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Benefits of Mustard Oil And Its Side Effects

The health benefits of mustard essential oil are plentiful. It can improve your circulation and also works as a strong stimulant, making your entire body function well and stay healthy. It can aid various systems in your body such as the digestive system, respiratory system, and even your immune system to an extent. It fights against bacterial and fungal infections and can be used on internal and external infections. It is extremely good for your muscles and their growth and development. It can help with the pain and inflammation caused by arthritis. Mustard essential oil is also well known for being an excellent toner and can also help relief random problems like headaches, cough, cold, congestion, irregular bowel movements, and so on.

Benefits of Mustard Oil And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Mustard Oil
Nutritional Value of Mustard Oil
Health Benefits of Mustard Oil
It improves circulation
It is an irritant
It boosts your appetite
It fights bacterial infections
It prevent fungal infections
It repels insects
it is good for your hair
It prevents phlegm
It promotes sweating
It is a toner
It helps with arthritis
Other benefits
Uses of Mustard Oil
Side-Effects & Allergies of Mustard Oil
Cultivation of Mustard Oil

Mustard Oil

Mustard essential oil is extracted from the mustard seed through steam distillation. This essential oil has varying connotations depending on where you come from in the world. For instance, in Asian countries, especially India and Bangladesh, this oil is widely used for culinary purposes and is fairly popular. However, in western countries, this oil is not considered suitable for consumption and has a reputation for being toxic. In certain countries, it is even sold as massage oil, but again, is not considered edible. Whatever the reputation may be, this essential oil has a ton of health benefits and can be used quite safely by everyone.

Nutritional Value of Mustard Oil

Mustard essential oil has all the nutrients of the mustard seed. In 100 grams of mustard oil, you will find 884 calories. It has a total fat content of 100 grams, including 12 grams of saturated fat, 21 grams of polyunsaturated fat, and 59 grams of monounsaturated fat. It has 0 mg of sodium in it along with 0 g of carbohydrates and proteins. It does not contain any Vitamins and minerals that are essential to your body. However, mustard essential oil does contain a few vital chemical components in it. It has important fatty acids like oleic, linoleic, and erucic acid as well as an important substance called Allyl isothiocyanate, which contributes to its many health benefits.

Health Benefits of Mustard Oil

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Mustard Oil
Health Benefits of Mustard Oil

It improves circulation

Mustard essential oil is used to boost circulation as it is a strong stimulant. This is extremely good for you because it provides oxygenated blood to your different organs at a much faster rate, improving their general function and productivity. It also promotes the secretion of gastric juices and bile from the liver and spleen, keeping your digestive system intact. Mustard essential oil also impacts persistalsis in the intestines, leading to better and more regular bowel movements.

It is an irritant

While this may not sound like a benefit, it definitely is one. If your organs are numb or not functioning correctly, an irritant can be used as a stimulus to jump start it, in a sense. It can show how well the organ responds to external stimulus and whether or not it is in a good condition. Moreover, mustard essential oil is also used to stimulate the growth of muscles and to pump them up by exciting them.

It boosts your appetite

Mustard essential oil can be used by people who rarely feel hungry and are underweight or undernourished. This is because this oil can boost your appetite and make you want to eat more. This happens due to the fact that this oil is both, a stimulant and an irritant. It pumps up your stomach and also facilitates the secretion of gastric juices and bile, which creates the feeling of hunger in most people. Thus, it can encourage you to eat more by making you feel hungry.

It fights bacterial infections

Mustard essential oil is known for fighting bacterial infections as well, as it has strong antibacterial properties. It works well on external and internal infections. Externally, it can be applied topically on to a wound to prevent it from getting infected. Internally, it can help against infections that occur in the colon, urinary tract, digestive system, and the excretory system in general.

It prevent fungal infections

Mustard essential oil contains allyl isothiocyanate in it, which has strong antifungal properties. It can therefore prohibit the growth of fungus anywhere on the body. Furthermore, if you already are suffering from a fungal infection, you can use this essential oil to kill the fungus and get rid of the infection.

It repels insects

Insect bites can be extremely dangerous. You never what kind of acid an insect might be carrying and may secrete into your body when it bites you. This can lead to all sorts of health problems from dermatitis to malaria, which is why you should always be careful if there are insects present around you. Many store bought bug repellants contain chemicals that can have side effects if inhaled or exposed to your skin. This is why a lot of people prefer home remedies, especially if they have to use the repellant on a regular basis. Mustard essential oil is one such home remedy. It can be used effectively in vaporizers or fumigants to drive away any insects that might be present in your home or your surroundings, keeping you safe from their bites and diseases.

it is good for your hair

In many cultures, using essential oils is a vital part of hair care. Different essential oils contribute different benefits to your hair and are used accordingly. Mustard essential oil is also very good for your hair. Since it is filled with fatty acids like oleic acid and linoleic acid, it can be used to revitalize your dull hair. It also has stimulating effects due to which it increases the circulation in the scalp, which helps it stay healthy. The hair roots are nourished well by the fatty acids in the oil. Mustard essential oil, if used on a regular basis on your hair, can prevent hair loss.

It prevents phlegm

Mustard essential oil is a cordial substance. This means that it brings warmth to your body. It also warms up your entire respiratory system and prevents the formation and accumulation of excess amounts of phlegm. As a result, it improves your breathing and can protect you from a number of breathing disorders like asthma and bronchitis. Its stimulating effects keep the respiratory system healthy while its irritant effects work on the phlegm to keep it away. It is therefore a good oil to use if you suffer from congestion and breathing problems.

It promotes sweating

Sweating is an important body function. It helps you get rid of all the unwanted toxins in your body like ureic acid, excess water, fats and salts. The buildup of these toxins can be quite harmful and can lead to many health problems. This is why inducing sweat through mustard essential oil is good for your system.

It is a toner

Mustard essential oil works as a toner. This means that it can tone up your entire system and keep it healthy. It ensures that all your organs and systems run smoothly by stimulating the secretion of important hormones and enzymes. Most hormones and enzymes are responsible for the way our body works and ensuring that they are secreted in the right amounts and at the right time can really have a huge impact on the positive functioning of your body as a whole. Furthermore, mustard essential oil even helps you boost up your immune system, thus protecting you from a range of diseases and infections.

It helps with arthritis

Mustard essential oil has been used since ancient times in order to provide relief from the symptoms of rheumatoid and arthritis. It can help with the pain that is caused by these problems when applied topically onto the joints that hurt. Moreover, mustard essential oil can also help with the inflammation in these areas, bringing you a ton of relief.

Other benefits

Apart from the ones listed above, mustard essential oil provides a wide range of health benefits to your system. It can help you treat a variety of problems like headaches, cough, cold, congestion that occurs due to coughs and colds, pain in the body, and even hampered muscle growth. You can rub this oil on your gums to strengthen them.

Uses of Mustard Oil

Mustard essential oil has popular culinary uses in India and Bangladesh, where it is an essential part of the cuisine. It adds a unique flavor to the food. This oil is also used in massages due to the various benefits it leads to in the muscular system, for pain control, and even for the general circulation of blood in the body. Mustard essential oil is rarely used in aromatherapy. This is because it does function as an irritant and therefore, does not have the calming effects that one desires during aromatherapy. It has been used in herbal and Ayurvedic medicine since ancient times and is proven to be quite useful for a number of different ailments.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Mustard Oil

Mustard essential oil has a reputation for being toxic, however, this is disproved by the pregnant women in India and Bangladesh that consume this oil on a regular basis and do not show signs of adverse effects on their children. It is even used to massage children to stimulate their growth and development. If you have extremely sensitive skin, or are vulnerable to allergies, you should definitely perform a patch test to see whether or not it gives you an allergic reaction as this oil definitely shows the properties of an irritant. On a general note, it is always preferable to speak to your doctor or herbalist before adding anything new to your lifestyle or diet just to make sure that you don’t accidentally cause harm to your system, rather than the benefits.

Cultivation of Mustard Oil

Mustard comes from the foothills of the Himalayas, and also grows naturally in Africa, the middle east, and Mediterranean Europe. As a condiment, mustard is used all over the world, which is why finding mustard essential oil is also not particularly difficult no matter where you life. You can easily find this oil at any shop that specializes in herbal medication.

Popular Questions & Answers

Dear Doctor, Last week my wife slips down on wet floor. She has strained the back part of the thigh and it has developed a blood clotted patch of say 4 inch diameter. It is paining her. There is no swelling as such but a discomfort is there. We are doing light massage with hot mustard oil and healthy. ALSO WE ARE SPRAYING A DEEP HEAT ON IT. Kindly advise what to do for getting a relief from pain while walking. It is something like rupture at soft part of the thigh back.

MPH
General Physician, Dehradun
Please avoid massage You can just use spray for pain if clot comes will take min 15 days and upto three weeks If you wish to be more sure then get basic ultrasound done to look for amount of collection may it require needle aspiration by atleast 18 G needle Also feel free to consult surgeon if her pain increase Same time I must say you she is very lucky that no bone injury Please use antiskid slipper since with time we forget what happened but this simple mistake can take bidder shape in future be careful I wish her fast recovery.
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I was a drugs (painkillers spasm-proxyvon caps + 1×100 ml codeine phosphate cough syrup) addicted approx 12-years, my addiction period is since 2002 to 2010,(recovery period is 3-years at middle) then 2013 to February 2017. But now I leave all of these drugs in present since 8- months. My major problems are so many:-- 1. Higher pain in all parts of body even headache. 2. Weakness, tiredness and I didn't walk for 2 to 3 minutes in road because of higher pain. 3. My sexual strength are almost damaged, my inter-course (having sex) time is just 20 to 25 seconds, (at past I was doing twice a day of masturbating, I got nightfall 4-times in a week. 4. I didn't get sleep at right time, but whenever I take sleep it will be 12 to 14 hours. 5. Having gas, constipation and the time of digestion is long that's why I didn't eat properly Doctors guide me as your own please. Help me.

B.A.M.S, MD (Ayu.) Kayachikitsa
Ayurveda,
Thanks for contacting with your health concern 1. The symptoms which you have mentioned looks to be due to 'withdrawal symptoms' of the drugs thus i. Practice relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation but also Pranayam [anulom vilom] which will strengthen the relaxation response of body as opposed to stress response. Ii. Yoga poses [Dhanurasana, Matsyasana, Janu Shirsasana, Paschimottanasana, Hastapadasana], hot shower and massage are simple techniques to overcome anxiety. Iii. Avoid: alcohol, pepper, garam masala, mustard oil, pickles, rye, spicy food, anger, grief, fear, late night waking, garlic, ginger, onion. Take: mint, coriander, tomato, and cumin, plenty of water, vitamins and mineral supplements, apple, banana, grapes, dates iv.Lemon juice mixed with sugar in a glass of water helps release stress removing hormones from the body and bring mind at peace/rest. And eat 2 spoons coriander [Dhaniya] seeds with 2 spoons of sugar candy [mishri] v.Apple, almond, banana, broccoli, can notaloupe, melon, carrot, cashew nut, corn, cauliflower, grapes, guava, lemon, mango, orange, pineapple, soybean, spinach have antioxidant and detoxifying properties so take them in plenty. PS. For medicine aspect regarding your said symptoms kindly consult me on Lybrate itself.
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I am 23 years old and 5'8" long my weight is 85 kg, one month since I started running but not loose a single pound what should I do and what should be my diet.

Bsc Food & Nutrition, Msc Food & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
You can follow the following tips 1. Eat 2 fruits every day. Keep a fruit when travelling to satisfy those sugar cravings. 2. Add nuts to your diet like almonds, walnuts. They are a good sources of vitamins and minerals. 3. Increase your vegetable intake. Consume minimum 3 servings of seasonal vegetables. They are cheaper and more nutritious. 4. Eat small portions at regular intervals. It will keep hunger pangs at bay. 5. Eat whole grains such as brown rice, whole wheat bread, Oats and whole grain cereals. Avoid maida and other refined cereals. 6. Have two servings of low-fat dairy products every day: milk, curd, buttermilk 7. Use cold pressed vegetable oils like mustard oil, olive oil, sunflower oil. 8. Limit saturated fat. Read the labels. And remember that fatty meats or cheeses, butter, and whole milk products have large amounts of saturated fat. 9. Have protein rich foods like eggs, lean meat like chicken and fish ; soya, tofu and quinoa. These sources have high biological value protein. 10. Target 10-12 glasses of water everyday. The best way to judge the water intake is by the colour of the urine. The more yellow it is that means you are dehydrated. Good nutrition is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Combined with physical activity, your diet can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases (like heart disease and cancer), and promote your overall health. Be patient with your weight loss. Your efforts will give results. Seek the help of a professional trainer to guide you with your workouts.
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I have slightly jaundice bilirubin level 3 I am I fell too thirsty and drinking plenty of water going to urine 10 times per day my random blood sugar is 83 it is any problem going urine many times.

BHMS, MD - Homeopathy
Homeopath, Delhi
Hi Not really. Frequency of urine also depends on the quantity of fluid intake in the whole day. You need to notice the colour intensification of urine as jaundice is noticeable on borderline. Kindly take less oily and less spicy food and take care of your diet. Avoid alcohol intake and take complete rest. Avoid consuming refined flour, polished rice, mustard oil, patries, cakes, aerated drinks, chocolates etc. Tc.
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I have rings near my crotch, I'm using Ring guard, it heals the ring then it happen again not on healed part but other good skin near it. Its since 15-20 days.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), Diploma In Panchkarma
Ayurveda, Jhalawar
Hi Mr. lybrate-user Removing the root cause is the main line of treatment in Ayurveda. Therefore eliminating all the foods and activities that increase pitta is the main treatment. Here are some general remedies for all kinds of skin diseases. 1-Prepare a powder by mixing equal quantities of turmeric, Amla, and Neem leaves. One teaspoonful of this powder can be taken twice a day with water. In case Amla and Neem are not available, only turmeric powder can be used in the dosage of half a teaspoonful twice a day with water. If Neem leaves are available, boil them in water everyday and wash the affected area. Soaps and shampoos should not be used on the affected area. 2-Take 50 grams of powdered yellow sulphur and mix it with 250 ml. Of mustard oil or coconut oil. Apply this mixtureto the affected area everyday in the morning and wash after half an hour. It is better to sit in the sun or in a hot place after applying this oil. 3-If purified sulphur (certified good for internal use) is available, it can be taken in the doses of 1-2 grams twice a day with water. 4-Taking soft or mild laxatives to clear the bowels is also beneficial in the treatment of skin diseases. A teaspoonful of Triphala powder can be taken at bed time every night, with warm water or milk. Any other natural laxative such as prunes, figs and raisins can also be taken. 5-The patient should get as much fresh air as possible. Restrictive and tight clothing should not be worn. 6-The patient should drink 3-4 litres of water everyday. 7-Aloe vera is also beneficial for skin diseases as it purifies the blood. Fresh aloe vera gel can be taken in the dose of two or three tablespoonfuls on an empty stomach everyday. For further consult contact me privately thanks regards.

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Asthma - 6 Superb Ayurvedic Ways To Help You Out!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lucknow
Asthma - 6 Superb Ayurvedic Ways To Help You Out!

Are you suffering from wheezing or recurring symptoms of breathlessness and pressure in the chest? The good news is that these symptoms of asthma can be managed, controlled and relieved by an alternative treatment of Ayurveda.

Here are six Ayurvedic remedies for asthma:

  1. Diet and nutrition: You should chew your food properly and eat attentively. Avoid over-fullness of the chest and eat a little lesser than your capacity. The following fluid and food items are beneficial to prevent the onset of asthma:
    • Green leafy vegetables and fresh fruits
    • Onions, as they contain an anti-inflammatory compound called Quercetin
    • Tulsi, as it contains therapeutic benefits, which have the power to prevent asthma
    • Turmeric and honey as they can minimize nasal acuteness
    • Lukewarm water throughout the day
    • Ginger and pepper
  2. Foods to avoid:
    • Foods that aid in phlegm formation like too much sugar, pickles, ice cream, curd, cold beverages, etc.
    • Spicy and pungent food
    • Allergen-rich food like certain meat, fish, chocolate, preservatives, etc.
  3. Lifestyle changes and daily routine: It is essential to establish a daily routine in order to maintain a balanced bodily rhythm. When we eat, sleep or exercise at the wrong time, our body loses its natural cycle and will not cleanse or heal itself. Therefore, create a daily schedule to do the right things at the right time.
  4. Stress management: Asthma is often worsened by heightened levels of stress, anxiety and mental fatigue.
    • Hormonal changes caused by stress can aggravate the nervous system and depress the immune response.
    • Keep stress at bay and prevent asthma by doing some healthy breathing exercises.
    • For instance, practice pranayama to keep your lungs healthy and enable a fresh flow of air with its breathing techniques. Identify your trigger points for stress and alleviate them.
  5. Massage with herbal oil: Soothe and balance your nervous system with naturally herb-induced oils. The herbs present in the oils will penetrate your tissue beds and stabilize the affected areas:
    • Massage mustard oil and camphor over the chest and back of the chest to relieve breathing problems.
    • Sesame oil can also be applied on the chest.
  6. Yoga: According to Ayurveda, the accumulation of toxins in the body lead to asthma. An impaired digestion leads to the deposit of mucus or phlegm in the lungs, causing obstruction in breathing. Yoga is a proven remedy for asthma. It aims to have a positive effect on the body’s healing response and also strengthens the body's digestive system.
  7. Prevent asthmatic triggers: Make it a point to keep your surroundings neat and clean. Keep away from pollutants, dust, smoke, pollen and other medications that can trigger asthma.

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

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Ayurvedic Treatment for Arthritis - Is It The Best Line Of Treatment?

MD- Ayurveda
Ayurveda, Guwahati
Ayurvedic Treatment for Arthritis - Is It The Best Line Of Treatment?

If you are looking for natural remedies for arthritis, you should opt for Ayurvedic treatment. Arthritis is a chronic, systemic inflammatory disease causing damage to your joints and connective tissues. The knee gets commonly affected. There are three primary types of arthritis, which occur in your knees. Ayurveda is ideal for arthritis treatment, and there are several Ayurvedic remedies that you can opt for.

How Does Ayurveda Approach Arthritis?

Ayurvedic treatment for arthritis is based on the understanding of the various doshas or humors of the body. According to Ayurveda, there are four main humors in the body and it is these that govern our health, wellness and our proneness to disease. Arthritis, as per Ayurveda, is a condition caused due to the aggravation of vata dosha (air). The body produces ama – a toxin that is released as a by product of improper digestion. When ama is produced, it circulates in the body and gets deposited at sites that have already weakened. So when the vata is already stirring up, ama finds the perfect place to build up. That is why you experience arthritis in fingers or knees. For most people, arthritis in the knee is more painful than in the fingers because knees are load bearing joints. If you have arthritis in your knees, you will have trouble moving and the range of motion in your joints will be severely restricted. You may have to depend on people or walking aids to make even the smallest of movements.

Ayurvedic treatment for arthritis aims at balancing and stabilising the Vata component of your body. This is done by strengthening your alimentary canal and metabolic pathway. This makes sure that your circulatory channels do not get blocked by impurities, and are functioning properly. You need to drink a lot of water in order to detoxify your body. There are several Ayurvedic home remedies for arthritis treatment as well, which help in improving your motion range.

Treatment Tips:

  1. You should start your day with a big glass of lukewarm lemon water every day.

  2. You should opt for fenugreek which is an ideal natural inhibitor of ama and corrects your Vata dosha. This natural arthritis remedy can be taken in various ways. You can take these seeds in your food. You can also grind them, mix mustard oil to it, and apply the mixture to your joints. This provides warmth and relief to your joints.

  3. You can opt for an Ayurvedic hot oil massage of your joints. This is effective, especially during the winter. You can use castor oil, and sesame seed oil for massaging your arthritis affected joints. Do not apply pressure while massaging your joints as applying pressure goes against the principles of Ayurveda.

  4. It is recommended for you to meditate regularly for relieving stress and coping with anxiety. These factors are responsible for the development of ama in your body. Regular meditation makes your body relaxed and calm. You should practice yoga as it involves several breathing exercises which help in initiating you into meditation. Having effective control over your breath, your meditation will be more effective.

  5. It is important for you to sleep early and wake up early. The disruption of your sleep cycle causes aggravation of all your doshas and causes stress and fear. A healthy sleep cycle helps you in keeping away from obesity. This improves the health of your load bearing joints, as the chances of them getting extra load because of obesity are prevented.

If you are looking for Ayurvedic remedies for arthritis, it is important for you to consult an experienced Ayurvedic practitioner. He will be able to prescribe you Ayurvedic remedies which suit your symptoms and stage of arthritis. Certain food habits like taking too much ice cream, fast food, red meat etc. should be restricted to a certain extent to prevent the production of Ama( toxin) as by-product to prevent inflammation of joints. Consult an Expert & get answers to your questions!

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Ayurvedic Treatment For Hair Loss!

MS Ayurved, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Junagadh
Ayurvedic Treatment For Hair Loss!

Hair fall has a direct impact on the way you feel about yourself, your self esteem and confidence. It is also true that it is a very common problem and can be controlled and stopped completely through proper treatment. Ayurvedic treatment for hair fall has long term effects and it brings out the best results since the issues get rectified from the inside, preventing them from coming back.
 
Ayurveda and Hair Loss

According to Ayurveda, hair fall is associated with body type that varies from person to person and also the stability of mind-body structure. Hair is considered a byproduct of bone formation, as stated by Ayurveda. The tissues which are responsible for the development of bones are also responsible for hair growth. Diet, yoga, meditation and medicated herbal oil massage are the Ayurvedic treatments generally recommended for hair loss.

Here are some ways through which Ayurveda addresses the problem of hair fall:

1. Dietary modifications 

It is important to identify the lifestyle habits that cause hair fall problems. Consumption of alcohol, meat, coffee, tea and smoking are some of these habits. Hair fall can also be aggravated due to intake of too much greasy, spicy, oily, sour, fried and acidic foods.
 
Here are some ways suggested by Ayurveda to beat hair fall: 

  1. Hair growth can be stimulated by drinking fresh juices of Pomegranate, carrot, spinach and Kokam.
  2. Sesame seeds promote hair growth as they are rich in magnesium and calcium.
  3. Cow's Ghee is a trusted remedy to resolve all scalp-related problems.
  4. Green vegetables and fruits are rich in fiber and hence help in preventing hair fall.
  5. To make the roots of hair strong, foods rich in vitamin C, vitamin B-complex, sulphur and zinc must be consumed, which are found in whole grains, soybeans, buttermilk, nuts and milk.
  6. Yoga and meditation: Inverted asanas help in stimulating the blood flow to the head. Additionally, practicing deep breathing exercises to control anxiety, stress and keep the mind balanced is also advisable.
  7. Ayurvedic herbs and medicated oil: Bhringaraaja, Brahmi, Amla, Neem, Ritha and Ashwagandha are some ayurvedic herbs rich in essential nutrients that help in reducing stress and promoting hair growth. Different types of oils including coconut oil, brahmi oil, amla oil or mustard oil are useful to control hair fall.
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World Food Day - How To Make The Best Of What You Eat?

Diploma in Diet and Nutrition, Fellowship in Sports Science
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Lucknow
World Food Day - How To Make The Best Of What You Eat?

You will seldom come across a person who does not like to eat. Nothing can be more satisfying than binging on your favorite cuisine. Though the choice of food may differ from individuals to individuals, most of us live to eat. It is not without reason that food is considered a fuel that gets the body going, enabling us to carry on with our daily chores. While hot, spicy and fast foods are what most of us crave for, one cannot ignore the health benefits of a balanced and nutritious diet. A diet enriched with the essential nutrients can play a significant role to keep the vital organs of the body fit and healthy.

Importance of a healthy and nutritious diet
A nutritious diet plays a pivotal role in maintaining the well-being of the body. From eyes to heart, it takes care of almost everything. Mentioned below are some of the food items that should be a part of your diet.

  1. Fruits: The health benefits of fruits deserve no special mention. Apple, banana, citrus fruits, berries, kiwi, guava, most of the fruits are laden with vitamins and minerals and go a long way to build the immunity and resistance of the body against various diseases and infections.
  2. Vegetables: A diet without vegetables is anything but healthy. From antioxidants (mostly dark green vegetables) to omega-3 fatty acids, minerals to dietary fibers, incorporating vegetables in the diet takes care of most of the nutritional requirements of the body.
  3. Meat: Equally important are animal products which include meat (chicken, lamb, crab, goat, duck, to name a few), fish (salmon, mackerel, tuna, tilapia, sardine, basa, to name a few), fish oil. Most of these are a rich source of proteins, vitamins, and minerals necessary for the overall growth of the body.
  4. Milk and dairy products: Milk, cheese, butter, curd, ghee, being an excellent source of calcium, vitamin, minerals, fats, proteins, should be included in the diet.
  5. Oils: One cannot miss out on the various benefits of ghee, especially of cow, mustard oil, coconut oil & olive oil and other healthy vegetable oils, such as sesame oil, rice bran oil, flaxseed oil to name a few, that are rich in nutrients including Omega-3 fatty acids.
  6. Cereals: The nutritive value of cereals (oats, rye, wheat, quinoa, rice) and pulses (black gram, lentils, chickpea, groundnuts) are also immense.
  7. Herbs & spices: The herbs and spices that make food more palatable are known for their anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-carcinogenic properties.

Unhealthy habits to avoid after eating food
There are certain unhealthy habits which when done immediately after eating food will do the body more harm than good. Some of these include:

  1. For a proper digestion of food, never take a nap soon after the meal.
  2. Taking a shower immediately after having food will also affect the digestion process.
  3. Many of us have a habit of drinking tea after a meal. However, it is an unhealthy practice that can interfere with both the digestion of food as well as with the absorption of iron.
  4. Eating fruits immediately after a meal will also affect the digestion of food.
  5. Smoking after a meal is an extremely unhealthy practice.

Consult an expert and plan a healthy diet for yourself to stay fit always, 

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Tooth Decay - 6 Ways Ayurveda Can Help!

Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), Modern Diagnostics
Ayurveda,
Tooth Decay - 6 Ways Ayurveda Can Help!

The most common problem affecting the mouth is caries which happens as a result of bacteria acting on the food deposits on the teeth, which produces acid that attacks the tooth structure. The result is loss of tooth structure and formation of pits and cavities which allows more food deposits and causes more decay.

Decay development depends on a number of factors including heredity, tooth structure, oral hygiene habits, food habits, etc. There are certain simple things that can be done at home which can delay the onset of the decay and also reduce its progression and severity.

If that sounds interesting, read on to know more.

  1. Clove and sesame oil: Clove oil is known for its anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antibacterial properties. A few drops of clove oil mixed with half teaspoon of sesame oil can be dabbed on the affected tooth with a cotton ball. This can be repeated every night, both for relief as well as for preventing further decay spread. Alternately, a whole clove can be chewed for some time and then placed under the tongue for continued relief.
  2. Salt: Known for its antiseptic and antibacterial properties, use a rinse made with salt and warm water and swish around the affected tooth at least 3 times a day. Alternately, make a paste of salt and lemon juice and apply on the affected tooth.
  3. Garlic: A paste with about 4 cloves of garlic and rock salt applied on the affected tooth provides great relief. Raw garlic can be eaten regularly for multiple benefits, including prevention from tooth decay. Rubbing raw garlic on the affected tooth also provides temporary relief from pain.
  4. Neem: Still used as a toothbrush by many rural people, chewing on a tender neem bark yields powerful oils and compounds that help keep the teeth against bacterial attack. The high fiber content is also effective against reducing plaque formation.
  5. Swishing with oils: Sesame, coconut or sunflower oil can be used for this purpose. On an empty stomach in the morning, use a tablespoon of one of these oils to swish for about 10 minutes, take care not to swallow it. This should be done before brushing the teeth. This helps reduce gum disease, bad breath and reduce cavities.
  6. Mustard oil: Two teaspoons each of mustard oil and rock salt can be mixed and applied to the tooth regularly for relief from dental decay pain.

The next time you have a tooth ache, it is not always necessary to rush to the dentist. Try these home remedies to get some relief, which will give you time to go to the dentist.

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

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Table of Content

Mustard Oil
Nutritional Value of Mustard Oil
Health Benefits of Mustard Oil
It improves circulation
It is an irritant
It boosts your appetite
It fights bacterial infections
It prevent fungal infections
It repels insects
it is good for your hair
It prevents phlegm
It promotes sweating
It is a toner
It helps with arthritis
Other benefits
Uses of Mustard Oil
Side-Effects & Allergies of Mustard Oil
Cultivation of Mustard Oil