5 foods to balance hormones in male child

Teenage comes with many physical and emotional changes in a kid’s life. Both girls and boys experience different kinds of changes. Like girls, boys also go through some major changes during puberty. Puberty is also known as adolescence. In boys puberty starts between 11- 14 years of age. This is the time when you can see the maximum amount of growth in weight and height in kids. There are several changes that may occur at the same time. Your kids may grow some inches suddenly which was followed by a very slow growth from the past few months. Each boy goes through these changes at their own pace. It is important to understand that these changes will be seen differently in each teen. All these physical maturations are result of hormonal changes in kid’s body. Taking care of diet can help to balance hormones in a male child or boy.

Physical changes
Body size

Body size of boys starts increasing. You may observe that legs, arms, hands, feet are growing faster than the rest of the body. This sometimes makes a teen feel awkward but, frequent growth spurts are absolutely common in boys as they enters puberty phase.

Breast growth

The upper body muscles begin to develop. Some boys may experience swelling in the breast area. The reason for this is only hormonal changes. It is a temporary condition which is common in teenage boys. Encourage him to start some regular exercises. It will help in growth.

Voice change

As a boy enters puberty phase, his voice may change. If you feel that your boy’s voice is cracking, he is going through the natural effects of male puberty. His voice will become deeper in some days.

Hair growth

Boys get hair growth around genital area. They will also start having hairs on face (Beard and mustache), under their arms, and on legs. Boys generally love this change as they considered facial hairs as sign of manhood.

Acne

The most common issue is Acne. Almost all teenagers weather boys or girls face break out with pimples from time to time. It is caused as glands in the skin start producing natural oils called sebum. This happens because of increase in puberty hormones in male or boys. This extra sebum clog the skin pores which results in acne.  

Body odor

It is considered as one of the earliest sign of puberty. Boys begin to sweat profusely because of hormonal changes. Sweat itself has no smell. It is just odorless salty water. But the sweat glands located under the arms in the groin produce sebum which get mixed with sweat and make the kids stink.

testicles and scrotum

As the body grows, some changes can be seen in their testicles and scrotum too. It is a natural process just as girls get their periods. The body is getting ready for the process of reproduction.

Emotional Changes
Anxiety

It is natural for a kid to feel anxiety or excitement about the changes that he is experiencing. These changes may push him to worry or wonder if this is normal. Though on having mustache and muscles he feels happy as these are the signs of becoming a man.

Reserved

It is now past that your son shares all the things that happened during the day with you. As he enters puberty phase you find him quite reserved. You may often hear “Nothing” as an answer to most of your questions. He may not like to watch TV and loves to stay in his room only. But, you need to make your relationship stronger at this point of time. Try to have regular talks with him.

Mood swings:

He may become moody at times. It is absolutely normal. The reason behind these mood swings are only change in hormones in male or boys that affects the brain too. Let him handle these mood swings. But, never leave them alone. Always offer or ask if they need help.

Romantic Interest:

Your kid can tell you that he likes someone, or develop a crush at school. These romantic interests can bring lots of ups and downs in your kid’s life. These feelings will lead the kids to develop a deeper capacity to care. But, you have to know every minor development which is happening in kid’s life as everything is new for them and the chances of getting misled are high.

Important nutrients for teenagers
Protein

Adolescent needs a balanced meal with adequate amounts of protein during puberty as protein helps in growth and repair of muscles and tissues. It also generates enzymes and hormones in male. Protein rich diets help them to feel energetic throughout the day. Nuts, seeds, chicken, eggs, fish and cheese are a few high protein foods. (Top nuts and seeds for protein)

Carbohydrates

They are the biggest source of energy for teenagers. Almost 60% of energy (calories) for the day must come from carbohydrate foods. They provide instant energy and keep the kids on their toes. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains and sugar are rich in carbohydrates. (Food for immunity?)

Dietary Fat

Fat should make up no more than 30% of the diet. A teenager who indulges in a fat-heavy diet is going to put on weight, even if he or she is active. Dietary fat contains varying proportions of three types:

  • Monounsaturated fat is the healthiest kind of fat and is found in olives, olive oil, peanuts, peanut, peanut butter, cashews, walnuts, walnut oil and canola oil.
  • Polyunsaturated fat is found in corn oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, soybean oil, cottonseed oil, and sesame-seed oil.
  • Saturated fat is the most cholesterol laden of the three and is found in meat and dairy products like beef, pork, lamb, butter, cheese, cream, egg yolks, coconut oil, and palm oil. (Natural sources of saturated fats?)
Iron

Iron is essential for teens as they go through rapid growth spurts. Both girls and boys need it, especially for girls as they lose more of it once menstruation starts. To provide their body with sufficient amount of mineral teenage male may need to consume more iron. Foods rich in iron such as meat, fish, poultry, green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds should be given to teenagers on a daily basis.(How iron deficiency affects children?)

Calcium and Vitamin D

Adolescent needs calcium to build strong bones which can help them later in life. Deficiency of calcium can increase the risk of developing osteoporosis (a condition in which bones become weak and can easily break). Consumption of vitamin D is equally important as it helps in absorption of calcium. Calcium rich foods include low-fat milk, other dairy foods and dark green vegetables, along with fortified foods like fortified juice and cereal. (Why calcium and vitamin D are important?)

Vitamins: Vitamins are water-soluble or fat-soluble. Leafy vegetables, animal products, nuts & seeds, vegetable oils, dairy foods are rich in fat-soluble vitamins (vitamin A, D, E and K ). Whereas nuts & seeds, fruits, vegetables, grains, milk and dairy foods are high in water-soluble vitamins (vitamin C, the B vitamins). (What foods have which vitamins?

Minerals: Minerals include calcium, iron, sodium, phosphorus, magnesium, chloride and Sulphur are found in nuts, seeds, shellfish, chicken, eggs, beans, cocoa, avocados, berries, yogurt and cheese. (Why calcium?)

Hormone balancing foods
Manjishtha:

Manjishtha is a powerful blood cleanser. It detoxes and purifies the blood. Apart from that, it aids in the removal of blood flow obstructions and promotes great blood circulation. This aids in the treatment of acne. This herb also helps to lift your spirits, leaving you peaceful and relaxed. It elevates your mood by increasing Dopamine levels in your blood (a neurotransmitter that regulates brain activity). Manjishtha’s anti-stress and nootropic properties aid to keep your mind at ease.

Turmeric:

Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory qualities are well-known. Furthermore, it aids in the management of hormone imbalances by regulating estrogen metabolism. It provides excellent liver support. Curcumin, the main ingredient in turmeric, has been found in studies to help the liver detoxify. This improves the liver’s ability to flush out harmful poisons that cause hormone imbalances. It is quite important. Curcumin has also been shown to help with puberty initiation in the event of delayed puberty in a few trials.

Neem:

Neem offers a variety of medical characteristics and benefits in addition to balancing hormones in male and female. It is a powerful antioxidant that aids in the cleansing of the blood. This herb is an excellent hormonal acne treatment as well as a potent healer. It treats acne-prone skin that has been plagued by several ailments since adolescence. Neem also possesses anti-inflammatory, astringent, and antibacterial qualities, which aid in the treatment of hormonal acne.

Nuts:

For your hormones to function properly, the right amount of good fat is essential for balancing hormones in male as it thrive on fat production. Nuts such as peanut, cashew, and almonds are good sources of the same. Almonds have great estrogenic activity. Therefore, it impacts our endocrine system and regulates our major body glands. Whereas, cashews and peanuts have healthy phytoestrogens.

Seeds:

Sunflower, pumpkin, and melon seeds are excellent sources of healthy fats. Vitamin E, antioxidants, magnesium, zinc, potassium, and vitamin K are all abundant in them. These aid in the body’s estrogen and progesterone levels being balanced. Not only that, but they’re beneficial to your overall health because they aid digestion, cell growth, and keep your nervous system in good shape.

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हॉर्मोन असंतुलन को प्रबंधित करने के लिए भोजन

hormonal imbalance

भोजन के विकल्प सीधे शरीर में हार्मोन को प्रभावित कर सकते हैं। मैदा , ब्रेड, पास्ता, पिज्जा, सफेद चावल जैसे रिफाइंड या प्रोसेस्ड कार्ब्स का सेवन सीधे शरीर में ब्लड शुगर को बढ़ा सकता है और अंततः हार्मोन असंतुलन का परिणाम होता है। इसके विपरीत, साबुत अनाज जैसे अमरंथ, जौ या अन्य उच्च फाइबर खाद्य पदार्थ रक्त शर्करा में वृद्धि को नियंत्रित कर सकते हैं और हार्मोन स्वास्थ्य को ठीक करके तनाव का प्रबंधन कर सकते हैं। फाइबर युक्त खाद्य पदार्थ तनाव को दूर करने के लिए उपयुक्त होते हैं क्योंकि वे शरीर में सेरोटोनिन नामक मस्तिष्क को शांत करने वाला रसायन छोड़ते हैं। हॉर्मोन असंतुलन के लिए भोजन मदद कर सकते हैं | 

फाइबर के अलावा, शोध में पाया गया है कि मैग्नीशियम का सेवन बच्चों में तनाव, चिंता और हार्मोन असंतुलन को प्रबंधित करने में मदद कर सकता है। हॉर्मोन असंतुलन के लिए भोजन में मैग्नीशियम सबसे उत्तम है | मैग्नीशियम तंत्रिका संचरण और तंत्रिका-मांसपेशियों के समन्वय के लिए जिम्मेदार है। यह एक बच्चे में अत्यधिक उत्तेजना से बचाता है (जो दर्दनाक हो सकता है)। इस बात पर पर्याप्त शोध चल रहा है कि कैसे मैग्नीशियम तंत्रिका संबंधी विकारों और हार्मोन असंतुलन को ठीक करने या रोकने में मदद कर सकता है।

हार्मोन को संतुलित कैसे रखें?

परंपरागत रूप से, यदि हम सदियों पहले पीछे मुड़कर देखें, तो सेंधा नमक या एप्सम नमक का उपयोग शरीर की नसों को ठीक करने, आराम करने और शांत करने के लिए किया जाता रहा है। एप्सम नमक वास्तव में नमक नहीं है बल्कि मैग्नीशियम सल्फेट नामक खनिज है। इस खनिज में शरीर या पैरों को भिगोने से त्वचा के माध्यम से अच्छी मात्रा में अवशोषण होता है जिसके परिणामस्वरूप नसों और मांसपेशियों को आराम मिलता है।(हॉर्मोन असंतुलन को प्रबंधित करने के लिए भोजन)

अध्ययनों से संकेत मिलता है कि लगभग 50% बच्चे दैनिक मैग्नीशियम की आवश्यकता को पूरा नहीं करते हैं। मैग्नीशियम शरीर में पाए जाने वाले चार प्रचुर मात्रा में खनिजों में से एक है। तो, इस खनिज की कोई भी कमी दैनिक जीवन में आसानी से दिखाई देगी क्योंकि इसके परिणामस्वरूप हार्मोन असंतुलन होता है। मैग्नीशियम हड्डियों के निर्माण, रक्त प्रवाह को बनाए रखने, तनाव को कम रखने और हार्मोन के स्वास्थ्य के लिए  महत्वपूर्ण है। यह उन लड़कियों को भी राहत देता है जो मासिक धर्म में ऐंठन, पैर में ऐंठन और चिड़चिड़े मूड से पीड़ित हैं। (लड़कियों में यौवन)

अस्थमा से पीड़ित बच्चों के लिए, जो खतरनाक वायु गुणवत्ता स्तरों के कारण बढ़ रहा है, मैग्नीशियम मदद कर सकता है। इस अद्भुत खनिज का शांत प्रभाव पड़ता है और इसलिए यह बच्चों में अति सक्रियता और ध्यान की कमी को कम करने में सहायता करता है। शरीर में मिनरल का भंडार बनाए रखने के लिए मैग्नीशियम का दैनिक सेवन आवश्यक है। आहार में मैग्नीशियम युक्त खाद्य पदार्थों को शामिल करना हार्मोन को संतुलित करने का सबसे अच्छा तरीका है। (हार्मोन असंतुलन को ठीक करने वाले फल)

हार्मोन असंतुलन को प्रबंधित करने के लिए भोजन:

पालक, बीन्स, चिया सीड, सूरजमुखी के बीज, जीरा, साबुत गेहूं का आटा, दूध, दही, बादाम, मूंगफली, काजू, क्विनोआ हॉर्मोन असंतुलन के लिए भोजन हैं | सिर्फ 1 साबुत गेहूं की रोटी / पराठा इस खनिज की 15% दैनिक आवश्यकता को पूरा कर सकता है। साथ ही 10 बादाम या काजू 10% और 1 कप पालक 20% देंगे। 

हॉर्मोन असंतुलन के लिए भोजन
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  • मैग्नीशियम हमारे शरीर में विटामिन-डी को अवशोषित करने में भी मदद करता है, जो बदले में हमारी हड्डियों में कैल्शियम को अवशोषित करने में मदद करता है। इसलिए, इस शक्तिशाली खनिज की कमी से सीधे हड्डियां, दांत, बाल और नाखून कमजोर हो जाएंगे। कमजोर हड्डियां (सुस्ती) बच्चों में जलन और तनाव को और बढ़ा देती हैं।
  • माइग्रेन सबसे आम न्यूरो विकारों में से एक है जिसमें मैग्नीशियम के सेवन से भी सुधार हुआ है।
  • चिंता और अवसाद ने दुनिया भर में करोड़ों लोगों को प्रभावित किया है। चिकित्सा के अलावा, मैग्नीशियम के आहार सेवन को संभावित उपचार के रूप में पेश किया गया है।

इसलिए हां! मैग्नीशियम हर बच्चे के लिए जरूरी है। अगली बार जब आपके बच्चे की मांसपेशियां थकी हुई हों या ऐंठन हो, तो पानी के साथ मैग्नीशियम साल्ट का इस्तेमाल करके उनके पैरों को डुबोएं और टेबल सॉल्ट को टेबल पर ही रहने दें!

क्विनोआ मटर खाने की रेसिपी:

आइए हर भोजन को जड़ी-बूटियों और मेवों से स्वादिष्ट और पौष्टिक बनाने का प्रयास करें।

आयुर्वेद के गुप्त स्वास्थ्य घटक- डेली न्यूट्रिशन स्प्रेड से बनी रेसिपी देखें।

बच्चों द्वारा पसंद किए जाने वाले अधिक स्वस्थ व्यंजनों की जाँच करें।

उत्पाद/प्रोडक्ट्स:

हमें बच्चों के लिए पौष्टिक और स्वादिष्ट उत्पादों की अपनी श्रृंखला पेश करते हुए खुशी हो रही है !!

हम जानते हैं कि प्रतिदिन स्वस्थ भोजन तैयार करना और खिलाना एक बहुत बड़ा काम है, और भी कठिन है जब बच्चे अपने द्वारा चयनित भोजन खाने वाले होते हैं। बच्चे कुछ खाद्य पदार्थ और प्रारूप को पसंद करते हैं। बच्चों को हर रोज कड़वी आयुर्वेदिक जड़ी बूटियां, तरह-तरह की सब्जियां, फल, मेवा और बीज खिलाना आसान नहीं होता।

आयुर्वेदिक जड़ी बूटियों के साथ मिश्रित, यह अनूठा उत्पाद बिना किसी झंझट के बच्चों को प्रतिरक्षा(इम्युनिटी), मस्तिष्क के विकास (ब्रेन डेवलपमेंट) , हड्डियों की मजबूती(बोन स्ट्रेंथ) और समग्र विकास (ओवरॉल ग्रोथ) के लिए दैनिक पोषण (डेली न्यूट्रिशन) प्रदान करने का एक आसान उपाय है।


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छोटे बच्चों और किशोरों के माता-पिता के लिए बच्चों के पोषण और स्किनकेयर समुदाय में शामिल हों।

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9 Natural Ways for Hair Fall Control: Home remedies and foods

for hair fall control

“Invest in your hair. It’s the crown you never take off” Let your hair do the talking! We frequently have a complicated relationship with our hair. It stands to reason that we put in a lot of effort to manage our hair and maintain a good hair care routine. This is due to the fact that our hair is one of our most attractive features, and everyone wants to keep it that way. A lot of factors such as pollution, genetic stress, nutritional deficiencies, disease, medications, and improper hair tying causes hair loss. Try these home remedies for hair fall control if you want to reduce hair fall and avoid using chemical hair care products.

9 natural ways for hair fall control:

Whatever the cause of your hair loss, it is critical to establish a proper hair care routine in order to reduce breakage and keep the hair you do have full and healthy. Although, every remedy mentioned on the internet might not work for you. Therefore, it is recommended to try any remedy on a smaller patch to check its suitability on your scalp or skin.

1.OIL MASSAGE:

The benefits of hair massage for hair fall control is amazing. It increases blood circulation, reduces hair fall and promotes hair growth. Moreover, it keeps you relaxed. Massage gently with lukewarm oil. Coconut oil is best suited but some medicated oil such as rosemary oil, arnica oil may be beneficial.

2.FENUGREEK:

Fenugreek do wonders to your hair. It helps in reducing the hair fall and also keeping your hair healthy, soft, and clean. Soak the fenugreek seeds in water overnight. Strain and apply the fenugreek water to your scalp. Let it rest for 1-2 hours and wash with shampoo. You can also make a paste, apply for about 30 mins and wash off. Repeat this procedure twice a week for better results.

3.AMLA:

For centuries, amla has been used as a cure for many hair issues. Amla, a rich source of vitamin C, can be used either in your diet or as an external application. Heat coconut oil with amla powder until it turns brownish-black. Once it is cooled, apply to your roots. Rest it for 2 hours and wash with shampoo. If this feels too sticky for you, then try mixing amla juice with lemon juice and apply it on your scalp. Massage it gently and leave it for about 2 hours. Wash off clean.

4.BHRINGRAJ:

Bhringraj is commonly known for its benefits on hair and for hair fall control. Make a paste of fresh Bhringraj leaves and apply it on the scalp. Leave it for 45 mins and then wash as usual. If you don’t have fresh leaves, then try the tablets or powders available in the market.

5.ESSENTIAL OILS:

Essential oils are one of the greatest tips for hair care. They have antifungal, antibacterial, antiseptic and antibiotic properties too. It helps hair growth and boost circulation. Rosemary oil, geranium oil and tea tree oil are a few to mention. You can mix a few drops of any of these oils with a carrier oil such as coconut or olive oil. Massage it on your scalp. Leave it for 10-15 minutes and wash thoroughly. DO NOT USE CONCENTRATED ESSENTIAL OILS.

6.ALOE VERA:

Aloe vera is an all-rounder. It reduces skin inflammation, scaliness, itching, irritation and moisturizes the skin too. Moreover, aloe vera helps in reducing. It prevents hair loss and liberates the hair follicles blocked by excessive oil secretion. Apply fresh Aloe Vera gel to the scalp. Rub a little. Rest for a good 20 minutes and wash off normally as you would.

7.ONION JUICE:

Although onions have a strong odour and can drive you insane, they will eliminate your tears when it comes to hair fall. It’s a good remedy for hair fall control as it increases the blood supply. If you use this on a regular basis you will notice shiny, thicker and longer hair. Make onion juice by grinding. Apply it evenly on the scalp. Massage gently. Leave it for 30 minutes. Wash normal.

8.EGG HAIR MASK:

Eggs are rich in Sulphur, protein, zinc and phosphorus. It is an excellent remedy for hair fall control. This is because it promotes hair growth, prevents split ends and strengthens the strands.  Mix an egg with a teaspoon of honey and olive oil. Apply it on the scalp and massage it well. Leave it for 20-30 minutes. Wash with cold water.

9.Regular washing and healthy diet:

Regular washing of hair will help to keep the scalp and the hair clean and healthy. It is important to use chemical free hair care products to reduce breakage and hair fall. A healthy diet and consumption of plenty of water will help in nourishing the hair from inside and promote hair growth.

Food for hair fall control:

Diet and nutrition plays a significant role in developing the strength of your hair. Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency known in the world as one of the major reasons for hair fall. There are various foods, nutrients, herbs and essential oils for hair fall control and for hair growth that can help to prevent/cure hair related issues in adults.

PROTEIN RICH FOODS: 

Hair is made up of 95% protein. Absorbable proteins must be a part of diet. Some good sources of proteins include legumes, soy, lentils, eggs, fish, beans and dairy products. (Top nuts and seeds for protein)

VITAMIN B RICH FOODS:

Biotin, a vitamin associated with hair growth, is an essential one to be consumed. Natural sources of vitamin B include dark green leafy vegetables, almonds, eggs, milk, cheese, yoghurt, Salmon and legumes. (What are the reasons of hair fall in kids?)

IRON RICH FOODS:

Anemia is one of the major reasons for hair fall. Iron helps in carrying oxygen to your cell. And as hair follicles are nourished by blood supply it is important to have iron rich foods. Good natural sources of iron include spinach, legumes, nuts and seeds, quinoa, dates, beetroot, broccoli, dark chocolate, fishes, ragi.

VITAMIN E RICH FOODS:

The antioxidant properties of vitamin E have been hailed for its skin and hair benefits. It helps in reducing hair fall to some extent. Also, vitamin E improves overall scalp, hair health and adds shine to the hair. This vitamin is easily found in nuts, sunflower seeds, soya oil, wheat germ, green leafy vegetables, olive oil, sunflower oil, avocado and kiwi.

VITAMIN D RICH FOODS:

Vitamin D stimulates the new and old hair follicles. Low levels of which can cause hair loss. Some foods rich in this vitamin include fishes, mushrooms, ghee, certain cereals, milk and egg yolk. (Why calcium and vitamin D are important?)

VITAMIN C RICH FOODS:

One of the roles of vitamin C in the body is to create a protein collagen which is an important part of hair structure. Moreover, it assists the absorption of iron. Vitamin C is abundantly found in citrus fruits, strawberries, raspberries, peppers, broccoli and kale. (Which food is power house of vitamin C?)

ZINC RICH FOOD:

The deficiency of zinc is one of the reasons for hair fall. This is because zinc has its major part of play in hair growth and hair repair. Food high in zinc comprises pumpkin seeds, whole grains, milk products, poultry, beans, nuts, dark chocolate. (Food that can help to get best skin and hairs)

COLLAGEN: 

Collagen, as studies suggest, is one of the main reasons of hair fall and hair thinning. It is a protein which helps to build your connective tissues like bones, ligaments, cartilage and also improves skin, hair, nails, joints and digestion. It can be commonly found in fish, chicken, egg whites, citrus fruits, berries and garlic. (Which foods can help with acne?)

HIBISCUS:

This flower is rich in vitamin C, flavonoids, amino acids, mucilage fiber, moisture content and antioxidants. It helps prevent hair loss and stimulates regrowth from dormant follicles and also reduces the greying of hair. Another healthy hair tip for hair fall situations and dry hair is to add hibiscus petals to your hair oil & then massage your scalp using this oil.

MORINGA:

Moringa is loaded with nutrients such as Zinc, vitamin A, B, C and E and essential amino acids. It is rich in chlorophyll and antioxidants which helps to nourish your hair. It helps restore strength, promotes hair growth and also repairs damaged hair. (Is this really a superfood to prevent most of the ailments?)

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8 Common Nutritional Deficiencies in Children

nutritional deficiencies in children

Have you ever wondered why your child gets sick or has health difficulties despite having a full plate of food? Do you think that plate provides all the essential nutrients that the child requires? Nowadays, malnutrition is most prevalent and is found to be associated with common nutritional deficiencies in children.

Most parents make the mistake of believing that just because their child eats three meals a day means he or she is getting all of the nutrients needed for growth and development. But, a well-balanced meal consisting of all the important vitamins and minerals is all that the child needs. So, let’s understand what is nutritional deficiencies, symptoms, nutritional deficiencies diseases and foods that help to overcome them. 

 What are nutritional deficiencies?

The child’s body needs a sufficient amount of vitamins and minerals to grow properly and be able to fight and avoid diseases. We refer to these nutrients as micronutrients.

While some are made naturally by the body, the majority come from the foods your children consume. Malnutrition, also known as nutrient deficiency, occurs when your child’s body does not get or is unable to absorb the necessary amount of nutrients. 

Signs and symptoms of nutritional deficiencies in children

Nutritional deficiencies cause health-related problems which can be difficult to detect while your child is young but become more apparent as they develop. Immune deficiency, stunted bone development, delayed brain growth, weariness, digestive troubles, and even early dementia are few common nutritional deficiencies symptoms.

Apart from these common symptoms, nutritional deficiencies diseases also exhibit symptoms such as :

  • Lethargy
  • Loss of attention
  • Dry skin/hair
  • Depression/ Anxiety
  • Delayed speech
  • Weight loss
  • Hyperactivity
  • Frequent cold or flu

8 Common nutritional deficiencies in children

Here is a list of some common nutritional deficiencies in children, their symptoms and dietary sources:

1.Calcium deficiency

Every cell in your body requires calcium to function properly. Calcium helps to mineralize bones and teeth, which is especially important during periods of rapid growth. Calcium is also a signalling molecule, so a deficiency can cause problems with your child’s heart, nerves, and muscles.

You should never take more calcium than you need. Calcium levels in your blood are strictly controlled, therefore any excess is stored in your bones as calcium phosphate. As a result, your bones will release calcium if you don’t get enough of it from the diet.

HeALTH CONCERNS caused due to calcium deficiency

In many cases, a calcium deficiency is not accompanied by symptoms. However, rickets in children and osteoporosis in the elderly are two prevalent forms of calcium deficiency that cause weaker and more fragile bones.

Dietary sources of calcium

Here are some of the calcium-rich foods that you should include in the diet: 

  • Milk and dairy products like cheese and yogurt
  • Moringa
  • Ragi (8 amazing benefits of Ragi)
  • Vegetables like cabbage, mustard, broccoli, lady’s finger
  • Seeds like poppy, chia and sesame
  • Almonds
  • Makhana/ Lotus seeds
  • Amaranth
2.Iron deficiency

Iron deficiency is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies in children. However, it is even more common in picky eaters and toddlers who have weaned from breast milk. (Iron deficiency in children)

Iron is a vital mineral that is found in abundance in red blood cells. Also, iron attaches to haemoglobin and aids oxygen transport between blood cells. It also aids in the production of RBCs.

There are two types of dietary iron – Heme and Non- heme iron. Heme iron is found in animal sources such as red meat and is easily absorbed in the body. Non-heme iron can be present in plant and animal foods, but it is difficult to absorb.

Vegetarians and vegans mostly consume plant sources having non-heme iron which is less absorbed. Hence they are more likely to develop iron deficiency. 

HeALTH CONCERNS caused due to iron deficiency

Anemia is the most common nutritional deficiency in children. The common symptoms of anemia include pale skin, fatigue, weakness and tiredness, poor appetite, craving for strange things like ice, dirt and paint, slower growth and development, behavioural issues, frequent infection.

Dietary sources of iron

The best sources of iron both heme and non-heme are listed below:

Heme iron sources:
  • Red meat
  • Shellfish
  • Organ meat
  • Sardines
Non-heme iron sources:
  • Beans
  • Green leafy vegetables like broccoli, spinach, kale
  • Seeds like pumpkin, sesame, flax and hemp
  • Dried fruits like raisins, prunes and apricot
  • Fruits like apple, pear and pomegranate 
  • Legumes
3.Vitamin D deficiency

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that acts in the body like a steroid hormone and is produced on exposure to sunlight. It aids iron, magnesium, zinc, and phosphate absorption. It also aids calcium absorption and helps in the formation of strong bones and teeth. Not just bones and teeth, vitamin D also builds immunity in the body and fights off attacking viruses and bacteria. (Vitamin D and calcium for building strong bones in kids)

HeALTH CONCERNS caused due to Vitamin D deficiency 

The deficiency of vitamin D prevents the absorption of calcium in the body. Calcium deficiency causes disorders, such as hypocalcemia and hypophosphatemia (rickets), as well as the weakening of bones, certain types of malignancies and lowered immunity. It may also cause growth delay, bone loss and there is an increased risk of fractures. 

Dietary sources of Vitamin D

Sunlight is the natural source of Vitamin D. However, other dietary sources of vitamin D are:

  • Cod liver oil
  • Fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines
  • Egg yolk
  • Banana 
  • Milk and milk products
  • Fortified cereals
  • Mushroom
  • Ragi
4.Vitamin A deficiency

Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that is important. It aids in the formation and maintenance of healthy skin, teeth, bones, and cell membranes, as well. Also, it creates eye pigments, which are essential for vision. For Vitamin A to travel to the required parts of the body, like the retina at the back of the eye, it has to partner with another mineral- Zinc.

Dietary vitamin A comes in two forms:

  • Preformed vitamin A  (Retinol): It is derived from animal sources.
  • Pro-vitamin A (Carotenoid): It is obtained from plant sources.

HeALTH CONCERNS caused due to Vitamin A deficiency

A lack of vitamin A or vitamin A deficiency can cause both acute and chronic eye damage, leading to blindness. Vitamin A deficiency can also weaken the immune system and increase mortality, especially in children and women who are pregnant or lactating.

Dietary sources of Vitamin A

The dietary sources of vitamin A are:

  • Organ meat
  • Fish liver oil
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Carrot
  • Green leafy vegetables

Orange-coloured fruits and vegetables like carrots, mangoes, apricot, and sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A, hence helps to protect your kid from any eye disease.

5.Vitamin B9-Folate deficiency

Vitamin B9, also known as folic acid or folate, is an essential component for the growth and development of the human body. Folate aids in the formation of DNA and RNA, as well as protein metabolism. Dietary folate is also necessary for the production of healthy red blood cells. And it is especially important in times of fast growth, such as during pregnancy and the development of the foetus.

HeALTH CONCERNS caused due to Vitamin B9-Folate deficiency

Folate deficiency in children and babies can cause brain and spinal cord underdevelopment, growth issues, anaemia, and congenital defects. (7 brain-boosting foods for your child) 

Dietary sources of Vitamin B9-Folate

The sources of Vitamin B9 include:

  • Green leafy veggies
  • Fresh fruits
  • Nuts
  • Beans
  • Fortified cereals and bread
  • Seafood
  • Eggs 
  • Peanuts
6.Vitamin B12 – Cobalamin deficiency

Cobalamin is important for the production of blood cells and to sustain healthy nerve cells in the body. However, vegetarians and vegans may not obtain enough vitamin B12 in their meals and may need to take a B12 supplement. (Foods with B vitamins and their importance)

HeALTH CONCERNS caused due to Vitamin B12 – Cobalamin deficiency

A vitamin B12 deficiency causes megaloblastic anemia. The diseases caused by nutritional deficiencies of Vitamin B12 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 show negative effects on the nervous system and nutritional deficiencies symptoms such as confusion, depression and dementia. 

Dietary sources of Vitamin B12 – Cobalamin

The sources of Vitamin B12 include:

  • Dairy products
  • Fish
  • Meat
  • Beef liver
  • Fortified cereals
  • Egg
7.Zinc deficiency

Zinc is an important mineral for healthy growth, digestion, sex hormone development, and immunity in children. A deficit can have an adverse effect on your child’s hair, skin, and nails, as well as his or her cognitive function and height.

HeALTH CONCERNS caused due to zinc deficiency 

Loss of appetite and decreased growth and development in babies and children are early signs of zinc deficiency. They may be angry and sluggish. The immune system of the body may be compromised, causing wounds to heal more slowly and incompletely.

Dietary sources of zinc

The sources of zinc include:

8.Magnesium deficiency

Magnesium is an important mineral in the human body. It’s not only important for bone and tooth structure but it’s also involved in over 300 enzyme processes.

HeALTH CONCERNS caused due to magnesium deficiency

The diseases caused by nutritional deficiencies of magnesium include type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, and osteoporosis. Abnormal heart rhythm, muscular cramps, restless leg syndrome, tiredness, and headaches are the most common magnesium – nutritional deficiencies symptoms. (How magnesium can help to balance hormones in teenagers?)

Dietary sources of magnesium

The sources of magnesium include:

  • Whole grains
  • Nuts
  • Dark chocolate
  • Green leafy vegetables

Almost every vitamin can be lacking in some way. However, the aforementioned flaws are by far the most prevalent. Children, young women, the elderly, vegetarians, and vegans appear to be the most vulnerable to a variety of deficits.

Eating a well-balanced diet rich in full, nutrient-dense foods is the greatest approach to avoid deficiencies. Supplements, on the other hand, maybe essential for people who cannot get enough from their food alone.

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5 foods to manage hormone imbalances in kids and teens

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Food choices have a direct effect on hormone levels in the body. Consuming refined or processed carbohydrates such as white flour, bread, pasta, pizza, and white rice raises blood sugar levels in the body, resulting in hormone imbalances.

Whole grains like amaranth, buckwheat, barley, and other high-fiber diets, on the other hand, can regulate blood sugar spikes and manage stress by making hormones happy. They do so by releasing serotonin, a relaxing neurotransmitter in the brain.

Ayurvedic herbs including Manjishtha, Turmeric, and Neem, in addition to nuts and seeds, have been shown in studies to aid children manage stress, anxiety, and hormone imbalances.

Hormone imbalances:

These hormones are abundant in a newborn baby and gradually decrease over time. They flare up again during puberty, causing dramatic physical changes in teenagers’ bodies. In the process of puberty, teenagers go through a lot of physical changes as well as hormonal changes.

Some physical changes are regulated by changes in the levels of hormones. These are produced by the pituitary gland—luteinizing hormone (responsible for menstrual cycle in girls) and follicle-stimulating hormone (responsible for reproductive system in both girls and boys). Weight increase, acne flare-ups, height gain, hair loss, and behavioral changes such as anxiety, hyperactivity, and short-temperedness are all symptoms of hormone imbalances.

Few ayurvedic herbs are beneficial to children and can assist to alleviate their problems while also balancing their hormones.

Hormone balancing foods:
Manjishtha:

Manjishtha is a powerful blood cleanser. It detoxes and purifies the blood. Apart from that, it aids in the removal of blood flow obstructions and promotes great blood circulation. This aids in the treatment of acne.

This herb also helps to lift your spirits, leaving you peaceful and relaxed. It elevates your mood by increasing Dopamine levels in your blood (a neurotransmitter that regulates brain activity). Manjishtha’s anti-stress and nootropic properties aid to keep your mind at ease.

Turmeric:

Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory qualities are well-known. Furthermore, it aids in the management of hormone imbalances by regulating estrogen metabolism. It provides excellent liver support. Curcumin, the main ingredient in turmeric, has been found in studies to help the liver detoxify. This improves the liver’s ability to flush out harmful poisons that cause hormone imbalances. It is quite important. Curcumin has also been shown to help with puberty initiation in the event of delayed puberty in a few trials.

Neem:

Neem offers a variety of medical characteristics and benefits in addition to balancing hormones. It is a powerful antioxidant that aids in the cleansing of the blood. This herb is an excellent hormonal acne treatment as well as a potent healer. It treats acne-prone skin that has been plagued by several ailments since adolescence. Neem also possesses anti-inflammatory, astringent, and antibacterial qualities, which aid in the treatment of hormonal acne.

Nuts:

For your hormones to function properly, the right amount of good fat is essential as your hormones thrive on fat production. Nuts such as peanut, cashew, and almonds are good sources of the same. Almonds have great estrogenic activity. Therefore, it impacts our endocrine system and regulates our major body glands. Whereas, cashews and peanuts have healthy phytoestrogens.

Seeds:

Sunflower, pumpkin, and melon seeds are excellent sources of healthy fats. Vitamin E, antioxidants, magnesium, zinc, potassium, and vitamin K are all abundant in them. These aid in the body’s estrogen and progesterone levels being balanced. Not only that, but they’re beneficial to your overall health because they aid digestion, cell growth, and keep your nervous system in good shape.

Foods to avoid:
Refined sugar:

Refined sugar and carbs can cause substantial hormonal imbalance. Sugar causes the body’s most critical hormone, Insulin, to malfunction. Insulin interacts with a number of other hormones in the body, including estrogen and testosterone. Furthermore, it depletes vitamin B levels in the body, leading to anxiety and sadness over time.

Greatest source of sugar in the average kid’s diet are sugary snacks and beverages like cookies, cakes, candies, fruit juice, soda, and sports drinks. Everything that the child picks up to eat today has strains of added sugar in some form or the other.

Preservatives: 

Most of the packaged food companies are adding artificial preservatives to delay spoilage and contamination in foods.  To clearly define, artificial preservatives such as nitrates, benzoates, sulphites, sorbates, parabens, formaldehyde, BHT, BHA and several others can cause serious health hazards. Hormone imbalances, hypersensitivity, allergy, asthma, hyperactivity, neurological damage are some hazards.

REfined oil: 

Broadly speaking, all natural and useful elements are removed from oil during the refining process. This is bad for your hormones, digestive system, and respiratory system, and ultimately has a negative impact on your general health.


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12 best open skin pores remedies at home

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Demi Moore once said “I’m a big believer in that if you focus on good skin care, you really won’t need a lot of makeup”. Many concerned queries have recently surfaced regarding open skin pores. It’s not a medical problem, but it’s clearly a cosmetic anxiety for people who are preoccupied with their skin’s appearance.

Our skin has millions of pores, and our skin would not be able to operate effectively without them. They are responsible for keeping our skin hydrated, smooth and moist. These pores are separated into two groups. One which produces sebum (natural oil) whereas the other releases sweat. A lot of factors stimulate these pores by making them look larger than others.

Open skin pores can affect any skin type, however how noticeable they are depends on the kind of skin. With the use of simple home remedies, this article will assist you in making the huge open pores less obvious.

What are Open skin Pores?

Small pit-like pores that appear to be widespread in oily and mixed skin types are known as open skin pores. Your skin will appear healthy and youthful if your pores are closed, however your face will appear old and dull if your pores are open. The clogging of open pores might result in additional skin problems such as blackheads (Home remedies) or pimples (Home remedies).

Dead skin, oil, and debris are shed on a regular basis by our skin. These materials become caught inside the pores, causing the skin to expand to accommodate them all. This process slows around the age of 30, and the skin absorbs extra material before cleansing spontaneously. As a result, the pores become significantly larger.

Furthermore, the elastin and collagen (Natural collagen sources) that helps to keep the pores tight declines over time, causing the pores to stretch and droop.

Open skin pores cause:

Pores are usually of 3 types. O, U and Y shaped pores. There are several causes to it. They include –

Home remedies:

You won’t be able to entirely eliminate open skin pores. However, you can naturally diminish their appearance and improve the texture of your skin.

Steam:

Steaming is regarded as a universal treatment. It can help your skin glow by removing dirt from the pores and making them appear smaller. To make it more appealing, you might add herbs or diluted essential oils.

Exfoliation:

When skin exfoliation is done correctly, it can help open skin pores. It not only helps to remove extra materials from the pores, but it also helps to tighten or shrink them. It increases skin elasticity and smoothness. It’s important not to over-exfoliate because it might dry up the skin and make pores appear larger.

Mix coarsely grounded oats and tomato pulp. Make a paste. Apply this on your face and gently massage them. Rest it for 10 minutes. Rinse well.

Aloe vera:

Zinc can be found in abundance in aloe vera. Zinc is thought to constrict pores and make them appear smaller. It also aids in the improvement of skin texture. It unclogs pores and cleanses, moisturizes, and nourishes the skin.

Massage for 5 minutes with aloe vera gel. Let it rest on the skin for about 10 minutes. Rinse well. This works best when performed daily.

Clay mask:

Clay mask dries up on the skin. It works by deeply cleansing dead skin, sebum, and grime to reduce the appearance of open pores. When these components are removed, pores become tighter and less noticeable. Exfoliators and clay masks should not be used on the same day to avoid drying out the skin.

Make a paste by mixing Fuller’s earth (Multani Mitti) and rose water. Apply it on the face. Let it dry. Rinse with water by gently scrubbing. Moisturize well.

Egg white mask:

The tightening and shrinking of the open skin pore are aided by egg whites. This helps to make it appear less noticeable. It also improves the suppleness of the skin.  Mix one egg white with a few spoons of lemon juice. Apply this on affected areas. Rest it for 30 minutes. Wash well with water.

Apple cider vinegar (ACV):

Apple cider vinegar, when applied correctly, constricts the pores. It’s one of the most effective skin toners. It helps to reduce inflammation and pore size. Mix 1:1 ratio of ACV with water. With the help of a cotton ball apply it on the face. Let it dry out completely. Rinse well and moisturize.

Cucumber:

Cucumber is excellent for oily skin with open pores. It has a high-water content, which aids in skin hydration. It also tightens pores and slows down the ageing process thanks to its antioxidant (Foods rich in antioxidants) effects. Blend frozen cucumber slices with lemon juice. Apply on the face and leave it for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with normal water.

Banana:

Banana skin contains potassium as well as lutein, an antioxidant that helps to tighten pores and rejuvenate the skin. Rub banana peel on the face for 5 minutes. Rest it for 15-20 minutes. Wash well.

Papaya Mash:

The antioxidant and cleaning effects of papaya are well-known. It also contains the enzyme papain, which helps to minimise the size of pores on the skin. Mash papaya pieces well. Gently massage and rest it for 15 minutes. Wash well. You can also make the choice of your fruit or combination of fruits and apply.

Honey:

Honey is the most basic home medicine and has been used for centuries. It works as a natural astringent, cleaning, toning, tightening pores, and improving overall skin texture. Massage with honey on the open skin pores in the circular motion. Wait for 15-20 minutes. Wash with lukewarm water followed by cold water. 

Essential oil:

The viscosity of jojoba oil is thought to be similar to that of natural skin oil. It helps to minimise the size of pores. It is regarded as one of the most effective home treatments for clogged pores. For a few minutes, massage with jojoba oil in a circular manner. Allow it to sit for 24 hours.

Moisturize:

An oil-free moisturizer helps minimize pore expansion, which may seem paradoxical. Cleanse your face thoroughly. Allow to air dry. Moisturize your skin.

Tips to prevent open skin pores:

Here are a few pointers to help you avoid clogged pores. Try them out to see if you notice a difference in your skin.

  • Stay hydrated
  • Healthy diet
  • Apply sunscreen on a daily basis
  • Exfoliate but make sure not to over-exfoliate
  • Do not prick or squeeze the pores of pimples
  • Try to avoid acne
  • Remove make up before sleep
  • Clean your at least twice a day
  • Evaluate your skin care products
  • Deep-pore cleansing once a month

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What triggers eczema? 8 Tips for treating eczema

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Treating eczema at times is hard to deal with. In addition to infants and babies, eczema can also affects teens and adults. It is possible that some people will be able to overcome this condition. In most cases, this is the long term skin condition that flares up periodically. Eczema is a skin condition in which the body develops patches on the skin that can be itchy, dry, red, inflamed, cracked and rough.

In spite of the fact that a lot of research has been done, a cure has not yet been found. Few medications or creams can help reduce inflammation. Some home remedies can soothe the skin and make it better. It must be noted that eczema can be triggered by some foods too. Avoiding them will help a lot.

By the end of this read, you will find a few tips and tips that will help in preventing and reducing eczema to some extent.

Types of eczema:

There are 7 most common types of eczema. Each of which has a different trigger and diverse symptoms.

Atopic dermatitis:

This is the most prevailing type of eczema. Usually outgrows by adulthood. Many people often suffer from hay fever and asthma along with atopic dermatitis (usually referred as a triad).

Common symptoms include: Rash (Elbow, knees, scalp, cheeks), dryness, inflammation, lighter or darker skin. thicker skin at times, small bumps

Causes: Skin’s weakened protection against irritants, allergens. Genetics. Immune system issues 

Contact dermatitis:

This happens when your skin comes into contact with irritants, as the name implies. It can be either allergic contact or irritant contact dermatitis.

Common symptoms include: Burning, itching, redness, sting, inflammation, bumps, blisters, leathery skin

Causes: Latex, metals, bleach, chemicals in personal care products, paints, poisonous plants, solvents

Stasis dermatitis:

In this type, fluid flows out of weaker veins into your skin.

Common symptoms include: Heavy legs, redness, varicose veins, leg swelling, itching, pain

Causes: Blood flow complication in the lower legs

Dyshidrotic eczema:

Usually affects fingers, palms, hands, toes and feet. Seen more in women as compared.

Common symptoms include: Fluid blisters, irritation, itching, redness, pain, scaly patches

Causes: Stress, allergies, constant wetness, metal exposure

Neurodermatitis:

More or less similar to atopic dermatitis. It affects arms, forearms, wrist, legs, head, feet’s sole, neck, scalp, genitals.

Common symptoms include: Hard skin, redness, itchy, scaly patches, inflammation

Causes: Stress, localized itch maybe due to insects

Hand eczema:

As the name suggests, this type of eczema affects only hands.

Common symptoms include: Dry, Red hands, itching, cracks, at times blisters, irritation

Causes: Frequent exposure to chemicals in any form

Nummular eczema:

Nummular eczema can be easily differentiable from the other types because of its formation. The coin shaped patches occur in different parts of the body, especially legs, and seem to be prone in men.

Common symptoms include: Coin shape formation, itchy, dry and scaly

Causes: Allergic reaction, insect bite, dry skin

Some common symptoms of eczema:

The symptoms of eczema may vary according to age. These symptoms helps in treating eczema. Though there are not many differences but can be noticeable.

General: Mild severity. Itching. Dryness. Redness. Scaly skin. Weeping sores. Infections if scratched frequently.

Skin colour: People whose skin tone is not white usually have eczema rash in brown colour. Light or dark patches. Hyperpigmentation.

Infants (below 2 years): Itchiness, dryness, boils, rash on cheeks, scalp and chest, redness, sensitive skin

Childhood (above 2 years): Usually overcome as the child gets older. Small bumps, itching, thick skin, rash on necks, legs, wrists, creases of buttocks, elbow and knees, light or dark rash, redness

Adults: Dry skin, infections, redness, extremely itchy, rash cover the whole body, scaly skin, irritated skin, eczema on eyelids and hands, patches, cracked skin, inflammation, bumps, blisters, thick skin, skin more prone to infections

Causes of eczema:

The absolute cause of eczema is quite unidentified. But it is alleged to be triggered by some environmental, genetic, atopic conditions.

  • Some specific foods
  • Stress
  • Hormones
  • Genetics
  • Extreme temperature conditions
  • Overactive immune system
  • Allergens
  • Irritant chemicals (personal care and others)
  • Sweating
  • Scratchy material
Home remedies:

Home remedies will help in alleviating the inflammation and are not complete treatment. Treating eczema completely is quite not possible. Please make sure to do a patch test before applying anything.

Bathing:

Clean and moist skin is an important routine to follow while treating eczema. This is important to avoid infections. But if not taken proper care while bathing, eczema can be worse.

Do’s: Use lukewarm water, follow 10-15 minutes of bath time, apply moisturizer within 3 minutes after patting dry, use mild body care products

Don’ts: Avoid harsh scrubbing, usage of to much of soap, usage of extreme water temperatures, Harsh cleansing or cleaning products

Aloe vera:

Aloe vera helps in soothing the skin. This is considered as one of the effective remedy in treating eczema as it’s natural. It also helps as it has antimicrobial, antibacterial and wound healing properties. It also prevents infections. Take some amount of pure aloe vera gel. Apply it to the affected areas. Gently massage until it blends in the skin.

Coconut oil:

Coconut oil helps in protecting and retaining skin hydration with the help of fatty acids present in them. It works well for inflammations as it has anti-inflammatory properties. Apply virgin coconut oil to the affected areas after bathing and before bed too. You can also apply and massage it slightly whenever your skin feels dry.

Apple cider vinegar:

The National Eczema Association states that apple cider vinegar helps with treating eczema skin condition when used with caution. It helps by fighting bacteria and balancing skin’s acidity levels. It is most important to DILUTE apple cider vinegar before using it. Mix 1:1 ratio of water and ACV. Lightly dip the cotton swab into it. Apply it on the affected areas. Cover it for an hour or two. Rinse well. Pat dry and moisturize.  Avoid contact with cuts, bruises, eyes and intimate areas.

Honey:

Honey has natural moisturizing properties. It works as a natural emollient. Moreover, it has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties too. Also, it helps in healing the wound faster. Few studies have shown that it also boosts immune system function. Take a suitable amount of raw unprocessed honey. Apply to the affected area. Rest it for 20-30 minutes. Rinse well.

Bleach bath:

Bleach is effective in killing the harmful bacteria. In fact, few studies have shown that although it may feel dangerous it actually helps in improving eczema symptoms. Use lukewarm water in the process. In a bathtub, add half a cup of regular strength bleach (6%). Mix it well. Soak in for 5-10 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Pat dry and moisturize well. If discomfort or irritation occurs immediately terminate the process. Avoid contact with eyes. Also, it must be noted that people suffering from breathing problems must avoid this remedy.

Oatmeal:

Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties. It helps in improving skin dryness by maintaining the skin moisture. Also, it helps in making the skin soft and reduces the intensity of itching. For eczema colloidal oatmeal is used. It’s the form of oats which are ground and boiled. This process extracts the skin healing properties of oatmeal. It’s easy to use. Just add 2-3 spoons of colloidal oatmeal in the warm bath. Soak for 10-15 minutes. Rinse well.

Essential oil:

Tea tree oil is used for most of the skin treatments. It has good antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It also heals the wounds faster. Moreover, it reduces the eczema symptoms by moisturizing the skin and reducing the risk of infections. Make sure to DILUTE any essential oil before use. Mix tea tree oil in coconut, almond or olive oil. Apply to the affected parts. Rest it for about 15 minutes.

Few tips for eczema babies and children:

Extra care must be taken while treating eczema in babies and children as their skin is quite sensitive and may react quicker.

  • Use mild, chemical free moisturizers
  • Oat’s bath is generally safe for babies. Care must be taken for sensitive areas.
  • Avoid bathing the babies frequently
  • Make sure baby gets enough air flow when covered
  • Avoid tight clothing
  • Use mittens whenever required
  • Use chemical free baby care products
  • Fragrance free and alcohol-free wipes must be proffered
  • Extra care must be taken in extreme weather conditions
How to prevent eczema?

Eczema sufferers can do a number of things to improve their skin’s health and lessen symptoms.

  • Moisturize daily (twice or thrice or whenever dryness occurs)
  • Avoid going near strong heat sources
  • Use lukewarm water for bathing
  • Limit the bathing time
  • Dry yourself well
  • Reducing stress
  • Avoid scrubbing and scratching
  • Identify your triggers and avoid them
  • Cut fingernails often
  • Use gentle skin care products
  • Avoid chemical products
  • Avoid tight fitting clothing
  • Wear soft cotton clothes
  • Take extra care in winters
  • Clean yourself thoroughly when sweating a lot
  • Avoid dust and mites too
Eczema foods: What to eat and what to avoid:

Eczema in some people can be triggered by certain foods. Some foods provoke the body to release certain immune system compounds that cause inflammation thus, inducing eczema.

Foods to eat:

Anti-inflammatory foods must be included in the diet.

Berries: Contains antioxidants. Blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries. Cherries too can help.

Fish: Rich source of omega 3 fatty acids. Salmon, sardines, mackerel, tuna

Vegetables: Great source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Broccoli, spinach, kale, peppers

Probiotic rich foods: They promote good bacteria in the gut.  Kefir, kombucha, yogurt, fermented foods, cheese, buttermilk, kanji, sauerkraut. Moderation is important.

Foods to avoid:

Well, you might love some foods that are mentioned below but that can be the cause of eczema triggers. Make sure to eliminate the foods that trigger you. Try one food at a time for 6-8 weeks to understand what triggers your eczema. Above all, this is an important step to be followed while treating eczema. Either one or a combination of foods can activate or worsen eczema.

Some common food triggers:

  • Gluten
  • Soy
  • Nuts
  • Dairy
  • Eggs
  • Citrus fruits
  • Tomatoes
  • Vanilla
  • Cloves
  • Cinnamon

It is often seen that people suffering from dyshidrotic eczema get triggered by foods that contain nickel. Some of these are –

Eczema in some people can also be evoked by some birch pollen. This means they might have allergy to-

  • Pears
  • Hazelnut
  • Carrots
  • Green apples
Extra: Why does eczema get worse at night for some people?

There can be multiple reasons for the same. Fading of the remedies or medication done during the day time, scratching more in sleep, stress, environmental disturbances, few reactions or decrease in body’s temperature can be some of the reasons.

  • To avoid eczema to get worse at night try these tips –
  • Avoid triggers before bed (Best ways)
  • Keep yourself well hydrated and moisturized before bed
  • Meditate or release stress
  • Bathing or medicated baths before bed (Followed by moisturizing immediately)
  • Use clean sheets and do not use harsh fabrics
  • If you feel a bit scratchy before bed, wear gloves and sleep
  • Keep the surrounding clean and cool
  • Try wet wrapping

Eczema has no complete cure as of now. Prevention and proper care will help you reduce the eczema symptoms and make your life easier.


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How to treat face with blackheads- 7 Home remedies and foods

face with blackheads

Life isn’t perfect, but your skin can be! Blackheads are no fun. They come in abundance and are hard to hide. This read will help you to stay away from the horrors of having those black spots (blackheads, of course). Also, will help you treat your face with blackheads with the easy kitchen superstars. (Home remedies for hyperpigmentation)

Our skin has oil glands all over the body and face too. They tend to accumulate all kinds of dirt, sebum and dead cells. If not cleaned on a timely basis they can cause blackheads and whiteheads. Blackheads are most commonly seen on and around the nose, cheeks and forehead. But they can also appear on the other part of the body.

People having oily skin (Home remedies for oily skin) are prone to black heads but unfortunately, the beauty is that it can affect everyone, lol. One thing that I would like to highlight here is STOP SQUEEZING YOUR BLACKHEADS! It will make them worse.

Wait, what exactly are blackheads?

In simple terms, tiny bumps appear on the skin when the pores are clogged with dead skin cells, sebum and debris. These, when exposed to the surface of the skin, get oxidized (with the oxygen in the air) followed by the formation of black or grey colour. These black bumps are known as blackheads. Scientifically called as comedo or comedones.

Blackhead causes:

A lot of people have a misconception that poor body hygiene causes blackheads. Well, there are many underlying causes that lead to blackhead formation. Here are some.

  • Excess oil production
  • Hormonal changes (Foods to manage hormone imbalance)
  • Pregnancy
  • Age
  • Genetics
  • Heavy sweating
  • Dead cell or bacteria build up
  • Oil based products
  • Certain medication (such as steroids)
  • High humidity
  • Avoid actions and tools that open up pores
How to get rid of blackheads? Home remedies:

Don’t wish to have expensive treatments for blackheads? NO worries. We are here with 7 effective ways to treat face with blackheads! Home remedies are safe to use and are natural solutions.

Steaming:

Face steaming is an effective way to clean blackheads. In fact, it is considered as a first step to treat face with blackheads. It helps by opening up the pores and softens the stubborn blackheads. Moreover, it helps to clear toxins from the face.

Baking Soda:

Apart from its use in baking, baking soda acts as an excellent home remedy for blackheads. It has antibacterial properties. In addition, it is a great exfoliator and balances skin pH too.

Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 2 tablespoons of water. To it add a few drops of lemon. Make a paste. Apply to the affected areas. Scrub and rest for 15-20 minutes and wash with lukewarm water. If this suits you, use it every day for better results.

Green tea:

Antioxidant properties of green tea are well known. Besides, it helps in removing excel oil, impurities from the skin and unclog the pores.

Mix 1 tablespoon of dry green tea leaves with 2 tablespoons of water to make a not too smooth paste. Gently scrub on the blackheads. Leave for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. Use this once or twice a week.

Egg and honey mask:

face with blackheads need a good mask. Great ingredients give great output. Eggs are known for its properties of tightening pores, eliminating excess dirt, dead skin and facial hair. While honey keeps the skin hydrated.

Mix egg white with 1 tablespoon of honey. Apply on the blackheads. Let it dry. Peel off or wash with lukewarm water. Repeat this once or twice a week for better results.

Coconut oil scrub:

Coconut oil, turmeric and sugar works well to eliminate blackheads. Oil soothes and hydrates the skin whereas turmeric has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Sugar acts as an exfoliator.

Mix 2 tablespoons of coconut oil along with 1 tablespoon of turmeric and sugar. Scrub gently and rest it for 10-15 minutes. Using this on alternative days shows good results.

Cinnamon and lemon:

Great remedy for blackheads out there. Cinnamon improves the blood circulation and helps in tightening the pores. Lemon on the other hand, is rich in vitamin C and is responsible for fighting blackheads by reducing the oil content.

Mix 2 tablespoons of cinnamon powder and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Make a smooth paste. Rest it for 15-20 minutes. Wash with lukewarm water. Use honey to moisturize after. Use this on alternative days for better results.

Tomato:

If you have oily skin then this remedy will suit you best. Tomato absorbs oil and shrinks the pores. Moreover, it brightens the skin.

Take a slice of tomato. On it add some sugar. Scrub gently and let it rest for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.

Tips to prevent blackheads:

It’s always better to prevent than cure. Few tips to prevent the blackhead formation that doesn’t cost you a penny.

  • Wash your face twice a day (and even after heavy workout)
  • Avoid over scrubbing or over exfoliation
  • Use oil free sunscreen
  • Use good quality cosmetic product or oil free one and alcohol free (prefer non-comedogenic products)
  • Get enough rest
  • Drink good amount of water
  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Avoid squeezing, popping, pricking and touching
  • Avoid tight clothes
  • Try to avoid excess hot or cold water on the skin
  • Keep your skin well hydrated
  • Remove makeup before sleeping
Pro tip: How to make your own pore strip at home

Pore strips are used to peel off the blackheads. Here’s how you can make it at home.

What you need: Milk, honey and cotton strip

How to make: Mix 1 tablespoon of whole milk with 1 tablespoon of honey. Microwave for 10-12 seconds. When warm apply on the affected areas and place a cotton strip on it. Let it dry or rest for 15-20 minutes. Gently peel off and rinse.

Foods to reduce blackheads:

Certain foods when consumed affect our skin in a positive manner. Few of them are-


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All about coconut oil benefits: Skin, Hair, Body and Oral hygiene

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Coconut oil is widely considered as a “True Superfood”. This is because there aren’t a lot of things that coconut oil can’t do. While talking about coconut oil benefits, it can be considered as “Do it all miracle oil”.

Coconut oil is derived from the lifeline of the health tree i.e., coconut tree. It is well known for its taste, health and other versatile benefits that you may not be even aware of. Over decades, coconut oil has gained its fame as a healthiest food for skin, hair and body and the benefits are beyond your expectations.

Let’s get aware of what all this hype is about with the science-backed health benefits of coconut oil for skin, hair, body, oral health and others.

Composition of coconut oil:

Coconut oil is rich in Medium Chain Fatty acids (MCT). These MCTs are easier to burn and harder for the body to convert into fats. It is a rich source of Vitamin E and almost 100% fat.

Fatty acids found in coconut oil include –

Saturated fatty acids: Lauric acid, Myristic acid, Palmitic acids, Caprylic acid, Stearic acid, Capric acid.

Unsaturated fatty acids: Oleic acid, Linoleic acid

Types of coconut oil:

Broadly speaking, Coconut oil is classified into two: refined coconut oil and virgin coconut oil.

Refined coconut oil is produced through heat exposure. It is refined, bleached, deodorized and made from dried coconut. Moreover, it is less expensive, has a neutral scent and higher smoke point. Usually recommended for cooking and have fewer nutritional properties.

Virgin coconut oil is a pure form of oil and is produced without heat exposure. It is made from cold pressing and is unbleached. Moreover, it retains all the natural aroma and has a lower smoke point. It tastes great and has numerous health and nutritional benefits. It is recommended to consume this raw like a dressing.

Cold pressed coconut oil is extremely pure and raw. It has a higher smoke point and is considered better for high temperature cooking. This is usually priced higher since the extraction process retains all the nutrients.

Benefits of coconut oil for skin:

Apart from cooking, coconut oil has some outstanding benefits for skin too. It shines in the beauty product sector too. Read below to explore more about coconut oil benefits for skin.

Treating dry skin:

Skin hydration is an issue faced by most of us. Coconut oil helps in protecting and retaining skin hydration with the help of fatty acids present in them. If you have oily face skin, then try to avoid its use. (Home remedies for dry skin)

Protection against UV radiation: Natural sunscreen

Coconut oil 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. Although this may be true but it won’t work as a complete protection. (How to apply sunscreen)

Reduces Inflammation:

The major reasons for skin inflammation include eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis. Since, coconut oil possess anti-inflammatory properties, it is a quick fix that penetrates the skin easily.

Treating Pimples:

Coconut oil contains MCTs that help in reducing pimples or acne by killing the bacterias responsible for this. Therefore, application of a thin layer of coconut oil to the affected areas works. (Home remedies to reduce pimples)

Keeps you safe from infections:

As coconut oil contains lauric acid and other essential fatty acids too, it possesses antimicrobial, antifungal and antiviral properties. This helps in prevention of infection in the body. Consumption and application both work well. (Immunity boosting foods)

Heals wounds:

Coconut oil helps in wound healing by increasing the production of collagen. It is considered as an important wound healing protein.

Anti-ageing:

Apart from soothing, smoothing and nourishing the skin, coconut oil acts as an anti-ageing serum. It is rich in vitamins, vitamin A and fatty acids that reduce wrinkles, fine lines, damaged skin and hyperpigmentation. Moreover, it improves the skin elasticity to a greater extent. (How sugar affects your skin)

Stretch marks:

Coconut oil can be an effective remedy to reduce stretch marks. Application of a mixture of warm coconut oil with pure kapoor (camphor) works best.

Treats baby rashes:

Baby’s skin is quite sensitive. Rashes caused by diapers and heat can be treated with the help of coconut oil. Since coconut oil has soothing and hydrating properties, it reduces the inflammation thus giving relief from itching and irritation. (Home remedies to treat heat rash)

Benefits of coconut oil for hair:

Coconut oil is not only beneficial for the skin but also plays an important role in hair nourishment. Mentioned below are few benefits of coconut oil for hair:

Prevents damage:

Your hair is more vulnerable when wet. When the hair is wet it undergoes structural changes by absorbing water. This results in hair damage and hair fall. Applying coconut oil before and after hair wash prevents damage by reducing protein loss. If applied before, it reduces the amount of damage during washing whereas application of the same after bath prevents damage caused by friction and styling. Moreover, it keeps your hair soft and smooth. (Hair fall home remedies)

Makes your hair shine:

Coconut oil helps in hair shine as it penetrates the scalp much better than other mineral oils. It protects the hair and locks the moisture thus, providing shine to the hair strands. This is the secret of long and shiny hairs.

Protects your hair:

Coconut oil contains essential properties that are important for revamping damaged hair. The nutrient in the oil nourishes the scalp thus protecting it from damage. Its chemical structure is so superior that it helps in protecting the hair from the environmental and cosmetic damages.

Aids hair growth:

Longer, thicker and shinier hair can be obtained from coconut oil. In addition, coconut oil helps in aiding hair growth by reducing breakage, moisturizing the hair, reducing protein loss and protection against environmental damage. It also promotes hair growth by removing excess sebum from the hair follicles. For this to work best, you need to make it a regular beauty regimen. (Reasons of hair fall in kids and remedies)

Prevents lice:

The initial step of lice prevention can be usage of coconut oil. Massaging coconut oil along with tea tree oil kills the lice. Alternatively, you can use apple cider vinegar to wash off the lice eggs after the coconut oil treatment.

Protects hair from sun UV radiations:

Studies state that application of coconut oil protects the hair from the sun’s harmful radiations. It may work as a weak sunscreen.

Treats dandruff:

Coconut oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties. That is why frequent massage of warm coconut oil reduces dandruff. (Home remedies for dry and itchy scalp)

Benefits of coconut oil for oral hygiene:

Coconut oil for oral hygiene has been used since decades. Oil pulling is the natural way of preventing any oral health issues. It helps in maintaining the oral hygiene by

  • Killing the harmful bacterias
  • Reduce bad breaths
  • Prevents dental plaque
  • Prevents tooth decay (Importance of teeth brushing in kids)
  • Preventing gum disease
  • Reduce build-up of food debris
  • Prevents formation of film on tongue
How to oil pull?

It’s simple! Oil pulling is more like an oil mouthwash. Swish coconut oil in your mouth for 15-20 minutes and spit out followed by brushing. The reason behind doing this is, every time you oil pull, the fatty acids present in the oil traps the bacteria and removes them from the mouth. Isn’t it an interesting fact about coconut oil benefits?

Coconut oil drinking benefits: Body care
Boost heart health:

Coconut oil may help in boosting heart health. It contains saturated fatty acids but these work differently as compared to the other saturated fats. It increases the healthy cholesterol (HDL, good fat) in the body while lowering the harmful effects of LDL. Additionally, the MCTs present in this oil are not involved in the cholesterol transport. On the whole, it may help boost heart health.

Quick source of energy:

MCTs present in the coconut oil are easily digested and go directly from your gut to the liver. The body uses them as a quick energy source without increasing the blood sugar levels. (Power foods all kids need)

Helps in fat burning:

Coconut oil helps in the proper functioning of the thyroid and endocrine system. It boosts the body’s metabolic rates which aids weight loss. The major fats from coconut oil are converted into energy rather than being stored as a fat. (Natural ways for weight loss)

Reduce hunger:

Studies shows that coconut oil is responsible for satiety. It reduces hunger by producing ketones in the body. This aids to weight loss also as the intake of the calories reduces. (Tips to increase appetite in kids)

Improve Cognitive (Brain) Functions:

One of the lesser-known facts about coconut oil benefits is its role in improving brain function. The MCTs present in this oil break down into super rich ketones which act as an alternative energy source (fuel) for the brain. This helps in boosting memory. Moreover, it has been studied that it enhances the abilities of language and orientation in Alzheimer patients. (Foods for brain development in kids)

Controls blood sugar:

Recent work on the impact of coconut oil on the blood sugar level states that it helps in promoting insulin secretion. In addition to that, it helps in stabilizing the blood sugar levels and  encourages effective use of blood glucose.

Boost Bone Health:

Coconut oil helps boost bone health in two ways. Firstly, being a rich source of antioxidants, it neutralizes the free radicals and reduces oxidative stress. Secondly, it helps in the absorption of calcium, magnesium and other fat-soluble vitamins and minerals. In addition, it is useful in reducing the symptoms of osteoporosis and arthritis. (Bone development in kids)

Reduce stress:

The combination of two properties of the virgin coconut oil helps in relaxing the body. This oil can be used in aromatherapy which helps in body and mind relaxation. Gentle massage of coconut oil eases the stress.

Balance hormones:

Hormonal imbalance is quite a matter of concern these days. Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid. It helps in balancing the hormones and may have a good effect on the estrogen levels. It is good to consume this during menopause. (Foods to manage hormone imbalance)

Everything is okay, but how much coconut oil per day?

Even though coconut oil serves abundant health benefits, moderate use of it is required.  It should be treated like any other fat that you come across. You can enjoy all the benefits of coconut when consumed in adequate amounts.

Usually, it is best to limit yourself to about 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a day.

Health benefits of coconut water:

Not only coconut oil but also coconut water plays an important role in the body.

  • Good source of hydration
  • Great source of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium (Calcium rich foods)
  • Help in preventing kidney stones
  • Instant energy source
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Aids in digestion (Probiotic foods)
  • Healthy skin
  • Hangover cure
  • Treats flatulence, stomach ulcer and gastrointestinal issues
  • Prevention against infections
  • Eliminates worms (Deworming in kids)
Other benefits of coconut oil:

Apart from having health benefits coconut oil helps in some non-health related issues too. This makes coconut oil a whole.

  • Stain removal
  • Natural deodorant
  • Wood shine
  • Makeup removal
  • Massage
  • Base for exfoliants
  • Natural highlighter
  • Nasal drops
  • Hygiene wash

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