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Overview

Benefits of Tea And Its Side Effects

Tea is a rich source of anti oxidants whose primary function is to counter free radicals which are the main cause of chronic diseases. It is packed with phytonutrients and is almost free from calorie and caffeine. Among other important minerals it contains potassium and sodium. L theanine found in some tea create a calmer but more alert state of mind and boost your mental health.

Benefits of Tea And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Tea
Nutritional Value of Tea
Nutritional facts Per 100 grams
Vitamins and Minerals
Health Benefits of Tea
Anti inflammatory
Boost mental health
Control Diabetes
Fight obesity
Healthier heart
Prevents Cancer
Skin Problems
Improve bone health
Helps in hydration
Uses of Tea
Side-Effects & Allergies of Tea
Cultivation of Tea

Tea

Tea leaves come from the camellia sinensis plant which can be categorized into four major heads, white tea, black tea, green tea and oolong tea. All the four categories only differ in terms of fermentation process and the extent to which they are oxidized. The preparation of the tea also varies from place to place with serving options such as milk tea, black tea, lemon tea or ice tea.

Nutritional Value of Tea

Tea is a very rich source of anti oxidants especially polyphenol in some category. It is totally caffeine free and have almost zero calories. Different categories are enriched with different minerals such as vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, potassium, copper, manganese, zinc and magnesium. Some categories have vitamin B,E,K along with folic acid, niacinamide and alpha hydroxyl acids.

Nutritional facts Per 100 grams

1 Calories
4 mg Sodium
18 mg Potassium
0.2 g Total Carbohydrate
0.1 g Protein

Vitamins and Minerals

11 mg Vitamin A

Health Benefits of Tea

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Tea
Health Benefits of Tea

Anti inflammatory

Anti inflammatory

The presence of polyphenolic compounds such as aspalathin and nothofagin, that posses anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antimutagenic properties making tea a natural anti oxidant. It not only destroys and neutralize free radicals but also provide a boost to the immunity making it diseases tolerant.

Boost mental health

Tea can create a calmer but more alert state of mind. L theanine present in tea helps you to relax and concentrate. It also eases irritability, headaches, nervous tension and insomnia. Tea can also cause temporary increase in your short term memory.

Control Diabetes

The presence of anti-oxidants that comes from polyphenol regulates the amount of blood sugar and insulin in the bloodstream which reduces the risk of uncertain dips and spikes in blood sugar that could prove fatal for diabetic patient. It also reduces blood glucose to a healthy level and is also used as additional medicine for type 2 diabetes.

Fight obesity

The presence of polyphenolic compound in tea is the primary source for weight reduction. It controls the metabolism of the body fat and also activates certain enzymes, thereby enhancing the functions of fat cells which in turn reduces obesity.

Healthier heart

Quercetin found in the some tea is a very powerful anti oxidant that is immensely potent in preventing a wide variety of heart diseases. Its anti inflammatory properties not only reduces blood pressure and destroys free radicals but also promotes an increase in HDL (good cholesterol) and inhibits LDL (bad cholesterol) from binding to the walls of blood vessels and arteries.

Prevents Cancer

Since Tea is a natural anti- oxidant, it is very rich in anti cancer properties. Moreover the polyphenolic compound act as chemo-preventive instrument against the development of cancer cells. Thus tea helps in reducing the risks of cancer and is very effective especially against ovarian and skin cancer.

Skin Problems

Some category of tea especially the less oxidized one is a boon for people with skin diseases. The presence of anti-oxidants removes the free radicals present in our body which is the root cause for majority of skin problems. Tea helps in exfoliation and slows down the oxidation of cells, giving you a much healthier skin. It also helps in anti ageing, wrinkles and dark spot reduction.

Improve bone health

Tea has a very high content of calcium, manganese and fluoride minerals which all are directly proportional to strong bones and teeth. Calcium is the main component of bone formation. By increasing the bio-availability of minerals, rooibos tea helps you in fighting common bone problems such as joint pain, osteoporosis and arthritis. Manganese is very useful in repairing bone damage and building bone mass. And fluoride is used widely in dental world as a cure for teeth problems.

Helps in hydration

Caffeine beverages are known to dehydrate you more than they hydrate if consumed in excess. Since tea is free from caffeine or have negligible amount it is actually healthy for you to drink tea for hydration at the same time provide you with necessary anti oxidants.

Uses of Tea

Tea is the most ancient and widely used beverage across the globe. Different regions have been preparing and using tea since 6000 B.C. Tea as a beverage is prepared in different method namely black tea, milk tea, lemon tea and ice tea. Certain types of tea such as Oolong tea and green tea is used for its medicinal properties as well as applied topically for curing skin diseases.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Tea

There is negligible or no side effects of consuming tea in moderate consumption. However excessive consumption of some tea like black tea which has amount of caffeine may lead to some health problems ranging from severe to mild headaches, nervousness, sleep problem, irritability, diarrhea, vomiting, heartbeat fluctuation, heartburn, dizziness, tremor, ringing in the ears, convulsions and confusions.

Cultivation of Tea

The origin of tea is wide, complex and debatable one spreading across the globe. However the plant Camellia sinensis is native to south east asia and according to a medical text written by Hau Tuo it likely originated in china during the Shangh Dynasty as a medicinal drink.Most part of the world is now growing its own tea as it require hot and humid climate. However it grows best on well drained fertile acid soilon high lands.

Popular Questions & Answers

Which is best drink for healthy life .Among tea, milk and green tea .Is there any another healthy drink for all ages pla suggest me thank you.

MD
General Physician, Secunderabad
If we try to think about the most consumed drink in the world, then tea will come second to none but water. Interestingly, all types of tea, be it green or black, comes from the same plant i.e. Camellia sinensis. The difference only lies in processing and oxidation that makes the difference. Without adding anything to it, tea or it’s leaves contain hardly any calories, fat, sodium, carbonation or sugar. Tea contains antioxidants and is known to have many health benefits, including reducing the incidence of diabetes. GREEN TEA -Green tea leaves do not undergo fermentation and hence, don’t go through the oxidation process which black tea undergoes. This retains an extremely rich amount of EGCG (epigallactocatechin gallate), a popular antioxidant known for fighting heart disease, strokes, cancer and more. BLACK TEA -The EGCG in black tea is destroyed during the fermentation process which makes it low in this powerful anti-oxidation. Yes, we love the comparison game and we are sure you love it too and today’s topic is very common and linked to our daily life: Milk tea vs Black tea vs Green tea. It is an interesting fact to know that tea is the most consumed drink in the world after water. There are various types of tea available including Milk Tea, Black Tea, Green Tea, Lemon Tea, Oolong (a traditional Chinese tea) etc. There are many different benefits of tea like it is less in caffeine than coffee, helps in weight loss, contains antioxidants and vitamins, improves the immune system, helps in protecting bones and reduces the risk of heart attack. So let’s discuss in deep the positives and negatives of milk tea, black tea and green tea (Milk Tea vs Black Tea vs Green Tea). Black Tea Black tea is made from a shrub known as Camellia sinensis and is considered healthy if taken once or twice a day and without any additives like sugar or milk. Benefits of Black Tea 1. Antioxidants – Black tea incorporates polyphenols, which are chemicals found in plants. It is believed that they have health benefits such as prevention of diabetes, high blood pressure etc. 2. Oral Health – Black tea restricts bacterial growth and reduces plaque formation which prevents tooth decays and cavities. Black tea plays a crucial role in preventing oral cancer. 3. Increases Energy – Black tea contains less amount of caffeine which helps in enhancing blood flow to the brain. It stimulates respiratory system, metabolism, kidneys and the heart. 4. Immune System – Black tea contains tannins that fight viruses and keeps us safe from stomach flu, influenza etc. It helps to boost our immune  5. Stress Relief – Amino acid is present in black tea which helps us to concentrate better and relax. When consumed in moderate amounts, It reduces the level of stress. Risks of Black Tea 1. Drinking a lot – Having black tea in moderate amounts is safe but having large amounts of it (more than four cups in a day) may cause health problems. 2. Difficulty in Sleeping – In relation to the first point, having large amounts of black tea means having a lot of caffeine which can cause a problem in sleeping. 3. Nausea – Drinking too much black tea on an empty stomach can irritate your stomach and can cause gastric problems. Green Tea Green tea is made from a shrub known as Camellia sinensis and is loaded with nutrients which help in improving mental alertness and thinking. Benefits of Green Tea 1. Improves Brain Function – Green tea contains caffeine but much less than coffee. Although, the effect of caffeine is still present which improves our brain function. 2. Fat Reduction – If you want to lose weight then green tea is the best and easiest way to do it. It increases fat burning and helps to boost the metabolic rate. Thus, improves physical performance. 3. Low Risk of Cancer – Green tea is a superlative source of antioxidants, thus, reduces the risk of various types of cancer. It can help lower the risk of Prostate cancer, Colorectal cancer, Breast cancer etc. 4. Improves Health – Green tea contains polyphenols. It reduces the formation of free radicals in the body and protects molecules and cells from breakage. It also helps in prevention of diabetes, high blood pressure etc. 5. Skincare – Green tea has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which help reduce wrinkles, smile lines and all signs of ageing. Risks of Green Tea 1. Insomnia – Drinking large amounts of green tea (more than five cups a day) means having a lot of caffeine which can cause a problem in sleeping, nausea, diarrhoea and can upset the stomach as well. 2. Iron Deficiency – Green tea reduces the absorption of iron from food so, drinking too much of green tea can be harmful as it could increase the possibility of iron deficiency.
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It is for all aged or do you have any particular age limits. because already am lean if I go with green tea. Will I become still leaner.

M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Chandigarh
Hello Lybrate user, green tea is not just for weight loss but can be had for various health benefits. Green tea alone can't make you loose weight, but accelerates your weight loss results. Certainly you may have at least 2 to 3 cups of green tea safely. Green tea helps to protect against many cancers, heart disease and many digestive disorders. So go ahead and feel good after having green tea.
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I am 30 years old and I have drinking green tea daily and my question is including the mixes lemon in green tea its useful or not please give a valuable suggestion.

PGDT, BHMS, PGD PPHC
Homeopath, Delhi
Adding lemon drops to green tea will help in improving your immunity as it contains vit c which helps in controlling free radicals. Also it is helpful in increasing your bmr which will help you reduce weight.

I am suffering from dry cough for the last 2 weeks and I have chest pain whenever I cough hard. Can you suggest what should be done?

MD-Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
Sexologist, Haldwani
Hello- Here are 7 Natural Cough Remedies for Persistent & Dry Coughs:- 1. A Spoonful of Honey 2. Licorice Root Tea 3. Gargle Salt Water 4. Steam, Steam, Steam! I can’t say how underrated steam is when it comes to anything dealing with a cough, cold, or congestion. Not only does the steam quite literally loosen mucous and phlegm, almost immediately, but you can add numerous essential oils that will impart wonderful healing benefits. 5. Tea Thyme 6. Pepper & Honey 7. Ginger Peppermint Syrup.

How to reduce bad breath in my mouth. Please tell me some home remedy that I can use to root it out. Alao I brush twice a day still I have bad breath problem in my mouth.

BDS
Dentist, Gurgaon
Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is embarrassing and can take a toll on your confidence level. Bad breath can be due to a number of reasons such as eating odorous foods, smoking, dry mouth, medical conditions, gum disease, and sinus conditions. However, the primary cause of bad breath is the bacteria that build up on the back of your tongue or between your teeth. Maintaining good oral health is essential to controlling bad breath. This includes regular tooth brushing, flossing and tongue scraping. Drinking adequate amount of water throughout the day is also essential for keeping your breath fresh. Plus, after eating a meal, swish water around your mouth for a few seconds. This will loosen food particles stuck between your teeth and clean your mouth. Along with water, you can also treat bad breath with the help of some readily available ingredients from your kitchen cupboard. Here are the top 10 home remedies for bad breath. 1. Fennel fennel acts as an excellent mouth freshener that helps control bad breath. It also contains antimicrobial properties that fight the bacteria in the mouth. Slowly chew a tablespoon of fennel to freshen your breath and stimulate the production of saliva. You can also drink fennel tea a couple of times a day. To make this tea, steep one or two teaspoons of fennel seeds in a cup of hot water for 5 to 10 minutes. 2. Cinnamon cinnamon contains cinnamic aldehyde, an essential oil that not only covers up bad breath, but also reduces the amount of bacteria in your mouth. To treat bad breath follow this remedy twice daily. Boil one teaspoon of cinnamon powder in a cup of water. You may add some bay leaves and cardamom too. Strain the solution and use it as a mouth rinse to refresh your breath. 3. Fenugreek fenugreek tea is highly effective when bad breath is caused by catarrhal infections. Boil a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in a cup of water. Strain and drink this tea once daily until you get rid of the problem. 4. Cloves cloves help freshen your breath and also have antibacterial properties that are very helpful in getting rid of bad breath. The easiest method is to pop a few pieces of cloves into your mouth and chew them thoroughly. This will eliminate bad breath in a few minutes. You can also make clove tea. Boil a cup of water, add one teaspoon of ground cloves and allow it to simmer for 5 to 10 minutes. Drink the tea or use it as a mouthwash twice a day. 5. Parsley parsley contains chlorophyll that can help neutralize bad breath. Simply chew on a fresh parsley sprig to refresh your breath. You can also dip this herb in vinegar and then chew it thoroughly. Another option is to put parsley leaves through a juicer and sip the juice anytime you need to refresh your breath. It will also aid digestion. 6. Lemon juice curing bad breath with a lemon rinse has been used for generations. The acidic content in lemons prevents growth of bacteria in your mouth. Plus, its strong pleasant smell helps mask the bad odor. Just stir one tablespoon of lemon juice into a cup of water and rinse your mouth with it. You can also add a bit of salt to it and then use it. This remedy will help to solve the problem of dry mouth which is one of the main reasons that contribute to bad breath. Apple cider vinegar due to its ph balancing effects, apple cider vinegar makes a wonderful remedy for bad breath. You can try any of these remedies depending on your preference. Stir one tablespoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar into a glass of water and drink it before eating your meals. The vinegar will help in digestion as well as cure bad breath. Gargle with apple cider vinegar mixed in a cup of water. 8. Baking sodabaking soda, also known as bicarbonate of soda, is another great solution for getting rid of and preventing bad breath. It helps balance the levels of acid that contribute to bad breath. Plus, it fights oral bacteria that cause bad breath. Mix one-half teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of warm water and use it as a mouth rinse once daily until you are satisfied with the results. Brushing your teeth with baking soda will also help reduce the acidity in your mouth and prevent bacteria from building up on your tongue. Tea tree oil tea tree oil has antiseptic properties that act like a powerful disinfectant for your mouth. You can get the benefits from tea tree oil in a variety of ways. Brush your teeth with a toothpaste containing tea tree oil. Another option is to put a few drops of tea tree oil on your toothbrush along with your regular toothpaste. You can also mix a few drops of tea tree oil, peppermint oil and lemon oil in a glass of water and use it as a mouthwash. 10. Tea normal as well as herbal teas can also help combat bad breath. The antioxidant polyphenols present in both green and black tea can stop the growth of bacteria responsible for bad breath. You can also opt for an herbal tea like sage tea. To make this tea, steep one teaspoon of dried sage in a cup of hot water for five minutes. Strain and drink this tea several times a day to keep your breath fresh. If your bad breath persists even after trying these natural treatments, consult a doctor or dentist to see if there is a more serious underlying problem.
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Popular Health Tips

White Vs Green Tea - Which One Is More Beneficial?

Diploma In Nutrition & Health Education
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Ahmedabad
White Vs Green Tea - Which One Is More Beneficial?

When it comes to health benefits, green tea has been an undisputed winner for a long time. It is a must have for all health conscious people. For many people, the day starts and ends with a cup of green tea. However, of late, its position and popularity have been challenged. With its health benefits, white tea is slowly but steadily finding its way into the lives of people.

Now the obvious question is; which one of the two (green tea or white tea) is better? While some loyal fans swear by green tea, others have genuine reasons to opt for white tea. To know more about their benefits, one first needs to know, what are green and white tea?

Green tea and white tea are both extracted and processed from the same mother plant, Camellia sinensis. White tea is manufactured using the young buds and leaves. Green tea, on the other hand, is manufactured from the older leaves of the plant.

Also, green tea undergoes more processing compared to the white tea. In the case of green tea, the leaves are first withered, followed by steaming or frying (pan frying). Next, there is rolling, shaping, and finally drying of the leaves. In the case of white tea, the processing is simple and involves steaming followed by drying of the leaves.

The health benefits of green tea Vs white tea

  1. The antioxidant capacity: Both green tea and white tea contains a phytochemical, Polyphenols, which has antioxidant properties. In addition to the weight management, this antioxidant is known to protect the body from cardiovascular disorders, diabetes, and even cancer. Research suggests the phenolic content, and subsequently, the antioxidant capacity is higher in white tea as compared to the green tea.
  2. Protection from UV rays: The harmful effects of UV rays are known to all. Research suggests that both green and white tea are at par (photoprotection ability) when it comes to protection from the harmful UV radiation.
  3. Anti-carcinogenic property: When it comes to cancer-fighting ability, white tea earns the brownie point. Undergoing less processing as compared to the green tea, the antimutagenic and the anti-carcinogenic properties are higher in white tea.
  4. Mood enhancer and stress reliever: Many studies suggest that white tea has a slightly higher caffeine content compared to the green tea. Thus, white tea will have a better soothing and refreshing effect than green tea.
  5. A younger looking skin: Both white and green tea play a pivotal role in slowing down the aging process. However, White tea contains a higher content of polyphenols (due to less processing) and is believed to have a better ability to prevent the breakdown of the elastin and collagen than green tea. The EGCG or EpiGalloCatechin Gallate (lowers the aging process) is also higher in white tea.
  6. Weight Management: When it comes to weight management, both white and green tea exhibit almost similar effects.
  7. Anti-inflammatory property: The anti-inflammatory property is slightly higher in white tea than green tea. White tea, thus, helps to suppress the activities collagenase, elastase, and oxidants (enzymes responsible for Rheumatoid arthritis) better. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Dietitian/Nutritionist.
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Oily Hair: 5 Remedies for it!

MD, MBBS
Dermatologist, Mumbai
Oily Hair: 5 Remedies for it!

Oily hair can kill the entire effort a person invests in looking good on a special day. It is hard to style oily hair. Excess oil can also lead to skin problems. Facial acne or pimples are often caused due to an oily scalp. Cribbing about the problem is of no use. The best way to deal with oily hair is to see a dermatologist at the earliest possible. Following a few home remedies could help you control excess oil.

Ways to deal with oily hair:

  1. Aloe vera can work wonders- Aloe vera when used in combination with a mild shampoo and a spoonful of lemon juice can remedy oily hair. A concoction, such as this should be used as many times a person shampoos his or her hair. Washing your hair with aloe vera for three weeks at a stretch can give you desired results. Aloe vera can also be used as a conditioner. A mixture of fresh aloe vera gel and apple cider vinegar, when applied on wet hair, conditions hair while removing greasiness. 
  2. Use some lime juice- Lime or lemon juice has effectively treated excess oil and dandruff since ages. It can be used without much hassle. Lemon contains citric acid that treats sticky hair and also fights bacterial infections. It is important to wash your hair after the juice has been absorbed into your scalp.
  3. Rinse your hair with tea- The benefits of tea leaves are just too many to list. While drinking tea improves your biological health, rinsing your hair with tea can condition hair ends like nothing else. Apply tea liquor when it is lukewarm; tea leaves act as an astringent in treating oily scalp. This is due to the presence of tannic acid in tea.  
  4. Shampoo thrice a week- Shampooing your hair every alternate day can prevent oil accumulation in the pores of the scalp. Sebum and dirt make a person have sticky and oily hair. Washing regularly will rid you of the dirt; the hair remains fresh and clean. Light massaging in the shower can also improve blood circulation in a person's scalp. 
  5. Do not rub or scratch your scalp- There are people who love moving their fingers through their hair. This is a bad habit as it leads to more oil secretion. Scratching your scalp from time to time or drying the scalp too vigorously can also act as a deterrent in controlling oil secretion. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Dermatologist.
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10 Superfoods To Make Metabolism Fast

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
10 Superfoods To Make Metabolism Fast

1. Hot peppers

Jalapeno, habanero, cayenne and other forms of spicy peppers directly boost metabolism and circulation. In fact, eating hot peppers not only speeds up your metabolism, it also reduces cravings. This is related to its capsaicin content, a compound that stimulates the body’s pain receptors, temporarily increasing blood circulation and metabolic rate. If you have ever experienced a bout of intense sweating after eating a particularly hot tamale, this shouldn’t come as a surprise.

2. Whole grains: oatmeal and brown rice

Whole grains

Whole grains are full of nutrients and complex carbohydrates that speed up metabolism by stabilizing our insulin levels. Slow-release carbs, such as oatmeal, brown rice and quinoa offer long-lasting energy, without the spikes associated with other sugar-rich foods. We want to keep our insulin levels low, as spikes in this chemical tell the body that it needs to begin storing extra fat.

3. Broccoli

High in calcium (a known weight-reducer), broccoli is also extraordinarily high in vitamins c, k and a. One serving of broccoli will also provide you with plenty of folate and dietary fiber, plus a variety of antioxidants. Broccoli is also one of the best detox foods you can add to your diet.

4. Soups

One study on soup done at penn state university found that the liquid goodness offered an appetite reducing combination of liquids and solids that reduced intake of excess foods, speeding up the metabolism and burning fat. In the study, women chose one of three 270-calorie snacks before lunch.

5. Green tea

It is now a well-known fact, through multiple scientific studies, that green tea extract can significantly boost the metabolism, as well as provide a variety of other health benefits. Green tea is delicious and it’s also rich in antioxidants that actively fight harmful free radicals!

6. Apples and pears

Studies show that these two fruits help boost metabolism and speed up weight loss. Research performed by the state university of rio de janeiro found that women eating three small apples or pears daily lost more weight than women who did not. Organic apples are one of the most widely available organic fruits and pears aren’t too hard to find either, great news!

7. Spices

From cayenne to garlic to cinnamon, spices are one of the best ways you can keep your metabolic rates high. Especially speedy are the more pungent spices such as black pepper, mustard seeds, powdered onion and ginger. A canadian study found that using spices enabled people to burn up to 1,000 more calories daily than those not incorporating spices into their diet.

8. Citrus fruits

Fruits like grapefruit have been shown to help us burn fat and keep our metabolism high. This could be related to the fruits’ high amount of vitamin C, a helpful and healthful component that reduces insulin spikes.

9. Foods high in calcium

People who consumed 1, 200-1, 300 milligrams of calcium a day lost almost double the amount of weight as those who were not getting enough calcium in their diet. To help boost your metabolism, eat plenty of foods high in calcium. If you are unable to get enough of these foods, then you should consider taking a calcium supplement. There are many types of calcium and I recommend calcium orotate for maximum efficacy.

10. Foods high in omega-3’s

Eating foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids is a great way to boost your metabolism. These acids reduce the production of a hormone called leptin, a natural chemical that lowers your metabolism. Animal studies done at the university of wisconsin found that lab mice with low leptin levels produced faster metabolic rates than mice with higher levels of the hormone.

Please keep in mind that there are many other nutritional sources of omega-3 fatty acids, besides fish. These foods include many nuts and seeds. Hemp oil and flax seed oil are both great additions to your diet because they are naturally high in essential fatty acids.

11. Purified water

While it’s not exactly a food, it is a metabolism booster. A german study found that drinking water speeds up fat burning. It is also a natural appetite suppressant and detoxifier.

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5 Remedies for Oily Hair

MD - Skin,VD & Lepxsy, MBBS
Dermatologist, Rewari
5 Remedies for Oily Hair

Oily hair can kill the entire effort a person invests in looking good on a special day. It is hard to style oily hair. Excess oil can also lead to skin problems. Facial acne or pimples are often caused due to an oily scalp. Cribbing about the problem is of no use. The best way to deal with oily hair is to see a dermatologist at the earliest possible. Following a few home remedies could help you control excess oil.

Ways to deal with oily hair:

  1. Aloe Vera can work wonders- Aloe vera when used in combination with a mild shampoo and a spoonful of lemon juice can remedy oily hair. A concoction, such as this should be used as many times a person shampoos his or her hair. Washing your hair with aloe vera for three weeks at a stretch can give you desired results. Aloe vera can also be used as a conditioner. A mixture of fresh aloe vera gel and apple cider vinegar, when applied on wet hair, conditions hair while removing greasiness. 
  2. Use some lime juice- Lime or lemon juice has effectively treated excess oil and dandruff since ages. It can be used without much hassle. Lemon contains citric acid that treats sticky hair and also fights bacterial infections. It is important to wash your hair after the juice has been absorbed into your scalp.
  3. Rinse your hair with tea- The benefits of tea leaves are just too many to list. While drinking tea improves your biological health, rinsing your hair with tea can condition hair ends like nothing else. Apply tea liquor when it is lukewarm; tea leaves act as an astringent in treating oily scalp. This is due to the presence of tannic acid in tea.  
  4. Shampoo thrice a week- Shampooing your hair every alternate day can prevent oil accumulation in the pores of the scalp. Sebum and dirt make a person have sticky and oily hair. Washing regularly will rid you of the dirt; the hair remains fresh and clean. Light massaging in the shower can also improve blood circulation in a person's scalp. 
  5. Do not rub or scratch your scalp- There are people who love moving their fingers through their hair. This is a bad habit as it leads to more oil secretion. Scratching your scalp from time to time or drying the scalp too vigorously can also act as a deterrent in controlling oil secretion.
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Bad Breathe causes and its remedies

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Bangalore
Bad Breathe causes and its remedies

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is embarrassing and can take a toll on your confidence level. Bad breath can be due to a number of reasons such as eating odorous foods, smoking, dry mouth, medical conditions, gum disease, and sinus conditions.
However, the primary cause of bad breath is the bacteria that build up on the back of your tongue or between your teeth.
Maintaining good oral health is essential to controlling bad breath. This includes regular tooth brushing, flossing and tongue scraping.
Drinking adequate amount of water throughout the day is also essential for keeping your breath fresh. Plus, after eating a meal, swish water around your mouth for a few seconds. This will loosen food particles stuck between your teeth and clean your mouth.

Remedies

1. Fennel
Fennel acts as an excellent mouth freshener that helps control bad breath. It also contains antimicrobial properties that fight the bacteria in the mouth.
Slowly chew a tablespoon of fennel to freshen your breath and stimulate the production of saliva.
Drink fennel tea a couple of times a day. To make this tea, steep one or two teaspoons of fennel seeds in a cup of hot water for 5 to 10 minutes.

2. Cinnamon
Cinnamon contains cinnamic aldehyde, an essential oil that not only covers up bad breath, but also reduces the amount of bacteria in your mouth. To treat bad breath follow this remedy twice daily.
Boil one teaspoon of cinnamon powder in a cup of water, add some bay leaves and cardamom too.
Strain the solution and use it as a mouth rinse to refresh your breath.

3. Fenugreek
Fenugreek tea is highly effective when bad breath is caused by catarrhal infections
Boil a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in a cup of water.
Strain and drink this tea once daily until you get rid of the problem.

4. Cloves
Cloves help freshen your breath and also have antibacterial properties that are very helpful in getting rid of bad breath.
The easiest method is to pop a few pieces of cloves into your mouth and chew them thoroughly. This will eliminate bad breath in a few minutes.
Make clove tea. Boil a cup of water, add one teaspoon of ground cloves and allow it to simmer for 5 to 10 minutes. Drink the tea or use it as a mouthwash twice a day.

5. Parsley
Parsley contains chlorophyll that can help neutralize bad breath.
Chew on a fresh parsley sprig to refresh your breath. You can also dip this herb in vinegar and then chew it thoroughly.
Another option is to put parsley leaves through a juicer and sip the juice anytime you need to refresh your breath. It will also aid digestion.

6. Lemon juice
Curing bad breath with a lemon rinse has been used for generations. The acidic content in lemons prevents the growth of bacteria in your mouth. Plus, its strong pleasant smell helps mask the bad odour.
Just stir one tablespoon of lemon juice into a cup of water and rinse your mouth with it. You can also add a bit of salt to it and then use it. This remedy will help to solve the problem of dry mouth which is one of the main reasons that contribute to bad breath.

7. Apple cider vinegar
Due to its ph balancing effects, apple cider vinegar makes a wonderful remedy for bad breath. You can try any of these remedies depending on your preference.

Stir one tablespoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar into a glass of water and drink it before eating your meals. The vinegar will help in digestion as well as cure bad breath.
Gargle with apple cider vinegar mixed in a cup of water.

8. Baking soda
Baking soda, also known as bicarbonate of soda, is another great solution for getting rid of and preventing bad breath. It helps balance the levels of acid that contribute to bad breath. Plus, it fights oral bacteria that cause bad breath.
Mix one-half teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of warm water and use it as a mouth rinse once daily until you are satisfied with the results.
Brushing your teeth with baking soda will also help reduce the acidity in your mouth and prevent bacteria from building up on your tongue.

9. Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil has antiseptic properties that act like a powerful disinfectant for your mouth. Can get the benefits from tea tree oil in a variety of ways.
Brush your teeth with a toothpaste containing tea tree oil.
Another option is to put a few drops of tea tree oil on your toothbrush along with your regular toothpaste.
You can also mix a few drops of tea tree oil, peppermint oil and lemon oil in a glass of water and use it as a mouthwash.

10. Tea
Normal as well as herbal teas can also help combat bad breath. The antioxidant polyphenols present in both green and black tea can stop the growth of bacteria responsible for bad breath.
Make this tea, steep one teaspoon of dried sage in a cup of hot water for five minutes. Strain and drink this tea several times a day to keep your breath fresh.
If your bad breath persists even after trying these natural treatments, consult a doctor or dentist to see if there is a more serious underlying problem.

Tips to prevent bad breath

A. If you wear dentures, remove them at night and clean to get rid of bacterial buildup from food and drink.

B. Drink plenty of water and swish cool water around in your mouth. This is especially helpful to freshen 'morning breath.'
Brush after every meal and floss, preferably twice a day.

C. Replace your toothbrush every two to three months.

D. Arrange regular dental check-ups and cleansing.

E. Scrape your tongue each morning with a tongue scraper or spoon to decrease the bacteria, fungi, and dead cells that can cause odour. Hold the tip of the tongue with gauze to pull it forward in order to clean the back of the tongue.

F. Chew a handful of cloves, fennel seeds, or aniseeds. Their antiseptic qualities help fight halitosis-causing bacteria.

G. Chew a piece of lemon or orange rind for a mouth- freshening burst of flavor. (wash the rind thoroughly first.) the citric acid will stimulate the salivary glands and fight bad breath.

H. Chew a fresh sprig of parsley, basil, mint, or cilantro. The chlorophyll in these green plants neutralizes odours.

I. Try a 30-second mouthwash rinse that is alcohol-free (unlike many off-the-shelf products). Mix a cup of water with a teaspoon of baking soda (which changes the ph level and fights odour in the mouth) and a few drops of antimicrobial peppermint essential oil. Don't swallow it! (yields several rinses.)

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Table of Content

Tea
Nutritional Value of Tea
Nutritional facts Per 100 grams
Vitamins and Minerals
Health Benefits of Tea
Anti inflammatory
Boost mental health
Control Diabetes
Fight obesity
Healthier heart
Prevents Cancer
Skin Problems
Improve bone health
Helps in hydration
Uses of Tea
Side-Effects & Allergies of Tea
Cultivation of Tea