Archive | January, 2018

Top 11 Ways to Hide Your Face Lift Surgery in Women

Facelift surgery may take 1-2 weeks to heal enough to be able to put make-up on and go back to the office. Here are 11 tips to heal faster and to hide your surgery:

– homeopathic medications before and after surgery

– avoid blood thinners before and after surgery

– get optimal skin care before surgery

– body position right after surgery, including icing right after surgery

– control your high blood pressure before and after surgery

– use antibiotic cream

– change your hairstyle right after surgery, grow your hair longer, or get extensions

– use anti-bruising cream

– avoid vigorous exercise right after surgery

– wear makeup over the areas of bruising and swelling

Before you even have surgery, some people feel that Arnica, a homeopathic medicine, may help reduce swelling and bruising. You should take 1-2 tablets the night before surgery and several tablets after surgery, to help with healing. Arnica cream, right after surgery applied to areas of bruising, may also help to reduce pain and swelling.

Aspirin, Ibuprofen, and even certain foods and supplements may make your blood thinner, causing more bruising and swelling right after surgery. To get the fastest healing possible, you should consult with your Plastic Surgeon about what medications and foods to avoid, before and right after your facelift.

Optimal Skin Care includes mainly prescription medications, such as Retin-A, hydroquinone, glycolic soap and peels, and other lotions. Great skin care before surgery allows your collagen to be more organized and thicker, so that you can heal faster after your surgery. This should be started at least 1-2 months before your facelift.

Right after surgery, your body position should be optimized to reduce swelling and bruising as well. Your head should be elevated and above your heart level. You may also want your head to rest on pillows.

You should have ice packs or cold compresses available to place on your face, to reduce swelling.

Patients with high blood pressure should monitor and control their blood pressure before and after surgery. Do not forget your hypertension medications! High blood pressure may contribute to swelling right after surgery and lowering your blood pressure with medication will help.

You will probably be told to use antibiotic cream right after surgery to help your incisions heal. It is important to do this consistently, because this cream will help your incision heal faster and form less scar tissue.

Changing your hair style right after your facelift is a good distraction. Your friends and family will be visually directed towards a change in hair color, extensions, or a different cut. You may want to wear your hair longer than usual before surgery, since the longer hair after surgery can help hide your surgical sites. Longer hair over the forehead may distract from a forehead lift and hair over the ear areas may hide the ear incisions.

You want to avoid exercise for several weeks until your Plastic Surgeon says it is ok. Exercise increases your heart rate and blood pressure, which increases bleeding and swelling in your surgical areas. You should wait until your incisions have healed before working out.

Wearing makeup is also an alternative. Again, you should ask your Plastic Surgeon when you can apply makeup to your facelift areas, which can hide or camouflage your surgery.

Check with your plastic surgeon to talk in depth about your individualized plan to recover from your face lift surgery.

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Ubtan – World’s First Known Cosmetic

To look beautiful has been an obsession with men and women alike throughout the ages but it differs from one land to another and also according to the time and mode of living. The desire of looking enchantingly beautiful laid the foundation of world’s first known natural cosmetic – ‘Ubtan’, initially started as a ritual in India. The ritual of ‘Ubtan’, also known as ‘Battne di Rasam’ in Punjabi, and ‘Kappumanjal’ in Tamil is one of the vital components of the concept of ‘Solah-Shringaar’ (Sixteen ways of beautification of body). ‘Ubtan’ is a body application used for the beautification of the body, dating back to the remotest antiquity and is the legacy of the rich Indian Heritage.

It is believed that during Vedic era, it was being prescribed by the Vedic Physicians for the protection, nourishment & beautification of the skin. The apparent results obtained with the application of ‘Ubtan’ gave it a wide-spread publicity by which perhaps it became a fashionable routine for men & women, those days, to apply it for the beautification of skin and later on established its credence as a ritual for brides & bridegrooms before marriage.

‘Ubtan’ which is used to bring a enchanting look to the skin, is the paste-mixture of turmeric, saffron, san¬dalwood, bengal-gram, and seeds of yellow mustard, mustard oil and water, is applied by the brides & bridegrooms while reciting ‘Ved Mantras’ or traditional folk songs, as an important ritual of marriages in India. This paste is prepared in various ways to make the skin fair and to nourish it from within. On the occasion of social and religious festivals, preparation of ‘Ubtan’ itself is a fairly enjoyable task for ladies in India. The paste is applied to the whole body for 25 to 30 minutes thereafter scrubbed before taking the customary bath. It helps to improve and tighten sagging skin and keeps the skin glowing for a long time. Earlier it was also customary to make special cosmetics for ladies of high rank and social classes, by adding several other aromatic herbs, yoghurt, milk cream, honey and essence of flowers. Various other ingredients are also added like petals of rose and jasmine, Khus-Khus, drop of lemon juice and other herbs to get a unique beautifying lotion.

‘Ubtan’ is a a powerful exfoliating treatment that stimulates the underlying tissues of the skin. Upon scientific researches of its ingredients, it has been found that the ‘Ubtan’ not only enhances beauty, but also possesses definite medicinal values by virtue of its antifungal, antibacterial, antiperspirant, deodorant & skin-toning properties, thereby ruling out the possibilities of skin infections. It serves the multi¬purpose role of cleanser, astringent, stimulant, and skin-tonic all at the same time. By its revitalising, refreshing & refining actions, ‘Ubtan’ helps in the glowing of complexion and making it appear luscious. It also gives protection from various skin problems including acne, pimples, blemishes, white patches, freckles, blackheads, etc. Its regular usage prevents the occurrence of premature wrinkles, removes scars, & helps to lighten the open pores. The natural ingredients of ‘Ubtan’ build up flabby and drooping tissues, improve blood circulation & skin texture, provide anti-aging, anti-wrinkle, anti-rash, anti-blemishing, anti-bacterial, anti-tanning effects to the skin and nourish it.

As a beauty aid, Curcumin – the alkaloidal content of the main ingredient of Ubtan, Turmeric prevents and cures pigmentation, maintains the PH balance and makes the skin glow. Santalol in Sandal¬wood helps in inhibiting the growth of micro-organisms and preventing skin infections. The woody fibre & Vitamin C in Bengal gram open the blocked pores, maintain the secretions from glands and bleach the sun freckles. Due to its Sandalwood contents, ‘Ubtan’ acts as an astringent and helps to tighten the pores. The crocetin contents of Saffron add to the lustre of the skin and make it glow. The rough nature of Bengal gram powder cleanses it by removing the dead infected parts of the skin. It is also used to promote healing of the cracked & inflamed skin.

The glowing glory and the amazing pharmaco-kinetics of ‘Ubtan’? Were our ancestors really aware of them? It seems they really were. Hats off to them!

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Shuttlecock Woes – A Layman’s Guide to Common Badminton Injuries

A rather common opinion about badminton is that it is one of the safest games possible-a fun, family game innocent of malice and devoid of any real danger of injury. Such notions are highly probable, given the immense popularity of the game worldwide, as entertainment for children during playtime as well as a serious Olympic sport.

However, contrary to popular opinion, badminton players are also prone to injury-some so intense in nature that they may take months to heal completely. According to one study conducted by a Denmark-based group of doctors and published in 2006, badminton injuries occur at an average rate of 2.9/person every 1000 hours of play time. Despite being a non-contact sport, where there is no physical contact between the opposing players, badminton injuries happen frequently-mostly due to over use of certain parts of the body and sometimes because of accidents happening suddenly and painfully. Mostly they occur in players who wear the wrong shoes, do not warm-up, warm-up more than required, sport bad technique, are overweight or generally unfit. Injuries are witnessed in players who have not indulged in sport for a while as well as in seasoned players who have overused body parts such as wrists, ankles, knees and elbows to name a few.

Acute/Accidental injuries:

Ankle Sprains- Although still wanting in detailed statistical studies, some research papers have shown that on an average, ankle sprains constitute more than half of all reported badminton injuries. An ankles sprain can be described as the stretching and or tearing of ligaments and muscles in the ankle. In extreme cases, there may also be damage to tendons, bones and other joint tissues. The resulting bleeding within tissues can cause sudden edema and swelling of the ankle, which in third degree sprains, often takes more than 6 months to heal completely. Ankle sprains are accidental in 99% of the incidences and happen when the player lands on his partner’s foot or on the floor with his own foot turned inwards, outwards or flexed. The extremely quick directional changes required during badminton, often cause the feet to roll over or twist, resulting in a sprained ankle. Fatigue, extra body weight and shoes with more than normal ‘grip’ are frequent contributors to such injuries.

Meniscus Tear- This also goes by the layman-friendly alias ‘Torn Cartilage Knee Injury’ and is as painful as a sprained ankle. During the intricate footwork required during a badminton game, the meniscus or cartilage, which provides a soft cushioning between the thigh and shin bones, sometimes ruptures, causing pain in the joint-line of the knee, swelling and inability to flex the leg completely. This may sometimes also be accompanied by an injured or totally ruptured ligament, which increases the pain factor and healing time. Normally, the swelling and pain settles down easily for most people. However for some sportspersons, the knee can become prone to knee locking or ‘giving way’, in which case, surgery is required.

Muscle Strain- Unexpected movements, such as a sudden overhead smash, may put muscles in various parts of the body under pressure, thereby causing a disruption of fibres in the affected muscle. This can result in pain, swelling, bruising and in extreme case, loss of function. Muscles commonly affected are the hamstring, knee, shoulder and calf, to name a few.

Ocular hurt- A Malaysian study reportedly called badminton the ‘sport which presented the greatest ocular hazard in Malaysia’. Another Canadian study backed up these claims saying that 30-58% of all eye injuries in Canada caused by racquet sports were attributed to badminton. This may seem funny to a layman, since a shuttlecock looks anything but devious, with its lightweight feathery appearance, compared to the heavier balls used in tennis and squash. Although the frequency of eye injuries on an average is more in squash than in badminton, the latter does account for injuries which are greater in severity. This is partly because the bottom round of the shuttlecock fits into the eye orbit and also because of the extremely high speeds achieved during badminton. Badminton is widely considered to be the fastest racquet sport in the world and shuttlecocks have been known to reach speeds of more than 300 km/hour. On 25 September 2009, Malaysia’s Tan Boon Heong set the international smash record of 421 km/hour in the men’s double’s category at the Japan Open 2009. This is 1/3rd the speed of sound at sea level, so one can imagine the effect of a shuttlecock travelling at that speed and hitting one’s eye. It would be painful to say the least.

Fractures- Fractures are fairly rare in badminton, although some have been reported. They normally happen when another player’s racquet hits a player’s arm or leg or if the player himself falls down heavily or if another player missteps and falls/steps on him/her.

Chronic/overuse injuries:

Achilles Tendonitis- Loosely defined, Achilles Tendonitis or Achilles Tendonipathy is an inflammation of the heel cord of the foot. In reference to badminton, it can be described as a chronic degenerative change in the Achilles Tendon (a cord of inelastic tissue connecting bone and muscle running from heel to calf) occurring due to repetitive jumping and running, worsened by poor warm-up techniques. More common as one ages, it also tends to worsen with activity.

Tennis Elbow- Do not be mislead by the nomenclature of this particular injury. Tennis Elbow is often seen in sports other than tennis and very frequently among badminton players. The injury, known as Lateral Epicondylosis among the medical fraternity, is a chronic overuse injury which occurs due to the inflammation of the tendons of the forearm on the outer part of the elbow. Players who indulge in repetitive backhand strikes are often subject to Tennis Elbows. Change of grip size, lack of recovery and excess stretching tend to make them worse.

Golfer’s Elbow- This particular injury is similar to Tennis Elbow in mostly all respects except for the location of the injury. While Tennis Elbow causes inflammation on the outer part of the elbow, Golfer’s Elbow usually occurs on the inner side of the elbow with the pain sometimes radiating along the forearm. It is also a chronic degenerative problem, mainly caused by an overuse of the wrist.

Jumper’s Knee- As the name suggests, this injury often comes on due to repeated jumping on hard surfaces. Known in medical terms as Patellar Tendonitis, the Patella Tendon located below the knee cap is affected over a long period of jumping and landing during badminton. Activity normally worsens the tendon damage and a rupture may sometimes follow with lack of rest

Rotator cuff injury- The most prominent shoulder injury to affect badminton players over time, typically a rotator cuff injury is brought on over time by repeated stress to the shoulder area while playing overhead shots in badminton. It usually begins as a lingering irritation in the shoulder known as an ‘impingement syndrome’, which if left uncared for, worsens to develop partial tears in the rotator cuff muscles. Further activity and stress can cause a complete tear in one or more muscles in the area.

Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction- The Sacroiliac Joint connects the sacrum at the base of the spine to the ilium of the pelvic region. Continuous badminton playing with low core stability causes an anatomic issue in this joint, which results in chronic lower back pain. The condition is known as Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction and affected players are advised to refer a physician for a complete evaluation of the condition.

Neck sprains- Focusing on the shuttlecock for long durations and turning one’s neck accordingly in various directions, can cause the neck to be extended beyond the normal angles, especially while playing smashes and strikes around the head, thereby causing neck sprains.

Cramps- A cramp can be described in a badminton player as a sudden and intense pain caused mainly in the leg area due to major loss of fluid, overheating of the muscle and fatigue. Although the suddenness of a cramp could warrant it to be placed in the “acute injury” category, it is considered to be a chronic injury, since it happens after playing badminton for a long time.

Abrasions and blisters- Common yet less malignant as compared to the rest of the above-mentioned conditions, abrasions occur mostly on the hands and knees due to direct contact with hard surfaces when the player falls or scratches himself. Blisters occur due to pus or fluid formation under the skin caused by extended periods of gripping a racquet, an abrasion not being cleaned or healed properly and heels or toes being continually encased in shoes or being in direct contact with a hard surface for long periods.

Prevention and cure:

It would be wise to adhere to the oft heard rule in the exercise arena “You don’t get fit to play a sport, you play a sport to get fit!” Therefore it is advisable for badminton players of all ages and levels to take a few important pre-game precautionary measures, which include but are not limited to increasing fitness levels, better nutrition, decreasing weight, getting the proper shoes, grips and other attire, warming-up before playing and improving playing technique.

One cannot stress enough the importance of a good warm-up session before and cool-down session after a heavy game of badminton. A typical warm-up should include about 5-10 minutes of gentle jogging , spot walking or skipping, followed by short stretches of 30 seconds each, slightly longer stretches on the tighter muscles ending with stretches for certain individual muscle groups like shoulder, hamstring etc. If the player wishes, he/she may also follow this with certain specific exercise drills such as push-ups, sit-ups and the like. Stretching releases tension within muscles, allows freer movement and circulation and not only prepares the body for heavy-duty badminton, but also the mind. Begin the game with around 5-20 minutes of gentle shots with your partner and then gradually increase the pace and tempo of your game. Ideally one must end a game with cool down exercises and stretches too.

Shoes and grips especially are of utmost importance in preventing ankle and elbow injuries respectively. Gripping a racquet too hard or long can bring on a Tennis Elbow, while wearing heavy grip non-supportive shoes cause ankle sprains and Achilles Tendonitis.

To prevent elbow issues, take extra care to buy a good quality racquet which fits precisely into the palm of your hand. Turn your racquet into a powerful, injury-preventing instrument by adding more grip to the handle, taking care not to add too much to disrupt the racquet balance. For those of you, who already have suffered from Tennis Elbows before, it would make sense to wear a Tennis Elbow Compression Strap, which works by reducing tension on the elbow tendons.

Badminton requires the player to slide across the court and hence it would be a good idea to get shoes which have a good arch support, shock absorbers to prevent injury to the ankle, heel cups to keep the heel protected and special soles which do not provide much room for friction with the ground below. Take care to buy a shoe which has a combination of these qualities in order to be assured of all rounded protection. Never wear jogging or basketball shoes for your badminton game and make sure you keep a pair of good badminton shoes aside meant solely for badminton.

A few other recommended products for badminton injuries include orthotics and insoles, knee and Achilles straps, ankle braces, shoulder supports and blister socks.

To prevent eye injuries, many research scientists recommend that certified plastic polycarbonate glasses be worn by beginners and experienced badminton players alike.

Lastly, as a generic rule, make sure you are always well stocked up on water or isotonic sports drinks, especially while playing badminton in hot weather, since like all other sports, badminton too tends to sap the fluids and cause dehydration.

When a badminton injury has already happened, quick and correct procedures are essential for a speedy cure. In case of acute injuries like sudden sprains, strains and tears, the first step towards healing is correct diagnosis. This must be followed by the rest, ice, compression and elevation protocol which is absolutely necessary for recovery. Special care must be taken to keep weight off the injured area and lengthy periods of rehabilitation are a must. In case of a sprained ankle a removable plastic cast walker may be necessary to provide the required support. Tennis Elbows can usually be alleviated by rest and ice therapy, but in the more severe cases, pain relief and anti inflammatory medication and sometimes corticosteroid injections are required. Golfer’s Elbow on the other hand is usually treated with tape, elbow guards, manual therapy and stretching. When Achilles Tendonitis occurs, ice packs are normally helpful, but a minimum rest period of three months is required for the body to produce the collagen tissue in order to repair the injured tendon.

Sounds scary? It doesn’t have to be! Badminton can continue to be a fun sport for all those who have even a smidgen of interest in it. The fear of injury need not come into the picture at all, if the necessary precautions are taken and if players choose to keep themselves intelligently informed about the protocols to be followed- in case of injury.

Keep the shuttlecock flying fearlessly and treat yourself to a great injury-free badminton blast!

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Popular Beard Styles For Black Men

Keeping a beard has become a trendy fashion today. There are many popular beard styles of black men who have always drawn inspiration from people who are not hesitant to push the boundaries. These unique styles help them to have an attractive personality. No matter which style you want to choose to complete your look, it is important to match it with your face shape and body to make sure that it looks good on you.

There are so many types of beards of black men that you will have to find out which will add more value to your look and style. You should also take care that your hair style also matches with the chosen beard style. Here are some of the unique choices to experiment with to see which one looks the best on you:

Full – In the past, this used to be the favorite beard style for black men of the senior class. This classic style has made a comeback in recent years and has become popular among people of all ages. The best thing about this style is that it can go with any face, regardless of the haircut and hair growth pattern.

Five O’clock -This is the perfect three day old beard that can make one look irresistible. It gives the appearance of the five o’clock shadow. In this style, the cheeks and the neck need to be shaved daily to master the look. Beard shampoo and oil can be used for a shiny look. You can trim the beard every three days to maintain the irresistible look.

Goatee– This is one of the most popular beard styles for black men. You can sculpt it in different ways to get the desired look. It is a small beard under the chin and can take several forms.

Van Dyke– Derived from the name of the famous Flemish portrait artist Anthony Van Dyck, this style consists of a straight beard on the chin and a mustache not connected to the lips.

Chin Curtain– Grow a full beard and shave the mustache to get this style. You can also trim down the cheeks post too following the jaws in a linear way.

Mutton Chops– This is considered to be the most daring style. For this, you need to allow the hair on the sideburns to grow longer, denser and larger and shave the chin area, the mustache and the soul patch.

There are many other beard styles for black men like, short boxed, crusader, chocolate, duck tail, mid-range stubble, Garibaldi, circle, shaved, tight and chin curtain with mustache.

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Treatment For a Dog Itchy Skin Problem

Does your dog have dry itchy skin that he just can’t stop scratching?  Is he relentlessly biting and licking these areas with no relief in site?  By now, more than likely you’re feeling helpless with you dog’s itchy skin problem.  You know there’s just got to be a simple solution that doesn’t involve dragging your dog to the vet and paying a high priced doctor’s bill. 

Well…you’re right!  There ARE some simple solutions to a dog with dry itchy skin.  After all, it’s a VERY common problem.  Here I’ll be giving you some great tips that will give your dog (and you) the relief you’ve been searching for. Let’s get started!

It can be a bit intimidating at first, trying to cure a pet’s health ailment.  Don’t let your lack of knowledge on the subject intimidate you.  You don’t have to be a veterinarian to solve MOST itchy skin conditions in dogs.  You simply need to know what safe treatments you can start implementing and go from there.  Here, I’ll be giving you my top two favorites:

The Shampoo Factor:  Shampoos can work FOR or AGAINST a dog with itchy skin.  It really all depends on root cause of the itch.  For instance, if he’s suffering from fleas (flea allergies cause the insatiable itch), you’ll want to pick up a reputable flea & tick shampoo.  He’ll feel relieve INSTANTLY as most flea shampoos kill the fleas within 24 hours of application.

Shampoos can also work against your dog when it comes to itching.  If your groomer is using a particular brand, you may want to investigate.  Perhaps you’re taking him to the groomer too often.  See, whenever your dog has a bath with shampoo, the oil from his fur is stripped and a drying effect takes place on the skin.  This can cause itchy dog skin but the solution is much simpler than the former scenario. You can either give him less baths or…

They do make dog dandruff shampoos which moisturize itchy dog skin.  Try this out if you’ve already eliminated the possibility of fleas, rash, infection or a sore as the cause of the problem.  Moisturizing his skin with one of these shampoos is a nice easy fix.

Soothing Solutions:   Aloe Vera works especially well on “hot spots” (sores).  Hot spots are incredible itchy patches of irritated skin.  They usually occur when a scratch on the skin becomes minorly infected.  Applying a dab of aloe vera to the spot will immediately soothe your dog.  You can also dissolve Aloe Vera in a spray bottle with water.  Spray the solution on your dog’s coat to give him FAST relieve.

Emu Oil is another natural substance that relieves irritated skin.  It’s used best with skin irritated by ringworm, flea bites and hotspots. 

Finally, Petroleum Jelly works wonders on patches of itchy dog skin.  It can get a bit messy, so just put a dab on.  I prefer using this solution for hotspots.  It’s a nice way to prevent the dog from further infecting the area and allowing the sore to heal.  Petroleum Jelly is less effective for a recurring issue such as a flea infestation.

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You Can Get Rid of Ugly Toenails

As a medical and beauty journalist, I often get questions about “ugly toenails” and how to remedy them. Having had ugly big toenails (caused by onychomycosis or fungal infection of the growing base) for over 14 years, I have become somewhat of an expert in this persistent condition and how to restore damaged toenails to some semblance of beauty. Here are a few pointers:

1. If you think you have a toenail infection (usually heralded by a yellowish discoloration of the nail and/or thickening), act quickly! Soak your toes in vinegar daily, or apply a 3% hydrogen peroxide with a Q-tip twice a day. Caught early, most cases of onychomycosis are treatable.

2. Always let your toes out to air as often as possible. Fungus cannot develop in the presence of ultraviolet light and oxygen. (Fungi love dark, damp places like socks and closed-toed shoes.) Go barefoot at home, or wear thongs, and don your sandals when you’re out. Never, ever wear plastic or vinyl shoes that do not have breathing holes.

3. Don’t fall for any of those ads on eBay or elsewhere on the Internet, claiming that some ancient cure emanating from uncle so-and-so in an obscure Mediterranean village cured the seller’s ugly toenails. The solutions they sell (often for over $20 a small bottle) are either diluted vinegar or hydrogen peroxide. I fell prey to one of these sellers and paid $25 a bottle for a few drips of hydrogen peroxide in distilled water.

4. Ditto for tea tree oil/melaleuca and oregano oil. These may be an anti-fungal in action but once onychomycosis has taken hold, there’s not much either can do.

5. Beware of prescription meds for onychomycosis, such as Lamisil® (terbinafine) and Sporanox® (itraconazole) in tablet form. These have to be taken for the long-term (up to 12 weeks) and are extremely expensive (over $500 last time I checked). The products come with warnings about liver health and some cases of liver damage have been reported. Is the health of your entire body a sensible trade-off for pretty toenails? More recently, Lamisil® has become available as a cream or spray.

You may want to try this instead. After 13 years with severely thickened and deformed toenails, the cream finally restored my nasty toenails to healthy, thinned down, pink ones. First, I filed down the “tabletop” of the nail, being very careful to stop before it became too planed down and I hit the skin underneath. Then I applied the cream nightly and in the morning for two months. After this, I used it only at night (after washing my feet of course) and rubbed in oil of oregano in the morning. This produced the miracle I had been waiting for. But what if you are going on vacation where your tootsies will be revealed, or you are going out for a night on the town and want to wear your strappy stilettos with the peep toes? This brings me to:

6. Check out the local nail salons and find one where they will apply fake toenails. It will likely cost you in the region of $12 and you’ll be sporting a pair of brand new, pretty feet. Be sure to have the nails removed as soon as possible though, as fungi can spread underneath, spoiling your best efforts to have beautiful toenails again. Getting rid of ugly toenails can be done, even after many years. Trust me. I did it, and you can too.

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How to Get the Best Results From a Pilates Program

Whether you’re doing Pilates to get toned and lean, increase flexibility or lose weight, there are a few things to keep in mind and add to your regimen to help you get the best results. In the case of weight loss it is important to be sure you’re watching your caloric intake. While any form of exercise burns calories, they don’t all burn the same amount. For example 30 minutes of Pilates can burn just over 200 calories, while 30 minutes on a spin bike will burn closer to 300.

For weight loss, you will also get the best results from Pilates if you incorporate it with another fitness regimen that focuses on cardio. Go for a jog a couple of nights a week or do an aerobics class. Even 30 minutes on an elliptical or treadmill a couple of days a week will greatly increase your weight loss. At the same time the Pilates work will help increase your stamina when doing the cardio activities.

With diet in mind, there are also certain foods you can eat to help ensure you get the flat belly you’ve been working for and help keep it that way once you start your Pilates regimen. These foods include almonds, various berries, yogurt and fish that are high in Omega 3 fatty acids are all great for reducing belly bloat and belly fat accumulation. Many health experts believe the best way to eat in order to lose weight and maintain energy throughout the day is by eating six small meals throughout the day rather than three big meals. This is especially beneficial for Pilates work because you never have to wait long after eating to do your workout and it improves regularity in digestion which helps keep the tummy lean and ready for ab workouts.

Keep proper posture even when you’re not engaging in your Pilates exercises. You can do this while driving, sitting in your office, going for a walk or even sitting on the couch watching TV. Practice your Pilates breathing and keep your belly button pulled up and in. You will be surprised how easy it is to do and hold by just concentrating a little. Soon it will seem like it doesn’t take much concentration at all. You will also find that this helps your posture improve, which can lessen back pain.

Stay relaxed and embrace the proper Pilates breathing methods. The exercises in Pilates are designed to compliment your breaths. This means that if you focus on your breathing as you do the exercises the breaths will help make the exercises easier on you. Proper breathing during Pilates also ensures the oxygen is flowing to all of your muscles and penetrating the tissues as they work. This helps result in less chance of injury and helps the muscle become stronger and longer faster.

While many people see results after just 10 sessions of Pilates, you will probably start to feel better after the first few. People who tend to see results within the first 10 sessions generally do a 30 to 40 minute Pilates exercise session two times a week. This means that if you work hard and do 4 or 5 of these sessions each week, your chances of seeing and feeling results will more than likely increase. You may start to see significant changes after your first two weeks of Pilates practice.

Keep building up your routine. Often people continue to stay at the introductory or intermediate level in their Pilates work. As you continue to do Pilates you will notice the exercises getting easier or just staying at the same effort level. In order to get the most out of your Pilates work outs you will need to incorporate more advanced movements and maybe even visit a Pilates studio where you can do work on the machines or other apparatus under the instruction of a certified Pilates instructor.

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From Hourglass to the Pear – 6 Female Body Types Explained

It is important that every woman knows her body shape for several reasons. You will have the advantage of knowing how to dress to flatter your specific figure, as well as how weight gain and loss will effect your overall shape. Are you a pear that tends to gain weight in your hips and thighs? Are you an inverted triangle looking for tips on how to slim your waistline? I’ll briefly describe the 8 female body types –

1. Inverted Triangle: Imagine a triangle – now turn it upside down, and that is a pretty accurate image of what this body type looks like. Your upper body is proportionately large, with broad shoulders, a side back and large bust. Your breast may not be “ample” per se, but your upper torso is just full in general. Your hips are slim and narrow, your butt tends to be on the flatter side and your waistline is not very defined. You may even describe yourself as “stocky”.

2 & 3. Pear and Spoon: The Pear and Spoon female body shapes are very similar with the most noticeable difference being in the hips. For women with a pear shape, their hips gradually slopes out from the waist, making for a more smooth curve line. With a spoon body type, the hips almost jut out from the waist, creating a noticeable “shelf”. Both the pear and spoon type includes a much smaller bust and a small waist.Pears and spoons are definitely curvy, but lack proportional balance between the bust and hips which is the primary trait of an hourglass figure.

4. Top Hourglass: The primary difference between a top hourglass and regular hourglass is obviously in the bust measurement. An hourglass body type is known by the matching bust and hip measurement and slim waistline. In a top hourglass, the bust and hip measurements are slightly off, for example a measurement of 40- 28-39 would be considered a top hourglass body type.

5. Hourglass: The hourglass body is the most desirable. Women strive for this body type and men overwhelmingly select an hourglass as the most feminine and attractive in most every study conducted. If you are an hourglass, consider yourself lucky! Your bust and hips are proportionately balanced, your waist is small and well defined and you likely have a really nice round butt!

6. The Ruler (Straight) Body: This body build is similar to the shape of a rectangle. Your bust and hips are proportional, and your waist is not very defined. Ruler body measurements would be something along the lines of 38-37-38. This is not an ideal body shape for most women as it can look very boyish in appearance.

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Effective Stomach Pain Remedies and Cure

The term stomach pain refers to pain in any area between chest and the groin. The area above pelvic bone and under rib cage is commonly known as stomach. Pain can arise anywhere in this area when there is some problem with the natural function of internal organs. Stomach ache is mild in most of cases but it could be chronic and severe in many cases. Both men and women have to suffer from stomach ache every now and then. When pain is frequent and acute, it might be due to some serious medical condition.

There are some common disorders that can cause stomach pain. Constipation and indigestion are most common disorders that can awaken stomach ache. Stomach digests the food with the help of certain acids and enzymes. A damaged stomach lining will cause pain while dealing with stomach acids. Formation of excessive gas may dilate the liver or the internal lining of stomach. This dilation is unnatural and it can cause pain in the stomach. However, there are some more serious problems for rising stomach ache. Ulcer, appendicitis, kidney stones, hernia and infection in urinary tract can lead to stomach pain. In such conditions, when pain is chronic and acute, consultation of physician is recommended for proper diagnosis of any serious problem. There are some stomach pain remedies mentioned below to treat the problem effectively.

1. To ease stomach cramps, mix fennel with peppermint tea and drink it.

2. Take some basil leaves with 3 tablespoon of curd and mix them thoroughly. Pinch a little black pepper and add salt to taste. Have this mixture when stomach pain disturbs your routine.

3. Grind ginger to a paste, with the help of grinding stone. Apply this paste on belly and massage with firm pressure to work out its juice. This massage is very effective, especially in the case of children.

4. When pain occurs due to heavy meals, use this remedy for quick relief. Prepare a mixture by adding juice of one lemon with juice of one whole radish and drink it. It will stimulate the digestion and it will prevent from stomach aches caused by indigestion.

5. Prepare a mixture with two teaspoons of juice of lemon mixed with one teaspoon of juice of ginger. Add some sugar to taste. Drink this mixture for relief from almost any kind of stomach ache.

6. Prepare a paste by crushing three grams of tender tamarind leaves. Add one gram of rock salt; it will partially turn the paste into liquid. Have it for a quick relief from pain.

There are some precautions for preventing stomach aches. Drink at least 10 glasses of water in the duration of 24 hours. Water smoothes the bowel movements and it will prevent from constipation. Include green vegetables and fresh fruits in your diet. Develop habit of taking small walks after dinner. Avoid going to bed right after having meals. In order to keep digestive system healthy, light exercises and regular morning walks are important. Quit smoking and prefer not to drink alcoholic beverages. These precautions are not only helpful in preventing stomach pain, but also for healthy life.

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Colored Multifocal Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are a good alternative to traditional eyeglasses. They are normally placed on the cornea of the eye. A variety of colored contact lenses (both prescription and non-prescription) are available in the market today. They work better than any eye make-up. Like conventional contacts, certain colored contact lenses are also used for astigmatism or bifocals.

Colored multifocal (or bifocal) contact lenses are becoming very popular for several reasons. Besides correcting near vision and distant vision, they can totally change the color of eyes or can serve to improve dark or light eye color. Since the lens is used for two distinct purposes, multifocal contacts are designed in various ways. In some styles, near and far corrective parts are seen on the same area of the lens. But in some other designs, the two parts are placed away from each other.

There are mainly three common styles – the alternating, simultaneous, and concentric vision styles. In an alternating lens, the distant visual correction is fixed on the top half of the lens, while the near visual correction is on the bottom. This arrangement enables you to look up to distant objects, or look down to read a book. In the simultaneous bifocal lenses, the two corrective parts of the lens are placed very close to the center (almost at the pupil). In a concentric lens, the distant vision part is near the perimeter of the lens, while the near corrective is close to the center.

Among the many choices for colored contacts are visibility tints, enhancement tints, opaque color tints, and light-filtering tints. Visibility tint lenses do not affect your eye color. Enhancement tints are used for the purpose of improving the eye’s natural color. Opaque tint lenses are designed to alter eye color, and consist of several tiny colored dots to attain the color change. But, center part is left clear for vision purposes. Light-filtering tints are designed to enhance certain colors and diminish others.

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