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10 Health Facts & Tips # 5 @healthbiztips

10 Health Facts & Tips # 5 @healthbiztips

How Effective is Red Wine in Treating Hair Loss?

Red wine prevents hair loss. That may not be what you'd expect from a wine. But, that's what they say. There are also claims that we can apply red wine directly onto the affected area to promote hair growth.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

Red wine contains resveratrol, a natural antioxidant derived from the skin of red grapes used to make it.

Resveratrol prevents damage to the skin and hair follicles by free radicals and ultraviolet light. It also improves blood circulation in the skin which is critical to maintain healthy hair. Resveratrol is therefore, what is claimed to be the key in red wine's ability to promote hair growth.

The Proof

It's disappointing that there is no clear evidence supporting the well known claim that red wine is a natural home remedy against hair loss. Further research is still needed on this topic.

Although resveratrol has been shown to do a number of things to promote hair growth like boosting skin circulation and shield hair follicles aga…

10 Health Facts & Tips # 4 @healthbiztips

10 Health Facts & Tips # 4 @healthbiztips

The most common lie we tell is "I'm fine."

Can Vitamin C be absorbed by our Skin

Have you given it a second thought if you can actually absorb Vitamin C through your skin? Vitamin C is a hit in many topical products like creams, serum, lotions, bath salts so you should be able to absorb it, right?

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

Vitamin C is very unstable. It degrades easily upon exposure to factors like high pH, high temperature, oxygen, and even light. But, yes, we can actually absorb Vitamin C by applying it directly into our skin. Provided that it is formulated in such a way that makes it stable.

Proper  formulation of Vitamin C is critical to ensure that it gets absorbed into the skin. In order for Vitamin C to be able to penetrate the skin, topical products must maintain a pH of lower than 3.5.

Since the higher the dose, the lesser the absorption, optimal concentration of Vitamin C for topical application is 20%. It's half life is 4 days.

See also: Benefits of Topical Vitamin C


Pinnell S. (2001). Topical L-ascorbic acid: percutaneous absorpt…

Benefits of Topical Vitamin C

Did you know that Vitamin C is the most abundant antioxidant found in the human skin. Antioxidants are phenomenal because of their anti-aging property. No wonder, Vitamin C is a popular ingredient in a wide array of dermatologically tested skincare products.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

As we age, Vitamin C level in our skin actually drops. Therefore, topical application of Vitamin C is beneficial especially as we age.

Here are the benefits of applying Vitamin C directly into the skin:

Protects against damaging ultraviolet A and B light. But, it's a not a replacement for sunscreen. Make sure to wear SPF protection while under the sun.Neutralizes damaging free radicals.Boosts collagen and elastin production in the skin.Repairs skin damage, like in sunburn.Reduces appearance of fine line, wrinkles, and age spots.Smoothens skin texture.Lightens dark spots and acne marks.Prevents darkening of the skin by inhibiting melanin production.Reduces inflammation of the skin.Promotes ski…

Ginger for Gout: Natural Remedy

Having a gout attack is excruciatingly painful. If you've had one, you'll definitely don't want another attack. A doctor can prescribe you conventional pain-relievers but if you want a natural and healthy alternative, you may want to look into this spice--ginger.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

Gout is an inflammatory arthritis caused by the accumulation of uric acid in joints. Taking ginger root as a natural remedy benefits those suffering from gout because of it's potent anti-inflammatory components gingerol and shogaol.

Ginger helps relieve pain and improve joint mobility among those affected with gouty arthritis.

Ginger isn't just for gout. In fact, people suffering from other forms of inflammatory joint diseases like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis also benefits from taking ginger.

Ginger root is a popular alternative remedy against nausea, vomiting, flatulence, morning sickness, loss of appetite, stomachache, diarrhea, headache, dizziness, and tootha…

This much Green Tea can Damage your Liver

Green tea is pack full of health benefits. But, even this ancient beverage made from the leaves of the plant Camellia Sinensis does put a toll onto your liver. How much you take in your body is something you have to have take into consideration.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

Green tea and Liver damage

Here's a case of a 16 year old girl who suffered from hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) because of drinking 3 cups of Chinese green tea for 3 months. She had purchased the green tea online as a weight loss supplement.

The girl's identity was kept confidential on the article published on BMJ case reports.

The girl claimed she did not take any over the counter meditation, and did not drink alcoholic beverages. Hepatitis is commonly caused by virus, but the medical team did not find any infection in her.

This finding is frightening because it undermines green tea's many beneficial effects. But, this is a wake-up call to everyone that we should always put into considerati…

Instant Noodles are High in Salt: How Bad is it?

Hunger. I was looking for a quick fix so I settled with a steaming bowl of instant noodles which is spicy ramen flavored. As I indulge on it's sensational seafood flavor and heavenly spicy aroma, I reflected on it's sodium content--1800 mg in just a single serving. That's a lot!

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

How much salt should We take per day?

Table salt is made up of the minerals sodium and chloride. 2,300 mg sodium is comparable to 1 teaspoon salt.

The world health organization recommends sodium intake of less than 5000 mg, while the American Heart Association prefers lower--limiting sodium intake to less than 2,300 mg per day.

Going back to that bowl of instant noodles. Comparing it with the American Heart Association's recommendation, I've heatedly eaten up 78% of the total daily recommended sodium intake in just 1 snack.

That's not healthy. I thought to myself, I shouldn't be eating this too often...even if it's preparation is lazily simple a…

How to Ripen an Avocado Faster?

Avocado ripens naturally on it's own. When you leave it at room temperature (30°C), this fruit usually ripens in a matter of days. On the contrary, refrigerating an avocado slows down it's ripening.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

If you'd like to speed up the process of ripening avocado, you can use several techniques.

How to Ripen an Avocado Fast?

1. The paper-bag technique

Wrap an avocado inside a paper-bag. The purpose of putting the avocado in paper is to prevent the odorless ethylene gas it naturally produces from completely escaping, thus accelerating the ripening process. Do not use plastic bag since this will not allow enough breathing space so your avocado will soak on it's own moisture.

Store your paper-wrapped avocado at room temperature. Ripening using this process can take 3 to 5 days.

2. Fruit Pals

If you'd like to accelerate the ripening of avocado even more, add two or more avocados inside the paper bag. This way, more ethylene gas will be produce…

What is the Lethal dose of Water?

If you think that drinking to much water is healthy, you better think again because there are known cases of death from excessive drinking of water.

Don't get me wrong, water is essential to life, but anything in excess can be harmful to the body. Even something as essential as water is no exception.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

We need water to survive. In fact, humans can survive for several weeks without food provided they drink water. However, they can only last a couple of days without water intake. Ironically, excessive water intake can amount to death.
Did you know that an adult human body is made-up of 60% water? It may sound ridiculous that excess water intake can kill, that is, if you don't understand the basics.
How much water intake can kill you?

Take for instance the case of a 17 year old Zyrees Oliver who drank 2 gallons of water and another 2 gallons of gatorade during his football practice. That's roughly 7.5 liters.

The teenager suffered massive brain…

3 Tricks to Choose Ripe Avocados

When you go to a supermarket to buy avocados, selecting a ripe avocado can be tough. How can you tell if an avocado is ripe? It's very disappointing to go home only to find that the avocado you've chosen is hard as rock when you desperately need it for your dish. Let me tell you from experience, it's even nastier to bring home a rotten avocado.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

It starts with you knowing how to test the ripeness of an avocado. I hate to say, but not all avocados sitting on the stand is worth it, so you got to dig in for the right ones.

How to Pick a Ripe Avocado?

1. It's color Tells a Thing

What the avocado looks on the outside can give you a hint of what's inside. If an avocado is a light green color, then it's not yet ripe. If it's color is dark green, dark brown, or dark purple, then it's ripe. Careful though, you don't want it over ripe so use additional tests.

2. Squeeze the Avocado

This trick is simple. Put the avocado on your p…

3 Techniques to Naturally Relieve Stress

We are surrounded by stress, but we are also blessed with natural ways to fight it.

Stress is an inevitable part of life. It's not always possible to run away from it or from from what's causing it, but there are techniques we can use to minimize it's harmful effect on our health.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

Here are 3 techniques to naturally manage stress:

1. Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is the practice of using plant oils with pleasing scent to relax the senses. It's a popular technique to relieve stress that's relatively inexpensive and convenient. There are a number of ways you can enjoy this soothing alternative medicine. You can put essential oil onto your handkerchief and sniff it. You can add it to your bath water or use commercially available aromatherapy machine to diffuse the aroma into the air.

There are lots of scents marketed like chamomile, rose, eucalyptus, jasmine, lavender, and peppermint. Each has certain therapeutic effect both for the mind an…

3 Habits that Accelerates Aging

Your habits are powerful determinants of how fast you age.

Do you know that there's an actual condition in which an individual has an immense fear of getting old? It's called gerascophobia.

Contrary to a fearsome image, aging is something that most humans come to live with. Aging is actually a normal part of life. It's inevitable, but it's natural. What's worried-some is that there are things we do which speeds up the process of aging.

@healthbitips by Arlene Gentallan

When you are young, you may not notice aging signs yet, but the more you do this things, the more damage we do to our body which tends to accumulates over time. Then, one day, you'll wake up to realize the harsh truth--you're not as young as once have been.

3 Habits that are Top Accelerator of Aging

1. Outdoor activities

If you love outdoor activities, then, you have the number one habit that speeds up aging--ultraviolet light exposure. The sun is our top source of damaging UV light. UV light ex…

11 Natural Ways to Boost Collagen Production

11 Natural Ways to Boost Collagen Production

You may have already heard the term collagen from your skin care products. Collagen is phenomenal because it's what gives the skin it's smooth firm youthful wrinkle-free appearance.

Think of collagen like a glue that holds everything in place. Collagen provides support and strength. Without collagen, structures will crumble apart.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

What is collagen?

Collagen is actually a protein that makes up 20% of proteins found in the human body, making it the most abundant type of protein in our body. Collagen is not just in our skin, in fact, it is found throughout the body including the nail, hair, blood vessels, muscle, tendons, ligaments, lungs, internal organs, and teeth.

Did you know that there are about 25 kinds of collagen found in the human body? Approximately 12 kinds of collagen is exclusively found in the skin.

Collagen makes up a huge portion of our skin-- about 75%.

As we age, our body produces les…


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