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Jun 19, 2012

Try this to cure dandruff


                  Dandruff is a common complaint,especially in the winters.
Since most people wash their hair with warm water during the winter season, this often causes the scalp to become dry and flaky. Below are the home remedies you could try to get rid of dry as well as sticky dandruff:
  • Soak two tablespoons of fenugreek (methi) seeds in water overnight. Grind into a fine paste in the morning, apply on the scalp and leave for half an hour. Wash off, preferably with a soap-nut (ritha) solution. Use the water in which the seeds were soaked as an after-shower hair tonic. Follow this regimen twice a week for the first two weeks and once a week for another two weeks.
  • Squeeze a teaspoon of fresh lime juice into the last rinse while washing your hair.
  • Make a paste of lemon juice and fuller's earth and apply this mixture to the scalp once a week.
  • Keep curd in the open for three days and massage your hair with it for half an hour before washing.
  • Mix cider vinegar with equal quantities of water and dab onto the scalp with cotton wool before washing.
I myself have tried the methi and lemon one and it has helped me with my dandruff problems.

Foods which need to be avoided on daily basis




So what are these foods in your daily diet that you should avoid? 

1. Glass of milk -  If you are used to having a glass of milk before you sleep, at breakfast, or even for a snack in the evening, take a break from drinking milk for a month.

2. Something sweet after meals - Just that addition of sugar after your meals is worth cutting down on if you have it on a daily basis. Let dessert be a treat you save for the weekends and you will probably savour it more. 

3. Heavy carbs for your evening snack - How often have you felt so hungry in the time between your lunch and dinner, that you can eat anything without giving a thought as to whether it is right for you or not? You may land up knocking off a sandwich or a samosa. This may be the only unhealthy addition to your diet in the entire day, but consumed daily, this evening snack could be hindering your efforts. Therefore, carry something that has healthy proteins and fats like nuts, with you so that you don't succumb to hunger. 

4. Potatoes - You maybe eating a healthy sabzi but a whole potato may have been added in there to improve the flavor. Fresh veggies taste good on their own if you try, so give it a shot. 

5. So called 'healthy snacks' - Baked chakris and chips, all of these so called healthy snacks, should be substituted with real nutritious food. This is a misconception and you are better off without these highly processed snacks. 

NO NO for weight loss





what NOT to do when on a weight loss journey:



 
 
 
 
Think of exercise as a chore - if you think of exercise as something you have to drag yourself to do everyday, then you are not going to be able to do it with enthusiasm, and energy that you will need for the session to be productive.

Eat carb heavy food for dinner - in the night, try and keep it light. Chicken, soup, and a nice big salad should be your ideal meal. This will really help in the long run if you form the habit of eating light. 

The same workout for 365 days - doing the same workout day in and day out leads to boredom and fatigue. There will come a time when you won't want to look at that treadmill anymore or only the strongest willpower will make you will yourself to go for your workout.

Skip your meals - skipping meals leads to binge eating, you may be able to sustain it for a short while but eventually your willpower will give way to pure and natural hunger. Don't starve. 

Belittle any low intensity exercise - Any exercise is good exercise if you keep moving. Therefore excuses like 'I can't go to the gym today as my car has gone to the garage' really has no weight because you can just as easily go for a brisk walk around the block. 

Healthy Foods makes Beautiful You


- Fruits like plums, citrus fruits (oranges, sweet lime, and lemon), strawberries, amla, blueberries and blackberries; and dairy products are rich in zinc and selenium that help prevent skin inflammation.
- Cucumber, with its high content of vitamin E and water is good for skin care and moisturising. Its juice has purifying and detoxifying properties, prevents hair loss and wrinkles, and helps in treating acne.
- Apples contain vitamins and pectin. Pectin helps in absorbing unhealthy oils and toxins from skin and neutralise skin-damaging toxins.
- Consume eight to 10 glasses of water per day and avoid dehydrating foods and beverages such as caffeine (cola, chocolate, coffee, tea) and alcohol. Water acts as a body purifier, by removing toxins and waste from your body.
Foods good for you...
Vitamin C : Strawberries, lime, sweet lime, oranges, guavas, radish leaves, fenugreek leaves, coriander, cabbage, capsicum, green chillies, cauliflower, bitter gourd, and sprouts.
Vitamin E: Corn, vegetable oils, nuts, spinach, olives and wheat germ.
Vitamin A: Fish liver oil, eggs, butter, cheese and fortified milk. B carotene, which is a precursor to vitamin A, is found in deep yellow fruits and vegetables and dark green leafy vegetables.
Vitamin B: Brewer's yeast, used to make bread or any food or beverage made with brewer's yeast. A diet that includes fruits, vegetables and grain products should be sufficient to get the required amounts of vitamin B.
Selenium: Whole grain cereals, seafood, garlic and eggs.
Zinc: Oysters, lean meat, and poultry. Also, whole grains, nuts and legumes. Although these vegetarian foods are good sources, availability of zinc is lower in these foods due to the phytic acid content. Sprouted grains and pulses destroy phytates. A vegetarian diet often contains less zinc than non-vegetarian diet. Therefore, vegetarians should consume plenty of foods that are rich in this mineral.
Essential fatty acids: Omega-3 and omega-6. Though we get plenty of omega 6 from grains and oils, our body is often deficient in omega-3. Omega-3 is found in oily fish like salmon, herring, mackerel, tuna and sardine, flaxseeds and nuts like almonds and walnuts.

How to be hydrated in Summer...



To keep dehydration at bay this season, include lots of fruits in your daily diet.
- Citrus fruits like oranges and sweet lime are juicy and high in water content.
- Apricots can be cut and eaten or baked, cooked and pureed.
- Blackcurrants with their intense flavour are best mixed with other fruits like strawberries, raspberries or apples.


Opt for sweet cherries, which can be added to fruit salads.
- Plums are sweet enough to eat raw, or you can make them into crumbles, pies or tarts.
- Raspberries can be eaten raw and pureed.
- Strawberries are the fresh produce of summer. Serve them chilled.
- Watermelons have high water content and taste sweet and juicy. Make a tall glass of fresh watermelon juice and enjoy.