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1 Tablespoon Of Cumin - Know How It Can Work Wonders!

Dr. Venkatesh Bhardwaj 90% (10 ratings)
BAMS, MS - Ayurveda
Ayurveda, Hyderabad  •  14 yrs exp
1 Tablespoon Of Cumin - Know How It Can Work Wonders!

Cumin, also known as 'jeera' in the Indian subcontinent, is an ancient seed that has been prized for more than 3000 years. Ayurveda holds this spice in high regards and uses it for treating a host of health disorders including burning of excess fat.

Why are cumin seeds considered to aid in weight loss?

  1. An effective detoxifier: Ayurveda considers the accumulation of toxins to cause weight gain and other medical conditions. While certain toxins are easily removed with water, fatty toxins stick to cells and disrupt cell metabolism resulting in weight gain. To detox such hard-to-remove toxins, cumin seeds are predominantly used in Ayurveda. The seeds remove excess kapha from the intestines and detox liver effectively.
  2. Lowers cholesterol that aids in burning fat effectively: Black cumin is rich in phytosterols which are plant fats resembling cholesterol present in animal fats. When consumed, they limit the amount of cholesterol absorbed by the body. Taking a tablespoon of cumin seeds every day has been medically proven to lower the amount of cholesterol up to 10 percent and bad cholesterol up to 14 percent. This reduction in addition to the cholesterol-lowering measures that you may have adopted would be helpful in burning fat much faster. Taking about 2 grams of cumin seeds combined with light freehand or aerobic exercises can lead to subsequent weight loss in people who lead a sedentary lifestyle.
  3. Lowers blood sugar levels and regulates metabolism: Any person with high blood sugar levels is aware that low insulin levels tend to create a craving for sweets and carbs while high insulin levels can cause extreme thirst and fatigue. Cumin seeds have been proven to lower the blood sugar levels. It lowers blood sugar levels by increasing insulin and glucose sensitivity. In this way, black cumin seeds can aid you to shed off extra pounds by improving the blood glucose levels as well as glucose absorption. In addition to all these benefits, black cumin seeds contain high amounts of oleic acid which is a fatty acid causing acceleration in the way in which the body burns fat.
  4. Other benefits from cumin seeds: Constipation and indigestion are other common reasons for weight gain. An excellent source of fiber, antioxidants, and that has anti-flatulent properties, the cumin seeds can cure constipation, bloating and heaviness, thus, aiding in weight loss. Lack of sleep may also be causing weight gain. Cumin seeds can cure you of insomnia, thus. regulating your sleep pattern and metabolism.

Hence, cumin seeds are a simple and effective ayurvedic remedy for weight loss. Cumin seeds are more potent, and you can take a spoon of roasted or plain cumin seeds every day. Obese or normal, irrespective of your weight, taking cumin seeds regularly have quite a few benefits.

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Walking Posture - Learn The Correct Forms Of It!

Rlg Multi-speciality Hospital 87% (279 ratings)
Multi Speciality, Navi Mumbai
Walking Posture - Learn The Correct Forms Of It!

Walking is a simple activity and it should remain simple. We have forgotten to walk properly since many of us have a desk job. Many of us just shuttle between the bed, car and the desk only. For us walking a mile or so requires too much effort and time. However, it is important that we include walking in our everyday life.

But as we start adding the simplest way of exercise in our daily lives, it is important that we do the same correctly. The proper posture - the proper time and the right attitude is essential.

Proper walking posture is efficient and easy on the body. Poor walking postures can cause early fatigue, discomfort and even injury. Walking properly involves the whole body - from head to toe.

HEAD: Walk tall, do not lean forward/backward and stand straight.

You don't have to look down. Always look forward, at least 20 feet ahead. The chin should be parallel to the ground and the ears should be directly on your shoulders. Your back should be straight and should not be slouching and walking. Focus on head and whole body will fall in line.

SHOULDERS: 'Relax ', shrug once and let the shoulders fall back and lift your chest.

If you are stressed, then you might have tight and raised shoulders. It is best to let go of oneself and relax. Let your shoulders fall back and lift your chest. Walk proud and confident.

ARMS: 'Swing', it generates extra momentum and increases calorie burning.

Hands should be relaxed. The opposite arm and leg coordination should be there and your arms should be swinging together. Your leg and arm movement ensures that your body is in close coordination with walking. This also helps in building a momentum and opting for an option called power walking - an exceptional way to lose weight.

CORE: 'Brace your core'

Core is the muscle group that surrounds the torso or the mid skeleton. It provides stability and should be activated while walking by tightening your abdominal muscles.

LEGS: 'Align and level'

Hips should be fairly levelled and legs should comfortably swing on you stride. Keep your knees tightly bent and do not roll in or out while walking. Your knees must remain properly aligned with the hips and feet.

Feet: 'Flexible'

The heels should strike first with the toes pulled up at 45 degrees. Then roll through the step from head to toe and finally push off with your big toe to move into the next step. Wear flexible shoes as stiff shoes will slap down rather than roll through. Finally, make your walk comfortable and enjoyable.

Focus on one or two points per walk and gradually, in a few weeks, you can master all of the points without having to think about it.

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Why Eating Dark Chocolate Is NOT A Sin?

Dt. Sangita Chatterjee Bisoyi 92% (15 ratings)
MBA-HR, MBA-Finance, Diploma in Dietetics, Health and Nutrition (DDHN), Diploma in Nutrition and Health Education (DNHE))
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi  •  13 yrs exp
Why Eating Dark Chocolate Is NOT A Sin?

Do you feel guilty about consuming too much chocolate lately? Well, don’t. Chocolate has various health benefits that even chocoholics are unaware of, which makes moderate amounts of chocolate a must add to your diet.

Here are a few reasons why you should be consuming more chocolate:

  1. High nutritional value: Switching to dark chocolates is a wise choice as they are packed with a number of nutrients, which make them equivalent to any other healthy food nutritionists recommend. 100 grams of dark chocolate contains 11 grams of fibre and is packed with zinc, iron, phosphorous and potassium, which classifies it as a nutritious choice.
  2. Helps in promoting better sexual health: Chocolate is a popular aphrodisiac, which has been known to stimulate blood flow to the different parts of the body. Indulging in chocolate also helps you to get rid of apprehensions; which is why consuming chocolate acts as a sex stimulator.
  3. Helps in preventing diabetes and reduces cholesterol: It is ironic how the intake of dark chocolate in moderation prevents the onset of diabetes. The cocoa present in chocolate is proven to improve insulin sensitivity thereby delaying diabetes. The high content of flavonoids in chocolate also helps in reducing cholesterol which lowers hypertension and the risk of suffering from coronary diseases and ailments.
  4. Chocolate might prevent cancer: Cocoa present in chocolates contains ‘pentameric procyanidin’ which restricts the ability of cancerous cells to multiply and spread. When cancer patients were treated with pentameric procyanidin, it was observed that the required protein for multiplication of cancerous cells was restrained and their division was blocked.

The major health benefits of eating chocolate coupled with the relief a bar provides during PMS and pregnancy, advances the delicious food item to the category of healthy food. Hence, consumption of chocolate in moderate amounts daily is something you shouldn’t refrain from.

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Can Skipping Meals Help in Weight Loss?

MBBS, DFM, Diploma in Diet and Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai  •  18 yrs exp
Can Skipping Meals Help in Weight Loss?
Skipping meals can help cut calories. True or False? Take the quiz to know more!
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I have take thyronorm 25 mg /day what is side effect can happens? Please suggest me.

Endocrinologist, Delhi  •  39 yrs exp
I have take thyronorm 25 mg /day what is side effect can happens? Please suggest me.
Side effects are usually due to over or under dose.If prescribed by a qualified doctor continue it without fear and monitor the dose by getting TSH done.
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I have post inflammatory pigmentation on face. Had clofazimine for almost two years. But it stopped from last year. Still my skin is not becoming normal like before. please suggest something.

Dermatologist, Chennai  •  20 yrs exp
I have post inflammatory pigmentation on face. Had clofazimine for almost two years. But it stopped from last year. S...
Undergo glutathione therapy. Otherwise, few creams also available. Contact me by direct online consultation for treatment.
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I have had root canal done can I take hifenac p as a pain killer I am a diabetic on insulin.

MBBS, CCEBDM, Diploma in Diabetology, Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics, Cetificate Course In Thyroid Disorders Management (CCMTD)
Endocrinologist, Dharwad  •  48 yrs exp
I have had root canal done can I take hifenac p as a pain killer I am a diabetic on insulin.
Hello, thanks for the query. Pain killers if needed can be taken. Only thing is it should be taken only if absolutely needed. Plus it is important to know creatinine & urea levels. Because pain killers if taken regularly put a load on kidney. Thanks.
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My hair has split ends and it's too weak shorter length and very light in weight.

MD - Ayurveda, BAMS, DYA, PGDEMS
Ayurveda, Nashik  •  12 yrs exp
My hair has split ends and it's too weak shorter length and very light in weight.
Hi Lybrate user, There are many reasons for split heads & weak hairs, i.e. - dandruff, fungal infection, lack of nutrients, low calcium etc are some of them. Ayurvedic medicines are very potent to treat hair fall. For better & healthy hairs follow some ayurveda tips - -Ayurvedic Oils to Give your Scalp a Hot Oil Massage. -Hair becomes more prone to breakage when it is wet. So, you must avoid combing your just after a bath. - take atleast 7 hours sound sleep in night, avoid day sleep. It is during sleep that most of the tissues are regenerated and rejuvenated. - avoid using hot water to wash hairs. - Anuloma viloma pranayam is also useful for healthy hairs. - take natural calcium suplements, avoid hot air hair blower to dry your hairs. You can Consult online for proper evaluation & medicines
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Freckles - 4 Ways To Treat Them!

Freckles - 4 Ways To Treat Them!

Some of us are born with freckles and some acquire them, mostly due to sun exposure. They are not common on darker skin, but those of us with lighter complexion have to bear the brunt of these brown dot-like blemishes. If you’ve been waiting for information on easy and super-fast ways to get rid of freckles, you’ve just got lucky.

You can use natural lightening methods as well as freckle-removing treatments like lasers to get rid of freckles fast.

Natural lightening methods: 

  1. Lemon juice:  This natural bleach can lighten freckles fast. Problem is that lemon juice doesn’t work on freckles caused due to sun exposure as these are darker and more irregularly placed across the skin.
  2. Sour cream mask: Milk and sour cream are both very effective in combating freckles. Just make a mask and apply on your face and let it soak in. What happens here is that the lactic acid in milk peels away the outer skin on your face, lightening freckles.
  3. Fruit peels: You can mix fruits and apply on face. This will facilitate the natural acids in fruits to peel the top layer of skin and lighten freckles. Strawberries and kiwi fruit are very effective and so are cucumbers and apricots.

Treatments for removing freckles

  1. Lightening creams: These are easily available as well as extremely effective against both natural as well as sun induced freckles. Creams with liquorice extract and Aloe work best. Then there are creams with chemicals like hydroquinone and oxybenzone, which are also very effective, though they can sometimes have side effects.
  2. Microdermabrasion: What microdermabrasion does is that it removes the outer layer of skin through the action of a stream of tiny particles. This reduces the intensity of freckles.
  3. Chemical peels: These peels remove the top layer of skin and reduce freckles. Skin needs 2-3 days to heal after a chemical peel. Chemical peels are prepared in 3 different strengths:
    1. Superficial which use alpha or beta hydroxy acids
    2. Medium which uses trichloroacetic acid to penetrate deep into skin
    3. Deep peels which use higher concentrations of trichloroacetic acid or phenol to get rid of even more layers of skin.
  4. Laser treatment: Lasers offer a fast way to get rid of freckles. They work by burning the blood vessels underneath the freckles. This reduces the intensity of freckles and gives skin an even tone. The procedure is safe if done by a surgeon. It may cause some temporary bruising, swelling and redness.

A good way to stop freckles from marring the prettiness of your skin is to protect yourself from the sun. You can wear sunscreen or cover your skin with long sleeves. Both of these stop the darkening of old freckles or the formation of newer ones.

My daughter is suffering fever and loose motion since last 4-5 days. Fever up and down. She can not take any food. Loose motion 3-4 times in a day. At present she is admitted in the hospital. What can we do?

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
General Physician, Delhi  •  44 yrs exp
My daughter is suffering fever and loose motion since last 4-5 days. Fever up and down. She can not take any food. Lo...
Give her curd and rice or khichri ,bananas. As she is in hosp doctors must have done her blood tests and typhoid test and urine test they will treat her accordingly.
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Hello. I have gained allot of weight from last 3 years. I work out for 1-1.5 hr for 5 days in a week. I also have pcod problem and irregular periods. I can not control my diet. Please let me know how to lose weight and also let me know the solution for pcod.

M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition, Diploma in Naturopathy & Yogic Science (DNYS)
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Vadodara  •  4 yrs exp
Hello. I have gained allot of weight from last 3 years. I work out for 1-1.5 hr for 5 days in a week. I also have pco...
Hello Lybrate-user! for your pcod problem I suggest you to avoid eating in a plastic containers, avoid foods which contain preservative, avoid food colour, avoid milk have soya milk, for irregular periods have ripe papaya and raw papaya to induce periods. Have proper diet and exercise. Thank you.
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Hello! myself shashikant. I'm 25 years old, and want gain weight like my body, actually my height is 5'11" but the weight is stable at 62.

MD - Homeopathy, DHMS
Homeopath, Ahmedabad  •  30 yrs exp
Hello! myself shashikant. I'm 25 years old, and want gain weight like my body, actually my height is 5'11" but the we...
You should start gym or exercise or running, swimming any of these activity. And you should eat the type of food which contains more calories. Like banana, apple, dry fruits. Cereals, sprouts. And also you should do thyroid test.
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My weight is 100 kg and my bmi is 35. No diabetes .no hypertension. I want to reduce my weight within 6 months. My age is 23 yr. Please recommend a method .i have a very busy schedule all day and almost no time for walk or exercise. Please prescribe way to reduce my weight.

MSC - Home Science
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Thane  •  10 yrs exp
My weight is 100 kg and my bmi is 35. No diabetes .no hypertension. I want to reduce my weight within 6 months. My ag...
Hello Ms. lybrate-user, for weightloss one has to follow healthy and clean eating some tips for healthy weightloss 》include complex carbohydrates in your diet-such as whole wheat flour, ragi, jowar, bajra roti, dalia etc. increase your protein intake drink 12-15glasses of water daily include fresh seasonal fruits include salads with meals eat small and frequent meals avoid sweets, desserts fried foods, oily foods restaurant foods, junk foods juices, colddrinks processed and packaged foods ready to eat foods, instant foods. Go for 45 min brisk walk daily.
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Weight Management And Ayurveda - Know The Relation!

Ayurveda, Ahmedabad  •  18 yrs exp
Weight Management And Ayurveda - Know The Relation!

Ayurveda is a renowned life science that has been credited with changing lives since ancient times. Not only can it prevent diseases and ailments, but it can also cure them with its combination of herbal medication, everyday routine and yogic poses.

Weight management is a field that also enjoys various Ayurvedic remedies. Some of them are as follows :

- Herbs

Herbs are a way of healing used by Ayurveda, and the use of various herbs can help in hastening the metabolism for healthy weight management.

- Taste

Ayurveda recognises six distinct tastes that should be incorporated into one's daily diet. These tastes include salty, pungent, sour, sweet, bitter and finally, astringent. Each of these tastes has several properties that balance the various hormones and health factors in one's body. These tastes form the various counterpoints to alleviate all kinds of health problems, which finally help in effective weight management. Also, one must eat all the seasonal fruits and vegetables to keep the body and hormones in good balance. 

- Exercise

While a daily routine of exercise is a must in any life science, Ayurveda too propagates the devotion of at least 45 minutes to one hour towards some form of exercise. Walking is said to be the most important and effective forms of exercise, followed by several yoga poses that can help in better weight management. Also, as per Ayurveda, it is important to move after each and every meal, so that a routine of eating and activity is built into the system. 

- Sleep

Ayurveda recognises sleep or rest as one of the most important aspects of a healthy lifestyle. While good eating habits and exercise form one side of it, sleep or rest completes the triangle. One can also practice the Savasana or resting pose for a period of rest. And at least six to seven hours of sleep is a must as per Ayuveda.

- Meditation

This practice helps in focussing the awareness which can instil the desired function like weight management in the body. Being mindful of what your body needs can also help in eating and exercising right.

Weight management is a lifelong process in Ayurveda. Contact us for a private consultation to know more.

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