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Slimming and Detox Benefits of Body Wraps

Slimming and Detox Benefits of Body Wraps

The application of substances over the body comes with a history. In the past, pampering oneself with a body wrap was for the sole purpose of therapy and hygiene. Herbal mixes were often used to treat skin infections while clay and mud were the common ingredients used to eliminate toxins from the body. Today, however, more functions are sprouting behind the principle of using body masks. Many wellness centers claim that their body wrap packages include not only detoxification as the benefit but also slimming and cellulite treatment.

For detoxification, components most often used are algae, mud, seaweed or clay. These are elements that stimulate metabolism in order for toxins and excess fluids to mobilize out of the body by way of sweating. During the process, skin pores open up to facilitate better flow of substances from the skin for elimination. Since the skin is the largest organ there is, purifying it promotes relaxation and enhances one’s sense of well-being, and leaves the skin soft, smooth, and well-moisturized.

Cellulite reduction is another common reason why body wrap services are growing more popular these days. Perhaps the greatest benefit of this kind of spa package is the immediate diminishing of visible cellulite. In order to treat cellulite, blood flow and lymphatic flow has to be stimulated to help drain the fatty elements, which are the culprits of the unwanted blebs that drag one’s self-esteem down to the drain. With the ingredients used coupled with the heating effect of the wrap, the skin is left firm and tight with less visible cellulite. This, however, is a temporary effect that lasts for one day or maybe two. Nevertheless, if your goal is to mask off the cellulite from your thighs so that you can dawn your bikini with confidence for a weekend getaway, a body wrap should do the trick.

Slimming is also a temporary benefit of a body wrap. This result has something to do with metabolic stimulation and with the heat generated because of enclosing the body in a mask. Because excess fluids are reduced, the greater part that is being shed off as a result of the wrap is water weight, which is normally one of the most ignored factors in the arena of weight reduction. If you need an immediate short-term fix just to fit in a gown that was tailor-made for you when your waist was an inch or two smaller, you might want to consider a trip to the spa for a body wrap.

A body wrap, which may also be referred to as a body mask or a body cocoon, is a staple service available in spa facilities. Usually, the session is initiated with the application of oils, lotions, creams, or other ingredients depending on the purpose of the wrap followed by the part where the body is covered for purposes of insulation with materials made of plastic or polyester. Other spa centers may also utilize sheets or towels.

If you have doubts with how body wraps can help you shed those inches, check out the rest of Sara’s story here. She’s making a video blog about her experience with home body wrap kits, and details the total inches lost for each wrap (brave girl!)

Most people believe in the results of a spa body wrap, but not everyone can afford it. One session average cost is around $80 to $300 depending on the specifics of the mask to be applied. On the bright side, Wrap Yourself Slim have developed home kits so you can enjoy the benefits of a body wrap at a much lower cost in the comfort of your own home.

Another good way to save some cash while experiencing the perks of a body mask is to gather your own ingredients and materials without buying a home wrap kit, which you can accomplish for as low as $5. Since the effects are temporary, with that amount, you can treat yourself with a body wrap regularly without worrying about the cost. One session of a spa wrap is equivalent to about 10 to 15 sessions of body wraps you can do yourself at home.

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How to Treat Gastroesophageal Reflux Naturally?

What is GERD?

 Gastroesophageal reflux disease or what is known as acid reflux is a type of disease condition that can cause damage to the lining of our esophagus. GERD is described as the reflux of stomach content back to the esophagus instead of going down to the duodenum. Since stomach contents are acidic it can cause irritation to the lining of the esophagus which is not protected by a mucus barrier unlike our stomach. This in turn produces discomfort and pain. GERD begins to develop when food that is ingested is not properly digested. This happens when enzymes of gastric acid present in the stomach fails to break down food. Good thing is there are a lot of natural remedies to combat acid reflux.

 Before enumerating the effective natural remedies for GERD, it is important to know the different symptoms produced by this disease condition:

  1.  Heart burn
  2. Reflux of food from stomach to mouth

  3. Pain in the chest area

  4. Difficulty swallowing

  5. Asthma or difficulty breathing

  6. Sore throat and hoarseness

  7. Erosion of teeth and gums

 These are the most common symptoms that can occur if you have an acid reflux. Symptoms can worsen in time if they are not treated and managed properly.

 To battle GERD, here are some effective and natural remedies that can reduce the symptoms if not prevent acid reflux. These are easy to do remedies and since they are natural, they are also very affordable.

  1.  Drink at least 2 glasses of water after every meal. Increasing your oral fluid intake can dilute the acid that is in the stomach thereby decreasing its potency, lessening harm and irritation to the esophageal lining.
  2. Eat almonds in the morning after breakfast. Almonds are nuts that can eliminate the symptoms of GERD. In order to completely feel its benefits, the nuts should be chewed thoroughly.

  3. Chamomile tea. This type of tea is effective in relieving the symptoms of acid reflux and reduces the discomfort that GERD brings. The good thing about this tea is that you can drink it any time of the day.

  4. Apples and ginger. Both ginger and apples can reduce the acid in the stomach.

  5. Chewing gum. Chewing gum can increase the production of saliva that can be effective in diluting the acid once stomach content reaches the mouth.

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Bad Breath-Busting Foods You Should Know About

During last night’s party, you loved the tacos smothered with onions and cheese. But the morning after, your breath could knock down a UFC champion.

And then you ask what to do to shoo away your smelly breath. When your breath turned bad because of foods such as cheese, fish, onions and garlic, you will need a breath freshener every now and then or at least a day until after odor clears out from your bloodstream. Frequent brushing is impossible so what you can do is to treat your bad breath with something that is handy, foods.

  1. Try sucking on a lemon. This is easy to do especially in restaurants because they use lemons as garnish. Sparkling water with lemon or lemon-flavored candies are great alternatives. You can even carry them with you wherever you go as they are very portable.
  2. Go for green garnishes. If your favorite garlic-rich dish or an onion-laden burger was served with green garnishes such as parsley, consider it as a bad breath remover more than a food décor. Chewing on parsley sprigs releases certain oils that can freshen up your breath.  Other garnishes such as basil and rosemary can work wonders too.
  3. Chew fresh, crisp vegetables and fruits like apples, pears and carrots. Aside from having high fiber content, all that munching will increase saliva production- this combination is perfect as it serves as a scrubbing solution for your mouth.
  4. Munch on some crispy spices like fennel seeds, coriander and anise which are available in most supermarkets and grocery stores. Mix these spices and store in a small container near your salt and pepper. Chewing these seeds can release certain oils that can sweeten your breath after eating curry or drinking coffee.
  5. Try cinnamon sticks or mint gums. There’s a kind of oil found in cinnamon that can kill oral bacteria and can prevent them from invading your mouth. Mint gums on the other hand usually contain Xylitol which can easily freshen up your breath and prevent cavities.
  6.  Combine yogurt and berries. If you can’t help but eat your favorite breath-unfriendly foods, you can try eating for prevention, which they say is better than cure. Consuming at least a cup full of yogurt two times a day can remove that rotten egg smell from your mouth. Berries on the other hand can kill smelly mouth bacteria. To get best results, combine berries with yogurt and you won’t have to worry about bad breath ever again.

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Remedies for Common Vaginal Problems

Contrary to what most people think that a woman’s vagina is dirty and germ-filled, you will be surprised to know that it is much cleaner than our mouths and rectums. The vagina is a self-regulating organ that is filled with lactobacilli. These are good bacteria; the same organisms you can find in yogurt. They protect the vagina against bad bacteria by maintaining an acidic environment.

The vagina is an important part of a woman’s body. For this reason alone, it requires a lot of attention when it comes to hygiene. Unfortunately since it is embarrassing to most people to talk about vaginas, proper care is often neglected.

Poor hygiene and certain diseases though may upset a healthy vaginal environment.  To guide women in keeping their vaginas healthy, we have gathered the most common vaginal conditions and the proper prevention and cure for each.

Nasty Yeast Infections

What You Need To Know: Women nowadays like to wear thongs to save themselves from the visible panty lines. However, not all of them know that wearing thongs regularly can cause yeast infections. When this thin piece of fabric touches the skin between the vagina and the anus, bacteria from the thongs can go straight into the vagina. Not only that, thongs can tear the sensitive skin around the clitoris or vulva thus creating an entry point for microbes.

What You Need To Do: The good news is, you don’t have to say goodbye to thongs just yet. As long as it is made of cotton or it has a cotton crotch then you should be fine. Cotton is breathable and dries easily. Bacteria usually won’t grow in dry environment. Growing out some hair is also a good thing. The hair will serve as a barrier between the vagina and your underwear.

Clogged Bartholin Ducts

What you need to know: Normally when we are sexually aroused, the bartholin glands ( 2 pea-sized organ under our skin)  secretes lubrication. Sometimes this lubrication gets trapped in the bartholin ducts ( two tiny tubes on both sides of the vagina) causing cysts to swell near the vaginal opening. For some who has experienced it, they say it feels like a water balloon growing in their vaginas.

What You Need To Do: Unclogging the ducts is quite easy. You can sit on a warm bath for 15 to 20 minutes and do this 3 times a day. The cyst is usually benign and does not need treatment. If it goes way on its own that means it was just temporarily blocked. But if the cysts grows in size and becomes painful, you must see a doctor. Most health care providers will drain the cyst through a procedure called marsupialization.

Vaginal Dryness

What You Need To Know: Dehydration, taking in medication such as anti-histamines, breastfeeding, and menopause can all result to vaginal dryness.

What You Need To Do: Keep personal lubricants handy. Choose a water-based lub over oil-based especially if you’re using condoms during intercourse. Oil-based lubs can damage condoms. Choose plain lubricants over scented or flavored variety. The latter can cause yeast infection and may worsen dryness.

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Treat Insomnia with Home Remedies

 Most people, who have insomnia or the inability to sleep during night time, depend on sleeping pills in order to fall asleep. Little do they know, there are remedies available in their own homes that allow them to get some rest without the drugs. This is a more natural way of treating insomnia.

The quality and amount of sleep that is needed per day varies from person to person. Normally, each one of us should have at least 7 to 8 hours sleep each night in order for our body to feel and function well in the morning.

Symptoms of insomnia include sleepiness during day time, inability to concentrate at work, feeling of exhaustion, abdominal problems and increased mistakes. Since sleep is important, if one person is unable to get the needed amount of sleep per night, his health may suffer. Insomnia can result to anxiety and depression, and can increase the body’s risk of acquiring infections, hypertension and diabetes.

If you are unable to sleep or stay asleep at night, some doctors would prescribe sleeping pills or recommend behavioral therapies. But the use of both of these are only limited that is why it is still better to treat it naturally by modifying your lifestyle, diet and bedtime habits.

Here are some of the recommended home remedies to try out before going for the prescription pill:

  • Exercise regularly. Exercise can improve your overall health and relieves stress. However, it is best to do it during the day and not before bedtime.
  • Manage stress. Work or life-related stress can aggravate insomnia. Clear your mind from stressful thoughts before going to bed. You can try yoga or have a relaxing warm bath. These will help you relax as well.
  • Drink herbal teas such as chamomile tea. It is known to have soothing effects that can relieve anxieties thus preventing insomnia.
  • Eat bedtime snacks that have carbohydrate content thirty minutes before retiring to bed. Carbs help you get drowsy easier.
  • Improve your sleeping habits. Make your bedroom conducive for sleeping. Use a comfortable bed and pillow. Avoid reading books and magazines before bedtime. Turn off the TV and avoid loud noises.
  • There are also herbs and supplements that can remedy insomnia but you have to consult your doctor before taking any.

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Saying Goodbye to Cracked Heels

Having healthy looking feet is just as important as the rest of the body. If you have bad looking feet with cracked heels, this can give you less confidence in choosing footwear opting for closed shoes all the time even when it is a hot summer day. Aside from the fact that having cracked heels is not pleasant to look in the eyes, it can give a lot of discomforts too. Cracks heels are often associated with pain making it difficult to move around.

That is why it is a must to get rid of these unwanted cracked heels before it affects your way of living. The following are some of the ways on how to treat and say goodbye to cracked heels:

  • The key to having great looking feet starts with good feet hygiene. Make sure that you always wash your feet with soap and water and dry them before using footwear. The simplest things such as this will help you have great looking feet. After washing your feet at night and toweling them dry, apply a generous amount of a hypoallergenic moisturizer or cocoa shea butter. Doing this will help prevent dryness, help promote healing, promote skin renewal, and improve the appearance of the feet over time.
  • During your daily baths, just like you do scrubbing on your body, make sure that you scrub your feet too. Use a pumice stone in scrubbing the soles of your feet. Pumice stones helps get rid of the dead skin cells of feet which are the main reason why there are cracked heels. Doing this daily will make the feet looking more appealing.
  • Use foot files. Soak your feet into a bassinette of warm water for about twenty minutes enough to soften the skin of the feet and then towel your feet dry. Rub and file the cracked areas and you will see the dead skin cells removed. Perform it until you feel that what are left are the soft surfaces of the feet.
  •  Going to salons for foot treatments and spas is one of the effective ways in saying goodbye to cracked heels. Occasionally have foot spas will help restore the appearance of your feet as trained therapists scrub and exfoliate the soles of the feet. Aside from getting rid of the calluses and dead skin cells that makes the feet unappealing, there are foot massages that normally go along with the treatment. Your tired looking feet will surely feel rejuvenated after the therapy. Although opting foot spas may means shedding money, but you deserve the relaxation it gives, plus it is effective in saying goodbye to your cracked heels.

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7 Natural Remedies for Flu Symptoms

Flu symptoms can cause problems, from coughing and fever to inflamed throat, difficulty breathing and body aches. But it is good to know that there are many ways on how to feel better.

Doctors usually prescribe antiviral drugs that can cure both seasonal flu and H1N1 symptoms. In most cases, since we know that flu is viral, we wait until infection dies down or we have natural remedies at home which are effective in relieving mild to moderate flu symptoms.

Here’s a list of natural remedies for flu symptoms:

  1. Hydrate. Drink up. Flu can cause dehydration especially when fever comes with nausea and vomiting. Make sure that you get enough fluids daily. Water is your best choice. Juices and drinks that are packed with electrolytes are also okay. Stay away from caffeinated beverages because caffeine is a diuretic. It will only make you lose water more. If you are vomiting, take small sips of water.
  2. Have some soup. For years, our mothers will always offer us chicken soup whenever we are inflicted with flu. Our mothers are right. Chicken soup can relieve upper respiratory tract infections. Leaning over a bowl of hot soup will cause the vapor to get up our nose and we will suddenly feel better.
  3. Bed rest. There’s nothing that works better in relieving flu symptoms than lying on your bed and rest the day off. Rest helps our body fight off infections. Do not neglect night sleep. It is important to at least have 8 hours of sleep every night.
  4. Try a steamy shower. Breathing humidified or moist air can relieve nasal congestion. Turn the hot shower on and sit in the bathroom for a few minutes while you inhale the steam.
  5. To unclog your airways, pour hot water on a bowl, cover your head with a towel as if making a tent around your head and lean over the bowl. Inhale the steam. For best results you can add a few drops of eucalyptus or peppermint oil.
  6. Apply a warm compress over your forehead and nose. This is a great way of relieving headache and sinus pain.
  7. Gargle with warm salt water. This can loosen thick phlegm and secretions from the back of your throat.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Dos and Don’ts of Teenage Acne

Teen acne is a common skin condition that results to bumps in the face, chest and the back. Our sebaceous glands produce sebum which is a natural skin moisturizer. Acne happens when sebum clog our pores, makes the skin gluey and difficult to shed. The mixture of sebum, bacteria and unshed dead skin cells within a clogged hair follicle causes a pimple.

In previous years, most parents do not give much importance to treating teen acne. They often underestimate its effects to their teenager’s social life. Today, more and more studies show that acne can lower down a teenager’s body image, self-confidence and self-esteem resulting to anger, depression, and withdrawal.

The good thing about research is that we are given so much information on how we can effectively treat our teenager’s acne. Here are some helpful tips for parents:

  1. It is important to keep in mind that acne is not caused by a dirty face. Telling your teenager to wash his face every time can actually worsen his acne. When washing make sure the temperature of the water is warm but not too hot. Make use of mild cleansers and do not use washcloths in scrubbing your face. Instead, use your 2 hands.
  2. Pimples take some time to heal. Your teen’s dermatologist may prescribe topical creams or gels to unblock his hair follicles. Oral medications include isoretinoin and birth pills for women. Use these medications as instructed by your doctor and do not combine prescription medication and over-the-counter drugs. Whenever you want to administer OTC drugs for your teen’s acne, it is best to consult his doctor.
  3. Moisturize with mild moisturizing lotion especially if you’re using prescription creams that can cause dryness. Do not use heavy grease as this can worsen your child’s acne. Also check the label, it should say oil-free and non-comedogenic. These mean it does not produce blackheads that can clog the pores. Apply moisturizer after medicating his face with prescription creams.
  4. Do not apply make up after you have applied your anti-acne creams. And as much as possible to not use more make-up.
  5. Choose hair products that do not add oil to your teen’s hair and use them wisely. Do not let it get in contact with his face because it can also clog his pores.
  6. Sometimes we cannot prevent an acne breakout. Don’t let your teenager pop or pick his pimples because this may cause scarring and it will take longer time to heal.

Almost every teenager will go through acne. What is important is to teach him how to develop good skin care habits. Work with his dermatologist so the best treatment can be provided to your teenager.

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