Month: June 2012

June is National Migraine Awareness Month

According to the National Headache Foundation an estimated 28 million Americans suffer from migraines. Migraines are painful headaches often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light. Women tend to be more prone to migraines than men; many suffering four or more attacks a month, lasting from four hours to three days.

The exact causes of migraines are unknown, however there can be certain things that trigger the headache such as dehydration, bright lights, weather changes, genetics, etc. They can be treated with various drugs and preventatives. But also, natural remedies such as the cranial sacral massage can reduce frequency and severity of migraines.

A massage can help to manage migraines because it reduces stress and relieves tension- a common cause of migraines. Research at The Touch Institute of the University of Miami School of Medicine found that massage therapy decreased the occurrence of headaches, sleep disturbances and distress symptoms while increasing serotonin levels in adults with migraine headaches.

To acknowledge National Migraine Awareness Month, schedule a massage to help with your migraine symptoms and give you peace of mind. You can also, check out Chronic Migraine Awareness on Facebook for more information and tips. http://www.facebook.com/ChronicMigrainAwareness?ref=ts

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Foods for Flawless Skin

Unless you are miraculously blessed with perfect skin, we all have to factor skincare into our daily lives. While daily cleansing and the occasional facial are paramount in the battle for perfect skin we often times forget that we can improve our skin from the inside as well. There are super foods out there that you can implement into your everyday diet that will help get you that radiant glowing skin we all long for.

Mangoes are a great “face food”. They hold more than 80% of the daily requirements of vitamin A, which helps to maintain and repair skin cells. Mangoes are also rich in antioxidants, which fight free radical damage that can prematurely age the skin. 

Avocados are not only yummy but very beneficial for your skin, too! They are abundant in essential oils and B-complex vitamins that help to nourish your skin inside and out. If you’re not an avocado-lover you can still reap the benefits by creating an avocado face mask to help solve dry skin problems instantly!

Almonds are another food great for skin. You can find 150% of your daily vitamin E needs inside these nuts.

Baked potatoes – sorry, not the fried ones, are also good for your skin. Eating one baked potato with the skin will give you 75% of what your daily copper intake should be. Copper works with vitamin C and zinc to produce the elastin fibers that support skin structure.

 Always remember that anything rich in omega 3’s and biotin will do wonders for your skin. Keeping a regular skin care regiment and staying hydrated will also keep your skin glowing!

 Try some of these yummy fun recipes for stunning skin! http://www.lifescript.com/health/centers/psoriasis/tips/7_recipes_for_stunning_skin.aspx