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Jul 28
2011

Home remedies for a fever

Posted by snide707 in what is fever , treatment , Tea , symptoms of fever , scarlette

snide707

If you or the kids are burning up, you don't need to rush to a doc at 100 miles per hour. A fever is a completely normal bodily reaction that can actually sort itself out with just a little precaution. Here's a list of things you can do and remedies you can try  at home to clam a fever down.

Jun 21
2011

Bananas Prevent HIV!!!

Posted by AlannaRose in hiv virus , hiv prevention , hiv infection , health 2011 , fruit , 

AlannaRose

Sure bananas are a healthy snack that also tastes good; they are monkey’s favorite food after all.  But did you know bananas are useful in preventing the deadly HIV infection?

Researchers found a chemical in bananas that are better at preventing HIV infection than two current anti-HIV synthetic drugs on the market now.  Researchers say that the chemical found in found in bananas that are effective in preventing the HIV infection, acting as two synthetic anti-HIV drugs.  This could lead to a cheap new component for useful microbicides which prevents sexual transmission of HIV.

The chemical found in bananas is called BanLec, a type of lectin, which are the sugar-binding proteins that are found in a variety of plants.  Lectins have the abiity to stop the chain reaction that leads to certain viral infections such as HIV.  The specific chemical BanLec works by naturally binding to the sugar-rich covering that takes over the HIV virus, which in turn blocks entry of the virus into the body.  

Even though there are some HIV drugs out there that mask the symptoms and give us temporary relief, the problem is the virus can mutate and then become resistant to the drugs, but the chemical lectin make that much harder to do. "Lectins can bind to the sugars found on different spots of the HIV-1 envelope, and presumably it will take multiple mutations for the virus to get around them." Says author Michael D. Swanson.

Researchers have found that even the smallest accomplishment of developing BanLec into a vaginal or anal microbicide is able to save millions of lives.   This could prevent up to 2.5 million HIV infections in three years!  Also, the drug made to prevent HIV would be much more convenient than the drugs that are on the market already, and be cheaper to produce.

Unfortunately HIV is a terrible infection that affects millions of Americans every year.  Sure the medication out there helps these patients, but the findings of the chemical found in bananas could do wonders for the medical world.  Americans use condoms to prevent the transmission of HIV and are educated, but in other countries women aren’t so fortunate and don’t have control over their sex encounters.  The miracle found in an everyday fruit can help save many lives, while being a cheap, long-lasting, self-applied ointment. 

 

 

Jan 24
2011

Ten foods of 2011 that will give you more energy

Posted by jfrancis in Yogurt , vitamins , Sugar , nutrients , more energy 2011 , lifestyle , healthy

jfrancis

Our world today is a world filled with constant movement. There is no such thing as slowing down, only speeding up and those who can't keep up with this pace are at a high risk of being left behind. So how do we keep up with this fast pace world? For those who are not designed like the energizer bunny, many of us turn to coffee and other energy drinks and foods riddled with high doses of caffeine, sugar, and other unknown substances. But did you know there are other, healthier alternatives to these quick energy boosters that are not only good for your body but will also give you more energy over longer periods of time without the risk of a sugar crash side effect? It's true, Mother Nature has provided us with an abundance of resources that can help us keep up with this fast pace world and still feel good.

Here is a list of ten foods that will give you more energy:whole grains

Whole grains

Jan 17
2011

5 Low Fat Dessert Recipes ~ Don't say bye-bye to desserts when keeping your weight~

Posted by Cathy in weight loss 2011 , Weight , salad , recipes , Nutrition , low fat

Cathy

Do you like desserts but afraid to eat them? Do you try to lose your weight? Do you want to keep your weight and have these delicious desserts as well? This is the recipes for all of you who loves desserts and want to keep their weight.

1. Angel Lush (160 Calories per serving)

Jun 30
2010

10 Sure-Fire Tips for Whitening your Teeth

Posted by bberte in whiter teeth , whitening , white teeth , Teeth , home remedies , fruit

bberte

Let's face it:  We all want white teeth.  In a society where our smiles matter almost as much as our intelligence, stained, yellow teeth just don't cut it!  However, not all of us can afford expensive laser treatments at the dentist.  Here are some tips for whitening your teeth at home.

  1. Aloe Vera
    It has been proven that the sap from an aloe vera plant has many healing qualities.  From sunburn to insect bites, aloe vera has been used to treat many ailments over the years.  For whiter teeth, squirt a little sap from the aloe vera plant onto your tooth brush and brush away!  Some people see results immediately.
  2. Olive Oil
    Place extra virgin olive oil onto an eye-makeup remover pad.  Then rub teeth for about five to ten minutes.  The longer you rub,t he whiter your teeth will get.  Repeat regularly to achieve your brightest smile possible!
  3. Olive Oil + Apple Cider
    Perform all the steps from #2, but this time follow by rinsing with diluted apple cider.  The acidity of the cider has been known to whiten teeth substantially.
  4. Strawberry + Baking Soda
    Did you know that strawberries have a natural whitening ingredient?  For this home remedy, crush a strawberry into a pulp, then mix with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda.  Using a soft toothbrush, apply the mixture onto your teeth.  Leave this on for about five minutes, then brush thoroughly!
  5. Baking Soda + Glycerin
    For those of you who don't trust the whitening power of strawberries, you can try combining baking soda and glycerin.  Top this off with a little salt, and then use it as a toothpaste after meals.  In just a week you will notice a huge improvement!
  6. Hydrogen Peroxide
    When used alone, hydrogen peroxide has the potential to be dangerous.  However, if mixed with equal parts water, hydrogen peroxide has extreme whitening power.  Rinse in your mouth for 30 - 60 seconds, and then spit out.  Done daily, this procedure can definitely whiten teeth.
  7. Lemon Juice
    Rinsing with lemon juice (as if it is a mouth wash) and then brushing your teeth normally after will immediately whiten teeth.  However, too much lemon juice can damage your teeth because of its high levels of acidity.  Also, try topping off your toothpaste with a little salt for that extra tingly feeling!
  8. Coconut Oil
    For a more gradual whitening process, you can try rinsing daily for five minutes with coconut oil.  This will take a few weeks, but it works wonders!
  9. Orange Peel
    Oranges, because of their whitening properties, have been known to whiten teeth tremendously.  For a more direct whitening experience, try rubbing the inside of an orange peel directly onto the teeth.  Your teeth will be whiter very soon!
  10. If All Else Fails...
    If none of these home remedies do the trick for you, it's time for a trip to the dentist!  There are many procedures that can be done, some at a reasonable price, to whiten your teeth drastically.

Now that you are armed with this information, put it to good use!  Turn those ugly, yellowing teeth into pearly whites!