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Homemade Facial Scrubs and Masks

Posted in Health and Fitness, Tips with tags , , on February 6, 2010 by annepotz

Why settle for expensive treatments and exfoliating products when you can make your own facial scrubs at home? Save your money. Here are some beauty recipes that I recently discovered, cheaper than the commercialized beauty products in the market. Try and see the results, it’s all natural.

  • Oatmeal Smoother
    1/2 cup ground oatmeal.(easy to do, just put non-instant oatmeal in a blender or food processor and process until ground)
    1/2 cup powdered milk

-Mix this dry mixture together.

-Store in zip bag, jar or tin. Can be used daily.

TO USE: Mix 2 tsp of dry mix with 2 tsp water to make a paste. Stir until smooth paste is formed. Massage onto face and throat. Rinse. If you want to exfoliate, add some coarse salt or ground almonds to the mixture.

  • Sugar (that’s it, plain old Sugar!)

Sugar works great, but  if you’re prone to acne or fungus because it can cause bacteria or fungus to grow if it’s not washed off completely, great results.

  • Baking Soda + Water

Good for everyday use. To loosen blackheads, combine equal parts baking soda and water in your hand and rub gently on your skin for 2 to 3 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

  • Banana Scrub

-2 teaspoons mashed banana

-2 teaspoons rolled oats

-1 teaspoon milk

-1 teaspoon honey

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until it forms a smooth paste-like  substance. Apply to face and leave it for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes massage it in your face. Rinse off thoroughly with warm water. This scrub works as a peel. The dead skin cells adhere to the slightly dried paste and are removed by the friction created when you gently massage it over your face.

  • Papaya Facial Scrub

Mash a piece of ripe papaya, then add 1/2 tsp brown sugar and rub your face with it. Leave it on for 20 minutes and rinse well. Your skin will be fresh and glowing. Feel the difference!

  • Tomato Scrub

First, choose a ripe and good tomato. Pound it and then take the juice. And then apply it on your clean face. Let it stay for about 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, wash your face again with warm water. You will find a spectacular result. Your face will feel very smooth and soft.

  • Egg White Scrub

For oily skin, you can have this kind of mask to take away the oil away from your skin. Get the white part of an egg, squeeze some lemon drops into it. Stir it for a bit and then apply it onto your clean face. Let it stay for 20 minutes. When you feel it hardened you can wash your face with warm water. You will feel no more oil on your face, and it can keep your face clean. It can actually get rid of the oil for about two days. Isn’t it amazing?

  • Milk and Potato Mask

Get half of a potato, boil it. Pound the boiled potato after. Pour milk onto it, mix and apply to your face. Let the mixture stay on your face for about 30 minutes until the milk gets dry. Then you can wash your face with warm water to open pores.


When a Family Member Suffers Dementia

Posted in Medicine, Nursing, Own Story with tags , , on February 5, 2010 by annepotz

“The oldest trees often bear the sweetest fruit.” –German proverb

I grew up with my grandmother. She took care of me since I was 11-month old. She was the one who guided and molded me into what I am now. I can say she’s like my mother. People will have to come to a point when they age. My grandmother is 72 years old now and she has been behaving so strangely for more than a year now.

My mama and I will always argue about my lola’s condition. She will insist that my grandma is bewitched. Oh well, I am a nurse. I don’t believe in such things.

This is when I started to suspect that she has dementia. Indeed, the signs and symptoms were being manifested already. I want to tackle the disease and point out why I came to this conclusion.

Dementia is a word for a group of symptoms caused by disorders that affect the brain. It is not a specific disease. People with dementia may not be able to think well enough to do normal activities, such as getting dressed or eating. They may lose their ability to solve problems or control their emotions. Their personalities may change. They may become agitated or see things that are not there.

The most common symptom of dementia is memory loss. My lola will have a tendency to forget simple things. However, memory loss by itself does not mean you have dementia.

How common is dementia?

Dementia is a common condition. In England alone, there are currently 570,000 people living with dementia. That number is expected to double over the next 30 years.

Usually dementia occurs in people who are 65 or over. The older you get, the more likely you are to develop it.

It is estimated that dementia occurs in:

  • 1.4% of men and 1.5% of women aged between 65 and 69,
  • 3.1% of men and 2.2% of women aged between 70 and 74,
  • 5.6% of men and 7.1% of women aged between 75 and 79,
  • 10.2 % of men and 14.1% of women aged between 80 and 84, and
  • 19.6% of men and 27.5% of women aged 85 or over.

Types of dementia

Listed below are the different types of dementia.

  • Alzheimer’s disease, where small clumps of protein, known as plaques, begin to develop around brain cells. This disrupts the normal workings of the brain.
  • Vascular dementia, where problems with blood circulation result in parts of the brain not receiving enough blood and oxygen.
  • Dementia with Lewy bodies, where abnormal structures, known as Lewy bodies, develop inside the brain.
  • Frontotemporal dementia, where the frontal and temporal lobes (two parts of the brain) begin to shrink. Unlike other types of dementia, frontotemporal dementia usually develops in people who are under 65. It is much rarer than other types of dementia.

What causes dementia?

Dementia is caused by the destruction of brain cells. A head injury, a stroke, a brain tumor or a problem like Alzheimer’s disease can damage brain cells. Some people have a family history of dementia.  Well, my grandmother has a history of hypertension.

What are the common signs and symptoms of dementia?

Dementia causes many problems for the person who has it and for the person’s family. Many of the problems are caused by memory loss. Some common symptoms of dementia are listed below. Not everyone who has dementia will experience all of these symptoms. The following are present in my grandmother:

  • Recent memory loss. People with dementia will always forget simple things. My grandmother will ask what the time is, every 5 minutes. Or sometimes she keeps on asking what the date is about 5-10 times.
  • Difficulty performing familiar tasks. After bath, she used to hang her bath robe in a hanger, but oftentimes, she just leave it in the bathroom.
  • Problems with language. She will always forget simple words or use the wrong words.
  • Time and place disorientation. She’s always disoriented. She has a blurred vision. When she naps in the afternoon and wakes up, she will not know what the time is and where she is.
  • Poor judgment. She forgot to put her sweater on despite the cold weather. Simple things are forgotten.
  • Problems with abstract thinking. The budgeting in the house is taken cared of by my lola. Well, she always forgets the total sum of her money and what to do with it.
  • Misplacing things. She’ll always forget where her glasses are. She’ll put it on her wooden chair and will look for it in her bed.
  • Changes in mood. Sometimes, she’s irritable. Simple things may annoy her. At times, when she is hallucinating, she will become so violent and angry.
  • Personality changes. Lola sometimes is irritable, suspicious or fearful.
  • Loss of initiative. Lola is passive. She always wants to just listen to her radio.

Some families may experience what we are experiencing. It may be so hard to accept the fact that the people we love will have to undergo this kind of misery. We just have to strengthen our family support constantly and be more patient in taking care of them. We should understand the condition and not be judgmental about it. As for my lola’s case, she’s old. And I think I made her proud, at least. I have to take care of her just like the way she did. Once in a while I get so impatient especially when she hallucinates or gets moody. But then, all we need is to be there for them and understand what they feel. We owe it to them.


Kape Kape Kape

Posted in Health and Fitness with tags , , on February 5, 2010 by annepotz

“Insomnia is a symptom which can accompany several sleep, medical and psychiatric disorders, characterized by persistent difficulty falling asleep and/or staying asleep despite the opportunity.” –WIKIPEDIA

Hindi na naman ako makatulog. Ilang weeks na din. Di ko lang talaga alam kung ano’ng dahilan. Dahil siguro sa pag-inom ko ng hindi bababa sa limang tasa ng kape araw-araw. Kapag ako ang nagkape, gusto ko matapang, pero di naman ako masyado nerbyosa, slight lang. Usually kalahating kutsara ng kape ang nilalagay ko sa bawat tasang tinitimpla ko, ganun ako kalakas magkape.

Ano nga ba ang nakukuha sa kape? According sa research, nababawasan ang posibilidad na magkaroon ng Alzheimer’s Disease, gall stones (bato sa apdo), Parkinson’s Disease. Nagiging mas matalas pa ang memory ng isang tao at tumataas ang Intelligence Quotient (IQ). Nakakatulong din laban sa Diabetes Mellitus at Cancer. May methylpyridinium ito na nagsisilbing antioxidant sa ating katawan.

Naparesearch tuloy ako sa benefits ng coffee nyan. Lahat ng bagay sabi nila, kapag kulang o sobra nakakasama. Heto, epekto ng kape di na naman ako makatulog. Sana mabawasan ko ang pagkakape ko, I long for a good night sleep kasi. Mabuti pa mag-water therapy na lang ako para makatulog na ako ng maayos.

Confessions of an OVERWEIGHT

Posted in Health and Fitness, Medicine with tags , , on February 4, 2010 by annepotz

I just read recently that one in five of us inherited the ‘unfitness genes”, meaning whatever pilates or any form of exercise that you do, you will still end up, FAT! I began to think, if I got one. Well you can’t resist a sumptuous meal and sometimes you end up eating, eating and eating.

When I was in college, I am so overweight, until now, I guess. But apparently, I have learned to lose so much weight . I began to be conscious of my health and of course, of my appearance.  It’s in the genes. My relatives on the mother’s side are so chubby. I am into binge eating. I eat, eat and eat, not caring if the food I ate contains a high amount of unhealthy fats and cholesterol.

My aunt will usually come home from abroad and upon seeing me, she’ll burst out like, “Anne, you’re so big!”.  During those times I would just shrug my shoulders and not mind what she’s telling me. I will look at the mirror and will not notice  the reality that I’m getting so big and so overweight. My professor will always joke around in class about me and my friends (they are big too) as ‘Pugad Baboy’ and it will be followed by the loud outburst of laughter of our classmates. One time I was fed up and pouted at my professor, showing great disappointment. It was too much for me to tolerate.

That’s when I began to look in the mirror closely. And alas, I realized that I am really BIG. I reasoned out that it’s in our genes, so I can’t do anything about it. But the sad reality came, I look ugly being big and I was afraid that I will be unhealthy if I continue to be a chubby girl.

Then, I cut the unhealthy foods that I was eating, I lessened my rice intake, I minimized my intake of pork and beef. I ate veggies, which I don’t usually eat. Along with it, I exercised.

Now, I’m still a little chubby but then, I feel healthier. I realized that the unhealthy gene is a big factor, but nonetheless, our lifestyle and food discipline influence our health more.