Archive for December, 2012

Herbal Anti Oxidants: And Their Benefits

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Herbal Anti Oxidants, Antioxidants benefitsFruits and vegetables are often recommended for their antioxidant properties but do you know that there are certain kinds of useful herbs which too can provide with great antioxidant benefits? Here is an account on some of the most useful herbs with anti-oxidant advantages.

Acai berry

Acai berry comes with number of health advantages given its anti oxidant nature. The rich purple berry can protect your body from any possible cell damage and would also help in fighting off free radicals keeping you free from a number of diseases.

Elder

The leaves & flowers of elder are recommended for different medicinal uses. The anti oxidant nature of elder with Vitamin C and Vitamin A would help you in dealing with the respiratory infections. It would also protect the body from the damages caused by free radicals as well as inflammations.

Grape seed

Grape seeds are highly recommended by the doctors. The grape seed contains reservatrol, one of the strongest antioxidants. Reservatrol will aid in battling off stress issues from the environmental factors. Grape seeds are also good to deal with cardiac problems and according to some researchers the seed extracts from grape can prevent the cancerous issues as well.

Burdock root

Then you have burdock root, great to correct the skin conditions and help in healthy gallbladder and liver function. The herb comes with a good proportion of anti oxidant which assists in defending the cells from free radical damages.

Ginger

The anti oxidant nature of ginger would help to reduce inflammatory issues and arthritis pain.

How To Make A Moisturizing Face Pack

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

Moisturizing Face Pack, free creamThe home-made natural face packs are way better than the chemical based store bought ones. The home made ones, being natural are always free from side effects and definitely cheaper in expense as you are making it yourself only. Here are some useful recipes for making moisturizing face packs.

Avocado face pack

The avocado face pack involves avocado & honey, two most useful moisturizing agents. You will need a half soft and very ripe avocado and ¼ th cup of honey. Mash the fruit into a bowl and then pour in the honey and stir until it’s a smooth paste. Apply the paste to the skin & leave like that for around 10 minutes. Now, rinse your face with cool washcloth.

Milk mask

Take one teaspoon of powdered milk, one tablespoon of honey, one teaspoon of aloe vera gel and essential oil (2 drops). It’s one of the classic face packs for face. Mix up all the specified ingredients well and then apply to the face. Keep it that way for around 15 minutes and then wash it with mild warm water.

Chocolate face pack

Dark chocolate not only satiates your taste bud but could be equally beneficial for your skin as well. For the chocolate face pack you will need 1 bar of dark chocolate, 1 cup of milk and 3 tablespoon of salt. Mix up the salt and milk well into a little bowl. Place a little bowl on the saucepan 1/4th filled with water set on the boiler on medium heat. Now break the bar into pieces which will help in a faster melting. Make sure it’s evenly melted and then take the bowl out of the saucepan. Apply the pack only when it’s cool.

Pros And Cons Of Too Much Vitamin C

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

vitamin c, vitamin c benefitsVitamin C can be said to be one of the most significant ingredients for overall nutrition and health. The doctors always suggest including Vitamin C in the diet for a stronger immunity, great skin care and fitting body. The post below discusses the advantages of Vitamin C followed by a brief on the disadvantages of Vitamin C overdose.

The Pros

Vitamin C helps in producing collagen which is the main protein for the connective tissues in the body including the ligaments, bones and cartilages. The collagen further helps in protecting the skin’s strength and elasticity presenting you with anti aging benefits. The collagen produced from Vitamin C helps to keep the tissues strong and working and inadequate collagen could lead to the fatal disease of scurvy. Then, Vitamin C also helps in producing adrenaline, noradrenalin and dopamine, which are highly essential for a functional nervous system. Moreover, as Vitamin C comes with antioxidant properties, it helps the body to battle against the free radicals. Vitamin C is highly recommended for the pregnant moms, lactating mothers, to prevent cold and cough and is effective to battle against severe cardiac issues and cancer as well.

The cons

However, the Vitamin C must be consumed at a specified level and an overdose of the Vitamin can lead to several issues. The Vitamin C overdose could be highly damaging for health leading to different adverse effects such as diarrhea, nausea, insomnia, fatigue, kidney stones, rashes or hot flashes. Thus, always ask your doctor for the adequate dose of Vitamin C before consuming it.

Food That Actually Can Help You To Lose Weight

Friday, December 28th, 2012

weight loss food, healthy foodWeight loss are the main topics which are surfing on the internet. Most of the woman wants to reduce their weight. Regular exercise and food habits are helping you in weight loss. Well balanced diet is a must for reducing the weight in a healthy way. Here are some foods that helps you in reducing the weight.

Green salads: Any green vegetables are good for weight loss. This will fill your stomach. Avoid using  cheese with your salad.

Soups: Have tomato or broth soup before meal. This will reduce your intake of food.

Beans: Beans are high fiber and protein. Fiber is more essential in dieting. Fiber helps your digestive system.

Green tea: Green tea is very tasty. It contains catechins, that increase metabolism and helps to reduce the body fat and help to burn the calories.

Oats are the best fiber food. Oat contains protein, fats, vitamins and minerals. It helps to reduce the blood pressure. Oats play an important role in weight loss.

Olive oil: It is a mono unsaturated oil. It helps to burn the calories.

Whole grain cereal: Cereals are high fiber food, it takes long time to digest. This keeps you feeling full for longer time.

Walnuts: It contains protein, fat and omega 3 fatty acids. Even though walnuts are high in calories, it keeps you feeling full.

Water: Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Burning calories require sufficient water to function properly. Dehydration slows down the fat burning.

Really these foods will help you to lose weight.

Vitamin K: The miracle vitamin

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

vitamin k, vitaminsVitamin K is a fat soluble vitamin. It plays an important role in blood clotting. It can fight against cancer and heart disease. It is important for bone health. An adequate intake of vitamin k in men is 120 micro grams and in women is 90 micro grams per day, it is recommended by the Institute of Medicine.

Vitamin K Rich food:

Leafy vegetables are rich in Vitamin K. All the leafy vegetables are a rich source of iron. Especially Spinach contains  Vitamin K. Green leafy vegetables such as green leaf lettuce, spinach, parsley, turnip and mustard.

Vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts are rich in fiber and also it includes vitamin K.

Non vegetarian such as fish, meat, liver, eggs are contain smaller amounts of vitamin K.

Deficiency of Vitamin K

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding, nose bleeding and gum bleeding are the common symptoms of Vitamin K deficiency.
  • Vitamin K deficiency in infants, it causes hemorrhagic disease for the newborn baby.
  • The blood spots in the urine are the symptom of vitamin K deficiency
  • Vitamin K is needed for breastfeeding women.

There are two types of Vitamin K. They are vitamin K1 and vitamin K2.

Vitamin K1 is also known as phylloquinone. It is present in green leafy vegetables, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and so on..

Vitamin K2 is also known as menaquinone. It is present in small amount in fish, egg, meat and liver.

Remember, too much Vitamin K can cause kidney problems during dialysis. High vitamin K content can cause clotting problems.

How To Make A Natural Eye Cream For Yourself

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Natural Eye Cream, eye careThe most beautiful part of our body is our eyes. Eyes can speak. Eyes can express your feelings. The skin around the eyes are very sensitive. Wrinkle around the eyes shows the first sign of ageing. Natural eye cream can protect your eyes from dark circles, wrinkles and it help to reduce the signs of aging. Here are some tips to make a natural eye cream.

Turmeric and lemon is the best combination in making of eye cream. Make a paste using ½ tsp of turmeric and 1tsp of lemon. Apply the paste under your eyes and keep it for 15 mins. Then wash it. This is the solution for dark circles around the eyes. By doing this regularly, your dark circles will vanish soon.

Make a paste of fenugreek using water. Mix it with boiling water, cool it and apply the mixture under the eyes. This will prevent skin from creasing and forming lines under the eyes.

Milk is the main agent in reducing the puffy eyes. Dip cotton in milk and place it under your eyes, until the milk gets warm. Do this regularly, surely it will reduce the puffy eyes within a few applications.

The Banana is one of the best home remedy for wrinkle eyes. Cut the banana into slices and make it as a paste. Apply the paste under the eyes for 30 minutes. Then wash your eyes with warm water. By doing this, will reduce the wrinkle eyes. There are lots of eye cream lotion available. Using the chemical based eye creams are not good for the skin. Try these natural eye cream. This will give a good result.

Getting Rid Of Dark Spots And Skin Blemishes

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

Dark Spots, Skin BlemishesWhat causes dark spots in the skin? Melanin is a skin pigment that gives the color to skin. If the skin produces more melanin, then it causes uneven colored patches and dark spots. An enzyme called tyrosinase causes over production of melanin. Skin discoloration can be caused by Melasma, spots due to age, hyper pigmentation, Linea Fusca, Reihl’s Melanosis and due to some insect bites. More importantly, over exposure to the sun creates dark patches and dark spots. Some diseases and body conditions such as pregnancy, liver disease, Hemachromatosis, can also cause skin dark spots. Some medications can also cause dark spots such as Estrogens, Phenytoin, Tetracycline and Sulfonamides. To treat skin patches and dark spots, there are effective chemicals and some natural alternatives as well.

Here Are Some Great Tips For Getting Rid Of The Skin Dark Spots And Blemishes:

  • Lemon is a great and simple cure for dark spots, apply lemon to the spot daily and leave on with Honey or vinegar applied on top of it.
  • Papaya contains a skin essential enzyme called papain. The daily application of raw papaya can remove the dark spots.
  • Onion juice along vinegar can act as great and slow cure for age created dark spots or Melasma.
  • Aloe Vera juice is a great natural treatment for removing dark spots. This daily treatment can remove the spots in a month’s time.
  • Avoid direct sun exposure, if needed applies sunscreen cream or lotion in order to avoid dark spots due to sun UV exposure.

All the skin care treatments are slow in response, be patient and continue the routine to have a fresh and healthy skin.

Wheatgrass Juice: 10 Health Benefits

Monday, December 24th, 2012

wheatgrass juice, healthy juiceNature has been the store house of blessing which are extremely in the interest of the human health. Wheat grass is the same wheat plant at its earliest stages.  It is believed to be the source of great health advantages which are good for everyone. The following benefits are the most significant ones too:

  1. It enhances the immunity inside the body by strengthening the immune system. Moreover, it works effectively to strengthen the nervous system as well.
  2. It manages the functioning of the capillaries and reduces the high blood pressure.
  3. The wheat grass juice is found to have positive effects in the treatment of cancer.
  4. The wheat grass juice is good for the treatment of diabetes as it reduces the content of sugar or glucose in the blood. This benefit is used by millions of people worldwide.
  5. Consumption of wheat grass juice helps in getting rid of fatigue and tiredness and generates energy instantly.
  6. A medicine made with the combination of garlic and wheat grass juice relieves sore throat.
  7. It fights dandruff quite effectively and at the same time reduces graying of the hair. It can reduce the chances of baldness as well.
  8. Wheat grass juice contains strong antioxidants and repairs the damaged cells. In the process, it helps the cells to get new life.
  9. It helps in speeding up the metabolism and digestion.
  10. It removes the harmful contents of the blood and cleans the liver and kidneys. It reduces the chances of urinary tract infections (UTIs).

Fish Oils And Losing Weight

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

fih oil, health benefits of fish oilFish oil, as the term itself tells, is the oil that is obtained from the body of certain fishes like Salmon, Tuna, Mackerel, and Herring. The fish oils obtained from these fishes have their own health benefits and that is why these are used by the people everywhere. The fish oil contains Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA) and Decosahexaenoic Acid (DHA). It also has the benefits of Omega 3. DHA and Omega 3 play a very important role in the development of brain in the children.

However, fish oils also help in losing weight among the human body. The benefits can be listed as follows:

  • Omega 3 is very effective in reducing the cholesterol in the body. It saves a person from sudden heart troubles and at the same time it reduces the weight of the body.
  • Fish oil improve the metabolism inside the stomach and as an effect of this, the body digests food well. The problems like indigestion get reduced to a considerable level.
  • Fish oil contains Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA) which also works effectively to reduce the weight of the human body. Not only that, GLA also maintains the weight after it reduces from the body.
  • Fish oil also has Vitamin C which is good for enhancing the metabolism and reducing the belly fat quite naturally.
  • Vitamin C also helps in reducing weight and creates a situation for stress-free body.

Most of these advantages are certainly good for the human body as losing the excess amount of weight has been the need of the time as excess weight causes lots of physical troubles.

Health Benefits Of Having Butter Milk

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

Butter Milk, benefits of butter milkAccording to all medical sciences, milk is accepted as wholesome food and it has a greater importance in the fulfillment of nutrition in the human body. It is true that butter milk is obtained from the milk only and has all the goodness of milk but it has one advantage over milk. Butter milk has lesser fat content in it and that is why it causes better results in the human body. Taking butter milk regularly can have the following benefits over the human body:

 

  • Since it contains less fat than milk therefore it is easier to digest. The digestive system does not face any problem while digesting butter milk.
  • Mutter milk has high potassium content which is an essential chemical which performs an important role in the body and saves the body from certain diseases. Lack of potassium, itself, is a severe disease.
  • Intake of butter milk provides ample quantity of essential vitamins including Vitamin B12 and Riboflavin. Both these vitamins are good for the human body for fighting diseases.
  • Butter milk has more lactic acid which is good for the growth of the little children.
  • It helps people to reduce certain diseases like obesity and piles.
  • A preparation of paste mixing butter milk with salt can be very effective in removing acne and pimples for good. This is an ayurvedic medicine which is used quite frequently by people who suffer from these.
  • Regular consumption of butter milk can help people get rid of constipation and helps in strengthening the digestive system.

How To Speed Up Your Metabolism

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

metabolism rate, spped up metabolism rateThe metabolism rate in a person’s body is vital to determine the amount of fat that is burnt in the body. That also helps to determine whether you will have to face obesity or not. There are various tips that can help you to speed up your metabolism. Following are some of the tips discussed in brief:

 

  • First and foremost when you wake in the morning the first thing that you should do is have breakfast. It will enhance your metabolism right in the morning. People have the tendency to avoid breakfast or feel lazy to eat it but it is hardly a matter of 10 minutes. It also helps on the burning of fat to a large extent because morning is the time when fat burns the fastest.
  • Secondly you must include foods in your diet that have high percentage of proteins. It helps in the production of glucagon hormone that stimulates the secretion of fats in the bloodstream where the fats are burned thus enhancing the metabolism of the body.
  • Apart from the foods in your diet you should also make sure that you do not over eat. This brings the metabolism of the body to a stand still for some time which is not what you would want. Having food after 2 hours in small amounts will help to keep the metabolism working and ultimately it will speed up because of the proteins and minerals in the food.

Eating Right And Not Eating Less

Monday, December 17th, 2012

food habits, diet plansBeing overweight is something that you would not wish to be at any part of your life and that is why it is important that you eat properly that is you eat the right food to keep yourself healthy. Changing your dietary habits is difficult but it is not impossible. You can always avoid the consumption of junk food and include healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables in your diet. This way you will not only keep yourself healthy but you will also be able to avoid various types of diseases. Following are some of the best foods for a healthy diet:

  • Nutrition bars or nutrition drink early morning is something that sets the tone for the day. There are people who have separate health drinks in their daily diet. This serves an energy giver for the whole and helps them to work hard. Apart from that it also keeps them fit and helps to reduce weight too.
  • Avoiding foods that are rich in calories, sugar and carbohydrates will also help you to avoid many types of diseases such as obesity and diabetes. Of course there are meals where there has to be a percentage of the above mentioned names but you must make sure that you do not over consume those things.
  • Lastly your diet should contain vegetables. If you are non vegetarian then you can consume more of chicken and fish and less of mutton because doctors say that mutton is not healthy for the heart. So it is better to avoid it.

5 Food Items Which Are Good During Pregnancy

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

pregnancy, pregnancy foodsWhen you get the news that your wife is expecting the first responsibility that comes to your mind is to take care of the expecting mother. And the first responsibility is to give proper food to the mother. There are many foods that are considered health for an expecting mother. Following are some of the foods that are really good during pregnancy:

  • Avocado– this is one of the prime that the baby needs for its brain development. Many people think that it is not good for the mother but that is an absolute wrong concept. The healthy fats in avocado along with the numerous vitamins and fibers and minerals help in the baby’s proper brain development.
  • Herring– this is something that is ever pregnant woman should consume. The Omega 3 fatty acids in it are very helpful for the brain development of the fetus. Since this is a cold water fish there are hardly any pollutants that can cause harm to the pregnant woman.
  • Sweet potato– this vegetable is available in almost all seasons of the year and helps in controlling the blood sugar of the mother. Since it has a high percentage of Vitamin A it helps in the baby’s ear, heart and eye development.
  • Coconut oil– this is another food that is misguided by people. This is a great substitute for breast milk because it contains lauric acid. Because of its anti viral and anti bacterial properties this is one of the most important foods that the mother should consume.
  • Spinach– this food will give strength to the baby and it is also packed with potassium, iron, Vitamin C and Vitamin A. All these helpful for the baby’s proper development.

Sun Protection for Your Hair

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

sun protection for hair, hair careWe all know that the sun’s rays contain damaging UV rays which can affect us in a very dangerous manner. People might also develop skin cancer and severe burns de to constant exposure to the sun. But did you know that the sun also has effects on our hair’s condition. Here are some simple tips which might help you protect your hair from harmful sunrays.

  • Tips To Protect Hair From The Sun

Many of us might have to stay hours in the sun due to work or some other reason. Extended exposure to the sun might cause permanent damage to your hair and scalp. So follow these tips to protect yourself-

a)      Wear a cap or a hat when you go out. Match your outfit with a sassy hat or cap. You could also wear colorful and edgy bandanas if you want to save your head from direct exposure to the sun.

b)      Try going through the summer without bleaching your hair. Bleach and sun rays have a very damaging affect so don’t go out in the sun after bleaching your hair for at least two days. Bleaching your hair should be avoided during the summertime.

c)      If you are going to the beach for sunbathing, apply special hair care creams or sprays which can protect it from the sun.

d)     Vitamin E and vitamin C rich foods can be very helpful to get healthy and shiny hair. You can also go for vitamin rich drinks or take supplements to keep your hair healthy.

Follow these tips to have amazing hair all around the year and protect it from the sun at the same time.

Pros and Cons of Chemical Skin Peeling

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Chemical Skin Peeling, Chemical Peeling of skinThese days there are many chemically induced beauty treatments which people are going for to enhance their looks. Out of the many treatments, women go for chemical peeling a lot. Chemical skin peeling is a process which is done by professionals in a sterile condition in order to get rid of pimple marks and acne marks or any kind of skin patches or sunspots.

  • How Is Chemical Peeling Done?

Some natural or synthetic ingredients are used in the peel in order to loosen and take off the skin’s glue material which holds the old cells together. Then the method is carried on with precision to peel off the old skin. It can be said that it’s kind of a polishing job to reveal younger skin beneath by getting rid of the old cells.

  • Advantages Of Chemical Peeling

If this is done, skin looks visibly younger and old marks and patches can be removed to reveal glowing, smooth skin. This is a safer and faster method to get rid of wrinkles and age spots as compared to face lifts and Botox shots, respectively. However it’s not a substitute for deep set wrinkles and severe burn marks.

  • Disadvantages Of Chemical Skin Peeling

They are expensive as compared to normal facials and skin peel creams or face packs. If you have a serious medical condition for your skin, this chemical peeling might not work. Also if someone undergoes chemical skin peeling very regularly, the skin might tend to get loose and it can also lead to permanent scarring and irritations.