Archive for January, 2014

Probiotics help women lose weight

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

According to a recent study certain probiotics could help women lose weight and keep it off.
Previous studies have suggested that the intestinal flora of obese individuals differs from that of thin people. This is most likely due to the fact that a diet high in fat and low in fiber promotes certain bacteria at the expense of others.
The researchers tried to determine if the consumption of probiotics could help reset the balance of the intestinal microbiota in favour of bacteria that promote a healthy weight.
They studied about 125 overweight men and women who underwent a 12-week weight-loss diet, followed by a 12-week period aimed at maintaining body weight.
Throughout the entire study, half the participants swallowed 2 pills daily containing probiotics from the Lactobacillus rhamnosus family, while the other half received a placebo.
After the 12-week diet period, researchers observed an average weight loss of 4.4 kg in women in the probiotic group and 2.6 kg in the placebo group.
However, no differences in weight loss were observed among males in the two groups.
After the 12-week maintenance period, the weight of the women in the placebo group had remained stable but the probiotic group had continued to lose weight, for a total of 5.2 kg per person.
In short, women consuming probiotics lost twice as much weight over the 24-week period of the study.
Researchers also noted a drop in the appetite-regulating hormone leptin in this group, as well as a lower overall concentration of the intestinal bacteria related to obesity.
Probiotic is a compound of two Greek words: “pro,” to signify promotion of and “biotic,” which means life.
With the growing interest in probiotic interventions many studies are being carried out on the health benefits of consuming foods and supplements containing certain kinds of live bacteria. Many studies suggest that live-active cultures of probiotics can actually help prevent and treat a wide variety of ailments including irritable bowel syndrome, intestinal conditions, such as abdominal pain, cramps, bloating, diarrhea and constipation.

Over weight problem – home remedies

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Being overweight is harmful to one’s self esteem
It is also a health concern since it leads to many serious ailments including:
Diabetes and High blood pressure
Natural home remedy using black pepper powder, lemon juice and honey:
1. Take 1 glass lukewarm water
2. Add 1 tsp black pepper powder
3. Add 4 tbsp lemon juice
4. Add 1 tsp honey
5. Mix well
6. Drink every day
Natural home remedy using lemon juice and honey:
1. Take 1 glass hot water
2. Add 4 tbsp lemon juice
3. Add 1 tbsp honey
4. Drink every morning on empty stomach
Tips:
• Exercise regularly
• Cabbage is very effective in burning body fat. Consume 1 bowl of cabbage everyday
These remedies are based on the principles of Ayurveda, the ancient Indian science of healing, and are completely natural, non-invasive, and can be prepared at home.

Coconut and Coconut Water- affects of medicine

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Because of its properties, coconut is considered very auspicious in Indian culture and is usually used in every festival. Vedas and other religious literature have description of its many utilities.

Coconut is used both as a food item and as a medicine. It is a rich source of vitamin E, B, C and calcium, iron, phosphorus and other minerals. It has high quality alkaline oil. It is a rich source of fat. The protein found in coconut is also of high quality.Coconut is easily digestible, nutritious, blood enhancer, urinary tract purifier, strength giving and remover of the three doshas.

Chewing coconut daily prevents all types of mouth cancer. The baby is healthy if the pregnant mother takes coconut regularly and the delivery is also less painful. Fresh coconut water is almost as good as breast feed. Children`s health remain good by drinking it regularly.
Coconut milk is very healthy for people suffering from ulcer, colitis, constipation and weak digestion.
Coconut water is naturally sterilised and mineral water. Acts as antidote to side effects of medicines. It is a tasty drink that helps digestion. It is completely safe for babies. When taken with honey, it acts as a very effective tonic. It is very helpful in diarrhoea and eliminates harmful bacteria from intestine. In case of dehydration coconut water with lemon juice is recommended.
Coconut water has sufficient amount of potassium and chlorine. It is specially helpful in kidney disease, lack of urine formation, stones, toximine, excess of albumin, typhoid etc diseases. Children and preganant mother, in vomiting stage should be given coconut water with lemon juice. Milk with coconut water both prevents and cures constipation and indigestion. Coconut water is helpful in most of the diseases but specially in asthama and ulcer.
Regular cleaning of face with coconut water removes, black marks and pimples and increases the glow.

Migraine cause, symptoms and home remedies

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Migraine is a debilitating and recurrent neurological disorder, characterized by a throbbing headache that is usually made worse by movement and is often associated with nausea, vomiting, photophobia and phonophobia. It is increasingly recognized as a disorder that seriously undermines patients’ ability to work, study and have a normal family life. Pain of a migraine headache is generally moderate to severe and is usually located on one side of the head.
Migraine pain differentiates from other types of headache, it has specific symptoms. These symptoms appear different from person to person in intensity, character, frequency and duration. Migraine attacks can appear as infrequently as a couple of times a year or almost every day. There are two main types of migraine: Classical Migraine – migraine with aura- and Common Migraine – migraine without no warning or aura.
A minority of migraine patients experience aura, which is the term for the sign of the pain to come. The sign can be described as bright spots or zigzag lines before the eyes and blurred vision or temporary visual loss. In rare cases numbness or tingling of the face and lips can be observed. These symptoms usually go away within one hour and replaced by a headache. But it also possible to have the aura and not the pain that comes after.
Most migraineurs can deal with mild-to-moderate migraine attacks at home. The following measures may help relieve migraine headache pain:

  • Using a cold compress to the area of pain
  • Resting with pillows comfortably supporting the head or neck
  • Resting in a dark, quiet place
  • Avoiding odors
  • Withdrawing from stressful surroundings
  • Sleeping
  • Drinking a moderate amount of caffeine

Control your stress – a few tips

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Understand the type(s) of stressors affecting you (or the stressed person), and the contributors to the stress susceptibility – knowing what you’re dealing with is essential to developing the stress management approach.

improve diet – group B vitamins and magnesium are important, but potentially so are all the other vitamins and minerals: a balanced healthy diet is essential. Assess the current diet and identify where improvements should be made and commit to those improvements.

reduce toxin intake – obviously tobacco, alcohol especially – they might seem to provide temporary relief but they are working against the balance of the body and contributing to stress susceptibility, and therefore increasing stress itself.

take more exercise – generally, and at times when feeling very stressed – exercise burns up adrenaline and produces helpful chemicals and positive feelings.

Impact of Depression

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Causes tremendous emotional pain
Disrupts the lives of millions of people
Adversely affects the lives of families and friends
Reduces work productivity and absenteeism
Has a significant negative impact on the economy, costing an estimated $44 billion a year

Cure Your Toe Nails From Ingrown

Monday, January 13th, 2014

An ingrown toe nail is a condition in which the edge of the nail cuts into the flesh, this condition occurs most frequently in the big toe and may affect one or both sides of the nail. Initially it may only cause a little discomfort but as the nail grows deeper into the flesh the toe usually becomes infected and very painful. The skin becomes irritated, red, shiny and swollen with a throbbing pain and the toe is painful to touch.

Certainly the first line of defense for this condition is good supporting shoes which have a wide toe box and a low heel. Nail softeners can be used to help the nail from piercing the skin but for successful treatment of an ingrown toe nail it is advisable to visit your local State Registered Chiropodist/Podiatrist. They will be able to treat the condition and give you advice on how to manage and avoid the problem reoccurring. If the condition is painful enough and non-responsive to conservative treatment, then surgical correction is indicated.

An ingrown toenail is a serious condition for people with impaired circulation, diabetes or other systemic diseases should seek treatment from a State Registered Chiropodist/Podiatrist or your family doctor.

Important tips for young growing girls

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Move More
Make it a daily challenge to find ways to move your body. Climb stairs if given a choice between that and escalators or elevators. Walk your dog; chase your kids; toss balls with friends, mow the lawn. Anything that moves your limbs is not only a fitness tool, it’s a stress buster. Think ‘move’ in small increments of time. It doesn’t have to be an hour in the gym or a 45-minute aerobic dance class or tai chi or kickboxing. But that’s great when you’re up to it. Meanwhile, move more.

Cut Fat
Avoid the obvious such as fried foods, burgers and other fatty meats (i.e. pork, bacon, ham, salami, ribs and sausage). Dairy products such as cheese, cottage cheese, milk and cream should be eaten in low fat versions. Nuts and sandwich meats, mayonnaise, margarine, butter and sauces should be eaten in limited amounts. Most are available in lower fat versions such as substitute butter, fat free cheeses and mayonnaise. Thought for the day: Lean, mean, fat-burning machine….

Reduce Stress
Easier said than done, stress busters come in many forms. Some techniques recommended by experts are to think positive thoughts. Spend 30 minutes a day doing something you like. (i.e.,Soak in a hot tub; walk on the beach or in a park; read a good book; visit a friend; play with your dog; listen to soothing music; watch a funny movie. Get a massage, a facial or a haircut. Meditate. Count to ten before losing your temper or getting aggravated. Avoid difficult people when possible. Thought for the day: When seeing red, think pink clouds….then float on them.

Protect Yourself from Pollution
If you can’t live in a smog-free environment, at least avoid smoke-filled rooms, high traffic areas, breathing in highway fumes and exercising near busy thoroughfares. Exercise outside when the smog rating is low. Exercise indoors in air conditioning when air quality is good. Plant lots of shrubbery in your yard. It’s a good pollution and dirt from the street deterrent. Thought for the day: ‘Smoke gets in your eyes’…and your mouth, and your nose and your lungs as do pollutants….hum the tune daily.

Keep a Positive Mental Outlook
There’s a definitive connection between living well and healthfully and having a cheerful outlook on life. Thought for the day: You can’t be unhappy when you’re smiling or singing.

Prevent your ear ache, by doing some home remedies

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Earache is a common ailment found in children rather than adults. In this particular condition, the Eustachian tubes get plugged. It is a troublesome condition and occurs more in the nighttime. This is because a person stops using the throat muscle.
This is caused by infection or blockage of the Eustachian tube. Sometimes drastic changes in the pressure of the atmosphere can cause ear ache. They occur during flight, or scuba diving or while mounting steep climb on a hill. Now just as very problem has a solution very disease has a remedy and if it is natural it is most welcome.
Home Remedies:
Warm some licorice in ghee and prepare a paste out of it. Apply this mixture externally over the ear. This would help you relieve of the pain.
Zinc again is an effective remedy for ear ache. It must be taken internally from natural sources like the cashew nets, wheat germ, pine nuts, pecan nuts etc. They can be had raw or sprinkled over salad in a semi crushed form.
Warm some sesame oil and immerse a few leaves of the castor plant. Dab this oil around the ear.
Grind some basil leaves. Warm the paste mildly and squeeze four drops or so in the infected aching ear. Hopefully it will cure ear ache effectively.
Take a piece of guggulu herb (Commiphora wightii) and burn it. Switch off the gas when the herb is half burned. Smoke would emit out of the herb. Let the smoke enter the affected area. It would help lessen the apin.

Identify

Monday, January 6th, 2014

 

Home remedies for Flu and Cold

Monday, January 6th, 2014

It may be “just a cold,” but it’s nothing to sneeze at. And the flu can make you feel downright drained. Fortunately, fast action on your part—including these simple home remedies for colds and flu—can mitigate the misery

Prescription antiviral drugs may ease symptoms of the flu when taken shortly after you get sick. In many cases, however, simple home remedies may be all you need for relief of mild to moderate flu symptoms.

Believe it or not, those annoying symptoms you’re experiencing are part of the natural healing process — evidence that the immune system is battling illness. For instance, a fever is your body’s way of trying to kill viruses by creating a hotter-than-normal environment. Also, a fever’s hot environment makes germ-killing proteins in your blood circulate more quickly and effectively.

Chicken soup is a time-honoured remedy that is tried, tested and true. Chicken soup stops certain white blood cells (neutrophils) from congregating and causing inflammation, preventing large amounts of mucus from being produced. The hot soup also thins the mucus. Adding freshly chopped garlic to your soup gives the system a powerful boost. While garlic kills germs outright, it also appears to stimulate the release of natural killer cells, which are part of the immune system’s arsenal of germ-fighters. Spike your soup with red (chili) pepper flakes to increase the broth’s decongestant power.