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Free Beauty Tips



Hair products, lotions, potions, cosmetics can really put a dent in your wallet. We all want to look our best, but are there ways to invest in our appearance without breaking the bank? If you’re looking for some free beauty tips read on – you’ll be amazed at some of the things you probably already have in your kitchen that can really boost your beauty quotient.

Salon-quality shampoos and conditioners are expensive, and generally for good reason. They contain high quality ingredients and many are made from organic or natural plant sources. Cheaper brands are certainly an option, but some can dry your hair or strip your colour faster. Do you know you can actually make your own shampoo at home? You need to invest in some liquid castile soap, but other than that, you likely have the rest of the ingredients in your kitchen. A good basic recipe is: ¼ cup castile soap (unscented or choose your favourite scent), ¼ cup distilled water, and half a teaspoon of olive oil. Keep in a plastic bottle and shake before using. If you want to add essential oils, put a few drops in before use. Your hair will feel wonderfully light and soft.

A terrific homemade conditioning treatment is also easily whipped up at home. Scoop out a ripe avocado and add a small jar of real mayonnaise and mix them (use your hands!) until blended. Work it into your hair from root to tip, and cover your head with a shower cap. Putting a warm damp towel over the shower cap intensifies the conditioning. Leave on for about 20 minutes then rinse with warm water. Doing this once a week or so will nourish and strengthen your hair.

Applying honey or plain yogurt directly on your skin makes an excellent anti-bacterial face mask. Rinse gently with warm water and you won’t believe how soft and supple your skin feels!

Speaking of water, here’s the easiest free beauty tip of all: drink more of it! We all know we should, but it’s easy to forget our 8 to 10 glasses a day. I know that it’s been said lately that we don’t actually need that much, but I really notice a difference when I’m drinking a lot of water. I feel so much better – probably because I’m not reaching for another cup of coffee when I have a glass of water in front of me all the time. Now that bottled water is passé I keep my stainless steel drinking bottle with me all the time. I refill it wherever I go and just having it there helps me remember to drink. I’ve found it reduces my desire to snack, as it is really filling. My skin feels and looks better, and it also really helps with bloating. Your body doesn’t retain water if its getting lots of water, ironically. When you’re feeling puffy drain a few glasses. You’ll notice the difference.

I hope these free beauty tips help you save a bit of money without skimping on quality treatments for your hair and skin! Treat yourself to organic, natural products that you can easily make yourself, and you can control what goes in and on your body.


Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Removed




Many people may have problems with their wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth can, at times, offer a sequence of problems. The most regular issues Wisdom teeth Calgary regarding compressed teeth is gum disease, cavities, and bone loss. Many times, wisdom teeth can also upset the affected teeth and the bite. Having it removed will help prevent all these issues.

Whitening teeth for customers is the most ordinary visual dental procedure people ask for. At East Village Dental, they use the most standard laser whitening systems. Newer machines as the Iveri laser whitening system, Wisdom teeth in Calgary, can deliver similar whitening results without the pain.

Veneers is a material that is very tough, but the pieces are thin. Veneers are made specially for each tooth. They are glued right onto individuals’ front teeth, so people will have the experience to feel good about themselves when show others their appealing smile.

When people are in need for a root canal, they shouldn’t worry. When someone has a cavity, but they wait too long to see a dentist, it can grow bigger, causing additional problems to occur. If this happens, it will infect the nerve of the tooth and lead to pain and an infection. A root canal will then be needed. It involves of soft tissue with blood vessels and nerves. The dentist here, will provide you an anesthetic at the start of the process. It will then be removed, taking away the infected, or dead tissue from your tooth. It is then sometimes filled to the top with a special filling.

For the best Orthodontic treatment, traditionally has an involvement of braces. Braces bring into line your teeth by repositioning them accurately. Today, options like colored and clear braces are used, although metal braces are still quite popular.

Invisalign in Calgary has become a trendy orthodontic procedure to advance the visuals and function for patients. This treatment contains several removable plastic trays that shields your teeth. Every fourteen days, patients begin to wear a new aligner, and over time, it will gradually position their teeth perfectly. Except for eating, patients are expected to wear these aligners all night and day. Patients will receive a wonderful result if it is worn properly.

Proper dental cleanings will help to prevent gum disease, bad breath, and chronic infection which gradually leads to tooth loss. Everyday brushing and flossing teeth at home will prevent this.

Come into East Village dental Calgary Wisdom teeth in Calgary. We will make your appointments and treatment needs successful upon request.

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Organizing Your Make Up Box




Are you tired of digging through your make up box trying to find the makeup that you want to wear? It can be dreadful when you have to spend time digging around trying to find the eye makeup you want to wear or the lipstick that you want to put on. Taking the time to get organized can make a huge difference in the way you are able to find the things that you need when you need them. By taking the time to read through these tips, you will be able to have more luck finding your blush, foundation, mascara, and other things that you have thrown in your box.

There are a lot of different make up boxes that women use on a daily basis. Some have trays and dividers that can be used while others are only a large box that does not have any way for you to organize everything. Even if you have one that is made up of one large compartment you can still get everything in order so that you can find what you are looking for when you want to find it. All you need is a little bit of guidance to assist you.

The first thing you want to do is dump everything out of your box. This will be better than trying to work around certain objects when you are organizing others. Once you have everything dumped out, you will want to put the things together that go together. Start putting all of your nail polish together, all of your eye makeup together, and all of the other different things that you wear together. After you have everything in groups all you have to do is place it in the box nice and neat. If you already have dividers or different compartments with your box, then you will be able to place things in the different places and keep it all organized.

Hopefully you have an idea of how to organize your make up box to make it look better and where you will be able to find the things you are looking for. If you are tired of being aggravated about not being able to find a certain type of makeup when you want it, then make sure that you take a few minutes and get everything organized. If you are having a hard time, then take a look at the make up boxes that are available and find a new one that will provide you with more organizational features.

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Reminiscence – Impacting Brain Fitness, Lifelong Learning, Healthy Aging, and Wellness




The Power of Reminiscence

For thousands of years, people from diverse cultures around the world have passed on their traditions, beliefs, and advice through the telling of stories. These stories have explained the following:

• Lessons of life

• How to survive in difficult circumstances

• Why things have happened the way they have

• Tales of great adventure, tragedy or love

In addition to the wisdom passed down, we now know that reminiscence and life review is a proven way for older adults to gain self worth, learn more about themselves, and give the gift of their stories to the next generation. Recalling life stories should be encouraged at any juncture in one’s life, but primarily as people reach end of life. There are a number of studies that have shown that reminiscence and life review affects people’s lives in extraordinary ways that stimulate the brain, promote lifelong learning, and lead to healthy aging.

Brain Fitness & Lifelong Learning

Our life experiences impact the brain as we age. Every person is completely unique-with different people, events, and learning that shapes who we are. The wisdom and experience gained helps our brains prepare for the future. Engaging our brains in learning throughout our lives can help people age in a positive way. New research shows how the brain continues to adapt and gain neurons through the years if the brain is challenged.

“We can make the brain work better simply by accumulating more knowledge, which builds more networks of connections in the brain. The wisdom that we acquire can compensate for the decline that may be gradually occurring,” says James McGaugh, PhD, a Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives member at University of California, Irvine.

Learning strengthens the brain as weightlifting strengthens the body. Focusing on learning can lead to positive aging experiences.

Healthy Aging, Wellness & Reminiscence

Human interaction matters in promoting positive brain health. “There’s a lot of evidence that other people are the most unpredictable things you can encounter. So activities that have you engaging with other human beings are a fantastic form of brain exercise.” said Lawrence Katz, Neurobiologist and Investigator at Duke University Medical Center.

Opportunities to reminisce together and learn about one another’s lives in autobiography classes show positive outcomes in community settings. People have a chance to move beyond everyday, typical conversations such as weather, health, sports, and food. Now conversations about grandparents, neighborhood, school experiences, and personal values and beliefs are more commonplace. Reminiscence opens a door to new discovery.

Genetics plays an important role in successful, active aging and wellness, but the choices people make every day are critical too. Cognitive stimulation matters, but the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives also noted that physical exercise, diet, social connections, how we manage stress, and seeing the self and the world in a positive way are also important too.

What the experts say….

• Dr. Robert Butler, author of Why Survive? Being Old in America, coined the term “life review” fifty years ago. Before that time, researchers and physicians saw reminiscence as just a stepping stone toward senility and dementia. He disagreed with this belief and proposed that, as people age, reminiscence and life review were a normal part of healthy aging. Now large bodies of research show the positive outcomes from reminiscence and life review.

• Dr. Gene Cohen, author of The Mature Mind, sees reminiscence as a critical brain activity and he recently remarked, “Autobiography for older adults is like chocolate for the brain.” Cohen cites a 2003 study by Eleanor Maguire and Christopher Frith that performed brain scans on people in their 70s and in their 30s while they were reminiscing. They found that the entire hippocampus is “lit up” and actively engaged in older adults, while 30 year olds only utilize one small part of the left hippocampal region.

• Dr. Andrew Weil, author of Healthy Aging, encourages older adults to keep a record of wisdom, values, and life lessons in an ethical will, or heartfelt letter to loved ones. He writes, “An ordinary will… concerns the disposition of one’s material possessions at death. An ethical will has to do with nonmaterial gifts: the values and life lessons that you wish to leave to others…At critical points in your life, take your ethical will and read it over. Add to it. Revise it and share it with people you care about. An ethical will helps you organize your own experience and focus on who you are. It’s a spiritual inventory about what you want to pass on to others.” Life stories can lead to a letter from the heart.

Skilled Nursing Care, Memory Care & Reminiscence

Studies have shown that communities see remarkable results when reminiscence and life review is encouraged.

Increases Life Satisfaction

With female nursing home residents, a study randomly assigned participants to a reminiscence group, current events discussion, or no treatment group. The results showed significant increases in life satisfaction in the reminiscence group.

Improves Resident/Staff Relations

Nursing home residents were interviewed with and without staff present and in either a reminiscence/life review format or a format more focused on the present time. The attitudes of residents toward staff improved with reminiscence and with the staff’s presence at interview.

Reduces Geriatric Depression

Newly relocated nursing home residents underwent a study to examine if life review could prevent clinical depression. Significant positive results were shown in reducing depression at the short-term testing stage with an additional decrease in depression and hopelessness at one year.

Decreases Disorientation, Improves Social Interaction

A study demonstrated it is possible for older people with dementia to reminisce and that this is meaningful for them in particular, because of the losses associated with dementia. Another related case study used life review with groups of people with Alzheimer’s disease. They were assigned to groups with some participating in life reviews and others did not. Results showed significance for life review groups in decreased disorientation and improvement in social interaction.

Increases Orientation, Competence After Relocation

A case study examined the use of a life review program with newly-relocated nursing home residents and it was found to decrease depression, while increasing orientation, perceived competence, and social interaction.

Increases Sense of Purpose and Meaning

After group therapy with older adults in long-term care setting over an 8-week period, this study found that the two treatment groups were significantly different from control group showing increased sense of purpose and meaning in their lives.

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Can’t Trim Your Own Toenails? Medicare MAY Have You Covered




Toenails seem like a simple part of our body to care for, and in many instances this is true. Unfortunately, as we age, several factors conspire to make this seemingly simple task more difficult. The advance of time and years of shoe pressure and minor injury often lead to toenails that are thickened, and differently shaped. Nail fungus infections become more common, further thickening the nails. The body’s ability to bend over to reach the toes decreases, especially when hip or back disease is present, or if the belly is a bit too large. Vision issues can also hamper one’s ability to see the nails safely. When one combines these factors, what is left is nails that standard nail cutters cannot work through, and toes that are too far out of reach to be easily worked on or even seen.

When these problems arise, many people turn to their foot specialists for care, as many people harbor suspicion of the sanitation of nail salons (sometimes rightfully so). Given the age group that most people begin to experience trouble with nail care, Medicare becomes the primary health insurance provider that the physicians must bill to receive payment for their services. The benefits Medicare provides for it’s enrollees is quite extensive, and includes many medical services, tests, and surgical procedures. Many people also assume that this coverage extends into more minor procedures, such as nail and callus care. While universal coverage of things like nail care for difficult-to-treat nails would be ideal, the reality is that Medicare only has a limited amount of monetary resources to pay for health care. The government has to place priorities on certain types of care, and nail care is not high on that list when compared to stroke or fracture care. Medicare’s philosophy on nail services can be essentially described as an unwillingness to cover nail care by a physician (podiatrist generally), even if someone cannot reach their own toenails or has poor vision, as someone outside of the medical community can generally provide this service (family, friend, nail tech). This policy effects many cases of nail and callus care in which medical treatment is sought, and defines such care as non-covered ‘routine foot care’. Medicare will not pay for such a service, and it is unethical and illegal for a physician to knowingly bill Medicare for this service. A cash price is usually set for payment by the physician’s office for this type of service. Medicare enrollees have the right to demand the physician submit a claim to Medicare, but this claim has to be a special code that shows Medicare this service is non-covered, and Medicare will eventually return with a confirmation of this, and the instruction to bill the enrollee a cash cost for this service. This special claim is not required by Medicare, who lets physicians recognize on their own when a service is non-covered, unless the enrollee demands it. The problem with this demand is that this only delays one’s physician from getting paid for their care, sometimes for weeks to months, even though the patient will still have to pay cash in the end. It is an unnecessary delay that is usually only serve as an antagonizing act by a patient on their physician.

Given all this, it is fortunate that there are some very common scenarios that change Medicare’s policy regarding toe nail care. Medicare is very willing to cover nail care when such care, if provided by someone outside of a physician’s office, would possibly lead to harm of that patient. For example, a person who is diabetic or has circulation disease has a greater chance of developing significant wounds and infections from minor skin nicks than someone who is generally healthy. For this reason, if an untrained individual cut their toenails and caused a small skin wound, the patient in question could be significantly harmed. Medicare wants to prevent this, and has set up a list of conditions in which they feel warrant toenail attention by a physician. This list includes the following conditions:

diabetes, arteriosclerosis (confirmed), rheumatoid arthritis, peripheral neuropathy, multiple sclerosis, arteritis, chronic kidney disease, ALS, leprosy, syphilis related nerve disease, beriberi, pellagra, lipidoses, amyloidosis, pernicious anemia, Freidreich’s ataxia, quadriplegia or paraplegia, Refsum’s disease, polyneuritis, toxic myoneural disease, Raynaud’s disease(not phenomenon), erythromelalgia, phlebitis (active), celiac disease, tropical sprue, blind loop syndrome, pancreatic steatorrhea

Unfortunately, the situation is not as simple as strictly having one of these conditions. Certain combinations of symptoms or findings on a medical exam need to be also present in order to justify this greater risk. These include things like thin skin, swelling, poor pulses, poor sensation, a history of amputation, and other various findings that need to be noted by the doctor and categorized into one of three classes. Together, these are known as ‘class findings’. Without their presence, Medicare will not cover some types of nail care, and also will not cover callus care. Adding even more confusion to the mix is the fact that certain qualifying diseases require one to have been to the doctor treating that condition within the last six months prior to the nail care date. Medicare requires the physician treating the nails to submit the exact date the doctor treating the qualifying disease was seen with every claim, or it won’t pay. Finally, the agencies that administer Medicare claims are numerous, each covering several states. There can be slight variation from state to state regarding these coverage policies, creating even more confusion when one moves to a new state and expects the same exact foot care coverage policy.

For those who completely qualify for toenail care, Medicare will pay 80% of the cost of this service, and some Medicare supplemental insurance will pick up the rest. The new HMO-style Medicare advantage plans usually cover 100%, minus any co-pay the plan has in place. Keep in mind that this payment to the physician is often quite low, sometimes under what a nail salon tech may get paid, depending on the regional Medicare carrier administering the program. Callus care reimburses a little bit more, but also carries more risk of complications if improperly performed. Medicare will allow this service to be performed no less than sixty one days apart. For those uncommon individuals whose nails and calluses grow bothersome faster, Medicare offers no other option.

As one can see, there are options for Medicare enrollees to have their toenails cared for by a podiatrist. Unfortunately, the restrictions that follow this care are extensive, and limit the option for medical trimming of toenails to only those with the greatest of risk for complications.

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The Handyman’s Toolbox: Fasteners and Fixings Every Man Should Have on Hand




Any proper handyman should be prepared with the right tools. Along with your tool set, having a readily available assortment of nuts, bolts, O-Rings, washers, and screws can make any project or household emergency much easier to deal with. Not every man is born a handyman. If fixing things just doesn’t come naturally to you, that’s okay. Here’s a list of fasteners and fixings you should have on hand at all times.

Types of Fasteners and Fixings

Fasteners and fixings come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. Here are some of the more common variations you should have on hand:

  • Screws- Screws are an easy alternative to nails for some projects. They are easy to install and take out, are less likely to bend, and provide more strength and support. Make sure the screws you purchase match the screwdrivers you have on hand.
  • Nails- There are a variety of different nails. Some are used for simple wood projects, while others may be used to install insulation board, repair roofs, fix shingles, or install floor boards.
  • Bolts- Depending on the type of bolt, these are generally used on items that require additional strength.
  • Nuts- Nuts are usually combined with a bolt or screw to lock them down against the project material.
  • Cable ties- Cable ties are a great way to hold cables, wires, and pipes in place.
  • Staples- Staples are great for tacking down carpeting to a wood subfloor, or for use with other wood projects.

There are, of course, many other fasteners and fixings that are more specifically related to certain projects or materials.

Choosing the Right Fasteners and Fixings for Your Home Project

Many fasteners and fixings serve a unique purpose. Don’t turn into a duct tape type of handyman, or one who uses one or two fasteners and fixings for virtually every project. If you are unsure what to use when starting a new project, look for online help or instructions. Base your choice on the following:

  • Location of the project. Will it be outdoors?
  • Will I need to protect against rust?
  • Will the finished project need to hold up under excessive weight?

Those are just a few of the questions to ask yourself. Gathering the correct fasteners and fixings before starting your project is the most efficient way to work. If you have to make numerous trips to the hardware store, it’s likely that your household project will be pushed aside until the next week, or next month. You get the picture.

Be Prepared for Any Project

No one likes to deal with emergency repairs, but if you have the right tools, along with your supply of fasteners and fixings, even an emergency can seem less daunting. Doesn’t it always seem that emergency repairs are needed in the middle of the night or on a weekend just after the hardware store has closed? By preparing yourself with the right selection of tools, you won’t have to worry, or rely on that roll of duct tape to get you through until the hardware store reopens.

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Best Picture Hook For the Job




There are many different types of picture hooks. The type of picture hook you want depends on several different factors. Firstly and most importantly, you need to know what type of wall you have. There are four main types of walls that people deal with on a regular basis. Drywall (also known by its most common brand name Sheet Rock), Plaster, Concrete (or cement), and Brick. There are two different categories of hooks. There are ones for use in Drywall and Plaster or ones for use in Concrete and Brick. Picture hooks are also designed to hold certain weights which are designated on their packaging. The most common picture hooks used in Drywall and Plaster are steel with regular common nails, brass hooks with smaller black hardened steel nails, hook and loop (Velcro) self adhesive picture hooks, push through hooks, and anchored hooks among others.

  • The common steel hooks with common nails must be mounted to wood studs or wood lathing behind the wall. So it limits the potential places that you can place your frame. Wood studs are only every 16″ on the center of them. Although this is the most inexpensive choice a stud finder is needed to find where the studs are behind the wall.
  • The brass hooks with smaller black hardened steel nails often referred to as ook hooks are able to be mounted anywhere on the surface of the wall that you want to put them. The reason being for this is that the hook has more surface area gripping the wall thus using more of the wall for strength. Also, in the heavier pound rated hooks the weight is spread across more than one nail sometimes of a thicker gauge.
  • The hook and loop (Velcro) self-adhesive picture hangers are definitely the easiest ones to use but they can only hold a maximum of 10 pounds. Bathrooms and high traffic areas are also probably not the most ideal place for these hooks because of the moisture in the bathroom and possibility of being knocked into in the higher traffic areas.
  • Push through hooks are also pretty easy to use and can hold as much weight as the nail in picture hooks. These look almost like a section of a lightning bolt. The reason that it works is that one side of the hook is resting on the wall while the other is being pressed into the back of the wall on this inside with equal pressure. The only downside that I see with these hooks is that they often stick out from the wall farther than regular hooks.
  • There are two types of picture hanging systems that you can use anchors with. There are the ones which are just a hook where you can stick a screw into and then there are also those that have wide mounting plate which has a level built in so that you can get a perfect level for your frame. The simple one is often only for lighter weight pictures. The ones that allow multiple points of anchoring are very secure and the flushest way to mount your picture to the wall. It is also the most secure method as well. It is versatile enough to use on any wall surface. The only downside is the amount of work it takes to mount it.

The most common hooks for concrete and brick usage are nail in hooks with a cushion on the nail for when you hammer it in, brass plated nails with hooks, and small pin hooks. These hooks all have hardened nails used specifically for cement surfaces.

  • The steel nail in hooks with the cushion are very handy in that there is less impact on the wrist when driving the nail in.
  • The brass plated hooks are more decorative and also spread the weight across a couple of nails in the higher weight versions.
  • The smaller pin hooks also spread the weight over multiple nails but this is only for lightweight frames

When installing the frames into the concrete walls it is fine to put the hook anywhere that you would like. When installing the hooks into a brick wall make sure to install the hooks into the mortar between the bricks otherwise you may split the brick.

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Hair Loss Reasons You Should Know About




Have you recently noticed a lot of hair falling and you are unknown to the reason. There is nothing to panic as with advancement in medical science even bald people can be cured through hair transplant surgery or hair replacement procedure or through medication, but before you opt out any of these hair restoration options, let us discuss few of the very common reasons that trigger hair fall.

Hair loss reasons

Stress or Illness: If you recently been through any physical or emotional stress or a chronic illness, this can trigger a sudden hair fall. Stress such as financial crises, family problems, an accident or anything. This sudden Stress or Illness pushes your hairs in the last phase that is shedding. But there is nothing that you need to do here as your hairs will grow again once the Stress or illness phase is over.

Pregnancy for women: You might experience a small amount of hair loss during your pregnancy phase, but you might experience heavy hair shedding after you give birth to your baby. But there is nothing that you need to do here your hairs will grow within a few months.

Vitamin A: Anything that is consumed in access can be harmful, same goes with vitamin A, if you consume a regular dose of vitamin A more than your body requires, you will experience hair shedding. To avoid this just stop the consumption of Vitamin A.

Protein deficiency: If you do not supply a proper quantity of protein to your body. You will experience heavy to medium hair shedding after two to three months of regular protein deficiency. Hair loss due to protein deficiency can be restored by including sources of protein in your diet.

Hormonal Imbalance Due to medication: This happens when you are taking any supplements or medicine to stimulate or restore hormones, say for treating infertility. This hormonal change in your body can also trigger hair loss. If you are consuming any such medicine or supplement that trigger hormonal imbalance, talk to your doctor immediately and ask him to change your supplement or medicine, this will resolve your hair loss problem.

Anemia deficiency: Deficiency of iron in the body can trigger hair loss; other symptoms of anemia include pale skin, cold leg and hands, fatigue, headache. Your doctor will conduct a blood test to confirm any such issue and to resolve it he will provide your iron supplements to be consumed orally.

Vitamin B deficiency: Deficiency of vitamin B in the body can also trigger hair loss. To resolve these you need to add supplements and diet those are rich in vitamin B.

Sudden Weight Loss: If you recently joined some weight loss program and achieved success in losing a lot of weight very quickly, well congratulation for your weight loss, but sudden weight loss is a physical trauma for your body that can trigger heavy hair shedding. To resolve any such issue it is advised to ask your instructor, to prepare a diet plan that is rich in protein and can full fill the deficiency, though your body will take almost six months to restore it normally.

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Black Toenail Fungus – Best Way to Get Rid of Toenail Fungus




Black Toenail Fungus is an infection that envelops the nails of your toes. When you suffer from this fungal infection, the natural color of your toes changes form white/off-white to black.

Even before you start to panic, ensure that you are consuming a nutrient dense diet. It could also be a resultant of a recent nail polish that you used on your toe nails.

It is best to wait and watch your fungus black toenail for a week to see if it changes back to its original color or not. If it remains the same or deteriorates, it is time to take action.

What does it Mean when Toenail Fungus Turns Black?

There could be a myriad of reasons behind your fungal infection. Here are a few common reasons for the same:

>>> Your Organs are Not Functioning Well Enough: This is undoubtedly the first tell-tale sign of such a fungal infection. It is highly likely that your toes are turning black because you are a diabetic or your kidneys are not functioning optimally. An underlying heart disease or anemia is also a cause for the same.

>>> You Have Suffered an Injury: If your toe has been recently injured then, it is highly likely that your toe shall turn black in color. When you hit your toe on a hard surface, the blood vessels underneath your nail tend to rupture. This leads to blood loss and discolors your nail (black fungus under toenail).

>>> Covid 19 Infection: It has been reported that men and women that have suffered viral infection (covid 19) suffer from fungal infection in their toes.

>>> You Often Suffer from Wet Feet Syndrome: If you are habitual of wearing socks on wet feet or you refrain from drying them, fungal infection sets in. Moreover, if you stay in a warm climate that has high humidity levels, you may develop fungal infection in your toes.

>>> Skin Cancer: This is also a reason why your toe nails are turning black in color. The lack of optimal pigmentation caused by skin cancer leads to this phenomenon.

How to Cure Black Toenail Fungus?

The cure to black fungus under toenail differs from one individual to another and is based on the causes behind this phenomenon. Here is how I can explain this:

>>> In case you have suffered an injury and your toe has turned black then, there is nothing much to worry. Your blood vessels shall heal over time and your toe shall regain its original color.

>>> If you have an underlying medical condition then, you might have to get yourself analyzed by a trained medical examiner. He or she shall reveal the next course of action to improve your current fungal infection.

>>> If you suffer from a severe condition then, you might need to opt for ‘over the counter’ fungal medicines. Use of these medicines as well as topical ointments may also help.

Home Remedies for Black Toenail

>>> Cold Compress: You can try and compress your injured toe or black colored toe in a small plastic bag containing crushed ice cubes. You can apply this ice pack for 20 minutes, twice a day for best results.

>>> No Movement: You should avoid walking, running, jogging or indulging in rigorous physical activity. If you do need to move, be careful on your foot.

>>> Over the Counter Nail Fungal Medications: If your black toenail tends to pain then, you could opt for ibuprofen, acetaminophen or naproxen. Taking these shall reduce the swelling and ease your pain. Lamisil is also a good OTC medicine to treat black toenail fungus.

>>> Soak Your Foot in Vinegar: In two mugs full of water pour one mug filled with vinegar. You need to use water that has a temperature higher than normal room temperature. Soak your foot for 20 minutes before drying your feet. You can repeat this process 2 to 3 times daily.

>>> The Shoe & Sock Quality: To avoid black toenail fungus from doing further damage to your nails, wear socks that absorb sweat. You should also wear a shoe that is a size larger than your normal one. This shall avoid your toe from rubbing when you walk/run/play.

>>> Wear Protective Gear: It is a good idea to cover your black colored nail with toe caps. Over this, you should wear a pair of thick socks to offer more protection.

>>> Use Anti-Fungal Cream: Urea 40+ and Lotrimin AF are two ointments that help cure your fungal infection. Medicated nail polish is also a wise option.


Your toenail tends to collect debris, which causes fungal infection. Discoloration of nails (yellow, black, pale yellow) is a clear sign that your toe is infected. Your nail may emit foul odor or your nail might become brittle. So, always keep your toes clean and dry. You can also take herbal pills that improve nail health and kill toenail fungus naturally.

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How You Can Benefit From Herbal Body Wraps




Herbal body wraps were born from the humble beginnings of Ace bandages or plastic wrap tightly wrapped tightly around a body resulting in vasodilation. Vasodilation causes the relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the blood vessel walls causing the vessels to widen. As the blood vessels dilate, blood, and likewise other hormones and chemicals within the blood, are pulled closer to the surface of the skin. Spas and salons have built upon this theory by adding additional heat to the procedure by placing clients under thermal blankets while they lay, usually upon a warmed table or bedding. The current day procedure of body wrapping therefore has several benefits such as the firming and tightening of the skin and pores, weight loss, and detox of the body through metabolic stimulation.

Depending on the type of material used for the body wrap treatment, different results may occur. Some spas offer treatments utilizing a wide variety of materials such as algae, seaweed, mud, clay, lotions, creams, and salts. The duration of the treatment can vary from spa to salon. Many herbal wrap treatments tout weight loss. Some claim to remove anywhere from 6 inches to 20 in a single treatment. The weight loss offered by wraps is also often fast and attainable within just a few treatments, or even as little as one treatment. While yet others tone skin using dead sea mud mixtures. Mixtures including ingredients such as algae and seaweed promote omega -3 integration into the skin, and exfoliation to make the skin smoother and more supple, all while smoothing and relaxing the surface of the skin.

Other materials that are commonly used to facilitate slimming wraps are a wide variety of scrubbing agents, such as salts, sugar scrubs, and coffee. Salt wraps have been touted as “glow wraps”, due to their ability to not only exfoliate the skin, resulting in a radiant glowing effect, but also hydrate the skin, providing minerals to the skin and drawing water impurities out from the skin. Sugar scrubs, likewise are known also for their exfoliating abilities, however, it is also believed that due to their similarities to the skin’s genetic make-up, sugars reinforce moisturizing, and add a plumpness to the skin. Coffee scrubs are famous for their diuretic abilities, drawing toxins and excess water from the skin. Coffee is also believed to rejuvenate dry, dehydrated skin, and help reverse sun damage and aid in soothing skin ailments such as psoriasis and eczema.

Although body wraps offer several physical benefits such as weight loss, skin toning and the soothing of different skin ailments, the primary draw to these body treatments for many people is still the peaceful tranquility of being pampered. The warm and comfortable environment is often described as “cocoon like”, and the moisturizing massage that follows the rinsing of the body wrap material is highly stimulating for the skin. Despite the type of material utilized in the treatment, all body wraps have been touted by several various clients in testimonials as being highly relaxing, soothing, as well as enjoyable.

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Why A Rose Hair Tarantula Could Be Your Perfect Pet




Keeping a tarantula as a pet certainly isn’t for everyone, but some species will make surprisingly good pets. The most popular kind is the Rose Hair Tarantula, also known as the Chilean Rose Tarantula. This is mostly because they’re attractive, docile and easier to care for than most of the more run of the mill pets out there – looking after them is very straightforward compared to cats or dogs for example.

If you’ve never had an exotic pet before, a Rose Hair Tarantula would be an excellent choice. This is not only because of the aspects mentioned above, but also because of the wealth of available information about them in books, online and elsewhere. They strike a good balance between being unusual enough to be different but being kept by enough people to make them cheap, readily available and well studied.

One natural concern about caring for a pet arachnid is the potential danger involved. Many people don’t realize that tarantulas are often far less dangerous than much smaller spiders, and the Chilean Rose Tarantula is no exception. This species is more likely to run away from a threat than to act defensively, and will only very rarely bite. If they do bite, the amount of venom injected is very small and it isn’t particularly potent, so this isn’t serious unless you are allergic.

As these creatures come from the deserts and scrubland of South America (Bolivia, Chile and Argentina to be specific), they should be kept in a warm environment and they can be kept in relatively low humidity. Catering for these requirements is straightforward – a basic heat mat can control the temperature simply and effectively, and allowing the water dish to overflow a couple of times a week should provide sufficient humidity.

Rose Hair Tarantulas don’t take up very much space and can easily fit into all but the very smallest of apartments. A 10 gallon terrarium should definitely be large enough, and they are often kept in smaller tanks as well. Many Rose Hairs will use burrows in the wild, and so a simple small shelter should be provided to keep your pet happy – even a coconut shell or flower pot will do nicely.

The normal diet for a pet Rose Hair is gut-loaded crickets, two or three of which should be given to an adult tarantula every week. They don’t have regular feeding schedules, and can even be fed just once a fortnight and then left alone, as they will naturally gorge themselves when they have the opportunity in case of a famine to come.

The decision to buy a Chilean Rose Tarantula should not be taken lightly, as some will live for twenty years or more, but rest assured that they are easy to look after and are very unlikely to cause you any problems. They’re also a brilliant talking point, and are the perfect arachnid for your first exotic pet.

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