Bad Breath or Halitosis: Causes, prevention, treatment

Bad breath means persistent unpleasant odour from the exhaled breath which remains there for extended period of time. It can’t be just controlled with mints and mouthwash as underlying problem still exists. So, it’s keep coming back and don’t budge away with home remedies. Bad breath affects an estimated 25 percent of people all over the world that means 1 out of the 4 person is affected by it. There are a number of possible causes of halitosis, but the vast majority come down to oral hygiene.

Causes of bad breath

Bad oral hygiene: 

  • If you don’t do proper brushing and flossing daily, food particles remain in your mouth promote bacteria growth between teeth, around the gums and on the tongue. This is the most common reason of bad breath. Negligence of oral hygiene for a long time can lead to bad breath.
  • Bacteria forms a layer called as plaque which irritate and cause inflammation of gums called as periodontitis.

Tobacco: 

  • Tobacco products on regular use forms stains over teeth and irritate mucosa which cause their peculiar mouth odor. The stains over the teeth make surface rough which increase food attachment which increase the chances of gum disease which can also cause bad breath. So, if you are chewing or smoking tobacco, the effects are almost same. More you take it, worse the gum problem will be and so is bad breath.

Nose and throat conditions: 

  • Infection around nose and throat can also be the reason of the bad breath. Due to sinus or blocked nose, mouth breathing happens which lead to dehydrated oral mucosa as saliva unable to make a layer everytime you breath through mouth. The more you breath through mouth, the more gingivitis occurs which lead to bad breath. In the throat if small, bacteria-covered stones can form on the tonsils at the back of the throat, can produce odor. So, the infections or inflammation in the nose, throat or sinuses can be the potential cause of bad breath.

Diseases: 

  • Metabolic diseases are the one in which proper functioning of few organs are affected and lead to specific mixes of chemical production. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is very common cause of bad breath due to the regular reflux of stomach acids.

Does ulcer cause bad breath? This is a very common question as upset stomach and alimentary canal can cause digestion difficulties and indigestion may lead to bad breath. The ulcer starts forming in the later stage of the condition. Ulcer itself may not be the causing factor but the type of bacteria that causes ulcers, Helicobacter pylori can trigger bad breath, according to the studies. Treating the bacteria may get rid of the bad breath and ulcers. So, both are correlated.

  • Here are some diseases which can cause halitosis such as respiratory tract infections like pneumonia or bronchitis,chronic sinus  infection, postnasal drip, diabetes, chronic acid reflux and liver  or  kidney problems.

Dry mouth: 

  • Saliva is a fluid continuously formed in the mouth by salivary glands which keeps the mucosa protected and hydrated. It has antimicrobial properties and naturally cleans the mouth. The dry mouth causes bad breath due to growth of bacteria, inflammation of gums and mucosa. Reasons for dry mouth or less saliva can be dehydration, less fluid intake, mouth breathing due to blocked nose or sinus or salivary gland disease which can cause meagre formation of saliva. Less saliva production causing dry mouth called as xerostomia. This can cause bad breath.

Food: 

  • The type of diet and lifestyle habits can be a cause of bad breath. As specific food on breakdown produces byproducts which disintegrates further and this food present over the teeth can cause bad odours. Some foods such as onion and garlic can also cause bad breath. After they are digested, their breakdown products are carried in the blood to the lungs where they can affect the breath. So, poor oral hygiene habits along with specific food disintegration can cause bad breath.

Gum disease:

  • Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth may be a warning sign of gum (periodontal) disease. Gum disease is caused by the buildup of plaque and calculus on teeth due to insufficient cleaning. Complex bacteria cause the formation of byproducts, which irritate the gums. If gum disease continues untreated, it can form the pockets in the gums where food will get stuck and the person can’t clean that pockets himself. Other dental causes of bad breath include poorly fitting dental appliances, yeast infections of the mouth, and dental caries (cavities).

Prevention & Treatment

There are steps which can help you in prevention and help you to get rid of halitosis. So, here we go —

  1. Be sure to brush properly, practice good oral hygiene by brushing twice a day, morning and evening with toothpaste to remove food debris and plaque. Replace your toothbrush every 4 to 6 months or after an illness.
  2. Don’t forget to brush the tongue too. Bacteria and food can build up on the tongue, especially in smokers or those with dry mouth. A tongue scraper can sometimes be useful to clean.
  3. Interdental floss is an excellent aid in teeth and gum cleaning. It can remove food particles and plaque from the area where toothbrush fail to reach like between the teeth. So, do it after brushing twice a day preferably.
  4. See your dentist regularly — at least twice a year for check up. Dentist will do an oral exam to detect and treat periodontal disease, dry mouth, or other problems that may be the cause of bad mouth odor. Professional cleaning must be done twice a year as per advised by your dentist.
  5. Try to stop habit of smoking and chewing tobacco-based products. Ask your dentist for tips and get the required help to get rid of these.
  6. Keep hydrated by drinking lots of water. It will keep your mouth moist. Chewing gum, mints (preferably sugarless) also stimulates the production of saliva which wash away food particles and reduce bacteria in the mouth.
  7. Try to reduce or avoid type of food which causes more bad breath like onion, garlic.
  8. In the cases where your dentist after checkup concludes that your mouth is healthy and the odor is not of oral origin, you may be referred to specific specialist to determine the odor source and treatment plan.

So, Try to follow these tips to prevent or get rid of the bad breath. Keep yourself healthy. Dont forget to visit your dentist as it need professional help also.

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Chyawanprash for Immunity : Benefits, Indications, Dosage

Chyawanprash is a well known antioxidant rich Ayurvedic formulation for boosting immunity and protects the body from range of infections. It is formulated by including around 50 medicinal herbs with Amla (Indian gooseberry) as the prime ingredient.

Chyawanprash is a powerful herbal remedy that literally lives up to its fame and is an absolute answer to almost all health problems by increasing overall immunity and hence enhance the longevity of a person who take it in regular basis. 

Fortified with powerful herbs, spices with vitamin C, this ayurvedic supplement extensively helps in to boost the immune system, treat any lung or breathing problems, aid in digestion, improve memory and brain function, the magical formulation does it all. It consists of 12 vital ingredients which are common in all ayurvedic formulations ie Amla (Indian gooseberry) , Neem, Pippali, Ashwagandha, Safed Chandana, Tulsi, Elaichi, Arjun, Brahmi, Ghrita, Kesar and honey

Ayurvedic Indications Of Chyawanprash

Ayurveda is the holistic science of herbal remedies and has advocated use of this time-tested formulation in several journals of Charaka and Sushruta. It is mostly indicated for use in the conditions which include :

  • To help in digestion
  • To stimulates appetite
  • To prevents nausea and vomiting Relieves cough, cold and breathing difficulties
  • Relieves burning sensation in stomach
  • Helps in treating painful micturition
  • Treats eye problems and help in vision
  • Treats anaemia
  • Improves skin complexion and anti ageing properties

Other health benefits of Chyavanprash include:

  • It improves digestion and eases chronic constipation. The abundance of fibre in the chyawanprash makes this a powerful remedy to reduce bloating and ease in formation of gas in abdomen. The antacid property of the herbs and spices prevents the formation of excessive acid in the stomach and helps to relieve ulcers, indigestion.
  • On regular intake, it enhances energy level through out the day and reduce fatigue. It may help to improve alertness and concentration.
  • It purifies the blood by eliminating toxins from the body and aids in proper functioning and improve health of all the organs in the system.
  • It helps to stabilise blood pressure
  • It is good to increase good cholesterol (hdl) and decrease bad cholesterol (ldl)
  • It can help protect the body against infections die to loads of antioxidants and Vitamin C.
  • It improve the immune system against fighting microbes and shielding the body against multiple infections like common cold, cough, sore throat and other respiratory ailments. It has strong anti-viral, anti-bacterial and antifungal properties.
  • It has anti ageing properties due to presence of various potent herbs, spices and lots of antioxidants. It help in tissue healing and regeneration which helps the body against cellular damage. Chyawanprash is a blessing to achieve spotless radiant skin. It helps in shielding the skin from oxidative radical damage due to the harmful UV radiation. It reduces the ageing process in the skin and hence improves complexion.
  • Chyawanprash helps in weight loss. Being loaded with fibres, herbs, spices when taken regularly, this herbal formulation reduces the hunger pangs and prevents overeating. It prevents weight gain as well as aids in weight loss if take regularly.

Dosage

Chyawanprash is a time-tested herbal remedy many of us are taking since childhood. Be it men or women, young or old, this ayurvedic supplement is beneficial and suitable for all. It is dark brown-black colour with jam like consistency and has a distinctly sweet, sour taste with a spicy undertone.

The general dosage of Chyawanprash is 12-28gm and can be taken in morning or evening by choice. It is preferred to be consumed with milk (half cup) on an empty stomach in the morning. If you don’t like the milk, can be taken with lukewarm water. You can adjust the dose of Chyawanprash according to your needs but don’t take in excess amount as can cause diarrhea or vomiting.

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Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before making any changes to your diet if any medical conditions involved.

Amazing Health Benefits of Giloy/Guduchi

Giloy is most common name of Tinospora Cordifolia. It is also called as Guduchi. In Sanskrit, known as ‘Amrita’ which means ‘the root of immortality’. Obviously the power of immortality makes it a very special herb with other benefits.

Ayurveda is a combination of science and nature and is now being used and accepted all over the world. It is commonly used for various medicinal advantages and can be consumed in a powdered form or soup or Kadha. Another common way to consume it is to prepare a juice out of it. Let’s find the benefits of giloy.

1. Anti-inflammatory Nature

Giloy is anti-inflammatory in nature and helps in reducing common respiratory problems like cough, cold, tonsilitis. It is traditionally preferred to treat ailments such as bronchitis and chronic cough and pacify the mucous membrane of your respiratory system thereby making it very effective against diseases like asthma. So, consider it as very good and natural way to beat cold.

2. Anti-aging property

Giloy plant has anti-aging properties and on regular consumption it help to reduce dark spots, pimples, fine lines and even tone down wrinkles. It gives you that flawless, glowing skin with other added benefits.

3. Improve arthritis

Giloy anti-inflammatory nature makes it anti-arthritic and helps to relieve it’s symptoms. For joint pain relief, the powder from giloy stem can be boiled with milk and consumed. Its regular use along with ginger helps to treat rheumatoid arthritis and gout. Clinical studies have shown to significantly relief from pain in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

4. Control Diabetes

Giloy acts as a hypoglycaemic agent and helps to control and may treat diabetes (particularly cases of Type 2 diabetes). Regular intake of giloy juice helps to reduce high levels of blood sugar and works wonders.

5. Improve digestion

This herb works wonderfully by improving bowel movement and helps in digestion. It is full of antioxidants and helps in removing toxins from the body and cleanses the system. Taking good care of the liver and kidneys is also one of the many tasks that Giloy stands out in.

6. Boost Immunity

Giloy is well recognised and accepted herb due to multiple benefits. It can improve longevity, enhances memory and improves health. This herb activates the whole immune system and promote vitality.

It is highly recommended that you consume Guduchi (Giloy) after consulting an ayurvedic medicine specialist only. Guduchi is normally consumed in the powdered form. Normal dosage is a teaspoon at a time, taken twice a day. The Dosage might vary depending on the type of health problems. Various concoctions can be made using Guduchi and other herbs such as Ashwagandha. Giloy can also be consumed as a juice or applied topically as a paste for skin problems.

Summary

This medicinal herb is a health rejuvenator which is also widely known for its effectivity in enhancing natural immunity to fight against a number of illnesses such as fever, jaundice, skin diseases, constipation and tuberculosis. So, enjoy the benefits of this miracle medicine and be safe.

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Are you really able to loose Weight ?

Weight loss means reduction of the total body mass which may be due to loss of fluid, body fat or lean mass. Weight loss happens due to any systemic disease or malnutrition on its own, but intentional weight loss is the one which we plan to happen. There are various reasons for which everyone make lots of efforts to lose weight like improve fitness and health or to change appearance through slimming. 

Weight loss

Weight loss in persons who are overweight or obese can reduce most of the health risks and can improve their fitness. The least intrusive weight loss methods and those most often recommended are adjustments in every day lifestyle and increased physical activity, generally in the form of exercise.

Here’s a 3 step weight loss plan that usually recommended:

  • Improve eating habits
  • Increase physical activity and do exercise
  • Improve your metabolic rate

Eat healthy food

Yes, everyone think that eating food is for weight gain only. If you want to lose weight, you need to understand that eating is very important in a control way. Each one of your meals in whole day should include a protein, fat and low carb vegetables. Yes, fat too.

As a general rule, eating three to four small portion of meals per day keeps your metabolic rate raised and helps your energy up. It’s important not to feel tired all the time once you start to loose weight.

Construct your meals in a balanced way and include vegetables, fruits and superfoods.

Healthy food

Avoid carbs

The most important part is to cut back on sugars or carbohydrates mainly. Eating sugary food increases the calorie intake and not healthy. There is no benefit of eating sugar, try to avoid them in every small way. This will take time but eventually you will be able to do this.

Once your daily calorie intake reduce, your body will start burning stored fat for energy in a daily basis.

Another benefit of cutting carbs is that it lowers insulin levels, causing the kidneys to shed excess sodium and water. This reduces bloating and unnecessary water weight. According to few dietitians, it’s not uncommon to lose up to 2 kg, sometimes more in the first week of eating this way. Studies shows that a very low carb diet was more effective than a low fat diet for long-term weight loss.

Avoid sugar

Eat Healthy fats

Lets be very clear. You don’t need to be afraid of eating fats. Trying to cut on low carb and low fat at the same time can make sticking to the diet very difficult for a long time. To sustain and in long term, you do need to make adjustments in a small way.

There are various sources of healthy fats like:

  • olive oil
  • coconut oil
  • avocado oil

Each one of them is a super oil with numerous benefits and taking them in any form increase your metabolic rate high. It gives you energy to help you go through this in long run.

Olive oil

Exercise

This is the most challenging step for everyone who do very less physical activity. There are number of reasons which comes in mind to avoid this in any way. But understand that most important step is to make up your mind first. Train your mind on daily basis that you need to do this everyday and make it work when you get enough time to do it in any form of exercise like walking, jogging, running, cycling or swimming. Even yoga also. You can choose anything and can take out 10 minutes to 1 hour 3-4 times a week.

Do Exercise

Once you have trained your mind to get up for exercise, try to include variety of exercise to have multiple ways to lose weight. Then, stick to it. It’s easy to maintain this flow for months if you can journal it or mark it on calendar. It gives you instant boost as soon as you look on the efforts you made on every day basis and helps you track the changes.

Improve metabolic rate

Daily intake of green tea can improve your metabolic rate and can help you lose weight. Studies suggest that the flavonoids and caffeine present in the green tea can help increase metabolic rate and fat oxidation and even improve insulin activity. Green tea ingredients increases the pace of metabolism. The polyphenol found in green tea works to intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories. Hence, take it everyday and watch the wonderful effects of green tea.

Summary

People who lose weight gradually and steadily (about 1 to 2 pounds per week) are more successful at keeping weight off. Healthy weight loss isn’t just about a specific diet or program. Everyone is different in so many ways that it is difficult to choose about a perfect way to lose weight for a once. So, try to make these changes in your lifestyle that includes long-term changes in daily eating and exercise habits.

Once you’ve achieved a healthy weight, rely on the healthy eating habits and physical activity to keep you away from gaining it back.

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This content provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or doctor for more information.

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FLU AND CORONAVIRUS

Right now, coronavirus spreading around the world corners and the seasonal flu which is very similar to the coronavirus in symptoms and causes making it difficult to differentiate in both of them. So, let’s have a look what are they:

Flu

Flu is a seasonal viral infection that attacks your nose, throat and lungs. Basically, parts of respiratory system. Influenza is commonly called the flu, mostly figured out because of cold, cough and fever.

Every year, million cases of flu occurs and resolves on its own within short span. But sometimes, if you don’t take care of yourself, its complications can be deadly. People which usually present in higher risk of developing complications are young children, elders, pregnant women, people with chronic diseases and people with weak immunity or immuno-compromised.

Symptoms

The flu symptoms are almost same like common cold with a runny nose, sneezing and sore throat. The common cold usually develops slowly but flu tends to come on suddenly. And although a cold happens, you still feel comfortable within few days but flu usually feel much worse.

Common signs and symptoms associated with flu include:

  • Fever over 100°C
  • Chills and sweats
  • Headache, bodyache
  • Persistent cough
  • Blocked or runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Weakness, tired feeling

Causes

Usually most viruses travel through the air in droplets form and able to infect persons who comes in contact. It happens when someone with the infection coughs, sneezes or talks. You can inhale the droplets or can pick up the virus from surface and can transfer them to eyes, nose or mouth yourself. Besides that it can be spread by saliva (kissing or shared drinks) or by skin contacts like handshakes or hugs.

Infected person become contagious from the day or so before symptoms first appear until about five days. Children and people with weak immune system may be contagious for longer time.

With time, influenza virus is able to stay due to it’s mutation with new evolved strains. If you had influenza in the past, your body has made particular antibodies to fight that particular strain of the virus. But in the future, if new strain of influenza virus encountered, those antibodies may prevent infection or lessen its severity but not going to prevent it completely.

Complications

If you’re young and healthy, seasonal influenza usually isn’t serious. Although you may feel very weak and uncomfortable while you have it, the flu usually goes away in a week or two with no lasting effects. But children and adults at high risk may develop complications such as:

  • Pneumonia
  • Bronchitis
  • Asthma flare-ups
  • Ear infections

Hence, you need to take rest, symptomatic relief for cold and cough by taking tea, honey, warm water etc. You need to consult doctor Or physician if symptoms persists or worsens.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus disease which also called as COVID-19 is associated with large family of viruses that can cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. It might be zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. But as this is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. There are lot of challenges to gather right information and dilemma to face this by health care facilities and professionals.

Coronavirus

Symptoms

It is characterized by mild symptoms including a runny nose, sore throat, cough, body ache and fever.

It can be more severe for people with weak immunity, pregnant women, children, elders and person with chronic diseases. So, vulnerable people symptoms include shortness of breath Or breathing difficulties due to pneumonia. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia and may lead to severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. 

Causes

It’s unclear exactly how contagious the new coronavirus is as it is spreading successfully to many countries with different habitats and climates. It is spreading from person to person contact through droplet form (cough, sneeze, talk) in air and able to infect persons who comes in direct contact. You can inhale the droplets or can pick up the virus from surface and can transfer them to eyes, nose or mouth yourself like flu virus. So, the transmission is same by saliva (kissing or shared drinks) or by skin contacts like handshakes or hugs. For how long a person can be contagious, it is difficult to say as incubation period may be 5 to 14 days and person may be asymptomatic but contagious. So, prevention is the key here.

Prevention of coronavirus

There is standard recommendations which can prevent infection to you or your dear ones. It includes regular hand washing with soap, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing by mask or hand, thoroughly cooking food. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

Standard Practice

Try to avoid contact or touch with people, surfaces and objects throughout the day when you are travelling and in work place. As there is accumulation of germs on your hands, you have to restrict yourself to touch your eyes, nose or mouth completely and rinse the hands thoroughly.

Handwash

As there is no vaccine available, you can take steps to reduce the risk of infection by following this :

  • Wash your hands thoroughly often with soap and water for atleast 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth multiple times.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick or showing symptoms.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze and wear mask while travelling.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces everyday.
  • Stay home from work, school and public areas if you’re sick and avoid mass gathering.
  • Avoid eating raw or undercooked food.

Call Or go ahead to a healthcare professional if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing and have been in contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread. Be alert and be safe.

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Honey – A wonderful miracle worker

Honey is considered as a one of the top health food all over the world. It is the most popular and widely used sweetener with enormous health benefits and used as a base for many traditional medicines like in Ayurveda. The health benefits of honey have been valued since ages. There are various benefits of honey. Let’s find it out.

Powerful antioxidant

Honey act as a good source of  antioxidants. Antioxidants help to protect your body from cell damage due to free radicals and stress induced oxidative damages. Free radicals contribute to the aging process and may also contribute to the development of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease. So, if you take honey on regular basis, it improves health. It can be included with green tea for maximum benefits.

Antibacterial and Antifungal

Research and studies favours the capability of antibacterial properties of honey. It can kill fungus also. It is natural antiseptic. Its effectiveness as an antibacterial or antifungal varies depending on the type of honey, but it’s clearly more than a remedy for these kinds of infections.

Sore throat remedy

Research has also shown that having a tablespoon of honey can reduce irritation in the throat. Honey is the preferred natural remedy for cough, especially for kids, as it helps to relieve cough and aids in sleep.If you have a cold, try a spoonful of honey. Add it to hot tea with lemon when a cold or virus hits you. It act as a cough suppressant. Research has suggested that honey is an effective as dextromethorphan, a common ingredient in over the counter cough medication. Just take one or two teaspoonfuls.

Helps in weight loss

Are you aware that honey can be used for Weight loss. Studies hav shown that honey burns body fat even while when you are sleeping. It is one of the best foods for losing weight. To accomplish that it needs to be consume with warm water on empty stomach early in the morning. Having it first thing in the morning, helps increase the metabolism, which in turn helps reduce weight faster.

Helps in Dry Skin

Honey acts as a moisturizer due to which can be use for various skin ailments which makes skin dry, red, itchy, flaky. Usually, young children and teenagers suffer from eczema.Those suffering can make a mixture of raw honey and cold-pressed olive oil and apply on the skin to get control the problem. Honey acts as a natural cleanser by removing dirt and making the skin smooth and soft. It can also be used for exfoliation of the skin by mixing it with oats in order to remove dead cells.

 Energy Drink

Honey is known as an excellent source of natural energy as the natural unprocessed sugar present in it and this in turn can give a quick boost of energy. This quick boost works like a wonder for your workout, especially in longer endurance exercises.

Beautiful Skin & Face

Honey work wonders for skin because of its moisturizing and nourishing properties. Honey is a natural moisturizer, especially for dry skin. Raw honey not only unclogs pores but it also helps moisturize parched skin. It also helps curing cracked lips during winters. Many people also use honey masks for skin tone correction. Also being a natural antiseptic, it is very useful.

Helps in digestion

Honey is an excellent antioxidant, which means its regular consumption will cleanse your body of various toxins. In addition, its antibacterial properties will considerably improve the condition of your digestive system.

Summary

Honey is great natural product available which have multiple health benefits. Applying it over skon also do wonders. So, start using it now everyday and enjoy it.

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International Women’s Day (March 8th)

Pledge to create Equality to every women around the world

Celebrate it in your own way……if you are a women !! It is a day which celebrate the social, economical, cultural and political achievements of women all around the world. It’s a call for action to accelerate gender equality.

This year is a pivotal year for advancing gender equality all over the world including every single women. It will mark extraordinary moments in the gender equality movement which is going on since ages: a 5 years milestone towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the 10th anniversary of UN Women’s establishment.

There is increase in global awareness for this issue but despite some progress, real change has been slow for the majority of women and girls in the world. Today, not a single country can claim to have achieved gender equality in all aspects. Multiple obstacles remain unchanged in law and in culture. Women or girls have been under valued, they have worked more with fewer choices; paid less compared to other gender. In personal life, experienced domestic violence and sexual assaults. But all this needs to be stop now and this day marks the journey which everyone of us going through and to change the path.

The year 2020 represents a great opportunity to accelerate global action to achieve all human rights of women and girls worldwide.The theme for International Women’s Day (8 March) 2020 is, I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights

An equal world is a great world which brings equality, joy, love and peace. Individually, all of us as women Or girls responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day to achieve what we deserve and much more.

We can actively choose to challenge the stereotypes created by society, fight every single bias, can broaden the perceptions created by others. We can improve the possibilities and achievements.

Create Equality in the boardroom, government, workplaces, sports, health and wealth …

Pledge to make it happen. Let’s be #EachforEqual.

Do what you can in every way to make a small or big changes but positive difference for women everywhere.

Happy women’s day to everyone

#EachforEqual pose

STRIKE THE #EachforEqual POSE to motivate others and to make International Women’s Day YOUR day. Put your arms out front.

This campaign runs all year long. It provides a direction to guide and improve the continuous collective actions by all of us. Let’s make #EachforEqual activity reinforced and amplified through out the year.

Love to everyone of you….!!!

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Types of Green Tea

Green tea is a favourite among everybody now a days and is arguably one of the most popular healthy beverages available right now. It is because of it’s multiple health benefits due to the presence of various antioxidants and phytonutrients. Unlike other teas, green tea is among the least oxidized of all teas.

Due to the difference in its processing, green tea is able to retain the maximum number of antioxidants and polyphenols that are responsible for its health benefits. It contains very high levels of polyphenols, mainly catechinsa type of antioxidant.

  • Polyphenols in green tea include catechins, flavonoids, theaflavins and tannins. These are responsible for it’s slightly astringent or bitter taste.
  • Catechins are a type of polyphenols present in green tea which include epicatechin (EC), epigallocatechin (EGC), epicatechin gallate (ECG) and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).

Green tea (Indian) are grown mostly in Darjeeling and Nilgiri. High-altitude Darjeeling grown green tea have a special astringent flavour, while Nilgiri green tea have distinct flavour with stronger taste.

Benefits of Green tea

The polyphenols in green tea have powerful anti-oxidant properties that enhance immunity by preventing or slowing down the oxidative damage to our body. These protect our body cells from oxidative stress by removing free radicals  and reactive oxygen species (ROS). These free radicals are responsible for heart disease, diabetes, cancer, hypertension. Taking green tea on regular basis improve the body health and prevent these diseases.

Types of green tea

There are various types of green teas available according to the flavours and variety involved. The following teas are very popular now a days and you can include them in daily regimen to cherish their multiple health benefits. Nothing compares to the warm/hot tea in your hands with their beautiful aroma.

Matcha :

Matcha is one of the most popular tea. It’s a powdered green tea which is grown primarily in the shade. The tea leaves are meticulously stone-ground into a fine powder which gives out a rich herb like flavor. Matcha tea is loaded with antioxidants, especially catechins. It also help boost concentration levels, memory and induces calm. It aids in weight loss also if regularly taken.

Jasmine Green tea :

Jasmine flowers

Jasmine green tea is a flavoured one with the essence of jasmine flower. It is very tasty with its sweet fragrance and includes delicate flavor of its white blossoms. This tea involves many antioxidants which can effectively fight free radical activity. Multiple studies have pointed out its link in improving arthritis, regulating blood pressure and relieving stress. 

Chamomile Green tea :

Chamomile tea

This green tea flavoured with delicate chamomile flowers. When infused in hot water, it gives calm effect and this makes this tea one of the most favourite ones among green tea lovers. Chamomile tea has been known to help with stress relief. Its soothing effect with mildly sedative properties has also known to act as a good sleep inducer. Try to take it in night to have good sleep.

Tulsi/ Basil Green Tea :

Basil/tulsi tea

Tulsi/basil is a very commonly found herb in indian houses. It is significant in the rich tradition of Indian ayurvedic and herbal remedies. It’s a combination of delightful concoction of health and flavor. The abundance of phytonutrients and antioxidants in green tea helps protect the body from free radicals. It has been linked to decrease stress, strengthen immunity and improves digestion and metabolism. 

Longjing: 

Longjing tea

This is most beloved green tea in China. It’s aroma is similar to fried chestnuts over wood charcoal. It is straw coloured, tending towards amber with a tea-oil sheen. The high quality, first grade Longjing is comprised of flattened budsets that have a characteristic straw- yellow tingle. It is a power pack of antioxidants and polyphenols. A must try due to it’s unique flavor and benefits.

Genmaicha: 

Genmai cha tea

Genmai Cha is one of the most established teas of Japan and currently very famous among youthful tea drinkers. It is manufactured by blending grains of toasted brown rice. This tea have unique spicy aroma with hints of roasted rice. It is clear green in colour and tingled with an olive hue. This glorious beverage can be sipped just for divine pleasure and is one of the few drinks that perfectly combine well with both savory and sweet food.

Health Tip

Add lemon to the warm green tea. The Vitamin C of the lemon will make the healthy catechins easier to absorb. If taken with milk, on the other hand makes it harder to absorb catechins. So, avoid taking it with milk and enjoy the benefits.

Storage of green tea

Green tea deteriorates very easily when comes in contact with light, oxygen, humidity or high temperature. Proper storage can significantly prolong its flavours and benefits. To preserve the freshness of green tea, store them as follows:

  • In a sealed airtight container that completely blocks light a well as air exposure.
  • In a cool and dry place.
  • Keep it away from strong-smelling foods.

So, enjoy the different flavours as well as different aromatic green tea. Besides it’s taste, the green tea have numerous health benefits. It’s a perfect combination of both of them. Hope you try each one of them.

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Amla (Indian gooseberry) : Vitamin C supplement

Amla/Indian gooseberry is a big powerhouse of nutrients and antioxidants. As per Ayurveda also, amla juice is known to balance all the processes in the body and brings to equilibrium all doshas. It has innumerable health benefits. The antioxidant properties make it a superfood which helps in maintaining whole body’s well-being and prevent most common diseases.

Benefits of Amla Juice for Hair

Give strength to hair:

For damaged or frizzy hair or split ends, amla juice do wonders. Apply it on the hair for about half an hour and then rinse with lukewarm water. Doing this frequently will make your hair very shiny and strong.

Promotes hair growth:

Amla is very rich in iron & vitamins which boost hair growth. These nutrients and other minerals make your hair follicles strong, thus ensuring better hair growth. Apply mixture of amla juice and lemon juice on your hair. Wash it off after 30-45 minutes.

Prevents greying of hair:

Grey hair is a very common problem now a days. Amla juice helps in improving the pigmentation of hair and retain the dark colour. Apply it regularly over hairs to prevent premature greying of hair.

Helps to get rid of dandruff:

Amla juice is a very good source of vitamin C and it helps in removing dandruff. Application of amla juice on the scalp twice every week improves the issue of oily scalp and dandruff.

Benefits of Amla Juice for Skin

Helps in dark spots reduction:

Vitamin C presence in amla juice lightens skin and reduces pigmentation. Regularly apply Amla juice on your face regularly for maximum benefits. It will lighten the dark spots and give a natural glow to your face.

Provides anti-ageing benefits:

Amla juice is packed with antioxidants that help fight all signs of ageing. Vitamin C is also an essential component in keeping your face free from blemishes and fine lines. Consuming Amla juice delays ageing and keeps your skin looking young and wrinkle free.

Health Benefits Of Amla Juice:

  • Helps asthma patients: Drinking amla juice can help reduce irritation in the respiratory system. It provides a soothing effect to those who suffer from asthma or bronchitis due to it’s anti-inflammatory nature.
  • Good for heart: Amla juice lowers the cholesterol level. On regular use, it protect the heart from stress and antioxidants increase the life span.
  • Controls diabetes: Consuming amla juice daily with turmeric powder and honey (optional) twice a day is known to be helpful in keeping diabetes under control. The chromium present in amla helps control the blood sugar levels. Apart from that, it also stimulates the secretion of insulin.
  • Burns fat: A glass of amla juice every day improves health and reduces cholesterol levels. Include it in your regular diet if you want to get rid of that stubborn belly fat.
  • Treats constipation: Amla juice act as laxative. It also regulate bowel movements and make stool passage easy. It can be helpful in relieving you of many stomach issues.
  • Purifies blood: Amla juice is good for your liver’s health. Amla juice purifies the blood and increases the haemoglobin percentage of your body as it is rich in iron.

Other benefits of Amla Juice:

Amla juice has innumerable benefits. Using it, by ingesting or applying, can help you in many ways.

Anti-oxidant

Amla juice is packed with various vitamins such as carotene, phosphorus, calcium, iron and vitamin B complex. It is a perfect mix of antioxidants that flushes toxins out of your body. It further ensures your body’s protection from oxidative stress by eliminating free radicals. Ayurveda holds that regular consumption of amla juice promotes longevity.

Immunity booster

Amla juice has a vital composition- Vitamin C which improve the immune system. The antibacterial properties of the juice help fight off bacteria and infections.

Conclusion

The Indian gooseberry is rich in vital nutrients. Numerous studies have stated its importance in the human diet. But like any other food out there, moderation is key.

Stick to the dosage mentioned. If you are on any medication or have any health condition, please speak to your doctor as it may have different effects on different people.

Green Tea health benefits

Green tea is arguably one of the most popular healthy beverages available right now. This is credited with multiple health benefits due to the presence of numerous antioxidants and phytonutrients.

Green tea is considered more beneficial than other type of teas like traditional black and oolong teas as the final product is do not undergo the same oxidation process as the latter. Green tea has number of different varieties with different benefits and everyone of them boost health. Green tea contains 20-45% polyphenols by weight, of which 60-80% are catechins. Catechins are powerful antioxidants that help prevent cell damage. Since green tea is minimally processed before it’s poured into your cup, it’s very rich in catechins.

Green tea health benefits can be enjoyed both from drinking it and applying it on skin. Here are the six top reasons to use green tea.

May Help Fight Acne

Green tea contains a component called as EGCG (Epigallocatechin-3-gallate), which is a anti-oxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. It may help prevent acne and skin infections as it is a powerful antibacterial agent. Polyphenols can damage bacterial membranes and fight against infection and hence reduce bacterial growth that causes acne. If you include it in the daily routine, helps to reduce skin inflammation. All these benefits leads to smoother, beautiful skin.

May Slow Down Skin Ageing

There is lot of research going on and it suggest that topical application of green tea extracts along with consumption of the tea may help improve skin elasticity. So, the skin will be more healthy and skin ageing will be slow. It may also reverse UV damage on the skin due to too much exposure in sun.

The active ingredient help prevent and reduce inflammatory acne lesions. And it’s a stress-reliever (thanks to its anxiolytic and antioxidant effects), which aids with stress acne. Chamomile is ideal for inducing feelings of calm and rest, which are critical for allowing the skin to naturally heal.

May helps in Dark Circle

Green tea contains tannin and caffeine. When applied topically to the eye area regularly, it can act like remedy for the problem of dark circles. It is because of the property to shrink the fine blood vessels around the eyes, making for it a great product. So, apply the cold tea bags once you have it and voila!!

May help in Weight Loss

Green tea can help you to lose weight. Studies suggest that the flavonoids and caffeine present in the green tea can help increase metabolic rate and fat oxidation and even improve insulin activity.

Green tea is a smart alternative for sugary drinks if you substitute green tea for a bottle of an aerated drink or processed juice, you can save yourself from consuming lots of calories, which can easily mean losing weight.

Besides that, Green tea ingredients increases the pace of metabolism. The polyphenol found in green tea works to intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories. Hence, take it everyday.

May Helps to Lower Cholesterol Levels

Consuming green tea daily affects your cholesterol levels positively. The antioxidants in green tea can help to:

  • block the oxidation of the bad LDL cholesterol
  • increase the good HDL cholesterol
  • improve artery function

Numerous studies showed reduction in hypertension risk in regular consumers of green tea, compared to people who did not consume tea.

May Benefit People With Diabetes

Green tea can benefit people with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, as well as help those who are trying to prevent the onset of Type 2 Diabetes.

The key polyphenol in green tea, Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is one of the main chemicals behind the beneficial health effects of green tea. It helps sensitise cells by enabling them to metabolise sugar, which is beneficial for people suffering from Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

May Helps in Cold and Flu

Green tea contains a powerful catechin antioxidant known as Epigallocatechin gallate, which increases your immunity to fight against multiple bacterias and viruses.

Researchers found that not only does drinking tea on a regular basis help you recover from a cold but may also make you less likely to get one in the first place and could help prevent recurring or new infections.

This content provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or doctor for more information.