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Signs You May be Suffering From Leaky Gut

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Your intestinal wall is permeable to certain very small molecules, allowing it to absorb nutrients found in the foods you eat. However, there are cases wherein those tiny holes in the intestinal wall break apart, allowing larger molecules such as toxins and waste products to seep out and mix with your blood. This is what’s called leaky gut.

Leaky gut is a problem that may originate in your intestine, but it sure does not end there. When those molecules of poisonous substances and waste materials escape the gut and reach the bloodstream, they can easily get to your various tissues and organs. This results in inflammation within your body, something that can cause all sorts of problems.

These days, more and more studies that link a staggering number of health problems to leaky gut are surfacing. It may seem as though that they are all unrelated to one another or stemming from various causes but, as scientists further learn about leaky gut, they have found that they could be linked to the said digestive problem.

 

Leaky gut is a problem that can be caused by a variety of things. Experts say that the number one cause of leaky gut is the consumption of gluten-containing foods. The intake of dairy, processed foods, too much sugar, excessive alcohol and others that can cause inflammation are said to also trigger the problem.

The overgrowth of certain bacteria and fungi in the intestine can cause leaky gut, too, as well as the presence of intestinal parasites. Toxins found in the environment and medications for certain health problems are also often blamed. A lot of people in this day and age are suffering from leaky gut because of chronic stress, say the experts.

If you’re experiencing the following health issues, you may already be suffering from leaky gut:

Nutrient Malabsorption

Leaky gut can keep the intestine from properly absorbing nutrients found in food. For instance, vitamin B12 is one of the nutrients that your body may not benefit from due to the gut problem. Deficiency in vitamin B12 can cause unfavorable symptoms such as extreme fatigue, breathlessness, loss of appetite and tinnitus.

Food Sensitivites or Allergies

Do you feel unwell after the consumption of certain foods such as dairy and gluten-containing ones? It could be because your leaky gut is causing your body to produce excessive amounts of antibodies which react with antigens found in certain foods, causing you to be extremely sensitive or allergic to them.

Skin Problems

Because your skin is an organ of elimination, it doesn’t really come as a shock why it may encounter some issues when the bloodstream is filled with toxins or impurities due to leaky gut. Experts found that inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis and acne can be managed by healing the gut.

Depression and Other Disorders

It’s been well-established that leaky gut can trigger inflammation all over the body, something that can cause an assortment of problems including depression. Leaky gut is also being blamed for anxiety disorder. Furthermore, certain studies have linked leaky gut to the development of problems such as autism and attention deficit disorder.

Thyroid Issues

Leaky gut can have a negative effect on your thyroid, potentially causing Hashimoto’s disease, which is also known as chronic thyroiditis. The said problem can lead to an underactive thyroid that can cause a host of problems, from a sluggish metabolism, unwanted weight gain, fatigue to depression.

Digestive Issues

Naturally, it’s not unlikely for various digestive issues to show up if you are suffering from leaky gut. A lot of people with the said problem often complain of bloating and excessive gas. Severe diarrhea is a common issue encountered, too. Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS may also be present if leaky gut is around.


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Natural Remedies for Prickly Heat Rashes

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When summer strikes and you sweat more than usual, it’s not unlikely for prickly heat to show up. Also known as milaria rubra, this condition is characterized by small and raised red spots that itch like crazy. Because the primary cause of prickly heat is blockage of the sweat glands, it can occur practically everywhere provided that there are sweat glands present. However, it is more common on the chest, back, thighs, neck and forehead.
These are some tried-and-tested effective home remedies for prickly heat so you may quit scratching:
Ice Cubes: A quick and simple way to attain prickly heat relief is by gently rubbing ice cubes on those trouble spots. The cooling effect helps deal with the itchiness as well as reduces the appearance of those tiny bumps.
Oatmeal: Add a cup of raw oatmeal to your cool bath water. Immerse yourself there for 15 minutes to pacify those itchy red spots as well as make your body feel cool amidst the summer heat.
Baking Soda: Instead of oatmeal, you may add a cup of baking soda in your cool bathwater and soak in it. It’s also possible to simply dissolve 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a cup of cold water, and apply the solution on prickly heat with a soft cloth.
Cornstarch: Using cornstarch just like baby powder is an effective way to attain instant relief from prickly heat itchiness. You may also add a few drops of water into a tablespoon of cornstarch to come up with a paste that you may daub on those red spots.
Aloe Vera: If you have aloe vera in your garden, there’s no need to look further. Simply break a leaf and apply the gel on those itchy bumps. Allow it to stay there for a few minutes and hit the shower.
Neem Oil: Margosa or neem oil has antibacterial properties. Applying it on problem spots can help deal with the itchiness you are facing as well as prevent further irritation.
Sandalwood Powder: A lot of commercially available prickly heat powders contain sandalwood powder. Boost its healing effect by mixing equal amounts of it with coriander powder and rosewater. Apply the paste on those annoying rashes and rinse once dry.
Fuller’s Earth: A staple ingredient in so many beauty products, fuller’s earth is an excellent prickly heat remedy. Add 2 tablespoons of rosewater to 4 tablespoons of it. Mix and daub the paste on those red bumps. Wash off with water once dry.
Banyan Tree Barks: Applying powdered banyan tree barks on affected areas allows effective relief from itchiness prickly heat brings.
Citrus Fruit Juice: The consumption of orange, lemon or lime juice helps refresh you during those hot summer days. Thanks to the loads of vitamin C necessary for skin health, drinking citrus fruit juice accelerates the healing of prickly heat.
Pick an all-natural prickly heat solution that you find easy and convenient. It won’t take long before you are ready to resume your summer enjoyment.

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Don’t Miss Out On These 7 Skincare Hacks This Summer

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As exciting the beach holidays and summer trips might look, they have their downsides too. High temperatures, dust, dirt, pollution and of course, the summer sun can all take a toll on your skin. Ultraviolet rays of the sun can be very harmful for your skin. Apart from causing skin tanning, they can also cause sunburns and various other skin ailments. So here are some simple yet effective summer skin care hacks by dermatologist Dr Nivedita Dadu, that can protect your skin from tanning this summer.
Summer skincare hacks you must follow

  1. Hydrate yourself: It is very important to hydrate yourself by drinking at least 8-10 glasses of water throughout the day. Along with this, you can also drink fresh juices, lime water, coconut water and chilled smoothies too. Proper hydration is very important in summer as you tend to lose out on a lot of water from the body while sweating. This can make your skin look dull and dehydrated.
  2. Never forget your sunscreen: Ultraviolet rays can be really harmful to your skin thus, it is very important to safeguard your skin with a sunscreen. Sunscreen should be applied even when indoors. Choose a sunscreen according to your skin type and ensure that it penetrates into your skin nicely.
  3. Eat healthy: Eating healthy is very important for your skin and body. Consume more fruits like watermelon, muskmelon, berries, canary melon and litchis that shall ensure that your body and skin remain hydrated and healthy. Lack of proper skincare can result in fewer antioxidants in the body, which can damage cells and cause skin ageing.
  4. Avoid makeup: Avoid applying makeup on your skin as much as possible as it shall eventually result in clogged pores and breakouts. Even if you are applying makeup, always ensure that you don’t miss out on your moisturiser and primer. Also, always remove your makeup before going to bed.
  5. Sleep properly: It is essential to sleep properly as the body releases growth hormones during sleep. These growth hormones help the skin to repair itself. Proper sleep also helps you have a glowing skin. People who don’t take enough sleep or have erratic lifestyles with unhealthy sleeping cycles tend to have dull skin. Proper sleep ensures that your skin is in a resting motion, which eventually results in faster cell regeneration.
  6. Cleanse your skin thoroughly: Cleansing your skin properly is a very crucial step during summers. The sweat, dust and sunscreen, if congested on the skin for a long period of time, can result in blocked pores and breakouts. Therefore, it is important to clean your skin nicely every day.
  7. Avoid hot showers: Hot showers can be dangerous for the skin. Hot water damages the skin by stripping off the natural oils. This leads to dry, red and unhealthy skin. Therefore, go for showers with cold water as they can make you feel fresh and re-energised.
    (Dr. Nivedita Dadu, Dermatologist and Derma surgeon, Dr. Dadu’s Clinic)

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Office workers who sit a lot need to exercise

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Office workers who sit for long periods of time can reverse the health risks of their modern sedentary lifestyle by exercising just 20 minutes per day, a new study revealed.
Published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the University of Sydney-led collaboration with the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the UK’s Loughborough University examined the health consequences associated with sitting, reports Xinhua news agency.
By statistically modelling physical activity and sitting against the death records of nearly 150,000 study participants aged 45 years and over, the study found “physical activity is particularly important for people who sit a lot”.
“Reducing sitting would be a good start but is not enough,” lead author Professor Emmanuel Stamatakis, from the University of Sydney’s School of Public Health said.
“In our study, sitting time was associated consistently with both overall premature mortality and cardiovascular disease mortality in the least physically active groups – those doing under 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity per week.
“But one hour of physical activity per day is not necessary. Meeting the Australian public health recommendation of 150 to 300 minutes per week — equivalent to around 20-40 minutes per day on average — appeared to eliminate sitting risks,” Stamatakis added.
With many public health professionals growing increasingly concerned about the health risks associated with sitting, Stamatakis hopes the findings of the study will act as a wake-up call to office workers leading sedentary lifestyles who don’t get enough exercise.

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