Archive for December, 2011

Home Remedies For Chicken Pox

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Chicken pox may not be a life threatening disease, but it is dreaded by most because of the highly contagious nature of the infection. Chicken pox generally develops in children causing the distinctive blisters, by which most of us recognize the condition. Chicken pox in infants and children is problematic mainly because of the symptoms associated with the condition. Chicken pox infection causes severe itching and skin irritation, but scratching at the blisters simply aggravates the problem and the breakage of blisters can be even more problematic. Chicken pox blisters, if burst or scratched at can cause severe and rather permanent chicken pox scars. The main concern for any individual would therefore be to minimize the itching and irritation and to resist the urge to scratch at the blisters.

Treatment for chicken pox is directed primarily at providing relief from the symptoms, rather than actually curing the condition. This is because of the very nature of the disease and what causes chicken pox. Chicken pox is caused by a viral infection, and treating the chicken pox virus with antibiotics would be ineffective and in fact harmful. Antibiotics are simply meant for the treatment of bacterial conditions, but will be ineffective against viral infections. Chicken pox remedies are therefore extremely popular and constitute the first line of treatment for the condition in most parts of the world. Home remedies for chicken pox are also popular for the treatment of the condition because of the simple reason that most of these treatments and home cures are non invasive and also pose little to no health risks, because of the absence of any potent chemical compounds.

Although chicken pox is generally thought of and regarded as a childhood ailment that most of us suffer from and leave behind, the condition can continue to plague some adults. Children who develop a chicken pox infection are unlikely to suffer from the disease again because of a natural immunity that is developed against the chicken pox virus. This said, it should be pointed out that even after the chicken pox infection has resolved, the virus is not eliminated from the body, but remains in a dormant state. In some cases the virus may resurface after years or even decades to cause not chicken pox but shingles. This is a lot more serious a condition than chicken pox. A chicken pox infection is also a lot more threatening when it develops in adults as compared to in kids. Adults who have never suffered from chicken pox should therefore be extremely cautious about exposure to the virus. Similarly when dealing with chicken pox and pregnancy there are some significant risks and medical care should be provided.

Home Manicure

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Remove old nail polish with a single stroke by soaking a cotton wool pad with nail polish remover. Wipe away traces of polish around the cuticles stick dipped in remover.
Using an emery board, shape nails lightly, working from both edges towards the centre. Avoid moving the board back and forth quickly, which produces heat that dries out the nail and leads to splitting. Try holding the emery board at a single angle under the nail. Don’t file down the sides- the nail tip needs the sides as support, otherwise it will weaken and nicks form.

Apply a cuticle remover around the nail contours. Using the tip of a cuticle stick wrapped in cotton wool, gently push back the skin. Work away dead tissue before carefully passing the stick under cuticles.

Wash your hands in warm soapy water, and brush nails with a soft manicure brush so that polish will adhere to them properly. Pat hands dry with a towel.

If nails are weak, apply a strengthening or hardening product, paying special attention to the tips. Allow to dry.

Apply a protective base coat, covering the entire nail but stopping short of the cuticle.

Apply two coats of polish, starting with a single stroke down the center of the nail, then across the cuticle base and down the two sides without touching the cuticle. Allow each coat to dry.

Finish with a top coat for extra gloss and the shield against chipping.

Bleaching

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Bleaching does not actually remove the hair. It lightens the hair color so it appears blonde or golden. . Several highlights of hair bleach make it an appealing choice for some women–it’s accessible, quick and, best of all, painless.

All hair bleach kits come with two essential components: the actual hair bleach mixture, which is most often in cream form, and the activator mixture, which is always in powder form. Follow the instructions to obtain the proper proportion of bleach to activator.

Some words of caution, however: Never combine the two until you’re ready to begin bleaching, always immediately discard any unused portions and never mix the two together in any kind of a metal bowl or container.

Whatever bleach you get, be sure to do a patch test. Instructions for the patch test come with the kit. If no redness, irritation or eruption occurs, you can proceed with the full application.

To date, no evidence has been presented of harmful effects of bleaching to the skin. However, the bleaching agents that lighten the hair can also alter the pigment in the skin. This can result in a change to the skin texture, making it thicker, coarser and sometimes darker.

Remedies For Jaundice

Friday, December 9th, 2011

1. Extract the juice of bitter luffa. Place few drops on your palm and put in the nostrils. It is very simple home remedy for jaundice.

2. Boil 250ml water and add 15gm of dry snake gourd leaves to it. After boiling, filter it and store the water in a bottle. Now add few coriander seeds in 500 ml of water and boil it for 15-20 minutes. Consume the filtered water with the decoction of coriander seeds three times daily.

3. Take green leaves of radish and extract their juice. Consume daily to get relief from jaundice.

4· Extract the juice of the green leaves of pigeon pea and take approx 60ml daily. It is a proven home remedy for jaundice. A significant improvement is guaranteed after regular use.

5· Take a banana and mash it properly. Add 1 tablespoon of honey to it. Eat it twice. It is very well known and simple home remedy for jaundice.

6· Take 2 dates (dried), 8 almonds and 5 cardamoms. Soak these overnight. Remove the outer covering of almonds and seeds of date. Mix all the soaked ingredients to make a fine paste. Add a tablespoon of butter and sugar to this paste and lick it. It is an effective home remedy for jaundice.

7· Limejuice is very beneficial for jaundice patients. Drink it 2-3 times daily.

8· Boil 3 lt of water with a cup of barley added to it. Drink this water 5-6 times daily. It is very good home remedy for jaundice.

9· Another very effective home remedy for jaundice is sugarcane juice. You can add some lemon to it for taste. Drink 1-2 glasses daily.

10· Beetroot juice is very good for treating jaundice in a short span. Take half cup juice and add half lemon to it. Consume it at least once daily.

Remedies for Malaria

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

1. You can boil one glassful of water with one tsp of Cinnamon powder. Drink this after adding pinch of pepper powder and honey. This gives relief in malarial fever up to certain extent.

2. Grapefruit is another one of the good home remedies for malaria. It can be taken on daily basis. Grapefruit contains some natural quinine like material. To gain this benefit, boil quarter of a grapefruit and strain its pulp. Take an extract and consume it.

3. Fever nut plant’s seeds are very beneficial in the treatment of malaria. They are readily available in the herbal store. You can go for either any of the fever nut preparation or can purchase raw and make powder of it. Take this under medical supervision. This is one of the well liked home remedies for malaria.

4. Indian Ayurvedic herb called Dhatura is also beneficial in treating malaria. For this, take two and a half freshly sprouted leaves and make them into pill form by rubbing them with jaggery and take it two hours before the onset of paroxysm. This is one of the easiest home remedies for malaria.

5. Cinnamon is another good natural remedy for malaria. Take a tsp of coarsely powdered cinnamon and boil it in glassful of water with pinch of pepper powder and honey. This will not only help in curing malaria but will also boost up your immunity system.

6. Another proven natural cure for malaria is including fenugreek seeds to your diet. These seeds have capacity to increase the immunity power and to fight against the parasites. This is one of the simple home remedies for malaria.

7. Lime and lemon are also time tested and trusted home remedy for malaria. Take 3 gm of lime dissolved in about 60 ml of water and the juice of 1 lemon adding into it. This water is to be taken the moment one starts feeling feverish.

8. Alum is powerful anti-malarial drug in Ayurveda. It should be roasted over a hot plate and then powdered. ½ tsp of this is to be taken when one feels feverish. This is one of the useful home remedies for malaria.

9. Holy basil is the best drug as antibacterial and disinfectant. This is property of killing parasites and other microorganisms. For this, you can chew raw leaves of holy basil or can go for the decoction made out of it. There are many companies that produce basil pills or capsules as an alternative to raw basil.

10. For the initial stage of malaria, be on the orange juice and water diet. This will enhance the body’s immunity system and so will help in reducing the malarial attack. This is one of the popular home remedies for malaria.

Threading

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Threading is an age old form of hair removal practiced in such countries as India, Pakistan and the Middle East, commonly used to lend clean lines and shape to the eyebrows and remove unwanted hair from the upper lip and areas of the face.

The procedure utilizes a piece of 100% cotton thread which is twisted and pulled along the area of unwanted hair, lifting hair directly from the follicle. The pain experienced during Threading is no worse than that experienced during tweezing or waxing. A small pinch is felt with the removal of hair which many clients find minimal due to the large coverage area treated at one time.

Unlike waxing which can be messy and time consuming, Threading requires no external products, only the use of 100% cotton thread and a minimal amount of time with a skilled cosmetician.

Threading does not have the unpleasant side effect of irritation and rashes caused by the “stripping off” of the top layer ofdead skin that accompanies waxing. The benefits of Threading also out weigh those of tweezing because unlike tweezing, Threading lifts the complete hair from the follicle while maintaining a larger coverage area.

Shaving

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

It is the most common form of hair removal. Men have been shaving their beards and mustaches for thousands of years, but cosmetic hair removal in women was relatively uncommon until after World War I. Now, many women routinely shave their legs and underarms.

A clean razor with a sharp blade is essential for a safe and comfortable shave. Skin should never be shaved dry; wet hair is soft, pliable, and easier to cut. Contrary to what many believe, shaving does not change the texture, color, or rate of hair growth. It is quick and convenient, but can cause skin irritation, ingrown hairs and cuts from the razor blade.

Body Brushing

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Body brushing is a good way to stimulate blood circulation. Because the skin is an organ of elimination (and the largest one in the body), many toxins can be eliminated if you stimulate the circulation and the lymph system by brushing the skin.

Use a loofah or a body sponge and brush in circular motions to remove the dead skin cells. Pay special attention to the elbows, knees, shoulders, the back and thighs. Do this every day before bathing or showering. Also, keep the temperature of your bath water a little higher that of your skin so as to stimulate sluggish circulation.

Smoother skin is a spin-off of this toxin-eliminating regimen, which leaves you feeling invigorated and truly bright-eyed.

Special Tips

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Make-up that looks just fine in the sunshine can look faded and washed out under artificial lighting. Use warmer and deeper colors for the evenings.

If your face is too full, use a little blusher on the high part of the cheek, closer to the nose. Blend lightly across the too full area.

If your face is too slender, create an illusion of width. Place your blusher on thecurve of the cheek, slightly away from the nose. Blend well, out and above to the temples.

If your face is square and heavy along the jaw line, soften the angles of the jawline by shadowing. Pat on blusher, then blend down across the square part.

A soft blending of rouge under the jaw line or chin takes away a heavy drooping effect .Your jaw line can look more clear-cut with this trickfor the evening.

To accentuate the cheek bones for evening makeup, use a liquid foundationa shade lighter than usual. Apply it in little dabs on the top of the cheek bones and on to the corners of the nose. Blend well.

To focus extra attention on eyes and mouth, circle the outer edge of the face very lightly with blusher .Blend with feathery strokes.

Powder blushers give you color without shine— oily skins should avoid cream blushers.

Does your face look terribly oily halfway through the day? Your complexion can look and stay natural and soft all day if you try this trick:Take a blusher brush, clean it with cool water and allow to dry. Then sprinklesome baby powder into the open bristles. Dust this powder over your face before applying your foundation.

If your complexion is too sallow ,don’t be tempted by a clear beige or very pink foundation. Avoid yellow or green colors in make –up, these two colors bring out the sallow color of your skin. Go in for warm beige foundation and clear blue eyeshadows. Lipsticks are best in medium tones.

If your complexion is too pale, don’t use a pink foundation. Choose a clear natural foundation for a natural look. Avoid very dark eyeshadows and lipsticks. They would make you look too intense and tired. Go in for dull rust or brown eyeshades. Use a soft blusher on cheeks, chin and forehead.

Never try to match eye shadow color to your eye color and lip color to nail color ———- result will be too dated.

If you wear false eyelashes, make them look natural by brushing both the false and real lashes with a little mascara after putting them on.

To achieve a subtler look, instead of using eyeliner draw the thinnest possible line at the roots of the eyelashes with a soft dark brown eyeshadow.

In winter use pearly-gray and shell-beige eyeshadows. Avoid highlighters during the daytime, as they would look too harsh.

If your lips are too thin and straight, apply your lipstick from slightly above the line of the upper lip and slightly below the line of the lower lip. Curve the linesslightly with a lip pencil. Make your lips look fuller by using a darker and richer shade of lipstick in the center and a lighter one in the corners.

Remedies For Glowing Skin

Monday, December 5th, 2011

1. Mash banana with milk and apply it on face . Leave it for 20 minutes and rinse with cold water.

2. Make a fine paste of one teaspoon of walnut powder, lemon juice and honey.
Scrub the body with the paste. Leave it for 20 minutes and rinse with cold water.

3. Make a paste of turmeric powder and orange juice. Scrub it on the area that is widely exposed to sun or cold weather. Leave it for 20 minutes and rinse it with cold water.

4. A piece of papaya when applied to the face can do a similar magic.

5. Boil cabbage in water and let the water cool overnight. Wash your face with this water early in the morning.

6. Make a paste of powdered mango peels and 1 teaspoon of milk powder. Scrub it over the area that is widely exposed to sun or cold weather.

7. In equal quantities, mix vinegar with rose water and apply.
Make a face mask of curd and cucumber juice and apply it at least once a week.

8. Make a paste of red sandal wood and apply it on the face every day for glowing skin.

9. Make a paste with red sandal powder and coconut milk and apply on the face for soft skin. A healthy massage with coconut milk and a pinch of turmeric powder before a hot water bath also helps.

10. Mix pineapple juice and carrot juice together and apply it on the face and wash it after 15 minutes.

11. Boil 8 cups of water, put in 2 table spoons of dark organic honey, slices of cucumber and 2 tea bags of green tea. Let the mixture sit over night in a container, then wash with a face cloth to feel refreshed.

12. Mix half teaspoon dried curry leaf powder with multani mitti (fullers earth) and apply on the face. Wash it with lukewarm water after it gets dry.

13. Apply the mixture of honey and tomato juice on the face and neck, wash it after 15 minutes.

14. Apply coconut water and thick pineapple juice mixture for 15 minutes and pat dry.

15. Drink plenty of water to keep your body well flushed of toxins and wastes.

16. Include plenty of raw foods like fruits, salads and sprouts in your daily diet.

17. Make sure to take time to relax as stress can trigger off many skin problems.

Waxing

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Waxing is done by applying a warm, soothing wax directly to the unwanted hair and removing it with a gauze cloth, taking out the hair by the root. Hair will return within four to six weeks.

While depilatories remove hair at the skin’s surface, “epilatories,” such as tweezers and waxes, pluck hairs from below the surface. Waxing and tweezing may be more painful than using a depilatory, but the results are longer lasting. Because the hair is plucked at the root, new growth is not visible for several weeks after treatment.

If you don’t mind pulling a sticky bandage off your own skin, and if you have too much unwanted body hair but too little time to run out to waxing salons, then you may be the perfect candidate for a home waxing kit.

Epilatory waxes are available over the counter for home use. They contain combinations of waxes, such as paraffin and beeswax, oils or fats, and a resin that makes the wax adhere to the skin.

There are “hot” and “cold” waxes. With hot waxing, a thin layer of heated wax is applied to the skin in the direction of the hair growth. The hair becomes embedded in the wax as it cools and hardens. The wax is then pulled off quickly in the opposite direction of the hair growth, taking the uprooted hair with it.

Cold waxes work similarly. Strips precoated with wax are pressed on the skin in the direction of the hair growth and pulled off in the opposite direction. The strips come in different sizes for use on the eyebrows, upper lip, chin, and bikini area.

Labeling of over-the-counter waxes cautions that these products should not be used by people with diabetes and circulatory problems, who are particularly susceptible to infection. Waxing–and tweezing as well–can leave the skin sore and open to infection.

Waxes should not be used over varicose veins, moles, or warts. They should not be used on the eyelashes, inside the nose or ears, on the nipples or genital areas, or on irritated, chapped, sunburned, or cut skin.

A Smooth Upper Lip

Monday, December 5th, 2011

For mustache removal, waxing is often the method of choice. Big beauty salons often have a waxing section where technicians work on facial and leg hair, underarms and the bikini line. When you go in, the technician applies hot wax to an area of skin with a wooden spatula. After the wax hardens, the technician yanks it off.

Waxing keeps the mustache area hair-free for about six weeks. The new hair that grows in is usually soft and silky. Some women find waxing painful, though. And it can irritate the tender skin above the lip.

Signs and Symptoms For Acne

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

Acne can be mild or very severe. It is most common on the face. But it can also be on the shoulders, back, chest, arms, and buttocks (rear end). You may have different kinds of acne sores on your body. A cyst may form in the follicle and fill to make a whitehead. Or the plug may come to the top of your skin and looks black. This is called a blackhead. You may have small pink painful bumps that are close to the top of the skin. You may also have large, hard, painful lumps that are pus-filled.

How Should People With Acne Care for Their Skin

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

Clean Skin Gently
People with acne may try to stop outbreaks and oil production by scrubbing their skin and using strong detergent soaps. However, scrubbing will not improve acne; in fact, it can make the problem worse. Most doctors recommend that people with acne gently wash their skin with a mild cleanser, once in the morning and once in the evening. Patients should ask their doctor or another health professional for advice on the best type of cleanser to use. The skin should also be washed after heavy exercise. Patients should wash their face from under the jaw to the hairline; rough scrubs or pads should not be used. It is important that patients thoroughly rinse their skin after washing it. Astringents are not recommended unless the skin is very oily, and then they should be used only on oily spots. Doctors also recommend that patients regularly shampoo their hair. Those with oily hair may want to shampoo it every day.

Avoid Frequent Handling of the Skin
People who squeeze, pinch, or pick their blemishes risk developing scars. Acne lesions can form in areas where pressure is frequently applied to the skin. Frequent rubbing and touching of skin lesions should be avoided.

Shave Carefully
Men who shave and who have acne can try electric and safety razors to see which is more comfortable. Men who use a safety razor should use a sharp blade and soften their beard thoroughly with soap and water before applying shaving cream. Nicking blemishes can be avoided by shaving lightly and only when necessary.

Avoid Suntanning
A suntan or sunburn that reddens the skin can make blemishes less visible and make the skin feel drier for a little while. But the benefits are only temporary. The sun can seriously damage skin, promote aging of skin, and cause skin cancer. Furthermore, many of the medications used to treat acne make a person more prone to sunburn.

Choose Cosmetics Carefully
People being treated for acne often need to change some of the cosmetics they use. All cosmetics, such as foundation, blush, eye shadow, and moisturizers, should be oil free. Patients may find it difficult to apply foundation evenly during the first few weeks of treatment because skin may be red or scaly, particularly with the use of topical tretinoin or benzoyl peroxide. Lip products that contain moisturizers may cause small, open and closed comedones to form. Hairstyling products that come in contact with the skin along the hairline can cause burning or stinging in people with acne. Products that are labeled as noncomedogenic (do not promote the formation of blemishes) should be used; in some people, however, even these products may cause acne.

Remedies For Arthritis

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

* Dilute five drops of essential oil of ginger in 20 drops of a carrier oil such as wheat germ or almond oil (available from health shops), and massage into painful areas. Remember that essential oils should never be taken internally.

* Glucosamine sulphate. This is a glucose-based chemical produced naturally in healthy joints, where it is used to repair and maintain cartilage, and seems to be effective in reducing arthritic pain, at least in mild to moderate cases. So far, no adverse side effects have been reported, but it is the subject of major clinical trials in the U.S., so we should soon know a great deal more.

* Bathua. Drink one tablespoon of the juice of fresh leaves of bathua every day on an empty stomach for two-three months. Do not add anything to the juice and do not eat anything for two hours before and after.

* Warm mustard oil, spread it over Madar leaf (Indian) and foment the joint by spreading the leaf over the joint and keeping it there for a few hours for arthritis relief.

* On an empty stomach take three to four walnuts or one fresh coconut.

Put three shot glasses or small containers on your counter. In each shot glass, put 9 (not 8 or 10) golden raisins, not regular raisins. Pour just enough gin over them to just barely cover them (any kind of gin should do). By the 3rd day, the gin should be absorbed by the raisins. Eat the raisins from one shot glass, and set the glass up again with 9 more golden raisins, just barely covered with any kind of gin, and put the fresh glass at the end of the line. Each day, eat the 9 oldest raisins, then set it up again. Repeat until pain-free, usually 72 hours. It is truly amazing. And cheap!

* Mix equal parts of the following herbs: black cohosh, genitian root, angelica, colombo, scull cap, valerian, rue and buckthorn bark, and take one heaping teaspoon in a cup of boiling water. Let steep, and drink three 1/2 cups per day.

* Alfalfa (Medicago saliva): Alfalfa is a folk remedy for arthritis in southern Appalachia. Alfalfa tea is rich with nutritive minerals. We recommend that you do not take the alfalfa powder; take the tea instead. Alfalfa contains 1-canavanine, an amino acid that can cause symptoms that are similar to those of systemic lupus, an autoimmune disease that can also cause joint pain. Some scientific studies show that these symptoms can occur in both animals and humans as a result of eating alfalfa. The amino acid is not present to any significant amount in alfalfa tea. Place 1 ounce of alfalfa in a pot. Cover with 1 quart of water and boil for thirty minutes. Strain and drink the quart throughout the day. Do this for two to three weeks, and then take a break for seven to ten days before starting again.

Nail Fungus

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Nail fungus is made up of tiny organisms (Tinea Unguium) that can infect fingernails and toenails. The nails of our fingers and toes are very effective barriers. This barrier makes it quite difficult for a superficial infection to invade the nail. Once an infection has set up residence however, the same barrier that was so effective in protecting us against infection now works against us, making it difficult to treat the infection.

More than 35 million people in the United States get this fungus. The fungus lives underneath the nail. The nail provides a safe place for the fungus and protects it while it grows, since fungus like dark and damp places. This is why it’s hard to reach and stop nail fungus.

The best treatment of course is prevention. Keep your nails cut straight across. If nails are hard to cut, soften by soaking in salt water (use 1 teaspoon per gallon of water and then dry well). Keep feet dry and well ventilated. Be careful with artificial nails and be selective about choosing your manicurist. Ask about how they sterilize their instruments. See a podiatrist or your health care provider if you see signs of fungus.

FOUNDATION

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

The purpose of your foundation, also called a makeup base, is to smooth out the texture and tone of your skin, not to add color.

Choose the shade closest to your skin tone by testing it on your jawline. The correct shade will look natural when compared with your throat. Be bold! Mix foundation tones until you create your own personalized shade.

To apply your foundation properly and push back the years, use this simple four-step program:

1) Apply foundation over your entire face. Always make sure it’s blended well.

2) Dab all over with a slightly damp sponge to remove any excess foundation and assure a smooth finish.

3) If your face is wide or flat, your foundation may be used for contouring. In contouring use a tone that is three shades darker than your natural shade. Blend in thoroughly all around the edges, into the hairline and under you cheeks.

4) To narrow down a nose that’s too wide, apply a light shade or highlighter down the center and a darker shade down the sides.

5) Finally to help give your skin that extra youthful glow, conclude with a blush that matches your skin tone and should harmonize well with the colors of your clothes.

6) Decide what blush will best suit your purpose of the moment and gives you the youthful look you desire. Blushes are available in a variety of finished, ranging from soft matte to natural to glowy to frosted. Each one can be helpful to you at one time or another. Aim for balance and color harmony.

7) A powder blush with a soft-matte finish goes on best over powder. If your entire face is covered with powder, you should carry a powder blush with you for regular touch-ups, regardless of which type of blush you originally applied.

Ayurvedic Beauty Tips For The Monsoons

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

The rainy season is beautiful. It gives us respite from the scorching heat and dust of summer. But if it is not handled carefully, it can invite disease and cause bouts of gloominess.

During the rains, a good bath twice a day is essential as the salts stick to the body because of the incomplete evaporation of sweat due to humidity. It can cause irritation and skin inflammation or infectious skin eruptions.

Tips for monsoon comfort During the monsoons, use lukewarm water and medicated soap for bathing. Never use strongly perfumed talc or antiperspirants. The frequency of hair washes should also be increased. Avoid complicated hairstyles, synthetic clothes and strong perfumes. Make-up should be minimised. If necessary, while going out, use waterproof make-up.

What to eat
Your diet should be carefully chalked out. A good diet scientifically worked out to suit the demands of the weather is very important. Root vegetables such as radish and potatoes should be avoided. Even leafy vegetables such as spinach and cabbage should be completely out of your daily intake because the rainy season is the breeding time for worms and these veggies might carry infection in the form of invisible eggs. Fermented foods also play havoc with health.

Go vegetarian
Meat and fish should be completely eliminated from the diet plan. Grams, gramflour, lentils, almonds, cottage cheese, paneer and sprouts are good sources of protein and minerals. A little butter or pure ghee is recommended if you do not have a weight problem.

Consuming fresh fruits and juices is essential as it cleanses the system and brings a glow to the face.
Fresh lemon and mint should be used in abundance; curd or mattha, chhachh / lassi (buttermilk) is not good for the system in Sawan-Bhadon months of rainy season. Never take more than two or three varieties of food at a time.

Since digestion becomes sluggish in this weather, salads should be minimized. Never stuff your stomach to full capacity. Eat small meals at an interval of two to three hours.

Freshen up with fruit
Increase the intake of fresh fruit juices, especially citrus. Sugarcane juice or apple juice are good sources of vitamins. The green vegetables that flourish on creepers are vitality providing. One glass of sweet lemon juice ( mausambi ) one or two lightly buttered toasts and a little (50 to 100 grams) helping of sprouts, gram or lentils can make a good breakfast. Sprouts can be replaced by paneer (cottage cheese) or almonds.

Shikanji, an Indian drink made of fresh lemon juice, sugar and a pinch of salt is fabulously refreshing. Use of salts and spices should be minimized in this sticky weather. Lots of pudina (mint) works wonders with the digestive system. It can be used in chappatis, raita, drinks, chutney, dips, salads etc.

Dressing right
Wear light cotton clothes with bright colours; avoid dark colors, as they will dampen your spirit. Use medicated talc, eau-de-cologne or rose water with a pinch of borax to remain odour-free in the sultry weather. Do not rub the skin hard and avoid luxury soaps with animal fats.

Tips Go vegetarian

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Meat and fish should be completely eliminated from the diet plan. Grams, gramflour, lentils, almonds, cottage cheese, paneer and sprouts are good sources of protein and minerals. A little butter or pure ghee is recommended if you do not have a weight problem.

Fresh lemon and mint should be used in abundance; curd or mattha, chhachh / lassi (buttermilk) is not good for the system in Sawan-Bhadon months of rainy season. Never take more than two or three varieties of food at a time.

Since digestion becomes sluggish in this weather, salads should be minimized. Never stuff your stomach to full capacity. Eat small meals at an interval of two to three hours.