February 23, 2017

Eat right to sleep tight

good and healthy sleep

Everyone loves to have their 8 hours of beauty and healthy sleep but rare is it to get someone sleeping for 8 hours!

For the few lucky ones who sleep like a baby, research has proven that what they eat at night before sleep makes all the difference. Yes, there is a connection between food and sleep and there is proven research to substantiate the same.

Let us now take a look at what to eat to get a good night of sleep:

A diet rich in fiber and non-fiber carbs can help you sleep better. A few vegetables like cauliflower,broccoli, cabbage, peas,  oatmeal, whole wheat pasta and a host of fiber rich food and fruits available in the market will ensure you healthy sleep and also digest the food overnight for a trouble morning.

Incidentally, warm milk and crackers ensure a good night sleep too.

Now one may ask – Why boring fiber?

Fiber is one essential need for the body that surprisingly never digests in any form but yet helps in lowering cholesterol, blood glucose to a trouble-free morning toilet!

What to avoid for a good night’s sleep

Sugar in any form should be avoided. Its good to have fruits such as bananas and cherries but bad to have them before sleeping. Bananas have 19 grams of sugar and cherries have 18 grams which can definitely keep you awake for a longer period of time. Have these rich sugar diet foods in the day time so that your body can release energy over a breakfast or a lunch.

Others that may keep you wide awake are fatty high-protein snacks, burgers, fries, alcohol, cola, coffee and a whole lot more.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, Americans aged between 18-64 consume three 12 ounce caffeinated beverages on a weekday. Now, that is a whole lot of energy to burn I would say!

Post your comments to have a trouble-free healthy sleep and a good morning!

Six best eats for healthy hair

Sometimes, “lather, rinse, repeat” isn’t enough to keep strands shiny and soft. Your hair needs to be nurtured from within to look its best.

Incorporate these healthy eats into your daily diet and get ready to say goodbye to dull, drab strands

Water

Adequate water intake is necessary for hair cells to transport nutrients and vitamins to the hair root. Hydrated hair is happy hair!

Fish

Omega-3 fatty acids are a powerhouse of nutrients when it comes to giving you a good hair day. Munch on flaxseeds and walnuts to add shine to your hair, and also fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines, and herring to boost your omega intake as well.

Dark green veggies

Veggies are one of the best things you can incorporate into your diet for overall health. Leafy green vegetables like spinach and broccoli are an excellent source of iron and calcium.

Whole grains

This fiber-filled food can be considered “Queen Bee” when it comes to hair-healthy foods! Whole wheat bread, fortified cereals increase your hair’s growth rate; also give your body vitamin B, which promote happy strands by boosting your red blood cell count

Greek yoghurt

Containing both calcium and protein, it can help lengthen and thicken your hair. Greek yogurt can provide about three times as much protein compared to regular yoghurt.

Coconut oil

This oil is good for almost anything! Not only can you add coconut oil into your daily diet, but you can also add it right onto your hair! Run it through your hair, and let it sit for about 30 minutes before taking a shower. The fatty acids in the oil bind to the protein in hair and protect both the roots and strands of hair from breakage.

glowing skin

Why squander on products that may or may not help your skin?? Just make sure you eat the right food to get that glowing skin that we all dream of, because beautiful skin needs commitment, not a miracle.

Yoghurt

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No doubt yoghurt provides delicious benefits for your body, enriched with protein, calcium, vitamins and probiotics. But it also does great beauty wonders for your skin. It’s an all-around beauty multi-tasker that fights acne and pimples, restricts premature aging, relieves sunburn, reduces discoloration and keeps your skin glowing and youthful.

 Pomegranate

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Along with boosting your immune system, pomegranate possesses anti-aging properties, thus rejuvenating your skin.  Pomegranate juice is useful in reducing fine lines and wrinkles on your skin. It helps the skin cells to regenerate and prevents dark spots and pigmentation troubles. Regular intake keeps you looking younger and beautiful.

Walnut

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Foodies everywhere love walnuts for their crunchy texture and great taste. Aside from filling a hunger gap; they are also a beauty secret. Being the powerhouse of Omega-3 fatty acids, they lock-in moisture and nutrients in the skin. Applying walnut oil will cure your dark circles and removes puffiness under the eyes.

Avocados

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Avocados not only nurture your skin when you eat them, but also when applied topically they prevent dry skin and brittle hair and nails. Eating half an avocado would probably lower your cholesterol level. Replace your sunscreen lotions with this fruit. It helps in protecting your skin from the UV rays of the sun, also a remedy for removing sun burns and eczema from the skin.

    

Tulsi/Basil

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From regular fever to some of the deadliest bacterial and viral infections, basil can cure diseases. The juice of crushed basil leaves cleanse your skin from within. Basil purifies the blood and eliminates the toxins, thus healing and preventing eruptions on skin. The antioxidants present in Tulsi make you look younger and fresher.  Basil has more powerful antibacterial properties when compared with other home remedies for acne. Basil can help to inhibit the growth of bacteria which causes acne problem. It works well as a skin and hair moisturizer too.

You Are What You Eat for Life longevity

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.

salt has harmful effects on the skin

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 per day, which is 119% more than the required intake per day! 119%.

Let’s take a look at how it affects 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.