Our digestive system today is greatly challenged. Thanks to the ever-widening menu of strange foods, colours, food chemicals, processing chemicals, additives, preservatives etc. To add to this, we often eat irregularly, exercise very little, work till late, sleep less, and are constantly stressed. It’s no wonder that most of us have badly maintained digestive systems, a reduced immune response and increased susceptibility to digestive problems like diarrhoea. Diarrhoea is one of the most common problems encountered during summers and if proper care is not taken, it can lead to acute dehydration and even prove fatal. Diarrhoea is in fact not a disease in itself but a symptom. It may be caused by any infection in the gastrointestinal tract transmitted through contaminated food and water or dietary factors like faulty food preferences and specific allergies or even emotional factors like stress and anxiety. The digestive system gets weakened due to dehydration in summer. This leads to low digestive power. This is further weakened by vitiation of doshas and dhatus due to high environmental temperature. Hence following diets, which increase power of digestion and strengthen the digestive system, would be beneficial to prevent and combat diarrhoea during summers. Acute Diarrhoea is characterized … Continue reading Diarrhoea in summers →
When the sebaceous glands in skin produce excess sebum, it results in the accumulation of oil, thus making the skin oily. Oily skin can lead to other skin issues such as acne, skin irritation and blackheads. Try these easy home remedies to get rid of your oily skin permanently. Egg white + lime juice lime juice lightens skin while egg whites soak up excess oil and tightens skin pores. Whisk together the white of an egg and 1 tablespoon of lime juice. Apply onto your face and allow to dry. Rinse off with warm water. Yoghurt It contains lactic acid which helps exfoliate skin and absorbs excess oil. Apply 3-4 tablespoons of yoghurt onto your face. Leave on for 15 minutes then rinse off. Repeat daily for best results. Tomatoes These have a cooling effect and help clear skin while absorbing excess oil. Cut a medium sized tomato in half. Rub onto skin for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with cold water. Almond + honey scrub Almonds help exfoliate skin and remove dead skin cells while honey gives the skin a glow while absorbing excess oil out of it. In a blender grind 3-4 almonds to make a powder. … Continue reading 4 home remedies for oily skin →
High cholesterol is one of the major worries of most people. Most adults have higher than recommended cholesterol levels. We do not usually worry too much about heart diseases until we are middle aged. But adults as young as 20 also need to watch cholesterol because high levels of LDL or bad cholesterol at a young age are more likely to cause the development of heart disease in the later years of life. Eat to lower Cholesterol By eating healthy foods we can reduce the risk of developing heart disease and improve our health, without resorting to medicines. Though we cannot change our genes – a contributing factor to high cholesterol, we can definitely change our diets. Food significantly affects the cholesterol levels. Following are the top 3 foods which help lower high cholesterol: Oats This food can reduce total cholesterol & LDL cholesterol. Oatmeal and oat bran are important sources of dietary fiber, and they contain a mix of soluble and insoluble fibers. The active ingredient in oats is beta-glucans which lowers blood cholesterol. An intake of 40 grams of oat bran or 60 grams of oat meal a day can bring about a 5% reduction on serum cholesterol This … Continue reading The ‘Top 3’ food and lifestyle changes to control cholesterol →
Detox is a process, which involves flushing out of toxins that have accumulated in our body.
Fortunately, many of the signs and symptoms associated with menopause are temporary. Take the following steps to help reduce or prevent their effects. Cool hot flashes Dress in layers and always carry a bottle of cool water with you wherever you go. Try to pinpoint what triggers your hot flashes. For many women, triggers may include hot beverages, caffeine, spicy foods, alcohol, stress, hot weather and even a warm room. Decrease vaginal discomfort Use over-the-counter, water-based vaginal lubricants (Astroglide, K-Y jelly, others) or moisturizers. Choose products that don’t contain glycerin, which can cause burning or irritation in women who are sensitive to that chemical. Staying sexually active also helps by increasing blood flow to the vagina. Get enough sleep Avoid caffeine, which can make it hard to get to sleep, and avoid drinking too much alcohol, which can interrupt sleep. Exercise during the day, although not right before bedtime. If hot flashes disturb your sleep, you may need to find a way to manage them before you can get adequate rest. Practice relaxation techniques Techniques such as deep breathing, paced breathing, guided imagery, massage and progressive muscle relaxation can help relieve menopausal symptoms. Strengthen your pelvic floor Pelvic floor muscle … Continue reading 8 steps to help reduce or prevent effects of menopause →
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