September 12, 2011

Top 10 Ways to Clear Your Skin

Filed under: acne — Tags: , , — Kcondon @ 4:24 pm
  1. Wash your face daily. The most common thing a person with acne should do is wash their face regularly. It is important to wash your face with a cleansing product once or twice a day in order to remove any sweat or dirt which has accumulated on your skin. Always rinse your face thoroughly to ensure no cleanser is left on your face.
  2. Keep your hair clean and off your face. A person’s hair can become oily after a couple of days therefore it is important to wash it often to ensure that no oil is running down your face causing your face to break out. Wash your hair and keep it as clean as possible and off your face. Hair products such as mouse or gel often clog your pores therefore don’t let your treated hair fall on your face.
  3. Stop touching your acne. A common thing people with acne do is touch their pimples or blemishes; this is very tempting but should be contained. Touching your acne only causes the problem to get worse. Like your hair, your hands are not only oily but also have dirt on them which can seep into your skin causing the blemish to become infected. Attempting to pop or squeeze or pick at your pimples only irritates the skin and causes the area to become redder and even more damaged.
  4. Drink more water. It is important for any person to drink plenty of water but it’s even more important for a person with acne to do so. When the skin is dehydrated, dead skin cells remain on the skin blocking your pores and increasing the chances of acne. It is important to drink at least two liters of water a day in order to minimize the chance of pimples arising. As for what not to drink, you should reduce the consumption of caffeine. Caffeine increases the levels of stress hormones which aggravates your acne.
  5. Choose healthier foods. Increasing consumption of various fruits, nuts, and seeds in your diet can give your body the minerals and vitamins needed to prevent acne. Also, reducing the consumption of sugar and refined carbohydrates can reduce the chances of having acne. Both refined carbohydrates and sugar has been shown to increase insulin in the body which in turn increases the male hormones which makes the skin discharge large amounts of sebum which encourages bacterial growth. This bacterial growth in the body is what causes acne therefore reducing the starting ingredient which is sugar and refined carbohydrates can reduce acne.
  6. Reduce your intake of red meat and dairy. When your body is unable to digest or eliminate waste, it is released onto your skin causing acne. Red meat is known to be quite difficult for a person’s body to digest therefore it can later on cause acne on your skin. As for dairy products, people grow intolerant to some of these products making it rise up as acne.
  7. Reduce Stress. Stress is often what causes acne especially in the years that follow puberty. In order to reduce acne it is important to reduce your stress. There are different ways a person can do this but a common way to reduce stress is through exercise or through relaxation techniques. This could include yoga, meditation, Tai chi, and many others. The important thing is to choose an activity which releases your stress the best in order to reduce your acne.
  8. Consider taking prescription medication. There are various acne medications which you can choose from. It is important that you choose the right one in order to eliminate your acne problems. A great prescription medication which is sold at is called Medrol Acne lotion. This medication has two main ingredients; one which reduces the swelling and redness of your acne and the other which kills the bacteria that causes the acne. This is a great choice for people who wish to treat their acne.
  9. Choose probiotics. In our bodies we not only have bad bacteria but also good which helps our digestive tract work therefore antibiotics kill both the good and bad. This causes our digestive system to become unable to absorb essential vitamins and minerals. This in turn causes your body to be unable to eliminate waste which leads to the creation of acne.
  10. Be exposed to the sun. It is a well known fact that sunshine causes the production of vitamin D in the body which leads to healthy skin. Being outdoors in the fresh air and sunlight also reduces stress and spreads oxygen through your skin which helps prevent acne.

September 1, 2011

Four Tips on Hot to Control Blood Sugar Levels

Filed under: blood sugar levels — Tags: , , — Kcondon @ 10:34 pm

The talk about lowering ones blood sugar levels and cholesterol is growing as our country is facing a high blood sugar pandemic. It isn’t new that we live in a fast food society fill with unhealthy alternatives. The talk about the “fat” situation we are in isn’t new either. So why can’t we as a nation lower our blood sugar levels? It is because we are not serious about what we really need to lower our blood sugar levels. What is necessary is control. Control is what our nation is missing. Here are 4 ways of controlling blood sugar levels and regain control of you self.


The first tip is perhaps the most obvious one but as we all know it is also the hardest one to stay in control of besides eating. Extra fat will make your body resistant to the action of insulin. Losing fat will improve the insulin activity and in doing so reduces your blood glucose levels. This means increasing your physical activity. Exercise can be fun if you make it. You need to fist fight the battle in your head and take control of your schedule to make the time to work out and stay focused during the workout. Once you begin to see results controlling your self will be easy.

Avoid Carbohydrates and Saturated Fats

Carbohydrates and saturated fats are everywhere today. It seems like you can’t go out to eat without it somehow sneaking onto your plate. Wrong! Our society may be overflowing with fatty foods but the alternatives are out there. When you’re hungry take control of your hunger and look for that healthy alternative if it means spending a few more minutes deciding in the grocery store or restaurant. Also don’t be ashamed to ask the waiter or waitress what’s healthy on here? You will be setting a good example and you will feel a lot better knowing you asked.

Get Closer to Nature

Processed foods are what got you high blood sugar levels. So take control and get yourself away from it. Getting yourself way from the processed foods means getting in touch with nature. Remember nature? Well it still remembers you. Try going to farmers markets and buy organic vegetables and fruits. Bakers make great whole grain bread that you just can’t get from your regular market. Make food fun. Take control of your day and make the time to shop healthy so later on you won’t have the excuse that you have nothing to cook with or nothing to munch on.

Portion Control

Too much of anything is bad. Be aware of what you eat, when you eat it and how often. A good way of portion control is eating slowly. It takes about 15 minutes for your stomach to tell you brain that you’re full. So take your time enjoy your healthy food. Blood sugar levels often spike up after a meal so if you have smaller meals thought the day you can keep the blood sugar levels steady and normal.

August 21, 2011

The Healthy Effects of Music

Filed under: music — Tags: , , — Kcondon @ 10:05 pm

Before you turn that music down, listen up to this news. Have you ever wondered why so many of us can’t get enough of our music? Why has music been around since prehistoric times? If you have ever asked these questions, the following may help shed some light on this topic.

Music has been found to influence our moods and perspectives. Countless studies have found that the emotions conveyed by instrumental music, singers, and even musicians can be transferred to the listener and become a part of their own emotions. You and many other people have already experienced this transference of emotion before this effect of music had been established. For example, when going for a run or when about to start a work out people tend to choose music with upbeat tempos and energetic tones. In the same manner, when attempting to fall asleep, people choose to listen to soft, relaxing music. Music is used clinically to treat people in pain, or treat people with psychological problems (called music therapy). Recently, music has been found to significantly reduce anxiety in cancer patients.

If you have ever been annoyed with your teen’s choice of music, this interesting piece of information may pacify you. Music has been found to affect the brain and to produce a natural “high” similar to that of sex and illicit drugs. The high created by music can be credited towards the dopamine released in the brain. Researchers found this high to be most intense and pleasurable when the individual is listening to his or her preferred type of music, whether it be rock, pop, punk, country, or hip hop. Teens can be moody even with their music, so why not let them be happy, especially when the source of their happiness is from something as healthy as music?

Studies have found that children and teens who are regularly involved in music performance and music appreciation classes tend to do better academically, especially in math. Researchers have studied data provided by the US Department of Education in which they discovered that students who consistently practiced and studied music since middle and high school are more adept in twelfth grade mathematics when compared to their non-musical peers. These students were also found to score higher in SATs significantly. Music lessons have also been found to increase the self-esteem of both children and teens, as they tend to gain confidence when mastering new skills.

Music can also influence the manner in which your brain functions, and its shape. Learning to play music can enhance intelligence, improve concentration and also increase the size of grey matter in the right auditory cortex. Listening to music has been found to lower blood pressure and improve your heart rate as well.

August 9, 2011

Welcome to the Canada Med Shop Blog

Filed under: canada med shop — Breanna @ 11:04 pm

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