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Olive Oil - Buy The Right Type For Your Family!

Dt. Rajat Jain 89% (20 ratings)
Diploma In Diet & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Jaipur  •  3 yrs exp
Olive Oil - Buy The Right Type For Your Family!

Today, olive oil is known as one of the healthiest oils for cooking food because of its low level of saturated fats. Olive oil is also said to be able to aid in weight loss, reduce cholesterol, lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases, slow down the ageing process and protect against certain types of cancer. However, not all types of olive oil are the same. Olive oil is extracted by crushing olives and is categorised on the basis of the type of pressing, acidity levels and extent of processing undergone.

Some of the common types of olive oil available are:

  1. Extra virgin olive oil: This refers to oil produced by the first ‘pressing’ of olives. This oil is extracted using only mechanical or other physical means and does not involve the use of heat or chemicals. The only processing is subjected to is washing, decanting, centrifuging and filtering. The maximum acidity level of this oil is 0.8%. Extra virgin olive oil has no added flavours or aroma and is said to have a superior taste.
  2. Virgin olive oil: This is the second grade of olive oil. It has slightly higher level of acidity than extra virgin olive oil. It may seem to have a slight flavour imperfection as compared to the earlier oil. This is most commonly used type of olive oil.
  3. Refined olive oil: Oil that is produced by subsequent pressings of the remaining olive flesh is known as refined olive oil. It has a lighter colour and is less viscous as compared to virgin olive oil. Unlike virgin olive oil, refined olive oil is bleached and deodorised. It may also be mixed with a little virgin olive oil. This type of oil has the same levels of monosaturated fat, but has very little antioxidants.
  4. Olive pomace oil: The crushed flesh and pits left over from the extraction of olive oil is known as pomace. This may further be used to extract oil known as pomace oil. Pomace oil is an inferior oil that may be mixed with olive oil to improve its taste and texture.
  5. Unfiltered olive oil: As the name suggests, the unfiltered olive oil contains bits of olive flesh. While this may enhance the flavour of the oil, it also causes a sediment to be formed at the bottom of the bottle. This sediment may become rancid over time and lower the shelf life of the oil. Unfiltered olive oil should ideally be used within 6 months of being bottled.

Apart from the above, there are a number of other types of olive oil such as early or late harvest olive oil, hand picked olive oil, single estate olive oil and flavoured oil.

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Social Phobia - How To Combat it?

Ms. Pooja Naik 92% (10 ratings)
M.Sc - Psychology
Psychologist, Hyderabad  •  8 yrs exp
Social Phobia - How To Combat it?

Anxiety often leads to the development of phobias. An unreasonable fear of being in social situations is known as social anxiety or social phobia. People suffering from such a phobia may be afraid of specific social settings like public speaking or generic social events such as eating with others or using public telephones.

They are afraid that they will embarrass themselves or be humiliated in front of others. Being in such a situation can often build up into a panic attack. In many cases, the person himself is aware that his fear is irrational but cannot overcome it. Hence, here are a few tips to overcome social phobia:

  1. Relax: The first thing you need to do is learn to relax. People with phobias often anticipate them and stress themselves out before the situation can present itself. Being anxious heightens sensitivity and worsens your response to a social situation. Hence, before stepping out or meeting someone, take a deep breath and relax. Instead of focusing on the stressful situation, think about something in the future like getting home to a nice cup of tea.
  2. Test yourself: Make a list of the situations that you are afraid of and anticipate the level of anxiety you think it would cause. Then test this hypothesis by putting yourself in the situation. For example, if you fear walking into a crowded room, try doing it once. You may find that you cope with the situation better then you anticipated. Keep a record of these hypothesis and test results.
  3. Practice doing what scares you: Some situations may scare you too much to dive straight into them. In such cases, practice what you would do if you were in such a situation by yourself or with someone you trust. Run the situation in your head and imagine what you would do if it were actually happening.
  4. Look around: Social awkwardness is often caused by imaging that people can read your thoughts and thus focusing on them rather than the people you are talking to or the space you are in. Train your mind to notice things around you and be aware of your situation. Focusing outwards can lower your anxiety and enhance your ability to hold a conversation with people. To make this a habit, whenever you walk into a room, make a mental note of three things in the room.
  5. Ask questions: An easy way to shift focus from yourself to people around you is by asking questions. When you ask someone a question, listen to their response and if you still aren't comfortable talking about your own views, ask another related question. This will not give your mind time to dwell on any negative thoughts and can even increase your social circle.
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How Sugar Is Harmful For Your Skin?

Dr. Deepti Dhillon 86% (171 ratings)
MBBS, DDV, Aesthetic medicine
Dermatologist, Delhi  •  16 yrs exp
How Sugar Is Harmful For Your Skin?

You often consume a much higher amount of sugar than you should actually, as it is widely present in a very high number of foods and beverages. Research suggests that this excessive sugar consumption may ultimately be very harmful for your health - and that it may badly harm your skin. Experts believe that too much intake of sugar can make your skin look wrinkled or dull, and also lead to a host of other skin-related disorders. Here are the ways in which excessive sugar consumption affects your skin:

  1. Causes inflammation: Inflammation, caused by excess sugar intake, can be really damaging for the body - especially because it negatively impacts your immune system, and may lead to frequent breakouts on the skins and increased chances of pimples or warts.
  2. Increases wrinkling: Sugar's inflammatory properties not only lead to breakouts on the skin, but also cause wrinkles. Collagen, which is essential for healthy, supple skin, is broken down by sugar, which makes the skin look dehydrated and dull, also increasing the chances of premature wrinkling.
  3. Causes imbalance in blood sugar level: Excessive sugar consumption causes irregularities in blood sugar levels by initially increasing sugar levels, which then reduces when insulin in released into your cells. It often ends up making you hungry, moody or shaky and increases stress levels leading to dull looking skin.
  4. Leads to occurrence of acne: Increased intake of sugar results in stimulation of hormone levels which raises sebum production and in turn affects growth of skin cells. This may be a reason of acne.
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PCOD/PCOS & Weight Loss - What All Should You Know?

MBBS, DFM, Diploma in Diet and Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai  •  18 yrs exp
PCOD/PCOS & Weight Loss - What All Should You Know?
People with PCOD/PCOS are at a greater risk of Prediabetes and Diabetes before the age of 40? True or False? Take this quiz to learn more about PCOD/PCOS and how to manage the weight in PCOS.
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I am 35 years man, for past two days when I pass urine I can see blood clots are mixed in the urine and the urine color is red at the end of urinating I can see little amount of blood leaking. I feel pain and burning sensation only while urinating. After passing urine for few minutes I feel pain on my belly button.

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, DNB - MEdicine, DNB- Nephrology
Nephrologist, Gurgaon  •  19 yrs exp
I am 35 years man, for past two days when I pass urine I can see blood clots are mixed in the urine and the urine col...
This may be due to urine infection or stone in lower passage get USG abdomen and urine test and consultation.
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Hello, I am 27 year old male, my body skin colour is light fair, I want increase my blood level and clean my blood which foods help me very well.

MD, MBBS
Dermatologist, Chennai  •  20 yrs exp
Hello, I am 27 year old male, my body skin colour is light fair, I want increase my blood level and clean my blood wh...
Undergo glutathione therapy. Otherwise, few creams also available. Contact me by direct online consultation for treatment.
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It's been three months since I have been taking spine tb medicine. 4 months before I was suggested to take mri and my doctor told me there is only traces of pus in bone now. But the problem is I still feel pain in my back whenever I walk for long time and sit for more than 20 minutes. What should I do now? Even I have not started my regular life till due to pain. Can there be any complication. Please suggest clearly.

MBBS, MS - Orthopaedics
Orthopedist, Delhi  •  53 yrs exp
It's been three months since I have been taking spine tb medicine. 4 months before I was suggested to take mri and my...
ATT is usually taken for 8-10 months. Feeling of well being is the biggest parameter of effectively of the therapy. Other lab parameters like ESR, CRP done repeatedly also guide in determining the effectivity of treatment. Keeping all these in mind you should gradually return to usual activities.
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Hi I am a mom of 2.3 year old kid. My question is I am getting beard and moustache. I Have consulted doctor and she prescribed Her grace tablet and Hinder cream to apply. But the hair are still growing. Nowadays I have lot of temper and scream on everyone for small issue. Later I feel ashamed. Please let me know what can be done and I what quantity should I apply cream so that hair doesn't grow anymore. Thank you.

MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Jaipur  •  8 yrs exp
Hi I am a mom of 2.3 year old kid. My question is I am getting beard and moustache. I Have consulted doctor and she p...
Hello The details which you have given matches to some baby but as you mentioned that you are a mom I am advising you to take laser hair removal treatment that is the best option for your problem. And get your hormonal check up done.
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Laser Hair Reduction

Dermatologist, Delhi
Laser Hair Reduction

Enjoy the freedom to wear anything, anytime!

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Sir mere bahut dino se kharash ho rahi ha aur kharash se zakgam ho jate ha or lgta weight bhi loss ho raha ha kya problem ho sakta ha please sir bataye.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), BTCM, DTCM
Ayurveda, Bargarh  •  12 yrs exp
Sir mere bahut dino se kharash ho rahi ha aur kharash se zakgam ho jate ha or lgta weight bhi loss ho raha ha kya pro...
Kitne dino se cough ho raha he, if it is more than 15 days and weight is reducing, test for afb sputum. Start vyaghri haritaki 5gm three times a day.
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Hi, I am 25 years old unmarried women from past three months I am losing most of my hair. The volume reduced to half and how can I grow the hair naturally. Is there anything I need to change in food. I am gluten free and dairy free person.

BHMS Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery
Homeopath, Delhi  •  3 yrs exp
Hi, I am 25 years old unmarried women from past three months I am losing most of my hair. The volume reduced to half ...
Take protein rich diet. Take soya paneer 3 times a week roasted chana .roasted makhana ,take good nutritional diet. Drink plenty of water, use sls sodium and paraben free shampoo. For more details contact me online.
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I am suffering from hair fall and thinning of hair. When consulted doctor I was prescribed flucort lotion and ketanol shampoo. Is it good?

Trichologist, Amritsar
I am suffering from hair fall and thinning of hair. When consulted doctor I was prescribed flucort lotion and ketanol...
In hairfall do overnite oiling and wash in morning. Thrice a week & at least continue it for 1 month. Do not apply any oil or serum after wash. Google "roots hair & scalp clinic amritsar"
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Causes & Solutions Of Premature Gray Hair At Young Age!

Dermatologist
Dermatologist, Noida  •  18 yrs exp
Causes & Solutions Of Premature Gray Hair At Young Age!

It is a growing concern that today even kids as young as ten years old suffer from graying of hair.

It was a very rare phenomenon even a few years ago but it is increasing every day. While there are many reasons that cause early graying of hair, the most common reason is possibly pollution, lack of proper nutrition and stress.

Today even children are not out of bounds of stress and hence graying of hair starts as early as in a ten-year-old. But to prevent graying of hair you have to know about it a little.

Hence read on to know more:

  • Every hair follicle has melanocytes, which are hair pigmentation producing cells. When a hair strand grows out of a hair follicle, melanocytes inject melanin into the strand that makes the hair colored.
  • Usually, with age, the melanocytes slowly stop producing the melanin, thus making the hair strands turn the first grey and then white.
  • But due to some reasons like some kinds of illness or stress or lack of nutrition, the melanocytes might stop producing enough melanin before time. This is what causes premature graying of hair.
  • The kind of illnesses that might cause premature graying of hair includes hyperthyroidism, hormonal imbalances, hypothyroidism, and pernicious anemia and so on.
  • It can also be caused by excessive damage to the hair that happens from the effect of using chemical dyes frequently, keeping the scalp unclean and effect of some high dosage drugs.
  • Since the reasons of premature graying of hair are varied, it is suggested that for the treatment you consult a good trichologist first before trying anything for yourself.
  • For one thing, using dyes that contain ammonia to color your hair would be a mistake that would further aggravate the problem. But unfortunately, that is what most people do.
  • If you too are facing the problem of premature graying of hair, make sure you consult a good trichologist to find out the reason behind the problem.
  • Once the reason is clear it would be much easier to find a solution too. If the only option you have is to color your hair, make sure you use a color that contains no ammonia.
  • Hence using something natural like the henna would be a good idea.  And if you are fortunate to still have a mane of hair that has not started to gray yet, make sure you take proper care of it.
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