Cellulite

September 25, 2017

Cellulite is defined as subcutaneous fat that causes the dimpling of the skin, due to the fat pushing through connective tissue above. It isn’t harmful, but many people wish to get rid of it for aesthetic reasons. This condition affects 90% of women over their lifetime.   Cellulite can occur in both skinny and overweight people and is more common among women than men because they carry their weight more around their thighs and buttocks. It usually occurs around the thighs, buttocks, and sometimes the upper arm areas. The condition is also less noticeable on darker skin. Loss of circulation is one of the main causes of cellulite.

CAUSES:

  • Genetic predisposition
  • Total body fat/being overweight
  • Hormonal changes
  • Aging
  • Dehydration
  • Changes in metabolism
  • Poor diet
  • Stress (causes production of catecholamine which is associated with the development of cellulite)
  • Lack of exercise
  • Poor circulation
  • Smoking (reduces blood vessel flow and weakens collagen)

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TREATMENTS:

  • Cellulite cre

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September 20, 2017

MIGRAINES

Definition:a recurrent throbbing headache that typically affects one side of the head and is often accompanied by nausea and disturbed vision.’ – Wikipedia These headaches can last from 4 – 72 hours and will worsen with normal activity.Migraines commonly start from childhood and are most frequent in people in their 20s and 30s. They usually occur less frequently from the age 40 and onwards.

SYMPTOMS:

  • Pain is one sided
  • Pain occurs behind the eye/eyes
  • Moderate to severe
  • Throbbing
  • Aggravated by movement
  • Excessive yawning
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light, noise, and smell
  • Affected vision (such as an aura)
  • Vertigo or double vision
  • Problems with articulation and coordination
  • Stiffness in the neck and shoulders
  • Tingling, pins, and needles, or numbness
  • Speech disturbance
  • Paralysis or loss of consciousness (rare)
  • Lasts between 4 – 72 hours

CAUSES:

  • Tyramine and Phenylethylamine: which are commonly found in fermented cheese, chocolate, soy, citrus, and nuts
  • Certain perfumes
  • Alcohol
  • Nitrites: which are in most foods that contain preservatives (hot dogs, deli meats, jerky, and pickled or cured foods)
  • Eye str

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September 17, 2017

THE MINT FAMILY:

Mentha, commonly known as mint, is a genus of plants in the Lamiaceae family. There are a number of different species of mint, along with many hybrids, due to the natural occurrence of cross-breeding between species. Mint plants are aromatic, mainly perennial herbs with highly fragrant, toothed, opposing leaves, and tiny white, pink, or purple flowers, arranged in clusters forming whorls or a spike. Many characteristics of the mint plant can vary with differing species, but will always be characterized by a square stem. The colour of the leaves can vary from a dark green to grey, purple, blue, and even pale yellow. These plants can often grow up to about 2 – 3 feet tall, and will commonly spread out along the ground. Mint plants produce a fruit called a nutlet which contains 1 to 4 seeds. Propagation is considered an easier form of reproduction for mint. The volatile oils which are extracted from the plant are found in resinous dots located in the leaves and stems. The name Mentha is derived from the Greek word minthe, personified in Greek mythology as Minthe, a naiad who was transformed into a mint plant by Persephone when she tried to seduce Hades. The mint plant originated in Europe, Asia, North America, Australia, and Africa, but has been widely distributed throughout the temperate areas of the world, a

September 10, 2017

Sugar Addiction (3rd of 3post series)

SYMPTOMS OF SUGAR ADDICTION:

• Constantly craving sugary foods • Headaches/migraines • Anxiety • Depression • Constant and persistent fatigue • Loss of concentration • Dizziness • Mood swings • Muscle pains • Nausea • Chills • Weight gain and obesity • Always being hungry and constantly snacking • Eating more sugary food than intended • Inability to stop at “one” or eat small portions, often eating until you feel ill • Cravings for simple carbs such as bread and pasta • Cravings for meat or salty foods: This is because subconsciously your body is trying to balance itself and therefore creates cravings of opposing food types • Eating foods full of sugar even though you don’t really want to • Using sweets as a reward or as motivation • Inability to get through the day without a sugar hit • Shakiness or feelings of illness when you go without sugar • The need to consume more and more sugar every day to feel good or normal REFERENCES: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/reading-between-the-headlines/201404/adhd-and-refined-sugar https://www.additudemag.com/sugar-diet-nutrition-impact-adhd-symptoms/ https://www.understood.org/en/family/events-outings/holidays-celebrations/should-kids-with-adhd-avoid-eating-sugar http://untappedbrilliance.com/sugar-and-adhd/ http:/