Showing posts with label hair care. Show all posts
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Feb 28, 2014

Surprising Health Benefits of Cabbage

Cabbage is powerful. Cabbages are important members of the brassica family which also includes broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts. These are large, round and leafy vegetables that are believed to have originated in the Eastern Mediterranean and Asia Minor. Modern nutritional science understands its power comes from its high sulfur and vitamin C content. Either way – it’s worth adding this Powerfood to your weekly diet.

There are many different types of cabbages with different taste and uses. They include: green cabbage, Nappa cabbage, red cabbage, savoy cabbage, bok choy and brussel sprouts. They can be eaten raw or cooked and the taste varies from savoury to gently sweet. Being rich in vitamins, iron and potassium and low in calories, they are widely used in both eastern and western cuisines.


Nappa Cabbage
Red Cabbage
Bok Choy
Brussel Sprouts



Health Research On Cabbage
Cabbage can provide you with some special cholesterol-lowering benefits if you will cook it by steaming. The fiber-related components in cabbage do a better job of binding together with bile acids in your digestive tract when they've been steamed. When this binding process takes place, it's easier for bile acids to be excreted, and the result is a lowering of your cholesterol levels. Raw cabbage still has cholesterol-lowering ability, just not as much as steamed cabbage.

Savoy Cabbage
Cabbage in general—but also Savoy cabbage in particular—turns out to be an especially good source of sinigrin. Sinigrin is one of the cabbage glucosinolates that has received special attention in cancer prevention research. The sinigrin in cabbage can be converted into allyl-isothiocyanate, or AITC. This isothiocyanate compound has shown unique cancer preventive properties with respect to bladder cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer. Researchers now realize that different types of cabbage (red, green, and Savoy) contain different patterns of glucosinolates.

New research shows that steaming is a better cooking method than microwaving if you want to maximize the health benefits of glucosinolates found in cabbage. That's because two minutes of microwaving destroys the same amount of myrosinase enzymes as seven minutes of steaming, and you need those myrosinase enzymes to help convert cabbage's glucosinolates into cancer-preventive compounds. Healthy Sauté method, which is recommend for cabbage, is very similar to steaming and enhances the flavor the of cabbage.

Cabbage Salad Ideal for Weight Loss
Health Benefits of Cabbage
  1. Ideal for weight loss! It is low in fat and high in fiber. It is definitely a smart carb.
  2. It is a brain food! It is full of vitamin K and anthocyanins that help with mental function and concentration. These nutrients also prevent nerve damage, improving your defense against Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia. Red cabbage has the highest amount of these power nutrients.
  3. High in sulfur, the beautifying mineral. Cabbage helps dry up oily and acne skin. Internally sulfur is essential for keratin, a protein substance necessary for healthy hair, nails, and skin. 
  4. Helps detoxify the body. The high content of vitamin C and sulphur in cabbage removes toxins (free radicals and uric acid); which are the main causes of arthritis, skin diseases, rheumatism and gout.
  5. Has well-known cancer preventative compounds lupeol, sinigrin and sulforaphane. They stimulate enzyme activity and inhibit the growth of cancer tumors.
  6. Helps keep blood pressure from getting high. The high potassium content helps by opening up blood vessels, easing the flow of blood.
  7. Cabbage for headaches: A warm compress made with cabbage leaves can help relieve the pain of a headache. Crush cabbage leaves, place in a cloth, and apply on the forehead. Also, drink raw cabbage juice 1-2 oz. (25-50ml) daily for chronic headaches.
  8. Hangovers from heavy drinking were reduced by using cabbage, since Roman times.
  9. Anti-inflammatory and Blood Sugar Regulator. The natural red pigments of red cabbage (betalains) is said to lower blood sugar levels and boost insulin production. Of course it has no white sugars and very few simple sugars. Betalains have powerful anti-inflammatory properties just like beets.
Cabbage Caution:
Those with thyroid problems should avoid eating large amounts of cabbage. It interfere with the body’s absorption of iodine, needed by the thyroid gland. This applies to all cruciferous vegetables.

Cabbage: Skin & Hair Benefits:
Cabbage contains ‘indole-3-carbonile’ which is a powerful antioxidant that is responsible for detoxifying your liver. This is beneficial for the skin as well because it removes the toxicities, which if accumulated in the blood cause dull and blemished skin.

Regular consumption of cabbage along with some other cruciferous vegetables can provide anti-ageing benefits to the skin. The rich amount of vitamin C in this vegetable keeps the skin youthful and delays the ageing process. Moreover, vitamin A in cabbage juice works together with vitamin D to make your skin clear and healthy and avoid the destruction of skin cells due to ultraviolet rays

It has excellent skin healing properties. When used as a poultice, cabbage is effective in curing skin eruptions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, rashes, insect bites, leg ulcers; and wounds and arthritis as well. You can prepare the poultice by grating or processing some cabbage in a blender and wrap the content mixed with some water in a cloth. Place it on the affected area for about 15 minutes. You can also crush the leaves and apply them directly on the affected areas. Regular application of this poultice as well as eating cabbage can cause excellent healing.

If you are suffering from pimples or other skin irritations, cabbage can be the solution. All you need to do is steam the upper leaves of cabbage and remove all their veins. Compress the leaves between a linen cloth and cotton to make them smooth and soft. Place the compress on the affected are over the night and experience a spotless skin next morning.

It’s juice is also excellent for improving complexion. It has potassium which is instrumental in purifying your body and skin.

Sulfur is considered as a ‘nature’s beauty mineral’. Because of its drying effect, it plays an important role in drying up oily and acne prone skin. Moreover, it is vital for keratin, a protein substance that is essential for healthy hair, nails and skin. It also helps in cleansing your blood and removing bacteria and toxins from your body.

It’s juice is extremely effective in cleansing your body as cabbages are abundant in vitamin C. If you are suffering from acne, drinking cabbage juice can help in clearing it up. Cabbage juice can also heal infected gums caused by gingivitis.

Applying a mixture of boiled cabbage and freshly squeezed lemon juice on scalp can facilitate hair growth. Mash ½ cup boiled cabbage and 1/8 cup fresh lemon juice in a blender to form a thick paste. Massage this mixture on your scalp, leave it for 30 minutes and then shampoo and condition your hair as usual. This can be done twice a day.

It nourishes your hair, thus providing you with silky, shining hair. Apply its juice on your scalp and the roots of your hair. Shampoo your hair after an hour. This will make your hair smooth and silky.

Stimulate hair growth and prevent hair loss. Apply a mixture of 30 ml cabbage juice and 30 ml cucumber juice on your scalp and hair roots, massage thoroughly for 10-15 minutes before going to bed and wash off the next morning. This should be done thrice a week for maximum benefits.

Raw cabbage juice is also beneficial for dry hair and makes it soft and shiny. Try drinking a mixture of 80 ml raw carrot and cucumber juices and 40 ml raw cabbage juice to get healthy and beautiful hair.

Apr 25, 2012

Proper Hair Care Using Ayurveda

Ayurveda Hair Care
One of the old system of holistic healing from India, that is Ayurveda, is widely been used and accepted in beauty parlors, spas, skin and hair care manufacturers worldwide. One prime reason for the increased use of Ayurveda is its efficacy for skin and hair care solutions. Using Ayruveda in hair care is very effective at maintaining the strength, color and luster of the hair, including preventing the use of chemicals-based hair care that can be harmful to hair in the long term.

It is to be noted that just as the skin needs nutrition and care from inside out so also hair. Improper digestion, low intake of proper vitamins and minerals, deficient in hair-friendly foods, all these lead to hair problems even if you use the most expensive hair care products. So, the golden rule to have a healthy, lustrous hair is to look at what you eat, when you eat and how you eat.

Healthy Hair Food
As per ayurveda, you should have a good combination of whole, natural, organic and fresh foods. Vegetables like broccoli, beets, squashes, carrots, radish, dark green leafy vegetables, herbs like mint, cilantro and basil are excellent food choices which can provide the rich supply of nutrients to your hair. 

There are hair-friendly spices like cumin, turmeric which can be added to cooked dishes. Fruits should be a part of your regular diet. Eat different citrus fruits, berries, sweet grapes, melons etc. Keep on changing fruits and vegetables that you eat from day to day. Another food item that should be consumed regularly is raisins. Soak few raisins in warm water for about half and hour. This should be eaten every morning, essential for hair health. In Ayurveda, dairy products alike whole milk, cheese, lassis are very helpful for hair health and growth.

The coconut in ayurveda is highly revered for its ability to nourish the hair and scalp. To prevent hair falling, add fresh grated coconut to vegetable and drink the fresh juice of the young tender coconut. The juice offers a variety of nutrients for your hair. Regular application of coconut oil on hair scalp prevents excessive drying out of the hair and the scalp.

Nuts should be included in your daily diet. You can soak 8-10 almonds in hot water overnight, blanch them and eat with breakfast every morning. They are good for hair health and color. Soaking nuts before eating is recommended in Ayurveda as they can easily be digested.

Amla, or Indian Gooseberry promote the overall health and longevity of your hair. Triphala, a traditional ayurvedic combination of three fruits is also good as a internal cleanser and digestive toner.

When to Eat?
As per Ayurveda, the heaviest foods like heavy grains, cheese and legumes should be eaten at lunch or in the middle of the day. That’s when, according to ayurveda, your body’s digestive ability reach its peak. Eat lighter breakfast and lighter dinner.

How to Eat?
  • Ayurveda recommends cooking meals in a positive frame of mind because when the food is prepared when you are angry or in a stress, negative energy passes to the food, as a result of which you won't see the full benefit in hair and overall health.
  • Always eat in a happy, settled frame of mind.
  • Ayurveda also says that when you focus on the flavors, colors, aromas, and textures of the food on your plate, it is very helpful. Similarly to have your meal in a quiet, pleasant, nurturing company is also good.
  • Do not engross in other activities like reading, playing or watching TV or attending phone class whole eating. If you do not give your food complete attention, it will not give your hair, including your body all of its benefit.

Mar 10, 2012

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 other essential nutrients. If you have this regularly then it will surely gift you with a glowing, healthy hair without running to a spa or going through rigorous beauty schedule very often.

Some of the other food items that offer great range of hair nutrients are, wheat grass, barley, garlic, nuts and sprouts and yogurt. They help in excessive hair growth and assist in preventing problems of hair fall, graying and many more.

B vitamins
B vitamins, including B6, folate, biotin and inositol, are instrumental in boosting hair health and spurring hair growth. Hair loss has been linked to a lack of B vitamins. Foods that are rich in vitamin B6 include tuna, cauliflower, mustard greens, margarine, vegetable oil, spinach, whole grains, wheat germ, liver, red and green peppers, cod and fatty fish such as salmon. Folate is found in asparagus, leafy greens, whole grains, oranges, strawberries, eggs, beans, fortified cereals and cantaloupe. Foods with biotin include soybeans, oats, green peas, walnuts, brown rice and sunflower seeds. For inositol, you can eat foods such as beets, cauliflower, eggplant, blackberries, green beans, grapefruit, limes and mandarin oranges.

Protein
Protein, made up of amino acids, is the central component of hair, and a protein-rich diet ensures that hair can repair itself and grow. Nutritious sources of protein include lean meat, fish, eggs, tofu, soy milk, avocados, nuts and beans. Dairy products such as low-fat milk and yogurt provide a good secondary source of protein. Foods such as fish, nuts and avocados offer the added benefit of providing fatty acids, which improve hair's shine and strength. In contrast to consuming protein, applying topical hair products with protein has not been proven to be effective for stimulating hair growth, shine and repair.

Vitamin E
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that improves hair health by fighting free radicals, which are particles that build up in the body that cause aging and damage from the environment. Vitamin E also stimulates the scalp by increasing blood circulation, which promotes hair growth. Foods that are rich in vitamin E include peanuts, spinach, wheat germ, eggs, asparagus, vegetable oil, seeds, avocados, milk, whole grains, turnip greens and almonds. Vitamin E also improves skin health by healing aged skin, as well as protecting skin and hair from the harsh effects of pollution and ultra violet rays from the sun.

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Natural Ways to Grow Long Healthy Hair

Jan 27, 2012

Natural Ways to Grow Long Healthy Hair

Long Healthy Hair
Nutrition is one of the major factors deciding the health and growth of hair. Amino acids and B complex vitamins are among the primary nutrients required by hair.

Proteins constitute the major part of in the composition of hair. Therefore, the first thing that you should do is increase your consumption of proteins. They are present in ample proportions in the foods as fish, beans yogurt and beans. It has been found that the proteins, which are obtained from yeast, wheat germ, calves liver, are the best for hair. In addition, nutritionists suggest the consumption of two tablespoons granulated lecithin for those who have hair growth problems.

On the other hand, vitamins are very important for maintenance of the health of hair. Vitamin B complex group as beta-carotene, b-6, Inositol folic acid biotin etc. are among the important ones. In addition to this, minerals as magnesium, sulfur, zinc and silica as well are crucial for hair growth. Therefore, increasing their intake as well is important. For this, you can consume the green leafy as well as yellow colored vegetables and fruits.

Few things to take care
  • Stop using fine-tooth combs, as these will always have a tendency to entangle your hair and break it prematurely. Try to use wide-tooth combs that will not pull unnecessarily at your hair.
  • Do not comb your hair when it’s wet.
  • A weekly massage of the scalp with warm lavender oil at night will encourage your hair to grow easily and well. 
  • Always use mild shampoo to wash your hair.
  • Drink plenty of water and sleep for 8 - 9 hours a day, since hair grows when a person is resting. Exercising daily will also improve the blood circulation and help your hair grow quickly. Hair grows faster when there is less stress. 
  • Trim your hair often, at least once in 5-6 weeks, so that split ends and dry hair are removed. Hair stops growing at the split ends.

Some Natural Home Remedies
  • Onion juice is an excellent way to maintain the health of your hair. You can apply this to the scalp. It will also encourage new hair growth.
  • Conditioning your hair with henna, or mehendi is a very effective way to add strength to your hair. Prepare a conditioner with a cup of henna powder, the yolk of one egg and enough coconut milk to get a paste-like consistency. Apply this to your hair and leave it for about four hours.
  • Cut a red onion in half, add four cloves of garlic and two cinnamon sticks. Put everything in a pot and bring to a boil for 15 minutes. Rinse hair with this infusion for four days in a row.
  • Grapeseed oil is believed to enhance hair growth. Give your scalp a massage using this oil before bedtime.
  • Cut three aloe vera leaves and scrape off the gel. Mix the gel with honey, and apply it to the scalp. Let it work for 20 minutes and rinse.
  • When cooking potatoes do not throw away the water. Let it cool, and rinse your hair with it. This rinse accelerates hair growth.
  • 1 tablespoon of wheat germ, 1 tablespoon of brewer’s yeast, 1 tablespoon soy lecithin, 1 tablespoon honey, and one cup of yogurt. Combine all ingredients in the yogurt and eat it every day before breakfast. In one week you will see results; a hair full of strength and growing faster.
  • 1 egg, 1 trickle of olive oil, 2 tablespoons honey. Apply to the scalp with a vigorous massage. Cover the head with a towel for 30 minutes. Wash normally.
  • A daily rinse with rosemary water will make hair grow faster.
  • Grind some curry leaves and grated amla. Heat coconut oil in heavy based vessel, add the mixture into that oil.leave it for ten minutes and switch off the stove. filter it and apply regularly. It really works .
  • Hot oil massages improve the circulation of blood in the scalp and make your hair grow faster. Coconut oil should be applied to the hair for at least an hour so that it is absorbed properly and then washed off. Castor oil can also be used.
Bhringaraja or Eclipta Alba
Ayurvedic Herbs For Promoting Hair Growth
Bhringaraj
Bhringaraja or Eclipta Alba is supposedly the best herb identified in ayurvedic science for the prevention of balding and premature graying. It is one of the best natural herbs for hair regrowth. A black dye which is extracted from Eclipta alba and is used for hair dyeing and tattooing purposes. Today, bhringaraj is used as a basic ingredient in various herbal shampoos promoting hair growth. One can also try the popular concoction of amla, bhringraj and brahmi oil for hair regrowth.


Amalaki or Embelica Officinalis
Amalaki
Amalaki or Embelica Officinalis is a proven hair supplement for hair regrowth. The Embelica Officinalis fruit better known as amla, is first sun dried and then boiled in coconut oil upto the point where the solid fruit part gets charred. After cooling, this solution is used for massaging hair which helps promoting hair growth and preventing pre-mature graying. In fact, amalaki for hair is so curative that the amla fruit soaked water can be used as a conditioner for hair. Just rinse them with this water and you will surely get a beautiful shiny mane.

Triphala
Triphala
Triphala refers to a combined mixture of three different herbs namely Haritaki also known as Terminalia Chebula, Amalaki also known as Embelica Officinalis and Vibhitaki also known as Terminalia Bellirica. This mixture called triphala if taken orally everyday, can effectively help in preventing hair loss. Also, it can be used by mixing it well in hot oil and then massaging scalp with it. Since triphala for hair is very effective, herbal shampoos and hair packs using triphala as a whole or either of the Terminalia Bellirica,Terminalia Chebula and Embelica Officinalis herb can be used for treating the issue of hair loss.

Algae Extract
Algae Extract
Seaweeds or sea vegetables have long known to have curative power as they contain high level of essential amino acid, minerals and vitamins. Out of thousands of different species found throughout the world’s oceans, about 400 species are used by people as medicine, health supplement, skin care, fertilizers etc. Some seaweeds such as Atlantic Kelp, Himanthalia Elongata are used as hair growth remedies. They act as anti-oxidant to reduce and heal damages to the scalp and hair and also provide rich source of essential building blocks (e.g. amino acid and vitamins) to help in growing new hair and adding the shine to the hair.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera for Healthy Hair
The gel that is taken from Aloe Vera plant is known for its ability to calm irritated skin and has the properties of anti-inflammatory and anitoxidant. When massage onto the scalp, the gel restores the PH balance of the hair and seals in the moisture content of the hair, making it an excellent hair conditioner. Beside protecting the scalp and hair, Aloe Vera also stimulates hair production and is used as a remedy against Alopecia.

Ginkgo Biloba
Ginkgo Biloba is a very popular herbal remedy that is thought to help 

Ginkgo Biloba
with many problems, among them improving the circulation of blood to the brain and skin. The majority of herbalists who prescribe this for loss of hair do so believing that the increase of blood to the brain and skin delivers more nutrients to the hair follicles and so promotes hair re-growth.

Green Tea (Camellia Sinesis)
Green tea is another popular herbal remedy as it is believed that the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase is inhibited by the catechins found in the green tea. Some herbalists claim that you will reduce the risk of male pattern type baldness if you drink several cups of green tea or take it in capsule form on a daily basis.

              Panax Ginseng

Panax Ginseng
Used in Asia for thousands of years, Ginseng’s well known benefits include promoting vascular circulation and regulating cellular metabolism. Used in shampoo or hair tonic, Ginseng helps to nourish and strengthen hair.

Some Recommended Products
Nutrilite Siberian Ginseng with Ginkgo Biloba
Nutrilite Natural B
Lotus Herbals Kera Veda Herbal Oil for Falling Hair
Lotus Herbals AmlaPura Herbal Shampoo
Khadi Gramodaya Hair Care Range


Feb 19, 2010

Natural Dandruff Treatment- Some Home Remedies

Dandruff is not only irritating but also frustrating. Imagine yourself in between an important meeting with the urge of itching your scalp! Isn't it just too much? You can't concentrate on the work in hand and you can't even wear those pretty black outfits just because of those scaly white flakes falling constantly on your shoulder from your hair! Dandruff is this much a nuisance to our life and to our health also (if we do not pay attention to dandruff treatment at the right time, it may lead to serious skin diseases).

Home Remedies to Treat Dandruff

1. Curd (dahi) with its acidic and conditioning properties helps fight dandruff.
India.com Health tip: Ferment a small amount of curd (enough to cover your scalp) for two days. Apply it and keep it for one hour. Wash it off with a mild shampoo. Do this at least twice a week.
2. Regular henna (mehndi) application has been followed for centuries and has been known for decreasing dandruff. It has curative as well as conditioning properties.
India.com Health tip: Mix henna, amla, tea powder, lemon juice in curd. Add a few drops of hair oil. Keep aside for 10-12hrs. Apply on your hair and leave it for an hour. Wash it off with a shampoo.
3. Aloe vera gel contains healing, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.
India.com Health tip: Applying fresh aloe vera gel on the scalp is another way of keeping your dandruff at bay. Keep the gel on for 30 minutes. Wash your hair with an aloe vera based shampoo.
4. Fenugreek (methi) is a herb that is readily available in our kitchen. It has anti-fungal and scalp soothing properties.
India.com Health tip: Soak fenugreek seeds overnight in water and grind to a fine paste.  Apply this paste on the scalp for 30 to 45 minutes. Wash with a mild shampoo.
5. Gram flour (besan) is an effective cleansing agent. It removes the dirt and is handy for getting rid of dandruff.
India.com Health tip: Apply gram flour mixed with curd on your scalp. Rinse after 20-30 minutes.
6. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Well, it can keep your dandruff away too!
India.com Health tip: It has anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. Make a paste with equal quantities of apple and orange and apply it on the scalp. Wash your hair after 20-30 minutes with a shampoo.
7. Neem leaves with their anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties are highly effective in controlling dandruff.
India.com Health tip: Boil neem leaves in water and use this water to rinse hair.
8. Basil leaves (Tulsi) has been used since ages for its healing properties.
India.com Health tip: Make a paste of tulsi leaves and amla powder mixed with water. Massage on the scalp. Let it remain for half an hour. Wash the hair with water.
9. Fresh lime juice, your favorite summer drink doubles up as dandruff-basher as well. The acid in lime scrubs out the dead cells and helps cure dandruff.
India.com Health tip: Add a tablespoon of fresh lime juice in water in your last rinse when you wash your hair.
10. Ginger root and beetroot, two salient features of many a classic dishes can also do wonders for your hair!


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