Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds for Kids

Most of us know pumpkin as the fruit used for decorating Jack-o’- lanterns for Halloween, but other than just being a decorative fruit or vegetable, pumpkin offers numerous health benefits to your kids. Pumpkins get a lot of attention for a good reason. This winter squash is not a vegetable, but rather a healthy fruit that also contains nutritious edible seeds. The origin of pumpkin is not known but there is evidence that pumpkins were grown in Mexico and North America about 5000 to 7000 BC. Apart from Mexico, pumpkins have also been found on almost all the continents except for Antarctica. Today, the biggest producers of pumpkin are the United States, Canada, India, China and Mexico. Native Americans have long been using pumpkin seeds both for dietary and medicinal purposes. There are numerous health benefits of pumpkin seeds for kids. These health benefits can range from improved brain development, help in getting sound sleep, improved liver health, possesses antimicrobial properties, improved urodynamics and supply of essential vitamins and minerals. Though there are various benefits of pumpkin seeds, yet they are not recommended for infants. The reason is that there is a risk of choking with pumpkin seeds. The risk of allergy for pumpkin seeds is less. But, if your kid has an allergy for seeds or nuts such as cashew, pistachio, Brazil nuts, hazel nuts, peanuts, sesame seeds, etc, then perhaps you might have to rethink about giving pumpkin seeds. Consult your pediatrician before giving pumpkin seeds to your child.

 When can I start giving pumpkin seeds to my kids?

You can start giving pumpkin seeds to your toddler once he/she has strong enough teeth to chew regular solid food, which can usually be between 1 ½ years of age to 2 years of age. This is the age at which your baby has teeth strong enough to chew solid substances and more often the child is ready to eat adult meals, more or less. If you are still worried whether or not your child can chew the seeds, then you could simply grind the seeds and give it a kind of peanut butter consistency and start adding it to his or her diet. For this, you will need seeds in large quantities. You can prepare and store it in a jar. As your child grows older, you could make the consistency crunchier. An important thing to keep in mind is that when you start collecting these seeds from pumpkin fruit, make sure that before you serve the seeds to your child or if you’re trying to make a paste out of it, you need to remove the outer husk or layer that surrounds the seed. Although this is a time-consuming process, considering the benefits your child can get, it is worth the effort.

 Pumpkin seeds benefits for kids

Improves Brain Development: Pumpkin seeds are a great source of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. These fatty acids are highly recommended for kids because of brain development. Brain development in children is as essential as the development of the rest of the body and this is one of the most important health benefits of pumpkin seeds. (Foods for your child’s brain development?)

Promotes sound sleep: Another benefit of pumpkin seeds is that they promote proper sleep in kids and adults. A study published in 2005 in Nutritional neuroscience suggested that consuming tryptophan alongside a carbohydrates source is one of the best ways to treat sleep deprivation. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid which helps in producing serotonin and this in turn gets converted into melatonin which is a hormone that helps in getting better sleep. If your kid has trouble sleeping, having a few pumpkin seeds before bed with small amounts of carbohydrates such as a piece of fruit, may be beneficial in providing the body with tryptophan needed for melatonin production, which can lead to better sleep. For younger kids, powdered pumpkin seeds can be an option. (Why is sleep so important for your child’s brain development?)

Possesses Antimicrobial Properties: Pumpkin seeds also possess antimicrobial properties. Studies suggest that pumpkin seeds are effective in controlling bacteria such as S. aureus, E. coli and P. aeruginosa.

Improves Urodynamics: Traditionally, pumpkin seeds have been used for regulating passage of urine. Recent studies have confirmed that pumpkin seed oil can reduce bladder pressure, increase bladder compliance and reduce urethral pressure.

Rich in antioxidants: Antioxidants are compounds produced in your body or naturally found in some foods that scavenge or neutralize the effects of cell damage by potentially harmful molecules known as free radicals. Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of antioxidants. (What are antioxidants?)

High in magnesium: Magnesium is one of the top four abundant minerals in the body. So, any deficiency of this mineral will easily reflect in daily life. Magnesium is key in formation of bones, maintaining blood flow and keeping stress low. It also brings relief to girls who suffer from menstrual cramps, leg cramps and irritable mood. For kids who deal with Asthma, which is on a rise due to hazardous air quality levels, magnesium can help. This marvelous mineral has calming effects and hence aids in reducing hyperactivity and lack of focus in kids. Daily intake of magnesium is necessary to maintain stock of the mineral in the body. Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of magnesium, with 150 mg in a 1-ounce (28-gram) serving. (Why is magnesium important for your child?)

Strengthens the liver:  The unsaturated fats present in pumpkin seeds are good for strengthening the liver. Studies suggest that a mixture of pumpkin and flax seeds can reduce liver damage. (How to prevent liver disease in kids?)

Loaded with zinc: Zinc is considered an essential nutrient which means that the body cannot produce or store it. For this reason, it is very important to add zinc in your daily diet. Zinc is required for numerous processes in the body like gene expression, growth and development, immune function, protein synthesis, wound healing to name a few. Pumpkin seeds are a good source of zinc. (How can zinc help with hair and skin health?)

Rich in phosphorus: The health benefits of Phosphorus include supporting bone growth, aiding healthy digestion, eliminating toxins from the body, combating fatigue and weakness, preventing arthritis and osteoporosis and ensuring a healthy brain function.Phosphorus is found in high amounts in pumpkin seeds. 

High in Potassium: Potassium is one of the seven essential macro minerals. The human body needs potassium to support the heart, the muscles, and the transmission of messages through the nervous system. Pumpkin seeds are rich in potassium. Potassium basically acts as an electrolyte and it is less harmful than sodium which is also an electrolyte. In most of our diets and also in our children’s diets, the presence of potassium is becoming very less and the presence of sodium is increasing rapidly which needs to be corrected. (How can potassium rich food help the bones?)

 Pumpkin Seed Nutrition Facts:

In addition to this, other benefits of pumpkin seeds for kids are that they contain various other nutrients required by the body. They are a great source of healthy fats, vitamin K, magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper, and phosphorus. Here’s a better look at the overall nutrition provided by one ounce (28 grams) of dried, roasted seed kernels. 

According to The National Nutrient Database, the nutritional profile of Pumpkin Seeds includes:

NutritionValue per 100 gNutritionValue per 100 g
Protein30.23 gCarbohydrates10.71 g
Fat49.0 gDietary Fiber6.0 g
Calories559 kcalWater5.623 g
Calcium46 mgCopper1.3 mg
Iron8.82 mgMagnesium592 mg
Manganese4.54 mgPhosphorus1233 mg
Potassium809 mgSodium7 mg
Zinc7.81 mgNiacin4.98 mg
Vitamin B60.143 mgCholine63 mg
Folate58 mcgVitamin C1.9 mg
Vitamin A16 IUVitamin E2.18 mg
Vitamin K7.3 mcgThiamine0.273 mg
Riboflavin0.153 mgPantothenic Acid0.75 mg
Nutrition of Pumpkin Seeds

Recipe: Pumpkin hummus/ spread/sauce with hidden herbs and nuts

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HEAT RASH: CAUSES AND REMEDIES

Our skin comes in direct contact with the outer world. It protects our body from inside by facing every weather condition. It plays a role of a preventive barrier against chemicals, infections, ultraviolet rays and helps in controlling body temperature through sweating.  Usually, kids spend more time outside. So, they are at more risk of having heat rashes. Summer is the season of skin rashes. As the name itself implies, heat rashes are caused by excessive heat. It looks like small bumps surrounded by red skin and they have prickly sensation and itching too. Heat rashes appear when some of the sweat gets trapped under the skin and because of this, sweat can’t escape from the body. The sweat producing gland is located in the middle layer of epidermis, which is the outer layer of skin. When these glands become clogged, they are not able to perform their functions and due to this rash appear on the affected area.

Generally small babies are at higher risk of heat rash because they have smaller sweat glands which are not mature enough to maintain body temperature. When it’s hot and humid, kids engaged in excessive sports activities can also have heat rashes, because while playing kids sweat and the more you sweat the more chance of dust and dead skin could block your skin pores and cause rashes. It usually develops on the neck, armpit, elbow creases, buttocks and areas where skin rubs against clothing like chest and back.

CAUSES OF HEAT RASH:

  • Hot and humid weather
  • Tight and uncomfortable clothes that does not allow skin to breath
  • Excessive physical activity
  • Excessive sweating
  • Sometimes creams and lotions further clogs the pores
  • Overdress according to weather or use of blanket

Although heat rash usually heals by themselves or by using some home remedies for rashes in a few days, if your child has symptoms that last longer than a week or you notice symptoms of infection, increased pain and redness around the affected area, it is always advisable to consult a doctor.

PREVENTION AND TREATMENT FOR HEAT RASH:

  • Maintain personal hygiene
  • Drink plenty of water
  • When it is hot and humid outside stay in shade or air conditioned location
  • Wear loose and comfortable cotton clothes that allow your skin to breath. Say no to synthetic clothes
  • Change sweaty clothes frequently
  • Bathe with cold water
  • Cold compress. Wet a washcloth in cool water and keep it on affected area
  • Avoid powder and lotion as they can further block the pores
  • Keep yourself hydrated with summer drinks like butter milk and coconut water.
  • Include fruits in your diet, which can help to keep you hydrated like watermelon and cucumber

HOME REMEDIES FOR RASHES:

Yogurt: Yogurt is known for its cooling and soothing effects.  It has natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that help to prevent infection and give you radiant skin. Apply cold yogurt on the affected area, leave it for 15 minutes, and wash with cold water and pat dry.  Never rub the area of heat rash. Doing this a couple of times a day, gives you relief from heat rash.

Fuller’s Earth (Multani mitti): Fuller’s earth is the most common ingredient in almost every face mask because of its cooling effects. It is one of the best home remedies for rashes to clear clogged pores and makes your skin glow. Make a paste of multani mitti with rose water and apply on the affected area, let it dry, wash it with cold water. Repeat this daily for better results. Rose water in it, acts as an astringent

Neem: Neem is the solution to many skin problems like acne, blackheads etc, and when it comes to heat rash, nothing works better than neem. It has strong antibacterial properties which soothe the itching of heat rash. Either apply paste of neem leaves on affected area or put some neem leaves to the bathing water, every day for quick results.

Aloe Vera: The dominant anti-bacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties of aloe vera cools down the skin and prevents infection, it helps to keep the skin hydrated. Apply aloe Vera gel on the affected area and leave it for 15 minutes, wash with cold water. Repeat it 3 to 4 times a day to get an instant relief from the heat rash

Oatmeals: Oatmeal can help you to exfoliate the skin and cleans the blocked pores.  Because of its anti-inflammatory and soothing properties, it gives instant relief from inflammation and itching of heat rashes. Take an oatmeal bath and scrub it gently over the affected area. Repeat it twice in a week for better results.

Gram flour: Gram flour gives relief from itchy and prickly sensation of heat rash. It eliminates the impurities that are clogged in the pores and exfoliate the dead skin cells. Make a thick paste of gram flour with some rose water, apply this on the affected area, let it dry and rinse with water.

Potato: Potato works as an excellent emollient. A slice of potato is a great remedy for heat rash. Potato has calming and soothing effects on skin, which calm down the itchy sensation of heat rash. Grind the potato with some water to make a thick paste, apply it on heat rash, else apply a slice of potato on the affected area, this will help to get rid of heat rash.

Recipe for whole grain cornflakes

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  • Ingredients:
  • 1) whole grain flakes (oats, buckwheat, quinoa, barley, amaranth)
  • 2) handful pine nuts, melon seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds
  • 3) 3 tbsp honey
  • 4) ½ tsp cinnamon powder
  • 5) ½ tsp salt
  • 6) 3 tbsp coconut oil or ghee

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HOW TO TREAT AND WHEN TO SEEK HELP FOR BOILS

Boil is a painful, pus filled lump under the skin caused by an infection in an oil gland or hair follicle. As kids have sensitive skin and their immune systems are still developing, this makes them more prone to infection. It is our responsibility to keep the kid’s surrounding hygienic, infection free and kid’s skin cool to save them from boils.

What is the causes of boils? The infection that causes boils commonly occurs because of bacteria called staphylococcus (STAPH) that can invade our skin. When we get a cut or bite, the bacteria makes its way into the body through small cracks on the skin or from hair folic. Usually boils are not a serious problem. But, if infection spreads your child may feel sick or get fever. This is the time you should take your child to the doctor. Boil start as red lumps and gradually the lump becomes tender and filled with pus and then turns white. The formation of pus can make the boil quite painful. It can appear anywhere on the body but they are most common on the face, neck, armpit, thighs, shoulders and buttocks, around the ear and nose and sweaty areas. Kids also tend to get some on the knee.

Boils can be observed in any healthy kid, but children with low immunity, existing skin infection and those who suffer from frequent insect bites are at a higher risk.

WHAT IS THE CAUSES OF BOILS?

  • Poor hygiene
  • Poor food intake or poor nutrition
  • Weaker immune system
  • Exposure to harsh chemical
  • Hair folic infection caused by a staph bacteria
  • Iron deficiency
  • Friction from tight clothes
  • Eczema (home remedies to dryness)

WHEN TO WORRY

  • Boil lasts for two weeks or more
  • When boil become very large
  • When they are painful
  • When your baby suffer from fever or feel unwell
  • Recurrence of boil
  • Boil appearing on the face or spine
  • Spread of Redness around skin of boil

Nutritious diet is the solution to every health problem. Zinc is an important mineral for boosting immunity and is essential in the treatment of boils. Introducing Iron rich food in your kid’s diet can also help them in fighting against boils. Food rich in Iron are: beans, spinach, dry fruits, pumpkin seeds, quinoa, broccoli and fish etc. (Iron rich food recipe). Below is the list of Home remedy for boils.

HOME REMEDIES FOR BOIL

Warm compress – This is the most effective home remedy for boil. Keeping warm, wet cloth on the boil for 20 minutes, 3-4 times a day can help to get relief as the heat and moisture can help the boil to open and drain. Water can be mixed with baking soda too for quick results for heat boils in babies.

Turmeric – It has proven medicinal properties that make it a best home remedy. The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties in it help to reduce the inflammation of the boil. You can choose to ingest turmeric powder. Add turmeric powder in milk or water and boil it and then let it cool. Taking this milk or water thrice a day can help to get rid of heat boils in babies. You can also apply turmeric paste over boil to heal it quickly. (How can turmeric treat colds?)

Garlic– Garlic with its antiviral and antibacterial properties helps boost your immunity.As a home remedy You can extract juice from fresh garlic cloves and apply on the head of the boil for 10- 30 minutes twice a day. It will help to soften the point from where it can be drained off. (How to use garlic in reducing leg pain?)

Apple cider vinegar– Apple cider vinegar can be used for many health issues as home remedy. It cleanses the boils and disinfects it. It has anti- inflammatory properties which help in reducing the redness and pain of the boils. You can apply a few drops of apple cider vinegar directly on boils and repeat this several times in a day for fast relief. (How does ACV work for hair?)

Onion– Onions have active compounds and anti inflammatory properties that can ease the pain of a boil. Its antifungal and antiseptic properties help and prevent them from developing again. Cut a slice of onion, place it over boil and cover with clean cloth. Do this couple of times a day. This home remedy should generate heat and draw pus out. (How to use onion for curing cough?)

Cumin seeds– commonly found in Asian/ Indian kitchens, it has many health and beauty benefits. Cumin seeds contain thymoquinone, which reduces inflammation and also helps in reducing pain and stiffness of the boils. It is a primary source of antioxidant, which can kill harmful strains of bacteria. Take some cumin seed and crush them, then add a few drops of water to make a thick paste. Apply this on the affected area, wash it off after dried out. (Nutritious recipe using cumin seeds)

Neem– Neem is used as a home remedy to treat many ailments. It has antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that can help to treat skin infections including boils.. It can be used to soothe the skin too. Grind a few leaves of neem with water to make a paste, now apply this on the boils and cover it with a clean cloth, this will help you to get rid of the heat boils in babies too. (How to use neem for face and body skin?)

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THESE BEAUTY FOODS WILL GIVE YOU THE BEST SKIN AND HAIRS OF YOUR LIFE

You are what you eat!

Your personality is a mirror of your diet. Kids having a healthy and nutritious diet not only feel energetic throughout the day but also look great in terms of their skin, hair and overall appearance.

Taking care of your kid’s skin and hair is as important as their health. Kids are more prone to skin and hair problems as they are exposed to the sun and dirt more as compared to adults, primarily because of school activities and other sports and social activities. Dry skin, itchy and red skin, frizzy hair, grey hair, hair loss and dandruff can be possible because of sun and dirt. By giving a balanced and nutritious (food for glowing and healthy skin) you can help your child have the best skin and hair that lasts a lifetime. (Some food and tips to tackle dryness?)

Nutrients for glowing skin and hair growth:

Healthy fat– This includes both omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids which are kinds of unsaturated fats. In a (food for glowing and healthy skin) and hairs we need a balance of both types of fats. They can help to get glowing skin and shiny hair, lack of these healthy fats in your diet may result in dry skin and itchy scalp. (Is fat good or bad for the body?)

Protein– Protein like Keratin, collagen and elastin is important for the structure of the skin and hair. Collagen and elastin provide smoothness and elasticity to your skin while keratin is a structural substance for healthy hair. It forms rigidity of your skin and hairs and helps with the barrier protection that your skin offers to fight against dust and pollution. (List of some easy protein sources)

Vitamin A– All cells need vitamin A for growth and protection against damage. It prevents skin and hair from sun damage. Vitamin A helps skin glands to make oily substance sebum which moisturizes the scalp and keeps hairs healthy. (How does this help with acne?)

B- vitamins-All the 8 B- vitamins(B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12) are essential for proper functioning of the body, for cells growth and development and offer numerous benefits to skin and hair. Inadequate amounts of these vitamins can lead to dry and flaky skin and scalp. (What are some food options for this?)

Vitamin C, E– Vitamin C is essential to make collagen which is key to healthy skin. Both these vitamins act as antioxidants to reduce free radicals (what are these?) and protect skin from UV rays. Vitamin C and E work together to strengthen cell walls.

Zinc– Zinc plays an important role in hair tissue growth and repair. It helps to keep oil glands around follicles work properly. Zinc helps your skin to heal after an injury. It forms a protection layer on the cells and safeguards from UV damage and any invading infection. Lack of zinc may result in eczema too.

Selenium– This mineral has powerful antioxidants properties to protect your skin from UV rays. It promotes skin healing and reduces acne. Selenium has many benefits for hair too. It helps in preventing dandruff-causing fungus and regulates hair growth. (What is an easy food source for this?)

Food for glowing and healthy skin and strong hair:

Along with these following foods, water plays a lead role in keeping your skin and hair healthy. When you drink enough water, not only your skin gets hydrated, it also flushes out the impurities and toxins from the body.

Chia Seeds– Loaded with omega 3, copper, phosphorus and zinc, it soothes inflammation, reduces acne and helps to keep skin radiant and healthy. Consumption of chia seeds also results in strong hairs. It is a high source of phosphorus, which is popular to encourage hair growth. Chia seeds contain all the 9 essential amino acids related to stronger hairs, skin and nails. All these qualities make chia seeds one of the best food for glowing and healthy skin.

Tomato– This zesty vegetable is proved to have tremendous effects on your overall health. Tomatoes contain high amount of lycopene that makes skin less sensitive to UV rays. High in vitamin C, tomato treats oily skin and helps in achieving even skin tones. Packed with vitamin A, B, C and E, it also prevents hair loss, gives shine and treats scalp odor and dandruff. Eat it or apply it, it works both ways! (How to protect the vitamin in tomatoes from reducing?)

Quinoa– Quinoa seeds are gluten free and are high in protein, fiber, magnesium, B vitamins, iron, phosphorus, vitamin E and various beneficial antioxidants make it a best food for glowing and healthy skin. 9 amino acids in it act as natural strengthener and protect the hair shaft and also help in repairing damaged hairs. It is rich in vitamin E which helps to fight free radicals, provides collagen and repairs deeper pores in the skin damaged from sun and pollution. (A super tasty quinoa recipe)

Beans– Beans are excellent source of protein, fiber, potassium, copper, phosphorus, magnesium, and are sodium free, fat free. It helps in collagen production and gives your skin a healthy glow and elasticity. It contains amino acids which are building blocks of protein, which the body uses to make new tissues for bones, hairs, skin and blood. They also provide many other hair-healthy nutrients, including iron, B7 and B9. (Some B9 foods that help with the brain of a child?)

Almond– Almond is rich in protein, magnesium, fiber, omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acid, vitamin E, copper, zinc and calcium. It helps to reduce rashes, burns or any inflammation caused due to various reasons. Copper in it plays an important role in skin and hair pigmentation. Fatty acids in it promote healthy and required blood flow that promotes hair growth and makes hair shiny, strong and soft. (What are 6 other benefits of almonds for kids?)

Citrus fruits– Citrus fruits are the best food for glowing and healthy skin, like orange, lime, grapefruit are commonly known for their high vitamin C contents. A medium orange gives you 130% of your daily vitamin C requirement. Other nutrients in citrus fruits include B9, lycopene, potassium, vitamin B6, magnesium, and B1. These nutrients provide a wide range of health, skin and hair benefits. The citrus acid present in these foods kills bacteria and makes your skin feel fresh, strengthen hair and fight dandruff.

Bell pepper– Bell pepper is an excellent source of beta-carotene which the body converts into vitamin A. It helps in preventing hair and skin from sun damage. Being high in vitamin C, dietary fiber and vitamin B6, it aids in flawless skin.

Dark Chocolate– Kid’s favorite dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants, fatty acids and flavanols that results in glowing and healthy skin. The antioxidants in dark chocolate can help reduce roughness in your skin and protect it against sun damage. Dark chocolate is rich in cocoa loaded with zinc, iron, copper, and vitamins like A, B12 and K, which also relaxes arteries and increases blood circulation that leads to healthier skin. (Recipe of a quick sugar free dark chocolate treat)

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Recipe for Cauliflower and Bean Paratha/ Flatbread:

Make Puree of cauliflower, sprouted mung bean/ moong dal
Add to wheat flour or sorghum/ jowar. Add salt and ajwain/ carom seeds.
Add nuts and seeds powder or Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here)

Mix everything together into a firm dough. Take a ball size dough and roll it into a flat bread. Cook from both sides by applying some oil or without. Enjoy with any curry or as a wrap or any dip (see some recipes here)

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5 AMAZING HOME REMEDIES FOR DRY SKIN IN CHILDREN

Dry skin is a common condition. There can be many reasons for dry skin in kids and it’s become important to take steps for skin care for children. At least one in 10 children have eczema, an ongoing skin problem that causes dry, itchy, red skin (what category of foods can help eczema?). Children with eczema have more sensitive skin than other people. Babies with severe eczema may also have food allergies. The most common being allergy from cow’s milk. 

Common reasons causing Dry skin

Bathing too often and using soap can cause dry skin and if skin is already dry it makes it worse. This happens because soap removes the layer of skin’s natural oil and makes it difficult for skin to keep moisture in.

Climate is also responsible for having dry skin. It’s especially common in winters. When the humidity level drops outside, it affects skin as water in your skin evaporates quickly. This makes your skin feel dry and tight and makes it look cracking. Skin care for children becomes more important in winters.

Genetics also plays a role in dry skin. Researchers say that dry skin can be inherited. According to a study, mutations in genes that control the production of the protein filaggrin, which plays a role in forming and hydrating the skin barrier, can cause several skin conditions and one should take skin care for children

Chlorine protects from harmful bacteria that can form in swimming pools. But spending too long in the swimming pool can be a cause for your kid’s dry skin. The chlorine in pool water can dry out a kid’s skin and make it feel tight and itchy because chlorine strips hairs and skin of the natural lubricant (sebum). Dry skin is less common in teenagers than in younger kids as the oil glands are more active in teenage years.

Common cure for dry skin

There are many home remedies for dry skin one can use. Most common being oil. However, a study in 2013 found that olive oil actually damaged the skin’s barrier, suggesting not all natural oils are suitable for use as moisturizers. Below are some home remedies for dry skin also some nuts and fruits which can be applied or consumed as a part of skin care for children

  • COCONUT OIL: A study in 2019 explained that soothing properties of coconut oils have positive results on dermatitis and extremely dry skin. Coconut oil acts as a sealant as it traps water into the skin and keeps it moist. It also provides key essential fatty lipids. These lipids improve the function of the skin allowing it to feel hydrated as a result. (Is it beneficial to eat coconut oil too?). Other than applying the oil for dryness purposes, coconut also contains antibacterial properties, which help to heal a rash or allergy on the skin and considered as one of the best home remedies for dry skin. This can also be mixed with aloe vera and kept.

ALOE VERA: One of the easiest available home remedies for dry skin is Aloe Vera. It has healing and hydrating properties and is a great choice for dry skin. However, it absorbs easily, making it ideal for oily skin too. It helps to seal moisture into your skin. According to a 2015 systematic review study, aloe Vera has antioxidant, antimicrobial and wound healing properties that may help with the symptoms of eczema (What kind of food can help with allergies?).

  • COCOA BUTTER: Cocoa butter can be used as skin care for children with dry skin. It is mostly made up of fatty acids. People use cocoa butter to help relieve dry skin. It is a boon for people with dry and dull skin conditions. It has the ability to nourish and hydrate the skin and develop elasticity. Mixing this with tea tree oil can give added acne solving benefits to the skin. It can also be a great butter replacement in baking goods. (A recipe for a super nutritious chocolate bar)
  • ROSE WATER: It has been used as a natural product for thousands of years to reduce skin redness and hydrate the skin due to its anti-inflammatory properties (what kind of food can help with inflammation?) It works as an antibacterial spray to help reduce acne (How to treat acne?). This is one of the best home remedies for dry skin. Preparing it at home with all natural rose flowers is the best way to get a chemical free product.
  • SUNFLOWER SEEDS: Loaded with fatty acids like linolenic, oleic and palmitic acid and other vital nutrients it can be beneficial for skin. It can help you to get rid of acne, scars, dull and dry skin. It increases the production of collagen and gives a smooth glowing skin. Sunflower seeds also contain substantial amounts of zinc and vitamin E which helps to protect skin cells from ageing and decaying. (Does eating sunflower seeds help too?). Based on the age of the child, consuming the seed or its powder, or applying its oil on the skin, both benefit the skin dryness levels.

TOMATOES: Benefits of tomatoes for dry skin are plenty. It contains several skin friendly vitamins and nutrients that can give you beautiful and glowing skin such as lycopene and antioxidants. These can repair damaged skin cells and restore its natural, healthy glow. It also contains deep cleansing agents and corrects the skin pH levels (making it not too dry nor too oily), therefore can very well prevent dryness in skin and minimize acne. (What are other benefits of consuming a tomato every day?) Juice of tomato also reduces the sun tan from the skin apart from providing it moisturizing effect. Skin care for children is important and tomato helps in this.

AVOCADO: The natural oils in avocado deeply penetrate the skin to nourish, soften and hydrate. Avocado is packed with vitamin A which is responsible for ensuring effective cell repair. It is a great source of biotin, which is part of Vitamin B and helps to control dry skin issues. They are factory of healthy fats including vitamin E, which are essential to keep skin flexible and moisturized. Additionally, avocado also helps to slow the visible signs of ageing. (What is an easy recipe to use avocado?) Applying avocado on the skin is a great child moisturizer (can also mix along with aloe vera). Eating helps too in skin care for children.

WALNUTS: Walnuts have many characteristics that make them an excellent food for healthy skin. They are a good source of essential fatty acids, which are fats that the body cannot make itself. In fact they are richer than most other nuts in both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that strengthen the membranes of skin cells, locking in moisture and nutrients that keep the skin plump and glowing and keeps out toxins that can damage skin cells. Walnuts have anti-inflammatory properties which help to boost vitamin B levels that are responsible for improving your skin health and preventing skin dryness. Depending on the age of the child, feeding the nut or using its oil are options for skin care for children.

Recipe for Cornflakes seed cookies

  • 1/3 cup each cornflakes (crushed), wheat flour, oats
  • Handful sunflower seeds or any nut crushed or powdered
  • Handful Choco chips (or more)
  • Honey (as per sweetness)
  • Pinch salt
  • ¼ tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 2 heaped tbsp ghee or unsalted butter
  • Milk as little as to make sticky dough
  • Take small scoop of dough and place on lined baking tray
  • Preheat oven for 5 min.
  • Bake at 200 celsius for 15 min. Once edges begin to brown, take it out.
  • Cool on rack. Once completely cool, eat right away.  

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HOW TO TREAT YOUR KID’S ACNE

Mostly kids and adults between ages 12 to 30 will have acne at some point. Acne in children often begins in puberty. But it can happen at any age. We have to understand first What is Acne?

  • Acne is a disorder of the hair follicles and sebaceous glands. It is a condition where hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. Acne occurs when pores of your skin become blocked with oil, dead skin, or bacteria. It causes pimples, blackheads or whiteheads. It can be found almost anywhere on your body. Acne in children mostly develop on face, back, neck, chest and shoulders. It is most common among teenagers, though it affects people of all ages. Researchers determine that heredity plays a role in the ability of follicles becoming acne resistant in teenage years. Risk of having acne is higher if parents had it in their teens.

Acne in Babies: Newborn baby acne is a common condition which appears within the first few months of birth. It develops because of hormones that pass from the mother to the baby during pregnancy. Though new born baby acne is harmless and goes away on its own without any kind of treatment.

Acne in Teenagers: More than 80% of teenagers have this common skin problem known as acne. It’s important to know ‘how our skin works’ to understand acne. The pores in your skin have oil glands. When a child hits puberty, there is an increase in sex hormones called androgens. These excess hormones cause oil glands to become overactive, enlarge and produce too much oil or sebum which blocks the pores or hair follicles with skin cells (how does sugar cause acne?). Types of pimple in teens include: Whiteheads (small and under the skin), Blackheads (visible and black on surface), Pimples or cysts (seen clearly, painful, full of pus and cause scars if not treated carefully).

Acne in Adults: Adult acne is not much different from teen acne. It usually occurs after 25 years of age. There can be many reasons behind this sudden change including unhealthy diet- junk foods, deep fried eatables (how does sugar cause acne?), heavy make-up (which clogs the pores of the skin), hormonal imbalance (which enables production of excess sebum), release of stress hormones, bacterial infection and inflammation (what are some anti-inflammatory foods?). Applying a layer of cinnamon powder mixed with honey can help with treating the scars. Potato juice mixed with lemon juice also works similarly.

Studies suggest that following a healthy diet can help to cure acne in children. Foods rich in complex carbohydrates, zinc, vitamin A and E, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants are effective in reducing pimples on children’s face.

  • Complex Carbohydrates: Having whole grains and less of processed food and flours reduces risk of developing acne in children. Our modern diet is loaded with highly refined carbs like cookies, white bread, cake, pasta, pizza donuts, chips etc. (what happens when we eat such foods?) A quick look at the food label GI index can reduce chances of getting pimples on children’s face. High GI index indicates the food is processed. Rich sources of complex carbs are whole grains, legumes and whole fruits and vegetables.

Zinc: Studies support the fact that eating foods rich in zinc may be useful in preventing and treating acne in children by decreasing the production of oil in the skin. Researchers believe that zinc shields the body cells from any external bacterial or viral attack on them. (what are other sources of good bacteria?)It is easy to include zinc as a part of a varied diet. Dairy products, nuts, pumpkin seeds lentils etc are good sources of zinc.

  • Vitamin A: Vitamin A acts as antioxidant and fights free radicals (what are they?). This helps to slow down cell ageing and keeps skin looking younger. Vitamin A plays an important role in helping new cells grow and stay healthy by healing acne and scars. Food rich in vitamin A which can help in preventing acne in children are yellow/ orange pigment plants such as carrots, sweet potatoes and green pigment plant food like spinach, broccoli (how to keep the vitamin A in food safe during cooking?)
  • Vitamin E: This is also used as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant (What are they?). As vitamin E oil is fat soluble vitamin, it allows for quick absorption into skin sebum to heal pimples on children’s faces and also reduce scars. It also helps the skin to lock moisture and promotes the production of collagen which strengthens the skin and may help with skin elasticity and hydration. All nuts and seeds, especially walnuts and sunflower seeds, corn, olives, avocado, soybean, fortified cereals are considered as foods high in vitamin E.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids: They can regulate the skin oil production and improve balanced hydration. A diet rich in omega-3s may help to prevent or reduce the severity of acne. It reduces inflammation on the skin too, which research states, may positively result in reduction of acne in children. Flax seed, chia seeds, walnuts, soybeans and fish like salmon, tuna, sardines are rich sources of this fat (Is fat good or bad for the body?).

Recipe for Whole Grain Pizza cups with hidden nuts and herbs

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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 product is an easy solution to feed daily nutrition for Immunity, Brain development, Bone strength and overall-growth to kids without any fuss.

Let’s make every dish tasty and nutritious by ‘hidden’ nutrition of veggies, herbs and nuts.

Stuffing (follow video):

  • Sprouts of any kind (pea sprout, alfaalfa etc)
  • Cheddar cheese or vegan or any
  • chopped onions
  • chopped tomato
  • basil, pine nut, sesame spread (blend basil, garlic, pine nuts and sesame seeds, nut milk in a thick smooth paste form) or use Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here)

Dough:

  • Equal part Ragi flour or amaranth flour or Rye flour or Sorghum flour (any two)
  • Add salt and oregano
  • Add 2 tbsp psyllium husk (optional but good)
  • 1 boiled sweet potato (optional)
  • 1 tsp yeast (optional)
  • 5 tbsp Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here)
  • water or yogurt to knead into sticky dough
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional but good)
  • Mix all this together into a sticky dough and leave to rise for 2 hours covered lightly with a cotton cloth and loose lid.

Preheat 5 minutes, Bake for 15 minutes at 200 Celcius.

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6 SCIENCE BASED HEALTH BENEFITS OF MORINGA OLEIFERA

Moringa oleifera is a multipurpose herbal plant used as food and also for medicinal purposes. Moringa food contains more nutrients than any other single food source. It supports an overall child growth by providing nutrition for brain, bones, eyesight, immunity, skin & hair, digestion. Backed by scientific research, it has gained massive respect worldwide for the health and healing benefits it possesses.

Millions of people use Moringa as a supplement in the form of powder or tablet or tea. In certain parts of Asia, this plant is consumed as a fresh vegetable, almost everyday. For parents struggling to keep up with the daily nutrition of their child, this miracle food tops the list. Moringa could single handedly deliver most of the nutrition for the day, making the task of feeding healthy food way less challenging.

  • Eye Health: Moringa oleifera contains beta-carotene (how to preserve vitamin A in food?), lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamin C and vitamin E. These nutrients can preserve eyesight and also reduce the risk of eye diseases. Moringa powder is the richest common food in lutein and zeaxanthin. There isn’t a recommended daily intake for beta-carotene. Scientific data shows that about 3-6 mg of beta-carotene per day is good. Scientists found the amount of beta-carotene in Moringa powder to be about 28.5 mg per 100g.
  • Antioxidants: They are compounds that act against free radicals in our body (what are free radicals?). 46 kinds of antioxidants including Vitamin A, C, E have been found in the leaves of Moringa that prevents or delays body damage from naturally occurring oxidative stress from lifestyle and food intake, mental stress, pollution etc.
  • Complete Nutrition: Almost every part of the Mooring tree is used for medicinal or nutritional purposes. Just 1 tbsp of Moringa leaf powder is equivalent to 60g of fresh leaves which contains 6 grams of protein, 70% of the daily required vitamin B6, 50% of vitamin C, 36% of iron, 33% vitamin A and 25% of magnesium and many others. All these nutrients help to keep the immunity high, alert brain, high energy, reduced stress, strong bones and muscles. (What vitamins do kids need?)
  • Bone Health: Consuming a healthy diet that contains adequate amount of vitamins and minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin D, K are extremely important in preventing bones disorders. Moringa has 3 times more Calcium than milk making it an excellent food to treat weak or damaged bones. Some study indicates that Moringa can also heal damaged bones. (How to preserve bones?)
  • Skin & Hair: Moringa being an excellent source of antioxidants like vitamin A, C , E helps to block the oxidation (what is oxidative stress?) of healthy tissues, thus delaying the ageing process. In ancient times, Moringa leaf powder was applied on cuts and wounds for quick heal and removal of any marks. Health problems or nutritional deficiencies can hinder hair growth and cause several hair problems. Moringa powder contains all the required vitamin and minerals, essential nutrients conductive to healthy hair. It also contains the amino acid Methionine which supplies sulphur to your hair, thus preventing hair loss.
  • Stomach Ailments: Moringa has found to help in some stomach disorders such as constipation, gastritis. The antibiotic and antibacterial properties of Moringa along with its high vitamin B content helps with digestion. Moringa contains over 40 anti-inflammatory compounds that reduce bloating, gas and constipation. (Which food is the best for digestion?)
  • Mood: Moringa is especially beneficial in treating severe mood disorders such as stress, anxiety and depression, which is increasingly becoming common amongst kids too. It also reduces the feeling of fatigue by giving the required boost to your energy because of its high Vitamin B, iron and protein content. It is also packed with tryptophan, an essential compound that regulates appetite, sleep, mood swings and helps the body to produce relaxation hormones called serotonin. (How can kids sleep better?)

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Top fruits good for Teens and Kids

Teenagers undergo major physical development during their puberty phase. These physical changes are regulated by changes in the levels of hormones which 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). Surprisingly, a new born baby has high levels of these hormones which taper down in a couple of months. At adolescence, these hormones spike up again and cause major physical developments in the body of teens.

In the early puberty phase, luteinizing hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone increase, resulting in major physical changes including weight gain, outbursts of acne, height gain and behavioral change like anxiety, hyper-activity and short-temperedness.

The recent lifestyle trend of teenagers has also added to much higher consumption of food which is high in both carbohydrates and fat (why is this bad?) This not only results in excessive weight gain, but also anxiety and stress leading to further hormonal imbalance.

Some (forgotten) seasonal fruit good for child, which can help solve these concerns of the growing kids are mentioned below.

FOOD GOOD FOR CHILDREN’S HEALTH

Eating right assures an adequate amount of key nutrients like calcium, iron and vitamins A, C and D. Some teens need more nutrients than average intake, particularly if they extremely active in sports and do not eat variety of fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds regularly

SHAHTOOT (MULBERRY)

  • They have unusually high levels of protein and iron for a fruit. They are rich in dietary fiber which helps in fixing digestion issues like bloating, constipation.
  • A single serving of mulberries can meet the daily requirement of vitamin C, keeping the immunity high and lower stress, anxiety.
  • Mulberry is also high in vitamin A which strengthens the eyesight and reduces the strain on eyes.
  • It is rich in antioxidants which reduces early greying of hair and keeps the skin acne free and hence one of the best fruits for children’s health
  • BER (JUJUBE)
  • Ber is a fruit good for child. It is a good source of calcium, phosphorus that helps in developing and maintaining stronger bones and more height.
  • It also has a calming effect on the body and releases stress and anxiety.
  • This fruit helps in inducing sleep. In certain traditions, it has been used to treat insomnia.
  • Loaded with fibre, this fruit also helps to reduce constipation and other gastrointestinal issues.
  • Lastly, this fruit is loaded with antioxidants and Vitamin C which do wonders for keeping the skin acne-free and is one of the cheapest fruits for children’s development.
  • JAMUN (INDIAN BLACKBERRY)
  • Just a bowl of this sweetish berry can serve half the daily requirement of vitamin C and Manganese, keeping the immunity of the body high. It is also high in antioxidants which keep the skin healthy and it is one of the best seasonal fruits for children’s health.
  • These blackberries are loaded with fiber which is essential for easy digestion and solving bloating and stomach pain. It can give half the daily fiber in just a single bowl serving.
  • Over 35% of daily required Vitamin K in a single serving of this berry can keep the bones strong and control menstrual blood flow.
  • LYCHEE
  • This fruit is exceptionally high in Vitamin C which keeps the immunity of the body high and the skin healthy. A compound present in this food tends to have anti-viral properties also, which make it fruit good for child.
  • The high fiber content in the fruit helps to regulate bowel movement thereby solving constipation, bloating, stomach pain, and other tummy troubles.
  • Along with the high fiber content, this fruit also has a lot of water content which aids in maintaining healthy weight.
  • It is also loaded with calcium absorbing minerals resulting in stronger bones.
  • High levels of copper and Vitamin Bs in the fruit help with reducing stress.
  • CHIKOO (SAPOTA)
  • This fruit is good for immunity because of its high Vitamin C content. It also keeps the skin healthy and helps treat acne.
  • The high dietary fiber in the food helps to solve the irritable bowel syndrome and works as a laxative to solve constipation.
  • It is also high in calcium and phosphorus which work together to keep the bones strong. Consuming this fruit early in life will take care of bone troubles in future and is considered as one of the fruits for children’s health.
  • Many other berries and fruits like Phalse (Wild Blueberry), Amla (Gooseberry), Karonda (Conkerberry), Lasoda (Glueberry), Nargundi
  • (Chasteberry) are loaded with goodness of health for growing kids. They are seasonally available and help to meet the daily Vitamin and Mineral requirements and are fruits for children’s health.
  • Some of these are sour in taste and best can be consumed in the form of pickle or sweetened drink. Some are bitter like chaste berries but offer tremendous health benefits in balancing hormones and reducing stress levels. They are available as powder supplements.

Recipe for Wheat Berry cookie

  • ½ cup wheat flour
  • ½ cup semolina
  • Handful of cranberries
  • Pinch salt
  • Honey (as per desired sweetness)
  • Milk (just little to puree cranberries)
  • 2 tbsp Ghee/ Butter unsalted
  • Pinch baking soda
  • Pinch cumin seeds (optional) or choco chips

Puree cranberries with milk. Mix all ingredients (except cumin seeds) into a soft sticky dough. Make balls and press lightly. Sprinkle cumin seeds on top and press. Place on baking sheet. Preheat 5 min at 180 celsius. Bake for 15-20 min. Once done, cool outside on rack. Enjoy!

Walnut: 5 reasons why kids should consume everyday

Survey of 150 parents reflected on the top concerns they had for their kids. Some of the concerns, mentioned below, can be improved with the consumption of just a single nut- Walnut! Consuming 2-5 walnuts for kids aged 3 to 15 years is enough to aid daily nutrition.

Brain: Walnut a high source of good fat Omega-3 which aids in brain development and maintaining good blood flow to the brain. The vitamin Bs present in the nut increase memory and cognition.

Immunity: High in Vitamin E antioxidant, walnut helps to fight of virus that attack the body and reduce free radicals.

Bones: Walnuts are rich in Magnesium and manganese which is crucial for bone development & strength and absorption of calcium in bones.

Anxiety/ Stress: Vitamin B, Omega3 and magnesium in walnut contribute towards a healthier nervous system, and keeping the stress levels and irritability low. Antioxidant Vitamin E also reduces the anxiety levels in kids.

Overall Growth: Walnut is a complete source of nutrition. The variety of vitamins and minerals present in the nut contribute to keeping high level of energy and good blood flow in the body. As a rich source of Biotin (Vit B7), walnuts are excellent for hair growth and health. Vitamin E in the nut supports healthy eyesight and supports formation of collagen resulting in younger and healthier looking skin.

Recipe for Chocolate Walnut balls

Let’s try to make every food tasty and nutritious with herbs and nuts. 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.

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

  • In a grinder take
  • 3 soft dates without seed,
  • 1 small banana,
  • 2 handful walnuts,
  • 2 tablespoon coco powder,
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon powder,
  • 2 tablespoon peanut butter or Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts spread (order here)
  • pinch of salt
  • Grind them well in a paste and add some shredded coconut or almond flour to make a soft dough mix well.
  • Apply oil on your palm and make small balls and coat them with some finely chopped nuts. Eat this healthy snack for sweet cravings.

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