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Monday, August 17, 2015

Why Where How does Aloe Vera Work?

Aloe Vera works by providing a rich cocktail of nutritional elements whose combined action and balance produce a more powerful effect together than would be expected from the addition of the individual components. This is because they work as a team, enhancing each other's effect - known as synergism. It also has adaptogenic properties which means that different individuals take from it what they need, therefore the benefits vary from person to person.

Aloe Vera works because of its nutritional qualities and antioxidant properties, helps firstly to prevent injury to epithelial tissues, and when they are damaged, it promotes healing.

Antioxidants fight the destructive 'free radicals', the unstable compounds produced by our metabolism and found in environmental pollutants. They are thought to cause various ailments including some cancers as well as contributing towards the ageing process.

An epithelium is an anatomical term defined as follows
"An epithelium is a layer of cells that covers the body or lines a cavity that connects with it".

Our largest epithelium is our skin but also included are the lining of the gut, the bronchial tubes and genital tract. No wonder that aloe works just as well on damaged skin as it does, say, on an inflamed bowel or in asthma.

Its natural anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial action combined within is nutritional constituents promote cell growth and therefore healing. However, it is not only helpful for people with problems; most people taking it report a greater sense of we;; being - they just feel 'better' or they report feeling calmer and less anxious.

I believe this last comment is due to aloe's effect on their immune system which you may say becomes balanced or fine-tuned and therefore more efficient at defending the body from attack.

(The Facts by Dr. Peter Atherton)

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Which type of Aloe Vera?

There is no  real evidence to suggest that whole leaf of aloe, which includes the rind but is filtered and usually concentrated,mis any more effective thatn just the inner leaf gel and sap alone.
However, what is the most important is the quality and quantity of aloe in the product being sold.
Unfortunately, many products on the market labelled as ' Aloe Vera juice' may contain a small amount of proportion of the actual inner leaf gel. If in doubt, look for the Seal of Approval of the International Science Council. This is an independent American regulatory body which monitors the quantity and quality of aloe in the products. If their Seal of Approval actually appears on the container (not simply a claim), it is bonafide.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

What is inside an Aloe Vera Leaf?

Aloe Vera gel contains over 75 known ingredients which can be divided into the following groups:

 Vitamins It contains a wide range, but the most important ones are the antioxidant vitamins C and E and Beta-Carotene, the precursor of Vitamin A. It is also one of the few plant sources in the world of Vitamin B12 - so very useful to vegetarians and vegans.

Minerals These include magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper, chromium, sodium, potassium and the important antioxidant selenium.

Amino Acids The human body requires 22 amino acids, the building blocks of proteins and Aloe Vera gel provides 20 of them. More importantly, it provides seven of the eight essential amino acids that cannot be manufactured by the body and which therefore have to be consumed as food.

Sugars These include the important mucopolysaccharides which act on the immune system as well as helping to detoxify the body.

Enzymes Lipases and proteases which break down food and aid digestion.

Fatty Acids The three main types of act as powerful anti-inflammatory agents.

Lignin This woody substance bestows on Aloe Vera its penetrative ability to reach deep into the skin.

Saponins These are soapy substances that exert a powerful anti-microbial effect against bacteria, viruses, fungi and yeasts such as candida or 'thrush'.

Anthraquinones The most important ones being aloin and emodin, but altogether they are strong painkillers, and are acknowledged to possess antibacterial and virucidal activity. In their pure form, they are very powerful laxatives.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera, often called Miracle Plant, the Natural Healer, the Burn Plant, goes by many names which have survived the 4000 or so years during which this amazing medicinal herb has benefited mankind. George Ebers in 1862 first discovered its antiquity in an ancient Egyptian papyrus, dated 3500 BC, which was in fact a collection of herbal remedies. Other researchers have since found it was used by both the ancient Chinese and Indian cultures. Greek and Roman physicians such as Dioscorides and Pliny the Elder used it to great effect and legend suggests that Aristotle persuaded Alexander the Great to capture the island of Socotra in the Indian Ocean to get its rich supply of aloe to heal his wounded soldiers. The Egyptian queens Nefertiti and Cleopatra rated it highly as a beauty therapy, for in those days, health and beauty were linked far more that they ever are today. Although there are over 200 species of aloe, there are probably only three or four with medicinal properties. Of these, Aloe Barbadensis (Miller), which is also known as Aloe Vera (Linne), is the most potent. Aloe Vera Barbadensis is a succulent, looking rather like a cactus but it is in fact a member of the lily family related to the onions, garlic and asparagus. It reaches maturity in four years when the content of its leaves, a mixture of inner gel and outer sap can be harvested, preserved and bottled to produce a product that is as near to the natural plant juice as we can get. To benefit from Aloe Vera, the gel can be taken internally for its nutritional effect or it can be combined with other ingredients to produce topical creams and lotions to nourish and improve the quality of the skin.

 (Derived from Dr. Peter Atherton Facts)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Stress

How can we avoid stress? It's unavoidable no matter what we because life is not perfect to feel good and happy everyday. I've done research about the causes of stress and the ways on how to get rid of it. It's easy to say no no to stress but when it's there, there's nothing you can do when you felt it. I think stress is part of our life. Stress from surroundings. Stress from the concern of our living. Stress from raising kids and stress by personal problems. Stress because we think we're stress. What can we do? We all do feel stress once in a while. So make the most of the day that you're not stress.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Asthma again...?

I'm glad because my youngest child didn't get sick for two months now. He's growing fast and strong. In other word, very healthy. No more asthma attacked. Unfortunately, two days ago he started coughing and sneezing. And now I think it's asthma once again. Oh I really hate to see him having hard time coughing and breathing. I hate to think of all that triggers his asthma. Hot summer, rabbit fur, and eating too much sweets? We go swimming one time a week. My second child also is not so well. I noticed that he has low energy this past few days after he had fever. He is under cough medication. It's an agony to see your family sick. I'm very upset to think that this rabbit that we had temporarily causes everything. I'm just hoping my friend will be well and pick her rabbit soon. We're really not used with furry pets because of my family allergies. My family's health is at risk the more this bunny stays long with us. He's adorable rabbit, we love to have him because the kids are happy. But we can't sacrifice their health just to have furry friends.
Oh God, how can I tell my friend that I need her rabbit out in my home now. I'm so agitated.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Sun Safety

Whiplash!

It's super hot summer and we really love swimming. We all know sun exposure adds year to your appearance that's why I'm always bit worried. Good thing there are some good information in the magazines on how to slow down the ageing process before it's too late.
Australia grown up in a culture that worship the sun, and their skin has paid the price. It's hard to place the exact figure on the percentage of wrinkling caused by sun damage, but it would certainly be significant. Checking the daily UV index.
This gives an indication of the risk of [UV radiation], whatever the temperature or visible sunlight. If the index is three or above, it's vital to wear sunscreen. many of us think we only need to wear sunscreen in the summer, but in Sydney where the UV index can rate three or above for nine months of the year really need to wear sunscreen.


Say no to solariums - With their potential to deliver up to five minutes more UV radiation that the midday summer sun, avoiding solariums altogether will limit your risk of skin cancer and prevent premature ageing. Solariums are just not worth the risks. The danger they pose in terms of skin cancer cannot be ignored, but if you need further persuasion, think of the risks they pose in terms of photo damage to your skin caused by UV light and it ages you. Think fine wrinkling. brown patches, roughness and sallowness of the skin.

Become a shady lady
"Sunglasses are more than just a fashion accessory, they are vital when it comes to protecting your eyes and the delicate skin around the eye socket from UV exposure. Make sure your sunglasses meet with the Australian Standard and are also marked Aye Protection Factor (EPF) 10. A close-fitting pair of sunnies will help protect against crows-feet and delay the ageing process. You only have to look at smooth-skinned European or Asian women, who haven't been as exposed to the same harsh sunlight Australia have, to see that many Australian women simply look older.

Apply sunscreen regularly- I started to make a habit of using sunscreen daily even if I'm not as sensitive as Australian women. I'm happy being Asian having more melanin. But since living here, I have to perform what women here usually does. We never know when skin cancer hit so it's better to get precautions. I either use a moisturiser containing at least an SPF 15. I then put my make-p on or I simply moisturise with sunscreen. The trend is the US last 2008 was the addition of antioxidants to sunscreen to help minimise the ageing effects of sun damage. Sunscreen will increasingly become more like beauty products, which may help them appear more attractive to users according to a dermatologist.

Don't miss a spot!
Sun damage is common on the backs of the hands and the decolletage, as most people forget to apply sunscreen to these areas. You only have to look at the skin under the chin, on the insides of your arms or your inner thighs to see what your shaded, undamaged skin should look like. Ideally, all Australians should make the application of sunscreen to every exposed area a daily habit. The backs of the hands are particularly vulnerable to sun damage because we rarely remember to apply sunscreen here, they're constantly exposed to sunlight and the skin is delicate and thin. Apply SPF 30+ to your hands, neck, chest and the soles of your feet if you are at the beach or by the pool and they're exposed to sunlight.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Let's Get Healthy

I thought I had to abandoned this blog for life but I changed my mind. I will continue to maintain this blog using the original url. As you may all know this blog is the joycd80.info blog but I moved the domain to my own hosting server together with all the contents.
I have to start from the scratch and this will serve as my first post. I will still continue to talk about health. Giving tips and information from my researches and own experienced. Some personal posts with regards of our health. Just like what I've started before.
So I humbly end this initial post of mine by saying stay health and drink plenty of water this summer. Don't forget your sunscreen before you go out on a hot day.