Dhaka, June 28 (UNB) - Well! Who would not like to have smooth, shiny and healthy hair? But due to a large variety of chemical products available in the market, our hair tends to get damaged. Some of the common hair problems are dry hair, hair falling or thinning, gray hair or even split ends.
The term split ends refers to the splitting or fraying of the hair shaft at the tip of your hair. The condition is medically called trichoptilosis. Split ends can be caused by thermal, mechanical or chemical stress or when the hair becomes damaged. This tends to weaken the protective outer layer of the hair cuticle. Lack of proper nourishment can make the problem of split ends even worse. They can look unappealing and make your hair shabby. But thanks to some home remedies, you can make your hair healthy all over again, reports NDTV.
These home remedies can help get you rid of split ends:
1. Egg mask
Eggs are rich in protein and essential fatty acids in eggs can help treat split ends. Hair are primarily made up of protein and this is why eggs can help strengthen the hair follicles. In addition, eggs will make your hair smooth, reduce tangles, and make your hair thick. You can use an egg hair mask by mixing some oil or curd.
2. Coconut oil
Not only for health but coconut oil is rich in healthy fatty acids which makes it an excellent natural conditioner that can nourish your split ends.
Yogurt is again rich in calcium and protein and other healthy nutrients. You can combine yoghurt with egg or oil to make a hair mask. You can use this hair mask on regular basis for lustrous and thick hair.
The light and creamy texture of bananas is great for conditioning hair and can help you get rid of split ends. Rich in potassium and antioxidants you can make a hair mask with a mashed banana. You can even mix in some honey, lemon juice or coconut oil for extra moisture. Apply it to your split ends and wash it after it dries.
The protein in milk can be beneficial for your hair and will make dry ends silky and soft. Simply dip your hair in warm milk or rinse your entire head. Even almond milk, soya milk or coconut milk will help treat your damaged hair.
Honey is a sticky substance which can actually benefit your hair. It is powerful enough to attract moisture and retain the moisture. You can thin out honey by combining milk, lemon juice or even oil to it.
Dhaka, June 28 (UNB) - High blood pressure is quite common in India. It is a condition which poses risks of heart disease and stroke. High blood pressure occurs when the force of your blood pushing against artery walls is too high. In case you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, the doctor will prescribe some medicines at first to bring your numbers down. But by and large, you need to work on improving your lifestyle, maintaining a healthy weight and being physically active in order to avoid high blood pressure risks. A healthy lifestyle may even help you get off medications for hypertension. In this article, we talk about some natural remedies that can help in keeping your blood pressure under control, reports NDTV.
Natural remedies to keep high blood pressure under control
1. Maintain a healthy weight and watch your waistline to prevent hypertension
Blood pressure is often found to increase with an increase in weight. Being overweight can also disrupt your sleep cycle, which can further elevate blood pressure. An effective lifestyle measure to keep your weight under control is to lose weight. According to MayoClinic, your blood pressure is likely to come down by 1 mm Hg with each kg of weight loss. Also keep an eye on your waistline as carrying too much weight around your waist can increase risk of high blood pressure.
2. Exercise regularly and keep yourself physically active
People with high blood pressure should make sure they do 150 minutes of medium intensity exercise and 90 minutes of high intensity exercise every week. Exercising regularly can help in preventing hypertension and keeping high blood pressure under control. It is also important to keep yourself physically active for the rest of the day. Do not sit on the same place for long hours. Keep moving whenever possible. Include walking, jogging, swimming and dancing in your fitness routine to prevent high blood pressure.
3. Eat healthy
Diet plays a huge role in terms of determining high blood pressure. Reduce consumption of salt to a bare minimum. Avoid consumption of processed, packaged and junk foods. They are packed with sodium and other preservatives that can contribute to elevated levels of blood pressure. Also include potassium rich foods in your diet as they can negate effects of sodium on blood pressure. Banana, avocado, oranges, apricots, dried fruits, prunes and raisins are all examples of high potassium foods that can keep blood pressure under control.
4. Cut down on alcohol and quit smoking
Poor lifestyle habits like regularly drinking alcohol and regular smoking is extremely risky for high blood pressure patients. Alcohol not only increases blood pressure, but also nullifies effects of hypertension medicines. Smoking can increase your blood pressure after several minutes of smoking a cigarette. Smoking causes cancer and you must quit smoking as soon as you can.
5. Take less stress
Being chronically stressed can be harmful for high blood pressure patients. Change your attitude towards stress causing problems. Lifestyle coach Luke Coutinho says that it is not important to react to every stressful situation that you come across in your life. Learn to ignore them and take things lightly. Have a positive outlook and engage in activities of your choice to feel less stressed and prevent hypertension.
6. Consume lesser caffeine
Caffeine can contribute to high blood pressure. Tea, coffee, aerated drinks and energy drinks are all examples of high caffeine beverages that you must avoid in case you have high blood pressure.
Check your blood pressure regularly, maybe once every day. Healthy lifestyle is the key to manage it.
Dhaka, June 27 (UNB)- Belly fat could be a sign that your health is at risk, with Type-2 diabetes and heart disease among the associated dangers. I carried out an experiment with the Trust Me, I’m a Doctor team and a group of volunteers. We found that diet, rather than exercise, is the best way to rein in the belly, reports BBC.
Using our calculator below, you can work out how many calories you can consume to try to lose an inch in four weeks*. It tells you how many calories you need each day to maintain your weight, and you should reduce that figure by 500 calories to start reducing your weight and belly fat quite quickly.
How quickly will you lose weight?
The volunteers reduced their waist sizes by an average of 1 inch for every 4lb (1.81kg) they lost.
So if you lose 1lb (0.45kg) a week you could hope to reduce your waistline by an inch after four weeks.
Dieticians advise that if you eat 500 calories less than your daily requirement you will lose about 1lb every seven days (expect some variation from person to person).
This chart shows you how many pounds you can hope to lose per week based on how many calories you cut out of your daily diet.
What can you eat?
Each volunteer was encouraged to measure portions based on the size of their hands.
Aim for a daily intake of:
Three fist-sized servings of carbs
Two palm-sized servings of lean protein
Two cupped handfuls of vegetables or salad
Two fist-sized servings of fruit
Two servings of fat or oil covering the tip of your thumb.
You can also have 200ml/⅓ pint of milk, or two 125g pots of natural or low-calorie yoghurt.
Generally, you can eat your usual foods, so long as you reduce the portion size. Avoid or limit sugary and high-fat foods, such as fast foods.
The speed of waist reduction varies from person to person, so even if you reduce your calorie intake by the suggested amount, your results may differ.
As time passes you will lose weight and you'll need to recalculate your calorie requirement. At your new weight you'll find your daily requirement has dropped. So you need to drop again to keep 500 calories below your daily requirement. By recalculating you will keep losing 1lb (0.45kg) a week.
Dhaka, June 26 (UNB) - Let's admit it. We have all been guilty of skipping breakfast once or twice in life. Whether it was an early morning flight or because you were too pressed for time to make one for yourself before office, we have all considered skipping our early morning meal at some point.
But if you have been regularly skipping breakfast and eating dinner late at night, you may be at an increased risk of death and other heart-related problems, researchers have warned.
The study was published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, reports NDTV.
The study went on to reveal that people with such unhealthy lifestyle had a four to five times higher likelihood of early death and also have an increased chances of a second heart attack.
"Our research shows that the two eating behaviours are independently linked with poorer outcomes after a heart attack but having a cluster of bad habits will only make things worse," said co-author Marcos Minicucci, from Sao Paolo State University in Brazil.
"We also think that the inflammatory response, oxidative stress, and endothelial function could be involved in the association between unhealthy eating behaviours and cardiovascular outcomes," he added.
The team assessed 113 patients with a mean age of 60, of which 73 per cent were men. The study enrolled patients with a particularly serious form of heart attack called ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI).
This was the first study to evaluate these unhealthy behaviours in patients with acute coronary syndromes, scientists revealed. Not having breakfast was observed in 58 per cent patients, having late night dinner in 51 per cent, and both behaviours in 41 per cent.
The researchers said that people must make necessary interventions in their dietary habits. Researchers also recommended a minimum two hour interval between dinner and bedtime.
"A good breakfast is usually composed of dairy products (fat-free or low fat milk, yogurt and cheese), a carbohydrate (whole wheat bread, bagels, cereals), and whole fruits," the team said.
Dhaka., June 26 (UNB) - Vitamin D deficiency is one of the most common causes of concern in the world of health and nutrition today. Vitamin D deficiency prevails in epidemic amounts all over the Indian subcontinent, with a prevalence of 70% in Indian population, as per a study published in journal Nutrients. Ironically, India is blessed with abundant sunlight; it is shocking to have such whooping number of people suffering from vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D, also known as 'sunshine vitamin,' is one of the most important nutrients, which our body needs to perform various functions. The nutrient plays an important role in regulation and absorption of various other essential minerals, including magnesium, phosphate and calcium in our body, reports NDTV.
Vitamin D is known to boost immune system and facilitate growth and development of teeth and bones. Deficiency of vitamin D in body may lead to weaker bones, joint or back pain, or even muscle pain. The potent nutrient is also known to improve resistance against a plethora of lifestyle diseases. While we can get vitamin D from sunlight and some natural vitamin-rich foods like soya, mushrooms, salmon, eggs, etc., there are some amazing vitamin D-rich drinks that you may include in your daily diet to avoid vitamin D deficiency.
Here's A List Of Healthy Vitamin D-Rich Drinks That You Can Add To Your Diet:
There are not many natural sources of vitamin D, especially if you are a vegan or vegetarian or simply don't like salmon. Fret not! There are certain drinks that are fortified with vitamin D. One such drink is orange juice. Yes, orange juice has many health promoting nutrients and vitamin D is one of them. Always opt for homemade fresh orange juice to avoid any adulteration or artificial additives. Here's a recipe of delicious orange and basil juice that you can try at home.
Cow milk is one of the most consumed drinks in the world. Cow milk is naturally a good source of various nutrients, including vitamin D. According to the book, 'Healing Foods' by DK Publishing, "Use full fat milk, as it contains only 4 percent of fat; take out its fat, and its fat-soluble vitamin A, D, E and K are also reduced." Health experts and nutritionists recommend having full fat milk as it is brimming with maximum amount of vitamin D. But if you don't like to drink directly, you can make smoothies or add chocolate syrup to your glass of milk.
Yogurt is fortified with vitamin D and has around 5 IU per 8-ounce serving, as per the USDA nutrition data. If you buy yogurt from a store, make sure you read the label carefully, but prefer making yogurt at home to avoid preservatives. If you don't wish to eat yogurt on a daily basis, break the monotony by making some interesting yogurt-based drinks. One such delicious yogurt-based drink is mint lassi. This lassi is similar to the classic lassi that we drink, but comes with a twist of mint in it.
Since vitamin D is mostly found in animal-based foods, vegans and vegetarians are left with very limited options. Therefore, plant-based milk substitutes like soy milk are often fortified with vitamin D and other essential nutrients that are usually found in cow's milk. Avoid buying packaged soya milk from the market as they come with preservatives and additives. Here's how you can make soya milk at home.
If you are vitamin D deficient, it is always better to consult your doctor before adding any food or drink to your diet. The best way to get your dose of vitamin D is by spending time under the morning sun.