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Benefits of Zucchini And Its Side Effects

Zucchini possesses an impressive nutritional content – it boasts high levels of potassium, B-vitamins, dietary fiber, and antioxidants, which all offer immense benefits to health. It can even potentially help regulate blood sugar levels, which can greatly benefit diabetics.

Benefits of Zucchini And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Zucchini
Nutritional Value of Zucchini
Nutritional facts Per 100 Grams
Vitamins and Minerals
Health Benefits of Zucchini
Helps in Weight Loss
Mainatins a Healthy Heart
Improves Eye Health
Helps Lower cholestrol
Helps Cure Asthama
Enhances Digestion
Lowers Blood Pressure
Improves Eyesight
Slows down Aging
Help Balance Thyroid Function
Promotes Prostate Health
Uses of Zucchini
Side-Effects & Allergies of Zucchini
Cultivation of Zucchini

Zucchini

Zucchini is a summer squash which can grow upto nearly a meter in length. It may be dark or light green in colour and its hybrid, the golden zucchini has a yellow-orange colour. Botanically zucchinis are fruits but are treated as vegetables and used in savoury dishes. The zucchini flower may also be used while cooking. It has a smooth skin with crunchy flesh containing high amounts of moisture.

Nutritional Value of Zucchini

Zucchini has an extremely low-calorie content, only 17 calories per 100gm. It is an excellent source of potassium and has a high antioxidant value. It is rich in vitamin A. Zucchini contains moderate levels of thiamin, pyridoxine, riboflavin and minerals like iron, manganese, phosphorus, and zinc.

Nutritional facts Per 100 Grams

17 Calories
0.3 g Total Fat
8 mg Sodium
261 mg Potassium
3.1 g Total Carbohydrate
1.2 g Protein

Vitamins and Minerals

4 % Vitamin A
0.01 Calcium
29 % Vitamin C
2 % Iron
10 % Vitamin B-6
4 % Magnesium

Health Benefits of Zucchini

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

Helps in Weight Loss

It is a low-starch vegetable which means it is high in fibre. It fills up a person quickly and thus discourages overeating.

Mainatins a Healthy Heart

Zucchini helps in preventing hypertension as it is low in sodium, fat and cholestrol. It also contains folate which helps in reducing heart diseases. Riboflavin deficiency is linked to birth defects in pregnant women especially in relation to the infant's heart. Zucchini contains riboflavin.

Improves Eye Health

It is rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants that have been found to prevent age-related macular degeneration. Zucchini is also a good source of vitamin A that has shown to improve eye health. It is important for eye development and maintenance as well.

Helps Lower cholestrol

Zucchini is one of the foods which is free from cholestrol. It contains soluble fibre which interfers with cholestrol absorption.

Helps Cure Asthama

Along with vitamin C, zucchini also contains copper which is very effective in curing asthama. It has anti-inflammatory properties as well which contribute towrads curing asthama.

Enhances Digestion

Zucchini also aids in healthy digestion. The dietary fibre in zucchini adds bulk to the diet and helps in improving digestion.

Lowers Blood Pressure

As zucchini is rich in potassium, it helps to combat hypertension. Additionally, potassium also helps to reduce the herat rate and counters the harmful effects of sodium.

Improves Eyesight

Watercress contains vitamin C which helps in reducing the risk of cataract development.

Slows down Aging

Zucchini is a good source of antioxidants which have powerful anti-aging properties. It also lightens the skin and improves health.

Help Balance Thyroid Function

Zucchini is rich in manganese, a mineral that promotes the optimal functioning of the thyroid gland.

Promotes Prostate Health

Zucchini is rich in beta-carotene and vitamin C. Both of these nutrients have been found to be positively associated with prostate cancer. Vitamin C reduces oxidative DNA damage and hampers the growth and ability of prostate cancer cells.

Uses of Zucchini

It is a highly versatile food that can suit many recipes. Mix it into soups, salads, or frittatas, serve it as a side dish with meat dishes, or make “zucchini fries,” served with an onion dip as an appetizer. Zucchini “noodles” can be made using a vegetable peeler.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Zucchini

Zucchini might cause digestive issues in people suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Bitter zucchini might also cause stomach cramps or diarrhea. Zucchini might cause allergies in individuals like nausea and pruritus (severe skin itching). Since zucchini is a very good source of beta-carotene large doses of it might be inadvisable for pregnant and lactating women, people who smoke and individuals who have undergone angioplasty.

Cultivation of Zucchini

Zucchini, like all squash, has its ancestry in the Americas. However, the varieties of squash typically called 'zucchini' were developed in northern Italy in the second half of the 19th century, many generations after the introduction of cucurbits from the Americas in the early 16th century.

Popular Questions & Answers

With a controlled life style and 30 min of walking can I get my bp to get low. I had sedentary life style for past 6 month and now I have left fired, junk and smoking completely. My diet is chapati daal chawal only with some fruits how much time will it take me to control my bp. I had bp around 140/104 on the 1st reading and 140/80 on the second check up but it fluctuates all the time I also had lipid profile test, kidney test and liver test but the were normal. Please let me know what steps should I take to make my bo go down. I do not want to be on medicine cause my age is too young and I want to control it with exercise and food habits. please tell me how should I work outbon daily base and whatball should I do.

MBBS
General Physician, Fatehabad
Hi lybrate-user, Medication is often prescribed for hypertension. You can also help control it with simple natural remedies. Here are some of the home remedies which will help you prevent high blood pressure: 1. Lemons: Lemons help keep blood vessels soft and pliable and by removing any rigidity, high blood pressure will be reduced. In addition, you can help lower your chance of heart failure by consuming lemon juice regularly, due to its vitamin C content. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps neutralize the harmful effects of free radicals. Simply drink a cup of warm water with the juice from half a lemon added to it each morning on an empty stomach. For best results, do not add salt or sugar. 2. Watermelon Seeds: Grind equal quantities of dried watermelon seeds and poppy seeds (khus khus). Take one teaspoon of this mixture in the morning on an empty stomach and again in the evening. Alternatively, add two teaspoons of gently crushed, dried watermelon seeds to one cup of boiled water. Steep it for about an hour, then strain it. Take four tablespoons of this water at regular intervals throughout the day. 3. Garlic: Eat one or two crushed garlic cloves daily. You can simply crush them with your hands. Crushing garlic cloves creates hydrogen sulfide, a compound that promotes good blood flow, removes gas and reduces the pressure on the heart. If you do not like eating raw garlic or if it causes a burning sensation, then take it along with a cup of milk. You can also mix five or six drops of garlic juice in four teaspoons of water and take it twice a day. 4. Banana: Bananas are one fruit that people with high blood pressure can eat regularly to control it. Bananas are a rich source of potassium, which lessens the effect of sodium. So, try to eat one or two bananas daily. Along with bananas, you can try dried apricots, raisins, currants, orange juice, spinach, zucchini, baked sweet potatoes, can notaloupe, and winter squash. 5. Celery: The high level of the phytochemical 3-N-butylphthalide present in celery greatly helps control high blood pressure. Phthalides help relax the muscles in and around arterial walls, thereby creating more space and allowing the blood to flow in without difficulty. At the same time, it can help reduce the stress hormones that constrict blood vessels, which contributes to high blood pressure. Try to eat one stalk of celery along with a glass of water daily. If you prefer, you can munch on celery throughout the day. Hope this helps. Good Luck.
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I would like to reduce weight. Currently 83 kgs. Started doing long walks. Do around 2-3 hours in a day. Having high BP n taking medicines. Currently having prostate infection too. Please advise diet plan for 7 days on a week. I feel whole body pain throughout the day.

BAMS
Ayurveda, Delhi
Monday This is no deprivation diet: You'll eat three meals and two snacks daily, plus each dish packs a filling balance of 45 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent protein, and 25 percent healthy fats. When it comes to drinks, Forberg recommends sticking to no- and low-cal picks like coffee, tea, and water. And to accelerate weight loss, The Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper suggests doing 60 to 90 minutes of moderate exercise four times a week. So get motivated, get started, and get ready to watch your weight drop! Breakfast 1/2 cup egg whites scrambled with 1 teaspoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon chopped basil, 1 teaspoon grated Parmesan, and 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes 1 slice whole-grain toast 1/2 cup blueberries 1 cup skim milk Snack 1/2 cup fat-free Greek yogurt topped with 1/4 cup sliced strawberries Lunch Salad made with 3/4 cup cooked bulgur, 4 ounces chopped grilled chicken breast, 1 tablespoon shredded low-fat cheddar, diced grilled veggies (2 tablespoons onion, 1/4 cup diced zucchini, 1/2 cup bell pepper), 1 teaspoon chopped cilantro, and 1 tablespoon low-fat vinaigrette Snack 2 tablespoons hummus and 6 baby carrots Dinner 4 ounces grilled salmon 1 cup wild rice with 1 tablespoon slivered toasted almonds 1 cup wilted baby spinach with 1 teaspoon each olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and grated Parmesan 1/2 cup diced can notaloupe topped with 1/2 cup all-fruit raspberry sorbet and 1 teaspoon chopped walnuts Tuesday Breakfast 3/4 cup steel-cut or old-fashioned oatmeal prepared with water; stir in 1/2 cup skim milk 2 links country-style turkey sausage 1 cup blueberries Snack 1/2 cup fat-free ricotta cheese with 1/2 cup raspberries and 1 tablespoon chopped pecans Snack 1/2 cup fat-free cottage cheese with 1/2 cup salsa Dinner 1 turkey burger 3/4 cup roasted cauliflower and broccoli florets 3/4 cup brown rice 1 cup spinach salad with 1 tablespoon light balsamic vinaigrette Wednesday Breakfast Omelet made with 4 egg whites and 1 whole egg, 1/4 cup chopped broccoli, 2 tablespoons each fat-free refried beans, diced onion, diced mushrooms, and salsa Quesadilla made with 1/2 of one small corn tortilla and 1 tablespoon low-fat jack cheese 1/2 cup diced watermelon Snack 1/2 cup fat-free vanilla yogurt with 1 sliced apple and 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts Lunch Salad made with 2 cups chopped Romaine, 4 ounces grilled chicken, 1/2 cup chopped celery, 1/2 cup diced mushrooms, 2 tablespoons shredded low-fat cheddar, and 1 tablespoon low-fat Caesar dressing 1 medium nectarine 1 cup skim milk Snack 1 fat-free mozzarella string cheese stick 1 medium orange Dinner 4 ounces shrimp, grilled or sauteed with 1 teaspoon olive oil and 1 teaspoon chopped garlic 1 medium artichoke, steamed 1/2 cup whole wheat couscous with 2 tablespoons diced bell pepper, 1/4 cup garbanzo beans, 1 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro, and 1 tablespoon fat-free honey mustard dressing Thursday Breakfast 1 light whole-grain English muffin with 1 tablespoon peanut or almond butter and 1 tablespoon sugar-free fruit spread 1 wedge honeydew 1 cup skim milk 2 slices Canadian bacon Snack Yogurt parfait made with 1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt, 2 tablespoons sliced strawberries or raspberries, and 2 tablespoons low-fat granola Lunch Wrap made with 4 ounces thinly sliced lean roast beef, 1 6-inch whole wheat tortilla, 1/4 cup shredded lettuce, 3 medium tomato slices, 1 teaspoon horseradish, and 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1/2 cup pinto beans or lentils with 1 teaspoon chopped basil and 1 tablespoon light Caesar dressing Snack 8 baked corn chips with 2 tablespoons guacamole Dinner 4 ounces grilled halibut 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms sauteed with 1 teaspoon olive oil, 1/4 cup chopped yellow onion, and 1 cup green beans Salad made with 1 cup arugula, 1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes, and 1 teaspoon balsamic vinaigrette 1/2 cup warm unsweetened applesauce with 1/4 cup fat-free vanilla yogurt, 1 tablespoon chopped pecans and dash cinnamon Friday Breakfast Burrito made with 1 medium whole wheat tortilla, 4 scrambled egg whites, 1 teaspoon olive oil, 1/4 cup fat-free refried black beans, 2 tablespoons salsa, 2 tablespoons grated low-fat cheddar, and 1 teaspoon fresh cilantro 1 cup mixed melon Snack 3 ounces sliced lean ham 1 medium apple Lunch Turkey burger Salad made with 1 cup baby spinach, 1/4 cup halved cherry tomatoes, 1/2 cup cooked lentils, 2 teaspoons grated Parmesan, and 1 tablespoon light Russian dressing 1 cup skim milk Snack 1 fat-free mozzarella string cheese stick 1 cup red grapes Dinner 5 ounces grilled wild salmon 1/2 cup brown or wild rice 2 cups mixed baby greens with 1 tablespoon low-fat Caesar dressing 1/2 cup all-fruit strawberry sorbet with 1 sliced pear Saturday Breakfast Frittata made with 3 large egg whites, 2 tablespoons diced bell peppers, 2 teaspoons chopped spinach, 2 tablespoons part-skim shredded mozzarella, and 2 teaspoons pesto 1/2 cup fresh raspberries 1 small bran muffin 1 cup skim milk Snack 1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt with 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed and 1/2 cup diced pear Lunch 4 ounces sliced turkey breast Tomato-cucumber salad made with 5 slices tomato, 1/4 cup sliced cucumber, 1 teaspoon fresh chopped thyme, and 1 tablespoon fat-free Italian dressing 1 medium orange Snack Smoothie made with 3/4 cup skim milk, 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup low-fat yogurt, and 1/4 cup sliced strawberries Dinner 4 ounces red snapper baked with 1 teaspoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and 1/2 teaspoon no-sodium seasoning 1 cup spaghetti squash with 1 teaspoon olive oil and 2 teaspoon grated Parmesan cheese 1 cup steamed green beans with 1 tablespoon slivered almonds Sunday Breakfast 2 slices Canadian bacon 1 whole-grain toaster waffle with sugar-free fruit spread 3/4 cup berries 1 cup skim milk Snack 1/4 cup fat-free cottage cheese with 1/4 cup cherries and 1 tablespoon slivered almonds Lunch Salad made with 2 cups baby spinach, 4 ounces grilled chicken, 1 tablespoon chopped dried cranberries, 3 slices avocado, 1 tablespoon slivered walnuts, and 2 tablespoons low-fat vinaigrette 1 apple 1 cup skim milk Snack 1/4 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt with 1 tablespoon sugar-free fruit spread and 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed 1/4 cup blueberries Dinner 4 ounces lean pork tenderloin stir-fried with onions, garlic, broccoli, and bell pepper 1/2 cup brown rice 5 medium tomato slices with 1 teaspoon each chopped ginger, chopped cilantro, light soy sauce, and rice wine vinegar.

I am 22 years (Female). My height is 157 cm with 56. 5 kg now. I was 63 kg before some months and reduced my weight by food control and yoga. What should be my exact weight and What should eat and do to be fit, healthy and young forever.

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
According to your height your ideal weight should be 52 kgs. Take fresh fruits and vegetables a lot and high protein foods to maintain healthy weight and look young forever. Keep yourself hydrated always.
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Summer has already started and people are dying from the heat waves and from various other things because of the high temperature. I want to take precaution and also want to aware people of this and want to help fight this hot ♨ summer. Please tell 5 things which we should or can eat in this hot summer to prevent from dehydration and other diseases cause from the high temperature.

BSc - Food Science & Nutrition, PGD in Sports Nutrition and Dietitics , Diabetes Educator
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Hello, Include onions in your diet, as they prevent strokes. Have melons, cucumbers, zucchini, raw salads, lemonade, coconut water, buttermilk in your diet. Drink lots of water. Avoid street food. Limit intake caffeinated beverages and alcohol.
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I am going to gym to build muscle can you please tell me protien rich foods that I can build muscle.

Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicines and Surgery(BAMS), Post Graduation Diploma in Emergency Medicines And Services(PGDEMS), MD - Alternate Medicine
Ayurveda, Ghaziabad
PROTEIN IN LEGUMES: Garbanzo beans, Kidney beans, Lentils, Lima beans, Navy beans, Soybeans, Split peas  PROTEIN IN GRAINS: Barley, Brown rice, Buckwheat, Millet, Oatmeal, Rye, Wheat germ, Wheat, hard red, Wild rice  VEGETABLE PROTEIN: Artichokes, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Green peas, Green pepper, Kale, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Mustard green, Onions, Potatoes, Spinach, Tomatoes, Turnip greens, Watercress, Yams, Zucchini  PROTEIN IN FRUITS: Apple, Banana, Can notaloupe, Grape, Grapefruit, Honeydew melon, Orange, Papaya, Peach, Pear, Pineapple, Strawberry, Tangerine, Watermelon  PROTEIN IN NUTS AND SEEDS: Almonds, Cashews, Filberts, Hemp Seeds, Peanuts, Pumpkin seeds, Sesame seeds, Sunflower seeds, Walnuts (black.
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Popular Health Tips

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Physiotherapist, Chennai
Health benefits of zucchini
1. It's high in magnesium levels help reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. It also helps lower cholesterol levels
2. It is a great weight loss food. It is low in calorie but makes you feel full as it has high water content and fibre
3. Beta carotene and vitamin c also have anti inflammatory properties thereby naturally curing ailments like osteoarthritis asthma and rheumatoid arthritis
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Fat Loss - 7 Super Best Foods For It!

Certificate In Food & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Noida
Fat Loss - 7 Super Best Foods For It!

Excessive fat in the body can cause a host of health complications such as diabetes, blood pressure, gout and disorders related to the gallbladder. However, there are certain food types that can help you achieve a healthy body with optimal fat levels.

Some foods that aid fat loss are:

  1. Greek yoghurt: This type of yoghurt contains higher amounts of protein and fewer carbohydrates as compared to regular yoghurt. It will help you feel full for a longer duration and prevent over snacking.
  2. Green tea: Apart from its antioxidant properties which are beneficial to the body, it also raises the metabolic rate in the body to burn calories. Catechin is a compound present in green tea that aids in removing belly fat.
  3. Chili peppers: They contain a compound containing capsaicin that helps in boosting metabolism which in turn burns fat.
  4. Chicken: Chicken mostly consists of lean protein that requires more calories to digest as compared to digesting fats and carbohydrates. Lean protein also help build muscle in the body which burn more calories when the body is at rest.
  5. Cinnamon: Cinnamon aids the body in transporting the sugar into the cells so that it can be used as energy and not stored as fat.
  6. Eggs: Eggs are considered to be a type of super food as they contain plenty of minerals and vitamins. Eggs also contain protein that helps in feeling full for a longer duration.
  7. Non starchy vegetables: Non starchy vegetables such as carrots, squash and zucchini contain fiber that help you feel fuller. They also contain very less carbohydrates so they do not add much calorific value to the body.

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

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Zucchini vs Cucumber - Do You Think You Know The Difference?

BAMS, MD - Alternate Medicine
Ayurveda, Vadodara
Zucchini vs Cucumber - Do You Think You Know The Difference?

If placed side by side, you may confuse a cucumber with a zucchini and vice versa. Given that both have a dark green skin, are long and cylindrical, you wouldn’t be the only one to be confused. However, try using one in place of the other and you’ll realize your mistake in a second.

A favorite among those who want to lose weight quickly, both zucchini and cucumber have a very low count on the glycemic index. Due to their high water levels, both of them are very low in sugars, carbs, and calories, but high in essential nutrients.

Well, it is hard to tell the difference between the two because when these two vegetables are placed right next to each other they both have the exact green skin, long cylindrical shape, and pale and seedy flesh. However, the moment you touch them you will instantly realize that what might appear as twins are actually not. Cucumbers have a cold and bumpy exterior while Zucchinis have a dry and rough exterior.

Let’s take a look at some of the differences between these two vegetables.

  1. Fruit or Vegetable: Though they may look similar, cucumbers and zucchini do not belong to the same family. Cucumbers belong to the gourd family while zucchini belongs to the Cucurbita family. Technically speaking, cucumbers are considered to be a fruit by many people. However, you wouldn’t really put a cucumber in a fruit salad.
  2. Know just by touching it: When you touch a cucumber, it is relatively softer as compared to a zucchini. A cucumber will also feel cool and waxy while a zucchini is more likely to feel rough and dry. Cucumbers may feel a little bumpy to touch while zucchinis are typically smoother.
  3. How does it taste: Cucumbers are generally eaten raw while zucchinis are cooked. However, cucumbers can also be cooked and zucchini may be eaten raw or pickled. Tastewise, cucumbers have a fresh taste and are juicy due to high water content. On the other hand, zucchinis have a heartier flavor and may even tend to be slightly bitter. When cooked, zucchini holds its shape better than cucumbers that wilt easily. However, zucchini softens when cooked while cucumbers will maintain a slight crunch. It is also important to note that zucchini flowers are edible while cucumber flowers are not.
  4. Calories: Cucumbers have a slightly lower calorific value as compared to zucchini. Zucchini is richer in vitamin B and vitamin C as compared to cucumbers. Both vegetables have relatively equal amounts of calcium but zucchini is richer than cucumbers in potassium and iron. Zucchini also has a higher amount of protein and fiber.
  5. The best way to eat it: Cucumbers are ideally eaten raw or pickled. A cold cucumber can be quite refreshing on a hot summer day. Cucumbers typically find themselves in salads or sandwiches. They can also be used to flavor water. On the other hand, zucchinis taste better when baked or stir-fried. Apart from being chopped and used as vegetables, zucchini is often made into the shape of noodles that are popularly known as zoodles. Zucchini can also be shredded and baked in loaves of bread and muffins.

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

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12 Tips To Keep Your Skin Glowing In Winters

Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine & Surgery (BAMS), MD [Masters In Ayurveda - Kaumarabhrutiya( Pediatrics)]
Ayurveda, Panipat
12 Tips To Keep Your Skin Glowing In Winters

Winter weather is not fun for skin. Cold weather and low humidity levels result in dry air, which then steals moisture away from the skin every second of every day. Without immediate care, dry skin can lead to cracking and bleeding, and harsh winter wind makes the problem worse. Indoor heat further robs the air of moisture, as do hot showers or baths and harsh cleansers.

Additional moisture helps, but you need to do more to actually counteract these effects and keep skin looking youthful and smooth. To reduce chapping, redness, itching, and keep skin more healthy and comfortable this season, try these tips.

1. WASH IN LUKEWARM WATER

Hot showers and baths always feel good in the winter, but when you can, particularly when just washing your face or hands, choose lukewarm water to avoid stripping as many oils away from the skin.

2. MOISTURIZE IMMEDIATELY AFTERWARDS

Your skin not only needs more moisture, but moisture right after you wash. Applying moisture to damp skin helps seal that dampness into the skin. Keep a bottle near the bathtub, shower stall, and at every sink and use liberally every time you wash.

3. CHOOSE MOISTURIZER CAREFULLY

Some over-the-counter moisturizers have petroleum-based ingredients that can actually further dry your skin in the winter months. Be sure to choose a smart formula that has natural, nourishing ingredients. Go for an oil-based rather than a water-based solution, as it’s more likely to help your skin retain moisture in the winter. Try Indie Lee’s natural moisturizing oils, as they’re made with natural, hydrating ingredients like lavender, chamomile, jojoba, and more, which help soothe dry, itchy skin.

4. PROTECT

Get used to wearing gloves and scarves to protect skin from cold winds, rain, and snow. Also, don’t forget the sunscreen. Winter sun can be just as damaging as summer sun, so apply a safe option like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to any exposed areas.

5. HUMIDIFY

Heating systems dry out the air, so consider installing a humidifier in your home, particularly in your bedroom, to put moisture back into the air and help prevent your skin from drying out.

6. DRINK

We tend to drink less water in the winter because we turn to hot drinks like cocoa and tea, but don’t forget that your skin needs hydration from the inside, out. A little warm water with lemon can be very refreshing and hydrating at the same time.

7. OVERNIGHT MOISTURIZE

Dryer areas like hands, feet, elbows, and knees have thin skin and tend to lose moisture faster than other areas on the body. Consider slathering on a deep moisturizing balm Skin Food by Weleda at night, then wear cotton gloves and socks to seal in the moisture until morning.

8. EXFOLIATE

We often forget to help the skin slough off dead cells in the winter, particularly on our hands. Yet moisture can’t get in if the dead cells are too plentiful. Find an exfoliating mask and use it on your face and your hands, as well as gently on your lips, then follow immediately with moisture to truly see a smoother difference. Exfoliating body washes are also helpful in the winter months.

9. AVOID TOXINS, SPECIFICALLY ALLERGENS AND IRRITANTS

Particularly if you have eczema, dermatitis, or psoriasis, you have to avoid allergens and irritants that may trigger a flare up. Winter skin is more fragile, so avoid irritating fabrics (like wool) and chemical-laden detergents, and use mild cleansers and moisturizers designed for sensitive skin. In addition, glutathione is considered the “master anti-oxidant” and helps your body detox.

10. HYDRATE FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Eating foods high in water content can help hydrate your skin from the inside out. Try watermelon, cantaloupe, apples, oranges, kiwi, and watery veggies like celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and carrots. Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin C and zinc to support the healthy production of collagen and elastin. Also consider Be Well’s omega-3supplement, or consume more fatty fish and flaxseed to give your skin the building blocks it needs to appear supple and smooth.

11. CHANGE YOUR CLEANSER

Cleansers can be extremely drying to the skin. If you’re used to using options that contain glycolic or salicylic acid, rotate with a more hydrating version that contains moisturizing ingredients. Try like Suki Naturals Moisture-Rich Cleansing Lotion, or for really dry skin, try a cleansing balm like Ren No. 1 Purity Cleansing Balm. After cleansing, don’t leave the skin naked for more than 30 seconds, as this can dehydrate it, leading to increased dryness. Apply a hydrating toner and moisturizer to seal in moisture.

12. USE DIY MASKS

Homemade hydrating masks can provide needed moisture in the winter months. Use natural moisturizing ingredients like honey, avocado, yogurt, olive and jojoba oils, almond oil, bananas, and aloe. Mix what you like together to create a cream or paste, and leave on skin for 10-30 minutes for lasting hydration.

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Know More About Zucchini

BSc-Diet & Nutrition, M.Sc-Diet & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
Know More About Zucchini

Zucchini is very good for health, it's help in weight loss.

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Table of Content

Zucchini
Nutritional Value of Zucchini
Nutritional facts Per 100 Grams
Vitamins and Minerals
Health Benefits of Zucchini
Helps in Weight Loss
Mainatins a Healthy Heart
Improves Eye Health
Helps Lower cholestrol
Helps Cure Asthama
Enhances Digestion
Lowers Blood Pressure
Improves Eyesight
Slows down Aging
Help Balance Thyroid Function
Promotes Prostate Health
Uses of Zucchini
Side-Effects & Allergies of Zucchini
Cultivation of Zucchini