Archive for August, 2014

The benefits of eating star fruit

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

abella star fruit

Star fruit, also known as carambola, is in season and packed with great nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants.

Benefits include:

  • One of the low calorie fruit with 31 calories – we like that!!
  • The peel is packed with fiber
  • Contains high quantities of Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant to help fight colds, infections and free radicals
  • Rich in the antioxidant called polyphenolic flavonoids help fight inflammation in the body
  • Contains Vitamin B and enzymes that are great for your metabolism
  • Also small but effective are minerals and electrolytes like potassium, zinc and iron can be found in star fruit

Allergic to Salicylic Acid and Aspirin

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Some popular over-the-counter acne and anti-aging products can cause severe irritation or even potentially life-threatening allergic reactions. These are products that contain the active ingredient Salicylic Acid are also found on chemicals peels at doctors ‘offices and Spas.

Salicylic acid can be used to soften the skin for treatments like acne, deep exfoliation, hyper pigmentation, etc. It belongs to the same class of drugs as aspirin (salicylates). It works by increasing the amount of moisture in the skin and dissolving the substance that causes the skin cells to stick together. This makes it easier to shed the skin cells, creating new cells as anti-aging procedure or eliminating excess oils and clog pores in case of acne.

Aspirin allergy is present in about 1 percent of the population, but almost half of the cases end up at the emergency room.

The allergic reactions caused by these products vary from, itching, burning, redness and slight swelling to throat tightening, difficulty breathing, swelling of the eyes, face, lips or tongue . Check the “active ingredients” section of the drug facts label on the product’s package.

If you have never experience a product that contain Salicylic Acid or have a bad experience with a product, be sure you do a patch test, apply the product in small area in your body wait 48 hours and see the results.