Dangers of Bromine in Food


Bromine is a chemical compound frequently used in flame retardants, baking ingredients, cell phones, plastic, dye, soda, and prescription drugs. Bromine is found naturally in the earth’s crust and in seawater in various chemical forms. Bromine can also be found as an alternative to chlorine in swimming pools. Products containing bromine are also used in agriculture and sanitation.

Research has identified the following 10 dangers of bromine as the most damaging to human health. Edibles that carry bromine are the most dangerous, as they are directly consumed.

Source: Global Healing Center

  1. Affects Thyroid Functionality: Lack of iodine causes thyroid related health problems. Bromine on the other hand is anti-iodine. It restricts the absorption of iodine in body, which is essential for the health of thyroid hormones. Bromine exposure impairs the gland, and results in health issues like hypothyroidism, goiter, and hormonal imbalance.
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    What is thyroid? How is it caused?

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  2. Preterm Births and Birth Defects: Another role that iodine plays is keeping the process of conception and pregnancy healthy. And as stated above, Bromine restricts iodine absorption. Exposure to bromine to expectant mothers may increase risk for delivering preterm babies. Avoiding the bromine exposure can also be tricky. Even if you avoid baking ingredients and soda, bromine can also be present in drinking water. An Australian study even reported a link between bromide exposure and birth defects.Preterm birth caused due to bromine exposure
  3. Affects Cognitive Development and Failure: Mental dysfunction related to the overexposure to bromine is so common it even has a name — bromism. In one specific case of bromism, a patient consumed vast amounts of soda that contained brominated vegetable oil. The patient experienced problems including fatigue, headache, memory problems, and loss of muscle control.

    High bromine intake causes slow cognitive development.
    High bromine intake causes slow cognitive development.
  4. Skin puffs and burns: Bromine acnes are pus-filled eruptions and lesions were observed in individuals who took bromine for nerve conditions.
    Acne caused because of bromine exposure.
    Acne caused because of bromine exposure.

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  5. It is cancerous: The International Agency for the Research on Cancer has identified potassium bromate (the ingredient used in bread and baking) as a known carcinogen. Although tests have only been performed on animals, the Agency states it may also behave as a carcinogen in humans.
    However, a research shows that olive oil has compound that can fight cancer. Read more.
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It is important to test food products for bromine content. As per BIS norms water must not contain bromate. Get your product tested from FICCI Research and Analysis Centre. Call 011-45333500 / 529 or drop an email at : info@fraclabs.org

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Sweaty Hands: How to cure it?

Prevent further episodes of sweaty hands successfully. These remedies are easily available at home and can also be carried along with you while you are on the move so that you hands remain dry and fresh all throughout the day.


Sweaty hands not only puts off the person with whom you are shaking hands with, but also embarrass ourselves. It affects our social life, and we often try to avoid situations where you might require to shake hands, like closing a deal or meeting your colleagues at work. Several reasons like stress, hormone problems etc.  can be attributed to sweaty hands. Instead of worrying about the problem, try these wonderful remedies that not only help treat the condition but also prevent further episodes of sweaty hands successfully. These remedies are easily available at home and can also be carried along with you while you are on the move so that you hands remain dry and fresh all throughout the day.

Remedies for Sweaty Hands

  1. Water: Sweaty hands are particularly worse on people whose body gets hot very fast. The best way to avoid this is to drink plenty of cool water all throughout the day. This will help the body to remain cool and prevent sweaty hands as well. Drink at least 2-3 litres of water to keep your body temperature under control.

    Drinking water helps keep calm
    Drinking water helps keep calm
  2. Green Tea: Green tea also helps in removing excess oils and moisture from the skin and prevents sweat from escaping into the skin surface. Did you know, Green Tea can also cure Rheumatoid Arthritis?
  3. Alcohol: By this, we do not mean alcohol consumption! Alcohol has a drying and dehydrating effect on the body and hence a wonderful natural remedy for treating sweaty palms. Rubbing alcohol or alcohol-based products on the hands will immediately give a drying effect to the palms. It is recommended to use alcohol wipes every now and then to control sweatiness of the palms.

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    Using alcohol wipes keeps your hands dry.
    Using alcohol wipes keeps your hands dry.
  4. Talcum Powder:  If you’re at home and don’t mind your hands looking a little white, sprinkle them with a powder to temporarily absorb the sweat. This can come in handy if your sweaty hands inhibit daily activities like lifting weights, jumping rope or completely chores that require a tight grip.
    Talcum Powder also helps keep the hands dry.
    Talcum Powder also helps keep the hands dry.

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  5. Black Tea Bags: Application of black tea bags help in the shrinking of pores and also in reducing the chances of sweat from seeping though the pores. Take moist tea bags and hold them inside your palms for a few minutes every few hours.

    Black tea bags helps in shrinking of pores
    Black tea bags helps in shrinking of pores

There are plenty of other remedies you may try.

Sources: Find Home Remedy  ; WikiHow

 

Did you know that you can predict your own heart-attack?

Find out if you are de-hydrated!

These symptoms mean your body is dehydrated. Consume more water to stay healthy!
Read more to find out the signs of dehydration…


“Jal hi jeevan hai” (water is life) 

Water is an essential requirement of our body. It keeps us hydrated, it its pure form. Every cell, tissue, and organ in the body needs water to function correctly. Our body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste, and lubricate joints. People are at higher risk of dehydration if they exercise at a high intensity, have certain medical conditions, are sick, or are not able to get enough fluids during the day. Older adults are also at higher risk. As you get older, your brain may not be able to sense dehydration and send the signals for thirst. (source: Family Doctor)

How can one know if they are dehydrated?

  1. Frequent urination
  2. Dry skin
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  3. Frequent headaches
  4. Dry mouth and constant thirst
  5. Yellow coloured urine614
  6. Feeling hungry most of the times
  7. Dizziness
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  8. Urinary Tract Infection
  9. Premature aging
  10. High blood pressure and cholesterol with a burning sensation in heart
  11. Confusion
  12. Anxiety
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Source : Mercola

Natural Remedies for Skin Problems

For some skin problems, like moles, skin tags, clogged pores and skin breakouts, simple natural remedies prove to be effective. Sure, they do take some time to show the results on your skin, but going the all natural way is always better than medicines.


For some skin problems, like moles, skin tags, clogged pores and skin breakouts, simple natural remedies prove to be effective. Sure, they do take some time to show the results on your skin, but going the all natural way is always better than medicines.

Warts

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Warts are small bumps on the skin or mucous membranes caused by the human papillomavirus or HPV. They are common and normally treated with salicylic acid or freezing. Some people also like to wrap warts in duct tape. However, there are some other more natural options you could try.

Remedies

  1. Garlic: you can remove a wart in two weeks with the use of crushed garlic and garlic juice.
  2. Pure Raw Honey: All you have to do is rub honey on the wart at night and wrap it with a bandage. The honey will slowly remove the wart. There are even cases of warts not returning after honey had been used to treat them.
  3. Apple Cider Vinegar: apply apple cider vinegar at night. You soak a cotton ball with apple cider vinegar and hold it in place with a bandage. It can be left in place overnight or for 24 hours, although it should be replaced every day. The wart will slowly shrivel up and disappear.
  4. Bananas: The easiest method for wart removal is to use a banana peel. According to Earth Clinic, all you have to do is rub the wart every night with a banana peel for two weeks. The wart will vanish.

To keep your skin glowing, there are some don’ts that you must take care of.

Skin Tags

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Skin tags are growths of skin that stick out from the skin surface. They normally form around the neck, upper chest, underarms and eyelids. The most common cause of skin tags is from skin rubbing against skin. The common treatments for skin tags include tying off, cutting off, and freezing. Nevertheless, there are some natural remedies available for you to use at home.

Remedies

  1. Tea Tree Oil: All you need to do is soak a cotton ball with water and add a couple drops of tea tree oil. Then you dab the cotton ball on the skin tag and cover with a bandage. You repeat this process two to three times a day.
  2. Baking soda and Castor Oilcastor oil, and baking soda combination is a great way to remove skin tags. You mix the baking soda and castor oil together so that it forms a paste. You then apply the paste to the skin tag and cover with a bandage. Repeat the process two to three times a day and store extra paste in the fridge for up to 48 hours.

Moles

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Moles are actually close groupings of skin pigmentation cells called melanocytes. Some causes of moles include genetics and exposure to the sun.

Remedies the same – Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda, Castor Oil and Garlic.

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Dark Spots

Dark spots or age spots are discolored patches that appear on the skin. They are more commonly found on the face, hands and forearms. Although most doctors are unsure of the real cause for dark spots, many believe it is due to sun exposure and an aging liver.

Remedies

  1. Vitamin C Serums: Vitamin C serums for the skin must contain topically active vitamin C. Looks for hand-crafted, chemical-free, organic products.
  2. Onion: Onion is a great ingredient for removing dark spots. All you have to do is juice or blend the onion and apply it to the dark spot. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse off. Apply once a day until the dark spot disappears.
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  3. Horseradish: Horseradish is an excellent dark spot remover. If you mix horseradish with vinegar, it will slowly remove the dark spot on your skin. Mix vinegar and horseradish together and apply to the dark spot daily. The dark spot will slowly fade away.
  4. Lemons: Lemon is another dark spot remover. Soak a cotton ball in lemon juice and rub it on the dark spot twice a day. The lemon will naturally bleach the dark spot.
  5. Aloe Vera:  Aloe is a great substance for removing dark spots. All you need to do is put fresh aloe on the dark spot and leave it on for 30 minutes.

Clogged Pores

Oil buildup on the skin can cause pores to clog and make the skin look bumpy. This is not a serious condition, but they need to be removed if you want smooth skin. Also, if clogged pores are left alone for too long, they may become infected.

Remedies

  1. Steaming: steaming is a great way to unclog pores. Pull your hair back and wash your face. Then boil water on the stove and place your face over the pot. Cover your head with a towel, so you get as much steam as possible and continue for 10 to 15 minutes. Afterward, wash your face and rinse it a few times with warm water. Then apply some vinegar to clean up any extra debris.
  2. Sugar Syrup: Exfoliating is another great way to unclog pores.Create a paste with sugar and lemon and rub it with an organic cotton washcloth on the area with clogged pores in a circular motion. Wash your face and rinse it with warm water when you are done the scrubbing.

Source : David Wolf

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What not to do to keep your skin glowing?


One might be aware about what to do to keep skin healthy and glowing. But then there are things that shouldn’t be done, to keep your skin fine too!

  1. AlcoholAvoiding alcohol is especially recommended when the skin disease is on the face or head, where heat will naturally rise more rapidly and affect one’s appearance. Rosacea, acne, seborrheic or atopic dermatitis and psoriasis are the most likely to affect the face.
  2. Spices: This one might be a known fact for our India based readers! Hot pepper, black pepper, ginger and garlic are also contraindicated, as are all the “gingerbread house” spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, clove. This means avoiding chai teas, ginger teas, hummus, Thai food and the like. Of all of these, garlic seems to give the worst flare-ups of redness, burning and itch.
  3. Smoking: Smoking is something that should be avoided for much more serious reasons – it kills. It affects skin too. Cigarette smoking is strongly associated with psoriasis, especially pustular psoriasis of the palms and soles. Quitting will often improve the condition. Teenage acne, as well, is adversely affected by smoking. Teens already have a great deal of naturally occurring ‘heat’ in their lungs and stomach, as evidenced by their loud voices and voracious appetites – this is a sign of health and vitality during a time of great growth. However, smoking and drinking will push this lung and stomach heat over the upper limit of ‘normal,’ turning it into the red fire of acne.
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    Before & after the smoking. It shows how smoking affects our skin!

    Just quitting smoking will not help your lungs. You need to de-toxify it too!

  4. Oil, Shellfish and Tropical FruitsGreasy fried foods and bad oils are even worse, and should be avoided. Shellfish and fatty fish like salmon should be avoided for the same reason as oils, not only by weepy skin sufferers, but by anyone whose skin is red or itchy at all. Tropical fruit may also irritate. Mango, papaya, pineapple are the worst, while banana seems to be fine!

    Although, fresh juice of raw fruits and vegetables have got plenty of benefits!

  5. Gluten, Sugar and Dairy Products: Gluten, sugar and dairy are only a problem for a very small proportion of people with skin disease, and that they do not need to be avoided by the vast majority of sufferers. It may be that avoiding these foods will improve digestion, but rarely will this translate into an improvement of the skin disease.

 

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Green tea, mint tea, salad, fruit, and clean, light meals, freshly prepared, are best. White pearled barley and beans are excellent at draining away excess mucus and dampness if the skin is oozy. Mung beans and aduki beans are wonderful at this, and all three of these substances double as “herbs” which are found in many skin prescriptions. When the eyes and face are red and itchy, jasmine, chamomile, mint and chrysanthemum teas are very soothing.

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Changing one’s diet is not easy, and changing it forever is harder still. For some, a dietary change may bring new problems: tension, stress, guilt, binge eating, excessive self-control, and of course, hunger! These may have a more detrimental impact on our health than the eliminated foods. Listening to your own body is essential. For skin disease sufferers, adjusting the diet a little to avoid heat is a good idea. In combination with a cooling herbal treatment, a change of diet might be just the thing to cure a persistent skin disease.

 

(Source: Vitality Magazine)

 

Anti-Dengue Fogging is a False Sense of Security ; Ineffective Measure for 25 Years


A Delhi based green NGO, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has recently urged the government to focus on more effective measures for combating the largely spread Dengue, as the current measures of Fogging have been ineffective.

According to the NGO, the Anti-Dengue Fogging drives are nothing but a false sense of security among the public, a measure that is used by the Government’s for appeasement by wasting lakhs of litres of Diesel every year. CSE urged the government to focus on systematic preventive measures towards clean environment and sanitation. Its assessment said that 4.5 lakh litre of diesel could be used this year for fogging, which comes to 4,500 litres of diesel per day and is also equivalent to the usage of diesel by 2,000 cars in a day. CSE said that targeting adult mosquitoes offers temporary control and that too in limited settings and under ideal conditions and unless repeated frequently, fogging cannot control the next batch of adults out of the larvae. Thus, a source control is a must, using larvacides, to destroy the larva, and effectively prevent public from Dengue. The WHO guidelines on dengue too “questions” the role of fogging and recognises that fogging has been used by South-East Asian countries for the past 25 years but has not been effective.

“Medical experts suggest that direct inhalation of diesel fumes, combined with insecticides, can exacerbate asthma or bronchitis among those with respiratory ailments.

“Pregnant women, small children and old people are most susceptible to aggravation. Eye specialists also mention that diesel fumes can also cause irritation and itching on skin and eyes. Prolonged exposure could lead to temporary swelling of the corneas,” CSE said.

Source : NDTV