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The Concept of Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) Testing in Women

Hysterosalpingogram are a form of x-ray testing, which mainly examines a woman’s Fallopian tube and uterus. It is a common test performed on women who are having a hard time getting pregnant and is one of the best tools that current medical science brings to women who are battling infertility. The test is best done after a woman’s menstruation period has finished, but prior to ovulation because this would ensure that the woman undergoing the test isn’t pregnant; having an empty bowel is recommended as well as this would lead to greater visibility of the uterus as well as other nearby structures.

Why Hysterosalpingogram Tests are Necessary

The test is very effective in identifying abnormal structures (tumors, fibroid’s, etc.) in the uterus, which are often the culprits behind constant miscarriages and other fertility issues. It is also a very potent way of examining blockages in the Fallopian tube. These blockages are often the results of scars brought about by infections in the said structure. Lastly, it is used to examine whether tubal ligation procedures were successfully executed or not.

How Hysterosalpingogram are Performed

The test is usually performed by radiologists in a clinic or hospital’s X-ray room. The equipment used are typically a radio graphic table, a display monitor, and x-ray tubes. Prior to starting, most patients are given a mild sedative to help them relax and for the uterus to refrain from cramping. They are then asked to strip from the waist down; a gown will be placed on the waist. Afterward, they are asked to lie on the examination table with their feet held up (by stirrups, usually) or knees bent, which is very similar to a gynecological exam.

Once everything is set, the doctor will insert a speculum into the vagina; this instrument gently spreads the walls of the vagina leading up to the cervix. A cannula and catheter are employed to pass through the cervix then enter the uterus. A contrast dye is then poured into the two said tubes. The dye is a good way of knowing whether the Fallopian tube is blocked or not, as it would automatically flow through the said structure and absorbed by the body if it isn’t.

The dye will cover most of the structures in need of examination such as the main cavity of the uterus and Fallopian tubes. X-ray images of the structures, using a fluoroscopy, are then shown on the display monitor. After the doctor has deemed the test complete, the speculum, cannula, and catheter are removed.

The Effectiveness of Hysterosalpingogram

X-rays have always been very effective in most forms of medical examination. Coupled with X-ray dyes and a fluoroscopy, they prove to be the best method that doctors can perform to make real-time examinations of the uterus and Fallopian tube, or any internal part of the body for that matter.

While Hysterosalpingogram testing is, at best, a safe medical procedure, women should not fully disregard its risks. One of the most obvious is the exposure to radiation (albeit in low levels only), which are known promulgators of cancer. Pain and inflammation are experienced after testing as well, though rarely. The efficacy and precision of this type of examination, though, immediately dismisses the aforementioned downsides.

 

Author Bio:

Bloom Reproductive institute is one of the largest providers of advanced infertility treatment in Arizona. We provide the full range of IVF services, including in-vitro fertilization (IVF), egg/embryo freezing, embryo blastocyst culture and biopsy, PGS/PGD, and fertility preserving surgery. With the help our advanced reproduction and HSG testing treatments, our expert team is committed to helping patients achieve their dream of starting a family.

5 Effortless Ways for Flawless Skin

There are tons of tips on getting that flawless skin. Regardless of age, having that flawless complexion is a must because our ideal version of ourselves is always one of that which is pleasing to our eyes and enviable to others. But that ideal vision makes us blind and often leads us to purchase expensive products that promise to deliver flawless skin when in fact it can be achieved for free (meaning without spending a single dime).

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Flawless skin can only be achieved with dedication and unfaltering self-discipline. Because although nature can aid you attain perfect beauty, it’s your passion for achieving the perfect version of yourself that will make it a possibility.

  1. Get better sleep:

Sleeping seems natural, but it’s not for everyone. There are people blessed with the power to fall instantly asleep but for most working women, those who have plenty of worries to take before shut eye and those who are cursed with insomnia, this is an impossible feat. Through sleeping your body heals itself. It regenerates what a loss is. Sleeping is highly beneficial to skin health too. Cutting hours of it is tantamount to depriving your skin the chance to be flawless. 

Counting sheep or blessings to help you sleep is a bit old fashioned. If it’s no longer effective here are new tricks to get better sleep.

  • Stick to a schedule. Your body is nature’s Thus, it succumbs to its calling (peeing, pooping and sleeping). To get a better sleep, stick to your sleeping schedule. Sleep at 10 PM and wake up at 5 AM, every single day for two weeks. Eventually, you’ll notice that your body will get used to that pattern. Embrace it and doze off.
  • Don’t sleep hungry. Don’t sleep stuffed. When you do it will be a great discomfort to your body, which will wake you up in the middle of the night.
  • Manage your stress. Being busy at work is not an excuse to not get a better night sleep. Get yourself organized and you’ll soon find yourself and the bed best buddies.
  1.  Use natural cleansers:

Cleanser is a must to get rid of the pollutants that stuck to your skin, which will ultimately cause breakouts or clogged pores, or even inflammation. But remember that as you cleanse, you must do so gently because if you use harsh chemicals it will also throw off the balance pH levels your skin requires. As a result, your skin will age faster.

Natural cleansers have the right pH levels that will keep the healthy balance of oil and acid that your skin needs. Here are the following:

  • Honey and lemon. Use 2 tsp of honey with 1 tsp of lemon juice. Apply to your skin and leave on until dry. Rinse with warm water.
  • Apple cider. Mix thoroughly one part apple cider with two parts water. Apply to your face with a cotton ball.
  • Coconut oil. Apply coconut oil to your face and neck. Massage gently for 30 seconds. Cover your face with a warm towel to open pores. Do that for 35 seconds. Then pat the oil with a washcloth.
  • Olive oil. For an effective night cream that Lightens darks spots and makes the skin smoother and clearer, mix ½ cup olive oil with ¼ cup vinegar, and ¼ cup water.
  • Apply a small amount on your skin and massage it with your fingertips. Let it absorb for two minutes and rinse it with warm water and cloth.
  1. Eat natural anti-aging foods to nurture your skin:

Botox is not the only solution to keeping you looking as young as possible. Eat blueberry pies instead. While you’re at it, take a liking to its closest cousins too: strawberries, cranberries, and raspberries. Eat them. Drink their juice.  Every single day. They have the same effects as Botox while you can also grow them in your backyard. They’re loaded with antioxidants; aging’s number one enemy.

  1.  Avoid the sun like the plague:

Sunlight is only healthy from 6am to 7:30am. Beyond that, it can already break your skin or worse can cause melanoma.

  1. Massage the face:

It is as important as the anti-aging products you use. The benefits to a proper facial massage can be experienced if done so properly. Advantages are the following: 

  • Prevents or fixes the sagging. Massage with diagonal strokes upwards to tighten skin.
  • Removes the puffiness. Light tapping motions stimulate the lymphatic system, which helps get rid of extra fluid sleeping under your facial skin.
  • Gives you young, slender neck. Massage downwards to eliminate fluid build ups.
  • Lifts eyebrows. Pinch along your brows.
  • Eliminates eye bags. Stroke from inside the sockets outwards.

Author Bio: 

Linda

Linda Daniels @LindaDa78257508 is MA in English Literature. She is a long-time native from City, State, USA. She is a Holistic Skin Care Consultant, avid Beauty Blogger and public speaker. Her goal is to educate people about on various health conditions, diet, beauty and skin care tips, etc. She is a passionate writer and also contributing to ConsumerHealthDigest.com since 2011. Read more of her expertise on Facebook, Google+, StumbleUpon & Pinterest

How Breast Lifting Can Improve Your Beauty

Women are not only admired by men for their beauty, women also appreciate each other for their physical appearance. Among many of the features that are admirable about a woman, are her breasts. There are various types that a woman may be bestowed with, and there isn’t just one rule for having a beautiful upper body figure. However, one of the key attributes of any type of upper body shape includes uplifted breasts.

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Some people are born with naturally uplifted breasts, while others simply aren’t. However, there are ways of attaining this feature with a little work or even minor surgery.

Atlanta Plastic Surgery for Brilliant Uplifts

Using natural methods for breast lifting in Atlanta are considered to be the best option simply because you don’t need to undergo surgery, medication and precautions. Natural methods largely include specific exercises that only help you develop a great upper body figure, but can also improve your physical fitness.

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Female breast in a bra isolated on white background

Among the best methods of breast uplifting includes press-ups aka push-ups or even mild bench presses. These are applied in a variety of ways, and each is meant for a particular purpose. This can mean some hard work, and some people might not have the psychological and physical stamina to maintain an exercise routine for this. Such individuals may opt for alternatives that include surgical remedies. These are simple, but do require precautionary measures in the post-surgical stage.

An Atlanta Plastic Surgeon Gives You Great Results

Skilled cosmetic surgeons can craft proportionate breast shapes by implementing techniques that suit a woman’s needs. Breast surgery for uplifting breasts is simply called a breast lift. With this type of surgery, you can restore a firm and perky look. You can get rid of any shagginess that will make you look and feel more youthful, which in turn can propel how you feel in general.

Plastic Surgery Atlanta Services are Exactly What You Need

The method involves doing away with unnecessary skin that is stretched out, having the breast tissue reshaped, along with elevating the nipple and areola so that it protrudes more. Large and spread out areolae may also be trimmed at the time of the surgery, which enhances the overall impact of the uplift.

Here are some reasons why women opt for surgical breast lift or breast augmentation Atlanta services:

  1. Some women need to restore the shape they once had, and this may especially be after breastfeeding.
  2. Some want better contour following weight loss
  3. To relish a perky breast shape as a first time experience

Kinds of Breast Lifts

Surgeons implement a variety of incision techniques and their choice varies according to a person’s breast tissue state and how mass has to be cut away. The eventual goal of the surgery also determines the method your surgeon will opt for. Obviously, your surgeon will opt to use the method that best suits the task and one that will not leave scars.

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Surgery is performed under general or local anesthesia in addition to intravenous sedation. The time required for the surgery is anywhere between 1-2 hours, and this depends on the type of surgery you opt for. You can leave shortly after the procedure is fulfilled. You will either need to have your breasts bandaged or use a surgical bra.

Crescent Lift:

This involves a minimum amount of scarring and is used for dealing with low levels of sagging.

“Donut” Lift:

This is also called a Peri-Areolar Lift, and it helps to deal with mild sagging, leaving a single scar

Vertical or “Lollipop” Lift:

This method is used for altering moderate levels of sagging and also offers great flexibility with reshaping.

 “Anchor” Lift:

This is also called the Inverted T, and it allows a tremendous level of reshaping and to correct advanced levels of sagging

Combining a Breast Lift Combined with Atlanta Breast Augmentation

A combination of breast uplift and augmentation is common because you may not achieve desired results with a breast lift. This is usually combined as one surgery so that you are spared additional surgery and healing time too.

Life after Uplift Surgery

You may experience some soreness and swelling, and you will need to take some prescribed pain medication. The soreness can take up to 8 weeks to disappear. You will need to lie on your back for a few weeks. You can return to work within a week or so, and this depends on the nature of your job. Breast Augmentation services by Dr. Mark Crisp-in in Atlanta can help you with the best surgery and recovery advice.

ROLE OF POTASSIUM, PROTEINS AND SODIUM IN KIDNEY FAILURE DIET

WHY IS POTASSIUM NECESSARY IN OUR BODY?

Potassium is one of the many ions that the body requires for use in maintaining electrolyte balance in the body. Sodium, Chloride, Calcium, Magnesium and phosphorus are the other important electrolytes. Potassium is involved in maintaining the normal functioning of the cell membranes and cell as we all know is the “basic, structural, functional and biological unit of all living beings”.

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The daily intake of potassium in human beings in adults is 4.7 gm/day. Some of the major functions affected by the serum potassium levels in blood include:-

  1. Muscle contractility –

Potassium is responsible for maintaining adequate contractility in the skeletal and smooth muscles of the body.

  1. Maintenance of ph balance in blood –

Potassium helps maintain optimum pH values in blood by acting as a blood buffering electrolyte.

  1. Maintenance of water levels in the body –

It is also essential for keeping an optimum level of water content in all the body tissues of the body.

  1. Maintenance of blood pressure –

The electrolyte balance in the body especially between sodium and potassium can help maintain blood pressure values within normal limits. If sodium levels in blood are too high, increase in the consumption of potassium leads to a compensatory lowering in the sodium levels. This is how blood pressure regulation is achieved with potassium intake.

The level of sodium and potassium is always so synchronized that the body itself adjusts its levels in blood. But, nowadays due to an increased intake of the junk food in diet, sodium intake has increased markedly leading to a fall in blood potassium levels. It is recommended to always supplement potassium through natural sources like Potatoes, Sweet potato, Bananas, Citrus fruits, Avocados and most meats.

WHY POTASSIUM IS LIMITED IN KIDNEY FAILURE PATIENTS?

Potassium is the major electrolyte component of the body. In the above discussion we have chalked out the major functions of the potassium consumption in our body and its optimum blood levels. Potassium levels in blood are regulated majorly by the kidneys as any excess of it is directly filtered out from the blood into the urine and excreted out from the body. In patients of renal failure, the kidneys are unable to filter out this potassium from the blood into the urine. As a result the level of potassium in blood rises and leads to a condition known as “HYPERKALEMIA”.

The most serious complications associated with hyperkalemia are cardiac arrhythmias. Severe hyperkalemia can also lead to the stoppage of cardiac activity due to abnormal electrical conduction in the nerves and muscle fibres of the heart. Hyperkalemia can also cause disturbance in the nervous conduction which may even lead to paralysis in rare cases.

Therefore, it is very important to limit the total intake of potassium in kidney patients. The recommendations suggest that the total intake should not be more than 2 gm/day.

PROTEINS – The building blocks of the body 

  1. Proteins are essential for maintaining muscular strength-They are also required for repairing any kind of wear and tear that takes place inside the body.
  2. Maintenance of Hormonal function – Many hormones in our body are actually proteins, such as insulin and oxytocin. These are responsible for the maintenance of the metabolism of the body and can regulate muscle formation in the body.
  3. Enzymes are also Proteins – All enzymatic activities will be affected if there is an alteration in the total dietary intake of proteins in the body.
  4. Immune system – All antibodies are also proteins and serve as the second line of defense for the body.
  5. A source of energy – Proteins are also a source of energy for the body which can be broken down to simpler products or can be converted into glucose by the process of gluconeogenesis in the liver.

PROTEIN DIET IN KIDNEY PATIENTS

Like most other end products of metabolism, the byproducts of protein breakdown in the body are also excreted out through the kidneys. Therefore, in patients of kidney failure it is very essential to limit the intake of proteins by the kidney so as to prevent the accumulation of the waste products of protein metabolism in the body.

The total dietary intake of proteins for any kidney patient depends on the stage of CKD and other associated medical conditions that the patient is suffering from. Therefore, a proper diet plan has to be chalked out to decide the daily dietary requirement of protein by the patient.

The normal daily intake of proteins recommended for a healthy adult should amount to 10 – 15 % of the diet. In case of the first three stages of CKD, this percentage is good enough. Care has to be taken for patients of stage 4 and ESRD (stage -5 or end stage renal disease) where the amount of daily dietary protein should not be more than 10 % of the total food intake per day.

SODIUM AND ITS DAILY REQUIREMENT FOR THE BODY

Sodium is the main elemental component of the body. It is involved in maintaining proper functioning of each and every cell in the body. Therefore, it is essential for the normal working of the human body. It is responsible for proper nerve conduction and maintenance of the neutrality of the acid –base balance in the body.

The daily requirement of sodium in the human body is up to 2.3 gm/ day. In case of kidney failure, the amount has to be reduced according to the patient condition.

SODIUM INTAKE & ITS LIMITATION IN KIDNEY PATIENTS

In case of kidney failure, the patient is unable to excrete excess amounts of sodium in urine, which gets reabsorbed causing high blood pressure and fluid accumulation in the body.

In the early stages of chronic kidney disease, it is very important to keep a check on the blood pressure levels. If the patient is hypertensive, salt restriction is a must. In patients who have not yet developed high blood pressure, sodium intake has to be monitored and whenever there is need, salt restriction may be imposed.

In patients of ESRD, salt restriction is a must as it may interfere with dialysis and also leads to high blood pressure. It is better to chart out a Diet plan for the daily calorie intake in such patients. It is to be remembered here that low salt foods should not be taken as a substitute as they are mostly rich in potassium. So it is very important to watch out what you are eating before it may become a problem. 

AUTHOR BIO –

Dr. Vikram Chauhan is an Ayurvedic practitioner based in Mohali, India. He is spreading the knowledge of ancient healing treatment Ayurveda, not only in India but also abroad. He is CEO and Founder of Planet Ayurveda Products, Planet Ayurveda Clinic and Krishna Herbal Company.

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Become Your Own Gym Role-Model: Easy Ways to Increase Muscle Growth

Believe it or not, gym isn’t the (only) answer to change in your physique. There are several factors there, especially when your gym time doesn’t only involve maintaining your perfect weight but it comes down to doing something drastic to your body, like losing weight, gaining weight or increasing muscle growth.

You know that old saying “You are what you eat”? Well, it’s absolutely true! The secret to building muscle fast is in nutrition and not just any nutrition. Eating organic whole food is the key to fast muscle growth. Consuming proper meals and portion size will help your muscles grow in no time and just the right amount of exercise will top the whole thing off!

Muscles

Here is what to do in order to get your diet and workout regimen started:

  1. Meals

To keep your metabolism working it is crucial to eat five meals a day, spaced out every 2.5 to 3 hours. Eating like this, you will speed up your metabolism and maintain a nitrogen positive balance for muscle growth.

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  1. Protein

Complete protein in all your meals is extremely important. At a point when your nitrogen consumption level is greater than nitrogen output is when muscle growth occurs. Your workout recovery will be as fast as your nitrogen balance is great. Trainers agree that your post workout meal should be pure protein to build muscle, like tuna fish, white meat, nuts (no salt), and similar. Still, its best you consulted your personal trainer and nutritionist about the type of meats you should eat and when.

  1. Water is crucial

You’ll get nowhere if you don’t drink at least 2L of water a day. Water helps detoxication, it keeps your kidneys working, eliminates waste from your body and once purified, and the body can focus on growth and on building new muscle. Further, with a proper water intake, the body will eliminate extra fat which is also a form of waste! Some agree that drinking cold water is better for your body as your metabolism works harder to warm up that water, meaning – it burns more health.

The best source of water for fast recovery after an intense work out is definitely Kangen water, also known as alkaline water.

  1. Calorie intake

Here’s some good news: to build muscle and help its growth, you actually should increase calorie intake! Meaning, from time to time you are allowed to enjoy a slice of pizza or cake, just don’t overdo it! Plus, you should focus on eating more whole organic food. The average male portion should be 2200 calories a day, female is roughly 1300. Meaning, if you stay close to these numbers, you are just maintaining your weight. But, if you want to increase muscle growth, be free to add a minimum of 1000 calories.

  1. Lift Heavy Weights and Do Compound exercises

To build fast muscle, weight lifting is the best way to go. You should strive to do compound exercises like dead lifts, pull ups, walking lunges, squats, etc. Your body will be encouraged to build your primary muscle groups with these types of exercises. Further, your secondary muscle groups (biceps) as well as your core will be also encouraged to develop.

Still, whichever exercise you are doing, don’t overdo. You should do all exercises under your personal trainer’s supervision, at least for the first month until you learn what happens when. You should strive to do 8-12 reps max. Don’t lift more than 12 reps on each exercise.

  1. Sleep!

If you don’t sleep enough, nothing’s going to happen the way you planned it to. Your body needs time to “heal” in order to produce results. Sleep is essential for recovery, growth and repair. Eight hours of sleep is optimal for muscle growth.

  1. SupplementsProtein

Most trainers are advocates of supplements to help speed up muscle growth. There is a range of food supplements, vitamin supplements, body building supplements and other that may actually help with your overall health, physique, and muscle growth, and burning of fat… you just need to find the right one. It’s advised not to take this yourself, at least not before consulting with your trainer or a nutritionist.

If you are looking to look absolutely stunning in no time, follow through these advices, build your muscle, and perfect your physique and look amazing in no time!

What to Eat Before and After Plastic Surgery?

Many people believe that plastic surgery is nothing more than a routine procedure that helps us repair our flaws. This belief is strongly supported by people that are against this type of operations, considering them too shallow. However, there is one fact everyone should know: Plastic surgery is more than that. It is a complex endeavor done by great experts in this field of medicine.

As in any other kind of medical procedure, the patient needs to be both physically and mentally prepared. If you have decided to undertake such a radical venture, you have to understand that you can’t simply undo it. The results are going to last forever. So, first you have to be completely sure that you want to change something about your looks. If you are uncertain about all that, the best way is to possibly talk to someone close, who would be completely honest and open-minded.

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Mens sana in corpore sano

When it comes to plastic surgery, one of the most important things is proper diet. No matter if you are overweight or not, you should start eating more healthy food. Firstly, it would prepare you for the operation, eliminating all toxins from your body. Secondly, your recovery would be faster if you were in good shape. After the operation, you body will be extremely exhausted and only relaxation and balanced nutrition can completely recover it. Don’t be scared if you see that the spot where the surgery was performed starts to swell. That happens because the body recognizes it as a problem and tries to warn you. However, swelling slows the process of healing and that is why you have to apply a lot of ice to that area.

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Balanced diet will decrease inflammation, swelling and bloating after the surgery. Many recent studies have proven that the unhealthy fats increase the possibility of infections, while healthy ones decrease it. You should choose food rich with low-fat proteins, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids.  They will contribute to your overall health, reducing your blood pressure and helping you reach your ideal weight. Although this process could be exhausting and long, you will be astonished with the results. Here are several suggestions that are perfect for both, your preparation and recovery after the plastic surgery.

You are what you eat

First things first, you should drink a lot of water. Remember that your body has gone through an enormous stress and it needs to completely recover. Also, a cup of warm tea has always been a great solution. Also, it is highly recommended that you should drink a glass of wine every day. It is healthy and enhances your blood count. You should avoid fizzy drinks for they can be a cause of many diseases, including diabetes. You should eat five times a day, including three meals and two snacks. Your meals should be balanced, with smaller, but nutritious amounts of food. As the intake of proteins is of crucial importance, you mustn’t forget them. However, avoid red meat, as well as deep-fried or fast food. Instead of it, choose the one with lean proteins, such as chicken. Fish is also a perfect idea, especially the one rich with omega-3 fatty acids, such as sardines, salmon or mackerel. If you want your menu to be heterogeneous, you should add a side dish of fresh vegetables, which is both, healthy and tasty. You could eat something different every day and you will never get bored. White bread, as well as flour in general, should be avoided and replaced with whole grain products. You shouldn’t eat spicy food, but natural spices such as onion, garlic, curry and ginger are acceptable because they serve as natural antioxidants. For a desert, choose natural ingredients, such as fruit which provides you with vitamins. If you really have a sweet tooth, you should prefer homemade sweets. Avoid refined products with a lot of artificial sweeteners.

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When you adapt to this regime, you will feel noticeable difference. Also, when the pain from the plastic surgery diminishes, you will understand how important the overall physical looks are. Every procedure, from breast augmentation to rhinoplasty or even a face-lift is more successful if you are in great shape.

Balanced and healthy diet will certainly make your recovery faster and less painful. However, once you get used to it, it will become your way of life. Try it and you won’t regret it.

Achieve Instant Skin Glow with This Amazing Wine Mask

A lot of people say that having a glass of red wine a day is among the smartest things that you can do for yourself. They even go that far to say that wine is the elixir of youth and that it is a real anti-aging treatment in a bottle with delicious taste. Actually, these claims are based on facts. Wine does make you feel better and it helps your health. There are two main ways in which red wine, especially, makes you feel and look younger and healthier.

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The first way is through the regulation of your blood flow and the heart rate. Red wine will help your heart work properly and it will definitely make it healthier. The substance that is ever-present in red wine, resveratrol, prevents the blood clots from forming and it also improves on the quality of the blood vessels.

Another thing that makes wine so popular and so healthy are the numerous antioxidants that it contains. They are key elements to all the anti-aging treatments and the wine is swarming with them. Free radicals are those nasty things that play the important role in all the aging processes and all the aging related diseases. The thing with the antioxidants is that they fight off the free radicals and help you stay young.

Wine is also amazingly beneficial for your skin. Here are some recipes with which you can make sure that your skin is nice, healthy and beautiful.

Wine Mask with Honey

The best wine to use for this type of mask is port. You will need to mix some port wine with 3 teaspoons of honey. Mix them in well so that they get the density and the unity needed to be applied on your face. Clean your face and then apply the mixture of honey and port. Leave it be for 15 minutes and then wash it off with water. Honey will tone your face while the wine will do its anti-aging magic.

White Wine Face Cleaner

This is the mixture that can last in your fridge for months, but since it is so easy to prepare, make sure you always have a fresh one. Use 6 tablespoons of white wine and mix it with 3 tablespoons of vinegar and 3 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice. All you need to do with this mixture is to blend it all in very well. Once you steam your face and wash it, with all those pores opened, use the cotton pads to apply this cleaner on your face and be careful about the area around your eyes. It will keep your face fresh and clean, getting you rid of all that oily residues.

Wine and Yoghurt

As this may sound like a very odd combination, it is actually very good for oily skin. You need to use some yoghurt and mix in 3 tablespoons of red wine in it. To this mixture, you need to add a couple of drops of tea tree oil. The whole mixture needs to be homogenous and of the density that you think can stay on your face. On the clean face, put this mixture and leave it there for 20 minutes. Lukewarm water will be enough for removing it after that time.

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Aloe and Red Wine

You may be probably already using aloe Vera gel for many purposes. However, mixing it with red wine and making into a gel that will be applied on your face and left there for 15 minutes is probably a new thing for you. However, this is to be tried, since, the combination of these two substances make amazing face mask with excellent anti-aging effects.

The effects and the benefits of wine on your body and your skin, in other words, on your health and your beauty are widely famous. However, there seems to be a slight preference in these terms for the red wine. That is because it has slightly more antioxidants than, let’s say, sweet white wine. White wine is milder and gentler and that is why it can be used for those with more sensitive skin. Therefore, choose your wine accordingly.

Mommy Makeover – The Most Common Plastic Surgeries for New Moms

Now that you’ve finally got your bundle of joy in your arms and you can start enjoying parenthood, it’s also time you get your life back on track.

With the new baby and new life routine, this can get pretty hard. You don’t have time work out, think of healthy diet, and sleep as much as you’d initially want, that is – as much as your body would need to stay healthy and upbeat… and, let’s be honest – our bodies don’t look the same post pregnancy. Apart from stretch marks and extra weight that piled up, so many things changed that you at times can’t even recognize your own body. Luckily, we can now turn to plastic surgery for solutions!

Ideal Candidates

I am sure you’ve given your best to lose weight and have probably succeeded. Yet, if you are bothered by those stubborn pockets of fat and sagging skin that simply won’t go, you are a good candidate to undergo a cosmetic procedure.

Mommy Makeover

You should know that a cosmetic procedure isn’t something that just recent moms do. There are women who have been waiting for years, trying to get rid of loose skin and extra belly and thigh fat naturally, yet their body just didn’t want to listen. In both cases, plastic surgery was an absolute success.

Undergoing a makeover is suitable for both women who gave birth naturally and those who underwent a C-section. Usually, scarring or sagging skin in the belly area is a result of a caesarian, and it’s really hard, in some cases even impossible to get them removed naturally by exercising and proper diet. This can get pretty frustrating for a woman, especially women that have always had a slim figure. This is why undergoing a plastic surgery is probably your best choice. Further, if you have suffered a hernia around your naval you can have it repaired at the same time that cosmetic surgery is done. A hernia is common in women that have given birth to twins or triplets.

Mommy Makeover

Yet another aspect of getting cosmetic surgery is your age and health. It is advised you are at least 18 years old and in good health. Also, you should not be planning to have any more children. Still, even if you do have any more children, neither you nor the baby will be threatened health-wise. The only “problem” is that the new pregnancy and giving birth may reverse the results of your cosmetic treatment that was previously done.

This is why, most doctors will advise every “new” and young mom to wait a few years before she undergoes any procedures or makeovers.

Expectations

The moment you start considering a makeover, you should schedule a meeting with your doctor who will inform you of various surgical options and explain in detail what they can and cannot do.

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Some women come to the office believing cosmetic surgery works as a magic pill that prevents aging, gaining extra pounds, and reverses the genetic factor when clearly that isn’t the case.

While surgery can help a person reduce the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite, tightening damaged muscle and eliminate excess skin immensely, it is not a weight loss treatment or an anti-aging pill. It also doesn’t have permanent results. For cosmetic surgery to work and have effect on the long run, you need to nourish your body and take care of it. Otherwise, you’ll be just going back and forth, without achieving any permanent results.

Patients who decide to undergo plastic surgery need to know that, even though a doctor is likely to achieve amazing results, there is no guarantee that your body will look exactly as it did pre-baby. While pregnant, women experience massive biochemical and physical changes which contribute to our bodies acting differently post-baby. This is why you should understand that the doctor will give his best to give you the look you envisioned, yet you need to be realistic about your expectations.

Mommy Makeover

You will always be advised not to schedule any appointments straight after you’ve given birth. During hormonal changes, women can suffer various disorders which can cause them to feel insecure, vulnerable and dissatisfied about almost anything surrounding them. If you are a new mom wait for some time to pass before you’ve decided you want to undergo a plastic surgery. It is also very important that all decisions you make are for YOU and not your desire to meet somebody else’s expectations.

Makeup Tips Every Bride Should Know

Wedding day is a beautiful happening. Once in a life time occasion where everything is supposed to be perfect. From location, to music, food, outfit and decorations, to name a few. It all takes a lot of careful planning and usually requires a help of professionals in the organization activities. This is especially the case with makeup, since this is a process which is not nearly as easy and fast as it may seem at first thought. On the other hand, if you feel that you are the one who will create the best results on her own, there is nothing wrong with that. In both cases, there are a number of things you will have to pay attention too before hand, either to make it easier for the professional you chose, or to make sure that you do not miss anything if you are doing it yourself.

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WHO IS THAT? 

The most important thing you must pay attention to at all times is that you have to be and stay yourself. Looking natural is the key to success. Emphasize all the good sides and hide all the bad sides, but under no circumstance overdo anything. Look yourself, but better. You really do not want to end up asking the above question when you look at your self in the mirror or at the photographs latter.

EMPHASIS 

Make a choice when emphasizing, your lips or your eyes, never both. Every other type of make up you use has to blend this initial decision. And, remember, you need to prepare your face before putting any make up. Get your eyebrows done and your skin peeled and cleaned.  Discrete powdering and elegant mascara are the way to go. And, by all means, waterproof, you never know what song, action or word may bring tears to your eyes, we are all in a special state of mind on wedding days. When it comes to your cheek bones, be delicate there also, nothing too shiny and strong, remember your initial lips or eyes choice, any other are too emphasized would ruin the proportions.

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TRIAL 

Having a trial is another thing that should not be missed or skipped. Schedule it a couple of weeks ahead of D day and do not rush the process. Take your time now to be sure that you will be satisfied later. Also, it is important that you pick your wedding dress or outfit before you do this trial make up and wear something in the same color while doing the trial to see how it will all blend. If you plan to tan your skin or whiten your teeth, do it also prior to the trial. Check your looks both under natural and artificial light, you have too look great regardless. This is especially important when it comes to wedding photography, since you will have photo sessions both outside and inside. With all the fuss happening that day, the number of people and things you have to think about and go through from sunrise to sunset, probably the only way you will be able to reminisce the moments is by looking at the wedding photographs in years too come, and you want to look your absolute best no matter where they had been taken.

UNCOVERED AREA

In order for everything to look compact and natural, your neck, and your shoulders, if you dress reveals them, have to have the same complexion as your face does. Therefore, if you tanned your face during make up, apply the same shade to the rest of the uncovered area. The goal is to blend them perfectly, making them a single whole.

Make upAfter carefully going through these tips, and making the best use of them, we are certain that you will be very pleased with the outcomes, as well as how the process of putting make up became easier and faster. Remember, you have to feel as much relaxed as possible, do not force anything and remain as natural as possible. Bring out what is best about your face and do not forget to smile, no makeup in the world can compensate the lack of genuine happiness and pleasure that the wedding day brings.