Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy – Find Out What Food You Can Take When Pregnant

As a pregnant woman, you are concerned with the well-being and safety of your child. As such, foods to avoid during pregnancy are vital to be followed because whatever you eat affects you, your health, your growing fetus and his health.

Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful things that can ever happen to a woman. Can you just imagine how childbirth happens, how the mother cries in pain? Have you realized the connection between a mother and child as the umbilical cord is cut? Life is so mysterious and amazing that a small fetus can grow inside the womb as he develops his heart, lungs and other vital organs for him to survive life outside the womb. Really, what keeps the baby growing and developing? It’s the blood, the placenta and the nutrients by the mother can keep the baby growing. However, as to what extent the mother can give nutrients to his child?

When you are pregnant, you are not allowed to go on a restricted diet. As this is the case, the mother usually eats whatever she wants. She would even have cravings on ice creams, cakes, fruits or whatever she likes, and if these are not provided she starts to have tantrums. Normally, pregnancy can give rise to the caloric needs of the body by 300, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that a mother has to eat everything to give enough nutrients for the fetus. Remember, whatever goes into your mouth will also reach to the baby at some point, and it is not healthy, it will pose a great risk to your baby. As such, moderation is really important in pregnancy. You have to be conscious of the food that you can or cannot eat especially on the first trimester (12 weeks) of pregnancy because that’s the stage where the vital organs of the fetus are formed.

If you are a responsible mother, you will be taking control of yourself and of your personal cravings. You can eat but choose what is healthy and what is not. As such, this article is intended for the expectant mothers. The article will help you understand what foods to avoid during pregnancy and what is the reason for avoiding it.

Do you want to have a healthy baby? Do you want to have a normal and safe delivery? Well, if you want it, you can, for 9 months, you have to be responsible not only for yourself but for your new baby.

  • Raw Meat: Fresh or rare meats are simply not an option while pregnant. Rare meats such as one of the choices in steak may contain bacteria which are harmful to your unborn baby. You can also likely to experience food poisoning so be sure to ask for your meat to be cooked well.
  • Deli Meats: Deli meats are prepared meats common in hot dogs, turkey, beef and chicken preparations. It should only be consumed when re-heated. The bacteria in it can cause miscarriage or death of fetus inside the womb.
  • Undercooked eggs: Undercooked eggs have the potential to contain bacteria called Salmonella. Raw eggs are usually found in island dressings. As such, it is important to check out the label before eating. Signs of salmonella include fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. When a pregnant mother has fever, there’s an infection, it can pass through the unborn baby causing a life threat to her. Diarrhea can cause dehydration, when dehydration happens, nutrients are lessened so as nutrients needed for the unborn baby.

As such, when indulging in eggs during your pregnancy, keep the following in mind:

  • Keep eggs always refrigerated until it is cooked.
  • Never use cracked eggs.
  • Wash all utensils that are in contact with raw eggs.
  • Eat the eggs immediately after cooking.
  • Foods that contain eggs should be kept refrigerated.
  • Unpasteurized foods: There are many low-fat dairy products such as skim milk, mozzarella cheese and cottage cheese can be a healthy part of your diet. However. Unpasteurized milk is not healthy. These products may lead to food-borne illness and may cause diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal cramps. Here are some unpasteurized foods you cannot consume:
  • – Camembert
  • – Blue cheese
  • Fish: Seafood is a great source of protein and iron. The omega-3 fatty acids in most fishes can help in developing your baby’s brain. In fact, research shows that without seafood on a diet during pregnancy may contribute to poor verbal skills, behavioral problems and other developmental issue. However, some fish and shellfish contain mercury which is dangerous for health. Your baby’s developing nervous system will be damaged if too much mercury is being taken.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) encourage pregnant women to avoid:

  • Shark
  • King mackerel
  • Tilefish
  • Sword fish

The FDA and EPA say pregnant women can safely eat up to 12 ounces or 340 grams a week of:

  • Salmon
  • Shrimps
  • Pollock
  • Catfish
  • Cod
  • Caffeine: Although a small amount of caffeine is okay for pregnant mother, generally, caffeine should be avoided during pregnancy. High amounts of caffeine consumption are related to birth defects and increased risks of miscarriage. Avoid caffeine entirely during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy to reduce the risk of miscarriage. Caffeine intake of more than four to seven cups of coffee a day appears to double the risk of miscarriage.
  • Alcohol: Even a small amount of alcohol is not allowed. When you take alcohol, it’s like your baby is also taking it and can cause harm to the fetus’ development.
  • Artificial Sweeteners: If you are a soft drink addict and you are pregnant, you have to switch to another type of drink. When you have a sweet tooth, get away from that during pregnancy. You may be at risk in diabetes (increase blood sugar) and the baby may get bigger which may be difficult for you to deliver.

It is truly important to avoid foods during pregnancy. It is necessary for pregnant mothers to learn which foods are safe to eat and which foods you should avoid. When you know what foods you need to avoid, you will provide, in one way or the other, the best possible environment for your baby to grow and develop normally. A healthy pregnancy will always depend not only through prenatal check up, but also through a healthy diet.

As such, for the best possible health benefits, talk to your reliable obstetrician about a balanced diet rich in nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Upon knowing it, you will be able to plan healthy meals for you and your baby.

Sprott Analyst Has Zero Doubt on Higher Natural Gas Prices

Introduction: We talked with Sprott Asset Management Research Analyst Eric Nuttall about the natural gas situation in Canada and the fate of many CBM gas producers and developers. Since our last conversation spot natural gas prices have dropped by 15 percent. Natural gas storage levels are about 2.5 trillion cubic feet, some 423 billion cubic feet higher than a year ago.

Eric Nuttall told us, “Nearly all small-cap natural gas producers have taken it in the teeth this year. The price decreases in their stocks have been absolutely brutal. There are now companies whose stocks are down 40 percent year-to-date, and yet are still strongly growing production on an adjusted share basis.” How will the CBM and natural gas sector pan out through the end of this year? He believes the gas storage surplus will correct itself.

StockInterview: How are the lower natural gas prices impacting Coalbed Methane producers?

Eric Nuttall: For many CBM or shallow gas producers, this means their current drilling program is likely uneconomic, suggesting deferrals in drilling programs until natural gas prices strengthen. It is this very supply response that we need to balance storage levels, so it should not come as a complete surprise.

StockInterview: What, then, should investors do while storage levels are rebalancing?

Eric Nuttall: I would view this period as an opportunity for medium to long-term minded individuals to start building positions in not just unconventional gas producers, but conventional ones as well. The long-term fundamentals are still extremely bullish for natural gas. Many quality names are down 20 to 40 percent year-to-date.

StockInterview: How do you view the long-term fundamentals for gas?

Eric Nuttall: North American natural gas production has been in decline for several years. Most incremental production is coming from smaller, more expensive-to-drill, thinner economic, higher decline pools and reservoirs. Over the past five years first-year decline rates on natural gas wells have doubled to 50 percent. The base decline rate has also doubled to approximately 25 to 30 percent. Pool size has also decreased materially over that time frame. The Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin and much of the US producing basins are mature. Consequently, higher and higher natural gas prices are required to create incentive for producers to drill increasingly marginal wells.

StockInterview: And you expect a continuation of declining natural gas production? And that is that your premise for higher natural gas pricing?

Eric Nuttall: Conventional gas production has been in decline for many years, and the growth areas have largely been unconventional, such as the Piceance Basin (tight gas), the Barnett Shale (shale gas), and the Jonah Field (tight, deep gas). Also, many of the growth assets, such as the Barnett Shale, are already a few years into development, and because the wells have such a steep decline rate in the first few years, it is only adding to the depleting base that we have to make up. It is unlikely that over the next three years, the increase in unconventional gas can offset the decline in conventional, because the depleting base is so much larger. The major natural gas basins in North America are mature. Decline rates are increasing. Pool size is decreasing. Rig count is increasing yet production is at best flat. Until LNG imports increase in a material way, which is not expected for at least four or five more years, I think the case for healthy natural gas prices is intact.

StockInterview: Earlier, you noted drilling was more expensive.

Eric Nuttall: Over the past year, onshore drillings costs are up over 15 percent while operating costs are up over 10 percent. A recent Wall Street Journal article commented on how rig rates for the Gulf of Mexico, on very deep drilling platforms, are as high as $520,000 per day, up from $185,000 a few years ago. And the drilling platforms are still leaving the Gulf of Mexico! Although many are leaving the Gulf of Mexico to go to more prospective areas such as the West African Coast, the current rig situation is still somewhat tight in the Gulf. We have only begun to see signs of moderating rig rate pricing.

StockInterview: How would bad weather, such as a hurricane, impact natural gas prices?

Eric Nuttall: Short term, you would see both natural gas and related stocks surge. If a hurricane strikes the producing area of the Gulf, and we almost need one to – to correct the surplus supply situation. Initially, you’ll have an emotional upward response. Only after assessing the status of production platforms and sub-sea infrastructure would we know the longer-term impact.

StockInterview: Should investors be watching the Weather Channel and ready to phone their stockbrokers?

Eric Nuttall: Timing on any natural gas investment right now is tricky. You need to have a medium- to longer-term focus. We probably have another two months of volatility. There are two camps right now on natural gas. One camp is saying that due to bloated storage levels companies are going to increasingly lay down their drilling rigs, cut production guidance, and stress their balance sheets. Then in the fall, when companies set their 2007 budgets, they will be using low gas prices and presenting moderating production growth profiles to their investors.

StockInterview: What does the other camp say?

Eric Nuttall: Another camp says that the current natural gas strip already discounts the present and forecasted storage levels. Also, stocks are cheap on a price-to-cash flow and price-to-net asset value ratios, and now is the time to load up on the stocks. I lean towards this viewpoint. But I am also admitting that until the fall, barring a severe hurricane, it is likely that the stocks are going to trade sideways, as opposed to in any clear direction.

StockInterview: One equities strategist, whom we interviewed, suggested some time in August we might start to see the natural gas stocks moving higher.

Eric Nuttall: There is the potential that we might endure another month or two of flat trading in small cap natural gas stocks. By the end of August, it is likely that we will have had both a supply and demand response – worries of massive laying down of rigs, forced well shut-in’s, and overleveraged balance sheets should have subsided. Investors will begin to focus on the natural gas strip rather than spot prices, which currently are around $9.00 for the upcoming winter and $8.00 for next summer.

StockInterview: And until then?

Eric Nuttall: Until that time comes, I think it likely, as a group, the large caps will outperform. They are more weighted towards oil, and have recently been catching a bid on the heel of a huge $22 billion all-cash takeover by Anadarko of Western Gas and Kerr-McGee. Importantly for unconventional gas investors, Anadarko paid around $2.00 for 3P (Possible) Mcf, which is very healthy (Western Gas was predominantly tight gas in Wyoming and coalbed methane in the Powder River Basin). It speaks to Anadarko’s view of strong long-term natural gas fundamentals. These all-cash transactions likely set the bottom in the large caps.

StockInterview: What do you see for the near-term?

Eric Nuttall: Many people have been hoping that warm weather or hurricanes would assist in working off the excess supply, but Mother Nature hasn’t been terribly helpful so far this summer. It appears that we will exit the natural gas injection season at least 10% over last year. Barring any incredible heat waves or significant hurricanes, natural gas prices are likely to remain sub-$6.50 until the fall. Unless we have a serious hot spell or a significant hurricane, it is likely that natural gas stocks will be very volatile without clear direction over the summer into the fall. I would think not until the fall, probably September – October, when people begin to focus not on natural gas spot prices, but on the strip pricing for the winter, which is still over C$10. Until that time comes, I wouldn’t see any clear direction in the stocks. The market is now providing opportunities to buy companies with high quality management for below-average multiples, commonly measured on a price-to-cash flow metric.

StockInterview: Have you given up on the CBM sector or is it coming back?

Eric Nuttall: There is zero doubt in my mind that natural gas is an excellent long-term investment. We’ve peaked in our ability to increase production meaningfully, just as we have with light oil. I think for there to be an increase in long-term natural gas supply, you have to provide incentive to producers to go drill wells that increasingly have lower economic rates of return. And to do that, you need higher natural gas prices. One of the few remaining growth prospects in Canada for natural gas production is coalbed methane. At current gas prices, the economics are very challenging. So to get a supply response from coalbed methane producers, you again need higher gas prices. The current surplus in gas storage will correct itself, and investors should position themselves ahead of natural gas stocks reacting to this inevitability.

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Tips On Choosing The Best Hair Salon Products

One of the growing trends is for beauty salon owners to develop their own line of hair care products. When you go to pay for your hair cut you will normally see shampoos, conditioners, gels, and other hair care products that the beauty salon sells to their customers. Most salons use the shamppoos, and conditioners, they sell so they can show their customers how well that line works.

If almost every beauty salon is selling some type of merchandise, then how do people know when they have found the best beauty salon product for their hair type? Do you have to buy ever hair care product, at each salon, in order to discover the one that will work best on your hair?

Buying merchandise from every salon would be going to the extreme to find the best hair salon products. There is a simpler, and less expensive, way to find what will work for you.

You start your search by learning what type of hair you have, and what your hair needs. A person that does not have frizzy, dry, or damaged hair, does not need something that treats these conditions. If you have dry, brittle hair, you do not need things that treat oily hair conditions. Discover your hair type so that you can better identify what shampoos, and conditioners, might be right for you.

The best hair salon products are the ones that sell small containers that you can try so that you do not spend a lot of money on an item that does not do what you want it to. Look on the internet, watch television, and ask your friends about different salon items you might try.

Your friends are more than likely your best source of information on shampoos, conditioners, and gels. Your friends usually know what type of hair you have, and how you like to style your hair. They generally know how much you can afford to spend on these types of things so they can recommend different salon products that they have tried to you. Sometimes a friend will even allow you to use some of the shampoo, conditioner, or other item, that they have purchased so you can see if you like the item before you run out and buy it.

Shop the internet and specifically search out things that address the issues you have with your hair. You can do this by typing in the problem in the search box of your favorite browser. Look for items that have trial sizes, and that can be returned for a full refund. These items are more likely to perform well and you will get positive results from.

Ask your favorite hair dresser. If their salon does not sell things you need, then they are usually happy to tell you what they have found that works for them. Many salon workers have to buy their own supplies, and they buy different things to accommodate all of the different hair styles, and hair types they will see.

Marketing Research for NPD

Need meets Demand and Product meets the Needs – Products and concepts of innovative nature are difficult to be researched, owing to their intangibility. An experienced Researcher can help with this by bridging the gap between the new product development opportunities and the unmet needs of the buyer or the potential users by educating the Target audience and planting the seed for it.

Marketing research may be regarded as an experiment that can be unsuccessful if not conducted under the right and suitable conditions. Bottom-up approach of Needs Assessment and Concept Screening is more successful that the top-down approach of trying to fit and create acceptance of a new product or concept into the current market.

Concept Development to Product Launch – Market Research can be a part of the Product development at various stages from Egg implantation into the mother’s womb to the final Delivery of the baby.

Time is Money – Timely market research with high budgets can sometime prove much productive than a long-term but well-budgeted qualitative market research, because of an early launch and the first mover advantage.

Customer is the King – Retaining the existing market share and the users is very important and critical to an organisations health and wellbeing. Research helps in listening to consumer demands, invest in product development, innovation and improvement; and thus, make the customer feel important by being heard; which in turn rewards you with customer loyalty and an increased customer base.

Penetrating New MarketsQualitative Market Research helps find new markets for some old products or helps develop strategies for brand re-positioning or, rejuvenates the product life cycle by helping study the underlying needs of consumers.

Elimination of Ideas with no potential Returns – Research can help reduce the risks of potential hefty investments in future at a very nascent stage, by identifying the market and bouncing it off the identified target audience and focus groups. Thus, it can be a very strong reason to choose the right Market research organisation today… to avoid wrong turns and unseen accidents.

A Research Analyst is at the core of market research and has to use self-analysis, expertise and judgement; in addition to other qualitative research tools available for planning a successful launch of a New Product. These analysts act as moderators of an idea, rather than be a part of it at every step. They help testify, verify and put your beliefs on the right track.

Usefulness of Equity Research Reports

These days, investment banking has become such a crucial need of companies. Without it, they can’t progress. Even NRIs now wish to invest money in India. They however are not able to find lucrative investment opportunities. In that case, it becomes quite necessary that they can get some ample guidance. Without such guidance, their survival is not possible. Such guidance can control the investments they make. When the stock markets are so volatile, foreign investors need proper guidance to be able to proceed quickly.

NRI services are crucial features of the services of any investment aid company. These services ensure that investors can have balanced portfolios, which have a substantial amount of low risk and stable income instruments. On the other hand, they can also have equities, which are volatile income instruments. Equity research is quite crucial for investors so that they are able to make important decisions regarding investment. They can also maximize the return on their investments so that they can gain income quite easily. It’s quite important that investors gain access to such equity research reports.

It’s important that investors don’t put money in investment opportunities which don’t have any futuristic value. Professionals who have great knowledge of various investment sectors and can provide with an impartial view of the market prepare these reports. These reports take so many factors into consideration, which include both the demand and supply factors and condition of the economy. Sometimes, some company fundamentals don’t make it apt for investment. So, the prospective investors get a detailed idea whether the products of a company will have a future demand.

The analysts of such reports also meet the professional managers of the company to gain an insight into what the company plans to become in the long run. Any idea of the company’s strategy, can aid experts in preparing detailed sector income reports. So, when any ordinary investor gets hold of the earnings previews of any company, he can get a better idea of the investment decision. When the investors have hold of company reports they can’t take any wrong investment decision. Such analysts who prepare the reports are MBAs. It is better that any investor should take the services of an autonomous equity research analyst so that he does not gain a fraudulent report.

Investment banks are known to have written fraudulent equity research statements for earning profits. The investors are truly benefitted to have such information because they can trade the security accordingly. They can hold it or dispose it off. If the security does not have any future scope, the investor can do away with it. In fact, such equity analysts make frequent disclosures, which contain relevant market information. They also apply the trading history of the company to get an insight into its futures. They also use the industry information for developing such reports that aid in portfolio management.

Issues and Concerns on

Being beautiful is regarded with high market value. For this reason, not only the celebrities and media persons take extras care on their skin, everyone who wants to stand out among the crowd would do all the things to achieve self-esteem by having a flawless skin.

Although various skin care products are out in the market, still many individuals, including celebrities resort to the natural way of maintaining a distinctive appeal. Because of the study which revealed that many commercial beauty products contain harmful ingredients, the cosmetic s and skin care industry has opened its doors to the safer alternative skin care products.

Using is not futile, as some individuals may think. Contrary to other people’s assumption, continuous and habitual use of natural plant extracts can improve the skin’s health. In fact, the antioxidants that are used by manufacturers of skin care products are from plant extracts.

Ideally, natural beauty skin care items are screened and approved by the FDA before it comes out in the market. But because of the increasing demand, several manufacturers illegally distribute counterfeit products which are not approved by the FDA. As a result, some consumers of organic skin care products contend that the use of natural herbs is harmful.

The fact is, majority of the dermatologist recommend the use of skin treatments with organic ingredients because they are less irritating and seldom to produce side effects. Organic ingredients are safe to be introduced in a living cell such as the skin because it is not regarded by our immune defenses as foreign substances. Hence, better absorption of beneficial nutrients is highly attainable.

However, you should remember that consistency in using the product t is an important factor for its efficiency. Some natural beauty skin care product users say that organic ingredients are not effective, but this could be because of two reasons; first, because of short-term usage of the product. Typically, an organic skin treatment would bring significant and visible results in a matter of two months of habitual use. Secondly, expired product. Although natural ingredients are used as an ingredient, preservatives are still needed to keep those it active. However, some manufacturers fail to include the product expiration in the container. Hence, some will mistakenly think that it all natural skin treatments are defective.

Women Health: During Pregnancy Stage

Women are considered to be the most beautiful gift of God to this earth. They are delicate and very sensitive both physically and emotionally. When it comes to women health, there are certain important things that one needs to consider maintaining a good health. Pregnancy is a very difficult period for a woman during which maintaining a good health is very essential. The eating habits during pregnancy should always be taken into consideration. Having a healthy and nutritious diet during pregnancy is very important for a woman. However, it is not as easy as it sounds to be. When the embryo develops, it takes nutrients from the mother’s body. Therefore, it becomes critical to have the items that the fetus needs to grow and develop in a healthy manner. Moreover, in order to sustain the strength and thus, to avoid complications during delivery of the child, the mother needs to stay as healthy as possible. Therefore, the woman needs to have healthy diets to reduce stress and provide rich breast milk for the baby’s nourishment after the birth.

Doctors usually prescribe to take pre-natal vitamins to ensure that the pregnant lady can get enough nutrition every day. A pregnant woman is required to eat various kinds of food items, but most preferably the natural fresh and unprocessed food items. A woman of normal weight should take approximately 200 to 300 m extra calories per day to develop the bay normally. However, these calories should get from the foods taken by the pregnant lady. Medical professionals always recommend certain kinds of diets when it comes to maintain good health of a pregnant woman. They usually include dairy foods, foods full of protein, fresh food and vegetables, breads, cereals and grains, and fat.

As dairy food items, such as milk, yogurt and cheese have calcium, protein and vitamin D in a rich amount, they are very much important for a pregnant women. The woman who don’t take milk or dried milk power, they may face certain problems to maintain their good health during pregnancy.

Usually, protein is available in animal and vegetable sources. The animal foods include: fish, chicken, beef, pork, eggs etc and the vegetables include tofu, nuts, seeds and beans. For the woman who follows a vegetarian food habit, for them eating fresh vegetables full of protein can fulfill the essential protein needs in her body during pregnancy.

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: Eating fresh fruits and vegetables is recommended always by the medical professional during the pregnancy. The fresh fruits and vegetables are the great source of different nutrients which is essential for a pregnant woman. Orange vegetable such as carrots, winter squash, yellow peppers are great sources of vitamin A. The green leafy vegetables are very important element during pregnancy as they are high in fiber, iron and other nutrients. Ultimately, we can say that pregnancy is that stage of a woman’s life where many considerations are needed to be taken care of to maintain a good health condition.

Looking Beautiful – Natural Skin Care Products Available in the Market

No one has perfect skin everyday of their lifetime. At some time or another, we need skin care products. Beautiful skin is sought after all over the world. In the UK, natural skin products are a huge part of self confidence in the career world, in everyday life, and in the night life. We have to look good to feel good.

Sometimes products that are referred to as natural contain chemical additives. On the shelf, you’ll see all kinds of products for facial skin care, beauty lotions and creams, and for wrinkling and age spots-natural anti-aging skin care products. Beware! Some of these are falsely advertised.

There is an online store known as Natural Elements where you will find 36 different topics which contain tips on facial skin, body skin, and also hair. You could really use this Natural Elements store to determine what types of products are best for your skin. There are a few companies out there that have some of the most effective organic products known.

One of the best known online companies available in the UK is Pure Earth Natural and Organic Skin Care. They have affordable products that are perfect for the skin and contain no dangerous elements. The company is equipped with caring, highly qualified professionals. They know what it takes to have beautiful, radiant skin.

Another great product is Forever Living Products-the world’s top producer of aloe vera. Aloe vera comes from a plant that resembles cactus. It’s extracted from the leaf and is cold processed rather than freeze dried. This is a very wholesome natural product. Also from the company comes Mei Mei Baby Care. This segment of the company carries a wide variety of organic and natural baby skin care products. Naturally, mothers are obsessed with what they use on their babies’ skin.

Raw Gaia is a totally unique company – they use living skin care products. The ingredients are vegan and organic elements infused with floral water and basic oils. They’re cold compressed. These elements work significantly better than artificial, chemical elements. These hand-made products are aimed to heal and revitalize the skin.

We all know that any natural skin care products are going to be the best, whether you live in the UK or abroad. Climate affects skin, but natural and organic is always the best. Wherever you are the most effective all natural skin care is only a click away.

In Fighting Disease, Women Are Superior

When it comes to getting sick, any woman (and probably any honest man) will tell you guys are “wimps” – they just don’t cope with the coughing, sneezing, aches and such that come in fighting disease as well as women do. In fact, surveys have found that as many as 30% of men (vs. 22% of women) miss work because of cold or flu symptoms.

Now a new Canadian study helps to explain why.

It seems that the male immune system is just not as strong as the female – Females inflammatory response, a first line defense against bacteria and viruses, is more robust, quicker and more efficient at getting rid of invaders, all thanks to a naturally produced hormone.

This latest work, out of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, found that the female sex hormone, oestrogen, seems to be able to counter the effect of enzyme Caspase-12, known to block the inflammatory process.

For this study, human Caspase-12 was implanted into mice that didn’t have the gene, which gave them super strong immune systems. Both male and female mice were used, but in the end only the males were more prone to infection, the females were unchanged… immunity just as strong as ever.

The team believes that the oestrogen in the bodies of the female mice somehow protected them, keeping the troublesome, inflammation-blocking Caspase-12 gene from working.

Such a finding came as a bit of a surprise, so the team took the work to the next step, locating the place where the hormone binds to the gene and blocks its action.

“These results demonstrate that women have a more powerful inflammatory response than men,” explains lead researcher Dr. Maya Saleh of McGill University. “We were also able to locate where the oestrogen receptor binds on the gene in order to block its expression, which indicates that the hormone exerts direct action in this case.”

The newest Canadian research builds on a solid body of evidence that points to females being better at fighting infection, though most guys don’t like to admit it.

Men have repeatedly been found to be more vulnerable to infection by bacteria, viruses, fungi and even… worms.

This makes evolutionary sense, healthy women are necessary to produce and nurture the next generation – rather vital if humans are to survive.

The stronger immune response of women may simply be Mother Nature’s way of ensuring the continuation of our species.

The hope is that this work helps uncover ways to reinforce our immunity by making changes to the genes themselves. Perhaps oestrogen-based medications could also be used to build up a man’s immunity – though how willing men would be to use the therapy is certainly in question.

In the meantime, we can all take comfort in the fact that “man flu” has a basis in fact, and shows why women in fighting disease handle illness better and men struggle so.

Understanding the All

Everybody wants to be beautiful naturally rather than being beautiful through high chemical content products. We know that there are people suffering from chemical sensitivities that are looking for all- that are 100% natural. All are what we consider to be truly healthy beauty products.

There are so many beauty products nowadays which contain different kinds of chemicals that some of us might not understand what that chemical really is. Also, we do not know what benefits they could give to us. I remember going to a store where different kinds of beauty products are on sale. I saw this whitening lotion and out of curiosity I picked it up and read the labels at the back. I was kind of surprise to see those different kinds of chemicals that are being used. I did not even finished reading it and put it back to the shelf. Just imagine how these chemicals could affect your skin. I would rather mash up the papaya pulp and apply to the surface of my skin

All must be considered to be the high standard beauty products that are being sold today. All and natural food have no difference. Just like natural food has become accepted and revered, natural beauty care is finally beginning to receive the credit that it deserves. There are no strict standards in place to direct consumers to the real thing when it comes to completely natural. So its buyer bewares, and be educated as to what constitutes a completely natural product.

We see a lot of beauty products using the word “natural”. But do not be deceive by them. When you see the word “natural” on a beauty product, it is basically meaningless and worthless. This is a buzz word that is being used to attract you to buy those beauty products. So you better read the ingredient labels very carefully as much as possible. If you see any long chemical names that you can barely pronounce, there is a very good chance that it is not completely natural.

I may sound harsh but that is the truth. So, if you are using such chemical based products and even if you have been using that for years or decades, I would suggest that you compare your beauty products to food. The skin that surrounds your entire body takes in a large portion of whatever is put onto it. If you think that skin does not absorb, then think about birth control and Nicotine patches. Yes, skin does absorb and it is presently absorbing toxins every day if you use beauty products that contain dangerous ingredients. It may be a small amount on a daily basis, but when used continually all through your life, it can be a large amount, some of which remains. These chemicals may have been tested for so many times, but just imagine when all of these chemicals are put into the body, they will basically merge with each other. These combinations have not been tested. So it simply means that you are the guinea pig.

All are not just an imitation that you are buying in stores everywhere. They are the real thing. Different companies are coming ahead, bringing their wonderful, truly natural products to the market under the name all-natural or organic. Just continue to read your labels. It is your time to give your skin the beauty that they need. In turn, your skin will thank you with radiant, healthy beauty.