Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Ovulation And Determining The Gender Of Your Children

What is Ovulation?

Women under the age of 40 have an 80% chance of getting pregnant. A healthy baby girl fetus has 1 to 2 million eggs in their ovaries, which immediately start dying off. Ovulation is when your ovaries release an egg or more into your Fallopian tubes. The egg can only survive for 24 hours after you have ovulated. The egg or eggs can only become fertile after your partner’s sperm and egg meet in the Fallopian tube.

photo by Ken Hammond USDA of Wikipeia Commons

Ovulation begins on average 10 to 16 days before your period starts, though this does not apply with women who have irregular cycles, and will vary from cycle to cycle. Common cycles are between 23 to 35 days where as a regular cycle is 28 days. The first day of your period is day 1 of your cycle and a period could last for 3 to 7 days on average.  Ovulation with women with irregular cycles may occur a week before or after in every given month. There are body signs you could look for when you ovulate, this includes;

Sunday, 26 October 2014

10 Natural Ways to Lighten Your Skin

I love the different complexions I see around me every day. As women we are always looking for ways to maintain a glowing and youthful complexion. Over the years the effects of the sun, change in body size, scars, stretch marks and acne tend to darken our complexion and leave us with an uneven skin tone. Using chemical to bleach our skins in the form of chemical peels, mercury and bleaching cream can lead to long term damage to your skin and in some cases death. Therefore I looked into natural ways to lighten your skin, regain your skins elasticity, reduce the appearance of scar and treat acne. The following are the top 10 natural ways to lighten your skin.

Turmeric By Simon A. Eugster  Wikimedia Commons

1.      Turmeric

This is a famous Indian skin care regime with antiseptic properties that relieve sun burns. Turmeric is an exfoliating agent effective in reducing the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and acne. Turmeric will lighten your skin tone and fades away scars as well as stretch marks, giving you an even complexion. Turmeric also inhibits melanin production preventing your skin from tanning.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Crazy About Calories

In a world where we are more concerned about a trim waist line than a healthy functioning heart, we spend most of our days planning meals with a limited amount of calories and forgoing the health benefits we would get from healthier meals. 

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons By Orcunkoktuna

Here are some challenges calorie counters face;

Coffee versus Tea?

There is only 1 calorie in a mug of coffee where as a mug of tea contains 2 calories. Coffee and tea both contain antioxidants great in fighting cancer. Coffee also has the benefit of boosting brain

Ebola: The Big E

The Ebola virus disease (EVD) was first discovered in Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1972 after two separate out breaks occurred. The name was derived from the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of Congo where the first outbreak had occurred. However upon further study it was discovered to be similar to the Marburg virus discovered in 1967 after an outbreak occurred in Marburg and Frankfurt, Germany.

Ebola Virus photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons By Thomas W. Geisbert

The Ebola virus disease is believed to be carried by fruit bats that infect people and other mammals. Among the human population and other mammals the virus is spread through coming into contact with infected blood or other bodily fluids of a person or mammal. The symptoms will usually occur after 2 to 3 weeks after coming into contact with an infected person or mammal.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Fighting Cancer with Lemons

You may have heard the new fad that lemons are the new natural way to preventing and curing cancer. Taking lemonade, eating the lemon pulp directly or even on pastries may help fight all types of cancers. Although, according to stop cancer fund, this has not been scientifically proven, lemons do have some anti-cancer properties and are an anti-microbial spectrum against bacterial infections and fungi, lemons are effective against internal parasites and worms, Lemons also regulate blood pressure and act as an antidepressant.

photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

Properties of Lemon
Lemons contain mainly sugars and citric acid however the outer layer (zest) contains essential oils, 90% limonene (which has anti-cancer properties), 5% citral, and small amounts of cintronellal, alphaterpineol, linayl and geranyl acetate. The inner layer contains glycosides and coumarin derivative that give lemon’s their bitter taste. So what are the health benefits of lemon towards fighting cancer.