Showing posts from March, 2012

Yoga for Healthy Hair

Yoga originated in India more than 3,000 years ago. It is a system of mental and physical exercise that can have an immense effect on many areas of life, including the health of your hair.

Hair loss is largely caused by genetics, but lifestyle also plays a role, and the principles of yoga can help.

Blood Circulation
Blood circulation is a key component to a healthy scalp and hair. There are several yoga poses that can increase blood flow directly to the head to provide more oxygen to your scalp and hair follicles. Stress 

It is common knowledge in all areas of medicine that stress is a major cause of many health problems. It can also cause your hair to thin and eventually fall out. The entire purpose of yoga is to create balance between your body and mind. Practicing yoga, even for beginners, will help you manage stress in your life more effectively. You will be able to realize a state of ease and calm more often, and any adverse effects the stress has had on your hair will sl…

Yoga for Skin & Beauty

An array of asanas and home remedies for achieving a healthy mind, a beautiful body and a vibrant life. It contains Pranayamas, Yoga Asanas, Acupressure techniques and home remedies for getting rid of psoriasis, leucoderma, pimples, ringworms and all types of eczema, obesity, anaemia, reproductory disorders, depression, acne, hair loss, thyroid and many more.

Tips To Sleep Better!

1. Don't be a bat or an owl: Nighttime is exclusively meant for vampires to prowl about, but for humans it's natural to sleep at night and medical industry experts suggest that too. If you sleep in the day as well, it might eat into the time of your  nighttime sleep, so preferably sleep at night. However, if you can't avoid it sleep in a dark bedroom to simulate nighttime.

2. Schedule relaxing activities before bedtime: This could include activities viz. reading, listening to relaxing music etc. And if you do these things everyday, overtime your body will associate these activities with sleep and trigger it. Also if you don't fall asleep withing 20 minuets of lying down, get up and engage your self in some slow, relaxing activity and get back to bed when you feel sleepy. This is a much more natural way to induce sleep compared to pharmaceutical drugs meant for the same job.

3. Ensure you've a comfortable, bed, mattress and pillow: Based on your needs make a wise choic…

Top 15 Tips to Manage Stress!

In todays fast paced life, there are just too many reasons for us to get stressed and irritable. But whether its a social defeat, break ups, office deadlines, relationship conflicts, and targets, we shouldn't let them drive us crazy. And while some situations can be more challenging than others to deal with, it seems that often we can do quite a bit, and on our own to not let stress overpower us.

The following tips will help you with just that:

1. Talk your problem out. Simply, talking about your problems with someone can ease your mind, and while doing so a you may get insight into your problem, or you might even get some good ideas from your friend or a confidante.

2. Don't let work eat into your personal time. If work life encroaches into your personal life it is most likely to increase your stress. Because in doing so you're compromising on your leisure and relaxation time. Decide when to close your shop and call it a day – stick to the schedule to manage stress.

3. Try a …

Top 6 Skin Care Tips

Caring for the skin has a two-fold benefit, one, your skin looks young and beautiful and two, it keeps your skin healthy and protects you from many skin problems.

Even though your busy life may not afford you the luxury to pamper your skin, you can positively take some simple yet effective steps for good skin care.

The following are some general tips to care for you skin

1. Eat well for good skin: While topically applied skin care products provide protection and some supply nutrition, it's only part of the job done. For the overall well-being of your skin eat a balanced diet that's rich in vitamins and antioxidants, because it has the potential to make a real difference in your skin's appearance.

2. Clean your skin with care: The key to cleaning the skin is to do it gently. If you don't, you run the risk of taking away too much oil from the skin leaving it dry. You can be gentle to your skin by using warm water as against hot water, patting your skin dry rather than rubbin…

Ayurvedic Tips & Home Remedies for Weight Gain

Not gaining weight is also a problem like losing weight. As per ayurveda the weight of the body should be in a balanced proportion with strong immune system. If you are working on the ayurveda weight gain then it should be properly distributed all across your body. Gaining weight in just one part of the body like waist, stomach etc is also the problem.

As per Ayurveda it considers everything from the body type and kind of food you are eating. It states the main causes for not gaining weight are improper diet, stress, pollution, lack of sleep, exercise, less calorie intake, bad eating habits and metabolic disturbances.
Ayurvedic Tips & Home Remedies for Weight Gain • Increase the intake of dairy products like milk and cheese. But do not over eat anything as it will have other harmful affects of high blood pressure and all • Eat food rich in ghee and butter. • Take afternoon sleep. • Try having the herbs like ashwagandha, shatavari, aamlaki rtc. According to ayurveda these are good f…

7 Foods That Affect Weight Loss

According to NIH statistics about 133.6 million or two-third of Americans were overweight or obese in 2006. Being overweight is linked to several health maladies such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancers and high blood pressure to name a few.

Foods, while not the only reason contributing to excess weight gain do have a significant role to play. Other means used achieve weight change include whole food supplements, weight loss pills, physical exercise, dieting etc.

The following is a run-through of how some edibles affect weight loss or weight gain.

1. Calcium – Increasing the intake of calcium can set-off weight loss. This is the conclusion of a study that included a 15-week weight loss program, at the end of which the obese participants who consumed calcium tablets lost about 6 kg, while those who didn't lost just 1 kg. However, this worked only in people whose diets were deficient in calcium (British Journal of Nutrition, April 2009).

2. Chewing Gums – Sorbitol is the main i…

Child Care: Worm Infestation Ayurveda Home Remedies

As per Ayurveda Texts: Worm Infestation in Children The occurrence of the following worms in different parts of body in children causes this ailment: » Kaphaj- produced in the stomach » Raktaj- produced in the blood vessels » The worm Purishaj (produced in the intestines) encompasses all the following worms also, which are responsible for infestation: » Giardiasis » Ascariasis » Amebiasis » Thread worm » Hook worm » Tape worm
Prevention » Make sure children always wash their hands after going to the bathroom and before eating. » Keep fingernails short to reduce the chances of picking up worm eggs underneath them. » Wash all the vegetables, fruits thoroughly before eating raw. » Meat, especially pork should be thoroughly cooked before eating. » Ensure that children don't play barefoot in soil.
Home Remedies for Worm Infestation • Onion juice removes thread worms.
Dosage: Three drops to one teaspoon twice daily • Neem powder removes all types of worms.
Dosage: 1 to 4 grams twice daily…

Ayurvedic Remedies for Prostate Problems

Prostate, the small organ below the urinary bladder in males has significant role to play in both- sexual activity and urination. It surrounds the urethra, the tube through which urine passes out of the body and produces seminal fluid discharged from penis during sexual stimulation. Prostate problems include the very common prostatitis- the inflammation of the prostate gland. Ayurveda recognizes two specific prostate problems- Mootrakruchra - painful urination, and Mootraghaata - suppression of urination. They are, in fact, symptoms of prostate problems. Apart from these two main symptoms, other symptoms include problematic urine flow, dribbling, increased urination, hematuria (blood in urine), urinary tract infection and urinary retention.

Herbal Remedies for Prostate Gland Problems

Ayurveda suggests many herbs for the treatment of prostate gland problems:

Punarnava or Hog Weed (Boerhaavia diffusa) – It is useful in all urinary problems caused due to prostate ailments.

Prickly Lettuce…

Child Health Care: Worm Infestation

If you are one of the concerned parents of a child suffering from worm infestation and you don't want to administer all sorts of strong medicines to them, you can well relieve yourself. Ayurveda has some easy remedies that will help your child getting rid of worms. Before knowing these simple ayurvedic treatments, its good to know what types of worms can harm your child's health and in what condition these worms occur so that you may avoid their repeated occurrence.

Common Types of Worms
If you examine your child's stool and see long white or pinkish tiny thread like shapes, your doubt was right- your child has got worm infestation. The common types of worms include: Round worms (Ascaris): They are round, thin, white/pink worm about 10-20 inches long.Pinworms (Thread worms): They are white, small and thin, just like fine threads.Hookworms (Ankylostomes): They are tiny dark-pink in color, not visible in stools.Tape worms (Taniea saginata/solium): They are flat and extremely l…

Herbal Supplements: 5 Promising Benefits

Results from a national survey in 2007 showed that, 17.7 percent of American adults had used "natural products" in the past 12 months. These natural or herbal supplements didn't include vitamins and minerals.

Of late there have been a slew of discussions, debates, and studies that have questioned the efficacy and safety of herbal supplements, e.g. herbal supplements viz. Echinacea, Glucosamine, Kava, etc. could lead to dangerous side effects during plastic surgery. And an NIH supported study found that the herbal supplement black cohosh used alone or with other herbal dietary supplements, wasn't effective in relieving hot flashes in postmenopausal women.

Nevertheless, the following are 5 promising health benefits of several herbal supplements.

1. Prostate Cancer Prevention - An increased consumption of dietary isoflavones is linked with reduced risk of prostate cancer. One source of the compound is Red clover (Trifolium pretense). However, there's little information…

Simple Tips & Home Remedies for Viral Fever

Fever is caused due to the aggravation of any one or all the doshas of the body. Fever can occur as a result of infection, because of external injury, insect bite or poisoning. It must be kept in mind that fever can also be a symptom of many conditions, like bronchitis, pleurisy, tuberculosis, jaundice, malaria, measles or influenza.

Following are the signs that indicate the presence of this ailment: • High temperature • Headache • Muscle ache • Burning eyes • Loss of appetite • Coated tongue • Excessive production of saliva • Feeling of heaviness and nausea
It is highly recommended that in Viral Fever you take ample amount of rest with easily digestible diet and lots of liquid to flush out the toxins from the body.
Simple Helpful Tips for Viral Fever In viral fever it is strongly recommended to consume soup made up of raw garlic and onion. A mixture of honey, lime juice and brandy is recommended to consume four times daily. The vitamin C in the lime helps in increasing the resistance of…

Ayurvedic Diet to Avoid Acne

In cont… to Acne: Types of Acne, What causes Acne, How to get rid of Acne, Acne Home Remedies.
Lets understand how diet is important to get rid of acne. In Ayurveda Acne is termed "Yuvan Pidika" a sanskrit term which means "disease of adolescence". This is clear from name that Ayurvedic Seers were well known to the condition so should be for the treatment. One thing is amazing, it is classified under Kshudrakustha, means it is easy to treat!! Then why modern medicine is helpless, perhaps they are clueless about some of the realities, to which Ayurveda was well known.
Modern day medical science says Acne has nothing to do with the diet, lifestyle and psychological conditions; Ayurveda is totally disagreeing with this thought. According to Ayurveda, what one eats and how one lives matters a lot in every condition. Especially when it comes to skin diseases, diet is more concerned. As skin is told to be nourished directly by sap of ingested foods, when one consumes th…

Home Remedies to Control Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus is a nutritional disorder, characterized by an abnormally high level of blood glucose and the excretion of the excess glucose in the urine. It results from an absolute or relative lack of insulin which leads to abnormalities in carbohydrate metabolism and metabolism of protein and fat. The cases of diabetes are much higher these days as compare to the past.

The most commonly used screening tests are the determination of the fasting blood glucose level and the blood glucose level tested two hours after a meal. The normal fasting blood sugar content is 80 -120mg. per 100 ml of blood, this can go up to a level of 160 mg. per 100 ml of blood two hours after meals. Anything above these levels can be termed as diabetic levels. It occurs in all age groups but the most common sufferers are obese people in middle or older age.

Causes of Diabetes
The various causes of diabetes are: Genetic factors Stress and anxiety    High carbohydrate diet    Obesity    Nu…

Natural Easy 7 Days Detox Plan, Weight Loss

By Dietitian, Juliette Kellow BSc RD

Rather than following an extreme detox plan that limits just about every food except fruit and veg while at the same time getting you to down a nasty ‘detox’ drink every day, this plan is safer and more sensible and shouldn’t leave you short on nutrients if you follow it for just one week.
Foods to include in the plan
Your plan can include: Fruit – your plan can include any fruit including fresh, frozen, dried or canned in natural fruit juice. This includes apples, bananas, pears, oranges, grapefruit, satsumas, sultanas, raisins, pineapple, mango, kiwi fruit, strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, nectarines, peaches, melons, star fruit etc Fruit juice – either make homemade fruit juices or smoothies from fresh fruit, or drink ready-made juices. Make sure ready-made juices are labelled as being ‘pure’ or ‘unsweetened’. Vegetables – eat any vegetables including fresh, frozen or canned in water (without salt added). This includes carrots, onions, tur…

Ayurvedic Home Remedies for Gall Bladder Disorder

In Ayurveda it is known as PRATISHYAYA mainly due to vitiation of DOSHAS (Vata, Pitta & Kapha).
The gallbladder is a small pear-shaped organ that averages three to six inches in length. It lies underneath the liver in the upper right side of the abdomen. It is connected to the liver and small intestine by small tubes called bile ducts. Bile, a greenish-brown fluid, is utilized by the body to digest fatty foods and assists in the absorption of certain vitamins and minerals. The gallbladder serves as a reservoir for bile. Between meals, bile accumulates and is concentrated within this organ. During meals, the gallbladder contracts and empties bile into the intestine to assist in digestion.
There are two major types of gallstones:  Cholesterol gallstones are composed mainly of cholesterol which is made in the liver.Pigment gallstones are composed of calcium salts, bilirubin and other material.
Causes for Gall stone :
Approximately 80% of all gallstones are completely asymptomatic and &…

Hair Nutrition, Healthy Hair, Shiny Long Hair

Whether you want to increase your hair's length, shine or thickness, you can achieve healthy hair by eating well and maintaining a balanced lifestyle. By limiting your intake of damaging substances such as caffeine and alcohol, and eating vitamin-rich foods, you can put hair nutrition to work for you, reaping the rewards of lush locks. In order to grow healthy hair, it's essential to eat foods high in B vitamins, protein and vitamin E.

The ailment of the hair is displayed in split hair, dead ends and dried out hair. Studies have revealed that hair require all the essential nutrients for sustenance. The most important among them happen to be Vitamin, Protein, amino acid and minerals such as, zinc, copper, iodine, sulphur, iron and many more.
The food that needs to be included in the diet to have a healthy looking hair are, beans, whole grains, eggs, fishes, raw nuts, flax and pumpkin seeds, berries and dark green vegetables. They provide calcium, antioxidants, lutein and many …

Health Tips for Busy Moms

Busy Moms Have Busy Schedules... 
Make sure to pre-plan your week. It's so easy to be reactive, allowing your day to completely get away from you... at the end of the day you're exhausted and you still haven't accomplished half of what you wanted to! If you catch yourself saying at the end of every day, "Tomorrow I'll make sure to exercise" you need to break out your calendar and write yourself in first.
You need to take time for yourself.. If Mama Ain’t Happy, Ain’t Nobody Happy When mom’s stressed or burnt out, everyone in the house suffers. Even a baby gets fussy when his mother is upset. Older children may respond to a tense mom by acting out. So by paying attention to your own needs, you’ll actually be better at meeting everyone else’s.
Organise yourself and plan your daily schedules to keep healthy and fit.
Follow a fitness regime. Kickstart your day with 2 glasses of luke warm water with may be a pinch of zeera(cumin) soaked overnight, followed by 30minut…
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