foods for babies, baby food

Eggs – Rich in iron and protein, eggs are a must for babies. Make sure you introduce egg whites in the growing stage. Scrambled eggs, boiled egg whites, omelets are all highly recommended. Don’t forget to feed them small portions of the same, according to their capacity.

Yogurt and Avocado – Yogurt and avocado are recommended for high calorie intake. Avocado is nutritious and rich in good fat.

Yogurt can be provided to 6 month old babies. High in calcium, non flavored yogurt is the most preferred. You could even consider making yogurt out of whole milk.

Butter – Lots of them might advise to avoid this fatty food, but feeding butter during growing stages is actually boosts calorie intake. Make sure you buy organic butter. You could also mix butter with cereals.

Beans – Cooking soaked beans or adding beans to other dishes like soup, is perfect for the baby. Beans and lentils are super rich in manganese, protein and iron.

Herbs – Herbs are great antioxidants agents and help prepare your child for intake of solids after turning one. Adding herbs to meat, avocado and vegetables is a great way to expose them to flavors. Remember not to mix too much chili into any food, for the baby.

how to get glowing skin in summer, home remedies for glowing skin in summer,

Water

From Dehydration to healthy skin, water is the best tip, to begin with. Especially during the summer, liquid diets are the best. From coconut water to buttermilk and fruit juices and Green tea, liquid intake is a must. Green tea keeps skin disorders away and even helps reduce belly fat. 

Food intake

Include a lot of green vegetables in your diet this summer. Stay away from fried foods and meat. Meat increases body temperature and may increase pimples. Have vegetables and fruits like lettuce and watermelon, which have high water quantity. Summer might be mango season, but mangoes increase heat in the body. So make sure you don’t overdose on them. 

Sunscreen

Always apply sunscreen, 30 minutes before stepping out. Don’t forget to use sunscreen that has SPF higher than 30. 

Cleansing and moisturising

Regularly cleanse skin to keep acne away. Homemade remedies like yogurt and honey mix is a good idea. There are plenty of homemade masks like cucumber juice, milk and lime juice etc that you can use every day during the summer, to keep skin healthy. Also, curd and basin mix helps in removing tan. Moisturising and massaging your skin immediately after a shower keeps skin smooth during the summer. 
Also, a face steam is best for opening up pores, cleaning dirt and helps while removing blackheads as well. You could also get a cleanup done and make sure skin stays clear.  

Exercise

Practising Yoga every morning, running or at least taking long walks gives you glowing skin and keeps you fresh. We tend to feel really drowsy during summer, to avoid that and for better blood circulation physical activity is a must. 
All you need to know about cholesterol

We have all heard never-ending theories and advice when it comes to cholesterol. Here is a simple guide to everything you need to know about cholesterol.

  • It is a fatty acid like substance present in your body cells.
  • Plays a major role in cardiovascular diseases, heat stroke, blood pressure an diabetes
  • Cholesterol is vital for 3 elements – Hormones, food digestion and Vitamin D in the body
  • Now though the body makes enough Cholesterol, a lot of it additionally enters our body due to our diet.
  • Lipo proteins are the carriers responsible for Transporting Cholesterol through our body
  • There are essentially two types of lip proteins – Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and High-density lipoprotein (HDL)

Since the two make up your cholesterol count, here is what you must know about LDL and HDL

  • LDL is bad cholesterol and HDL is good cholesterol
  • While LDL is responsible for blocks in the arteries and heart strokes, HDL helps remove bad cholesterol from the arteries

Note: Your LDL level should never be more than 190. A high LDL level makes you more prone to heart diseases.

  • At the same time your HDL level should always be high – means lesser risk of heart attacks and helps carrying LDL to the liver, where it’s broken down.

Now, let’s move on to healthy lifestyle changes you need to implement right away, to control cholesterol levels.

  • Avoid food that is high in saturated fat i.e food from animals like mean, egg yolks, milk, butter etc.
  • Trans fat also should not be part of your diet, i.e. fried food items like chips, crackers and even cookies
  • Your health will automatically improve with intake of nuts, fish, fruits, oats, lentils and vegetables. All these keep LDL levels low and helps in cardiovascular conditions.

Exercising regularly is an indicator of better cholesterol levels and you also fight over-weight issues which usually cause lower HDL levels.

Remember:

  • You are likely to develop cholesterol, if it runs in the family.
  • Kidney and liver disease might also contribute to cholesterol levels
  • After the age of 20, Cholesterol levels automatically rise.
  • Check your blood pressure regularly

Did you know? ‘Cholesterol-free’ labelled foods do not mean they have less of it or they have removed it, they are basically made up of plant based food that contain no cholesterol at all.

hair care myths

Your beautician, friends, family, colleagues, almost everyone you know would have offered you these hair tips and tricks at some point in your life. It is time to debunk all those and keep it simple.

Shinier hair with a cold rinse

Did you know? Hair doesn’t really react to water temperature. So, a cold or hot rinse isn’t the key for shinier hair. Conditioner is the tip to shinier hair.

Frequent trimming for growth

Here’s the truth guys, regular trimming does not help in hair growth. It sure does keep the ends healthier and cuts off split ends, but has nothing to do with length. The growth is happening from the scalp and the root. So, growth irrespective of trimming, doesn’t alter. Trimming once in 3 months is more than enough, that too not for faster growth, remember!

Products stop suiting hair texture

We think beyond a point, certain products stop suiting our hair. Now this is the myth we need to debunk. So, if weather conditions, hormones and habits change, that’s when your shampoo starts working in different ways. Also, straightening, coloring, makeovers or other changes to length and texture is the reason products give varied results. Switching brands is not the key, maintaining the texture by avoiding heat and other changes around is.

Hair dyeing can cause damage

Don’t worry about coloring your hair, especially if hair is not healthy or damaged. Dyeing doesn’t tamper health of the hair. Remember, the hair in the scalp is always newer than damaged ends, so coloring doesn’t cause further damage.

Brush your hair when wet

Firstly, excessive brushing is not recommended at all. Secondly, brushing while hair is still wet can cause the most damage. It is better to detangle hair with your fingers. Brushing your hair will easily cause breakage. Most importantly, avoid brushes with sharp edges and use more wide-toothed combs.

essential oils

Lemon Oil

Since summer is almost here, we thought we must begin with lemon, a perfect essential to beat the heat. Apart from being antibacterial and helpful for digestion and the immune system, lime oils also help in up lifiting your mood. So, this summer here is all you have to do

– Mix lemon oil with your shampoo

– Detox by drinking a glass of water mixed with few drops of lemon oil every morning

– Spray around and on yourself some lemon oil mixed with water, helps with fragrance and also keeps the bugs away from clothing.

– Break free with lemon oil massages, relieves stress and improves concentration

Lavender Oil

Lavender oil is smooth and is the best thing to let your hair down and break free from all the stress. Not only that, the oil also helps in easing pain. From migraines to burns and stings, lavender oil is a great remedy for multiple purposes/healing.

Also, guess what? this one is also recommended for the kids! Lavender oil is a must have for your child, both during bed time and a bath. Massage it for your kids every night before going to sleep. Around two tablespoons will do. Plus, the fragrance will give you and your kid a good night’s sleep.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is a great antifungal! Being antiseptic, it very much helps in curing cuts and infections. Also, this essential oil helps in keeping the acne away. Beneficial for both dry and oily skin, this oil can be combined with your daily soaps and shampoos. Not only that, when mixed with coconut oil, tea tree oil also works as an anti-dandruff agent.

Tip: Stay lice-free by spraying some tea tree oil mixed with water on your hair!

Eucalyptus oil

Eucalyptus oil has the cure for more than just one problem. The oil works as an insect repellant (works great when mixed with tea tree or lemon oil) and protects the skin from itching. It is popularly known to aid chest congestion, treat arthritis and acts as reliever for muscle aches. The oil also rejuvenates your sense and takes away the strain from your body.

Tip: A steam with eucalyptus oil mixed with hot water is always a great remedy!

Sandalwood Oil

Sandalwood oil is one of the best essential to tackle sleep problems. It also works to reduce stress, anxiety and is highly recommended for depression. And like most oils, sandalwood too helps tackle skin conditions and relieves back pain as well.

Tip: Add the oil to cotton and place it under your pillow for sound sleep.