HOW TO REMOVE PESTICIDES FROM FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

May 4, 2017 by  
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It is a proven fact that pesticides are present in all the fruits and vegetables we eat. They primarily used during cultivation of crops and in some cases may remain as residues. Wash all your fruits with 2% of salt water will remove most of the contact pesticide residues that normally appear on the surface of the fruits. Almost 75% to 80% of pesticide residues are removed by cold water washing. Most of the fruits that are likely to have pesticides are mango, apple, grapes, plums, guava, peers and peaches and vegetables like tomatoes, brinjal and okra .

The following are few simple natural and cheap tricks that can help you get rid of those nasty chemicals.

DIFFERENT METHODS TO CLEAN YOUR FRUITS :

  1. Vinegar:Removing pesticides using vinegar is a natural, simple and cheap method. Natural vinegar wash not only removes pesticides but removes bacteria from the produce. Fill a large bowl with 4 parts water to 1 part plain white vinegar. Soak the fruits and vegetables you would like to clean in the mixture for about 20 minutes. Rinse it well with warm water.
  1. Make Your Own Spray:This pesticide removing natural spray is super simple and easy to make with the ingredients that are readily available in your kitchen.   PROCESS: Mix 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 2 tablespoons baking soda and a cup of water until the baking soda is completely dissolved. Pour this into a clean spray bottle. Spritz the mixture onto your fruits or vegetables and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Rinse the mixture off and enjoy the pesticide free produce.
  1. Soda Salt:Soda salt can be used as a universal cleaning solution to remove pesticide residues.You can wash the fruits and vegetables with 5% soda salt. Studies have proven that using soda salt solution is effective than washing with tap water. Soda salt can therefore be treated as a general cleaning solution to remove mixed pesticides in fruits and veggies.
  1. Mix1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 tablespoon white vinegar and a cup of warm water.Pour this into a new spray bottle. The spray produce is ready. Spray it on the fruits and let sit for 5-10 minutes and rinse thoroughly to wash away the residue.
  1. Mix 1 tablespoon baking soda, 1 cup white vinegar, 20 drops grapefruit seed extract available at food stores and a cup of water. Mix properly to produce the natural spray.. Let sit for around 15 minutes and rinse thoroughly.

NOTE: The baking soda and white vinegar will foam when mixed together. Make sure you use a deep pitcher and pour slowly and steadily.

What is the Right time for taking Thyroid medication

May 3, 2017 by  
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ideal-time-for-thyroid-medicationMost of the thyroid patients do have this query in their minds as to what is the right time to take thyroid medication. The query is if the medication has to be taken early in the morning or just before bedtime. Still further few more have asked if thyroid medication can be taken on an empty stomach or if the medication can be accompanied with coffee / breakfast.

The fact is that most of the thyroid patients are already going through a stage of high stress and low confidence what with several problems surface associated with the imbalance of hormone level.

For best results the right time to take thyroid medication is early in the morning. The thyroid medication has to be taken on an empty stomach so that it can absorb properly. Coffee and breakfast will stop the absorption from happening to its full potential. You need to wait for at least 30 minutes before you consume coffee and an hour before breakfast.

Remember you need to wait for at least 4 hours before taking calcium or iron tablets, which can interfere with thyroid hormone absorption.

Medication normally prescribed for thyroid hormone replacement are thyroxine/ thyronorm/ eltroxin/levoxyl tablets etc. The dosage will depend upon the last medical reports and diagnosis by the Endocrinologist.

What Should Thyroid Patients Do?

To ensure you take your thyroid medication religiously, place the bottle in the kitchen or in a prominent place such that you start the day by gulping the tablet with a glass of water. I place the thyroid medication bottle beside the bed such that as soon as I wake up I take the tablet and then proceed for my daily schedules.

  • Avoid eating for at least 60 minutes after taking medication. Preferably avoid high-fiber foods that can interfere with thyroid medication absorption. Several studies have indicated that having coffee or expresso at the same time or shortly after taking thyroid medication can significantly lower the absorption of the thyroid medication.
  • One study published in the journal Thyroid mentions, the reduction of absorption of the medication typically ranged from 23% to as much as 55%.
  • Follow consistency for medical examination. Quarterly tests are recommended. Check TSH levels in your blood and consult the physician for any change in dosage of thyroid medication.
  • Ideally thyroid patients should periodically test for Sugar levels too if the thyroid problem has been diagnosed for more than 5 years. There is a correlation and high chances of becoming diabetic patients especially if it runs in the family. Be cautious about your diet and check periodically. 

Suggestions for Thyroid Patients

  • The recommendations by researchers are clear, you need to wait at least sixty minutes after taking thyroid medication prior to drinking coffee or tea.
  • And if that is not possible, then the thyroid patient may discuss with the Endocrinologist if the medication can be taken before bed time. Some studies have shown that taking thyroid medication at bedtime may improve absorption. This change in time will also allow a thyroid patient to have a morning cup of coffee without concern for interference with thyroid medication.

Recommendations by Ayurveda

  • Eating goitrogenic foods such as rapeseed, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, maize, lima beans, soya and pearl millet should be limited. These foods contain natural goitrogens, which are chemicals that cause the enlargement of the thyroid gland by interfering with thyroid hormone synthesis. Cooking is known to make the goitrogens elements less effective, but it would be wise not eat these foods raw. Include foods that contain iodine, such as kelp, beetroot, radish, parsley, potatoes, fish, oatmeal and bananas.
  • Another important factor in the treatment of hypothyroidism is exercise. Exercise increases tissue sensitivity to the thyroid hormone, and stimulates thyroid gland secretion. An exercise regime of between 15-20 minutes per day benefits hypothyroidism. This exercise needs to be strenuous enough to raise the heartbeat, such as walking, swimming, running and cycling, except in the case of who have joint pains and can lead to risk of ligament injury.

It’s important to note, however, that any time you are finding it difficult to regulate your thyroid function while taking any thyroid hormone replacement medication, experts recommend that you take your medication consistently, ideally in the morning, at least an hour before any food or drink besides water, and at least three or more hours apart from any supplements, juices or foods that contain iron, calcium, or fiber.

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Why to move from Oral Medications to Insulin

April 25, 2017 by  
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Oral-medications-to-InsulinThese days we hear a lot of diabetic people moving from Oral Medications (tablets) to Insulin shots/ injections. There is a lot of frustration when the transition is in progress. The diabetics undergoes lot of pressure to digest the fact that a big change has happened. Mind as well as body of the patient needs to get accustomed to the new schedule.

Types of Diabetes

Diabetes comes in two types. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin on its own. To treat type 1, you must restore the proper amount of insulin—either by taking insulin (through injection or inhalation), or by receiving a transplant. Type 1 cannot be treated with oral medications.

Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body produces enough insulin, but gradually becomes insulin resistant—that is, loses the ability to process insulin. Type 2 is a progressive disease, and it usually requires a progression of treatments to keep it under control.

Recommendations for Type2 diabetics

Type 2 is usually controlled first through diet and exercise, which improve your body’s ability to process its insulin. For most type 2 diabetics, however, diet and exercise changes are not enough. The next step is oral diabetes medication. Moreover, most type 2 diabetics eventually stop producing enough insulin, and often cease insulin production altogether. As a result, many type 2 diabetics will ultimately need insulin therapy in combination with their pills.

Most of Type 2 patients start with oral medications along with diet and exercise. But after a number of years, dosage is gradually increased later, these diabetics have reached the limit of what oral medications can do for them, and need to start injecting insulin to keep their blood glucose at a safe level. Control diabetes naturally ,follow schedule of exercise and monitor diet.

For most of the Type 2 patients a combination of oral medication and insulin therapy is the most effective way to control their diabetes and delay or even prevent the onset of complications. Type 2 is a progressive disease, and it usually requires a progression of treatments to keep it under control.Oral-medications-to-Insulin

Insulin-Fear factor for diabetics

Most of the diabetics fear due to the pain of injections, the temperature control required for insulin injections especially when they are traveling, privacy factors to inject considering hygiene practices.

Insulin pens are convenient, very accurate and not noticeable. With the needles that is available in market today, you cannot feel an injection of insulin into the layer of fat beneath your skin.

Family members of the diabetic patient have to be supportive and patient when the transition is in progress from oral medication to Insulin.

Even people who are very reluctant to start taking insulin quickly learn to make it part of their routine, no more disturbing than brushing their teeth. And when you see how much better you feel, you’ll wonder why you ever hesitated earlier!

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Can you eat Chicken and Eggs during Chicken pox?

April 3, 2017 by  
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Can you eat Chicken during chicken poxChicken pox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus. Chicken pox is highly contagious disease and generally affects children. When a person is infected with chicken pox you will see a breakout of rashes all over the body which appears in the form of pus filled boils.

The person infected with chicken pox will have low appetite. The first 2 days the child will feel weak and fatigued. He’ll not feel like eating much quantity of food and will rely on liquid diet. After the fourth day the child will improve on food intake.

The number of blisters will keep increasing as days progress. You will see fresh ones near the genitals, palms, feet and sole, mouth and scalp area too.

The most important question that will come to your mind is with regard to the kind of food your child can and cannot consume. Make sure that his/her diet includes foods that are rich in nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Importance is placed on eating fruits and vegetables.

Foods to avoid during Chicken pox

  • In India people avoid eating non-vegetarian foods like chicken, meat, fish and eggs etc. Considered to be hot and aggravate the boils.
  • Quantity of salt is reduced to avoid itching. Ghee addition, oily foods are avoided to ensure proper digestion. Spicy foods are totally avoided to minimize itching and easy digestion.
  • Avoid citric fruits and juices as it may cause itching.
  • Avoid wheat flour, by-products of wheat-All purpose flour (maida), bread as it will increase heat in the body.
  • Do not use dhals -tur dhal, moong dhal, chick pea (chana) etc as it can cause pus in the boils. Usually potato is also avoided along with masalas while cooking vegetable curries.

Foods to eat during Chicken pox

  • Consume fruits and vegetables in plenty. Banana, Water melon, berries, guava are ideal. Avoid citric fruits as it may cause itching.
  • Eat curds, drink butter milk to cool the body.
  • Serve porridge with coconut chutney ( Thenga chammandhi Recipe; Grind ½ cup grated raw coconut, shallots:5 (or) ½ an onion, small piece of tamarind,1/2 tsp of grated ginger, ½ tsp chilli powder, 2-3 curry leaves, salt: to taste, Grind all ingredients with 3 tsp of water).
  • Use non stick pan to make dosa, appam. Puttu is a steam cooked rice recipe, ideal during chicken pox. Mix with yellow color small banana.
  • In South India people consume rice in the form of puffed rice or flattened rice mixed with chopped banana or fruits.

Do’s during Chicken pox

  • Drink lots and lots of water and keep body hydrated.
  • Spread neem leaves on the bed cover such that the patient’s skin will be in contact with the leaves.
  • Use neem leaves to avoid itching sensation. Gently fan the spots with neem fronds (tender leaves) if you feel itchy. The essential oils from neem leaves will provide soothing feeling.
  • If itching is severe, mix 1 tspn of baking soda in 2 glasses of water and then sponge the body with this solution.
  • After the rashes have dried, a lengthy bath can be planned for your child. Heat water in which neem leaves and fresh turmeric has been added I day in advance. The next day heat the same water and then bath. This water has medicinal properties with antibacterial properties as well.
  • Wear loose, light colored cotton clothes. Also recommended to use light colored bed spreads.
  • Doctors advise to apply Calamine lotion over the boils to get relief from itching. Gives cooling affect.

Dont’s during Chicken pox

  • Do not scratch vigorously and break the boils. Water will ooze and infection will spread further. It will also lead to ugly scars.
  • Do not leave the person unattended during the initial 3 days. The weakness will be severe and the patient will faint with exhaustion due to fever and body pains.
  • Do not send the infected person out of the house-school, play school or work as it is contagious.
  • Do not bathe till all the boils and rashes have dried. Skin should not come in contact with water. Avoid medicated soaps.


The Ayurvedic name for chicken pox is Laghu Masurika. Generally speaking, the disease would take between 10 and 15 days to run its course. Ayurveda recommends fanning with neem leaves, application of neem paste, honey on the blisters. Oatmeal soak is another option for sponging the body.

Can you eat Chicken during chicken poxChicken pox is a contagious disease and can spread quite easily from person to person. Doctors too inform that the chicken pox virus spreads when the rashes starts falling. The most contagious time is during the initial 2 to 5 days of the illness. The chicken pox virus may spread through contact with infected droplets that are released into the air while coughing and sneezing.

As chicken pox is caused by a virus, antibiotics are not helpful. Usually treatment for chicken pox involves topical applications in order to reduce discomfort caused by the rash. Medication may also be given to reduce fever and pains.

Can you eat Chicken during chicken poxNeem leaves play a key role in Ayurvedic treatment for chicken pox. Neem has antiviral properties and hence combats the varicella zoster virus. It quickens the drying of the fluid in the blisters, and reduces the itchy and scratchy sensation that the chicken pox blisters cause.

Massive cleaning is to be done in the home after the infected person has had bath and no further symptoms are seen in the other family members.

There is another condition called shingles which is another form of chicken pox affected by the nerves. Read more in upcoming article.

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Foods that must include in your Diet to prevent Heart Attack

February 28, 2017 by  
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Diet can play an important role in reversing and preventing heart diseases. Though there are a lot of things you can eat to keep your heart healthy, here are few simple and natural remedies to give your heart a helping hand:

 GARLIC:  Garlic has a host of medicinal properties that makes it a truly miraculous herb. People who are regular consumers of garlic are more likely to have a batter blood circulation and lesser chances of harmful blood platelet aggregation. Garlic is beneficial for condition like coronary heart disease. Garlic is also used to lower and LDL (bad) cholesterol, as well as blood pressure.

Eat one or two freshly crushed garlic cloves daily.

GINGER: Ginger is increasingly gaining recognition as a herb that promotes heart health. Ginger is capable of preventing formation of clots, improving blood circulation and lowering cholesterol levels. Ginger is ore effective than the drug aspirin as a blood clot preventer.

TURMERIC: Turmeric has an active ingredient called curcumin that helps maintain heart health by reducing cholesterol oxidation and clot formation. Turmeric helps lower LDL and provides anti inflammatory benefits.

Use turmeric daily in your cooking.

POTASSIUM AND MAGNESIUM: Dietary intake of potassium improves heart function as well by helping to offset the rise in blood pressure from a high- salt diet. Increase your magnesium intake as it is the most important ignored mineral in existence involving 300 metabolic processes. It directly affects heart health, especially with heart beat regulation. Magnesium supplements may reduce blood pressure and they are good for overall heart function and heart disease.

Substitute your normal salt with magnesium and potassium salts

GREEN TEA: Green tea is used to lower cholesterol level. Green tea is better than black tea as it is rich in an antioxidant substance. This antioxidant improves the health of the cells that form the innermost lining of the blood vessels and the heart. Green tea reduces the formation of bad cholesterol and prevents rise in blood pressure. Having green tea everyday is good for the heart and cuts down the risks of heart diseases.

Have 3 to 4 cups of green tea a day.

POMEGRANATE: Like green tea, pomegranate juice has been consumed for centuries with the belief that the ruby red fruit promotes heart disease and health. Pomegranate juice helps unclog arteries by reducing artery thickness. Powerful antioxidant chemicals in pomegranate fruit and juice help lower blood pressure.

OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS: It is an essential nutrient that helps reduce heart disease. They also lower fatty blood components that block your arteries. Consumption of omega-3 fatty acids, commonly found in fish will help lower blood pressure and reduce risk of death from heart disease.

To prevent a heart attack is simpler than what you think. These lifestyle changes can help prevent a heart attack and heart disease.

  • Add plenty of fruits, vegetables, grains, and food high in omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Practice yoga, meditation that can help reduce your stress levels.
  • Eat fish at least once a week as it reduces the risk of rapid irregular heartbeat- a major cause of sudden death.
  • Avoid oils that are processed by heat or hydrogenated.
  • Ride a cycle for just 20 minutes a day so as to reduce heart attack.
  • Say no to smoking as you can show an early sign of heart disease.
  • Go to bed an hour earlier. Lack of sleep increase stress hormones, raises blood pressure and affects blood sugar levels. Sleep for at least nine hours a day.
  • Eat a piece of dark chocolate several times a week as it is good for your heart!
  • Check the sugar levels in your body as too much of sugar in your blood can damage your arteries.
  • Have a beer once a day as it will lower the cholesterol level; increase their blood levels of heart- healthy oxidants. Red wine would be better. Either drink a beer or wine but not both.
  • Too much pf cholesterol makes a heart attack more likely. So try and prevent your cholesterol numbers.

Herbs and supplements can help prevent heart diseases and reduce its symptoms by lowering blood pressure, improving breathing; cleaning arteries and helping your heart function better.

Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Unwanted Hair

December 22, 2016 by  
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EMBARRASED BY HAIR GROWTH??NOT ANY MORE!!

Unwanted hair on the visible areas of the body like hands, feet, face and back are one of the cosmetic problems faced by many women. Unwanted facial and body hair may not be detrimental to your health, but it can damage self- confidence. Unwanted hair growth both facial and body hair can cause embarrassment and it’s a biggest problem for women. This is called HIRSUTISM or FRAZONISM which is the excessive hairiness on women in those parts of the body where terminal hair does not normally occur or is minimal- for example, a beard or chest hair.

REASON FOR GROWTH OF HAIR: Unwanted hair growth occurs due to imbalance of hormones in the body, irregular menstrual cycle, and use of medications or due to pregnancy.

Unwanted Hair Removal NATURAL AND EFFECTIVE HOME REMEDIES:    

There are so many ways to get rid of body hair- from shaving to waxing to laser hair removal. Many people are looking for a permanent hair removal method, one that will eliminate body hair once and for all. They try everything from waxing to electrolysis to laser hair removal, all in an effort to stop those pesky hairs from growing back. Is there any natural ways to prevent hair from re growing? While you may not be able to “permanently” get rid of body hair the methods suggested below will be highly effective to help you in your weekly or monthly struggle to keep your body hair under control. We can treat this naturally without lasers, no harsh hair removal creams and definitely no risk of razor burns.  

 TURMERIC: Turmeric has been used for ages in India for healthy clean glowing skin. Turmeric has the quality of preventing hair growth. While turmeric is used with many ingredients to remove unwanted hair, this is simple remedy where turmeric can just be used with water or milk.

Procedure:  Soak turmeric powder in water or milk to make a paste which is not too tight but which can stay on your face. Leave it for 20 minutes or till it dries up. Wash it off with warm water.

SUGAR, HONEY AND LEMON MIXTURE FOR HAIR ON LEGS AND ARMS: Sugar mixed with water, lemon and honey is a very good home remedy to remove unwanted hair from your body. It acts like wax and is very effective in removing unwanted hair growth on legs and arms. This process is a bit painful.

     Procedure: In a small bowl, take sugar, lemon and honey and mix them well. Heat this mixture for 3 minutes in a vessel to make it a smooth, free flowing paste. If the paste you made is found to be thick add some water and mix well. Allow this mixture to cool at room temperature. Clean the body parts where you need to apply this mixture and then apply this mixture and dust it with cornstarch or all purpose flour. Use the waxing spatula and apply a generous amount of warm sugar, lemon and honey mixture on the areas where you do not want to see unwanted hair. Apply it in the direction of the hair growth and once done cover it with a cloth or waxing strips and press to make it stick on the paste. Pull the strip in the opposite direction of your hair growth to effectively remove unwanted hair growth.

RAW PAPAYA: Papaya is packed with vitamins and minerals, as well as a specific enzyme called papain. Papain helps to break down your hair follicles, slowing down your hair re- growth rate.

     Procedure: Combine all the parts of papaya and blend well to get thick glue. Apply this glue to your body part in inverse course of hair development. Leave it for 15-20 minutes or till it gets dry. Take a clean fabric and rub in the inverse course of hair development. When the greater part of the glue has been uprooted along these lines, wash off with water and pat dry. Take a couple of drops of olive oil, lotion or child oil and back rub the skin with this. Repeat this thrice a week and proceed for no less than three months.

PUMICE STONE:  A temporary way of getting rid of unwanted hair is by depilating it using a pumice stone. The rubbing action causes friction that leads to the hair coming off from its root. Though not all coarse hair may fall off, you will notice lesser hair growth.

Procedure:  Wet the area you want to use the pumice stone on with warm water. Now gently rub the stone in circular motion on that area till the hair comes off. Wash it off with running water. Moisturize the skin well. Do this everyday to see better results.

OIL MASSAGE: You would have never guessed that something as relaxing as an oil massage will help keep body hair at bay too. Regular rigorous massaging helps create friction on the skin, making hair softer and thinner. The more you massage your body, the more you increase your chances of closing down hair roots altogether. You can use warm massage oils, such as mustard oil or castor oil to keep skin smooth even while removing hair.

BANANA-OATMEAL: If your skin is dry, banana is one of the best ingredients that can be used for removing hair. Banana leaves your skin soft and supple. Banana with oatmeal is the best combination as oatmeal is a great natural cleanser for skin.

Procedure: Mash the banana. Add oatmeal to it. Apply this paste to face rubbing in circular motion. Do this for about 15 minutes. Wash off with water. Repeat this twice a week.

EGG MASK: When it comes to stickiness, egg white is no less than sugar-honey. Egg white too dries off and sticks to your face and when you pull it, this mask will come up with hair on your face.

Procedure: Add sugar and corn flour with white egg. Beat till you get a smooth paste. Apply this egg mask to your face and let it dry. Once dried, it will become a thin mask attached to your face. Pull this egg mask with firm hand so that the hair too comes off with it. Watch though, pulling firmly doesn’t mean hurting yourself.

Some simple tips to follow so as to get better results of getting rid of the unwanted hair growth on your body:

  •  Bear in mind to have patience while trying out all these home remedies.
  • Stick to a healthy diet.
  • Practice yoga and meditation so as to calm oneself and keep the unwanted hairs at bay.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetable juices to aid your remedy and to help in easily removing unwanted hair from your body.
  • Washing the area properly after doing the treatment will help your skin to be clean and neat.
  • Have adequate amount of sleep so as to lead a stress free life.

These are a few natural home remedies to tackle hair growth. Natural remedies will take a long time to show results and hence patience is required while trying these remedies. But ultimately you will enjoy the results without any side effects or damage to your sensitive skin.

Simple And Easy ways to Cure Cracked Heel at Home

December 15, 2016 by  
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   Home-Remedies-For-Cracked-Heels (2)     A cracked heel is one of the worst nightmares for most women. Cracked heels are a sign of lack of attention to foot care rather than just exposure or lack of moisturizing. Cracked heels are also known as heel fissures. Cracked heels are not harmful except when the fissures are deep, and tend to become painful and the skin becomes to bleed.  Excessive pressure on the feet pads make the feet want to expand sideways. As the skin, surrounding the sides of the feet are dry they crack and case cracked heels. Some of the causes of cracked heels are dry air, lack of moisture, improper foot care, an healthy diet, aging, wearing wrong type of shoes etc. Condition like eczema, psoriasis, thyroid disease, diabetes may also contribute to the problem. Appearance of dry cracked heels also indicates omega-3 fatty acid and zinc deficiency.

PEOPLE WHO SUFFER:

Cracked heels are a common occurrence for senior citizens or people who are constantly on their feet thus exerting pressure on the feet pad. Excessively dry skin, peeling skin, and dry and cracked skin on the heels are some of the most common skin problems that senior citizens face.

SYMPTOMS:

Feet care calls for a little attention and when the feet finds it lacking they indicate the following signs to show the feet could do well with some care.

  • Rough skin on the feet
  • Red or flaky patches
  • Inflammation
  • Peeling skin
  • Cracks on the underside of the feet or fissures
  • Itchy skin
  • Bleeding or discharged from crack.

HOME REMEDIES FOR CRACKED HEEL

There are several home remedies for cracked heels that you can try to resolve the problem:

SCRUBBING: Scrubbing the hard, dead skin away helps a great deal in getting rid of cracked heels. This is an easy remedy for people of all ages.

  •  Before going to bed, mix some liquid soap in a foot tub filled with warm water.
  • Soak your feet in this warm soapy water for about 20 minutes.
  • Use a pumice stone to gently scrub off the loosened dead skin cells.

HERBAL NEEM-TULSI: Neem is an anti fungal and anti bacterial leaf which when     mixed with the very skin friendly herb turmeric, can do wonders to give you smooth and soft heels.

  •  Crush the neem leaves adding a little water to get its paste.
  • Add turmeric powder to neem leaves paste. Apply this paste to the cracked heel.
  • Leave it for an hour and later wash it off with water. Use this remedy daily for effective result.

MILK-HONEY: Milk and honey is the best natural exfoliating mix made to cure cracked heels.

  •  Pour the honey and milk into a foot soaking basin and mix it well. Soak your feet for 15- 20 minutes in this mixture.
  • After about 10 minutes start massaging your heels. Keep doing it for about 10 minutes.
  • Later wash it off with lukewarm water to obtain soft and supple feet.

LEMON JUICE: Lemon juice is a very mild natural acid that helps to dissolve dead and dry skin so that it can easily be removed.

  • Soak your feet for 10- 15 minutes in warm water with lemon juice added to it.
  • Scrub your cracked heels using a pumice stone.
  • Wash your feet and pat dry with a towel.

VASELINE: At the end of your busy day this simple method could give you relief from cracked heels.

  •  Soak your feet in warm soapy water for about 15 minutes.
  • Rinse feet and pat dry.
  • Make a healing mixture comprising one teaspoon of Vaseline and the juice of one lemon.
  • Rub this mixture onto the cracked heels and see the changes in a couple of days.

BANANA: This is a simple home remedy which can be used on a daily basis to prevent and treat cracked heels.

  • Apply the pulp of a ripe banana on the cracked area of the heel.
  • Leave it on for 10 minutes and rinse it clean.

COCONUT OIL: Coconut oil is an incredible remedy for treating cracked heels.

  •  Before going to sleep, soak your feet in warm water and scrub it with a loofah.
  • Dry your feet and apply coconut oil on your feet.
  • Put on a clean pair of socks for the night.
  • Next morning remove the socks and wash your feet. Do it daily for better results.

 OATMEAL AND OLIVE OIL: This remedy should be done in alternate days to get rid of cracked heels.

  •  Mix the powdered oatmeal and olive oil to make a thin paste.
  • Apply this over your feet especially on the cracked parts.
  • Leave it for about half an hour and rinse it off with cold water.

ALOE VERA:  This remedy is good for people with diabetes.

  •  Crush the basil leaves to get its paste.
  • Mix turmeric tulsi paste and camphor powder with aloe Vera gel.
  • Mix well and apply on your cracked heels. Leave it for 10-15 minutes.
  • Wash off with lukewarm water.

 PARAFFIN WAX: A continuous application of this solution for 10 to 15 days can achieve desirable results.

  • Melt paraffin wax and mix it well with little mustard oil.
  • Apply on the cracked heels. Rinse it off in the morning.

OTHER SIMPLE TIPS TO FOLLOW:

  • Drink plenty of water to keep the skin hydrated.
  • Eat foods that contains vitamin E.
  • Food with mineral, calcium, zinc, iron should be included in the regular meal to curb deficiencies that cause cracked heels.
  • Exercise the feet regularly.
  • Wear right fitting socks which will allow your feet to breathe properly.
  • Use mild soaps while bathing.
  • Keep feet clean and dirt free.
  • Do not bath in excess hot water.
  • Avoid walking bare feet as much as possible.
  • Avoid excessive sweating of feet.
  • Avoid the use of alcohol and caffeine.

These simple tips will help you to care for your feet effortlessly. These simple home remedies will give a total makeover to your cracked heels and will let you step out in style.

 

16 WARNING SIGNS OF CANCER THAT PEOPLE USUALLY IGNORE

November 24, 2016 by  
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WARNING SIGNS OF CANCER THAT PEOPLE  IGNORE:

Cancer is a condition where cells in a specific part of the body (abnormal cells) divide uncontrollably with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body. Cancer begins in your cells, which are building blocks of your body. Not all tumors are cancerous; benign tumors do not spread to other parts of the body. Cancer starts when the gene changes make one cell or a few cells begin to grow and multiply too much. This may cause a growth called tumor. Cancer occurs in individual’s who have other conditions. Cancer is a “great imitator”. As a result it’s common for people diagnosed with cancer to have been treated for other diseases, which were hypothesized to be causing their symptoms. There are different types of cancer.

Warning-Signs-Of-Cancer Most common types of cancer are:

Brain cancer: a cancerous or non- cancerous mass or growth of abnormal cells in the brain.

Breast cancer: A disease that is common among middle aged women. A cancer that forms in the cells of the breasts.

Prostate cancer: A cancer in a man’s prostrate, a small walnut shaped gland that produces seminal fluid.

Lung cancer: A cancer that begins in the lungs and most often occurs in people.

Melanoma: The most serious type of skin cancer.

WARNING SIGNS OF CANCER:

The warning signs of cancer include:

Cancer usually has no symptoms in its early stages, but eventually a malignant tumor will grow large enough to be detected. The earlier cancer is detected, the more likely it is that treatments will be successful. Change in bowels or bladder habits for no good reason.

  • Loss of appetite.
  • Persistent headaches.
  • Persistent fatigue, nausea or vomiting.
  • A sore or bruise that does not heal.
  • Shortness of breathe.
  • Unusual bleeding or discharge.
  • Indigestion or difficulty in swallowing.
  • Nagging cough or hoarseness that last longer than three weeks.
  • Obvious change in a wart or mole.
  • Blood anywhere it normally should not be- in urine, bowel motions or from spitting.
  • New lumps or growths on your skin.
  • Chronic pain in bones or any other areas of the body.
  • Thickening or lump in the breast, testicles or elsewhere.
  • Repeated infection.
  • Change in bowels or bladder habits
  • Unexpected Weight Loss

Cancer can cause other skin changes, such as:

  • Dark spots
  • Increased hair growth
  • Jaundice
  • Redness

The following are the potential warning signs of cancer. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms please consult an oncologist (cancer specialist) and undergo examination and screening

Ways to prevent Cancer

Cancers don’t develop overnight. Cancer fighting foods and other lifestyle moves can significantly reduce your cancer risk. Many cancers can be treated by:

  • Stand more sit less
  • Not smoking
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Not drinking too much alcohol
  • Eating plenty of vegetables, fruits and whole grains
  • Vaccination against certain infectious diseases
  • Not eating too much processed and red meat
  • Get 15 minutes of sun a day
  • Avoiding too much sunlight exposure
  • Cut out sugary drinks.

Prevention is better than cure.

 

Home Remedies to Treat Dengue Fever

October 3, 2016 by  
Filed under Tips for Ayurveda, Types of Fever

Treat Dengue Fever  Dengue (pronounced DENGEE) fever is also known as breakbone fever. Dengue fever is a painful, debilitating mosquito- borne tropical disease caused by the dengue virus. Dengue virus is primarily transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. There are four distinct serotypes of dengue virus (DEN 1, DEN 2, DEN 3 and DEN 4). They typically bite during the early morning and in the evening but they may bite and thus spread infection at any time of day. The mosquito becomes infected when it bites a person with dengue virus in their blood. When the infected mosquito then bites another person, the virus enters that person’s bloodstream.

Humans are the primary host of the virus. An infection can be acquired via a single bite. A female mosquito that takes a blood meal from a person infected with dengue fever, during the initial 2-10 day period becomes itself infected with the virus in the cells lining its gut. About 8-10 days later the virus spreads to other tissues including the mosquito’s salivary glands and is subsequently released into its saliva.

SYMPTOMS:

Symptoms usually begin 4-6 days after infection and last for up to 10 days. Signs and symptoms of dengue fever most commonly include:

  • Sudden high fever
  • Severe headache
  • Low blood pressure
  • Widespread rashes
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Severe joint and muscle pain
  • Nausea and vomiting

Home Remedies to treat Dengue Fever:

Remedies of Dengue FeverUsing natural remedy for health problem instead of drugs is the best thing to do.  Natural remedies are medicinal products where the active ingredient is of natural origin.

WATER: This may seem like common sense, but due to the excessive sweating, bodily exertion, and the internal toll that dengue fever takes on the body, extreme dehydration is common. Drink as much as water possible to keep the body hydrated. It will bring down the temperature and ease the symptoms of dengue fever like headache, muscle cramps etc. Water will also help to flush the body and eliminate excess toxins that can complicate the viral impact of the pathogen.

PAPAYA LEAVES: Papaya is widely known as being a natural cure for dengue fever.  Papaya helps in reducing the symptoms of fever like body ache, nausea and getting tired easily. The complex mix of nutrients and organic compounds in papaya can cause a rise in your platelet count, the high levels of vitamin C help stimulate the immune system and eliminate the toxins in the blood. Papaya leaves can be crushed and then strained with a cloth to drink the pure juice.

BARLEY GRASS: This natural ingredient has the ability to increase the blood platelet count of the body by stimulating the production of more blood cells. One can drink barley tea or eat barley grass for rapidly increasing the blood platelet count.

GOLDENSEAL: Goldenseal has the ability to clear up the symptoms of dengue fever very quickly and eliminate the virus from the body. Goldenseal is a herb whose dried root is used to make medicine. It has the ability to clear up the symptoms of dengue fever very quickly and eliminate the virus from the body. You can either use it by crushing, chewing or by juicing it. Goldenseal has a natural antiviral capacity which can essentially cure dengue fever in a few days.

TULSI LEAVES OR BLACK PEPPER: Tulsi leaves are another great option for dengue fever treatment. Consume a drink made by boiling tulsi leaves and adding about 2 grams of black pepper to it. Drinking boiled tulsi water can help prevent the outbreak of dengue. This drink helps in building your immunity and acts as an anti bacterial element.

NEEM LEAVES: Neem leaves are commonly used to cure a variety of ailments and dengue fever is one among them. Steeping neem leaves and then drink the subsequent brew has been shown to increase blood platelet count and white blood cell count, the dangerous side effects of the virus and also helps subside the fever. Properly brewed neem leaves can improve the immune system and return your strength much faster.

ORANGE JUICE: The rich mixture of antioxidants and vitamins found in orange juice make it ideal for treating the secondary symptoms of dengue fever and eliminating the virus. Orange juice helps to promote antibodies of the immune system, increase urination and release of toxins.

Dengue fever is flu like illness that affects infants, young children and adults. Most people recover within a week or so. But in some cases symptoms worsen and can become life threatening. As prevention protect yourself and make efforts to keep the mosquito population down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easy ways to Prevent Dengue Fever

September 29, 2016 by  
Filed under Tips for Ayurveda, Types of Fever

Easy Ways to Prevent From Dengue Fever

prevent Dengue   Dengue (pronounced DENGEE) fever is also known as breakbone fever. Dengue fever is a painful, debilitating mosquito- borne tropical disease caused by the dengue virus. Dengue virus is primarily transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. They typically bite during the early morning and in the evening but they may bite and thus spread infection at any time of day. The mosquito becomes infected when it bites a person with dengue virus in their blood. When the infected mosquito then bites another person, the virus enters that person’s bloodstream.

Humans are the primary host of the virus. An infection can be acquired via a single bite. A female mosquito that takes a blood meal from a person infected with dengue fever, during the initial 2-10 day period becomes itself infected with the virus in the cells lining its gut. About 8-10 days later the virus spreads to other tissues including the mosquito’s salivary glands and is subsequently released into its saliva.

SYMPTOMS:

Symptoms usually begin 4-6 days after infection and last for up to 10 days. Signs and symptoms of dengue fever most commonly include:

  • Sudden high fever
  • Severe headache
  • Low blood pressure
  • Widespread rashes
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Severe joint and muscle pain
  • Nausea and vomiting

Ways to Prevent Dengue Fever

  • Garlic : Garlic is best Mosquito repellant. Put a bulb of garlic near windows and other open spaces
  • Neem Oil : Keep Neem oil soaked cotton balls in every corner of your house. This will prevent the entry of Mosquitoes.
  • Tulsi Leaf : Boil some tulsi leaves in a cup of watrer and drink this concoction everyday. This will strengthen your immune system
  • Camphor: Burn Camphor and room closed for 20 minutes. This will completely eradicate mosquitoes.
  • Take foods that boost our immunity power of your body like lemon, nut, oat, egg.
  • There is no vaccine to prevent dengue fever. The best way to prevent the disease is to prevent mosquito bites by infected mosquitoes.
  • Eliminate mosquito breeding sites around homes.
  • You can turn to natural repellents like lemon eucalyptus oil, lavender, neem oil and cinnamon oil to protect yourself against mosquito bites.
  • Use mosquito repellents, even indoors.
  • Regular change the water in outdoor bird baths and pets water dishes.
  • Stay away from heavily populated residential areas.
  • Wear long sleeves  shirts and long pants outdoor
  • When indoors, use air conditioning if available.
  • Use plug in devices with insecticides in them to kill mosquitoes.
  • Make sure window and door screens are secure and free of holes. If sleeping areas are not screened or air conditioned, use mosquito nets.

 

 

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