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Sesame Seeds: 6 Surprising Health Benefits!

Dr. Saloni Raghuwanshi 95% (177 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Indore  •  8 years experience
Sesame Seeds: 6 Surprising Health Benefits!

Sesame seeds are considered as the oldest oilseed crops in the world. They are derived from the plant of Sesamum genus. Though minuscule in comparison to other seeds, they are extremely beneficial for your health. They are very useful in the prevention of diabetes, lower blood pressure, and are also known to prevent a wide variety of cancers. In addition, sesame seeds are extremely useful for boosting the respiratory health, building strong bones, improving blood circulation, cleansing the body and in the elimination of depression and chronic stress.

They can be added as a natural ingredient in our day to day cooking and can be used in a wide variety of applications. Sesame seeds are rich in vitamins, minerals, and natural oils. They are also loaded with natural organic compounds such as iron, magnesium, phosphorous, manganese, copper, zinc, protein, and tryptophan. Let us have a look at some of the health benefits of the sesame seeds.
 

  1. Blood pressure: One of the primary uses of adding sesame seeds to our diet is their ability to control blood pressure. They are loaded with magnesium that aids in the prevention of hypertension, and thus can be very beneficial in keeping the blood pressure conditions under check.
  2. Cancer prevention: Sesame seeds are also enriched with natural antioxidants that help in cleansing the body. This criterion benefits us in the fight against cancer. Sesame seeds also do have essential vitamins and minerals that reduce the risk of cancer drastically. They also restrict the circulation of free radicals. Some of the leukemia types that can be prevented when using sesame seeds include breast, lung, pancreatic, colon, and prostate cancers.
  3. Bone health: Sesame seeds are loaded with impressive levels of minerals such as zinc, calcium, and phosphorous. These are essential in strengthening and repairing the bones.
  4. Digestion: Sesame seeds contain natural fiber and hence form a strong element in metabolism. They are also very beneficial for removing the symptoms of constipation and keeps the condition of diarrhea in check. Fiber scraps out the harmful cholesterol from our body. Indirectly, they are beneficial to your heart and prevents heart ailment such as strokes and cardiovascular diseases.
  5. Oral health: Sesame seeds have a strong presence of antibacterial properties within them. Due to this reason, they are best used in the treatment of mouth ulcers and gum problems. Adding sesame seeds to warm water and squishing inside the mouth can act as a natural mouth cleanser.
  6. Skin and hair health: Sesame seeds have rich sources of zinc, a vital component that helps in the formation of collagen, an ingredient used to strengthen the muscle tissue, hair, and skin. They are also known to be part of many face packs and have anti-aging properties. They aid in the skin tightening process and act against the wrinkles.

As a part of culinary proceedings, sesame seeds can be had in a variety of ways. They can either be dry roasted and sprinkled as a topping, or they can be added with spices and mixed into the gravy. They also can be mixed as a part of fruit and vegetable juices. Though the seeds are tiny in nature, their beneficial properties are more potent than any other food items known to man. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Laugh - 8 Ways You Can Do It More!

Dr. Bhoomika Sachacher 86% (10 ratings)
Ph.D Clinical Psychology
Psychologist, Ranchi  •  3 years experience
Laugh - 8 Ways You Can Do It More!

Is your life dull and boring? Are you unhappy with the way you are leading your everyday life? Laughter is very important for living and is a vital part of healthy living. It helps in relieving tension, reducing stress, making you relax, and increases your happiness. Here are some ways following which you can bring more laughter in your life:

  1. Connect with an old friend
    • Connecting with a friend from the past is ideal for bringing up topics and memories which are sure to make you laugh.
    • Remembering funny incidents, stories, and hilarious moments can make you revisit old days and laugh.
  2. Humour in your everyday life
    • Laughter and fun can be found in all places. You need to find them out.
    • There can be a lot of common, ordinary things which are ironically or sarcastically funny. Observe humorous moments from everything around you and share them with your people.
  3. Watch your favourite television shows
    • Watching your favourite comedy shows and programs on the tv will bound to loosen you up.
    • Instead of watching deep movies that are thought to provoke, something light and capable of making you laugh is also important.
  4. Spend time with children

    • Kids are uninhabited, simple and happy beings. You will be able to recall your childhood by talking to children. This is a great way to make you laugh.
  5. Have sleepovers
    • Sleepovers may be old fashioned, but they are a source of unadulterated laughter.
    • Inviting friends over for movies and makeovers paves the way for unlimited laughter all night long.
  6. Visit amusement parks
    • Amusement parks are a great way of having fun and also realising how you can laugh at simple things.
    • Visit amusement parks with your friends or family and have a great time laughing.
  7. Listen to funny songs from your childhood
    • Listening to your favourite funny songs from childhood is a nice way for you to loosen up.
    • It will remind you of your memories with that song, which is bound to make you recapitulate and laugh.
  8. Play in bouncy houses
    • You should hop in bouncy houses that are meant for children.
    • You can come across these at birthday parties, community events, and play centres. Jumping and laughing are sure to give you a good time.

You should also try to make the people around you laugh. Hearing the laughter of others will surely make you laugh as well as it is very much contagious. Tell ridiculous jokes and rhymes to make your friends and close ones burst out in laughter, which will be a matter to laugh about for you as well. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Skincare Myth Busted - Know The Facts

Dr. Amit Kerure 93% (10 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Dermatology, Venereology & Leprosy, Dr. Alex Ginzburg Clinic
Dermatologist, Navi Mumbai  •  9 years experience
Skincare Myth Busted - Know The Facts

Most research on skin care is focussed on white, Caucasian skin types who live in cold temperate environments. Our Indian skin types are darker and in mostly hot, humid climates. Our skin reacts and adapts differently to the environment. Here are some unusual, interesting, skin care myth busters, specifically for Indian skin.

1. Myth: Exfoliation is an essential part of skin care regime.

Fact: Exfoliation is not an essential part of skin care regime.

Your skin is living tissue, which begins growing from the lower layer and is gradually pushed and shed automatically over a period of a few weeks from the skin surface. Simple gentle soap water bath is normally enough for most individuals and there is simply no need for you to try and exfoliate your skin. Let your dermatologist decide whether you need any exfoliation procedures.

2. Myth: It is important to check the type of wash you use.

Fact: It does not matter too much as to which wash you use.

A bewildering variety of soaps, syndet bars, lotions, body washes are available to clean your skin. You don't need to be very choosy. Simply use any one that suits your skin. People with dry and allergic skin need to be more careful and require non irritating, milder products. Avoid using 'antibacterial' or so called 'medicated soaps', since all these 'medications' are going to be washed off anyway along with the rinsing action. Don't expect to kill any bugs in this fashion.

3. Myth: Oily skin needs to be moisturized every day.

Fact: Oily skin may not need moisturizing.

You may have active sebaceous glands on the central part of your face causing oiliness. However, the rest of your skin may be dry. Apply moisturizers after baths on the dry areas. On the oily parts of your skin, you can skip the moisturizer and simply wash gently to keep the oil away.

4. Myth: Natural medicines are safer because they do not contain chemicals.

Fact: Most natural medicines contain many unknown chemicals of unknown significance.

More than $1 billion and over 12.5 years of painstaking work by scores of scientists are typically required to evaluate just one potential new chemical for medicinal use. Only a few chemicals pass through these very stringent series of scientific tests before they are carefully released for human use. It is a common practice in India to use many other unscientific medications. These purportedly safe, harmless and natural medicines are often concoctions of unknown chemicals (yes, chemicals!) that do not pass through any such rigorous testing, leaving serious doubts about their efficacy and safety.

5. Myth: Acne is just skin deep.

Fact: Acne is often driven by hormones.

Obtaining a flawless skin over a few months is actually quite easy under the supervision of any good dermatologist. However, acne is driven by hormones and that is why seen mostly in teenagers and young adults. Some patients may have associated oily skin, weight gain, menstrual irregularities, hair loss and excessive hair on the chin. All this may point to internal hormonal issues which your dermatologist may detect and investigate.

6. Myth: Drinking lots of water results in beautiful skin.

Fact: Drinking excess water does not help.

Inadequate water consumption can severely affect the proper functioning of your internal organs and your body as a whole. It is extremely essential to drink sufficient water to facilitate the proper functioning of your body and to ensure a healthy glow in your skin. However, you should also remember that drinking excess water does nothing extra for your skin.

7. Myth: Skin Brightening Creams Give Fairer Skin.

Fact:Skin brightening creams can be harmful.

Fairness creams have long been accused of being discriminatory and racist, but what is a lesser known fact about the billion dollar industry is that they can land you with far more serious problems. Many of these creams contain harmful compounds, which can permanently damage your skin and also your internal organs.Prescription creams from your pharmacy are meant to be used only under medical supervision and misuse by self medication can land you in serious trouble. Don't use medicines on your own, even if you are a doctor!

Fact: Sunscreens are recommended to prevent skin cancers.

Sunscreens were developed and are recommended internationally to prevent skin cancers. Chances are that you use your sunscreen for another less serious reason: you want to prevent a tan and want your skin to remain fairer. If this is the case, use a broad-spectrum, water resistant sunscreen, which protects against both UVA and UVB radiation and also probably against sweat. You need to apply at least an ounce (30 ml) every 2 hours on exposed areas of your skin. Applying this entire amount so frequently in a hot, muggy, climate may not be very comfortable and it will most likely pinch your pocket. You could consider using hats, umbrellas and sun-protective clothing instead.

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How To Keep A Track Of Your Health?

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, CTVS JR
Sexologist, Jaipur  •  3 years experience
How To Keep A Track Of Your Health?
Preventive health care is necessary for avoiding genetic disorders and mental illnesses. True or False? Take this quiz to know now.
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Hello, My father is diabetic and has been diagnosed with metastatic squamous cell carcinoma Penis. Doctor says it isn't genetic. However, I have doubts and would prefer undergoing Cancer Screening Tests. What tests are suggested?

Oncologist, Hyderabad
Penile cancers are not usually genetic. There is no test recommended for screening of CA penis. Hygiene is the foremost thing you should maintain. Cleaning of Smegma and if you have phimosis you should undergo circumcision.
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Hello, I don't know what happened but I have been using femfresh (feminine wipes) to clean my vaginal area for 2 weeks already but today after I bath I felt a bit itching down there so I decided to use the wipes again (as mentioned above), while wiping it I felt a bit of a burning sensation. Can I ask what causes the burn? I was just confused, I don't know. Is it because of the wipes or is it something else? I need help asap as I'm just turn 20 this year.

MD, MBBS
Dermatologist, Chennai  •  19 years experience
Fungal infection or Ring worm. When occurs in groin, called as jock itch. Usually fungal infection is common in moist areas of body like skin folds. It's mostly circular or round in appearance. May be red or black in colour. Treatment depending on the type and severity. Avoid sharing clothes, towels and soap; sweating also increases it. As it has to be differentiated from eczema and infection, its a must to see and confirm the diagnosis for proper treatment. So, please send photos of the affected area for accurate diagnosis and treatment.
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Dear sir I am 19 but my height is not normal don't I am only 44 kg weight I want to increase my height as possible thing to do I did but no results should I get treatment of growth hormone or injection for hormone growth.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha  •  33 years experience
Dear sir I am 19 but my height is not normal don't I am only 44 kg weight I want to increase my height as possible th...
There are no allopathy / unani / homeo drugs or diet plans or surgery or any medical /magical methods and exercises to increase height and it is a genetic trait of a person and is based on parental height. There is no magical remedy for height. Many products marketed as height increasing products are false claims and will only take your money away.
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Hello, Why do I have extra hair on chin? I am 40 years old. What's solution for this?

MBBS, MD - Dermatology
Dermatologist, Bangalore  •  4 years experience
Hello, Why do I have extra hair on chin? I am 40 years old. What's solution for this?
Hi. This condition is called hirsutism. It's due to the action of androgens on your hair follicle. You need to undergo endocrinological evaluation for some hormone levels. Then you need to undergo laser hair removal.
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PRP for Vampire Facial - What You Need To Know?

MD - Dermatology, MBBS
Dermatologist, Delhi  •  9 years experience
PRP for Vampire Facial - What You Need To Know?

PRP is a latest, state of the art technology that employs non-surgical methods to stimulate hair growth in case of hair loss.

Advancements in research have enabled scientists to make new inroads in the field of wound and tissue healing. The result of these researches is PRP, which is a natural way to rejuvenate your scalp, skin and stimulate your hair growth.

How does PRP Work?

The presence of mesenchymal stem cells and autologous blood products in human blood contain specific growth factors that assist in tissue regeneration and healing. PRP has been used to heal skin and wounds for over two decades now. Apart from this, it finds use in oral surgery, cosmetic surgery and neurosurgery as well. It is also the promising treatment to promote hair growth.

Benefits:

  • It is a progressive healing treatment that doesn't require surgery.
  • Simple, rapid and highly effective system.
  • Autologous (from patient's own blood).
  • The system is biocompatible and xeno-free, so there shouldn't be any safety concerns.
  • An increase in the concentration of platelets can be observed.
  • It helps in the elimination of undesired erythrocytes, which significantly decrease the fibroblast proliferation.
  • Contains growth factors that help in the stimulation of growth of the hair follicles.
  • Can be performed preoperatively, intraoperatively, or post operatively.

PRP Facial (Vampire Facial)
The vampire facial involves topical application of the PRP combined with aeration of the skin with Micro Needling. The platelet-derived growth factors stimulate a healing response that reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while improving the skin’s tone and texture. PRP naturally improves all aspects of skin health:

  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improves skin’s texture and tone
  • Naturally increases collagen production
  • Pore refinement
  • Creates a natural glow
  • Reduces acne scars

PRP Hair Restoration
PRP Hair Restoration is a non-surgical solution for hair loss in both men and women. Platelet Rich Plasma contains growth factors that naturally stimulate the development of new hair follicles while improving the health of existing hair follicles.

What to expect:
First, a blood sample is obtained and processed to extract the Platelet Rich Plasma. A topical anesthetic is applied to numb the area being treated. The PRP is then administered with a fine needle in a series of injections on the scalp.

Mild swelling and redness can be expected 1-2 days following the treatment. It is recommended to avoid vigorous activity until the swelling has subsided. There is no other downtime following the procedure. New hair growth can be seen as early as 2 months, but is typically evident between 5-8 months and will continue to improve up to a year after treatment.

Who should Not Have PRP treatment?

Those with heavy drug and smoking issue should avoid PRP. Also, those who drink a lot of alcohol should avoid PRP. Those suffering from platelets related ailments, sepsis, chronic liver disease, thrombocytopenia, hyperfibrinogenemia, systemic disorders and cancer should also stay away from PRP.

Conclusion

At length, PRP is a boon for all those who aren't fans of surgery or the ones who prefer a more aggressive but non-surgical approach for treatment to their ailments. The results might vary from patient to patient, but it is certainly one of the most promising technologies to stimulate hair growth and rejuvenate your skin, and the results are quite convincing. So decide wisely!

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I started swimming one week back and after 4 or 5 th day I caught High level fever, I consulted to doctor and he prescribed me some medicine and I got a rid of this fever but now I caught with one side headache and cough is stuck in my throat that I faced many problems in digesting even fluids foods and this problem is still persist plus I found that again I caught with light fever too. Kindly answer how I put myself out from this situation. And mention precautions too.

MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Pune  •  11 years experience
I started swimming one week back and after 4 or 5 th day I caught High level fever, I consulted to doctor and he pres...
Avoid swimming till you get better. Use ear plugs and other protective gear when swimming. Do not drink pool water. Make sure you take a bath before and after swimming. Consume plenty of warm fluids FOR MEDICATION CONSULT ONLINE IN PRIVATE.
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I want to loose belly fat to show up my abbs I am doing work out + I am taking honey + warm water us there any other way to loose Belly fat? Which time is best to drink water + honey ,night or morning? My age 21 weight 64.

Ph.D(Clinical Nutrition), M.Sc(Foods&Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi  •  22 years experience
I want to loose belly fat to show up my abbs
I am doing work out + I am taking honey + warm water
us there any other ...
You are very young and have normal weight (in fact its towards the lower end only) .You should not have tummy fat unless you sit down in the wrong posture for many hours in a day and eat foods which cause bloating. Erratic eating might also cause it. Try to have small and frequent meals, plenty of water during the day, exercise for 45 mins on a regular basis. Also take care that you get up frequently and do not sit for long hours. Correct your posture too. Bring discipline in eating habits as far as timings and healthy food is concerned .Avoid junk. Just lemon water -honey will not help. You can still have ot early morning empty stomach.
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My body is slim. I am trying hard to gain weight. But all going waste. I want to have fit and healthy body. Please suggest me or assist me.

MSc
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Lucknow  •  13 years experience
My body is slim. I am trying hard to gain weight. But all going waste. I want to have fit and healthy body. Please su...
Hi,Thank you for your query. We will be happy to help you. For weight gain, -Eat more calories than your body burns. -Eat lots of foods that are calorie-dense. This includes various nuts and dry fruits, bananas, potatoes, rice, peanut butter. -Drink milk daily. -Consume more proteins and carbohydrates. -Increase your regular meal portions by some amount. -If you eat non-veg food, eat it more often. We are here to guide you. For a detailed and customized diet plan, feel free to leave a message. Eat healthy, stay healthy Regards.
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I am 23 years old and male and my face was oily and tanned. I use many face wash and gels but no use. Give me suggestions sir.

MD- Ayurveda
Ayurveda, Ujjain  •  34 years experience
I am 23 years old and male and my face was oily and tanned. I use many face wash and gels but no use. Give me suggest...
1tsp turmeric powder + 1/2 tsp honey + 1tsp lemon juice + rose water mix and apply for 20 min after that wash Avoid spicy and oily food, junk food Take fruits and juice in your diet Do yoga Any other information contact to me privately.
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6 Foods For A Radiant Skin That You Always Wanted!

Diploma in Dietetics, Health and Nutrition (DDHN), B.Sc Home Science
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Gurgaon  •  28 years experience
6 Foods For A Radiant Skin That You Always Wanted!

We are all aware of how certain foods affect our overall health and weight. There are foods that work more than just boosting your metabolism or keeping a check on your blood sugar levels. Some foods can even improve your skin’s quality!

Here are some foods you can incorporate in your diet for healthy, glowing skin:

  1. Tomatoes: The chemical that imparts tomato its red colour, lycopene, has amazing benefits for your skin. Lycopene is an antioxidant that can brighten skin and slow down aging. The best way to reap its benefits is to eat tomato-based foods 3-5 times in a week.

  2. Green Tea: Loaded with antioxidants, and acne-fighting powers, the humble green tea can protect your skin like no other. From acne to dull skin to aging, 3 to 5 cups of green tea can keep all that at bay, and give you healthy, glowing skin.

  3. Berries: Berries that are deeply coloured, such as cherries, strawberries and blueberries, are packed with antioxidants, which can counter blemishes and add that coveted glow to your face.

  4. Seafood and Fish: Seafood and fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids—a source of good fats. Eating good amounts of fats actually slows the process of wrinkling and combats acne problems, and everybody knows these two skin problems are a glowing skin’s biggest enemies. You can eat 5 servings of fish in a week to make your skin supple and glow.

  5. Pumpkin Seeds: It’s not surprising that pumpkin seeds are called superfoods. These minuscule seeds contain numerous essential minerals like zinc, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, and manganese. They are rich in antioxidants and provide generous quantities of vitamins E and A, and contain essential vitamins including vitamin K and B. It protects your cell membranes, helps maintain collagen, promotes skin renewal, and anti-aging skin care. Enjoy pumpkin seeds on their own as a snack, add them into a homemade trail mix, or sprinkle them on yogurt or oatmeal.

  6. Carrots: Carrots are rich in beta carotene, which prevents cell degeneration. It slows down aging and adds a healthy glow to your skin. Carrots contain vitamin A, which has been found to have beneficial effects on wrinkles, lines and dull skin. You can drink carrot juice, or put them in your salads to get maximum benefits.

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

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