17 Jun

Effective, Safe New Treatments For Eczema

Skin-Stages-of-EczemaThanks to the effective, safe new treatments for psoriasis and eczema, millions of Americans who suffer from these conditions can enjoy a brighter future, according to researchers at the annual meeting of the NYC American Academy of Dermatology.

Eczema is a chronic skin condition that causes red, itchy patches of inflammation on the skin, and is suffered by almost 15 million Americans (psoriasis and eczema compared). The only available treatment up until recently were steroid creams that were applied to the skin patches. Although they reduce the inflammation, they also interfere with the immune system.

These creams can cause side effects, including an increased risk of infection, easy bruising, stretch marks, and thinning of the skin – although they are still considered the standard treatment for the condition. Extended use of these creams, such as in treating eczema, causes more side effects.

However, the introduction of two new non-steroid treatments has become easier as these topical immunomodulators sooth the eczema effectively. Protopic and Elidel do not interfere with the immune system as they work by producing anti-inflammatory effects on the skin.

The fact that the redness of the skin is obvious to other people makes eczema a very difficult disease emotionally and socially. In addition to this, the severe itching can cause patients to be awake all night scratching, according professor of dermatology at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California, Nancy J. Anderson, MD.

She explains that there is a good safety profile with the new generation of immunomodulators. Anderson says that although they are relatively new with no long-term data, she is impressed so far.

Patients who use steroids can build up a resistance to them. This will mean they will need larger doses in order to get the same relief. However, Anderson points out that this does not seem to be the case with the new immunomodulators.

She also says that while oral protopic is not FDA approved at this stage for treating eczema, it has proved to be an excellent alternative treatment for severe eczema in other countries.

4 Apr

Garcinia Cambogia

Garcinia Cambogia is also called brindle berry or Malabar tamarind. The scientific name is Garcinia gummi gutta a plant product. The plant’s fruit rind is used to make the product. It is a small sweet tropical fruit shaped like a pumpkin. Garcinia Cambogia is a popular nutritional supplement containing hydroxicitric acid or HCA. Some research shows the HCA blocks an enzyme which turns sugars into fat, so Garcinia Cambodia has the potential to assist in weight loss when combined with a healthy diet and physical activity, and when the right strength is used correctly.

Clinical studies have shown Garcinia Cambogia has a positive effect in reducing body weight, preventing visceral fat accumulation, lowering bad cholesterol, and raising good cholesterol and serotonin.[Find out about garcinia cambogia free trial monthly package].

Some ways it is supposed to work:

  1. As a fat blocker, this allows fat to pass through your system much faster than usual.
  2. As an appetite suppressant which helps you control cravings. You feel less hungry, allowing you to take in less fat.
  3. It targets your current belly fat and helps eliminate it.
  4. It increases serotonin levels which level out mood swings from stress and depression and helps emotional eaters feel less need to do it.
  5. It helps balance the body’s levels of cortisol, a hormone linked to stress levels.
  6. When HCA (Garcinia Cambogia) blocks a portion of the enzyme called citrate lyase (that helps turn sugars and starches into fat), it is an action that diverts carbohydrates into energy production instead of accumulating as fat.

For HCA to work it should be a formula that is at least 50% HCA and not wholly calcium salts. it should also have potassium or magnesium present and one that has a low lactone content is the better choice. And the correct dosage is essential. 1.5 g of extract three times per day before meals taken on an empty stomach 30 to 60 minutes before each meal. At the right dose side effects are rare. It is not a stimulant, so no need to worry about losing sleep or mood being negatively affected.

10 Jan

Most Common Misconception about Gaining Weight

shutterstock_76970125There are a lot of misconception about gaining and losing weight and sometimes we had a hard time recognizing which is a myth or fact. We often believed that eating fats is the main cause that’s making us fat but little did we know that it is calories that are making us fat. It is important to know what is true and what is not. I have listed the common misconception related to weight loss, below. And you decided whether to believe it or not.

Do not eat after 8 P.M.

I have put this in the first list because I believe it is the most common belief of people who are trying to lose weight. The truth actually is what you eat or what time do you eat does not matter because weight gain is caused by how much calorie you take. Even if you eat around midnight but the foods does not contain calorie, you are safe! Therefore, just try to watch your calorie intake daily and do not consume calorie-filled foods.

Huge breakfast meal can help you feeling full throughout the day.

Apparently, this one is busted. Eating a big portion of breakfast is as bad as skipping them. Skipping breakfast will make you crave for more extra snacks during morning, meanwhile big portion breakfast can store up too much calories in the body.

Eating less food can increase metabolism.

False! Eating less food will not increase your metabolism by all means. Although most people believe that eating small portion of foods throughout the day can help them control their food intake thus enables them to lose weight, the effect is not the same with other people because our body reacts differently to the changes that we have made in the body. You should opt for regular three-meals a day and some healthy snacks like fruits and salad in between.

Low-fat foods contain fewer calories.

Well, I am not quite sure about that. Take note, foods that are low in fat does not necessarily mean they have fewer calories because there are other nutrients that can also provide calories like starches, sugar and protein. Based on the food guide issued by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, even a small blueberry muffin has 131 calories and the regular-sized muffin has 138 calories. So, even if you are eating many low-fat foods, you will still gain more weight.

Being a vegan guarantees weight loss.

Many people who wish to lose weight opt for vegan lifestyle but the thing is it will not help anyone lose weight unless you are observing a balance diet like fruits, veggies, protein, and whole grains. Common mistakes for most vegans are they keep eating French fries, potato chips, chocolate, pasta and the likes without checking their calorie intake. Before consuming certain foods, make sure to check its Nutritional Fact or label to see how will it benefits your health.

Sport drinks are better than sodas.

Well, not quite. Here’s the breakout: Sports drinks contain 13 grams of sugar and 50 calories per serving. On the second note, each bottle contains 2.5 servings. Therefore, let’s do the math. If you consumed one bottle of sports drink, you have consumed a total of 125 calories. This is almost the same with a can of soda which contains 140 calories. It is no doubt that sports drinks can give you energy, vitamins and mineral but still it is high in sugar and calories. As a matter of fact, the vitamins and minerals you will get in the sports drinks are equivalent to the healthy foods you eat.

Go for a diet in order to lose weight.

It is true that going for a diet can help you lessen the chances of getting disease such as blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and more. However, don’t be surprise if I tell you that diet can also be bad for your health. In 2007 studies by the UCLA scientists in the journal American Psychologist proved that normally when people lose 5 to 10 percent of his or her weight, the process of weight loss will stop. And most people regain their weight back in the long run. Only few people are able to put up with weight loss. So whenever you are thinking of losing weight, make sure you had a change of your overall lifestyle in order to lose weight permanently.

Eat whatever you want as long as you exercise.

I admit I committed this mistake for a long time. Do not take things for granted and think that as long as you exercise, things will cooperate with you. Indulging with too much calorie-filled foods and exercise is bad for your health because the energy intake must be equivalent to the energy loss and yet drink some energy drinks during exercise.

I hope these fallacies about weight loss can help you in one way or two. Losing weight is not an easy journey but with the right mind, attitude and knowledge about weight loss, you will surely achieve your goals.