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Benefits of Red Cabbage And Its Side Effects

Red cabbage has quite a few beneficial effects as it is rich in a number of nutrients and vitamins. Consumption of cabbage helps to prevent immature aging, reduces the chances of cancer, strengthens our immune system and even helps to lose weight. In addition to these, red cabbage intake helps to improve skin and eye health, makes your bones stronger, eliminates toxic substances from the body, prevents diabetes and also takes care of your heart. Including red cabbage in your diet may help to treat ulcers and delays the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

Benefits of Red Cabbage And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Red Cabbage
Nutritional Value of Red Cabbage
Health Benefits of Red Cabbage
Strengthens immune system
Helps prevent cancer
Helps you to lose weight
Fights arthritis
Has anti-aging properties
Good for your bones
Takes care of your eyes
Helps treat ulcers
Helps to prevent Alzheimer’s disease
Uses of Red Cabbage
Side-Effects & Allergies of Red Cabbage
Cultivation of Red Cabbage

Red Cabbage

Red cabbage is also known as purple cabbage or red kraut and is a member of the Brassicaceae family. Red cabbage, like green cabbage, is round and wrapped in tightly wound waxy leaves but is distinguished by coloring, flavor and texture. It can be eaten both raw and cooked and forms a delicious part of the cuisines of different countries. The primary characteristics of this vegetable are its red hue and bitter, peppery flavor.

Nutritional Value of Red Cabbage

The red colour of red cabbage is due to the presence of anthocyanin polyphenols which have anti-inflammatory properties. It also contains twice the content of Vitamin C as green cabbage. Red cabbage has minerals like manganese, potassium, magnesium, calcium and iron. Red cabbage has ‘anti-cancer’ properties due to the presence of glucosinolates and anti-oxidants. It is rich in dietary fiber, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6 and also contains thiamine, riboflavin, retinol and folate.

Health Benefits of Red Cabbage

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Red Cabbage
Health Benefits of Red Cabbage

Strengthens immune system

Red cabbage is rich in Vitamin C which is a very powerful anti-oxidant. Vitamin C catalyzes the production of white blood cells which form the first line of defense against harmful microbes. Uncontrolled production of free radicals in our body can impair the immune system. Anti-oxidants like Vitamin C help us fight these radicals before they can do any serious damage. Vitamin C also helps in the formation of collagen which is instrumental in protecting our body tissues.

Helps prevent cancer

Red cabbage is rich in anti-oxidants like anthocyanins and indoles which have amazing cancer fighting capabilities. These anti-oxidants act against the disease-causing free radicals which are actually the harmful by-products of cellular metabolism. The indoles help to prevent breast cancer in women while Vitamin A reduces the chances of lung cancer.

Helps you to lose weight

Red cabbage is great to include in your diet as it will improve your calorie intake and also help you to lose weight. This is because this vegetable is low in calories and high in dietary fiber which helps to improve digestion. Dietary fiber adds the necessary bulk to the stool and thus ensures that all unnecessary substances are eliminated. It also makes you feel fuller and prevents you from overeating.

Fights arthritis

Red cabbage has phytonutrients which help to fight arthritis. This vegetable is rich in anthocyanine which helps to prevent inflammation i.e. pain and swelling in the joints which can lead to arthritis. Incorporating red cabbage in your diet will help to naturally treat arthritis and the complications associated with it.

Has anti-aging properties

Red cabbage has a number of anti-oxidants that act against the harmful free radicals in our body and negate the signs of aging that these free radicals may cause to occur .The anti-oxidants help to remove dark spots, reduces wrinkles and age spots and helps to keep your skin fresh and tight. Consumption of this vegetable helps to regrow skin cells, protects your skin from sun damage and retains elasticity of skin due to the abundance of Vitamin A.

Good for your bones

Red cabbage contains minerals like calcium, magnesium, manganese and other important minerals which are essential for bone growth and maintaining mineral density. The presence of Vitamin K in this vegetable ensures that the risks of osteoporosis in people who consume it are greatly reduced. This is because Vitamin K increases the amount of a protein which is required to maintain bone calcium.

Takes care of your eyes

When you consume red cabbage, your body receives 33 percent of the daily requirement of Vitamin A. This vitamin is delivered in 3 different forms like beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. Beta-carotene is converted into retinol, a form of Vitamin A, and this helps eye cells to detect light and convert it into nerve impulses. Vitamin A also helps to prevent macular degeneration and formation of cataracts.

Helps treat ulcers

The presence of a particular amino acid called glutamine in red cabbage is responsible for its beneficial effects in reducing pain and inflammation associated with ulcers. Incorporating red cabbage in your diet is the best way to treat ulcers naturally.

Helps to prevent Alzheimer’s disease

Red cabbage can protect the cognitive ability of people and hence helps to prevent or at least delay the onset of chronic diseases like Alzheimer’s disease. Memory loss occurs due to the formation of a certain type of plaque. The anthocyanins in red cabbage help prevent Alzheimer’s by preventing the occurrence of this plaque and thus protect your brain.

Uses of Red Cabbage

Red cabbage has a number of nutrients and vitamins and it can be consumed in a number of ways. It contains the highest nutrition when it is raw. The nutritional benefits start to reduce when the vegetable is heated. In Europe and in the United States red cabbages are often pickled raw and made into sauerkraut. This vegetable is a pertinent part of the cuisine of many countries and it can be had with grilled meat, olive oil, butter, eggs and cheeses and even avocados and chillies. It is often used as a pH indicator as it changes its colour according to the material on which it is. It lasts longer than traditional cabbages and thus saves you the hassle of consuming it immediately.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Red Cabbage

Red cabbage should be avoided by pregnant and breastfeeding women as its effects are not well known in such cases. Nursing infants can develop colic if the mothers even sparingly consume this vegetable. Hypothyroidism is a condition which develops when the thyroid gland underperforms. This condition can get deteriorated if the person suffering from such consumes red cabbage. Furthermore, diabetic people should check their consumption of this vegetable as it affects the blood sugar level in diabetics.

Cultivation of Red Cabbage

The origin of red cabbage, as with all varieties of cabbage, can be traced back to Europe. It is believed that Celtic wanderers brought wild cabbages to Europe in around 600 B.C. The Nordic and Celtic tribes created the hard-heading cabbages in Europe. Although the Romans introduced Europe to red cabbage in the 14th century, the first description of this vegetable can be found in England in 1570. It was considered a part of aristocratic culinary in the 18th century. It is, at present, grown and eaten throughout the world.

Red cabbage requires full sun and they should be planted at a distance of 18-24 inches depending on the variety. Well-drained and nutrient-rich soil which is high in organic matter is essential. The soil should be kept moist throughout the growing season. The vegetable can withstand hard frosts and should be harvested when the heads appear firm. The heads should be cut from the base of the plant.

Popular Questions & Answers

What is th best precautions and healthy diet during the any operation. Please advice

BSc - Food & Applied Nutrition, MSc - Food & Applied Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Faridabad
1. Lean Protein Collagen, the most abundant protein in the body, plays an important role in knitting tissue back together. Typical protein intake is around 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. But, after surgery, the demands for protein are much higher, especially if you have incisions to repair. Aim to get 1.5 to 2.0 grams of protein per kilogram. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, target 102 to 136 grams of protein per day. That’s 25-30 grams per 3 meals and 14-23 grams per 2 snacks. Getting extra protein doesn’t mean eating more red meat. Excellent lean protein sources include eggs, fish, turkey, beans and legumes. Whey protein like LeanBiotics RS™ Meal Replacement is a tasty and convenient way to boost your protein intake. Whey protein is easily mixed with water (or soy, almond, rice or cashew milk) or incorporated into a smoothie. Check out our Green Smoothie recipe. 2. Fermented Dairy Antibiotics are routinely prescribed after surgery to prevent infection. While antibiotics kill bad bugs, they also decimate the beneficial bacteria that line your digestive tract. Beneficial bacteria help digest your food and manufacture vitamins plus play a key role in immune system function. Repopulate your digestive tract with fermented dairy products like kefir and yogurt. Kefir is ideal because a small serving provides upwards of 8 to 12 species with over 10 billion live and active cultures. Yogurt provides fewer species and a lower bacterial count. When choosing, read labels as the sugar content and calories are higher with flavored products. Supplementing with a broad-spectrum probiotic like Probiotic-8 also helps boost beneficial species. Just be sure to take your antibiotics separately from a probiotic. Refer to Antibiotics with Probiotics – What You Need to Know. 3. Fiber Pain medications, anesthetic agents, alterations to diet, dehydration, stress and reduced physical activity after surgery can work against your body’s normal route of elimination. Aside from drinking plenty of water, popping a few prunes each day will help get things moving along. Prunes are a rich source of both soluble and insoluble fiber which softens and adds bulk to stool. Other foods that are high in fiber include beans & legumes, apples, pears, bran flakes, oatmeal and flaxseed meal. Check out our list of top fiber sources. You can also help “move things along” by taking SurgiLax, a natural supplement that helps restore balance and regularity to your digestive system and bowel. 4. Deeply Colored Fruits The stress of surgery along with the drugs that are used during the procedure generate an increased oxidative load on the body or free-radical production. While your body uses antioxidants to reduce or eliminate these harmful molecules, the requirements are significantly higher after surgery. Boost your antioxidant intake after surgery by eating deeply colored fruits like blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, cherries, and pomegranates. These fruits contain anthocyanidins, compounds that not only enhance the effects of vitamin C, but improve capillary integrity and stabilize collagen matrix. 5. Orange Fruits & Veggies Sweet potatoes are a superb source of beta carotene or pro-vitamin A which the body converts into vitamin A as needed. Vitamin A is needed for the repair and maintenance of soft tissue, mucus membranes, and skin so significantly boosting your intake (up to 10,000 IUs of vitamin A and another 15,000 IUs of beta-carotene) around the time of surgery makes sense. Unlike its distant cousin the potato, sweet potatoes aren’t as starchy and provide almost 4 grams of fiber per serving. Just clean and slice a sweet potato into 1” half moons. Toss with a bit of olive oil, season with pepper and salt and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Other excellent sources of beta carotene include carrots, dark leafy greens like kale, can notaloupe, mango and dried apricots. 6. Bell Peppers & Citrus Fruit Bell peppers are an excellent source of vitamin C, providing 340 mg per medium pepper. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that helps cross-link collagen. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and if you’ve had an incision, this protein is crucial to proper wound healing. Stress depletes vitamin C stores so getting extra after surgery is recommended (upwards of 900 mg a day in divided doses). Other excellent sources of vitamin C include guava, kale, citrus fruit, kiwi fruit, and broccoli. 7. Cruciferous Vegetables Having a robust immune system ensures that your body wards off infection after surgery. Vegetables that contain indoles, phytonutrients that boost immune health, include Brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower. Have bad childhood memories of these veggies? For great flavor and quick preparation, try roasting Brussels sprouts or cauliflower. Opt for Mashed Cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes for a perfect post-surgery food that is low carb and nutritious. 8. Fungi – Mushrooms Mushrooms also support a healthy immune system. A recent study showed better-functioning gamma delta T-cells and reductions in inflammatory proteins in participants that ate a 4 oz serving of Shiitake mushrooms daily. Other immune boosting mushrooms include Maitakes and Reishi. Mushrooms are great stir fried or grilled. Or try making our easy and flavorful Mushroom Soup. Prepare ahead of time so that after surgery, all you have to do is reheat a bowl. 9. Nuts & Seeds Pumpkin, squash and sesame seeds are an excellent source of zinc. Zinc is necessary for proper immune system function. The body requires zinc to develop and activate cells that are involved in immunity. Zinc is also important to wound healing as this mineral is necessary for protein synthesis and cell growth. Oysters have the highest concentration of zinc and red meats especially beef, lamb and liver have some of the highest concentrations of zinc in food. 10. Pineapple & Papaya Pineapple and papaya contain protease enzymes that the body uses to breakdown and digest proteins. As it turns out, these enzymes (bromelain and papain) also help reduce swelling and inflammation. The downside is that bromelain is concentrated in the stem of the pineapple (that chewy part you don’t eat!). So, taking a supplement like Bromelain with Quercetin may be an easier option.

Hi. I am 35 years old. I have hypo thyroid problem. Suggest me good diet. My weight is 66. Currently I am using 125 mcg thyronorm tablets. I have backache and heel pain problem too. I am female.

MBBS, MD
Endocrinologist, Delhi
For monitoring your thyroid functions get your TSH test done regularly and dose of medicine is adjusted to keep TSH below 3.0. Avoid vegetables of cruciferous family like broccoli, cabbage,cauliflower etc. Take a balanced diet and maintain your weight ideal for your height. Get your serum vit. D3 test done and if found low take vit. D supplement.
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Hi I am 26 years old woman. Yesterday I had blood tests. I have tsh level 4.15 and platelets count is 406. So I need to ask you if there is a problem. How to get avoid of these. Diet planning and exercises.

Nutrition - Management of Weight & Lifestyle Related Disorders
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
Yes, firstly you have to consul your doctor for TSH Levels and platelet count. However, you should start taking a balanced diet and include up giloy juice/ giloy vati, coconut water, papaya leaf juice & wheatgrass juice to increase up platelet count. Include high fiber diet, fruits and salad in your diet. Take frequent meals. Sample Plan: Breakfast:Wheat Flakes With Milk, Mid Morning: Fruit Platter, Lunch: Oat Meal Chapati With Vegetable and Salad, Evening: Jasmine Tea, Dinner: Quinoa Salad. Avoid excessive salt intake in the diet, Iodine-suppressing foods like cabbage, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, soybeans, and turnips, caffeine drinks like coffee, cola. Prepackaged and processed foods, sugars (such as pastries and candy. Excessive fat consumption but include small amount of coconut oil which is good for hypothyroidism.

My father left kidney was failed .that's reason his kidney was removed from body in 2017 July. And in 2012 my father was operation of heart (2 valve s are blocked. Regularly till now also he was using everyday acitrom -1 mg tab and aten-25 mg daily. please give me the suggestion which type of food he will take daily and water limit for day. And any other medicine required. My father age was 63 years present .his weight was 63 kgs. And some of the times he was suffered from pain at right side kidney. I diagnosed to my father to scan also but some times he told Pain was coming at right side kidney also.

MBBS, Dip.Cardiology, Fellowship in Clinical Cardiology(FICC), Fellowship in Echocardiology
Cardiologist, Ghaziabad
The history is incomplete here. But if he's taking acitrom then you should avoid green leafy vegetables like spinach cabbage. As they can with the blood thinning mechanism of acitrom. Amount of water intake is correlated with hearts ejection fraction meaning if your heart is pumping normally then you can take as much is liquid you want to the whole day. The kidney function result is also to be considered if there is a deranged kidney function then water intake needs to be adjust accordingly. If you as a single kidney left then further evaluation needs to be done regularly get back to me with the detailed reports and complete medical history for further advice.

Which iron supplement is recommended for me & also how often should I have it? Please advice

BAMS, M.D.Alternative Medicines
Ayurveda, Belgaum
IF you are REALLY ANAEMIC AND Haemoglobin IS LOW (Less than 10 gms%)THEN ONLY IRON SUPPLIMEMT ARE NECESSARY OTHERWISE THESE REMEDIES WILL WORK FOR U. INDIAN WOMENS ARE DEFICIENT IN BOTH CALCIUM AND IRON SO I M SUGESSTING BOTH. IT MAY HELPFUL TO U. Good Sources of Calcium Milk and dishes made with milk, such as potato soup, puddingsCheeses like mozzarella, cheddar, Swiss, and ParmesanYogurtCanned fish with soft bones such as sardines, anchovies or salmon. Leafy greens of the cabbage family, such as kale, mustard greens, and turnip tops, and pak choi. Tofu, if processed with calcium sulfate (make sure to read the label) Tortillas made from lime-processed corn. Some Good Sources of Iron Meats -- beef, pork, and lamb and especially liver and other organ meats! Poultry -- chicken, duck, and turkey, especially liver and dark meat! Fish -- shellfish, like clams, mussels, and oysters; sardines; anchovies; and other fish! Leafy greens of the cabbage family, such as broccoli, kale, turnip greens, collards; lima beans, green peas; dry beans and peas, such as pinto beans, black-eyed peas, and canned baked beansYeast-leavened whole wheat bread and rollsIron-enriched white bread, pasta, rice, and cereals. AYURVEDIC TREATMENT Mandur Bhasma. Lohasav. TREATMENT DEPENDS UPON THE UNDERLINED CAUSE. TAKE SAFE EFFICTIVE AND NATURAL TREATMENT. I WISH U HAPPY HEALTHY AND PROSPEROUS LIFE AHEAD. GOD BLESS U. REGARDS
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Popular Health Tips

How is Cabbage Related to Hair and Skin?

MBBS, MD - Dermatology, Diploma in Aesthetic Mesotherapy
Dermatologist, Gurgaon
How is Cabbage Related to Hair and Skin?
Cabbage is highly beneficial for smooth skin and lustrous hair. It contains 'indole-3-carbonile' which is a powerful antioxidant. It also detoxifies your liver. This helps the skin as well because it removes the toxins, which if accumulated in the blood, cause dull and blemished skin.
Here are 10 skin and hair benefits of eating cabbage -

1) Anti-ageing agent: Regular consumption of cabbage extends anti-ageing benefits to the skin. The rich amount of Vitamin C delays the ageing process. It has Vitamin A which works together with Vitamin D to make your skin clear and protects from ultraviolet rays.
2) Skin cure: Cabbage has excellent skin healing properties. It is effective in curing skin eruptions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, rashes, insect bites, leg ulcers and wounds. It helps cure arthritis as well.
3) Gives flawless skin: Cabbage promotes healthy skin. If you are suffering from pimples or other skin irritations, cabbage can be the solution. Place the steamed cabbage compress on the affected area over night and experience spotless skin next morning.
4) Vitamin E for skin complexion: Cabbage juice enhances skin complexion. It has potassium, which purifies your body and skin.
5) Sulfur-rich for acne: Sulfur, abundantly present in cabbage, is considered as 'Nature's beauty mineral'. Because of its drying effect, it plays an important role in drying acne and breakouts. It also synthesizes keratin, a protein substance that is essential for healthy hair, nails and skin.
6) Cleansing property: Cabbage juice is extremely effective in cleansing your due to high Vitamin C content. The juice can also heal infected gums caused by gingivitis.
7) Hair growth: High on Vitamin A content, cabbage is an antioxidant that stimulates hair growth.
8) Smooth hair: Cabbage nourishes your hair, thus providing you with silky, shining hair. Apply its juice on your scalp and the roots of your hair. Shampoo your hair after an hour. This will make your hair smooth and silky.
9) Arrests hair loss: Here's a treatment for hair loss. Raw cabbage and cucumber juices are rich in silicon and sulfur, two vital minerals that stimulate hair growth and prevent hair loss.
10) Conditions dry hair: Raw cabbage juice is also beneficial for dry hair as it makes it soft and shiny. Try drinking a mixture of 80 ml of raw carrot and cucumber juice and 40 ml of raw cabbage juice to get healthy and beautiful hair.

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Psoriasis And Homeopathy

BHMS
Homeopath, Navi Mumbai
Psoriasis And Homeopathy

The cause for this irksome skin disease that presents as thick red silvery scaled patches on the skin is still being researched. The sad part is that as yet,there is no one single treatment, and mostly all of them give only  temporary relief.

DOES HOMEOPATHY REALLY WORK FOR PSORIASIS?
.CERTAINLY YES.

BUT HOW? WAIT.We will come to the answer of this question.Before that, first lets get to know more about this disease itself so that we can explain you how the treatments work.

Symptoms:

Location:

Anywhere in the body, most commonly legs, arms , knees, elbows, trunk, scalp

Underarm region, below breasts, buttocks,genitals

Look: dicoloured, silvery scaly lesions that vary in size from minute papules covering a large area

Dry, do not get infected

Some studies have shown that people with psoriasis -- especially severe psoriasis -- may be more likely to develop other conditions like:

 

  • Diabetes. Researchers aren't sure what the connection between psoriasis and diabetes is. However, other health conditions also linked to psoriasis -- high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and obesity -- also put someone at risk for diabetes.
  • Heart disease. Medical experts say the inflammation caused by psoriasis could be related to the artery damage that leads to atherosclerosis (clogged blood vessels) and other heart problems.
  • Cancer. Some treatments for psoriasis, including PUVA light therapy and certain medications, can raise the risk of specific cancers.
  • Someone with psoriasis also has a greater chance of having depression, obesity, and high blood pressure.

Causes:

Abnormal growth of the skin that results in red, patchy appearance.Immune system cud be responsible for this because it causes a wrong trigger resulting in abnormal growth.Normal skin cells take 28-30 days to mature and fall off the surface.Psoriatic skin cells however take only 4-5 days to mature and move to the surface of the skin where they pile off instead of falling off.

 

  • There is a genetic element also, this disease runs in families of 30% of patients.
  • External factors/agg factors:infections, stress, climatic conditions like colds.
  • Injuries to skin involving burns, cuts , rashes.
  • Medications like beta blockers, lithium, antimalarial drugs, nsaid’s like brufen

Treatment:

  •  Most of the present day meds only attempt to treat the symptoms, and not the disease.
  • Psoriasis is due to hyperactive immune system. The dual function of the intestinal wall of absorption and barrier to unwanted antigens or chemicals is compromised that results in leakage of toxins into the system. The immune system then gets activated to produce antibodies and t cells leading to inflammation.
  • This process also puts added burden on liver and kidneys. The resulting hyperactive immune system leads to a build up of cells on the skin causing the itchy psoriatic symptoms.
  • The present medicines can work a bit but are harmful in the long run. The medicines should target correcting the intestinal leak that occurs and the rest will take care of itself.

Patients with psoriasis can take the following steps to try to prevent these other health problems.

  • Go for annual checkups and get regular tests as recommended. These exams can catch problems early on when they're easier to treat.

  • Know your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers. If they are high, find out what to do to lower 

  • them. Treating high blood pressure and cholesterol can help keep his heart and arteries healthy.

  • Take a healthy approach to life -- including not drinking too much alcohol, not smoking, getting enough sleep, eating well, and exercising. A healthy lifestyle can help lower his risk for heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

  • Ask the doctor about  cancer risks and what symptoms to watch for.

  • Ease stress. Because having psoriasis is stressful, it seems unfair that stress can trigger a flare-up. Finding ways to avoid or relieve stress part is an important part of your treatment plan.

    You need to make time every day to relax, even if it's just a half-hour of listening to soothing music. Try these healthy approaches, too:

  • Relaxation exercises, such as guided imagery or breathing exercises

  • Meditation

  • Yoga or tai chi

  • Daily exercise

 

Remember, the disease isn't who you are.There is much more to you than the fact that you have psoriasis.You should try to focus on your strengths and talents to help build your self-esteem.

 

  • While psoriasis flare-ups are often unpredictable, certain things can trigger symptoms. Managing your triggers can lead to fewer flare-ups and milder flare-ups when they do happen.
  • You should avoid using alcohol or herbal remedies to help deal with stress. Drinking alcohol may seem relaxing, but it can lead to health problems.
  • If the stress in your life feels overwhelming, talking to a therapist or trained counselor can make it easier to get through difficult times.
  • Warm up. Cold weather is hard on most people's skin, leaving it itchy, dry, and cracked. That's true for people with psoriasis, too. To keep itching and tenderness in check, you should use moisturizers more often during winter months and apply a thick coating to psoriasis patches. After bathing, pat -- don't rub -- skin dry. Apply moisturizer while skin is still damp.
  • Watch what you eat. Although many people say diet affects their psoriasis, no research has shown a connection. Some experts, however, think it's possible people may have specific food triggers. The best advice is to eat a healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, and limited fats and sugars. If you notice that your  symptoms flare when you eat a specific food, stop eating it for a while and watch what happens to your psoriasis. At the next appointment, you should tell this to your doctor.

Diet control:

 Satvik diet  is recommended.What is meant by this?To clarify,

One is advised not to have tea, coffee, aerated drinks etc, and restrict dairy foods.Sprouted n boiled vegetables are preferred.

Compress:

  • Thick n green outer leaves of cabbage as a compress
  • Drinking buttermilk in large quantities n application of curd/buttermilk to affected area
  • Certain oils such as olive oil and oil of avocado (kulu naspati) on affected parts and oil extracted from outer shells of cashewnuts
  • Use of mud packs

 

Baths:

  • Avoid soap
  • Application of sea water externally once a day

Homeopathy treatment

  • Effective in nearly 75%of cases.
  • The approach is to strike at the root cause n create a condition such that the skin becomes healthy n the excessive exfoliation is not allowed to take place.
  • A very minute evaluation is made of the facts that includes family history,trigering factors, itching, emotional aspects,location and seriousness of the complaint.
  • One advantage of homeopathic medicines is that they are safe and not detrimental to the body on prolonged use whereas steroids used in allopathy are definitely not advisable in the long run.
  • However as the disease is difficult to tackle, people often get fed up and leave midway.Patients who have taken homeopathy  are required  caution that the journey is tedious and long, but persistence is the keyword and cure may take upto 2-3 yrs and more. Also, the disease has it own course of exarcebations and remissions so one has be aware and cautious of the above points and accordingly do the lifestyle measures and medications.

Conclusions:

  • If we look at the treatment options available various allopathic  formulations used till date offer only symptomatic treatment.Even the latest medicines seems to offer relief for months than offer a complete cure.
  • Regular exercise, balanced diet, walk in the sun are very beneficial.While the goal of complete cure may not be achieved or possible, however , a treatment that offers buildup of a better immunity with time is really advisable and hence the popularity of homeopathy which hence eradicates the troublesome symptoms and the suffering and rewards the patient with a better life.
  •  Psoriasis can be managed with the right treatment and good self-care, and now add homeopathy to it!
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7 Things To Eat If You Want A Healthy Brain!

M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
7 Things To Eat If You Want A Healthy Brain!

Having a healthy brain is equally important as is staying physically fit. Good mental health is absolutely essential. Apart from regular exercises there are certain foods also which can help you to maintain good mental health.

Below mentioned are few foods, essential for having a healthy brain:

  1. Include Fish in your Diet: If you are a non- vegetarian then include oily fishes like salmon , sardines in your diet. These fishes are replete with omega -3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA. All these are essential for the brain to function efficiently.
  2. Munch on Nuts: Nuts are rich sources of Vitamin E. Vitamin E can help you prevent your brain from Alzheimer's disease. Nuts are also beneficial for elderly people and can help them combat the problem of memory loss.
  3. Keep Preparations with Green Leafy Vegetables on your Menu: Vegetables like cabbage; broccoli is abundant in anti-oxidants. Broccoli is also a good supplement for Vitamin K. These help to develop your memory and also keep brain diseases like Alzheimer's, Dementia at bay.
  4. Have a Sweet Tooth for Blueberries: This fruit is rich in anti oxidants, vitamin C and K. It helps to deal with problems like memory loss, Alzheimer's and Dementia.
  5. Add Eggs to your Breakfast Menu: Eggs are rich in choline and also protein. It acts as a very good food for developing a healthy brain.
  6. Get Addicted to Avocadoes: Avocadoes help to tackle problems like hypertension, blood pressure and also help in smooth flowing of blood. They also contain Vitamin K and C which help in memory development.
  7. Go for Whole Grains: Whole grains like wheat flour, flour, oatmeal provide energy to your brain. They supply glucose and are thus considered to be very good brain foods.

The above mentioned foods are easily available and can help you to develop a healthy brain.

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

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Best Diet For People Suffering From COPD!

MD - Pulmonary, DTCD
Pulmonologist, Faridabad
Best Diet For People Suffering From COPD!

One of the best and easiest ways to manage the symptoms of the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD is through a healthy and nutrient dense diet. This would not only help you to not only keep the severity of the symptoms in check but also to maintain a healthy weight.

Tips to keep in mind when choosing a diet

  1. Managing Weight: It is essential for patients with COPD to manage their weight. The symptom of breathlessness could be more severe if you are overweight. You might feel fatigued and tired if you are underweight. Therefore it is crucial to monitor your calorie intake and therefore also your weight as recommended by the American Lung Association.
  2. Balanced Diet: It is essential for patients with COPD to eat a healthy, nutritious and balanced diet. One that is varied and rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean meats or proteins according to a study published in the August 2014 issue of the International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. A well-balanced diet will ensure that you get all the necessary vitamins such as C, E, and D that are necessary to help you cope with this condition.
  3. Protein: Lean proteins such as eggs, meat, poultry, nuts, beans, and fish especially oily fish such as mackerel and sardines, should be incorporated into your meal plan. These proteins are necessary for patients with COPD especially if they are managing their condition through exercise.
  4. Carbohydrates and food high in fibre such as lentils, oats, and beans will improve the functioning of the digestive system.
  5. Potassium: Fruits and vegetables such as beets, potatoes, bananas are especially beneficial in preventing water retention in patients

Foods To Limit Or Avoid
People react differently to foods, there are some foods that patients with COPD should limit or avoid but if they do not seem to have an impact on your symptoms you can make them a part of your meal plan.

  1. Limiting salt intake irrespective of whether you are a COPD patient or not is always a good step to take. But if you are a COPD patient excessive salt in your diet could cause fluid retention which could worsen your shortness of breath.
  2. Dairy products such as milk and cheese can irritate the respiratory pathways making phlegm thicker.
  3. Certain fruits and vegetables such as apples, cabbage, stone fruits such as peaches and soybeans can cause gas and bloating.
  4. Caffeine in coffee and chocolate could interfere with certain medications that you have been prescribed. Confirm with your doctor if you can still include them in your diet. Patients with COPD need to drink plenty of fluids and it might be beneficial to opt for non-caffeinated beverages.
  5. Fried, greasy and spicy food can cause gas and indigestion which can affect breathing.

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

 

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8 Home Tips To Keep Your Eyesight Perfect!

MBBS, DOMS, Felowship in Medical Retina
Ophthalmologist, Bangalore
8 Home Tips To Keep Your Eyesight Perfect!

Problems in vision are a common occurrence these days; various factors such as spending a lot of time looking at smartphones and computers are a major cause of these problems. There are various natural remedies which can help you improve your eyesight, they are:

  1. Wash, especially after coming back from outside, your eyes regularly: Washing your eyes regularly with water helps in clearing out debris from the eyes and relaxing the eye muscles. 
  2. Eat Healthy: Eating a healthy diet that has lots of fruits and vegetables are good for the eyes as they contain important nutrients such as vitamin A. You should include foods such as carrots, fish oil, cabbage and eggs in your diet. 
    1. Carrots: Carrots are a good source of phosphorus, calcium, vitamin A and iron which are very good for your eyesight. You may consume carrot in the form of juices or salads. 
    2. Almonds and other nuts:Nuts such as almonds and walnuts are rich in antioxidants which are beneficial for the eyes. 
  3. Walk barefoot: Walking barefoot on green grass is therapeutic for your eyes as it enhances your eye power. It is recommended you walk early in the morning to get maximum benefits.
  4. Eye exercises: You should do various eye exercise to improve your eyesight as these exercises help in rejuvenating muscles of the eye. The muscles in the eye are strengthened which leads to better vision.
  5. Triphala remedy: This is a treatment that combines three herbal fruits which treat various eye disorders, eye weaknesses and hair problems. Triphala helps in eliminating toxins from your body and make your eyes healthy.
  6. Reduce screen time - avoid extra working hours on computers and mobiles as far as possible. Especially playing video games. This can save you from computer vision syndrome. 
  7. Avoid frequent rubbing of eyes - this habit can lead to frequent infections and shedding of eyelashes . Also, this is one of the causes of dark circles. 
  8. Proper sleep - Importance of proper rest to the eyes cannot be denied and is equally important in general wellbeing.

Lastly, if anything is bothering your eyes seek help immediately before the problem increases. 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

Red Cabbage
Nutritional Value of Red Cabbage
Health Benefits of Red Cabbage
Strengthens immune system
Helps prevent cancer
Helps you to lose weight
Fights arthritis
Has anti-aging properties
Good for your bones
Takes care of your eyes
Helps treat ulcers
Helps to prevent Alzheimer’s disease
Uses of Red Cabbage
Side-Effects & Allergies of Red Cabbage
Cultivation of Red Cabbage