According to WHO, the average life expectancy in 2015 was 71.4 years. With the world’s current dietary habits, we can expect this number to decrease drastically. Let’s take a look at some of the food that will help you have a long life (Jeethe raho!):

Water

Yes, sometimes it’s as simple as that – drinking water rather than juices or soda, can greatly increase your life span as it improves your cognitive functions and cleanses your body.

Nuts

The nuts that are good for you are generally unsalted and unroasted nuts (If you want you can roast them at home). Nuts can include peanuts, cashews, walnuts, and almonds. Consuming nuts improve your longevity, as they are a source of healthy fat and are healthier snacks rather than chips and cookies.

Garlic

Garlic not only adds flavour to your favourite food, but also strengthens your immunity and possessed anti-viral properties. Additionally, it aids in the absorption of essential nutrients, which is always a plus.

Milk

Research has suggested that human bodies are not capable of digesting cow’s milk due to its high sugar and fat content, which is what most of us consume daily. Instead of cow’s milk, try coconut milk, almond milk, or even sheep’s milk.

Vegetables

Vegetables, especially broccoli, sprouts, and spinach are great for increasing longevity due to their nutritional and medicinal properties.

Homemade Food

Last of all, eat as much homemade food as you can –opt for home-cooked meals rather than processed foods because honestly who knows what’s in all those bottles and packets of food?

Do you have any other suggestions for improving longevity? Let us know in the comments section below.

We all love our popcorn, chips, crackers, samosas, murku, and ketchup – but what do all these things have in common? SALT.

According to WHO (2016), adults should consume less than 5 grams (1 teaspoons) per day. In India, an average Indian consumes 10.98 grams of salt per day, which is 119% more than the required intake of salt per day! 119%.

Let’s take a look on how salt effects the skin:

Puffy Eyes

Consuming too much salt in any form can cause us to retain water that can cause swelling around the eyes. The skin around the eyes is very thing so your eyes tend to swell more, says Dr. Schultz.

Dry Skin

Your skin can also become dry and cracked as a result of excess consumption of sodium.

Oily Skin

Your skin could also go the opposite way and there may be an overproduction of oil due to the dehydration of the skin, leading to skin breakouts and acne.

The bottom line is: reduce your salt intake and consumption of processed foods because they often contain hidden salt. So our advice to you is: take it with a grain of salt!

Are there any other effects that we should know about? Let us know in the comment sections below.

What do your cereals, canned juices, jams, ketchup, sodas, and ice creams all have in common? If you guessed sugar, you’re right!

According to the American Heart Association, the ideal amount of sugar consumption is 9 teaspoons for men and 6 for women. The actual consumption of sugar in India is 27.2 million metric tones.

Let’s have a look at the effect our sugar intake has on the skin:

Inflammation

High glycemic foods such as refined bread, sugar, and soda – quickly convert to sugar and eating these foods causes your insulin levels to drastically increase, leading to a “burst of inflammation,” according to Dr. Nicolas Perricone.

Wrinkles

The inflammation produces enzymes that break down the collagen – leading to sagging skin and wrinkles.

Oily Skin

Moreover, sugar is a dehydrating substance so it increases oil production. It also influences the skin’s oxygenated and glowing nature. An increased oil production leads to more breakouts, swelling, and acne.

Pigmentation

The more your sugar consumption, the more likely it is that you will develop an insulin resistance, resulting in excessive hair growth and dark patches or pigmentation on the neck and other parts of the body.

The effects of reducing your sugar intake can be seen as soon as after 48-72 hours. Are there any more effects that we should know about?? Let us know in the comments section below.

December 26, 2016

Eat to look young

Aging is not an option, not for anyone. It is how gracefully we handle the process and how lucky we are, as the process handles us. – Cindy McDonald

We believe that you can fight aging from within by eating the right kinds of nutrients and foods. We have complied a list of 5 nutrients you should include in your daily diet.

  1. Vitamin C

Foods with vitamin C like oranges, capsicum, broccoli, pomegranates, and tomatoes, help produce collagen, which in turn makes your skin soft and supple. Oranges especially, contain 87% water, which hydrates your skin.

  1. Omega Fatty Acids

Omega fatty acids – be it -3, -6, or -9 also keeps the skin free from wrinkles. Some important sources include walnuts, salmon, flaxseeds, avocado, coconut oil, chia seeds (tulsi seeds), and berries.

  1. Amino Acids

Amino acids are found in protein sources and help repair the collagen and elasticity in the skin. Some sources of amino acids include eggs, meat, lentils, pulses, nuts, and seeds.

  1. Antioxidants

The more antioxidants, the better for your skin! Vegetables like spinach, kale, and other green, leafy vegetables contain beta-carotene and lutein, which improve skin elasticity. Additionally, blueberries provide your skin with extra protection from emotional stress and harmful sun exposure.

  1. Fermented Foods

Probiotics that are present in fermented foods put the good bacteria into the gut, which makes the skin healthier. Some fermented foods include yogurt, kimchi, kefir, dosa, and idli.

Let us know your experiences with eating these foods and comment below.

December 20, 2016

Seborrheic Dermatitis 101

“I can’t wear this black shirt – my dandruff will show up like crazy!” Ever had this thought?? Well, you are not alone. Seborrheic dermatitis, also known as seborrheic eczemais a serious skin condition that involves the inflammation of the skin – especially parts of the body that contain a lot of sebaceous glands. The most common places you can have seborrheic dermatitis are on the scalp, face, chest, and back. When seborrheic dermatitis is found on the scalp, it more commonly known as dandruff.  Though it is more common in adults, it is possible for babies to have this condition, where it is known as cradle cap.

There can be multiple reasons for seborrheic dermatitis, but the main cause is the over-development of the yeast Malassezia, which is generally present on the skin. Some other causes of this condition include:

  • Stress
  • Change in weather (to colder weather)
  • Oily skin
  • Family history
  • Fatigue
  • Hormonal problems

Some common signs that you may have seborrheic dermatitis are:

  • Skin flakes on the scalp, hair, eyebrows, beard, or moustache
  • Red patches on the skin
  • Red patches on the scalp
  • Itchy scalp
  • Scalp lesions
  • Patches of greasy skin covered with flakes on different parts of the body
  • Redness of eyelids

Some don’t’s while you have this condition:

  • Don’t use medication if not prescribed by a doctor
  • Don’t scratch or pick at the affected areas as it may cause infection

Seborrheic dermatitis is a serious condition that can affect anyone. Lack of proper care can cost you that beautiful skin and hair that you have always dreamt of. Visit your nearest doctor today!!

November 28, 2016

“Don’ts” for oily skin

Oily skin or seborrhea is when there is excessive skin oil, called sebum. Unfortunately, both men and women experience oily skin due to hormone imbalances, genetics, makeup products, diet, and humidity. Listed below are a few don’t’s when it comes to oily skin:

1) Scrubs

One would assume that scrubs help remove oil from your skin, but the reality is that using face scrubs leads to a higher production of oil. Instead, try using masks that contain salicylic acid as it dissolves oil. 2) Unwashed sheets and pillowcases Your body keeps producing oil even when you sleep, and the oil often gets transferred to your sheets and pillowcases. So, remember to wash your sheets regularly so that they aren’t greasy and make your skin oilier.

3) Stress

Both emotional and physical stress triggers the fight-or- flight responses in your body, which leads to an oil overproduction due to the hormonal surge. Try meditation or yoga to reduce your stress.

4) Refined carbohydrates

Foods like white bread, white rice, and other refined carbohydrates have a high glycemic index, which can cause acne and a higher oil production in the skin. Eat more of oats, whole grains, and non-starchy vegetables.

5) Makeup

Layers of makeup trap oil and make your skin cake-y, causing oily skin. Moreover, using products that are not suited for your skin type can also lead to excessive oil secretion. So, try using oil-free products and cleansers for your skin.

6) Hot water for your face

Avoid using hot water for washing your face as it dries your skin out, leading to compensation with an increased production of oil. Instead, use warm or room temperature water to wash your face.

Let us know how these tips work out for you, in the comments section below.

November 7, 2016

Battling dry skin

Dry skin generally occurs in cooler weather or with a change in weather. It is characterized by itchiness, flaky, and scaly skin. Extremely dry skin can cause cracks and breaks in the skin. Some of the common areas for dry skin are legs, hands, and arms.

Don’t worry! We have some solutions for you on how to deal with dry skin.

  1. Warm Showers

Make sure you have warm showers instead of hot showers as hot water strips your skin of its natural oils, leaving your skin dry.

  1. Moisturize

Moisturizing immediately after your shower and while your skin is still damp, is the best time to moisturize because more moisture is trapped in your skin. The same goes for moisturizing right after washing your face and hands.

  1. Milk

Believe it or not, applying milk on your skin reduces dryness and itchiness. Milk contains lactic acid, which soothes the skin naturally.

  1. Natural Remedies

Try some natural remedies like this face pack. Additionally, eating more foods with Omega-3 like salmon, flaxseed, and walnuts, because they will keep your skin-cell membranes healthy.

So what are you waiting for? Get rid of your dry skin today and let us know which solution works best for you skin!

October 31, 2016

Four ways VCO can help you

We would have heard of virgin olive oil but virgin coconut oil, or VCO, is not that familiar.

Virgin Coconut Oil or VCO is a cold-pressed oil that extracted from fresh coconut milk without any application of heat, ensuring that there is no bleaching or refining in the extraction process.

Some benefits of this oil are:

  1. Metabolism

VCO contains lauric acid – the most important medium chain fatty acid that has antimicrobial properties, which helps support the immune system, aids in weight loss, and stimulates metabolism in the body.

  1. Hair

VCO has antiseptic properties and is easily absorbed by hair, thus preventing protein loss and other hair damage.

  1. Skin

VCO is used to treat acne and eczema due to its natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties. Additionally, VCO is a great moisturizer that is not greasy and leaves you feeling comfortable and dry when you apply it on your skin.

  1. Food

Virgin Coconut oil contains more antioxidants and has a natural coconut smell and flavor, which is perfect for cooking your favorite curry or granola in.

So what are you waiting for?!  Let us know your VCO experiences in the comments section below!

 

 

October 25, 2016

Skin care during Diwali

Diwali is fast approaching – and we know you are gearing up for the patakhas and diyas – but is your skin prepared as well?

Read on to find out ways to protect your skin from all the excessive pollution this festive season

  1. Wash your face

This might seem like an obvious tip, but this simple measure can prevent your skin from being damaged due to exposure to firecracker smoke. The smoke will irritate your skin – especially if you have dry or sensitive skin. Covering your face while stepping out will also help.

  1. Moisturize

Applying moisturizing cream will help reduce dryness caused due to exposure.

  1. Drink water

Drink lots of water during this period – since the inhalation of the smoke and gases may lead to problems. Drinking water will – washing will help keep the harmful effects of the smoke at bay

  1. Antioxidants

It is essential to consume antioxidants during this time because they protect your hair and skin cells from free radicals. Antioxidants can either be consumed in the form of green tea, berries, nuts, and spinach.

In addition to following these tips, you can make a simple homemade face pack for healthier skin here.

So what are you waiting for? Let us know any other tips you know in the comments section below.

October 10, 2016

Hair care during monsoon

Don’t you just hate it when the weather is hot, humid, and muggy? Well that’s Chennai for you during the monsoon. During these months, it is essential to put in more effort to maintain your hair. Here are some tips to deal with the excessive humidity:

1. Moisturize

Moisturize your hair regularly by conditioning your hair at least 3 times a week. Conditioning helps reduce frizz and smoothens your hair.

2. Cold Water

Use cold water to wash off your conditioner instead of hot water – cold water causes the cuticles to contract, thus maintaining the shine in your hair.

3. No Blow Drying

Blow drying your hair causes a loss of moisture and you need all the moisture you can get! Allow hair to air-dry instead.

4. Oil

Oil your hair more using olive oil, coconut oil, or argon oil. Oiling your hair helps boost the moisture and we all know how important moisturizing is!

5. Avoid damp hair

It is always fun to play in the rains – but you might actually be paving the way for hairfall. Stay dry and always carry an umbrella.

6. Proteins

Don’t forget to eat protein-rich food like eggs, yogurt, fish, nuts, leafy vegetables, and legumes to strengthen and nourish your hair from within.

7. Not too tight

Avoid tying your hair up in tight ponytails or buns, especially when wet. This makes the hair brittle and more prone to breakage

8. Serum

Try using an anti-frizz serum or a natural serum like castor oil to tame those flyaway hairs. Serum also helps in strengthening and adds that extra shine!

9. Comb

This is something that you might already be familiar with. Use a wide-toothed comb to detangle your hair – this helps in reducing the strain on hair and prevents breakage and hairloss

So what are you waiting for? Let your gorgeous locks do the talking for you this monsoon!!!