HERE’S WHY YOU SHOULD SOAK UP THE MORNING SUN

You must have read many articles about the importance of soaking up the Sun. Doctors tend to stress a lot on the importance of soaking up the sun to cure many ailments. Have you wondered why?

Here are some reasons which explain why soaking up the morning sun is beneficial for you.

  • Vitamin D is an essential vitamin that should be present in your body in good quantities. Sun is an excellent and probably the only source to absorb Vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency causes weak bones. Vitamin D deficiency is also caused due to lack of calcium in the body. Patients suffering from this deficiency are advised to sit in the morning sun daily for five to ten minutes.
  • Women facing hormonal problems like irregular menstruation, acne, etc must soak up the morning sun.
  • Soaking up some sun improves the health of your bones. It keeps them strong in the long run.
  • Absorbing the morning sun helps to strengthen your immune system. It helps to increase your resistance power.
  • Did you know you can shed the excess flab or fat by soaking up some sun daily for five to ten minutes? This is probably one of the easiest ways to reduce some weight in a healthy way.
  • Last but not the least, cancer can be prevented by absorbing morning sun.

MENSTRUAL HYGIENE TIPS YOU SHOULD KNOW

A girl’s regular periods are symbolic of proper functioning of the body. They ensure that you lead a healthy life without any health complications in the long run.

Maintaining menstrual hygiene is extremely essential. There are many things a girl/woman should avoid and follow in order to maintain hygiene during her periods. If you fail to maintain hygiene, you are likely to invite many serious diseases and complications.

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Take a note of these tips to maintain hygiene during your periods and make sure you remember and follow them :

  • CHANGE YOUR SANITARY NAPKIN FREQUENTLY :

It is important to change your sanitary napkin quite frequently. It’s something you have to remember to change. If you know that you will be out for a good number of hours, change your pad before you leave your home. It is advised that you should change your pad once in five/six hours. Not changing your pad frequently can have serious implications. Even if you do not have much bleeding on a particular day, you should change it often because the pad will have organisms from your vagina, sweat from the genitals, etc. A damp pad turns green and might cause cancer if you keep it for long hours.

  • WASH YOURSELF REGULARLY :

Another important way to maintain hygiene is to keep yourself clean and fresh. You must take bath on a regular basis and particularly wash your vagina. Washing the vagina helps in removing the excess blood away that might be resting around the opening of the vagina. It also helps to remove foul odour.

  • DISCARD YOUR USED PAD PROPERLY :

It is important to discard your used pad in a proper manner. Throw it by wrapping it properly in a waste newspaper and crush it. Never flush the used pad. Also, wash your hands after discarding your used pad.

  • USE ONLY ONE SANITARY METHOD :

It has been observed that women tend to use two sanitary napkins during the days when they have heavy flow. This is not correct. In days of heavy flow, you should change your pad regularly rather than opting for 2 methods of sanitation at a time. Using 2 methods of sanitation at a time can lead to rashes and infections.

Remember the above mentioned tips to maintain menstrual hygiene and stay healthy!

HEALTH BENEFITS OF GREEN TEA

GREEN TEA acquires an important part on the nutrition charts due to its distinct advantages. It has gained significant popularity over the years due to its high medicinal value.

Its herbal properties make it a remedy for many diseases and ailments. Green tea is an antioxidant which contributes towards proper functioning of your body and mind.

Listing below major advantages of green tea and the ailments for which it is a great cure.

  1. CANCER :  According to the National Cancer Institute, the polyphenols in green tea tend to reduce tumor growth. Researchers have found that these polyphenols almost kill cancerous cells and stop them from growing. It has been observed that the countries where green tea consumption is higher are less likely to succumb to cancer.
  2. TYPE 2 DIABETES :  One of the most common lifestyle diseases, Type 2 Diabetes can be cured to a great extent by drinking green tea. Those suffering from the disease should try to include green tea in their diet due to its medicinal properties.
  3. HEART DISEASE :  Studies have observed that those who drink good amount of green tea are at lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Green tea also helps to keep your cholesterol levels at the lowest.
  4. WEIGHT LOSS :  You must have seen celebrities include green tea in their weight loss plan. Due to its herbal properties, green tea can also help to maintain your weight.
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Note : Though the medical information given in the article is correct, readers are advised to not take any action without consulting a doctor/health professional.

ABCs OF MENSTRUATION

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A woman’s body greatly depends on her menstruation cycle. It affects her in many ways. The body undergoes various major changes on the onset of periods, during pregnancy and the time when she is about to hit her menopause. A woman’s body faces hormonal hits and misses throughout her life. Hormones like oestrogen, testosterone, insulin and various others are fluctuating throughout your life.

Menstruation is your body’s way of telling you that your reproductive system is functioning properly. The monthly cycle of every girl varies. Some have it of 28 days and some have it of 30 days. The average number of days it lasts is 4-8 days. So basically, depending on various factors, some periods are short, others are long, while some are heavy, others are light.

Women tend to ignore the irregularity of their periods. Some don’t get their periods at all. There can be various causes to this depending on your age. If a girl is in her 20s or 30s and she misses her periods, chances are that she is pregnant. If a woman is her 40s or 50s and she misses them, then she is progressing towards menopause. Menopause is a stage when the ovaries decrease their production of oestrogen. The average age of hitting menopause is 51 years.

Another most common cause of missed periods is when you exercise heavily. It has been found that athletes or ballet dancers and runners who indulge in too much physical activity stop getting their periods completely. Extremely heavy or intense exercise affects the production and regulation of reproductive hormones involved in menstrual cycle.

Never ignore if you are getting painful periods or no periods at all. This might happen due to various factors and if ignored, it can prove fatal to your health. Visit a doctor immediately the moment you notice something odd or unusual in your menstrual cycle.

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BOOST YOUR ‘HAPPY HORMONES’!

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‘Happy Hormones’ – heard of them? Hormones that are responsible to make you happy and cheerful are happy hormones. Each and every emotion we experience is the result of certain chemical reaction taking place inside our bodies. The more happiness you experience, the more is the release of happy hormones in your body.

I am sure you would want to know the various hormones which make us happy. Here are a few :

1. Serotonin : Serotonin helps to make you happy by keeping your mood elevated and preventing depression. It can be released by getting exposed to sunlight, having a rich carbohydrate diet and by exercising.

2. Dopamine : Dopamine is a hormone which helps you to stay mentally alert. Inadequate amounts of it can cause lack of concentration and attention. You can boost its stimulation by having foods rich in proteins.

3. Endorphin : Endorphins are majorly released when you exercise. They reduce your anxiety levels and sensitivity to pain.

4. Phenylethamine : This hormone is released when you are in love or in your early stages of relationship. Cocoa beans have phenylethamine. So now you know why women love chocolates!

Happy Hormones are an interesting part of our body. Their release is essential to keep anxiety, depression and lack of concentration disorders at bay.

Being happy is just another way of being healthy. STAY HAPPY!!

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HOW TO CURE THYROID PROBLEMS NATURALLY

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Thyroid gland plays a very prominent role in the proper functioning of our body parts. It is located in the neck just under the Adam’s apple and it produces the hormone thyroxin. Our body functions are thoroughly dependent on the activation of this hormone and whether we are receiving it in adequate amounts.

Thyroid problems are dangerous. You tend to gain weight if your thyroid gland is sluggish. Also, your cholesterol levels can shoot up to dangerous levels.

To avoid these problems, instead of completely relying on medication, one can go the natural way to cure the ailment. Natural therapies are always better and produce excellent results without any side-effects.

Here are some natural ways of curing thyroid problems that you can try :

1. Eliminate caffeine and sugary foods from your diet and include fresh foods like green vegetables, fruits, etc.

2. Try to include foods rich in fats. If you are getting insufficient fats, your body might succumb to hormonal imbalance which includes thyroid hormone. Healthy fats such as oil, ghee, cheese, yoghurt, fish, etc can be included.

3. One of the best ways to cure thyroid problems is to increase the intake of Vitamin A. Have foods that are good sources of Vitamin A like carrots, eggs and all the dark green vegetables.

4. Lyceum Berry is one such home remedy for thyroid which can be used to balance the abnormal responses of the body.

5. Include starchy foods such as potatoes and protein rich foods like cheese, nuts and peas in your diet.

6. Also, iodine works like magic as far as treating thyroid problems is concerned. Include iodine rich foods in your diet as much as you can such as strawberries, onion, whole rice, tomatoes and garlic.

7. Last but definitely not the least, keep your system cleansed and hydrated by drinking lots of water and fresh juices. Never compromise on your fluid intake as fluids wash out all toxic substances from your body.

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HEALTH BENEFITS OF BRINJALS

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Eggplants or popularly called as Brinjals are not just a vegetable. Their consumption brings along numerous health benefits. They are not just good in taste, but they also prove to be a great health supplement which help to prevent many diseases.

Learn about the host of health benefits of brinjals :

1. Help Keeping Diabetes in Control : Being a rich source of fiber and low soluble carbohydrates, brinjals are beneficial to keep the blood sugar levels in control.

2. Helpful To The Brain : Brinjals contain phytonutrients which help to protect the cell membranes from any kind of damage, thus leading to a healthier and active brain function.

3. Facilitates Weight Loss : Brinjals are a good option for the ones who want to lose weight because they are high in water content and low in calorie count. Thus, including them in your diet makes up for a healthy diet plan and you can also lose weight.

4. Heart Health : Brinjals have fiber, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and phytonutrient content which support heart health.

5. Blood Cholesterol : Brinjals are proven to have chlorogenic acid in them which helps in significant decrease in weight and blood cholesterol levels.

6. Good Skin : Brinjals help to keep your skin soft and smooth due to high water content.

7. Hydrated Skin : Large contents of water, minerals, vitamins and healthy fats in brinjals can keep your skin well hydrated.

Thus, brinjals have high medicinal and nutritional values. Try to include brinjals in your diet as much as you can and stay healthy.