Dry and frizzy hair home remedies: 10 hair hacks

dry and frizzy hair home remedies by Iyurved

People having dry and frizzy hair may relate to this quote that keeps on popping up the internet a lot of times. “My hair is wilder than I am” But, hey! Frizzy hair may be difficult to manage, but it’s not impossible! Frizzy hair is 100% natural and there is nothing wrong with it. With so many over-the-counter (OTC) anti-frizz products available in the market, you’d think keeping frizz away can be easy. But it seems that no matter how much product you put in your hair to keep it from frizzing up, nothing works. Here home remedies come into picture. Yes, there are some easy and effective dry and frizzy hair home remedies that not only control your frizz but also help improve the overall hair health.

Before going to home remedies, let’s start with some basic ideas about Frizz!

what causes hair to be frizzy?

Our hair is composed of three layers, the outermost of which is known as the cuticle. When the hair is healthy, the natural oil present in the outer layers of the hair protects the inner layer of the hair as well. As a result, the hair retains moisture, shine, and sheen.

But, when hair becomes damaged or dry, the cuticle (outer layer of the hair strand) begins to resemble a pine cone, with rough, open, and overlapping scales. When this happens, the hair loses moisture while absorbing moisture from the air. This causes the hair to swell, lose shape, become fragile, brittle, and appear dull. In a nutshell, it becomes frizzy!

Causes of dry and frizzy hair:

A lot of factors are responsible for dry and frizzy hair. Dry hair makes the frizz worse. Here are some possible causes:

  • Dry scalp
  • Weather or environmental conditions
  • Excessive sun exposure
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Age
  • Very hot water for hair wash
  • Frequent or too often hair wash
  • Heat styling (blow try, straighteners, curlers)
  • Using harsh hair care product
  • Hormonal changes
  • No proper hair care routine
  • Some medical conditions can also lead to dry and frizzy hair:
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hypoparathyroidism
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Menkes disease
dry and frizzy hair home remedies:

You don’t have to spend a lot of money on these home remedies. Well, definitely not as much as the anti-frizz products available in the market. These remedies are pocket friendly, effective, and the simplest way to control frizz!

1.    Banana hair mask:

This fruit is almost universally adored. Bananas are not only good for the body but also for the hair. They are high in potassium and contain a lot of moisture. When applied to the hair, they help to prevent split ends, reduce frizz, soften the hair, keep it moisturized, and improve the elasticity of the hair.

Mash one banana. Mix 2 tablespoons of honey. Whisk and make a paste. Apply thoroughly from roots to tips. Let it rest for 45-50 minutes. Rinse well.

mash one banana and thoroughly spread it on the hair, from roots to ends. Leave it on for 1 hour and rinse with lukewarm water.

2.    Egg mask:

‘Do not use it if you have an egg allergy.’ Eggs contain a lot of protein, saturated fats, vitamins, and biotin. It has the ability to smooth and moisturize frizzy hair. Furthermore, it makes the hair shinier and healthier.

Whip one or two eggs according to the length of your hair. Mix 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil to it. Whisk it until they are frothy. Apply on the hair and scalp. Make sure that the entire length of hair is covered. Tie and cover your hair with aplastic wrap. Rest it for 30 minutes. Rinse well.

3.    Apple cider vinegar (ACV):

The pH of healthy hair is between 4.5 and 5.5. When the pH of the hair becomes too alkaline, the cuticles open up, resulting in frizz. ACV which is slightly acidic in nature that maintains the hair pH when applied. It helps by removing the product build up, reduces dandruff and thus tames frizzy hair. It also has antibacterial properties. People having sensitive scalp should avoid this remedy as it may cause irritation. Additionally, those who have coloured hair must not use this very often as this may fade the colour.

Mix 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar to 1 quarter warm water. Combine thoroughly. Pour the required amount onto the hairs. Ensure that the entire length is covered. Allow it to sit for a few minutes before rinsing thoroughly. You can even use a conditioner if necessary. The strong odour of ACV must be washed away.

4.    Yogurt and Honey:

Honey and yogurt are a great combination to kick the frizz out. Yogurt has conditioning properties whereas honey provides hydration.

Mix well ½ cup of yogurt and 1 tablespoon of honey. Apply this to your hair and scalp completely. Keep it for about 20-30 minutes. Rinse well and ensure that all the residues of yogurt are washed off.

5.    Warm oil:

Coconut oil and argan oil are great to control the frizzy hairs. They are rich in lauric acid and oleic, linolenic acids respectively. Overall, they help in adding moisture to the hair, reduce protein loss, provide shine and protect hair from styling heat. There are multiple ways in which you can use these oils.

Apply warm coconut oil mixed with 10 drops of vitamin E on the scalp and hair. Massage gently. Leave it overnight. Rinse with warm water and shampoo.

Applying a tiny amount of coconut oil post wash (when the hair is damp) helps in reducing frizz too.

Before heat styling, add a few drops of argan oil on the palm and apply on the hair.

6.    Avocado hair mask:

Frizzy hair remedies at home include this fruit which is not only a delicious toast topping, but it’s also a superfruit that fights frizz. Avocado is high in vitamin A, E, saturated fats, vitamins, and minerals, all of which aid in hair strengthening, nourishing dry, damaged hair, and retaining moisture.

Mash one ripe avocado. To it add 2-3 spoons of coconut oil. Make a medium thick paste. Apply it all over your scalp and hair. Cover it with a plastic wrap or towel. Let it rest on your hairs for 20-30 minutes. Wash well with shampoo.

Ayurvedic dry and frizzy hair home remedies:

Herbs have been used for centuries for treating a lot of health concerns. It has incredible medical benefits when it comes to hair and skin too. Ayurvedic formulations are full of nutrients, which nourish the hair from root to tip. They keep the cuticle hydrated and seal in moisture to prevent frizzing. Here are a few simple but amazing ayurvedic dry and frizzy hair home remedies:

1.    Ashwagandha

This ayurvedic herb is well known for its healing and grounding abilities. One of the reasons for dry and frizzy hair is vata dosha. Ashwagandha has a very high potential to treat this frizz.  

Apply warm ashwagandha oil to the scalp and hair. Keep it overnight. Rinse well with shampoo.

Mix ashwagandha powder (required as per the hair length) and add water to it to make a fine paste. Apply this to your scalp and hair and massage gently. Wrap it up with a towel or sheet. Rinse well after 30 minutes.

2.    Neem:

Well, the antibacterial properties of neem are well known. In addition to it, the fatty acids in the neem helps to control frizz by locking the moisture in the hair follicles.

Take a handful of neem leaves and add it to boiling water. Leave it overnight. Grind the leaves to a medium flow consistency. You can use the water too for the hair wash. Apply gently on the hair and the scalp. Leave it for 20 minutes. Rinse well with a mild shampoo.

3.    Brahmi:

Since ancient times Brahmi has been a magical herb that helps to reduce vata dosha and thus reduce dry and frizzy hairs. Moreover, it also reduces hair loss and premature hair greying. Additional benefit is that a regular scalp massage with Brahmi oil helps in curing insomnia.  

Soak overnight a few Brahmi leaves in warm amla oil. Warm the oil before applying and massage gently on the scalp and hairs. Leave it for 1 hour and rinse well.

4.    Homemade shampoo:

Boil Reetha, Shikakai and Amla separately and strain the juice. To it mix Brahmi, hibiscus and fenugreek powder. Mix well. Use this as a shampoo. It will reduce frizz naturally.

Effective tips to prevent frizzy hair:
  • Protect your hair from humidity
  • Avoid excessive exposure to sun
  • Best to avoid hair dyes
  • Do not over wash/ over shampoo your hair
  • Use warm or cold water to cleanse your hair.
  • Protect the hair from the hair styling heat
  • Follow a hair care routine
  • Avoid (frequent) chlorinated water exposure
  • Trim your hair on a regular basis in order to prevent split ends
  • Apply hydrating hair mask at least once a week
  • Tie your hair in loose hair styles
  • Use soft and padded hair accessories and do not sleep with them
  • Avoid washing your hair too often
  • Use chemical free hair care products
  • Proper oiling
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Consume a good healthy balanced diet
Food that helps reduce dry and frizzy hairs:

Food is the most important aspect to consider when decreasing frizz. A balanced diet will help your hair become less dry and frizzy while also adding shine and hydration.

Nuts and seeds: These seeds are rich in essential fatty acids that help in keeping the hair hydrated, almond, pista, walnut, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds.

Fruits: These are rich in vitamins, minerals and micronutrients too. Papaya, banana, avocado, grapes, oranges, melons, figs, plums, apples, coconut, berries and cherries.

Legumes and pulses: Green gram and black lentils.

Vegetables: Carrots, onion, garlic, asparagus, celery, beetroot, radish, green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, sprouts.

Dairy: Milk, paneer, cheese, ghee, butter


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White spots on kid’s face: causes and remedies

White spot on the face is the most common skin problem among kids. It can be caused by a variety of conditions, including allergies and nutritional deficiencies. White patches on the skin usually appear when the skin protein or dead cell becomes trapped under the skin’s surface. Depigmentation can also be the reason.

Generally white spots are not a reason to worry or concern, but still it is important to get it checked by a dermatologist, to know the causes or treatment.

Causes of white spot on kid’s face
Mineral and Vitamin deficiency:

We are what we eat. We all know the importance of a balanced and nutritious diet, but kids being fussy eaters miss the required nutrients, as a result they suffer from mineral and vitamin deficiencies and white spots on their face can be one of them. Deficiencies in calcium, vitamin D and vitamin E can cause white patches on the skin.

Vitamin B12 is responsible for the production of melanin in the body. Deficiency in this vitamin can also lead to white spots.

Tinea versicolor:

Tinea versicolor is the common fungal infection of the skin. It  is a skin condition characterized by patches of lighter or darker skin. This is caused by a type of yeast (fungus) that is found on most people’s skin. It is generally not harmful and isn’t contagious. They are especially common on the back, chest, neck and/or arms. They may occur on the face as well, particularly in children. People who have a weakened immune system are generally more susceptible to infections. People who live in a humid or hot climate are affected more. Exposure to the sun can make these patches even worse.

Pityriasis alba:

Pityriasis alba is a common skin disorder of patches of light-colored (hypopigmented) areas. The cause is unknown  but usually appears during summers and the humid season may be linked to atopic dermatitis (eczema). The disorder is most common in children and teens. They are mostly located on the face, arms, and upper trunk and are more noticeable in people with darker skin types. Starts with red, scaly, itchy patches. These patches eventually heal and leave behind faint, white spots.

Worm Infection

This reason is still under research. Some people claim the white patches are due to worms in the stomach. Though this reason is not sure, you can still deworm your kids once in a while. (How to deworm kids naturally?)

Tips to prevent white spot on kid’s face:

You can prevent your child from white spots on face simply by following these tips’

  • Always make sure that your child is applying a broad spectrum sunscreen before going out in the sun.  It’s better to use sunscreen as recommended by a doctor. (How to apply a sunscreen?)
  • Give your child a balanced diet to meet their daily nutritional needs. So that they do not suffer from any deficiency. (what is a balanced diet for kids?)
  • However there is no study to prove the impact of worms on white spots on the face, no harm to get your baby deworm every 6 months.
  • Make sure the face is not oily and sweaty, wash the face with a mild foaming cleanser and clean it often with cold water, at least 2 to 3 times a day.
  • If these white patches are due to some fungal infection, then use antifungal cream as prescribed by the doctor.
  • Some pediatricians may also advise using non-perfume and non-dye emollients. This will prevent dry skin which might sometimes lead to Pityriasis Alba.

However these white spots on the face or Pityriasis Alba is a self-limiting disease and is likely to disappear on its own. There is no specific treatment for white spots, but if the affected area have severe itching or whitish patch has changed color to reddish and is also spreading, it’s better to consult your pediatrician or dermatologist 

Foods that may help to prevent white spot on face

There are certain foods that you must include to your child’s daily diet to avoid white spots on face of kids

CALCIUM:

Deficiency of calcium not only can cause white spots on the face but also results in weaker bones. It is really important to get strong bones and we get a chance to build them only once – throughout childhood and adolescence. Children who get enough calcium in childhood start their adult lives with the strongest bones possible. Mostly calcium is stored in bones and teeth where it supports their structure and hardness, but the body also needs calcium for muscles to move and for nerves to carry messages between the brain and every body part. Calcium is predominantly found in milk and milk based products like cheese. And is also found in smaller quantities in some nuts and seeds. (Should kids take whey protein?) Moreover, few herbs such as shallaki also contain calcium.

Vitamin D:

Every single cell in the body requires this Vitamin D. Body can also produce this through cholesterol exposure to sunlight. However, deficiency of Vitamin D is common in kids and along with white spots results in weaker bones and muscles, fatigue, depression, body pain, and extreme hair loss (alopecia). Vitamin D too has to be consumed with fat (oil). For e.g. Cheese has vitamin D and fat both, so it’s a great food supplement for children to meet this nutrition.

Vitamin E:

It is an important vitamin that also acts as a powerful antioxidant, which helps to protect the body against damage caused by free radicals (pollution, lifestyle, stress, processed food).Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin which can be stored in the body. It is rarely found deficient in kids who eat nuts, seeds and greens. This vitamin is vital in protecting against any infections and damage to eyes, skin, and brain and enables regeneration of cells to keep organs healthy and active.

Vitamin B12:

Also known as Cobalamin is important for the production of blood cells and melanin in the body to sustain healthy nerve cells in the body. Apart from white spots on the face, vitamin B12 shortage can also lead to a number of symptoms including weakness, exhaustion, constipation, a decreased appetite, and weight. Failure to meet the minimum requirements can also have negative effects on the nervous system and can lead to mental illness such as confusion, depression and dementia. The main food sources of vitamin B12 are Dairy products, fish, meat, beef liver, and fortified cereals. 

Home remedies for white spot on face
Ginger:

It has anti-inflammatory  antibacterial, antiviral properties that make it an excellent home remedy for healing skin discoloration. Cut a slice of ginger and place it on the affected area. Let it sit there until the ginger dries. Repeat this one to two times a day till a few weeks to see the results.

Tulsi:

Tulsi is an important herb and every household should have it. With its antibiotic and excellent antifungal properties, it kills the fungi that cause discoloration. Make your child chew 2 to 3 leaves daily to see positive results in a few weeks.

Coconut oil:

Coconut oil applied to the skin is an anti-inflammatory that will encourage the growth of new pigment. It protects your skin from the harmful UV radiations by acting as a barrier between your skin and the radiations. This acts as a natural sunscreen as few studies have stated that it can block about 15-20% of the sun’s UV radiation

Copper pot:

If you eat more copper (by using copper pots) you can aid in the production of melanin which may help prevent future melanin loss. Cooking in copper is not advisable when it comes to salty and acidic food since they react with the metal but eating in these is useful .

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6 quick and healthy recipe of soups

Soups are a nutritious, tasty, and readily digested comfort feed for babies, toddlers, and children. Soups are also the greatest option if your child is a picky eater or refuses to eat veggies. They might also find it easy to gulp it down and enjoy every sip of the healthy recipe of soups. Soups also have a variety of uses, from clearing a clogged nose to serving as an appetizer to delighting the taste buds. 

Benefits of adding soups in your child’s diet

Soups are an excellent source of nutrition not only for adults but also for infants. They are, in fact, the greatest food for choosy eaters and may be offered as appetisers to stimulate hunger before a nutritious and hearty dinner. Soups offer several health advantages when cooked fresh and consumed properly. (6 best immunity boosting drinks in winter for kids)

  • The soup’s high water content compensates for your child’s body’s requirement for fluids. 
  • Soups can provide your kid with nutrients from veggies that he/she might not get otherwise, especially when several components can be mixed in a single soup.
  • Adding medicinal spices to soups, such as pepper, turmeric, garlic, or cumin, provides medicinal benefits, which are beneficial at a time when illnesses are common.
  • Thick or creamy soups might also aid in the weight gain of babies who are fussy about consuming solids.
  • You may serve healthy recipe of soups for babies who are unwell with a cough, cold, or fever.

Things to keep in mind when making soup for your baby:

Before preparing soups for your babies, always keep these things in mind:

  1. Wash the veggies and fruits properly before preparing the soups.
  2. Serve the soups – hot and fresh. It’s best to eat the soups within an hour after making them.
  3. Start with 5-6 tsp and progressively increase the amount depending on the baby’s interest and tolerance.
  4. Soups with a high water content can be mixed with infant porridges or cooked rice.
  5. Spices can be added to soups after eight months. When introducing spices, introduce one at a time to avoid allergic reactions and upset stomachs.
  6. If your infant is allergic to any of the ingredients in the soup recipe, kindly leave it out while making it.

Healthy Recipe of soups for infants and toddlers

Here are 6 delicious and healthy recipe of soups that fit your child’s diet.

1. Apple and carrot soup

One of the first solid meals offered to newborns is apples and carrots puree. This recipe – apple and carrot soup is a delicious combination of nutrient-dense vegetables and fruit. It is the best breakfast for infants since it is high in antioxidants and fibre. ( Health benefits of carrot for kids )

Apple and Carrot soup recipe by Iyurved
Apple and carrot soup

Ingredients

  • Apple (peeled)  – ¼ cup
  • Carrot (peeled) – ¼ cup
  • Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread – 1 tbsp
  • Cinnamon powder – a pinch
  • Water – 1 cup

Procedure

  • In a pressure cooker, add carrot, diced apple, Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread, water and cook for 10 minutes on a medium flame until all of the ingredients are well cooked.
  • Cool and puree them.
  • Finally sprinkle some cinnamon powder and serve!!
1 cup – 70 calories
Additional nutrition benefits 
( 1 tbsp of Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread gives 126 calories with 5.36g of protein)
2. Pumpkin soup

Pumpkins are high in important nutrients and trace minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, Vitamins C, A, E, K, folate, and riboflavin, making them an excellent source of immunity-boosting foods. This soup aids in the prevention of anemia and other winter illnesses. It can also aid with digestion, weight gain, and constipation in babies. (Foods for weight gain and overall growth in kids)

Pumpkin soup recipe by Iyurved
Pumpkin soup

Ingredients

  • Pumpkin  – ¼ cup
  • Onion (chopped) – 1
  • Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread – 1 tbsp
  • Butter- 1 tsp (optional)
  • Cinnamon powder – a pinch
  • Coriander – to garnish
  • Water – 1 cup

Procedure

  • Peel the pumpkin and cut it into tiny pieces. 
  • Take a skillet, add the butter followed by onion, Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread and saute well.
  • Then, add the pumpkin cubes and cook until they start to brown. 
  • Add water. Allow the pumpkin to cook in simmer until it is totally soft.
  • Cool and puree the pumpkin.
  • In a another pan, combine the pumpkin puree and allow it to come to a gentle boil before turning off the heat.
  • Serve with coriander leaves as a garnish.
1 cup – 72 calories
Additional nutrition benefits 
( 1 tbsp of Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread gives 126 calories with 5.36g of protein).
3. Vegetable moong dal soup

Moong dal soup is a delicious and nutritious dish for people of all ages,  from newborns to the elderly. It is rich in protein, fibre and antioxidants. It is easy to digest, relieves constipation and can also help those who are recovering from sickness. (6 best foods for digestion and constipation in kids)

Vegetable moong dal soup recipe by Iyurved
Vegetable moong dal soup

Ingredients

  • Moong dal  – ¼ cup
  • Chopped vegetables (carrot, potato ) – ¼  cup 
  • Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread – 1 tbsp
  • Pepper powder – a pinch
  • Coriander – to garnish
  • Water – 2 cups

Procedure

  • In a pressure cooker, add moong dal, chopped vegetables, Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread and water.  
  • Cook in  the medium flame for 4-5 whistles. 
  • Then, cool and puree the mixture using blender.
  • To the above puree, add some water and bring it to a boil.
  • Now, season with pepper and give a gentle mix and turn off the flame.
  • Garnish with coriander and serve!!
1 cup – 110 calories
Additional nutrition benefits 
( 1 tbsp of Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread gives 126 calories with 5.36g of protein).
4. Sweet corn vegetable soup

This is one of the healthy recipe of soups, high in B vitamins, fibre, iron, potassium, and zinc, all of which are also important elements for your baby’s development. Sweet corn also includes phytochemicals that aid in eye health and antioxidants that help your baby’s immune system. (7 foods to boost immunity in kids)

Sweet corn vegetable soup recipe by Iyurved
Sweet corn vegetable soup

Ingredients

  • Sweet corn kernels – ¼ cup
  • Chopped vegetables (carrot, beans ) – ¼  cup 
  • Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread – 1 tbsp
  • Chopped onion – 1
  • Pepper powder – a pinch
  • Butter – ½ tsp (optional)
  • Water – 2 ½ cups

Procedure

  • In a pressure cooker, add sweet corn kernels, chopped vegetables  and cook in medium flame for 2-3 whistles.
  • Cool them and blend to form fine puree. 
  • In another pan, add butter, onion, Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread and saute well.
  • Now add the sweet corn-vegetable puree and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Then add water and cook it in the medium flame for  4-5 minutes. 
  • Finally season with pepper and serve!!
1 cup – 180 calories
Additional nutrition benefits 
( 1 tbsp of Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread gives 126 calories with 5.36g of protein).
5. Tomato soup

Tomato soup is a South Indian tomato rasam dish that is especially good for newborns who have a cold or cough. When they are unwell, it makes digestion simpler and promotes a quick recovery. This also improves immunity, aids digestion, and stimulates appetite in children. It not only calms the stomach, but it also tastes great. It can be served as a soup or combined with steam-cooked rice for children. (Reasons for loss of appetite and 5 foods to increase your child’s appetite)

Tomato soup recipe by Iyurved
Tomato soup

Ingredients

  • Ripen tomatoes  – 2
  • Pepper corns – ½ tsp
  • Cumin seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Garlic – 2 cloves
  • Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread – 1 tbsp
  • Oil – ¼ tsp
  • Coriander leaves – to garnish
  • Water – 1.5 cups

Procedure

  • In a saucepan, add water and boil the tomatoes for 5-10 minutes.
  • Switch off the flame and let it cool down. Then peel the skin off the tomatoes and keep it aside.
  • In another pan, roast the pepper, cumin seeds, garlic and grind them along with the peeled tomatoes to form a smooth paste. 
  • Then heat the saucepan with oil, add tomato paste, Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread and cook for a minute.
  • Add water and boil for 5 minutes on low flame.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and Serve!!
1 cup – 53  calories
Additional nutrition benefits 
( 1 tbsp of Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread gives 126 calories with 5.36g of protein).
6. Drumstick / Moringa leaves soup

Drumstick Leaves Soup/Moringa Leaves Soup is one of the delicious, healthy recipe of soups for infants, toddlers, and lactating mothers made with drumstick leaves and a few spices. Moringa leaves are high in antioxidants, protein, calcium, iron, and vitamins, including Vitamin C. Moringa is an excellent superfood for boosting immunity in children and adults, as well as treating constipation.

Drumstick/ Moringa leaves soup recipe by Iyurved
Drumstick/ Moringa leaves soup

Ingredients

  • Fresh drumstick leaves  – ½  cup
  • Chopped Onion, tomato – 1
  • Chopped Garlic – 3 cloves
  • Pepper corns – ¼ tsp
  • Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread – 1 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Coriander – to garnish
  • Oil – ¼ tsp
  • Water – 2 cups

Procedure

  • Wash the drumstick leaves in clean water.
  • In a pressure cooker, add oil, cumin seeds and let it splutter. Then add garlic and pepper corns and saute them.
  • Then add onion, tomato, Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread and saute them well until it is golden brown. 
  • Add washed drumstick leaves and mix well. 
  • Add water and pressure cook the ingredients for 4-5 whistles in the medium flame.
  • Once it is done, separate the soup with the help of strainer in a bowl.
  • Serve!!
1 cup – 81 calories
Additional nutrition benefits 
( 1 tbsp of Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread gives 126 calories with 5.36g of protein).

These healthy recipe of soups can be added to a child’s diet, but they should not be the main source of nutrition. Soups should never be used as a meal replacement.

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5 recipes for easy digestion in Kids

Recipes for easy digestion

Digestion: How does it affects child’s overall health

Most of the diseases emerge in the gut, which is a component of a child’s digestive system.  Digestive tract plays a vital role in our body, as it is responsible for absorbing nutrients and eliminating waste. Digestion means breaking down food into nutrients, which is further used by the body for energy, growth and cell repair. If you want to set your child up for a lifetime of good health, it is essential to flourish the child’s digestive system with healthy bacteria. If you want to set your child up for a lifetime of good health, it is essential to flourish the child’s digestive system with healthy bacteria.  Digestive disorders can affect your child’s growth and development. By recognizing symptoms early, you can help your child lead a healthy life. In this article, you can see how these recipes can help for easy digestion.

Symptoms of digestive disorders in kids:

  • stomach pain
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • low appetite
  • bloating

Constipation in kids:

Constipation is a common problem in kids of all ages. Almost 1 out of 20 children is fighting with this. It is a condition when bowel movement becomes less frequent and stool becomes difficult to pass, which can cause pain and discomfort. Constipation is a nutrient-deficient disease which is caused by lack of fibre. Constipation is not just about how often your baby poops, but it’s also about how difficult it is for your baby to poop (hard stool or hard potty). As long as your child is healthy and passes normal stool without any pain or discomfort, having a bowel movement every second or third day is normal.

How fiber rich foods can help?

Eating processed and packaged food is a common phenomenon nowadays. Children who consume a lot of refined and processed foods in their regular lifestyle, have a higher chance of developing obesity. Such foods are high in sodium and added sugar and lack fiber resulting in poor digestion among children. Fiber is essential to bind with bile and support daily digestion. Lack of fiber directly hampers the digestive system of process kids. 

Fiber is the non-digestible carbohydrate. It is responsible in keeping our digestion healthy and regular. The usual cycle of digestion is between 1 to 1.5 days. However, with the current food choices, this time has become 4 days. So even though your child may be regular, he might still be 4 days late (constipated).

Fiber travels to the large intestine without being digested and also helps to flush out toxins like excess cholesterol, lead, mercury etc. that get released from food. In the absence of Fiber, these waste products get reabsorbed by the body. In addition, fiber is also the food for the good bacteria living in the large intestine (gut).

5 Recipes for easy digestion:

You can boost your child’s digestion with our specially selected recipes. These recipes are made using Kids Daily Nutrition Savoury spread by Iyurved which contains ayurvedic herbs like Brahmi, Ashwagandha, Curcumin, Mulethi, Shallaki, nuts like peanuts, cashews, almonds and seeds of pumpkin, sunflower and melon. All these ingredients will promote the health and function of your digestive system.

1.Recipe of MOONG DAL cheela/pancake with hidden herbs and nuts:

Moong Dal:

It is best to consume this bean every day since it’s loaded with necessary prebiotic fiber. This fiber reaches the gut without getting digested and becomes the food of the bacteria living there. Once the bean sprouts, it has the essential probiotics (bacteria) also which further enhance the health of the gut. The fatty acid present in the bean known as butyrate, is also beneficial for intestinal walls. These have anti-inflammatory properties that help in preventing accumulation of gas and improving a child’s digestive system. 

This recipe of moong dal cheela is good for digestion and can be a good meal option.

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Recipe:

  • 1 cup soaked moong dal paste/ besan/ ragi
  • 3 tbsp Daily Nutrition Savoury Spread (order)
  • Salt per taste
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree

Mix well. Spread on iron pan or non-stick pan. Add drops of ghee. Flip. Cover and cook. Serve. Check more cheela recipes.

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2.Recipe for Moong dal khichdi with hidden herbs and nuts:

Khichdi is an easy, simple and nutritive one-pot meal that a mother may prepare in a flash for her child. Usually, khichdi is prepared by a combination of rice and lentils. Usually, a spoonful of ghee, which is a natural laxative, is commonly served alongside moong dal khichdi. This aids in smoothening the bowel movements in kids and hence is one of the best recipes for easy digestion.

Recipe:

  • Soak rice and moong dal in water for 30 mins.
  • Add 3 tbsp Daily Nutrition Savoury Spread (order) , salt as per taste and drops of ghee in a pressure cooker.
  • Cook in medium flame for 5-6 whistles.
  • Let it cool down and serve.

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3.Recipe of banana PANCAKE with hidden herbs and nuts:

Banana:

Eating banana benefits child’s health in many ways. Just one banana can meet over 50% Fiber and Vitamin C requirement for the day, solving for both Digestion and Immunity. Banana is high in fiber and prebiotics, both of which support smooth digestion.

This recipe for banana pancake is a good choice for kid’s friendly healthy snacks.

Recipe:

  • 1 cup Jowar/Sorghum or whole wheat flour
  • 2 tbsp honey/ dates powder/ sugar
  • pinch of salt, cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp Daily Nutrition Savoury Spread (order here)
  • 1/2 cup banana/pumpkin puree
  • 1-1.25 cups milk or nut milk

Mix all the ingredients well. Add drops of ghee on iron pan or non-stick pan. Spread the batter. Flip. Cover and cook. Serve.

1 tbsp of Daily Nutrition Savoury Spread= 6g of protein with 126 calories for healthy weight gain, bones, digestion, brain, immunity and growth

4.SPROUTS PIZZA: A HEALTHY MILLET PIZZA RECIPE WITH HIDDEN NUTS AND HERBS

SPROUTED GRAINS:

Kids love to eat pizza. Preparing a sprouts pizza with a healthy millet pizza base helps to add nutrition to their favorite foods in a convenient way. The concentration of fiber increases in sprouted grains. Since, sprouted grains is fiber rich food, this sprouts pizza recipe is a good choice as recipes for easy digestion. (What benefit does sprouting give?)

Recipe:

  • Make dough using equal parts of different millet flours.
  • Add 3 tbsp psyllium husk or 1 boiled potato or 1 sweet potato and 1 tbsp nutritional yeast.
  • Salt, oregano as per taste and water just enough to make a sticky dough.
  • Leave to rise for 2-3 hours.

Roll millet pizza base. Then apply sauce (made of Pine nut + basil + 1 garlic + sesame seeds + Add 3 tbsp Daily Nutrition Savoury Spread (order here) + little nut milk/ milk to blend all in a blender). Add chopped onions, sprouts (pea sprouts or alfalfa or other greens) and top it with cheddar cheese or other. Bake and Serve.

1 tbsp of Daily Nutrition Savoury Spread= 6g of protein with 126 calories for healthy weight gain, bones, digestion, brain, immunity and growth

5.Recipe of banana stem paratha with hidden herbs and nuts

BANANA STEM: 

Banana stem is great for the digestive system, as it is 60% fiber or it is a fiber rich food which helps in bowel movement and contributes to the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut. It also helps in flushing out toxins from the body and helps to maintain proper gut health. Banana stem is extremely high in Vitamin B6, which keeps hemoglobin high, gives ample energy and helps kids fight weakness, fatigue and crankiness.

Recipe:

  • 1 cup banana stem
  • 1 cup sprouted Broad beans(Sem)
  • Single cup wheat flour +1 cup sorghum flour
  • 3 tbsp. Daily Nutrition Savoury Spread (order here)

Grind banana stem and sprouted broad bean to make paste. Make soft dough using both flours, paste, salt, carom seeds and Iyurved’s savoury spread (order here) Make paratha and serve.

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Recipe of moong dal fried idli

One of the healthiest fried idli recipes with moong dal and hidden herbs and nuts

Kids love to eat idli. This one of the healthiest fried idli recipes helps to add nutrition to their favourite foods in a convenient way. Kid’s Nutrition is very important nowadays and preparing healthy food recipes for a child is not an easy task. Iyurved is happy to share lots of children’s food recipe ideas which are not only innovative but also very tasty. The recipes shared here are Kids approved!

Let’s try to make every healthy food recipe for a child more tasty and nutritious with (hidden) veggies, herbs and nuts. Check this one of healthiest fried idli recipes for babies, toddlers and kids.

Fried idli recipe with moong dal by Iyurved
Ingredients
  • 2 cup moong dal/mung bean
  • Ginger
  • 7-8 cloves garlic
  • 2 green chilies
  • 1 tbsp mustard seeds
  • Curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 cup curd
  • 1 tbsp lemon
  • Salt to taste
  • Hand full of coriander leaves
  • 2 tbsp Iyurved Daily Nutrition Savoury spread (order here)
Procedure

Soak moong dal overnight. Grind it with chilies, ginger, garlic and 1/2 tbsp salt. Keep aside for 20 minutes. Add curd and whisk fast for 5-7 minutes. Grease the idli stand and pour the batter in each mould. Let it cook in steam for 15 minutes. Fluffy moong dal idli is ready. Cut the idli into 4 equal pieces. Heat oil in a pan. Put mustard seeds, curry leaves, grated ginger, turmeric and idli pieces. Add Iyurved Daily Nutrition Savoury Spread (order here) over it. Fry on low flame for 3-5 minutes. Squeeze lemon over it and garnish with coriander leaves. Healthy snacks is ready for kids.

Benefits OF ADDING DAILY NUTRITION SAVOURY SPREAD:
  • Improves muscle strength and body weight with high protein (6g protein in 1 serving)
  • Strengthens bones and improves height being rich in calcium
  • Boosts brain due to high omega-3 and natural brain herbs
  • Builds immunity due to presence of antioxidants and proven immunity herbs
  • Increases breast milk supply for lactating moms also provides folic acid for baby development

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Mixed with Ayurvedic herbs, this unique Ayurvedic spread is an easy solution to feed daily nutrition for Immunity, Brain development, Bone strength and overall-growth to kids without any fuss.

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The benefit of Vitamin C: Ready Steady Glow!

the benefit of vitamin c

We all love our skin and do care for that. It’s a universal desire to have flawless skin. Yet, sometimes we find ourselves at a stage where we struggle to meet our skin expectations. Dark spots, undoubtedly, are the most common skin issue that is faced across the world. Dark spots aren’t necessarily a condition but the change in the colour of the skin which is usually harmless. The benefit of vitamin C along with the other ingredients for dark spots are well known.

The colour differences of the skin in humans are mainly due to the natural pigment granules present and the amount of the melanin produced. Melanin is pigment which is made by the cells in the skin which provides coloration to the skin and is responsible for the dark spots too. The light and the dark skin complexion depend on the amount of the melanin produced in your body. But how do we reduce the dark spots on the face?

Well, where do we even begin? There are a lot of ingredients but vitamin C has captivated the entire cosmetic industry because of its potential benefits.  It is legendary in the skin care world and is known as the powerhouse. Vitamin C, on the other hand, is the holy grail (for a good reason) for many skin-related issues. The benefit of vitamin C are for reducing dark spots are massive!

Why do dark spots occur?

Dark spots occur when the skin generates more melanin. All types of the skin are affected with this. The types in which the dark spots appear may be melasma, post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (inflammation due to acne, pimples, eczema, burn or frictions), sunspots and even freckles.  There are a lot of factors that could cause dark spots on the face. Here are a few:

  • Excess sun exposure (Tips to use sunscreen)
  • Medication
  • High production of melanin
  • Allergies
  • Heredity of skin pigmentation
  • Inflammatory Diseases
  • Aging
  • Pregnancy or hormonal causes
  • Chemical or physical injury
  • Frequent exposure to some cosmetic product
How to reduce dark spots naturally?

There is no specific model for the mechanism behind the formation of dark spots. Additionally, the development of dark spots is ambiguous and unpredictable. However, there are few ingredients that help in reducing the dark spots.

1. Vitamin C:

It has been recognized as one of the most effective antioxidant (Foods with anti-oxidants) ingredients on the market. The benefit of topical vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid) is thta it promotes collagen production, protects skin from sun UV rays, impedes melanin production (NIH), prevents existing pigments from getting darker and lightens the dark spots.

2. Licorice:

This is an effective botanical ingredient that helps in fighting the dark spots. Studies have shown that licorice root extract contains active components known as glabridin and liquiritin which helps in treating dark spots. The former one helps in retaining the enzyme that produces melanin and the latter one breaks up the melanin hence, reducing the pigmentation. Consequently, it reduces the dark spot on the face.

3. Aloe barbadensis (Aloe vera) leaf juice:

Aloe Vera is the king when it comes to skin. Aloin and Aloesin are the active ingredients present in Aloe Vera. This active could work effectively in reducing dark spots over the period of time. Moreover, it is also responsible for soothing and moisturizing the skin. Aloin has been shown to break down melanin in the skin, whereas aloesin suppresses melanin development by decreasing the action of tyrosinase, an enzyme that produces melanin (NIH).

4. Papaya fruit extract:

Papaya is considered as a natural exfoliant. It contains phytochemicals, fruit acid, beta-carotene, vitamins and enzymes, papain being the major one. It helps in breaking down the skin cells in and improves the skin by breaking the topmost layer of the skin. Thus, reducing the dark spots and enhancing the skin complexion.

5. Strawberry begonia extract:

Saxifraga sarmentosa is the extract from the herb strawberry begonia. It is widely known for its antioxidant and astringent properties. This herb has been used as a cosmetic ingredient for its skin whitening properties. Apart from reducing dark spots it also assists skin tightening and degreases oily skin.

6. Guava fruit extract:

This fruit extract is the newest source of skin care ingredients in the OTC products.  Guava fruit extract helps in reducing the dark spots as it is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C and potassium. It reduces the wrinkles, pigmentation, inflammation and tones the skin.

Which ingredients to avoid?

Despite the fact that every skin care product claims to reduce black spots, there are a few skin care chemicals that must be avoided. When taken for an extended period of time, they can cause serious harm. Therefore, when looking for a solution to help fade black spots, it’s important to do your research. Some cosmetics contain substances that are potentially detrimental to your skin and health. Here are a few to mention:

  • Paraben
  • Phthalates
  • Mercury
  • Aluminum
  • Lead
  • Liquid Bleach
  • Steroids
HOW TO ready steady glow yOUR FACE?

Although vitamin C is generally accepted by all skin types, a patch test is required before usage to identify allergies or danger. Here’s how to get started:

  • Cleans your face well and pat dry.
  • Apply a small amount of vitamin c with the help of the dropper to the affected area
  • Massage gently (in the circular of upward direction)
  • Leave it to fully absorb by the skin
  • Lastly, apply sunscreen

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Epilepsy in kids: Symptoms, Causes and Ayurvedic Remedies

epilepsy in kids

Epilepsy is the most common childhood brain disorder which affects children and adults of all races and ethnic backgrounds. About two-thirds of all children with epilepsy outgrow their seizures by the time they are teenagers. However, it is important for parents to understand why maintaining a healthy lifestyle and ensuring regular medical visits is important to manage epilepsy in kids. (Why nutrition is so important for kid’s health?)

What is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a brain condition that causes a child to have seizures. Also, it is one of the most common disorders of the nervous system. The brain consists of nerve cells that communicate with each other through electrical activity. A seizure occurs when one or more parts of the brain has a burst of abnormal electrical signals that interrupt normal brain signals. Anything that interrupts the normal connections between nerve cells in the brain can cause a seizure including head injuries, infections, poisoning or even brain development problems prior to birth. Though, often a cause for the seizures and epilepsy cannot be found. But when a child has 2 or more seizures with no known cause, this is diagnosed as epilepsy. (Which foods are good for brain development?)

Types of Seizures:

There are mainly two types of seizures:

1. Generalised Seizures: It means sudden abnormal electrical activity throughout the brain and it includes tonic clonic convulsions and absence seizures.

2. Partial Seizures: Partial seizures means abnormal electrical activity in just one part of the brain. This can spread to other parts as well and includes partial seizure, complex partial seizure and secondarily generalized seizure.

Some seizures are very short, lasting only a few seconds, while others can last a few minutes. A doctor will typically diagnose a child with epilepsy (also called a seizure disorder) if:

  • ​The child has one or more seizures
  • The doctor thinks the child is likely to have a seizure again
  • The seizure was not directly caused by another medical condition, like diabetes or a severe infection

Signs of Epilepsy in Kids: 

Symptoms or signs of epilepsy in kids usually depend upon the type of seizure. Most likely, a person with epilepsy will tend to have the same type of seizure each time. Some common signs or symptoms may include:

  • Sudden jerks in arms
  • Strange feeling
  • Sudden blackout & fainting
  • Stiffness in muscles
  • Twitching or trembling of muscles
  • Psychic symptoms

When to see a doctor?

If your child shows any of the following symptoms, then you must visit a doctor:

  • Seizure that lasts for longer duration, like more than five minutes
  • Pregnancy
  • High fever
  • Any injury due to seizure
  • Can’t regain breathing or consciousness even when seizure attack stops
  • Second seizure follows immediately after the first one

What causes Epilepsy in Kids?

Though a clear cause of epilepsy is not known but the most common cause is an injury to the brain. Other causes include:

  • Low oxygen during birth
  • Infections such as meningitis and encephalitis
  • Brain tumor
  • Stroke
  • Any kind of brain damage
  • Prenatal injury
  • Genetic conditions resulting in brain injury such as tuberculosis

Risk factors of Epilepsy:

Certain factors may increase the risk of epilepsy:

  • Age: Epilepsy is more common during early childhood or after the age of 60
  • Family History: A child with family history of epilepsy is at higher risk of epilepsy.
  • Head injuries: Head injuries also increases the risk of epilepsy.
  • Stroke & other brain infections
  • Dementia

How to diagnose epilepsy in kids?

Initially, your doctor will review symptoms and medical history of the patient and run several tests to diagnose this condition:

  • Neurological examination: To review patient’s behavior, motor abilities, mental function and the type of epilepsy.
  • Blood tests: To diagnose the signs of infections, genetic conditions, or other conditions that may be associated with seizures.
  • Electroencephalogram(EEG): To diagnose epilepsy in which doctors attach electrode to patient’s scalp with paste like substance. These electrodes record electrical activity of brain and help to diagnose the type of seizure.
  • Computerized tomography scan (CT): To check the cross sectional images of brain which helps to reveal abnormalities in brain which are responsible for seizures.
  • Functional MRI (fMRI): To measure the change in blood flow that occurs in specific parts of the brain and to detect the exact locations of critical functions such as speech and movement.
  • Positron emission tomography (PET): A small amount of radioactive material is injected into vein that helps to visualize active areas of brain and detect abnormalities.
  • Neuropsychological tests: To assess patient’s thinking, memory and speech skills and to find out which area is more affected.

Treatment of Epilepsy in Kids:

Treatment for epilepsy usually begins with medication. However, it is important to remember that epilepsy is a complex condition and every child is different. Not every child responds to treatment in the same way, so there is no one “right treatment.”

1.Seizure-prevention drugs

There are many seizure-prevention drugs, called anti-epilepsy drugs (AEDs) or anticonvulsant drugs, in the market. However, it sometimes takes a while to find the one that works best for each child. These drugs do not change the brain’s underlying susceptibility to produce seizures. Rather, they only treat the symptoms of epilepsy by reducing the frequency of seizures. The medication will not work properly until it reaches a certain level in the body, and it is important to maintain that level. For this reason, it is especially important to follow the doctor’s specific medication instructions.

2. OTHER TREATMENTS:

  • Brain surgery
  • Medical devices to prevent and control seizures
  • Dietary therapies (e.g. ketogenic diet, modified Atkins diet, low glycemic index treatment)

3. Ayurvedic HERBS FOR EPILEPSY IN KIDS:

In Ayurveda, Epilepsy is called Apasmara (Apa = loss, smara = memory, knowledge, or even consciousness). Akshepaka is a condition characterized by seizures. An imbalance of the Vata dosha in Ayurveda creates convulsions. Likewise, an imbalance of Pitta dosha creates loss of consciousness in terms of doshic effect. Ayurvedic herbs that help with epilepsy:

Brahmi:

For thousands of years, the leaves of the herb have been used to treat epilepsy. Brahmi capsule sharpens the brain by protecting cells, increasing learning and memory power. It is very helpful in preventing epileptic fits and other forms of mental diseases such as neuralgia and bipolar disorder.

Ashwagandha:

Ashwagandha is used in traditional medicines to treat epilepsy and modern research may be able to explain how the herb works. In an animal study, a high dose of ashwagandha by itself was able to reduce convulsions, as well as a lower dosage level combined with the pharmaceutical anti-seizure drug diazepam.

Curcumin:

Curcumin, a principal compound present in turmeric, has an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties. In addition, Preclinical studies have indicated its beneficial effect for the treatment of epilepsy disorders. Moreover, the molecule has an anti-seizure potential in preclinical studies, including chemical and electrical models of acute and chronic epilepsy.

Shallaki:

Some side effects of epilepsy medicines include decreased bone mineral density. This condition is called osteoporosis. Shallaki, also known as Boswellia Serrata, is very beneficial to support bone health and also stress management. Maintenance of bone stability is a difficult task but is also essential for the maintenance of overall health and well being of a person. Bones not only work as the frame for body structure but also help maintain the nervous systems in the anatomy. Shallaki helps maintenance of bone health, stress management and is also helpful for the treatment of epilepsy and headache without any adverse side effects.

Mulethi:

Also known as Licorice or Glycyrrhiza glabra L, Mulethi is a perennial herb that has traditionally been used to treat many diseases including epilepsy. Being a natural product, these herbs have fewer side effects and improved efficacy as compared to the modern medicines.

4. Foods and Nutrients that help to Manage Epilepsy in kids:

Vitamin B6:

Protein rich foods like chicken, fish, nuts, seeds, beans, rice and green leafy vegetables are very good sources of vitamin B6. This vitamin supports the critical functions of the nervous system. In addition, it also boosts the metabolism of various neurotransmitters required for normal brain function.

Vitamin B3: Niacin

Fish, lean meats, nuts & poultry are high in vitamin B3. Vitamin B3 improves circulation and is very helpful in treating brain related disorders. Moreover, it enhances the treatment of epilepsy when used with anticonvulsants.

Vitamin B9: Folic Acid

This nutrient is very important for a healthy nervous system. But in epilepsy patients, folic acid gets depleted and hence should be taken in the form of foods after consultation with a doctor. Lentils, liver, soy flour, black eyed peas, kidney beans and peanuts are rich in this vitamin.

Vitamin D & Calcium:

People with epilepsy taking seizure medications require more of calcium and vitamin D. Milk, cheese, yogurt, dark leafy greens like spinach, kale etc. are few good sources of these nutrients.

Magnesium,Manganese & Zinc:

Nuts like almonds, peanuts, cashews and pumpkin seeds are rich in magnesium. They are also antioxidants which protect against cell damage. Manganese plays an important role in cerebral functions and hence an important nutrient for epilepsy patients. Nuts, whole grains, legumes are rich in this mineral. Zinc is required for bone growth and is often deficient in epileptic people. Adding meat, eggs, nuts and legumes in your child’s diet is important.

SCIENTIFICALLY proven studies

How Brahmi helps in the treatment of epilepsy?

Ashwagandha used as a herb to treat epilepsy.

Proven effectiveness of Curcumin in treating epilepsy.

How shallaki/Boswellia Serrata is useful for treatment of epilepsy?

Licorice or mulethi for treatment of epilepsy.

HOW TO FEED ALL THESE These foods TO KIDS?

Now the question arises- how to include all these bitter Ayurvedic herbs, nuts and seeds in your child’s diet conveniently on a daily basis?


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You can mix in roti/pizza dough (atta), dosa/ idli/ cheela batter, curries/ veggies/ dal/ pasta sauce etc. If the child likes, can be served directly too.

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  • 6g protein per serve
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  • Eczema relief
  • Prevents Constipation
  • Supports Digestion
  • Weight gain
  • Overall development

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We know that preparing and feeding healthy foods everyday is a huge task. Even more tough when kids are picky eaters. Kids prefer certain foods and formats. It is not easy to feed kids bitter Ayurvedic herbs, variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds everyday.
Mixed with Ayurvedic herbs, this unique Ayurvedic savoury spread is an easy solution to feed daily nutrition for Immunity, Brain development, Bone strength and overall-growth to kids without any fuss.

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2 Ways to add nutrition to YOUR kid’s food while travelling

Picnics and vacations are always funtastic and we make many memories along the way. There are several checklists to consider while travelling with children, particularly when it comes to food. Snacks, snacks, and more snacks are the best way of keeping children’s hands and mouths occupied on road trips. Snacks that travel well, keep kids entertained and energized for adventure on the trip. It’s challenging enough to feed nutritious food to kids at home, but it’s even more difficult when the restrictions are relaxed and fast food alternatives abound on a family vacation. Although it might be difficult to ensure your children get proper nutrition on the travel, it is certainly do-able! Here are a few simple ways to incorporate nutrients into your child’s food along the journey. (Travel foods for babies)

How to add nutrition to your child’s food in the easiest way possible?

During the exciting journey, you can add nutrition to foods consumed by children by including :

  • Kids Daily Nutrition Chocolate Spread 
  • Kids Daily Nutrition Savoury Spread 

This unique product is fortified with 5 Ayurvedic herbs, 7 Nuts and seeds, Zero preservatives and No palm oil. It provides Daily Nutrition for kids & teens to help support Immunity, Bone strength, Brain development, weight gain, digestion, lack of appetite and overall growth.

You can take this preservative-free health food on the go to make sure your child receives his or her daily nutrition. All you need to do is – take a spoon of this spread and mix or spread them on foods. It’s so simple. 

How to ADD them TO my child’s HOTEL/ travel foods? 

Children can eat it in most commonly consumed foods and acquire their daily nutritional benefits.

  • 1 serving of Daily Nutrition Chocolate Spread= 3.17g of protein with 122 calories for healthy weight gain, bones, brain, immunity and growth
Apply on puri, roti or paratha.
Spread it on dosa or pancake
Serve it as bun spread
Apply on the bread
Pour it on ice-cream
Mix it in milk
Eat it directly for daily nutrition
  • 1 tbsp of Daily Nutrition Savoury Spread= 6g of protein with 126 calories for healthy weight gain, bones, brain, immunity and growth

Homemade travel snacks for kids 

Kids are fussy eaters. When they are on a road trip or vacation, the last thing on their minds is nutrition; all they want is a nice snack. It is your responsibility as a parent to make sure that your child does not eat junk food. When it comes to snacks for kids, you may have to choose between health and flavour, and taste usually wins. You can try these easy snack recipes for your kids, that not only adds taste but also have good nutritional benefits. These snacks may be made and carried during the journey. (12 Ideas for Healthy Snacks that kids can make with you)

Makhana for kids by Iyurved
Roasted Makhana

Makhana for kids is an amazing seed. A perfect travel snack for kids. This food is high in vital elements such as vitamins and minerals, as well as being light and easy to digest when travelling. (Check recipe)

Pumpkin seeds crackers with millet recipe by Iyurved
Pumpkin seeds millet crackers

Crackers are always easy to munch snacks for kids. This can also be made more nutritious food for kids by adding pumpkin seeds and nuts. Pumpkin seeds are a great bunch of nutrients such as healthy fats, vitamin K, magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper, and phosphorus. (Check recipe)

Recipe of home-made protein bar by Iyurved
Home-made protein Bar

Kids are thrilled to travel, and you know how energetic kids can be! They run around and climb everywhere, which takes a lot of energy. That is why energy bars for kids are the ideal option! Improves muscle strength, strengthens bones and is an excellent storehouse of protein and also nutritious food for kids. (Check recipe)

Sesame -jaggery Laddu

There’s no doubt that laddus are always kids favourite!! They are quick-to-eat, low-mess, high-energy, and healthy snacks for youngsters. You may store it in box and can easily carry as your child can receive required nutrients in just one tiny laddu (Check recipe)

Feeding your child while travelling doesn’t have to be a stressful experience! You can carry Iyurved daily nutrition spread and assure that you and your child enjoy your vacation without worrying about meals with just a little effort on your side!!

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We are happy to introduce our range of nutritious & tasty kid’s Ayurvedic foods!!
We know that preparing and feeding healthy foods everyday is a huge task. Even more tough when kids are picky eaters. Kids prefer certain foods and formats. It is not easy to feed kids bitter Ayurvedic herbs, variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds everyday.
Mixed with Ayurvedic herbs, this unique Ayurvedic spread is an easy solution to feed daily nutrition for Immunity, Brain development, Bone strength and overall-growth to kids without any fuss.

Ayurvedic chocolate spread  by Iyurved

India’s First Tasty Kids Nutrition fortified with Ayurvedic herbs.

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10 best proven home remedies for fever in kids

With every season change, parent’s biggest concern is their kid’s health and how to protect them from fever, cold and cough. Fever is common in children of all age group, no matter how careful you are. Young children are prone to falling ill because their immune systems are not strong enough to fight  toxic air and seasonal allergies.

Fever itself is usually not harmful, in fact it helps the body’s immune system fight off infection. Fever is a defense against infection, it raises the temperature of the body to kill the germs. By increasing the body’s temperature, a fever makes it harder for the bacteria and viruses to survive in the body and cause infection.

What considered as fever:

Many parents complain that their baby’s head is warm most of the time and their feet and palm are hot. Do they have a fever?

Children are considered to have a fever if they have a body temperature of 38.5°C (101.3°F) or more, and babies less than three months old are already considered to have a fever at a body temperature of 38.0°C (100.4°F) or more. Use a reliable digital thermometer to confirm a fever.

Causes of fever in kids

When the child has fever, the doctors are more concerned about what is causing the fever, and not what the child’s temperature is. Fevers can be caused by a few things, including

  • Infection:

Most of the fever is caused by infection or other illness for instance, a common cold, middle ear infection, urinary tract infection (UTI) or gastroenteritis. Fever helps the body to fight this infection by raising body temperature to kill the germs.

  • Vaccination:

Generally after vaccination kids get a slight increase in their body temperature. Child’s immune system is developing antibodies to fight the germs that the vaccine aims to protect them from.

  • Dehydration:

Dehydration caused by severe vomiting or diarrhea or they haven’t had enough fluid and their body is dehydrated. This also causes fever in some cases.

  • Sunburn /sunstroke:

Sunburn, sunstroke or heat stroke may also causes fever in some cases

  • Food allergies or intolerance:

Food allergies or intolerance like lactose intolerance and gluten intolerance may also cause fever in some cases.

Symptoms of fever and when to see a doctor

Generally you can tell that a child has a fever just by looking at them. Typical signs include a red face, tired-looking or glazed eyes and otherwise pale skin. A hot forehead or neck can also be a sign of fever. Some children lose their appetite or cry a lot.

You should consult a doctor if child has following symptoms:

  • Their temperature is above 39°C (102.2°F) or a baby under three months old has a temperature above 38°C (100.4°F)
  • The fever last longer than three days
  • Vomiting and refuses to eat or drink anything
  • Have diarrhea or pain in their belly (home remedies for diarrhea in kids)
  • They have skin rash
  • Stiff neck, are unresponsive, restless or confused
  • More sleepy than usual
  • Problems with breathing
  • They have a febrile seizure (fit)
  • Seem be getting more unwell

Seeing your baby in uncongottable in fever is a difficult thing and you do everything to give them comfort during fever. Taking proper care at home can help your baby to recover fast and regain their energy. Below are some home remedies and foods that can help your baby with fever.

Home remedies and foods for fever that can help:
1. Plenty of fluids:

Offer plenty of fluids to keep them hydrated, because fever can make them sweat excessively and cause dehydration in kids. You can offer your child water or oral rehydration solution. Give a small amount of fluid at a time but multiple times in a day. Apart from this you can also offer hot homemade soups, which are full of essential vitamins and minerals and are easy to digest. Avoid drinks with caffeine, including colas and tea, because they can make dehydration worse by increasing urination.

2. Apple cider vinegar bath:

This is one of the most effective remedies to fight fever. ACV has a lot of disinfectant, antimicrobial, antioxidant properties. In lukewarm water add a cup of apple cider vinegar and give your baby a gentle bath or sponge bath. This will immediately bring down the body temperature and give your baby relief from fever. You can also add a few drops of ACV to a warm compress pack and lay it over your baby’s forehead. this is one of the most effective home remedies of fever.

3. Mustard oil and garlic massage:

Heat mustard oil and roast garlic and carom seeds in it. Once cool, apply this oil on the baby’s head, palm, feet base, chest and back. Leave it applied and let the child sleep. It will help settle the body temperature. Also, any body ache the child has will be resolved. Mustard oil is a very effective cough and cold home remedy. ( how massage is important for kids?)

4. Chamomile tea:

Chamomile is considered to be a safe and effective way to help a child relax and will keep your child hydrated. Bring some water to boil and soak chamomile tea leaves in it for about a minute. Add honey to it and feed a few drops of it to your child, twice a day.

5. Turmeric:

Turmeric is the food for immunity boosting. There is a enough scientific evidence that curcumin compound of turmeric aids in boosting immunity. They also prevents body from any pain, swelling, fever due to its anti-inflammatory property. Offer a glass of luke warm turmeric milk to your child. Out of many home remedies of fever, this is the most powerful.

6. Raisins:

Raisins have antioxidant and antibacterial properties which help in fighting infections and lowering the body temperature during fever. Take a handful of raisins (20-25 approx.), soak all the raisins in a half cup of water for about an hour, once they become soft crush and strain the liquid. Add lime juice to it for better results. Feed this tonic to your child twice a day and see the difference.

7. Onion:

Onions are believed to bring down the temperature gradually. This is one of the most traditional home remedies for fever in children, onions are effective in relieving body pain also. Cut an onion into slices and rub 2 – 3 slices on your child’s feet for 2 minutes each. Repeat this process twice a day.

8. Lemon and honey:

Lemon and Honey are magical foods known for their medicinal properties. The vitamin c content of lemon helps improve immunity and honey provides nourishment. The combination of ingredients is highly effective in reducing fever. Mix one tablespoon of honey and an equal amount of lemon juice or in a glass of warm water add one tablespoon honey and juice of half lemon and feed the mixture to the child and watch the fever go down.

9. Tulsi

Tulsi is an important herb and every household should have it. With its antibiotic properties, it is very effective in bringing the fever down.  Add a few leaves of tulsi to boiling water, allow it to boil for 2 minutes, strain the water and make your child drink this multiple times a day to lower their temperature.

10. Ginger:

People have used ginger as one of the herbal home remedies of fever .  It has anti-inflammatory  antibacterial, antiviral properties that make it an excellent home remedy for fever. You can make ginger tea for the fever. Take a small piece of ginger and grate it and add it to a cup of water. Boiling water boils for a couple of minutes and then takes it out of the flame. Add a little honey and make your child drink this ginger tea three to four times a day.

Do your child often fall sick?

Do your child often fall sick with fever, cold and cough? The food we eat plays a key role in determining the overall health and immunity. It gives the body a condition of being able to resist a particular disease. by adding these foods to your kid’s diet you can prevent them from falling sick again and again by boosting their immunity.

GILOY:

It is a shrub and an essential herb in ayurvedic medicines. Giloy is used to treat a wide range of health conditions. It contains important plant compounds like terpenoids, alkaloids, lignans, and steroids. Research shows that these compounds have antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antidiabetic properties, among other benefits which help to boost immunity.

TULSI:

Tulsi leaves have been scientifically proven to have medicinal properties. It also has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal effects, rich in vitamin c and zinc and thus keeps the infection at a bay and naturally boosts the immunity.

AMLA:

Amla is a storehouse of antioxidants. It is one of the richest sources of vitamin C, which is known to boost immunity. It has antibacterial and astringent properties that boosts immunity.

ASHWAGANDHA:

As an anti-oxidant, boosting immunity is one of the most popular benefits of Ashwagandha for kids. The root activates and increases the levels of enzymes and macrophages, a type of white blood cell that kills bad viruses and bacterias. It also promotes the development of antibodies, which is a major factor in improving the body’s response to a health-threatening infection.

TURMERIC:

A compound found in turmeric, Curcumin, offers therapeutic relief and is a perfect immunity booster for kids. It has a a very high antioxidant value to protect body from invading infections. It is also rich in vitamin A, Thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2) and vitamin C.

NUTS:

The vitamin E found in nuts like almonds, cashews, peanuts and hazelnut help the immune system to fight against invading bacteria. They are a great source of antioxidants that keep the body healthy and disease free by neutralizing free radicals and reducing inflammation.

SEEDS:

Seeds are an incredible source of nutrients. Sunflower seeds are rich in magnesium, vitamin E, antioxidants and good fats. Together they help to boost immunity. Pumpkin seeds are rich in Vitamin E which is necessary for immunity building and also packed with other bone-building nutrients like potassium, magnesium and vitamin K. Melon seeds are a good source of zinc. It helps to boost our immunity, helps in digestion, cell growth, and keeps your nervous system healthy.

ANTIOXIDANTS:

Cocoa contains flavonoid, a naturally occurring compound found in plants which act as antioxidant and help in counteracting free radicals in the body. Also rich in zinc, iron, copper, and vitamins like A, B12 and K. Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant and has an ability to modulate host immune functions. Vitamin E is key for strong immunity and healthy skin and eyes. In recent years, vitamin E supplements have become popular as antioxidants.

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We are happy to introduce our range of nutritious & tasty products for kids!!

We know that preparing and feeding healthy foods everyday is a huge task. Even more tough when kids are picky eaters. Kids prefer certain foods and formats. It is not easy to feed kids bitter Ayurvedic herbs, variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds everyday.
Mixed with Ayurvedic herbs, this unique Ayurvedic chocolate spread is an easy solution to feed daily nutrition for Immunity, Brain development, Bone strength and overall-growth to kids without any fuss.

Let’s try to make every food a child wants to eat more tasty and nutritious with (hidden) veggies, herbs and nuts.

Kids & Teens Immunity Boost Chocolate Spread
Ayurvedic Chocolate Spread

India’s First Tasty Kids Nutrition fortified with Ayurvedic herbs.

For kids falling sick often, give Immunity Boost Chocolate Spread | 0% preservatives | 0% Refined sugar | 0% Palm oil | With Amla, Giloy, Tulsi, Turmeric, Ashwagandha | ORDER

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