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Papaya (Papita) Benefits And Its Side Effects Tips

Does PCOS Increase Weight?

Ph.D Food and Nutrition , MSc - Dietitics/Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Bangalore
Does PCOS Increase Weight?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common hormonal disorder among women of reproductive age. Polycystic means “many cysts,” and PCOS often causes clusters of small, pearl-sized cysts in the ovaries. The cysts are fluid-filled and contain immature eggs. PCOS affects one in 4 women.

What are the causes behind it?
While the exact cause of PCOS is unknown, doctors believe that hormonal imbalances and genetics play a role. Women are more likely to develop PCOS if their mother or sister also has the condition.
Overproduction of the hormone androgen may be another contributing factor. Androgen is a male sex hormone that women’s bodies also produce. 

PCOS Symptoms
PCOS is a syndrome disease defined by a collection of signs and symptoms. The symptoms of PCOS that one patient experiences can be very different from the symptoms of another patient. If you have two or more of the following symptoms, you need to have a thorough checkup to determine if you need PCOS treatment:

  • Irregular or missing menstrual periods
  • Infertility
  • Excess or unwanted body or facial hair growth
  • Thinning hair on the scalp
  • Weight problems, often including weight gain around the waist
  • Skin problems, including skin tags, darkening skin and acne

Does PCOS increase weight?
The answer is a ‘YES’. Most PCOS patients are overweight and are asked to exercise which helps control the symptoms but a lot many people have a completely normal body type.

What are the risks associated with PCOS-related weight gain?
No matter what the cause, weight gain can be detrimental to your health. Women with PCOS are more likely to develop many of the problems associated with weight gain and insulin resistance, including:

Many of these conditions can lead to heart disease. In fact, women with PCOS are four to seven times more likely to have a heart attack than women of the same age without the condition.

Benefit of Weight Loss with PCOS

Modest weight loss will not cure PCOS, but it will help. Weight loss can restore the normal function of the ovaries and result in normal hormone production. This may, in turn, lead to improvements in symptoms of PCOS, such as excess hair growth, acne or scalp hair loss.

Protect Yourself From Weight Gain

  • Eat Right: A healthy diet low in complex carbohydrates, moderate protein and low fat is important, as this can help regulate blood sugar levels. 
  • Exercise: Start doing low-to-moderate activities like walking or swimming for 30-to-90 minutes per day because exercise (even without weight loss) has been shown to lower or get rid of insulin resistance.
  • Lose Weight: The more overweight you are the more likely you are to be insulin resistant whether you have PCOS or not. Losing just 5% of your bodyweight will help lower your insulin resistance.
  • Avoid Stress: Don’t over stress yourself as it increases the blood pressure level in your body and can’t help to resist with PCOS. So, try to stay as calm as possible.
  • Get more sleep (at least 7-to-9 hours in a day): Not getting enough sleep can also make your insulin resistance worse, which in turn acquires you the weight.

DIET:

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Diabetes - Dietary Tips To Prevent, Control & Reverse It!

Dt. Shweta Shah 86% (10 ratings)
M.Sc - Clinic Nutrition & Dietetics, Sports Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Diabetes - Dietary Tips To Prevent, Control & Reverse It!

Diabetes is one of the worst diseases which has gripped majority of people today, thanks to our erratic work schedule followed by a lack of exercise and sleep, aggravated by the overindulgence in junk food. But, the good news is that you can control and even reverse diabetes by following some simple dietary tips.

The fact is dieting doesn’t mean starving; you can have tasty nutritious food which is mentally and physically rejuvenating.

Here are a few dietary tips you should follow to keep your blood sugar levels in check-

  1. Include adequate vegetables in your diet; especially which have high fibre content. Leafy vegetables such as spinach and vegetables such as peas, broccoli and beans are a must.
  2. Include high fibre foods such as chickpea wheatoats and millets in your diet.
  3. Milk has the perfect combination of protein and carbohydrate and can control blood sugar levels.
  4. Make sure you eat pulses, especially those with husk and sprouts, as they keep your blood glucose levels normal. Even when you are having noodles, you must add sprouts to them apart from the vegetables.
  5. Foods which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids are excellent for combating diabetes. These include flax seed oil, nuts, fatty fish; these have a very small level of cholesterol.
  6. Consume high fibre fruits such as papaya, pear, orange, guava etc. Eat those fruits which have high sugar content such as mangoes or grapes, in moderation.

These are some of the foods which you should include in your diet. In addition, there are few everyday tips which you should follow-

  1. Make sure to have small frequent meals comprising of high fibre and low in carbohydrate foods.
  2. Methi or fenugreek seeds have high diabetes controlling mechanisms. Soak one tablespoon of the seeds in 100 ml of water overnight and have it in the morning.
  3. Exercise helps in managing blood sugar levels.
  4. Losing weight improves the functioning of the insulin.

Tip for sticking with a diabetes-friendly diet plan-

First and foremost, take small, manageable steps. Choose two or three things you want to work on. Once you feel you have mastered those you can move on to two or three more steps towards a healthier diet.

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ARTHRITIS - How To Manage Symptoms Effectively?

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

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

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

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

Increased risk

Female sex

Exposure to tobacco smoke

Occupational dust (silica)

Air pollution

High sodium, red meat, and iron consumption

Obesity

Low vitamin d intake and levels

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

Remedies to manage arthritis and it's symptoms:

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

Exercises like aerobic, hydrotherapy works excellent.

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

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

. Sugar and artificial sweeteners

. Processed and junk foods.

. Excessive salt, oil, meat and alcohol.

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

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

. Smoking cigarettes contain polycyclic hydrocarbon which are highly inflammatory.

Foods to have:

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

They are as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9 Skin and Hair Care Tips for a Glowing Navratri

Dr. Jolly Shah 90% (1073 ratings)
MBBS, DNB (Dermatology)
Dermatologist, Mumbai
9 Skin and Hair Care Tips for a Glowing Navratri

Its Navratri …  

Time to flaunt the colourful ghaghras and cholis, your dandiya and garba skills,  picture-perfect looks, glowing skin and gorgeous hair, every night as you dance away with your friends to the lilting rhythm of the dhol… 

Let us make this Navratri extra special with a few handy tips for flawless beauty and charm. From face scrubs and packs for glowing skin to hair masks and quick fixes for skin issues…  take a look at 

The Ultimate Ritual to keep your Skin Glowing throughout Navratri...

1. Prep Your Skin

A few minutes of preparation before you put your makeup on goes a long way in keeping your skin super radiant throughout the nine days of fun and frolic.

Tone your skin : 

Toning is an important part of the cleansing process. A good toning regimen will remove any remaining bits of oil, dirt and debris left behind by washing or cleansing. 

More importantly, toning helps soothe, nourish and hydrate the skin while restoring its delicate pH balance.

DIY Home Remedies Skin Toning : 

Pour some rose water in a bowl. Place cotton wool pads in it and let it soak in the rose water. Keep the bowl in the fridge.After 15 minutes, remove the bowl and start with wiping your face with the soaked cotton pad. On the cheeks, wipe with outward and upward movements in such a way that each stroke ends at the temples. Lastly, pat the skin with the cotton wool pads and wipe it gently with a soft napkin. 

Scrub your skin 

Dead skin cells, sweat, dirt, and oil can accumulate and build up on the surface of your skin, day after day. These leave your complexion a little dull and even flaky. Exfoliating with a face scrub can remove this build-up, leaving you with skin that feels clean, smooth and glowing. 

DIY Homemade Peel scrub 

Mix powdered almonds with yoghurt. Add dried and powdered mint and basil leaves. Apply the mixture on the face and leave it on for a 15 minutes. Rub gently, with small circular movements. Wash off with water. 

Homemade scrubs can work wonders on the skin by removing the dead skin cells and making the skin brighter. 

Mask is Must : 

Face masks are the perfect skin care treatment to help you with your skin care concerns. The right face mask can help hydrate skin, remove excess oils and help improve the appearance of your pores. They're also an excellent way to help pull out impurities. Masks can deliver higher concentrations of active ingredients to plump, hydrate, and balance the skin. A face mask completes the skin prep regimen leaving your skin smooth and soft. 

Refreshing Rose water pack

In a bowl, mix 1 teaspoon rose water and 1 teaspoon milk powder. Mix into a paste and apply on the face. Wash off after 20 minutes. For oily skin, replace milk powder with Fullers earth (multani mitti) for the same paste. After applying the face mask, take two of the cotton wool pads soaked in rose water and use them as eye pads.  

Skin Conditioning Fruit pack : 

Mix grated apples with ripe papaya pulp and mashed banana. Add a little yoghurt or lemon juice. Apply it all over your face and neck and leave it on for half an hour. Wash it off.  

2. Enticing Eyes : If you love to enjoy garba every night, then you need to look out for eye bags or puffy eyes.

So the best and natural way to do it is by getting enough sleep. Get 8 hours of sleep every single night 

DIY Homemade Cucumber Mint Eye Mask

Blend a cucumber with 4-5 mint leaves. Add a small amount of water to thin the  juice. Dip 10-15 cotton pads in the juice and gently squeeze them to get rid of excess juice with your palm. Place the cotton pads flat and separated in a clear bag and freeze them until they are iced. At the end of the day, just take two cotton pads out of the bag and place them over your eyes for around 20-25 minutes. 

Cucumber is high in water content and vitamin K, which plays a huge role in refreshing and bringing your tired eyes back to a healthy state. Cucumber is also very effective in reducing the appearance of dark circles, hydrating and soothing the skin around your eyes. Mint has a cooling effect and soothes and removes the under eye bags making your eyes more youthful and lively. By soaking the cotton pads in the cucumber juice and refrigerating them, you can maximize the benefits and have your masks ready whenever you need them. 

3. Make up :

Always go for waterproof makeup. 

Navratri falls in the hot humid month of October. The dancing makes you excessively sweaty. 

Waterproof makeup will keep your eyeliner, lipstick and foundation in place. 

Apply a light foundation. Don't go all out with your foundation because when you sweat, the foundation will start to look cakey. 

Do remember to remove the makeup however tired you are.

Use these skin-friendly makeup removers to keep your face blemish free. 

Soak a cotton ball in milk with a few drops of almond oil to remove your make-up. 

Wipe away your eye make-up or bold lip colour with cotton ball soaked in baby oil. 

4. Flaunt your Back 

Navratri is the perfect time to wear those backless cholis and blouses. 

But before you do that it is better to get your back waxed and polished. 

DIY Rejuvenating Turmeric Back  Scrub : Mix 1 cup sugar, 2 teaspoon turmeric powder and 1 1/2 cup of coconut oil to make a coarse paste. Apply this paste and gently massage the mixture, in circular motions, on your skin. Wash the mixture off with luke warm water. 

This works as quick fix for your dull back skin, making it clear, smooth and shining.

5. Prep Your Hair : 

You would love to flaunt Your  Luscious Long Hair at Garba and Dandiya Nights. 

For dull hair, have a quick conditioning treatment before your shampoo. 

Conditioning Hair mask

Mix one teaspoon of vinegar and almond oil. Massage into the hair. Do the hot towel wrap. Wash hair after half an hour. Hair will look smooth, bouncy and shiny. 

To soften rough, bushy or frizzy hair, mix some water with a creamy hair conditioner and put it in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture on the hair. Then comb the hair, so that it spreads through the hair.

6. Hands and Feet Care 

Give yourself a manicure and pedicure well before Navratri begins. If you don’t have time for one, rub your hands and legs with a mixture of sugar and lemon juice. 

7. Hydrate : 

Continuous and vigorous dancing tends to dehydrate you and your skin. Hydrating your body with ample water is the first trick to a glowing skin during dandiya. Have everything from water, fresh juices, lime water and coconut water as well. This will hydrate your body and give your skin a glow from within. Increase your fluid intake at least by a litre. A helpful tip is to carry lime juice concentrate with sugar, black salt and black pepper powder added. All you have to do is to add water to the concentrate, take a break and sip it slowly … and you will feel as energetic as ever.

8. Relive your feet

Dancing your heart out can cause your feet to revolt. 

And you have 9 whole days to dance your heart out. 

A simple remedy can help to soothe your aching feet and you are back again with your dancing shoes on ...

The Invigorating Foot Bath 

You will require 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup Epson salt, 1 cup apple cider vinegar, 5 or 6 drops of lavender (alternatively basil or rosemary) essential oil.

Fill a tub big enough to hold both your feet comfortably and fill it with hot water. Add all the ingredients and relax. Add marbles into your foot bath and roll your feet over them for a massage. 

9. Skin Allergies 

Jewellery, costumes and sweating can cause irritation and sometimes red rashes, itchiness, pricking on skin or boils. 

Remember to remove the jewellery before sleeping. Wipe them with a soft cloth to remove the sweat and grime on them (It maintains the jewellery and reduces the chances of allergies)

Remove makeup gently with baby oil. Apply ice compresses on the affected area. Application of little baby oil or virgin coconut oil will soothe the skin.

See a Dermatologist immediately if rashes persist or increase or if there are angry boils.

Hope you find this article useful and informative. Do feel free to like it and share it with your near and dear ones. 

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6 Steps That Can Prevent Skin Aging

Dr. Anuj Saigal 90% (10 ratings)
MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy, MBBS
Dermatologist, Delhi
6 Steps That Can Prevent Skin Aging

We all fear the changes that old age brings with it, especially in terms of how it changes our appearance. Skin starts to lose its elasticity, dark spots appear on the cheeks and forehead, circles under the eyes grow darker and what not. The battle against ageing is something all of us (especially women) have to prepare for, and the good news is that there are definitely things, which we can add to our armor. Started early on in life, there are skin care measures which can help you combat ageing skin later in life. They will prolong the onset of ageing and also reduce severity of the symptoms. Read on to know more.

  1. Moisturizer: The skin needs hydration and better hydration yields younger looking skin that is radiant, supple and glowing. Whatever product you use, ensure it has collagen, which can improve the skin tone and elasticity. Vitamin C and K are also essential. From plain petroleum jelly to olive oil to Moroccan oil, pick a moisturizer that works for you. The intention is to give your skin the required amount of hydration it requires to keep it looking young.
  2. Sun protection: 90% of skin problems arise out of exposure to sun. Be it blemishes, dark spots, tanning marks or even melanoma (cancer), the culprit is the sun. It is a myth that a sunscreen is to be used only when you are out in the beach or on a hike. Use a sunscreen with sun protection factor (abbreviated as SPF on the product) every single day to avoid damage from the sun. Continued use for a couple of months will make you realize its benefits.
  3. Exfoliation: Regular removal of dead skin cells can help keep the skin healthy and glowing. This removes the blemishes and also improves absorption of moisturizers and sunscreens, improving their efficacy.
  4. Cleansing: The skin is the most exposed part of the body, and needless to say, accumulates a lot of dust and toxins from the environment, how much ever you try. Washing the skin off with water is the best way to keep it clean. Make sure you wash your face at least 3 to 4 times a day. Using a cleanser like Cetaphil will help in deep cleaning.
  5. Face masks: Whether brought from a shelf or made at home using combinations like cucumber/curd, glycerin/rose water, papaya, or lime/honey, frequently pamper your skin with these masks. The results will leave you astonished.
  6. Cleaning makeup brushes regularly: While this is hardly noticed, using the same applicators and brushes can carry germs from one day to another, and so they are best cleaned regularly.

Take care of your skin from early years, it will show later!! If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a doctor and ask a free question.

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Know 11 Amazing Health Benefits About Papaya!

Dt. Monica Chadha 86% (13 ratings)
PG Diploma In Dietetics And Health Nutrition, Bsc - Home Science
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Lucknow
Know 11 Amazing Health Benefits About Papaya!

Believed to be used by even Christopher Columbus on his discovery voyage, papaya is known as the angel of fruits. While it is not a taste that most usually enjoy the very first time, it can grow on you slowly and then stick on forever. The raw ones are used in salad and curries, the ripe can be eaten either in solid or liquid form, alone or in combination with other fruits.

Some of the wonderful benefits of papaya are listed below.

  1. Anti-inflammatory: The various minerals and vitamins (A, B, C, K) in papaya help improve immunity and prevents infections. It also promotes healing of burns and wounds.
  2. Cholesterol control: The antioxidants, flavonoids and fibre help in cholesterol/plaque accumulation in the arteries. The lipid and triglyceride content can also be reduced with regular consumption of papayas.
  3. Digestive benefits: The enzyme papain contained in papaya is quite effective in reducing the damage caused by eating junk and oily foods. It helps in breaking down proteins and is, therefore, useful as a home remedy for indigestion. It is also rich in fiber and helps relieve constipation.
  4. Diabetes: The high fiber content in papaya combined with the low calories (a medium sized fruit contains about 110 calories) is a boon to diabetes patients. They can eat to their full content without feeling guilty of the sugar levels. Some people also consume the flowers (sautéed in oil) to control diabetes.
  5. Arthritis: The various minerals (potassium, calcium, sodium, and magnesium) in papaya can help keep a check on arthritis and bone and joint pains in the long run.
  6. Weight loss/ cleansing/ detox: The various minerals and vitamins along with the rich fiber content ensure you get a good detox of the system. Papaya is one of the widely used fruits in people who want to lose weight.
  7. Antiaging effects: The antioxidants which reduce the rate of inflammation and the multiple vitamins help in looking younger by improving skin, hair, and overall immunity levels.
  8. Stress buster: Again, the antioxidants and vitamins (C in particular) is a good way to refresh your energy after a long tiring day.
  9. Anti-cancer effects: The flavonoids, phytonutrients, and antioxidants help to prevent free radical damage which is the main cause of cancer. They also contain beta carotene which helps control prostate and colon cancer.
  10. Eye health: The beta carotene, vitamin A, and lutein help in improving moisture in the eyes and controlling macular degeneration.
  11. Hair health: The scalp produces sebum which is rich in vitamin A. Papaya when applied to the scalp gives the same effect as sebum, which keeps the hair shiny, silky, and lustrous.

Haemorrhoids Or Piles - What Causes It?

Dr. Vijay Dagar 90% (18 ratings)
BAMS, Ksharsutra
Ayurveda, Delhi
Haemorrhoids Or Piles - What Causes It?

Haemorrhoids or piles is a condition where the blood vessels in the rectum or the anus, become swollen. Research has indicated that almost 50 percent of people will experience such haemorrhoids prior to the age of 50. Haemorrhoids are of two kinds, namely, exterior and interior.

The disease can be difficult and painful to live with, which is why rapid diagnosis and treatment are required to cure the condition.

Symptoms-
Common symptoms of haemorrhoids include-

  1. Rectal bleeding
  2. Pain/discomfort
  3. Itching/irritation in the anal region
  4. Swelling/lump around the anus

Causes of Piles
The scientific community has yet to reach a consensus as to the exact cause of the condition. However, there are some factors that may increase the risk of the disorder. These include-

  1. Excessive strain at the time of bowel movement
  2. Chronic constipation, which results in excessive strain during excretion
  3. Sitting on the toilet seat for a prolonged period of time
  4. Prior family history of the condition

As someone suffering from piles, you should also engage in light exercises, so that you can keep yourself in shape. Obesity can increase the complication from piles, which is why maintaining an ideal body weight is essential. However, make sure that you do not lift weights, as it might aggravate the disorder.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Piles

Role and Benefits of Kshar sutra Treatment-
Kshar sutra ligation is an Ayurvedic therapy that uses a unique technique to treat anorectal diseases. Patients suffering from piles, anal fistula, and pilonidal sinus are commonly recommended this therapy. The treatment involves -

  1. A minor surgery is performed to ligate (tie up) the base of the pile mass with caustic threads (Kshara sutra).
  2. The kshara applied on the thread has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory properties that soothe or reduce irritation.
  3. The medicated caustic thread curettes out the anal passage and discards the epithelial lining, therefore allowing the tract to heal.

Unlike conventional treatment that requires one to undergo surgery, and is associated with many side effects, Kshar sutra permanently cures haemorrhoids. Moreover, this procedure has several benefits such as the following-

  • It is a minimally invasive procedure, and has no serious complications
  • It is an out-patient treatment, meaning the patient can walk home immediately after the treatment is performed
  • It prevents the recurrence of the disease, which other conventional treatments cannot guarantee

Living with piles can be distressing and embarrassing. Hence, the best option to look for is a permanent cure using Ayurveda.

Other Ayurvdeic Tips-

Several foods and Ayurvedic medications can provide relief for patients suffering from piles. A fibre-rich diet, for instance, will help prevent constipation. Here are some dietary changes that will help you deal with piles in an easier fashion.

  • Consumption of whole grains is recommended, in order to relieve constipation.
  • Green leafy vegetables, such as spinach and broccoli, will also help with the symptoms of piles.
  • Eat fruits such as bananas, apples, figs and papayas to ensure a strong and clear motion.
  • Drink lots of water and avoid alcohol as much as possible. Additionally, caffeinated drinks, such as coffee and sodas, should be avoided as well.
  • Mix Triphala powder with warm water and drink the decoction every night before going to bed. For better results, add a few drops of castor oil into the mixture.
  • Drink a glass of buttermilk every day.
  • A drink made out of haritaki and jaggery will also help dealing with the symptoms of piles.
  • Incorporate garlic, soaked chia seeds and flax seeds into your diet for better motion

Aside from the diet, there are some other ways of reducing the pain associated with the condition. A sitz bath is one such option. In order to take a sitz bath, fill up the bathtub with warm water. Ensure that the level of water is enough to keep your waist and hip submerged. Add an antiseptic such as turmeric or neem into the water to ensure that no infection results from the same. Now, sit in the water for a few minutes.

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Piles - How Ayurvedic Remedies Can Help In Treating Them?

Dr. Pooja Roy 89% (25 ratings)
BAMS
Ayurveda, Delhi
Piles - How Ayurvedic Remedies Can Help In Treating Them?

Piles or haemorrhoids is a condition in which the rectal veins become inflamed, thus causing bleeding and swelling. Hemorrhoids are clumps or cushions of tissue which get aggregated around the anal canal and are full of blood vessels, muscles and elastic fibres. Piles can be of various sizes and are found inside the anus or around the anal region. However, piles found inside the anal canal are way more common than the external ones.

In most cases, this condition can be treated by taking required medicines along with following a high-fibre diet. However, in some cases, the piles might be severe and need to be removed surgically. The common symptoms of piles are blood discharge while eliminating faeces and abnormal enlargements around the anal region. Piles might also be characterised by excessive itching of the anal region and pain during defecating.

In Ayurvedic terms, piles are called ArshaShoola which translates to extremely painful conditions akin to the piercing of needles. This condition can be gotten rid of by availing of various Ayurvedic remedies.

Treatment-

Surgical treatment of piles is not necessary; rather it has been observed that recurrence of the condition is experienced by people who usually undertake surgery. Treatment of piles using Ayurveda usually includes dietary and lifestyle changes; making most of the remedies easily implementable. Listed below are some Ayurvedic remedies:

  1. Herbs: Herbs used for ayurvedic treatment of piles include Haritaki and jimikand.
  2. Diet: Permanent moderation of diet is needed for the treatment of piles. Some dietary changes include:
    • Starchy foods such as yellow pumpkin and potato should be avoided and replaced with fibrous foods.
    • Inclusion of mango and sesame seeds adds bulk to the diet and helps in preventing constipation.
    • Natural food softeners such as ‘jambul’, ‘amalaki’, dried figs and papaya are also recommended.
    • Vegetables having larger amounts of roughage, such as turnip, onions, radish, ginger and bitter gourd should be added to the diet.
  3. Lifestyle Changes: Some of the basic lifestyle changes include:
    • Regular cleansing of the colon.
    • Regular exercise is mandatory.
    • A normal and healthy sex life should be followed. Aggravation of symptoms of piles is caused due to abnormal or excess sex.
    • Avoiding sitting for long periods.
    • Consume enough water in a day (about 2-3 liters).

Ayurvedic Agni karma For Treating Piles-
In Sanskrit, the word 'Agni' refers to 'Fire'. Agni karma is an ayurvedic therapy, which involves the use of agni or fire. It is also called cauterization. Agni karma is popularly called Dahan Karma. Agni karma is used in the treatment of many diseases of different type. It is a good method for the treatment of bleeding piles.

In this process, any ailing surface of the body or a tissue, such as haemorrhoids, is destroyed and burnt by using a heated instrument using electric current and by freezing. An acidic agent for cutting like kshar karma is also used in the process of agni karma for the treatment of bleeding piles.

The different types of agni karma include:

  1. uchchh dagdha /scarce agni karma
  2. Durdaghda/ inappropriate burning surgery
  3. Aati dagdha /powerful or excess cauterization
  4. Samyak dagdha / appropriate agni karma

Infra red Coagulation Therapy

Infra red coagulation therapy or infra red photo coagulation is a medical process which is used to treat bleeding piles or haemorrhoids, and can only cure internal haemorrhoids.

During the process, a device is utilized, which produces a beam of intense, powerful infrared light. The heat released by the infrared light causes scar tissue and blood supply to the haemorrhoids to be cut off. This results in the death of haemorrhoid or piles, and a scar forms on the anal canal wall. The surrounding veins are held together by the scar tissue which avoids them bulging into the anal canal.

Agni karma, the Ayurvedic treatment, is considered to an effective medical treatment procedure of infra red coagulation therapy. This is because:

  • Agni karma is a much more natural method of treatment for bleeding piles, and no unnatural substance like infra red light beam is used.
  • Agni karma provides treatment without failure, and success is guaranteed. 

Besides, guggulu kshar sutra therapy is also one of the best therapies - No side effects & no chances of recurrence, no hospital stay, no pain, join duty immediately. 

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How Can You Deal With Freckles?

Dr. Saurabh Sharma 89% (104 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy, DNB (Dermatology)
Dermatologist, Amritsar
How Can You Deal With Freckles?

Freckles are not always unwanted. While some people can't stand them, a few people find them cute. However, everybody loves clear skin and to achieve that it is essential to bid farewell to freckles. Freckles are tiny brown spots that are caused by an increased production of melanin in the skin cells.

People with sensitive skin are more prone to freckles than others. If you're looking for a way to get clearer skin, here are a few remedies to help you deal with freckles: 

  • Use sunscreen: The first step towards fighting freckles is to prevent them. Freckles are a result of exposure to the sun and hence using a good sunscreen every day is a must. Choose a sunscreen that fights both UVA and UVB rays. The more your exposure to the sun, the higher the amount of SPF needed. 
  • Bleach them with lemon juice: Lemon juice is the best form of natural bleach. Apply freshly squeezed juice or bottled lime juice onto the skin and leave for 15*20 minutes. Do this twice a day to see your freckles fade. Along with bleaching the skin, the citric acid also helps tighten the skin and makes you look younger. 
  • Increase your intake of vitamin C: Vitamin C helps lighten the skin. Apart from the limes and lemons, kiwis, tomatoes, bell peppers and papaya are good sources of vitamin C. 
  • Use sour milk and sour cream: Sour milk and sour cream contain lactic acid that inhibits melanin production and lighten the skin. Wash your face with sour milk three to four times a day. You may rinse your face with water a little while after each sour milk wash. Apply the sour cream on your face as a mask and leave on for 15*20 minutes. This will help your skin absorb the lactic acid. 
  • Mask them with honey: Apply a mixture of honey and warm water over the freckles. Let it sit for a while and then rinse with lukewarm water. Follow this by rinsing your face with cold water. Alternatively, you could try a mask of honey and yogurt. Leave this mask on for at least half an hour. 
  • Try a fruit peel: Along with eating them, you could also put fruit directly on your skin to fight freckles. Blend fruits like strawberries, papaya, pineapple and cucumber and apply it on your face. As it dries the top layer of skin sticks to the fruit and is peeled off. With repeated use, you will notice your freckles fade away.

If none of this works, you could also try skin lightening creams or chemical peels and laser freckle removal. 

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Does Your Wife Wake You Up at night With Her Snore?

Dr. Prabha Acharya 88% (106 ratings)
PGDM In Cosmetology, Trichology & Weight Managmen, MD, BHMS
Homeopath, Mumbai
Does Your Wife Wake You Up at night With Her Snore?

Snoring can frustrate the people who share your home and it likely leaves you feeling tired in the morning. 

Snoring is when you sleep, the muscles of your throat relax, your tongue falls backward, and your throat becomes narrow and "floppy." As you breathe, the walls of the throat begin to vibrate - generally when you breathe in, but also, to a lesser extent, when you breathe out. These vibrations lead to the characteristic sound of snoring. 

Causes of snoring: age, being overweight or obese, drinking too much alcohol, blocked nasal passage, etc.

It’s not a condition to ignore. Reasons to take snoring seriously: 

· Leads to poor night sleep.

· You may not realize how disruptive your snoring is, but it may have a serious impact on your spouse.

· Snoring can also cause you to have a dry mouth or sore or irritated throat when you wake up.

· Snoring leads to feeling of tiredness all the time, less focused, etc.

Tips you can follow which will help you to prevent it:

  • Change Your Sleep Position. Lying on your back at night causes your tongue and soft palate  to collapse back into your airways causing you to snore. Hence, try to sleep on your side rather than your back.
  • Go to bed at the same time every night and get plenty of sleep. Regular sleep patterns help you sleep better, and more restful sleep may reduce snoring.
  • Elevate your head with pillows to improve airflow through your nasal passages and to help you breathe easier.
  • Keep your nose clear, so that you breathe in through your nose rather than your mouth. 
  • Sinus can be one of the causes for snoring so including Vitamin C in diet for immune system. E.g.papaya, bell peppers, broccoli, pineapple, etc.
  • If overweight or obese then reduce your weight.
  • Drink plenty of water. Stay well hydrated.
  • Eat healthy like complex carbs (whole grains,oats, etc), lean protein (lean chicken, fish, etc) and healthy fats like Omega-3 (fish, flax seeds, olive oil, etc).
  • Exercise daily. Yes it helps to reduce snoring.
  • Avoid eating heavy meals just before bedtime.
  • Avoid saturated fats in diet like red met, mayonnaise,etc.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol as they relax the muscles in the throat and interfere with breathing.
  • Quite smoking.
  • Talk to your doctor about your problem.