A New Feel With The Obagi Blue Peel Radiance

A brand new offering in the well-known Obagi range of medical products, the Blue Peel Radiance has a special blend of acids that give your skin a very effective chemical peel that is gentle and salicylic acid-based. Salicylic acid-based peels are often used for patients who have suffered from different kinds of skin concerns like … Continue reading “A New Feel With The Obagi Blue Peel Radiance”

A brand new offering in the well-known Obagi range of medical products, the Blue Peel Radiance has a special blend of acids that give your skin a very effective chemical peel that is gentle and salicylic acid-based. Salicylic acid-based peels are often used for patients who have suffered from different kinds of skin concerns like acne scarring, photo damage or melisma. This product exfoliates the damaged skin cells and give you a smoother and brighter texture. Even after a single treatment, you will find that your skin looks brighter and feels younger. The Blue Peel Radiance is effective on all kinds of skin types and will even benefit patients who have a 4 to 6 skin type with pigmentation.

The Pre-treatment and Consultation Process

If you are considering this treatment, it is advisable to use the pre-treatment kit beforehand to get the best results. This kit consists of a few home products that should be used for a short period of time before you actually go in for the treatment. For a lighter skin type, this kit usually needs to be used for 2 to 4 weeks and for a darker skin type, it may have to be used for up to 6 weeks.

When you go in for your first consultation to a skin specialist, a professional will analyze your skin and take down a detailed medical history. Your general health will be reviewed and you may be asked a number of questions regarding any medical conditions or allergies, especially if they affect the skin. A patch test also may be carried out to see if your skin will be suitable for treatment. Once the practitioner has determined that you can undergo this treatment, a home care program will be carefully formulated based on your individual skin type and needs.

The Procedure for Blue Peel Radiance Treatment

During the treatment, you will be scheduled for 4 to 6 different treatments. Each appointment is usually scheduled about 2 to 4 weeks apart from each other and you will probably have to undergo this process about twice a year. There is no downtime to the treatment so as soon as it is done, you can get back to your usual routine. Most patients will feel the results right from the first appointment. If you do not find that you are getting the results that you desire, you could try switching to a stronger peel treatment.

4 Reasons That May Be Causing Your Gut Bloating

There are some fundamental reasons why so many people suffer with the uncomfortable condition of bloating. Here I outline four of the top contenders.

1. A diet high in carbohydrates and sugars that is feeding pathogenic organisms in your gut

Unbeneficial bacteria and yeast in your gut, who love to feed of carbohydrates and sugars, may well be causing you to feel bloated. If your diet includes the consumption of excessive amounts of carbohydrates and sugars in the form of junk foods, baked goods, chocolate, sweets, dried fruits, fruits high in sugar, alcohol, potatoes, rice, bread, etc, the unbeneficial bacteria in your gut are having a party at your expense. As they will be producing gas when they digest these carbohydrates, which in turn will cause you to experience bloating.

2. Eating too late in the evening

Your gastrointestinal (GI) tract slows down in the evening and the night, resulting in slower excretion of digestive products and gut motility (the stretching and contracting of the muscles in the GI tract, which enables your food to move along the digestive tract to be absorbed). By eating too much and too late in the evening, you prolong the exposure of digestive nutrients to the bacteria in your intestines, allowing unbeneficial bacteria to feed and grow off these nutrients, and as previously mentioned, the digestion of carbohydrates by these bacteria produce gas resulting in you feeling bloated.

3. Chronic stress and low levels of gastric acid, bile, and digestive enzymes

In the upper section of your gut, the combination of gastric acid, bile, and digestive enzymes create a harsh environment for pathogenic organisms to survive in. However, should your levels of these secretions decrease, due to constant chronic stress for example, pathogenic organisms will begin to inhabit the upper section of your gut, which can then lead to a condition called SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) resulting in bloating and other symptoms such as acid reflux, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, etc.

4. Lactose intolerance

If you cannot digest lactose (the sugar found in milk) this could be causing you to feel bloated. Reason being is that if you lack the intestinal enzymes to break down milk sugar (this is the condition known as lactose intolerance), the milk sugar will then proceed on to your colon, at which point it will be broken down by your bacterial enzymes into gases, leading to bloating being felt. Actually, no human can successfully digest milk products. The milk from a cow, the proteins, sugars, and hormones that it contains, are meant to do one thing, provide sufficient nutrients to raise a calf, not humans.

The Health of the Immune and Lymphatic System

Inside the body, the immune system is made up of an ‘army’ of special cells. These defenders each have different functions and are located in different areas of the body. For instance, some do their work in the bloodstream, tonsils, appendix and spleen, while others work in the gut and lymph nodes.

For the purposes of this article, we are going to look at the specific role of the lymphatic system in supporting immunity.

What is the lymphatic system?

The lymphatic system is made up of:

Lymphocytes: These are a form of small white blood cell that determine the type of immune response to infectious microorganisms and other foreign substances that enter the body.

Lymph: This is a clear fluid, which bathes the tissues and carries immune cells (such as B and T lymphocytes). The lymphatic system collects excess fluids, nutrients, gases, ions, hormones, enzymes and plasma proteins from surrounding tissues and returns them to the blood circulation, once pathogens, toxins and waste matter have been filtered out.

Lymph vessels: Fluids move out of our blood capillaries into tissue spaces, and then into lymph capillaries. These then join to form larger lymph vessels. The lymph vessels carry lymph.

Lymph nodes: Located along the lymph vessels, these are small glands interspersed along lymphatic vessels. They act as collection sites and cleaning filters, which form part of an immune system response against infection. Lymph must pass through them, before entering the blood.

Tonsils: Tonsils are the two lymph nodes located on each side of the back of your throat. They function as a defence mechanism, helping to prevent infection from entering the rest of your body.

The thymus gland: Located behind the sternum and between the lungs, this gland is only active until puberty. After puberty, the thymus starts to shrink and is gradually replaced by fat. Thymosin is the hormone of the thymus, and it stimulates the development of disease-fighting T cells.

Peyer’s patches: These are small masses of lymphatic tissue found in the small intestine. They form an important part of the immune system by monitoring intestinal bacteria populations and preventing the growth of harmful bacteria in the intestines.

Did you know that arguably the most important part of your immune system is in your gut? A massive 70% of all antibody-producing cells are located in Gut Associated Lymphoid Tissue (GALT), found in the intestine. GALT is considered the largest collection of immune cells in the body.

The spleen: The spleen is an organ found on the left-hand side of your upper abdomen. Its main functions are to filter the blood, create new blood cells and store platelets. It is also a key part of the immune system.

What does the lymphatic system do?

Aside from maintaining fluid balance in the body and absorbing fat from the digestive tract, the lymphatic system’s primary functions are to:

1. act like a ‘garbage collection’ service for the body, filtering the bloodstream of toxins and waste;

2. fight infection – as we have already mentioned, the lymph nodes contain high levels of white blood cells that engulf bacteria. If we have an infection, the nodes closest to the site enlarge as the white blood cells multiply inside them. This is why lymph nodes (for example in the neck, armpits and groin) often become inflamed during illness – this means they are doing their job!

So with this in mind, it is easy to see how the lymphatic system plays a crucial role in removing toxins and pathogens from the body and thereby generally supporting the immune system.

Keep that lymph moving!

One of the most important things to know about the lymphatic system is that it does not have a circulatory ‘pump’ equivalent to the heart. However, given that it is a collection point for many toxins and waste products, it is obviously important to keep these undesirable substances moving, ultimately heading for elimination out of the body.

You might be surprised to learn that we have approximately three times the amount of lymph fluid in our bodies than we do blood. In contrast to blood, which is pumped around by the heart’s contractions, lymphatic fluid generally flows around our body against gravity. But how does this happen?

Three things help to keep lymph moving: the contractions of surrounding muscles during exercise or physical activity (this can increase lymph flow by up to 15 times); contractions of smooth muscle in the lymph vessel walls; and movements of the chest when breathing.

This therefore highlights the importance of keeping active and breathing deeply – by doing so, you will be supporting lymphatic drainage and helping to cleanse your immune system!

The average modern lifestyle, filled with stress, work pressures, family pressures, lack of exercise, environmental toxins and unhealthy foods can all place a huge strain on our toxic loads and, therefore, the lymphatic system on a daily basis. A sensible exercise regime and healthy diet can go a long way towards lessening this burden.

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New Innovations for Varicose Veins Treatment

When vascular problems result in uncomfortable swelling and discoloration of the lower extremities, a doctor may recommend varicose veins treatment. In the past, medical techniques often involved painful procedures that did not always effectively or permanently address the problems. New technology has resulted in more options for better resolution of this painful malady.

New Ways to Diagnose

Even diagnostic techniques have changed significantly with modern medical technological advancements. Instead of a Doppler device pressed firmly against the leg to detect the areas where the vascular flow is diminished, special ultrasound tools provide faster results. Modern ultrasound machines enable a physician to examine the entire landscape of the leg to see all the intricacies of the circulatory system. The resulting image is both sharp and two-dimensional. This image is a useful tool physicians use to determine the exact vein that is causing problems.

Old Treatments

Years ago, patients had to undergo uncomfortable procedures for varicose veins treatment. A physician would insert a flexible rod under the skin near the groin, and then pass the rod through the entire vein. The physician would then attach a metal cap to the end of the rod. In the final step, the rod was pulled back through the vein and out from the groin incision. This process would strip the vessel to eliminate it from the vascular system. In its absence, other veins would take over to transport blood.

An ambulatory phlebectomy is another example of an older treatment technique, but some patients still prefer this method. With this procedure, a physician pulls out the vessel with a special tool. Once removed, other vessels take over immediately. The benefit of an ambulatory phlebectomy is immediate results without waiting for reabsorption.

Newer Options

Today doctors utilize newer, more advanced techniques to restore vascular health. One procedure involves inserting a thin catheter into the faulty vein. By applying radio waves, the vessel wall shrinks and collapses. Patients do not experience scarring after this procedure, but some people will notice bruising. The final reabsorption may take up to two months to complete.

Laser therapy is a popular and non-invasive varicose veins treatment. A doctor directs a laser to force the vessel to collapse. Patients may experience slight discomfort when the laser beam hits the skin. Medical personnel immediately reduce this discomfort by cooling the skin.

Foam sclerotherapy involves mixing a special detergent with air to create a medicine that resembles thin shaving cream. The doctor injects the foam, causing swelling and blockage. Once this occurs, other venous systems step up to handle the blood flow. This type of therapy is best for less severe issues.

Patients should consult with a medical professional for diagnosis and treatment recommendations to resolve potentially serious vascular problems.

Do You Have Cysts, Growths or Tumours?

Many of my clients come to me with small cysts in various parts of their body. They could be anywhere, but mostly I get clients with cysts in the breasts, kidneys or in the reproductive organs. Anything growing inside our bodies that we feel should not be there, is of concern and of course our first reaction may be to get it out of there. Often the removal can be also harmful to our health. It is important to be educated and empowered enough to make correct assessments of what we want to do without being swayed by fear.

A cyst is a pouch or sac with a membrane around it and no real opening. It is usually filled with fluid or some kind of matter and can develop in an organ or in any body cavity. It can also be filled with hardened material.

Some health professionals believe that some cysts can be caused by free radical calcium or an imbalance of minerals in the body. Fibrin can be another cause when it coagulates forming cysts or tumours but realistically there can be many reasons why they form. Of course the basis of ill-health is imbalance and high levels of inflammation so if we want to get to the heart of the problem we need to look at your levels and put you on the right herbs, supplements and diet to eliminate this as much as possible.

Black Walnut has long been an herb used in the natural treatment of cysts, as has chaparral. Other useful foods and herbs are yellow dock (for reproductive areas), sarsaparilla, cayenne, mullein, apple cider vinegar and honey.

Sometimes poultices can be made to break up cysts and small tumours and these can either be applied externally if the cyst can be seen, or internally under the instruction of a trained natural therapist. Internally this is done sometimes by the use of a bollus which is a high concentration of a group of natural herbs (kind of like a pill) and these are taken internally. If you have these high concentrations it makes it difficult for the cysts, which are scavengers, to feed off surrounding areas in your body. This means the toxins and poisons are drawn out whilst releasing many healing herbs into the one area. It’s like flooding the system with good stuff to break the cysts down.

Detoxes and cleanses are also important in terms of ridding the body of mucus, Candida, polyps etc and these also can be administered by a trained natural therapist. It is also important to remember to keep up the level of antioxidants, vitamins – specifically C and to take natural supplements to adjust any deficiencies in the body.

An old remedy used by our grandmothers is that of Castor Oil taken when needed. It will make you go to the toilet and expel toxins and mucus from the gut however too much of it will have unfavourable side effects so you need to watch how you take it. Again moderation is the key.

Handled properly it is possible that cysts will disperse into the blood stream or when you go to the bathroom down the toilet. Remember also that your skin is one of the largest organs and releases toxins through its pores.

Often a reaction to cysts or tumours is to have them removed. Whilst this does have the solution of removing the cyst it does not look at the possible causes whether they are physical, emotional or energetic. Admittedly there are deficiencies in the body if the cyst has physically manifested but it is necessary to keep in mind that many of our illnesses have emotional and energetic causes which need to be cleared up otherwise the illness recurs. Some believe that such illnesses as tumours and cancers could possibly be the result of suppression and resentment and if these things are not looked at they believe that the illness will, and often does, recur.

It is therefore important to work with a natural therapist who can help you on all levels to get to some of the ’causes’ of your cysts and eliminate them. Things like inflammation, diet, supplements and deficiencies need to be looked at as well as emotional suppressions and resentments that have built up surrounding organs in the area where the damage has been caused.