The childhood activity of jumping rope is good for grown-ups too. Besides being a good aerobic exercise that can strengthen the heart and lungs, you can burn as many as 200 calories in just fifteen minutes of jumping. To make sure that your rope is the right length, place your feet on the centre of the rope and check that the handles are level with your armpits. Also, try to jump on a soft surface and only high enough that you just clear the rope.
People who have a lot of daily hassles have impaired immune cell activity and an increased likelihood of illness. Those who had the most hassles go sick most often. The relationship between stress and illness affects people of all ages, but appears to be strongest for those under 30 years of age.
Many people have experienced a canker sore at some point in their life. These painful ulcers are caused by a pathogen (either a bacterial or viral type infection). They usually last about 5-10 days. There are several over-the-counter applications and lozenges that may help the sores heal. Also, rinsing your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash or salt water can help. If the sores linger, see your doctor as it may signal a more serious problem.
An inconspicuous way to exercise and burn off calories is to plan to be less efficient during the day. Some examples of "planned inefficiency" include parking far away from the shopping mall entrance, carrying items upstairs individually, and answering the telephone in the room farthest from you. Also, don't use the TV remote-control.
Water exercise is becoming increasingly popular among people of all ages, even non-swimmers. You can do weight exercises, even aerobics in water. Buoyed up by water, you can move in ways that are otherwise difficult. The water also provides resistance to help tone your muscles and improve your circulation, breathing and endurance.
A recent EPA report classified Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) as a Type A carcinogen. As a result, more and more non-smokers resent being around cigarette smoke. Besides the irritation cigarette smoke can cause to one's eyes and throat, it has been documented that approximately 3,000 lung cancer deaths and 30,000 heart attack deaths occur in non-smokers due to secondhand cigarette smoke. If somebody is smoking around you, don't be afraid to ask them to put out their cigarette.
Negative thoughts can pollute our minds in the same way sewage pollutes our lakes. Research shows that people who have a positive attitude about life, live longer.
Because two or more drugs taken within a 24 hour period may interact, tell your doctor what you're taking before he or she prescribes another drug for you. One drug may slow down or speed up the effect of another.
A potential cure for enuresis (involuntary urination) is an alarm that is triggered by the first drops of urine that a child emits while sleeping. According to research, this "alarming" approach is more effective than using medications. Check with your pediatrician for his or her opinion.
There is a good news, if you tend to be one of those people who tap their foot, pick their nails, drum their fingers, or move around in their seat. Although your fidgeting may be annoying to others, research reports that it can burn as much as 800 calories a day.
Relief for when your skin becomes as rough and dry as sandpaper is simply a matter of water conservation. Avoid bathing or showering more than once a day. Alternate bath or shower days with sponge baths using milk soap and lathering as little as possible. When getting out of the bath, pat your skin dry with a towel instead of rubbing it dry and immediately apply a moisturizer.
A job that is very stressful can cause harmful physical changes in the heart. Besides an increased risk of hypertension, job stress is associated with an increase in heart size which is a potential risk factor for heart disease.
Healthy eyes are white, not red. Red eyes are usually the result of irritants, allergies or too little sleep. To avoid them, wear sunglasses when in bright light, goggles when swimming in a chlorinated pool, and safety goggles when working around dust. Also, be sure to get sufficient rest.
Cold and flu viruses are transmitted through the air as well as on objects. One way to shorten their life is to use a humidifier. Viruses prefer dry air which is why colds and flus are more common during the winter months.
Gradual hearing loss occurs as people age. To determine if this is a problem for you, hold a watch to your ear. If you can't hear it ticking , see an otolaryngologist (a physician who treats disorders of the ear, nose, and throat) or a otologist (a physician who specializes in ear disorders).
There is an increased risk for breast cancer among men with enlarged breasts who suffer from a chromosomal abnormality called Klinefelter's syndrome. They are 35 to 50 times more likely to develop breast cancer than other men. These men should have periodic mammographies to detect the presence of cancer. The breasts can also be reduced by liposuction, thereby reducing the cancer risk.
It is not advisable to use a teaspoon from your kitchen silverware to measure medicine for your children. A teaspoon for medical purposes is 5 cubic centimetres. A teaspoon from your eating utensils varies from 3 to 7 cubic centimetres Instead, buy a calibrated dropper or medicine cup at a pharmacy.
It is a myth that we must gain weight as we age. In fact, the rate that we burn off calories only changes about 1 to 2% per decade. What does change, however, is that we become more sedentary as we age. This causes muscle mass to decline and increases the percentage of body fat. The solution is to remain active to keep those extra pounds off.
It is important to be careful when working with any knife. A dull one can be almost as dangerous as a sharp one. The reason is that a dull blade can slip off the object you are cutting.
An occasional sleepless night is nothing to lose sleep over, but if insomnia bothers you for three weeks or longer, it can be a real medical problem. Many old-fashioned remedies can cure insomnia. Avoid caffeine in all forms after lunchtime, don't nap during the day no matter how groggy you feel, develop a regular bedtime routine, and read a dull book in bed. Don't watch TV, however, as it may stimulate you.
A diet low in salt, fat, and sugar and high in protein and fibre (from whole grains, fruits, and vegetables) reduces breast tenderness and helps eliminate excess estrogen, a hormone that may contribute to PMS. Exercise also alleviates fluid retention and relaxes muscles.
Early detection provides the most successful opportunity to recover from colon and rectal cancer. People over age 50 should have a stool blood test and rectal exam once a year. A sigmoidoscopy exam should be performed every 3-5 years following two annual exams with negative results. Talk with your doctor about the best preventive plan for you.
Many people who begin running or walking buy shoes that are too tight. If you have sensitive feet, buy your shoes late in the day when your feet have swollen and reach their largest size. Also, try on both shoes since your feet may be slightly different in size.
Preventing diseases, such as measles, mumps, rubella, and the flu is a good way to prevent pneumonia. The reason is that pneumonia often comes from complications created by these other illnesses. Making sure you and your children have the appropriate vaccinations against these illnesses is a good way to prevent pneumonia.
Glaucoma is an eye disease that can cause a decrease in vision, eventually leading to blindness. But, only half of the mass are aware of it. Early detection and treatment are the best ways to prevent loss of vision, so have your eyes examined yearly.
If you are serious about losing weight, don't do anything else when you eat. Watching TV, reading a newspaper, talking on the phone, and even listening to the radio are distractions that will cause you to eat more than you really need to. The less stimulating the eating environment, the less you will consume.
A vigorous 30 minute run along a road with heavy traffic can increase the amount of carbon monoxide in the blood up to 10 times. That's the same amount of carbon monoxide that you get from smoking a half a pack of cigarettes.
Even though fresh orange juice has more vitamin C than that made from concentrate, a six ounce glass of either one has more than the recommended daily allowance of 60 milligrams. The fresh juice has 93 milligrams while concentrate has 73 milligrams.
Foods such as meats, salads, eggs, cheese, and sandwiches can develop bacterial growth if they sit at room temperature for more than two hours. To keep these foods cold, place a freezer gel in the box or pack a can or box of frozen juice.
Research suggests that, 19 year olds who reported feeling excessive anger were more likely to have risk factors for heart disease by age 40, including obesity, high cholesterol, and cigarette smoking. Learning to relax early in life may prevent heart disease in later life.
Eating raw fruits and vegetables is healthy partly because of their high fibre content. Research now shows that the cooked versions of these same foods maintain just about the same amount of fibre.
What's the best way to increase your child's activity levels? Research suggests, being an active role model for your children is the solution. Children of active parents are nearly six time as active as children of parents who are sedentary.
Now there are many healthy choices at fast food restaurants. Try a grilled chicken sandwich or broiled lean hamburger instead of a cheeseburger and french fries. For toppings, select lettuce and tomato while eliminating special sauces. If you're having dessert, select low-fat frozen yogurt rather than a pie or cookies.
Men have a greater likelihood of developing high blood pressure before the age of 55. The risk to men and women is about equal between the ages of 55-65. The risk switches after the age of 65, as women are more likely to be hypertensive. If you fit one of these categories, be extra careful to have your blood pressure checked every six months.
Blood alcohol levels increase more rapidly in men who take prescribed doses of several common ulcer medications. They can create a driving danger as only 1 drink can place a driver over the legal limit.
It is never advisable to sleep over a backache. 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.
The easiest way to lose weight and improve your health? Ditch the white stuff! Most white foods (bread, rice, pasta, sugar, flour) are primarily made up of refined carbs and empty calories, so cutting them out of your diet is one of the quickest ways to shed pounds and improve your well-being,
Don't starve yourself all day in anticipation of eating out at night. This often leads to overeating. By eating breakfast and lunch, you can moderate your consumption at dinner.
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.
Avoid sweets directly after a meal since sugar disrupts the absorption of nutrients. The best time for a sweet treat is about two hours after you finish your meal.
You can reduce the glare on video display terminal (VDT) screens by keeping them away from windows and other bright lights. If lighting can't be controlled, place a glare filter over your screen. Also, the brightness of the VDT screen should match the brightness of the room. Since most offices are 50% brighter than VDT screens, you may have to remove some light bulbs or install dimmer switches.
Consuming 1,300 milligrams of calcium a day can reduce many of the symptoms associated with PMS, including depression, headaches, anxiety, irritability, and mood swings. This is the equivalent of four 8-ounce glasses of milk.
It appears the benefits of gargling to relieve a sore throat are a myth. According to research at UCLA, gargling only reaches the top of the throat, preventing it from effectively soothing the affected area. Also, you may hurt your vocal cords if you gargle noisily to relieve a hoarse voice.
One of the most important reasons people overeat has to do with the number of people they eat with. The biggest increase in calorie consumption occurred when somebody went from eating alone to eating with one other person. With each additional person who joined the meal, additional calories were consumed.
According to research conducted at the University of Pennsylvania, pessimistic people have weaker immune systems, are more prone to colds and flus, and have more serious health problems after the age of 50 than those who are optimistic about things. In addition, more of those subjects who were identified as pessimists died within 10 years.
25% of men have high cholesterol levels during the winter while only 13.5% have it during the summer. No differences, however, were seen in women. These seasonal differences should be taken into consideration by men when choosing their winter diet and exercise behaviours.
The mind needs exercise, just like the rest of the body. Research shows that leading active, stimulating lives helps older adults keep their brains fit and healthy. Try to learn something new or do something different each day.
Nothing is more annoying than a cold sore that appears right on the edge of your lip for all to see. To prevent cold sores, do your best to manage emotional and physical stress and limit your exposure to the sun. If you must be in the sun, apply zinc oxide or a sun block to the lips or other susceptible areas. Also, wash your hands frequently while the cold sore virus is active to prevent it from spreading.
A recent study showed that walking and other physical activity can reduce some PMS symptoms, including mood swings, anxiety, breast tenderness, and increased appetite. The theory is that the activity increases the level of chemicals in the brain that increase feelings of well-being.
When detected and treated early, breast cancer is curable. And most breast lumps are discovered by women themselves, not by a doctor or mammography (low dosage x-rays of the breast). So do a breast self-exam monthly.
Real hunger is the body's physical need for food. Appetite, on the other hand, is an emotional desire for food that can be caused by stress, boredom, or depression. Eat only when hungry.
Many skin care products claim to provide necessary nutrients, such as proteins, minerals, and vitamins. Unfortunately, most of the nutrients in skin creams do not penetrate deep enough to cause any structural changes in the skin. They may moisturize your skin and make it feel smoother temporarily, but don't expect much more.
People trying to lose weight, stop smoking, and engage in exercise are more likely to succeed when they receive emotional support from significant others. This support can take the form of encouraging words, compliments, and showing an interest.
Set aside a period of time every day for the sole purpose of worrying. Make a list of concerns and use the time to work on solutions and remedies.
Don't abuse your teeth. Avoid sucking on lemons or chewing aspirin or vitamin C tablets, as the acid wears away tooth enamel. Don't chew ice, pens or pencils. Also, your teeth are not tools, so don't use them to open paper clips or bottle caps.
When buying shoes, try them on in the middle of the day rather than the morning. This is because feet swell up as the day progresses and you will get a more accurate measurement. Also, there should be at least 1/2 inch of room between the tip of the shoe and the end of your big toe.
Calcium is very important for bone development in children and adolescents. Early calcium intake is also critical for adults. The more calcium that is stored at an earlier age, the greater the bone mass you'll have as an adult. This will lead to fewer fractures, particularly in women after menopause.
Cholesterol alone is not as accurate a predictor of risk for heart attack. Twenty percent of the people who have heart attacks have cholesterol levels below 200 milligrams per decilitre (a recommended level). A better determination of risk is to divide your total cholesterol level by your HDL level (good cholesterol). This number should be under 3.5 to indicate a lower risk of heart disease.
If you have trouble decreasing your calorie consumption, try increasing your positive attitude. A study found that dieters who were more confident that they would lose weight, were more likely to succeed.
Carry a small memo pad and every time you eat, write down the time of day, what you are doing, and what you ate. Research shows that when people keep track of the food they eat, they are more likely to eat less.
Pregnant women commonly experience backaches due to the extra weight of carrying the baby. One way to minimize back problems is to start moving before you start to ache. To do this, alter your position every few minutes to prevent or relieve back strain. Also, make sure to sit or stand with good posture.
People who imagine their warts becoming smaller while under hypnosis can effectively eliminate them in about six weeks. Hypnosis was even more effective than salicylic acid, which is the most common wart treatment. Warts can even disappear when someone uses mental imagery without hypnosis.
Exercising for as little as ten minutes per session, three times a day, if done three days per week, can be as effective as sustained 30 minute workouts three days per week. This can be helpful for people who have little time to exercise, as they can turn coffee breaks, or other short periods of time, into beneficial exercise time.
Always brush your hair from roots to the ends at night. This helps to distribute natural oils throughout and gives the hair a healthy lustre.
It is always good to spend less time sitting . Try to stand at least five minutes each hour or even get up from the seat. Sitting for long hours adds to the risk of developing chronic diseases and decreases life quality.
Inhale the smell of rosemary to improve memory and increase alertness. As per research studies, sniffing the scent of rosemary will help to stay sharp. Volatile molecules impact the sensory system in your nose which are absorbed into the bloodstream and then to the brain.
No time to visit parlour! Want to get your legs shaved desperately? Use hair conditioner that acts as same as shaving cream. It provides a moisturizing effect too.
Energy drinks have several amounts more of caffeine than coffee along with other side effects like irritability, nervousness and rapid heartbeat. It also contains high level of taurine which is a central nervous system stimulant and even more than 50 grams of sugar per can. This might cause temporary rise in blood pressure thus leaving you sluggish.
If you do not have any medium to curl your hair, here is the oldest method. Just roll wet hair with cloth strips. In order to hold it in tie a knot into the cloth and on waking up you will get wonderful curls.
Brow serum enhances growth of hair follicles above eye. Good serums contain peptides as one of the main ingredients that promotes quick hair growth.
Chocolate consists of saturated fat known as stearic acid that does not add to cholesterol levels. Moderate consumption of milk chocolate does not seem to harm cholesterol levels instead it is neutralized.
Smoking doubly increases the risk of developing several eye disorders. It includes Cataract, Macular Degeneration, Uveitis, Diabetic Retinopathy, Dry Eye Syndrome and Infant eye disease. Quit this addiction to reduce the risk of vision impairment.
Deep breathing can lower your blood pressure. Try doing this every day for a few minutes keep blood pressure under control. A study showed that taking 6 deep breaths in 30 seconds reduces systolic blood pressure by 3.4 to 3.9 units.
Germs pass into the body if you use teeth to cut your nails. This causes flu or colds and bacterial infections often. Gnawing nails can stress your teeth and make it crooked or cause other dental issues. Instead grab a nail clipper.
Complex carbohydrate found in beans, lentils, brown rice, fruits, and veggies are known to decrease the frequency of acne and pimples on face as they stabilize insulin and blood sugar levels.
Don’t go to sleep without washing your face. Dirt and oil are collected on your skin throughout the day. If you skip washing your face, the grime will clog pores overnight and you’ll wake up with a dull skin.
Never omit healthy fats like omega -3 fatty acids from your diet as its absence can influence how you age. Include walnuts, oily fish, flax seeds in your diet to maintain suppleness of skin and keep it free of wrinkles.
People should stop trying to clean the wax out of their ears because it serves a valuable purpose. Produced by special glands, it provides a coating that keeps dirt and water out of the ear canal, as well as protects against infection. In fact, dry, itchy ears can result if there is no wax in the ear canal.
Those who consumed 300 milligrams of vitamin C daily had one-third the respiratory problems as those who only consumed 100 milligrams a day. To increase your vitamin C consumption, eat at least five total servings of fresh fruits and vegetables daily. The best choices include kiwi fruit, cantaloupe, strawberries, green peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, potatoes, and tomatoes.
Interested in drinking a beverage that is low in sodium, caffeine-free, sugar-free, and has no calories? Well then, try a glass of water from your kitchen sink. It is all of the above.
Factors that can cause infertility in men include extreme obesity, heavy smoking, drug and alcohol use, and work that requires a man to sit for long periods of time. Even wearing tight, restrictive underwear has been correlated with male infertility. For many men, fertility can be restored by making changes in these areas.
Snuff snoring by learning to sleep on one side and propping an extra pillow behind your back to keep from rolling over. If that doesn't work, try sleeping on a narrow sofa for a few nights to get accustomed to sleeping on one side.
Strokes, which occur most often in people aged 65 and older, may often be mistaken for a sign of old age. Symptoms include a sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arms, or legs, loss of speech or trouble talking, visual impairment in one eye, and unexplained dizziness. Even if these symptoms only last for a short period of time, prompt medical attention should be sought.
Many people mistakenly think that starchy vegetables like corn, green peas, and potatoes are high in calories. They are not, but the calories can quickly add up when these vegetables are fried or you prepare them in sweet or fatty sauces. Try a low sodium seasoning mix, to add flavour without calories.
Sunglasses that are labeled "cosmetic" absorb at least 90% of the sun's ultraviolet rays. They are good for sunny, bright days. "All-purpose" sunglasses absorb 95% of ultraviolet rays and are good for use in strong sunlight. Those labeled "general" purpose block 99% of the ultraviolet rays and are good for use while out in snow or at the beach.
Eye blinks can signal emotional and physical well-being. Infrequent blinking is correlated to pleasant feelings, while anxiety and pain are accompanied by frequent blinking.
If you suffer from insomnia, the problem may be the colour of your bedroom walls. Rooms painted with harsh, bright colours can cause restlessness, an inability to sleep, and even nightmares. The best colours for bedrooms are soft pastel shades which produce feelings of tranquility.
Women who consume large amounts of beta carotene and vitamin C, which can be found in dark green and yellow vegetables and fruits, were less likely to get cervical cancer. In addition, women with diets high in Vitamin E reduced their risk by 33%.
One way to eat less at lunch is to have a glass of fruit juice late in the morning. Drinking real fruit juice about forty minutes before lunch time caused people to eat 30% fewer calories.
People who wear the same pair of sneakers frequently or use the communal shower at a health club are more likely to get athlete's foot. You can reduce your risk by wearing cotton socks to absorb perspiration, making sure you dry thoroughly between your toes, and wearing thongs when using a public shower.
An old fashioned remedy for burns is applying butter. But it's the wrong idea. Any food on a burn can keep the heat on the skin and make the burn worse or cause an infection.
A pesty health problem many people experience is burning their tongue from hot soup or food. Sprinkling sugar on the singed area is an effective way to ease the pain.
Research has shown that even moderate amounts of daily alcohol consumption can double the likelihood of fracturing a hip. It is thought that alcohol blocks the absorption of calcium causing bones to become more brittle.
There's growing evidence that beta carotene, a nutrient in many dark green and dark orange fruits and vegetables, can reduce the risk of cancer. Experts recommend that people consume 5 to 6 milligrams of beta carotene a day. A medium carrot has 5.3 mg., a medium sweet potato has 7.1 mg., half of a five-inch cantaloupe has 6 mg., 4 broccoli spears have 4.5 mg.
To avoid falls on stairways, paint the top and bottom steps with a colour that is different from the rest of the steps. This way, it will be more easily seen. Also, make sure the stairway is well lit and the handrail is secure.
It is recommended that people lose no more than 1-2 pounds per week or about 1 percent of their existing body weight. The longer it takes someone to lose weight, the more likely they are to keep it off. Quick weight loss slows down body metabolism so that calories are burned more slowly. This will eventually contribute to weight gain.
Giving your child a tepid bath (water that is comfortable to the touch) along with ibuprofen or acetaminophen is the most effective way to lower a child's fever. Do not sponge the child with rubbing alcohol.
Many people feel light-headed when they initially stand up. Although ongoing dizziness is a cause for concern, this type of light-headedness is rarely a problem. To prevent the room from spinning, stand up slowly using a piece of furniture as a support.
Some airborne molds that breed in auto air conditioners can aggravate allergies in some people. The recommendations: Use fresh, rather than recirculated air, point air vents away from your face and run the air conditioner for 15 minutes with the windows slightly open before driving.
Those women who are obese, with the greatest percentage of their fat located on the back and belly, had a 72 to 100 percent greater chance of developing breast cancer. For this reason, women with high levels of torso fat should make extra effort to lose weight.
Children who receive little love and support and are exposed to emotional stress will not only be psychologically impaired, but may suffer from stunted physical growth as well. Hampered growth can also occur due to excessive "babying."
Avoid moisturizers that are supposedly good for a particular part of the body, such as under the eyes or for the face. They provide no special benefits, are more costly, and may contain irritating and allergenic ingredients. Instead, use a general moisturizer and those labeled "non-comedogenic" which means they will not cause acne.
Although exercise provides a great many benefits to the body, there is a downside. It can cause injuries, particularly to your skin. The friction caused by rubbing of clothing and sweat are the major culprits. Be sure to keep your toenails short and buy proper shoes to avoid toe injuries. To prevent blisters, use foot powder and wear padded cotton socks so that moisture will be absorbed.
It had been thought that the wear and tear of exercise might cause the development of osteoarthritis in the knee. Research has now shown that there is no relationship between people who are physically active and the onset of this debilitating, painful condition.
Our society is diet conscious with some 50% of the population on a diet at any given time. Unfortunately, nearly two-thirds of these dieters are not overweight. This excessive desire for thinness has led to an increase in eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia. Check your weight range and speak with your physician to determine if you are a suitable candidate for dieting.
Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel and helps to prevent cavities. It is contained in drinking water, but many households have little or no fluoride in their water. The next time you purchase toothpaste, make sure it contains fluoride. Also, ask your dentist if you need fluoride treatments.
To relieve the discomfort of varicose veins, don't cross your legs while seated. Avoid standing for long periods, and avoid clothing that constricts the circulation in your legs. Also, eat high-fibre foods to promote regularity. Constipation contributes to the development of varicose veins.
For those who swim frequently, be sure to rinse your mouth with fresh water after you emerge from the pool. If the pool has a low ph level, it can cause tooth enamel to erode and teeth to become jagged (pitted).
Eating a high-fibre cereal for breakfast not only can lower your cancer risk, but may help you lose weight too. Research has shown that people who eat high-fibre cereal will consume about 100 fewer calories at lunch. Over the course of a year, that could add up to a 10 pound weight loss.
Women who ate 8 ounces of yogurt a day for 6 months had fewer yeast infections than when the same women did not eat yogurt. It is thought that the yogurt culture, lactobacillus, which is also found in the vagina of healthy women, is responsible for this effect.
Be sure to soak your skin with warm water for at least 3 minutes before shaving as wet hair is easier to cut. Do not lather your face with soap as it can be drying. Use a foam or gel instead and be sure to shave in the same direction as the grain of the hair growth.
A new form of exercise called "water walking" is capturing people's attention. The water's resistance makes movements more difficult and thus can effectively build strength and flexibility. The deeper the water you walk in, the more calories you will burn.
If you become bored when exercising on a stationary bike, treadmill, or stair climber, try doing it in front of a television set. You may become so involved with a movie or show that the time will just fly by.
Cholesterol count may increase when you start a diet. This is probably because cholesterol that is stored in fat cells enters the blood stream as the cells shrink. This increase, however, is only temporary. When dieters reach their goal weight and maintain it, cholesterol levels usually fall, often to levels lower than before the diet.
Contrary to what many people think, knuckle cracking will not cause arthritis. If you crack your knuckles too vigorously, however, you might dislocate them. If this occurs, see a physician since putting a knuckle back in place is difficult to do.
Even postmenopausal women with osteoporosis can increase their bone mass. The key is to have the normal daily requirement of calcium which is 800 milligrams and get regular aerobic exercise and engage in weight-bearing activities to increase bone mass.
It is well established that the less a baby weighs at birth, the greater the likelihood for health problems. The primary causes for premature deliveries are alcohol, drug abuse and cigarette smoking during pregnancy. In addition, mothers who deliver when they are between the ages of 12 and 18 are more likely to have a premature baby because their bodies are not fully developed.
Engaging in a thought provoking activity can douse a sour mood. Students who were shown depressing movies to elicit a bad mood quickly overcame it when they worked at an activity that challenged them.
We lose a year of life for every 10 pounds we are overweight. Maintain a moderate weight by exercising, reducing you calorie intake, and modifying the way you eat.
Safety experts state that "human error is more likely to occur during one of two zones of vulnerability" between the hours of 2:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. and again from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The reason? These are times when brain functioning is at its lowest levels thereby reducing the ability to concentrate.
There are some additional risks associated with a later-in-life pregnancy. Along with the other health considerations that all pregnant women should follow, a woman in her mid 30s or older should take these added precautions: Don't gain more than 25 or 30 pounds during the pregnancy, don't eat foods high in salt or sugar to guard against high blood pressure and diabetes, and talk to your doctor about prenatal genetic tests that are available.
Few other bodily afflictions are more embarrassing than halitosis. The most common treatments are to brush and floss your teeth after meals. Another important step you can take is to gently brush your tongue. This will rid its surface of the stagnant coating of bacteria or food that builds up and gives off unpleasant odours.
Kids can experience stress just as much as adults. To coach your child in stress management, find a calm, quiet time to discuss with him or her what it feels like to be under stress. Use simple examples that are appropriate for his or her age level. Once their symptoms have been identified, you can teach your children to use coping techniques like deep breathing or visualizing a comforting mental image.
Children should be given their first measle vaccine between 12 and 15 months of age and a second vaccine either between 4 - 6 years or 11 – 12 years of age. The second vaccine is necessary because about 5% who get the first vaccination do not develop an immunity to the disease. If your child did not receive a second vaccination when they first started school, they should be revaccinated when they start middle school.
If your physician prescribes a medication, ask about its possible side effects, its effectiveness, and how long it must be taken. Also, find out if you can stop taking the medications when you start to feel better.
Researchers have found that people eat less and consume less fat and calories when they eat alone. The reason? When eating with others, factors other than hunger determine what is eaten.
Many exercisers mistakenly think that they only need to drink water when they are thirsty. Unfortunately, they can become dehydrated well before they experience thirst. The best strategy is to drink water on a periodic basis during your exercise.
If you should incur a joint or muscle injury, immediately stop what you are doing and apply the R.I.C.E. technique. Rest for 24 to 48 hours, Ice the area for 5 to 20 minutes every hour, Compress the area by wrapping it with an elastic bandage and Elevate the area to reduce swelling.
Exercising in hot, humid weather can cause heat exhaustion, characterized by fatigue, dizziness, and nausea. If those symptoms strike, get immediate relief by drinking cool water, getting out of the sun, putting on wet clothing, and resting. If the symptoms persist, seek medical attention.
Few conditions are more irritating and embarrassing to speak about than hemorrhoids. If you have them, try taking regular warm water sitz baths and get plenty of bed rest. Sitting around for long periods of time can also cause discomfort. Finally, avoid certain foods, including coffee, alcohol, and nuts as they can aggravate the problem.
Vary your exercise routine by bicycling one day, swimming the next, and walking the third. Make exercise a social event by exercising with friends. When exercising alone, listen to music to overcome any monotony.
Fasting for a day provides no health benefits despite claims to the contrary. This is because the body's natural food processing abilities are disrupted. In addition, any weight loss is usually only due to temporary water loss and when eating resumes, lost weight will be regained.
Between 50 and 80 percent of lifetime exposure to the sun is received by age 18. And teenagers who suffer sunburns are more likely than others to get skin cancer as adults. To reduce the risk, teens should use sunscreen with a sun protection factor of 15 or higher, cover up when outside, and minimize time in direct sun.
Irregular bowel movements can be very uncomfortable, but it usually doesn't signal a serious problem. The cure rests with increasing the fibre content of your diet, so eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole-grain breads and cereals, and bran. Also, drink large amounts of water and other liquids to give the fibre plenty of water to absorb.
Many people snore only when they sleep on their back. To overcome this problem, try sewing a tennis ball or marble into the back of your pajama top. The discomfort created when you lay flat on your back will cause you to sleep on your side or stomach, thus ending the problem.
Much has been written about the importance of calcium for women. But men need it, too, as osteoporosis can strike them as well. In addition to eating food high in calcium such as milk, cheese, and yogurt, men should protect bones by doing weight-bearing exercises, like walking.
When your larynx is irritated or inflamed, your voice becomes hoarse, husky, and weak. Remedies include drinking plenty of warm liquids and taking a hot shower or bath. Also helpful is to use a cool mist vaporizer to moisturize the air in rooms where you expect to spend a lot of time, i.e., the bedroom.
Lead from tap water has been found to cause mental impairment especially in children. To reduce the risk, use cold water for all cooking and drinking as it dissolves less lead from pipes. Also, let cold water run for several minutes when you use it first thing in the morning. Doing this will discard the water that has been in contact with the lead in the pipes overnight.
To determine how your skin is ageing, try the following test. Pinch the skin on the back of your hand, let go, and then see how quickly it returns to normal. The faster the skin flattens, the younger it is. Since the sun is the major culprit in causing skin to age, limit your exposure and be sure to wear sun block when you must be in the sun.
Muscles work best when the body's temperature is anywhere from 101°F – 102°F. To increase the body's normal temperature of 98.6°F do warm-up exercises prior to working out. Good ones include stretching, walking briskly, and jogging slowly.
To determine whether an article of clothing will protect against ultraviolet light from the sun, hold the garment up to a light bulb. If you can see the light, it means that the fabric is woven too loosely to provide adequate sun protection.
Try to avoid cutting or crushing pills in order to aid swallowing. This can destroy their time release ability. Also, destroying the coatings could cause the pill's ingredients to be absorbed by the body before they reach the lower intestine. If you have difficulty swallowing pills, discuss it with your doctor. He or she may be able to prescribe the medicine in a liquid form.
If you have been unable to exercise due to illness or while on vacation, take at least seven days to get back into your full exercise routine. One way to do this is to cut back on your old exercise program by 25% and then slowly increase your frequency, intensity, and duration.
Many people are addicted to the caffeine in coffee. If you want to cut out the beverage, don't do it cold turkey as it could produce headaches and a great deal of irritability. Instead, decrease by a half cup every couple of days.
There may be a good reason why most people say they feel better after a cry. Researchers suspect that tears cleanse the body of substances that accumulate under stress. So don't hold back the tears when you feel sad.
You can make fast-food fried chicken a lot healthier by simply taking off the skin. Doing so will reduce the calories by 50% and the fat content will be cut back by two-thirds.
Don't take an injury to the head lightly. Even if it is just a mild bang, it is possible that you could have suffered a concussion. Some of the symptoms that may occur later include: Drowsiness, headaches, fatigue, irritability, dizziness, and memory loss. See your doctor immediately if you experience any of them.
To get the most nutrition from fresh produce, avoid soaking vegetables in water and select fruits and vegetables with a deep colour rather than a pale one. Also pat the produce dry after washing to prolong freshness.
Many people who begin running or walking buy shoes that are too tight. If you have sensitive feet, buy your shoes late in the day when your feet have swollen and reach their largest size. Also, try on both shoes since your feet may be slightly different in size.
If you are prone to lower back pain, one of the best things you can do is to strengthen your abdominal muscles because they support the lumbar region. Do daily "half-way" sit-ups (crunches) with your knees bent and your lower back pushed to the floor. Also engage in other activities, such as walking, bicycling, and swimming.
High density lipoproteins (HDLs) is a type of cholesterol that is associated with lowering heart disease risk. For every ten milligrams you increase your HDL level, your heart attack risk can decrease by as much as 50 percent. Ways to increase HDL levels are to lose weight, quit smoking, and do aerobic exercise on a regular basis.
Instead of blow drying your hair as soon as you come out of the shower, try the following: Wash your hair soon after waking up and then dry it with a towel. After you have gotten dressed, go back and blow dry your hair. It will not only take less time, but it's healthier for your hair.
People with a lot of moles are more susceptible to a form of skin cancer called melanoma. A new study has found that a lot of moles on the legs increases the risk of this cancer more than moles on other parts of the body. Using sunscreens and limiting sun exposure is particularly important for such people.
If an adult tooth has been knocked out, rinse the tooth with clean water. If possible, gently put it back in the socket or hold it under your tongue. Otherwise, put the tooth in a glass of milk. Then see your dentist immediately.
Ear pain during flight results from pressure changes in the middle ear as a plane changes altitude. To prevent this from occurring, try the following: swallow frequently, yawn or gently blow through your nose while pinching the nostrils shut to equalize the pressure within your ears. (Don't blow through your nose with your nostrils pinched if you have a head cold as it will promote an ear infection.)
Aerobic exercise is important for the cardiovascular system. It’s defined by repetitive motion such as running, swimming or cycling. It can also tone muscles. Incorporating a little of both aerobic and resistance training is best for your daily routine.
A remedy that you can try at home to treat hives is to take a bath using natural oat. You can simply pour a medium sized bowl of oat into the bathtub and you can soak yourself to relieve the hives. If you want, you can also add some milk to make sure that you will not get the irritation.
Cinnamon is regarded as a valuable remedy in malaria. One teaspoon should be coarsely powdered and boiled in a glass of water with a pinch of pepper powder and honey. This can be used beneficially as a medicine in malaria.
If you think your diet needs a boost, consider taking a multivitamin. A daily multivitamin can provide the building blocks of a healthy immune system. Some nutrients that may be especially important for immune system health include selenium, vitamins A, C, D, and E, zinc, and magnesium.
To get a wide range of antioxidants, choose fruits and vegetables in a rainbow of colours like oranges, green peppers, broccoli, kiwi, strawberries, carrot, watermelon, papaya, leafy greens and cantaloupe.
Take 4 basil leaves, saffron 7 shreds, 7 grains of black pepper. Grind them to a paste by adding water and form small tablets out of the whole lot. Take each tablet twice or thrice everyday with lukewarm milk. The fever would also subside and the patient would get the desired relief. This is an effective remedy for Typhoid.
Boil 2 tablespoons of fresh thyme in a cup of water for 10 minutes. Drain this mixture in a container and add some honey to it. Drink this mixture thrice a day to get relief from cough and congestion.
In a cup of lukewarm water, add a teaspoon of salt. Now stir it properly, till the salt completely dissolves in water. Drink it quickly to treat your upset stomach.
Do not consume antacids more than the prescribed dosage. Consumption of excess antacids can cause constipation and block absorption of some antibiotics like tetracyclines.
The regular use of wheat grass increases the haemoglobin as it contains iron in itself, which is very useful in increasing oxygen carrying capacity of blood and helps in imparting pinkish colour to the skin.
To proliferate sweating and reduce fever in influenza take a teaspoon of fresh ginger juice mixed with a cup of fenugreek decoction and honey to taste. It makes an excellent diaphoretic mixture. It acts as an expectorant in bronchitis, asthma, whooping cough and tuberculosis of the lungs.
Take two-tablespoon cream of milk and add a teaspoon of almond oil and a few drops of essence of rose. Leave on for half an hour before removing with water to improve a dry and rough skin.
If your hands are rough, put them in luke warm water with a little lemon juice and then massage with butter. It will make them very smooth. To fill the lines of dryness apply some boiled potato on your hands and massage gently.
Take amla, reetha and shikakai in the same quantity. Add two-litre water and boil till the mixture is reduced to half. Use this mixture as a shampoo. It will make your hair dandruff-free and healthy.
Papaya juice helps in relieving infections of the colon and can help breakdown pus and mucus.
When you are stressed or freaking out, your metabolic rates rise, reducing your potassium levels. Bananas contain a high amount of potassium that can help normalize potassium levels and at the same time normalize the heart beat and improve water-oxygen flow.
Turmeric powder is beneficial in soreness of the eyes. About 6 grams of this powder is boiled in half a litre of water till it is reduced to half. A few drop of this water put in the affected eyes three or four times a day gives relief.
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 have been shown to help relieve pain.
People whose diets are rich in potassium may be less prone to high blood pressure. Besides reducing sodium and taking other heart-healthy steps, eat potassium-packed picks such as bananas, cantaloupe and oranges.
The volatile oils in ginger have long made it a useful herbal remedy for nasal ,and chest congestion. Pour 2 cups of boiling water over 1 inch piece of peeled, grated ginger; steep for 10 minutes and strain. Add a pinch or two of cayenne pepper to the water and drink as needed.
Tame tension headaches by rubbing peppermint oil or white flower oil into your temples. All three remedies contain menthol, which has analgesic properties.
Do regular self-examination of your breasts to check for any lumps that can result in breast cancer. The best time to examine your breasts is in the week after your period.
To improve your fitness quickly and loose weight, set your treadmill or step machine on the interval programme, where your speed and workload varies from minute to minute. Build up gradually, every minute and return to the starting speed. In this way you can train for a shorter time and achieve greater results.
If your ankles, knees and hip ache from running on pavement, head for the dirt. Soft trails or graded roads are a lot easier on your joints than the hard stuff. Also dirt surfaces tend to be uneven, forcing you to slow down a bit and focus on where you put your feet – great for agility and concentration.
During winters, exposed skin like hands, need much care and protection. Prepare a mixture of lemon juice,coconut oil, glycerine and rose water. Apply it on your hand before going to bed and keep it over night. Next day morning, wash your hands with warm water. Your hands will become soft and beautiful.
Try to minimize the use of blow dryer, curling and straightening iron during winter. Before using heat tools on your hair, apply a heat protecting serum.
You can enjoy a healthy skin when you keep yourself fresh and clean. During winter months, use an emollient-rich body wash when you shower or bathe, as bar soaps can be dehydrating.
As winter sets in, it can be tempting to start eating more of those warm comfort foods that are often high in fat, salt and sugar content. Be sure your diet includes winter fruits and vegetables packed with vitamins and minerals such as sweet potato, green leafy vegetables, beetroot, kiwi fruit, mandarins, bananas, garlic and ginger to ensure a healthy body.
During winter our hands and feet can often feel cold. Vitamin E and herb Ginkgo help to support peripheral blood circulation, thereby alleviating cold hands and feet.
As the weather cools and our thirst decreases, you can easily forget to drink enough water. You still need to aim for drinking about two litres of water per day during winter as it is essential for our body to function properly.
This includes not only the obvious food items like cake, cookies and sweets in general, but bread, pasta, rice, yoghurt and commercial, store-bought fruit juices. Too much consumption of sugar in any form will not only make you fat but will also compromise your immune system leading to diabetes, heart diseases, Cancer, Alzheimers, etc .
At times, it is not a pimple but an insect bite that spoils your face. During spring season, mosquitoes thrive and applying insect repellent is the only way to steer clear of unwanted marks.
In the spring, it's best to use lighter weight moisturiser and foundation. A heavier foundation can make a woman's skin feel more oily during the lightness and airiness of spring weather. And too heavy a foundation can easily keep the skin's pores too clogged up as well.
Add small amount of hot spices to food while cooking. Hot peppers, fresh ginger, and black pepper are all great spices to make it really hot for you and then to cool you down.
If you get burnt or suffer from sun stroke or heat stroke, seek relief by sipping on green tea or take a spoon of onion juice. They are potent antioxidants that can neutralize cellular damage caused by the sun's rays.
Take advantage of the variety of vegetables available during spring. A healthy diet includes adding vegetables and fruits every day. Vegetables like Broccoli, Green beans, Leafy greens, Zucchini, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Carrots and Tomatoes are low in calories and high in fibre, vitamins and minerals. Try to eat about 3 to 5 servings every day.
Exfoliation followed by the application of facial pack consisting of 3 tablespoons of mashed papaya, 1 tablespoon of honey or lemon juice and white of an egg will serve to revive radiance and glow lost during summer.
In summer avoid wearing closed shoes that block free circulation of air. In it's place go for flats and sandals that make for necessary circulation.
The high soluble fibre content in carrot reduces cholesterol by binding LDL, the bad cholesterol, and also increases the HDL, which helps in reducing blood clots and heart diseases.
Tea is always good. Bing a heavy tea-drinker can never have negative effects. The protective effects of tea increase with the amount drunk, and people who are regular tea-drinkers are the least likely to die of a heart attack.
Water flushes out the toxins. A good amount of liquid intake helps the entire system and of course is best for curing skin ailments. The average man needs 2.9 litres, or about 12 cups of water a day, and a woman needs about 2.2 litres.
Nuts are among the best sources of healthful fats and protein around. Keep a bag of walnuts and use their massive dose of omega-3 fatty acids to boost brainpower. Half of a handful eaten about 30 minutes before a meal will temper your appetite.
Grab a tape measure and put it around your body at the level of your belly button. That number should be less than half your height. For example, for a 6'1” height, you need to keep your waist under 36.5”.
Push out your bellows and suck air through your nose until your lungs are full. They'll fill with nitric oxide, a chemical found in the back of your nose that opens up the blood vessels. The dose of oxygen will make you feel happier and more alert.
Foods with bright, rich colours are more than just nice to look at. They're packed with flavonoids and carotenoids, powerful compounds that bind the damaging free radicals in your body, lowering inflammation.
Whenever you apply a cream or liquid product, make sure you set it with powder in the warmer summer months. Keeping a pressed powder compact in your bag is an excellent way to freshen up your face after being outside, too.
Try to stay indoors between 11am to 3pm. That's when the sun's rays are the strongest and can have an adverse effect on your skin. Also, don't forget to apply that all-important sunscreen 30 minutes before you step out. If you've been in the sun for a few hours, touch it up again, so you're well protected.
Papaya is full of natural goodness and you can even use it as a homemade pack. Just mash 2 tablespoons of papaya with a teaspoon of honey and 1 egg white. Leave the mixture on your face for about 15 minutes and enjoy the glow you get afterwards.
Buttermilk is a proven recipe to fade the sun tan. Wash your face with buttermilk regularly for a few days and you will notice the difference. Being a natural astringent, it tones the skin and is ideal for oily to combination skin.
Make paste of honey and ginger and apply this paste on face every morning before brushing teeth. This will prevent wrinkles to a greater extent.
To one tablespoon of cucumber juice, stir in a few drops of lime juice and a dash of turmeric powder. Mix well and apply over your face and neck. Leave for half an hour and then clean with ordinary tap water. This lotion makes an excellent whitener for all types of skin.
To darken grey hair boil an ounce of chamomile or sage in a quarter of water for 20 minutes. Rinse your hair with this brew, and use a hairbrush dipped in strong chamomile or sage tea.
The sulphur-containing compounds in garlic help increase the potency of two important cells of the immune system, T-lymphocytes and macrophages, which in turn help battle colds. Eat garlic raw or cooked for an immune-system boost in winter.
Limit added sugars to no more than 10% of your daily calorie intake or 6- 10 teaspoons per day. 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.
Make it a priority to drink 500ml of water before breakfast. Staying well hydrated will give you more energy, mental clarity and enhanced digestive function.
The cute belly-rubbing habit after a delicious meal can actually improve your digestion. Place one or both the hands on your belly after a meal and rub it in the clockwise direction-the direction in which the food moves towards the intestines.
Being a rich source of pectin, apples can actually help you feel satisfied and make you less likely to indulge in foods that pile up kilos. They have a good content of soluble fibre that helps you feel full for upto 4 hours.
Sodium bicarbonate and banana peels work just as well to whiten your teeth. Brush your teeth with a bit of sodium bicarbonate once in a while, or try rubbing your teeth with the inner side of a banana peel for 2 minutes and rinse.
Olive oil contains monosaturated fats, which rehydrates the skin without leaving a residue. Before going to bed every night, dab olive oil on the extra dry parts of your body like your feet, ankles, knees, elbows and your hands.
Virgin Coconut Oil is one of the most effective oils in treating skin ailments and allergies. Psoriasis, eczema, and pigmentation, all find a remedy in Virgin Coconut Oil. It is an excellent moisturiser and a night repair treatment.
Almost any dental ailment is known to be cured with gargling with organic sesame oil for 5 minutes for a few days
To preserve your hair colour, avoid shampoos that contain sulphates. They are a form of detergent that can fade colour or make it brassy.
Yoga experts suggest that, to firm your jaw, neck and throat do the 'kiss the ceiling' move everyday. Slowly tilt your head back, pucker up and try to kiss the ceiling. Repeat it 4 times.
Apply moisturiser with black tea extract before sunscreen. Studies show the ingredient decreases the effect of UV radiation on skin and may help prevent sunburns.
To make a sachet, combine one ounce each of powdered cloves, caraway seed, nutmeg, mace, and cinnamon with six ounces of powdered orrisroot. Put the mixture in fancy bags and place them in closets and dresser drawers. This will not only add fragrance, but will also work as a disinfectant.
Start with wearing an open sandal in the summer to keep your feet dry and give them a chance to breathe. Your feet are subject to sunburn just like the rest of your body. Use sunscreen during the day and during the evenings apply a lightweight moisturiser.
Mint oil is very effective in fighting against mosquitoes due to its strong smell. The strong odour of mint keeps mosquitoes away. You can spray mint oil in your house and say bye-bye to mosquitoes
Prop up exercise can help help a lot in lowering back pain. All you have to do is to lie down on your stomach and then slowly prop yourself up onto your elbows. Next, take few deep breaths and then relax. This exercise will ease the pressure on your back and provide relief.
Hugs are perfect for relieving stress and calming a troubled mind. When you embrace, you immediately reduce the amount of the stress hormone cortisol produced in your bodies.
Avoid bright or flashing lights as migraine headaches can be triggered when a person is exposed to them. Do not to look directly at them as they can cause migraines.
One should not take bath after a meal as it delays the digestion process. The blood around the stomach flows to other parts of the body during shower instead of helping with digestion.
A home remedy for eczema is cornstarch and oil. You can mix cornstarch with oil to make a paste. Apply this to over affected areas and let it stay for 20 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water. Pat it dry using a clean towel. Repeat as required.
Avocado is one of the best foods to eat, particularly if you are trying to lose weight and flatten your tummy as it is high in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are found to help incredibly in losing weight.
When bitten by mosquitos and other nasties, apply lemon/lime juice or alcohol (any sort - the purer the better!) directly to the bite, this may sting slightly but gives great relief, dries up the bite and heals much faster.
Mix two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with two teaspoons of raw, organic, honey. Take the formula three times a day on an empty stomach, half an hour before or after each meal. This concoction will help reduce sweating.
Fill a jar with pressed rose petals (or any sweet-scented flowers), add as much glycerine as the container will hold, and cover It tightly. After three weeks, you can pour the perfume off into a bottle.
To combat greasy skin, make a paste of lettuce leaf, a small rose and lime juice. Apply over the face and keep it on for 15 minutes, before rinsing off.
Massage your lips using a soft toothbrush and any toothpaste. This is excellent for the removal of dead cells and improvement of lip tone.
Calcium is one of the key ingredients for weight loss. Lack of calcium will deter any weight loss efforts. Include dairy products like milk, cheese, cottage cheese and yogurt for daily calcium requirement.
Just as there are no “superfoods” or easy answers to a healthy diet, don't expect to totally revamp your eating habits overnight. Changing too much, too fast can get in the way of success. Begin to remedy excesses or deficiencies with modest changes that can add up to positive, lifelong eating habits.
You need more than 40 different nutrients for good health, and no single food supplies them all. Your daily food selection should include bread and other whole-grain products, fruits, vegetables, dairy products and meat, poultry, fish and other protein foods. How much you should eat depends on your calorie needs.
Multiply your ideal body weight by 10 (i.e., 1,200 calories if you weigh 120 pounds) and then add another 600 calories if you're moderately active, a few hundred more if you're very active. Divide those calories out across the day to keep yourself well fed.
Acupuncture and massage are valid therapies for chronic problems such as back pain and neuropathy. Seeking a good massage therapist for neck strain may work better than taking high dose medicines regularly.
Decreasing sugar actually increases people's energy, by minimizing the highs and lows that sweet food triggers. Different people react differently to caffeine, but most of us are probably overstimulated already. Adding a stimulant just adds to things like aggressive behaviour.
The evidence is strong that the oils in darker types of fish, such as salmon, tuna, mackerel and herring are beneficial for the heart and brain and may even lower the risk of cancer.
New research suggests that routinely wearing a pedometer encourages people to walk about an extra mile each day, lose weight, and lower their blood pressure. Aim for at least 30 minutes of brisk walking and a total of 10,000 steps per day.
The flowers of pumpkin are very good at getting rid of eye cataract very fast. The person suffering from eye cataract may apply juice of these flowers on his eyelids two times daily. It will stop further clouding of the crystalline lens of the eye.
Black sesame seeds, as a rich source of iron, are valuable in anaemia. After soaking one teaspoon of the seeds in warm water for a couple of hours, they should be ground and strained, and then mixed with a cup of milk and sweetened with jaggery or sugar. This emulsion should be given to patients suffering from anaemia.
Shower with some hot water relieves stress to large extent and gives immediate relief. Alternatively a bath in flowing water such as a river etc are good.
The tannins in black tea have wonderful healing effect on intestinal disorders. It offers quick benefits and therefore, diarrhoea patients are often advised to sip on black tea for maximum benefits.
One should not drink tea right after meal as tea leaves are acidic and will affect the digestion process. Drinking tea immediately after a meal will also interfere with iron absorption by the body.
Crossing the legs while sitting can lead to a number of health problems such as lower back pain, high blood pressure, blood clot, etc. Over time it can also cause stress and strain on the lower spine and back which can be quite painful and uncomfortable.
Drink two glasses of water as soon as you wake up in the morning. This will help flush out toxins from your body that have accumulated all night.
Potassium calms the small blood vessels, and enables your body eradicate water and salt. So, to lower your high blood pressure, it's advisable that you include at least three servings of potassium rich fruits and veggies like potatoes and bananas in your daily diet.
There are several reports on the positive effects of vitamin rich foods on anxiety. You can boost your vitamin A and C levels by eating eggs, green vegetables, whole grains, soybeans, oranges, strawberries, kiwi fruit, papaya and cantaloupe.
Cinnamon makes insulin receptors boost insulin sensitivity. It can also help to enhance glucose absorption into tissues and cells and promote glycogen synthesis. Cinnamon can be mainly beneficial to patients with Type 2 diabetes, because it can reduce triglycerides, blood sugar as well as cholesterol.
Aniseeds have strong antibacterial properties and have been shown to ease coughing and to help clear congestion from the upper respiratory tract. A good source of iron, magnesium and vitamins A and C, you can add them to your food or even take them in your tea.
Research has shown that people with high levels of Vitamin D suffer from fewer respiratory tract infections. So, try eating salmon which is a Vitamin D-rich fish.
Relieve post-workout aches by submerging your lower body in a cold bath (50 to 55 degrees Farenheit; you may have to throw some ice cubes in it to get it cold enough) for 10 to 15 minutes.
A workout buddy is hugely helpful for keeping motivated, but it's important to find someone who will inspire, not discourage.
If you are working for long hours sitting at your desk, then make sure to take a 5 minutes walk every hour to lower the negative effects of prolonged sitting. The slack muscles do not contract properly in order to pump blood to the heart, when you sit at one place for long hours, thereby affecting the heart health. So, take a walk every hour.
A recent research has proved that Yoga is the best stress buster. Yoga involves slow, rhythmic movements and deep breathing which helps to release toxins. This will help you become stress-free. So, try to include Yoga in your daily routine.
Aloe Vera helps to reduce inflammation thereby lowering the chances of gum bleeding. Take a small amount of aloe vera pulp and slowly massage it on your gums. Let it settle down on your gums and then rinse off your mouth.
Medical experts have opined that 30 minutes of daily physical activity can help to reduce the chances of Breast Cancer to a great extent. So, go for a morning walk, indulge in gardening or take your dog for a walk to ensure 30 minutes of daily physical activity.
You should always have a wholesome breakfast before you start your daily schedule. Skipping breakfast will lead to wrong food choices on your part all throughout the day. Moreover, as there is a long gap between dinner and breakfast, the blood sugar levels of the body are low and this can make you feel lethargic. Regular skipping of breakfast may also lead to diabetes, obesity and low immunity levels.
You should always start your day with something alkaline rather than something acidic. Tea is acidic in nature and can negatively effect your metabolism rate. To ensure good metabolism, drink lime juice and water early in the morning. This should be followed by white tea or green tea.
Morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. So, you should wake up quietly and do some freehand exercise rather than immediately hitting the gym. This will balance the energy flow and ensure that you spend your day in an effective way.
Make garlic an ideal ingredient in winter meals. Fresh garlic has both antiviral and antibacterial properties and reduce the risk of catching a cold by more than half.
During summer, it's easy to forget that feet can get sunburned. Be sure to apply sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 50 when barefoot.
The antihistamines in allergy medicine dry out the skin, so skip heavy foundation during allergy season. Instead, use a tinted moisturizer.
To make curls last, make sure your hair is completely dry before you begin with the curling iron. Also, use a heat protectant spray with hold on damp hair to keep hair protected.
For a acne-free skin, look for a cleanser with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.
Shave your face, legs or underarms in the shower after standing under warm water for a few minutes. This will help open up hair follicles and will soften hairs so they're less coarse to shave.
The fastest way to clear your skin of any oily breakout, especially in the summer, is to use blotting papers. They'll clean up the excess oil on your epidermis and will prevent breakouts.
Instead of spending money on cuticle cream, you can use extra-moisturizing and hydrating eye cream to cure dry cuticles.
Sweating it out can not only have a positive effect on your body but also on your skin. Go for a daily run or jog. Yoga exercises and meditation can also help retain the skin glow as they promote a healthy blood circulation.
Avoid licking your lips whenever they turn dry. Your saliva evaporates quickly, leaving them drier than before. Also, try not to breathe with your mouth open.
A simple technique to get rid of the dark circles is using cold tea bags. Soak a tea bag preferably a chamomile or green tea bags in water. Chill it by placing it in the refrigerator for a while. Now, place them over your eyes. Use this remedy on a regular basis to see considerable difference.
Ginger contains such antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties which will be much useful in treating gastritis. In making gastritis home remedies, you can mix a teaspoon of ginger, boiling water, and honey to make a tea. Drink this regularly for about a week to get the best result.
Use a banana to make a smooth paste. Apply the banana paste over your cracked feet area for about 20-30 minutes. Then, clean afterwards by using warm water. Feel the difference after doing this treatment for a week. Your cracks will be removed immediately.
If you know that you are allergic to pollen it is best to use air filters indoors during these few weeks, buy antihistamines and special eye drops, so that the spring does not take you by surprise with a tiny allergy.
Especially during the spring most of the people with a weak immune system catch a cold or even flu. So the best thing to do will be to avoid for a few more weeks the crowded places that can expose you more intensely to viruses.
Cloves are a good remedy for treating morning sickness. Take around ten grains of cloves, mix them with tamarind and palm sugar and make it into a nice mixture using water. Drink this solution twice a day as an effective treatment.
Suffering from mouth ulcers frequently? Then amla juice is the best solution for your problem. Dilute amla juice in half a cup of water. Gargle with this mixture daily for best results.
Experts say weight training should be done first, because it's a higher intensity exercise compared to a cardio. Your body is better able to handle weight training early in the workout because you're fresh and you have the energy you need to work it.
When you stretch, ease your body into position until you feel the stretch and hold it for about 25 seconds. Breathe deeply to help your body move oxygen-rich blood to those sore muscles. Don't bounce or force yourself into an uncomfortable position.
Hot, spicy foods containing chillies or cayenne pepper trigger endorphins, the feel-good hormones. Endorphins have a powerful, almost narcotic effect and make you feel good after exercising.
Blueberries, strawberries and raspberries contain plant nutrients known as anthocyanidins, which are powerful antioxidants. Blueberries contain Resveratrol, the antioxidant compound which is believed to help protect against heart disease and cancer.
Folic acid should be taken regularly by all pregnant women and people with a low immunity to disease. Folic acid prevents spina bifida in unborn babies and can play a role in cancer prevention. It is found in green leafy vegetables, liver, fruits and bran.
Are you tired of having stinky feet? Kill odour-causing bacteria quickly by soaking a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol & wiping your soles as needed.
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 & improving blood flow.
Echinacea can reduce cold symptoms. Aim for three grams daily in tincture or capsule form starting at the first sign of cold symptoms.
Doing light massage on your skin with the tip of a comb for 60 seconds every morning everyday can accelerate blood circulation in your face. This, done regularly, will make your skin smooth, healthy & fresh.
For dry skin, incorporate more avocados into your diet. They're rich in monosaturated fat & Vitamin E, both of which promote healthy skin.
Adding raw or lightly cooked garlic to your meals may help keep you healthy this winter. Garlic possesses antiviral & antibacterial properties & are believed to boost immunity.
People whose diets are rich in potassium may be less prone to high blood pressure. Eat potassium-packed picks such as bananas, cantaloupe and oranges.
If you suffer from dry eyes, rise your seafood intake. Salmon, sardine & mackerel contain omega-3 fatty acids which the body uses to produce tears.
Boil tamarind leaf in water adding salt. Keep pouring the liquid on the affected area. This helps to reduce the joint pain.
Gargle with apple cider vinegar in the morning and then brush as usual. The vinegar helps remove stains, whitens teeth and kills bacteria in your mouth and gums.
Stay away from perfumed or flavoured suntan lotions which smell of coconut oil or orange if you want your skin to stay young. These lotions contain psoralen, which speeds up the ageing process.
Swimming is considered the most asthma-friendly sport. However, cycling, canoeing, fishing, sailing and walking are also good, according to the experts.
Don't eat carbohydrates for at least an hour after exercise. This will force your body to break down body fat, rather than using the food you ingest. Stick to fruits and fluids during that hour and also avoid beer.
We need at least 90 mg. of Vitamin C per day and the best way to get this is by eating at least five servings of fresh fruit and vegetables daily. So, fill up your platter with oranges and guavas!
Tomatoes contain lycopene, a powerful cancer fighter and Vitamin C. Cooked tomatoes are also nutritious, so use them in pasta, soups and salads.
In order to save your skin from the dryness of winter, you should ensure that you apply an oil based moisturiser which has SPF. You should also avoid hot water on your skin. Try lukewarm water instead. Drink lot of fluids to keep yourself hydrated.
If you wish to increase the brain power of your kids, then you can include avocado, fish and fish oils, blueberries, kidney beans, broccoli, brown rice, sweet potato, carrots, tomato as well as chicken in their platter. All these food items are excellent for developing their brain power.
Gargle your throat with salt water. This is an excellent remedy to cure soar throat. Apart from this, you can drink honey mixed tea in order to get relief from soar throat as well as other respiratory infections.
Plums are full of anti-oxidants which will protect you from different types of Cancer. Apart from this, it prevents cell damaging and also helps in digestion of food. It is full of dietary fibre and contains potassium and iron. It protects you from bone diseases.
If you wish to maintain the health of your kidneys, you should avoid certain habits like smoking, lack of exercise, magnesium deficiency, not drinking enough water, pain killer abuse, consuming too much protein and alcohol, not treating common infections quickly, etc.
To get rid of cold, you can boil a few chopped garlic cloves in a cup of water and remove it from heat. Then, you should add a teaspoon of honey in it and drink at least 2-3 times a day. This will give you ample relief.
Giving a hug to someone or receiving the same can boost your self esteem and strengthen your immune system! Apart from this, it boosts the oxytocin levels which will help you deal with the feelings of isolation, loneliness and anger!
To get rid of flu and other related diseases, include ginger, garlic, honey, cayenne and of course lemon in your diet. Apart from this, leafy greens and fermented food are also excellent items to fight flu.
Wash your feet in warm water and scrub it with pumice stone. Take 1 tsp of undiluted glycerine, 1 tsp rose water and 1tsp lemon juice and after mixing, apply over your cracked heels. As its a sticky mixture, wear a socks after applying it. Your cracked heels will get cured easily.
Inhale steam to ease your congestion and get rid of drippy nose. Apart from this, you should also drink plenty of fluids to help break up your congestion.
Include Pasta, Spinach, Chocolates, Nuts, Whole-grain bread, Blueberries, Almonds, Green Tea, Fish, etc. in your diet if you wish to keep yourself calm. All these food items have qualities that can help you relax and reduce stress thereby making you a calmer person!
If you wish to eliminate back fat, then you should turn up your cardio exercise. Apart from this, you should focus on toning, practice yoga as well as eat healthy food. With time, all these steps will help reduce your back fat.
Ginger is a popular remedy for morning sickness. You can sip into a cup of freshly brewed ginger tea sweetened with jaggery or honey. However, do not consume excessive ginger or else it may have a negative impact on your pregnancy.
You should grind the flaxseeds with a little bit of water and make a paste out of it. This paste should be applied on your neck and let it stand for 20-25 minutes. Then you can wash it off. This will help reduce the swelling as flaxseeds have anti-inflammatory properties.
Lettuce has low calorie content which aids in weight loss. It helps to keep the heart healthy and has ample Omega 3 fatty acids. It also helps to reduce insomnia.
If you wish to burn calories at home, then you should indulge in inline skating, running, practice jumping rope, hula hooping, tennis, dancing or walk vigorously. You can indulge in any of these and get rid of extra flab easily!
Try to take Epsom Salt bath for 5-10 minutes everyday. If you cannot take a full bath, soak your feet at least! Include 2-3 apples and citrus fruits in your daily diet to increase iron intake. You should also include honey in your diet.
Include chili peppers and cucumbers in your diet to burn more calories. Chili peppers contain a compound called capsaicin which boosts metabolic rate. Cucumbers are mainly made up of water and hardly have any calories. So, it helps to reduce weight in a great way.
If you are suffering from toenail fungus, then you can soak your foot with 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar, two cups of hot water and 1/3 cup of Epsom salt everyday for 30 minutes. The longer you soak your feet, the better for you.
Okra is one of the best medicinal vegetable which can help in preventing anaemia and asthma. It has anti-cancerous properties and can control cholesterol levels. It also treats constipation. Okra has insulin like properties which reduces blood sugar levels.
Kuromame is known to support healthy urination. It has anti-ageing properties and prevents Cancer. Kuromame is also used to reduce the risk of arteriosclerosis and lowers cholesterol. It also blocks fat absorption.
Cilantro helps in curing cardiovascular damage. It is also a great remedy for diabetes. Apart from this, it also has anti-anxiety effects.
Cut out on food items like salt, sugar, red meat, fried foods, caffeine, alcohol and foods with artificial sweeteners and colours to get a beautiful and clearer complexion.
Eat in moderation when you face sinus infection. Include herbs like cayenne pepper, garlic, onion and horseradish in your soups and meals. This will help you get relief from sinus infection.
You can use coconut, bananas, olive oil, pumpkin as well as honey to give new lease of life to your dull and dry hair. Apple cider vinegar can also be of great help in this case.
Oats can help you to quit smoking. An extract derived from green oats can help to ease withdrawal symptoms thereby decreasing cigarette cravings.
Dill is extremely good for kidneys and spleen. It aids in digestion and is also a remedy for gas. It improves appetite and also helps in milk production in nursing mothers. It also helps to prevent infectious diarrhoea.
To get rid of eczema, you should eliminate gluten from your diet. Take steps to reduce stress and improve sleep quality. Ensure that you eat fibre-rich food and detox yourself.
Dance can be your hobby but it has many health benefits as well. It will help in boosting memory and increase the flexibility of your body parts. It reduces stress and depression. You will be able to balance your life better and enjoy an increased energy level. So, enroll yourself to a dance class and enjoy yourself!
Mustard is a common ingredient for cooking in Indian households. It has astounding health benefits. Mustard will help you lose weight and control the symptoms of asthma. It also slows ageing and reduces the chances of gastrointestinal cancer. So, add this to your platter and enjoy its health benefits.
Pineapples contain Bromelain which will help reduce chances of Cancer, reduce swelling & inflammation, prevents water to gather in lungs, helps body to burn fats and improves absorption of medicines.
Shrimps are an excellent source of Selenium. Apart from this, they help to fight Cancer and other degenerative diseases. Shrimps are also known to help avoid blood clots and gum swelling. They also helps to ease the symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome. So, consume shrimps on a regular basis!
Consuming pomegranate juice can help you treat the skin damaged by the constant sun exposure. With the help of this fruit, you will be able to prolong the life of fibroblasts, which are responsible for producing elastin and collagen. They will help you keep the skin tone healthy and enhance the skin’s elasticity.
Onions contain flavonol and quercetin, which are essential antioxidants. Apart from this, it also helps reduce diastolic and systolic pressures. As a result, your heart has to do less work and thus leads to lesser stress.
Garlic contains a substance called allicin which reduces the onset of hypertension. So, have it on a regular basis and enjoy low blood pressure levels. You can also go for powdered garlic to get similar results.
Dry air saps the moisture right out of nails and leaves them delicate and susceptible to breaks and tears. To treat them, apply olive oil or lotion containing lanolin to nails before going to bed. Also, consider having biotin-rich foods like carrots, swiss chard, nuts and fish to the diet.
Wind and dry air are not a good combination for sensitive eyes. Keep a bottle of non-medicated saline tears or eye drops on hand and use it to refresh your eyes when needed.
Ashy and scaly elbows are uncomfortable and unattractive. The key to keeping elbows soft is to exfoliate once or twice per week and moisturize every day. Combine a scoop of sugar, a few drops of olive oil and a drizzle of lemon juice to make a quick scrub. After exfoliating, rinse the skin and moisturize with a thick cream.
Olive leaf is rich in selenium, zinc, iron and vitamin C. If taken daily, it helps to fight off colds and flu and relieves symptoms such as a cough or sore throat.
Even the slightest shortage of vitamins and minerals in your body can leave you vulnerable to infection. Fill up on flu-fighting foods like mushrooms that help to increase white blood cells, and red capsicums that contain twice as much Vitamin C as oranges.
The most immune-strengthening benefits happen after the seventh hour of sleep. So try to get at least eight hours of sleep per night. A good sleep is also important for weight loss and maintenance.
Make garlic an ideal ingredient in winter meals. Fresh garlic has both antiviral and antibacterial properties and reduces the risk of catching cold by more than half.
A handful of nuts everyday will help you keep yourself warm during the winter season. They are rich in vitamins and natural oils. Thus, include nutritive and tasty cashews, almonds, walnuts, dates, raisins and apricots in your diet.
Apply coconut oil to nourish your hair. Apply the oil and leave it overnight and then shampoo it with a herbal shampoo. It will give shine and health to your hair
If you constantly keep the laptop on your lap, then extreme heat from the laptop can cause Toasted Skin Syndrome. This may finally lead to Skin Cancer. So, avoid keeping laptops on your lap for a long period of time.
There are various benefits of drinking water on empty stomach. It can help you cure chronic headache, arthritis, epilepsy, heart system, meningitis, TB, vomiting, gastritis as well as piles. It effective cures menstrual disorders.
Sinus is a common health problem for many of us. You can heal sinus problems with horseradish. They are readily available in food markets and shopping malls. So, include them in your regular diet.
Natural painkillers are available in your kitchen. For example, consume ginger to cure muscle and joint pain. Cloves can help you effectively cure toothache. You can easily get rid of earaches with garlic. Any kind of chronic pain can be cured with turmeric.
As your makeup turns old, bacteria might grow on it. So, it is quite essential for you to keep your makeup clean. Also, you should replace your makeup products and instruments on regular intervals. For example, you should replace your compacts, nail polishes and lipsticks every 1 year. As far as makeup brushes are concerned, you should replace them every 3-5 years.
Iron deficiency can lead to anaemia. Women require 8-18mg iron daily whereas men require 8-11mg iron regularly Consume isolated soy products, Oranges, Tomatoes, Broccoli, Kale, China seeds, Morel Mushrooms as well as Spirulina on a regular basis to ensure supply of iron to your body.
Consuming both cold water and warm water are beneficial for health. Cold water will help your body to cool down after a workout session. Warm water, on the other hand, will soothe your blood vessels and allow better hydration.
Take an Aloe Vera leaf and extract the gel. Put it in the refrigerator and chill it for half an hour. Apply a coating of this chilled gel on the sunburned skin. Allow it to dry and then wash it off. This will help you cure the sunburn.
Urinary tract infections can be quite dangerous. So make sure to take showers instead of baths. You should also not delay your micturition. Drink lots of water as well as cranberry juice and also consume ample amounts of Vitamin C supplements.
Baking soda acts as a natural toothpaste and helps to freshen up your mouth. You will also be able to clean your bathtubs, dishes, tiles and sinks with baking soda as well!
Make a pack of 1/2 peeled potato, 5 small pieces of papaya, 1 spoon turmeric, 3 spoons milk and 1 spoon honey. Mix them properly and apply it evenly on your face and keep it until it dries. Then wash it off with clean water.
Worried about the health of your hair? Want to cure dandruff? Well, then you can go for egg and honey deep conditioner. It plays a great role in stopping hair loss. Mix 2 eggs, 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 tablespoon honey and apply it on your scalp. Leave it for 30 minutes and then rinse off.
Strawberries are anti-inflammatory agents and helps in maintaining bone health. It also helps to fight bad cholesterol. Strawberries also aids in weight management and helps to whiten teeth. It is a great fruit which can stop diarrhoea. Rich in antioxidants, it is also an excellent source of fiber.
Plum is a fruit which helps in eliminating stress and fatigue and maintains eye health. It also plays a great role in maintaining immune system and is also an excellent source of Vitamin A. Rich in antioxidants, it also helps to maintain blood sugar levels and heart health.
Have an apple everyday to boost your immune system. It helps to detoxify the liver and neutralize irritable bowel syndrome. Apart from this, it beats constipation and diabetes and helps to reduce bad cholesterol levels.
Deficiency of Vitamin B12 can lead to anaemia, fatigue and depression. So make sure that you consume enough cheese, milk, fish, eggs, yogurt, chicken, etc to get ample Vitamin B12 and maintain a healthy body.
If you find that your energy levels are starting to drop, then you should simply go for brisk walking. This technique can be more effective in fighting fatigue than a nap or a cup of coffee.
Interested in speeding up your metabolic rate? Go for hot or iced green tea. Drink a cup of green tea 10 minutes before exercising and see your metabolism rate increase.
If you are trying hard to reduce belly fat, then pay attention to the amount of your carbohydrate intake. Also, make sure to avoid artificial sweeteners. Instead, you should go for beans, vegetables and whole grains.
Bladder infection can be quite painful. However, it can be cured naturally. 5 drops of sandalwood oil is enough to cure bladder infection. Apart from this, you can increase the intake of Vitamin C which will help you boost your immunity levels and also reduce the chances of bladder infection.
Chamomile is known to be a natural sedative and relaxant. So, it can be quite beneficial for you to consume it if you want to ward off your alcohol cravings. Chamomile can also soothe your digestive system and relieve you from the feeling of nausea.
Asafoetida has anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and antibiotic properties. It can be successfully used to treat respiratory problems like dry cough, asthma, bronchitis, colds as well as whooping cough. It also helps in curing chest congestion as well as phlegm. Prepare a paste of asafoetida using water and apply it on the chest to get rid of respiratory problems.
Nosebleeds are quite common. You should remain calm when you get a nosebleed. You should sit down and lean your head back. If that does not cure it, then you should go for cold compress for few second to stop the bleeding.
If you are planning to lose weight, then you should try to spice up your cooking with black pepper, cinnamon and ginger. All these spices are loaded with health benefits and will improve insulin resistance. It will also reduce excessive sugar levels in your body, if any. In the long run, these spices will help you lose weight.
Get a glass of warm water and add half-teaspoon of salt to it. Gargle with it. The warm water will help you kill bacteria and viruses and will also heal the inflamed vocal cords. It will also heal sore throat. However, too much of salt can irritate your throat.
To avoid the dry skin during winters, mix a spoonful of honey with a teaspoon of olive oil and add few drops of lemon juice which acts as a natural skin brightener. Apply this lotion to dry areas and keep it for 20 minutes. Wipe it off with a warm washcloth.
Fenugreek seeds increase the number of receptors for insulin in the red blood cells. So, diabetes patients should include it in their daily diet.
Ingrown hairs can be treated with tea tree oil. Tea tree oil has anti septic, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that reduce ingrowths.
Apply raw honey on your scarred skin and cover it with a bandage before you go to bed. Next morning remove the cover and cleanse the skin with water.
Boil 2 tablespoons of fresh thyme in a cup of water for 10 minutes. Drain this mixture in a container and add some honey to it. Drink this mixture thrice a day to get relief from cough and congestion.
To get rid of bad breath after lunch, stick a slice of cucumber to the roof of your mouth. The chemicals present in cucumber would kill the odour producing bacteria in the mouth.
The pomegranate fruit is full of fibres that help in the digestion process. It also controls cholesterol, boosts immunity level and improves blood circulation in the body.
Add onions to your diet! Onions reduce blood pressure as well as cholesterol levels. Also onions contain flavonoids, which reduce the risk of cancerous growth in the body.
You must make sure to remove your contact lenses before you doze off while reading or watching television. Sleeping with contact lenses on can lead to puffy eyes.
If you feel tired or drowsy even though you are eating better, sleeping more and managing stress properly, you should consult a doctor immediately, and get your haemoglobin level
Avoid eating food rich in spices, chillies and garlic before bedtime as spicy food may keep you awake causing indigestion or heartburn.
Regular exercising keeps your muscles and joints healthy, strong and flexible. Exercise also helps you to maintain your body weight and improves your health conditions.
Include calcium rich food products such as milk and milk products like paneer, cheese, dahi, raita, kheer and lassi to build calcium reserves in your body.
Oats are rich in fibres, so they can help to cure constipation. Oats also contain antioxidants and fatty acids which along with Vitamin C slow cell damage.
Every person should get complete health check up annually. It is always better to diagnose a problem in its initial stage and nip it in the bud than to aggravate it.
Dried figs (Anjeer) are a great source of dietary fibre. Eating dried figs every day aids in weight loss, keeping you fit and healthy.
If you are suffering from sinusitis, cold and cough, avoid air travel. Air travel can cause severe pain in the ear and sinuses.
Do not consume antacids more than the prescribed dosage. Consumption of excess antacids can cause constipation and block absorption of some antibiotics like tetracyclines.
The pear fruit has medicinal properties. The fruit contains flavonoids and anti-oxidants and lowers the risk of developing cancer. You can also keep type 2 diabetes a bay by eating pears.
Consuming excess red meat aggravates the risk of heart disease, diabetes and blood pressure. So, it’s time to say no to red meat!
Combine Aloe Vera gel and tea tree oil. Now, apply the mixture on the rashes. Both Aloe Vera gel and tea tree oil have soothing and healing effect on the rashes.
Prepare a mask with 2 tbsp of coconut oil, 4 tbsp of Aloe Vera gel and 3 tbsp of curd. Apply this mask on your hair, leave it for half an hour and then, rinse it water.
Basil leaves have anti-bacterial properties and these are quite effective on stomach ailments. So, if you are suffering from stomach infections, chew a few basil leaves.
Prepare chamomile tea. Add a dash of lemon juice and drink this mixture to cure stomach aches and cramps.
An effective remedy for stomach pains is a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water. Mix 2 or 3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in water and drink it to cure stomach pains.
In a cup of lukewarm water, add a teaspoon of salt. Now stir it properly, till the salt completely dissolves in water. Drink it quickly to treat your upset stomach.
Add a tsp of fresh ginger juice and a tbsp of lime juice in a glass of water. Next add a tbsp of honey in the mixture and drink it every day to alleviate stomach aches.
Use coconut oil to nourish your hair preferably the night before applying shampoo. Also prepare hair masks with natural ingredients such as yogurt, honey and strawberry to apply on hair.
Metabolism slows down at night. A healthy breakfast helps to improve your metabolism. Also strength training exercises twice a week help to increase your metabolic rate.
Follow a healthy diet and perform some aerobic and strength training exercises to burn your calories. Also eat in small portions, but eat frequently so as to stay fit.
Don’t forget to cover your mouth and nose with tissues when you sneeze or cough. Remember, the virus-containing droplets from your mouth and nose can infect others.
Fruits like strawberries, olives and pomegranate are rich in vitamins C, D and E and have skin cleansing, antioxidant and hydrating properties. So, consume these fruits daily.
Clean cuts and abrasions promptly to prevent germs from entering the wound and causing infection in the first place.
Sharing your personal items such as clothes, utensils, cups, plates, bedding, pillows and towel with an infected person means you share the infection too!
Suffering from diarrhoea? Well, drink fresh fruit juice (without the pulp) or tea and honey to rehydrate your body during this condition.
If drinking water in your area is contaminated, make sure to boil the water before drinking or cooking with it to prevent water borne diseases.
Raw vegetables often become breeding ground for germs. So, avoid eating raw vegetables such as raw tomatoes, lettuce etc. Steam or blanch these vegetables before eating.
In a crowded environment, somebody sneezes or coughs without covering his face and transmits the infection to you. Wash your hands and face with an antiseptic soap to kill germs!
Excessive consumption of sugary drinks can cause problems of obesity, diabetes etc. So, swap sugary drinks with herbal tea or green tea.
Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables! Remember healthy food nourishes your body, replaces lost fluids and boosts your immune system to fight infections.
Bathe at least once a day. Use a germ-free soap to wash away odour causing germs and dirt and remain fresh and odour-free all day long.
Make sure you wash your hands at least before eating your meal, after visiting the toilet and after dusting and cleaning your house to prevent spread of germs.
If you are suffering from mild eczema, then you can start drinking Oolong Tea thrice a day and find improvement in itching and other symptoms. The polyphenols present in this tea are responsible for the same.
We all need proteins and can ensure variety in our diet with it. Animal proteins include seafood, poultry and meat whereas plant protein include peas, beans, nuts, seeds and soy products. However, if you are 9 or more years old, then you should restrict protein intake to 5 - 7 ounces.
Low-fat or fat-free dairy products should be included in your diet as they are a rich source of Calcium, Vitamin D, Protein, Potassium, as well as other nutrients.
The more veggies you eat, the better for you! They are a good source of vitamins and minerals and contain low calories. You can even use them in salads and make them further healthier.
Rather than going for a refined grain product, it will be better if you go for whole grain products. People who eat more of whole grains will have a reduced risk of chronic diseases.
Hair is mainly made up of keratin which requires protein to grow. Thus, you can eat low fat, heart healthy lean proteins to reduce hair fall and make your hair grow.
Not everyone can turn vegan so easily! But that is not an issue. Rather try to go meatless once a week. This will help you become healthier to a great extent.
Try to take a multi-vitamin everyday. Before you intake any supplements, it will be better to consult a doctor to know which multi-vitamins will suit you better.
Make sure that you sit down on a table to eat your lunch and dinner. Do not sit in a couch in front of the television. Pay attention to your food and your body while eating.
Try to eat carbohydrates during the early day time whereas end the day with proteins. This will help you in stopping the carbohydrates to get transformed into fat.
If you wish to reduce your fat intake, then you should at least go for one meal each day which is free from any kind of animal products. Most animal products are concentrated source of calories and fat.
If you are suffering from psoriasis, then you can go for the ultraviolet light treatment which may cure the disease from it roots. You may now get this treatment even at the comfort of your home.
Holy basil is excellent in treating anxiety and will help you in reducing mood swings and its negative impacts. You can consume the leaves directly or you can consume it in the form of capsules.
Irrespective of ovarian cancer running in your family or not, you should better go for an anti-ovarian cancer diet. You can include endives and raw onions in your diet in order to avoid ovarian cancer.
Dark chocolates have flavanols/antioxidants which helps in lowering the bad cholesterol (LDL) in your body. Apart from this, it improves memory, boosts mood, helps in digestion as well as regulates blood sugar levels.
Okra or lady finger helps in controlling diabetes, prevents anemia, reduces constipation, aids in weight loss, improves eyesight and immune system and reduces cholesterol levels in your blood.
With Neem, you will be able to clean the clogged pores as well as get rid of pimples.
Mint has proven extremely helpful in treating eczema, scabies, insect infections and stings.
Papaya helps in removing damaged and dead skin. Use papaya juice while facial application to reduce brown spots/freckles.
Eating cucumber every day can help you prevent blackheads, pimples, dry skin as well as wrinkles.
Exercising at least thrice a week will not only help you maintain great shape but will also empower your lungs and build stamina!
Cayenne Pepper has the capability to stop heart attack in 30 minutes. It also helps to boost blood circulation and increases heart action!
Garlic is a natural medicine for curing high blood pressure. Take 1 clove of garlic at least thrice in a week and see marked changes in your blood pressure levels.
Having pomegranate’s juice everyday will be good for your heart and is great for people who are suffering from low blood pressure.
Regular drinking of lemon water will help you shed toxins from your body everyday. It will relieve you from nausea and constipation as well!
In a mug of water, add lemon juice and use it to rinse your hair in the end. Lemon juice will reduce the grease and give a lovely shiny look to your mane!
If you wish to increase your metabolism rate, drink a lot of water. Drinking water will give a boost to your metabolism rate. Drinking alkaline water will further boost up the process.
Street food are a strict no-no during the monsoon. To control your snacking binge, go for cucumbers. Add a pinch of salt and enjoy it as a evening snack.
Cucumbers contain a lot of B vitamins along with carbohydrates which can boost your mood for hours to come. Also, it provides the body with extra water!
Monsoons are infamous for different types of infections and most people suffer from cough and cold. Incorporate ginger in some form or other in your diet and keep cough and cold at bay!
Rainy season can make you a tea lover! Rather than drinking normal sweet tea, try out the different flavours of herbal teas. They have anti-bacterial properties which will keep cough and cold at bay!
Though it's cloudy outside, the ultraviolet rays of the sun can still reach you and impact your skin. So, to be on the safer side, use a sunscreen even on a cloudy day.
Monsoons are infamous for the dirty waters that they lead to! Wear rain boots to keep your feet dry and reduce the chances of various water-borne diseases.
During the monsoons, it is common to catch cold which may lead to clogged nose! Eucalyptus oil can help you breathe easily in this situation. So keep it handy!
Monsoons are famous for fungal infections. To avoid them, bath in lukewarm water and use a anti-fungal soap. Also, keep your skin dry as much as possible and avoid damp clothes.
The humidity and sweat attracts dirt and dust which sticks to your scalp and hair. This may lead to hair loss. To avoid this situation, wash your hair frequently and keep it clean.
Though its the rainy season, moist weather leads to sweating. So, drink 3-4 litres of water regularly to keep your body as well as skin hydrated.
During the monsoons, follow the cleansing, exfoliating and toning routine religiously. If you have a dry skin, keep it moisturized. For oily skin, keep in dry, oil free and clean.
Monsoons are not the right time to enjoy street food. Food sold on the street can easily get contaminated and may lead to airborne and waterborne diseases. So, avoid eating street food.
Your hair will also need protection from sun during the summers. If you have colored your hair, then you will have to use a hair masque or a protector to save them from getting discolored.
Regular consumption of tobacco may lead to problems in getting pregnant. It may even affect the health of a child after delivery and at times may lead to the death of the newly-born.
Most whitening toothpaste contain hydrogen peroxide which may lead to constant breakout on your chin. So, it will be better to avoid that and use a regular toothpaste.
A hydrating toner will be a better option for you than a moisturizer. Unlike a moisturizer, a hydrating toner will lighten up your skin and allow your skin to breathe.
Heat half cup whole milk and regular oatmeal and cook it. Then cool it down and apply it on burned skin. It will exfoliate and soothe burnt skin and give it the lost glow.
Surely you love burgers! Why go for the junk burgers? Make a healthy burger with whole wheat buns and lean meats with generous toppings of feta cheese, pineapple, wasabi, etc.
If you enjoy work outs for a longer session, then make sure to hydrate yourself with sports drinks. They will help you restore lost water content in your body and increase endurance and energy levels.
Summer comes with a range of colourful fruits and vegetables. Mix various fruits or vegetables into a colourful platter and enjoy it to boost up your health and avoid junk food.
Eat a heavy breakfast full of protein, carbs, and healthy fat to boost up your metabolism rate in the morning and get energy for the whole day.
Enjoy the grilled tuna, salmon, lobsters, calamari, steamer calms this summer to have a protein rich but low calorie lunch or dinner! Summers are the ideal time to enjoy sea-foods.
Plant trees or flowering plants in your garden to reduce your mental and physical stress. It will keep you mentally grounded and help you get rid of unnecessary stress in your life.
Whether you are at work or play, take good care of your eyes. Wear a protective eye-wear like sunglasses to save yourself from the ultraviolet rays of the sun and wrinkles.