Food Matters For Your Acne!
With the New Year finally here, everyone will want to look good for those fun family gatherings. Here are some ways to clear up your acne just in time for 2020! The most effective method to radiant skin is combining both internal and topical treatments in your daily routine. Clean up your diet. Holiday gatherings always consist of goodies and treats that are bad for your skin and it’s hard to skip the delicious sweets. However, it's important to recognize the ins and outs of your skin and try to avoid foods that can irritate your skin. If your skin gets red easily or you suffer from rosacea, hot and spicy foods should be avoided. Alcohol is a big no-no for those who have rosacea. For individuals with acne or oily skin, it is advised to stay away from fried foods and dairy products. White flour and sugar create inflammation and can make any skin condition worse.
Fill your body with healthy teas, both topically and by drinking. Tea has tremendously effective skin-healing, purifying and antioxidant properties that have been proven to support acne. Red tea and chamomile tea have mostly been found to be beneficial in reducing acne, acne scars, blackheads and whiteheads. Furthermore, chamomile has been found to stop acne, especially in the essential oil form due to its powerful effects. Your acne-prone skin will thank you. You can also add honey and lemon, which both are great for skin health and acne. Incorporate these tips in your health and beauty regimen in the weeks to come, and you'll be sure to glow this holiday season.
The Science of Proper Hydration
No, it's not just about drinking more water. If it makes you feel better, that is what I used to think. For example, alcohol and sugar sap the body of water. Heat causes us to sweat and lose water. Therefore, even though they contain water, alcohol or soda can lead to dehydration problems. When combined with heat and water loss, these can make you more prone to headache, nausea, and confusion. Salty foods can similarly be problematic because your body needs additional water consumption in order to counteract the salt. If you are not properly hydrating, you can create serious dehydration even on a cold winter day. That being said, you can do better than simply drinking water alone.
A little known fact is that you can hydrate well with food. In particular, fruit will deliver healthy hydration along with necessary nutrients that you will not get from water alone. Surprisingly, proper hydration has big benefits for the brain. Our brains rely on hydration to function at high capacity and to help control mood. Research has shown that dehydration can impair short-term memory and makes it more difficult to focus. So, to keep your brain fresh, drink several glasses of water each day and supplement that with fruit and low-sodium foods in hot, sweaty environments. Lastly, if you feel a headache coming on, drink water before considering Tylenol or aspirin. In a few minutes, the water might just do the trick.
Key Tips Before Surgery
Undergoing surgery, whether it is for Cosmetic, Reconstructive or Medical reasons, should be taken seriously.There are many things to be discussed prior to your surgery date.There are precautions to take and certain medications and vitamins to stop.Doing this, will help you to heal quickly and cause less post-operative problems or complications.
Stopping Aspirin: Surgeons believe that aspirin can cause severe bleeding, which is why any surgeon or physician will ask you to stop taking aspirin 7 to 10 days prior to your surgery date.This is mostly for patients who take aspirin on a daily basis, as well as patients who take aspirin for pain or heart conditions.Aspirin can inhibit platelets, cell-like structures that help aid in blood clotting.
Stopping Vitamins: Certain Herbal remedies may prolong the effect of anesthesia in the body, which can also increase bleeding. Other herbal remedies may interfere with antibiotics prescribed by your physician.Some herbal supplements may cause blood clots, heart attacks, strokes or even death.Most herbal remedies are not approved by the FDA and some have not been properly studied.When taking Vitamins and herbs, it is imperative that you tell your surgeon, for your health’s sake!
Stopping Smoking: Many surgeons and physicians believe smoking impairs proper healing after surgery.Other physicians and surgeons believe that smoking before and after surgery prevent healing of the wounds and the results will not be as good as that of non-smokers.Most surgeons do not like to operate on patients who continue to smoke and advise that you quit at least 2-3 weeks prior to surgery for best results.
If you follow the instructions of your physician or surgeon, not only will you achieve the best results, but you will increase your chances of not having any problems during your recovery period.
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