Natural ways to remove blackheads from face

Black heads clog hair follicles on the skin’s surface. Black heads are said to be the first stage of acne. A collection of pollution, dead skin cells, grime, sebum and germs get into open pores and form a plug. They start as a yellow/brown color. Black heads are not caused by dirt. Since they are formed in the open pores, the excess oils stuck in the pores are oxidized, causing the yellow/brown color to turn black.

Home remedies for blackheads

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are rich in antiseptic properties that they dry up blackheads. Take a small tomato, peeled and mashed. Apply it over the blackheads before going to bed. Leave it overnight and then wash it off your face with clean water.

Clay time

Bentonite clay is a mineral rich healing substance. It helps to treat a number of ailments, chiefly skin. Clay simultaneously draws out the blackhead. It helps with circulation, which helps with overall skin tone and health. Mix the clay with water or apple cider vinegar that may stick to the former if you have dry or sensitive skin. This mask will make you feel like your face tightening as it fries. Then rinse with water.

Lemon

Lemon is a natural source of effective treating blackheads. Squeeze a few drops of lemon juice in a bowl and add salt into it, stir it and mix it well. Wash your face with warm water. Apply this mixture on your blackheads. Leave it for some 20 minutes and wash your face again with warm water.

Honey and milk pore strips

Milk and honey have properties that are good for the skin. Honey has antibacterial properties and the lactic acid in milk that it helps to keep the skin soft and supple. Take 1 tablespoon of organic raw honey, and 1 teaspoon of milk. Mix them and heat them for 5 – 10 seconds. Let it cool down and apply a thin layer over blackheads. Gently pat a strip of dry, clean, cotton on to it. Let it dry for 20 minutes and carefully peel the strip away. Rinse with cold water and moisturize.

Toothpaste

Take some toothpaste and apply it over the blackheads. Leave it for about 25 minutes. Then wash it off with water gently. Repeat it for two weeks to get rid of blackheads.

Cinnamon and honey strips

Cinnamon improves circulation and increases blood circulation. Take 1 part of cinnamon powder, 1 part of organic, raw, honey, and clean strips of cotton. Mix honey and cinnamon and mash them into a fine paste. Apply a thin layer over the blackheads. Then press a strip of clean cotton over it. Leave it for 3 5 minutes. Slowly remove it and rinse your face.

Honey

Honey is antiseptic by its nature. Take some honey and it works better for both oily skin and blackheads. Apply this honey onto the affected area and wash it off with warm water. Leave it for about 15 minutes. Then wash it off with water.

Toner for tighter pores

Take one lemon, cotton balls, and a small bottle. Rinse your face and pat dry. Squeeze the lemon juice into a small bottle and then use just enough to dampen a cotton ball. Apply this on for 3 – 4 times a week at bedtime. In the morning, rinse your face with lukewarm water. Apply a moisturizer and store the rest in the refrigerator, up to a week.

Baking soda

A mixture of baking soda and water is prepared to make a thick paste. Apply this paste gently on your face. Allow it to dry for some time. Rinse it off with warm water. It helps to remove dirt that causes blackheads.

Green tea

Vitamins and anti-oxidants will help to break up excess oil and reduce inflammation of acne prone skin. Boil eight ounces of water. Steep two bags or a tea ball containing about two teaspoons of organic green tea for one hour. Strain the solution in a ceramic bowl and let it cool. Dab liquid onto blackheads and let it dry. Rinse with cool water, pat dry and moisturize. Repeat it once per day.

Oatmeal and yogurt

A mixture of oatmeal and yogurt is good that it helps to banish blackheads. Mix 2 tablespoons of oatmeal with 3 tablespoons of yogurt, add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and olive oil to it. Mix them well to form a thick paste. Apply this mixture on your face. Leave it for about 10 – 15 minutes. Wash it off with cold water.

Turmeric

Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. Mix a small amount of Kasturi turmeric with water or coconut oil to form a thick paste. Dab onto blemishes and let it soak for 10 – 15 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water.

Eggs

Take 1 – 2 raw egg whites. Mix them with one tablespoon of honey. Apply this mixture over the face. Leave it for about 30 minutes. Then wash it off with warm water.

Epsom salts

Epsom salts are not only great for easing sore muscles, they can also help to remove blackheads. Dissolve dead skin and oil. Exfoliate around your blackheads to remove any dead skin. It can interfere with this cleansing process. Mix one teaspoon of Epsom salts in half a cup of hot water and four drops of iodine. Stir until the salt dissolved. Let it cool. Massage the mixture into the skin with blackheads and let it dry completely. Wash it off with water and pat dry.

Cinnamon powder

A mixture of equal parts of cinnamon powder and lime juice to form a thick paste. Apply this paste on affected parts. Leave it overnight and then wash it off with warm water.

Remedies for whitening dark underarms

A black underarm causes an uncomfortable situation. Removing unwanted hair from the body, especially from the underarms is a really tricky job. Women usually prefer to go for waxing, use hair removal creams or simply shave off the hair. The more methods that can be used for underarm hair are like waxing; with this the skin tends to look dark and unclean. Some causes armpit is colored black, genetic and never use any lotion as bleach. Especially when you have to use a T-shirt kind of bra it seems to be very embarrassed when you lift your arms.

Natural remedies to whiten the dark underarms

Lemon used as a scrub

Lemon has many beauty benefits that it acts a natural bleaching agent. It lightens dark spots and whitens the skin. It also removes dead skin cells. You need to just massage your armpits with lemon juice. Or you can use a freshly cut lemon or apple lemon juice. Apply lemon every day before you are going to shower. Avoid deodorants for a few days. In order to get rid of body odour, mix baking soda with water. Wash your underarms with this solution to avoid body odour.

Baking soda

Baking soda exfoliates your dark underarms. This will help to remove dead skin cells. Mix baking soda with water to form a thick paste. Use this paste to scrub your underarms. Wash it off and pat dry. Then wash off with water. Repeat it a few times a week. It helps to unclog skin pores.

Vinegar

Vinegar has the property to lighten skin tone. It also kills germs and bacteria that feed on dead skin cells, which causes underarm odor. Mix rice flour with vinegar to form a thick paste. Take a hot shower and then apply this paste on your dark underarms. Leave it for about 10 – 15 minutes. Then wash off with warm water. Repeat it for few times in a week to get better results.

Cucumber and turmeric

Cucumber has skin lightening properties. You can also combine lemon juice into cucumber to get good results. Mix some lime juice with cucumber juice and add a pinch of turmeric to it. Lemon bleaches and removes dead cells where as cucumber provides cooling effect and turmeric prevents discoloration. Simply cut cucumber into pieces and rub it on your underarms. Or apply the pure of cucumber to your dark underarms. It lightens your skin within few days.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil will help to get rid of dark underarms. Coconut oil contains vitamin E that can help to lighten the underarms. It works as a natural deodorant. Massage the dark underarms with coconut oil. Leave it for about 10 – 15 minutes. Wash it off with mild soap and lukewarm water. Repeat 2 -3 times daily to get desired results.

Potatoes to whiten dark underarms

Potatoes are rich in mellow acids so it better to utilize potatoes to whiten dark underarms. Take a piece of potato and rub your underarms with it for about 5 -10 minutes. Then wash off with tepid water. Or grind a potato and blend juice from it. Apply this juice to your dark underarms with your fingers or cotton ball. Leave it off for 10 minutes. Then wash off with water. Repeat it twice a day to get good results.

Sandalwood and rose water

Sandalwood also lightens skin tone. Mix sandalwood powder and required amount of water to become a thick smooth paste. Apply this paste on your skin and leave it for 15 minutes. Then wash off with cold water. Repeated use of this pack results within few days

Orange peel and milk

Orange peels can lighten the skin under the arms. Peel orange juice and dry out completely. Grind the dried peels to a fine powder. Mix two teaspoons of powdered orange peels with enough rose water. Add milk to make it into a thick paste. Gently scrub your underarms with this paste. Leave it for about 10 – 15 minutes. Then wash off with cold water. Repeat this 2 – 3 times a week.

Milk

Milk has fatty acids and minimizes underarm darkness. It will soften the skin and lighten your skin tone. Mix two tablespoons of full fat milk, one tablespoon flour and one teaspoon of plain yogurt. Mix all the ingredients to become a thick paste. Apply this paste on your dark underarms. Leave it for about 15 minutes. Then wash it off with cold water. Repeat a few times a week results better.

 

Tips to remove abdominal hair

Abdominal hair looks an ugly appearance for both men & women. This is common in all men & women, but the extent of hair growth depends on the hormonal imbalances, any diseased or disorder conditions, hereditary factors. These hairs are hard to remove. Most of the people opt for a laser treatment. But as we know laser treatment is too much expensive and in every time it is impossible to go to a salon or laser clinic. So, here we are discussing the tips for natural tips of abdominal hair removal.

Shave with a razor

Shaving the abdominal hair with a razor is too hard and tough. But it may reappear faster when compared with the salon waxing or laser. Applying the coconut oil after shaving helps the skin to soften & prevents the faster appearance of abdominal hair.

Use a hair removal cream

Nowadays the hair removal creams are used to get rid of abdominal hair. Using the best brand cream is preferred in order to avoid any allergic reactions.

Bleaching

This is suitable for the people containing less hair. Mild bleaches are used in the abdominal area to hide the actual hair.

Waxing

Waxing strips are easy to apply on the abdominal area and removing it off.

Tweezing

Abdominal hair can also be removed by tweezing/ plucking with a thread.

Besan & turmeric paste

Apply the paste of besan powder, turmeric, and water or milk mixture onto the abdominal area and allowed to dry and remove it.

Papaya & gram flour paste

A paste of papaya pulp, turmeric powder, gram flour, aloe vera juice, mustard oil, coconut oil is prepared and applied onto the area to be removed in the opposite direction. Allow it to dry for 20 minutes. Rub it with a clean cloth in the opposite direction and wash it off. Apply any oil or moisturizer onto that area. Repeat this thrice a week for about 3 months.

Turmeric & milk paste  

For the people with little hair on the stomach, apply the paste of turmeric & milk over the area to be removed. Allow it to dry and wash it off. If the hair is more, mixture of turmeric powder, gram flour, rice flour, oat powder along with the milk is used for applying on the stomach.

Turmeric & gram flour

Apply this paste onto the stomach and allowed to dry. Rub it off gently to remove the hair and wash it off.

Pumice stone

Rubbing with the pumice stone on the stomach removes the unwanted hair.

Homemade wax treatment

A mixture of honey, lemon, and sugar is prepared and applied in the stomach area. Remove the hair in the opposite direction with a piece of cellophane or fabric.

Honey & lemon juice

If there is less hair on the stomach, a mixture of honey and lemon juice is applied onto the stomach area and allowed to dry. Rub it off after 15-20 minutes for hair removal.

Yoghurt, gram flour & milk, cream scrub

A mixture of gram flour, yoghurt, & gram flour is prepared and applied onto the stomach area. Allow it to dry and rub it off to remove the hair. Practice this on regular basis for about twice in a week.

Sugar, honey, lemon paste

Apply this mixture onto the stomach area and allowed to dry. Remove it with a strip by placing it in opposite directions so that hair can be removed easily.

White pepper, paste

Apply the paste of pepper powder with two drops of kerosene in it onto the stomach area. Allow it to dry for 15 minutes, wash it with warm water for the free hair removal.

Basil-onion paste

Apply the paste of basil leaves and onion onto the stomach area and allowed to dry. Wash it off after 20 minutes, repeat this 3-4 times in a week to remove the hair.

Safflower remedy for unwanted hair removal

A paste of safflower oil and thanaka powder is prepared and applied onto the unwanted area during the night, and washed in the morning. Repeating this continuously for 3 months has given a better relief.

Spearmint tea

The spearmint tea is used for regulating the hormones in the body so that over sensitivity of hair follicles to androgens is controlled. Thereby no excess hair growth is seen. Boil the spearmint leaves by adding some hot water to it. Prepare a tea by draining the leaves and having that tea 2 times in a day for about 3 months gives better relief.

These are the tips for abdominal hair removal in a natural way without any side effects and can be followed at home.

 

Home remedies for razor bumps

Razor burn is commonly seen in the men after they had many shaves. It is also seen in the women after shaving. This happens due to lack of some tips followed during shaving such as using a dull blade, hard soap, shaving, dry skin, frequent shaving on the same pattern. This leads to burning sensation, rash, itching, swelling, and finally forms a bump which cause a discomfort to see. So, here we are discussing some of the tips to minimize such problems.

Aloe vera

Aloe vera gel is the best homemade tip used in case of rash. As it contains the vitamin C, E & anti-inflammatory properties apart from antibacterial & fungal properties. Apply its juice on the affected area.

Tulasi leaves

As we know basil leaves are easily available in every home holds a great medicinal value. This paste is prepared and applied on the affected areas. This relieves from inflammation. This is used more effectively in healing many skin diseases. Apply the paste of a mixture containing basil leaves, olive oil, garlic, cloves, pepper onto the rash. This cures the rash.

Cucumber

Apply the paste of cucumber on the face for 10 minutes and wash it off. This gives the glowing skin by minimizing the tan on the skin.

Rosewater

Rose water acts as astringent and gives cooling effect to the tired eyes and face. Washing face with rose water helps to remove dirt from normal or oily skin and keeping the skin tone glow and beautiful.

Lemon juice

Lemon juice acts as the best remedy for acne as it removes the dirt clogged in the pores. Apply its juice directly onto the face and leave it off for 1-2 hours. Then wash it with water. We can also mix rose water in it for application.

Chamomile oil

Oil helps in the synthesis of new white blood cells by destroying the dead cells. There by this gives protection from harmful organisms. The herb is boiled and squeezes the oil. This oil is added to some water and applied onto the affected area. It slows down the irritation.

Oatmeal

This gives a good relief from inflammation and rash. Apply its oil onto the affected area. Having a bath of oatmeal is the best therapy for itching rashes. A warm oatmeal bath is best in case of serious rash.

Olive oil

This is the most preferable remedy used during rashes. The therapeutic property contained in it gives a relief from irritation.

Baking soda

Applying the baking soda onto the affected area gives relief from irritation, itching, and inflammation caused by a rash. The warm baking soda bath is best in case of serious rash.

Ice cubes

Inflammation caused by the rash can be treated by the ice cubes. Place the ice cubes on the affected area for some time for a great relief. If the rash persists for long time consult a doctor.

Cold compress

Soak a white, clean cloth in the cool water and drain out the excess water in it. This is used for cold compress for about 30 minutes. The cold compress on the affected area relieves from irritation and prevents the development of serious rashes. This soothes the skin from getting the condition too worse.

Coconut oil

Apply the pure coconut oil onto the affected area gives an anti fungal, antimicrobial, anti inflammatory action. This gives the soothing effect when it is applied. It is also used for application.

Tea tree oil

This oil has antiseptic properties help in the reduction of inflammation. Apply it over the affected areas leave for some time and wash it off later. This relieves from pain. Care to be taken because some people can cause allergic reactions due to this oil. It can be used alone or in the shampoos for application onto the scalp.

Lavender oil  

This oil gives calming and soothing effect of acne, boils, burns, seborrheic dermatitis, eczema, insect bites, psoriasis, stings, etc because it contains anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties more than the other oils.

Honey

As we know honey is an excellent moisturizing agent, can also be used for treating razor bumps. Raw honey is more preferred than the normal organic honey. Rub the skin with a small amount of   honey. It gives a smooth skin.

These are the home made tips which can be used directly at home to remove the razor bumps.

Home remedies for seborrheic dermatitis

This is the common skin problem faced by all age groups. The causative reasons are not only the hereditary but also the stress, pollution, lifestyle, medical therapies like diabetes/obesity, extreme climatic conditions, junk foods, and usage of strong detergents or soaps on the skin. This appears as the oily/ dry, scaly, itchy swelling of the face, eyebrows, under arms, upper chest, back and other body parts. As it is a recurrent disease, proper care should be taken in order to avoid it. So here we are discussing the tips for controlling this itchy & irritated dermatitis.

Golden jojoba oil

The organic jojoba oil is used to treat many skin infections as it loosens the scalp and increases the sebum secretion, apart from removing the dirt from clogged spots. Applying this oil onto the skin relieves from itching and irritation and nourishes the skin.

Coconut oil

Apply the pure coconut oil onto the affected area gives an anti fungal, antimicrobial, anti inflammatory action. This gives the soothing effect when it is applied.

Beeswax

Applying this onto the affected area gives the soothing effect because of its moisturizing effect.

Neem leaves

Neem leaves paste is prepared and applied directly to the affected areas. This gives better relief from inflammation and irritation caused by a rash. Neem oil is also used for application.

Tea tree oil

This oil has antiseptic properties help in the reduction of inflammation. Apply it over the affected areas leave for some time and wash it off later. This relieves from pain. Care to be taken because some people can cause allergic reactions due to this oil. It can be used alone or in the shampoos for application onto the scalp.

Lavender oil  

This oil gives calming and soothing effect of acne, boils, burns, seborrheic dermatitis, eczema, insect bites, psoriasis, stings, etc., because it contains anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties more than the other oils.

Rosemary oil

This oil decreases the over secretions of the skin and nourishes the scalp, so that it improves the hair growth.

Patchouli oil  

It is very effective in curing out the rough, cracked, scaly, flaky, and overly dehydrated skin. It is mostly used to treat acne, eczema, sores, dandruff, and fungal infections.

Peppermint oil

This relieves skin irritation and itching apart from reducing redness and inflammation. It gives very soothing and cooling effect when applied to the affected area.

Eucalyptus oil

This oil is mostly used in skin infections as it soothes inflammation and redness. It acts as a powerful antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and astringent.

Eat fish twice a week

Fish contains omega 3 fatty acids that help to reduce the skin diseases. At least try to eat fish oil supplements if you cannot go with fish directly.

Aloe vera

Aloe vera gel is the best homemade tip used in case of rash. As it contains the vitamin C, E & anti inflammatory properties apart from antibacterial & fungal properties. Apply its juice on the affected area aloe creams reduces scaling & itching maximum if applied continuously for 4-6 weeks.

Chamomile oil

Oil helps in the synthesis of new white blood cells by destroying the dead cells. There by this gives protection from harmful organisms. The herb is boiled and squeezes the oil. This oil is added to some water and applied onto the affected area. It slows down the irritation.

Olive oil

Mixing this oil in the bath water along with the milk will relieve you from scaly and soaring psoriasis. Mineral oil also used for soaring and itching skin. Having a bath with this oil gives soothing effect. Gentle massage of warm olive oil onto the scaly scalp softens the skin and gives much relief. Have the regular shampoo later helps to wash out the oil. A gentle massage with the vegetable oils reduces the stress and pain caused by psoriasis. If any irritation persists still avoid massaging.

Avoid over scratching

Scratching may increase the irritation and worsens the infection, so, avoid it. Apply any moisturizing cream in order to avoid scratching.

Cleaning yourself

Have a bath daily with light warm water helps to keep the skin clean and to avoid spreading the previous rash further.

Wear smooth clothes

Wearing smooth clothes helps with free air circulation and reduces the irritation.

These tips are easily followed at home and can minimize the horrible situations.

Home remedies for psoriasis

Psoriasis is a complex chronic skin disorder that occurs as hereditary or through the lifestyle modifications. It occurs as red, dry, inflamed, dark flaky patches on the skin. It mainly occurs on the knees, elbows, scalp, lower back, neck, knuckles. Overexposure to sun, overweight, drug therapy, over alcohol consuming, stress conditions, may also lead to occurrence of psoriasis. We cannot control this completely, but can control to some extent by following some of the home remedies. Here we are discussing about tips to control psoriasis.

Baking soda

Baking soda controls the itching of scaly scalp/skin. Mix 1 1/2 cups baking soda into bucket water and apply onto the itchy patches with a fresh and clean cloth.

Epsom salt

Applying this salt also reduces the swelling and itching of the scaly skin. Having a bath with this solution gives a better relief.

Olive oil

Mixing this oil in the bath water along with the milk will relieve you from scaly and soaring psoriasis. Mineral oil also used for sharing and itching skin. Having a bath with this oil gives soothing effect. Gentle massage of warm olive oil onto the scaly scalp softens the skin and gives much relief. Having the regular shampoo later helps to wash out the oil. A gentle massage with the vegetable oils reduces the stress and pain caused by psoriasis. If any irritation persists still avoid massaging.

Yoga

Make a habit of doing yoga daily for 20 minutes. It reduces the stress, pain, itch of psoriasis. It also increases the motility of the extremities if there is a psoriatic arthritis. This makes you comfortable from pain.

Fish

As the fish cartilage contains more protein and carbohydrates. This helps to minimize the psoriatic pain. Fish contains omega 3 fatty acids that help to reduce the skin diseases. At least try to eat fish oil supplements if you cannot go with fish directly.

Gluten-free diet

The gluten rich food   like wheat, rye, barley, and oats contains the inflammatory agents that may lead to pain. So check out the food containing gluten before taking it.

Aloe vera

Application of this aloe vera juice thrice daily gives a great relief from redness, scaly and inflamed.

Turmeric

As we know turmeric powder have an antiseptic properties can be used in many skin infections. Application used in many skin problems. Apply it thrice daily over the affected area gives a great relief.

Oatmeal

This gives a good relief from inflammation and rash. Apply its oil onto the affected area. Having a bath of oatmeal is the best therapy for itching rashes. A warm oatmeal bath is best in case of serious rash.

Avoid exposure to allergens

Avoid exposing to allergens like dust from an air conditioned room. Avoid using artificial creams because they may also contain some of allergens that cause rashes. So check out its expiry while using them.

Tulsi leaves

As we know basil leaves are easily available in every home holds a great medicinal value. This paste is prepared and applied on the affected areas. This relieves from inflammation. This is used more effectively in healing many skin diseases.

Tea tree oil

This oil has antiseptic properties help in the reduction of inflammation. Apply it over the affected areas leave for some time and wash it off later. This relieves from pain. Care to be taken because some people can cause allergic reactions due to this oil.

Red chilly

Chilies contain the capsaicin, which helps blocking nerve terminals that cause pain. This helps in reducing the pain. Inflammation, redness, scaling caused due to psoriasis.

Daily oil bath

Having a shower twice in a day helps to remove the dead scales and inflamed skin. Adding oil, oatmeal to the water bath makes a clear, and pain relief skin. Hot water flush and harsh soaps are avoided as they worsen the condition.

Water

Drinking more water helps in retaining the moisture from the skin and prevents drying. So make a habit of drinking at least 8 glasses per day helps to get relief from itching and inflammation.

Use moisturizer

As the skin becomes scaly for a psoriatic person, strong ointment based moisturizer should be applied when the skin is moist after a bath. This prevents water to evaporate from the skin and thereby the patient may feel relaxed.

These tips can be easily followed at home and can overcome the pain caused by psoriasis.

How to get rid of acidity problem with home remedies

Many people are suffering from acidity at some point in our lives. Nowadays people are more attracted by outside foods at restaurants to eat fast foods, pizza, burger, snacks, bakery items, sweets etc., either is that extra sweet at a family function or that spicy samosa during tea break. What may be the reason, acidity can be quite an uncomfortable experience and sometimes we are left with no option but to reach out for that bottle of antacid.

There are many possible causes for your upset stomach. Many of us eat too much or eat too fast. We don’t eat enough fiber. We skip meals and then subject our systems to a gigantic plate of food.

Gas production is a normal part of the digestive process and, unless it’s excessive, usually indicates a healthy intake of fiber and a well-functioning digestive tract. Most foods that contain carbohydrate may be anything from beans to bagels that are not completely broken down during digestion, so the resident bacteria in your intestines take over, producing gas as they complete the digestive process. A normal person passes gas about 14 times a day, releasing about a half liter of gas in the process.

Causes of stomach upset

Your stomach is upset due to something you ate or drank. This may be due to food poisoning, overeating & drinking and eating certain types of foods.

  • Food poisoning is due to the reason that the food becomes contaminated with viruses, bacteria or parasites; it can cause upset stomach, nausea, vomiting or fever.
  • If you eat or drink too much, you can get indigestion or an upset stomach due to overeating and drinking.
  • Eating certain types of foods like greasy, spicy or fatty foods that can sometimes cause indigestion or an upset stomach.
  • Eating too fast or eating on the run, emotional stress and travel
  • Smoking, too much alcohol or caffeine
  • Upset stomach can be a sign of a medical issue, such as gastro esophageal reflux disease, ulcers, lactose, intolerance, irritable bowel syndrome and intestinal infection.

Home remedies to prevent gas and digestive problems

Chew thoroughly

More chewing helps your stomach acids do their job more effectively and can dramatically reduce the bacterial gas that gets formed. Chewing is even more important when you’re eating vegetables and high fiber foods, because they are more difficult to breakdown in your mouth and stomach. You need to grow accustomed to chewing each bite of food more than you did for processed foods.

Take smaller bites

Taking smaller bites can help ensure that large chunks of food do not reach your intestine undigested. People who take smaller bites also tend to eat slowly, which helps prevent overeating and another cause of poor digestion.

Drink plenty of water

Drink more water, non-carbonated liquids and clear soup, but avoid soda and beer. If you do drink a beverage like beer, pour it in a glass first to let some of the fizz out.

Cut down on certain foods

The major causes of intestinal gas are what we eat and drink. Although everyone is affected differently, the foods that cause problems are usually those high in fiber or carbohydrates, which are hard to digest. Some of them include beans, peas, whole grains, cabbage, grapes, plums, raisins, corn, onions and soft drinks. We have also foods that contain milk or wheat can cause discomfort for people who are intolerant to them.

Eat foods rich in fiber

Fiber encourages passage of material through the digestive system and gives the correct consistency and bulk to stools. You should consume at least 30g of fiber per day. A balanced diet that is rich in fiber may reduce the risk of developing diverticular disease, heart disease or colorectal cancer.

Incorporate fermented dairy products

Certain probiotics, or the good bacteria that is found in dairy products like yogurt and cottage cheese, may improve intestinal function and overall digestive health and benefit health conditions such as gastroenteritis, irregularity, irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease.

Exercise and manage stress

Regular cardiovascular exercise helps to strengthen the muscles of the abdomen and reduces sluggishness by stimulating the intestinal muscles to push digestive contents through your system.

Stress effects the nerves of the digestive system and can upset the intricate balance of digestion. In some people stress slows the process of digestion, causing bloating, pain and constipation while others may need to frequently empty their bowels and the stools may be more loose and watery. Stress may worsen some conditions such as peptic ulcers or irritable bowel syndrome.

Benefits of eating dark chocolate

Chocolate has a bad reputation in the food community because most (read: milk) chocolate is packed with sugar and doesn’t offer any real nutrition. But dark chocolate can actually be very healthful.

The study proves that dark chocolate-sweet, rich and delicious-is good for more than curing a broken heart. The secret behind its powerful punch is cacao, also the source of the sweet’s distinct taste. It is packed with healthy chemicals like flavonoids and theobromine, this little bean is a disease-killing bullet. Cacao on its own is bitter, chalky, nasty stuff. Though raw cacao is very good for you, it’s not sweet like the chocolate you find in candy bars at the grocery store, which has been roasted and made more palatable with sugar and oftentimes vanilla.

But this means that you shouldn’t take these health benefits as a go-ahead to eat a bar of store-bought chocolate every day. Made from the seed of the cocoa tree, it is one of the best sources of anti-oxidants on the planet. Try to stick with raw dark chocolate and consume it in moderation; just a few bites a day will satisfy your sweet tooth without going overboard. Roasting chocolate at high temperatures removes a lot of the benefits, so try to find some raw chocolate bars that don’t add lots of sugar.

You’ll notice that bars of dark chocolate have percentages on the packaging; these numbers reference the proportion of cacao in the bar. While eating dark chocolate can lead to the health benefits that chocolate is also high in fat. The higher the percentage, the less sugar (and other flavorings) added and more health benefits the chocolate has.

Dark chocolate is a great choice for baking, as it’s not overly sweet. Try it in all kinds of baked goods, like dark chocolate cookies and banana bread, healthier snacks like kale chips, and even dark hot chocolate.

Bad cholesterol reduction

Dark chocolate is loaded with nutrients that can positively affect your health. Along with a healthy diet and exercise, dark chocolate may help lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase good cholesterol (HDL). In the long term, this should cause much less cholesterol to lodge in the arteries and we should see a lower risk of heart disease over the long term.

Weight loss

Chocolate can also aid in weight loss, because it can help one feel fuller. Dark chocolate, in particular, is rich in fiber, helping to keep people full so they will then not feel the need to eat as much. It reduces cravings for sweet, salty and fatty foods. Chocolate can cause breakouts, dark chocolate is actually very good for the skin. The flavonoids in dark chocolate give some protection against UV damage from sun exposure. In research it is found that three months of eating chocolate with high levels of flavonoids, people’s skin took twice as long to show sunburn.

Blood pressure lowering

The flavanols in dark chocolate can stimulate the endothelium, the lining of arteries, to produce Nitric Oxide (NO), which is a gas. Eating a few bites of dark chocolate can improve your blood pressure with polyphenols, which help increase the oxygen flow through your arteries. One of the functions of NO is to send signals to the arteries to relax, which lowers resistance to blood flow and therefore reduces blood pressure.

Prevents diabetes

Chocolate can actually work to prevent diabetes. People who ate one dark chocolate candy bar each day for 15 days had a huge drop in potential for insulin resistance. Claudio Ferri, M.D., the lead researcher of the study, said, “Flavonoids increase nitric oxide production and that helps control insulin sensitivity.”

Calming effects

Chocolate has been known to improve one’s mood. It also has been proven to reduce stress. Chocolate produces serotonin, which releases lots of good feelings in your brain and allows you to de-stress naturally. Chocolate contains flavonoids, which boost blood flow to the brain, causing people to feel more alert and awake. The increase of blood flow to the brain caused by flavonols may also increase the flow of blood to the retina, which could boost vision.

Heart-healthy

Dark chocolate improves blood flow and may help prevent the formation of blood clots. It helps to reduce risk of h eart attack and stroke than those that did not consume dark chocolate. This is due to antioxidant compounds found in chocolate known as flavonoids, which increase flexibility in veins and arteries. Eating dark chocolate may also prevent arterioscelerosis i.e., the antioxidants in dark chocolate help prevent heart disease by improving blood flow and protecting against hardening of the arteries. Choose dark chocolate with high cocoa content for maximum antioxidants. In fact, one chocolate bar has five times the flavonoids of an apple.

Uses of coconut oil in your daily life

Coconut oil is one of the most versatile ingredients that we can use in daily life. When we thought that coconut offered many health benefits from its meat and water, we are now discovering that coconut oil is one of the most nutritious and valuable parts of a coconut.

People are discovering the benefits of coconut oil for everything from baking healthier cookies to softening their skin naturally. It’s a great resource for redheads because most have very sensitive skin & a hair color they want to keep vibrations, making coconut oil a total win-win.

Coconut oil is all natural makeup, which it gives as great reputation. Coconut oil’s having main fact is Lauric acid, a medium chain fatty acid that positively impacts cholesterol levels. It also contains Vitamins E and K, and iron and has both antimicrobial and antifungal properties.

Coconut oil may be the most versatile product in your kitchen. It has properties that exceed far beyond its nutritional value.

The miracle oil is turning into a one-for-all solution to the many and varied problems of daily life as it can fix unhealthy hair, dry skin, athlete’s foot or digestive problems; this smooth and slick tropical elixir will get you high on top of your health.

Coconut oil is used for everything from smacking to smooching and yet, a little chap stick is usually all the love they see. Scrubbing away dead skin cells leaves your lips soft.

The type of coconut oil to be used is virgin, which is unrefined coconut oil that tastes and smells coco-nutty. It is great for cooling and baking where you want that flavor.

Here you have some used for coconut oil.

Beauty

Hair conditioner

Massaging a small amount of coconut oil into your hair, especially the ends, will help you to keep it hydrated and manageable. Coconut oil can also be used as a deep conditioning treatment, leaving it on the hair for several hours or overnight and then rinsing out thoroughly. If you have a dry scalp, massage a tiny amount into your scalp to decrease flaking and dryness.

Eye makeup remover

You need to soak a cotton ball in the oil and swipe it off to remove stubborn waterproof makeup.

Cuticle cream

Coconut oil helps in softening cuticles by directly applying them and it also strengthens your nails!

Exfoliator

Coconut oil acts as an Exfoliator. You should mix 3 tablespoons of coconut oil and 2 tablespoons of sugar in a jar for a DIY exfoliator that’ll leave your skin glowing.

Body moisturizer

Coconut oil will soften your skin and it can treat cracked heels and dry elbows to make them soft.

Flyaway tamer

Massage coconut oil onto your scalp and throughout your strands. You won’t have annoying flyaways.

Face mask

Coconut oil can also be used as a face mask. Mix equal parts of coconut oil and raw honey and then apply it directly onto your face. Leave it for about few minutes and then rinse with warm water. Your skin will be glowing and super smooth!

Beautify your eyelashes

Coconut oil can help strengthen your head of hair, coconut oil can also help strengthen lashes and that’s especially good news considering it’s all too easy to damage those short hairs. You can just apply some oil to a cotton swab and spread it onto your lashes before going to bed.

Medicinal

Coconut oil is packed with good fats, essential oils, helping to boost the immune system, proper digestion, lowering blood pressure, helping to fight diabetes, HIV and cancer.

To soothe irritated skin, sore throats and minor scrapes

Coconut oil is used to sooth your body that is irritated. Coconut oil is soothing because of the antioxidants and nutrients contained within it, as well as its smooth texture. Apply it to any part of your skin that is rough or irritated to smooth it in minutes. Swallow a small amount to soothe a sore throat. A thin layer applied to minor cuts and scrapes will provide a barrier to germs.

Clear up congestion

Having a cold is congestion as one of the worst parts. Try mixing up a homemade vapour rub. All it takes is coconut oil, tea tree oil and rosemary oil. You just rub this trio of ingredients on your chest and underneath your nose to breathe easier.

Protects your teeth from cavities

The practice of oil pulling, or swishing coconut oil around your mouth and over your teeth, can kill bacteria that can lead to cavities. Coconut oil helps to protect your teeth against decay and cavities. When the minerals on your teeth are worn down by anything from chewing to grinding your teeth, the exposed dentin is more vulnerable to tooth decay.

The base for a number of health and beauty items

Coconut oil can be used as everything from toothpaste to deodorant by mixing with baking soda and various essential oils. Coconut oil makes a great body scrubs to exfoliate and cleanse the skin by missing with salt to sugar. Using coconut oil for these products is being able to avoid the chemicals and preservatives used in commercial products, since coconut oil is natural and contain none of the artificial ingredients of other products.

Prevent chafing

Coconut oil is used to prevent chafing. It’s a good cure for an area that has been rubbed raw. You need to mix with calendula to create a soothing ointment. And this is a bonus for people who are taking care of a baby. Coconut oil is great for your cute one, too. Normally, babies develop diaper rash. Try mixing it up to diaper cream and use it to soothe skin that’s irritated.

Relax

A whiff of coconut can send you visualizing a tropical beach on a sunny day. You can utilize coconut oil as an all-natural aromatherapy. Massage a small amount into your scalp and temples which will relieve stress.

Home care

Gum residue

Coconut oil is generally a good cause for despair until now for chewing gum at any place besides inside a mouth. It is used to remove any evidence of old gum from the surface in question. It has an even works on hair and carpet.

Repel insects

Coconut oil can be used to soothe itchiness from insect bites. And also it can be used in a DIY insect repellant, too. Just collect these ingredients for coconut oil plus essential oils such as catnip, peppermint, tea tree or rosemary.

Clean dental accessories

Coconut oil is good to keep those pearls-like whites in place by using coconut oil to sanitize them daily and do this while the sun is up.

Clean makeup brushes

As a skincare expert emphasizes the importance of keeping your makeup brushes bacteria-free. The items you can be cleaned by using coconut oil by once a week. Mix antibacterial dish soap with coconut oil and give your brushes a thorough cleaning. Coconut oil also helps condition the bristles of your brushes.

Make patent leather shine

Patent leather should be shiny and sleek, but though time and wear and tear, it will naturally lose its luster. You can restore it by applying coconut oil. Spread some onto its surface to give back its high shine finish.

Condition wooden flatware and furniture

Keep your cutting boards, wooden spoons and any other wooden utensils in tip top shape by conditioning them with coconut oil. Keeping wooden furniture looking good is easy by cleaning and treating. Use a generous amount and apply then let it slip into the furniture.

Fix a stuck zipper

Coconut oil can be your savior when a broken zipper has turned you into a hostage inside your own jacket or it’s prohibiting you from opening a bag. You can restore stubborn zippers to running condition by coating them in coconut oil.

How to use coconut oil in cooking

People used to speak it as an artery-clogging enemy of good health. But it doesn’t clog your arteries, it’s actually heart healthy! It doesn’t make you gain weight on the contrary, it speeds up the metabolism! Health practitioners suggest three tablespoons of organic, extra-virgin coconut oil per day. Look for one that’s labeled virgin like olive oil, virgin coconut oil is less processed and more flavorful.

Use coconut oil instead of other oils in your daily cooking. You can blend coconut oil in smoothies, use it as a spread on toast, use it as a topping on popcorn, and in other recipes. You don’t need to master a whole new way of cooking to get more coconut oil into your diet. These easy ideas will make the foods you already love that much more delicious and even healthier.

Saute hearty greens in coconut oil

If you are cooking greens with garlic, onion, ginger and spices, then it’ll taste great stir fried with coconut oil instead of the vegetable oil or olive oil you normally use. Coconut oil has a high smoke point; it’s especially good for stir frying.

Drizzle it over creamy soups

If your creamy soup has sweetness or spice, then it’ll taste great with a drizzle of melted coconut oil over the top. To add even more flavor to your coconut oil, heat it up in a small saucepan with a pinch of the same spices you used in the soup.

Make popcorn

Drizzle melted coconut oil on stove popped popcorn to get that buttery movie taste.

Spread it on toast, waffles or pancakes

Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, but melts deliciously when spread over freshly made toast, pancakes, or waffles. That sweet coconut flavor is especially good with cinnamon raisin toast, pumpkin waffles and chocolate-chip pancakes. You can even melt coconut oil and use it in the batter instead of oil or melted butter, too.

Cinnamon toast crunch

Mix a little coconut oil with cinnamon and spread it on your favorite sprouted bread for a filling morning pick me up.

Use it to sauté seafood

The delicate sweetness of fish and shellfish is an especially smart match for coconut oil. Use it to sauté shrimp or sear fish fillets, or use alongside coconut milk, ginger and cilantro to steam the mussels.

Whip up a show stopping stir fry

It has such a high percentage of saturated fat, coconut oil can withstand up to 45 degrees of heat to 100 degrees more than olive oil. Due to its high smoke point, it makes perfect for quick veggie stir fries and pan seared fish or tofu or sweet potato fries.

Use it to cook grains

Lots of simply cooked grain recipes start by quickly the grain (rice, quinoa, faro, etc.,) in a bit of oil before adding the liquid and simmering. Use coconut oil to sauté that grain, and they’ll be infused with the delicious taste of coconut liquid, or just drizzle the cooked grains with a bit more melted coconut oil.

Blend it into your coffee

Add a spoonful of coconut oil into your morning java and throw it in your nutribullet for a minute or so for a fortifying bulletproof style beverage. Simply stirring it in may leave a slightly oily, less yummy consistency.

Smoothens

Scientific studies found that the coconut oil has medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). MCTs effectively destroyed viruses, another that it lowered cholesterol and a third indicates it might assist in weight loss.

Before chopping up raw ingredients spread a bit on your knives and scissors, and slice with ease.

Cleansing home things and beauty problems solved, with baby powder

You need not spend a ton of money to solve whatever beauty problems you may have. Baby powder can be the perfect cure for a ton of beauty ailments. Baby powder not only keeps skin smooth and fresh.

Greasy hair

Most of the dry shampoos are starch based, so baby powder has a similar effect in a pinch. Roots need a boost, but you don’t have time to shower, dry and style your hair. Sprinkle some of the baby powder on your hands and massage it through your scalp that it will soak up excess oil. The powder soaks up the excess oil giving you volume and less shine up top.

Sandy feet

A fun day at the beach always leads to sand everywhere at the floor, the bed, and your clothes everywhere. You could not notice your feet while playing in beach that sand sticks to your feet. After completing your day in a beach, rub this baby powder on your skin and the sand will come right off from your feet.

Wimpy eyelashes

Baby powder can be used as a beauty blogger. When you apply mascara to your eyes it is easy to use this baby powder with a cotton swab to dust baby powder on your lashes. Stop wasting big bucks on false eyelashes. The powder sticks to the lashes, adding length and volume.

Sweaty feet

Summer heat leads to sweat, which makes some pretty stinky feet. No need to be uncomfortable in socks, baby powder will help in eliminating sweat and odors. Sprinkle the baby powder stuff in your shoes to keep odors at bay. If you forget socks, the powder keeps your feet fry so you can go barefoot in flats without worry.

Setting as powder

There is no need to go out and buy expensive products or costumes to keep your face from melting off in the sweltering heat that reach for a bottle of baby powder. You can just use a large powder brush lightly dust it onto face after you have finished your makeup. The powder will set your makeup and absorb excess oil throughout the day.

Tangled Necklace

If you are disappointed by seeing your necklace was tangled. You would like to wear your favorite necklace and all you ended up with a tangled mess. Never waste time desperately tugging at tangled jewelry again. Loosen the knot with a little baby powder and use a pin to pull it apart. Just grab some baby powder on it or sprinkle and massage, baby powder into the knot to loosen it and then simply pull it apart with a pin with this you will have a good necklaces.

Musty furniture

If you want to keep your drawers fresh you just sprinkle of baby powder under drawer liners. It is especially great with antique furniture that has old smell.

Sweltering or sticky sheets

While the day you were crawling with hot and when you just want to relax you will find a sticky bed. With this you won’t get relaxed with the irritation caused due to sweating. Sprinkle baby powder between your sheet, it will help you to absorb sweat and keep things cool.

Ant invasion

Baby powder will help you to keep intruders out of kitchen by blocking their path with powder. Don’t let these pesky bugs spoil your picnic! Sprinkle some baby powder into your picnic blanket, then the ants will steer clear because they don’t like the smell.

Oil stains

Dab any oil based stain with baby powder to absorb the grease before laundering. Don’t get stressed over oil and grease. You can have your dress looking as good as new with baby powder on oil stains.

Sticky glove friction

Sprinkle a little baby powder into your rubber gloves after washing dishes. It helps to keep them fresh while they dry and easily slide through the next time. You can also wear gloves in the summer by sprinkling a little baby powder in the gloves before you put them on. It will absorb your sweat in your hands and can easily glide in and out. It also keeps the gloves fresh and dry for the next use.

Home remedies for cold, flu and cough – Common cold

Cold is the most common illness that affects infants and elderly alike. Cold weather is not the cause of colds. There are 200 types of viruses, which cause cold. Some of the common symptoms of a cold are headache, runny nose, cough, high fever, itchy eyes, sore throat, body aches and so on.

Many natural treatments offer effective relief from the various symptoms of a common cold without any side effects. There are reasons which might give common cold to an individual include are viral infection in respiratory tract, spread from one person to another through sneezing, allergic disorders, change in weather.

Home remedies for cold

Garlic

Garlic is good for the immune system and helps to open up respiratory passages. Antibacterial and antiviral properties present in garlic help to get rid of cold.

Mix together one crushed garlic clove to 2 teaspoons of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon honey and half a teaspoon cayenne pepper or red chilli powder. Consume it daily.

Saute a few garlic cloves in ghee and consume when they are warm. It may sound like a bitter concoction, but it can help you fight the common cold and cough.

Boil 4-5 chopped garlic cloves in a cup of water and add one teaspoon of honey. Drink it 2-3 times a day.

Honey

Honey is a powerful soothing and healing agent. Honey is an excellent cold medicine because of its antioxidant, antiviral and antibacterial nutrients. Consume a mixture of 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and 2 teaspoons of honey. Take it every 2 hours to get immense relief from your cold and sore throat.

Spice tea

Add tulsi, ginger and black pepper while preparing your tea to get rid of common cold.

Dry roast and grind a quarter cup of coriander seeds, one a half tablespoons each of cumin and fennel seeds and quarter teaspoon of fenugreek seeds. Boil a cup of water and add one and a half tablespoon of this spice powder and one a half teaspoon of rock candy. Let it simmer for 3-4 minutes. Then add 2 tablespoons of milk boil it and strain. Sip it while it is hot; drink it daily until the symptoms subside.

Ginger

Ginger has antiviral, expectorant and anti-inflammatory properties in treating common cold. Cut ginger into slices and add salt to it. Chew on these ginger slices to fight cold, cough and a sore throat. Take it 2 times a day.

Eat raw ginger or drink ginger tea several times a day. You can also mix equal amounts of dry ginger powder, ghee and jaggery. Consume this mixture daily on an empty stomach.

Chicken soup

Chicken soup might help to relieve from cold and flu symptoms as an anti-inflammatory by inhibiting the movement of neutrophils and relieve congestion.

Red onion

Take 2-3 red onion horizontal slices. Put one slice onion in a bowl and add raw honey until the bowl is full. Cover it and leave it for 12-15 hours. When you open the bowl, there will be thick liquid like syrup. Drink a spoonful of the syrup several times a day to get relief from cold.

Pepper

The capsaicin’s present in pepper helps to thin the mucus. Boil water with black pepper; add cumin and jaggery to it. Drink it you will get relied from chest.

Put pepper on your food when you eat a meal. You can also gargle with a teaspoon of black pepper mixed in a glass of warm water.

Milk

Take warm milk and adding turmeric is an effective way to fight a cough. This combination gives healthy ingredients needed for healthy living.

Cinnamon

Prepare syrup of lemon and cinnamon to prevent a common cold. Put some honey in a pan, fill it to half and use a double boiler until it is thin. Then add a pinch of cinnamon and add lemon. Have this syrup to fight a cold.

Turmeric powder, milk, black pepper powder

Take 1 glass warm milk, 1 teaspoon of turmeric and 1 teaspoon of black pepper powder. Mix all the ingredients and drink twice a day.

Carom seeds

Take 1 tablespoon of carom seeds and make it into a fine powder to be placed in a clean cloth has to be tied in the form of a bundle. Held close to the nose and inhaled.

Home made remedies to treat diabetes

Now-a-days diabetes has become a common health problem due to lack of insulin production to manage glucose levels in your body. Diabetes mellitus is a group of metabolic diseases characterized by high blood sugar (glucose) levels.

Types of diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes: The body does not produce insulin seen in early age i.e., before 40 years. It can be controlled by regular exercises and diet control.

Type 2 Diabetes: The body does not produce enough insulin for proper function seen in ageing older.

Gestational Diabetes: Rise in glucose levels due to lack of transportation of glucose to other cells. It is seen in females during pregnancy. It can be controlled with exercise, diet and blood glucose controlled medications.

Blood sugar chart

Category Fasting Value (mg/dl)   Post Prandial (mg/dl)
  Minimum Value Maximum Value Value 2 hours after consuming glucose
Fasting Plasma Glucose 70 100 Less than 140
Plasma Glucose 101 126 140 to 200
Hyperglycemia More than 126 More than 200

The complications of diabetes are heart, eye, foot, skin, hypertension, neuropathy, stroke, male impotence. Diabetes has no permanent cure or medication.

Home remedies to treat diabetes

If you follow these natural remedies for diabetes you can live a totally normal life.

Fig leaves

Fig leaves can be chewed directly on an empty stomach or leaves can be boiled in water and take that water like tea. On regular basis insulin gets reduced.

Fenugreek

A teaspoon-full of seeds should be soaked in a glass of water over night, take that water along with seeds on empty stomach. After taking this water you should not take any food or medicine for the next 30 minutes. Continue this for 2 – 3 times per week.

Cinnamon

Take half spoon of cinnamon power everyday in warm water or chewing naturally to get the desired effect. Boil two to four cinnamon sticks in one cup of water and allow it to steep for 20 minutes. Drink this solution daily to lower the blood glucose level.

Grape seed extract

A person can take 300mg per day or these seeds are ground and placed in capsules to reduce the blood sugar level. Grape seed are rich in vitamin E and flavonoids.

Olive oil

Cook food daily with edible olive oil effect on long run to reduce blood sugar level. It affects in reducing the cholesterol and triglycerides level in blood.

Bitter gourd

Bitter guard juice effects more when taken on empty stomach once in three days or take at least in the form of curry once in a week will decrease the sugar level in blood.

Vitamin C

Consuming vitamin C up to 600mg daily or in the form of fruits, vegetables can help to control blood sugar.

Garlic

Garlic has anti-diabetic and cholesterol reducing effect. Eat 3-4 raw garlic buds thus the Allicin chemical is to have hypoglycemic effects.

Aloe vera

Mix one to two teaspoons of ground bay leaves, one teaspoon of turmeric and one teaspoon of aloe vera gel. Drink this solution daily before and after dinner. This combination helps in controlling blood sugar.

Neem

A neem tree has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-diabetic properties. Drink juice of neem leaves on an empty stomach reduce insulin requirements by up to 50%

Indian gooseberry (Amla)

Take two to three Indian gooseberries grind it and squeeze out the juice. Mix two tablespoon of the juice in one cup to water and drink it daily on an empty stomach.

Mango

Soak 10 to 15 mango leaves in a glass of water overnight. Filter the water and drink on an empty stomach or dry the leaves in the shade and grind them, eat one-half teaspoon of powder two times daily

Holy basil (Tulsi)

Eat two to three tulsi leaves daily or one tablespoon of its juice on an empty stomach can lower blood sugar.

Lady’s finger

Soak one lady’s fingers slit it in the middle in a glass of water overnight and consume it on an empty stomach.

Soybeans

Soybean is filled with fiber, proteins, calcium and vitamin A will help to control blood sugar levels.

Guava

Eating guava can be helpful in maintain the blood sugar level as it consists of vitamin C and high fiber content.

Vinegar

Add vinegar to foods in your regular diet can be palatable and reduces sugar concentration in blood.

Papaya

Consume papaya on a daily basis as it has natural blood sugar controlling capability.

How to control high blood pressure – Home made remedies

The force of blood against the walls of arteries is blood pressure. High Blood Pressure (HBP) causes due to overstretching of the arterial walls and tiny tears in the blood vessels. HPB, also known as hypertension induce kidney failure, heart attacks and even dementia.

“Small changes can yield big benefits. Be control and lower high blood pressure naturally”

Here are some lifestyle changes that lower your blood pressure

Exercise regularly

It’s a better idea to get advice from your doctor before going to start exercise regularly. 30 minutes walk or exercise a day can keep your heart healthy and lower your blood pressure. Check with your doctor is you are over are 40 (men) or 50 (women). Increasing your exercise level can lower your blood pressure within just a few weeks.

Lose extra pounds

Extra weight increases your blood pressure leads to heart attack. The more weight you lose, the lower your blood pressure will be. The best way to achieve your target weight from your doctor lowers your blood pressure. Losing weight will help you to reduce your health problems.

Choosing low fat, low calorie foods and physical activities are the best ways to lose your weight. Your doctor or nurses will be able to advice about your weight by a calculation called Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI tells you what weight you should be for your height. Number of BMI calculators is available on the Internet.

You can calculate your own body mass index, for this you need to know your height in meters and your weight in kilograms.

  • Divide your weight by your height
  • Divide the obtained number by your height

BMI Table for Adults: BMI values for adults age 18 or older.

Category BMI range – kg/m2
Severe Thinness < 16
Moderate Thinness 16 – 17
Mild Thinness 17 – 18.5
Normal 18.5 – 25
Overweight 25 – 30
Obese Class I 30 – 35
Obese Class II 35 – 40
Obese Class III > 40

BMI Table for Children and Teens: BMI categorization for children, teens between ages 2 and 20.

Category Percentile Range
Underweight <5%
Healthy weight 5% – 85%
At risk of overweight 85% – 95%
Overweight >95%

Limit the amount of alcohol you drink

The less you drink, the lower your blood pressure will drop. Consume moderate amounts of alcohol. Drinking alcohol can raise your blood pressure, so avoid too much alcohol. If you don’t drink alcohol, you shouldn’t start drinking because it may cause more potential harm than benefit.

  • Men should have not more than 2 drinks per day where as women only 1. The effect will be different for each person.
  • Alcohol in small amounts can potentially lower your blood pressure by 2 to 4mm Hg.

Healthy diet

Eating more vegetable, fruits, pulses will help to lower your blood pressure. Fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins, minerals, potassium and fiber to keep your body healthy.

Adults should eat at least 5 different portions of fruits and vegetables per day. Change your eating habits; you can adopt a healthy diet.

  • Dairy Products: Add low fatty dairy products into your diet
  • Potassium: Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Take food that is low in salt and high in potassium
  • Fiber: Add leafy greens, fruits, whole grain products, nuts and legumes into your diet which are high fiber

Reduce sodium in your diet

People with high blood pressure cut back on salt prevent blood pressure from rising. Choose foods low in salt and sodium. 2.4 grams of sodium a day equals 6 grams i.e., about one teaspoon of table salt a day. To add more flavor to your foods use herbs or spices, garlic and onions rather than salt.

Stop smoking

Cigarette smoking like nicotine can affect not only blood pressure but also lung cancer. The nicotine in tobacco products can raise your blood pressure by 10 mm Hg or more up to an hour after you smoke.

Inhaling smoke from others, secondhand smoking puts you at risk of health problems like high blood pressure and heart disease.

Cutback on caffeine

Avoid caffeine, much chocolate, sugar, candy, drinks and excessive dietary fats. Drinking caffeinated beverages can affect temporary or long lasting.

  • Two cups of coffee can raise blood pressure
  • 4 caffeinated drinks per day prevent withdrawal symptoms such as headaches

Check your pressure within 30 minutes of drinking a cup of coffee or any other caffeinated beverage increases by five to 10 points; you may be sensitive to blood pressure raise with the effect of caffeine.

Reduce your stress

Stress can make blood pressure go up, and over time may contribute to the cause of high blood pressure. Temporary rise in blood pressure, overweight or family history of hypertension tend to stress. Stress rises because of your adrenal gland releases stress hormones which tend to cause your cardiovascular system to overwork.

Stress hormone increases your pulse, respiration and heart rate that you are in need of fighting or running. So try some relaxation techniques:

  1. Long walk to take the edge off a stressful day long before go to bed
  2. Set the time around 30 minutes before bed to finish the day must do tasks, personal hygiene things and try deep breathing or meditation

Monitor your blood pressure at home

Monitor you blood pressure by using a sphygmomanometer and a stethoscope. Note down the different ranges in reading your blood pressure.

  • Normal blood pressure – 120/80 and below
  • Pre-Hypertension blood pressure – 120-139/80-89
  • First stage hypertension – 140-159/90-99
  • Second stage hypertension – 160/100 and above

If your doctor asks you to take your blood pressure at home, keep in mind:

  • Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist to see which monitor you need and to show you how to use it
  • Avoid smoking, exercise, and caffeine 30 minutes before checking your blood pressure
  • Make sure you are sitting with your feet on the floor and your back is against something
  • Relax quietly for 5 minutes before checking your blood pressure
  • Keep a list of your blood pressure numbers to share with your doctor, physicians or nurse
  • Take your home monitor to the doctor’s office to make sure your monitor is working right

Get support from family and friends

It’s not always easy to lose weight, and you can quickly get bored or give up without encouragement. You need support from your family and friends. This puts you in touch with people who can give you an emotional or morale boost and offer practical tips to cope with your condition.