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What is a natural acne treatment

Acne is a very common skin condition that usually affects teenagers at the time of puberty but can also affect adults. It usually affects the face, back and shoulders. The skin eruptions usually appear in the form of spots that are raised and painful. The spots appear as blackheads, whiteheads (small hard lumps with a white centre), pustules (spots with a lot of pus) and nodules (hard, painful lumps under the skin). It is important to look after your body so why not try a natural acne treatment. There is also the risk of scarring when these spots disappear. Acne is normally causes by hormone imbalances. Sebaceous glands in the skin produce an oily substance called sebum, which helps to protect the skin. Hormone imbalances cause an increase in the production of sebum, which blocks the hair follicles, resulting in the formation of spots and inflammation.  Acne is not only related to hormone imbalances. Other factors that can contribute to acne are nutritional deficiencies, stress, certain medications, a diet high in saturated fat and food allergies. The skin is also a major detox organ, so if the body contains a lot of toxins, this process may also contribute to acne. It is not surprising that acne is a condition that can affect people both physically and emotionally. Acne on the face can cause a lack of self confidence and low self esteem. This can have a knock on effect in the person’s social and work life. People often give up with over the counter skin creams and washes and are often prescribed long term antibiotics and retinoids which can have harmful side effects. There are however a number of natural approaches to skin health that can help to improve the general health of your skin. Nutrition is the most important factor in the health of your skin. A diet high in refined sugar, salt and hydrogenated fat can cause and aggravate acne. Processed food can also aggravate acne, as these foods contain very few enzymes and are generally high in sugar and salt. A diet that contains a variety of fibre, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and essential fatty acids will benefit the health of the skin as well as...

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General Nutrition for Eyes

Good nutrition is important for both your general and eye health. As well as this, eye supplements can help you get optimum levels of valuable nutrients, which are often lacking in our diet. These are required for general eye health and for healthy vision. Dry eye is a very common condition mainly due to increased use of computers and video games, air conditioning and increased contact lens wear. Simple blinking exercises can be of great benefit. From a nutrition point of view, essential fatty acids, especially omega-3 and omega-6, can reduce the risk of dry eye syndrome. Salmon, flax seeds and walnuts are rich in omega-3. Omega-6 is found in corn oil, sunflower oil and canola oil. Two eye conditions which are becoming more common are cataracts and age related macula degeneration (ARMD). ARMD is a condition where there is wear and tear to the macula region of the eye, which is located on the retina. The macula area of the eye allows us to see fine detail and gives us colour vision therefore wear and tear here leads to visual impairment and loss of central vision. Cataracts, is a condition where the naturally clear lens in the eye becomes cloudy, again causing visual impairment, reduced night vision and glare in bright light. Exposure to, UV light, age, smoking and poor diet are all risk factors of ARMD and cataracts. Although age is the biggest risk factor for both, a good balanced diet can help prevent or slow down progression. Two antioxidants, known as carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, are found in their highest concentration in the macula region and their role is to protect the cells and tissues from the damaging effects of blue UV light. The vitamins A, C and E also help to maintain healthy cells and tissues in the eye. These carotenoids and vitamins can be found in oranges, tomatoes, peppers, raw carrots, green leafy vegetables including kale and spinach, brussel sprouts, broccoli, dried apricots and blueberries. Nuts, seeds and dairy products and eggs are also good sources of vitamins A, C and E. Dietary supplements containing lutein and zeaxanthin can be taken, though you must consult your GP first, if you are taking any prescription medication. A balanced...

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What are Antioxidants?

Have you been wondering what are antioxidants? Antioxidants are naturally produced by the body, but due to the level of free radical damage that we are exposed to, it is advisable to supplement the diet with antioxidants. Antioxidants can be obtained from the diet in foods such as fresh vegetables and fruits, although the levels are not high enough to combat the amount of free radicals that we are exposed to. There are various different types of antioxidants that are available to take as a supplement. Research has found that taking combination of these supplements has a synergistic effect in reducing free radical damage. Co-enzyme Q10. This is a vital nutrient in the body that has many functions, and there are many studies that support the use of Co-enzyme Q10 in heart disease. Co-enzyme Q10 also has antioxidant activity. If you are taking a statin for cholesterol, you should supplement with this nutrient, as statins lower levels of coenzyme-Q10 in the body. Acai. This is one of the most well known antioxidants on the market today. Acai berries are mostly found in Brazil and Peru. Because of the hype that is surround this product many companies are manufacturing acai capsules and juice. Please check the quality of the company before making a purchase. Selenium is a mineral that is found in almonds and brazil nuts. Apart from being a good antioxidant, this mineral has many health benefits such as supporting the immune system and reproductive system. Studies have shown that supplementing with a dose of 200mcg of Selenium once a day can have a beneficial action on the heath of the prostate gland in men. Alpha-Lipoic Acid is sometimes referred to as the “universal” antioxidant because it is both water and fat soluble. This means that it can neutralise free radicals that are in fatty and watery parts of the cells. Alpha-Lipoic Acid can increase the effect of other antioxidants if taken together. Other valuable antioxidants are Vitamin E, which  is a fat soluble and has beneficial action on the cardiac system, and Vitamin C which is water soluble and also is an immune...

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