Muscles work best when the body's temperature is anywhere from 101-102 degrees Fahrenheit. To increase the body's normal temperature of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit do warm-up exercises prior to working out. Good ones include stretching, walking briskly, and jogging slowly.
Many dieters think that if they skip a meal, particularly breakfast, it will help them lose weight. But now research shows that the opposite is true. It was found that overweight people who usually skipped breakfast lost an average of seventeen pounds over three months after they started eating breakfast. In addition, they were better able to keep the weight off. Why? Breakfast eaters snack less frequently and are less hungry during the remainder of the day.
If your teeth are discoloured or stained from tea, food, tobacco, coffee, or age, consider bleaching them. The process works much the same way as that used for clothing. The dentist can bleach about 6 to 8 teeth during a visit. However, some teeth may need to be bleached several times in order to return them to their natural colour.
According to a study conducted by NASA, house plants can prevent indoor air pollution. If you have one plant for every 100 square feet in your home or office, you can reduce toxic substances in the air by 87%. Some good plants to have include spider plants, English ivy, and philodendrons.
Now there's a way to avoid the discomfort often associated with removing an adhesive bandage from the skin. Try rubbing it with a cotton ball or tissue soaked with baby oil or vegetable oil, then peel off the bandage.
Many people think that it's okay to be diagnosed with borderline high blood pressure. A borderline reading is 139 for the higher (systolic) reading and 89 for the lower (diastolic) reading. Borderline high blood pressure is cause for concern as it can gradually progress to high blood pressure and even cause damage to the heart and blood vessels.
Selecting an ice cream at your local parlour is no longer a simple decision between vanilla and chocolate. Besides the wide array of flavours, consumers are faced with a variety of toppings. Remember that two tablespoons of fudge sauce will add about 125 calories and 5 grams of fat while a similar amount of marshmallow cream yields 106 calories and 0 grams of fat.
There may actually be something to the expression "An apple a day keeps the doctor away," as the fruit is very healthy. Apples are a good source of vitamin C and potassium and virtually fat free. A medium size apple contains only 80 calories so it is a good low calorie snack and it contains the fibre, pectin, which may help lower cholesterol. Finally, your teeth can be kept clean due to an apple's crispness.
Researchers found that people who took time to write down their worries on paper not only felt better about themselves, but actually strengthened their body's immune systems. The theory is that by expressing oneself, even if only in writing, can relieve stress.
If you are using eye drops for an eye condition, try keeping your lids shut for one minute after inserting the drops. This will increase the drug's effectiveness and reduce side effects.
After you open a can, it's safe to store food in them in the refrigerator. Just make sure that you cover the can with aluminum foil or a plastic lid. As with any leftover food, don't store if for more than a couple of days.
Since many children are spending more time alone in front of video games than they do interacting with friends, it is important to set limits. As a parent, restricting your child to 30 minutes a day of video game time is a reasonable goal. Encourage your child to invite a friend so it becomes a social experience as well.
Besides the discomfort that high heels can create, two inch heels create 57% greater pressure on the balls of the feet. In addition, they can cause bunions, and ankle, knee, and back problems. By wearing heels an inch or less in height, women can prevent injuries.
Breakfast is not only important to give children energy to start the day, but it is also correlated with lower cholesterol levels. Children with the lowest cholesterol levels are those who start their day with a breakfast of high fibre cereal.
Jumping rope for ten minutes can be as good for your heart as jogging for a half hour. Like jogging, jumping rope can also reduce stress and increase one's energy.
The best colour for sunglasses is neutral grey or smoke, as these give the best colour perception and provide the least distortion. Also, make sure the glass lenses are of equal colour and density. You can test this by placing the glasses on a piece of white paper and making sure the lenses are exactly matched.
There's a gentler alternative to quitting smoking than the cold turkey approach by which you stop abruptly. Set a quit date one week from today. Then prepare yourself for quitting by gradually cutting down on your cigarette consumption. When your quit day arrives, get rid of all cigarettes and smoking paraphernalia.
When skiing or hiking in the mountains, be especially careful not to get a sunburn. Even though it may feel cool, the sun's intensity may be as much as 20% greater than if you were laying on a sunny beach.
When you need to make a fast decision, be sure to stand up. Research shows that decisions are made 20% faster when standing. The slowest decisions are made while laying down. It is hypothesized that standing accelerates heart rate which stimulates the brain.
Researchers have found that men who watch more than three hours of television a day are twice as likely to be obese, compared to those who watch less than an hour a day. The same relationship was found with children. The answer? Turn off the tube and get physical.
The juices which are made from carrots, celery, tomatoes, etc., are generally high in vitamins and minerals while low in calories. However, they provide little fibre and a lot of sodium unless fresh or labeled as low in sodium. Overall, they are still beneficial.
It is a myth that candy or fried foods cause people to develop pimples. The vast majority of foods have not been shown to cause acne or oily skin. Some people may be allergic to foods, however, which will cause rashes or hives, but not acne.
Cold water fish, such as salmon and mackerel, contain abundant amounts of omega-e fatty acids which have been shown to help reduce the incidence of heart disease. To get the full benefit of these fatty acids, you should eat them in their natural form, rather than taking a pill supplement.
Children between the ages of 4 and 11 are more likely to have behaviour problems if their mother smoked during and/or after their pregnancy. These problems include hyperactivity, social isolation, immaturity, anxiety, and depression.
Of the five senses, smell is perhaps the least understood. However, a study conducted, showed that it may have a profound effect on your productivity. The researchers found that subjects who were periodically given whiffs of peppermint performed tasks 25% better than a control group. It is expected that this research will cause the study of scents to blossom.
A study conducted has found that nursing home residents who were given a plant to take care of were not only more social, alert, and happier, but lived longer than a control group. It appears that having a sense of purpose in life, even if it is as minor as caring for a plant, has many positive benefits.
The American Heart Association has reversed itself and now says that shrimp is not as high in cholesterol as was originally thought. It can be eaten once a week with no appreciable effect on a person's cholesterol level.
According to preliminary research, green tea may be effective in preventing and treating chronic diseases. Studies presented at a symposium in New York found that tea could lower blood pressure and cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar, block the action of carcinogens, and inhibit the growth of cancerous tumours.
Keep your underarms or armpits free of hair, as hair collects perspiration and might cause offensive odour. Try rinsing your armpit with a teaspoon of vinegar diluted in a mug of water.
New research shows that in addition to how long you sleep, what time you get up is important to feeling good. A person who gets up earlier in the morning tends to be more alert and productive than someone who sleeps in, even if both people sleep the same amount.
Gardening is an excellent way to relieve stress and depression. Gardening programs are also being used with the mentally impaired, physically handicapped, aged, and mentally ill as a form of therapy. Gardening enables people to build confidence, develop a sense of being needed, and a purpose in life, all of which promote good health.
Ballroom dancing may be the ideal workout for many people. You can do it with a partner, raise your heart rate enough to achieve aerobic conditioning, and have fun. Activities such as dancing may be good for people who have trouble sticking to a traditional exercise regimen.
The best type of toothbrush to use is one with soft bristles. Hard-bristled brushes can cause gum abrasions, which in turn can produce bleeding and gum recession. They can also wear down tooth enamel. For best results when brushing, use a small, circular, vibrating motion.
Deep breathing is one of the simplest yet most effective ways to manage stress. By taking in more oxygen, you allow your heart rate to slow down which produces a sense of relaxation. Another benefit of deep breathing is that it can be done anytime, anywhere, and requires no equipment.
Moderate exercise can be one of the best things a woman can do after giving birth. It can revive some of the energy that may get zapped by caring for a baby, relieve stress, and help her lose some of the weight that was gained during the pregnancy. In addition, physical activity may help prevent postpartum depression.
The best treatment for dandruff is to shampoo daily with a mild shampoo, i.e. baby shampoo. If that fails to work, use an anti-dandruff shampoo which lists 2.5% selenium sulfide or 2% zinc pyrithione in the formula. Also, remember to lather twice when you shampoo.
Chewing sugarless gum can prevent cavities because it makes your mouth water. This extra saliva can help wash away sugary food particles and can neutralize damaging plaque acids.
If you are sleeping on the left side, the stomach is below the oesophagus opening , so acid cannot crawl upward. When you’re sleeping on your right side, the stomach is above oesophagus thus helping the acid to creep down into the oesophagus making you feel uncomfortable.
The right ear has better capability compared to the left one as far as picking up words and speech are concerned. So if you are in a noisy place, ensure people talk to your right side.
To stop itching from insect bite, spray a deodorant on it. It is not recommended to use on rashes or open skin, running over an insect bite immediately stops the itch and makes it less messy.
After hair wash, rinse with carbonated water. Since it has low pH level, the frizz in hair is minimized.
Do not brush immediately after eating especially if they were acidic as they are known to soften tooth enamel. Brushing will speed up the effects of acid on tooth enamel thus erode the underneath layer. It should be done after waiting for minimum 30- 60 minutes of having food.
If you are stressed out, allergy symptoms worsens. Deadlines, busy days, restless nights and lack of proper relaxation triggers such traits. This increases your stress levels and weakens immune system. Keep stress at bay to avoid such symptom triggers.
Foods rich in lycopene prevents cancer, heart diseases. It includes tomato, guava, watermelon, papaya, grapefruit and red pepper. Such antioxidant rich foods make you less prone to sunburn too.
Drinking cold water on an empty stomach does boost metabolism by 30%. Body needs calories to heat the water to room temperature.
Cleaning your house for an hour burns around 233 calories. You can approach your cleaning as a workout than merely a household chore and you are sure to burn some energy doing so.
If the correlation between cigarette smoking and both cancer and heart disease isn't enough to motivate smokers to quit, there is now another reason. Smokers are also more likely to develop facial wrinkles. In fact, a 40 year old smoker can look 10 to 20 years older.
Climbing stairs for 10 minutes burns 2 to 3 times as many calories as walking for an equal length of time. If you don't have access to a stair climbing machine, simply walk up and down the steps in your home or office.
Teenage girls need to make sure they consume foods with a lot of calcium, as 45% of bone mass is formed during the second decade of life. By having at least 1200 mg. of calcium a day, teens can go a long way in preventing future osteoporosis when they get older. Four servings of dairy products can provide the recommended daily requirements, for example, four glasses of skim milk.
Most people know that sticky sweets promote tooth decay, but they may not be aware that some foods actually prevent tooth decay. These foods counteract the acids in the mouth that wear down tooth enamel. Tooth saving foods include: Cheese, peanut butter, nuts and seeds, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, olives, and dill pickles.
All pizza is not alike. Unhealthy pizza has fatty meats on it, such as sausage, pepperoni, and hamburger. To enjoy pizza, avoid the fat. Have yours topped with steamed vegetables and a thin layer of cheese.
Excess sugar can be a problem for children as it causes cavities and can contribute to obesity. You can reduce your child's sugar intake by giving them unsweetened fruit juices, homemade frozen fruit bars from frozen juice and cinnamon and nutmeg in their breakfast cereal. Also, reduce the sugar called for in recipes by 75%.
Several studies have shown that cow's milk consumed by children who are less than one year old may be linked to iron deficiency, allergic reactions, and juvenile diabetes. The safer alternative is to breast feed your infant or give him or her a soy milk-based formula. Whole cow's milk is usually okay for one year olds. After two years of age, good eaters should be given low fat cow's milk.
Aspirin interferes with the body's ability to break down alcohol. This can increase your blood alcohol levels by as much as 30% over what they would be with alcohol alone.
Smokers who breast-feed are putting their baby at risk. Nicotine is present in each ounce of milk babies ingest. This can decrease the amount of oxygen in the child's blood and increase their blood pressure.
Some ways to get more vitamins from your produce include: Select fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables over those in cans, select deep orange/yellow or dark green produce, use frozen vegetables within a month, keep all foods well sealed when you freeze or refrigerate them, and try to eat the skin.
It is recommended that adults have an eye exam every 1 to 2 years. Even if you are not having trouble with your eyes, it is still a good idea to have a checkup as some common eye diseases don't show any symptoms until sight is permanently damaged.
While reading in bed, avoid laying on your back or stomach as this can create strain on your neck and back muscles. Instead, sit upright with a pillow positioned between the curve of your back and the headboard. Also, make sure there is ample light as eyestrain can adversely affect neck muscles.
If you get motion sickness, offer to drive when travelling by car. The driver usually doesn't get motion sickness. If that's not possible, focus on the scenery ahead, not to the side, and sit near an open window.
Thinking about dessert can reduce stress. It's theorized that pleasant smells trigger pleasant thoughts, thus causing the body to relax. The best food for thought? Sweet, spiced apples.
Although salt has been thought to be a cause of hypertension, this may only be the case for a small percentage of people who are considered to be salt sensitive. People who cut back on dairy products to reduce sodium, actually raised their blood pressure. This may have been due to a reduction in calcium intake, a nutrient needed to maintain normal blood pressure.
If you continually wake up with a stiff neck or sore shoulder, your pillow may be the culprit. When asleep, your neck should be straight most of the night. To accomplish this, make sure your pillow is not too high and firm or too soft and flat. You might also consider a small cylindrical pillow or cervical roll to provide neck support.
Although more men experience heart attacks than women, women's attacks are usually more severe and twice as likely to be fatal. In addition, women don't do as well after bypass surgery. As an outgrowth, women, no matter what their age, should make extra special efforts to reduce the major heart disease risk factors like smoking, obesity, high cholesterol, hypertension, stress, and inactivity.
Pinch a fold of skin from one side of your abdomen. Measure the thickness with a skin caliper or ruler. If you can pinch 1 inch or less of flesh, your body fat level is low or moderate. Every inch above that represents approximately 10 pounds of excess fat.
Although 98.6°F is considered normal body temperature, it fluctuates during the day reaching a low of 97°F by around 3:00 a.m. and a high of 99°F by 5:00 p.m. So a normal reading of 98.6°F at 3:00 a.m. may indicate the person actually has a fever. The site you use can also make a difference as rectal readings fluctuate less and are usually considered more accurate than an oral reading.
Freckles are very common among children and young adults. They develop on parts of the body that are exposed to the sun, especially amongst people who are fair complected and don't tan well. These people, however, are more likely to get skin cancer. Freckles are a warning that your children have been exposed to too much sun. They should use a sun screen with a protective factor of at least 15 and avoid prolonged exposure to the sun.
Although there are many advantages to exercising, people mistakenly think that it can turn fat into muscle. The truth is that fat is fat and muscle is muscle. By exercising, you can lose fat and increase the size of your muscles but this does not come from changing fat cells into muscle cells.
People who have been wearing the older types of hard and soft contact lenses for many years may be causing damage to the cornea of their eyes. The older types of lenses don't permit enough oxygen to reach the cornea, the eyes' front surface. This can cause discomfort and/or blurred vision.
A change in diet can reduce the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. Women with PMS reported feeling better after eating a diet high in complex carbohydrates and low in protein. Foods such as breads, potatoes, and pasta should be eaten when the symptoms of PMS first present themselves.
Research appears to indicate that there is a link between one's personality and the development of cancer. People who tend to have a "helpless" and "hopeless" view about life may be more prone to cancer and may succumb to it more quickly once a diagnosis is made.
Because soup is mostly liquid, it takes longer to eat than solid food. By the time you sip the last spoonful, your brain will have noticed that you have eaten and shut down your appetite, aiding weight loss.
Most of the time, x-rays are necessary, but it is up to the patient to question their use. Overexposure can produce sterility, birth defects, and the development of cancer in certain sensitive tissues.
Lifting is the most common cause of back sprains. The next most common causes are placing an object, carrying an object, and lowering an object. To avoid back injuries when lifting, bend your knees, not your waist, and stand close to the object.
The medicinal value of laughter has been well established. Besides making those around you feel good, it can improve the immune system, enhance blood circulation, speed up tissue healing, and reduce stress. So make an effort to improve your laugh life.
Many people drink wine, beer, and other liquor coolers because they assume that they have less alcohol and contain fruit juice. In actuality, many coolers have more alcohol per serving and some contain no fruit juice at all.
We don't usually pay much attention to our nose until it bleeds. Nosebleeds are a frequent occurrence in childhood, but do not appear often in healthy young adults. They do, however, occur more commonly in the elderly and can indicate problems or anaemia. If an adult has frequent nosebleeds, they should see their physician.
Spicy foods do not cause ulcers as is commonly believed. Physicians do not usually restrict a patient's diet when they have an ulcer, except for alcohol and beverages containing caffeine as they stimulate acid production.
Cold water fish, such as salmon and mackerel, contain abundant amounts of omega-e fatty acids which have been shown to help reduce the incidence of heart disease. To get the full benefit of these fatty acids, you should eat them in their natural form, rather than taking a pill supplement.
Most people bite their nails because they don't know what to do with their hands. A good substitute behavior is to wear a rubber band around your wrist and snap it every time you find your fingers in your mouth. The awareness and irritation that this produces can help you eliminate the habit.
One teaspoon of ordinary table sugar, swallowed dry, cured hiccups immediately in 19 out of 20 people. Another popular folk remedy is to hold your tongue with your thumb and index finger and gently pull it forward.
Even though a frozen food package may state the contents are healthy, it is far better to read the nutrition label. To select a healthy frozen dinner make sure there are less than 800 milligrams of sodium and less than 11 grams of total fat. Also, it should contain no more than 300 calories.
Although drinking a cold beverage during or after exercise is more refreshing than drinking one at room temperature, there is another more important reason for selecting the colder beverage. A cold drink leaves the stomach faster, so the cells of the body receive the needed fluid sooner. Water is the best beverage to drink because it is absorbed faster than beverages that contain sugar.
Most people know that sticky sweets promote tooth decay, but they may not be aware that some foods actually prevent tooth decay. These foods counteract the acids in the mouth that wear down tooth enamel. Tooth saving foods include: Cheese, peanut butter, nuts and seeds, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, olives, and dill pickles.
Since many people are prone to finding excuses for working out, the best time to do it is the time that will enable one to do it consistently. From a medical perspective, however, it may be best to exercise shortly after arising in the morning. The body is more likely to burn off fat following an all night fast.
Calcium supplements are more effective if they are taken in small dosages several times during the day rather than all at once. The same principal applies to drinking milk. Having three glasses throughout the course of the day is better than three glasses drunk at one sitting.
It is well known that eating a large meal can make you sluggish, but now it appears that it can also decrease your ability to concentrate. Be sure to eat in moderation before any activity where you have to recall information, i.e., making a speech, taking an exam, or working on an intricate project.
When exercising during the summer, be sure to drink plenty of cool fluids. Not only will it help improve your performance, but it will reduce the chances of getting a heat related illness. Try drinking two glasses of water prior to exercising, another glass every 20-25 minutes during exercise, and several after exercising to replace lost fluids.
If your father or brother was diagnosed with prostate cancer, your risk of getting it doubles. The risk increases five fold if two men in your immediate family have had the disease. Get regular physical exams that include screening for prostate cancer.
Sun exposure should always be limited, but especially if a member of your family has had melanoma. Research shows that your likelihood of getting the disease is 3 to 4 times greater if you have a family member who has had it.
Excessive use of over-the-counter, decongestant-type nasal sprays can actually increase congestion and cause irritation of the nasal membranes. Don't use the sprays more than twice a day or for longer than two days. Also, do not use the sprays if you have hypertension. They can interfere with medications you may be taking to lower your blood pressure.
A home remedy for mosquito bite is by wetting the skin and rubbing an aspirin tablet over the bite, which reduces the itching. If you don't have an aspirin handy, mixing salt and water to form a paste will also be effective.
A toothbrush can remain contaminated for up to one month after you have had a strep throat, upset stomach, diarrhoea, or a virus. Research has found that people who switched toothbrushes recovered faster than those who continued to use the same toothbrush.
If you’re working on getting leaner, don’t cut out good, healthy fats like omega-3 fatty acids. Lack of these nutrients can negatively impact the speed (and how) you age. To keep feeling and looking younger, incorporate more oily fish, walnuts and flax seeds into your diet, which also help the skin stay supple and wrinkle-free. Omega-3s also help boost brain health and keep the heart in good shape.
Tulsi helps in eradicating any toxins circulating in blood and helps us from any kind of foreign invasion, therefore helps in protecting our skin from acne and other skin infections as it is regarded wonderful blood purifier.
To reduce menstrual disorders, crush a piece of fresh ginger and boil in a cup of water for a few minutes. The infusion, sweetened with sugar, if taken thrice daily after meals will reduce painful and irregular menstruation.
About 20 drops of the juice of raw turmeric, mixed with a pinch of salt, taken first thing in the morning daily is considered an effective remedy for expelling worms
Take your food in pieces instead of taking it in a sitting. Have 5 to 6 small meals or snacks in a day. It will release less insulin and that will keep your blood sugar steady and helps to control hunger.
Cranberries contain a substance that appears to keep bacteria from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract and had been shown to help prevent UTIs.
To treat an acute migraine, drink a full glass of water – dehydration can trigger headaches. Even if you need to take a medication for the pain, try wrapping your head with an Ace bandage so that it covers your eyes, then lie down and breathe deeply. This often helps the pain pass more quickly.
Homeopathic creams, gels and ointments that contain arnica, a flower similar to the daisy, have long been used to relieve swelling and bruising. Rub into the affected area, but stop using if you develop skin irritation.
Engaging in casual conversation with others may help keep you as sharp as doing a word puzzle, according to some studies. Just 10 minutes of daily chatter appears to improve mental function and preserve memory.
Conditions such as atopic dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis tend to worsen in winter months. Wear cotton and natural fabrics close to skin, and be lavish with emollient lotions. Soothe skin with extracts of calendula, cucumber, or mallow. Use soap-free cleansing milks containing healing aloe vera and camomile.
Probiotics are the beneficial ‘good’ bacteria essential for good health and digestive function. Aim to consume probiotic rich foods like natural yogurt, fermented vegetables and fermented milk drinks on a regular basis.
Limit added sugars to no more than 10% of your daily calorie intake or 6- 10 teaspoons per day for better health. To calculate how many teaspoons of sugar is in a food product divide the grams of sugar by 4. For example 16 grams of sugar is equivalent to 4 teaspoons of sugar.
Research suggests that a bowl of yoghurt may help prevent osteoporosis, reduce risk of high blood pressure, aid gastrointestinal conditions like inflammatory bowel syndrome and constipation.
Do not miss your exercise schedule in summer. If you feel too hot while working out, try out the tip to manage body heat. Taking a stroll barefoot on grass before sunrise and working out would allow you to bear the heat.
If you want to prevent dehydration, having a concoction of wild mangosteen, jaggery and cumin seeds just before going out in the sun can prevent a lot of disorders during summer.
If you do one thing this summer to improve your diet, have a cup of mixed fresh berries – blackberries or strawberries everyday. They'll help you load up on antioxidants, which may help prevent damage to tissues and reduce the risk of age-related illnesses. Berries are also tops in fibre, which helps keep cholesterol low and may even help prevent some cancers.
Ginger is often used to settle an upset stomach or treat severe stomach ailments such as dyspepsia or colic. It is frequently used nowadays to cure diarrhoea.
The protective compounds present within pumpkin seeds, called phytosterols can lower the risk of prostate cancer. These work by shrinking the prostate and stimulating the secretion of chemicals that protect against the transformation of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). High DHT levels can cause enlargement of the prostate glands.
Cardamom is used in digestive disorders frequently. It helps to relieve gas and heartburn. Cardamom reduces the air and water elements, increases appetite and soothes the mucous membrane. Ground cardamom seed mixed with ginger, coriander and cloves is an effective medicinal solution for indigestion.
Okra helps lubricate the large intestine due to its bulk laxative quality. The okra fibre absorbs water and ensures bulk in stools. This helps prevent and improve constipation. Unlike harsh wheat bran, which can irritate or injure the intestinal tract, okra's mucilage soothes and facilitates elimination more comfortably by its slippery characteristic.
To warm up cold feet, sprinkle a bit of cayenne pepper into your socks. This folk remedy may help warm your toes by increasing circulation and improving blood flow.
For sore muscles and joints, apply a cream or ointment that contains capsaicin, the active ingredient in chilli peppers, two or three times a day. The heat from the peppers has been shown to help relieve pain.
Research suggests that people with mild eczema who drink oolong tea three times a day may show improvement in itching and other symptoms. Polyphenols present in the tea help in reducing the ailment.
The mixture of tulsi leaves juice and honey help to reduce the uric acid levels and also help in better cleansing of kidneys through urination.
Curcumin, a substance derived from the spice turmeric, is a natural way of boosting your immune system and health during cold season.
Add these strengthening warming vegetables to your meals in winter: avocados, beets, brussel sprouts, carrots, pumpkins, winter squash, sweet potatoes, cabbage, onions and mung beans. Avoid tomatoes, cucumbers and leafy lettuce. These are cooling summer foods.
Go for a walk even when the weather is really cold – your body has to work overtime to get warm and you may burn up to 50% more calories than you would on the same walk in summer!
Nuts contain plant sterols and monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which lower the LDL (bad) cholesterol. Nuts (Almonds, Walnuts, Pistachio, Pecans) are rich in heart healthy fibre, Vitamin E and Selenium.
Enjoy the refreshing cucumber water in the hot summer season. Put thin slices of cucumber to a pitcher of water and refrigerate it for some time before having it, to rehydrate yourself.
Though it can be just because of negligence and inadequate nutrient supply to the body, brittle nails can also be a sign of some serious underlying health issues, like Thyroid.
Jumping on a rebounder is a great exercise. It helps tone and tighten the body, enhances blood circulation, and reduces cellulite. It is also easier on the knee and ankle joints and hence a great option for people who suffer from joint pains but want to lose weight.
Apples are a great source of fibre. People suffering from constipation must include at least two apples a day. Sprinkle with psyllium husk for added roughage.
People who suffer from frequent gas problems can get relief after consuming edible camphor, which is derived directly from the tree. It brings relief by preventing the formation of gas in the first place. Camphor can also help you in preventing or treating digestive problems like diarrhoea or gastroenteritis.
Salt baths are known to stimulate circulation, hydrate the skin, increase moisture retention and promote cellular regeneration. Besides, they are also helpful in detoxifying and healing the skin. Salt-water bathing reduces inflammation of the muscles and joints, relaxes muscles and relieves pain and soreness.
Lavender has been used for medicinal purposes since ancient times, but these days its oil is extracted and used in aromatherapies and massage oils which provide relief from neck pain.
An effective method to cure corn would be to use lemon. Slice the lemon and place them over the corn, overnight. In the morning, remove it and wash the infected area with a disinfectant.
To prevent body odour, drink a glass of water in the morning, on an empty stomach, along with 500 mg. wheat grass. The chlorophyll present in the grass will help in reducing body odour.
Fenugreek when taken with a teaspoon of lemon and honey can work wonders to reduce fever by nourishing the body. The soothing effect of mucilage in fenugreek also helps to relieve cough and pain from sore throat.
Like other healthy oils, Flaxseed oil also helps to reduce pain and inflammation in the joints of the knees caused due to Arthritis. It contains Alpha-linolenic acid (AHA), which the body converts into Omega-3 fatty acids and is beneficial for Arthritis. It relieves pain, stiffness and improves mobility.
Regular usage of cumin in your food helps in keeping your skin free from boils, rashes, pimples, etc. This is because it has components such as Cuminaldehyde, Thymol and Phosphorous which are good detoxifying agents. They help in facilitating regular removal of toxins from the body through the excretory system and not through boils.
Besides the ability to protect the arteries from clogging, Garlic prevents formation of clots within the blood vessels. A substance known as Ajoene present in garlic contains anti-clotting properties that prevent the platelets from becoming too sticky and clumping together to form a clot.
Beta-carotene found in carrots, is a skin-friendly nutrient that is converted to vitamin A inside the body. It helps in repairing the skin tissues and provides protection against the Sun's harsh rays. The antioxidants and Carotenoids protect and condition the skin to increase its immunity against the Sun and heal sunburns.
Pumpkin juice is very beneficial for liver and kidney. Those suffering from kidney stones and gall bladder problems can improve their condition by drinking half a glass of pumpkin juice three times a day for 10 days.
The high water content of radish and the presence of non-digestible carbohydrates make them beneficial. Consumption of radish helps to avoid excess calories and fat accumulation in the body.
Take out the juice of marigold flower's leaves. Heat it to make it lukewarm. You may put 2-3 drops of this juice in your ear daily, till you feel some relief.
Turmeric is a very effective home remedy for the treatment of asthma. The patient should be given a teaspoon of turmeric powder with a glass of milk, two or three times daily. This remedy works best when given as a first thing in the morning in empty stomach.
A small handful of nuts makes a fantastic snack and contains healthy fats. Make sure they are unsalted, and even add a small amount of dried fruit for extra flavour.
Collagen and Elastin are the fibres that keep your skin firm and looking youthful. Keep a safe distance from sweets, desserts, jam, sugary beverages etc. as excess sugar consumption causes your skin to become dry by damaging these fibres which results in premature wrinkles and sagging.
B-complex vitamins (B1, B2, B6 and folic acid) when consumed in the form of 6-7 servings of cereals, 2 servings of pulses, 2-3 servings of milk and its products, 4-5 servings of fruits and vegetables, not only enhance the production of digestive juices but also help utilize foods to provide energy.
Too much urea in the blood applies a lot of tension on the kidneys, which can decrease the filtering process. Therefore, limiting protein intake can significantly limit the urea in your bloodstream.
Nutrients like Lutein and Zeaxanthin are part of your eyes where the light is processed into signals and visualized in the brain. The better your nutrient status, the better the visual performance and comfort.
Coffee and non-herbal teas contain caffeine, a natural diuretic, which can dry out your skin. Choose herbal teas or plain water to keep yourself as hydrated as possible. This will also improve your skin.
Adequate sleep not only helps to prevent the tell-tale dark circles and bags of a night owl, but is also necessary to keep your immune system strong and to allow for much-needed body repair and maintenance. Eight hours of sleep at night can also prevent weight gain.
Humming helps. Daily humming is a good way to increase ventilation in the sinuses.
Asprin can actually do wonders. It helps to reduce the risk of conditions such as heart disease and cancers, including of the colon, oesophagus, stomach, rectum and prostrate.
Research shows that eating too many high-fat-food contributes to high blood-cholesterol levels, which can cause hardening of the arteries, coronary heart disease and stroke.
Garlic is the mother of all cures. Researchers have found that 5ml of garlic extract lower levels of a disease-causing chemical by up to 48 per cent.
Dilute 50 grams of tamarind in 250 ml of water. Add half a teaspoon of pepper powder and a teaspoon of ghee. Boil it for a few minutes and inhale the vapour of this steaming mixture thrice a day to clear nasal blockage during colds.
Turmeric is a very effective home remedy for the treatment of asthma. The patient should be given a teaspoon of turmeric powder with a glass of milk, two or three times daily. This remedy works best when given as a first thing in the morning, empty stomach.
Take radish leaves and put them in 25 g of mustard oil and cook it slowly. Boil them as much as to evaporate all the watery content of the leaves. Cool it down, strain and put it in a clean bottle. First of all, dip a cotton bud in this oil and clean your ears with it. Then drop a few drops of this oil in your ear which is paining.
With regular usage of ladyfinger, in either raw or cooked form, you can avoid obesity to a great extent. Obesity is not necessarily due to the consumption of fatty and calorific foods but also due to the lack of nutrients.
Cauliflower helps women during pregnancy. As it is rich in folate and also vitamins like vitamin A, B, and C, it helps in growth of cells. This ultimately helps in the proper development of the fetus in the womb.
Guava is rich in magnesium which acts as a nervous relaxant. It helps to relax muscles and nerves of the body. So, after a hard work out, a guava is certainly what you need to relax your muscles and give your system a nice energy boost.
Almonds are a good source of micronutrients such as calcium and phosphorous, which avert osteoporosis and strengthen your bones and teeth. Almonds also provide other nutrients that improve bone mineral density and strengthen the skeletal system.
Avoid constipation & stay regular with Triphala, an Ayurvedic blend of three fruits that is believed to help tone the gastrointestinal tract.
Ease occasional indigestion by sipping a cup of peppermint tea after your meal. Peppermint improves the flow of bile, which moves food through the digestive tract more quickly.
The medicinal mushroom cordyceps has traditionally been used to promote lung strength, and some studies show that it may improve symptoms of respiratory conditions such as asthma & bronchitis.
For healthy gums, put Broccoli on your grocery list. It's an excellent source of Vitamin C and provides calcium as well, both of which have been linked to lower rates of periodontal diseases.
Fennel seeds are considered a carminative, a subtstance that helps relieve gas. Chew & then swallow about half a teaspoon of the seeds after meals.
Fish is the recommended diet for a longer & healthier life. Studies have found that those who regularly eat fish are up to one-third less likely to suffer from heart diseases than those who eat it less than once a month.
Researchers have found that 2 – 4 cups of coffee daily can lower the risk of colon cancer by 25 per cent.
Make sure you have whole-grain bread, rice or pasta at least four times a week and you will reduce the chance of having cancer by 40 per cent.
Research shows that people who take to their beds with backache take the longest time to recover. Those who avoid bed-rest and continue normal activities as much as possible, have less pain.
Prunes can protect you against diseases like Cancer. It helps to prevent obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. It also helps to lower cholesterol. You can improve bone health and reduces chances of osteoporosis by consuming prunes.
Guava is rich in Vitamin C. It reduces the risk of diabetes and cleans the overall system. It is rich in folate and helps in eye health improvement. It regulates blood pressure levels and is rich in manganese.
Consuming raw organic fruits and vegetables have been found to reduce the risk factors of infertility and helps in conceiving. Apart from this, if you are overweight or obese, then you should lose weight to conceive and give birth to a healthy child.
If you feel depressed, then you should get in a routine and set goals for yourself. Apart from this, you should exercise and eat healthy. You should also make sure to get enough sleep. Challenge negative thoughts and check with your doctor before you use any kind of supplements. Stay happy and have fun!
If you wish to control your high blood pressure and stay healthy, then you can mix 1 tsp honey, 1 tsp ginger juice and 1 tsp cumin powder and take it twice a day. This might control your blood pressure levels to a great extent.
Black pepper aids in digestion of food. Apart from this, it helps to get relief from congestion, heals cuts and also stimulates taste buds. With so many benefits, you can try including it in your diet regularly.
Chocolate has more than 600 flavour compounds. Chocolate can give you a more intense mental high and gets your heart pounding more than kissing does. Chocolate milk is an effective post-workout recovery drink.
Avocado is a natural source of folic acid. Apart from this, it helps to lower blood pressure and can also help to reverse the insulin resistance. Avocado has anti-ageing properties and can reduce stomach inflammation.
Rich in selenium and manganese, it promotes weight loss. It is rich in antioxidants and fibre. It acts as a perfect baby food as well.
Cloves have antiseptic properties that have a positive impact on digestive system. So, if you feel like vomiting, chew a couple of raw cloves. Onion juice is also a home remedy to get rid of vomiting. Squeeze a teaspoon of onion juice and drink it. You can follow it with a cold peppermint tea. Both of them together will reduce stomach disorders.
If your skin is itching, then you can use lemon on the affected area and get rid of it. You can also use aloe vera for a soother skin as it has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.
Mint leaves promote digestion by activating the salivary glands. Apart from this, it treats irritable bowel syndrome, asthma and other respiratory disorders. It also helps to lower blood pressure.
If you wish to maintain your energy all day long, then you should definitely have a heavy and healthy breakfast even if you do not feel hungry.
You should quit smoking and limit the consumption of OTC pills to avoid the chances of kidney diseases. You should also increase water intake and reduce salt intake to be on the safer side.
Coconut water is a great remedy for muscle cramps, anxiety, constipation as well as PMS. Apart from this, it reduces the chances of kidney and urinary problems.
Consume cranberries whenever possible in order to treat urinary tract infections and reduce the chances of Cancers. It promotes weight loss, relieves stress and has anti-ageing properties.
Cucumber helps to cure hangover and provides relief from sunburn. It also treats Halitosis and also acts as a natural pesticide. It can also be used for defogging mirrors.
Loss of sleep can lead to metabolic disruption. This can lead to weight gain and other health problems like heart diseases, cancer, etc.
Aromatherapy can help you to get rid of depression to a great extent. You can combine jasmine, rose, basil, clary sage and German chamomile and add it to a bowl of steaming water. Inhale it for sometime before you go off to sleep.
Include Vitamins A, C, E, minerals, anti-oxidants, DHA, etc. Apart from this, exercise your eyes by warming them up or rolling them. You can also massage your temples Take a mini-nap time to time as well.
In order to ensure healthy lungs and respiratory function, make sure that you consume Himalayan Pink Salt. Apart from this, the salt will also help you reduce muscle cramps, strengthen bones as well as increases hydration.
Take a shower in 68 degree water for 2 minutes. This may help you get relief from depression to a great extent. Give it a try and you might be able to avoid the intake of anti-depressants!
Add one teaspoon of Epsom Salt into room temperature water and drink it during the evening. Epsom salt will let the gallstones to move readily through the bile duct.
1 out of 10 people can suffer from kidney stones. In order to avoid this, ensure you have lots of fluids and juices in your diet. Simply blend peeled orange, apple, lemon, 4 slices of watermelon and 4 ice cubes and drink it. Enjoy a juice with all the good qualities of various fruits!
The leaves of the Oregano plant contain Carvacrol which plays a great role in reducing arterial, diastolic and systolic pressures as well as heart rate. Thus, it helps to lower the stress on your heart.
Olive oil is an important ingredient for Pasta and Salads. Though it is an oil, it is an healthy variant which helps in maintaining healthy blood pressure levels. Even consuming the fruit will help you in maintaining better blood pressure levels.
Cinnamon can do wonders to your health. It fights the onset of diabetes and also helps to lower blood pressure. Those who drink water infused with cinnamon will have low blood sugar levels.
A glass of water, when taken along with a piece of jaggery after meals, is said to be effective in curing acidity, gas and bloating.
Two basil leaves, a grain of salt, and a pinch of pepper powder, when applied and pressed against the affected tooth is said to be very useful to reduce toothache
Dark leafy green vegetables (i.e., spinach, kale and collards) have been found to contain two specific antioxidants that protect your eyes from the UV damage that causes cataracts.
It's normal not to feel thirsty during winters, but keep yourself hydrated. If you don't feel like drinking water, give your body lots of warm fluids in the form of clear soups and herbal teas.
Raspberry is an extremely refreshing fruit. It is a great source of manganese and fibre and promotes weight loss. It gives an instant energy boost and helps to keep your heart healthy. Also, it slows down the ageing process.
Pomegranate and its juice, both, are extremely healthy. Consuming them will help you reduce blood pressure and will have good effects on blood vessels. So, it will help you reduce the chances of heart attacks.
If you wish to control the habit of overeating and get rid of obesity, boil some pieces of ginger and add some slices of lemon to it. Drink the mixture when it is lukewarm
Oatmeal helps to lower bad cholesterol levels and is high in protein content. A hot bowl of oatmeal with honey and banana will also help you relieve your sore throat.
Exercising daily will lead to self discipline and help to improve your character. It will help you combat depression and reduce anxiety levels. Moreover, it will improve mental awareness and concentration levels.
If you wish to shed those extra kilos, then you should make swimming a part of your daily routine. It will help you burn fat, boost metabolism and strengthen your muscles. It helps to keep your lungs healthy and reduces the chances of heart attacks.
You can start your day with a green lemonade as it will help you stay energized all throughout the day. Apart from this it will provide nutrition and fibre to improve your heart health. You can blend 2 green apples, 1/2 lemon and green leaves like spinach. Strain it and drink it up.
If you wish to lose weight naturally, then you can consume raw tomatoes early in the morning. Follow this for 3 months and see how easily you lose weight.
A hot bowl of chicken soup is considered to be an age old remedy for sore throat. It is considered to be even better than antibiotics. The anti-inflammation properties in chicken soup helps to relieve congestion in the throat.
Regular exercise will make you feel better. It will also help you boost your mood and confidence levels. Moreover, exercise helps your body to tolerate high levels of pain.
Tomatoes are known to prevent several kinds of Cancer. It is extremely good for kidneys as well as skin. Tomatoes even help to repair damage caused by smoking and is extremely good for vision. It is full of anti-oxidants.
Consuming grapes on a regular basis will help you protect your heart and improve your brain power. It helps to prevent skin cancer, side-effects of radiation and inflammation. It also helps to reduce diabetes and aids in weight loss.
Boil honey and cinnamon powder in one cup of water and consume it on an empty stomach in the morning before breakfast and at night before sleeping. Drinking this mixture will not only help you lose weight but will also help you avoid the accumulation of fat in your body.
You must have noted bar code stickers on fruits and vegetables. If you find a 5 digit bar code starting with 9, then it means Organic. If you note a 5 digit bar code starting with 8, then it means GMO GE. If you note a 4 digit bar code, then it means that the fruit or the vegetable is conventionally grown and contains pesticides.
Chestnuts are the only nuts which are full of Vitamin C. Consumption of chestnuts will make your teeth, bones and blood vessels strong. They also reduce the risk of heart diseases and cancers.
Asafeotida is considered a boon for women as it helps them to get rid of their menstrual pain, irregular menstruation and heavy blood flow during menstruation. You can mix a pinch of asafeotida, 1/2 teaspoon of fenugreek powder and salt to taste in a cup of buttermilk and consume this mixture 2-3 times daily for a month to resolve menstrual problems.
Calluses can be a common problem, especially during the winter months. In order to prevent calluses, you should keep your skin dry and clean. You should wear comfortable shoes which can breathe. You can also scrub your feet with pumice stone twice a week to keep calluses at a bay.
In order to lose weight, you need to make some basic changes in your diet. To eliminate belly fat, reduce the intake of non-veg food as much as possible. Load up your food platter with fruits and vegetables. They will not only reduce fat but will provide your body with vitamins, antioxidants and minerals.
When you notice an itchy mosquito bite, apply a small amount of vinegar on the bump directly. Organic apple cider vinegar will be the best option. If there are too many bites, then you can take a hot water bath in a tub full of water and 2 and 1/2 cups of vinegar in it.
Garlic is rich in antimicrobial properties which helps to kill bacteria and viruses. You can cut a fresh garlic clove into two pieces and place it on each side of the mouth. Try sucking the juice from garlic slowly. This will boost your immunity levels and will also cure laryngitis.
Skipping the elevator and climbing stairs instead is indeed good for health. It helps in burning fat, enabling you to stay fit and healthy.
Tulsi (basil) leaves help to manage the levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. This hormone basically boosts your mood. You can boil basil leaves in tea and sip it every now and then, to manage cortisol level.
In hot water add a few drops of lavender oil. Soak your body in this scented, warm water. If possible, listen to soothing music while taking your bath. The combination of lavender oil, hot water and soothing music help to ease stress.
Drinking a glass of water half an hour before meal and half an hour after meal improves the digestive process. Water helps to break down the nutrients and covert stored fat into usable energy.
Catching a whiff of rosemary amplify alertness and improve your memory. Try smelling the herb or inhaling the aroma from rosemary oil every now and then, to boost your memory.
When you are thirsty take a few sips of water, instead of gulping down energy drinks, soda or aerated drinks. Water is the best and safest way to hydrate yourself and quench your thirst.
Mother's milk is best for the new born. It contains proteins, minerals, vitamins and other essential nutrients that the baby needs. Breast milk also contains anti-bodies, which protect your baby from ailments.
Do you know some alcoholic drinks contain more calories than cakes and cookies? Party drinks such as Peppermint Mocha, Hot Buttered Rum, Margaritas, Eggnog, Brandy Alexander etc can add a few flabs around your waist line. So, next time you are enjoying a party, avoid these drinks.
80% of the contagious diseases are transmitted by touch. So, it is imperative to wash your hands after sneezing, coughing, blowing your nose, using the bathroom or when you touch dirt or grime. Use warm water and wash your hands, at least for 20 seconds, with liquid soap. Make sure to wash in between fingers, over the back of the hands and underneath your nails. You can also use hand sanitizers.
When winter arrives, you tend follow a rich and heavy diet instead of a lean and nutritious one. As a result, you always put on a few extra kilos. This winter, follow a strict nutritious diet so as to avoid those extra flabs on your body. Add lots of whole grains, fresh fruits such oranges, cranberries, purple grapes, pomegranates, and root vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots and parsnips in your diet. Fortified dairy products and fish like sardines or tuna are also some healthy choices.
Recent study reveals that proteins found in soybeans could inhibit growth of cancer cells in the body. Soybeans are rich in protein and oleic acid (a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid), which help in preventing lung, colon and liver cancers.
When your blood pressure shoots up you may get a headache, feel dizzy or your nose may bleed. If these signs occur, consult a doctor immediately and take necessary precautions.
Sometimes thoughts take a toll on our overall health. It is essential to have a positive outlook and the right frame of mind to get a healthy glow on your skin.
Flossing helps to reduce dental problems leaving your teeth clean and sparkling white.
Sometimes pollen and mould spores accumulate on your clothes. Now, you need to get rid of them so as to stay fit and avoid allergens in your house. It is always better to use an anti-allergen detergent to wash your clothes to remove pollens and mould spores.
Seafood, especially oily fish contain mega 3 fats that help to reduce risks of stroke and cardiovascular diseases, enabling you to remain fit and healthy.
Bad slumber position can cause wrinkles. For instance, if you snooze on your belly with your face mashed into the pillow your face may develop sleep lines that tend to become permanent.
When you are asleep, your body is resting but your brain never stops working. It is constantly sending messages to the other organs to keep functioning even when you are asleep.
Your body releases stress hormone adrenocorticotrophin when you are asleep. Due to the release of this stress hormone, you wake just when you want to.
Men who suffer from sleep disorders are likely to develop risk of prostate cancer. Sleep disorders also aggravate the risk of developing Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and Colorectal Cancer in men.
If you plan to revamp your eating habits, do so gradually. Remember hectic and haphazard changes in the diet can hamper your fitness regime. Moderate changes in your diet can have a positive impact on your overall health.
Food high in sugar, fat or salt is not good for health. To stay fit and lead a healthy lifestyle, add food items in your diet that have a moderate quantity of all the above ingredients.
Don't gorge on food when you are hungry! Remember excess eating results innumerable health problems, including obesity. So, eat moderate portions at regular intervals. Your diet should consist of lots of fresh fruits, green vegetables and cereals.
Remember excess body weight increases chances of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, some types of cancer and other deadly diseases. On the other hand, being too thin augments the risk of menstrual irregularities, osteoporosis and other health problems. So, weight management is extremely essential to remain fit and healthy. Regular exercises and a healthy diet enables you to manage your body weight.
Eating snacks like granola, protein bars or nuts in between meals help to keep your metabolism up throughout the day.
To remain healthy always consume fresh food. Remember food with unnatural preservatives, additives and chemicals are harmful for health. Add lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains in your meal.
Do you know a can of soda contains 10 teaspoons of sugar? So, if you consume 1 can of soda every day, your total calorie intake is about 480 (1 teaspoon sugar contains approximately 48 calories). An unhealthy diet is a major cause for diseases like diabetes, hypertension, obesity and different types of cancer.
By skipping breakfast you devoid yourself of the essential nutrients, which are required for normal functioning of your body and mind. Also a wholesome breakfast improves your metabolism, keeping you healthy always.
A cup of steaming hot coffee reduces lethargic effects, helping you feel refreshed every morning. Coffee is a good source of antioxidants in our diets, outpacing even red grapes and cranberries.
Fresh and unprocessed food will keep your body and skin well. Packed or processed food is not good for health. It is always better to go for freshly cooked homemade food. Eat lots of fruits and green vegetables during this season.
You can get a natural skin tonic in wheatgrass. Apart from this, it is also quite helpful in boosting the immune system so that you can easily control skin disorders in monsoon. Regular intake of wheatgrass will also help you get healthy and glowing skin. It helps in detoxifying blood and provide your body with antioxidants.
It is quite common that you might get drenched or wet during the monsoons. But you should never let your skin remain wet for a long period of time. It is very important to keep your skin folds as well as your feet dry and clean at all times. You should remember that damp skin is the breeding ground for fungal infections.
Mosquitoes are carriers of deadly germs. In order to avoid the breeding of mosquitoes, do not allow water to accumulate near your surroundings. Even if there is stagnant water near your home, put a few drops of kerosene or phenyl in it to check the undesired mosquito breeding. Also, use mosquito nets wherever possible.
Asthma patients should take special care during monsoons and do not allow any kind of water accumulation or seepage in their homes. If there is a seepage of water, then it can rise their asthmatic tendencies and lead to various problems. They should also ensure that there is no fungus on wooden furniture, leather bags or shoes.
Similar to carrots, spinach and salmon are also great for your eyesight. They are rich in antioxidants and Omega 3 which helps to strengthen and protect your eyes.
If you have an unusual work schedule like night shifts, military or college students, then you should try to adhere to a breakfast, lunch, and dinner routine and go for minimal snacking.
Go for a vegetarian diet to maintain a healthy lifestyle and weight loss. However, while you go for a vegetarian diet, check with your physician to be sure that you are getting enough vitamins, minerals, and iron in their food.
Do you know that sugary rewards for your kids can make it a life long habit for them? It can make them diabetic. So, it is better to avoid giving them any kind of sugary rewards.
You should better avoid eating large meals just before sleeping. If you eat large meals before sleeping, then it may lead to gastroesophageal reflux and weight gain.
There are certain foods which will help you elevate your mood and reduce depression. Some of the popular foods which can lift your spirits include dark chocolate, salmon and dark-colored vegetables like peppers and broccoli.
Many people say that one should drink eight glasses of water a day but that is not necessarily the case. We can get the daily water requirement from the foods we eat. So, we should just drink enough water so that the urine is clear. That is the actual sign of adequate hydration.
You will be surprised to note that dark chocolate contains certain special antioxidants that can enhance heart health. Look for chocolate that is at least 70% cocoa, and then portion it to about one ounce per day.
Do you know that a can of Soda contains 10 teaspoons of sugar? If an average adult drinks 500 cans of soda every year, then they consume around 52 pounds of sugar in soft drinks alone.
Monsoons can not only bring the cold rains but will also bring cold winds with them. This may lead to cough, cold, sneezing and sniffling among kids. To avoid this, serve them with a bowl of hot sizzling soup everyday!
Parsley contains anti-bacterial properties which will hep you to fight bad breath. So, you can chew some fresh parsley leaf to get the fresh breath.
Brussels sprout, cabbage and broccoli should be a must in any man's diet because is known to contain cancer-fighting elements and they lower the risk of colorectal and prostate cancer in men.
Brazil nuts are good for men as they are high in Selenium content which is particularly essential for enhancing sperm health and motility. It is also a mood enhancer and reduces bad cholesterol.
Eating tomatoes will help you keep several diseases at bay. Tomatoes contain lycopene antioxidant which helps to reduce the formation of cancer cells in the body. They also protect artery walls from thickening thereby reducing chances of heart diseases.
It's a common misconception that running is bad for joints. It's just a myth. Running actually reduces the risk of osteoarthritis to a great extent.
Running is a great form of exercise and can help you cure insomnia and alleviate depression. It helps to improve your joints and even gives a boost to your sex life.
Monsoons can not only bring the cold rains but will also bring cold winds with them. This may lead to cough, cold, sneezing and sniffling among kids. To avoid this, serve them with a bowl of hot sizzling soup everyday!
Protect your child and yourself from Malaria and Dengue during the Monsoons by not allowing water to accumulate under your AC or anywhere near your house. As these are mosquito borne diseases, you will be able to save yourself from them if you do not allow them to breed.
Kids fall prey to various water-borne diseases during the monsoons. So, it is better to provide them with boiled water for drinking (boiled for 3-5 mins.). Also, make sure that they eat more of home cooked food rather than street food.
Coconut water is a natural health drink. Drinking coconut water on a regular basis will help in adding years to your life.
If you intake raw radishes on a daily basis, it will help you to prevent various viral infections such as the common cold and flu.
It has been found that Soy is the only vegetable which is known to contain all eight essential amino acids, making soy a complete protein.
It has been found that a single laugh may boost your immune system's defenses for up to 3 days. So laugh enough and be happy!
Green tea is considered to be a herbal remedy for various health issues like headaches, digestion, arthritis, heart diseases, dental plague, bacterial as well as viral infections, nausea, etc.
Reduce the chances of breast cancer by going for veggies like Cauliflower, Broccoli, Collards, Kale, Brussel Sprouts, Spinach, Tomatoes, Carrots as well as Cabbage!
Parsley improves kidney health, bone health and immune system, soothes indigestion, purifies blood, reduces gas and constipation, prevents anemia and also aids in reducing the problems of bad breath.
Apple cider vinegar helps to alkalize the body thereby helping in lowering blood pressure.
Cinnamon is a great ingredient to fight Type 2 diabetes. It also helps in regulating carbohydrate metabolism and reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Neem leaves helps to lower down the glucose levels. Apart from this, Neem extract has shown to improve insulin sensitivity.
Regular wearing of high heels for a long period of time may lead to osteoarthritis, back pain as well as knee pain. This is mainly due to the added pressure exerted on the knees.
Nails can be the indicator of your health. A reddish nail bed means you have high blood pressure. Unnaturally white nails indicate anaemic condition. Greenish looking nails indicate a fungal infection.
It has been found that the aroma of peppermint can help you to boost memory, focus, and concentration. So, enjoy the aroma of peppermint.
Coffee will help you fight depression, Type 2 Diabetes, Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease and Skin Cancer. With so many health benefits, now you can think of sipping a cup of coffee everyday!
Place 4 or 5 drops of raw honey on an open lemon wedge. Then rub the lemon on your face for a minute, emphasizing on the black heads. Leave the mixture on for 5 minutes and rinse with cold water. Keep in mind that citrus can make your skin photosensitive so it’s best to do this before bed rather than before going outside.
(For those who are using commercial shampoos)To help eliminate any build up in your hair, mix ¼ cup organic apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water. Follow with your usual conditioner.
Cut an orange in half and rub it on your elbows and knees. It helps soften those rough patches and it smells good. Rinse off the sticky mess when you are done.
Make a facial mask more effective by applying it in the shower, where steam opens pores so ingredients can penetrate. Smooth the face mask over your face halfway through your shower, then rinse before you get out.
Grate the bottle gourd with the peel. Blend in a liquidizer and strain well to extract juice. Heat the Coconut oil in a pan. Gradually add the vegetable juice. Boil till all the water evaporates. Cool and bottle. This oil is very effective to get a healthy hair.
To enhance beauty and makeup, one can try the following things. Keep the liquid part of egg in the freeze for 10 minutes. Now, add the mixture of lemon juice and grind tomato. Apply the paste for 20 days. This will give you the essence of fresh skin.
Take 1 tsp of gelatin and dissolve in a little boiling water, cool it and use it in your fruit juice. You can take this for a week. This treatment helps if your nails are prone to splitting.
Mix white of an egg, 1 tbsp glycerin, little honey and powdered barley to make a soft paste. Apply it on your hands, leave it to dry. Then wash it off with warm water. This is a natural scrub for dark hands.
Mix 2-3 drops of coconut oil with few drops of either lemon juice or tomato juice and apply to your lips, 10 minutes before bath daily. This is a very simple and effective remedy for dark lips.
Coconut water is an amazing ingredient to get instant fairness and glowing skin. Just take a bowl of coconut water and apply the water on the face with cotton. The practice of applying of coconut water twice a day for few weeks can give the skin great glow and fairness.
Mix 2 table spoons of curd with 1 table spoon of lemon juice and apply it on your hair, both on the roots and on the length, instead of hair conditioner after shampooing. Then, rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. It will add a lot of shine, softness and “silky feel” to your hair.
The best time to use castor oil for eyelashes is at night, preferably couple of hours before bedtime. Go to bed with the castor oil on your eyelashes as this would allow more time to saturate and start the process for eyelashes to grow while you sleep.
To remove dark shade on the side of your nose, apply a mix of coconut oil and almond oil on the affected area to remove the black mark. After 30 minutes, wipe it off with a wet cotton ball. Do it for few weeks.
If you want a happy skin, then cucumber is the answer. You may improve your complexion by applying a paste of cucumber mixed with raw milk. It will take 15 minutes for cucumber juice to seep into your skin & then wash off with fresh water. It also helps in soothing & softening your skin.
Dry brushing is a simple detoxification process for your body. It stimulates a number of organs through a gently massage. It also helps the lymphatic system, eliminates dead skin coatings, strengthens the immune system, can eliminate cellulite, stimulates the hormones, and can help tighten skin through better circulation.
Take a ripe tomato and cut it in two halves. Rub the two halves over your facial skin to open up the pores and cleanse the skin. It will soften and tighten your skin over time.
To get rid of blackheads, combine equal amounts of milk (or even buttermilk as it has even more lactic acid) and nutmeg to form a paste. Apply the paste to the blackheads and in circular, light motions for about 3-5 minutes. Rinse with cold water.
Mix a 2 to 1 ratio of olive oil and sea salt to make a quick and effective body scrub. This helps get rid of dead skin cells creating softer, more glowing skin. And this natural beauty tip is much cheaper than expensive store bought body scrubs.
If your eye and lip pencils are really soft, leave them in the fridge for about an hour before you sharpen them—the less creamy they are, the less waste there is.
If you're making soup or boiling pasta, put on two quick coats of nail polish. While they're still wet, hold your nails for three seconds over the steam coming from the simmering food, keeping them about 5 inches above the water. Then watch the magic happen! Your glossy painted nails will turn matte.
If you have no quick-dry products lying around, dip your painted nails in a bowl of ice-cold water to help them dry faster. It really works!
Mash banana well, add 2 teaspoons of plain yogurt to it and mix it well. Apply it on your face and rinse off after 15 minutes. This home made pack is very effective to get rid of blemishes.
Curd is a good hair conditioner. Apply curd to your scalp and wash it off after 20 minutes with besan or green gram flour. You can even use a mild shampoo to wash your hair.
First grate one tomato and half cucumber. Mix both together. Add one teaspoon fresh cream and mix well. Apply the mixture on the neck moving from bottom of the neck up to the chin. Leave it for 20 minutes then rinse it off. This citric nature of tomato shall reduce the darkness on the neck skin and also lend a hand to tone up the neck skin.
It is said that flipping hair upside down for a few minutes on a regular basis increases hair growth. Wondering how? The logic is very simple; flipping hair upside down increases the blood circulation in scalp that results in better and faster hair growth. So, just flip your hair upside down and grow hair faster and longer.
Regular application of chilled orange juice over the facial skin for a week or more can result in fairer and evenly toned skin. All it takes is just three tablespoons of chilled orange juice applied over the face with a piece of cotton. Keep it for 10 minutes and then clean it with cold water.
A conditioning treatment bi monthly or weekly will prevent hair colour from fading in the summer season.
Massage your navel with mustard oil after bath everyday. This removes dryness in face and lips as well as helps the skin to glow.
Your makeup remover is over! Do not worry. Use olive oil to remove all traces of makeup. It is abrasive as well as cleanses, repairs and moisturizes the skin.
Wintry winds can lead to makeup disasters. Apply waterproof mascara to combat smudges. Use eye shadow and liner only on the upper lids to reduce probabilities of makeup abundance.
Your skin already ages by your early 20s. Do not wait until you age 40 to use anti aging beauty products. At the age of 20 , skin loses collagen and the process can be delayed by using right products.
Mix a 2 to 1 ratio of olive oil and sea salt to make a quick and effective body scrub. This helps get rid of dead skin cells creating softer, more glowing skin.
During summer, it is easy to forget that feet can get sunburned. Be sure to apply sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 50 when barefoot.
The reason for flaky mascara is that the formula is too dry or old. Make sure to close mascara after use to help keep its moisture. To extend the life a bit, add 2-3 drops of saline solution into the tube and swirl the brush around.
Prepare a rose face mask by grinding a handful of petals into a paste. Apply on clean skin and leave the application on for 15 to 25 minutes. Then wash with plain water (no soap). Your complexion will be smooth and glowing.
Exercise brings more oxygen and nutrients to the skin so that it is firmer and better nourished. It is also thought that exercise slows down ageing. So move more, be younger, look better!
Don't store nail polish in a warm place as the polish will change consistency. Contrary to popular belief, it is a good idea to store it in the refrigerator.
If you have light hair, put a lotion over the eyebrows and hair line when self-tanning the face. Also remember to apply it in circular motions and blend down to the neck.
Use your concealer as a base on your eyelids. Concealer will help to absorb oil and your eyeshadow will stick to the product instead of your lids, making it stay longer.
To make your manicure last, apply a thin layer of clear polish every two days. Pay particular attention to the free edge at the top of your nails, where chips usually happen, and apply extra clear polish there.
Foot perspiration is typical in the summer and can lead to fungal infection and unwanted odour. Wash feet daily, and let them dry thoroughly before putting shoes on.
Take a shimmery gloss to the centre of your lips, top and bottom – this will attract light to your lips, making them look pouty.
Make a paste with 3 parts of honey and 1 part cinnamon powder. Apply it on pimples and leave it overnight. This shows a considerable effect in removing pimples and reducing the scaring.
Chop one lemon (or an orange for dry hair). Place in a pot with 2 cups water. Boil until half of the initial amount remains. Cool, strain, and place in a spray bottle. Store in the refrigerator.
Oils containing silicon, hyaluronic acid, argan oil etc can be used on skin under your make-up. They bind the make-up to skin for longer, prevent cracking of the make-up as well as works like a primer to even out the skin.
With daily shampooing and exposure to pollution, the hair often become devoid of essential oils and it's best to combine oils kept in your kitchen cabinet to make your very own anti-hair loss potion. You can combine coconut, olive, almond, sesame and castor oil to make a wondrous oil to get those long tresses back.
If you use a damp eyeshadow brush and apply a layer of face powder to your lids and allow to set, the shadow will stay in place for the day. Takes an extra second or so but the effort is well worth it.
To contour cheeks, use a matte powder (a few shades darker than your skin tone) with an angled brush. Blend on temples and under cheek bone.
Try to avoid washing your hair everyday. Constant shampooing leaves hair dry and your scalp will create more oils to compensate for the loss of moisture. Instead, use a dry shampoo and style your hair into a braid or ponytail when it’s a bit more oily.
When you wear a red lipstick, it’s important that it stays exactly where you put it. Using a long wearing lip pencil to create the perfect shape and a lip colour are key to having a perfect red lip.
If you've just had your hair dyed, the last thing you want is for the colour to fade. One surefire way to prevent such a mishap from happening is to use a deep-conditioning treatment once a month. This will help lock in colour and has the added benefit of staving off dry and damaged locks.
To make split ends less noticeable, apply a heavy hair repair cream to lock in moisture before and after using a flat iron or a blow-dryer.
It is believed that smearing the area with egg white and letting it dry before washing off with ice cold water regularly can help in getting rid of stretch marks completely.
A bath tip for oily skin is to add to bath water any combination of citric fruits, such as lemons, oranges, and grapefruits. Citric acids kill bacteria, remove impurities, and dry up excess oil. It is the ultimate aroma therapy, and a great way to use overripe fruits.
To make your face appear thinner, sweep bronzer over temples, cheekbones and under chin using a fluffy brush. Highlight forehead, bridge of nose, cheekbones and tip of chin with light powder.
Bend forward, allowing hair to fall. Using only a wooden base natural bristle brush, bring hair from the nape of the neck over the head and down to the ends. Then, stand straight again with hair falling normally and brush from the underside of the hairline down the strands to the ends. Now, brush the top layers into place with long, even strokes.
Makeup, such as mascara, lipstick, and eye shadow can become infected with bacteria when they are exposed to air and/or extreme temperatures. This can lead to pinkeye, cold sores, and other facial infections. To prevent the spread of bacteria when using makeup, be sure to wash your hands and keep the tops tightly sealed. Also, never dilute your cosmetics by adding water as it will dilute the preserving agents.
Eyeliner should be replaced every three months. Eyeliners are also applied near a sensitive area and can pick up bacteria. If you've used a dingy liner, you could experience redness, itchiness, or conjunctivitis. Pencils will last more than liquid if you do regular sharpening, but you'll know they're expired once a white film starts to develop on the tip that can't be sharpened off.
Powder blush is recommended for your cheeks in the summers. Choose a shade, slightly darker than your skin’s natural tone; it will give definition to your face, without ruining the nude make up looks.
For waterproof lip makeup applying face powder on lips before putting your lipstick is must. For those who prefer lip glosses and lipsticks, first apply powder on lips. Otherwise you can go for lip stain; it guarantees to stay up to longer even in hot summer days.
To whiten your nails, use a common whitening toothpaste. Try scrubbing your nails with it. It's just as easy as achieving a pearly white smile and will take away any stains and shine up your nails.
If you want great looking shimmery lips try applying sparkling eye shadow over the top of your lipstick to create a new shiny shade.
Have a good look at the actual colour of your dark circles. If your darkness is grey, lightly apply a soft pink eye shadow to the circles before applying your foundation. If your darkness is more of a blue hue, use a light peach colour first instead.
When rinsing shampoo from your hair, keep in mind that shampoos contain detergents that are stronger than the products that you use on your face. Try tipping your head back and letting the water flow down your back instead.
If you are having trouble taming your brows, here is a little trick. Take a toothbrush and spray with a little hair spray and then brush on brows. The stickiness of the hair spray will help keep them in place.
For a gentle sensitive skin exfoliator, mix 1/2 cup cornmeal, 1/4 cup milk, two teaspoons baking soda, one tablespoon olive oil and five drops of tea-tree oil in a bowl. Then apply to your skin.
Mix one spoon of honey with the white of an egg and grated potato. Apply this on the face and let it dry. Wash it off with cold water and feel the magic of freshness.
Take half grated fresh radish, one spoon of vinegar, one spoon of lemon juice and one spoon of honey. Mix all these ingredients in a glass of distilled water and store in a bottle. Wipe your skin regularly to shrink open pores and reduce greasiness.
Mix together 50 grams dried pea powder, lemon juice, one pinch of camphor and a little milk. Apply it over the face and leave it for 15 minutes and scrub it off with milk. This is good for treating scars.
Neem is very helpful in providing inner radiance to the skin by providing natural supplements that are necessary for good and healthy skin.
If you run out of nail polish remover, you can remove cracked or chipped nail polish by applying a clear top coat of nail polish to the nail and removing it promptly with a cotton ball.
One of the main reasons mascara will flake onto your face after you apply it because it's old. Opt for a new container and always remember to keep your mascara tube tightly sealed.
Instead of spending money on cuticle cream, you can use extra-moisturizing and hydrating eye cream to cure dry cuticles.
If your skin is dry, chapped or irritated, add two to four cups of whole milk to warm (not hot) water and soak for 20 minutes. The fat, amino acid and Vitamins A and D will calm your skin. Milk's lactic acid weakens the glue that lets dry, ready-to-shed cells stick to the skin's surface thereby ensuring a smooth skin..
Split ends in hair may be also due to dry weather. Too much exposure to cold winds can result in hair breakage. Cover your head when you go out to protect your hair from the dry winter wind. Make sure to use a serum or a hair cream after a head bath to smoothen and bring shine to your hair.
You may have found a moisturiser that works just fine in spring and summer. But as weather conditions change, your skin care routine should also change. For winter, find an ointment moisturiser that's oil-based, rather than water-based, as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion.
Use a good quality bronzer on your face to look more gorgeous during the summer season. Bronzer will add the right touch of colour and shine to your face and will give you a healthy glow, of course, if you don't overdo it. If you don't use a bronzer, go for a light apricot or peach blush.
Summer is not the time for thick and creamy beauty products. When it gets hot, a thick foundation and eye shadow will slide right away. To avoid it, go for lighter beauty products. Instead of a thick foundation use tinted moisturiser. A good quality lip gloss will complete your summer look.
In summer we sit inside centrally air conditioned rooms. It snatches moisture from your skin. So spray glycerin, rose water on your skin from time to time. You can also spray with make-up on.
To get rid of sun burn, you can adapt a useful method. Take aloe vera extract or lotion and apply it on the skin. Apart from treating sun burn, the formula will also relax your skin. A sun burn cream that contains zinc can heal sun burn overnight.
To get soft hands, wash hands thoroughly with warm water, then, using a coarse washcloth, rub briskly. While skin is slightly damp, apply a mixture of one teaspoon honey and one teaspoon olive oil. Place hands in small plastic bags, then in a pair of cotton gloves for thirty minutes. The heat helps the treatment penetrate.
If you have thin lips, then, draw slightly beyond the lip with a neutral-coloured lip pencil. Then apply lipstick. Apply white shadow on centre of your lips over lipstick and spread slightly. Don't wear a very dark shade of lipstick. It makes lips more smaller.
If your hair is too oily, pour some cornstarch out into a dish and dip the brush into it. Then brush the cornstarch onto your scalp and the roots of your hair. Do it for about 10 minutes while the cornstarch soaks up the excess oil in your hair. Then, take a brush and brush out your hair, ridding it of the cornstarch flakes.
Tired of brittle nails that break at the slightest pretext? Try soaking your nails in olive oil for 5 minutes, and then wipe clean! Also apply oil to your cuticles. You shall not only have strong nails but will be surprised by the shine that your nails now have!
To enhance beauty & make-up keep the liquid part of egg in the refrigerator for 10 minutes. Now, add the mixture of lemon juice and grind tomato. Apply the paste for 20 days. This will give you the essence of fresh skin.
It's summer time. Time to cool off. Take cucumber juice and equal amounts of glycerine and rose water and make a concoction. Refrigerate the mixture and apply it on the exposed parts of the body.
Give yourself daily sesame oil massage to moisten the skin in this dry season and to calm the nervous system. It is rich in fatty acids and help repair dry skin making it soft and smooth.
Combine a scoop of sugar, olive oil, and a drizzle of lemon juice to make a quick scrub. Apply the scrub on your elbows and rub the rough skin. After exfoliating, rinse the skin and moisturize with a thick cream to get smooth elbows.
A 20-minute long, boiling-hot shower might feel great on a cold day, but stick to warm or lukewarm water for 5 minutes or less. Long exposure to hot water can strip moisture from hair and skin.
Higher summertime pollution means more free radicals to zap the shine and colour from hair. To remove dulling residue, add a pinch of baking soda to your regular shampoo instead of using a harsh clarifying cleanser
Eyeliner often smudges very easily in the heat and humidity. If you must line your eyes, use a powder eye shadow rather than pencil or liquid liner. If you are going in the water, skip the liner or use a waterproof instead.
As the summer season starts, go low on makeup. Substitute the heavy foundation for tinted moisturising creams containing silicone that does not dissolve into the pores and clogs them. It also creates a barrier between skin and heat.
To give glowing effect to your tired skin, apple mask plays the trick. For this, first make a paste by grinding a fresh apple and adding raw milk, milk powder and fuller earth to it. Apply it all over you face, relax for 15 minutes and rinse with water. The treatment softens, rejuvenates and restores skin's natural PH balance thus making it glow.
Simply applying coconut oil mixed with lime water and lime juice can help prevent hair loss and lengthen the hair because coconut oil has lauric acid, capric acid, caprylic acid, which are responsible for maintaining good hair health.
Foods high in riboflavin, such as green vegetables, keep skin and lips healthy. If you suspect that your lips are chapped and about to dry out, you must avoid greasy foods. A steady intake of vitamins and minerals will keep lips at their best.
Make a thick paste by mixing two to three teaspoons of baking soda with one teaspoon of water. Scrub the paste to the affected areas in gentle motions and massage for 3-4 minutes. Rinse with warm water afterwards. The baking soda mixture will dry up the blackheads.
If your nails seem to feel a bit more brittle than usual, just crush bit of garlic, and apply it to the top of the nails. Allow it to sit for about 5-7 mins. and then rinse off with warm water. Garlic will strengthen the nails greatly.
Boil one cup of dried gooseberry with 4 cups of water. Add a pinch of sugar in it. Keep boiling till the quantity of the liquid reduces to one cup. Mix 2 cups of Mehendi, an egg, juice of a lemon and the gooseberry solution and apply on hair. Wash the hair after two hours. This will prevent your hair from greying.
Sleeping on two or three pillows at a time, or putting a wedge pillow under your regular pillow will help get rid of dark circles under your eyes.
If you want to remain young and maintain youthful looks, then you definitely have to consume sweet corn. It is a powerhouse of antioxidants useful in preventing the ageing process.
When choosing a foundation, test a product on the skin near your jawline. And be sure to do it in natural light. This will ensure the foundation tone you choose for your face isn't too different from the natural shade of your neck.
Always start your blush line two finger widths away from your nose and only apply it on the apples of your cheeks. This will ensure you create a natural glow without going overboard.
Apply a paste made from a teaspoon of tomato juice, half teaspoon lemon juice, a small amount of gram flour (atta) and just a pinch of turmeric powder. Stir the mixture properly and keep it for 10 minutes. Now apply this paste over your dark circles and it would surely help to reduce them.
Desi ghee is the perfect conditioner for your unmanageable mane. Not only does it make your hair shiny, but it also makes them softer and luscious. Simply mix two tablespoons of ghee and one tablespoon of olive oil. Apply it directly on the hair and leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse it off with a mild shampoo.
To make your cheekbones appear higher and to give them more structure, apply bronzer directly under the cheekbone. You can also add highlighter to the cheekbone itself.
Make a puree of 4 tomatoes. Soak some rice for 30 minutes and grind it coarsely. Add this to the pureed tomatoes. Apply this mixture all over the body and leave it on for about 15 minutes. Bathe with warm water; this is a good scrub recipe for oily skin.
Massage hair with warm coconut oil an hour before washing. Take some petals of hibiscus and grind it in the mixer. Apply this paste to your hair and then rinse it. For better result you can boil a few hibiscus flowers in coconut oil. Filter this oil and use it to control hair loss and thinning
No, sunscreen isn't just for summertime. Winter Sun, combined with snow glare, can still damage your skin. Try applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face and your hands (if they are exposed) about 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply sunscreen frequently if you stay outside for a long time.
While cold sores have nothing to do with the temperature, winter weather can boost stress. Look for lip care products containing lysine and boost the intake of lysine-containing foods such as eggs, fish and lima beans. For supple lip skin, roll on a balm containing nourishing castor oil, olive oil, Vitamin E and cocoa butter. Avoid licking lips, which can lead to chapping.
Cold winds and furnace-dried air parch skin and hair. Use emollients such as healing jojoba, sweet almond, or Moroccan argan oil to replenish moisture.
Give yourself a hot oil treatment as you do chores or soak in the tub. Simply apply a coin-sized amount of olive or coconut oil to dry hair. Cover hair with plastic shower cap and wrap a towel around your head. Natural body heat boosts the oil’s ability to condition hair. After 15 minutes, shampoo as usual.
If you have extra-sensitive skin, simply lather a mixture of coconut oil and olive oil onto your face before you enter the shower, and gently wash with a cotton cloth. Coconut oil and olive oil are excellent facial cleansers if your skin is dry or dehydrated and are even able to remove makeup.
If you run out of nail polish remover, you can remove cracked or chipped nail polish by applying a clear top coat to the nail and removing it promptly with a cotton ball.
Never brush curls out with a brush. Instead, loosen them with fingers. This will give curls added lift without flattening them down.
To stop your hair colour from fading use a deep-conditioning treatment once a month. This will help lock in colour and has the added benefit of staving off dry and damaged locks.
Make a paste of fresh fenugreek or methi leaves. Apply the paste with a bit of water over the face every night and wash it with warm water in the morning for preventing whiteheads.
Take some cotton and dip the cotton in raw milk. Rub on the eyebrows. Raw milk is good for hair roots and it makes thick eyebrows.
Do not apply eye liner all over the inner rim of the eyes as it will make the eyes look smaller. To make your eyes look bigger, apply eyeliner on your lower lashes, just below the lash line, not inside the rim. Do not line the entire eyes.
Take two spoons of orange pulp and combine it with a pinch of turmeric. Apply the mixture on your face before you go to sleep and wash it off the next morning. This mixture acts wonder to lighten your skin naturally.
A paste created with the leaves and skin of green apple works wonders to cure dandruff. You should use this paste as a shampoo. Green apple juice also has the same effects if massaged regularly onto the scalp.
If you are suffering from pimples or other skin irritations, cabbage can be the solution. Steam the upper leaves of cabbage and remove all the veins. Compress the leaves between a linen cloth and cotton to make them smooth and soft. Place the compress on the affected area over night and experience spotless skin next morning.
Give your skin natural bleach effects with pure and natural tamarind extract. Mix one teaspoon of tamarind extract with one teaspoon each of lemon and honey. Apply this mixture on your face and wash off after 15 minutes for a visibly lighter skin.
Only with ice cubes, you can prevent and reduce fat, acne & wrinkles on your face. Before going to bed, take an ice cube and massage slowly to the rest of the face. Do it regularly to get the maximum results.
Lather the bottom ends of your hair in conditioner before you go to bed and make sure to sleep over a towel. In the morning rinse it out a little and you can have the silkiest hair ever!
Apply a bit of toothpaste to a pimple before bed and wash it off with warm water in the morning. Toothpastes draw impurities out of clogged pores and dries the skin and shrinks the pimple.
Rinsing your hair with beer helps restore moisture to your locks while using vinegar will add to the shine of your hair. Soak your hair in either of the liquid for few minutes, then rinse with cold water.
Does your eyeliner crumble while putting it on? Leave it in the freezer for 15 minutes prior to applying your makeup. It should glide along your lash line seamlessly after that.
Rose water acts as a great skin cleanser. Rose water can also act as a great drink as it contains flavonoids, antioxidants, vitamins and tannins. Apart from this, rose water will help you treat insect bites, acne and eye fatigue.
Saffron is popular as a Cancer cure since the ancient times. It improves body's antioxidants and prevents age related vision problems. Apart from this, it also prevents cardiovascular diseases and eases the side effects of chemotherapy.
Applying ice pack on your skin, especially on your face, will help you get a glowing skin. Apart from this, it will help you to reduce the blemishes on your skin. Moreover, skin icing can also cure dark circles to a great extent.
Looking for a do it yourself body scrub this winter? Well, then you can mix 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 ground coffee and 1/3 cup sweet almond oil and combine them well. Apply it on your body and rub it smoothly. Take a bath after sometime and get a smooth and glowing body!
A mixture of fresh lemon, granulated sugar, olive oil and organic honey can help you remove the tan from your face. Apply it on your face and scrub slowly to remove dead cells from it.
Oats have been mainly associated with weight loss. But it can also help you ensure hair growth as it contains nutrients like Vitamins A & C, zinc, iron & magnesium.
To get rid of large pores, you can apply honey, lemon, apple and yogurt mask. Mix the ingredients and apply it during bedtime for 15 - 20 minutes. This will smooth your skin.
Spinach, Salmon, Beans, Oats, Sweet Potato, Egg and Green Peas are certain super foods which help in preventing hair loss. So, if you are facing hair loss, you should try to include these food items in your diet.
This winter, massage your lips with coriander leaf juice to get soft and rosy lips
Moisturize your skin several times in a day. Use various body oils or body lotion products containing avocado oil, primrose oil, almond oil, tea tree oil, mineral oil or glycerin daily to reduce the dryness of your skin.
Avoid skin and hairstyling products high in alcohol. When alcohol evaporates it feels cool and refreshing, but it also strips away moisture. So, look for alcohol-free products, when the air is already dry.
Take one ripe banana, one tablespoon of honey, one teaspoon of olive oil and mix them to make a smooth paste. Apply over the face and neck. Rinse with water after 10 minutes. This pack will moisturize the skin and reduce the ageing effects of the winter. It also provides Vitamin E and makes the skin glow with health.
Apply cocoa butter on the scars. It will not only help the scars to fade away, but will also moisturise your skin, making it smooth and soft.
You can mix sandalwood powder with tomato or cucumber juice and make a face mask out of it. Apply it on a daily basis in order to reduce skin pigmentation.
Skin pigmentation can make you look dull. Apply a mixture of pure aloe vera, seaweed and raw honey on the pigmented skin and let it remain for 10 -15 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water.
Take a raw potato and extract its juice. Gently apply it on the scars. This will let the scars fade away with time. You can also rub a slice of potato on the scars, directly.
Chop an onion finely and use a cheese cloth to extract the juice. Mix the onion juice with apple cider vinegar. With a cotton ball apply it on the age spots and wash it off after 30 minutes. Regular usage will help these spots to fade away.
Ice cube is the most easy and simple home remedy for fading the scars. Take an ice cube and rub it gently on the scars. With time, the scar marks will reduce.
Baking soda acts as a facial scrub and body exfoliant. Apart from this, it acts as a non-toxic deodorant. Moreover, you will be able to treat insect bites and itchy skin with baking soda.
This body scrub is specially designed for winters. Mix 2 teaspoon of grounded almonds and honey to form a paste. Rub it on your body with a circular motion. Rinse off your body with warm water. This body scrub will exfoliate as well as moisturise your body.
Soak a few rose petals in water for a day. Now wash your face every day with this water. Rose water not only soothes your skin but also enhances your complexion.
Since time immemorial, milk and saffron are regarded as excellent ingredients for skin care. Prepare a face pack with un-boiled milk and saffron. Apply this pack all over your face. Keep it for about 15 minutes and then, rinse with water. This face pack makes your skin naturally fair.
On the hot and humid summer days apply chunks of water melon on your face. Water melon has a soothing effect on your skin. It also has de-tanning properties and help to improve your complexion.
On those days when scorching rays of the sun leave your skin dry, tanned and shrivelled up, apply tender coconut water on your face. Coconut water has a soothing effect on your skin; it helps in improving your complexion.
Among the most present natural ingredients that make your skin fair, soft and supple, curd is the most effective one. Just take a tablespoon of curd and apply it on your face every morning. Curd not only makes your skin glow but also acts as a de-tanning agent.
Henna not only keeps your head cool but also turns your unruly locks into soft and bouncy hair. So, try using henna to nourish your hair.
Crush a few neem leaves and a few pieces of cucumber together and put it in the refrigerator. Refrigerate this face pack for some time. Apply this face pack all over your face, keep it for about 15 minutes and then, wash it with water. This pack works wonders on pimples.
In a blender add a whole tomato, 2 teaspoon of lemon juice and 1teaspoon of gram flour. Blend these ingredients to make a smooth face pack. Apply this pack over your face, keep it for about 20 minutes and then, wash it with cool water. Repeat this formula daily, before bath to reduce tan.
Take 1 teaspoon turmeric and 3 teaspoons of fresh lime juice. Mix these ingredients to prepare a face pack. Apply this pack on your face, keep it for 15 minutes and then, wash it with water. Note: If you have sensitive skin, you can add a little amount of water while preparing this face pack.
Mix cucumber juice, rose water and glycerine in a bowl. Store it in the refrigerator. Apply this mixture on your face just before going out in the sun.
Apply a little raw potato on the pigmented area of your skin. Potato helps to remove dark patches, pigments and blemishes from your skin.
Mix two tablespoons of cream and one tablespoon of honey in a bowl. Apply this mixture on your face, keep it for a few minutes and then, rinse it with water. This mask enhances the natural glow on your skin.
Apply pure castor oil on the wrinkled areas of your face. Pure castor oil softens the skin, slowing down your aging process.
Mix a cup of yogurt, a tablespoon of orange juice and lemon juice. Prepare a mask with these ingredients. Apply this mask on your face, keep it for 15 minutes and then, rinse it with water to get glowing skin instantly.
Do not slouch. Sit straight as this helps to increase blood circulation in the body, bringing back the glow in your skin and boosting your confidence.
Take some cranberries, red grapes, a bit of grapefruit juice and unflavoured gelatine. Prepare a face mask with these ingredients. Apply this mask on your face (avoid your eyes), keep it for about 15 minutes and then, rinse it with lukewarm water.
To renew flexibility and elasticity in your skin in the post menopause period, add a little vegetable oil while preparing your food. Vegetable oils like sunflower oil, flaxseed oil and grapeseed oil are good for health.
The elements of nature contain free radicals, which damage your skin, causing blemishes and sagging skin. To keep your skin taut and blemish -free eat lots of green vegetables and fruits that contain vitamin A, C and E. Also use skin products that contain these vitamins.
Aloe Vera gel contains tons of minerals, enzymes and vitamins. Thus it has a soothing and softening effect on the skin. Moreover, aloe gel has natural salicylic acid in it, which has anti-inflammatory properties.
Remember, the outdoor elements are not only responsible for stripping your skin of moisture. The dry air at home can also strip your skin of moisture. The best way to retain moisture is to keep a humidifier in your bedroom. A humidifier helps to keep your skin hydrated while you are asleep.
Drink at least 8 glasses of water every day. Water keeps you hydrated, increasing blood flow to the skin and improving your complexion.
Scrubbing your face too hard may often strip your skin of its natural moisture. That’s why you must know the right way to wash your face. Use soft cleaners and lukewarm water to scrub and wash your face. This helps in retaining the natural moistures of your skin.
To protect your skin from harmful UV rays, smear your face with sunscreen that contains SPF 15 or above. To avoid crow’s feet near your eyes, try to use sunglasses whenever you step out in the sun.
During winter, moisturize your skin daily to prevent dryness. Use moisturizers that contain glycerine and hyaluronic acid. Both hyaluronic acid and glycerine are good skin hydrators that keep your skin soft, supple and glowing.
Take a little buttermilk. Apply it on your face and keep it for 20 minutes. Repeat this process for about 20-25 days to get rid of face freckles.
Massage your scalp with nourishing oils. Oil massage helps to increase blood flow to the hair follicles and strengthen the roots of the hair, bringing back natural glow in the hair.
Brush your teeth every day and put some mouth freshener in your mouth every now and then to avoid bad breath. Also scrub your teeth with salt or use over the counter gels containing hydrogen peroxide to get glistening white teeth.
Combine sweet almond oil and white granulated sugar. Grind these two ingredients into a fine paste. Apply this paste on your face every week to get soft, supple and glowing skin. Rinse your face with lukewarm water and then, rub your face with ice cubes to tighten open pores.
When your face looks dry or listless take a tbsp of un-boiled milk, soak a small cotton ball in it, and rub it gently on your face. It is always better to use circular movements on the face and upward strokes on the neck area. Keep it for about 15 minutes and then, wash your face with cold water.
If you do not wish to wash your hair daily but also avoid greasy hair, then you can apply baby powder to your crown and roots and brush through. This will soak up the excess oil and help you get rid of the greasiness.
In order to make your lip liner last longer, layer your lip with lip liner. Then you will have to layer it with lip color and press it with a tissue. You need to apply more lip colour and then finish it with more lip liner. In this way you will build up the lip color and it will stay longer on your lips.
Once you have applied a hair conditioning masque, go for a cold water hair rinse. This will close the hair cuticles and give your hair a nice look.
To reduce unwanted shine, use a moisturizer that mattifies the look. This will help you get the moisture your skin needs without looking greasy.
You should first apply a pore minimizing face wash followed by a toner. However, you should make sure that the toner is alcohol free so that it will dry out your skin.
Do you know that too much of bronzer can be a nightmare for a pale skin? Rather than going for a bronzer, it will be better if you could go for an illuminating cream or light powder to get a glow.
If you love your curls and want to make the curls last, make sure that your hair is completely dry before you begin with the curling iron.
If you find a pimple on your face and want to fake a clear skin, then you will have to apply tea tree oil as soon as you spot it. This will help you reduce the inflammation leading from pimples.
To get a fuller hair, you will have to comb it with a big round brush. You can then lift the hair at the roots and wrap 1-to 2-inch sections around a brush; aim the dryer nozzle upward and get a fuller hair.
To get a fuller hair, you will have to comb it with a big round brush. You can then lift the hair at the roots and wrap 1-to 2-inch sections around a brush; aim the dryer nozzle upward and get a fuller hair.
If you apply skin creams while your pores are closed, then it means less absorption of the product. For maximum benefit, you should apply creams when your pores are open. Soak a towel in hot water and let it rest on your face for few minutes and then apply the cream.
Our hands contain millions of bacteria. So in order to avoid any kind of infection on your facial skin, wash your hand prior to applying any kind of makeup. The bacteria present on your hand is responsible for the 90% break outs on your skin.
Massage is not only good for your back but also for your face. A good facial massage will stimulate cells present in your skin and will help in releasing collagen so that it restores the elasticity of skin and let it remain young.
No more struggling with glue and fake eye-lashes! You can stimulate and give growth to your own eyelashes by dabbing flax seed oil on your lash line. This will help you get fuller and longer eye lashes quickly.
The next time when you need a shine in your hair, quickly rinse your hair with a bottle of cranberry juice. You will love the after-effects!
You can apply cayenne pepper sauce to your hair roots in order to improve blood circulation to your scalp. This will in turn help you get shiny and healthy hair.
After you spend a long summer day on the beach, it is quite obvious that you might get sunburns. To get rid of the painful swelling and sting of a sunburn, you can take a warm bath in strong black tea. You will get the needed relief.
If you had a mishap with a self tanner, then you can simply use a mixture of baking soda and water to rub your skin and get rid of it. This will help you exfoliate your skin so that you can get rid of the streaks
Yes, you have heard it right! You will be able to get rid of your pimples overnight by applying toothpaste on them.
Eggs are a good source of biotin and protein which boosts hair growth. Apart from this, egg yolks are an excellent source of iron which reduces hair loss.
Apply aloe juice twice a day on the age spots. After some time, you will find that the age spots have been eliminated.
If you have a scar on your face or any other part of your body, then you can simply put some Vitamin E (available in the form of gel capsule) and get rid of them faster. Use it before you go to bed.
Do you know that bathing in sour milk will help you get a youthful glow and beautiful skin? Cleopatra used to bath in sour milk. Sour milk has fruit acids or natural AHAs which helps to exfoliate and rejuvenate your skin.
People with oily skin should include astringent in their daily beauty regime as it helps to close down the pores by shrinking the tissues! However, people with dry skin should avoid this so that their skin does not get dry further.
More than 100 strokes a day might lead to split ends. Also before you comb your hair after bath, towel dry it as brushing of wet hair may damage it.
Pumpkin seeds are known to contain anti-stress properties that can reduce anxiety. It also has antibacterial properties and can even prevent cancer.
Regular usage of olive oil as a body lotion will make your skin feel baby soft and smooth. The skin will look healthy and tender to touch.