Wednesday, December 27, 2006

What are Flavanoids?

Flavanoids are polyphenolic compounds found in abundance in plants. In simple terms these are responsible for red, orange, yellow and blue coloration of plant foods. There are more than 6000 kinds of Flavanoids found in nature. over the last few years Flavanoids have become nutritional celebrities. Red wine, blue berries, Apples, Tea, Dark chocolates are some foods that are rich in Flavanoids.

The Flavanoids are well known for their antioxidant, anti-inflamatory peoperties. Flavanoids protect cells against oxidative and free radical damage that has been linked to cancer, aging and cardiovascular diseases. The Flavanoids provide more protection than the Vitamin E and Vitamin C which are also rich in antioxidant properties.

A diet rich in fruits and vegetables with a balance of whole grain and pulses provide sufficient quantities of flavanoids. Research has proved that Tea both black and green as well as dark chocolates are all rich sources of Flavanoids. However caution should be taken not to consume excessive quantities of these foods.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Custard Apple - Health Benefits

Custard Apple is a tropical fruit tree that grows easily. It is very popular in India. As it has the taste of custard it is called 'Custard Apple'. The fruit has a peculiar aroma. The plant usually flowers between March and July. The fruits should be plucked before they are ripe and stored for ripening. Custard apple promotes digestion and is used as a cure for vomiting, diarrhoea, dysentry and vertigo. The fruit is rich in minerals like iron, phosphorous, calcium and riboflavin.

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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Pomegranate- Medicinal Benefits

Pomegranate is a very popular fruit and is grown in many parts of the world. It is a six sided fruit of fairly large size. The skin is tough. The fruit has numerous seeds. These seeds are surrounded by a succulent coating of pink or crimson color juice.

It has many medicinal properties. This fruit is a cure for many a illness. All the parts of the plant like the roots, leaves, flowers etc are used for various medicinal purposes. It is a good tonic for the heart. This fruit is a very good remedy for stomach related problems. The fruit is also an effective laxative.

Pomegranate enhances the semen formation, activates memory, acts as a blood purifier and improves the formation of hemoglobin. Consumption pomegranate aids is good blood circulation and promotes mental energy too. It is good against indigestion and dysentery.

They are a good cure for sore throat and chest troubles. The rind of the fruit is given for diarrhea and dysentery. The juice of the fruit added to a few strands of saffron quenches the thristy feeling during fever. The juice helps in toning up the functions of the kidney , heart and liver. The gum inflammations are trated using the bark of the tree.

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Saturday, November 18, 2006

What is Pre-Diabetes?

Diabetes is the most common metabolic disorder in the world. It is caused by absolute or relative deficiency of insulin. The total deficiency causes the Type 1 diabetes and the relative deficiency causes the Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes. Diabetes is most prevalent in south east Asian countries.

There are several risk factors associated with diabetes like acquired, environmental, genetic etc., Acquired factors are like age, family history. Environmental factors are like Obesity, physical inactivity, stress, BMI. The prevalence of diabetes increases with the increasing family history of diabetes. The modern living has changed the life style pattern in such a way that the insulin sensitivity is adversely affected.

The prevalence of diabetes also increases with the age factor. Indians develop diabetes at a very young age. ‘Pre-diabetes’ is the term that denotes a stage prior to the onset of diabetes. This is a stage when an individual’s blood sugar level is higher than normal, but not high enough to be termed as diabetes. This stage of pre-diabetes is also of two types: impaired fasting glucose and impaired glucose tolerance. The fasting plasma glucose test or the glucose tolerance test could be used to detect pre-diabetes. This requires fasting overnight.

Individuals with pre-diabetes are not only at the risk of developing diabetes but also considered to be are increased risk of coronary heart disease. The pre-diabetes is not accompanied by any symptoms and can be detected only by sugar tests. The pre-diabetes is an opportunity for preventing diabetes. The treatment consists of weight loss through exercise, Eating vegetable and fruit diet.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Make your food Colourful and Stay Healthy

Not many of us can claim of being color conscious as far as our food is concerned. However, it is vital that we achieve a proper balance of color in the food. It is said that proper balance of color is proper balance of diet. Popularly known as ‘GYRO’ green/yellow/red/orange colored vegetables and fruit are vital for a complete proper diet. These vegetables are fruits are said to be high in fiber content and low in fat. These contain natural chemicals that help protect our body against all diseases.

Each color group of fruits and vegetables contains set of beneficial phyto-nutrients, it is said that more intense the food pigment the more greater is its disease- fighting capacity. Leaving alone the color factor, its well known that consuming fruits and vegetables helps build immunity in the system and protect against many ailments like stroke, heart disease, asthma etc., Consumption of one fruit or vegetable a day keep heart diseases at by 4 percent. Eating fruits and vegetables also helps one manage the weight factor.

The risk of diabetes is reduced by 40 percent in women who consume at least 4-5 servings of vegetables on a daily basis. Fruits are also rich in antioxidants. The antioxidants are mostly found in the skin of fruits. Ripe fruits contain antioxidants.

Greens like spinach, broccoli coriander, methi, lettuce, okra parsley, asparagus celery and vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, avocado, green peas, cucumber contain liver enzymes that help to fight cancer and reduce the risk of cataract. Fruits like jamun, grapes,berries, figs, prunes pomegranates should be eaten raw. The fruits and vegetables that fall under the red-purple family are considered true fighters. They contain carotenoid lycopene that cuts the risks of heart disease. The red capsicum, red grapes, beetroot, apples and strawberries come under this category. The yellow colored foods are very vital. The dhal family, pumpkins, mangoes, pineapples, papaya fall under this group. These foods are rich in alpha carotenes that help fight cancer.

Make your food colorful everyday and have a healthy and colorful life!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, November 06, 2006

Benefits of Meditation and Relaxation

The origin of meditation is traced back to the Vedic times. Its is basically the withdrawal of attention from external, physical and all mental processes. The basic benefits of meditation are stress reduction, improving concentration, improving on inner peace and harmony. Meditation is usually learnt in groups or individually from a trained instructor.

Meditation is usually done in a very calm and comfortable atmosphere. If one is spiritually inclined switch on to some Vedic mantra chants. One has to sit in a comfortable position with the head upright , eyes closed. Breath deeply until you settle down. Start reciting the mantras mentally and start feeling each word of the mantra in your mind. At one point of time you will start achieving more and more calmness and the mantra starts fading away and complete rest prevails. While meditation thoughts might wander. Do not force to concentrate let your thoughts wander at one point of time it will settle down and calmness would overtake. Practice for 25-30 minutes initially. The time can be increased gradually depending on the time one can spend regularly.

There are many relaxation techniques too. In this fast paced world everyone needs to relax to rejuvenate. Sleep is the most effective relaxation technique. Every individual requires a minimum of 6-8 hours of sleep. Sleep is very essential as it conserves and stores energy. Go to sleep at regular hours. Avoid any kind of stressful mental activates before sleep. As a practice one can have a cup warm milk before going to sleep. Definitely avoid coffee or tea before sleep. Avoid over sleeping as this my result in insomnia. A walk after dinner also promotes good sleep.

Listening to good music is also a best way to relax. Listen to your favorite music for sometime everyday. This practice helps to relax mentally. Attending to religious discourses, bhajans etc also promotes at most peace to the mind.

Have it a practice to break off from daily routine activities for a quite peaceful vacation. This totally relaxes the mind and body. Especially in today’s fast moving world to cope up with the pace one needs to have a clear thought process. The meditation and relaxation techniques should be practiced to achieve success in life.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

What are Cellulite Deposits?

Every Young women aspires to have glowing and marvelous skin. Unfortunately the cellulite deposits appear giving them a nightmare. Fat, fluids and toxins get trapped under the skin thus giving it a rippled appearance, like orange peel.

Certain factors like genes, pregnancy, diet, lifestyle etc., are responsible for cellulite formation. Any medication that does not allow the body to function normally also builds up toxins resulting in cellulite formation.

Tensions cause the tissues to block and thus not allowing the toxins to leave the body. This also results in cellulite formation.

A sedentary lifestyle, which almost the entire population goes through is also a reason for the cellulite formation.

Water intake should be adequate to get rid of toxins in the body. If the water intake is less then the toxins remain in the body. Excessive intake of alcohol, nicotine etc., traps the toxins under the skin not allowing them to leave.

Predominantly in women the cellulite formation occurs in the post-natal pregnancy period.

However, the treatments available for getting rid of the cellulite are all temporary like

Surgery: Where in Liposuction is involved. This technique removes a few inches from the body.
Creams, scrubs: These work on the skin and takes enormous time and has to be done continuously.
Endermologie: It’s a kind of massage therapy, where in the machine would work on the areas of abundant cellulite deposit and breaks its down and lets the body drain it.

However, the most effective remedy and cure is having good exercise routine and balanced diet.

Monday, October 23, 2006

What is Gout?

Gout is the inflammation of joints and is accompanied by swelling. Middle aged men are more prone to Gout. Women also are attacked by Gout after the menopause stage.

Gout is accompanied by acute pain and the affected area becomes tender, hot and cannot bear weight. The attack usually happens in the midnight and an acute attack lasts for over a week accompanied by loss of appetite and mild fever.

The cause of Gout is due to the formation of the Uric acid crystals that gets collected in the joints. The needle shaped crystals cause the pain. The victims of Gout usually have higher level of Uric acid than normal due to reduced amount of acid being passed by the kidneys in the urine. Other factors that influence Gout are consumption of alcohol, lack of exercise. Consumption of the cherry fruit helps reduce the impact of gout in the Gout affected victims.

Bending Chickun Guniya - Ways to control

Chickunguniya has sent ripples of panic among the people. It is a rare viral fever. After leptospirosis which is commonly known as 'Rat Fever' chickun guniya the vector borne viral disease has struck India now. It is transmitted through mosquitoes.

This disease has nothing to do with bird flu. Some of the common symptoms of the disease are loss of appetite, mild fever, headache and severe joint pain resulting in bending of the body which gave the name to the disease.

The changing climatic conditions pave way to all such viral diseases. For instance the onset of heavy monsoon after hot summer days prevents the sun rays from passing down completely thus enabling a favourable condition for the viral multiplication. This results in the viral diseases like leptospirosis, chickun guniya etc.

Prevention is always better than cure in case of such epidemics. It is always better to adopt to proper diet and hygiene during seasonal changes. By adopting to certain simple restrictions one can lead a healthy life.

Some tips to keep away from the climatic epidemics are:
  • Use mosquito repelents to keep them at bay.
  • Keep the water storage containers clean and dry between refils.
  • Wear warm clothes
  • Eat hot and light food. Avoid oily items.
  • Always use boiled water for drinking.

How to prevent Bad Breath?

Many people suffer from bad breath or chronic halitosis. In most cases it orginates from the gums and the tongue. The odour is caused by the bacteria from the decayed food particles from the mouth.

The primary reason for the unpleasant odour is poor oral hygiene. Proper brushing methods like brushing of gums , tongue and the roof of the mouth will eliminate the bacteria in the mouth and prevent the foul odour.

Bad breath can occur in the people who have kidney failure, liver malfunction and regular tobacco users also contribute to the foul odour. The saliva plays a vital role in keeping the odour under control. During sleep the salivary glands slow down production of saliva and this promotes the growth of bacteria. Hence it is always advicable to brush the teeth after sleep.

Ways to prevent Bad Breath
  • Regular visit to the dentist.
  • Proper brushing of the teeth, gums and tongue.
  • Regular use of recommended mouth wash.
  • Consumption of water in frequent intervals and chewing of sugarless gum.
  • Avoid foods that have a strong odour like onion and garlic.

Fix up regular appointments with the dentist to get rid of the plaque and the bacteria that builds up. Check with the dentist for the actual cause of bad breath and get treated.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

How Obesity Invades? How to Cure Obesity?

Obesity refers to the fat mass in the body and not the mere body weight.  There are various reasons why a person becomes obese.  Obesity has to be handled very carefully.  Mere diet restriction cannot bring down the fat content.  A regular weightloss exercise program has to be adopted.   A perfect combination of diet and exercise and bring down the body weight over a period of time. 

Starving is definitely not a cure for obesity.  It could further only complicate the problem.  Obese adults should follow the instructions given by the trainer strictly.

Click here to know more about obesity and causes of obesity

Tuesday, August 15, 2006


Oats help in slowing the process of cell damage. It has some unique fatty acids and antioxidants together with Vitamin E which slows down the cell damage process and increase the life span.

A bowl of Oats porridge has always been considered a satisfying breakfast. It is the best source of soluble fibre. Oats are a very versatile cooking ingredient. A half cup cooked serving of oats has close to 4 grams of viscous souble fibre. This helps lower blood LDL cholesterol, which is the so-called “Bad” cholesterol.

A diet which is rich in oats may also help stabilize blood glucose levels, which could help people with non-insulin dependent diabetes.

It aids to cope with ovarian & uterine problems associated largely associated with the onset of menopause in women.

Oats are low in fat & salt; they are a good source of natural iron. Being a good source of calcium, they are ideal for heair, bones & nails.
Several types of baby foods contain oats, mainly in the form of whole oat flour. Dry pabulum type infant food often use just oat flour with a little barley malt & some vitamins & minerals.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Tips to treat Headaches - Breathe Deeply

To treat headaches, backaches, insomnia is to relax. Relaxation exercises can be done in different ways for different types of problems.

Breathing deeply is one such method which can help relax your mind and help relax your entire body. Headaches can be caused due to various reasons and one such reason is diet. Improper diet or consumption of excessive foods could trigger headaches.

Click here for Tips on Treatment for Stress and Headaches

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Nutrition Tips - Benefits and Risks of Soya Bean

Soyabean is one of the most versatile food ingredients around. Soy, as it is dubbed in modern times, is a great inclusion in a smart diet. Research has also proven that soya reduces the risk of many chronic diseases.

the yellow wonder bean is low in saturated fat and LDL cholesterol, which makes it a boon for those ona diet. Yo can have soya as sprouts or lentils to make your salad more healthy. If you like your food spicy, soya chunks can add that enhanced taste to your curries, subzis and pulaos. It also makes a great drink. There is soya milk and thickened version of the milk-soya yoghurt available, which are healthy and tasty, too. Tofu is another low-fat alternative to paneer. Soya sauce is great flavour enancer, too.

The health bean

The bean is a boon for vegetarians as it is a good substitute for animal protein. The protein in soya has all the essential amino acids. The isoflavones in soya lower LDL cholesterol which is commonly categorised as 'bad' cholesterol and reduces early menopausal symptoms. Another source of good health from soya is soya milk, which is an excellent source of high quality protein rich in vitamins and isoflavones. For those lactose intolerant, soya is free of lactose (milk sugar). Soya is beneficial for those with high blood pressure, constipation and those with heat symptoms. The cooling properties of tofu is another health benefit the wonder bean provides.

Risks of Soya - Less is more

Soya is considered to be one of the holy crops along with wheat, barley, millet and rice. However, an excessive intake of soya can actually lead to health issues too. Excessive intake can redce the body's ability to take in minerals. In women, soya contributes to the development of hormones associated with cancers of the prostate and breast. In men, it reduces fertility and in children it affects mental development. Go easy on the soya intake. A moderate consumption is just about right.

Avoid Soya if you have
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Dampness in the form of excess mucus, yeast sensitivity, tumours and cysts
  • Digestive problems like loose stool, irritable or bloated bowel
  • Mothers should avoid feeding infants with soymilk as there is no healthier substitute for breast milk.

Processed Soya Types

Soya MilkSoya yoghurtTofu - a low-fat version of paneerSoya chunks - Extracts of soya oil made into flour, processed and dried to make spongy vegetable proteins.Soya sauce - Fermented soya beans with salt, cracked and roasted wheat mixed with water to produce a black sauce to add flavour to food.Temph - a fermented soya bean paste, essentially a meat substituteMiso - a fermented mix of soya beans, barley or rice, mixed with salt and water, generally used to flavour, soups, sauces and casseroles.
Courtesy: Indian Express, Youth Express, 21st July 2006 edition

Friday, July 21, 2006

Skin Care - Treat Pimples

Skin Care - The most important beauty aspect for women.

Most of them would have noticed that, even if utmost care is taken by washing the face regularly, drinking more water and even after taking much more steps, one fine morning you find that there is a pimple that just blew up.

You really wonder on whats happening! and this gives you a deep concern on why this is happening. The cause is simple and the treatment is simple too..

Click here for the simplest treatment for pimples.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Foot Treatment - Beauty Tips

Feet are hidden and lack enough care so that they look smooth and beautiful. Crippling conditions may lead to painful conditions. Foot care is more essential which normally is not given much care.

Foot care is more important for one to have a balanced walk. Like hands and fingers, even feet have to be given good care including properly cut nails, cleaned gaps and applying moisturizers to avoid dryness and crippling.

You can find detailed article on foot care in our Women's Special. Click Here.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Irregularity in Menstruation, Irritability - Menopause or Metamorphosis? - Irregular Menstruation

Menopause or Metamorphosis is the one natural state every women must face in her life. Women should have the courage and confidence to face this state as the accompanying symptoms cause a setback in her mind and health. More than 75 percent of women complain of menopause blues. Women attain menopause at an average age of 51 years. Menopause has been medically defined as "absence of menses" at a stretch for 12 months. In certain cases menstruation stops or ceases abruptly and in some it may slowly taper off.
There are lot of reasons why this is happening in women. The effects of menopause and the ways in which one should face this are well explained.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Developmental Stages in Infants - Pregnancy Tips

Mothers often end up discussing their pregnancy and child development experiences with those expecting their first child. Sometimes, they also share their experiences with other experienced mothers.

These discussions could bring out pleasant or unpleasant feelings and poor listeners may also get influenced with what they listen and get into comparisons amongst themselves and their babies.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Yoga for Improved Nervous System - Eka Pada Bakaasan

Though there are different asanas that would fetch you different results, a balancing posture called Bakaasan, a variation of Eka Pada Asan, is very effective for the improved functioning of the nervous system. It also helps in strengthening arms, wrists and improves the balance of the body. It makes the joints and the lower back more flexible.
This one-legged Bakaasan has to begin with a standing posture. Then slowly bend the trunk and reach out for the feet with both the hands. One can fix the gaze either on the tip of the nose or the foot. A perfect balance has to be achieved by stretching the right leg back until it is straight. This position can be easily maintained for three to five minutes by controlling the breath. The practice can be alternated between the two legs. The breath has to be normal in the final position. This would ensure a proper balance also.
People with high blood pressure, heart diseases or cerebral thrombosis should not do this. Repetition of this asan twice or thrice will ensure better results.

Courtesy: Indian Express, Health Supplement

Diet Control during Medication - Healthy Tips for Diabetics

Medication may not work properly if your diet exceeds what is recommended or either by consuming too many calories or too much carbohydrate, sugar and starch.

When a patient knows that he has diabetes and when the doctyor prescribes a diet plan, he will usually have lot a of doubts. Though a detailed instruction is given, he may sometimes overlook some points or forget some of the things told.

While I am having medicine for diabetes, why should I follow a special diet?

Your medication will not work properly if you exceed your recommended diet either by consuming too many calories or too much carbohydrate, sugar and starch. You will have to do without some of your favourite foods high in sugar and starch permanently.

Does this mean I should totally avoid sugar?

You should totally avoid table sugar or foods with sugar on their surface. But you will be able to eat a certain amount of sugar containing foods as part of your regular diet. Diet is planned so that the total amount of sugar in the acceptable foods, such as potatoes, bread, fruit, cereals and milk is distributed fairly and evenly throughout the day; and does not exceed a certain required amount. This depends upon your weight and your overall body need.

To control my diet accurately must I weigh everything I eat?

No you can usually estimate how much of each type of food you are eating. But it’s a good idea to weigh your full day diet from time to time just to check the accuracy of your estimates; as far as you can stick to it. Some degree of variation can’t be avoided especially during festival seasons, holidays and wedding time. However, keep in mind that you can’t over eat at any time.

Should I eat a set amount of protein, carbohydrate and fat at every meal? Can I have snacks? What if I skip a meal?

Yes. Include the amount of fat, protein and carbohydrate, doctor has recommended in every meal if possible. You will stay healthier if each meal is balanced. Avoid skipping meals. You can have snacks in moderation such as salt biscuits and orange pieces.

How long must I stay on my diet? Will the diet always remain the same?

You will have to make the diet a permanent part of your living, but adjust it as factors such as your weight and physical activity will influence this.
Courtesy: Indian Express

Monday, June 12, 2006

Misleading Advertisements - Say No to AD Treatment

Advertisements of medicines can be very misleading. Nothing works as good as consulting a doctor and getting a prescription.

There is a person who had undergone sufferings after taking medicines advertised for piles without consulting a doctor. He is not alone. There are many who have gone through similar ordeals. Here, I would like to alert readers on the dangerous aspects of advertisements of medicines. The public should not become victims to such advertisements.

In this electronic age, it is impossible for any one to avoid advertisements. They influence us in one-way or the other. The advertisers design and project products in the most attractive way to influence viewers. All promotional advertisements are meant to sell their products. Misleading and unethical advertisement of medicines can be dangerous. No modern medicine is absolutely safe. Every medicine is associated with some risk or the other (side effects of medicine). The common man does not have full knowledge of the risk involved in using the medicine. The advertisers always project the benefits and not the side-effects. The risks, even if projected, are written in such small letters that they are not readable.

Advertisements of medicines and diseases are regulated by the Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisement) Act. The Drugs and Cosmetics Rules also specify diseases and ailments for which no prevention or cure is available and hence cannot be advertised.

Direct-to-consumer advertisement of counter medicines may be informative. Such advertisements are permitted in other countires also. But taking India’s literacy and awareness level into consideration, such advertisements can be misleading to many as they do not often delve into details like the dosage, precautions to be taken, and adverse reactions.

For example, an asthmatic or pepticulcer patient may develop severe problems like precipitation or gastric bleeding if aspirin, a pain relief agent, is taken. Alcoholics may further damage their liver if they continue to take Paracetamol, a pain and fever reducing medicine.

Advertising prescription drugs to consumers is neither ethical nor legal. These medicines are permitted to be sold only if a doctor’s prescription is produced.

Consumers should be watchful of such advertisements. What the consumers need is information to make a better choice. They need to know both benefits and risk involved in the use of drug treatment and non-drug treatment options, in addition to cost.
Courtesy: Indian Express

Friday, June 09, 2006

Breath Control - Tips to Cure Asthma

Asthma and other breath related diseases are often caused by wrong breathing habits. Patients can overcome such diseases using pranayama, which is an ancient yogic practice to cure most of the health issues by breathing technics in specific postures.

Breathing is the only major source over which every human being has some conscious control. Other important operations like the heart-beat or digestion are beyond the control. Diseases like asthma are often caused by wrong breathing habits and other factors like diet. Such diseases can be overcomed by successfully using the methods of breath control, pranayama and posture. Experts have shown that the irregular breathing done at nght during sleep causes many heart diseases.
The theory of asanas and prayamas offer clues for getting good, restful sleep for delaying the onset of fatigue so that one can work productively over longer period of time. All the breathing methods mentioned here can be done by men and women.

Pranayama or breath control

Select a clean, airy and well-ventilated place. Do not eat or drink before a lapse of 15-20 minutes. Lie on the ground completely at ease with legs and hands separated with palms open. Use a thin pillow for head if needed. This posture relaxes the body and allows prana to be easily absorbed and distributed. Inhaling should be smooth and without jerks. Always inhale when energy is required by raising arms from chest level above shoulders, lifting weights, etc.
Always exhale when energy is required for the performance of the action. Duration of each pranayama or asana is indicated by the total number of rounds’ each round is made of one inhalation and one exhalation.


It is the basic posture for pranayama. It is widely taught that vajrasana promotes good digestion. In terms of meridian theory, the medial and lateral areas of the leg below the knee touch the floors and thus gets stimulated. It also stimulates the mooladhara charka. The upper – half of the body in Vajrasana exerts weight on urinary bladder and kidney meridians, running on the lack of the leg and inside.

Abdominal or Diaphragm Breathing

Sit any comfortable cross-legged posture with legs below hips. It is called sukha asana. Here the abdomen and diaphragm move in a complementary way. During inhalation, the diaphragm which is shaped like an inverted cup contracts downwards and abdomen expands. During exhalation the diaphragm moves up and the abdomen contracts.

Mudra or Finger Positions

Chin Mudra: The index finger touches the thumb, others are separate and open.

Chin-maya Mudra: Same as chinmudra with the finers pressing the palm.

Adi Mudra: The thumb enclosed in the fist.

For more Tips for Good health

Courtesy: Indian Express

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Dental Care - Smile Consciousness - A definite need

A smile is basically an effect created due to the interplay between the muscles of the face, teeth, supporting gums and emotions from the brain. It is a unique human quality that has the power to express a myriad of emotions. Each smile is said to be a characteristic to an individual, defining his or her personality.

Often we come across individuals who say they are not bothered about how their teeth look and are only concerened about the function and longevity. Well, it is impressive to see someone who is totally comfortable with himself and holds the thought that beauty is only superficial and based on vanity. But unfortunately this thought does not hold good. Aesthetics and function are well integrated into each other and are inseparable. A beautiful smile is an indication of proper and healthy function, which ultimately leads to longevity of the dentition.

In today’s world where the emphasis on beauty is growing rather than diminishing, more and more people from all walks of life are increasingly becoming aware of their smile. Whether this awareness is for personal improvement or stems from the belief that appearnances influence professional success, the number of people who are becoming smile conscious is growing. Recent research has indicated that presentable people are by far more confident and successful. Looking good makes these people feel good.

Children and teenagers are especially sensitive about unattractive teeth. When the teeth are discolored, decayed, missing, crooked etc., there is often a conscious effort to avoid smiling and a tendency to try to “cover up” their teeth. Correction of these types of dental problems can produce quite a dramatic change in one’s personality.

The impact of a smile lift can be readily seen in the new found happiness and increase in self esteem. There is often a metamorphosis in the overall appearance and improved social interactions of the person. Well shaped teeth with a pleasant smile are said to be a conficence booster and a lifestyle stimulator.

So what constitutes an unacceptable smile (unhealthy) or an acceptable smile? Broken, decayed, mal-aligned, missing teeth with spongy bleeding gums, compounded with bad breath all contribute to an unhealthy smile. The converse is true for an acceptable smile.

It is very important to understand that each of these problems are interrelated. For example, if you have malaligned teeth or spacing between teeth, the most common problem would be increased food retention, which cannot be easily removed because of inaccessibility. These areas then become potential pockets for bacterial growth, ultimately leading to tooth decay, irritation of the supporting gums and bad breath. The proper approach for treating this would be to correct the underlying cause – malaligned teeth.

Treatment options for a smile lift can vary from low cost simple procedures such as tooth cleaning, whitening, space colosures, tooth clored fillings to extensive procedures involving multi – disciplinary approach combining restorative dentistry, orthodontics and dental implants etc. smile analysis with color correction and alteration of teeth is the state – of –art for dentistry in the new millennium.

The benefit of positive psychological effects seen in a patient, after improving his or her smile make conservative aesthetic dentistry extremely gratifying for a dentist. It represents a whole new dimenision of dental treatment options for the patients.

In today’s world with knowledge and technology unfolding at every moment, mankind has been made available a plethora of options. So it stands to reason that man recognize these advancements and opportunities and make the best use of them.

Finally to stress the importance of a healthy smile always keep in mind that: A smile is the lightining system of the face Cooling system of the head Heating system of the heart and booting system of the mind”.

Courtesy: Indian Express

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Skin Care with Herbs - Treatment for Oily Skin, Sun-burns, De-hydration of Skin

Summer is at its fag end. Take care of your skin. Dehydration of the skin is a major concern with all of us. Apart from this, we have to deal with oily skin, breaking out of acne and sunburns. drinking plenty of water of course is important bt not sufficient. Rehydration should also be done through plenty intake of fresh fruit jusices and other fluids. herbs are a good source of nourishment during summertime and there are some which are particularly good in protecting the skin from the harsh summer sun. The natural healer, Aloe, is a fantastic herb for skin nourishment.

In fact it is believed that Egyptian queens rated it highly as a beauty therapy. Aloe is a powerful healing agent against wound burns and skin infections. The pulp of Aloe can be used as a face pack along with turmeric to help reduce oiliness and suntan. Drinking 10 ml aloe juice daily also helps cleanse your skin.

And what about the terrible burning sensation and redness of eyes. Here again the pulp of aloe leaf placed on each eye can help cool the eyes and rid them of this sensation.
Courtesy: Indian Express

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Safety Measures on e-Medicine - Know your medicine

Easy information can be found on the internet regarding health, diseases, treatment and medicines. Do we know how reliable this information is. Not to deny, the information available on the Net is very resourceful, but it is always safe to consult the family physician before commencing any treatment.

We can find emails, website ads that offer medicine sale, some claiming cure for ailments of certain diseases of which no cure is available. One should be aware that buying medicines from other countries via internet is illegal. Before using such medicine, consult your health care professionals, else it may risk your health.

The medicines that are offered for sale may not be approved for use in our country. The country of origin may have poor regulations and the medicines get into market without rigorous trial to test its safety and efficacy. Thus quality of such medicines cannot be assured. If a consumer experiences any hazard, it may not be possible to claim compensation, as the identity and source of location of such medicines cannot be established.
The product of the same name (especially brand name) may contain different components in different countries. Lack of such awareness will lead to buying a wrong product. The medicines that are offered for sale may be fraudulent. Treatment with such products may not only be just ineffective, but may be harmful to health. Sometimes it could be wasting your resources, valuable time and money.

Appropriate medication or medical treatment for a disease is important for your health. Medicines can cause harm if not properly used and some medicines should be used only under direct supervision of doctors. Reliable health information is useful for the consumers to take decisions but are not the substitute to medical advise given by doctors.

The information that one gets in the internet is to be verified by finding out the source of information. The information site run by government organizations, institutions, voluntary associations, etc can be trusted while the website of individuals need to be scrutinized. Be careful while sending money to buy a medicine or even other products. Always counter check the information with another source to verify the authenticity.
Courtesy Indian Express, Health Supplement

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Tips for exercise - Watch the Glycemic Index

Fitness freeks once --- turned trainers, have their story of excellent fitness and physique. Added to it, have a sobbing story of their current situation of weekness in the knees and their journey becoming a loser.
“This common occurrence, could be in competitive sports, or in the midst of a simple work out. Active guys are mostly simple machines. For them, an active lifestyle is merely a number game like distance covered, total repetitions, amount of weight lifted, kilometers per hour and sticking to quantities of performance supplements. One set of numbers every fit guy should be familiar with, however, is the Glycemic Index (GmI), a system that rates the speed at which glucose from carbohydrate sources enters your blood stream. Why is this important to your game, no matter what it is? Because glucose, the primary fuel for your muscle and brain, is derived from carbohydrates (carbs) you ingest. Yet not all carbs are created equal, and eating the right kind before, during and especially after a workout can play a major role in how you feel and perform.

Starting your Engines:
What you eat before a race, a cricket match or a workout, will depend upon the nature and the duration of the activity. For long endurance events like one-day cricket match for example, foods that are low on the glycemic scale (more slowly absorbed) which produce a constant flow of energy long after consumption are recommended. For events of 90 minutes or more, one gram of low-glycemic carbohydrate per Kg. of body weight two hours before hand is recommended.

On the Run:
For shorter sprint-type races or fat-burning cardio workouts, high to moderate glycemic choices preferably in liquid from may be answer. You want that stuff getting into your blood stream constantly so you can maintain blood glucose levels. The whole concept of any drink is to start sipping as soon as you begin exercising, and every 10 minutes or so after. That’s even if you are in the gym pounding weights hard for an hour. Weightlifting is somewhat neuro-muscular, so the whole idea is that your nervous system and your brain functions best on glucose. 30 – 60 grams of carbohydrates per hour during exercise is recommended. Even if you had a glucose drink, which is high glycemic, sipping it slowly will create the same effect as low glycemic choices. Blood glucose and insulin levels will remain level throughout. You don’t want a quick surge and then a downfall during an event.

Keep’em coming:
When your activity ceases, high glycemic carbs are highly necessary and, the sooner the better. Primarily within the first hour, you want one gram of high glycemic carbs per pound of body weight. As soon as you’re done with your workout is when you should start eating and rehydrating. Insulin is also crucial for putting on muscle, as it helps blunt the muscle breakdown that comes with intense exercise. Lifting weights produces stress hormone cortisol, which impedes the entry of amino acids into the muscle cells for growth. Insulin, on the other hand, moves these growth-promoting nutrients into your hungry muscles more smoothly than Huge Hrfner greets guests at a Vigra Cocktail party. Now, before you install the Glycemic Index as martial law in your kitchen, pay heed to this table.

Food Rating: Glucose-100, Baked potato-91, Water melon-72, white bread-70, Banana-62
Moderate: Orange juice 57, White rice 56, Popcorn 51, Oatmeal 49, Orange 43.
Low: Apple 36, Yogurts (Sweetened) 33, Skim milk 32.
Courtesy: Indian Express, Health Supplement

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Late Pregnancy - Tips for first 3 months

Pregnant? Above 30 years? First time Pregnancy?
Then this could be considered as late pregnancy. The very normal question at a party, while you meet some one new is ... Are you married? How many children do you have? Sometimes it is very embarrassing for someone without kids to answer that question.
Many married couples are still struggling to have a child and a few have succeeded, may be a little late. While there is late pregnancy, there should be more care taken during the first 16 weeks.

Care must be taken towards good health, nutritious food and happy atmosphere. During this period many women face problems like feet pain, vomiting sensations, unable to eat food, uneasiness after food, etc. If care is not taken during this time, this could lead to weight loss and sometimes could affect the baby too.

Tips to follow

1) Consumption of food - You can eat whatever you like to eat. Consumption of pomegranates, apples, orange juice along with regular food will help a lot. Avoid certain food like papaya or as per doctors advice.

2) Liquor and smoking during pregnancy is not advisable. Also request your husband to be away from you while smoking.

3) You can have cute photographs stuck around the house. Talk positive, think positive, watch pleasant and positive movies or programs on television. Avoid horror and terror movies.

4) Spread your meal into 6-7 times a day. You can eat in small amounts multiple times. Never over eat.

5) Consumption of dry fruits like Almonds, Pista, Raisings, Figs, etc., can help in good health.

6) Travelling at this point could be a risk. Avoid it as much as possible.

7) Visit your doctor every week and take advice.

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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Dental Care - Myths and Realities of Tooth Care

There are a lot of misconceptions about dental care. Here are a few information’s that would help you fight the myth and know the reality.

MYTH: Teeth once extracted do not need to be replaced.

REALITY: If the missing tooth is not replaced by an artifical tooth, the tooth next to the missing one, over a period of time, tip over into the empty space. This would create more space in between the remaining teeth. Food will then get accumulated between the remaining teeth resulting in tartar and decay.

Further, the pressure from chewing will not be properly distributed among the remaining teeth. This would destroy gums and bone and result in an unhealthy change in the chewing pattern of the patient. Hence an artificial fixed replacement or a removable replacement is mandatory.

MYTH: Cleaning of teeth by the dentist causes loosening of teeth or gum damage.
REALITY: This is a popular misconception among many individuals. Professional dental cleaning entails removal of food debris, stains and tartar, followed by polishing of the teeth. This may initially cause a slight soreness in the gums and tooth sensitivity. This is however, temporary and would go soon.

MYTH: Brushing as hard as possible prevents stains and tartar accumulation.
REALITY: Brushing of teeth in the correct manner, that is, the upper teeth in a downward direction and lower teeth in an upward direction, without applying pressure, will certainly benefit the teeth. However, brushing hard in a horizontal sweeping manner, will affect the enamel adversely. This would lead to dental sensitivity and the tooth may break at the neck.

MYTH: Dental fillings last life long.
REALITY: There is not a single dental filling material that would last life long. Fillings have to periodically be evaluated by the dentist.

MYTH: Dentures, once made, are permanent.
REALITY: Removable, complete or partial dentures are usually made of acrylic or related materials and rest on the soft tissues in the mouth. The soft tissues and bone change with time and denture also wear out. Therefore, it is mandatory to get the dentures periodically evaluated by the dentist and replaced accordingly. Also, never try to repair your own dentures at home.

MYTH: Milk teeth do not need professional dental care, since they are anyway going to fall.
REALITY: Milk teeth act as the foundation stone on which a healthy, permanent tooth would develop. If the milk teeth become infected due to severe dental decay, they need to be extracted. The infection from the decayed milk tooth can affect the healthy development of the permanent tooth.

MYTH: Ulcers, red areas and white areas can be ignored until they cause unbearable pain.
REALITY: These are signs of cancerous or pre-cancerous lesions. So consult your dentist and do not ignore these troubles.

MYTH: Heat fomentation relieves toothache.
REALITY: Never apply heat to the affected area. This aggravates the problem and leads to diffusion of the swelling to massive proportions.

MYTH: Eating sweets and sticky chocolates causes dental decay.
REALITY: Chocolates and sweets do not cause decay by themselves. If you brush immediately and effectively after eating sweets, then nothing can stick to your teeth and cause them to decay.
Courtesy: Indian Express, Health Supplementary

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Remedial Properties of Magnetized Water - Cure Skin diseases, diseases caused by bacterial or worm infections

In magneto-theraphy, the magnets work on the body while the magical properties of magnetized water work from inside the body

Nature has five elements and one among them is Water. The human body and blood constitute 78 percent of water. Amrutham in ancient texts is actually a mixture of water and nectar, and is believed to have had a lot of remedial properties.

According to some scientists, when the magnetic field acts on the distilled water, the rate of evaporation of the water increases by 11 percent. The changes happen in the physical properties of water and are determined using the nuclear magnetic resonance. Apart from this, magnetized water diffuses easily into erythrocytes.

Water; acquires some of the magnetic properties when it comes in contact with a magnet continuously. Its proved by Scientists that magnetic field influences crystallization of solutions and increases the number of crystallization centres. It has also been proved that magnetism reduces the amount of nitrogen dissolved in water making it safe for consumption.

It has also been found that concrete, when mixed with magnetized water, is 20 to 50 percent stronger than ordinary concrete. Actually these therapeutic potential of the magnetized water drew the attention of scientists only a few decades back.

It is found that streams that accidentally flowed over the stones with magnetic properties became magnetized. There were healing effects on the people who consumed this water. This made many streams quite famous for their healing properties.

Rudraksha (Elaeocarpus ganitrus) beads soaked in water overnights have powerful electro-magnetic and Para-magnetic properties. Rudraksha means the seeds of the Rudraksha Tree. Rudraksha Tree is a large green broad-leaved tree that grows in places from the Gangetic Plain to the bottom hills of Himalayas. These specific electrical impulses are sent to brain stimulating certain positive brain centres thereby causing transformation in their personality, outlook, charisma and confidence of the user.

Benefits of Magneto Therapy

Water magnetized with the north pole of the magnet can help in cases of bleeding, skin diseases including boils with pus discharge, itching, psoriasis, ulcers in abdomen or mouth, diseases caused by bacterial or worm infections. This Water can be used in cleaning wounds. This can be very effective in cancer treatment also. If a person is suffering from pain, swelling, stiffness or indigestion, gastritis, constipation, loss of appetite, weakness in limbs or heart can be treated with water prepared with South Pole.
Magnetized water is important in the treatment of diseased as far as magneto therapy is concerned. These magnets work on the body while the magical properties of this magnetized water work from inside the body. The intake of magnetized water is as important as the application of magnet externally.
Courtesy: Indian Express, Health Supplementary

Friday, April 21, 2006

EGGS - Does Good Health Need It

  • An average –sized egg is loaded with a whopping 213 milligrams of cholesterol

One of the strongest memories of childhood for everyone will be mother feeding a boiled egg every morning for breakfast. Little did we knew then that eggs can give stomach cramaps if you are allergic to it. We always thought eggs were vegetarian and that it was good for health. Let us dispel the myth marketed by some people in the lucrative business; Eggs are as vegetarian as chicken tikka or mutton burger.

For those who care about birds, the news about how a poultry industry functions can be very disturbing. The poultry industry is actually taking an innocent chick from its sheel to hell. A visit to such poultry farms would confirm that from the day an egg with a semi-grown chick inside is brought to the farm., the chick suffers badly. Inside the cages, the hens are treated like mere egg-producing machines with hundreds of them crammed into one cage. These hens that struggle to even move their wings, start attacking each other for more space. To avoid this they are debeaked.

Debeaking is a painful process whereby the birds’ beaks are chopped off without giving them any painkiller. After this most of the hens won’t be able to eat anything.

If modern method of egg production is not good for hens, the eggs are not good for humans either. According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a Washiington-based group, about 70 percent of the calories in egg are fat based and a big portion of this fat is saturated. They say that an average-sized egg is loaded with a whoping 213 milligrams of cholesterol. Cholesterol is found only in animal products and its consumption leads to clogged arteries and heart diseases. Eggs also trigger allergies like hives. And eating egg can also lead to joint problems like rheumatism in old age.

And that is not all. PCRM also says that porous nature of the egg shells combined with un hygienic conditions in the farms, invite hordes of bacteria like Salmonella, which can cause many diseases.

The egg industry claims that the eggs are not only vegetarian, they are also healthy for you. If you care for your health and the life of the hens, edge the eggs out of your diet today.

Courtesy: Indian Express, Health Supplementary

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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Tips for Good Health - Cumin helps cure indigestion, asthma and bronchial disorders

Cumin botanically known as 'Cuminum cyminum' is a spice which has been used for ages. It belongs to the family of Apiaceae.
It is a herbaceous annual plant. Cumin has its origin from the Mediterranean region. Cumin seeds are used as a spice for their distinctive aroma. Cumin requires hot long summer months and is adrought tollerant plant.

Cumin is used to season many dishes and it adds to the flaavour of the dishes. Many traditional dishes are spiced with cumin or blends of cumin. The cumin seeds are slightly roasted to enhance their flavour. Powdered cumin seeds mixed with honey and added to salads adds up to the flavour of the salads.

Cumin is popular for its digestive properties. The essential oils present in black cumin contain antimicrobial properties which helps to get rid of the worms in the intestine. Black cumin is also used as a cure for asthma and other bronchial disorders. Black cumin seeds mixed with honey and garlic are excellent tonics for people with asthma or coughs. Black Cumin seed oil is used to correct skin disorders like eczema and psoriasis.

Cumin tea is made by brewing cumin seeds in hot water for about 10 mins. This tea is very refreshing and is good for the disgestive track as well as bronchial congestions.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Health Tips - Ginger can cure Gastrointestinal distress, Nausea and Vomiting

Ginger has been long known for its culinary uses and aroma. Ginger is a very ancient spice which had been an integral part of the chinese tradition. Ginger is very popular for its ability to cure stomach disorders and promote digestion. It also eases stomach cramps.

Health Tips - Prevent Constipation

The condition of non-methodical bowel movements is called constipation. Pregnent women are prone to constipation due to harmonal changes. This is a commom problem among all age groups. This has to be attended to for it may cause various other problems like stomach pain, decreased hunger etc., Constipation also occurs as a fallout of several diseases. There is no short cut cure for constipation.

Lack of sleep, rest, exercise, overeating are some common causes for constipation. Constipation is most prevalent among the white collar employees who have a sedentary life style, such people should force in a regular exercise routine to have a healthy life.A regular bowel habit has to be inculcated. The best time is usually the first hour after breakfast. Don't hurry sit for at least 10 minutes, regardless of whether you manage to pass a stool. Don't strain.

There are many simple ways to prevent constipation and stay healthy. Drink Plenty of fluids.Consume natural laxatives like apple, cranberry and apriocot juices.Make fiber rich foods as part of your diet.Exercise Regularly, even if is a daily stroll.If iron supplements that are prescribed are the cause of constipation please consult your physician.

Do not over eat at any point of time. Try to spread your meals, so that you do not over burden your digestive system. One should maintain a proper balance of work, rest and sleep. To cure acute constipation one should fast for a few days under proper medical guidance and then slowly start consuming fruits and fiber rich diet. During the fasting period one should be on complete rest.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Health Benefits of Brinjal - Cures Cancer, Hypertension and Diabetes

The Brinjal, which is commonly known as the eggplant is a very common and affordable vegetable. Although the raw brinjal does not have an agreeable taste when cooked it becomes tender and develops a rich flavour. There are different varieties of brinjals. The most common variety is the oval shaped purple coloured ones. The vegetable is high in water content and is a very good resource of potassium. Brinjal is supposed to possess many medicinal properties although its not proven. It is still being used as a remedy for cancer, hypertension and diabetes.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Barley helps lower Cholesterol and in Treatment of Diabetes and Obesity

Barley, a type of whole grain, is originated in Ethiopia and Southeast Asia. It belongs to the family of gluten grains. Ancient Greeks used bread made of barley and barley has been a part of our provisions from time known. We have been using the barley plant as food and as medicine. Barley is readily available in the market and it is available in the form of grains as well as flakes and grits. The whole barley grain is rich in fibre content. Barley is used to treat diabetes and obesity and also helps lower cholesterol. The insoluble fibres present in barley is a best feed for the beneficial bacteria in the digestive track thus aiding in the growth of the bacteria. Barley forms an integral part of the chinese medicine as a anti phlegm formula.

Whether purchasing barley in bulk or in a packaged container, make sure that there is no evidence of moisture. Store barley in a tightly covered glass container in a cool, dry place. Barley can also be stored in the refrigerator during periods of warmer weather. Barley is a wonderfully versatile cereal grain with a rich nut like flavor and an appealing chewy, pasta-like consistency, it is slightly lighter in color. Sprouted barley is naturally high in maltose.

Like all grains, before cooking barley, rinse it thoroughly under running water and then remove any dirt or debris that you may find. After rinsing, add one part barley to three and a half parts boiling water or broth. After the liquid returns to a boil, turn down the heat, cover and simmer. Add some whole barley to a pot of soup to improve your health and increase the flavour. Barley is a better breakfast for people with diabetese
The properties of barley are sweet and neutral. The Ayurvedic healing system uses it for balancing kapha and pitta. Barley is easily digestable than wheat.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Health Benefits of Honey

Honey is not only yummy to taste but is good for health too. Although its produced by insects and consumed by man it carries lots of benefits. While being healthier, Honey has also traces of vitamins and minerals. Due to the water content present in honey it is less in calories and carbohydrates than sugar. The Glucose and fructose in honey contribute to the sweetness of honey. The clear nature of honey exhibits the higher content of fructose present in it. These simple surgars present in honey are easily digestable and impart instant energy to the body.
Honey has other benefits such as:

-Its used as a cure for gatrointestinal problems.

-Honey consumed with warm milk is a relief for sore throats.

-Honey is a natural antioxidant.

-Honey mixed with a glass of warm milk and consumed at nights promotes good sleep.

-Honey keeps obesity and constipation at bay.

-Honey acts as a decongesant.

-Honey is a good moisturiser for skin and hair.

-Honey forms an important part in many a home remedies.

-Pepper fried in ghee and mixed with honey given to young children suffering with severe cough helps reduce the cough.

-One spoon of honey mixed with lemon juice in a glass of warm water consumed in empty stomach cleases the entire digestive system.

-Gargling Honey is very useful for gingivitis.
Using honey in baked foods helps them from going dry

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Nutritional Benefits of Papaya - Rich sources of Antioxidant Nutrients, Minerals and Fibre

Papaya, a rich source of Anti-oxidants, minerals and fibre helps cure many natural ailments. The highly nutritious fruit helps in clearing digestion issues and also is useful in skin treatment. The abundant source of anti-oxidants helps cure problems related to the Heart.
The yellow fruit is available all through the year and is more available during April to October. The fruit, seeds and the skin all have unique benefits and help human health in various ways. The soft pulp of the fruit while applied on the face also helps in reducing wrinkles and gives a better glow on the face. The seeds can be dried and used in making tea. The dried fruit helps cure digestion issues when mixed with tea.

Nutritious Benefits of Papaya and Tips for Good Health

Health Tips - Control and Keep Dandruff Away

What is Dandruff?
Dandruff is the most common condition affecting the scalp. The medical name for this condition is pityriasis capitis.
Skin is constantly renewing itself and dead cells from the scalp fall off as new cells form beneath them. It is normal to shed some dead skin flakes as the skin is constantly renewing itself. The new cells form in the lower layers. They are gradually pushed to the surface as more new cells form beneath them. By the time they reach the surface, the cells have become flat and overlap each other roof tiles. By then, these cells are dead and are shed from the surface all the time. They are so small that we do not notice this is happening. Everyone loses skin cells in this way, but with dandruff the whole process is faster, so a greater number of cells are shed. The cells are also shed in clumps that are big enough to be seen by the eye as dandruff flakes, particularly when they land on dark clothing. The scalp can also be itchy.
Dandruff usually begins at puberty — about the same time as acne. It's common throughout adolescence and young adulthood and peaks around age 40. But older adults aren't immune, and for some people, the problem can be lifelong.
Because far more men than women have dandruff, some researchers think male hormones may play a role in dandruff. Men also have larger sebaceous glands that produce an oil called sebum. Almost any adult is a candidate for dandruff.

Exactly what causes an overgrowth of these organisms isn't known, although increased oil production, hormonal fluctuations, stress, illness, neurologic disorders such as Parkinson's disease, a suppressed immune system, infrequent shampooing, extra sensitivity to the malassezia fungus and even heredity may contribute to the development of dandruff.

It can be difficult to prevent dandruff completely, but it can be controlled. Mild cases may need nothing more than daily shampooing with a gentle cleanser. And stubborn flakes often respond to medicated shampoos. Dandruff particles are visible flakes of skin that have been continuously shed from the scalp.

Severe or persistent dandruff may be a symptom of eczema, psoriasis or seborrhoeic dermatitis. If your dandruff is very noticeable, very itchy and uncomfortable or hangs on weeks after you have tried to correct it, see a doctor. Look for a shampoo containing tea tree oil. Dandruff is a chronic condition that can almost always be controlled, but it may take a little patience and persistence. In general, mild scaling can often be helped by daily cleansing with a gentle shampoo to reduce oiliness and cell buildup.

Healthy Tips to Control and Keep Dandruff Away

- Limit sugar and yeast: Sweets and yeast-containing foods such as bread, beer and wine may encourage the growth of the fungus that causes dandruff.
-Keep your scalp free from dust
-Use shampoo with Tea Tree Oil.
- Include Omega -3 Fattty acids part of your diet.
- Include zinc in your diet.
-There are plenty of home remedies for dandruff: rubbing a cut onion on your head, massaging your scalp with three-day-old cheese, rinsing with vinegar. Some may actually help, but they leave a lot to be desired, aesthetically speaking. That's why most complementary approaches focus on treating the problem from the inside out — with diet and nutritional supplements.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Beetroot for Health

'Beta Vulgaris'or beetroot are commonly a deep red, round vegetable used for pickling. Can be eaten raw in
salads. It is commonly believed to be good for the blood. This is not correct. It is not high in iron so it will not help prevent anaemia. Beetroot is a good source of fiber. It is regarded as a laxative; a cure for bad breath, coughs and headaches.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Tips to Cure Blood Pressure

Many physicians now agree that daily consumption of garlic can bring down cholesterol levels and high blood pressure in our body. The medicinal properties of garlic were known to mankind even 5000 years ago. Its volatile oils contain several complex sulphur compounds which act as potent antibiotics and antiseptics. It can cure us of common cold, nausea and diarrhoea. It can cure sore throat as well.

Garlic is a close relative of onion and a member of lily family. Though native to Asia, it was very popular in other continents also for many hundreds of years. In ancient days, it was believed to have been worn as a n amulet to ward off vampires.

Yoga Tips for Good Health and Weight Reduction

Yoga benefits all three main aspects of life, the spirit, mind, and body. Whatever is your age, yoga can enhance your lifestyle. It can help teenagers to keep their youthful flexibility and give them the inner strength. For older people gentle yoga exercises aids them to retain mobility and may relieve problems such as arthritis and poor circulation. Everyone can benefit from following a regular yoga routine.
Yoga can enable one to relax fully, and promotes sound sleep; it also improves digestion and stimulates circulation. Yoga improves posture, increases the intake of oxygen, and enhances the functioning of the respiratory, digestive, endocrine, reproductive, and elimination systems. Yoga is a holistic form of exercise and its benefits go way beyond the physical, and into the mental and emotional fields.

One of the core components of most yoga systems is the practice of meditation that can help to eliminate symptoms of illness by quieting the mind and by focusing the mind on positive thoughts and images.

Psychological Benefits of YOGA
It frees the practitioner both physically and mentally, often heightening intuition and creativity. Regular yoga practice creates mental clarity and calmness, increases body awareness, relieves stress, relaxes the mind and sharpens concentration.

Weight Reduction
Yoga also aids in weight management. Yogic exercises induce more continuous and deeper breathing which gradually, sometimes forcefully, burns many of the calories. This wonderful practice also increases flexibility in the body and increases lubrication of the joints, ligaments and tendons.

High Blood Pressure
The relaxation and exercise hypertension. The yogic breathing and relaxation techniques has been found to lower blood pressure and reduce the need for medication.
During pregnancy, yoga promotes good health in both mother and unborn child. Most women who practice yoga find that it can make labor easier and shorter. Although some asanas have to be modified during pregnancy, their essence is perfectly suited to this time of expanded self-awareness. Pregnancy is also a very good time for meditation.

Respiratory problems
Patients who practice yoga have a better chance of gaining the ability to control their breathing problems. With the help of yogic breathing exercises, it is possible to control an attack of severe shortness of breath without having to seek medical help. Various studies have confirmed the beneficial effects of yoga for patients with respiratory problems. Deep breathing gives vitality by increasing the supply of oxygen to the brain and meditation enhances the powers of concentration. Part of yoga practice is deep breathing, which helps make the body more alkaline.
The Acid: Alkaline ratio
Acid:Alkaline ratio is crucial to good health. It should be 80 per cent alkaline, 20 per cent acid. This ratio has to be maintained.
How to Begin???
When you're starting up, you shouldn't do anything your body isn't ready for. No head stands, backward bending or forcing yourself into a cross-legged position. Start slowly and build your way up to a healthy flexible body. Yoga also works to unite the split between the mind and the body. The regular practice of yoga helps us to accept whatever physical or mental conditions we might be suffering from by increasing our immediate sense of well being, concentration, and calm.

Spinach - A High Nutrient Food

Popeye popularized Spinach belongs to the same family (Chenopodiaceae) as chard and beets. It shares a similar taste profile with these two other vegetables - it has the bitterness of beet greens and the slightly salty flavor of chard. Spinach is thought to have originated in ancient Persia (Iran). Spinach is a leafy green vegetable with delicate texture and jade green color provide more nutrients than any other food. Although spinach is available throughout the year their season runs from March through May and from September through October when it is the freshest, has the best flavor and is most readily available. Spinach grows well in temperate climates.

Spinach can have either flat or slightly crinkled leaves. It is often available as baby spinach, which is especially useful for salads. Spinach can be purchased fresh, frozen, or canned. Fresh spinach is sold in bunches or already washed and sealed in plastic bags. Spinach is usually very sandy and needs thorough washing. Trim the roots and then swish the leaves in a large bowl of water. A number of other greens that are similar to spinach are often sold in specialty stores. These include New Zealand spinach, which comes from a different plant family. Spinach can be consumed cooked or raw. Baby spinach leaves are especially good in salads with bleu cheese, walnuts, red onions, and a vinaigrette dressing.

Spinach cooks very quickly, and doesn’t need added water. Just place it in a pan, cover, and simmer for two to four minutes. Spinach is a good addition to stews and to soups that contain beans, pasta, or potatoes, or to any kind of curry dish. Spinach can also be creamed. Cook the spinach, then purée in a food processor, adding your choice of ricotta cheese, cream sauce, or soft tofu. Add herbs, salt, and pepper, and use as a stuffing for lasagna or pasta shells, or toss with pasta or rice. Creamed spinach can also be thinned with broth or milk to make soup. Good seasonings for spinach include fresh lemon juice, vinegar, garlic, dill, parsley, basil, nutmeg, and mushrooms.

Cooked spinach is an excellent source of iron. It's more important for menstruating women, who are more at risk for iron deficiency. And, for pregnant or lactating women, the needs for iron increase. Spinach can also help prevent colon cancer. In addition, spinach is a very good source of magnesium, a mineral that can help to lower high blood pressure and protect against heart disease as well.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Women Special - For Beautiful Hands

Hands are essential parts of one’s body. Hands cannot be kept hidden and they are exposed to all kinds of weather conditions. However, they constantly come in touch with water which contains powerful chemicals like washing powder, bleach and washing liquids. We need to keep them beautiful.

Proper care of the hands should be taken by drying them with the towel everytime you come in contact with water. A pair of gloves should be worn during all household chores like cleaning washing etc..,

Every night, hands should be washed with mild soap and scrubbed thoroughly with a brush. In case of hard skin it should be whizzed over with a pumice stone. If the fingers get stained due to vegetables, rub a piece of lime over the stained finger, this will help bleach the stain.

The hands should be soaked in warm olive or almond oil for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinsed well and dried and should be treated over with rich cream and this should be done atleast twice a week.

A useful remedy for keeping the hands young and beautiful is to dip the hands at wrist level in a bowl of milk. To rejunevate tired hands soak them in warm water to which some salt is added. Soak the nails in vegetable oil and rub them over with some herbal shampoo.

A few minutes a week for you hands would make them look and feel young and beautiful without regular visits to a beauty parlour.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

The cucumber belongs to the family like melons, squash and pumpkins. Cucumbers are scientifically known as Cucumis sativus. This vegetable has very rich in water content and very less calories. It is an excellent source of potassium which promotes flexibility in muscles and regulates bloodpressure, vitamin C and folic acid.
Cucumber is a women's friend whenthey are on a diet but also for its cosmetic properties. Cucumber has a cleansing action within the body by removing waste material and chemical toxins. It might help in the treatment of arthritis. Its poor content in calories make it the perfect food for diet.
Cucumber Juice has valuable substance present for the treatment of the whole intestinal tract. The other health benefits of cucumber are low in calories. Cucumber juice is certainly beneficial in the treatment of rheumatic conditions. Moreover, the dietary fibers present in cucumber regulate cholesterol level and support bowel regularity. Cucumber juice is nourishing for our skin and hair. Young people who often feel nauseous and have poor appetite, and those with skin rashes or suffer from loss of hair color could have manganese deficiency. Including cucumber juice in their diet is a healthful tip. Its liquid has the reputation of being rejuvenator and makes us feel and lookyouth. Slice a cucumber and apply it on your face. Although the whole juice is the best skin lotion it is worth remembering that the peel itself, like lemon peel, should always be retained and used on the hands especially after they have been in a strong detergent or in very hot water.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Honey - health benefits.

Honey is not only yummy to taste but is good for health too. Although its produced by insects and consumed by man it carries lots of benefits. While being healthier, Honey has also traces of vitamins and minerals. Due to the water content present in honey it is less in calories and carbohydrates than sugar. The Glucose and fructose in honey contribute to the sweetness of honey. The clear nature of honey exhibits the higher content of fructose present in it. These simple surgars present in honey are easily digestable and impart instant energy to the body.

Honey has other benefits such as

Its used as a cure for gatrointestinal problems.

Honey consumed with warm milk is a relief for sore throats.

Honey is a natural antioxidant.

Honey mixed with a glass of warm milk and consumed at nights promotes good sleep.

Honey keeps obesity and constipation at bay.

Honey acts as a decongesant.

Honey is a good moisturiser for skin and hair.

Honey forms an important part in many a home remedies.

Pepper fried in ghee and mixed with honey given to young children suffering with severe cough helps reduce the cough.

One spoon of honey mixed with lemon juice in a glass of warm water consumed in empty stomach cleases the entire digestive system.

Gargling Honey is very useful for gingivitis.

Using honey in baked foods helps them from going dry.

Diet For New Moms

Eating well during pregnancy and lactation requires a few adjustments to general food health dietary guidelines. There are no complicated ‘diet rules’ to follow. Nursing mothers should eat a balanced diet. It is important to eat foods from all the food groups. Avoid going on a crash diet. During lactation nutrition is required in abundance for the mother. The only diet for the new born during the first six months after birth is the breast feed. Thus the nutrition requirement is very high during this period for the growth of the infant and the daily requirements of the mother.
Calcium is required for milk production. Nutrition requirement will reduce the quantity of milk. If mother’s calcium levels are low then the calcium deposits from her bones are used up for the milk production. This in turn weakens her bones. At most care should be taken during lactation periods to avoid such hazards to the mother.
The diet during lactation period must include plenty of fruits, vegetables, nuts, milk and proteins. Food items like cumin seeds, methi seeds, garlic which aid in milk production should be included in daily diet. Breast feeding needs a supportive atmosphere avoid all emotional problems and anxiety. The breast feed is natures perfect recipe for the infants growth. Breast feeding aids in fertility control and helps in retraction of the uterus. Incidents of Breast cancer are lower in mothers who breast feed their babies.

Ways to watch your waistline from expanding

1. Take control of what you eat. Weight watchers should have complete control over what they eat. One should never have the habit of eating everything laid in front of them. Eat as much as required.

2. Eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains.Increase the intake of unprocessed foods like fruits, vegetables and whole grains. These types of foods can be consumed in plenty without gaining weight. Meat can be included in ones diet, care should be taken that its lean meat and not the deep fired ones.

3.Eat more fiber. Fiber rich diet should be made an integral part of one's meal. This not only aids in increasing the metabolism but makes us feel full sooner and stays longer in the stomach ensuring decrease in appetite.

WaterMelon - Nutrition and Body Coolant

There’s nothing quite like a refreshing slice of icy-cold watermelon on a hot summer day. Watermelon's botanical name is Citrullus lanatus and belongs to the family Curcurbitacae and is related to cucumber family.

Watermelon is an ideal health food because it is 92% water, doesn't contain any fat or cholesterol, and is a great source of vitamins A, B 6 and beta-carotene. Vitamin A plays an important role in vision, bone growth, reproduction, cell division and cell differentiation, which is the process by which a cell decides what it is going to become. Vitamin A also helps maintain the integrity of the skin and mucous membranes that function as a barrier to bacteria and viruses and helps regulate the immune system. Vitamin A helps your eyes see normally in the dark. Lycopene is thought to have powerful antioxidant capabilities that may help reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases. Found only in a few red plant foods like tomatoes and watermelon, lycopene, like vitamin C, neutralizes cell-damaging free radicals. Provides potassium: Watermelon, like most fruits and vegetables, is a good source of potassium. Foods high in potassium seem to help protect against high blood pressure. Potassium also helps regulate fluids and mineral balance in and out of body cells, aids in muscle contraction and helps transmit nerve impulses. Its very low in cholestral and helps you watch your weight!!!. Water Melon is ofcourse the favourite fruit of all weight watchers. It helps control Blood pressure and also lowers the risk of stokes.

Choosing the perfect melon is easy, according to the National Watermelon Promotion Board. First, choose one that is symmetrical and firm, without bruises, cuts or dents. Next, pick it up. You’re looking for one that is heavy for its size. Finally, turn it over. If you see a yellow area, the watermelon rested on the ground while it ripened in the sun, which means you’ll get a sweeter, juicer melon. Contrary to popular belief, don’t thump your melon – slap it. If it sounds hollow, it’s ripe.

There are over 50 different types of watermelons, but two main varieties: Picnic and ice box. Picnic watermelons are generally oblong and weight from 12 to 50 pounds. Ice box varieties are smaller because they’re designed to fit into a refrigerator.

Know your medicine

Medicines are basically divided in two categories: prescribed medicines and non-prescribed medicines. Prescription medicines are those that could be habit forming, toxic and unsafe for use except under medical supervision. All other medicines are non-prescription medicines. It is important for the consumers to know the danger of using the prescription medicines without medical advice.

Recently warnings are introduced in labels to advice the consumers regarding dosage etc., Even the liver toxicity of paracetamol becomes acute, if the patient consumes alcohol during the course of medicine.

Iron preparation are likely or cause gastric irritation and are better tolerated if taken after meals. Usage of Aspirin for children should be strictly avoided.

One should strictly follow the following guideline on using non-prescribed or counter medicines.

-Do not exceed the recommended dosage.
-Stop using the medicine if the problem aggravates.
-Read the label of the medicine to avoid duplicates.
-The manufactory date of the medicine should be noted.
-Usage of the non-prescribed medicine should be only for a few doses or days, prolonged usage of the medicines should be done only with appropriate medical advice.

Banana - Nutritional benefits of Banana

Banana - The alltime favorite and affordable fruit.

Bananas have been the alltime favorite and perennial fruit for hundreds of years now. It has many curative properties. This fruit is affordable by anyone and is available in plenty in India. All the varieties available are beneficial in their own way.

Banana is rich in fiber content and also contains natural sugars like sucrose, fructose and glucose.
Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Turmeric for skin care and health benefits

Turmeric, the Yellow Spice is an integral part of the Indian cuisine. The Indians and Chinese have been using turmeric in various aspects of their lives over hundreds of years. However, the health benefits of the spice were unleashed by the researchers only in the recent past.

Turmeric is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties. A paste of turmeric with milk or water is a well known remedy for any kind of skin inflammations. Its used as an antioxidant. Antioxidants, as we all now, play an important role in helping prevent free radicals from damaging our body's cells.
A pinch of turmeric added to a glass of hot milk is a well known handy home remedy for common cold and cough. A thick paste made of turmeric and pepper powder in hot water and applied on the nose and forehead chases running nose and heaviness in the head.
The Hindus consider turmeric very holy and sacred. Every Hindu festival or pooja is begun only after making a Ganesha made of turmeric paste. Repeated use of turmeric prevents all kinds of skin disorders.
The Age old Indian beauty therapy also involves the usage of turmeric to a greater extent. The Indian women use a paste of turmeric and sandalwood to enhance their beauty. Repeated usage of turmeric is said to deplete unwanted hair growth in the body.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Severe Snoring

Generally, snoring is found among middle aged and over weight men. If you fall under this category, it is time you start your diet and fitness workouts. It's analyzed that a moderate snorer has seen a remarkable reduction in the snoring after regular diet and exercise.

Healthy habits are always essential to have a sound sleep. Alcohol during bed time could worsen snoring, hence avoid alcohol. Smokers also tend to snore, so its time you stop smoking. Sedatives also have the ability to increase snoring.

Moderate snorers usually snore when they are on their back. But, heavy and loud snorers snore in any positions. Moderate snorers can control by sleeping on the sideways. Pillows usually increase the snore, so try avoiding pillows.

Sleep apnea is one of the worst problems related to snoring. Here the snorer literary stops breathing and snores very loundly. The snore can be as loud as it can be heard from outside. Sometimes this is too irritating for the housemates. It is advisable for such people to visit the doctor and consult.

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Healthy habit tips for Good Health

Healthy habits are essential for a good health and fitness. There are a few healthy habits which can be followed on a daily basis. These will help improve the blood circulation in the body and also can increases the energy and fitness levels.

Simple excercise - If you are planning to add a daily dose of exercise to your routine, this is the right time to start. There is nothing like an early morning walk to start with. Do a little bit of stretching exercises which will relax your muscles and help blood flow to be more free. A good brisk walk of about 30 minutes will recharge your batteries for the day. Half way round you could also exercise your joints by gently moving them around in different directions.

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Thursday, February 16, 2006

STARTING RIGHT - Breakfast is the most important meal

Breakfast is the ideal and important food to keep the whole day live and active. Remember the hot paratha (Toast) and curry that Mom used to serve for breakfast? Or the steaming idlis with chutney and sambar? In the current scenario, where everybody is rushing to work, making a 'proper' breakfast has become burdensome.
Yet, after a night of fasting, our body needs breakfast. We burn around 450 calories while sleeping, and wake up with an energy deficit. Breakfast replenishes our body fuel and kick-starts our metabolism.
Without breakfast, all of us - irrespective of age - are likely to experience the late morning slump: tiredness, sleepiness and the urge to sit back. our efficiency goes down further as the day progresses. Moreover, skipping the first meal of the day leads to intense hunger pangs by late morning and we end up eating chips, samosas, burgers or other high - fat unhealthy foods. Breakfast-skippers are more likely to be overweight.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Natural Remedies - Home Treatment

Problems like Cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, Gastritis, Indigestion, etc., can be treated by following simple and easy methods. These methods involve no cost but effective natural treatment. Here are a few tips and technics to overcome certain lifestyle diseases.

How to reduce Cholesterol ?

Pomegranate has high nutritional value. Consuming this fruit either as juice or as it is benefits in many ways.
  • Drink one glass of pomegranate juice early in the morning on an empty stomach.
  • Have a very small dinner, like 3 slices of bread without butter or cheese. Remember the Golden rule. Breakfast like a King, Lunch like a prince and Dinner like a pauper.
  • Drop 2 pieces of garlic in warm milk and then drink the same and also eat the garlic pieces. You can swallow them along with the milk.
Follow this for atleast a month. This helps reduce cholesterol to a large extent.

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