Truth or Myth Home Remedy Review: Jewelweed For Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy causes a red, itchy rash called allergic contact dermatitis.

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The rash is caused by contact with a sticky oil called urushiol found in poison ivy. You can get the rash from:

  • Touching or brushing against any part of these plants, including the leaves, stems, flowers, berries, and roots, even if the plant is dead.
  • Touching anything that has come in contact with these plants, such as clothing, sporting gear, gardening tools, or pet fur.

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The rash is only spread through the oil. You can’t catch a rash from someone else by touching the blister fluid.  A known home remedy that is said to work for this rash is jewelweed which is a plant that has a compound called lawsone which is said to have anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory properties but our research states otherwise. Jewelweed is a short, three to five foot tall annual plant with oval leaves and trumpet-shaped flowers that hang down from the plant like jewels on a necklace. The flowers on the variety known as Pale Jewelweed are yellow, while those of the Spotted Touch-Me-Not are orange, with dark red dots. All Jewelweed seeds “pop” when touched.Jewelweed grows best in humid woodlands.

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Our research states that jewelweed can aid is somewhat preventing the development of more rashes but soap is more effective than jewelweed. Studies such as Treatment of poison ivy/oak allergic contact dermatitis with an extract of jewelweed by Long DBallentine NHMarks JG Jr. , Treatment of poison ivy/oak allergic contact dermatitis with an extract of jewelweed by American journal of contact dermatitis : official journal of the American Contact Dermatitis Society, and  The effectiveness of jewelweed, Impatiens capensis, the related cultivar I. balsamina and the component, lawsone in preventing post poison ivy exposure contact dermatitis by Abrams Motz VBowers CPMull Young LKinder DH. all disprove the fact that jewelweed works for poison ivy. There could be a chance that is can take some of the pain or help with the itch but overall our research has states that this is a BUST. There are many studies that disprove this claim and little to no studies that back up the claim that jewelweed works for poison ivy. However, we encourage all of you to try it out and see for yourself.  It looks as if the orange jewelweed is the only effective jewelweed there is to combat poison ivy but like we said again there are not many studies to prove this claim.

How to apply:

  • Cut the jewelweed and put it in boiling water to produce a dark orange infusion
  • Freeze liquid into ice cubes
  • Rub ice cubes all over affected area.
  • Do this 3-4 times a day

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 Sources:

http://www.bio.brandeis.edu/fieldbio/medicinal_plants/pages/Jewelweed.htm

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16805148

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22766473

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9249283

http://www.tripdatabase.com/doc/1902270-Treatment-of-poison-ivy-oak-allergic-contact-dermatitis-with-an-extract-of-jewelweed-#content

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tc/poison-ivy-oak-or-sumac-topic-overview

http://www.naturalnews.com/036190_poison_ivy_remedies_jewelweed.html##ixzz3TBms2O9Q

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Truth or Myth Home Remedy Review: Aloe Vera for Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a common skin condition in the United States that is persistent. For those of you with psoriasis Aloe Vera can aid in your condition. Psoriasis causes cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin. The extra skin cells form thick, silvery scales and itchy, dry, red patches that are sometimes painful and there may be times when your psoriasis symptoms get better alternating with times your psoriasis worsens.

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The point of most psoriasis medication is to slow down the growing of cells. Aloe Vera has 3 anti-inflammatory fatty acids that aid in maintaining the itchy, dry, red patches that people with mild to moderate psoriasis get, but since this is a disease it cannot be cured with Aloe Vera just simply put the disease at a state where it can be manageable.

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Studies such as Evaluation of the antipsoriatic activity of Aloe vera leaf extract using a mouse tail model of psoriasis by Dhanabal SPPriyanka Dwarampudi LMuruganantham NVadivelan R. and Management of psoriasis with Aloe vera extract in a hydrophilic cream: a placebo-controlled, double-blind study by Syed TAAhmad SAHolt AHAhmad SAAhmad SHAfzal M. prove that Aloe Vera helps with the symptoms of psoriasis and even proves that Aloe Vera is better than some steroid medicines that are given to those with psoriasis. The studies also prove there are no adverse effects in using Aloe Vera. Based on research we deem with home remedy as a TRUTH but only for those with mild to moderate psoriasis and to only help with the symptoms not cure psoriasis.

How to Apply:

  • From plant:
    • Cut leaf of Aloe Vera
    • Squeeze or spoon out gel from the inside of the leaf or can use the leaf itself
    • Apply on affected area about 3-4 times a day depending on how quickly affected area becomes dry again.
  • Fromstore bought bottles:
    • It is the exact same way as applying it as if you got it from the plant

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Sources:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/psoriasis/basics/definition/con-20030838

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21915932

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8765459

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Truth or Myth Home Remedy Review: Coconut Oil For Damaged Hair

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Dry and damaged hair defiantly gets annoying, but with organic extra virgin coconut oil your hair can be saved.  Damaged hair can be caused by (info from http://www.webmd.com/beauty/hair-repair/8-ways-youre-damaging-your-hair?page=2):

  1. Bleaching— “Bleaching your hair penetrates the cuticle with chemicals and removes your natural pigment,” Mirmirani says. “You are changing the structure of your hair, making it more susceptible to damage.” Once you bleach, you’ve altered the strength of your hair, making it weaker
  2. Perms— “Perming refers to either a chemical straightening or a chemical curling,” Mirmirani says. “It works by breaking the inner bonds of the hair and re-forming them back together in a different way.” Like bleaching, it weakens your hair, leaving it dull and damaged over time so that instead of luxurious curly locks or shiny straight tresses, your hair looks brittle and dry.
  3. Highlights and coloring— Highlights and semi-permanent dyes aren’t as damaging as bleach, but they aren’t without consequences, Mirmirani says. They can also change the inner structure of the hair, causing a lackluster look and dryness, especially if you frequently color to hide roots or gray hair.
  4. Ponytails and braids— “Ponytails and braids can cause hair to break, especially if your style is pulled tightly,” Mirmirani says. “If you wear it that way every day, permanent hair damage can occur.” Braiding or putting your hair in a ponytail when it’s wet can cause damage sooner because wet hair is more fragile.
  5. Over-brushing— Think 100 strokes a day will make your hair shiny and full? Think again.

“Over-brushing your hair can cause split ends and breakage, with the over-brushing causing just too much consistent friction for hair to handle,” Mirmirani says. Cheap brushes don’t help either, causing snags and tangles that are hard to get out and resulting in broken hair and split ends.

  1. Over-shampooing— “The goal of shampooing is to cleanse the scalp and remove oil buildup on your hair,” Mirmirani says. But over-washing can wash away your hair’s natural moisture that helps your hair look healthy, making your hair dry. Although a significant amount of research has gone into making shampoos beneficial for your hair, you can still get too much of a good thing.
  2. Extensions and weaves— Extensions and weaves are a lot like ponytails and braids. Over time, they can leave hair broken and brittle. The difference is the damage is at the roots where it is harder to cut out.

A longer term aid in reviving your damaged hair is organic extra virgin coconut oil. The reason for using organic extra virgin is to ensure you are not putting any added chemicals to your hair so that is does no further damage. Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid which has a high affinity for hair protein, and easily penetrates inside the hair shaft, which is due to its low molecular weight. I have used this ever since I was in middle school to revive my hair and instead of a massive tangled frizz, I now have a tamed head of hair that does not frizz as much as it used to. Studies such as Hair breakage index: an alternative tool for damage assessment of human hair by Mhaskar S, Kalghatgi B, Chavan M, Rout S., Gode V. and Effect of mineral oil, sunflower oil, and coconut oil on prevention of hair damage by Rele AS, Mohile RB prove that coconut oil prevents and aids in repairing damaged hair. Based on extensive research and personal experience we deem this remedy as a TRUTH, however only do this once a month or your hair may get too oily if you over do it.

 Instructions On Applying Coconut Oil To Your Hair:

  1. Get extra virgin coconut oil
  2. Wear a shirt that you don’t care will get dirty because the oil can get everywhere because it may drip.
  3. Rub the oil in between your hand until it liquefies then rub the oil all over your hair and massage the oil into your scalp.
  4. Put a towel around your shoulders, then twist your hair into your towel (if you have a turbie twist towel that works as well.)- You can also just put your hair into a plastic bag then tie the handles at the top of your head if you do not want to get your towel dirty.
  5. Leave the oil in for 45 minutes to an hour.
  6. After wash the oil out by showering and doing your usual routine in the shower.
  7. Then you are done, ONLY DO THIS ONCE A MONTH!

Have you tried using coconut oil repairing your hair?

Sources:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12715094

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21635848

http://www.webmd.com/beauty/hair-repair/8-ways-youre-damaging-your-hair?page=2

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/oils/coconut-oil-for-hair.html

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Truth or Myth Home Remedy Review: Sugar-Free Gum For Heartburn

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If you have heartburn then chewing sugar-free gum is the remedy for you. Heartburn is a burning pain in your chest and this pain usually worsen when you’re lying down or bending over. Occasional heartburn is normal but frequent ones or heartburn that interfere with your daily life needs to be brought to the attention of a doctor. The cause of heartburn is due to when stomach acid backs up into the tube that carries food from your moth to your stomach. This remedy will only work if you have occasional heartburn. Symptoms are (info from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heartburn/basics/symptoms/con-20019545):

  • Heartburn occurs more than twice a week
  • Symptoms persist despite use of over-the-counter medications
  • You have difficulty swallowing
  • You have persistent nausea or vomiting
  • You have weight loss because of poor appetite or difficulty eating

Based on extensive research this home remedy is a TRUTH, but only for sugar-free gum & chewing after a meal. The reason is because sugary gum may damage tooth enamel & increase cavities. However, sugar-less gum prevents damage and cavities to the teeth plus has bicarbonate in the gum which increases salivary bicarbonate, making saliva more alkaline and helping to prevent reflux. Studies such as The effect of chewing sugar-free gum on gastro-esophageal reflux by Moazzez R, Bartlett D, Anggiansah A and Effects of gum chewing on pharyngeal and esophageal pH by Smoak BR, Koufman JA prove that chewing sugar-free gum aid is decreasing the symptoms of heartburn and preventing heartburn. So overall based on research this remedy is a TRUTH and worth a try for those how have heartburn.

Have you tired chewing sugar-free gum for heart?

Sources:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16246942

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11768700

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/13/remedies-chewing-gum-for-heartburn/?_r=0

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heartburn/basics/definition/con-20019545

http://www.livestrong.com/article/302353-gum-acid-reflux/

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Truth or Myth Home Remedy Review: Baking Soda For Acne

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Baking soda, or Sodium Bicarbonate, has been used for many years in beauty and health products such as deodorant, toothpaste, and acne removal. Baking soda can also be used as a bath, shampoo, and to relieve sunburns.

Baking soda is amphoteric. This means that it could either be a base or an acid. This allows it to correct the pH imbalance of the skin that creates acne. Baking soda has mild anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that enable it to lessen the irritation caused by inflamed acne. Baking soda may over-dry your skin and that is why you need to moisturizer soon after. You may experience burning or stinging, dryness or/and itchy sensations. Results may vary among users. For some users, baking soda is the best thing since sliced bread. For others, it couldn’t be any worse. Either way, you should be careful when using baking soda because it may cause uncomfortable sensations such as burning and stinging. To be on the safe side, you should test it with your hands before using it. Baking soda is suitable for your daily use. However, if your skin is very sensitive, avoid using it regularly.

 

Here are some reviews from a few users:

 

“Last night I used this to get rid of acne marks, I left it on for only about 15 minutes because it was burning so much. I woke up this morning with two huge burns and a couple small ones. They have been oozing and stinging nonstop. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone. Use a product that’s actually meant to be put on your face.”

“Tried so many over the counter washes and acne treatments and nothing seemed to ever work!!!!I have very oily skin and still broke. Out at 28 with acne, tried making baking soda face masks by just adding a bit of water to a handful of baking soda. It seriously works better than anything, keeps my skin from being an oil slick all the time somehow. A bit too much to scrub your face with, irritates mine that way. But wetting my face a few times a week and doing the mask is amazing, took a lot of redness away also!!!!Try it!!!!”

In conclusion, baking soda for acne is both TRUTH and MYTH, depending on your skin type.

Sources:

http://www.acne.org/baking-soda-reviews-209/

http://www.newhealthguide.org/Baking-Soda-For-Acne.html

 

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Truth or Myth Home Remedy Review: Toothpaste For Acne

 

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Toothpaste contains certain ingredients such as baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, menthol, essential oils, and triclosan that cause pimples to dry out. Triclosan is an antibacterial ingredient often added to personal care items like soap, deodorant, and body wash. Triclosan is well known for being able to kill bacteria and is also found in acne treatments. Unlike real acne treatments, the mixture of these ingredients can also cause over drying of the face, especially in sensitive areas such as your cheeks. While many people use toothpaste as a quick solution of pimples, toothpaste is made for teeth, not skin. It does not have any moisturizers in it to reduce the irritation caused by toothpaste which causes redness and peeling.

To prove this we experimented ourselves using toothpaste to dry out acne and here is what we found:

“After using toothpaste for about a week on some of the acne on my cheecks and forhead, I decided to completely stop all together. My face was getting dry and itchy. It became incomfortable and I was afraid if I covered it with makeup, it would only get worse. I had to moisturize every night and still it wasn’t working. Yes, it did dry out my pimples and they disapeared, but the end product was red,uncomfortable, and itchy.”

If you want a similar acne treatment that dries out the pimples but doesn’t dry your face, an amazing and inexpensive way to treat acne is buying over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide. It of often comes in either a face lotion or a face wash.

 

Conclusion:

Truth: Does dry out pimples, but it is not worth the drying of the face.

 

Sources:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/23/toothpaste-pimples-acne-dry-out_n_1994320.html

http://acne.about.com/od/acnefaqs/f/toothpaste.htm

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-barnes/repurposing-ideas-new-uses-toothpaste_b_1337815.html

 

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Truth or Myth Home Remedy Review: Cranberry Juice for UTI

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Cranberries are a group of evergreen dwarf shrubs that have been known to supposedly prevent/cure Urinary Tract Infection.  Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is an infection in your urinary system but most infections occur in your bladder or urethra. The pain in UTI is due to irritation and inflammation of the urethra or bladder.  Women tend to get UTI more often than men.   UTI Symptoms are (info from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/urinary-tract-infection/basics/symptoms/con-20037892 ):

  • A strong, persistent urge to urinate
  • A burning sensation when urinating
  • Passing frequent, small amounts of urine
  • Urine that appears cloudy
  • Urine that appears red, bright pink or cola-colored — a sign of blood in the urine
  • Strong-smelling urine
  • Pelvic pain, in women
  • Rectal pain, in men

There have been many sites and people stating that cranberry juice can prevent/cure UTI symptoms, however based on personal experience and extensive research we call this remedy a BUST. I have tried drinking cranberry juice and eating cranberries to ease my UTI but to no avail I felt no difference. Actually according to doctors cranberry juice can cause the increase pain of urination. This is because, “…the same acid in the cranberry juice that acidifies the urine to help keep bacteria at bay can actually increase the irritation and cause more pain when urinating…” (http://www.cystex.com/how-do-i-prevent-utis/cranberries-for-uti-prevention-not-treatment/). Several studies such as Cranberry and urinary tract infections by Dr. Guay and Cranberries for preventing urinary tract infections by Jepson RG, Williams G, Craig JC state that cranberry juice has little to no effect in preventing or curing UTI. Overall based on personal experience and research this remedy is defiantly a BUST, you are better off just flushing out the bacteria with regular water than using cranberry juice.

Have you tried drinking cranberry juice for UTI?

Sources:

http://www.cystex.com/how-do-i-prevent-utis/cranberries-for-uti-prevention-not-treatment/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19441868

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3370320/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23076891

http://www.webmd.com/women/guide/your-guide-urinary-tract-infection

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Truth or Myth Home Remedy Review: Ginger For Nausea

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Ginger is a root plant that for years Asians have been using for its herbal healing powers, which involve helping with  nausea.  In my experience ginger has helped with my nausea when I have motion sickness, within a matter of minutes my nausea decreases when eating ginger or drinking ginger tea. Nausea is the unpleasant feeling when you are about to vomit and this is caused by:

  • Overeating
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Prescription and nonprescription drugs
  • Food poisoning
  • Viral infections
  • Fear or other strong emotions
  • Early pregnancy
  • Motion sickness, such as being seasick or carsick
  • Chemical toxins in the environment
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Intense pain
  • Migraine headache
  • Disgusting smells

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Ginger contains compounds called gingerols that help block serotonin receptors in the stomach; serotonin is a chemical in the body that is associated with vomiting. So just like anti-nausea medication, ginger root has the ability to help with nausea. Studies such as Efficacy of ginger for nausea and vomiting: a systematic review of randomized clinical trials by Department of Complementary Medicine, School of Postgraduate Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Exeter, UK proves that ginger does a positive effect on people who have nausea. So based on our personal experience and research we deem this remedy as a TRUTH. Doctors recommend, “…steeping 1 to 2 grams of fresh ginger root (1 gram is about the size of a quarter) in boiling water to make a tea or eating about 2 teaspoons of candied ginger. Don’t go overboard, Doctors warn: consuming more than 6 grams of ginger in one sitting can irritate the stomach…” (http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/nutrition_news_information/5_home_remedies_for_common_ailments?page=4)

Sources:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10793599

http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/ginger

http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-92774/anti-nausea-ginger-oral/details

http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/nutrition_news_information/5_home_remedies_for_common_ailments?page=4

http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/understanding-nausea-vomiting-basics

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Truth or Myth Home Remedy Review: Oatmeal Bath For Dry & Itchy Skin For Dogs

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Many of us have dogs that have skin allergies or just plain scratch everywhere because they have the itch. One interesting home remedy is an oatmeal bath for your dogs but before we get to the methods let us explain why this remedy is a truth. Dog’s skin get irritated usually due to house mites, house dust, pollen, molds, even jus the grass could cause your dog’s skin irritation. Oatmeal has been known to relieve people and animals alike of dry, itchy skin and that is because of the polysaccharides and avenanthramides in oatmeal that leave a protect film on the skin to prevent dryness and itching.  Studies such as Oat Protein a Bath for Dry, Itching Skin  by Bianchi B., Menchini G.*, Comacchi C., Ghersetich I., Lotti T.  that proves that oatmeal improves the dryness and itchiness of the skin and vets such as Dr. Hoffman  recommend bathing your dog with fine oatmeal to relieve of dryness and itchiness. So based on research we defiantly recommend this method and deem it as a truth. However, do not overuse this bath it may irritate your dog’s skin so bathe your dogs every 2 days or ask a vet how many times a week you should bathe your dog with this method if your dog is taking any medication for their itchy, dry skin. We also recommend you get organic oatmeal because there might be additives and other extraneous chemicals in regular oatmeal that you do not want on your dog’s skin. Here are the different methods you can use ( We got information from this site: http://www.allergydogcentral.com/2011/03/03/dog-allergy-treatments-oatmeal-baths/)  :

Oatmeal Soak Method

  1. Blend one cup of plain, uncooked oatmeal in a blender or food processor until it is a fine powder.  You can use instant or regular oatmeal. This will ensure that the oatmeal dissolves quickly in water.
  2. It’s recommended that you place a non-slip bathtub mat down before starting the bath.  Oatmeal can be slippery and you want your dog to be as safe and comfortable as possible during bathing.
  3. Fill your bathtub with lukewarm water until it is at a level that reaches your dog’s chest when standing up.
  4. Stir oatmeal into the water until it dissolves into water.
  5. Place your dog into the bathtub.
  6. Using a cup or your hands, scoop up the oatmeal water and pour over your dog’s back, head (avoid their eyes) and stomach.
  7. Continue to pour the oatmeal water over your dog for 10-15 minutes.  You’ll probably find that they’ll be more comfortable if you talk to them and pet them during the process – as a 15 minute soak can seem like a lifetime to a nervous dog.
  8. Remove your dog from the bath without rinsing and dry their skin with a towel.  The oatmeal solution will leave a protective layer on their skin and help to eliminate itchiness.

Oatmeal Rub Method
An alternative to the oatmeal soak method is a technique by which you rub oatmeal on your dog’s skin.

  1. Combine 1/2 cup of plain, uncooked oatmeal with 1/2 cup of water. You can use instant or regular oatmeal.  Stir until the mixture becomes gooey.
  2. Use cheesecloth, an old stocking or sock and put the oatmeal mixture into the cloth.  Tie ends together tightly with a string or rubber band.
  3. Place your dog into your bathtub.  You can either fill the tub with water, or just use a bowl or cup to pour water over your dog to rinse their skin.
  4. Rinse your dog’s skin and fur with warm water.
  5. Rub the oatmeal-filled cloth over their wet skin using circular motions.  Do this all over your dog’s body – particularly in areas that are most itchy. Continue to do this for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Rinse your dog lightly with warm water and dry their skin with a towel.  Don’t worry about thoroughly rinsing their skin, as the oatmeal will act as a protective layer and help eliminate itchiness.

Have you tried bathing your dog in an oatmeal bathe? If you have tell us what the results were and if you didn’t try it out and tell us what you thought of this home remedy.

Sources:

http://www.allergydogcentral.com/2011/03/03/dog-allergy-treatments-oatmeal-baths/

http://www.cooperlabs.com/i/uploads/File/Oat%20Protein%20for%20Dry,%20Itching%20Skin.pdf

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2111&aid=137

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19941618

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Truth or Myth Home Remedy Review: Prune Juice For Constipation

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People all over the world suffer from constipation, but based on research and personal experience prune juice can relive an individual from constipation. Personally I love this method to relieve prune juice, prune juice is an amazing source of fiber which allows your body to digest the food faster and process it out of your body more quickly. When I had constipation I drank prune juice about 2x a day daily to have continuous relief from constipation and it works pretty quickly. So based on my personally experience I highly recommend those of you with constipation try this method out. Let us move on to research and what constipation is. Constipation is when bowel movements decrease or become difficult to pass.  The normal range of bowel movement  ranges from person to person, some have movement as short as 3 times a day to as long only 2x a week. After 3 days of having no bowel movement you might need to consider drinking some prune juice because 3 days without any bowel movement is too long. The feces start to harden and become more difficult top pass the longer it takes for your body to have a bowel movement. “You are considered constipated if you have two or more of the following for at least 3 months:

  • Straining during a bowel movement more than 25% of the time
  • Hard stools more than 25% of the time
  • Incomplete evacuation more than 25% of the time
  • Two or fewer bowel movements in a week” (Digestive Disorders Health Center)

At that movement when you realize you are constipated, that’s the time when you might consider drinking prune juice daily to relieve you of constipation. Prune juice contains 6.1g of dietary fiber and contains sorbitol (has a laxative effect on the body) which enables prune juice to act as a natural laxative to relieve you of constipation, laxative just means the protein helps loosens your stools. The dietary fiber enables your stools to be enlarges (easier for your body to pass) and softens the stools. Studies such as Chemical composition and potential health effects of prunes: a functional food? By Department of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA. and Randomized clinical trial: dried plums (prunes) vs. psyllium for constipation by A. Attaluri, R. Donahoe, J. Valestin, K. Brown and S. S. C. Rao  prove that prove juice actually relieve people of constipation. This method is defiantly a truth, however, if you have any digestive problems or are taking medication for constipation please consult your doctor about how much prune juice day to day you need to take for the desired effect because it may cause diarrhea if you do not take the correct amount. For those of you that do not have any digestive problems or do not take any medication for constipation the recommended daily intake of prune juice is 120 ml. Start at that point and drink less or more depending on desired effect.

Have you tried prune juice for constipation?

Sources:

http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/digestive-diseases-constipation

http://www.totalhealth.co.uk/clinical-experts/dr-purushothaman-premchand/prune-juice-faqs

http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-sorbitol.htm

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/fiber/art-20043983

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11401245

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2036.2011.04594.x/full

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