Thursday, 25 April 2013

Good sleep gives you good skin

Research has proven beyond doubt that a good night’s rest may be the ultimate prescription for a younger-looking complexion. Why? Well, for one, when we sleep, the cells in our body (including skin) catch their long overdue rest. It’s during this time that they get to repair and rejuvenate themselves and prepare for the next harsh day. Levels of the hormone cortisol are at their lowest at night, which means sleep acts as a natural anti-inflammatory for the skin. Our circulation, on the other hand, increases so much more nutrients and oxygen, required for skin repair, reaches the skin while we sleep. 

Sleeping well not only gives you enough energy to last through your daily hectic schedule, but also takes you a step closer to flawless skin. While we do a lot to give our system the required boost by exercising, meditating , spa visiting , eating right and buying the latest revolutionary skin care product, a good night’s sleep is lot more effective than all these therapies put together.

When your waking hours are long and extended, the first signs begin to show on your skin. You start getting dark circles and puffy eyes, pallid, gaunt and dull skin, your acne aggravates, there is an increase in inflammatory cytokines causing skin flare ups, there is an increased chance of obesity, an early onset of fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet. Most of the people troubled by raccoon eyes suffer from lack of sleep. Many beauty models and celebrities agree unanimously on the importance of eight hours of sleep for looking good.
So for a beauty boost don’t reach out for your expensive cream; be sure to grab some shut-eye by using the below tips and tricks:
  • Avoid rigorous physical activity or exercise around 3-4 hours before the scheduled sleeping time.
  • Regulate sleep and wake up times so that the body gets conditioned to sleeping at a particular time.
  • Try having warm milk before sleeping to relax the body. A warm shower and listening to soothing music also help.
  • Ideally, there should be a gap of at least 2-3 hours between dinner and bedtime for proper digestion. Also, avoid drinking too much water before sleeping, to minimize frequent visits to the toilet, and disturbed sleep.
  • Ensuring the room is sufficiently dark and noise-free is important.
  • The bedroom must not be used for any other activity such as watching TV or eating.
  • Proper bed and pillows are absolutely essential. The bed and pillows should be firm and neither too fluffy nor too hard. The pillow should provide proper cushioning for the neck and should be at a comfortable height.
  • Target for at least seven hours of sleep. Eight is ideal.
  • Cleanse your skin and remove any trace of grime or residual make-up so the pores can breathe
  • Moisturize and keep the skin supple, this will replenishing the skin’s supply of free radical fighters, which are depleted during the day. Especially after a bath be generous while using your cream
  • Sleep flat on your back, smashing your face into a pillow creates fold lines that eventually become permanent if they're repeated every night
  • Stay hydrated, keeping skin moist from the inside out is a simple, relatively inexpensive, and quite effective moisturizer. Drink six to eight glasses of plain water throughout the day and include omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish and nuts) in your diet religiously.
Be happy in your skin!

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Homeopathy and Morning Sickness in pregnant women

Homeopathy is a natural, nontoxic and non-invasive system of healing that cures an individual rather than just treating the symptoms. Medicines administered under homeopathy are safe, and thus can be given even to pregnant women and babies (with the guidance from the physician.)

Quite a few women suffer from nausea and vomiting in pregnancy (NVP) or morning sickness especially during the first trimester. The term “morning sickness” is actually a misnomer as the feeling can last throughout the day or hit you at any point in time, but for quite a few women symptoms are worse in the mornings and relief comes as the day draws to a close. Though in most cases, morning sickness clears up by about 14 weeks, sometimes it persists a little longer and can become worrisome. Women are reluctant to take medications to treat the condition as they fear damage to the fetus, wisely so! Homeopathy is a good choice of treatment as it is gentle and safe when compared to conventional treatments.

Homeopathy suggests a host of medicines such as Colchicum (meadow saffron), Sepia (cuttlefish), Cocculus (Indian cockle) and so on to treat morning sickness but the best cure can be identified only after carefully studying the symptoms. Sepia is ideal for pregnant women who feel emptiness in the stomach, bitterness in the mouth and develop an aversion to the smell or thought of food. These women might suffer from constipation and are often irritable. Sepia is often the most commonly prescribed medication for morning sickness. Pregnant women with constant nausea can go for Ipecacuaha (Ipecac). Such women should avoid car or bus rides as they tend to aggravate the symptoms. Veratrum album (white hellebore) is ideal for those who suffer from violent retching, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. These women develop a craving for cold drinks, pickles, and fruits. They usually break into a cold sweat with the body turning ice cold. Nux vomica (poison nut) can treat women who suffer from nausea, vomiting and constipation during mornings. Women with severe retching and extreme sensitiveness to cooking odors can be given Colchicum (meadow saffron). 

They are usually intolerant to the smell of cooked fish, meat or egg. Pulsatilla (windflower) works on women who experience severe burping and nightly diarrhea. These women tend to be very high-strung during pregnancy. Some women suffer from extreme nausea and vomiting that gets aggravated by motion. They experience a sinking feeling in the stomach and grow increasingly wretched. They tend to develop an aversion to tobacco smell. Tabacum (Tobacco) usually proves effective for pregnant women with the above mentioned symptoms. Lacticum acidum (lactic acid) is ideal for the classic case of morning sickness wherein the person wakes up with a nauseous feeling and stomach burn. In most cases, the feeling disappears after a meal. Other medications such as Arsenicum album, Symphoricarpus racemosa (snowberry), and Cocculus (Indian cockle) can also be used for treating morning sickness in pregnant women. Cocculus treats exhaustion along with morning sickness in women. Symphoricarpus deals with gastric issues, vomiting and appetite loss, while Arsenicum album helps women dealing with debility, exhaustion, diarrhea and vomiting.

The reason behind this general improvement in health with homeopathic medicines is the factoring in of all the symptoms that a pregnant woman experiences under the guise of morning sickness. So, instead of just attacking the condition, Homeopathic medications also deal with all the accompanying symptoms.