Wednesday, January 30, 2008

How to have healthy hair

So follow this healthy guide..

be sure to add in a hefty dose of daily exercise to keep that blood pumping then add proper hair care on the surface! Go ahead and try it!Shiny, healthy hair is a reflection of a healthy body, so it's like two for the price of one. Just like your body, your hair needs a balanced, nutritious diet to stay healthy. So follow this recipe for healthier hair, and be amazed at the difference it makes!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Potato chips aren't the only things that can have ridges. Nails that have even, vertical ridges are totally notmal-a sign not of any health problems, but of age (they tend to become more accentuated as you get older). But a condition called Beau's lines is a sign of a more systemic health issue. "If a person has been very sick or gone through a lot of stress, the nail may stop growing," Kleinsmith explains. 'When it starts growing again, an indentation occurs at that spot on the nail. " As the nail grows out over the next several months, these indentations (probably in about the same place on each nail) will become visible.

A single deep ridge in just one nail may indicate that there's a small wart or syst at the base of the nail that is putting pressure on the nail matrix and affecting the way the new nails grow.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

The half moon

Officially called the lunula, that little crecent at the base of the nail is where the nail matrix (the birthplace of new nail cells) lies. Normally the lunula is most prominent on the thumbs, and it gets progressively less visible on each finger as you move from thumb over to pinky. It's a normal variation to see more of it on some fingers than on others," says Kleinsmith. "And whether it's visible or not isn't indicative of health." A fun nail fact: the shape of the lunula determines the ntural shape of the nail edge.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Turning colors

The most common cause of fingernails that suddenly take on an unhealthy tinge is some type of fungal infection. Both yeast infections and bacterial infections can easily be picked up at an unsanitary nail salon-usually caused by the use of unsterilized tools. "A yeast infection can cause the nail to sperate from the underlying skin," says Kleinsmith. "The nail can start lifting up and a crumbly, white fungus can appar underneath it."
A bacterial infection can cause the affected nail to turn slightly green. And getting too vigorous with the cuticle pusher or nippers can lead to either a yeast or bacterial infection in the lcuticle surounding the nail. "If you notice sudden swelling or pain in the cuticles a day or two after a manicure, see a doctor to get on antibiotics," she recommends.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

White spots

Tiny white splotches dotting otherwise healthy-looking pink nails are not normally a sign of anything serious. Most often, those spots are the manifestation of some type of trauma to nail.

If you injure the nail matrix-the area at the base of the nail where new nail cells are created you'll see the results of that trauma show up as white spots as the nails grow out. But since it takes several weks for those new nail cells to grow out to a place on the nail plate where the injury is visible, chances are that by time you notice a white spot, you may have forgotten the nail-slamming incident that caused it. But if you're certain you didn't injure your nails and you are noticing recurring white spots, there are several other causes including the skin conditions psoriasis and eczema, or a diet that's deficient in the mineral zinc (found in whole grains, poultry and seafood).

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Looking yellow

A healthy nail (with healthy skin beneath its bed) has a pretty, pinkish hue. When it doesn't that may be a reason to worry. "When all of the nails turn yellow it can be a sign of lung disease or diabetes," says Dr. Arielle Kauvar, a New York City dermatologist. "Yellow spots on the nails can be an indicator of fungus or psoriasis. "Since any of these conditions warrants treatment by a doctor, it's worth seeing a dermatologist by a doctor, it's worth seeing a dermatologist if yellow nails persist.
Women who frequently wear very dark nail polish for long periods of time (especially without using protective basecoat underneath it) may also notice a slight yellowing of their nails, but it's no reason to panic. The nails are merely stained from the polish and will return to their normal shade if they are left unpolished for a while.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


By some estimates, about 20 years of women suffer from a condition called "brittle nail syndrome." While it may sound like just a fancy name for nails that break easily, the causes go deeper than that. Brittle nails are ones that can't hold on to moisture, so the layrs of the nail plate dry out and crack.

Medically speaking, it's possible for an under-active thyroid to cause both dry skin and brittle nails. Nutritionally, a diet low in iron can cause nails to become thin, brittle and easily broken (eating more green, leafy vegetables, red meat and eggs will help boost your iron intake). Biotin supplements (a Bcomplex vitamin) have also been shown to improve the condition of brittle nails. And your habits play a role as well. The main culprit: excessive exposure to water. Constantly wetting and drying your hands (and nails) can make brittleness worse.

Monday, January 14, 2008


The nail plate is made up of several layers of kerain (a protein). Ideally, those layers are sealed together to form a unified, strong nail. But when nails aren't protected your hands are in water a lot, or exposed to cold, dry air those layers tend to delaminate. The result is nails tht are likely to peel.

Desides being and indication that you need to take better care of your nails polish can help seal the layers and moisturizing them several times a day will keep the layers supple peeling nails can mean a diet that's lacking in linoleic acid. The easiest way to up your intake is to increase your use of vegetable oils (add some to your salad dressing or drizzle aome on streamed veggies).

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Spoon shaped

A healthy nail has a specific shape slightly raised in the middle, then curving down a bit at the tip. So when you see a nail with the exact opposite configuration, that should be a clue that all is not right, "it's called a spoon shaped nail, and it's a symptom of iron deficiency anemia," says Dr. D'Anne Kleinsmith, a spokeperson for the American Dermatological Society.
As with many health problems, it can take months of iron deficiency before the problem shows up in the nails. And when the anemia is corrected, it will take awhile for normal shaped nails to re grow. Search for images of spoon shaped nails.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

The pits

When the normally smooth surface of the fingernail has several small dents or pits in it, that can be a signal that something is going on beneath the nail. Most often, the cause of those dents is psoriasis.
The inflammatory skin condition-it shows up as red, scaly patches on the skin-can also affect the skin cells in the nails. Instead of growing out smoothly, the surface of the nail takes on a dented appearance. Once the psoriasis is treated and under control, nails will slowly return to normal. (Since nails only grow about a millimeter per week, it will take a few months for the old, pitted nail fully grow out and be replaced with a healthy one.) Search for images of pitted nails.

Friday, January 11, 2008

What your nails are telling you about your health

A perfectly manicured hand is one where the nail are strong and smooth, with no discoloration, jagged cuticles or other signs of abuse. But what about nails that are less than perfect? since many health problems have an impact on the nails, it's worth listening to what your hands have to say.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Top 10 tips for caring for your contact lenses.

1. Do not wear your contact lenses to sleep-this practice increases the chance of infection by 10 times.

2. Take your lenses out of your eyes at night, after washing your hands. Rinse and Rub each one in the palm of your hand with a aterile multipurpose solution or hydrogen peroxide. This removes most of the microbes and perticulate matter on your lens after wearing them so allowing the disinfectant to work.

3. Place your lens in your storage case with Fresh multipurpose solution or peroxide.

4. In the morning, Remove your lens from the solution in your storage case and place it in your sys (if using peroxide remember to neutralize it).

5. THROW AWAY the solution from your storage case (never reuse it) and shake the case until it is dry or allow it to air dry ( a paper tissue may be needed to wipe it dry)

6. Leave the storage case Dry all day. This kills many contaminating bacteria.

7. CHANGE the storage case every month WHEN you change your disposable contact lenses so that a RESH new lens is used with each NEW storage case. Wearers of nondisposable contact lenses should CHANGE their storage case every month.

8. NEVER wash your storage case or lenses with tap water this predisposes them to contamination which can cause infection. Only wash the lens or storage case with STERILE solution.

9. NEVER store your lenses fresh saline solution or tap water!

10. If you develop a sore red eye, Stop wearing the contact lens at once! The inflammation usually resolves itself but if pain persists for more then 24 hours, visit a dostor or eye-care prefessional and advise them that you have been wearing contact lens. Take your lens, storage case and cleaning solution with you-it will Help them establish what has happened. Carefully follow the instructions that you are given. if you have any of the following:

* an eye disease
*a dry eye
*are using regular drugs for your eyes
*suffer from repeated infections
*are aged under 15 or over 65 you must discuss your suitability for wearing contact lenses with your option, optometrist or eye care doctor.

Monday, January 7, 2008


Here are all sorts of home remedies to stop rhythmic hiccups, see which are the once that work for you.

*Bend over the waist & drink a glass of water in that bending position.

*Eat ginger

*Eat crushed ice

*Drink water quickly

*Suck on slice of fresh vinegar

*Swallow a teaspoon of vinegar

*Gargle with cider vinegar

*Hold breath for as long as possible

*Ask someone to give you a fright

*Cover each ear with your fingers & press gently for a few minutes

Sunday, January 6, 2008


"There are two different types of orthodontics," says Dr. Kevin Davis of Davis Orthodontics in Richmond Hill, Ont. "Comprehensive orthodontics straightens all the teeth and corrects the bite whereas limited orthodontics 'sets the table' so the cosmetic dentist can fiish the job."

If the shape and size of your natural teeth is satisfactory and you want to avoid any artificial materials in your mouth, then comprehensive orthodontics is the answer. It might invole clear braces or removable invisible trays, and take anywhere from six to 24 months.

Pre-cosmetic orthodontics is necessary if the general dentist cannot do his/her job because of the current position of the teeth. Examples include a very large space between the front teeth that would look unsightly if corrected with oversized veneers, or a bite problem that would break your new veneers if the orthodontics were not completed first. Limited orthodontics usually requires less time than comprehensive orthodontics.

Teeth never lose their ability to be moved so adults are excellent candidates for orthodontics."Unlike days gone by, one-third of my orthodontic patients are adults," notes Davis, "because today's tooth-moving tools are much more invisible than the metal braces of the past."

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Tooth and gum contouring

I had a patient who always thought she had short, stubby teeth, says McKenzie. "In reality, her gums had overgrown." Gum contouring revealed long, beautiful teeth. Although tooth contouring is used to file minor chips and to shape. most contouring takes place with the soft tissues, says McKenzie. Done under local anaesthetic, gum contouring may be performed with electrosurgery, blades or soft-tissues laser.
Prior to putting on veneers or crowns, some dentists prefer to balance the symmetry of the mouth or solve a "gummy smile" through gum contouring. Done in-office under local anaesthetic, healing takes about two to four weeks. More extensive cases may be referred to a periodontist(gum specialist).

Thursday, January 3, 2008


In the past it was necessary to cut down the teeth adjacent to a missing tooth to use them as handles for a bridge that replaced the missing tooth. With implants, the adjacent teeth are not altered. In the first of a two-step process, a titanium rod replaces the root of the tooth. It's as invasive as a tooth extraction, says McKenzie, and is done under a local anaesthetic, taking about one hour per tooth. After the implants is placed, the gum is stitched over it and left for three to six months as the titanium integrates with the bone. At that point, the gum is lifted and the implants is topped with a crown