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While many consider apple cider to simply be something you keep in your kitchen to add to your meals, it is more than that. Apple cider is a natural acid that can be used for various benefits such as conditioning your hair, weight loss, prevent acne and many other purposes. One of the most popular uses for apple cider is for skin, particularly those with scars. Millions of people have scar tissue, especially keloids, then apple cider vinegar may help improving the texture and appearance of the skin.

A specific type of scar tissue forms in some people and they are known as keloids. When your body heals skin, it forms new blood vessels in the injured area and the blood is responsible for providing the site with nutrients and oxygen. The site is directed by chemical messengers sent by your body to make collagen. Collagen is a protein that serves as the structure for newly formed skin tissue. The new skin tissue is built around the collagen and all that remains is a small scar, which eventually fades.

A keloid occurs when your body produces collagen in excess. This causes the scar that forms to be raised and darker than the skin that surrounds, as well as being quite hard and shiny. Keloids tend to grow for a while after you get injured and take as long as months to stop forming. During this, a keloid can be quite painful and itchy. Anyone can develop a keloid, and they have links to inflammation, darker skin and a family history of keloids.

Apple cider vinegar is prepared using fermented apple juice. The cider is obtained by crushing and squeezing the apples. The fermentation process is then put into action by adding yeast and bacteria, which cause the sugars in the apple to convert into alcohol. After this, bacteria is added to form acetic acid which turns the alcohol into vinegar. Apple cider vinegar has a high concentration of acetic acid. This acetic acid that is added to apple cider vinegar is proven to be effective in killing off bacteria. Acetic acid is also an antioxidant which boosts your immune health. The mildly acidic nature of the apple cider vinegar is what enables it to be helpful in the treatment of keloids.

Apple cider vinegar for keloids is one of the most popular and common home remedies for treating keloids. This is because they are highly effective in reducing inflammation as well as redness. Acids help to thin the toughened layers of the skin and the outer layer of the skin to loosen up. This has a halting effect on keloids and can prevent them from growing and becoming tough and raised. Apple cider vinegar is mildly acidic which makes it the ideal remedy for removal of dead skin, it is also used to aid in increasing circulation which helps to speed up the healing process. Applying apple cider vinegar to a developing keloid helps in reducing swelling and eases any itching that you may be experiencing since it possesses anti-inflammatory properties. Regularly applying it can help in the flattening and softening of the raised and tough scars. Since it is mildly acidic, you may experience some slight irritation. If this occurs you must not pick at the scar or try to peel it off since it can cause it to worsen and further inflammate. While the acetic acid present in keloids is known for removing bacteria from your skin it can also aid the healing process of your keloid. It achieves this by helping your skin in regenerating the right way and by reducing the size of any keloids that may be present in your skin.

If you are someone who is prone to developing keloids then it is highly important that you begin treating any existing scars as soon as you can to prevent the scar tissue for becoming overgrown. Treating your skin with apple cider vinegar and keeping it safe against the sun helps heal your skin faster and prevents more keloids from forming.

There are many methods to treat keloids with apple cider vinegar. There are two methods that are popular and known to be effective. The first is known as diluted application.

Since apple cider has a tendency to irritate the skin quickly so it is best to prepare a diluted solution by adding water to the apple cider vinegar. This helps in achieving promising results for the treatment of keloids without experiencing skin discomfort. If you experience burning or have sensitive skin then diluting your apple cider vinegar is your best bet and the safest way for you to apply it. The method is to dilute the apple cider vinegar by adding equal parts water to the apple cider vinegar and then applying it directly to the scar tissue or keloid using a clean piece of cotton. Then, leave the apple cider vinegar on for 30 minutes and afterwards rinse it off using warm water. Repeat this twice a day for a month for best results. If you can, it is good to massage your skin gently every time you apply the apple cider vinegar to your skin as this speeds up the healing of the keloids.

Another popular method is to add raw honey to the diluted apple cider vinegar solution as this is know to be able to speed up the healing of the keloids, as well as killing bacteria. Honey also helps in increasing circulation which helps your skin recover faster, honey and apple cider vinegar together make a powerful combination. The process of application is the same as the one mentioned above, except once 15 minutes have passed of the initial application of the diluted solution, you must take a small amount of raw honey and gently massage it onto your keloid. Let this remain on your skin for 30 minutes before washing it off with warm water.

 

Your stomach hurts when you run due to runner’s stomach. This has many other names such as runner’s gut, runner’s belly and runner’s trots. It is referred to in many ways and is very unpleasant when you experience it.

This is more formally referred to as abdominal cramping. Its symptoms include the urge to use the bathroom, diarrhea, and nausea and experiencing any of these while running can make your pace slow down and it makes it extremely difficult to go through with your workout. Runner’s stomach has root causes, but there are ways to treat and prevent it as well.

Causes

The common belief is that runner’s stomach is caused simply by the act of running itself but there can be dietary and hormonal factors as well. Learn more here.

If you have been running for a long period of time, the blood flow that is usually focused on your digestive system gets moved to your cardiovascular system instead. This may cause your digestive process to get interrupted and irritated. This may give you the strong urge to remove the contents of your digestive system and can even lead to you having diarrhea. During this your body also continues to move up and down as you are running at a continuous pace. This will also increase the urge to use the bathroom since the waste in your intestines is being moved around and the acid in your stomach is also being sloshed around. Lastly, running is also capable of causing of hormones like cortisol to be released. The release of cortisol is a pleasant and energetic feeling, the euphoric experience that is often referred to as runner’s high. However these hormones can possibly effect your digestive system and contribute to the exertion on your body during a strenuous activity such as running.

Runner’s stomach is pretty common and is most distance runners experience it. A research showed that around 30 to 90 percent of runners and professional athletes experience runner’s stomach during racing events or training. Over the course of 30 days, a study conducted on 150 runners showed that men experienced runner’s stomach 80 percent of the time during training and women experienced them 70 percent of the time.

Prevention

There is no surefire way to get rid of runner’s stomach. However, there are preventive methods that you can try to reduce the effect of symptoms.

You can start with your diet. Alterations to your diet can improve your performance when you are running. It may also help in lessening discomfort and pain when you are training or taking part in races. If your diet is low in particular sugars and carbohydrates, it may have a desirable effect on stomach pain when you are exercising. This kind of diet, sometimes also known as a low FODMOP diet, is a diet in which you refrain from consuming wheat and dairy as well as artificial sweeteners, honey and certain fruits and vegetables. You also have be cautious about the time you eat and drink. Study shows that if you eat and drink right before you workout it will cause you abdominal cramps.

If your digestive system is healthy and you have regular bowel movements then you will definitely see a decrease in stomach pain when you run.

Another popular tactic is to start taking probiotic supplements which are designed to strengthen your gut and will lessen your urge to go to bathroom when you are busy training.

Taking probiotic supplements for a month helped in increasing endurance and digestion even in high temperatures in a study conducted on a runner. Another study similar to this one showed that probiotics play a role in reducing stomach pain for runners when participating in a marathon.

Insufficient hydration can also be behind cramps, stitched and nausea in your stomach when you are running. It is important to hydrate your body before and during a long run but figuring out how to do so can be a bit of a conundrum since drinking more than what you need can worsen cramps and irritate your digestive system even more. The most safe way of ensuring you get enough water is to get into the habit of drinking plentiful water regularly as well as drinking beverages infused with electrolytes before and after you run.

It should be kept in mind that even well-trained athletes experience runner’s stomach every now and then. Do not fret too much if you get it sometimes. Simply find out a routine that accommodates your system and stick to it and you will not suffer through extreme and constant abdominal pain. It will take some time to figure out what works and is right for you but once you do make sure you stick to it. Many runners have a pre-run snack before the run and a recovery food afterwards that stays the same and allegedly helps them charge up as well as recover.

If you are experiencing runner’s stomach even after taking all the usual preventive measures then you may be suffering from irritable bowel syndrome. This condition is not related to running but has similar symptoms to runner’s stomach and can be triggered by physical activities. You must visit a doctor if you experience symptoms such as frequent diarrhea, constipation, cramping, bloating, nausea or blood in your feces.

The holiday season is drawing near and many of us are looking forward to drinking eggnog. Eggnog is a frothy drink that is made from eggs, sugar, milk, cream and can also have alcohol added to it. This drink is considered to be an irreplaceable part of the holidays and is often enjoyed with friends and family. If you are pregnant during this time you might want to be careful before drinking eggnog because eggnog contains eggs and alcohol, and eggnog lattes can both be dangerous for you and your baby. This does not mean you have to give up the drink completely just because you are pregnant. There are many ways to reduce the risks of eggnog that can threaten you and your baby’s health.

One of the main risks when having eggnog while pregnant is the risk of salmonella. Salmonella has many undesirable effects such as diarrhea, vomiting, fever, muscle pain, headaches, nausea and blood in feces. While all these can be extremely unpleasant, salmonella can even be fatal for a pregnant woman and her child since it puts them both at a risk of meningitis. If you consume an egg that is infected with salmonella bacteria, you will get infected. One of the most common foods that contain bacteria are raw and under-cooked eggs or any product made with using such eggs. Eggnog is usually made from raw eggs.

Eggnog also contains alcohol. Usually eggnog is made using a strong alcohol such as bourbon, brandy, rum or even a mixture of them. When you are pregnant, the alcohol is able to pass through your placenta to the fetus. Excessive drinking can cause the baby to develop FASD or fetal alcohol spectrum disorder which causes physical, mental and neural birth defects that are lifelong. The more you drink the more chances there are of your baby developing FASD. There is no specific amount that can be considered dangerous, so pregnant women are told to just avoid alcohol in general.

It is important to remember that even though eggnog contains alcohol this does not mean that salmonella is not present. If the drink has been made from contaminated eggs then the alcohol will not be able to kill all the bacteria.

 

One popular variation of the drink is an eggnog latte. This is eggnog made with coffee. Pregnant women are told to refrain from consuming caffeine which is a major ingredient of coffee, because caffeine is diuretic and a stimulant. Caffeine makes your blood pressure higher and speeds up your heart rate, both of which can be dangerous during pregnancy and can even cause dehydration. A fetus’ body is still developing and cannot break down caffeine which can pass through the placenta to the baby. No matter the amount, caffeine causes issues with your baby’s sleep and movement when it is in the womb. Studies on animals have also shown caffeine to cause birth defects, premature labor as well as increasing the risk of the baby having low birth weight. This is why when having an eggnog latte when you are pregnant you must first inquire for the amount of espresso in it to make sure that it is a safe amount. You may consult your doctor or midwife to guide you on how much is safe for you

You can drink eggnog while pregnant but some safety measures need to be taken and there are some things you should be cautious of . You must ensure that the eggnog is made from pasteurized eggs and does not contain alcohol. Pasteurization is a process in which the eggs are heated at a low temperature which destroys any salmonella bacteria that may be present in the eggs. The eggnog that is sold in retail is made from pasteurized eggs and is safe to consume. If you are having eggnog in a restaurant or made at home by someone, check to make sure that the eggs are pasteurized. If you are making it yourself, make sure the eggs you use are pasteurized. If you buy eggs from the grocery store check the carton to see if the eggs are pasteurized and if you buy them from a farmer’s market then check if the eggs are chilled and pasteurized. You must keep the eggs refrigerated until you need to use them. To stay on the safe side it is best to make eggnog that is not only made from pasteurized eggs but also cooked eggs.

You can find recipes for eggnog made from cooked eggs online. However, even if you cant find a suitable one then it is pretty easy. Start by combining the eggs and half of the milk you need. After this you may add any other ingredients such as sugar into the mixture. Then you have to set the mixture on the stove and heat it until the temperature reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit and stir it constantly. If you cook it at this temperature then the salmonella bacteria will be killed. You can check the temperature using a clean food thermometer. After it is done cooking you can take the mixture off the stove and put it in the refrigerator to chill. Any additional ingredients can be added later on.

If you have already consumed eggnog and fear that it is making you sick, then contact the doctor immediately. If you have a salmonella infection then you may need to take antibiotics or intravenous fluids if you are dehydrated.

Cinnamon is one of the many substances that supposedly have an effect on inducing a miscarriage. It is a known fact that cinnamon contains all sorts of powerful attributes and there has been quite a significant amount of research conducted to gain an understanding of the usage of cinnamon for several health conditions such as diabetes, cancer and pregnancy. However, no study so far that has been carried out has been able to prove or reject the claim that a miscarriage can occur if a pregnant woman consumes cinnamon. The existing claims and information were based on the possibility that this would happen if you consumed cinnamon in large quantities, but there is no fixed or agreed amount that could be considered a large amount by everyone.

 

There is however, some evidence that can provide you with all sides of the argument as to whether cinnamon should or should not be eaten during pregnancy and how much is considered dangerous so that you can be assured when you make a decision to remove it from your diet or whether you choose to continue eating it.

 

Many wonder how much cinnamon should be consumed in general when you are not pregnant. This tends to depend on the type of cinnamon that you will be eating. Cinnamon is usually divided into two types, Cassia and Ceylon cinnamon. Cassia cinnamon has a higher quantity of coumarin, a flavouring compound as compared to Ceylon cinnamon. While coumarin has many health advantages, it can be responsible for several issues as well. For women who are no pregnant, the safe amount of Cassia cinnamon to be consumed is around 1-4 grams in a day. There is research that has shown that if more than 4 grams is consumed per day, it can lead to several health issues such as liver damage, respiratory issues and can also increase the risk of cancer. However, this information is only relevant to anyone who is not pregnant.

There is no knowledge of whether the placenta is able to remove the possibly toxic substances that are present in cinnamon and we do not have any confirmed idea of how much a developing fetus can handle. However, it is a known fact that while fetuses have the ability to remove toxic compounds from their systems, this ability has its limits.

As to whether cinnamon is harmful during pregnancy, there is no proper answer and the available information is sparse and there is no confirmation. Many medical websites that are widely popular do not provide any information or advice on whether pregnant women should avoid cinnamon or not, except WebMD , which advises pregnant and breastfeeding women to refrain from consuming cinnamon. The available information on the matter is very conflicting and can lead to confusion.

A study was published that claimed cinnamon has emmenagogue and abortifacient effects. Emmenagogue means that it stimulates blood flow during menstruation while abortifacient means that it can cause spontaneous miscarriage. Another study stated that cinnamon should not be consumed by pregnant women since the available data was not sufficient and it is not considered safe to be eaten since there is a possibility that it may have abortifacient effects. However, this statement does not have enough information to support it and there is no clear amount that would cause those effects to occur.

If you truly wish to understand and know whether cinnamon is compatible with pregnancy, then it would be best to do some personal research and read through the information present and decide for yourself whether it would be safe to consume or not. If you wish to stay on the safe side, which is always best for pregnant women, then you should not consume cinnamon.

However, keep in mind that a minimal amount of cinnamon can be consumed every now and then without worry. This amount refers to mild seasoning or lightly sprinkling the cinnamon on top of desserts or snacks. Since cinnamon is used around the world for many different types of dishes, it is unrealistic and difficult to completely remove it from your diet. It is fine to eat foods that contain a sparse amount of cinnamon such as Thai or Indian food. However, one must definitely stay away from foods that are cinnamon based and have high quantities or be taking any supplements that contain cinnamon. If you consume large amounts of cinnamon or eat it regularly then it could definitely put you at risk.

As you know there is no study that can provide sufficient information on the effects of consuming high quantities of cinnamon, it is agreed on that pregnant women should not use cinnamon essential oil since it may cause uterine contractions. Since cinnamon is a prevalent ingredient used in herbal medicine and teas it is important to be careful when using them and to consult a doctor before consuming them.

Excluding pregnant women, cinnamon is a healthy and useful spice that is good to use and can even be taken for supplementary purposes. Some recommend cinnamon to be used after giving birth to cleanse the uterus, but you should consult a doctor before using it for this purpose. The safest way to consume cinnamon during pregnancy is to remain cautious of it while not completely restricting yourself from it. Do not worry if you consume it in small amounts every now and then, just make sure you do not eat it regularly and in large amounts.

As the air gets more humid day by day, it becomes even more difficult to manage your hair and keep it smooth and straight especially if you have naturally wavy hair. While shampoo is generally used for cleansing purposes, there are straightening shampoos that can help smooth your hair and provide benefits along the way.

As compared to the usual shampoo formula, hair-straightening shampoos have a higher concentration of ingredients such as silicone, polymers and other conditioning agents that remain on your hair even after you have rinsed them with water. These ingredients help to weigh your hair and keep it down hence holding it back from its natural tendency to curl and become frizzy when the air is humid. While it wont provide the same affect as using a straightener or getting a straightening treatment, there are many benefits that may appeal to you and help you keep your hair in check.

These shampoos also help in preparing hair for harsh methods such as using a blow dryer or a flat iron to straighten your hair that can damage your hair if you do them without any sort of preparation. When your hair is smooth, it is easier to straighten it and does not look frizzy. Silicone in these shampoos also protect your hair against the harsh affect and hair damage from heat styling tools.

You must be careful when looking for shampoo to make your hair straight. Look out for shampoos that include ingredients such as guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride and quaternium 80. These play a key role in effective straightening and conditioning of hair.

While there is no rinse-off hair product that can compare to the effects of using a flat iron or blow drying your hair, if you need a simple solution to smooth and manage hair that is a little curly or wavy, or simply want to prepare and protect your hair before using styling tools, then shampoos that make your hair straight are the go to. While many people opt for blow drying or flat ironing their hair as a method to achieve straight hair without going for any sort of chemical treatment, these tools can only keep your hair straight for a short period of time. There are methods such as chemical relaxing and Japanese hair straightening which permanently straighten the hair, keeping it straight and sleek. Keratin hair treatment is popular because it uses less chemicals and semi-permanently straightens hair and its effect wears off in around six months.

It might come as a surprise, but finding a good shampoo to straighten your hair is not that difficult. Instead of adding weight, these shampoos are designed to give volume to your hair which makes them shinier while also keeping them healthy. There is a wide range of shampoos to choose from and while many of them claim to have unrealistic straightening effects on they hair, it is important to make sure you know the limitations of what such shampoos can actually do for you and what they cannot.

Rinse out products have their limitations. The first and foremost query that you may have is whether such shampoos are able to make your hair straight. The answer is no, they cannot completely straighten your hair. If you want to properly straighten your curls then you will still have to use a flat iron. Hair straightening shampoos are no replacements for heat-based styling tools and cannot achieve the same effect. They also do not have the same effect as a chemical treatment.

However, do not be discouraged, there are still many positive effects that you can expect from using a shampoo that makes your hair straight. When you use such shampoos, your hair will be less prone to frizz and the curls or waves will be smoother and more sleek. Your hair will not be as tangled as usual which will make it easier to brush or comb it. It prepares your hair for styling tools and thus it will take less time to use the styling tool. You will also not have to use too much heat on your hair which protects it from heat damage. The shampoo will also cause your hair to remain straight for a longer time.

The purpose of hair straightening shampoos is to aid in the heat styling tools process and it makes it easier for you to manage and maintain the way you have styled your hair when you straighten it. If you wish to use such shampoos and have chemically treated hair, then it is best to refer to your stylist and ensure that the brand you choose does not have any sodium chloride or sulfates in their shampoo.

Straightening shampoos are different in composition from regular shampoos as they are rich in conditioning agents such as silicone and polymers that attach themselves to your hair. These ingredients stick to your hair and help the hair to resists its natural tendency to become frizzy and curly. However, these shampoos are used in the same way as regular shampoos. You can even distribute the product through your hair by the help of a wide tooth comb. Such shampoos are best used with a hair straightening conditioner and you can also follow it up with a leave-in conditioner and end it with a smoothing serum.

It is important to make sure that you not only use these shampoos while washing your hair, but also incorporate them to accommodate whatever styling tools you use and consult with your salon expert as well.

Dark circles are one of the most common skin issues that almost everyone finds themself facing, especially with modern lifestyles and diets. Also known as peri-orbital hyper-pigmentation, dark circles affect both men and women alike, according to dermatologists and skin oil specialists.

Eye issues tend to be something people are sensitive and easily concerned about, and dark circles tend to be a particularly sore spot as they are one one of the primary signs of aging and exhaustion. Along with dark circles, people also inquired as to how to get rid of puffy eyes with the help of essential oils.

While people generally assume dark circles to be caused by lack of sleep, however this is not the case. Dark circles are caused by various things such as stress, allergies, toxin buildup, fatigue, lack of sleep, sun, all of which cause the blood capillaries around your eyes to stretch and rupture, which gives the impression of dark blemishes around eyes. The skin around your eyes is very sensitive and delicate, more so than skin on the other parts of your body. This makes the veins more visible and dark circles become more noticeable. Other reasons for dark circles include nutritional deficiencies, pregnancy, sinus issues and hereditary reasons.

However if your eyes are dark due to your eye vessels being damaged or blood leaking then you must visit an optometrist immediately and get your eyes checked up. Do not be too worried as this issue can be solved easily but you must get your eyes examined early on because if you leave them be and the leakage continues, then you will suffer from permanent dark circles, which is something that nobody wants.

If your dark circles are caused by the normal reasons, one of the most popular remedies for them is using essential oils then that are known to be able to get rid of dark circles around eyes. However, one must remember to make sure to use a diluted solution of the oil to apply around your eyes since they are sensitive and essential oils tend to be very strong.

Nowadays people tend to prefer natural skincare and this is gradually generating buzz in the beauty and skincare community. People seek out natural eye treatments if they wish to bring back the natural brightness of the pigmented areas under their eyes and improve the vitality of their skin. Herbal and plant extracts have been used for while to protect the skin and increase and assist in the production of collagen, a protein that plays a key role in making the skin soft and glowy. Essential oils are the ideal item to add to your skincare regime and to achieve healthier looking eyes since they contain anti-inflammatory and astringent properties that cleanse the skin.

There is a wide range of essential oils that are beneficial for you and that are used by spas for facials and massages as well as eye treatments for clients that come seeking for help with dark circles and puffy eyes. Diluting your essential oil with another oil or adding other useful ingredients such as rose water, aloe gel or clay is necessary to prevent your eyes from getting damaged by the potency of the essential oil.

Types of Oils

There is a variety of beneficial essential oils that you can choose from, including:

  1. Aloe oil: Similarly to the gel, aloe vera oil is rich in nutrients that moisturize the skin and reduce inflammation. The relaxing properties of the oil are something that appeal to spa-goers as they are able to reduce and eliminate dilation of capillaries. Aloe is able to increase blood circulation, which reduces dark circles and puffy eyes. It is enriched with vitamins including Vitamin E, B12, A and C which ensure that your eyes will be healthier and getting what they need. Aloe vera oil is soothing and moisturizing and can be applied to the delicate skin under the eye without any hassles. If you get it applied professionally, they will mix the oil with a carrier oil which will increase its health value. Aloe vera oil is able to lighten skin as well and contains antioxidants which are important to keep your skin healthy.
  2. Argan Oil: Native to Morocco, argan oil is something that has been included in necessary skin and hair treatments for a long time. They comprise of a wide range of antioxidants and fatty acids that aid in revitalizing skin particularly in the area around your eyes. Applying a few drops of argan oil after a massage with rose water will make your skin feel moisturized and fresh.
  3. Avocado Oil: Avocado oil contains many vitamins and is enriched with fatty acids that will lighten dark circles. Avocado also contains vitamin K that has skin lightening properties and will make your skin more elastic and resilient. It is best combined with almond oil to get rid of puffy eyes and dark circles by stopping leakage from capillaries.
  4. Chamomile Oil: Chamomile is a healing substance. It has anti-inflammatory properties that can aid with alleviating puffiness from eyes. This essential oil is rich with antioxidants that speed up cell regeneration and minimize pores. The most suitable carrier oils are jasmine, lemon and lavender.
  5. Lemon Oil: This oil is lightening and moisturizing which makes it the ideal oil to use for treating dark circles. It has a high vitamin quantity such as vitamin B and C as well as nutrients such as magnesium and phosphorus which lighten skin and restore cells as well as nourishing the skin around your eyes.

Coconut oil is known to have a great number of health benefits. It is rich in fatty acids and proteins that heal and cure health and external issues in a way that the results are impeccable. It is fragrant and has water content as well and is popular in cooking and for using for hair and other cosmetic purposes. If you take a spoonful of coconut oil in the morning on an empty stomach, you will be able to enjoy a whole new dimension of health advantages.

The nutritional value per spoon of coconut oil is 120 calories, 0 grams of protein, 12 grams of saturated fat and 0 mg of cholesterol. Fifty percent of it is soluble acids which are better for absorption. It also comprises of anti-microbial lipids, acid caps, and many acids that are important to stay healthy such as lauric acid, stearic acid, myristic acid and palmitic acid.

The health benefits of coconut oil are supported by evidence from many experts. However, as there is a new food being hyped by people online for its plethora of benefits, you may be skeptical that is just another of those as well as have many questions and concerns about its use and effects.

One of the most queries is whether coconut oil can be consumed on an empty stomach. Not only can you do that, but it is also recommended. If you start your day with a spoonful it has the ability to boost your metabolism and give your body energy all day. Coconut is a source of energy that is easily accessed by your body so you won’t feel too hungry in the day and it also decreases cravings for junk food.

Coconut oil also helps the stomach as it gets rid of toxic bacteria, inflammation and oral thrush in your stomach. It is also known to improve metabolism and aid with digestion. Coconut oil also fights against H.Pylori bacteria, which is known for causing stomach ulcers and  can help in their prevention.

Burning belly fat can also be made easier with the help of coconut oil. Belly fat or abdominal fat is the fat that is found on the center of your body and is difficult to get rid of even with vigorous exercise and strict diet regimes. Belly fat also causes inflammation and diabetes as well as putting you at greater risk for heart disease. If you add coconut oil to your diet it should help you in losing it.

The human intestine is constantly under strain due to the popularization of fast food and contemporary lifestyles. Coconut oil contains caprylic acid, capric acid and lauric acid that aid in eliminating harmful yeasts and bacteria that can bring harm to your intestine. The chemicals in coconut oil can also help in preventing kidney stones which cause a lot of harm to the body and are very painful.

If you are trying to lose weight and have concerns with adding oil to your diet, you have nothing to worry about since coconut oil is weight-loss friendly. The combination of fatty acids in it have a notable effect on metabolism and can impact it in the best way. There is much evidence to prove that coconut oil helps in losing fat. There is a lot of misinformation about coconut oil that can be found and can lead to a lot of confusion so it is best to consult a doctor if you wish to add it to your diet and still have other concerns.

The ideal way to consume coconut oil in a manner so that you get the maximum benefits from it is to ingest it based on your weight.

  • If you weigh 40-59 kg , your daily serving of coconut should be 3 tablespoons.
  • If you weigh 60-80 kg, then you must consume 4.5 tablespoons per day.
  • If you weigh more than 80 kg then according to that 6 tablespoons per day are recommended for you.

You must be cautious and careful when choosing what coconut oil to buy. It is important to properly read and understand the labels on the packaging and what the items listed entail. The best type of oil to look for is virgin coconut oil as it ensures that there are no additives in the oil. Not all oils are made the same way so it is important to remember that there are better ones that would be more preferable for you and suited to your needs. The more processed the coconut oil is, the less beneficial properties it contains.

Oil pulling is a method that is renowned for its detoxifying and healing benefits. Coconut oil is one of the most popular oils used for this method. This is due to coconut oil’s ability to stop harmful things to affect your health such as bacteria, cancer, fungus, inflammation, microbes, parasites and viruses.

Oil pulling is best done in the morning on an empty stomach. You should start with a small quantity such as half a tablespoon and then gradually increase it. Swirl the oil in your mouth properly so that it reaches every part of your mouth and make sure you do not swallow it. Do this for at least five minutes and try to do as much as twenty minutes if its possible. After this you can spit it out and rinse your mouth with water before brushing your teeth with regular toothpaste.

Experiencing constipation is common and happens to most people every now and then and can be an uneasy and bad experience. Constipation happens when the waste in your digestive system moves at a slow pace. This causes it to build up and become dry and tough which makes it difficult to defecate. Home remedies can provide relief when this happens, one of the most popular ones being homemade juices.

Constipation is when you have less than three bowel movements in a week. However, even if you go to the bathroom more than that but still have problems defecating, this could be a sign you are suffering from constipation. Some common symptoms include: irregular bowel movements, dry and hard feces, strain while defecating, feeling like your bowel is full or blocked, needing help to defecate instead of doing it the normal way.

Juices

If you opt for juices to help with your constipation, remember that you only need a small amount to deal with it. Doctors generally recommend a half or full cup of juice once per day for adults, best taken in mornings. Drinking eight or more glasses of liquids is ideal for your daily routine and helps you stay regular.

Some selected juices that are best to help with constipation are:

  • Prune Juice

Prune juice is the most popular juice used to help with constipation. Eight ounces of prune juice contain 2.6 grams of fiber which is 10% of the daily requirement of fiber. Fiber can cause your feces to bulk up, prune juice contains a type of carbohydrate know as sorbitol which softens it and makes it easier for you to defecate. Prune juice is also rich in vitamin C and is a good source of iron as well. Eating prunes (dried plums) is also an effective way of dealing with constipation, with many experts recommending it as one of the best ways to deal with moderate cases of constipation.

  • Apple Juice

Apple juice has a laxative effect. It is gentle and is thus recommended for children who have constipation. Apple juice also has a high ratio of fructose to glucose and has sorbitol as well. However, it must not be taken in large doses and you must be careful with how much you consume as it can cause discomfort in your intestines.

It is important to note that applesauce does not help with constipation even though it may seem so. Applesauce contains a high concentration of pectin which is a substance that bulks up your feces. This makes it harder and is thus more difficult for you to pass it. However it I good to consume it when one has diarrhea.

  • Pear Juice

Pear juice contains four times more sorbitol than apple juice which makes it an excellent option. It is frequently recommended for children who have occasional constipation. While it lacks the vitamin quantity of prune juice, it has a better flavour which makes it preferable for children.

There are other drinks that can help with constipation. Mixing some squeezed lemon juice into a glass of water is one such beverage. Coffee, teas and any other warm liquids are also shown to bring relief. It is also important to not take any sort of carbonated drinks such as soda until you have fully recovered from constipation.

A study found that certain juices can increase the water content as well as the frequency of bowel movements. The juices contained sorbitol which is a carbohydrate that cannot be absorbed. Juices are an easy remedy to use when trying to deal with constipation from home. Pasteurized juices are known to be able to help with relieving constipation, with juices that contain natural sorbitol such as prune and pear juice being more effective than others.

People of most ages tend to stomach juices well however they may not be the best choice when it comes to infants. Infants tend to experience constipation once they begin consuming solid food. It is best to consult with a licensed paediatrician if your infant has constipation so they can guide you on alternate methods to deal and relieve pain.

Side Effects

If you have constipation and are unsure for whatever reason about drinking juice, let your doctor know about whatever concerns you are having. If you have a condition where you need to be careful of your diet, you must not consume juices daily without getting permission from a doctor first. One common example is diabetes, people with diabetes need to restrict their consumption of fluids that contain sugar, such as juice. It is good to choose juices that are 100 percent pure and do not contain any additional sugar.

You must always be careful with the amount of juice you consume. This is because juices contain an excess amount of sugars such as fructose and when taken in high quantities, they can cause issues with your abdomen. Children aged ten and under tend to be have a greater chance of suffering from abdominal pain or diarrhea.

It is normal for a person to suffer from constipation every now or then, however if it happens often or lasts too long then it is a cause for concern and cause other issues to occur such as haemorrhoids, anal fissures and rectal prolapse.

Constipation tends to be a greater risk for certain people such as elderly people, women, dehydrated people, people with unbalanced or unhealthy diets, people who do not exercise and people taking medications such as sedatives.

While taking beverages such as fruit-based juices and warm drinks can help greatly, there are other ways to deal with constipation. Things such as exercising regularly, eating fresh fruits and vegetables that have a high amount of fiber, and eating whole wheat bran with your meals can help you greatly as well.

Biotin comes in two forms out of which free biotin which is the one that is found in plants is more suitable when it comes to absorption. This is because in protein based biotin your body has to break the protein-biotin bond and convert it into biotin before it can be used. Free biotin does not require the same which is why it is the preferred form of biotin and the ideal way to consume it. The best sources of biotin are thus plant-based.

Biotin is a necessary part of our diet and can be found in many foods. Some common sources are:

1-Cooked Beef Liver

Cooked beef liver is the ideal source of biotin especially when you want to keep the amount of carbs in your diet on a low. There is around 31 mcg of biotin in every three ounces of cooked beef liver and its preparation is easy. Organ meats in general tend to be rich in biotin and do not contain too many carbs. The liver you get should be from an organic source so it is free from any sort of antibiotics or hormones.

2-Eggs

Whole eggs are the ideal food as they are full of healthy fat and do not contain any carbohydrate. Each egg contains around 10 mcg of biotin which should give you a suitable daily amount of biotin if you eat three eggs per day but if your biotin levels are low then it would be best to incorporate other sources as well.

While eggs are a great source of biotin, it is still the protein based form and thus one should try to add other forms that are plant-based and contain free biotin into their diet as well. It is important to make sure the eggs are organic and do not contain antibiotics.

3-Salmon

Canned pink salmon contains around 5mcg of biotin in every three ounce serving. Another good source of biotin is canned tuna and it provides you with 0.6mcg per every three ounce serving. Canned fish tend be high in sodium, however, and should be consumed with caution.

When looking for the best brand of canned salmon for yourself, try to look for ones that are wild-caught and do not contain any additives. Wild-caught fish tend to have a lower chemical amount than fish that are farm-raised however the sodium content tends to be high. Salmon also contains omega 3 and is one of its best sources and should thus be eaten often.

4-Cooked Ham Patty or Pork Chops

Cooked hamburger patty s rich in biotin as it contains around 3.8 mcg per three ounces. Another good meat to try out are pork chops as they can bring some variety to your meals while giving you the same amount of biotin. Pork chops are very easy to cook as well. Both meats should be organic as well as from sources that are fed grass.

5-Sunflower Seeds

While they have a high concentration of fat and have a good taste, they tend to be high in carbs, so one must eat them carefully. One-quarter cup of sunflower seeds provides you with around 2.6 mcg of biotin which is plentiful and easy to consume. Some ways to eat sunflower seeds are by sprinkling them on top of salads or simply eating them raw in the form of a snack.

6-Avocadoes

Avocadoes contain around 2 to 6 mcg of biotin that are plant based and the perfect staple to add to your diet. They can be added to smoothies or with eggs and can even be eaten with meat dishes.

7-Almonds

Almonds are one of the healthiest ways to consume nuts as they have a high quantity of good fats and are low in carbs as compared to other nuts. One-quarter cup of roasted almonds contains around 1.5 mcg of biotin which should help to compensate for your daily requirement. Almonds can be eaten whole or in the form of almond milk as a healthier substitute for cow milk. Roasted nuts should be picked out with care and caution as some of them tend to contain vegetable oil or sugar. It is good to opt for raw nuts if you can.

8-Spinach

As you know, plant-based biotin is the best source of biotin which is why one of the best ways to get your daily amount is biotin is to add boiled spinach to your diet. Boiled spinach is very healthy as it is low in calories as well as containing around 0.5 mcg of biotin in a one-half cup. It is best paired with a meat dish.

9-Broccoli

Another vegetable that has a very good amount of biotin as well as being a healthy option is broccoli. Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable and is known for its health benefits, which means it is always a welcome addition to a healthy diet. One-half cup of broccoli contains around 0.4 mcg of biotin. Another good source is cauliflower. One cup of cauliflower was found to have as much as 4 mcg of biotin. Mixing both vegetables or eating them alternatively is a great way to incorporate fiber and biotin into your diet.

10-Cheddar Cheese

With 0.4 mcg in one ounce of cheddar cheese, it has the same biotin value as broccoli. When combined, these two can be a healthy and tasty snack that will increase the amount of biotin you consume.

Biotin is a B vitamin that your body needs to help keep your energy levels up. It keeps your hair, skin and nails healthy. Even though you don’t need to consume excessive amounts of biotin everyday, your body is unable to store B vitamins which is why it is important to make sure it is regularly provided by your diet. The daily recommended intake is around 100 mcg and can be achieved through a healthier diet.

 

Why do we all love to try stuff that are bad for us? A little of a bad thing won't hurt, you hear many people say this. Perhaps, there's more truth to this statement than what you can only conceive in your mind. Satisfying your cravings can be a healthier alternative than starving yourself to death, if you know how to take bite-size portions and put your control under check. You can also lose weight in the process.

Many experts believe that eating smaller portions of food than feasting on three giant meals a day can boost your body's performance levels as well. You will also put less stress in your guts, helping your digestive system work its best. So, what's the trick behind eating smaller portions of the foods you love?

How to Eat Healthy, Smaller Portions

  1.  Downsize

If you love to serve super-sized stuff, now is the time to down size and eat a smaller amount of the foods you love to eat. Why have a cupcake the size of your palm when you can have a thumb-size?

  1.  Use Smaller Plates

Sometimes, we tend to put more in a big plate unconsciously. By using smaller plates, you trick your mind into believing that you are eating more. Try choosing plate designs that you like so that eating can be a pleasurable experience as well.

  1.  Get a Substitute

Switch your high calorie foods to low-calorie alternatives. Why eat ice cream when you can have a yummy sorbet? It's all about healthy choices that matters most.

  1.  Hydrate

Drink a glass of water with each meal you eat to help you feel full – for less. Your body needs to get hydrated by the way, as it can help you flush all those toxins from within.

  1.  Make Room

Yes, make room for more fruits and vegetables to help you eat healthy while helping you stay fit and lean.

  1.  Know Thy Trigger

You must know yourself well and watch out for those that triggers you to eat unnecessarily. Are you an emotional eater? The next time you're in the blues, try doing a favorite hobby instead of gorging a meal fit for a king or two.

The lesson here is to learn how to eat a proper diet. You don't have to totally quit on eating the food you love. Your fave chocolate chip cookie can be great for you once in a while. If you really can't stop your cravings, you may always try a healthier alternative than taking diet pills and other drastic measures. Learn what's healthy and what's not. Before you take another bite, ask yourself this: Are You Really that Hungry?