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5 Tips To Prevent Joint Pain During Winter

With the temperature dipping and winters at its peak, the chances people suffering from various ailments is very high. Although viral infection, cold, and cough are some of the common health complications, this time of the year cold worsens pre-existing joint pain.

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Joint pain can be easily prevented by following these simple steps:

Eat a healthy diet

A nutritious and healthy diet is the key to prevent any health complications. The simplest thing that you need to do is include vegetables, cereals, dairy products, seasonal fruits in your daily meals.

Induce in vitamin-rich foods

People who are suffering from generalized pain during winters are advised to consume foods that are rich in vitamins ( D, C, and K) and minerals, especially calcium. Rich foods like spinach, cabbage, tomatoes and oranges contain both vitamins and minerals. This is because these vitamins play an important role in the production of cartilage and tissue.

Exercise regularly

Stretching and exercise done with light weights are good for people who are suffering from joint pain. By doing so, you are easing the weight and relaxing the knees as well. Apart from this, cycling, walking, aerobics and swimming stretches the knee muscles and improve flexibility as well.

Avoid bathing in cold water

With cold weather and low temperature, the chances that one will experience a joint pain is high. Henceforth, it is advised that use warm water instead of cold water for baths instead. In addition to minimizing the joint pain, warm bath reduces the stiffness and soothes knee pain commonly seen in patients suffering from arthritis.

Bask in the sun

Start your day by making the most from the sun. Soaking in the sun in the morning or evening just does not stimulate the production of vitamin D but also improves blood circulation in the body.

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Unique remedies to get rid of dandruff this winter

The most embarrassing thing that could happen is when you are dressing for an interview or a formal meeting, there is this urge to scratch to the itchy scalp which is also known as the cascade of white flakes which would follow onto the shoulders from which they are easily visible. Dandruff is a  medical condition that has managed to unite half of the population over the world beyond gender, age, and race.

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Here are some the remedies that you can look out to prevent dandruff this winter:

Do not oil hair and keep it for long

Applying oil to a dry itchy scalp area, may sound like heaven but it is exacerbating your dandruff condition, especially when you allow it to sit for a longer period of time.

Vinegar

Vinegar helps in treating itchy, dry skin and also helps in killing dandruff causing bacteria and fungus. The acidic content of vinegar is supremely beneficial to reduce the flaking.

Baking soda

It acts as a scrub and sheds of the scalp gently, without irritating it and damaging the skin cells.  Shedding is essential to ensure that there is no built up of the flakes on the scalp that can make dandruff more visible

Neem

All of us are aware that what role neem plays in almost all skin medications because of its antibacterial and antifungal properties. Since dandruff is attributed towards the fungal colonization of the scalp, it is just the perfect decision to turn towards this old age home remedy for skin ailments. The natural way is the best way to go.

Aloe vera

Not only aloe vera is cooling but it has antibacterial and antifungal properties that shed the scalp easily. It is best to directly extract from the aloe vera plant that is transparent and has a thick consistency. It can be applied on the scalp and then can be removed with anti dandruff or mild shampoo.

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4 Natural Ways To Keep Your Skin Moisturized In The Winter

There is no shortage of moisturizers available in stores that are the elixir for dry skin. Especially during winters, when your skin becomes susceptible towards itching, cracking and flaking. You can be tempted to unload those little (but expensive) bottles and jars that will take care of skin and the damaged tissues.

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These days the price of a moisturizer will make you make think twice before purchasing it. With the fancy packaging and marketing, celebrities endorsing it which add up the cost to your favorite moisturizer. In addition, these products can have side effects which can cause health problems like allergies. But  you can get the same moisturizing action without worrying about price and side effects.

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Natural Oils

There are bottles of pure, natural oils such as grapeseed and almond in many health stores. These bottles are simple and basic looking, but they don’t contain any extra chemicals and they offer the same benefits as the moisturizers do. Above all, you are getting a lot more from the product with a decent amount of money.

Olive Oil

If you really want to save money or don’t want to visit the store, then you can find a soothing oil right in the kitchen itself. Olive is a great natural moisturizer that can be used to soften your skin. It has anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe reddened skin and rashes; there have been claims it can protect against skin cancer.

Edible Remedies

The kitchen has everything to offer when it comes to dry skin treatment. Some of the things that boost your skin health and appearance from inside also do when applied outside. The best products are honey and milk based products including yogurt and cream. When added to tea, honey acts as an antibacterial and antioxidant to boost your immune system to fight off seasonal bugs. When slathered around your face and body, left for ten to fifteen minutes and showered off, it offers exceptional smoothness and softness.

Water

The most natural element that will boost your skin by making sure that your body gets enough moisture inside and out.  Though this isn’t the time to drink plenty of water even though you might not feel as thirsty during the summers.

Beating Winter Blues

1374-beat-the-winter-bluesWinter is that time of the year when Chai with a plate of piping hot pakodas and Samosas or eating heavy carbohydrate rich food is what our body urges for. In our last edition we talked about the food that is recommended during winters to avoid the weight gain. But there are other aspects of health that need to be looked into in order to stay healthy during winter.

First let’s look what are some of the things that we do differently in winter. Comparing our lifestyle at the moment, to what it’s like in summer, there is a big contrast.

The things we do differently in winter

In summers most of us are very active; with a lot of time spent outdoors in the morning and evening. Whether it’s going for an early morning walk or a swim in the pool; kids and elders are elders are seen more often enjoying outside. Plus in summer most people drink more water and eat lighter foods.

In contrast, during winters it’s dark in the mornings and days are shorter. That’s a good enough reason to stay tucked in our blankets. It’s hard to get motivated to go for the normal walk and it’s much easier to spend the evening huddled on the couch, in front of the TV with the heater on.

To add to this – we face the winter woes where people start coming down with winter colds. Everyone is coughing and sneezing on the bus in the morning and work colleagues are either off sick or quite under the weather. It’s little wonder so many people spend the winter feeling tired, lethargic and constantly sick. This is also called as Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD

If this is you, then a few small changes to your normal winter routines can make a huge difference and keep you well over winter.

1. Be active

Rather than staying inside and dropping all exercise, it’s better to at least maintain some level of activity:

  • If it’s too cold and dark to do your morning walk, then get out during your lunch-time for some sun-light. Stretch your legs for 20 minutes.
  • Office goers can take stairs instead of the usual elevator.
  • Avoid sleeping during day time as it promotes sluggishness

2. Drink and be hydrated

During summer we drink lots of water as the body clearly indicated that to us. However in winters- while our skin and body is hydrated we seldom feel thirsty. Also ,plain water doesn’t seem as attractive in winter.

But rather than dropping your liquid intake entirely, why not opt for tea, or keep those colds and flus at bay with a big pot of fresh ginger tea or green tea?

3. Nurture your health

It’s not a foregone conclusion that you’ll catch every single cold and virus that goes round. Instead, being well over winter is possible, but it involves looking after yourself. We had shared some food related tips in our last newsletter and it might be a god idea to look at them once again!

Let our Food Be our Medicine

Some simple Home Remedies

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Did you know that Ginger is an effective remedy for Migraine?

There might be some relief for all those who suffer from Migraine. There is slow but promising evidence that Ginger is an efficacious treatment for migraine. While studies have been inconclusive, anecdotal evidence indicates that this inflammation fighter may help with the chronic and persistent pain experienced by headache sufferers.

 

For those who suffer with Migraine will agree- that it’s a throbbing headache that can last anywhere from a few hours to several days. Migraines can be caused by any number of things, including certain foods (cheeses, nuts, chocolate), alcohol (particularly wine), low blood sugar, and odors such as strong perfumes or cigarette smoke.

For thousands of years, healers have used ginger for nausea and cardiovascular health. Since both of these issues are prevalent in migraines, ginger is a good choice for headache suffers seeking a natural remedy.

A simple preparation given below can help in the treatment:

  1. 500 to 600 mgs of dried ginger taken at the onset of a migraine is an effective antidote to the headache. Repeat the dosage every four hours for four days. Including uncooked fresh ginger in the diet may benefit headache suffers to the point that migraines are no longer as severe or frequent.
  2. Ginger Tea – To make ginger tea, peel and grate fresh ginger root. Place it in boiling water and simmer, uncovered, for 15 to 20 minutes (longer makes a stronger tea). Serve with lemon or drink plain.

Find out more about what’s in your cabinet!

7 Benefits of Ginger that we never knew !!

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Ginger: Zingiber Officinale

Family: Zingiberaceae

 

Nothing beats cold in the winter like a piping hot cup of ginger tea. With its high levels of Vitamin C, magnesium and other minerals, ginger root is extremely beneficial for health.

Here’s why you should have this spice that also belongs to the same family as cardamom and Turmeric.If you recall we did a section on benefits of Turmeric in our last edition !!

Health Benefits of Ginger

  1. Respiratory problems -Ginger’s antihistamine property helps in treating allergies. It is also known to inhibit airway contraction and help stimulate the secretion of mucus. Hence it is the herb of choice for persistent cough and sore throat associated with colds.
  2. Treating nausea and vomiting – Chewing on ginger could reduce nausea and vomiting. According to studies, ginger can treat sensations of nausea following surgery, and due to motion sickness, seasickness, etc. It is also beneficial for nausea as a result of adverse effect of chemotherapy.
  3. Remedy for loss of appetite – Fuel a dull appetite by eating fresh ginger just before you have your meal. So for moms complaining about their kids poor appetite – instead of running to doctors and trying various things; try this one out ! Ginger can get their digestive juices going and increase appetite.
  4. Aiding in digestion and an Anti-Flatulent- Had a large meal? Eat ginger. Ginger improves absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients and aids in digestion. It also helps break down the proteins in your food. Ginger protects your stomach against ulcers by promoting mucus secretion. Further, its carminative (gas expulsion) property provides relief from bloating and gas and helps reduce flatulence

Did you know?

Applying diluted ginger paste on the forehead is believed to relieve migraine headache??  The ability of ginger to inhibit prostaglandin synthesis helps relieve pain and inflammation in blood vessels thereby providing relief from migraine.

 

 

  1. Reduce menstrual pain- Ginger, when taken at the beginning of the menstrual period, can reduce symptoms of menstrual pain in some women. Here are some tried and tested tips to relieve menstrual pain.
  2. Arthritis – The analgesic and anti-inflammatory property of ginger may help reduce joint pain of arthritis in some people. To help relieve muscle and joint ache, add some ginger oil into your bath.
  3. Preventing morning sickness -Some pregnant women may find ginger beneficial in preventing their morning sickness. But it is advisable to consult your doctor before taking it. Read more about how you can deal with morning sickness.

Winter’s Unwelcome Guests

coughingThere are many things to look forward to in winter: the crisp, bracing air; sitting indoors with a hot drink; warm clothes (winter fashions can be exciting); snuggling up under a quilt at night. But there are some things that are certainly not welcome in this season –those inevitable coughs and colds.

So, why do people have coughs and colds in winter? There are several theories. One is that while in summer people are more likely to be out and about, in winter the tendency is to get away from the cold weather into confined spaces with air heating systems which re-circulate the air and this makes it easier to catch the virus from people who have already got a cough and cold.

Another explanation is the decrease in ultra-violet light during the winter due to shortened daylight. Viruses are very sensitive to UV light as it destroys their DNA. So less UV in winter, more viruses.  Decreased ventilation effectively increases the amount of viruses in the air. Also, since viruses causing respiratory diseases are passed in winter vapour, it is easy to breathe them in again. These are ideal conditions to produce billions of virus particles.

Research suggests that cough and cold viruses are transmitted by hand to the mucous membrane. You wipe your nose, shake someone’s hand and then they rub their eyes and are infected.  Winter sees larger groups of people gathered together in close proximity, leading to much higher infection rates. Reduction of sunlight also causes a depression of the immune system.

What can you do about the winter misery of coughs and colds? Here are some suggestions:

Clean living  Cough and cold germs are spread by contact and it’s thought that in eight out of ten cases, this can be prevented by simply washing your hands regularly – and for at least 15 seconds – with soap and hot water. Be responsible – try not to spread the condition further. Use tissues rather than handkerchiefs for runny noses and dispose them off in a bin after use.

Keeping warm Take grandma’s advice and keep warm. Button up to keep your chest covered. We lose up to 30% of our body heat through our heads – so wear a hat or cap or make sure your head is covered with a warm shawl, specially when you go out.

Avoid huddling and extra heating Because people are much closer together physically during winter, this makes it easier for infections to pass between people. Crowded trains and metros with little ventilation, department stores bustling with shoppers and people gathering at parties …all make catching a cough or cold more likely.
Central heating reduces our defenses and affects the respiratory system by drying out the protective mucous in our nasal passages. The dry, stuffy air of central heating can also lead to sore throats and can aggravate chest complaints. Try to cut down on excessive heating and get out in the fresh air whenever possible.

Herbal care  To withstand the winter onslaught of germs, use herbal medicines that boost the immune system in fighting coughs, colds and flu, and can also act as agents to help heal viral and bacterial infections. Get the right advice for your condition from your doctor.

   A good night’s sleep can cure many problems, specially winter coughs and colds. Sleeping  soundly doesn’t just mean sleeping for seven or eight hours a night. You should be free of worry and anxiety. Try to start the new day on a positive note.

Winter can be fun if you take some simple precautions to keep  those coughs and colds away.