Don't Blame Your Genes for High Cholesterol – Telegraph

Don't Blame Your Genes for High Cholesterol

AFP | Updated: April 04, 2016 14:06 IST

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Genetic mutations that can be blamed for unusually high cholesterol are far rarer than previously thought, existing in only about two percent of the population, researchers said on Sunday. Previous studies have suggested that as many as 25 percent of people with very high cholesterol – defined as low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels of 190 mg/dl or higher – could blame their condition on their genes. LDL is widely known as "bad cholesterol" because it leads to buildup of harmful plaque in the arteries.
"Many clinicians assume that patients with LDL above 190 have a familial hypercholesterolemia mutation as the major driver," said Amit Khera, a cardiology fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital and lead author of the findings presented at the American College of Cardiology conference in Chicago.
"But there are a lot of other causes that can lead to this very high LDL, such as poor diet, lack of exercise and a variety of common genetic variants that each have a small impact on cholesterol but can add up to a big impact when they occur together."
To perform the study, researchers compiled the largest gene sequencing analysis to date based on people with very high cholesterol, including more than 26,000 people.
There are three different known mutations that can lead to a diagnosis of familial hypercholesterolemia. Only two percent of individuals had mutations in any of the three known familial hypercholesterolemia genes.
Even though there were relatively few of these people, their risk for developing life-threatening plaque buildup in the heart's arteries by their 50s or 60s was extraordinarily high – 22 times higher than people with average cholesterol levels (LDL below 130 mg/dL), said the study.
"This knowledge would be relevant not only to people with familial hypercholesterolemia mutations but to their relatives as well."
For those without the inherited gene mutations, but who still had very high cholesterol, their risk of early-onset coronary artery disease was six times higher than people with LDL below 130. Researchers estimated that 412,000 of about 14 million adult Americans with an untreated LDL of 190 or higher have a familial hypercholesterolemia mutation.

Refreshing Foot Soak with Mint and Sweet Orange – Dr. Axe – Telegraph

Have you ever experienced a foot soak? A good foot soak offers some much-needed therapy to tired, achy feet and overall relaxation. Healthy, soothed feet can make a difference in your day. (1)

Depending on what you do day to day, your feet can get rather beat up, sometimes forming calluses and rough, dry skin. And, just in case you didn’t know, there are over 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments in each foot alone! Each foot is constructed of 28 bones and 30 joints, in addition to all those muscles. This support system is useful in balance and mobility. So, with all that going on in just one foot, it’s not hard to understand that a little TLC can go a long way. (2)

Taking a foot soak for sore feet or dry feet, followed by a foot scrub, will keep your feet soft and pampered while taking away the stresses of the day. Some natural health practitioners prescribe them, claiming they help reduce the risk of toenail fungus as well as help to relieve a bone spur.

So, what can you soak your feet in to soften them? If you want to make a natural difference in how your feet look and feel, try my homemade foot soak. What’s great is that you can customize the ingredients to suit your needs without the chemicals found in most off-the-shelf versions.

Here’s the recipe!


Foot Soak With Refreshing Mint and Sweet Orange

Makes about 24 ounces or 10–12 servings

  • 1 1/4 cup epsom salt
  • ¼ cup sea salt
  • 1 1/4 tablespoon baking soda
  • 8 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 8 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 8 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 10 drops olive leaf extract
  • 1 – 1 1/2 gallons of warm water

In a large jar with a tight-fitting lid, place the Epsom salt, sea salt and baking soda. I love Epsom salt since it is a great pain reliever and is a magnesium-rich detoxifier. In addition to treating sore muscles, it helps relieve dry skin. Sea salt is a great source of minerals to alkalinize and relax the body. And baking soda is naturally soothing for the feet, helping remove bacteria and odor.

Next, add the essential oils. Peppermint essential oil is so refreshing and soothes aching muscles while also helping to release them by easing tension and tightness. Adding to the fight against bacteria is tea tree oil. Tea tree oil also provides relief to the feet by helping to treat wounds. Sweet orange essential oil has a lovely scent but also nourishes the skin of the feet with its high vitamin C content, while improving circulation and helping prevent infection.

And last, but not least, is olive leaf extract. Olive leaf extract contains antifungal properties — another great source for relieving the feet and preventing infection.

To use, place a ¼ cup of the mixture in warm (not hot) water. Stir, then soak the feet. Place a towel or absorbent pad underneath the tub or bowl you choose for your DIY foot soak to help keep the area clear of any excess water. Next, exfoliate with my DIY Foot Scrub. Then gently rinse and pat dry. Finish by applying a moisturizer, such as my Lavender & Coconut Oil Moisturizer for Dry Skin.


Refreshing Foot Soak with Mint and Sweet Orange

Total Time: 5–10 minutes

Serves: 10–12

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup Epsom salt
  • ¼ cup sea salt
  • 1 1/4 tablespoon baking soda
  • 8 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 8 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 8 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 10 drops olive leaf extract
  • 1 – 1 1/2 gallons of warm water

Directions:

  1. In a jar or container with a tight-fitting lid, add the Epsom salt, sea salt and baking salt and blend.
  2. Next, add the essential oils. Blend again.
  3. Add the olive oil extract and mix well.

Skin Care Routine: 6 Ayurvedic Herbs For An Oily And Dry Skin – Telegraph

Who doesn't want a healthy, flawless, acne-free skin? We generally resort to chemical-laden commercial skincare creams that do no good and instead harm the skin in the long run. Ayurveda has always had a treasure trove of home remedies that can not only help your skin glow but also keep it healthy. Ayurveda suggests some herbal remedies that can help treat your skin according to the doshas of the body. The best part about Ayurveda remedies is that they do not harm your skin in any way and can be used regularly without having to worry about any side-effects.

According to Ayurveda Expert Dr. Dhanvantri Tyagi, "There are many herbs that have essential anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties that help keep your skin clean and acne-free. These herbs tend to open clogged pores in the skin and encourage the production of natural oils."

We enlist some essential Ayurvedic herbs suggested by Dr. Tyagi that you can use on a regular basis.

1. Jasmine leaves or chameli ke patte

Jasmine or chameli is not only known for its calming and soothing fragrance but also its medicinal properties. Jasmine leaves are antiseptic, which can help prevent microbial infections on the skin. It also regulates the amount of oil produced, which makes it excellent for people with oily skin. Mix jasmine leaves and rose water and apply on your face and skin. Leave it for about 15 minutes before washing it off with water.

2. Sandalwood or chandan

Chandan or sandalwood has been known for its skin-lightening and cooling properties. It helps prevent inflammation that further helps in reduction of acne, pimples and rashes on the skin. It also helps soothe your skin after being exposed to the sun. Make a paste using chandan powder and rose water and apply it on your skin. You will love how it leaves your skin hydrated and cleansed.

Chandan or sandalwood has been known for its skin-lightening and cooling properties​

3. Neem or Neemba

Neem is a well-known medicinal herb that is known for its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It is known to penetrate deep into the skin and remove dead skin cells. It also opens clogged pores helping stimulate natural oil production. Take some neem leaves and make a paste using rose water and apply it on the skin directly. You will definitely love the results when used regularly.

4. Moringa

Moringa leaves contain anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that help cure any rash, blemish or acne on the skin. It helps reduce inflammation, further preventing the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.

Moringa leaves contain anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties​
5. Kesar or saffron

Kesar is widely known for its skin-lightening properties and also for making the skin tone even. Its anti-fungal content is an effective treatment for acne and pimples along with blemishes and blackheads. All you need to do is to add some saffron in warm milk and let it soak overnight. Apply the mixture on your skin and leave it for some time before washing it off.

6. Aloe Vera or Ghritkumari

Also known as ghritkumari, aloe vera is one of the most used herbs with numerous health benefits. It has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and cooling properties that can provide with a lot of relief from skin problems. The gel from this plant gives your skin a soothing effect leaving it rash and blemish free.

Also known as ghritkumari, aloe vera is one of the most used herbs with numerous health benefits
These amazing Ayurvedic herbs are easily available and can be used on a regular basis. Give your skin a rejuvenating and replenishing feel!

These 3 combinations of eggs will help you lose weight in a wink’s time – Times of India – Telegraph

It’s already an established fact that eggs are healthy. Rich in minerals, vitamins, fats and proteins, eggs are a mandatory part of every weight loss plan. Though eggs in themselves are very healthy and compliment weight loss, there are some other add-ons which you can do to speed up your weight loss. Here we give you a list of three best foods that you can add to your eggs!

Read more: Weight Loss Story: I left cold-drink, chose wine and lost 33 kgs!

COMBO 1: Egg + oatmeal

You may have no idea but adding oatmeal on one side of your plate with egg can do wonders for reducing your waistline. Oatmeal has resistant starch, which helps digest the food slowly and also triggers the release of digestive acid that suppresses your appetite and promotes calorie burn. Having oats along with eggs is also said to boost your metabolism!

Read more: Bored of gym? Try cycling to lose weight


COMBO 2: Egg + spinach

Containing only seven calories per cup, adding spinach will add loads of nutrients with no unwanted calories to your omelette. Rich in iron, spinach boosts your strength and metabolism. So, making your omelette nutrient-rich, spinach suppresses hunger by keeping you fuller for longer.

COMBO 3: Egg + coconut oil

While butter and other oils add calories to your delicious omelette, coconut oil helps to shed those pounds by increasing your metabolism up to five per cent. A study conducted on 30 participants showed that these people lost 1.1 inches from their waistline after having two tbsp of coconut oil every day for a month. So, next time skip that butter and cook your omelette in coconut oil.

How to Remove Blackheads from Nose: 5 Natural Masks and Scrubs – Telegraph

Highlights

  • Blackheads are few bumps that are caused when skin gets clogged
  • Several factors that can contribute to blackheads
  • Remove blackheads from nose using natural ingredients

blackheads that is so stubborn that it often has you pull your hair out in attempts to get rid of them. It is often beyond the repair of soaps and face washes, and in some cases, it also needs a serious dermatological treatment. Blackheads are nothing but few bumps that are caused when your skin pores get clogged. When these clogged pores are exposed in open, it further oxidizes and assumes a dark black colour. There are several factors that can contribute to blackheads such as excessive sebum oil production. Sebum is the oil produced by sebaceous glands present within our skin to keep our skins from getting dry. Though blackheads are different from a regular pimple. Some blackheads are formed due to the activity of acne-causing bacteria on your skin. Many a times, your dead

skin cells are at fault, too. It is always essential to keep yourself exfoliated, irritation in the hair follicles can give rise to blackheads. Sometimes some medication, side effect or hormonal change can also cause blackheads.

The good news is that blackheads can be removed at home. That too naturally, using ingredients lying right next to you in your kitchen shelf. Here's how to remove blackheads from nose using natural ingredients.

How to Remove Blackheads from Nose

1. Lemon Honey Mask

Is there anything your humble lemon cannot pull off? We doubt! An easy and effective way to get rid of the nasty blackheads is by applying simple lemon-honey mask. Lemon's astringent properties open the clogged pores, while honey with its antibacterial properties keeps the bacterial action that causes blackheads at bay.

How to apply: Take one teaspoon of lemon juice and add half a teaspoon of honey to it and mix it well. Apply this mixture on to your nose. Let it rest for about 15 minutes. Once it dries, wash it off with lukewarm water. Repeat 3-4 times in a week for best results.

Lemon's astringent properties open the clogged pores.

2. Baking soda and lemon mask

Baking soda is a natural exfoliator that helps to get rid of the dead skin cells, which ultimately results in black heads. Whereas, lemon helps open the clogged pores and tightens them, leaving a very little scope for blackheads to find their way.

Baking soda is a natural exfoliator that helps to get rid of the dead skin cells​.
How to apply: Take one tablespoon of baking soda and mix it with a half tablespoon of lemon juice. Apply this paste on your nose. Once it dries, rinse it off with lukewarm water.

3. Egg white mask

Egg whites are not just healthy for our diet, but also for our skin. With its sticky texture, it easily sits on your nose and clears those stubborn blackheads by shrinking the pores and tightens the skin to keep the blackhead formation at bay.

How to apply: Whisk the egg whites and add about two teaspoons of lemon juice. Apply this egg white mask on to the affected area. Let this layer dry. Apply the second layer, and keep it for 15-20 minutes. Rinse the mask off with tap water. Make sure you wash it well so that the smell does not stay.

Egg whites are not just healthy for our diet, but also for our skin. ​
4. Oatmeal scrub

You thought oats were just good for your morning breakfast? Turns out that it can do wonders for your skin too! The scrub will not only help to declog the pores, but also exfoliates the skin to give you a natural glow.

How to apply: Take two tablespoons of oatmeal, three tablespoons of plain yogurt and a half lemon juice. Mix it well until you get a fine paste. Apply this on to your nose and the most affected area. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water.

The scrub will not only help to declog the pores, but also exfoliates the skin​.
5. Sugar scrub

To get rid of those nasty blackheads, you can make yourself an effective sugar scrub that can be made with just two ingredients – sugar and jojoba oil. This scrub helps to cut down the dead skin cell production and prevents blackheads.

How to apply: Take three tablespoons of jojoba oil and mix it with one cup of white sugar. Stir it well until you get an evenly thick mixture. You can also use olive oil or almond oil instead of jojoba oil. Apply the scrub on to your skin and massage it. Rinse off the scrub with lukewarm water. For best results, you can scrub at least twice a week.

To get rid of those nasty blackheads, you can make yourself an effective sugar scrub.
We are sure with the use these natural scrubs and masks, you can get rid of those blackheads naturally, without spending too much!

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