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How Soft Drinks Impact Your Health

BHSC in Dietetics, Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Science and Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
How Soft Drinks Impact Your Health

Do you have an overwhelming craving for soft drinks? Are sodas and soft drinks part of your everyday diet? Soft drinks are very popular and common among today's youth and adults alike. However, the consumption of soft drinks may have several impacts on your health and may lead to severe consequences. Soft drinks contain chemical preservatives and other harmful substances, which are capable of affecting all major organs of the human body. Here is a list of disorders, health conditions and complications, which may arise from the consumption of soft drinks:

Asthma

  1. Asthma is common in many consumers of soft drinks, which contain sodium benzoate as a preservative. These preservatives may mix with your diet and lead to reduced potassium content in the body. The chances of rashes are also enhanced.
  2. Dissolving of tooth enamel
  3. Soft drinks contain solvents, which are highly reactive. When these mix with the saliva or the stomach acids, they may turn acidic. Your mouth and teeth may get affected. Tooth enamel may dissolve, and the esophagus may get damaged.

Heart diseases

  1. Soft drinks contain fructose corn syrup, which increases the risk of metabolic disorders in the body. The chances of heart diseases and diabetes get enhanced.
  2. Sugar overloading
  3. This is a phenomenon which occurs a few minutes after consuming soft drinks. The blood-sugar level may shoot up, and an insulin burst is possible. Blood pressure increases, the pupils may get dilated, and the liver may dump more amounts of sugar in the bloodstream.

Kidney disorders

Many soft drinks contain phosphoric acid, which causes a disturbance in the digestive system, affecting all the supportive organs. The chances of kidney stone formation get increased because of phosphoric acid. Other renal problems are likely as well.

Reproductive problems

The cans of soft drinks have a coating of resin for looking good and having a shiny appearance. Resin is composed of Biphenyl A, which is a cancer-causing chemical. The endocrine system gets affected, which may lead to reproductive health problems and premature puberty.

Osteoporosis

When soft drinks are consumed, urine contains calcium along with phosphoric acid. This may lead to osteoporosis, which is a condition where the bones get weakened and deprived. Calcium deficiency is also observed in people who consume a lot of sodas and soft drinks.

Obesity

  1. Obesity is very common among regular consumers of soft drinks, and soda based beverages. According to research, one single can of soda may increase the chances of getting obesity by quite a percentage.
  2. You should not drink soft drinks and soda regularly. This will keep you away from many health conditions. You should consume alternatives for soft drinks such as homemade iced tea and natural fresh veg juices and whole fruits, which contain no added chemicals and preservatives.

Related: Alternative of soft drinks you can try Auric Ayurvedic Anti Aging Health Beverages. It is gluten free and contains only 14 Calorie.

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How to Obtain Soft and Glowing Skin Naturally

Dermatologist
Dermatologist, Noida
How to Obtain Soft and Glowing Skin Naturally

Every women wants soft and glowing skin, which one will never get tired of touching.

Have you ever dreamt of having glowing skin, which is so soft, that your husband never stops telling you how soft it is?

Have you always wanted your friends to compliment on how radiant your skin is?

Well now, your dream will surely come true as given below are some tips to obtain soft and glowing skin naturally.

If you follow these tips properly then you will also have the soft and glowing skin naturally, which you always dreamed to possess.

Some of the tips to acquire smooth, soft and glowing skin naturally are:

 

  • The harsh sun can really make your skin look bad hence, apply sunscreen every time you go out to protect your skin form dust and harsh rays of the sun.
  • Make sure that you take a cool shower instead of a hot shower.
  • Use less soap. Soap is made up of chemicals instead mix channe ka atta, shikakai powder and kasturi haldi and add some water to make a fine paste out of it. Apply this paste to your body and rinse it off.  
  • Moisturize your skin daily as your skin needs nourishment.
  • Eat healthy and be fit. If you eat healthy green vegetables, fruits and fibers, you will soon have glowing skin. Eat sweet potatoes, broccoli, carrot, mangoes, spinach, and blueberries and dry fruits and nuts.
  • Workouts daily, if you tone your muscles, it will make your skin look tighter and well sculpted.
  • Sleep well as a good night sleep will help your skin to look fresh.
  • Don’t use excess make up. Cosmetics are made up of chemicals instead go for natural products.
  • Apply rose water to your skin as it improves your complexion.
  • Drink a lot of water as water makes your skin look bright and fresh. Dehydrated skin looks dull.
  • Scrub your skin well as it helps to remove dead skin cells and makes your skin look radiant.
  • Green tea scrub is a very effective scrub. To prepare a green tea scrub you need green tea leaves, one teaspoon of cream and one teaspoon of sugar. Boil green tea leaves in a spoon full of water and add sugar and cream to it. Mix well, apply, and rinse it off after 10 minutes.

Hence these are some of the tips you have to follow religiously to get smooth and glowing skin naturally. Make sure that you follow them properly.

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Have A Glowing And Soft Skin With Homeopathy Remedies

Dr.Ranjana Gupta 90% (119ratings)
BHMS
Homeopathy Doctor, Delhi
Have A Glowing And Soft Skin With Homeopathy Remedies

Every woman strives to achieve flawless, glowing skin. Today, men are far behind and thus a good complexion is envied and sought after by everyone. The skin condition is affected by a number of factors including diet, sun exposure, age, etc. Though skin conditions like acne, freckles, sun spots, etc are not life-threatening it can lower your self-confidence and the quality of your life.

Homeopathic Treatment for Skin Whitening

Homeopathy is very effective in treating skin softening and skin whitening as well as to improve the overall state of your skin. The best part about following a homeopathic treatment for the skin lighting route is that it is associated with negligible side effects.

Also, unlike topical skin creams that only address the visible symptoms, homeopathy medicine & creams work on the root cause of the skin whitening problem and thus ensures that it does not recur frequently.

Homeopathic Medicine for Glowing Skin Face

Some common homeopathic remedies that can give your skin a glow are:

  • Sulphur: This is an homeopathic effective way to clear dull and dirty skin and can be used to treat a number of skin ailments. It nourishes the skin from deep within and helps clear pimples and scars that may have formed as a result of them. Sulfur is also used to treat dry and scaly skin.
  • Berberis aquifolium: This is an excellent homeopathic remedy for skin pigmentatio & clear skin. It is used to treat patchiness, acne, scars, etc, and can lighten the complexion and make it glow.
  • Psorinum: This homeopathic remedy is ideal for people with oily, greasy skin, and a dark complexion. It helps clear pimples and reduces the oiliness of the skin. By deep cleansing the pores on the skin, homeopathic remedy psorinum offer a glow to your face and keeps it clear. Psorinum can also help lighten the complexion and give your skin an even tone.
  • Bovista: Often excessive use of cosmetic products does more harm than good to our skin. In such cases, Boavista is the ideal homeopathic remedy for skin lighting. This helps clear pimples, patchiness, and other skin problems triggered by excessive cosmetic applications. Additionally, it brightens the skin and makes it glow.
  • Sepia: Menstrual irregularities or hormonal imbalance at the time of pregnancy can lead to a condition known as chloasma. This can be seen in the form of discoloration of the face and brown spots. Sepia is top Homeopathic Remedies for Clear and Glowing Skin. It clears the spots and discoloration and gives the skin a healthy glow.

When prescribing a homeopathic remedy for glowing skin, along with the visible symptoms, a doctor must also consider the lifestyle of the patent and their overall mental and physical health. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!


Updates From Lybrate: We hope this information was helpful to you. Moreover, you can also check out these beauty care products from Lybrate.

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Soft Drinks - How Hard Can They Be On Your Health?

BSC Food & Science Nutrition, MSC Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics, PG Certificate Course Diabetes Education
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Navi Mumbai
Soft Drinks - How Hard Can They Be On Your Health?

Do you have an overwhelming craving for soft drinks? Are sodas and soft drinks part of your everyday diet? Soft drinks are very popular and common among today's youth and adults alike. However, the consumption of soft drinks may have several impacts on your health and may lead to severe consequences. Soft drinks contain chemical preservatives and other harmful substances, which are capable of affecting all major organs of the human body. Here is a list of disorders, health conditions and complications, which may arise from the consumption of soft drinks:

Asthma

  1. Asthma is common in many consumers of soft drinks, which contain sodium benzoate as a preservative. These preservatives may mix with your diet and lead to reduced potassium content in the body. The chances of rashes are also enhanced.
  2. Dissolving of tooth enamel.
  3. Soft drinks contain solvents, which are highly reactive. When these mix with the saliva or the stomach acids, they may turn acidic. Your mouth and teeth may get affected. Tooth enamel may dissolve, and the esophagus may get damaged.

Heart diseases

  1. Soft drinks contain fructose corn syrup, which increases the risk of metabolic disorders in the body. The chances of heart diseases and diabetes get enhanced. 
  2. Sugar overloading.
  3. This is a phenomenon which occurs a few minutes after consuming soft drinks. The blood-sugar level may shoot up, and an insulin burst is possible. Blood pressure increases, the pupils may get dilated, and the liver may dump more amounts of sugar in the bloodstream.

Kidney disorders

Many soft drinks contain phosphoric acid, which causes a disturbance in the digestive system, affecting all the supportive organs. The chances of kidney stone formation get increased because of phosphoric acid. Other renal problems are likely as well. 

Reproductive problems

The cans of soft drinks have a coating of resin for looking good and having a shiny appearance. Resin is composed of Biphenyl A, which is a cancer-causing chemical. The endocrine system gets affected, which may lead to reproductive health problems and premature puberty. 

Osteoporosis

When soft drinks are consumed, urine contains calcium along with phosphoric acid. This may lead to osteoporosis, which is a condition where the bones get weakened and deprived. Calcium deficiency is also observed in people who consume a lot of sodas and soft drinks. 

Obesity

  1. Obesity is very common among regular consumers of soft drinks and soda based beverages. According to research, one single can of soda may increase the chances of getting obesity by quite a percentage.
  2. You should not drink soft drinks and soda regularly. This will keep you away from many health conditions. You should consume alternatives for soft drinks such as homemade iced tea and natural fresh veg juices and whole fruits, which contain no added chemicals and preservatives. 
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Hydration Tips!

Dt.Ranjit Kaur 88% (407ratings)
Post Graduation Diploma in Dietetics and Public Health Nutrition, Fellowship In Obesity Management
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Amritsar
Hydration Tips!

Most of the time we mix the hunger & thirst. In actual we need to have water, but we feel hungry,& we start eating anything which is placed in front of us.

Today I will tell you some hydration tricks to up your water intake during the bingeing season. 

1. Have more salads: 
Raw and fresh vegetables and fruits are full of nutrients and water. This means eating salads packed with tomatoes, cucumber or bell peppers will help you feel cool and hydrated. 

2. Switch your evening tea with fresh lime water:
No matter what the urge, refresh your system with a chilled glass of lemon water instead of hot tea. Add a dash of sugar and salt to get the energy you need. 

3 Get a water - drinking reminder app: 
If you can never remember to drink water, then there are loads of applications available for download on your phone that will do the job for you. They can calculate how much water you need per day, based on your weight and height. 

4. Consider cold herbal teas:-
Non - caffeinated herbal teas, like chamomile or rose or mint, can easily be converted into coolers. Mix in a splash of honey, or add some crushed berries, and you will have a fun way to hydrate. 

5 Substitute energy drinks and colas with chilled coconut water: 
Nobody tells you how bad carbonated sodas and sugary energy drink them this party season and getting some wholesome mojo from an enriching drink of good old narial pani, which also balances your electrolyte levels. 

6. Give plain water a twist by infusing it with cucumber, lemon and mint: 
Pep up regular water by adding lemon wedges, cucumber slices, mint leaves, and watermelon slices to it. This will give it a more flavourful and zesty twist, making it less of a boring chore to drink water. 

Dr.Jyothy K 87% (17ratings)
M Derm, Diploma in Venerology & Dermatology (DVD)
Dermatologist, Coimbatore
NAIL COSMETICS -HOW SAFE ARE THEY?
Nails protect the tip of the fingers and greatly help in the appreciation of fine touch and aids in picking up of small objects. Moreover they add to the beauty of the hands. People take great care to maintain the looks of nails. Nail cosmetics are used to enhance nails’ appearance & beauty and to disguise unsightly nail conditions.

What we do not realize is, there is always a health risk while using these products;

Nail polish : Also called nail lacquer, consists of enamel, top coats and base coats either separately or combined in one product. Nail polish contain 30% solids and 70% solvent ingredients.
The usual ingredients are

cellulose film formers
Resins
Plasticizers
Suspending agents
Solvents and diluents
Color substances.

Pearls or frosts are produced by bismuth oxychloride and titanium dioxide coated with mica and guanine. Nail polishes can produce allergic reactions which can develop in any part of the body. The commonest areas being eyelids, lower half of the face, neck and upper chest. Nail polish dermatitis can occur in user’s partner or other close contacts. The most common allergen is tosylamide formaldehyde resin.

Nail plate staining (yellow/orange) occurs on repeated applications and the dyes may penetrate deeply. Nails may become friable if the lacquer is left on the nails for many weeks.

Nail polish removers : Usually made up of various solvents such as acetone. They may cause excessive dryness of the nail plate.

Cuticle removers : 0.4% sodium or potassium hydroxide is used as lotions or gels as cuticle removers. 1-5% lactic acid cream is also used.

Nail hardeners : Nails are thickened with tissue fixatives such as formaldehyde but they are notorious to produce pain, bleeding under the nails, bluish discoloration of nails and are no longer preferred.

Preformed plastic nails : These are prosthetic nails which can be fixed to the nails with cyanoacrylate adhesives. It can be trimmed to fit the fingertip. If they are kept for 3-4 days it can cause nail damage and discoloration. Sometimes allergic reactions can also occur at distant places.
Other nail cosmetic products include nail cream, nail whitener, nail mending kits, silicone rubber nail prosthesis, buffing creams etc. Always consult a dermatologist in case of any allergies or nail changes to get the proper advice and treatment.
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No oil breakfast meal...this combo is ideal for weight watchers, diabetics, heart patients,,,,

Dt.Neetha Dilip 89% (3746ratings)
M. Sc. Foods, Nutrition & Dietetics, B.Sc-Home Science
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Visakhapatnam
No oil breakfast meal...this combo is ideal for weight watchers, diabetics, heart patients,,,,
Black chana has high fibre in its skin with fair amount of proteins along with other essential nutrients.

Veggies are well known for their fibre, less calories, n micronutrients rich.

Whole cucumber green lime slushie and santra ginger slushie adds to the fibre, micronutrients, antioxidants.

Flaxseed by itself is a wonderful superfood with omega 3 fatty acids, fibre, proteins, and other micronutrients.

All in all a perfect breakfast meal for the morning detoxification, pepping up your digestive tract, boosting your immunity and metabolism together.


5 Tips To Get Him In Mood!

Dr.Shirish C. Malde 92% (480ratings)
MD, BHMS
Sexologist, Mumbai
5 Tips To Get Him In Mood!

Getting him in the mood is not a very hard task for you, if you know what you are doing. Each relationship is unique in its own way and you would know your man better than anyone else. But in case you need some help in this department here are some tips to get him in the mood.

Read on to find out all about it.

  1. Bubble bath: Prepare a vanilla scented bubble bath. Studies indicate that the scent of vanilla arouses men. Massage him sensually around the shoulders and pamper him. If you do it right, he will be pulling you in immediately.
  2. Lingerie: Underneath your clothes, there always can lie a wonderful story. Many vouch for the fact that foreplay often excites more than the act and what better way to pep up the foreplay than to work up the lingerie. Innovations on lingerie can always set the mood right, be it the right color, the right texture or the style, the underthings can be the key to an eventful next few hours. Formula has it that laces and radiant colors always earn brownie points.
  3. Conversation: While a large volume of sex advices ordain that the road to a man’s heart is his stomach, the way to his bed may be traced through right conversations. Sharing interests and common perspectives can be a useful mood lifter. While talking dirty may provoke many, many a time, heart to hearts can build up to some of the best moments in bed. Compliments and cheeky retorts could also come handy.
  4. Hints: Sometimes enigma reaps better results than direct approach. Subtle hints and the thoughtful references work wonder in getting him in the mood. A cozy set up, optimum proximity with a slight tinge of naughtiness is all that you need to perk your partner up. Footsies at dinner tables or the surprise peck while watching TV often gives you a much needed heads up.
  5. Gestures: Gestures, not moves, often lead to a more satisfying experience. A deep look into his eyes, a soft caress or an assuring touch on the hand helps in lifting his mood tremendously. Sensuous massages and soft gestures are two such gestures that can stimulate your partner beyond belief. If you wish to discuss any specific problem, you can consult a sexologist.
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Ways To Get Your Man In The Mood!

Dr.Yogesh Tandon 93% (1296ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), Md Rasashastra
Sexologist, Delhi
Ways To Get Your Man In The Mood!

Getting him in the mood is not a very hard task for you, if you know what you are doing. Each relationship is unique in its own way and you would know your man better than anyone else. But in case you need some help in this department here are some tips to get him in the mood.

Read on to find out all about it.

  1. Bubble bath: Prepare a vanilla scented bubble bath. Studies indicate that the scent of vanilla arouses men. Massage him sensually around the shoulders and pamper him. If you do it right, he will be pulling you in immediately.
  2. Lingerie: Underneath your clothes, there always can lie a wonderful story. Many vouches for the fact that foreplay often excites more than the act and what better way to pep up the foreplay than to work up the lingerie. Innovations on lingerie can always set the mood right, be it the right color, the right texture or the style, the underthings can be the key to an eventful next few hours. Formula has it that laces and radiant colors always earn brownie points.
  3. Conversation: While a large volume of sex advices ordain that the road to a man’s heart is his stomach, the way to his bed may be traced through right conversations. Sharing interests and common perspectives can be a useful mood lifter. While talking dirty may provoke many, many a time, heart to hearts can build up to some of the best moments in bed. Compliments and cheeky retorts could also come handy.
  4. Hints: Sometimes enigma reaps better results than a direct approach. Subtle hints and the thoughtful references work wonder in getting him in the mood. A cosy set up, optimum proximity with a slight tinge of naughtiness is all that you need to perk your partner up. Footsies at dinner tables or the surprise peck while watching TV often gives you a much-needed heads up.
  5. Gestures: Gestures, not moves, often lead to a more satisfying experience. A deep look into his eyes, a soft caress or an assuring touch on the hand helps in lifting his mood tremendously. Sensuous massages and soft gestures are two such gestures that can stimulate your partner beyond belief.
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Difference Between Raw / Cooked / Processed Food!

Dt.Vishal Wadi 93% (2123ratings)
Diploma in Clinical Nutrition, Certified Diabetes Educator, Diploma in Sport & Exercise Nutrition, Diploma in Human Nutrition, Lifestyle Medicine, BSC IN LIFE SCIENCES
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Bangalore
Difference Between Raw / Cooked / Processed Food!

Over the last 2 decades, with increasing industrialization, we have seen the availability of all those foods in the marketplace that were prepared at home before. The food industry has grown leaps and bounds. Processed material, food intermediates, snack foods, ready to cook, ready to eat foods fast foods and food delivery companies & apps have emerged everywhere. Now we don't have to cook anything at home and all kinds of food are just a phone call or a click away. This is has improved convenience and reduced time & efforts. But over-dependance on ready foods with changing lifestyle has wreck havoc on our health. We see lifestyle-related diseases like diabetes, obesity, hypertension, heart diseases, arthritis, depression & anxiety almost in every house. All these disorders have a direct link to our food choices, and somehow we are not able to see this link. 

Let’s see how the state of food (while eating) affects our health:

f we look at various stages of food, it starts from raw food, which grows in fields. This is then harvested and sold either in raw form or is used to produce processed food in factories. But the quality of same food varies distinctly as it passes through more stages. Let’s look at each stage. 

Raw food: When a food crop is harvested, it’s raw form is the best form for human health. It has all the vital nutrients, vitamins, minerals and enzymes intact. When we were an agrarian society, we used to eat a good quantity of raw food, as it was grown in the fields. But slowly with urbanization & commercialization of food, raw food consumption has gone very low. Raw produce is stored and transported in cold chains and made available in distant areas after many days of its harvest, which leads to deterioration in its quality and depletion of nutrients. When it reaches us in raw form, still it has a good quantity of nutrients left. If we eat this food, it works as medicine and we can prevent or improve on most lifestyle diseases. 

Cooked food: After buying raw food, we cook it, as over the years we have developed taste for soft food. During cooking, we heat & boil food adding oil & spices. Plenty of nutrition is lost during the cooking process. But since we cannot see it, we judge the quality by taste, color & presentation. This food is okay to satisfy our hunger and do not harm us. But also it does not work as medicine and only good for satiety and gratification. 

Processed food: This is the food that we purchase ready and eat as it is. Most of the snack foods are in this category. Intermediaries for home cooking like oils, sugar, salt, dressings, pastes etc. are also in the processed category. Even natural food like milk and milk products are available to us in processed & packed form today. 

The problem is, though these foods are tasty, not only there nutritious value is totally lost, they also impact our health adversely. Industrial processing changes its biochemistry so much that our body system does not recognize them as food, and consider them as a foreign entity, just like micro-organisms, pollutants, allergens etc. that enter the body. Body’s defense mechanism called the immune system becomes active and generates an immune response to get rid of processed food. That means these foods are not welcomed inside the body. The immune response over a long period of time leads to auto-immune disorders, wherein in the process of removing these foreign bodies, our body cells and tissues also get destroyed as collateral damage. Most of the modern-day diseases are the outcome of auto-immune disorders. 

Conclusion 
If we check our food intake, it is primarily processed & cooked food, much more than raw food. Though we cannot avoid eating processed food totally, we can surely minimize its intake. Lack of time is often cited as reasons to eat ready food. But to consume raw food like fruits, salads, green leaves, sprouts, nuts & seeds not much time and cooking skills are required. Cooked food can be prepared using minimally processed ingredients. If we consume 40% raw food, 40% cooked food with minimally processed ingredients, and less than 20% processed food, we will be able to prevent and reduce many modern-day diseases like obesity, diabetes, hypertension, fatty liver, disorders related to hormonal imbalance like Hypo/hyperthyroidism, PCOD etc. 

Our taste buds may resist this change for a few days, as for a long time we have not enjoyed natural tastes and have been used to strong tastes, but after a few days of practice we can alter our taste perception and start enjoying natural tastes. With this little change, if the reward is much better health, then it is definitely worth doing. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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