Baking Soda And Lemon: A Combination That Could Save Lives

Desperation can leave you grasping at straws just so that you see some light at the end of the tunnel. Cancer is a plague that has not only sucked the life out of our bodies but out of our souls (way before it even reaches the body).

Advanced scientific research and procedures provide hope. Yes, hope. But what about time and desperation? While foolproof cures to cancers are yet to be discovered, do what you can – all that you can – to make a cancer-inflicted life better (yours or not).

Baking soda and lemon – Digging deeper

Touted for their antioxidant and alkalizing properties, it was just a matter of time before lemon and baking soda were proclaimed as the new panacea, especially with regard to the dreaded “C.”

Are foods capable of altering the pH of blood?

If you have done a bit of groundwork research, you would have come across many websites, and sources of info answering this question with an outright “No!” That would debunk so many myths, would not it?

Taking a closer look

For anyone who has knowledge about how the body works, and maintains homeostasis (read: balance), he or she will be in agreement when we say, the body is equipped with intricate mechanisms to ensure that the pH of the blood remains unchanged and slightly alkaline – around 7.4 (with a little buffer between 7 and 7.7).

These mechanisms include carbon dioxide exhalation through the lungs, bicarbonate removal by the kidneys, and the constant circulation of blood.

Also, strong stomach acids overpower the individual pH of different foods. This means that when foods are broken down, and transported to the intestine, they are all on the same page.

Why does the body need to maintain its pH so strictly?

It is simply because cellular enzymes are very pH specific. Any deviation in pH would mean you are really sick.

Is it true that cancers survive in an acidic environment?

Yes. This is how it works!

Acids contain hydrogen ions that steal and hold on to any oxygen they can lay their hands on. This is precisely why acid rain causes death of aquatic life – by making oxygen unavailable to aquatic life. Something like this.

Cancer cells cause surrounding tissue damage by creating an acidic microenvironment and depriving normal cells of oxygen.

Cancer cells multiply at an abnormally fast pace. Just like all cells, they produce acids as a by-product of metabolic reactions. Normally, the body removes these acids and maintains its slightly alkaline pH. However, the abnormally high metabolic rates of cancerous cells do not give the body enough time to keep up.

This causes accumulation of acids around tumors, creating an acidic microenvironment. This means “suffocation” of normal healthy cells.

Tumor acidity tends to correlate with cancer aggressiveness. It is a self-instigating acid-driven cycle.

This is where sodium bicarbonate (nothing but baking soda) enters.

It is but natural to think of neutralizing the acid micro-environments around tumors to inhibit, if not kill, tumor cells. Well, that is exactly what scientists decided to investigate. They began by studying mice.

They found that oral administration of bicarbonate significantly reduces the metastases of breast and prostate cancers. It does so by:

  • Increasing the pH in the tumor’s microenvironment (so it specifically targets cancer cells and not normal cells).
  • Reducing the involvement of lymph nodes, and the liver in transporting cancer cells to other parts of the body.
  • Preventing cancer cells from colonizing other unaffected organs.

It does not, however, affect the number of tumors already in circulation. All in all, that is cancer prevention on multiple levels!

But is the intrinsic pH of foods not masked in the body?

Despite the body’s natural resistance to changes in pH, sodium bicarbonate has demonstrated pH altering properties in the study mentioned above.

The more significant question – How much is enough?

Extremely alkaline conditions can cause the kidney to overwork (because the kidney removes excess bicarbonate). This may result in a serious condition called alkalosis.

Dosage being so crucial, one study estimated that 12 grams of baking soda per day (for an adult weighing 65 kg) would be able to neutralize the acid produced by a tumor, roughly 1 cubic millimeter in size. Doses of more than about 30 grams per day are likely to cause severe health problems. Now imagine how much baking soda you would need for growing tumors, and at what cost!

In addition to dosage, the existence of successful clinical trials is imperative when placing your trust in an especially questionable natural cure.

A clinical trial was being carried out. However, the study did not progress to Phase II (that is when drugs are tested on patients, and not on healthy individuals like in Phase I). This means that further investigation and human testing is still required.

That being said, baking soda shows great potential in the treatment of cancer, and more so in conjunction with existing conventional cancer treatment protocols.

Coming to lemons

If had along with lemon (citric acid), baking soda will react with the acid in lemon, in a typical acid-alkali neutralization reaction. This causes its own pH to change, no longer being alkaline itself, or allowing lemon to remain acidic.

This immediately advises against using lemon together with baking soda. You will miss out on the benefits of both.

On its own, however, lemon contains limonoids (plant chemicals abundant in citrus fruits that give it that tart taste). Limonoids have shown potential as anti-cancer agents by preventing the proliferation of human breast cancer cells.

While lemons along with other citrus fruits show potential in treating cancers, here are some points yet to be considered:

  • How effective are they against different types of cancers?
  • How much lemon should you have for it to be effective (considering that the active ingredient was isolated and concentrated in the studies)?

Having said that, lemons definitely have anti-cancer properties. In hindsight, think of the difference you were making by selling those lemonades when you were ten!

Again, lemons are not an alternative to chemotherapy and conventional cancer treatments. They act as catalysts and enhancers in your recovery along with a host of other health benefits.

Verdict?

While baking soda and lemon may not (yet) be your cancer Patronus, consume them – just not together, and without expecting the impossible.

Try These Magic Foods to Burn Fat Fast

Every time you see a supermodel you probably wonder how they get such flat bellies and gorgeous legs. The answer lies in their dangerous crash diets that lack all the essential nutrients.

On the one hand, excessive abdominal fat increases the risk of heart disease, and you should get rid of belly fat. But on the other hand, you need to stop torturing yourself with that celery diet because it’s bad for your health.

We at Bright Side want you to be not only beautiful but also healthy, so we suggest you include these foods in your diet plan and lose stubborn belly fat faster.

13. Extra virgin olive oil

Olive oil is a healthy dietary fat that helps eliminate “bad” (saturated) fats while lowering cortisol (stress hormone) levels that influence weight gain.

It loses most of its health benefits when heated, so better go with a spoon of olive oil on an empty stomach. Or, if you don’t like that, add it to your salad or soup right before eating them.

12. Apples

Apples are rich in vitamins and antioxidants, so they’re an ideal food to burn abdominal fat.

To get noticeable results, eat at least 3 apples a day. You can double the magic effect if you eat an apple or oatmeal with apple slices on an empty stomach.

11. Bluefish

Omega-3 fatty acids eliminate excess fat and prevent fat accumulation in the body.

Some substitutes for bluefish are salmon, mackerel, herring, tuna, sardines, anchovies, sea trout, mullet, eel, sea bass, swordfish, sea lamprey, turbot, and red snapper.

10. Bananas

Bananas are a great source of potassium, calcium, magnesium, and vitamins. One banana a day can actually help you win your weight loss battle.

You can have a banana whenever you feel hungry between meals. Plus, there are a lot of healthy banana desserts you can try.

9. Citrus fruits

It’s a well-known fact that citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C, which lowers insulin levels and makes your body digest fats more quickly. Include oranges, grapefruits, and lemon water between meals.

8. Seafood

If you’re lucky enough to live near the sea, you must take advantage. Fresh high-quality seafood contains monounsaturated fats that help you avoid the accumulation of extra fat. Plus, seafood is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids.

7. Melons and watermelons

Both are rich in water and potassium, which will help you avoid swelling.

6. Walnuts and almonds

Both have a high concentration of omega-3 and protein. Moreover, almonds help you control sugar and activate your metabolism.

Add some nuts to your salads, or eat whenever you feel hungry during the day.

5. Avocados

Many love this exotic fruit not only because it’s delicious but also because it contains oleic acid, which magically reduces the feeling of hunger. In addition, it contains fiber and monounsaturated fats, helping prevent weight gain.

If possible, have one every day. Luckily, it goes with everything!

4. Quinoa

Quinoa is a high-fiber, low-calorie food that controls appetite and accelerates fat burning at the same time. It contains proteins, antioxidants, and other nutrients such as iron, zinc, selenium, and vitamin E.

It’s a great substitute for rice and goes perfectly well with meat or vegetables.

3. Tomatoes

Be sure to include tomatoes in your diet: they reduce the amount of lipids in your blood(fat and cholesterol).

You can make tomato juice or add them to your salads. Tomatoes promote satiety, so try eating them whenever you feel hungry.

2. Berries

Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries can support your weight loss efforts. Not only are they delicious and give a feeling of fullness but they also contain anthocyanins: flavonoids capable of reducing fat and sugar.

1. Green coffee

Green coffee beans contain chlorogenic acid, which reduces the absorption of sugar in the gastrointestinal tract, thus burning accumulated fats. Moreover, this acid stimulates the metabolic activity of your liver, making it burn more fat.

You can have a cup of green coffee in the morning on an empty stomach, and you’ll soon notice positive changes to your belly.

A Month Before a Heart Attack, Your Body Will Warn You With These 8 Signals

Prevention is better than cure. This simple rule applies to any disease and is especially valuable when symptoms are not properly acknowledged.

Bright Side will describe crucial symptoms that might occur one month (or even earlier) before a heart attack. You don’t need to become a total hypochondriac, but a bit of health awareness never hurt anybody. Pay close attention in case you are at risk. Several often-missed indicators are listed at the end of the article.

8. Fatigue

Unusual fatigue is one of the main symptoms that indicates an impending heart attack. Women are more likely to report this type of symptom than men.

  • Description: Physical or mental activity is not the reason for the fatigue, and it increases by the end of the day. This symptom is quite apparent and will not go unnoticed: sometimes it’s exhausting to perform simple tasks, like making a bed or taking a shower.

7. Abdominal pain

Abdominal pains, empty/full stomach nausea, feeling bloated, or an upset stomach are several of the most common symptoms. They are equally likely to occur among women and men.

  • Description: Abdominal pains before a heart attack have an episodic nature, easing and then returning for short periods of time. Physical tension might worsen upset stomach pains.

6. Insomnia

Insomnia is also associated with an increased risk of a heart attack or stroke, which is more common among women. Insomnia features often include a high level of anxiety and absentmindedness.

  • Description: Symptoms include difficulty initiating sleep, difficulty maintaining sleep, and early-morning awakening.

5. Shortness of breath

Dyspnea, or breathlessness, is a strong feeling of being unable to draw a deep breath. It often occurs among both men and women for up to 6 months prior to having a heart attack. It’s usually a warning sign of a medical condition.

  • Description: Feeling like you can’t get enough air, dizziness, and shortness of breath.

4. Hair loss

Losing your hair is considered to be just another visible indicator of the risk of heart disease. Most commonly it affects men over 50, but some women may also be in the risk group. Baldness is also associated with an increased level of the hormone cortisol.

  • Description: Pay close attention to losing hair from the crown of your head.

3. Irregular heartbeat

Skipped beats or arrhythmias are often accompanied by a panic attack and anxiety, especially among women. It appears unexpectedly and reveals itself differently: arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) or tachycardia (increased heart rate). Physical exercises might give an extra stimulus to the increase of heart rate, especially in cases with atherosclerosis disease.

  • Description: The irregular heartbeat lasts for 1-2 minutes. If it doesn’t fade, you might feel dizziness and extreme fatigue. Call the doctor right away.

2. Excessive perspiration

Unusual or excessive sweating is an early warning sign of a heart attack. It might occur at any time of the day or night. This symptom affects women more often and is usually confused with the hot flashes or night sweats typical of menopause.

  • Description: Flu-like symptoms, clammy skin, or sweatiness occurring regardless of air temperature or physical exertion. Sweating seems to be more excessive at night; the bedsheets might be damp by morning.

1. Chest pain

Men and women experience chest pains in different intensities and forms. In men, this symptom refers to the most important early signs of an impending heart attack that should not be ignored. On the other hand, it affects only 30% of women.

  • Description: Chest pain can expand to uncomfortable sensations in one or both arms (more often the left one), the lower jaw, neck, shoulders, or stomach. It may have a permanent or temporary character.

Risk factors

We all know about the most common risk factors, like obesity, lack of physical exercise, and smoking. However, there are some often-missed indicators that might improve your health awareness and help you prevent a heart attack.

  • Earlobe crease (presence of an earlobe crease that lies diagonally from the ear canal).
  • Yellow patches on the inside corners of the eyelids.
  • Light soreness in the calf muscles brought on by walking.
  • Ear canal hair (among men).
  • Early hair graying (among men).

15 Inventions for Your Home That Deserve the Nobel Prize Right Now

We already have many things that make our daily lives a lot easier. But there’s still room for imagination and improvement even in this prosaic sphere of life.

Bright Side has made a selection of household objects that will certainly make you admire the cleverness of their inventors.

15. Heated mirror

Part of the mirror never mists up due to the heating.

14. Two-way toothpaste

This two-way tube invented by Dominic Wilcox will allow you to easily squeeze out the remaining toothpaste.

13. Buckleless belt

This belt doesn’t stick into your belly and is invisible under clothes.

12. Double-sided lamp

This lamp is a perfect solution if your bedroom has 2 beds and the owner of one of them likes to stay up late reading.

11. Multifunctional phone rest

Thanks to its construction, the Keizus Quadopod + Clamp can be adapted to serve any purpose.

10. Digital coin bank

With this coin bank, you will always know if you have enough money to buy what you want.

9. Folding sunglasses

Hilx Unfold glasses won’t take up much space in your bag and can be unfolded in a couple of seconds by simply shaking them.

8. Overlapping curtain tracks

The closed curtains overlap, so they won’t let a single sunray in.

7. Mini iron

This iron is ideal for traveling. Because of its compact size, it can easily fit even in hand luggage.

6. Portable light balls

You can easily take along one of the light balls of this night lamp by Boon if you need to get somewhere at night.

5. Mini Power charger

The main feature of this portable charger invented by designer Tsung Chih-Hsien is its miniature size. The device will fit even in the smallest bag.

4. Illuminated showerhead

No, this isn’t just for decoration: it’s a temperature indicator. Also, it is hydropowered and doesn’t require any batteries or chargers.

3. Smart bed

“Knows you. Senses you. Adjusts to you.” This is the Sleep Number bed that reacts to body temperature, warms you, and can even wake you up in the morning.

2. Butterfly keyboard

Keyboardio is a modernized version of the keyboard we are so used to. Due to the unusual arrangement of the keys, it allows you to keep your hands in a natural position when typing.

1. Easy fruit slicer

This creative tomato slicer that looks like a hair comb will help you hold and slice any fruit quickly, safely, and easily.

Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar Before Bedtime Will Change Your Life For Good!

We can assume that you have used apple cider vinegar in a number of recipes: from pickles, pie to salad dressings. But, have you ever thought about drinking it?

Maybe you will not believe it, but drinking apple cider vinegar before bedtime can significantly improve your health and life in general!

Read these 10 benefits and find out more how Apple Cider Vinegar can help you!

1. Weight Loss

According to many studies, obesity is closely related to a lack of sleep. The more weight a person has, the more sleep problems will have.

Apple cider vinegar has the ability to prevent the accumulation of fat and reduce the appetite. It contains a compound known as pectin, which makes your brain feel more satisfied.

So, if you are feeling hungry before bedtime, apple cider vinegar is your solution! Instead of reaching for a chocolate bar or cookies which contain a lot of fat, just mix 1 teaspoon of ACV with a cup of water and drink it!

2. Treats a sore throat

The bacteria responsible for a sore throat can’t thrive in the acidic environment created by ACV. Moreover, apple cider vinegar has powerful antibacterial properties.

Take 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and swallow it an hour before going to bed. Swallow another teaspoon 30 minutes later then another one just before going to bed.

3. Hiccups will be gone!

Apple cider vinegar can stimulate the nerves in the throat responsible for the hiccups, due to its bitter taste. This will make the nerves to “forget” the need to hiccup. Take 1 teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar and swallow it.

4. Relieves stuffy nose

ACV has rich content of magnesium, potassium, and vitamins B1, B2, A, and E which can thin mucus and clear the sinuses. In order to get a quick relief, you should mix 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with a glass of water and drink before going to bed.

5. Treatment of acid reflux

Apple cider vinegar has the ability to restore the acidity of your stomach. Just mix 1 tablespoon of it with a glass of water, and drink it 1 hour before going to bed.

6. Bad breath

The bacteria in the mouth can be the reason for your bad breath in the mouth. As we said before, ACV can kill the bacteria, thus keeping your mouth fresh. You should take 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar before bedtime.

7. Reduces stomachache

Apple cider vinegar can help you to forget those sleepless night caused by your upset stomach! You will no longer have the problems with cramps and gas. Mix 1 teaspoon of organic ACV with a cup of warm water, and drink it before going to bed.

8. Prevents indigestion

Insomnia is closely related to indigestion. Apple cider vinegar has the ability to help you in the case of bloating and nausea. Mix 1 teaspoon of ACV and honey in a glass of warm water and drink it half an hour before going to bed.

9. Reduces nocturnal leg cramps

The lack of potassium is considered as the main cause of sharp pain in the legs. Fortunately, apple cider vinegar has rich content of potassium which can reduce the cramping and restore the balance of your body.

Mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with a glass of warm water and drink it before going to bed.

10. Lowers blood sugar levels

High level of blood sugar is the second most common cause of insomnia. Apple cider vinegar can increase the insulin sensitivity, thus reducing the blood sugar. You should regularly take 2 teaspoons of ACV before going to bed.

Note: If you use medications for diabetes, you need to consult your doctor before using apple cider vinegar.

9 Skin Problems You Can Treat With Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is one of the most extensively researched of all essential oils. It is produced from the Melaleuca tree, which is native to Australia.

Tea tree oil possesses natural anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antimicrobial, and antibacterial properties that can work wonders on many different skin problems. If you haven’t invested in some tea tree oil, now might be the time to start. Look for 100% pure tea tree oil. Your skin will thank you!

Here are 9 reasons you should use tea tree oil on your skin:

Acne

One of the most common uses for tea tree oil today is in skin care products, as it’s considered one of the most effective home remedies for acne. One study found tea tree oil to be just as effective as benzoyl peroxide, but without the associated negative side effects that many people experience including red, dried and peeling skin.

You can make a homemade gentle tea tree oil acne face wash by mixing five drops of pure tea tree essential oil with two teaspoons of raw honey. Simply rub on your face, leave on for one minute, then rinse off.

Eczema

Eczema is a persistent skin condition that can result in a severe rash, dryness, itching and even blistering, as well as the constant urge to scratch. Tea tree oil’s antiseptic properties help to soothe the itch and heal the skin while preventing further damage, and its anti-inflammatory properties reduce inflammation too. If an infection develops, the oil’s antibacterial compounds can fight off the infection and prevent spreading.

To heal eczema, mix 20 drops of tea tree oil with a half-cup of coconut oil. Gently rub the mixture onto affected areas twice each day.

Warts

Tea tree oil comes to the rescue once again for getting rid of warts as it contains antiviral and antiseptic properties that fight against the virus. As it contains a powerful antimicrobial known as terpinen-4, it actually attacks HPV causing warts. It will stop their growth and dry them out so they’ll naturally fall off.

To fight warts, first, wash your hands and the area around the wart thoroughly. Then, apply a drop of pure tea tree oil to the wart. Place a bandage over it and leave it on for at least eight hours, or ideally, overnight. In the morning, remove the bandage and clean the area. Repeat the process until the wart disappears or falls off.

Boils

Tea tree oil is even effective for fighting a staph infection, including those that are resistant to antibiotics. Just dab some tea tree diluted in almond oil onto a cotton ball and apply to boils several times a day.

Razor burn

Tea tree oil can help reduce the redness and irritation caused by razor burn. After shaving, mix several drops of tea tree oil with 2 tablespoons of witch hazel. Use a cotton ball to apply the mixture onto the affected area.

Cuts and infections

If you have a cut or an infection, tea tree oil combined with lavender essential oil makes an ideal homemade ointment. First be sure to clean the cut thoroughly, using water and hydrogen peroxide. Afterward, dilute two drops tea tree and lavender oil in jojoba oil, apply on the area and cover it up with a bandage to prevent infection.

Athlete’s foot

kill bacteria that causes athlete’s foot. Mix it with arrowroot powder and baking soda for a natural athlete’s foot remedy. Combine 1/4 cup of arrowroot powder with 1/4 cup of baking soda and 20 drops of tea tree oil. Stir well and break down any lumps, then apply the powder on clean, dry feet twice each day.

Chicken pox scars

While there are vaccinations for chicken pox these days, it hasn’t gone away completely, and it can be one of the worst illnesses to contract, due to the intense itching it causes. That itching can also lead to the scarring of the skin. To help relieve the itch caused by chickenpox, taking a warm bath with tea tree oil is often recommended.

To use it for this purpose, add 5 drops of tea tree oil diluted in a carrier oil under the running water when filling a bath, and once full, soak for at least 20 minutes.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis causes skin irritation that can be painful. Tea tree oil is a natural anti-inflammatory that can help soothe psoriasis symptoms and prevent it from spreading. Mix 10 drops of tea tree oil with 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil. Apply the mixture to the affected areas 2-3 times each day.

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Kill Moles, Skin Cancer, And Skin Tags With This Amazing Herbal Mixture!

One thing people often go into the hospital for is to check on skin abnormalities or moles that may be cancerous. However, all this checking for skin cancer from a mole is completely unnecessary since you can do a few simple things at home to remove the mole or any other skin abnormality.

You can save yourself a lot of time, money, stress and worry by just following the idea in this article.
There is a simple recipe, known as Indian Black Salve, that is an excellent way to treat moles, skin tags, and even skin cancer.

One of the main key ingredients in this Indian Black Salve is bloodroot. Bloodroot is a herb native to Canada and the United States. It is already recognized by many in the natural health community as being effective in the treatment of warts, moles, skin tags, cherry angiomas, and skin cancer.

Yet as it turns out, bloodroot is also effective internally as a treatment for breast, ovarian, bone, bladder, and many other cancer types.

The main component of bloodroot is sanguinarine, an alkaloid that shows antimicrobial, tumoricidal, anticancer, antiangiogenic, and anti-microtubule activities. Bloodroot has been researched and found to be a potent anticancer agent.

Here’s how to make Indian Black Salve:

The only downside is that there are a lot of ingredients to gather, but it’s worth it. And frankly, it’s easy to make once you have all of the ingredients.

It’s important to note that there are multiple Indian Black Salve recipes. This is just one of them, specifically for skin tags, moles or cancerous skin in general.

Ingredients:

  • Bloodroot
  • Pau D’arco
  • Burdock Root
  • Yarrow
  • Yellow Dock
  • Prickly Ash Bark
  • Calendula flowers
  • Sarsaparilla
  • 10% Bentonite clay
  • Activated Charcoal
  • 2% DMSO

Instructions:

  • You should use liquid herbal extracts from every herb mentioned above. They can be easily found in any health food store or on the internet.
  • Use equal parts of Pau D’arco, Burdock Root, Yarrow, Yellow Dock, Prickly Ash Bark, Calendula Flower, Sarsaparilla, in a small glass jar. -4-drops of the herbal extract of each of these works fine.
  • Then, add 7 drops Bloodroot herbal extract.
  • Next, add a few pinches of Bentonite clay and Activated Charcoal each.
  • Next, add the 2% DMSO cream, As much of the DMSO cream is required to make it the consistency you like.
  • Mix these liquids, powders, and cream with your pointer finger and thumb. Keep mixing until it turns into a paste consistency. You can always add more herbs, clay, charcoal or cream to thicken or liquefy as needed to create a paste to your liking, whether thinner or thicker. The ingredients are still there, mixed and working together and that’s what counts.

How to use:

You can apply this to your skin tags, moles or skin cancer and leave on until it dries. This could be an hour or 3 hours. When done simply wash off with warm water in the shower or bath.

You can also add coconut oil additionally to spread it out and to allow the herbs and oils to penetrate your skin deeper. Additional ingredients you could add are organic Moringa oil, which many people have used to treat skin cancer successfully, and liquid Graviola extract specifically for moles and skin cancer as well.

Internally, mixing a small amount of Black salve paste about the size of half of an English pea in water or putting it into a capsule and taking it either once or twice a day, on a full stomach, can help effectively treat and eliminate cancer.

I recommend to be very cautious and using it in minuscule amounts to start. This is a potent salve as you can imagine that it heals skin cancer and eats away at moles and skin tags. Use in small quantities and increase slightly as you feel comfortable.

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5 Remedies To Treat Ingrown Toenails At Home

An ingrown toenail, also known as onychocryptosis, is a common problem in both men and women. This happens when the corner or edge of your toenail curves and grows into the surrounding skin. This may cause pain, redness, and swelling.

Common causes of ingrown toenails include toenail trauma such as stubbing your toe, wearing shoes that are too tight, cutting toenails too short or cutting toenails at an angle.

People suffering from diabetes or other health problems that cause poor blood circulation to the feet are at a higher risk of developing this painful nail problem. Some symptoms include persistent pain, redness, and swelling. If left untreated, onychocryptosis can soon lead to infection.

To prevent infection, it’s important to treat ingrown toenails as soon as they occur. Mild cases may require minor treatment with home remedies. Serious cases may need surgical intervention.

The following five methods are extremely effective and you will soon feel great relief:

Tea tree oil

The antiseptic nature of tea tree oil can help relieve pain and reduce the risk of infection due to an ingrown toenail. All you need to do is to apply a few drops of it on the affected area.

Apple cider vinegar foot soak

Vinegar is an effective method in the case of an ingrown toenail. You should simply dilute a quarter cup of it in some warm water, and soak your feet in it to relieve the pain and discomfort.

Also, it can prevent an infection if you apply it directly on the wound, as its potent antibacterial properties clean the area. Yet, it cannot fight an existing bacterial infection.

Epsom salt bath

Epsom salt, scientifically known as magnesium sulfate, is effective for treating ingrown toenails. It helps soften the skin around the affected area, which makes it easy to draw out the ingrown nail. It also helps bring down the inflammation. Just soak your feet in your regular Epsom salt bath for 20 minutes.

Hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is an effective disinfectant that helps reduce the risk of infection and relieve pain and inflammation caused by an ingrown toenail. Just mix 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide in a small tub of warm water and soak the affected toenail in this solution for 20 minutes.

Floss and cotton ball

You can use a cotton ball or flow to relieve the pressure between the nail and the painful toe. Lift the nail with tweezers (or dental floss wrapped around the nail) to carefully place a sterile cotton ball underneath, and ensure the nail is comfortable above it.

Additional tips

  • Do not wear socks and shoes while at home. This will allow the affected toenail to get exposed to fresh air to promote fast healing.
  • Give the affected toe some rest to aid healing.
  • Except when soaking, keep your feet dry as much as possible.
  • Take care of your feet properly and trim your nails straight across regularly to prevent such problems.
  • Maintain proper foot hygiene by washing your feet regularly and drying them thoroughly.
  • Always wear comfortable and properly fitting footwear.
  • Wear only cotton socks and change them daily.
  • Inspect the affected toe carefully for signs of infection, such as redness, increased pain, swelling and drainage of pus.
  • If an ingrown toenail persists for a couple of weeks or shows signs of infection, consult a doctor to avoid any complications.

5 Wonderful Tips To Pick The Sweetest Watermelon

Who doesn’t love watermelon? Most people are obsessed with this delicious and refreshing fruit. Sometimes we think that unless you’re an experienced farmer, buying a juicy, tasty, fully ripe, and sweet watermelon is hit or miss.

However, it doesn’t have to be if you look for a few things when you’re picking out your melon. In fact, you can tell whether a watermelon is ripe without actually cutting it.

Here are five tips to help you find the best watermelon in the market:

Look for the field spot

Field spots are the white spots you find on the peel of a watermelon. It is found on the places where the watermelon rested on the ground and is ripe and sweet inside. These spots could be anything from creamy-yellow to orange.

Look for “webbing”

It shows the amount of bees touched the flower. The more you see the pollination, the more better it is.

Boy or a girl?

Watermelons also have genders. The “boy” watermelon is more elongated and the “girl” watermelons are round and stout. And of course, the girls are sweeter.

Pay attention to the size

It is better to choose neither the largest nor the smallest watermelon. Select an average-sized fruit. And note, please: large or small, the watermelon should feel heavy for its size.

Inspect the tail

The tail of a watermelon shows how ripe it is. A green tail shows that the watermelon was picked too soon. The dried tails show that they are ripe enough.

You Want To Quit Smoking? Use This Herb And It Will Destroy Your Desire For Nicotine

Everyone knows that smoking is bad for us. However, quitting this unhealthy habit can be quite the challenge.

One of the main reasons smokers keep smoking is nicotine. Nicotine is the chemical in cigarettes that makes you addicted to smoking. Over time your body gets used to having nicotine – the more you smoke‚ the more nicotine you need to feel normal.

When your body doesn’t get nicotine, you may feel uncomfortable and crave cigarettes. This is called withdrawal. It takes a time to get over withdrawal. Most physical symptoms go away after several days to a week, but cigarette cravings may stick around longer.

If you’re serious about giving up cigarettes, then you need to add the following herb to your diet – Stevia.

How to use Stevia to quit smoking

According to a recent German study, Stevia can help cure smoking and alcohol addiction.

This herb will help you give up smoking by blocking the craving signals your brain is trying send.

Stevia is a plant from the chrysanthemum family, that originate from Paraguay, which has been used as a natural sweetener for centuries.

For anti-smoking therapy, just apply a couple of drops of stevia directly on your tongue whenever you feel the desire for a cig. This simple routine instantly and remarkably kills any craving for a smoke.

Look for stevia in powder or liquid form in supermarkets and health-food stores. You’re likely to find it on the baking goods aisle or in the health food aisle.

Besides all that, Stevia is excellent in the fight against obesity and also helps in the treatment of diabetes and hypertension, but most importantly, it kills any desire for nicotine. Moreover, it can be used as a mask for skin care as it nourishes, tightens and makes it smooth. Stevia can also be used to combat acne and effectively acts against dermatitis.

This is how to grow it at home:

It cannot survive in freezing conditions as it likes warm temperatures and the sun. Its root survives in zones 9 and warmer and might grow again in spring.

If well protected, it can also survive in zone 8. Plant the Stevia in 12-inch containers, with high-quality soil. Place them to be exposed to direct sunlight and water it when the soil is dry.

Leave the plant to have a space of 18 inches, in a well-drained, loamy, and loose soil. It might reach a height of 1-3 feet. Plant it after the end of the frost, and use nice compost.

To prevent drying, use mulch in the summer. Do not use soggy soil, and make sure it has a good drainage. Note that the roots are rotten or attacked by insects if the plant wilts.

Trim off the flowers in fall, as it blooms then, in order to stimulate the growth of new leaves. The flowers are white, and to help the plant release more leaves, clip off the blooms. On the other hand, the leaves are the sweetest in autumn, before it starts blooming.

When the leaves are plucked, dry them to be able to use them longer. Cut off the stems, and eliminate the leaves and tender stems. Scatter it on woven fabric or some non-metal surface, and dry the leaves in the sun.

This process lasts for a day, and you should then collect them and place them in a container. Crush the leaves and make a powder.

Pour the powder into airtight containers, and add it to your foods and drinks to sweeten them.

How to use stevia

For nicotine cravings: just apply a couple of drops of liquid stevia directly on your tongue whenever you feel the desire for a cigarette. This will instantly stop the craving.

To replace sugar: use about 1/8 teaspoon of dried stevia to equal the sweetness of 1 teaspoon of sugar. You can also use fresh leaves during the growing season. Fresh leaves are approximately 1/4 as concentrated as powdered stevia.

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