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Benefits of Safflower Oil And Its Side Effects Tips

ARTHRITIS - How To Manage Symptoms Effectively?

Dr. Faiyaz Khan Pt 91% (532 ratings)
MPT - Orthopedic Physiotherapy, Fellowship In Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (FOR) Advanced Diploma in Nutrition & Diet
Physiotherapist, Kolkata
ARTHRITIS - How To Manage Symptoms Effectively?

Arthritis is an inflammatory disease, destroying the synovial tissue of small joints like hand, wrist, elbow, feet etc.

Symptoms may include pain, weakness, morning stiffness and pain, stiffness and pain after a period of inactivity, joint swelling, restricted joint mobility leading to reduced function.

Certain people are with increasing risk of suffering from arthritis, they are:

Increased risk

Female sex

Exposure to tobacco smoke

Occupational dust (silica)

Air pollution

High sodium, red meat, and iron consumption

Obesity

Low vitamin d intake and levels

[ note that arthritis can't be cured but it's symptoms can be managed very effectively with proper medications, lifestyle and diet. ]

Remedies to manage arthritis and it's symptoms:

1). Exercise - exercise increases joint function by reducing pain & stiffness.

Exercises like aerobic, hydrotherapy works excellent.

2). Massage - massage soothes the pain and reduces swelling.

3). Diet - foods that aggravate arthritis should be avoided, they are:

. Sugar and artificial sweeteners

. Processed and junk foods.

. Excessive salt, oil, meat and alcohol.

. Refined carbohydrates and hydrogenated oils like canola oil, safflower oil, soyabean oil, rapeseed oil etc.

. Nightshade category foods like: potatoes, pepper, tomato, chili powder, capsicums, cherries, goji berries.

. Smoking cigarettes contain polycyclic hydrocarbon which are highly inflammatory.

Foods to have:

Their are various foods that help to fight arthritis symptoms and inflammation.

They are as follows:

. Omega 3 fatty acids: from seacod oil, fish oil, flax seeds and chia seeds, olive oil etc.

. Magnesium taken from pumpkin seeds, green leafy vegetables, almonds, nuts, dark chocolate, etc.

. Vit d3 (uvb) from sun exposure minimum of 30 mins for asian people who usually have brown to wheatish colour, for fair people 20 mins is sufficient, given the time of exposure is anywhere between 10am - 2pm during winters and 10am - 12pm in summers.

. Capsaicin - when used in the form of topical application locally, gives promising results.

. Probiotics (good friendly bacteria found in our gut) like lactobacillus, l. Rhamnosus, bifidibacterium, saccharomyces etc helps alot, food sources are: yogurt, sauerkraut, kombucha, kefir etc. (fermented foods or vegetables).

. Foods high in antioxidants and vit c helps to lower inflammation, foods like apple, guava, papaya, avocado, carrot, sweet potatoes, pineapple (bromelain) are rich in antioxidants like bioflavonoids which helps to fight ros (reactive oxidation species) of free radicals, thus helping to lower inflammation and pain.

. Proteolytic enzymes when taken two hours before meal or four hours after meal gives excellent anti-inflammatory properties, they are found in: pineapple, papaya (unripe), ginger, kiwi etc.
Serrapeptase is also a nutraceuticals enzyme found in natural plant enzyme in europe gives excellent pain relief.

. Curcumin with more than 85% pure organic biocurcuminoids gives phenomenal pain relief and stiffness in arthritis.

. Boswellia serrata also knows as indian frankincense, shallaki in sanskrit gives good pain relief when taken in more than 75% boswellic acid.

. Foods high in methylsulfonyl methane (msm) gives pain relief, foods like garlic, onion, cabbage, asparagus are high in msm.

. Bone broth - it has amino acids like proline and glycine which rebuilds connective tissue.

These natural remedies can be tried as complementary medicine along with conventional medical treatment, but make sure you seek advice with your nutritionally informed doctor and a nutritionist before taking any food supplements or nutraceuticals.

Conquer arthritis with" food is medicine" on world arthritis day - 12th october.

6 Best Substitutes Of Grapeseed

Dr. A.A Khan 93% (1041 ratings)
MBBS,CCA,DCA,AASECT,FPA,AAD,F.H.R.SM.I.M.S
General Physician, Gorakhpur
6 Best Substitutes Of Grapeseed

Do not worry if you run out of the healthiest oil in the kitchen because here is a list of some of the best grapeseed oil substitutes.

Grapeseed oil substitutes
The best grapeseed oil substitutes are olive oil, canola oil, coconut oil, corn oil, sesame oil, safflower oil, and sunflower oil, which have a similar high smoking point.

Olive oil
This oil can also be substituted for grapeseed oil when making mayonnaise due to its emulsifying properties. The ‘lite’ variety of olive oil is as flavorless as the grapeseed oil.

Canola oil
This oil is a good alternative for grapeseed oil when baking. Canola oil is cheaper and its fat composition is similar to grapeseed oil. However, beware of its side effects on brain health.

Coconut oil
Substitute grapeseed oil with refined coconut oil, if you want an odorless and flavorless alternative. For deep frying, remember, it is the unrefined variety that has a high smoke point.


Corn oil
Corn oil is a less expensive and healthy substitute for grapeseed oil. It can be used for cooking and frying both.

Sesame oil
Sesame oil is a good alternative to grapeseed oil when making chinese or malay cuisine. However, use it sparingly as it has a pungent taste and aroma.

Sunflower oil
The neutral flavor of sunflower oil makes it a good grapeseed oil alternative. It can be used for deep-frying foods like french fries and meats.

Other
Grapeseed oil can also be substituted with the following for salad dressing:

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Top 12 Foods In Omega-6

Dr. A.A Khan 93% (1041 ratings)
MBBS,CCA,DCA,AASECT,FPA,AAD,F.H.R.SM.I.M.S
General Physician, Bangalore
Top 12 Foods In Omega-6

Eating omega-6 foods usually isn’t a problem for most people, but if you need to boost your omega-6 levels, there are plenty of great foods to do it with.

Omega-6 foods: The best omega-6 essential fatty acid (linoleic acid) foods include corn puffs, sausage, butter, beef, eggs, safflower oil, sunflower seed oil, and brazil nuts, among many others. These levels are based on 100-gram servings, which is an exceedingly large amount for some of these foods, particularly the oils. On average, you should consume roughly 3, 000 milligrams of this fatty acid every day.

  • Safflower oil: A 100-gram serving contains nearly 75 grams of linoleic acid.
  • Sunflower seeds: There are 34 grams of this fatty acid (linoleic acid) in a 100-gram serving of sunflower seeds.
  • Butter: There are 37 grams of this polyunsaturated fat in this serving of butter.
  • Beef: This contains less than 300 milligrams of omega-6.
  • Eggs: There are 3500 milligrams of this fat in a 100-gram serving.
  • Sausage: More than 4000 milligrams are in a 100-gram serving.
  • Mayonnaise: There are over 40 grams of omega-6 in each 100-gram serving.
  • Flax/linseed oil: There are two grams of omega-6 per teaspoon of this oil.
  • Sesame seeds: There are more than 20 grams of omega-6 in 100 grams of these seeds.
  • Pumpkin seedsThese seeds also have over 20 grams of this linoleic acid.
  • Walnut oil: Nearly 53 grams of omega-6 are present in 100 grams of this oil.
  • Brazil nuts: These nuts have over 27 grams per 100-gram serving.
  • Other foods: Other foods rich in omega 6 include chocolate chip cookies, chicken, grape seed oil, evening primrose oil, borage oil, blackcurrant seed oil, canola oil, hemp oil, soybean oil, cottonseed oil, poppy seed oil, and acai berries.

What is omega-6?

Omega-6 fatty acids (linoleic acid) are a group of roughly a dozen different polyunsaturated fats that are commonly found in vegetable products, particularly vegetable oils. However, they are found in small to moderate quantities in many other foods as well. Experts recommend consuming an even 1: 1 ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids for optimal health.

Different fats within the omega-6 classification can have both pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory properties. When it comes to the benefits of this family of fats, they are important for the following:

  • Promote brain development
  • Improve nervous system health
  • Soothe symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis
  • Support bone health
  • Manage cardiovascular health

Homeopathy And Dandruff

Dr. Akanksha Tayal 95% (3348 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Delhi
Homeopathy And Dandruff

HOMOEOPATHY WORKS BEST FOR DANDRUFF 

DANDRUFF [DANDRUFF]


Dry white flakes of skin, on your scalp is known as dandruff.
• It is not a health risk, but is a source of embarrassment.
• Some people have the wrong notion that it is because of bad hygiene or washing the hair often - this is a false belief. It is just that people having dandruff shed more skin then others.
• However some dermatologists suggest that is caused by a yeast fungus that is believed to breed in a combination of sebaceous oil and dead skin cells.
 

CAUSES: • A family history of dandruff.
• Excessive sweating of the scalp.
• Excessive mental and physical stress.
• Use of alkaline soaps.
• Cold dry winter season.
Psoriasis of scalp.
• Seborrhoeic dermatitis.
• Improper carbohydrate and sugar consumption.
• Nutrient deficiencies – B-complex, essential fatty acids, selenium.
 

SIGN AND SYMPTOMS:

• Flakes of skin which may be small and white or large greasy and yellow.
• Itching on scalp, eyebrows, nose or ears.
• It can be worse in winters.
 

DIETARY MANAGEMENT: Avoid:
• Avoid fatty and oily food.
• Avoid dairy products (except yoghurt) – cheese, cottage cheese and seafood.
• Avoid sugar, white flour and chocolate
• Avoid excess alcohol.
• Avoid stress.
• Even though dandruff is dry flaking skin do not normally apply excessive oil as it may provide an environment for yeast to breed.


  DO:

• Add one tea spoon of vinegar to the rinsing water after washing your hair.
• Before washing your hair, apply a mixture of 8 table spoon of pure organic peanut oil and 2 table spoon lemon juice and massage into the scalp. Leave it for 10-15 minutes then shampoo.
• You can replace oil with coconut milk or coconut water; leave it over night and shampoo.
• Wash hair with natural, herbal ingredients rather than chemical – take mixture of amla (Indian goose berri) powder, aritha (sapindus Laurifotius) powder and shikakai (Acacia Concinna) powder, soak it in water over night and wash hair with the mixture.

• Practice yoga, helps in relieving stress and will increase blood circulation.
• Natural live yoghurt is recommended as a natural conditioner.
• Avoid harsh hair dyes and hair creams.
• Softly massage your scalp when you shampoo or oil. This will help blood circulation and prevent skin from drying and cracking.

  CONSUME:

• Drink plenty of water.
• Eat large percentage of your diet as raw fruits and vegetables.
• Consume (3-4) nuts and seeds daily.
• Consume linseed oil – 2 table spoon.
• Consumption of Aloe vera juice is also helpful.
• Consume Kelp and Japanese sea plants frequently as they supply many minerals like iodine which are better for hair growth and healing of the scalp.
• Increase intake of zinc in diet:
– Shellfish, beef and other red meats, eggs and seafood, milk and milk products, nuts, sea plants especially Japanese sea.
• Consume diet rich in antioxidants like Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E.
• Increase intake of foods that contain PUFA's (poly unsaturated fatty acids): flax / linseed oil is the richest source of PUFA's. Other oils that contain PUFA's are safflower oil, soybean oil, maize oil, sesame oil, olive oil. As all oils are high in fats, its consumption should be limited. The intake of oils should not exceed 20gms a day.
• Sesame oil and almond oil hinders the absorption of LDL (low-density lipoproteins), so it is advisable to use replace other cooking oils by sesame oil.
• Consume lots of Selenium:
– Fish, shellfish, eggs, red meat, chicken, liver, grains, Brazil nuts, garlic, wheat germ and brewer's yeast.
• Consume lots of Vitamin B complex:
– Liver, kidney, pancreas, yeast (Brewer's yeast), lean meat especially pork, fish, dairy products, poultry, egg, shrimps, crabs and lobsters,.
– Milk and milk products, green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts, whole grain cereals.
– Carrots, bananas, avocado, raspberries, artichoke, cauliflower, soy flour, barley, cereals, pasta, whole grains, wheat barn like rice and wheat germ, dried beans, peas and soybeans.

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Mustard Vs Vegetable Oil - Which One Should You Really Use?

Dt. Radhika 88% (11 ratings)
Diploma In Dietitian Health and Nutrition, Pursuing Diploma In Dietetics,Nutrition and Health Education
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Kolkata
Mustard Vs Vegetable Oil - Which One Should You Really Use?

Vegetable Oils are the oils that are obtained from various plants and their sources. They comprise of different types of oils which are procured from sources like seeds, herbs, nuts, legumes and fruits. Common examples of vegetable oils are olive oil, soybean oil, corn oil, safflower oil and peanut oil.

Mustard oil is also, in fact, a vegetable oil as is extracted from the seeds of the mustard. Mustard oil is used a lot in traditional cooking. However, today, most people like to use new varieties of vegetable oils. But how healthy is this trend?

Mustard oil is a vegetable oil obtained from mustard seeds. It is dark yellow in colour and has a pungent odour. Its main benefits are

  1. Mustard oil contains good unsaturated fats. These fats don't get deposited in your blood vessels.
  2. It contains Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids that reduce blood cholesterol levels.
  3. Mustard oil also contains ‘Glucosinolate’, a substance that has antimicrobial properties. Thus, the oil is effective against infections.
  4. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, mustard oil is very good for people with irritable bowel syndrome as it helps reduce inflammation along the lining of your stomach.

Vegetable oils

  1. In comparison to mustard, vegetable oils are tasteless and are known to adapt to the food’s natural taste, due to which consumers often pick them up over mustard.
  2. Almost all vegetable oils are cholesterol-free, but they do contain some saturated and unsaturated fats and saturated fats, as we know, do play a role in blood cholesterol level.
  3. Each one of the vegetable oil such as olive, sunflower and groundnut have some benefits and negatives. Let’s take a quick look at the oil profiles of these three common vegetable oils before you select the oil for cooking in your kitchen.

Oil profile

  1. Groundnut: It is high in MUFA or monounsaturated fats and PUFA or polyunsaturated fats, and both of these help in lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol. Groundnut is also a good source of vitamin E, an antioxidant with anti-cancer properties and skin benefits.
  2. Sunflower: What’s perhaps the best thing about this oil is its light flavor that doesn’t overpower other ingredients. It also contains a protein that helps regulate blood glucose levels.
  3. Olive: It’s high in MUFA, so it’s linked to lower risk of heart disease and breast cancer. Extra virgin oil is rich in natural plant antioxidants and these can protect against damaging free radicals. The oil is reasonably high in saturated fats, so it should be used sparingly.

You can choose the oil for yourself keeping the above guidelines in mind, as no oil is best for all. You need to match the oil with your cooking style and health needs to get the best out of it. We recommend that you mix two oils and cook. This way you get the best of the best.

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

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All About Paleo Diet!

Dt. Neha Suryawanshi 94% (14748 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
All About Paleo Diet!

The paleo diet includes whole, unprocessed foods that resemble what they look like in nature.

Our ancestors were genetically the same as modern humans. They thrived eating such foods and were free of diseases like obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

Several studies suggest that this diet can lead to significant weight loss (without calorie counting).

A paleo diet meal plan-

The basics

  1. Eat: meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, herbs, spices, healthy fats and oils.
  2. Avoid: processed foods, sugar, soft drinks, grains, most dairy products, legumes, artificial sweeteners, vegetable oils, margarine and trans fats.
  3. Avoid these foods


Avoid these foods and ingredients:

  1. Sugar and high fructose corn syrup: soft drinks, fruit juices, table sugar, candy, pastries, ice cream and many others.
  2. Grains: includes breads and pastas, wheat, spelt, rye, barley, etc.
  3. Legumes: beans, lentils and many more.
  4. Dairy: avoid most dairy, especially low-fat (some versions of paleo do include full-fat dairy like butter and cheese).
  5. Vegetable oils: soybean oil, sunflower oil, cottonseed oil, corn oil, grapeseed oil, safflower oil and others.
  6. Trans fats: found in margarine and various processed foods. Usually referred to as “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated” oils.
  7. Artificial sweeteners: aspartame, sucralose, cyclamates, saccharin, acesulfame potassium. Use natural sweeteners instead.
  8. Highly processed foods: everything labelled “diet” or “low-fat” or has many weird ingredients. Includes artificial meal replacements.


Foods to eat on the paleo diet-

Base your diet on these real, unprocessed paleo foods.

  1. Meats: beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, pork and others.
  2. Fish and seafood: salmon, trout, haddock, shrimp, shellfish, etc. Choose wild-caught if you can.
  3. Eggs: choose free-range, pastured or omega-3 enriched eggs.
  4. Vegetables: broccoli, kale, peppers, onions, carrots, tomatoes, etc.
  5. Fruits: apples, bananas, oranges, pears, avocados, strawberries, blueberries and more.
  6. Tubers: potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, turnips, etc.
  7. Nuts and seeds: almonds, macadamia nuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and more.
  8. Healthy fats and oils: lard, tallow, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil and others.
  9. Salt and spices: sea salt, himalayan salt, garlic, turmeric, rosemary, etc.

Try to choose grass-fed, pasture raised and organic if you can afford it. If not, then just make sure to always go for the least processed option.

These are perfectly healthy in small amounts:

1. Wine: quality red wine is high in antioxidants and beneficial nutrients.
2. Dark chocolate: choose one that has 70% or higher cocoa content. Quality dark chocolate is very nutritious and extremely healthy.

What to drink when you’re thirsty -

Glass of water

  1. When it comes to hydration, water should be your go-to beverage.
  2. These aren’t exactly paleo, but most people drink them anyway:
  3. Tea is very healthy and loaded with antioxidants and various beneficial compounds. Green tea is best.
  4. Coffee is actually very high in antioxidants as well. 


A sample paleo menu for one week -

Monday

1. Breakfast: eggs and vegetables, fried in coconut oil. One piece of fruit.
2. Lunch: chicken salad, with olive oil. Handful of nuts.
3. Dinner: burgers (no bun), fried in butter, with vegetables and some salsa.

Tuesday

  1. Breakfast: bacon and eggs, with a piece of fruit.
  2. Lunch: leftover burgers from the night before.
  3. Dinner: salmon, fried in butter, with vegetables.

Wednesday

  1. Breakfast: meat with vegetables (leftovers from night before).
  2. Lunch: sandwich in a lettuce leaf, with meat and fresh vegetables.
  3. Dinner: ground beef stir fry, with vegetables. Some berries.

Thursday

  1. Breakfast: eggs and a fruit.
  2. Lunch: leftover stir fry from the night before. A handful of nuts.
  3. Dinner: fried pork, with vegetables.

Friday

  1. Breakfast: eggs and vegetables, fried in coconut oil.
  2. Lunch: chicken salad with olive oil. Handful of nuts.
  3. Dinner: steak with vegetables and sweet potatoes.

Saturday

  1. Breakfast: bacon and eggs, with a piece of fruit.
  2. Lunch: leftover steak and vegetables from the night before.
  3. Dinner: baked salmon with vegetables and avocado.

Sunday

  1. Breakfast: meat with vegetables (leftovers from night before).
  2. Lunch: sandwich in a lettuce leaf, with meat and fresh vegetables.
  3. Dinner: grilled chicken wings, with vegetables and salsa.
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Nutrition for Hair and Scalp

Dr. Sameer Kumar Singh 86% (115 ratings)
B.Sc, BHMS
Homeopath, Lucknow
Nutrition for Hair and Scalp
  1. Nutrition for Hair and Scalp

 

Nutrients

 

Role

 

Sources

 

 

Vitamin  A

 

 

 

 

 

Vitamin  B

 

 

 

 

Folic acid

 

 

 

 

 

Biotin

 

 

 

 

Vitamin C

 

 

 

 

Vitamin E

 

 

 

 

 

Prevents dryness of scalp by ensuring that body produces and controls enough supply of sebum, a natural oil required to keep scalp moist and healthy

 

 

 

Promote blood circulation in the scalp, hair growth; prevent premature graying, augment growth and repair of body tissues

 

 

Promotes hair growth by renewing the cells that grow hair. Its deficiency can lead to premature graying and hair loss

 

 

 

Promotes healthy hair growth and protects against dryness. It also increases the elasticity of the hair’s cortex, thus preventing breakage

 

 

Aids in improving scalp circulation. It is important to maintain capillaries that carry blood to the follicles

 

 

Increases oxygen uptake; this improves blood circulation to the scalp and growth of hair. Stimulates hair growth by enhancing the immune system

 

 

Orange and yellow coloured fruits and vegetables like orange, sweet lime, papaya, mango; green leafy vegetables like spinach, fenugreek (methi) leaves, also drumstick

 

 

Beans, peas, carrots, cauliflower, soybean, nutritional yeast, bran, nuts and eggs

 

 

Beans and legumes, citrus fruits, wheat bran, whole grains, poultry, liver, green leafy vegetables

 

 

 

 Brewer’s yeast, brown rice, green peas, lentils, oats, soybeans, sunflower seeds. Walnuts, saltwater fish, egg yolk, milk, legumes and whole grains

 

Indian gooseberry (amla), guava, citrus fruits, pineapple, tomatoes and green peppers

 

 

Nuts and legumes, wheat germ oil, soybeans, sunflower oil, safflower oil

 

 

Protein

 

 

 

 

 

Copper

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Zinc

 

 

 

 

 

    Iron

 

 

 

 

 

Selenium

 

 

   Silica

 

 

 

Omega-3

 

 

 

Omega-6

 

 

 

Essential for hair growth. Amino acids created from proteins can have constructive effects on the look and feel of your hair

 

 

 

Essential for hair structure and pigmentation of hair

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stimulates hair growth by enhancing immune function

 

 

 

 

Important constituent  of blood (haemoglobin); vital for adequate oxygenation of all tissues

 

 

 

 

 

Essential for normal thyroid function

 

 

Vital component of hair shaft, stimulates hair growth

 

 

Promotes a healthy scalp, regulates sebum production

 

 

Stimulates hair growth

 

 

Lean meat; pulses like whole moong dal, rajma, chickpeas (kabuli channa), soybeans; nuts, grains, soya, fish, eggs, dairy products

 

 

Mushrooms, spinach, sesame seeds, mustard greens, asparagus, cashews, peppermint, tomatoes, sunflower seeds, ginger, green, beans, potato

 

 

 

 

Legumes and nuts

 

 

 

 

 

Red meat, lever, fish, poultry, leafy vegetables, lentils, beans, dates

 

 

 

 

 

Nuts, meat, eggs, fish, lobster, carb

 

Green beans, cucumber, celery, asparagus, mango, strawberries

 

 

Flaxseed, walnuts, cabbage, beans, broccoli, squash, fish oil, olive oil and salmon, sardines, tuna

 

Evening primrose oil, safflower oil, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, corn and pumpkin seeds

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Dandruff - Causes and Treatment!

Dr. Mrs Neeraj Gupta 91% (331 ratings)
BHMS, Certificate in Gynaecology & Obestric, MD - Homeopathy, Ph.D Homeopathy
Homeopath, Delhi
Dandruff - Causes and Treatment!

Dry white flakes of skin, on your scalp is known as dandruff.
It is not a health risk, but is a source of embarrassment.
Some people have the wrong notion that it is because of bad hygiene or washing the hair often - this is a false belief. It is just that people having dandruff shed more skin then others.
However some dermatologists suggest that is caused by a yeast fungus that is believed to breed in a combination of sebaceous oil and dead skin cells.

CAUSES:

  • A family history of dandruff.
  • Excessive sweating of the scalp.
  • Excessive mental and physical stress.
  • Use of alkaline soaps.
  • Cold dry winter season.
  • Psoriasis of scalp.
  • Seborrhoeic dermatitis.
  • Improper carbohydrate and sugar consumption.
  • Nutrient deficiencies - B-complex, essential fatty acids, selenium.

SIGN AND SYMPTOMS:

  • Flakes of skin which may be small and white or large greasy and yellow.
  • Itching on scalp, eyebrows, nose or ears.
  • It can be worse in winters.

DIETARY MANAGEMENT:
Avoid:

  • Avoid fatty and oily food.
  • Avoid dairy products (except yoghurt) - cheese, cottage cheese and seafood.
  • Avoid sugar, white flour and chocolate
  • Avoid excess alcohol.
  • Avoid stress.
  • Even though dandruff is dry flaking skin do not normally apply excessive oil as it may provide an environment for yeast to breed.

DO:

  • Add one tea spoon of vinegar to the rinsing water after washing your hair.
  • Before washing your hair, apply a mixture of 8 table spoon of pure organic peanut oil and 2 table spoon lemon juice and massage into the scalp. Leave it for 10-15 minutes then shampoo.
  • You can replace oil with coconut milk or coconut water; leave it over night and shampoo.
  • Wash hair with natural, herbal ingredients rather than chemical take mixture of amla (Indian goose berri) powder, aritha (sapindus Laurifotius) powder and shikakai (Acacia Concinna) powder, soak it in water over night and wash hair with the mixture.
  • Practice yoga, helps in relieving stress and will increase blood circulation.
  • Natural live yoghurt is recommended as a natural conditioner.
  • Avoid harsh hair dyes and hair creams.
  • Softly massage your scalp when you shampoo or oil. This will help blood circulation and prevent skin from drying and cracking.

CONSUME:

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Eat large percentage of your diet as raw fruits and vegetables.
  • Consume (3-4) - nuts and seeds daily.
  • Consume linseed oil - 2 table spoon.
  • Consumption of Aelo vera juice is also helpful.
  • Consume Kelp and Japanese sea plants frequently as they supply many minerals like iodine which are better for hair growth and healing of the scalp.

Increase intake of zinc in diet:

  • Shellfish, beef and other red meats, eggs and seafood, milk and milk products, nuts, sea plants especially Japanese sea.
  • Consume diet rich in antioxidants like Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E.
  • Increase intake of foods that contain PUFA`s (poly unsaturated fatty acids): flax / linseed oil is the richest source of PUFA`s. Other oils that contain PUFA`s are safflower oil, soybean oil, maize oil, sesame oil, olive oil. As all oils are high in fats, its consumption should be limited. The intake of oils should not exceed 20gms a day.
  • Sesame oil and almond oil hinders the absorption of LDL (low-density lipoproteins), so it is advisable to use replace other cooking oils by sesame oil.

Consume lots of Selenium:

Consume lots of Vitamin B complex:

  • Liver, kidney, pancreas, yeast (Brewer's yeast), lean meat especially pork, fish, dairy products, poultry, egg, shrimps, crabs and lobsters,.
  • Milk and milk products, green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts, whole grain cereals.
  • Carrots, bananas, avocado, raspberries, artichoke, cauliflower, soy flour, barley, cereals, pasta, whole grains, wheat barn like rice and wheat germ, dried beans, peas and soybeans.
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Practical tips to manage Diabetes

Dt. Deepal Shukla 90% (101 ratings)
M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Practical tips to manage Diabetes

I .Meal Planning

  • Eat smaller , more frequent meals
  • Control carbs
  • Ensure variety in diet - whole grain foods, fruits and vegetables daily
  • Limit fats - 3-4 tsp/day
  • Seasoning tips - use salt sparingly, avoid adding sugars.

II.Practical tips to make you meals healthier

Eat lots of fruits and vegetables- Except for few fruits like banana, mango, chickoo, jackfruit and grapes, and vegetables like potatoes,sweet potatoes , yam . ,both fruits and veggies are cornerstone of diabetes,- gives you vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Eat more whole grains- brown rice, ragi, bajra , jowar,wheat
Use healthy fats and oils- Choose- MUFA's - olive oil, canola oil , less often use PUFA- corn , sesame and safflower oil. Minimise SFA- high fat meat , dairy, coconut,
Choose heart healthy proteins- beans, peas and dals (good source of protein and fibre), Eat fish and shell fish 2-3times/weel, choose skinless, white chicken, nuts in moderation ( almonds , walnuts)
Select low fat dairy products- skim milk and its products like curd, paneer and low fat cheese

III.Healthy breakfast choices

  • An egg white omelette with a bran paratha and fruit wedges
  • Oats with low fat milk and spirinkling nuts and fruits
  • Dalia and veggies upma with a bowl of fresh fruits
  • Oats dosa with mint chutney and orange segments
  • Ragi porridge with milk/buttermilk and a whole fresh fruits.

IV.Healthy lunch box ideas

  • Healthysandwhich - brown bread with veggies no potato, low fat butter and cheese
  • Salad warps- mix veg salads in a wheat chapatti
  • Spinach and oats paratha,brown rice veggie pulao.

V.Snacking ideas to keep blood glucose in check

  • Handful of nuts - 7-8 almonds and walnuts
  • Raw veggies
  • Vegetable soups
  • Fruit bowl
  • Cereal chivdabhel
  • Wrap- salads,/ rajma with salsa sauce

VI.Choos.e your bevarages wisely

Stay away from, sugary drink, carbonated beverages, tea and coffee with sugar, syrup based drinks.
Choose from - plain water, unsweetened tea and coffee, low fat milk drink, green tea.

VII. Exercise.

Why is Exercise imp-

  • Improves blood glucose control
  • Improves energy levels.
  • Helps to lose weight and maintain body weight
  • Helps in preventing Diabetes complication.
  • Improves mental health by reducing stress,
  • Strengthens bone and muscles
  • You can do flexibility exercise like stretching, yoga, Aerobic exercise(brisk walk, dance, swimming, cycling etc), Strength training,.

Exercise should be performed 1-3hrs post meals, avoid workout at bed time to avoid hypoglycemia. (Do remember to hydrate yourself throughout workout)

Before exercise - make sure your sugar levels are normal - between 150mg/dl- 250mg/dl.

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HYPOTHYROIDISM OR MYXOEDEMA [HYPOTHYROID]

Dr. Mrs Neeraj Gupta 91% (331 ratings)
BHMS, Certificate in Gynaecology & Obestric, MD - Homeopathy, Ph.D Homeopathy
Homeopath, Delhi
HYPOTHYROIDISM OR MYXOEDEMA [HYPOTHYROID]
HYPOTHYROIDISM / MYXOEDEMA
Hypothyroidism is a clinical condition, which results from deficiency of thyroid hormones.
Hypothyroidism with deposition of mucinous substance in subcutaneous tissues is known as ‘myxoedema`.
 
CAUSES:
• Primary thyroid gland involvement.
• Lack of pituitary TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone).
• Hypothalamic deficiency of TRH (thyrotropin-releasing hormone).
• Autoimmune thyroiditis.
• Severe iodine deficiency.
 
SIGN AND SYMPTOMS:
• Slowing down of mental and physical functions of the body.
• Easy fatigability and tiredness.
Sleepiness.
Body ache.
• Puffiness of face.
Edema feet.
• Weight gain.
• Increased sensitivity to cold.
• Dryness of skin.
• Brittle nails.
Constipation.
Hair fall.
Hoarseness of voice.
Hearing loss.
• Tendency for repeated infections.
Muscle cramps.
Shortness of breath.
Anemia.
• Mood swings.
Forgetfulness.
• Slow speech.
Infertility.
• Menorrhagia (profuse menses).
• Occasionally rise in blood pressure.
 
DIETARY MANAGEMENT:
Avoid:
• Avoid goitrogens (food that blocks the utilization of iodine): turnips, cabbage, mustard, cassava root, soybeans, peanuts, pine nuts and millets. Cooking usually inactivates goitrogens.
 
CONSUME:
• Increase consumption of iodine, it is an important building block of thyroid hormone:

– Sea food, meat, milk and milk, sea plants- kelp, dulse (vegetable sea food) and Japanese sea vegetables. Plants grown in iodine rich soils are also good source of iodine.
– Iodized salt is a primary source of iodine.
• Increase consumption of copper, selenium and zinc as these minerals are essential for normal thyroid hormone production and metabolism.
• Foods rich in copper:
– Meat gelatin, eggs, yeast, lamb; pork; pheasant quail; duck; goose; squid; salmon; organ meats.
– Soy and soy products, nuts and seeds, beans, legumes; almonds, broccoli, garlic; bran breads and cereals; sea plants and mushrooms.
– Dried beans - soy beans, lima beans, baked beans, dried peas; lentils; barley.
– Dried fruits including raisins, dates, prunes, avocado, Chocolate.
– Some amount of cooper is obtained from cooking in copper vessels.
• Foods rich in selenium:
– Grains, Brazil nuts, garlic, wheat germ and brewer`s yeast, fish, shellfish, eggs, red meat, chicken and liver.
• Food rich in zinc: Good dietary sources of zinc include seafood (especially oysters), beef, oatmeal, chicken, liver, spinach, nuts and seeds.
– Meat, poultry and milk, shell fish, crab, shrimp and sea plants etc.
– Plant foods are low in zinc, Whole wheat grains provide good amount of zinc.
• Increase consumption of Omega-3 fatty acids, one of the PUFA`s (poly unsaturated fatty acids), as it also contributes to normal thyroid function: Fish and fish oils provide excellent forms of omega-3s as well as vitamin A, which improves thyroid receptor binding and thyroid hormone activity. Flax / linseed oil is the richest source of PUFA`s. Other oils that contain PUFA`s are safflower oil, soybean oil, cottonseed oil, maize oil, sesame oil, rich bran oil, ground nut oil, mustard oil and olive oil.
• Increase consumption of proteins - tyrosine, an amino acid is a precursor for making thyroid hormone :
– Milk and milk products, eggs (is the richest source), Flesh food: meat, fish, and poultry.
– Nuts and oilseeds, pulses, cereals.
• Mild to moderate exercise is advisable, exercise stimulates thyroid gland function.
• Practise yoga, helps in increasing tissue sensitivity to thyroid hormone.
 
CONSULT PHYSICIAN:

• If myxoedema presents with complications like cardiac failure or coma consult your physician immediately. Immediate medical attention is necessary.  

Note   Blood test empty stomach ,,,,T3 T4 TSH
Avoid unnecessary use of external hormones & steroids