that Candida Albicans converted far more elemental mercury to methyl mercury than did brewer’s yeast. Showing that Candida is much more active than brewer’s in the presence of mercury than a common yeast.

Candida lives on and in the normal human body as a yeast; it can be evident at the same time in its fungal form. Naturally occurring bacteria that live on and in the body help keep a balance and in conjunction with a healthy immune system keep the yeasts at a relatively low symbiotic level. In its yeast form Candida is beneficial, it is a non-invasive, sugar-fermenting organism. Most if not all humans have this form of yeast in our bodies.

The other form of Candida is a fungus and produces long root-like structures, known as rhizoids. This enables the now parasitic fungal form to penetrate the lining of the digestive tract and breach the boundary between the intestinal tract and the blood stream and lymphatic system. This breakdown allows partially digested proteins to enter the blood flow (this has become known as ‘leaky gut syndrome’) possibly leading to development of allergies to the related food source. The spores used to propagate the fungus are now also free to circulate throughout the entire body.

Broad spectrum Antibiotics even when necessarily prescribed for an ailment, may also kill normally beneficial bacteria in the bowel and they encourage yeast growth. When the control of beneficial bacteria is removed Candida can morph into the aggressive fungal form. If required to undergo a series of broad spectrum antibiotics, ask your Doctor to recommend a Probiotic to follow up with to replace any beneficial bacteria eliminated by the antibiotic.

Disruptions in the normal balance of flora in the digestive tract can be caused by GI Tract problems such as IBS, ulcers, short term infections, pregnancy, or changes in pH of the bowel. The bowel when healthy, maintains a different pH level than most of the rest of the body. Imbalances can also be setup by alcohol abuse and other poor lifestyle decisions. If in conjunction with Mercury exposure the balance between beneficial flora, bacteria and yeasts in the digestive tract is compromised, the yeast colonies may grow to a point where the bacteria is overpowered. The result can be a Candida overbloom. This can manifest as other whole groups of syndromes and symptoms that are hard to correlate and diagnose. CFS, FMS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, IBS, Eczema, Dermatitis, the list is quite extensive.

One theory is that Candidiasis is a defensive reaction to Heavy Metal poisoning. A more plausible theory is that Candida feeds on Mercury converting it from elemental Mercury to organic Mercury which is much more dangerous.

A wide range of factors may contribute to Candida Overgrowth

  • Use of oral contraceptives, steroids, antacids, anti-ulcer medications, or frequent or long-term use of antibiotics
  • High-sugar diets
  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking
  • Food allergies and intolerance
  • Diabetes

If diagnosed with Candidiasis or Candida Overbloom (Overgrowth) refrain from ingesting yeasts and foods that feed Candida as much as possible. It is advisable to limit consumption of dairy products while dealing with Candida Overgrowth. There are other foods that should be avoided entirely, such as sugar, yeast, alcohol, sweet fruits and vegetables which may contain molds. Processed, packaged foods containing nitrates or nitrites also need to be eliminated from the diet.

The first order of business in the recovery from this situation is to stop further exposure to Mercury. Full detoxification of Mercury is recommended beginning with removal of Amalgam from the oral cavity. This needs to be done by a Dentist trained to handle Mercury as a toxic hazardous waste.

Consider the following statement – Richard D. Fischer, DDS says in Testimony Before The Subcommittee On Human Rights & Wellness of the U.S. House Of Representatives on September 8, 2004:

“Scrap amalgam, that unused portion of the filling material remaining after the filling is placed into a patient’s tooth, must be handled as a toxic waste disposal hazard (4). It cannot be thrown in the trash, buried in the ground or incinerated. It must be stored in an airtight vessel until properly disposed of. How can we justify storing this same mixture inches from a child’s brainstem and declare it harmless?”

If you are pregnant, have diabetes or have food allergies or are intolerant of some foods be sure that your Doctor is aware of your condition before beginning any Heavy Metal Detoxification or Candida Cleanse.

Full detoxification needs to be done slowly in coordination with a Physician. Each individual’s physiology is different. As Mercury is released from tissues it can be redistributed to other parts of the body causing worsened symptoms. The mechanisms for elimination of heavy metals may be different for various parts of the body and may require an orderly progression to avoid redistribution or overload by releasing excessive amounts of the metal. Testing should be done to evaluate the types of contamination present. If more than one heavy metal is present in the body, such as aluminum or copper this will influence the measures used for detoxification. Mercury must be excreted by the liver. An orderly sequence of removal is necessary to avoid overtaxing the liver.

After further Mercury exposure is stopped Candida must first be addressed in the gut. This may begin before full Mercury Detox is complete as long as the introduction of new Mercury is eliminated. Probiotics can attack the Candida colonies in the bowel and some attention to diet must be involved.

As with Heavy Metal detoxification, time is a factor in the elimination of Candida colonies in the body. As the yeast cells die their toxins are released providing food for yeast cells that are still living. Toxins that aren’t reabsorbed are passed through the blood stream to the liver for elimination. If the probiotics kill large enough quantities in a short time span the toxins can cause a reaction. This reaction may differ between people, but generally includes fatigue, headache or a ‘flu-like’ feeling. This is a “Herxheimer Die-off Reaction”. If the reaction becomes debilitating the use of the probiotics should be reduced and slowly increased as the reaction slows.

In our modern world with modern lifestyles influenced by a need for speed and profit in all things it has become hard to find the time to maintain good diets and healthy practices in our personal lives. It has to be our personal responsibility to do all we can to at least eliminate detrimental external influences on our bodies and psyches and limit our exposure to toxins of all types as they lurk in our world.

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Ten Ways To Defrizz The Hair Of Your Full Lace Wig

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1. Properly moisturize hair is less likely to be affected by static, so deep condition regularly. I recommend you use a deep conditioner about once a week. You can leave the conditioner on for anywhere from ten minutes to all night long while you sleep!

2. Since moisture is tantamount in keeping hair smooth, avoid products that include drying ingredients like alcohol or sodium lauryl sulfates. (Beware of most generic hairsprays, which contain drying alcohol, and try for example DeMert hairspray, for wigs.

3. What lots of ladies do not know is that towel drying your hair can actually create more static than blow-drying if it is not done properly. Here is a trick: instead of rubbing or wringing hair out, blot dry with a thin towel made for drying hair. (If you do not have one, an inexpensive hand towel will do fine.)

4. Stop washing your hair every day. No, really. It dries the hair of the full lace wig to the utmost and therefore adds both frizz and tangles (which can cause breakage and lead to more frizzing). Also use an appropriate shampoo like for example, Vapon Wig Care Shampoo & Conditioner.

5. Contrary to popular belief, blow drying can be done without creating frizz if hair is properly finished; to do this, apply a leave-in conditioner that is made to prep hair for heat styling and comb through damp hair with a wide-toothed plastic comb. Then, use the concentrator attachment on your blow-dryer and dry downward so that the follicle is smoothed flat toward the ends of your strands.

6. The appearance of frizz is often caused by split ends and breakage, which create weaker, larger ends of the hair strands that reflect sunlight particularly well and are very noticeable. Combat this effect by regularly trimming hair to keep ends healthy and smooth.

7. Brush your hair with a plastic-bristled hair brush rather than horsehair or other fiber bristles. Plastic bristles create less static and help the top of the hair to lay flat, avoiding further damage.

8. Run a fabric softener sheet (like the ones you use in your clothes dryer) over the hair of your full lace wig and watch static frizz and fly-away disappear.

9. You probably know to use an anti-frizz serum or glossing serum to finish your style; however, instead of applying it directly to your hair first or rubbing it between your palms, try smoothing the serum through your comb and then combing your hair to apply. This ensures an even application and dispels any frizz-breeding effects your brush bristles might impart on your hair.

10. In a hurry? A dab of any generic moisturizer can double as an on-the-go de-frizzing cream. Simply rub the moisturizer between your fingers, and then run your hands over and through the most frizzy parts of your hair. You are now so smooth!

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Fabulous and Super All-Natural Skincare Tips for Women With Dry Skin

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Girlfriends, you know how much dry skin bothers me? No matter what I do, I can’t seem to escape my dry, dry elbows, my dry knees and my face drying out! If you are having similar problems and have no idea what all-natural skincare tips are out there for us women with dry skin, take a look below!

Avoid Lengthy Sun Exposure

While I absolutely love the sun, that doesn’t mean that I need to be out in it all of the time! Lengthy sun exposure might seem like a great idea when you are on the beach, but girlfriends, bring that umbrella with you! Staying out of the sun is imperative to keeping your skin hydrated, moisturized and all around beautiful looking. When you are going out in the sun – slather on a bit of sunblock (the higher the SPF the better!) so that the rays don’t get you too bad and that you are protected!

Changing of the Seasons

As the seasons change up, so will your skin! In the winter you might experience your skin becoming drier than normal, where in the summer, it could be caked in sweat and sunburned. That means that you can’t take on the same skincare for all of the seasons! Switch it up ladies and really show your skin some love, no matter what season it is! Whether you have to invest in a humidifier during the winter to kick the dry skin out or slip into SPF and drink plenty of water during the summer to keep it from drying out.

Don’t Over-Apply or Over-Wash

Girls, you gotta listen – the biggest mistake that we all make is the fact that we over-apply, we over-work, we over-wash our skin and that could be the biggest reason why you are drying it out! Keep it simple and don’t over-work your skin! Instead, go with a cleanser that isn’t too harsh, go with a moisturizer that is right for your skin and don’t forget that SPF-infused makeup that will keep your skin beautiful when you are in the sun!

All Natural Facial Masks

Finally, once a week you should be using an all-natural facial mask that will lock in the moisture for your skin and that will keep it looking plump and oh-so-delicious! I use a honey and yogurt face mask and girls, let me tell you, it works wonders! These two products mixed together will create a beautiful mixture that will leave your skin glowing, smooth and all sorts of soft!

While these are just a few of the tips that I use to keep my skin oh-so-beautiful in the hot, hot heat of the summer and the bitter cold of the winter (and every season in between!), do you have any more tips you use? Tell me ’bout ’em girls, I want to know!

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Is Perfume Safe for Pregnant Women?

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You’ve probably already started making healthy choices in your diet since you found out you were pregnant. But did you ever wonder if some of your toiletries or beauty products are unsafe for your unborn baby? Surely pregnancy is a time when you want to take extra safety precautions.

Everyone knows pregnant women are famous for their heightened sense of smell. When I was pregnant with my son, I had a few weeks where I would have to cover my nose wherever I went. It wasn’t just bad smells that bothered me, but also normal smells and fragrances that I normally liked. I also could no longer tolerate my regular perfume — it gave me headaches and even made me nauseous sometimes. I wondered if there was anything in perfume that could be dangerous for me or my baby?

I was surprised to find that studies have shown that some of the artificial chemicals in perfume may cause birth defects in male fetuses. After discussing this with my doctor, it was advised that I cut down on perfume at least between 8 and 12 weeks, which is when the fetus is the most defenseless.

After the 12 week period, I found that the nausea subsided a bit, and with my doctors approval, I was able to use perfume once more. At this stage in my pregnancy, I found myself craving different kind of fragrances than the perfume I normally used. I found many perfumes overpowering, but fragrances that had strong citrus scents made me feel refreshed and seemed to calm the nausea when it did occur. I found that Calvin Klein’s One Summer to be the best perfume for pregnancy. It’s a very clean smell and not over-powering, and has a perfect amount of citrus. I also found that light and flowery scents helped when I didn’t feel well. Eternity Moment by Calvin Klein is recommended for this. It is very floral, but not too overpowering.

Something else that’s highly recommended while pregnant is to use lotions and oils. You can use them even during the 8 to 12 week gestation period without worrying about any harm to your baby. During this period I liked to use the lotion that matched the perfume I liked. Many perfumes also have lotions, oils and bath gels of the same scent. Don’t wear all of those things at once though, or you may have a sensory overload.

Although perfume has been found to be safe for pregnant women, always err on the side of caution. During that sensitive 8 to 12 week period when your fetus is very susceptible to all kinds of things, stick to oils and lotion. If you decide to use perfume after this period, it’s best not to spray it directly on you. Instead, spray the perfume in the air, walk forward, and let the perfume fall on you. Another idea is to lightly spray your clothes about 10 minutes before putting them on.

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Days Gone By – Adapting to a New Reality in Health and Wellness

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Success: A Challenge to Change.

Western medicine systems based around hospitals, highly trained professionals and high-tech equipment with little role for patients and care-givers has been remarkably successful. Indeed, science and technology are continuing to revolutionize healthcare: who would argue many infectious diseases have been controlled, maternal health (mother/newborn mortality) improved and that vaccine development has curtailed large-scale viral epidemic.

However, as our populations grow older and they suffer more from long-term conditions such as diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer treatment/care and coronary disease — they can’t simply be treated with a system of diagnosis and control set up to fight the diseases of a half century ago.

The basic problem in all wealthy countries is diseases have changed but health services haven’t really. The health problems of the early 21st century are not the same as those of the middle of the 20th century — when current western healthcare systems were formed.

They require services in the home and community as well as in the hospital and, critically, the involvement of patients and care-givers.

Larger Effect on Disease than Smoking

As reported in 2010, an analysis (of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data from1993 to 2008 of 3.5 million adults) by researchers at Columbia University and The City College of New York showed that obesity now had a larger effect on disease, while smoking had a greater impact on deaths. Why? The number of adult smokers decreased 18.5 percent over that time, while the proportion of obese Americans increased 85 percent.

Findings like these now account for an increasing majority of illness and healthcare costs in richer countries.

Of course, as witnesses by highly publicized healthcare reform last year, changes are trying to be made. Yet, reimbursement systems reinforce the old model, institutions and professional training are largely constructed around it, commercial interests promote it and the public see hospitals as the bedrock of healthcare.

Dread Cost of the Clinic; Fear Change Even More

As we’ve seen most challenging of all are questions about resources. What should someone do if they can’t afford the system but fear approaching (generally) more affordable alternative or complementary medicinal techniques?

The answer appears to lay in grassroots wellness training of health workers and introducing technology that is “translatable in education and practice” to the mainstream. Today many emerging health professionals are very interested in global health and eager to experience and learn from cultures and countries unconstrained by our healthcare history.

Competence, Professionalism and Cooperation in Holistic Healthcare

For example a small but vibrant educational institution in the Pacific Northwest of the USA is training people differently, creating new sorts of viewpoints, engaging families and communities and concentrating more on promoting health rather than on just tackling disease. The American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) fosters competence, professionalism and cooperation in holistic healthcare. Graduates build a holistic foundation for personal health care and rely on finding ways to use, preserve and share knowledge in natural medicine to provide for patients. ACHS students are gaining the all-round expertise that will help them to become the health professionals we need for the 21st century.

And governments can do much more to support efforts such as these, just as the US Department of State relies on a “3-D” philosophy to advance their mission: defense, diplomacy and development. Governments can promote the exchange of ideas and people and help health and wellness workers from richer countries to work in poorer countries. In doing so they will learn for themselves the subtitles of cultural and social health practice and, at the same time, help to repay a debt for the many professionals who have migrated to richer countries. As the Department of Defense has shown it can be a win-win situation from which we will all gain. Security can beget peace which can lead to even greater sustainable development.

As Lord Nigel Crisp, former chief executive of the NHS and Secretary of the Department of Health in England notes in his new book Turning the World Upside Down: The Search for Global Health in the 21st Century: “when old methods no longer work, are we willing to look outside the mainstream for new ideas? Or are we content to stick with professional structures and working arrangements created 50 years ago?”

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10 Healthy Snacks For Weight Loss and Wellness

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Contrary to popular belief, snacking is actually very beneficial. It helps to refuel your body, maintain blood sugar and energy levels and control your appetite.

Healthy snacking will help your body get the nutrients it needs and help you avoid overeating at meal times.

Indulge in these guilt-free snacks. Remember we encourage an anti-inflammatory, low-glycemic, paleo-style diet for weight loss and wellness. A body must get healthy before it can lose weight.

1. Fruit and Yogurt Parfait.Organic plain yogurt is best. Yogurts with added flavors are higher in sugar. Instead, flavor your yogurt with fruit. Blueberries are an excellent choice as they have a lower glycemic content that will help balance blood glucose and insulin levels.

2. Romaine Lettuce Wrap With Organic Turkey and a Slice of Raw-Milk or Skim Mozzarella Cheese.

Romaine lettuce contains the highest nutritional and fiber content of all lettuce. Turkey is 94% protein which helps you to lose weight by boosting your metabolism and decreasing hunger. Adding raw milk grass-fed cheese not only adds flavor but also adds calcium without any harmful hormones or preservatives. A great source for grass-fed wild meat, game and poultry is at U.S. Wellness Meats.

3. Veggie Sticks With Cottage Cheese Dip. Non-starchy vegetables contain almost eight times the amount of fiber found in whole grains. Fiber is essential for a healthy digestive system. Fat-free organic cottage cheese makes an excellent low calorie snack.

4. Shrimp Cocktail Shrimp is 90% protein. Try dipping it in some cocktail sauce for a low calorie, high protein snack.

5. A Handful of Nuts. Walnuts are the best choice as they’re rich in protein and fiber but they also contain a high dose of omega 3 fatty acids (good fats) as compared to other nuts. Healthy fats help lower your risk of disease. Omega-3s are anti-inflammatory, meaning they help prevent inflammatory diseases such as stroke or heart disease. People who are overweight are actually suffering from an inflammatory condition.

6. Celery Sticks and Almond Butter. This is a great combination of protein, monounsaturated fat and energy. Almond butter is a healthier alternative to peanut butter as it contains no added ingredients or preservatives and better fats. (peanuts are a legume not a nut)

7. Deviled Eggs. Eggs are very high in protein which makes them a great snack. My Guacamole Deviled Eggs are a great high-protein healthy snack with good fats.

8. Herring Wraps. Buy a few tinned containers in a few different flavored sauces such as tomato or tangy mustard, herring fillets are high in omega 3 fish oils. Don’t but if they are in soybean oil. Try wrapping them in a few leaves of romaine lettuce.

9. Banana Nut Pop. Dip a banana in plain organic yogurt and roll in walnuts or coconut. Freeze. Yummy!

Bananas are a great source of fiber and potassium. They do have a high sugar content so eat in moderation. Coconuts have anti-microbial, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties and are one of the best sources in the world for MCFA (medium-chain triglyceride fatty acids)

10. Lemon Tuna Avocado Snack. Halve an avocado and scoop out the flesh. Mix with lemon juice and tuna. Serve in the shells. Good protein, good fat.

Avocado’s are high in monounsaturated fat and potassium. Tuna is a great source of protein, omega-3 fatty acid and is very nutrient-dense. Protein builds muscle which in turn burns more calories to help you lose weight.

And here’s your BONUS snack idea….

***Smoked salmon.

Don’t get salmon that’s been smothered in brown sugar. Salmon is one of the best sources of protein and healthy fats on earth. Always try to buy wild-caught and not farmed raised (fed grains).

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Fingernail Disorders – Paying Attention To Your Nail’s Health Might Save Yours.

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Fingernail condition has been used for thousands of years to accurately diagnose ailments and maladies in the body. Chinese physicians mastered this practice.

Fingernail changes may signify a number of disorders elsewhere in the body. These changes may indicate illness even before the rest of the body shows any signs. Although I will discuss later in this article what nutrients may help with actual nail problems you should always seek professional help if any of the below changes are observed on the nail.

o Thick nails may indicate a vascular problem.

o Ridges running lengthwise may indicate a kidney disorders.

o White moon area turning red may indicate heart problems. If it turns dark blue then lung problems may exist.

o Brittle nails may indicate possible iron deficiency.

o Yellow nails may indicate internal disorders.

o White nails may indicate possible liver or kidney disorders.

o Nail beading may be a sign of rheumatoid arthritis.

o Nails that chip, peel, crack, or break easily show a nutritional deficiency.

o Brittle, soft, shiny nails with no moon may indicate an overactive thyroid.

o Nails separated form the nail bed may indicate a thyroid problem.

o White lines across the nail may indicate a liver disease.

o Red, inflamed looking skin at the bottom of the nail may indicate a connective tissue disorder.

o Ridges across the nail may be a sign of the flu.

o Nails curving downward at the ends may indicate heart, liver, or respiratory problems.

o White lines show possible heart disease, or arsenic poisoning.

o Unusually wide, square nails can suggest a hormonal disorder.

These are a sampling of nails conditions that may point to serious health problems. These are not intended to serve a diagnostic tool. If in doubt seek the diagnosis of a physician.

Don’t wait if you suspect a problem. Seek help. Also consider looking at your eating habits, environment, and general well-being. Consider taking extra vitamin supplementation to balance out your system.

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Swimming and Skin Care – Repairing the Skin Barrier

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Often pool swimmers complain of water related skin problems. Chlorine has a caustic effect, causing a disruption to the Stratum Corneum (the outermost layer of the epidermis) the skin’s barrier. This skin barrier, was coined by Dr. Peter M. Elias of the University of California, San Francisco, an expert on skin barrier and epidermal biology.

The Stratum Corneum functions to form a barrier to protect underlying tissue from infection, dehydration, chemicals and mechanical stress. This skin level consists of dead cells (corneocytes) composed of 15-20 layers of flattened cells with no nuclei and cell organelles. These corneocytes are embedded in a lipid matrix composed of ceramides, cholesterol, and fatty acids.

This barrier is produced through a process called desquamation, cells shedding from the surface of the stratum corneum, and balancing proliferating keratinocytes (cells that produce keratin, a beneficial protein for the body). Then these cells migrate through the epidermis towards the surface in a journey that takes approximately fourteen days.

In other words, we are born with a healthy skin barrier that is capable of naturally keeping skin moist, and hydrated. Unfortunately, over time that layer of skin gets damaged from things like cold weather, excessive sun exposure, prolonged water submersion, wind conditions and other environmental factors. These causes break down the components of this layer of our skin and leave it without protection, susceptible to pruning, wrinkly skin, inflammation, bacteria, dryness, itchiness and allergens – damage.

Can Drinking Water Help to Hydrate Skin?

We are made of water (the average adult human body is 50-65% water). Copious quantities of water from our bodies is excreted daily. Therefore, the drinking of water is important because it replaces our supply. According to the FDA, we are to drink 8-10 glasses of water a day to maintain what we lose. The myth is that by doing so our skin is then adequately hydrated. For skin purposes, unfortunately, the consumption of water doesn’t help all that much. In fact, the water we drink has a lot to do before it even gets to the skin. Think of the long and winding path water takes in our bodies and you’ll note how many stops it makes to other organs, etc., before it even makes an appearance at the surface of the skin, for example:

1. Ridding the body of toxins,

2. Aiding with our digestive system,

3. Helping our organs function properly, etc.

Therefore, in theory, we need to apply water to the skin topically and somehow hold it there in order to keep skin moist, hydrated and wrinkle free. Moisturizers seek to accomplish this very task.

Moisturizers and the Skin Barrier

Despite what some advertisers tell us, many moisturizers available today do very little to keep moisture in the skin. That is because very few can penetrate the stratum corneum. With that truth, can the skin barrier even be repaired? The good news it that ‘yes’ it can. Because this layer of cells is made up of ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids, it stands to reason that if those elements are depleted causing damaged skin then adding them back to the skin will improve its texture. We accomplish this by putting the missing ingredients of ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids together in proper measurements (formulas) so that they work homogeneously to improve the skin. The mixture is key because just as we initially had them in our bodies, we must replace them similarly.

Which Moisturizers Even Work on the Dermis?

1. Shea Butter – contains fatty acids stearic and palmitic acid

2. Dermalogica Barrier Repair – shea butter, evening primrose oil

3. Zerafite – sold by dermatologists as a barrier repair face cream and body cream. http://lesliebaumannmd.com/dr-baumann-recommends-barrier-repair-moisturizers-heres/

4. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream 16 oz Daily Face and Body Moisturizer for Dry Skin – formulated technology allows ceramides to penetrate the skin

5. Water – douse your skin in fresh water before swimming

What About Working from the Inside Out?

1. Supplements – such as borage seed, fish oil or evening primrose oil

2. Hyaluronic acid – despite some claims, many dermatologists profess that it cannot enter the dermis when applied topically https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4110621/

3. Water – drinking 8-10 glasses a day does improve the skin’s quality, but it takes time to reach the skin, as previously mentioned

Conclusion

Swimmers have special needs that pertain to moisturizing and protecting of our skin. Addressing these needs in logical, well-informed and consistent ways can allow swimmers to enjoy the water for a lifetime. The information above does not cover all that there is known on this subject. There are tons of more products and procedures that have been proven to work on a swimmer’s skin. This post is an overview, generally giving insight on how swimmers should approach their skin care needs.

Try the moisturizers and supplements above after speaking to your dermatologists and doctors to see if they are right for you. If they are not, hopefully the information above will lead you to the correct combination of internal and external remedies designed for your needs.

As swimmers, we have to design and implement a routine to protect our skin. Doing nothing can only help to erode our skin barrier over time.

If this post has been helpful to you, please leave a comment below.

Thank you and Go Swim!

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Easy Tips to Settle Your Career As A Makeup Artist

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These days every career is blooming and all because of the increasing demand for the same. Talking of which, the career of a makeup artist is one of the best ones that is ruling market these days. Certainly, a skilled person with good experience, knowledge and of course creativity is right suited for such career. And if you think you belong in this career, and then certainly this is the right place where you have landed up. Take a look at some of the effective tips which will help you out to make the right choice in getting into this career.

Career as Makeup Artists:

A beauty artist is a creative person who is using the human body as a medium applies different styles of makeup for television, fashion, theatrical and even magazines. In the modeling industry, it holds a great importance. If you have noticed, awards are given to such experts in the entertainment field such as an Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hair styling and Golden Globes awards. If you want to make a career in this field, you can grab for the best production company. You also have a good scope to settle your career in this as a freelancer and earn pretty good.

Easy Tips to Become a Makeup Artist:

Brush Up Your Skills:

This is important as it helps you practice a lot on your hands and techniques. You can try for yourself and friends and make yourself perfect in the craft. Remember, even if you are a settled actor, to apply makeup to yourself and others requires anal together different set of coordination and skills.

Experiment with Different Looks:

For makeup artists, this is the most crucial thing to be done. Get inspired by reading magazines and check out some incredible fashion blogs. You need to keep yourself updated with new trends and styles of makeup that are coming up these days. This will help you deliver the right type of make that your client expects.

Join A Beauty School:

Once you enroll yourself in a beauty school, you will learn some good tricks and techniques. Besides, it is a great opportunity to earn money and utilize your time. Many schools also allow their students to get selected for the top most companies and this can be a great chance.

Other than this, try to market yourself. Create a blog and put pictures of your talent so that people will know about your style of art.

As long as you have a good experience, keep experimenting with new styles, aware about the best beauty products ruling the market and undergoing some of the best certification course, you certainly will have a good opportunity in this sector. Beauty artists play a huge role in the entertainment field. Some beauty artists are well talented to do makeup for the bride while some artists are well talented to do makeup in a salon. Now, what is your style you decide and go ahead with the best makeup that you can come across?

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App Review: I Can’t Wake Up! Alarm Clock for Android

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Waking up is a huge problem for me. There have been mornings where I have hit snooze in excess of 20 times before finally uttering a swear word, stretching, and forcing myself to get up. I am the kind of person who wakes up hours after they intended to, unless there is some motivation for me to get up.

The app I am about to describe eliminates that. As a result, I kind of hate it, but only because I love it so very much.

Miklos suggested the I Can’t Wake Up! Alarm Clock app to me before bed the other night. Having to scan a barcode in order to shut the alarm off? Excellent concept. I hopped onto Google Play and downloaded it free to my Android phone. (There is a paid version, but I think the only difference is that it doesn’t run ads. Don’t quote me.) Well, it definitely didn’t shut off the first morning. I had selected Memory and Barcode as wake-up methods. Memory did a good enough job of making me want to stab my eyes out while the alarm rang. I had however not realized I’d have to install the barcode scanner separately (Menu > W.U.M Preferences > Barcode Method > Method config info), and, of course, choose which barcodes to scan.

… Listen, I was tired when I downloaded the app.

After shutting off my phone to silence the infernal, seemingly endless racket it was making (proclaiming that the barcode scanner was not installed and simultaneously demanding I scan a barcode), I fell back asleep.

I was skeptical. Of course, I had not given I Can’t Wake Up! a fair shot.

The next night, I configured the Barcode method, scanned my barcodes and added the Pairs method. Now my wake-up program was a fail-safe random ordered Memory/Barcode/Pairs combination. I would have to solve all three. Surely I’d be awake by then.

The alarm went off as it should. And I was disappointed that it chose Barcode first. I had to leap out of bed and scan my face-wash. Disgruntled, I zombied myself back into the bedroom solving the Memory puzzle and then choosing Pairs (in this case, choosing one of two city names to match with the country it belonged to). The alarm is a bit less effective when you crawl into bed because your house is cold and begin to text someone who loses interest after 20 minutes. I fell back asleep for 2.5 hours. Crap. It has an Awake test ensure you actually woke up. Perhaps I should select this option for tomorrow morning, yes?

Let me say, I Can’t Wake Up! Alarm Clock is good. It’s very customizable with lots of interesting options and it really does get you out of bed. The ringing is annoying enough and doesn’t stop until you’ve completed your chosen tasks. Ensure you have a warm house to wake up to, or at least some slippers and a robe on to ensure coziness when you get out of bed, and you’re golden.

The only star I take away from this app is half because it installed some other program I had to delete right away (hopefully it actually deleted), and half because the app doesn’t physically grow hands out of the phone to slap my face around until I’m awake. I guess that’s my own issue, though.

Rating: (4/5)

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Banish Those Disgusting Yellow Nails For Good – Toenail Fungus Killer Revealed

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Do you live with unsightly, extremely discolored YELLOW toenails? And are you absolutely desperate to get rid of them? Please tell me you answered YES to the latter question there. Anyway, I know the pain you’re going through. Having toenail fungus can be extremely embarrassing. Especially if you go on holiday and chill out by the side of the outdoor pool – can’t hide the infections with socks then, can you? No you can’t. So if you want to get rid of your unsightly nail fungus, or you’re fed up of being down right embarrassed by the infection… then read the rest of this article.

Okay, so I’m about to reveal an extremely effective toenail fungus KILLER, that will help banish your infection for good. This fungus killer has been used for centuries to beat off fungus infections. It’s a well known cure, and it’s likely that you’ve heard of it before since it’s super effective at killing a range of infections and skin conditions. The toenail fungus killer that I keep referring to is… tea tree oil. This oil is super effective in banishing fungal infections on the nails. So either buy the solution from a health store and apply it as directed.

OR you can buy a solution that contains tea tree oil and other effective ingredients. For example, sulphur X12 is extremely effective in killing fungus infections. So if you can find a cure that contains both tea tree oil and sulphur X12 then you infection is going to banish within weeks, maybe even days. There are a few products out there that contain both of these strong ingredients, I’m not sure of all of their names but a quick Google search should bring them up. Once you’ve found one, purchase it and apply the solution as directed then within a week or so you should see a MASSIVE improvement.

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