Monthly Archives: May 2016

Hair Growth Tips and Tricks

Funny, that we fuss over the dead so much! Hair are dead cells of the body made up of proteins. Without getting into what hair is made up of, the fact remains that it gives your face a shape. For some, hair is their prized asset. Long, silky, and shiny hair is gorgeous to look at, and it shows the person’s determination and commitment in growing them. However, busy lives don’t allow many people to grow their hair long. The day-to-day pollution and an uncompromising schedule, add to unending series of hair problems. Fortunately, all the harm can be reversed by gradually taking more care of your hair.

Rest in Peace
An average person’s hair, grows half-one inch a month. So, by the time your every strand grows up to your shoulder it is two years old. Two years, is a long life lived for a strand of hair. In a span of two years your hair endures brutal brushing, careless combing, unnecessary shampooing, dangerous daily pollution, and unwanted chemical processing. These painful things damage the hair beyond repair. Remember that hair are dead cells, so let them rest in peace. Treat them like you would treat a delicate handwoven fabric.

Chemical Reaction
Coloring your hair or using styling products really take a toll on the health of your hair. The chemicals used in such products, may make your hair look brilliant at first, but they damage your hair permanently. Only, healthy hair can grow longer and stronger.

Shampoos and Conditioner
Sometimes the most expensive shampoos and conditioners can leave your hair in the worst of the conditions. Thus it’s very important that you read the label, before you purchase it, instead of experimenting. Some conditioners, get easily washed out, while others are left in. Reading the label will help you make an informed decision about buying the product.

Hair Nutrition
It’s important to maintain a healthy and a proper diet. As mentioned earlier, your hair is mainly made up of protein. Hence, lack of protein in your diet will hamper the growth of your hair. Sticking to a high-protein diet like having a lot of eggs, fish, milk, and yogurt, will gradually improve your hair’s health. Soy in dietary intake helps your hair to grow, but it doesn’t strengthen the hair.

Hair Loss Remedies
Hair loss is a very common reason for retardation in hair growth. Hair loss can be treated with adequate hair care. Essential oils of Jojoba, Lavender, Rosemary, Roman Chamomile, and Cedarwood are known to treat hair fall. Regularly, massaging the scalp with any of the essential oil dilutions and leaving it on overnight, will show excellent results in couple of days.

Hair Growth Supplements
Hair growth supplements also help in speeding up the hair growth process. HairTopia vitamins, vitamin B-complex, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, daily intake of beta carotene, Flaxseed oil are some of the hair growth supplements. However, consult a doctor before you implement these, to avoid any side effects. Avoid caffeine, smoking, foods with high sugar, and regularly trimming your hair.

Eating right, reducing stress, exercising, getting a lot of rest, and loving your hair will ensure that your hair becomes healthier. Basically, healthy living and good hair care are the key to go from going bob to luscious locks!

Tips and Information Mental Health

Even just 10 short years ago, mental health coverage was not an option on many health insurance plans. Too many people still had the stigma and assumptions about mental health in their minds, both professionally and personally. As more states began mandating this type of coverage, insurance companies became more accepting of mental health issues as actual claims for insurance coverage purposes. When you are searching for mental health coverage, it will be easier than it might have been a decade ago, but it still requires some time and attention on your part.

Start your search by taking the time to figure out which companies are going to be best to work with. If you already have health insurance, you need to determine if you have mental health benefits or if they are offered under a separate coverage that you have to pay extra for. If they aren’t included and the cost is reasonable, go ahead and sign up for them. Of course, you will have to be sure to check out waiting periods and exclusions so that you can get the treatment that you need.

If you do not have insurance or if the cost of adding mental coverage to your existing insurance is too much, you will want to find insurance companies that offer this coverage. See what types of limits and covered services they include, and what the costs of the coverage are. Compare these different policies to find the best coverage for your mental health needs. The average offering from insurance companies is about 20-30 visits with a mental health professional each year, of which about 50-80% of the costs are covered. If you do not find a plan this good, keep searching.

A lot of times, people wind up needing medications that are on the controlled substances list or dangerous in the minds of the insurance company. If you are prescribed benzodiazepines (Xanax, Adderall, etc.) or anti-psychotics that are strong (Lithium, Zoloft, etc.), you will have to check out their requirements for covering those prescriptions. Some insurance offers no prescription coverage while others will only offer limited coverage. There are even some health insurers who will severely limit the prescriptions that you can have by quantity, frequency of prescription, and other factors. Make sure that you get a comprehensive plan for mental health coverage. This is something that is completely feasible in today’s private health insurance industry and you should take advantage of it.

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Dental Care Tips for Kids

Tooth decay and painful cavities are commonly seen amongst kids. Most of the preschoolers get their milk teeth filled with dental cement to close cavities and prevent further decay. The lack of awareness about oral hygiene is the primary reason for deteriorating oral health and the rising cost of dental bills. Laying down strict rules about dental care for your kids will go a long way in ensuring stronger teeth and gums in the future. Proper brushing, regular flossing and timely visits to the dentist are all that it takes to maintain your oral health.

Dental Care Tips and Tricks for Kids

Right Toothbrush
For as long as possible, stick to using baby toothbrush. It is extremely soft on the gums and focuses on small areas, thus cleaning them properly. A baby toothbrush protects tender gums, massages them and its easygoing bristles seem encouraging. Additionally, the cartoon characters and the fancy accessories that come along with the toothbrush will keep your child engaged in the activity for a while.

Brushing
Explaining the importance of brushing teeth is one way of coaxing your child into good oral habits. Narrating fictional stories about tooth decay, role play and giving an incentive for proper brushing are a few more tips, which would promise to get your child into a regular and a proper brushing regime. It is crucial that your child learns to brush slowly and in circular motions. Brushing vigorously can lead to receding gums and weak teeth over a period of time.

Tasty Toothpaste
The first thing kids do when they learn to brush their teeth is taste the toothpaste. Some toothpastes may seem a little spicy, while a few may seem extremely powdery. Don’t let the taste of the toothpaste be a deterrent for brushing teeth. There is a range of toothpastes for kids available at most of the supermarkets. Go toothpaste shopping with your child and let him/her pick his/her favorite flavors. Ice cream, chocolate and bubble gum are some of the favorite flavors amongst kids. A tasty toothpaste is an excellent motivating tool to make your child follow important oral care habits.

Fuss Over Flossing
The habit of regular flossing is the most difficult one to get into. Children not only take time to learn the technique, but also often complain about floss hurting the gums. Child-friendly floss meant for tender gums and small teeth is easy to use and does not hurt the gums. Till your child turns 9, you will have to supervise flossing. Mindless flossing races with your child to see who finishes flossing first, is a great motivational tip. Timely visits to the dentist will help you understand whether your child is regularly flossing or shamming the task.

Prevention is always better than cure. Taking precautionary measures such as brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing every day, rinsing your mouth after every meal, using a mouthwash and avoiding excess of sugar are few more preventive dental care tips for children. These tips will definitely help your child understand the importance of maintaining oral hygiene. Learning the necessity of maintaining healthy teeth at a young age, can reap huge benefits in the future.

Healthy Nails

Tips on Caring for Nails
Here are some simple self-care measures that you should include to your nail care regimen.

Keep them Hydrated
However tempted you might be to apply nail polish, try to keep your nails bare for the maximum duration. Remember that keeping your nails constantly covered with nail polish can strip the nails off their natural shine and moisture, thereby making them look dull and dry. Whenever you need to apply a nail polish, make sure that you apply one that is acetone-free. You can also apply petroleum jelly to keep your nails hydrated and shiny. You can also apply natural oils such as castor oil or almond oil on your nails before going to bed. Most importantly, drink plenty of water.

Keep them Clean
You should keep your nails dry and clean at all times. Frequent wetting of the hands can cause the nails to get brittle. If you like growing your nails, you should even be more careful, as dirt can get collected. This can increase the risk of infections. When it comes to toenails, it becomes extremely essential to wear clean, cotton socks. People who sweat profusely must take care as they are at a greater risk of suffering from fungal infections.

Protect your Nails
Nails are delicate, and prone to injuries. So, don’t use them to perform tasks that could cause them to break. When it comes to toenails, make sure that you wear shoes with a wide toe box. Wearing tight shoes with a narrow toe box can lead to nail problems. If you mostly wear closed shoes, it would be best to cut them short. Wear rubber gloves while you perform household tasks such as cleaning the utensils. Stop yourself, if you have the habit of biting nails.

Nutrition for Nails
Certain nutrients are essential for keeping the nails in a good condition. For instance, food items that contain proteins, zinc, and calcium are essential for promoting nail growth. Make sure that you include food items that are rich in vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin D, and vitamin E. Include apples, cucumbers, eggs, garlic, grapes, nuts, onions, soy, salmon, and whole grains in your diet.

Follow Nail Care Routine
Here are some easy tips that you can follow to keep your nails healthy.

  • After taking a bath, dry your nails completely. Make sure that you dry the inner corners thoroughly.
  • Apply a nourishing cuticle cream twice a week and clean it after 20 minutes.
  • Buff your nails once a week to improve the blood circulation.
  • Soak your nails in a solution of diluted vinegar once a week.
  • Give yourself a manicure and pedicure at home to thoroughly clean the nails once a week.

Following the aforementioned tips will definitely prove beneficial. Remember to visit a doctor as soon as you see irregular growth, discoloration, pus formation, or experience pain in the nail bed. If you do apply a nail polish, make sure that use brands that are known for their good quality. Do not keep your nails covered with nail polish all the time. Believe me, healthy nails can certainly look great, if well-groomed.