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7 Habits For Healthy Glowing Skin!

Dr. Mansi Sanghvi 90% (10 ratings)
MBBS, DNB - Dermatology & Venereology
Dermatologist, Mumbai  •  14 years experience
7 Habits For Healthy Glowing Skin!

A beautiful, glowing skin is something all of us desire. However, due to several conditions such as the sun, weather and other health complications, it is not very easy to maintain a glowing skin. There are several ways using which you will be able to get a healthy, radiant skin. Here is an everyday beauty regiment you must follow:

  1. Exfoliation: Without proper exfoliation, a dead skin cell layer forms on the skin surface, making it look dull and lifeless. By exfoliating, new skin cell development is encouraged. You can exfoliate your skin using moisturizers, toners and cleansers for making it glow naturally. Natural exfoliating agents such as oats, orange peel, lentil powder and Bengal gram are also considered effective.
  2. Detoxification: When the body gets overloaded with toxins, the skin is affected in certain ways. You must carry out detoxification by decreasing the amount of sugar and alcohol in your regular diet to get a soft and glowing skin.
  3. Nourishment: The skin requires proper nourishment with enough vitamins and minerals for a glowing appearance. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant and repairs the skin from within, making it healthy. As a result, you get a soft, supple and glowing skin. Iron is also essential for the proper functioning of the antioxidants. Essential minerals and vitamins should be externally applied to the skin surface. The skin cells absorb these nutrients and as a result, you get a glowing complexion.
  4. Diet: Digestive problems cause skin impurities, and thus a proper diet is required for maintaining a healthy, radiant skin. You should consume food items such as nuts, fish, white meat, grains, brown rice and vegetables like tomato and broccoli for a glowing skin.
  5. Hydration: You must drink lots of water for proper flushing out of toxins and their elimination from your system. The skin cells get pumped, resulting in a fuller and glowing skin. You must consume more than 2 litres of water regularly.
  6. Proper sleep: The body requires seven to nine hours of regular sleep for overall rejuvenation and repair. Insufficient or interrupted sleep affects your body, and the skin gets affected as well. It loses its lustre and glow. Hence, proper sleep must be a part of your everyday regimen.
  7. Antioxidants: Natural antioxidants fight free radicals and give you a beautiful and radiant skin. You have to consume substances, which contain natural antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin E. Damaged skin is repaired when you get enough antioxidants, giving it a glowing appearance.

You should try to keep away from stress as much as possible and undertake some form of physical activity regularly. Proper pimple and acne care is also necessary if you want to maintain a glowing skin. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Is White Tea Healthier Than Green Tea?

Dr. Shalini Singhal 94% (1086 ratings)
Ph.D(Clinical Nutrition), M.Sc(Foods&Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi  •  22 years experience
Is White Tea Healthier Than Green Tea?

When it comes to health benefits, green tea has been an undisputed winner for a long time. It is a must have for all health conscious people. For many people, the day starts and ends with a cup of green tea. However, of late, its position and popularity have been challenged. With its health benefits, white tea is slowly but steadily finding its way into the lives of people.

Now the obvious question is; which one of the two (green tea or white tea) is better? While some loyal fans swear by green tea, others have genuine reasons to opt for white tea. To know more about their benefits, one first needs to know, what are green and white tea?

Green tea and white tea are both extracted and processed from the same mother plant, Camellia sinensis. White tea is manufactured using the young buds and leaves. Green tea, on the other hand, is manufactured from the older leaves of the plant.

Also, green tea undergoes more processing compared to the white tea. In the case of green tea, the leaves are first withered, followed by steaming or frying (pan frying). Next, there is rolling, shaping, and finally drying of the leaves. In the case of white tea, the processing is simple and involves steaming followed by drying of the leaves.

The health benefits of green tea Vs white tea

  1. The antioxidant capacity: Both green tea and white tea contains a phytochemical, Polyphenols, which has antioxidant properties. In addition to the weight management, this antioxidant is known to protect the body from cardiovascular disorders, diabetes, and even cancer. Research suggests the phenolic content, and subsequently, the antioxidant capacity is higher in white tea as compared to the green tea.
  2. Protection from UV rays: The harmful effects of UV rays are known to all. Research suggests that both green and white tea are at par (photoprotection ability) when it comes to protection from the harmful UV radiation.
  3. Anti-carcinogenic property: When it comes to cancer-fighting ability, white tea earns the brownie point. Undergoing less processing as compared to the green tea, the antimutagenic and the anti-carcinogenic properties are higher in white tea.
  4. Mood enhancer and stress reliever: Many studies suggest that white tea has a slightly higher caffeine content compared to the green tea. Thus, white tea will have a better soothing and refreshing effect than green tea.
  5. A younger looking skin: Both white and green tea play a pivotal role in slowing down the aging process. However, White tea contains a higher content of polyphenols (due to less processing) and is believed to have a better ability to prevent the breakdown of the elastin and collagen than green tea. The EGCG or EpiGalloCatechin Gallate (lowers the aging process) is also higher in white tea.
  6. Weight Management: When it comes to weight management, both white and green tea exhibit almost similar effects.
  7. Anti-inflammatory property: The anti-inflammatory property is slightly higher in white tea than green tea. White tea, thus, helps to suppress the activities collagenase, elastase, and oxidants (enzymes responsible for Rheumatoid arthritis) better.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Indigestion - Quick Ayurvedic Tips That Can Help!

Dr. Kanwar Samrat Singh 90% (983 ratings)
MD-Ayurveda
Ayurveda, Patiala  •  7 years experience
Indigestion - Quick Ayurvedic Tips That Can Help!

Any system, be it digestive or reproductive, is not looked at in isolation in Ayurveda. Any health problem should be analyzed for underlying causes in the body and then treated accordingly. The balance between three elements or doshas results in good health, while imbalance causes bad health, these three doshas are pitta, vaata, and kapha. Indigestion is a result of this imbalance and restoring this balance can help in curing indigestion.

The following are some simple steps to follow, which can help prevent indigestion.

  1. Practice eating several small meals spread throughout the day instead of binging on big meals at lunch or dinner. This will not put stress on the digestive system and gives you a constant flow of energy during the day.
  2. Practice eating slowly and with thorough chewing. This will allow the saliva to mix thoroughly with the food and it is said about 50% of the digestion happens in the mouth. Do not eat with your mouth open, as a lot of air can get into the stomach, causing bloating and indigestion.
  3. Avoid or reduce greasy or oily food items, as they make digestion difficult and also cause sluggish movement of food within the digestive system.
  4. Avoid or completely reduce spicy and junk food items like caffeine, aerated drinks, refined floor items like pizzas, and chocolate. These produce a high sugar level, but are of no nutritional value. Pizzas also lead to constipation. Aerated drinks cause acid accumulation and a bloated feeling.
  5. Alcohol causes irritation of the stomach lining. Ensure sufficient water intake to reduce this irritation and also to prevent dehydration from alcohol.
  6. Avoid drinking water with meals, keep them for an hour after meals. They dilute the digestive juices and reduce the efficiency of digestion.
  7. Avoid snacking in between meals, especially at late night. The snacks which are usually eaten between meals are fried stuff, which adds to calorie intake. Try snacking on fruits, sprouts, dry fruits, or eggs if really required.
  8. If you are a smoker and have indigestion, consider quitting it. The benefits of improved digestion will be visible within a week.
  9. Adding spices like mint, ginger, cumin seeds, and asafetida increases digestive capacity.
  10. Do not exercise on a full stomach, as it hampers digestion. The best time to exercise is at least an hour before eating.
  11. Yoghurt, curd, and other fermented products are a good source of gut bacteria and should be consumed regularly.
  12. When eating heavy, ensure the clothing is not very tight, which can constrict blood flow to the digestive organs.
  13. Give a gap of at least two to three hours between the last meal of the day and the sleeping time. Use a pillow so that the head is elevated above the feet.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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How To Keep A Track Of Your Health?

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, CTVS JR
Sexologist, Jaipur  •  3 years experience
How To Keep A Track Of Your Health?
Preventive health care is necessary for avoiding genetic disorders and mental illnesses. True or False? Take this quiz to know now.
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My toddler age two is having 2-3 rbc in his urine. What could be the cause? Before he was having kidney stone of 3-4 mm but now its not there but still rbc in urine is 2-3. Why is it there? I was giving him potrate mb6 syrup 3 ml a day should I continue it or can I stop it?

FISN, FISPD, MD - General Medicine, MBBS, DM
Nephrologist, Delhi  •  36 years experience
My toddler age two is having 2-3 rbc in his urine. What could be the cause? Before he was having kidney stone of 3-4 ...
Get a urine culture done Ideally a CT Kub will rule out any small stone which may be missed by US.
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I'm 26 weeks pregnant my blood sugar levels past 10 days are fasting levels 100 to 109 and after food 120 to 147 by using glycomet 500 mg. .and even same with out using tablets in the same range .after doctor suggestion taking 1000 mg glycomet now the range of blood sugar fasting is between 90 to 100 and after food is less than 120. Is insulin required for this range and what kind of diet is recommended. Im on full bed rest. Please suggest .Is my blood sugar levels are normal or high?

MS - Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Gynaecologist, Delhi  •  22 years experience
I'm 26 weeks pregnant my blood sugar levels past 10 days are fasting levels 100 to 109 and after food 120 to 147 by u...
Insulin is not required, continue with tab glycomet, your sugar is well under control. Take a sugar and fat restricted diet ,take small frequent meals ,take fibre rich diet- salads and fruits. Do regular walking and some stretching exercises.
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Sir you suggested the following medicine yesterday for Acne. Take homeopathy remedy natrum mur 30 4pills bd. My question is do I need to take any precautions while taking the medicine. Thanks.

MD, MBBS
Dermatologist, Chennai  •  19 years experience
Sir you suggested the following medicine yesterday for Acne.
Take homeopathy remedy natrum mur 30 4pills bd.
My quest...
Acne or pimples. Due to hormonal changes. Oily skin causes it. Common in adolescent age. May occur in adults also. Food like Oily foods, ice cream, chocolate and sweets increase it. Treatment depends on the grade of pimples or acne. So, please send photos as it's a must to see which grade of pimples or acne for accurate diagnosis and treatment.
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My mother is suffering from diabetic for more than a decade now. Her sugar level is stable but still what fruits and meal should be eaten by a diabetic patient and can a diabetic patient eat raw papaya.

MBBS, CCEBDM, Diploma in Diabetology, Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics, Cetificate Course In Thyroid Disorders Management (CCMTD)
Endocrinologist, Dharwad  •  47 years experience
My mother is suffering from diabetic for more than a decade now. Her sugar level is stable but still what fruits and ...
Hello, Thanks for the query. A diabetic person can consume almost all types of fruits but in moderate quantity that is one or two servings in a day. Preferable fruits include orange, sweet lime, pomegranate, papaya, watermelon, guava, apple and pear. Fruits like banana, grapes, chikkoo and mango should be eaten in very small quantity. Raw papaya is fine. Thanks.
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Acne Care

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
General Physician, Delhi
Acne Care

It can take up to 90 days for an acne lesion to form. You have to be consistent and treat your skin every day in order to get your acne under control.

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I have moles on all over my face. Please suggest how can it will be removed. Please suggest some home remedies.

MBBS, MD - Dermatology
Dermatologist, Bangalore  •  4 years experience
Moles can be removed by laser, electrocautery or radio-frequency machine. Unfortunately, home remedies may not be of use.
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I have oily skin with this problem now my skin is with pimples and full of pores what remedies I have to take.

MD - Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda,
I have oily skin with this problem now my skin is with pimples and full of pores what remedies I have to take.
Hello lybrate-user. Wash your face repeatedly with water and try Lacto calamine oil balance. You will get fantastic results.
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I am trying to reduce by following a healthy diet but it is not going down in number while I do look slim. What can be the reason and how to proceed further?

Diploma In Diet & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Hyderabad  •  6 years experience
I am trying to reduce by following a healthy diet but it is not going down in number while I do look slim. What can b...
Weight loss needs a Measured diet for weight reduction. You need to exactly monitor the food/calories you eat and only then your weight will come down. As per your height/weight you need to consume 1750 calories per day to maintain weight. In case you need to reduce then you need to take 1250 calories per day, in that case you can lose about 2 kgs in a month. Also you need to take into account, that most of our excess calories come from parties, outings, snacks, marriage functions, socialising etc. That too has to be managed. Overall calorie reduction + exercise can lead you to weight loss.
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I want to loose weight and fat both. I have been to gym, where I became muscular but did not lose weight.

M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai  •  13 years experience
I want to loose weight and fat both. I have been to gym, where I became muscular but did not lose weight.
You need to take high fiber low fat diet followed by detox diet. Drink lot of water everyday. Take small and frequent meals at regular intervals of 2-3 hrs. Avoid outside food completely. Ask me privately for customized diet plan for you.
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Pigmentation Problems - 6 Things That Can Cause It!

MD - Dermatology
Dermatologist, Dhanbad  •  5 years experience
Pigmentation Problems - 6 Things That Can Cause It!

Pigmentation of the skin is a medical term, which refers to the phenomena of colouring. Our skin is made up of cells that produce a pigment named melanin. The colour of the skin largely depends on the production of melanin. If more melanin is produced, the skin looks darker and vice-versa. When the melanin producing cells are damaged due to long exposure to sunlight, pregnancy or any other disease, pigmentation of the skin takes place. The skin may get dark entirely or in patches due to pigmentation. In some cases, decolouration takes place or white patches are formed on the skin.

Causes and Types of Pigmentation

The type of skin pigmentation depends on the cause behind it. Here are some of the common causes and types:

  1. Melanin: The skin colour varies from one person to another due to the presence of a pigment called melanin. It is produced by melanocytes cells in our body. Melanin protects our skin from damage on exposure to sunlight. When we spend long hours under the sun, the melanin production is increased. This gives a tanned look.
  2. Freckles: These are caused by clusters of melanin. These gets accumulated or concentrated in clusters on being exposed to sunrays.
  3. Liver Spots/Age Spots: These are also known as solar lentigos. This can be due to ageing or excessive exposure to UV rays.
  4. Birthmarks: These are referred to the irregular blemish that appears on any part of the body soon after birth or at the time of birth. These are of two types: vascular and pigmented.
  5. Melasma/Chloasma Faciei: This is usually found in pregnant women. It occurs due to the over-activation of melanocytes as there is a hormonal imbalance.
  6. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation: This refers to inflammation as a result of inflammation caused by trauma.

Treatment: There are several ways to treat skin pigmentation. There are medicines and cosmetics available in the markets, which help in getting rid of the pigmentation. Skin pigmentation can also be tackled by certain home-based remedies. Here are some of these remedies:

  1. Milk and honey face pack: Milk is known to contain lactic acid. Apply a mixture of milk and honey on the affected part of the skin. This makes the hyperpigmented skin lighter in colour.
  2. Vegetable juices: Some vegetables like tomatoes, cucumber and potato are effective in getting rid of the skin pigments. Cut slices of these vegetables and rub them over the affected parts. The juices from these vegetables will lighten the pigmented part.
  3. Avocado magic: It is advisable to peel off an avocado and apply its juice with honey over the affected area.
  4. Add Vitamin E to your diet: Include foods rich in vitamin E in your meals. It helps in restoring the pigmented skin back to its normal form.
  5. Face mask: There are several face masks available that can work wonder in curing pigmentation of the skin. You can use face packs containing oatmeal, honey, sandalwood, turmeric powder, raw milk, and orange powder.
  6. Sun-screen: It is important to guard your skin against the ultraviolet rays. UV rays lead to pigmentation of the skin. So, apply a sunscreen lotion or cream before stepping out of your home.
  7. Take up some exercise: A key to a healthy skin is a good lifestyle. One must exercise regularly to maintain proper blood circulation throughout the body. Proper flow of blood keeps the skin healthy and free from pigmentation.
  8. Avoid consumption of alcohol and cigarettes: The consumption of alcohol and cigarettes leads to the generation of toxins in our blood stream. This is harmful to our skin.
  9. Cocoa butter: It has nourishing and de-tanning effects on the skin. Use a cream that contains cocoa butter extracts on daily basis.
  10. Oil massage: Certain oils like olive and almond are good for treating damaged skin. 
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