9 Homemade Substitutes for Beauty Products You Use Daily

I am sure that most of us have an extremely busy schedule everyday. Given this scenario, we often tend to ignore our beauty problems or rely on market-bought products as a quick fix. The ugly truth is that these products may contain a lot of chemicals that can have damaging side-effects on your skin, hair and overall health. We’ve got some help for you. Here are 9 natural substitutes for your common beauty products that can be easily made at home. You may have not known but some simple kitchen ingredients can work wonders.

9 Homemade Substitutes for Beauty Products You Use Daily

1. Natural Dry Shampoo for Oily Hair

Do you feel the need to wash your hair every other day? Or do you have an oily scalp? Here’s what you can do instead of using shampoo too often.

Ingredients:

2 and a 1/2 tablespoons of cornstarch (preferably organic)
3-4 drops of essential oil (lavender or rose)

Procedure:

Mix both ingredients and lightly dust it on your scalp. Wait for 5 minutes and remove the excess powder with a brush. Cornstarch will soak in almost all the oil and dirt leaving your hair feeling clean and fresh.

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2. Natural Blackhead Remover

Baking powder is great to exfoliate and loosen up dead skin and remove blackheads, and dirt lurking underneath the surface.

Ingredients:  

1 tablespoon baking soda
Water (preferably mineral)

Procedure:

Mix the two ingredients to obtain a slightly wet paste-like consistency. Apply it on your nose and let it dry completely. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes and then rinse.

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3. Natural Face Pack for Glowing Skin

This is one of my grandmother’s secrets for bright and glowing skin

. Gram flour is great for improving uneven skin tone and milk has a very soothing effect on the skin.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons gram flour (besan)
1 tablespoon milk (raw)

Procedure:

Mix all ingredients to make a paste and apply the mixture evenly on your face. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then rinse your face with lukewarm water.

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4. Natural Teeth Whitener

Baking soda is a humble kitchen ingredient that can be used to solve many beauty problems. It is great to remove any kind of stains from your teeth.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon baking soda
1/2 tablespoon lime juice

Procedure:

Mix the ingredients to form a paste and apply the mixture on your teeth. Let it rest for 1-2 minutes and rinse it off. You should do this daily to get cleaner, whiter teeth.

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5. Natural Skin Toner

A toner is required to clean the skin. A good toner is one that hydrates, clears and energizes your skin and there’s nothing like fresh aloe vera gel to do all these three things. Cut open the leaf and scoop all the gel out. Massage the gel on your face and neck and let it dry for 15 minutes. Rinse your face with lukewarm water and pat it dry.

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6. Natural Makeup Remover

You don’t need anything else to remove makeup other than a dab of coconut oil. Coconut oil is also an excellent moisturizer and doesn’t make your skin dry like some store-bought make-up removers can. Massage it gently on your face and leave it on for 10 minutes before rinsing.

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7. Natural Perfume

Who doesn’t want to feel fresh and fragrant in this hot weather? Here’s a way to make your very own natural mist.

Ingredients:

8-10 drops of essential oil (rose, lavender etc)
4-5 tablespoons of filtered water
1 tablespoon glycerin

Procedure:

Mix all ingredients well, and put it in an empty spray bottle. Use it whenever you step out for long-lasting fragrance.

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8. Natural Eye Lash and Eye Brow Enhancer

Fake eye lashes can give a fuller look and even a mascara can help define your lashes but when you can do it naturally then why rely on these products? Apply castor oil on your lashes and brows regularly. Castor oil facilitates hair growth and can make your eye lashes and brows look fuller.

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9. Natural Wax for Facial Hair

Bleaching is a harsh way to hide facial hair. Instead, we suggest you make this quick and natural wax at home to get rid of facial hair.

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
1/2 cup of lemon juice (without the seeds)
2 cups of water

Procedure:

Mix all the ingredients together and heat the mixture for 8-10 minutes till it becomes golden-brown in colour. Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool down. It will become sticky like wax. Store in the fridge and apple some whenever needed. Spread the mixture with your fingertips on your face and pull gently against the direction of hair growth.

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Now that you’ve found the perfect substitutes for the most common beauty products used, give your skin some natural treatment.

8 Ways to Use Red Sandalwood for Glowing, Acne-Free & Beautiful Skin

Your skin goes through a rough time facing dirt and pollution daily. No matter how lucrative some beauty products may sound, natural ingredients and a home-made pack are still the best solutions. Ingredients like saffron, lemon, milk and sandalwood are known to be great for your skin. Although sandalwood (chandan) is popular as a beauty remedy, very few people know about the red sandalwood. Rakta Chandana or the red sandalwood is one of the finest ingredients for your skin.

The red sandalwood tree can be found mostly in the southern Eastern Ghats mountain range of South India. The tree is prized for the rich red color of its wood. Just like regular chandan, red sandalwood is also sold in powdered form but it is a bit more coarse. It is primarily used for skin care and beauty purposes. It is very effective in reducing blemishes and treating acne. It also helps in the removal of sun tan and dullness because of its cooling properties. Here are eight ways to use red sandalwood for beautiful and glowing skin.

8 Ways to Use Red Sandalwood for Glowing, Acne-Free & Beautiful Skin

1.  Add few drops of coconut oil to red sandalwood powder and make a paste with it. This can be applied on dry areas for moisturizing them. Wash off after 10-15 minutes. Red sandalwood powder is known to provide nourishment to the skin cells.

2.  Mix red sandalwood powder with lemon juice to prepare a mask for oily skin. Apply this paste all over your face and let it dry out. Once it does, wash it off with lukewarm water. It helps in regulating the secretion of sebum and makes the pores tight.

 

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Red sandalwood is great for oily skin. Photo credit: Istock

3. Acne and pimples happen to be common skin problems faced by most people. A rose water and red sandalwood face pack helps in the reduction of acne and acne scars and also the irritation caused by acne due to its cooling properties. You can even add a teaspoon of honey and a pinch of turmeric to the pack for better results.

4.  A pack made with 1 tablespoon of red sandalwood and 2 tablespoons of mashed ripe papaya can help in exfoliation (removal of dead skin). This face pack helps you shed the dead skin and leaves your skin feeling fresh and rejuvenated.

 

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Red sandalwood also helps in exfoliation. Photo credit: Istock

5. Use red sandalwood powder along with curd and milk to improve uneven skin tone. Mix 1 tablespoon of red sandalwood powder, half tablespoon of turmeric, 2 tablespoon of curd and milk each to make a face pack. Apply this all over and let it dry. Later wash it off with lukewarm water and enjoy radiant complexion.

6.  It helps in removal of dark spots and reduces pigmentation. Prepare a simple pack with 2 tablespoons of red sandalwood and 2 tablespoon of milk and apply it everyday.

7.  A pack with cucumber juice or curd with red sandalwood powder helps in removing sun tan. Mix 2 tablespoon of curd or cucumber juice with an equal amount of red sandalwood powder and apply it on the affected area. Let it dry and then wash off. You will see instant results.

8.  Prepare a mask with 2 teaspoons of almond oil, 4 teaspoons of coconut oil and 4 teaspoons of red sandalwood powder. Use this regularly for soft and glowing skin.

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Red sandalwood has many uses in your skin care routine, give it a permanent spot in your beauty cabinet. You’ll find the best quality of red sandalwood in Kerala, so if you happen to visit it, you must buy it for yourself.

Jojoba Oil Benefits: 7 Incredible Ways to Use it For Beautiful Skin and Hair

Jojoba oil is a great beauty ingredient. It is a natural oil extracted from the seed of the jojoba plant is is closest to the oil produced by the human skin called ‘sebum’ that helps protect and heal the skin from external toxins. It is the first defense barrier for the skin. Jojoba oil being the closest in construction to the human sebum is a natural replacement for it. When the body is unable to produce enough sebum to protect against harsh external elements, jojoba oil can be the perfect skincare solution.

Jojoba Oil Benefits: 7 Incredible Ways to Use it For Beautiful Skin and Hair

Jojoba oil contains essential vitamins for the skin such as Vitamin B, E and key minerals such as zinc, copper. In adulthood, your skin tends to produce lesser sebum hence making the skin dry and dull looking. Jojoba is a natural supplement that can be used for your regular skin care routine. Here are seven benefits of Jojoba oil which you probably didn’t know.

1. Retains moisture:

Jojoba oil helps retain moisture in the skin

thereby keeping the skin hydrated and looking fresh. Jojoba oil helps moisturize the skin, without clogging the pores, allowing for a healthy skin type. In addition, it also prevents the buildup of bacteria in the pores of the face, which tend to cause blackheads and breakout of acne.

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2. For soft lips:

For fresh and soft lips, jojoba oil can be gently massaged on the lips to ensure no dryness and cracks.

3. Reduces wrinkles:

The essential vitamins present in Jojoba oil help greatly reduce wrinkles and the visible effects of ageing

. Since jojoba contains no harmful chemicals it can be used as part of one’s daily grooming routine.

4. A natural sunscreen:

Jojoba oil is also applied on the full body, which makes it a good natural alternative to harsh sun screen creams

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5. Treats skin burns:

Jojoba soothes any burnt skin by going deeper into the tissues and healing them, this helps the pain after a sunburn or tan. With its natural healing properties Jojoba oil is helpful in reducing skin burns during shaving.

6. Good for your hair:

Jojoba oil helps strengthen hair follicles on the scalp causing hair to grow stronger and healthier. The presence of Vitamin E & B conditions the hair shaft making the hair shinier, adding volume and density. The stronger hair shaft prevents hair breakage due to drying wet hair every day. Head massages with jojoba oil help to also condition the scalp which removes scalp dryness. Thus avoiding dandruff and itching.

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7. Great make-up remover

: In addition to all its amazing all round applications jojoba oil can be used as an effective and natural makeup remover.

All you need to do is take a few drops of the oil on a cotton sob and simply glide it to remove stubborn eye shadow and kohl.

4 Kitchen Ingredients You Can Use to Protect Your Feet During Monsoons

The monsoon season brings with it beautiful weather, cool breeze and a joyful mood. But the change in weather can may not be too kind to your skin and can cause several beauty problems. Some monsoon woes that most of us may face are hair fall, oily skin, allergies and fungal infections. While you would do everything you can to protect your face and hair, your feet that bare the brunt of the places you take them are often neglected. If you don’t give them attention, it may lead to cracked heels, brittle nails and tired feet. Use these easily available kitchen ingredients to pamper your feet at home and save a trip to the salon.

4 Kitchen Ingredients You Can Use to Protect Your Feet During Monsoons

 

1. Lemon for exfoliation

Lemon slices act as a great natural scrub that can help in exfoliating and getting rid of dry skin. You can even mix of lime juice with honey and olive oil and apply over worn-out feet for a moisturizing effect. A lemon foot soak is a great remedy for smelly feet. Squeeze some lime juice in a tub of lukewarm water and soak your feet in it for 10-15 minutes.

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A lemon foot soak is a great remedy for smelly feet

2. Yogurt for tanning

The good-old cooling curd works like magic for removing sun tan. Apply it every alternate day on your feet and leave it on for 10-15 minutes before you wash off. You see a difference in two-three applications.

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Yogurt helps in removing sun tan

3. Milk and baking soda for DIY pedicure

Why head to a salon when you can do your own pedicure at home with natural ingredients? All you need is two-three cups of milk mixed with three tablespoons of baking soda. Warm the milk and then add the baking soda to it. Dip your feet in this mixture and let it soak for at least 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water later. This works really well for dry and scaly feet.

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Milk and baking soda are great for DIY pedicure

4. Coconut oil for cracked heels

Cracked heels can be painful. Treat them by rubbing some coconut oil gently over the affected area and leave it on overnight. Coconut oil moisturizes your skin and makes your heels smooth. You can cover with socks to allow the skin to totally absorb the oil.

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Try these natural home remedies and say goodbye to all your beauty problems this monsoon season.

 

4 Ways to Use Coriander for Beautiful Skin

Did you ever think that the green leaves you sprinkle on your biryani as a garnish could be the secret to your glowing skin? Coriander, also known as ‘hara dhaniya’, is a member of the Apiaceae family. Other members of the same family include celery and parsley. Traditionally, it was an essential ingredient in oils and perfumes too. It is a herb with a pungent smell. The fresh aroma can make you feel instantly rejuvenated. Its anti-septic and carminative properties make it unique.

4 Ways to Use Coriander for Beautiful Skin

What is coriander good for?

Coriander is extremely rich in folate, antioxidants, vitamin C and beta-carotene. Your skin feel soft, supple and radiates glow when your cells are protected from oxidative stress. They can be armored against stress and degeneration with the help of antioxidants. These antioxidants prevent the movement of free radicals in the body, thus slowing down the ageing process. It allows the skin to retain its elasticity.

It is a powerhouse of iron which leads to an increase in the hemoglobin levels in the body and prevents anemia that can cause dull skin. It is a well-known fact that your skinis a reflection of your internal health. Whether your skin is too oily or too dry or even a combination of the two, chewing fresh coriander leaves every morning on an empty stomach is a great healthy practice.

Be it acne or pigmentation, oily or dry skin, pimples or blackheads, coriander juice works like magic. Coriander’s anti-fungal and anti-microbial elements are even known to treat eczema. It is a detoxifier, a disinfectant and even treats dark lips!

According to Dermatologist Dr. Deepali Bhardwaj, “Coriander helps relieve acidity. Due to acid formation, redness, bumps and zits are a common feature. Eating coriander can reduce acidity and thus, help you get rid of various skin eruptions.” She also explains while applying coriander on your face, it is most effective when combined with rose water and oatmeal or sandalwood in the form of face packs. This helps in avoiding any sort of allergies and dryness as a result.

5 ways to use coriander for skin

1. Coriander with aloe vera:

Freshly ground coriander in combination with aloe-vera

can be applied on the skin. This helps to get rid of wrinkles.

2. Coriander with lemon juice:

A combination of ground coriander with some lemon juice when applied on the effected area can do wonders for acne and blackheads. Coriander enables the dead cells to be removed and leads to a rejuvenated skin.

3.Coriander face pack: 

Grind the coriander, add milk, add honey and lemon juice and apply on the face. This face pack will leave you with glowing skin.

4. Coriander with rice and yoghurt:

A combination of ground rice and yogurt relaxes facial muscles and cells and leaves you refreshed. Make a mixture of it and apply it like a mask.

When your skin fails to show a positive response, we know how frustrating it can get. The least you can do is seek comfort in the confines of your kitchen and grab a handful of coriander! You’ll thank us later.

5 Amazing Health Benefits of Eggplant You May Have Not Heard Before

Commonly known as aubergine in England and brinjalin India, eggplant is a glossy, teardrop-shaped vegetable belonging to the nightshade botanical family. It is the same purple variety found across the globe but is referred to as an eggplant mostly in the United States. The eggplant is native to a number of countries stretching from India to Burma and extending to China.

While the eggplant is assumed to be a vegetable, it is actually a fruit that is cooked as a vegetable or a savoury dish. Thus biologically, it can be termed as a fruit and in terms of cooking it is used a vegetable. With a slightly bitter and acidic taste which may not be preferred by many, it is essential to consider the impressive health benefits that eggplant offers.

It is packed with vitamins like vitamin C, K and B6 and an ample amount of potassium, manganese and fiber. Even the leaves and roots of the plant are widely used for treating various infections and to heal wounds. Bangalore-based Nutritionist Dr. Anju Sood suggests several benefits that come along with eggplants that no one told you yet.

5 Amazing Health Benefits of Eggplant You May Have Not Heard Before

1. Heart friendly: A pigment present in eggplant known as anthocyanins helps strengthen the functioning of the heart. It also help to bring down the “bad” cholesterol and acts as a powerful antioxidant.

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2. Acts as a natural laxative: Rich in fiber, eggplants improve the functions of the digestive system by acting as a natural laxative. It provides fiber, in addition to water and antioxidants which can prevent the risk of inflammation in the digestive system and also helps in relieving constipation.

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3. Weight loss: Saponin in the eggplant prevents fat accumulation and absorption in the body and thus, aids the process of losing weight. While its nutrient content is extremely high, eggplant low on carbohydrates and calories and can easily fit into your weight loss diet.

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4. Rich in antioxidants: Anthocyanins that impart the deep purple colour to eggplants help in fighting free radicals in the body preventing the growth of cancer cells as well as other disease causing bacteria.

 

5. Helps prevent anemia: A rich source of iron, eggplants increase the production of red blood cells in the body and thus help fight anemia or iron deficiency which is common in females.

 

Now that you know all the health benefits of eating eggplants regularly, don’t shy away from this wonderful vegetable. There are several ways in which they can be made appealing and easier to consume for those who detest eating them. For instance, adding it to a simple sandwich or a whole grain burger does wonders. You can toss them with pasta or bake with cheese and other vegetables. Smokey, roasted eggplants are lovely with some light sauce. These are just few options to get you going.

29 Super Fruits You Should Be Eating Right Now

An apple a day, keeps the doctor away.’ We’ve all heard this before and we’ve also heard of super foods. But what are super fruits and why must we acknowledge their presence? Some fruits possess a huge amount of vitamins, minerals and fiber that we are unable to absorb from our daily meals alone. These fruits aid in the digestion process, boost our mental health and are good for our heart. It is crucial to remember that different colors of fruits showcase an array of health benefits.

According to Bangalore-based Nutritionist, Dr. Anju Sood, these fruits have attained the ‘super’ title because other than providing the three prime nutrients desired by the body which are carbohydrates, proteins and fats, they also provide enzymes and antioxidants in smaller quantities that are needed for the day to day body functions. Here are 29 super fruits that everyone must have.

29 Super Fruits You Should Be Eating Right Now

1. Apples: Apples have to be on the top of the list. They are packed with fiber that keeps you full and helps in maintaining your weight.

 

2. Bananas: They are packed with resistant starch and improve your metabolism. They also provides an instant source of energy.

3. Cherries: They contain antioxidants that have the capability to reduce your cholesterol levels. They are also naturally rich in melatonin which helps promote good sleep.

 

4. TangerinesPacked with vitamin C, they have a protective effect against the damage caused by the harmful UV rays of the sun on the skin.

 

5. Oranges: They have high fiber content, which improves digestion significantly. They are also loaded with Vitamin C which boosts your immunity and acts as an antioxidant.

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6. Cranberries: These berries are repositories of nutrients that help in providing relief Urinary Tract Infections.

 

7. Dragon Fruit: The seeds of the dragon fruit are loaded with fatty acids that are good for the body.

 

8. Grapes: Grapes are also known as powerful antioxidants. They contain resveratrol that maintains heart health.

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9. Kiwi: It is extremely rich in pre-biotic carbs that can heal any kind of digestive issues.

 

10. Plums: Sweet and juicy plums are excellent to relieve anxiety.

 

11. Pomegranate: Pomegranate is great for your skin. Drinking anar juice regularly is known to provide a natural glow to your skin.

 

12. Blue berries: They are great sources of polyphenols that prevent the risk of cancerand osteoporosis.

 

13. Strawberries: They are packed with Vitamin C and help prevent against cardiovascular diseases. Did you know that strawberries may also help in whitening your teeth naturally?

 

14. Avocados: They contain the good fats called monounsaturated fats that help lowering the level of bad cholesterol in the body and also support your weight loss goals.

 

15. Tomatoes: Yes, tomato is actually a fruit. It is packed with lycopene which imparts the red hue. Lycopene is important for bone health.

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16. Papaya: It is loaded with vitamin A and vitamin E and is a great breakfast option.17. Raspberries: They are loaded with vitamin C and manganese.

18. Watermelon: Watermelons are extremely hydrating and are also rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C and lots of lycopene.

19. Pineapples: Pineapples are packed with bromelain, an enzymes that ease digestion and also helps in burning unwanted fat.

20. Goji berries: They are known to protect the functioning of the liver.

21. Amla: Prized for its qualities in Ayurveda, it is an excellent anti-inflammatory fruit. It is known to cure sore throat and cold.

22. Jamun: It helps in managing your blood sugar levels.

23. Bael: You must have heard of the famous bael ka sharbat. It is significant in relieving constipation.

24. Pear: It is high in fiber and makes for a good post-workout snack.

25. Lychee: Lychees are extremely rich in vitamin B and folate and helps in improving blood circulation in our body.

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Photo Credit: Istock26. Mango: Our all-time favourite summer fruit, mango is loaded with Vitamin A, Vitamin B-6 and Vitamin E. It also aids the production of red blood cells.

27. Kokum: As fascinating as it sounds, kokum is a fruit of Indian origin. It has a great cooling property and drinking kokum soaked in water is a good remedy for dehydration or a heat stroke.

28. DatesDates act as blood cleansers. They are also a great source of instant energy.

29. Figs: They help in relaxing the nerves. They are full of fiber and are also packed with calcium.

As great sources of fiber, antioxidants, amino acids and minerals, most of these delicious fruits are easily available. They contribute effectively in keeping you healthy and strong.

Do You Drink Green Tea Daily? Know If It Really Helps in Weight Loss

Losing weight through regular exercising is definitely strenuous yet effective. Add to it, a healthy low-cal diet and your chances of a slimmer waist go up considerably. Experts would also advise you to include those foods into your daily diet that aid weight loss. These foods either help boost your metabolism or help ease the process of digestion – either way, helping you on your weight loss journey. Green tea is one such popular ‘weight-loss aid’. However, what does green tea really help in? Does it help lose weight or is it just a myth? What is the best way to consume green tea? We decode the answers for you.

What is green tea?

 

Green tea, like black tea, are plucked from a shrub called Camellia Sinensis. Green tea leaves do not undergo oxidation and withering process that is used to make black tea, and are therefore, considered to be healthier than others. It is power-packed with antioxidants. Our body releases free radicals that may prove to be hazardous for health. Antioxidants are known to fight these free radicals and boost the immune system of the body. Green tea consists of antioxidants that include Vitamin E, Vitamin C or beta-carotene that protect the body. It also has an active ingredient called Catechins that help in boosting metabolism and further lose weight.

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According to Nutritionist Lokendra Tomar from Weight Loss Clinic, “Green tea does help in weight loss. In many scientific studies it has been found that green tea increases fat burning and boost the metabolic rate as much as 17%. Stress is one of the major causative factors in obesity. Green tea also contains an active ingredient known as Theanine. Theanine is a type of amino acid, which helps in reducing stress by providing calming and relaxing effect on brain without sedation. This helps in losing weight easily.”

We enlist some reasons to have green tea for weight loss:

 

1. It is calorie free

 

According to expert Nutritionist Dr. Rupali Dutta, “Green tea is consumed with hot water and is sugarless. Hence, it is a calorie-free drink. Having 2-3 cups of this concoction won’t really affect your calorie intake for the day.

 

2. Helps you manage hunger pangs

 

According to Dr. Dutta, if you feel hungry, green tea is the best drink to manage hunger pangs at odd hours. It is just like drinking water, the more you drink the fuller you feel. One cup of green tea will stop you from binge eating unnecessarily.

 

3. It has numerous antioxidants

 

Green tea is trove of antioxidants that promote health. These antioxidants may help in boosting metabolism and keep the digestion process strong. The polyphenols present in the tea help detoxify the body too.

 

4. It has Catechins

 

Catechins are one of the antioxidants present in green tea which are believed to boost metabolism, further promoting weight loss.

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When should one ideally have green tea?

According to Nutritionist Mehar Rajput, “The ideal time to have green tea is right after your breakfast and lunch when your metabolism rate is higher. Intake of green tea during this period will only help boost metabolism rate, further helping the food to digest better and faster.”

 

Does green tea really help in losing weight?

 

Dr. Rupali Dutta says that green tea is a health drink full of antioxidants. You can consume it anytime you want to. It is, however, imperative to understand that only drinking green tea wouldn’t help lose weight, but some amount of exercise and a healthy diet along with cups of green tea should be taken into consideration.

8 Amazing Health Benefits of Drinking Rooibos Tea or Red Tea

Green, black, brown and now, red! No, these aren’t just some colors on the palette of your paint box. They are hues in the world of tea. The latest addiction and addition to the list being the ‘red’ tea, all the way from South Africa. We are talking about the Rooibos tea. What makes Rooibos tea so popular is the fact that it is known to have 50% more antioxidants than those found in green tea. Rooibos is obtained from Aspalathus Linearis, a shrub native to the Cape of Good Hope.

According to Bangalore-based Nutritionist Dr. Anju Sood, “Red tea is an excellent anti-oxidant. It prevents the movement of free radicals in the body and thus, reduces oxidative stress. However, just like all kinds of tea, it must be had in moderation as tea is a natural dehydrator.”

8 Amazing Health Benefits of Drinking Rooibos Tea or Red Tea
A powerhouse of health benefits

1. An antioxidant:

The antioxidants present in rooibos tea prevent the movement of free radicals in the body and combat oxidative stress. This in turn prevents premature ageing and enables the maintenance of soft, supple skin.

2. Enables digestion:

Red tea is caffeine-free and also free of tannins. This element is present in other teas and is known to cause digestive issues among many people. Red tea is a storehouse of antispasmodic elements, preventing diarrhea and gastric issues. It has no oxalic acid, this makes it suitable for those who are prone to developing kidney stones.

3. Full of micro-nutrients:

Iron, zinc, copper and manganese are only a few of the many minerals that rooibos tea is rich in. If you are suffering from hair loss, red tea is known to improve hair growth by strengthening the hair follicles and provides the required nutrients that the body needs for healthy hair.

4. Boost your immunity:

Red tea has the power to protect your body against diseases while building and strengthening your immunity and making you stronger from within.

5. Anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties:

These encourage healing wounds and giving relief from any kind of pain. The tea is super rich in polyphenols, thus aiding the immune system and thereby, boosting the health of an individual.

6. Improves the quality of sleep:

It is important to note that rooibos tea is free of any caffeine content and therefore, it is extremely suitable for insomniacs. Caffeine is addictive and creates havoc for your the sleep cycle. Drinking red tea reverses the harrowing effects of too much caffeine and relaxes your tired nerves and calms you down.

7. Enhances bone strength:

The presence of calcium and manganese is really good for your bones. Along with strengthening bones, it encourages bone and joint development. Thus, problems like arthritis are kept at bay.

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8. Good for skin:

Red tea is also the secret to beautiful and radiant skin. The alpha hydroxy content of red tea can reverse cell damage and rejuvenate the skin. As a rich source of bioflavanoids, red tea improves blood circulation and glowing skin.

Rooibus tea can be had plain or just like black tea with milk and a drop of honey. In case, you like it without milk, you can add a squeeze of lime for a citrusy flavour.

Long Work Hours May Pose Heart Risk, Here Are 6 Foods Which Can Help Cut Down Stress

A recent study published in the European Heart Journal, comes as a wake-up call to all those who have been working extra hours at their workplace. As per the British study, spending long hours at work may increase the risk of developing an irregular heart rhythm — known as atrial fibrillation — as well as contribute to the development of stroke and heart failure, according to a study.

 

The study compared to people who worked a normal week of between 35-40 hours and those who worked 55 hours or more were approximately 40 per cent more likely to develop atrial fibrillation.

 Long Work Hours May Pose Heart Risk, Here Are 6 Foods Which Can Help Cut Down Stress

 

Mika Kivimaki, Professor at the University College London, “A 40 per cent increased extra risk is an important hazard for people who already have a high overall risk of cardiovascular disease due to other risk factors such as older age, male sex, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, overweight, smoking and physical inactivity or living with an established cardiovascular disease”

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“This could be one of the mechanisms that explain the previously observed increased risk of stroke among those working long hours. Atrial fibrillation is known to contribute to the development of stroke, but also other adverse health outcomes such as heart failure and stroke-related dementia,” Kivimaki added.

 

Researchers analysed data from 85,494 men and women from the UK, Denmark, Sweden and Finland who took part in one of eight studies in these countries. During the ten-year follow-up period, the researchers found 1,061 new cases of atrial fibrillation. This gave an incidence rate of 12.4 per 1,000 people in the study, but among the 4,484 people working 55 hours or more, the incidence was 17.6 per 1,000.

 

Long work hours has long been co-linked with stress and anxiety, this stress not only takes a toll on your overall behavior and social life but also poses a major threat to the heart health. Here are some foods which can help you cut down stress.

 

1. Oats: Mornings are the most stressful hours of the day. Start your day on a stress-free note. A bowl of oats and some fresh fruits finished off with a drop of honey, boosts positive energy as it is considered to be a serotonin enhancer, a chemical that makes you happy.

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2. Lentils: Lentils are packed with all types of Vitamin B, nature’s own happy pill. It helps reduce tiredness and fatigue. Lentils also stabilize the blood sugar and fire-up your energy levels.

3. Banana: Bananas are rich in Vitamin C which is a great stress-fighting nutrient. It helps repair cell damage caused due to stress. Also, the potassium that it contains helps in maintaining healthy heart muscles.

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4. Orange Juice: According to the book, ‘The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies’ by Dr. Vasant Lad, For anxiety accompanied by a fast heart rate, a cup of orange juice with 1 teaspoon of honey and a pinch of nutmeg powder can prove to be effective.

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5. Brahmi: The wonder herb of Ayurveda, should be your next resort to beat stress, According to ‘The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies’ by Dr. Vasant Lad, drinking a tea of herbs like Brahmi and Ashwagandha can help cut down on fear, anxiety and nervousness.

 

6. Coconut: The water, the flesh, the oil or the butter, all of the coconut is trending and for good reason. Coconuts contain medium chain fats that improve our metal health and infuse positive energy. The scent of the coconut is known