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Long Hair - Ayurvedic Ways To Achieve It!

Dr. Rohit Shah 90% (425 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) And Naturopath (ND)
Ayurveda, Surat
Long Hair - Ayurvedic Ways To Achieve It!

Long and lustrous hair is what almost every woman wants. Long hair look very beautiful and every woman hopes that they have long and strong hair. Ayurvedic ways have been in use for more than a hundred years and have always helped whoever applied them. Generally they do not have any kind of side-effects and therefore, they are safe for use.

In this article we are going to discuss the ayurvedic ways through which you can also get long and strong hair. Have a look:

1. Bhringraj: Bhringraj juice is a very good ayurvedic remedy for having long hair. Bhringraj is also referred as the ‘King Of Herbs’. You will have to grind the leaves in order to extract the juice which has to he applied to the hair and kept for 20 minutes after which you can wash it off with cold water. Do this twice or thrice a week for better efficiency.

2. Coconut oil: Nothing can beat coconut oil when it comes to its benefits for hair. It is one of the most effective Ayurvedic treatment you can provide your hair with. Coconut oil has immense benefits and one of the benefits is that it helps in having long and shiny hair. It also nourishes the scalp and keeps it healthy. You must apply coconut oil to your hair before you shampoo it. Coconut oil also helps in keeping your scalp healthy.

3. Amla: Amla is another ingredient which has been used in Ayurveda extensively. Amla has many benefits and one of its benefits is helping in having healthy and long hair. Dry amla has to be mixed with lukewarm water which then has to be applied over the scalp.

4. Ashwagandha: Ashwagandha is a very important herb which is used in Ayurveda. This helps the body in getting rid of the harmful toxins. Once the body gets rid of the harmful toxins long and healthy hair also starts to grow.

5. Lemon peel and curry leaves: You can use a mixture of curry leaves and lemon peel by mixing both of the ingredients together and add green gram and fenugreek seeds to the mixture as well. Apply the mixture on your hair and wash it off with shampoo to get long and healthy hair.

So these are the best ayurvedic remedies which can be used to nourish your hair and let them grow.

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Health Benefits Of Curd Rice Or Dahi Chawal With The Recipe!

Diet Clinic 91% (2547 ratings)
B.Sc.(Hons), P.G.Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist,
Health Benefits Of Curd Rice Or Dahi Chawal With The Recipe!

Curd rice or dahi chawal may have originated as a south Indian dish but in the summer every north Indian swears by it as well. It is also the go-to meal for anyone suffering from an upset stomach. One of the biggest advantages this dish has over others is that it is extremely easy to make.

Before we get to the recipe however, let's have a look at 5 common health benefits of curd rice:

  • It aids digestion: Curd rice is the best home remedy for an upset stomach because it is easy to digest and works against bloating and indigestion. The curd in curd rice is also rich in probiotics that promotes the growth of healthy gut bacteria thus relieving constipation and abdominal pain triggered by it.
  • It cools the body: Curd rice should ideally always be eaten cold. Curd is a natural fire extinguisher that cools the body and helps maintain internal body temperature. Thus if you're feeling feverish or if it's simply a very hot day, try some curd rice.
  • It can act as a stress buster: Curd contains probiotics, antioxidants and good fats. This helps the brain deal with pain and emotions like stress. This makes curd rice not only a tasty dish but also a stress busting one.
  • It aids weight lossA bowl of curd rice can fill your stomach and keep you from snacking. It also has negligible calories when compared to the same amount of fried rice or pulao. This makes curd rice a good meal to indulge in when you're attempting to lose weight.
  • It boosts immunity: Being easy to digest is only one of the reasons curd rice is the best food to eat when ill. Curd is rich in antioxidants that give the body power to fight infections. It also gives the body much needed energy when ill.

Now that you have enough reasons to eat some curd rice, here's an easy recipe.
You'll need:

Mix the curd and rice in a bowl. Heat the oil in a pan and lightly fry the cumin seeds, black gram and curry leaves. Add this to the curd-rice mixture and season with salt. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
Bon appetit! In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Natural Remedies To Stop Hair Greying

Dr. Hema Sushrut Fulare 88% (84 ratings)
MBBS, DDV, IMCAS
Dermatologist, Nagpur
Natural Remedies To Stop Hair Greying

Aging is a natural process and hair greying is one of the most common signs of it. The reason that your hair greys is because the pigment in your skin called melanin does not get produced in large enough quantities as you get older. In many cases however, it is noticed that hair greying happens in your 20s or 30s. This is most commonly due to a diet which is not well-balanced or a lack of nourishment. However, you can stop hair greying at a young age by using one or more of the following remedies: 

  1. Curry Leaves: Curry leaves are one of the best cures for premature hair greying. It is the vitamin B present in the curry leaves, which is responsible for restoring the function of melanin in the hair follicles. This is not the only property it has which is good for the hair as curry leaves also repair damaged hair roots and supply crucial nutrients to the hair. It also stimulates hair growth and prevents hair fall due to the fact that it has beta-carotene. Curry leaves can be massaged into your hair by boiling them in coconut water and then rubbing them on your scalp.
  2. Almond Oil: Almond oil treats fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. This is due to the fact that it has a lot of vitamin E, which is an antioxidant. Vitamin E also stops split ends and helps the hair retain its elasticity. It is also used as a treatment for dandruff.
  3. Black Tea: Not only does black tea give a natural darker hue to the hair but it also helps the hair retain its strength and elasticity which prevents it from breaking or becoming brittle.
  4. Onion juice mixed with lemon juice: A shortage of the antioxidant catalase or an excess accumulation of hydrogen peroxide are the two main causes of hair greying prematurely. Onion juice will increase your levels of the antioxidant catalase while lemon juice gives a nice shine to your hair and also prevents your hair from becoming extremely oily.

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

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Eat Well to Feed Well

Dr. Gauri Kadlaskar Palsule 90% (450 ratings)
MD- Homoeopathy
Homeopath,
Eat Well to Feed Well

Eat Well to Feed Well

Our food-journey begins with the magical moment of conception in the mother's womb; it is, therefore, important for the expectant, lactating and new mothers to consume nutrition-rich diet to be able to feed their baby well.

Food is a critical aspect of one's journey in this world as a living being, from conception through life to death. Malnutrition, at any stage of life, can result in stunted growth, increased disease susceptibility, and even childhood obesity. Severe or prolonged malnourishment can have serious long-term effects on the mother and child’s health.

Expectant or breastfeeding mothers receive a lot of nutritional and dietary advice from people around them. More often than not, the information is contradictory and somewhat scary. Some advise you to eat a particular kind of food to produce enough milk for the baby, while some warn that some foods will make the baby refuse your milk. A few remind you about a specific type of diet that can be harmful to your baby or reduce your milk production. What is the best advice for you then?

Work on your not-so-desirable habits

The moment you conceive, it is advisable that you start working on your not-so-good-for-child habits. Avoid smoking and excessive consumption of alcohol and caffeine-based drinks. When you are breastfeeding your child, caffeine-based beverages, aerated drinks, and alcohol is best avoided from your diet.

When you win over the things to be entirely avoided, focus on the diet that you need as a mother and nutrition-provider. Remember, the balanced diet that you need as a mother is neither complicated nor expensive.

Make protein a part of your daily diet

As a nursing mother, you require an extra 25 grams of protein compared to the 50 to 65 gms needed for any woman your age. The additional need for protein can be easily met by adding a Katori ( about 150 gms) of think daal or a Katori of sprouts in your daily diet. You can also increase the intake of dairy products such as milk or yoghurt. If you can, consider adding an egg to your diet. Protein-rich vegetarian sources also include soy-products, nuts and seeds. For mothers who include non vegetarian foods in their diet eggs and chicken are the best options. But make sure they are cooked with very little oil and spices. 1 boiled egg or one piece of grilled or boiled chicken of about 80 gms is sufficient.

Mind your minerals

The minerals help with the smooth functioning of our body-functions and help keep our body healthy: they make our bones strong, absorb oxygen in the blood, nerve development and functioning, and lot more. Minerals are not just essential; they are critical to our being.

During lactation, you must focus on Calcium and iron. Calcium can be easily derived from milk: about two glasses of milk (200 ml) a day will meet your requirement. Other Calcium-rich sources include curry leaves, finger millet (ragi or nachani as we know it). Iron is not secreted into the breast-milk, so the requirement during the lactating period is not any different from the pregnancy. One can meet the need for Iron from dates, peanuts, organic jaggery, leafy-green vegetables such as spinach, and eggs.

Vitamins and Minerals go hand-in-hand

For minerals to work optimally for our body, often they need support from Vitamins. Vitamin B12 supports iron-carrying capacity of blood.Vitamin D is required for the absorption of calcium and phosphorus. Your baby needs all the minerals and vitamins, and for the first, critical years of development, the baby receives them exclusively through you.

B12 is almost exclusively found in animal products (eggs, meat, milk, for example) so it is difficult to get enough B12 through a vegetarian diet. Consider supplements because B12 is essential for your baby's brain development. Similarly, a Vitamin D deficiency in mother's body results in deficiencies in the breast-milk, and in turn, affects the baby's calcium and phosphorus absorption. Severe deficiency of Vitamin D can cause rickets, and soften and weakening of bones in your baby and you. Consult your physician or paediatrician to check if you or your baby need Vitamin D supplements.

Just like you must consume and check certain things to ensure the best interests of your baby, you must watch Vitamin C levels for your health. Especially during pregnancy and lactation period, your body needs Vitamin C to recover from the wear and tear. Eat a lot of Vitamin C-rich fruits like oranges, sweet lime, guava and our humble lemon. Ensure the fruits are ripe and avoid specific fruits if you are allergic to them. Also remember, Vitamin C is most volatile and responds adversely to heat. For example, for best benefits, squeeze lemon on the food on your plate, not while it is cooking away. Alternatively, eat fruits immediately after cutting them, don't store them open for long.

Goodness of Galactagogue

Galactagogues are the foods that induce, augment or maintain lactation. The most popular among them is fenugreek; the active ingredient found in fenugreek increases lactation. Rich in fibre, it prevents digestive problems for the mother. Methi laddus (http://nishamadhulika.com/en/498-methi-laddu-recipe.html) are a famous recipe for new mothers. Alfalfa is a highly nutritive plant, rich in essential Vitamins like A and E, and minerals such as Calcium, and Phosphorus. Milk thistle or Bhat kataiya has good anti bacterial, anti-tumour and anti-inflammatory properties. Its stalks and flowers can be added to daily salads. It is also available in the form of tea packets for the lovers of green tea. Asparagus racemosus or Shatavari a known uterine tonic and a galactagogue. Available in the form of granules it can be easily added to warm milk or tea. Garden cress seeds or Aliv or Halim are rich in Calcium and Vitamin C and a natural galactagogue. They can be roasted and consumed along with milk or in form of laddus.

Before I close this blog entry, I will advise to watch your water and fluid intake as a mother. Water and juices help to hydrate your body and also provide the fluid to produce milk for your baby. Never dehydrate yourself.

The Ayurvedic Way To Weight Loss!

Dr. Pawan Kumar 90% (92 ratings)
Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (B.U.M.S)
Ayurveda, Jaipur
The Ayurvedic Way To Weight Loss!

Tired of jumping from one weight loss program to the other without the desired benefit? Tired of following the same old routine over and over again only to see that the weight loss has caused some side effects which the rule didn't state so? At the end tired of simply "weight loss" itself? Well, don't fret as you are not alone. Almost everyone who starts the program goes through this scenario at one point in time or the other.

So is there any effective weight loss program that is

  • Not harmful to the body
  • Without any side effects and
  • Is extremely beneficial in the long run

Well, there is an answer- Ayurveda.

This time tested ancient healing therapy has an answer to today’s entire problem. Let us take a walk to know its benefits.

The fundamentals of Ayurveda
In today's world, weight loss is not merely attributed to the excess hanging of fat in the body that changes the appearance. Sometimes they can be extremely harmful to health and most of the times they also indicate an underlying medical condition that has been ignored. These factors may include thyroid disorders, depression, metabolic disorders and genetic constitution. Modern medicine does take care of obesity, but in most cases, they do not work from the root. i.e., they do not tackle the problem that causes weight loss. They focus on getting rid of the excess fat. This is one area where Ayurveda differs vastly from its conventional counter parts. It involves three steps. First, the Ayurveda uses the vast resources of herbs for slimming. Then a carefully constructed diet plan is charted and followed. Along with this to main the weight, an exercise schedule is also detailed across as per the person's body condition.


Some of the medicines
When using Ayurveda, the whole emphasis is placed on using only natural ingredients. Some of them include Kalonji, Ginger, Guggul and Licorice. Others can include curry leaves, Natural Mint, and Aloe Vera. They are mostly available in the form of capsules, and they do not require any therapies along with it except an occasional ayurvedic massage to stimulate the blood cells.

Ayurveda is safe
Ayurveda is not simply a treatment. It is a discipline. The biggest advantage of using Ayurveda is that it is extremely safe and there are no side effects. Also one can use it irrespective of the age and gender. They also detoxify the body by getting rid of the toxins (doshas). As a result of this, a perfect harmony is got with the body. The results are also long-standing and having Ayurveda as part of the life creates a sense of well-being to the physical vigorousness of the body. So with many imbalances that have become the norm of life let us a give a chance to one of the ancient healing mechanism for weight loss- Ayurveda. It is truly worth it.

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

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Treating Thyroid Related Hair Loss With Natural Remedies!

Dr. Rohit Shah 90% (425 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) And Naturopath (ND)
Ayurveda, Surat
Treating Thyroid Related Hair Loss With Natural Remedies!

The thyroid gland situated in the neck (front of the neck) is responsible for the production of the thyroid hormones- T3, T4, and TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone). Thyroid problem surfaces when these hormones are either produced in elevated or in reduced amounts. The problem is often triggered by improper functioning of the thyroid gland. Some of the medical complications that this gives rise to include Hyperthyroidism (elevated production of thyroid hormones), Hypothyroidism (reduced production of thyroid hormones), Goitre (enlargement of the thyroid gland).

Thyroid Hair Loss
The hair loss is one of the many associated symptoms of Thyroid disorder. Thyroid problems often trigger a hormonal imbalance, not only of the thyroid hormones but the steroid hormones as well. This imbalance contributes significantly towards a lot of hair problems including, thinning of the scalp, hair fall (can be quite severe at times). In extreme cases, this may even lead to baldness. Both Hyperthyroidism, as well as Hypothyroidism, may lead to the hair loss and other related hair problems.

Natural Remedies For Thyroid-related Hair Loss
While medications may go along way to keep the thyroid problems under control, there are natural remedies available to deal with thyroid-related hair loss.

  1. Coconut oil comes with a bag full of health benefits. A rich source of saturated fats, daily consumption of coconut oil (1 tablespoon) can bring about a significant improvement in people with hypothyroidism. You can also go for a hot coconut oil massage of the scalp. Keep it for about 30 minutes and wash off with a mild shampoo. This hot oil massage will improve the circulation and stimulate the hair growth. You can also add curry leaves and fenugreek seeds to coconut oil, warm and strain the mixture and then use it for hair massage.
  2. The evening primrose oil is another oil that can work wonders to ensure a healthy hair growth. Laden with GLA or gamma-linolenic acid (omega-6 fatty acid), this oil is known to restore the hormonal balance (a factor responsible for hair loss). You can consume the oil in the capsule form as well as use it for a hair and scalp massage.
  3. Taking biotin supplements can be of great help but only when a doctor recommended.
  4. The role of Vitamins (especially Vitamin C and E) in ensuring a healthy hair growth is known to all. Enrich your diet with foods rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin E (citrus fruits, avocados, almonds, sunflower seeds, spinach, palm oil) to deal with thyroid hair loss with elan.
  5. Sea Kelp can also help to restore the normal functioning of the thyroid gland thereby reversing the hair fall. You can have it either as dried flakes or in supplement form.
  6. Ayurveda and the natural herbs can work miracles to deal with the thyroid disorder and the related hair problems. The herbs commonly used include Amla, Brahmi, Ashwagandha, Bhringaraaja, Neem, to name a few.
  7. Meditation and Yoga can play a significant role in arresting the hair problems.

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

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Diet for Gallstone

Dt. Neha Suryawanshi 90% (14865 ratings)
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
Diet for Gallstone

Recommended foods:

Diet for gallstone:

  • Grains are an extremely healthy addition to the diet. Add foods such as whole grain breads, bran flakes, whole wheat cereals, brown rice and whole grain pasta to your diet. This will help to flush out waste material from your system.
  • Water soluble fiber is found in fruits such as blueberries, oranges, strawberries and blackberries. It is also contained in dried fruits such as apricots, prunes and raisins. You should eat about two to four servings of fruits every day.
  • Include in your diet vegetables such as kidney beans, green beans, broccoli and corn. It is advisable to have about three to five servings of vegetables daily.
  • It is important to know which foods can trigger an episode of gallstones. These foods include onions, eggs, salty foods, cow’s milk, sugary foods, spicy foods, alcohol and processed foods.

Foods for moderate consumption:

Limit the use of oil, ghee, butter, dairy and fruits like custard apple, and sapota (chikoo)

Foods to avoid:

  • Alcohol in any form should be completely avoided
  • Non-vegetarian food should be avoided this includes sea food, lean meat, eggs.
  • Completely avoid frozen, preserved, or canned foods including chips, soups, meats or vegetables, they are known to have high salt or sugar which may lead to fluid retention.
  • Avoid sugary foods such as chocolates, ice-cream, candies and cake.
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Benefits Of Curry Leaves

Dt. Deepanki Devi 86% (51 ratings)
Bachelor in food, nutrition and dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Guwahati
Benefits Of Curry Leaves

Benefits Of Curry Leaves

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Home Remedies For Treating Greying of Hair!

Dr. Dhananjay Chavan 87% (95 ratings)
MD - Dermatology, MBBS, DDV
Dermatologist, Pune
Home Remedies For Treating Greying of Hair!

Greying of hair occurs when the pigments which give hair its characteristic color stop working. The pigment cells present in the hair follicle produce a chemical known as melanin which is responsible for the color of the hair. Usually greying of hair begins when one reaches their mid-thirties, however, premature greying can occur in one's twenties.

These are some home remedies for treating greying of hair -

1. Almond oil and lemon juice massage - Almond oil enhances the elasticity and provides nourishment to the hair. Lemon is a good source of vitamins and phosphorus which help in promoting the growth of the hair. Combining almond oil and lemon juice helps in preventing greying of hair.

2. Indian gooseberry - Indian gooseberry or amla contains high amounts of antioxidants and vitamin C which is an excellent remedy for greying hair. You can either apply amla oil or consume the fruit to reap its benefits.

3. Henna - Henna is a natural hair colorant that is used to darken the color of the hair. It also helps in strengthening the hair strands.

4. Coconut oilCoconut oil helps in moisturizing the hair, eliminates dandruff and promotes hair growth. Coconut oil contains high amounts of antioxidants that help in treating grey hair.


5. Black teaBlack tea enhances hair strength and promotes hair growth apart from adding a natural dark hue to the hair strands. It is one of the most favored methods to treat grey hair.

6. Curry leavesCurry leaves contain vitamin B which improves the functioning of the pigments present in the hair follicle. It also provides nourishment to the hair and limits hair fall.

7. Blackstrap molasses - It is a by-product of sugarcane that is rich in minerals such as manganese, calcium and vitamin B. It is also rich in copper that is beneficial to the hair pigment.

8. Shikakai - Shikakai, also known as 'Acacia Concinna' is a herb that helps in grey hair treatment. It restricts hair fall and promotes growth of hair. 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 Deal With Premature Graying Hair?

Dr. Priyanka Aher 88% (64 ratings)
Anti Aging Medicine, Diploma in Dermatology, Training Certificate in Hair Transplant
Trichologist, Mumbai
How To Deal With Premature Graying Hair?

Hair graying is an inevitable process that you cannot escape. It will strike you at some point in your lifetime. Graying hair was once believed to be a sign of aging process. But not anymore! In the last decade or two, there has been a U-turn in this trend. You will often come across young people, including teenagers, with gray hair. The pigment that mainly contributes to the natural hair color is Melanin. The absence of melanin is what triggers hair graying. Stress, certain medical conditions, genetics, and a host of other factors may interfere with the melanin production resulting in premature hair graying. As serious as the situation may sound, the following tips and remedies can go a long way to alleviate and slow down the premature graying of hair.

  1. Follow a healthy hair care routine: No matter how busy you are, you cannot afford to neglect your hair. The basic hair care routines can work wonders to arrest and slow down the premature hair graying. Indulge in a hot oil hair massage at least twice a week. Curry leaves not only promote hair growth but also prevent hair graying. You can boil few curry leaves in coconut oil and filter the mixture. Massage your hair and scalp with the healthy oil mixture (warm the mixture before use), keep it for 30-45 minutes and wash off with a mild shampoo.
  2. Delete stress from your life: Stress, anxiety and depression can trigger a hormonal imbalance. As a result, there may be a significant decrease in melanin production with premature hair graying being an obvious consequence. There can be only one solution to the problem- keep yourself stress-free. In addition to this, make sure that you complete your full quota of sleep (at least 6-8). Nothing works more like a sound sleep to beat the stress.
  3. A healthy diet: Ensure that your diet is nutritionally balanced and enriched. Green leafy vegetables, berries, walnuts, meat, mushrooms (Reishi), oysters, almonds, eggs, walnuts, salmon, tuna, dairy products (cheese, butter) can go a long way to slow down the premature graying.
  4. For chocolate lovers, there is a reason to celebrate. Research suggest chocolates (a rich source of zinc) can elevate the production of melanin, thereby preventing your hair to gray untimely.
  5. Smoking can spell doom for your hair and is best left untouched.
  6. Indian Gooseberry or Amla, a rich source of Vitamin C is excellent for your hair. You can have the amla raw, drink its juice. Further, you may also use Amla powder in hair packs to slow down the graying process.
  7. Some people also benefit from homeopathy and homeopathic medicines such as Acid Phos, Lycopodium Clavatum, Lycopodium, and Phosphoricum Acidum, to name a few.
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