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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

The Science Behind Your Beard

No Shave November 1Sporting a beard is arguably the most polarizing grooming choice a man can make. Whether you wear foot-long facial hair with pride or shave as soon as signs of a 5 o’clock shadow emerge, chances are you’ve received feedback on the state of your chin

But facial hair takes on a whole new meaning this month as men let themselves grow in honor of No- Shave November, the non-profit campaign to promote awareness of men’s cancers.

The goal is to “grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free,” according to the organization’s website. You can donate the money you typically spend on shaving tools to the group to help fight cancer.

There are countless opportunities to get creative with your newfound canvas:

But arty options aside, there are several factors that make facial hair not only a popular styling choice, but also a healthy, happy one. Yes, you might grow your beard to honor the health of others, but you’ll be doing yourself a wellness favor as well. Check out these 7 ways your beard is making your life better:

1. Beards can slow the aging process.

Your scruff can block 90 to 95 percent of UV rays, preventing wrinkles and decreasing the risk for skin cancer, according to a study published in the journal Radiation Protection Dosimetry.

2. Wearing a beard means no ingrown hairs.

Those pesky, often painful ingrown hairs are no match for your beard. Redness and skin irritation are also common culprits of a shave. The rashy bumps usually form a face when a man shaves against the grain of the hair, his skin is too dry or his face is dirty.

3. Bearded bros are perceived as more masculine.no shave november 2

If you’re interested in appearing masculine, maintaining a beard could help you get ahead. According to a study published in Evolution and Human Behavior, both men and women perceived facial-haired men as more masculine than those who are smooth. What’s an ideal length? The study found that 10 days’ growth was the sweet spot for maximum attractiveness.

4. Beards allow for more free time.

The average beardless man will spend 3,350 hours shaving, Dr. Herbert Mescon, then chairman of the Department of Dermatology at Boston University, told the Spartanburg Herald in 1972. Men who maintain a bearded appearance have about that many hours to do whatever they please, whether it’s reading a book, going for a run or giving back to the needy.

5. Beards can reduce asthma and allergy symptoms. 

Facial hair traps pollen and dust before the particles make it into your respiratory system, Dr. Clifford W. Bassett, medical director of the Allergy and Asthma Care of New York, told Details. And that can prevent pollutants from getting inside your body, potentially causing illness or infection.

6. Beards keep you warm.

Just like the hair on your head, the beard protects the face from outdoor elements. A Canadian man named Pete Hickey once tested the theory, shaving just half of his face for the winter. He found that the bearded side of his face was, indeed, more insulated.

beard-styles-2014-black-men7. Beards keep your skin moisturized.

Men who keep their faces bare need to moisturize after a shave to keep the skin from getting dry. But beards are natural facilitators of moisture, retaining the natural oils the skin produces. The beard acts as a barrier from forces like the wind and the texture of a towel post-wash, keeping the oils around the chin and cheeks feeling super smooth and super fly.

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Lic-Or-Ice Is The New Spring Protective Ingredient

licoriceLicorice root extract has a long history for its flavor in food and drinks as well as for its anti-inflammatory properties in medicinal preparations, but did you know that it can also play a role in promoting healthy skin?  As an active ingredient in skin care treatments, licorice root extract does double duty by lightening dark spots as a botanical alternative to hydroquinone while offering protection against UV damage.

As a skin lightener, licorice root contains a compound called glabridin which suppresses pigmentation by stalling melanin production.  It accomplishes this by hampering tyrosinase activity, the enzyme responsible for producing melanin.  For those who are not able to tolerate hydroquinone, licorice root extract offers a plant-based option with few side effects or allergic reactions.  Irritation is also rare, most likely due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

As protection against UV damage, new research has been focused on another of licorice root extract’s compounds called Licochalcone A, an antioxidant that has the unique ability to boost the body’s own defensive system against skin-damaging free radicals.  When the skin is exposed to daily assaults by environmental hazards, pollution and UV rays, the body’s natural defense kicks in to eliminate the free radicals that are generated.  Using a lotion containing Licochalcone A, researchers found that pretreated skin cells in a laboratory setting produced a higher amount of antioxidant molecules and, as a result, significantly fewer harmful free radicals. A subsequent study on volunteers supported those findings by showing how licorice root extract was able to protect from UV damage by stimulating the skin’s own defense system.

Another new research project that backs this concept was published in Experimental Dermatology introduces a new plant-sunscreenderived agent, which protects skin from the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) irradiation. “We found out that the antioxidant active licochalcone a, which is the main component of the root extract of the plant Glycyrrhiza inflata (Chinese Licorice), is able to protect the skin from subsequent UV irradiation damage from within by strengthening the skin’s own defense systems,” says Gitta Neufang, a researcher involved in the work from Beiersdorf AG (Hamburg, Germany). “Thus plant extracts with the described profile are able to provide a protective shield from sun exposure supporting and going beyond the action of sunscreens regarding sun protection.” Neufang and colleagues isolated human skin cells and irradiated them with solar simulated light mimicking sun exposure. They were able to show that skin cells pretreated with licochalcone a produced a higher amount of self-protecting, antioxidant molecules. Consequently, significantly fewer harmful radicals were detected in licochalone a treated human skin cells. In addition, they also conducted a study with healthy volunteers demonstrating that the application of a lotion containing Licochalcone A-rich root extract on the inner forearms for two weeks protected the skin from damage after UV irradiation.

The hope is to use licorice root extract as a means to boost the effectiveness of sunscreens. These findings show that the skin’s own defense system can be stimulated by the application of licorice extract. In combination with UV-filters this approach therefore might provide superior sun protection by not only offering physical but also biological sun protection.  No sunscreen is able to block out 100% of the sun’s damaging rays.  Even SPF 50 products only block up to 98%. Researchers are hoping to make up the 2% gap by using new information about licorice root extract to boost the body’s own defensive systems.

~ Courtesy of American Spa Magazine

Is maple water the next coconut water?

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One of Mother Nature’s best-kept secrets has been exposed. Maple water, the all-natural, nutrient-packed elixir enjoyed for centuries by native peoples in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada, is landing on retail shelves across America. Made solely from raw sap—the very stuff that brings maple trees back to life after each long, cold winter—maple water is now being tapped, Tetra Pak’d and sold to natural-minded consumers and athletes looking for a hydration booster not fabricated in a lab.

If this sounds a lot like the darling hydration drink of the past few years—the venerable coconut water—it’s definitely similar. Both plant-based products provide refreshment with the added value of vitamins, minerals and minimal processing. However, maple water offers a few attributes that coconut water can’t match—less sugar, fewer calories, a subtler taste, and a less-milky mouthfeel. And although maple water has fewer electrolytes than its tropical counterpart, it still provides a solid option for everyday hydration. Perhaps maple water’s most salient selling point is its North American sourcing, whereas coconut water comes from so far away. Though maple water is trying its best to not position itself as the next coconut water, it clearly has potential to pilfer from coconut water’s market share.

 

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

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