1. Copy your kitty: Learn to do stretching exercises when you wake up. It
boosts circulation and digestion,
and eases back pain.
2. Don’t skip breakfast. Studies show that eating a proper breakfast is one of the
most positive things you can do if you are trying to lose weight. Breakfast skippers
tend to gain weight. A balanced breakfast includes fresh fruit or fruit juice,
a high-fibre breakfast cereal, low-fat milk or yoghurt, wholewheat toast, and a
3. Brush up on hygiene. Many people don't know how to brush their teeth properly.
Improper brushing can cause as much damage to the teeth and gums as not
brushing at all. Lots of people don’t brush for long enough, don’t floss and
don’t see a dentist regularly. Hold your toothbrush in the same way that would
hold a pencil, and brush for at least two minutes. This includes brushing the
teeth, the junction of the teeth and gums, the tongue and the roof of the
mouth. And you don't need a fancy, angled toothbrush – just a sturdy,
soft-bristled one that you replace each month.
4. Neurobics for your mind. Get your brain fizzing with energy. American researchers
coined the term ‘neurobics’ for tasks which activate the brain's own
biochemical pathways and to bring new pathways online that can help to
strengthen or preserve brain circuits. Brush your teeth with your ‘other’ hand,
take a new route to work or choose your clothes based on sense of touch rather
than sight. People with mental agility tend to have lower rates of Alzheimer's disease and age-related mental decline.
5. Get what you give! Always giving and never taking? This is the short road to
compassion fatigue. Give to yourself and receive from others, otherwise you’ll
get to a point where you have nothing left to give. And hey, if you can’t
receive from others, how can you expect them to receive from you?
P.Nandhini Priya - MEC ( ITE ) 2013-09-15 11:32:22
HOW TO GET RID FROM SPLIT ENDS
1Identify whether you have split ends in your hair. The scientific name for them is Trichoptilosis, a longitudinal splitting of the hair fiber, and there are several types:
- The generic end split
- Splits occurring multiple times up the same strand of hair
- A split occurring in the middle of the hair strand that will appear as a hole if the strand is bunched up
2Always use hair shears if you are cutting your own hair, even if you are only cutting a strand. Regular paper scissors can fray your ends and cause more splits down the road.
- Single strand knots (not really split ends) which occur most often in dry, curly hair.
3Get your hair cut regularly, meaning every six to eight weeks.
All hair gets damaged after a while. Get a trim of at least 1/4 to 1
inches, and you should have solved the problem. It will remove split
ends and keep your hair healthy and growing strong.
- Note that you really only need to trim when you have splits on the
ends of the hair, so your schedule may vary with your hair type, how you
treat your hair, and your style goals.
4Cut them yourself between haircuts using a pair of hair shears.
Cut about 1/4" above the split of a single strand; there may even be a
small ball above the split. If you don't cut above the damage, the split
5Don't rely on products that claim to "heal" split ends.
They can seal the split end to help it look healthier, but they aren't
reversing the damage. These products can however help prevent future
damage to otherwise healthy hair.
Here are some of the ways hair is damaged everyday and how to prevent damage from these factors and in turn split ends.
Most kinds of chemicals are going to damage your hair to some extent.
Chemicals from getting a perm, having your hair highlighted, colored,
etc., or even chlorine in bath or pool water all count.
1Try to steer clear of chemicals.
Natural hair is beautiful. If you absolutely must color your hair,
search for the gentlest coloring agent you can find. If you are going to
be using chemicals on your hair, be sure to condition your hair more
2Protect your hair before swimming in a pool, ocean, or lake.
This could include: using a leave-in conditioner, oiling your hair, or
using a swim cap. Rinsing your hair thoroughly before swimming will also
help it absorb less chemicals. Be sure to rinse and shampoo your hair
as soon as possible after swimming.
3Find out if the water you use to wash your hair is harmful.
- There can be damaging chemicals in the water you wash your hair with
- mainly chlorine. There are filters that will reduce the amount of
chlorine in your water.
- High concentrations of calcium carbonate can make your water "hard". If you are in the USA you can check this map
to see how hard the water in your area is. A water softening system
will be most beneficial to your hair if you live in a hard water area.
Brushing and Combing
Many people don't realize just how fragile the ends of hair are.
Being too rough with a brush or comb, or brushing or combing too often
can damage your hair.
1Stop teasing or back combing your hair.
This is the most damaging type of brushing. It pulls up the scales of
your hair and when you comb/brush that section again the scales break
2Find a hair friendly comb and/or brush. If you have thicker hair you may need
to use a pick or wide-toothed comb. Combs in general are more gentle.
Your brush or comb should aid you in untangling your hair, not pulling
3Never over brush. 100 brushstrokes is not necessary, and may lead to more splits than anything else.
4Comb the hair gently.
Start at the bottom and work your way up. When you encounter a tangle,
don't rip the comb/brush through it, stop and untangle with your fingers
and then proceed. You have to be extremely gentle while untangling wet
hair. Curly hair types may require combing the hair when it is still
5Use hair friendly accessories.
• The black band is the most hair unfriendly in this group because of the metal connector. Smaller versions of this are even more harmful.
• The big green band is joined together by what appears to be glue and is much more friendly.
• The little yellow band is a smaller version of the green one and
friendly for thinner hair types. They can also be made of clear plastic.
These little bands are ideal to tie off the ends of braids.
• The big blue scrunchie is the most hair friendly. These are easy to
make, but you can buy them at any place that sells hair care products.
Protect your hair from the Sun. Ultraviolet rays can be as damaging to your hair as your skin.
1Wear a hat. If your
hair is super long and/or thick, be sure to get a hat that you will be
able to fit all your hair into (preferably in a bun).
2Look for conditioners that contain sunscreen or mix sunscreen and conditioner together and leave that in your hair.
Washing and Drying
Incorrect washing and washing with shampoos that are too harsh or
contain certain ingredients can be damaging to your hair. Rubbing your
hair with a towel to dry it can cause nasty damage to your hair. Using a
hairdryer on your hair too often will also cause damage.
1Buy a good shampoo and conditioner and experiment with what works best with your hair. This may include not washing it everyday--possibly conditioning it will suffice.
2Wash your hair properly. It is best to only wash the scalp hair and leave the length to hang down your back...the length should not
be piled on top of your head. When you rinse the shampoo out of your
hair, the shampoo will run down the length, that is as much washing as
the ends of your hair need. Conditioner should then be applied to the
length to soak for a while before rinsing out. Hot water strips away
moisture so rinse your hair with the coolest water you can stand.
3Deep condition regularly.
If your conditioner regimen isn't working, try a "deep condition" once
or twice a month. This involves putting a leave-in conditioner or oil on
your hair and leaving it in for a while. Oils like jojoba and coconut
oil are fantastic for this.
4Dry hair gently.
Vigorously rubbing your hair dry with a towel is not a good idea.
Dripping wet hair should be gently squeezed with a towel to get rid of
the excess water. Once the excess water is removed, it is best to let
your hair air dry naturally.
5Tone down the drying.
If you are using a dryer or hot tongs regularly, your hair will start
to show some damage--the hot air removes moisture from your hair. Using
too hot a setting or holding the dryer too close to your hair will also
U.A.GREESHMA - MIT ( MCA ) 2013-08-23 21:37:35
HOW TO GET RID OF FROM LEG CRAMPS
Method One: Immediate Relief
Move to a safe place where you are not going to fall over. Swimmers should try to get to shore, call for help or float in deep water.
2Rub the area where the cramp is present. Exert light pressure, but rub quickly. This will warm up the area and increase circulation.
- Lack of circulation is often the cause of leg cramping, especially
when you are doing physical activity. When swimmers reach a cooler
stream of water, it can restrict blood flow in 1 area, creating cramps.
3Stretch your leg muscle immediately. Try 1 of these stretches for at least 30 seconds.
- If you have a calf cramp, go up to a wall or pole. Place your foot
on the wall, with the heel on the ground. Lean your body into the wall
while keeping your leg straight.
- If you have a hamstring cramp, lay on the ground. Bend both knees
and place your feet on the ground so your back is flat. Bring 1 knee
into your chest. Hug it close to your chest.
- For extreme hamstring cramps, allow someone to help you get a
greater hamstring muscle stretch. Stay on the ground with your knees
bent. Lift the leg with the cramp in it. Ask the person to lift it
toward your chest, while keeping a slight bend in it. Stretch for 10
seconds and release 3 times before stretching for 30 seconds.
- If you have a quadriceps cramp, go near a wall or pole. Bend your
knees very slightly. Bend your knee. Grab your ankle and make sure your
thighs are together. Pull the bottom half of your left up and back,
while tucking your pelvis to get a greater thigh stretch.
4Take a warm shower.
Warm water will increase circulation, helping the cramp to pass more
quickly. If you cannot take a shower, wet a washcloth in warm water and
use a warm compress for 5 minutes.
5Get up and walk around. A sedentary lifestyle may be the cause of your cramping. Under conditioned muscles are prone to cramping.
Method Two: Prevent/Reduce Cramping
1Drink more water.
Dehydration is 1 of the leading causes of leg cramping. Increase your
water intake by at least 32 oz. (1l) in warm climates or during physical
- When you become dehydrated, you lose minerals, such as salt,
potassium, magnesium and calcium quickly, which control muscle
2Increase the minerals in your diet. Calorie restriction and unhealthy eating habits can also lead to a drop in magnesium, potassium and calcium.
- Eat calcium and magnesium rich foods, such as milk, fish, meat,
eggs, yogurt, nuts, cereals and fruit. Magnesium controls the release of
calcium into the muscles, which controls cramping.
- Eat potassium rich foods, such as bananas, dried apricots, white beans, fish, avocados, mushrooms and potatoes.
- Make sure you are getting enough salt in your diet. If you are
sweating a lot, you may be losing too much salt, which causes muscles to
cramp. Instead of going for salty chips, choose an isotonic sports
drink, such as Gatorade. Doctors recommend drinking these products only
when you are sweating or competing for longer than 90 straight minutes.
Otherwise you can increase your sodium by eating a meal.
3Begin a strength training regime.
People who do not get enough physical activity may suffer from cramps
because the muscles are under conditioned. When they do any sort of
physical exercise, the muscle can cramp from use.
- Begin walking for 30 minutes a day. Buy a pedometer and increase
your daily steps to at least 10,000. This will strengthen leg muscles
- Consult with a physical therapist or personal trainer about starting
a resistance band workout. If you are older or have joint issues, you
can increase muscle strength safely by doing sets of exercises with
rubber bands. You can increase the tension as you get stronger.
- Workout with free weights or weight machines, if you like to
exercise, but you focus on cardiovascular fitness. Overtraining can
weaken muscles. Strength training for 30 minutes 3 times a week can
improve muscle fitness and reduce cramps.
4Stretch your legs each night before you go to bed.
Do a calf, quad and hamstring stretch for at least 5 minutes. This will
reduce the chances of waking up at night due to leg cramps.
- Also, stretch after you complete cardiovascular or strength-training
exercise. Your muscles will be more relaxed and less likely to cramp
Method Three: See a Doctor
1Make an appointment for a physical, if you are having repeated muscle cramping and you cannot find a cause.
- Schedule time to get blood work, a physical examination and an
interview. Only with a thorough exam can you hope to catch a possible
2Examine your current medications with your doctor. Cholesterol and stomach acid medications have been known to increase leg cramping.
3Go over your blood tests with your doctor.
These tests can show low mineral levels that lead to cramps. They can
also show problems with your circulatory system or thyroid.
4Rule out severe causes of cramping, such as epilepsy, spazmofiliya, eclampsia, neurological problems and severe infections.
U.A.GREESHMA - MIT ( MCA ) 2013-08-05 19:21:53
Homemade Masks (TO MAKE SKIN FAIRER)
- Combine one teaspoon (5mL) of turmeric and three tablespoons (45mL) of lime to make a mask. Leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse off with warm water. This will stain clothing, so be careful!
2Beat an egg white until frothy, then apply to your face. When it dries, throughly wash off. Do not use this mask on broken skin!
3Mix 2 tablespoons (30mL) of honey with two tablespoons (30mL) plain yogurt. Leave it on your face for about 20 minutes, then rinse off with warm water.
4Mash one soft avocado with one cooked carrot.
Add a half cup (120mL) of heavy cream, 1 egg and a dab of honey. Spread
over your face and neck, and leave on for 15 minutes before rinsing off
with cool water.
U.A.GREESHMA - MIT ( MCA ) 2013-08-02 21:51:24
3 Simple Tips to Prevent Pimples at Home
and acne are very common skin problems that are bothering teenagers and
adults alike. There are varied causes to this skin problem, and some
are more controllable than others. In this article, I am going to show
you three tips, all of which can be followed at home, to help you
prevent pimples or reduce your symptoms. Of course, if your problem is
more serious, you should follow the right treatment given by a
dermatologist. Having said that, these simple steps can aid in your acne
pimples on face
Tip 1. Regularly Change Your Pillow Case And Towels
should you do that? You may already know that bacteria in the skin is a
major cause to your zit problem, and pillow cases and towels are in
fact a breeding ground for bacteria! Plus, the oils from your skin and
hair will accumulate on these places, which will quickly and easily
trigger further outbreaks of pimples and acne. You should aim to change
and clean your towels daily. If you can not afford to do the same for
your pillow case, you should at least do it periodically and always
remember to expose it to sunshine as much as possible. Chinese people
love to do that, as they believe the sunshine is capable of killing many
types of the bacteria.
Tip 2. Try Different Makeup And Cleansers
oil is also a major reason for you to suffer pimples. Do you know that
many types of color makeups, particularly foundations, are oil based?
The same is true with many of the moisturizers and cleansers. These
products may promise to make your skin look great, but any oil based
cosmetics are not suitable for people who are prone to get pimples and
acne. The oily components will only serve to clog your pores and make
your condition even worse. So, next time you do your cosmetic shopping,
always remember to check out the oil level of your interested products.
3. Get On A Balanced Diet
and dermatological researches have proved that one of the major causes
for continued severe acne and poor skin conditions is poor diet. This is
not hard to understand, as the problem with your skin has to do with
something inside your body. The suggestions from the dermatologists are
to stay away from junk food and maintain a balanced diet. Sufficient
vitamins are essential to prevent pimples, and Omega 3 is highly
recommended for its skin conditioning effect amongst its many other
health benefits such as blood pressure reduction and a better sense of
These are just a few things you can start doing right
now to help you prevent pimples or reduce your existing symptoms. The
last tip is especially powerful as it deals with the root cause of your
acne problem rather than just touching the surface.
If you have
already spent hundreds on acne medications and skincare, you might be
interested in a completely holistic approach that is far cheaper,
natural and can be done from home. Click here to find out one of the
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U.A.GREESHMA - MIT ( MCA ) 2013-08-02 21:47:16
Best oils for healthy hairOil for Healthy Hair # 1: Olive oil
Olive oil is the best way to condition your hair, because it contains anti-inflammatory properties, which helps in promoting scalp health and preventing dandruff and hair fall. The richness in mono-unsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E helps in hair growth. Oil for Healthy Hair # 2: Coconut oil
Massaging your hair with coconut oil helps to soften your hair shaft and smoothens the cuticles. This helps to add shine to your hair. Coconut oil also boosts scalp health and repairs the damaged hair. Oil for Healthy Hair # 3: Castor oil
Applying castor oil to your hair once a week, will help to prevent hair thinning. The nutrients present in castor oil also help to moisturise your hair and promote hair thickness and hair growth. It also treats split ends
, frizzy hair and scalp problems. Oil for Healthy Hair # 4: Almond oil
Almond oil is a great sealant to lock in the natural moisture of your hair. It also helps to nourish your hair, prevents hair loss and promotes hair growth and shine. Oil for Healthy Hair # 5: Avocado oil
Avocado oil is rich in all types of nutrients ranging from amino acids to all variants of vitamins. So the application of avocado oil, nourishes your hair and promotes hair growth. Oil for Healthy Hair # 6: Lavender oil
Lavender oil has great calming and soothing properties, besides it also has anti-bacterial properties, which helps to prevent infections and hair lice. Oil for Healthy Hair # 7: Rosemary oil
Another great hair oil is rosemary oil. Rosemary oil helps in promoting hair growth and helps in preventing hair fall, dandruff and other hair related problems. Oil for Healthy Hair # 8: Sage oil
If you are looking for hair growth, then use sage oil. Sage oil has great hair growth properties and promotes hair health. Oil for Healthy Hair # 9: Cypress oil
This oil helps to enhance blood circulation in your scalp and promote hair growth and prevents hair fall due to lack of blood supply.
Suganya.S - MEC ( ITE ) 2013-07-29 23:23:42
U.A.GREESHMA - MIT ( MCA ) 2013-07-27 19:11:05
U.A.GREESHMA - MIT ( MCA ) 2013-07-27 19:09:46
TREATMENT FOR SCALP
Treatment for hair growth with onions is not just natural but completely safe as well. We are not loading our hair and scalp with harsh chemicals but utilizing an ingredient which can prevent hair loss and encourage new hair growth at the same time.
So how does onions help fight hair fall and induce hair growth?
Onions are high on sulfur content. That is why the juice of onions is capable of stimulating hair growth as sulfur helps in increasing blood circulation. It also diminishes any kind of skin inflammation due to its antibacterial properties. Moreover, onion juice makes your hair stronger, opens up the pores of your hair follicles that were blocked and prevents scalp infections at the same time.
Here are some ways to use onion to treat hair fall and promote new hair growth:
Using raw onion juice:
This is the easiest way to derive the benefits of the sulfur content of onion. Just blend some onions in your food processor and extract the juice; apply this on your scalp and leave for at least 30 minutes or more if you wish; rinse off using a mild shampoo. If this is done for a minimum of thrice a week, you can expect to see results within one or two months. Please be patient as this is a natural remedy.
Suganya.S - MEC ( ITE ) 2013-07-27 19:07:01
Benefits Of Pomegranate Juice For Skin, Hair And Health
Drinking pomegranate juice benefits our health and skin in a myriad of ways. It is one of the few fruits whose juice is as beneficial as the fruit itself. This is because the peel contains the maximum amount of antioxidants which are released in abundance when the fruit is squeezed while juicing. It is currently ranked alongside blue berries and green tea for its nutritional benefits.
Some people might find it a bit cumbersome to deal with the little seeds, which is why, extracting its juice is the best way to utilize the benefits of pomegranate juice. Drinking it,allows for a quick and easy assimilation of all the nutrients found in the bloodstream by the body. In comparison to other fruits, pomegranates contain the maximum amount of anti-oxidants. It contains approximately 3 times more antioxidants than green tea and oranges.
A single glass of pomegranate juice can provide you with 40 % of the daily requirement of folic acid and vitamins A, C, and E. Freshly squeezed pomegranate juice, being completely unprocessed, triumphs over packaged juice any day, as it retains the maximum number of vitamins.. Make sure that the juice is unsweetened as sugar being inflammatory can counteract some of the health benefits of this fruit.
Nutritional value of pomegranate:
Pomegranate is a great source of ellagic acid, and antioxidant and punicic acid, an omega 5 polyunsaturated fatty acid which is highly beneficial for cell regeneration and proliferation. The juice of this fruit is an exceptional source of vitamin A, C and E and minerals such as calcium, phosphorous, potassium, iron, folic acid, niacin, thiamin, folates and riboflavin.
Health Benefits of Pomegranate Juice:
Pomegranate has been used for medicinal purposes in the middle and Far East regions for over thousands of years. It was used as a tonic to heal ailments like ulcers and diarrhea. The juice of pomegranate contains antioxidants like anthocyanin and ellagic acid, compounds like gallic acids, and flavonoids like quercetin which offer protection from diabetes, heart diseases, osteoarthritis and several kinds of cancer.
1. Heart benefits: Pomegranate juice can have a great impact on health, particularly on the health of the heart, by keeping the arteries flexible and decreasing the inflammation in the lining of the blood vessels. It is known to reduce atherosclerosis, which is one of the leading causes of heart disease. It lowers the risk of blockage in the arteries which can cause a restriction in the flow of blood to the heart and brain. In other words it has an anti-atherogenic effect on the heart. It lowers the amount of LDL or bad cholesterol that is retained in the body and increases the amount of good cholesterol or HDL.
2. Maintains blood sugar levels: Although pomegranate juice contains fructose, it does not elevate the blood sugar level as other fruit juices do. Studies have shown that there was no significant increase in the blood sugar level of diabetic patients who drank this juice daily for a period of 2 weeks.
3. Maintains blood pressure: Pomegranates are also known to reduce high blood pressure. The juice of this fruit reduces lesions and the inflammation of blood vessels in heart patients. It is a natural aspirin, which keeps the blood from coagulating and forming blood clots. It even acts as a blood thinner allowing for an unrestricted flow of blood through the body.
4. Protection from cancer: Pomegranate juice eliminates free radicals from the body and inhibits the growth and development of cancer and other diseases. Its high contents of anti- oxidants stimulate the white blood cells to neutralize toxins in the body thereby promoting a strong and healthy immune system. Pomegranate is believed to induce apoptosis, a process where the cells destroy themselves. Daily intake of a glass of pomegranate juice can slow down the growth of cancerous cells in prostate cancer. Moreover it appears to block aromatase, an enzyme that converts androgen to estrogen, a hormone which plays a crucial role in the development of breast cancer.
Suganya.S - MEC ( ITE ) 2013-07-27 19:01:09
1. Easy & Quick Solution to Dandruff
Dissolve 2 aspirins in any dandruff shampoo and then wash your hair. Results are amazing dandruff.
2. Make Your Own Herbal Hair Oil
(For dandruff & strong hair)
- Take a bunch of mehendi leaves along with amla pieces (either fresh or dried ones which have been soaked overnight).
- Grind these coarsely together.
- Now take about 150 ml of coconut oil in a cooking vessel (kadai) and add the paste to it.
- Simmer on low flame till all moisture evaporates.
- Cool and strain use regularly.
- Keeps dandruff away and also makes hair roots strong.
3. For a Glowing Face
Make a paste of 2 table spoons of cream (malai), 1½ table spoons of Ata (wheat flour ) and few drops of lime juice. Daily apply this paste on your face for 5 minutes, then remove it and wash.
[Note : For oily skin use besan (gram flour) instead of Ata.]
Try to think positive, take proper sleep and drink lots of water certainly no one can look more charming.
4. For Chicken Pox Marks
Kachha doodh with chiraunji (bheegi hui) mix it well and make a paste, apply it on chicken pox marks, they will disappear in few days.
5. For Best Hair
Massage hair with warm coconut oil an hour before washing. Take some petals of hibiscus and grind it in the mixer. Apply this paste to your hair and then rinse it. For better result you can boil a few hibiscus flowers in coconut oil. Filter this oil and use it to control hair loss and thinning, you can also use Jaborandi oil which is again an extract of hibiscus flower.
6. Tomato Wrap
Make a puree of 4 tomatoes. Soak some rice for 30 minutes and grind it coarsely. Add this to the pureed tomatoes. Apply this mixture all over the body and leave it on for about 15 minutes. Bathe with warm water; this is a good scrub recipe for oily skin.
7. Hair Care
Problem: Excessive hair loss or getting early grey hairs.
Remedy: Soak some methi seeds in night and in the morning make the paste of the seeds and apply it to your scalp. After 1½ - 2 hrs rinse it with plane water. This will strengthen your hair and make them dark and shiny.
8. Skin care
Problem: If your face is dry and rough.
Remedy: Take equal amount each of Melon, Pumpkin, Cucumber and Watermelon and make a paste of these. Then blend it with milk cream and apply it on your. After 1 hr rinse your face with plane water.
Remedy: Mix 1 teaspoon of Besan with 2 teaspoon of curd and apply it on your face. Let it remain on the face for ½ hrs. Rinse with plane water. Helps in curing sunburns.
9. Skin Tips
Improve your complexion
Mix equal amounts of Cucumber juice and Lime juice and apply them to your face before taking bath; wait for at least 10 mins. Your complexion will improve.
10. Household Tips for your skins– Using Tomatoes
Tomatoes are Anti-Oxidant hence including tomatoes in your daily diet will make your skin Wrinkle Free. And using the paste of one day old curd with a tomato and applying it to your skin soft. Also, if you skin is oily then applying the its pulp on your face for 15 min. then rinse your face with warm water. This will absorb extra oil from your skin and improve your complexion.
11. Beauty Tips
a. After the Mehendi dries, remove it and apply some Vicks Rub on your hands, let it be there for 5-6 hours. The color of your Mehendi will darken.
b. Remedy: Mix 1 teaspoon of Besan with 2 teaspoon of curd and apply it on your face. Let it remain on the face for ½ hrs. Rinse with plane water. Helps us during sunburns.
c. After removing the skin of the Cucumber and making a paste of the cucumber with raw milk and applying it on your skin will improve your complexion.
Suganya.S - MEC ( ITE ) 2013-07-25 22:39:42
An allergy is a false alarm triggered by the body's immune system as a response to harmless substances in our environment, e.g. pollen, or protein in food. As a result, our bodies generate specific antibodies in response to the "foreign substances" (known as antigens). When the body comes into contact with these substances again, an allergic reaction such as itching, skin rash, stomach pain or breathlessness is triggered by the release of substances resulting from a reaction between the antigens and antibodies.
Which foods trigger allergies?
You should exclude any foods from your child's diet that cause them to have an allergic reaction. Ask your doctor for a full allergy examination to avoid your child having to exclude essential foods, e.g. cow's milk, unnecessarily from their diet.
Allergies are often triggered by:
- Cow's milk, hens' eggs and soya in infants
- Cow's milk, hens' eggs, fish, soya, nuts like peanuts, treenuts and cereals like wheat in children
- Vegetables, fruit, Spices, nuts, hens' eggs, cow's milk and fish in adults
Most common food allergies are Celiac disease (allergy to gluten found in wheat, oat and barley) and lactose intolerance (allergy to lactose in milk and milk products).
Food allergies that emerge in babies and toddlers often disappear by the time the child goes to school if they avoid having the offending foods when they are young.This happens as the food in question has not been absorbed by the body over a long period of time.
Tests and Diagnosis:
A medical check-up with tests like blood or skin tests, provocation (challenge) testing are done for diagnosis.
Treatment: The only proven treatment for a food allergy is to avoid the food which is suspected to cause allergy.
- Identifying offending foods: Read the list of ingredients on any product carefully. The list of ingredients will help you to spot allergens present in packaged food. For many years, NESTLÉ has been providing consumers with extra information in addition to the basic list of ingredients. Ingredients known to frequently trigger allergies or intolerances are specified on the packaging, even if the product may only contain traces of these ingredients, as they may find their way into the product, e.g. as a result of other products being made on the same production line
- Alternatives for offending foods:
- Lactose Intolerance: Milk like soya milk is an alternative for people allergic to cow's milk. Dairy products like yoghurts can also be given in some cases. Foods like soya, tofu, eggs, meats, fish, poultry, fortified juices, commercially available low lactose milks can be given. Small amount of milk in combination with other non-dairy food depending on the severity can be given under doctor’s guidance
- Celiac Disease: Wheat, rye, oats and barley need to be substituted with rice, soybean, maize and corn. The labels of every food item needs to be read carefully. Baked food items like cakes, breads and biscuits also contain wheat. It is best to consult the paediatrician about choosing food items
Suitable alternative toppings for bread include:
- Non-dairy margarines
- Cold meat cuts
- Fruit based jams and spreads
- Vegetable chutneys, pastes etc
If your child cannot consume any milk or dairy products due to lactose intolerance, you can still ensure they get the calcium they need by getting them to eat low lactose products like yoghurts and yoghurt based deserts. Yoghurts are better tolerable than milk as they have lactic acid instead of lactose
Suganya.S - MEC ( ITE ) 2013-07-25 22:34:12
The thing which we do often has more dangers in it. That is "drinking extremely cooled water after having food". while we drinking such a cold water, it chills up the fatty cells and finally makes them to freeze....and it wont burn!!. stays as it is...... do you know what will happen next???
It will lead your heart to stuck that's what we often called "HEART ATTACK" . And also it has been proved by a research, this may also drop you in the risk of "CANCER".
so, please avoid drinking extremely cooled water !! drink mild water it will always keep you on safer side !!!
Shalu, with care
Shalini.B - MEC ( CSE ) 2013-07-14 10:37:10