Wednesday, October 15, 2014

11 Amazing Ways Eggs Can Improve Your Life

Not just tasty scrambled, eggs are a cheap alternative to beauty products, household cleaners and can even stop your cat sitting on the kitchen table.

Here are the uses for eggs you need to try out:

1. Shampoo
Washing your hair with eggs will make it super shiny and elastic, and is the best way to condition dry hair. Much cheaper than any other conditioning treatment, all you need to do is whisk up an egg yolk with a little honey, lemon juice and olive oil and smother your hair with it for 10 minutes or longer. When you rinse it out your hair with be beaut.

2. Glue
Egg whites are sticky as they dry and are ideal if you've got no glue in the house (because how many times have you needed glue and there's no glue in the house. It's not superglue mind, so stick to paper and card - ideal for a non-toxic glue for children's art projects.

3. Healthy plants
When you boil your eggs don't throw away the water. Let it cool down and water your plants with it. Eggshells are high in calcium, which plants love, and the added nutrients will keep them strong and healthy.

4. Compost
Eggshells decompose in compost and give it an added calcium boost. Wash them out first to avoid attracting animals and crush to speed up the composting process. This type of soil is perfect to grow squashes and tomatoes.

5. Snail and slug killer
Keep slugs and snails off your garden, steps and even indoors by scattering crushed egg shells that irritate their slimy feet.

6. Face masks
Nutrient-packed eggs aren't just healthy to eat, they're great for you on the outside too. To banish blemishes without drying out the skin, whisk up a couple of egg yolks and spread over your face for a few minutes. To tighten the skin and pores, reduce oiliness and get rid of blackheads you need the white. Apply in the same way.

7. Make coffee taste better
If your coffee's too bitter, try crushing an eggshell to powder and mix it into your cup of joe. It's an alkaline compound, while coffee is acidic so it will mellow out the flavor of cheap-o coffee.

8. Cake decorating
Eggs can be used to make edible paint that you can use to decorate cakes and biscuits. Mix one egg white with about a tablespoon of water and add your chosen food colourings. Then paint away!

9. Train your cat
Fed up of your cat walking all over the surfaces and falling asleep on the kitchen table ? Cats hate the feel of crushed eggshells on their soft paw pads so careful sprinkle will soon teach your kitty to avoid the areas you don't want her paws on.
10. They're really good for you
There's loads of things you can do with the shells but don't be throwing away the eggs themselves. They're a good source of protein as well as several of the B vitamins, vitamin A, calcium and zinc (and a few others) as well as choline, a nutrient many of us don't get enough of.

11. Shoe cleaner
Egg white is a good leather cleaner so it's perfect for shoes, boots, bags... and any other leather products. Rub it on with a damp cloth and wipe clean and it'll leave a lovely shine.

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Decaf or Regular: Coffee Is Good for Your Liver

Drinking decaffeinated coffee is just as helpful as drinking regular coffee is for maintaining a healthy liver, a new study finds.

Regardless of whether they drank decaf or regular, people in the study who drank large quantities of coffee on a daily basis had lower levels of abnormal liver enzymes, the researchers found. This suggests that a chemical in coffee other than caffeine may help the liver, the researchers said.

Other studies have found that drinking coffee is associated with lower risks of developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, cirrhosis and liver cancer.

"Prior research found that drinking coffee may have a possible protective effect on the liver," lead researcher Dr. Qian Xiao, of the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, said in a statement. "However, the evidence is not clear if that benefit may extend to decaffeinated coffee."

To answer the decaf question, Xiao and his colleagues used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which is a survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to assess the health of people living in the United States. In this survey, participants are not only interviewed, they also undergo physical examinations including blood tests.

The researchers looked at about 27,800 people age 20 or older who reported how much coffee they had consumed over the past 24 hours. The team also looked at their blood samples for several markers of liver health, including alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and gamma-glutamyl transaminase (GGT). Elevated levels of liver enzymes may be a sign of liver damage or inflammation.

The results showed that people who said they drank three or more cups of coffee a day had lower levels of all four of these enzymes, compared with people who did not drink any coffee. Surprisingly, it didn't matter whether a person drank regular or decaf coffee: the effect on liver enzyme levels was almost identical.

"Our findings link total and decaffeinated coffee intake to lower liver enzyme levels," Xiao said. Further studies are needed to identify what component of coffee is responsible for this effect, he said.

The study will be published in an upcoming issue of the journal Hepatology.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Meditation could help relieve migraines

Sufferers of migraines could find more than just solace but actual relief in meditation, says a new study.

“Stress is a well-known trigger for headaches, and research supports the general benefits of mind-body interventions for migraines,” says Rebecca Erwin Wells, MD, assistant professor of neurology at Wake Forest Baptist and lead author of the new small study. “But there hasn’t been much research to evaluate specific standardised meditation interventions.”

Those who meditated experienced fewer migraines with severity and duration reduced, says study. – AFP

The goal of the study was to examine the effects of a standardised meditation and yoga intervention on migraine sufferers called mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR).

The participant group of 19 was divided into a test group of 10, who received the intervention, and the remaining nine made up the control group who continued using standard medical care for migraines.

For a period of eight weeks, the test group reported for weekly training sessions and were instructed to practice 45 minutes on their own a minimum of five additional days each week.

Researchers evaluated participants using objective measures of how their migraines affected their health and quality of life before and after the trial and each subject logged migraine occurrence throughout the intervention.

The test group had made more progress toward overcoming migraines, having an average of 1.4 fewer migraines per month with reduced severity and duration.

“Secondary effects included headaches that were shorter in duration and less disabling, and participants had increases in mindfulness and self-efficacy – a sense of personal control over their migraines,” says Wells. “In addition, there were no adverse events and excellent adherence.”

Having concluded that MBSR intervention is safe and effective, further research with larger participant groups is being planned.

“For the approximate 36 million Americans who suffer from migraines, there is big need for non-pharmaceutical treatment strategies, and doctors and patients should know that MBSR is a safe intervention that could potentially decrease the impact of migraines,” Wells says.

The study was published in the journal Headache. – Relaxnews

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

How to protect yourself from the H7N9 bird flu

Picture : Illustration 

Health authorities worldwide are closely monitoring a deadly new strain of the avian influenza A virus called H7N9. Within a few months, this new avian flu strain has infected well over a hundred people, killing about a fifth of the victims. All but one of the cases occurred in China. How serious is the H7N9 bird flu?

“The avian influenza A (H7N9) is potentially deadly. Producing a vaccine to combat this new bird flu strain may however take several months. The good news is that bird flu does not spread easily from person to person,” says Dr Jenny Low, Senior Consultant at the Department of Infectious Disease, Singapore General Hospital (SGH).

To date, majority of those infected with H7N9 have contracted it from infected birds and poultry. For the H7N9 bird flu to start spreading from person to person, it has to undergo five mutations. Two mutations have been identified. While there is no immediate threat of human-to-human spread of H7N9, Dr Low cautions against complacency.

“This is the first time the H7N9 virus is in the human population so we have no immunity to it. Practise good personal hygiene and see a doctor immediately if you suffer from persistent flu symptoms such as a high fever, breathing difficulty and cough, especially after an overseas trip. H7N9 can quickly progress to potentially fatal respiratory illness,” adds Dr Low.

What is avian influenza A (H7N9)?

H7N9 is a type A influenza virus that affects birds and poultry and does not normally infect humans. This new avian flu strain is potentially deadly because this is the first time it has infected humans. So far, the transmission happens through direct contact with infected birds, poultry and their droppings.

Symptoms of bird flu

H7N9 bird flu symptoms are similar to those of normal flu. These include cough, high fever (38°C or higher) and shortness of breath. Worsening symptoms can lead to pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), septic shock, multiple organ failure and death.

Majority of H7N9 bird flu patients fell seriously ill and developed severe respiratory illnesses that required hospitalisation and intensive care.

Who are most at risk of getting H7N9 avian flu?

The following people are at greater risk of getting infected with the H7N9 avian flu:
Elderly people, age 65 and over
Young children below 5 years old
Pregnant women
People with medical conditions such as asthma, heart disease and chronic lung disease
Poultry farm workers
Those who eat raw eggs and undercooked poultry meat

6 tips to prevent H7N9 flu

Travellers to parts of China affected by the H7N9 avian flu should heed the following cautionary tips:
Do not touch birds and poultry
Eat only thoroughly cooked poultry and eggs
Observe good personal hygiene such as washing your hands with soap and water before preparing food and after visiting the toilet, and do not touch your eyes, face or mouth with your hands
Avoid crowded places and contact with people who have fever and flu
Avoid visits to poultry farms and live bird or poultry wet markets
See a doctor immediately if you feel sick upon returning from overseas, particularly China.

As scientists rush to develop a new vaccine for the avian influenza A (H7N9), infected patients are treated with normal influenza anti-viral drugs, such as Tamiflu and Relenza.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Benefits of Coconut Oil for Skin

The obsession that women hold for beauty has led the influx of different skin care products in the market. Many women believe that these products will make them look young and beautiful, even as they age. But, instead of opting for these chemical based beauty products, have you thought about going for something more natural and beneficial? You already know about how good coconut oil is for your hair, but did you know that it is equally useful for your skin as well. Take a look at how coconut oil works wonders for your skin.

Moisturising and anti-ageing effects
Coconut oil is a great remedy to get healthy skin. Apply some coconut oil on your skin after bathing and your skin will glow with natural nourishment. Coconut oil provides natural anti-oxidants to the skin and keeps it hydrated. Coconut oil is also helpful in strengthening the tissues beneath the skin. Coconut oil has a unique kind of fatty acid, called medium-chain fatty acid, which helps to strengthen connective tissues and also helps with exfoliation. It also helps in removing or softening wrinkles and age spots.

Medicinal benefits
Coconut oil has some great medicinal properties. Whether you have a bruise that needs taking care of or have cut yourself, coconut oil can help in taking care of all these problems. Coconut oil is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory, thus giving it some amazing healing qualities. It can take care of your bruises, bug bites, burns, allergies and many more skin problems. Most skin related diseases can be cured using coconut oil like athlete’s foot, jock itch, ringworm, rashes etc. It also causes a reduction in eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis.

Aid for beauty problems 
Coconut can help in taking care of your skin and beauty problems as well. It can be used to reduce and prevent acne. Coconut oil can also help in preventing or softening stretch marks, as well as reducing under eye puffiness and wrinkles. Coconut oil is a good makeup remover, as well as a very naturally beneficial lip balm.

Adds a protective layer
Here is yet another amazing benefit of coconut oil for your skin. Coconut oil adds a protective layer to your skin. The unique fatty acids present in it, along with being an anti-oxidant, create a protective layer that acts as a barrier against germs and parasites. Not only this, it also provides an effective protective layer against the harmful effects of sun, so it can be used as a sunscreen as well. Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer for your skin that can also help in treatment of sunburns.

With such unique and good benefits that coconut oil offers, while being absolutely natural and easily available, you can do away with those chemical-based skin-care products to aid your beauty quotient. So, use coconut oil daily to add a natural glow to your and keep away the signs of ageing.

Alcohol more harmful than heroin


Here’s a sobering thought – a study published in The Lancet says that alcohol is more harmful than heroin and three times more harmful than cocaine or tobacco combined especially when considering its overall dangers to the individual and society at large.
Co-authored by Professor David Nutt, a former government chief drugs adviser in the UK, the report says this is so because alcohol is so widely used and that people who crave it are willing to go to extraordinary lengths to get their hands on it.
To those of us who practice moderation, the harm alcohol wreaks on our system is most likely minimal. But for the many who go on drinking binges regularly, alcohol can turn potentially deadly and yes, be even more harmful than hardcore drugs.


When alcohol saturates your brain, your judgment, inhibitions and self-control slip followed by slurring, impaired hearing and blurring of sight. This is because the first spot alcohol interferes with is the brain’s cerebral cortex, where thought-processes and consciousness are centered. If you continue drinking, the cerebellum that controls your movements and balance goes bust. Now you’re swooning and hanging on to chairs and walls for balance. At this point, you know your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is sky high.
A scarier thought is that many drinkers in this condition then stumble their way into the driver’s seat for the journey home. In 2010, Malaysian police arrested some 536 drivers for driving while intoxicated, the bulk of which (not surprisingly) were from Kuala Lumpur.
If you are going to drink, down a glass of water with every alcoholic drink you have. Or dilute your drink with ice or soda. And NEVER drive home yourself.


90% of the alcohol you consume is broken down in your liver by a naturally occurring enzyme called acetaldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH). Those deficient in ALDH tend to experience extreme flushing and suffer from really bad hangovers. If you drink excessively on a regular basis, your liver will suffer from oxidative stress, which is damage to its cells as it works overtime to break down alcohol.
This kind of continued damage can lead to inflammation and scarring. You only have one liver – better treat it right.


Even a little alcohol has the ability to make your stomach produce more acid than it actually needs. The presence of this acid sitting around in your gut causes gastritis. If you drink more than your body can handle, get ready for tummy pains, vomiting, diarrhea and if you persist, bleeding.
Not surprisingly, excessive alcohol consumption over the long term can increase your chances of cancer of the stomach, pancreas and colon. If you suffer from acid reflux, drinking alcohol only increases the incidence of that stinging acid shooting up your oesophagus.


One of the quickest ways of putting on weight is going on a liquid diet of booze. A glass of wine has the same number of calories as a slice of cake. A pint of beer? The same as a slice of pizza! And think drinking wine is an exception? Think again. The average wine drinker consumes 2,000 extra calories every month.
Calories from alcohol are generally considered empty calories as it carries no nutritional value and has the potential to do more harm than good to your internal organs. Alcohol also stimulates the production of oestrogen in your bloodstream, which in turn promotes fat storage around your waistline and stomach. It also decreases muscle growth. Want to banish the belly? Ditch the booze.

Alcohol ages you. Drinking alcohol dehydrates your skin, your body’s largest organ. It also deprives your skin of the vital hydration, vitamins and nutrients it needs to regenerate cells. For instance, alcohol destroys Vitamin A that is needed for healthy skin and cell turnover as well as Vitamin B6, which assist the body in storing and using energy. Vitamin C, a potent antioxidant, is also killed off.
If you drink like there’s no tomorrow, you will experience an increase in fine lines and wrinkles, hair and nails that become weak and dry as well as thinning lips. With the thinning ozone layer, UV rays that destroy our cellular health and the toll daily stress has on our skin, do we really need alcohol to do its part in the process of ageing too?
So the next time you bring that alcoholic drink to your lips, consider this – you’re no better than a drug addict or chain smoker.

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Top 10 Reasons Why Good Employees Quit

By Shel Myeroff

According to the US Department of Labor and Statistics, turnover can cost an organization 33% of an employee’s total compensation including both salary and benefits. But the impact is not only financial it also affects employee morale. Therefore, it would be prudent for hiring managers to focus on reducing turnover rates but in order to do that they must first understand the reasons why employees quit.

There have been many studies and articles written on why good employees leave their current positions. As a veteran search consultant, I have heard an infinite number of reasons first hand. Over the years, I have identified and compiled a list of what I feel are the “Top Ten” reasons why good employees quit:

1) The job was not as expected. All too often the job changes from the original description and what was promised during the interviewing stages. It becomes painfully clear to the new hire that their new company played the bait and switch game which ultimately leads to mistrust. The new hire is now thinking, “What else are they lying about?”

2) Work/Life imbalance. There are times when management demands that one person do the jobs of two or more people. This is especially true when a company downsizes or restructures resulting in longer hours and possible weekend work. Employees are often forced to choose between a personal life and a career.

3) Mismatch between job and new hire. No matter how much you love the candidate, don’t hire them unless they are truly qualified for the job and they mesh with your company culture. Too many times, I’ve seen hiring managers try to fit a square peg into a round hole especially when it comes to a sales position.

4) Management freezes raises and promotions. Money isn’t usually the first reason why people leave an organization but it does rank especially when an employee can find a job earning 20-25% more somewhere else. Make sure your wages are competitive and your benefits package is attractive. Resources like www.salary.comcan provide accurate and appropriate information.

5) Feeling undervalued. It’s human nature to want to be recognized and praised for a job well done. And in business, recognizing employees is not simply a nice thing to do but an effective way to communicate your appreciation for their efforts and successes while also reinforcing those actions and behaviors that make a difference in your organization.

6) Lack of decision-making power. Too many managers micromanage down to the finest detail. Empower your employees and allow them the freedom make suggestions and decisions. I realize that Empowerment is a ‘catch-all’ term for many ideas on employee authority and responsibility; but as a broad definition it means giving employees latitude to do their jobs and placing trust in them.

7) Too little coaching & feedback. Many managers have no clue on how to help employees improve their performance. In addition, many managers put off giving feedback to employees even though they instinctively know that giving and getting honest feedback is essential for growth and in building successful teams and organizations. Your role as a manager is to help your people find the right behavior, not just tell them what to do.

8) Management lacks people skills. Remember that many managers were promoted because they did their first job well, but that doesn’t mean they know how to lead others. People skills can be learned and developed but it really helps if a manager has the natural ability to get along with people and motivate them.

9) Too few growth opportunities. One of the most common reasons employees express for leaving their jobs is lack of challenge and potential for career growth. The most successful employers find ways to help employees develop new skills and responsibilities in their current positions.

10) Loss of faith and confidence in corporate leaders. With employees being asked to do more and more, they see less evidence that they will share in the fruits of their successes. More often than not, when revenues and profits are up, employers are still thinking competitive wages but employees are thinking bonuses, stock options and creative development opportunities.