Dhaka, June 28 (UNB) - Well! Who doesn't want a clear, bright and glowing skin? But there are times when some people get a lot of black spots on their skin. This could be due to sun damage, blackheads, razor bumps, skin ageing, acne and over aggressive facial exfoliation. In order to avoid this, people spend lots of money on skin care creams, face wash or moisturizers which are available in the market. Nonetheless these products are loaded with chemicals. They could have many side effects as well like sudden breakouts, dryness or even pimples or acne. Fortunately, some home remedies can help you get rid of those black spots and give your skin a smooth and glowing texture, reports NDTV.
Some home remedies can help you rid of those black spots and give your skin a smooth and glowing texture.
Amazing home remedies to get rid of black spots on your face:
1. Papaya mask
Papaya contains papain which is beneficial for skin lightening and renewal. You can make a face mask by mashing the papaya fruit to make a smooth paste and add a tablespoon of honey. In case of dry skin then milk cream will work together with honey and papaya. For oily skin you could add half a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice. Use this face mask regularly. Lemon has vitamin C which reduces the appearance of brown or dark spots and patches. Milk cream can better the complexion as they contain a good amount of lactic acid. Milk cream and honey both moisturize and soothe the skin.
2. Aloe vera mask
You can mix aloe vera gel, vitamin E oil, and lemon juice to make a creamy paste. Apply this on your face and let the mask stay till it dries. Wash it with lukewarm water after the mask dries. Repeat it daily to get the desired result. Vitamin E oil helps in skin rejuvenation and is beneficial for depigmentation. Lemon juice exfoliates the skin and removes dead skin cells, clearing up blocked pores and removing blackheads. Aloe vera helps moisturizes your skin, keeping it hydrated, rejuvenated and glowing.
3. Drink plenty of water
Simply drinking plenty of water can do wonders for your skin. It helps in cleansing the body by flushing out all the toxins. Drinking adequate water all day long is the most natural way of developing a clear, smooth and glowing skin. Also, try to avoid the consumption of alcohol, carbonated and sugary beverages. Instead include fruits and vegetables which are high water content in your diet. Also, washing your face at least 2 times can be helpful. It will help remove dust and dirt from your face.
Buttermilk is rich in lactic acid which helps in removing dead skin and blackheads from your face. It also helps lighten your dark spots. You can apply buttermilk directly on dark spots with the help of cotton and leave it till it dries. Wash your face with clean water and see the results.
5. Lemon and yoghurt mask
We all know that lemons are beneficial for your skin. The vitamin C and the citric acid present in lemons make it a perfect bleaching agent which helps in lightening the dark spots. Mixing yoghurt with lemon also helps in giving a smooth and glowing texture to your skin. You can even add sugar to your face mask as it has exfoliating properties which can be used as a scrub to remove the dead skin and dirt from your face.
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.