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Foods to Eat for Whiter, Brighter Eyes

The right nutrition is very important for beautiful eyes. If you want to make your eyes sparkle with health as well as help to improve your eyesight naturally, you can look after them from within, with these top five super nutrients for eye health. Vitamin A: You know how your Mom told you that if you ate all your carrots you would be able to see in the dark? She might not have been too far from telling the truth!


 Fruits and vegetables with high vitamin A content are fantastic for your eye health. To make the most of this vitamin, up your intake of carrots, peaches, papaya and mangoes. Vitamin C: Vitamin C has the reputation for being a wonder vitamin and there’s science to suggest that your eyes can benefit from a good supply of it as well as the rest of you. Add plenty of Vitamin C-rich foods, including oranges, grapefruits and strawberries to your diet and you’ll help to protect your eyes from cell damage. Vitamin E: Get this essential vitamin for eye health from sunflower seeds, wheat germ, hazelnuts, peanut butter and almonds. Just a handful of almonds will provide half of your daily dose. 


Antioxidants: Look for delicious leafy greens like kale, spinach, collards and romaine lettuce – these are all fantastic sources of lutein and zeaxanthin, the antioxidants responsible for reducing your risk of macular degeneration and cataracts. Zinc: Try eating more sesame seeds/tahini, hemp seeds, cashew nuts and pine nuts, shiitake mushrooms and avocados for a good intake of protective zinc.

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Understanding Migraines

  

A migraine is more than ‘just a headache.’ Anyone who has ever suffered from the misery of a migraine will tell you that they can be anything from unsettling and uncomfortable to downright incapacitating. Not all people who experience migraines will get the classic headache – and some people don’t experience the headache every time. 


Because a migraine headache is considered a ‘primary’ headache, because there is no apparent underlying condition that could be causing it, they can be hard to treat. What Is a Migraine Headache? A migraine headache is more of a condition than just a headache. Migraine headaches are typically very severe and can come with additional symptoms like dizziness, nausea and even loss of speech and sight which can be extremely frightening. In some people, they are accompanied by sight disturbances and other neurological symptoms that doctors call the ‘migraine aura’. 


Sometimes, in a migraine with aura, there is no headache or it can be averted with painkillers at the aura stage, but in other cases the classic migraine headache can be blindingly painful, lasting anything from 20 minutes to a couple of days. Some people who experience sudden, severe, or recurrent migraines will need to be seen by a doctor and examined for other possible conditions, but in most cases migraines just have to be managed and treated as there is no cure – and often no obvious triggers. As migraine can sometimes be associated with other more severe conditions, if you have what you think is a migraine for the first time, you should seek advice from a medical professional. 


How long can a migraine last? Migraines are notorious for sticking around a long time. Some migraines only last for a few hours but if you’re unlucky enough to suffer from severe, prolonged migraines they can last for several days. Sometimes, the migraine sufferer will experience neurological symptoms before, during, and afterwards, including strange floating lights and auras. They might also experience these symptoms between bouts of pain. What causes migraines? Although the exact cause of migraine headaches is not known, most studies think there’s a genetic link that’s exacerbated by other triggers. Migraines tend to run in families and are usually hereditary. Some people can be set off by very strong smells, certain foods, heat, or bright lights. 


How do you treat a migraine? This is something you might want to discuss with your doctor, but there are options available for managing migraines. Many people turn to medication, understandably. Massage therapy can help to reduce the number of migraines in sufferers – a 2006 study of migraine sufferers showed that people who had massages experienced fewer migraines and slept better during the weeks they had massages, although it was a small study. You may have to try several different treatment options before discovering the best one for you.

Tips for Stressed Out Skin

 

Stress. It’s hard to avoid its effects – and we’re all aware of how damaging it can be to both our mind and body if we let it build up for too long. But while we all know that it can affect us in many ways, our skin isn’t the first thing we think about when we consider the effects of a stressful lifestyle. Your face can be one of the areas that stress can really take a toll. The Effects of Cortisol. Stress causes the body to make more of the hormone cortisol, and cortisol turns up production of oil in your sebaceous glands, which leads to clogged pores, breakouts and sometimes red, itchy patches on the cheeks and around the nose. If you’re dealing with long term, chronic stress, it can have a really damaging effect on your skin. Along with the pore-clogging effects, too much cortisol also damages your skin's ability to hold on to water, which can make it dehydrated and dull over time. 

So while you’re producing more oil and getting breakouts, under the surface your skin is thirsty and desperate for hydration. No wonder stress takes such a toll on your looks. So what can you do to counteract the effects of stress and a busy lifestyle? Skincare for Stressed Skin. 

Looking after your skin when you’re feeling the strain is vital if you don’t want to reflect all that tension in the mirror. Treat yourself to kind, good quality skincare products, especially hypoallergenic and fragrance-free products that won’t irritate your delicate skin any more than it already has been. Simpler products with fewer, better quality ingredients should also have a lower pH which should help to calm down angry skin and sooth the dryness and inflammation. 

Be gentle when you cleanse your face; don’t be tempted to attack the breakouts or oily areas with harsh products to strip the oils away, you’ll only make it worse. If you wash with water, use lukewarm rather than hot to avoid stimulating oil production, and add a layer of soothing, hydrating moisturizer while your skin is damp as damp skin will trap moisture better. Another effect of high levels of cortisol is raised blood sugar, which damages collagen and elastin. Long term, you may lose some of your skin’s smoothness and plumpness, and when you combine this with the extra muscle tension that’s unavoidable when you get stressed, you start to get prone to wrinkles and lines. 

Nip these in the bud by investing in skincare products that contain antioxidants combined with retinol to encourage collagen production and keep skin looking and feeling firmer. 

It’s not always easy, but if you also learn to manage your stress levels, it will help more than just your skincare routine. Take some time out for yourself; enjoy a massage or a beauty treatment. Just an hour or so away from it all that’s just for you can really help to de-stress you and if you need to justify it, think of it as saving money on skincare products in the future!

 

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Moles – What to Look For.

 Moles are a very common skin growth and most of us have at least a few of them. In most cases they are nothing to worry about and we tend to forget we have them. Unfortunately, moles can also be a sign of skin cancer or pre-cancer. Whereas most are harmless, if you notice any changes in a mole, or develop a new one that looks different to the rest, it could be something you need to speak to a skin clinic or a doctor about. It may well be nothing to be concerned about but with moles it pays to be vigilant. 


Existing moles can suddenly grow, develop hairs where there were none, change color or fade. Most of us are still developing new moles into our forties! Some changes are nothing to worry about but others can be a sign that something isn’t right. Finding cancerous moles early on is absolutely key to treating skin cancer effectively. Don’t ever be worried about whether you’re wasting your doctor’s time by asking advice about a mole – they are happy to put your mind at rest and would much prefer you to come in needlessly than not come in until it’s too late. 


The early signs of a melanoma (a serious type of skin cancer) that you should get checked out include: Asymmetry. The mole looks uneven and one half doesn’t seem to match the other. Border unevenness. The outside edges of the mole are ragged or blurred. Color. If the mole isn’t the same color all over it could mean there’s something changing. It could be anything from tan, brown, and black or even red, white, and blue but if the colours are blotchy, it’s a warning sign. Diameter. If it’s larger than 6 mm (0.2 in.) across, or suddenly starts to grow, it’s something you need to get checked out. Evolution. Any noticeable changes in its size, shape, symptoms (itching or tenderness), surface (bleeding), or color. Keep an eye on your moles – or ask someone else to – and carry out a skin self-exam regularly to identify any suspicious skin growths. You need to be examining your moles monthly and if possible, visit a skin clinic for an expert to check them over once a year just to be safe. 


What to check for: Look at your skin, including the scalp, and any existing moles, freckles, skin tags or other skin growths to check for changes in color, shape, size, and appearance. If you’ve had any minor injuries, check the skin to see if it’s properly healed. If you notice a changing or suspicious skin growth, get your doctor to check it out right away. It might be easily removed and nothing to worry about (most growths are easily taken off) and this will stop it from growing and irritating the skin around it, getting caught on your clothes or even spreading to other areas of the body. Finding and treating skin cancer early can help prevent problems, so keep an eye on your skin lumps and bumps!