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Joint Pain This Winter? Here’s The Guide

 New Delhi: Winter is here; a difficult season for most elderly, especially those suffering from Arthritis. The tenacity of this common yet painful condition tends to increase during cold, winter days. 

So, what is Arthritis?
Arthritis is a way of referring to joint pain or joint disease; which means it is an inflammation of the joints and can affect one or multiple joints. The symptoms of arthritis are most commonly seen in adults above the age of 60-65 years; cold weather only adds to the excessive pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints. While there is no permanent cure for the condition, many health experts suggest tweaking their diet in a bid to better manage the condition.

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World Health Organisation To Include Gaming Disorder As Mental Health Condition

New Delhi: Who believes that playing video games can become a mental health disorder? Yes, the World Health Organization will include it in the lists of disorders soon in 2018.

While we all know that gaming addiction is real, so far, it was not taken very seriously. However, new reports show reasons of serious concern for parents of children who are avid gamers.

A survey found out that 10 per cent of the people playing video games admitted to spending between 12 and 24 hours glued to their video game screens. While some may debate whether gaming does pose a threat to mental health, the amount of time many people spend playing video games is surprising.

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Slow down the Progression of Parkinson by Simple Exercises

New Delhi: Exercise can stop accumulation of a harmful protein which is believed to play a central role in the brain cell death associated with Parkinson’s disease, new research has found.

Engaging in exercise on a running wheel can stop the accumulation of the neuronal protein alpha-synuclein in brain cells, showed the study published in the journal PLOS ONE.

Parkinson’s disease causes progressive loss of muscle control, trembling, stiffness, slowness and impaired balance.

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Try These Tips for Combating Dry Skin This Winter

New Delhi: Dry and flaky skin is a common complaint in the winter time. Cold, dry winter air sucks the life out of silky, smooth skin.

The air during the winter is dry which strips the skin of the oils that help to moisturize. This can then result in severely dry skin and flare ups of other skin conditions. It is important to understand the skin, to better understand how to take care of it.

What causes skin to become dry?

Our skin is made up of 3 major layers (Epidermis, Dermis, and Subcutaneous). The stratum corneum is the outer layer of skin. Water, held in by oils, is what helps to keep this layer of skin smooth. When there is not sufficient water retained by this layer of skin, dry skin occurs.

Other factors that contribute to dry skin include aging, nutritional deficiencies, and a genetic predisposition. Although, there are many lotions and moisturizers on the market to combat dry skin but most of them come with a big price tag.

Therefore, when you have dry skin, you have to think about skincare a little differently. Things like physical exfoliants, alcohol, and foaming cleanser can make flaky skin even worse.

Mistakes That Are Making Your Skin Super Dry: Here’s a list of daily habits that could be contributing to your dry skin.

  • Using a soapy or acne-fighting cleanser- The number-one thing that could be causing your skin to dry out is your face wash. Beware of foamy and soapy cleansers, which can strip the skin of your natural oils.

  • Turning up the heat in the shower- Although a super hot and steamy shower can feel relaxing, it can be troublesome if you have itchy, dry skin.

  • Applying your skincare products in the wrong order- Getting more moisture is only half the battle with dry skin. You also want to use products that lock in the hydration. So, layering is key. After cleansing, apply a moisturizing then immediately top it with a cream to restore essential oils and fats to the skin.

  • Buying skincare products with alcohol as a primary ingredient- Alcohol is also on the list of no-nos for sensitive and dry skin types. That is because the harsh ingredient steals moisture away from your skin.

  • Using scrubbing exfoliants- Exfoliants that have microbeads and small scrubbing particles aren’t the only way to get rid of flaky, dead skin. In fact, over-scrubbing can be harsh on delicate, dry skin types.

Four Methods to Get Rid of Dry Skin Therefore Are:

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1. Hydrating from the Outside:

  • Moisturize frequently and consistently- The need to moisturize your skin when it's dry may seem like a no-brainer, but it's important that you know how to moisturize effectively. For instance, piling on an inch-thick layer of moisturizer once a week isn't going to do your skin much good. You need to be moisturizing frequently and consistently in order to effectively combat dry skin.

  • Moisturize when your skin is damp- Moisturizing when your skin is still slightly wet helps to seal in more hydration. After you wash your face, pat off the excess moisture with a towel before applying your moisturizer. For your body, do the same thing. Pat your skin with a towel until it's just slightly damp, and then applies a good moisturizer. Allow your skin to dry naturally so it can absorb all the moisture. And if you're skin still feels dry, apply a second layer of moisturizer once the first layer has soaked in.

  • Choose the right cleansers- Be careful when choosing a facial or body cleanser, as some cleansers can strip moisture from the skin. Opt for a gentle cream or milk cleanser that will moisturize the skin as it cleanses. Also try to stay away from heavily-fragranced cleansers as the chemicals behind scents can be drying.

  • Exfoliate gently- Exfoliating can be great for sloughing off dead skin cells and for smoothing the skin. However, many facial scrubs can also strip the skin of moisture and irritate dry skin. This is why it is important to exfoliate gently, using the right products and techniques.

  • Limit the use of ‘treatment’ products- A lot of times, dry skin is a side effect of using certain treatments, like ones for acne and wrinkles. If you are trying to clear your skin or fight off aging, this doesn't mean you have to stop using those treatments completely. It simply means you should use them less frequently because certain active ingredients in such treatments can exacerbate dry skin, especially in the winter.

2. Hydrating from the Inside:

  • Drink lots of water- Water flushes toxins from your system and carries nutrients to your cells. This helps to prevent dry skin by keeping your skin nourished and hydrated. You should aim to drink at least two liters of water per day.

  • Eat fresh fruit and vegetables- A healthy and balanced diet will help your skin by providing the vitamins and nutrients that the body needs to stay healthy and hydrated. Try to eat at least 2 portions of green, leafy vegetables and 2 portions of seasonal fruits daily. Fruit and veg with a high-water content, such as watermelon, broccoli and tomatoes, are especially good for hydration.

  • Eat healthy fats- Eating foods containing the good types of fat contributes to the body's overall health - increasing blood flow and the delivery of nutrients to all the body's cells, including skin. Try to eat more foods containing monounsaturated fat, such as avocados, olives and peanut butter, and more foods containing polyunsaturated fats, such as salmon, walnuts and tofu.

  • Take supplements- Taking supplements is an easy and effective way to increase your intake of key nutrients and vitamins, which help to promote healthy and hydrated skin. Try taking a fish oil supplement, which is great for dry skin and eyes, or increase your intake of vitamin E, an antioxidant which repairs and protects skin.

  • Cut back on salty and fried foods- Salty and fried foods will dehydrate the body, exacerbating dry skin problems. Limit your intake of these foods as much as possible to avoid dehydration and benefit your overall health.

  • Don't smoke- The negative side effects of smoking are well-documented, but you may not know that smoking is also bad for the skin. The tar contained in cigarettes clogs the pores, leading to blackheads and breakouts. Smoking hampers your breathing ability which inhibits circulation and deprives the skin cells of oxygen. Smoking also depletes the tissues of vitamin C, which is essential for healthy-looking skin.

  • Limit alcohol intake- Alcohol dehydrates the body, thus dehydrating the skin. It decreases the body's ability to absorb fluids, leading to a loss of water, electrolytes and minerals. This causes dry, red, easily irritated skin. Try to drink alcohol in moderation, and when you are drinking, have a glass of water between drinks.

3. Home Treatments:

There are many OTC solutions lotions and moisturisers available to combat dry skin. But why spend so much money when you can nourish your skin at home. Natural remedies are not only light on the pocket, but also quite effective in hydrating dry skin and bringing it back to a healthy state. Here are a few, simple tricks you can try.

  • Use avocado- Mash up one half of a fresh, ripe avocado, then add in a quarter cup of organic honey. Include a teaspoon of milk or yogurt, if desired. Smear this creamy skincare recipe on your face and neck. Finally, wash it off with cool water after 10 minutes for super-nourished skin. 

  • Use banana- Banana can rejuvenate dry skin, making it soft and supple. Mash up half of a banana in a bowl and spread it onto your face and neck. After 5 to 10 minutes, you may rinse it off with lukewarm water. To increase the effectiveness of this facial mask, you can add a teaspoon of honey to the banana.

  • Use milk- Milk has been used as a hydrating beauty balm for a very long time - The best way to do this is by pouring a little whole fat milk into a cup, dipping a soft washcloth into it, and then massaging the milk into your skin. The lactic acid gently cleanses the skin, while the high fat content is good for moisturization.

  • Use oils- Natural oils such as olive oil, almond oil and coconut oil are all fantastic home remedies for dry and flaking skin. Simply apply a thin layer of the oil of your choice onto your skin, morning and night, for softer, smoother skin.

  • Use an ice cube- Try rubbing an ice cube all over your face, this makes your blood circulate round your face more, and brings moisture to the surface. Great for getting rid of dry skin and having a glowing face!

4. Prevention is better than Cure; So, Caring for Dry Skin:

It is important to be aware of what things contribute to dry skin. Understanding what contributed to dry out skin, helps one to better formulate how they can take care of their skin.

Avoid excessive bathing- Do not shower or wash your face too much, as this will dry out your skin. In order to avoid dryness, you should limit your bathing to just one bath or shower a day. You should also avoid steaming your skin and washing with water that is too hot.

Wear sunscreen- If you spend a lot of time outdoors, it's imperative that you protect your face with a cream or moisturizer that contains an SPF of 15 or higher. This will protect the sensitive skin on your face from damaging sun rays, which cause burns, sun spots and even wrinkles. Remember that you can burn your skin all year round, so sunscreen isn't just for summer!

Use a humidifier- If the air in your house is very dry, your skin could be drying out as you sleep, leaving it feeling rough and flaky come morning. To counteract this effect, try putting a humidifier in your bedroom which you can turn on while you sleep.

Cover up- Protect your skin from the elements by covering up as much as possible. In winter, protect your skin from drying winds by wearing hats, scarves and gloves. Wear a protective chapstick to shield your lips.

 

References:

https://www.innovativewellnessstudio.com

https://www.wikihow.com

https://www.self.com

 

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Surprising Side-Effects Of Garlic You Must Be Aware Of!

New Delhi: Garlic is not just an essential kitchen item, it has a history of been used for culinary and several medicinal purposes across various cultures worldwide. It is loaded with essential nutrients like vitamins B6 and C, dietary minerals and manganese.
 
Garlic – A Brief
 
Garlic is a strong-smelling pungent-tasting bulb, used as a flavoring agent in cooking and herbal medicine; that’s the definition given by Google. 
 
Onions and chives are its close relatives. And so is the kitchen in every household. One of the most common ingredients in Indian cooking, garlic is being consumed for thousands of years.
 
And not just that – it also has been used for flavoring in traditional medicine. It is scientifically called Allium sativum, and can usually be grown year-round in mild climates. The plants are usually grown together with the bulbs having enough space to mature. There are numerous varieties of garlic, the most popular of them being the hardneck garlic and the softneck garlic.
 
The plant is not usually affected by any pests or disease. It, in fact, helps prevent a lot many diseases. 
It is a natural source of many phytonutrients that may help improve heart health, reduce risk of cancer and fight off infection. 
 
So, there’s no doubt that garlic’s are loaded with a wide range of health benefits. But like said, there are two sides to a coin. 
 
In spite of all these health benefits, there are many surprising side effects of garlic which one must take into consideration before over indulging in it.
 
Some of the most common side effects of garlic’s are:
 
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1. Might Cause Liver Damage:
 
There is no need to ponder over the importance of the liver. Being one of the most vital organs in the human body, it could be hurt by excessive garlic consumption.

Though rich in antioxidants, as per an Indian study, garlic can cause liver toxicity if consumed in excess. Similar findings have been recorded in a report published by the University of Penn State – garlic, though virtually non-toxic, can cause liver damage if taken in excess.