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How To Increase Beard and Moustache Growth Naturally?

December 15, 2017

For men, the beard is like a mane! A lot of men are proud to have a thicker beard. Not all men find it easy to grow a beard. The fact is that the genetics decide our facial hair growth. You can’t change the genetics side,  but certain things can be done to speed up the growth rate of beard to some extent.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil massage is one of the ways in which you can increase the growth of facial hair. Apply the mixture of Oil and Rosemary oil to the face with the help of a cotton ball. Rinse with cool water after about 15 minutes. It’s better to apply before you move to bed. Do this thrice a week for best results.

Lemon and Cinnamon

Mix one teaspoonful of crushed cinnamon bark with two teaspoonfuls of lemon juice. Apply the mixture over the face and then rinse with cold water after 20 minutes. Lemons are packed with nutrients such as citric acid, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, and flavonoids, that promotes hair growth.  Use this remedy about twice a week for best results.

Clean and Moisturize the Facial Skin

When skin is moisturized, there is a better environment for facial hair to grow quickly. Moreover, there shouldn’t be oil, dirt and dead skin that hampers your hair follicles to break through. Your facial hair grows much faster when your face is consistently kept clean and moisturized.

Balanced Vitamin Intake

There are certain nutrients required for facial hair growth. Your body needs vitamins like A, C, and E in order to promote facial hair growth. This helps maintain your follicles and sebum and improve blood circulation to create a better environment for the beard to grow.

Exercise Daily

Exercising regularly improves blood circulation, which is a key factor in stimulating hair growth. Physical activity helps nutrients reach the hair follicles in your face. Take out 20 minutes of exercise every day as it can make a big difference. No matter what sort of exercise you try, but for sure, your beard’s health will continue to improve with each day.

Apart from all these, keep away your stress and take enough foods, rich in vitamins and protein and don’t forget to sleep properly. So Follow these natural ways that help to grow the beard fast!

HEALTH CARE, PERSONAL CARE

Wanna look gorgeous? Add these foods to your menu!

October 20, 2017

You might be spending a huge sum on beauty creams, shampoos, and lotions! All you need is a tempting look, right? I am sure that some of you have even gone starving for days, sacrificing your favorite snacks, but beauty is not about sacrificing food, but dining the proper food! Get glowing skin, thicker hair, lustrous eyes, and a fitter body, all with the help of taking the right foods.

Fish: Fish, such as sardines and mackerel contain omega- 3 fatty acids that reduce skin inflammation and keep it moisturized. They also promote elasticity, keeping wrinkles at away.

Berries: Strawberries, blueberries, etc., contain antioxidants that get rid of free radicals in the blood and guard your collagen, thereby boosting skin repair. It makes your skin smooth and plump.

Cashews and Green Peas: A huge source of Zinc! Helps the immune system to function properly, and plays an important role in the formation of your connective tissues too.

Apricots: Contains vitamin A, which helps in better eye health and immune system function, which keeps you vital and strong from head to toe.

Bananas: Bananas are best for the body. Helps in getting an elastic skin, which is a sign of hydration and general health, which means reduced flaking and dry spots.

Spinach: Spinach is high in iron, but it’s also rich in carotenoids, which keep the whites of your eyes clear instead of milky.

Pomegranates: This beautiful fruit is considered as a hair and scalp super food for its antioxidant properties and UVA-blocking agents that prevent premature aging of your skin and hair.

Coconut: The water from coconuts is a great natural hydration aid and contains potassium, an electrolyte that helps to move the nutrients into our cells.

Tomatoes: Tomatoes, it contains a huge amount of antioxidants, that helps you from sun damage.

Apart from all these, have enough chicken, pork, milk, cheese, yeast, peanuts, beans, and cereals to get a healthy hair, glowing skin and a healthy body. Not only food, but a good lifestyle is also required for a healthy body and mind.

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Make the most of your life

July 2, 2017

Our body and mind have been challenged by multiple factors in a polluted mental and physical atmosphere for many years. Since time immemorial, the health of body and mind has been a serious matter of concern for the people living in any society. We have been searching for solutions here and there. A common man is interested in anything that comes in the name of solution to his/her physical and mental illness. That’s quite natural, as we always search for something to make our life more better, and to be aloof from complexities and illness even though it’s a distant dream for most of us.

But, as a man who believed in India’s ancient heritage, I think our forefathers had developed one of the most effective ways to lead a life without stress. I have been into the healthcare sector for several years and found Ayurveda an exceptional healing method to the problems of people of all ages. Ayurveda is all about life and knowledge. When we split the word, we can say ‘Ayur’ means life and ‘Veda’ means knowledge. I would like to define it as the knowledge of life.

 

The primary concern of this secondary Vedic text is about the health and well-being of body and mind. When it comes to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, Ayurveda offers a comprehensive mechanism to deal with it.

Knowing the various aspects of Ayurveda will make you get the art of right living in the right proportions. It’s about the prevention of ailments and the openness of life.

Ayurveda is more of a lifestyle than a system of medicine and way of treatment. Nature has in its possession all the ways to rejuvenate and reinvent the mind, body and the soul. Ayurveda is the key to this. While the advocates of modern medicine reiterate the adage ‘prevention is better than cure’, the very basic principle of the Ayurvedic lifestyle lies on the fact that disease can be kept at bay through the right way of life.

How can we attain the right way of life? In this column, I am just touching some aspects to follow the right way of life. We can discuss it in detail in the coming articles.

And this right way of life is the balancing of food habits by leaning towards foods with ‘sattva guna’. Sattva is about the quality of balance, harmony, goodness, and purity.

Nuts, seeds, oils, fruits, dairy products hog the major part of Sattvic foods. Exponents of Ayurveda exhort people to avoid fried and junk food as they are of ‘thamo guna.’

Another important aspect is oil bath, a practice that we are letting to die down slowly. Earlier, oil bath once or twice in a week was a part of Malayali lifestyle. But, now it seems not in vogue and the practice, which is highly beneficial to health, has paved way for the use of chemicals-enriched lotions. But, this alternative has proven to be inadequate to give the coolness to the body and calmness to the mind which the traditionally-practiced oil bathing can give to a person, especially in a tropical region.

And, indeed, exercise is an indispensable part of the right lifestyle. It’s an important source of energy. With the changing times and lifestyle, it has become very important for everyone to find some time daily to work out. The best option is yoga as it can meet the needs of the body and the mind together and that too by making us more connected to the traditional wisdom of our great ancestors.

So, make the most of your life by choosing the right path.

PERSONAL CARE, TIPS

What about having a one-week break from Facebook? All for our well-being!

July 2, 2017

We’re living in the golden age of social media, and no doubt Facebook is a rare revolution in the history of communication. It connects the world in a wonderful way and offers solutions to the complex problems of people from diverse shades of life. Facebook has become a part of our daily life, like food and sleep. So much is its influence on you and me. This is the reality. With more than two billion active users, the social media platform founded by one of the most disruptive entrepreneurs, Mark Zuckerberg, is now the most influential communication platform in the world. However, as a health professional, I am always concerned about the impact of Facebook on human minds. A lot of research studies are going on on this subject across the world.

There is an intriguing point that comes to the fore in one of the recent studies, which may force you and me to take a break from FB for some time. The study conducted by the University of Copenhagen states that Facebook is making most of us unhappy and dissatisfied. The study finds,

“Millions of hours are spent on Facebook each day. We are surely better connected now than ever before, but is this new connectedness doing any good to our wellbeing? According to the present study, the answer is no. In fact, the predominant uses of Facebook — that is, as a means to communicate, gain information about others, and as habitual pastime — are affecting our wellbeing negatively on several dimensions.’’

The study provides causal evidence that quitting Facebook leads to higher levels of both cognitive and affective well-being. The participants who took a one week break from Facebook showed significantly higher levels of life satisfaction. More than satisfaction, the study states that they have an improved emotional life after the period. The study was conducted with 1,095 people in Denmark.

 

The study also showed that the gain of well-being varied in relation to how people use the social media platform. For heavy FB users, users who passively use Facebook, and users who tend to envy others on Facebook, the gain proved to be greatest.

“These findings indicate that it might not be necessary to quit Facebook for good to increase one’s well-being — instead an adjustment of one’s behavior on Facebook could potentially cause a change,’’ it observes.

We can put it simply like this, if one is a heavy Facebook user, one should use Facebook less to increase one’s well-being. And if one tends to feel envy when on Facebook, one should avoid browsing the sections (or specific friends) on Facebook causing this envy.

And if one uses Facebook passively, one should reduce this kind of behavior. Due to habits, practicalities, and potential ‘‘forecasting errors,’’ it may be difficult to change one’s way of using Facebook. If this is the case, one should consider quitting Facebook for good.

So, what about having a one-week break from Facebook!

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Best Ayurveda Tips to overcome Fatigue

July 2, 2017

All of us struggle with being overtired or overworked each day. Fatigue is a common problem that is explained as a feeling of tiredness or lack of energy. A stress-driven body and mind are the major cause of fatigue, it is generally caused by lifestyle or dietary problems. It can be triggered by stress, medication, overwork, or mental and physical illness.

According to Ayurveda, fatigue is caused by the imbalance of one, some or all the three Doshas. Fatigue can have three causative factors at the level — physical, mental and emotional. It may be caused by an imbalance of Tridoshas ie, Vata, Pitta, Kapha. Vata is usually the prime dosha involved. Increased level of Vata causes poor circulation which leads to the feeling of fatigue.

Causes for fatigue

Fatigue refers to a feeling of tiredness or weariness. It can be temporary or chronic. The main cause of fatigue is the lack of energy due to wrong feeding habits. The way you live and how you eat largely determines the energy levels within your body. Especially important is how you eat, the strength of your digestion, and what kind of foods you choose and are able to digest. By not eating properly, you may also have other health problems later in life, such as heart disease, which is related to your poor diet and unhealthy eating habits.

1. Lack of physical fitness: Fitness is very important nowadays. Fitness does not mean being slim or lean or being without fat deposits. Fitness is the ability of the body to sustain hard work.

2. Less food more work: If you are eating fewer calories compared to energy spent then also you will end up being tired.

3. Lack of nutrition rich food: Choose right food, stick on to homemade foods, fruits, and vegetables. Limit the use of fatty foods as which cause diabetes, cholesterol and also damage to organs like heart, liver, kidney and cause tiredness.

4. Indigestion: This is one of the main causes for tiredness according to Ayurveda.

Symptoms of Fatigue

1. Dizziness or Vertigo

2. Lack of energy

3. Tiredness or Exhaustion

4. You do not feel fresh after waking up in the morning, though you had a good night’s sleep. You feel your stomach heavy all the time.

5. Either you eat more or eat less, there is an imbalance in hunger.

6. Lasting illness: Chronic illness or disease is one of the major causes. If you are suffering from a disease for a long time, then it is better to consult the doctor for an advice to take care of overall body nourishment. This will cure fatigue and tiredness.

7. Mental Fatigue: Laziness, no mood for hard work, lack of energy, though you actually are not tired.

8. Depression & Anxiety: These cause mental fatigue and leads to tiredness. The solution lies in treating them in a healthy way.

9. Stress: It is related to mental and physical fatigue. Physical stress due to an accumulation of free radicals affects the organs. Mental stress can be handled with stress relief techniques.

Tips to Overcome Fatigue and regain good health

To fix this problem, finding the right diet is crucial. Unhealthy fatty foods & foods that contain preservatives can coat your intestinal wall and can result in less food being absorbed into your system, so cells are provided with less energy, leaving you feeling fatigued. Ayurveda believes strongly that the strength of your digestive fire makes all the difference in how well you are able to convert food into energy.

To support your digestive fire, add digestive spices such as cumin, mustard seed, turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger. It is said to support your body when you are facing high-stress levels, and it can encourage a healthy sleeping pattern. Try to include all six tastes (sweet, sour, salty, bitter, astringent, pungent) in your diet. Favor the sweet, sour, and salty tastes, as this help pacify Vata dosha, and eat less of the bitter, astringent and pungent foods. The concept of Ayurveda dictates certain habits like eating right, dietary supplements and specific exercise techniques in Yoga, Pranayama, and Meditation to help you overcome fatigue.

Remember, herbs are only part of the Ayurvedic approach to healing. Simple dietary and lifestyle changes can speed up your recovery time. Chronic fatigue syndrome can be frustrating, but you don’t have to let it control your life. Many people have found relief with safe, natural Ayurvedic remedies and techniques that work to get rid of toxins, bring your body back into balance and thus restore you to good health.

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Ayurveda Tips to boost your Immune System

July 2, 2017

A good immune system is the ‘anti-virus’ defense against any disease. The Sanskrit word for immunity — ‘Vyadhikshamatva’ means forgiveness of disease. According to Ayurveda good health is not related to just not being sick. Wellness is state of experiencing good health. Apart from balancing the doshas — Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, as well as making sure our digestive fire, called Agni, is working to its utmost, we should start practicing some very good techniques that will help boost immunity.

Keep the immune system in proper balance by eating the right foods. A weak immune system causes all types of diseases. Also, an immune response becomes overactive or misdirected, targeting the body’s own tissues for foreign invaders. Our diet plays a vital role in balancing this ‘fighting response’ within the body. Consuming leafy greens, highly pigmented fruits, whole grains can give the body exactly what it needs to stay strong.

1 – Cook with immune-boosting spices : Cook your food in a way that doesn’t disturb the food’s natural goodness. For instance, if you add mild spices to cooked vegetables, grains, the food will convert more quickly to ojas. Spices add good flavor and they support digestion and make the nutrients easily available to the body. Different spices also have specific immune-boosting properties. For eg, Turmeric has an immune-modulating effect, because it has detoxifying properties and enhances the intelligence of the immune cells similarly Cumin burns Ama. Black pepper clears the channels so ojas can reach the deeper tissues.

Eat consistently, at regular times throughout the day: Regular meals enable the body to absorb nourishment and feel energized. This also increases digestive fire. Add Medicinal herbs to your diet like Basil, Garlic, Ginger, Turmeric, Olive leaf, Amla and more which will help your body to defend itself against invaders. Many keep your white blood cell count high, and others support the vital organs.

Detox: In Ayurveda, ama (store toxins from undigested food) is one of the primary reasons for diseases to develop. Indigestion and ama formation prevent nutrients from reaching the tissues and weakens immune function. Be sure to detox regularly if you consume lots of unhealthy foods, are exposed to many environmental toxins, or don’t eat a Sattvic diet. While you don’t have to be a vegan or vegetarian, strictly, those dietary practices are in alignment with Ayurvedic wisdom. Choose easy-to-digest organic and fresh foods. Foods that are processed, canned, frozen or packaged are harder to digest, they also include harmful ingredients such as chemical preservatives and thus create Ama.

Organically grown foods are best because not only are they free of harsh chemicals, but they also contain more minerals. Vegetarian proteins such homemade cheese, milk, and pulses (split-mung dhal, lentils, and other small, split beans) enhance ojas and immunity. Meat is not a recommended protein because it is difficult to digest and creates Ama

3 – Life style modifications

Get Good Sleep: Adequate sleep is especially important and essential for anyone who wants to enhance immunity and resist disease. The body is very busy while you are resting. Deep sleep helps the immune system to release proteins called cytokines, some of which help promote sleep. A balanced cycle of rest and activity help our immune cells to regenerate properly. Lack of sleep interrupts this cyclic process and can cause increased rates of diabetes, heart disease, depression, and other illnesses.

Do Yoga and Meditate: Yoga and meditation positively affect the immunity response in the body. They do so primarily by lowering stress.

Pranayama: If stress is the primary factor compromising your immune system, Nadi Shodhana (Alternate Nostril Breathing) is the powerful support activity that you need to start right away. Prana, the vital breath, is the subtle essence of the life force that animates each of us. It energizes every cell and tissue throughout our body and is stimulated and carried on by the breath. Prana restores fluidity and vitality to the subtle energy channels of the body, releases accumulated tension, and supports the nervous system as a whole —  all while digesting and eliminating stagnation and Ama.

Ayurveda teaches us that ojas and strong immunity are the natural outcomes of good health, which depends on Agni, a healthy diet, a supportive lifestyle, and a balanced nervous system. it is all about you — your unique strengths and vulnerabilities, and your personal path toward healing.