Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Oregano Oil: Benefits, Uses, and More!

What is oregano oil?

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You’re probably already familiar with dried or fresh oregano that is commonly used as a food seasoning. Oregano grows wild in several Mediterranean countries, and is typically dried and used to flavor food. Many people are also discovering the benefits of oil of oregano.
Did You Know?
Oregano oil is made by distilling fresh oregano oils using a type of distillation called steam distillation. Most essential oils are made in this way.
Oregano oil, scientifically known as Origanum vulgare, is an essential oil with a wide variety of therapeutic uses. It has been used as a folk remedy for thousands of years. Recently many scientific studies have found oregano oil to be effective at treating various conditions.  
The science-backed effectiveness of oregano oil is leading to its growing popularity.
USES

What is oregano oil used for?



People often begin using oregano oil for one reason and then discover that it can be used for a variety of purposes.
Oil of oregano can boost your immune system. It has the following properties:
  • antibacterial
  • antifungal
  • antioxidant
  • anti-inflammatory
  • antibiotic
  • antiviral
These properties can:
  • aid in digestion
  • prevent or relieve stomach problems
  • treat sinus infections
  • heal skin issues
Oil of oregano has also been shown to protect against bacteria that cause infections and diseases.
RESEARCH

What does the research say?

2011 study showed an oregano oil ointment to be effective in reducing the amount of bacteria on surgical wounds. This reduced the number of infections and improved the overall appearance and flexibility of scars. As a result, the oil might be effective as a topical treatment for minor skin wounds.
Results of a 2015 study showed the antifungal effect of oregano and Mexican oregano essential oils on certain types of Candida fungus. Oil of oregano may therefore be able to treat Candida-related issues, such as:
  • yeast infections
  • digestive issues
  • fungal infections
  • skin conditions
Oregano oil may also fight E. coli bacteria. These bacteria can cause urinary tract infections and food-borne illness. Many strands of bacteria are now resistant to antibiotics. Essential oils, such as oregano oil, may be able to treat infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Oregano oil has also been shown to stop the growth of certain types of salmonella. Adding oil of oregano to your food may prevent food-borne illness, and food manufacturers have been experimenting with the use of oregano oil as a food preservative.

DOSAGE

How do I use oregano oil?


Safety Tips
  1. Use small amounts of oil.
  2. Dilute the oil, or buy one that’s already diluted.
Oregano oil is very potent. It can burn your skin if used in a concentrated form. Because of that, you should always dilute the oil before use. Less is more in terms of dosage, frequency, and duration of use. If you have questions or concerns, talk to a healthcare professional.
Oregano oil may be sold already diluted in a carrier oil, such as olive oil. You can also purchase it in a more concentrated form that you will have to dilute yourself. Read directions carefully and always start with the smallest recommended amount. Gradually increase the dose as needed.
Never ingest essential oils. You may apply it topically or diffuse it into the air for aromatherapy.
If you are using steam to help clear your sinuses and stuffy nose, you can add oil of oregano. Place a few drops of oil into a bowl of hot water, place a towel over your head, and breathe in the steam. You could also use a diffuser to inhale it at a lower concentration. The antibacterial and antifungal properties of the oil may help treat a sinus infection or your cold symptoms if they are caused by bacteria or fungi.
If you’re using oregano oil on a wound, you can add a few drops to your chosen oil or ointment. Rub this mixture into your skin several times per day. Always be sure to test the oil on an uninjured patch of skin before applying it to an area that is open or sore. You can also add a few drops of oregano oil to a balm to soothe sore muscles.
Only use oregano oil for up to three weeks at a time. If you choose to use it more regularly, it’s recommended that you take a break every so often for a few days or a few weeks.
In general, it’s better to use small amounts more frequently instead of a lot at one time.
Store the oil in a dark, cool place to prolong its shelf life.
CAUTION

Who shouldn’t use oregano oil?

Caution
  1. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should not use oregano oil.
  2. Children and infants should use in small amounts only, and for short periods of time.
Oregano oil is powerful, so you should always be careful when you use it, especially the first time. Start with a small dose and gradually increase the amount of oil you use.
The oil can irritate your skin. You may have a strong reaction to the smell. If you suspect you are having a reaction to the oil, stop using it and talk to your doctor.  
Oregano oil should not be used by women who are pregnant or breast-feeding. You should also not use oregano oil on infants or children. Talk to your doctor if you have additional questions.
OUTLOOK

What is the outlook?

Oregano oil may be a good alternative treatment for many conditions. Recent studies have shown promising results, but more studies need to be done on the use of oregano oil in humans.
Always talk to your doctor before starting a new treatment. They can help you come up with a treatment plan and provide guidance on dosage. Oregano oil is very strong, so start with a small amount to help avoid a negative reaction.
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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Top Ways to Make Your Skin Glow This Winter

Winters tend to dry your skin out and make it feel stretchy.



With the onset of winter wedding season, a number of unconventional treatments and methods have come up to achieve the perfect glowing skin. Try ‘bhasm (a calcined preparation in which the gem or metal is converted into ash) of the birthstones and Vitamin C serums, suggest experts.

Vandana Luthra, founder at VLCC, and experts at O3+, have given a few ideas:
* DNA matching and testing help dermatologists determine products and services that will work properly with your own genetic make-up. The DNA sample gets tested in the lab and the specialized test reveals all forms of genetic predispositions your skin will face as it ages. 

This method helps create a customised skin care plan without consuming much time. 

* With science defining rules of skin care, the centuries-old astrology is not left behind either in guiding us on the skin. The zodiac-based skin care products are infused with the ‘bhasm' of the birthstones relevant to your sun sign. The activated ‘bhasm' works on the skin to give it the much-needed energy boost and glow.

* Boost skin with the seasons brightest fruits and vegetables to get maximum antioxidants. You can also buy serums with Vitamin C serum to boost the antioxidant effect.

* Avoid acne triggers such as milk and dairy products as well as almonds and chocolate that do not melt easily.

* Deep cleanse your skin with seaweed cleansing gels available in the market.

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Doing Daily Household Chores May Increase Longevity of Life: Study


According to the latest study, completing your daily list of chores and errands could prove to play a significant role in keeping good health and even help you live longer.

Doing Daily Household Chores May Increase Longevity of Life: Study
Do you dread the days when you have to take up household chores? Well, you may want to rethink the way you respond to your household work. According to the latest study, completing your daily list of chores and errands could prove to play a significant role in keeping good health and even help you live longer.
The study revealed that women over age 65 who engaged in regular light physical activity had a significantly lower risk of mortality as compared to those who did not engage much in household chores.
"A lot of what we do on a daily basis is improving our health, such as walking to the mailbox, strolling around the neighbourhood, folding clothes and straightening up the house," said Andrea LaCroix, from University of California San Diego in the US.
"Activities like these account for more than 55 percent of how older individuals get their daily activity," said LaCroix.
The 6,000 women in the study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, aged 65 to 99, were followed for up to four and a half years.
In the study, they wore a measuring device called an accelerometer on their hip around-the-clock for seven days while they performed their daily activities.
The findings revealed that 30 minutes of light physical activity per day lowered mortality risk by 12 percent while an additional 30 minutes of moderate activity, such as bicycling at a leisurely pace or brisk walking, showed a 39 percent lower risk.
"Improving levels of physical activity both light and moderate could be almost as effective as rigorous regular exercise at preventing a major chronic disease," said LaCroix.
"We don't have to be running marathons to stay healthy. The paradigm needs to shift when we think about being active," she said.
The findings went on to reveal that light physical activity extended its benefits across all sub groups that were part of the study. Multiple racial/ethnic backgrounds, obese and non-obese women, women with high and low functional ability and women older and younger than age 80.
"Older people expend more energy doing the same kinds of activities they did when younger, so their daily movement has to accommodate for this," said LaCroix.
"Our study shows, for the first time using device- measured light physical activity in older women, that there are health benefits at activity levels below the guideline recommendations," she said.
The longevity of life is intimately linked with the way you look after your body, in terms of diet and stress management and physical activity. When you eat the right food it fills us with positive energy, improves our body functions and promotes overall well-being. Ayurvedic Expert Dr. Ashutosh Gautam suggests that the following foods are essential for a long and healthy life.
1. Indian Goose Berry or Amla
Amla is one of the most widely used herbs in Ayurveda. It helps in maintaining a perfect equilibrium between the three doshas or body types - vatta, pitta andkapha. It is one of the best sources of Vitamin C which is known to build your body's defense mechanisms against diseases and infections. It is believed to be a powerful antioxidant that delays ageing and promotes longevity. In one of the most popular Hindu scriptures, Padam Purana, it has been mentioned that Lord Shiva regarded Amla as a holy fruit that prolongs life.
2. Ginger
The primary health benefits of ginger are mostly due to its high antioxidant content. It is believed to contain at least 25 different types of antioxidants. Antioxidants fight disease-causing free radicals in the body and protect against a host of degenerative diseases heart trouble, diabetes, arthritis and even cancer.
ginger has stomach soothing properties
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3. Cardamon
Cardamon tea helps in flushing out toxins and keeps your internal systems clean. It is rich in essential oils, improves digestion, regulates your blood sugar levels, boosts blood circulation and thereby, maintains vitality and keeps your energy levels up.
4. Ajwain
Ajwain seeds are heart-friendly. They contain niacin and thymol that maintains heart health. It also acts as a great natural antibiotic.
5. Honey
Honey has always been used as a great beauty ingredient that can help slow down signs of ageing. Turns out, it has some wonderful benefits for your health too. It is full of many natural minerals and living enzymes that fortify your immune system. Just a teaspoon of raw honey daily infuses your body with strength and vigour. 


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Monday, 20 November 2017

Rachael James: Fitness Trekker!


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Rachael James is TT’s very own super woman. Born with Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome (MVPS, a heart condition) and emphysema (a progressive lung disease), Rachael has defied the odds. A fitness instructor at a corporate firm, she has found heart and strength through a life of health and fitness.
Her first experience with her MVPS occurred in her early 20s, when she had severe heart palpitations, which often led to blackouts brought on by stress and anxiety.
“I’ve also endured episodes of my heart rate dropping to a mere 32 beats per minute during my sleep causing loss of oxygen throughout my body, and waking up out of breath and traumatised,” she shares. Her symptoms ranged from blurred vision, chest pains, headaches, and nausea. “When I was first diagnosed with emphysema, my lungs were as aged as an 84-year-olds,” she adds.
She says it is her positive mindset and determination despite these health challenges that have
given her the strength to live a healthy lifestyle, as well as her faith in God. “I put my trust in Him and believe that my testimony can save others,” she says of her belief that has helped her weather obstacles.

As she points out, it is the consistency of her fitness regime and training that has allowed her to live a fairly regular life despite her medical conditions.
“If it wasn’t for exercise, I wouldn’t be here today,” she says of the healing and therapeutic powers of keeping fit. She gets regular health check-ups both privately and publicly to keep abreast with her diseases’ progress, and her doctors are constantly in awe of Rachael’s miraculous wellness. They also agree that it is her passion for fitness that sustains her everyday health.
“I live a normal life, per se. I am always conscious of my environment, staying away from second-hand smoke, polluted air, and dust,” she says of the precautions she must take to ensure her wellness. She also pays attention to her diet, as what she puts into her body is what she gets out of it. A wife and mother of three, she also attributes her health and physical strength to her family and supportive friends who believe in and look up to her.
“My health treatment at present is actually exercising; I am not on any daily medications,” she says of the truly restorative powers of exercise.
“I monitor my pulse and blood pressure daily and I keep a positive and clean frame of mind, a genuine heart, and I always give thanks to the Almighty for His grace upon my life,” she comments on how she stays on top of her conditions.
Although born in Arima, at the age of 16 she moved to Marabella, where she lived close to the Trintoc Sports Club. “I was very intrigued by the activities there, especially track and field,” she says of her entry into the world of fitness. Exercise would soon become a passion of hers, and despite her diagnoses, continued to be a pillar of consistency in her life.

Two years ago, Rachael started her very own group called Fitness Trekkers. She says the founding of the group was due to her own personal experiences in which she witnessed the ways in which a commitment to physical fitness has extended her life.
“When the group was created, we only had four members. Today, the group has over 45 members!” she says proudly of her Trekkers. Her group’s activities include hill training, beach calisthenics exercises, gym sessions, and stairs training every weekend.
She says seeing the group’s expansion since its inception gives her a sense of fulfillment, as she firmly believes “fitness is your medicine”. Through the group’s activities and the support each member extends to others, she is spreading her message of a culture of fitness that can improve and impact positively on lives of all persons, no matter their age or state of health.
“I would like to see my group expand in numbers enormously,” Rachael says of her hopes for Fitness Trekkers in the future. “This will prove that people are becoming more aware of a healthy lifestyle.” She also hopes to someday open her own gym, to continue her legacy of health and fitness.
“It gives me great satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment knowing that my story can encourage and help people who may have similar health conditions,” she says. Although she has come up against her own health setbacks, she knows that the strength she has gained and continues to nurture should not be kept to herself.
“As my cardiologist says, ‘if it wasn’t for your fitness regime, you wouldn’t be here today!’” she adds. Fitness has quite literally saved her life, and she is willing to share this testimony with others. “I would advise all individuals, be they young, old, sick, or well to make fitness a part of their daily lifestyle today.”
She also considers herself lucky, as her professional life as a certified fitness instructor (AFAA) is married perfectly with one of her life’s passions. “I conduct after work training sessions with Massy Gas Products and Yara Limited, which is fulfilling because I am able to experience positive visual and emotional changes in persons who I train.
“It’s a dream come true, working in this field. It makes me feel content, inspired, and accomplished.”

Her very existence and resilience is a testament to the ways fitness can save or extend lives, and she does not take this for granted. Her goal now is to share this message with others, to hopefully improve qualities of life for those who are seeking inspiration and motivation.
“As the Fitness Trekkers motto says, ‘Train insane or remain the same’!”

To get in touch with Rachael or find out how you can join Fitness Trekkers, email rachaeljames.fitness@gmail.com
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Best supplements to fight a cold: Take THESE six nutrients so you NEVER have a sick day!


BEST supplements to fight a cold include vitamins and minerals, says an expert. Here are the six key nutrients you should stock up on this winter.

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Best supplements: There were 34 million sick days last year, many due to colds
Colds are a common winter illness, and are the main reason for absences from work.
Indeed, they were responsible for 34 million sick days last year, and cost the UK economy approximately £15 billion.
They found that 47 per cent of people in the UK take a multivitamin or multimineral supplement, with immunity as the key reason.
Additionally, 23 per cent were more likely to take a supplement when they felt run down, while 17 per cent did so when they could feel a cold coming.
“Winter brings particular challenges including more colds and flu, low mood and dry skin,” explained Dr Carrie Ruxton, a dietician from the HSIS.
“Topping up your diet with a daily multivitamin and multimineral provides an easy and effective way to plug dietary gaps and support health in the colder months.”
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Best supplements to fight a cold: Take THESE six nutrients so you NEVER have a sick day

BEST supplements to fight a cold include vitamins and minerals, says an expert. Here are the six key nutrients you should stock up on this winter.

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Best supplements: There were 34 million sick days last year, many due to colds
Colds are a common winter illness, and are the main reason for absences from work.
Indeed, they were responsible for 34 million sick days last year, and cost the UK economy approximately £15 billion.
While being struck down with a bug is often down to bad luck, ensuring you are fully topped up on particular nutrients can help protect you.
According to research by the Health and Food Supplements Information Service (HSIS) people in the UK are cottoning on to the immune system-boosting benefits of vitamins and minerals.
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Best supplements: Particular vitamins and minerals can help fight a cold
Winter brings particular challenges including more colds and flu, low mood and dry skin
Dr Carrie Ruxton, HSIS
They found that 47 per cent of people in the UK take a multivitamin or multimineral supplement, with immunity as the key reason.
Additionally, 23 per cent were more likely to take a supplement when they felt run down, while 17 per cent did so when they could feel a cold coming.
“Winter brings particular challenges including more colds and flu, low mood and dry skin,” explained Dr Carrie Ruxton, a dietician from the HSIS.
“Topping up your diet with a daily multivitamin and multimineral provides an easy and effective way to plug dietary gaps and support health in the colder months.”
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Best supplements: Vitamin D and zinc can help boost the immune system
These are the six vitamins and minerals Ruxton recommends people ensure they get enough of this winter.
Vitamin A 
It is essential to the function of immune cells and to the structure and function of the cells of the outer layer of our skin and the linings of all of the body’s hollow structures, for example, the nose, throat, stomach and gut, which form a barrier as our first line of defence.
As central heating can dry skin, making it more vulnerable, vitamin A can also help fight this from the inside out.
Foods rich in vitamin A include oily fish, egg yolk, fortified margarine, butter and full-fat milk.
Vitamin C
This antioxidant that helps protect cells from free radicals; many immune cells actually use free radicals to attack pathogens and the antioxidant function of vitamin C helps to protect the cells themselves from oxidation.  
It is also used in the production of immune system cells called leukocytes, which are white blood cells.
Food sources include oranges, strawberries, kiwi, kale, broccoli, potatoes, tomatoes and peppers.

The HEALTH benefits of taking vitamin D supplements

 
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Best supplements: Vitamin A, C and B12 can also help fight a cold
Vitamin D
Deficiency in this key vitamin raises the risk of auto-immune diseases and infections.
Laboratory tests show that vitamin D arms and activates our immune systems T cells and can also help relieve low mood.
You can find it in foods such as oily fish, eggs yolks, fortified margarine and red meat.
It is particularly important to get enough through dietary sources during the colder months when there is less sunlight.
Public Health England now recommends that people take 10 micrograms of vitamin D as a supplement during winter.
Vitamin B12
It is crucial for the functioning of the immune system because of its function in the synthesis of proteins which are used in the construction of immune cells.
Dietary sources include meat, liver, kidney, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products and fortified breakfast cereals.
Zinc
This mineral activates the T cells that fight infection, supporting basic cellular functions, helping to stabilise cell membranes whilst also acting as an antioxidant.
Stock up on red meat, liver, shellfish, egg yolks, dairy products, wholegrain cereals and pulses.
Selenium
It helps to protect the body’s cells from damage, whilst maintaining its defence system by stimulating the production of T cells in the immune system.
Find it in whole wheat, meat, eggs, fish and brazil nuts.

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