Friday, March 15, 2013

Hydroquinone Alternatives

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As I mentioned before, hydroquinone is really effective but also dangerous to your body. Scientists is continuing their research for skin whitening products. According to current research, there are some substances can be used as safer alternatives to hydroquinone, even tough they are not as effective.

  1. Alpha Arbutin: This kind of substances is the most effective substitute to hydroquinone nowadays. It's biosynthetic and water soluble. There are no known dangerous effect of alpha arbutin. It works by inhibit the melanin growth in human skin, so it's effective to lighten dark spots or patches in human skin.
  2. Azelaic Acid: Azelaic acid found on wheat, rye, and barley. Besides the skin lightening effect, azelaic acid also helps reduce acnes and some other kind of skin inflammation. This substances best for acne prone skin, because it reduce skin redness caused by inflammation. But azelaic acid is not really effective for dark spots.
  3. Kojic Acid: Kojic Acid is extracted from Aspergillus, Acetobacter, and Penicillium. There are no reports of carcinogenic effect of Kojic Acid, but some experience iritation. This substance suitable for lightening dark spots. 
  4. Malic Acid: Malic Acid is generated during fruit metabolism and occurs naturally in all fruits and many vegetables. Malic acid is best for skin redness and improving skin conditions.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Natural Food Preservatives

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In the modern days, when everything mobile, instant foods become efficient choices since peoples no longer have times to cooks from the very beginning, and also doesn't have times to shop groceries every morning or plant them in the backyard. But instant foods never leaves the synthetic preservatives behind. They're going together most of the times, and leave their effects to our body. The effects are mostly negative, such as cancer. Scientist actually suggests that if a substance can kills bacteria, it's also can kills you.
Preservative extends the shelf life of both raw and cooked food for a longer period compared to their natural shelf life. Most of food industries use synthetic material such as Natrium Benzoat. But some of them are evil and use the cheap formaldehyde that actually is used to preserve dead bodies.
There are actually some substances that can preserve foods without damaging our body. Natural food preservatives are natural substances that can create a hostile environment for microorganism. Therefore, the foods will be fresh for longer times. The following is a list of natural food preservatives:

  1. Salt: Salt dehydrates microbes through the process of known as osmosis. Thus, the microbes cannot lives. Salted meats sometimes can last for many years. The use of salt may not suitable for people who don't like salty foods or not allowed to eat salt for certain reason.
  2. Sugar: Sugar can preserve foods using the osmosis strategy as salt do. It mostly used to preserve fruits.
  3. Vinegar: Vinegar is acidic, and can inhibit the growth of bacteria. There are many kinds of homemade vinegar in your local grocery stores. 
  4. Antioxidant: Antioxidant is a kind of substances that can counter the effects of oxidation. Vitamin E and citric acid are the common antioxidant to preserve. Rosemary extract is also included on this list.
Apparently natural preservatives list above can change the taste of the foods. This makes people prefer to use synthetic preservatives. But actually there is a way to preserve foods in a natural way without changing the taste, such as ultra high temperature cooking.
Friday, March 1, 2013

Balanced Diet

Balanced diet means getting the right amount and composition of foods and beverages according to your condition. Different people might need different amount and composition of foods. For a standard, a healthy adult usually need 2000 calorie per day. If you work harder than average person, you need more calorie.
Basically, our need of food can be represented as the following pyramid:

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According to the pyramid, foods are divided into four major groups:

Monday, February 25, 2013

Natural Food Coloring

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Do you know? that even the most safe synthetic food coloring is not safe!! Synthetic food coloring can never be made without carcinogenic substances. One or two drops might not be dangerous, but one or two drops every week for like 15 years can lead to cancer risk. They say, "your are what you eat". And they are right!! You eat carcinogenic things, you become cancer. I mean, your cells become cancer.
Nature actually give everything we need. It even provide us natural color pigments which are safe for foods. Look around!! Nature is colorful!!
Well, let's see how we can make natural food colorings.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

How To Prevent Diabetes

Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is first world health care problem. Why? Simply because they eat too much   foods, especially the sweets desserts. People who have diabetes. have high sugar (glucose level) on their blood. It's because the inadequate of insulin, or the body does not respond properly to insulin, or both. Fat peoples are more exposed to diabetes. Severe diabetes triggers other disease, mostly called complication.
Patients with diabetes often experience more frequent urination and sudden weight loss. They will also become increasingly hungry or thirsty. Detailed symptoms can be viewed on the following image (taken from wikipedia):



Friday, February 22, 2013

Natural Oily Skin Care

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Oily skin is like one of the big problems for both men and women. It makes us feel dirty, greasy, and uncomfortable. Some people really lose their confidence because of oily skin.
Using over-the-counter medications usually work, but believe me, those cosmetics are just have temporary effects on your skin. Their company income will stop if no oily skin. So, natural skin care is way more effective and safe to use.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Gold is Not Healthy for Men

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According to Islam, men are prohibited from wearing gold in any form, while women are not. Muslims are familiar with this prohibition. But actually there are some science facts that prove this prohibition is reasonable. Aside from all wisdom about men not allowed to wear golds, some physicist found out that gold atom can actually migrate to the inside of our body, mixing with our blood. This migrations tends to give a high level of metal to men's blood. This high level of metal in blood stream can leads to alzheimer later on the man's life.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Hirsutism - When women grow hair like men do

Hirsutism


Few decades ago, bearded lady was a subject to be applaud of on the circus. But nowadays, medical experts are more concerned about the danger of hirsutism.

Hirsutism or excess hair growth on women may indicate serious health problem. It's sometimes accompanied by acne and greasy skin. Women who have excess androgen or free testosterone level  may suffer hirsutism. Excess androgen combined with diabetes and obesity may lead to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) which is the main cause of infertility. Therefore, the treatment have to be not only cosmetical, hormonal as well. Estrogen and progesterone combination often work best, as long as the patient reduce their body weight through exercise and lower the sugar level.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Top 10 Causes of Death

Disease can lead to death. Even as simple as influenza can lead you to severe respiratory disease that can kill you. These are the top ten causes of death reviewed by World's Health Organization (WHO). (Click the table to enlarge)


Cervical Cancer Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

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Cervical cancer is becoming more common nowadays. It has become one of the main cause of death recently. Cervical cancer is an abnormal growth and or behavior of cervix cells.