4 home remedies to get rid of tan naturally!

Chances of getting a tan in summer are quite high during this weather. The scorching heat dehydrates our skin, while the UVA rays in contact with skin produce melanin, the brown pigment. This pigment is what causes tanning and makes your skin look dull. One of the most common ways to get rid of tanning is bleaching, but this chemical treatment can be harsh on your skin. And that’s why you must turn to harm-free home remedies. We have charted best home remedies to get rid of the ugly tan:
​Lemon

Lemon
 

Rich in Vitamin C, lemon works well to treat tanned skin. You can use lemon juice directly on your body parts like elbows, knees for 15 minutes. For your face, you can make a moisturising pack mixing honey and lemon to treat uneven skin tone.

Turmeric and yoghurt

Turmeric and yoghurt
 

To make an anti-tan pack at home, mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder in a bowl of chilled curd. Apply this mixture on your skin for 10-15 minutes. This moisturising pack will cool down your skin and help to get rid of uneven skin tone.

​Potatoes

​Potatoes
 

One of the best home remedies for tanned skin is potatoes. They contain an enzyme called catecholase—which helps to lighten skin tone. You can apply raw potato slices on tanned area or potato juice for 10-15 minutes.

​Aloe Vera

​Aloe Vera
 

Raw gel from Aloe Vera plant can do wonders to your skin. This gel helps to improve skin texture and also soothes sunburn. Apply this gel on affected areas and leave it overnight to get rid of tan.

 

Hair today, gone tomorrow

Hair has a personality of its own and not one that is easy to please. When your tresses behave well, you feel good. But a moody mane can give you tress stress. What’s worse? Hairloss. Hair’s…er… here’s all the help you need.
Q. When do I seek help?
The popular notion is that if you shed around 100 hair strands a day, it is time to consult an expert. But there is no universal standard number. The rule: if you consistently, for a minimum period of two weeks, notice more hairloss than otherwise, take action. Sometimes, when you run a hand through your hair and strands detach easily, that too, is a red flag.

Q. Does oiling help?
Yes. The traditional champi (massage) with coconut oil has been proven to have tremendous benefits on hair and scalp. Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that boost hair health. A good massage improves blood circulation in the scalp.

Q. Do hair spas work for hairloss?
Not really. Hair spa will not reduce hairloss. It helps with frizziness and dryness, as deep conditioners, serums and hair packs help in that. Though it does reduce hair breakage that usually happens while combing and washing hair.

Q. Do touted wonder cures like saw palmetto work in controlling hairloss?
Saw palmetto is a plant whose fruit extract is used to make medicines for hairloss. Believed to work in combating hairloss, it actually blocks an enzyme called 5 alpha reductase which can help in addressing thinning hair. However, it works better in male pattern hairloss. Do consult your dermatologist before trying it out.

Q. Do DIY remedies or kitchen cures prevent or control hairloss?
No matter how many articles you have read on social media about onion juice, kari patta or aloe vera helping in re-growing hair, the fact remains that these topical treatments affect just the texture and look of your hair. Hair density is not affected by topical treatments.

Q. Is there an anti-hairloss diet?
Green foods provide biotin and red and orange foods have iron and antioxidants – all necessary for hair growth. For a hair-raising experience: eat eggs, fish and lean chicken, sprouts, soya, paneer and nuts such as almonds, walnuts, and omega-3 enriched flaxseeds. Multivitamins with B complex, vitamin C and iron can help combat hair loss, but it is best to see a dermatologist before quaffing them down.

Q. Does red light therapy work?
Yes, it can stimulate hair growth. The most commonly used wavelengths for treating hairloss with red light therapy are in the range of 630-670 nanometers. The visible red light is capable of being absorbed by the molecules of the hair follicle leading to possible re-growth, following a natural biological reaction. Try this with a reputed trichologist.

Diet tip: Control your sugar intake: it is a pro-inflammatory agent, which in excess may aggravate hairloss. Nutritional deficiencies and hormonal issues too can lead to a thinning crown

— Inputs by Dr Aparna Santhanam, holistic dermatologist and author of Let’s Talk Hair and Dr Sirisha Singh, dermatologist

6 ways to treat whiteheads on your face

Whiteheads can be quite bothersome. These white bumps occur when skin’s pores get clogged with sebum (oil) and dead skin cell. They pop up at inopportune moments and can appear on the face, neck, and chest. To treat these white bumps, we have charted the best skincare tips to keep in mind…
Cleanse

Cleanse
 

If you notice these whiteheads as a regular thing, then make sure you use an appropriate cleanser and wash your face twice in a day. Go for a gentle cleanser in the morning and a gel-based cleanser at night to keep all the dirt away. Also, sweating can results in these zits too and that’s why it’s highly recommended to wash your face post workout.

Wash off your make-up

Wash off your make-up
 

If you skip this step, then you’re only triggering the zits to pop out. Make sure you wash off your make-up once you’re home. If you don’t have a cleanser at home, you can use a face cream or petroleum jelly to wash off the make-up.

Exfoliate

Exfoliate
 

When it comes to scrubbing, it is one of the best ways to get rid of all dead skin cells, clogged pores, etc. Depending on your skin type, you can use gently exfoliate 1-3 times a week. Just make sure you don’t overdo it—as it can damage your skin.

Choose the right ingredient

Choose the right ingredient
 

For such zits, don’t randomly apply skincare products. Pick beauty potions that include antibacterial ingredients like ‘benzoyl peroxide’ and ‘salicylic acid’. Benzoyl peroxide helps to reduce the bacteria while salicylic acid can shrink the zits. Make sure you use acne treatments only on the affected spots and not overall.

Keep your hands away

Keep your hands away
 

If you have a habit of touching your face again and again, then you’re only transferring oil and bacteria to your face. Also, popping the pimple on your own can spread the bacteria and cause more acne.

Change your pillowcase

Change your pillowcase
 

Another source of bacteria can be your pillowcase and one of the reasons behind your acne. To avoid them, change your pillow cases more often. Maintaining hygiene with the things that are in contact with your skin will only prevent zits.

 

6 Easy Gym Ball Exercises for Beginners

A gym ball or an exercise ball is made of soft elastic with a diameter of approximately 35 to 85 centimeters and it is filled with air. It is used in physical therapy, weight training, athletic training and regular exercise. There are numerous names for this ball like the balance ball, fitness ball, pilates ball, or the birth ball. It has been proved to be of great help in improving cardio endurance, balance and strength. For those recovering from injuries, gym ball exercises are very effective as they reduce spinal and muscle strain during movements. Most people may think that these exercises are more child-like, but they aren’t as easy as they appear and need to be performed in the right manner to produce results. Here are a few gym ball exercises that you can try if you are a beginner.

6 Easy Gym Ball Exercises for Beginners1. Over-Head Ball Squat

In this exercise, both your arms and legs are put to use. While holding the ball over your head, bend your knees and do a squat. Performing 10 to 15 of these, strengthens your arms, shoulders and deltoid muscles. This is an easy and effective exercise and all that is required is a gym ball.

2. Standing Ball Squeeze

This exercise works on your hips, lower back and inner thighs. First, stand straight and place the ball between your legs, next to your knees. Then squat down, forming a 90-degree angle and squeeze the ball. Remain in this position for as long as possible and stay balanced. The bigger the ball, the tougher it is to perform this exercise. Beginners can take the support of a wall or chair, if they find it too hard to stand straight. Perform this 10 times for 35-45 seconds for effective results.

3. Standing Plank

This exercise benefits your shoulders and arms and increases the intensity of a normal plank. Take your left leg and stretch it behind, while resting your arms and elbows on the ball. Take your right leg and stretch it behind, making both the feet meet. Do this 6 times, 30 seconds per set.

4. Triceps Dip

This exercise works on your upper body and strengthens your triceps and biceps. To perform it, you need to sit on the ball with your legs forming a 90-degree angle. Keep your knees apart from each other and place your hands on your hips. Slowly move your hips forward so that they are a few inches in front of the ball. Then, use your triceps to lower your arms down a few inches and return to the starting position. Make sure your back remains upright and repeat this 10-15 times.

5. Ball Jog

This exercise strengthens your core and makes it firm. Sit up straight on the ball with your feet firmly pressed on the ground. Move your knees up and down to bounce on the ball. Try to bounce as high as possible and for 2 to 5 minutes for 5 sets. This will keep your heart rate up and can also be used as a warm-up exercise.

6. Hands off

This exercise works on your abs and core. To perform it you need to lie flat on your back on the ground, with your arms and legs stretched out. Hold the ball over your head with both your hands and transfer the ball from your hands to your feet. Continue this movement repeatedly and make sure that only your hips and butt touch the ground.

Always remember to get proper guidance from your fitness trainer before you embark on a new journey.

Avola almonds: Antioxidants, proteins and everything you need in you diet

From its superfood properties to its sustainability, Avola almond can help in filling the lost protein and fiber in your body to the fitter you.

Avola almonds are bigger in size from the normal variety and are usually used in pastries. Femalefirst.co.uk listed down the benefits of Avola almonds and why one should take it on daily basis:

* Three times more antioxidant content
Avola almonds have three times more polyphenol content than Californian almonds. Polyphenol is an antioxidant said to prevent degenerative diseases such as cancer, making it a superfood nut.

* Most sustainable nut in the world
The water used to grow avola almonds is natural rain water making them the most sustainable nut in the world. Good for you and the environment.

* Chemical-free and highest concentration of nutrients per gram than any other nut

The nut’s natural hard casing protects it from the elements, ensuring it is not penetrated by any chemicals and also retains nutrients making the avola crop very nutrient rich, which keeps you healthy.

Avola almonds

* Natural source of protein
Avola almonds are a great way to get your protein hit from a natural source and they are also low in saturated fat.

* Contains complexion boosting Vitamin E
From combatting signs of ageing to boosting immunity, Vitamin E has many antioxidant properties and are packed into avola almonds. Vitamin E also promotes good circulation, regulates blood sugar, keeps your heart healthy, and protects against certain cancers.

* Power-packed with minerals
Potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, and iron are all found in avola almonds and magnesium is the most represented mineral in the nut, which keeps your heart healthy and aids metabolism for weight loss.

* Good source of fibre
The nuts are a fantastic source of fibre to help maintain a healthy weight and lower cholesterol levels.

Worried about early menopause? Eat the right foods to protect yourself

Early menopause is a serious concern. Research as indicated that it may predict heart diseaseand trigger old-age problems in women. Now, a new study says that high intake of barley, brown rice, oatmeal, soya and tofu over a long-term period may protect you from it.

The findings indicated that the women, who consume approximately 6.5% of their daily calories as vegetable protein had a significant 16% lower risk of early menopause compared to women whose intake was approximately 4% of calories. First author Maegan Boutot and Prof Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson conducted the study. The authors from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health explained that dietary vegetable protein intake is associated with ovarian aging and may identify ways for women to modify their risk of early onset of menopause and associated health conditions.

Soya

Early menopause, the cessation of ovarian function before age 45, affects about 10% of women and is associated with higher risk of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and early cognitive decline, the authors note. The team analysed 1,16,000 women aged 25-42 in 1989. The participants were asked to report how often they ate a single serving of 131 foods, beverages and supplements over the previous year, from “never or less than once a month” to “Six+ per day.”

For a woman with a 2,000 calorie per day diet, the authors explain, this is equal to three to four servings of such foods as enriched pasta, breakfast cereal, tofu and nuts, or about 32.5 grams a day. The authors explained that women consuming nine or more percent of their calories from vegetable protein had a hazard ratio of 0.41 (95 percent confidence interval = 0.19-0.88)” compared to those eating less than 4%. The research appeared in the online edition of journal of Epidemiology.

 

Childhood asthma may increase the risk of heart failure later in life

Individuals with a history of asthma from childhood may be at a greater risk of experiencing shortness of breath, chest pain, fainting and eventually heart failure in adulthood, researchers have warned.

The study showed that childhood asthma may lead to thickening in the left ventricle – one of the four chambers of the heart responsible for pumping oxygenated blood to tissues all over the body – in a condition known as left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), causing the heart muscle to lose elasticity and eventually fail to pump.

LVH is recognised as target-organ damage resulting from a chronic increase in pressure and volume overload, with an estimated prevalence of 14.9% for men and 9.1% for women in the general population.

“Our results indicated that young adults with a history of asthma were at a significantly greater risk of increased left ventricular mass index, independent of other major heart disease risk factors,” said Lu Qi, Director of the Tulane University in Louisiana, US.

Childhood asthma

The findings also showed that the association was more prominent in patients with pre-hypertension and hypertension. The prevalence of asthma has been growing during the past decade with an estimated current prevalence of 8.6% in children and 7.4% in adults.

Emerging evidence from epidemiological studies has shown that asthma in adulthood is associated with an increased risk of premature death, coronary heart disease and stroke.

“Our findings suggest aggressive lifestyle modifications or even pharmacological treatment may be applied to people with a history of asthma, especially those also affected by high blood pressure, in order to lower cardiovascular risk,” said Qi.

For the study, published in the journal JACC: Heart Failure, the team examined 1,118 patients, who answered a questionnaire on their asthma history.

 

The Ultimate Antioxidant Food List: 12 Foods You Must Include in the Diet!

What are Antioxidants and Where are they Found?

Simply put, they help quench free radicals. Antioxidants are the water to the fire that is free radicals. Oxygen is one such element which is beneficial but also results in the free radical generation. Antioxidants are nothing but vitamins, minerals or even enzymes which neutralize these free radicals.

Although there are many sources, we are listing down the top 12 antioxidant foods available in India you can include in the diet!

  1. Berries like blueberries, goji berries
  2. Nuts and seeds like almonds,
  3. Dark green leafy veggies
  4. Bright colored vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots, beets, tomato, pumpkin
  5. Green tea
  6. Certain herbs like clove, cinnamon
  7. Whole grains
  8. Seafood and Fish
  9. Beans and pulses
  10. Dark Chocolate
  11. Onion and garlic.
  12. Cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower.

Whoever said you need the best antioxidant supplements that are pricey when you have natural antioxidants present in fruits and vegetables. Let us look at these foods in detail.

Antioxidant Foods Available in India

1.Berries

Acai berry

Colorful berries like blueberries, strawberry, mulberry, goji berry top the foods high in antioxidants chart hands down. That is because they are among the highest antioxidant foods in the world! Berries come with a host of antioxidant vitamins and minerals that help lower inflammation and strengthen the immune system. To know more about the antioxidant benefits of berries, read our detailed blog on them.

2. Nuts and seeds

Almond health benefits are many
Almond health benefits are many

The vitamin E in nuts and seeds along with the fiber make for an envious nutrient combination. Seeds are often ignored but they are a powerhouse of nutrients too. Here are some more reasons you should eat seeds if you are looking for weight loss.

Fruits and some vegetables are known sources of antioxidants but they are not the only ones. How to know which fruits to choose for good antioxidant status? Ensure they are seasonal and they are brightly coloured.

3. Dark green leafy veggies

Green and colourful salad!
Green and colorful salad!

Dark green leafy vegetables like spinach, methi, dill leaves have beta-carotene along with providing vitamins A, C, E, and even calcium. They are also a rich source of potassium and magnesium.

4. Bright colored vegetables

Vegetables

Carrots, sweet potatoes, beets, tomato, pumpkin are all rich in vitamin A, a vitamin which imparts the rich color. Not just that, they are rich in vitamin C, B6, and fiber. You can include these veggies in soups, regular subjis or even juice them to make antioxidant drinks!

5. Green tea

Green Tea

Green tea is rich in antioxidants namely flavonoids and polyphenols like epigallocatechin gallate. These antioxidant cocktail act as powerful anti-inflammatory agents. What if this green tea is further fortified with antioxidant Indian herbs? Well, Truweight’s Teatox is just that.

6.Certain herbs like oregano, clove, cinnamon

herbs_antioxidants

Now isn’t spice the variety of life? But spice also provides you with so many antioxidants. Researchers turned their attention to spices and were pleasantly surprised. They found spices to be a concentrated source of antioxidants; surpassing even vitamin E, some fruits and vegetables. Oregano stands out to be the herb with the highest antioxidant activity. But there is a rider, use them fresh because their antioxidant activity is the highest.

To get the maximum antioxidant benefit from herbs, use them fresh! Oregano was shown to have the highest antioxidant activity among all the herbs.

7. Whole grains

Whole Grains

By simply replacing refined grains like white rice or maida with red rice or whole wheat flour, you can significantly increase the antioxidant quotient in your diet. They provide you with the antioxidant nutrients selenium and zinc. They are also rich in phytochemicals.

8. Seafood and fish

canned fish

Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, good lipids all make seafood and fish not just a superfood but also a food rich in antioxidants. Try to include fish and seafood at least twice a week to derive the benefits.

9. Beans and pulses

Soil friendly dals!
Soil friendly dals!

 

Before you frown upon the humble pulses in your diet, spare a thought that they provide not just protein but also antioxidants. They are a rich source of the antioxidant (even fiber) lignan. Apart from that, they also provide vitamin C, folate, calcium, zinc, and selenium.

10. Dark chocolate

Dark Chocolate Benefits

Dark Chocolate is among the highest antioxidant foods in the world with a whole litany of antioxidants namely polyphenols, flavonols, and catechins. It even provides you with iron, magnesium, copper, selenium, and zinc. So it may not be all that bad to include 1 small piece of dark bitter chocolate when cravings come calling. Shave some dark chocolate gratings on antioxidant drinks.

11.  Onion and garlic.

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These household staples provide with allium sulfur compounds, the reason they smell so pungent. These sulfur compounds prevent oxidation of fatty acids in the body. In addition, garlic is also rich in quercetin, another powerful antioxidant.

12. Cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower.

Cabbage carrot shredded salad
Cabbage-carrot shredded salad

This group of vegetables has significant amounts of nutrients like vitamin A carotenoids, vitamin C, folic acid, and fiber. The active antioxidant present in cruciferous veggies are indoles, a strong antioxidant which protects attack on DNA.

So there you go, a comprehensive list of antioxidant foods that you must include in the diet! The best antioxidant supplement that you can have are these natural foods.

 

 

 

 

Is GM Diet Healthy? 6 Popular Doubts About GM Diet Answered Here

Youngsters are crazy about GM diets and crash diets and follow them blindly without knowing the consequences. GM diet being a fast-paced weight loss diet does not encourage to have nutritious foods or it does not mention about physical exercise.

Read on some of the queries answered about GM diet.

What is GM diet plan?

GM stands for General Motors diet plan or GM diet plan, a 7-day plan for the employees of the said company in the 1980s. The company is said to have collaborated with both the Food and Drug Administration and the US Department of Agriculture.

GM diet plan
GM diet plan

Indian GM diet plan

The GM diet chart has been very popular and it is a strict set of diet instructions. The GM diet Indian plan starts from-

Day 1, Which is all about eating fruits except bananas

Day 2, You move on to vegetables

Day 3, Combination of fruits and vegetables except bananas and potatoes

Day 4, Is when you can consume low-fat milk and bananas and soup for lunch and dinner

Day 5, Is lean red meat and tomatoes, brown rice. Vegetarians can replace red meat with a paneer. In addition, you can add cucumbers and curd.

Day 6, Is reserved for lean red meat with any type of vegetables and brown rice.

The 7th day of the week is reserved for fresh fruit juice with brown rice and veggies

If you are thinking of starting a GM diet plan, to look good at a wedding, a function or a festival. You should be aware of the pros and cons too.

What are the GM diet pros and cons?

The GM diet is flawed in many ways however, it has its pros and cons.

Pros:

  1. It cleanses the body and flushes out the toxins
  2. Improves one’s mental state and attitude for a short term.

Cons:

  1. GM diet starts when the body makes use of the glycogen to store in the liver and the muscles needed to sustain.
  2. Once, if your body starts using all the stored carbs, it then starts entering the hunger mode where protein present in the muscles is used by the body to sustain itself.
  3. It leaves you feeling exhausted and losing all the muscle protein while trying to lose weight.
  4. The GM diet doesn’t advocate the need to be physically active.
  5. Doesn’t talk about healthy cooking techniques which can help weight management after the diet is done.

GM diet review: Does it suit everyone?

GM diet is a restrictive diet and while you are on this diet, you will lose all the muscle protein because the muscle tissues are not allowed to absorb the adequate amounts of protein during the first few days of the diet plan. It will result in muscle weakness.

GM diet does not suit everyone
GM diet does not suit everyone

What are the GM diet side effects and after effects?

You must be happily continuing your GM diet, but you don’t know what are the dangerous side effects that follow. The diet is high in fiber and low in protein, fat, and carbohydrates, which leads to quick weight loss. Though, GM diet chart is a low-calorie diet, you might encounter metabolic slowdown in your body which will prevent you from maintaining your weight. You may also suffer from dehydration as the body uses the fluids for metabolism. The other GM diet side effects will include headaches, weakness and hunger pangs.

Will you gain weight after following a GM diet plan?

The GM diet lacks in physical activity, it doesn’t speak about healthy cooking techniques or incorporating foods from different food groups. After you are done following a seven day diet plan and get back to your regular eating habits. You will regain all the pounds that you have lost because the metabolism will not be able to process the calories consumed. Therefore, the body will store the fat and will eventually make you fat.

Does the GM diet work?
Does the GM diet work?

After GM diet how to maintain weight?

Crash diet is unhealthy and it does not aim at long-term weight loss. It lacks in essential nutrients leading to tiredness, lethargic, depression and eating disorders. Truweight does not believe in any crash diet, it will let you lose weight by letting you eat foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals, protein, carbohydrates, and fats. The truweight diet plan is not like any other diet, it fortifies a holistic health by helping you to lead a positive life. It ensures that you to eat the right kind of foods, keeping you mentally and physically strong.

To end it all GM Diet is not at all healthy. If you don’t eat food you will lose weight in short term. So, GM diet is not the right way to lose weight.

 

 

How To Lose Weight in 4 Weeks? Indian Weight Loss Diet Chart & Weight Loss Tips!

Elaborate Indian Diet Chart

Tried everything to lose weight but unsuccessful? How to lose weight quickly yet safely then you have come to the right place. We give you insights on what is keeping you fat, the ratio of exercise and diet control you need to have. Plus an expert recommended month long weight loss diet chart plan for Indians. Any weight loss diet chart plan for Indians must be crafted after:

  1. Careful consideration of the person’s diet and medical history.
  2. Note any food allergies, likes, and dislikes into account.
  3. Should take the food allergies, likes, and dislikes into account.
  4. Should not ask for severe measures like restricting a food group, avoiding certain foods among others.
  5. It should be able to include all the required nutrients so that the weight loss sustains for life.

Most of the weight loss diet plans provided online or by certain nutritionists look at curing the symptom and not treating the root cause of weight issues. Hence it is highly advised that you consult a trained professional on how to lose weight. Here is a start, you can consult one of Truweight’s nutritionist, absolutely FREE! Ask your doubts and get solutions.