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What are the causes of breast cancer?

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in Apollo Health Blog | Comments Off

What are the causes of breast cancer?

Experts are not sure what causes breast cancer. It is hard to say why one person develops the disease while another

does not. We know that some risk factors can impact on a woman’s likelihood of developing breast cancer.

 

    • Getting older – the older a woman gets, the higher is her risk of developing breast cancer; age is a risk factor. Over 80% of all female breast cancers occur among women aged 50+ years (after the menopause).

 

    • Genetics – women who have a close relative who has/had breast or ovarian cancer are more likely to develop breast cancer. If two close family members develop the disease, it does not necessarily mean they shared the genes that make them more vulnerable, because breast cancer is a relatively common cancer.

      The majority of breast cancers are not hereditary.

      Women who carry the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes have a considerably higher risk of developing breast and/or ovarian cancer. These genes can be inherited. TP53, another gene, is also linked to greater breast cancer risk.

 

    • A history of breast cancer – women who have had breast cancer, even non-invasive cancer, are more likely to develop the disease again, compared to women who have no history of the disease.

 

    • Having had certain types of breast lumps – women who have had some types of benign (non-cancerous)breast lumps are more likely to develop cancer later on. Examples include atypical ductal hyperplasia or lobular carcinoma in situ.

 

    • Dense breast tissue – women with more dense breast tissue have a greater chance of developing breast cancer.

 

    • Estrogen exposure – women who started having periods earlier or entered menopause later than usual have a higher risk of developing breast cancer. This is because their bodies have been exposed toestrogen for longer. Estrogen exposure begins when periods start, and drops dramatically during the menopause.

 

    • Obesity – post-menopausal obese and overweight women may have a higher risk of developing breast cancer. Experts say that there are higher levels of estrogen in obese menopausal women, which may be the cause of the higher risk.

 

    • Height – taller-than-average women have a slightly greater likelihood of developing breast cancer than shorter-than-average women. Experts are not sure why.

 

    • Alcohol consumption – the more alcohol a woman regularly drinks, the higher her risk of developing breast cancer is. The Mayo Clinic says that if a woman wants to drink, she should not exceed one alcoholic beverage per day.

 

    • Radiation exposure – undergoing X-rays and CT scans may raise a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer slightly.

 

    • HRT (hormone replacement therapy) – both forms, combined and estrogen-only HRT therapies may increase a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer slightly. Combined HRT causes a higher risk.

 

                  Certain jobs – French researchers found that women who worked at night prior to a first pregnancy had a higher risk of eventually developing breast cancer.Canadian researchers                        found that certain jobs, especially those that bring the human body into contact with possible carcinogens and endocrine disruptors are linked to a higher risk of developing breast                          cancer. Examples include bar/gambling, automotive plastics manufacturing, metal-working, food canning and agriculture.

 

3 Simple Tips To Control Hair Fall Naturally At Home

Posted by on Aug 3, 2014 in Apollo Health Blog | Comments Off

3 Simple Tips To Control Hair Fall Naturally At Home

Some common causes of hair fall:

  • Stress
  • Pollution
  • Over exposure to sun
  • Hereditary
  • Scalp infections
  • Dandruff
  • Severely dry and itchy scalp
  • Sweat accumulation
  • Inadequate diet
  • Lack of sleep
  • Too much physical stress on hair
  • Over use of chemicals or heat

The causes can be various but using a few methods can help bring back life to your hair. One of the easiest and safest ways to do this is by resorting to natural ingredients. Here are a few natural ingredients that are good for your hair.

How to control hair fall naturally:

1. Amla:

Method 1

  • Soak it overnight
  • Use the water in the morning to rinse off your hair post shampooing.

Method 2

  • Heat amla and coconut oil
  • Now massage your scalp with this mix

Method 3

  • Mix powdered amla with lime juice.
  • Apply this on your scalp and leave on for some time
  • Wash off

2. Curd:

Method 1

  • Mix curd with black pepper
  • Apply this on your hair.
  • Wash off thoroughly when dry

Method 2

  • Mix curd with honey and apply this on your hairApplying curd with honey or lime juice moisturizes your hair.

It also makes your hair shiny. This natural hair mask is also effective against dandruff which can be a cause of hair loss.

 

3. Aloe vera:

Method 1

  • Apply aloe vera gel directly from the plant on your scalp

Method 2

Make your own anti hair fall shampoo

  • Mix aloe gel, wheat germ oil and coconut milk.
  • Apply this on your scalp and wash off

The benefits of using honey to wash your face

Posted by on Aug 2, 2014 in Apollo Health Blog | Comments Off

The benefits of using honey to wash your face

  • Honey gently removes dirt and impurities without stripping the skin of natural oils. Foaming cleansers and soaps frequently strip the skin of these protective oils and cause the skin to overproduce oil.
  • The natural antibacterial and probiotic properties of raw honey effectively reduce breakouts and prevent new acne.
  • Since it is so gentle and nurturing to the skin, it is ideal for very sensitive skin, rosacea, and eczema.
  • It works well on all skin types. It balances oily skin and moisturizes dry skin.
  • As far as excellent facial cleansers go, it is much cheaper than store bought options!
  • Although any raw honey works excellently, manuka honey boasts superior antibacterial and healing properties. It is recommended for acne-prone skin.

Tips to Prevent Sickness

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in Apollo Health Blog | Comments Off

Tips to Prevent Sickness

It is said that prevention is better than cure so it’s better to follow some simple tips to make your health better. It is also a fact that these natural self-healing practices go back thousands of years, as well as being practiced among the indigenous people of the Earth. Here are some tips that can help you to prevent sickness and keep you healthy:

1.Washing hands- This one is common sense, yet during the “sickness” season it is very important to wash away germs from our hands. We pick up germs from various places we touch with our hands; therefore stay clean and you’ll be helping prevent sickness.

2. Vitamins- Take a diet rich in multi vitamin to boost the ability of your immune system. Vitamin C is known a good vitamin to have during sickness before and after as well. Vitamins are found in vegetables and fruits so increase their quantity in your diet.

3. Proper Rest & Exercise- To keep your self fit takes proper rest. Most “Experts” recommend a minimum of eight hours rest each night. Proper rest gives the body time to heal and rejuvenate. It allows our brain to sort out the various messages received during the day. In juxtaposition to the benefits of sleep, the deprivation of sleep can weaken our body’s various systems overall ability to ward of sickness. Exercise also aids in the body’s ability to fight susceptibility to sickness. You do not have to join some elaborate gym to exercise. The point is to keep your body active by whatever means work for you a few times a week.

4. Fasting- It’s a fact that fasting is the cure for 90 percent of our ills, known by the medical scientists. It is also said “Fasting is a greater cure of our ills, both mental and physical, than all of the drugs of the earth combined into one bottle or a billion bottles”. Fasting will aid in your body’s ability to fight sickness by reducing disease-producing toxins. But before start fasting take a look on your body’s capacity. If you are not able to complete a regular fast, try a juice fast while drinking pure water. Fast once a month for three days, four days, or for whatever length of time you are able to go without food without harming yourself, and you will feel good.

Role of Neem in Health and Beauty

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in Apollo Health Blog | Comments Off

Role of Neem in Health and Beauty

Role of Neem in Health and Beauty:

  • To reduce several mild infections, which our body faces in day-to-day activity taking bath of neem leaves is very beneficial. It refreshes body and reduces all kind of infections.
  • Neem is very much effective in providing internal glow to the skin by providing natural supplements that are required for good and healthy skin.
  • Neem is widely used in hair fall and early graying of hairs with very satisfying outcome.
  • Neem helps in early healing of burns and injuries that might also helps in vanishing of marks that are left after the any injury.
  • Its internal use makes us relieved from eczema and even ringworms.
  • To remove dark circles under eyes neem is widely used.
  • Neem is very helpful in providing inner radiance to the skin by providing natural supplements that are necessary for good and healthy skin.
  • Neem is very beneficial in indigestion, constipation and restoring taste of mouth.
  • Neem increases our immunity that keeps us safe from any kind of disease.
  • Neem is widely used in hair fall and early graying of hairs with very satisfying results.
  • Neem is also very beneficial in dandruff and in lice growth.
  • It is known as an anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving agent.
  • Neem stimulates liver for appropriate functioning therefore helps in maintaining proper secretions of liver.

Causes of snoring

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in Apollo Health Blog | Comments Off

Causes of snoring

There are a number of reasons behind snoring but the main two reasons are:
1.Lifestyle reasons and
2.Physical reasons.

1.Lifestyle factors

1. A blocked nose, caused by congestion, catarrh, nasal polyps or damage to the nose.
2. Being in the menopause is linked with snoring.
3. Being elderly – muscle tone reduces as you get older, which raises the risk of snoring.
4. A receding lower law, which causes an overbite.
5. Having a large uvula or enlarged tonsils.
6. Being male.
7. Having low levels of thyroid hormone.

2.Physical factors.

1. If you suffer from allergies you are likely to have a blocked, itchy and runny nose. The lining of the nose and throat may also be swollen. This may interfere with sleep and make snoring more likely.
2. Alcohol causes your muscles to relax more than usual during a normal night’s sleep so you are more likely to snore. It also irritates the nasal lining, which can make breathing more difficult.
3. Sedatives, like alcohol, make your body’s muscles relax more than usual, causing you to snore. If you’re worried about how a sedative is affecting your sleep, talk to your GP about it. There may be a non-sedative alternative. Don’t stop taking prescribed medicines without talking to your doctor.
4. Smoking cigarettes causes swelling, inflammation and irritation to your nostrils and throat, making snoring more likely. Even passive smoking can make snoring worse.
5. If you’re overweight you’re more likely to snore. This is thought to be due to the excess fat around your neck. This makes your airways more likely to collapse.

Self-care Tips For Workaholics

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in Apollo Health Blog | Comments Off

Self-care Tips For Workaholics

Nowadays life has become so hectic and busy for most people that it has become very difficult to even relax for 2 minutes. Being a workaholic doesn’t allow you to relax since your mind is always preoccupied about work and this ultimately takes a toll on your mental and physical well being. In addition, workaholics usually prefer not to take time off, even if their work performance is badly affected, since their financial realities don’t allow them to take vacations. Consequently this can make them feel emotionally frustrated and bored. The progress of technology and smart phones might have made things easier on the job front, yet it leaves you completely flustered and frustrated as it makes you work all day long. You are always scared to voice your concern and this makes you to work too much.

HOW TO DRINK AND NOT GAIN WEIGHT:

Workaholism has major health consequences and sometimes these workaholic health issues can even lead to psychosomatic symptoms such as stomach-aches and headaches. Most workaholics deny the workaholic health issues they suffer and focus on immediate activities such as work, which can literally hurt their health. Here are some self-care tips for workaholics to help you take care of your health.

Sleep is a must

You need to get out of the workaholic mode and try to get into a healthy lifestyle mode. Sleep plays a vital role in your physical health. If you start to feel cranky, disturbed or apathetic that means your body is not getting enough sleep. Adequate sleep is necessary for a healthy lifestyle since it not only boosts your mood but it can also benefit your heart, weight and mind. One of the most common workaholic health issues is that of little sleep, which can affect the quality of life. Lack of sleep is associated with shorter life span, increased blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Experts recommend eight hours of sleep per night to feel rested and rejuvenated the following day.

Eat healthier

Workaholics need to find balance in their lives and to identify what is important to them. Having a busy working life does affect one’s eating habits. And one of the biggest downfall is that most workaholics don’t chart out a self-care plan for their overall health. The first step to fix your problem is to eat healthy food. Healthy snacking can get you the desirable figure if you try controlling the portions. To get rid of workaholic health issues set up sometime to make healthy cooked food with fresh vegetables and grains.

Spend time outdoors

Get out of your work space. Take a vacation so that it can allow you to disconnect from your work pressure. The perfect tip for workaholics is to plan a picnic with your family in the park or some interesting destination. Make sure to get rid of your normal environment in order to get some fresh air.

Exercise

Do you have trouble putting down your Smartphone? Or are you feeling sore after sitting for long hours at your desk? It is time for you to get out of your work space and spend some time exercising. For many people hitting the gym can be difficult due to their hectic routine. If you want to curb your susceptibility to workaholic health issues then make sure to incorporate some exercise into your work day. You can even try yoga exercises to relieve the stress from your 9 to 12 hours of work.

Time alone

Most workaholics ignore the need to take rest and to spend time alone. Solitude definitely helps you to unwind and to identity your needs. Even strolling along the beach and reading a book keeps your mind relaxed. Being alone gives a boost to your physical and mental renewal and helps you to get rid of workaholic health issue.

7 Foods That Are Good For High Blood Pressure

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in Apollo Health Blog | Comments Off

7 Foods That Are Good For High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a serious health problem common among people these days. Over time, it causes blood vessel damage that can lead to heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, and other problems.

Hypertension sometimes is called the silent killer because, by itself, it produces no symptoms. If you don’t get your blood pressure checked regularly, hypertension could go unnoticed, and untreated, for years.

Your diet plays a big role in whether you have high or normal blood pressure. Dietary recommendations for lowering blood pressure, such as the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet, include reducing your intake of fat, sodium, and alcohol.

The DASH guidelines also suggest eating more foods rich in potassium, calcium, and magnesium. In general, you should eat more low-fat protein sources, whole grains, and plenty of fruits and vegetables. The following slides present some of the best foods you can eat to lower your blood pressure.

Leafy Greens

 

Foods high in potassium give you a better ratio of potassium to sodium. Improvements in this ratio can help with lowering blood pressure. Leafy greens like romaine lettuce, arugula, kale, turnip greens, collard greens, and spinach are high in potassium.

Try to opt for fresh or frozen greens, as canned vegetables often have added sodium. Frozen vegetables, on the other hand, contain just as many nutrients as they do when fresh and are easy to store.

Berries

 

Berries, especially blueberries, are rich in natural compounds called flavonoids.

Blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries are easy to add to your diet. Put them on your cereal every morning. Keep frozen berries on hand for a quick and healthful dessert.

Potatoes

 

Potatoes are high in both potassium and magnesium, two minerals that can help to lower your blood pressure. They are also high in fiber, which is necessary for an overall healthy diet. Enjoy a baked potato as the centerpiece of your dinner. Instead of fattening and salty butter and sour cream, try adding plain yogurt or salsa for flavor.

 

Beets

 The study authors concluded that it was the nitrates in the juice that brought down the participants’ blood pressure within just 24 hours.

You can juice your own beets or simply cook and eat the whole root. Beetroot is delicious when roasted or when added to stir-fries and stews. Remember to use caution when handling beets—their deep red color will stain your hands and clothes.

Skim Milk

 

The DASH diet recommends increasing the amount of calcium-rich foods that you eat. Skim milk is an excellent source of calcium and is low in fat, another important element of a diet for lowering blood pressure.

Swap out your higher-fat milk for skim milk, or if you don’t care for milk, eat more low-fat or non-fat yogurt. Just watch out for those that are high in sugar.

Oatmeal

 

High-fiber, low-fat, and low-sodium foods are just what you want for lowering your blood pressure, and oatmeal fits the bill. Oatmeal for your breakfast is a great way to charge up for the day.

On its own, oatmeal can be bland, but refrain from adding too much sugar. Instead, add fresh or frozen berries to sweeten it up, and maybe just a touch of honey.

Bananas

 

Bananas are a great way to add potassium to your diet. Adding foods that are rich in this mineral to your diet is better than taking supplements, and it’s easy. Slice a banana into your breakfast cereal or oatmeal, or take one to work every day for a quick, easy, and inexpensive snack.

40 Amazing Uses for Aloe Vera!

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in Apollo Health Blog | 5 comments

40 Amazing Uses for Aloe Vera!

There are many Aloe vera uses that can benefit both your body and mind:

Aloe secretes a minimum of half-dozen organic antiseptics, that happen to be capable of destroying fungus, harmful bacteria, and also germs and viruses. Also, it is considered to be useful for curing injuries and burns, minor skin disease, abnormal growths, all forms of diabetes, increased blood fats in human beings, nastier and on-going disorders like genital herpes, eczema, skin psoriasis , dandruff, skin ulcers, blisters, and so on.

40 Ways To Use Aloe Vera

Topical Aloe Uses

1. Pamper yourself to a soothing body rub. Slice aloe leaves lengthwise and use the inner sides as a biodegradable body scrub in the shower.

2. Treat burns from minor mishaps in the kitchen—from grease splatters or hot utensils.

3. For more major kitchen mishaps like a scald, mix some aloe gel and vitamin E oil into a little jar for a homemade burn healer.

4. Banish black and blue bruises by swapping on the good goo.

5. Soothe and heal sunburns the feel-good way. Aloe contains cooling properties similar to menthol.

6. Take the sting or itch out of insect bites.

7. Reduce tissue damage from frostbite.

8. Alleviate mysterious rashes.

9. Make feet baby soft with an exfoliating foot mask by mixing together a half cup of oatmeal, a half cup of corn meal, four tbsp. of aloe vera gel and a half cup of unscented body lotion.

10. Help heal herpes outbreaks.

11. Fight Athlete’s Foot.

12. Swab over blisters for quick relief.

13. Use as an antidote to allergic skin reactions.

14. Replace creams and lotions as a general moisturizer for dry skin. Aloe is fast absorbing!

15. Prevent pesky pimples and treat acne.

16. Soothe Psoriasis.

17. Prevent scarring and stretch marks.

18. Help rid of Rosacea.

19. Shrink warts.

20. Reverse signs of aging skin and wrinkles. Cleopatra did!

21. Help eliminate Eczema.

22. Brighten skin. Aloe can decrease pigmentation and dark spots.

23. Make skin new again with an exfoliating, organic sugar scrub by mixing together two tbsp. of aloe vera, 2 tbsp. of organic brown sugar and 1 tsp. of organic lemon juice.

24. For rougher patches mix together an organic salt skin scrub using two cups of sea salt, one cup of aloe vera, one cup of organic coconut oil and two tbsp. of local, organic honey.

25. Speed up hair growth by massaging aloe into the scalp, letting it sit for 30 minutes, and rinsing.

26. Reduce hair dandruff by mixing aloe vera juice with coconut milk and wheat germ oil. Massage into scalp and rinse.

27. Replace aloe with conditioner for silkier, smoother hair.

28. Remove eye makeup.

29. Treat minor vaginal irritations.

29. Treat minor vaginal irritations.

30. Drink aloe vera juice to relieve gastrointestinal disorders like indigestion.

31. Sip it to aid in elimination. Many times, it’s recommended for its laxative effects.

32. Take a swig to reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome including bloating and discomfort.

33. Take aloe orally to relieve heartburn, arthritis and rheumatism pain.

34. Boil leaves in a pan of water and breathe in the vapor to alleviate asthma.

35. Drink to lower blood sugar levels—especially for diabetics.

36. Strengthen gums and promote strong, healthy teeth by taking orally or use toothpaste with aloe vera ingredients.

37. Drink to help ease congestion, stomach ulcers, colitis, hemorrhoids, urinary tract infections and prostate problems.

38. Take orally to reduce cholesterol and triglycerides for a healthy heart.

39. Sip to minimize inflammation and infection of the eye and ear.

40. Toast to its general detoxifier and health boosting qualities!

Top 10 stress relief tips

Posted by on Jul 30, 2014 in Apollo Health Blog | Comments Off

Top 10 stress relief tips

We all know what pressure is like at work with meetings and deadlines. However, stress develops if workers can no longer cope with the pressures placed upon them.

Here we look at 10 top tips for reducing stress at work:

1: Learn to manage your time more effectively

We waste a lot of time doing unimportant tasks so prioritise your day and do the important jobs first.

The unimportant ones can wait, and often they will disappear completely leaving you time to do other things.

Also do not put off the unpleasant tasks. Every time we think about them we cause ourselves stress. Give an unpleasant task a high priority and do it first.

2: Adopt a healthy lifestyle

If we eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly and ensure we get adequate rest our body is better able to cope with stress should it occur.

3: Know your limitations and do not take on too much

We cause ourselves a great deal of stress because we like people to like us and do not want to let people down.

We then end up doing more than we should. Learn to be assertive and how to say no without upsetting or offending people.

4: Find out what causes you stress

Take time to discover what is worrying you and try to change your behaviour to reduce it.

5: Avoid unnecessary conflict

Don’t be too argumentative. Is it really worth the stress? Look for win – win situations.

Look for a solution to a dispute where both parties can achieve a positive outcome.

6: Accept the things you cannot change

Changing a difficult situation is not always possible. If this proves to be the case recognise and accept things as they are.

7: Take time out to relax and recharge your batteries

You will perform much better after a break and easily make up the time you used relaxing.

8: Find time to meet friends.

Friends help us see things in a different way. The activities we engage in with friends usually help us relax and we will often have a good laugh.

It boosts the immune system which is often depleted during stress.

If you do become stressed engage in some form of physical activity. It works off the biochemical and physical changes that occur within your body due to stress.

Relaxation helps your body return to its normal healthy state. Good relaxation techniques include breathing exercises, massage and a variety of complimentary therapies.

9: Try to see things differently

If something is bothering you try to see it differently. Talk over your problem with somebody before it gets out of proportion.

Often, talking to somebody else will help you see things from a different and less stressful perspective.

10: Avoid alcohol, nicotine and caffeine as coping mechanisms

Long term, these faulty coping mechanisms will just add to the problem.

For example, caffeine is a stimulant and our body reacts to this with the stress response.