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The Awesome Way Tattoos Boost Your Health

Science shows there are plenty of easy ways to build a stronger immune system on a daily basis, including working out, staying hydrated, and even listening to music. Not usually mentioned on this list? Getting a sleeve of tattoos.

But according to a new study published online in the American Journal of Human Biology, getting multiple tattoos can actually strengthen your immunological responses, making it easier for your body to ward off illness. We know, crazy, right?!

For the study, researchers analyzed saliva samples from 24 women and five men before and after their tattoo session, measuring levels of immunoglobulin A, an antibody that lines portions of our gastrointestinal and respiratory systems and is a front line of defense against common infections like colds. They also looked at the levels of cortisol, a stress hormone known to suppress the immune response.

As expected, they found that those who were relatively inexperienced or receiving their first tattoo experienced a significant drop in their immunoglobulin A levels due to heightened stress. In comparison, they found that those who had more tattoo experience (determined by number of tattoos, amount of time they spent getting tattooed, how many years since their first tattoo, the percentage of their bodies covered, and the number of tattoo sessions), experienced an elevation in immunoglobulin A. So, while getting one tat can make you more susceptible to getting sick because your body’s defenses are lowered, multiple tattoos can do just the opposite.

“We think of tattooing like exercise. The first time you exercise after much sloth, it kicks your butt. You can even be more susceptible to catching a cold,” says Christopher Lynn, Ph.D., professor at the University of Alabama, and author of the study. “But with continued moderate exercise, your body adjusts.” In other words, if you’re out of shape and hit the gym, your muscles will be sore, but if you continue, the soreness fades and you’ll actually become stronger. Who knew tats and working out had so much in common?

The researchers didn’t specifically look at how long these immunity-boosting effects last, but Lynn believes that there is an extended affect, granted you don’t have an otherwise unhealthy lifestyle or experience a large environmental change, which can cause the body’s stress and immune systems to be affected.

Of course, we aren’t recommending you head to the tattoo parlor in the name of a potentially stronger immune system, but consider this one way to get all those tattoo haters off your back.

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Can This Toothpaste Cure Allergies?

As you may have noticed, spring allergy season still isn’t over. In fact, June is the peak time for grass pollen in many areas of the country, so your sneezing, itchy eyes, and fatigue may actually be getting worse.

Until now, your only hopes for coping with allergy symptoms have been drugs like antihistamines or preventive “cures” like allergy shots. The former can help ease symptoms, but they often carry not-so-great side effects like dry mouth—and recent research has even shown that if you take them enough, they may hurt your brain. As for the latter, even if you don’t mind needles, shots are a three-plus year commitment, which ultimately is too much for many people.

But there may be an easier fix: a toothpaste.
Granted, we’re not talking about your regular tube of Crest. Called Allerdent, this is a toothpaste that actually contains your allergen—if you’re allergic to a specific type of tree pollen, for example, it’ll be mixed into the paste (either by a compounding pharmacy or your own general practitioner).

It sounds outrageous, but this works in a similar way to allergy shots (and another FDA-approved treatment called sublingual immunotherapy): As you brush, small doses of the allergen get absorbed through the mucus membranes under your tongue and travel to the local lymph nodes, which contain immune system cells. This helps build up your tolerance to the substance, so you (ideally) eventually stop reacting to it at all, explains Bob Pomrenke, the vice president of allergy at QmedRx Compound Pharmacy, which helped create Allerdent.

With shots, though, you have to visit your doctor as often as twice a month for three to five years, which is inconvenient (and, for people who are scared of needles, downright stressful). Even for sublingual immunotherapy, “there’s a high dropout rate, and we wanted to find a way to increase compliance,” explains Pomrenke. Everyone brushes their teeth daily, so building into that established routine made sense. Plus, you’re meant to hold the allergen in your mouth for at least two minutes in order for it to work effectively—the same amount of time you’re supposed to spend brushing your teeth (though few people do). So you might improve your gum health as you build up your tolerance to allergies.

If you’re interested, ask your primary physician or ENT about the treatment. They can send a prescription to Allovate, or learn how to mix it themselves in their own office.

~Courtesy of Shape Magazine

A Banana Day (Or Two) Keeps The Doctor Away

The majority of us nowadays ‘do not have the time’ to eat healthy anbanana_health_benefits_735_350-735x350d thus opt for fast food instead for healthy one, while the polls rank fruits and vegetables very low on the scale selection of food!

According to the scientists and nutritionists, it is not clear why most people in the West prefer such food to so great, amazing, beneficial, and above all, natural ingredients. The latter ingredients can provide us with all the materials we need to take in so that our body functions properly.

Let’s take bananas as an instance. this fruit is the favorite food of monkeys, and it is not surprising, because besides the fact that it tastes great, it is also very nutritious and it is a real treasure.

According to nutritionists, if you consume two bananas a day for a month, your health condition is going to become significantly improved.

Here is how and why:

– The amount of sodium in bananas is pretty low, and the amount of potassium is high, so this makes this fruit great for blood pressure and heart health regulation. Scientists have discovered that by consuming bananas every day, you reduce the risk of heart attack as much as 40 percent.

– Banana is great for people who have troubles with the digestive system, like constipation for example. Bananas are rich in fiber and that is why they are great for fast solving of your problems with the intestines.

– Every time you feel week or wearing, have a banana, as it will provide you with the much-needed energy. Moreover, bananas are a great choice for a snack, especially before exercising, so all athletes should regularly have bananas in their bag

– Bananas can help you when you experience heartburn, as they are a good source of antacid and can regulate this unpleasant condition

– In case your body lacks iron, bananas are an excellent option. Bananas contain substances that trigger the production of red blood cells and hemoglobin and considerably aid anemic people

– Bananas help when it comes to sore throat and coughs

– Bananas are abundant in tryptophan, a substance which is very important for our body,Banana-mask-2 as the body uses this substance to turn it into serotonin, the hormone of happiness. So, next time you feel bad or depressed, bring the bananas

– Researchers have discovered that students who consume a banana for breakfast, snack, or after lunch have a considerably higher level of concentration. This is due to the high presence of potassium in bananas, which triggers the brain and facilitates learning and memory

– Pregnant women should especially take care of their nutrition, and should know that bananas are great choice for them, because they are healthy, delicious food which will ease the burden that affects the most pregnant women. Also, bananas alleviate the morning sickness, due to the fact that they increase the levels of sugar in the blood

~ Ms. OMG

Onion Juice Is OMGtastic For Your Roots

simple-onion-mask-hair-growthOnion lends great taste and flavour to everyday dishes, but did you know that when applied topically, it can lead to hair growth and prevent hair loss? One study from the Journal of Dermatology found that after 4 weeks of using onion juice, 74% of individuals with ‘alopecia areata’ experienced significant hair re-growth, and within 6 weeks of using onion juice, 84% of the individuals were reported to have hair re-growth.
You can try some of these onion hair packs to regain strength and shine in your hair. If you’re suffering from excessive hair loss or baldness, applying these packs will noticeably improve hair growth in a few months.

Benefits of Onion for Hair Growth

.Stimulates blood circulation and fastens hair growth.
.Helps prevent premature graying of hair
.Onion contains sulphur which is an excellent tonic for hair thinning.
.Regular application of onion helps thicken hair by improving its volume.
.Onion is a natural cure to treat hereditary hair loss.
.Several research-studies conducted on hair fall have established that onions contain great healing properties, effective in treating conditions such as androgenic alopecia or female pattern baldness.
.Onions are helpful in controlling hair problems like dandruff
.The antibacterial properties of onion aid in treating, several scalp and hair infections caused by fungi and yeast.

Preparing Onion Juice

1. Food processor or Blender: Peel onions and cut them into four sections. Blend them evenly in the blender. Remove and strain through a fine sieve.

2. Grater: Cut onion into two halves. Grate both these halves over a plate. When done, strain out the juice from the grated onion, using the back of a spoon.

3. Cloth method: Collect the outer peels of the onions (try using the one’s discarded while cutting vegetables) and blend them. Put them in a muslin cloth or a thin cotton cloth and squeeze it directly on the hair or in to a bowl if you’re mixing it with some other ingredient for your mask.

DIY Onion Hair Masks

You will need to keep the onion masks on your scalp for at least 30 minutes or longer to achieve desired results. Some people may find the smell offensive, so you can rinse the hair off using a mild shampoo with rose water. Repeat the remedies at least thrice a week for best results.
Note: Before applying onion juice, test it on a small area to ensure that you are not allergic. Onion juice applied topically is said to give your hair a nice coppery shade. But, if you want to maintain the natural colour of your hair, mix onion juice with 1-2 tsp of mustard oil. The oil will prevent the color lightening caused by onions.

Hair Masks

1. Onion-Honey Mixture: Mix ¼ cup of onion juice with 1 tbsp. of honey and apply the mix on the scalp. Massage it for 15 minutes every day. Alternatively, you can also consume it orally, every day.

2. Onion-Rum Mask: Finely chop one medium sized onion and soak this in a glass of rum overnight. Strain the mixture, the next day to remove the onion pieces. Use the concoction to massage the scalp or use it as a hair rinse after washing the hair.

3. Onion Juice Hair Rinse: Add 4-5 chopped onion to 1 litre of water and boil it for about 10 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool and strain the mixture.

4. Regular Mask: Try applying onion juice every day on your hair directly for at least 30 minutes before rinsing it off.

5. Onion-Garlic Mask: Crush garlic and extract juice. Add this to the onion juice and massage it in your scalp. Leave it on for 30 min before rinsing it off.

6. Onion-Gooseberry Mask: Gooseberry or ‘amla’ is a very powerful remedy for hair loss and hair re-growth. You can powder dried amla or soak dry amlas in any oil of your choice and mash them to form a paste. You can add amla powder or paste with onion juice to your hair once a week for 30 minutes-1 hour to see amazing results.

Conclusion

Since this is a natural remedy, you will have to stick with it diligently for at least 2 months to see definitive results. To boost hair growth, you can also massage your hair and scalp with a mixture of olive oil, coconut oil and almond oil once a week, ideally leaving it overnight. Also, don’t forget to include onions and other fruits and vegetables as a part of a healthy hair diet.

Absolutely Breath Taking: Cancer Breakthrough

bees cancerCancer is Detectable in Breath

A hand-blown glass device housing a small team of honey bees may be able to detect cancer and other diseases, thanks to the acute sense of smell of the bees. Their extraordinary sense of smell can detect particles in the air in the parts per trillion range, naturally used for searching for pollen in flowers. By training the bees to recognize smells associated with certain diseases and cancers, the bees can determine the presence of the disease or not, based solely on the breath of a patient.

The device was revealed at Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, by Portuguese designer Susana Soares. There were multiple distinct structures presented by the designer, but the function relies on two main chambers. The first chamber is a diagnosis area, into which the user exhales. The honey bees are kept in the outer larger chamber, but fly into the smaller chamber if they detect any aroma they were previously trained to recognize.

By training different groups of bees to recognize different odors, doctors can accurately determine the presence of lung, skin, and pancreatic cancers, as well as tuberculosis. “Trained bees only rush into the smaller chamber if they can detect the odour on the patient’s breath that they have been trained to target,” explains Soares.

The bees can be trained in only 10 minutes using Pavlov’s reflex, connecting a certain odor with a food reward. Mentally wired to constantly search food for the hive, the bees will remember the odor for the entire six week duration of their lives. The bees are especially sensitive to pheromes from apocrine glands, which excrete information about a persons health.

~Courtesy of Healthy Living Magazine

A Fruit Replaces Hormonal Sleep Aid

cherriesIf you’re having trouble getting enough quality sleep, try drinking tart cherry juice, according to research presented at the Experimental Biology 2014 meeting. Louisiana State University scientists say imbibing tart cherry juice, a rich source of melatonin, the sleep hormone secreted by the body’s pineal gland, twice a day for two weeks increases sleep time by nearly 90 minutes among adults with insomnia.

Tart cherries also increase levels of tryptophan, an amino acid the body uses to manufacture serotonin, a neurotransmitter that facilitates sleep.

It is increasingly important to find sleep aids without side effects, says co-author Frank L. Greenway, MD, director of the outpatient research clinic at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

Courtesy of Healthy Living Magazine

Beard Oil Is The New Black – #1 Grooming Item

beardWe’ve been digging bearded men long before The New York Times declared facial hair fashionable. There’s just something about a well-groomed guy that makes us stop and stare. But we also notice when there’s a hair askew, or the not-so-sexy way scruff feels when our faces come into contact.

Luckily, there’s a product to help with that and it’s called beard oil. Packed with conditioning ingredients like jojoba oil, grapeseed oil and argan oil, we believes it is essential for maintaining facial hair.

Most men don’t believe they need to use any products at all. Men should take care of their facial hair as much as they take care of the hair on their heads.

But if you’re not convinced that you need to add beard oil to your daily routine, here are three tips from the celebrity groomer that’ll make you a believer.

Beard oil moisturizes facial hair and the skin beneath.

Beard oil is hydrating to the skin and helps soften and tame beard hair, which means it also does double-duty as a styling agent. According to Schneidman, the ideal beard should look shiny and groomed — not dusty, flaky and shaggy.

The best time to apply beard oil is right after washing your face.

Put beard oil first thing in the morning after showering or cleansing. This way, your hair follicles and pores are open and can easily absorb the oil. Caring for skin, particularly cleansing and moisturization, is crucial, especially if you live in a cold or dry climate. We tend to think ‘more is better,’ but just a few drops of most things is plenty.

Beard oil keeps facial hair flake-free and smelling fresh.

Thanks to moisturizing oils, a little beard oil is just enough to tame those flyaway hairs and eliminate flakes (a.k.a. beard-druff). And with so many musky/woody essential oils like cedarwood and sandalwood, Schneidman points out that this often overlooked product also acts as a natural cologne.

Get to grooming, fellas! OUR “OMG BEARD AND GOATEE” LINE COMING THIS FALL SO STAYTUNED.

~Courtesy of Huffington Post

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