December 26, 2016

Eat to look young

What to eat to look young, avoid aging

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.

April 28, 2016

Hyper-pigmentation

hyperpigmentation

We have briefly explained about hyper pigmentation in our previous post.  Hyper pigmentation is a skin condition which can cause mental distress as it affects the most visible parts of the body. Therefore, we thought of giving a detailed insight on hyperpigmentation and the causes behind it.

Hyper pigmentation is nothing but a change in skin color. It is mainly caused by over production of melanin on a particular area which changes the skin color and makes it darker compared to the remaining parts of the body. The reason for over production of melanin can be many and a few main causes are mentioned below.

Age Spots

Age spots, also called as dark spots appear on the frequently exposed parts of the body such as face, arms and feet. They generally appear after certain age because of the over exposure of body parts to sunlight.

Post Inflammation Hyperpigmentation

When a part of skin heals after an injury, skin trauma or acne, it causes post inflammation hyper pigmentation. This is mainly because of the stress undergone by the skin during the healing process. Certain skin treatments which includes extreme abrasion can also cause this skin condition

Melasma

Melasma is a type of skin pigmentation caused by UV radiation. If a person’s sun sensitivity is high, they are prone to Melasma. The change in hormones during pregnancy is also one of the reasons behind Melasma. Sometimes intake of birth control pills can also cause this pigmentation.

Acanthosis Nigricans

Acanthosis Nigricans is caused by imbalanced hormones which are supposed to regulate the blood sugar levels. The pigmentation is caused around neck, underarms, knuckles and in some cases around the groin area. As the blood sugar regulating hormones are disturbed, acanthosis nigricans is also considered as a warning sign for diabetes.

Topical creams

Certain topical creams, especially the ones meant for skin lightening/fairness can also be the reason for hyper pigmentation. Even though they may show some results initially, the ingredients can react with the skin and with exposure to external factors such as sunlight can cause hyper pigmentation.

April 24, 2016

Sweating and causes

sweating and causes of sweating

Sweating also known as perspiration is an essential bodily function. It is a process of producing fluid made of water, ammonia, urea, salt and sugar by the sweat glands.

Causes of Sweating

Our body’s comfortable temperature is 98.6°F (37°C). At this temperature, our body can work at its best. When the body temperature increases from this comfortable level, our brain tries to regulate the body temperature. A signal is sent to a part of our brain known as the hypothalamus which stimulates the sweat glands to produce sweat.When the sweat comes in contact with the air, it evaporates, cools down the body temperature and brings it back to the normal temperature.

Apart from the increase in physical heat, emotional stress such as fear, anxiety, anger can also produce sweat. Sweat induced by emotional stress is restricted to palms, soles, armpits and forehead whereas sweat induced by physical heat can happen throughout the body.

On an average, a human body has 2-4 million sweat glands. But the amount of sweat released by each gland differs from person to person and the determining factors include gender, genetics, health and environmental condition etc.

Why sweating is important

When sweat comes in contact with the bacteria of our body, it creates a bad smell often called as body odor. Because of this, sweating is always considered unpleasant and many products such as talcum powders, deodorants, antiperspirants and perfumes are available in the market to keep the body odor at bay.

Nevertheless, we should not forget the fact that sweating is an essential bodily function which comes with certain benefits. Apart from maintaining body temperature, sweating also helps in eliminating body toxins.Sweating eliminates the excess salts, retains the calcium in our bones and prevents the formation of kidney stones. Sweat contains nitrite which acts as an antibacterial, anti-fungal on the skin and prevents sickness.

But too much of anything is not good isn’t it? The excessive sweating we often ignore as signs of tension or nervousness could be a health condition that needs a proper medical treatment. More about that on our next blog post.