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Amazing Foods For Healthy Hair And Scalp!

Dt. Shikha Mishra 90% (10 ratings)
M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Bangalore
Amazing Foods For Healthy Hair And Scalp!

Everyone loves a thick luscious mane of hair, which is shown on television commercials. To be able to flick around shiny healthy locks, you may have tried the best shampoo brands, made frequent visits to the parlour and consulted the doctors several times. However, did you know that the best nutrition for your hair comes from the food you eat daily? Thinning hair, reduction in hairline, excessive hairfall resulting in an undesirable physical change, can be a major cause of frustration and low self esteem. Healthy and hygienic lifestyle, sufficient sleep, adequate water intake and exercises along with a balanced diet help to promote the growth of hair.

Important nutrients necessary to boost hair growth and volume:

  1. Most of the hair is made of protein and therefore it is of utmost importance to include proteins in the diet. Protein cells are building blocks for hair and strengthen your locks.
  2. Vitamin D leads to a healthy scalp and activates the growth of hair follicles.
  3. Biotin (Vitamin B7) leads to the synthesis of an important hormone known as Keratin which forms the fibrous part of hair.
  4. Inadequate Folic acid in the diet can cause a reduction in cell division and lead to premature greying of hair.
  5. Vitamin A and C help to keep the scalp free of dandruff. They lead to the production of sebum that nourishes the hair strands and prevents split ends. Split ends can lead to the breakage of hair, eventually turning your precious mane into a rough, dull and unmanageable one.
  6. Omega-3 fatty Acids improve blood circulation to the hair roots, promoting shine and health of hair.
  7. Iron and Zinc prevent breakage and damage of hair. They contribute to strengthening of hair roots.

Some of the best food items recommended for maintaining healthy hair:

  1. Carrots, Whole grains, Legumes and Lentils, leafy green vegetables, fruits: Carrots are rich sources of Vitamin A. Carrots have several advantageous effects on the human body, mostly showing remarkable improvement in eyesight and hair growth. Carrots can be eaten in a salad, boiled or lightly tossed in the pan in just a few drops of oil and beneficial spices for added flavour. Carrots can also be made into carrot juice and consumed on a regular basis. Vegetables, fruits and legumes are rich sources of iron, zinc; vitamins that are essential for hair maintenance.
  2. Lean Meat and Eggs: Eggs and lean meat are rich sources of protein. Egg whites do a commendable job when it comes to promoting hair growth. Egg yolk and the egg whites are known to remarkably condition the hair and benefit damaged hair when mixed with a natural hair pack before shampooing it off. Egg protein is beneficial, whether consumed or applied externally. It must be made a vital inclusion in your diet.
  3. Oatmeal: Known to have multiple benefits, it must make a way into your diet chart, if you are looking forward to healthy skin, hair and the perfect body weight. Oatmeal applied externally can condition and clean the hair, reducing itchiness of the scalp. Oatmeal consumed in breakfast daily can help to control hormonal imbalance that leads to excessive hair loss. It can also play an important role in controlling genetic alopecia.
  4. Walnuts and Almonds: The “W” of Walnut can also stand for Wonder nut. This nut contains all the necessary vitamins that activate the hair follicles and increase the volume of hair. It contains, iron, zinc, Vitamins B9, B6 and B1, healthy fats and adequate protein. Almonds are as beneficial as Walnuts, containing all the basic important nutrients needed for your hair. A handful of walnuts and almonds daily will zealously guard your hair for a long, long time.
  5. Coconut Water: Coconut water is rich in Vitamin K and Iron. Vitamin K is essential to promote healthy hair growth and stop hair fall
  6. Fish: Salmon, Mackerel, Oysters are excellent sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids.
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Apple Cider Vinegar - 6 Amazing Health Benefits Of Drinking It!

Dt. Bilkish Raje 92% (126 ratings)
M.Sc Dietetics -Outstanding Grade-82%, RD, Special Registered Dietitian
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Pune
Apple Cider Vinegar - 6 Amazing Health Benefits Of Drinking It!

We often wander around spending huge amounts to look for solutions to our health problems. We seldom realize that we can find them in our own house in the simplest forms. Apple cider vinegar is one such ingredient that can be your rescuer from some of the most common and persistent health issues that we face today:

  1. Keeps blood sugar in control: Studies show that people who suffer from type 2 diabetes and do not consume insulin can have lower glucose levels in the morning if they take two tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar before bed. Some studies also reveal that consumption of a mixture of this vinegar and water before having a carbohydrate-rich meal can lower sugar levels.
  2. Helps in weight loss: The acetic acid present in the apple cider vinegar controls the appetite and, in turn, increases the metabolism of your body. Studies also state that the vinegar reacts with the body's process of digesting starch which ensures that not many calories enter the bloodstream.
  3. Relieves you from a blocked noseThe potassium content in the vinegar helps to thin the mucus and the acetic acid in it kills the bacteria which cause the blockage. Consuming one teaspoon of the vinegar in a glass of water can be your way out from the sinus drainage.
  4. Whitens teeth: Apple cider vinegar would do the magic to you if you are having yellow and stained teeth. Before you brush your teeth, all you have to do is gargle your mouth with the vinegar. It helps kill the germs in your mouth and also banishes the stains on the teeth thus making them look whiter.
  5. Helps fight dandruffThe acetic acid in the apple cider vinegar makes it a tough for the yeast causing dandruff to grow. Mix one cup of the vinegar in an equal quantity of water and spray it on the scalp. Wrap a wet towel onto your head and leave it on for a minimum of 15 minutes before you wash off your hair.
  6. Reduces Cholesterol: It is believed that apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid which helps reduce bad cholesterol. Although most research is carried out on rats and cannot be completely reliable however when it comes to humans, half an ounce of this vinegar each day results in lower cholesterol levels in people.

All in all, apple cider vinegar may not prove to be a complete cure to your health problems, but like they say, precaution is better than cure. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Hello doctor, My wife is 6 week pregnant, before that she had two miscarriages between 5-8 weeks. Currently she had prescribed Medicine: Ecosprin 75 mg tab, metformin, folic acid, Meptrogen 200 vaginal tablet, eltroxin 100 mg. And Lonopin 60 mg injection daily. She observed spotting occasionally. So it is safe to take these medicines and injection daily? Is there any effect on growing baby? Please let me know.

Dr. Usha Yadav 88% (15 ratings)
MS - Gynaecology, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Gynaecologist, Varanasi
Hello doctor, My wife is 6 week pregnant, before that she had two miscarriages between 5-8 weeks. Currently she had p...
In case of previous two miscarriages, all these medicines are to be taken for protection of current pregnancy. Go ahead .all the best.
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I'm 6 month pregnant still I'm 45 kg due to food aversion, morning sickness I lost 5 kg weight. So tell me how cud I increase my weight n how much should I gain.

Dr. Girish Dani 88% (2491 ratings)
MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology, FCPS, DGO, Diploma of the Faculty of Family Planning (DFFP)
Gynaecologist, Mumbai
I'm 6 month pregnant still I'm 45 kg due to food aversion, morning sickness I lost 5 kg weight. So tell me how cud I ...
Morning sickness gets over after 3 months. If that happened then weight will increase and take good quality protein, b-complex, iron, calcium, folic acid, omega-3. If food aversion-vomiting-nausea still continues meet Gastro-enterologist.
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Vitamins And Minerals

Dr. Sunita Attray 87% (18 ratings)
Diploma In Dietetics,Health & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi

The word vitamin is a combination of ‘vital’ and ‘amine’. Amines (a kind of protein derivative) are important for our bodies. While most essential vitamins come from external sources (grains, pulses, fruits, oils, water and non-vegetarian foods), some are actually manufactured by our bodies.

Vitamin d

Vitamin d is called the sunshine vitamin. A compound in the skin is converted into vitamin d by exposure to sunlight. The time required for this conversion can be little as 15 minutes a day.
Vitamin d also helps absorb calcium from the intestines. In case of a vitamin d deficiency, the body is unable to process calcium, no matter how much of it one consumes. Exercise is also important. Calcium absorption is helped by the pressure of gravity on the bones. Those of us with sedentary lifestyles tend to suffer from poor blood supply to the bones and hence poor absorption of calcium.

Vitamin k

In case of a cut to the body, our bio system kicks into action immediately, and makes the blood clot. This clot prevents further loss of blood. Vitamin k is vital for this mechanism, and is manufactured by healthy intestinal bacteria.

Vitamin k for clotting

Vitamin k helps in blood clotting, preventing excessive blood loss in case of injuries.

Vitamin b7 or biotin

Made with the assistance of gut bacteria, it helps the body’s metabolism. It is useful for metabolic disorders and multiple sclerosis.

Vitamin b5 or pantothenic acid

A vitamin b7 deficiency occurs due to a weak intestine and digestive system. Pantothenic acid is very important for metabolism.
Note: vitamins k, b5 and b7 are all manufactured by good bacteria in our intestines. Good bacteria usually outnumber bad bacteria, but can also be destroyed by antibiotics. This is why doctors these days prescribe probiotics with antibiotics.

Vitamin b3 or niacin

One of the functions of the liver is to convert a protein (tryptophan) found in food, to the vitamin called niacin. Niacin is a very important component of the metabolic pathway. Metabolism suffers a great deal due to insufficient niacin.

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What Is a Gluten-Free Diet?

Dr. Ramakanth Reddy 86% (91 ratings)
MBBS, Diploma In Child Health
Pediatrician, Hyderabad

Gluten-free foods seem to be everywhere these days. Restaurants and cafes regularly feature gluten-free dishes and pastries. Supermarkets offer gluten-free bread, rolls, and crackers.

Many people are reducing or eliminating their dietary intake of gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and sometimes oats. But only those who have celiac disease need to completely stop eating gluten. Celiac disease is a condition in which the immune system is abnormally sensitive to gluten. Others who have a gluten sensitivity may simply feel better if they eat much less of it. 

How to tell if gluten is affecting your digestive tract

In people with celiac disease, gluten can damage the digestive tract. In particular, it harms the small intestine’s villi. Villi are small, fingerlike projections that absorb nutrients from food. If the villi are damaged, the body cannot absorb enough nutrients. You may begin to feel stomach pain, indigestion, bloating, and other unpleasant symptoms. Left untreated, the disease can cause conditions that are more serious.

Healthcare providers diagnose the need for a gluten-free diet based on the diagnosis of celiac disease. This is a diagnosis based on blood test results and biopsy samples taken of the small intestine. If you have celiac disease, you need to avoid all gluten forever, whether or not you have symptoms. However, symptoms are very common and can be intestinal or nonintestinal. In patients with celiac disease, these symptoms can include:

  • Joint pain and inflammation

  • Digestive problems, including stomach pain and bloating

  • Indigestion and acid reflux

  • Constipation or diarrhea

  • Fatigue

  • Anxiety, mood swings, or depression

  • Vitamin deficiencies

  • Skin rashes and itching

  • Infertility

  • Recurring miscarriages

  • Migraines

  • Canker sores

  • Tingling in the hands and feet

Treating gluten troubles with diet

For anyone with celiac disease, eating gluten can damage the small intestine and other tissues and organs. This can make it hard for the body to absorb nutrients. Some people without celiac disease also have trouble tolerating gluten or are sensitive to it.

Diet is the main way to treat gluten intolerance or gluten sensitivity. A big part of a gluten-free diet is to avoid foods made with wheat, rye, or barley. This means most regular breads, pizza, cereals, pastas, cakes, and cookies. Also, many processed foods contain hidden gluten. The most common culprits are soy sauce, gravies, canned soups, nutritional bars, barley malt, and veggie burgers. It can even include medicines and probiotic, vitamins, and supplements.

Foods like rice, corn, quinoa, some oats, fruits, vegetables, and some alcoholic beverages, are gluten-free.

But even products like lipstick and medicines can contain gluten. If you have celiac disease, you'll need to become an expert at reading food and product labels. This is a skill that your healthcare provider or a gluten-free support group can help with. Most people should see a nutritionist to help them since the diet must be done carefully and forever. 

Be careful when replacing gluten foods with foods that are gluten-free. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) says that packaged gluten-free foods aren’t necessarily better or healthier. In fact, some gluten-free foods are higher in fat, sugar, and total calories than foods with gluten. As with any diet, the variety of nutritious foods in your gluten-free diet will determine how healthy it is.

Protecting your health by going gluten-free

If you are living with a gluten sensitivity or intolerance, you may choose to avoid or reduce your gluten intake. However, if you have celiac disease, you’ll need to work with your healthcare providers to make sure that you're getting enough vitamins and minerals. Your healthcare provider can let you know if you need to take a supplement to replace any missing nutrients. Be aware that some supplements are made with ingredients that contain gluten, so be sure to choose supplements carefully. The NIH provides a list of foods and other products containing gluten.  

After you start on your gluten-free diet, your small intestine will start to repair the damage to its villi. After a while, your body will begin absorbing food normally again. Your digestive symptoms will begin to disappear. You also should start to feel much better overall.

If you don't notice enough improvement, it's usually because small amounts of gluten remain in your diet. Also, other conditions can interfere with a gluten-free diet. These include irritable bowel syndrome, lactose intolerance, and bacterial overgrowth in the intestine. Check in with your healthcare provider regularly to check on your condition. Call your healthcare provider right away if you continue to have symptoms or side effects once you’re on a gluten-free diet. In rare situations, the disease and symptoms continue even with a completely gluten-free diet. In this situation, more tests are needed.

Untreated celiac disease can lead to chronic permanent health problems and increase your risk of certain cancers. 

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Penis Rash Can Come From Dry Weather

Dr. Vinod Raina 91% (4530 ratings)
MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
Penis Rash Can Come From Dry Weather

Winter is in full swing, so it's time for hot cocoa and roaring fires. Many couples find that snuggling up together to keep warm increases their friskiness quotient, and there's certainly nothing wrong with that. Unfortunately, sometimes winter and the dry weather that tends to accompany it can bring about some not-so-welcome penis rash situations. So if this annoying (and frankly unattractive) penis care issue comes about, what does a man need to know?

Dry weather

Not every locale has dry weather in winter, but in many places colder weather typically is less humid than in warmer weather. Why should this be? There is a scientific explanation for it, involving the fact that higher temperatures encourage water molecules in the air to become water vapor - but basically cold air just has a much harder time holding as much moisture as warm air. This isn't just a problem when outdoors, either. The air inside a house is also likely to be drier during cold winter months, and many heating systems actually decrease the humidity inside even further.

Dry skin

When there's dry weather, skin also becomes dry. This is a matter of common sense; while much of skin moisture comes from the oils and liquids that the body itself creates, the moisture is supplemented by humidity in the air. When the humidity is too low, the air actually draws out some of the moisture on the skin, rather than adding to it.

But the dry weather also prevents the skin from making as much moisture as it should. When it's cold outside, the body naturally loses heat to the atmosphere. That loss of heat tends to refocus blood away from the skin and more toward internal organs. As this happens, the pores on the skin close up, so that less heat can escape. This means the moisturizing agents in the body can't get out so easily onto the skin where they are needed.

And that's not all. Many people like to escape from the bitter cold by soaking in a nice, hot tub. This can feel soothing, but it can have a negative effect. Water that is too hot actually depletes the skin of its natural oils; so does using soaps that are too harsh.

Penis rash

Even though the penis is (usually) hidden away beneath two layers of protective clothing and not directly exposed to dry weather, it still can easily be affected, even if not to the extent that exposed skin is. All the dry air tends to lead to penis rash conditions.

This is especially true for people who have a tendency to suffer from eczema. The excessively dry weather can be an easy trigger, and people who tend to get eczema on the penis should be wary. Even if a full-fledged penis rash doesn't develop, often a man may find his penis skin is dry and flaky - which is a look very few men can really rock.

There are several things a guy can do to help prevent or treat penis rash due to dry weather. Staying hydrated is very important; even though people tend to sweat less in the winter, the body still loses moisture and needs replenishment. Keep sugar consumption moderate, as too much sugar further decreases skin resilience.

Especially important in avoiding penis rash in dry weather is to keep the penis skin well moisturized. This can easily be accomplished via the daily application of a high quality penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin). Moisturization goals will be best attained if the crème has a combination of both a high-end emollient and a natural hydrator (such as vitamin E). In addition, a crème with a potent antioxidant such as alpha lipoic acid can reduce skin damage and penis rash likelihood by fighting excess free radicals.

Jock Itch and Hair Growth Treatment: Connected?

Dr. Vinod Raina 91% (4530 ratings)
MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
Jock Itch and Hair Growth Treatment: Connected?


One of the more promising recent trends has been growing acceptance of bald heads as desirable. Many men now shave their heads because they and those around them perceive it as sexy. But there are still plenty of bald or balding men who take the opposite approach, using hair growth treatments to try to stimulate new growth. It's definitely a personal decision, but in some rare cases, opting for hair growth treatments may possibly bring about a minor penis health concern: jock itch.

Hair growth

There are many different kinds of hair growth treatments out there, but one of the most popular is the drug finasteride. Marketed under a number of brand names, finasteride was originally created as a treatment for enlarged prostates. However, it has also been approved for use in treating hair loss. According to Wikipedia, use of finasteride slows down hair loss and can improve hair retention by about 30% over a six-month period. So it's easy to see why men who are experiencing hair loss concerns may investigate finasteride as part of their hair growth plan.

Of course, just about every medication has some side effect or potential side effect, although exactly what that effect may be depends very much on the individual person. There have, however, been a few reports from individuals taking this medication that have subsequently developed jock itch.

These reports are not published in medical journals, so they haven't been scientifically verified. It may be that these people developed jock itch for reasons having nothing to do with their hair growth treatments. However, finasteride does seem to have some effect on hormone production, and hormones do seem to have an effect on fungal development (and jock itch is a fungus). But all this is very murky and unclear right now. Still, it's worth knowing so that a man who is using finasteride can keep an eye out for signs of jock itch and treat it properly if it does appear.

Jock itch

As mentioned, jock itch is a fungus, essentially a yeast infection. As the name implies, the primary characteristic is an itchiness which can be quite severe at times. Jock itch is not especially serious, but it can be very annoying.

Jock itch most often occurs in the groin area, including the thighs. It presents as a red, ring-shaped rash. The fungus thrives in warm, moist areas, so the penis and its environs are ideal for its growth. It is spread from person to person contact, or from coming into contact with surfaces or materials used by a person with the fungus. In men, jock itch is often spread by sharing towels or clothing. It is also a close cousin of athlete's foot, so treating athlete's foot can help prevent jock itch. Often a person may scratch his itchy foot and then scratch his groin, transferring the fungus in the process.

Over-the-counter treatments can help get rid of the fungus that causes jock itch. Other medications may help soothe the itching while the rash is still present.

Jock itch, whether there's a possible hair growth connection or not, is a major pain. It can be helpful to use a first rate penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) to help soothe the itchiness and keep the penis skin healthy and strong. It's best to find a crème that contains a combination of superior moisturizing agents, such as Shea butter (a high-end emollient) and vitamin E (a natural hydrator). Penis skin also needs protection from the oxidative stress that excess free radicals can cause. A crème with a potent antioxidant like alpha lipoic acid can be a big help in this area.

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Bad Breath - How Homeopathy Can Treat It?

Dr. Ranga Sai N V S 86% (10 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Bangalore
Bad Breath - How Homeopathy Can Treat It?

Bad breath is a dental problem which could also emanate due to poor digestion. It can also be experienced as a side effect of other ailments as well as medications. Smoking and bad diet may lead to this and it usually becomes a matter of low self-esteem as time goes by. Homeopathy is one of the most natural forms of medication, treatment and wellness when it comes to such problems that affect the lifestyle of the patient. These medicines usually combine very small doses of naturally found elements so as to cure an ailment or condition. Yet, it is important to remember that one must get a prescription for these medicines from a professional medical practitioner and check with the Dentist too.

Read on to know more about the types of homeopathic remedies available for bad breath.

  1. Merc Sol: If your bad breath problem also comes with symptoms like a moist mouth or constant dribbling, then this medicine may be prescribed. This usually happens when the salivary glands become too active and produce more moisture than what the mouth can handle on a normal basis.
  2. Pulsatilla: This medicine is usually prescribed if the patient complains of a dry mouth along with a bad breath problem. This helps in treating related symptoms like the lack of proper hydration due to the lack of thirst. Not drinking enough water can also lead to the problem of dry mouth and thereafter, a bad odour from the mouth.
  3. Kreosote: This medicine is considered as a very effective medication for bad breath, especially if the bad breath takes place due to caries in the teeth. This medicine can also help patients who are experiencing bleeding gums along with caries and bad breath.
  4. Hepar Sulphur and Carbo Veg: The combination of these two medicines is known as one of the best when it comes to treating bad breath. The other symptoms that call for the prescription of these medicines include Gingivitis or gum infection related problems and symptoms. When there is bleeding and pus in the gums due to the infection, then this medicine is usually prescribed. Excessive salivation is also another symptom that is treated by this medicine combination. Hepar Sulphur can be used if there is a throat-related infection or ailment that can lead to the problem of bad breath.
  5. Carbolic Acid: A homeopathic doctor will usually prescribe this medicine if the problem of bad breath is accompanied by intense and perpetual pain in the abdomen. The patient will also complain of gas in stomach due to the ailment that affects the stomach in such cases. This gives rise to many symptoms including bad breath. Loss of appetite is also treated by this medicine.

I am suffering from hair fall and cure dandruff and itching problem last few months.

Dr. Raj Bonde 97% (48859 ratings)
MD - Homeopathy
Homeopath, Aurangabad
I am suffering from hair fall and cure dandruff and itching problem last few months.
Hair fall is common now a days. Due to stress and eating habits. And some illness, like anemia, thyroid and hereditary problems. Take following homoeo medicine. Acid hydroflouric 30 (30 ml sbl company). 1 drop 3 times per day x 14 days on tongue. Do not take anything 15 min before after medicine. ALSO use arnica montana Q 30 ml + 100 ml pure coconut oil mix and use before wash twice weekly. Use arnica homoeopathic shampoo take plenty water 3 to 4 liters per day. Eat proper food, carbohydrate, protein, minerals, fruits. Avoid outer food. you may contact me on this site. And check my package and get customized medicines.
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