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Benefits of Dill (Sowa) And Its Side Effects

The primary benefit of Shankhpushpi is that it is a brain tonic and improves memory and intellect. Besides that it can be used to treat epilepsy and headache. It also controls vomiting and helps to cure diabetes.

Benefits of Dill (Sowa) And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Dill (Sowa)
Nutritional Value of Dill (Sowa)
Health Benefits of Dill (Sowa)
Aids Digestion
Sleep inducing
Aids Bone Health
Controls Diabetes
Controls flatulence
Strengthens Immunity
Stops hiccups
Stops Diarrhoea
Treats respiratory disorders
Uses of Dill (Sowa)
Side-Effects & Allergies of Dill (Sowa)
Cultivation of Dill (Sowa)

Dill (Sowa)

Dill is an annual or perennial herbaceous plant (depending on the region it grows in). The scientific name of dill is Anethum graveolens. It is a small plant that grows up to a height of 40-60cm and belongs to the celery family. The stem of this plant are slender and the leaves are divided finally into thread like structures. The colour of the flowers of this plant range from white to yellow and can be anything in between. It is used widely in cuisines across the globe for its aroma and also because of its medicinal properties.

Nutritional Value of Dill (Sowa)

Dill has a massive nutritional content of vitamins, minerals and organic compounds. Monoterpenes like limonene, carvone and anaethofuran are found in abundance. Dill also has a good store of flavonoids like vicenin and kaempferol. Vitamin A, vitramin C, folate, iron and manganese are also present in this herb.

Health Benefits of Dill (Sowa)

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Dill (Sowa)
Health Benefits of Dill (Sowa)

Aids Digestion

Dill is an appetizer. This helps enhance the urge to eat which lets you enjoy the meal more. Its essential oils stimulate and activate the secretion of digestive juices and bile. The passage of food in the gut is eased by dill as the essential oils present in it stimulate peristaltic movement in the intestine. This helps in providing relief from constipation too.

Sleep inducing

Dill’ essential oils are a rich source of flavonoids and vitamin B complex. These have a stimulating nature and as a result certain hormones and enzymes are secreted that have a calming and hypnotic effect on the body. This induces sleep and helps in the prevention of insomnia.

Aids Bone Health

Dill is a good source of calcium. It prevents bone loss and decrease of bone mineral density. It helps in growth repair and development of bones. After a certain age many people go through a bone degenerative disease called osteoporosis. Dill works well to prevent this degeneration.

Controls Diabetes

In diabetic cases that occur due to corticosteroids, Dill works well in reducing the fluctuation in the level of serum lipids and insulin levels. This helps bring diabetic conditions under control. Having dill is hence a healthy nutritious way to work your blood sugar levels down.

Controls flatulence

Dill is an amazing carminative. This can help reduce flatulence (formation of excessive gas in the stomach). Gas formation can be an extremely uncomfortable situation as it makes you feel full and bloated. It may also get painful and dangerous if it starts to push on the delicate internal organs.

Strengthens Immunity

Dill is a very good antimicrobial herb. This helps in preventing infection in internal organs as well as external cuts, wounds and open injuries. This property of dill helps the body to fight various infections and prepare an immune system that is strong and capable of dealing with more microbial infestations.

Stops hiccups

Hiccups can become pretty annoying. The main reason behind this is the trapped gas that tries to move upward in the food pipe repeatedly. Often it also occurs due to some allergies, hyperactivity, hypersensitivity and nervous malfunctioning. Dill’s carminative property that reduces flatulence is the same reason that stops hiccups- expelling the gas.

Stops Diarrhoea

Indigestion and the activities of microbes are two reasons that cause diarrhoea. Dill’s digestive properties help to reduce chances of having loose stools. Also, the monoterpenes and flavonoids found in its essential oils also help to reduce diarrhoea by killing germs and bacteria. Consuming Dill is a curative as well as preventive measure for diarrhoea.

Treats respiratory disorders

Dill treats breathing problems. It contains certain compounds such as kaempferol and some components of flavonoids and monoterpenes that helps in removing congestion and are also antihistaminic in nature. Congestion caused by the presence of histamine, allergies or cough can be cleared by the essential oils extracted from dill.

Uses of Dill (Sowa)

Dill helps prevent bugs. This makes it a must have product at home. It can be used to store grains over a period of time and the harmful effects of chemical based poisonous insecticides can also be reduced. This attribute makes it good for preventing and fighting hair lice too. Extracts of the Dill seed are used for this purpose. Apart from this it is a very common ingredient as a flavouring herb in various cuisines of the world.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Dill (Sowa)

Dill does not have a bad reputation in terms of side effects and allergies. There are very few recorder cases of allergy from dill. Those people who were allergic to dill developed dermatitis and that too when they had handled a large quantity of living plants under ultra violet light.

Cultivation of Dill (Sowa)

Dill is a native to the south western part of Asia. The herb can be clearly classified into two types, the European dill and the Indian dill. The European dill is mostly cultivated in England, Pomania, turkey, Germany, USA and Russia while the Indian dill is mainly found growing in the northern part of India.

Popular Questions & Answers

Boy he is just 7 kgs no weight gain from past 3 months or loss my milk supply also got down I am offering every 3 hours little food I am totally confused about what to give at what time and how much to give I prefer ragi malt uggu veg khichdi fresh as my daily meal plan please do suggest when to offer milk and how much and also solids.

M A Psychology, Diploma in Naturopathy & Yogic Science (DNYS), Diploma in Diet and Nutrition, Aayurved Ratn
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Rajsamand
Practice your child a little laughed. Rubbish him. Dill rice khichdi feed with milk. Lori sings while sleeping Your child's weight will definitely increase.
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Due to hypothyroidism I am gaining weight. My TSH level is 7.23. How can I manage my weight? Please briefly suggest me some routine diet plan to maintain my weight and thyroid level.

MBBS, CCEBDM, Diploma in Diabetology
Endocrinologist, Hubli-Dharwad
lybrate-user, Thanks for the query. If I remember correctly, yesterday only I had answered your query about appropriate control of hypothyroidism. In uncontrolled hypothyroidism where TSH value is more than the prescribed limit, weight gain along with all other symptoms of the disease tend to reappear. With a TSH value of 7.23 mU/L, your efforts to reduce weight are unlikely to be successful. So first thing is to bring that number down to 3 mU/L, by increasing the dosage of thyroxine being taken now. Then take a balanced diet that provides calories based on your ideal body weight, plus reduce about 500 calories from that and continue that diet with regular exercise for over 1 hour. That can help in reducing the weight. Thanks.
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My hair growth is too slow. One month is passed I have cut my hair by zero machine. Since one month is passed but my hairs are small only. please give home remedy for fast growth of hair and for stronger hair roots.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
Mix one part lemon juice and two parts of coconut or olive oil. Apply it on your hair and scalp and leave it on for 30 to 45 minutes. Wash it out and do not shampoo your hair with a shampoo. Repeat once or twice a week.

Sir I need a urgent reply please. I am facing hiccup problem which last for about 1 hour. This is the first day I woke up in the morning and suddenly hiccup begun than after 1h it stop automatically than after 5 hour it again began than it last for 1h same as before and stopped after that I am facing this again. I did not smoke all day but I got some smokers like frnds. Please tell me solution I take huge water at the time starting hiccups but it not stopping. Please tell me. I have cold problem too bt not too much. Hiccup last for exactly 1 hour.

BPTh/BPT, MPTh/MPT
Physiotherapist, Bangalore
Hiccups are brief and involuntary contractions of the diaphragm muscle.Irritation of the nerves that extend from the neck to the chest can cause hiccups. causes: - eating too fast and swallowing air - chewing gum - smoking - drinking too much - anxiety and stress. - gastritis. Remedy: 1.Put 1 teaspoon of honey, stirred in warm water, on the back of your tongue, and swallow it. .Honey could potentially tickle the vagus nerve to make the hiccups stop. Bonus: Honey is also a known infection fighter and cough soother. 2.Eat some powdered chocolate drink mix right off the spoon. Swallowing the spoonful isn't easy and should cure the hiccups. 3.Breathe slowly and deeply into a small paper bag/ plastic cover. (Stop if you feel light-headed.) This increases the carbon dioxide level in the blood and makes the diaphragm contract more deeply to bring in more oxygen, which may stop the hiccup spasms. 4. Slowly chew a teaspoon of dill seeds. This traditional cure may work because swallowing the seeds stimulates the vagus nerve to make the hiccups stop. If the hiccups dont stop with this simple home remedy, then please do consult a doctor.
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Dill (Sowa) Benefits and Side Effects in Hindi - सोआ के फायदे और नुकसान

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
Dill (Sowa) Benefits and Side Effects in Hindi - सोआ के फायदे और नुकसान

सोआ जिसका वैज्ञानिक नाम एनाथुम ग्रोवोलेंस है, का उपयोग प्राचीन काल से ही किया जाता रहा है. सोआ के विभिन्न रूपों (जैसे बीज, पत्तियां, जड़ें आदि) के फायदों का उपयोग मुख्य रूप से गठिया आदि बीमारियों में किया जाता है. सोआ के औषधीय फायदों के उपयोग का उल्लेख हमारे प्राचीन ग्रंथों में भी मिलता है. सोआ की सतह चिकनी होती है. इस पर पीले रंग के फुल और अंडाकार फल होता है. सोआ के पौधे एशिया अफ्रीका और अन्य उष्णकटिबंधीय देशों में उगाए जाते हैं. आइए अब सुबह के फायदे और नुकसान को विस्तार से समझने की कोशिश करते हैं.

1. नींद में उपयोगी
कई लोगों को नींद ना आने की बीमारी होती है. इसमें भी सुबह काफी सहायक हो साबित होता है. एक कप पानी में दो चम्मच सुबह को डाल कर पानी को उबालने से बने काढ़े को छानकर रोजाना इसका इस्तेमाल करने से नींद न आने की समस्या दूर होती है.
2. गर्भवती महिलाओं के लिए
सोआ, गर्भवती महिलाओं और स्तनपान कराने वाली माताओं के लिए भी कई तरीके से फायदेमंद साबित होता है. स्तनपान के दौरान यह दूध की मात्रा बढ़ाने के साथ साथ शुरुआती ओवयूलेशन को भी रोकने में सहायक होता है.
3. पाचन में मददगार
पाचन तंत्र के सुधार के लिए भी सोआ का उपयोग किया जाता है. पाचन तंत्र की खराबी की वजह से कब्ज आदि भी हो जाता है. इसके अलावा ये एसिडिटी, हिचकी, दस्त और कोलिक आदि में भी काफी राहत पहुंचाता है.
4. फोड़े फुंसी के उपचार में
छोटे-मोटे फोड़े फुंसी होना आम बात है. जब भी आपको फोड़ा फुंसी हो तो ताजी सोआ की पत्तियों से बना पेस्ट प्रभावित क्षेत्रों पर लगाएं. आप सुबह का उपयोग हल्दी पाउडर के साथ करेंगे तो इससे अल्सर में भी फायदा होता है. सुबह के बीज को तिल के साथ मिलाकर जोड़ों पर भी लगा सकते हैं.
5. हड्डियों के विकास में
हड्डियों में भी कई तरह की समस्याओं को दूर करने के लिए सुबह का उपयोग किया जाता है. क्योंकि सोआ, कैल्शियम से भरपूर होता है. इसलिए सोआ ऑस्टियोपोरोसिस में आपकी मदद कर सकता है. घायल व्यक्ति भी अपनी हड्डियों पर सुबह के इस्तेमाल से लाभ प्राप्त कर सकता है.
6. उच्च रक्त चाप में
उच्च रक्तचाप से पीड़ित मरीजों को सोआ और मेथी के बीजों की एक समान मात्रा का मिश्रण बनाकर इसके पाउडर का इस्तेमाल करना चाहिए. सोआ और मेथी के बीजों से बने पाउडर को दिन में दो बार दो चम्मच एक गिलास पानी के साथ लेने से उच्च रक्तचाप में लाभ मिलता है.
7. कैंसर के उपचार में
सोआ में पाए जाने वाले तत्व फ्लेवोनॉयड और मोनोटेर्पेनेस, आपको कैंसर से लड़ने में भी आपकी मदद करते हैं. इसके अलावा सोआ में एंटीऑक्सीडेंट भी होते हैं जो की फ्री रेडिकल्स से लड़ने का काम करते हैं. इस प्रकार सुबह में पाए जाने वाले पदार्थों में से कई कैसर रोधी भी होते हैं.
8. शुगर के उपचार में
शुगर के मरीजों के लिए भी सोआ के फायदे महत्वपूर्ण साबित होते हैं. क्योंकि सोआ में इंसुलिन के स्तर को प्रभावित करने की क्षमता होती है. कई शोधों में यह भी देखा गया है कि सोआ रक्त शर्करा के स्तर को भी घटाता है. विशेष रुप से टाइप वन वाले शुगर पीड़ित सुबह से काफी राहत पा सकते हैं.
9. पीरियड्स के दौरान
पीरियड्स के दौरान महिलाओं को कई तरह की परेशानियों का सामना करना पड़ता है. सोआ की सहायता से पीरियड्स के दौरान शरीर में ऐंठन आदि समस्याओं को दूर करता है. इस दौरान ज्यादा रक्तस्त्राव होने पर भी ये सहायक होता है.
10. प्रतिरक्षा तंत्र की मजबूती के लिए
प्रतिरक्षा तंत्र से संबंधित कई तरह की समस्याओं से निपटने में भी सोआ की भूमिका देखि गई है. सोआ, अतिसंवेदनशीलता, सक्रियता, घबराहट आदि के उपचार में भी बहुत महत्वपूर्ण साबित होता है. यह हिचकी को शांत करने और एलर्जी में भी इस्तेमाल किया जाता है.

सोआ के नुकसान
1. मात्रा में सुबह के सेवन से कितनी वृद्धि हो सकती है इसलिए इसे उचित मात्रा में इस्तेमाल करें.
2. तो आप इसे अन्य हल्के और पत्तेदार सब्जियों के साथ मिलाकर उपयोग में ला सकते हैं.
 

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4 Ways To Reduce Sodium Consumption In Our Diet!

Bachelor In Clinical Nutrition and Dieteics, Master in Nutrition and Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Pune
4 Ways To Reduce Sodium Consumption In Our Diet!

How to reduce sodium consumption through diet

Minerals and salts are important parts of our daily diets. These minerals play significant roles in the functioning of the human body but, if found in excess, they might adversely impact your health. One such mineral is sodium, which is abundant in most food sources.

Sodium is present in every food in the form of salt. Most forms of meat, canned vegetables and soup, junk food and pickles are some examples of food which are naturally high in sodium. Apart from this, any cooked food will have salt crystals within it. Medical research has shown that most people consume more sodium than what is recommended.

Ill-Effects of Sodium Intake in Excess

  • The most common problem caused by the excessive consumption of sodium is high blood pressure.
  • High blood pressure, apart from being the cause of strokes can also affect internal organs like kidneys and cause renal failure over time.
  • It can also be detrimental to the heart and be a contributing factor to heart conditions as well.

Here are some of the ways through which you can reduce sodium intake through changes in diet.

  1. Increasing the intake of fruits within the diet - Inclusion of more fresh fruits in your diet will reduce the amount of sodium consumption. Canned and processed fruits may increase sodium consumption and hence should be reduced.
  2. Changing to fresh unprocessed meats - Certain processed and packaged meats such as in snacks and fast foods should be avoided as they have high sodium content. Hence, consumption of fresh meat instead of processed meat is an effective way to reduce your daily sodium intake. If a food item keeps well in the fridge for days or weeks, that's a tip off that the sodium content is too high.
  3. Including more leafy vegetables in your diet - Leafy green vegetables such as kale, spinach, and celery have a lot of water and also help reduce the sodium intake in your body.
  4. Drinking plenty of water - Sodium levels can rise within the body when it is dehydrated. Thus, it is prudent to always keep your body hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  5. Check food labels - Begin reading food labels as a matter of course. Sodium content is always listed on the label. Sometimes the high sugar content in a product like apple pie can mask the high sodium content so it's important to check every label for sodium content.
  6. Add spices - Add spices to your food. Instead of salt, try coriander, black pepper, nutmeg, parsley, cumin, cilantro, ginger, rosemary, marjoram, thyme, tarragon, garlic or onion powder, bay leaf, oregano, dry mustard, or dill. Consult an Expert & get answers to your questions!
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Intestinal Gas - Know Its Treatment Options!

MBBS, MD - General Medicine, DM - Gastroenterology, MNAMS
Gastroenterologist, Faridabad
Intestinal Gas - Know Its Treatment Options!

The production of gas in the body is a natural process as long as it is within normal limits. Whether it makes you burp or causes flatulence, excessive gas can be embarrassing. Gas can also make you uncomfortable and can cause bloating. This is simply the buildup of excessive gas in the stomach before it is ready to be released. Here are a few simple tips that can help you prevent the buildup of excessive gas.

  1. Avoid eating gaseous foods: Beans, broccoli, milk, cheese and fruits like pears and apples; these are some of the foods to avoid if you suffer from frequent bouts of gaseousness. This is because they contain fiber and sugar that is difficult to digest and creates gas. If you cannot avoid them completely, try steaming them instead of frying or baking them. Some people may also react to certain food combinations such as fruits and proteins by producing gas. Keeping a food diary may help identify such combinations.
  2. Drink a glass of water before meals: Drinking water while you are eating can hinder digestion. When water mixes with solid food, it interferes with the way stomach acid breaks down food. Instead, drink a glass of water half an hour before your meals. In this way, the water flushes your system and prepares it for the digestion process.
  3. Eat slowly: Grabbing a bite on the go is one of the leading causes of indigestion. When you eat anything, ensure that you chew it properly and do not swallow large bites of food. This prevents air from collecting in your stomach and thus prevents gaseousness.
  4. Probiotics: Probiotics boost the production of ‘good gut bacteria’ that is essential for digestion. Probiotics can also help ease bloating. If you suffer from gas, try including probiotics like yogurt, pickles, kimchi and buttermilk in your diet or get yourself a probiotic supplement.
  5. A cup of chamomile tea: Chamomile not only calms the body but can also fight indigestion and gas. A cup of chamomile tea after a heavy meal helps speed up the digestion process. This helps relieve bloating, as the faster the stomach is emptied, the faster gas can move out of the stomach and into the intestines. Fennel, dill, peppermint and ginger can also be used as alternatives to chamomile.
  6. Digestive aids: Gas is a fairly common problem faced by a number of people and hence digestive aids are easily available over the counter. Look for medication that contains activated charcoal or digestive enzymes.

If gaseousness persists over a long period of time and is not eased by any of these remedies, consult a doctor at once.
 

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Intestinal Gas - How It Can Be Treated?

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine , DM - Gastroenterology
Gastroenterologist, Bangalore
Intestinal Gas - How It Can Be Treated?

The production of gas in the body is a natural process as long as it is within normal limits. Whether it makes you burp or causes flatulence, excessive gas can be embarrassing. Gas can also make you uncomfortable and cause bloating. This is simply the buildup of excessive gas in the stomach before it is ready to be released. Here are a few simple tips that can help you prevent the buildup of excessive gas.

  1. Avoid eating gaseous foods: Beans, broccoli, milk, cheese and fruits like pears and apples; these are some of the foods to avoid if you suffer from frequent bouts of gaseousness. This is because they contain fiber and sugar that is difficult to digest and creates gas. If you cannot avoid them completely, try steaming them instead of frying or baking them. Some people may also react to certain food combinations such as fruits and proteins by producing gas. Keeping a food diary may help identify such combinations.
  2. Drink a glass of water before meals: Drinking water while you are eating can hinder digestion. When water mixes with solid food, it interferes with the way stomach acid breaks down food. Instead, drink a glass of water half an hour before your meals. In this way, the water flushes your system and prepares it for the digestion process.
  3. Eat slowly: Grabbing a bite on the go is one of the leading causes of indigestion. When you eat anything, ensure that you chew it properly and do not swallow large bites of food. This prevents air from collecting in your stomach and thus prevents gaseousness.
  4. Probiotics: Probiotics boost the production of ‘good gut bacteria’ that is essential for digestion. Probiotics can also help ease bloating. If you suffer from gas, try including probiotics like yogurt, pickles, kimchi and buttermilk in your diet or get yourself a probiotic supplement.
  5. A cup of chamomile tea: Chamomile not only calms the body but can also fight indigestion and gas. A cup of chamomile tea after a heavy meal helps speed up the digestion process. This helps relieve bloating, as the faster the stomach is emptied, the faster gas can move out of the stomach and into the intestines. Fennel, dill, peppermint and ginger can also be used as alternatives to chamomile.
  6. Digestive aids: Gas is a fairly common problem faced by a number of people and hence digestive aids are easily available over the counter. Look for medication that contains activated charcoal or digestive enzymes.

If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Gastroenterologist.

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Viral Fever - 6 Home Remedies You Must Try!

MBBS
General Physician, Mumbai
Viral Fever - 6 Home Remedies You Must Try!

Viral infections usually lead to viral fever, which is characterised by high body temperatures and body ache.

Causes
The main cause of viral fever is infection. It is contagious, and it spreads from one person to another by coming in contact directly with an infected person’s body fluids.Viruses Viruses are spread when an infected person sneezes, coughs, yawns or talks. Tiny particles of viruses are sprayed into the air, and if a healthy person is close enough, he/she can get infected and may start showing symptoms of fever anywhere between 16 to 48 hours

Symptoms
Symptoms of viral fever and other critical conditions can often be similar, which makes it hard to diagnose it. Thus it is important to know the exact symptoms of viral fever. In case, you or any other member of your family, are incapacitated with high fever, look out for the following symptoms
1. Fever can be intermittent, that is, it comes and goes in intervals
2. Fever is usually accompanied with chills (feeling of coldness induced by high fever)
3. Medicines do not work effectively
4. Fever persists longer than normal
5. Severe joint pains
6. Swollen face
7. Rash

Viral fever usually subside on their own, and can last for more than a week. But you should remember that antibiotics do not treat viral fever. Antibiotics are meant to kill bacteria, not viruses. So taking antibiotics during viral fever is not advised since it would not cure your symptoms, only give you an unpleasant case of acidity. Instead, you can take decongestants and over-the-counter anti-fever medications. If you lose a lot of body fluids (due to vomiting or diarrhoea), you need to consume fluids that will restore lost electrolytes, such as sport drinks or Gatorade. You can also try the following home remedies:
1. Coriander tea
2. Fenugreek water
3. Dill seeds porridge
4. Dry ginger concoction
5. Rice starch
6. Tulsi leaves

Viral fever can be prevented, and you don’t need to adopt any extreme measures. You can do simple things such as
1. Regularly wash your hands
2. Abstain from going to crowded places
3. Don’t touch your nose and mouth without washing your hands
4. If you do have a cold, cover your nose or mouth with a clean hanky while sneezing, coughing or yawning

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Dill (Sowa)
Nutritional Value of Dill (Sowa)
Health Benefits of Dill (Sowa)
Aids Digestion
Sleep inducing
Aids Bone Health
Controls Diabetes
Controls flatulence
Strengthens Immunity
Stops hiccups
Stops Diarrhoea
Treats respiratory disorders
Uses of Dill (Sowa)
Side-Effects & Allergies of Dill (Sowa)
Cultivation of Dill (Sowa)