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Don’t Let Sand Rub You the Wrong Way

Ah, the beach! That salty air! That beach smell! Don’t you wish you could just take it home with you? Many of us wish we could capture the essence of the beach, but when it comes to bringing it your house, there may be certain elements better left at the shore. Sand fleas can feast on human flesh, carrying diseases and transmitting viruses, and you certainly don’t want them making your body their home. Read on to find out little more about these pests and how you can make sure they don’t get in the way of your summer fun.

Sand Fleas On Humans
Don’t judge them by their size. They may be quite small, but sand fleas can cause big problems. Because they are so close to the ground, your ankles, feet, and legs, are their most convenient targets, and they can’t jump more than 20 to 40 centimeters, so unless you’re lying in the sand, your upper body should be relatively safe. These creatures are nocturnal, so you’re most likely to get bitten in the evening, at night, or at dawn.

There are two types of sand fleas bites to look for. The first resembles a mosquito bite. You’ll get these when the flea bites and sucks your blood and they move on to another host. As they do this, they leave behind saliva which prevents blood clotting, and this clotting that may cause an allergic reaction. The second type of bite is inflicted by breeding females. These fleas will burrow themselves into the skin and stay there until their eggs hatch. The bites of the female breeding fleas are characterized by a swollen area with black spots in the middle. The black spots are the fleas.

Both types of bites can cause symptoms like pain, discomfort, and itching. If you have an allergy to sand flea bites, these symptoms can be more severe. When breeding fleas burrow into your skin, you may experience fever and infection, which may develop into tungiasis, which is an inflammatory skin disease that needs treatment to prevent further infection.

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Treatment
If you are bitten by and fleas, here is some advice for treatment

  • Don’t scratch the bites. This will only increase the chance of infection.
  •  Examine the bite for breeding sand fleas who can live under your skin sucking blood for weeks.
  •  Apply hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion to control itching, and take painkillers for pain and swelling. See a doctor if treatments worsen. He or she may suggest the use of an antihistamine cream.
  •  A combination of baking soda and water may prove soothing. Just apply to the area and let it work.
  •  Soak in a lukewarm (not hot) oatmeal bath to reduce itching.
  •  Aloe vera may provide relief from itching and help bites heal.
  •  Essential oils such as eucalyptus, tea tree, lavender, and cedar wood, may all relieve discomfort

Preventing Further Attacks
Prevention is, of course, the best treatment. Here are some suggestions for those who want to avoid sand flea bites.

  • Stay away from the beach in the morning and evening, and when it has recently rained. Sand fleas are more active when the air is moist and cool. If you do visit the beach during any of these weather conditions, bring insect repellant.
  • Cover yourself when lying down or sitting to avoid bites on your legs, back, and feet.

Have you ever provided a home for a sand flea? Let us know your experiences and how you rid yourself of these bloodsucking parasites.

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Your Skin and Thyroid Disorder

Blood tests aren’t meant to be fun, and no one wants to hear bad news when it comes to his or her health. We prefer to hear that all our organs are functioning properly, none of our minerals are deficient, and we have no diseases, communicable or otherwise, and we certainly don’t want to hear that something is wrong with our thyroids. Thyroids are the master gland of the metabolism, and when the thyroid is not doing its job at its optimal level, that can affect every aspect of your health, from your brain chemistry to your heart health, to your weight, to your energy levels, to your skin. If you’ve been diagnosed with a thyroid condition, the symptoms may seem undesirable, but they are also very often treatable and preventable. Here is one tip for treating and preventing the effects of thyroid issues on your skin.

Hashimoto’s Disease and Your Skin
Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune condition which increases a woman’s likelihood to have rashes, hives, dull, dry skin, premenstrual acne, and facial swelling, especially if her thyroid levels are imbalanced and she is not absorbing vitamins correctly. Women with the condition often report feeling like their skin is aging prematurely, a symptom associated with the dryness that results from hyperthyroidism and its related nutrient deficiencies. Other, see breakouts that they haven’t experienced since their adolescence due to hormonal imbalance, toxicity, and increased food sensitivity.

Often, those with such symptoms will attempt to self-medicate, using personal care products, which may contain toxins that exacerbate the problem. Personal care products can often act as endocrine disruptors, which can cause hormonal imbalance by mimicking or blocking hormonal activity in the body, affecting estrogen levels and other bodily hormones. This activity can trigger skin breakouts, and even autoimmune thyroid disease, which can lead to weight gain, birth defects, and even early menopause. A recent study shows that women with greater exposure to PCB’s and phthalates found in personal care products went through menopause two to four years earlier than those with fewer exposures.

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Recommendations
If you are suffering from thyroid related skin issues, here are some alternatives to chemically enhanced care products:

  • If you have dry or dull skin, check your thyroid hormone levels (TSH, Free T3/ Free T4.) If you have an under active thyroid, you may want to discuss the possibilities of taking prescription medication, switching from your current medication, or increasing or decreasing the dosage of the medication you are currently taking.
  • Avoid plastic when storing or heating food. Consider Ball Mason Jars or glass storage containers, which do not contain hormone disrupting toxins.
  • Don’t use antibacterial soaps or toothpaste which contain triclosan. Peribiotic tooth paste is free of fluoride and triclosan, and also contains probiotics for healthy mouth flora.
  •  If you’re suffering from breakouts, you may want to consider an elimination diet or food sensitivity testing to figure out the cause.
  •  Check out the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database, for safety and toxicity profiles on personal care products.

Are you suffering from skin issues caused by a hypothyroidism? Let us know how you’re treating them and if you have any advice for handling the condition.

Three Ways to Benefit from Resvertrol

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Resveratrol is part of a group of compounds derived from plants called polyphenols. It is found abundantly in the skin of red grapes, as well as in berries and peanuts and is the reason why consuming red wine is often touted as having numerous health benefits. Advertisements for resveratrol claim it can do virtually anything from promoting weight loss to extending people’s lives. Here we detail three ways you can benefit from taking this wonder-drug.

Anti-Aging
Every day, our bodies are exposed to environmental factors such as pollution or even just stress that lead to the formation of free-radicals. Excessive amounts of free radicals are known to cause premature aging which can also lead to disease. Resveratrol works as an antioxidant and scavenges these free-radicals keeping our bodies healthier and our skin looking younger. In the past few decades, there have been literary thousands of studies conducted on resveratrol which have highlighted how the compound prevents oxidative stress in our blood vessels and helps promote normal cell replication. All in all. this means supplementing it will ensure you stay in tip-top condition throughout your life.

Disease Prevention
Phytochemicals like resveratrol are known to reduce individual’s risk of developing major diseases. Resveratrol has shown itself to reduce inflammation in the body and prevent the oxidation of LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol preventing the formation of clots that can lead to heart attacks. The supplement has also shown to limit the spread of cancerous cells and help promote their apoptosis or death. Additionally, the compound prevents insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes, keeping the effect of the blood-sugar hormone insulin working as best as it can. Resveratrol has also shown to increase levels of the hormone leptin which regulates fat storage and therefore assists with weight loss and prevention of over-eating.

Mental Health and Cognitive Decline
By improving cellular support, resveratrol has also shown to boost mental health and help prevent cognitive decline. One study in Germany involving 56 healthy volunteers found the use of resveratrol led to an increased ability in simple tasks such as remembering words. Additionally, those who took the supplement had an increase in functional connectivity of the hippocampus, an area of the brain used for the organization of memory, compared to those who took placebo. Preliminary studies have also shown that resveratrol may prevent nerve damage and the buildup of plaque in the brain that leads to Alzheimer’s disease.

Dosage
Dosages used in studies are typically higher than those found in supplements today with the amount shown to be beneficial being around 2000mg and most supplements containing anywhere between 250-500mg. Generally speaking recommended maximum doses lie around 500mg/day. However, even though resveratrol is present in much smaller amounts in red wine, at around 2mg per glass, nations that consume red wine in abundance such as France have shown to have far reduced the risk of numerous diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease. This means supplementing even just 250mg/day is likely to yield numerous benefits.