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LET NOT OIL SPOIL YOUR SKIN


Skin is the most important factor that highlights your personality. A perfect skin and glow gives you the perfect look. However, round the globe people suffer from skin woes like dry skin and oily skin. Special care has to be taken in order to get a balanced and radiant skin.

It is a little bit easy to deal with dry skin with variety of lotions available in the market but it’s a bit difficult to deal with oily skin. Oily skin leads to many problems like acne, pimples, accumulation of dirt and much more. Usually oily skin is the result of genetic changes and age. This problem is caused due to excessive secretion of sebum oil from the oil glands of the skin. Over and above several other factors like environmental conditions, lifestyle, hereditary and genetics, as well as hormonal fluctuations and daily diet lead to an accumulation of oil in the skin.

Oily skin is difficult to manage as all the time you need to keep washing your face or have to carry a wet tissue along. Some also spend a lot on face wash and other cosmetic treatments to get rid of shiny skin. But, all these skin remedies do not give a long lasting effect and the war with oily skin continues. However, there are a few remedies that you can try at home. Natural skin care is always better than the use of chemicals. Chemicals present in lotions, creams and face wash might harm your skin in the long run hence try your hand at a few of the home remedies.
Here are a few natural treatments for oily skin

• Apple is always considered great for skin. Half grated apple or apple pulp will help you to reduce the oil sheen on face. Apple slices can also be spread on face.

• Aloe Vera the famous skin and hair tip can cause wonders. Take an aloe vera plant leaf, cut it and take out the gel. Apply the fresh gel on face. Rinse face with luke warm water when dried. This makes your skin clean and smooth thus taking you away from acne and pimples.

• To do something more, you can prepare your own mud mask at home. In order to prepare clay mask, mix clay powder with milk and honey. Rose water can also be added. Apply the mixture on your face and let it rest for fifteen minutes and then rinse with warm water. It is one of the best remedies to get oil free skin.

• Oil that stays on your face leads to blackheads. In order to get rid of that, use baking soda by adding lime water into it. Gently massage the mixture on your face and wash it with cool water. It will help you to clean your face, pores and will remove the blackheads.

• Scrubs usually help to clean the pores and remove excess oil therein. In order to prepare one mix grounded almond with honey. Gently massage the mixture with a hot washcloth. Another mixture can also be prepared by mixing oatmeal with aloe vera. Rub the mixture gently and leave it for 15 minutes before rinsing. Do not use scrub if you are suffering from acne as it aggravates your irritated skin.

• It is always advisable to have a natural radiance rather than using cosmetics. Yet, if you want to use them use water based cosmetics and stay away from oil based. Powder will be better than creams and lotions having oil contents. Strictly stay away from foundations as they block the pores leading to development of blemish.

• Mix two teaspoons of raw milk, around the same quantity of cucumber juice and few drops of lemon. With a cotton ball, apply the solution on your face and leave to dry. Then, wash with water and pat dry.

• Cucumber is also regarded as a very good skin remedy. Take grated cucumber and press to remove the excess water from it. Add a few drops and lime juice and put it in the fridge for sometime before applying it. Apply the mixture and keep it for 30 minutes and then rinse off with luke warm water. In order to smoothen the skin, honey may also be added.

• For a person having oily skin, it is necessary to wash your face time and again with cold water. However it should be noted that washing your face too many times can have adverse results. It depends on your skin type and the oil content in your skin.

• People with oily skin have a tendency to form acne and thus it is necessary to keep it clean. Milk helps to overcome this problem. Add sandalwood powder into cold raw milk and apply it on your face for 30 minutes before going to bed. A gentle massage also helps blood circulation. However do not pull or stretch the skin around the eyes.
Trying a few of these methods will not harm your skin. However, these methods are cost effective and better than the cosmetics having varied unknown chemicals that can have an adverse effect on your skin. Let not oil spoil your skin and get a natural glow naturally.

KITCHEN KINGS AGAINST DIABETES


 

Diabetes has become a common disease these days. Due to the changing life style, irregularity in food patterns and also due to hereditary, many people are suffering from diabetes. It is a common disease found throughout the world. It is a chronic and progressive ailment that bears upon almost every organ and system of living body. Diabetes evolves when the body is unable to produce sugar properly. It is characterized by high level of blood sugar and excretion of excess glucose though urine. The disease is more common amongst obese people.

Basically there are three types of diabetes.

  • Diabetes in which the body stops producing insulin or produces very less insulin is called Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM)
  • Diabetes in which the body is unable to see the produced insulin. This kind of diabetes can be easily controlled by proper diet, exercise and weight loss. It is non insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM)
  • Gestational diabetes happens to pregnant ladies in the second part of their pregnancy and automatically gets cured after the delivery of the baby.

    Diabetes is a disease that has to be properly taken care of or it could lead to several other problems. It has an effect on other systems of the body. If it is poorly controlled or left untreated, it may lead to blindness, kidney diseases, blood vessel damage, infection, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and many more. Diabetes is a disease with very common symptoms like frequent urination, fatigue, weakness etc. Hence sometimes it goes unnoticed in the earlier stages. Late detection can have tragic consequences. With early detection the chances of living a healthy and productive life increases.

    Most of us know that there is no cure for diabetes. Once you get it, it will be the shadow of your life. The only thing that can be controlled is the blood glucose level. We do take our medicines without failure but along with that we can also try out some home remedies to control your blood sugar.

    HOME REMEDIES TO CONTROL BLOOD SUGAR 

There are many ingredients in our kitchen itself that help us to bring down the sugar level. Most of the times either we are unaware about these ingredients or we prefer to follow just the medicinal practice. One can try the following methods at home in order to control diabetes.

  • Curry leaves are found in almost every kitchen. Chewing 8-10 curry leaves in an empty stomach will be very effective in bringing the sugar level in urine and blood to normal. It is also beneficial for hereditary diabetic patients.
  • Garlic is the tasty herbal remedy for diabetes patients. Allicin present in diabetes helps not only in reducing the sugar level in blood but also brings about disintegration of cholesterol in the body.
  • Considering vegetables, bitter gourd contains plantisulin, insulin like principle which is precious in lowering blood and urine sugar levels. Hence diabetic patients should include a considerable proportion of bitter gourd in their diet. For best results, a glass of four to five bitter gourd juice should be consumed daily in an empty stomach. Even the seeds of the vegetables can be powdered and used as a spice.
  • Mango leaves also prove to be very effective. Soak mango leave in water overnight. Next day morning the juice has to be taken in an empty stomach.
  • Indian plum (Jamun) has a specific action on the pancreas which controls the conversion of starch into sugar. However, it is better to consume Jamun seeds than the pulp as they are more effective. Almost all fruits contain a little amount of sugar. Hence it is advisable not to include fruits in your meal. If at all you want to have fruits, have it two hours after having your meal. Diabetic patients should consume fruits along with their skin for eg. apple, peach etc.
  • Neem leaves are an effective nature care for diabetes. Consuming neem juice every morning in an empty stomach controls the blood sugar levels. This is one of the best home remedies for diabetes. Cinnamon is a very useful herb. Add 3-table spoon of cinnamon to 1 liter of boiling water. Simmer for 20 minutes in a low flame, and then strain the mixture. Drink this mixture daily to cure diabetes.
  • Prepare a mixture by adding equal quantities of turmeric powder and dried gooseberry powder with honey or drink equal quantities of gooseberry juice and fresh turmeric juice in an empty stomach daily.
  • The combination of Indian Gooseberry powder and turmeric powder into water daily in the morning also shows amazing results.

 

STRESS AND STOMACH MESS


Life is moving at a rapid pace. It is full of demands, hassles, deadlines and frustration. At such a point of time one suffers from stress. Stress is not always bad. Small doses help in performing the task better and finish it in time with efficiency. But the current world is moving very fast where one has to run all the time which leads to building of continuous stress. Stress beyond a certain level has many side effects. It affects your heart, your efficiency, your confidence and many more. It might sound strange but the fact is that stress also has a direct effect on your digestive system. It should be noted that people undergoing continuous stress also suffer from stomach disorders.

When we have to give a presentation or an exam or rush here and there our body does not think much about the food. If this is repeated, one enters a cycle of having irregular food habits. This leads to disruption in the functioning of the stomach and the intestine. Stress can cause some types of ulcers, constipation, over secretion of stomach acids, diarrhea, can wear your stomach lining down and can damage your esophagus. Stress can also cause the gastrointestinal system to inflame. This increases susceptibility to infection. Almost all students feel the urge to visit the bathroom before the start of their examinations which is due to stress. Digestion problems and stress go hand in hand.

WAYS TO KILL STRESS

Relaxation:
Yoga, meditation, self hypnosis, progressive muscle relaxation or to some extent music help to ease the level of stress which in turn improve digestion. A well-conducted study showed that individuals suffering from irritable bowel syndrome were relieved from pain, sense of bloating, and diarrhea by practicing a technique known as Relaxation Response. A fellow researcher at Harvard Medical School has developed this technique.

Correct breathing:
We might feel that what is there to learn when it comes to breath. But normally we do not adopt the correct breathing techniques hence we need to learn proper breathing systems. Proper breathing calms every system in the body including over activity of the digestive system.

Adopt stress management techniques: 
Nothing is as important as your health. Give 15-20 minutes to yourself in order to relax properly. Several books and CDs teaching stress management are available in the market. Follow the one that suits you the best. The more you learn to relax the easier it becomes. If you learn to let go stress it will have an enormous effect on your digestive system.

Exercise:

Exercise is one of the best ways to relax your body. The good old technique has magical effects. It helps the body to get rid of body tensions, thoughts and feelings in an effective manner. Many of us do not like to exercise regularly; some even start up with exercising but do not make it a habit. In such cases, one can also adopt some activity like gardening or adopt some sports. By doing so the mind gets diverted towards the activity of our interest and hence releases the level of stress. This also helps to ease the tensed stomach.

Food habits: 
Most of the times we skip meals when we are a captive of stress. Skipping meals is a strict no for proper digestion. Moreover, having three heavy meals lead to indigestion so it is better to have three to 4 small meals. By doing so the food intake will not be reduced but it will lessen the load on your digestive system. Under stress, people also tend to eat fast which should be corrected. It should also be noted that one should not lie down and relax immediately after having lunch or dinner. Dinner specifically should be taken hours before going to bed. Moreover, it is a bad idea to have food while lying down. Staying in a vertical position for 30 mins after the meal will aid heartburn, burping, and constipation. Do not resort to junk food or sugary food in a hurry. Some have a habit of consuming tea and coffee when under stress. This is not at all a good sign and affects the stomach.

Positive thinking:
Anger, sadness and the negative expressions have an impact on the digestive system. Hence it is best to avoid people who talk negative and think negative, especially while having meal. It is necessary to have your food in peace away from all worries. If you are having your meal alone then you can light a candle and enjoy the meal at ease. Having your meal happily and peacefully helps you to resolve the digestive problems quickly.

Apart from these, there are several ways to move away from high stress levels. It is necessary to have a little amount of stress that helps increasing your productivity. As and when you practice to move away from stress, you will find your own stress busters. If you suffer from stomach problems do not think that it is just due to indigestion but study your stress levels and start acting upon them.

HAVE FRUITFUL HEALTH SOLUTION THIS SUMMER


 

Most of us look for the golden yellow fruit during summers. The only reason why people like summer is due to Mangoes. Mango is fruit that tickles tongues, a fruit well known over the world, a fruit that attracts the eye balls, a fruit that tastes great in any form. A variety of delicacies are made from raw and ripe mangoes. No wonder it is the king of fruits.

Mango is the national fruit of India. It is believed to have been first cultivated as early as 2000 BCE. Portuguese explorers introduced it into Africa and Brazil in the 16th century. The demand of mangoes grew strong and hence even Hawaii and Florida started cultivating it by the 19th century. All parts of mango are used for consumption.

Mango is well known not only for its taste but also for the pool of nutrients present into it. It is one of the healthiest fruits. Hence we prefer to include mangoes into our summer diet.  Mangoes are believed to be fattening but considering the other benefits, this characteristic can be ignored.

Mango is rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin A. It also has traces of Vitamin E, Vitamin B and Vitamin K. Ripe mangoes are rich in vitamin A while raw mangoes have Vitamin C in abundance. Vitamin A, also known as beta carotene is an antioxidant that helps in fighting certain cancers. Vitamin A is good for a clear eye sight. Eating mangoes regularly prevents night blindness, refractive errors, dryness of the eyes, softening of the cornea and itching & burning in the eyes. Mangoes prevent heart diseases. It has a good supply of potassium which helps in replenishing energy after heavy physical activity. 

The yellow fruit contains a large amount of fiber. It has almost 40% of your daily fiber intake. This helps to lower serum cholesterol levels specifically Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) Cholesterol. Fiber is also good for digestion and thus mangoes keep you away from constipation. However, Eating one or two small tender mangoes in which the seed is not fully formed with salt and honey is found to be very effective medicine for summer diarrhoea,dysentery, piles, morning sickness, chronic dyspepsia and indigestion. Unripe and steamed mango juice mixed with jeera, rock salt and sugar help in releasing body heat.

The first thing that we worry during the summer season is the skin. We apply all kinds of creams and sun blocks that protect the skin. But, there is a natural way of taking care about our skin. Acne is caused due to blocked pores. Applying mango pulp for 10 minutes on your face really helps. Moreover, eating mango makes the complexion fair and keeps the skin soft and glowing.

It is quite surprising that the leaves of a sweet fruit like mango helps in lowering the insulin levels. For diabetes patients few boiled mango leaves soaked overnight proves to be a great homemade remedy. Apart from this, the fruit also has a high amount of iron content. Iron is necessary for pregnant women and people suffering from anemia. Women after menopause become weak and hence should consume mangoes in order to remove iron deficiency.

When the season is pouring the wonderful fruit in abundance, children should be fed with it daily. They help in maintaining concentration and increase memory power. Moreover, for those who want to gain weight what else can be the easiest and tastiest way apart from eating mangoes. Mangoes are high in calories. A 100 gm of mango contains around 75 calories. Raw mangoes contain starch that gets converted into sugar once it gets ripen. If you want to gain weight than have a glass of milk and add mangoes to it. Savor the summer with appetizing sweet mangoes and tangy raw mango coolers.

GET BENEFITTED FROM THE HEALTHIEST SEASON: SUMMER


After roaming around in high temperatures all that one want is a bottle of chilled water. People crave for water as if one has returned from a desert safari. Sometimes people drink so much water, that at times they neglect the daily diet. Along with a lot of water, our body needs proper summer diet. Dieticians believe that it is the easiest season to get healthy. Summer brings in a bunch of fresh fruits and vegetables that help is building up proper health.

The first thing that our body craves during summers is water. It is a key ingredient in keeping the body cool. It is necessary to hydrate and drink a lot of water during summers even if you are not thirsty. To keep away from summer stroke, it is necessary to increase water intake regardless of the activity levels. It also helps you to avoid adding unnecessary calories to your body.

Beverages like cold coffee and bottles of soft drinks often tempt us. Most of us take it as substitute of water. Hence it has to be noted that consuming caffeinated or carbonated beverages, alcoholic beverages and those having high sugars is not a good idea. Instead of helping your body to retain fluids, it reacts in a negative manner. All these drinks contain colors, preservatives and sugar that are not advisable for the body. They are acidic in nature and act as diuretics causing loss of fluids. Soft drinks also reduce mineral levels to such an extent that enzymes are unable to function well, resulting in indigestion. Instead, Fresh lime water and coconut water are better options to quench thirst.

Drinking iced water does not really help to cool down the body temperature though they make us feel cool for some time. Drinking very cool water leads to constriction of the blood vessel in the skin and reduces the loss of heat. Same is the case with ice creams and other fizzy drinks that gives quick relief from heat but aren’t advisable. Curd and yogurt are the best alternatives of cold drinks as they are packed with vitamins and calcium. Vitamin B present in them help to cure ulcers, allergies and heat boils caused during summer.

Variety of juicy fruits are available in the market during the blazing season. Make the most of them. Fruits that cool you down from within like grapes, apples, bananas, pears, peaches and melons are some of the best options. Milk shakes and juices make a part of delicious summer diet. Citrus fruits like oranges and lemons are the excellent choices. They should be consumed time and again.

When it comes to buying vegetables, choose the one that has high water content in it. Foods such as lettuce, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, pumpkins, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower and sprouts should be found on your dinner plate as they all serve as coolers and also provide with the daily quota of nutrition. Stay away from heavy vegetables like spinach, radish, hot peppers, onions, garlic, beetroot, pineapple, grapefruit and ripe mangoes. If you cannot resist mangoes then soak them overnight before consuming. Non vegetarians should opt for fish instead of meat. Fishes are a healthy alternative as they contain Omega 3 and Omega 6 that are found in very few food items. One can have healthy tomato or vegetable soups as snacks. Adding cool herbs like mint or coriander makes it more appropriate during summer.

Fried food like samosas, chips, vada pao and junk food like pizzas and burgers should be strictly avoided. Deep fried foods are oily and have fats in abundance. As a result they increase the metabolism rate which in turn increases the body temperature.

Summer is the season of picnics and holidays, enjoy every moment of the sun drenched days and starlit nights and take the advantage of the healthiest season.

BEAT THE HEAT DURING THE BLAZING SEASON


After the cool breezy winter, summer enters with sun releasing firing heat. The moment winter waves us good bye, we start experiencing a sudden change in the atmosphere. The mufflers over the head, turns into dupattas all over the face, woolen hand gloves gets replaces by full cotton gloves. Though summer days are long, the heat and warm winds make them seem even longer. The dripping and drenching season takes away the entire charm and adds tiredness to the body. At such a point of time, it becomes necessary to take proper care regarding our food, skin and health that helps us to stay fresh throughout the day.

GET PROTECTED FROM SUMMER HAZARDS

Summer is not just about sun but a lot more. It is a season when people need to take a lot of care regarding their health. There are several risks that one faces during winter and it is necessary to take precautions to avoid them.

Dehydration: The first discomfort that summer brings in is heat and water loss from the body. Exercise brings out water from the body in the form of sweat. Hence, the amount of exercise should be reduced in order to retain water into the body. Cooling pranayams called sheetli pranayam help in cooling the body. Regular water intake atleast 8-10 glasses should be consumed to keep the body hydrated. Lemon and honey drink instantly replenish body’s lost fluids and work as an energizer. Drink fluids even if you are not thirsty, being thirsty means that you are already dehydrated. To cool the body through sweating, add small amounts of hot spices to food while cooking. Hot peppers, fresh ginger, and black pepper are all great spices to make it really hot for you and then to cool you down.

Generally people apply wet rags on the body after doing strenuous work or after being in sun for a long time. It is not a good idea as it is important to make the heat move outwards.
A chilled glass of water gives us a relief after moving in hot sun for hours together. Therefore, it must be noted that very cold water must be avoided as it creates stomach cramps. Moreover, sports beverages help to regain salt and minerals that are lost through sweat.
Food intake: Change in season also brings in the change in food intake. Foods having minerals and vitamins should be consumed in plenty as they help in water retention. Sweet fruits and fruit juices should be taken from time to time. Rice, wheat, milk, butter and cow ghee help in keeping the body cool, strong and agile. Amongst vegetables gourds, cucumber, coriander, mint etc and amongst fruits, watermelon, muskmelon, coconut, sweet lime, mango, apple, grapes etc are beneficial.

Beverages containing caffeine are not at all good for summers as they cause dehydration. Moreover, non vegetarians should stay away from meat as it adds to the heat of the body. If at all one wants to consume meat, then that of a cooler region animal is preferable. One also must stay away from pungent, sour, salty and dry foods. The mixture of raw mangoes and onions must be consumed daily as it protects from summer ailments. Over and above, it should be kept in mind, that meals should be light, small and frequent. Also salad proves to be an important part of the meal during this season.

Hair and skin: Skin tanning is the first thing that people are worried about during the onset of summer. Skin gets tanned due to sunburn which occurs when the skin tissues get damaged due to prolonged exposure to UV radiations of the sun. Special care needs to be taken between 10 am and 2 pm when UV rays are intense. Sun block cream having SPF 15 or more must not be forgotten and must be reapplied every two hours if one is out in open.

Variety of fruits and vegetable masks can also be applied that helps the skin to cope up with the weather.

If your skin gets badly tanned use some home remedies like a mixture of 4 tbsp plain yogurt, 2 tbsp honey and 3 tbsp lime juice. Leave for a few minutes and wash it with cold water. Often it happens that our skin loses its luster and we fail to bring it back.

For that purpose, a mixture of pineapple pulp, grape-seed oil, papaya pulp, mulethi and a pinch of turmeric powder can work wonders.

The climate has an impact over the hair as well. They develop split ends, become rough and start falling. Hence they require a lot of care and attention. Boiled tea water can be used after shampoo to eliminate the problem. Apart from this, a mixture of lemon juice with a few drops of honey into it reduces the roughness of hair and protects them. Hair must be washed with warm water as cool water makes your hair weak and dry.

ENJOY THE BLISTERING TEMPERATURE

Every season brings along various gifts and penalties. It is important to enjoy the season along with its negative side. Summer is a season of vacations, picnics and refreshment. Hence, an extra care would help you to enjoy summer in a better way.