Where other brands like L’Oréal or Neutrogena for example, use outrageously beautiful celebrities to flaunt the alleged benefits of their products, Dove uses “regular people” who portray an array of everyday issues real people deal with such as low self-esteem and/or weight.

They also parade a variety of women of different cultures, ethnicities, sizes and ages across their seemingly “organic” marketing platforms. Dove further claims their beauty products are essentially “pure” and contain no extra additives like many of their competitor’s products.

If we are to believe their claims, this “whole package” is what “Real Beauty” looks like, which just happens to be their latest slogan.

Dove’s Beauty Message
“We believe beauty should be a source of confidence, and not anxiety. That’s why we are here to help women everywhere develop a positive relationship with the way they look, helping them raise their self-esteem and realize their full potential.”

Dove further pushes our insecurity buttons by stating: “Only 4 percent of women around the world consider themselves beautiful, and anxiety about appearance begins at an early age.”

While their statistics may be real, especially since Dove actually sponsored the Real Girls, Real Pressure: A National Report on the State of Self-Esteem, it certainly doesn’t hurt the company’s bottom line is that these numbers also parlay into an incredibly vast marketing pool for their allegedly “empowering” beauty products.

Do young girls and women have self-esteem issues? Absolutely! Is the general message Dove sends a good one? Yes. Every woman (and man) deserves to feel beautiful, and let’s face it, if we all realized our “”true potential,” life in general would be better for everyone.

But Dove is not being entirely honest. How can they be? If they were, no one would buy their products! Like most commercial beauty products, no matter how “pure” or even “natural” they claim to be, Dove beauty products are still a cocktail of toxic chemicals that researchers know cause everything from simple allergies and obesity to more serious issues such as infertility and even cancer.

So, Where Is The Disconnect?
The real disconnect between Dove’s messaging and their actual beauty and skin care products is in their ingredients. In short, the often highly toxic and definitely dangerous chemicals found in Dove products (made by Unilever) stand contrary to the message Dove pedals to consumers.

These chemicals can lead to an array of serious diseases that can ultimately leave a woman (or man since Dove also has a booming men’s line) helpless and even worse off than before she/he used them.

While ultimately the decision to use such chemicals in the manufacturing process is an individual one, certainly, whether or not a company publically reveals or explains the possible dangers associated with their use is also an option. The FDA, by its own admission, does not have any jurisdiction over these products and “their ingredients are not subject to FDA premarket approval.”

The organization further admits that, “cosmetic companies may use almost any ingredient they choose,” and the agency lacks the authority to recall products, even if deemed unsafe. And what’s worse, many of these chemicals have never been safety tested according to the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR), so consumers are essentially unwitting guinea pigs.

This actually makes Dove one of the worst offenders, simply because it so openly plays on women’s insecurities, which the company admits have reached epidemic proportions. Dove lures women in, like lambs to the slaughter, with promises of “finally fitting in,” finally being able to “be their true selves,” to be recognized for their “real beauty.” Meanwhile, these same women have no idea Dove’s products are linked to an array of negative health issues, and at a minimum, questionable, if not downright dangerous.

For Dove products overall, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit group dedicated to bringing transparency to consumer beauty and personal care products, rates them between a 3 and 8 on a sliding hazard scale of 0-10—10 being the most dangerous health risk to humans, animals and/or the environment, depending on the product.

The EWG claims many of the chemicals listed in Dove products also often contain other contaminants that are much worse than the primary chemicals listed. They further list a high concern for skin, eye, or lung irritation, as well as other miscellaneous issues that put the consumer at high risk for a variety of health issues.

The EWG study, called Skin Deep, also claims there is a concern for “cancers from multiple additive exposure sources, organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), occupational hazards, persistence, and bioaccumulation.”

While not as high on their degree of concern, the EWG does also list “enhanced skin absorption, biochemical or cellular level changes, data gaps in their reporting and, ecotoxicology, endocrine disruption and neurotoxicity from particular chemicals in these products.” Not exactly something that instills confidence in anyone, let alone Dove’s target market, those women who already feel insecure about themselves and how they look.

Dove Products Deconstructed
White Beauty Bar
This is the foundation product that launched the Dove line in the 1950s. According to Dove’s website, “This gentle cleansing formula contains ¼ moisturizing cream to give you softer, smoother, more radiant looking skin vs. ordinary soap.”

It further states this soap is:

#1 Dermatologist Recommended
Classic moisturizing formula
Dove doesn’t dry skin like ordinary soap can
With ¼ moisturizing cream and mild cleansers, Dove White Beauty Bar helps retain skin’s moisture
Leaves skin softer, smoother and more radiant looking vs. ordinary soap
Suitable for daily use on face, body and hands

However, a quick look at the ingredients tells you that it contains:

Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate
Stearic Acid
Sodium Tallowate Or Sodium Palmitate
Lauric Acid
Sodium Isethionate
Sodium Stearate
Cocamidopropyl Betaine
Sodium Cocoate Or Sodium Palm Kernelate
Sodium Chloride
Tetrasodium Edta
Tetrasodium Etidronate
Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891)
For starters, even at a quick glance, it’s clear this product does, in fact, contain chemical additives, contrary to its “pure” messaging.

Here are just some examples of what these chemicals and others found in Dove products actually do to your body.

Cocamidopropyl Betaine

Cocamidopropyl betaine is a synthetic surfactant (sudsing agent) associated with irritation and allergic contact dermatitis, reactions that can be due to the ingredient itself or to impurities in it, such as 3-dimethylaminopropylamine. According to the EWG, cocamidopropyl betaine is often contaminated with nitrosamines, another chemical recognized by a minimum of five agencies as being a “possible carcinogen” and/or linked to strong evidence of causing cancer).


Instead of actually listing the chemicals that comprise a particular “fragrance” in a product, cosmetic and personal care manufacturers simply list the word “fragrance” or “perfume.” Since the law does not currently require a detailed list of what makes up a fragrance, a product can contain any number of undisclosed scent chemicals and ingredients.

One such chemical is diethyl phthalate, which according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), is a colorless synthetic liquid commonly used to make plastics more flexible. Things like toothbrushes, car parts, children’s toys, tools and food packaging typically use this chemical. The

ATSDR states “Diethyl phthalate can be released fairly easily from these products, as it is not part of the chain of chemicals (polymers) that makes up the plastic. Diethyl phthalate is also used in cosmetics, insecticides, and aspirin.”

In general, according to research, “fragrances” cause everything from allergies, dermatitis and respiratory issues, to cancer and they can even disrupt your reproductive system. According to EWG, these chemical mixes rate an “8” on the health hazard scale.

The EWG tested and lists 184 Dove products with potentially harmful fragrances, including Dove White Beauty Bar, Dove Creme Mousse Nourishing Body Wash, Dove Hair Therapy Nourishing Oil Care Anti-Frizz Serum, all of their antiperspirants, Dove go fresh Beauty Bar, Revive, and a slew of men’s personal care products.

Methylisothiazolinone is a widely-used preservative. According to numerous studies. it can cause an array of allergic reactions. Other studies suggest this chemical, which is restricted by the European Union (EU), Canada, Japan, and Germany, may be neurotoxic. The EWG rates it overall as a “7” on their health risk scale.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), methylisothiazolinone is a pesticide used “…to control slime-forming bacteria, fungi, and algae.” The EPA’s safety sheet states: “In studies using laboratory animals, methylisothiazolinone has been shown to be of moderate acute toxicity by the oral and inhalation routes. It is highly acutely toxic when applied dermally or to the eye and is considered to be corrosive.”

Eighty Dove products, ranging from shampoos and conditioners to body washes and exfoliates, contain this chemical, including Dove Hair Therapy Nourishing Oil Care Shampoo, Dove Nutritive Solutions Cool Moisture Shampoo, Cucumber & Green Tea, and Dove Creme Mousse Nourishing Body Wash.

Retinyl Palmitate
This chemical rates “9” on the EWG health hazard scale (18). Retinyl palmitate contains palmitic acid and retinol (Vitamin A). Typically, retinol, a pure form of vitamin A, is highly beneficial for your skin. It helps to stimulate collagen production, increase cellular rejuvenation, and decrease pore size, thereby creating softer, smoother skin.

Vitamin A is also well known for its amazing effects on eyesight and a number of other health issues, but according to the FDA, “retinyl palmitate [a chemical version of retinol] when applied to the skin in the presence of sunlight, may speed the development of skin tumors and cancerous lesions.”

The EPA also lists retinyl palmitate as a “known human reproductive toxicant,” while the EWG further adds this chemical causes “biochemical or cellular level changes.”

Bottom line, Germany, and Canada currently ban or restrict the use of retinyl palmitate because of its proven toxicity. In the US, however, Dove’s Fresh Radiance Anti-Aging Moisturizer still contains this nasty toxin.

Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex Gly
In 1886, scientists discovered that compounds of aluminum are actually neurotoxic, capable of causing brain damage. Despite this, we continue to use it today as an antiperspirant in most deodorants. Growing evidence shows long-term use can lead to a number of neurological diseases, including dementia, autism, and Parkinson’s disease.

A 2014 study published in the Journal of Medical Case Reports further links aluminum use to Alzheimer’s disease. A controversial documentary, The Age of Aluminum, details the “dark side” of aluminum, calling it a “toxic metal” linked to diseases like breast cancer, Alzheimer’s, allergies and autism.

Currently, according to the EWG, 44 Dove products contain this chemical, including Dove Clinical Protection Antiperspirant Deodorant, Skin Renew, Dove Antiperspirant Deodorant, Original Clean and Dove go fresh Antiperspirant Deodorant, Cool Essentials.

DMDM Hydantoin (Formaldehyde Releaser)
According to EWG studies, “DMDM hydantoin is an antimicrobial ‘formaldehyde releaser’ preservative. People exposed to such formaldehyde-releasing ingredients may develop a formaldehyde allergy or an allergy to the ingredient itself and its decomposition products. In the U.S., approximately 20 percent of cosmetics and personal care products contain a formaldehyde-releaser and the frequency of contact allergy to these ingredients is much higher among Americans compared to studies in Europe.”

This chemical is so disruptive, in fact, it was even named the “2015 Allergen of the Year” by the American Contact Dermatitis Society.

Most manufacturers essentially stopped using formaldehyde as a “direct” ingredient in their products because of its highly toxic nature and restricted use in most countries. Instead, they mask it by using “formaldehyde releasers” like DMDM hydantoin and imidazolindinyl urea, which slowly release formaldehyde as they decompose in the product. These chemicals work just like formaldehyde and are just as toxic.

Manufacturers use them as antimicrobial/antifungal preservatives, but because they are not a “direct ingredient,” they don’t have to list them. DMDM hydantoin is a potent immune toxicant currently restricted in some types of Japanese cosmetics.

According to the United States National Toxicology Program and the International Agency for Research on Cancer, these chemicals are powerful carcinogens and linked to leukemia when inhaled, ingested or absorbed through your skin.

EWG studies show 94 Dove products contain formaldehyde releasers including Dove Creme Mousee Nourishing Body Wash, Dove Go Fresh Therapy Cool Moisture Shampoo, Cucumber & Green Tea, Dove STYLE+care Frizz-Free Shine Cream-Serum, and Dove Fresh Radiance Anti-Aging Moisturizer, Normal/Dry Skin, SPF 15 (2015 formulation).

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals
Dove products also contain endocrine disrupting chemicals. Essentially, any humans and wildlife (typically exposed second hand) to these synthetic chemicals can eyepiece hormone-like effects that interfere with your endocrine system in two ways:

They mimic natural hormones like estrogen and they block the activity of your natural hormones.
The Endocrine Society issued a study that details the many dangerous effects these chemicals can have on your body, including on both “male and female reproduction, breast development [in both males and females], prostate cancer, neuroendocrinology, thyroid, metabolism and obesity, and cardiovascular endocrinology.”

A study published in the International Journal of Andrology made headlines when it revealed that exposure to these endocrine disruptors is “feminizing boys.”

Bottom Line
This is just a sampling of the dangerous chemicals in Dove products. The EWG shows that 39 products also contain PPG-14 butyl ether, a known carcinogen and endocrine disruptor. And despite the countless studies showing the dangers of BHT, 71 Dove products still contain this chemical known to cause cellular death and cancer just to name a fraction of its destructiveness.

The list of chemicals in Dove products is overwhelming. Currently, the EWG lists a whopping 215 different chemicals in their products that range from highly toxic to tolerable and innocuous.

Dove (Unilever) is currently the world’s largest beauty products manufacturer with sales close to $4 million in 2014 alone, a good share of the $19 billion a year the parent company brings in worldwide. This number is expected to jump to $87 billion by 2020.

Keeping in line with the Dove marketing mantra, Unilever states, “On any given day, 2 billion people use Unilever products to look good, feel good and get more out of life—giving us a unique opportunity to build a brighter future.”

Right now, Dove markets their “real beauty” brands in over 80 countries, telling countless young girls and women (and men) to feel more confident about their looks. Arguably, this behemoth in the beauty industry is like a wolf in sheep’s clothing, doing more long-term damage than any real good to the average consumer through its array of toxic products.

HomehRemedy To Eliminate Callus and Fungus From The Feet

Although many people do not give the correct care, the feet are one of the most important areas of the body, in addition to forming a vital part of our appearance, especially for women, these are prone to suffer from callus and fungi.

The incidence of foot and foot fungus is mainly due to the use of shoes and synthetic stockings where they are kept very humid and also by exposure to public places such as bathrooms and swimming pools.


You will be amazed how you can remove callus and foot fungus with a super simple and fast remedy that you can prepare in your home.

This remedy that we will teach you is very simple you will only need two ingredients and best of all, you will obtain excellent results at a very low cost, so pay attention and do not hesitate to use it, we guarantee that you will eliminate corns and fungi quickly.

Home remedy treatment

To carry out this treatment you will need the following ingredients:

-Five aspirins.
-The juice of a lemon.


Preparing this remedy is very simple, you only have to follow the following steps:

1. First use a mortar to grind aspirins until they are powdered.
2. After crushed in a container preferably glass and incorporate the juice of a lemon, mix well until you get a kind of pasta and ready you will have prepared your remedy, the texture must be homogeneous, compact and pasty.

How to use:

To use this treatment and to eliminate corns and fungi you must follow the following steps:

1.First of all it is important that your feet are well cleaned, so wash them properly to remove any dirt they may have.

2.Then apply a little of the paste that you prepared on calluses and fungi and let it act on the affected area for 30 minutes, after this time remove it with plenty of water, preferably warm.

3.Then you should rub them with circular movements and with the help of pumice stone, this will help you to eliminate the skin that is dead and will soften the hard area.

4.Rinse again with warm water and dry your feet very well.

After the treatment is done we recommend moisturizing your feet with a moisturizer, remember that the feet tend to suffer from dryness so get used to putting cream on a daily basis.

This treatment should be repeated two or three times a week to get better results and faster, this will allow you to avoid the proliferation of bacteria callus and fungi that in addition to aesthetically affect your feet can cause discomfort such as itching and bad smell, in addition to Help you maintain the pH balance of your skin.

If this mixture gets very hard you can smooth it by placing a few drops of lemon until you get the desired texture.

Lastly remember to use a footwear made with natural materials, use cotton socks and above all take care of your feet ( callus ), cleaning and properly cleaning them frequently.

How to Use Castor Oil to Remove Cataracts and Improve Vision

According to certain statistics from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, there are as many as 24.4 million individuals above the age of 40 who have cataracts. And this only in the USA! Anyone would love to know how to naturally remove a cataract, right?
That’s why we’d like to show you an alternative treatment, in which you’ll learn to do just that! Are you ready to know what it is? Read on and you will.

Some Basic Information

Even though cataracts are most commonly a health issue among the elderly, in recent times more and more young individuals are being diagnosed with this condition. This is all “thanks” to their improper daily diets and overall unhealthy lifestyle, such as smoking, for instance.

The main two reasons for this degenerative eye condition are free radical damage and oxidative damage. It is the clouding in one’s eye which results in poor and foggy vision, particularly at night. There may even be some cases where cataracts lead to blindness over time.

Scientists explain that the risk of cataracts is heightened by insufficient levels of antioxidants. The good news in all of this is that one can either delay or completely avoid cataract surgery by maintaining their glutathione levels high. This is the most crucial antioxidant in our bodies.

The math here is simple: any food which is high in antioxidants can help us naturally treat and avoid cataracts, as well as any other vision problems.

How to Remove Cataracts Without Surgical Procedures

Even though for cataracts at an advanced stage, surgery seems to be the best treatment option, for cataracts still in an early stage, one should stock up on several natural ingredients which may very well help dissolve them.


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One ingredient happens to be castor oil. It has many uses other than helping eliminate cataracts. It can also treat farsightedness and nearsightedness, dry eyes, conjunctivitis and even macular degeneration related to age.

Once one realizes that the main reason for most eye problems is oxidation, one would know the best way to prevent such problems from ever occurring in the first place is to reach out towards antioxidant-abundant foods.

Practitioners of holistic health are well aware of this. They have been using castor oil (which is rich in antioxidants) to reverse cataracts, improve vision, and much more. But you need to be extra cautious not to use the wrong kind, which may have adverse effects on your eyes and health.

And What Is The Right Type?

The 100% pure, organic, hexane-free, cold-pressed castor oil is your best option. Make sure to obtain it from a reliable source. It should come in a dark glass bottle with a drop applicator already included.

When and How to Use Castor Oil

There’s no philosophy here. Simply add one drop of this organic, pure castor oil directly into the affected eye. You should do this once a day, and the best period is before going to bed, as castor oil may make your vision slightly blurry. Apply the oil, close your eyes and let it work its magic while you sleep.

And if you find crusts at the corners of your eyes the following morning, don’t panic. This is due to the calcification process and is completely normal. Simply wash your eyes with clean, warm water.


There are plenty of those who have already tried this method. Most of them claim to have witnessed results even after just one application. Others claimed their vision kept getting better and better each time.

Some claim their vision was restored within just a few weeks; others claim it took them three months. It’s a rather individual thing, depending on your specific eye condition.

Try doing this three nights in a row. If by the end of this period there is no result, simply stop. Castor oil is harmless, but it may not suit the issue you are currently having concerning your eyes.

Whatever You do, dear readers, always take good care of your eye health, and overall health in general. We wish you success with this natural holistic treatment.

These Are The Symptoms Of Vitamin B12 Deficiency In The Body

When we speak of vitamin B12 we refer to that vitamin that is essential for the proper functioning of the nervous system. In this sense, deficiency of this vitamin in the body can cause serious problems, mainly at the brain level.

The problem is that it is a nutrient that we must incorporate in an artificial way to the body because we can not produce it naturally.

Thus, it is essential to incorporate foods with vitamin B12 to enjoy good health at the brain level.

Many people do not know they are deficient in this vitamin since the signs can be mistaken for other organic problems.

That is why today we want to talk to you about the main symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency.

This information can be very useful!

When we speak of vitamin B12 we refer to that vitamin that is essential for the proper functioning of the nervous system. These are the symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency in the body

According to a recent survey, 40% of the US population suffers from vitamin B12 deficiency.

Also, there is a close relationship between the deficiency of this vitamin and the diagnosis of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.

So that you can treat the disease in time, in this article we want to talk about the main symptoms caused by the deficiency of this vitamin in the body.

Here are the main symptoms and explain why it is important to treat it in time.

Symptoms of lack of vitamin B12

These are the main symptoms that are present when you lack this vitamin:

–Chronic Fatigue
-Sudden mood swings
-Lack of motivation
-Numbness and tingling in the extremities
–Blurry vision
-Muscular weakness
-Hallucinations and paranoia
-Swelling of the tongue
-Difficulty walking and body movements
-Yellowish skin

If you notice two or more of these symptoms, it is very important that you visit a doctor to have a proper diagnosis.

How to check the deficiency of this vitamin in the body

When you go to a doctor asked about the symptoms you are suffering, he will surely do some tests.

The most effective method is the B12 intracellular test.

In other cases the tests of methylmalonic acid and homocysteine ​​are used. Although not as accurate, they can also serve.

Problems related to the deficiency of this vitamin

The causes of deficiency of this vitamin can vary remarkably.

However, there are certain factors that show a relationship with it.

Here are the main problems related to vitamin B12 deficiency so you can be alert.

Permeable Intestine Syndrome

When a person suffers from Permeable Intestine Syndrome, waste and other molecules enter directly into the bloodstream.

That leads to over stimulation of the immune system and problems to absorb vitamin B12.

Pernicious anemia

People who suffer from this disease generate cells that attack the stomach.

In doing so, the stomach is not able to produce gastric acids or a protein called Intrinsic Factor.

Thus, because our body is not able to produce hydrochloric acid, the digestive system is not able to separate the B12 vitamins from the rest of the molecules.

In general this problem is often associated with vegetarianism.

Medicines for stomach acidity

Another related problem is the consumption of medicines for heartburn.

This is because these medications can cause a reduction of the parietal cells that are responsible for absorbing the vitamins.

For this reason, you should keep in mind that it is always important to find the causes of acidity.

Try not to relieve it with synthetic medications as this can lead to severe problems.

5 Reasons Why You Should Eat Cucumbers Everyday

Cucumbers are extremely beneficial for overall health, especially during the summer since they are mostly made of water and important nutrients that are essential for the human body. The flesh of cucumbers is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, and folic acid while the hard skin of cucumbers is rich in fiber and a range of minerals include magnesium, molybdenum, and potassium. Additionally, cucumber contains silica, a trace mineral that contributes greatly to strengthening our connective tissues. Cucumbers are known to heal many skin problems, under eye swelling and sunburn. Cucumbers also contain ascorbic and caffeic acids which prevent water loss, therefore cucumber is frequently applied topically to burns and dermatitis.

What is Cucumber?

Scientifically known as Cucumis sativus, cucumbers belong to the same family as zucchinis, watermelons, pumpkins, and other types of summer squash. The plant where cucumbers grow is a creeping vine that develops the cylindrical, edible fruits throughout the year. You will find different varieties of cucumber grown in different regions, and they are usually eaten fresh or pickled. Cucumbers typically eaten fresh are called slicing cucumbers. Gherkin cucumbers are specially produced to make pickles. These are much smaller in size than slicing cucumbers. Slicing cucumbers are available throughout the year, but they are at their best between May and July. Cucumbers originated in India almost 10,000 years ago, but are now cultivated in many different countries and continents. Recently, different varieties of cucumbers are being traded in the international market and you will find them in abundance all year long.

In the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece and Rome, cucumbers were very popular, and their uses were not limited to just being food. It was also praised for its beneficial effects on the skin. Louis XIV also cherished cucumbers greatly, and the process of cultivating cucumbers in greenhouses was invented during his time to make sure he was able to have a steady supply of the enjoyable vegetable during any season. The American colonists also took this variety of crunchy and healthy squash to the United States.

Features and Varieties of Cucumbers

You are probably familiar with the phrase “cool as a cucumber”, which speaks directly to the soothing and cooling nature that cucumbers have when eaten. Cucumbers are grown mainly to be eaten fresh, and in India, you will often find sliced cucumbers being sold on the street on sunny afternoons. These cucumbers are usually cylindrical in shape and vary in length from about six to nine inches. However, the size of cucumbers varies according to a variety of cultivating factors as well.

The skin of the cucumbers can vary in color from green to white, and sometimes it may be smooth or ridged depending on the variety. Inside the cucumber skin, you will find pale green flesh that is thick yet aqueous and crispy at the same time. The interior core of cucumber has numerous, edible fleshy seeds. Many cucumber varieties are also grown in greenhouses; they are seedless and have thinner skins and longer lengths, usually between 12 and 20 inches. Often known as “burpless”, this variety of cucumbers is bought by majority, since it is easier to digest than the other kinds of cucumbers.

Health Benefits of Cucumbers

It is still unknown when cucumbers began to be used for pickling, but researchers have speculated that the gherkin variety of cucumber was developed from a native African plant. Spain was one of the countries during ancient times that started pickling cucumbers, since Roman emperors imported them from this Mediterranean country.

The health benefits of cucumber are not widely known in many cultures. The taste of fresh cucumber is somewhat bland in comparison to other squashes, but it’s thirst quenching, and the cooling quality of this squash is truly refreshing. Cucumbers often act as antioxidants when you consume them with barbecued and fried foods. You can also drink a glass full of cucumber, carrot or orange juice. This will not only give you its wholesome nutrient value, but it is also a unique tasty treat.

Cucumber benefits range from preventing acidity to keeping skin well-toned. Cucumber has high alkaline levels, thus regulating the body’s blood pH and neutralizing acidity. Patients with gastric issues should consume cucumbers frequently. It regulates blood pressure and contributes to the proper structure of connective tissues in our body, including those in the muscles, bones, ligaments, cartilage, and tendons. During the summer, cucumbers help to normalize body temperature. Cucumber juice is diuretic, so it is able to prevent kidney stones. Cucumbers also counter the effects of uric acid, which prevents inflammation in from conditions like arthritis, asthma, and gout. You will be quite surprised to know that this squash also promotes healthy hair growth and can treat skin ailments like psoriasis, eczema, and acne.

Skin Care
Cucumber is rich in silica, which is the essential component that aids in developing strong and healthy connective tissues in the muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and bone. Doctors often recommend cucumber juice because of the silica content to create healthier and brighter skin. Cucumber’s high water content makes it naturally hydrating, and it is well known that moisture is the best friend to healthy skin, so why not acquire the hydration naturally? The extract of cucumbers is often used topically for treating various types of skin ailments, including sunburn and swelling under the eyes. Ascorbic acid and caffeic acid are the two vital compounds in cucumbers that prevent water loss from the body. These are some of the reasons why cucumbers are applied topically for various skin problems.

Prevents Constipation and Keeps Kidneys Healthy
Cucumbers are a perfect blend of both fiber and water. Therefore, it helps to protect your body from both constipation and kidney stones. By drinking cucumber juice, you can consume both fiber and water at the same time. Reports say that the majority of Americans prefer to have a cucumber rich salad regularly as it is a great way to increase your fiber intake. Cucumber is also a good source of vitamin C, silica, potassium and magnesium; which all have their own health benefits. Cucumbers have an extraordinary amount of water (about 96%) that is naturally purified, thus making the water content much higher in quality than ordinary water. Cucumber skin contains high levels of vitamin A, so you will gain more nutrition if you eat the entire thing, skin and all.

Controls Blood Pressure
The studies done at DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) consisted of people consuming foods high in magnesium, potassium, and fiber. The results were clear; their blood pressure lowered to to normal levels. The group eating a diet rich in these complexes along with the other foods on the diet like seafood, low fat dairy items, lean meat and poultry saw that their blood pressure fell by 5.5 points (systolic) over 3.0 points (diastolic).

Manage Diabetes
Cucumbers have been useful for diabetic patients for many years. Cucumbers possess a hormone required by the beta cells during insulin production. The Glycemic Index of cucumbers is actually zero. The presence of carbohydrates and their result on the body is measured by the quantity Glycemic Index. Every food item contains essential nutrients in different percentages. The carbohydrates contribute in raising the glucose level, however the carbohydrates present in the cucumber can be easily digested by diabetic patients. Thus, consumption of cucumbers keeps the glucose level in check. Nowadays, most commercial stores have cucumber supplements as spiny sea cucumber extract powder, which is very effective in combating the effects of diabetes.

Keeps the Body Healthy and Functioning
Cucumbers have excellent cleaning properties, and actively remove accumulated waste and toxins from your body. In many cases, cucumbers have been shown to be an effective treatment for arthritis since it removes uric acid. Since it aids in urine secretion, cucumber is considered a natural diuretic. Cucumbers are very good for optimizing urinary bladder, kidney, liver and pancreatic functions. Cucumber juice along with carrot juice is extremely effective for rheumatic conditions caused by excessive uric acid in the body. It is good for digestion, especially of proteins, and it controls blood pressure and diabetes mellitus. Drinking cucumber juice on a regular basis also helps to cure gout and eczema. If you are having lung or stomach problems, be sure to add cucumber to your diet. It also promotes muscle flexibility, while the magnesium content of cucumbers ensures proper blood circulation and relaxed nerves. Since cucumbers are so rich in minerals, it even prevents splitting of the nails on the fingers and toes.

How to Buy and Store Cucumbers

Cucumbers are very sensitive to heat, so try to select the ones which are displayed in the refrigerated cases in the store. Look for firm cucumbers and check if the color is bright medium green to dark green. Avoid the yellow, puffy cucumbers that have sunken water-soaked areas or wrinkled tips. You will find less seeds in the thinner cucumbers.

If you store the cucumbers in the refrigerator, they will retain their freshness for a longer time. If the entire cucumber is not used in one meal, then wrap the remainder tightly in plastic or place it in a closed container so that it does not get dried out. Try to eat cucumbers within one or two days of buying them, or else they will become limp, especially if kept for more than a week.

Cucumbers can be cut into various shapes and sizes, and can be sliced, diced or cut into sticks. Cucumber seeds are edible and very nutritious, bur some people prefer not to eat them. You can cut the cucumber lengthwise and use the tip of a spoon to gently scoop the seeds accordingly. Cucumbers are commonly used in a number of recipes. You can use half-inch thick cucumber slices and serve them with chopped vegetable salads. Cut the cucumber into a diced shape, mix them with sugar snap peas, mint leaves and then pour rice wine vinaigrette into the mixture. You can also make an excellent purée with cucumbers, tomatoes, green peppers and onions. Finally, add salt and pepper for some extra flavor. Cucumbers similarly give a fresh taste to tuna fish or chicken salad preparations. Cucumbers can be eaten alone in its sliced form, or with a sprinkle of salt or pepper. No matter how you eat it, you are sure to get a whole lot of nutrition from this truly “cool” vegetable.

Food That Helps Regulate Sweating

Sweating requires a process for regulating the temperature of our body and ejection of unnecessary substances through the skin. Our body regulates sweating through the sweat glands. There are millions of sweat glands in our body, but the greatest concentration is on the forehead, bosom and palms.

In addition to regular hygiene and the use of various products, during warmer periods our body becomes sticky and prone to unpleasant odors, which is why excessive wearing is the reason. In the fight with unpleasant odors, we often seek help from cosmetic products, but what we forget is that sweating is very influenced by life habits.

An effective way to regulate sweating is to introduce some changes to the list of products we consume. Since sweating is associated with the digestive and nervous system, diet plays a major role in controlling the sweating process.

In addition to the foods you need to include in the diet, there are also some products that stimulate sweating. You should avoid: coffee, carbonated drinks, black tea, sugars, garlic, onions and spicy foods.

What do you need to include in the diet?

Foods rich in calcium

Replace the red meat with fish, such as salmon or sardine, which contains a large amount of calcium. Yogurt is also a good source of calcium, which acts as a temperature regulator. Orange, broccoli and dairy products have a similar effect.

Food rich in fiber

Forest fruits, nuts, leafy vegetables, and whole cereals are recommended to form most of the foods when temperatures are higher.

Vitamin B

B-complex vitamins play an important role in the normal metabolic processes. You can find vitamin B in fish, eggs, nuts and vegetables.

Foods rich in magnesium

Almond, which we have already mentioned, is also an excellent source of magnesium, which improves digestion and strengthens the immune system. Magnesium is abundant in both gourd, spinach and soybeans.

Olive oil

When your body hardly digests food, it causes excessive sweating. Olive oil is easy to digest and abounds with antioxidants. Avoid sunflower oil, because some of its ingredients become harmful to the high temperature, which the body further expels as toxins through the skin pores.

Tomato juice

Tomato juice is rich in potassium, magnesium and many other vitamins and minerals. Start the day with a cup of tomato juice to regulate sweating.


Watermelon is a great idea because it is a good source of vitamin B, fiber and water. This fruit is easily digested and has a large amount of water, which keeps you hydrated.

16 Reasons Why Lemons Are the Most Useful Thing in the World

A lot of ordinary things you probably own already can be very helpful when it comes to doing a thorough clean of your home — you just need to know the correct ways to use them.

We here at Bright Side have put together a list of 16 unusual uses for an ordinary lemon. They will help you look at this sour fruit in a whole new light!

16. Making an all-purpose cleaner

Peel a lemon, pour 5 fl oz (150 ml) of vinegar over it and leave it overnight. In the morning, add 5 fl oz (150 ml) of water. That’s it! Pour the mixture into an empty spray bottle and use it as an all-natural cleaning solution throughout your home.

15. Cleaning your cutting board

Keep your cutting board clean and give it a long life using a halved lemon as a sponge and salt as a scrub. After this is done, leave the board for 10-15 minutes then repeat this procedure one more time.

14. Brightening whites

To get your white laundry the whitest it can be, soak it in a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda for at least half an hour before washing.

13. Manicures

Prepare a rejuvenating bath for your nails to keep them strong and healthy. The recipe is very simple: just add a few drops of lemon juice to warm water.

12. Getting rid of freckles

Lemon can also help to lighten unwanted freckles or age spots. Just slice a lemon and gently rub it across your face.

11. Improving digestion

Drinking a glass of warm lemon water with honey in the morning on an empty stomach helps to improve digestion and boost your immune system.

10. Setting a table properly

When the table is set with foods to eat with your hands, it is nice to provide small finger bowls filled with lemon water for washing fingers.

9. Refreshing appliances

Try to wipe your fridge with a sponge soaked in lemon juice and you’ll forget about unpleasant smells. Using lemon, you can also make your own homemade air freshener. Just add lemon juice to the dishwasher when it’s empty and let it run a cycle or add a bit of lemon juice to the humidifier.

8. Growing sprouts

Lemons can also be used for growing sprouts. Squeeze the juice and put the seeds into the lemon half. Then plant the seedling in the ground together with a lemon pot.

7. Getting rid of shoe odors

Leave fresh citrus peel in your shoes overnight to absorb odors.

6. Making candle holders

Halves of lemon, lime or orange are great, nice-looking materials for making your own unique candle holders. You need to remove the pulp and fill the halves with melted wax. And don’t forget about the candle wick! Glue it to the bottom of your candle holder.

5. Improving your overall health

The combination of lemon juice and baking soda has alkalizing, digestive and depurative properties. It regulates the level of bad cholesterol, purifies the liver, and gives us a good dose of vitamin C. Add a teaspoon of baking soda and juice of half a lemon to a glass of mineral water and drink it in the morning. Take it for two weeks in a row, and then rest for two more.

4. Cleaning stainless steel

Lemon peels and baking soda will make your stainless steel shine.

3. Removing berry stains

When you are preparing fresh berries, you’ll probably stain your hands. Lemon juice will help you remove the color from your skin. Removing berry stains from your clothes is also easy. First, wash the fabric in cold water, and then soak your clothes in lemon juice for a few minutes.

2. Repelling insects

To keep ants out of your home, pour a little lemon juice on window sills and doorways. And to get rid of mosquitoes, stick cloves into a lemon cut in half.

1. Bleaching underarms

Nothing is better for bleaching dark underarms than a lemon. Its acidity will help to lighten your skin and exfoliate dead skin cells. Every day before your bath or shower, rub your underarms with a thick slice of lemon. Don’t forget to apply some moisturizer after your bath because lemons can also make your skin drier. You’ll see the result after 7 days.

Put Vinegar on Your Plants and This Will Happen

Not everyone knows about all the amazing uses and benefits of vinegar. We at Bright Side discovered that you can safely use this ingredient in the garden too.

So here are a few properties which make vinegar irreplaceable for every garden.

How to use vinegar in the garden

Stop spending money on unnatural chemicals to get rid of weeds. Instead, try pouring vinegar on the weed. The acetic acid in the vinegar will stop the weed’s growth and will not damage the soil. A mix of 1 part vinegar with 1 part water will keep ants and rodents out of your garden. You can also add 2 tablespoons of vinegar and one teaspoon of sugar to the water in a vase of fresh flowers. Your bouquet will stay fresh much longer.

Not only can vinegar replace expensive chemicals in the garden, it can also be used instead of cleaning and disinfecting products for a toilet.

How to use vinegar at home

This is a simple but effective way to help make your bathroom cleaner and safer. To clean external dirt and disinfect the toilet with vinegar, you’ll need:

  • A glass of 9% vinegar
  • Baking soda or iodine solution

Use with soda (enhanced effect):

Heat a glass of vinegar to 40°C, and then mix it with the soda (iodine). For 200 grams (7 oz) of vinegar, you’ll need 1 tablespoon of soda. If you use iodine, the proportion is 1:1. Pour the resulting mixture into the toilet tank for several hours. It’s better to do this in the evening so that the solution remains in the object you’re cleaning for the whole night. To improve the result, you can repeat the process several times.

Use without soda:

Empty the water tank, and close the tap. Wipe the internal surface of the tank with a dry cloth, and apply a cloth moistened with vinegar to the stained area. After 2-6 hours, you can clean the dirt with a scraper (not metal).

What vinegar does

  • Dissolves limescale
  • Cleans metal parts from rust
  • Evaporating itself, vinegar removes unpleasant odors
  • Dissolves kidney stones
  • Kills shigella bacteria (causative agent of dysentery) and E.coli

10 Mistakes That Cause Us to Overspend on Food

We visit supermarkets almost every day, yet we rarely think about how some of our shopping habits are downright wrong. However, such seemingly trivial things can be a serious drain on our budget.

To help you, Bright Side has made a list of the most common shopping mistakes. More importantly, you’ll learn how to save on purchases without sacrificing on quality!

10. Shopping for products in the wrong order

We often find it difficult to limit the number of items we buy at supermarkets. But there’s nothing unrealistic about starting to choose more products that are good for our health. If you just can’t resist filling your cart to the brim, try starting your shopping at the vegetable department: greens and vegetables will take up lots of space, so there’ll be less room for the pricey and unhealthy stuff.

9. Not knowing the prices of products you buy regularly

Try to memorize, or even write down, the prices of the products you buy regularly. This will help you not to be fooled by fake sales when the price remains the same yet the price tag screams about a massive reduction. Next time you go to a supermarket, you’ll make fewer unplanned purchases and take better advantage of genuine discounts.

8. Not planning ahead

This concerns not only your shopping lists but your home meal menus for the coming week as well. By preplanning your meals from Monday to Friday, you’ll always know which products to buy to prepare the dishes. This way, you’ll be less likely to make useless purchases.

7. Not paying attention to the weight of the product

Let’s say there are 2 similarly sized packages of butter on the shelf, one of which is slightly cheaper than the other. Don’t rush to buy the one that costs less! To begin with, check the products’ weights. It might turn out that the pricier package weighs more. So, in terms of the price/weight ratio, it’ll make more sense to buy this item as opposed to the cheaper one.

6. Ignoring the store’s own brands

Almost every supermarket sells a variety of goods under its own label. Such foodstuffs cost less than those produced by well-known manufacturers. At the same time, their quality is in no way inferior, and the only difference is in the less colorful packaging. Besides, such products are made by the same factories that service popular brands.

5. Not trying new products

Many of us keep buying products belonging to one single brand, afraid of trying something different. However, manufacturers of new, little-known brands often sell quality goods at significantly lower prices. Don’t be afraid to experiment. This will not only save you money but also help you discover tastier and healthier foods.

4. Not keeping an eye on discounts

There are special apps that collect information on discounts in supermarkets near you. Such programs allow you to compare prices on the same products in different stores to find the best offers.

3. Avoiding inexpensive products

Various cereals, sugar, salt, spices, and other similar products can be bought at very reasonable prices. For instance, ordinary packaged sugar is just as good as the products sold in attractive packaging.

2. Choosing items that are nearest to the front edge of the shelf

To find the freshest products, always look at the back of the shelves. Shop employees are known to reserve the front of the shelves for food with a use-by date that’s about to expire.

1. Falling prey to marketing ploys

Vegetable oil “with vitamin E,“ salt ”without GMOs,” eggs with orange yolks… All of these marketing gimmicks have a good effect on sales. But before you purchase any of these “unique” products, ask yourself if they’re really so exclusive? Vitamin E is present in sunflower seeds, hence it’s sure to be present in sunflower oil as well. On the other hand, GMOs can only be found in foods of plant or animal origin (so this excludes salt by definition). As for the brightly colored yolks — manufacturers achieve this by adding special components to chicken feed.

Get Rid Of Hemorrhoids In Just 24 Hours Using This Remedy!

Hemorrhoids are swollen veins located around the anus or in the lower rectum. About 50 percent of adults experienced the symptoms of hemorrhoids by the age of 50.

Hemorrhoids can either be internal or external. Internal hemorrhoids develop within the anus or rectum. External hemorrhoids develop outside of the anus. Hemorrhoids are also known as piles.

External hemorrhoids are the most common and most troublesome. Hemorrhoids cause pain, severe itching, and difficulty sitting. Fortunately, they are treatable.

What causes hemorrhoids?

For sure this is a question on which we all want the answer. Many factors can contribute to this unpleasant issue. Certain factors increase the risk of having hemorrhoids.

Factors that lead to hemorrhoids include:

  • Low fiber intake
  • Sedentary job
  • Lack of movement and exercise
  • Complications from chronic constipation
  • A family history of hemorrhoids

Symptoms of hemorrhoids

Because every individual is different, the symptoms also vary from individual to individual. However, there are some common symptoms such as:

  • Extreme itching around the anus
  • Irritation and pain around the anus
  • Itchy or painful lump or swelling near your anus
  • Fecal leakage
  • Painful bowel movements
  • Blood on your tissue after having a bowel movement

When it comes to treating this issue, there are many remedies and methods, but the best way to treat this issue is naturally.

Natural remedy for hemorrhoids

This great remedy is a mixture of virgin olive oil or organic coconut oil and garlic. The preparation of this natural remedy is very simple. First of all, you need to chop the garlic, then mix the chopped garlic with any oil from the 2 above mentioned. It is up to you whether you will use the coconut or olive oil.

Put the mixture in a glass jar and place it in the fridge. It is important the mixture to be cold. This can help soothe the pain and the symptoms. Apply the mixture on the hemorrhoids directly.

Other natural remedies for hemorrhoids

Apple cider vinegar

The apple cider vinegar is a miraculous solution which can treat many common issues, this also includes hemorrhoids. All you need to do is soak a cotton pad with apple cider vinegar.

Take the cotton pad and place it on your affected area. Leave it overnight and repeat this until you see some improvement. You can do this until you are free from hemorrhoids.

Witch hazel

Using of witch hazel has been proven to eliminate hemorrhoids, so if you have this problem you can try this natural remedy.

In a small bowl, boil 1-2 tablespoons witch hazel. Take a swab and dip it in the witch hazel solution. Apply the witch hazel directly on the hemorrhoids. This process should be done 3 times per day, and when it improves your condition, use it only 1 time per day.

Aloe vera

Aloe vera is a very powerful herb when it comes to healing and soothing external hemorrhoids.

Put Aloe Vera gel on the problematic place and massage it with cotton wool. Apply this gel 3 times per day and when you see positive results, continue with applying the gel only 1 time per day. This process will not cause any discomfort and it is effective.

Additional tips

  • Remember to stay hydrated
  • Consume fiber-rich foods
  • To treat it take cold showers or baths, also you can use cold compresses
  • Only wear cotton underawear
  • Be more active